Regional cricket’s top two clash at Sabina

first_imgCaptains Paul Palmer Jr and Leon Johnson of the Jamaica Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars, respectively, are both expressing confidence heading into their WICB First-Class Championship top-of-the-table clash at Sabina Park today.Undefeated Jaguars are putting their 100 per cent win record on the line against second-place Scorpions, who after a defeat in their opener away to Barbados Pride, has rebounded to post three straight wins.”It should be a very good game of cricket,” said Palmer, whose team will be going for three from three at Sabina Park this season.”We are at home, and whenever we are at home, we are always confident, and put our best foot forward.”Scheduled for a 10 a.m. the encounter will see Jamaica attempting to build on victories over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes.last_img read more

Congress Urged to Save Energy Star Program

first_imgMore than 1,000 U.S. businesses and organizations have signed a letter to Congressional leaders urging that they oppose the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program. The Associated Press reports that major manufacturers such as United Technologies, Ingersoll Rand, and Staples affirmed that Congress should strengthen the program, not weaken it, and that Energy Star has been a successful collaboration between public and private interests. In all, 1,050 businesses and organizations signed the letter.Energy Star is a voluntary program launched in 1992 designed to encourage energy efficiency in a wide range of consumer products. The program has saved an estimated $430 billion in utility bills in the last 25 years. The EPA says that 85% of the American public recognizes the Energy Star label as a sign of efficiency.The move to drop the $50 million in annual program costs from the federal budget is part of the Trump administration’s plan to reduce spending at the EPA from $8.3 billion to $5.7 billion a year, a 31% cut. Programs on efficiency and climate change would be especially hard hit.But many U.S. business leaders say that the plan to defund Energy Star is misguided, says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, an advocacy group that organized the business letter.“I don’t know who recommended shutting down this program to the president, but I can assure you it was bad advice that would hurt American businesses, consumers, and our overall economy,” Callahan said.The full text of the letter, sent to congressional leaders on April 24, can be found here.last_img read more

Red Sox retire No.34 for Ortiz: ‘This is his (pause) city’

first_img“You’re not our teammate, you’re not our friend. You’re family,” Pedroia said. “And it will be like that until the day you die.”With that, Ortiz broke out the handkerchief.“Man, the little guy made me cry,” he said. “Wow.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski, Pedro Martinez, Wade Boggs and Jim Rice — whose numbers preceded Ortiz’s to the Fenway facade — were the only ones who could know how he felt.“It’s an honor to get to see my number right next to all those legends,” Ortiz said before his No. 34 was unveiled along the right-field roof boxes on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I remember hitting batting practice on this field; I always was trying to hit those numbers. But I never thought about having my number up there,” he said. “Every player that is up there did things that are very, very special for this ballclub and this community.”Ortiz retired last season as one of the most productive offensive players in franchise history, and the single-most important player to wear a Red Sox uniform in a century. With three World Series titles — including the 2004 championship that ended an 86-year drought — Ortiz dragged the ballclub out of its dynasty of disappointment and gave a fresh generation of Bostonians reason to fall in love with the Red Sox anew. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Boston Red Sox baseball great David Ortiz, right, laughs with Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, Friday, June 23, 2017, at Fenway Park in Boston as the team retired Ortiz’s jersey No. 34 worn when he led the franchise to three World Series titles. It is the 11th number retired by the Red Sox. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS—David Ortiz stepped up to the microphone, wiped the tears from his eyes and waited for the sold-out Fenway crowd to shout “Papi!” a few more times.The Red Sox stood at the top step of their dugout. The Los Angeles Angels tipped their caps. Friends and family and dignitaries from two countries lined the infield. Three World Series trophies glistened in the twilight sun.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Son of a famous drummer, Van Halen makes own name in track But it was Ortiz’s defiant speech after the Boston Marathon bombings that cemented him as a civic hero and helped prompt the Red Sox to retire his number less than a year after he retired. As a nod to his foul-mouthed challenge to those who would test the city’s resolve, Ortiz took the microphone on Friday with the welcome, “This is his (pause) city.”“There wasn’t an empty seat,” Ortiz said afterward. “It made me feel like one of the important games we had where the fans wanted to be there from the very beginning and show love and support. It was pretty amazing.”Ortiz is the 10th Red Sox player to have his number retired, and he was joined by four of the others, plus family representing the ones who couldn’t be there. Also recognized during the ceremony were representatives from the Dominican Republic, the city of Boston, and family of Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, from whom Ortiz adopted both his No. 34 and his ever-present smile.“Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to give Boston the greatest gift ever: my compadre, David Ortiz,” said Martinez, who helped convince the Red Sox to sign Ortiz in 2003, a year before their curse-busting title. “You are a great ambassador of the game. I don’t have enough words to say today how proud I am, and how proud of a papa I feel today. “Yes, he is ‘Big Papi.’ But I feel like ‘Grampa.’”Current second baseman Dustin Pedroia, Ortiz’s teammate on the 2007 and ’13 World Series champions, came out of the dugout to be enveloped in a giant bear hug.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

