first_imgAtlanta United’s tradition of having celebrities hammer a ceremonial golden spike raised an interesting question before Saturday’s MLS Cup final. Which Atlanta celebrity would be called on to wield the hammer and spark the celebration on the biggest night in the team’s brief history? The club ultimately made the perfect choice, handing the oversized hammer to owner Arthur Blank, who enthusiastically drove that golden spike, setting the tone for a night Atlanta won’t forget, and one that provided the perfect ending to a season that has set a new standard for Major League Soccer. The second-year club didn’t just cap a special season with a dominant performance in Saturday’s 2-0 MLS Cup final victory over the Portland Timbers . Atlanta United put on a show to remember, with 73,019 packing Mercedes-Benz Stadium and creating an atmosphere perfectly-suited for the coronation Saturday’s final became .  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Atlanta is the perfect example of what is possible for MLS teams in this new era, MLS 3.0 as it is often called. You need an owner with deep pockets and the commitment to spend as well as the savvy to hire smart soccer people to build and operate the team. Then it’s up to those soccer people to take those resources and sign difference-makers like Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron, but also make smart acquisitions like Michael Parkhurst and Julian Gressel. Off the field, Atlanta United has succeeded in establishing a connection with the city it calls home. The city that has never been considered a great sports town and has endured its share of pro sports heartache. Atlanta United’s ability to build an exciting, entertaining team, while also successfully engaging a community with so much potential, has been the perfect recipe for success. And no, it isn’t as simple as Atlanta United spent tons of money to build a winner. There are plenty of teams that have splashed millions of dollars on rosters that never won a title or came close to building the kind of team Atlanta has managed to put togehter in just two seasons. MLS commissioner Don Garber must be thrilled at Atlanta United’s achievement, because as MLS pushes to find new expansion markets to join league, Garber can point to what Blank and his club have done as the model for what is possible if you have ambitious, aggressive and smart ownership.”At the end of the day, he’s the fundamental reason that we’re lifting a trophy today,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said of Blank. “Because his commitment to the city and the credibility gave us that early impulse in terms of fans that bought in because they knew it was going to be credible. “I remember meeting him for the first time and my question is, is this an owner that’s really committed to soccer or is he just trying to fill the stadium that he’s building? And right from day one I knew he was ultra-serious in terms of what he wanted to do. And look, he brought me in with almost two and a half years to plan for it, so of course that runway really helped us take our time and put together the various pieces. Arthur’s support and mentorship is really the reason we’re here today celebrating.”Atlanta’s success should also send a clear message to the rest of the league that winning an MLS Cup is a tougher proposition now and will require more of a financial commitment than ever before. Josef Martinez Atlanta United MLS Cup final 2018As much as MLS is still a single-entity league, its roster and salary rules have created enough room to let ambitious owners flex their financial muscle, and the trend toward big-spending teams winning didn’t start with Atlanta United. Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders played each other in the previous two finals, and both clubs were aggressive in building their rosters. The days of club being able to build winning teams by spending modestly are starting to fade. That isn’t a bad thing for MLS. The more ambitious and big-spending owners the league has, the better the league will be. That doesn’t mean we are going to see the financial shackles fall off completely, or that the league’s salary cap is going to be blown wide open, but the success of a team like Atlanta United, as well as first-year club Los Angeles FC, should convince more and more teams to commit to spending and helping raise the overall quality of the league. Atlanta United has succeeded in doing that because the Five Stripes did everything at full tilt. Have an owner willing to spend whatever it takes to build a winner? Check. Go all out to buy top-level international talent? Check. Recruit and hire an international caliber manager with a top-level resume? Check. Brad Guzan Atlanta United MLS Cup final 2018Hire front office people who really know MLS and American soccer? Build a team that plays the kind of entertaining, attacking soccer that can captivate a city and winner over both casual and die-hard soccer fans? Build an academy that can not only develop talent, but further cultivate a connection to the home market? Check, check and check.  “It just took the right combination of city, of venue, of training ground, of players most importantly,” Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. “And it all started with the vision from Arthur. He’s the man behind all of this. He thought that it could prevail: this sport, a team in this city. And it all started with a belief.”The challenge now for Atlanta United will be maintaining that level of success. It won’t be easy, as Toronto FC can attest. Gerardo “Tata” Martino is leaving, and Miguel Almiron is a good bet to leave this winter as well. The club must find a new head coach capable of maintaining the standard Martino set, and a new playmaker must step into the big shoes left by Almiron, one of the most exciting young players to ever pass through MLS. What happens next for Atlanta United remains to be seen, but what can’t be taken away now is the championship the club delivered to a city that fell in love with its new soccer team and experience that surely hooked many of the 73,019 in attendance into being long-term fans. Those fans are in love with a team that plays beautiful soccer, and an owner who did everything it took to build a winner and help set a new standard for MLS.last_img read more

first_imgJones insists he still felt confident at half-time on Saturday, despite South Africa having enjoyed 78% territory and almost as much possession in the first 40 minutes. His rationale was that, psychologically, the Boks were under more pressure having not nailed their numerous chances. The most glaring came when England were down to 14 men, with Maro Itoje in the sin-bin, and defending a South Africa lineout five metres out which Marx proceeded to overthrow. “What I was really pleased about was that 10 minutes when Maro went to the bin,” said Jones. “I think we won it 3-0. To do that against a side that should’ve beaten New Zealand twice in a row is not bad.” With a few playful jabs at the media thrown in – “You guys love sacking coaches, that’s what you live for. I know what would make you guys happy” – Jones has rarely appeared more upbeat after any fixture since he took the England job. As far as he was concerned, the Farrell hit was just “a good solid tackle” and another apparent high challenge from Jonny May in the hectic closing moments was similarly glossed over.It was left to the former French national coach Philippe Saint-André, among others, to speculate on the reaction had Farrell’s hit been made by a Frenchman, a Fijian or a Samoan. If the game is serious about reducing tackle height a penalty should have been awarded but fortune, on this occasion, favoured the brave.England: Daly; Nowell (Ashton, 65), Slade, Te’o (Ford, 73), May; Farrell (co-capt), Youngs (Care, 65); Hepburn (Moon, h/t), Hartley (co-capt, George, 57), Sinckler (Williams, 65), Kruis, Itoje, Shields (Ewels, 77), Curry (Mercer, 42), Wilson.Pens: Farrell 4.Sin bin: Itoje (16)South Africa:¬†Willemse; Nkosi (Esterhuizen, 60), Kriel, De Allende (Jantjes, 77), Dyantyi; Pollard, Van Zyl (Papier, 75); Kitshoff (T Du Toit, 65), Marx (Mbonambi, 75), Malherbe (Louw, 65), Etzebeth (Snyman, 42), PS Du Toit, Kolisi (capt; De Jager, 65), Vermeulen, Whiteley.Try: Nkosi. Pens: Pollard 2.Referee: A Gardner (Australia). Att:¬†80,369. ENDS COPY Since you’re here… Read more ‘Bring it on’: Eddie Jones ready for All Blacks after England win ‘arm wrestle’ features Share via Email England rugby union team Autumn internationals Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn South Africa rugby team … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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The majority will only recall South Africa literally throwing away a game they should have won and the dubious late decision not to penalise Owen Farrell for exactly the type of hit World Rugby wants to outlaw.Within the England camp, nevertheless, this may yet prove a small but pivotal breakthrough in terms of their 2019 prospects. Its value lay not in the quality of the rugby – neither side were anywhere close to outstanding – but in the red rose character it revealed. Sometimes it is slightly fortunate, against-the-grain success that gives teams more inner belief than days when victory is squeezed more smoothly from the tube. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Owen Farrell escapes being cited over André Esterhuizen tackle Reuse this content It is set to be a contrasting sort of contest; New Zealand will be smarter and more clinical than the Boks unless England cut them off at source. With a couple of tweaks – perhaps Sam Underhill for the injured Tom Curry on the openside flank and a front-row reshuffle – it is not a game Jones sees as unwinnable. “You’ve got to believe you can beat them. You’ve got to understand where they’re weak and strong and be disciplined in your gameplan. New Zealand are going to be different. They’re going to want to run the ball from everywhere and put air on the ball. We’re going to have to be a different team next week.”Given South Africa beat the All Blacks in Wellington and should also have toppled them in Pretoria, the long-awaited return of the silver fern to south-west London will certainly not lack for pre-match conjecture. Take your pick from England’s new defence coach, John Mitchell, up against his compatriots, Will Carling back in the England fold as a