TNT draws first blood

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ With a 1-0 lead after a 109-105 win on Saturday, Victolero wants his Hotshots to stay the course knowing that the Beermen will do everything to bounce back in their 7 p.m. clash at MoA Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? View comments Alcantara, pal sweep futures WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa maximized the advantage it has—a 6-foot-10 behemoth in Joshua Smith—and reversed all pre-series predictions that it was the underdog against Barangay Ginebra.Smith came off the bench and threw his weight around all night long, keying a 100-94 decision of the top-seeded Gin Kings as the Texters broke the ice in their best-of-five Final Four match-up in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup before a stunned pro-Ginebra crowd at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Scoring at will and changing every Ginebra shot inside, Smith was the immovable force in the middle for the Texters that the Gin Kings didn’t have an answer to as TNT goes into Game 2 knowing that it put a dent on the psyche of the enemy—critical in a short series.“We hope that Joshua continues to play the same,” TNT coach Nash Racela, who was brilliant in drawing the game plan that had Smith scoring in the 30s for the second straight night. “But the locals will still be crucial.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was clear that Racela would ride Smith all the way, as he managed his import’s minutes splendidly by, first, not starting him and then pulling him in and out of the floor to keep Smith fresh for the stretch.Smith, who came in as TNT’s third import here, finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds in less than 29 minutes. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The locals backed Smith up with aplomb, with RR Pogoy shooting 17 and Ranidel de Ocampo firing 12. But the biggest shot among locals came from Jason Castro, who sealed the outcome with a triple with 12.2 seconds left for what turned out to be the final score.That was the only field goal for Asia’s best point guard, as he struggled to get into a rhythm all night but saved his only basket when it truly mattered.Justin Brownlee paced the Kings with 24 points, with LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar shooting 15 apiece.Game 2 is slated Tuesday night also at MoA Arena.Meawnhile, Chito Victolero has described Star’s Final Four with powerhouse San Miguel Beer in just one word: Grinding.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

IHF, HI resolve differences, decide to merge

first_imgThe warring factions of Indian hockey — Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) — on Monday resolved their differences and decided to merge into one unit. The decision to merge the two bodies was taken hours before the Union sports ministry’s final deadline was to expire. Sports Minister Ajay Maken had set July 25 deadline for the two groups to settle their differences after they failed to reconcile in the previous attempts. Good sense finally prevailed and the rumbling row that had crippled the administration of the game got over. It should help India’s quest for glory ahead of the London Olympics. The move comes as a big boost for the national sport as the HI headed by Narendra Batra and the IHF led by K.P.S. Gill would now work together to help power the game in the country. The merger would ensure that the much-awaited World Series Hockey League, to be held later this year, gets the necessary go-ahead from the Federation of International Hockey.last_img read more

