Doncic, Porzingis lead way in life after Nowitzki for Mavs

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Their experiences from a young age mirror each other at least on some level,” Carlisle said. “I feel those kind of things ultimately are going to lead to them bonding and becoming more familiar with each other on the court as well.”LIFE AFTER DIRKNowitzki retired at 40 as the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history, sixth overall with 31,560 points. The smooth-shooting 7-footer carried the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011.“It’s real sad on some levels for sure,” said Carlisle, who coached Nowitzki for his final 11 seasons. “But here’s a guy that gave every last ounce of everything that he had to this organization, to this fan base, to all the teammates that he had over a 21-year period.”OFFSEASON TRAININGCuban stayed on Doncic last season about fine-tuning his body in the offseason, and the 6-7 player does look leaner. Porzingis made a point to bulk up and showed off a powerful-looking upper body in the days before training camp.Porzingis said he weighed 223 pounds as a rookie and “that was not a good weight for me. I felt horrible.” He went up to 235 but said he felt slower. Now he’s at 242 but says, “I feel light, strong.”“For me it was important to feel how I’m supposed to feel but get stronger also,” said Porzingis, who was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks when he got hurt with the Knicks. “There’s a balance with those kinds of things.”THE FREE AGENTWhile the Mavericks missed on bigger names, they were happy with the free agent they did get in Delon Wright. Acquired in a sign-and-trade with Memphis, the restricted free agent had back-to-back triple doubles in consecutive games against Dallas late last season. He’s expected to start alongside Doncic. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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But Porzingis, the fourth overall pick in 2015, isn’t expecting some sort of Magic-Kareem connection right away.“We’re not going to come on the court and play like we’ve played 10 years together already,” he said. “But I feel like with the type of personalities and where we come from, we’re both European, we both speak Spanish, all those things are going to help build the chemistry. And just knowing how selfless Luka is sharing the ball with his teammates and making everybody better. I have no doubt that we’ll find that connection sooner than later.”As for owner Mark Cuban suggesting they could be together as long as Nowitzki was around — even though Porzingis is 24 — the Mavericks at least have long-term plans after signing Porzingis to a max contract at $158 million over five years. A max deal for Doncic is a no-brainer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Simply contending for the playoffs will be an accomplishment for the Mavericks.“I think it’s important,” said Doncic, the third overall pick in the 2018 draft. “Obviously, there’s a lot of teams, they have great players in the West that want to go to the playoffs. I think we can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDoncic was a nearly unanimous choice for rookie of the year after joining Oscar Robertson as the only first-year players to average at least 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game.The 20-year-old Slovenian’s eight triple-doubles were the third-most for a rookie, behind Robertson (26) and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (12, two seasons ago). Becoming his own man Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) gestures after a foul wasn’t called during the team’s NBA preseason basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks now belong to the young European pairing of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and maybe for as long as German superstar Dirk Nowitzki led the franchise while spending a record 21 seasons with the same team.Since Dallas once again fell short trying to add a big name in free agency after trading for Porzingis before the deadline last February, the Mavericks will lean on the two budding stars to get back to the playoffs after missing for three straight seasons. The last time Dallas went this long without going to the postseason, the franchise was among the worst in pro sports coming out of the 1990s. It won’t be easy in the Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

Sachin A Billion Dreams box-office collection: The sports docudrama does well on Friday

first_imgIt was one of the most anticipated Indian film releases of the year. The life and times of India’s greatest sports personality ever, Sachin Tendulkar, on the big screen in a two-hour-plus long docudrama, Sachin: A Billion Dreams.Directed by James Erskine, Sachin: A Billion Dreams chronicles the life of Sachin Tendulkar from the time he was a kid to the time he retired from international cricket at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.Sachin: A Billion Dreams had a great opening on Friday, earning Rs 8.40 crore (nett) in India alone. Most multiplexes had an 80% to 90% occupancy while single-screen theatres in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities went house-full by evening, yesterday.It is expected Sachin: A Billion Dreams had one of the best box-office opening days, among Indian language films, this year.Meanwhile, Irrfan and Saba Qamar-starrer Hindi Medium continues to stay afloat at the box office with rigour and strength. The total box-office collection of Hindi Medium has shot up to Rs 28.03 crore at the beginning of its second week.The collection sof Half Girlfriend, the big Bollywood release last week, is, however, showing a steady decline at the box office. Yesterday, it earned only Rs 1.76 crore, taking the total up to Rs 50.95 crore.ALSO READ: Sachin A Billion Dreams Movie ReviewWATCH: Fans will get to see my romance with Anjali, Sachin Tendulkar tells India Today about his filmlast_img read more

