Ahead of the Indian National Lok Dal’s (INLD) plan of marching towards Punjab on February 23 in an attempt to dig the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday said that the issue should not be politicised.“An all-party delegation led by him had called on the President of India on this issue and he had given a patient hearing. Supreme Court has already repealed the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act-2004 passed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and now the matter was pending with the apex court for implementation,” said Mr. Khattar.He said that though the SYL issue was sub-judice, Haryana should get its due share of water. “I’m hopeful that the State would get its rightful share,” he said.“I urge to the people and other political parties not to take law in their own hands. Even though this issue is related to Punjab government yet I believe that peace would prevail in the State,” he said, adding the law and order situation in Haryana would be maintained.INLD leader Abhay Chautala has announced that party worker would march towards Punjab after gathering in Ambala’s grain market – to dig SYL canal in an attempt to get its share of water.Barricades erectedIn the wake of INLD’s proposed march security arrangements have been beefed by both Haryana and Punjab police at the border villages of the two States in a bid to keep law and order situation under check. Barricades have been erected at Shambhu barrier on NH1 on Punjab and Haryana border and to prevent individuals from assembling in the area, section 144 has been implemented.While Punjab has deployed 10 companies of paramilitary forces and around 5,000 policemen in villages adjoining Haryana border. Haryana on other hand has deployed five companies of paramilitary forces, besides heavy deployment of police.Even the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to maintain surveillance in view of the proposed march by INLD workers.Punjab and Haryana are set for a face-off on the issue of sharing water from the SYL canal after political parties from both the States have taken a stiff stance on water sharing.While Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been reiterating that Punjab does not have extra water to spare for any other State and not a single drop can be allowed to flow through SYL, the Punjab Congress president Capt. Amarinder Singh had demanded preventive arrest of INLD leader Abhay Chautala and alleged that it was evident that the Haryana government was not serious about nipping the situation that could arise out the proposed march.PTI adds:The Haryana Congress on Wednesday hit out at the INLD, accusing it of doing politics over the water-sharing issue.Speaking to scribes here, State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar dubbed the INLD’s announcement as “a political stunt” and said the party had earlier failed to support various accords which were in Haryana’s favour.Fight for survival“What INLD is doing is just a political stunt. The party is on its last legs and fighting for its survival. Now, suddenly it has dawned upon them that they have to safeguard Haryana’s interests on water issue,” said Mr. Tanwar. “INLD opposed Rajiv-Longowal and other accords which were in Haryana’s favour. Everyone knows that the Chautalas and the ruling Badal family in Punjab share close family ties. Both the Akalis and the INLD have been shadow-boxing on the water issue to fool the people,” he said.The State Congress chief alleged the INLD of using the SYL issue “like a political football for its vested interests”.“In Haryana, everyone knows they are playing second fiddle to the BJP and now no one is going to believe in the stunts they are trying to indulge in,” Mr Tanwar said.
Several students’ bodies of the north-eastern region have decided to observe a “bandh” on Tuesday in support of the call given by an influential students’ union to protest the proposed Citizens Amendment Bill, 2016. The Mizo Zirlai Pawal (MZP), the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and the All Assam Students Union (AASU) have extended their support to the 11-hour “bandh” called by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO).The “bandh” has also been called to condemn Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 would be passed in Parliament soon, a NESO leader said. “Despite staging various dharnas even in New Delhi by students’ bodies from the north-east, the Centre is continues to be particular about passing the controversial bill, undermining the sentiments of the indigenous people of the region,” NESO coordinator Pritambai Sonam told reporters at Itanagar on Sunday.Mr. Modi had said at a rally near Silchar in Assam’s Barak Valley on Friday that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 would soon be passed in Parliament as a “penance against the injustice and many wrongs done in the past.” MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia Pautu said the 11-hour bandh would begin from 5 a.m. in Aizawl on Tuesday.He added that the people of the north-east were against the proposed amendment as it would grant citizenship to people on religious grounds. In Mizoram, it would mean legalising thousands of Buddhist Chakmas who had illegally entered the state from Bangladesh, Pautu said.The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered India before December 31, 2014.Demanding immediate scrapping of the bill, AAPSU president Hawa Bagang said, “If the bill is passed, we will be left with no option but to take up arms to protect our indigenous population.” The NSF, in a press release, said as a constituent of the NESO, it had apprised the Centre of the detrimental effects of the bill, if it was passed in Parliament.Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, the chief advisor of the NESO and AASU, had told a press conference in Guwahati on Saturday that the “bandh” was called by the two organisations, along with 30 allied ethnic organisations in Assam, to oppose the bill and condemn the prime minister’s statement.
