As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’

first_img“Just doing his system and I think anybody who’s watched coach Yeng can see that everybody’s going to have an opportunity to play,” said Norwood after Gilas’ 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday.Guiao’s system usually employs 12 players on a team and this assurance that everyone would get minutes is what motivates players to lock in the game, which is what Gilas badly needs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith only the better of two fourth seeds advancing, the best chance for the Philippines, which holds a 5-5 record in Group F,  is for Lebanon, the no.4 team in Group E,  to finish the second round with a worse card.Only seven teams will qualify for the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China–the top three seeds for each group and the better of the two no.4s. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao during the national team’s tune up before heading to Doha and Kazakhstan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas is facing its biggest challenge yet in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers as one slip could very well eliminate Filipinos from the competition.The Philippine national basketball team needs all the positivity it can get and Gabe Norwood said he and the team’s continued familiarity with head coach Yeng Guiao’s system could prove vital in their quest for the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES NBA All-Star: 10 things to know about the weekendcenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s not like things in the past when sometimes guys already know they’re not going to play or they might not be able to mentally lock-in,” said Norwood, who has been part of the national team program since 2007 and was part of the team that went to the 2014 World Cup in Greece.Norwood played for Guiao from 2011 to 2016 in Rain or Shine and this partnership produced two championships and numerous playoff appearances.“You will have 12 guys who know they’re going to step out into the court and all are going to be mentally locked in,” said Norwood whose Gilas team will face Qatar and Kazakhstan in late February.“Coach Yeng’s system will help us maximize everybody’s effort and if you know you’re going to go all out the next is going to the same thing and hopefully that translates to win.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

UAAP volleyball: Tigresses near Final 4, fend off Lady Maroons

first_imgSisi Rondina, Eya Laure, Dimdim Pacres and Caityln Viray. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–University of Santo Tomas needed a big finishing kick before disposing of University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24, Wednesday and gaining a playoff spot for the Final Four of the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Center.Staring at two set-points, 22-24, after a Marian Buitre four-point binge, the Tigresses steadied their defense and forced the Lady Maroons to commit three successive errors.ADVERTISEMENT Eya Laure then iced it with a block on Buitre for UST’s eighth win in 11 matches.UST, which faces Far Eastern University and National University next, needs just one more win to clinch outright semifinals spot.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, logisticsSisi Rondina blasted away with 20 points but she got enough help from the rest of her teammates who are aching to make the Final Four after missing it the previous two seasons.Laure finished with 10 points, while Dimdim Pacres had nine and Kecelyn Galdones eight points. Caitlyn Viray and Alina Bicar wound up with six points each with the later also tossing 14 excellent sets. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Playoff-ready Raptors wrap up regular season with dominant wincenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Were trying to restore cricketers faith: ICC

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) Stung by Brendon McCullums scathing criticism of its “casual” handling of match-fixing evidence against Chris Cairns, the ICC today said it is trying to regain the trust of cricketers by continued review of its anti-corruption activities. Former New Zealand captain McCullum, during his MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture yesterday in London, lashed out at the ICC for the manner in which the games governing body handled issues of corruption. His particular reference was to the case against his compatriot Cairns, in which McCullum gave evidence, which was leaked to a British tabloid during the course of the trial. The ICC today said it could never figure out the exact source of the leak, which according to McCullum, shook his faith in the body. Cairns was cleared of any involvement in match-fixing at the end of a nine-week trial in November last year. The ICC, reacting to McCullums outburst, said it respects the former New Zealand captains contribution in the fight against corruption. “The ICC commended Brendon McCullum two years ago – and continues to do so today – for his brave, courageous and principled stand against corruption in cricket. The ICC also understood and shared his dismay at the leak of his confidential statement, which prompted a thorough and detailed investigation by the ICC,” an ICC spokesperson told PTI. “While the probe proved that the origin of the leak was not from within the ICC, it failed to establish beyond doubt the actual source. Nevertheless, the ICC has already put strong measures in place to ensure this type of incident is never repeated,” he added. The official said the ICC has worked towards making its anti-corruption procedures foolproof. “In 2014 (and unrelated to the leak of confidential information), a comprehensive review of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit was carried out to review its processes, functions and resources. “The review was conducted by the ICCs Integrity Working Party (IWP), which included independent corruption experts. All the recommendations of the IWP were reviewed and adopted by the ICC Board during the 2015 ICC Annual Conference in Barbados,” the official said. The ICC spokesperson said the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is more strengthened than before. “Every event or incident provides an organisation with opportunities to review its structures and measure its operations against best practice. This is exactly what the ICC has done in this particular case – it believes the outcome has been processes, procedures and resources which have been further bolstered and strengthened,” he said. “The ICC reconfirms that it is doing absolutely everything in its power to fight the threat of corruption in the sport and will continue to do so. It also reaffirms its commitment to gain and retain the complete trust of cricketers, and to work in close cooperation with all stakeholders in cricket,” he added. PTI KHS PM AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Ultimate Table Tennis: Wu Yang, Liam Pitchford star as Falcons TTC storm into final