leadership adviser and Farrell looking to replicate last year’s Lions’ second Test success in Wellington.Underpinning it all, too, will be England’s rising sense they are not that far away from taking a giant leap. “The belief you get from winning those tight games is enormous,” said Jones. “It just makes everyone feel better and means we won’t have to pick them up this week. I didn’t need this result to make me believe we can beat the All Blacks – I thought we could beat the All Blacks back in 2016. Nothing has changed, mate.” Leader Owen Farrell the foundation of Eddie Jones’s new-look England Of course, everything is relative: if New Zealand are allowed the same first-half ball and territory they will win by 25 points. When they analyse the match tape, even so, the All Blacks will also note England’s refusal to buckle and their doggedness in adversity. Given how many influential bodies are unavailable to Eddie Jones the confidence generated by their second-half revival will be substantial.Even the great Harry Houdini would not have relished the padlocked straitjacket in which the Springboks had their opponents imprisoned. If their great escape, secured by a nerveless Farrell penalty, owed much to Springbok profligacy and the erratic lineout throwing of Malcolm Marx it was also notable for England’s refusal to bow to the seemingly inevitable.With just about everyone expecting a New Zealand victory this weekend that is not the worst trait for Jones’s squad to be developing. Mark Wilson, George Kruis, Ben Moon and Harry Williams may not be starry names but the grit and character that confounded the Boks are precisely the qualities upon which consistent Test packs are built. With Courtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi hoping to be fit to face the All Blacks, Jones’s post-match tone suggested the world’s best team can be made to stop and think. “I said to the boys after the game that I can’t wait. They are the benchmark for world rugby; the team you want to play against. You only know where you are in the world when you play against the All Blacks.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Topics Read more Share on WhatsApp Rugby union Read morelast_img read more

first_imgPlease find enclosed the draft draw for the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships to be held at Stockland Park, Caloundra from Wednesday, 11 September until Saturday, 14 September. A NYC Memo and draft draw structure is also attached. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC). Social MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #nyc2013)Instagram – – Related Filesdraft_draw__external__v1-pdfdraft_draw_structure_and_format__updated_-pdfnyc_memo_-_23-8-2013-pdfRelated LinksNYC Draft Drawlast_img read more

first_imgMan Utd hero McGrath blasts Pogba: No graft in a United shirtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul McGrath has called out Paul Pogba over his behaviour this season.McGrath wrote for the Irish Independent: “I don’t like having a straight-out go at a lad who is still actually a young footballer – but Paul Pogba now owes a debt to Manchester United.”He’s a world champion. And I’m sorry, but it is not as simple as saying that with France last summer he was surrounded by class acts with who it was easy to play – Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi and Raphael Varane, etc.”It doesn’t matter who you are playing with. I saw Paul Pogba chasing back, heading balls out of his own penalty area, tackling, covering, grafting, when France were under real pressure protecting a 1-0 against Belgium in the World Cup semi-final.”That was nothing to do with the quality of his team-mates.”It was Pogba wanting to be the best player and team-mate he could be, to be a winner, not the player of the last two months at Manchester United.”Pogba is not alone in not producing his best. There are others.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img Next Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara to play Road Safety World Series T20 tournament in IndiaSachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara will be playing in the World Series in India next year. They will be joined by former cricketers from five countries.advertisement Reuters MumbaiOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 18:08 IST Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket in 2013. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar will be playing in the World Series in India next yearVirender Sehwag, Brian Lara and Brett Lee will also be part of the seriesRoad Safety World Series will begin from Feb. 2-16 across IndiaBatting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara are among former cricketers who will return to the field for the Road Safety World Series in India next year.The World Series will be an annual Twenty20 tournament played between retired cricketers from five countries – Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and India.India legend Tendulkar and West Indian Lara will be joined by former players including India’s Virender Sehwag, Australian Brett Lee, Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan and South Africa’s Jonty Rhodes for the tournament from Feb. 2-16 across India.Tendulkar, 46, is the world’s leading scorer in tests and one-day internationals, amassing more than 34,000 runs and 100 centuries in a 24-year career that ended in 2013.In 2008, Tendulkar surpassed Lara’s record for most test runs with the West Indies left-hander having made 11,953 in the longest format of the game before retiring from international cricket in 2007.Lara holds the record for the highest individual test score, his 400 not out against England in Antigua in 2004.