The Prime Minister met Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull today for bilateral talks at Chequers following the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and Windsor this week. They reflected on the week’s events and how they could both offer real support to see the commitments made at CHOGM delivered over the period of the UK’s chair-in-office – particularly in the area of cyber security. They agreed to close collaboration between their two countries on this matter. Acknowledging that the two countries already enjoy a close defence relationship, the Prime Minister welcomed increased cooperation on defence and security, including on equipment programmes and noted the merits of the Type 26 frigate and its anti-submarine warfare capability. Both Prime Ministers said that their countries’ should seek to share research and science, agreeing that their universities had much to offer each other. The leaders noted the importance of free and fair trade, before discussing their trading relationship post EU-exit. They confirmed their shared ambition to form a new bilateral UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement after leaving the EU. They welcomed the approach agreed at the March European Council to provide continuity during the implementation period for international agreements, which could be swiftly transitioned into new bilateral agreements once the implementation period ends. The Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Turnbull for Australia’s support over the action against the Assad regime. They agreed it was important to continue stressing the Commonwealth communique’s commitment to implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention. A Downing Street spokesman said:
The 32-year-old Isagani Avansenia was found floating two kilometers off the coast of the town’s Barangay 1, according to Lieutenant Commander Jansen Benjamin Philippine, Coast Guard (PCG)-Negros Occidental chief.Benjamin said the victim was positively identified by his relatives.Earlier on Tuesday night, Avansenia and his elder brother Ivar, 35, went out to fish when their boat, FBCa Gadying 1, snagged a fishing line which caused their vessel to capsize.The elder Avansenia managed to cling on to the capsized boat, while the younger disappeared into the water.Benjamin believed Isagani may have gotten entangled in the fishing nets, which caused him to drown. The victim’s elder brother, meanwhile, was later rescued by another fishing boat./PN Police officers and residents fish out the body of a fisherman floating off the waters of Ilog, Negros Occidental on Friday. The victim was identified as 32-year-old Isagani Avansenia. His boat capsized two days ago. PCG-NEGROS OCCIDENTAL BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – The body of a missing fisherman from the town of Ilog in Negros Occidental was found after his boat capsized two days ago.
There isn’t a better place to craft a rebirth than under the bright lights of Hollywood, which is why Roy Hibbert and the Lakers could turn out to be a match made in basketball heaven.In a town where redemption for any A-lister’s flop is always just the right script and right director away, Hibbert is in the perfect place to get back on his feet.He arrives in Los Angeles coming off a string of disappointments with the Indiana Pacers, for whom he was a two-time All-Star while patrolling the middle of one of the best teams in the league until an inexplicable fall from grace that resulted in the Pacers literally giving him away to the Lakers for a second-round pick.It wasn’t quite Kevin Costner nose-diving in Waterworld, but it was close. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That he comes wrapped in a study 7-footer’s body with exquisite defensive skills and plays a position and role the Lakers desperately need filling makes the relationship about as perfect as it gets.“We haven’t had length here in a couple of years, at least somebody you would say that has length and a defensive presence,” said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. “If he can do that, rebound and take up space and protect at the rim and divert guys in the paint that beat our guys on the perimeter, then that’s going to be a really good year.”All the better that it’s not a long-term commitment — yet anyway. Hibbert has one year remaining on his contract, which means he and the Lakers can spend next season figuring out if they want to make this a more permanent thing. It’s a mutually low-risk, low-pressure investment that could turn into a blockbuster before it’s all said and done. At least that’s what the Lakers hope.And what Hibbert is counting on.“I want to get back to playing at the ability that I have been,” Hibbert said Wednesday when the Lakers rolled out their new center in El Segundo. “The past couple years, I’ve had ups and downs, but I feel like the Lakers community, the franchise, the management, the coaches, the training staff really believe in me.”Now it’s a matter of turning belief into production.The Lakers merely need Hibbert to defend and rebound. If he can give them even just a little bit of offense to complement Jordan Clarkson, DeAngelo Russell, Julius Randle and Kobe Bryant, the investment will pay off.