Michael Ferreira wins World Amateur Billiards title for third time in six years

first_imgThree times champion Michael Ferreira: DisgruntledThere is now no disputing who the title ‘monarch of the green baize’ belongs to – Michael Ferreira, the stocky Bombay-based Indian. At Valletta in Malta last fortnight, Ferreira made history by winning the World Amateur Billiards title for the third time in six years.For,Three times champion Michael Ferreira: DisgruntledThere is now no disputing who the title ‘monarch of the green baize’ belongs to – Michael Ferreira, the stocky Bombay-based Indian. At Valletta in Malta last fortnight, Ferreira made history by winning the World Amateur Billiards title for the third time in six years.For India, Ferreira’s feat was occasion for special celebration since his opponent in the final was Subhas Agarwal which made it the first time that two Indians have figured in the final of an international sporting event.For Ferreira, however, victory almost eluded his outstretched cue. When the last session of the semi-final against England’s Norman Dagley, former title-holder and Ferreira’s arch-rival, started, Ferreira was trailing by 735 points, an almost unbeatable margin.But in what he himself described later as a “miracle”, Mike as he is fondly known, pulled off a sensational wafer-thin victory to march into the all-Indian finals. Exulted Ferreira after defeating Dagley: “For anyone who believes there is no God and the age of miracles is over, I’ve got news for you baby. Miracles do happen, there is a God above and at the moment he is showering blessings on the Indians.”Disappointing Response: Tragically, the limited following that the game attracts in this country ensured that what should have been hailed as a historic occasion was sidelined by the vicissitudes of the Indian cricket team against the West Indies. Undoubtedly, Ferreira deserved much more.Ferreira first won the title at Melbourne in 1977, lost it to Paul Mifsud of Malta in Sri Lanka in 1979 and regained it at New Delhi in 1981 defeating Dagley, a London bus-driver. Ferreira’s feat is only rivalled somewhat by Australia’s Bob Marshall, who managed to bag the title four times – but over a period of 26 years.advertisementIncidentally, the list of two-time title-holders includes another Indian, Wilson Jones. Ironically enough, the second time that Jones won the title in 1964 was the year Ferreira started competing at the international level.But even then, he had all the makings of a champion. In his first bid in 1964, he finished third and only lost to Jones and runner-up Jack Karneham by very slim margins. His next bid was at Colombo in 1967, where a painful leg injury forced him out of the tournament but not before he had dazzled the billiards world with the highest tournament break of 507.He topped that in his next international appearance in the 1969 World Amateur Championships in London by becoming the first Indian to chalk up an official break of 600. His 629 in that tournament stood as a world record till it was eclipsed by Sri Lanka’s Mohammed Lafir in Bombay in 1973.Ferreira finished second in that tournament and at that stage it appeared that he lacked the final championship edge to make it to the top. After London, Ferreira went into a slump and it looked like India’s hopes of a second world billiards champion had faded. Ferreira had been chasing the title for over a decade without success but most people underestimated his tremendous fighting spirit.Steady Improvement: Billiards players, like good wine, usually mature with age and Ferreira was showing signs of doing just that, practising for long hours and getting more consistency into his game. In Melbourne, in the 1977 championships, he dramatically dispelled any doubts about his big match temperament and became the second Indian to win the title.If any further doubts about his lack of the killer instinct remained, they received the same treatment in 1981 in New Delhi: he demolished record after record with the brilliance of his table craft.Billiards’s gain, however, has been badminton’s loss. Ferreira was one of the top schoolboy badminton players at St Joseph’s, Darjeeling, and would probably have taken seriously to the game had not an injured elbow ended his badminton career at an early age. He switched to billiards and continued to play after his arrival in Bombay to study law and eventually join his father, a well-known barrister, in the family profession. His work, however, gave him little time for practice and less so when he decided to join Voltas as a law officer.The other Tata company, TOMCO, always on the lookout for sporting talent, quickly absorbed him and gave him facilities where he could spend long hours at practice and play. The results were immediate and spectacular. In 1966, he became the first Indian to defeat the indomitable Wilson Jones. He was then a mere 27, a relative babe by billiards standards. The rest, as they say, is history.advertisementDisillusionment: Unfortunately, the world champion is still a frustrated man. His success has been rudely ignored by the Government. Even after winning his second world title in 1981, Ferreira says he received not one word of congratulations from the state or the Union Government.The only grudging acknowledgement of his existence has been the Shivaji Chhatrapati Award and Arjuna Award. Says he bitterly: “Our cricketers are feted and rewarded for their moderate successes. What will I have to do to deserve similar treatment?”That bitterness comes through eloquently in his writing whenever he takes on reporting assignments for Indian dailies. In his dispatch from Malta after beating Dagley, he wrote: “I was alarmed by the fact that my play had been deteriorating steadily for reasons I could not analyse other than an intense desire to win and prove to the honourable Mr N.K.P. Salve and others of his like that India has more than just Prudential World Cup winners.”It is precisely for that reason that Ferreira has dissuaded his two sons from following in his footsteps. One son, Mark, took to tennis instead and seems to have inherited some of the famous Ferreira talent. He is now in California on a tennis scholarship and has already registered quite a few creditable victories.But Ferreira’s real inspiration is his wife, Fay. She accompanies him on every world tournament since 1977 and according to Ferreira, was responsible for his win last fortnight. “When I was trailing just before the last session, she told me that I had as good as lost so why not relax and enjoy my game. She then slipped a picture of St Jude, the patron saint of desperate cases, into my hand,” he says, adding with a twinkle in his eye, “in fact, St Jude is the joint holder of the title with me.”last_img read more

Boxing: IBF orders purse bid for Degale vs Uzcategui

first_imgAdvertisementDegale (24-2-1, 14KOs) is coming off of a razor close decision win over Caleb Truax in a rematch this past April. Some felt as though DeGale looked sluggish at times but he was able to eke out a victory and regain his IBF super middleweight title.Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) is coming off of a very impressive performance in which he stopped Andre Dirrell in the eighth round. That fight was a rematch after their first fight ended in controversial fashion with Uzcategui being disqualified.DeGale is a talented guy but is inconsistent and a guy that some consider being a “frontrunner”.  Uzcategui, on the other hand, could be considered an underrated fighter with big power and confidence to match. No doubt this fight could be intriguing.However, it must be noted that DeGale is currently in talks to possibly face WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. That could be a reason why negotiations between himself and Uzcategui haven’t went very far.Advertisementlast_img read more

