Sri Lanka vow to win it for their fans back home

first_imgSri Lanka are looking to win the World Cup as much for the people back home as for Muttiah Muralitharan, who will be playing his last international match on Saturday.Former captain Mahela Jayawardene made it clear that winning the coveted trophy for the fans was the foremost thing on every player’s mind – including Murali.”We started off the campaign thinking that we will win the Cup for our fans back home and it will remain the same. Obviously we want to dedicate the win to Murali but even for him the country comes ahead of everyone,” he said.Talking about one of his closest accomplices in the team, Jayawardene said: ” What he has accomplished is for everyone to see. But I would like to take this opportunity to disclose that he was the first person in the Lankan team to take me out for a meal when I made my debut. Even today, he is the first person to take a new member in the team out for a meal.” Sometimes his sweetness can be irritating like when he goes to the opposition camp and exchanges pleasantries with them,” he added.The stylish right- hander feels the sub- continent teams- three of which made it to semi- finals – were expected to play well considering they were playing in home conditions. ” I don’t believe in this shift in power. If three of the four sub- continent teams manage to reach the semifinals in the next edition in Australia- New Zealand, only then can we say that the power has shifted. At home, with conditions favouring our players, we were expected to prosper,” he said.advertisementJayawardene believes that it was the title triumph in 1996 that helped Sri Lankan turn a new leaf. ” The win in 1996 helped the players believe in themselves.Even players like me who were coming through the ranks then believed that we could compete and win against the best teams in the world. As seniors we now tend to do the same with the younger players,” he said.last_img read more

IOC faces tricky decision over possible Russia ban

first_imgUnder huge pressure from all sides, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on Tuesday whether to ban Russia from next year’s Winter Olympics over alleged institutionalised doping.Anti-doping agencies and many athletes want Russia to be completely excluded from Pyeongchang, but Moscow has vehemently denied state involvement and complained of political manipulation.Facing the same decision ahead of the Rio Summer games 18 months ago, the IOC stopped short of imposing a blanket ban and instead left decisions on individual athletes’ participation to the respective sports federations.Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) has been suspended since a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission headed by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren in 2015 found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations.A further WADA report by McLaren in 2016 found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a five-year period.In the last month, the IOC’s own commission has banned more than 20 Russian athletes from the Olympics for life over doping violations at the 2014 Winter Games that Russia hosted in Sochi, while WADA has said that Russia remains “non-compliant” with its code.The options facing the 15-member IOC Executive Board, which meets on Tuesday, include a blanket ban on Russia or allowing Russian athletes to compete in South Korea as neutrals. This would mean that they could not participate under Russia’s flag and the Russian anthem would not be played at medal ceremonies.advertisementThe IOC could also do what it did at Rio and defer the decision to the international sports federations. Although Russia was barred from athletics and weightlifting, it was able to send around 70 percent of its original 387-strong squad after other sports’ federations accepted its athletes.DELICATE DECISIONIOC President Thomas Bach said at the time that the decision balanced “the desire and need for collective responsibility versus the right to individual justice of every individual athlete”.The IOC could argue that the fundamental situation has not changed since then despite the evidence produced from the Sochi games and the publication of the second part of the McLaren report.”The IOC has a delicate decision to make,” sports marketing expert Patrick Nally said.”On the one hand, it needs to show WADA and the world’s media that it is chastising Russia, but at the same time it needs to be temperate in its approach … Banning them outright will, I think, be too negative a step.”A compromise is necessary if the IOC wants to maintain stability. It can withstand media criticism but it can’t withstand an all-out war with one of its influential members.”Last week, Joseph de Pencier, head of the iNADO umbrella group of national anti-doping agencies, said allowing Russia to take part in Pyeongchang would raise doubts about sport’s willingness to root out drug cheats.Russian officials have said their country is the victim of a politicised dirty tricks campaign designed to besmirch its reputation and curb its sporting success.On Monday, two Russian Olympic medallists urged the IOC to allow Russian athletes to compete.”I passionately believe that it is not the answer to ban innocent, clean, young Russian athletes from competing under the Russian flag in Pyeongchang,” said Svetlana Zhurova, who won Olympic gold in speed skating in 2006.Evgeni Plushenko, a four-time Olympic figure skating medallist, said making Russians compete as neutrals would be “unfair on them and all their competitors who in some way would feel that the competition and Olympic spirit would have been devalued”.last_img read more

