Jeter Leads AL Past NL, 5-3

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — On a summer evening filled with reminders of generational change, the American League maintained nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 in the All-Star game July 15th for its 13th win in 17 years.Derek Jeter soaked up the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, setting the tone for the AL with a pregame speech and delivering two final All-Star hits.Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned him Most Valuable Player honors.“I think let Mike be Mike. I don’t think people have to necessarily appoint someone to a particular position,” Jeter said. “He’s got a bright future ahead of him. I don’t know how much better he can get, but if he consistently does what he’s doing, then he will be here for a long time.”Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer to help give the AL champion home-field advantage for the World Series.No matter what else happened, from the start it seemed destined to be another special event for Jeter.He made a diving stop on Andrew McCutchen’s grounder to shortstop leading off the game and received a 63-second standing ovation when he walked to the plate before his opposite-field double to right leading off the bottom half.He was given another rousing cheer before his single to right starting the third and 2 1-2 minutes more applause after AL Manager John Farrell sent Alexei Ramirez to shortstop to replace him at the start of the fourth.As Frank Sinatra’s recording of New York, New York boomed over the Target Field speakers and his parents watched from the stands, Jeter repeatedly waved to the crowd, exchanged handshakes and hugs with just about every person in the AL dugout and then came back onto the field for a curtain call.“It was a special moment and it was unscripted,” Jeter said. “I was unaware of it.”NL Manager Mike Matheny of the Cardinals didn’t want it to stop. “The guys on our side have the utmost respect for him and would like to have been standing out there for a little while longer,” he said. “I think Derek was the one that was uncomfortable with it.”While not as flashy as Mariano Rivera’s All-Star farewell at Citi Field last year, when all the other players left the great reliever alone on the field for an eighth-inning solo bow, Jeter tried not to make a fuss and to deflect the attention.Even during his clubhouse speech. “He just wanted to thank us,” Trout said. “You know, we should be thanking him.”A 14-time All-Star who was MVP of the 2000 game in Atlanta, Jeter announced in February this will be his final season. His hits left him with a .481 All-Star average (13 for 27), just behind Charlie Gehringer’s .500 record (10 for 20) for players with 20 or more at-bats.While the Yankees are .500 at the break and in danger of missing the postseason in consecutive years for the first time in two decades, Jeter and the Angels’ Trout gave a boost to whichever AL team reaches the World Series.The AL improved to 9-3 since the All-Star game started deciding which league gets Series home-field advantage; 23 of the last 28 titles were won by teams scheduled to host four of a possible seven games.Detroit’s Max Scherzer, in line to be the most-prized free agent pitcher after the season, pitched a scoreless fifth for the win, and Glen Perkins got the save in his home ballpark.Target Field, a $545 million, limestone-encased jewel that opened in 2010, produced an All-Star cycle just eight batters in, with hitters showing off flashy neon-bright spikes and fielders wearing All-Star caps with special designs for the first time.With the late sunset — the sky didn’t darken until the fifth inning, well after 9 o’clock — there was bright sunshine when Jeter was cheered before his first at-bat.He was introduced by a recording of late Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard’s deep monotone. St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright left his glove on the mound and backed up toward second, clapping along with the crowd of 41,048.“I tried to tell him to pick it up — let’s go,” Jeter said. “But he took a moment and let the fans give me an ovation which I will always remember.”When Jeter finally stepped into the batter’s box, he took a ball and lined a 90 mph cutter down the right-field line for a double.“I was going to give him a couple pipe shots just to — he deserved it,” Wainwright said. “I thought he was going to hit something hard to the right side for a single or an out. I probably should have pitched him a little bit better.”After those in-game remarks created a stir on the Internet, Wainwright amended himself: “It was mis-said. I hope people realize I’m not intentionally giving up hits out there.”Trout, who finished second to Cabrera in AL MVP voting in each of the last two seasons, became the youngest All-Star MVP, about 3 1-2 months older than Ken Griffey Jr. was in 1992.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pakistan salvage pride with victory in final T20I against South Africa