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly’s nomination for BCCI president validated by electoral officerAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly set to take over as BCCI boss: The road ahead for DadaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jatlast_img read more

first_img According to Mr. Samuda, the three-day international trade show, conceptualised and executed by the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) in Montego Bay, was not only a huge success but provided an opportunity for many local businesses to access the global marketplace. In the meantime, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, T’Shura Gibbs, said the event was remarkable. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the recently held Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) was a major boost for manufacturing and the services sector.According to Mr. Samuda, the three-day international trade show, conceptualised and executed by the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) in Montego Bay, was not only a huge success but provided an opportunity for many local businesses to access the global marketplace.“This was a remarkable expo. This is the kind of trade show that our country needs and where our local business owners get to rub shoulders with their overseas counterparts,” the Minister told JIS News.Mr. Samuda said he knew that the JMA and its team had put in a lot of work to make the event a reality, but he was a “little surprised at how extraordinarily well the turnout was, especially for an inaugural event”.The Minister, who also toured and interacted with all the booth holders on June 2, said that not only was the JIE a big breakthrough for a number of local businesses, “it also provided another opportunity for brand Jamaica to be showcased in an international forum and one befitting of its status as a global powerhouse”.“The JIE has not only opened doors; it has also created the opening where local businesses can now build on the contacts they have made, ensuring that, from now on, they will know where to go and who to call on, as it relates to doing business on the global front,” Mr. Samuda said.In the meantime, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, T’Shura Gibbs, said the event was remarkable.“The JMA and all who assisted in making this a reality must be commended for what they have done. As a first-time event, this is simply amazing. What it also shows is that the opportunities for economic growth and prosperity are real and are there for us to take full advantage of. This is what the JIE is about… to bring businesses together in an up-close and personal manner, where deals can be made,” she said.The JIE, which ran for three days (June1-3) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, had more than 200 buyers and suppliers from 11 countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, participating.It also saw a wide cross section of participants from both local and international companies, including tourism, construction, business process outsourcing, agriculture and manufacturing. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the recently held Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) was a major boost for manufacturing and the services sector. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_img“Constructing a cruise ship port and establishing an attractive cruise destination is an extensive operation, with a large number of public and private actors having to work well together. This is one of the most important reasons behind Copenhagen’s success, and something on which we place a lot of importance. The start of the project in Visby has been particularly promising”, says Arnt Møller Pedersen, Cruise Manager in Copenhagen Malmö Port AB.During the period 2000 to 2012, the number of cruise passengers in the Baltic increased from 1.1 million to 4.2.A cruise ship quay in Visby is estimated to increase the number of arrivals to around 150 cruise ships per year, with average passenger numbers of about 1,700 per ship, and revenues generated from tourism of around SEK 90-130 million per year.CMP is one of Northern Europe’s leading cruise ship ports with some 346 ships and 800,000 passengers a year from more than 150 countries arriving in Copenhagen and Malmö. zoom Region Gotland and Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) have signed a lease agreement which entails the region investing around SEK 250 million (USD 32.7 million) in a new cruise ship quay, with CMP renting the quay for 20 years.The project proposal was revealed last year, however the formation of partnerships that ensued cleared the way for all the local authorities to back the final draft agreement in August.The marine archaeological surveys outside Kopparsvik commenced in November, and geotechnical surveys on the sea bed will take place in the spring.The actual construction will start with dredging in spring 2016 and two years later the first cruise liners are expected to put into operation Gotland’s new cruise centre.“Now it’s full steam ahead for all engines! The construction project is proceeding with planning and various surveys on site, and together with the island’s business community we will ensure that Gotland is ready when the quay is completed in 2018”, says the regional board’s chairman Åke Svensson.last_img read more

