20 Oct
2020

Abbey gets new real estate habit

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19 Oct
2020

Trudeau slams China on human rights, ‘coercive diplomacy’

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned China on Tuesday that its “coercive diplomacy,” repressive measures in Hong Kong and detention of Uighur Muslims are counterproductive for itself and the rest of the world.Trudeau took aim at Beijing’s record as he marked the 50th anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic ties with China.”We will remain absolutely committed to working with our allies to ensure that China’s approach of coercive diplomacy, its arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens alongside other citizens of other countries around the world is not viewed as a successful tactic by them,” Trudeau said at a press conference. Topics : He also mentioned Canada’s “concern for the protection of human rights and places like Hong Kong and… with the Uighurs.”He said that Canada would “continue to work with our fellow like-minded nations around the world, to impress upon China that its approach to internal affairs and global affairs is not on a particularly productive path for itself or for all of us.”Canadian former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been held in China for nearly two years and have been charged with spying.Canada’s ambassador to China obtained “virtual consular access” to Spavor and Kovrig over the weekend, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Saturday.Western governments see the detention of the two Canadians as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and daughter of its founder. Meng was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and is charged with bank fraud related to violations of US sanctions against Iran. She has been fighting extradition ever since.last_img read more

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28 Sep
2020

Northwester 2 Substation Takes Off

first_imgThe offshore substation built for the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm has left Bladt Industries’ facility in Aalborg, Denmark, and is on its way towards the project site in Belgium.Source: Bladt IndustriesBladt designed, built and assembled the substation with its partners Semco Maritime and ISC under a contract won in May last year.The 235t transformer was installed on the offshore substation in April by using three cranes.“Together with Bladt Industries A/S, we have done this many times before and therefore we know exactly what it takes to get ready for sail-away. I am extremely proud of the entire project crew and this amazing team effort!,” said Semco Maritime’s Project Manager Kasper Thomsen.Northwester 2, currently under construction some 50km north-west of Oostende, will comprise 23 MHI Vestas 164-9.5MW turbines. The 219MW offshore wind farm is scheduled for commissioning in 2020.NOTE: The article was updated on 27 August.last_img read more

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19 Sep
2020

Hamilton hails ‘awesome’ new Mercedes

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinSILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton declared his new Mercedes “pretty awesome” yesterday after lapping a blustery Silverstone circuit in the car he hopes will secure him a fourth Formula One world championship.“It felt incredible,” added the Briton, who finished runner-up last season behind now-retired teammate Nico Rosberg despite winning more of the 21 races.“Yesterday was the first time seeing the car come together. It’s the most detailed piece of machinery I’ve seen so far in Formula One.“The car feels wider, which it is obvious. The front tyres obviously feel huge,” added the 32-year-old, who won 10 races in 2016 and starts the season with a new teammate in Finland’s Valtteri Bottas.Formula One has undergone big rule changes over the winter, with wider front and rear tyres and different aerodynamics designed to make cars faster, more aggressive and harder to handle.Lap times should be several seconds quicker than 2016 with cornering speeds putting more G-forces on the drivers, who have had to bulk up and add muscle.Bottas, who has joined from Williams following Rosberg’s decision to retire only days after taking the title, has yet to win a grand prix.He has already said that he is not intending to play second fiddle to his teammate, however, and the pairing start on equal terms.“I think I have done the most amount of training of any winter so far. I have done some good training camps and feel in the best shape I’ve ever been, definitely ready for the season ahead,” said the Finn.The new car was first presented to fans online, with the drivers pulling the covers off the W08 behind closed garage doors before it was wheeled out to the media shivering on the Silverstone straight.The team were then set to complete a limited 100km filming day in the afternoon with both drivers taking a turn.“The dominant feeling in the team right now is one of excitement – the factory is buzzing with anticipation,” said team boss Toto Wolff, whose team have won the last three driver’s and constructor’s titles.“It has been a really motivating challenge to develop a brand new car concept and I have never seen our determination to succeed higher than it is right now.”Testing will start in Barcelona on Monday, with Bottas doing the first stint before handing over to Hamilton for the afternoon.The season starts in Australia on March 26.last_img read more