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli respond to Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah in IPL 2019 banter

first_imgMS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have had their say on Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah’s challenges ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League season.After Pant and Bumrah sent out mock-challenges to their Team India mates, the response from Kohli and Dhoni acknowledges the effort but fired their own warning shots.Kohli reminded Bumrah that he is sledging his own captain and then going onto add that he should not expect any favours from him when they meet on the field in the IPL.Dhoni, on the other hand, said that he used to think the way Rishabh does now but went onto remind the youngster that it will be him behind the stumps when he walks out to bat in the tournament.”World ka best bowler? Nahin yaar. Abhi toh world ke best batsman ke dande udaana baaki hai. Aa raha hoon Cheeku bhaiyya, aur iss baar aap meri team mein bhi nahin rahenge, (World’s best bowler? Not yet guys. I still have to castle the best batsman in the world. Cheeku Bhaiyya (Virat Kohli), I am coming for you, and this time you are not even in my team),” Bumrah had challenged Kohli.This what Kohli said in response to Bumrah – “Cheeku bhayia! Apne captain ko sledge karega, chal…aakhir seekh hi gaya tu. Bas apne cheeku bhaiya se koi udhari expect mat karna. (Your are sledging you own captain, so… you have finally learnt. Just don’t expect any favour from your ‘cheeku bhaiya’)””Mahi bhai na guru ke samaan hain. Agar Mahi bhai nahi hote na, pata nahi mai wicketkeeper-batsman hota, nahi hota. Lekin is baari unki team pe main aisa barsoonga ki captain cool, cool nahi rahenge. Mahi bhai tayyar rehna, game dikhane aa raha hoon. (Mahi bhai is like a teacher. If Mahi bhai wouldn’t have been there, I don’t know if I would have been a wicketkeeper-batsman. But this time, I will rain down at his team so hard that captain cool won’t remain cool. Mahi bhai be ready, I’m coming to show you the game),”Pant had said about Dhoni.advertisementThis is what Dhoni said in response to Pant – “Jaab main maidan main utra tha, toh aise hi shochta tha. Aja Rishabh, wicket ke peeche toh main hi rahoonga. (When I first stepped onto the field, I used to think the same. Come Rishabh, it will be me behind the wickets only.)””Game dikha.. name bana (Show your name.. make your name)”The IPL 2019 will begin with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Chennai on March 23.Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, will start their campaign against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 24.Also Read | Kohli loses 1st home series as captain after Maxwell’s Bengaluru blitzAlso Read | MS Dhoni stretches 2.14 metres to foil Handscomb stumping attemptAlso Read | Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit 50th career sixes in T20 Internationalslast_img read more

USC Football Star Is Reportedly Facing A 2-Year Suspension

first_imgUSC Football players walking out of the tunnel.LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: The USC Trojans prepare to take the field before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Coliseum on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Bubba Bolden was set to be a starting safety for the USC Trojans this fall. He did not appear in the Trojans’ opener, and according to one report, he may be out for the foreseeable future.There is some confusion as to Bolden’s status right now.Six days ago, InsideUSC‘s Scott Wolf reported that Bolden had been suspended by the university—not the football program—for an “incident with another USC student” that took place during the summer.However, he was apparently in class at USC on Tuesday.Bubba Bolden, who did not play in USC’s season opener due to an undisclosed matter, was in class today. This is according to his Instagram story. The Trojans return to practice this afternoon.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) September 4, 2018Bolden was not at practice this morning, however.When asked about Bolden’s absence ahead of the game, Clay Helton could not add more detail.Starting safety Bubba Bolden will not be available for USC’s season opener on Saturday due to a personnel matter, Clay Helton said. Bolden was not at practice Thursday. “There’s no timetable for his return and I cannot comment further,” Helton said.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) August 31, 2018Redshirt freshman Isaiah Pola-Mao started in place of Bolden during the Trojans’ 43-21 Week 1 win over UNLV.Chris Swanson of USC247 is reporting that Bubba Bolden is facing a two-year suspension from the Trojans.It is still unclear what has allegedly gone down with USC. However, according to Swanson, if the decision stands, Bolden is poised to head elsewhere.According to multiple sources, Bolden is facing a two year suspension from football activities. These sources also say the details of the punishment have not been finalized yet and could change. Bolden is expected to hear a final proposal from USC administration on Friday.One of these sources added that he would expect Bolden to transfer if given a two year suspension from football. If the suspension is brought down to just one season, this source believes Bolden would seriously consider a red shirt year.Bolden joined USC football last year, after being a four-star recruit at Las Vegas power Bishop Gorman. Bolden recorded eight tackles as a freshman last season.[USC247]last_img read more

