Arellano pulls rug from under St. Benilde, ends four-game skid

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Quarters: 19-20, 35-47, 58-62, 87-81. Read Next Perlas boosts hopes for podium finish with Vietnam rout Dela Cruz triggered Arellano’s telling 15-2 run that turned a 69-63 deficit in the final 7:17 to a 78-71 lead, capped off by his back-to-back treys with 2:57 remaining.“I was surprised with his performance. I hope he consistently does this,” said coach Jerry Codiñera of his guard in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLervin Flores added a double-double of 14 markers, 11 boards, and two blocks, while Kent Salado got nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.Arellano finally broke out of its funk and rose to 3-5, just in time for its first round-ending duel against reigning champion San Beda on Tuesday. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLevi dela Cruz sparked Arellano’s fourth quarter assault as the Chiefs finally snapped a four-game losing slide with a come-from-behind 87-81 victory over St. Benilde Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The 22-year-old playmaker fired 12 of his 24 points in the payoff period, to go with four assists, three rebounds, and a block to help complete the Chiefs’ fightback from 16-points down, 39-23, midway in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “At least, this was what we’re waiting for. When I woke up earlier, I had a good feeling that we’ll finally get the win,” said Codiñera.Clement Leutcheu topped St. Benilde (2-7) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Edward Dixon got 14 markers and 14 boards as the Blazers stumbled to their third straight defeat to finish the first round.The Scores:ARELLANO 87 – Dela Cruz 24, Flores 14, Salado 9, Alcoriza 8, Enriquez 7, Nicholls 7, Concepcion 6, Cañete 4, Meca 4, Taywan 4, Filart 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Viloria 0.ST. BENILDE 81 – Leutcheu 21, Dixon 14, Domingo 10, Sta. Maria 10, Naboa 9, Castor 8, Pili 6, San Juan 3, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Mendez gets lift from crowd to finish 2nd in Cebu Ironman

