Category Archives: Opinion

Formula One: Hamilton says heart has led his surge to top

Lewis Hamilton attributes his surge to the top of the Formula One drivers world championship to an increased level of “heart and passion” since winning the British Grand Prix in July.

US Open: Pliskova breezes past Brady to advance to quarters

World number one Karolina Pliskova needed just 46 minutes to defeat American Jennifer Brady 6-1 6-0 at Arthur Ashe Stadium and punch her ticket to the quarter-finals at the US Open on Monday.


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Federer, Nadal in action on sunny day at US Open

Blue skies and bright sunshine greeted fans at the US Open on Monday, where world number one Rafa Nadal and third seed Roger Federer were scheduled to play under an open roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

North Korea begging for war: US after UNSC meeting

NEW YORK: UN Security Council members called for further sanctions against North Korea on Monday after a powerful nuclear test explosion added another layer of urgency for diplomats wrestling with what to do about the North’s persistent weapons programs.

Scheduled after North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb underground Sunday, the emergency session comes six days after the council strongly condemned Pyongyang’s ‘outrageous’ launch of a ballistic missile over Japan. Less than a month ago, the council imposed its stiffest sanctions so far on the reclusive nation.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said North Korea’s relentless actions show that its leader, Kim Jong Un, is ‘begging for war,’ and the time has come for the council to adopt the strongest diplomatic measures.

“Enough is enough. War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited,” Haley said.

Speaking one after the other, diplomats from France, Britain, Italy and elsewhere reiterated demands for the regime to halt its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs and urged further sanctions.

“Pyongyang poses a clear threat to international peace and security,” said Sebastiano Cardi, the UN ambassador from Italy, which heads the North Korea sanctions compliance committee. He noted that North Korea is the only country to have tested a nuclear device in the 21st century.

The North trumpeted ‘perfect success’ Sunday in its sixth nuclear test blast since 2006.

Monday’s Security council meeting was requested by the United States, Japan, France, Britain and South Korea.

“We cannot waste any more time. And in order to do that, we need North Korea to feel the pressure, but if they go down this road there will be consequences,” Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho told reporters ahead of the council meeting.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre said France was calling for the adoption of new UN sanctions, swift implementation of existing ones and new separate sanctions by the European Union.

The council aimed to take a big bite out of the North Korean economy earlier this month by banning the North from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products. Together those are worth about a third of the country’s $3 billion in exports last year.

The council could look to sanction other profitable North Korean exports, such as textiles. Another possibility could be tighter limits on North Korean labourers abroad; the recent sanctions barred giving any new permits for such workers. The US also suggested some other ideas earlier this summer, including air and maritime restrictions and restricting oil to North Korea’s military and weapons programs.

However, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the council Tuesday that “addressing the issues plaguing the (Korean) Peninsula through sanction pressure alone is impossible” because “that path does not propose any options for engaging (North Korea) in constructive negotiations.”

Russia and China have both proposed a two-pronged approach: North Korea would suspend its nuclear and missile development, and the US and South Korea would suspend their joint military exercises, which they say are defensive but Pyongyang views as a rehearsal for invasion. The North recently requested a Security Council meeting about the war games.

Washington says there is no comparison between its openly conducted, internationally monitored military drills and North Korea’s weapons programs, which the international community has banned.

Neither North Korea nor South Korea is a Security Council member.

Portland Classic: Fine finish helps Aditi Ashok end tied-15

Aditi Ashok rounded off the week with a superb five-under 67, which lifted her to tied 15th at the end of the Cambia Portland Classic.

Hockey India goes the BCCI way, to advertise for head coach

It seems that Hockey India (HI) is taking a leaf out of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) book. In a first-of-its kind move, the HI is going to advertise for the post of head coach.

Diego Costa out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad

Exiled striker Diego Costa was not included in Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group phase on Monday.

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