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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 5

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAdamson’s loss is Lyceum’s gain. And Jaycee Marcelino has no qualms on making that fact known.With the past week his coming out party, the offensive-minded half of the Marcelino twins is proving that he might just be the next great NCAA playmaker, coming out of nowhere to follow the footsteps of stars like Scottie Thompson and Jio Jalalon.This week, Marcelino hushed the boisterous crowd in EAC with his stupendous showing including the game-sealing steal on Francis Munsayac as the Pirates bucked the absence of coach Topex Robinson to stay unscathed at 7-0.2. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKnown as a gunner throughout his career, Bong Quinto shared that it took time for him giving the steering wheel to Rey Nambatac.But with this selfless act, the 20-year-old seems to be thriving, as the duos’ trust with each other have helped Letran nab three straight wins to pull it out of the muck and grab solo third place.ADVERTISEMENT Creamline gets headway for bronze medal, trumps Air Force NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHas San Sebastian finally figured things out after a shocking slump early in the season?It’s still too early to tell, but for Michael Calisaan, this past week’s dominating 101-71 victory over lowly St. Benilde should be a good indication on how far the team can go.Known as a heady defensive crew, the Golden Stags put their offensive prowess in full display, with Calisaan dominating a stretch in the fourth quarter and racking 12 straight points.If San Sebastian keeps this up, there shouldn’t be any hitches for it to realize the preseason predictions placed on its head. MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img As promising as this stretch is, the road is about to get bumpier for the Knights, with San Sebastian and Lyceum next in their schedule.3. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2A staple of this list from the start, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that CJ Perez is still flying high in these rankings.Just as the past weeks, the energetic forward has embraced the team concept coach Topex Robinson has been preaching and seven games in and Lyceum has still yet to fall.The test, however, will be in this coming week as the Pirates’ discipline will be put to the test with Robinson serving his one-game suspension following his ejection in the EAC win.4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 1FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer took a bit of a bump down the rankings, but that shouldn’t take away his contributions for Letran in its game against Perpetual.Rey Nambatac did all he could to tow the Knights to the victory, even if that meant crashing the boards against the towering Prince Eze, as he became the engine that made the team work.Showing the leadership qualities Letran has been looking for since last season, Nambatac has indeed established himself as one of the best young prospects in the amateur ranks today.But just like Quinto, he and the rest of the Knights will be put into the test this coming week with a tough two-game grind coming up. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the past week.ADVERTISEMENT Oh, how fast time flies.We’re past the halfway point of the first round and it seems that Lyceum and San Beda have pulled away from the field.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 starsBut beyond them is where the action is, with only a win separating the third and the ninth seeds, showing how important every game is for every team aspiring to be in the Final Four.But those wins wouldn’t come to be if not for the players themselves, and this is our list of this week’s top performers.1. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 blockLast Week: 7 NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 5. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdmittedly inconsistent through the first six games, Donald Tankoua has finally had his best game to date for San Beda as he took a page out of his old self in the team’s 66-55 win over Mapua.With only Christian Bunag challenging him on the inside, the Nigerian center may have just gotten the shot of confidence he needs as the Red Lions gear for the tougher wars ahead.Couple that with the good showing of young prospects like Clint Doliguez and San Beda may just very well be building up a solid team ready to defend its throne.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere starred in EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano, but largely was absent in its home game on Thursday.Francis Munsayac, meanwhile, corralled a career-best 26 points, but committed the heartbreaking turnover which took the fight out of the Generals in their 97-93 loss to Lyceum.Despite the up-and-down week, the lone consistent force for coach Ariel Sison has been Juju Bautista, who refused to let his team down in those two close games.The Fil-Samoan’s role, though, is expected to get bigger with Hamadou Laminou being ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL in his right knee.7. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5last_img read more

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Dhoni fined 60 per cent, team 30 per cent for slow over-rate

first_imgTeam India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. ReutersThere seems to be no end to Indian’s team’s woes as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was docked 60 per cent of his match fees while his teammates were handed a 30 per cent fine for being guilty of maintaining a slow over-rate during the fifth cricket Test against England at the Oval.According to a press release issued by the ICC, match referee Ranjan Madugalle imposed the fines after Dhoni’s side was ruled to be three overs short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.In accordance with ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel regulations governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.If Dhoni is found guilty of one more minor over-rate offence in Tests over the next 12 months, he will receive a one-match suspension as per the provisions of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.The offence is contrary to Article 2.5.1 of the code which relates to minor over-rate offences. The penalty was accepted by India without contest so there was no need for a hearing.last_img read more