first_imgzoom South Korean shipping company Korea Line Corp., part of SM Group, has decided to withdraw from the race for Hanjin Shipping’s stake in US Port of Long Beach container terminal, the firm revealed in its stock exchange filing.The company withdrew its bid after local media reported it may propose a joint acquisition of the stake in Hanjin’s terminal to Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).Hanjin’s 54% stake in terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI), which operates two facilities in Long Beach and Seattle, is estimated to be worth around KRW 400 billion (USD 342.5 million).The remaining 46% stake is held by Swiss-based shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).Last month, Korea Line inked a KRW 37 billion (USD 31.4 million) agreement to purchase the Asia-US route network from Hanjin. Scheduled to be finalized on January 5, 2017, the deal includes Hanjin’s business network and client information related to the route and subsidiaries and logistics management systems in seven countries.California’s container terminal also attracted the attention of further two shipping giants as MSC and HMM jointly placed a bid for Hanjin’s stake in the terminal in early December.Following Hanjin’s court receivership filing in late August 2016, the company started selling assets to decrease its debt.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New York – Poland’s European Affairs Minister said in a statement on Saturday that his country would close its doors and will no longer accept any refugees.The Polish government made this decision as a response to the terrorist attacks that shook Paris on Friday night, killing nearly 150 civilians and injuring over 200 others.“After the tragic events of Paris, we do not see the political possibility of respecting the plan,” the minister said referring to the European Union’s resettlement agreement for refugees. The refusal of Eastern European countries to host refugees prompted the EU to adopt the refugee resettlement plan among its 28 member states, last September.Poland adopted the plan and agreed to resettle 5,000 immigrants within its borders. The decision was condemned by the country’s ruling nationalist party.According to several media reports, one of the perpetrators of the ISIS-claimed terrorist attacks in the French capital was a refugee, after a Syrian passport was found near one of the bombed areas.“We announce that the passport holder has passed Leros on 3/10/2015, where he was identified based on the EU rules, as these were established on the Summit Meeting about the refugee issue,” Alternate Minister of Citizens Protection in Greece, Nikos Toskas said in a statement Saturday.However, many social media users have questioned its authenticity, “[some] editions of the new Syrian passport [were] produced in France. Why [would] a terrorist [be] carrying his passport, especially if real?” a Twitter user said.“Why would a terrorist, who is going to blow himself up, have a passport on him?” another user posted.“Can we say definitely that the passport belonged to the terrorist, though” a third user said implying that the found passport could be someone else’s or part of a setup.Regardless, Poland is using the unconfirmed news of the Syrian passport in Paris as an excuse to deny any further entrance to refugees.According to a report by U.S. online magazine Slate, members of the EU’s resettlement plan are not legally allowed to restrict access to refugees.A similar move from other European countries could destabilize the “union’s entire governance system” and create a bigger challenge to the current refugee crisis.Innocent victims of warfare and violence carried out by terrorist groups pay the price of criminals that hide their identity and pretend to be refugees in order to enter host countries and perpetrate attacks. read more