“I (look) at it as having a role like (Golden State Warriors center) Andrew) Bogut did on this championship team. You know, defense, playing hard, and whenever you get a chance to score being as efficient as possible,” Hibbert said.In other words, exactly what he once excelled at with the Pacers, who once took the Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals and seemed poised to emerge as a perinatal title contender.But then the wheels fell off. Hibbert became one of the faces of the downfall.He wasn’t the only problem — the devastating injury that sidelined Paul George most of last year and the departure of defensive wingman Lance Stephenson certainly didn’t help.“Sometimes it falls apart, whatever the reason may be,” Kupchak said. “You look at the franchise, and clearly losing Paul George had everything to do with what happened last year. Sometimes that has affects on other players as well.”But no one bore more of the brunt than Hibbert.When you’re as big as he is, there’s no place to hide. “Obviously with, you know, with key pieces being out. Things didn’t go as well as they should have on my end and with the team,” Hibbert said. “So, that’s in the past, but as of right now, I’m looking forward to the future.”The Lakers were more than happy to bring him in, warts and all. Not that they had many other options. After striking out on big men DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge, they had a Texas-size hole to fill in the middle. Even with Hibbert’s recent problems, it isn’t often a player his size and ability is available at such a marked-down price.As an added bonus, if he doesn’t work out, the Lakers can easily cut bait at the end of 2015.If he does, re-signing him to a long-term deal won’t sabotage their salary cap flexibility. By trading for him — rather than signing him as a free agent — the Lakers retain his Bird Rights, which means they can still sign other big-name free agents and also retain Hibbert.In a town where second chances are sometimes as close as the next script, Hibbert might be in the perfect place to re-emerge. One day Hibbert was an NBA Defensive Player of the Year candidate. One of the best centers in the league.The next he was a 7-foot-2 enigma whom the Pacers couldn’t wait to rid themselves of, happily shipping him off to Tinseltown and the Lakers for a measly second-round pick.Thing is, in Hollywood we’ve seen the has-been who couldn’t crack a soap commercial audition suddenly re-emerge as the toast of the town on Oscar night enough times to know it’s not a matter of if the luster returns as much as when.We love a redemption story. And in L.A., we serve them up as fast as a California Roll on a Sushi date night. That isn’t to say the Lakers are Quenton Tarantino to Hibbert’s John Travolta, but there isn’t a better opportunity or bigger stage to offer such a down-on-his-luck star the one the Lakers can provide Hibbert.
Athletes at the previous Kenya marathonNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s highest profile marathon, due on October 29, has been postponed to late November over fears of political unrest around the country’s re-run presidential election expected on October 26.The Nairobi Marathon, a road race which has often been a platform for young Kenyan athletes to launch their international careers, will now be held on November 26.“This revised date is to give runners ample time to participate in both the election and the marathon,” race organisers said. The marathon — the only regional road race recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) — is not the only sport to have been affected by the tense political climate in the country after August’s presidential election was annulled by the Supreme Court and a re-run ordered.Last month the International Cricket Council (ICC) said this October’s World Cricket League (WCL) sixth-round fixture between Kenya and the Netherlands would be moved from Nairobi to South Africa with the match set to be played at East London’s Buffalo Park cricket stadium on October 6 and 8.Share on: WhatsApp
AUBREY BRUCE“I’m up on the tight wire, one side’s ice and one is fire. It’s a circus game with you and me. I’m up on the tight rope, one side’s hate and one is hope. But the top hat on my head is all you see. And the wire seems to be the only place for me. A comedy of errors and I’m falling. Like a rubber neck giraffe, you look into my past. Well, baby, you’re just too blind to see.” (Tight Rope lyrics by Leon Russell)A couple of weeks ago I made plans to attend and cover the Pitt, Notre Dame basketball game at South Bend, Indiana. Just prior to the day I was about to head to South Bend I had a pregame chat with the NPC’s Stephan Broadus, (a native of St. Louis) about the doomsday weather scenario; I “punked” out and decided not to join my photographer at the Purcell Pavilion. Pitt won a nail biter 85-81 in overtime. Obviously “touchdown Jesus” must have been on sabbatical because the chanting home congregation of more than 9,000 faithful could not insure a victory for the Fighting Irish.The “trees” that Pitt planted in the “paint” gave the Panthers opportunity after opportunity and multiple chances to score inside the painted area out rebounding the Irish 38-22 inside the painted area also outscoring them 42-18 in the “red zone.”