first_imgMOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Mauricio Mendez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Mauricio Mendez has heard all the talks about how great the feeling is racing in the Philippines as he prepared for his first triathlon in the country.But the Mexican wasn’t prepared for the warmth the Cebuano crowd gave him, expressing his gratitude with the lift from the spectators as he found his second wind late in the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “That race was really hard. But I think what makes it great is really the support of the people. All the support from everyone is just incredible,” the 22-year-old said. “I was told it was a lot of fun here, but I never expected that. It just pumped me up.”It was a complete 180-degree shift for Mendez, who usually doesn’t pay much attention to his surroundings whenever he races.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“When I start running, I try to lose myself a little bit and just focus on the race. I knew it was more of like a survival because it was very hot,” he said.The 2016 Xterra world champion couldn’t help but soak in all the cheers as he battled through the scorching heat with the crowd giving him the much-needed boost that helped him recover from his slow showing in the bike course before eventually, moving past the chase group to get to as high as second place. Pressure builds for Reed after another Ironman title in Cebu LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “I’m just happy for being able to thank all the people that supported the race. In the first kilometer, I just wanted to finish because I really thought that this is going to be a long race. But I gave my heart and I expected to do well. I’m just happy for the result,” he said.With the morale-boosting stint, Mendez vowed to be back next year for the 2018 Asia Pacific Championships as he hopes to get another chance to race in front of the adoring Cebuanos.“I’m really looking forward to coming back here next year, train harder, try to get a win, and just be the best person that I can be,” he said. “I will be back. I’ll try to win this race and I will try everything I can to be here.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgHot favourites to spice up the season. A designer’s sit downFashion, food and design, a headier melange does not exist. And this winsome combination is the brainchild of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his restaurant Fifteen. The British gourmand’s Better Food Foundation, a charity,Hot favourites to spice up the season.A designer’s sit downFashion, food and design, a headier melange does not exist. And this winsome combination is the brainchild of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his restaurant Fifteen. The British gourmand’s Better Food Foundation, a charity which trains disenfranchised young people to become chefs, received a donation of twenty iconic ANT chairs from the Danish furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen. These were distributed among creative talents such as Alexander Mc Queen’s creative director Sarah Burton, artist Tracey Emin and Paul Smith who were given the carte blanche to stamp their seal of food-inspired design on these seats. Oliver too has worked his magic on a classic EGG chair and footstool, also donated by Fritz Hansen, besides designing an ANT chair in collaboration with renowned photographer David Loftus. Six of these seats will be a part of a lottery which will be held in October while the rest are to be auctioned online. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Better Food Foundation. So if you want to donate to a good cause or grab one of the chairs visit Puttin’ on the RitzThe Ritz Carlton Hotel company recently announced the opening of its 80th hotel across the globe; its ninth in Europe and its first luxury resort in the the Austrian capital. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, is composed of four historic palaces that date back to the 19th century and is located on Vienna’s Schubertring Boulevard. The resort features 202 guestrooms, including 43 suites and the Dstrikt restaurant, offering authentic Austrian cuisine from the kitchen of Chef Wini Brugge. The luxury hotel group plans to double its properties in Europe by 2015 and the Vienna opening is part of this strategy. Vienna’s historic pedigree and status as the leading destination for international congresses and conventions make this just the first of many new sights.Accessories: GoldfingerCelebrating 50 years of James Bond at the movies, cuticle care company OPI has launched a special edition nail polish containing real 18-carat gold leaf. Just a few specks will add a dramatic shine to any Bond girl’s digits. The Man With the Golden Gun paint launches in October, in time to shake the bottle, stir the brush and paint Ms. Moneypenny’s magical manicure in Skyfall.Gadget: Aural fixationUK-based Hart Audio has come out with speakers for the super rich. Cast in 18-carat gold, the ultra high-end boomboxes weigh approximately 50 kg and come bolted to an adjustable chrome stand. A three-driver design also enables the D&W aural pleasure to output richer sound for golden moments. Only one pair will be manufactured, while sterling silver and phosphor bronze versions are available in larger numbers.Fashion: No kiddingGiorgio Armani has opened its first Armani Junior showroom in India at DLF Emporio in the capital with designer Suneet Varma as its franchise partner. The 2,000 sq ft store will retail collections as varied as the lives of the children for whom it is designed. The stylish clothes and accessories will cater to boys and girls in the age group of 0-16 years. From basic pieces-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans-to more fashionable items-jackets, dresses and skirts, the label hopes to meet the suiting up demands for school, leisure time, sports, and formal occasions. The brand favours natural fabrics and offers a contemporary look.Jewellery: Bringing Gatsby backLegendary jeweller Faberge’s latest collection evokes the decadence of the 20s and the glamour of the lavish parties celebrated in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The range includes pieces such as the dramatic Imperial necklace which has layers of precious Akoya pearls and fine white diamonds and is finished with an aristocratic crest from which hangs an exuberant pearl tassel. Another design which is reminiscent of Gatsby-esque heroines is the Collier Pur, a modern interpretation of the popular lariat necklace.Perfume: Scent of a womanNina Ricci has always endorsed the idea of effortless, classic femininity. When the label was established in 1932, Nina herself had the goal of simply creating very pretty, wearable clothes. The latest addition to the house’s line of luxury fragrances takes its name from one of its fashion collections launched in the 1960s, and has the sole purpose of embodying love in a bottle. Everlasting declaration of love just got the right scent this wedding season.Watch: Fly sky highOne of the most enduring partnerships in the watch industry is the eight-year collaboration between Breitling aviation-themed watches and qualified pilot John Travolta. This year, Breitling marks the 60th anniversary of its flagship flight piece Navitimer, the world’s oldest mechanical chronograph still in production, with a limited edition of 500 individually numbered pieces of its Navitimer Blue Sky, one of which now sits wrapped around Travolta’s wrist. “The watch does everything an aviation watch should do,” says the star. Considering that he holds 11 pilot licenses and five planes, we can safely assume he knows what he’s talking about.CalendaradvertisementadvertisementDates that mean something.Tod’s presents the India inspired photographs of Maimouna Guerresi, one of Europe’s leading photographers, at the Italian Cultural Centre in New Delhi.Spooky Goings On is a fun event held in Beaumaris Castle in Wales. The palace comes alive on Halloween with ghouls, ghosts and haunting tricks and games for the family.The Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 will showcase the work of major protagonists of contemporary architecture. The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Common Ground’.Here comes the brideThe three most expensive wedding gowns of all time.$12 Million-The most expensive wedding gown in history was created by Martin Katz Jewellers and Renee Strauss, a bridal couture designer and owner of a successful bridal salon in Beverly Hills. The magnificent dress featured 150 carats worth of diamonds woven throughout the dress. The diamond wedding gown was made to celebrate the spectacular bridal show at The Ritz-Carlton on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles.$8.5 Million-The world’s second most expensive wedding dress was created by Japanese designer Yumi Katsura. The sparkling wedding dress featured 1000 pearls and a rare 5-carat white gold diamond.$1.5 Million-The Peacock wedding dress was fashioned out of 2,009 pieces of peacock feathers. The expensive wedding dress was unveiled in 2009 at the wedding expo held in Nanjing, capital of east Chinas Jiangsu Province. The peacock wedding dress took eight craftsmen two months to finish by hand.TalkStay up to date with the latest.Berry gets the bootAn unhealthy obsession with shoes is a common affliction in the glitzy corridors of Hollywood but Halle Berry, who once turned up at a red carpet event in flip flops, is not one of them. So, the news of her collaboration with German footwear brand Deichmann came as a surprise to many. The Oscar-winning stunner is designing a range named Fifth Avenue by Halle Berry for the label, and was recently in Berlin shooting for its advertising campaign. Unfortunately for the 46-year-old, online commentators have not taken kindly to the footwear, with dowdy being a common adjective used to describe her creations.Water babyAcclaimed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and American art dealer Kenny Schachter go a long way. He commissioned her to design the three-wheeled Z-Car in 2005 and now the Pritzker prize winning designer is creating the Z-Boat, an all black, 7.5-metre-long fibreglass vessel, for her loyal client. The knighted designer will create 12 boats and four prototypes which will be ready to hit the waves in early 2013. French manufacturers Shoreteam have been roped in to bring Hadid’s half-a-million dollar handiwork to life.Riding high and lowWith a unique, hand polished metal paint finish and explosive power, the only thing low about Harley-Davidson’s 2013 offering, the CVO Breakout, is its silhouette. This shiny declaration of independence has a lowered, raked front end, a chopped fender that enhances its long, slammed custom look, and a powerful, wide-standing wheel and set of forks that guarantee a solid stance on the road. Besides the perfect storm of engineering and style you’ll only find that this machine will spoil you with a wide choice of fun accessories.Wow welliesMatthew Williamson’s signature peacock feather print is all over his latest offering: rain boots deigned in collaboration with the footwear brand Havaianas. Though the label is better know for its bright flip flops, Williamson wanted to design a range of Wellington boots, as an ode to his English roots.Haute bagThe world of fashion thrives on the audacious and now a paper bag is pushing it to a whole new level of cheeky. When German designer Jil Sander sent her models down the runway with lunch bags made of paper, it was seen as a quirky statement in hard times. But now the label is retailing the Vasari bag for a cool $ 290 (16,000) and it has reportedly sold out. Here is one paper bag that will not hit the recycle bin anytime soon.Talking shopFrom a small 19th century raincoat shop to a well established global leader in fashion, Burberry has had a long and rewarding journey. The British brand commemorates its rise with a flagship store in Regent Street, London. The label integrated its physical and digital worlds to showcase its rich heritage through best-in-class craftsmanship and design. Innovative technology delivers digital experiences that bring all facets of the brand to life, using the tall indoor 6.9m high/ 38m2 laser phosphor display screen and over 420 speakers. The brand also introduced the Orchard bag this fall. The must-have accessory is inspired by vintage luggage and the British countryside.Indian by designSotheby’s in London recently held India Fantastique, an exhibit to celebrate 25 years of the creativity of the country’s couturier duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. Their partnership has dressed actors and delivered costumes for numerous Bollywood films and created exuberant, maximalist interiors as well. Bravo!Zero calorie cartoonsWalt Disney may not have realised this, but the iconic characters created by him were a tad on the overweight side. Luxury retailers Barneys stepped in to give Minnie, Mickey, Goofy and Daisy, a makeover and they have emerged supermodel-skinny after the preening. session.The spice cellar: For sake’s sakeadvertisementAkiko TomodaIs it just a drink or a full on tradition? Undoubtedly, the Japanese take their drinking seriously; especially when it comes to sake, a tradition perfected by centuries of devotion across the length and breadth of the country.Devoted traditionMade from two basic components-water and rice-this traditional Japanese rice wine has been enthusiastically brewed in regions with abundant spring water and excellent rice. Take Nada in Hyogo prefecture, for example, one of the best sake-producing regions since the Edo period, the town is blessed with miya-mizu-divine quality water, top notch local rice, and a convenient location for transportation by sea. As the characteristics of local water and rice have strong ties with the regions climate and food culture, sake also attains unique regional characteristics that complement best with local dishes and delicacies. In Hokkaido, sake is prepared with extremely cold water which gives it a distinctively fragrant character that is best accompanied by local fresh seafood.But these are just the obvious parameters. Excellent ingredients demand excellent toji, the master brewer, to direct and manage the complex brewing processes, where rice undergoes a series of microbial fermentation. These skillful masters continue to find a way to brew more perfect sake, and some even play Mozart to uplift and relax the bacteria during the fermentation process.Cool and sakeliciousJustifiably, there are equally innovative ways to enjoy sake, from traditional “chilled, to room temperature or warm” to fashionable “cool sake style”: try sake on the rocks or a glass of sparkling sake with cheese.Having seafood for dinner? Try the more exotic green tea and sake cocktail: fill a rock glass with ice and pour equal parts of sake and green tea and stir gently (use genshu or undiluted sake for the recipe if possible). Half a teaspoon of powdered green tea further deepens the flavour. It cleanses the aftertaste and even works as a wonderful digestive.To chill with “Samurai Rock”, pour in sake over a generous amount of ice in a rock glass and twist lime to bring out the sweetness of the sake. It is just perfect to wash your palate after rich dishes like tempura.Sake can be mixed into creamy concoction as well. Unconvinced? Fill half a glass with nigorizake (unfiltered sake) and milk and stir gently; top up the concoction with ice. Add soda water or a twist of lemon if you like. Reminiscent of a yogurt drink or makgeolli (Korean rice wine) it pairs beautifully with spicy dishes. Nothing beats summer heat like a glass of delicious sake in “cool sake style”!The author is a sake sommelier.last_img read more

