Hills party representatives to fast unto death for Gorkhaland

first_imgAn all-party meeting in Darjeeling on Tuesday concluded that one representative of each political party in the hills will undertake a fast unto death from July 15 to take forward the demand of Gorkhaland.Announcing the decision, Benoy Tamang, Assistant General Secretary of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), said the ongoing indefinite strike that began on June 15 will continue.In addition, the parties also decided to lay seige to the offices of the District Magistrate and Sub Divisional Officers with the help of Gorkhaland supporters from July 14.The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), convened by the representatives of all the political parties in the hills, decided that all awards received from West Bengal Government would be returned on July 13. The chairman and vice chairman of the development boards set up by the State government has been asked to resign at 6pm on July 14.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who addressed a public gathering at Digha in Purba Medinipur assured people that her government would restore peace in the hills.While she urged the people in the hills to give peace a chance and not play with fire, she accused the Centre of creating tension in the Darjeeling hills.last_img read more

NBA players express frustration with Trump’s words

first_imgTrump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ After deadly protests involving white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale has been actively trying to get Confederate symbols such as monuments removed from his city.On Monday, Fizdale said it was Trump who is disrespecting military members, not athletes who protest in various ways.“Look at what he’s doing with North Korea putting our troops in danger right now instigating a war,” Fizdale said. “You know how many troops we have in South Korea and Japan that’s in direct line with where this guy can fire missiles? Obviously the Gold Star family that lost their son … I can keep going on this, guys, you know that.“So when we talk about disrespecting our military, people need to take a look back at who’s really disrespecting our military and who’s really honoring our military by exercising their rights.”Media days in the NBA are a mixture of basketball-related interviews, photo sessions and some frivolity. At Heat media day, Goran Dragic — whose current contract is worth $85 million — talked about his decision to fly coach home from his native Slovenia. In Memphis, guards Mike Conley and Mario Chalmers gave hair-care tips. Coaches took questions en masse, sometimes even able to actually discuss the game.But there were countless questions about politics and Trump as well.“It’s like every time he opens his mouth, it’s like, ‘Oh, really?’” Haslem said. “When you think he can’t say anything like worse, he just kind of figures it out.”In Denver, the Nuggets said they were forming a four-player committee to help bring collective ideas from the locker room to team officials for further discussion. In Miami, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he would talk to players about how they want to respond to social topics later this week at their training camp in Boca Raton, Florida.“This is discourse that’s going on in every living room right now and this is our family. So we will have a discussion about it,” Spoelstra said. “It is such a polarizing topic right now that I think it’s healthy just for guys to express where they are on this right now and I know how the guys feel in the locker room. It’s exactly the same as the players in the other leagues and the other teams that you saw this weekend.”Dealing with Trump-related matters may be particularly thorny in Orlando. Magic owner Rich DeVos’ daughter-in-law, Betsy DeVos, is the Education Secretary. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks to the media during Media Day at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 25, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James is not backing down on his comments about President Donald Trump, and countless other players and coaches in the NBA made it clear at media days around the league Monday that they are equally fed up with what could perhaps be described as a pattern of actions from the White House that they would call divisive or worse.Politics were the storyline of the NBA on the first official business day of the season for most of the league’s clubs. That was no surprise, given the events of a weekend that included Trump rescinding the champion Golden State Warriors’ invitation to the White House, James calling the president a “bum” and stars like union president Chris Paul speaking out in frustration.ADVERTISEMENT The Magic, like many teams, said they weren’t sure what the right answer is — or how they’ll speak out as a team about social issues this season.“In all honesty, coming up with a quick answer would be doing a disservice to all of our fans and to the issue itself,” Magic President Jeff Weltman said. “This is something we need to evaluate, speak to our NBA peers about.”Stars like James, Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony have spoken openly about the need for societial change in the past, and each of them are continuing to use their platforms now.James made it clear that will continue.“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,” James said of Trump. “He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the President of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn’t understand that and that’s what makes me more sick than anything.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Added Miami forward Udonis Haslem: “I don’t think President Trump wants to fight any of them defensive linemen or anybody in the NFL. Probably should just be respectful.”James referred to Trump as “that guy,” and defended his decision to tweet that the president is a “bum” — a post that quickly became one of Twitter’s most-shared ever. The name-calling continued Monday: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal said Trump is “a clown” and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said the president is a “so-called leader.”“I think the president brought a lot of this stuff on himself,” said DeRozan, who is American but plays in Canada. “He brought it on himself, he brought it on us as a country. … I feel no player is trying to disrespect anybody, no flag or anything like that, but we seem to be the ones who get all the disrespect from our so-called leader.”Trump’s comments about the NFL and NBA come at a time where the government has obvious concerns about matters involving North Korea, the pledge many Republicans made to repeal and replace health care legislation, with a tax overhaul plan looming and with Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico all dealing with crippling effects of hurricanes in recent weeks.“We all have to come together,” Denver guard Jameer Nelson said. “Whether you voted for Trump or not — the world needs to be better. I don’t know. I don’t know what the right answer is. I don’t know what the wrong answer is. Nobody does. If we did, we wouldn’t be sitting here and talking about it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Sixers’ Embiid, Simmons eager to prove doubters wrong Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We know this is the greatest country in the world,” said James, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star. “It’s the land of the free. But we still have problems just like everybody else and when we have those problems, we have to figure out a way how we come together and be as great as we can be as a people.“Because the people run this country. Not one individual. And damn sure not him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThese tensions have obviously been present for far more than one weekend, but they are bubbling now in the NBA like perhaps never before — with players in many cities Monday saying they were angered over the president’s use of the line “son of a bitch,” cited last week during a rant about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.“You can’t get more insulting than that,” Phoenix center Tyson Chandler said. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