16 November 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today welcomed the adoption by the country’s major political parties of a code of good conduct for upcoming general elections. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today welcomed the adoption by the country’s major political parties of a code of good conduct for upcoming general elections.The code will help with efforts to ensure that the elections are “free, transparent, democratic and conforming with international norms,” UNOCI said in a press statement issued from Abidjan, the commercial capital in the West African nation.Côte d’Ivoire had been divided between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north since 2002, but a peace accord signed by the leaders of the two sides in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, earlier this year is designed to end the deadlock and lead to elections by next year. Polls had been planned for October but were delayed.The accord outlines a series of measures, including: the creation of a new transitional government; organizing free and fair presidential elections; the merging of the Forces Nouvelles and the national defence and security forces through the establishment of an integrated command centre; the dismantling of militias and disarming of ex-combatants; and the replacement of the so-called zone of confidence separating north and south with a green line to be monitored by UNOCI.The mission said the code was a “significant advance” towards the implementation of the Ouagadougou agreement, but it warned the major political groupings that they must now ensure they apply the code as soon as possible.The code was drawn up under the auspices of Côte d’Ivoire’s Independent Electoral Commission. read more

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:Netflix Inc., down $37.23 to $325.21The video streaming service suffered a slowdown in subscriber growth during its second quarter.Novartis AG, up $4.03 to $94.26The pharmaceutical company reported solid second quarter results and raised its profit forecast for the year.eBay Inc., up 74 cents to $39.77The e-commerce company beat Wall Street’s second quarter financial forecasts and said it is mulling the sale of two businesses.United Rentals Inc., down $10.38 to $121.11The equipment rental company trimmed its revenue forecast for the year because of bad weather and the integration of a recently purchased business.IBM Corp., up $6.56 to $149.63The technology and consulting company beat Wall Street’s second quarter profit and revenue forecasts.Ashland Global Holdings Inc., down $2.17 to $75.50The chemicals company said its third quarter results will fall short of forecasts and cut its outlook for the year.Union Pacific Corp., up $9.70 to $174.25The railroad operator beat Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts as it cut expenses to offset lower revenue.Philip Morris International Inc., up $6.66 to $87.71The seller of Marlboro and other cigarette brands raised its full-year profit forecast after reporting strong second quarter results.The Associated Press read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2015 12:50 pm MDT President Barack Obama has ordered sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Treasury Department said the targets are three state-controlled entities and 10 North Korean officials, including:— Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea’s primary intelligence organization that runs the country’s cyber warfare— Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, the state-owned arms dealer and exporter of equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons— Korea Tangun Trading Corporation, which obtains technology to support North Korea’s defence research— Kil Jong Hun and Kim Kwang Yon, who represent the southern African interests of KOMID— Jang Song Chol, a KOMID representative in Russia working to obtain weapons materials from individuals in Sudan— Yu Kwang Ho, a North Korean government official— Kim Yong Chol and Jang Yong Son, KOMID representatives in Iran— Kim Kyu, KOMID’s external affairs officer— Ryu Jin and Kang Ryong, KOMID officials operating in Syria— Kim Kwang Chun, a Korea Tangun Trading Corporation representative in Shenyang, China North Korean officials and entities targeted by Obama sanctions in response to Sony hack AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UK commercial vehicle manufacturing rose 9.7% in November 2016, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Production for export continues to drive growth, with nearly 75% of the 9,669 CVs built in Britain last month destined for overseas markets.Overall year-to-date figures remain steady, with a 0.1% increase in volume compared with the same period in 2015, fuelled by a 16.0% uplift in international demand. Almost 51,000 new vans, trucks, buses and coaches have been built for foreign markets so far this year – already surpassing the number exported in the whole of 2015.1Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Another boost to commercial vehicle production is certainly welcome news for the sector, which was once again bolstered by a surge in exports demand, especially from the continent. Maintaining the success of British CV manufacturing is reliant on ensuring the UK remains competitive and that the beneficial trading conditions that have been vital to these positive results are preserved.1 47,179 CVs were exported from the UK in 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) British commercial vehicle manufacturing rises 9.7% in November 2016, with 9,669 built.Growth fuelled by overseas demand, with 40.0% uplift driving year-to-date exports past 2015 total.Overall year-to-date performance stable as exports growth offsets decline in the domestic market. read more