Analyst Says Lack Of Big Wins Has Penn State In Recruiting ‘Rut’

first_imgA field view of penn state's beaver stadiumSTATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn State Nittany Lions game during the first half at Beaver Stadium on September 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)2020 wide receiver Julian Fleming is the top wide receiver in the country, and is being heavily recruited by Big Ten titans Ohio State and Penn State. But the latter is facing a major challenge in bringing Fleming to Happy Valley.Blue-White Illustrated recruiting analyst Ryan Snyder stated this week that Penn State is in a bit of a recruiting “rut” due to its on-field struggles against top programs. He stated via the York Daily Record that the appeal of the Rose Bowl and Big Ten Championship in 2016 has already faded from Penn State’s inability to follow up the following years.“Penn State is in a rut … That charm of the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten Championship, it’s already in the rear view mirror. Does that mean (Franklin) won’t reach the level he wants? I don’t think (it means that) at all.“A lot of it just goes back to last season. You got to get those wins. That’s why the Ohio State loss was so devastating. Penn State has proven everything else off the field … but they’re still sub-500 in special moments.“Really, wins are the most important thing.”Fleming is the No. 6 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports. He is the No. 1 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 1 player from the state of Pennsylvania.But 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions currently have Fleming heavily tipped to join the Ohio State Buckeyes – snubbing Penn State.The Nittany Lions have struggled recently to bring regional five-stars into the fold.To date, Penn State has been unable to bring in the top recruits from the states of Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.Fortunately, Penn State’s national appeal has enabled the school to secure a conference-leading 10 recruits so far.247Sports currently ranked the Nittany Lions as the No. 10 recruiting class of 2020, and the top class in the Big Ten.[York Daily Record]last_img read more

Aroon Purie, Kiren Rijiju unveil Free Fire India Today League trophy

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 12, 2019UPDATED: October 12, 2019 13:41 IST Kiren Rijiju and Aroon Purie unveiled Free Fire India Today League trophy. (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAroon Purie and Kiren Rijiju unveiled the Free Fire India Today League trophyThe 12 finalists were chosen from the thousands of teams across the country to battle it out at the grand finaleThe Biggest Free Fire Battle Royale League in India was launched together by India Today and GarenaAroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief India Today Group, and Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju unveiled the Free Fire India Today League trophy at Siri Fort on Saturday.New Delhi is hosting one of the biggest Battle Royale leagues the country has ever witnessed. 12 teams from across the country are battling it out at the Siri Fort in the grand finale of Free Fire India Today League on October 12.Young minds from across the country have teamed up to battle for a winning pool of Rs 3.5m. More importantly, winning team will represent India in Free Fire in the global tournament called Free Fire World Series in November.Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said Free Fire India Today League will become a big sensation in a few months. Ahead of the Free Fire India Today League Final, Kiren Rijiju said he was confident India would create champions in the times to come.Free Fire India Today League Final, New Delhi: Live Updates”The launching of Free Fire India Today League.. I can clearly foresee the shape it will attain in a few months. The staggering prize money in Brazil.. the fact that this game can generate so much money.. Our players are going to become rich also. My best wishes to the entire team and all the best for your game. I complement the India Today Group for the initiative. As Sports Minister, I am there with you,” Rijiju said at the event.The 12 finalists were chosen from the thousands of teams across the country to battle it out at the grand finale. All the players of the top 12 teams will be getting mobile phones apart from the prize pool set for the winners.advertisementThe Biggest Free Fire Battle Royale League in India was launched together by India Today and Garena. With Battle Royale games gaining huge popularity in the country, the Free Fire India Today League is seen as a massive push to promote Esports.The winner of the Free Fire India Today League will walk away with Rs 8.5 Lakh while the 2nd, 3rd and 4th-placed teams will get Rs 4 Lakh, Rs 2 Lakh and Rs 1 Lakh, respectively. Travel allowance will be provided for teams travelling into New Delhi for the Group Finals and mobile phones worth Rs 15 Lakh are available.Also Read | eSports can be a career option, say Free Fire India Today League finalistsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Free Fire India Today LeagueFollow Aroon PurieFollow Kiren Rijiju Next Aroon Purie, Kiren Rijiju unveil Free Fire India Today League trophyThe Free Fire India Today League trophy was unveiled by Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief India Today Group, and Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju at Siri Fort.advertisementlast_img read more

