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Djokovic says Wimbledon courts ‘not that great’ this year


first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Members of the ground staff work on the baseline after play finished on center court on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Bothered by what he called a “hole” at Centre Court, Novak Djokovic complained about the condition of the grass at Wimbledon on Tuesday.Djokovic, who defeated Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round, said the courts are among the worst he’s played on in his 13 years at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES “He wanted me to show him, so I showed him,” Djokovic said at a news conference. “His reaction wasn’t that great.”Mannarino, who had not played on Centre Court until he faced Djokovic, said his only concern about the surface was that he had to make sure he didn’t slip during the match.“To me, the Centre Court (was) really good, actually,” Mannarino said. “Maybe he was complaining a little bit, but compared to the other courts I’ve been playing on before, it was good.”Tuesday was the first day persistent rain moved over southwest London since Wimbledon started. Because of the dry conditions, the 18 courts saw nearly uninterrupted play over the first seven days of the tournament, which led to consistent wear.Neil Stubley, the club’s head of courts and horticulture, said on Saturday that the measurements his staff had taken over the first week of play showed that the grass was considered to be healthy and within the acceptable standards of use.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pacquiao: Until passion is gone, I’ll continue to fight El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img View comments He also expressed confidence that the surface at Centre Court would be able to hold up over the second week.Simona Halep, whose quarterfinal loss to Johanna Konta was the third match on Centre Court on Tuesday, said she didn’t notice the hole Djokovic had mentioned.And Djokovic said the issue wasn’t one of safety as much as it was about fair play.“Grass is probably the most demanding and complex surface for maintenance,” he said. “The more you play on it, the worse it actually gets, unfortunately.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 “(The) courts, honestly, are not that great this year and many players feel the same, but it is what it is,” Djokovic said in a television interview after his match ended. “I’m sure they’re trying their best, but I’ve played on better courts.”Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion and 12-time Grand Slam winner, initially expressed his disappointment with the court condition following a third-round victory over Ernests Gulbis on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOn Tuesday, playing with the roof closed, Djokovic could be seen after points picking up or kicking away small portions of grass that had loosened up on the baseline.The second-seeded Serb lodged his disappointment with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes during the match and pointed out the issue afterward.last_img read more


Rangers Clinch Playoff Berth


first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares COLUMBUS, Ohio — The New York Rangers needed three tries before finally getting the win that clinched a postseason berth.Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan each scored their 20th goals and had an assist, and the Rangers hung on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 April 4 to earn a sixth-consecutive playoff spot.“It’s tough to get to the dance,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said. “People don’t realize how hard it is to be able to get an opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup. We finally got our checkmark. We can still work for home ice and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”Dan Boyle and Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game skid and moved three points behind second-place Pittsburgh. They remain two points ahead of the fourth-place Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.The Rangers clinched playing down a defenseman most of the way. Captain Ryan McDonagh was injured blocking a shot early in the first period and left the game. Vigneault said McDonagh sustained an upper-body injury and that he would be re-evaluated on April 5.“It was a big block but it was a hard shot as well,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. “I don’t know much. I haven’t talked to him yet. Obviously he’s a big piece here so hopefully it’s not something too serious.”Lundqvist made 27 stops for his 34th win.Nick Foligno scored twice for Columbus, which pulled within one with 9:15 remaining before conceding an empty-net goal.The Blue Jackets were without former Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovksy, who was a healthy scratch by coach John Tortorella in favor of impressive rookie Joonas Korpisalo. The 21-year-old made 26 saves.The Rangers finally got off to a good start, scoring the first two goals of the game. On the attack with speed, Kreider took a drop pass from Stepan — who picked up his 300th career point — in traffic and fired a low shot that Korpisalo couldn’t control.Sliding on his knees and with Dalton Prout on his back, Kreider was able to get the rebound and score on the backhand at 6:17 of the first period.Early in the second, Columbus had trouble clearing its own zone. The puck came to Boyle and he glided to the net before sneaking a shot under Korpisalo at 5:28.Foligno cut the lead to one at 14:41, deflecting David Savard’s shot in front of Lundqvist for his first goal in 16 games.Four minutes later, Kreider forced a turnover to create an odd-man break and found Zuccarello, who scored from the slot for his career-high 26th goal to make it 3-1.Tortorella said Zuccarello’s goal was the most important play of the game.“We got a little unlucky,” he said. “I thought (Ryan Murray) played the 2-on-1, made a great block but it comes right back to Zuccarello and he puts it in the net. We need to get out of that period 2-1.”Columbus still made it interesting late in the third period when Foligno scored his 11th on a nice move around Kevin Klein before squeezing the puck behind Lundqvist with 9:15 remaining.The Blue Jackets were then awarded a man advantage when Zuccarello high-sticked Foligno with 2:03 to go.“I thought we’d get it tied up with the power play and see what happens,” Foligno said.Stepan scored into an empty net with 1:11 left to end Columbus’ comeback bid.“I really liked the way we played in the first two periods,” Vigneault said. “I think it was evident in the third that we were a little nervous. There was a lot on the line but we got it done.”(ROBERT DENHARD)last_img read more


HIKE IN THE NEW YEAR AT STONE STATE PARK


first_imgContract: IAPark: 610117 Sioux City’s Stone Park is one of more than two dozen Iowa state parks that will host a First Day Hikes next Tuesday on New Year’s Day.The hikes are free and guided by park staff.Todd Coffelt, chief of the Iowa D-N-R’s State Parks Bureau, says hikers get the chance to experience the quiet beauty of nature in winter as well as spectacular views and a host of cultural treasures offered by Iowa’s state parks.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/HIKE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..those resolutions” ;18Coffelt says the hikes are a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family, in addition to learning about the parks.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/HIKE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……”a new friend” :19The Stone Park hike is for three miles and begins at 10am New Year’s Day.Participants should meet at the park entrance located 150 yards inside the east entrance off Talbot Road and Memorial Drive.last_img read more


