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Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playoff

first_imgMOST READ “Jordan does Jordan things,” Berger said. “So there’s not really much you can say. I’m obviously disappointed, but happy to be in the position I was in today.”Berger began the round in third place, three shots back. He tied Spieth for a lead with a 5-foot birdie putt on 15 as Spieth was making bogey on 14 and tied him again with a birdie from 8 feet at 17.The pair, playing a group apart, both hit their approach shots on 18 into the same greenside bunker. Both chipped out close to the hole and both saved par to force the playoff.Berger hit his drive on the first playoff hole left and into the crowd behind a fairway bunker. Spieth’s drive clipped a tree to the left and landed in the fairway, but about 150 yards short of his normal drive and 230 yards from the hole.Spieth’s approach fell into bunker. Berger’s ran off the green to the left.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Boo Weekley, who began the round a shot back in second place, shot 37 on the back nine to tie for fifth at 9 under, despite the support of a large gallery, which could be heard cheering “Boooo!” and “Boo-S-A!” every time he did something good.Rory McIlroy tried to find his short game this week and used his third putter Sunday to help him shoot a 64, his lowest round on the tour this season. He tied for 17th at 6 under.“I must say I felt a little more comfortable on the greens than I did the previous three days,” McIlroy said. “So, this might be one that stays (in the bag) for a few weeks.”Defending champion Russell Knox had a poor round, with six bogeys on his first 10 holes. He shot a 73 to finish at even par.Grayson Murray had the tournament’s only hole-in-one, acing the 177 yard eighth hole with an 8-iron. It also was the first on tour for the 23-year-old North Carolinian. He shot a 68 to finish at 5 under.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Spieth had to back up after hitting his bunker shot to see the hole. When the ball rolled straight in the cup he threw his club and did a flying chest bump into caddie Michael Greller.“If I was in Berger’s shoes, I be cursing Jordan Spieth right now for the break off the tee and then holing a 30-yard bunker shot, that’s a lot of luck,” Spieth said.Spieth didn’t waste any time extending his lead to three strokes Sunday. He hit his approach shot to 6 feet on the first hole and made the birdie putt, then made a 5-footer at No. 2. But those would be his final two birdies until a 16-footer on the 15th hole.He also survived a couple of big scares. The first came when his drive on 13 went right but stuck on the side of a hill to stay out of the water. He missed a 7-foot birdie putt, but saved par.He then hit his tee shot on the 15th left, just avoiding the water and the hazard line in the rough. He chipped to the middle of the green and made a 16-foot putt for birdie, which he thought he had missed. .His second shot at 17 also looked as if it might hit the course’s signature lake, but landed just on the edge of the green and he made par.“That’s a lot of luck,” Spieth said. “But I took advantage of the good breaks and am happy to come out on top.”He’s the third player to go wire-to-wire alone in the lead at the Connecticut event. Gene Littler did it in 1959 and Tim Morris in 1982. Spieth’s only other wire-to-wire win was the 2015 Masters.Sunday’s win was also his first win in a tournament debut. The last player to win in Cromwell in his first start was Phil Blackmar in 1985.Charley Hoffman (66) and Danny Lee (67) tied for third, three strokes back. Big3 begins: 3-on-3 league has close games, not much Iverson The 23-year-old Texan joined Tiger Woods as the only PGA Tour players with 10 victories in the era since World War II. Woods won 15 times before he turned 24.“That was one for the ages,” said Spieth, also the winner at Pebble Beach in February.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. He closed with an even-par 70 to match Berger — who birdied three of the final six holes for a 67 — at 12-under 268.Berger, the Memphis winner two weeks ago before missing the cut last week at the U.S. Open, just missed a 50-foot putt from off the 18th green left that would have forced a second playoff hole. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan Spieth tips his hat to fans as he is introduced at the first hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament, Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Cromwell, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)CROMWELL, Conn. — Jordan Spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Travelers Championship.The two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with Daniel Berger on Sunday at TPC River Highlands.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Star taps Malcolm Hill to replace import Cinmeon Bowers