Jerome Fernandez ← Previous Story RK Gorenje appoint new head-coach Gregor Cvijič Next Story → HSV Handball sign right back Dener Jaanimaa French FENIX Toulouse facing the big problem after injury of legendary French back Jerome Fernandez who will be out of the court until the end of the season.  That means he won’t play more official matches for his current team as club and legendary French NT captain will go in separate ways next summer.Fernandez injured his knee during League Cup match against Dunkerque last weekend. HBC Nantes won the trophy at the end.Toulouse are currently on 12th place in the French League, only four points ahead of the relegation line. read more

first_imgGIRLS OF ALL races are entering puberty earlier than ever before, and US research out this week suggests that obesity may a contributing factor, particularly in white girls.Early puberty has been linked to a number of medical conditions, including increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as high blood pressure and depression.White girls on average began developing breasts at a median age of 9.7 years, about four months earlier than found in a separate study in 1997, said the report in the journal Pediatrics.A higher body mass index, or ratio of height and weight, was “the strongest predictor” of early breast development across all races in the study.African-American girls continued to develop at earlier ages than whites and Asians, as previous studies have also found, though no earlier than was observed in prior studies from the late 1980s and 1990s.Obesity epidemic“The obesity epidemic appears to be a prime driver in the decrease in age at onset of breast development in contemporary girls,” said the research led by Frank Biro at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.The research is based on a group of 1,200 girls in New York, the San Francisco Bay area and the greater Cincinnati area, as part of the government-funded Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program.The girls enrolled in the study beginning in 2004 when they were between the ages of six to eight, and their development was tracked for multiple years.A trend toward earlier puberty has been noted in past international studies as well. Research from Denmark published in 2009 showed that girls were experiencing breast development nearly a year earlier than those born 15 to 16 years before.An accompanying editorial in Pediatrics by Marcia Herman-Giddens of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said that the reasons for early puberty are complex and may not be fully understood for some time.“Each individual girl is exposed to multiple factors in today’s environment, many not present decades ago, that may potentially influence her pubertal onset,” she wrote.Furthermore, because early puberty and menarche are associated with many detrimental health and psychosocial issues, we must not accept this premature development as the ‘new normal.’Instead, she called for a renewed push to create “a healthier environment for our children.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Celebs and sports stars urged not to advertise sugary drinks>Read: Concern Ireland is ‘not far behind the US’ for obesity>last_img read more

first_imgSPOKANE — Washington State University wants to increase the number of students from foreign countries who enroll at the Pullman-based school.The university this week signed an agreement with a company that recruits international students.“Enhancing international diversity on campus is critically important,” school President Kirk Schulz said.The effort is part of the school’s goal to become one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030.Washington State has about 30,000 students, two-thirds of them at its main campus in rural Pullman and the rest at branches in Spokane, Vancouver, the Tri-Cities and Everett.The university currently has about 2,100 students from 100 foreign countries, about 7 percent of the student population, said Craig Lawson, spokesman for International Programs. The three biggest sources are China, India and Oman, he said.There is no specific goal yet for the desired number of foreign students, he said.“Suffice it to say we want to see that percentage go up, at least into double digits,” Lawson said.The school will not deny enrollment to any in-state students in favor of international students, Lawson said.“We are looking at overall growth in enrollment,” Lawson said.To help achieve its goal, Washington State has signed with INTO University Partnerships, a private company with its U.S. headquarters in San Diego. INTO works with more than 20 universities around the world to expand international student enrollment.The collaboration will create INTO Washington State University, which will develop academic pathway programs for international students to improve their English language skills while preparing to become degree-seeking students at WSU.Washington State is the ninth university in the United States to team with INTO, which to date has helped U.S. universities recruit more than 15,000 students.last_img read more

