NBA: Chauncey Billups was aware of Irving’s trade request while in interview with Cavs

first_imgFormer NBA player Chauncey Billups  DONALD MIRALLE/Getty Images/AFPMost NBA fans were completely blindsided by news of Kyrie Irving’s displeasure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his demand to be traded elsewhere.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Although he anticipated it to happen sooner than later, the 40-year-old player-turned-analyst admitted he remained baffled by Irving’s decision.“That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him because if it’s all about winning—I mean, man, you got a chance to win every single year,” he said.“And not only that, you’re getting everything you want. You’re getting the shots you want. You’re playing for a great coach who’s letting you go to work,” he said.“The game’s on the line, they coming to you. You playing on (national) TV every week. To me, I don’t get it,” he added.Billups, on the hand, turned down the Cavs’ GM position, which was recently awarded to Koby Altman.  Khristian Ibarrola. /raADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ RELATED STORIES:NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—reportIrving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate DellavedovaLeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, retired NBA player Chauncey Billups said he knew it was coming.The former NBA Finals MVP, who was interviewed for the then vacant Cavaliers General Manager position last month, said he was aware of the brewing “trouble in paradise” in the Ohio-based franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It didn’t really surprise me,” Billups said of Irving’s wish to play for a different team.“Obviously I knew. As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know,” he said during a recent appearance on the Vince Lombardi Show. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT MOST READlast_img read more

No need for Mumbai Indians to go into panic mode: Kieron Pollard

first_imgIPL table-toppers Mumbai Indians might have suffered back-to-back defeats after securing a play-off berth, but there was no need to press the panic button, said West Indian Kieron Pollard.Mumbai Indians lost by seven runs last night to Kings XI Punjab in a high-scoring game here.”It shows we are humans and can’t win every game. As I said we keep improving. We had sort of a dismal performance against Sunrisers (Hyderabad). We have bounced back pretty well on a good wicket. We fought,” said Pollard, who blasted an unbeaten 50 in 24 balls for a lost cause.”We are playing against opposition, professionals in their own right. It’s not always you will turn up and win a cricket game.”(But) there is no need to panic. We will keep our heads high. We have qualified and the first step in every tournament is qualification. We have not taken our foot off the gas.”(Loss) Just shows we can make mistakes as well. We lost two games in a row. If we pick up momentum and win the next three, then you will be asking how is the championship feeling,” he retorted when asked how back-to-back losses could affect the team going into the play-offs.The two-time champions began their campaign with a loss to Rising Pune Supergiant, had a great run of six successive wins before their trans-Sahyadri rivals again stopped the spree by beating them at the Wankhede Stadium here.From then on it has been a mixed bag and the worst show was against the Sunrisers in Hyderabad when they were tied down to a low score of 138 for seven which was easily overhauled by their rivals with seven wickets to spare.advertisementYesterday, on an off day for most of their bowlers, MI allowed KXIP to rattle up a season-high score of 230-3 and then came very close to achieving the highest-ever successful run-chase in IPL history by reaching 223-6, thanks to opener Lendl Simmons’ 32-ball 59 and Pollard’s blistering knock that contained five towering sixes.Had MI won, Punjab would have been knocked out of play- off contention, but they survived by the skin of the teeth despite rattling up a tall score.The giant Trinidadian complimented rival stumper Wriddhiman Saha, who notched up 93 not out in 55 balls, and visiting team skipper Glen Maxwell (47 in 21 balls) for powering KXIP to the tall score, only the third time they have reached 230 in ten editions of IPL.”It was a great game of cricket from both sides. We call it (Wankhede track) a bowlers’ graveyard. It’s good we stuck to our guns. These are the games you want going into the play- off rounds.”Saha batted very well, Maxi as well. They took the initiative right from the start and we knew we were in for a tough game. As I said someone has to win, someone has to lose and we were the losing side,” said Pollard, who brought MI closer to the target in the company of Hardik Pandya (30 in 13 balls).The duo added 55 runs in less than four overs to send KXIP into a tizzy before the visitors gathered their wits in the last two overs to stop MI’s surge just short of the target.Pollard conceded that the Wankhede Stadium match track was a very good one to bat on, perhaps the best of the pitches laid out at this venue this season thus far.”Yes, I think so. It was a very good wicket. As you can see runs were scored. It was a very good cricket match as well. In T20 cricket when a side scores 230, more often than not they don’t give you a chance. We came as close as possible.”Pollard said he did not feel much pressure as he was out in the middle and trying to concentrate on the job in hand.”These are the moments you practice for. This is what professional sport and cricket is all about. Once you are in the middle the pressure is not as hard as actually watching it from the dug-out. I was in the middle and so it was pretty easy,” he said.”I don’t know how others were feeling in the dug-out. I know when I am in the dug-out I feel the pressure. Once you are in the middle the pressure is different there is a job to do and you try to do the job to your best (ability),” he concluded.last_img read more

