first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Management and coaching staff wasted no time and has shopped around for a replacement, their third import in the season-closing conference, who has turned out to be Watson and is expected to plane in either late Tuesday or early Wednesday from the United States.But a ranking team official told the Inquirer that the Beermen would likely play Bridgeman against the Elasto Painters because coaching staff doesn’t feel that Watson would be able to have at least one practice with the team.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 shutout WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Derrick Rose moved to tears after watching video tribute from Chinese fans SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief San Miguel Beermen. Tristan Tamayo/ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Miguel Beer, chasing to complete a rare Triple Crown sweep, will most likely play Terik Bridgeman against Rain or Shine in the 7 p.m. PBA Governors’ Cup contest on Wednesday as the Beermen await the arrival of new import Terrence Watson.Bridgeman, who came in to replace Wendell McKines, was a huge disappointment in his debut last Saturday, scoring just two points and grabbing six rebounds in a 79-90 loss to Alaska in Angeles City in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) Amusement park operators today asked the government to revise GST rate on the sector saying it was unfair to put entertainment industry for children at par with casinos, betting and race courses. Seeking a downward revision of tax rate to a maximum of 18 per cent from the proposed 28 per cent under the GST regime, Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI) said high taxation will be detrimental to the existence of the industry. “The governments policy with regard to amusement parks under the GST is not favourable and worldwide also the maximum tax levied on amusement park industry is 10 per cent,” IAAPI Director Ajay Sarin told reporters here.The total average tax incidence at present comes to around 18 per cent pan-India, he added. The GST council has fixed 28 per cent for visits to theme parks and sporting events like IPL under the new indirect tax regime slated to be implemented from July 1. Sarin, who is also the Chairman of Hindustan Amusement Machines, said the new taxation puts outdoor entertainment industry for children at par with casinos, betting and race courses. He further said earlier amusement parks were exempted from tax and it was only last year that a service tax of 15 per cent was levied, which was still way less than the current 28 per cent. Proposing a tiered structure of taxation based on ticket prices, he said tickets for children must be kept at the lowest 5 per cent bracket, while the most expensive ones must not be taxed at more than 18 per cent. The association has already made representation to the Finance Ministry and the PMO, Sarin said. IAAPI said amusement parks in India have contributed in creating 1.25 lakh jobs. At present, there are around 150-200 amusement parks across the country operation at an annual revenue of Rs 4000 crore. The association said the amusement parks industry must be treated similarly with hospitality and restaurants which fall in the GST slab of 12-18 per cent. PTI PRJ RKL SAadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDETROIT — Are you ready for some free football at Ford Field?Fans are being offered free tickets to the NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on Nov. 24 that was moved to Detroit from snow-plagued western New York.The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, but the league relocated it to the Lions’ indoor stadium after a lake-effect storm dumped about 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area since Nov. 17.The Lions announced that their season-ticket holders and those for the Bills can use Flash Seats — a digital entry ticketing system — for general admission seats to the game Nov. 24. Fans who had tickets for the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium and travel to Detroit will be admitted with their original tickets.The Bills also announced that full refunds will be given to all original ticket holders and season ticket members, whether or not their ticket is used to enter the rescheduled game.The general public can get tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 via Flash Seats at, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23at Ford Field’s box office.“We are pleased to be hosting the Bills and Jets for their game Monday night,” Lions President Tom Lewand said. “While our thoughts are with the people of the Buffalo area during this difficult time, our team at Ford Field will do everything we can to be good hosts to their team this weekend.”The NFL has offered fans free tickets in similar situations in the past, including in December 2010 when the Giants and Vikings were relocated to Ford Field after the roof of Minnesota’s Metrodome collapsed after a blizzard. Vikings quarterback Brett Favre’s streak of 297 regular-season starts came to an end that night because of shoulder and hand issues.A wildfire in Southern California in 2003 moved a game — also with free admission — between the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, because Qualcomm Stadium was turned into an evacuation center for displaced residents.Jets coach Rex Ryan thought the potential of less crowd noise at a neutral-site stadium could help Michael Vick and New York’s offense.“Instead of having 70,000 screaming (Bills) fans, I would say it’d be easier,” Ryan said. “I don’t know who’s going to be at the game.” Then, he added: “I hope there are a lot of Jets fans.”Detroit Sports 105.1 radio, an affiliate of ESPN, called for fans to wear green to the game in support of the Jets — and against Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who was fired last December after five seasons in which he went 29-51 as the Lions’ coach.He was carried off the field by the Bills after they beat the Lions in Detroit in October.Using the hashtag GreenMonday, the station wrote on Twitter: “Monday, we all become Jets fans in Detroit to give Jim Schwartz some payback. Wear green and be loud.”The Lions, in a partnership with Henry Ford Health Systems, will also be operating a 50/50 raffle when gates open, with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York Disaster Relief Fund.