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TJ Dillashaw gives up UFC 135-pound title because of drug test

first_img“While words can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I’m working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible,” Dillashaw said. “Out of fairness and respect to the rest of the division, I’ve informed the UFC that I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I deal with this matter.”A spokesman with the New York commission said Wednesday that Dillashaw was fined $10,000 and suspended for one year for drug use, but declined to give further details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 33-year-old Dillashaw (16-4) had cut 10 pounds of weight to fight Cejudo. Dillashaw used a program devised by a triathlete math professor and performance specialist to cut some serious weight in his attempt to hold championships in two weight classes.He’s a two-time bantamweight champion and won the title for a second time when he defeated Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November 2017. Damian Lillard unleashes 33 as Blazers beat struggling Mavericks Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LATEST STORIES Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, TJ Dillashaw reacts after a flyweight mixed martial arts championship bout against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night in New York. Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test. Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)LAS VEGAS— TJ Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test.Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

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Sony Pictures Networks India partners with Facebook to telecast LaLiga in India

first_imgAdvertisementSony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has partnered with Facebook to telecast the Spanish top division football league, LaLiga, on TV in India this season. With this deal, over 100 selected matches will be telecast on SPN’s sports channels, including the key clashes, El Clasico and Madrid Derby. All matches will still be available for free on Facebook.The partnership builds on SPN’s association with LaLiga for the past four seasons in India as the league’s official broadcaster. Facebook won the media rights for LaLiga for the Indian subcontinent for three seasons starting from the 2018/19 season.With broadcast still playing a key role in terms of viewership in India, the SPN and Facebook partnership will ensure extensive reach of LaLiga to fans across the country.The 2018/19 season of LaLiga Santander will also be available on SPN’s OTT platform, SonyLIV.Comments:Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer Distribution and Head – Sports, Sony Pictures Networks India:“We have been committed to LaLiga for the past four years and we are excited to continue our partnership with one of the best football leagues in the world. This confirms our commitment to be the premier football destination for all viewers. TV is one of the strongest mediums in India and through this association, Indian audiences will continue to enjoy the LaLiga experience.” Joyee Biswas, Head of APAC Sports Partnerships, Facebook:“We’re excited to team with Sony Pictures Networks India to give fans in India even more ways to watch LaLiga this season. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to collaborating with broadcasters as we continue to explore a variety of different live sports business models.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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ICC World T20: Lasith Malinga ruled out due to knee injury

first_imgSri Lanka’s World Twenty20 title defence suffered a huge blow after fast bowler Lasith Malinga was ruled out of the tournament due to a knee injury, the team said on Friday.Malinga was forced to hand over the captaincy to Angelo Mathews last week due to a slow recovery from the injury and missed the Super 10 opener against Afghanistan on Thursday.”Malinga’s knee injury flared up before the match against Afghanistan yesterday,” a team spokesperson said.”He has been ruled out of the World Cup and has flown back to Sri Lanka this afternoon.”The 32-year-old paceman with blond-tinted hair and an unorthodox action is not quite the same player who was a key figure in Sri Lanka’s progress to three World Twenty20 finals in the last four tournaments.He was, however, considered key to their success in India, where he has performed admirably in the Indian Premier League.”Sri Lanka team management on tour have observed that Malinga whose niggling injury has been flaring up would be better off resting it, and have recommended he return to Colombo,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.The selectors will choose Malinga’s replacement after practice matches between the remaining players in the World T20 squad to be played in Colombo later on Friday. Sri Lanka will take on 2012 champions West Indies in their second Group One match in Bangalore on Sunday.last_img read more

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Charalampos Grigoriou: Cypriot MMA Fighter Taking over New York

first_imgNEW YORK – Charalampos Grigoriou is a professional fighter from Paphos, Cyprus who after a successful career in Europe decided to move to the Big Apple to conquer his biggest dream: to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He spoke to The National Herald about his life and work. From a very young age, Grigoriou started developing a passion for martial arts.“Nobody in my family has any fighting background. I fell in love martial arts since I was a kid and I never felt scared of fighting. I think of it as a game. And as in every game there is going to be only one winner. Therefore I don’t feel bad about my opponent because I know that at the end of the day it’s either me or him,” he told TNH.Grigoriou was introduced to karate at the age of 7, in 1999, which led him to many competitions and honorable distinctions in his home country, as well as Europe. He became Cyprus karate champion at the age of 10. He won the champion’s title in the Panhellenic karate championship twice, in 2004 and 2005 which took place in Athens, Greece. In 2007, he was one of the athletes who represented Cyprus and competed in the black-belt division at the European Karate Championship in Poland. Grigoriou and his team attained an astonishing 5th place finish for Cyprus out of the 20 other European countries in the championship.Mixed martial arts fighter Charalampos Grigoriou in the ring. Photo: AngeloJ_89 PhotographyAfter graduating high school and during his military service, Grigoriou advanced his fighting training by taking kickboxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) classes. In the very beginning, he competed in the amateur division in which he successfully won 3 of his opponents. Two years later, because of his great passion for kickboxing and martial arts, he found himself competing in the professional division.In 2014, he participated in the Pancyprian MMA Championship, which took place in his home country. He won the Cyprus MMA champion’s title, by defeating title-holder Mario Zinonos. On August 6, 2016, he defeated Panagioti Sophocleous and won the World Kickboxing Network Organization belt. That was a highlight in his martial arts career, as he was announced the Pancyprian Kickboxing Champion.During his tourist visit to the US, he realized that this country has a lot to offer to a martial arts athlete. With the help of his family, he participated in his first kickboxing competition in the U.S., The Battle of the Millennium which took place in Brooklyn, New York. Grigoriou impressed the judges, coaches, and the audience with his amazing performance, talent, and determination. After his debut in Brooklyn, Grigoriou was approached by Louis Neglia, one of the biggest promoters in the fighting industry, who offered him a collaboration. The collaboration allowed Grigoriou to participate in two fights that took place at the Tropicana in Atlantic City and one fight at Madison Square Garden.“As an athlete I like the opportunities that this city and country have to offer. I miss my life back home though. In an ideal world, I would like to be able to live there and compete here,” he said.Grigoriou concluded, “I would like to thank my uncle, Savas Tsivicos, and my cousin Charalampos Tsivikos for their kind support and love. I would have never made it here today without their help.”TweetPinShare665665 Shareslast_img read more

