Letran sends Lyceum packing, seals NCAA finals duel with San Beda

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2041/IMG8795.jpg" alt="first_img" />Quarters: 20-26, 44-40, 67-66, 92-88. PBA: Meralco shocks Columbian for 4th straight win Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Facing the same team in the same atmosphere as last year, Yu made sure the frustration won’t transpire again as the sharp-witted guard powered the Knights past the highly favored Pirates, 92-88, to progress to the finals of the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.“It was a painful exit for us last season. Coming into this game, I vowed it would not happen again,’’ said Yu after sinking 20 points on seven of 15 shooting highlighted by a pair of threes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBy hurdling their second obstacle in the step-ladder semifinals, the Knights will now turn their attention to the finals where the defending champion San Beda Red Lions are eagerly waiting to retain their crown.The Knights had to push the San Sebastian Stags out of the way before eliminating the No. 2 Pirates to arrange the best-of-three title showdown with the Lions, their fifth championship matchup since 2007. LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.<img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2018/IMG8170.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I have to give it to my veterans. We’re now looking forward to the next level,’’ said Letran coach Bonnie Tan, who also coached the Pirates before Lyceum mentor Topex Robinson took over.Larry Muyang found his way inside the paint in the closing minutes and won his matchup with Lyceum brawny center Mike Nzeusseu while graduating guard Edson Batiller and team captain Jerrick Balanza likewise proved to be the thorn on the Pirates’ side.Jaycee Marcelino took over in the final two minutes when the Pirates tried to erase an 11-point advantage. Marcelino’s drive pulled them within 87-90 but Muyang converted on King Caralipio’s feed on the other end that sealed Lyceum’s fate.LETRAN 92—Yu 20, Muyang 19, Batiller 13, Balanza 11, Reyson 6, Mina 5, Sangalang 5, Balagasay 4, Ular 4, Caralipio 2, Javillonar 2, Ambohot 1, Olivario 0.LYCEUM 88—Marcelino JC 26, Nzeusseu 19, David 11, Caduyac 5, Marcelino JV 5, Navarro 5, Tangsingco 4, Ibanez 4, Remulla 4, Santos 3, Guinto 2, Valdez 0.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MANILA, Philippines–Fran Yu certainly didn’t like the way their season ended last year when the Lyceum Pirates sent his Letran Knights out of the door in a semifinal knockout match.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis<img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2041/IMG5592.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8178"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Ronaldo sale makes Madrid more dangerous – Dani Alves

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b57.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2057/IMG10974.jpg" alt="first_img" />Dani Alves believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Juventus to Real Madrid has made the Spanish side a more dangerous proposition.On the eve of the Champions League proper starting, Ronaldo finds himself aiming for a fourth successive title, having been a member of the Madrid team that won three in a row under Zinedine Zidane.Over the summer, though, he traded the Spanish capital for Turin, where he turns out for Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Losing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has not hurt Los Blancos, though, according to Alves.”I think that, contrary to what everybody else says, Madrid are more of a team without Cristiano, and now it’s a little more difficult than it was before – at least because of how I see football and my concept of this game,” he explained to Marca.”Though it’s obvious that him leaving is a brutal loss, Madrid are Madrid.”The 35-year-old knows exactly why Ronaldo felt he needed to move on, though.“People want challenges, to continue feeling alive and for that reason it doesn’t surprise me,” he explained.<img alt="Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2018-19" perform:prop="uuid:4vklx00v97061m6pulr4tycsl;width:1920;height:1080" src="https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/26/45/cristiano-ronaldo-juventus-2018-19_pqoaqx19d9ap10mummvzj41h8.jpg?t=-421550611" style="width: 100%; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" />“He had been there for a while, he had done great things with Real Madrid and he has decided to try other things.“I did when I was at Barcelona and the true fighters need new challenges and don’t need comfort.“I think that, like me at Barcelona, he was very comfortable and, maybe, we need something different to stimulate us again.”Meanwhile, Dani Alves’ own ambitions see him aiming to win the title with PSG, who start their campaign against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday.Although he is absent because of a long-term injury, he has a “good feeling” about the Ligue 1 champions’ prospects.”To achieve the goal that this club wants is not so complicated,” he argued.“But you need different things, to do different things, a different spirit, have a different mentality.“This year I have a good feeling, things are improving here and they are doing well, there are things that are changing and people are understanding a bit of what this game is about.”New head coach Thomas Tuchel could be the man to bring these ingredients to the squad, the Brazil international defender has said.“He has an incredible spirit and has changed many things here regarding team spirit and mentality,” he added.“We have a great challenge ahead against great rivals, but we accept it and prepare ourselves for it, knowing that in order to qualify we have to improve, for example, what we do in the French championship.”<img src="http://a39.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2039/IMG1020.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8172"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Honda sells over 15,000 Grazia in 21 days of launch