‘God’ Zlatan produces miracle MLS debut


first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović ‘God’ Zlatan produces debut miracle after prophetic LA Galaxy team-talk Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 10:04 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Zlatan Ibrahimović MLS LA Galaxy v Los Angeles Los Angeles LA Galaxy Videos The Swede asked a question of his new teammates on Friday that may have them believing in a higher power after Saturday’s stunning debut CARSON, Calif. — When Zlatan Ibrahimovic began his first training session with the LA Galaxy on Friday, he took a moment to ask his new teammates a surprising question. “Do you believe in God?” Ibrahimovic asked his rather perplexed new squad. After they all answered in the affirmative, Ibrahimovic delivered the punchline.”I’m glad you all believe in me,” the 36-year-old deadpanned, delivering a joke to break the ice with his new team.After Saturday, Ibrahimovic’s teammates were probably left wondering if he was joking. His jaw-dropping 40-yard blast of a finish, followed by a 90th-minute header, helped the Galaxy complete an improbable rally from 3-0 down to 4-3 winners in the first installment of their newly-born rivalry with expansion side Los Angeles FC. 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 It was a script fitting of Ibrahimovic’s new Hollywood home, helping transform what seemed like a one-sided route into a rally for the ages, a match that immediately holds up as one of the most entertaining in MLS history, and easily one of the best individual debuts in league history.”If you look back, every team I came to, the first official game I scored. I said I would not let it down today, I will score also today,” Ibrahimovic said. “I was just waiting to come in because when you’re losing 3-0 the adrenaline is pumping even more because you want to be able to do something, help the team, especially when they’re in a difficult situation. I just wanted to come in.”The fans were demanding Zlatan, and I gave them Zlatan.”Zlatan gave everyone in the stadium a moment of brilliance, similar to many others he has produced in his storied career, when he side-volleyed a 40-yard blast just six minutes after coming on. The finish drew an eruption of cheers and tied the match at 3-3.”My original thought was: ‘He’s not shooting this. Is he really going to shoot this?’” Galaxy midfielder Perry Kitchen told Goal . “Two seconds later it’s in the back of the net and we’re celebrating in the corner.”“I had a coach I used to coach with and he used to have a saying. ‘You’ve got to dare to be brilliant’,” Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said. “You can’t do something brilliant unless you dare to be brilliant. Ibrahimovic is the perfect definition of a guy who always dares to be brilliant, and if you do that you can pull off some things. That’s got to be a goal that’s going to go around the world. I’m sure it’ll be a YouTube sensation. It was fantastic.”THIS IS LA! @Ibra_official Welcome GOD! 💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥 pic.twitter.com/We7cyyFyDk — Jonathan Dos Santos (@jona2santos) March 31, 2018 As easy as Ibrahimovic made things look during his 19 minutes, he admitted afterwards that it was anything but.”I felt like I played 40 games for my 20 minutes,” Ibrahimovic said. “I was feeling everything, jet leg, I didn’t play for a long time. I did the first sprint and I started to breath immediately, so when the second came I said ‘this time I shoot, I don’t run with the ball.’ That’s the ball that went in.”Ibrahimovic’s wonder strike helped complete the comeback from 3-0 down, and that would have been enough to make the game an unforgettable one. Zlatan wasn’t done though. He scored again in the 90th minute, heading home his second of the match to spark a celebration among Galaxy fans who were spared the embarrassment of dropping a result to their new LA rival.Zlatan. On. Repeat. 🦁  #LAvLAFC pic.twitter.com/vY5KzyYnaW — Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 31, 2018 Ibrahimovic’s double gave Galaxy fans a memory they won’t soon forget on a day that started out looking like a nightmare. LAFC dominated the opening half, taking a 2-0 lead into the locker room that could have easily been bigger . A Galaxy own goal early in the second half made it 3-0, and at that point Saturday looked destined to be a blowout, with Ibrahimovic’s debut starting to seem like an afterthought.The Galaxy appeared to hit rock bottom around the 60th minute, when LAFC — leading 3-0 —  was knocking the ball around to a chorus of Ole chants, as the sizable LAFC fan contingent made it feel like the Galaxy were the visitors at StubHub Center. In an instant, Servando Carrasco forced a turnover and fed Sebastian Lletget for a 61st-minute finish that gave the Galaxy some much-needed energy, and put LAFC on its heels.”We came in (to halftime) down 2-0, obviously we were devastated, but we know we just had to get the first one and as soon as we get the first one everything changes,” Lletget told Goal . “You could feel it.”Ibrahimovic was already warming up when Lletget scored, but Schmid could sense a shift in momentum and brought on his newest player just 10 minutes later, shortly after Galaxy fans began filling the stadium with chants of “We want Zlatan.”Ibrahimovic made his presence felt almost immediately, drawing attention from LAFC defenders and freeing up space for a Chris Pontius header that made the score 3-2 two minutes after Ibrahimovic came on.LAFC had its chances to find a fourth goal, but hit the post on one play and sent a shot inches wide on another. That kept the Galaxy close enough for Ibrahimovic to do the rest, first with a wonder goal from 40 yards, and then with a last-minute winner he headed home to seal the victory in his debut.You couldn’t write a better script.ZLATAN. STOPPAGE TIME. 4-3. #LAvLAFC https://t.co/9ya60MdXk6 — Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 31, 2018 It was the perfect ending to a crazy first installment of Major League Soccer’s new LA rivalry, a derby in which the Galaxy now hold bragging rights following a match that won’t soon be forgotten.”The derbys I’ve played have had historical moments. This will be one of them. This is the start,” Ibrahimovic said. “I just want to be part of the history that the Galaxy’s doing in MLS. A new team like LAFC is doing new things and Galaxy has been there for many years.”This is the first of many that will come, and hopefully we set the bar for this kind of game,” Ibrahimovic said. “But let’s hope it’s more under control the next game, and not crazy like this.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA Galaxy LAFC MLSIt only took Ibrahimovic one game to win over his new fans, as well as his new teammates, who welcomed him on Friday and celebrated with him one day later.”We could tell from the first day he’s a good dude, and wants to be part of the group,” Lletget told Goal . “I think that played a part today. He felt like we were all behind him, and he showed his leadership.”Ibrahimovic showed the Galaxy that, while he may not be God, he’s definitely someone special, and there’s no denying that after Saturday’s performance his new teammates fully believe in Zlatan.last_img read more