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgKarna budget proposes “Compete with China” schemeBengaluru, July 5 (PTI) A “Compete with China” scheme totake on Chinese made goods and spare parts was announced inthe state budget today by Karnataka Chief Minister H DKumaraswamy, who termed it as an “industrial revolution.”He said a total of eight lakh jobs are expected to begenerated in some districts under the scheme, for whichgovernment would provide Rs 14,000 crore investment in thecoming year.He said large-scale production of various commodities byChina, in great demand the world over, has resulted in solarpower goods, electrical lighting goods, bathroom fittings,electrical goods and electronic toys being available even forthe common man.The tremendous development in manufacturing in China inthe past two decades has seen goods from that country floodingthe Indian market, due to which industries are on the vergeverge of closure, he said.”In line with ‘Produce or Perish’ we are now requiredtoincrease our production. With this perspective, I am thinkingof implementing the Compete with China scheme,” hesaid.This envisages setting up a “Program Mission Unit” underthe leadership of successful entrepreneurs. Spare parts wouldbe manufactured at the village level, assembled at taluk leveland malls would be opened to market them, Kumaraswamy said.The Chief Minister, who also holds the Finance portfolio,outlined the scheme while presenting the Congress-JD(S)coalition government’s maiden budget.Quoting examples of programmes that can be implementedinvarious districts, based on resources and professional skillavailable in each area, he said Kalaburagi districtwould bedeveloped as “Bharath Solar District”.advertisement”The solar panel, inverters, capacitors and luminatorsfor the production of solar power will be produced only inKalaburagi district,” he said.Pointing out that the electrical light industryin Indiais valued at about Rs 46,000 crore, he said Chinese LED lightshaveoccupied this market and proposed that manufacturing ofhousehold LED lights be developed inChitradurga district.Other plans included one to develop Hassan district asbathroom floor tiles and sanitary goods manufacturing districtand setting up a cluster for manufacture of toys in Koppaldistrict to compete with Chinese mechanized toys.Noting that 80 per cent of global demand for ICBs andchips are met by Taiwan and that there was a huge demand forICB chips in India too, he said there are plans to set up amanufacturing unit at Mysuru.Emphasis will be given to thetextile industry in Ballaridistrict and a mobile phone components unit was planned to beset up at Chikkaballapur, he saidKumaraswamy saidgovernment planned to invest Rs 2,000crore in four years to set up a sports and fitness goods unitin Tumakuru district, with an im of creating one lakhjobs.To manufacture agricultural implements and protection ofagro products in Bidar district,government intended to provideRs 2,000crore capital in the next four years to companies whocome forward to manufactureagricultural implements.To implement these schemes,expert workers trained for sixmonths to two years are needed, for which training schoolswould be opened in the first phase, Kumaraswamy said.The budget has provided Rs 500 crore for training thisyear in seven districts and in the next four years, Rs 2,000crore would be given in the form of equity share capital toprivate institutes participating in this industry, he said.Private institutes would have to invest Rs 3,000crore,the Chief Minister said,adding, there would thus be a total ofRs 5,000 crore investment for each district.”By this industrial revolution, a total of eight lakhjobs will be generated in each district. An investment of Rs14,000 crorewill be provided by the state Government inthecoming year,” he added. PTI KSU RA APRAPRAPRAPRlast_img read more

first_imgKane Williamson was back as the T20 captain as New Zealand announced their squad for the T20I series against India, starting February 6. Williamson had missed the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka but was back in the team replacing Henry Nicholls. India and New Zealand will play each other in three T20Is in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton.Apart from Williamson’s return, New Zealand also gave maiden call-ups to all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and pacer Blair Tickner. Mitchell has earned the call-up after putting solid performances in the Super Smash and for New Zealand A in one-day cricket.Tickner, on the other hand, will join the team in Hamilton for the third T20I, replacing Lockie Ferguson.We have squad news ahead of the T20I series against India starting in Wellington on Waitangi Day. | #NZvIND (@BLACKCAPS) January 30, 2019″Both Daryl and Blair have been rewarded for the strong form they’ve produced in domestic cricket,” said selector Gavin Larsen.”They’ve been there or thereabouts for most of the season and both featured in our NZ A short-format teams.”Daryl has shown his value with the bat and also tends to bowl at some tough times for the Knights, and Blair is well-respected among his team-mates and opponents alike as someone who bowls a heavy ball at good pace.”Doug Bracewell has retained his place in the squad after he was brought in as replacement for the injured Jimmy Neesham ahead of the recent T20I against Sri Lanka.advertisementThe three-match T20I series will be held as double-headers, where India women will play New Zealand women before the men on the same day and same pitch.New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (C), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson (1st and 2nd T20Is) , Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (WK), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner (3rd T20I)Also Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | Tough to swallow defeat but India have been far too good, says Ross TaylorAlso Read | New Zealand recall Jimmy Neesham, Todd Astle for final two ODIs vs IndiaAlso Read | Scott Styris trolls New Zealand after Virat Kohli’s India win ODI serieslast_img read more

first_imgIf it seems many men’s scents smell suspiciously alike, you’re not wrong. To ensure commercial success, many mainstream brands stick to a crowd-pleasing formula. While these are perfectly fine fragrances, you also end up blending into the crowd, olfactorily anyway. That’s why the world of indie fragrance is such a welcome relief from this sameness. From D.S. & Durga to Le Labo to Atelier Cologne, there are small guys putting out unique options when you want something different. We found a couple of newcomers—one luxe, the other literally down-to-earth—to give you a whiff of distinction.Phuong Dang is a Vietnamese artist who transformed her aesthetic as inspiration to build a collection of unisex fragrances that are launching this fall. Dang found that besides painting, she felt drawn to fragrances, which are sort of works of art in a bottle when done right, so she partnered with a couple of perfumers, Bertrand Duchafour and Marina Jung Allegret, to whip some up. She based the ten creations on her own art and ambitiously hopes her new medium will spark inspiration, emotion, and a jolt to the senses. If there is any question about the departure from the business-as-usual fragrance business, then just check out the her awesome offerings’ mysterious monikers, like Cryptic, The Calling, and Raw Secret, which give absolutely nothing away.If you prefer your perfume all-natural, then Sigil’s range might be more your speed. The California company hand-blends wild-crafted, organic flowers and plants to product scents based on Earthly goodness. Nebulous names are meant to conjure specific moments and feelings. There is Focus, a stimulating blend of juniper, neroli and rosemary, that suggests “coffee at sunrise, mother’s herb garden and thousands of orange blossoms” and Open, a revitalizing mix of ginger, geranium and elemi, that offers visions of “ice-chilled gimlets, tangy treacle ginger chews, full lung breathing and key lime tarts.”Whether you like your fragrance fancy or not, chances are you won’t run into your scent twin on the street with either of these super niche collections. Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Demeter Fragrance Library May Be the Natural Solution to Cheap Cologneslast_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Henry informed JIS News following a meeting with Mr. Wang that among the areas being examined is expansion of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under the Logistics Hub Initiative. The Government will host the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Wang Jiangping, from June 20 to 22.During his stay, Mr. Wang will meet with a number of Government Ministers.Mr. Wang was met at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) by Minister without Portfolio in the Economic Growth and Job Creation Ministry, Hon. Mike Henry, on June 20.Mr. Henry informed JIS News following a meeting with Mr. Wang that among the areas being examined is expansion of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under the Logistics Hub Initiative.SEZs create a specifically delineated location that is governed separately by the customs and tax regimes of the country, and is intended to provide targeted incentives and services to encourage investments in Jamaica’s logistics-based industries.Having a modern SEZ for Jamaica would result in greater investments (both domestic and foreign), increased employment and economic growth for the country.Mr. Henry, whose major responsibility surrounds SEZs, said the visit “is very important as we (prepare) ourselves for the development of the belt and road structure that relates to the creation of a logistics hub”.“The interest of expanding China’s position (is important to them) and they recognise that we are the most positioned country in terms of moving goods and services,” he said.“The development of economic zones is open to all investors from all over the world. I am inviting Jamaican investors to invest in the cluster of businesses,” he said. During his stay, Mr. Wang will meet with a number of Government Ministers. The Government will host the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Wang Jiangping, from June 20 to 22. last_img read more

first_imgCanada is to join more than a dozen countries Wednesday in signing a deal that would block commercial fishing in the High Arctic for 16 years and begin unravelling ecological mysteries at the top of the world.Experts say it’s a rare example of the globe coming together to prevent environmental problems before they start.“There’s an agreement before the problem exists,” said Peter Harrison, a professor of Arctic policy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and a former top federal bureaucrat.“It’s a major step in the right direction.”The deal is to be signed in Ilulissat, Greenland, by the five nations with Arctic coastlines. Others signing on will be China, Iceland, Japan, South Korea and the European Union. Inuit from three countries are also involved.The agreement, which was negotiated last year, applies to northern waters at least 200 nautical miles away from the shores of any coastal states. That amounts to 2.8 million square kilometres of ocean — about the size of the Mediterranean Sea.As well as a commercial fishing ban, the agreement commits the countries to major scientific work on the entire ecosystem of a region that climate change is making increasingly accessible. Once frozen year-round, about 40 per cent of those waters are now open during the summer.“This agreement’s just in time,” said Scott Highleyman of the group Ocean Conservancy, who has been following the talks and is a former member of the U.S. delegation. “It’s a good example of precautionary action.”Little is currently known about the ecology of the central Arctic Ocean, Highleyman said.“It’s difficult to get to so there’s very little research on the biology. We need to do this so we have some baseline we can measure change against.“Sixteen years is probably just barely enough time to do that.”No commercial fishing currently takes place in the High Arctic, but fish stocks are shifting and fishers and scientists have wondered what the northernmost seas on the planet hold.The deal commits signatories to developing a science plan within two years to look at the entire ecosystem, not just commercial possibilities.“You can’t just look at fish,” Harrison said. “You can’t just say, ‘How many cod are there?’ and move on.”Michael Byers, a professor of international law at the University of British Columbia, called the agreement remarkable.“Governments usually don’t devote any diplomatic effort to anything other than an immediate crisis. To actually anticipate a problem and bring countries together and come up with a system that is science-based is a model of what international diplomacy should do.”The agreement doesn’t come into force until it’s ratified by all signatories, which could take about a year.Harrison said Canada should be taking the lead in designing and implementing the science program.“We’ve developed significant expertise on this over the years,” he said.“The States are a bit befuddled, for a whole variety of reasons. It’s difficult to put things in Russia, and it goes on and on. The logical leader in this is Canada.”The Department of Fisheries and Oceans declined to lay out Canada’s plans for the agreement until after the signing. A spokesman said in an email that the government recently announced up to $10 million to support satellite technologies to help remotely identify and track suspected illegal fishing vessels.“Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to working globally to build strong partnerships to address the issue of unregulated fishing,” wrote Vance Chow.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the agreement applied to water 200 kilometres from shores of any coastal states.last_img read more

