Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhile Rob Ricafort can finally play for University of the Philippines after securing a temporary restraining order, the Maroons face the risk of forfeiture.Commissioner Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the league will abide by the court ruling and won’t stop the wingman from playing if UP decides to field him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ricafort will turn 25 on January 2018, after the basketball season is over. Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES MOST READ But with TRO set to lapse on October 21, Ricafort’s fate this Season 80 is not yet set in stone.“Should the TRO be invalid and void, there will be a possibility that the games [Ricafort played in] will be forfeited,” said Saguisag in a press conference Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“As the commissioner, I will not restrain him from playing. But they assume the risk depending on how the court will decide. After 20 days, we don’t know what will happen. It’s the team’s option.”The UAAP eligibility committee initially ruled Ricafort ineligible to play this season as he will exceed the maximum age limit of 25. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
Roger Pogoy added a career-high 31 points while Jayson Castro registered the first triple-double of his career, as per the league’s chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for TNT.The KaTropa delivered the knockout punch at the start of the fourth quarter when they went on a 20-2 tear in the first six minutes of the period.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Officially done’ with college studies, Thirdy Ravena to take master’s degree Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PBA IMAGESThe game between Phoenix and TNT got heated quickly on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas and forward Jason Perkins and KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel and Semerad twins Anthony and David were all ejected just less than three minutes into the game.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The scuffle started after things got testy between Anthony and Phoenix import Rob Dozier just as TNT was about to inbound the ball.Alas was tossed for flagrant misconduct, the Semerads and Perkins were thrown out for fighting stance while Dickel was sent out after throwing the ball at an official.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, logistics“I thank the team and the players for staying in the game. They kept their composure,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena, whose squad had the last laugh after coming away with a 114-88 win, their third in four starts. “I just told them to stay in the game and play harder.”Things nearly got out of hand again late in the game and to no one’s surprise, Fuel Masters forward Calvin Abueva got himself in trouble anew for the second straight game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Abueva got ejected after he clotheslined TNT import Terrence Jones with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.The 31-year-old Abueva on Saturday was penalized by Phoenix for his actions late in the Fuel Masters’ 103-98 victory over the Blackwater Elite Friday night.Abueva, who was deducted P20,000 off his salary by the Fuel Masters, was called out by Elite guard Ray Parks after their game.Parks claimed Abueva cursed and made lewd gestures toward his girlfriend and actress Maika Rivera.Jones returned to his dominant ways, firing 40 points that went with 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals four nights after being held to just 14 points in a blowout loss to NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT
New Delhi, May 21 (PTI) Bajaj Auto is hoping to put up an improved sales show in 2017-18 on the back of recoveries in both domestic and export markets after a rough ride last fiscal.With an aim to increase its overseas shipments, the company plans to enter at least five new markets this fiscal.Bajaj Auto saw its total sales decline by 5.85 per cent in 2016-17 at 36,65,950 units as against 38,93,581 units in 2015-16.”Last fiscal, we faced challenges both in domestic and export markets. Demonetisation and BS-III ban had big impact on overall industry sales,” Bajaj Auto President (Business Development and Assurance) S Ravikumar told PTI.He further said the companys exports had also suffered due to political uncertainties and currency issues in its major export destinations.Shipments to Nigeria, one of the biggest export markets for Bajaj Auto, and Sri Lanka had declined last fiscal.This year, he said the company is cautiously optimistic that the two-wheeler industry will gain in the domestic market from favourable factors.”Remonetisation is more or less complete and there is also a prediction of a good monsoon. We hope that the rural sales will bounce back. Besides, the sentiment is also good,” Ravikumar said.On the export front, he said there has been stabilisation in Nigeria, with sales picking up again after declining to about 10,000 units a month, from a peak of around 40,000.”Our retail sales in Nigeria are touching 15,000 units now. We have also opened up in Poland and will continue with our plans to enter at least five new markets each year,” he said.advertisementHe further said the company has already enhanced its export product basket with the commencement of shipments of its sports bike Dominar to Latin America.Besides, Bajaj Auto is receiving good traction in Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Malaysia this fiscal, he added. PTI RKL ARD SRK
