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PVL: Power Smashers stay in outright semis hunt

first_imgHornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time “I’m not satisfied with how the players performed,” Pamillar said in Filipino. “They were out of sync and it seemed like they were taking things easy. They know that they can beat our opponent and relaxed too much. That can’t be the case,” he said.Thai guest player Kannika Tipachot showed the way as she had 21 of her 23 points off attacks to help the Power Smashers improve to a 5-4 slate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHyapa Amporn added 11 markers, while Jovelyn Prado got 10, including the match-clinching joust against Air Force’s Iari Yongco in the fourth set.Still, Pamillar called out her ladies for their lackluster showing, putting the focus on his setters Vira Gullema and Alina Bicar. Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay Power Smashers coach Nes Pamillar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPower Smashers escaped with a 25-23, 16-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Philippine Air Force to stay in the hunt for an outright semis berth in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.But coach Nes Pamillar felt the win still left a lot to be desired with the way his girls performed against the cellar-dwelling Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam LATEST STORIES “There were lots of instructions that weren’t followed. They didn’t seem like they know what they were doing. I was telling them to think. I told them we’ll talk again in the dugout,” he said.After taking the first set, 25-23, the Power Smashers came out flat in Set 2, allowing the Jet Spikers to equalize, 25-16.They seemed to have figured things out in the fourth set, turning a 14-all deadlock to a 21-15 lead, but once again fell to the same trap as Air Force tied the game at 22.Luckily, Prado took matters into her own hands, scoring off the block to put her side at match point before denying Yongco on the net for the win.Patcharee Saengmuang topped Air Force (1-8) with 21 points, while Angel Mae Antipuesto got 11 in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Rebisco-PSL squad arrives in Kazakhstan Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View commentslast_img read more

Star retains top spot after thumping of Meralco

first_imgLOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF PBA IMAGESStar took sole possession of the first seed after clobbering Meralco, 108-90, in a matchup of league leaders in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots remained the owner of the top spot with an 8-2 card while the Bolts careened to third place with a 7-3 record, tied with TnT, behind San Miguel and Ginebra that both have 6-2 slates.ADVERTISEMENT South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Star, known as the best defensive team in the conference holding down opponents to 84.1 points a game, proved once more its acumen when it prevented the Bolts from scoring for more than seven minutes into the fourth.A 13-0 run opened up the period for the Hotshots with Jio Jalalon capping it off with a couple of free throws with 5:15 left to give Star a 94-75 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingKelly Nabong was the first Bolt to score in the final quarter with a jumper at the 5:02 mark to stop the bleeding, 94-77, but it hardly mattered at the Hotshots were already in full control.Star head coach Chito Victolero knew their matchup against Meralco would boil down to defense since the Bolts are the second-best defensive team allowing just 87 points a game. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rollins takes pride in indie origin, eyes Lesnar, Styles bouts View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO “Proper mindset and mental toughness is very important, and we talked about that we are the no.1 in defense and they’re the no.2 team,” said Victolero. “I’m very happy with the result, we played 48 minutes of Star Hotshots basketball with proper defense and we did a good hob on [Alexander] Stepheson.”Meralco’s import managed just nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and turned the ball over six times.Ricardo Ratliffe led the Hotshots with 32 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks while Paul Lee added 16 points.Chris Newsome filled the stat sheets for Meralco as he put up 25 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicanslast_img read more

WATCH: Kawhi Leonard’s 34 not enough in Game 2

first_imgLATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 27-year-old Leonard’s efforts, however, were still not enough as the Warriors beat the Raptors, 109-104, to steal home court advantage heading into Thursday’s Game 3 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.🖐️ @kawhileonard puts up a game-high 34 PTS for the @Raptors in Game 2 of the #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV. #WeTheNorth FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 3: Wednesday (6/5), 9:00pm/et, ABC & Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/BCvn5LtiDi— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2019 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Reed proves he still has it after latest Ironman conquest TORONTO, ONTARIO – JUNE 02: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors reacts late in the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 02, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPToronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard has been on another level in the playoffs and he continued his torrid play on Monday (Manila time) in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.Leonard led all scorers with 34 points, including 16-of-16 from the free throw line, that went with 14 rebounds three days after having 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 118-109 win in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Pascal Siakam, who led the Raptors with 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting from the field in the finals opener was held to just 12 points on a 5-of-18 shooting clip.The Warriors on the other hand, had multiple players contributing led by Klay Thompson’s 25 points and Draymond Green’s all-around game.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

