Kevin Belingon recalls earning ‘Silencer’ moniker, aims to make more noise in Japan card

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Kevin Belingon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot every fighter has a catchy moniker and an interesting narrative behind it.Kevin Belingon is one of the few who has both a cool nickname and an even better story to tell about it.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s how I got the moniker, to this day. It’s still the ring name I use,” he said.He went on to also win his next eight fights to start his MMA career at 9-0 on his way to becoming a ONE bantamweight world champion following a gutsy win over Brazilian legend Bibiano Fernandes last year in ONE: Heart of the Lion.“I plan to stick with it for a very long time,” said Belingon, who currently owns a 20-5 record. “It witnessed my ups and downs in this sport and we can also say that the ‘The Silencer’ has brought lucky charm to me.”“The Silencer” hopes to keep making noise when he takes on Fernandes for the third time for the bantamweight belt in ONE: New Era in Tokyo, Japan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA D-League: Marinerong Pilipino routs FEU Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It took just the first fight for Belingon to earn one of the coolest monikers in the business.“I got the name ‘The Silencer’ after my first mixed martial arts fight,” the Team Lakay star said.“My opponent was the champion, he was the one holding the belt, and I was the underdog. Most of the fans were on his side. I beat him and it silenced the crowd and my opponent as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBelingon was referring to Richard “The Dancing Devil” Lasprilla, one of the original Filipino MMA fighters back in the day. That bout happened in 2007 when no one knew who Belingon was heading into the fight against Lasprilla.But that quickly changed after Belingon stunned Lasprilla. View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

6 fashion trends from the 90s that have made a major comeback, and how!

first_imgEvery decade has its own set of fashion trends, statement jewellery and trademark shoes. The 90s was undoubtedly one of the most fashionable decades of all times. But as they say, fashion repeats itself every few years. In keeping with the same, 90s fashion has made a huge comeback, and how!Though some of these trends will make you feel nostalgic, the others will make you cringe and question your sense of fashion judgement.Honestly, most of us had never thought we would see another era of chokers or flared pants.So pick your 90s-inspired item and style your outfit for the perfect blast from the past. 1. ChokersPicture Courtesy: Pinterest From Jacqueline Fernandez to Sonam Kapoor, almost every Bollywood actress has been seen sporting this goth accessory. The Zeenat Aman-inspired look from the 90s has made a stylish comeback with celebrities wearing them to jazz up their everyday outfits.   Also Read: Deepika to Karisma: 3 ways to do goth-inspired glam at your BFF’s wedding 2. Off-shoulder topsPicture Courtesy: Pinterest Off-shoulder ruffle tops have become quite the thing of late. And why not; they add just a dash of sexy without revealing too much!3. OverallsPicture Courtesy: Pinterest After disappearing for a few years, overalls have finally made a comeback. The buckled trend can be worn in a variety of ways, be it cropped or flared, to add that instant edgy feel to your look.4. Dark Lip coloursPicture Courtesy: Pinterest Most Indian celebrities have started to choose a bold lip colour. From Sonam Kapoor to Aishwarya Rai, innumerable celebs have started to use deeper shades of berry, from raspberry pink to deep mulberry red.advertisement5. Round sunglassesPicture Courtesy: Pinterest Round glares, or Lennon glasses as they were called, were made into a fashion trend by The Beatles’ John Lennon. Most Bollywood actors and actresses have been seen carrying the look with panache of late.6. High-waist pantsPicture Courtesy: Pinterest It’s no secret that high-waisted pants keep making a comeback on the catwalk. They are flattering for the lower body and usually make one look taller and leaner.last_img read more