From ‘crock’ Carroll to super Salah – look how far Liverpool have come

first_imgAs they look towards a glittering future, Liverpool must first confront a ghost from their recent past.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds travel to West Ham on Monday evening looking to restore their five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League. After victories for Tottenham on Saturday and Manchester City on Sunday, the pressure will be right back on the league leaders at the London Stadium.AdChoices广告These are heady times for the men from Anfield, who have their eyes on a 19th league crown, and a first since 1990. Rarely since then have they found themselves in a better position at this time of year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Their success has been built on stability, on consistency, on sound recruitment and strong management. It’s taken them a while, but Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, appear to have found the winning formula. They have the manager they want, the players they want, and they’re getting the results they want.Apt, then, that on Monday night they could run into Andy Carroll, a weathered, robust reminder of the way things used to be at Liverpool.Carroll, it is fair to say, represents a different Anfield era; an era of gambles and mistakes, of muddled thinking and expensive missteps. He’s the sixth most expensive player in the club’s history, whose 11 goals came at a cost of more than £3 million each. He’s the man who scored in an FA Cup final, who settled a Goodison derby and a Wembley derby, and yet he’s still, at £35m, one of the biggest disappointments in recent memory.Who could forget the excitement when Carroll arrived at Melwood on the final day of January 2011? It was the day Fernando Torres left for Chelsea, the day Luis Suarez joined from Ajax. Carroll, though, was the story. Amid a sea of flashbulbs and supporters eager to catch a glimpse of their new hero, the grinning Geordie with the ponytail and the prodigious leap became the costliest English footballer of all time.Andy Carroll Luis Suarez LiverpoolIt was, by any measure, a remarkable transfer. Carroll’s form at Newcastle had been good, but he was in the middle of his first full Premier League season, and his off-field reputation on Tyneside was far from perfect. There had been scrapes in bars and clubs, a fight with team-mate Steven Taylor and an assault charge which had seen him ordered to move in with club captain Kevin Nolan as part of his bail conditions.The signs were there early on that this was not a marriage made in heaven. Carroll had not wanted to leave Newcastle, and admitted later that he had spent the helicopter journey to Liverpool Googling some of his new team-mates. He arrived on Merseyside injured, having not played in over a month. It would be five more weeks before he took to the field.That, as much as anything, helps sum up Carroll. A career that could have been defined by goals has instead been about pulls and strains, aches and pains. In the seven full seasons since his move to Liverpool, only twice has he managed to play 20 or more games. Not once has he reached double figures in terms of scoring.“I honestly don’t know what I’ve done in my life to get the sh*t I get,” Carroll said recently, opening up admirably about the struggles of being injured for long spells. The ‘crock’ tag clearly irks him, though he has also been honest enough to admit that he contributed to his own problems earlier in his career, when his drinking was excessive and his approach to training far from perfect. “That is the old me,” he says. “I have regrets looking back.”Carroll played regularly for Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish – the pair shared a relationship good enough to justify them once attending a Boyzone concert together – and helped Liverpool win the League Cup in 2012. He scored the winner against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, and grabbed his side’s goal as they lost to Chelsea in the final. Had it not been for Petr Cech and one of the great cup final saves, he may well have written his name into Anfield folklore.But Brendan Rodgers, Dalglish’s replacement, was never convinced. “Not a Liverpool player,” was his initial assessment of Carroll, relayed to local journalists in an off-record briefing soon after his appointment. A month later, Liverpool’s record signing was heading to West Ham on loan, admitting he “could never get a grip” on Merseyside. Rodgers, he said, gave him mixed messages, telling him one minute that he was part of his plans, then offering him the chance to leave. “I lost respect for him,” Carroll said.There have been highs since – a hat-trick against Arsenal at Upton Park sticks out, as does a spectacular overhead kick against Crystal Palace – but 95 starts in six-and-a-half years tells its own story. Carroll has lost 142 games to injury – be it hamstring, groin, ankle, foot, knee or heel – since moving to East London.Andy Carroll, West HamFor now, he’s fit, although he is likely to start on the bench on Monday if Marko Arnautovic shakes off a foot problem.Liverpool, whose defence has looked shakier than usual in recent games, will certainly be wary of the threat he will pose, though the Reds have bigger things to concern themselves with than their former striker. Klopp’s men are going for glory this season, their team is evolving into one of Europe’s finest and the club is better run now than it has been for years. Aberrations like Carroll, or Stewart Downing or Charlie Adam, or even Lazar Markovic, who left for Fulham last week, belong in the past.A win in Stratford will give them their 20th league win of the campaign, only one fewer than they managed in the whole of last season. Their progress is unarguable.You’ll see it on Monday night, in fact. From Carroll to Mohamed Salah, that’s how far Liverpool have come. Beat West Ham, and they will take another huge step towards that glittering future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Modi govts first 50 days exemplary many steps taken to improve lives

