first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Allen preached the value of practice to the team in his five-minute impromptu speech, instilling to the young Pirates that the pain comes before the pleasure while encouraging them to continue working hard as they prepare for the bigger wars ahead.“It’s hard when you’re at the top, right? Because you have to work extra hard,” said Allen. “One of the things that I’ve always prided myself on, in my whole career, is execution. Now you have to work harder because you can’t sneak up on anybody anymore.”“Now, the teams you’re supposed to beat are going to play you extra tough, like you’re the world champions. Now, you have to not get tired of the process. You don’t win a championship the day they give you the trophy. You win a championship every morning you wake up at six. That’s where the reward comes.”Perez said he was honored to meet someone like Allen, who has won two titles in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.“We’re all starstruck and we’re very happy because he told us what we need to do, which is to continue preparing hard because we’re the number one team and the other teams are already going after us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lyceum gets all the good things these days.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Pirates, who are undefeated this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after nine games in the first round, got a surprise of a lifetime as NBA veteran Ray Allen dropped by their team dinner on Tuesday.Lyceum’s top gun CJ Perez shared that the whole team was shocked to meet the legendary sharpshooter, who is in the country for a couple of days.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 shutout“We’re surprised to see someone like Ray Allen go to our school. It’s a rare thing to happen for us,” he said.In the video posted by Lyceum’s official page, the two-time NBA champion was seen shaking everyone’s hands before asking, “I heard you guys were in first place?” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters 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: UFC fighters Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne share photos from their wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool outclassed Manchester United but relied on two defensive blunders to win 2-0 in a high-profile all-English match in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday, with only David de Gea’s brilliant saves sparing the visitors a heavier first-leg beating.Daniel Sturridge – from a penalty – and Roberto Firmino found a way past De Gea to make Liverpool a strong favorite to advance after next week’s return leg, as United’s players failed to handle a white-hot atmosphere at Anfield and Liverpool’s fierce pressing game.Borussia Dortmund was the biggest winner in the first legs, justifying its tag as competition favorite with a 3-0 win over a weakened Tottenham team. Other sides with a clear advantage were Shakhtar Donetsk, which beat Anderlecht 3-1, and Villarreal, which defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 at home.Winning the Europa League was seen as United’s best chance to qualify for next season’s Champions League, having slumped to sixth place in the Premier League, but even the quarterfinals may be out of reach following another sobering loss for its manager Louis van Gaal.Feeding off the crowd on another memorable European night at Anfield, Liverpool swarmed all over United with its aggressive pressing and should have won by more in the first European meeting between England’s two most successful clubs.”We could not cope with their pressure,” Van Gaal said.Regularly forced into defensive duties, United forward Memphis Depay gave away the penalty in the 19th minute – felling Nathaniel Clyne as he tracked the Liverpool defender into the area. De Gea guessed the right way but Sturridge’s penalty went above the goalkeeper.advertisementDe Gea scrambled to save from Philippe Coutinho and stayed big to block Sturridge’s close-range effort and then Adam Lallana’s instinctive volley. More saves off Coutinho and Clyne followed before substitute Michael Carrick inexplicably failed to clear a cross into the box, instead popping the ball into the path of Lallana.He squared the ball to the in-form Firmino, who beat De Gea from close range in the 73rd.”The atmosphere tonight, I’ll never forget it. It was unbelievable,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “That was Liverpool how I knew it before I came here.”Van Gaal rarely praises individuals but picked out De Gea for his performance, adding: “Liverpool deserved the goals, but how the goals (came) were cheap.””You have to believe in anything,” Van Gaal said, looking to the second leg, “If we can create an atmosphere that Liverpool has done, then everything is possible.”Liverpool avoided what would have been an unprecedented fifth straight loss to United.In contention to win the English league for the first time since 1961, Spurs rested key players against Dortmund – including top scorer Harry Kane and defensive midfielder Eric Dier – and paid the price by being overwhelmed in Germany.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s headed opener – his 33rd goal of the season – was followed by a second-half double from Germany forward Marco Reus. Dortmund, like Liverpool, should have won by more.Cedric Bakambu scored both of the goals for Villarreal, one of four Spanish teams in the last 16. Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer, who was substituted in the 2014 World Cup final with a head injury and later said he couldn’t remember that match, was carried off the field with an apparent concussion after getting hit in the head by a ball.In other games, Athletic Bilbao beat Valencia 1-0 in an all-Spanish match, Fenerbahce won 1-0 at home to Braga, and defending champion Sevilla drew 0-0 at Basel – where this season’s final is being played. Sparta Prague and Lazio drew 1-1.last_img read more