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10 months agoPSG midfielder Rabiot agrees terms with Barcelona

first_imgPSG midfielder Rabiot agrees terms with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has agreed terms with Barcelona, it has been claimed.Le Parisien, ignoring Barca’s statement of denial, reported on Monday that Rabiot has reached an agreement with the Catalan club over his salary and signing bonus. At the moment there are no negotiations between Barça and PSG, but that the situation could evolve “this week”. Barça released a comment on Sunday denying “any type” of agreement with the midfielder. The club added that they have always acted in the correct manner with PSG, who they contacted over the player in August and again last week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Urban Meyer Reveals His College Football Playoff Picks After Week 4

first_img Who do you have in the CFP? 🤔@CoachUrbanMeyer, @MattLeinartQB, @ReggieBush, @joelklatt, @Brady_Quinn and @RobStoneONFOX share their picks after week 4 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/S4UiYaWyYp— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 25, 2019Overall, there are six different teams listed here: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma. No real surprises to speak of.It is noteworthy though that Brady Quinn is putting three SEC teams in the playoff and Joel Klatt is picking Ohio State as his champion. Earlier in the year, Klatt said he wasn’t sold on the Buckeyes after Week 1.However, he changed his tune after OSU’s Week 2 win over Cincinnati, and it seems like Justin Fields, Ryan Day and company have continued to impress him.What do you think of Meyer and the Fox Sports’ crew’s playoff predictions? A closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is used to competing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, not predicting which teams will make the field.But in Meyer’s new role as an analyst with Fox Sports, he has to make playoff picks like his colleagues. The latest Fox Sports CFP projections were released this afternoon.Meyer does have his former school in the mix, but he’s rolling with Dabo Swinney and Clemson to make it two in a row. Alabama and LSU are the other two schools in Meyer’s foursome.You can see all of the projections below.last_img read more

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Delhi University (DU) UG Admission 2019 registration to start at 8 pm! Direct link to apply online

first_imgDelhi University (DU) UG Admission 2019 registration to start at 8 pm! Direct link to apply onlineDelhi University (DU) will start the online registration process for admission to Undergraduate (UG) courses today, May 30 at 8 pm on the official website, the link for which is du.ac.inadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 13:02 IST Delhi University (DU) UG Admission 2019 registration to start at 8 pm! Direct link to apply onlineDU Admission 2019: Delhi University (DU) will start the online registration process for admission to Undergraduate (UG) courses today, May 30 at 8 pm. As per reports, the registration process of all the programmers for the academic session 2019-2020 will be completely online for all categories. The cut-offs will be announced by the varsity almost a week after the registration process ends, sources said.Read: DU Admissions 2019: 14 new changes in Delhi University admissionsAs reported by PTI, the admission portal will show candidate’s details like how many seats are available in the college and the course they are applying for, how many students have applied for those seats and how fast are the seats being filled up.Moreover, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is likely to conduct entrance exams for various Delhi University courses for this year.DU Admissions 2019: Important dates to rememberUnder-graduate (UG) programmes: May 30Post-graduate programmes: June 3Post-graduate Diploma in Cyber Security and Law: June 3MPhil/PhD programmes: June 3Delhi University (DU) UG Admission 2019:Log on to the official website of DU, http://du.ac.in/adm2019/index.htmlOn the homepage of DU, click on the New Applicant Signup’ tabCreate a new user account (Follow direction)Click on the New Registration’ linkEnter all the required information in the space providedPay the application feeClick on the ‘Register’ and a registration confirmation will be sent on your email idDownload a soft copy and take a print out of the filled-in DU Application Form 2019Direct link: http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=ug-admissionadvertisementDU admission: Eligibility criteriaThe candidate must have passed class 12 or its equivalent examination with minimum marks specified for each programmeCandidate should be an Indian citizen. The NRI candidates can apply through a different admission processThere is no minimum age requirement for applying.DU Admissions 2019: Open daysThe Dean Students’ Welfare Office will organise Open Day session as per the below mentioned schedule:DateVenueMay 31, June 3 and June 8 (10 am to 1:30 pm)Conference Centre, North Campus, Gate No 4June 4, 6, 7 and 10 ( From 10 am to 1:30 pm)Kamla Nehru College, Rajdhani College, Ram Lal Anand College, Zakir Husain Delhi College, Maharaja Agrasen CollegeList of documents required for uploading at the time of registration applicants are advised to keep ready following documents:Photocopy of all the documents listed belowOn the photocopy of each document, the applicant must sign and write “self-attested”Scan all these self-attested copies and keep them saved on the device (laptop or mobile device) on which you will carry out the online registration. You will need all these scanned, self-attested copies handy to upload them to complete the online registrationThe applicant will not be able to preview the application, pay the fee or submit the application without uploading the mandatory documents.List of documents:Passport size photograph of the applicant (10-50 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Scanned signature of the applicant (10-50 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Self -Attested Class 10 certificate/marksheet containing Date of Birth (100-500 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Self -attested Class 12 mark sheet, if results have been announced. (In case the marksheet has not been issued by the Board, a self-attested copy of the marksheet downloaded from the respective board’s website should be uploaded). (100-500 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format).SC/ST/PwD/CW/KM Certificate (in the name of the applicant) issued by the competent authority (100-500 kb in size for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format)OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Certificate (in the name of the Applicant) issued on or after March 31, 2019. The OBC caste must be included in Central list issued by the Government of India. http://ncbc.nic.in. (100-500 kb for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format)EWS Certificate issued by SDM certifying the applicant can claim reservation under this category, dated March 31, 2019 or later.(100-500 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Self-attested copies of Sports and/or ECA certificates. (100-500 kb in size per document for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG FORMAT), if applying under these categories.”Any certificates submitted under the categories mentioned in subheadings 3/4/5 must match with the names that appear on their corresponding School Board qualifying certificates; similarly their parents’ names must match in both sets of certificates. If applicants do not have these certificates at the time of application, they may upload the acknowledgement slip/receipt of application and produce the original certificate at the time of admission,” as per DU.The uploaded documents will need to be presented in the colleges at the time of admission, for online and/or forensic verification. If any false attestation/falsified records are detected, the applicant will be debarred from the University and / or its colleges and penal action will be taken against the applicant.advertisementA brief about DU:The University of Delhi is the premier university of the country and is known for its high standards in teaching and research and attracts eminent scholars to its faculty. It was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly.For any general queries related with the overall online registration process, applicant may contact (10 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday):Dean Students’ Welfare OfficeRoom No. 5,Conference Centre,Near Gate No. 4, NorthCampus, University of Delhi,Delhi – 110007Phone: 011-27667092Joint Dean Students’ Welfare OfficeArts Faculty,South Campus,University of Delhi,Delhi – 110021Phone: 011-24116178Only for PwD Applicants:Equal Opportunity Cell,Arts Faculty Tutorial Building,North Campus, University ofDelhi, Delhi – 110007.Phone: 011-27662602For any other query related to admission, all the candidates are advised to check the official website of Delhi University (DU).Read: DU Admissions 2019: Applications process to start at this time today @ du.ac.inREAD: DU admissions: Delhi University to provide full scholarship to students whose parents are no moreGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? 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New Contracts for Type 26 Project