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was starting a second, six-year term Thursday despite international cries urging him to step down and return democratic rule to a country suffering a historic economic implosion.Maduro says he’s going to turn around an economy whose collapse he blamed on U.S. sanctions. However, few experts see signs that his policies will rescue the once-wealthy OPEC nation. Inflation is soaring, internal political divisions are deepening and millions of Venezuelans have left the country.The Associated Press explains Venezuela’s economic and political crisis:___WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE ECONOMY?Venezuela has the world’s largest underground oil reserves, but crude production continues to crash. Its natural wealth made it once one of Latin America’s wealthiest countries, pumping 3.5 million barrels of crude daily when President Hugo Chavez took power and launched the socialist revolution. Oil has been Venezuela’s prime source of hard cash, and leaders historically haven’t developed other sectors of the economy. Output now has plummeted to less than a third of its historic high, and critics blame that on years on rampant corruption and mismanagement of the state-run oil firm PDVSA.___WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH INFLATION?The economy in 2019 will continue to contract and inflation will skyrocket at a staggering 23 million per cent, forecasts Francisco Rodriguez, a former Venezuelan official who is now chief economist at the New York-based Torino Capital. That is a result of low oil prices compounded by the declining production, Venezuela’s growing financial isolation, years of price and currency controls and heavy government spending in the collapsing local currency. Many Venezuelans struggle to afford food and basic goods. Today, the minimum wage that amounts to less than $5 a month — and is shrinking.___WHAT’S THE POLITICAL BACKDROP?Maduro has successfully maintained power, opposed by a fractured opposition. The hand-picked successor of Chavez won a second term in a May election that opponents and many in the international community reject as a sham. Maduro’s government has jailed or driven into exile its most popular opposition leaders. Among them, Leopoldo Lopez remains under house arrest. Government opponents consider him a political prisoner.Internationally, the United States and a coalition of a dozen Latin American countries reject Maduro’s government. However, leftist allies such as Cuba and Bolivia maintain their support, while Maduro has deepened economic and political ties with Russia, China and Turkey.___HOW ARE VENEZUELANS RESPONDING?An estimated 2.3 million people have fled hyperinflation, food and medical shortages over the last two years, according to the United Nations, most going to nearby Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Leaders in those countries say they struggle to handle the influx. Many of the migrants arrive sick and hungry, needing medical care.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgMumbai/New Delhi: To stave off any haircut in Jet Airways, the lenders of the company have already started approaching prospective investors, informed sources said on Friday. Accordingly, the lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI) have approached various prospective buyers from conglomerates to a global private equity firm for sale of their stake in the financially challenged airline. Sources said that Tata Group, TPG Capital and Delta-Air France-KLM are among the companies approached by the lenders. When contacted, a Tata Group spokesperson, however, said: “We don’t comment on market speculation.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Lenders are very serious about their exposure to Jet and how to come out of the situation. They may have given interim relief but there is no surety that the company won’t go into the IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) process,” a source close to the development said. Corroborating the first source, another industry insider said: “Initial feelers have been sent. This is a standard procedure but talks are in a preliminary stage. The lenders are scouting for companies that can not only give them an exit but also sustain the size of the airline. Thus far, an Indian diversified conglomerate, global PE fund house and even other global airline companies have been approached through various channels.”last_img read more

Using helicopters and air drops, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are now assisting 30,000 people in urgent need in Akobo, in Jonglei State, near South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia. The agencies have set up emergency distribution points for food, health, protection, education and sanitation.According to a joint press release, Akobo is the first location the two agencies are reaching under the new joint strategy. Fourteen such missions are planned over the next month, seeking to support as many as 250,000 people in remote, conflict-affected communities in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states. Other agencies are expected to join the partnership.“Children and families in South Sudan are now facing unprecedented suffering – with worrying signs of malnutrition and disease outbreaks,” said UNICEF’s Representative in the country, Jonathan Veitch. “With the rainy season looming we have to seize every opportunity to rapidly deploy teams and life-saving supplies to the hardest to reach. This is how we will avert a humanitarian catastrophe.”Earlier this month, WFP started a series of urgently needed airdrops of food assistance to remote areas of South Sudan that have been unreachable because of insecurity and other obstacles.“The conflict…is pushing millions of people further into hunger and complicating efforts to provide relief, and we are enormously concerned that things could get worse,” said WFP Country Director Chris Nikoi. “We have to act quickly to avert an even worse crisis as the rainy season approaches. The mobile response teams are a swift and flexible approach we have been using to reach as many people as we can with assistance in a tremendously challenging environment,” he said.They are “reaching more people every day, overcoming severe challenges including looting and continued fighting,” WFP spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, told journalists in Geneva, adding that the crisis is impacting food security even in parts of the country not directly affected by fighting, in part because of disruption to trade routes and food markets.