David Richardson to step down as ICC chief executive after World Cup

first_imgInternational Cricket Council announced on Tuesday that David Richardson will be stepping down as ICC chief executive once his contract expires after the 2019 World Cup.Richardson, who became the first person to hold the position of ICC General Manager Cricket in 2002, was promoted to chief executive in 2012.”The hardest thing as a cricketer is knowing when the time is right to retire. But for me, the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year is about right,” Richardson said in a media release.The ICC said they would begin a global recruitment process to identify Richardson’s successor.”I have enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am pleased with what we have achieved in creating greater context for all formats of the game and securing increased opportunities and clear pathways for all members to play at the highest level,” Richardson added.”I will do all I can over the next 12 months to ensure that we complete our work on the new global strategy aimed at growing the game both in our traditional and new markets, and, in particular put on a World Cup that does the game proud.”ICC chairman Shashank Manohar thanked the former South Africa wicketkeeper for his contribution at the helm.”On behalf of the ICC board, I would like to thank David for his service and commitment to cricket over the past 16 years and, particularly, over the last six years as CEO.””His achievements speak for themselves, but in recent history the commercial success of the sport, his leadership of the ICC team and establishing greater context for international cricket are of particular note.advertisement”David will be missed by everyone in the game, but this is an opportunity for the ICC to drive forward our new global growth strategy, which David has played an integral part in developing, under new leadership. A global recruitment process will now get underway to identify the right person to lead the ICC,” Manohar added.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Entries Invited for Poet Laureate of Jamaica/Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize

first_img The country’s young poets are being invited to submit entries for the newly established Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry.The programme, which is a collaborative initiative of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) through the office of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica and the United States- based University ofMichigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, seeks to recognise talented young Jamaicans with an interest in pursuing a career in poetry.The winner will receive a cash prize of US$1,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in the award ceremony to be held in Kingston on World Poetry Day on March 21, 2018.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who officially opened the programme during the launch of Legal Deposit Month on October 11 at the National Library of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, endorsed the initiative, which she said, will assist in preserving Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage.Listing several award-winning Jamaican authors and poets, among them Poets Laureate Professor Mervyn Morris and Lorna Goodison, Ms. Grange encouraged the younger generation of cultural artisans to participate in the competition as a first step in making their mark in the annals of Jamaica’s cultural heritage.“It is our hope that through this platform, a new generation of Jamaican poets will rise up to pen their own contributions to our sterling literary heritage. Indeed, you should have no shortage of inspiration. Now is your time to make your mark,” she said.Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017. The winner will be announced in February 2018.Lorna Goodison, who is Poet Laureate of Jamaica for the period 2017 to 2020 will be visiting several secondary and tertiary institutions across the island to promote the programme.Judging and selection of original works will be conducted in two rounds, with the first round being carried out by a panel of judges at the NLJ.Shortlisted submissions will be sent to the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan for the final round of judging. The programme is providing funding for the cash prize.For further information on entry requirements and application forms, contact the National Library of Jamaica at: or visit The country’s young poets are being invited to submit entries for the newly established Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry. The winner will receive a cash prize of US$1,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in the award ceremony to be held in Kingston on World Poetry Day on March 21, 2018. The programme, which is a collaborative initiative of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) through the office of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica and the United States- based University of Story Highlightslast_img read more

Amit Shahs first bill today in LS on JK reservation

first_imgNew Delhi: A bill proposing to give reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to people living within 10 km of the International Border in Jammu is listed to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday. It is the first bill to be introduced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah who will also give a statement mentioning reasons for the immediate legislation by promulgation of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will also introduce a bill to amend Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016 and to further amend the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002. The bill makes provision for allowing voluntary use of Aadhaar as an identity proof for opening bank accounts and getting mobile phone connection. Prasad will also make a statement giving reasons for promulgation of the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.last_img read more


first_imgFilmmaker Koumbie was chosen as one of the first participants of Telefilm’s 2018 Talent to Watch program.(CBC) Advertisement Packed inside a gussied-up sound stage at Pinewood Toronto Studios this week, dozens of up-and-coming filmmakers met with industry insiders, speed dating-style.They asked questions, built connections and perfected pitches during a two-day summit as part of Telefilm Canada’s new Talent to Watch program, which tapped the creators of 45 film and digital projects from across the country for its inaugural edition.Halifax actor Koumbie, who goes by a single name, spent 10 years appearing in TV shows like Mr. D and Studio Black, but is now moving into directing. She was selected for Talent to Watch for her first big project, CareCroft. Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It is a digital series for women’s experiences going through the medical system in Nova Scotia… struggling to be believed by not just their doctors, but the people in their lives as well,” she said, noting that the idea was born from a conversation with her producer about access to birth control and what she sees as a lack of openness in conversations about it.‘It’s that simple’Talent to Watch greatly expands on Telefilm’s former Micro-budget Production Program, according to Francesca Accinelli, the film agency’s director of national promotion and communications. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

