Chinese minister says EU investment deal is close

first_imgChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday in Paris that a China-EU investment deal could be reached by the end of the year.His remark came against a backdrop of persistent diplomatic tension between Beijing and the United States.Wang said Europe and China had a responsibility to work for “a more stable world” that would benefit from an agreement that has been in the works for several years. “We have the possibility to conclude one by the end of the year. We each need to take a step towards the other,” the minister told a conference organized by the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI).Wang is visiting European capitals to reinforce ties as relations with the US remain tense. Chinese and European experts have been working for seven years on a deal to protect foreign investments, reinforce respect for intellectual copyrights, end obligations to transfer technology and subsidies for Chinese public enterprises.The US is also trying to establish more balanced economic ties with China, but those efforts are struggling to make headway. In June, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that work on an agreement with the European Union had become “difficult” and warned: “We need more ambition on China’s part to wrap up an agreement by the end of the year.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Education Minister defends implementation of universal secondary education

first_img Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussions Education Minister Hon. Petter St. Jean. Photo credit: GIS NewsEducation Minister Peter St Jean is shooting down claims that the implementation of Universal Secondary Education is promoting a lazy attitude among Dominican students.St Jean told a press conference this week that there has been a lot of mis-information as far as USE is concerned.“The fact that the government of Dominica has created universal access does not mean that students should underperform. In fact it serves to encourage students to perform,” he said.St. Jean said “there is nothing in the policy that bars any parent whose child has written the exams and has not performed well, from repeating the examinations”.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Education Minister defends implementation of universal secondary education by: – June 30, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Rickie Fowler targets a major title after victory in Abu Dhabi

first_img Press Association Rickie Fowler set his sights on a first major title after producing two moments of magic to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday and climb to a career-high fourth in the world rankings. After completing a flawless 65 in the delayed third round on Sunday morning, Fowler carded a closing 69 to finish a shot ahead of Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, with Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson a shot further back in third. Fowler took a two-shot lead into the final round and birdied the first two holes to double his advantage, only to run up a double bogey on the seventh after thinning h is second shot from a sandy waste area across the green. “I think I mentioned through the summer at some point, I said I was a sneaky fourth. I ‘ve got my sights set on number one. That would be the ultimate goal, but I’m up against some pretty tough competition. “To win with Jordan and Rory in the field , it’s awesome. I want to be playing against the best players in the world and beating the best players in the world. I’m looking forward to going to battle with those guys all year long and for the rest of our careers.” McIlroy, who has now finished runner-up four times and third once in the last six years in Abu Dhabi, was left to rue a poor finish to his third round and the start of the fourth. “It seems like this could be the tournament that I just can’t quite master,” said McIlroy, who would have moved up to world number two if Pieters had not birdied the 18th. “There was an 18-hole stretch I played in one over and i n a tournament like this, you just can’t do that. “I gave myself a lot of work to do and just didn’t quite have it today. I think 68 is the best I could have done out there with the places I hit it. I don’t think I hit a shot off the fairway until the ninth hole.” World number one Spieth finished three shots behind McIlroy in a tie for fifth and admitted his recent travels had taken their toll, even at the age of 22. “It won’t be something I’ll do in the future, to bounce back and forth from Asia or Australia as much as we did,” said Spieth, who since the Presidents Cup in South Korea in October has competed in Shanghai, Australia, the Bahamas and Abu Dhabi. “I’m very tired. As a team we’re beat up mentally and physically. I’m not 100 per cent right now. It shows in certain places. ” I didn’t get in a rhythm and when I did have chances, they just wouldn’t go. But we k ept our head in it there the back nine, four under on the last seven holes to carry some momentum going forward off a week that I could have just bagged it in.” Moments later, Spain’s Alejandro Canizares birdied the 10th to cut Fowler’s lead to a single shot, only for the American to hole out from a greenside bunker on the par-five eighth for an eagle. A run of eight straight pars allowed the chasing pack, led initially by playing partner Pieters, to get within a shot again, with Stenson then carding three birdies in the last four holes and McIlroy playing his last seven in five under, including an eagle from 35 feet on the last. However, Fowler responded by chipping in for a birdie on the 17th to take a two-shot lead up the 18th, where Pieters agonisingly missed his eagle attempt to potentially force a play-off. “The ultimate goal this year is to go win a major and this is a step in the right direction for sure,” Fowler said after winning his second European Tour title. “It’s n ice to have the game where it’s at right now going into the season, instead of trying to work on things and trying to find stuff. “Right now I can go and fine tune and really build ultimately for Augusta. This is really the first time in my career I’ve had this feeling about my game and where it’s at.” The so-called “Big Three” of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and McIlroy have won five of the last six majors between them and Fowler reiterated that he needs one of his own to make it a “Big Four.” “I’d like to jump in and be a part of that crew,” added Fowler, who has now won four times in eight months, starting with the Players Championship at Sawgrass last May in the week he and Ian Poulter were voted the most overrated players by their peers in an anonymous survey conducted by Sports Illustrated. “They are the three highest-ranked players in the world. There’s no way around that and the three of them have played amazing. I want to be a part of the crew. We’ve got to take care of a major and then maybe I can join. last_img read more

