Tourist Police Asked to Learn Hindi, Chinese in Sri Lanka

first_imgSri Lanka’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) has instructed the police personnel deployed at tourist spots to learn Hindi, Chinese and other foreign languages, which are widely spoken by visitors coming to the country. India and China are the top two source countries for international tourists to the island nation.“The officers of the Tourist Police Division should pay special attention to language training.  In addition to English, they should also learn widely used international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French,” IGP Pujith Jayasundara said, according to a report in the Sri Lankan daily, The Island.Jayasundara gave the directions at a meeting with senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and officers of the Tourist Police Division, which was organized at the Police Headquarters in Colombo last week.“We have to understand the important role played by the tourism sector in the country’s economy. In a few years, it is expected to become the largest foreign exchange earner for the country. Therefore, ensuring safety of the foreigners visiting Sri Lanka will be a top priority for the police force,” the Sri Lankan publication quoted Jayasundara as saying in the meeting.Jayasundara also said that 25 new Tourist Police stations would be set up across the country to ensure the safety of tourists, and asked the Tourist Police Division to position itself as a brand, adding value to Sri Lanka’s reputation as a safe destination.Sri Lanka recorded a 15.3 percent growth in the number of tourist arrivals during the first half of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017. India topped the list of countries sending tourists to the island, with 206,337 Indians visiting Sri Lanka in the first half of this year. Chinese tourists stood at the second place, with the number of tourist arrivals from the country marked at 136,294 persons, according to PTI.It was also reported earlier this month that Indian tourists may soon be entitled to get a visa-free entry in Sri Lanka, with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appointing a task force to look into the possibilities of extending the facility to tourists from India and China.The proposal was aimed at encouraging more people to visit Sri Lanka and curbing “chaos” during the immigration process, Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said, the news agency Xinhua had reported earlier. Following recommendations from the task force, the proposal may be implemented in the off-peak months of October, November, March and April, the minister had added.Tourism in Sri Lanka suffered over the last three decades due to volatile situations arising from civil war in the country. However, the sector has now become one of the leading industries in the nation, attracting tourists from all over the world. Related ItemsHindiSri LankaTourismlast_img read more

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Ateneo’s Matt Nieto ‘relaxed’ amid pressure-packed moment

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments What to do post-run to maximize your results Nieto looked at the rim, dribbled the ball twice, and shot his free throw. Swish. He repeated the same motion one more time and the scoreboards now read 76-75 in favor of the Blue Eagles.“Actually, I was just relaxed, we’re always practicing our free throws each and every day,” said Nieto now in a more somber area inside the venue. “It’s always my routine, it’s the same routine, whether it’s the first free throw in the game or the last.”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“I just shot it like it’s my normal routine and luckily my practice paid off.”The game, however, wasn’t finished yet as the 3.9 seconds that got stuck during Nieto’s free throws would now tick away. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo guard Matt Nieto took his spot just an inch behind the free throw line with the game clock stopped at 3.9 seconds and the scoreboards at 75-74 in favor of archrivals De La Salle.The blue crowd collectively held its breath while the people in green tried every distraction allowed by Mall of Asia security.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next And tick away it did as the Green Archers failed to shot a sensible attempt as a bright red light illuminated the clocks’ borders.Ateneo emerged as the victors and capped off its 7-0 first round with a 76-75 win over the defending champions.And as the tournament heads into its crucial stage, Nieto also looked forward and would treat his heroics as mere memory.“I won’t let it go to my mind, I’m more focused on our next game,” said Nieto, who finished the game with 16 points. “When another opportunity like that comes my way, I will just follow coach Tab [Baldwin] because he knows best.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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SPORT-WT20-IND-WOM-BOARD 2LT

first_imgEngland Women: England Women: Edwards c Verma b Bisht 4 Beaumontc Patil b Kaur20 Taylor st Verma b Kaur 16 Knight st Verma b Bisht8 Sciver c Raj b Bisht 19 Greenway lbw b Bisht 0 Wyatt run out (Bisht) 5 Brunt not out4 Gunnrun out 7 Extras: (B-1, LB-2, W-1) 4Total: (8 wickets; 17.5 overs) 87 Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-42, 3-42, 4-62, 5-62, 6-71, 7- 79, 8-87 Bowling: Patil 4-0-22-0, Goswami 2-0-10-0, Bisht 4-0-21- 4, Gayakwad 4-1-10-0, Kaur 3.5-0-21-2. PTI AH PMlast_img

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi, July 18 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Amritsar:Arvind Kejriwal offering sewa at Golden Temple(A+B) Hyderabad:Raghuram Rajan addressing a National Seminar (B+A) New Delhi: Nelson Mandela International Day (A) Mumbai: ?So You Think You Can Dance? grand finale (B) New Delhi: Monsoon Session of Parliament (B+A) New Delhi: TV Grab?.Parliament?s monsoon session (A+B) INTERNATIONAL Istanbul : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan carries the coffin of Erol Olcak (A) Parwan: A general view of a landscape on the outskirts of Charikar city in Parwan province (B) Karachi: Activists from Pasban organized a pro-Erdogan demonstration in Karachi (B) Cape Canaveral : The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for launch (A) Baton Rouge: Shooting near a gas station in Baton Rouge(B) Singapore : Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in Singapore (B) Budapest: Miss Hungary beauty pageant (B) New York:Separatist Kashmiri Group protest in New York(B) SPORTS Culoz: Tour de France cycling race (A) Krakow: Volleyball World League Finals (A) Troon: British Open Golf Championships (A) London: Pak vs Eng, cricket test match (B) Cheannai: Premier Futsal Football League (B+A) PTI VNA BMR BMRlast_img read more