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP working president JP Nadda on Friday presented a report card of Modi 2.0 government and said its first 50 days have been exemplary and it has taken several steps to improve the lives of people. Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here, he said it was a precedent to present a report card on completion of first 100 days but “now we have started it at the halfway mark”. Citing various decisions of the Narendra Modi-led government such as tap water to every household by 2024 and further expansion of rural roads network under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to improve rural road connectivity, Nadda said the many exemplary steps have been taken which has touched the lives of millions of people. He also talked about the government’s decision to give pension to small traders and scholarships to kids of martyrs who were from paramilitary forces.last_img read more

Lampard trusts young guns for Chelsea Champions League bid

first_imgLondon: Frank Lampard said he “believed and trusted” in striker Tammy Abraham as he prepared to unleash his young players against Valencia in Chelsea’s Champions League opener on Tuesday. Abraham, 21, scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Wolves on Saturday but his form has come as no surprise to Lampard. “I never had clear expectations for him apart from the fact that I believed in him and trusted him,” he said at a press conference on Monday at Chelsea’s training base. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I know a lot was made of the (transfer) ban giving opportunities for young players. But I thought now was his time.” As for the possibility of England missing out on Abraham should he opt to play for Nigeria, Lampard said: “That’s not a question for me. “He has put himself in a bracket by being a top-scorer in England. It is one for (England boss) Gareth (Southgate) but it is clear Tammy will be wanted.” Abraham who is the Premier League’s joint leading scorer alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero with seven goals, has two senior England caps won in friendlies. Nigeria Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterhave been hoping Abraham can be persuaded to switch allegiance to them. And when asked about the Nigeria interest, he was quoted by the Telegraph newspaper as saying: “I have heard the talks and I’ve not really been focused on that yet. I think when the time comes, the time comes. We never know.” Lampard has put his faith in youth during a transfer embargo for the club and has been rewarded with some impressive performances. As well as Abraham’s three goals, Fikayo Tomori, 21, also struck his first goal for the club at Molineux, while 20-year-old Mason Mount continued the form that earned him an England call-up with his third goal in four Premier League games. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard, who won the Champions League with the club as a player, will be making his debut in the competition as a manager. “I will be proud to do it,” he said. “I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League — and some bad ones — but it is the ultimate for me.” The Chelsea boss was cautious in his expectations for last season’s Europa League winners. “Our target is to qualify from a tough group,” he said. “I have belief in the players. I’m confident but very aware of the dangers.”last_img read more

Laos UNICEF moves to combat extreme child malnutrition in floodaffected provinces

15 September 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its aid partners are joining forces with health officials in Laos to tackle what they describe as alarming levels of malnutrition among children in nine provinces affected by floods and typhoons in the past two years. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its aid partners are joining forces with health officials in Laos to tackle what they describe as alarming levels of malnutrition among children in nine provinces affected by floods and typhoons in the past two years.A Government assessment conducted earlier this year in collaboration with UNICEF found “extremely high levels” of malnutrition, the agency reported yesterday.In Attapeu, one of three southern provinces covered by the survey, 18.9 per cent of children aged six to 59 months were found to suffer from acute malnutrition. That figure is nearly 4 per cent above the international definition for an emergency situation.In response to the assessment, the Government and its international partners have devised a 12-month strategy of urgent interventions targeting around 200,000 children. This includes the dispatch of therapeutic feeding kits to severely affected areas and the training of health staff and volunteer community workers, who will carry out a screening and assessment of the most severely malnourished children.For its part, UNICEF will accelerate the distribution of micronutrient powder for children aged six to 23 months and promote zinc supplements for children with diarrhoea. A campaign to promote exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life is using education and community participation to tackle inappropriate feeding practices.The floods from 2008 and Typhoon Ketsana last year destroyed rice crops and other agricultural production in some of the poorest areas of the country, leaving communities struggling to feed themselves.The survey uncovered a number of worrying facts, including significantly high levels of stunting among young children in the southern province of Sekong. More than a third of young children in the nine affected provinces suffered from anaemia. Communities also reported inadequate access to safe drinking water and outbreaks of waterborne diseases. The report also highlighted the prevalence of poor infant feeding practices – critical in determining a child’s health and future development. The team found many mothers fail to exclusively breastfeed their children in the early months of life. Many infants, some as young as two months old, are instead given sticky rice, water and soup.Experts say the early introduction to solid food puts babies at risk of infection, particularly by diarrhoeal disease and acute respiratory disorders.“This is a really worrying situation, but it’s good to see a response taking shape,” said Timothy Schaffter, UNICEF Representative in Laos.“Through working closely with our different partners in the government and other organizations, we aim to bring about a rapid improvement in the nutritional status of these children.” read more