Qatar’s beIN demands $1 bln compensation for Saudi ‘piracy’

first_imgDoha, Oct 1 (AFP) Qatari pay-TV provider beIN on Monday launched a USD 1-billion compensation claim against Saudi broadcasters it accuses of “flagrantly breaching international law” by illegally showing hundreds of live sports programmes.At the same time the state of Qatar also launched an action at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, accusing the kingdom of violating intellectual property rights.Both moves were announced in statements from the Doha-based sports broadcasting giant and Qatar’s ministry of economy and commerce, though it is unclear yet where the compensation claim will be heard.It is the latest escalation in a long-running dispute over illegal broadcasts fuelled by a bitter and ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.Qatar has accused pirates in Saudi Arabia of industrial-scale piracy of its sports broadcasts, including this summer’s football World Cup, through one such channel called beoutQ illegally transmitting its broadcasts.Riyadh denies the claim and says it has nothing to do with beoutQ. (AFP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians overcome SRH in Super Over to reach playoffs

first_imgMumbai Indians defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad via Super Over at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday to become the 3rd team after Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals to reach the playoffs of the 2019 Indian Premier League.Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had reached the final in the 2018 IPL and lost to Chennai Super Kings, must now beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final group game on Saturday and hope the other results go their way to seal the fourth playoff spot.Mumbai Indians had won the IPL for the third time in 2017 but failed to reach the playoffs after winning only 6 out of 14 matches in 2018. This season, MI have returned to their old ways and rode on some spectacular performances from Quinton de Kock and Hardik Pandya to bury the ghosts of last summer.Manish Pandey led an incredible run chase for Sunrisers Hyderabad after the two big ticket overseas batsmen – Martin Guptill and Kane Willamson failed to make an impact. Pandey remained unbeaten on 71 and added 49 for the 7th wicket with Mohammad Nabi as SRH pulled off a thrilling tie to take the game to a Super Over – the 2nd of the season.With this win at the Wankhede, the @mipaltan have now qualified for the #VIVOIPL Playoffs pic.twitter.com/2KruVjPKMt IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 2, 2019Chasing 163, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost openers Wriddiman Saha and Martin Guptill to Jasprit Bumrah after a rapid start. Kane Williamson, the Orange Cap winner in 2018, has been far from his best this season and he laboured his way to 3 before missing a sweep against Krunal Pandya – the ball hit the pads and he was out lbw.advertisementIn the absence of David Warner, Martin Guptil and Kane Williamson were expected to stand up and fill the void but their cheap dismissals left Manish Pandey with a lot of work.Pandey has had a fine run after he was promoted to No.3. Vijay Shankar, who made it to India’s World Cup squad for his 3-dimensional skills, never found ant momentum and became Krunal Pandya’s second wicket while Hardik Pandya dismissed Abhishek Sharma as SRH slipped to 105 for 5 in the 15th over. With the asking rate climbing up, Manish Pandey was key Sunrisers.A cracking shot off Lasith Malinga’s last ball in the 16th over fetched Manish Pandey a boundary and a third fifty in 4 innings this season. He was looking good and had Mohammad Nabi for company at the other end. Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were yet to walk in and though difficult, victory did not seem entirely out of reach for Hyderabad.In a heroic effort, Manish Pandey led the chase for SRH single-handedly till he found support in Mohammad Nabi. It was a lost cause for Hyderabad but the pair of Pandey and Nabi held their nerves to pull off a tie. SRH needed 17 off the last over and 7 off the final over. Manish Pandey hit Pandya for a 6 to bring the scores level.SRH sent Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi to face Jasprit Bumrah in the Super Over. However, the pair could not repeat their heroics and Pandey was run out in the 1st ball while Bumrah castled Nabi off the 4th ball and SRH managed only 8, setting MI 9 to win the Super Over.Hardik Pandya hit Rashid Khan for a six off the 1st ball and then he and Pollard kept their calm to pull off a Super Over victory for Mumbai Indians.A well made half-century from @im_manishpandey.#SRH 115/5 after 16 https://t.co/ZtljjbF8cF pic.twitter.com/lf2S07Ur3fIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 2, 2019Earlier in the evening, Mumbai Indians decided to bat after Rohit Sharma won the toss.Rohit Sharma led a quick start for Mumbai Indians but Kane Williamson introduced his spinners – Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan to slow the hosts down. Rohit, who was looking good for a big score, fell to Khaleel Ahmed in the 6th over after Nabi took an easy catch at mid-on.Rohit Sharma’s opening partner Quinton de Kock took his time to get going but Suryakumar Yadav played a nice little cameo (23 off 17) and added 54 for the 2nd wicket with de Kock to set MI up nicely on a pitch which Yadav later described as sticky.Run scoring was not easy on this Wankhede pitch. Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Basil Thampi bowled excellent first spells and managed to stop the dangerous Evin Lewis, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard from playing destructive innings.Quinton de Kock hit the slowest fifty of the 2019 Indian Premier League but accelerated towards the end of the innings to remain unbeaten on 69 and help Mumbai Indians set Sunrisers Hyderabad post a challenging target.advertisementMumbai Indians now have the chance to finish in the top 2 in the points table if they beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the final group match of the 2019 Indian Premier League on May 5.Also Read | IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya will do great things for Indian cricket, feels Kieron PollardAlso Read | Not thinking of IPL 2019 playoffs, focussing on next 2 games: Krunal Pandyalast_img read more