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SPORT-PARA-DEEPA 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS SPF 8) (REOPENS SPF 8) Deepa hoped that her achievements would inspire others to beat adversity. “This is very significant. I hope my journey and the medal can serve as an inspiration for differently-abled individuals to break out from their social boundaries and pursue their dreams,” she said. “I remember when I first had the tumour all those years back, people thought I would be restricted to my house throughout my life with servants looking after my daily needs,” she added. Deepa said she always wanted to be independent despite her disability. “…I wanted to break out from that mould and took to swimming, motorsports and eventually javelin and shot put. My goal was to become independent despite my disability and today due to sport and the support of my family, I very much am an independent individual,” she said. Although Deepas Paralympic performance will always be the pinnacle of her sporting career, shes no stranger to winning awards and accolades for her country. In 2012 she was the oldest recipient to be honoured with the Arjuna Award at the age of 42. And she clinched a Para Asian Games medal in 2014 in Incheon. In the run up to the games at Rio, she also won a gold medal in Javelin Throw at the IPC Oceania Asian Championships in Doha and a silver medal in Shotput at the same event. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

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Eli’s Not Hitting Panic Button

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning understands the concern about the New York Giants’ offense with the regular season three weeks away.The guys entrusted with making new coordinator Ben McAdoo’s unit work have done little in the last two preseason games.Here’s the numbers the first offense posted in eight series against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts: 31 plays, 134 yards, six first downs — three by penalty — and one touchdown.Most of the yardage came on a 73-yard touchdown run by Rashad Jennings against the Steelers. Take that away and it’s 30 plays for 61 yards, or roughly 2 yards per play.Manning is 1-for-9 for 6 yards in the two games and Victor Cruz has yet to catch a pass in three preseason games.Despite the gloom, Manning remains hopeful things will be better when the Giants line up against the Lions on Sept. 8 in Detroit.“I don’t think we have ever been a great preseason team as far as I remember,” Manning said Aug. 18 as the Giants (3-0) began preparations for the Aug. 22 night game against the Jets (2-0).“I know how things are going in practice and what we are capable of doing. We have improvements to do for sure, but we have a little time and we’ll keep working on things.“I have seen progress over these weeks in practice and some of these concepts we are getting better at, getting a better feel for things and the timing for things. So we’ll keep working at it.”Sounds good. However, the offense has not looked good the past two weeks and the players know it.Guard Geoff Schwartz said it was tough going over the game film, especially because the offense should be at the point where it is making progress transitioning from former coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s balanced attack to McAdoo’s up-tempo West Coast version. It has created a sense of urgency heading into the annual preseason game with Rex Ryan’s team.The Giants need to start showing what type of an offense they have, he said.“The execution of the offense means something in preseason,” Schwartz said. “We just haven’t been executing terribly well, whether it’s blocking or other things I can’t really say. I know up front we have not been executing that well, especially Saturday night. That’s something preseason or regular season we have to be better at.”Cruz, who had a 51-yard reception nullified by a penalty and a fumble, isn’t hitting the panic button. He notes that the Giants have not shown much of their new offense in the preseason.His biggest concern is the lack of execution through the first three games. He believes there are plays to be made if everyone performs their roles.“There is still a ways to go,” Cruz said. “We still have a ton of practices before Week 1 in Detroit. We still have a ton of film to watch, a ton of things to change and things to get better at that we can get better at, and things we can fix. I think it is only a matter of time until we get everything clicking. I think we will have it down pat and we will get things going by Week 1, for sure.”The Giants probably will make some changes before the season starts.Rookie Weston Richburg, the second-round draft pick, is pushing Brandon Mosley for the starting job at right guard. Manning also will have an added deep threat when rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the first-round pick, is ready to go after being sidelined with a hamstring injury.Game-planning more also will help.“Even this week we’ll game-plan a little bit more,” said Manning, who admitted he missed three big-play passes on Saturday. “The other weeks you kind of have one day where you’re looking at the opposing defense and you’re really just trying to run your base plays. Even this week we’ll be kind of looking at the Jets all week, practicing plays that are designed to go in with certain personnel. Hopefully that will help some. Really it’s just a matter of winning our individual battles and playing smart football.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Hyundai Kona electric SUV launched in India, price starts at Rs 25.30 lakh