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a32.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG17719.jpg" alt="first_img" />Mumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, the second largest two-wheeler maker, today said it has sold more than 15,000 units of its latest scooter Grazia in just 21 days of the launch.The advanced urban scooter was launched nationally in the first week of November at a price of Rs 57,897, which is marginally higher than the existing Activa, which has been the largest selling two-wheeler in the country since May 2015.Scooters contribute almost 65 per cent of the volumes for Honda, which has set a 20 per cent volume growth this fiscal. In the first seven months of the fiscal, the company sold over 14 per cent more units.Elaborating on the response, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, senior vice-president for sales & marketing, said, “the feature-loaded Grazia has taken the style and performance loving customers by a storm.”We are overwhelmed by the initial response and are confident that with its expanded scooter portfolio, Grazia will take our leadership to the next level.”The 125-cc Grazia is the first scooter to come with full LED headlamp and a 3-step eco speed indicator that gets better fuel efficiency.The new scooter also sports other advanced features like a 4-in-1 lock with seat opener switch, all-digital instrumentation and a utility front pocket with optional smartphone charging among others. PTI BEN BEN BAS<img src="http://b49.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2049/IMG8317.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8165"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Sudha Murty weaves tales of the Hindu trinity for kids

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b49.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2049/IMG3713.jpg" alt="first_img" />New Delhi, Nov 29 (PTI) As a child, storyteller Sudha Murty had several questions in her mind about the tales related to epics and now she has come out with a book retelling stories of mythology in her unique style and satisfying her curiosity in a way.”The Man from the Egg: Unusual Tales about the Trinity” answers many of these questions like why do snakes have a forked tongue? Do gods cheat? Or why does Shiva sport a crescent moon on his head?”During my younger days, we didnt have digital media or electronic gadgets the way we do now. So the best part of my day was the one I spent either in listening to stories from my elders or reading them,” Murty says.”These stories were often based on our epics and hence, did not always follow the logic of real life. So I perpetually had questions on the whys and hows about the stories? sequence of events. However, no one could completely satisfy my curiosity or withstand my endless questioning,” she adds.This curiosity followed her into adulthood and culminated in this book, published by Puffin, for her young readers.”The gods that form the Trinity are both unrelated and related in our epics. They and their vehicles fascinated me infinitely. My hope is that this book answers at least some of the same innocent questions that I also wondered about as a child,” Murty says.”The Man from the Egg: Unusual Tales about the Trinity” is the second book of Murtys mythology series and features some of the unheard of stories about Hinduism?s trinity. The first book in the series was “The Serpents Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata”.advertisementIn Hinduism, the trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu is the omnipresent trio responsible for the survival of the human race and the world.According to the publisher, each story in the book seeks to take the reader back to a magical time when people could teleport, animals could fly and reincarnation was simply a fact of life. PTI ZMN TRS<img src="http://a32.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG7173.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8166"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Authorities: Kraft Visited Parlor for Sex on Day of AFC Title Game

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a23.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG3282.jpg" alt="first_img" />WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited a Florida massage parlor for sex acts the night before and the morning of last month’s AFC Championship Game, which he attended in Kansas City, authorities said Monday in documents charging him with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.The 77-year-old Kraft was chauffeured to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in a 2014 white Bentley on the evening of Jan. 19, where police say they videotaped him engaging in a sex act and then handing over an undetermined amount of cash, Jupiter, Florida, police said in charging documents released by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office.Investigators said Kraft was back at the spa 17 hours later, arriving at the upper-middle class shopping center where the spa was located in a chauffeured 2015 blue Bentley, the documents said. He was videotaped engaging in sex acts before paying with a $100 bill and another bill, police said.Kraft, whose team won the Super Bowl earlier this month, has denied wrongdoing.State Attorney Dave Aronberg said Kraft will be issued a summons that is similar to a traffic ticket and assigned a day to appear in court. Most people charged for the first time with soliciting are eligible for a diversion program where they pay a small fine, perform 100 hours of community service and attend a class where they learn about the dangers of prostitution and how it is often tied to human trafficking.Kraft is one of hundreds of men charged in recent days as part of a crackdown on prostitution occurring in massage parlors between Palm Beach and Orlando. Ten spas have been closed.Authorities investigated the parlors for months, gathering enough evidence through observation, interviews with men stopped leaving the spas, trash bin searches and surveillance of their owners. Judges then issued warrants allowing them to secretly install cameras inside the spas to record what transpired.Aronberg steered a Monday news conference away from Kraft’s specific case to the larger issue of human trafficking, though no human trafficking charges have been filed against Kraft or any of the other defendants connected to the massage parlors.“The larger picture, which we must all confront, is the cold reality that many prostitutes in cases like this are themselves victims, often lured to this country with promises of a better life, only to be forced to live and work in a sweat shop or a brothel performing sex acts for strangers,” Aronberg said.Aronberg pointed out that Florida has particularly severe punishments for human trafficking and allows the workers to be treated as victims if they cooperate. He also said the federal government can offer visas for victims who are foreign nationals if they cooperate.At least some of the people charged with operating the massage parlors were born in China and Chinese translators are being used to interview women connected with the businesses, according to court documents. Authorities have not said how many women worked at the parlors, where they are being housed since the spas’ closures and where they are from.Before raids began last week, most of the women were living in the spas and were not allowed to leave without an escort, police say.By TERRY SPENCER, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares<img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2036/IMG996.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8150"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL design leaked from all angles in fresh renders