first_imgWu Yang and Liam Pitchford won both their matches to help Falcons TTC beat DHFL Maharashtra United 14-5 in the first semi-final of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI in Mumbai on Friday. According to the rules, the team to reach the 14-point mark first was to win the knockout tie.Earlier in the league stage, Falcons had defeated the DHFL Maharashtra United 17-10. In the first match of the tie, Hong Kong world No. 8 Wong Chun Ting put DHFL Maharashtra United ahead with a 2-1 win over ‘foreigner slayer’ Sanil Shetty, ranked 201 in the world, in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian).Highlights: Wong Chun Ting overcame a resilient @ShettySanil 2-1 in the first Match of the semi-final Tie!#UpTheGame #MUvFAL Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017The world No. 8 finally played his ranking against Shetty as he struck decisive winners to down the pumped-up Mumbai boy.However, the local hero did take one game off Wong to give his team a very important point early in the tie. That flew like a ?????????#UpTheGame #MUvFAL Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017The loss of the first match was made up for by Chinese world No. 13 Wu Yang as she brushed aside 279-ranked Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar 3-0 in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian) for Falcons TTC to move 4-2 ahead on points. Up next, DHFL Maharashtra United introduced a new pair of Harmeet Desai and Portuguese Fu Yu for the mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair) and duo edged out Sanil Shetty and his partner Lee Ho Ching 2-1 on their debut together to reduce their margin of deficit to 4-5. advertisementBritain’s Liam Pitchford, in the fourth match of the tie, pulled off an upset win over Wong Chun Ting 2-1 in the men’s singles (Foreign player category) to extend Falcons TTC’s lead to 7-5.Highlights: @liampitchford came out on top against Wong Chun Ting, beating him 2-1 in Match 4!#UpTheGame #MUvFAL Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017Pitchford won a crucial tie for his team and it was from here that the fortunes truly turned worse for the DHFL Maharashtra United.The English banked on his veiled shots and huge reach to trump Wong. Chinese ace Wu Yang won her second outing of the day as she put it past China-born Austrian world No. 22 Liu Jia 3-0 in the women’s singles (Foreign player category) to take Falcons TTC a step closer to victory at 10-5.Lui Jia had defeated the Chinese in the last tie between the two teams but the Wu Yang did her homework work and didn’t let give the world No. 22 any chance this time around. Liam Pitchford then won his second match of the day, beating Harmeet Desai 3-0 in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian) to move Falcons TTC to 13-5, one point way from victory. In a surprise post that, Sutirtha Mukherjee won the very first game of her women’s singles match against Liu Jia 11-10 to seal the tie for Falcons TTC.Highlights: @falconsttc needed 1? point & Sutirtha needed only 1? Game in Match 7 to seal qualification to the final!#UpTheGame #MUvFAL Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017Shaze Challengers will meet Dabang Smashers TTC in the second semi-final on Saturday, with the final to be played on Sunday.Falcons TTC beat DHFL Maharashtra United 14-5. Results:MS – Sanil Shetty lost to Wong Chun Ting 1-2 (8-11, 11-5, 3-11)WS – Wu Yang beat Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-2)MD – Sanil Shetty/Lee Ho Ching lost to Harmeet Desai/Fu Yu 1-2 (6-11, 11-5, 5-11), MS – Liam Pitchford beat Wong Chun Ting 2-1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-4)WS – Wu Yang beat bt Liu Jia 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-6)MS – Liam Pitchford beat Harmeet Desai 3-0 (11-6, 11-10, 11-7)WS – Sutirtha Mukherjee beat Liu Jia 1-0 (11-10)last_img read more

Didi Ke Bolo turns saviour for Katwa woman living in deplorable condition

first_imgKolkata: The ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ helpline number launched by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee once again turned saviour for a Katwa woman who is set to get a new house following the intervention of the Chief Minister.Mandira Chakraborty, a resident of Gopkhaji village of Katwa in East Burdwan, has been staying inside a bamboo thatched house with a partially broken tin shed in a very deplorable condition with her two sons. Her husband had allegedly deserted her almost a decade ago. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe situation forced the woman to pick up sewing to run her family. The money she earns is not enough to set up a house. Ever since the helpline number was launched by Banerjee, the woman decided to take the matter up with her. A few days ago, she gathered courage and called up the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ helpline number and expressed her financial condition and how she and her sons live. After calling up the number, the woman visited the Chief Minister’s house recently, where she has been assured that the matter would soon be addressed. The woman claimed that the Chief Minister gave her a patient hearing. She told the Chief Minister about her plight after her husband left her. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter she reached home, the district administration, after being prodded by the Chief Minister, visited her place and took stock of the situation. The district officials assured her that her house would soon be constructed. It may be mentioned here that a few days ago one Bapan Das, originally a resident of Katwa in East Burdwan, got stuck in a house along with 14 others due to floods in Kizhur area of Kerala. Das called up the toll-free number and shared his ordeal. The caller informed that he was trapped in Kizhur along with others and there was no electricity or transportation available to them. The caller also requested for immediate assistance. The matter was immediately raised with the disaster management officials of the state government, who contacted their counterparts in the Kerala government. After being requested by the Bengal government, the rescue team in Kerala started a search operation and rescued the victims.last_img read more