Indians flying abroad for employment and education, who fail to register their details with their government, may have their passports revoked, suspended or cancelled if a new law is approved, Gulf News can reveal.The draft Emigration Bill, 2019, has also mooted a fine of not less than Rs10,000 (DhDh515.5) on those who fail to register, as per the 51-page Bill posted on the website of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).Read it at Gulf News Related Items
Paul Lee. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Hotshots’ change of name from Star to Magnolia also signifies new hope for the players.Paul Lee, the Hotshots’ injury-plagued main man, is upbeat that he will return just before the new season starts.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Star changes name to Magnolia Hotshots QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES READ: Star changes name to Magnolia Hotshots“The doctors have told me that at least, I’ll be ready by the first week of December,” he said.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 shutoutLee is still recovering from a left knee injury that kept him out since Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals last month.But Lee believes that he’s on his way to regaining his full strength. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Everything’s fine. My recovery has been good and there are hard drills where my injury no longer reacts anymore,” he said.Lee, however, will be the first to say that he’s not yet satisfied with his current form.“I need to catch up to them. I’ve been doing drills and exercises but I don’t feel it’s enough to get myself back in game shape,” he said.The team may have changed its name but its goal remains the same which is to win a championship.“The rest of my teammates are ready and I really wish we’ll be able to win a championship this season,” he said. “It’s a new chapter for all of us, and it’s a good challenge for us to win the crown. I hope we’ll be able to respond with what the bosses want.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate after their team scored against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/John Hefti)OAKLAND, Calif. — On a night the Los Angeles Clippers set records with their 3-point shooting, Steph Curry won the game for Golden State at the rim.Curry made a layup with 0.5 seconds left and the Warriors outlasted the Clippers 129-127 in an emotionally charged game Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “That’s just who they are,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Curry and Durant. “They’re aggressive, they’re talented, and they both had just incredible moments during that game where they each took over.”Harris led Los Angeles with 32 points, and Lou Williams added 25.The Clippers’ shot 81.2 percent from 3-point range in the first half (13 for 16), setting an NBA record for highest 3-point percentage in a half (minimum 13 made). Those 13 first-half 3s also set a franchise record for most in a half.“We don’t really take moral victories,” Beverley said. “We could have, and we should have, won today, but we came up short.”As for his flare-up with Curry, Beverley said: “We’re a tough team, they’re a tough team, too. … It’s basketball. It’s going to stay basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Curry had 42 points to tie his second-highest scoring output of the season. He also got the last laugh after he exchanged heated words with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley in the first quarter, a sequence that earned both players a technical foul.The Clippers’ Avery Bradley tied it at 127 with a dunk with 20.6 seconds remaining. On the next possession, Curry had Montrezl Harrell on him at the top of the key, drove down the middle of the lane and converted the layup off the glass for the winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefTobias Harris missed a shot as time expired, giving the Warriors their eighth victory in 10 games.Kevin Durant added 35 points for Golden State to help offset the Clippers’ 78-percent (18 of 23) 3-point shooting. Warriors: Durant has scored 30 or more points in four of the last six games. … It was Golden State’s second of three back-to-backs with both games at Oracle.UP NEXTClippers: Host Sacramento on Wednesday night.Warriors: Host LeBron James and the Lakers in a marquee Christmas game Tuesday night. James played in Oakland last Christmas with Cleveland ahead of a fourth straight NBA Finals matchup against the Warriors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Valdez, Ravena nip Soriano, de Guzman Durant had 14 points in the third quarter and Curry added 11 as the Warriors outscored the Clippers 36-23 to take a 103-94 lead into the fourth.Harris was 5 for 5 from long distance in the first half and had 19 points as Los Angeles led 71-67 at the break.Curry had 22 points in the half, but Golden State was 5 of 16 from 3-point range. However, they outscored Los Angeles 24-10 from the free throw line in the first two quarters and that kept it close.INJURY UPDATEDurant landed awkwardly and rolled his left ankle in the first quarter. He got up gingerly but stayed in the game and played with a wrap on his ankle.“I don’t think it’s anything serious, but we’ll see how he holds up when he comes in tomorrow,” Kerr said.SPECIAL BOBBLEHEADThe Warriors had a little fun with Curry, decorating a bobblehead box to make it astronaut-themed and leaving it at the two-time MVP’s locker Sunday, in light of Curry’s recent comments about not believing there was ever a U.S. moon landing. Curry held a lengthy Skype chat last weekend with astronaut Scott Kelly to tell Kelly and others he meant no harm with the joke about not believing in the moon landing.TIP-INSClippers: The Clippers have lost 14 of the past 16 regular-season meetings against Golden State. … Los Angeles won 125-106 last Jan. 10 at Oracle Arena to snap an 11-game losing streak on the Warriors’ home floor. 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Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “There was plenty on there that we need to do better if we want to win another game in this series,” Nurse said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Samantha Corpuz, Zedrick Borja ace IronKids race anew View comments Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — Steve Kerr has seen a little of almost everything during his wildly successful five-year run as coach of the Golden State Warriors.This, however, is something new.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the first time, Kerr and the Warriors are staring at a 1-0 deficit in the NBA Finals. They’ve trailed in series before, faced plenty of adverse moments along the way, but this is the newest challenge for a franchise trying to join the short list of clubs that have won three consecutive championships.“The experience helps,” Kerr said Friday, a day after the Toronto Raptors struck first. “Winning multiple championships helps because you have seen it all. There’s also just the knowledge that you’ve been here before. You’ve been down. We have been up 3-1 and lost a series. We have been down 3-1 and won a series. Everything in between. So nothing is going to catch these guys off-guard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat’s his hope, anyway.There was a clear air of confidence from the Warriors even in the very first moments after the loss Thursday night. They knew they didn’t play particularly well, and lost by only nine. They trailed most of the way, yet still were within striking distance plenty of times. They seemed far from rattled. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “No matter what, our sights were coming in that it’s a long series,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said. “And Game 2 is an opportunity for us to right the wrongs and get a big win and go back home.”Toronto Raptors fans celebrate their teams 118-109 win over the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFPNo one needs to explain to the Warriors that a win on Sunday completely shifts the narrative.And even though the axiom has always been that Game 1 winners usually go on to win the series — and that is still the case — it seems that a 1-0 deficit isn’t as daunting to teams as it once might have been.Since the league went to the 16-team format for the 1984 postseason, Game 1 winners have never been as vulnerable as they have seemed to be this year. In the 14 series this year that preceded the NBA Finals, six Game 1 winners wound up losing their series. That’s never happened before in this format.In the 2010s, Game 1 winners have gone on to lose a series 31% of the time. In the 2000s, it was 25%; in the 1990s, 15%.ADVERTISEMENT “As soon as you lose a game, it will be on the crawl that now we only have a 19.7% chance of winning the series. Then if we win (Sunday) we’ll have a 42.7% chance of not losing the series,” said Kerr, tongue firmly planted in cheek. “This stuff is what it is. You lose a game, you come back and you try to win.”Kerr’s stance is clear: A simpler approach — study film, find ways to get better, apply them Sunday — is best.On the other hand, Golden State hadn’t lost a Game 1 this season. Or the season before that. Or the season before that.The last time the Warriors woke up and were down 1-0 in a series was the Western Conference finals in 2016 — against Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City. The Warriors responded with a blowout win in Game 2 and went on to prevail in seven games.Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP“You never lose that experience,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “You can always look back on it and it’s more about how you felt, what was your mindset then. But it’s impossible to be the same because it’s completely different teams. And although some of us may have that experience, others on our team have not had that experience.”It bears noting that the Raptors know a 1-0 series lead doesn’t mean much.Orlando had one of those against Toronto in the first round, and lost in five games.Milwaukee had one of those against Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals — 2-0, actually — and lost in six games.“We’ve tried to (have) a conscious thought process of not really caring what the score of the series is,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I think we know that the games are really hard. We know that after a win, the team that gets beat gets really determined. They try to fix things. They mostly play a lot harder and more physical and all those kind of things.”The challenge for his team is to do the same. That process started with a long film session Friday, and there was much to clean up. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
Former India captain Rahul Dravid is likely to mentor the Delhi Daredevils, media reports said today.Dravid reportedly turned down an offer to coach the Daredevils after a long season with the India ‘A’ and the India U-19 teams. He returned home recently from Bangladesh after guiding Ishan Kishan’s team to the under-19 World Cup .The former batting star was a key figure in the Rajasthan Royals but he is now up for grabs after the team was suspended for two years by the RM Lodha committee. (Also read: Eric Simons likely to join Pune Supergiants as bowling coach)Dravid, it is understood, is not keen on coaching Daredevils as he wants to spend more time with the family. There are several others names being considered for the role but the franchise has not made any commitments yet.The Times of India reported that Dravid and some others from the Royals core group, helped put together Delhi Daredevils’ team this year. The likes of Karun Nair and Sanju Samson, who were contracted with the Royals till last year, were bought by the Daredevils in this auction.Rishabh Pant, Khaleel Ahmed and Mahipal Lomro, who were part of the India team for the Under-19 World Cup, are also in the Daredevils squad for IPL 2016. Dravid’s presence in the side therefore would be a major boost.Delhi Daredevils had a disastrous season in 2015, winning only five out of 14 matches and finishing seventh out of eight teams. Following the poor results, the Daredevils management decided to sack coach Gary Kirsten.advertisement
The idea of sending a second-string team for the short limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe, does a world of good to youngsters by giving them the perfect exposure to international cricket. The team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni did well by winning both the ODI and T20I series, with some of the rookie players proving their mettle and more importantly getting a taste of playing at the top level.The Indian touring party had players with little or no international matches to their credit. However, they were not complete novices, having played in the Indian Premier League and sharing dressing rooms with top international players. The tour to Zimbabwe for them, if nothing else, was a baptism.There was a lot of positives to take from the tour and skipper Dhoni also pointed out that a good pool of players got identified during the series. “In the fast bowling department, we need a good pool of players. Now we can proudly say we have 10-12 players who can play for the country,” the captain had said after India clinched the ODI and T20 series.The bright spots were definitely – KL Rahul, Barinder Sran, Faiz Fazal, Jasprit Bumrah and to some extent Karun Nair and Yuzvendra Chahal. The tour was fruitful from Rahul’s point of view as he himself wanted to prove a point in the other formats too. He successfully managed to breakaway from being stereotyped as a Test player by slamming an ODI century on debut and then followed it up with a fifty in the third ODI to help India whitewash Zimbabwe.advertisementRAHUL PROVES HIMSELF AT THE BIG STAGEThe onus was on Rahul to prove his credentials as a limited-overs batsman after his early success in the Test arena. Coming off a successful IPL season, where he scored 397 runs and did quite well playing in the shadows of his more illustrious RCB team-mates – Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers. During the Zimbabwe series, Rahul also became the first Indian batsman to score a century on ODI debut.There have been others, who fizzled out after scoring tons on their ODI debuts but there have been players who went on to become legends of the game. The names of Andy Flower and Desmond Haynes come to mind. It would be too early to give the ‘greatness’ tag to Rahul, but the Karnataka batsman has the right attitude and approach to reach there.However, Rahul had a forgettable T20I debut after being dismissed for a golden duck. But he quickly made amends in the second match by scoring a 40-ball 47. In Tests, Rahul looked a bit jittery when he started out – hurrying into his shots, uncomfortable facing the short balls but he settled down pretty quickly by scoring two hundreds in his next five Tests. So far in Test cricket, he has been the make-shift opener and filling in when one of the regular openers (Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan) sits out. He hasn’t disappointed by doing well for the team in the limited chances that he has got.But India can afford to give Rahul a settled role in the limited-overs sides after his successful series in Zimbabwe. Coming to the others who made their mark in Zimbabwe, Sran, Chahal and Bumrah had impressive outings by finishing with nine, six and four wickets respectively in the ODI series. Sran on his T20I debut scalped four wickets and finished the three-match series as the highest wicket-taker with six wickets at an average of 6.83. Fazal, meanwhile, notched up a half-century on his ODI debut.Sran looked a different bowler after a successful IPL season, where he had the chance to pick the brains of Ashish Nehra, Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar at Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was evident in the way he was running in and getting the ball to swing both ways.The Zimbabwe series was all about youngsters eager to make an early impression. Few succeeded and some failed in their endeavours. However, the important question remains – will the youngsters continue with the good work after the early promise shown?