When complete, the rooftop solar systemwill be the biggest in Africa.(Image: Dube TradePort)MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent ZwaneDube TradePort marketing and PR+27 32 814 0000Emily van RijswijckThe first phase of a massive rooftop solar energy project is currently underway in Durban. KwaZulu-Natal. The project was launched just ahead of COP17, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks which began in the harbour city on 28 November.Once both phases are completed in April 2012, the project will be Africa’s biggest rooftop solar installation, generating in excess of 600 kilowatts peak (kWp) – this is sufficient to power two fresh produce packing and logistics facilities.The project is located in the massive new multi-use Dube TradePort development, 30 kilometres north of Durban.About 990 solar panels will be attached to the roofs of two warehouses in the AgriZone, the trade port’s agricultural hub.In the first phase, the project will generate 220 kWp in total, equivalent to supplying 150 households with electricity.“With the completion of the second phase, an additional 400 kWp will be produced, making this the largest roof mounted photovoltaic system in Africa,” confirms AgriZone project executive Mlibo Bantwini.The solar panels have capacity to provide power for all the needs of the energy-intensive fresh produce pack houses. In the first phase alone carbon emissions will be reduced by 294 tons per year.Using the latest solar technology, little or no maintenance will be required other than to clean the panels from time to time.“This system will not require any major further investment for the next 20 years and will bring about considerable reduction in carbon emissions,” says Bantwini.Looking to the futureThe Dube TradePort is a 60-year master development plan consisting of several complementary and interconnected developments.The completed development will comprise the new King Shaka International airport, the Dube TradeZone linked to the Dube cargo terminal, and Dube City, a property development which will serve aviation and local communities. The plan is to make the city into a green precinct.The first phase of the airport, cargo terminal, trade zone and Dube City has been completed and is fully operational.The AgriZone is one of the key components of this multibillion-rand project, and includes the most advanced greenhouse hydroponics facility in Africa. Through its climate controlled greenhouses it already produces 50 000 cucumbers and three tons of tomatoes per week for large retailers.A sophisticated tissue culture facility with the capability to propagate three-million plants per year is also located here.A separate greenhouse for cut flowers and pot plant production will be developed in 2012. The project currently employs more than 100 local people.Aviation and cargo clusterDube City is the first purpose-built aviation orientated city in Africa. On completion, the 24-hectare facility will include a mix of hotels, conference and entertainment venues, retail stores, and company head offices.Speed and turnaround times are key to freight handling. According to Bantwini the Dube cargo terminal has the most sophisticated ramp-handling equipment available in South Africa.A fully automated air bridge conveyer system provides direct access to air freight forwarding companies in the adjacent TradeZone. A major advantage is that Customs, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Port Health, South African Revenue Service and South African Border Police are all housed within the cargo terminal, says Bantwini.“For the first time in South Africa, customs services are fully integrated with cargo terminal operations, providing one-stop regulatory, all-hours service for the convenience of shippers and forwarders.”Addressing challenges of climate changeThe Dube TradePort as a company also views itself as a responsible developer which responds proactively to climate change in all aspects of its business. To realise its vision Dube TradePort is working together with Swedish climate consultancy and carbon offset company Tricorona Climate Partner.“In response to the challenges of climate change and as the host city of COP17, we would like to accelerate our efforts in lowering our climate impact, and develop a more sustainable business model in the aviation and trade port business” says Rohan Persad, Dube TradePort CEO.Rainwater harvesting, recycling and converting green waste into compost are just a few of the strategies to be implemented in the future.“A rehabilitation program over three years will revive 619 hectares of the grounds while the cargo terminal’s paperless trade program has already been initiated, and will in time dramatically reduce its own paper use as well as that of its related customers and service providers,” Bantwini adds.Eskom goes solar In the meantime, Eskom, South Africa’s national power utility has launched the first of its three solar photovoltaic pilot projects at the Lethabo Power Station near Vereeniging in Gauteng. Kendal in Mpumalanga and Eskom’s head office at Megawatt Park in Gauteng will likewise be fitted with solar panels.The entire project will cost about R90-million (US$11-million) and will supply electricity for internal use at the two power stations and at the head office. The expected reduction in the company’s carbon footprint is about 2 845 tons a year.The lessons learned from the pilot projects will support the rollout of these systems across all Eskom’s coal-fired stations over time, the utility confirmed.The total electricity generated from all three solar plants will be about 1.55 megawatts (MW).Eskom was also looking to other renewable sources.“We have undertaken to invest in renewable energy projects and in cleaner coal technologies and these solar panels are an important first step towards that,” said Eskom CEO Brian Dames at the launch of the project.The utility’s Sere Wind Farm near Koekenaap in the Western Cape province will, on completion, generate 100 MW of power, with construction planned for early 2012.