Toyota Suzuki to acquire stake in each other strengthen alliance

first_imgTokyo/New Delhi: Japanese auto majors Toyota Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation on Wednesday said they will acquire stake in each other as they seek to strengthen their alliance. As part of a capital alliance agreement, Toyota will acquire 2.4 crore shares of common stock in Suzuki (4.94 per cent stake) for 96 billion yen (over Rs 6,510 crore), while Suzuki plans to acquire shares in Toyota equivalent to 48 billion yen (around Rs 3,255 crore). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal On October 12, 2016, the two companies had first announced their business partnership. In March this year, they agreed to engage in joint product development and collaboration in production, in addition to promoting mutual supply of products by bringing together Toyota’s strength in electrification technologies and Suzuki’s strength in technologies for compact vehicle. Elaborating on the reasons for their capital alliance, Toyota and Suzuki in a joint statement said that the automobile sector is currently experiencing a turning point unprecedented in both scope and scale, not only because of enhanced environmental regulations but also from new entries from distinct industries and diversified mobility businesses. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “The two companies intend to achieve sustainable growth by overcoming new challenges surrounding the automobile sector by building and deepening cooperative relationships in new fields while continuing to be competitors, in addition to strengthening the technologies and products in which each company specialises and their existing business foundation,” they said. Toyota and Suzuki will jointly take up challenges together in this transitional era and plan to establish and promote a long-term partnership for promoting collaboration in new fields, including the field of autonomous driving, the statement added. “The execution of the capital alliance agreement is a confirmation and expression of the outcome of sincere and careful discussions between the two companies, and it will serve for building and promoting their future partnership in new fields,” it said. As part of their earlier pact, the two partners had agreed to extend their collaboration to Europe and Africa over and above their partnership in India. Suzuki will supply Ciaz sedan and Ertiga multi-purpose vehicle to Toyota in India in addition to the already agreed supplies of premium hatchback Baleno and compact SUV Vitara Brezza, which will be rolled out from Toyota’s plant in India from 2022. Moreover, Suzuki will also supply its India-produced vehicles — Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, Ertiga — to Toyota for the African market as well. Toyota, on the other hand, will provide Suzuki its hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technologies in India through local procurement of HEV systems, engines and batteries, while also supplying THS (Toyota Hybrid System) to Suzuki in global markets.last_img read more

French jet is poll issue in Rafel village but not for political

first_imgNew Delhi: Rafale is the French jet at the centre of controversy and ‘Rafel’ the name of their village. It’s an unfortunate coincidence that makes them the butt of jokes and attracts negative attention, say residents of the Chhattisgarh hamlet who desperately want a name change. The small village, home to about 200 families, falls in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund constituency which votes on April 18. “People of other villages make fun of us, saying we will be subjected to investigation if the Congress comes to power. We even went to the chief minister’s office with a request to change the name of our village but could not meet him,” 83-year-old Dharam Singh, the eldest in the village, told PTI over phone. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The name only attracts negative ire because of the Rafale controversy but no one cares about our village. Outside the state, not many people know about the village,” he said. The village, according to Singh, lacks basic facilities such as water and sanitation. Farming is dependent on rain as there are no irrigation facilities. “Politicians have adopted so many villages across the country but no one even visits our village. Two weeks ago, a few BJP workers came but they were also ground level people. Whoever wins the elections and comes to power, our request will be to change the name,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Singh has no idea why the village is called Rafel and what it means. “I don’t know but this has been the name for decades, even before Chhattisgarh was formed in 2000. I don’t know the logic behind the name,” he said. Bharatiya Janata Party’s Chandulal Sahu is the sitting member of Parliament from Mahasamund and is contesting again from the constituency. He is up against Congress’ Dhanendra Sahu and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Dhansing Kosariya. The Congress and other opposition parties have been targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government on the Rafale fighter jet deal with France, alleging that the price of each aircraft was sharply hiked and the contract will benefit industrialist Anil Ambani. i The government and Ambani have denied the allegations.last_img read more