RS MPs demand law to make celebrities endorsing Ads liable

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) MPs from Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) in Rajya Sabha today demanded enacting a law to make celebrities liable for the products they endorse in a bid to ensure consumers are not misguided. SP member Naresh Agarwal raised the issue during Zero Hour saying that a new fashion of becoming brand ambassadors has emerged and there were filmstars, sports personalities or religious figures who endorsed products which people buy believing them. He said Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had to face the opposition of people in Noida for endorsing a real estate company. Actor Salman Khan too endorsed a medical product, Agrawal said, after which SP member Jaya Bachchan suggested that Agrawal should not get “filmy”. Continuing further, Agrawal said that in other countries, there are laws which make celebrities endorsing a product, which fails to make up to the standards projected, liable. There is a need for strong law in India too so that people are not cheated, he said. He noted that a Parliamentary Committee has submitted a report in this regard and it should be considered by the government. Later, Shantaram Naik of Congress raised the issue, pressing for a legislation to protect the interests of the consumers. Naik said there is a need to ensure that consumers are protected from being “misguided by celebrity endorsements of consumer products”. Earlier this week, a Parliamentary Standing Committee has recommended stringent provisions including jail term up to five years and hefty penalty of up to 50 lakh in order to protect consumer interest in a bid to make celebrities accountable for misleading ads. (MORE) PTI ADS RNK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea racism scandal deepens as former players go public with claims