WNBA announces plan to play abbreviated 22-game season in Florida beginning in late July without fans in attendance

first_imgWNBA announces plan to play abbreviated 22-game season in Florida beginning in late July without fans in attendance Associated Press June 15, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — WNBA announces plan to play abbreviated 22-game season in Florida beginning in late July without fans in attendance.last_img


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety incident report summary between Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2. Crimes against a personAt 4:49 P.M. on April 1, DPS responded to reports of shots being fired near 2375 Scarff St. A non-USC male was found with gunshot wounds. A LAFD RA unit was requested and transported him to California Hospital for medical treatment. LAPD also responded to conduct an investigation.Miscellaneous incidentsat 5:33 P.m.  on April 1, DPS and LAFD responded to a fire alarm that was activated by a staff member in Parkside after he observed smoke in the location. Upon arrival, a student told the DPS officers that somebody had set a poster on fire on the fourth floor. They subsequently found a burnt flyer taped to an elevator 10:50 P.m. on April 1, DPS responded to an intoxicated student who had passed out at Pi Kappa Alpha. A LAFD RA unit was requested and transported the student to California Hospital for 1:08 A.m. on April 2, DPS responded to an intoxicated student who had passed out at New/North. The student was conscious and coherent when contacted by officers and was released at the scene after being examined by an LAFD RA 4:55 A.m. on April 2, DPS officers on routine patrol were flagged down around 1429 23rd St. by a non-USC male who was suffering from possible hypothermia. A LAFD RA unit responded and offered to transport him for medical treatment, but he declined. DPS subsequently transported him to his residence.last_img read more

Men’s Soccer: Badgers rally behind Cowdroy, draw with Maryland in double OT

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-6-1, 0-0-1 Big Ten) backed into Friday’s contest against Maryland (4-3-1, 0-1-1), having lost four straight games with only a single goal scored throughout the slump.The reigning national champs came to the McClimon Soccer Complex, and the Badgers fought through rain to force a double overtime draw — the score line 0–0.Men’s Soccer: Badgers hope to snap losing streak against reigning NCAA champsThe UW-Madison men’s soccer team fell into a midseason slump two weeks ago, losing four straight games and getting outscored Read…Wisconsin was desperate for momentum following a losing streak that appeared, on paper, to have eliminated the high hopes for the team coming into 2019.The Badgers were met with immediate adversity however, as the Terrapins — Terps for short — applied early attacking pressure, getting 12 shots off and forcing goalie Dean Cowdroy to defend multiple set pieces.Cowdroy once again provided first-half heroics, recording six saves and keeping the Badgers level, despite a limited offensive presence — now the official Achilles heel of this Wisconsin team. The Badgers also struggled to control the ball and were dominated in possession time through the first 45 minutes.Men’s Soccer: Badgers look to right the ship following disappointing weekThe Wisconsin Men’s Soccer team dropped two critical non-conference games last week to Butler and Portland, mainly due to a Read…The second half saw the Terps down to 10 men, as a red card in minute 40 for Malcolm Johnston meant the Badgers had player leverage the rest of the way.Wisconsin capitalized on the advantage, recording 11 shots to Maryland’s five and balancing the flow of possession in the second half. Cowdroy tallied three additional saves in the second frame to keep the outnumbered Terps from seizing the lead.Then came the rain. Officials determined conditions were not sufficient for play to continue and suspended action for an hour and a half as overtime loomed. Both teams receded to the locker rooms and prepared for extra time.Badger soccer looks to gain momentum heading into Big Ten playThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks to bounce back following a disappointing performance at the Lakeside Classic in Read…After 90 minutes of play and another 90 of delay, the score remained level at 0–0. The two sides tiptoed through the opening period of OT but still failed to produce a goal. After zero shots were attempted, another period was necessary.Wisconsin managed two shots to Maryland’s one in the second overtime, but ultimately the conditions and strong defensive play ensured the outcome remained even at zero goals a piece.Though the Badgers only managed a draw on Friday, a result like this could be crucial for momentum as the remaining conference games approach.This marks the second year running in which the Badgers have played an otherwise formidable Maryland team surprisingly well, as they upset the Terps last season en route to an impressive regular season. Moving forward, Wisconsin will hope to use the result to catalyze their attacking half and mimic the run of success from last season’s campaign.The Badgers’ next test will be at in-state rival UW-Milwaukee (4-5-0, 1-2-0 Horizon), before Big Ten play resumes Oct. 6 with opponent Michigan State.last_img read more

