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Canada squad

first_imgIndian born wicketkeeper-batsman Ashish Bagai is captaining Canada. He has two centuries under his belt and will be hoping he gets more during the World Cup. They too come under the ‘minnows’ category and would be lucky it they win a match in this mega event.Squad: Ashish Bagai (captain and wicketkeeper), Rizwan Cheema (vice captain), Harvir Baidwan, Nitish Kumar, Hiral Patel, Tyson Gordon, Henry Osinde, John Davison, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Parth Desai, Karl Whatham, Khurram Chohan, Jimmy Hansra, Zubin Surkari, Balaji Rao. Standby: Hamza Tariqlast_img

Zamboanga, Imus force sudden-death showdowns with crucial victories

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Pushed to the brink after a 78-89 loss in Game 1, the sixth seeded Rapidos came out sharp and aggressive, frustrating the Cagers with their suffocating defense, while turning to Juntilla and Robin Rono for clutch baskets down the stretch.The highly physical match saw two Muntinlupa players, Ernesto Bondoc and Andretti Stevens, also get thrown out. Bondoc walked to the showers on two unsportsmanlike fouls while Andretti was charged with a disqualifying foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe crowd grew uneasy with security stepping in, after plastic bottles were thrown to the floor in the final minutes with Muntinlupa down by a double-digit margin.“We knew we had to match their physicality to tie the series, but we also have to keep our composure,” said Zamboanga coach Raymond Valenzona, whose father, Turo, serves as consultant of the Muntinlupa squad. Kids take spotlight before 70.3 Davao contest LATEST STORIES Undaunted by the hostile crowd, Zamboanga kept its poise and lived to fight another day in the MPBL Datu Cup.Ex-pro Reed Juntilla poured 26 points, while Harold Arboleda came up with 17 rebounds and 13 assists as the Rapidos turned back the Muntinlupa Cagers, 84-73, on Thursday night to force a do-or-die Game 3 in their South division quarterfinal series at a jam-packed Muntinlupa Sports Complex.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Seventh seed Imus also forged a sudden death match with No. 2 seed Batangas after a stunning 75-69 victory earlier.Imus guard James Castro fired 21 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists, but it was the Banderas’ stifling defense that helped propel them tie the series.The Bandera held the talent-laden Batangas squad led by Jeff Viernes to just 22 points in the middle quarters to seize control. Castro hit five of six free throws in the final minute to help preserve the win for Imus.“Even with the loss in Game 1, we were not discouraged because we always felt we had a chance if we play the right way against Batangas,” said Imus coach Noy Falcasantos in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director MOST READcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgivinglast_img read more

Happy to move beyond gender-based questions: Smriti Mandhana

first_imgSmriti Mandhana, vice-captain of the Indian women cricket team, feels that women in cricket have recently garnered the right kind of attention. Leading Trailblazers, one of the three teams in the Womens T20 Çhallenge, Mandhana asserts that the only thing that defines her on the field is her performance and not her gender.For Mandhana, who is now one of the leading faces of women’s cricket in India, labels are a thing of the past.”I no longer see myself as a woman cricketer but simply as a cricketer. Why should there be labels when none are required,” Mandhana, who was just nine when she was first picked in Maharashtra’s Under-15 state side, told IANS over email.Her secret, she said, is rising above the gender-based social conditioning and pursuing her dreams without compromises.”It can get taxing when you don’t have to simply perform but also constantly justify your place in the game just because of your gender. It would get frustrating when my male counterparts were questioned about their game or performance whereas I was fielding questions on gender stereotypes and my ability to stay committed to the game on account of my gender,” Mandhana revealed.She is unarguably India’s best opener and became the highest run-getter in ODI cricket in 2018 with 669 runs in 12 games. The sterling performance won her the honour of ‘Best Women’s International Cricketer’ from BCCI in June 2018.Her foray into cricket, a game followed like a religion in India, began when she was just six years old. Her father would take her brother to train, and a young Mandhana would just accompany them.advertisementCrediting her success to her family, she recalled the early steps of her now-inspiring career.”I used to wake up at 5 a.m. in the morning, wait for my brother’s cricket coaching practices to finish just so I could play the 10-15 balls pitched to me at the end.”That used to be the highlight of my day and as soon as I would finish my 15 balls I would start thinking about how I had to better myself for the next day’s 15 balls,” explained Mandhana, now a household name, along with Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.The cricketer, known to perform exemplarily in overseas conditions, also said she just has to “adapt to physical weather conditions when performing outside the country”.”It is an honour for me to be able to represent my country on an international platform. Apart from that, the adrenaline is so high when we are on the ground. It also helps that usually, everyone who is a part of the team is away from home, so we become each other’s emotional crutches when needed,” she said citing her teammates as one of the biggest sources of inspiration.Sharing her personal fitness routine, Mandhana said that protein shakes, eggs and soybean make easy way into her meals, since she doesn’t eat meat. “Before the match, we follow an easy gym session to stay fit and alert, but during the off-season we train really hard.”In a candid reply, she also shared how she manages to get breaks from her strict routine: “Daily runs and long baths.”To that end, Mandhana will soon be seen in a television advertisement of ITC Vivel, where she will be seen after a day of batting, fielding, and training. Showcasing how her skin is exposed to various harms, the 20-second ad will also exhibit her no-compromise approach to self-care, just like her approach to her sports practice.Also Read | Women’s T20 Challenge: Unfortunate we don’t have big crowds, says Sophie DivineAlso Read | Women’s T20 Challenge: We threw away wickets, says Harmanpreet after Supernovas defeatAlso Seelast_img read more

