AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree on max contract extension

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced.Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He has yet to practice or play in the preseason and was not in Boston on Monday night for Philadelphia’s preseason game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe had more pressing matters to tend to back home.“He’s a difference maker,” coach Brett Brown said Monday. “He has a chance to be great. There’s still lots of work to be done. When you look at his body of work … he’s really only been playing basketball for six years, he’s just scratching the surface.” Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 27 game against Houston and has not played or practiced since he was hurt.Embiid had adopted “The Process” as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities. Embiid waves his arms and exhorts fans to get louder as they chant “Trust the Process!”The Sixers are counting on Embiid and No. 1 overall picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to carry the team from the bottom of the league into an Eastern Conference playoff team.The Sixers will surely be protected in the deal if Embiid continues to deal with injuries that have him more on track to become the next Greg Oden instead of the next Anthony Davis.But the flashes of brilliance have convinced team president Bryan Colangelo and ownership that Embiid wasworth the risk.“In the time that he has been on the floor, we have seen him change completely the gym,” Brown. “He does it with just his physical presence. He does it with a defensive mindset. And he does it with an offensive target that’s different than anything else we have.”He didn’t pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. A couple months later, Embiid was lured to a basketball camp in the capital of Yaounde run by NBA veteran Luc Mbah a Moute, one of just two players from Cameroon to have played in the NBA.Mbah a Moute persuaded Embiid’s parents to let him move 6,000 miles to Florida, and helped enroll him at Montverde Academy, one of the best high school programs in the country.He played just 28 games in his lone season at Kansas and 31 in three years with the Sixers — 59 games that matter in four years, worth $148 million and counting. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Argentina and Messi not getting any sympathy from Brazil Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia PLAY LIST 01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The 23-year-old Embiid, a native of Cameroon, was only recently cleared to participate in 5-on-5 drills but the Sixers must feel confident enough in his health to offer him the max deal.Or worried enough to lose him down the line without striking a deal.With his social media savvy and dominant offensive game, Embiid has become an instant fan favorite in Philadelphia. He’s recently been spotted at Eagles games cheering on winning kicks and been caught on tape by fans running the city streets and playing late-night tennis.But his popularity hasn’t matched his production. The Sixers slapped him with minutes restrictions in his rookie season, even when he was healthy. The Sixers also held Embiid out for at least one game in back-to-back sets and his limited playing time was one reason he was not a strong enough candidate to win Rookie of the Year. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the Philadelphia 76ers Media Day on September 25, 2017 at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Shuttler PV Sindhu aiming for the pinnacle

first_imgPV Sindhu has been taking big strides in her fledgling career. On Saturday, the shuttler became the first Indian to win the girls’ singles title in the Asian Youth Under-19 Championships at Gimcheon, Korea.Inspired by the victory, the 25th ranked Sindhu says she will do whatever it takes to be the world No.1. This year she is targeting to crack the top-10.At 17 years, Sindhu is already the second Indian to appear in world rankings, after Saina Nehwal, who is ranked fifth.”I will train harder because I want to be the world No.1,” Sindhu told Mail Today on her return to Hyderabad on Monday. “I know this will not be easy, but I can achieve it. This year I would be aiming to be among the top 10 in the world.”It has been a tough four weeks for Sindhu as she played in four successive tournaments, starting with the Thailand Open, before tasting victory in Korea.Sindhu has been in remarkable form in the tournament and beat four players without conceding a game. She, however, went through some tense moments in the final against second seed Okhura Nozomi of Japan 18-21, 21-17, 22-20. Sindhu said her sweetest win was over Chinese Sun Yu who had beaten her before.”I wanted to beat her this time. I had lost to her at the Asian juniors last time,” she said.After a startling start to her international career last year, Sindhu made it to the quarter-finals of the India Open Super Series beating players like Tai Tzu Ying and Sung Ji Hyun. “I have put in lot of effort after the India Open and worked on my weaknesses.”advertisementAt the Super Series tournaments prior to the Asian Championship, Sindhu exited in the first or second round.”I need to play more competitive tournaments and get more experience at the top level.The more I play the top players, the more I will improve.”Coach Pullela Gopichand was elated at Sindhu’s victory. “She is very talented and we have lot of hopes from her. She is coming up fast and the day is not far when she will be making it to the quarters and semi-finals of big events regularly,” he said.”The girls she has beaten at the Asian Juniors are the next generation players. Sindhu has shown she is one of them.”last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Seven-year-old set to create history, IPL’s India future in doubt and more

first_imgNow, Rajeev Shukla threatens to pull IPL out of IndiaAfter Board for Control of Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur, Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla has now threatened to pull the cash-rich T20 league out of the country from next season onward. Shukla said some people are trying to “destroy” the brand.Delhi Dardedevils face Mumbai Indians, eye third winDelhi Daredevils will be keen to extend their new-found momentum by winning the third consecutive Indian Premier League (IPL) match when they clash against Mumbai Indians in New Delhi on Saturday.High-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad take on struggling Kings XI PunjabOn a high after back-to-back wins, an in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to continue their winning run when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday.7-year-old set to become first Indian participant at World Kickboxing ChampionshipTajamul Islam, a seven-year-old girl, is set to become the first Indian to represent the country at the World Kickboxing Championship in Andria, Italy, from November 14 to 19.Speculation mounts over Tiger Woods’ possible PGA Tour returnWith Tiger Woods hitting golf balls at a juniors clinic in South Carolina earlier this week, media speculation has been mounting that the former world number one could make his PGA Tour return within the next month.last_img read more

