Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki set to make 21st season debut vs Suns

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The 40-year-old had been tied at 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2015-16 season.Nowitzki had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle last April, and the timing was to make sure he would be ready at the start of his record-setting season. But the 7-foot German had a setback before training camp, with tendon soreness forcing him to continue rehabbing the injury and missing the first 26 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks warms up on the sidelines during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — Dirk Nowitzki was active for Dallas’ game against Phoenix on Thursday night, prepared to belatedly begin his record-setting 21st season with the Mavericks.No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep honored by ITF as World Champions SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

Murray continues Djokovic chase by reaching China Open final

first_imgTop seed Andy Murray continued his pursuit of Novak Djokovic in the race to end the year as number one in the ATP rankings with a crushing 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Spain’s David Ferrer to reach the final of the China Open on Saturday.The 29-year-old, yet to drop a set in Beijing, clocked up a seventh successive victory over the dogged Ferrer to set up a final against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.Dimitrov was given a walkover in his semi-final after Canada’s Milos Raonic withdrew due to an ankle injury. (Grigor Dimitrov upsets Rafael Nadal to join Andy Murray in China Open semis)With Djokovic not defending his title in China because of an elbow problem Murray could close the gap to 1,555 points if he wins the title – a sizeable gap but that the British player could overturn with a strong finish to the season.”I felt like if I could find a way to get through the first couple of matches, I’d start to feel better and play better here,” Murray, who has had an exhausting summer in which he won Wimbledon and the Olympics, said. (China Open: Andy Murray sets up quarterfinal vs British teammate Kyle Edmund)”Thankfully that’s been the case so far this week. I’ll try to play another high-level match tomorrow.”But it’s very positive leading into Shanghai. Hopefully I can finish the year strong.”Murray leads Dimitrov 7-3 in head-to-heads but did lose to the Bulgarian this year in Miami. (Andy Murray to face David Ferrer in China Open semis)advertisementBig-serving Raonic was forced to play twice on Friday, beating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri and Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to the last four and he sustained the injury during the win over the Spaniard.”Yesterday during my second match in the evening, I rolled over my ankle, obviously caused it some level of a sprain,” the Canadian told the ATP website. (Andy Murray breezes past Grigor Dimitrov to reach US Open quarterfinals)”I did a test this morning, which showed I had a partial tear on the outside of my ankle. I was told to give it a try. I tried to warm up just before the match like I would normally, and I was unable to play.”last_img read more

PCB, BCCI to meet in Dubai to discuss cricketing ties

first_imgTop officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet in Dubai on May 29 to discuss the financial losses, which the former side had suffered due to India’s constant refusal to play bilateral series as per agreement signed in 2014.Earlier this month, the PCB had sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart, initiating proceedings to seek compensation from the Indian board for failing to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.However, the BCCI rejected the same saying that it was only an MoU between the two sides, to which, Shaharyar hit back and said that it was a proper contract signed between the two boards in their bid to revive bilateral ties.According to sources, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, executive committee chairman Najam Sethi and chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad will engage with the BCCI’s delegation led by CK Khanna in the meeting.The source further revealed that if both the boards fails to reach the conclusion then the matter would be taken before ICC chief executive officer Dave Richardson, while adding that the failure of which as well could force the PCB to take the issue in front of the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee.”If both the boards fail to reach at any conclusion then a second round of negotiation will be held in the presence of the ICC chief executive officer Dave Richardson on another date. And if the second round fails, then the matter will be referred to the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee,” the Dawn quoted the source as saying.advertisementThe PCB is seeking a compensation of USD 69.4 million from India because of the latter’s failure to live up to their commitment.”The PCB is also seeking recovery for a three-match ODI series which India had to play against Pakistan in the country or at any neutral venue in return of same number of matches Pakistan played in India in 2013 under Misbah-ul-Haq’s captaincy,” sources said.According to the 2014 agreement, India was scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of them were going to be Pakistan’s home series.While the BCCI has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s request for resumption of ties, the PCB wants the Indian cricket board to honour its commitment of six series between 2015-2023 under the MoU signed, which is subjected to clearance from the Government of India.Despite not playing a full-fledged bilateral series against Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, the arch-rivals have played each other a number of times in the ICC events, with the most recent coming at the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. However, Pakistan toured India for a short series in December 2012.last_img read more