FMLLP CEO denies rumour of MSL expansion

first_imgSuper League FMLLP CEO denies rumour of MSL expansion to 16 teams Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 06:40 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Malaysia Super League crest logo Football Malaysia LLP Super League The rumour had surfaced alongside the plan to introduce ASEAN import player slot, which has been confirmed. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter The CEO of M-League organiser Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP), Kevin Ramalingam has denied rumours that the Super League will be expanded to 16 teams beginning 2018.Late August, Indonesian publication KOMPAS quoted former Indonesia and Selangor star Elie Aiboy as saying that the Super League will be expanded from 12 to 16 teams and will feature an additional foreign player slot for South East Asian footballers.According to Elie, the plan would involve the promotion of four teams from the Premier League; the second tier of the M-League, as opposed to the usual two, while no teams will be relegated from the Super League at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing However, when contacted by Goal, Kevin denied that such a plan is being considered.”There’s been no such decision to expand the league to have more teams for now,” he responded in a brief text message on Wednesday morning.Interestingly, the additional foreign player plan mentioned by Elie would later be confirmed by the Malaysian FA president and FMLLP chairman Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim himself, early this month.last_img read more

Etor tips Super Eagles for Wafu Cup final

first_imgOther Competition Matches Daniel Etor tips Super Eagles for Wafu Cup final Kolade Oni 22:40 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nigeria training Tolu Olasoji Other Competition Matches Benin A’ v Nigeria A’ Nigeria A’ Benin A’ The former Flying Antelopes striker believes that the Squirrels cannot stop Salisu Yusuf’s men march to the competition’s final Former Enugu Rangers’ striker Daniel Etor feels that the Super Eagles will fly past Benin Republic in Thursday’s Wafu Cup of Nations’ semi-final clash.Nigeria defeated Ghana 2-0 to pick a ticket for the last four after their first two draws.“I know that the players will like to make a name for themselves. They will be eager to play with all they have. The fact that a whole lot depends on their performance in the competition is another motivation for them. The Benin Republic side are a good team but I know that the Eagles are better and they will get the job done,” Etor told Goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “It won’t be an easy game because the CHAN qualifier they played some months back was also very competitive and it will still be this time around. Nigerians are the better side and the players too showed against Ghana that they can spring back to life when everyone has written them off.“I am tipping the Eagles to win again and eventually win the competition. I have moved on due to my movement to Oman and I am hoping to use this as a stepping stone,” he explained.Etor scored seven league goals for Enugu Rangers in the just concluded Nigeria topflight season before he joined Omani side, Al Nasr. Fox Sports holds exclusive rights to the 2017 Wafu Cup of Nationslast_img read more

9 days agoTroy ​Deeney optimistic about Watford form

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Troy ​Deeney optimistic about Watford formby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTroy Deeney says that he will be back sooner than expected as he recovers from injury.The Watford skipper is going through recovery from a knee operation, which he underwent in mid-August.He is already running on a treadmill and could be ready for field activities very soon.The striker spoke with the club website about his return date and said: “I know when I’m aiming to be back, it’s not too far away now.”I’m just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. They are holding me back for my benefit, but when they let me go there will be no stopping me, so they are just trying to rein me in until it’s safe medically and then I’ll be going and pushing myself.”I’m just ready for it. I know what to expect and that I will have to fight for my place. I don’t think there’ll be any playing 45 minutes for the Under-23s first. I’ll be expected to go straight in and I’m ready for everything that is coming.” last_img read more

