first_img Naval forces from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States kicked off the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS, an annual multi-national exercise, in Key West, on September 17, hosted by Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, Commander of the U.S. Fourth Fleet. Thirteen warships will conduct operations in the Western Caribbean through Sept. 28, 2012. UNITAS is designed to train participating forces in a variety of maritime scenarios to test command and control of forces at sea, while operating as a multinational force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. Observers from France, Jamaica, Panama and Peru are also participating this year. UNITAS develops and sustains relationships to improve the capacity of our partners’ maritime forces. This annual exercise fosters friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies. “While the overarching goal of the exercise is to develop and test command and control of forces at sea, training in this exercise will address the spectrum of maritime operations,” Commander U.S. Fourth Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris said. “Specifically, there will be high end warfare scenarios addressing Electronic Warfare, Anti-Air Warfare and Air Defense, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, and Maritime Interdiction Operations,” he said. By Dialogo September 17, 2012last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Gyorko originally went on the IL with a lower back strain but then injured his calf. Resigned to being out for an extended time, he opted to have surgery to remove a bone spur in his right wrist that had bothered him “on and off for two years – it was time to get it fixed.”“The back just tightened up during one game. I was fine the very next day,” said Gyorko, who batted .196 in 38 games with the Cardinals this season. “I guess they had a roster decision they had to make and it just built up from there. Then I was about to come back and the calf flared up so while I was out I had my wrist fixed too. Just kind of re-starting everything. Now everything feels really good. Looking back, it sucked, but now I’m happy with the decision I made.”ALSOOutfielder Alex Verdugo was scratched from Thursday’s starting lineup with left knee soreness.UP NEXTPadres (LHP Eric Lauer, 5-8, 4.52 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Dustin May, MLB debut), Friday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Pederson’s time at first base coincided with an overall defensive “slump” by the Dodgers. They made 24 errors in 17 games before Thursday (four by Pederson).Cody Bellinger has started just one game at first base since injuring his left shoulder on a diving attempt there during the Dodgers’ May 3 game in San Diego. The Dodgers feared his shoulder (which popped out of its socket and had done so in the past) would be in greater danger of re-injury at first base than in the outfield.But Bellinger was wearing a first baseman’s glove and taking grounders at the position during Thursday’s pre-game workout. Roberts said Bellinger would now be an option to play first base again.“We talked to Cody. He’s done a great job keeping his shoulder healthy and keeping it strong,” Roberts said. “It was great to give Joc a runway at first. Could it happen again this season? Possibly. But to get Cody over there which he feels very good about and certain times get him back in right field against left-handed pitching if we want to get Muncy at first base, to move Joc back to left field – that’s a decision we’ve made going forward.”ANOTHER FIRST BASEMANLeft-hander Adam Kolarek was officially added to the roster Thursday after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays before Wednesday’s deadline. LOS ANGELES — Who’s on first? Not Joc Pederson any time soon.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Thursday that the experiment of playing Pederson at first is over “for now.”“For now, yeah,” Roberts repeated. “I think the benefit that we have now is – we’ve seen it, we’ve given him an opportunity and this is something that Joc was asking for. For us to oblige and give him that runway, give him that opportunity to see how it looks – he’s worked his tail off to get better at first base. So I really applaud him.”Pederson might deserve praise for his effort and willingness to try and learn a new position. But the results were not good. In 20 games at first, Pederson was charged with six errors. A number of plays that didn’t show up as errors also went unmade because of his inexperience at the position. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Kolarek will be used as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen – but he also played first base for two-thirds of an inning with the Rays this season. Roberts said he could see a scenario where Kolarek would come in to face a left-handed batter, move to first base if the next batter is right-handed and return to pitching against a left-hander.“Sure. Why not?” Roberts said. “I know he played first base in college (at the University of Maryland) and he’s played first base in the big leagues a little bit too. There might be a time when we see him on the mound, then pivot over there to first base then take the mound again. We’ll see.”Left-hander Caleb Ferguson was returned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Kolarek on the roster.GYORKO STATUSThe Dodgers’ other trade-deadline acquisition, infielder Jedd Gyorko, joined them in L.A. on Thursday. Gyorko is currently on the 60-day IL and is not eligible to be activated until next Wednesday.Gyorko will start a rehab assignment in Double-A Tulsa on Saturday and eventually move to Triple-A Oklahoma City before he is activated.