Pep’s wrong: ‘Special’ City can win Champions League

first_imgIf Manchester City keep playing like this, even Pep Guardiola might start to believe they can win the Champions League.”In this competition you need something special, and still I don’t feel it,” Guardiola said on the eve of his side’s game against Shakhtar Donetsk.His comments were in part designed to stir up a reaction from the City fans, who have never fully taken to UEFA and its flagship competition, but he also believes his young side’s lack of experience at the highest European level will count against them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! When you consider that a team with either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi has won each of the last five Champions Leagues, you feel he may have a point.Yet it is Pep’s side that are favourites this season and, after their shock opening round defeat to Lyon, they have finally arrived in Europe this season.Such was the English champions’ dominance over Shakhtar that the Ukrainian fans resorted to a Mexican wave on the hour-mark. It was 2-0 to the visitors by that point and it could have been so much more.In the end it was three, after Bernardo Silva came on to succeed where some of his team-mates failed; while others slashed at their chances, he kept a cool head to put the game to bed with a precise finish from the edge of the box.David SIlva had got the ball rolling in similar circumstances half an hour in, delivering the goal that City’s blistering start deserved. The Blues probed the hosts from all angles, but with Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus looking particularly wasteful, a goal eluded them until one of their cool-headed midfielders got a sight of goal. Bernardo Silva Raheem Sterling Benjamin Mendy Manchester City Shakhtar Donetsk 231018City could have added a couple more before Aymeric Laporte – perhaps the Blues’ most reliable performer this season – headed in the second.Had Jesus, Mahrez and to a lesser extent Sterling had their shooting boots on this could have been six or seven. Either way, it is enough to put them back on top of Group F, just two games after that surprise home defeat against Lyon.Guardiola may not believe his team are ready to win the big prize but he certainly rates them; he also said on Monday that the first 45 minutes against the French side was their only dip in form this season.They were sluggish and deservedly beaten that night but they have been better since, even if they needed a late comeback to get back on track at Hoffenheim last time out.And on the evidence on Tuesday night they are certainly up and running now.No English side had previously won here and this was perhaps City’s best performance of the season, in any competition. Not bad when you consider they are top of the Premier League, having scored 26 goals in nine games, and came within a missed penalty from beat Liverpool, their supposed bete noir .Also consider that this most polished of performances came with Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker on the bench. The only thing you could really hold against them is that they were not as clinical as they could have been, and while that will need to be improved the further they go in this competition, it is hardly the biggest concern in the world right now.Not when you consider the defeat to Lyon, and the concerns that brought about City’s vulnerability to being pressed, to being ‘got at’. Hoffenheim tried it but could not keep it up; Shakhtar simply could not get the ball. The Ukrainians travel to the Etihad Stadium in a fortnight’s time and they will hardly relish the prospect. Neither will many other sides around Europe.last_img read more

Champions League: Atletico Madrid prove fairytale killers to end Leicester City’s run

first_imgAtletico Madrid proved too streetwise to entertain another Leicester City fairytale as they quelled a stirring home display to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the third time in four seasons on Tuesday, winning 2-1 on aggregate. (Ronaldo first man to score 100 Champions League goals)Jamie Vardy’s first goal at the King Power Stadium in the competition gave English champions Leicester hope of something special after Saul Niguez’s first-half header put Atletico in control, but they fell short in an absorbing 1-1 draw.Diego Simeone’s Atletico, who arrived holding a 1-0 lead handed to them by Antoine Griezmann’s penalty last week in the Spanish capital, were deserved winners but it was nervy as Leicester threw caution to the wind in the second half. (Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone pays tribute to dogged Leicester City)”I’m full of emotion and pride at the performance of my team,” Simeone, whose side have twice suffered heartbreak against Real Madrid in the final, told reporters.”I also have to say, what a great performance from our opponents. It was almost a pleasure to compete against them.”We were living in fear throughout.”Leicester’s players collapsed to the turf after a breathless second-half revival which, with a better roll of the ball, could have propelled them into dreamland.As it is they return to the humdrum of the Premier League’s mid-table with little prospect of rubbing shoulders with Europe’s elite any time soon.No wonder the fans didn’t want to leave.”The momentum was with us when Jamie scored but it just wasn’t to be,” coach Craig Shakespeare, who has steered Leicester away from unthinkable relegation since replacing sacked Claudio Ranieri in charge of the free-falling champions in February, said.advertisement”I think the whole club, the supporters, owners and players, can be immensely proud of what they’ve achieved.”Leicester defender Christian Fuchs spoke beforehand about the part the home crowd could play and the wall of noise and fireworks that greeted kickoff would have shaken less battle-hardened sides than Atletico.The hosts were roared forward and had a sight of goal when Vardy reached the byline and his cutback looked perfect for Shinji Okazaki but his effort flew high over the crossbar.It was a rare alarm for Atletico in the first half though as their ability to retain possession drew Leicester’s sting.When their chance to strike came they produced a goal of stunning simplicity. Filipe Luis received the ball wide on the left and his perfect cross was met by a soaring Niguez who powered a header down and beyond the diving Kasper Schmeichel.Leicester’s already difficult task now took on Everest-like proportions as they were required to score three goals against a defence that had leaked only four so far in the competition.Shakespeare sent Ben Chilwell and Leonardo Ulloa on at halftime as Leicester went to Plan B — an aerial assault.Shortly after Griezmann’s electrifying run almost brought a second for the Spaniards, Leicester got their lifeline.Vardy, so disappointing earlier in the season, showed great awareness to sidefoot the ball high past Jan Oblak after Chilwell’s shot flew across the area.Suddenly something extraordinary looked possible.Atletico were rattled and Vardy came close to putting Leicester ahead on the night when his goalbound shot in the 68th minute struck the back of Stefan Savic.At times Simeone appeared to want to join the action on the pitch, such were his energy levels on the touchline, gesticulating wildly and imploring his players to stand firm.They did just that and as the minutes ticked away so did Leicester’s belief in another incredible chapter of a story that has captivated world football.last_img read more