Dinesh Karthik’s experience held India in good stead in the end as they beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the first T20 international in Kolkata on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Chasing a modest 110 for victory, India were rocked early by the Windies pacers but Karthik remained calm under pressure to take the team over the line at Eden Gardens with 13 balls to spare.Karthik remained unbeaten on 31 off 34 balls with three boundaries and a six to top-score for the Men in Blue.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | GalleryIndia’s run chase got off to the worst-possible start with debutant Oshane Thomas getting rid of captain Rohit Sharma (6) in the first over itself.Thomas then doubled Windies’ joy as he uprooted Shikhar Dhawan’s middle stump for 3 with sheer pace in the third over.Krunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit SharmaRishabh Pant (1) and KL Rahul (16) also didn’t last long as Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite sent them back in the pavilion in quick succession.With India tottering at 45 for 4, Karthik and Manish Pandey joined forces and steadied the ship before adding 38 runs for the fifth wicket.Also Read – Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer in comical run outPandey fell at a crucial juncture after having scored 19 runs off 24 balls.Dubtant Krunal Pandya then came to the crease and took the pressure off Karthik with a quickfire 21 not out off 9 balls which included three boundaries.Krunal and Karthik added 27 runs for the sixth wicket to take India over the finish line in the 18th over with the former hitting the winning runs.advertisementAlso Read – Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make T20I debuts in KolkataIt’s all over here at the Eden Gardens.#TeamIndia win by 5 wickets #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/zxDu8K9EYzBCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 2018Earlier, Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and all-rounder Krunal spun a web around the West Indies batsmen in a joint spell of eight overs to restrict them to a paltry 109 for 8 in 20 overs after India opted to bowl first.Also Read – India vs West Indies 1st T20I in Kolkata: As it happenedThe Windies were reduced to 34/3 in seven overs when Pandya — who had misfielded in only the second ball of the innings — was brought in.The elder brother of injured Hardik got rid of comeback man Kieron Pollard and gave away just 15 runs while senior pro Kuldeep scalped three wickets leaking 13 runs.After 15 overs, the tourists had managed just 63 runs, losing 7 wickets.Fabien Allen top-scored for the Windies with a counter-attacking 27 off 20 balls (4×4) while Keemo Paul remained unbeaten on 15 alongwith Khari Pierre (9 not out).West Indies crossed the 100-run mark riding a big 19th over which fetched 16 runs off Umesh Yadav (1/36).Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) and debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) also got a wicket apiece.(With IANS inputs)
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Gabbiadini put up for sale by Southamptonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton want to sell Manolo Gabbiadini this winter.The Italian striker does not fit into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans.And Sky Sports reports the Saints want to see a deal done this winter.AC Milan are one of the clubs interested in acquiring his signature.The striker’s agent flew into London for talks with Southampton about his client’s future.Sky Italia suggest that Fiorentina and Bologna also have an interest in the attacker, who has a solitary Premier League goal this season.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio step closer to signing Chelsea defender Zappacostaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are a step closer to signing Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta this week.Il Messaggero says Lazio have agreed personal terms with the Italy fullback, who is eager to return home this month.And the outline of a transfer has also been settled, with Lazio and Chelsea agreeing to a six month loan with the option of a permanent deal in June.However, Chelsea’s €15m price is regarded as too rich by Lazio.And Lazio sports chief Igli Tare will spend this week attempting to talk down the valuation.
Jones thrilled for Man Utd duo Garner, Williamsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jones was thrilled with the performance of Manchester United youngsters James Garner and Brandon Williams in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade.The teenagers were part of seven changes made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the line-up that faced Liverpool on Sunday. And Jones thinks the pair more than held their own in Serbia.He said: They’re going to put you under pressure and we dug deep I thought Jimmy Garner and Brandon were outstanding they should be very proud of themselves tonight.”A huge experience at a young age both looked comfortable at this level and have a very bright future the pair of them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
IG/pjwilliams_26Jameis Winston gets most of the publicity out of this year’s Florida State players in the NFL Draft, but a number of other former Seminoles are enticing prospects as well. Cornerback P.J. Williams was one of the most important players on the FSU defense, and projects to be drafted in the first two rounds of this spring’s draft.Williams posted a video of himself doing a box jump on Instagram this afternoon, in which he shows off the athleticism and explosion that makes him one of the draft’s top defensive backs.We’re not sure exactly how high that jump is, but we are certainly impressed.
Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 15:25 IST All-rounder Vijay Shankar says there is no competition between him and Hardik Pandya, they are very different players (Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThere is no competition and Hardik is a terrific player, says ShankarShankar has been training hard and can bat at number four if asked toShankar hopes to contribute to India’s campaign at the 2019 World CupWilling to bat at number four if asked, all-rounder Vijay Shankar says he is not competing with Hardik Pandya for a slot in India’s playing eleven during the World Cup.The Tamil Nadu all-rounder has been projected as a possible candidate for the number four slot after some impressive performances for India during tour of New Zealand.His and Pandya’s strength areas are completely different from each other and perhaps that is the reason he feels he is not in any race with with Pandya.”I don’t think I am competing with Hardik. He is a terrific cricketer. Yes, we are all-rounders but we are different from each other. And why do we need to compete? It would be great if both of us can contribute in India’s victory,” Shankar told PTI during an interview when asked about comparisons with the Baroda man.Both Hardik and Shankar are known to hit big sixes, the former using a bit more brute power with his impeccable timing.For Shankar, it’s more about the body balance while taking the aerial route.”I love hitting those big sixes. The key for me is to retain my shape. I have not been successful when I have tried to muscle the ball but whenever I have held shape, the ball has gone into the stands,” he explained.For Shankar, he is already geared up for the challenge if asked to bat at number four.”The series against New Zealand was a great confidence-booster as I could score that 40 odd in touch conditions when the team needed me. I needed that self belief and now I am ready for whatever the team tells me to do,” the 27 year old said.advertisementWhile the World Cup bound members were asked to relax and de-stress before the big event, Shankar was busy training in Chennai, trying to work on a few “technical issues”.”I batted indoors with my childhood coach. I had got some valuable tips from VVS Laxman at Sunrisers Hyderabad and I make sure I am working on them. After that I went to the Guru Nanak University ground where I bowl.”I don’t bowl indoors as I bowl with full run-up. There are times I do single wicket bowling and there are times I try practise hitting a specific length,” he said talking about his training regimen.He started as a medium pacer, who clicked mid 120kmph, but now at times can crank it up to 135 km.”I got a lot of confidence when I bowled that final over against Australia in a T20 game at home. I am now bowling 135 clicks at times and yeah it’s good.”Normally, a quiet man, Shankar made it clear that he is not shy when it comes to seeking solutions from skipper Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni or coach Ravi Shastri.”Yes, I am a quiet person off the field. But if I need to ask anything, I can go up to Mahi bhai or Virat and pick their brains and they are happy to answer. I am not shy when it comes to asking questions,” said Shankar.Shankar had enrolled in an MBA course but his gruelling cricket itinerary has not yet allowed him to study much.”I want to complete my MBA but don’t know when I will find time from my cricket schedule,” said Shankar, who is happy that his elder brother and his family are travelling to England to watch the World Cup.”They will be there during World Cup and it’s always great to have your family by your side when you are a part of such a big tournament,” he signed off.Also Read | Keep it funny, not personal: Moeen Ali urges fans to go easy on Smith and WarnerAlso Read | Formula One legend Niki Lauda dies aged 70Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Vjay Shankar No competition between Hardik Pandya and me: Vijay ShankarAll-rounder Vijay Shankar has said that there is no competition between him and Hardik Pandya as both of them are very different players with different areas of strength.advertisement
Premier Darrell Dexter, today, Oct. 19, announced the appointment of Chris Daly as acting associate deputy minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Chris will be a great asset to the team. He has worked in a variety of senior roles within government and has the experience and knowledge to help government move forward with their plan to create good jobs and grow the economy through jobsHere,” said Premier Dexter. Mr. Daly is now the executive director of Policy and Corporate Services at the Department of Environment. He also served as a senior project executive at the Department of Education. He was previously the director of the province’s Competitiveness and Compliance Initiative. The appointment is effective Oct 31. Mr. Daly replaces Sandra MacKenzie who is now the acting deputy minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.