INTERNATIONAL

first_imgConsenvoye /Verdun: French President and Angela Merkelduring a remembrance ceremony(A) Washington : First lady Michelle Obama withdogs Bo, and Sunny(B+A) Tokyo : Jaitley in Tokyo(A+B) Vatican CIty : Deacons arrive in St. Peters Squareto attend a Mass celebrated by PopeFrancis(A) Litochki : Emergency ministry employees search asite of a fire(B) Fallujah : Iraqs elite counter-terrorism forcesgather ahead of an operation(A) Hafr Al-Baten : King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,receives British Foreign Secretary (A) Sarajevo : welcoming delegation of Brdo Brijunileaders meeting in Sarajevo(A) SPORTS Orimattila: Delhis Kirti Gupta wins double gold atJunior Shotgun Cup(B+A) Kolkata: Afghan children playing cricket(A) Madrid : Real Madrid players arrive at Cibelessquare after winning the Champions League(B) Bengaluru : IPL final match(A+B) Goa: Dempo SC players celebrate with theI-League trophy(B) Monaco : Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco(B) Mumbai: Ajinkya Rahane presents 26th KalpeshKoli Trophy(A) PTI PHOTO GCS JSMlast_img read more

Boxer Amir Khan warns Vijender Singh: Be careful what you wish for kid!

first_imgWith talks flying around of a possible bout between British boxing star Amir Khan and India’s new Asia-pacific Super Middle weight champion Vijender Singh, the former shot out a warning to the Bhiwani lad. (Vijender hints at showdown with Amir Khan in India)Pakistan-origin Amir Khan tweeted: “Congratulations to @boxervijender on the win. Careful what you wish for kid!”Congratulations to @boxervijender on the win. Careful what you wish for kid! https://t.co/HUwvjMeQCL Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) July 18, 2016Khan, a former Olympic silver-medallist and WBA lightweight world champion, is not in the same weight category. But 30-year-old Vijender said he wished if at all this fight can happen, it happens in India. (Kerry Hope has been my toughest opponent so far, Vijender to India Today)After winning his 10-round bout with Kerry Hope in Delhi on Sunday, Vijender has indicated he looks forward to such a clash. (Vijender dedicates WBO Asia Pacific title win to Muhammad Ali)”Mine and Amir’s weight categories are different. So, in case he increases his weight or I decrease mine then we can work it out. We are thinking about it, so let’s see. I hope that when that big fight happens, it happens in India only.”Earlier also, the two boxers have exchanged words over a possible bout and Amir has expressed keenness for a fight against Vijender.Vijender Singh won his seventh straight pro-bout and the Super Middleweight title by outlasting former WBC European champion Kerry Hope in a 10-round contest, cheered vociferously by delirious home fans on Saturday night.advertisementlast_img read more