Minister Hanna Urges Children to Report Abuse and Neglect

first_img Contact:         Huntley Medley (Advisor/Consultant) Email:              huntleymedley@gmail.com Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna is encouraging children to report cases of abuse and neglect, reminding that neglect is also classified as a form of child abuse. “If you have a parent or guardian who is neglecting you, they can be reported because at this stage of your life, your physical and emotional well-being is important and the only way you are going to feel good about yourself is if you get care, reassurance, motivation, love,” the youth Minister told scores of students from schools in Kingston and St. Andrew on Friday, (November 2). The occasion was a youth forum held at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall in Kingston as part of Youth Month activities and was organised by the National Child Month Committee. The Minister also encouraged the youth to speak up on the matter of sexual abuse, reminding them that no one has the right to touch them inappropriately. “You have a responsibility to yourself to report such acts where they happen. You are to respect yourselves and report it if anybody does anything to you that you find harmful whether emotionally, sexually or physically,” she said. Ms. Hanna also encouraged the children not to participate in underage sexual activities, informing that “by law and good moral values persons under the age of 16 are not allowed to have sex”. She said that even where young persons are older than 16 nobody – man or woman, has the right to force themselves on them inappropriately. Minister Hanna told the youth that sex can and should wait until they are physically, mentally, socially and financially ready, encouraging them to remain focused on their education and on their dreams and aspirations. Persons may report incidences of abuse to the Office of the Children’s Registry, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture by calling the toll free number 1-888-PROTECT (1-888-776-8328) or by calling 908-2132/ 822-7031(LIME) or 878-2882 (Digicel) between the hours 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Reports can also be made by visiting the offices of the Children’s Registry at 12 Carlton Crescent, Kingston 10 or by faxing the report to 908-0246 or emailing at reports@ocr.gov.jm Under the Child Care and Protection Act (2004), it is an offence to fail to report known or suspected situations of child abuse to the Children’s Registry. The penalty for such an offence is imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of $500,000, or both. While addressing the youth forum, which provided an avenue for children to voice their views on issues that affect them, Minister Hanna reminded the youth to become active members of their communities as volunteers. “You are never too young to do community work, and you are never too young to work on behalf of other young people,” she noted. The forum was held under theme: ‘Jamaica 50: Let’s Celebrate Our Children,’ and included presentations from students of Wolmer’s Girls and Penwood High Schools on the topic: ‘Care and Protection for our Children during the Past 50 years’, while students of St. George’s College and Ardenne High School spoke on the topic, ‘Recognition and Celebration of the Achievements of Our Children during the Past 50 Years’. The forum was also attended by chairperson of the Child Month Committee, Dr. Pauline Mullings; Committee Patron, Douglas Orane; and Principal of Wolmer’s Girls School, Colleen Montague.last_img read more

Canada Post says protests at facilities in some provinces violates court orders

first_imgCanada Post says protesters blocking mail from flowing in and out of one of the country’s busiest postal hubs are violating a court order.The protesters rallying outside of the facility in Mississauga, Ont., are largely members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees acting in solidarity with postal workers who were legislated back to work last week.The back-to-work legislation was passed on Monday following about five weeks of rotating strikes from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.CUPE says 19 protests are scheduled this weekend at facilities across the country, allowing workers to enter, but not letting mail out of the plants.The Ontario branch of that union says the protesters have been served with an injunction, but they still plan to protest in solidarity with the postal workers.RELATED: B.C. labour groups rally against Canada Post back-to-work legislationThe injunctions were granted by courts in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, prohibiting anyone from obstructing or interfering with people or vehicles entering or exiting its facilities.last_img read more

WTO creates two dispute settlement panels to review US softwood lumber duties

first_imgMONTREAL – The World Trade Organization says its dispute settlement body has agreed to establish two panels to examine Canada’s complaint about duties imposed by the United States on softwood lumber imports.The Canadian government requested March 27 that a panel be set up to examine the dispute after consultations with the U.S. in January failed to resolve the matter. It also requested a second panel to review the U.S. use of differential pricing methodology in its anti-dumping determinations.The U.S. objected to the Canadian requests, which argue that the anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on softwood lumber imports were inconsistent with U.S. obligations under the agreement on subsidies and countervailing measures and the general agreement on tariffs and trade.Ottawa says the duties represent a “considerable hardship” on softwood lumber producers and communities across Canada.The United States has argued that the duties were fully consistent with its obligations under the WTO agreements.It has also raised concerns that Canada’s request for a panel included an item that wasn’t identified in its request that wasn’t part of the consultations.The U.S. said the request included claims against the measures that don’t exist and therefore couldn’t be challenged. It also said Canada stated the matter was urgent even though the final determination in the anti-dumping investigation of softwood lumber from Canada made in November 2017.The United States said it was disappointed that Canada had proceeded to request a special DSB meeting to consider its second panel request rather than addressing these concerns.Canada has also launched a separate wide-ranging complaint to the WTO about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs that has infuriated the Americans.The Canadian government has suggested it might drop that major international trade case if it gets a softwood lumber deal.last_img read more

