Paging Sen. Pacquiao: Mr. Roach calling, calling

first_imgSo who faulted?Pacquiao would cry he had been set up following the monumental upset by Horn.There were claims Roach failed to demand attention from the fight referee while Horn proceeded to foul and manhandle Pacquiao during the championship.There was nothing clear. But there’s a big possibility Pacquiao would not be seeing action in the April 14 card Top Rank has prepared for him.Pacquiao has not communicated with Arum after it was announced he has been billed to fight former world champion Mike Alvarado. Pacquiao had said he would rather clash with Argentine punching machine Lucas Matthysse, reigning WBA welterweight champion.Top Rank announced Arum might end up tapping IBF super flyweight Jerwin Ancajas to fight in the cofeature to the Horn title defense against the unbeaten sensation Terence Crawford.Latest word from the Pacquiao camp said the fighting senator will not fight in the Arum April 14 card. Pacquiao’s office said the eight-division world title winner finds it “insulting” to fight in a nonheadlining event. LATEST STORIES Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Based on an eyewitness account, the two prominent world boxing figures failed to communicate.Roach was left to cool his heels, while Pacquiao busied himself in front of the mirror, attending to his hairdo.It was a very awkward situation for both.It took long, but the rift was more or less confirmed following Roach’s claim of Pacquiao’s continued disregard.Veteran promoter Bob Arum, and all those involved with the Pacquiao career, have remained puzzled.Did this start with Roach’s obvious mishandling of the crucial situation when he kept calling for a knockout in the championship rounds against Horn?ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Needless to say, the Hall-of-Fame boxing coach chiefly credited with charting Pacquiao’s path to boxing superstardom is at a loss.Roach told Pugmire he has called Pacquiao at least five times. He got no reply.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaybe he has changed his phone number? Roach wondered.Pacquiao was last seen with Roach in Brisbane last July. The scene was inside the dugout, after Pacquiao had lost his WBO welterweight crown to Australian Jeff Horn. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao eyes comeback fight in Kuala Lumpur, says source John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netIn a report by the eminent Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, it was asked if Freddie Roach has been fired as trainer of Filipino world boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.The same report wondered if Pacquiao’s boyhood ally and longtime Roach deputy Buboy Fernandez has been promoted to full-time trainer.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Roderick Estwick replaces Curtly Ambrose as West Indies bowling consultant

first_imgFormer West Indies A cricketer Roderick Estwick has replaced Curtly Ambrose as the team’s bowling consultant.Estwick will join the squad for the upcoming camp which will start on Thursday. West Indies have a tri-series coming up next.Legendary fast bowler Ambrose had been with the regional outfit for the past three years, most recently during their triumphant World Twenty20 campaign in India but the West Indies Cricket Board did not give a reason why he quit.”Roderick Estwick will join the technical team for the West Indies for the upcoming 2016 tri-Nation one-day international series. Estwick is the bowling coach for the Barbados Pride Franchise, replaces bowling consultant, Sir Curtly Ambrose,” a statement on the board’s website stated.Estwick was head coach for the Barbados under 19 team which won three titles between 2000 and 2004. Additionally, he toured extensively with the West Indies U-19s on tours in and out of the region and has participated in the High Performance Centre programme.Estwick played first class cricket for his country and had also featured in first class cricket for Barbados, Transvaal and West Indies A between 1983 – 1990.last_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction Live Streaming: When and where to watch IPL 2019 Auction