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 13:06 IST Hyundai Kona electric SUV has a unique front grille having intaglio pattern and integrated charging port.HIGHLIGHTSHyundai Kona eletric SUV gets four driving modes — Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport.Hyundai Motor India is providing a warranty of three years with Kona.The Kona eletric SUV features a 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment system.Hyundai Motor India today launched Kona electric SUV for an introductory price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom). Hyundai Kona will be available in Phantom Black, Polar White, Marina Blue and Typhoon Silver monotone colour options and Polar White with Phantom Black roof dual-tone paint scheme. Customers will have to pay Rs 20,000 extra for the dual-tone colour option.Hyundai Kona electric SUV boasts of a very futuristic design with a unique front grille having intaglio pattern and integrated charging port. There is a split-type headlamp set-up with LED headlights and LED DRLs. The rear has LED tail lights and skid plates. The electric four-wheeler gets aero-tuned flared fenders, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels as well. The slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamps are in a separated configuration.Inside the cabin of Hyundai Kona, the buyers will come across features like shift-by-wire drive controls, 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instrument cluster with supervision and multi-function steering wheel. Other features include 10-way power driver seat, front ventilated seats in leather, automatic AC, smart key with push-button, smartphone wireless charging and electric sunroof.Hyundai Kona electric SUV gets a permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor and it is powered by a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The motor makes 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque. It can make 0-100 kmph in 9.7 seconds. There are four driving modes — Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport. There are paddle shifters for adjustable regenerative braking. The ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 kms on a single full charge.advertisementHyundai Motor India is providing a warranty of three years with the Kona electric SUV. Also, there is a warranty of eight years and up to 1.60 lakh kms for the battery pack. You can refer to our first drive review of Hyundai Kona to know the electric better.So far as charging Hyundai Kona is concerned, the electric SUV can be charged 80 per cent in 57 minutes with DC quick charger using the CCS Type II port, while a 7.2 kW level-II charger takes 6 hours and 10 minutes, according to the company. Hyundai Motor India will provide two chargers with Kona. There will be a portable charger that can be plugged into any normal 3-pin 15-Amp socket and it will be capable of providing a top-up range of 50 kms in less than three hours. The AC Wall Box charger will be able to provide a range of 50 kms within a single hour. Hyundai EV dealers will support the customers in installing the sockets at their premises.According to the company, it is also working with IOCL for development of infrastructure to provide fast charging facilities at fuel stations in select cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.With regard to the safety features, Hyundai Kona electric SUV will have six airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), hill assist control (HAC), rear camera with guideline, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and virtual engine sound system.ALSO READ | Maserati Levante Trofeo India launch by 2019-end, to feature Twin Turbo V8 engineALSO READ | Renault Duster facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakhALSO READ | Budget 2019 shows govt wants you to buy electric cars and here are the five best ones coming soon to IndiaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Hyundai Kona electric SUVFollow Hyundai Kona launchFollow Hyundai Kona priceFollow Hyundai Kona features Next Hyundai Kona electric SUV launched in India, price starts at Rs 25.30 lakhHyundai Kona electric SUV gets a permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor and it is powered by a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The motor makes 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque. It can make 0-100 kmph in 9.7 seconds.advertisementlast_img read more

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1st T20I: Ross Taylor shines as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets

first_img1st T20I: Ross Taylor shines as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 5 wicketsSri Lankan skipper Lasith Malinga became the highest wicket-taker in T20Is but couldn’t prevent his side from going down in the 1st T20I of the 3-match series against New Zealand in Pallekele on Sunday.advertisement Asian News International PallekeleSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 01:18 IST Ross Taylor’s 48 helped New Zealand gain a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series on Sunday (Twitter: @ICC)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka posted 174/4 after winning the toss and opting to bat firstKusal Mendis scored his maiden T20I half-century on SundayColin de Grandhomme (44) brought New Zealand close to victory before Ross Taylor closed out the gameRoss Taylor played a knock of 48 runs off just 29 balls, allowing New Zealand to defeat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series here in Pallekele.Chasing 175, New Zealand got off to the worst start possible as Lasith Malinda rattled the stumps of Colin Munro (0) in the very first over of the innings. Martin Guptill was also not able to stay at the crease for a long time as he was sent packing by Akila Dananjaya to reduce Kiwis to 18/2.Tim Seifert and Colin de Grandhomme put up a brief 21-run stand, but their stint at the crease came to a halt as Wanindu Hasaranga dismissed Seifert (15), with Kiwis still needing 136 runs for the win.Ross Taylor and de Grandhomme retrieved the innings for Kiwis as the duo scored at a brisk pace and they managed to put up a stand of 79 runs, but their resistance came to an end as Malinga clean bowled de Grandhomme (44), reducing Kiwis to 118/4, still 57 runs away from the target. with this wicket, Malinga became the highest wicket-taker in T20Is, surpassing Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi.Taylor and Daryl Mitchell stitched a partnership of 26 runs, but as soon as Kiwis started to get ahead in the match, Hasaranga sent Taylor (48) back to the pavilion. With Kiwis 144/5, the rain came down and the match had to be stopped.The match resumed quickly after and Mitchell and Santner ensured Kiwi victory by five wickets. Mitchell and Santner remained unbeaten on 25 and 14 respectively.advertisementEarlier, Kusal Mendis’ knock of 79 runs enabled Sri Lanka to post 174 runs for the loss of four wickets in the allotted twenty overs after opting to bat first.Openers Mendis and Kusal Perera provided a steady start to Sri Lanka’s innings as the duo played in an aggressive manner, stitching up a partnership of 41 runs, but their stint at the crease came to a halt as Kiwi skipper dismissed Perera (11) in the fifth over.Avishka Fernando and Mendis put up a brief 27-run stand, but the former was dismissed after scoring just ten runs by Mitchell Santner in the 10th over, reducing Sri Lanka to 68/2.Niroshan Dickwella came out to bat next and he provided support to Mendis at the crease and the duo kept scoring at a brisk pace and Sri Lanka reached the score of 114/2 in 15 overs.In the last five overs, both batsmen started to look for big shots and they rapidly increased the run-rate of the team. Mendis and Dickwella ended up having a partnership of 63 runs. Mendis (79) was finally sent back to the pavilion by Kiwi skipper Southee, reducing the Islanders to 131/3 in the 17th over.Kiwis kept a check on the scoring rate in the final overs, and Dickwella (33) was sent back to the pavilion via a run-out in the last over, reducing Sri Lanka to 159/4 with three more balls left to play.Isuru Udana smashed 15 runs off the final three balls of the innings to take Sri Lanka’s score past the 170-run mark.Sri Lanka and New Zealand will take on each other in the second T20I of the three-match series on September 3.Brief Scores: New Zealand 175/5 (Ross Taylor 48, Colin de Grandhomme 44, Lasith Malinga 2-23) defeat Sri Lanka 174/4 (Kusal Mendis 79, Niroshan Dickwella 33, Tim Southee 2-20) by five wickets.Also Read | Sri Lanka vs New Zealand: Lasith Malinga surpasses Shahid Afridi to become leading wicket-taker in T20IsAlso Read | 50-year-old Jonty Rhodes’ fitness drills still awes younger athletesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Lasith MalingaFollow Ross TaylorFollow Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Nextlast_img read more