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez met with top New York Yankees officials on Feb. 10 and apologized to the team as he prepares to report to spring training following his season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.A joint statement from the Yankees and Rodriguez said the 39-year-old met at Yankee Stadium with owner Hal Steinbrenner, team President Randy Levine, General Manager Brian Cashman and Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman.Rodriguez was accompanied by lawyer Jim Sharp.“Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years,” the statement said. “There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training.”A person familiar with the meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity because the release of additional details was not authorized, said the meeting lasted about 90 minutes.The person said the Yankees said they accepted the apology but maintained that doesn’t mean the team has forgotten about Rodriguez’s actions over recent years. Team officials also said Rodriguez has to make up many things to many people.New York opens spring training on Feb. 20 at Tampa, Florida, and Rodriguez is due to report with position players and start workouts on Feb. 26. Yankees officials told him he will be treated like any other player at spring training.The Yankees also said their preference was that Rodriguez meet with media before the team opens spring training.In addition, New York told Rodriguez the team does not feel obligated to give him any of up to $30 million potentially due for historic achievements, part of a marketing deal reached at the time of his $275 million, 10-year contract in December 2007.The marketing agreement calls for $6 million payments for up to five milestone accomplishments designated by the Yankees. Each payment is due within 15 days of designation and is in exchange for rights such as using Rodriguez’s name and image in selling licensed goods.At the time of the marketing agreement, those accomplishments were contemplated to be tying the home run totals of Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762), and breaking Bonds’ major league record. Rodriguez has 654 home runs.A failure to declare a milestone and make a payment likely would trigger a grievance on Rodriguez’s behalf by the Major League Baseball Players Association.A three-time AL MVP who turns 40 in July, Rodriguez faces an uncertain future with the Yankees, who have said they plan to shift him from third base to designated hitter.He has not played a full season since 2007 because of leg injuries, operations on both hips and the suspension. Still, he is owed $61 million for the final three seasons of his contract.Rodriguez’s public history with performance-enhancing drugs stretches back six years.Following a report by Sports Illustrated, Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used banned PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03.At a news conference attended by Manager Joe Girardi and many of his teammates under a tent behind the third-base side of the stands at spring training in February 2009, Rodriguez said, “I didn’t think they were steroids” but also admitted “I knew we weren’t taking Tic Tacs.”“The only thing I ask from this group today and the American people is to judge me from this day forward,” he said then. “That’s all I can ask for.”The Miami New Times accused of him in January 2013 of using banned substances he obtained from the Biogenesis of America clinic, and then-baseball Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Rodriguez for 211 games in August 2013 for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.Rodriguez asked the union to file a grievance that led to a hearing, and the penalty was cut to the 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who concluded there was “clear and convincing evidence” Rodriguez used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport’s drug investigation.The penalty was the most severe in the history of baseball’s drug agreement and cost Rodriguez just over $22 million of his $25 million salary.After suing Major League Baseball and the union in federal court in an attempt to overturn the discipline, Rodriguez dropped that action and accepted the penalty.He also sued Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in October 2013, accusing them of mishandling his medical care during the 2012 AL playoffs, then withdrew the case last June.Rodriguez met last month with new baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who headed the investigation that led to the suspension.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
match reports Share on WhatsApp Manchester City Premier League Facebook Topics Pinterest Guardiola chose not to blame the referee, Martin Atkinson, in his post-match analysis. Indeed, he had to ask his press officer for the referee’s name, which made a refreshing change compared to the response it might have incurred had it been Mourinho in that position. Yet there was nothing of note from City’s manager to explain why and where it went wrong and, by the final whistle, this was one of the few occasions since he Guardiola joined the club that a few supporters behind the dugout could be seen taking exception with his decisions. Only a few – but still noticeable.Guardiola had taken the calculated gamble of starting with Kevin de Bruyne on the bench. Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker were also rested with Tuesday’s game against Liverpool in mind and Guardiola resisted any temptation to fast-track the fit-again Agüero into the starting lineup. Yet it scarcely seemed to matter when Kompany powered in Sané’s corner and five minutes later Gundogan swivelled past Nemanja Matic to stab in City’s second goal. Until that stage, Pogba was part of a midfield that was being over-run and Alexis Sánchez had found it difficult to make any kind of favourable impression.Yet the game swung on the moment, five minutes into the second half, when Gundogan’s shot flicked off the angle of crossbar and post. After that, United’s A-listers seemed to remember they were supposed to be elite performers. Pogba demonstrated his more attractive qualities and Sánchez – involved in all of his team’s goals – chose a good day to remind everyone why United made him the best-paid footballer in the land.For Guardiola, it must have been startling to see the way City unravelled once Sánchez had drawn Otamendi out to the right wing and then swivelled away from him to help create Pogba’s first goal. Ander Herrera chested Sánchez’s cross into Pogba’s path and once the Frenchman had aimed his shot beyond Ederson it was remarkable how quickly the game swung United’s way. Pinterest Manchester United Two minutes later, Sánchez crossed from the left and Pogba eluded Otamendi to equalise with a precise header. Smalling’s goal was another cross into the penalty area, this time from Sánchez’s free-kick, and the centre-half was completely alone as he side-footed his shot into an exposed net.For all the praise they have attracted this season, City have not actually kept clean sheets in successive home matches since September. Their vulnerabilities at the back can often be overlooked when they attack so beautifully. Yet the last two games have shown how susceptible they can be against top-level opposition and this was one occasion when Mourinho could never be accused of ultra-defensive tactics. As Jürgen Klopp said last week, sitting back is not the way to hurt City. From Mourinho, there was no parking of the bus. The Observer Ashley Young plants his studs on Sergio Agüero’s shin but Manchester City’s furious penalty claims fell on deaf ears. Photograph: Manchester City FC/Man City via Getty Images Reminder: City are 13 points clear at the top of the table. Mourinho congratulated them afterwards for winning the title.It was a wild, eccentric derby and one of the stirring United comebacks from a team, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s day at least, that used to make a habit of these kind of thrilling recoveries. United, to put it bluntly, were abysmal in the first half. Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan had both scored for City and it could easily have become a rout if Raheem Sterling had not been having one of those days when he seemed to confuse the measurements of David de Gea’s goal with a particularly troublesome barn door. Sterling’s misses did not feel so consequential at the time, with City winning 2-0, but they did by the end.United certainly rode their luck bearing in mind the two incidents when penalties should have been awarded against Ashley Young – the second one, at 3-2, a studs-up lunge on the substitute Sergio Agüero that should also have resulted in a red card – but it was a triumph, ultimately, for the strength of personality within Mourinho’s team and if City defend this way against Liverpool on Tuesday their chances of reaching the Champions League semi-finals are somewhere between minimal and non-existent. This is the first time in Guardiola’s coaching career that one of his teams have conceded three goals in successive matches and Nicolás Otamendi, in particular, was badly exposed during the period of the game when Paul Pogba scored twice and Chris Smalling turned in the winner. Share on Facebook José Mourinho hails ‘phenomenal’ Paul Pogba after Manchester United sink City Share on LinkedIn At 2-0, the mood was euphoric. City were on course to win the league with six games to spare. No side would have done it any earlier, date-wise, since United beat Blackpool 2-1 on the same day to seal the 1955-56 championship and Mourinho said afterwards it would have felt “like death” for his team’s supporters. Instead, it was the players in red celebrating a highly memorable victory and City will have to wait until next weekend, at the earliest, to wrap up their third title in seven years.More likely, it will need a little longer, given the chances of United losing at home to West Bromwich Albion.An exhilarating high had turned into an excruciating low, and vice versa. “Wow”’ Guardiola said. “How could we lose that game?” Read more Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Read more Read more Twitter Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened For a long while Manchester City had it sewn up. Or, at least, they thought they had. Blue smoke bombs were being let off. The first euphoric chants of “championees”, could be heard and the Etihad was overdosing on schadenfreude given the history of these teams and the prospect of a title-winning victory that would have meant so much in this divided city.What followed was extraordinary. Manchester United scored, quickly added another and then one more to complete an improbable feat of escapology against the Premier League’s champions-in-waiting. From 2-0 down to 3-2 up in the space of 16 second-half minutes – the game had been turned upside down and, at the final whistle, the television cameras even picked out a few home supporters in tears. Paul Pogba beats Ederson to launch United’s incredible comeback. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images José Mourinho the ultimate party pooper rains on Guardiola’s parade Share on Pinterest Facebook Share via Email Reuse this content
Kentucky head coach John Calipari, of course, is on-hand at the NBA All-Star Game tonight to cheer on a few of his former players. But it looks like he’s also brought his daughter Erin along for the experience. She seems to be having a grand old time too, for other reasons than just the game.Calipari, who is clearly a bit bored, claims that she’s been photobombing her father all day. The irony? She’s worried about embarrassing him.W/ @UKCoachCalipari standing far enough away that I don’t have to talk to anyone but close enough that he can’t forget I’m here and leave me— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015Every once in awhile he’ll introduce me to someone and then wait to see what I say. Pretty sure he’s thinking “you better not embarrass me”— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015If you’ve taken any selfies with @UKCoachCalipari today better check the background. Yup.That’s me making that weird face. You’re welcome— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015You think I’m kidding. I have this down to a science. About 6ft away is perfect. pic.twitter.com/hb8fzy0CjQ— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015We can’t wait to see if any of these supposed photos pop up. Most people never get a chance to get the best of Coach Cal.