Carrick will have coaching option – Mourinho

first_imgManchester United Carrick will have option to coach at United – Mourinho Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 02:45 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) michaelcarrick-cropped Getty Images Manchester United The Manchester United boss says the club’s board and owners want the veteran to become a coach when he retires from playing Michael Carrick will have the option to join Manchester United’s coaching staff when he decides to retire from playing, according to manager Jose Mourinho.The 36-year-old has made just one appearance for United this season, lining up in midfield for the 4-1 Carabao Cup victory over Burton Albion at Old Trafford in September.Since then, he has undergone a procedure to resolve an irregular heart rhythm and Mourinho said the club is working with the former England midfielder to ensure he is “in a comfortable situation”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Red Devils 12/1 for PL title”Michael, as a person, is more important than Michael as a player,” Mourinho told the club’s official website after United’s 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.”We gave him the time to relax, to recover, to feel confident, to make the decision [when he] wants to play, [when he] wants to stop.”He knows that my coaching staff has the chair for him if he wants. When he wants the chair, it is there in the office for him.”I want that, the board wants that and the owner wants that. So Michael is in a comfortable situation. His future will be with us.”Carrick moved to Old Trafford from Tottenham in June 2006 and has made more than 300 Premier League appearances for the club.He has lifted five league titles, the FA Cup and the Champions League trophy among a glut of honours, but Mourinho indicated the Wallsend-born player is not yet ready to hang up his boots.”He wants to be a player until the end of the season and now he feels confident to be back and now he is training back with us,” said Mourinho.”So [he is] one more option for us, we need players and Michael wants to play so I am happy with that.”last_img read more

Score a New Career with NSW Touch Football!

first_imgAre you looking for a new and exciting career opportunity in the sporting industry? NSW Touch Association are seeking suitably qualified applicants for the positions of Membership Services Coordinator and Game Development Officer.Become a part of Australia’s No.1 social sport. Work in a dynamic, flexible and progressive workplace that is committed to giving you the opportunities you deserve. Enjoy the fun of our sport and the rewards of contributing to the community.Please see respective job descriptions below.Game Development Officer Position Description Member Services Coordinator Position DescriptionTo apply please download the full position description above and write a cover letter addressing:– Why you would be perfect for this role– The key selection criteria– Your availability to startSubmit your cover letter along with your resume and send directly to Daniel Rushworth at daniel.rushworth@nswtouch.com.au Applications close Thursday 24 August 2017.If you have any questions about the role, please contact Daniel Rushworth on 02 9558 9333, or send an email to daniel.rushworth@nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

