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European Union ‘not optimistic’ about avoiding no-deal Brexit

first_imgThe top Brexit negotiator for the European Union has said he was not optimistic about avoiding a no-deal scenario before October 31. Michel Barnier said the EU could not meet Britain’s demands that the backstop is removed from the Withdrawal Agreement.Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Michel Barnier said that the backstop had to stay to protect the integrity of the EU’s single market, while ensuring an open border on the island of Ireland. “I am not optimistic about avoiding a no-deal scenario, but we should all continue to work with determination,” Mr Barnier said, according to extracts of his article on the newspaper’s front page.“The backstop is the maximum amount of flexibility that the EU can offer to a non-member state.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal on 31 October. Opposition MPs plan to act next week to stop a hard Brexit in parliament.Writing in the same newspaper, Mr Johnson’s de facto deputy Michael Gove said that to remove the option of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would “diminish” the “chances of securing changes” to the Brexit deal that could get it passed through parliament. Meanwhile, Britain’s Shadow Brexit spokesperson has said that Mr Johnson is not making any attempt to reach a Brexit deal with the EU.Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Keir Starmer said that if a no-deal Brexit is reached by the 31 October deadline, an extension would be needed.He did not give any timeframe for how long any proposed extension should be.He said proposed legislation brought by opposition MPs this week was “almost certainly” the last chance to stop a no-deal Brexit.Mr Starmer said any proposed legislation to stop a no-deal Brexit would need to be simple and straightforward aimed at making sure it was avoided, but would not give details as to what exactly would be included in the bill He said the current situation was being forced on them by Mr Johnson, who he said had no mandate to leave without a deal.European Union ‘not optimistic’ about avoiding no-deal Brexit was last modified: September 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kings zap Bolts, seize 3-2 edge

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slaughter challenged every shot inside and fought hard for every rebound he could get involved in, while Tenorio came back from a scoreless Game 4 to jumpstart the Ginebra offense with nine first quarter points that got off the Kings on the right foot.Ginebra built an 18-point lead but found itself in a dogfight in the third quarter with the Bolts, who connected from afar to even take the lead a couple of times.But when the going was at its toughest, Tenorio and Slaughter got all the help they needed as the Kings held Meralco to two Allen Durham free throws for more than five minutes near the end of the contest to pull away.“We just didn’t battle, we went to war,” Cone said.GINEBRA 85 – MERALCO 74GINEBRA 85—Brownlee 20, Slaughter 17, Tenorio 17, Devance 12, Aguilar 8, Thompson 5, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 2.MERALCO 74—Durham 27, Lanete 11, Hugnatan 8, Caram 7, Hodge 6, Dillinger 6, Newsome 5, Amer 4, Tolomia 0, Faundo 0.Quarters: 21-15, 42-35, 66-62, 85-74ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Ceres, Kaya fortify bids QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Greg Slaughter and LA Tenorio, missing entities for the Kings in the last game, came out and asserted their identities early as Ginebra built an 18-point lead in the first half before finishing off the Bolts with a flurry in the endgame.But coach Tim Cone said that, at this point, they would like to think of playing just one more game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It doesn’t win us anything, but in a best-of-three series, it’s important for us to win the first game.” Cone said. “You got to go out for a win [in this game] so you can dictate the next two games.“But our mentality right now is we want to play just one more game,” added the league’s winningest coach of all-time. “We’ll worry about Game 6 in an hour. Right now, we just want to enjoy this one.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES BOCAUE—Facing a very determined foe in a battle of attrition where neither side was willing to budge an inch, Barangay Ginebra was efficient in the stretch, and just like that, swung the pendulum of momentum its way in the PBA Governors’ Cup title series.The Gin Kings bounced back after losing the previous two games, shutting down Meralco when it mattered to pull off an 85-74 victory and take a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series before an all-time Finals record of more than 36,000 fans at Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ancajas back in Manila after his stunning title defense in US

