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Roberto Martinez to trust in Everton’s youth despite pressure on his job

first_img1 Roberto Martinez has decided the best way to ease the pressure on his job is by trusting Everton’s youth players for the remainder of the season.The Spaniard knows some fans are calling for his head, with protests planned during’s Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth, but, as of yet, there have been no moves by the board to get rid of him.The Toffees currently sit 11th place in the Premier League, and, although it may result in falling closer to the bottom three, Martinez is looking to incorporate youth players in the final weeks of the campaign. Tom Davies and Callum Connolly both made debuts from the bench against Southampton last month and with injured trio Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman and Gareth Barry joining the suspended Ramiro Funes Mori in the stands, there could be more chances.Matthew Pennington, recently recalled from a loan spell at Walsall, could feature at the heart of defence and a debut for 18-year-old playmaker Kieran Dowell – who scored a hat-trick against Leicester’s Under-21s in midweek – appears imminent.Martinez said: “Kieran has been outstanding in his performances, I don’t think you could find a better adjective than ‘outstanding’ to describe the consistency he’s had with the Under-21s and the quality he brings.“He was involved with the first-team (squad) earlier in the season but picked up an injury and I feel he’s ready now to be given an opportunity in the first team.“Every young player at Everton has a specific programme and path to get into the first team. We’ve already seen Tom and Callum make their debuts and they were very impressive in the manner they did.”John Stones and Ross Barkley are two recent examples of inexperienced players rising to prominence – and full England honours – through the Everton ranks.They proved themselves to Martinez whenever handed the chance in the first-team, and the head coach has urged any upcoming debutants to show a similar drive to impress.“Whoever is on the pitch needs to reach a level of intensity or responsibility or drive or quality,” he said.“It’s no good going through the motions or expecting you’re going to have the opportunity to represent Everton for the rest of your career.“Whoever is on the pitch for different reasons – and there are certain players who deserve opportunities or need to show what they can do – needs to show that sort of level every single minute between now and the end of the season.“Every position in the table matters and every point matters.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez last_img read more

Clean-up begins for Donegal Town businesses after flood

first_imgThe clean up has begun for a number of Donegal Town businesses after Storm Lorenzo floods tore through properties this Friday morning.The heavy downpours impacted homes and businesses in three areas of the town, including the local printing and gift store on New Row in Donegal TownLaurence McHugh from New Row Signs and Graphics had made preparations for the storm on Thursday night, but he didn’t expect conditions to be so bad. He told Donegal Daily: “We had about six to eight inches of water this morning. It went through all the floors and stock.”“Everything had to be lifted and taken away, we had to take out the floors and it’s all in the skip now to be dumped.”Owner of Hakuna Matata, April Soames gets some help from Dominic McCahill and local councillor Noel Jordan as she removes the destroyed flooring from her shop in Donegal Town. (North West Newspix)Adjacent to the printing store is April Soames’ ‘Hakuna Matata’ hamper and gift shop. April’s business started just six months ago, but it’s back to the drawing board for the pair after the damage of Storm Lorenzo.Laurence said: “We had good help from everyone around us, but now we have to sit and think about what we are going to do. What are the next lock of days going to bring?” Clean-up begins for Donegal Town businesses after flood was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

49ers Pettis catching fire after catching flack from Shanahan

first_img“He challenges me all the time, every single play,” Pettis said after Sunday’s 43-13 loss. “I know he expects more out of me. We’ve had a few talks about what … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)SEATTLE — Now that Dante Pettis’ rookie season is finally taking off, he explained why on Sunday, and it’s not just because he’s started the past two games with Marquise Goodwin on personal leave.Coach Kyle Shanahan stoked Pettis’ fire.last_img