DU to release its sixth cut-off today at du.ac.in

first_imgThe Delhi University (DU) is all set to release its sixth cut off list today, on July 22, after which the admissions for the academic session 2017-18 will conclude. The list would be put up on the official website www.du.ac.inDelhi University had taken out the fifth cut off list on July 18 when roughly 10 per cent seats were left for admissions.DU had released five cut-offs till date on the following dates:First  cut-off was released on June 23Second cut-off was released on July 1Third  cut-off was released on July 7Fourth  cut-off was released on July 13Fifth  cut-off was released on July 18Notice released for the sixth cut-off”Admissions for the sixth cut-off will happen between 22 and 25 July (except Sunday) for all the categories,” the Delhi University said in a release.(Read: Delhi government introduces scholarship scheme for needy students)Admission drive for reserved categoriesAlso, the university has decided to start another admission drive for students of reserved categories including SC/ST, OBC, and persons with disability (PWD), children/widows of armed forces, Kashmiri migrants and sports.”The drive for such admissions will happen from 31 July to 5 August,” the release said.Details of seats left:As of Monday, out of 50,000 seats under merit-based undergraduate courses, admissions to almost 47,000 seats have already been done.For any query related to admission , all the candidates are requested to check the official website of DU.Read: Disabilities could not stop these students from making it to Delhi University Read: Driver’s daughter overcomes all obstacles to make it to Delhi University advertisementlast_img read more

Sports Minister Rathore hints at renaming SAI

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today dropped hints of renaming Sports Authority of India making it clear that the word Authority has no relevance in modern sporting scenario. “The authority in Sports Authority of India has no place in sports today, to deliver better service @IndiaSports & @Media_SAI will shapeup,” Rathore said in the first of a series of tweets indicating significant revamp.The minister assured help to former sports icons of the country, who have been struggling for basic needs of life.”It concerns us when our sporting icons struggle for basic needs past their prime. Help @IndiaSports help athletes, write us what you think,” he wrote in his second tweet.He reiterated that his ministry will not waver from their goal — respect and facility for sportspersons. “Our mantra is Sammaan aur Suvidha where sportsperson, coaches & fans are at the top of the table. Actions of sports bodies must reflect this,” said Rathore, who graced the BSF Half Marathon event at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today. Rathore, who won a silver in the mens double trap event in the 2004 Athens Olympics, took over as Sports Minister last month in place of Vijay Goel. PTI PDS KHS KHSlast_img read more

French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal tops Roger Federer in straight sets to reach final

first_imgRafael Nadal made quick work of Roger Federer in their first French Open meeting since 2011, beating his rival 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Friday in strong wind to reach his 12th final at Roland Garros.Nadal has never lost a semifinal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. Never lost a final, either.And he’s never lost to Federer in Paris, improving to 6-0. Overall, Nadal leads their series 24-15. Federer had won their past five meetings, but those were all on hard courts.It’s a whole different task to take on Nadal on clay, in general, and at the French Open, in particular, where his one victory away from a 12th championship, which would be more than any man or woman has won at any of the Grand Slam tournaments.In Sunday’s final, the No. 2-seeded Nadal will take on either No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 4 Dominic Thiem.This was the first time since 2011 the four top-seeded men were in the semifinals at Roland Garros.Like so many times before, it was Nadal’s topspin-heavy lefty forehand, his relentless ball-chasing and his return game that gave Federer fits.Frustrated the guy so much that the generally stoic Federer smacked a tennis ball toward the stands after getting broken to trail 2-1 in the third set.It would soon be over.Federer, who was playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, hadn’t lost a set through five victories over the past two weeks. With an aggressive, head-to-the-net style, he had been broken a total of only four times by those opponents.advertisementNadal easily exceeded that in a span of three sets across less than 2½ hours, winning 6 of 13 return games.The 37-year-old Federer, whose 20 Grand Slam titles are a record for a man, was serenaded off the court by spectators’ chants of his first name. He raised his right arm for a quick wave as he walked away perhaps for the final time. He missed the tournament in 2016 with a bad back, then skipped it the next two years to prepare for grass and hard courts.He looked quite good in his return, until running into his old nemesis.Also Read | French Open 2019: Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Noavk Djokovic sets semi-final clash with Dominic ThiemAlso Seelast_img read more