Report: Palace 0 Southampton 1

first_imgCrystal Palace 0 Southampton 1: Roy Hodgson’s first game ends in defeat Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 21:26 16/9/2017 roy hodgson - cropped Getty Images Roy Hodgson lost his first game in charge of Crystal Palace 1-0 to Southampton, Steven Davis scoring the goal. Roy Hodgson’s debut game in charge of Crystal Palace ended in defeat as Southampton won 1-0 at Selhurst Park.Steven Davis’ goal in the sixth minute was enough to give the visitors the victory and inflict a fifth defeat in five on the Eagles.The result also leaves them without a goal in 2017-18, meaning they have taken the longest of any top-flight team in England to score a goal, surpassing Newcastle United in 2005-06. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Hodgson was greeted with huge applause prior to kick-off, the former England boss having replaced Frank de Boer on a two-year deal this week, but the optimism quickly faded when Davis pounced on a rebound to open the scoring.Palace, as they did in last week’s loss to Burnley, enjoyed plenty of possession and created good chances to equalise but were thwarted by two good saves from goalkeeper Fraser Forster.The home side applied the pressure in the second half but Mauricio Pellegrino’s side were largely untroubled late on as they recorded their second win of the season and left Palace rooted to the bottom of the table.70 – Roy Hodgson (70y 38d) is the 3rd manager to take charge of a @premierleague game in his 70’s after Alex Ferguson & Bobby Robson. Golden pic.twitter.com/jrPb6Rk3kN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2017Selhurst Park gave Hodgson a rapturous welcome ahead of kick-off but the home fans were soon silenced when Saints took the lead.The ball was worked to Dusan Tadic inside the box and, when his drive across goal was parried by Wayne Hennessey, Davis was on hand to side-foot home the rebound from 12 yards.Saints unsurprisingly looked the more confident but Palace twice nearly equalised before the half-hour mark, Christian Benteke denied by a point-blank block by Forster and Ruben Loftus-Cheek firing just wide of the left-hand post.Andros Townsend flashed a half-volley narrowly over in first-half injury time and Palace stepped up the pressure after the break, with Forster making a fine save to deny Jason Puncheon after a Loftus-Cheek cross flew across the box.Torrential rain began to fall as Palace committed more men forward, allowing Southampton the chance to exploit the slick surface on the counter-attack through Shane Long and Nathan Redmond.Palace continued to press but belief seemed to ebb away from the players and the stands as Saints began to repel their attacks with relative ease, although Joel Ward did test Forster again with a header from a Yohan Cabaye cross.439 – Crystal Palace are without a goal in 439 minutes this season, the longest ever run from the start of a @premierleague campaign. Blank. pic.twitter.com/XkkLPOsRWU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2017The result means Palace have won only two of their last 17 meetings with Saints and could be six points adrift of safety if Leicester City beat Huddersfield Town later on Saturday.Key Opta stats: – Crystal Palace are without a goal in 450 minutes this season, the longest ever run from the start of a Premier League campaign.- Crystal Palace are the first side in English top-flight history to open the season with five defeats and no goals scored.- The Eagles have failed to find the back of the net in six consecutive league games for the first since January 1995 (a run of nine), with three different managers taking charge during this run (Sam Allardyce, Frank de Boer and Roy Hodgson).- Southampton have won four of their last five meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions, losing the other.- Steven Davis scored his first Premier League goal since 15th May 2016 – also against Crystal Palace 489 days ago.  read morelast_img read more