first_imgPakistan won the final Twenty20 against South Africa by 27 runs on Wednesday to end its tour with a positive result having already lost all three series.Top-ranked T20 team Pakistan defended their total of 168 for 9 when they held South Africa to 141 for 9 in their 20 overs at SuperSport Park. South Africa took the series 2-1 and also won the Test and one-day contests.South Africa couldn’t round off a whitewash in the T20s despite a late half-century by Chris Morris, who hit 55 not out off 29 balls but had too much to do at the end. Morris reached his maiden T20 50 with consecutive sixes off Shaheen Afridi in the final over, when South Africa was left needing 40 runs off the last six balls.Mohammad Amir took 3 for 27 to lead Pakistan’s bowlers and Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf collected two wickets each. Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim and Afridi were key for Pakistan in an impressive bowling performance as they restricted South Africa in the early overs. Both went for less than six an over.Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan top scored for the tourists with 26 after Pakistan was put in to bat. There were also contributions from Asif Ali (25) and Babar Azam (23) and although Pakistan’s total wasn’t huge, it was enough.Shadab hit 22 not out off just eight balls in a crucial late effort, launching three sixes and plundering 21 runs off the final over of the innings.Left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks’s career-best 4 for 14 for South Africa came in a losing effort.Also Watch:last_img read more