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Unique Local Partnership Promotes Local Talent

first_img Empire Theatres and the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporationare teaming up for the third year running in their successfulScreening Nights partnership. Four times a year at the Oxford Theatre on Quinpool Road,Halifax, the partners show productions filmed in the province, byNova Scotians. “The screenings are a way for local residents to see the terrificproductions coming from the province’s filmmakers,” said AnnMacKenzie, CEO of the film corporation. “We believe Nova Scotianswelcome the chance to experience more of the exciting work comingfrom this talented group of professionals.” The 2005 lineup opens with a screwball political satire set inCape Breton, Tar Ponds Loonie Giveaway. Tar Ponds is self-financed at a cost of $25,000 and will be screened on Wednesday,Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Tar Ponds is the story of Carmie and Lefty, two zany CapeBretoners who are trying to buy the Sydney Tar Ponds to build agolf course on the contaminated site. In the film, a fictitiousNova Scotia government is selling the Tar Ponds for $1. As ithappens, Carmie and Lefty are not the only ones who want to gettheir hands on the real estate. Tar Ponds will be preceded by a short film from local filmmakerJay Dahl entitled Don’t. Don’t Break Up with Megan. This film isa comedy about a young man’s attempts to cut short his currentromantic attachment. “Empire Theatres is delighted to support film and documentaryproductions that showcase local talent as well as the province’smany excellent locations,” says Dean Leland, director ofmarketing for Empire Theatres. Formed in 1978, Empire Theatres Limited is a Canadian ownedsubsidiary of Empire Company Limited. It has its corporateheadquarters in New Glasgow and regional offices in Halifax.Empire Theatres operates 27 theatres (plus one drive-in)representing 176 screens in Atlantic Canada including one IMAXtheatre in Halifax. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is a provincialCrown corporation reporting to the minister of EconomicDevelopment. The corporation provides a wide range of programsand services to build the capacity and competitiveness of theprovince’s film, television and new media industries. Additional Empire Screening Nights will be held on May 25 andNov. 30, with movie titles yet to be decided. For furtherinformation, visit www.film.ns.ca . N.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Unique Local Partnership PromotesLocal Talentlast_img read more

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Ouverture des mises en candidature pour la Médaille de la bravoure

first_imgLes candidatures à la Médaille de la bravoure sont maintenant acceptées. On encourage les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse à présenter la candidature de personnes qui ont fait preuve de courage et qui ont mis leur vie en danger pour aider les autres ou protéger des biens. « Les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui mettent leur propre vie en danger pour aider les autres méritent notre gratitude et notre reconnaissance », souligne le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. « J’encourage tout le monde à soumettre la candidature de leurs concitoyens qui méritent cette médaille pour leur bravoure. » Les formulaires de mise en candidature sont disponibles, en français et en anglais, aux centres Accès Nouvelle-Écosse, aux bureaux des membres de l’Assemblée législative et en ligne au http://www.novascotia.ca/bravery . La date limite pour les mises en candidature est le 1er mai. Les actes de bravoure accomplis le 1er janvier 2016 ou à une date ultérieure seront considérés. Un comité consultatif choisira les récipiendaires. Veuillez envoyer les formulaires de candidature dûment remplis au Secrétaire provincial, Médaille de la bravoure, ministère de la Justice, 7e étage, 1690, rue Hollis, Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 2L6.last_img read more

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After Shoplifters Sanjay Suri and Mr Srinivasan Narayan are back with Ash

first_imgNew Delhi: Celebrated Chinese director and screenwriter, Jia Zhangke’s film, “Ash is Purest White” is all set to be released in India on the 2nd of August in PVR Cinemas around the country. It is a love story set in contemporary China which goes through dramatic transformations and leaves a lasting effect on you. The film is about love and sacrifice and has a very intriguing plot. Talking about his love for such films, Sanjay Suri says,” I personally enjoy watching films like these which leave you thinking and pondering about them. Such films are pure art. Our vision is to bring the culture of watching all kinds of cinema including International Cinema to India and celebrating it. Such films have a distinct audience and I wish this audience keeps expanding in the coming years. We are planning to release more International films in the coming months.” Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryThe film was selected to compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It stars the very famous Chinese actress Zhao Tao who is known for her expressive acting. Indian films like Kaabil, Andhadhun, etc are doing so well and being appreciated in China and this is a great initiative to bring their films here. Cinema is a global platform and this a great way to infuse both the cultures together.last_img read more