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL in left knee Apart from his fight in Texas, Ancajas also made a stop in Los Angeles to train at Freddie Roach’s famed Wild Card Gym.The 26-year-old Ancajas made his much-anticipated US debut on Sunday and did not disappoint following a masterful performance in a TKO victory over Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez in the 10th round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAncajas decked Gonzalez thrice throughout the lopsided bout that saw the IBF super flyweight champion in total control right from the opening bell. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines watches after dropping Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in their junior bantamweight fight Sunday (Manila time) at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Photo taken from Top Rank Boxing’s Twitter account (@trboxing)Filipino boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas is back home fresh off his title defense at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.Ancajas landed at NAIA Terminal 1 on Wednesday morning, coming off a two-week trip to the United States.ADVERTISEMENT US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending 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 Citylast_img read more

Aussie women seal Trans Tasman victory

first_img@Eden_RichardsA spirited Kiwi side has fallen 9-6 to Australia in Game Two of the Women’s Open competition, with the Aussies clinching both the Women’s division and the overall Trans Tasman Series in the process.New Zealand put up a fight for the full 40 minutes, but Australia’s class was too much as they repelled everything the Kiwis threw at them.The Aussie set the platform for the win in the first half, starting the better of the two sides.But it was only after a tight first five minutes that Australia broke the deadlock, scoring through Marikki Watego to make it 1-0 in the 6th minute.New Zealand hit back immediately, with Patricia Hopcroft diving to score in the left corner during the 7th minute to tie the score at 1-1.Yet as it had been all tournament… Australia had an answer.Watego cut through the Kiwis’ line and passed to Tamika Upton out wide who scored the easiest of touchdowns to make it 2-1 in the 9th minute.However, a hungry New Zealand side replied minutes later, with Jessica Mahar taking on the right middle to score and make it 2-2 10 minutes into the first half.In what was a soft try for New Zealand to concede, a shift to the left from Australia saw Hannah Dyball score in the 11th minute to give her side a 3-2 lead.Ashleigh Kearney doubled Australia’s lead in the 13th minute, crossing over on the left wing to make it 4-2.The minutes before half-time were always going to be make or break for the Kiwis and a drop in concentration saw them concede two late tries in the last four minutes.Samantha Rodgers and Watego were the scorers, with Watego’s second coming after the half-time buzzer.New Zealand’s Cassandra Engler also bagged a touchdown of her own in this period, but it was Australia on top at the break as they jumped out to a 6-3 lead.The Kiwis needed to be the first to score after the break and they did just that, crossing through Tara Mohi to cut the margin to two touchdowns.A tight 10 minutes of play followed and it took a touchdown from Australian Laura Peattie to break the deadlock and give the Aussies a 7-4 lead with nine minutes to go.New Zealand had to be the next to score and they were, with Arria Tainui-McIntyre taking advantage of an offside Australian defensive line to score.That made it 7-5 with five minutes to go in what was a thrilling contest going down to the wire.But Australia crossed in the 37th minute to ice the victory, with Rodgers crossing on the left flank to take the deficit out to three touchdowns.New Zealand scored with two minutes to go to give themselves some hope, but it wasn’t to be as Australia crossed late to seal a 9-6 win.Celebrations followed the victory for Australia, with despair engulfing the Kiwis as they gave up any hope of taking home the Trans Tasman trophy.Australia 9 (Watego 2, Peattie 2, Rodgers 2, Kearney, Upton, Dyball touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Tainui-McIntyre 2, Hopcroft, Mohi, Mahar, Engler touchdowns)Related LinksWomen’s Openlast_img read more