Lenders still hope for successful bids for grounded airline

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after Jet Airways suspended all its flights after running out of money, lenders to the carrier Thursday said they were “reasonably hopeful” that bidding process for the airline will end successfully. Lenders led by the State Bank of India had declined to extend more funds to Jet, forcing it to suspend all its flights. “The lenders after due deliberations decided that the best way forward for the survival of Jet Airways is to get the binding bids from potential investors who have expressed EOI (Expression of Interest) and have been issued bid documents on April 16,” a statement by lenders said. A consortium of 26 lenders led by the SBI, with 51 per cent stake in the debt-trapped airline, has invited bids from potential suitors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Lenders are reasonably hopeful that the bid process is likely to be successful in determining the fair value of the enterprise in a transparent manner,” it said. Banks on Wednesday rejected an immediate Rs 400 crore demand of Jet Airways, compelling it to ground operations. Jet had been, over the last few months, on a decline as competition from budget airlines hurt its profitability and led to a debt pile. It reported losses for four straight quarters despite sales holding up. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAt its peak, Jet operated 123 planes and over 600 daily flights. It was flying just seven planes on Tuesday. Its chief executive officer Vinay Dube on Wednesday wrote an email to airlines’ passengers saying “with deep sadness and with a heavy heart that we would like to share with you that, effective immediately, Jet Airways will be suspending all its domestic and international operations”. “Tuesday night, we were informed by SBI, on behalf of the consortium of Indian lenders, that they are unable to consider our request for interim funding. Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source of funding was forthcoming, it would therefore not have been possible for us to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going,” he wrote. He said the airline had over the last several weeks and months tried “every means possible” to seek funding, both interim as well as long term funding, to keep our operations going. “Unfortunately, despite the very best of our efforts, we have been left with no other choice today”. “A decision like this is never easy to make, but without the interim funding, which we have been repeatedly requesting for, we are simply unable to conduct flight operations in a manner that delivers to the very reasonable expectations of our guests, employees, partners and service providers,” he wrote. “After 25 years of sharing the Joy of Flying with Indian and international guests, Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and authorities to ensure the sustainability of the airline did not yield the desired results.” He, however, said the future provides new hope and opportunity as India is better off with a flying Jet Airways. “We will now await the bid finalization process by SBI and the consortium of Indian lenders and will continue to support the bid process initiated by the lenders,” he added.last_img read more

Sri Lankan in Australia who killed husband to be freed

Those visa issues have now been resolved, Mr Giudice said. Liyanage’s husband, Dinendra Athukorala, was slain in 2014 while lying in bed in the couple’s Geraldton, WA home, a court heard during her trial. The Sri Lankan-born doctor was eligible for release last July, but chose not to apply for parole because of issues with her visa, her legal counsel, George Giudice, told ABC. A Sri Lankan woman jailed in Australia last year for killing her husband will walk free within days after she was granted parole, the Daily Mail reported.Dr Chamari Liyanage was sentenced to four years in prison last year after being convicted of manslaughter for killing her husband with a mallet, ABC reported. The court heard Liyanage had suffered sexual, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her husband during their five-year marriage, ABC reported.She has been in custody since June 2014 and was due to remain in prison until June 2018.Mr Giudice said his client will be released within ‘the next couple of days’ and that she feels ‘relieved and very happy.’ (Colombo Gazette) read more

Brantford police concerned for missing mans wellbeing

Brantford police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 29-year-old man.Police say Dwayne Kyle Webb was last seen on Tuesday near West and Henry street around 9 p.m.He was wearing a black windbreaker style jacket, pants, a t-shirt but was not wearing any shoes or socks.Police are concerned for Webb’s well-being as he is not dressed appropriately for the current weather conditions.Webb is described as six-foot tall, 185 lbs with a medium build, brown eyes, black hair and some facial hair.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. read more

Halton police locate missing Burlington senior

Halton police say a missing Burlington senior has been located safe.Police say Bahadur Sanghera was found to be in good health after returning home on his own accord around 9:30 a.m. Friday.“He had been walking for many hours and navigated his own way home,” said Halton police in a news release.Sanghera suffers from some level of Alzheimer’s and police became worried after he left his Burlington home on his own and did not return.