Tags:#Government#international#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Apple bans Ulysses, again. Apple, energized by its campaign against porno, required Rob Berry, a graphic novelist, to redact the lovely lady lumps and other human bedanglements in his interpretation of James Joyce’s novel, “Ulysses,” called “Ulysses ‘Seen’” before he could offer it in the iTunes store. This, of course, is the problem with all censorship, from international country-wide filtering to a single company’s ill-advised big brothering of its customers. For every highly offensive sex act (sex is dirty, after all) that the little people are spared, tons of legitimate content is junked along with it. In this case, Apple managed to make itself look magnificently asinine, by in effect echoing one of the seminal American court cases of free speech vs. censorship, the Ulysses obscenity trial of 1933. A company dedicated to communications and self-branded as the herald of the future looked to be standing on the side of narrow-minded, thin-lipped Babbits of nearly a century ago. Berry wrote to tell us that Apple has since changed its mind and the novel is available for download to the iPad in all its glorious boobdom. But what we wondered, was why Berry agreed in the first place. We asked him if he didn’t feel that the decision was not wholly his to make. While a new interpretation of an old work is still a new work, it retains and communicates its original. “(Y)our question about responsibility to Joyce is a deeper one that I’m surprised no one had thought to ask any of us yet…(P)utting it on the iPad, even altering my own artwork to meet their restrictions, is done in service of bringing the novel to a new audience of readers and connecting it’s many, many fans with an sleeker and easier forum for discussing it. I feel it’s a bit of shame most of the press has been about the controversy, but certainly the old man himself was no stranger to controversy. I’m never quite certain what he’d think of my drawings, but I’m pretty sure he’d be loving all the new attention.”Good intentions of course, and he’s probably right about Joyce’s love for the attention. But it still leaves some of us uneasy, even though the point is now academic. Perhaps if nothing else, Apple will be more careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater in its zeal to purify it. Especially if it’s a nicens little baby named baby tuckoo. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… DISCLOSE Act could impinge blogs in U.S.The DISCLOSE Act requires disclosure of corporate and union political speech after the Supreme Court’s January decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission declared the government could not ban political expenditures by companies, nonprofit groups, and labor unions. Some, however, have begun to argue that this law’s language is loose enough that it could allow the Federal Election Commission the right to regulate all political speech, including that of bloggers. Although it seems a bit alarmist, what harm could arise from tightening the language? Iceland establishes strong free-speech laws. In order to become a “new media haven” Iceland has passed the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative proposal, co-written by whistle-blower site WikiLeaks. It “resolves to task the government with finding ways to strengthen freedoms of expression and information freedom in Iceland, as well as providing strong protections for sources and whistle blowers.” The only real effect this is likely to have is to keep an organization’s servers from being shut down. That’s important, but it certainly won’t keep a tinhorn from tossing you into an oubliette until you expire. Hafdis Huld and the Elder Edda aren’t the only things awesome about Iceland. Iran runs the life of another blogger into the ground. Iran let Hengameh Shahidi go a week without food after she could no longer take solid food before they began to free her intravenously. She has been confined in the notorious Evin prison since last July, according to OR318, an organization that started in response to the death of the first blogger in prison, Omid Reza Mirsayafi.Australia to force ISPs to store internet activity of all Australian internet users. Australia, the China of the Western democracies when it comes to Internet censorship, has outdone itself. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian government plans to store information that includes browsing history and plans to do it regardless of whether any given user is suspected of a crime. Honest to G-d? Are you people all wasted down there? Who’s next, Canada? Canada charges man with hate crime for using YouTube. I… I… I don’t care that it’s way to early for a beer. Canada’s late-to-the-party Constitution has very weak free speech rights. Some have argued they are so weak they amount to no rights at all. “The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.” So, if you are “unreasonable,” you can be shut up. Good thing all “unreasonable” people are bigots. Otherwise, you could have a real problem. Sign photo by Richard RutterBuck Mulligan drawing from Ulysses Seen by Rob BerryBottom photo by Robin Frousheger from No Clean FeedFlickr group
