Beijing, Feb 17 (PTI) Chinas non-acceptance of the “unilateral” arbitration filed by the Philippines with the UN on the South China Sea issue is merely observing the law, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said today, asserting that Beijing will “stick” to its stand.Wangs comments came after Australia called for a solution to the South China Sea (SCS) disputes through peaceful means, including arbitration. China in 2006 declared it would not accept arbitration of disputes concerning territorial sovereignty and maritime rights, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Wang told reporters after talks with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop here. “Chinese government will certainly stick to this position,” Wang was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.He said that more than 30 countries, including Australia, have also made similar “exclusive” declarations.The Chinese Foreign Ministers comments came amid reports that China has deployed a battery of long-range surface-to-air missiles on one of the disputed islands in the South China Sea. During the press conference, Wang also gave a list of reasons why the Philippines arbitration attempt is “invalid and unacceptable, including unilateral moves without consulting China, which goes against international norms, as well as the common sense argument that arbitration applications are usually lodged only when all other means are depleted.” China and the Philippines have several agreements that disputes should be solved through dialogue and consultation. The Philippines has also signed the fourth article of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), which states that disputes should be solved by those countries directly related, through negotiation and consultation. The Philippines arbitration attempt “violated previous agreements and raised suspicion of its complicated international background or even hidden political motives,” Wang said.advertisementThe Asia Pacific region has witnessed tension after China flexed its military muscle in the resource-rich South China Sea. Over half of the worlds commercial shipping passes through the waterways in the South China Sea.China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with several other Asian nations like Vietnam and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.They accuse China of illegally reclaiming land in contested areas to create artificial islands with facilities that could potentially be for military use.The US has criticised Beijing for building artificial islands in the disputed sea, and has flown a B-52 bomber and sailed a guided-missile destroyer near some of the constructions China has made in recent months. PTI AKJ AKJ
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Gundogan: We needed response after Norwichby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes his side had to show a response after their poor result at the weekend.City were humbled by Norwich City in the Premier League, losing 3-2 away from home.But they showed their quality in the first game of the Champions League group stages, with an impressive 3-0 away win against Shakhtar Donetsk.Speaking about the win, in which he scored, Gundogan said to the club’s official website: “We played quite well I think. The first goal away helps you but we never relaxed, kept the ball well and created a lot of chances. the result is great for us at a tough ground.”We had at least a couple of clear chances. But the third goal killed the game and we were able to play down the last 15 minutes.”It was necessary to respond and respond well (to the Norwich defeat) All of us, not just individually. They created good chances but we were solid at the back.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton strugglesby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he’s surprised by Everton’s early season struggles.The Blues currently find themselves in the relegation zone after eight matches of the campaign despite being handed what looked to be a relatively favourable early fixture list.Pellegrini said, “[Surprised by their position?] Maybe, yes. They have very good players and a team that is very strong every year.”I suppose I expected them to not be in that position in the table.”Because we won that game last season, it is in that moment we played in the way we wanted to. We want the same result again this time as well.”It is difficult to analyse their situation. Last season we beat them there when we were in a position that they are now.”Games are always different though, I am sure we will find an Everton with high pace and looking to get better results than their last games.”
WASHINGTON — Spending on U.S. construction projections fell 0.1% in October, the third consecutive monthly decline, as weakness in home building and non-residential construction offset a rebound in government projects.The Commerce Department says the October decline matched a similar 0.1% drop in September and followed a 0.4% fall in August. Construction has been weak since peaking in May with declines in four of the five months since that time, reflecting in large part the struggles that home builders faceIn October, home building fell 0.5%, while non-residential construction retreated 0.3% as declines in construction of medical facilities and shopping centres offset a gain in office construction. Government spending was up 0.8% in October, a rebound that reflected gains in both state and local projects and federal spending.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
Washington DC: A team led by an Indian American student has been chosen by NASA to have its CubeSat — a mini research satellite to detect cosmic rays — flown into space on future missions of the US space agency. The researchers from the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association (YUAA), led by 21-year-old Keshav Raghavan, are among the 16 teams across the country whose CubeSats will be flown into space on missions planned to launch in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The team’s CubeSat BLAST (Bouchet Low-Earth Alpha/Beta Space Telescope) is named for physicist Edward A Bouchet — the first African American to receive a PhD in America. Students designed the satellite over the course of four years, and received the launch grant through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative competition. According to the NASA, BLAST is a scientific investigation mission to map the distribution of galactic cosmic radiation across the night sky. The satellite will identify and count alpha particles and beta particles in the rays, and measure the radiation energy around Earth. BLAST will contribute to the ongoing search for the origins and nature of these rays, which will provide insight into the origins of the universe. Typical CubeSat projects cost about USD 30,000, while the one developed by the team will cost around USD 13,000 to USD 20,000, according to Andrew Krzywosz, co-president of YUAA. Once BLAST, a cosmic ray detector, goes into orbit, it will collect data about particles travelling to earth from distant supernovae, Raghavan said. “Building a CubeSat and launching it into space is an ambition YUAA has had for quite a while. The founding members in 2011 had it as a goal in the back of their minds, but at that time, it was totally beyond our capabilities as a club,” said Jonathan Li, co-president of YUAA. The team said that as the satellite is ‘smaller than a loaf of bread,’ it costs orders of magnitude less than large-scale satellites. The work, so far, has culminated in a viable prototype that the team anticipates will be ready for launch in slightly over a year. CubeSats are miniature satellites intended as a standard, inexpensive design that can easily fit alongside larger satellites aboard launch vehicles. The CubeSat model has given student groups, hobbyist organizations, and research teams operating with limited funding or experience unprecedented access to space. CubeSats are built from a modular structure of 10x10x10cm cubes, and feature a wide variety of commercially available off-the-shelf components designed to fit the structure from various manufacturers.