ESPN Computer Predicts Every Big Ten Team’s W-L Record

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)We’re only a few weeks away from the start of the 2019 college football season. As teams are currently holding preseason camp, it’s time to look at ESPN’s Football Power Index and its projections for each team in the Big Ten.The FPI serves as measure of strength for teams heading into the season. It gives out grades for each program in the country, but it also projects wins and losses.Michigan is the highest-ranked team according to the FPI. In addition to receiving the best grade, Jim Harbaugh’s squad also has the best projected record in its conference.On the flip side, Rutgers is expected to have the worst season in the Big Ten. Let’s take a look at how the FPI projects each Big Ten team’s record to shape out.Big Ten East:Michigan (10.5-2.1)Penn State (8.9-3.2)Michigan State (8.8-3.3)Ohio State (8.7-3.4)Indiana (6.6-5.5)Maryland (4.1-7.9)Rutgers (3.5-8.5)Big Ten West:Minnesota (8.3-4.0)Nebraska (8.1-4.2)Iowa (7.9-4.4)Wisconsin (6.6-5.5)Northwestern (5.7-6.3)Purdue (4.9-7.2)Illinois (4.8-7.2)The projected records include the possibility of playing in the conference championship game. In this scenario, the title game would be between Michigan and Minnesota.While the FPI seems to be fond of Michigan, it has Ohio State losing roughly three games. It has Penn State falling short in three contests as well.Last season, Ohio State defeated Northwestern in the conference title game. We’ll see if either program can return to that stage this year.last_img read more

PM Opens New $1.25 Billion Production Facility at Trade Winds Citrus

first_img In his address at the Bog Walk facility, Mr. Holness assured business interests that the Administration has already begun the process of creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to take greater calculated risks. A new Tetra Pak production facility, which was developed at a cost of $1.25 billion by Trade Winds Citrus Limited (TWCL) in St. Catherine, was officially opened on May 30 by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. The Prime Minister was led on a tour of the new facility, where he observed the packaging of the Tetra Pak juices. Story Highlights A new Tetra Pak production facility, which was developed at a cost of $1.25 billion by Trade Winds Citrus Limited (TWCL) in St. Catherine, was officially opened on May 30 by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.TWCL is the manufacturer and distributor of a number of beverages and other products, including Tru-Juice, Freshhh, Wakefield, Tru-Tea, Squeezz and Calico Jack Rum Punch.In his address at the Bog Walk facility, Mr. Holness assured business interests that the Administration has already begun the process of creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to take greater calculated risks.Mr. Holness said the risks that will be taken and those already taken by entrepreneurs will redound to their interest.“I am certain that TWCL will be rewarded in pocket, in your balance sheet, and in the growth of assets, because of this investment,” he said.The Prime Minister argued that the rewards accrued from taking the risks must trickle down to employees, “whose jobs would be far more secure”.Furthermore, he suggested that where possible, employees’ incomes must also reflect these rewards.“If we can get more companies to do this, if this can be replicated across Jamaica, then that is growth and that is prosperity,” he said.Mr. Holness indicated that, so far, he has been encouraged by entrepreneurs who have been taking risks, emphasising that growth in Jamaica is a partnership, and his role requires making it easier for entrepreneurs to invest and to project the future.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister noted that his effort to synergise agriculture with industry and commerce, as is evident by TWCL, is an example of the Government’s vision on agro-processing.Mr. Holness informed that in the coming months, more of his time will be devoted to deepening the connectedness of agriculture to industry and commerce, to accelerate the pace of economic growth.In an interview with JIS News, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, shared similar sentiments to the Prime Minister’s on his vision for agriculture.“Having raw materials coming from the farmer, going straight to processing, and from there either to hotels or the export market, will definitely benefit the farmers,” he said, while urging more companies to adopt a similar process.For his part, Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association President, Metry Seaga, lauded TWCL for continuing to respond to the growing needs of consumers, and expressed elation at the association’s partnership with TWCL.Managing Director of TWCL, Peter McConnell, said the new production facility will allow for the manufacture of juices using Tetra Pak’s ultra-high temperature technology.This will offer to consumers a “cupboard friendly” (non-refrigerated) product with a longer shelf life than the brand’s traditional chilled juices.“This investment demonstrates our confidence in the Jamaican economy. It will not only grow our economy but motivate others to invest in manufacturing of other food and beverage, as we strive towards our own food security,” he said.The Prime Minister was led on a tour of the new facility, where he observed the packaging of the Tetra Pak juices.last_img read more

