first_imgIndia’s 170-year-old tea industry is gasping for survival and needs the government’s help to reverse the downtrend, members of the Consultative Committee of Planters’ Associations said.Climate change, the CCPA said, has added to tea price stagnation, increasing labour and other input costs, mismatch between demand and supply leading to oversupply, high transaction costs and fair price discovery challenges at the auctions.The CCPA has asked the government to bail the industry out by taking over schools and hospitals in tea gardens, allowing the estates to use up to 20% of the “tea grant area” for agricultural and commercial diversification to augment income, and backing campaigns for boosting per capita domestic consumption from 786 gm, a low compared to that of other tea-consuming countries.Second largest producer “India is the second largest tea producer and the world’s fourth largest exporter. The industry offers direct employment to 1.2 million people and supports more than 3 million dependents of tea garden workers, with women accounting for 50% of the employment. The beverage has contributed significantly to socio-economic development in far-flung, remote and interior areas. But the cup of cheer for tea drinkers is brewing misery for the industry,” said CCPA chairman Vivek Goenka.Data provided by the CCPA shows that tea production in India has increased from 1,207 million kg in 2014 to 1,339 million kg in 2018. But the average tea auction prices have remained stagnant or dipped. The price per kg was ₹130.91 in 2014, ₹128.60 the following year before increasing marginally to touch ₹138.83 in 2018.Financial stress“While tea prices have grown at a compound annual growth rate of around 1% over the last few years, the cost of inputs such as coal, gas, sulphur have increased at a CAGR of 6-7% during the same period. Wages for workers increased by around 22% in 2018 in Assam, thereby increasing the financial stress of the industry further,” Mr. Goenka said.Seeking repeal of the mandatory sale of 50% of the produce through auctions, the CCPA asked the government to consider taking over the employers’ contribution to the provident fund for at least three years, include non-cash benefits such as housing, medical, and water supply within the definition of ‘wage’ in the Code on Wages 2019.Total cost Each worker is paid about ₹170 per working day. Planters say the total cost with other benefits works out to more than ₹350 per day, much higher than in other countries. The resultant cost pressure is increasingly making Indian tea falling to competition from low-priced teas exported by countries such as Kenya and Sri Lanka.last_img read more

first_imgBrownlee proud of Ginebra’s response after test of character in crunch time “Last year, we lost in Game 6. This year, we pushed it to Game 7,” said Durham, putting spotlight on how close Meralco was on claiming its first title in franchise history.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat 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 shutoutDurham put up another valiant effort in the final game of the season, unleashing 26 points, 24 rebounds, and nine assists as the Bolts fought back from as much as 20 points down before fizzling out in the end.But the two-time Best Import was man enough to admit that just like last time, Ginebra was the better team. Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Eventually, something’s got to give.That was how Allen Durham described  Meralco’s 101-96 Game 7 defeat to Ginebra as the Bolts finished as bridesmaids anew for the second straight PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was a hard fought game. We started a little too late with the spots. But you know, they’re a great team. They kept their foot on the gas, so we got to figure out a way to come out with more intensity at the start so we don’t get down,” he said.There’s no reason for Durham and the rest of the Bolts to not to keep their head high knowing that the future could only be bright.READ: Meralco import Durham fined P30k for Game 5 comments “Eventually, when Ranidel de Ocampo comes back and some of the other pieces that they added — Garvo (Lanete) and the young guys, they’re definitely heading into the right direction,” he said. “The guys really don’t have nothing to hang their head about. We fought good. We lost to a good team. We don’t have to be ashamed or anything like that and we gotta keep working.”As for Durham, he’s just hoping to get one more shot and earn another return ticket next season, wishing that third time will definitely be the charm for Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Read Next LATEST STORIES “Hopefully, I can come back next year as we go at it again. It was a hard fought series. It’s tough and it hurts, but we got to figure out a way to get over this hump. I really wanna win with this group of guys. They work so hard, we work so hard and we’re gonna keep going at it,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgDiana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines has just one goal in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and that’s to win its first UAAP championship since 1982.The Lady Maroons took a huge step into that direction when they took down defending champion De La Salle in five sets, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Captain Diana Carlos said her team’s championship desire was in full display against the Lady Spikers and beating the defending champions gave UP a huge morale booster for the rest of the season.