GTA home sales average prices climb higher in contrast to Vancouver drop

first_imgTORONTO – Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area climbed significantly in July in a divergence from the latest numbers in Vancouver.Residential home sales were up 18.6 per cent in the GTA for the month compared with last July, the Toronto Real Estate Board said Friday.The average selling price of the 6,961 homes that changed hands during the month rose 4.8 per cent on an annual basis to $782,129.July’s climb follows a 2.4 per cent increase in June sales compared with a year earlier after a steep sales drop of 22.2 per cent in May.“The positive results over the last two months are encouraging,” said TREB president Garry Bhaura.The results from Toronto show a trend towards stabilization and a more balanced market, said TD Economist Rishi Sondhi.“It’s improving. It still has a ways to go to get back to the levels it was at before, but overall the market appears to be healthy.”Results from Toronto are a contrast to Metro Vancouver, where the real estate board said Thursday that home sales tumbled to their lowest level in 18 years.The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board said 2,070 properties changed hands in July in a 30 per cent plunge compared to the same month last year.The general divergence in markets comes after the B.C. government pushed forward with further measures to cool the housing market in February while Ontario has held off, said Sondhi.“The market’s still sort of contending with those measures as well, and that’s causing sort of a wedge, year to date.”Toronto’s housing market is stabilizing following the shock from the federal government’s tighter mortgage rules that came into force in January, said Scotiabank Economics vice-president Derek Holt.“This fits our broad narrative that the second half of 2018 would begin to witness stronger housing figures as the transitory shock from tightened macroprudential rules ebbs,” he said in a note.Sondhi said TD also expects the market to improve later in the year, but said sales growth will be tempered by rising interest rates and the continued effects of the tighter mortgage rules.The Toronto real estate board also reported 13,868 new listings during the month, including 4,511 in Toronto alone, but the overall GTA figure was down by 1.8 per cent year-over-year.The city recorded 2,574 sales in July at an average price of $824,336, while in the rest of the GTA, the 4,387 properties sold last month fetched an average price of $757,365.Detached homes sold in Toronto were the most expensive, with an average price of $1.35 million. The average detached home price in the rest of the GTA was $907,347.TREB said while the MLS home price index composite benchmark during the month was down slightly compared to July 2017, the annual growth rate “looks to be trending toward positive territory in the near future.”The Ottawa Real Estate Board said Friday that sales in the city were up 5.9 per cent for July compared to last year with 1,614 homes sold, above the five-year average of 1,501 sales for July.last_img read more