Women’s World Cup final wowed us but worries remain over RFU strategy

first_img Twitter Share on Twitter Women’s rugby union Ian Malin Read more Reuse this content Rugby Football Union England’s captain Sarah Hunter, right, consoles team-mates after the Women’s World Cup final at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Share on Facebook “It’s so sad there’s so much good stuff going on and so much of it is misinformation,” says Deborah Griffin, the RFU’s first female board member who co-founded the Women’s RFU in 1983 and helped to establish the sport’s first World Cup in 1991. Over in Belfast to watch the tournament, she says she has been talking about the strategy to everyone she meets. “Once you explain it they say: ‘Oh yes, well, that’s fine then.’ It’s such a shame because the RFU is doing so much for women’s rugby. All the people involved in it, the volunteers, we’ve got such good stories to tell, but it went down this cul-de-sac about the contracts.”For Griffin the new Women’s Super Rugby league, launching next month, is where the focus should be. For the first time clubs will have to adhere to minimum standards – such as providing a doctor at every game – as the RFU invests £2.4m over the next three years. Griffin believes it will make the difference. “What we were finding was the girls in the England playing squad were going back into their clubs and not playing in a professional environment. They were having to play out of position or with team-mates who weren’t as good, it wasn’t helping them or producing new team-mates.”Nigel Melville, the RFU’s director of rugby, was one of those who groaned at the headlines. “Our strategy is to get to a point where we have around 55 players on contract who would play across the XV and sevens games so we can compete on full-time contracts across both fronts.” Melville argues, like Griffin, that the focus has to be on growing the domestic game, creating a bigger talent pool, through investing in the league and grassroots rugby. “We’re going in a good direction. For me it’s fantastic we’re growing things at the bottom, we’ll get to that professional point as soon as we possibly can.” England women’s rugby union team Share on LinkedIn As the curtain falls on a World Cup final that thrilled millions, winning new fans to the game, women’s rugby should be popping corks at the sport’s increased profile and plaudits. Instead there is an ongoing rumble over whether the Rugby Football Union’s strategy to take the game forward over the next four years is the right one.As MPs and the media piled in to criticise the governing body over the issue of XVs contracts not being renewed – a fact established as far back as 2015 but that emerged to make headlines only this summer – there was a feeling of deja vu, another sporting body refusing to properly support its women.There were others, however, who felt the coverage missed the bigger picture. Women’s rugby is at a crossroads and each governing body has a dilemma in how it chooses to proceed. Invest in sevens and its myriad opportunities on the global stage – the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the World Series – choose the tradition of XVs, or try to do both? The RFU has pledged the latter, and there seems a genuine frustration that there is not a greater appreciation of the breadth of the task at hand. What does he say to those who would have liked to see contracts? “I don’t think it was an option. It’s not credible.” How far away is credible? “I’m talking to the board at next month’s board meeting to discuss where we are and how quickly we can get to that point. At the end of the day we do need the players first, just having the money isn’t necessarily the answer.”Women’s rugby was brought into the RFU only in 2012, and that is reflected in the numbers. Only 25,000 play regularly. The ambition is to double the pool by 2021, says Steve Grainger, the RFU’s rugby development director, while increasing the number of female coaches, officials and administrators. Currently around 8% of rugby’s community coaches are women. It is all very well demanding elite-level rugby but the RFU is right in wanting to establish the foundations.The awkward thing for the governing body is that it has the money to do both. Maybe not in the women’s game, which is yet to become commercially viable, but as a union. After the final the England coach, Simon Middleton, talked about “cutting our cloth” in deciding the future for women’s rugby. The question many are asking is whether that cloth could have been a bit more generous? … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Topics Facebook Read more Since you’re here… Rugby union “The RFU is the richest union in the world,” says the former England wing Kat Merchant, noting England men’s renegotiation of their match fee to reach £22,000. “I would never want to come across as saying the RFU don’t do enough, it’s more wouldn’t it be great if the RFU would do more to allow these women to have this opportunity?”She stresses that no one is asking for a pay rise. “It’s not about money or whingeing, the [players] just need the support the contract brings. Everyone I know who took the contracts, they earned less money than they were on in their jobs. So everybody takes a pay cut to do it.”Instead she calls for a “compromise” that would help those players who are in effect forced to balance careers alongside international rugby. “It is very difficult to find a lasting career if every four years you have to take eight months off. If it’s not available for them to go full-time currently then it should be semi-pro, the girls paid to train twice a week for club rugby, and then they can pick up work alongside it.”For Merchant the argument goes beyond money: it is about how to manage the two codes with an overlapping personnel, and the message it sends. “The beautiful thing about rugby is that it’s a game for all sizes. But if you’re only funding sevens girls then it’s only for the smaller girls.” Then there’s the flip-flopping, risking “burnout” for those who play both. The BBC 5 Live commentator played World Cups in sevens and XVs; she says she had to change weight to switch between codes. “My body was very tired. I think it’s asking a lot of [the players]. And the thing is the women will do it. Because we’ve always done it.”Sophie Hemming forged a dual career as a World Cup-winning prop and a vet. “It’s easy to point the finger and be negative but if in my playing days I could have had the opportunity to go full-time for eight months I would have absolutely jumped at the chance. The RFU has backed the squad and supported them for eight months which no other governing body has done before the World Cup.”She says that playing both codes is not inherently negative for everyone. “Katy Mclean’s World Cup has been sensational. She’s expanded her game and developed another gear and her exposure to sevens has to have contributed to that, alongside being full-time for eight months. It’s brought out a new dimension. But it’s also putting the players and their bodies under quite a lot of stress too.”Hemming agrees with Merchant that the contracts situation is an opportunity missed, not just for English rugby, but globally. “It would put massive pressure on other countries in the world to do the same and invest so that England don’t get too far ahead. Even in this tournament, seeing how some other teams have changed body shapes and got fitter and faster, that’s from England being trailblazers, that’s put a lot of pressure on the other nations to follow. Long-term contracts would really lift the game worldwide.”In October Melville will meet the FA’s Baroness Sue Campbell at St George’s Park to exchange ideas on how to develop women’s team sport. Football could certainly take a leaf out of rugby’s book when it comes to grassroots messaging – rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign to engage women and girls winning hands down over football’s questionable Disney Princess approach. But with profile comes scrutiny; now that women’s rugby has hit the mainstream, questions over its direction are an inevitable part of its future. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian features Toka Natua irrepressible as New Zealand end the dream for battling England Pinterest Share via Email Share on Pinterest England Women find heartbreak at end of road as sevens focus returnslast_img read more