“I think a lot of it is just going to depend on how I feel, how things progress,” Gyorko said. “I don’t want to say a certain date because you never know. But I would expect a week to 10 days (on a rehab assignment would be enough).“I don’t have any concerns going out on rehab. I feel like I’m ready to go out and play.”Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson: Scouse tough to understandby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he struggles to understand the Scouse accent.The 26-year-old says he finds it easier to understand his foreign team-mates when they speak English than the native Brits.He told the Daily Star: “The British accent is hard for me to understand. In Brazil, we’re used to hearing American-English.“It’s been easier to understand my non-English teammates speaking English than the local ones.“Hopefully, I can improve my vocabulary.”Accents aside, Alisson says he’s “comfortable and happy” with his new life in Liverpool, with his wife Natalia.He said: “It’s been easier to adapt to England than it was moving from Brazil to Italy, probably because I’m more mature and experienced now.“Signing for Liverpool was a huge step forward in my career and I’m really proud to be here.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: TORONTO – Corus Entertainment announced on Friday, an extensive three-year partnership between Royal Bank of Canada and HGTV Canada‘s Bryan and Sarah Baeumler. The partnership aims to bring Canadians closer to their goals by sharing expert financial and practical advice on everything from budgeting for home renovations to tips on growing a business. The collaboration is the first of its kind for Corus Tempo, a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment, and was facilitated with the help of RBC media planning agency, Initiative.“We are proud to create and support this landmark partnership between HGTV Canada’s Bryan and Sarah Baeumler and RBC,” said Lynn Chambers, Vice President, Corus Tempo. “This partnership reflects the power of Corus in bolstering unique opportunities for clients and fusing them with our influential roster of talent.”“We’re thrilled to launch this partnership with the help of Corus Entertainment,” said Alan Depencier, Chief Marketing Officer, RBC. “The Baeumlers are loyal clients of RBC and they share the same common values around providing expertise and advice to help make dreams come true and Somedays happen. It’s a natural fit for us.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement The multi-platform partnership launches Sunday, January 14 with the RBC Home Someday Contest in tandem with the Season 2 premiere of Bryan Inc. at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada. Canadians can enter the RBC Home Someday Contest by visiting hgtv.ca/rbchome and sharing their home story – whether it be buying a first property, renovating an existing home, or paying off a mortgage. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and a personal home consultation with Bryan and Sarah Baeumler. In addition to the grand prize, the contest will also award two secondary prizes of $10,000. The contest is open until February 28 and the winners will be selected by RBC and the Baeumlers.“Corus and RBC have always supported our family and the growth of our business,” said Bryan Baeumler. “This organic partnership allows us to offer our expertise alongside RBC to help Canadians reach their goals.”Promotional elements of the partnership will be featured on multiple Corus networks including HGTV Canada, Global Television, DIY, and DejaView in broadcast and online. This spring HGTV.ca will host branded webisodes, while HGTV Canada’s Facebook page will promote additional content with the Baeumlers.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About RBCRoyal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 80,000 employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 35 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com. We are proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-sustainability/.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPR  Watch full episodes and see exclusive content at hgtv.caFollow HGTV Canada on Twitter @hgtvcanada and Facebook at Facebook.com/hgtv.ca | #BryanIncFollow @RBC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – The pro-NAFTA forces in Washington are escalating efforts to protect the agreement from President Donald Trump, including entertaining the idea of shielding it via some legislative mechanism.