“My teammates and I really had that will to win and that was our main asset today,” said Carlos in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We want to beat La Salle, we want to win in this league, we want to become champions, we want to get to the finals. And I think our willpower led us to the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUP and La Salle were locked in a pulsating back-and-forth that stretched to 8-all in the fifth set.The Lady Maroons found a bit of reprieve when Isa Molde scored two in a row that Jessma Ramos followed up with an ace to give UP an 11-8 cushion. View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Ramil de Jesus on La Salle loss: UP has better chemistry, more desire to win 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 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 Krausscenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “We have to focus on our next game and also think about the next round and how we can beat them again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And although La Salle managed to make it 12-12 of off Mae Luna’s quick kill, the Lady Maroons were able to recover for the next three points including a free one from the Lady Spikers.Carlos found an open spot in the back line for UP’s 13-12 lead just before Luna’s erroneous attack that put the Lady Maroons at match points, 14-12.Justine Dorog then, finished things off with an off-speed kill for UP’s third win in four games to tie La Salle atop the standings.Carlos, however, said that they should immediately move on from the win and focus on what’s ahead—a matchup with another perennial powerhouse in Ateneo.“This was a must-win for us and this was a very strong team, they’re not the defending champions for nothing so we have to focus immediately for our next game,” said Carlos, who had 19 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgEven with the advent of smartphones and tablets, TVs still hold a place of their own in Indian households. The TV is the only appliance that can command attention with whatever it’s running and is often a major reason to bring together the whole family. From binge-watching movies to reality shows to enjoying your favourite console games, TVs are a necessary commodity. With every new year, the TV market brings new trends and it makes sense to adopt the innovation to enjoy the best of what’s possible.If you are in the market for buying a TV, there’s no better time than now. E-commerce retailer Flipkart is hosting the Big Shopping Days sale on its platform and is offering a slew of super sweet deals on televisions. Customers can avail hefty discounts on entry-level HD-ready TVs, 4K TVs and Android smart TVs, from various brands. However, in an almost unending list of options, it might become difficult for you to figure out which one works out to be a better deal for you. Hence, we have handpicked some of the best options from the TV segment in various price categories for different segments of televisions. The options in the list include a combination of the best prices along with a host of features that makes for a sensible deal this shopping season.Vu Iconium 43-inch 4K LED Smart TVIf consuming 4K content is your utmost priority without spending a fortune, the Vu’s Iconium 43-inch 4K LED Smart TV is presently one of your best bets from Flipkart’s sale. A 43-inch 4K panel is big enough for most of your ‘TV-watching’ requirements and should be flexible enough to set up in most households. The panel may offer a standard refresh rate of only 60Hz, but Vu has compensated for that with support for HDR and content upscaling. There’s also a decent collection of connectivity options – 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. Additionally, an Android 7.0-based operating system with a dedicated App Store makes sure you get to enjoy a smart TV experience. A pair of 20W speakers looks after the audio department. Flipkart is selling the TV with a discount of Rs 5,000, bringing the price down to Rs 24,999. An exchange discount of up to Rs 8,000 can be availed as well. HDFC Bank debit and credit card users can also avail up to an additional 10 per cent discount on the selling price.advertisementMi LED Smart TV 4A 43-inchIf 4K isn’t your ultimate requirement, then Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4A 43-inch makes for a great buy. The Mi TV lineup distinct itself with Xiaomi’s custom PatchWall OS, which put a focus on content more than anything else. PatchWall’s timeline is an unending collection of TV shows and movies curated from various popular content providers such as Hotstar, Alt Balaji, Sony LIV and many more. The full HD panel has earned positive responses from critics and a decent collection of connectivity options, such as 3 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports, make it a good option for various multimedia requirements. Flipkart is offering the Mi TV 4A 43-inch for Rs 21,999 and consumers can avail an exchange discount of up to Rs 6,000.Mi LED Smart TV 4 Pro 55-inch If you want the best of the smart TV experience while keeping the budget under constraints, the Mi TV 4 Pro at Rs 49,999 is probably one of the best deals you can get right now. The TV runs on Android TV 8.1 Oreo and is slated to receive the Pie update in the coming months. Combined with Xiaomi’s own content-heavy PatchWall, you are ensured of the best smart TV experience. The 55-inch panel supports HDR content and has turned to out impress critics heavily. The presence of Android TV also means that you get