Grooming Routine: The Best Spas for Men

first_img For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Going to the spa isn’t just for the ladies anymore. Men’s spa treatments are becoming increasing popular, and hey, we have to admit, it is pretty attractive to see a man who likes to take care of himself. Women like a man with smooth, kissable skin (take it from me!). With Father’s Day coming up, spa treatments also make great presents. The Manual searched spa menus across the country to give you a selection of the most male-friendly spas; some do facials that are specially tailored for men’s skin, while others offer massages specifically for athletes.BlissBliss is one of our favorite spas, and you can take their awesome product line home with you.  The “Homme” Improvement is a facial that you wish you were getting right now to forget that hangover. It’s a version of their Triple Oxygen Facial that includes a serious scrub down and some in-grown hair removal magic.568 BroadwayNew York877-862-5477Kiehl’s Spa 1851This favorite carries a whole slew of men’s services, including a large selection of cuts, shaves and treatments. We suggest the Ultimate Close-Shavers Squadron Service (with Haircut) — you’ll get a straight razor shave, a custom apothecary mask, a haircut, relaxing scalp massage and styling. Total man overhaul.157 East 64th StreetNew York917-432-5203La Prairie Spa Los AngelesLa Prairie offers some seriously good products and this Los Angeles location of their spa includes a special package called Grooming the Grooms, perfect pre game for the big day to look perfect for your lady. In addition, there are pedicures, manicures and facials made just for men.701 Stone Canyon RoadLos Angeles310-909-1681Sir SpaMost spas offer a menu for males, but this Chicago spa caters specifically towards them. Don’t worry, women and girlfriends are welcome too. Try the Sports Massage, which includes “muscle stretching, compression and release therapy for your workout maintenance.”5151 North ClarkChicago773-271-7000The Spa & Salon at ARIAWhether you’re in the market for a full-service shave, tan (hey, it’s Vegas!), facial or massage, this spa has a full menu for men, so you can treat yourself to something special after winning big at the tables.3730 Las Vegas Boulevard SouthLas Vegas702-590-9600The Standard SpaOkay, so they don’t offer special treatments specifically for men, but this is the go to place for in the know guys in Miami. It’s always filled with a cool crew and the hamam, steam rooms and sauna are all unisex and stay open very late so spa time can get pretty happening (keep it classy though!). Start with a bath and scrub in the hamam, then go for a full out facial.40 Island AvenueMiami Beach305-673-1717 On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashionlast_img read more

Deepwater Horizon Compensation Claim under Scrutiny

first_imgzoom A North Carolina resident Michael R. Rosella was arrested yesterday for allegedly making a fraudulent claim on the fund set up to compensate victims of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the US Justice Department’s Criminal Division.The 45-year-old Rosella of Wilmington was arrested in connection with an indictment returned last week and unsealed following his arrest. The indictment by a grand jury in the District of Columbia charges Rosella with one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.According to allegations in the indictment, Rosella, who lived in the District of Columbia in 2010, submitted a claim for compensation in the amount of USD 2.3 million to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), the entity that formerly handled claims for persons and businesses injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.Rosella allegedly submitted the claim on behalf of a fictitious entity called the Bayou Barataria Sportsmen’s Resort, which Rosella allegedly represented to have been a successful hotel and sport fishing business in Louisiana immediately before the spill, and to have suffered lost profits due to the spill’s impact on the Gulf of Mexico.The documents submitted by Rosella allegedly included false affidavits of the Resort’s “”owners,” federal tax filings, state sales tax records, financial statements, and invoices.Deepwater Horizon operator BP filed an appeal on Monday to contest New Orleans Judge Carl Barbier’s decision to rule in favor of the previously determined maximum USD 13.9 billion fine the company might pay under the federal Clean Water Act.last_img read more

Statement from Minister

first_imgThe following is a statement from Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen about a meeting with film industry officials today, April 17. “This was a constructive meeting. I’m grateful the industry could spend the full afternoon in discussion with our government officials. “We have agreed to not get into the details of our talks. There is more work to be done, and we’ll continue consultations next week.” -30-last_img