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced it will hold weekly events to rally support for the deal, as the country’s largest business lobby held an initial such gathering Tuesday at its headquarters across the street from the White House.Speakers at the event were senators from the president’s Republican party. They urged trade supporters to raise their voices to help sway an internal debate within the White House, as Trump considers whether to start the NAFTA cancellation process as a hardball negotiating ploy.One senator from Kansas dismissed that as a “Humpty Dumpty” strategy — break NAFTA first, attempt to fix it later. Pat Roberts called it an unnecessarily risky move and said he has personally confronted the president three times over his approach to trade, including at a closed-door caucus meeting last week.He said the president told Republican lawmakers not to get excited over his negotiating ploy, to which Roberts replied: “I am excited.”Roberts said it’s imperative that people who believe in trade speak out now to counter the anti-trade impulses in Trump’s Washington, echoing a message also delivered at Tuesday’s event by his colleague Sen. Ted Cruz.“Saddle up. Everybody saddle up. We have to ride. Ride with me,” Roberts said in a speech.“We are fighting a pervasive view that our economy has not benefited from NAFTA. That is simply not right. We are coming to a crossroads… These issues affect real jobs, real lives and real people.”Both senators described how their states have benefited from NAFTA. A new document produced by the Congressional Research Service on state-level trade data says Kansas exports about US$750 million in grain products to Mexico, and another $10 million to Canada.Farming groups have spoken out too, warning that the mere threat to cancel NAFTA could send foreign customers scrambling to find new non-U.S. suppliers.Roberts briefly addressed the emerging debate about what power Congress might have to block a presidential NAFTA pullout. Trade lawyers say it’s unclear whether the president can act unilaterally, and some suggest such a move could wind up at the Supreme Court.That’s because the U.S. Constitution offers contradictory instructions: Its Article One gives Congress power over international trade, and Article Two gives the president power over foreign affairs.Some analysts like former U.S. trade czar Robert Zoellick have urged Congress to flex its muscles by taking legislative steps to wrest some control away from the White House. Ideas being floated around Washington, for example, include attaching pro-NAFTA clauses to a bill, or passing a bill that would insist on a thorough study of the consequences before any U.S. pullout.Asked whether his colleagues are discussing such steps, Roberts said it’s a possibility: “That might be an option. Right now I think it would be a little early to be doing that… I think we can make our case before the administration,” so it doesn’t get there.Cruz said his GOP colleagues are almost universally pro-trade.“The Republican conference and Senate is virtually united,” he told the business crowd. “I want to encourage everyone in this room: Let your voice be heard. Because the administration is being pulled in two different directions.”The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has sounded the alarm over what it sees as potentially fatal moves to undermine the agreement by the Trump administration amid negotiations to upgrade the deal.Those moves include demands by the Trump administration for a five-year termination clause allowing easy cancellation of the agreement; tougher Buy American rules; auto-parts requirements the industry calls impossible to meet; and a gutting of the dispute mechanisms that enforce NAFTA.“For many in the business and agriculture community, the outlook has shifted over the past month. There’s growing concern about the direction of the negotiations,” said John Murphy, the chamber’s vice-president.“A number of the proposals that the United States has put on the table have little or no support from the U.S. business and agriculture community. It isn’t clear who they’re intended to benefit…. (They) will only add costs for business, add to uncertainty, depress investment…“But I think many in Congress are catching up to those concerns. They’re increasingly hearing from their constituents. Threats to withdraw from the agreement are catching attention.”More than 80 agriculture groups wrote to the administration last week urging Trump not to use NAFTA’s pullout clause as a negotiating tool. That clause, Article 2205, allows a country to provide six months’ notice of its intention to withdraw.“Withdrawal is looked upon as a potential catastrophe,” Murphy said. ”So I do think members of Congress are rapidly coming to grips with those concerns, as they’re hearing them from their constituents.”last_img read more

first_imgLONDON — The Bank of England warned Thursday that uncertainties related to Brexit have “intensified considerably” since early November and are increasingly weighing on the U.K. economy.While unanimously deciding to keep the bank’s main interest rate unchanged at 0.75 per cent, as expected, the nine-member rate-setting panel noted a series of negative economic developments amid the Brexit impasse.Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29 but Prime Minister Theresa May has been unable to get lawmakers to agree her Brexit deal and is delaying a vote on it until mid-January.At the moment, it looks like her deal, which foresees close ties between Britain and the EU on the trade in goods, will struggle to get through parliament. What would happen then is extremely unclear and the great economic concern is that Britain could crash out of the EU without a deal and without a transition period that will smooth the process to new trading arrangements.As well a sharp fall in those U.K. stocks that primarily operate in the country and a further decline in the value of the pound, Bank of England policymakers said business investment was likely to remain weak and the housing market subdued.