first_imgPuducherry, Apr 24 (PTI) Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) today announced that it will go it alone in the Union Territory for the May 16 Assembly polls and released its first list of candidates for 20 out of the total 30 seats besides vowing to implement prohibition, if elected to power.At a press conference, PMK general secretary Vadivel Ravanan introduced the nominees for the 20 seats and also released the partys election manifesto. Names of the candidates for the remaining ten seats would be released in course of time after getting formal approval by party founder S Ramadoss, he said.The PMKs poll manifesto for Puducherry promises to bring in legislative measures to protect fertile lands by preventing their conversion for other purposes.Free education would be available for poor students from primary school upto higher education levels. An industrial park would be set up exclusively for educated women to augment their skills and make rapid progress in their careers, it said. Vadivel Ravanan said a separate state level university would be set up here. Total prohibition would be enforced in the UT to prevent casualties arising out of alcoholism and protect health of the people.The party would bring in a separate budget for agricultural sector besides sugarcane farmers have been assured of a price of Rs 4,000 for a ton of cane supplied by them to the mills. Right to Education would be implemented, he said.Protection of well-being of the marginalised and depressed sections, uninterrupted medical facilities to the poor, incentives to proficient sports persons by granting Rs 10 lakh for those emerging victorious at national and international levels, encouragement of farming activities through incentives and job opportunities to the youth are other highlights of the manifesto. PTI COR BN SRY TRKadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgApple will launch the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus on September 7 at an event in San Francisco. The vent which features colourful blobs of out of focus light bulbs and is titled See You On 7th hint that the new phones – or at least one of them — will have big camera-related feature. This big feature is likely to be the dual-lens camera on the rear, something that may help the new iPhone click images with smoother bokeh, as highlighted by the colourful blobs.It is expected that the new iPhones will come with a design similar to that of the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S plus but there will be other changes, including removal of the headphone jack. Also, the new iPhones are likely to come in a new colour – some sort of blue – as well as will have redesigned antenna lines.The smaller iPhone  aka the iPhone 7 may not get the dual camera that the bigger phone may sport. But it will possibly have a faster and brighter lens with aperture of at least F2 instead of the F2.2 inside the iPhone 6S. The faster lens may help it capture better images.As far as specifications are concerned, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7S plus are likely to have:– At least 2GB RAM– 32GB internal storage– Apple A10 processor– A design similar to that of the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus– 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus and the 4.7-inch in the iPhone 7advertisementIn India, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will be likely launched by the end of September or in the early October. The phone will possibly have a starting price between Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000. Globally, the two phones are likely to go on sale from September 16.Other than the iPhone, there are rumours that Apple may also launch a new smartwatch on September 7.Also Read: Apple iPhone 7: Features to expect, launch date and possible pricelast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Express Logic: X-Ware IoT platform supports Microsoft Azure IoT SDKNext How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Five ETAS Connections 2018 will take place on October 22 and 23 in Stuttgart’s Wagenhallen. Many esteemed decision-makers and experts will convene at this annual event to discuss topics important to the automotive industry’s future. This year’s focus lies on the topic “What are the challenges in the development of autonomous driving systems?”The age of autonomous robots is upon us. At home, on farms, in the air, and on the road – smart systems are assisting us everywhere and this is only the beginning. Autonomous driving is drawing closer. But will it help us turn the vision of accident-free driving into reality? What is the state of the art? Where are the barriers? What are the challenges? What can we achieve today?Together with the Advisory Board, an impressive line-up of international speakers addressing the following topics was organized:•            Simulation-based development •            Data-driven development •            Software development methods and tools for level 2 to 5 systems •            Adaptive AUTOSAR •            Software platforms for autonomous driving •            Artificial intelligence in autonomous vehicles •            Functional safety and SOTIF (Safety of the Intended Functionality) •            Security as the key to digital transformationShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more