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Injury Questions Linger for Teams Headed to Regional Finals

first_imgBy AARON BEARD AP Basketball WriterRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kentucky got PJ Washington back just in time, Duke hung on without Cam Reddish, and Auburn’s thrill from a huge win was tempered by a potentially serious injury to Chuma Okeke.The injury questions piled up in NCAA Sweet 16 games in the East and Midwest regions, all with the potential to affect who earns the final two spots in the Final Four on Sunday.Washington’s status as the Wildcats’ top scorer and rebounder had been one of the most discussed topics of the tournament’s opening weekend. The 6-foot-8 sophomore didn’t play in the first two games due to an injury to his left foot that required a hard cast, and coach John Calipari had been noncommittal about his status entering Friday’s win against Houston.Washington turned in a big performance (16 points on 6-for-8 shooting) but made his biggest play with a critical block at the rim on Corey Davis Jr. to set up Tyler Herro’s go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds.Yet to listen to Washington, it wasn’t easy. And now the second-seeded Wildcats must see how Washington’s foot responds.“I took some pain pills before the game,” Washington said. “Kind of started hurting in the second half, but I had to tough through it. Through the end of the game, it was trying to cramp up. I’m definitely going back to get some treatment after this and try to get a good night’s sleep.”Kentucky will face Auburn in an all-Southeastern Conference regional final after the fifth-seeded Tigers beat Midwest Region top seed North Carolina. But amid the Tigers’ 3-point barrage and freewheeling flow was the concern over Okeke, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds before crashing to the floor when his left knee buckled on a drive with about eight minutes left.Okeke was down for an extended period and was helped to the tunnel. Afterward, coach Bruce Pearl was fighting back tears in an on-court TV interview, and there was the emotional locker-room sight of Okeke — with a bag of ice on his left knee — being helped by teammates to apply a sticker to a bracket showing Auburn advancing to its first regional final since 1986.“We don’t know the status,” Pearl said, “but we think it could be serious.”For Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski said the Blue Devils found out right before the narrow win against Virginia Tech that Reddish was dealing with a knee problem.“He went out, he just said something was wrong with his knee,” Krzyzewski said. “He was limping. … That’s another thing for our guys to be able to overcome that adversity, because we’ve prepared all week with that lineup and then — boom — right before the start of the game he can’t play.”Reddish came in as the team’s No. 3 scorer (13.6 points) behind star freshmen Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett along with a team-high 87 3-pointers this season. Duke offset his loss thanks to a career-high 22 points by freshman point guard Tre Jones, who bucked his season average (27 percent) by hitting five 3-pointers.Krzyzewski said he didn’t know whether Reddish would be ready Sunday against Michigan State.The second-seeded Spartans got their own scare with big man Nick Ward appearing to reinjure his left hand in the win against LSU. He had been playing with a brace on the hand after missing five games due to a hairline fracture, but coach Tom Izzo described it as a bone bruise and Ward said he would be ready to go Sunday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Sherbrooke Musical Ride Tickets Going Fast

first_imgReserved-seating tickets for the Sherbrooke presentation of theRCMP Musical Ride on Friday, Sept. 12, are sold out. Advance tickets, which offer festival seating (bring your ownlawn chair or blanket) are now on sale and are selling briskly.There are fewer than 500 adult, 500 senior/youth and 200 familytickets remaining. The advance tickets are good for designatedareas that offer a full view of the show. This will be the final Nova Scotia appearance of the season forthe renowned equestrian show. The event starts at 6 p.m. and includes musical entertainmentfrom Pictou County’s Rusty Nail Bluegrass Band, a special medalpresentation ceremony for RCMP veterans of the Second World War,and, of course, the world-famous Musical Ride. There will be a limited number of standing room tickets availableon the day of the show, however, advance tickets guarantee apreferred view and save money. Advance tickets are $12 foradults, $9 for seniors and those under 16 years of age and $30for a family (two adults, two children). Standing room ticketsare $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and those under 16 and $35for a family. All reserved and advance ticket holders will alsobe eligible for special discounts at Sherbrooke Village on theday of the show. Tickets are available only through the Sherbrooke Villageadministration office. For more information call toll-free 1-888-743-7845.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia ReSigns FederalProvincial Business Agreement