WATCH: McGregor in awe of mural showing him punching Mayweather

first_img“F**king hell. Unbelievable,” McGregor said, with a huge grin on his face.Whether or not McGregor could indeed pull off the upset remains to be seen, as the two enigmatic superstars are set to clash at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, on Aug. 26.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Serena Williams cheered by netizens after answering John McEnroe’s backhanded compliment What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Netizens abuzz over confirmed McGregor-Mayweather boutOne of the most vivid and graphic forecasts came in the way of a colorful mural showing the Irish sensation clocking the undefeated pound-for-pound boxing great with his patented left straight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA clip of the 28-year-old UFC lightweight champion seeing the artwork for the first time has become viral on social media.As seen in a one-minute clip, McGregor is completely in awe upon entering the boxing gym and seeing an illustration of himself against the legendary Mayweather. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Now that the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. mega-fight is finally a done deal, fans are constantly offering their predictions left and right.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

13 days agoCiaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”. last_img

6 days agoReal Madrid boss Zidane defends Jovic slow start

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane defends Jovic slow startby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has defended Luka Jovic slow start to his Bernabeu career.Jovic has struggled for minutes since his summer arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt.Zidane said, “He’s not demotivated. “He’s just arrived and he’s looking much better now than when he came in. He’s slowly learning Spanish and becoming part of the group. “I will be counting on him and he’s important despite the fact he hasn’t played much recently.” last_img

Alternative Keystone XL route gets approved in Nebraska

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska regulators approved an alternative route Monday for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp., though opponents say another round of federal approval may now be needed.The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s ruling was on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometre) pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The proposed Keystone XL route would cross parts of Montana, South Dakota and most of Nebraska to Steele City, Nebraska.The long-delayed project was rejected by President Barack Obama in 2015, citing concerns about carbon pollution. President Donald Trump revived it in March, approving a permit.The project has faced a barrage of criticism from environmental activists and some landowners for nearly a decade.Here are some things to know about the fight:___WHAT OPTIONS DID THE COMMISSION HAVE?The five-member Nebraska Public Service Commission was forbidden by law from factoring pipeline safety or the risk of spills into its decision because pipeline safety is a federal responsibility. So, it couldn’t take into account a spill of 210,000 gallons (790,000 litres) of oil on the existing Keystone pipeline in South Dakota announced on Thursday.The simplest choice was a yes-or-no vote on TransCanada’s “preferred route” through a dozen Nebraska counties. The commission had the option of including major caveats that would add years to the project’s timetable.Commissioners decided to approve an alternative route that would run farther north than TransCanada’s preferred route. Company officials have said their preferred route causes the least amount of disruption.No matter what the commission decided, any group that presented arguments at an August hearing could appeal the decision to a state district court. The case would likely end up before the Nebraska Supreme Court.The proposed Keystone XL would expand the existing Keystone pipeline, which went into service in July 2010. The current pipeline network runs south through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and extends east into Missouri and Illinois.___WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE DECISION?The commission’s vote could play a pivotal role in whether TransCanada moves ahead with the pipeline. After years of lobbying for the project, TransCanada acknowledged in a July conference call that executives won’t decide until late November or early December whether to begin construction.TransCanada spokesman Matthew John reiterated that timeline last week, ahead of the Monday vote.“We’re going through the process with every intention to get this project built,” John said on Wednesday. “But there are factors that we need to work out prior to making that decision,” including regulatory approval in Nebraska.John said the company also needs to finalize its contracts with shippers that want to use the pipeline.TransCanada has been working to line up long-term contracts for the pipeline, which can carry an estimated 830,000 barrels a day. The company has not announced the results of its open season bidding process, which ended Oct. 26.___WILL THERE BE PROTESTS IF THE COMMISSION APPROVES THE PIPELINE?Opponents in August vowed to stage mass protests against the pipeline if Nebraska regulators approve it, but say they will exhaust legal options first.Pipeline opponents have lined parts of the proposed route with obstacles, including trees, solar panels, sacred corn from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and a barn powered by renewable energy. Some opponents may try to physically block construction and have likened their resistance to the activists who protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota.___IS KEYSTONE XL STILL FEASIBLE?Despite low oil prices and repeated delays, TransCanada has a strong financial incentive to keep pursuing the pipeline, said Zachary Rogers, a Houston-based analyst for Wood Mackenzie, an energy research and consulting firm.Rogers said Western Canadian producers have been forced to ship their product by train, which is more expensive than a pipeline, and Keystone XL would reduce costs and improve their bottom line.At the same time, Texas refineries face uncertainty because of political instability in Venezuela, one of their top oil sources, and a slowdown in Mexican production.“Western Canada has been held captive by geography and hasn’t been able to cheaply access the markets,” Rogers said last week. “Any opportunity for them to get better access will buoy their margins.”___Follow Grant Schulte on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GrantSchulte___Sign up for the AP’s weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: http://apne.ws/2u1RMfvlast_img read more

