China begins pulling back troops near site of India border clash, Indian sources say

first_imgChina began pulling back troops from along its contested border with India on Monday, Indian government sources said, following a clash between the two countries last month in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.Troops fought for hours with rods and clubs on the night of June 15, with some falling to their deaths in the freezing waters of the Galwan river in the western Himalayas.China has yet to confirm whether it suffered casualties, but the Indian deaths are the highest along the border in more than five decades, a dramatic escalation that led to weeks of talks between senior military officials on how to ease tensions. On Monday the Chinese military was seen dismantling tents and structures at a site in the Galwan valley near to where the latest clash took place, said the Indian government sources, who declined to be identified as they are not authorized to speak to the media.Vehicles were seen withdrawing from the area, as well as at Hotsprings and Gogra – two other contested border zones – the sources said.In response to a question on whether China had moved back equipment in the Galwan valley, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said both sides were “taking effective measures to disengage and ease the situation on the border”.”We hope India will meet China halfway and take concrete measures to carry out what both sides agreed to, continue to closely communicate through diplomatic and military channels, and work together to cool down the situation at the border,” Zhao told a news conference.  Topics :last_img read more

Equinor Gets NPD Nod to Extend Åsgard A Production

first_imgEquinor has received an approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate for extended technical lifetime for the Åsgard A facility in the Norwegian Sea until 2027.It will extend the production twelve years longer than the original plan.Åsgard A plays a particularly important role in recovering as much as possible of the remaining liquid reserves in Smørbukk and Smørbukk Sør, as most of the gas injection wells on these fields are tied in to Åsgard A and will rely on the gas injection from Åsgard A through the 2020s.The licenses are also considering new drilling targets and wells linked to Åsgard A both in the shorter and longer term, and they will be important measures to promote improved recovery.Additional measures to improve recovery are also being planned. A project involving ‘low wellhead pressure’ is important, and has an expected start-up date in 2022, NPD said.Recovery of Trestakk as well as the ‘Blåbjørn’ discovery depends on an extended lifetime for Åsgard A.The technical lifetime for the Åsgard A facility was originally based on 20 years of operation, and expires in 2019.last_img read more

‘Pierro got it right’- Ambassador Henderson

first_img 33 Views   one comment Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews ‘Pierro got it right’- Ambassador Henderson by: – July 9, 2012 Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vince HendersonA former prime minister who died while in office has received accolades from one of his colleagues who is Dominica’s ambassador to the United Nations.Ambassador Vince Henderson, a guest on the Next Level radio program at the weekend, praised former prime minister Pierre Charles for his “heroism” with which he led the country. “Pierro” as he was affectionately called, came into office at a very difficult stage in the country’s history, when it’s sitting prime minister, Roosevelt Douglas died on October 1, 2000 and Mr. Charles, deputy leader of the Dominica Labour Party as he then was, was sworn in to replace him.“I used to think at one point that the man had lost his mind because I remember when he made the statement that it doesn’t matter whether we win this thing or not [general elections], he has to do what is right during the austerity program and he pushed it through till his death…He was correct, I mean every day I look at this thing”.Former prime minister, Pierre Charles. Photo credit: findagrave.comHenderson highlighted the current financial crisis which has plagued countries in the Caribbean region that have had to “follow the same thing; they had to move with the VAT, they had to do the austerity programs, they had to make structural adjustments,” as well Greece, Spain and Italy within the Euro zone.“So we see that what was done ten years ago by the leadership of Pierre Charles was in fact the right thing to do. Today the treasury of Dominica, the government of Dominica is in its best fiscal health that it ever has been. Now even before we got into this program, and we’ve had quite a bit of breathing space, so even while some of our neighbors are going through this very difficult times especially in meeting their recurring expenditure, we’re able to do that and still meet our PSIP, so that has shown clearly that what Pierre Charles struggled to achieve back then was then was in fact the right way to go and today we can see the benefits of that”.He noted that Mr. Charles “sacrificed himself” by remaining in Dominica while his siblings moved on to overseas territories.“Pierre Charles … sacrificed his own future, he left teacher’s college to join the struggle, he abandoned every opportunity …his entire family had moved to the states; brothers in St. Thomas, in St. Croix, in the US, he stayed back because he decided that he had to fight that struggle and when Labour lost, he stayed building the party at his own sacrifice”.According to him, it is almost as if Mr. Charles was “driven by a passion that was almost irrational”.Meanwhile, the other guests on that radio program, Tourism & Legal Affairs Minister, Ian Douglas, who supported Henderson’s claim that Charles was correct in his decisions, reminisced on “defending” those austerity measures in parliament. “Some budgets man, I don’t know how we defended them. I mean it took us strength; an inner strength to walk into parliament and stand and speak but we all bought into it, we identified with it and I mean that is what leadership was about and we understood that that was something that we had to do for Dominica”.Mr. Charles served as the deputy leader of the Dominica Labour Party and parliamentary representative for the Grand Bay constituency for a number of years.When he died on January 6th, 2004, he had been in office for four years.His wife, Justina Charles is currently Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, having contested the Grand Bay seat at the 2009 general elections.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Panelo: Duterte order on VFA termination not ‘fake news’