7 hours ago​Silva insists West Ham was turning point for Everton


first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Silva insists West Ham was turning point for Evertonby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton manager Marco Silva believes that his team experienced a turning point against West Ham United.The Blues boss believes their gritty 2-0 win at Goodison Park over the Hammers will see them revive their season.The Toffees were in the relegation zone before that game, but are now looking to get back into the top half of the table.”We performed so well, we showed that quality, that pride in ourselves to play the level we played,” Silva told reporters.”Of course we have to build from that. It was a turning point for us. It does not mean we will win all the matches from now until the end of the season of course but we have to play in that way, always to win, always with that pride in ourselves.”We have to play with that pace, with that desire to win the game, and play with freedom like we did even if that pressure was there.” last_img read more


Look At What Ohio State Is Doing Inside Its Football Facility Today


first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program is ready for Michigan.The Buckeyes have officially begun their Rivalry Week festivities, as they’re displaying inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this morning.Ohio State, as it always does during Michigan Week, is blaring a very appropriate song inside its walls.LL Cool J’s “It’s Time For War” is playing at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this morning, which means it’s Michigan week here at Ohio State.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 19, 2018Check it out:it’s time for war https://t.co/q5OtbZgGl6— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) November 19, 2018Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game will be on FOX.last_img read more


La province accueille la course des Grands voiliers 2004


first_img AUX FINS DE DIFFUSION : Les grands voiliers retournent en Nouvelle-Écosse cet été. Halifax accueillera le plus important rassemblement mondial de grands voiliers de cette année, du 29 juillet au 2 août. Quelque 30 à 40 navires se trouveront au coeur des festivités qui se dérouleront sur le front de mer d’Halifax. La visite, qui porte pour l’occasion le thème « Hommage à l’Acadie », se tiendra dans le cadre du Congrès mondial acadien. L’événement de cinq jours constituera la plus importante célébration de l’été à Halifax; il coïncidera avec le festival acadien « Grou Tyme » accueillant des artistes de renommée mondiale, ainsi qu’avec la Fête de la Fondation annuelle. De plus amples renseignements sur la course des Grands voiliers 2004 seront affichés sur le site Web de CBC (au w-w-w point c-b-c point c-a barre oblique tallships 2004) et sur le site Web du gouvernement provincial (au w-w-w point Nova Scotia point com barre oblique tallships). -30- Renseignements: Mike Patrick Grands voiliers 2004 902-424-7348 Courriel : patricmb@gov.ns.ca Les Néo-Écossais seront aux premières loges pour assister au plusimportant rassemblement mondial de grands voiliers de l’année,dans le cadre de la course des Grands voiliers 2004 qui setiendra du 29 juillet au 2 août. Quelque 30 à 40 grands voiliers se trouveront au coeur desfestivités qui se dérouleront sur le front de mer d’Halifax. Aunombre des voiliers, il y aura au moins six navires de type A bâtiments sensationnels pouvant mesurer jusqu’à 110 mètres (360pieds) de long tels que le Iskra et le Pogoria de la Pologne,le Mircea de la Roumanie, le Tenacious du Royaume-Uni et leEagle des États-Unis. Certains navires de laNouvelle-Écosse seront également de la partie, dont le Silva, lePicton Castle, le Caledonia et le Bluenose II. La quatrième visite des grands voiliers en Nouvelle-Écosse a lieudurant le Congrès mondial acadien, et porte un thème d’occasion,« Hommage à l’Acadie ». La Waterfront Development Corp. organisede nombreuses activités dans le cadre de l’événement, en rendantspécialement hommage à la culture acadienne. « La collectivité, et notamment tous les ordres de gouvernement,le secteur privé, les bénévoles et divers groupes, ont uni leursforces afin d’offrir le soutien et les ressources nécessairespour accueillir une nouvelle fois les grands voiliers. C’estainsi que la Nouvelle-Écosse sera l’hôte de la plus importanteactivité de la course des Grands voiliers 2004, un événement à nepas manquer », a souligné le premier ministre, M. John Hamm. L’événement de cinq jours constitue la plus importantecélébration de l’été à Halifax. Cette année seulement, lefestival acadien « Grou Tyme » se tiendra la fin de semaine etmettra en vedette, au village du Grou Tyme, des artistes derenommée mondiale du Canada atlantique, de la Louisiane, de laFrance et du Québec. La Fête de la Fondation, soulignant lesartistes multiculturels de la ville ainsi que les artistestraditionnels de la côte est, sera également célébrée dans lecadre des festivités. « La municipalité régionale d’Halifax (HRM) est devenue uneescale très populaire auprès des grands voiliers internationauxet, comme nous avons su le prouver par le passé, nous sommes à lahauteur. Halifax a reçu le prix du « Meilleur port d’accueil »lors des courses de 1984 et de 2000, et n’en attend pas moins dela course de cette année », a mentionné le maire de la HRM, M.Peter Kelly. De plus amples renseignements sur la course des Grands voiliers2004 – Hommage à l’Acadie seront affichés au cours des prochainsmois sur le site Web de CBC, à l’adressewww.cbc.ca/tallships2004 , et sur le site Web du gouvernementprovincial, à l’adresse www.novascotia.com/tallships . WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP.–La province accueille la course desGrands voiliers 2004last_img read more