POWER OUTAGE AFFECTS OVER 2000 SIOUX CITY MIDAMERICAN ENERGY CUSTOMERS

first_imgA TRANSFORMER ISSUE IS TO BLAME FOR A POWER OUTAGE THAT OCCURRED JUST BEFORE NOON IN SIOUX CITY.MID AMERICAN ENERGY OFFICIALS SAY OVER 2000 CUSTOMERS AROUND DACE AVENUE AND PART OF MORNINGSIDE WERE AFFECTED.THE OUTAGE ALSO EXTENDED TO THE RIVERFRONT INCLUDING CRAVE AND THE PUBLIC MUSEUM’S RIVERBOAT WELCOME CENTER.NEARLY 1300 CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER AS OF 1:20PM.STOP LIGHTS WERE OUT ALONG SOUTH LEWIS BOULEVARD FROM GLENN AVENUE NORTH.MIDAMERICAN CREWS HAD FULLY RESTORED POWER TO THE AREA BY 2:30PM.UPDATED 2:55PM 10/5/18last_img

Wolves 2019-20 Premier League fixtures

first_imgWolves had an incredible first full season back in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship, securing a seventh-placed finish and beating the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal along the wayNuno Espirito Santo will be expected to push on this upcoming season having secured Raul Jimenez’s £30 million signing from Benfica on a permanent basis. He also secured Europa League football for the club, marking the first time that Wolves will participate in European competition since 1981.They kick off their league campaign with a trip to Leicester City before hosting Manchester United in their first home match at Molineux a week later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Their final home game of the campaign sees them host Crystal Palace on the penultimate weekend before visiting Chelsea on the closing day.Wolves’ full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.Wolves Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 10/08/2019 15:00 Leicester City v Wolverhampton 17/08/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Manchester United 24/08/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Burnley 31/08/2019 15:00 Everton v Wolverhampton 14/09/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Chelsea 21/09/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton 28/09/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Watford 05/10/2019 15:00 Manchester City v Wolverhampton 19/10/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Southampton 26/10/2019 15:00 Newcastle United v Wolverhampton 02/11/2019 15:00 Arsenal v Wolverhampton 09/11/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Aston Villa 23/11/2019 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Wolverhampton 30/11/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Sheffield United 03/12/2019 19:45 Wolverhampton v West Ham United 07/12/2019 15:00 Brighton v Wolverhampton 14/12/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Tottenham Hotspur 21/12/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Wolverhampton 26/12/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Manchester City 28/12/2019 15:00 Liverpool v Wolverhampton 01/01/2020 15:00 Watford v Wolverhampton 11/01/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Newcastle United 18/01/2020 15:00 Southampton v Wolverhampton 21/01/2020 19:45 Wolverhampton v Liverpool 01/02/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Wolverhampton 08/02/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Leicester City 22/02/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Norwich City 29/02/2020 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton 07/03/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Brighton 14/03/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Wolverhampton 21/03/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v A.F.C. Bournemouth 04/04/2020 15:00 Aston Villa v Wolverhampton 11/04/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Arsenal 18/04/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v Wolverhampton 25/04/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Everton 02/05/2020 15:00 Burnley v Wolverhampton 09/05/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Crystal Palace 17/05/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Wolverhampton Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Johnny Manziel Has Reportedly Been Offered A Workout