Photo library: People 6

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Jason Rosenstein,a musician in the SouthAfrican band Sons of Trout,looks out at a storm overClifton beach. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: A woman enjoysa cup of coffee at a cafe inthe city centre. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Tourists at theV&A Waterfront. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Crowds throng the hallways of the Cape Town International ConventionCentre during the 2008Cape Town InternationalJazz Festival. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Cameraman onthe set of a German advertproduction, inside theengine room of a ship in theharbour. Cape Town attractsmany international filmproductions. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: a rickshaw driver. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: Early morningexercise along thebeachfront. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: Businessman insidethe Durban InternationalConvention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Paarl, Western Capeprovince: Dantjie Jagman,one of the collective offarm labourers who ownNew Beginnings Wine Farm,near Paarl. The workerswere given a portion, andbought another portion,of the Nelson’s Creek farmon which they worked. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Coke launches ‘green’ factory, bottle

first_imgRay Maota PlantBottle technology reduces carbonemissions during the productionprocess of the bottles. Valpré received the “Gold Quality” labelin May 2011 by Monde Selection, aninternational institute testing consumerproducts and granting them quality awards.(Images: Coca-Cola)MEDIA CONTACTS• Angela D HarrellCoca-Cola South Africa+27 11 644 0727Coca-Cola South Africa celebrated the opening of its new “green” Valpré Spring Water plant in Heidelberg, south-east of Johannesburg, by launching an environment-friendly plastic bottle – of which 30% is organic material.The US$54-million (R371-million) state-of-the-art facility was opened on 7 July 2011 by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa.Run by a group of black women, the factory has been described by the beverage giant as the “greenest plant in Africa”.The method used to manufacture the 100% recyclable PlantBottle packaging produces far fewer carbon dioxide emissions than that used to make conventional plastic bottles.Molewa said at the launch: “The opening of the new Valpré plant in Heidelberg, and the launch of PlantBottle, supports government’s mandate to create infrastructure, develop skills, increase the number of women in the workforce and ensure sustainable development with a focus on minimising the impact on the environment.“It is a notable example of the kind of development that we encourage all South African industries to adopt.”Coca-Cola chose Heidelberg for its proximity to distribution sites in the Gauteng region, where demand for bottled water is high.It also chose the town because the chemical composition of the underground water there is similar to that at Valpré’s Polokwane plant in Limpopo province.“When we set out in 2009 to build this plant, we did so with the goal of ensuring that the plant reinforced all that the Coca-Cola Company and Valpré Spring Water stand for, which is unwavering quality and commitment to the sustainability of our environment and communities,” said Bill Egbe, the company’s president in South Africa.Greening the bottling industry “With the new Heidelberg plant, Valpré will reduce its carbon footprint, lower its water usage ratio, adopt energy-efficient lighting and production technologies, and boost its solid waste recovery – all while providing its market with a sustainable product packaged in a bottle that takes a giant step towards using renewable resource,” said Charlotte Metcalf, executive director of South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA).SANBWA, a voluntary association of bottlers representing the entire bottling chain, sets safety and quality measures for the industry.The new plant maximises use of natural light and water, and includes recyclable material in its building, thereby reducing dependence on non-renewables.To ensure the plant matches up to the standards of top green buildings around the world, it is undergoing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.LEED certification is an internationally recognised programme developed by the US Green Building Council in March 2000, which promotes sustainable building and development practices.It is considered the benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.A first for AfricaThe newly introduced PlantBottle is Africa’s first completely recyclable plastic bottle using 30% plant material.South Africa is the 10th market in the world to launch the bottle.More than 2.5-billion plastic water bottles using PlantBottle technology have been produced in the US in the past two years.“There is no other brand in Coca-Cola South Africa’s portfolio of 30 still and sparkling beverages better suited to represent sustainability and quality than Valpré,” Coke said in a statement.The brand of bottled water received the “Gold Quality” label in May 2011 from Monde Selection, an international institute that tests consumer products.Empowering women Muhtar Kent, the worldwide CEO and chairperson of Coca-Cola, announced in 2010 that the company would empower 5-million women across the world by 2020, also known as the “5 By 20” pledge.Kent said at the time: “Enhancing economic opportunities for women in the Coca-Cola value chain will result in increased incomes, enhanced skills in business, increased stature within the community and improved potential for communities.”Empowering women to run the new Heidelberg plant is part of this pledge.Other members of the town’s community will also benefit from the plant through increased job opportunities.last_img read more