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18 Sep
2020

La Liga: Barcelona Hit Deportivo 8-0 to End Losing Run

first_imgIn England, Jurgen Klopp’s first Merseyside derby ended in a comfortable victory as Liverpool beat 10-man Everton for their third consecutive Premier League win.Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho headed in two goals in as many minutes at the end of the first half.Everton lost Ramiro Funes Mori for a nasty challenge on Origi, who had to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge.The substitute then drove in a third before Philippe Coutinho’s curled finish completed an emphatic win.Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999 and, in truth, they never looked like getting anything from their latest visit.The Reds looked more organised from the outset, attacked with pace and in numbers, and only a couple of good saves from Joel Robles prevented the hosts from taking the lead much earlier than the 43rd minute.The sending-off of Funes Moris, after he stood on Origi’s ankle, arguably ended any hopes of an Everton fight-back but there had been little to suggest that was ever on the cards.Liverpool finished with 37 shots on goal, 13 of those on target, while all three of Everton’s efforts were wide. This was the 226th Merseyside derby and one of the most one-sided.Also last night, Manchester United moved one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal with four Premier League games remaining after a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.Damien Delaney set United on their way when he inadvertently turned Matteo Darmian’s cross into his own net.Julian Speroni kept Palace in the game with a series of fine saves before Darmian doubled the lead by lashing home from 20 yards.Arsenal, who have a game in hand, entertain West Brom this evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool, Man Utd win big in PremiershipBarcelona humiliated Deportivo La Coruna to end a three-match losing run.Luis Suarez scored four for the Spanish leaders, with the Uruguay striker bundling in the opener, then tucking in Lionel Messi’s pass.Barca scored six in the second half – Ivan Rakitic fired in, before Suarez slid in for his hat-trick and then tapped in Neymar’s selfless pass.Messi rolled in, then Marc Bartra’s solo goal and Neymar simple finish from close range sealed the rout.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Celebration Galore as Curtains Fall on 2018 Saharalympics

first_imgOf the 70 gold, silver and bronze medals handed out at the close of the event; forty two medals were shared among Ikeja Electric, Asharami Synergy and Sahara Group respectively. Ikeja Electric had the distinction of scoring the highest number of gold medals to emerge the overall winners of the 2018 Saharalympics. The companies which occupied the fourth, fifth and sixth positions include Egbin Power, Centrum and Asharami Energy.Bethel Obioma, Head Corporate Communications said the Saharalympics had become a phenomenon that is attracting global interest, especially as it clearly demonstrates the role of sports in enhancing excellence, team performance and sustainability. “Sahara Group is proud of the Saharalympics and how the platform is evolving in line with global standards. It is amazing and remarkable that participants from the previous editions have not lost the drive and enthusiasm that saw them achieve remarkable sporting feats while our new colleagues making their Saharalympics debuts have also embraced our values, adding to the swell of physical and intellectual talent that runs right across the organization.”The warmth and enthusiasm of the crowd was just as palpable when former Nigerian Super Eagles captain and Everton central defender Joseph Yobo made a special appearance to kick off the Women’s football game.“The atmosphere was amazing and the organization of the event was exceptional. Sahara Group put up a spectacle that I would always remember. The athletes were quite competitive but still upheld the values of fair play and team work. Their determination to work hard and play hard was outstanding,” said Yobo.The biennial event comes up again in 2020 when many more participants are expected given the ongoing expansion drive of the Sahara Group across the globe.“For now, with the memories still fresh, Saharians are left with a series of vivid snapshots: EXCO members aggressively popping balloons as they squared off against their peers in a one of a kind ‘Treasure Hunt’, the various teams trading hilarious banters and the sheer spectacle of witnessing the might and grit of the brawniest athletes pitted against each other in a Tug of War. 2020 may look like forever, but one thing is sure, Sahara Group will raise the bar higher again, we always do,” enthused Obioma.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sahara Group’s company–wide games, The Saharalympics, lived up to its billing with amazing track and field performances that saw staff win  70 medals in the keenly contested completion that was designed to promote excellence and team sprit at the leading energy and infrastructure conglomerate.The Saharalympics competition which kicked off by 10.am at the Campus Mini Stadium, Lagos Island on Saturday, September 29, 2018 attracted hundreds of Sahara Group staff from the energy giant’s various locations in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe.A total of 6 teams jostled for medals and glory at the track and field competition. They include Asharami Synergy (Downstream Division), Asharami Energy (Upstream Division), Sahara Power Group, Egbin Power Plc., Ikeja Electric and First Independent Power Limited (all of the Power Division) Centrum, SIVC and CVL (Infrastructure Division) and Sahara Group Ltd- the organisation’s innovation and strategy nerve centre.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Struggles for Packers