Gov’t Improving Access to Employment for Persons with Disabilities

first_img State Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, says that the Government is working to ensure that persons with disabilities (PWDs) have greater access to skills training and employment opportunities. Story Highlights The legislation seeks to promote the fundamental rights of PWDs and their individual dignity and autonomy, ensure their full and effective participation and inclusion in society and prevent or prohibit discriminatory practices against them. The initiative is funded by the Japan Policy Human Resources Development Grant and implemented through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank). State Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, says that the Government is working to ensure that persons with disabilities (PWDs) have greater access to skills training and employment opportunities.He said that alliances are being forged with employers for the inclusion of more PWDs in the workplace.Mr. Mayne noted that PWDs remain one of the most vulnerable groups in Jamaica, and while Census reports indicate that approximately 200,000 Jamaicans are currently living with a disability, fewer than one per cent are employed.“The Government of Jamaica is working diligently to address these gaps and continues to strive to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to find gainful employment,” he said.Mr. Mayne was addressing a Ministry consultation on creating access to job opportunities for PWDs at the Sandals Royal Plantation hotel in Ocho Rios on Thursday (July 19).He said that progress has been made in improving skills training and employability outcomes for PWDs, through the Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Project, which involves partnership with the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).The initiative is funded by the Japan Policy Human Resources Development Grant and implemented through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank).Mr. Mayne said that through the project, beneficiaries have been placed “on a path to self-sufficiency and economic independence”.“Over 500 persons have accessed training opportunities and 320 of them participated in work experience training, and 77 of these persons have been able to secure permanent employment,” he indicated.Meanwhile, Mr. Mayne said that the passage of the Disabilities Act remains a top-priority for the Government.“We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the necessary legislation is in place to support the welfare and rights of persons with disabilities,” he noted.The legislation seeks to promote the fundamental rights of PWDs and their individual dignity and autonomy, ensure their full and effective participation and inclusion in society and prevent or prohibit discriminatory practices against them.last_img read more

Ridehailing subscriptions Are they worth it

first_imgNEW YORK — The start of a new year often coincides with a surge in monthly memberships to gyms.Ride-hailing services are hoping customers will think along the same lines about their transportation needs. Uber and Lyft recently launched subscription plans promising savings for those trips to the gym, to work or around town.The ride-hailing companies stand to gain by increasing customer loyalty in a competitive market and securing more predictable revenue at a time when both are heading into an initial public offering.But you should figure out if the numbers add up before committing to one ride provider.“I think both these things should come with the caveat, ‘buyer beware,’” said Keith Millhouse, a transportation consultant and principal at Millhouse Strategies.Millhouse called Uber’s subscription a “complete mystery,” and he said getting value out of Lyft’s plan was possible, but complicated. Others were more optimistic.“If (riders) know they’re going to be travelling enough or more than enough to take advantage of it, then by all means it’s an opportunity for them to save money,” said Steven Polzin, program director for mobility policy research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida. “If you’re on the margins, or you’re an infrequent user, then you might not want to.”WHAT DO YOU GET WITH LYFT’S PLAN?Lyft’s All-Access Plan, available nationwide, costs $299 and allows you to take 30 trips valued at up to $15 over 30 days. If a ride goes over $15, you pay the difference. After the first 30 trips, you get 5 per cent off any additional rides.WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM LYFT’S PLAN?Riders who take very frequent trips in the $10-$15 range hit the sweet spot. Without the plan, 30 trips at $15 each would cost $450, so the plan could theoretically save you about $150. At $10 each, you would break even. But if your trips often cost less than $10, you may end up paying more for those trips than you would have without the pass.Another consideration is how many days you need transportation to work. Most full-time jobs include more than 20 work days per month, which means more than 40 trips.A 30-ride plan may appeal to those who occasionally work from home because the alternative — a monthly public transportation pass — often assumes five days of commuting per week so riders may be paying for trips they don’t take.“As more and more people have started telecommuting, all of a sudden those price points (for public transit passes) aren’t necessarily as attractive,” Polzin said.WHAT DO YOU GET WITH UBER’S PASS?Uber rolled out a subscription program called “Ride Pass” in five U.S. cities: Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Austin and Orlando. It costs $14.99 in all of those cities except Los Angeles, where it costs $24.99. Uber says the monthly fee gives riders discounts up to 15 per cent on all rides and protection from surge pricing, which is higher pricing triggered by peaks in demand during rush hour, special events or bad weather.WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM UBER’S PASS?Uber has been hearing from riders that they want more consistent prices. For example, some customers find that their ride to work is cheaper than their ride home, so having the pass can protect riders from an unforeseen spike, an Uber spokesman said.The surge protection pricing could prove valuable if you frequently take Uber rides during peak times or at popular locations, say if you’re a bartender who works at a trendy night club that has a crush of demand for rides as partiers head home.“With surge protection, that could be a good deal,” Polzin said. “If you knew you were travelling in places and times where there’s surge pricing, you could save real money real fast.”WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES TO SUBSCRIPTIONS?With Uber’s pass, you don’t get to see the price of your desired routes until you pay the fee, and some reviewers on Reddit and Twitter said they got the pass and then paid what they considered to be higher rates for rides.Uber says that should not be happening, and if it is, riders should write to customer support. The company is using the pilot to collect feedback from riders before rolling it out in more cities.Other Uber riders complained that the discounts amounted to pennies on short rides and $1 on a ride worth $60.“Savings are, on average, 15 per cent to 20 per cent, but can vary depending on how busy it is,” said Michael Amodeo, spokesman for Uber, in an email. “For example, savings will typically be higher during commuting hours or nights and weekends when more people are opening up (and using) our app.”For Lyft’s plan, there’s a specific set of riders who would benefit, but if riders don’t use all of their 30 trips in 30 days, they lose them.“Like most of these platforms, they are a bigger benefit to companies when consumers don’t fully take advantage of them,” said Mike Ramsey, senior research director, automotive and smart mobility, at Gartner. “It’s like a gym membership — the gym would be unbearable if everyone used it. Nonetheless, some people take great advantage of very low cost subscriptions.”“In many cases, however, the economic advantage just doesn’t pencil out,” Ramsey said.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oppn not celebrating sanctioning of Azhar as they may have to pay