first_img“If he (Duterte) has not given theinstruction yet to ES, it does not mean the (information) I shared with mediais untrue. It only means ES has not yet gotten the directive from PRRD,” headded.  “What (Lorenzana) meant is(Medialdea) has yet to receive the instruction. That is what (Medialdea) alsotold me last night — that he has not received the instruction yet from PRRD.There is no inconsistency,” Panelo said. “I was quoting PRRD (President RodrigoR. Duterte) of what he told me,” Panelo said in a short message to the media.“There was no inconsistency in the President’s stance on the VFA.” Panelo insisted that Duterte hasinstructed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to inform Foreign AffairsSecretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. of his latest order to notify the US about therevocation of the 22-year-old VFA. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo insists that there is an official order from President Rodrigo Duterte to send a formal notice to the United States for the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – Presidential SpokespersonSalvador Panelo insisted that there is an official order from President RodrigoDuterte to send a formal notice to the United States for the termination of theVisiting Forces Agreement (VFA).center_img President Duterte has earlier orderedthe termination of VFA due to US senators demand the release from detention ofopposition senator Leila De Lima; US Senate resolution condemning drug war;amendment to US budget barring entry of Philippine officials linked to De Lima’sarrest; and cancellation of Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa’s US visa. Ratified by the Philippine Senate in1999, the VFA allowed US troops to train and advise the Philippine military indisaster response and anti-terrorist operations, but banned US forces fromparticipating in combat operations. Under the two-decade military pactbetween the Philippines and the US, the VFA can be terminated via a writtennotice from either of the countries. Expiration will come 180 days from thetime either party notifies the other./PN Panelo came up with a statement onSaturday night after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana branded as “fake news”the President’s fresh directive, which was released by the Palace spokespersonon Friday.last_img read more

Spots open for ‘Becoming an Outdoors-Woman’

first_imgWest Lafayette, In. — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has 25 spots open for “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” May 4 through 6 at Ross Camp in West Lafayette.The program is intended for women 18 and up to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Shoot clay targets, paddle a canoe, catch a trophy bass, become a campfire gourmet cook, make a fur hat, spot rare wild birds, or learn to track deer.Get more information online here.last_img

Felix foot-perfect on fencing debut

first_img Mullins landed this race 12 months ago with Arvika Ligeonniere and said of the Graham Wylie-owned Felix Yonger: “He seems to be a very well balanced horse. He got in close to the first ditch and landed steeply. He could have easily turned over. “He put up a bit of a splint and it got too late to run him last season. We kept him for a novice this season and we’ll probably leave him off now. We’ll get him out early again in the autumn.” Mullins did have Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Champagne Fever in at the five-day stage but did not declare him. He said of the grey, who disappointed at Punchestown after his Supreme win, said: “They were saying all week that it was drying out at Punchestown and they were missing the rain, so we’ve decided to let him off for the summer. “He actually schooled here on this day last year and can he jump – he flew around. Nothing came to light after his last run here. A few of mine were just a bit below par early that week.” Felix Yonger returned from 379 days off the track to make a winning debut over fences in the Punchestown For Events Beginners Chase at the Kildare track. The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was second to Simonsig in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last year but had not been since since his run at Punchestown the following month. Sent off the 9-10 favourite in the absence of Sizing Rio, Ruby Walsh’s mount took up the running before three out and safely negotiated the last for a straightforward length and three-quarters victory over White Star Line. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Darren Bravo sent home for calling WICB president an `idiot’