first_imgShare via Email Twitter Chelsea Renu Daly, the solicitor representing four of the players, said the Chelsea case had also led to her firm, Hudgell Solicitors, being contacted about similar issues at other clubs. “These men feared they had nobody to turn to when they were young children hoping for a football career,” she said. “They have each come forward individually now, having never spoken to one another about it over the years. Collectively now, they have found the voice to speak about what happened. We are very grateful that people who were part of these youth teams, and not subjected to abuse, have also come forward to speak in support of their former colleagues. Their only motivation for doing so is the fact they simply feel it is the right thing to do.”Williams joined Chelsea in 1979 and went on to have a spell as assistant manager to Claudio Ranieri, as well as being involved in the scouting department for José Mourinho, before leaving the club in 2006. He is credited with discovering John Terry but has been accused in the past of making homophobic comments to Graeme Le Saux, a former Chelsea defender. Williams later joined Ken Bates, formerly Chelsea’s chairman, at Leeds United but was dismissed for gross misconduct in 2013 after emailing pornographic images of women to a number of colleagues, including a female receptionist.Rix, who won 17 England caps and played in the 1982 World Cup, also has a chequered past, having admitted in March 1999 two charges of unlawful sex with a 15-year-old girl and indecent assault and being sentenced to 12 months in prison – serving six of them – as well as being put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. He was reinstated by Chelsea immediately after his release from Wandsworth prison and was the first-team coach when Gianluca Vialli’s team won the FA Cup in 2000. Rix had previously been the assistant manager to Ruud Gullit and had a brief spell as the caretaker manager after Vialli’s departure. The club have responded to the latest developments by saying: “We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and they will be fully investigated. We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to assist the authorities and any investigations they may carry out, and to fully support those affected, which would include counselling for any former player that may need it.”The players who allege they were racially abused have asked to remain anonymous. “I came forward because I couldn’t stand back and see the people responsible denying it had happened,” one said. “Young players, including myself, were racially abused each and every day. I think many of us at the time just thought we had to accept it to make a career. It was as if you had to show you could handle it before you could be considered for progression to the first team.”Another player added: “I can remember that one of our lads was of mixed race, and the coach would be taking training and would organise a game by saying it was ‘whites against blacks’. He’d then look at this lad in front of everybody and say: ‘Oh, which side are we going to put you on?’ It was all about isolation and humiliation.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Lunn, a former goalkeeper, spent four years at Chelsea before being released at the age of 18 and moving into non-league football, including spells at Woking and Aldershot. “As a group of kids, we probably became used to hearing racist terms and insults when we were at the club,” he said. “One week there would be only one or two, another day it may happen 10 times. It was the norm.“I can remember how it affected some of the lads. One of my team-mates was repeatedly called racist names by Williams and when we were alone together he would confide in me and say how he hated the way he was being treated, the names he was called and the way he was singled out time and again because of his colour.“Those boys had no support or no way of challenging it. There was nobody else to go to. They had to deal with it and accept it. There was no way anybody else would challenge it on their behalf as their card would have been marked. It was just the way it was. It wasn’t right, and that is clear now. We probably didn’t realise back then how wrong it was.“It’s why I have come forward to support these players now. It has taken them so long to speak out because of the impact it has had on their lives. Some of these lads were excellent players who I think could have made it. They didn’t get support back then, but it is only right they have it now.” Gwyn Williams takes Chelsea youth team training in December 1985. Photograph: Hugh Hastings/Chelsea FC via Getty Images Facebook Share on Messenger Grant Lunn pictured in the Chelsea team photograph of 1983-84. Photograph: Hugh Hastings/Chelsea FC via Getty Images Read more Chelsea are facing more allegations about a racism scandal involving Gwyn Williams and Graham Rix after the former youth-team footballers who claim they were subjected to horrific abuse received public backing from two of the white players who were on the club’s books.Grant Lunn and Gary Baker, who both played in Chelsea’s youth setup in the early 1980s, said they had decided to come forward to speak about Williams after reading the statement the club’s former youth-team coach released to the Guardian in March to “deny all and any allegations of racial or other abuse”. Share on WhatsApp Amid new evidence of “whites-against-blacks” training matches and with Lunn remembering racism as “the norm”, this newspaper can also reveal that Chelsea are facing the possibility of more widespread legal action about the culture of “continued racist bullying and abuse” that allegedly existed behind the scenes when Williams, a key figure at Stamford Bridge for 25 years, was prominently involved in the youth system.Four players have submitted legal claims and a number of others have contacted solicitors, with at least three more cases pending. All the claims relate to Williams but Graham Rix, a former England international, is also implicated in relation to his coaching period with Chelsea’s youngsters in the 1990s. As the Guardian reported in January, one allegation is that Rix threw a cup of hot coffee in the face of one young black player, who claims his confidence was shattered by the racial abuse he encountered from his coaches. Rix and Williams, who use the same lawyer, have repeatedly denied all the allegations.At the weekend Lunn and Baker met four of the players – among them, two of their former team-mates – who claim they were racially abused by Williams, including one who says he was so traumatised by his experiences as a teenager at Chelsea, from 1979-85, he cannot even watch them play on television because of the flashbacks he suffers. Topics Reuse this content news Read more Share on Twitter I can remember how it affected some of the lads. One of my team-mates was repeatedly called racist names by Williams Baker, who was on Chelsea’s books from 1981-86, said: “When I read the articles in March I was surprised how it all came flooding back and how it made me feel. It was the outright denial from Williams that made me want to come forward. I have no axe to grind with him personally, as I was never targeted in any way by him, but I was annoyed and angered to read his denial.“I thought: ‘How on earth can he say that?’ as I know he racially abused players, one in particular in my time, regularly. I don’t think that back then, as a kid, I ever thought about it being wrong, and I wasn’t one to speak out anyway. Nobody spoke out. It wasn’t like today where there are at least four or five members of the coaching team. Williams was in charge of the entire youth setup and if you were going to make it in football it was on his say-so.”The legal papers served to Chelsea allege one player was so traumatised he abandoned his career at the age of 19, despite signing as a professional, and has deliberately avoided going anywhere near Stamford Bridge in more than 30 years since he was at the club.That follows the previous Guardian story in January about three former youth-team footballers from the 90s issuing legal claims against Chelsea because of what one, now in his late 30s, described as a “feral environment” for some of the black players in the youth team, alleging they were treated “like a race of fucking dogs”.That player’s allegations include that Rix or Williams called him a “darkie”, a “nignog”, a “black bastard”, a “wog”, “midnight”, “jigaboo” and various other insults. The player also alleges he was told by Williams to “fuck off back to Africa” and “sell drugs or rob old grannies”. Williams, it is alleged, would punish the player by telling him to “go and clean my office, Richard Pryor – shine my shoes like a good wog” or “pick up your lip, it’s dragging on the floor”.In one incident, Chelsea played a youth-team fixture in Spain and Rix is said to have humiliated one of the black outfield players by substituting him with the reserve goalkeeper. As the player was showering afterwards, it is alleged Rix shouted: “If his heart was as big as his cock, he would be a great player that ran more.” According to the evidence presented to Chelsea, Rix followed it up by saying the player should have been “the only person in the whole stadium to be able to enjoy the 40-degree heat” on the basis that “blacks were always winning the long-distance Olympic events in the heat, if they weren’t chucking spears”.The allegations were so serious Chelsea felt compelled to notify the Football Association and the police were brought in. The police decided after a seven-month investigation there was insufficient evidence to take any action but Chelsea have launched their own investigation and the FA’s safeguarding team has interviewed at least two of the players. Chelsea have also offered counselling to the players. Rix and Williams have declined a number of interview requests from this newspaper. Share on Pinterest ‘Williams and Rix made it clear to lots of black players they didn’t stand a chance’ Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams accused of racism and bullying while at Chelsea Pinterest last_img read more

Realme X will launch soon in India but with different hardware and price of around Rs 18,000