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c70.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2070/IMG13749.jpg" alt="first_img" />We are still a good 3 months away from Googles 2018 hardware launch where we expect to see the next pair of Pixel phones. But rumours around the upcoming Google flagship phones have been doing the rounds for a few weeks. Some leaked images of a Pixel 3 prototype and screen protectors before that have suggested that the XL model will sport a notch while the regular Pixel 3 will come with symmetrical bezels. Now, some CAD renders have appeared of both the phones, giving us our clearest look yet at what they could look like.The CAD renders provided by @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice give us a good look at the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL from all angles. The images pretty much keep in line with everything we have heard so far in that the Pixel 3 XL will adopt a notched display much like most Android flagships this year, while the Pixel 3 will keep things a little more traditional with a full-screen 18:9 display. This is a strategy similar to what Google employed last year by keeping the Pixel 2 traditional with a 16:9 display while chopping down the bezels on the Pixel 2 XL. Google is likely to keep the same dual tone colour scheme on the back since it has become a kind of identity for the company now. While its hard to tell from the renders, chances are the entirety of the back will be made up of glass this time around rather than a glass + metal combination. This also suggests a possibility of wireless charging support as well, but its too soon to tell right now.advertisementNotably, the renders also suggest Google will stick to its single rear camera formula in 2018 as well and will not join the trend of dual or triple rear cameras. This isnt surprising considering Google has managed to take on most flagships with dual cameras with a single camera and some terrific AI support. That being said, the front looks interesting as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL could bring dual selfie cameras as we notice two camera sensors. Theres also the possibility of one of the sensors being used for LED notification light or proximity sensor or perhaps even a sensor for facial recognition. Google will also keep the stereo speakers on both the phones despite the reduced bezels. As for the specs, the Pixel 3 is rumoured to bring a 5.4-inch 18:9 display while the Pixel 3 XL will get a 6.2-inch display with a taller 19:9 aspect ratio. Both the phones will of course be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset, but there is no word yet on the memory and storage configurations we can expect. You can also expect USB Type-C support and Android P out-of-the-box. Well bring more on Googles upcoming flagships in the weeks ahead so do stay tuned for that.ALSO READ: Google Pixel 3 XL prototype leaked in live images with notched display<img src="http://a19.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2019/IMG1150.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8144"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Gold box office collection Day 7: Akshay Kumar film is on fire

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a40.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2040/IMG15199.jpg" alt="first_img" />Akshay Kumar’s Gold is unstoppable at the box office. The sports drama, which hit the screens on Independence Day, has struck the right chord with audience. After presenting an inspiring story of Arunachalam Muruganantham in Pad Man, Akshay has returned to the big screen with the untold story of independent India’s first Olympic gold win.After crossing the Rs 70-crore mark within five days of its release, Gold is continuing its winning streak at the box office.According to early estimates, Gold has collected Rs 4.5 crore (approx) on Tuesday, thus taking the total to Rs 80 crore (approx). The film is steadily inching towards the Rs 100-crore mark.Directed by Reema Kagti, Gold revolves around independent India’s first Olympic gold win – a feat achieved by the Indian men’s hockey team in 1948 at the 14th London Olympiad. Akshay plays the role of the manager of the team, Tapan Das.It was a clash of the titans this year, as Gold locked horns with the other Independence Day release, John Abraham-starrer Satyameva Jayate, which also opened to a phenomenal response at the box office. The film is facing stiff competition from John Abraham-starrer at the ticket windows.Gold, which marks the debut of television actress Mouni Roy, also starred Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Nikita Dutta in pivotal roles.MOVIE REVIEW: GOLDALSO READ: Gold true story – How independent India won its first Olympic goldALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood<img src="http://a19.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2019/IMG658.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8139"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Local Food Served Up at Food Truck Rally in Wolfville