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sources: Blatche reluctant to join Gilas in Lebanon Fiba Asia View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Hill last played with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the recently concluded Orlando Summer League.He will make his debut for the Hotshots in their next game against Alaska on Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hill, meanwhile, went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after four years in Illinois.He averaged a team-best 17.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals in his senior year with the Fighting Illini. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Cinmeon Bowers. PBA IMAGESStar is leaving no stone unturned this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup as the team decided to replace Cinmeon Bowers with Malcolm Hill on Monday.Coach Chito Victolero confirmed the news as the Hotshots are set to parade the 21-year-old Hill after just one game with Bowers.ADVERTISEMENT “Yes, nagpalit na po kami (Yes, we’ve already changed our imports.),” the soft-spoken mentor in Filipino when asked if the development was indeed true.Bowers posted 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in Star’s 103-86 victory over Blackwater on Sunday but left a lot of pundits unimpressed with his style of play, with the most notable being his lackluster showing in the team’s tuneup game against Ginebra in the offseason.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 starslast_img read more

ICC World Cup 2011: Dhoni backs long format of tournament

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave the thumbs-up to the World Cup format, saying the gaps between matches would help players recover from minor injuries to allow him field the best XI.On the other hand, several of Dhoni’s counterparts felt that adapting quickly to the subcontinent conditions would be a challenge in the 45-day tournament being played in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. “What’s good is that all the teams are looking in good nick. And the format… there are long breaks in between [matches]. What it means is that if you play and have a bit of a niggle you can really recover and we all can always field our best XI. That’s a big plus point for us. I think it will be an open tournament and the team that will play consistent cricket over the 45 days will lift the World Cup,” Dhoni said.”A lot has been said about the gap that exists between matches. So we will look to go to [see] some historical monuments during these gaps,” he said, in a lighter vein, at a press conference here where captains of all 14 teams were present.Dhoni also made the opening remarks after Australia captain Ricky Ponting. “The next 35 to 45 days will be really interesting for cricket because it’s a mega event. Of course, you know that it will be held in sub-continental countries where cricket is among the biggest sports. I welcome all the other teams and ask them to enjoy the hospitality of the subcontinent and at the same enjoy cricket,” he said, dressed in navy blue team blazer.advertisementWhen asked about his reaction to Suresh Raina coming close to missing the flight from Chennai to Dhaka, Dhoni said he was not too concerned. “Not really when you have a squad of 15 you don’t really mind it,” he said. “Anyway there is always someone to give a lift to a cricketer in India. I didn’t worry so much about it; just hoped all was well with him and which was the case.”Ponting admitted that a few senior players were not in the team due to injuries, but hoped that the replacements would step into their shoes well to fill the void.Aiming for a fourth straight World Cup title for Australia – and his third successive as captain – Ponting said that he was confident that his team can go all the way to retain the crown if it adapts quickly to the conditions and the crowds of the subcontinent.”Conditions we faced in both practice games [in India] were difficult. But we are actually quite happy going into our first game against Zimbabwe [in Ahmedabad on Monday] since arriving in the country two days before our first practice game,” he said.”We are looking ahead to the tournament. We are very proud of our record in the subcontinent as far as ODI cricket is concerned.”Andrew Strauss, who captained England to an Ashes win over Australia but lost the ODI series 1-6 Down Under recently, agreed with Ponting on adapting to local conditions quickly. “The conditions here are very different from what we encountered in Australia.The key is to make the adjustments very quickly. There are not going to be any easy fixtures in this tournament,” he averred.Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara said that the real test for teams will come in the quarterfinals and semi-finals.”In a World Cup, you have got to be better than all the teams, not just the teams that you have mentioned [India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka]. Playing in from of home crowds and home grounds for most of the games will be quite important for us,” he said.”At the same time, the format itself means that if you manage to qualify for the quarter-finals, you’ve got a good chance to play two good games to get into the final. Consistency is the key, but if in the quarterfinals and the semifinals you get that it will be the most important thing.”Bangladesh captain Shakib-al Hasan said he has set high goals for his team. “We want to play the whole tournament. We had very good preparations in the last two-three weeks and guys are confident and they all are fit. We are looking forward to the tournament.”last_img read more

PBA All-Star promoter more than happy to donate wheelchairs after big scoring night