“Working with NGO partners, WFP has reached nearly 500,000 people affected [by the crisis], and plans to assist an additional 275, 000 next month,” she said.In relatively stable areas, Ms. Byrs said, “WFP is continuing work aimed at improving community resilience, including food for assets projects, ‘Purchase for Progress’ activities benefitting local farmers, and school meals.”Meanwhile, UNICEF has observed increasing levels of disease outbreaks, measles and polio – with children being among the largest number of the displaced persons and refugees.Speaking on behalf of UNICEF, Sarah Crowe said “the youngest citizens of the world’s newest country are suffering the most from the rising levels of malnutrition and increasing violence.” The situation is desperate and is only getting worse. Many young children had to flee for their lives and were separated from their families in the process.“These children have seen rising levels of violence and their schools are often occupied by warring sides, with enrolment rates dropping significantly,” Ms. Crowe said.Though cholera is momentarily under control, the rainy season is approaching and the threat looms that parts of the country would become impassable and swamped – rendering relief operations more difficult and expensive, she added. This week, baskets of supplies, including food, vaccines, hygiene kits, rehydrating salts, and chlorinating tablets went out to remote areas. More will go in the coming weeks to reach as many people as possible before those parts of the country are inaccessible. South Sudan is imploding but with so many competing crises around the world, it is getting scant media attention. Ms. Crowe said “the international community has a special obligation to South Sudan as it is a new, young country.” As data is difficult to come by, and Ms. Crowe could not speak on the situation of child soldiers but said, that “at the very least, 83 cases have been verified in observations by the United Nations, and the numbers are likely to be much higher than that.” read more

According to Viviane Van Steirteghem, representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Niger, many have been settling along Route Nationale 01, the main road crossing the region.After 3 June, the sites along that road had received an additional 60,000 to 70,000 people, resulting in increased pressure on water resources, she said. The newcomers, settling in three of the main sites, had arrived with their families and with their cattle. Those sites had initially been quite homogeneous in terms of linguistic groups and occupations of the inhabitants, but it was no longer the case. There are additional tensions now.Ms. Van Steirteghem, who visited Diffa twice in the past 14 days, said UNICEF’s assistance focused on the coordination of the water response, initially water trucking, and now drilling, as people were expected to settle on the sites for quite some time.In Bosso, women and children make up the majority at the displaced persons’ sites. There had been cases of measles reported, despite a massive vaccination campaign in December 2015. Since they lived in temporary housing, they were extremely vulnerable when the rainy season arrived, she said.An increase in diarrheal diseases and respiratory tract diseases was feared, as well as cases of importation of cholera, for which preparedness was difficult to operationalize in the current conditions, she warned. Malaria was also a corollary of the rainy season, and with the Ministry of Health and the support of a number of non-governmental organization partners, UNICEF was planning a massive distribution of mosquito nets to help families protect themselves.Women and children on the sites are highly vulnerable. Some children had come unaccompanied. Many of them had been traumatized. Protection services were being offered to allow children to express what they felt and relieve some of their stress. Women going to get water at night were very vulnerable to gender-based violence and UNICEF was preparing messaging to help them strategize and go in groups to avoid being targeted.The school year had just finished and all the children would be able to take their examinations in the neighbouring town. UNICEF was preparing for the next school year, taking into account the increase in the number of children.Ms. Van Steirteghem said that the appeal for the Diffa crisis was 25 per cent funded out of the required $74 million. read more

Interim Humanities Dean Carol Merriam presents Prof. Renée Lafferty-Salhany with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at Saturdays convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Humanities. Hard work and imagination got nearly 350 Humanities students to their graduation on Saturday.Hard work and imagination will get those same graduates to where they want to go in life, too.History Prof. Renée Lafferty-Salhany reminded graduands of that during the convocation address she gave after being presented the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at Saturday’s ceremony for the Faculty of Humanities.Standing before a graduating class at her own alma mater was profoundly humbling, Lafferty-Salhany said, and something she never imagined she’d do when she graduated in 1997.That same year, Princess Diana had condemned the use of landmines in order to protect civilians in war-torn nations. The Kyoto Accord was signed as well, and it was also the year of the cloned sheep when the world was introduced to the scientific feat, Dolly. All of those events required imagination and action to accomplish, Lafferty-Salhany said.“Imagination is powerful but it is sometimes limited, and it can be limiting,” she said. “You’ve probably heard before some version of the adage ‘If you dream it, you can do it. If you imagine it, you can be it,’ This isn’t not untrue but there’s a very big part missing from the middle of this idea.“If you think it, if you imagine it, if you envision it, this is only the beginning,” she added. “Life is not easy and you all know this because university was not easy. It took work, It took concentration, dedication, sweat, tears, the ability to stumble and screw up and still get back up on your feet…. I’m sorry to tell you but your life after university will probably require this kind of work as well.”Colin Bissell (graduate) and Catelyn Talaue (undergraduate) were presented with Spirit of Brock medals at Saturday’s convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Humaniities.Graduates also need a bit of doubt, Lafferty-Salhany advised.“Second-guess your choices, double-check your answers, ask questions. Continue to do everything we asked you to do here. Doubt is necessary for confirming new views and polishing your virtues. It’s necessary to turn down what isn’t necessary, and for opening your eyes to the beauty of differences, options and alternatives.”She also offered one important caveat: “Never ever doubt yourself so much that you forget what this day and this moment really means. Today means that you all know how to work as well as how to imagine.”Saturday’s ceremony wraps up Spring Convocation, which saw 3,784 undergraduate and 440 graduate degrees conferred over nine ceremonies and five days.Also recognized Saturday were Catelyn Talaue (undergraduate) and Colin Bissell (graduate), who received the Spirit of Brock medal for best exemplifying the spirit of Sir Isaac Brock.Cameron Smith (honours) and Ella Leslie (pass) were both awarded the Dean’s Medal for having the highest standing in their degree programs. read more

Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) gets ready for a serve during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe upcoming schedule for Ohio State women’s volleyball is anything but orthodox.The matches are scheduled to start Wednesday as the No. 17 Buckeyes take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., kicking off a three game road trip.Coach Geoff Carlston said he sees the “weird” schedule as a blessing. The Buckeyes play three games over the course of seven days, contrary to their norm of lacing up for just two contests over the weekend.“It’s kind of nice actually that these last two weekends we played back-to-back against teams that had rest and days off,” he said.After a 2-4 start to Big Ten play, a different schedule is not the only change Carlston wants to see.“Really it’s about the offensive rhythm, finding a nice offensive rhythm and just getting up in our defensive energy, defensive attitude,” Carlston said.Since starting the season on a 13 game winning streak, OSU has lost four of its last five matches, including being swept by Michigan State, Purdue and Minnesota.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said she wants the team to bounce back and do more than just what gave it success at the start of the season.“It would say so much about us as a team if we were able to overcome this and be able to come out of it even stronger than we were to start preseason,” Kacsits said.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said part of returning to the team’s non-conference form will be eliminating mistakes.“Right now, I think we just need to become more knowledgeable about the game,” she said. “We’re making aggressive mistakes but some mistakes we’re making are just, the bonehead, dumb mistakes.”Mandolfo said since Big Ten play has started, the Buckeyes “just need wins.”Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said if the team wants to win, it will have to put recent struggles behind them.“(It’s important) not to hang our heads over the loss on the weekend,” she said. “We just need to make sure that we stay positive and look at this as a learning experience.”The match against Northwestern is set to be televised on the Big Ten Network, while an Oct. 23 date with Penn State will be broadcast on ESPN2.Carlston said he does not expect the televised play to effect his squad in any way.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to St. John Arena Oct. 25 as they host No. 8 Nebraska. read more

Three weeks ago, the Denver Broncos looked like an easy choice for the NFL’s best team after back-to-back impressive wins: a 42-17 thumping of the San Francisco 49ers (then the third-ranked team in our Elo ratings), followed by a 35-21 victory over the then-seventh-ranked San Diego Chargers. Since then, however, Denver has arguably been the coldest team in the league. Or at least, nobody has shed more points off of their Elo rating since the end of Week 8 than the Broncos (although the Carolina Panthers certainly seem to be trying their best to match Denver’s skid).Denver’s record over that span — one win, two losses — hasn’t necessarily been its entire undoing. Unlike some of the other more frigid teams across the league, the Broncos have at least won a game in November. (Not to pick on Carolina again, but the Panthers haven’t won since the first week of October.) But the Broncos were also expected to win more — the pregame Elo ratings generated an expectation of 2.1 wins over their past three games. Our Elo point spreads figured Denver would take care of its November opponents by a collective 19.5 points; instead, the team has posted a -13 point differential.The most damaging game of the Broncos’ season thus far was their most recent one, when they were upset by the St. Louis Rams. Losing 22-7 despite being favored by 6.5 points, the defeat cost Denver 43 points of Elo rating, the fifth-most Elo points any team has relinquished in a single game so far this season. (If you’re curious, the Cleveland Browns’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals ranks first in that department.) It also dropped the Broncos to fourth place in the current rankings, the lowest they’ve sat since right after they were shellacked by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl in February.But all is not lost for the Broncos — in fact, from a making-the-playoffs perspective, hardly anything was lost. Although the losses to the New England Patriots and St. Louis were costly to the team’s chances of locking up one of the AFC’s top two seeds (and therefore a first-round playoff bye) and even of winning the AFC West (the Kansas City Chiefs are in hot pursuit), they were not particularly damaging to its postseason probability. The Broncos’ chances of making the playoffs have only declined from a practical certainty (96 percent) to a matter of high likelihood (85 percent) during the skid. And Denver still has the league’s third-best chance of winning the Super Bowl. So, despite the team’s recent lapses, fans can probably R-E-L-A-X.The bigger playoff concerns belong to Denver’s Super Bowl opponents a season ago: the Seahawks.Before Week 8, we said the league’s defending champions were suddenly underdogs to return to the postseason … upon which the Seahawks promptly rattled off three consecutive victories, increasing their playoff odds to 61 percent. But on the heels of a loss in Kansas City, here we are again; our Elo simulations say the Seahawks have only a 47 percent probability of returning to the playoffs.The 49ers, who bested the New York Giants last week, were clear beneficiaries of Seattle’s loss, tacking 14 percentage points onto their playoff probability as the Seahawks lost precisely the same amount from theirs. It was a fitting zero-sum transaction for last year’s NFC Championship Game contestants. At the start of the season, the NFC West was supposed to go to the Seahawks or the 49ers, with the runner-up at least being favorites to grab a wild card berth. But nobody counted on the Arizona Cardinals building on their surprising 2013 success and emerging as the division front-runners, the reality of which could leave either Seattle or San Francisco (or both?) out of the playoffs.As Arizona increasingly runs away with the West (Elo gives the Cardinals an 80 percent chance of winning the division, granting that it doesn’t take Carson Palmer’s injury into account), it has become apparent that the Seahawks’ and 49ers’ only path to the playoffs might lead through one of the NFC’s two wild card slots. While our simulations say there’s a 72 percent probability that at least one NFC West team earns a wild card berth, there’s only a 32 percent chance that both wild cards emerge from the division. Most likely, one of the West runners-up will be left out — a fate that befalls Seattle in a slightly higher proportion of simulations than it does San Francisco.Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 76-72-3 (6-5 in Week 11)Straight-up record: 111-49-1 (8-6 in Week 11)The Elo ratings again had a winning record against the gambling lines last week, but as we caution in every edition of this column, don’t take these numbers to Vegas and use them to place bets. Even in a lucky year, Elo hasn’t done well enough to turn a profit after the bookies take their vigorish.At any rate, Elo seems to have a difference of opinion than Vegas when it comes to the aforementioned NFC West race. The consensus spread on this weekend’s big Arizona-Seattle tilt has Seattle favored by 6.5 points, while Elo only considers the Seahawks two-point favorites. Much of this probably stems from Seattle’s formidable home-field advantage, which is several points per game greater than the generic 2.6-point edge Elo gives home teams. But Vegas also rates Arizona much lower than Elo does — and that was true even before Palmer’s injury. The bookmakers are probably accounting for the Cardinals’ relatively unimpressive peripheral indicators, figuring their performance will come back down to earth.Vegas also seems to devalue San Francisco relative to its Elo rating. Elo ranks the 49ers fifth, but their implied rating from the betting lines places them 11th in the league. This explains why, against a dreadful Washington team, San Francisco is favored by nine points instead of the two-touchdown edge Elo would predict.Meanwhile, Vegas holds the Green Bay Packers in much higher regard than Elo does. While Elo ranks the Packers sixth in the NFL and has boosted their standing more over the past three weeks than all but three teams, the oddsmakers list them as 9.5-point road favorites against the Minnesota Vikings this week. Elo gives them a four-point advantage. That 5.5-point discrepancy is the biggest for any spread in Week 12, so it will be interesting to see whether the relatively high “K-factor” Vegas seems to be assigning to Green Bay’s recent dominance (to put it in Elo-equation terms) is appropriate. read more

first_imgThe latest International Mining Project News, out today (some 60 pages), has reports on 21 prefeasibility studies, 21 feasibility studies, 37 projects in development, six new mines that have gone into production, ten existing mines that are expanding, six merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The reports cover 45 gold projects, 27 copper, 11 iron ore, 10 of both coal and silver, six rare earths projects and six zinc projects, four lead, three each of nickel, potash and molybdenum, two platinum, tungsten, cobalt and vanadium projects and one report each covering precious metals, palladium, polymetallic, tantalum, lithium, diamonds, tin, uranium, fluorspar, mineral sands, bismuth, phosphate and base metals projects. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Exeter Resource Corp’s prefeasibility study for its Caspiche project in northern Chile has returned a pre-tax NPV (5% discount), calculated from the time of commencement of the project, of $2,800 million and average operating costs of $606/oz gold equivalent. The gold production cost drops to $18/oz when copper and silver by-product credits are considered. The study predicts an average annual production over the 19 year mine life of 696,000 oz gold, 244 Mlb of copper and 844,000 oz silver.At Mercator’s El Pillar, LOM average annual production is expected to be 73.0 Mlb of copper cathode, with copper cathode production averaging 78.7 Mlb in the first five years. The expected average LOM total cash operating costs are $1.37/lb of payable copper, average $1.27/lb in the first five years, and $0.94/lb in the first year.An updated resource estimate has been completed following the recent drilling campaign at the Reward and Bellbird prospects, part of Kentor Gold’s Jervois project in the Northern Territory.  The total Inferred Resourcehas increased to 11.9 Mt @ 1.3% Cu and 25.2 g/t Ag.Australian rare earths company Arafura Resources has completed a series of meetings with target customers to understand their future product and quality needs. A significant milestone has now been achieved in Arafura’s marketing program with production of the first Rare Earth Oxide (REO) samples for target customer evaluation.Fortescue Metals Group announcd  a 72% increase in the North Star magnetite deposit of 880 Mt, taking the total resource to 2,120 Mt at a Fe grade of 31.6%. North Star is located 100 km to the south of Fortescue’s Port Hedland operation and is within 25 km of the existing rail line. It sits adjacent to another magnetite deposit known as Glacier Valley which is owned under a joint venture relationship with one of China’s largest steel producers, Baosteel (Fortescue 65%:Baosteel 35%).Ausenco has signed a Create phase (EPCM) contract to manage the $125 million expansion of Barrick Gold’s Lumwana copper project in Zambia. Ausenco’s Minerals & Metals business will manage the project, which involves expanding the existing ore crushing and processing plant at the existing Lumwana copper mine to achieve and maintain a plant production rate of 25 Mt/y.An innovative clean coal technology project in Texas will supply electricity to the largest municipally owned utility in the US under a recently signed Power Purchase Agreement. Under the agreement – the first US from a commercial-scale, coal-based power plant with carbon capture – CPS Energy of San Antonio will purchase approximately 200 MW of power from the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP), located just west ofMidland-Odessa.Tertiary Minerals announced a substantial maiden, JORC compliant, Mineral Resource Estimate for its Lassedalen fluorspar project in Norway of 4 Mt grading 25% Fluorite (CaF2). Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman: “We are very pleased to announce this significant increase to the JORC  resource base. The definition of a robust maiden resource at Lassedalen gives Tertiary a firm basis to progress scoping and feasibility studies for this, the company’s second European fluorspar project, and further supports our ambition to become a major supplier of fluorspar in Europe.”Image Resources has applied for a mining lease over the Atlas Measured and Indicated resource at its 100%-owned Cooljarloo mineral sands project in the North Perth Basin. The application for a mining lease over this resource is a significant milestone in the development of Image’s North Perth Basin assets currently in feasibility study.Goldplat has poured the first gold from its wholly owned Kilimapesa gold mine in Kenya, following the successful commissioning of the elution plant. This plant enables Kilimapesa to smelt and produce gold bullion on siteon an ongoing basis. The initial smelt produced a 12.4 kg (399-oz) gold bullion bar which has now been sold to Rand Refinery in South Africa.Nordgold, spun off from Severstal has started trading on the LSE. It has significant development projects, “Bissa and Gross, which we expect to deliver more than 150,000 oz gold in 2013, their first year of production.” Mutiny Gold reports that Cobra Mining intends to begin production at the White Well project in Western Australia in the second half of this year.Chalice Gold Mines’ 60% subsidiary, Zara Mining Share Co (ZSMC), has been granted two Mining Licences covering the high-grade Koka gold mine at the Zara project in Eritrea.Full details on all these projects and information on and contacts for many, many more are to be found in the January 18 issue of International Mining Project News….. To receive the full report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact for a free trial copy.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target One of the easiest narratives to notice in this past generation of consoles (a generation that’s soon coming to end an end) is the dominance of the PlayStation 4. Between Microsoft kneecapping the Xbox One with dumb DRM decision and the Wii U years basically being an accidental beta for Nintendo’s later success with the Switch, the PlayStation 4 was free to be the home console of choice pretty much by default. And with more people playing video games than ever, that has led to a lot of sales.How many sales? According to a recent financial report from Sony, the PlayStation 4 has become the fastest home console to reach 100 million sales.This makes PlayStation 4 the fastest home console to reach 100 million unit sell in.Faster than both the PS2 and Wii which were just behind.It took PS2 a total of five years and 9 months. PS4 was just 5 years and 7 months.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 30, 2019The 100 million mark is an impressive milestone for any console no matter how long it takes to reach it. Sony previous hit it with the original PlayStation and set the total sales record with the PlayStation 2’s 155 million sales. Meanwhile, Nintendo also achieved this with the original Wii, the Game Boy line of handhelds, and the 154 million sales of the Nintendo DS.But after failing to hit the target with the beleaguered (albeit still successful) PlayStation 3, Sony has bounced back with the PlayStation 4. And since the PS4 has only been on the market for five years and seven months, it beat the record two months earlier than the previous fastest seller the PS2.With so many PlayStation 4 out there, we expect support for the console to continue even after the PlayStation 5 launches (which is probably next holiday). In fact, we already know the new console will be backwards compatible with the older game library. So we’ll see if the PS4 can go on to even beat the PS2.For more on PlayStation watch the new trailer for this holiday’s confusing PS4 exclusive Death Stranding and get ready for the upcoming PlayStation Cinematic Universe. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a naked man was seen on surveillance video walking inside a Pembroke Pines gated community.Pembroke Pines Police said the man performed “inappropriate acts” in front of a woman, who was working at the security guard house, Monday. After performing the acts, he took off.The incident happened at the Pierpointe community near Northwest 118th Terrace and Johnson Street.If you have any information on this incident, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_img Twitter Email Renée Zellweger To Play Hollywood Icon Judy Garland In New Film News Facebook Renée Zellweger To Portray Judy Garland ren%C3%A9e-zellweger-play-hollywood-icon-judy-garland-new-film New film ‘Judy’ to focus on Garland’s final concerts in London in 1968Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2017 – 7:59 am Oscar-nominated actress Renée Zellweger will portray GRAMMY winner Judy Garland in Judy, an upcoming film chronicling the Hollywood legend’s final concerts in London in 1968.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judy will center upon Garland’s arrival in London for her series of sellout shows, which took place 30 years after she garnered acclaim for her role in The Wizard Of Oz. As she readies for the concerts, Garland goes back and forth with her management team while engaging with musicians, friends and fans, as well as her then-soon-to-be husband, Mickey Dean. Despite the seemingly idyllic setting, Garland also grapples with her childhood memories that are blurred by her career as well as her yearning to be at home with her children.   GRAMMY History: Complete List Of Album Of The Year Winners And NomineesGarland became the first female to win the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, taking home the award for Judy At Carnegie Hall at the 4th GRAMMY Awards in 1962. Six of her recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including “Over The Rainbow” and The Wizard Of Oz soundtrack.Set to start production in February 2018, Judy will be directed by Tony nominee Rupert Goold and produced by David Livingstone.Tina Turner Performs At Launch Of Her Bio-Musical In LondonRead morelast_img read more

first_img A gray whale carcass was found near Wrangell Island. (Photo courtesy and of Ceona Koch) More than 150 dead gray whales have been logged on the West Coast from Mexico to Alaska this year. NOAA has declared an “unusual mortality event” and is investigating possible causes. A gray whale carcass was found near Wrangell Island. (Photo courtesy and of Ceona Koch) NOAA Fisheries had asked volunteers and partner agencies to be on the lookout for the dead whale first spotted by a fisherman in Wrangell’s Eastern Passage. By Tuesday, U.S. Forest Service personnel had secured it on a beach by tying its tail and fin to trees. “They’re particularly excited about this whale because it’s in really good shape still so it must have died fairly recently,” Hutten said. “It doesn’t emit a whole lot of smell just yet. So they’re excited to get a lot of good data off of this.”center_img The discovery is important as it will allow federal scientists to study it before decomposition sets in. Martin Hutten, a forest service biologist in Wrangell’s Ranger District, says a necropsy could happen as soon as Thursday. The carcass of a gray whale spotted floating over the weekend near Wrangell has been located. This discovery marks the eighth confirmed dead gray whale in Alaska waters.last_img read more