first_imgSportsMAX` has been reliably informed that West Indies number three batsman has been sent home ahead of an ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe.The West Indies are to play against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.Darren Bravo, this morning, lashed out at West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron, calling him an “idiot”, denying that he ever had an A retainer contract from the West Indies Cricket Board.The 27-year-old number three bat recently declined a retainer contract from the WICB valued at US$100,000, the lowest of the tiers. West Indies retainer contracts range from A-plus to C. An A-plus contract carries a value of US$150,000; A US$135,000, B-plus US$125,000; B, US$115,000 and C US$100,000.Cameron, addressing the issue on the SportsMax Zone on Thursday, said Bravo initially had an A contract but was offered a C contract because his batting average had been in decline over the past two years.The 27-year-old right-hander, whose career average is 40, played nine Tests in 2015, scoring 644 runs at an average of 35.77, while in 2016 he has averaged 31.88 from eight Tests, having scored 445 runs.Reacting to Cameron’s statements Bravo lashed out on Twitter. “You have been failing 4 d last 4 yrs. Y don’t u resign and FYI I’ve neva been given an A contract. Big idiot @dave51.”last_img

ICC World Cup Jason Holder has no regrets about gambling on Russell’s fitness

first_img Southampton: Andre Russell’s troublesome knee flaring up time and again but West Indies skipper Jason Holder insists that “match-winner” Andre Russell’s fitness is a gamble worth taking. The West Indies all-rounder once again pulled up a knee injury during their eight-wicket defeat to England in a World Cup match here on Friday and he went off the field after bowling to Jonny Bairstow.The 31-year-old had earlier also left the ground during West Indies’ game against Australia on June 6. “It’s been difficult so far for him. We have been trying our best to keep him on the park, but it is proving difficult,” admitted Holder.Holder desperately wants Russell, who is a match-winner on his day, to be a part of West Indies paying XI during crucial World Cup matches.  “Going forward, we have to persist. He is here for a reason. We think he can be a match-winner for us. We have just got to cope with him. We have got to do everything we possibly can with him to keep him on the park,” the captain said. The West Indies have suffered their second defeat in four games but Holder is confident of his team making the semifinals of the World Cup. “I think it would be very foolish not to be confident (we can reach the semis). There’s still a lot of cricket to be played in this tournament. We have only played four games. There is a hell of a lot of cricket left to be played,” said Holder. He said the players would have to come up with a disciplined performance against Bangladesh in their next match in Taunton on Monday. “We have just got to be disciplined and make sure we come against Bangladesh firstly in our next game and make sure we beat Bangladesh. Holder admitted that England simply outplayed them. “We needed to make early inroads here. But we felt we had a really good chance at the halfway stage even though we felt we were still a few runs short. “Having said that, the way we have been bowling, we have been backing ourselves to get new-ball wickets. It didn’t happen for us today, well played England,” he said. highlights West Indies have lost two of four league games. Jason Holder is leading the side for first time in World Cup. Andre Russell is currently suffering from knee injury. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Edo, Lagos Emerge Western Conference Champions

first_imgHenson Demonstration School, Benin City and Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School, Lagos have emerged regional champions in the boys and girls’ categories respectively of the Western Conference of the 18th edition of Nestle Milo Secondary Basketball Championships concluded at the indoor sports hall of National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos yesterday.Henson Demonstration School got the better of hard-fighting Osadenis Mixed Secondary School of Delta State 46-37 in a well contested match that ended 46-37. In the girls’ category, Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School Lagos State, gave the Lagos crowd something to cheer as they defeated last year’s regional champions: Yejide Girls Grammar School Ibadan 34-22 to emerge champions of the Western ConferenceThe two finalists in the boys and girls’ categories will represent conference in the national finals in Asaba, Delta State. It’s the first time the national finals will be played outside Lagos in the 18 years history of the championship.Speaking before Tuesday’s matches, Branch Manager, Nestle Nig Plc, Mr Deji Adeshoga, said Milo is a brand that is well known in Nigeria as the number one supporter of grassroots sports. “For 20 years, Milo has been at the forefront of basketball development in Nigeria through the Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship; producing many top players in the sport”Meanwhile, the Category Business Manager, Mr. Femi Akintola has reiterated the company’s resolve to continue to contribute its quota to the development of basketball in the country. According to Akintola, it is the belief of the company that sports is a veritable platform for youths to learn values such as honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect, adherence to rules, discipline, perseverance, resilience and a strong sense of purpose.“These are the motivating factors behind Nestle’s commitment to this championship,” Akintola concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