Bristol De Mai wins second successive Betfair Chase from Native River

first_imgHorse racing tips Horse racing Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardian Share via Email Show Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Was this helpful? Share on Twitter “We’ll probably make them not as broad and just cut an inch or two off the top of them, so they’re a shade lower and not as deep.”Nigel Twiston-Davies revelled in his third Betfair Chase success. “When you’re the underdog and then you go and stuff them, that’s great,” the trainer said. But he intimated that the difficulty now will be keeping Bristol De Mai sound and healthy for the King George on Boxing Day. “It’s a work of art, keeping him right.”The Tizzard pair, Native River and Thistlecrack, were game in second and third and both may improve again for the run. The way Thistlecrack powered home in the last 100 yards suggests the old boy might have one last big day in him after all. Hide Read more Exeter 12.50 Tactical Manoeuvre 1.20 Norse Legend 1.50 Deauville Dancer 2.20 Lil Rockerfeller (nap) 2.50 New Millennium 3.20 Fanfan Du Seuil 3.50 Soulsaver Uttoxeter 1.10 Quiz Master 1.40 Coded Message (nb) 2.10 Capard King 2.40 Notwhatiam 3.10 Zayfire Aramis 3.40 White Lilac  Share on Messenger The Observercenter_img Share on LinkedIn The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Bristol De Mai was the king of this place once again and Might Bite flopped badly in a Betfair Chase shrouded in controversy over the unexpected stiffness of the fences. “I don’t think they were fair,” said a clearly rattled Nico de Boinville after dismounting from the beaten favourite and the management responded by stating that changes will be made before racing takes place here next month.In jump racing’s days of yore, Haydock was famed for big, stiff fences with drops on the landing side; trainers were accordingly careful about which horses they brought here and jockeys moderated the aggression of their tactics. But that became history when portable fences were introduced in 2007, since when the track’s reputation has been for requiring very little in the way of jumping ability. Nicky Henderson Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Quick guide Chris Cook’s Sunday tips So it was a considerable surprise on Saturday when racing’s circus turned up to find fences that Colin Tizzard described as the biggest and stiffest he had ever seen. In the three races over fences other than the big race itself, five of the 20 runners fell and a further two unseated.Thankfully, all five of the star names in the Betfair Chase completed the course but there were some mistakes along the way and Might Bite and Thistlecrack were notably careful in some of their leaps as the race progressed. Bristol De Mai, or Bristol De Haydock as he is affectionately known to his loyal supporters, jumped boldly and well for the most part and his relentless galloping gave him a second consecutive Betfair Chase, albeit by four lengths rather than last year’s 57.Might Bite was clearly beaten by the last and was allowed to come home in his own time, De Boinville being inclined to blame the energy he lost ballooning the obstacles. “Those fences, they were very upright and big. I don’t think they were fair. Too stiff, I’d say,” he said. “We’ll get him back home and get him slick and quick over his fences again.”Might Bite’s trainer, Nicky Henderson, said the horse would be scoped in search of a possible explanation. “He was spending too much time in the air. But that’s not the whole story. Maybe he wasn’t as straight as I thought he was. We’re not blaming fences, we’ve got to blame the trainer.”Fence-making is more art than science but it appears there has been some misjudgment here, particularly as the aim in building this season’s fences was to replicate those that drew no complaints here last year. Kirkland Tellwright, the clerk of the course, said: “When we went to portable fences, they were really tearing round as if it was a point to point track. So we became aware of the need to make them bigger and stiffer and there’s always the risk that you’ve just slightly overdone it. 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Dick Vitale Thinks Alabama, Clemson Fans Are Happy They Avoided Ohio State

first_imgDick Vitale dances with Louisville cheerleader.Dick Vitale is ESPN’s resident college basketball analyst, but he appears to know his college football too. The long time Notre Dame fan weighed in on Urban Meyer and Ohio State during the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.Vitale, commenting while Ohio State held a 21-3 lead on Washington, noted that Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer had his team “primed” for the stretch run of the season.He also thinks that fans of Clemson and Alabama are “happy” they didn’t have to deal with the Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff.Clemson and Alabama fans likely wouldn’t admit it – even if it were true. Vitale clearly thinks the Buckeyes belonged in the playoff.The @OSUCoachMeyer looks like he had @OhioStateFB primed at the end of the yr. / just ask @UMichFootball & @NUFBFamily fans I have a feeling that many Bama & Clemson lovers were happy that they didn’t have to deal with the Buckeyes .— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 2, 2019Earlier in the day, Vitale made headlines after he advocated that UCLA should hire Rick Pitino as its next basketball head coach.As for the Rose Bowl, Ohio State was a solid favorite heading into the contest, so the score isn’t too surprising. The Buckeyes clearly are playing their best football at the end of the season.The College Football Playoff wraps up Monday when Clemson takes on Alabama for the national title.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh slam ECB over lack of rain preparedness