first_imgJohnny Manziel warming up before a Browns game.CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Earlier this week, the CFL announced Johnny Manziel had been kicked out of the league. According to a release from the league, Manziel “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league.”The CFL went on to inform its teams that the league will not register a future contract for the former college football star. With his apparent banishment from the CFL, Manziel will have to look at other options if he wants to continue his football career.The Alliance of American Football and XFL are two avenues he could explore. According to a report from USA Today, AAF chairman Tom Dundon said the league reached out to Manziel’s camp.Dundon said the league offered Manziel an opportunity to work out for teams. According to Dundon, the San Antonio Commanders own Manziel’s rights due to the league’s college allocation system. However, all eight teams would be invited to a potential workout for the former Texas A&M star.“Right now, it’s a decision of the GMs, and they can decide what they want to do,” Dundon told USA TODAY Sports.“If talent-wise this is close, the negative of him is that there is drama with him and you are trying to win games and build a team. The positive is that he brings in fans and attention.”Manziel played in eight games for the Montreal Alouettes, completing over 64-percent of his passes for the team. He racked up nearly 1,300 yards through the air, but had a subpar touchdown-to-interception ratio of 5-to-7.Now we’ll have to wait and see if he chooses to play football.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A70 launched in India with 6.7-inch display, Snapdragon 675: Price in India, release date

first_imgSamsung Galaxy A70 launched in India with 6.7-inch display, Snapdragon 675: Price in India, release dateSamsung has launched its latest Galaxy A device in India. The Galaxy A70 brings a tall Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon chipset and a large battery, along with 25W fast charging support and Samsung Pay. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 09:33 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A70 price in India has been set at Rs 28,990.The Galaxy A70 sports a large 6.7-inch AMOLED display, supports 25W fast charging and Samsung Pay.The device will go on sale starting May 1 via offline retailers and Flipkart.The Galaxy A70 has been launched in India and is the latest addition to the ever-growing Galaxy A-series. The mid-range smartphone has been official for a few weeks and was recently announced at Samsung’s “A Galaxy Event” in Bangkok. It touts a large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 675 chipset and a large 4,500mAh battery, among other things.Samsung has so far launched the Galaxy A50 (Review), Galaxy A30 (Review), Galaxy A20 and Galaxy A10 in India that are priced between Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000. With the Galaxy A70, Samsung has launched its first sub-Rs 30,000 phone in the country this year as it aims to deliver a premium, high-end experience. The company has also confirmed that the Galaxy A80 will launch in India in May.Galaxy A70 price in India and release dateThe Galaxy A70 price in India has been set at Rs 28,990. The phone will be up for pre-orders between April 20 to April 30. Customers who pre-order the Galaxy A70 will receive a Samsung U Flex Bluetooth headphones worth Rs 3,799 for Rs 999.Samsung’s latest Galaxy A device will go on sale starting May 1 in White, Blue and Black prism colours. The Galaxy A70 will be available across retail stores, Samsung e-Shop and Samsung Opera House. It will also be available online via Flipkart.Galaxy A70 specificationsThe Galaxy A70 is one of the biggest Galaxy A phones launched till date with a large 6.7-inch display. Samsung is using an Infinity-U Super AMOLED display with a a FHD+ (2400×1080) resolution. It supports Widevine L1 certification and the phone is also equipped with Dolby Atmos surround sound support for headphones.advertisement The Galaxy A70 sports a 3D glasstic design on the back that will come in three colours – white, blue and black. The colours offer a prism effect as well, which is similar to the Galaxy A50. The phone also supports optical in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock.Powering the Galaxy A70 is an octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 6GB and 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. The handset ships with One UI based on Android Pie, which means you can expect a redesigned interface for easier one-handed use and Night Mode, among other things.The triple camera setup on the Galaxy A70 includes a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth camera. The camera also supports super slo-mo video recording and Scene Optimiser. Up front, the Galaxy A70 sports a 32MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.Notably, the Galaxy A70 houses a large 4,500mAh battery and it is the first Samsung phone in India to support 25W fast charging over USB Type-C. The handset also comes with Samsung Pay secured by Knox.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 quick review: Has the goods to make it a winner in IndiaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A70last_img read more