first_imgNew Delhi: Describing the UN designating JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist as a great diplomatic victory for India, the BJP on Thursday said opposition parties are reluctant to celebrate the achievement because they feel they may have to pay political price for it. The UN Sanctions Committee on Wednesday designated the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Azhar a global terrorist after China lifted its hold on a proposal to ban him. Senior BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters that the current dispensation succeeded in an attempt the country has been making for the last 10 years, “but then they (opposition) says ‘this is trivial, what is big in it’.” Addressing a press conference at the party office, he said there was a tradition in the country to speak in one voice on issues such as external affairs and national security but there has been a departure from it in the last few years. Emphasising that the labelling of Azhar as a global terrorist is a “great diplomatic achievement for India”, the finance minister said, “If India wins, Indians win, but there are friends in opposition who are not celebrating it as they may have to pay a political price for it.” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was accompanying Jaitley at the press conference, attributed the success of sanctioning of JeM chief to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Terrorism shall not be tolerated and this declaration from the UN is noteworthy. It is the result of persistent measures taken by the external affairs ministry, under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she said.last_img read more

UN agricultural agency aiding Peruvian alpaca farmers

5 February 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is rushing veterinary care to the rural population in the Peruvian Andes, where the Government has declared a state of emergency after two weeks of heavy rains. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is rushing veterinary care to the rural population in the Peruvian Andes, where the Government has declared a state of emergency after two weeks of heavy rains.Livestock farmers in the central and southern regions of Apurimac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Puno and Cusco are in a serious crisis, according to FAO, as the rains threatened their means of livelihood. On Monday, Peru’s Civil Defence announced that some 37,000 people have been affected. The FAO Emergency Rehabilitation and Coordination Unit, working with the regional Peruvian government, has issued a call to all organizations involved in the region for immediate support and development of activities to promote the agricultural sector. Among its projects in the areas, FAO is providing emergency veterinary kits for the treatment and prevention of bronchial pneumonia in baby alpacas in the communities of Arequipa, Puno and Cusco. These areas, home to alpaqueros – smallholders whose livelihoods depend completely on raising alpacas – are most vulnerable to damage from heavy rains and snowfall in areas over 4,000 metres above sea level. Alpacas provide both meat and wool for the farmers in the region, and their survival is linked to keeping their herds alive. According to the FAO, there are approximately 40,000 alpacas in need of urgent attention in the Canchis province of Cusco. FAO is coordinating with communities, local and regional governments in Peru, as well as Spanish and European Union aid and humanitarian agencies, to distribute the kits. FAO’s work has also helped local communities acquire skills in emergency preparedness.In 2008, the Peruvian Government declared a state of emergency when an unseasonable cold spell, known locally as “El friaje,” threatened 11 of the country’s 25 provinces. read more