first_imgJune 4, 2014 zoom BAE Systems has today announced new design contracts for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, which will play a vital role in the programme to deliver the Royal Navy’s next generation surface warship.Six Design Development Agreements have been awarded covering key areas such as propulsion, ventilation and electrical equipment, as well as combat and navigation systems.The design contracts have been awarded to the following companies: Babcock for the ship’s Air Weapons Handling System; DCNS for work on the vessel’s propulsion shaftlines; GE Energy Power Conversion for the Electric Propulsion Motor and Drive System; Imtech for the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System, and the Low Voltage Electrical equipment; Raytheon to develop the Integrated Navigation and Bridge Systems; and Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions for the ship’s Fixed Firefighting Systems.Geoff Searle, Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme Director at BAE Systems, said: “By the 2030s, the Type 26 will be the backbone of UK’s surface fleet and a strong industrial base is essential to sustaining this naval capability. Our partners and suppliers play a key role in this, as we work together to further develop the detailed design of the ship’s systems and equipment to enable us to deliver 13 highly capable, affordable and supportable Type 26 ships for the Royal Navy.”Under current plans, 13 Type 26 ships will be delivered to the Royal Navy, with manufacturing in Glasgow scheduled to start in 2016. The first vessel is due to enter service as soon as possible after 2020 and the Type 26 class will remain in service until 2060.The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will be a globally deployable, multi-mission warship capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group.The ship will take full advantage of modular design and open systems architecture, ensuring it can be easily upgraded as new technology develops and can accommodate different sub-systems and equipment suited to potential overseas customer needs.last_img read more