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants And he isn’t computing costs.“Some things, you can’t out a price on,” said Vasandani, chief of Double V Productions, which promoted the PBA All-Star weekend here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDouble V promised a wheelchair for every triple and every dunk during the two games featured during the annual spectacle: Friday’s Rookie-Sophomore vs Juniors match and Sunday’s North vs South All-Star game.The young turks coughed up 44 wheelchairs on Friday. On Sunday, it was all dunks and triples at Calasiao Sports Complex. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles As the North dismantled the South, 185-170, the two teams combined for a record 45 triples and 37 dunks: A total of 82 wheelchairs.“We wanted to make things more meaningful for this game,” said Vasandani. “And you could see everyone was really enjoying the game on a different level.”“I’m happy with the turnout, I’m happy with the number of wheelchairs. We’re just happy to be able to help while bringing joy to the people of Pangasinan,” added the promoter.ADVERTISEMENT CALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Veejay Vasandani will be ponying up for 126 wheelchairs to be donated to the Alagang PBA foundation.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pasig Grindhouse books Fiba World Tour ticket after ruling Chooks to Go 3×3 PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Yasir Shah becomes No. 1 Test bowler after Lord’s heroics

first_imgPakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah became number-one ranked bowler in Tests after his ten-wicket haul against England at Lord’s. Yasir is the first Pakistan bowler since Mushtaq Ahmed who achieved the honour of being the top ranked bowler in Tests. He also became the first wrist spinner since Shane Warne to achieve this position. Mushtaq reached the top in 1996 while Warne held the spot in 2005. (Also read: 1st Test: Yasir Shah, Misbah-ul-Haq help Pakistan decimate England at Lord’s) Yasir came out with figures of 6 for 72 and 4 for 63 and jumped ahead of India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and English pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad into the top spot after earning 32 points from his achievements at Lord’s. Yasir won the player of the match in his first Test outside Asia and currently leads Ashwin by seven points and third placed Anderson by 10. The 30-year-old looks all set to gain further points and create a gap between him and the rest as he is still in qualification period. A bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has taken 100 wickets, while Yasir has so far has 86 wickets in 13 Tests. (Also read: Pakistan celebrate Lord’s victory with press-ups)England all-rounder Chris Woakes also gained some impressive points in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. Woakes recorded match figures of 11 for 102 and jumped 28 places putting him at a career best 36th position. Pakistan’s Rahat Ali, who took four wickets in the match, has also achieved a career-high ranking of 32nd after jumping three places, while Mohammad Amir has returned to the rankings just inside the top 100 in 93rd position. (Also read: Misbah-ul-Haq says Mohammad Amir can start a ‘new life’) Pakistan has more good news to cheer for as middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq achieved a career-high ranking in the Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Asad scored 73 and 49 for which he has been rewarded with a jump of two places that has put him in 11th spot.  Pakistan captain Mishab-ul-Haq, who scored his 10th Test century with a 114 in the first innings, has moved up one place to ninth, while wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has gained two places and is now in 17th position. For England, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance have also improved their rankings. Bairstow is now on a career-high 16th position after moving up two places, while Ballance is in 40th position having risen two places as well. (Also read: How Lord’s is turning out to be England’s nemesis)advertisementlast_img read more

Texas Tech is good at throwback uniforms, awful at promoting them

first_imgTexas Tech is wearing throwback unis against Arkansas this Saturday. They’re awesome.Texas Tech’s throwback uniform’s for Saturday’s BLACKOUT of Arkansas. http://t.co/SyDCxek6wN pic.twitter.com/apzHrvkR8k— Texas Tech Red Raiders (@TechAthletics) September 8, 2014What isn’t so awesome is how they decided to promote the unis and the game…uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh RT @BrianMFloyd: ¯_(ツ)_/¯ http://t.co/GWF8WcTzv7 http://t.co/HXCqU0Q2gv— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) September 10, 2014I mean, nobody read this? That’s the only conclusion I can come to — zero human beings older than the age of 15 read this promotion before it went out.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Coutin-who? Liverpool send City back to Earth