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 09:56 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme X is coming to India soon.Indian version of the Realme X will be different from the China variant.Realme X Indian version may be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor.Realme X just went official in China and India Today Tech got hands-on to the device. Read the quick review of the Realme X here. Soon after the China launch, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth announced that the Realme X will launch in India very soon. However, he didn’t reveal the launch timeline of the phone. Sheth has now revealed some more details about the Realme X India variant.On Saturday, Sheth revealed that the Indian version of the Realme X will be different from the China variant. He didn’t mention the difference though. But considering Xiaomi has announced to launch a Snapdragon 730 processor phone soon, it is highly likely that Realme X Indian version may be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor.Sheth revealed these details via a tweet. He said that the Onion and Garlic versions of the Realme X will also hit the Indian market. In fact, Sheth highlighted that India will get “one more special variant”. Sheth also revealed that in India the Realme X will be priced around Rs 18,000.In China, the Realme X is available in three variants — 4GB + 64GB variant costs CNY 1,499 (approx Rs 15,300), 6GB RAM + 64GB storage costs CNY 1,599 (approx Rs 16,300), lastly 8GB + 128GB storage model comes for CNY 1,799 (approx Rs 18,300).The China version of Realme X comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up it 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.advertisementOn the camera front, the Realme X offers a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.6 micron pixel and 6P lens and a 5MP secondary depth camera. On the front the Realme X sports a 16MP pop-up selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Realme X runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top and the phone houses a 3,765mAh battery.ALSO READ | Realme X launched with Snapdragon 710, AMOLED display, VOOC 3.0 and 48MP camera: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Realme X launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 with Snapdragon 855 chipset India launch confirmedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RealmeFollow android Realme X will launch soon in India but with different hardware and price of around Rs 18,000Considering Xiaomi has announced to launch a Snapdragon 730 processor phone soon, it is highly likely that Realme X Indian version may be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor. advertisementlast_img read more

Buddhadeb returns to Palm Avenue residence supportive care to continue for next

first_imgKolkata: Ailing former chief minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee has been released from the hospital on Monday. He will be under medication at home and intravenous antibiotics and supportive care like BIPAP, nebulisation and chest physiotherapy would be applied on him for a few more days.He was taken to his Palm Avenue residence in South Kolkata in an ambulance on Monday. He had been rushed to a private hospital in the city with an acute respiratory problem and low blood pressure on September 6, but his health condition is stated to be completely stable now. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBhattacharjee, a patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), had complained of multiple cardiac ailments following which he was taken to the hospital. He had severe shortness of breath. Bhattacharjee had been suffering from diabetes and low oxygen saturation and high carbon-dioxide level in blood for the past few days, prior to his admission at the hospital. The veteran CPI(M) leader and former chief minister had remained away from public eyes for quite some time due to his prolonged ailments. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt has been learnt that Bhattacharjee had insisted on going back home and urged the doctors for an early release. After examining him, the medical board at the hospital found that his health condition has improved and took a decision on his release. However, the doctors decided that he will be put under constant monitoring at his residence and supportive care like BIPAP and nebulisation would continue for the next couple of days. A press statement issued by the hospital stated that he is currently sleeping comfortably with BIPAP. He is also maintaining stable blood pressure and normal heart rate and oxygen saturation with oxygen supplementation. His pneumatic condition has improved but he might require intravenous antibiotics on the next few days.last_img read more

Romania recognizes Guaido as Venezuela interim president

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s president has officially recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president almost a week after other European Union countries recognized him.President Klaus Iohannis said Friday that Romania had decided to join other EU countries and allies in recognizing Guaido partly because Bucharest currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency. Iohannis, in charge of the country’s foreign policy, said Romania needed to have “quick, fundamental and firm reactions” to international developments.Several EU countries, including Spain, Germany Britain and France, had given Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government an eight-day deadline to call a new presidential election. The deadline expired Sunday and they recognized Guaido as interim president.Guaido, who heads the opposition-led National Assembly, declared himself Venezuela’s legitimate ruler on Jan. 23. He has the support of Washington and most South American nations.The Associated Press read more

Top Washington institute to assist Sri Lanka to formulate a food policy

President Maithripala Sirisena has held an important discussion with a leading institute in Washington about health and food habits of Sri Lankan people and the possibility of formulating a policy to ensure healthy food intake to minimize malnutrition, the President’s office said.This was discussed when Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Shenggen Fan called on him at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York today (September 26). Revealing the alarming health issues in Sri Lanka such as 17% diabetics and 48% women obesity and 20% malnutrition, the President asked the IFPRI Chief to advice Sri Lankan experts on solving these issues and formulating a Health Food Policy. Readily agreeing to the request, Shenggen Fan said his Institute, together with Sri Lankan authorities would prepare a draft for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a programme to assist Sri Lanka on these issues. President Sirisena also pointed out the problem of food crop destruction by animals such as monkeys, wild boar, peacocks and elephants and the need to propagate healthy food habits among the people. The IFPRI Director General said that his Institute has vast experience in these areas and it has implemented successful programmes in several Asian and African countries. He said IFPRI would be happy to suggest programmes to solve these issues. He praised President Sirisena’s commitment to eradicate malnutrition among people, especially among children. “I am sure Your Excellency understands these complex health issues and the need for their solutions as a result of years of experience gained while holding ministry portfolios of agriculture and health in the past and Environment Ministry even now,” Shenggen said.He invited President Sirisena to visit IFPRI and also attend the IFPRI Conference in Bangkok in November as Chief Guest, if possible. read more