Morocco and ECOWAS Parliament Sign Cooperation Framework Convention

Rabat – A delegation representing the parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has met with senior Moroccan officials during its visit to the country.On Monday, ECOWAS’s parliament chief Cisse Lo and the presidents of the two houses of Moroccan parliament, Habib El Malki and Abdelhakim Benchamach, signed a cooperation framework convention.The framework convention will help set up a joint commission in order to organize events dealing with issues of interest for both sides, the state press agency Maghreb Arab Press reported. The two sides stated that the joint commission will be set up soon, consisting of 11 members representing the vice presidents of ECOWAS parliament and the two Moroccan houses as well as four MPs from each side.El Malki described the signature of the convention framework as “historical.” The president of the House of Representatives said that this signature will pave the way for further cooperation between the Moroccan and ECOWAS parliaments, highlighting the importance of the event in light of Morocco’s bid to join the regional bloc.“Morocco has made important steps towards integrating ECOWAS and the signature of this convention framework strengthens the Moroccan initiative,” he affirmed.The president of the Moroccan House of Councilors pointed to the fact that Morocco is a major partner for ECOWAS countries. Benchamach recalled that the kingdom made on the top list of its foreign policy priorities strengthening economic, cultural, and human bonds with the African continent.President Lo stated that “Morocco is a heavyweight in Africa and a transit zone to Europe.”Lo explained that the meeting with the two Moroccan houses of parliament was an opportunity to exchange ideas about Morocco’s ECOWAS membership request and other issues related to environment ahead of the COP 23 conference in Bonn, Germany on November 6 and 7.Meanwhile, the representatives of ECOWAS parliament met on Monday with the head of the Moroccan government Saad Eddine El Othmani.After the meeting, El Othmani pointed out to the initiatives led by King Mohammed VI aimed at increasing Moroccan investments in West Africa, and the royal initiatives to assist human development in the regional through different programs and the sharing of Moroccan expertise in several fields.The ECOWAS parliamentary delegation also met on Tuesday with the Moroccan Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mounia Boucetta.In June Morocco officially submitted a request to join ECOWAS during the organization’s summit in Liberia. Member states expressed their approval in principle of the membership request, but insisted the bid needed to be further studied to assess its implications.In August, Tunisia followed in the footsteps of Morocco and announced it also wants to join the bloc. read more

Earthquake caused no significant damage to Japanese nuclear plant – IAEA

1 February 2008The impact of an earthquake last year on the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan caused no major harm to safety equipment, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today. The impact of an earthquake last year on the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan caused no major harm to safety equipment, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.The seven-unit plant, the world’s biggest, shut down safely during the earthquake and remains shut down. A very small radioactive release at the time of the earthquake was below public health and environmental limits, the IAEA said.Phillipe Jamet, who led a team that recently viewed key internal components in the plant, said they found “no significant damage to the integrity of the plant.”The IAEA team’s site visit followed three days of discussions with Japanese regulatory officials, the plant’s operators, and other experts that the Agency called “open and constructive.”The team recommended an international cooperative effort which could expand ongoing Japanese studies and make a contribution to the evolution of international safety standards.The 16 July 2007 earthquake significantly exceeded the level of seismic activity for which the Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant, in the coastal prefecture of Niigata, north west of Tokyo, was designed.The Director General of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, said today that an international response to the earthquake is appropriate because of its relevance to other nuclear plants worldwide. He welcomed Japan’s continued cooperation with the effort.The earthquake also caused fractures on the surface of the site. Before the reactors at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) owned plant started up, between 1985 and 1997, it was acknowledged that geological faults ran deep beneath the site but were considered stable, the team said.Geologists are investigating if surface fractures caused by the earthquake correspond to deeper faults. The team observed one fault during its site visit and was able to conclude that it was stable. Confirmation of the stability of others is underway, the IAEA said. read more

Renewed UN mandate aims to stop spread of weapons of mass destruction

The Security Council today issued a three-year extension to the mandate of a United Nations committee which works to halt the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.Set up under a 2004 Security Council resolution, the committee is part of a regime imposing binding legal obligations on all States to establish domestic controls aimed at preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems. All States are also obliged to refrain from supporting non-State actors to develop, acquire, manufacture or transport nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. States are also required to establish laws to prevent any of these activities by non-State actors, in particular for terrorist purposes.The committee also promotes better cooperation between countries on measures to block the spread of such weapons, and promotes universal adherence to existing international non proliferation treaties.The committee compiles information on progress States are making to comply with the resolution, by assessing the physical protection of weapons, border security and law enforcement efforts, as well as controls over exports and trans-shipments. 25 April 2008The Security Council today issued a three-year extension to the mandate of a United Nations committee which works to halt the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. read more