first_imgLiverpool No Coutinho, no problem! Dazzling Liverpool send Pep’s City crashing back down to Earth Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:28 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(35) Liverpool celebrate Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City Manchester City Opinion Liverpool became the first team to beat Manchester City in the top-flight in this campaign in their first fixture since Philippe Coutinho’s departure At the final whistle, Pep Guardiola had to rewind to last April to reacquaint himself with the feeling of stomaching defeat in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, circled back to September’s 5-0 capitulation at Manchester City as he instructed Liverpool to serve their opponents with “pay back in a football way.”  That demand was acceded to in an authoritative manner at Anfield on Sunday, where the visitors waved farewell to a 30-game unbeaten streak in the division. This time around, there was no red card to skew matters as was the case at the Etihad, where Sadio Mane was sent off. Ahead of the showdown – the most exhilarating match-up in England – the Senegal international emphasised that his team-mates had the ability “to beat anyone.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jurgen Klopp Pep Guardiola Liverpool Manchester CityAnd on a bitterly cold Merseyside evening, with the wind weaving chaos, the hosts proved as much as they removed City’s cloak of invincibility.This was the fixture Philippe Coutinho – now Barcelona’s record signing following his £142 million transfer last weekend – most thrived in and the question of how Liverpool would cope without their virtuoso understandably formed a sizeable part of the narrative heading into the clash.The Brazilian contributed 20 goals in as many games this season for the Reds prior to his switch, and it was perhaps fitting that the player who took his place in the XI – the one who said the club have to “just move on” – was the scorer of the opener against the leaders.Sadio Mane celebratesOxlade-Chamberlain displayed a combination of power, pace and precision to hurt City nine minutes in. Roberto Firmino controlled a long Loris Karius goalkick, which fell into the path of the England international. He drove forward, dusting off Fernandinho in the process, planting a low, right-footed cracker past Ederson.It was yet another example of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s strengths marrying far better with Liverpool’s fighting football blueprint than it ever did with Arsenal’s short-passing template.And with RB Leipzig announcing just hours before kick off that they will not sanction Naby Keita’s early release, his dynamism in the middle was doubly important.Leroy SaneLiverpool were aggressive, giving the visitors no peace in the opening half, and deserved to hold the advantage. Emre Can was imperious, with Andy Robertson utterly excellent.For all the talk of the individual who is no longer at Anfield, it was the strength of Liverpool’s collective that finally proved City are fallible.”It was simply the right statement,” Klopp said. “It’s not that I said in the meeting that I said, ‘boys, it would help a lot if you could win tonight so nobody speaks about Phil Coutinho anymore’ because we like talking about him, actually.”He was probably still jumping in his new living room in Barcelona and happy about the win tonight. For us, it is important to show it is possible to play without him and we did that.”It was a very important statement, absolutely, but that’s all.”A near-perfect showing in the first half was blighted with a succession of errors five minutes before the break.Joe Gomez misjudged Kyle Walker’s crossfield pass, which Leroy Sane controlled before cutting in to beat the right-back and Joel Matip before drilling beyond Karius at the near post.Roberto FirminoThe keeper – now Liverpool’s first-choice if he is “able to perform” – stuck his forehead on the turf in the knowledge that he should have done better.It was a robust strike from the German winger, but had the positioning of Karius’ hands been correct, he’d have thwarted the hit. Having conceded just before the interval, it would have been understandable if Liverpool were apprehensive after the break. Instead, in keeping with Klopp’s “fear is not allowed” directive, they stormed into destroyer mode.”You have no alternatives to beat City. Yes, you can win the lottery and they tackle each other! Then you can stand deep in your own box and in the end you hope nothing happens, but it is not really likely,” the Reds boss explained.”We are Liverpool, we should not try this way to be honest. Then you have no alternatives, you need to be brave, you need to play football and I am really happy about that. The pressing in the second half around the goals was different class. Just outstanding. Really outstanding, but playing football first half against a really good organised side.”If you talk about City, it is always about good they are football playing wise, but they are also brilliantly organised, so against an organised team like that, playing football in the spaces we played with the situations we created – not plenty of chances, but half-chances and good moments – there is no alternative to play against them.”SalahWhen Firmino chipped in after holding off John Stones and meeting Oxlade-Chamberlain’s throughball on 59 minutes, it was still a tight, testing encounter.But then it was bang, bang. City were on the canvas – bloodied – as Mane fired home a rocket into the top corner and Mohamed Salah punished a poor clearance from Ederson by lofting an effort over the out-of-position Brazilian.Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan converted late on, but City had to accept their fifth successive away loss against Liverpool despite becoming the only team has to score more than once in the league at Anfield this season.”You need a really good football team to do that to them and thank God I’ve got one!” Klopp concluded. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Video: Michigan State Fan Caught On Camera Checking Out Girl’s Backside

first_imgA general view of Michigan State's basketball court.EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 24: General view of the Breslin Student Event Center as the Michigan State Spartans play against the Santa Clara Broncos on November 24, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Michigan State lost to Illinois Saturday night, but at least one Spartans fan may have been too distracted to notice. The below video, which has now gone viral, shows a MSU supporter somewhat infatuated with the female standing in front of him in the stands. He seemingly can’t believe his eyes when he looks at her backside.Discreet, he is not. The below video seems appropriate.last_img read more