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c67.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2067/IMG8536.jpg" alt="first_img" />Nova Scotians can enjoy locally grown and produced food right from the… truck. Select Nova Scotia is sponsoring a food truck rally in Wolfville on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Food Wolf, Tin Pan Alley and Nomad Gourmet will all participate in the rally taking place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the town centre parking lot. The rally is a part of the Devour! Food Film Festival happening in Wolfville, Nov. 13-17. “The trucks at the rally will each have different menus all with local ingredients,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “In addition to some of their regular unique dishes, each truck will prepare one seafood dish as well. It’s a great opportunity for people to try something new.” Select Nova Scotia will also launch a new 2014 calendar at the rally. Each month features a local producer, local chef and mouth-watering recipe. “We’re excited to be in the heart of our province’s agricultural region–it’s symbolic of coming to the source of our diverse local food supply,” said Natalie Chavarie, owner of The Food Wolf and co-chair of the Food Truck Association of Nova Scotia. “Working with local produce is part of the passion and creativity that drives our work as small business owners in a dynamic sector of the food industry.” Visit www.selectnovascotia.ca for information on local products, where to buy local, recipes for seasonal foods, events and attractions featuring local products, and the benefits of eating and buying local. For more information on Devour! Food Film Fest visit http://www.devourfest.com/.<img src="http://a43.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2043/IMG8616.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8055"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Darfur peace hopes damaged if Sudanese President is arrested UN hears

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p> The decision of International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors to seek an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President over alleged war crimes in Darfur will only undermine existing efforts to bring peace to the region, the country’s Vice-President has told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate.Ali Osman Mohamed Taha told delegates yesterday that the Sudanese Government in Khartoum had taken great strides to implementing the peace and reconciliation process in Darfur, an arid and impoverished region where rebels have fought Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen since 2003.The commitment to this process has been guaranteed by President Omar al-Bashir himself, Mr. Taha said. Given that national elections are planned for next year, he added that the issuing of an indictment against Mr. al-Bashir would be detrimental to the peace process.The Vice-President stressed that while his Government fully supported the accountability that the indictment was supposed to bring about, it was already implementing measures to achieve that accountability, and therefore the ICC prosecutor’s move was “corroding” the peace process.Mr. Taha said the decision of Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor, should be reversed by the Security Council, noting that many States have made public their objections to the indictment.He also said that the Government was committed to improving humanitarian relief efforts across Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed through direct combat, disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, and another 2.7 million have been displaced.In addition, the Vice-President said Khartoum was supporting the work of the hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID. 26 September 2008The decision of International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors to seek an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President over alleged war crimes in Darfur will only undermine existing efforts to bring peace to the region, the country’s Vice-President has told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7970"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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New bill on detention period passed

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>The government sought the extension of the detention period on the basis that it would help the investigations process. Human rights groups however warned that the bill will lead to an increase in the abuse of power, extortion, torture and custodial deaths.The Asian Human Rights Commission said the bill is dangerous in the present context and is very much likely to complicate the already overwhelming problems besetting the administration of criminal justice in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provision) bill which allows the detention of a suspect without a warrant from 24 hours to 48 hours has been passed in parliament.The bill was passed by a majority of 77 votes in parliament today with 110 votes for and 33 against it. Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem had presented the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provision) Bill to parliament last year.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7951"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Iran and Sri Lanka to expand mutual cooperation

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>The delegation which was headed by the Iranian Energy Ministry official Hamid Reza Tashaoei discussed ways for expanding cooperation with his host officials and explored impediments on the way of implementing the existing agreements. Both sides agreed on the need for finding executive solutions to accelerate operationalization of the agreements. Iran and Sri Lanka also agreed to finalize the drafts of several cooperation documents in the areas of health, co-operation, agriculture, cultural exchanges and customs at the earliest. (Colombo Gazette) A final document was also signed between the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Sri Lanka and the Head of the Center for Export and Support in Iran’s Ministry of Energy.Iran’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mohammad Zarei Irani was also present in the meeting. Iran and Sri Lanka have signed documents to expand cooperation in various areas, including trade and economy, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported.According to IRNA on Saturday, the documents were signed during a two-day visit of an Iranian delegation to Colombo with Sri Lankan officials.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7946"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Annan concludes Chilean leg of South American tour

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Mr. Annan was joined by Chile’s President Ricardo Lagos and Finland’s President Tarja Halonen at the roundtable in Santiago de Chile, held at the headquarters of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).Mr. Annan told the roundtable that the world must act collectively to fight common threats, and said the UN had to reform its architecture to maximize the effectiveness of collective action.Last night at an official dinner hosted by President Lagos, Mr. Annan said Latin America’s potential and challenges were a microcosm of the same potential and challenges facing the globe.The Secretary-General now travels to Guayaquil, the biggest city and the main port in Ecuador. He will then visit Peru and Bolivia before his South American tour ends.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7930"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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More than 15 million Asian children have been orphaned by AIDS UN