US official pitches for dialogue with India, Japan, Aus over

first_imgSouth China SeaNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) Amid increasing Chinese military assertiveness in the waters of South China Sea, a top American military commander today pitched for a quad-lateral security dialogue between India, Japan, Australia and the US even as he hoped for a joint patrol in the Asia Pacific region in future.Wooing India, chief of US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris said that on the security front, the US needs Indias leadership in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region as there are significant security challenges that no country can tackle alone.”We are ready for you. We need you,” he said in his address at the Raisina Dialogue, a conclave on geo-economics and geo-politics here.He said both countries can together develop a roadmap that leverages respective efforts to improve the security architecture and strengthen regional dialogues.Talking about India hosting Japan and Australia for its first ever trilateral dialogue here last year, Harris said some of the topics discussed were maritime security, including freedom of navigation patrols, and tri-lateral cooperation in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.”One idea to consider is initiating a Quad-lateral Security Dialogue between India-Japan-Australia and the United States. Adding the US into this dialogue can amplify the message that we are united behind the international rules-based order that has kept the peace and is essential to all of us,” he said.Pitching for more joint military exercises, he said exercising together will lead to operating together.”By being ambitious, India, Japan, Australia, the United States and so many other like-minded nations can aspire to patrol together anywhere international law allows… And for decades, the United States has conducted freedom of navigation patrols without incident. No nation should perceive it as a threat,” he said.advertisementOn the US re-balance to Asia Pacific, Harris said strengthening economic connective tissue through security and diplomatic partnership is what Americas Rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific is all about.”Expanded cooperation with India will not only be the defining partnership for the Rebalance, it will arguably be the defining partnership for America in the 21st century,” he said. (MORE) PTI SAP SMN PAL SMNlast_img read more


first_imgThe twenty-third annual Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) State Championships will be conducted at the Gold Coast Touch Association’s Owen Park complex from 27 –29 April 2007.The championships, first conducted in 1985, feature all twelve education regions in Queensland competing for the State Championship title crown in Open Boys and Girls Divisions.The tournament has long been the breeding ground for future Queensland and Australian Open representative players and coaches with many of the sport’s biggest names cutting their teeth in the QSST representative arena before following the pathway from the school system into affiliated representative Touch Football.The Current Queensland and Australian Women’s and Men’s Open Captains Sharyn Williams (Met. East) and Gavin Shuker (Capricornia) and Australian Mixed Open Co-Captain Mary Steele (Met. East) all played for their regional district in their formative years before going on to captain their nation at the Federation of International Touch World Cup in Stellenbosch in January 2007.Fellow 2007 Australian World Cup players Roxy Winder, Amy Fong (South Coast), Kelly Woods (Metropolitan West), Peta and Hayley Rogerson (Sunshine Coast), Kelly Mc Gennitty (Northern), Phil Gyemore (Darling Downs), Jarrod Tump (Wide Bay) Ben Robinson (Met. East) Ash and Chris Farrow, and Ben Roberts (Sunshine Coast) are all products of the QSST system. Current National Youth Coaches Peter Bell (Met. East), Kathy O’Brien, and Karley Banks (Darling Downs), along with 2007 Australian Open Men’s Assistant Coach Peter Robinson (Wide Bay) honed their coaching skills on the QSST stage.In the 2007 Open Boys division, the crack Northern region combination will be gunning for a hat trick of championships, but is likely to face some tough opposition from a well-drilled Metropolitan West outfit and home town favourites South Coast.Defending champions Metropolitan East will go into the Open Girls section as warm favourites boasting a line-up that includes no less than eight current 18 Years or 15 Years Queensland representatives.The Metropolitan East side boasts 2007 Brisbane Cobras National Touch League Women’s Open winners Genevieve La Caze and Kelly Jones, as well as South Queensland Sharks Women’s Open pocket dynamo Kristy Brennan adding further thrust to a well-heeled combination that is sure to keep the scoreboard attendants busy on the weekend. The improving Sunshine Coast outfit, perennial big guns South Coast, and Metropolitan West, led by mercurial National Women’s 20s squad member and long ball queen, Ali Brigginshaw, are expected to provide tough opposition for the imposing Met. East team.Wide Bay, led by National 20 Years and Rustlers Women’s Open star Kirsty Beer is capable of making an impression on the competition as well.Students will be vying for selection in the QSST 18 Years Boys and Girls teams to compete in the Touch Football Australia 18 Years National Touch League to be held at Coffs Harbour from 17-22 September 2007.Australian National 18 Years Coaches Kathy O’Brien (Boys) and Peter Bell (Girls) will be on hand to cast an eye over prospective candidates in the TFA 18 Years National Youth Squads.Games commence at 9.40 am on Friday, continue on Saturday at 9.30am, with the final day commencing at 8.00am Sunday and Presentations and State Team announcements at 2.00pm.last_img read more