first_imgPrevious Struggling to fall asleep on a plane — or, even worse, a bus — is a special kind of hell. The seats are too small, they never recline far enough (if at all), and you’re inevitably fighting for every square inch of armrest with your seatmates. Now, one startup is looking to change all that with what it’s dubbed “a luxury hotel on wheels.”San Francisco-based Cabin began as an answer to the question, “What if someone combined travel and accommodation?” The company worked with hotel designers and hospitality specialists to create a purpose-built bus that recalls the heyday of luxury train travel. On the outside, the Cabin bus maintains the same general silhouette as most modern buses with only minor detailing that hints that it might be something altogether different.Inside, however, the double-decker cabin features dual rows of compact sleep “pods” that recall Japanese capsule hotel design, but smaller. Each pod includes a soft memory foam mattress, the same sheets used by Ritz-Carlton, a personal power outlet with USB plugs, a reading light, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary ear plugs. The point of the journey is clear: to maximize sleep between destinations, to the point that passengers feel as if they’re teleporting rather than traveling. Cabin’s drivers intentionally choose slower, smoother driving routes to maximize the potential for catching some shut-eye. The journey on Cabin’s sole California route consequently takes a leisurely eight hours — perfect for a full night’s sleep en route.For travelers unable to catch their zzz’s, there are 24/7 attendants (dubbed “The Dream Crew”) onboard to provide nighttime tea service. Upon arrival, passengers are provided complimentary bottled water, freshly brewed coffee, and a large bathroom to freshen up and get dressed. The central pick-up and drop-off locations in each city ensure the travel process is seamless from beginning to end. Plus, the company abides by the same hospitality industry standards as any reputable hotel, ensuring the interior is fully cleaned and fresh bedding provided after each trip.As of August 2017, Cabin is just getting off the ground with a single route between San Francisco and Santa Monica (just outside Los Angeles). However, the company plans to add new route options in the near future. One-way tickets start at $115 USD with no hidden baggage or other fees. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Next Editors’ Recommendations 1 of 21center_img A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020 World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight? last_img read more

first_imgFireworks on the Waterfront’ in downtown Kingston at the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s annual event celebrating the start of the New Year. Fireworks on the Waterfront’ in downtown Kingston at the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s annual event celebrating the start of the New Year. Fireworks on the Waterfront’ in downtown Kingston at the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s annual event celebrating the start of the New Year.center_img Fireworks on the Waterfront’ in downtown Kingston at the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s annual event celebrating the start of the New Year.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff; October 09, 2014 zoom European Union sanctions against Iran’s largest oil tanker company NITC have been lifted after there was no appeal by the EU to the General Court’s ruling against the EU’s 2012 blacklisting designation of the company, NITC said.An EU official told Reuters that the time for appeal had expired, but that they were still working on keeping the company on the black list.The sanctions were imposed in 2012 over Iran’s nuclear programme, and banned any trade between NITC and the EU, including insurance and banking.NITC, previously sanctioned both by the EU and the United States, contested the blacklist designation by arguing that the company is privately owned by Iranian pension funds, and affiliated neither with the Iranian Government, nor with the Revolutionary Guards.The EU General Court in its ruling on the appeal stated that there is no evidence supporting NITC’s alleged ties to the Government of Iran, allowing a two-month appeal period which has now expired.“We are relieved to see the lifting of these sanctions. We have always enjoyed good business relationships with our EU partners and look forward to resuming those now this difficult period has come to an end,” NITC managing director Ali Akbar Safaei said.The EU recently lifted the sanctions on another Iranian trading company, Shahid Rajaee Port’s operator Tidewater Middle East Company, enabling the port to resume its international container services.last_img read more