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SNCLavalin pushed Liberals for zero debarment from federal contracts

first_imgOTTAWA — SNC-Lavalin, facing a 10-year ban from federal business over corruption charges, urged the Liberal government in 2017 to water down the penalty scheme for corporate misconduct to the point a guilty company could completely dodge a ban on receiving public contracts.In essence, the engineering and construction giant recommended the Liberals leave wiggle room for a “zero debarment” time period under the government’s integrity regime.The regime’s current rules disqualify offenders from receiving federal contracts for a decade, though in certain cases the period can be trimmed down to five years.The request was part of SNC-Lavalin’s submission to public consultations that explored the merits of changing Ottawa’s tools to deter and punish unethical corporate behaviour. The document was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.A forthcoming proposal to update the integrity regime — which Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough has said will be finalized in about a month — might have major consequences for SNC-Lavalin. It could help the embattled firm avoid a lengthy, economically punishing ban on federal contracts.The Montreal-based company finds itself at the centre of a national political storm amid allegations prime ministerial aides leaned on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the engineering firm avoid criminal prosecution.The company was charged in 2015 with corruption and fraud over allegations it resorted to bribery while pursuing business in Libya.Wilson-Raybould recently told the House of Commons justice committee she came under relentless pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office and other federal officials to ensure the company was invited to negotiate a remediation agreement, a sort of plea bargain that could allow it to continue doing business with the government.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his former principal secretary, Gerald Butts, have disputed the notion any inappropriate arm-twisting of Wilson-Raybould took place.Following public consultations in 2017, the Liberal government ushered in legislation last year to establish the remediation agreement regime.SNC-Lavalin lobbied the government for the creation of a remediation agreement tool — but the federal director of public prosecutions ruled late last year that its case was ill-suited for such an agreement. Wilson-Raybould agreed with the director’s decision and declined to overturn it, though she had the power to do so.However, the company could still escape severe punishment through an update to the integrity regime, which is aimed at fostering ethical business practices by shunning companies guilty of offences such as bid-rigging, bribery, fraud and money-laundering.The Liberal government came forward with a proposed new scheme last fall that includes no minimum ineligibility period.The proposal, which triggered another round of public consultations, was intended to take effect in early 2019, but the government has not yet indicated whether or when it will proceed.Qualtrough, the minister in charge of federal procurement, told a Commons committee last week the government wants more flexibility in the regime for dealing with companies that have integrity problems.The 2017 consultations canvassed opinions about the overall federal integrity regime, including input on the sanctions that can prohibit a company from receiving government contracts — a process known as debarment.In a written submission to the government consultation, SNC-Lavalin called on Ottawa to align its ineligibility guidelines with those of the United States, where an organization could be excluded from bidding on procurement contracts for up to three years, with the possibility of extension.“This also means that discretion allows for a zero debarment time period,” said the October 2017 submission.SNC-Lavalin argued the current penalties were “sufficiently draconian” to discourage a company from disclosing wrongdoing by rogue employees. It said there should be “little or no consequence” for a firm that condemns bad conduct promptly and punishes the employees in question.“When it comes to fostering a culture of good ethics in business, as the saying goes: ‘One good sacking is worth a thousand memos.’”In sum, the company said the integrity rules should not result in punishment of companies that have “legitimately disavowed their employee’s misconduct in ways that make it clear the company itself had no criminal intent to commit the misconduct.” A federal summary of the integrity regime consultation indicates SNC-Lavalin was not alone in its views about the penalties, saying most participants felt the existing disqualification period was too long. “The principal view was to favour full discretion in the determination of a period of ineligibility, including the ability to reduce the period to zero,” the summary says.— Follow @JimBronskill and @AndyBlatchford on TwitterJim Bronskill and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Boeing draws first blood as US Commerce Department hits Bombardier hard