Downton Abbey Star Uses Shakespeare To Highlight Cruel Dairy Farms

first_imgAs William Shakespeare fans around the world mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death on 23 April, Downton Abbey star Peter Egan is proving just how relevant Shakespeare’s works remain today.Video: Shakespeare’s Message About the Cruel Dairy Industry as Relevant Today as It Was 400 Years AgoIn a brand-new PETA video, Egan, who is vegan, recites a passage from Henry VI over footage from a modern-day dairy farm: Thou never didst them wrong, nor no man wrong; And as the butcher takes away the calf And binds the wretch, and beats it when it strays, Bearing it to the bloody slaughter-house, Even so remorseless have they born him hence; And as the dam runs lowing up and down, Looking the way her harmless young one went, And can do nought but wail her darling’s loss.“William Shakespeare wrote these words more than 400 years ago,” says Egan in the video, “but to this day, mother and baby cows continue to be torn apart and killed. You can help them today simply by choosing vegan meals.”Shakespeare vividly describes how a distraught mother cow cries out for her stolen calf for days. Just like a human female, she is pregnant for nine months but typically, her calf is taken away from her within hours of birth. Most female calves are destined for the same fate as their mothers: repeated artificial insemination until their bodies give out and they’re slaughtered for cheap meat.PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that plant-based milks are far kinder to animals and contain none of the artery-clogging animal fat and cholesterol of cows’ milk.last_img read more

Youth at center of smudging controversy fighting for his life

first_imgTim FontaineAPTN National NewsA young man who fought for the right to smudge before going to high school each morning is now fighting for his life in a Toronto hospital, his family says.Stephen Bunn is suffering from a mysterious illness that is causing his liver to fail, according to Bunn’s mother Sandy Louise.“He is waiting to find a liver transplant as soon as possible,” Louise said. “The doctors are not sure what caused his liver to fail but it’s serious.”Louise says just days ago Bunn complained of aches and a cough. He was admitted to a hospital where he lives in Brandon, Manitoba but was quickly transferred to Winnipeg before being flown to Toronto.“Each time we were told his liver was getting worse and then starting to fail,” she said.Bunn – who turned 18 just this August – attended Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School in Brandon. In November 2013, he was at the center of a controversy when he was told by school officials not to smudge before attending classes as they worried it smelled like drugs. After he and his family complained to the school division, an Elder was called in to help mediate a solution where Bunn could still smudge.Sandy Louise is with her son in Toronto. She says the family is praying her son can get a liver transplant soon.last_img read more

5 killed as buildings collapse in strong Philippine quake

first_imgManila: At least five people were killed when buildings collapsed near Manila after a powerful earthquake set skyscrapers swaying and drove terrified locals into the street. Rescuers in one area were using heavy equipment and their bare hands to hunt for survivors in the rubble left by the strongest quake to strike close to the densely populated Philippine capital in years. Three bodies were pulled out of a shopping mall in the town of Porac, while a woman and her grandchild were crushed to death in the town of Lubao, said Lilia Pineda, governor of Pampanga province northwest of Manila. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We believe there are still people trapped in the four-storey building,” Pineda said referring to the shopping mall, adding that up to eight people could be dead. “Our rescuers are telling us there are people in there shouting, begging to be rescued.” Rescuers, working under floodlights, pried at the flattened structure with a crane in the disaster-prone nation. “It’s difficult because there is no power, so we’re still trying to get hold of a generator to be able to rescue the people inside,” the governor added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe quake, with a magnitude of 6.3, struck the region at 5:11 pm according to the US Geological Survey. “The Pampanga region took a direct hit,” civil defence spokesman Edgar Posadas told reporters, with a 17th-century Catholic church, an airport and a toll road in the area all reporting damage, while a landslide struck another town. The quake that rumbled across the northern Philippines also caused skyscrapers to sway, as they are designed to do, in Manila. Thousands of travellers were stranded after aviation authorities shut down the secondary Clark Airport, which is located on the site of the former US military installation that lies about an hour’s drive north of the capital.last_img read more

UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide hears arguments on sentencing of former mayor