Marcus Rashford’s toils show up José Mourinho as a man without a plan

first_imgShare on Messenger features Topics José Mourinho Chelsea Chelsea’s Eden Hazard spot-on to sink Manchester United and win FA Cup Reuse this content On a sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling Wembley day Manchester United’s sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling season was finally euthanised to a close.It has been a good season in some ways, with obvious progress made in the Premier League. But it passed here without the garnish of a trophy as Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty settled a largely forgettable FA Cup final in Chelsea’s favour.Chelsea have had a mixed season, too. Victory at Wembley was a reflection not of a team finding its gears, but of the fact in Hazard they had the best player on the pitch, enough to make a difference even in just the briefest glimpse.For United this felt like something else, a dose of necessary medicine where the gleam of another trophy might have concealed the symptoms, hid the deeper snags and knots. Either way it seemed a fitting reflection of United’s status right now to end the season watching this sluggish red‑shirted machine spend 90 minutes trying and failing to score a goal. Marcus Rashford Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Antonio Conte: ‘I showed in a difficult season that I’m a serial winner’ Read more Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn This remains the single most interesting thing about this powerful, strangely burdened team. From Anfield to St James’ Park, from Andalucía to Ashton Gate, United’s season has been a heavy kind of thing, with a sense throughout of trapped energy, of cogs that refuse to click, of results wrung out of bloody‑minded will.Look back and this has been the one constant of the post‑Ferguson era. Through five years and three managers successive teams have shared this clogged aspect, lacking in the vital notes of grace and fluency. Against all expectations Manchester United have somehow become the Daleks.Mourinho’s team has now ended the season with seven goals in their last eight games, with fewer away goals than Leicester in the league, with a single goal over 180 minutes against Sevilla, with four goals in a game just once since a fine scoring run in the autumn. Albeit, even in those most liberated moments there has been a clanking quality, like an android replicant making brief, sullen attempts to dance the Charleston.If any player embodied this struggle at Wembley it was probably the frantic figure of Marcus Rashford, who was never on his heels, who ran constantly, passed accurately; but who seemed throughout to be playing through a kind of fog, blunt when he needed to be sharp, a player making all the right runs, just not necessarily in the right order. Manchester United With Romelu Lukaku unfit for anything more than the bench this was a wonderful opportunity for Rashford to play as a starting centre-forward in a season-defining game. Not that his year to date had provided much significant preparation.Rashford did get a start as a centre-forward against Brighton just a couple of weeks ago, a game that inspired a pretty wretched piece of public politicking from Mourinho afterwards. “Why always Lukaku? Now you see why,” was the verdict of a man charged with building the confidence, self-esteem and general pastoral wellbeing of one of the brightest young attacking talents in England. Or not, as the case may be.Here Rashford lined up just ahead of Alexis Sánchez here in a vague, ungrooved, energetically incoherent impersonation of a two-man attack. After five minutes and 30 seconds someone in a red shirt finally passed to him. For a while he made runs: curving runs, runs across the back three, runs behind the full-backs. After all it’s good to keep yourself busy. Meanwhile a football match happened 30 yards away.Rashford is still only 20 and in the middle of one of those difficult seasons young players are allowed to have. The wider issue is the sense of a player drifting into a kind of dead zone where he seems unsure not just of his role but of his own basic skills.Mourinho’s keenest fans will be eager to excuse him from any part in this. But something is missing here. Rashford has talent and willing. There has simply been no development, just a sense of irritation that this young player is not a ready-made elite No 9.Either way Rashford looks more like an over-promoted youth-team player now than when he actually was one. Certainly it is clearer than ever how important Lukaku is to José’s United. Second balls, bouncing off defenders, fighting for scrappy possession: this is the job now.United did surge after half-time, making concerted attempts to force the ball through Chelsea’s lines in a red-shirted bludgeon. With no obvious attacking plan, United went into blitz mode, midfield storming forward, the full‑backs battering in crosses. But they never really threatened to find the right forward gear.There is nothing wrong with defensive football, which has its own kind of beauty. Mourinho has been the master of victory through constriction, and in the process has provided some of the most memorable and overachieving European teams of the last couple of decades.But the past tense is significant here. Reactive, strangulating football remains his base note, but it is hardly reflected in the wider world where the most successful teams tend to pour their energies and planning into moving forward, concentrating on the weaknesses not the strengths of an opponent.No goals: no trophy. The extent to which Mourinho is willing, never mind able, to regear this United team over the summer will surely be key to the immediate future of both. FA Cup Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Share via Emaillast_img read more

Gov’t Pursuing Public Safeguards Against Dog Attacks

first_imgIndustry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be lobbying Parliament’s support to strengthen legislation to safeguard the public against attacks by aggressive dogs.This, he says, includes measures to hold owners accountable for “the senseless attacks we have been seeing (in recent times)”.Mr. Shaw said while the governing laws, outlined in the Dogs Liability for Injury Act, 1877, fall under the purview of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, he will be working closely with Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, to address the matter.He was speaking with journalists after addressing the opening ceremony for the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation’s (IAAC) 23rd Annual General Assembly at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James.Mr. Shaw said he is particularly concerned about reports of injuries and deaths resulting from dogs brutally attacking young children and the elderly, and emphasised that this can no longer be tolerated.“I want to say to all owners of dogs… please take responsibility for your animals. It is dangerous and irresponsible for any owner to allow these dangerous dogs to be loose. This is just simply unacceptable,” the Minister emphasised.Mr. Shaw maintained that “a number of attacks could have easily been prevented, if the owners of these aggressive animals [had] taken the time… to do what is right”.last_img read more