Jets Must Stop The Gronk

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Kacy Rodgers had barely settled himself on the podium before he was hit with the question of the week.How do the New York Jets stop Rob Gronkowski?“That’s a great question and there’s about 30 other teams I need to ask,” the defensive coordinator said with a laugh. “In all fairness, he’s a tremendous player. We’ve got a lot of different things we’ve got to try. I don’t think that one thing works to stop him.”The New England Patriots tight end is a matchup nightmare, and not just against the Jets. He’s having yet another terrific season with 66 catches for 1,072 yards and 11 touchdowns.His biggest game this year came the last time the AFC East rivals played in October, when Gronkowski had a career-best 11 catches for 108 yards and a TD.“You don’t find too many 6-foot-7 (he’s actually 6-6) tight ends that can move,” linebacker Calvin Pace said. “You’ve got a quarterback that can throw him open a lot of times. With him being so tall, it’s in his favor. You’ve got to run multiple guys at him, tough coverage and you have to get there.”That’s part of the problem, though. Do you use a safety, an athletic linebacker — or, both?Other than his size making him difficult to bring down, Gronkowski has terrific speed for a tight end, and many linebackers can’t keep up.“You’ve got to have different game plans when you go up against him,” said safety Calvin Pryor, who will likely be tasked with defending Gronkowski. “He’s so big and physical and he’s able to get off the jam quite easily when someone tries to jam him because he’s so strong.”In the teams’ last meeting, Pryor left with a high ankle sprain early in the third quarter, causing the Jets to scramble to find an effective match against Gronkowski.No good.With Pryor out of the game, the New England tight end had six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.“Well, every healthy body will help against that,” Rodgers said. “I don’t know that one person alone will stop him. He’s a tremendous player, so we’ve got a lot of different things we’ve got to try, but he’s definitely an important part of our game plan.”Jets coach Todd Bowles didn’t dismiss the idea of trying to be physical with Gronkowski to knock him off his game a bit. But the Jets coach warned that defenders need to get their feet under them because of his size.“He can run anybody over,” Bowles said. “He’s nifty as well. You’ve just got to be smart about how you play him.”Gronkowski is confident wherever he lines up that he can beat whoever might be across from him. Still, he doesn’t downplay the fact he faces a challenge on just about every snap.“It’s not just you go out there and you win the matchup,” he said during a conference call. “These players, especially these defensive backs, safeties of the Jets, linebackers, they can cover — press, off the ball, whatever it is. I’ve just got to be prepared and focus on what I’ve got to do in order to get open.”Bowles was also asked if playing in space against Gronkowski could be more effective than bumping him.“Nothing has really worked,” he said. “You’ve just got to pick and choose your poison against him and just try and slow him down.”Much easier said than done, of course.Gronkowski has made a career of running through, past and over would-be defenders. He’s on the verge of setting some franchise career records. Gronkowski has 65 touchdown catches, two behind Stanley Morgan.His 66 total TDs (65 catches, one run) put him two behind Morgan for the most total scores in Patriots history.“As you look at it, this guy lines up in line at tight end, then you look at it and (he) lines up as a No. 1 receiver,” Rodgers said. “He’s all over the place and that creates matchup problems.“It creates a lot of problems. A headache.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rogers Cup: Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova crash out in 2nd round

first_imgAngelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova were humbled in their respective second-round fixtures at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday.Fourth seed Kerber’s Wimbledon heroics were of no good against France’s Alize Cornet, who eased past her 6-4 6-1 while Pliskova’s punishing serve proved to be ineffective against Kiki Bertens as she lost 6-2 6-2 to her,Kerber committed 32 errors to help Cornet reach the last 16, where she will face Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. Ninth seeded Pliskova on the other hand, failed to record a single ace and committed eight double faults and was broken seven times by the defensive-minded Bertens.Earlier, Barty defeated Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6 (7) 6-2 in her second round match. Bertens will next meet eighth-seed Petra Kvitova, who advanced past Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-3 6-4 in their second-round battle.Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu was forced to retire from her second-round match against fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina with the score 6-3 6-7(5) 4-3 after she suffered a right ankle injury.The 30-year-old slipped on the baseline while running down a shot and immediately collapsed in tears. She eventually left the court in a wheelchair, waving to the crowd as it rose to give her a standing ovation.The unseeded Maria Sharapova made quick work of fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina during their first meeting with a convincing 6-0 6-2 win and will face sixth seed Caroline Garcia of France in the third round on Thursday.Third-seeded Sloane Stephens thrashed 21-year-old Francoise Abanda, dispatching the Canadian 6-0 6-2 in 80 minutes.The 25-year-old American is looking to sharpen her game ahead of her U.S. Open title defense after disappointing results at Wimbledon and the Citi Open last month, where she was eliminated in the first and second rounds.advertisementRain forced two late matches to be halted, with top seed Simona Halep trailing Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-3, and British number one Johanna Konta leading Victoria Azarenka 6-3 3-0. Both second-round matches will resume on Thursday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Alia to Katrina: Pilates is Bollywood’s favourite fitness routine