It took becoming a dad to set Calvin Cearley on the right career path. Working as a marketing/advertising executive when his wife became pregnant with his son, he realized he wasn’t where he wanted to be. But where he wanted to be seemed a mystery at first.Bit by bit, he put together a plan, along with Kaleb Harrell and Ryan Anderson, former Orlando Magic player and current forward for the New Orleans Pelicans. What they came up with is Cloak & Dapper, a men’s general store they first unveiled online.When the business launched, Cearley continued working full-time and running the business out of his garage. That routine started getting old, so they began doing some pop-up shops in Orlando to see if it was the right city for a traditional storefront. The pop-ups were overwhelmingly successful and led to Cloak & Dapper opening a store last month in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village.“We’re in a building that was built in the 1930s,” says Cearley. “It has beautiful windows and a middle room, that we dubbed “the parlor,” that we’ll use for events.”Community building is crucial to the brand. They want guys to come in and feel comfortable. Selling products will be a byproduct of that atmosphere. They’re working to create a speakeasy type of feel, without the element of a bar.“We have free wi-fi and freshly brewed coffee. I encourage people to come in, crack open their laptop and work,” says Cearley, “or collaborate with other creatives. This may be the place where someone comes up with the next big idea.”It fits into the approach to make shopping a better experience for men. Most, Cearley says, hate the browsing part of shopping. That’s why Cloak & Dapper is a one-stop shop offering clothing, shoes, accessories, and grooming items, featuring made in America products.Instead of offering a wall of 20 types of jeans, they seek out the best and offer a couple of different fits to simplify the selection process.“We are trying to curate a collection that hopefully no one else will have,” says Cearley. “Imagine the top dresser drawer of the coolest guy you know. He has great ties, socks, a cool leather watch that anyone would covet, and a cool pair of shades. We want this shop to be like that—the dresser drawer of the coolest guy you know.”Their combo of pomade and a stainless steel comb has a proven record as a top seller, but the clothing gets a lot of attention too.Now that Cloak & Dapper has a traditional brick and mortar presence, Cearley says it won’t stop there. He plans on opening at least five new stores within the next 10 years. They are looking at places like Asheville, N.C., Charleston, S.C., New York City, Boston, and D.C.“Each one would have a cultural significance as the first priority,” he says. “The retail functionality has to complement that, not the other way around.” Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Algoma Owner and operator of dry and liquid bulk carriers Algoma Central Corporation inked a definitive agreement to acquire the interest held by Oldendorff Carriers GMBH & Co. in the CSL International Pool, including the three vessels owned by Oldendorff operating in the pool. As a result of the transaction, Algoma’s interest in the pool will increase to approximately 40%. The company currently owns five vessels operating in the pool.The pool consists of 18 self-unloading vessels ranging from handy-sized to panamax and provides specialized shipping services to customers along the coasts of the Americas and in the Caribbean.As a result of this transaction, Algoma will acquire the handy-sized m/v Alice Oldendorff, and the m/v Harmen Oldendorff and the m/v Sophie Oldendorff, both of which are panamax vessels, for USD 100 million. The deal is expected to close late in the second quarter of 2019.“Increasing our participation in the pool has been a strategic interest for Algoma for some time and the completion of this transaction is aligned with that intent,” said Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Algoma.“During 2018, we assumed technical management of our existing pool ships and opened a new office in Fort Lauderdale with an expanded technical staff. We expect to assume technical management of these three ships seamlessly on closing.”Algoma expects to fund the transaction principally from the proceeds of the refund guarantees from the cancellation of four Croatian shipbuilding contracts.“Redeploying the proceeds of the refund guarantees in this manner enables us to put those funds to work quickly in a business we know well with attractive returns,” said Peter Winkley, Chief Financial Officer of Algoma.“Although a decision is pending on the replacement of the vessels that were to have been built by Uljanik shipyard, we expect to fund any instalments required on such replacement contracts from operating cash flows and available credit facilities.”The company cancelled four ships at Uljanik last year as the struggling Criatian shipyard was making very slow progress on the construction. The first contract for the construction of one Equinox self-unloader was rescinded in September 2018. Three more cancellations of Equinox vessel contracts followed suit in October 2018.According to Soerensen, the cancellations eliminated CAD 145 million (USD 110 million) of commitments and CAD 112 million of installment refunds was expected.
zoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hong Kong-based 300cubits, one of the pioneers in the application of blockchain solutions to the container shipping market, has decided to suspend the operation of its Booking Deposit Module effective October 1, 2019.As explained, the lack of clarity in regulatory regimes surrounding digital currencies has proved to be the greatest hurdle in the 300cubits’ marketing efforts.What is more, the lack of liquidity for the TEU tokens and the volatility of all cryptocurrencies in general also cast a constant doubt among the users on whether the value of the tokens could be realized.The cloud-based system built on blockchain started accepting trial shipments in March 2018 and was launched into live production in July 2018.The system has had participation from the largest shipping companies such as Sealand of Maersk Group, CMA CGM, MSC and COSCO while the 300cubits has gone the length in its discussions with the rest of the top ten container liners about running trial shipments on the system. Additionally, more than a dozen shippers have tried the system and over 100 registered to get their allocation of TEU tokens, according to 300cubits.When using the system, both carriers and shippers were careful about their commitment. Nearly all except one shipment where booking deposits were placed were executed according to the booking.However, only a couple hundred containers have gone through the system, which is not sufficient to keep the system going commercially, 300cubits said.Specifically, many potential users shied away from trying as they were not sure about what regulatory measures the authorities may take in respect to digital currencies. Apart from this, 300cubits has also learned that shippers face bigger booking pain point than rolling, which is what the system is designed to solve. Instead, these shippers complain that they often could not get their bookings confirmed during peak season despite their booking volume are still within contract commitment.The company further explained that, from its experience, many of the core blockchain features such as immutability and anonymity are either not intuitive or unappealing to the business users.With the system being suspended, 300cubits will burn at least 75% of the TEU tokens that have not been sold or picked up by the industry users. Going forward, 300cubits will burn even more TEU tokens as the ones currently being allocated to industry users circulate back to 300cubits.Moving forward, the company said it would continue with its other projects. It plans to promote the use of blockchain in the areas of transportation and explore the use of other technologies in areas such as shipping and finance.
