‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Guide to Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Indonesian dancers perform the traditional Poco-poco dance along the streets of Jakarta on Sunday. Image: GOH CHAI HIN / AFPIndonesian president Joko Widodo led some 65,000 of his compatriots in a mass dance through the streets of Jakarta on Sunday to promote the Asian Games and try to set a world record along the way. Indonesia beefs up security ahead of Asian Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Police and military staff, members of parliament, students, members of fitness centers as well as inmates in jails across Indonesia all showed their best Poco-poco moves at the same.“This a very good opportunity to show that Indonesia is conserving its traditions,” high school student Raja Farid Akbar said. “I am happy that I can help promote a tradition that could have been forgotten.”About 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries are expected to flock to Jakarta and Palembang for the August 18 to September 2 Games, the world’s biggest multi-sport event behind the Olympics. NVGRELATED STORIES:SBP sends team to Asian Games after allADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jakarta and the city of Palembang on Sumatra will jointly host Asia’s biggest sporting event from August 18 but President Widodo has previously complained about the lack of promotion and enthusiasm in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In a bid to drum up support ahead of the games authorities turned to the poco-poco, a traditional line dance from North Sulawesi province.Dressed in white and red — the color of the Indonesian flag — President Widodo, his wife Iriana, and several high ranking officials led tens of thousands of Indonesians in a long, snaking line of dancers through the capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Organizers hope to break the world record for the largest number of people performing the traditional dance in one place and said 65,000 people took part in Jakarta.“Poco-poco is the original culture of Indonesia and it’s a native dance, so we are now performing a mass Poco-poco dance with 65,000 people setting the world record showing and reiterating Poco-poco belongs to Indonesia,” police chief Tito Karnavian who took part in the event said. View comments
OTTAWA — Canada’s garbage is coming home from the Philippines.Canada has made a formal offer to have more than six dozen containers of Canadian household trash returned to the Port of Vancouver nearly six years after it was sent to Manila labelled incorrectly as plastics for recycling.The Canadian offer came around the same time as the Philippines has ordered its Bureau of Customs to get the containers back on a ship bound for Canada no later than May 15.Last month President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to declare war on Canada if it didn’t take back its trash and set this week as a deadline for an end to the impasse.Duterte’s colourful comments were matched by his foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin, who tweeted this week that he is going after the Filipino importers who brought the trash into the country but dismissed suggestions they should be sent to Canada with the garbage because that would be “too much pollution.”Global Affairs Canada spokesman Adam Austen says Canada hasn’t received a formal reply to the offer to bring the garbage back but tweeted that the garbage would be on boats by May 15 “no ifs or buts.”The Canadian Press
Most of us have never seen her lose.That’s how fast and unexpected and remarkable this has been. Way back on March 1, in the semi-finals of the Mexican Open, a third-tier event in Acapulco, Bianca Andreescu fell in three sets to Sofia Kenin, then the 35th ranked player in the world. She took home a check for $11,500.She had made a bit of noise earlier in the season, beating Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniaki in Auckland en route to the Australian Open as a qualifier, but beyond the tennis hard core, those victories hardly caused a ripple.And before that, Andreescu was precisely as famous as you’d expect the 152nd ranked player in the world to be.Then, immediately after Acapulco, Andreescu won Indian Wells, sort of the fifth major, and this crazy ride began.Her only two losses since, a retirement and a walk-over, were forced by injury. Andreescu has otherwise been untouchable. The odd wobble here, the brief loss of form there, but no one has been able to beat her when she was able to finish a match, and there is every reason to believe that in this moment, she is the finest female tennis player on Earth.That truth was, of course, hammered home on Saturday afternoon, when Andreescu defeated the greatest female player in history, Serena Williams, in straight sets in the final of the U.S. Open — the first Grand Slam victory by a Canadian.It wasn’t quite prime time Serena, at age 37, but it was very, very good Serena, riding an emotional high after dominating her side of the draw. So no asterisks here. Just try and come up with a historical list of the players Andreescu wouldn’t have beaten that afternoon in Flushing Meadows.The image of her victory, Andreescu lying on the court, spread eagled as though about to make a snow angel, staring into the New York sky, is already one that belongs on a stamp. She has been propelled over those eight months from obscurity to full-on national sports hero.And we, as a country, have entered uncharted territory. You can start searching for comparables, but they just aren’t really there.