BMW, Daimler launch car- and ride-sharing joint venture

FRANKFURT — Automakers Daimler and BMW are formally launching their joint venture in services that make it possible to use their cars without necessarily owning one.Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and BMW’s Harald Krueger held a joint news conference in Berlin on Friday to outline their efforts in auto-related services, which include short-term rentals of vehicles in big cities through smartphone apps.The business also includes apps to call for a ride, in competition with rivals such as Uber and Lyft from the information technology sector.Krueger and Zetsche spoke after regulatory authorities gave permission for the deal, announced last year, to formally close.The business underscores the auto industry’s shift toward new technologies and business models based on software and mobile communications.The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral condemns terrorist chlorine bombings in Iraq

19 March 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the recent multiple terrorist bombings using chlorine gas in Iraq which wounded or sickened more than 350 people. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the recent multiple terrorist bombings using chlorine gas in Iraq which wounded or sickened more than 350 people. “The Secretary-General is appalled by these attacks which are clearly intended to cause panic and instability in the country,” his spokesperson, Michelle Montas, said in condemning the blasts in the Al Anbar province.She added that Mr. Ban “is confident that firm action will be taken to prevent such attacks in the future.”In his latest report to the Security Council on Iraq, released earlier this month, the Secretary-General warned that “new tactics involving the use of chlorine gas in their weapons systems [are] worrisome.”On Thursday, Mr. Ban’s chief envoy to Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, told the Council that “chlorine has been used to terrorize the population.”Up until that time the actual additional casualties sustained had been “relatively low.” read more

Security Council hears of internal bid to undermine Bosnia and Herzegovina

“The leadership of Republika Srpska has for example led the way in undermining the state-level institutions and threatening to hold an entity referendum that would seek to repudiate the authority of the High Representative and decisions under Dayton [peace agreement],” Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, told the Council.He reiterated that Bosnia and Herzegovina remained afflicted by a lack of consensus on what sort of State it wanted to be – a more centralized one or a decentralized federation. Divisions extended to what means would be used to make that decision, Mr. Inzko said.Nationalist politicians were also making references to the possible “peaceful dissolution” of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a proposal that had been met with counter-statements that those who wanted to leave were free to do so, but would not be allowed to take any part of the country with them.“This chronic political disagreement has occurred at a time when unemployment has continued to rise, living standards have continued to fall and the capacity of the authorities to meet the basic needs of citizens has been systematically eroded by declining revenue,” Mr. Inzko said.Mr. Inzko expressed concern that in the run-up to planned general elections in October, divisive rhetoric disputing the sovereignty and constitutional order of Bosnia and Herzegovina could led to provocative actions that threaten progress in overcoming the country’s legacy of serious war crimes from the 1990s, when the region was torn by conflict.He said the federation had also failed to meet its obligations, under the constitution, for an equal distribution among the three regions of six key positions in the entity’s executive, legislative and judiciary institutions.Mr. Inzko said that the federation still had the capacity to make positive progress, giving the example of reforms which have made the country’s bid for visa liberalization with European Union a reality.“In the case of visa reform, the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina showed that they are able to respond to the logic of popular demand. I believe this can be applied to other reforms that have been blocked until now,” he added. 24 May 2010Prospects for regional reconciliation in the western Balkans have continued to improve, but internal politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina have deteriorated with attempts being made to undermine State institutions, the Security Council was told today. read more