first_img Next India vs Pakistan: Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh slam ECB over lack of rain preparednessICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Batting great Sunil Gavaskar, speaking to India Today from Manchester, said the England and Wales Cricket Board should be held responsible if the big-ticket match between India and Pakistan is washed out due to rain on Sunday.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 20:39 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India’s match vs New Zealand on Thursday was washed out due to rain in Nottingham (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRain threat looms large over India vs Pakistan in Manchester on SundayGavaskar questioned why the ECB hadn’t covered the entire ground on the eve of the matchGavaskar wants ICC to hold back the guaranteed $750,000 to ECB if IND vs PAK is washed outFormer India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar questioned the apparent lack of rain preparedness of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after rain interruption in quite a few matches.Sunil Gavaskar, speaking to India from Old Trafford in Manchester, said the inability of the ECB to have cricket grounds fully covered is “totally unacceptable”. It was pouring down in Manchester even as Gavaskar was expressing his frustration at the puddles that were being formed on the uncovered areas of the outfield.India take on Pakistan in what is arguably the biggest match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Sunday in Manchester. However, rain threat looms large over the big-ticket encounter. With the Old Trafford ground taking a lot of water due to the rain in the lead up to Sunday, the wet patches are going to be a cause for concern if the wet weather persists.Notably, India’s World Cup 2019 match against New Zealand on Thursday was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Nottingham. There was constant drizzle throughout the duration of the match and on-field umpires had echoed their concerns over the wet patches at Trent Bridge which wasn’t covered entirely as well.”I am kind of hoping this rain goes away and the sun shines bright because the whole world is waiting for this match [India vs Pakistan],” Gavaskar told India Today on Saturday.Gavaskar added: “Terrible (Ground not covered on Saturday). Unacceptable. This is a big tournament. You know the conditions in England and not to have that (extra covers) is absolutely unacceptable in my view. In a country like the West Indies, or in some parts of India where it hardly rains, you can understand grounds not being fully covered. However, Kolkata has got it done. Sri Lanka has it, has covers all over the ground.advertisement”Why can’t England? England often tells other countries what they should be doing in cricket. England should be the one that should have it because it rains and rains regularly. You can’t have a situation where thousands of people come from different parts of the world and sit here and the game does not start.”Harbhajan Singh, who joined Sunil Gavaskar on the show, said he wasn’t fully satisfied with the Old Trafford’s drainage and the mud-based outfield at the iconic venue.”There should be a game, provided how long this rain will last. If it continues to be like this, the drainage system in this ground is not that great. I was on the ground and the outfield is quite wet. A few patches are really, really bad. I hope this stops at some point today so that we can get a match tomorrow,” Harbhajan Singh said.”This is not a sand-based ground, this is proper mud-based soil (in Manchester). Once it gets wet, it will stay wet until the sun comes out. As Sunny Bhai said, they should have covered the whole ground. It happened the other day in Nottingham and in a few other matches as well.”Gavaskar wants ICC to punish ECB if India-Pakistan is washed outStressing that the International Cricket Council should withhold the money that ECB gets from hosting the India-Pakistan match if it gets washed out, Gavaskar said ICC should take punitive action against the host board.Thousands of fans have reportedly travelled to Manchester from across the globe for the India-Pakistan match. Tickets for the match was sold out within minutes of ticket window opening and fans are even reportedly willing to resell their tickets.”Well, ECB (is responsible). ECB is the one that runs the game here. The Lancashire county cricket club comes under its jurisdiction. So it’s the ECB’s responsibility,” Gavaskar added.”I also believe the ICC needs to tell the ECB now ‘the game hasn’t taken place because of negligence from your part. So you will not get that guaranteed $750,000. ECB gets $750,000 irrespective of whether a ball is bowled or not. That should not be the case. If the game doesn’t start tomorrow because of this, I don’t think the ICC should be giving ECB money.”I hope people who have been trying to talk things about India and not giving India their share of the money, now look at this and put their foot down and show by example that what is good for one, should be good for everybody.”Also Read | Anil Kumble, Brian Lara question rain preparedness for World Cup 2019Also Read | We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day in World Cup: Bangladesh coachAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow ICCFollow ECBFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Manchester rainlast_img read more