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>More than 1.5 million children in Asia and the Pacific have been orphaned by AIDS and many more are living with ill and dying parents, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has told an international congress on AIDS that wound up its sessions in Kobe, Japan, this week.In a satellite transmission to the Congress, UNICEF said another 121,000 children were estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific at the end of last year, with an estimated 47,000 children newly infected last year alone. Only a small fraction of the 35,000 children who need anti-retrovirals (ARVs) were receiving them and only a few children at risk were receiving Cotrimoxazole antibiotic to stave off HIV-related infections, it added.“This regional data will further help us to target our actions and to get to grips with the magnitude of the problem regarding children in Asia and the Pacific. Accurate data at local, national and regional levels is crucial to how we manage our collective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic,” a UNICEF regional director, Anupama Rao Singh, told the Seventh International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific over the weekend.While the number of children orphaned by AIDS is alarming, many more children in Asia and the Pacific are at risk of losing their caregivers, UNICEF said to the 1 to 5 July conference. Failure to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on children would mean that more children would face barriers in accessing education, health care and other basic services, it said.Most governments in the region have not yet developed national policies and strategies to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on children, including the protection and care of those orphaned or made vulnerable by AIDS, UNICEF said.A representative of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), J.V.R. Prasada Rao, said a lack of coordination placed the response to the pandemic at risk and lack of prevention policies was common throughout the region.According to the Monitoring AIDS Pandemic (MAP) Network, the three unsafe behaviours driving the pandemic in the region were commercial sex, injecting drug use and sex between men. It added that HIV could rapidly spread to the wider population from these groups unless governments devised policies to slow the rate of infection. Sixty countries, including China., India, Thailand and Cambodia, took part in the Congress, sending policy-making officials and health care specialists, as well as people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7923"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Hostess four years after bankruptcy will go public again

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Hostess, four years after bankruptcy, will go public again by The Associated Press Posted Jul 5, 2016 5:42 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2013, file photo, Twinkies baked goods are displayed for sale at the Hostess Brands’ bakery in Denver. Almost four years after seeking bankruptcy protection under a barrage of labor issues and rapidly changing appetites, the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs will take the stage once again as a publicly traded company Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Almost four years after seeking bankruptcy protection under a barrage of labour issues and rapidly changing appetites, the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs will take the stage once again as a publicly traded company.Hostess Brands, which first emerged in 1919 with the Hostess CupCake, has been shuffled between different owners since it sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for a second time in July 2012.The latest owners, the Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., will sell the majority of company that is valued at about $2.3 billion. The new owners, Gores Holdings, an acquisition company run by the private equity firm, The Gores Group, will put up $375 million in cash, the companies said Tuesday.Gores CEO Alec Gores, Dean Metropoulos and others have committed an additional $350 million.Metropoulos, who has helped to lead the bakery, will continue to do so as executive chairman. CEO William Toler will also remain as Hostess CEO.Apollo and Metropoulos will hold a 42 per cent combined stake when the deal is completed at some point, it is hoped, during the third quarter.Hostess has cut costs and increased automation. Last year, the company announced plans to shutter the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented and 400 jobs evaporated.Hostess is based in Kansas City, Missouri. It operates baking facilities in Emporia, Kansas, Indianapolis, and Columbus, Georgia.It was feared by many that Twinkies, which debuted in 1930s and became a staple in school lunchboxes, was a fading piece of Americana. Those fears, it appears, were premature.The credit rating for Hostess has been on the mend and last year the company posted revenue of about $650 million.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7915"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Calgary house prices jump for first time in a year

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p> by Mike Tarasko Posted Apr 18, 2017 6:30 am MDT House prices have edged up in Calgary for the first time in a year.The Royal LePage House Price Survey released Tuesday, shows the aggregate price of a home in the city rose about 0.6 per cent year-over-year to just over $461,600 in the first quarter of 2017.Realtor Corinne Lyall says the economy stabilizing in Alberta has helped.“If you couple that with the lack of inventory in some segments of the market, mostly the single family market, what we’re finding is that you know, there’s some increased demand and there’s definitely some people interested in purchasing right now,” she said.Bungalows led the way in increases up 2.4 per cent, while two story homes remained fairly level and condos edged down nearly half a point. Calgary house prices jump for first time in a year Stock photo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7911"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Amid ongoing insecurity UN voices concern for civilians in Central African Republic