first_imgCrime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in a Vancouver assault case.Josh Cooper, 20, was walking to the bus stop in the 2500 block of Northeast 110th Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. on March 26 when he was assaulted by a group of males.Cooper told officers that he was hit in the head and body by what felt like several people and knocked to the ground. He lost consciousness but woke up and encountered a passerby, who encouraged him to use their cellphone to call 911. He suffered a concussion and required hospitalization.The suspects are described as white males in their 20s and are associated with a dark colored vehicle.Anyone with information is asked to send the tip to Crime Stoppers of Oregon. Tips can be made by calling 503-823-4357; by sending a text message to 274637, beginning the message with 823HELP, followed by the tip; by going online to; or through the TipSubmit app, read more

first_imgVancouver City Council member Jeanne Harris has filed a $500,000 insurance claim with the city of Ridgefield, saying that Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow hit her with a stress-relief ball, leading to the potential loss of sight in her left eye.Onslow’s toss caused her left retina to become loose and partially detached, Harris wrote in a claim for damages filed June 11. She told The Columbian she has had six unsuccessful surgeries over the past year to repair the eye.The incident happened at an Association of Washington Cities meeting in Spokane in June 2011. At some point, foam balls with a globe printed on them were distributed to the assembled local government officials. Onslow said he attempted to tag Ridgefield City Councilor Don Stose with his ball but missed and instead struck Harris.“I lobbed it, I didn’t throw it,” Onslow said last week. “It was an errant little toss and it hit the side of her face, her temple.”The mayor said that at the time, Harris was surprised, but that he apologized and he thought that was the end. In the claim, Harris listed Washougal Mayor Sean Guard, Washougal Councilor Paul Greenlee and Ridgefield Councilor David Taylor as witnesses.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR While the Fort Monroe Authority remains in negotiations with the Army over the transfer of the historic post, the LRA’s executive director on Thursday proposed several major projects that would enhance the site located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay.The installation, which was designated a national monument by President Obama in November 2011, needs a proper visitors center, Executive Director Glenn Oder told the authority’s board. Oder suggested using the 106-year-old library building, but acknowledged it would require extensive retrofitting to make it accessible, reported the Daily Press.Oder also proposed renovating the Fort Monroe Theatre to provide more space for equipment in the backstage area. A third project would improve the property’s park by adding a series of walkways that lead to a stage or performing arts center. Oder envisioned the site as the setting for the 400-year commemoration of the first documented landing of indentured or enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America.The goal behind creating “Arrival Park” and the other projects extends beyond the 2019 commemoration at Fort Monroe, he emphasized.In addition to dealing with issues surrounding the property transfer, the authority continues to address zoning and work on getting utilities connected to all buildings. Those tasks should be completed in 2016, according to the story.last_img read more

first_img Hydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 MilesEating Less Meat Can Fight Climate Change, According to UN Report Stay on target Over the past few years, engineers, architects, and builders have started to embrace the timber-framed highrise. Soon, crews will begin construction on the tallest one in the United States.Lever Architecture won a design competition in late 2015 and was awarded a cool $3 million to turn their concept into a reality. The 11-storey, 148-foot tall Framework Building will be erected on a site in Portland’s Pearl District.The Building will feature ground-floor retail spaces. Above those there will be five floors of office space reserved for certified B corporations, companies that “meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.” The remaining floors will be made up of one- and two- bedroom apartments.Now that the appropriate permits have been issued, work can begin. If everything goes to plan, construction should be completed by the end of 2018. The Framework Building won’t be the first timber highrise in Portland. That distinction goes to Carbon12, an 8-storey condominium building designed by PATH Architecture.So how do you build something that’s nearly 150 feet tall out of timber? Not by using standard dimensional lumber like you would when building a house, that’s for sure. Lever Architecture’s design will utilize cross-laminated timber.Cross-laminated timber lets builders do some truly amazing things, things that aren’t otherwise possible with wood. The Framework Building will feature laminated floor panels that measure 50 feet long. CLT members are also resilient against fire and earthquakes — and that’s an important quality for a building in Portland, which has seen its fair share of seismic activity.Images: Lever Architecturelast_img read more