French officials hold talks with military chiefs in Colombo

Commander Loic Bizot, Deputy Defense and Naval Attaché for India and Defense Attaché (non resident) for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives with Mrs Isabelle Miscot, Deputy Head of Mission of the French Embassy in Colombo had talks with Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army at the Army Headquarters today.The army media unit said that the French officials and the army chief exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest and importance between both Sri Lanka and France. The Ambassador was awarded with a Guard of Honour on his arrival. He was accompanied by Commander Loic Bizot.They held cordial discussions on matters of mutual interests and bilateral importance. Mementos were also exchanged to mark the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) Earlier in the day the French Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Jean-Marin Schub called on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo. The brief meeting culminated with exchange of symbolic mementos. read more

Markets Right Now Resumption of trade talks sends stocks up

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Word that the U.S. and China will restart trade talks next month and some encouraging data on hiring sent stocks solidly higher in early trading on Wall Street.Early winners among U.S. stocks Thursday included major technology companies, which do a lot of business with China and stand to gain if the trade conflict abates. Chipmaker Intel jumped 3.6%.Markets have been jittery in recent weeks as trade tensions between the two countries have escalated, and new tariffs kicked in last weekend.The S&P 500 rose 28 points, or 1%, to 2,966.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 312, or 1.2%, to 26,668. The Nasdaq rose 97, or 1.2%, to 8,072.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.53%.The Associated Press read more

After being grounded by lack of rules US agricultural drones set to

After being grounded by lack of rules, U.S. agricultural drones set to take off In this June 11, 2015, photo, a DJI Phantom 3 drone is flown by Matthew Creger, marketing director for Intelligent UAS, during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers in Cordova, Md. The small, relatively inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms, transmitting detailed information about crops, directing farmers to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals used. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) CORDOVA, Md. – Mike Geske wants a drone.Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do.“The savings on labour and fuel would just be phenomenal,” Geske says, watching as a small white drone hovers over a nearby corn field and transmits detailed pictures of the growing stalks to an iPad.Nearby, farmer Chip Bowling tries his hand at flying one of the drones. Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, says he would like to buy one for his Maryland farm to help him scout out which individual fields need extra spraying.Another farmer, Bobby Hutchison, says he is hoping the man he hires weekly to walk his fields and observe his crops gets a drone, to make the process more efficient and accurate.“I see it very similar to how I saw the computer when it first started,” says Hutchison, 64. “It was a no-brainer.”Farmers are eager for the technology.The small, relatively inexpensive vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms: transmitting detailed information about crops to combines and sprayers, directing them very precisely to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals that a farmer needs to use in those areas.The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group, says agriculture could account for 80 per cent of all commercial drone use.Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January.Companies with those exemptions say business has grown, helped by quick advances in the technology.Bret Chilcott of Kansas-based AgEagle, which sells unmanned aerial vehicles and the software to help operate them, says his company took its first orders last year. Now it has a backlog of several hundred orders. He says the technology has transformed the market during that short period.“Last year users had to land their aircraft and then take the data to the computer,” he says. “Now the data appears on your iPad or hand-held device a few minutes after flight.”That data could be pictures, 3-D images of plants, thermal readings of crops or animals or other observations that a drone could make while in the air. Information that in the past took days to collect — or could not have been collected at all — can be gathered now in minutes or hours and, in some cases, integrated with separate data collected from other high-tech farm machinery.Chilcott is optimistic that the technology to scout out problem spots so precisely will be transformative because farmers can limit spraying just to those places.“In five years we won’t have to blanket a field with chemicals,” he says.Still, most farmers cannot legally fly the vehicles yet.The FAA is working on rules that would allow the drones to be used regularly for business while maintaining certain safety and privacy standards. An FAA proposal this year would allow flight of the vehicles as long as they weigh less than 55 pounds, stay within the operator’s sight and fly during the daytime, among other restrictions. Operators would have to pass an FAA test of aeronautical knowledge and a Transportation Security Administration background check.Thomas Haun of North Carolina-based PrecisionHawk, another company with an exemption, says it is unclear what the business will look like eventually. Farmers may hire services that have unmanned aerial vehicles or every farm may get its own drone. Most likely, it will be a combination.Haun says the proposed rules are appropriate. “It’s pretty spot on for where the technology is right now,” he says.Some people have concerns about the guidelines. Pilots of crop dusters and other planes that operate around farms are concerned the rules do not go far enough to ensure safety.“We can’t see them,” says Andrew Moore of the National Agricultural Aviation Association. His group advocated for the unmanned vehicles to include tracking systems or lights to help airplanes figure out where they are, but that was not included in the proposal.The rules could pose some challenges for the eager farmers, too.Geske may not be able to use drones efficiently to monitor all the irrigation pipes on his 2,100 acre Missouri farm if he has to keep them within sight. He’s still interested, though. The men he hires now use a lot of fuel and their trucks tear up his land and roads.“You can wait forever on advancing technology,” Geske says.___Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter http://twitter.com/mcjalonick by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2015 4:07 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2015 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