Argentine soccer star joins team of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today unveiled Argentine soccer genius Lionel Messi as its newest Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony in Barcelona, where he plays club football.The FC Barçelona forward and current FIFA World Player of the Year will work with UNICEF on a series of events to highlight the challenges faced by vulnerable children around the world and supporting children’s rights, the agency said.“It is a pleasure to welcome Lionel Messi as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador,” said the agency’s Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “He is a football superstar who can help shine a spotlight on the most vulnerable and invisible children.”While his accomplishments as a player are well known to football fans, UNICEF said it is his determination to use his fame to help children that has led to his appointment, especially through his foundation which supports access for at-risk youth to education and health care in Argentina.“Football has given me a lot of joy and opportunities and I feel grateful to UNICEF for this chance to give support to children,” said Mr. Messi. “I hope that in my role as a global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF I will be able to support children who need our help.”The appointment of Mr. Messi is the latest development in the collaboration between FC Barçelona, the current European champions, and UNICEF, which already includes the emblazoning of the agency’s logo on the team’s shirt and club support for UNICEF programmes in Africa.Mr. Messi, who won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing as part of the Argentine team, joins a star-studded line-up of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors along with fellow footballer David Beckham, actor Orlando Bloom, musician Shakira Mebarak, and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. 11 March 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today unveiled Argentine soccer genius Lionel Messi as its newest Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony in Barcelona, where he plays club football. read more

Mother details horrific story of daughters rape at the hands of

…Police continuing investigationsThree members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) stationed at Base Camp Stephenson, Timehri, East Bank Demerara are now in hot water for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl.The incident reportedly occurred on Friday evening after the teen was forcefully taken to the barracks by two of the three men in a vehicle bearing GDF plates.Based on reports received, the teenager left her mother’s Timehri home about 21:00hrs with the intention of going by her grandmother to spend the night.Her grandmother resides in the squatting area behind the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. However, as the teen solicited public transportation, a GDF vehicle reportedly stopped and offered her a lift, but she refused.Soon after, “a tall red one” exited the vehicle and approached the young lady, leading her to believe that he wanted to talk, but instead, he grabbed and dragged her into the vehicle, the teen’s mother said detailing the series of events leading up to the tragedy.The young lady was carrying a phone, but the men were not aware of that, so she stashed it. They reportedly took her to a house in close proximity to the base where they locked her in.According to the teens mother “after she get locked in… she contact me and tell me to come save she that she just get kidnap by two GDF boys and they lock she in a room… she tell me that after they carry she in the house, she could hear other voices and then the place went silent.”Without hesitation, the mother said she contacted her aunt and they went to the Timehri Police Station and explained the situation.The Police, along with the teen’s mother and aunt, immediately went in search of her. “She called back and give we some direction, but as soon as she was about to give me more information, someone entered.”“We tried calling her back, but the calls went to voicemail,” the mother stated. It was during this time, the teenager confirmed that one of the men raped her after which he left.As soon as he left, the violated teen collected her phone and contacted her mother, but while doing so, another rank came in and allegedly told her “if you want we loose you, you got to put away the phone”.While this was happening, the Police were still searching for leads and even went to the base to enquire. The mother claimed when she asked to speak with the officer on duty, the rank at the gate told her that he could take her, but insisted only she will be allowed to see him.This, she claimed, did not sound right and, as such, she related it to the Police ranks who were with her and they too thought something was amiss.Nevertheless, as they patrolled the area, they received another call from the teenager who informed them that the men had dropped her off where they had collected her.“She tell us that they took a short cut, because they know we de searching the area…As we head down the hill, we see the soldier vehicle going up, but decide not to follow them and rushed to meh daughter.”The teenager then related to the Police what had transpired and she was taken to the hospital where she was examined and doctors confirmed that she had sexual intercourse.The matter was reported to the official at the base on Saturday morning, and with the assistance of a relative of the Guyana Police Force, the teenager positively identified two men after which a third was implicated.The mother is holding out that the ranks of the GDF and the Guyana Police Force are supposed to protect the citizens of Guyana and not to bring harm to them. She is calling on the hierarchy of the Force to investigate the matter thoroughly, so that justice can be given to the teenager. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer GDF soldier charged with rape gets bailMarch 18, 2017In “Court”GDF Captain remanded for murdering loverApril 6, 2018In “Court”Mother cries for justice almost 1 year after son’s deathMay 13, 2019In “Crime” read more