first_imgOnce called Body Contrology, Pilates is a system developed in early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates was a sickly child who couldn’t move but he observed how people weren’t moving as much as they had been and he wanted to create a system accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical ability, medical issues, age, gender, etc.Today, Pilates is a favourite routine with fitness enthusiasts and stars across the world. Our very own Bollywood is full of Pilates lovers.”Deepika [Padukone] just a few days ago asked me to find her an instructor in New York. She worked out at 5am before her shoot. Alia Bhatt, when she travels, takes a trainer with her,” Yasmin Karachiwala, the Pilates trainer of the stars told Mail Today last week at the opening of her studio in the city. “Alia has a travel reformer [a carriage on which the exercise is done] and she’ll ask me to send her a workout because she has only an hour at home. Vesna Jacob, who started teaching Pilates in Delhi 15 years ago, agrees Bollywood stars provide great promotion to the exercise system.”People come to me all the time to instruct them for aesthetic value. But Pilates has several benefits,” said the former national basketball champion from Bosnia. After a serious injury, she had no choice but to give up sports. But it couldn’t stop her from learning disciplines until she encountered Pilates, which she said proved to be an “eye opener”.Today she practises holistic Pilates, is a trained physiotherapist, healer and clinical hypnotherapist.advertisement”People come to me as a last resort or when they have a serious issue. When I teach I truly go to the body, mind and soul. I’ve worked with people suffering from post traumatic stress, spinal fracture, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia… And after Pilates they have returned to normal routines.” But given today’s lifestyle, the pollution, stressful jobs and the long commutes in this city, is it actually possible to use Pilates as a tool for healthier living?”The lifestyle of last 20-30 years has created neck, back, shoulder and knee issues, not just due to a lack of movement but due to pollution, especially in India. Plus inadequate infrastructure and the climate become a problem for even people who want to do something,” said Jacob.”Pilates delivers on all this because it can be done easily, with minimum equipment, indoors or outdoors, where you are comfortable.”While classically Pilates is done in the lying position, Jacob’s holistic Pilates can be done in the vertical space too. “So it can be done even as part of your office routine and will help you with your posture, your alignment, alleviate aches and pains. In case you are a healthy individual it’ll help shape up the body.” After a serious injury, Bosnian basketball player and Pilates instructor Vesna Jacob was forced to look at other disciplines to maintain a healthy lifestyle.Karachiwala feels because of the pollution walking outdoors is almost impossible in Delhi.”Pilates will make you feel great because like yoga we too focus on breath but with movement and on machines that give you resistance. So when you breathe through the movement of Pilates, your body gets energised in a different way and you feel like you’ve woken up from a deep slumber. Pilates’ focus is to fatigue, but in a ‘nourishing’ way. When Katrina [Kaif] started Pilates she thought it was one of those exercises where you didn’t work out and could relax. But as she did it and started understanding it, she felt how it nourished her body in such a better way than gym workouts do.”Jacob says she’s seen people who do high intensity programmes such as crossfit and zumba including Pilates in their routines on recovery days when the body balance needs to be restored.”I believe everybody should have a foundation in Pilates because it teaches you internal awareness, control and calmness, and how to get the maximum out of yourself.”SEE | Pilates Girl Janhvi Kapoor in slogan tee and shorts scores perfect 10 in gym fashionALSO READ | Malaika Arora and Sara Ali Khan nailing a tough workout will make you want to hit the gym RNlast_img read more

Coast Flashlights: The Only Flashlights or Headlamps You’ll Ever Need

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Picture an older gentleman considering the purchase of a fine automobile. He takes his time considering every aspect of the vehicle, for he knows this may well be the last car he ever buys; the last automobile he pilots down open road, around tight turns, and through the bright lights of the city. He know this may be the last car he tunes to a favorite station, rolls down the windows to feel the crisp morning breeze, or washes and shines with patience and pride. In short, he’s probably going to choose wisely.When you buy a flashlight or headlamp from Portland, OR-based Coast Products, Inc. you are going to want to take your time and choose wisely, just like that venerable vehicle buyer, for there’s a good chance you’re going to own your Coast light for the rest of your life, whether you’re in your sixties, forties, or twenties. They don’t throw in that lifetime warranty for kicks, you see; they offer a lifetime guarantee for their products because they’re pretty damn sure said products will last a lifetime.I’ve only owned and been using my Coast flashlight, penlight, and headlamp for a few weeks now, so I can’t personally speak to the lifetime of it all, but I can surely say this: these are bright, durable, and intuitive lights, and there’s nothing much more to ask for than that.Let’s start off with the little guy. The…Coast A8R Rechargeable Pen LightThe A8R is about the same size and weight as a standard ballpoint pen, thus the whole “pen light” name of it all. Unlike most ballpoint pens, and in fact unlike many penlights, this pint-sized flashlight casts a beam for more than sixty feet in dim light conditions. At closer range, you’ll be impressed not only with the brightness of the LED light, but with the intense focus of the beam. The A8R is technically an inspection light, and its tight, crisp circle of light certainly makes it easy to inspect anything from a network of overhead wiring, pipes in a crawl space, the engine block of your car, or the unspeakable horrors of a crime scene. The $50 A8R is recharged simply by sliding the head of the unit into a charging dock that plugs into an outlet or into your vehicle. It will provide you with its crisp, bright beam for about an hour of continuous use when it’s fully charged. (Note that this light is not ideal for the hiker or camper, given the narrow area it illuminates, but that’s not what it was designed for anyway.)Coast FL75 LED HeadlampThe Coast FL75 headlamp is something of a contradiction: there are a few things about it I absolutely love and which set it above many other headlamps I’ve owned and used (and I’ve been through about a half dozen units, so I can speak with some authority here). Its beam can be focused to a sharp, crisp circle that makes it easy to see all the details of the trail ahead or the objects and surfaces in a work area, as the need may be. The quality of the light, in terms of brightness, focus, and color, are all superb. Yet the lamp can only be set to three brightness intensity levels, whereas most high-quality headlamps can be dimmed or brightened for a customized intensity. The headlamp also features a pair of small red lights that are good for nighttime reading or for making it easier to see in the dark, but neither the red lights nor the main bulb offers a flashing setting, another feature that tends to be standard in many headlamps. Given the durable design and comfort of the $60 FL75, I recommend it for people who need a headlamp for work, but for outdoor recreation, it just doesn’t get quite dim enough for those quiet moments around the fire, or for when you’re trying to maintain some night vision while on the move.Coast Polysteel 600R Focusing Rechargeable FlashlightSay, friend, do you need to shine some light on an object that’s about 800 feet away? Or do you need a light that can continuously operate at its lower output setting for almost a day and a half? And do you frequently drop your flashlights from head height and/or often submerge them in nine feet of water, yet still expect the light to work perfectly afterward? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then Coast’s Polysteel 600R flashlight belongs in your glovebox/camping kit/first responder bag, sir. While I’ve (oh so cleverly) already covered a lot of the main sales points of this unit, note that perhaps the best thing about this rugged flashlight is the fact that it can be powered both with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack or with four AA batteries, so with a bit of planning, you’ll never be left in the dark when you have a 600R. The focusing beam of this flashlight is truly impressive, by the way: its 530 lumen output creates a bullseye spot at great distances when dialed in, and the light illuminates a broad swath when in its most diffuse setting. You can use the $100 600R to light up a campsite or a large room, to search for a diminutive fallen object, or to study the Paleolithic paintings adorning the wall of a cave your team stumbled into while on a routine search for a talc deposit. Or… something like that. 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