Heartwarming clip shows newcomer kids experiencing first Canadian snowfall

first_imgTORONTO – A woman who shared a video of two Eritrean children reacting gleefully to their first Canadian snowfall says the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the clip is reaffirming her faith in the country as a welcoming place for newcomers.Rebecca Davies shot the video on Saturday, 48 hours after the children shown in it arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings as privately sponsored refugees.In the video, the seven-year-old girl and five-year-old boy twirl, dance and revel in the snow shower in the backyard of Davies’ Toronto-area home.The clip has since garnered nearly 2 million views and been shared thousands of times on Twitter, often with accompanying hashtags and messages welcoming refugees in general and the children in particular.Davies, who helped sponsor the Eritrean family through the private Ripple Refugee Project, says the video’s reception gives her hope.She says she encounters racism and anti-immigrant sentiment in her work on behalf of refugees, but says the positive responses to the clip have left her feeling more confident about the society the family is eager to join.“When a universal, lovely little vignette of kids playing in snow gets this kind of response, it gives me some hope for humanity,” she said in a telephone interview.Davies said the Eritrean family landed in Toronto on Thursday, bringing an end to a lengthy saga.She said the single mother fled the war-torn east-African country in 2013 and spent the next five years in a refugee camp in Sudan. Two of the four children who accompanied her to Canada were born in that camp, Davies said, adding all the kids are under the age of eight.The family’s first full day in Canada was marred by steady rain, limiting opportunities to explore Toronto, which they plan to call home. Conditions didn’t seem too promising on Saturday either, with high winds sending daytime temperatures plunging to near the freezing mark for the first time this season.Davies said her family had tried to explain the concept of snow to the Eritrean newcomers. So when flakes began unexpectedly descending from the sky, she lost no time in pointing them out to the family.The two youngest boys stared out the window in fascination, but the eldest boy and his sister appeared to run away after the first look outside.“I was thinking, ‘where are the big guys? I would have thought this would have been magic,’” Davies said. “But then you hear them screaming up the stairs. They found the bag of various winter coats and boots that many people had donated to us, threw on anything, ran past us, opened the … patio door and just started twirling.”The video shows the beaming children exclaiming in delight and jumping around the small yard as the snow falls. The girl is seen spinning around with her face raised up to the sky as her brother jigs up and down. At one point, both put their hands out and watch the flakes land on their upturned palms.Davies said the flurry didn’t last very long, but allowed enough time for her six-year-old daughter to teach her Eritrean playmates how to eat snow and gave all three a chance to have a mini snowball fight.The video struck a chord on social media, where thousands of users liked, shared and exclaimed over the children’s obvious excitement.Underpinning many of the messages were comments encouraging the family as they begin a new chapter on Canadian soil.“This is what life is all about. Children, new to Canada that have never seen snow, and embracing it in that magical way that children do,” wrote one Twitter user. “Welcome to Canada sweethearts! Your lives will hopefully be a beautiful journey.”Davies said the children haven’t just confined their excitement to Canadian weather — they’re currently eager to enrol in a neighbourhood school and start going to class.last_img read more

Spoiler alert Denis Villeneuve answers just a few Blade Runner 2049 questions

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Is Rick Deckard a replicant?The question has raged since Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner: Is replicant hunter Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) a replicant himself? Ford has always argued that the character is human, while Scott has maintained Deckard is a replicant. The original novel by Philip K. Dick — the movie is based on 1968’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — was filled with ambiguity.“In the book, blade runners themselves are doubting their own identity, like a doctor always in contact with sick people,” Villeneuve says. “They start to see symptoms of the sickness. They became paranoid.”Paranoia is an important theme of Blade Runner 2049.“Deckard himself is unsure of his own identity,” says Villeneuve, adding that replicant creator Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) “plays with (Deckard) with this at the end.”READ MORE Login/Register With: “I’ve been keeping secrets for two years, I don’t know if I can start talking now,” he says.But Villeneuve did answer a few of our burning questions. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Film director Denis Villeneuve is seen during a photo call for his movie Blade Runner 2049 in Montreal on Sept. 28. (PAUL CHIASSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement Facebook t’s OK to still be a little perplexed about Blade Runner 2049.Director Denis Villeneuve leaves a lot unexplained in the complex, futuristic world he created for his critically lauded sci-fi epic, which he says has “a lot of layers.”Multiple viewings are recommended to better understand the dystopian universe inhabited by Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Villeneuve is still mum about key aspects of the movie, like its ending.last_img read more