Canada to rejoin NAFTA talks after US Mexico agree to overhaul trade

first_imgCanada will rejoin face-to-face negotiations with the United States and Mexico on Tuesday after the two continental partners reached a deal that has raised fresh concerns about the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement.U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday that his administration and Mexico agreed on a bilateral trade framework with the potential for big implications for Canada.He insisted the U.S.-Mexican progress created the foundation for an overhaul — or perhaps the termination — of the three-country agreement.Trump, a harsh critic of NAFTA, even mused about renaming the deal the “United States-Mexico trade agreement” to wash away the “bad connotations” linked to the 24-year-old pact.He extended an invitation to Ottawa to join what he cast as American-Mexican negotiations that have stretched through the summer without Canadian officials at the table.In doing so, he also hit Canada with a threat: if the country doesn’t become part of the new trade deal, he would enact devastating tariffs on automotive imports.“We’ll start negotiating with Canada relatively soon, they want to negotiate very badly,” Trump said in the Oval Office, with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto joining by speaker phone.“But one way or the other, we have a deal with Canada. It will either be a tariff on cars, or it will be a negotiated deal; and frankly a tariff on cars is a much easier way to go, but perhaps the other would be much better for Canada.”Following Trump’s announcement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland cancelled the rest of a planned week-long diplomatic trip to Europe so she could travel to Washington to re-enter high-level talks.She heads to the U.S. capital as a key question hangs over the continent’s trading relationship: Is this the end of NAFTA as we know it?NAFTA is key partnership for Canada and doubts about its future have already created considerable economic uncertainty.Canada has been away from the NAFTA bargaining table since in-person trilateral talks paused last spring.Observers have raised concerns that Canada’s absence from the talks could put Ottawa in a position where it might be pressured into accepting a less-appetizing deal reached between the U.S. and Mexico. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has insisted his government will only sign a deal that’s good for Canada.The U.S.-Mexican announcement Monday clearly showed their summertime talks not only hashed out bilateral sticking points — such as automobile rules of origin — but also went deep into trilateral issues.Canada had been expecting the U.S. and Mexico to focus mainly on their bilateral issues, but they agreed on matters including intellectual property, digital trade, labour and financial services.The new deal would last 16 years with reviews every six years, a senior U.S. administration official said during a briefing. Canadian negotiators have been adamant that they will not agree to an earlier U.S. proposal that NAFTA be renegotiated every five years.Trump hinted he was ready to start the process of terminating the trilateral trade pact with Canada and Mexico and replace it with what he got Monday from Mexico. He also called on Canada to negotiate fairly, especially when it comes to dairy products.“We’re looking to help our neighbours,” he said. “If we can help our neighbours, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. So, we’ll start that negotiation imminently.”Through an interpreter, Pena Nieto reminded Trump four times Monday that he hoped Canada would be part of an eventual trilateral agreement, saying it was the Mexican government’s wish that “Canada will also be able to be incorporated in all this.”Following Trump’s announcement, Trudeau’s office issued a statement saying the prime minister spoke with Pena Nieto on Sunday about NAFTA’s renegotiation and the two leaders “shared their commitment to reaching a successful conclusion to this agreement for all three parties.”last_img read more

Ian Somerhalder Delisting Yellowstones Grizzlies Is Premature

first_imgFollowing a new national poll showing that the majority of voters oppose the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove Yellowstone’s grizzly bears from the list of federally threatened and endangered species, American actor and Vampire Diaries star, Ian Somerhalder, sent the following letter to USFWS Director, Dan Ashe, urging him to keep the Yellowstone grizzly bear listed under the Endangered Species Act.“Yellowstone’s grizzlies, once teetering on the brink of extinction, are only now starting to recover,” wrote Ian. “But your recently announced proposal to remove federal protections under the Endangered Species Act is premature and comes at a time where only 700 of these iconic bears are known to exist in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and shockingly only 1,400 to 1,700 bears in the entire lower 48 states. We stand with The Humane Society of the United States in urging you to keep grizzly bears protected.“If the proposal to delist is successful, the future of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears will be placed in the hands of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho state wildlife managers who have already made clear their intentions to open up the population to trophy hunting. Grizzly bears are an iconic species, representing the natural beauty and magnificence in many of our country’s last remaining wild spaces. This holds true no more than in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding region, where grizzly bears are cherished by both tourists and locals alike. Killing these animals in order to stuff them for display and bragging rights is shameful and will only set back our efforts to help the population recover.“We cannot let history repeat itself. Grizzlies were once an abundant species in the Yellowstone region but suffered from overwhelming persecution by hunters up until recent decades. This resulted in the need to list Yellowstone grizzlies as threatened under the ESA in the 1970’s when their number dipped to 136 individuals and the population is faced yet again with a threat to its very existence from trophy hunting if this proposal goes forward.“Yellowstone grizzly bears still need our help. They continue to face critical challenges such as habitat loss and climate change. Removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies now will leave the population with little hope of recovery. You and your predecessors have invested too much into the recovery of this national icon to give up on them. Please keep the Yellowstone grizzly bear listed as a threatened species under the ESA and prevent history from repeating itself.”Please take a moment to send the USFWS a letter, urging them to not remove federal protections from Yellowstone grizzly bears.last_img read more

Kanesatake grand chief calls for referendum as political division threaten health centre

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe grand chief of Kanesatake, the Mohawk community once at the heart of the Oka Crisis, plans to hold a referendum June 15 to gauge the community’s confidence in the current band council which has been engulfed by internal divisions that now threaten the operations of the health centre.The Kanesatake health centre is on the verge of going into third-party management as a result of a power struggle between a group of four chiefs who are tilting against Grand Chief Serge Simon and the two chiefs who still support him.(In Kanesatake band councillors are known as chiefs)The four chiefs have essentially launched a coup against Simon. Because the group forms a quorum, they’ve been able to pass band council resolutions, accepted by Aboriginal Affairs, which authorize expenditures, including spending band money on lawyers to fight the grand chief.The quorum of chiefs recently stripped Simon of the land claim portfolio after he wrote a letter to the community accusing Ottawa’s chief negotiator of issuing a veiled threat.The quorum has also launched court action against the health centre’s board and the ensuing legal battles led the board’s insurance company to drop its coverage.Kanesatake has been hobbled by intense internal power struggles through a majority of its post-Oka years.The last major band council crisis ended with the torching of former grand chief James Gabriel’s home. Gabriel, with Ottawa’s support, authorized what was interpreted as a federally-funded armed invasion in January 2004 when police officers from outside reserves entered the community under the guise of combating organized crime.Kanesatake still bears the scars from that era and community members have persistently called for a public inquiry into the affair to uncover Ottawa’s true role.The current tensions have not reached that level, but the situation has thrown the community into tumult.Simon said he hoped the referendum vote would give the council a clean slate and a chance to start over.The vote will feature a ballot with the name of each band council member beside alongside a box asking whether the voter has confidence in the individual.“At the end of the night we will see who has more no’s than yeses and they will be basically out,” said Simon, who was elected in August 2011 to a three-year term.Simon said the internal tensions have stalled progress and is pushing the band’s finances to the brink.“If I can’t continue to save these services and work for the band in an ethical fashion, I would rather the community tell me to go home rather than sitting up here, powerless to stop it,” said Simon, who chose not to collect a salary as grand chief. “I don’t know what to say to my community anymore.”His opponents on council, however, say they won’t acknowledge the results of the vote.“It is going to be illegal…it is going to be totally challenged,” said Chief Sheila Bonspiel. “We are under a democratic system and it is not a dictatorship and he does not have exclusive and ultimate power.”Bonspiel said her group of four chiefs has been working to create a governance code for the band council for the first time.Chief Sonya Gagnier said the lack of a code is at the root of the political problems in Kanesatake.“This is where (Simone) needs to go instead of going and splitting the community more,” she said.The internecine political battle has spilled from the council chamber and engulfed the health centre. As a result of the insurance company’s decision to drop its coverage, Health Canada could soon move in to place the centre under third party management so it can continue to operate.A Health Canada official told APTN it was monitoring the situation and evaluating whether intervention is warranted.The move to third-party management would lead to layoffs and program cuts.The health centre crisis was triggered when Simon pulled Bonspiel and Gagnier from their health portfolios, removing them from the health centre’s board. Simon put himself on the board along with Chief Clarence Simon.The aim of the move was to revamp the health centre’s bylaws and depoliticize the health centre so band chiefs would no longer be able to automatically sit on the board, said Simon.The plan was to have the board elected by community members, but candidates would first have to meet laid out criteria to ensure they were qualified to handle the file.“This is the way things should have been set up in the first place so that the community is in charge, not a group of people that are hand-picked,” said Daniel David, who sat on the board temporarily in hopes of putting through the reforms. “We want to have people on the board who are qualified to be a board, not just a bunch of people who may or may not be qualified to sit on the board.”Bonspiel and Gagnier, however, say that the board is illegal and doesn’t have any power to make the changes.“They’ve gone rogue,” said Bonspiel. “If they wanted it to be run independently, then why is the grand chief so involved?”Bonspiel said the current board structure was created when the health centre was incorporated a few years ago.“We were not interfering. We were not involved in any of the operations. Council never interfered over there,” she read more