17 September 2007Prosecutors at the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Rwandan genocide today urged its judges to sentence to 12 years’ imprisonment a former mayor who has pleaded guilty to a charge of extermination as a crime against humanity. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, heard closing arguments from both prosecutors and defence lawyers in the case of Juvénal Rugambarara, who served as mayor of Bicumbi commune in Kigali-Rural Prefecture from September 1993 to April 1994.The prosecution said a prison sentence of not less than 12 years was appropriate, while the defence team argued for a more lenient sentence, calling five character witnesses to say that he had saved many Tutsis during the genocide. Judges Asoka de Silva (presiding), Taghrid Hikmet and Seon Ki Park will announce their decision at a date to be fixed.In July Mr. Rugambarara made the guilty plea after two years of negotiations with prosecutors, who agreed to withdraw eight other charges that included genocide, torture and rape. During a hearing that month he also apologized for his actions in the genocide.“I pay sincere tribute to all the innocent victims of the shameful cowardice and humbly bow and plead for forgiveness from the bottom of my heart… I solemnly pledge to join the rallying cry of those who say ‘never again,’” he said at the time.The ICTR found that Mr. Rugambarara – who worked as a medical officer for much of his adult life – failed as mayor to take the necessary and reasonable measures to establish an investigation into the killings committed in Bicumbi commune during the genocide or to apprehend and punish the perpetrators.Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, mostly by machete or club, across Rwanda in less than 100 days starting in early April 1994. Later that year the Security Council established the ICTR to deal with the worst cases. read more

Pakistans floodaffected people in need of more assistance – UN official

3 December 2010The United Nations humanitarian chief today visited the flood-ravaged area of Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh to review relief efforts among people still suffering from the effects of the deluge that cut a swathe across the country four months ago following torrential rainfall. “Everything I saw and heard today confirmed that this disaster is far from over,” said Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, on the second day of her four-day visit to Pakistan.Millions of people in Pakistan are still living without basic necessities after their homes and sources of livelihood were washed away or damaged by the floods that swamped the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan along the Indus River basin following heavy monsoon rains that began in July.“A lot has been done, but there is much more to do,” said Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “Four months on, there are still long lines of tents along dykes and dams. Even the strongest are growing weary. It is critical that we continue to assist the people of Pakistan during this devastating emergency.”Out of an estimated 18 million people affected by the floods, close to 7.2 million are in Sindh.Ongoing relief efforts have made it possible for more than two million people in Sindh to have access to safe water, and more than 4.3 million others have received food assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).High levels of malnutrition and a risk of an outbreak of disease, however, remain a concern, with children and pregnant women being the most vulnerable. Large areas of Sindh remain under water, with nearly half a million homes destroyed and one million people displaced.In Sehwan district, Ms. Amos met families who are still living in camps. They spoke of their difficulties and their desire to return home to begin the process of rebuilding their lives.She also met representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies and local government officials in Sehwan to discuss the continuing challenges in the relief effort.“People are worried about the future – for many of them even when the waters recede, they will have nothing to go back to,” said Ms. Amos.Last month, the UN and its partners delivered food to six million people. In total, more than 4.3 million people have access to safe drinking water on a daily basis, emergency shelter materials have been distributed to 4.7 million people, and more than seven million people have benefited from health care. read more

Sundovski We can beat anyone Germans the weakest

← Previous Story Kjelling tips Denmark for Gold Next Story → Vote for the World’s Best Coaches in 2011 – Icelanders lead! The Macedonian coach Zvonko Sundovski is very optimistic about his team’s chances at the upcoming European Championship in Serbia. After 14 years Macedonia is at a European Championship, and therefore the qualification is a success as well, he said. Everybody wants to reach the 2nd stage and to show ourselves in good light. It will be one of those championships where anyone can beat anyone, and I think even though it looks on paper that the Czech are the weakest, I think this could be underestimation, and we shouldn’t enter the games like that. My personal opinion is that we can beat anyone, added Sundovski for Dnevnik, a Macedonian daily newspaper.