first_imgThe IPL 2019 Auction will see 346 players go under the hammer to fill the 70 remaining slots for the eight franchises for the new season of the Indian Premier League next year.Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be participating in the auctions being held in Jaipur.226 Indians and 120 international players were shortlisted after all the franchises submitted their final list of players back in December 10.The IPL Auction Live 2019 will start at 3:30 PM in Jaipur and the salary cap has been raised from Rs 80 to Rs 82 crores for the eight teams.The IPL 2019 Auction hammer will be not be yielded by the known face of Richard Madley but by Hugh Edmeades for the 12th season of IPL. Madley has openly expressed his disappointment on his sacking and especially the way BCCI treated him after his 11 years of unquestioned service to the league.IPL Auction 2019: Date, Time, Venue, Players List and all you need to knowInternational players like Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh, Corey Anderson, Sam Curran, Angelo Mathews and D’Arcy Short have the base price of the INR 2 Crore.Jaydev Unadkat, who was the most expensive player at last year’s auction at INR 11.5 Crore and was released by Rajasthan Royals after a sub-par performance, has the highest base price of INR 1.5 Crore among Indians. Unadkat shares the said base price with nine other foreign players – Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Rilee Rossouw, Luke Wright, Alex Carey and Liam Dawson.advertisementYuvraj Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami and Axar Patel have kept their base price at INR 1 Crore, among 19 other players.What time does the IPL 2019 Auction start?IPL 2019 Auction starts at 3.30 PM IST on December 18, Tuesday in Jaipur, Rajasthan.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2019 Auction Live Streaming on?Star Sports network will live stream IPL 2019 Auction on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.Where will the IPL 2019 Auction be held?The IPL 2019 Auction will be held in Jaipur, Rajasthan from 3.30 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 Auction live?The match will be shown on Star Sports network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 Auction?You can follow our live updates of IPL 2019 Auction from our blog on Read | IPL 2019: Full list of retained players and purse remaining for each teamAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Jaydev Unadkat at base price of Rs 1.5 crore, Brendon McCullim at Rs 2 crorelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons makes startling revelation after England defeat

first_imgAll is not well in the Afghanistan camp as blame games have started once again after their latest defeat in the World Cup 2019 against England on Tuesday. Afghanistan crashed to a 150-run loss against the hosts, which was their fifth defeat in succession.The team is placed in last place in the points table with five losses from as many games.Chief selector of the Afghanistan cricket team, former fast bowler Dawlat Ahmadzai, put the blame for the team’s poor performance solely on the coaching staff for not being able to prepare the players properly for the showpiece event.Afghanistan head coach Phil Simmons on the other hand, revealed on Wednesday that it was actually the chief selector who was responsible for the mess the team is in right now and he also had a part to play in the removal of Asghar Afghan from captaincy, just days before the tournament began.The ACB had removed Asghar Afghan as the national team’s captain and named three different captains for Tests, ODIs and T20Is less than two months before the World Cup. Star cricketers in the team like Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan had voiced their opinion against the move with the newly-elected captain Gulbadin Naib also slamming the decision.”I am in the middle of a World Cup and trying to get our team to perform to the level we expect but at the end of the World Cup I will tell the Afghanistan people about the part that Mr Dawlat Ahmadzai had to play in our preparation and his part in the dismissal of #AsgharAfghan,” Phil Simmons tweeted.advertisementI am in the middle of a World Cup and trying to get our team to perform to the level we expect but at the end of the World Cup I will tell the Afghanistan people about the part that Mr Dawlat Ahmadzai had to play in our preparation and his part in the dismissal of #AsgharAfghan Simmons (@Coachsim13) June 19, 2019Simmons’s tweet was in reply to a journalist who revealed that Ahmadzai was blaming the coaching staff for Afghanistan’s downfall in the tournament.Dawlat Ahmadzai former fast bowler & chief selector of @ACBofficials believes that,it is all the fault of the coaching staff led by @Coachsim13 that they couldn’t prepare Afghanistan team for @cricketworldcup.#CWC19 #AfghanAtalan #AFGvENG Momand (@IbrahimReporter) June 18, 2019Earlier this month, wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad had alleged that the ACB had conspired to throw him out of the World Cup squad after he was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.Shahzad claimed he was fit enough to carry on in the mega-event. He had aggravated the injury on his left knee during the World Cup warm-up clash against Pakistan but returned to play the team’s first two games against Australia and Sri Lanka on June 1 and June 4 respectively.Afghanistan suffered its biggest defeat in the tournament so far on Tuesday as they failed to get close to England’s total of 397 for 6 in Manchester.Afghanistan, who were playing with 4 spinners in the game, saw all the bowlers being taken to the cleaners by Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root.The spin-heavy Asians pinned their hopes on Rashid Khan, who tops the list of T20 bowlers and is ranked third in the ODI list, to contain England’s formidable batting order.But Rashid found himself in the firing line of Morgan’s six-hitting spree and eventually logged the worst bowling figures in World Cup history – 110 runs off nine overs without a single wicket.Morgan went on to blast a career-best 148, which included a record-shattering 17 sixes, including seven off Rashid’s bowling.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Luke Wright slams Iceland Cricket for trolling Rashid KhanAlso Read | Not a big deal: Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib defends Rashid Khan after England assaultlast_img read more