Chromecast built-in, which aids mirroring content on the big screen. Additionally, the universal remote with Google Assistant’s voice search makes for a convenient TV viewing experience. Consumers can avail an exchange discount of Rs 15,000 in addition to the 10 per cent discount for HDFC Bank debit and credit card customers.Thomson B9 Pro 40-inch Full HD LED Smart TVThe B9 Pro is possibly one of the best options to consider if your budget is restricted under Rs 20,000. This budget option from Thomson offers a Full HD panel and comes preloaded with a codec that even claims to convert 4K videos into 1080p resolution. The B9 Pro runs on a smart TV OS based on an unspecified version of Android but comes preloaded with the Netflix app – something that not many smart TVs possess, even with higher prices. The My Wall interface brings together sports content from various media channels on the homescreen. Connectivity options include 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The TV is selling for Rs 17,499 an additional exchange offer of Rs 8,000 can make it a bargain for many.advertisementiFFALCON Android 32-inch HD Ready LED Smart TV If all you seek is a pure Android TV experience in an extremely meagre budget, iFFALCON’s 32-inch HD TV possibly makes for a great deal. The TV runs on Android TV 8.0 Oreo and gets access to several Android apps from the Google Play Store. Additionally, the presence of Android TV also translates to built-in Chromecast, which makes it easier to stream content from your phone to the big screen. The 32-inch Led backlit panel supports HDR 10 format content. The remote also comes with Google’s Voice Search built-in, which makes it easy to hunt for TV shows without navigating through the complex menus. You also get a decent collection of connectivity options, including 2 HDMi ports and a single USB port. The TV is presently selling for Rs 13,499 and comes with an additional exchange discount of Rs 4,000.ALSO READ | Meizu 16th, M6T and C9 launched: Key specifications, Features, India price and all you need to knowlast_img read more

first_imgHe may have missed out on his maiden T20 century by three runs, but the sportsman that he is Shikhar Dhawan was all smiles when Colin Ingram hit a six to take Delhi Capitals home against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. While team advisor Sourav Ganguly called him a class act, the opener said that the team always comes before personal goals.”I knew it could be my first T20 hundred but the team goal is more important, hence I took that single rather than taking a huge risk,” he smiled.Comparing the wicket at the Eden Gardens to the one back home at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Dhawan said: “It’s totally opposite here compared to Delhi. I was telling Dinesh (Karthik) the same thing. It’s a good wicket to bat on. Good for the bowlers as well as the batsmen, makes it interesting. In Delhi we have to adapt ourselves, hence we got to have that skill.”While Dhawan generally looks to settle down into the innings, he started aggressively from the word go at the Eden Gardens and the opener said that he enjoyed batting on the wicket which suited stroke play.”I really enjoyed in the first six overs but I knew I had to stay till the last. I was getting the right thoughts and I had to take the game deep,” he said.While he shared a match-winning partnership with Rishabh Pant, the latter once again lost his wicket at the end as he looked to finish the game with sixes. But Dhawan backed the youngster. “Rishabh is such a big hitter he can always hit it out of the park,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | When Shikhar Dhawan is determined, no bowler in the world can stop him: GangulyAlso Read | Pant gives cake facial to Dhawan, Zoravar as DC celebrate big win over KKRAlso See:last_img read more

first_img The delights of Scarborough in the summer. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Share on Pinterest County Championship Division Two Support The Guardian features Share on Twitter County Championship Division One The Blast has been, on the quiet, rather a success. Last year figures were again up – for at least the third year in a row – with an aggregate of 931,000 people attending matches and Finals Day again sold out at Edgbaston. Tickets went on sale in early March for this year’s competition and those for the big games – the Roses clashes and late nights at the Oval – will go fast.A quick google brings a cornucopia of statty proof that the Blast is rather good at what it does, telling us 59% of last year’s runs were scored in boundaries, a fifth of them in sixes. First-innings scores have gone up from 152 in 2013 to 173 in 2018 and, astonishingly, the scoring rate in the North and South group stages last year (8.88) was the highest of any T20 competition in the known universe.The leading wicket-taker in 2018, 20-year-old Pat Brown of the Worcestershire Rapids, was so emboldened as to put his name forward for the 2019 Indian Premier League auction, and the leading run-scorer, Sussex’s Laurie Evans, went on to become the leading batsman for Rajshahi Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League. Pinterest Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. • This is an extract taken from the Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. To subscribe, just visit this page and follow the instructions. Twitter The Hundred Read more All of which is true – there is an oozingly-ripe smorgasbord of international cricket being served up in the UK over the next six months. In the men’s game, the season starts with one-day matches against Pakistan followed by a World Cup bonanza of 48 games at 11 venues over a month and a half to mid-July, a historic Test against Ireland at Lord’s and then a five–Test Ashes series from the start of August to mid-September; while England Women take on West Indies in June, and Australia in July.