Trouble for Tottenham Hotspur as Harry Kane ruled out till March with injury

first_imgTrouble for Tottenham Hotspur as Harry Kane ruled out till March with injuryHarry Kane suffered a knock towards the end of Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United in the Premier League.advertisement Reuters LondonJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 08:36 IST Harry Kane is Tottenham Hotspur’s top scorer with 20 goals in all competitions this season. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarry Kane has suffered damaged ligaments in his left ankleKane will miss the second league of League Cup semi-final vs ChelseaHe is likely to miss both legs of Champions League last 16 clash vs Borussia DortmundTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will be out of action until March after suffering an ankle injury in the weekend’s Premier League defeat by Manchester United, the north London club said on Tuesday.England captain Kane, who is Tottenham’s top scorer with 20 goals in all competitions this season, hobbled away from Wembley on Sunday after picking up a knock towards the end of the 1-0 defeat by United.”Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle,” Spurs said in a statement.”The striker will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March.”Kane’s absence looks a major blow for Spurs, who are currently third in the league, with their totemic striker now set to miss key derbies in the league as well as big cup ties at home and in Europe.Kane will be out of the League Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next week, which Tottenham are leading 1-0 thanks to his goal at Wembley in the first match.He is also likely to miss both legs of the Champions League last-16 clash against Borussia Dortmund.With Son Heung-min jetting off to represent South Korea at the Asian Cup, manager Mauricio Pochettino’s goalscoring options will be tested in the coming weeks.Spurs, who are nine points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, could also be without Kane when they face top-four rivals Chelsea (Feb. 27) and Arsenal (March 2).advertisementIt leaves Pochettino with Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente to call upon as replacements up front, as the manager has already confirmed the club are not looking to sign players in the January transfer window.Also Read | Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech to retire at end of 2018-19 seasonAlso Read | Karim Benzema and Jesus Vallejo add to Real Madrid injury problemsAlso Read | This is the real Manchester United: David de Gea after sensational show vs TottenhamFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Harry KaneFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Mauricio PochettinoFollow Son Heung-minlast_img read more

Partha hits out at MHA over terror hub remark on madrasas

first_imgKolkata: Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee criticised the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for issuing a statement in the Parliament on Tuesday that a terror outfit based in Bangladesh is using some madrasas in the state as hubs.Both the ruling party and Opposition protested against the statement of the Centre in the Assembly on Wednesday. Speaking on the issue, Chatterjee said that the Centre has been indulging in divisive politics and it was an attempt to malign the image of Bengal. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”If the Centre attacks a particular community in this manner, it sends a wrong signal to the society. Painting all the people belonging to a particular community with the same brush is uncalled for. It maligns the tradition and heritage of Bengal, which accommodates people irrespective their caste, creed and religion,” Chatterjee said in the House. Meanwhile, Speaker of the Assembly Biman Bandyopadhyay urged the House to submit a proposal to him in this regard. In another development during the day, Minority Affairs and Madrasa Education minister Giasuddin Molla called for a meeting to examine the educational details and backgrounds of madrasas on July 10. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe development takes place a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs stated that some madrasas in the state were preaching religious extremism and helping the terrorist organisations. According to sources, Molla will hold a meeting with his department officials, which would be more of a review meeting with the heads or representatives of all the madrasas in the state. The minister will reexamine the details of the madrasas, both government and private, as well as those heading them. He is also likely to check the background of the madrasas and the activities centering them. It may be mentioned here that the MHA, in its reply to a question in the Parliament on Tuesday, said that a terror outfit based in Bangladesh is using some madrasas in Burdwan and Murshidabad districts to radicalise and recruit local youths. The state government was also put on alert. Opposition leader in the Assembly Abdul Mannan said regarding MHA’s statement: “We condemn the statement. Many Hindus also study in madrasas. A community has been attacked. The government has given permission to the madrasas in the state. Blaming people belonging to a particular community is condemnable.” It may be mentioned here that the Khagragarh blast, which took place in Burdwan in 2014, shook the entire state and the Central agencies found the involvement of Jamaat-ul-Mujahiddeen Bangladesh (JMB) behind the blast.last_img read more