“The further intensification of Brexit uncertainties, coupled with the slowing global economy, has also weighed on the near-term outlook for U.K. growth,” the rate-setters said, according to minutes of their meeting on Wednesday.Bank staff said the U.K. economy may only grow by 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of the year from the previous three-month period, 0.1 percentage point lower than thought last month.“The broader economic outlook will continue to depend significantly on the nature of EU withdrawal, in particular: the form of new trading arrangements between the European Union and the United Kingdom; whether the transition to them is abrupt or smooth; and how households, businesses and financial markets respond.”The British economy has slowed down since the country voted in June 2016 to leave the European Union and many forecasters are warning of a potential recession if no Brexit deal is agreed by the time Britain is due to leave the bloc.Last month, the Bank of England itself said that in a worst-case scenario, the British economy could shrink by a massive 8 per cent within a few months and unemployment and inflation would spike.In that “disorderly and disruptive” scenario, four decades of economic alignment would be reversed, with tariffs placed on exports and border checks reinstalled, and restrictions could hit travellers and workers. Shortages of medicines and food could also materialize.For many British businesses, the current stalemate in Parliament is worrying, especially those dependent on trading in the EU and that helps explain why business investment has been so weak of late.Both Britain and the EU have this week ramped up their preparations for a potential no-deal outcome.Pan Pylas, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgLondon: Britain has asked EU leaders to delay Brexit until June 30, Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament on Wednesday, on eve of an EU summit in Brussels. May said she had written to EU President Donald Tusk “informing him that the UK seeks an extension to the Article 50 period to June 30”. “I don’t want a long extension,” she said, warning that a longer delay would mean Britain having to hold European Parliament elections at the end of May. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The idea that three years after voting to leave the EU, the people of this country should be asked to elect a new set of MEPs is, I believe, unacceptable,” she said. “As prime minister, I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than June 30,” she said. In the letter to Tusk released by Downing Street, May said she intended to bring the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the EU back to parliament even though MPs have rejected it twice by overwhelming margins. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”If the motion is passed, I am confident that parliament will proceed to ratify the deal constructively. But this will clearly not be completed before 29 March 2019,” she wrote, adding that the timetable for passing the necessary legislation to allow Brexit was “inevitably uncertain”. “I am therefore writing to inform the European Council that the UK is seeking an extension to the Article 50 period… until 30 June 2019.” Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a cabinet revolt if she asked the EU for a long delay to Brexit, media reports said Wednesday, even after she had warned MPs of such a possibility. Downing Street confirmed that May would be asking EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday to delay Britain’s March 29 exit day by only a short period, saying voters wanted to get on with Brexit. The decision followed a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, where several Brexit-supporting ministers reportedly indicated they might quit if the delay was long. Any delay can only be decided by EU leaders. One source was reported as saying that the divisions at the top of British government made it feel “like the last days of Rome”. May herself has repeatedly said she does not want to delay Brexit, but has conceded this is highly likely given the parliamentary deadlock over the process. MPs have twice rejected the divorce deal she struck with Brussels, and also ruled out leaving the EU with no deal.last_img read more

first_imgBajipura (Guj): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his party’s `Nyay’ scheme will help in revival of the economy and create jobs in the country which has been badly affected by demonetisation and GST decisions of the Narendra Modi government.Addressing a poll rally here, Gandhi repeated his “chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman if thief) jibe to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi and alleged he has given Rs 30,000 crore to businessman Anil Ambaniin the Rafale fighter jet deal. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We have promised to give Rs 72,000 crore (a year) to poor people under the Nyay scheme which will change the economic condition of the poor in the country,” he said. Gandhi said the scheme, Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay) – a key feature of the Congress manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls – was devised after consultations within the party. “I had called all the economists of the Congress party and asked them what is the amount that we can give to the poor people of the country. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”They came up with the figure of Rs 72,000,” he said, adding Modi had in 2014 made a false promise of giving Rs 15 lakh to people, but the Congress will definitely give Rs 3.60 lakh (estimated cost of `Nyay’). The Congress chief attacked the Modi government over its 2016 note-ban exercise. “One fine day, Narendra Modi announced that notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 have been scrapped as they do not help me create more black money. So I will introduce a new note of Rs 2,000 as through it we can make more black money,” Gandhi said, mocking the demonetisation move. “They introduced Gabbar Singh Tax. Both the steps were big blows to our economy,” he said, criticising the BJP- led government over its implementation of the Good and Services Tax (GST). “Common people had stopped purchasing goods after demonetisation due to cash crunch, so Indian companies producing goods were closed down. Hence, unemployment rate is highest at 45 per cent in the country now,” Gandhi said. “However, our Nyay scheme will revive economy and create more jobs. Money that will go to people under the Nyay scheme will help people purchase things, our companies will be revived and people will get job,” he said. Gandhi said the Modi government is working for a few rich industrialists. “This government works for rich industrialists only. Do common people require chowkidar? Chowkidar is not required in front of house of farmers. This is Anil Ambanis chowkidar,” Gandhi, said targeting Modi. “The chowkidar gave Rs 30,000 crore to Ambani. Chowkidar chor hai,” the Congress said, alleging corruption in the Rafale deal with France. Anil Ambani has rejected Gandhi’s allegations and emphasised that the government had no role in the Rafale- manufacturer French company Dassault picking up his company as a local partner. “Under the new crop insurance scheme, the government has given districts and states to a few rich industrialists. Modi has given the entire Kashmir to Anil Ambani,” he said. Gandhi said if his party comes to power, it will bring a law to ensure farmers do not go to jail if they default on payment of loans.last_img

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) looks to deliver a pass while Penn State freshman guard Josh Reaves (23) tries to slow him down in a game in the Big Ten tournament on March 10 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 79-75. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorDespite being left out of the NCAA tournament field after seven consecutive appearances, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will still get a taste of the postseason.The National Invitational Tournament announced its 32-team bracket Sunday night, in which the Buckeyes (20-13, 11-7) earned a No. 3 seed.OSU is scheduled to take on sixth-seeded Akron (26-8, 11-5) in the first round Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. The Zips, who are making their first NIT appearance since 2012, won the Mid-American Conference’s regular-season title. They fell to Buffalo in their the conference championship game Saturday night on a last-second 3-pointer. OSU played Akron in the first round of the NIT in 1989, defeating the Zips 81-70. The first three rounds of the NIT, which is, essentially, a consolation prize for schools like OSU, are played at the campus sites of the higher-ranked team. The semifinals are slated for March 29 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, while the championship game is set for March 31 at 7 p.m. As the regular season progressed and the young Buckeyes continued to struggle to find their stride, it seemed like they were destined for the NIT. An upset win over then-No. 8 Iowa on Feb. 28 inflated OSU’s chances to take part in March Madness, but tallying just one win in the Big Ten tournament before being bounced by Michigan State on Friday night sealed the Buckeyes’ fate. Speaking to the media after his team’s 81-54 loss to the Spartans, coach Thad Matta said because of his team’s youth, he would welcome any opportunity to continue playing additional games.“We need practice, we need as much as we can get, there’s no question about it,” Matta said Friday night. This marks just the second time an OSU team coached by Matta will play in the NIT. The first time was in 2008, when the Buckeyes won five games en route to capturing the tournament title. Matta likened that team to this year’s squad because of the amount of freshmen on each roster. The current Buckeyes have six first-year players, while the 2008 team had five. “I think it paid dividends for them,” the coach said about the NIT for his 2008 freshmen.Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams said Friday it didn’t matter which tournament his team ended up in, or who they would play. “We’re just going to prepare for whatever comes next,” he said, later adding, “hopefully we get a better result.”OSU, which went 3-10 against teams that made the NCAA tournament, is the only team from the Big Ten in the NIT. As for the NCAA tournament, seven of the Buckeyes’ conference counterparts received berths, highlighted by Michigan State, which is a No. 2 seed. read more