Internet servers soon to enable website’s domain name in nine Indian scripts

first_imgNew Delhi: Global internet servers are expected to be ready by June to enable people register complete website name in nine Indian scripts, according to Universal Acceptance Steering Group. At present, website name can be booked in several non-English scripts including Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Devanagari etc. However, top level domain (TLD) — which is the second part on the right side of the dot of a website address — can be booked only in limited set of characters identified by root server. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As of now, people can book website name in Devanagari script and only .bharat in this script is available as extension. The nine Indian scripts that will be initially fed in root servers of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. “Label Generation Rules (LGR) for nine language scripts that are used in India are expected to be finalised in a quarter and will be fed in root servers that are managed by ICANN by June. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”LGR in root servers will identify characters in Indian scripts. This will allow people to choose complete name of website as per their choice,” Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Chairman Ajay Data told PTI. Data is the first Indian to hold the position in UASG that has been set up with the support of custodian of global internet ICANN. UASG is working to finalise standard characters of non-English scripts to be accepted by internet system globally. Under the new system, people will be able to use any name, word, combination of letters in the nine Indian scripts after ICANN accepts it and completes the process of allocating the system to various bodies across the globe that will facilitate registrations. “We are only waiting for a response from Bangladesh to complete recommendations for Bangla script,” Data said. He said the new scripts are required to connect over a billion people who can understand, read and write in their local language. “This will also solve data security and localisation issue to a large extent. We will engage with Indian government, large enterprises, software and application developers, internet companies to accept e-mails and make their system universally acceptable to enable next one billion non-English speaking people come online,” Data said. UASG has also been given task to finalise standards for full website name in Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic, Greek, Latin, Sinhala, Thai and Georgian scripts. “UASG will focus heavily on India, Russia, China, the UAE and Thailand as billions of people follow scripts that are used in these countries,” Data said.last_img read more

Morocco, Ireland to Put Behind Years of Cold Relations

Rabat – As Ireland announces its plan to establish an embassy in Morocco in the coming months, Rabat and Dublin prepare to put years of lukewarm, and sometimes nonexistent genuine diplomatic connection behind them.But the countries’ overt disagreement on the Western Sahara question remains the elephant in the room, the thorn in the side of the new relationship.In a series of social media posts in recent weeks, the Moroccan embassy in Dublin announced a flurry of moves being prepared to move the Rabat-Dublin relations in more friendly waters. In the embassy’s posts, education was one area that stood out in the new impulse towards which the Morocco-Ireland relationship is said to be heading. On July 5, the embassy took to its Facebook page to announce the reception by Al Akhawayn University in Irfan of an important delegation from Trinity College Dublin. Authorities from the two universities discussed “strategic collaboration issues,” the post noted.Later that day, the embassy subsequently announced “promising productive relations between University College Dublin (UCD) and Moroccan universities.” The announcement explained this time, “The visit was an interesting occasion to explore options to develop further students and professors mobility and to share mutual experiences in education programs and in research areas.”Mohammed V University in Rabat and Cadi Ayyad of Marrakech are the two other Moroccan universities that have so far been associated with the new winds of Morocco-Irish cooperation.  It is expected that the partnership will include Irish institutions other than UCD and be extended to other Moroccan institutions as well.Read also: Moroccan FM Renews Calls on Algeria to Shoulder Responsibility in Western SaharaNew Moroccan strategyWith Ireland now set to open its embassy in Morocco in 2020, there are mild hopes that perhaps this time the two countries will work out a more effective bilateral cooperation. But the relationship is still alive mainly because, as has been the case with other countries where it has recently increased its appeal—mainly in Africa and Latin America most recently—Morocco is playing a proactive rather than reactive diplomatic card.In late 2012, Morocco recalled its ambassador to Dublin after Eamon Gilmore, who was then the deputy head of the Irish government, met with a Polisario delegation. “Mr Gilmore made it clear at the meeting with Saharawi Republic President Mohamed Abdelaziz that he supported the right of the Saharan people to self-determination,” the Irish Independent reported at the time.Asked why Morocco had withdrawn its ambassador, a spokesman for the Irish government was blunt: “The Moroccan government does not like our position on Western Sahara. It’s just one of these things.”The Moroccan ambassador subsequently returned to his post. There then followed a semblance of normalization, although the Irish position on Western Sahara never really changed in the intervening years.In December 2018, the Irish Senate passed a bill to “ban sale of goods from occupied territories,” as reported by the Irish Times.As the move came in the heat of debates over the legitimacy of the EU-Morocco fisheries and agriculture agreements, it caused some hard feelings in Rabat. Only this time Morocco did not withdraw its ambassador. Consistent with its newly adopted proactive approach, Rabat last month sent a delegation of Sahrawi representatives to meet with Irish officials. The message was clear: Not all Sahrawis identify with the Polisario’s agenda.Days later, Habib El Malki, the speaker of the Moroccan parliament, traveled to Dublin to meet a number of high-ranking Irish officials. He reiterated the message of the earlier delegation while dwelling on the merits of Morocco’s Autonomy Plan.Read also : Ireland to Open Embassy in Morocco in 2020In response, an Irish delegation led by Sean O Fearghail, the chairperson of the lower house of the Irish parliament, visited Rabat, where the agenda included Irish-Morocco relations, EU-Africa issues, and sustainable development. The recent developments in the Western Sahara dossier and prospects of stronger Morocco-Ireland bilateral relations were inevitably the major talking points of these series of visits. The two countries expressed their wish to move their friendship to the next level, beyond the important but not sufficient learning and exchange agreements between Irish and Moroccan universities.“Your embassy in Dublin has been fighting for us to open an embassy here,” O Fearghail said at a press conference during his visit. He went on to announce that Dublin has been considering opening an embassy in Rabat and has finally decided to take the plunge in the early months of 2020.Meanwhile, on Western Sahara, the Irish position cannot be said to have evolved much. During their Moroccan stay, the Irish delegation simply noted that their country was ready to support and submit to whatever settlement deal that comes out of the ongoing UN-led process.With the latest UN resolutions taking a direction that Morocco has welcomed, Ireland’s insistence on respecting the terms of the UN-led agenda came across as the least Morocco-hostile position Dublin has taken in recent years. In this, and with the prospective Irish embassy in Rabat, Morocco sees the possibility of dialogue, of changing Dublin’s mind—as it has done with other countries in recent years and months—if only the European country would (really) listen to Rabat’s side of the story, or history, of the Sahrawi question.Like it has done with other diplomats, Morocco has invited Irish officials to visit the cities of Laayoune and Dakhla. The two cities have witnessed gigantic development projects in recent years, and Rabat hopes to show Dublin the efforts it has put into realizing those projects. The realizations have largely been interpreted by other visitors as the ultimate proof of the “sincerity” of Morocco’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara. But whether Dublin will follow suit, and decide to reconsider its support for the Polisario narrative, or come to the conclusion—as Rabat ardently hopes—that Morocco’s plan for the region is sincere and credible, remains to be seen. read more