10 months agoMcCarthy: I want to build Ireland around West Ham youngster Rice

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say McCarthy: I want to build Ireland around West Ham youngster Riceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRepublic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy wants to build his team around West Ham youngster Declan Rice.Rice, 19, has already been capped for the Republic but has not been involved in any competitive fixtures while he considers playing for England instead.McCarthy, who began his second spell as national boss last month, revealed he has held talks with Rice and feels he could be a future captain of the country.He told Sky Sports: “I had a really good meeting with him.”There was myself, (assistant manager) Robbie (Keane), Declan and his dad and it is just up to him what he wants to decide – that’s how I’ve left it.”It’s not my decision as to whether he plays for the Republic of Ireland, it’s my job – if he decides that he wants to stay with us – to pick him.”I think he’s a really talented player. I thought he was a lovely lad, he’s got a really nice family behind him and he has everything about him that makes you want him to play for you.”That’s still my case, I want him to play for us.”I’d love to build a team around him. We start in March and that’s my deadline I guess, I need to know by then.”I’d like to build a team around him and he could be a future captain – he’s that type of player.” last_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp desperate to avoid Carabao Cup replay

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp desperate to avoid Carabao Cup replayby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to avoid a Carabao Cup replay.The Times says sources close to Klopp claim he would be “horrified” at the prospect of having to replay the Reds’ Carabao Cup tie at MK Dons due to the fielding of an ineligible player.Pedro Chirivella came on as a second half substitute for Naby Keita during the 2-0 third round win last week, when the Reds’ goals came from James Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever.Following two loan spells in the Netherlands, Chirivella seemingly wasn’t re-registered with the Reds following a loan spell at Spanish Segunda Division side Extremadura last season, when he also ran into registration problems and didn’t play a game.Liverpool – who were drawn to face Arsenal at home in fourth round – insist that they they did register Chirivella as their player as far back as July, and say that the blame for the apparent loss of paperwork lies with the FA. The Reds could be expelled from the competition if the EFL decide to come down hard on them, although replaying the game or a fine seems like the much more likely outcome. last_img read more

Mamata calls UP scribe brother killing unacceptable

first_imgKolkata: Terming the killing of a journalist working for a Hindi daily and his brother in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur as “unacceptable”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday expressed her “shock” and grief over the incident. She extended her condolences to the family members of the two deceased and the team of the Hindi newspaper for which the journalist was working. “I am shocked and saddened to hear about the killing of young journalist Ashish Janwani and his brother in Uttar Pradesh. Unacceptable. My condolences to the grieving family and the Dainik Jagran team,” Banerjee tweeted. Janwani and his brother were shot dead allegedly by liquor mafia in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. The journalist had allegedly been threatened by the liquor mafia on several occasions in the past. While Janwani’s brother died on the spot, he succumbed to his injuries. Following the incident, the UP police have detained several people for questioning in connection with the incident.last_img read more