Liga MX Despite deep team, America can’t overlook Club Tijuana Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pedro Pardo Liga MX América América v Tijuana Tijuana Opinion Key players like Mateus Uribe will get a rest Saturday ahead of next week’s Clasico Nacional, but Xolos could be tougher than expected Miguel Herrera has been particularly blunt lately. After a 5-1 thrashing of Saprissa in the CONCACAF Champions League, he said he had “no need for diplomacy” and acknowledged his team was far superior to Saprissa. That much was clear from the result. Why not say it?Herrera is enjoying himself. He should be. His undefeated America team tops the table. The offseason additions, made mostly to shore up an attack that managed to score in zero of four playoff matches last tournament, have worked perfectly. Las Aguilas have 15 goals in eight matches so far this tournament, tied atop the league.Yet with his old charges in town, Herrera needs to make sure not only that his team is feeling the good vibes he’s putting out but also that they’re ready to face a Tijuana team that could surprise. Next week is a big one for America. The second leg of the CCL against Saprissa looks easier — it now would take an absolute calamity to fail to reach the quarterfinals. But next weekend brings the Clasico Nacional against Chivas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Always in touch with the America supporters, Herrera is looking ahead to that game. He’s resting Mateus Uribe, who sits one yellow card away from picking up a suspension for accumulation, against Tijuana to make sure he’s available to face Chivas. Instead, William da Silva will move into the midfield with Carlos Vargas fit to play at left back. Andres Ibarguen will start as well.”I see Ibarguen as a really good player. He’s very good, nice, he brings a good atmosphere and he’s taking advantage of the minutes he’s had,” Herrera said. “Fortunately we chose well when putting the group together and everyone knows they have to be at a good level.”Herrera does have a deep team at his disposal. After signing Ibarguen and forward Jeremy Menez in the offseason to bolster the attack and seeing a surprising emergence from Henry Martin, he has plenty of weapons going forward. That’s not even mentioning veteran Oribe Peralta, a streaky player who looks to be entering a good run of form after struggling in December and January. Darwin Quintero, the Colombian winger, would start at most teams in North America but isn’t making the 18 with America. That’s partly because of foreign player rules but partly because of the glut of talent the team has.At the back, signing Emanuel Aguilera from Tijuana and getting Paul Aguilar back from injury has America tough to beat. If the defenders do fall short, Agustin Marchesin is making a case he’s the best goalkeeper in Liga MX.All in all, Herrera has a dynamo of a team and has it playing like the best side in Mexico and a favorite to win the CONCACAF Champions League. Still, looking past Xolos and on to Saprissa and Chivas could set his team up for failure.Tijuana’s coach may not have any history with the former players, but several of his players know how they play. Center back Aguilera, left back Vargas and midfielder Guido Rodriguez were Xolos under Herrera, as were likely substitutes Martin and Joe Corona. The opposing players will know the tendencies, how players like to attack, what they can and can’t get away with. That’s not to mention the fact that Tijuana is a better team than Chivas in the first place. Diego Cocca has been conservative on the road and Tijuana is struggling with injuries to Gustavo Bou and Ignacio Malcorra. There still are capable attackers, and the veteran defense has allowed just five goals in eight matches this tournament.Herrera says his team knows that, and last weekend’s comeback draw against Veracruz showed the fight it has in all situations.”I like the attitude, the determination and the desire to not let a single point go,” he said. “This point meant a lot for our attitude, how we didn’t let it go. That’s the good thing about this team, that it doesn’t fall down. Losing the undefeated run could happen at any time, but the attitude of the guys is what stands out.”America must show plenty of desire for the undefeated run to continue this weekend against a tough Tijuana side that knows America inside and out. Overlook Xolos, and America will open itself up to a slip-up that will blunt Herrera’s happy mood ahead of a critical week.
Vine/Brian ShearerThe end of Pitt’s 65-61 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome wasn’t without some controversy late. Syracuse fans online are livid over a blatant travel by Pitt guard James Robinson that went uncalled, with just seconds left in the game. Apparently walk-on Carter Sanderson feels the same way. He voice his discontent about the play on Twitter.You can’t be serious, right? A No call? What a joke. https://t.co/xyVyM7OuEt— Carter Sanderson (@TheCarter3_) February 21, 2015The call is very bad, but we bet someone will remind SU’s players to keep their criticism of the refs off of social media. Even Jim Boeheim censored himself after the game.Boeheim declines to comment on the last call. “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”— Phil D’Abbraccio (@PhilDAbb) February 21, 2015Pitt is 18-10 after the big road win.
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,728.32, down 47.98 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down eight cents, 2.57 per cent, to $3.03 on 9.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 19 cents, 1.50 per cent, to $12.48 on 6.3 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up 94 cents, or 10.40 per cent, to $9.98 on 4.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Pharmaceutical. Down 23 cents, or 2.99 per cent, to $7.45 on 4.1 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 20 cents, 5.35 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down four cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, 0.91 per cent, to $2.21 on 3.4 million shares. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce tacked on another 79.82 per cent of preliminary anti-dumping duties, now totalling almost 300 per cent, for Bombardier to export its CSeries commercial jet into the American market once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Up $1.21, 1.50 per cent, to $82.11 on 315,991 shares. The legal battle between a group of Tim Hortons franchisees and their parent company escalated Friday as the corporate-unsanctioned franchisee association filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives of subverting their right to associate.