first_imgCanadian businesses in the Atlantic region will continue to benefit from help for export-related activities, thanks to a $10-million investment. Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, joined Bernard Valcourt, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and other Atlantic province ministers to announce the five-year renewal of the Canada/Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development (IBDA). “Through jobsHere, Nova Scotia’s plan to grow our economy, we are helping businesses compete globally by being innovative, competitive and providing opportunities for our workers to learn the skills needed for good jobs,” said Mr. Paris. “The Canada/Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development supports our province’s plan by offering businesses in Nova Scotia the opportunity to expand and grow, connecting them with international markets opportunities. We want to ensure they have access to the knowledge and expertise required to compete on a global stage.” “Economic growth and job creation are priorities for the government of Canada, and it is clear to me that in Atlantic Canada, we have the expertise and the competencies to succeed everywhere in the world. This agreement will make it possible for businesses in our region to access new markets, which will create jobs and stimulate economic activity here at home,” said Mr. Valcourt. Paul Robichaud, New Brunswick Minister of Economic Development, agreed. “We are proud to be able to help New Brunswick companies explore new and emerging markets through The Canada/Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development,” said Mr. Robichaud. “This partnership with the federal government shows that by working together, governments can help businesses grow and be more prosper right here in Atlantic Canada.” “The IBDA has proven to be a valuable regional partnership,” said Susan Sullivan, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development. “Over the years, it has improved the export readiness and led to new opportunities for businesses from a wide-range of industry sectors. By agreeing to the extension of the IBDA, the provincial government is further enhancing the ability of local businesses and organizations to link to new sales opportunities, market intelligence, and other initiatives that support the continued expansion of the province’s business community.” “Under the Agreement on International Business Development, we have seen numerous Prince Edward Island companies take part in export development projects including trade missions, shows and training sessions,” said Allan Campbell, P.E.I. Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning. “With international trade being such an important part of Prince Edward Island’s economy, it only makes sense for us to continue to support such a valuable partnership.” The IBDA is a federal/provincial agreement between the government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to help Atlantic Canadian businesses enter, explore and succeed in international markets. The IBDA is the leading component of a pan-Atlantic effort to foster business relations, attract foreign investment and nurture technological co-operation. The assistance provided under this agreement may take various forms, including training, promotion of the region as a trade partner of choice, information on foreign markets, participation in trade missions or fairs or help marketing new technologies. Since the launch of the agreement 17 years ago, IBDA funding has helped 200 Atlantic Canadian companies begin to export. It has helped more than 300 exporting companies define and enter new markets and has helped more than 450 others increase their sales and presence in existing markets.last_img read more

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Cue the Closing Credits … shomi Thanks Canadians for a Good Run

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Current shomi members can keep streaming and binge-watching their favourite shows and movies online, via their Shaw or Rogers set-top box, on select tablets, mobile devices, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast, and PS4 until November 30, 2016. TORONTO (September 26, 2016) – Today, shomi announced the streaming service will be shutting down operations as of November 30, 2016.“We’re really grateful to Canadians who enthusiastically invited us into their living rooms and took us with them on their phones, tablets and laptops,” said David Asch, Senior Vice President and General Manager, shomi.“The business climate and online video marketplace have changed markedly in the last few years. Combined with the fact that the business is more challenging to operate than we expected, we’ve decided to wind down our operations,” Asch said. “We’re proud of the great service we created and the role we played in the evolution of Canada’s video landscape.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

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First Nation sues Alberta says tarsands project threatens sacred site