Alumni invited to athletic reunion events

Badger hockey alumni and enthusiasts are invited to attend Brock Badger’s Mens Hockey alumni game and reception on Nov. 20 at the Seymour Hannah arena. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the puck dropping for the alumni game at 12:30 p.m. A reception will be held on-site at Seymour Hannah after the alumni game with the 2010-11 Brock Badgers taking on McGill at 3:15 p.m.Lorne AdamsIn celebration of Lorne Adams’ outstanding contributions to Brock University Athletics over the past decade, Brock alumni are also invited to attend Lorne Adams Tribute! “A Decade of Excellence” on Nov. 24. The event begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. in Pond Inlet followed by a wild game-inspired dinner and several special guests honouring Adams. Tickets are $60 each and are available by calling the Center for the Arts Box Office at 905-688-5550 x3257. It’s our hope to establish a student award in honour of Adams. Individuals who are interested in participating in the creation of this award to please contact Kate Nevar at 905-688-5550 x6122 or knevar@brocku.ca read more

Thief caught after stolen vehicle is tracked by OnStar

A 19-year-old is facing charges after a stolen vehicle was tracked down by its security and navigation system.Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, a woman called police to report her vehicle had been stolen.The woman said she briefly went inside her home and when she returned outside, her 2017 Buick Enclave was gone. Police say the woman still had her keys but the vehicle had a push start ignition. Investigators were contacted by personnel with the vehicle’s OnStar system and told the SUV had been located. They said they had the capability of safely stopping the vehicle via the onboard monitoring system.“With police officers in position, OnStar brought the vehicle to a stop in the area of Fifty Road and South Service Road, Stoney Creek. The driver exited the vehicle and despite efforts by police, he was able to flee to an industrial compound,” said Hamilton police in a news release.The K9 unit was called to the scene and a man was found hiding underneath a trailer.A 19-year-old from Hamilton was arrested and charged. He is scheduled for a court appearance later Monday. read more

Top UN refugee official in Afghanistan to discuss returns to north

Mr. Lubbers is in Afghanistan as part of a 10-day mission to the region, during which he is scheduled to also visit Pakistan and Iran.Upon arrival in Mazar-i-Sharif, Mr. Lubbers opened the first meeting of the Return Commission, a team sponsored by the Afghan Government to resettle displaced persons. The participants discussed concrete measures to resolve some of the issues that prevent them from returning to the north.There are more than 720,000 internally displaced Afghans, including both families who left their homes due to security incidents as well as people who lost their livelihoods as a result of the long drought that seems to be ending in some regions.Today’s meeting, chaired by the Minister for Refugees and Repatriation, Enyatullah Nazari, brought together the region’s main leaders, representatives from the Afghan Human Rights Commission and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).Mr. Lubbers is scheduled to visit Pul-i-Khumri and also plans to visit Nahrin District in Balkh Province, where the UN refugee agency and its partners have helped rebuild more than 5,000 homes destroyed during two recent earthquakes. read more

Annan recommends General Assembly accept US loan offer to refurbish UN

In his latest progress report on the status of plans to overhaul the UN complex – known as the Capital Master Plan (CMP) – the Secretary-General says that after consulting with financial experts, he believes that the UN, in the current market, could not obtain a lower fixed rate than that proposed by the US, which would set the total financed loan of $1.2 billion to be paid out over a maximum of 30 years at an annual interest rate of 5.4 per cent.The offer was proposed by the US in 2004 and approved by Congress in March. Annual repayments of the principal and interest under the current scenario would amount to $89.8 million and the total principle and interest to be paid over the life of the loan, including the construction phase, would amount to $2.511 billion.Mr. Annan also recommends that the Assembly authorize him to conclude an agreement with the host country to preserve the Organization’s option to borrow the amount to finance the CMP, provided that the agreement does not create for the UN any financial or legal obligation, or restrict the Organization’s discretion to seek funds for the same purposes from any other source if it chooses to do so.The report notes various alternatives to the use of the proposed UNDC-5 building as swing space for UN staff while the CMP is underway. Mr. Annan notes that use of the space is now in question because the New York State legislature did not pass, as had been expected, legislation necessary that would have allowed that part of the project to go forward. While hopeful that the requisite laws will be approved, he notes that the delay has affected the overall timing and cost of the project. Still, he says, UNDC-5 represents a unique opportunity for the UN to accommodate its long-term needs.The overhaul of the UN complex is widely viewed as the most cost-effective approach to stemming the deterioration of the world body’s Headquarters. Emergency repairs to address the prevailing health, safety and security problems in the building, coupled with inefficient energy use, far exceed the savings that could accrue if the problems are addressed systematically, Mr. Annan says. read more