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Qatar Takes Controlling Stake in UASC

first_imgBefore the acquisition, the governments of Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq each had a 19.3% stake in the shipping line and Bahrain had a 3.5% shareholding, based on Lloyd’s List data.The deal is attributed to Qatar’s contribution to a series of capital increases backing the carrier’s expansion plans.The carrier’s has added sixth 18,000 teu LNG-ready ships and its fleet comprises of 55 ships.The ordering spree of UASC was completed with a final order for one 18,000 TEU container vessel at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea this March.The company’s total fleet expansion order reached 17 ships, including eleven 14,000 TEU vessels and six 18,000 TEU vesselsWorld Maritime News Staff, August 4, 2014 zoom World’s largest LNG exporter Qatar has acquired 51.3 pct stake in the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), thus becoming the company’s majority stake owner.last_img read more

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3 more die Assam JE toll rises to 71

first_imgGuwahati: With the death of three more patients, the Japanese Encephalitis in Assam rose to 71, a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said here Friday.The number of registered positive JE cases also increased to 334 from 306 on Thursday. Of the three fresh deaths reported, two were from Dibrugarh and one from Goalpara district, said the NHM bulletin. Giving the cumulative figures for JE/AES (Acute Encephalitis Syndrome), the bulletin said there were 165 deaths and 1,280 cases reported since January. Measures to control the mosquito borne disease that affects the brain continued to be taken across the state which is currently undergoing a transmission season for Japanese Encephalitis, NHM sources said.last_img read more

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Nonagenarian murder Accused meticulously planned murder

first_imgNew Delhi: From July this year, Kishan (domestic help) had started planning to abduct the 91-year-old retired government official from his home in South Delhi’s Greater Kailash II area, revealed the interrogation of the accused who were arrested in the case.According to investigators, recently, the accused had taken a room on rent in Sangam Vihar area, from where the body was recovered. It was hidden in a pit which was dug a few days ago. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Parvinder Singh said that five accused including domestic help were nabbed from Delhi and Kashganj. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Kishan had no remorse for the crime,” an officer said. Another official, elaborating more about the motive behind the incident, stated that there are several reasons including money, hatred towards the deceased, identified as Krishna Dev Khosla. According to police, during interrogation, accused said that sometimes he was taunted by elderly man for the food or tea which he prepared for the him. On Saturday, the domestic help allegedly offered the couple (deceased and his wife) tea laced with sedatives. The couple lost consciousness. Kishan with the help of his associates stuffed elderly man inside the refrigerator and fled the crime scene on tempo. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The accused did not found anything in the house to hide the elderly man so he used the refrigerator. Kishan thought that after seeing fridge coming out from the house, other people might think that it was going for some repair work,” sources added. The domestic help alleged that the deceased’s wife never ill-treated him so he did not attack her, police said. On the way to Sangam Vihar, accused had withdrawn money from two ATMs with the help of deceased’s debit cards. The city police scanned more than 200 cameras to nab the accused. “We got a clue that one of the suspects’ movement was noticed in the Uttar Pradesh area. A team was sent there. At the spot which was Kashganj, the team searched the vast rural area, forests, railway tracks and nabbed three accused including the domestic help,” police said.last_img read more

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Over 7000 lightning strikes recorded over Northeast BC on Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Data collected by Environment Canada shows that a series of thunderstorms caused over 7,000 lightning strikes to be recorded over Northeast B.C. on Sunday.Meteorologist Louis Kohanyi said that several massive thunderstorms began forming over the Rocky Mountains near Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope during the middle of the afternoon Sunday. Kohanyi said however that daytime highs will only reach the low- to mid-20’s, meaning the Peace Region won’t see temperatures that were nearly as intense as those seen on Saturday and Sunday.Fort St. John and Dawson Creek both broke alltime high temperature records for July 28th on Saturday.The 29.4 degrees recorded at the North Peace Airport was 0.5 degrees hotter than the previous record of 28.9 degrees, which dated back to 1982.Dawson Creek meanwhile recorded a high of 29.8 degrees, which was 0.2 degrees higher than the last record, which also dated to 1982. Kohanyi explained that Environment Canada issued the first severe thunderstorm warning at around 6:45 p.m. for a thunderstorm near Chetwynd that began moving in a southeasterly direction.Another warning was issued for a thunderstorm that formed over East Pine and moved into the Dawson Creek area shortly after 9:00 p.m.A map of lightning strikes recorded over the B.C. Peace Region on Sunday. Photo by Environment CanadaIn total, Kohanyi said that there were approximately 7,000 lightning strikes recorded over the B.C. Peace Region during the course of the storms, which lasted over six hours and finally moved over Alberta at around midnight.A lightning bolt strikes near Pouce Coupe on Sunday evening. Photo by Alistair McInnisDawson Creek bore the brunt of the storms, as 20.6 millimetres of rain was recorded at the Dawson Creek Regional Airport.center_img Of that, Kohanyi said 13.2 millimetres fell in just one hour, while wind gusts peaked at 65 kilometres per hour.In contrast, the North Peace Airport weather station only recorded 2.4 mm of rain and wind gusts of 57 km/h.A map of lightning strikes recorded over Western Canada. Photo by Environment CanadaKohanyi said that an upper-level trough will be moving down from the Fort Nelson area throughout the day, meaning showers or thunderstorms are once again a possibility over Northeast B.C. today.last_img read more