first_imgRebuilding.It’s a term fans of Wisconsin sports have become used to hearing. The Bucks have spent the better part of the last three years rebuilding their program — and it seems to be paying off early this year — the team looks damn good. Milwaukee Brewers fans have been dealing with rebuilding for over a decade, holding out hope that the Nick Neugebauers and Ryan Andersons of the world would bring them out of the cellar. Well, it took a little longer than advertised, and it wasn’t Neugebauer or Anderson that brought the Brew Crew to glory — but the days of rebuilding appear to be over in Milwaukee.Although the Bucks and Crew have been rebuilding the past few years, there’s always been one constant for the Wisconsin football fans — the Green Bay Packers. Well, at least until this season.A 1-7 start wasn’t exactly what anyone — fan or pundit — expected from the Packers this season. They were an aging team, and their defense was suspect, but with Brett Favre at the helm and an offense solid at the skill positions, much more was expected of the Packers this season.After all, this was a team that went 10-6 last year, with the only major offseason losses coming at the two guard positions on the offensive line. This team was supposed to find a way to get into the playoffs with Favre’s Hall-of-Fame career winding down. But it has just not materialized.Obviously injuries have taken their toll. It’s hard to put points on the board when you lose three of your top five wide receivers and your top three running backs for portions of the season. Let’s face it, names like Chad Lucas and Samkon Gado don’t exactly strike fear into opposing defenses.Which brings about the question — is it time for rebuilding in Green Bay? Well, I’m not jumping off of any bandwagons yet, so I’m going to have to answer “no” to that question.For starters, it’s hard to believe the Packers would be where they are right now if it weren’t for the injury bug. I realize it’s pretty much a copout to blame injuries — after all, shouldn’t teams be deep enough to overcome the inevitable?That’s true, but replacing a Javon Walker is just not the same as replacing, say, an injured Bill Schroeder when he was a starter for Green Bay. The same can be said for replacing a tailback like Ahman Green (though I realize he wasn’t exactly tearing it up before his injury, he’s still a better option the Packers’ current starters).These players are Pro Bowl-caliber individuals in the NFL and for any team to replace them with players of comparable talent is nearly impossible. Not to mention the backups that stepped up in each case, Robert Ferguson for Walker and Najeh Davenport for Green, who both suffered injuries as well. If Walker and Green were healthy all year, it’s plausible the Packers could be at least a .500 club and challenging for the NFC North crown.Plus there’s still Favre. Is it fair to him to start rebuilding while he’s still rebuilding? Absolutely not. Favre has been the face of the Packers for years and is arguably the greatest player in franchise history, not to mention the guy is never willing to lose.Favre brought Green Bay its first Super Bowl win since the late 1960s and has led the resurgence of a franchise that was a perennial NFL doormat prior to his reign. If for no other reason than out of respect for the Kiln, Miss., native, Green Bay should do everything within its power to field a respectable team while he’s on the field.Not to mention, when was the last time the Brewers, Bucks and Packers were respectable at the same time? Wouldn’t that be something?last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Film fatale

first_imgLunafest, a traveling film festival that works to connect women through the medium of cinema, held a screening of Lunafest short films at the School of Cinematic Arts on Friday evening.  The director of one of the short films, Susana Casares, hosted a Q&A on her film Tryouts.last_img

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26 Aug
2020

Angels owner Arte Moreno says a Mike Trout extension is still ‘in the front of your mind,’ but no talks yet

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — As the clock ticks away on Mike Trout’s contract, Arte Moreno would only say that he hears it.“Sometimes you have things in the back of your mind, and sometimes you have things in the front of your mind,” the Angels owner said Monday, at the press conference to introduce new manager Brad Ausmus. “That’s one of those things that’s always in the front of your mind.”It was similar to what Moreno said about Trout’s contract in spring training, back when he had three years left on his contract. Now he’s got two.Although there’s been speculation, and a natural assumption, that the Angels would begin negotiating an extension with Trout this winter, Moreno said nothing has happened so far. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “We have not talked about it,” Moreno said. “We all communicate. He just had, personally, a real rough end of the year. We’re giving him a lot of space. We just want him and his family to go through the grieving process, so we all try to support each other.”Trout’s brother-in-law, former Angels prospect Aaron Cox, died in August.Trout, 27, will make $34 million each of the next two seasons. He has said that he isn’t yet thinking about his future, beyond saying that the most important thing to him is winning. The Angels have made the playoffs just once in his seven full seasons.Moreno sounded optimistic about making improvements this winter.“I’m not going to tell you that we’re going to spend a ton of money, but we’re going to spend money,” he said, adding that “there is, realistically, a budget. It’s not an endless thing, like a fantasy draft.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Although the Angels don’t share their budget publicly, it is believed they have somewhere around $30 million to spend on new players if they want to keep the payroll around where it was in 2018.“We need starting pitching,” he said. “Bullpen help. We blew a lot of games in the last two or three innings. We need more depth in the bullpen.”Offensively, Moreno said the Angels need “a left-handed bat with some power who can play first base, just to fill in.”The Angels have Albert Pujols at first, but he’s coming off knee surgery, so they likely need some coverage if he’s unavailable.Related Articleslast_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger named NL MVP