Annan urges donors to help Comoros as it transitions to democracy

As the Comoros undergoes the transition to democracy and enters a critical stage in its political development, the international community should generously support the archipelago, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to donors meeting in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis.“Over the past year, the people and authorities of the Comoros have taken encouraging steps to address a number of critical issues, including those related to national reconciliation and to institutional reforms,” Mr. Annan said, citing new legislation stipulating that the presidency will rotate among the islands of the Union, which is located between Mozambique and Madagascar.“The presidential elections to be held in March and April 2006 have the potential to be a true milestone in the country’s transition from instability, provided they are conducted in an open, fair and democratic manner,” he said.“This is a pivotal moment for the Comoros,” he said, pointing out that conflict, poverty and poor governance have taken their toll. “But that is now changing, we hope for good.”While responsibility for sustaining this momentum lies first and foremost with the people and Government of the Comoros, Mr. Annan said the international community also has an important role to play. “I call on donors to be generous, and I pledge the full support of the United Nations for the efforts of the Comoros to usher in a more peaceful, prosperous and hopeful era in its history,” he said in the message, which was delivered by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh. read more

Tens of thousands provide insight for annual Motor Codes Report

Summarising the views of 57,000 people, the second annual Motor Codes Report paints a reassuring picture about consumer protection in the UK car market.Covering both new cars and car servicing, the report shows that 95% of people who used a Trading Standards-approved, Motor Codes garage would recommend it to friends and family and that only one in 10 new car buyers needs to make a warranty claim of any sort.The report is based on a combination of online reviews, manufacturer and dealer group surveys of car service customers and a targeted survey of more than 3,000 new car buyers.On the publication of the report, the biggest of its kind, Motor Codes managing director, Chris Mason, had a resounding message for car owners:“For satisfaction levels to remain so high across a customer-base of this size tells people that they can choose a garage with confidence, wherever they see the Motor Codes tick.”Highlighting the change in customer experience since Motor Codes’ inception in 2008, the report shows improvements across the board.  Most striking is a 10% rise in satisfaction, from 84% to 94%, for those customers that use a main dealer to maintain their cars.  The Motor Codes Report lists the brands that scored highest among customers and, this year, Suzuki topped the pile.“The league table is a bit of fun but it hides an important message,” says Chris.  “Within the table, every brand is rated at 90% or above.  There’s no denying the high level of satisfaction with customers who shop within the Motor Codes network.”Aside from the top-line figures, the results of the Motor Codes research provide insight across a number of aspects of the car ownership cycle.For example, the age of car being maintained by Motor Codes workshops has increased.18% of cars in 2013 were 11 years or older, compared to just 10% in 2010.“You might think this a result of the recession but, when coupled with a fall in warranty claims for cars up to two years old, this points to ever-increasing levels of quality in new cars.  We think this is creating a far more satisfied owner, happy to keep their car for longer.”Just one in 10 respondents reported making a warranty claim in 2013, against 15% in 2012.The full Motor Codes Report can be seen at motorcodes.co.uk, where people can also search its network of 7,800 garages, read reviews, leave their own feedback and, by doing so, contribute to next year’s Motor Codes Report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Jets Tim Tebow Sidelined in Loss Due to Fractured

New York Jets’ backup quarterback Tim Tebow was sidelined in Thursday’s 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots after suffering two fractured ribs in the Jets’ game at Seattle two weeks ago.Tebow dressed for the game and was available, but did not play either at quarterback or as punt protector. The team was initially concerned about letting him dress for the game.“I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress but I just want to be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation,” Tebow said.Tebow played in three offensive plays last weekend against the St. Louis Rams and has continued to practice despite the injury. Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tebow’s condition began to worsen through this week, affecting his breathing. The Jets kept him on the injury report.“It just seemed like a couple of days ago I was noticing,” Ryan said, “I’m like, man, you could tell he was hurting, and it never sounded like he was, you know maybe a little, his breathing was a little different. I was standing there and I was like, well shoot, I’m not going to play this kid. I wouldn’t play my son if it was that kind of situation, but to Tim’s credit, he wanted to be there for his team.”Tebow remains unsure of how long the healing process will take, but admits that his ribs need the rest. Last year when playing with the Denver Broncos, he broke a rib in the playoff game against the Patriots and needed the offseason to recover.While standing on the sideline Thursday night, fans began to chant his name as the Jets allowed the Patriots to score five touchdowns in the second quarter.Fans may not get their wish this season to see Tebow replace Mark Snachez as the starting quarterback because Ryan is sticking with his starter. He feels Sanchez gives to team the best chance to win.“Mark will be the starting quarterback this week and we’ll go from there,” Ryan said.For now Tebow’s availability for Sunday’s Dec 2. game against the Arizona Cardinals remains in question. read more