Indian mens team to tour Belgium ahead of Olympic qualifier vs Russia


first_imgBengaluru: Indian men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh on Tuesday said that his team will tour Belgium to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers match against Russia. In a favourable draw, the Indian men’s team was on Monday pitted against lower-ranked Russia in the final round of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers. The men’s team will play back-to-matches against Russia in Bhubaneswar on November 1 and 2 to make it to the Tokyo Games. “First, we will play with Belgium and there is the (Olympic) qualifying round match later. We should not underestimate Russia as well because they have a very good defence. They also want to qualify for the Olympics,” Manpreet said here. Eight-time Olympic champions India are ranked five in the world while the Russians are placed 22 in the FIH world rankings. India had mauled Russia 10-0 during the FIH Series Final in Bhubaneswar earlier this year. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Indian women’s team, on the other hand, has been drawn against United States of America, and the two sides will take on each other on the same dates as men’s matches in Bhubaneswar. Speaking about the preparations, the women’s team captain Rani Rampal said, “Our team is very well prepared for that match. We are focusing on how to perform well. Our focus is not on the US team but on us, how better we perform.” Rampal said the fitness of the team was beyond anybody’s imagination, which will help them face any team in the world. “We have been playing together for a quite long time and now we have to implement the coordination in the match as well,” she added.last_img read more


Video games affect girls more than boys


first_imgDear parents, please take note. When it comes to video gaming, girls in the 6-12 age group are at a heightened risk of developing less social competence than boys, warn researchers. The researchers found that 10-year-old girls who played games frequently had less social competence than 12-year-olds than girls who played less frequently. The study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NTNU Social Research, the University of California, Davis, and St. Olav’s Hospital in Norway, however, found that playing video games is generally not harmful to boys’ social development. “Our study may mitigate some concerns about the adverse effects of gaming on children’s development,” said Beate Wold Hygen, post-doctoral fellow at the NTNU and NTNU Social Research. The popularity of interactive video games has sparked concern among parents, educators and policymakers about how the games affect children and adolescents. The new study, conducted in Norway, looked at how playing video games affects the social skills of 6- to 12-year-olds. It found that playing the games affected youth differently by age and gender. For the study, the researchers studied 873 Norwegian youth from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds every two years for six years when the children were aged 6 to 12. The findings suggested that girls who spent more time playing video games at age 10 developed weaker social skills two years later than girls who spent less time playing games.last_img read more


Business Highlights


___Once-counterculture 420 marijuana holiday goes mainstreamLOS ANGELES (AP) — Businesses inside and outside the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry are embracing the once-counterculture four-twenty holiday. Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of cannabis on April 20. But the annual celebration that was all about getting stoned is now so mainstream that Corporate America is starting to embrace it. Lyft and Carl’s Jr. are among the businesses using April 20 to roll out marketing and social media messaging aimed at cannabis consumers.___US home construction slips 0.3% in MarchWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction slipped 0.3% in March, as housing starts are running below last year’s pace in a sign that inventory could be a challenge for would-be buyers. The Commerce Department says that housing starts last month were a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million.___Ancestry pulls slavery-era ad after backlashNEW YORK (AP) — Ancestry.com is apologizing for its ad that showed a white man and black woman discussing running off together to the North during the Civil War era. The ad drew widespread criticism online for whitewashing slavery. The DNA testing company removed the ad from TV and online in response to the backlash.___Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in UberTOKYO (AP) — Japan’s top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank’s investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber’s technology unit. The companies say Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. will together invest $667 million and SoftBank Corp.’s Vision Fund will contribute $333 million in Uber ATG, which will try to develop and commercialize automated ridesharing services. Toyota has been stepping up such efforts.___How many cherries in frozen pie? FDA may soon drop rulesNEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may soon be able to claim a sweet victory for his deregulation push: Officials are preparing to get rid of decades-old rules for labeling frozen cherry pies. The regulations say the products must be at least 25% cherries by weight. The obscure rule is seen as an easy target because there are no rules for other pies. Getting rid of the cherry pie rules is likely to be far less controversial than the debate over what can be called milk.___Global stocks modestly higher in quiet holiday tradingTOKYO (AP) — Global stock indexes are mostly moderately higher in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets are closed. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, South Korea’s Kospi and the Shanghai Composite are higher. Trading was closed in France, Germany and the U.K. Other markets also remain closed for the holiday, including in the U.S., Hong Kong and Australia.___Celebration of Japan’s new era big opportunity for businessTOKYO (AP) — Japan is getting ready for its biggest celebration in years with the advent of the Reiwa era of soon-to-be emperor Naruhito. That means big opportunities for businesses hoping consumers will splash out on long holidays and memorabilia. Many Japanese will get their longest ever “Golden Week” holidays, 10 days, and some are taking advantage of deep discounts. The expected downsides: monster traffic jams and struggles to keep store shelves stocked with so many people getting time off.___Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook’s ZuckerbergWASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Post says discussions between Facebook and Federal Trade Commission officials about the company’s data-handing lapses have touched on instituting some sort of oversight for company CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook founder also controls a majority of Facebook’s voting stock.___Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controlsDETROIT (AP) — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency. The Boeing jetliner has been grounded around the world since mid-March after two crashes killed 346 people.___China downplays political impact of global development pushBEIJING (AP) — China is downplaying the political implications of its global development campaign known as the Belt and Road initiative, saying that it aims to boost multilateralism amid protectionist trends in the U.S. and elsewhere. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said a meeting to promote the initiative next week in Beijing would draw leaders from 37 countries, underscoring heavy demand for Chinese investment.___Alibaba head’s remarks spark debate over China working hoursBEIJING (AP) — Remarks by the head of Chinese online business giant Alibaba that young people should work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week if they want financial success have prompted a debate over work-life balance. Jack Ma is one of China’s richest men and his comments brought both condemnation and support as China’s economic growth has slowed. Grueling hours are credited with fueling China’s economic rise but also a deteriorating quality of life.___Fiat Chrysler recalls over 300K cars due to rollaway riskDETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in North America because a transmission problem could cause them to roll away unexpectedly. The recall covers Dodge Dart compact cars from the 2013 through 2016 with six-speed automatic transmissions. The company says a bushing can fail, causing the shifter cable to come loose from the transmission. That means when a driver shifts to park or another gear, the gear may not change and the car could roll away.The Associated Press read more