first_imgGovernment introduced two legislative amendments today, April 3, that deal with Emera Inc. One change will remove the existing provision that restricts non-Canadians from owning more than 25 per cent of voting shares of Emera Inc. The other change will reinforce the commitment from Emera and Nova Scotia Power to maintain their head offices and principal executive officers in Nova Scotia. “This government is committed to creating the conditions to support economic growth,” said Business Minister, Geoff MacLellan. “Nova Scotia-based businesses are competing with the world and we need to make sure the playing field is level to help them thrive here and around the globe.” Emera is the only one of more than 100 North American, investor-owned utilities and power producers with restrictions on foreign ownership. The restrictions were included in the legislation that established Emera in 1998. Emera made the request to government to amend the foreign ownership restriction as it limits its ability to grow. With that lifted, the company will have more funding flexibility, access to capital and greater opportunity for continued growth. The legislation maintains the rule that no outside entity can hold or control more than 15 per cent of the company’s voting shares. There are about 500 people who now work for Emera in Nova Scotia. In 2018, Emera spent about $311 million with more than 5,600 vendors from across the province. The amendments will be made to the Nova Scotia Power Privatization Act and the Nova Scotia Power Reorganization Act. The changes will have no impact on Nova Scotia Power ratepayers.last_img read more

first_imgMusic therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has paid tribute to Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died just before Christmas.“Nordoff Robbins were incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt over Christmas,” the charity said in a statement. “Rick, alongside Francis Rossi, was a patron of Nordoff Robbins and a big supporter of our work. We were lucky enough to know Rick well and he spent time getting to know our work and the people we helped and he was a regular visitor to our events and our HQ to see our music therapy first hand.“Status Quo won a Silver Clef Award in 1981, and later a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. They were there at our Live at Knebworth concert in 1990, and continued to generously support our events, from the Race Day, Boxing Dinner and Clay Shoot, to donating all manner of signed guitars and even welcome drinks for the 2014 Silver Clef Awards.“We couldn’t have hoped for a more passionate supporter than Rick. The world has lost a great musician, philanthropist, and a generally great man. We’re proud to have called him a friend.”“We have been supporting Nordoff Robbins for over 20 years and are proud to be their Patrons. The work they do, helping people through music is really amazing. We have seen for ourselves how Nordoff Robbins music therapy can have a huge impact on vulnerable children and adults who are limited or isolated by their condition. Music therapy quite literally uses the power of music to transform lives.” – Francis and Rick, Status Quolast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP has planned to reach out to the women at the ground level to gather a different support base from the women. Various surveys and internal study of the party also showed that the party has a strong voter base among the women in Delhi. Party’s women wing along with the leaders would go to the door to the women and talk to them. Here the party would focus on the issue of safety and also on education. “Our party believes in the empowerment of women. The chief minister from him rallies also promised that after we get the full statehood he will make Delhi a safe city. We will take these messages to the women,” said a leader. The party has also planned various door to campaign mostly by the local MLAs. ” In all these local meetings we see a huge number of women present. We believe that reaching to the women differently would help us,” the leader added. The party also launched a “Metro Campaign” at the heart of the capital, Connaught Place this week. In order to speed up the full statehood movement, the women wing of the party started the campaign from the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. As a part of the campaign, a team of four women was deployed at all eight gates of the Metro station. The team was seen appealing to passersby to vote for AAP candidates.last_img read more

first_imgBordeaux- French President has “pulverized the historical record of unpopularity for a president” says poll.According to a BVA poll for French magazine L’Express published on Monday, Francois Hollande’s approval rating fell to 26%, establishing a record of unpopularity for a president of the Fifth Republic.“Never in 32 years of statistics had a president fallen below 30% of approval,” says Gaël Sliman, Deputy Director General of the rating institute. Hollande is, however, not the only one to have lost the population’s support. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s popularity is also very low. 18 months after Hollande’s election, the popular French mood regarding both men only increased ephemerally after the beginning of the operation in Mali last January.Only 14% of respondents believed that the policies pursued by the tandem of the executive is “effective”, while 84% thought the opposite. Only socialist sympathizers still support the President, 75% of them have a good opinion of his actions. 97% of the opposition’s followers, however, disapprove of his role. According to the rating institute, this disgrace is in part due to the “Leonarda case” and the controversy surrounding the televised speech the Head of State gave on the subject. He had offered the young Roma schoolgirl, who was deported to Kosovo with her family, the possibility to come back to France, but by herself. The Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, seems to be the only one not to suffer from the unpopularity of the executive. He continues to lead, with 58% of approval rating.The harshest blow to the majority is the Front National’s popularity. Indeed, the far right party is taking advantage of the President’s fall, scoring its highest popularity ever with 30%. Employment remains the priority for respondents, but taxation and immigration increased dramatically.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