Firefighters to the rescue as the letter e almost blows off Heineken

first_imgImage: Caroline McArdleThe ‘e’ has now been removed and the teams have left the scene.Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieRelated: Travel disruption as high winds continueMore: Storm leaves thousands without power and telephone servicesPictures: Locals flock to see 20 metre fin whale washed up on Achill beach DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE crew members were called out to D’Olier Street in Dublin today after passers-by spotted a letter from an advertisement hanging precariously from the high-rise building.The first ‘e’ from the word Heineken had become loose on one side so, as a precaution, emergency services closed both Burgh Quay and D’Olier Street.Two trucks and Dublin Fire Brigade’s 100-foot ladder were used in the operation. Firefighters in a cage at the top of the ladder worked to remove the letter.last_img read more

Shatter slams disturbing PAC comments asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issue

first_imgHe said that no “substantive evidence” has been put forward to question the findings of an internal investigation into the penalty points issue by Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahoney.Nonetheless, in his statement this evening Shatter said that “in the light of circumstances where allegations are being continuously made and the political controversy which An Garda Síochána finds itself at the centre of” it is now in “the public interest to refer the allegations which are being made and the manner in which those allegations have been pursued” to the Ombudsman.Callinan welcomed the statement this evening and said he looked forward to “co-operating fully” with the Ombudsman investigation and adding: “I want to once again state that An Garda Síochána remains as committed as ever to full accountability to the Oireachtas and the citizens of this country.”Shatter also said that he is to examine legislation that will remove the current ban on gardaí being able to make complaints to the Garda Ombudsman in light of the recent controversy.“I believe that this general prohibition has adversely affected the ability to address circumstances of the kind which have arisen in relation to penalty points,” he said.The full statement from the Minister for Justice:The Public Accounts Committee has a vital role to perform in our democracy. So too does An Garda Síochána. It is in no-one’s interests that a situation be allowed to develop where either hampers the ability of the other to discharge their proper roles. I have no doubt that the vast majority of members of both have great respect for the work each of these institutions performs.Unfortunately, a situation has arisen where, unlike the many serious and dedicated Members of Dáil Éireann who discharge their role on the Committee with impartiality and fairness, some members of the Committee have a tendency to prejudge issues that the Committee is considering and have done so in the media in recent days. Recent comments by that minority pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility and are particularly disturbing.Serious allegations have been made against many unnamed members of An Garda Síochána which it seems some members of the Committee wish to promulgate publicly without those against whom allegations have been made being in a position to examine the allegations or defend their reputations. The rolling nature of the allegations is such that the Garda Commissioner, prior to his appearance last week before the Committee, was given no reasonable time to conduct a detailed examination of new allegations made.The reality is that there are legal and practical constraints on the ability of the PAC to determine the veracity of claims made in relation to individual penalty point cases. This could lead to a situation where the Committee is simply used as a platform for persons to make a series of unsubstantiated assertions on which the Committee would not be able to come to a reliable conclusion and which could be very damaging to individual members of An Garda Síochána and to private citizens.Many of these allegations were investigated by Assistant Commissioner O’Mahony and are dealt with in his report. While I am aware that some are concerned that the investigation was not independent of An Garda Síochána, I am not aware of the persons making the allegations putting forward any substantive evidence which would call into question Assistant Commissioner O’Mahony’s findings, despite requests to do so. Instead, the original assertions are merely repeated and further cases are brought to attention in circumstances where the persons making the allegations could not have full knowledge of the facts. I have also previously expressed concerns about how files containing confidential information about individual private citizens appear to have been disseminated to others.My fundamental concern has been to ensure that the penalty points system operates properly. The original allegations made with regard to the cancellation of fixed ticket charges have been addressed in two substantial reports. The issue has been extensively discussed in the Houses of the Oireachtas and I have referred the matter to the Garda Inspectorate, whose report I shortly expect to receive. It has also been addressed by the Comptroller and Auditor General. New arrangements have been put in place to tighten up the procedures applicable to the discretionary cancellation of such charges and there is now in place an audited Garda oversight process. There has been misinformed comment to the effect that I could have originally referred the allegations to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission but that would not have been in line with legislative requirements.The Gardaí are in the front line in the fight against crime and are a Force in which we can take pride and for whom the majority of people have great respect. In the context of issues of difficulty related to policing that occur that must be addressed, it is only fair that I acknowledge that, during my time as Minister, any such difficulties that have arisen have been addressed by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan under whose leadership the Gardaí have had outstanding successes.I have discussed the present situation with the Garda Commissioner. While he, of course, has the greatest respect for the work of the Public Accounts Committee, he has legitimate concerns about the effect on the Force of actions which might be taken by the Public Accounts Committee. Equally, he does not want to find himself in a position of conflict with the Committee.We both believe that it is in the public interest that this matter is put to bed once and for all and that it is important that circumstances in which continuing allegations are being made should be addressed definitively to allay any public concerns.In circumstances where the Garda authorities have not been made fully aware of allegations being made and the manner in which allegations are being pursued, it is necessary to identify a method where any public concerns can be addressed, without An Garda Síochána finding itself at the centre of political controversies, or having senior management of the Force continuously distracted from their primary job of protecting the public.Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act provides that if the Minister considers it desirable in the public interest to do so he can request the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to investigate certain matters relating to An Garda Síochána. It seems to me, particularly in the light of circumstances where allegations are being continuously made and the political controversy which An Garda Síochána finds itself at the centre of, that circumstances have now arisen where it is in the public interest to refer the allegations which are being made and the manner in which those allegations have been pursued, including issues relating to the preservation of the integrity of Garda records, to GSOC. I am making the necessary arrangement to do so.I hope that people will allow GSOC to proceed with its work unhindered.On a general point, the legislation governing the operation of GSOC does not allow it to investigate complaints made directly to it by members of An Garda Síochána. I believe that this general prohibition has adversely affected the ability to address circumstances of the kind which have arisen in relation to penalty points. I have been reviewing the relevant provisions of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005 with a view to bringing forward proposals to Government to address this issue and expect to shortly do so. Updated 11pm JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter is to ask the Garda Ombudsman to investigate the controversy surrounding the administration of the penalty points system and has hit out at “disturbing” comments from some members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).In a lengthy statement released this evening, Shatter has said that recent comments by a “minority” of members on the PAC “pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility and are particularly disturbing”.The PAC has been investigating claims from two whistleblowers who have alleged widespread malpractice in the administration of the fixed charge notice system, claims that have been robustly dismissed by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.The committee is due to meet tomorrow to consider whether to hold hearings with a serving garda who is behind some of the claims with a former garda also said to be willing to come before TDs.But Shatter said public comments by some PAC members have had a damaging effect and are “particularly disturbing”.“Unfortunately, a situation has arisen where, unlike the many serious and dedicated Members of Dáil Éireann who discharge their role on the Committee with impartiality and fairness, some members of the Committee have a tendency to prejudge issues that the Committee is considering and have done so in the media in recent days,” he said.“Recent comments by that minority pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility and are particularly disturbing.” First published 4.59pm‘We cannot do all the work’: PAC’s growing prominence leads to tensions among membersRead: Whistleblower wants an independent inquiry into penalty points allegationslast_img read more