Kolkata: Eastern Railway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Eastern Coal Fields and RITES Ltd for setting up toilets with all the modern facilities at 100 railway stations in the state.The toilets will come up at various stations under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway. The deal was signed at the Fairlie Place on Tuesday between the senior officials of the Eastern Railways and their counterparts in the Eastern Coal Fields and RITES. One of the main purposes of the initiative is to provide an easier access to toilets at the station and adjoining areas. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaApart from the passengers travelling in trains, the other people who put up stalls at various railway stations and adjacent areas can also use the toilets. The Eastern Coal Fields Ltd will provide financial support as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) while the RITES will play its part as an implementing agency. The Eastern Railways will provide land and other logistic support. Initially the passengers and others need not to pay any charge for using the toilets. After six months the Eastern Railway will take over the maintenance works of the toilets. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSuch projects have already taken up in various parts of the country as a part of the Swachh Bharat campaign. Eastern Railway has been trying to involve every stakeholder of railways in the cleanliness drive. The setting up toilets in and around the stations will check the tendency of open defecation by some people. The total cost of the project will be around Rs 26 crore. Other than the modern facilities, all the toilets will have a sanitary napkin vending machine and a condom vending machine. People will be able to get napkins and condoms at these toilets but they have to pay the charge. These toilets will have different chambers for males, females and for those who are physically-challenged. “This is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Eastern Railways have given a great stress on the cleanliness of stations and adjoining areas. “These toilets will have all the modern facilities apart from a napkin and condom vending machine,” additional general manager, Eastern Railway, SS Gehlot said.
SASKATOON — Attorneys general from Alberta and Ontario say they will discuss the timeline of the different legal challenges launched against the federal carbon tax when they meet in Saskatoon today.The two justice ministers will be joined by their legal teams and their counterparts from New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.Saskatchewan is hosting the meeting to discuss the appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. It argues a federally imposed carbon tax on consumers is unconstitutional, but lost its case in a 3-2 split decision in its own appeal court.The provincial government appealed to the Supreme Court and says it has a tentative hearing date set for Dec. 5.Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says his government is trying to play catch-up to Saskatchewan and Ontario when it comes to mounting its own legal challenge.He says it’s important for the ministers to compare notes about what they’re hearing from their legal teams and he wants the provinces to work together so that the matter is heard by the Supreme Court in a “co-ordinated and thoughtful way.”Schweitzer says he wants Alberta’s case heard by the Alberta Appeal Court before the country’s highest court rules on the issue, so the Supreme Court has the opportunity to consider the province’s evidence when it makes its decision.“We’re trying to work out (the) strategy to make sure each province can bring forward its strongest case to the Supreme Court,” he said.Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey says his government has until August to file a notice of appeal to the Supreme Court after that province’s appeal court upheld the federal carbon tax in a split decision.“It’s my understanding that (Saskatchewan) may be looking to have some of the cases consolidated so that … the Supreme Court’s hearing more than one at a time,” said Downey.He said there are pros and cons about presenting the cases together, but wouldn’t comment on his government’s preference or strategy.“From what I understand Saskatchewan is asking for an extension or for more time.”— by Stephanie Taylor of The Canadian PressThe Canadian Press
Proving that she would do anything to help animals, I’d Do Anything and Les Misérables star Samantha Barks didn’t hesitate before stripping down and plunging into a tank of cold water to pose for a new PETA advert that challenges, “Imagine Not Being Able to Breathe”, explaining that fish suffocate when pulled out of the water.Samantha Barks’ PETA AdThe advert goes on to implore, “Please Try to Relate, and Keep Fish off Your Plate.”