first_imgThe Canadian PressAn Alberta First Nation is suing the province over development approvals that the band says threaten sacred land the government has promised to protect.“We will not stand idly by and let the area be destroyed,” Jim Boucher, chief of the Fort McKay First Nation, said in a release.Fort McKay, a community of 800 about 80 kilometres from Fort McMurray, is surrounded by open-pit tarsands mines on three sides. The closest is within four kilometres.Band members have long considered the pristine area around Moose and Namur lakes, west of the community, their last refuge for traditional hunting, trapping and berry-picking. The lawsuit argues there has been so much development in the region _ from energy exploration to forestry to agriculture _ that Moose Lake is all Fort McKay has left.“Without the preservation of the Moose Lake area, the plaintiffs will no longer be able to meaningfully exercise their treaty rights,” says the statement of claim, which contains allegations that have not yet been proven in court.“(Moose Lake) is now under imminent threat from industrial activity that has been or will be approved by Alberta.”The provincial government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The alleged threat comes from an approval granted last June by the province’s energy regulator for an tarands project that would come within two kilometres of Moose Lake. Prosper Petroleum’s $440-million, 10,000-barrel-a-day plans were vigorously opposed by Fort McKay at the time.The green light came despite a provincial draft plan _ the result of 15 years of talks under several different governments _ to give the area some protection.That plan contemplated a 10-kilometre zone around Moose and Namur lakes with safeguards for protecting Fort McKay’s land use. It would have established access control, environmental monitoring and thresholds for the surrounding region.The Alberta Energy Regulator said at the time that it had taken into account social and economic issues, as well as impacts on treaty rights.However, the regulator said it couldn’t weigh the approval’s effect on the province’s plan for the lake area because that plan was still being discussed and hadn’t been implemented.The lawsuit asks the court to overturn permits for industrial activity within the 10-kilometre zone. It also asks the court to forbid Alberta from authorizing any more activity in the area unless Fort McKay agrees to it.“Alberta has failed to … protect the Moose Lake area from the impacts of industrial development,” the statement of claim says. “Alberta will continue, unless restrained from doing so, to undertake or approve industrial development within the Moose Lake area.”Prosper Petroleum has said it is committed to addressing its neighbours’ concerns.The company would use steam injected into shallow horizontal wells to melt heavy, sticky bitumen crude and allow it to drip into a parallel well before being pumped to the surface, where it would be transported by truck to a buyer or pipeline.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Saudi Government Imposes 550 Visa Fees for Omra Pilgrims

Casablanca –  The Saudi government has decided to impose a visa fee for the popular religious pilgrimage that is the Omra. This measure affects Moroccans who wish to perform Omra, as well as an important Moroccan industry.Moroccans who wish to travel to Morocco for the Omra pilgrimage will now have to pay visa fees ranging from 5,000 to 5,500 dirhams, enough to dissuade many travelers and affecting, in no small capacity, the travel agency business.According to the Moroccan daily, L’Economiste, Omra travel is a 1.8 billion dirham industry in Morocco, an important one to say the least. Traveling to Mecca is already no easy task. During the year, traveling to Mecca costs an average of 12,000 dirhams. However, during the Holy month of Ramadan, the Omra costs Moroccans an average of 20,000 dirhams. Another 5,000 dirhams may not be an easy cost to bear for many aspiring to achieve this significant religious ritual.According to Le Site Info, religious tourism represents 30 to 80 percent of travel agency business. Last year, approximately 78,000 Moroccans went to Mecca on Omra.As a result of this new visa fee, travel agencies expect to see a loss of 300 million dirhams next year. As a way to potentially offset the overall cost, agencies are planning to negotiate hotel fees with Saudi hotels. read more

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Sri Lankan delegation holds key meetings in Geneva and Bern

Following the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and  delegation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos in January, a Sri Lankan delegation consisting of senior Government officials and representatives from the private sector engaged in a two-day follow-up meeting at the World Economic Forum’s headquarters in Geneva, the Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva said today.Coordinated by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, the visit was aimed at strengthening the engagement between Sri Lanka and the WEF and to identify specific areas of engagement. The WEF, is the world leading “platform” that brings global political leaders, private sector leaders and thought leaders together to engage, discuss and deliberate and learn from each other. During their visit on 21-22 March, the Sri Lanka delegation met Professor Klaus Schwab, Chairman of the World Economic Forum and several Managing Directors and senior teams representing different initiatives of the international organization. Coming two months after Sri Lanka’s participation in Davos, this visit highlighted the strong commitment of both the Sri Lanka government and the WEF to forge a new chapter in cooperation and collaboration between the two parties. The discussions centered on engagement by Sri Lanka across several areas of the WEF initiatives: Economic Growth and Social Inclusion, International Trade and Investment, Agriculture and Food Security, Future of Production Systems and the Future of Internet. At UNITAR, a meeting with a team led by Alex Mejia, Officer-in-Charge, potential support to help meet the capacity building needs in Sri Lanka, including developing youth entrepreneurial skills, integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), waste management and the use of UNOSAT capabilities in agriculture, disaster management & mitigation etc. was discussed.The Sri Lanka delegation also travelled to Bern where they had bi-lateral consultations with officials of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) led by Ms. Christine Busser Mauron, Head, Bilateral Economic Relations Asia/Oceania. The focus of the discussion was on Swiss SME policy and Innovation Policy, and best practices that could be of relevance to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) In introductory remarks, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha emphasized the importance of availing of the present momentum in collaboration with the WEF to ensure tangible benefits to Sri Lanka.While focusing on concrete next steps in the already identified areas, he also encouraged seeking out other areas where there was considerable scope for public-private sector partnership, such as in developing the resurgent tourism industry, where the extensive network and best practices available in various WEF platforms could benefit Sri Lanka. The delegation from Sri Lanka led by Mangala Yapa, Managing Director (Designate), Agency for Development, Ministry of Development Strategies & International Trade, included Mrs. Sonali Wijeratne, Director General of the Department of Commerce, Dr. Rohan Wijekoon, Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Mr. Asitha Seneviratne, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Dr. Ajith Madurapperuma, Member of the Board of the ICT Agency, and Mr. Anushka Wijesinha, Chief Economist of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the WTO Ambassador R. D. S. Kumararatne, Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya and Second Secretary Mrs. Mafusa Lafir, were also associated in the meetings.During the meetings at the WEF, the Sri Lanka delegation also discussed opportunities for Sri Lankan government agencies as well as Sri Lankan companies to engage in future WEF initiatives, and the specific next steps currently being planned. The World Economic Forum has already invited several policymakers from Sri Lanka to attend the 25th World Economic Forum on ASEAN taking place in Kuala Lumpur on 1-2 June and the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which will be held this year in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China on 26-28 June.During their stay in Geneva the Sri Lankan delegation also held discussions with senior officials and programme managers of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and UN Institute for Research and Training (UNITAR), to explore potential areas for cooperation. At WIPO, a meeting with a team led by Mr. Mario Matus, Deputy Director General/Development Sector, the delegation focused on the importance of using Intellectual Property (IP) as a tool for development. The need to evolve a coherent IP Strategy for Sri Lanka and integrating IP into innovation policy formulation in Sri Lanka by involving a wider base of stakeholders was emphasized. read more