first_imgAfter his Rookie of the Year season in 2017, Bellinger took a step back in 2018, struggling particularly against left-handers in the second half, and he found himself platooned over the final months of the season, including the Dodgers’ World Series games against the Boston Red Sox.“It was a very humbling experience, for personal reasons, and I knew that wasn’t the player I wanted to be,” Bellinger said Thursday. “I just needed to find a way to be more consistent with myself. Hitting coaches Brownie (Brant Brown) and (Robert) Van Scoyoc really locked it down for me. When I was going through some things, we’d have great conversations. So there was help around me. It wasn’t just myself.”Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said it was evident “from the moment the 2018 season ended, he was a man on a mission to better understand his swing and to become a more complete hitter. The results of that work are being rewarded in the ultimate way.”Bellinger reaped that MVP reward despite being outperformed offensively by Yelich in nearly every category. Yelich finished first in the NL in batting average (.329, tied with Ketel Marte), on-base percentage (.429), slugging percentage (an MLB-best .671) and OPS (1.100, also the best in MLB). All of those numbers (plus his 44 home runs) were improvements over his 2018 MVP numbers.But Yelich suffered his season-ending knee injury on Sept. 10, limiting him to 130 games (while Bellinger appeared in 156 of the Dodgers’ 162 games). In his absence, the Brewers won 13 of their final 18 games, surging to a playoff spot in the National League.“We’re actually pretty good buddies right now,” Bellinger said of following Yelich’s season and the ‘Belli vs. Yeli’ MVP debate. “Without him having this good of a year – I think he pushed me to be a better player. He’s an unbelievable player but he’s honestly a better dude.”Bellinger was a better overall player in 2019. He led the majors in WAR (9.0 to Yelich’s 7.1) thanks to his elite defense (he won the NL Gold Glove for right field) and versatility, assets that no doubt caught voters’ attention.Related Articles The 24-year-old Bellinger is the sixth Dodger to win the NL MVP award since the franchise moved to Los Angeles, joining Maury Wills (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963), Steve Garvey (1974), Kirk Gibson (1988) and Clayton Kershaw (2014) and the 13th overall. He is only the third Dodger to win both a Rookie of the Year award and MVP during his career, joining Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe.He is just the fourth player in MLB history to win a Rookie of the Year, Gold Glove and MVP all before age 25, joining Johnny Bench, Fred Lynn and Dustin Pedroia.When he heard the news, Bellinger was surrounded by his family and teared up as he received hugs from everyone including his father, former major-leaguer Clay Bellinger.“I honestly hadn’t cried in a long time,” Bellinger said later. “I think the last time was a few years ago when my dog died. That being said, I’ve never seen my dad show emotion either. So when I saw that, that really hit me right there.“It’s just a dream come true, man.” “I definitely think that helped,” Bellinger said. “I don’t know exactly what goes into the vote. But I’m glad I had the opportunity to show off what I could do out there this year.”Bellinger made his strongest MVP case in April and May. He was batting over .400 (.404) as late as May 21 and finished May batting .379 with 20 home runs and a 1.213 OPS.For the season, Bellinger added a Silver Slugger award to his Gold Glove by finishing with career-highs in nearly every offensive category – home runs (47, third in the NL), RBIs (115), an NL-leading 351 total bases, batting average (.305), on-base percentage (.406), slugging percentage (.629) and OPS (1.035, behind only Yelich and the Angels’ Mike Trout).He is the first Dodger to win a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and the MVP award in the same season.“I had a ton of fun watching him this year,” Kershaw said of Bellinger. “It’s very well-deserved. What everyone says is true – great talent, great athlete, all that stuff. … But, man, he’s just a great baseball player and there is nothing else to say.”Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy (one eighth, one 10th) and pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (one eighth) also received down-ballot votes.The MVP votes, cast prior to the postseason, came from two writers representing each of the 15 National League cities. They are tabulated on a system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third on down to one for 10th. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The Cody Bellinger archiveDodgers’ Cody Bellinger wins Silver Slugger award for outstanding 2019 seasonCody Bellinger wins first career Gold Glove AwardDodgers’ Cody Bellinger feels bad for MVP rival Christian Yelich after season-ending injuryCody Bellinger, Mike Trout setting pace one-third of the way into 2019 MLB seasonWhicker: Cody Bellinger’s spring offensive might be good for all seasons Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Reduced to a platoon player late in the 2018 season and even benched at the start of World Series games, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger called that a “wake-up call” that fueled his offseason last winter.The result was a red-hot start to the 2019 season and an MVP award.Bellinger was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player on Thursday afternoon in just his third big-league season, edging 2018 winner Christian Yelich, who missed the final 18 games of the season with a fractured kneecap. Bellinger received 19 first-place votes, Yelich 10 and Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon one. Bellinger finished with 362 points in the weighted voting system, 45 more than Yelich.“It’s absolutely incredible,” Bellinger said after getting the news. “It’s what you dream of, for sure.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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