Demand surging for services of UN antidrugs anticrime agency

The world is turning increasingly to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for help in the fight against illegal drugs, corruption, terrorism and other crimes, with the latest figures indicating that demand for the Office’s specialist expertise is surging.Total spending on the UNODC’s operational programmes jumped by 32 per cent to $91.7 million last year, and the Office’s Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said today he expected demand to keep rising, especially in the areas of tackling corruption, human trafficking and money laundering.“The world is becoming a more dangerous place and States increasingly rely on the specialist expertise which UNODC can provide,” Mr. Costa said in a statement released from the Office’s headquarters in Vienna.Spending on anti-narcotics initiatives, such as the training of drug enforcement officers, rose by 12 per cent to $69.1 million to last year, with marked increases noted in Western and Central Asia, as well as in South-East Asia and the Pacific region.Expenditure on anti-crime measures soared by 186 per cent to $22.6 million, driven largely by rising demand for UNODC services in Afghanistan, West Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.Central bankers and other financial officers have been given assistance to fight money laundering and programmes have been implemented, in countries ranging from Ghana to Pakistan, to improve the inspection of containers arriving at ports for illicit materials.Voluntary contributions from Member States – which account for about 90 per cent of the UNODC annual budget – have also grown to meet the rising demand, with total contributions pledged last year increasing by 25 per cent to $150.7 million. 6 February 2007The world is turning increasingly to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for help in the fight against illegal drugs, corruption, terrorism and other crimes, with the latest figures indicating that demand for the Office’s specialist expertise is surging. read more

MSF Denies Gotas Claims On Final War

MSF says it is a private, international, humanitarian, non-profit organisation, providing humanitarian assistance to people in need, irrespective of race, religion, ideology or politics and adheres to the principles of independence, impartiality, and neutrality. It is only after the end of the fighting in May 2009 that MSF was able to provide medical assistance to the victims of the conflict in North Vavuniya and this was outside the battle zone at the Omanthai checkpoint.MSF provided surgical support in Vavuniya hospital and in addition established an emergency field hospital for the displaced population living in camps in Menik Farm.Again, all of this activity was outside the battle zone, MSF said in the statement.MSF France meanwhile says it remains committed to working alongside the Ministry of Health to support the District General Hospital of Mullaitivu in 2012, and develop assistance in mental health care in the Mullaitivu District. However in a statement emailed to The Sunday Leader MSF said it had made numerous requests to the government for access to the battle zone in northern Sri Lanka and these requests were repeatedly denied, despite expressing extremely serious concerns about the fate of civilians who were trapped in the heavy fighting. The medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it is concerned about a claim by Secretary of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that MSF was present in 2009 in Sri Lanka’s war zone and received surrendering militants to be treated.In an interview published on February 6th in India and reproduced in the Sri Lankan media, the Secretary of Defense is purported to have said that MSF teams were present in the battle zone during the fighting. “… Mr Gotabaya said international agencies, including the French MSF (Medicines Sans Frontiers) and the Indian medical team, were present in the battle zone to receive survivors and surrendered militants,” an Indian media report had said. Ahead of the final offensive, in September 2008, along with most other international organisations, MSF was given a government directive to leave Kilinochchi.Thereafter, MSF repeatedly requested permission to enter the battle zones to provide medical care to the civilian population. Permission was sought from numerous ministries, including the Ministries of Health as well as Defence, but at no point was this request granted during the final stages of the conflict in late 2008 and 2009. read more