(There is a slight caveat, of course, to the “once in a generation opportunity to … take people from the white-ball game directly into the Ashes series” in that only those with access to Sky will be able to watch the games live – though there will be coverage on Test Match Special and highlights on the BBC website. By contrast, in 1999, the last time the World Cup was held on these shores, the television coverage was shared between Sky and the BBC, with both squaring up to show the Final – probably the dampest squib of the entire competition. The champagne after the event that summer was a series against New Zealand, which England lost and as a result fell to the bottom of the Wisden Test rankings. That booby prize fell to Channel Four. Anyway …)Forget for a minute the big bucks of international competition and take a long, loving look at the 2019 domestic season. Let your heart flutter at the quirks and the traditions, and then imagine it as the night before the morning afterThe summer has a familiar feel: a 50-over competition, the Royal London Cup, which starts early like the old Benson & Hedges Cup, with a final in June; a T20 Blast played through the summer holidays; and a County Championship that this year includes seven rounds in June and July and one in August. There are festival games at the height of summer – the Isle of Wight in late May, Tunbridge Wells in mid-June, Scarborough in July and August. Weather permitting, of course weather permitting, there is more than enough for both anorak and baseball cap.But, at the end of the season, everything changes. In the Championship, three teams will go up to Division One, making it a 10-team group, while only one team drops down as Division Two shrinks to eight. Then the next summer, the Championship gets elbowed towards the outer edges of the season to make way for The Hundred – the bells-and-whistles new competition that will dominate the school holidays, centred on only seven cities – Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff, Southampton and London. The 50-over competition will also be played during the summer holidays, but will not be open to foreign players, and is expected to become a format for up-and-coming talent.Which brings us to the current Twenty20 competition, the Vitality Blast. That will be shifted to earlier in the season, which will give players a chance to win a spot in one of The Hundred teams, but also means the competition loses its prime July and August window . The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email.center_img Facebook Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Cricket As the morning’s rain turned hail, turned snow and, with 30 days left until the start of the County Championship, it seemed an apt time to pull out the calendar and mull things over.This summer has long been highlighted on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s five-year wall chart in best fluorescent markers as THE BIG ONE. Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive, has gone as far to say he is “giddy with excitement” about the “unbelievable opportunity for English cricket”, saying, “It’s up to us to make sure we take advantage of that.” ECB and Surrey at loggerheads over Hundred tournament blueprint Since you’re here… Jofra Archer will have to prove his ODI credentials, says Trevor Bayliss The Spin Read more Share on LinkedIn Topics But for fans of Worcester (2018 winners) and Sussex (2009), and Leicester (three times champions) and Somerset (2005) and Sussex (2009) and Essex (who regularly host sell-outs) and little Northamptonshire (winners in 2013 and 2016), as well as Durham, Derbyshire and Kent (2007) there will be no big-name T20 games to watch locally over the summer holidays from 2020. They will have to travel to their nearest Hundred city, or plump for the sofa.Whether the Hundred becomes the saviour of English cricket, or whether the former Somerset chairman, Andy Nash, is right to speculate that the endgame is eight super counties, with the others going semi-pro, the geography of the game is changing. This summer will be painted in sepia tones – so potter down to Grace Road or Chelmsford, Canterbury or New Road for an open-to-all 50-over game, a mid-summer Championship match or a T20 derby on a long July night, and enjoy it while you can. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgIn her third Women’s World Cup, Sam Kerr has claimed her first goal at the tournament as she opened the scoring for Australia against Italy.The Matildas captain won a penalty in the 20th minute and though her initial spot-kick was saved, she made no mistake on the rebound as she calmly slotted the ball home.Kerr then opted pull out Tim Cahill’s iconic boxing celebration as she savoured her first World Cup goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? SAM KERR 👊The penalty is saved, but she slots home the rebound to give Australia the lead, and score her first ever #FIFAWWC goal! 🇦🇺#AUSITA #OptusSport pic.twitter.com/k1LEyPIt3d— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 9, 2019Great start and loving the celebration. Let’s see if we can build on this and add another. 💚💛⚽️ pic.twitter.com/B8sYV6fxuQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 9, 2019Kerr’s strike, the 32nd overall for her country, would ensure the Matildas went into half-time with a 1-0 lead after Italy had an earlier effort ruled out for offside. Despite becoming a prolific goal scorer for Australia in recent years, Kerr had been unable to find the back of the net in her previous two World Cup campaigns but was always likely to break that drought in France. The 25-year-old looked dangerous from the outset against Italy and though her penalty left something to be desired, her follow-up and celebration has left a whole nation cheering for joy.last_img read more