David Camerons resignation to set off leadership scramble

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by his wife, Samantha, speaks to the media in front of 10 Downing street, London, Friday, June, 24, 2016, as he announces he will resign by the time of the Conservative Party conference in the autumn, following the result of the EU referendum, in which the Britain voted to leave the EU. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) David Cameron’s resignation to set off leadership scramble by Gregory Katz, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 2:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – An intense leadership battle is expected to unfold within Britain’s Conservative Party after its long-standing, passionate split over the country’s role in Europe reached a pinnacle Friday with a vote to exit the bloc and the resignation of the prime minister.The still youthful-looking David Cameron announced he would step down after Brits rejected his plea to vote to keep Britain inside the European Union, setting in motion complex divorce proceedings expected to take two years or more to work out.Speaking in a stoic tone, with his wife Samantha standing nearby, Cameron said Britain needs a new “captain” to manage torturous negotiations with EU officials about how to separate Britain from the 28-nation bloc.Strong disagreements over Britain’s place in Europe helped undercut the party support for the last Conservative prime minister, John Major, and before him Margaret Thatcher. She was removed by internal foes, as was Cameron, in effect, while Major lost a 1997 general election in part because party unity had become illusory because of a split over Europe.There was an element of Shakespearean tragedy over the resignation of Cameron, 49.The often cheerful prime minister, who had seemed to live a charmed political life, was laid low not by his enemies — and certainly not the often ignored Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who faces a nascent leadership challenge of his own.Instead, his fate was sealed by two former close friends within the Conservative Party who helped lead the campaign to leave the EU: Oxford University mate Boris Johnson and close family friend Michael Gove.The Cameron and Gove families used to vacation together and Gove’s wife is the godmother to one of Cameron’s daughters, but their friendship dissolved in the clash over the referendum.On Friday, Johnson and Gove had only praise for Cameron when they made a joint appearance lamenting his decision to step down— but by then, they had already, politically speaking, buried him.Cameron said Friday a new prime minister should be in place by a party conference in October. That means the party must choose a leader, who would become prime minister.Among the possible contenders are Johnson and Gove, as well as Home Secretary Theresa May.Johnson didn’t utter a word Friday about whether he would become a candidate for the party’s top spot. He called his old university classmate “one of the most extraordinary politicians of our age” and commended Cameron’s “bravery” for calling the referendum.Political analysts and commentators have consistently said Johnson hoped to use a vote in favour of a British exit from the EU, or Brexit, as a launching pad for national leadership.The result of the referendum caused some resentment from Britons who wanted to stay in the EU about the way a dispute between the elite-educated Cameron and Johnson ended with a British decision to withdraw from the bloc. It was Cameron who called the referendum, to quell party conflict, and Johnson whose charisma helped lure voters away from the EU.“I am very unhappy about it,” said Richard Aczel, who teaches English literature in Germany. “I was born and bred in Britain but I am also a European. I am sick that two upper class twits from Eton have torn our country apart and I feel ashamed.”Other Cabinet members are likely to contend for the leadership as well. However, Treasury chief George Osborne’s chances seem damaged by the Brexit vote as he had argued strongly in favour of remaining in the EU.He had been considered to be in a strong position before the campaign to stay inside the EU faltered in the last two weeks.Conservative Party rules call for the party’s members of Parliament to choose two candidates through a series of ballots, and then the entire party’s membership will choose between those two.If only one candidate surfaces by the close of nominations, he or she is declared the leader and the choice then must be ratified by the party membership as a whole.Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said it is too soon to speculate about who will replace Cameron, who became party leader in 2005 and led the party to two general election victories.“I think it is a bit too early to start speculating about that,” he said. “There is plenty to do now to help make this decision work, to stabilize our economy, to reassure our allies and to continue the program we were all elected on last year.”He said Cameron has done the honourable thing by resigning.Cameron had been expected to serve several more years but the referendum result made his position untenable. He was re-elected last year with a majority vote but lost control of the debate on the EU. read more