Three More Orders Cancelled at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding

first_imgzoom Singapore-listed shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has been served with three more terminations for shipbuilding orders during the second quarter of 2016, the company said in a stock exchange filing.The orders that were cancelled were for one 10,000 TEU containership, and two bulk carriers with a capacity of 82,000 dwt and 64,000 dwt, respectively.However, this might not be the end of contract terminations as the shipbuilder said that it does not rule out the possibility of more cancellations given the challenging market conditions, but it is unlikely to be high unless the shipping market deteriorates further.The financial impact from the three cancellations is not expected to be significant as these vessels have yet to start construction, according to the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS Bank).Furthermore, the bank said that the buyers have been found for all previously terminated vessels which are under construction at the yard.Namely, eight out of the ten vessel orders that were terminated in 2015 and during the first quarter of 2016, on which construction has commenced, have been resold. These units are scheduled for delivery in the second half of the year with some profit margin.Additionally, the shipbuilder secured orders worth USD 80 million for four 1,800 TEU containerships during the second quarter, lifting year-to-date wins to USD 590 million. As this represents 24% of the shipbuilder’s internal target of USD 2.5 billion worth of orders, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has lowered its goal to USD 2 billion, DBS said.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Legislative Spring Session Wraps Up Oped

first_imgIt was springtime last year when government started the process of providing genuine leadership and a better deal for today’s families. Since then, the government has inherited great challenges. Nova Scotia has among the worst debts of any jurisdiction in the country. The province was on a rapid path to a $1.4-billion deficit. There are long waits and high administration costs in health. We had the worst economic performance in the last 20 years. And we have an aging workforce and are on the brink of population decline. Now, a year later, government is wrapping up its first spring session in the House of Assembly, and I’m happy to report that it was a productive sitting focused on many of the difficult challenges facing the province. In just under seven weeks, government passed 29 bills that make life better for families. We also passed a budget that begins the hard work of getting the province back to balance — a budget that will also ensure better health care for Nova Scotians and create good jobs and grow the economy. To help get back to balance, government increased revenues and introduced measures to make life more affordable for many Nova Scotians. We worked to make life more affordable for seniors by eliminating provincial income tax for 18,000 seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement. Beginning July 1, Nova Scotia households with low and modest incomes will receive a refundable tax credit payment every quarter. The Nova Scotia Affordable Living Tax Credit will offset the restoration of the HST and provide additional net income for these households. The annual amount of the credit will be $240 per household, plus $57 for each child younger than 19. We are making life more affordable for those who are most vulnerable through the Poverty Reduction Credit, which will provide tax-free payments to help about 15,000 low-income Nova Scotians, many of whom have a disability. And for the first time in 10 years, we are increasing funding for transition houses. These are the right decisions for Nova Scotia families. In response to the auditor general’s report, government introduced new regulations for MLA expenses. These clear guidelines create an open and accountable system that will help restore Nova Scotians’ faith in their elected representatives. Last month, the province announced its new Renewable Electricity Plan that creates jobs, stabilizes energy costs and makes Nova Scotia one of the most progressive energy jurisdictions in the world. As part of that plan, the province has set a new goal of 40 per cent of electricity coming from renewable sources by 2020. That is nearly four times higher than 2009 levels. The government is banning the use of cosmetic pesticides starting in 2011, has raised the insurance cap to ensure fair compensation for victims of car accidents, and has proposed better training in the security industry. This government knows that to create good jobs and grow the economy, you need to invest. Over the last few months, the province made strategic investments to support local industries, including shipbuilding, aviation, and high-tech electronics. In addition, the budget will create 7,000 person-years of employment by maximizing federal infrastructure money. We have partnered with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering of South Korea to develop the former TrentonWorks site into the company’s North American base for producing wind turbine parts. This joint venture creates hundreds of jobs and takes advantage of the burgeoning green economy. We also invested $12 million to help the Nova Scotia Community College system expand its programs and build new facilities, and provided millions more to projects and grants targeting seniors and children that will make like better in every region. Finally, government is making health care better by hiring an emergency room advisor and implementing a plan to cover travel and accommodation costs for those who must leave the province for health care, just like we said we would. In addition, the province has also invested $50 million to programs such as the Capital Health Community Living Initiative, the development of Cancer Research Centres in Halifax and Sydney, and the construction of the Colchester Regional Hospital. These are the right decisions for Nova Scotia families. But of all the achievements and announcements, one of the most important was the government’s recent free pardon and apology to Viola Desmond. Mrs. Desmond, of Halifax, was an African Canadian wrongfully jailed and fined in 1946 for sitting in the white peoples’ section of a New Glasgow movie theatre. It was a historic day for the province as it was a chance to finally right the wrong done to Mrs. Desmond and her family, and it was an opportunity for us to acknowledge the incredibly brave actions of a woman who took a stand against racism and segregation. It is moments like these, moments when we are changing the landscape of Nova Scotia and making life better for families in every region, that I am truly proud to be the premier of this great province. -30-last_img read more