first_imgOTTAWA – Bombardier’s hopes for breaking into the U.S. commercial aviation market took a massive blow on Tuesday, as the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed a hefty 219 per cent duty on its CSeries jets.The department ruled in a preliminary decision that Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, which gave the Montreal-based company an unfair advantage when selling south of the border.The investigation was sparked by a complaint from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing, after Bombardier secured a deal for up to 125 of its CS100s with Delta Air Lines in April 2016.The list price for the planes is around $6 billion, but the actual amount of money involved in the deal has not been made public and Boeing alleges Bombardier offered them for much less.The financial penalties aren’t officially due until Bombardier delivers the first CS100 to Delta, which is expected in the spring. They could also still be dropped or refunded.The key will be whether the U.S. International Trade Commissions finds that Bombardier-Delta deal actually hurt Boeing’s business, a decision that’s not expected until the spring.But the ruling gives Boeing momentum as the dispute drags on, and more leverage in any future talks between the Trudeau government and the Chicago-based company to reach a negotiated settlement.Boeing wasted no time in declaring victory on Tuesday.“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the U.S. market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain,” the company said in a statement.The dispute is not about limiting innovation or competition, it continued. “Rather, it has everything to do with maintaining a level playing field and ensuring that aerospace companies abide by trade agreements.”U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in his own statement that while the United States values its relationship with Canada, “even our closest allies must play by the rules.”Meanwhile, Bombardier and the Trudeau government appeared to be reeling. Most had expected the Commerce Department to rule against Bombardier, but the size of the proposed duty was surprising.Boeing had been asking for an 80 per cent duty.“The magnitude of the proposed duty is absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programs,” Bombardier said in a statement.“Boeing is seeking to use a skewed process to stifle competition and prevent U.S. airlines and their passengers from benefiting from the CSeries.”British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Twitter Wednesday that she was “bitterly disappointed” by the U.S. ruling.She said her government “will continue to work with the company to protect vital jobs for Northern Ireland,” where Bombardier employs more than 4,000 people at its factories in Belfast.Speaking before the ruling, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to continue to stand with Bombardier and Canada’s aerospace industry. He also once again threatened to cut government ties with Boeing.“Certainly we won’t deal with a company that’s attacking us and attacking thousands of Canadian jobs,” Trudeau said outside the House of Commons.But Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland made no mention of retaliatory action in a statement released after the ruling, promising instead to continue raising the dispute with U.S. officials at all levels.Tuesday’s finding was actually the first of two that the Commerce Department is scheduled to release on Bombardier. Attention now turns to whether it “dumped” CS100s into the U.S. by selling them below cost.That finding is scheduled on Oct. 4, but could be delayed.But the real question, which is being tackled by the U.S. International Trade Commission, is whether the deal between Bombardier and Delta hurt Boeing.That ruling, which is expected in the spring, will be the key to whether any duties slapped on the CS100s become permanent or whether the case is dismissed and all duties are lifted.Boeing contends that by breaking U.S. and global trade laws, Bombardier created an unfair playing field in the aerospace industry that poses a risk to its long-term business.But Bombardier and its supporters are clearly banking on the trade commission siding with them, now that the Commerce Department has come out with its preliminary findings against the Canadian company.Even if that is the case, however, either side can appeal the entire case to the U.S. Court of International Trade, bring it before NAFTA dispute bodies, or even take the matter to the World Trade Organization.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao, whose government invested US$1 billion for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries program last year, said he was confident that Bombardier would beat Boeing.But he tempered his optimism by noting that it could take a long time to resolve the case, which Leitao said could hurt Bombardier — and which is why Quebec will continue to support the company.“At the end of the day, as often happens in this type of dispute, the Canadian side will win,” he told The Canadian Press in New York. “Now that day could be a very long day, so that’s where the risks come from.”It was the second bit of bad news for Bombardier on Tuesday — two European railway manufacturers announced they were merging and would present a united front against the Montreal-based company.But there was also a glimmer of good news, after a senior Bombardier official said the firm was hoping to close several deals with Chinese airlines.— with reporting from Andy Blatchford in New York and Ross Marowits in Montreal.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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Health: 6.54 Million Moroccans Benefited from RAMED

first_imgCasablanca-Around 6.54 million people have benefited from the Medical Insurance Plan for the Financially Underprivileged (RAMED), thus constituting 77% of the estimated 8.5 million eligible people, according to recent statistics revealed by the Ministry of health.These statistics were presented by the Ministry of Health on Thursday, March 13, in Rabat, during a briefing organized on the occasion of the second anniversary of the launching of RAMED.According to daily La Vie Eco, the statistics presented by the Ministry of Health show that the number of applications filed by citizens up to the end of February 2014 have reached 2,693,847 applications, 58% of which are from urban areas and 42% from rural areas. RAMED placed the fight against chronic and costly diseases among the priorities of the national health policy, by implementing a strategy based primarily on the prevention and effective management of patients, in order to reduce the number of deaths and costs of care.The number of patients cared for in 2013 increased compared to 2012. The number of those with chronic renal failure reached 7,300 in 2013 compared to 4285 patients in 2012, and the number of patients diagnosed with cancer in 2013 reached to 14,250 compared to 11,874 in 2012.The number of patients diagnosed with diabetes totaled 529,910, compared to 501,064 patients in 2012, whereas the number of individuals suffering from hypertension reached 360,416 compared to 273,121 patients in 2012. The report presented by the Ministry of Health also highlighted the lack of financial resources to finance the RAMED. Hence, access to medical care provided by public hospitals and university hospitals remains dependent on the contribution of the beneficiaries. According to the same source, RAMED card holders can benefit from care for chronic and costly diseases, laboratory tests and hospitalization, although the law allows them only access to emergency services and medical care.RAMED is a medical insurance plan created in 2012. It aims to assist and allow financially underprivileged citizens to have access to medical care.last_img read more

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A daunting task begins: Reducing lobster gear to save whales