Column What the Department of Social Protection doesnt want you to find

first_img Monday 5 Dec 2016, 7:00 AM By Tom Boland & Ray Griffin Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1060 Tweet Email14 Image: Shutterstock/ArTono Image: Shutterstock/ArTono BETWEEN THE 2010 bailout and the 2016 Brexit, Ireland has totally transformed its social welfare regime.Advocates of the new regime suggest that it has reduced unemployment, by providing training and internships and pushing people into work. Critics, ourselves included, have suggested that the new welfare regime treats the unemployed harshly, increasing stress and pressure, and pushing people into precarious work.What you need to know about unemploymentRecent figures on unemployment showing a drop to 7.3% unemployment have been warmly greeted in many quarters, with due caution around the persistence of youth unemployment at double the national rate, and long-term unemployment remaining significant at around 4%.Beneath the headline story of persistently declining unemployment, our social welfare system has been transformed over five years, with increased emphasis on “activation” that is, offering retraining and enforcing job seeking via sanctions. Source: Shutterstock/Everett CollectionThe pre-crisis entitlement to welfare has been replaced by a quasi-contract called the Record of Mutual Commitments, which requires that jobseekers accept any offer of work suggested by the Intreo office.Failure to comply results in sanctions of €44 per week for up to 9 weeks, putting claimants below the breadline.The sums saved by paying less welfare are dwarfed by the cost of administering the new system, so these welfare reforms must be judged in regard to their wider consequences.Welfare policy has knock-on effects for the wider economyAt the beginning of 2016 an outline policy document for welfare policy, Pathways to Work 2016-2020, promised “a programme of quantitative and qualitative studies to evaluate the impact of the changes made to date and to inform future policy.”Yet, aside from research which demonstrates that these policies are inappropriate for lone parents, little has been done and there are at least three things that really need investigation.How do activation measures impact the low-wage economy?The numbers in part-time, short-term, low-wage jobs have increased dramatically in recent years.Welfare policy is now “employer-centric”. The Intreo office provides any employer a steady stream of jobseekers who have little discretion over what work they choose, who therefore must accept jobs which may not provide them with a living wage, less still a mortgage.Longitudinal research in Australia also demonstrates that continuous poor quality employment has worse consequences for health and wellbeing than unemployment itself.In the last calendar year, around 8,000 individuals were sanctioned. What are the consequences?Detailed analysis in the UK demonstrated that sanctioned individuals tended to leave the Live Register, but not find employment. Number of sanctions for 2016 projected (ie there was 4242 sanctions in Q1 & Q2 and this number will probably be equalled or exceeded in Q3 & Q4).What happens in Ireland? Is there a spillover into homelessness, crime or emigration? Certainly sanctions are increasing despite the drop in the numbers unemployed, and detailed breakdown on sanctions by location, cause and category of person, should be made public.What psychological impact does the new welfare system have on jobseekers’ wellbeing?Beyond those sanctioned, all jobseekers are threatened with sanctions in all communications with the welfare office, which demands they prove their job search activities.Our qualitative interviews with jobseekers suggest that the pressure exerted by the welfare office exacerbates the negative experience of unemployment. Longitudinal research in Switzerland shows that sanctioned individuals have worse health and future earnings than their counterparts.These elements deserve further research, and in particular, allowing independent appraisal of data kept within the Department of Social Protection.We copy the UK systemIreland’s model of welfare activation was inspired by the UK, a jurisdiction recently admonished by a UN report for breaches of human rights.Since 2013 the UK has halved their level of sanctions, probably because there is no clear evidence that sanctions help people find jobs, and the “collateral damage” is unacceptable. Rather than repeating these mistakes, Ireland should learn from this policy experiment and redesign the welfare system.People prefer to workThe 2012 reforms were understandable in crisis Ireland, with unemployment at 15%, an enormous fiscal deficit and the Troika demanding activation policies.So, a system that pushes people to accept any work had a certain short-term attraction and is politically expedient for some political positions who blame the unemployed for their situation.Yet ESRI research has demonstrated not only that work pays, but that most people prefer work even without financial incentives.Our report, Rethinking Activation and Sanctions suggestscenter_img Column: What the Department of Social Protection doesn’t want you to find out Our welfare regime treats jobseekers harshly and pushes them into precarious work, write Tom Boland and Ray Griffin. http://jrnl.ie/3116214 25,155 Views Giving jobseekers much more discretion over how to position themselves in the labour marketMaking the sanctioning system fairer and more transparentIndependently assessed appeals of any sanctions before they are implementedWe recommend this as a resource neutral way to improve our economy and especially the position of lower-paid, non-unionised workers.‘Self-help’ doesn’t create jobsMeanwhile, when not threatening sanctions, state services adopt the language of self-help to manage the unemployed, telling individuals to keep their chin up, discover their talents, invest in themselves, keep smiling, reach for the rainbow, and eventually a job will appear. Source: Shutterstock/Marcos Mesa Sam WordleyFor instance, the Intreo jobseeker pack advises: ‘Try to present your weaknesses as strengths. Focus on the positive” (p.9).More people constantly applying for the same pool of jobs just means more rejections overall, exacerbating the stress and anxiety of unemployment. Telling people to improve themselves does not create jobs.We argue that the new welfare regime normalises low paid, short-term, precarious work, in the growing ‘gig’ economy. There are positive elements within the new policies, particularly the emphasis on giving people access to skills and training which will qualify them for work.But it is undeniable that state has decisively tipped the playing pitch in favour of low-wage employers.Such a low-wage economy gives poor returns to the exchequer, draws more heavily on public services, and most importantly cannot provide people with the security to plan for the future, get a mortgage or even rent.System is suspicious of claimantsBeyond that, the new welfare regime is suspicious and distrustful of claimants, making the social safety net precarious and uncertain.This has a corrosive effect on social cohesion for everyone, and especially the young who are denied a full payment until they are over 25, and are corralled into poor quality employment, lone parents, who should be guaranteed their payment as their parenting work is vital to the state, and the long-term unemployed, who need assistance not harassment.The economic recovery in Ireland should not come through a division of society into winners and losers, with jobseekers and precarious workers at the bottom. The consequences will be worse for everyone, economically, socially and politically.Tom Boland lectures in sociology and Ray Griffin lectures in strategy at the Waterford Institute of Technology. They are co-authors of ‘The Sociology of Unemployment’, Manchester University Press (2015).Ireland has the highest rate of young people receiving benefits across 35 countries>Irish jobs: Unemployment is down again but we shouldn’t be complacent> Dec 5th 2016, 7:00 AM 103 Comments last_img read more