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Alaska Trails Conference Kicks Off Next Week

first_imgWith all its public lands and scenic values, it’s no surprise that Alaska has an advocacy organization for trails – for walking, skiing, bicycling, off-road vehicle riding and trekking. Called “Alaska Trails,” the group has statewide conferences every couple of years, and the next one starts April 24th at Alaska Pacific University.Download AudioYou can start with this – there’s never enough money.Participants in the Alaska Trails Conference will probably be greeted next week with the news that the $400,000 trail building and maintenance money they wanted in the capital budget did not survive this legislative session – once again. But trail advocates are used to that and this will be about how to build alliances to make things happen. For instance, in and around Park City, Utah, there is now a huge network of trails.“We have really been lucky with that,” trail builder, designer and consultant Troy Duffin said. “We now brag about having almost four hundred miles of public trails here, and that’s in about in a hundred square mile area.”Duffin has been involved in making much of that Park City trail network happen. Duffin has been a consultant on several Alaska jobs, including re-conditioning the trails in Anchorage’s Far North Bicentennial Park. He’ll be a keynote speaker at the conference at APU, discussing how to get local buy-in for trails, particularly property owners – nervous about plans for incoming trails:“It can be a very tough nut to get somebody to understand that a trail in close proximity to their home is a benefit because if you’re not used to it, the first blush is – Well I’ve heard everything, burglary and fire and personal crimes and voyeurism and anything you can imagine that the fears go through a homeowner or a property owner’s mind right off the bat. But without fail, every time a trail has gone in that I am aware of, property owners have just settled in and all those fears have dissipated and, whether they use it or love it or not, they at least are no longer afraid of it and do see it as a benefit,” Duffin said.Along with a healthy lifestyle the benefit includes real money, with increased property values, and a quality of life valued by a young, creative work-force, and hence the companies seeking to employ them. And a trail holds onto valued green space in a city. The city of Anchorage has already seen this. For Alaska Trails Executive Director Steve Cleary the next task is making the trails connect.“That’s one of the most interesting questions for me as I look at the conference is that interface between what I’ll just for ease of syntax, say, urban and rural trails, or connecting cities to the trails or the trails back into the cities,” Cleary said.That’s going in the right direction – right into the cities, says Troy Duffin.“It’s a very challenging thing to do, but what we’ve found is that most users really appreciate the opportunity to not have to y’know put their bike or skis on or in the car, and to be able to access things directly from their homes, and while it can be very difficult to do in a lot of areas, it seems to be very worthwhile to put in that effort and to connect people that closely,” Duffin said.But how do you do that with little or no money? Duffin says in Park City they figured out what the benefits of their trail network would be, then backed it up and went out and made their case to civic organizations and local governments to get behind it.“We were able to work with them and help prove up the fact that tourists and other visitors to the area are more likely to get out and use the systems if there is a connecting trail close in,” Duffin said. “You know, they have to be able to see and touch and feel that. Then those groups, and I’m talking again about the Chamber, the Muni and others, were willing to get behind it with support and funding, and then that led to the ability to offer up things to the reluctant private owners, which is typically, money.”The money can then be used to purchase easements or corridors to make those last connections between the routes – an issue they call the “last mile.” And it turns out that Alaska’s largest city does have some buy-in, in the form of a “Live-Work-Play” initiative that the civic groups have already signed on to.The conference is open to public participation, and there’s a free public talk next Friday by Olympic skier Holly Brooks, right next to the trails she trains on.last_img read more

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Maggi noodle recall forces sales miss Nestle lowers its 2015 outlook