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>The United Nations refugee agency said today it is extremely concerned for more than 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and over 20,000 refugees who have been affected by recent insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR). Over the past month, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners visited parts of the capital, Bangui, as well as other areas to assess the situation of people affected by the insecurity in the country, where the government was ousted three months ago. “The findings are very troubling,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “Overall, there remains a serious absence of security, and lawlessness is widespread.” Staff on the missions received reports of arbitrary arrest and illegal detention, torture, extortion, armed robbery, physical violence including sexual violence, rape and attempted rape, abduction, restriction of movement, targeted lootings and attacks on civilians. Villages and houses had been burnt down in some areas by armed groups, he noted. “Violence against women, girls and boys had also increased,” said Mr. Edwards, adding that humanitarian agencies have been giving assistance and counselling to victims in some locations. Although schools have reopened in parts of CAR, in many areas they remain closed. Access to health and basic services is also very limited. Mothers with newborn babies in many areas have no access to medical care and new births are not being registered. The dire humanitarian situation in the CAR has been exacerbated by fighting in the past six months which further deteriorated even the most basic services. Violence erupted in December 2012 when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized Bangui in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee. Despite the volatile security situation, UNHCR and its partners are coordinating efforts to assist refugees – mainly Congolese and Sudanese nationals – living in camps in CAR. UNHCR, along with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Medical Corps, has been able to distribute food to some 11,000 refugees. In neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where over 40,000 CAR refugees have arrived, UNHCR continues to work with the national authorities to relocate refugees from the bordering areas into safer locations. Nearly 60,000 people have fled CAR since December 2012. As more people continue to flee insecurity, the total number of refugees from CAR in the region now stands at over 220,000. UNHCR has recorded some 1,000 refugees arriving in DRC last month.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7909"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Opinion 5 takeaways from Ohio States 5514 victory over Illinois

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) attempts a pass during a game against Illinois Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternWith temperatures dipping close to 30 degrees, it was cold and it was windy, but the elements didn’t seem to affect the Ohio State offense Saturday night as it rolled to a 55-14 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini.The Buckeyes’ defense also continued to improve, holding Illinois scoreless for more than half the game.The Lantern sports editors also survived the cold elements and have come up with a list of five things they learned from the game.1. J.T. Barrett has room to improveAgainst a less than impressive defense, Barrett looked just average against Illinois Saturday night.While the redshirt-freshman completed 15-24 passes for 167 yards and two scores in just a half of football, he also missed multiple wide open throws that could have gone for big plays.Barrett struggled mightily against Penn State last week, and looked just OK in a game where most expected him to get quality minutes and improve.Heading into the biggest game of the year against No. 7 Michigan State, the Buckeyes are going to need Barrett to play his best game to have a chance to win.If not, the team goal of playing for championships in November could very quickly come to an end.2. The “Silver Bullet” defense is taking shapeI know, it was against Illinois. And I know the Fighting Illini played their second- and third-string quarterbacks, but you have to admit, the Buckeye defense has improved.Last year, the Buckeyes gave up 35 to Illinois in a game that was closer than the final score would indicate.Saturday, the OSU defense surrendered just 243 offensive yards to Illinois, as opposed to the 420 it gave up last season.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa is dominating every offensive lineman that gets in his way, while young linebackers like redshirt-freshman Darron Lee and freshman Raekwon McMillan are developing quickly.But will it be enough to slow down a MSU offense averaging 45.5 points per game? Only time will tell.3. Freshman running back Curtis Samuel is earning more carriesSamuel not only made his first start Saturday, he showed that he might even be better than sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott. After a great weak of practice, according to multiple coaches, Samuel earned the start and worked his way into the end zone twice in the first half against Illinois. While Samuel might have earned the start, there is no question the Buckeyes will need both him and Elliott in order to take down the Spartans next week.With Rod Smith gone after reportedly being dismissed from the team, and redshirt-sophomore Bri’onte Dunn still nursing injury, the two backs will likely earn close to equal carries moving forward this season. 4. This team didn’t look past Illinois, but now it canBased off of their 31-0 halftime lead, the Buckeyes didn’t have any issue focusing on the Fighting Illini.Even though the team didn’t necessarily run like a well-oiled machine throughout the game, the performance was not one of a team looking ahead to the Spartans. From Samuel’s 23-yard touchdown on the first drive of the game to redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones’ play in the second half, OSU seemed motivated from start to finish.If that kind of motivation and momentum can carry over, the Buckeyes should have a legitimate shot at beating Michigan State this weekend.5. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman isn’t afraid to mix things upNot only did Herman allow Jones to sling the ball in the second half instead of simply trying to kill the clock, but he even let redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall test his arm strength.While Marshall didn’t complete his lone attempt, it gave the Spartans and any other future opponents for OSU an additional thing to think about. Marshall was a quarterback in high school — and even had a chance to play the position in college had he not picked OSU — and now teams have to think twice about what he might do if he ever lines up in the wildcat going forward.The chance to throw was clearly being set up for a few weeks, and now that it’s out in the open, Marshall is just that much more dangerous when he steps on the field.The Buckeyes are set to take on Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7894"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Mens Basketball Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann bought lunch for students at