ICC sends Sudans failure to honour arrest warrants to Security Council

26 May 2010The International Criminal Court (ICC) has referred to the Security Council Sudan’s failure to cooperate in arresting a former minister and a pro-Government militia chief charged with war crimes in the Darfur conflict, including the murder of civilians and rape. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has referred to the Security Council Sudan’s failure to cooperate in arresting a former minister and a pro-Government militia chief charged with war crimes in the Darfur conflict, including the murder of civilians and rape. It is now up to the Council “to take any action it may deem appropriate,” the court said in a news release.Three years ago, the ICC’s pre-trial chamber I issued arrest warrants for former Minister of State for the Interior Ahmad Harun and alleged Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb for the alleged murder of civilians, rape and outrages upon the personal dignity of women and girls, persecution, forcible transfers, imprisonment or severe deprivation of liberty, and attacks intentionally directed against civilians.These crimes against humanity and war crimes were committed during clashes allegedly between the Government, combatants from the Sudan People’s Armed Forces, the Popular Defence Force and the Janjaweed, against rebel groups, including the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). Although Sudan is not a State Party to the Rome Statute that set up The Hague-based ICC, it is obliged to “cooperate fully with and provide any necessary assistance to the Court and the Prosecutor” in accordance with a Security Council resolution adopted in 2005. As a UN Member State, Sudan has agreed “to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council.”This ICC said the chamber’s decision is without prejudice to other decisions or actions it may take in other cases arising from the situation in Darfur. A third arrest warrant was issued in March, 2009, for Sudanese President Omar al Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity.In another case, the chamber in February declined to confirm war crimes charges against rebel leader Bahar Idriss Abu Garda, due to insufficient evidence, in a 2007 attack that killed 12 peacekeepers serving with the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) and wounded eight others.AMIS was the predecessor to the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission (UNAMID), which is entrusted with quelling the violence in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have died and another 3 million displaced as a result of fighting that began in 2003 between Government forces, backed by the Janjaweed, and various rebel groups.The Chamber is examining the prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants or summons to appear against two other individuals for war crimes committed during the 2007 attack.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be in Kampala, Uganda, on Monday to convene the first review conference of the ICC. read more

Most activelytraded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,482.42, down 32.10 points):Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:BIR). Oil and gas. Up 26 cents, or 2.99 per cent, to $8.96 on 6.7 million shares.Dalradian Resources Inc. (TSX:DNA). Miner. Up two cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $1.05 on 6.3 million shares.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Up half a cent, or 10 per cent, to 5.5 cents on 6.1 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 69 cents, or 6.33 per cent, to $10.21 on 5.9 million shares.Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 16.67 per cent, to 70 cents on 5.2 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down seven cents, or 1.81 per cent, to $3.80 on 4.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Telecommunications and media. Down 32 cents, or 1.27 per cent, to $24.86 on 1.1 million shares. Shaw Communications says its profits more than tripled in the third quarter, boosted by the sale of its media division to Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) (up one cent, or 0.08 per cent, to $12.56 on 503,605 shares). The Calgary-based company says it earned $704 million or $1.44 per diluted share for the three months ending May 31, up from $209 million or 42 cents per diluted share in the same quarter a year ago. Most actively-traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2016 3:00 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Boart Longyear announces the new S250M3 rock drill to combat noise

first_imgBoart Longyear has introduced the new S250-M3 rock drill. “The S250-M3’s advanced noise suppression and lower vibration represents a significant improvement over the existing S250 rock drill,” the company says. This advancement improves drilling production and decreases the fatigue to ears, hands, and feet. The main airflow cylinder channel and the exhaust of the S250-M3 have been engineered to allow for efficient actuation of the drill. The new design drives more of the drill’s energy to the face of the rock, which reduces vibration and the amount of energy the driller’s body has to absorb.“A drill operator stated that it was the first time he could feel his hands and feet after using a rock drill for a full shift,” said John Nielson, global product manager at Boart Longyear. “The S250-M3 reduces the noise level by 6 decibels, which results in half the noise.”When compared to the leading competition, the S250-M3 showed a 50 percent reduction in noise level, 39 percent increase in torque, and a gain of over 6 inches in penetration per minute at 110 PSI. The components of the S250-M3 also experience less wear due to the decreased vibration, which allows the drill to operate longer without repair and reduces rebuild costs.The S250-M3 comes in three primary variations to match specific customer needs — jackleg, stoper and sinker. The drill hex chuck ends are available in both 22 mm and 25 mm.Safety is incorporated into the design process of all Boart Longyear products and the S250-M3’s noise suppression and lower vibration result in less user fatigue. Boart Longyear also recommends a comprehensive hearing conservation program to effectively deal with elevated noise levels.last_img read more

Publishers attempt to block Amazons bid for book and other generic toplevel

first_imgWhen ICANN first announced its intention to open up the top-level domain system for generic word use, it was met with varying levels of enthusiasm. On the one hand, it would allow a company to have their own name as a gTLD. For example, .google, .microsoft, and .apple. But it was also open for abuse and a lot of conflict.That conflict is now rearing its head as Amazon is trying to gain the rights to run the .book, .author, and .read gTLDs. As you can imagine, book publishers are less than happy about this and through the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers, they are demanding ICANN blocks the bid. The reason being they see it as an anti-competitive move by Amazon as a commercial company. Amazon competitor Barnes & Noble has also filed a complaint about the gTLDs separately, stating it would “stifle competition.”I agree that such generic words should not form a gTLD owned by a company that has a commercial interest in selling related works. If, for example, the .book domain ends up existing, it should be owned by an entity offering registration of actual books by publishers and authors–who then get to control the content at a domain like The same is true of the .author gTLD.ICANN is charging a $185,000 registration fee per gTLD. I can see a good chunk of that money being used to fund staff dealing with such disputes. And such a high fee causes a problem in itself, as it’s only companies such as Amazon that can afford to pay them, therefore cutting down on the number of organizations able to consider running such domains in the first place.As for a solution to this problem, the only one I can see is to not allow such generic words to be used as gTLDs at all. Let companies register and run their names and services as .gTLDs (e.g. .amazon, .kindle), but put common words off limits to everyone.last_img read more