Brock basketball brings out fans in force


Two teams. Four wins. 2,887 fans.The cheers were deafening at the Meridian Centre Saturday night as the Brock Badgers men’s and women’s basketball teams scored big wins over the Lakehead Thunderwolves.Fans wore read, painted their faces and voiced their support for their teams as Brock played their first-ever games at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines. A record-breaking crowd of 2,887 people watched the games.The event was a partnership with the Niagara River Lions, who will use the downtown arena as their home court for their inaugural National Basketball League of Canada season, which gets under way Dec. 26.On Saturday, Brock University swag, including thundersticks, cowbells and foam fingers helped students and fans show their Badger pride. The teams both won on Saturday with the men’s team topping Lakehead 82-51 and the women’s team winning by a 72-50 margin. On Friday, both the men’s and women’s teams also won their games against Lakehead in soldout home opener contests at the Bob Davis Gymnasium at Brock University. read more


116 TEAMS STILL IN EUROCUPS Who will take first German scalp


EHF Cupsgerman handball teams ← Previous Story TRANSFER BOMB: Nikolaj Markussen to PICK Szeged? Next Story → Dusko Celica sign to PPD Zagreb The biggest question in Europe these days is „Who will take the first German scalp this season?“. Exactly 11 German teams in both, men’s and women’s EHF Cups, showing that DKB Bundesliga and Women’s Bundesliga are still the most quality competitions in European handball. There is no German team who ended European season so far. Exactly 116 teams from 30 countries are still in the game in 7 European Cups.The second power of European club’s handball is Denmark with 9 teams, while France and Hungary have 8 each.Here is complete list of European Cups teams (56 men’s – 60 in women’s Cups) – 116 in total:Germany 11Denmark 9Hungary and France 8Russia 7Romania 6Serbia, Portugal, Poland and Norway 5Croatia and Sweden 4Slovenia, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Switzerland and Turkey 3Israel, Belarus, Greece and Czech Republic 2Finland, Estonia, Austria, Iceland, Belgium, Azerbeijan, Montenegro and Finland 1 read more


UPDATE Horsemeat containing harmful drug entered food chain in France


first_imgFrench firm Spanghero has been at the heart of the scandal after it allegedly passed off 750 tonnes of horsemeat as beef, with the product eventually finding its way into 4.5 million “beef” products sold across Europe.French authorities had initially suspended the company’s sanitary license, but following protests from 300-odd workers allowed the company to resume production of minced meat, sausages and ready-to-eat meals.The company was banned, however, from stocking frozen meat.LasagneItaly has found its first case of horsemeat contamination in frozen lasagne produced in the same region where the famous Italian dish hails from, the ANSA news agency reported today.The horsemeat was found in tests on six tonnes of mincemeat and 2,400 packages labelled as “lasagne bolognese” seized from a company near the city in central Italy.The report identified the company as “Primia” and said it had used meat from another company in Brescia in northern Italy and originally supplied by two other companies also based in Brescia.The tests were carried out as part of sweeping checks by police on 121 brands across the country.Swiss giant Nestle, the world’s biggest food company,  said it was withdrawing two types of pasta meal on Monday from supermarket shelves in Italy and Spain due to contamination that did not constitute a health risk.- – © AFP, 2013Read: Horsemeat labelled ‘beef’ sent to Czech Republic from Ireland>Read: Nestle pulls beef products as horsemeat scandal grows> Updated 14.45pmHORSEMEAT CONTAINING A drug potentially harmful to humans has likely entered the food chain, France said today, adding health concerns to the food scandal raging across Europe.A spokesman for the French agriculture ministry told AFP that several horse carcasses containing the drug Phenylbutazone have probably ended up being eaten by consumers.Phenylbutazone is an anti-inflammatory treatment for horses which is potentially harmful to humans and by law is supposed to be kept off of plates.Britain alerted Paris that six tainted carcasses had been exported to France in January, but the meat had already been processed by the time the warning came, the spokesman said.Although some of the meat had been recalled, the equivalent of three carcasses had “probably” made it to consumers, he said, adding that there was only a “minor” health risk.Mandatory labellingFrench President Francois Hollande said today that he would push for mandatory labelling of meat in ready-made meals.“I want there to eventually be mandatory labels on the meat contained in prepared meals,” Francois Hollande said while visiting an agricultural show in Paris.Until then, I will support… all initiatives for voluntary labelling” so that “consumers know the origin of the products they are consuming, especially meat.last_img read more