Oil rises to near US104 as Q3 corporate earnings season gets under

The price of oil climbed to near US$104 a barrel Tuesday as the imminent start of the third-quarter U.S. corporate reporting season provided investors with something to focus on other just the budget stalemate in Washington.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery was up 84 cents at $103.87 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 81 cents to close at US$103.03 a barrel on the Nymex on Monday.Oil prices have fallen in the last week after the U.S. government was forced to partially halt operations. The shutdown occurred because Congress could not agree on short-term funding that would have allowed the country to pay its bills past Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. Some 800,000 federal workers were furloughed, although some were called back to their jobs, and many non-essential agencies and services were shuttered.A deadline is also approaching for raising the nation’s borrowing limit. If Congress doesn’t raise the limit by Oct. 17, the country could face its first-ever debt default, which experts warn could seriously harm the global economy.Oil traders have gotten jittery in recent days as the deadline approaches, and crude prices have fallen.Over the coming days, investors will be monitoring earnings statements from leading U.S. companies.As is usual, aluminum giant Alcoa kicks off the quarterly earnings season later after Wall Street closes. While Alcoa is no longer listed on the Dow, it is considered a bellwether for commodities. Its results will be watched for signs about global manufacturers’ demand for the lightweight metal in a stubbornly slow-growing economy.New information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products are also on the agenda.Data for the week ended Oct. 4 is expected to show builds of 2.2 million barrels in crude oil stocks and 1.3 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The American Petroleum Institute will release its report on oil stocks later Tuesday, while the report from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Wednesday.Brent, the benchmark for international crudes, was up 75 cents to US$109.43 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose 2.76 cents to US$2.6537 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added 2.53 cents to US$3.0346 a gallon and natural gas rose 2.9 cents to US$3.658 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 7:02 am MDT Oil rises to near US$104 as Q3 corporate earnings season gets under way AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Surge in climate changerelated disasters poses growing threat to food security –

“This year alone, small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and foresters – from Myanmar to Guatemala and from Vanuatu to Malawi – have seen their livelihoods eroded or erased by cyclones, droughts, floods and earthquakes,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a press release.In addition, the agency finds that worldwide, between 2003 and 2013—the period analyzed in the study—the average annual number of disasters caused by all types of natural hazards, including climate-related events, almost doubled since the 1980s. The total economic damage caused is estimated at $1.5 trillion. Focusing specifically on the impact of climate-related disasters in developing countries, some 25 per cent of the negative economic impacts were reportedly borne by the crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry sectors alone. In the case of drought, over 80 per cent of the damage and losses affected the agriculture sector, especially livestock and crop production. The FAO report is based on a review of 78 on the ground post-disaster needs-assessments conducted in developing countries coupled with statistical analyses of production losses, changes in trade flows and agriculture sector growth associated with 140 medium and large scale disasters, defined as those affecting at least 250,000 people. The report demonstrates that natural hazards—particularly extreme weather events—regularly impact heavily on agriculture and hamper the eradication of hunger, poverty and the achievement of sustainable development. FAO is warning that the situation is likely to worsen unless measures are taken to strengthen the resilience of the agriculture sector and increase investments to boost food security and productivity and also curb the harmful effects of climate change. Mr. Graziano da Silva noted how the international community recently committed itself to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendia Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and is expected to reach a climate change agreement at the upcoming UN climate change conference—(COP21). Measuring progress made in meeting these global targets will require accurate, up-to-date information, including on the impact of disasters, the Director-General stressed. “National strategies for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation that support resilience must address the types of disasters with the greatest impact on the agriculture sector,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. He noted how sector-specific data on damage and losses are essential for effective policy and practice, and that the FAO study aims to contribute to national, regional and global efforts to develop comprehensive disaster data collection and monitoring systems. read more

Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission in Central African Republic

Under Council resolution 2281 (2016), the 15-member body authorized the Mission to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate within its capabilities and areas of deployment. The Council also welcomed the peaceful organization of a constitutional referendum on 13 December 2015 and legislative and presidential elections in December 2015, and February and March 2016, as well as the inauguration of President Faustin Archange Touadéra on 30 March. In addition, the Council recognized that the future mandate of MINUSCA needs to be adapted to “the new circumstances stemming from the end of the transition, in full consultation with the newly elected authorities.” The Council also requested that the Secretary-General conduct a strategic review of MINUSCA to ensure that MINUSCA’s future mandate is “properly configured and adapted to a post-transition stabilization environment that enables peacebuilding efforts” in the Central African Republic. The Council also requested that the Secretary-General present recommendations to the Council by 22 June. read more

CV manufacturing level in November after months of decline

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing fell just 0.7% in November.Resurgent home market demand grew for second month, but exports remained subdued.Year-to-date fall of 21.6% affected by 2013 restructuring; more positive 2015 expected.“The signs remain positive for UK commercial vehicle production after many months of decline, with output in November almost level,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The strong UK market is driving the turnaround, while export markets continue to struggle. We anticipate 2015 to be a better year as new models ramp up and the effects of last year’s restructuring no longer apply.” Click through to download the UK CV manufacturing news release for November 2014. CV manufacturing output – January-November, 2012-2014 Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) CV manufacturing output – rolling year total read more

In lopsided French league PSG wins without Neymar Mbappe

PARIS — Even without stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain keeps on winning in the French league.PSG extended its winning streak to 14 matches after beating Toulouse 1-0 on Saturday.With Neymar and Mbappe recuperating from injuries and watching from the stands, Edinson Cavani scored PSG’s winner in the 10th minute with a brilliant piece of skill.Found with a header from Adrien Rabiot, Cavani used his left foot to juggle the ball past Toulouse defender Kelvin Amian and turned and volleyed with his right foot past goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet.A modest consolation for Toulouse: It became the first Ligue 1 team to restrict PSG to just one goal this season.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