Civic volunteer found dead in Nadia

first_imgKolkata: A civic volunteer was found dead near his home at Hanskhali in Nadia on Monday morning. The victim has been identified as Srikumar Sharma, who is about 20-year-old.A bullet injury was found on the head of the man. The body has been sent for an autopsy examination. According to sources, on Monday morning, a woman saw that Sharma was sitting in a playground near his home at Bramhanpara in Hanskhali. She called him for some work but when Sharma did not respond, she reportedly put her hand on him and understood that Sharma was dead. Immediately she called some local residents, who informed Hanskhali police station. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police arrived at the spot and removed his body. Sleuths noticed a bullet injury beside his ear. It is suspected that he had been shot dead at some other place in the locality. Later, the body was kept in a sitting posture. While talking to his family, sleuths came to know that Sharma left his home on Sunday around 8 pm. Since then there was no trace of him. According to sources, Sharma joined Hanskhali police station as a civic volunteer approximately four months ago. But, he was temporarily suspended as Sharma had violated the rules and regulations multiple times. He reportedly used to get absent without informing his superiors. Also, he used to leave the police stations without informing anyone. It is said he frequently got drunk and behaved badly with his family members. It is suspected that Sharma was murdered in a planned way. Sleuths are checking if he had any enmity with anyone.last_img read more

Ban urges nonviolence on Vesak

“This year’s observance, falling at a time of widespread strife and misery, is an occasion to examine how Buddhist teachings can inform our response to prevailing challenges,” he said. UN Secretary Geberal Ban Ki-moon says a spirit of non-violence is needed to help inspire peace and quell conflict.In his Vesak Day message, the UN Chief said that that Vesak is an opportunity for all members of the international community to benefit from their rich traditions. “Confronting the troubling problems facing our world is consonant with Buddhism.  The Buddha himself, as a young prince, left the safety of his palace to discover the four sufferings of birth, sickness, old age and death. While such painful realities cannot be avoided, Buddhism offers insights into how to cope with them.  Its history is replete with inspiring examples of the transformative power of Buddhist philosophy,” he added. The UN Chief recalled that the legendary King Ashoka, a conqueror who presided over a brutal reign in India some three centuries after the Buddha’s passing, ultimately converted to Buddhism, renounced violence and embraced peace.Ban says the values that King Ashoka espoused, including human rights, democratic governance and respect for the dignity of life, are common to all great religions.  The fact that he was able to embrace them after years of brutal war offers proof that the goodwill of individuals can end widespread suffering. “Now more than ever, we need the spirit of non-violence to help inspire peace and quell conflict. I offer my best wishes to believers celebrating Vesak Day, and my sincerest hopes that we may all draw on spiritual ideals to strengthen our resolve to improve our world,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Pakistan attaches great importance to ties with Sri Lanka

A 27 member delegation of the Sri Lankan Army PACES (Pakistan Army Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System) met with the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain at the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo today.The delegation is travelling to Lahore, Pakistan to participate in the International PACES Competition starting from 18-26 October 2016. While, addressing the delegation, the High Commissioner highlighted that Pakistan and Sri Lanka have consistently maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations at all levels. “These deep rooted relations draws strength from centuries old civilizational link through our shared rich heritage, which is preserved by the people and Government of Pakistan with due reverence,” he added. Hussain further elaborated that the Government of Pakistan is actively engaged with all neighboring countries in an effort to create a peaceful neighborhood.“On Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations, both sides have intensified political engagement and undertaken substantive measures to further deepen and broaden the economic relationship,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Tesla Motors loss triples to 184 million in 2Q as it lowers

In this May 14, 2015 photo, a Tesla vehicle is parked at a charging station outside of the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. Tesla reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) DETROIT – Tesla Motors’ upcoming Model X SUV cast a long shadow over the company’s second-quarter results.Tesla’s net loss nearly tripled to $184 million in the April-June period as it invested in tooling and factory capacity for the new SUV, which is scheduled to go on sale next month.The Palo Alto, California, maker of electric cars also lowered its expectations for full-year sales because it’s not confident suppliers will be able to meet its production goals for the Model X in the fourth quarter. It now expects to sell between 50,000 and 55,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs this year, down from a previous target of 55,000.“We do think that it’s going to be quite a challenging production ramp on the X,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk told analysts on a conference call Wednesday. “We only want to deliver great cars, so we don’t want to drive to a number that’s greater than our ability to deliver high-quality vehicles.”Tesla’s shares fell $18.13, or 6.7 per cent, to $252 in after-hours trading following the release of the earnings report.Musk later mused that the Model X could be “the hardest car to build in the world.” Its tricky features include unique side doors that open out and upward.Tesla sold a quarterly record 11,532 Model S electric cars in the second quarter. It said sales grew more than 50 per cent in Europe despite two price increases in the last six months, and they were up 30 per cent in the U.S. Revenue rose 24 per cent to $954.9 million.But Tesla also increased spending on its Fremont, California, factory, which makes the Model X, and on its battery plant, which is under construction in Nevada. It’s opening five more stores in China and expanding its network of fast-charging Supercharger stations, which now total 487 globally.Tesla has said it plans to invest $1.5 billion in capital expenditures this year.Tesla also spent more on research and development. Among its projects is a highway autopilot system, which will keep vehicles in their lane and automatically control speed and braking on the highway. That system is due out later this year. Tesla also said its Tesla Energy home battery packs will start production in Fremont during the third quarter.Tesla’s net loss, of $1.45 per share, was wider than the loss of 50 cents per share a year ago.Tesla says unadjusted figures do not reflect its true performance because accounting rules limit how it records revenue for leases. On an adjusted basis, the company lost $61 million, or 48 cents per share, in the April-June period. That beat Wall Street’s forecast of a 60 cent loss per share, according to analysts polled by FactSet.Tesla’s adjusted revenue of $1.2 billion beat analysts’ forecast of $1.18 billion. Tesla Motors’ loss triples to $184 million in 2Q as it lowers delivery forecast by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 3:14 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Confirmed Whelan and St Ledger will miss upcoming qualifiers