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At midmandate and with extra cash Liberals to chart fiscal course toward

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government, right at the midpoint of its mandate, will map out its financial path this week and announce new measures as it enters the two-year stretch toward the next election.The fall update will also reveal Tuesday what the Liberals plan to do with an unexpected windfall that experts predict could be as high as $10 billion in each of the next couple of years.The midterm bump is the welcomed product of the strong economic surge in early 2017 that caught forecasters off guard.Will Finance Minister Bill Morneau seek to use the extra financial breathing room to start grinding down the multibillion-dollar deficits across his outlook?Or will he pour a large sum of the additional cash into new spending and lingering commitments?“This is probably the year in which we will get the best possible fix on how committed they are to returning to a path of lower deficits,” said Scotiabank chief economist Jean-Francois Perrault, a former assistant deputy minister under Morneau.“They’ve got money to spend if they want to spend it. But if they want to send a message of a reasonable degree of fiscal conservatism, it’s also their chance to send that message.”Without new federal spending, Scotiabank is predicting shortfalls of $17 billion in 2017-18 and $16 billion in 2018-19.By comparison, Morneau’s budget last March forecasted deficits of $25.5-billion for 2017-18 and $24.4 billion for 2018-19.But Ottawa could choose to spend some of these extra funds. The next question is: where would it go?A senior government official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement, said Tuesday’s update will include some new measures — but insisted the document won’t be as thick as last year’s edition.The official described it as more of a fiscal and economic update, rather than a mini-budget containing big announcements.Last year’s update included major new plans like the government’s $35-billion infrastructure bank, which is designed to use public money as a way to lure private capital for new, large-scale projects such as transit systems. It also contained other significant changes to attract a greater number of talented immigrants to Canada and to create a hub mandated to lure more foreign investment.This year, expect the Liberals to share more specifics on how they intend to deliver on big commitments, including those for Indigenous peoples and infrastructure investments, said Sahir Khan, the executive vice president of a University of Ottawa think tank.Politically speaking, Khan believes the key for the Liberals at this stage of their mandate is for them to start convincing taxpayers that their money is being well spent.“I do think that as you head into an election, the public starts to think about results and performance, particularly when things are being funded in a deficit context” said Khan, whose Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy is led by former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page.“I think there’s a general sense that the government’s now going to have to pivot to the quality of execution that matches the narrative between now and the election.”Khan’s think tank is projecting the Liberals’ 2017-18 budget deficit to be more than $10 billion smaller than the government predicted in March.But beyond next year, the think tank predicts the feds will struggle to improve the budgetary balance over the next half-decade. It says the outlook will face fiscal pressures from new tax and spending measures as well as a higher-than-expected path for interest rates.This year, Canadians can expect the Liberals to pat themselves on the back as they argue their work to date has been a driver of the country’s economic success.For months, the Liberals have seized on positive economic figures as evidence of progress in their plan to grow the economy through measures such as a tax cut for middle-income earners and enhanced child benefits.The Finance Department also reported last month that Ottawa ran a deficit of $17.8 billion in 2016-17, smaller than the $23-billion shortfall forecast in the spring budget.Daniel Lauzon, a Morneau spokesman, said the government will make sure that the “middle class sees the benefits” of the improved economy.Morneau himself may be hoping the positive economic news in the update will change the channel from controversies.Last week, in hopes of muting conflict-of-interest allegations, the former Bay Street executive promised to sell off at least $21 million worth of stock in his family’s company and place his other assets in a blind trust.Morneau has also been promoting the Liberals’ efforts to address concerns and complaints about a package of proposed small-business tax reforms.Lauzon said the tax proposals will not be fully costed in Tuesday’s update because more work is needed to finalize the measures, particularly one that calls for new limits on the use of passive investment income by wealthy incorporated individuals. The passive investment change, once implemented, is expected to bring in a significant amount of revenue for Ottawa.Morneau has already signalled that, despite the recent economic strength, he’s unlikely to lay out a timetable for balancing the books.He has credited Ottawa’s deficit-spending approach for the economic improvements and has said he will continue with the plan in a “fiscally responsible way,” which is likely a continued focus on lowering the federal debt-to-GDP ratio.The Liberals won the 2015 election on a platform that pledged to invest billions in infrastructure and child benefits as a way to re-energize the economy. They had promised annual shortfalls would not surpass $10 billion during the first couple years of their mandate and to return to balance by 2019-20.However, a few months after taking office the government abandoned those vows, citing a weaker-than-expected economy.As the Liberals strategize for the next election, they will also have to consider a major economic threat: the renegotiation and potential collapse of the North American Free Trade Agreement.They will also have to account for the possibility the growth spurt won’t last long. The strong performance to start 2017 is widely expected to taper off in the second half of the year.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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Worktorule to hit seven Crowns Monday with strike to follow Friday if