How much is the average asking price for new homes nationally Its

first_img Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM Image: Shutterstock/r.nagy Short URL No Comments Share4 Tweet Email 19,243 Views Mar 30th 2019, 7:00 PM Image: Shutterstock/r.nagy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin How much is the average asking price for new homes nationally? It’s the week in numbers Plus: The number of people recorded as living in emergency accommodation last month. EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.10,264: The number of people who were recorded as living in emergency accommodation in Ireland in February. 8: The number of motions MPs voted against in the House of Commons in an attempt to indicate a majority for what type of Brexit they wanted.€271,000: How much the median asking price for new home sales nationally were in the first quarter of the year. 2: The number of new areas of the country that have this week met the criteria to become Rent Pressure Zones.€11,850: How much a deli worker was awarded after claiming her manager sexually harassed her. €9.6 million: This was the cost of providing “out-of-cycle” smear tests, according to the Department of Health. 619: The number of people in the queue or carpark at the hotel in Cookstown where three teenagers died following a crush on St Patrick’s Day. 30,000: The number of submissions received by the National Transport Authority on the BusConnects plan. €101,737: How much has been paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who died from self-inflicted injuries while in custody in recent years. 58,000: The number of cigarettes seized by Revenue officers during a search of a cargo vessel at a Waterford Port.90: The age the pioneering feminist filmmaker Agnes Varda was when she died this week.last_img read more

Expartner of man accused of infecting her with HIV says he wasnt

first_img Jun 26th 2018, 4:17 PM Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Image: Google Maps By Aoife Nic Ardghail Share3 Tweet Email1 Updated Jun 26th 2018, 5:30 PM THE FORMER WIFE of a man accused of infecting her with HIV has agreed under cross-examination that she had sex with him in a hotel last May.The woman had initially denied this but after a court break she accepted she met the accused (27) and had sex with him at that location.The complainant agreed with Paul Greene SC, defending, that she had remembered this meeting while earlier giving evidence in the witness box.She denied having sex with the man on two other occasions in 2016, but conceded it “might” be true.The woman earlier told Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, that her former husband “wasn’t shocked” when she received her diagnosis.She said she became pregnant soon after starting a relationship with the accused man in early 2010 and discovered she was HIV positive following routine hospital tests.She said he had agreed with her request that he use a condom the first time they had sex, but after intercourse on this occasion she noticed he wasn’t wearing one. The woman told the jury that the accused said he “didn’t like” condoms.The man, who cannot be named to protect the identities of the complainants in the case, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to two women on dates between November 2009 and June 2010.In his opening address, McGinn told the jury that it was alleged the man was aware of his diagnosis when he infected the women with HIV and this amounted to serious harm.The man’s former wife told McGinn that she thought the accused “said he was sorry” during a discussion of her HIV diagnosis. She said the relationship ended a few months after she gave birth to their child.Cross-examination The woman told Greene, under cross-examination, that she had gone out with two men prior to the accused. She said she had used condoms with the man she had been seeing directly before the accused and did not have oral sex with him.Greene put it to her that this man has a different recollection of having oral sex with her, to which she replied: “Ok”.Greene asked the woman when she last had sex with his client. She replied that it was three years ago and before she gave gardaí a statement in February 2015.She alleged the man had been “coming and going” to her home around that time and would bang on her door.The complainant agreed she went to hotels with the man at the beginning of their relationship, but twice denied she checked in to a premises and had sex with him in May this year. She agreed the man kept “videos” of his girlfriends.The woman confirmed with McGinn under re-examination, that she had used condoms with the first male with whom she had a relationship before the accused.This complainant’s mother told McGinn that she spoke with the accused at her home about her daughter contracting HIV.The woman said she was trying to get him to admit he had given her daughter the virus but “he kept denying it”. She said the man told her that her daughter had given him HIV.The trial continues before Judge Martin Nolan and a jury of eight men and four women.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. No Comments Ex-partner of man accused of infecting her with HIV says he ‘wasn’t shocked’ over her diagnosis The man has pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the two women.center_img Short URL Dublin Circuit Criminal Court 17,368 Views Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 5:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Mapslast_img read more