The Huskies Are Better Than The Wildcats Ever Hoped To Be

Don’t let the UConn women’s one-loss record fool you: The Huskies are the most dominant college basketball team on Earth. Aside from that two-point November loss to Stanford, the Huskies have won every game they’ve played by double digits — since March 12, 2013. In that period, they’re 83-1 with an average margin of victory of 38 points.On Tuesday night, those Huskies take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, with the NCAA women’s basketball national championship up for grabs. The UConn team features three freshmen and eight players returning from last year’s championship squad, five of whom are looking for the three-peat. And let’s just say, they have a pretty good chance.Their biggest star and leading scorer is forward Breanna Stewart, a 6-foot-4-inch junior who, in addition to having already won the NCAA player of the year award as a sophomore, averages 1.9 steals and 2.6 blocks per 36 minutes.1All stats as of the start of the Final Four. Senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis — the only player other than Stewart to start for both title teams — has a whopping 68.4 effective field goal percentage2A field goal measure that takes into account the extra points awarded for 3-pointers. (good for second-highest of 1,827 qualifying players). This may be due to her nation-leading 50 percent shooting from 3-point range — on 6.6 attempts per game.3Her teammate Moriah Jefferson shot a slightly higher 50.5 percent but did not have enough attempts to qualify for NCAA 3-point leaderboard. Even the Huskies’ “role-players” get it right — like Kiah Stokes, a senior non-starter who averages only 4.5 points in 18.6 minutes per game but makes those minutes count by averaging 7.5 blocks and 13.3 rebounds per 36.In other words, when the Huskies have the ball, they’re pretty good at putting it into that net hanging from the rim. And when they don’t have the ball, they’re pretty good at stopping their opponents from doing the same. No, really:That cloud in the middle is the other 348 NCAA women’s basketball teams. Teams want to be on the lower-right of the plot, and if you look deep in the lower-right area, you may be able to find Connecticut (highlighted in red so that you don’t mistake it for a flea on your monitor). Yes, that means UConn has — by far — the best offense in the country (even though many of its competitors play in weaker conferences), as well as — by far — the best defense in the country.On average, every trip up and down the floor nets the Huskies more than half a point (0.58 points on average). That’s an insane reciprocal advantage. The next-best are Princeton (who went undefeated in the Ivy League), South Carolina and Notre Dame at +0.33, +0.32 and +0.29 points per possessions exchanged, respectively.In sports, it’s common for the best to be relatively much better than the second-best and for the gap between the first and second-best to be bigger than the gap between the second-best and the third-best, and so on. In other words, it’s pretty normal for the best team in a league or sport to be really, really good. But this UConn team is better.We can line up each team’s reciprocal advantage from worst to best like so:4Small gaps and darker points are the result of ties. This kind of sideways/backwards S-shape distribution is common in sports, and you can see how the vertical distances between points get larger on the ends. This is one reason that great players and teams seem so amazing.But this UConn team takes it to a new level. The distance between it and the next-highest team is 0.25 points, and the distance between it and Notre Dame is the same as the distance between Notre Dame and the average team. You might even say — without being hyperbolic — that UConn has been twice as good as its championship rival.A few more fun facts before we look at the bigger picture:Unsurprisingly, UConn scored the most points per game overall this season (90). Normally, teams that score that much play a fast up-and-down game, so regardless of how good their defenses are, the extra possessions mean their opponents are going to score more points. But UConn isn’t normal, and still managed to allow the fewest points per game (48) of anybody.UConn’s offense led the nation in both 2-point (60.6 percent) and 3-point (40.9 percent) shooting.The Huskies are way down the charts in rebounds per game, but this is pretty much because they don’t miss enough shots to get enough chances. When there was a rebound to get, they nabbed it 58.2 percent of the time — good for the fourth-highest rebounding rate of all 349 teams.They led the NCAA with 8.0 blocks per game.Oh, and the Huskies managed to win by scores in the form of 80-something to 20-something (their 87-24 romp over Memphis, for example) four times.Of course, college basketball seasons are only 40ish games (including tournaments) long, which is less than half of an NBA season. So perhaps this year’s Connecticut team is just having the run of its life.This is at least partially true. The 2014-15 Huskies are an anomaly among anomalies — this year’s squad has been more efficient both offensively and defensively than either of their championship-winning predecessors (including last year’s unbeaten team). But, taken together, this three-year run is even more amazing. If you thought Connecticut’s 2015 offense/defense chart was crazy, here’s something crazier:Each V-shaped line in that tangle shows a team’s three-year performance on offense and defense. The side with a dot is how the team did in 2014-15, the “kink” in the middle is how it did in 2013-14, and the open end is how it did in 2012-13. At the center of the chart, note the chaotic 348-team jumble — if you can’t find, say, McNeese State, that’s the point. Most teams vary a lot from year to year. And when a team strays very far from the league’s center of gravity, it is likely to come crashing back.Except UConn. Once again, while it may look like someone accidentally took a red Sharpie to your monitor, that little red brush stroke is actually the Huskies. And not only are they nowhere near the pack, they appear to be running away from it.Indeed, each of UConn’s points scored per possession in the past three seasons is higher than any other team’s, which means that the other teams had a combined 1,044 chances to match UConn’s worst offensive season, and none could. Similarly, no other team has ceded fewer points per possession over a season than UConn’s 0.68 in 2012-13 — its worst season of the past three by this metric (though kudos to Hampton for matching it).Connecticut’s three-year performance is impressive not only for being extreme, but also for being extremely consistent. Sure, this year’s squad had even better efficiency stats than the previous two, but way out in space like that, such distinctions mean little. Some of their statistical improvement in the past two years may stem from their 2013 move from the Big East conference into the weaker American Athletic Conference. For example, my homebrew-version of SRS (Simple Rating System) — a stat that adjusts team strength to account for strength of schedule — slightly prefers the 2012-13 squad.5FYI, UConn has a history of cleaning up in this stat, posting eight of the top 12 seasons of the past 15 years. But because UConn is so good and its games are often decided by halftime or earlier, exactly how much it’s going to dominate is practically a coaches’ decision. (My colleague Carl Bialik found that its average lead at the half this year was 25 points.)So instead of looking at fancy small-scale possession-based stats and the like, let’s step back and look at the big picture. Here are the basic cumulative tallies of UConn’s points scored and points allowed after each game for the past three years:The dots represent where the Huskies stood after winning each championship. If you look incredibly carefully, it looks like the yellow “defense” line trends downward a tiny bit this year, but for the most part, it’s pretty remarkable how flat each is and how constant the ratio between the two lines is. Note that those lines don’t represent trends or a local regression or anything fancy — only consistency.And this is nothing new during coach Geno Auriemma’s reign. Whether it’s his schemes, his managerial style, his training or just his uncanny ability to recruit (or poach) all the best female basketballers to the Nutmeg State, Auriemma is on the threshold of yet another amazing accomplishment.It’s hard to believe that the great Geno toiled with this program for 10 years before it even sniffed a chance at a championship in 1995. But since then, wow. Connecticut has reached nine NCAA tournament finals and has won each time. This year gives Auriemma the chance to match John Wooden’s 10 national championships.6Note Wooden didn’t have to deal with a 64-team tournament, but that cuts both ways: The larger field means a team has to win more games, but it also makes it a bit more likely to face weaker opposition from “Cinderellas” that make it into later rounds. And to get there, all the Huskies need to do is beat archrival Notre Dame.In this season’s only meeting between the two, the Huskies beat the Fighting Irish in South Bend by (a mere) 18 points. But while Connecticut has lost only five games in the past three seasons, three were against Notre Dame — all in early 2013. Unfortunately for Notre Dame, the fourth time was the charm that year, as the Huskies beat the Fighting Irish in the Final Four en route to the title. They’ll have to take down a juggernaut to return the favor. read more