Visit 15 tourist destinations by 2022 Modi to citizens

first_imgNew Delhi: Emphasising that India has a huge potential in improving the tourism sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to the citizens to visit at least 15 tourist destinations in the country by 2022.Addressing the country from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day, Modi said: “India has so much to offer. I know people travel abroad for holidays. But can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom?”Modi said that he was aware that there were many tourist destinations which do not have hotels or other infrastructures. “But visiting such places will boost tourism in these areas and automatically lead to better facilities,” he added.last_img read more

Rising gold stocks push TSX to highest levels since April 2011

TORONTO — Rising gold stocks helped push the Toronto stock market higher Friday on top of three straight days of advances that have left the TSX at its highest levels since April 2011.The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 75.26 points to 13,906.84.The Canadian dollar slid 0.36 of a cent to 91.17 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed amid U.S. earnings reports from a variety of sectors and economic data showing rising industrial production and declining housing starts.The Dow Jones industrials rose 64.92 points to 16,481.93, the Nasdaq was 13.77 points lower to 4,204.92 and the S&P 500 index was off 3.49 points at 1,842.4.General Electric’s net income rose 5% to $4.2 billion in the fourth quarter on rising profits from the sale of aircraft engines, oil and gas drilling equipment and appliances. Ex-items, GE met analyst expectations of 53 cents a share but its shares fell 71 cents to $26.48.Investment bank Morgan Stanley earned $433 million, or 20 cents a share, in the fourth quarter. That compared with $982 million, or 49 cents a share, a year earlier. Ex-items, it earned 50 cents a share, six cents ahead of estimates and its shares gained $1.36 to $33.36.After the close Thursday, Intel said its fourth-quarter net income rose 6% to $2.63 billion or 51 cents a share, as the company offset flat demand for its personal computer chips with higher sales of other products. Revenue rose 3% to $13.83 billion. Analysts expected a profit of 52 cents per share on revenue of $13.72 billion and its shares dropped 96 cents to $25.58.Analysts note that the start to the fourth-quarter earnings season this past week has been positive but with the Dow and S&P 500 trading at all-time highs, there are fairly high expectations.“Companies are more or less getting to expectations but they’re not beating, we’re not getting the upside surprises that can ignite the next round of gains,” said Colin Cieszynski, Canadian markets specialist at CMC Markets Canada.“Intel is a good example of this, pretty lacklustre, they missed by a penny, they marginally beat on sales, sales guidance is flat and then the stock is down about 4%.”Elsewhere, Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) said bad weather had a severe impact on its December sales but that they have been trending back to normal levels. The Montreal-based retailer says comparable-store sales in the normally busy month were down 7.5%.Dollarama edged 64 cents lower to C$82.44.RBC also downgraded Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) to sector perform from outperform after the transport giant said that its flagship new airliner will be going into service later than expected. Its stock fell 7.74% Thursday on the news and lost a penny to $4.16 Friday.The TSX gold sector, the worst performing component on the Toronto market last year, ran up almost four%.The sector fell almost 50% last year and “I think a lot of people dumped it at the end of last year to get it off the books and now you’re seeing the relief rally,” said Cieszynski.February bullion rose $11.70 to US$1,251.90 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) advanced 70 cents to C$20.62 while Goldcorp (TSX:G) gained $1.06 to $25.44.The tech sector climbed 0.8% as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) rose 35 cents to $9.72.Financials were also positive, up 0.5% with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) ahead 65 cents to $72.01.The energy component was up 0.35% as the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 29 cents to US$94.25 a barrel.March copper was unchanged at US$3.35 a pound, and the base metals sector lost early momentum to move down 0.2%. Nevsun (TSX:NSU) was up 16 cents to $4.10.On the economic front, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that builders broke ground last month at a seasonally annual rate of 999,000 homes. That’s 9.8% lower than November’s pace of 1.12 million, which was the fastest in five years.For the year, builders started 923,000 homes and apartments, up 18.3% from 2012.Applications for building permits, considered a good sign of future activity, fell three% in December to a rate of 986,000.Other data showed that U.S. factory production rose 0.4% in December, following gains of 0.6% in both November and October. read more

Croc attack at Menik Ganga man killed

A crocodile attack has been reported from the Menik Ganga in which a 25 year old man has been killed, the police said.The man had gone to have a bath in the river when he was dragged into the water by the crocodile. His body has been recovered. The incident comes as several people visit Kataragama on pilgrimage. The pilgrims often have a bath in the Menik Ganga. (Colombo Gazette)