Sane closing in on Man City return

first_imgManchester City Sane ahead of schedule and closing on Man City return Dom Farrell 23:44 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leroy Sane Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Leroy Sané Manchester City v Leicester City Basel v Manchester City Leicester City Basel Premier League UEFA Champions League Guardiola Pep Guardiola expected to be without the Germany international for up to seven weeks with ankle ligament damage, but the winger is progressing well Manchester City winger Leroy Sane could be set for an ahead-of-schedule return from ankle ligament damage.Sane was sidelined following a rash challenge from Cardiff City’s Joe Bennett in a 2-0 FA Cup fourth round victory two weeks ago.The initial prognosis was for the Germany international to be out for between six to seven weeks, ruling him out of the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal at the end of this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Sane was photographed working on the training pitches at his club’s training base on Thursday and, although Guardiola insisted that merely amounted to running drills, he did not entirely rule him out of the Champions League last-16 tie against Basel.The Premier League leaders travel to Switzerland for the first leg next week and, asked whether Sane would play, Guardiola replied: “I don’t think so. He is much better but he is still not ready.”Top scorer Sergio Aguero is expected to once again lead the line for City when Leicester City visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday but Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus is closing in on a return from medial knee ligament damage.”I would like to give [Aguero] a rest sometimes but he is the only striker we have,” Guardiola added, with commitments across four competitions on the agenda this month.”He is making a huge effort and doing really well.”Gabriel is coming back soon. Maybe in one week, 10 days or two weeks he will be ready.”last_img read more

Russia lose Dzagoev to injury in WC opener

first_imgWorld Cup Blow for Russia as Dzagoev limps off with hamstring injury in World Cup opener Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:39 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alan Dzagoev Russia 2018 Getty Images World Cup Russia v Saudi Arabia Russia Saudi Arabia The midfielder was forced off just 24 minutes into his side’s opening clash against Saudi Arabia in Moscow Russia’s strong start to the World Cup took a blow after Alan Dzagoev limped off with a hamstring injury in the tournament opener against Saudi Arabia.The 27-year-old was forced off in the 24th minute after going down with the injury, with Denis Cheryshev taking his place.Russia were 1-0 up at the time of Dzagoev’s injury after Yuri Gazinsky headed the hosts in front after 12 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And Dzagoev’s replacement, Cheryshev, was able to make his presence felt as he scored twice to help Russia down Saudi Arabia 5-0.Villarreal man Cheryshev blasted home Russia’s second on the 43rd-minute mark before scoring a beautiful goal with the outside of his left foot to make it 4-0 in the second half.Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin completed the scoring in what was a dream start to the tournament for Stanislav Cherchesov’s men.Shortly after limping off, Russia released a statement confirming Dzagoev will now have a scan which could rule him out for the rest of the competition.”Alan Dzagoev damaged the muscles in the back of the thigh,” Russia said in a brief statement. “The terms of treatment will be determined by the results of the upcoming MRI [scan].”Alan Dzagoev Russia 2018When healthy, CSKA Moscow man Dzagoev is an important part of Russia’s efforts on the international stage. He was a standout performer during Euro 2012 qualifying, scoring four times to help Russia make the tournament.Then at Euro 2012, Dzagoev scored three times in as many games, which was good enough to secure him joint-top scorer in the competition, alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Mario Balotelli, Mario Gomez and Mario Mandzukic. However, injury has plagued Dzagoev the last two international tournaments for his country. He had to pull out of Euro 2016 with a broken foot after picking up the injury playing for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev also missed out on the 2017 Confederations Cup, also in Russia, due to injury.It was Dzagoev’s 58th cap for Russia against Saudi Arabia. He has scored nine times with the national team so far.last_img read more