Nestle (NESN.VX), the world’s largest packaged food company, lowered its full-year outlook on Friday, as a Maggi noodle recall in India knocked sales and undercalculated U.S. Skin Health rebates weighed on the Swiss company’s profits.Sales dropped 2.1 percent to 64.9 billion Swiss francs ($68 billion) in the nine months through September, missing analysts’ average forecast of 65.9 billion in a Reuters poll.Organic or underlying growth, adjusted for currency swings, acquisitions and divestitures, slowed to 4.2 percent in the period from 4.5 percent in the first half, sliding further behind its 5 percent target for 2015.The company cut its 2015 outlook to around 4.5 per cent, below its long-term model calling for 5 to 6 per cent growth.”The shortfall comes from pricing, as Nestle does not seem to have been able to pursue its pricing actions as hoped, and more importantly the issue seems to be again the Asia, Oceania, Australia region, with sales down in the third quarter,” Barclays analysts wrote in a note.Chief Executive Paul Bulcke said: “After a good performance in the first half of the year, we were impacted in the third quarter by exceptional events, with Maggi noodles in India and a rebate adjustment in Nestle Skin Health.”Maggi noodles were subject to a recall in India over safety concerns.In the United States, frozen food sales began improving after a revamp of Nestle’s Lean Cuisine brand, but this contrasted with lagging sales in China, which showed a slower sales recovery, Bulcke said.India’s Maggi noodle recall continued to have a significant impact on growth in the South Asia Region, Nestle said.In its Skin Health division, Nestle’s U.S. prescription drug rebates exceeded what it had set aside for this purpose, resulting in an additional one-off charge in the third quarter.Despite prospects that Europe’s hot summer would have consumers grabbing ice cream out of freezers, sales at the group’s milk products and ice cream unit fell 350 million francs year-on-year to 11 billion. Water, however, achieved 7.1 organic growth through September, second only to confectionery at 7.8 percent.Nestle earlier this month confirmed it was in advanced talks to merge its international ice cream business with R&R Ice Cream, in its latest effort to refocus on other, higher-performing brands and advance its goal of becoming a “nutrition, health and wellness” company.Unilever (ULVR.L)(UNc.AS), the global number one in ice cream, on Thursday posted third-quarter underlying sales up 5.7 percent, thanks in part to a strong summer. But the Anglo-Dutch group said it expected sluggish global markets to keep weighing on performance.Nestle stock trades at around 21.4 times 12-month forward earnings, above Danone (DANO.PA) and Unilever, according to StarMine, which weights analysts’ estimates by their track record. read more

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Tranquiliser used by snatchers identified

first_img.A team of Bangladeshi physicians and researchers have identified a medicine that is used by a section of snatchers during their criminal activities.These snatchers, popularly called Aggyan (unconscious) Party members, use a kind of tranquiliser to make people unconscious fast in bus, train and other types of transport to rob them.The researchers said a small amount of this ‘poison’, if a person somehow consumes, can induce deep sleep quite fast for a brief period of time.The snatchers use this substance in food items that are offered to commuters, making them easy victims of robbing.The researchers have found that the poison has no immediate side effect but it can ultimately cause serious damage to kidney and liver patients.The findings were made available in an article titled “Toxicological Screening of Drug Facilitated Crime among Travelers in Dhaka, Bangladesh”, published in the latest issue of ‘Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology (APJMT)’. It is based on the victims’ blood and urine analysis.“We often read news items about people being robbed off after they were made unconscious for a short while in train, bus and launch. But we had no clear conception about the poison being used on them,”said Mohammad Abul Faiz, a co-author of the article and former principal of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.”One of the objectives of this study was to identify the type of poison used, its chemical compound and effect on the people,” he added.The article said that the criminals trick their prospective victims into accepting an invitation to tea, coffee, biscuit, green coconut juice, other cold juices and drinks, fruits, betel nut, popcorn, etc., during travel to apply these drugs.“Generally, these criminals follow the commuters, chatting friendly with them and lastly offering some food or beverage. Another frequently used method involves advertising and offering at low cost some traditional medicine against skin diseases, asthma, arthritis, etc,” it added.According to officials of the directorate general of drug administration (DGDA), 10 different pharmaceutical companies produce this type of medicines in the country.The officials and the researchers said physicians prescribe these medicines for the patients suffering from mental illness but anyone can get those as no prescription is required to buy such medicines.DMCH principal Khan Abul Kalam Azad advised the people to be aware of the dangers and avoid taking foods and drinks offered by strangers.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman said, “The aggyan party men take the chance of buying these [tranquilising] medicines as these can be bought without prescriptions.”“In this case, nothing but awareness can save people,” he added.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza.last_img read more