Ohio State mens soccer team ready to host Big Ten tournament quarterfinal

OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson (3) and Maryland midfielder Mael Corboz (8) struggle to get the ball during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31, 2015. OSU won 1-0. Photo Credit: Amanda Etchison | Editor in ChiefThe Ohio State men’s soccer team overcame all odds and clinched the Big Ten title in a 3-1 victory against Michigan on Wednesday night, awarding them the top seed in the Big Ten tournament.Since the Buckeyes finished the regular season at the top of the conference, OSU will host the first round and quarterfinals at home at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.OSU coach John Bluem said, even as his team realizes the importance of the upcoming postseason games, it can’t change its mindset.“It’s one game at a time,” Bluem said.This has been the motto for the Scarlet and Gray this year and the team continues to follow it.Earlier in the season, the Buckeyes lost four straight games until they managed to snap the streak against Akron in a 3-3 tie on Sept. 16.Following the tie against Akron, the Buckeyes took off and went on an eight-game winning streak, putting the Buckeyes at No. 1 in the Big Ten.Rutgers put a halt to the Scarlet and Gray’s winning streak in a 1-0 game on Oct. 25.“We were unbeaten for 10 games, but one loss doesn’t change anything,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year on Friday, said following the game against Rutgers. “It reignites the focus for what lies ahead.”The loss against Rutgers did just that for the Buckeyes when they bounced back and won a 1-0 shutout against Maryland, a team that is recognized for its physicality and ability to attack. The win against Maryland put the Buckeyes back on top with the chance to win the Big Ten title against Michigan.All season, the Buckeyes’ defense dominated on the field, but on Wednesday the Scarlet and Gray offense ignited as three goals were scored, giving the Buckeyes a chance to call themselves Big Ten champions.“This season has been a huge roller coaster for us, but right now we’re all pretty confident and we trust the game plan that we have,” junior forward Danny Jensen said. “It took us a little while to find our identity, but now that we have that, the vibe inside the locker room is pretty good.”The first round of the Big Ten tournament is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, when No. 8-seeded Michigan State and No. 9-seeded Penn State will face each other head-to-head. The Buckeyes are scheduled play the winner of the match.OSU squared off against both teams once this season. On Sept. 20, the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions went to two overtime periods before the match concluded in a 1-1 draw in Columbus. OSU traveled to East Lansing, Michigan, on Oct. 4 and topped the Spartans 2-1. The Scarlet and Gray is set to take on either Michigan State or Penn State at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.What’s nextFollowing the quarterfinals, the top remaining team will host the semifinals and championship on Friday and Sunday. read more