9 months agoLazio president Lotito eases Zappacosta talk

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio president Lotito eases Zappacosta talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio president Claudio Lotito has eased talk of a deal for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.The defender was expected to join Chelsea this week, but Lotito now appears to be putting the brakes on the deal.”Zappacosta? The market is not made from the collection of stickers,” rapped Lotito.”If I even like him, I wonder if he is functional and necessary.”The president continued: “These assessments are not made by the president. The president hears and listens to people. I have a coach, a sports director, a team manager who contribute to the formation of my conviction.” last_img

Mohawk wrestlers Dad Bod Squad latest from their community to jump in

first_img(Dad bod Squad Kyle Zachary, left, with Shawn Rice. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)This is a regular Saturday night at Beauharnois Championship Wrestling [BCW], based forty-five minutes southwest of Montreal.At $10 a head ($5 for kids) it’s mostly a labour of love for organizers and performers.That applies to promoter Loïc Lessard Paquette, who says wrestling is nothing less than an art form.“It’s a piece of theatre, each wrestling match is a play, so the director decides the story, the wrestlers play the parts, so a wrestling match, at its core, it’s really about telling a story,” explained Lessard Paquette in French “It’s like a dance.”Another essential element to good wrestling: characters.“Yeah, we’re the old dudes, we’re out of shape, we’re dads, we’re like in the twilight of our careers pretty much,” said Rice, pointing to his torso “dad bod, you know we got the dad bods going on, kind of makes sense.”“We’re called the Dad Bod Squad because you look at these guys back here,” said Zachary gesturing to a group of wrestlers warming up in the ring “they’re chipper, they’re bright eyed, they’re bushy tailed, and they’re ready to take on the world, we can’t keep up with that kind of youthful enthusiasm.”But what The Dad Bod Squad lacks in energy or abdominal muscles, they make up for in craftiness.Their motto “work smarter, not harder” speaks to how they’ve been known to delve into the dark arts of wrestling.“You watch some of these guys, they’re doing backflips and somersaults all over the place, the way we keep up with them is give ’em a quick poke in the eyes,” explained ZacharyZachary and Rice might be playing up the dad angle, but you could also call them the comeback kids.They returned to the ring only a few months ago, after over a decade off.This coming weekend they’ll be making their US debut in New Jersey at a nearly week long independent circuit showcase.“Every promotion from the world, not just from North America, but the world. Like even Japan and Mexico, they’re all having shows in the same place so it’s a big thing for everybody in pro wrestling,” said Rice.But the Dad Bod Squad aren’t the first Mohawk wrestlers from Kahnawà:ke to make a name for themselves.Long-time fans of pro wrestling will know Billy Two Rivers.He wrestled for 24 years all over the world mainly in the US, U.K, and Asia.He never once played a villain.“No, I didn’t have a choice, they loved me,” said Two Rivers with a laugh.Ever the showman, the 83 year old agreed to meet with APTN even though he’s in the hospital rehabbing a back injury.When asked to describe his first match in 1953 – Two Rivers guffawed.“The first one was a laugh on me.”Two Rivers always entered the ring by vaulting over the top ropes.Aside from being flashy, it was a way to avoid getting his famous headdress stuck between the ropes on entry.But nerves got the best of him during his first match ever in Detroit.“My first time there, my knees were knocking. So I went, I got up on the apron on the ring, I grabbed the top two ropes, and I vaulted. I was so nervous, as I was clearing it my toe caught the top rope. And you ever see a chicken fall into a ring? There I was on the mat in a pile of feathers. Well, I never lived that down for about ten years,” said Two Rivers.(Billy Two Rivers holds a picture of himself and his patented entry into the wrestling ring. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Having a wrestling legend in the community certainly served as inspiration for Zachary long before he had a dad bod.“When I first got into the industry I sat with Billy and we talked and we developed this bond that only you can grow with other wrestlers,” said Zachary.Despite giving the appearance of blood enemies in the ring, out of the ring the wrestling community is close knit.Injuries can happen easily in the ring, so it’s important to have the trust of your combatants.But on this night in Beauharnois, that bond between wrestlers only goes so far.Especially when the opportunity for revenge appears.After the sour end to their own match, the squad waited until Cayen and Cable, the team that ambushed them, were near victory before staging a perfectly timed distraction to steal the match out from under them.“I mean, it’s tit for tat, right? Dutch door action. You screw us, we’re going to screw you right back. It’s simple, simple mathematics,” Zachary explained, before Rice interjected “I’m terrible at math.”Perhaps mathematics is a poor analogy.To call it poetry would be a stretch.But great theatre? The roar of the Beauharnois crowd says that’s a That’s the way Kahnawà:ke’s Dad Bod Squad likes it.“We’re gonna come out here and put on a great show for these great fans at BCW [Beauharnois Championships Wrestling], and we’re going to kick some butt at the same time,” affirmed Dad Bod Squad’s Shawn Rice.Their match against the Mascouche Dynasty, obnoxious oil millionaires from the Montreal suburbs, turned quickly on a double DDT delivered by the squad’s other member, Kyle Zachary.Then after getting tagged in, Rice entered the ring in a fury, nearly completing the job.But the nefarious interference of another tag team, Cayen and Cable, distracted the referee, leaving the Dynasty to pull off a brutal low blow on Rice before pinning him to mat.It was a tough loss, one that lead to The Dad Bod Squad vowing revenge.“You stick your nose in our business, we’re gonna have to flatten it!” exclaimed Zachary in post match exclusive with APTN News. Tom FennarioAPTN NewsIn the wrestling ring fortunes can change in a flash.One moment, you’re taking a beating, struggling, and failing to tag in your partner.The next, an opportunity can present itself, waiting to be seized.It could be a chance to pull off a reverse suplex…duck under a clothesline…or use a hapless referee to block an opponent’s blow.The momentum swings are fast and frequent, lending the sport a drama like no other.last_img read more