The results of the visit – led by IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards Olli Heinonen – will be reflected in the Director General Mohamed ElBaradei’s next report to the agency’s board at the end of the month.This visit, which was announced in late July, comes on the heels of another trip by IAEA inspectors earlier this month to the Arak reactor.Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of international concern ever since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the NPT.In December, 2006, the Security Council adopted a resolution banning trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems. It tightened the measures in March, banning arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets. 21 August 2007Experts from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are in Iran to hold talks as part of efforts to resolve outstanding issues pertaining to the country’s past nuclear programme and to clarify safeguards implementation issues. read more

However, the expected relief has not reached the customer while the importation of canned fish has increased to 40,000MT in 2015 involving Rs 10 billion foreign exchange. Hence, the Cabinet approval has been granted for the proposal submitted by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera to grant special tax concessions for importation of Mackerel only to local canned fish producers and also to give the concession for imported can fish only for fish cans that comply with the given standards. (Colombo Gazette) In 2013 taxes on imported canned fish were increased to Rs. 100 per kilogram to encourage the local production and it was reduced to Rs. 50 for providing concessions to the customers in 2015. Accordingly, a 425g fish can should include 280g of fish excluding liquid and be sold at a maximum price of Rs. 140, and a 155g can of fish should include 105g of fish excluding liquid and be sold at a maximum price of Rs. 70. The Government has decided to impose a Rs 100 levy on one kilogram imported canned fish, Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said today.About 20,000MT of canned fish are imported annually for the domestic need. As a result of encouraging the local production of canned fish to save foreign exchange of Rs. 5 billion, since 2012 four local factories are engaged in canned fish productions. These factories have produced about 150 direct employment opportunities. read more

Activists urge Ontario to deny Nestle water-taking permit at well a town wanted by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 12:22 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Environmentalists are urging the Ontario government to deny Nestle a water-taking permit at a well it purchased that was also wanted by Centre Wellington, a small but fast growing community about 100 kilometres west of Toronto.The township tried to buy the well for its future drinking water supply but lost out to Nestle, which purchased the site as a backup for a well it owns at its bottling plant in nearby Aberfoyle, Ont.Mayor Kelly Linton won’t reveal how much Centre Wellington bid for the Millbrook well site, but insists it was more than Nestle’s conditional offer, which the company made while it waited for permission to test the quality and quantity of the water.“They didn’t outbid us,” Linton said in an interview. “We put more money on the table and we also had no conditions.”But Nestle waived its request to test the water before the sale and didn’t even have to match the township’s bid because it had right of first refusal on the site, added Linton.“They just had to remove their conditions,” he said.Wellington Water Watchers, a non-profit group dedicated to protecting the local watershed, said the Ontario government has to decide between the competing interests of a huge, multinational company and the public’s need for drinking water.“We now have an example that when water is put out to the highest bidder, it looks like the people are going to lose,” said Water Watchers’ board chairman Mike Nagy.“The province has to make a very difficult decision here and it’s going to be quite a precedent, with the eyes of the world on Canada now.”Nestle insists it didn’t know it was competing against the township when it waived the conditions and exercised its right of first refusal to buy the well.But Nagy said there were two reports published that made it clear Centre Wellington, which is designated for greater development under Ontario’s Places To Grow Act, would need a new water supply within 10 years.“It wouldn’t have been a great mystery for them to figure out who was bidding for that well,” he said. “We’re determined not to see any permits issued for the site unless it goes to the township because the people are going to need that water.”Linton said he appreciates the support the community has been getting from environmentalists and the public, but rejected calls for a boycott of Nestle because the company has followed the existing rules.“The focus should be on changing the rules so that it gives municipalities more of an opportunity to take water than anybody else,” he said. “You can’t blame a company that is playing by the rules of the game.”Meanwhile, Nestle is allowed to keep taking up to 3.6 million litres of water a day for bottling from its well in Aberfoyle while the province reviews its renewal application for a permit that expired in July. Nestle can also take up to another 1.1 million litres a day at a well in Erin, another community in Wellington county.Municipalities, mines, construction companies and golf courses — in addition to the water-bottling companies — are allowed to take a total of 1.4 trillion litres out of Ontario’s surface and ground water supplies every day.Premier Kathleen Wynne ordered a review of the province’s water-taking permits to be completed this fall, and said she wants new rules specifically for bottled water companies.“Water bottling is a different kind of industry and we need to treat it differently, Wynne said earlier this month.Ontario charges companies just $3.71 for every million litres of water after they pay a permit fee of $750 for low- or medium-risk water takings, or $3,000 for those considered a high risk to cause an adverse environmental impact. British Columbia charges $2.50 for every million litres, while Quebec charges $70.Critics say simply charging companies more won’t protect the water, while some environmentalists are pushing for a total ban on giving permits to companies that remove the water for bottling.Alex and Tyler Mifflin, stars of “The Water Brothers,” an eco-adventure TV series commissioned by TVOntario, plan to tie blue ribbons around trees outside the Ontario legislature Friday in a show of support with the people in Centre Wellington in their fight with Nestle.—Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