Lolo Jones, the track star who lives on Twitter, wishes she did not have a false start on her Tweet to former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed on the football field.LeGrand, whose profile does not indicate that he is confined to a wheelchair, apparently jokingly challenged Jones to a race, and that sparked Jones’ response that read: “Get Checked for a concussion. Clearly, you’ve been hit in the head. . . Cos you arnt beating a track athlete. . . ”That’s when Twitter went wild. Soon, Jones realized her gaffe when someone Tweeted to her: “You know he’s a quadrapalegic now?’“No. Dnt know. Sry. Dont know every football player,” Jones replied. “He challenged me to a race and I responded. . . ”Then she Tweeted: “I’m gonna get murdered for that Tweet. When I had no clue who that dude was. Just responding to any athlete who challenges me to a race.”Even later, Jones acknowledged that she was “getting trashed by tons of people.”Give her credit for trying to minimize the damage and not let it just fade away. She sent a statement to Yahoo! Sports that read: “I’m truly sorry if I offended anyone by my tweet. When Eric challenged me to a race earlier all I knew was that he was a football player, but certainly had no idea he had become paralyzed from a football injury. I thought I was tweeting in good fun like I always do with the many athletes who challenge me to races.”LeGrand has been magnanimous, Tweeting: “Sorry for all this crazy stuff being said. Much respect for you” and “this is wild did not know this was going to happen. You have a supporter in me for sure.”Since being paralyzed two years ago, he has stood on his own, led the the Rutgers football team onto the field for a game in 2011, been given the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs, vowed to walk again and been an quite a brave and inspiring man.You can bet Jones will do a little more research when tempted with an aggressive response. Or, at least, that’s the hope.
The members of Turkish football team Malatyaspor have all donned anti-racism t-shirts in support of Mesut OzilThe Arsenal playmaker, who is of Turkish descent, had recently announced his retirement from international football and cited that he was primarily motivated by the racism he fell victim to by German football federation and president Reinhard Grindel.Ozil has been at the centre of criticism in Germany following his controversial photo with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in mid-May with teammate Ilkay Gundogan.Germany captain Manuel Neuer recently spoke out in support of his now-former teammate and revealed that the whole squad understood Ozil’s decision.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Now Malatyaspor, prior to Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over second-division side Gazisehir Gaziantep, have shared on Instagram a photo of Ozil’s face with the phrases “We are all you” above the picture and “Say no to racism” below it.“Our players wanted to show they support Mesut Ozil,” read a message on the club’s Instagram page.FUTBOLCULARIMIZ SAHAYA MESUT ÖZIL’E DESTEK AMAÇLI PENYE ILE ÇIKTILAR HELAL OLSUN KAPLANLAR ?????? HERKES YORUMA MESUT ÖZIL’I ETIKETLESIN ARKADASLAR @m10_officialA post shared by Ben Malatyaspor’luyum (@ben_malatyasporluyum) on Aug 4, 2018 at 9:10am PDT
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has defended Cristiano Ronaldo’s struggles to score by insisting that it’s more difficult to score in the Serie A than La LigaRonaldo has now gone 270 minutes without finding the back of the net in his first three Serie A games for Juventus.The Portuguese forward played the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Parma, but it was Blaise Matuidi who instead scored the match-winner.Although Allegri is nevertheless pleased with Ronaldo’s performances and insists that it is harder to score in the Serie A due to the greater focus on defensive plays.“He had a great game,” said Allegri, according to Marca.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“There is more dedication to defending in Italy and [Ronaldo] is aware of it, as he’s a clever player.“In Italy, it’s more difficult to score 40 goals [in a season].”In his nine years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored 311 goals in 292 La Liga games.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will now have to wait until September 16 to score his first Juventus goal due to the upcoming international break.