Precarious spot for mobile home owners as investors swoop in

ASPEN, Colo. — When the time came for her to sell the mobile home park she and her son owned near Aspen, 89-year-old Harriett Noyes had two big offers and an even bigger decision: Take nearly $30 million from a developer who would likely evict her family and friends to build luxury homes, or sell to the county for a fraction of that to preserve affordable housing in one of the most expensive areas in the United States.She chose family and friends.“I could see the need for the people to have a place to live, and this was their life and they had homes,” said Noyes, who has lived in the Phillips Mobile Home Park for more than four decades. “I just didn’t have the heart to just jerk it out from under ’em.”Carved into a red-rock hillside along the banks of the Roaring Fork River in the mountains of western Colorado, the park is one of the last bastions of affordable housing in the area, which takes pride in its world-class skiing and is a veritable playground for the rich and the famous. Noyes and her son Hyrum, 61, sold the 76-acre park to Pitkin County for $6.5 million in 2018 with the promise of upgrades and to keep the community affordable. The deal preserved as affordable housing 35 mobile homes, four cabins and an old ranch house, according to The Aspen Times.Across the country, mobile home parks are an attractive investment. Tenants own their homes but not the land they sit on, and because the homes aren’t actually easy to move, are at the mercy of landlords, who can increase rents or sell the land out from under them.Some states are passing laws to increase protections for mobile home owners, while non-profit groups are also stepping in to help residents facing rent hikes or evictions.Here’s an explanation of the situation:A PRECARIOUS POSITIONAdvocates say mobile homes are often necessary for people who can’t afford to buy a traditional home, especially in rural areas with fewer affordable housing options. But mobile homes typically depreciate quickly, rather than increasing in value like a traditional house. Residents can be caught in a tough position if their asset loses value at the same time as their lot rent rises, said Nicole Mueller, a lawyer with Legal Aid of North Carolina who has represented mobile home owners facing rent hikes and eviction.“You know as soon as they buy them, it’s just like a car basically, except that the car is chained to a piece of property and is really expensive to move,” Mueller said.It’s a common arrangement for mobile home residents to own the mobile home but not the land underneath, paying rent or “lot fees” to a landlord who owns the park where they live. Mueller said that if lot rents rise too quickly, residents can be caught in an unfortunate position of having to pay thousands to move their unit to another park — if they can find one.WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?In recent years, a number of how-to sites have popped up to encourage mobile home investors. One Colorado-based site, Mobile Home University, says “Affordable Housing is the hottest arena in commercial real estate right now,” as apartment rents rise and comparatively cheaper mobile homes remain in demand for many residents.In an article entitled “Why Invest In Mobile Home Parks,” the site explains: “It costs around $5,000 to move a mobile home, so virtually no tenants can ever afford to move. As a result, the revenues of mobile home parks are unbelievably stable. But what happens when a tenant cannot afford to continue to pay their rent? Then they normally abandon the home, and the park owner ends up with title under abandoned property laws.” A representative of the site didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Advocates say that very arrangement can make residents more vulnerable. Over the past 20 years, mobile home parks that were once owned by local landlords have increasingly been bought by corporations, private-equity firms or other out-of-state investors, according to the California-based advocacy group Manufactured Housing Action. If that owner is driven by profit, the group says, they could raise rents and put residents in a tough spot.“Residents are stuck, choosing between paying increasing rent, sometimes at the expense of food or medicine, or abandoning their homes,” the site says.WHAT STATES ARE DOINGColorado, where lawmakers estimate 100,000 people live in mobile homes in approximately 900 parks, enacted legislation this year to expand protections for mobile home residents, including more time to sell their home or move after eviction and longer to resolve late payments.“Over the last several years, serious concerns have been raised by Colorado’s mobile home owners over mistreatment from park owners,” bill sponsor Rep. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder, said in a statement when the bill was signed by the governor in May. “This bill will give more tools to help protect Coloradans who are being exploited by relatively loose regulatory structures.”Washington, which has longstanding law governing mobile homes, also made changes this year to expand situations in which residents are eligible for relocation assistance.Arizona has also enacted legislation in recent years to govern mobile home lots.WHAT MOBILE HOME OWNERS CAN DOMobile home owners facing rent hikes or otherwise caught in a tough position are urged to read the rent notices carefully, familiarize themselves with the law and consider their options. In Vermont, for example, mobile home residents can seek mediation from the state for rent hikes above a certain level, according to a website run by Vermont Legal Services and Vermont Legal Aid.In North Carolina’s Robeson County, James Lesane said he faced a dramatic rent increase on his mobile home lot earlier this year that he said was impossible to pay on a fixed income. The rent increase came after the mobile home park was bought by the Florida-based company Time Out, which says on its website that it owns more than two-dozen properties in North Carolina and Illinois.In July, Lesane was hit with an eviction notice. Mueller, the Legal Aid lawyer representing Lesane, said they’re arguing in court that Time Out made mistakes in its paperwork and the case is moving slowly. Meanwhile, she said, Lesane and another client of hers served with an eviction notice are trying to save money to move to another park.Time Out said in a statement that it invested millions to make its communities clean and safe. The rent rates were woefully behind true market valuations, they said, meaning mobile home parks lacked the funds to maintain the communities and many fell into disrepair.“Without Time Out and its efforts to make these communities both safe and financially viable, many would likely be sold and redeveloped into a more lucrative commercial use, thus robbing the community of much-needed affordable housing,” Time Out said in a statement. “Raising rents to market rates not only improves the quality of the community, but protects it from re-development and ensures that safe, affordable housing choices are available to more families.”In Colorado, tenants were lucky that the park’s owner was willing to sell to the county. And even though the Noyeses are now millionaires, they still live in the mobile home park they sold, they don’t plan to leave anytime soon.“I didn’t want to feel above the people. I was one of them that was just a common, ordinary person making a living and had the same problems they did,” Harriett Noyes said of her decision to pass up more than $23 million and stay put. “And we shared our problems. … They turned into being my family.”___Follow Drew at Press writer P. Solomon Banda contributed to this report. Peipert and Banda reported from Aspen, Colorado, and Drew reported from Raleigh, North Carolina.Jonathan Drew And Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press read more

UN expert calls for improvements in Côte dIvoires journalistic professionalism

Just back from a visit to Côte d’Ivoire, the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Ambeyi Ligabo, said the open circulation of balanced opinions and ideas was still difficult because of “the lack of regulatory mechanisms which entail obligations, responsibility and discipline amongst newspapers publishers and editors.””Without that mechanism, journalists have tended to write without conforming to their professional ethics and, for example, this has resulted in journalists and media workers, especially those close to the opposition and those working independently, to be often aggressed, both verbally and physically,” he said.Mr. Ligabo said he was deeply disturbed to learn that three journalists were beaten while covering a presidential event in the Ivoirian capital, Yamoussoukro. “I firmly invite the Government to bring this kind of incidents to an end,” he said.Above all, he emphasized that the Government should ensure that the proposed legislation on the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission and a Press Commission are enacted and implemented so that media and press associations can operate in a more organized and responsible manner. The expert also stressed the need for professional training and financial investment in the press and broadcast industry, especially the replacement of installations destroyed during the conflict. After bitter ethnic clashes in 2002, Côte d’Ivoire currently hosts French and West African peacekeeping forces, which are keeping the warring sides apart.Mr. Ligabo said most Ivoirians he met, even though they might hold opposite political views, had great expectations for reconciliation, peace and democracy, showing a pressing need to discuss the country’s future freely. read more