“Fish have the same capacity to feel pain and to suffer as dogs and cats do”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA are delighted to have teamed up with Samantha Barks, a long-time vegetarian, to encourage the public to help all animals by leaving them off their plates.”Biologists have found that fish develop relationships with each other and grieve when their companions die. Some fish are capable of using tools, while others gather information by eavesdropping. These intelligent, sensitive animals are so good-natured that Dr Sylvia Earle, the world’s leading marine biologist, has said, “I wouldn’t deliberately eat a grouper any more than I’d eat a cocker spaniel.”Each person who goes vegetarian or vegan spares 100 fish and other animals immense suffering every year.Winner of multiple awards for her debut film role in Les Misérables, Barks has starred in stage productions of Cabaret, Les Misérables, Oliver! and others. She next stars in A Hundred Streets alongside Gemma Arterton and Idris Elba.Barks joins a growing list of celebrities – including Vivienne Westwood, John Bishop, Joss Stone, Paul McCartney and Joaquin Phoenix – who have teamed up with PETA to promote the group’s motto, which reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A judge threw out a New York lawsuit Friday against Fox News by former host Andrea Tantaros, citing her “vague, speculative and conclusory allegations.”The lawsuit U.S. District Judge George Daniels dismissed had alleged Fox tried to torment Tantaros after she complained about sexual harassment.The lawsuit claimed Tantaros was viewed as a threat by Fox executives after she declined an offer of more than $1 million to remain silent. The suit said Tantaros suspected her emails and telephone conversations were being monitored after she revealed personal information in calls or emails that were then referenced by others in cruel social media posts.She sought unspecified damages.Fox News Channel had urged the lawsuit be rejected, saying the claims were a paranoid fantasy or a deliberate hoax.In his written ruling, Daniels recounted her claims at length but repeatedly cited instances in which her accusations lacked the kind of specifics and proof necessary to put them before a jury.For example, he rejected a wiretap claim, saying she had “failed to allege a basic element of this cause of action: an actual interception of her wire, oral, or electronic communications.”In another instance, he struck down a malware claim, citing her “vague, speculative, and conclusory allegations.”In an email response to a request for comment, Tantaros said, “Not one part of this lawsuit was based on speculation and conjecture — it was based on first hand testimony, cold, hard facts, and independently verified computer forensics.“The Judge made the wrong call, and I absolutely plan on appealing,” she wrote. “Fox News will be held accountable, just as they have for their sickening past, rife with sexual harassment, discrimination and destroying the careers of dozens of women for having the courage to come forward with the truth.”Asked for comment, a Fox News spokesman said the decision speaks for itself.In August 2016, Tantaros sued the network, its ousted chairman and other top executives in a separate lawsuit, saying they retaliated after she detailed unwanted sexual advances made by her onetime boss Roger Ailes. A state judge ruled those claims were subject to closed-door arbitration.Tantaros worked as a host and political analyst for Fox News from 2011 to 2016.Ailes died last year.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie has been evacuated and closed until further notice. Many paths are under water and creek banks and slopes are extremely unstable.The public is urged to stay away from the Bear Creek corridor and Muskoseepi Park.Vehicular bridges crossing Bear Creek are safe for travel.Releasing the water at a higher than normal rate through the spillway has protected the dam. It has also lowered water levels in the reservoir but increased water flows downstream. Muskoseepi Park will remain closed until water recedes and a thorough damage assessment can be completed. Pedestrian bridges, paths, creek banks, and other park infrastructure will be inspected for safety before the park is reopened.Crews will be monitoring water levels to protect critical infrastructure throughout the corridor.RCMP and Enforcement Services will be monitoring the park.At this time no properties have been damaged. Residents are asked to obey signs, barricades and the direction of local authorities.
Bonin’s body was discovered on a forest service road north of Hope in the Fraser Valley on the morning of April 20th, 2017. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in to take over the investigation after Bonin’s death was deemed suspicious. After a nine-month investigation, IHIT announced in January that charges have been laid in connection with Bonin’s death.An arraignment hearing was scheduled for July 9th.With files from The Abbotsford News: https://www.abbynews.com/news/b-c-men-accused-in-alberta-mans-murder-appears-in-court/ KELOWNA, B.C. – Three men from B.C., one of whom is from Dawson Creek, appeared in a Kelowna courtroom today for a pre-trial hearing.According to The Abbotsford News, 27-year-old Dawson Creek resident Jared Jorgenson, 26-year-old Vancouver resident Ryan Watt, and 20-year-old Joshua Fleurant of Prince George appeared in B.C. Supreme Court via video link to schedule an arraignment hearing. The three have each been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 20-year-old Michael Bonin.Bonin, who is originally from Prince George but was most recently living in Rycroft, was previously known to both the three accused and to police. Court records show that both Bonin and Fleurant were charged with stealing a car in Kamloops on March 31st last year.