NUGAS donates to Agapi Care


first_imgNUGAS Victoria put forward a generous $2000 donation to not-for-profit organisation, Agapi Care last Wednesday at the GOCMV in Melbourne.The donation, which was accepted by Agapi Care Deputy Manager Mr Andreas Haralampidis and Executive Director Mrs Vicki Papadopoulos will go towards Agapi Care’s new development in the Clayton area. “It is a primary aim of the NUGAS Victoria committee to contribute to an organisation in an area of need,” said NUGAS Victoria Administrative Co-ordinator Kerry Matthews.“It is through events such as the NUGAS Annual Ball and other events throughout the year, with our affiliate University clubs, that we Greek Australian Students are able to give something back to the Greek Community and make a difference.”Agapi Care is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to represent the interest of Greek Australians with a disability, as they have the same rights as other members of the community to access services which would enable them to live a fulfilling life in the community.Currently Agapi Care provides a variety of services to people with disabilities at the respite care facilities in Preston and Oakleigh. Funded solely by the Department of Humanitarian Services, Agapi Care depends on donations such as the annual Agapi Care radiothon, the people of the public and various other organisations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


UN report blames gas attack on Syrian regime


first_imgThis file photo taken on 4 April 2017 shows an unconscious Syrian child receiving treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack. AFPUnited Nations investigators on Thursday blamed a sarin gas massacre on Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as the United States renewed its warning that he has no role in Syria’s future.The expert panel’s report and tough remarks by US secretary of state Rex Tillerson overshadowed the announcement that UN-sponsored peace talks will resume next month.More than 87 people died on 4 April this year when sarin gas projectiles were fired into Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the Idlib province of northwestern Syria.Images of dead and dying victims, including young children, in the aftermath of the attack provoked global outrage and a US cruise missile strike on a regime air base.Syria and its ally Russia had suggested that a rebel weapon may have detonated on the ground but the UN panel confirmed Western intelligence reports that blamed the regime.“The panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhun on 4 April 2017,” the report, seen by AFP, says.The report will increase pressure on Assad’s regime just as Washington, in the wake of battlefield victories against the Islamic State group, renews calls for him to step down.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments to reporters came during a visit to Geneva in which he met UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is trying to convene a new round of peace talks next month.The secretary said US policy has not changed, but his remarks represented tougher language from an administration that had previously said Assad’s fate is not a priority.“We do not believe there is a future for the Assad regime, the Assad family,” Tillerson said.“I think I’ve said it on a number of occasions. The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end, and the only issue is how should that be brought about.”Russia, which is running a parallel peace process with Iran and Turkey in a series of talks in the Kazakh capital Astana, reacted coolly to Tillerson’s remarks.“I think we should not pre-empt any future for anybody,” said Moscow’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who on Tuesday had vetoed a US attempt to extend the gas attack probe.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UN panel’s report had reached a “clear conclusion” and urged the “international community to unite to hold Assad’s regime accountable.”“I call on Russia to stop covering up for its abhorrent ally and keep its own commitment to ensure that chemical weapons are never used again,” he said.Civil warDe Mistura hopes to convene an eighth round of Syrian peace talks between Assad’s regime and an opposition coalition in Geneva from 28 November.These will be focused on drafting a new constitution and holding UN-supervised elections in a country devastated by several overlapping bloody civil conflicts.Assad’s regime has been saved by Russian and Iranian military intervention and he insists that he will not stand down in the face of what he regards as “terrorist” rebels.But Western capitals, the opposition and many of Syria’s Arab neighbors hold Assad’s forces responsible for the bulk of the 330,000 people who have died in the conflict.In addition to chemical weapons attacks against his own people, his government is accused of overseeing the large-scale torture and murder of civilian detainees.The previous US administration often said that Assad’s days were numbered, but then president Barack Obama decided not to use force to punish his chemical weapons attacks.His successor, President Donald Trump, did order one missile strike on a Syrian air base in response to a chemical attack.But US policy has otherwise focused solely on the defeat of the Islamic State jihadist group, driving it out of its last bastions in eastern Syria’s Euphrates valley.Tillerson said, however, that he hopes a way to oust Assad will “emerge” as part of de Mistura’s UN-mediated talks.‘Moment of truth’He argued that the UN Security Council resolution setting up the peace process already contains a procedure to hold elections that Washington does not think Assad can win.“The only thing that changed is when this administration came into office, we took a view that it is not a prerequisite that Assad go before that process starts, rather the mechanism by which Assad departs will likely emerge from that process,” he said.Earlier, de Mistura had told the UN Security Council that with the defeat of the Islamic State, the Syrian peace process had reached a “moment of truth.”“We need to get the parties into real negotiations,” the envoy said.Seven rounds of talks have achieved only incremental progress toward a political deal, with negotiations deadlocked over Assad’s fate.The opposition insists any settlement must provide for a transition away from Assad’s rule but, as government forces make gains, there is little likelihood of a breakthrough.last_img read more