PORTLAND, Maine — Fishing managers on the East Coast began the daunting process Monday of implementing new restrictions on lobster fishing that are designed to protect a vanishing species of whale.A team organized by the federal government recommended last week that the number of vertical trap lines in the water be reduced by about half. The lines have entrapped and drowned the North Atlantic right whale, which number a little more than 400 and have declined by dozens this decade.The interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met Monday outside Washington to discuss the implementation of the new rules, which are designed to reduce serious injuries and deaths among whales by 60 per cent.The rules will be developed in the coming months and could have a huge effect on the lucrative fishery. Some individual lobstermen place several miles of trap lines in the water, meaning hundreds of miles will have to be removed in total to meet the goal.“States are committed to taking on the reductions,” said Toni Kerns, interstate fisheries management program director for the commission, after the meeting. “This is a very complex issue, and it will be challenging, but they will find a way to make it work.”Exactly how long it will take to implement the new rules is unclear at the moment, Kerns said. It also remains to be seen whether the commission or states will take the lead in implementing the rules, she said.Colleen Coogan, who co-ordinates the federal government team designed to protect the whales, said during the meeting that co-operating with Canadian authorities is also going to be very important. Canadian fishermen harvest the same species of lobster, and the endangered whales also swim in Canadian waters.“We’ve set a pretty high bar,” Coogan said. “They’re going to have to show that their measures provide similar protections to right whales.”The Atlantic States commission voted Monday in favour of letting lobster fishermen off Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire know that rule changes are on the way.The effects of the rule changes are likely to be felt most heavily in Maine, which typically accounts for four-fifths of the total U.S. lobster catch. The Maine fishery brought nearly 120 million pounds of lobsters to shore last year, and lobsters are an important part of the state’s tourism and economy.Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press read more

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TSX sinks as investors shrug off global stimulus

The Toronto stock market declined Thursday as fresh worries about the American and European economies took much of the shine off moves by central banks to give the global recovery some much needed assistance.The European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China both cut interest rates while the Bank of England embarked on another round of quantitative easing. This involves pumping money into the economy which, hopefully, will be lent to businesses and consumers.But early enthusiasm faded as ECB president Mario Draghi warned that further risks to euro-area growth have materialized and indications for the second quarter point to weakened growth and heightened uncertainty. And U.S. non-manufacturing data increased worries that the American economy is stalling.The S&P/TSX composite index snapped a six session rally, losing 64.48 points to 11,849.39 while the TSX Venture Exchange was down 18.69 points to 1,223.21.The Canadian dollar was off early highs, down 0.03 of a cent to 98.67 cents US.U.S. markets were also weak as positive employment data competed with a worse than expected performance of the service sector and weak retail showings.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 69.18 points to 12,874.64 as the Institute for Supply Management’s service sector index moved closer to contraction, coming at 52.1, down from 53.7 in May. That’s the lowest reading since January 2010. U.S. service companies employ roughly 90 per cent of the economy.And as U.S. merchants reported their June sales early Thursday, many of them disappointed. Costco Wholesale Corp. reported a gain below Wall Street expectations. Target Corp. also missed estimates, posting a modest increase. Teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. reported a bigger-than-anticipated decline.The Nasdaq composite index dropped 11.77 points to 2,964.31 while the S&P 500 index was down 8.39 points to 1,365.63.Payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector created 176,000 jobs during June. This news was particularly welcome, coming a day before the release of the U.S. non-farm payrolls report. Expectations are modest with economists forecasting the economy only cranked out about 90,000 jobs during June.Other data showed planned layoffs in the U.S. fell 39 per cent to a 13-month low in June. Outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas said the June total is 9.4 per cent lower than the number of cuts a year ago and is the lowest monthly total since May 2011.And the U.S. Labour Department reported an improvement in claims for jobless insurance. They fell 14,000 last week to 374,000.Markets had already largely priced in the European moves, helping to spark a sharp run-up in equities over the past few sessions. The TSX, meanwhile, had gained more than five per cent in the last six trading days.The Chinese bank is cutting its benchmark lending rate by 0.31 of a point to six per cent. It is the second time within a month the bank has cut interest rates in an attempt to stimulate China’s rapidly slowing economy.The Bank of England announced it was injecting another 50 billion pounds into the ailing British economy, which has been officially in recession. The move by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee involves the bank purchasing government bonds from banks. It was widely-anticipated and raises the amount it is pumping into the British economy since March 2009 to 375 billion pounds. It is the first stimulus since February.The European Central Bank weighed in with a quarter point cut in its key rate to an all time low of 0.75 per cent.The ECB also cut its overnight deposit rate to zero. That is meant to encourage banks to invest their money in the economy rather than stash it with the ECB.Oil prices also lost ground following the Draghi’s comments with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 98 cents to US$86.68 a barrel. Oil is still up almost US$10 from last Thursday, partly over increased tensions with Iran. But traders have also been hopeful that central bank action to boost economic growth, along with signs late last week that eurozone leaders are making progress in dealing with the region’s debt crisis, will boost demand.Leaders of the 17 euro countries agreed to allow Europe’s bailout fund to capitalize banks directly and to buy the bonds of imperilled countries.The energy sector fell 1.3 per cent while Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 74 cents to $30.39 and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) declined 33 cents to $28.The base metals sector lost about one per cent as September copper lost seven cents to US$3.47 a pound, but prices are still up about 4.5 per cent from last Thursday. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 37 cents to $19.08 and Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) slipped 15 cents to $9.94.Gold bullion prices relaxed $17.10 to US$1,604.70 an ounce, pushing the gold sector down about 0.75 per cent. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 89 cents to $39.45 while Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) dropped 33 cents to $8.81.The consumer staples group was the biggest advancer with Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) ahead 22 cents to $11.74.European bourses also weakened with London’s FTSE 100 index down 0.33 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX declined 1.25 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 shed 1.64 per cent. read more

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Stocks little changed as traders focus on Fed meeting and tapering concerns