Unifor is planning to begin “work-to-rule” job action on Monday as talks with seven Crown employers remain at an impasse with no further negotiations planned for the weekend.According to Unifor, a strike for all seven bargaining units representing thousands of workers will follow first thing Friday, Oct. 4, if a deal can’t be reached by then.The action could affect nearly 3,000 SaskTel employees and roughly 1,700 workers at SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskWater, the Water Security Agency and two SaskTel subsidiaries. “Work to rule” is set for 12:01 a.m. on Monday, the time specified in strike notices delivered to the employers starting late last week.Unifor said the initial job action set for Monday will look different for each workplace, but will involve employees performing “the minimum standard required to do their job safely.”“In most cases that involves refusing overtime and ignoring performance targets set by the employer,” said a statement sent to the Leader-Post on Saturday.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.According to Unifor, employers at the six Crown corporations and one Crown agency have broken off the talks. A statement from Finance Minister Donna Harpauer on Saturday said the employers informed Unifor that their previously tabled offer stands “and further consideration would only be given to non-monetary requests.”The two sides have been far apart on wages. Unifor has repeatedly signalled that something in the neighbourhood of a 2.3 per cent hike would be fair. But employers have offered a deal with two years of flat salaries, followed by hike of one per cent and two percent. A fifth year with a two per cent hike is also being offered at some tables.Unifor said the Crowns have “steadfastly” refused to budge.Chris MacDonald, assistant to the national president of Unifor, said the last exchange between the two sides came on Thursday evening, when the union came back with a counteroffer to the employer proposal.“We waited all day for them… they never came back to meet with us,” said MacDonald. “They said they weren’t going to amend their monetary offer.”MacDonald expressed some skepticism that a deal will be reached in time to avert a strike, pointing to what Unifor has called a government “mandate” that, in their view, leaves employers with little flexibility to achieve a deal closer to worker demands.“The government seems very entrenched and I can see on the faces of the (employer representatives) that they have no power here, and it’s clear to me that they’re struggling,” MacDonald said.“This thing is going to be full blown as of Friday.”Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president, was at the bargaining table this week and addressed members in Regina on Thursday. He was bullish on their ability to achieve a better deal through the power of numbers. A strike hitting seven Crowns would be unprecedented in the Saskatchewan Party government’s 12-year mandate.In Saturday’s release, Dias blamed the impasse on the government.“Picket lines are our last resort, but we’ve said from the start that wage freezes were simply not fair,” said Dias.Harpauer countered in her statement that the offer on the table actually amounts to a five per cent raise over five years.“This is not a wage freeze,” Harpauer stressed.Dias pointed to a 2.3 per cent cost-of-living increase MLAs took this year, saying that the demands of workers are therefore “reasonable” in comparison. The government has countered that Crown workers have in fact gotten more in raises, on average, than MLAs over the past five years.Harpauer has also pointed to the fiscal reality in Saskatchewan, just months after she balanced the budget with a thin cushion that narrowed further in the first quarter update.But Dias noted that salaries for Crown workers are paid out of self-funded Crown budgets, while MLA salaries are paid out of the government’s general revenue fund. Crowns have paid substantial dividends over the past fiscal year, with SaskTel alone paying $116.3 million to Crown Investment Corporation.Harpauer reiterated on Saturday that she retains confidence in the bargaining process.“Again, we respect the right of Unifor members to take job action, but believe that a strike is not in the best interest of the Crowns, Crown employees, and Crown shareholders – the people of Saskatchewan,” her statement said.She pointed to essential service agreements that ensure Saskatchewan people will remain safe in case of emergencies, whatever job action ensues.“We continue to believe that a resolution can be found through bargaining in good faith while respecting the resources that belong to Crown shareholders – the people of Saskatchewan,” said Harpauer.But MacDonald dismissed Harpauer’s seriousness. In his view, meeting a union counteroffer with a previous monetary pitch isn’t really bargaining at all.Asked what the job action planned for this week will mean for customers of the seven Crown entities, MacDonald said workers are “under a lot of pressure to produce.” The union is now telling them to not worry about meeting employer targets.When queried about how much disruption that could cause, he pointed out that it’s a busy time of year and employees “are working lots of overtime.”Unifor representatives have checked out of the Hotel Saskatchewan, where the negotiations were taking place this week, but are prepared to send people back to the table, according to MacDonald.“We’re ready to bargain if they were to call,” he said.awhite-crummey@postmedia.com read more