‘We welcomed the renewal of block exemption in 2002 and now the changes are complete’, commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘So far no detailed analysis of the impact of the new block exemption has been made but we understand the Commission has launched its study. We hope this will reveal whether changes to the location clause increase intra-brand competition or whether they will leave the UK with fewer, larger showrooms.’ Aside from block exemption, SMMT and its members have taken steps to improve competition and the consumer experience during the new car warranty period. Working with the Office of Fair Trading, manufacturers relaxed servicing requirements that tied customers to their franchised network during the new car warranty. While most customers still prefer to use their local dealer, independent garages can be used as long as work is carried out to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule and at the right intervals. SMMT was also proud to boast the first Office of Fair Trading (OFT) approved Code of Practice. Its New Car Code of Practice includes performance monitoring and low cost arbitration for customers, as well as penalty points for any manufacturer that fails to meet its high standards. The Code has now been operating for a year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) An amendment to the so-called ‘location clause’ marks the final change to motor industry block exemption rules. Effective from 1 October, the move will break down some of the geographical ties which have prevented one dealer from setting up an outlet within another’s territory. The European Commission hopes this will boost competition between showrooms selling the same brand of cars. In renewing the block exemption in 2002, the Commission recognised the role the new car distribution rules play in protecting consumers. They ensure that only those with the right skills and training can sell, service and repair new cars – safety-critical and technically complex products. However, the Commission believed a shake-up could improve competition. So while it renewed block exemption in 2002, changes were made to some of the rules. For example, the sales-service tie was cut. This meant franchised dealers were no longer obliged to offer service and repair facilities on-site. The change has paved the way for independent outlets to apply to become authorised repairers although each is carefully vetted to ensure quality and technical competence requirements demanded by new car customers are fully met. Access to technical information has also been widened, enabling those outside franchise networks to carry out service and repair work. To help facilitate this, manufacturers now operate technical help lines, as well as providing information via websites. Multi-franchising is also allowed under the amended rules which means that more than one brand can be sold within the same showroom. Finally, the location clause amendment comes into force next week. This marks the final piece of the jigsaw. read more

·         Registrations: 21,305 in October; up 8.7% to 247,637 for the rolling year.·         Trucks: 3,158 in October; but rolling year at 31,735 still down 18.8%.·         Vans: 18,147 in October; up 14.3% to 215,902 for the rolling year.“The sustained increase in commercial vehicle registrations provides confirmation that the economy is continuing to recover,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Vans continue to lead the recovery, with volumes up for the ninth successive month. We expect next year will be tough but with slow, steady growth improving confidence and demand.” October registrations: van rise continues, trucks rebound DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