first_img Reuters LondonSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 09:00 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSAlexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino scored once each for LiverpoolN’Golo Kante pulled one back in spectacular fashion for hosts ChelseaLiverpool made it six wins out of six this season and have now collected 15 Premier League wins in a rowLeaders Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the Premier League season as first-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino secured a 2-1 win at Chelsea on Sunday that left them five points clear at the summit.It was a sixth straight league win from the start of the campaign for Juergen Klopp’s European champions and extended their club-record streak to 15 in total.Chelsea, who put up a spirited fightback in the second half, pulled a goal back with a superb effort from N’Golo Kante but a second defeat of the season left them 10 points adrift in 11th.Liverpool took the lead in the 14th minute when Alexander-Arnold rifled the ball into the top corner after Mohamed Salah backheeled a free kick into his path on the edge of the box.Chelsea had been a clear second best in the early stages but were denied an equaliser by VAR after 26 minutes when Cesar Azpilicueta bundled the ball in only for replays to show that Mason Mount had strayed a fraction offside in the build-up.Liverpool made the most of the reprieve as four minutes later Andy Robertson’s cross from the left was headed powerfully into the net by the unmarked Roberto Firmino.Kante pulled one back in spectacular fashion, turning midfielder Fabinho, before attacking the heart of the visitors’ defence and curling the ball into the far corner, but Mount and substitute Michy Batshuayi missed late chances to equalise.FRENETIC PACELiverpool began the match at a frenetic pace as the intensity of their pressing game kept Chelsea pegged firmly against the ropes, struggling to keep possession or build any momentum and it was not long until the pressure told.advertisementSalah backheeled a free kick to Alexander-Arnold, who let fly with his right foot, drilling the ball past goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Despite being second best for much of the first half, Chelsea still had their moments.Azpilicueta bundled the ball home after 26 minutes, but the home crowd’s raucous celebrations were swiftly curtailed when replays showed Mount was inches past the last defender.Salt was then rubbed into the wound when Liverpool doubled their lead four minutes later.Alexander-Arnold tapped a free kick on the left to Andy Robertson, whose cross was met by Firmino and he powered his header home from close range.Liverpool should have added to their advantage early in the second half when Firmino was left unmarked at the far post but he scuffed his volley and the Brazilian’s effort was parried away by Arrizabalaga before Chelsea began to find their feet.After Kante pulled a goal back with his solo effort, they looked the more likely to score again, but chances came and went.Batshuayi headed wide after 88 minutes and Mount scooped a Marcos Alonso cross over the bar at the death to leave the home side rueing their missed opportunities.For 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Chelsea vs LiverpoolFollow Premier leagueFollow Alexander-ArnoldFollow N’Golo KanteFollow Roberto Firmino Premier League: Table-toppers Liverpool stay perfect with 2-1 win at ChelseaIt was a sixth straight league win from the start of the campaign for Juergen Klopp’s European champions and extended Liverpool’s club-record streak to 15 in total.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering There’s some new running gear on the market and the co-founders of Tracksmith say they’re dedicated to producing highly technical gear that’s stylish while also boosting running’s perception in the public eye.“Running has gone in two directions,” says Matt Taylor. “The first way is that it’s become watered down. There’s an “everyone get’s a medal” mentality with people running races in costumes. “We want to have more respect for the oldest sport in the world. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find those who believe it’s important to win at all costs.”Instead, Tracksmith promotes an image of dedicated training and honest competition with the attempt to win, but it’s not the end of the world if you come in second.Taylor and his co-founder Luke Scheybeler believe their running gear helps reinforce the positive image of running and provides customers with clothing they can count on to last for years.Their partnership began when Taylor cold called Scheybeler asking if he could pick his brain about his work with UK cycling brand Rapha.