Sony recalls Nasne media hub a day before launch

first_imgBack in April Sony announced it was to release a new media hub called Nasne. The device looks like a squashed PS3 and allows for both digital terrestrial and satellite programming to be piped to your PS3, PS Vita, Sony laptops, tablets, or even smartphones via your home network. The included 500GB hard drive meant recording your favorite shows was an option, too. And if you want simultaneous channel recording, you can hook up to 4 Nasne to your PS3, all while controlling it via an easy to use and free app.Nasne was expected to launch in Japan tomorrow for around $200, but that is no longer going to happen.Sony has apparently found a problem with the device serious enough to delay the launch. Japanese retailers already had stock of the device ready to sell, but Sony is now having them all ship their Nasne units back. This suggests the issue may be hardware rather than software, otherwise Sony could just push out a day one software patch and resolve the problem.According to Engadget’s source, the stock has been damaged somehow while being transported. To me that suggests there might be a quality control issue if, for example, the connection to the internal hard drive has become dislodged, or the casing has cracked/opened.Sony will want to fix the problem as soon as possible and I doubt we will see more than a couple of weeks of delay before Nasne finally appears for sale. Whether it will sell or not is another question, with $200 being a rather high price to pay for what is effectively a media streamer with a hard drive.Read more at Andriasang and Engadgetlast_img read more

Strikes roll into second day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Many schools are shut for a second day, as teachers continue with their five days of rolling strikes against the government’s so-called mobility scheme, that will see thousands of teachers transferred to other jobs in the public service or sacked. Unions say that participation of teachers in Monday’s strike was 90%, a figure disputed by the education ministry, which said that 70% took part. Staff at the social insurance funds, the state employment agency OAED and labour ministry also also continuing a 5-day rolling strike that began on Monday. Lawyers commenced a two-day strike on Tuesday and Wednesday in protest at the new lawyer’s code. Doctors in public hospitals started a three-day strike on Tuesday, in protest at hospital downgrading and the mobility scheme. Primary schools will also be affected on Wednesday and Thursday, when primary teachers will strike. Strikes are also under way at universities and technical colleges across the country, where administrative staff are protesting. Furthermore, the main umbrella public sector labour union Adedy has called a 48-hour strike from Wednesday. Other hospital staff have said they will participate in Adedy’s two-day strike on Wednesday and Thursday and may extend their protest. The private sector union federation GSEE has called on its members to stop work from 11am to 3pm in support. Motorists are advised that numerous protests are planned for the city centre. Adedy will hold a rally at 11.30am at Klafthmonos Square on Wednesday, while the communist-backed Pame union will assemble at 10.30am on Omonia square. Source: EnetEnglishlast_img read more

Canadian Greek festival revived thanks to 15000 boost

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek festival in London, Canada is set to return to the city thanks to a $15,000 boost from the provincial government. A Taste of Greece is a three-day event held in May over the Victoria Day long weekend, and will feature traditional Greek cuisine, music and dance performed by various groups. The festival is one of 45 art and cultural events across the province to benefit from a $2.8 million fund, reports Blackburn News.“Through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, our government is supporting a variety of exciting events across the province that showcases our art, culture and heritage,” said Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon.“As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, events like these remind us of how incredible this province is, how much we have to be proud of, and what we can accomplish when we come together.”The funding is being made in a bid to help strengthen cultural tourism, boosting local economies by creating jobs and drawing visitors to communities across Ontario.last_img read more