Fundamental rights petition filed by Shanil Neththikumara dismissed

Shanil Neththikumara was accuse of threatening Anika Wijesuriya who had earlier testified before the Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam that she had leased out a penthouse in which former Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s family resided. (Colombo Gazette) A fundamental rights petition filed by Shanil Neththikumara seeking a court order against his arrest, was dismissed by the Supreme Court today.Neththikumara is facing arrest for allegedly threatening a witness in the treasury bond scam investigations. read more

Lecture will look at cell phones and health risks

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient will visit Brock next week to present a public lecture on the health risks of cell phones and electromagnetic fields.Dr. Devra Lee Davis will be at the university on Monday, Nov. 22 to present her talk, “Cell Phones and Electromagnetic Fields Health Risks: The Science and Controversy” from 1 to 2 p.m. in Academic South 203. Honoured for her research and public policy work by various international groups, Davis has been a fellow of both the American Colleges of Toxicology and of Epidemiology. Commended by the director of the National Cancer Institute for Outstanding Service, she was part of the team awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.Davis was the founding director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and was professor of epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health from 2004 to 2009. She founded the Environmental Health Trust in 2007 to provide basic research and education about environmental health hazards. She has authored more than 190 publications in books and journals ranging from The Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association, to Scientific American and the New York Times. This event is presented by the Department of Community Health Sciences and Brock Health — a magazine produced by Community Health Sciences students — and is co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Prevention and Community Research Group. read more

The Latest Lagarde says some euro states should spend more

FRANKFURT — The Latest on Christine Lagarde’s confirmation hearing for president of the European Central Bank (all times local):12:10 p.m.Christine Lagarde, the nominee to succeed Mario Draghi as head of the European Central Bank, has said that eurozone member countries should spend more on measures that help economic growth if they can do so without breaking budget rules.Lagarde said that “there is not a lot of room but there is room that can be used in terms of fiscal policy” to boost the economy through spending on things such as broader high-speed internet coverage.The countries that belong to the euro are bound by treaty rules that are supposed to limit the size of their deficits, but the largest member, Germany, has been running budget surpluses in the face of urging from the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury to spend more.Lagarde is resigning from her job as head of the IMF after being nominated for an eight-year term beginning Nov. 1.___11:30 a.m.The nominee to succeed Mario Draghi as head of the European Central Bank has defended the bank’s record low interest rates and extraordinary stimulus measures deployed in the wake of the Great Recession and eurozone debt crisis.Christine Lagarde said during a hearing Wednesday in the European parliament in Brussels that she agrees “a highly accommodative policy is required for an extended period of time.” She also defended the bank’s new tools such as bond purchases and negative interest rates, saying they had helped create 11 million new jobs since 2013 and that without them “the crisis would have been a lot worse.”Lagarde resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, effective Sept. 12, after European leaders nominated her for an eight-year, non-renewable term at the ECB beginning Nov. 1.The Associated Press read more

Human rights mission to Middle East will not take place Robinson says

The announcement was made after one of the members of the delegation, former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, had spoken on the phone with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and it became clear that the visit would not be facilitated by the Israeli authorities.A statement released by Mrs. Robinson’s office said she was preparing a report to the Geneva-based Commission for Human Rights “on the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territory on the basis of reports from all concerned organizations present in the occupied territories.”The High Commissioner is expected to report to the human rights body in the course of next week.A three-member delegation led by Mrs. Robinson was constituted on 8 April following a 5 April resolution by the Commission, which requested that a mission travel urgently to the area and report on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories. The third member of the proposed mission was Cyril Ramaphosa, former Secretary-General of the African National Congress of South Africa. read more

Tentative contract agreement averts threatened strike by LCBO workers

Tentative contract agreement averts threatened strike by LCBO workers TORONTO – A tentative contract agreement has been reached averting a strike by LCBO workers that was set to begin at midnight.The agreement was signed shortly after the strike deadline passed, and was announced in a release from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.Union president Warren “Smokey” Thomas said details of the accord would not be released before union members have a chance to examine it over the next few days.A ratification vote has not yet been scheduled, but Thomas said the union’s bargaining team is unanimously recommending members accept the deal. From there, it would go to the LCBO board and the provincial government for ratification.The agreement was negotiated with the help of a mediator who imposed a media blackout on the talks.The 8,000 unionized LCBO workers have been without a contract since March 31, and voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike in April.The LCBO had extended store hours for its outlets the past couple of days to allow customers more time to stock up in case there was a job action. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 25, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 1:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Small farmers at risk of being excluded from biofuel schemes warns UN