Blue helmets seized in Golan safe but remain captive – UN peacekeeping

“Our 21 peacekeepers are detained in the village of Al Jamla. Apparently they are safe and they have been spread into 4 or 5 locations within that village in the basement of various houses,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, told reporters in New York.“That particular village is subject to intense shelling by the Syrian armed forces. Of course we are working 24/7 in the area of operation, with people in the region, and here in the Secretariat, to secure their release under good conditions as quickly as possible.”On Wednesday, armed elements of the Syrian opposition detained a group of peacekeepers who are part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which monitors the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. “As of now there is, perhaps, a hope – but I have to be extremely cautious because it is not done yet – but there is the possibility that a ceasefire of a few hours can intervene which will allow for people to be released,” Mr. Ladsous said, after a closed-door briefing to the Security Council.He stressed that if the ceasefire was to happen, there would be a strong expectation that there would be no retaliatory action by the Syrian armed forces over the village and its civilian population.Mr. Ladsous added that in light of the situation, UNDOF had vacated two positions which were particularly exposed to gunfire, and the way the mission is operating is being examined due to the degraded safety and security conditions.Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the Council’s presidency this month, told reporters that UNDOF’s activities have been greatly curtailed and some troop contributors have been pulling out their contingents from the mission. “We expressed the hope that the situation can improve and that UNDOF can continue its operation to the best of its ability given the situation on the ground,” he said, speaking on behalf of the 15-member body. “The Council expressed its strong support for the efforts of the United Nations to have the UNDOF captured personnel released as quickly as possible,” he added. read more

South Sudan heading towards lasting peace and stability UN General Assembly told

As Mr. Gai congratulated neighbouring Sudan for its ability to amicably resolve the political impasse “that many feared would get out of hand.” He drew a round of applause when he said: “We are one people in two independent countries united through our historical, cultural and social ties”. “Last year, I stood here representing a country many skeptics had considered was on the brink of deteriorating into violent conflict,” said Taban Deng Gai, adding that now, “South Sudan is heading towards lasting peace and stability”. He credited success in the ongoing implementation of the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement to the engagement of different parties, and urged the international community to support efforts to bring non-signatories “on board”. Mr. Gai told the Assembly that a face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and Rick Machar earlier this month offered an opportunity to deliberate issues and pave the way for the new Government of National Unity by 12 November. “The Transnational Government of National Unity will continue to consolidate peace including preparations for elections at the end of the Transnational Period”, he said, calling upon UN Member States “to extend much needed support for the new incoming Government”. Security situation As the Government and parties to the peace accord had worked diligently to implement its provisions, Mr. Gai said, the country’s overall security situation is stable. He elaborated on several peace initiatives under way, including dialogues at grassroots, regional and national levels, which have made “significant strides towards reconciliation and healing” among the country’s diverse communities. To consolidate peace on the ground, ensure democracy and accountability and fight impunity, Mr. Gai believed in a “complementary three-track approach” that included people-to-people peace initiatives, national dialogue and the implementation of the Peace Agreement. Turning to Abyei, Mr. Gai said his Government is “gravely concerned” about the security situation there and urged the Secretary-General to quickly appoint the UN Interim Security Force’s (UNISFA) Civilian Deputy Head.   read more

WS Tyler HydroClean test facility in Georgia open for business

first_imgWS Tyler’s new 13,000 square foot Hydro-Clean testing facility in Conyers, Georgia, features the company’s Hydro-Clean test plant. The new facility, which officially launched in September, gives customers a fast, risk-free option for testing challenging materials to determine profit potential. Customers begin the testing process by sending a sample of material to be tested on a laboratory Hydro-Clean unit. The test determines the percentage of particles minus 200 mesh, which allows WS Tyler to identify the amount of clay in the material to determine whether the material can be successfully cleaned in the Hydro-Clean. After confirmation, WS Tyler sends a Hydro-Clean test kit for the customer to fill with about 1.5 t of material to be tested at the Hydro-Clean test plant.The Hydro-Clean uses high-pressure water to effectively clean deleterious material from aggregate, mining, recycled and other minerals. The results are cleaner products, higher selling values and profits from material that was previously considered waste. The Hydro-Clean comes in both stationary and mobile options, and reduces water usage by as much as 75% compared to traditional washing systems. Beyond its water-savings capabilities, the test facility incorporates a water recycling system that collects drainage water in a retaining pond. Using five technologically advanced filter chambers, the Hydro-Clean recycles and reuses up to 90% of the water from each washing cycle.The facility allows customers to test material on site to see whether the Hydro-Clean is a fit for their applications and to see how it will boost their profits. Customers are invited to travel to the Conyers facility, situated just outside of Atlanta, to see their materials before and after the Hydro-Clean test and talk through the results with WS Tyler washing equipment experts. The testing facility complements the option to have the mobile test plant travel to customer sites.“Our goal in building this test facility was to give customers a timely way to have their materials tested in the Hydro-Clean, and through the testing demonstrate how it can make their operations more efficient and make them more money,” said Beau Backus, Sales Manager at WS Tyler’s Haver & Tyler Appalachians Division in Conyers. “Beyond the convenience, the site demonstrates the amount of sellable material customers can achieve while reducing water andenergy expenses with the Hydro-Clean.”Because of the reduced water usage for the cleaning process and the ability to recycle most of the water, the Hydro-Clean is an especially ideal solution for Southwestern states where water restrictions make cleaning materials particularly challenging. Following the test, the customer receives the washed product along with a feasibility report outlining the test results. It includes WS Tyler’s recommendations on what size Hydro-Clean would fit the customer’s operation. It also breaks down the tonnes per hour at which the customer can wash their contaminated material.last_img read more