Companies with HQs in the IFSC have a duty to give back

first_imgCompanies with HQs in the IFSC have a ‘duty to give back’ to north inner city, says minister The Taoiseach also said he is confident the gardaí will bring an end to the Hutch-Kinahan feud. Share126 Tweet Email Monday 26 Feb 2018, 6:06 PM 17,325 Views COMPANIES WITH THEIR headquarters in the IFSC have “a duty” to give back to Dublin’s north inner city, said Finance and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe.Speaking at the launch of the progress report on the north inner city task force report today, Donohoe said it is essential companies in the area integrate their business into the community to ensure there are fair job opportunities and training for local people.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also acknowledged that government departments located in and around the Sheriff Street could do more to employ people from the local community.The task force, launched last year by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, is a major initiative focused on the development of north-east inner city. It was rolled out following a spate of gangland shootings in the region.IFSC businessesEarlier this year, the minister said he invited all of the key employers from the area to Government Buildings to highlight what they could do to help. These include companies in the tech, finance and insurance sectors.“They do have a duty back to the community which they are located,” said Donohoe, who added that many companies have begun to offer internships, training programmes and jobs to locals.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it is important to recognise that many companies are doing a lot for the Sheriff Street locality.“A number are offering internships and roles in the company and it is not just working in the post room, it is positions in good jobs with prospects,” he said, adding that IFSC businesses are also offering funds to give young people experience in sales training as part of a youth diversion programme.However, he said: By Christina Finn Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3873161 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe visiting Dublin’s North East Inner City today. Image: RollingNews.ie 54 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Feb 26th 2018, 6:06 PM Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe visiting Dublin’s North East Inner City today. That’s not to say that more can’t be done.The minister said the government working group has identified individuals from the area they believe if “brought into mainstream work in this part of the city would thrive in it and would be really successful for themselves and the companies”.Donohoe name-checked accountancy firm PWC and insurance company AIG as leading the way in this respect.“We have seen a real response back from them [IFSC firms] at the moment, and a key action called out in the report is that we will continue with this work across 2018, with companies like PWC and AIG leading the way in investing and employing people here in the local community who are going to thrive in those kind of environments,” said the minister.Giving jobs to local people The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Department of Social Protection, and the Department of Education are all located in the north inner city.“It would be useful for us as a government, as well as asking businesses to play their part, to see what part what the departments who have their headquarters could do to provide employment opportunities,” said Varadkar. Taoiseach with local children at Sheriff Street Youth Centre. Source: RollingNews.ieWhile visiting a number of community groups this morning, the Taoiseach announced a further €3.5 million in funding for the regeneration of the area.These funds will be used to roll out some major infrastructure projects such as a new primary care centre to be located at Summerhill (due to be opened in mid 2018), the refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station and the development of a new community hub at Rutland (currently at design stage).Gangland violence The Taoiseach also spoke about gangland violence in Dublin’s north inner city, stating his predecessor, Enda Kenny, asked him to pay close attention to progress of the task force.Varadkar said gangland violence had a “devastating” impact on local communities and pledged that his government is going to “redouble” its efforts for 2018.He was also asked if he is confident the gardaí can bring an end to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.I am, but I am not naive to the enormous challenge that it is. These are violent people, they operate not just in this part of the city, but internationally as well and I think we all understand the challenge the gardaí have in that.He thanked the gardaí and “decent” local people for their work to date.“We should never forget that people who live in this neighbourhood are honest, decent people and they don’t deserve to have violence on their doorstep in the way they have had for the last number of years. We are doing all that we can,” said Varadkar.The Taoiseach said the government is taking a two-pronged approach by tackling crime with a strong justice element, while also trying to tackle some of the underlying causes of crime, which he said are rooted in disadvantage.Ensuring that young people growing up in the area given all the opportunities possible to make sure they don’t “get lured into a life of crime” is key, said Varadkar.Children in Dublin’s north inner city want violence and drugs off their streets>‘No one should have to deal with that’: Taoiseach slams discrimination shown to north inner city man  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more