“Luke was very generous with his time,” says Taylor. “As our relationship grew we decided to officially partner and bring it to market. We bring very complementary skill sets to the table.”They currently have five items sold exclusively on their website. Four of the products are made in Massachusetts, while the Longfellow short is made in New York City.The Longfellow is made from highly technical Swiss fabric that offers four-way stretch, moisture wicking on the inside, water repellent on the outside and a rear welt pocket to hold a cell phone.“The Longfellow shorts are very versatile, more forgiving and more flattering,” says Scheybeler. “The Van Courtlet shorts are more racey.” The Grayboy t-shirt brings back memories of your favorite tees from the 70s and 80s. “It’s not highly technical, but it’s extremely functional,” says Taylor. “It’s a cotton rayon blend, every day running shirt that you will have for 10 or 20 years. It doesn’t retain odor. It doesn’t wick moisture, but it’s fine for a morning or evening run.”The only non-clothing product they have is a spike bag. It’s constructed from rescued remnant cotton from the New England Shirt Company. When Matt and Luke visited the factory one day, they noticed boxes filled with scraps of oxford stripes, chambrays, gingham and flannels. The company had been discarding the scraps, but they decided to put them to use in crafting the bags. No two are alike.Sales have been brisk across their product lines and new offerings are in the works. “Our mantra is reinvent running one product at a time. We have a big list of candidates. We’ll see which ones make sense,” says Scheybeler. Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer last_img read more

first_imgAn accomplished Nova Scotia lawyer of more than 20 years is joining the board of directors at the province’s business development agency. Economic Development Minister Percy Paris and Doug Hall, chair of NSBI’s board, announced today, Nov. 26, that Janice Stairs, vice-president and general counsel, Etruscan Resources Inc., has been appointed to the board of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “I am pleased to welcome Ms. Janice Stairs to this new director role,” said Mr. Paris. “Ms. Stairs brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role in guiding Nova Scotia’s business development efforts.” Ms. Stairs has a range of experience in corporate finance and securities law. A former partner, Ms. Stairs acts as counsel to the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. She also sits on the Bar Admissions Screening Committee and has served on the Admissions Committee of Dalhousie Medical School. “Ms. Stairs brings valuable expertise from an extensive background in corporate finance and law. She is a great addition to the board table,” said Mr. Hall. Ms. Stairs replaces Paul Kent, president and CEO of Greater Halifax Partnership. Mr. Kent served on NSBI’s board from 2002 to 2009. “Paul has been a strong voice at the board table for many years,” said Mr. Hall. “His contributions to NSBI and its clients were invaluable.” Business men and women from communities across Nova Scotia, representing various industry sectors, make up NSBI’s private-sector-led board. “We are lucky to have such a diverse group of people guiding our agency,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “They bring not only their experience, but also their passion – and that is key.” Board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. There are 13 directors on NSBI’s board. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

first_imgTo get to venues safely and on time, the Halifax 2011 Canada Games host society encourages volunteers and spectators to plan ahead before travelling to the various sport and cultural events around Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and two nearby ski hills. Carpooling and using public transportation when possible is recommended as parking at Games venues is limited. Winter weather conditions can also affect travel times, so people should allow plenty of time to get to and from destinations. The host society, in partnership with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, advises motorists of temporary parking restrictions during the Games. Parking exclusions and road closures will be in effect on streets around key Games venues in central HRM, including the athletes’ village, the Canada Games Oval and Saint Mary’s University. Parking will also be restricted along Ski Martock Road and on either side of the Ski Martock entrance along Trunk 14 as well as along Trunk 4 on either side of the Ski Wentworth entrance. Drivers are asked to proceed with caution along the designated routes and respect the no parking signs. The no parking signs will help police and Games organizers provide access to venue sites for emergency responders, manage traffic flow and ensure the safety of those attending the games and travelling along those routes. The parking restrictions will be strictly enforced and vehicles parked in the restricted area will be ticketed and towed. Regular Metro Transit routes provide service to the 11 Games venues in HRM. Games volunteers wearing accreditation badges between Feb. 10-27, and spectators who show their full Games pass from Feb. 11-27, can ride buses and ferries for free during the Games. Ski hill volunteers can take advantage of free park-and-ride services. Ski Martock volunteers can park at the Windsor Exhibition Park, where a shuttle will arrive about every 40 minutes. A shuttle will arrive at the LeFarge Quarry every 30 minutes to pick up Ski Wentworth volunteers parked there. Volunteers must be wearing their accreditation badge to get on the shuttle. For