The province has signed an agreement with Emera Inc. to keep the Lower Churchill project moving forward and help meet the conditions of the federal loan guarantee, which will save Nova Scotia ratepayers more than $100 million in borrowing costs if the project proceeds. The stability agreement protects the project from unexpected legislative or regulation changes while the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board reviews the Maritime Link and its costs for Nova Scotia ratepayers. The federal loan guarantee requires stable investments to access financial support. In July, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador signed a reciprocal stability agreement, one of 13 agreements released when the deal between Emera Inc. and Nalcor was signed. The loan guarantee also requires a similar stability agreement between the provinces and the federal government. It is expected to be complete by late winter. “In the loan-guarantee negotiations, the province of Nova Scotia made a commitment to provide regulatory stability required to facilitate the early sanctioning of the program,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This agreement ensures that stability while respecting the Utility and Review Board’s transparent review and independent decision on whether the Maritime Link is the right choice for Nova Scotia ratepayers. “This is a very important project for Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “We continue to believe that this is the lowest-cost option to reduce Nova Scotia’s dependence on expensive coal and build a cleaner energy future.”It will also create jobs, ensure lower, more stable electricity rates in the long term and give our province access to more energy options.” The province also signed an agreement with Emera Inc., Nalcor Energy and Newfoundland and Labrador about how they will work together to meet the conditions of the federal loan guarantee. The agreement calls for a joint committee to oversee the project and a commitment from each party’s best efforts to meet the conditions of the federal loan guarantee agreement. “Both the stability and oversight agreements will help move the project forward to secure the federal loan guarantee and the benefits and savings that means for Nova Scotia ratepayers,” said Premier Dexter. “Nova Scotians deserve the lowest, fairest electricity rates possible and we believe that it is best achieved through the Lower Churchill Project. “The UARB will review all the costs associated with the project and our energy alternatives. This will ensure that not one penny will be charged to ratepayers that is not approved by the UARB.” Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction regulations require the province to continue to change the way it generates electricity. For Nova Scotia, this means a major switch from coal to cleaner energy sources like hydro.
Under-Secretary-General Kenzo Oshima, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, called on the Russian authorities to ensure that all actions were taken to preserve the right of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to a voluntary return, in safety and dignity, and to comply with the assurances given to the UN in this matter. According to the statement, the 2,000 IDPs staying at the camps in Znamenskoye were moved to temporary accommodation centres in the Chechen capital of Grozny. According to UN reports from the region, the relocation could not be regarded as entirely voluntary. The reports also noted that some of the IDPs were very concerned about the security situation in Grozny and that living conditions in the temporary accommodation centres were not satisfactory, the statement said.
Despite a narrowing disparity in access to cleaner water and better sanitation between rural and urban areas, sharp inequalities still persist around the world, says a new United Nations report.According to the 2014 Joint Monitoring Report on global progress against the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on water and sanitation, more than half of the global population lives in cities, and urban areas are still better supplied with improved water and sanitation than rural ones. But this gap is decreasing. The report, produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), notes that in 1990, more than 76 per cent of people living in urban areas had access to improved sanitation, as opposed to only 28 per cent in rural ones. By 2012, 80 per cent of urban dwellers and 47 per cent of rural ones had access to better sanitation. In 1990, 95 per cent of people in urban areas could drink improved water, compared with 62 per cent of people in rural ones. By 2012, 96 per cent of people living in towns and 82 per cent of those in rural areas had access to improved water. Despite this progress, sharp geographic, socio-cultural, and economic inequalities in access to improved drinking water and sanitation facilities still persist around the world. “The vast majority of those without improved sanitation are poorer people living in rural areas. Progress on rural sanitation – where it has occurred – has primarily benefitted richer people, increasing inequalities,” said Maria Neira, WHO Director for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “Too many people still lack a basic level of drinking water and sanitation,” added Dr. Neira. “The challenge now is to take concrete steps to accelerate access to disadvantaged groups. An essential first step is to track better who, when and how people access improved sanitation and drinking water, so we can focus on those who don’t yet have access to these basic facilities.” In addition to the disparities between urban and rural areas, there are often also striking differences in access within towns and cities. People living in low-income, informal or illegal settlements or on the outskirts of cities or small towns are less likely to have access to an improved water supply or better sanitation.“When we fail to provide equal access to improved water sources and sanitation we are failing the poorest and the most vulnerable children and their families,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. “If we hope to see children healthier and better educated, there must be more equitable and fairer access to improved water and sanitation.” Poor sanitation and contaminated water are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid. In addition, inadequate or absent water and sanitation services in health care facilities put already vulnerable patients at additional risk of infection and disease.Overall, since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections in their homes or compounds.