“Attendees can gather information from the different companies,” says Wolpin. “There are also opportunities to go into resource centers and gather documents from different exhibitors, in addition to going to the exhibition halls. Attendees can also sit and talk with their peers.”During the 2011 event there were 19 digital exhibitor booths and six webinars sessions that provided industry-related content. Several magazine advertisers are also sponsors of the virtual event, which uses the ON24 Virtual Show platform. The magazine leverages its print product to promote the virtual event, in addition to posting on social networks and to its own website. “We’re using more than one medium to express subjects of interest,” says Wolpin. “We tend to set up the virtual event to drive attendees to the webinars because that’s the main event.”The webinars are editorially driven and serve as the session tracks for the daylong virtual conference. During the virtual event there is a dedicated booth for the magazine where representatives try to secure subscriptions from those who are not already subscribers. B-to-b media revenue hit $26.49 billion last year, with revenue from trade shows, events and conferences rising to 40 percent of that total, according to American Business Media. While many are still utilizing face-to-face events, Wolpin says a virtual show can sometimes be more valuable to attendees.“The reason we have a virtual event instead of an in person event is because there’s no time or money required on the part of the person who attends,” he says. “It’s easy and it’s no harder than picking up a magazine—they turn on a computer and click on a few places. Five years ago, budgets were being cut and we’ve had a few recessions in the last decade. Each one took its own pound of flesh in terms of travel budgets for state and local governments and has reached greater proportions today. Virtual events are a convenient and no cost way to get at least part of what you would get at a live show.” Penton Media’s American City & County magazine, a monthly b-to-b publication serving the state and local government markets, is driving audience development and ROI with virtual events. The title’s State and Local Government Summit (pictured), which launched five years ago, is delivering a variety of paid sponsorships and cultivating valuable connections with readers.“The audience comes for a reason—to learn some things and talk with people from other (municipal) counties,” says Bill Wolpin, editor and publisher of American City & County. “I can stop and ask people questions and talk with people. Publishers should consider virtual events—if they’re already doing webinars, they’re half way there. A virtual event is a webinar on steroids and I would strongly suggest media companies look into it because it is an ideal way to engage your audience and make a difference that will continue to pay benefits in terms of audience and advertiser engagement.”Wolpin says that the publication has seen individuals staying longer and longer in the virtual event each year—an opportunity for the brand to capture the attention of its core audiences, while also pleasing its sponsors. Additionally, the event has grown from 600 to almost 2,000 attendees since its initial launch.
ABM had a productive board of directors meeting last Wednesday. The trade media association added ten new members to its roster, including three media companies, six associate members and a sister association, the PPA, which ABM has also formed a strategic alliance with. The organization also voted in three new board members.Joining the board of directors are Access Intelligence president and CEO Don Pazour (AI is the parent company of Red 7 Media, publisher of Folio:); Northstar Travel Media chairman and CEO Tom Kemp (Northstar was just sold to The Wicks Group in early July ); and Britton Jones, president and CEO of Business Journals Inc. (Jones has also served on the boards of the Society of Independent Show Organizers and the Exhibition Industry Foundation).Pazour, Kemp and Jones are now part of a roster of 16 other ABM board members, including: Frank Anton, CEO, Hanley Wood, LLCJames Casella, President & CEO, Asset InternationalGary Fitzgerald, Chairman & CEO, Meister Media WorldwideJayne Gilsinger, SVP, Planning and Development, PennWell CorporationGlenn Goldberg, President, Commodities and Commercial Markets, The McGraw-Hill CompaniesRussell Glass, CEO, BizoDavid Kieselstein, CEO, Penton MediaJeffrey Killeen, Chairman & CEO, GlobalSpecJeff Lapin, President, Farm Progress CompaniesJoseph Loggia, CEO, Advanstar Communications Inc.Doug Manoni, CEO, SourceMediaMarion Minor, CEO, M2MEDIA360William Morrow, EVP, Operations, Crain Communications Inc.Anthea Stratigos, CEO, Outsell Inc.Neal Vitale, CEO, 1105 Media, Inc.Steve Weitzner, CEO, Summit Business Media The association’s new members include a couple that are returning to the fold. In all, ABM added the following companies: Media Members:Boardroom EventsHG DataUnited Publications (returning member)Associates:HCL TechnologiesiNet Solutions GroupLaredo GroupMequoda Group (returning member)Nomad EditionsPredictive Growth InstituteABM also added the Professional Publisher’s Association to its membership, which included a strategic partnership intended as the first of several alliances that will ultimately form an international coalition of b-to-b media and information associations.