more information on transportation and tips on travelling during the Games, visit canadagames2011.ca/gettinghere .last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians will celebrate the rich culture and important contributions of aboriginal people as part of National Aboriginal Day, on Tuesday, June 21. “National Aboriginal Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous role aboriginal people play in the cultural, economic and social well-being of Nova Scotia,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about aboriginal culture.” Aboriginal Day celebrations will be held across the province, including one at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St., in Halifax, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Halifax event is sponsored by the province, Cape Breton University and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, and will serve as the launch of the book Living Treaties: Narrating Mi’kmaw Treaty Relations, with a panel discussion. The evening will include performances by local Mi’kmaq artists, musicians and poets. First proclaimed in 1996, this year National Aboriginal Day is celebrating 20 years. June 21 was chosen as it is the summer solstice, the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their culture and heritage.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI – A Montreal-area MP says he’s learned that many Haitians in Miami have been misinformed about what it takes to come to Canada.Emmanuel Dubourg says he’s seen social media posts falsely claiming Canada has a special residency program for Haitians and that Canadian officials are in the United States to facilitate their entry.The Haitian-Canadian MP addressed the media Friday from Miami, where he spent two days speaking to local leaders about the influx of mostly Haitian asylum seekers who have crossed the border into Canada in recent weeks.Upwards of 7,000 people have been stopped illegally crossing into Canada since June, the vast majority intent on seeking asylum.Dubourg said he spoke on Creole-language media outlets to dissuade people from selling everything they own and leaving stable situations to come to Canada when only about half of the asylum claims from Haitian nationals were successful last year.The Liberal MP did not give specifics on how the government would counter the misinformation, saying only he would discuss what he’s learned with the other members of a newly established federal-provincial task force in order to develop solutions.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – An NDP member of the Ontario legislature wants to enshrine the name of late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie in a law creating the province’s first poet laureate.Percy Hatfield’s Poet Laureate of Ontario Act (In Memory of Gord Downie) was introduced Tuesday in the legislature.Hatfield notes that Canada has a poet laureate, as do numerous cities in the province.The poet laureate would write poetry, occasionally for use in the legislature, visit schools, present or arrange poetry readings, and assist with writing workshops or other activities.The poet laureate would also advise the legislative library regarding its collection and acquisitions.Hatfield says Downie, who died of brain cancer earlier this year at age 53, was a poet, a singer and advocate for Indigenous issues.“It’s fitting that we remember him by creating the position of Ontario’s poet laureate in his name,” he said.“Downie viewed Canada through a distinctly poetic lens, and I believe this is a beautiful way to honour him, and to continue his legacy.”last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says an eight-week maintenance project at Syncrude that had been scheduled to begin in April will start Thursday.The company says advancing the turnaround will permit Syncrude to deal with an unrelated issue which has been constraining capacity on a line that feeds bitumen from the mine to the upgrader.Suncor says the change in timing means Syncrude production for the first quarter is expected to be reduced to about 140,000 barrels of oil per day, net to Suncor. However, Syncrude’s forecasted production for the full year remains within the annual guidance range.The company also says oilsands operations production has benefited from reliable operations at its Firebag and MacKay River plants, but base plant operations dealt with a significant, weather-related outage in January that will cut first quarter production to approximately 400,000 bbls/d.First quarter production at Fort Hills is expected to average approximately 25,000 bbls/d, net to Suncor, while production from exploration and production for the first quarter is estimated at about 120,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.Suncor says total upstream production for the first quarter is expected to be approximately 685,000 boe/d.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Rabat – Moroccan authorities have arrested four people in Oujda allegedly in possession of suspicious materials and equipment that could put lives at risk.A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that the Oujda police department conducted a joint-operation on Saturday with the Royal Gendarmerie on the basis of DGSN intelligence. The principal suspect was arrested in Oujda and three accomplices were arrested at a toll station on the highway, in possession of 200 gas bombs and 11 electric batons. The suspects were placed in custody for further investigation to determine other suspects involved in the operation.