Drame familial chez des orangoutans

first_imgDrame familial chez des orang-outansSelon les responsables du zoo de Zurich, un bébé orang-outan né vendredi 6 avril au sein de l’établissement a connu des premiers jours difficiles, entre une mère qui l’a délaissé et une grand-mère possessive. Heureusement, la situation revient peu à peu à la normale…Né vendredi 6 avril au zoo de Zurich en Suisse, Malou, un orang-outan de Sumatra mâle, a immédiatement été accaparé par Timor, une femelle d’âge mûr qui est la mère de Cahaya, la génitrice du petit. Explication : la grand-mère si possessive, ayant accouché d’un bébé mort-né 6 mois plus tôt, était en mal de tendresse maternelle…À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour restaurer un lien maternel normal entre Malou et Cahaya, et réfréner l’enthousiasme excessif de Timor, le vétérinaire du zoo, après avoir anesthésié ces deux dernières, a placé le nourrisson sur le ventre de sa mère, tous deux ayant été isolés du reste du groupe. D’abord indifférente aux pleurs de son rejeton, Cahaya a fini par le tenir auprès d’elle, puis a commencé à l’allaiter.Dimanche, le personnel du zoo se disait tout à fait rassuré. Mercredi, toujours hors du l’enceinte où vivent les autres orang-outans mais placée dans un local contigu, Cahaya reprenait contact avec eux. Une fois le lien maternel jugé suffisamment fort, la jeune femelle et son fils reprendront leur place dans le groupe, que la grand-mère, Timor, ne réintégrera que plus tard.Le 15 avril 2012 à 10:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

US China Set Meeting to Discuss Transparency Biotech Approvals

first_imgIn conjunction with President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington D.C this week, the U.S. and Chinese governments are holding a Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue (SAID) meeting on Thursday.The SAID meeting will hopefully set the stage for discussions regarding increased transparency and timeliness of Chinese biotech trait approvals. The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other groups are invited to participate in Thursday’s meeting.China is a key export market for U.S. soybeans, but the trade is at risk due to China’s restrictive regulatory approval procedures for biotech products.ASA and other industry partners sent several letters to President Barack Obama throughout the past month, reiterating the importance of ensuring swift, positive action on pending biotechnology issues.Goals include seeing China establish a transparent, predictable and practical approach to both biotechnology approvals and imports of grains and oilseeds that may contain crop biotechnology, in addition to obtaining a commitment from President Xi to advance the full queue of biotechnology products, including the seven currently awaiting final import approvals, and other products in or awaiting field trials.ASA will have more information on the SAID meeting in next week’s eBean News.last_img read more

OBITUARY Janice L Kadlec Ferrone 78

first_imgARLINGTON, MA — Janice L. Ferrone (Kadlec), age 78 passed away peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2019. She was born June 11, 1940 in Wilmington, Massachusetts to Charles and Edna Kadlec. Janice spent her earlier years as a caregiver to elders and later in life worked at Arlington High School in the cafeteria. She devoted many years to helping others. Janice was a devoted Red Sox fan and enjoyed cheering on the world series teams and her favorite player Big Papi. She was an avid walker and spent many days walking around Arlington and Harvard Square. Janice enjoyed time in the kitchen and cooking for her family and friends.She loved spending time with her family especially her children John Ferrone and his wife Kathleen Ferrone of Woburn, MA, Bryan Ferrone and his wife Karen Ferrone of Auburn NH, Denise Hess and her husband Zackary Hess of Leominster MA, and Paul Ferrone of Leominster MA. She is survived by her brother Robert Kadlec and his wife Connie Kadlec who reside in Florida. Janice is also survived by her grandchildren who lovingly called her “Nana”, Dannielle Ferrone, Ryan and his wife Aileen Ferrone, Ashley Ferrone, Andrea Ferrone, Michael Ferrone, Rebecca Hess, Renee Hess, Christopher Ferrone, and her great grandson Cameron Ferrone. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.The family will greet friends and relatives from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday January 24th followed by a ceremony at Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut Street in Arlington MA.Janice L. (Kadlec) Ferrone(NOTE: The above obituary is from Keefe Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Managers seek to open Nush caribou to nonlocals sameday airborne