SDU APMT Gothenburg to Proceed with Workforce Cut

first_imgzoom As the meeting between the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union (SDU), the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and APM Terminals Gothenburg, held on February 23, ended without any results, the terminal operator plans to proceed with massive layoffs and the implementation of new work patterns. According to the SDU, APM Terminals Gothenburg will implement the changes from April 3, 2017.“APM Terminals will cut manning on the ships from 9 to 8 dockworkers per crane and remove 25% of the dockworkers in the yard while expecting the remaining staff to handle the same amount of volume. Working hours for all shifts will also be changed,” the SDU said.“We started our efficiency project at the terminal in 2015 and it will continue. Our industry is undergoing a major transformation and this call for rapid changes on our behalf to meet the new conditions,” APM Terminals Gothenburg pointed out in a statement, adding that staff reductions caused by the loss of customers are “an unfortunate consequence.”The union’s members were not informed by the APMT Gothenburg about the changes, the SDU said.“APMT claims that it has fulfilled its obligations by ‘consulting’ with the Swedish Transportation Union (STWU) and is now going to proceed unilaterally with increasing the workload and changing all the work patterns in the terminal without new agreements with any union,” the union explained.APMT Gothenburg is said to have finalized a list of dockworkers on permanent and temporary contracts that will be laid off in June 2017. Affected dockworkers are still denied their right to know if they are on this list, according to the SDU.The meeting on February 23 was expected to bring a solution to the conflict between the SDU and APMT Gothenburg. Caused by a change in the company’s personnel policies, the dispute has been ongoing since spring 2016.The latest protest was organized by the SDU on January 24 and the dockers planned to stage another strike on February 17-28.Subsequently, the SDU decided to call off the strike in order to meet with Henrik Kristensen, CEO of APMT Gothenburg.Now, the union intends to decide on its further move in the dispute.As the industrial action and its negative impact on terminal operations are not over yet, German carrier Hapag-Lloyd expects more strikes and blockades at APMT Gothenburg.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Delegation to Advance Nova Scotias Relationship with the United Kingdom

first_imgTrade Minister Geoff MacLellan will travel to England and Scotland next week to help build the Nova Scotia-United Kingdom trade relationship, pursue economic opportunities and further strengthen awareness of the tourism industry. Mr. MacLellan will fly on WestJet’s inaugural direct flight from Halifax to London-Gatwick on Sunday, April 29. The addition of this direct route represents another link to the U.K. and connections throughout Europe, important markets for Nova Scotia. “We have a successful trading relationship with the U.K. and want to continue to advance economic opportunities that will lead to more jobs here in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. MacLellan. “We’ve also seen record tourism numbers in Nova Scotia in recent years and want to keep building on that momentum.” He will be joined by representatives of Tourism Nova Scotia, the Halifax International Airport Authority and the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs. While in the U.K., he will promote Nova Scotia as a tourism destination, attend the Atlantic Export Café and Savour Event to endorse the region’s premium seafood, meet with business leaders looking to invest in Nova Scotia and meet with Canada’s High Commissioner Janice Charette. Nova Scotia exports to U.K. were $85 million in 2017. Key exports included fish and seafood ($47 million), machinery and equipment ($11 million), wood products ($9 million) and instruments for ocean technology ($7 million). The delegation will travel from London to Edinburgh before returning to Halifax May 3. Mr. MacLellan will then travel to Ottawa for meetings with his federal, provincial and territorial counterparts responsible for innovation and economic development.last_img read more

WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES STARS TO WATCH

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Whistler, B.C. (November 19, 2018) – With 10 days to go until show time, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has just announced the four Canadian actors selected for its Stars to Watch program presented by UBCP/ACTRA. The performers selected as WFF’s Stars to Watch finalists and connected to films at this year’s festival include: Cara Gee with lead roles in the World Premiere of RED ROVER and Western Canadian Premiere of TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN; Richard Harmon with the lead role in the World Premiere of WOODLAND; Marc Senior with a lead role in the World Premiere of IN GOD I TRUST; and Taran Kootenhayoo with a lead role in the World Premiere of BELLA CIAO!.“We are excited to celebrate these masters-in-the-making with our 2018 Stars to Watch, a diverse and impressive group of four talented actors arising from Western Canada, each on a trajectory for international success,” said Julie Di Cresce, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming.WFF’s 5th annual Stars to Watch program is a four-day immersion experience for UBCP/ACTRA member actors, all of whom are poised for international recognition and are connected to features premiering at the festival. The initiative draws on homegrown talent from the four Western Provinces, with a specific focus on British Columbia. WFF will formally acknowledge the four Stars to Watch with an official awards presentation at its Awards Celebration on December 2. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The selection committee included Roger Cross – Actor; Murray Gibson – Agent/Manager & Partner, RED Management; Judy JK Lee – Casting Director, Red Card Productions; and Ben Silverman – Managing Director, Integral Artists & Partner, LevelFILM. Stars to Watch is sponsored by the Union of BC Performers (UBCP/ACTRA).WFF’s Stars to Watch is one of the festival’s 11 talent programs that provides creative and business immersion experiences for 80 Canadian artists – including screenwriters, directors, producers, actors and musicians – with 78% of the talent pool coming from British Columbia and 50% being female. Geared towards the advancement of business and creative opportunities for emerging and mid-career Canadian screen content creators and their projects, programs include the Producers Lab, Praxis Screenwriters Lab, Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, Power Pitch, Stars to Watch, Doc Lab, Women on Top Mentorship and Music Showcase. WFF also collaborates with several industry organizations by hosting specific third party initiatives including the Women in the Director’s Chair Industry Immersion, Women in Film & Television Film Market Preparation Mentorship, and the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and Creative BC.From November 28th to December 2nd, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring fresh films from Canada and around the world, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Content Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age. The Summit features four themed days with 30 interactive sessions designed to foster business connections and collaborations for filmmakers and dealmakers through high-level keynotes and panel discussions on topics that range from finance, marketing, distribution and technology to export. With up to 14,000 attendees expected including 1,000 industry insiders from across North America and beyond, Whistler is the place for industry to get intel, connect, deal and see great films.WFF’s film lineup and schedule, and Content Summit schedule and guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, and will be updated regularly.The Festival’s online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/tickets is now open for Film, Industry and Patron Passes as well as Ticket Packages. Individual film tickets go on sale on November 15 and the WFF Box Office Kiosk opens for walk-up sales on November 23. Exclusive air travel and ground transportation deals, as well as best accommodation rates from WFF’s 20 accommodation partners, are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Encore Vancouver, NETFLIX, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, Gibbons Whistler, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.———————————-WFF18 STARS TO WATCH BIOSCARA GEECara Gee is an accomplished actor who recently moved to Los Angeles and is now living and working in Hollywood. Gee is currently shooting a lead role in the film, CALL OF THE WILD (20th Century Fox). Other notable film credits include: PULLING INWARD and EMPIRE OF DIRT where she was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Gee is a series regular on The Expanse. Prior to that, she starred as the series lead in the CBC series Strange Empire. Other selected TV credits include Republic of Doyle (CBC), King (Showcase), Darknet, Carmilla, Inhuman Condition and Seraphim. Gee was named one of the Top 13 People to Watch (Toronto Star, 2013), a TIFF Rising Star (TIFF, 2013) and one of the 15 Canadian Rising Stars (Deadline Hollywood, 2017). She is attending WFF with lead roles in the World Premiere of RED ROVER and Western Canadian Premiere of TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN.RICHARD HARMONComing from a family thoroughly involved in the entertainment industry, Richard’s start in film and television was natural. The Vancouver actor has worked in a large spectrum of small screen roles including A&E’s Bates Motel and the critically acclaimed AMC/Netflix series The Killing. Richard has also had pivotal roles on the big screen, including a lead role in the indie JUDAS KISS, RUFUS, IF I HAD WINGS, AGE OF ADALINE and I STILL SEE YOU. Richard can currently be seen in the hit CW series The 100 and the upcoming films THE RETURN and ANDERSON FALLS. He is attending WFF with the lead role in the World Premiere of WOODLAND.MARC SENIORMarc Senior is an actor, whose passion is bringing people closer through story-telling.  With an extensive background in theatre, stand-up, sketch & tv/film he brings a unique skill set to every story he tells. Toronto born, and now Vancouver based, Senior’s notable television credits include ‘Sammy Davis Jr’ on NBC’s show Timeless, ‘Victor’ on CW’s hit show Supernatural and a recurring role on ABC’s The Whispers.  Other memorable television appearances include The Magicians (SYFY), Supergirl (CW), Arrow (CW), Alcatraz (FOX). Marc Senior can next be seen in a lead role as ‘Detective Fiore’ in the TV movie RADIO SILENCE on THE MOVIE NETWORK. He is attending WFF with a lead role in the World Premiere of IN GOD I TRUST.TARAN KOOTENHAYOO Born in Cold Lake, AB (1993) Taran Kootenhayoo is a Denesųłįné & Stoney Nakoda actor, playwright and spoken-word poet based in Vancouver. Taran is a member of the Full Circle First Nations Performance Ensemble, signed on with Premiere Talent and is currently producing work with Savage Society. Recent credits include: Remy in “Literally” a Web Series, Him in Him/Her, Corbin in Corbin, Ohanzee in Ohanzee, Himself in Lelum’, Riot/Construction in No Reservations. He also received the REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from The Hnatyshyn Foundation (2017). He is attending WFF with a lead role in the World Premiere of BELLA CIAO!. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