Motorola confirms Gingerbread update for most Droid phones

first_imgIf you own a Droid X, Droid 2 (or Droid 2 Global,) or Droid Pro, Motorola has good news for you. Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” will make its way to your device, and according to Motorola support, you should get it before the end of the summer. Additionally, the Gingerbread update will include updated support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, something that corporate Droid owners have been waiting for.The Droid X will go first, according to Motorola, and should get an over-the-air update before the end of June. The Droid Pro, Droid 2, and Droid 2 Global will all get their updates before the end of the Q3 2011, meaning before the end of September, as long as Verizon approves and pushes the update to users. Granted, users who have rooted their devices likely already have Gingerbread ROMs. The Droid X, however, has been notoriously difficult to root, so the upgrade is good news for Droid X owners.Aside from the fact that the devices will get Gingerbread, the update will include an update to Exchange ActiveSync, which will hopefully resolve a number of issues that Android owners in Exchange environments have complained about since the launch of the original Motorola Droid. In some Exchange environments, ActiveSync simply doesn’t work, or works inconsistently, especially depending on the version of Microsoft Exchange that the organization is using. Motorola hopes that the update will smooth over those issues.If you own an original Droid by Motorola, Motorola Cliq or Cliq 2, or Motorola Defy, don’t lose hope just because you’re not included in the list. Some of those devices, specifically the newly released Cliq 2, will almost certainly get Gingerbread at some point. However the older devices like the original Cliq and the original Droid may be stuck with Froyo. Motorola is keeping its plans for other devices quiet for now.Read more at Motorola Support, via Computerworldlast_img read more

NGolo Kante insists hes not the nicest man in football

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante insists he is not the nicest man in football, contrary to widespread belief.The France international is often praised for his humble attitude and low key lifestyle but he insists he’s just being himself.Speaking to the Blues’ official magazine, the World Cup Winner said: “I play football and I want to be considered as a footballer.”“I don’t want people paying too much attention about what I am outside of football, what I’m doing, and asking: ‘Who is N’Golo?’”WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“Just consider me as a footballer, you don’t need to look too much at this and say: ‘Oh, he’s like this, he’s like this, he’s like this.’ Ask me about my football, and not too much else. I just want to be a player among the players.”“I am how I am. I cannot explain it well, but I don’t feel the nicest person, on the football pitch or in life, I’m just myself.”“If I win, I win and if I lose, I lose, but I always try to give my best in any competition. That’s not because I’m nice or something. I’m just myself.”last_img read more

Thomas Publishing Shutters 76YearOld Title

first_imgAccording to its Web site, IEN carried a BPA-audited controlled circulation of 201,615. IEN’s seven international editions will continue publishing, the company said. Thomas Publishing has shuttered Industrial Equipment News, a 76-year-old monthly trade title that served the engineering, design and manufacturing markets. The May issue will be its last.In a memo to staffers,  chairman José E. Andrade and president Carl T. Holst-Knudsen attributed the closing of IEN to “the challenges of the current economy.” According to a knowledgeable source, about a dozen full-time and a dozen contracted positions were eliminated as a result of the closing. When contacted by FOLIO:, a Thomas spokesperson declined to comment on specific cuts.last_img