Tipp school in Harty Cup action

first_imgThe knock-out stages of the Harty Cup get underway today with Thurles CBS in quarter final action.They face Cork side Gaelcholaiste Mhuire in Kilmallock having come through the group stages unbeaten.last_img

Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford give New Orleans’ Anthony Davis rave reviews

first_imgPLAYA VISTA — Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans has become an absolute beast of a power forward. The third-year player out Kentucky is averaging 25.2 points, second in the NBA. He’s averaging 3.06 blocks, first in the league. He’s also coming up with 2.29 steals per game, also second in the association.Let’s not forget rebounding. He’s pulling down 11.5 per game, sixth in the NBA.Other than all that, he’s not doing a thing.Davis and the Pelicans (8-9) on Saturday will visit Staples Center to take on the Clippers (13-5) at 7:30 p.m. At practice Friday, Clippers power forward Blake Griffin was asked what problems Davis presents, and his response was not surprising. “A lot,” Griffin said. “I mean, he’s so versatile offensively and defensively he’s a force as well. So it’s going to be a team thing and we just have to be aggressive with them and execute our game plan and take the fight to them.”Davis spent just one season at Kentucky before declaring for the 2012 NBA draft. He was selected first overall by the Pelicans, but before he got started with them he spent part of the summer of 2012 helping Team USA win a gold medal in the Olympic Games in London.Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford intimated that experience had to have helped Davis mature faster in the NBA.“He’s such a good player, he’s a good all-around player,” Crawford said of Davis, who is 6-foot-10 and about 220 pounds. “He does it on both ends of the floor and he’s having a monster season. It’s weird, when you watch guys that go with the USA to the Olympics and then come back to their season, they come back better prepared, more confident.“I think if you look at him, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden, all those guys, DeMarcus Cousins; they’ve all had great seasons. He (Davis) has gotten better and better. He’s gotten more aggressive — his shot attempts have gone up. He’s doing the same things defensively, obviously, the blocks and the steals and the rebounds. He’s one of the best players in the league.” Check out this example of one of Davis’ lines. In Thursday’s 112-85 loss at Golden State, Davis went for 30 points on 14-of-19 shooting. He also had 15 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals. With all that, the 21-year-old had just two turnovers.Father vs. sonWith the Pelicans in town, that means Clippers coach Doc Rivers will be going against his son, Austin. The younger Rivers is in his third season in the league. A 6-4 shooting guard, he’s part of the regular rotation and is averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 assists in 21.8 minutes off the bench.Coach Rivers on Friday was asked his thoughts about coaching against his son. He suddenly wore just a bit of a pained expression.“Well, it is what it is,” said Doc Rivers, whose team has won six consecutive games and eight of nine. “It’s not anything I think anyone enjoys doing. He wants to win, I want to win and, you know, it’s tough. It’s tough for a parent. I never thought it would be. I thought it would be a lot of fun.”Rivers found out during his final season coaching the Boston Celtics — his son’s rookie year with New Orleans — that was not the case.“In Boston, when we did it the first time, I realized it’s really not a lot of fun,” Rivers said.So, Rivers was asked, who does the Rivers family root for when father and son collide?“Oh, for my son,” Rivers said, managing a laugh. “Yeah, that’s no doubt. The whole family, in that regard.”Even the coach himself?“No,” he said, smiling wickedly.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers can’t stay with Mavericks in Isaiah Thomas’ debut