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann shakes the hand of a customer while buying students lunch at Raising Cane’s on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorCalvin Meyer, an undeclared first-year, was sitting in his math class when he received a Snapchat message from his friend. His buddy sent him a tweet the Ohio State men’s basketball account posted at 12:10 p.m. that said head coach Chris Holtmann would be buying students’ lunch at Raising Cane’s on High Street for the next half-hour.Meyer did not have a second thought. He packed up his things and left class early to head to get some chicken fingers.Laughing when asked whether he expected to have Holtmann buy him lunch, Meyer said, “Not at all. It’s pretty cool, though.”Dozens of people poured into Cane’s as a smiling Holtmann shook hands with every patron and swiped his card to buy every meal. He posed for pictures and took selfies with students and Cane’s staff members before leaving at 1:08 p.m. after buying lunch for everyone in line.Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann poses for selfies with Raising Cane’s employees after buying students lunch on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“It’s an opportunity for me to get out and spend some time with students,” Holtmann said. “And obviously this is a special week given what the meaning of Act of Kindness, Kindness week. So we wanted to take advantage of Kindness week.”World Kindness Day is held on Nov. 13 of each year.Jack Lever, a third-year in accounting, was sitting in his apartment on Lane Avenue when his friend texted him the tweet promoting Holtmann at Cane’s. Rather than heading across the street to buy a sub at Subway or making lunch, Lever quickly headed out and took a bus down High Street to Cane’s.“He’s actually genuinely interested in everybody coming through,” Lever said, midway through his meal. “He’s buying it for not only OSU students, he was reaching out to guys that are just working and have a lunch break.”Holtmann said he wanted to make his way into the college community and engage students. “I ask them their major, where they’re from. I’m curious, too. That’s interesting for me,” Holtmann said. “Like, what they’re studying, what year they are. A lot of pre-med, a couple pre-law, computer science. All of those were way too smart of degrees for me. It was great to spend time with them. We actually had a psychology and I was a psychology major.”This is not the first time Holtmann has interacted with students this way. While Butler’s head coach in 2015, he spent 30 minutes at a local Starbucks and bought coffee for students during finals week. During move-in day earlier this year, Holtmann offered donuts to students and parents outside the Schottenstein Center.Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann shakes the hand of a customer while buying students lunch at Raising Cane’s on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorIn an exclusive interview with The Lantern on Oct. 25, Holtmann said he “tossed some ideas around” with his staff and the marketing department “The reality is, we just arrived here,” Holtmann said on Oct. 25. “They don’t know me. They don’t know who I am. I get to walk around on campus right now and not many people know who I am and I’m looking forward just to spending some time getting to know them.”Holtmann has never had Cane’s before. He said he went there once but the line was too long. Regardless, he said he wanted to finally give it a try.“The chicken fingers look good, the four chicken finger combo looks pretty dog-gone good to me,” Holtmann said. “And the toast, the toast looks big-time.”The head coach did not have a part in deciding where to pay for students, but wanted to spontaneously buy food for students, as he did while at Butler.“I left that up to our marketing people to kind of figure out where to go. I just said I wanted to do it and I left that up to them. I was going to pay for these…,” Holtmann said before trailing off.He had noticed two people at the counter he believed to be students and approached them to make sure he paid for their meals before leaving.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7892"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Test ODI leagues approved by ICC Board