Weird Sht Discovered With Google Maps


first_img Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google Stay on target Information – that’s what Google’s all about. They aim to take the entire world and suck it into their computers, then serve it up as search results to us with ads attached. And we love them for it. It’s hard to imagine a world without Google Maps, especially. Their roving cars and cameras in the sky have snapped shots of pretty much every location on Earth, allowing us to commute faster and cyberstalk more efficiently.While most Google satellite shots are pretty dull, those cameras do occasionally capture some unexpected vistas. Come with us as we scan the world with our hungry eyes to discover ancient temples, modern miracles, and other totally weird stuff that Google Maps discovered.The Badlands GuardianLocation: 50° 0’38.20″ N, 110° 6’48.32″ WHuman beings are notorious egomaniacs, seeing our faces in just about everything from electrical outlets to the stars above. But we have to admit that the Badlands Guardian, a natural geomorphological formation located in southeast Alberta, is a little intense. The outcropping created by natural erosion looks an awful lot like a human head wearing an Aboriginal Canadian headdress. It was discovered in 2006 by a researcher examining random locations on Google Earth.Airplane BoneyardLocation: 32 08’59.96″ N, 110 50’09.03″ WWhere do airplanes go when they die? Why, to a massive graveyard outside of Tucson, Arizona, discovered on Google Maps and surprisingly open to the public. The Airplane Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the single largest aircraft dump site in the world. The region was picked for its low humidity, high altitude and hard alkaline soil, keeping the over 4,400 airplanes there in good shape to be stripped for parts or, in extreme cases, returned to action.White Desert LinesLocation: 40 45’21.07″ N, 93 74’21.18″ WWhen this strange tangle of white lines was discovered on Google Maps in the middle of China’s Gobi Desert, it immediately sparked a frenzy of discussion as to what the obviously man-made arrangement was used for. It’s too chaotic to be a landing strip, but the even lines and steady angles were too orderly to be the result of random chance. The general consensus a few years post-finding seems to be that it’s a calibration pattern for spy satellites – they compare it to an onboard image to ensure that their cameras are lined up and receiving properly.The Lake Of BloodLocation: 33 23’46.08″ N 44 29’17.03″EWhat was referred to as “Lago Vermelho” showed up on a Google Maps survey in 2007 as a lake of bloody crimson red. The explanation for a body of water that striking color in the midst of war-torn Iraq has still not been given, but some speculated that slaughterhouses had been disposing of their runoff blood into it. That’s a little unlikely from a scientific perspective, with the more reasonable theory being that chemical spillage was responsible. The red color didn’t last forever, though, and recent satellite shots show Lago Vermelho back to its normal blue-green hue.The Nevada CircleLocation: 37 40’15.73″ N, -116 86’78.08″ WYou’ve probably noticed by now that a lot of these mysterious markings and strange creations are found in the vast empty deserts of the world. That’s probably because it’s a lot easier to get away with this kind of project when there’s nobody around to ask what you’re doing. This bizarre six-pointed star enclosed in a circle can be found in the southern Nevada wastelands below Stonewall Mountain, and unlike some of the other entries on this list, we don’t have any explanation for it. Cult sacrifice spot? Possibly!Indochinese Border Scale ModelLocation: 38 26’56.52″ N, 10 5’95.17″ WIt’s pretty easy to use Google Maps to keep tabs on the borders of the Earth’s countries, but if you were to zip your camera over Yong Ning Xian, Yinchuan, Ningxia, China you might get confused. For some as yet undisclosed reason, the Chinese government has constructed a 1/20 scale model of a disputed border zone between that nation and India. Measuring 1.8 miles in length, there’s no real consensus on why this was constructed. One Australian publication floated the theory that it is used to train tank drivers, but are the tanks 1/20 of normal size as well? It’s just too weird for me.Trementina BaseLocation: 355 27’46.48″ N, -1045 57’07.96″ WThe Church of Scientology works hard to keep their inner workings shrouded in mystery, but they probably didn’t predict Google Maps would record the entire surface of the Earth and capture the bizarre markings they etched into the ground outside of their secret base in New Mexico. Trementina Base is allegedly the spot where L. Ron Hubbard’s writings and archives are preserved for eternity inside titanium capsules. The Scientology symbols – which look a lot like a nice pair of boobs, just saying – were discovered in 2005, and the Church immediately tried to suppress their release.South Sudan HoleLocation: 9 16’89.62″ N, 30 38’29.05″ WIf you’ve been following Flat Earth truthers, you know they argue that the earth isn’t a ball floating in space but rather a contact lens-shaped disc surrounded by an atmospheric bubble and a wall of ice. How else to explain anomalies like this bizarre circular portal in the jungles of South Sudan? It’s hard to imagine that a natural body of water could be so perfectly round and covered by what appears to be a floating layer of foliage, but there are no roads or other evidence of human intervention. What could it be? Maybe it’s the drain hole for the flat Earth?New Baltimore Hell TownLocation: 42 438’70.22″ N, -73 78’84.39″ WLet’s head down from the satellite and check in with Google’s busy little Street View cars, driving along to document every navigable road in the country. Sometimes those cameras run into a little trouble, and when one was working in upstate New York it seemingly opened a portal to a hell dimension. Residents of New Baltimore are as of last reports not under siege by malevolent demonic entities, and Google sent another car out to get better pictures. While it lasted, though, it was one of the weirdest things we’ve ever seen on Google Maps.A Giant Pink BunnyLocation: 44 24’46.22,” N, 7 76’88.63″ WA who to the what now? Atop a hill in the Piedmont region of Italy rests “Hase,” a 200 foot long stuffed rabbit deposited there by art collective Gelatin as a massive art project. The group spent five years knitting the damn thing and expect it to totally decompose by 2025, so the Google Maps views of the thing are just going to get creepier and creepier every year as nature reclaims it.Satan’s FaceLocation: 34 79’85.48″ N, -84 93’62.25″ WWe started this off with a hidden face and we’ll end it with one as well. In 2010, a man named Luther Blissett claimed to discover the face of Satan lurking in a Google Maps image of a freeway just outside of Dalton, Georgia. The malevolent visage disappeared when Google made their next satellite pass, but true believers never forget. It’s not the first time the face of the Devil has been spotted in natural phenomena – he’s turned up in tornado photographs and other natural disasters. I wouldn’t rank the traffic in Georgia on that level, but it’s pretty bad.last_img read more