New OSU women’s volleyball assistant coach Jay Van Vark.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s volleyball program has added the former California State-San Marcos associate head coach to its staff.Jay Van Vark will serve as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes, according to a Wednesday press release.Van Vark has been at Cal-State since last year and spent this summer working with Team USA, including the USA Collegiate National Team. Prior to that, he coached at San Diego State.During his playing years, he played for the Iowa State Cyclones, the semi-professional indoor ACCO Sportswear team and outdoors for East Beach.OSU junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell worked with Van Vark on the Collegiate National Team this summer.“Coach Jay’s competitive, relaxed and fun-loving coaching style helped my team keep focused and push through the long training sessions,” Mitchell said in a released statement. “I had a blast playing with him this past summer and look forward to the positive impact he will make on the Ohio State volleyball program.”Buckeye coach Geoff Carlston also gave Van Vark a vote of confidence.“Jay is someone I know and trust,” Carlston said in a released statement. “He sees the tactics of volleyball as well as anyone in the game. His experience with USA Volleyball will be a strong asset to have on our staff and in our gym.”Van Vark will be paid an salary of $57,000 but does not have a contract, an OSU spokesman said in an email. Van Vark is replacing former assistant coach Mike Terrill, who accepted an assistant coaching position at a school in his home state of California.OSU is scheduled to start its season Aug. 29 at the University of Oregon Tournament against Oregon. The Buckeyes are set to follow that opening game with a doubleheader Aug. 30 against Illinois State and Central Arkansas.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s basketball squad found a way to slow down the Ohio State fast-break attack Sunday. The Golden Gophers (12-11, 4-5 Big Ten) held the No. 9 Buckeyes (20-2, 7-2 Big Ten) to their third-lowest point total this season en route to their 76-65 win against OSU. Aside from the opening bucket, OSU played from behind the entire game. The deficit began early when the Buckeyes were down by 12 points with 7:41 in the first half, before closing the margin to six. With 30 seconds left in the half, Minnesota sophomore guard Sari Noga sank a 3-pointer to keep the lead, 34-28. The Buckeyes rallied in the second half, with back-to-back 3-pointers by senior guard Samantha Prahalis to cut the lead to four with 5:51 remaining in the game. It was the closest OSU would come to catching the Golden Gophers. The following possession saw Minnesota sophomore forward Kionna Kellogg answer with a 3-point ball to put the score at 66-59. Prahalis and junior guard Tayler Hill combined for 51 of the Buckeyes’ 65 points. Hill had 26 points, but was 3-of-11 from 3-point range, while Prahalis added 25 points and shot 4-of-9 from behind the arc. The Golden Gophers were lead by freshman guard Rachel Banham with 20 points. Banham was followed by senior guard Kiara Buford, who added 15. OSU shit 34.4 percent from the field Sunday, which makes Sunday’s loss the worst shooting performance for the Buckeyes this season. In its only other loss, OSU shot 36.8 percent against Michigan. While the defeat gives the Buckeyes two losses in conference play, they’re still one game behind No. 17 Purdue (18-4, 8-1) for the lead in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers were defeated by Iowa, 59-42 on Saturday. The top two teams in the Big Ten will meet each other February 12 when Purdue travels to Columbus. Players and coaches were not available for comment following the game. OSU returns home Feb. 6 against the Wisconsin Badgers (7-13, 3-5 Big Ten). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Australia has the best relationship with China of any country in the Western world, according to former Federal Government Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Alexander Downer, the country’s longest-serving Foreign Minister. Delivering the 36th annual Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture – one of the most prestigious lectures on the South Australian resources industry calendar – Downer said Australia’s abundant supply of raw materials was the centre piece of its close ties with China.However, the same could not be said for this country’s relationship with the “other emerging behemoth”, India.“There is no so called ‘Western country’ which has a better relationship with China, than Australia,” Downer said. “That may be partly because we have usually played our cards well, but there is no doubting the cards we have are very good ones,” he said.“Watching the new British Prime Minister’s (David Cameron) visit to China this week unfold on television, I couldn’t help but think Britain is 20 years behind Australia in its relationship with China. There are many reasons for that, some historical, but raw material is at the forefront of Australia’s more sophisticated China relationship. But where we have succeeded with China, we have so far failed with India.“It hasn’t worked for one very good reason – as the smaller country, we haven’t had enough to offer India to escape its indifference towards us.”In a wide ranging lecture, titled The Impact of Resources on Global Diplomacy, Downer also spoke about:Australia’s resources sector makes it powerful on the world stage as it is the source of many of the resources that drive the global economyChina needs Australia as much as it needs ChinaAustralia could have played a key role in the global climate change debate – and exerted a lot of influence – but had failed to do soAustralia’s lack of enthusiasm to export uranium has created opportunities for other countries to do so, including CanadaThe nation faces enormous risks by being so dependent on natural resources for its prosperityAustralia is making an enormous strategic and economic mistake assuming that China’s future is a “straight line trajectory” from where it has been over the past 20 years.“Today, Australia is front and centre of resources diplomacy because of its immense mineral wealth,” Downer said. “To understand Australia’s broader political and economic roles as a global source of raw materials, we need to grasp two central points. First, Australia should think very carefully about how it can use its resource diplomacy to good effect. Secondly, we need to reflect on whether our pivotal role as a resource exporter is sustainable.“Sadly though, the country has slumped into a lazy policy complacency with a Parliament controlled by a handful of populist independents who have never demonstrated any proclivity for clever and brave policy initiatives. If we do not husband and value our resources sector, we will lose the great national asset of resources diplomacy.”The Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture is named in honour of the one of the founding fathers of the Australian resources sector, and former Chief Executive and Chairman of BHP.