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedODI status denied to some World Cup Qualifier gamesJanuary 15, 2018In “latest news”Sri Lanka secure World Cup berth after Windies defeatSeptember 20, 2017In “latest news”ICC ponders two divisions for Test cricket in radical shake-upFebruary 26, 2016In “Sports” A genuine Test match world championship and an ODI league will be introduced to international cricket after both were given in-principle agreement by the ICC Board on the final day of the governing body’s meeting in Auckland.While some details remain to be fleshed out, including the points system and the full week-by-week Future Tours Programme, the first two-year Test championship comprising the game’s top-nine teams will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup, with the top two teams by April 2021 to play off in a championship final.Each competing country will play in six series over that time, three at home and three away, with all series being of a minimum two matches’ duration but able to be expanded to as many as five to cater for encounters such as the Ashes.The first ODI league, featuring the game’s top 13 limited-overs nations, will commence in 2020-21, running for two years leading into the 2023 World Cup, before converting to a three-year league in each cycle beyond that. The 13th place in the ODI league will be taken by the winner of the ongoing ICC World Cricket League Championship. Each competing team will play in eight series over that time, each one being played over three matches. The days of lengthier ODI series appears to be over.Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, said that member countries had moved with the times by accepting the need for greater context for international cricket, responding to the demands of broadcasters, sponsors and fans. “I would like to congratulate our members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first,” he said. “Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on.“This means fans around the world can enjoy international cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup.”While all Test championship matches will be played over five days, the ICC Board also approved the trial of four-day Tests in bilateral series up until 2019, following South Africa’s request to play a match over that distance against Zimbabwe during their forthcoming home season. A set of playing conditions for four-day Tests is set to be drawn up by ICC management in coming weeks.“Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena. This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a five-day Test format,” the ICC chief executive David Richardson said. “However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket.“The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled by members. Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top-nine ranked teams.”“This is a significant point in time for ICC members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket. The approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the members who have explored a whole range of options to bring context to every game. The ICC Board decision today means we can now go and finalise a playing schedule for the first edition as well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms.”Numerous questions remain about how the new league structures will unfold, particularly around the fraught issue of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan.South Africa’s domestic 20-over competition is likely to be moved into the window left vacant by the T20 Global League, which was postponed earlier this week. The six-team franchise competition was originally due to be played in 2018 from March 14 until April 15 but could be brought forward by four months, subject to a final board approval.In a teleconference on Thursday, the franchise CEOs were asked to confirm the feasibility of hosting the domestic T20 in that time and assured CSA it could be done. The only outstanding tick in the box is to check with the broadcasters but unlike the T20 Global League, CSA will not need to sign a new partner. SuperSport already hold the rights of all cricket played in South Africa.A massive boost for the domestic tournament will be that all the national players will be available to participate, which is usually not the case. That means South Africa’s players will not be granted NOCs to play in other leagues, such as the Bangladesh Premier League, in that time. It is also unlikely that international opposition will be sought over that period.“If there is an international tour in that time, only 12 or so guys will be playing. What about the rest of the players? They can’t sit around for six weeks and not do anything,” a source told ESPNcricinfo.CSA was believed to be exploring options for hosting one of Pakistan or West Indies but acting CEO Thabang Moroe said the board will not enter into an endeavour which will cost them money. Only incoming tours against India, England and Australia make CSA money, so any other opposition would be loss-making and CSA cannot afford to incur more expenses. Instead, they will spend money they would have spent anyway on the 20-over competition. All that remains is for them to find a sponsor for it. Courier company Ram opted not to renew their deal last season, and it was played without a corporate backer.When the competition was called the Ram Slam, it made headlines for the wrong reasons. A protracted match-fixing investigation took place from late 2015 until July this year during which seven players including four former internationals, Gulam Bodi, Alviro Petersen, Thami Tsolekile and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, were banned for between periods of two and 20 years. CSA maintained that no actual fixing took place but there were attempts made. Last season’s 20-over tournament was a low-profile affair which was played in November-December, while the Test team was in Australia. (ESPNCricinfo)<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7871"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Greek leaders celebrate easter

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b44.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2044/IMG13315.jpg" alt="first_img" />Greece’s state and political leaders celebrated Easter Sunday in various parts of Greece, making statements which address the current political and economic situation in Greece.The President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias sent a stern message to Turkey from the island of Skyros, where he celebrated Easter Sunday. From the island of Hydra, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou stressed that the message of Resurrection amidst the continuing difficult circumstances facing Greece  should be turned into a source of strength, solidarity and humanity for the progress of the Greek nation.Opposition leader Antonis Samaras visited the army’s training centre in Corinth, southern Greece, where he expressed his certainty that the Greeks will overcome the crisis if they remain united. He noted, though, that the country has a long path to go through. KKE leader Aleka Papariga and SYRIZA head Alexis Tripras preferred to celebrate Easter Sunday in Athens while LAOS President Giorgos Karatzaferis visited Atalanti in central Greece.Greek president Karolos Papoulias chose to celebrate Easter Sunday with the soldiers serving in the 135 Combat Group of the Greek Air Force based on the Aegean island of Skyros.Papoulias spoke of Turkey being ‘a rather bad-tempered neighbour’ that has to stop provoking Greece. “Provocations don’t intimidate us,” stressed the President.Papoulias expressed his respect for the soldiers for being at the forefront of the fight to defend Greece’s sovereign rights. He then went on to reiterate his belief that Greece will overcome its financial problems.Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and his family spent the Easter break in Hydra. The Prime Minister sent  Easter greetings to all Greeks and underlined that the message of Resurrection has to become a source of strength and joy, solidarity and humanity for all the Greeks.“Resurrection is associated with hope, joy and spring. Despite the hardships, I know that we will make it. We will make it together and we will build a creative Greece. I wish health, happiness and strength to all. Happy Easter,” stressed Papandreou.New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras visited a military training centre in Corinth.Samaras exchanged wishes with the army officers and the recruits and wished them strength.“Resurrection means ‘fighting for something better.’ But the Greek nation is carrying its own financial cross at a time when the country’s growth model has sunk. The crisis requires solutions, and bold and responsible changes. With the God’s help, we will have both the inspiration and the strength to show the path of hope. Happy Easter to everyone,” said Samaras. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram<img src="http://a21.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2021/IMG7605.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7826"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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