Ancaster water plant adds 50 jobs

A water treatment facility in Ancaster is adding 50 jobs, thanks to funding from the province…Anderson Water Systems uses an ion exchange system to soften water, and is becoming a global centre for this type of technology. It’s new production facility will act as a manufacturing hub for water treatment products.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

TigerCats hold second practice at Tim Hortons Field

Workers and officials are getting down to the wire to get the Tim Hortons Field ready for the Labour Day Classic.But there was some other work happening at the stadium on Thursday as well.The Hamilton Tiger-Cats held their second practice at the new field.This practice was open to the media after Wednesday’s private workout.The Ticats couldn’t get dressed there though because the lockers rooms weren’t finished yet.Instead they got their gear on at their Jarvis Street head quarters and were bussed in.The city says it may take until Sunday to secure an occupancy permit for the Labour Day Classic. read more

Statistics Canada reports 136m trade surplus in June imports exports down

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s trade surplus narrowed in June to $136 million, as both exports and imports dropped largely due to trade decreases in crude oil, aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts.The federal agency says exports fell 5.1 per cent to $50.3 billion, offsetting a strong gain in May amid a 3.6 per cent drop in export prices.Exports of crude oil dropped 8.6 per cent, the first monthly decrease this year, as crude oil export prices fell 13.5 per cent even as volumes rose 5.6 per cent.Aircraft exports, meanwhile, were down 40.8 per cent, mainly on lower shipments of commercial aircraft to the United States.Imports were down 4.3 per cent to $50.2 billion, the lowest level since November 2018.Analysts had expected a trade deficit of $300 million, according to financial services firm Refinitiv.June’s surplus narrowed from a stronger $556 million in May. The Canadian Press read more

UN advocate for disadvantaged countries regrets drop in European sugar import price

“A drastic cut will have a devastating impact on the fragile economies of small island developing states,” the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, said on Friday.The Under-Secretary-General said he believed that the proposals, made public last Wednesday, could impact on families and businesses dependent on the sugar industry on small islands, especially in the Caribbean region. He noted that the International Meeting for the 10-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in January highlighted the plight of vulnerable island states.”I recommend that the proposal, still to be approved by the European Union member states, should go through an intense review, and be implemented over a transitional period to allow small islands to adapt and diversify,” he said. read more

Blake Griffin Out Of Olympics With Knee Injury

Turned out that the knee trouble that required Blake Griffin to leave Team USA and return to Los Angeles was a meniscus tear that will prevent him from participating in the London Olympics.For the Clippers, Griffin will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks, meaning he should be healthy in time for training camp in the fall.“We’re relieved that this does not affect Blake’s ability to be ready in time for training camp,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said in a statement. “Missing out on the Olympic experience will be tough for him to take. I know how dedicated he was to doing that. We’re glad we can get this fixed now and take advantage of the available time for him to fully recover.”USA Basketball said in a statement that Griffin reported he was experiencing discomfort in the knee during a scrimmage at Team USA training camp. Griffin missed Thursday night’s 113-59 exhibition victory over the Dominican Republic.The Clippers said Griffin would undergo an MRI exam once he returns to Los Angeles and then will be evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Sunday.USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo suggested the soreness in Griffin’s knee was related to the injury he suffered during the 2012 NBA playoffs.“The reality is, that injury took place at the end of the season,” Colangelo said. “And he had an option to get scoped and he opted not to get scoped. And so, I guess he aggravated it. Whether he’s able to play now remains to be seen.”Griffin did not show any obvious signs of an injury on Wednesday, and a source told that Griffin’s knee “swelled up” after the scrimmage.New Orleans rookie Anthony Davis, the NBA’s 2012 No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky, has been asked to report to Team USA training camp in Las Vegas. Davis dressed for Team USA’s game against the Dominican Republic. read more

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