Canada will meet climate targets despite emissions gap Environment minister

first_imgEDMONTON – Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is committed to meeting its climate change targets despite a growing gap between promises and emissions projections.“We’re absolutely committed to meeting our target,” McKenna, who was in Edmonton this week for an international conference on cities and climate change, told The Canadian Press.“We’re all in.”In 2015, Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions were 722 megatonnes annually of carbon dioxide equivalent. The Paris climate accord commits the country to reducing that total to 517 megatonnes by 2030.In December, the government delivered a report to the United Nations outlining progress on reaching that target. The report acknowledged that both current and planned policies are likely to leave the country 66 megatonnes short of its target.That figure is 50 per cent higher than a similar report made to the UN 18 months ago.“It’s a good-news, bad-news story,” said McKenna.“Our economy is growing and our projections are based on our economic growth. It just means that we need to be doing more. There’s huge opportunities that we haven’t built into our target.”McKenna said Canada has plenty of time to catch up to where it’s supposed to be.“It’s a 2030 target,” she said. “We’ve said this is a transition and you don’t transition overnight.”Billions of dollars marked for public transportation in the last federal budgets will help, she said.New technologies for carbon-heavy industries such as cement manufacturing are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions and aren’t yet figured into the projection. The federal government is also counting on reforestation to reduce Canada’s carbon footprint, because growing trees pull carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in forests.“We need to figure out the opportunities. We know that they’re huge.”Environment Canada officials have attributed the 22-megatonne increase between the two UN reports to a growing population and increased output from Canada’s oil and gas industry. The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, approved by the federal Liberals to take hydrocarbons from Alberta’s oilsands to the British Columbia coast, is widely expected to increase associated emissions.McKenna said that has been taken into account.“The approval of (the Kinder Morgan pipeline) was made in the context of our climate plan,” she said.The minister pointed out that Alberta has capped emissions from the oilsands and implemented a carbon tax. Ottawa will bring in its own climate levy, she said.“We’re doing a lot. There’s coherence across the board.”Keith Stewart, climate campaigner for Greenpeace, said McKenna’s reassurance ignores the facts.“The math simply doesn’t add up,” he said.“There’s still a big gap between what we’ve promised to do and what we are actually doing, and building new pipelines makes that gap bigger. If Canada really is ‘all in’ on climate action, then we have to stop building new fossil fuel megaprojects and invest in green energy solutions instead.”An Environment Canada official pointed out that a 22-megatonne change in the overall context of Canada’s total emissions could simply be the result of annual changes in the economy or in how things are measured.As well, cities and provinces haven’t yet outlined their plans for investments in transit or reforestation clearly enough for Ottawa to estimate their greenhouse gas impacts, the official said.— Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Government ushers in pay equity legislation for federally regulated workers

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is introducing long-awaited pay equity legislation for federally regulated employees.Under the proposed system, employers would need to examine their compensation practices and ensure women and men in workplaces that fall under federal jurisdiction receive equal pay for work of equal value.It would apply to all federally regulated employers with 10 or more workers.This includes some private-sector employers, the federal public service, parliamentary workplaces, and the offices of the prime minister and other ministers.The act obliges employers to establish a pay equity plan within three years of the legislation coming into force.Employers would also have to identify job classes, evaluate work, and compare compensation associated with similar jobs dominated by men and women respectively.last_img read more