A Euro of Giant Killers, CR7, Hooligans

first_imgWales, built around powerful Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, lost to England but still reached the semifinals with determined, entertaining football that swept aside Russia and Belgium with domineering 3-1 wins.It took the class of Cristiano Ronaldo to outgun his Real teammate in the last four.Northern Ireland also put on a gutsy show to reach a quarterfinal against Wales.France and Portugal rode their luck in early games but there was no doubting they deserved their semifinal wins over Germany and Wales respectively.Portugal started as 25-1 outsiders to win the tournament but pulled off the final glorious upset. They lost Ronaldo, who was stretchered off after 25 minutes, and soaked up France’s pressure for 109 minutes before Eder powered a shot past France’s captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Ronaldo produced one of the goals of the tournament with a sublime backheel against Hungary. France’s Dimitri Payet also produced a spectacular shot in the opening game against Romania.Xherdan Shaqiri’s scissors-kick goal for Switzerland against Poland could also be a candidate for goal of the tournament.The 108 goals in 51 matches gave an average of 2.11 goals a game, below the 2.45 of Euro 2012 and the 2.7 at the 2014 World Cup. But there were records. Ronaldo equalled French legend Michel Platini’s nine goals in Euro tournaments.GRIEZMANN SHINESEuro 2016 was meant to be the tournament of Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and maybe Thomas Mueller. Germany’s Mueller, top scorer at the 2014 World Cup, did not have a goal to his name when Germany were stunned by two Antoine Griezmann goals on a hot night in Marseille.Mueller returned home as one of the Euro failures. Pogba scored once as France marched on the final, but Griezmann produced repeat heroics to go into the final as the tournament’s top scorer on six goals.The 25-year-old who has never played in the French league scored twice against Irish Republic and twice more in the 5-2 quarterfinal win over Iceland.For Griezmann, however, it was a second major final lost in a month after his Atletico Madrid lost to arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League. “It’s frustrating, it sucks, but that’s football,” he said.HOOLIGANS AND REAL FANSFans from Iceland and both sides of the Irish border charmed everyone wherever they went in France, but an old blight made an unwelcome return — hooligans.The hours before the match between England and Russia in Marseille were mayhem, with what a prosecutor said were “well-prepared” gangs of Russians attacking rowdy and drunk England fans in the Vieux Port district as bottles and teargas flew.One England fan suffered brain injuries, dozens more were hurt.A Russian far-right sympathiser, Alexander Shprygin, was expelled from France over possible links to the violence, then embarrassed French authorities by slipping back into the country.The events have raised fears over Russia’s hosting of the 2018 World Cup.On a happier note, the “Viking army” from Iceland came armed with nothing more than plastic-horned helmets and a sense of fun as their team exceeded all expectations.Their single clap “Huh!” celebration will live long in the memory.Northern Ireland’s fans made “Will Grigg is on Fire” one of the tournament’s anthems, even if Grigg did not play a single minute.The Republic of Ireland’s fans won hearts by chanting “Stand Up for the French Police”, serenaded girls in the crowd and, in an incident which went viral, collectively fixed a dent in the roof a car.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2016 European Championship ended on Sunday with Portugal’s stunning victory over France in the final — the last shock in a tournament of giant-killing romance, vicious and gentle fans, the rise of Antoine Griezmann as an international star and Cristiano Ronaldo stretchered off in tears and still winning.Euro 2016 was not a classic for football purists but pure joy for anyone who revels in sporting upsets. For France, Euro 2016 was an antidote to terror attacks and weeks of social unrest until the final.Russian hooligans tested the hosts’ security forces but Irish Republic fans sang their way into the hearts of French police.SHOCKS GALOREExpanded to 24 teams for the first time, some had expressed fears that the little nations would not be up to it. But Iceland, Wales and Portugal answered UEFA’s prayers.Iceland beat England 2-1 in the last 16 in one of the biggest shocks in football history. Iceland scorer Ragnar Sigurdsson said England “panicked”. English Football Association chief Martin Glenn could not understand why England are so “brittle” on the international stage.last_img read more

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