EC applies brakes on Modi biopic Namo TV

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Election Commission Wednesday banned the screening of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the poll period, saying any such film that subserves the purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in the electronic media.The EC order came a day before the movie was to be released. The first phase of Lok Sabha elections starts Thursday. The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by a Congress activist seeking a stay on the release of the biopic and said the Election Commission would be an “appropriate” place to find the redressal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe apex court said it was not entertaining the petition for the stay on the release of the film as it was “premature” since the movie is yet to be certified by the Censor Board. It said even if the film is released on April 11, as claimed by the Congress activist, it will be appropriate for him to seek redressal from the Election Commission. The plea had sought postponement of the biopic’s release till the completion of the coming Lok Sabha polls, alleging that it was designed to “manipulate, influence and impress viewers and voters”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIn another setback, NaMo TV, the 24-hour channel promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP can’t be on air while the code of conduct is in place, Election Commission sources have said, referring to the panel’s order stopping the release of a biopic on the Prime Minister. The channel had mysteriously surfaced on satellite TV networks late last month, drawing protests from the opposition. The opposition, which had complained to the Election Commission about the channel, welcomed the development. “We are happy that they (Election Commission) have redeemed their image as a vital policeman. The Supreme Court also had also said it was up to the Election Commission to decide such things,” Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said. The BJP, however, maintained that the channel was ot in violation of the election code. “I don’t think it is a setback for the government. I don’t think the Election Commission found any illegality in the law. It was just showing the achievements of the government and the Prime Minister. It was a positive information initiative. We will be looking at alternatives,” Vivek Reddy of the BJP said. But Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) complained to the Election Commission against the channel saying it violated the model code of conduct that came into effect on March 10 after the Election Commission announced seven-phase elections from April 11 to May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI receives phone call from French President

first_imgRabat – King Mohammed VI, has received a phone call from Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, said a statement from the Royal Cabinet. “During the meeting, the two leaders discussed the current context of Moroccan-French relations following thedevelopments in recent days,” the statement said.“In light of the clarifications in this regard, the two leaders agreed to continue contacts in the coming days between the twogovernments, and work in the spirit of exceptional relations that bind Morocco and France, “the statement concluded.last_img

Maroc Telecom 4G Successfully Tested

Rabat – Maroc Telecom, Morocco’s main telecommunication company in, has successfully tested 4G with the establishment of a pilot site and the results are “very convincing.”The company said that the pilot site “gives us a preview of volumes that will be available to users with the speed measured at over 140 mbps.”Rabat is the first city in which the pilot site 4G- LTE (Long Term Evolution) was deployed and the service will soon expand into other cities. Currently, the operator offers customers 3G + with speeds up to 42 mbps; however, with 4G, the Internet speeds are estimated to be more than 140 mbps.The high-speed service is expected to launch once the company obtains the marketing licenses of 4G from the Telecommunications Regulatory National Agency (ANRT).