24 September 2008Global foreign direct investment (FDI) increased by 30 per cent in 2007 to reach an all-time high of $1.8 billion, but the economic downturn and financial instability is prompting a new sense of caution for the coming years, according to a United Nations report released today. “The worldwide slowdown appears to augur lower FDI activity for 2008,” the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in World Investment Report 2008: Transnational Corporations and the Infrastructure Challenge, its yearly review of investment trends.The 2007 flows surpassed the previous record set in 2000 by some $400 billion, despite the global financial and credit crises which began in the second half of the year.But the number of trans-national corporations (TNCs) planning large increases in investment overseas over the next three years has dropped significantly from 2007, although a majority still plan increases, albeit at a more moderate level, according to the report, based on 226 responses to queries sent to the world’s largest TNCs.The upward trend in 2007 was apparent in nearly all regions and sub-regions and in all three economic groupings: developed countries, developing countries, and transition economies of South-East Europe and the former Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States.The stock of FDI worldwide reached $15 trillion, representing the significant scale of activities of some 79,000 TNCs worldwide which own about 790,000 foreign affiliates. FDI to developed countries amounted to over $1.2 billion, with the United States remaining the largest recipient, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and the Netherlands.FDI to developing countries reached their highest level ever at $500 billion – a 21 per cent increase over 2006. While South Asia, East Asia, South-East Asia, and Oceania accounted for half of all FDI into developing countries, Latin America and the Caribbean recorded the largest increase – 36 per cent at $126 billion.Inflows to West Asia – $71.5 billion in 2007 – have been growing in recent years and have exceeded those to Africa since 2004. All the same, investment in Africa also reached a historic high at $53 billion. The least developed countries (LDCs) attracted $13 billion, also a record.As for 2008 and beyond, the report demonstrates the quickly growing international ambitions of companies from the developing world, particularly Asia, while FDI prospects for companies from developed countries, especially North America and Japan, have dimmed as compared to a year ago.
The Prime Minister’s office had instructed the police to provide details of the investigations to the Prime Minister at the earliest. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has sought reports on major incidents which took place when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power.Sources said that the Prime Minister has asked for reports on the progress over investigations conducted on the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickremetunga, the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and the murder of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
Reconstruction in the countries devastated by December’s Indian Ocean tsunami should restore the livelihoods of fishers and fish farmers but must prevent the plague of over-fishing, a United Nations-backed ministerial meeting has declared.Adopted over the weekend by a group of 121 fishing ministers and high-level fisheries officials gathered at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), including representatives from countries affected by the tsunami, the declaration stressed the need to protect the rights of fishers and fish workers and ensure their access to fishing grounds and resources.At the same time, the ministers said improving the efficiency, sustainability and governance of fisheries was also a priority, and they agreed to cooperate to ensure that reconstruction does not produce a level of fishing capacity in excess of what fishery resources can sustainably support.The tsunami, which killed more than 200,000 people in a dozen Indian Ocean countries, hit the coastal fishing industry particularly hard, inflicting losses of more than half a billion dollars with over 111,000 vessels destroyed or damaged, 36,000 engines lost and 1.7 million units of fishing gear ruined.The meeting also called for intensified action to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), including the creation within FAO of a comprehensive global record of fishing vessels and supply and refrigerated transport ships to facilitate prevention of illegal fishing.Participants said they would renew efforts to ensure that all large-scale industrial fishing vessels operating on the high seas be fitted with vessel monitoring systems (VMS) by December 2008. VMS involves putting monitoring units on vessels that transmit data on their location and activities, allowing remote monitoring to strengthen general fisheries management as well as more effectively combat IUU fishing.FAO has identified IUU fishing as a major impediment to ensuring sustainable world fisheries. Combating it outside countries’ exclusive economic zones on the high seas, where governance is particularly complex, is not easy.