Warburton returns as Wales make three changes for Six Nations battle with

first_imgWALES CAPTAIN SAM Warburton returns to their starting line-up for next Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Ireland on Saturday.Warburton, who came off the bench against Italy, last Saturday has been named to start at openside flanker by Welsh coach Warren Gatland.He is one of three changes made from the Italian match for next Saturday’s game at the Aviva Stadium.Elsewhere Gethin Jenkins comes into the front-row while Andrew Coombs will partner Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.Warburton replaces Justin Tipuric and Jenkins comes in for Paul James with both Tipuric and James dropping to the bench. Coombs is drafted in for Luke Charteris, who is ruled out with a hamstring injury.Elsewhere the Welsh side is unchanged with full-back Leigh Halfpenny set to win his 50th cap. He lines-up in a back three alongside Alex Cuthbert and George North while Scott Williams and Jamie Roberts continue their centre partnership.The Wales team in full is:WALES: Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints); Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro); Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys); Andrew Coombs (Newport Gwent Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys); Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Sam Warburton (Capt – Cardiff Blues), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Paul James (Bath Rugby), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan), Liam Williams (Scarlets).In momentum championship Ireland and Wales have the ball slowly rollingConnacht’s Clarke out ‘indefinitely’ after 10th concussion in 22 monthslast_img read more

Sherman Heights homeless storage facility opens despite concerns

first_imgSherman Heights homeless storage facility opens despite concerns Dan Plante Posted: June 13, 2018 Dan Plante, Updated: 8:36 PMcenter_img June 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSHERMAN HEIGHTS (KUSI) — They locals fought as hard as they could. The local Catholic school fought as well. In the end, the City of San Diego ignored their concerns and opened a storage warehouse for 500-people in the middle of their neighborhood.“We will fight, we will keep fighting. We will not stop until we get rid of this place,” said Marie Zuniga, an 84-year old resident.After the hepatitis outbreak, everything changed when it comes to the homeless. One of those changes is the new warehouse.“We have a group of neighbors who will be looking out,” said Noel Bishop, principal for Our Lady of Guadalupe, the oldest Catholic school in San Diego.The school is taking some drastic measures, getting ready for 500 homeless people.“We’re installing lights, cameras and security guards,” Bishop said.The center only has 8-people on the first day. Each person needs a referral from the San Diego Police. It’s supposed to be temporary, but it could be years before it moves somewhere else. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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