NYCC Things Get Steamy With DC Universe Movies 10th Anniversary

first_imgThe wonderful DC Animated Universe, which began 25 years ago with Batman: The Animated Series, is over. But DC has remained committed to providing quality animation with its world-famous superheroes.For ten years the DC Universe Original Movies imprint has adapted some of the recognized DC Comics stories as animated films geared towards more mature audiences. And at New York Comic Con we got to talk to some of the folks behind these cartoons in anticipation for the 30-film box set releasing this holiday.Long-time DC animation producer Alan Burnett, who’s set to retire soon, enjoyed the variety that came with working on separate movies as opposed to grinding away on a TV show. He’s also enjoyed the extra leeway that’s come with more adult-oriented animation. Burnett worked on Super Friends back in the day. Compare that to the violence and death and personal emotional stakes of the sprawling Flashpoint Paradox. That’s Burnett’s favorite film in the set and one that even influenced the storyline in the comics and eventual CW Flash show.However, recently some of the movies have been operating more like a classic TV show. The films adapting the New 52 run, as demanded by WB, all take place in a single continuity. James Tucker produced those films and said that working with an established world provides its share of benefits, as MCU fans would understand. They don’t have to constantly redesign or recast the characters. They don’t need to re-explain everything every time, and they can dig into some more obscure characters now that they know the bigger ones already sell.As for the adaptation process in general, both Barnett and Tucker talked about the challenge of finding the right (popular) runs to adapt and how to change and expand them. The goal is to make good films first that then feel like your memories of the comics, since a literal adaptation wouldn’t necessarily fit normal dramatic structure.Anyone who has seen The Killing Joke knows this doesn’t always work out. “We don’t always hit a home run,” said Bruce Timm. But it has also led to great work like Batman: Under The Red Hood which arguably improves its source material. Tucker would love to do a period movie starring the JSA or maybe All-Star Batman. Movies based on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman or other Vertigo characters would also be fun, if strange and difficult, to tackle.The one-off movies outside of continuity (except for the truly bizarre like the upcoming Batman Ninja showed off at NYCC) are under the domain of Bruce Timm, one of the animation masterminds behind the DCAU. Timm said working on those old shows vs working on these new movies is “apples and oranges.” TV has its own rhythms and long-form storytelling potential, but movies have more time to fine-tune things.So what’s coming next? As story editor Jim Krieg showed off the lovely complete box set and its extra behind-the-scenes features and shorts, he said the team is looking to make films starring more female characters and diverse characters in general. They also want to go back to doing more shorts showcasing smaller characters.However, one film you shouldn’t expect to see that fans still demand is Kingdom Come. Timm explained they just couldn’t afford to do animation that did justice to Alex Ross’s epic painterly art. Timm’s favorite film in this collection is the adaptation of Golden Age to Silver Age transition Justice League: The New Frontier by the late Darwyn Cooke, whose streamlined art style works much better in animation.These DC movies have also let tons of new actors try their hand at playing these characters. Timm said that it was no surprise huge nerd Nathan Fillion was a great Green Lantern. However, Peter Weller also had a keen understanding of old Batman in the two-part adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns.Actor Jason O’Mara, who enjoyed the Batman animated series with his son, said that while he tried to come up with his own original take on Batman using only his voice, ultimately there are too many fantastic versions of the character and his psyche from other actors. You just have to accept there can’t be a blank slate. It’s Shakespearean. So he wouldn’t give any new Batman actor any advice because there would be no point.However, O’Mara particularly enjoyed voicing Bruce in Son of Batman, as Batman’s interactions with Damian Wayne were something that hadn’t really been explored outside of recent comics. Damian also wasn’t the most beloved character in the comics, and O’Mara hoped the film might help audiences realize how compelling the character truly is.Meanwhile, actor Vanessa Marshall said she lets the script guide her toward “making specific acting choices.” And while she loves Susan Eisenberg’s Wonder Woman voice acting, the parallel universe versions of the character Marshall plays in Crisis on Two Earths and especially her sadistic Flashpoint Paradox incarnation allow for new creative ideas and exploration.Still, as we’ve learned this year, some emotional truths about Wonder Woman are universal, like her “get it done attitude.” And Marshall likes to remember those truths in her own journey through life, hoping it improves her performances on the mic. Also Black Canary and Black Widow, two other characters Marshall has played, would tie in a fight according to her.The roundtable interview gave us some fascinating insight into the thought process of the actors and filmmakers behind these 30 animated movies. Unfortunately, the panel afterward wasn’t quite as informative. Early on the audience expressed its love of the cartoon’s more adult direction and occasional R-ratings. That created a weird, off-putting, tone-deaf vibe for the rest of the panel in-between the nifty supercut trailers.Darkness in these DC animated films has occasionally been used for responsible story-driven reasons, like the death in Superman Doomsday or the overall tone of Justice League Dark and its (still non-smoking) Constantine. I also appreciated the totally understandable horniness of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.But as talented as Tara Strong is, she’s wrong if she thinks Batgirl having sex with Batman is a good idea. It was fun when legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy took his shirt off before saying nerds like Batman because they are damaged. And I’d let John DiMaggio curse at me crotch any time. But embracing “adult” grittiness for grittiness’s sake is the kind of pandering that ruined the new post-Nolan live-action DC movies before Wonder Woman. Remember, on-screen blood doesn’t make a cartoon starring superheroes created for children any better just by being there. It’s the story, stupid.The 30-film set of the (at the moment) complete collection of DC Universe Original Movies drops this holiday season. For what it’s worth, my favorite movie in this collection is still Justice League: Gods And Monsters with its angry Mexican Superman. When are we getting a sequel to that?last_img read more