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With UN to phase out OilforFood Annan urges coalition to ensure Iraq

With the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq finally winding down after “serving as lifeline to a large segment of the population” for seven years, Secretary-General Kofi Annan calls in a new report for the United States and its partners to ensure that the Iraqi people are provided with essential food and medicine. “While the phasing out of the oil-for-food programme is a logical consequence of the termination of sanctions, it will be essential that those who have responsibility for the effective administration of the country ensure that the people of Iraq are provided with the necessary, essential services and, in particular, with food and medicine,” Mr. Annan says in a report requested by recent Security Council resolutions. The programme, under which a sanctions-bound Iraq was allowed to use monitored oil sales revenue for humanitarian purchases, will be phased out by 21 November under the terms of last month’s Council resolution lifting sanctions on Iraq. Giving a balance sheet of the programme since its inception in 1996, Mr. Annan notes that total oil proceeds reached approximately $65 billion as of 20 May, of which $46 billion was allocated to the humanitarian pipeline. The rest was allocated to cover compensation claims and administration costs. To date, more than $28 billion worth of humanitarian goods has been delivered to Iraq. The programme was temporarily halted on 17 March after the withdrawal of all UN staff from Iraq on the eve of hostilities and later adjusted by the Security Council to give Mr. Annan more authority to administer the operation, including prioritizing deliveries and finding new entry ports to speed their shipment. As of 4 June, the value of these priority items reached $1.2 billion, the Office of the Iraq Programme, which oversees the operation, said today. “I should like to appeal to all concerned to give absolute priority to the interests of the Iraqi people, who have suffered far too long,” the Secretary-General says in the report. “All necessary measures should be taken to normalize life for the Iraqi population by urgently ensuring the restoration of security throughout the country, resuming the distribution of the food basket and restoring essential social/public services, with the full participation of the Iraqis themselves.” He pays tribute to all UN international and national staff both in the field and at headquarters for “their commitment and dedicated services to alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi people under very difficult circumstances.” “I wish to pay special tribute to our national staff who courageously continued to deliver essential supplies throughout the period of conflict,” he adds. read more

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Earth Hour UN joins iconic landmarks going dark globally with a call

In a video message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged people around the world to join him in “turning out the lights and turning up the pressure” for a healthy planet.“Climate change is moving much faster than we are. Its alarming impacts are upon us; resources and ecosystems across the world are under assault. Earth Hour is an opportunity to show our resolve to change,” he said.“Protecting the environment is preserving life itself,” stressed the UN chief.Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour encourages individuals, companies, organizations and Governments throughout the world to switch off their lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. local time.This year, Earth Hour is stressing the link between climate change and biodiversity loss, as thousands of plant and animal species are threatened with extinction as a result of increasing temperatures.First launched in 2007 in Australia, Earth Hour has been commemorated every year since, mobilizing hundreds of millions of individuals to participate and growing to become one of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and climate action. read more

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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after baby boy rescued from river

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called at 4.28pm to a rescue of a person in water in Pilkington Way, Radcliffe.”Fire engines from Whitefield, Farnworth and Eccles attended the incident along with a water incident unit from Eccles.”Crews rescued one casualty who was then handed over to NWAS (North West Ambulance Service).”Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8797 or 101 quoting incident number 1930 of 11/09/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A baby boy rescued from a river has died in hospital.Police were called to reports that a child was in the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, shortly before 4.25pm on Wednesday.The boy, believed to be almost 12 months old, was recovered from the water by firefighters who attended the scene near to Blackburn Street along with other emergency services.He was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning, said Greater Manchester Police.It is understood police are treating the matter as a domestic incident.Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident that has led to an innocent baby boy losing his life and we are doing everything we can to support his family at this unimaginably devastating time.”I know his loss will be felt by the entire community and our thoughts are very much with his loved ones this evening.”A murder investigation is under way and we are working hard to piece together the circumstances that led to the baby boy ending up in the water.”Whilst we have a man in custody, our investigation is ongoing and I’d urge any witnesses or anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible so that we can find out what happened to him.” read more