CLEMSON, S.C. — Neither Clemson coach Dabo Swinney nor Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi sees the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game as a looming blowout, no matter how many others do.The second-ranked Tigers (CFP No. 2) come in on a major roll, the ACC Atlantic champions capping their second 12-0 season since 2015 with a satisfying, 56-35 victory over state rival South Carolina on Saturday night.“We really have had a historic season, not just a great season,” Swinney said. “A lot of first time whatevers.”First-time Coastal Division winner Pitt (7-5) stumbled in its final regular-season contest, dropping a 24-3 contest at Miami , dropping out of the Top 25 — and dropping their chances, in the eyes of many, of staging an upset of the powerhouse Tigers.“I think our kids understand that we’re the underdog,” Narduzzi said Sunday. “Turn on any TV station or ESPN they’ll probably find out.”But it was Narduzzi’s Panthers who own just one of two regular-season upsets of Clemson the past four seasons — the Tigers are 46-2 in the regular season during that stretch — when they went into Death Valley two years ago and defeated the nation’s second-ranked team.Narduzzi said that landmark win won’t affect this week’s game, although it certainly helped build his program into ACC Coastal champions.When you can topple a highly ranked opponent, Narduzzi said, “it gives your kids the belief that what you’re doing is the right stuff.”Clemson has had plenty of the right stuff since its first ACC championship season under Swinney in 2011. The Tigers have 10 or more victories each year since, have made the past three playoff fields and won the 2016 national championship less than two months after getting shocked by the Panthers.Swinney’s team has been heavy favourites against nearly everyone they’ve played this year and won their final eight games by margins of 20 points or more.“It’s just business as usual,” Swinney said about facing lightly regarded Pitt.Swinney holds players to a high standard of play, the focus totally on their week of practice and not who the opponent is, where the game is played or how high the stakes.“Our team has done an amazing job of staying focused on the task at hand,” he said.When they don’t, Swinney lets them know about it. It’s why he let loose on All-America defensive tackle Christian Wilkins on Saturday night when he flashed a Heisman Trophy pose in the end zone following his 1-yard touchdown run. The celebration drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and Swinney told Wilkins he’d never run the ball again if he did another selfish stunt like that.Wilkins apologized, meaning Clemson’s offensive “Fridge Package” with nearly 700 pounds of defensive tackles in Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence lining up in the backfield might make it to the ACC championship game.“It’s been a fun year,” Swinney said.Even if it hasn’t always been adversity free. Swinney demoted last year’s quarterback starter Kelly Bryant behind strong-armed freshman Trevor Lawrence after the fourth game and Bryant, a graduate student in his fourth season, left the program with the intent to transfer.Former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller, who was with the team last year, died suddenly at 22 years old in early October, shaking many of his former teammates.Through it all, Swinney, Clemson has stayed the course play for another league title.Pitt’s Narduzzi believes several of his players were looking ahead to the Clemson matchup during their week prepping for Miami. He’s confident the group that takes the field Saturday night will be ready to put forth their best performance and give themselves a chance few believe they have.“The stars have to be aligned,” Narduzzi said. “You have to do things right and have a little luck along the way.”___More AP college football: and Iacobelli, The Associated Press read more

TOKYO — Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan will miss the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final due to a right ankle injury, the Japan Skating Federation said Thursday.The 23-year-old Hanyu twisted his right ankle during a practice at the Rostelecom Cup on Nov. 17, and will be unable to compete in the Dec. 6-8 GP Final in Vancouver, Canada.Hanyu’s withdrawal means Shoma Uno will be the lone Japanese male taking part.In addition to winning back-to-back Olympic golds and world championships, Hanyu won the Grand Prix Final four consecutive times between 2013 and 2016. He was aiming to become the first skater, male or female, to win five GP titles overall.The GP Final features the top six skaters from the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix series. Hanyu qualified by winning the Grand Prix of Helsinki and the Rostelecom Cup.___More AP sports: and Associated Press read more