Didnt join Bollywood to make films with stars

first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia has a solid clarity of what he wants to do: make films which have his trademark style and never chase stars to get his dream on celluloid. The director, who has helmed mid-budget but critically acclaimed films like Paan Singh Tomar and Saheb Biwi aur Gangster series, has learnt over the years on how to avoid the pressure of having a star to headline his film. “I don’t want to sound pompous but I want my films to be a ‘Tigmanshu Dhulia Film.’ Whether it’s a hit or a flop, doesn’t matter. I came to this industry to make films, not to make films with stars. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot”Now I’ve learnt to not approach those producers with those kind of scripts where they will ask me to get a star. I don’t fall into that trap anymore,” said Tigmanshu. The pressure on a director to get a star on board can be quite daunting. Tigmanshu first hand experienced this while making his upcoming directorial, Milan Talkies, which earlier had several names attached to it, from Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra to Imran Khan. Though conceptualised around 2011, Tigmanshu had to cross several roadblocks to finally make the film. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary”Earlier UTV was supposed to do it but I had a fallout with them because they weren’t releasing Paan Singh Tomar. There was a gap then and Ekta pushed really hard. I’ll give it up to her.” “Despite actors saying yes and no, dillydallying about it, she held on to it. But they needed a star. I requested her let me make it with whoever because otherwise this will never get made and she did.” The filmmaker is now ready to release Milan Talkies on March 15, featuring Ali Fazal.last_img read more

Evan Rachel Wood self harmed during abusive relationship

first_imgLos Angeles: Evan Rachel Wood has revealed that she used to self harm when she was involved in an “abusive relationship”. The ‘Westworld’ star opened up about the abuse on Twitter recently, using the #IAmNotOk hashtag in an attempt to raise awareness about domestic violence. “Two years into my abusive relationship. I resorted to self harm. When my abuser would threaten or attack me, I cut my wrist as a way to disarm him.” “It only made the abuse stop temporarily. At that point I was desperate to stop the abuse and I was too terrified to leave,” Rachel Wood tweeted, alongside a picture of herself with scars on her arm. The 31-year-old actor also shared photographs from a shoot which she attended during that time, adding she “fell into a pool of tears” on the job and had to go home. She recently opened up about her abusive relationship.last_img read more

Naresh Goyal pledges 26 stake in Jet Airways for loans

first_imgNew Delhi: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal has pledged 26 per cent stake in the ailing airline as security for loans from Punjab National Bank, according to a regulatory filing. Last month, Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal quit the board of cash-strapped carrier as part of a debt resolution plan. Jet Airways Thursday informed the stock exchanges that Goyal has pledged over 2.95 crore shares or 26.01 per cent stake with Punjab National Bank. The pledge was created on April 4 as “security for existing/ new borrowings taken by Jet Airways (India) Ltd,” the filing to the BSE said. On the same day, over 5.79 crore shares held by him were released. Those were kept under “non disposal undertaking” as security for borrowings taken by the airline, as per the filing. Goyal gave up the chairmanship of Jet Airways, which he founded more than 25 years ago, under a debt restructuring plan wherein lenders have taken control of the carrier.last_img read more