first_imgUpdated at 19.29THE FAI HAVE this evening confirmed that Glenn Whelan and Sean St Ledger will miss Ireland’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Germany and the Faroe Islands.Whelan picked up a hamstring injury during Stoke’s game with Liverpool at the weekend, and following scans on the injury this morning, he has been ruled out of the games.Meanwhile, Sean St Ledger will also definitely miss the games as expected, after he picked up a hamstring injury during Leicester’s win over Bristol City this weekend, with Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark drafted in to replace him.Shortly after the news was announced, St Ledger tweeted: “out for a minimum four weeks gutted to be missing the qualifiers but the aviva gonna be some atmosphere on Friday night!”The injuries will come as a further blow to Giovanni Trapattoni’s side ahead of the critical upcoming fixtures, with James McClean already having been ruled out earlier today.The side has been beset by problems of late, with other key internationals, including Kevin Doyle and Richard Dunne, currently unavailable for selection.Read: Monday morning blues as Trap tries to figure out injury crisis>Read: Irish Eye: Hunt on the mark as Trap faces injury crisis>last_img read more

This underwear ad in the RTÉ Guide caused a bit of a

first_imgClick here for larger versionIN 1978, THEN Taoiseach Jack Lynch received a complaint from a concerned citizen about an underwear advertisement which appeared in the RTÉ Guide.The ad, pictured above, was for a new range of bras from Silhouette “designed to bring romance and adventure into your life”. It describes the bras as “soft, lacy and sensual”.In a letter to Lynch, the person asked him to “do something about it”.“Is it right to tolerate in out RTÉ Guide what really amounts to a plug for pornography?”They said this kind of advertisement had the potential to “corrupt the very essence” of our heritage.In that same year, Lynch passed on a suggestion made by a Canon in Tipperary to charge 100 VAT on ‘objectionable magazines’ imported to the State to Tánaiste and Minister for Finance George Colley. The Tánaiste replied that he had “carefully and sympathetically” considered Lynch’s representations but said “serious practical difficulties” would arise if the government tried to implement this.Click here for larger versionPornographic magazinesThis was not the only example of complaints about material considered inappropriate in Irish publications at the time.In 1980, a complaint made by the organisation ‘Parent Concern’ about the periodical ‘New Man and Woman’, was upheld by the Censorship of Publications Board as it was found to be ‘indecent or obscene’.A letter to then Taoiseach Charles Haughey from the group’s honorary secretary details examples of perceived inappropriate content like features on wife-swapping with pictures of groups of nude couples. Click here for larger imageShe also expressed concern about details of various family planning centres, saying “if these are an indication of goings-on during sessions then they are no more than prostitution centers (sic) for orgies, with of course the commercial advocacy of contraceptives and abortion”.The board found that the sale and distribution of further issues of the publication in Ireland should be prohibited.‘Sensuous and sexual gratification’In 1983, the Deputy Chairman of The Society to Outlaw Pornography, Marjorie Elliot, wrote to Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald about an issue of ‘Executive World’, a men’s magazine.(Image: Brand New Retro)In her letter she pointed out that Fitzgerald’s political party had expressed a determination to upgrade the status of women in society.“Yet magazines of this type present them as sex objects, things of sensuous and sexual gratification for men, and in debasing them deprive them of their dignity and their rights,” she said.Click here for larger versionShe also said these magazines play a major part in inciting crimes of rape and sexual assault – “leading inexorably sexual crimes against children”.Fitzgerald’s office wrote to the Department of Justice to seek guidance on the issue and was advised that it was a matter for the Censorship of Publications Board.In correspondence, they said the board may prohibit a publication over a number of issues including advocating the procurement of abortion, devoting a large proportion to crime and any publication seen to be frequently indecent or obscene.The Taoiseach’s private secretary responded to Elliot to advise her to lodge her complaint with the board.See National Archives, Reference number 2013/100/3 .Read: Escort and ‘hook-up’ sites among attempts to access porn at Leinster House>Read: No log kept of TDs’ and Senators’ internet browsing history>last_img read more

Le service de stockage Windows Azure en panne mondiale

first_imgLe service de stockage Windows Azure en panne mondialeLe service de cloud-computing professionnel Windows Azure a été victime d’une panne internationale durant plusieurs heures, sans qu’aucune explication n’ait été fournie par la suite par Microsoft.Windows Azure, une plateforme de développement gérée par les serveurs de Microsoft, a connu une panne mondiale de quelques heures mercredi 29 mars. Si la situation semble s’être résolue rapidement, Microsoft n’a pas jugé bon de commenter ni d’expliquer les raisons de cet incident technique qui a touché des milliers d’utilisateurs dans le monde, indique Silicon.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’Europe du Nord et les États-Unis continuent toutefois d’éprouver des désagréments ponctuels, une situation particulièrement dérangeante pour de nombreux professionnels. En effet, Windows Azure permet à des développeurs de publier leur application sur les serveurs de Microsoft, avec un soutien technique fourni par l’éditeur. La solution permet de réduire les coûts liés à l’équipement nécessaire pour proposer un produit au client final, comme les serveurs et la bande passante.Microsoft confirmait récemment être “toujours en dépannage” et indiquait s’être lancé dans la récupération des services affectés, déclarant que “de plus en plus d’applications de clients devraient être sauvegardées et s’exécuter, même si les fonctionnalités de gestion n’ont pas encore été restaurées”. Depuis la tempête gronde, les utilisateurs se plaignant du manque confondant de communication de la part de Microsoft, à qui il payent un abonnement pour utiliser cette plateforme de cloud-computing.Le 1 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Frank Lampard reflects on his first season as manager

first_imgThis is Derby County’s 6th consecutive season where they find themselves in playoff position after 22 games, but have never pushed for promotion, since December always seems to take a toll on them.Frank Lampard is having a successful campaign with Derby County, a second-tier English club, to kick off his coaching career. Asked about being halfway through his first season as manager, Lampard said that although his team is in the race, that the season might get tough starting now.“I enjoy it. It’s taxing, testing and you learn every day. I’m fully into it and I want to be a success,” he said, according to BBC.“It is no good to say at fourth we can be content in December, we have to continue and be in contention in mid-May.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.“We know we are in the race. But any drop in standard, and actually if we don’t improve from here, the season might take its toll on us.”“As a player, you can never quite gauge what it feels like on this side,” he continued.“It is a challenge for me to use the squad because we will have to over the busy period, it is a challenge to stay positive and work on the training ground and to get details right and keep going.“And when January comes, if we can do business, and business that improves us – and there won’t be loads to do because we are not in the position of other teams in this league – it needs to be spot on. Small improvement may help us in the long run.”last_img read more