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In tennis, Carling Bassett made it as far as the U.S. Open semis, and Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard both made Grand Slam finals – Bouchard also made it to two Grand Slam semis – and peaked at number three in the world. Perhaps it’s merely the power of hindsight that paints those results as unsustainable, but the truth is, none of them won, and for all of the excitement in the moment, it didn’t feel anything like this.In other individual sports, there’s Mike Weir winning the Masters and Lennox Lewis winning the heavweight championship, Brooke Henderson’s recent triumphs and Ben Johnson and Donovan Bailey and a long list of Olympians who at least temporarily captured the country’s heart.None of those, though, came so quickly, so out of the blue.Emotionally, the can’t-stop-smiling part of this feels closest to the Raptors’ championship, not just because of She The North, but by the way something went from specific to universal so quickly, by the way it became one big, ecstatic social-media driven national hug.And now to figure out who this young woman is, since there hasn’t really been time for that. Even the marketers are scrambling to catch up.You will hear very much in the coming days about her parents and their classic, immigrant story (not a bad time to be reminded of just how Canadian that story is….), about her little dog Coco, about her coach Sylvain Bruneau, about her dogged rise through the ranks when no one was paying attention, about the sacrifices made, about her diet and training regimen, about how she might fare in Melbourne in January, about how she’ll approach the red clay of Roland Garros or the grass courts of Wimbledon next summer, about what it will be like to return to New York as a defending champion, with expectations turned on their head.How Andreescu handles that whirlwind will be telling. But absolutely no one is doubting that she has the tools, and the varied, nuanced game, to continue to succeed at this level.At age 19, it’s understandable that Andreescu doesn’t really have the words to describe what she’s living through. In some ways, she is processing it along with the rest of us.But there is a look in her eyes that, in the context of what we have just witnessed, speaks to a level of confidence that only the greatest athletes possess. It’s as if she was shocked by the moment, yet absolutely unsurprised by the result.Amazing enough when it comes from a Tom Brady or Sidney Crosby. On a whole other level when it comes from a teenager who has never been this way before.Emotionally, it might never be so sweet and fresh and beautiful again, and Canadian sports fans have been historically conditioned to wait for bubbles to burst.But there’s nothing to dread here. Instead sit back, savour what we’ve just witnessed, and imagine the journey to come.
APTN National NewsThe Air Tindi pilot who died in a 2011 plane crash near Yellowknife, that also claimed the life of a passenger, was stoned on marijuana the Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.The Cessna 208B Caravan went down Oct. 3 near Lutsel K’e, Northwest Territories. Two other passengers survived but were seriously injured.“Toxicology testing revealed that concentrations of cannabinoids found in the pilot’s bloodstream were sufficient to have impaired pilot performance and decision-making during the flight,” said TSB in a press release.Investigators also determined the pilot was flying too low which “prevented the pilot from seeing and avoiding terrain.”Weather was marginal and the aircraft did not have a terrain awareness and warning system or terrain-warning features on its GPS.The pilot was flying using visual flight rules, which means the pilot must maintain constant visual reference to the ground.He could have flown using instrument flight rules, which pilots fly using cockpit instruments and doing so would have provided a margin of safety, according to the report.Air Tindi has since taken measures to improve safety according to TSB, including installing cockpit imaging and flight data monitoring devices in its Cessna 208B fleet.The company also does random drug and alcohol tests for employees in “safety-sensitive positions.”
Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan will be hosting the 2017 Summer Universiade, an international multi-sport event, organised for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).The Universiade is staged every two years in different cities. The Summer Universiade consists of 14 compulsory sports and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country which includes Archery, Athletics, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Judo, Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis and Volleyball.The 12 days sports event is the only summer multi-sport event in the world that connects students at both academic and athletic levels and is broadcasted by more than 100 TV channels.Talking about the event, Ko Wen-je, Mayor of Taipei commented, “This is a very exciting opportunity for Taipei in terms of growth in tourism and visibility in the sporting arena. We are expecting a large number of tourists and participants from India during the event. We invite tourists from India to come and enjoy the city of Taipei and everything that it has to offer in terms of a buzzing night-life, cosmopolitan culture, fantastic food and historical sites apart from a world class sporting infrastructure.”
Russia’s CTC Media has appointed Stanislav Ploschenko, the senior vice-president for finance at mining and metals company Mechel, as its new chief financial officer. Ploschenko will take up his new role effective January 24, 2015, replacing current CFO Nikolay Surikov, who will leave his post on January 23.Until he starts his job, Ploshenko will also work as a financial advisor to CTC Media’s CEO, Yuliana Slashcheva.“I am delighted to welcome Stanislav to the CTC Media team and am confident that his deep experience working for major public and private companies will benefit and strengthen our management team,” said Slashcheva.Ploschenko joined Mechel in 2006, having previously worked as head of the metals and mining division at Commerzbank in Eurasia.CTC Media said that Surikov is resigning “to pursue another opportunity to be announced in the near future.”