Maruti reports 22 pc drop in May sales at 134641 units

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Saturday reported a 22 per cent decline in sales at 1,34,641 units in May. The company had sold 1,72,512 units in May 2018, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement. Domestic sales declined by 23.1 per cent to 1,25,552 units as against 1,63,200 units in the year ago month, it added. Sales of mini cars comprising Alto and WagonR stood at 16,394 units as compared to 37,864 units in May last year, down 56.7 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsSales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, were down 9.2 per cent to 70,135 as against 77,263 units earlier. Mid-sized sedan Ciaz sold 3,592 units as compared to 4,024 units in the same month a year ago. Sales of utility vehicles, including Vitara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga, were down 25.3 per cent to 19,152 as compared to 25,629 units in the year-ago month. Exports in May were down by 2.4 per cent at 9,089 units as against 9,312 units in the corresponding month last year, the company said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefMeanwhile, auto major Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) on Saturday reported 3 per cent decline in total sales at 45,421 units in May. The company had sold 46,848 units in the same month last year, M&M said in a statement. In the domestic market, sales were down 1.7 per cent to 43,056 units last month compared to 43,818 units in May 2018. Exports dropped by 21.9 per cent to 2,365 units as against 3,030 units in the year-ago month. In the passenger vehicles segment –which includes UVs, cars and vans –it sold 20,608 vehicles in May this year, against 20,715 vehicles in the same month last year. In the commercial vehicles segment, the company sold 17,879 vehicles as against 18,748 units earlier. In the medium and heavy commercial vehicles segment, M&M sold 637 vehicles for the month. “While consumer sentiment and demand continued to be subdued during the pre-election phase, our focus has been on correcting the channel inventory,” said Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, M&M Ltd. “Now, with a stable government at the centre and the forecast of a near normal monsoon, we hope to see an improvement in consumer sentiment over the next few months,” he added.last_img read more

Chair of LCBO to step down at end of August Ontario government

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government says the chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario will step down at the end of the month after less than a year in the job.In a news release issued Friday evening, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli says Ed Clark will resign his post at the Crown corporation on Aug. 30.Clark took on the job in January under the previous Liberal government, earning a symbolic salary of $1 per year.The corporation, in charge of the sale of alcoholic beverages across the province, had also been tasked under the previous government with the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana once it becomes legalized in October.But those plans were plunged into uncertainty amid published reports that the province would allow private sector sales of the recreational drug.Premier Doug Ford has not confirmed or denied the reports, saying only that an announcement would come later.Clark, a former TD Bank CEO, had served as former premier Kathleen Wynne’s business adviser starting in 2015 and also worked on the province’s bid to land the new Amazon headquarters.“Mr. Clark has demonstrated true leadership and a dedication to public service. Our government has appreciated the advice and support he has provided over the last few weeks on a number of files,” Fedeli said in the written statement.last_img read more

Mother of Palestinian Infant Murdered in Arson Attack Succumbs to Injuries

Rabat – The mother of the Palestinian 18-month-old toddler who was burned to death in an arson attack last month by Israeli settlers in the West Bank died on Monday. Riham Dawabsheh, 28, the mother of Ali Dawabsheh, is the third victim to die of the attack after her husband succumbed to his injuries one week after the attack.Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to the Dawabsheh home in the village of Duma on July 31, killing baby Ali on the spot. The infant’s parents and his four-year-old brother were also injured when the father reportedly saved the life of his wife and the 4-year-old, but couldn’t make it to Ali. Nasser Dawabsheh, Riham’s brother-in-law, told Anadolu Agency by phone that doctors in Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, where she had been receiving treatment, had announced Riham’s death at dawn, adding that his sister’s funeral will be in Duma. “Riham has left us forever, following her family,” he told Anadolu Agency. “We will miss her; her orphaned son will miss her,” he said.  “May Allah have mercy on her soul.”At a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in Cairo after the attack, Arab foreign ministers agreed to call upon the United Nations to protect Palestinians from “terrorist crimes” by Jewish settlers. read more

Malaysian leader says Chinabacked rail project too costly

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says that a multi-billion-dollar rail link project backed by China would “impoverish” the country, saddling the government with excess debt for the next 30 years.Since winning a historic vote last May, Mahathir’s government has axed or reviewed large-scale infrastructure projects to rein in surging national debt that it blames mostly on corruption in the previous government.But there is confusion over the status of the $20 billion East Coast Rail Link. Mahathir’s comments Tuesday suggested it might be cancelled.Mahathir said the government “just cannot pay” as the project cost could exceed 100 billion ringgit ($24.3 billion). He said paying compensation would cost less.A Chinese government spokesman in Beijing said the project was agreed to “on the basis of mutual respect and equality.”The Associated Press read more