first_img(USGS photo)The Federal Subsistence Board is considering two more changes to increase take of the Nushagak Peninsula caribou herd, which managers say is large, overpopulated, and possibly heading for a sharp downfall.Togiak Refuge Manager Susanna Henry says the two new special action requests would be for the current season that’s open until March 31st.“The two changes would be, one, to allow same-day airborne, providing that someone were to harvest a caribou that they would shoot from [at least] 300 feet away from the airplane once the airplane has landed,” says Henry. “The other is to open the hunt up to all residents of Alaska.”Right now, the hunt is limited to residents from six Bristol Bay villages — Togiak, Twin Hills, Manokotak, Dillingham, Aleknagik and Clark’s Point.Managers hope that opening the harvest to other Alaskans will help cut down the population – currently over 1400 animals – closer to an ideal size of 700-900.“If those two changes were implemented, the most we could probably see from it would be people who have an airplane and could come over here easily from the eastside of Bristol Bay, like Naknek and King Salmon,” says Henry. “They’re probably the most like to take advantage of this and benefit from it.”These special actions, if implemented by the Federal Subsistence Board, would only affect the current season through March 31st.The public can provide comment on the special action requests at a meeting Tuesday, February 16th, 6-8 p.m. at the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.last_img read more

Ferdousi Priyabhashini no more

first_imgFerdousi PriyabhashiniFreedom fighter and noted sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini passed away at a hospital in Dhaka on Tuesday.She was 71.Priyabhashini was undergoing treatment at the coronary care unit (CCU) of Labaid Hospital following a cardiac arrest.She had been suffering from multiple complications, including kidney and heart diseases.Officials at the hospital said Priyabhashini was admitted to the hospital on 23 February. She was then suffering from kidney complications.Ferdousi Priyabhashini was born in Khulna on 19 February 1947. During Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971, she was tortured by the Pakistani military.For her sacrifice during the freedom fight, the government awarded her the Independence Award, the highest civilian award of the country in 2016.last_img

BNP interviews city polls candidates

first_imgFlag of BNP. File PhotoThe nomination board of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday interviewed nine nomination seekers, but could not finalise its mayoral candidates for the upcoming Khulna and Gazipur city polls.The party may announce the names of its candidates for the two city polls by a day or two, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told newsmen after the meeting, reports UNB.The party’s nomination board, comprising BNP standing committee members, started the interview around 5:30pm with Khulna city BNP general secretary Shafiqul Islam Mona, one of three mayoral nomination aspirants for Khulna city polls.They also interviewed current mayor Moniruzzaman Moni and Khulna city BNP president Nazrul Islam Manju.Later, they interviewed six nomination aspirants for Gazipur city—current mayor and party vice chairman professor MA Mannan, executive committee member Hasanuddin Sarkar, Sramik Dal executive president Salauddin Sarkar, Gazipur district unit JCD president Sharfat Hossain and local BNP leaders Shawkat Hossain Sarkar and Abdus Salam.Though Mannan’s son M Manzurul Karim Rony collected a nomination paper, he could not appear before the interview board since he is staying abroad.Party insiders said the BNP standing committee members could not finalise the two candidates as there are differences of opinion among them.A BNP senior leader said the party had a plan to pick Hasanuddin Sarkar as its mayoral candidate for Gazipur. But physical conditions of both MA Mannan and Sarkar are not in a good shape, and it will be difficult for the party to win in Gazipur elections with such elderly candidate as Awami League is likely to field a young contender like its Gazipur city unit general secretary Jahangir Alam.“So, the standing committee members are in a fix to finalise the mayoral candidate for Gazipur polls. They’ll take the decision after an elaborate discussion,” the BNP leader told UNB.He said their party also had a decision to select Nazrul Islam Manju as party candidate for Khulna city mayoral polls, but he declined to contest the election, and urged the nomination board to pick current mayor Moni as the party candidate again.Last week, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced that the elections to Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will be held on 15 May.According to the polls schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is 12 April, while the dates for scrutinising those are 15 and 16 April, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is 23 April.BNP candidates Moni and professor Mannan were elected mayors in Khulna and Gazipur polls respectively in the 2013 polls.last_img read more

India EU ask Myanmar to implement Annan report

first_imgIndia and the European Union (EU) have urged Myanmar to implement the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations and work with Bangladesh to return displaced persons to Northern Rakhine state, reports UNB.India and the EU also recognised the role being played by Bangladesh in extending humanitarian assistance to the people in need, according to India-EU joint statement issued during 14th India-EU Summit in New Delhi on Friday.The joint statement was issued after talks among Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, president of the European Council Donald Tusk and president of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker.India and the EU expressed deep concern at the recent spate of violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar that has resulted in the outflow of a large number of people from the state, many of whom have sought shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.Both sides took note that this violence was triggered off by a series of attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants which led to loss of lives among the security forces as well as the civilian population.Both sides recognised the need for ending the violence and restoring normalcy in the Rakhine state without any delay.More than 5,15,000 Rohingyas have so far taken refuge in Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar carried out by its military forces since 25 August.last_img read more