New NAFTA deal unlikely to push dairy aisle prices lower experts say

first_imgCanadians hoping their weekly grocery staples like milk and eggs may soon cost less thanks to a new trade deal that opens up Canada’s dairy industry may be out of luck. Experts say the trilateral agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico is unlikely to bring prices down, but could leave shoppers with more choices in the dairy aisle.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement announced Sunday night will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7.U.S. President Donald Trump had long criticized Canada’s supply management system for undercutting American exports and hurting U.S. farmers.Canada implemented supply management in the dairy industry in the 1970s, which sets quotas on production based on anticipated demand. The government decides how much farmers are paid for their production and blocks out foreign production with high tariffs.Prior to the new deal, experts said Trump did not necessarily want to dismantle supply management, but rather was more angered by milk classifications like Class 7. These will be eliminated under the new deal.“I don’t see a big, immediate impact on retail pricing,” said Al Mussell, founder of Agri-Good Economic Systems Inc., an agriculture and food research organization.The standard four-litre bag of milk is a loss leader for most grocers that sell it below the price needed to make a profit, he said. Additionally, a high proportion of cheese and butter is on promotion at any given time, he said.“Nothing changes there.”The new deal’s elimination of Class 7 milk — ultra-filtered or diafiltered milk that is essentially a protein-heavy concentrate used to make cheese and other dairy products — is the biggest news item, said Sylvain Charlebois, a Dalhousie University professor who is the lead author on an annual food price report, estimating how much grocery and restaurant prices will rise or fall over the coming year.In 2016, Canada created the Class 7 pricing agreement that has essentially restricted U.S. exports of the product. It allows Canadian dairy processors to buy domestic milk at cheaper world market prices instead of higher prices controlled by the national supply management system.Eliminating that class would allow processors to become more competitive and potentially give grocers room to bring down prices, Charlebois said.“It doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers will reap the rewards or that the sector will pass on savings to consumers,” he said.If cheaper products than what’s available in Canada come in on the wholesale market, said Mussell, grocers will just eat less of a loss on their dairy promotions or loss leaders.The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which released a statement from its president saying the deal “will have a dramatic impact” on the sector and farmers, can’t answer if there will be any changes to consumer prices, wrote spokeswoman Lucie Boileau in an email.“We’re still analysing the agreement.”The Canadian Dairy Commission did not respond to a request for comment about how the new deal may impact consumer prices. The commission sets support prices for butter and skim milk powder, which provinces use as a reference to establish provincial prices for industrial milk.The one positive for consumers — at least those in bigger markets like Toronto or Vancouver — may be more choice in the dairy aisles, said Mike von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph. He adds there won’t be a substantial change in retail prices.Von Massow points to the cheese aisle as an example of increasing variety. Growth has been small, he said, but there’s a broader range of product now than 15 years ago.Since Canada entered the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, with the European Union and allowed more European cheese to be imported into the country, he said, there’s been growth in varieties available.“We’re seeing a wider variety of cheeses than we’ve ever seen before rather than the bottom falling out of the cheese market.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Budweiser brewer sells Australian unit to pay off debt

BRUSSELS — AB Inbev, the world’s biggest brewer with brands like Budweiser and Corona, is selling its unit in Australia to reduce debt after it decided against listing shares in Asia.The company said Friday it is selling Carlton & United Breweries for $16 billion AUD ($11.3 billion) to Japanese rival Asahi Group.AB Inbev, which is based in Belgium, said it will use almost all the money from the deal to pay down debt. The company has accrued high debt after going on an acquisition spree, including buying Anheuser-Busch in 2008 and its next closest rival, SABMiller, in 2015.The company had planned to list some shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange but said this month it no longer plans to do so due to tough market conditions.The Associated Press read more

Peacekeeping best way to ensure longterm stability Annan says

“Peacekeeping missions can never end wars by themselves, but they do offer the best possible way of ensuring there is a sustainable peace,” the Secretary-General said in a message marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May. “Let us remember that the most expensive peacekeeping operation costs far less than the cheapest war.”Paying tribute to those who have lost their lives in the service of peace, he said, “We must continue to strive, as those brave peacekeepers did, to make it possible for the community of nations to live in peace.”More than 53,000 uniformed personnel and at least 11,000 civilian staff from 94 countries currently serve in 15 missions across the globe. Those numbers are likely to increase as the Security Council this week approved an operation for Burundi, while another is being planned for Sudan.”The growth in missions is a welcome sign that many countries are choosing a healthier path as they emerge from violent conflicts,” Mr. Annan said. But he noted that it places enormous strain on the UN’s resources and urged countries to provide the additional troops and funds needed to achieve the tasks ahead.UN peacekeeping has also moved beyond its traditional role as a monitor of ceasefires to engaging in such tasks as assisting political transitions, building institutions and fostering the spread of the rule of law, the Secretary-General noted. Missions are also supporting economic reconstruction, supervising elections, disarming militias and former combatants, facilitating humanitarian aid programmes and re-settling refugees and displaced persons.The Day was inaugurated to commemorate more than 50 years of dedication and sacrifice by peacekeepers serving under the UN’s flag to build confidence, reconcile warring parties and relieve suffering. read more