You dont lose the Opposition you lose the Government says Jagdeo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition Leader briefs Western Diplomats on no-confidence voteDecember 28, 2018In “latest news”Opposition’s no-confidence motion against Govt set for December 21December 13, 2018In “latest news”34 as majority over 65 Parliamentarians is “utter stupidity” –JagdeoDecember 31, 2018In “latest news” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“You don’t lose the Opposition, you lose the Government.”These are the words of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo as he spoke on the no-confidence motion which is expected to be debated in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018.Outlining his perception of the chances of a Government Minister from the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/ AFC) voting in tandem with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) being 50/50, Jagdeo also said that there are Members of Parliament (MP’s) who are displeased with how the incumbent Administration is governing and that displeasure might be reflected on the day of the vote.APNU/AFC holds sway in the National Assembly because they control the majority by 1 vote with 33 members, while the Opposition has 32 members. Therefore, for the no-confidence motion to succeed, the Opposition would need a vote from the other side of the House, or Government MPs would have to abstain from voting.According to Jagdeo, even though the no-confidence motion is usually a rudimentary procedure in other countries, in Guyana he said that it becomes complicated because the process under the APNU/AFC has become a political one.The Opposition Leader said that based on information that he has already received, the APNU/AFC plans to install persons within the gallery of Parliament and should one of their members vote in support of the motion, there would be disruptions by the installed persons or by the governing MPs themselves to have the vote staved.He also spoke of Government using paid protesters to disrupt the proceedings, pointing to an effort to ensure that all of the Opposition MPs are not present for the debate and subsequent vote.Jagdeo indicated that he is bringing all of these issues to the attention of the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland so “that he cannot claim that he is not aware.”Moreover, the Opposition Leader said that if the Speaker allows the National Assembly to be disrupted and it leads to the vote being staved or the Assembly being broken up, then it would suggest collusion on his part.He made it clear from international precedents that if one person from the other side of the House votes in favour of the motion then motion would be passed.“We intend to ask the diplomatic corps to also observe the vote. Obviously they will be looking at the video feed and some might be physically present” Jagdeo said during a press briefing on Monday.Moreover, he noted that his Party intends to write the Commissioner of Police to ensure that law and order and protection for MP’s are secured.The Opposition Leader reiterated his earlier position that their impetus for advancing the no-confidence motion is premised on the APNU/AFC’s track record for the time that they spent in office.Noting that 5 months from now would make 5 years under the current Government, Jagdeo said that they have broken every promise they made in their manifesto to the electorate.“They have managed the affairs of this country in a manner that harms large amounts of people. They have lost thousands of jobs. We are heavily dependent on borrowing large sums of money…They have become the most corrupt government in our entire history, we have evidence to prove that” said Jagdeo.He had also said that Guyanese made it clear at the recently held Local Government Elections (LGE), where the PPP/C came out victorious with a whopping 45,000 votes more than the Government, that electorates are unhappy with the direction and policies of this Government.Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader, while outlining that his Party would have preferred an earlier date for the debate of the motion, noted that the actions of Government to shy away from the conventional norm that gives the motion prominence, resulting in it being placed after the presentation of the 2019 Budget, means that it falls right into the festivities of Christmas.He noted that this festive season is usually a time when “we should be coming together as Guyanese.”As such, he proposed that Government bring the motion on January 3, 2019 in a effort not to cause any disruptions for the festive season. read more