WWE legend Rick Flair vows to ‘never drink again’ after near-death experience

first_imgView comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City FEU sends UST reeling to fourth straight loss Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight What he initially thought as a minor issue turned out to be way worse, as his kidneys began to shut down and was on the brink of congestive heart failure, according to The New York Post.“My daughter [Charlotte] told me that the doctor told her to go see me — that I wasn’t going to make it,” Flair shared. “I had no idea it was that bad. Wendy never told me.”As it turned out, Flair’s years of alcohol abuse was the main culprit—a condition he didn’t even know he had.“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” he admitted.Flair also confessed that he had never taken a pain pill in his life, but often relied on booze to ease the pain from his wrestling injuries.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES But a after a recent health scare that nearly cost him his life, Flair has changed his tune and has vowed to “never drink again.”WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and restingFEATURED 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“It scared the sh*t out of me,” the “Nature Boy” recalled his harrowing experience in an interview with People TV.  “I never want to go through this again.”Flair recalled experiencing an upset stomach last month, which prompted his fiancee, Wendy Barlow, to rush him to the hospital. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Still, the “Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flyin’, Kiss Stealin’, Wheelin’ Dealin’, Son of a Gun” said he remained sober while performing for his countless fans.“I never drank when I was working,” he said. “But as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.”  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Retired professional wrestler Rick Flair, the subject of the documentary “30 for 30: Nature Boy” participates in a panel during the ESPN Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Aside from his trademark “Woo!” yell, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer Rick Flair is perhaps best known for his overly outgoing personality and carefree attitude.The 68-year-old retired professional wrestler certainly knew how to live his life, and admitted his penchant for consuming alcohol on a daily basis.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

From the Editor-in-Chief

first_imgEver since the 2G scam first exploded in the UPA’s face in November 2010, the Government has been whipped in Parliament, lambasted by the Supreme Court, chastised by the press and faced the general public’s disgust. It might have thought that by jailing the main accused, former telecom minister A. Raja, this nightmare would come to an end. But that was not to be. Since Raja’s trial started this week, he has come out of jail with all guns blazing. He has accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati of possessing full information and knowledge of all his decisions as telecom minister. He claims to have documentary evidence of this. Raja contends that either all of them should be charged too, or he should be let off.Letters exchanged between Raja and the prime minister in 2007-08 show that the prime minister knew exactly what his telecom minister was doing. Manmohan Singh may not have approved explicitly, but if he disapproved, as the highest authority in Government, Raja argues he could have constituted a GoM or an EGoM on the issue of spectrum allocation and pricing. There is a whole trail of correspondence to corroborate his charges. On the contentious issue of sale of equity by Swan and Unitech to Etisalat and Telenor at huge valuations, Raja has two arguments. First, that the then finance minister Chidambaram had full knowledge of these sales and did not object. The fact is that there may be nothing illegal in these sales as they were dilution of shareholding and all the money came into the companies. Second, if these sales were illegal in any way, then why are Tatas and S Tel, who in fact divested their shareholdings, not being charged at all? These are not prima facie unreasonable arguments. The Raja offensive in court has the Government shaken. How will it deal with these revelations and more probably to come? In order to prove the culpability of Raja and others, the Government will have to prove that illegal gratification was given to him for the granting of the licences. Establishing this money trail is not going to be an easy task and Raja knows that well.Our cover story, written by Senior Editor, Headlines Today, Sandeep Bamzai, puts together the paper trail that Raja is using to defend himself, investigates the extent to which other senior members of the Government may be complicit and delves into what happens next. Bamzai spoke to some of the main accused, including Raja, in court. Says Bamzai, “Raja’s body language was aggressive, he told me that many others in the Government were culpable and that he would name them all.” It seems that more trouble lies ahead for the Government.On a completely different track, we are now exactly a year away from the start of the 30th edition of the Olympic Games which commence in London on July 27, 2012. India won just three medals in Beijing in 2008. Incredibly, that was our best performance. Instead of lamenting why a nation of 1.2 billion people can’t produce more champions, we at the India Today Group would like to contribute to a positive effort with our “Go for Gold” campaign kick-started in this issue. Over the next year, we will first identify the disciplines in which India has a reasonable chance of winning a medal. We will then travel across India to track the sportspersons who have a shot at Olympic glory and report on the progress of their preparations. With this, we hope to raise public consciousness about our potential medal winners and ensure that they get full attention from the Government, sporting federations, sponsors and coaches. India deserves to do better at the Olympics. If the nation puts its mind and effort into it, I am sure we will.last_img read more