Alberta economy doing better than expected in June forecast TD economists note

The Canadian Press CALGARY — Economists at TD Bank say they are looking at upgrading their Alberta growth expectations for 2019 as signs point to a more robust than expected recovery from the effects of extreme heavy oil price weakness in late 2018.The bank suggested in a forecast in June that the province’s economy would grow by a “paltry” 0.5 per cent this year and a slightly better 2.1 per cent next year.It said the province’s mandated oil production curtailments had worked to strengthen heavy oil prices in early 2019 but business and household spending remained hampered by concerns around medium-term energy investment.In its update report, however, it says the provincial economy appears to have started growing again in recent weeks, based on rising oil exports by pipe and rail, stronger wholesale and manufacturing shipments and a jump in small business confidence.It also cites an improvement in the jobless rate and positive population growth, along with more upbeat trends in Alberta’s stalled retail sales and housing sectors.The economists stop short of an immediate upgrade in their forecast, however, noting the volatility of regional statistics and the newly elected provincial government’s likely move to restrain spending.“All in all, recent encouraging data have added credence to the view that economic growth in Alberta is gaining some traction,” the report says.“While a continuation in this momentum would set the stage for a forecast upgrade, we remain cautious for now.” read more

Falling gas prices slow December inflation to 15 Statistics Canada

Gas prices are shown at a gas station in Beaverton, Ont., on Saturday Dec. 20, 2014. Falling Canadian pump prices last month played a big role in slowing the country’s annual inflation rate to 1.5 per cent in December compared with two per cent in November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2015 6:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Falling gas prices slow December inflation to 1.5%: Statistics Canada OTTAWA – The collapse in oil prices slowed Canadian inflation in December as falling pump prices helped decelerate the annual rate to 1.5 per cent, a drop from its two per cent perch the month before.On Friday, Statistics Canada’s latest consumer price index found gasoline prices in December fell 16.6 per cent compared with the year before, following November’s year-over-year decline of 5.9 per cent.The broad transportation category, which included gasoline, stood as the lone decliner as cheaper gas weighed against rising prices in seven of the report’s eight major categories compared with a year earlier.The data represented the latest example of how the rapid decline of oil prices has made an impact on Canada.The Bank of Canada stunned the country Wednesday by unexpectedly cutting its trend-setting interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 0.75 per cent. It based its decision as a response to the weakening effect of low crude prices on inflation.Due to the oil-price plunge, the central bank also slashed its projections for the inflation rate in 2015.It predicted inflation to temporarily dip below one per cent in 2015 — under the bank’s target range — before climbing back up to two per cent in the second half of the year.The oil-price collapse also prompted the federal government to take the unusual step of delaying its budget until at least April, so it could weigh the effects on Canada’s bottom line.The Statistics Canada report Friday found gas prices fell 9.8 per cent, month-over-month, between November and December and slid 24.6 per cent between June and December.“A further decline is expected in January as pump prices plunged again in that month,” National Bank senior economist Matthieu Arseneau wrote in a note to clients Friday.The survey also measured Canada’s core inflation rate, which excludes some volatile items such as gasoline and is carefully monitored by the central bank, sped up slightly in December to 2.2 per cent. The core rate was 2.1 per cent for November.The central bank aims to keep the core measure as close to its ideal two per cent target as possible.Dropping gas prices counteracted December gains in other areas.Statistics Canada said some of the biggest year-over-year price increases for specific goods included natural gas at 16.5 per cent, meat at 13.1 per cent and cigarettes at 11.4 per cent. All three also saw major gains in November.Looking at the provinces, inflation readings for December slowed on a year-over-year basis in every province, except for Manitoba, where inflation accelerated to 1.5 per cent from 1.1 per cent in November.Prince Edward Island was the only province that registered a drop in consumer prices compared with the year before, with a decline of 0.4 per cent.On a seasonally adjusted month-to-month basis, Statistics Canada’s report said prices overall fell 0.1 per cent in December, after dropping 0.2 per cent in November.Statistics Canada also said Friday that retail sales in November rose by 0.4 per cent to $43 billion.The agency said the increase was led by a 13.4 per cent increase in sales at shoe stores and a 4.9 per cent gain at clothing stores. Meanwhile, sales at beer and liquor stores fell 0.5 per cent and grocery stores saw a drop of 0.4 per cent.Jimmy Jean, a senior economist with Desjardins Capital Markets, called the rise in retail sales a “surprise” and the described the regional differences as particularly “telling.”In a note to clients, Jean pointed to the more-robust sales registered in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia, while declines were seen in the energy-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated the drop in gasoline prices. read more