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“You can see his competitive spirit come to life a little bit.”Or as Thomas put it, “I felt like I got my powers back with this team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousDallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) defends against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) loses the ball as he drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) during an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) gets fouled by Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri during an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton reacts to a foul call during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) puts up a shot against Dallas Mavericks forward Maximilian Kleber (42) during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) goes up for a shot against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) defends against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) loses the ball as he drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) during an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)NextShow Caption1 of 6Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) loses the ball as he drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) during an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)ExpandDALLAS — Isaiah Thomas made his much-anticipated Lakers debut with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter, entering Saturday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks to rousing cheers that grew to a crescendo as he dribbled the ball down the court and later swished a 3-pointer from the left wing with 4:43 left.Thomas handled the ball as if it was on a string in his first game with his new team, dazzling a large contingent of Lakers fans in American Airlines Center while setting up teammates for baskets with alert passes. He also found open spots around the court for his own shots.By night’s end, after the Lakers’ 130-123 loss to the Mavericks, he had delivered as expected and hoped, coming off the bench to score 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting with 6 assists in 31 minutes in his first game since the Lakers acquired him and Channing Frye on Thursday from Cleveland.“He brings another dimension to what we have when he is able to control pick-and-rolls like that and get people shots,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of Thomas. “Obviously, we couldn’t run a ton of stuff because he has been with us for one day, but he was good.center_img Thomas offered more than just glimpses of the play that made him an NBA All-Star during his tenure with the Boston Celtics. He put on a dynamic show that included a crossover dribble that freed him from Dallas’ Kyle Collingsworth and resulted in a 3-pointer midway through the first half.Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called a timeout with his team facing a 53-42 deficit after Thomas’ 3 with 6:49 left in the half. Brook Lopez, who stands 7 feet, went to give the 5-9 Thomas a congratulatory shoulder bump, but had to bend way, way down to deliver it.By halftime, Thomas had a team-leading 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, plus four assists in 14 minutes. The Lakers scored easily and often in the opening half, but so did the Mavericks. The Lakers’ 66-65 lead at halftime was tenuous at best.The Lakers chased the game for almost all of the second half. They wiped out an eight-point deficit, taking a 115-114 lead on Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer with 6:28 remaining in the game. They couldn’t stay in front and Dallas closed the game on a 16-8 run.Julius Randle led the Lakers with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists before fouling out with 17.7 seconds remaining and the game out of reach. Brandon Ingram added 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Frye didn’t play as the Lakers’ four-game winning streak came to an end.Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points for Dallas.The Lakers shot 54.8 percent; the Mavericks shot 53.9 percent. Although the Lakers seemed capable of scoring at will, they couldn’t stop the Mavericks. Trading baskets made for an entertaining first three quarters, but it doomed the Lakers to a defeat in the fourth.“There was a lack of communication,” Randle said. “We didn’t talk on our switches and stuff like that. We were scrambling the whole night and didn’t do enough consistently. Offense wasn’t the problem. We can put up points. We have talented players. It was the defensive end.”last_img read more

Louise L. Catt, 66, Wellington: Sept. 14, 1946 – April 6, 2013

first_imgLouise CattLouise L. (Watkins) Catt, of Wellington, died Saturday, April 6, 2013 at her home in Wellington at the age of 66.Louise was born the daughter of Lester and Wanda Watkins on September 14, 1946 in Blackwell, Okla..On November 21, 1970 Louise and John Spillman Catt were united in marriage in Augusta.  Together they celebrated 36 years of marriage.Louise graduated in 1964 from Blackwell High school, attended two years at Southwestern Bible College in Okla. City, Okla. and was then a graduate after two years of attending Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Okla..  She retired in 2004 from the Wellington Social Rehabilitation Services and was also a teacher for many years. She loved her family especially her granddaughter Nevaeh Catt. She enjoyed camping and gardening. Louise attended church at the First Assembly of God in Wellington.Survivors include her son, Mason Catt and his wife Heather of Wellington, sisters, Trudy McClarnon of Blackwell, Okla., Rhonda Brady and her husband Steve of Inman, South Carolina, brothers, Bill Watkins and his wife Karen of Kaw City, Okla., Ronnie Watkins of Billings, Okla., Gary Watkins and his wife DeRhonda of Blackwell, Okla., granddaughter, Nevaeh Catt of Wellington, and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John Catt, two nephews Brandon and Rodney Watkins.Memorial services for Louise will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013 in the chapel of Day Funeral Home, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.A private family burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta at a later date.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with Harden Hospice 314 North Washington Ave. Wellington, Kans. 67152. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more