Former Ohio State diver Katie Bell hopes to end Olympic dream on

About a year ago, former Ohio State diver Katie Bell had a friend who wanted to watch her compete among the world’s elite and buy tickets to the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the time, the purchase seemed optimistic at best, with Bell still months away from even getting the chance to qualify for the London Games. On June 24, though, at the United States Olympic Diving Trials in Federal Way, Wash., Bell made her friend’s premature purchase worth the while after finishing second in the 10-meter platform competition-securing one of two Olympic berths in the event. For Bell, who has dreamed of being a member of the U.S. Olympic team since she could walk, the fact that she has reached her lifetime goal still hasn’t totally hit her. “I’m still in shock,” said Bell, who will compete with the U.S. Diving team Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 in London. “People keep asking me if it feels real and how I’m feeling, and I don’t know. I don’t think it’s going to feel real until I’m at the Games and in the Village and at the pool with USA behind me.” An All-American diver at OSU, Bell has been telling her family and friends that she would be an Olympian since a young age. “We’ve been talking about it since she was six or seven years old, about going to the Olympics, we really have,” said Bell’s father, Chris Bell. “It’s never been a doubt.” The only thing up in the air was what sport Bell wanted to compete in. Diving was not her first choice. She started her athletic career as a gymnast. A Clintonville native, Bell watched the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, dubbed the “Magnificent Seven,” at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Filled with many teenage sensations, they were the first U.S. gymnastics team to win a gold medal. “Watching (former Olympians) Kerri Strug and Dominique Moceanu and their stories (inspired me),” Bell said. “I had every possible book about them, and I just wanted to be like them.” By the age of five, Bell was practicing gymnastics before and after school. A few years later, she started to dive during the summer at Olympic Swim Club in Columbus, but only as a backup option. “I started (diving) when I was eight just because I told my Dad I wanted another chance to go to the Olympics,” Bell said. “Then, when I was 13, I ended up switching from gymnastics to diving.” Bell’s goal, and her diving career, almost came to an end during her freshman season at OSU. At the 2007 Big Ten Championships, Bell attempted an arm-stand triple for her second dive. She lost her position midair, knowing neither where the ceiling or the water’s location was. Bell landed flat on her stomach, collapsing a lung, separating chest cartilage and popping ribs out of place. It took two years, according to Bell, for her to get back into diving shape-both mentally and physically. During that time, Bell thought about quitting the sport altogether. She almost transferred from OSU. “One of my diving teammates, who was a year younger than me, the other day she said she remembered I would come in (to practice), do one or two dives and cry or get upset because it was so hard,” Bell said. Bell’s father remembers those years as the only point in his daughter’s athletic career when he thought the hard work and dedication wasn’t worth it. “She was hurting a lot and they still try to figure out why she’s not getting better and why she’s hurting so much. That was really hard and maybe not (worth it),” he said. After consulting a psychologist and numerous rehab sessions with doctors at OSU, Bell came back, only to get injured again. She tore her labrum and suffered rotator cuff damage in her shoulder at the USA Diving Winter Nationals and World Cup Team Trials at OSU in February 2010. “It was another process back,” Bell said. “A lot of diving is mental. Coming back from all of that and getting up there and doing those dives again, there’s always a risk of getting hurt. I just learned to always think about the positives that come with it.” Bell did not just become a better diver after the injuries; she said she also became a better person. “I was not an open person. I didn’t have very good communication with people. After (the injuries), I learned a lot about myself, and about other people around me,” Bell said. Like every sport, injuries are a part of diving. So are sacrifices outside of the pool, something Bell has become very accustomed to since she arrived at OSU. “Since I came to Ohio State, (head coach) Vince Panzano always told us, ‘You are not normal. You can’t go out with all the other kids at Ohio State and get in trouble,’” Bell said. “It took me a while to figure that out in college. You kind of want to go a little crazy, but as I got older, I realized I wanted to focus all my time on diving. When I’m done, then I can hang out and have fun.” A self-described hippie, Bell said she missed out on her family’s venture to a bluegrass music festival a few weeks ago. She had to train for the trials. Her family told her not to be upset; she could have fun after the Olympics. In London, Bell will get the chance to make all her efforts pay off. It won’t be the first time she dons the Red, White, and Blue at the Olympic pool, though. She, and Upper Arlington native Abby Johnston-also on the U.S Olympic team, and friends since childhood-competed at the FINA Diving World Cup in London in February. When they dove together at the international biennial competition, Bell and Johnston made a pact that they would return to London, together, for the Olympics in the summer. The experience the two had in February will help them when they compete in August, Bell said. “Just seeing (the pool) and being in that environment already, I think has prepared me to be back,” she said. When she competes for the first time as an Olympian, Bell said she will not be satisfied with just being there. The pageantry and camaraderie will be nice, but Bell said she wants more than a memory. She wants something, possibly made of gold, silver or bronze, to bring back to OSU and the United States. “I think with all of my best dives that I’ve done, I’m competing right up there with everyone,” Bell said. Bell is set to leave for the U.S. diving team’s Olympic camp in Maryland on July 12 before heading to England four days later on the 16th. She said she hopes to medal so her family, the friend that bought a ticket a year in advance, and the rest of the world can watch her lifetime dream end on a high note. read more