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Marcin Lijewski wont sign new contract with HSV Hamburg moving to Wisla

handballHSV HamburglijewskiMarcin LijewskiPolish HandballWisla Plock Thirty-five year old Marcin Lijewski will be definitely leaving HSV Hamburg this summer after he refused to sign the new contract proposed by HSV Hamburg that will keep him one more-year in Hamburg. He joined HSV Hamburg 2008 from SG Flensburg, and quickly became one of the key players in HSV Hamburg’s offense.The reports say that he will be looking for a new club in his home country, and most serious candidate for his signature is Wisla Plock. ← Previous Story Darko Stanic on exit door from Metalurg Next Story → Damir Batinovic continues career in France read more

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€53 million worth of cocaine washes up on a beach in Japan

first_imgSOMETIMES, YOU JUST get lucky.Last year, Japanese police seized just 6.6 kilogrammes of cocaine last year, down from 28.7 kilos in 2011.Then today over 120 kilos of the drug washed up on south of Tokyo.The haul, valued at around €53 million worth, was stuffed into backpacks has washed up on beaches south of Tokyo in Japan’s biggest-ever seizure, reports said today.Two more bags were found today after an elderly local resident discovered four drug-filled rucksacks yesterday.The bags were fitted with buoys and illuminated markers, suggesting that they were part of a sophisticated smuggling operation that had gone wrong.In all, there were 120 kilos of plastic-wrapped blocks of cocaine inside the bags, which police suspect were lost by seafaring traffickers, the leading Yomiuri Shimbun and other media said.A police spokesman declined to comment to AFP on the reports.AFP provided additional reportingRead: Gardaí seize heroin and cannabis at Athlone houseRead: Two men arrested after Donegal drug seizurelast_img read more

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FBI pledge to find those responsible for the act of terror at

first_imgPHOTOS: New Yorkers offer solidarity with Boston after marathon terror > THE FBI HAVE pledged to do everything possible to find out exactly what happened at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and to bring those responsible to justice.Three people were killed in the double explosions, including an 8-year-old boy, 176 people were injured and 17 of those are in a critical condition in hospital.Speaking at a press conference in Boston earlier, investigators say two bombs were found only and dispelled rumours there was seven devices involved in the incident.The FBI’s Richard DesLauriers said there are “no known additional threats” in the wake of the bombings and added that “assistance from the public is imperative”.No additional threatsThe scene of the explosions will remain sealed off for a number of days as certified explosive specialists and canines are brought in. Currently there are over 300 forensic specialists going through the rubble and preserving the scene of the accident.DesLauriers said they would continue to pursue leads and go to the “ends of the earth” to get to the bottom of who did this and why.Police Commissioner Edward Davis said it was the most “complex crime scene ever in the history of Boston” and asked those who live in the surrounding area and who are eager to return to their homes “to remain patient”.He also asked for any images or video footage of the marathon to be sent to police in Boston as they “could be helpful to the investigation”.There will be an enhanced presence of police on the streets of Boston over the coming days and the public are being informed that this is to “comfort” them. Police presence will also be stepped up at Logan Airport.Investigators would not confirm what sort of bomb or bomb materials were used or if there was anyone being held in custody but they did confirm that they were interviewing a number of  witnesses.Mayor Thomas Menino said that “terror was brought to the city of Boston” and “the heroes were those who wear helmets and wear badges”.  He added that “Boston will overcome”.Read: Pakistani Taliban say they are not responsible for Boston bombing > More: Boston Marathon blasts put world’s cities on alert >last_img read more

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Council workers in South Dublin say todays LRC talks are the last

first_imgWe adjourned last week with proposals to consider, and today marks the final opportunity to avert further strike action. Our members are ready to take that action.A strike of over 600 staff in June severely disrupted services and has created delays in processing applications for rent supplement.Civic offices in Tallaght and Clondalkin and seven libraries in the council area closed on June 24.The union agreed to defer a second day of strike action, originally scheduled for June 26, before going into the LRC talks.However, limited industrial action – which has been underway for the past five weeks – is continuing.Read: South Dublin County Council offices close in strike over pay cuts>Read: Council workers in South Dublin are working to rule today> IMPACT TRADE UNION says today’s hearing at the Labour Relations Commission will be the ‘final opportunity’ to avert strike action in South Dublin County Council.The union that is representing the workers says a work stoppage will be staged on Thursday if no acceptable outcome is reached.The dispute started when council management cut the pay of 13 of its staff and revealed plans to do the same to another 150 workers.Impact has engaged in talks at the LRC over the last two weeks.Its national secretary Peter Nolan said, “The process has been a difficult one, and progress has been slow.last_img read more