Windler has 31 points Belmont beats Samford 9993 in OT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Dylan Windler scored nine of his 31 points in overtime to help Belmont remain undefeated, beating Samford 99-93 on Thursday night.Windler drilled a trey and followed with a tip-in for a 90-86 lead with 2:24 remaining in the extra period. He slammed home a dunk to go ahead 98-93 with 17 seconds left.Belmont (6-0) led 43-39 at the break and pushed that to a 70-57 advantage with 9:51 remaining before the Bulldogs came roaring back. Samford’s Kevion Nolan made a 3-pointer from the baseline as time expired to tie the game at 82-82 and send it into the extra period.Windler, who also pulled down 11 rebounds, hit 11 of 20 field-goal attempts and 6 of 9 free throws. Nick Hopkins was 6 of 8 from long range for 21 points and Caleb Hollander added 16 points with eight rebounds and four steals.Ruben Guerrero had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Samford (7-2). Myron Gordon led the scoring for the Bulldogs with 22 points. Josh Sharkey added 21 with six assists and three steals.The Associated Press read more

Ohio State holds off Illinois 6255 to end 4game skid

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) goes up for a layup. OSU won against Illinois, 62-55, Jan. 23. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorA win’s a win.For the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes, that’s all that really matters after beating Illinois, 62-55, to put a stop to a four-game losing streak.“We try to do our best to put the losing streak behind us. This game wasn’t about that. It was about trying to come out and find a way to be better than Illinois and that’s our only goal in this game,” senior guard Aaron Craft said after the win. “We wanted to find a way to get better before this game in practice and watching film and we were able to do that. We were a tougher basketball team down the stretch than we have been, and that’s what matters.”A three-point play by junior forward LaQuinton Ross followed by a 3-pointer by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (his fourth of the game) and free throws down the stretch helped secure the win for OSU.“I think it was just everybody being connected tonight. I think we had…it was a lot of togetherness tonight. You see guys jumping up and down, you see fans jumping up and down. We was able to get our crowd into it. It felt good to be playing back at home, too. Having that support for you from the crowd,” Ross said. “I think it was just a group effort tonight, everybody did what they had to and pitched in.”Both teams struggled offensively early on, combining to make just five field goals in the opening nine minutes of play.Smith Jr.’s second 3-pointer of the game gave OSU the lead, 24-23, with 57 seconds remaining in the first half, but a dunk on the other end by Illini junior center Nnanna Egwu helped give Illinois the lead at the break.The Buckeyes had as many field goals (seven) as they did fouls in the first half.OSU was able to gain momentum in the second half thanks to a 9-0 run that was topped off by a 3-pointer by junior forward Sam Thompson. That gave the Buckeyes the lead, 40-34, aided by four turnovers in six possessions by the Fighting Illini.Illinois (13-7, 2-5) would not go away quietly though, as it would make back-to-back 3-pointers to stay in the game.Craft would answer with a 3-pointer shortly thereafter, but two baskets by Illinois redshirt-senior guard Joseph Bertrand and a layup by junior guard Tracy Abrams tied the game at 46.Ross would bury a three from the wing, though, and a steal by Smith Jr. lead to a layup by junior guard Shannon Scott that gave OSU a five-point advantage with 3:31 left.The Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) were able to make enough plays late to hold off Illinois for the win.“I’m just so excited for my team right now. Got a chance to see guys smiling and I miss that,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “As a senior on this team, obviously you want to see your team smiling as much as possible. I can tell you, prior to this game there was no smiles, there was no laughter. There was none of that. Guys were kind of in their shell. And now I feel like everybody’s out now and I’m just looking forward to going forward and playing the next game with a lot of confidence.”Ross led the way for OSU with 18 points, but Smith Jr. wasn’t far behind with 16 of his own. Craft finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.“I think this. Did we play perfect? No, we did not,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “The thing I liked was I loved our energy on defense. I thought we played extremely hard. I thought we got back to rotating, seeing things the way we need to see them. And that was something going in…you know offensively, first half I’m just like, ‘here we go again.’ When (junior center) Amir (Williams) missed the dunk I’m like ‘maybe this isn’t supposed to be.’ But to the kids credit they had a different look in their eye down the stretch and give the (Schottenstein Center) a ton of (credit). I mean that crowd was as energetic as it could be and really helped us.”Bertrand scored 19 for Illinois in the loss.Next up, the Buckeyes are set to host Penn State (9-10, 0-6) Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Planning for Brisbanes theatrical future