WCTV News Notes Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth Program

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio That YOU Can Use?In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The below announcement was submitted by Shaun Neville, Executive Director of Wilmington Community Television (WCTV):This Sunday is WCTV Family Fun Day at Yentile Farm.Come down from 10A-1P for music, popcorn, face-painting, balloons and more! The event is free and open for all Wilmington families. It’s our way of saying thanks to the community for their support. It’s also a place where you can meet WCTV staff and learn more about our membership and youth programs.We have a few demonstrations planned from IronClad Martial Arts, the WHS Cheerleading squad and Precision Dance.***The Wildcat Sports season is upon us. While we’re dedicated to covering all varsity sports teams at WHS at least once, we can’t be everywhere. Interested in helping with either a camera or play-by-play? We could use your help. This is a good way to support the teams. The kids not only like the coverage now, but will be able to look back on their time at WHS years from now.You can be a part of a sports crew or get games on your own. Contact Marty McCue at or learn about volunteer opportunities. No prior experience is needed and there’s no time commitment.  Sign up for one game or ten!***Sign-ups are now being accepted for our weekend youth program.  You can find full details at  The program runs for eight Saturdays, September 21 to November 9, with each session going from 10:30-12:30.Kids will learn production techniques and have fun developing all sorts of videos that we share out on our Youth YouTube page.Space is limited; cost of program is $50 per student (ages 9-14). Payment is due by the first session.  To register or to ask any questions, please email Youth Director Marty McCue (  Or give us a call at 978-657-4066.Details on our after-school programs at the Middle and Intermediate Schools will be out soon.Upcoming Live (Comcast 9 / Verizon 37 or stream at, through the WCTV App or the WCTV Roku Channel):Monday, September 9th– 7PM – Board of SelectmenWednesday, September 11th– 7PM – School CommitteeWednesday, September 11th– 7PM – Board of Appeals (Comcast 22 / Verizon 38)Sunday, September 29th– 6:30PM – Substance Use Candlelight Vigillast_img read more

Manipurs Iron Lady Irom Sharmila gives birth to twins on Mothers Day

first_imgIron Lady of Manipur Irom Sharmila named her daughters Nix Sakhi and Autumn Tara.ReutersThe Iron Lady of Manipur and 46-year-old civil rights activist Irom Sharmila gave birth to twin girls on Mother’s Day in Bengaluru. The delivery happened at Malleshwaram branch of the Cloudnine hospital.She gave birth after 35 weeks of pregnancy through a C-section, and the babies were born a minute apart at 9:21 am on Sunday.According to the hospital authorities, both the mother and babies are in good health. Irom Sharmila had settled in Kodaikanal after losing the assembly poll in 2017 when she was defeated by Chief Minister Ibobi Singh from Thoubal.Back in 2017, Sharmila married her lover Goan-born British national Desmond Coutinho in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu.Sharmila and her husband have named their daughters Nix Sakhi and Autumn Tara. The babies weighed 2.16 kg and 2.15 kg, respectively, at the time of the delivery.”This is a new life, a new beginning for me. I am very happy. Neither Desmond nor I had any preference, we just wanted healthy children,” Sharmila was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.Sharmila is known for her 16-year hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state of Manipur. Known to have refused food or drink for 500 weeks, she has been called “the world’s longest hunger striker.”last_img read more

Actress Taapsee Pannu shuts down trolls of her movie Game Over like

first_imgActress Taapsee Pannu’s recent film Game Over has been released in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. The film is doing well at the box office and the actress is being praised for her performance as Swapna, a person who is suffering from trauma and anxiety related issues.Well, the actress and Game Over were being trolled after Sumit Kadel, a film Critic and analyst, tweeted that shows of Men In Black International and Bharat have replaced Game Over as there was no audience in the theatres.#GameOver shows reduced at many centers because of no audience. Allotted shows transferred to #Bharat & #MIBInternational .— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) June 17, 2019TwitterIn responses to this, many have tweeted saying Alia and Ranveer are missing this time in promoting the film and that Game Over has become like Nayanthara’s Kolayuthir Kaalam. A Twitter user called Vaibhav Salonia has replied to this saying that Taapsee’s Game Over has zero box office pull.But Taapsee is unmoved in the face of criticism. She replies to critics on social media platforms like a boss. This is something she has been doing every time when people keep themselves busy by trolling the actress for her films and the roles she plays. She replied, “No sir I don’t. My movies do  hope you give it a chance too.” (sic)Well, she ended the conversation with a hashtag #GameOver, indicating that the game of the trolls is over.No sir I don’t. My movies do 🙂 hope you give it a chance too #GameOver— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 17, 2019TwitterA few minutes after that, she retweeted the tweet of Atul Mohan which was about the weekend occupancy of films at National Multiplexes in percentages from June 14-16 and Game Over topped the rest of the films with 40 percent. The actress retweeted it and wrote that it definitely doesn’t look bad.She also retweeted a tweet of a youngster from Ludhiana, where he wrote that the theatre in which Game Over was being screened was packed on Monday and that he has never seen movies packed on working days in Ludhiana. He also praised the actress for her performance and gave full marks to director Ashwin Saravanan for an excellent thriller.@taapsee ‘s new release Game Over was house packed on Monday i.e. working day in Ludhiana! We haven’t seen Hindi movies packed on working days in Ludhiana ! Her performance is remarkable! Movie is extraordinary ! Full marks to the director @Ashwin_saravana for excellent thriller— Maninder Guliani (@maninderguliani) June 17, 2019TwitterThis proves that Taapsee and her remarkable performance in films like Mulk, Manmarziyan, Badla and now Game Over have moulded her as a person who would choose different and thrilling scripts irrespective of what the audience says. She works harder to shut all the trolls, like a boss.last_img read more