Canada has contingency plan for fiscal cliff eurozone crisis Flaherty

TORONTO — Canada has a contingency plan should the United States not reach an agreement with respect to a series of tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in next year or if the eurozone’s debt crisis worsens, finance minister Jim Flaherty said on Tuesday.“I can assure you, we have contingency plans. This is not a new subject for us. We have been concerned about this subject for many months. And we prepare. So we have contingency plans not only with respect to the fiscal cliff, but with respect to the European situation were that to unravel in a disorderly way,” Flaherty told a news conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick.Flaherty’s comments follow his warning last week that a failure by U.S. politicians to reach a fiscal deal before Jan.1 will plunge the United States into a recession quickly, with Canada to follow shortly afterward.[np-related]“Were the entire fiscal cliff risk to become reality, the effect on U.S. GDP, according to the Americans themselves, would be 4 to 5%, which would put the U.S. economy into recession quite quickly and the Canadian would follow shortly thereafter,” Flaherty told reporters in Ottawa last Wednesday.“We’re all concerned that it’s an immediate problem within the next 60 days that needs to be dealt with.”Gridlock in Washington could prevent a deal to extend about US$600-billion in tax cuts and spending beyond Dec. 31.There are estimates that going over this fiscal cliff would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by about four or five percentage points.Flaherty said finding compromise won’t be easy for American politicians, but he pointed out that the Harper government was able govern for five years as a minority, so it can be done.With files from the Canadian Press© Thomson Reuters 2012 read more

Striking workers question whether UAW leaders can be trusted

ROMULUS, Mich. — The strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers is playing out amid a corruption scandal inside the UAW that has caused distrust of the union leadership among many rank-and-file members.On picket lines at plants across the country, many of the 49,000 workers have expressed doubts about whether leaders are acting in their best interests.Some have gone so far as to wonder whether the leadership took them out on strike to show that the union is working for them.Last month, the FBI raided the suburban Detroit home of the UAW president. He has not been charged. Earlier this month, a union official in Missouri was charged in a $600,000 embezzlement scheme, and another leader pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks.The UAW, in its defence, says union members authorized the walkout.Tom Krisher And Mike Householder, The Associated Press read more

Kitayama opens 2shot lead at Mauritius Open

BEAU CHAMP, Mauritius — Kurt Kitayama opened a two-shot lead halfway through the Mauritius Open with a second successive 65 on Friday.Kitayama moved to 14-under-par overall and ahead of co-overnight leader Chikkarangappa S (68), who was alone in second.Victor Perez (69), who shared the lead with Chikkarangappa after the first round, was tied for third, with fellow Frenchman Matthieu Pavon (66) a shot further back on 11 under.Kitayama, who came through qualifying school to join the European Tour for the new 2019 season, made nine birdies. His only slip was a double-bogey seven on No. 2 at the Ernie Els-designed Four Seasons Golf Course.The American responded to that disappointment, his only dropped shots of the opening two rounds, with a run of four straight birdies to get back on track.Four-time major winner Els carded a 2-under 70 and was tied for 25th at 5 under overall.The Mauritius Open is co-sanctioned by the European, Asian and South African tours.___More AP sports: and Associated Press read more