France Police question 8yearold Muslim Pupil for Glorifying Terrorism

Rabat – Collective hysteria has apparently engulfed France since the Charlie Hebdo attacks. French authorities appear to be going too far in their campaign against hate speech. An eight-year-old French boy, Ahmed, from the southern French city of Nice was reportedly questioned by police on Wednesday after he allegedly made comments in school supporting the Parisian terrorists who attacked satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.According to media reports, when asked by other students if he was “Charlie”, the boy allegedly replied “I am with the terrorists”. The police also questioned the child’s father following a report by the school’s headmaster.Marcel Authier, director of the region’s public security, was quoted by the Agence France Press (AFP) as saying that the child raised concern when he refused to take part in a minute’s silence to honor the lives of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, in which two terrorists fatally shot 12 people.According to news website the Local France, the boy’s school reported the incident to the local education authorities which informed the police on the grounds that the student’s words constituted “glorifying terrorism”.His teacher said the child also expressed “solidarity” with the gunmen.The parents have reportedly filed a complaint against the school’s head teacher.Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP read more

4 Killed After Helicopter Crashes in Algeria

Rabat – A helicopter operated by Algerian airline Tassili crashed on Thursday in Douera, a suburb of the city of Algiers, causing the death of four people.The helicopter hit a high voltage cable at 10:20 a.m., which caused its crash, reported Algerian TV channel Al-Nahar.The channel confirmed the death of the helicopter’s pilot, co-pilot, and two photographers.

Ban welcomes signing of Government rebel accord on southern Philippines

In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban congratulated the negotiating teams of the Government and the MILF for “their perseverance, courage and commitment in having reached this important milestone in the peace process”. He also commended President Benigno S. Aquino III and the MILF chairman, Murad Ebrahim, for their “vision and leadership throughout this historic peace process”. The MILF has been fighting for decades for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines to be named Bangsamoro.The sides today signed in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur the last of the four Annexes to the “Government of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” of 2012. These security annexes are the final agreements needed for a final Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Mr. Ban acknowledged Malaysia’s role as negotiator in the talks, today expressing “his sincere gratitude” to that Government, as well as the national and international actors who had a role in the process. “The Secretary-General expresses the readiness of the United Nations to accompany the final phase of the peace process and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, as the parties may find appropriate,” the spokesperson added.That agreement is to be signed in the Philippine capital, Manila, possibly next month, according to media reports. read more

Man jailed for life for murder of waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar after