Current biofuel certification schemes are making it difficult for smallholder farmers to participate in export markets, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which advocates for a change in the way these schemes are currently managed. “As structured, these schemes would tend to favour big players and provide incentives for scaling up production to absorb certification costs,” says the report, entitled Biofuels and the Sustainability Challenge, which was produced by FAO. The schemes are a way to certify that biofuels used by companies importing or exporting this type of energy source are produced in a sustainable way without destroying forests and other ecosystems. Certification is also supposed to improve businesses’ efficiency, and increase their transparency as well as their awareness of problems in the supply chain.However, the report finds that current certification schemes might exclude small farmers from achieving certification because they are mainly designed for large-scale agro-businesses. The schemes are also voluntary and for the most part are privately-operated, requiring costs and capacities that many smallholders lack. The schemes can also hinder trade and reduce access to markets for developing countries in particular, the report says. For example, while it is easy for producers in industrialized countries to comply with the demand to provide education opportunities to employed farmers, it could be much more difficult for small-scale producers in developing countries.Similarly, big companies keep financial records needed for audits while smallholders tend to keep information needed for estimations of greenhouse gas emissions in their head. As a result, many smallholders are not able to obtain certifications.“Many developing countries express concern that certification schemes can become indirect trade barriers when not managed properly,” the report said.The report suggests that to increase certification among small businesses, governments and international organizations in consumer and producer countries need to establish mechanisms that create “an enabling environment.”“Such mechanisms could include national legislation, public procurement policies, tax incentives and tax relief and start-up grants. Financial institutions also have an important role to play to support and enable schemes,” the report said.Local inspectors would also help create this environment by examining on-site conditions, thus lowering the costs for small producers.While beneficial for the environment, certification schemes must also ensure that they have a positive impact for the economy by ensuring market access and decent wages for workers, the report concluded. read more

GE announces Mutlilin 8 control platform for mining

first_imgGE has announced the availability of the first product in its new Multilin 8 Series platform, GE’s next-generation protection and control relay platform, “designed to deliver the performance and reliability required to support the mission-critical electrical infrastructures of industrial and distribution utilities.” Built on GE’s more than 100-year history in industrial electrical automation, the 8 Series platform will enable industrial and distribution utilities to enhance the reliability of their electrical infrastructure and reduce costs associated with unplanned outages. To help customers better manage their electrical systems, the 8 Series delivers improved data fidelity in current and voltage sample rates, which GE says dramatically improves electrical system visibility, providing improved post-event analysis.“We understand that our customers’ electrical infrastructures are mission critical to their operations,” said Juan Macias, General Manager, Grid Automation for GE’s Digital Energy business. “Our new Multilin 8 Series has been designed to deliver process reliability that our customers can count on to keep their operations up and running. This new platform takes advantage of advances in technology and design approach to maximise reliability and product life. We have also made significant investments in our business to ensure our manufacturing and quality processes will deliver a product that will exceed our customers’ expectations.”Designed to withstand the harsh environments typically found in the mining industry, where downtime immediately translates into lost revenue, the 8 Series leverages detailed asset diagnostics so operators can make informed, proactive decisions to reduce unplanned outages and accurately plan maintenance schedules. Using GE’s environmental awareness module to actively monitor both the environment and its own internal components, the 8 Series generates data that operators can use to make decisions about when maintenance or downtime should be scheduled, increasing operational uptime. The standard harsh conformal coating on the 8 Series’ printed circuit boards helps protect against environmental factors to help deliver higher reliability and extend product life.The 8 Series also has an integrated integrity engine that utilises customised algorithms which provide advanced diagnostics to ensure asset protection is not compromised. Coupled with the latest cybersecurity features, customers can comply with the latest NERC/CIP and NISTIR 7628 cybersecurity requirements. With many industrial processes using a variety of communication gateways, integrating a new product can potentially increase the overall system cost and downtime. GE has designed the 8 Series to include advanced and flexible communication options to make integration easier and faster.The 8 series also is backed by GE’s new 10-year warranty—a warranty program for most GE-manufactured protection, control and substation automation products sold by GE’s Digital Energy business. With an ongoing commitment to delivering world-class products that help utility and industrial customers deliver power efficiently and reliably, GE is extending its warranty terms “to assure customers around the world of its continuous commitment to quality and innovation.” The company states: “All GE protection, control and substation automation products adhere to rigorous quality processes, certified to International Standard Organisation (ISO) 9001:2008 standards, encompassing the entire product development process from product design and testing to manufacturing and customer support.”When all products in the 8 Series platform are introduced, the complete platform will include feeder, motor, transformer and generator protection that, when coupled with other GE industrial automation solutions such as industrial radios, switches and an electrical control system, will deliver a full industrial automation solution.last_img read more