Rabat- The Ministry of Equipment, Transport, and Logistics has denounced rumors that it will extend the formally required training period for driver’s licenses to six months, insisting that it is fixed at 30 days.The 30-day training period begins from the application day and lasts until the test period. Some news outlets had reported that driving candidates would be required to wait six months to take their first test.The ministry emphasized that driving permit applicants will benefit from an extended contract period of six months, renewable for a further three-month period. The extended contract is to improve training conditions and ensure transparency between trainees and driving schools. The ministry added that the training hours during the 30-day training period are not required to exceed 20 hours for all license categories and 30 hours for heavy equipment vehicles.The contract will include the number of additional training hours agreed on between the trainee and the driving institution.The ministry also announced that the training fees will be fixed at MAD 2,250: MAD 37 per hour for the theoretical test and MAD 75.5 per hour for the applied training for category B, the license to drive regular cars.Since December 2017, driving candidates must earn 34 points out of 40 to pass the theoretical test for license B. The previous passing score was 30 points out of 40. read more

The official transfer of authority from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) to the hybrid force – with AU troops exchanging their green headgear for the UN’s blue beret – took place at a ceremony in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher, the headquarters of the new UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Authorized by the Security Council in July, UNAMID will have some 20,000 troops and more than 6,000 police and civilian staff at full deployment. Currently, there are more than 9,000 uniformed personnel on the ground, including 7,000 troops and 1,200 police serving with the AMIS, as well as UN soldiers and police officers serving as part of the UN’s “heavy” and “light support packages” deployed to support AMIS over the last year. In a message to the handover ceremony, Mr. Ban emphasized the need for troop and police contributing countries to deploy their personnel as quickly as possible. “If we are to have a real impact on the situation on the ground within the first half of 2008, these deployments must happen far more swiftly than they have done so far,” the Secretary-General said in a statement read out by Joint UN-AU Special Representative and Head of UNAMID Rodolphe Adada. Mr. Ban added that critical gaps remained in the UNAMID force as no pledges have been received so far for ground and transportation units and aviation assets, which are essential to the mobility of the force and its ability to adequately protect the civilian population in the vast area of Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and another 2.2 million forced to flee their homes since fighting began in 2003 between Government forces and rebel groups.While noting that today marks “a new and profoundly challenging chapter in the history of United Nations peacekeeping,” Mr. Ban stressed that UNAMID’s deployment will only be as effective as the political process it is mandated to support. He urged all parties to cease violence and come to the negotiating table to settle their differences. “Only after an inclusive peace agreement is reached will the outstanding grievances of all parties be addressed, and the requirements for a lasting solution to the crisis put in place,” he said.Echoing Mr. Ban’s comments, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan stressed that comprehensive peace can only be achieved when all parts of the country have achieved peace and harmony. “We should all work towards a prosperous, peaceful and united Sudan,” Ashraf Qazi stated, calling on all parties to the Darfur conflict to shun violence and participate in the peace process for the sake of the future generations.Efforts on the political front are being led by the UN and AU Special Envoys for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, who have been pursuing a political settlement to the crisis through negotiations aimed at a achieving a peace agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Darfurian movements.Meanwhile, in a statement released on Sunday, the Chairman of the Darfur Ceasefire Commission, Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, noted with great concern the arrest of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) representative to the Commission, Major General Bashir, and five other JEM members on Sunday in El Fasher.Despite the efforts of the AMIS leadership to prevent the arrest, Government authorities stormed the premises housing the JEM representative early Sunday morning. Gen. Agwai has been in contact with both JEM – one of Darfur’s many rebel groups – and the Government of Sudan to de-escalate the tensions and ensure the safe release of the JEM representatives. 31 December 2007The joint United Nations-African Union force set up to stem the violence in Darfur took the reigns today from the existing AU operation in the war-torn Sudanese region, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that critical gaps remain in what will be the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation at full strength. read more

Carbon-tax-fighting governments in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba say they have no plans to follow Ontario’s lead and force gas stations to put anti-carbon tax stickers on their pumps.Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has set Aug. 30 as a deadline for stations to have the stickers posted or face fines of up to $10,000 a day.The stickers say the federal carbon tax has added 4.4 cents a litre to the price of gasoline, which will rise to 11 cents per litre by 2022.In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney’s office says his government is focused on a court challenge of the federal tax.A spokesman for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the government has no plan to make the stickers mandatory.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.And the Progressive Conservatives in Manitoba, currently in an election campaign, say they’re not considering the stickers.The federal government has imposed a carbon tax on Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick because they opted not to bring in their own carbon pricing. It plans to do so in Alberta in the new year.Ottawa has promised to rebate much of the money collected directly to taxpayers in each of those provinces.In a statement, Kenney’s office said Alberta drivers in the province already know the effects of a carbon tax on gasoline prices, because the previous NDP government had one that Kenney’s government repealed.“We are challenging the federal government’s constitutional authority to impose Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, and are confident in our case. That is our focus at this time,” the statement said.A statement from Moe’s spokesman was brief.“Saskatchewan has no plans to mandate operators to display stickers showing the cost of the carbon tax on gas prices,” said Jim Billington.Brian Pallister in Manitoba, running to keep his job as premier, previously announced a blackout on government communications in the leadup to the Sept. 10 election. But when asked about the stickers, his PC party said in an email: “Not at this time.”Legislation making the stickers mandatory in Ontario was included in the budget bill. The cost of printing 25,000 decals was pegged at about $5,000 and does not include the price of distributing them to the province’s 3,200 gas stations.The plan has been criticized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, which has said its members have expressed concerns regarding the political nature of the stickers.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna blasted the stickers in a Facebook post Wednesday.“This is just par for the course for a government wasting taxpayers’ dollars to fight climate action instead of climate change,” she wrote.“And now they are impeding the free speech of small-business owners.” read more