Trump dairy farmers broaden attacks on Liberals as speedy metal tariffs urged

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada-U.S. trade war bled into farm fields on Monday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government faced dual attacks from Canadian dairy farmers, and President Donald Trump.The Dairy Farmers of Canada branded as “troubling” and “worrisome” comments Trudeau made on NBC’s Meet the Press that Canada was considering allowing U.S. dairy greater access to the Canadian market as part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Trump, meanwhile, broadened his trade tirades on Twitter into agriculture, writing: “Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products. Not acceptable!”The attacks came as the government is already reeling from Trump’s imposition last week of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, part the president’s broader tariff attack on Mexico and Europe.Trudeau also faced pressure Monday to speed up Canada’s tariff retaliation on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, while it consults on imposing levies on other American consumer goods.Speaking on the NBC Sunday news show, Trudeau called the tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum “insulting and unacceptable.”Trudeau was also asked about possible concessions the U.S. is seeking in the NAFTA talks.“I think they want a better deal on their auto sector from Mexico and I think they want more access on certain agricultural products like dairy to Canada,” the prime minister said.Asked if he was willing to give that, Trudeau replied: “We were moving towards flexibility in those areas that I thought was very, very promising.” But he said the U.S. insistence on a five-year sunset clause was a deal breaker.Pierre Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, sent Trudeau a letter on Monday, demanding a meeting and questioning his support for the dairy industry.“These comments are deeply troubling for our dairy farmers, as you and your government’s representatives have repeatedly stated that you support the supply management system and our sector,” Lampron wrote.“Your comments, in addition to political meetings between your staff and President Trump’s advisers, for which there has been little information provided to us, are quite worrisome.”Trudeau’s office declined direct comment on the letter and instead referred to comments Monday in question period, in which Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay once again defended Canada’s supply management system.“The prime minister, myself, the minister of foreign affairs, cabinet ministers and caucus, and, indeed, the trade negotiators of NAFTA have clearly indicated the Canadian direction,” MacAulay said.“The Liberal government is the government that put supply management in place and it is the Liberal government that will protect supply management.”Canada has already granted some access to its dairy markets in its other big free trade deals with the European Union and the re-booted Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 11-country Pacific Rim pact that does not include the U.S.Trudeau also faced calls Monday to speed up the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum, but he rebuffed them.Trudeau said he wants to respect the government’s 30-day consultation period on its proposed $16.6-billion tariff package, retaliation for the Trump administration’s decision to impose 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.The federal government wants to consult Canadians before enacting its response, which targets not only U.S. steel and aluminum, but also a wide variety of goods from orange juice to playing cards to toilet paper.Joseph Galimberti, the president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said he urged Trudeau in a meeting Monday to immediately impose the retaliatory tariffs on metals while it consults on the other products.Galimberti said American steel continues to flow into Canada tariff-free while Canadian steel now faces tariffs.“This is a very live situation,” Galimberti told reporters after the meeting, add that companies are “experiencing damages and interruptions today, supply chains are going to change going forward.“This is something that the government is going to need to pay attention to.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer also urged Trudeau to accelerate the retaliation.“The American tariffs went into effect immediately and Canadian shipments of steel are already being turned back from the border,” said Scheer. “Why is the prime minister waiting three weeks to impose these counter-measures specifically on steel and aluminum when the U.S. tariffs came into effect right away?”Trudeau replied he wants to follow through on the consultations while trying to persuade the U.S. to drop the tariffs.“One of the fundamental realities is that nobody wins in trade wars,” he said.“We continue to believe that by working thoughtfully and firmly with the American administration we are going to be able to move forward in a positive direction.”last_img read more