Loonie heads south Magna drops after White House hints it may pull

WASHINGTON — The White House is telling U.S. media that it’s weighing a plan to pull out of NAFTA.The administration has prepared a draft of an executive order to withdraw from the trade accord, Politico reported Wednesday, citing White House officials it didn’t identify.The move is still under internal debate, according to the article. It was published just days after Trump levied a tariff on imports of softwood lumber from Canada, decrying unfair competition. A week ago, the U.S. president called NAFTA a “disaster.”“People are getting more nervous after the U.S. imposed a tariff to Canada,” said Andres Jaime, a foreign-exchange strategist at Barclays Plc in New York.It remains unclear whether he’s seriously considering a pullout, or simply using it as a threat.Nonetheless, Mexico’s peso, the Canadian dollar and shares of companies that rely on cross-border trade plunged on speculation the Trump administration was close to scrapping Nafta.The moves slowed a surge in riskier assets sparked by President Donald Trump’s promise to unveil Wednesday a proposal to overhaul U.S. taxes.Canada’s dollar reversed earlier gains. Magna International Inc., a Canadian parts supplier, erased a gain and traded lower. The Mexican peso dropped the most since January. Shares of Kansas City Southern, which gets half its revenue from Mexico, plunged as much as 4.9 per cent after the report. Mexican auto-parts maker Nemak SAB sank to a two-month low. The cost to insure Mexican government bonds against default jumped the most in a month. Bloomberg.com read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 10 May 2013

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Hornets beat Bucks 110107 after nearly squandering big lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each had 21 points, and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-107 on Monday night after nearly squandering a 25-point, third-quarter lead.Marvin Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Tony Parker had 15 points off the bench for the Hornets, who bounced back from a loss at Atlanta on Sunday night and ended a two-game skid.The Bucks nearly came all the way back, cutting the lead to one with 17 seconds left on a layup by Giannis Antetokounmpo.But Walker made two free throws with 7.1 seconds left and the Bucks failed to get off a good shot after a side inbounds, with Eric Bledsoe forced to launch an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer that hit off the glass and the rim and bounced away as time expired.Antetokounmpo had 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Bledsoe scored 17 points.The Hornets got a huge emotional lift from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who returned after missing six games with an ankle injury. He finished with seven points and seven rebounds, but his defence was big, including an impressive block on Khris Middleton’s fast-break layup.The Bucks looked sloppy and disorganized on offence for most of the game, finishing with 16 turnovers.After spotting the Bucks a 28-14 lead in the first quarter, the Hornets took control and outscored the Bucks 57-24 over the next 22 minutes behind a 3-point barrage led by Lamb and Williams.TIP-INSBucks: Were 7-of-9 on 3-pointers in the game’s first 5 1/2 minutes to build a 28-14 lead.Hornets: Lamb has scored at least 18 points in six of his last seven games.UP NEXTBucks: Host Bulls on Wednesday night.Hornets: Host Hawks on Wednesday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSteve Reed, The Associated Press read more

Norway smash Brazil for second place in Group A

Norway showed domination against direct rival in the battle for the second place in Group B – Brazil 39:26 (18:13). Norwegians celebrated third win in fourth match to almost secure spot behind France, who will have chance to win the first place by beating Russia tonight at 20.45.Brazilians were in balance in the first 20 minutes (12:11), when Scandinavian team began to make stronger impact on the court. Until half time was 18:13 with a few goals of the TOP scorer Sanders Sagosen (7). The second half was just a question of routine. Berg’s boys broke resistance of the rival quickly to ensure no-stress finish of the match in which both coaches could give chance to all the players. Bergerud has another good 60 minutes with 13 saves for Norway, while Chiuffa (6) was Brazilian TOP scorer.STANDINGS:France 6Norway 6Russia 4Brazil 4Japan 0Poland 0PHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story Dujshebaev about Polish debacle: Give us time to work – Most important WCh 2019! Next Story → Qatar to knock-out stage – Argentina scores two goals for 30 minutes! read more