Worcester Cathedral blessing for asparagus crop criticised as absurd by Anglicans

first_imgAsparagus is so venerated in Worcester that it has been blessed in a special ceremony in the city’s cathedral. But the thanksgiving service celebrating the local crop has been criticised by other Anglicans who have called it “absurd”. The bizarre Sunday evensong service was defended by the cathedral’s Precentor, who said the vegetable was “a sign of the abundant provision and generosity of God”. Christian groups told the Daily Telegraph that the ceremony, which also involved a man in costume as an asparagus spear, was inappropriate. Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of pressure group Christian Concern, said: “This is an absurd pantomime-type scene that makes a mockery of Christian worship.”Influential Church of England blog Archbishop Cranmer, which is run by conservative theologian Adrian Hilton, said the service was “an infantile pantomime” and said it brought the Church of England into disrepute. The Sunday service was organised to mark the area’s annual asparagus festival.The event celebrates Vale of Evesham Asparagus, which has recently been granted EU protected food name status. This puts it on the same level as Champagne, Cognac and Jersey Royal Potatoes.A group from the festival travelled to the European Parliament on Tuesday to present members with a crop.Angela Tidmarsh, co-founder of the festival and tourism officer for Wychavon, said the cathedral’s management had been “really enthusiastic” about the idea.”We had the asparagus blessed by the vicar of Bretforton and then we took it to the cathedral, so it’s twice-blessed asparagus,” she said. She added that the ceremony had been a “special occasion for all concerned”. The month-long festival also includes “Asparabus” coach tours, an asparagus Family Fun Run and asparagus auctions. Known as “Gus”, the Asparagus Man who appeared at the service has been a part of the annual asparagus festival since 2008. He is one of a group of asparagus characters which take part in the festival, which also includes the Asparamancer, Eve the AsparaFairy, the Asparagus King and St George.Dr Brierley said: “Recently, Vale of Evesham asparagus has been awarded EU protected name status, and when the festival organisers asked if a round of asparagus could be blessed in a service at the cathedral on St George’s day, the first day of the farming season, the cathedral was very happy to include a thanksgiving for the vegetable at its evening service, as a sign of the abundant provision and generosity of God.”Offering to God the first-fruits of the harvest is deeply embedded in both biblical and English tradition, and indeed, offering the first-fruits of the wheat harvest has been recognised by the Church of England with formal liturgy since 2006.” The Fleece Inn in Bretforton, Worcestershire, hosts the start of the asparagus festivalCredit:Joe Giddens/PA The post added: “This is church, for God’s sake. Really, for His sake, can the Church of England not offer something clean and undefiled in the worship of God?”Rev Peter Ould, a priest from Canterbury, said: “I think the service itself is a good idea – there isn’t anything wrong in praying for a good growing season. “But someone dressed up as an asparagus and a bloke in a St George costume behind him holding a sword – that just looks a bit silly. “That takes it from being a good church service to something which looks like it’s more to do with promoting the asparagus growers.”On Twitter Norfolk-based vicar Rob Baker said: “I am seeing but still not quite believing. This is utterly extraordinary.”Another priest, Northumberland-based Victor Dickinson, posted: “Total prats”.The bizarre images from the service drew comparisons with Monty Python, and in particular with one scene in the classic comedy group’s Holy Grail film in which a knight must source a shrubbery. A bundle of the vegetable processed through the medieval cathedral accompanied by two men in costume, one as an asparagus spear and the other as St George. The crop was then blessed by the cathedral’s Precentor, the Reverend Canon Dr Michael Brierley. Rounds of asparagus are tied as people celebrate St George's Day and the official start of the asparagus season at the The Fleece Inn in Bretforton, Worcestershire.center_img Freshly cut rounds of asparagus are tied as people celebrate St George's Day and the official start of the asparagus season at the The Fleece Inn in Bretforton, Worcestershire. The area produces particularly good asparagus because of soil and weather conditionsCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