Half of wouldbe soldiers drop out of recruitment process because it takes

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Half of would-be soldiers are dropping out of the process because it is taking up to a year to be recruited, a National Audit Office report has found. The British Army has failed to meet recruitment targets as it “underestimated the complexity of what it was trying to achieve” when it outsourced recruiting to the services company Capita, the report says. Capita won the £495m contract for Army recruitment in 2012, but the Army has not recruited the number of soldiers that it requires in any year since the contract began.A report by the National Audit Office (NAO), published on Friday, found there were “significant problems” with the British Army Recruiting Partnering Project.These included an online recruitment system that was planned for launch in July 2013 but launched 52 months late at a cost of £113m – triple the original budget.Capita has consistently missed the Army’s recruitment targets, with the total shortfall ranging from 21 per cent to 45 per cent of the Army’s requirement, the report said.The Commons Defence Committee was told in  October the Army has 77,000 fully trained troops compared with a target of 82,500.The Army and Capita have introduced some “significant changes” in the last year, but none have resulted in enough soldiers being recruited, according to the NAO.The report found that it took up to 321 days for new recruits to go from starting an application to beginning basic training, and that many drop out of the process while waiting A total of 47 per cent of applicants dropped out of the process voluntarily in 2017-18, and both the Army and Capita believe the length of the process is a significant factor in this, the report said.The Army estimates there were 13,000 fewer applications between November 2017 and March 2018 than in the same period the previous year, the report said.The NAO found that neither the Army nor Capita tested changes to the recruitment process before it was introduced and the number of local recruitment centres was cut from 131 to 68 to save costs.It said the project will not achieve its planned savings of £267m for the Ministry of Defence.  Capita’s 10-year contract will end in 2022.Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said in a recent Commons Defence Committee heading that he would show “no timidity” in cancelling the contract if Capita’s perdirmance didn’t improve. “The army is gradually disappearing before your eyes,” Mark Francois, a member of the committee, told the Secretary of State, “and it’s happening on your watch”.He added: “You have to do something about it.”  Madeleine Moon, another committee member agreed. “We are not doing the best for the people serving this country,” she said. A Capita spokesperson said: “As the NAO report states, both Capita and the Army underestimated the complexity of this project.”Our focus is now on working with the Army to deliver a recruitment process fit for the 21st century.”We have overhauled governance on the contract and are already seeing improvements, with applications at a five-year high and a reduction in the amount of time it takes candidates to join the Army.”We are absolutely committed to getting this partnership right.”General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, recently said he was confident Capita would hit their annual recruiting figure “before the end of the contract”. However, he declined to say in which of the remaining four years of the contract this target would be reached.  read more

Volvo Penta continues cooperation with Sandvik and gets MSHACANMET certification

first_imgWith rapid advances in technology and emission legislation, not only the choice of technology but also the choice of engine supplier has become an important issue for equipment manufacturers for the construction industry. In 2011, Volvo Penta and Sandvik Mining and Construction signed a cooperation agreement with the goal to enhance the long-term competitiveness of Sandvik’s products. To date, Sandvik has introduced Volvo Penta engines in several models from its product lines for crushers, drilling rigs, loaders and haulers. “Volvo Penta has been receptive to our requirements during the development and we are pleased with the engineering support they provide us”, says Chris Jobburn, Senior Product Support Engineer at Sandvik Construction.Installing after-treatment systems have proven to be a major issue for many equipment builders in the US and the EU. For Sandvik engineers, the SCR technology has not been a major challenge: “This is just another regular engine installation”, commented Seppo Karhu, Manager for Engine Installations at Sandvik Mining, after the first-ever loader with SCR for mining and tunnelling applications had been developed. “With the SCR technology, ventilation rates become so low that it is no longer toxic emissions, but CO2 or fuel consumption that sets the limits. And the Volvo engines have low fuel consumption”, says Olli Koivisto, Global Product Line Manager for Load and Haul at Sandvik Mining.In 2011, Volvo Penta was one of the first diesel engine manufacturers to receive stage 3B and Tier 4i certificates for its entire engine line-up. For many years these engines have been successfully proven for use in the demanding underground mining segment. Now, the same engines are also certified by MSHA and CANMET. Volvo Penta has received Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) as well as CANMET-MMSL certification for its 13L interim Tier 4 diesel engines. The 13L is the first engine to receive the certification. The 350-550 hp, TAD1360 / 61 / 62 / 63 / 64 / 65VE-series of diesel engines offers ventilation rates that are among the lowest in the industry for the given power category. The ventilation rate is around 30 CFM/hp which is considerably lower than traditional diesel engines used in mines today.last_img read more