Final countdown Meet the Mayo team hoping to end AllIreland drought

first_img* (Based on team which started in the semi-final against Tyrone)1. Robert Hennelly (Breaffy)Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanAn unlikely figure between the posts given that he only entered the fray midway through the season. A fine netminder who has seized his chance.2. Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels)Pic: INPHO/Cathal NoonanDid not feature in the 2012 All-Ireland decider but has added to the defence this year with his physicality and aggression.3. Ger Cafferkey (Ballina)Pic: INPHO/Morgan TreacyOne of several players from the 2006 All-Ireland U21 winning side and has grown in stature to command the edge of the square.4. Chris Barrett (Belmullet)Pic: INPHO/Cathal NoonanHas burst into the starting outfit this year in impressive style. Was the surprising source of scores when Mayo were in trouble against Tyrone.5. Lee Keegan (Westport)Pic: INPHO/Cathal NoonanFirmly established now as a key component in the Mayo side, the Westport club man was another to point the way early against Tyrone.6. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe)The incisive runs of Vaughan have been a plank of Mayo’s attacking play in 2013, notching goals against Galway and Donegal.7. Colm Boyle (Davitts)INPHO/Cathal NoonanHis strength and tenacity will be vital ingredients for Mayo as they seek to combat Dublin’s powerful half-forward line.8. Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy) Pic: INPHO/Cathal NoonanA strong contender for Footballer of the Year, the younger O’Shea has been magnificent and is a huge imposing presence in the middle.9. Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy)INPHO/Cathal NoonanThe elder O’Shea has been really influential at midfield, emerging after a few seasons where injuries lead to him being on the periphery.10. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore)Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanHas developed impressively with his link play important to Mayo’s cause. Needs to be sharp on frees after that poor early miss against Tyrone.11. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis)Pic: INPHO/James CrombieThe relocation of Higgins has been one of James Horan’s shrewdest moves. Offers energy and dash to the Mayo forward line.12. Alan Dillon (Ballintubber)INPHO/Cathal NoonanEndured injury problems early in the year but has worked his way back into form. Still a big figure in this Mayo team.13. Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber)Pic: INPHO/Cathal NoonanThe big injury concern before this final and Mayo’s anxiety about him is a reflection of his free scoring form and offensive leadership in 2013.14. Alan Freeman (Aghamore)Pic: INPHO/Cathal NoonanStepped up against Tyrone to post his best Mayo display since his debut against Sligo in 2010. Will have major role if O’Connor is absent.15. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen)Pic: INPHO/James CrombieMissed last year’s final through injury and will relish this occasion. Form has dipped this year but remains the heartbeat of this Mayo outfit.GAA remain hopeful of bringing an NFL game to Croke Parklast_img read more

US Supreme Court rejects Clark Elmores death penalty appeal

first_imgSEATTLE — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the death penalty appeal of Clark Elmore, who was convicted in 1995 of raping and killing his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter in northwestern Washington.But the decision drew a sharp dissent from Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They criticized the Washington Supreme Court’s rationale for upholding the death sentence and argued Elmore’s trial lawyer — current Whatcom County public defender Jon Komorowski — failed to investigate evidence that the defendant had brain damage.“A more experienced attorney encouraged Elmore’s lawyer to investigate whether Elmore had suffered brain damage as a young man,” Sotomayor wrote. “Instead of doing so — indeed, instead of conducting any meaningful investigation into Elmore’s life — Elmore’s lawyer chose to present a one-hour penalty-phase argument to the jury about the remorse that Elmore felt for his crime.”As a result, jurors never heard that Elmore played in pesticide-contaminated fields as a child or handled Agent Orange pumps during the Vietnam War.Such mitigating evidence might have persuaded them to impose a life sentence, Sotomayor said. Komorowski later acknowledged it was a mistake, one he attributed to inexperience. It was his first capital case.last_img read more

Detectives to confer about shootings

first_imgClark County Sheriff’s Office detectives were to meet today and plan their strategy in the Saturday night nonfatal shootings of two people at 4213 N.E. 38th St., just north of state Highway 500 and east of St. Johns Road.Cory S. Bloom suffered gunshot wounds to his hip and thigh about 11:38 p.m. Saturday, and Sarah A. Godfrey’s calf was grazed, sheriff’s Sgt Shane Gardner said Sunday. Both victims are in their early 20s, he said.On Monday evening, Detective Sgt. Kevin Allais with the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit said no arrest had been made and he could not yet identify a suspect, but that the unit was investigating.Gardner had said Sunday that “a small group of friends were gathered when a suspect entered the house unannounced, threw a duffle bag into the kitchen and fired off a round. The suspect then retreated out the door. Fearing an explosive device in the bag, Godfrey threw it back out the front door. The suspect then shot several more rounds toward the front door, wounding Godfrey and Bloom.”Gardner did not say if the suspect is a man or woman and authorities were mum on the case Sunday. Neighbors said frey indicated the shooter was a man.last_img read more