PSNI Chief Constable says dealing with historic Troubles cases is a significant

first_imgIt is well documented that the cost of policing the past has a massive impact on how we deal with the present and the future. Whilst we are committed to meeting our current legislative responsibilities, dealing with legacy issues continues to place significant pressure on our organisation and financial resources.“Any new legislation to deal with issues of the past must be a matter for politicians to resolve.”Poll: Should Northern Ireland cease prosecutions for pre-Good Friday Agreement killings?Read: Northern Ireland Attorney General calls for end to Troubles prosecutions THE CHIEF CONSTABLE of the PSNI has said that any change to laws are a political matter, but welcomed the debate into how policing in the North is dealt with.Matt Baggott was responding to remarks earlier today by the North’s Attorney General that called for an end to prosecutions in relation to killings carried out during The Troubles.Baggott said that John Larkin’s statements would be studied and .“We welcome the debate into how we deal with the past and will study carefully what the Attorney General has said.”Baggott went on to say that policing legacy issues is a “significant pressure” on the force.last_img read more

CM to kick off restoration work of Gandhi Bhavan on Oct 2

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be kicking off the restoration work of Gandhi Bhavan and setting up of a museum at Beliaghata on October 2.From the same programme, she will also be laying the foundation stone of Mahatma Gandhi University, which will come up in East Midnapore.It may be recalled that the state government has set up a committee to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the Chief Minister is the chairperson of the 46 member committee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe first meeting of the committee was held on April 23, when a series of decisions were taken. On the same day, the decision of restoring Gandhi Bhavan at Beliaghata was also taken. It was also decided that the restoration work was carried out maintaining the heritage of the building.Sources said that necessary assessment has been carried out to prepare an outline, based on which the restoration work will be carried out.The state government has also taken the initiative to release a booklet called “Father of the Nation” and it will contain speeches of Gandhiji.last_img read more

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Fully integrated with the Mosaiq oncology information system (OIS), Mosaiq Data Director transforms the patient chart into the centralized control point to manage, view, move and archive patient images and data. Users can harness the new web-based viewer to explore data and archived images or objects online using powerful 3-D functionality. Mosaiq Data Director was developed to handle all DICOM and non-DICOM images and data, particularly DICOM RT objects. From the Mosaiq OIS, Mosaiq Data Director gives users full storage and retrieval capabilities for the complete range of DICOM RT objects, including dose volume histograms, beam orientations, 3-D rotations, treatment plans, contoured structures and dose data. Tight integration with the patient chart also eliminates the need to access stand-alone applications and separate log-ins or patient searches.In addition, Mosaiq Data Director allows all data, images and treatment planning files to be stored in their native formats and in full fidelity as part of the oncology workflow. This includes storage for data in many non-DICOM file formats, such as .avi, .bmp, .jpg, MP3, MPEG, .pdf, .txt, .doc, .ppt and .zip. The new web-based DICOM RT 3-D viewer enables centers to avoid installing a viewer application in discrete stations. Any workstation with Internet access can interface with the Mosaiq Data Director viewer. Physicians can manipulate all applicable data sets required for a patient’s treatment.Mosaiq Data Director also can serve as the central repository and director of the department’s data and enables users to locate and move images and data from other PACS, with its Query Spanning and Move Forwarding features. 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Formula 1 boosts Melbourne Tourism

first_img2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix provides a boost to the city’s tourismImage source: Melbourne’s accommodation industry enjoyed close to capacity occupancy in their hotels this weekend as visitor arrivals to the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Grand Prix soared.Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) President, Victoria, Peter Crinis said the increased visitation to the Grand Prix not only benefited the hotels but also assisted suppliers including linen companies, bakers, butchers, fruiters, florists, as well as restaurants, airlines taxis and retailers.“The additional visitors from both overseas and interstate and intrastate, of whom many chose to stay at Melbourne hotels, gave an extra boost to hotels, tourism and the Victorian economy, which has been significant,” Mr Crinis said.Mr Crinis explained the event also encourages investment in new hotels for the city while providing economic justification for existing hotels to renovate and upgrade their properties.“It enables Melbourne to keep up to world standards,” Mr Crinis added.According to the TAA the 2012 Grand Prix is a vital event and great marketing tool for Victoria, which doesn’t have some of the major tourist attractions like the Harbour Bridge or the reef to capture the attention of international visitors. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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