Acquisitions insolvencies cited as drilling company count tumbles by 40

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A research report by AltaCorp Capital shows the number of companies actively drilling in Canada has declined by 40 percent since the oil price crash of late 2014.The analysis cites industry data which shows only 26 drilling contractors have been working so far in 2019, 17 fewer than observed in 2014.It says consolidation is the biggest reason companies have disappeared, with seven companies holding about 17 percent of market share being purchased over the period, including CanElson Drilling in 2015, Savanna Drilling in 2017 and Trinidad Drilling in 2018. It says insolvency removed four companies, although the market share held by those firms was just one percent. Two companies which together held about one percent of market share in 2014 are simply inactive, they have rigs but aren’t operating them.One company left the Canadian market and the fate of four other missing names isn’t known. There is just one new entrant on the 2019 list.The report says the Canadian drilling market would benefit from more consolidation given recent declines in drilling activity but says acquisitions are unlikely given high debt levels in the larger players and the relatively unattractive assets available.“Ultimately, we expect that rig transfers out of Canada, smaller one-off asset sales and gradual atrophy of older and less relevant rigs, will be the primary drivers of further Canadian industry concentration over the near-to-mid-term,” the report concludes.last_img read more

Further terror attack on India will be extremely problematic US warns Pak

first_imgWashington: The US has warned Pakistan that another terror attack on India will prove to be “extremely problematic” as it asked Islamabad to take more “concrete and sustained” actions to rein in terror groups including the JeM and the LeT.Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in February 14.India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAddressing reporters at the White House on Wednesday, a senior administration official said: “We need to see Pakistan taking concrete and sustained action to rein in the terrorist groups, mainly the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba in order to ensure that we don’t have re-escalation (of tensions) in the region”.”If there’s any additional terrorist attack without Pakistan having made a sustained, sincere effort against these groups, it would be extremely problematic for Pakistan and it would cause re-escalation of tensions, which is dangerous for both countries,” he said on the condition of anonymity. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAsked about the steps being taken by Pakistan in the aftermath of the Balakot air strike by Indian fighter jets, the official said that the US and the international community needed to see “irreversible and sustained” actions against the terror groups.”It’s early to make a full assessment,” he said.In the recent days, the official said Pakistan has taken some “initial” actions. They have frozen the assets of some terrorist groups and made some arrests. They have taken administrative control of some of the JeM facilities, he said. “But we clearly need to see more. We need to see irreversible action because in the past, what we’ve seen is they made some arrests and then a few months later, they released these individuals. The terrorist leaders are sometimes still allowed to travel around the country, hold rallies,” the official said.Reiterating that the US is looking for “irreversible action”, he said America is working with its international partners to increase pressure on Pakistan.”Because it has been too long that these groups have been able to operate,” he said.Observing that Pakistan has economic concerns as well, the official said the Financial Action Tasks Force (FATF) is one area which demonstrates the need for them to take these actions against terror groups.”Otherwise, they’re at risk within the system and the FATF to be grey-listed,” the official said.Pakistan needs to decide if it wants to be viewed as a responsible international player and have access to all the financial mechanisms that are available or is it going to continue to fail to take the steps necessary against these terrorist groups and see itself further isolated. “The choice is Pakistan’s,” the senior administration official asserted.While the situation between the two south Asian neighbours have de-escalated, the two armies are still on high alert and that concerns the US, the official said.”So, we realize that if there, God forbid, would be another terrorist attack that you could quickly see the escalation in the situation once again. So that’s why, we’re making clear that any additional military action by either side runs an unacceptably high risk, for both countries and for the region,” the official said.The Trump administration, he said, has taken sort of a “zero tolerance policy” on the issue of safe havens to terrorists.”The terror terrorist attack on February 14th on India was a demonstration that Pakistan’s continuing provision of sanctuary for any terrorist group is not acceptable,” the official said.During the height of the crisis — February 26-28 — the US was in continuous contact with Indian and Pakistani officials, both on the ground in New Delhi and Islamabad.”They were working on the phones continuously and were deeply engaged in seeking to deescalate what was a very dangerous moment in India-Pakistan relations,” he said.The United States has also reached out to influential countries to have them help deescalate the situation, the senior administration official said.Some of these countries are China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan and Australia.last_img read more