first_imgA man has been jailed for life for the “despicable and cowardly” murder of waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar in a retrial under double jeopardy laws.Ronnie Coulter was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow earlier this month of stabbing the 32-year-old almost 18 years ago.The attack happened as Mr Chhokar returned from his work at an Indian restaurant in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, on November 4, 1998.Coulter, 48, was previously acquitted when he stood trial in 1999 for the murder but was convicted by a majority when the case became only the second to return to court since Scotland’s centuries-old double jeopardy law was reformed in 2011.He was sentenced to life at the same court on Monday, with a minimum term of 19 years and eight months.Judge Lord Matthews said the minimum sentence would have been 20 years but he took off four months for the time Coulter spent in custody before the first trial in 1999.The latest trial had heard Coulter, his nephew Andrew and David Montgomery went to see Mr Chhokar on the night following a row over a stolen Giro cheque.After an altercation, Mr Chhokar collapsed in front of his partner Liz Bryce.Coulter had denied the charges and blamed Andrew Coulter and Mr Montgomery for the murder. Giving evidence at the latest trial, Andrew Coulter and Mr Montgomery admitted being present at the scene but denied murder. Lord Matthews said Mr Chhokar was the “victim of an ambush which cost him his life”.Passing sentence, he said: “The evidence showed that what happened was not on the spur of the moment.”Along with your nephew and David Montgomery, who was recruited to drive you and who on his own admission was prepared to get involved in an assault, you travelled the short distance to Overtown.”It is plain that your only purpose was violence and you must have had a knife to hand.”When the trap was sprung you were not content to let Andrew Coulter use his baton on Chhokar but you inflicted three stab wounds on his body in the most despicable and cowardly fashion.”Thereafter you attempted to cover your tracks, and in large measure you succeeded in doing so.”Now, many years later, you are here to answer for your crime.”The judge praised the patience and “quiet dignity” of the Chhokar family, and particularly the victim’s father who passed away in November 2015.Lawyer Aamer Anwar, who began campaigning for justice for the family as a law student, said: “In the 18 years it took to prove Ronnie Coulter’s guilt, he has never shown a shred of remorse or sorrow.”Surjit Singh Chhokar was not his only victim. His two parents, a sister, two young children and his partner Liz had their lives devastated, but today the presence of justice has finally given Surjit’s family peace.”Every step on a long journey has required the Chhokar family’s sacrifice and struggle.”They taught us that there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to fight for justice.”Victim’s rights at the heart of our legal system will be the Chhokar legacy long after Ronnie Coulter’s name has turned to dust.”In mitigation, Coulter’s lawyer Donald Findlay QC said his client maintains that he was at the scene but did not “wield the knife”.Mr Findlay also said race “had no part whatsoever to play in this matter” and urged Lord Matthews to exercise leniency in respect of Coulter’s treatment for depression and paranoid schizophrenia.Detective Chief Superintendent Clark Cuzen said: “I hope today’s sentence gives some closure to the family, and again I would like to thank them for their courage and dignity throughout.” 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. Ronnie Coulter, 48, from Wishaw is convicted of the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar after being tried for a second time Ronnie Coulter, 48, from Wishaw was convicted of the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar after being tried for a second timeCredit:James Chapelard / SWNS.comlast_img read more

Emigration corruption intrigue The life of Peter Daly

first_imgIT’S QUITE THE story – involving a young Donegal man, the Mafia in 1970s New York, a 100kg drug seizure, a tainted NYPD career, and a 10 year jail sentence.An RTÉ Radio One documentary tells the tale of now-80-year-old Ballyshannon native. Recorded in Donegal and New York over three months in the summer of 2013 tells of emigration, corruption, loyalty and regret which linked a small town in North West Donegal with was, at that point, the the biggest drugs bust in US history.Peter Daly – Good Cop/Bad Cop, tells of how the young Daly was sucked into the mob underworld after emigrating to America and becoming a police officer.The new documentary examines Peter’s life in Ireland, his service in the Korean War and his NYPD career, as well as featuring exclusive interviews with ex cop Frank Serpico (famously portrayed by Al Pacino in Serpico;, Bob Leuci the cop who lifted the lid on NYPD corruption; and Joseph Jaffe who joined forces with Rudolph Giuliani to prosecute Peter and other members of his unit.First broadcast on RTE Radio 1 on September 14th 2013, listen back: here.last_img read more

Rockstar Mickey in Action Video

first_imgThe most amusing experiences of this year’s Toy Fair? Watching Rock Star Mickey in action was certainly up there. Disney’s public domain-proof rodent was strutting his stuff in the Fisher-Price booth, to a customized version of the 60s Kinks jam, “You Really Got Me.” Mickey does the Chuck Berry duckwalk, bobs his head, does the splits–everything short of a full Pete Townshend windmill, really. He’ll hit the market in September, priced at $49.99. Video (the best part, naturally) after the jump.last_img

Halo 4 to be unveiled in February

first_imgWith Halo: Reach having been released in September 2010, and 2011 being completely Halo free, you probably guessed that something was going to come from the franchise this year.Of course, with Bungie no longer developing for Halo the future path wasn’t as clear as it could have been, but we all know that the next title would be in the capable hands of 343 Industries, and it was expected to see a Holiday 2012 release.Above is an early hint that everything is on schedule and that we’ll get a lot more information on the game quite soon: it’s a Finnish magazine graphic saying that on February 29 Halo 4 will be on full display.Don’t speak Finnish? Here is a rough translation:Halo 4 and other new products [will be] on display at the Xbox 360 Spring Showcase event in San Francisco. Remember the play to the podcast. @Kaban0ssi who tweeted the image asked, “Onko varmaa tietoa?” — is this information certain — to @pelaaja, the magazine that published the image. The magazine does not seem to have responded, at least via its Twitter account.The Spring Showcase unveiling, on the Leap Year-specific date of February 29th, would be a big move for Microsoft, with the company opting to show off the game at its own event as opposed to waiting for a major show, like E3. It would be in keeping with Microsoft’s new strategy of controlling its own message and stepping away from shows, CES for instance, though. Microsoft has done these showcases in the past, and they can range from major events with top-level executives speaking to smaller ones that are focused on giving industry people hands-on time with upcoming products.via neogaflast_img read more