Canadian stocks were essentially flat Friday at the end of a losing week where buying sentiment was blunted by growing concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to start reducing its monetary stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index was 9.17 points lower at 13,105.22.The Canadian dollar was off 0.02 of a cent to 93.96 cents US as U.S. bond yields continued to creep higher on Fed speculation. The benchmark 10-year Treasury hit 2.9 per cent earlier in the morning before backing off to 2.87 per cent.U.S. indexes registered slight gains after three days of losses as the Dow Jones industrials edged up 15.19 points to 15,754.62, the Nasdaq climbed 10.01 points to 4,008.41 and the S&P 500 index added 1.07 points to 1,776.57.Expectations about the Fed tapering its US$85 billion of bond purchases have changed over the last month, with markets largely expecting that the central bank would hold off until March when incoming chair Janet Yellen was settled in the new job.But a string of strong data last week, capped by a solid employment report for November, have raised concerns that the Fed could act as soon as next week, when the Federal Open Market Committee meets on Dec. 17-18.A better than expected retail sales report for November and the passage of a budget agreement in the U.S. Congress further served to raise expectations.The U.S. stimulus has lifted stocks over the past few years, and its potential reduction has jolted markets since May, when outgoing Fed chair Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of tapering. However, any cutback in asset purchases would be gradual and is expected to be accompanied by a renewed commitment by the Fed to keep interest rates low.The focus will likely remain on the Fed until its decision next Wednesday.The much battered TSX gold sector, down 50 per cent for the year, moved up 1.35 per cent while February bullion gained $6.50 to US$1,231.14 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) rose 40 cents to $17.88.The base metals sector climbed 0.3 per cent and March copper was up a penny at US$3.31 a pound.Telecoms were weak after the CRTC announced it will look at wholesale rates charged to small wireless firms by the big players including Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T).The federal telecom regulator wants to know if big players are putting these small players at an unfair disadvantage with the wholesale roaming rates they charge. Telus shed 47 cents to $35.94.The energy sector was slightly lower as January crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 83 cents to US$96.67 a barrel.European bourses were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.2 per cent and Frankfurt’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 rose 0.1 per cent.Traders also digested comments by Chinese leaders that the world’s second-largest economy faces “downward pressure” and have called for boldness in carrying out promised reforms aimed at reviving slowing growth.In a report following an annual planning meeting, Communist Party leaders said Friday that the country faces problems including excess production capacity in some industries and environmental degradation.Earlier in Asia, Singapore gained but markets fell in Thailand, Malaysia and Jakarta, which might be more exposed if a reduction in the Fed’s stimulus hurts U.S. demand for imports or sparks short-term capital flight from Asian economies.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.1 per cent, Taiwan’s Taiex added 0.2 per cent, Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.7 per cent and China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.3 per cent. read more

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Mens Hockey Ohio State faces defending national champion Denver on the way

Senior forward Christian Lampasso (18) fires a shot toward goal during the Buckeyes’ first-round victory over Princeton in the NCAA tournament on March 24, 2018. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerThe road to the Frozen Four is always a tricky one, even as a top seed. But it usually doesn’t involve matching up against the defending national champions as early as the second round.However, for the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team to continue moving forward in its improbable season, it must do exactly that.A day after taking down red-hot Princeton, No. 1 Ohio State (25-9-5) takes on No. 2 Denver (23-9-8) for a chance at the program’s second-ever Frozen Four appearance.The Pioneers enter the matchup as winners of five straight games, which includes a victory in the NCHC championship over then-No. 1 St. Cloud State and a 5-1 win over third-seeded Penn State in the first round of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament.As a team, Denver ranks seventh in team offense and third in team defense while posting a top-12 power play and penalty kill, making it one of the most well-rounded teams in the tournament.In the 5-1 dismantling of the Nittany Lions, Denver jumped up to a 4-0 lead while outshooting Penn State 31-17 after two periods. The Pioneers received goals from both their star forwards: sophomore Henrik Borgstrom and junior Troy Terry.Borgstrom and Terry are both highly-touted NHL prospects who rank in the top 10 in the nation in scoring. Borgstrom, the first-round pick for the Florida Panthers, is more of the goal scorer with 23 goals and 29 assists on the season. Terry, the fifth-round Anaheim Ducks pick, has only 14 goals, but his 33 assists are good for third in the nation.On the defensive side, Denver has given up two goals or less in each of the last six games, largely due to the strong play of senior goalie Tanner Jaillet. Jaillet ranks fifth with a 1.83 goals against average and seventh with a .930 save percentage. The goaltender comes into the game having stopped 54 of 56 shots in his last two games, both of which have come against top-15 opponents.Both Denver and Ohio State are ranked highly in every major statistic, but where Denver holds an advantage is in high-end talent with Ohio State’s Tanner Laczynski and Mason Jobst not quite at the level of Borgstrom and Terry.Ohio State showed why it was the top seed with a dominating 4-2 win against No. 4 Princeton in the opening round where the Tigers scored both goals in the final 26 seconds when the result was already in the balance.Princeton also offered two of the best players in college hockey with junior forwards Max Veronneau and Ryan Kuffner, but the Buckeyes shut them both down on the way to victory.This may be another matchup that comes down to special teams, with Denver and Ohio State committing some of the fewest penalties in the NCAA. If one of the teams can take advantage of its few opportunities, it should make all the difference when it comes to two opponents who are relatively even on paper.Puck drop for the matchup between Ohio State and Denver is set for 6:30 pm on Sunday at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. read more

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