BM Valladolid to sign Serbian left back Milos Pesic

9Juanfersa Grupo Fegar11 One of the best teams in Spain in the last decade, former EHF Champions League semi-finalist, BM Valladolid find a new reinforcement in Serbia, writes Experienced left back Milos Pesic (31) will join the Spanish squad who are struggling in the relegation battle this season in ASOBAL. Pesic has played in RK Crvena zvezda Beograd, his first proffesional team, but financial situation there forced him to left the team in the middle of the season. BM Valladolid is currently on the 13th place in ASOBAL…Pesic has ASOBAL experience with Huesca, Toledo, Alkobendas, Algeciras…STANDINGS: ← Previous Story WWCH 2013 in Serbia – SCHEDULE Next Story → STRONG KIF KOLDING: Hvidt and Jorgensen extend contracts! 16Bidasoa Irún4 4Reale Ademar León14 7Helvetia Anaitasuna11 15Villa de Aranda Top Ribera5 10Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto10 6Frigoríficos Morrazo Cangas13 BM Valladolidmilos pesic 3Naturhouse La Rioja16 13Cuatro Rayas Valladolid6 8BM Guadalajara11 5Fraikin BM Granollers14 14Ángel Ximénez Puente Genil6 2BM. Huesca17 11BM. Aragón9 PHOTO: RK CRVENA ZVEZDA 1FC Barcelona24 12Globalcaja C. Encantada7 read more

Noel Curran to be RTÉs Director General for another four years

first_imgNOEL CURRAN IS to be the Director General for RTÉ for another four years, it was confirmed today.The Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, said that Curran’s performance “has been of the highest standard”.The Government approved the appointment of Curran as Director General of RTÉ for a further four years today, and Rabbitte noted that he has” demonstrated great leadership in his initial term, during which RTÉ has been operating in a very difficult economic environment, facing increased competition and commercial challenges”.He said that Curran’s reappointment “will be of great benefit to both the organisation and its staff”.During his first three years in the role, Curran oversaw many changes at RTÉ.These include a radical restructuring programme and the introduction of the digital free-to-air service, Saorview.The Director General acts as RTÉ’s Chief Executive Office and Editor in Chief. Curran is a Co Monaghan native and was first appointed Director General of RTÉ in November 2010, with effect from February 2011.He had left RTÉ in March 2010 but came back when given the Director General role.Read: Jim Jennings appointed as new MD of RTÉ Radio>Read: RTE stars paid “too much” says station boss>last_img read more

Unreal Engine 4 now officially supports Oculus Rift

first_imgA new round of console hardware combined with the always shifting state of PC components means the existing popular game engines are starting to get a bit long in the tooth. That’s why we’re seeing companies like Crytek and Epic Games are pushing their next-gen engines.This week, Epic has made using Unreal Engine 4 look even more desirable by announcing it has integrated with 13 different pieces of gaming middleware. Such middleware makes game development easier, faster, and allows features to be used that would otherwise take too long or cost too much to implement in-house. But for UE4 there’s one brand new middleware addition that’s sure to get gamers (and developers) excited.Epic will now include support for the Oculus Rift headset as standard within the Unreal Engine. That means if a game developer wants to support use of the headset in a game, they now have the tools to do so included with the engine.With Epic’s engine being so popular for the difficult last generation of console hardware, it seems likely most of those dev teams will carry on using it and make the upgrade to version 4. That bodes well for Oculus Rift, which could potentially have hundreds of games shipping with built-in support. And let’s not forget the Unreal Engine is going to be popular for first-person shooters–the perfect type of game for Oculus Rift use.If you’re wondering what Unreal Engine 4 is capable of in terms of visuals, there’s the Infiltrator video to watch. Epic also released an Elemental demo showing the engine running on PS4 earlier this year, which you can watch below.Next week when E3 kicks off we’re sure to get a better idea of what the engine is capable of as both Sony and Microsoft roll out their PS4 and Xbox One games, some of which will surely be using it.last_img read more