Official Rooney completes move to DC United

first_imgMajor League Soccer side DC United have confirmed that Wayne Rooney has joined them on a three-a-half-year dealThe former England captain will complete his move when the US transfer window officially opens on July 10.While no transfer fee has been included, it is understood that DC United will be paying Rooney’s current club Everton a compensation package for the loss of their captain and main striker.The 32-year-old will become the highest paid player in DC United’s history in a deal worth £10m and is expected to make his debut at the opening of the club’s new 20,000-capacity Audi Field Stadium on July 14.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me,” Rooney told the club website.“I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100% – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for. Now I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club.”After nearly 16 years of Premier League football, Rooney leaves as the league’s second-highest goalscorer with 208 goals.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Dec 2014 – Provisional Liquidators now have legal management of all of the affairs of British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd or BAFSL since late October. The Supreme Court and Chief Justice, Margaret Ramsey-Hale ordered that there will be a hearing on January 9th to arrive at a firm decision on whether or not the insurance company should be liquidated but in the meantime, provisional liquidators have been appointed and given the green light to begin work. Joseph Connolly of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, TCI and David Walker PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Cayman have been given the job to locate, protect, secure, take possession of and get all property of BAFSL. The aim is basically to find and collect and keep the company’s assets and it is Gazetted that they legally also have the right to speak to anyone, represent the company anywhere in the world, pay its bills, collect monies owed, keep or close the current office and even hire or fire employees. The Order came down since late October and is detailed in a recent Gazette. BAFSL is said to be over six million dollars in the red; government says they believe in a bail out for the company but no details on whether or not that will actually happen has been offered in recent weeks. Police looking for band of eight robbers; Outten gets bail despite serious gun charges Big time Customs Officer fined and fired for theft Related Items:- Provisional Liquidators, British Atlantic Financial Services, joseph connolly, margaret ramsey-hale, pricewaterhousecooper, supreme court Beckingham responds in 12-storey development verdict Recommended for youlast_img read more