DRI seizes exotic birds smuggled from Bangladesh


first_imgKolkata: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized exotic birds which were smuggled from Bangladesh into West Bengal, an agency statement said today. Acting on a specific input, DRI officials intercepted a vehicle at a place along Kalyani Expressway near here and found three red and blue macaws, three eclectus parrots, eight pygmy falcons and seven white ducks, it said. The birds were found badly crammed up in plastic bags kept in the boot of the car, the statement said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights These birds were illegally brought into the country from Bangladesh through Indo-Bangla border in North 24 Parganas district, it said. The probe agency said it immediately contacted the office of the principal chief conservator of forests, West Bengal and also the director of Alipore zoo, Kolkata. The birds were handed over by the DRI to the zoo. In March this year, the agency had seized 214 Indian star tortoise in Kolkata. Less than a month back, two hollock gibbons, an endangered species under the Wild life Protection Act, 1972 and two palm civets, another endangered species, along with a variety of exotic birds, which had been smuggled into the country from Bangladesh seized by the DRI. “There is an urgent need to step up the fight against wild life crime, which has environmental, social and economic impact and a concerted effort is needed by all the law enforcement agencies in combating the same,” the agency said.last_img read more


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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2019 2:02 pm PDT Bestselling Books Week Ended March 2.FICTION1. “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers)2. “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers)3. “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers)4. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)5. “Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild” by Dav Pilkey (Graphix)6. “Fox in Socks” by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers)7. “Oh, the Places you’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss (Random House books for young Readers)8. “The Chef” by James Patterson and Max DiLallo (Little, Brown)9. “Wacky Wednesday” by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers)10. “Dr. Seuss’s ABC” by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers)NONFICTION1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (Crown)2. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)3. “The Threat” by Andrew G. McCabe (St. Martin’s Press)4. “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe (Random House Books for Young Readers)5. “Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?” by Bonnie Worth (Random House Books for Young Readers)6. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)7. “Grateful American” by Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton (Thomas Nelson)8. “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed)9. “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson)10. “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath (Gallup)FICTION E-BOOKS1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)2. “When August Ends” by Penelope Ward (Penelope Ward)3. “California Girls” by Susan Mallery (Mira)4. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides (Celadon Books)5. “When the Forest Meets the Stars” by Glendy Vanderah (Lake Union)6. “Chocolate Cream Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke (Kensington)7. “The Promise” by R.I. Mathewson (Rerum Carta)8. “The Border” by Don Winslow (William Morrow)9. “Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follett (Penguin)10. “Circle of the Moon” by Faith Hunter (Ace)NONFICTION E-BOOKS1. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)2. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (Crown)3. “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou (Knopf)4. “Beautiful Boy” by David Sheff (Mariner)5. “The Threat” by Andrew G. McCabe (St. Martin’s Press)6. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)7. “The Broken Circle” by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller (Little A)8. “Prague Winter” by Madeleine Albright (Harper)9. “Say Nothing” by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday)10. “Mary Queen of Scots’ by John Guy (Mariner)NPD BookScan gathers point-of-sale book data from about 16,000 locations across the U.S., representing about 85 per cent of the nation’s book sales. Print-book data providers include all major booksellers and Web retailers, and food stores. E-book data providers include all major e-book retailers. Free e-books and those sold for less than 99 cents are excluded. The fiction and nonfiction lists in all formats include both adult and juvenile titles; the business list includes only adult titles. The combined lists track sales by title across all print and e-book formats; audio books are excluded. Refer questions to Michael.Boone(at)wsj.com.The Associated Presscenter_img WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERSlast_img read more


US state dept official to discuss arms embargo with president


first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades will meet on Thursday with US State Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer who is on the island to discuss the US arms embargo on Cyprus.According to US State Department director of the south European desk, Yuri Kim, Palmer is in Cyprus to discuss the arms embargo so that it is understood what Nicosia wants and then decide how to get there.Kim said strengthening ties with Cyprus is to the benefit of the US, as is enhancing relations with Greece.She was addressing Tuesday’s panel discussion at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Coordinating Committee – Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) in Washington, along with former US ambassadors to Greece and Cyprus, Daniel Smith and Kathleen Doherty, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority side chief advisor Damien Murphy.“There have been many practical steps taken and we are going to continue that,” Kim said, referring to Cyprus-US bilateral relations. “This is precisely the reason Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer is on the plane now to Nicosia.”She pointed out that in recent months a deputy assistant secretary from the US counterterrorist bureau had visited Cyprus, as had an assistant secretary from the Treasury Department to work on improving the transparency of the banking sector.“There are lots of things that we want to do and we need to do, but in these things must you keep in mind it’s a two-way street, it takes two to tango,” she said.Kim noted that “over the next few weeks and months you will also see little bit more action, some are involving strong congressional interest – always very helpful – but in reality there will be things happening that we surely won’t advertise.”Regarding the US stance on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp), Kim said “we have policy regarding peacekeeping operations” in general, one of the being that “there has to be an exit strategy” and a second being that “these peacekeeping operations have to be in support of the political process, not in place of the political process.”Anastasiades is to receive Palmer at the Presidential Palace at midday on Thursday. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more