Everclears Art Alexakis On His Battle With Multiple Sclerosis His Continued Sobriety

first_img Everclear’s Art Alexakis On His Battle With Multiple Sclerosis, His Continued Sobriety & How He’s Moving Forward News A letter to fans details the frontman’s struggles with the disease, confirms his continued sobriety and outlines his upcoming creative projectsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2019 – 2:30 pm In a post on the band’s website, Everclear frontman Art Alexakis has announced he was diagnosed with a form of multiple sclerosis three years ago following a car accident. According to the letter, doctors believe he’d had the disease for “anywhere between 10 to 20 years.” He also opens to fans and friends about his journey and thought process connecting the dots between his symptoms and his diagnosis. Facebook Twitter center_img Email “The more I found out about MS, the more a lot of things started making sense,” he writes. “It explains why I have had balance and gait problems for the last ten years, it helps explain why I have had a higher sensitivity to heat and cold, and why I don’t have the energy, vigor, and razor sharp memory that I had ten years ago. I thought it was just me getting older.”Alexakis has been sober for almost 30 years, something he addresses in his letter directly.“One of the reasons I wanted to be more public about my disease is that I have been hearing a lot of people say that I am drinking again or back on drugs because they have seen me look unsteady on stage or around town,” Alexakis says. “So, if you see me stumbling… sweaty, looking both tired and anxious at the same time, maybe a little more confused than usual, or forgetting lyrics yet looking happy (which is weird for me), please know that I have not fallen off the wagon. I am just learning how to be the new me.”The letter also reveals he is currently finishing up his first solo album, Sun Songs, which he says will be out early summer, and he’s plotting his Songs And Stories solo tour to start May 1, “joined by three other singer-songwriters that I respect and admire.”After that, he plans to, “finally start writing the book people have been telling me to write for the last 20 years…I think it’s about time!”Back on the medical front, the news is heavy yet promising. “All that said,” he writes, after describing how his recent performances have been challenging but successful. “I can feel the disease slowly growing in me. I now have to give myself injections three times a week. My neurologist says as long as I stay on the medication, I should live into my 80’s without progression. We shall see.”Report: Musicians More Likely To Struggle With Mental Health & Substance AbuseRead more Everclear’s Art Alexakis Reveals MS Diagnosis everclear%E2%80%99s-art-alexakis-his-battle-multiple-sclerosis-his-continued-sobriety-how-heslast_img read more

Blame Russell Westbrook for OKCs failed Big 3

first_imgLeBron to the Rockets is a realistic possibilityColin initially thought the Lakers were the most likely destination if LeBron James decided to leave Cleveland again in free agency during the upcoming offseason, but it’s become clear that the Lakers are too far away to lure the King to L.A.With #LeBronzo DOA, Colin now believes the best fit for LeBron if he jumps ship is the Houston Rockets, for a number of reasons. Not only is James close friends with Chris Paul, but if he joined Harden and Paul, they would immediately form a Big 3 that could seriously challenge the Warriors in the West and compete for a title. It would also allow James to transition into the final stage of his career with a team where he wouldn’t have to carry a franchise on his own. Fear #LeBeard. Guests:Terry Bradshaw – Fox NFL Sunday co-host is in-studio to talk Wentz’s season ending injury; why Jay Cutler is so frustrating; and what it was like watching MNF at William Shatner’s house.Charlie Weis – Former Notre Dame head coach and Patriots offensive coordinator joins the show to discuss the Patriots loss in Miami; how he handled calling plays when his offense wasn’t clicking; and why the Packers should be concerned about Arron Rodgers returning from a broken collarbone.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio with the backstory on the Ball kids going to play in Lithuania; why it’s a bad move from a basketball standpoint; why his sources tell him they’ll be exposed; and why the Thunder should trade Paul George. Blame Russell Westbrook for OKC’s failed Big 3 The Thunder had high hopes for their hastily assembled Big 3 of Russell Westbrook, Camelo Anthony, and Paul George, but after 26 games, they’re 12-14, and nobody’s happy.Colin thinks it’s clear the experiment is a failure, and believes Russell Westbrook is to blame. Even though there were high hopes that Westbrook could dial it back and fit in, it’s become more clear than ever that he’s better as solo act than trying to fit in with a group of stars. Ex-teammates Victor Oladipo and Kevin Durant were just named conference players of the week, which further proves that players get better once they leave OKC.The Thunder need to pull the plug on this thing ASAP, and should look to trade Paul George before he leaves in free agency, and they get nothing in return.last_img read more