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Voting in Gaibandha3 constituency underway

first_imgNo voters are seen at Ghorabanda Government Primary School centre in Manoharpur union in Palashbari upazila. Photo: Shahabul ShahinVoting in the Gaibandha-3 (Sadullapur-Palashbari) constituency for the 11th parliament began on Sunday morning, reports UNB.The balloting has started at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm uninterruptedly.Earlier, the election commission postponed the balloting in the constituency after the sudden death of Jatiya Oikyo Front candidate TIM Fazley Rabbi Chowdhury on 19 December 19, before the national elections held on 30 December.Members of law enforcement agencies gossip as there is no voter at Ghorabanda Government Primary School centre in Manoharpur union in Palashbari upazila. Photo: Shahabul ShahinThe election commission rescheduled the polls date to the constituency for 27 January.However, no untoward incident was reported till filling of this report around 11:00 am.A total of 411,854 voters are expected to cast their votes through 132 voting centres with 786 booths in the constituency.Five candidates are contesting to the constituency for the 11th parliament.Elections officials and law enforcement members gossip as there are not voters at Boro Gopalpur Government Primary School centre on Sunday. Photo: UNBA total 2,500 law enforcers, 20 platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh and Rapid Action Battalion each and 1,584 Ansar members have been deployed to maintain law and order in the constituency.last_img read more

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What About the Black Working Class

first_imgI had the opportunity to discuss the plight of America’s Black working class, something I wrote about in last week’s column, during the first hour of “AFRO First Edition,” on Nov. 17, when I spoke with Gerald Taylor, author of the new report, “Unmade in America: Industrial Flight and the Decline of Black Communities,” excerpts of which have appeared in the AFRO. Taylor, a doctoral student at Georgetown University, is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, where the population has plummeted from about 170,000 in 1970, to roughly 64,000 residents due greatly to industrial flight and joblessness, according to Taylor.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)“More than half of the population of the city over just the past few decades, since the decline of steel the population has been cut in half,” Taylor said of his home town, whose population is roughly half Black and half White.Taylor’s report indicates manufacturing in the 20th century was one of the main engines of the burgeoning Black Middle Class, allowing Black workers, many for the first time, to begin to build wealth. However, the massive loss of factory jobs negatively impacted Black communities disproportionately. He cited the plight of Black workers at Sparrows Point in Baltimore.“The pressures of foreign competition, automation, and corporate cost-cutting and outsourcing  produced catastrophic effects for American manufacturing workers, felt mainly as a wave of factory closings in the 1970’s and 1980’s,” Taylor reported. The Bethlehem Steel factory in Baltimore’s Sparrows Point, which once employed over 35,000 workers and produced millions of tons of steel per year, lost 3,000 jobs in 1971 and a further 7,000 in 1975. By the 1980’s, the factory employed fewer than 8,000 workers, a 77 percent decline from its peak employment,” Taylor reported.His report also stated, “Proportionally, more Black workers were unemployed than White workers — and stayed unemployed longer. The wealth gap and housing discrimination also make things worse for Black manufacturing workers to rebound.”I remember as a kid growing up in West Baltimore in the 1970’s, several of my neighbors had good paying jobs “down the Point”. Jobs that paid off car notes and mortgages. Jobs that put food on the table, clothes on backs and paid for college educations. Jobs held by proud Black men, who were able to fulfill aspirations that once seemed as high as the heavens for many of these people who grew up during the Great Depression. Many of those men and their families never recovered from the loss of manufacturing jobs in Baltimore.“So that we don’t lose sight…of the Black working class…I think it’s also going to take a shift in mindset at the top, where we stop viewing the relationship between administrations and executives on the one hand and workers on the other as a zero sum game where only one group can win at the same time,” Taylor said.“We’ve got to start thinking about how we can make life better for the workers, so that life can be better for the people at the top as well. Like, when workers are happy, everybody is happy,” he added.Yet, there is growing optimism in some sectors about the re-invigoration of manufacturing, through the crafting of 21st century manufacturing hubs fueled by emerging industries (energy and recycling among others) in regions throughout the country and the refurbishing of America’s crumbling infrastructure. Yet, the often tenuous (at best) relationship between owners and workers has been the eternal dilemma.“I think that along with these efforts to improve our economic growth and performance, this has to come along with a kind of rethinking of the value of the worker in the economy. Their not just droplets in the ocean of productivity…these are people with livelihoods, who need to make their ends meet,” Taylor said.“So, I think that if the people at the top can respect that fact, like really respect that fact and think about what it means, and let that inform their decisions, then all of this economic growth can really begin to be shared from the top to the bottom.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm on WEAA 88.9last_img read more

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Resident Evil 7 DLC Set to Scare the Crap Out of Us

first_img Resident Evil 7 Coming to Switch Thanks to the Power of the CloudGame of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Actual Games of the Year (2017) Stay on target Even though Resident Evil 7 released all the way back in January, gamers are still talking about it. This entry was a return to form for the series thanks to its emphasis on true survival horror. It has been some time since we’ve gotten any updates on the game. Today, Capcom announced two new story-based expansions. In addition, the Japanese gaming publisher also announced the Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Gold Edition.In Not a Hero, players get to take on the role of long-time series protagonist, Chris Redfield. In this DLC, the newly redesigned Redfield is on the hunt for Lucas Baker, who has taken members of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) captive. Redfield has experience fighting mutated abominations. He’ll have to put his skills to the test against all of the nasty monsters he’ll face. This DLC is set to release for free on December 12 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.Also releasing on December 12 is the End of Zoe DLC. Here, players will learn what happened to the Baker’s daughter after the events of Resident Evil 7. She will encounter an enigmatic man named Joe who doesn’t exactly look friendly. This DLC will be sold for $14.99. Anyone that purchased the season pass can access it for free.Those who never experienced the horrors of Resident Evil 7 the first time around can purchase the Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Gold Edition. This version of the game includes all content from the main game, including Banned Footage Vol. 1, Banned Footage Vol. 2, and End of Zoe. This edition is slated to release on December 12 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.It’s great to see Capcom still supporting Resident Evil 7. While it is certainly pants-shittingly scary, the title is truly one of this year’s best. The Gold Edition is certainly a worthwhile purchase for newcomers, and it’s also nice to know that both the End of Zoe and Not a Hero expansions have PSVR support. Though I should warn you that playing the game in VR is not for the faint of heart!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Stressed depressed women live shorter