New Roma stadium gets the green light

first_imgRoma have finally been given the green light to start work on their new stadium project, according to the Stadio della Roma’s official Twitter account.According to Football Italia, there were confirmed reports on Tuesday that the Polytechnic University of Turin’s report on the proposed plans were positive.“The Stadio della Roma will go ahead and the proponents, if they want, can break ground as early as this year,” Rome mayor Virgina Raggi said after her presentation of the report.“We’re not against works or big works, the stadium being one of them, but rather we’re in favour of useful works that bring benefits to the city and its citizens, as in this case where a part of the city will be upgraded.The Politecnico di Torino’s independent technical report is positive: #StadiodellaRoma will be built.#LoStadioSiFa— Stadio della Roma (@StadiodellaRoma) February 5, 2019“The reduction in size won’t affect mobility. The stadium project confirms the choice of sustainable mobility is the right path to take.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.The project was initially given the all-clear at the end of 2017, but it was then held up by the arrest of nine people linked to the arena’s construction, among them contractor Luca Parnasi.Italy’s Deputy PM Matteo Salvini has welcomed news of Roma’s new stadium project going through. “It’s good news for Rome and all of Italian sport.”“It’s good news for Rome and all of Italian sport,” the interior minister and Milan fan told Agenzia Dire.“There’s absolutely a need for new, modern and safe stadia. Finally, a rundown area of the city will come back to life.”STADIO DELLA ROMA | 🏟️ | Councillor: ‘Everyone has expressed positive opinions on the project’➡️— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) November 24, 2017last_img read more

Suspected hit on man shot and killed in Blue Hills

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Aug 2015 – The early hours of the morning of this day are marred again by the woeful cries of a family demanding justice after getting the news of yet another shooting and yet another loss of life. A young father is dead after reportedly being shot in the head in Blue Hills around midnight at the Tropical Vibes Bar, which many say seemed to be a hit as there was no robbery, no struggle and no other victims. The man was said to be playing on the slot machines when he was shot by a masked man.It is a disturbing trend, which has residents sounding off and crime stats surging; according to police up by 6% for the first half of 2015 on the world’s #1 Island Destination. There are conflicting reports on where the man is from originally – Grand Turk or North Caicos, but we understand he resided in Kew Town and has a six month old baby boy. Once again, the body of the deceased was wheeled into the Provo morgue amidst distraught family and friends who, as stated earlier, want justice. At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:blue hills, killed, shot, tropical vibes bar Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills man Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Ministerlast_img read more

Bahamas High Commissioner Presents Credentials to CARICOM Secretary General

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas on Monday underscored the importance of maintaining strong relations within CARICOM with the accreditation of a new Ambassador.  The Ceremony took place at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in accepting the credentials of H.E. Reuben Rahming, noted that The Bahamas has been a valued member of CARICOM, promoting the Region’s interests in tourism, for which the Prime Minister has lead responsibility within the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.With respect to The Bahamas’ leadership of the tourism sector, the Secretary-General said he looked forward to working with Mr. Rahming to advance the work of the Interim Tourism Working Group, whose establishment was mandated by CARICOM Heads of Government in recognition of the primary role of tourism in the regional economy.The Working Group has completed significant work with regard to the identification of strategies aimed at stimulating tourism, and maximizing the employment, entrepreneurial and revenue potential it can bring to the Region, Secretary-General LaRocque stated.Mr Rahming, in his new position, is now a Member of the CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors, and  in welcoming him the Secretary-General said his involvement will assist in keeping the Community’s institutions aligned with the goals and aspirations of the Strategic Plan.“The Members of the Committee perform a critical role as the link between the national and regional agendas.   As part of its remit, it facilitates and drives the Change Process at the national level.   The Ambassadors also have the fundamental responsibility to identify challenges to the implementation of decisions taken by our various Organs and make recommendations to resolve them,” the Secretary-General noted.He said the Region must enhance its resilience against the deleterious effects of climate change together.   “It is that spirit of togetherness that builds our Community and maintains our unity that is strengthened by the work of you and your colleague Ambassadors to CARICOM.”The new Bahamian Ambassador said he has taken note of the many successes his country has experienced as it remained engaged in all organs and institutions of CARICOM, by collaborating with other Member-States, and through the co-ordination of the Region’s foreign policy.He said that this past hurricane season which devastated Dominica, Barbuda and other parts of the Leeward Islands, The Bahamas, Cuba, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Martin (and St Maarten), and the British and US Virgin Islands, “underscored how vulnerable we are as a region and the importance of maintaining strong relations within CARICOM.”He expressed sympathy to all of those affected by the storms and conveyed his best wishes for the quick recovery of the affected islands.   He also expressed appreciation to the Governments and peoples of CARICOM who assisted The Bahamas, in particular, following the passage of Hurricane Irma.“I also take this opportunity once again to thank you and the Chair of the Conference, the Prime Minister of Grenada, for the solidarity and leadership you demonstrated in visiting the impacted countries, including The Bahamas, and in organising the recent Donor Conference at the United Nations that resulted in the commitment of some $2 billion of support,”  Ambassador Rahming added.Press Release: The Ministry of Foreign AffairsPhoto credit: CARICOMlast_img read more