5 ways to create a connection to the Qlik Engine Tip

first_img //Config for retrieving the qlik.js module from the Qlik Sense Servervar config = {host: window.location.hostname,prefix: prefix,port: window.location.port,isSecure: window.location.protocol === “https:”};require.config({baseUrl: (config.isSecure ? “https://” : “http://” ) + + (config.port ? “:” + config.port : “” ) + config.prefix + “resources”});require([“js/qlik”], function (qlik) {qlik.setOnError( function (error) {console.log(error);});//Open an Appvar app = qlik.openApp(‘MasteringQlikSense.qvf’, config); Once you have created the connection to an app, you can start leveraging the full API by conveniently creating HyperCubes, connecting to fields, passing selections, retrieving objects, and much more. The Mashup API is intended for browser-based projects where authentication is handled in the same way as if you were going to open Qlik Sense. If you wish to use the Mashup API, or some parts of it, with a backend solution, you need to take care of authentication first. Creating a connection using enigma.js Enigma is Qlik’s open-source promise wrapper for the engine. You can use enigma directly when you’re in the Mashup API, or you can load it as a separate module. When you are writing code from within the Mashup API, you can retrieve the correct schema directly from the list of available modules which are loaded together with qlik.js via ‘autogenerated/qix/engine-api’. The following example will connect to a Demo App using enigma.js: define(function () { return function () { require([‘qlik’,’enigma’,’autogenerated/qix/engine-api’], function (qlik, enigma, schema) {//The base config with all details filled in var config = { schema: schema, appId: “My Demo App.qvf”, session:{ host:”localhost”, port: 4848, prefix: “”, unsecure: true, },}//Now that we have a config, use that to connect to the //QIX service.enigma.getService(“qix” , config).then(function(qlik){ //Open App{ //Create SessionObject for FieldList app.createSessionObject( { qFieldListDef: { qShowSystem: false, qShowHidden: false, qShowSrcTables: true, qShowSemantic: true, qShowDerivedFields: true }, qInfo: { qId: “FieldList”, qType: “FieldList” } } ).then( function(list) { return list.getLayout(); } ).then( function(listLayout) { return listLayout.qFieldList.qItems; } ).then( function(fieldItems) { console.log(fieldItems) } ); })}})}}) It’s essential to also load the correct schema whenever you load enigma.js. The schema is a collection of the available API methods that can be utilized in each version of Qlik Sense. This means your schema needs to be in sync with your QS version. Thus, we see it is fairly easy to create a stable connection with the Qlik Engine API. If you liked the above excerpt, make sure you check out the book Mastering Qlik Sense to learn more tips and tricks on working with different kinds of data using Qlik Sense and extract useful business insights. Read Next: How Qlik Sense is driving self-service Business Intelligence Overview of a Qlik Sense® Application’s Life Cycle What we learned from Qlik Qonnections 2018 With mashups or web apps, the Qlik Engine sits outside of your project and is not accessible and loaded by default. The first step before doing anything else is to create a connection with the Qlik Engine, after which you can continue to open a session and perform further actions on that app, such as: Opening a document/app Making selections Retrieving visualizations and apps For using the Qlik Engine API, open a WebSocket to the engine. There may be a difference in the way you do this, depending on whether you are working with Qlik Sense Enterprise or Qlik Sense Desktop. In this article, we will elaborate on how you can achieve a connection to the Qlik engine and the benefits of doing so. The following excerpt has been taken from the book Mastering Qlik Sense, authored by Martin Mahler and Juan Ignacio Vitantonio. Creating a connection To create a connection using WebSockets, you first need to establish a new web socket communication line. To open a WebSocket to the engine, use one of the following URIs: Qlik Sense Enterprise Qlik Sense Desktop wss:// or wss://[/virtual proxy]/app/ ws://localhost:4848/app Creating a Connection using WebSockets In the case of Qlik Sense Desktop, all you need to do is define a WebSocket variable, including its connection string in the following way: var ws = new WebSocket(“ws://localhost:4848/app/”); Once the connection is opened and checking for, you can call additional methods to the engine using ws.send(). This example will retrieve the number of available documents in my Qlik Sense Desktop environment, and append them to an HTML list: The preceding example will produce the following output on your browser if you have Qlik Sense Desktop running in the background: All Engine methods and calls can be tested in a user-friendly way by exploring the Qlik Engine in the Dev Hub. A single WebSocket connection can be associated with only one engine session (consisting of the app context, plus the user). If you need to work with multiple apps, you must open a separate WebSocket for each one. If you wish to create a WebSocket connection directly to an app, you can extend the configuration URL to include the application name, or in the case of the Qlik Sense Enterprise, the GUID. You can then use the method from the app class and any other classes as you continue to work with objects within the app. var ws = new WebSocket(“ws://localhost:4848/app/MasteringQlikSense.qvf”); Creating  Connection to the Qlik Server Engine Connecting to the engine on a Qlik Sense environment is a little bit different as you will need to take care of authentication first. Authentication is handled in different ways, depending on how you have set up your server configuration, with the most common ones being: Ticketing Certificates Header authentication Authentication also depends on where the code that is interacting with the Qlik Engine is running. If your code is running on a trusted computer, authentication can be performed in several ways, depending on how your installation is configured and where the code is running: If you are running the code from a trusted computer, you can use certificates, which first need to be exported via the QMC If the code is running on a web browser, or certificates are not available, then you must authenticate via the virtual proxy of the server Creating a connection using certificates Certificates can be considered as a seal of trust, which allows you to communicate with the Qlik Engine directly with full permission. As such, only backend solutions ever have access to certificates, and you should guard how you distribute them carefully. To connect using certificates, you first need to export them via the QMC, which is a relatively easy thing to do: Once they are exported, you need to copy them to the folder where your project is located using the following code: Mastering QS Creating a connection using the Mashup API Now, while connecting to the engine is a fundamental step to start interacting with Qlik, it’s very low-level, connecting via WebSockets. For advanced use cases, the Mashup API is one way to help you get up to speed with a more developer-friendly abstraction layer. The Mashup API utilizes the qlik interface as an external interface to Qlik Sense, used for mashups and for including Qlik Sense objects in external web pages. To load the qlik module, you first need to ensure RequireJS is available in your main project file. You will then have to specify the URL of your Qlik Sense environment, as well as the prefix of the virtual proxy, if there is one: Mastering QSlast_img read more

Norwegian updates passengers on HamiltonDublin route following 737 MAX suspension

first_imgNorwegian updates passengers on Hamilton-Dublin route following 737 MAX suspension << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Travelweek Group NEW YORK CITY — Norwegian’s new service from Dublin to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will operate as normal, despite the suspension of Boeing 737 MAX operations by European aviation authorities.The airline provided an update to customers flying on the new route from March 31.Since the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, the airline has re-routed customers and offered the chance to rebook or receive a full refund free of charge if they no longer wish to travel. It is also combining flights and reallocating aircraft within its own network to keep cancellations to a minimum and minimize inconvenience for its customers.On March 13, Norwegian announced it would temporarily deploy a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to operate daily flights between Dublin Airport and New York (Stewart). These flights will continue to operate under a temporary schedule, but as from March 31 Norwegian will temporarily operate additional services from Dublin Airport using a Boeing 737-800 to cover other affected routes, including the launch of the new Canadian service.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedHere are additional details for Dublin-Hamilton customers:Norwegian’s brand-new service from Dublin to Hamilton will operate as normal using a Boeing 737-800 from March 31Customers booked on flights D8 1840 from Dublin to Hamilton, and D8 1841 from Hamilton to Dublin will be able to travel on the airline’s newest route for the start of the summer seasonThe ETOPS-certified 737-800 will operate the Hamilton to Hamilton route, 4x per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The aircraft will also be used on flights between Dublin and Providence on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.Norwegian continues to temporarily withhold further sales of all routes operated by the 737 MAX in light of the suspended operations of the aircraft. The airline will provide further updates to customers booked to travel on affected routes beyond April 10.center_img Posted by Share Tags: Dublin, Hamilton, New Routes, Norwegian Airlast_img read more