first_imgProviding a new possible link between the mind and body, a study says women under chronic stress have significantly lower levels of klotho, a hormone that regulates aging and enhances cognition.The women with clinically significant depressive symptoms had even lower levels of klotho in their blood than those who were under stress but not experiencing such symptoms. The study, published in Translational Psychiatry, is the first to show a link between psychological influences and klotho. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”Our results suggest that klotho, which we now know is very important to health, could be a link between chronic stress and premature disease and death,” said lead author Aric Prather, an assistant professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Based on research in mice and worms, scientists know that when klotho is disrupted, it promotes symptoms of aging and when klotho is made more abundant, the animals live longer.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe study included 90 high-stress caregivers and 88 low-stress controls, most of whom were in their 30s and 40s and otherwise healthy.Klotho is known to decline with age, but in this cross-sectional study of relatively young women, this decline only happened among the high-stress women. The low-stress women did not show a significant reduction in klotho with aging. “Chronic stress transmits risk for bad health outcomes in aging, including cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dena Dubal, an assistant professor in the UCSF department of neurology. “It will be important to figure out if higher levels of klotho can benefit mind and body health as we age. If so, therapeutics or lifestyle interventions that increase the longevity hormone could have a big impact on people’s lives.”last_img read more

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KISS honoured with Leadership Award

first_imgKalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been honoured with ‘Leadership Award’ by National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Govt. of India. The award was given to KISS on February 19 at a special function in New Delhi. Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu handed over the award to Professor Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS which carries a citation, medal and shawl.KISS is the first ever institute to get such prestigious award for its services in the field of education for Scheduled Tribes. As a mark of recognition for yeomam services rendered by educational institutes, including universities, colleges and schools, for upliftment of education among Scheduled Tribes, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes have been giving Leadership Award to one educational institute of the country. The award was given in the eve of the first ever Foundation Day celebration of NCST. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKISS is a unique initiative of social transformation through holistic education. Founded by noted educationist and social activist Dr Achyuta Samanta, it is the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world, providing accommodation, food, healthcare, and education from KG to PG, vocational training and all other basic amenities of life absolutely free to 27,000 poorest of the poor children since last 27 year. It is a home for 50,000 tribal students – 27,500 existing students, 15000 well-placed alumni and more than 10,000 students in its various satellite centers. The institute provides quality education from Kindergarten to Post-Graduation. This kind of model has not been possible across the globe. Expressing satisfaction, Dr Samanta said, it is a rare achievement. He dedicated the award to all teachers, staff and students of KISS.last_img read more

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Guests booking a Speciality Retreat for a minimum

first_imgGuests booking a Speciality Retreat for a minimum seven-night stay at Chiva-Som in Thailand for travel until 30 September 2017 will receive an additional complimentary night and an exclusive VIP Fast Track Service at Hua Hin Airport.Chiva-Som is situated within three hectares of tropical gardens in the royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 185 kilometres south of Bangkok.This pioneering Thai health and wellness resort is a popular destination for Australians offering guests a total lifestyle transformation to achieve wellness and longevity with a full range of health and wellness Speciality Retreats, integrating naturopathic and conventional medicines, including A Taste of Chiva-Som, Optimal Performance, Spa Wellbeing, Yoga for Life, Fitness, Natural Renewal, Weight Management, Cell Vitality, Cranial Relief, Emotional Wellbeing, Tension Release and Sustainable Slimming.All components are set and overseen by expert health professionals including consulting doctors, naturopaths, fitness instructors, spa therapists, nutritionists and alternative health practitioners.The Travel the World Chiva-Som Speciality Retreat Offer for August and September 2017 is priced from AU$6179 per person twin share including:Eight nights in an Ocean Room (including one complimentary night)VIP Fast Track Service at Hua Hin AirportTHB2500 cash credit per person redeemable for resort treatmentsIndividual health and wellness consultationThree wellness cuisine meals per nightOptional skin consultationOptional physical analysisDaily fitness and leisure activities (eight classes daily)Unlimited use of Water Therapy Suites (Steam, Sauna, Jacuzzi)One daily treatment per night of stay selecting from Thai Massage, Invigorating Massage, Relaxing Foot Massage, Oriental Scalp Massage, Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polishlast_img read more

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