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While the performing arts scene in Brisbane is thriving, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) CEO John Kotzas is concerned about catering to future growth. “I can see the appetite in South East Queensland for the performing arts is enormous, and as our city is maturing I can see that there are a lot of opportunities,” said Mr Kotzas.The dialogue has gained momentum following Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement last month of plans to fund a study over the next 12 months looking at the demands across the sector. Part of the $3 billion Queens Wharf development, a consultant, who is yet to be appointed, will investigate the size and features of the city’s next live venue, along with the appropriate location.Though South East Queensland is being serviced well at the moment, looking at Brisbane’s current population, Mr Kotzas says Queensland is on a trajectory to have a fairly significant population growth by 2030, and that a 1,500-seat theatre would be the most appropriate choice. “I’ve not done a formal study personally on this, but when I look around and I see the number of smaller theatres throughout Brisbane and South East Queensland, the obvious thing that our sector needs is a theatre that sits somewhere between the Playhouse (800) and the Lyric Theatre (2,000),” he explains.While the CEO admitted a number of smaller theatres are faring well currently, he also emphasised that the sector should be aspiring for growth. Though he admits a 2,000-seater would be too much of a stretch, keeping in mind the audience’s experience. “If you’re an audience member, you want to be in a theatre that’s fairly full and that you’re feeling that you’re a part of a theatre community that enables you to have a very good theatrical experience. “So a 1,500-seater – that, I imagine, feels like the natural growth for the whole of the sector in South East Queensland.”However a number of people disagree with Mr Kotzas’ proposal, including La Boite theatre’s Todd McDonald, Queensland Theatre Company’s Sue Donnelly and Brisbane Arts Theatre’s Ruby Foster, who all argue what the city is missing is an intimate 500-seat theatre. But Mr Kotzas is convinced the study will determine his solution to be the right one.“When I look at the capacity of QPAC at the moment, we’re now at 82 per cent occupancy – we’ve got 1.4 million attendance,” he said.“I can see there’s a demand coming in the future and the number of people that want to attend the theatre will be at a level where one big venue cannot accommodate that, nor can the existing little theatres combined together.”last_img read more

Holidays Can Be A Killer For Pets

first_imgPoinsettia are beautiful and can be trimmed back to keep year round, but the leaves from this plant can irritate and damage your dog’s mouth and stomach, and often cause nausea and vomiting. Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “Clinical signs of chocolate poisoning include hyperexcitability, because of the caffeine content, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea.” Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “They can get symptoms like they are drunk, they are staggering.” English Ivy can be dangerous to humans as well since it is toxic all around and can also cause dermatitis and skin inflammation if handled improperly. For dogs, ingesting the leaves of this plant is the most dangerous part and can cause loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Dogs can also experience dermal reactions like blistering, redness or swelling if they come in contact with it. Many seasonal plants are very dangerous when ingested by animals. Decking the halls with holly for Christmas is tempting,  and while it’s sharp leaves and bitter taste will keep most dogs away from it those who do take a nip can get in trouble fast. Holly can be pretty toxic if ingested, even in small doses. Ingesting mistletoe can be very dangerous for your dog since it is very toxic because it has multiple toxic substances which can cause severe stomach pain, drop in blood pressure and breathing problems. In larger amounts, mistletoe can also cause seizures or even death.center_img Dominic suggests letting the animal vomit to get the toxin out of it’s system, and if it doesn’t appear to be recovering quickly, take it to the veterinarian for more aggressive treatment. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the distractions of friends, family, and festivities, many pet owners aren’t keeping a close eye on their fur babies – and that can turn deadly when pets decide to have a festive party of their own. Amaryllis is also pretty toxic to dogs, creating stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and even tremors. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp3VmDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

SEC commissioner isnt exactly pleased with settlement over Elon Musk tweets

first_img Car Industry 50 Photos Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tags Elon Musk Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker Enlarge ImageElon Musk appeared pretty happy after leaving federal court in April, even though he’s still subject to oversight on some potential tweet material. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Elon Musk and the US Securities and Exchange Commission may have finally quashed their beef, with Musk avoiding a contempt charge, but that doesn’t mean every SEC commissioner is on board with the final deal.Musk and the SEC reached an agreement Friday over what public statements require legal oversight before posting. Yet, a statement from SEC commissioner Robert Jackson shows that there is some dissent within the group’s ranks.”Given Mr. Musk’s conduct, I cannot support a settlement in which he does not admit what is crystal clear to anyone who has followed this bizarre series of events: Mr. Musk breached the agreement he made last year with the Commission — and with American investors,” Jackson said Tuesday in a statement.The settlement, which was publicized shortly after both parties asked a federal judge for an extension in negotiations, added clearer and more enforceable language regarding what Musk can and can’t tweet without requiring the green light from a securities lawyer. The agreement, which can be read in full below, forbids Musk from oversight-free public comments (read: tweets) about production or delivery numbers, comments on the company’s financial health, new lines of business unrelated to current lines of business and more. Musk first ended up in hot water with the SEC after his infamous “funding secured” tweet, in which he claimed Tesla had secured the dough to go private at $420 per share. That never happened, and the SEC eventually filed a lawsuit against Musk, alleging securities fraud. That happened late in 2018, but Musk again found himself in the SEC’s crosshairs in early 2019, after the SEC alleged a couple tweets about production numbers were enough for a contempt charge. Last week’s settlement means Musk has avoided the charge, but that doesn’t mean the SEC won’t keep a watchful eye on his Twitter account for a long time to come. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Tesla Share your voice More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performancelast_img read more