Firefox Beta for Android gets UI overhaul performance increase

first_imgThe mobile browser used to be so very limited, destroying the functionality of most websites and leaving these empty shells that only allowed you to scrape content off of them. With technologies like HTML5 growing in popularity, and the hardware inside the average smartphone putting the laptop I had a few years ago to shame, it only makes sense that the browser would take advantage of this brave new world and offer a better mobile browsing experience. Mozilla, once the scrappy underdog in a world dominated by Internet Explorer, has completely revamped the UI and performance of their Firefox Beta for Android in an attempt to grab some of that all important mobile browser market share.The Firefox for Android project has had a long and visible evolution. At one time called Fennec, the open source browser project has been around since the Nexus One. As it slowly adapted to the mobile ecosystem, Fennec grew into Firefox, and with its latest update exists to provide a fast and powerful mobile browser for nearly every Android device out there. The new Firefox Beta supports everything from Android 2.2 all the way up, and works on both phones and tablets.The new UI has been optimized for Android 4.0 devices, allowing for a software menu button in the to corner of the device when it is appropriate. The biggest change you will see in the UI is a more standard navigation system. Gone are the days where you access more tabs in Firefox by swiping to the right, and accessing navigation tools be swiping to the left. All of that has been replaced, tucked away either in the Menu function or in the tabbed interface, which allows you to quickly switch between tabs. Everything about the UI is rounded corners, in fact you’d be hard pressed to find more than a handful of sharp edges in the whole Firefox Beta UI.The biggest improvement in Firefox Beta is the performance. Firefox Beta now uses hardware acceleration so the app loads websites very fast, and quickly refreshes when you switch back and forth between tabs. Panning and zooming are incredibly smooth as well, due to the hardware acceleration. If you are a Firefox user on any of your other devices, you can use Firefox Sync to access your tabs on those other devices. Also added to this version of Firefox Beta are the new Add-Ons section.While it is empty now, Mozilla has made it possible for plugin-style supplements to Firefox to be written by developers. This is the very same feature that helped Firefox for the PC gain so many followers early on. Using this, any developer can write and add-on for Firefox Beta ans submit it to Mozilla to add to this repository.Firefox Beta is available in the Google Play Store for any Android device 2.2 and higher.last_img read more

Season 2 of The Handmaids Tale Is Just as Hard and Necessary

first_img The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale followed the book pretty closely. It expanded a few characters, and changed some things, just like any series adaptation of a 300-page book should. At least one character who is unquestionably dead in the book is now alive. Minor characters became more important. The presence of a resistance was fleshed out a little more. But for the most part, the series followed the book. Right up until the very end, when Offred/June is shoved into a black van, not knowing whether she’s headed towards salvation or death. Now we have an answer.The book ends with an academic epilogue from the perspective of a far-future researcher studying the Gilead age. The Hulu series probably won’t do that. It’s a great ending for a book meant to sit with you long after you read it. It’s a bad ending for a TV show hoping to offer some kind of closure when it eventually ends. The book, and as a result the first season, never tells you where Offred’s going. Whether she escaped or put in greater danger. In the show, the answer is both. For refusing to stone Janine, Offred and the other handmaids were taken to the abandoned Fenway Park. They are made to think they’re about to be hanged for their refusal to participate in the system. When that’s revealed to be a particularly cruel form of psychological torture, the physical punishment begins. They are made to hold rocks, arms outstretched, in the pouring rain. Then Aunt Lydia finds out Offred’s pregnant.Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Ipsita Paul, Alana Pancyr (Photo by George Kraychyk – © 2018 Hulu)Pregnancy in the world of The Handmaid’s Tale is a blessing and a curse. Mostly a curse. You’re put under even more strict surveillance. Any hope you might have had of escaping is gone. You’re are bound to your house even more than usual. But you’re treated better. Your abusers are more careful with you. You get better food. Offred even feels freer to tell Serena exactly what she thinks of her, knowing she can’t hurt a pregnant woman. That privilege can also be turned against you, as we learn when Aunt Lydia allows only Offred to eat while the rest of the hungry women have to watch.For the first two episodes that appeared on Hulu this week, Offred spends most of her time in hiding. After Serena and Commander Waterford rescue her from the Handmaids’ punishment, they take her to have an ultrasound. That’s her chance to escape. A medical assistant calls her by her true name, June, and slips her a key. She’s given a way out, escaping in a meat truck and eventually ending up in the abandoned offices of the Boston Globe. This is where the influence of the modern world becomes devastatingly clear. Remember, the book was written in 1985. The first season stayed pretty close to the book. The reason it felt as timely and relevant as it did was because Margaret Atwood is a great writer. Gilead was really a few steps away from the world she saw around her in the mid-’80s. We haven’t really evolved much since then. There’s still rampant misogyny and sexism. We still live in a largely patriarchal society. If anything, it’s gotten worse. That misogyny now has a louder microphone and a bigger platform. In January 2017, it entered the White House.Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski (Photo by George Kraychyk – © 2018 Hulu)That’s something the showrunners of The Handmaid’s Tale couldn’t have predicted when they were making the first season. The second was made in that world and two episodes in, we’re already seeing the benefit. The world where Gilead supplanted the United States is not that far removed from the one we currently live in. There’s an unmistakable effort to undermine public trust in the free press. Journalists doing their jobs are met with vitriol and accusations of fake news. If they are women, it’s likely they have received rape and death threats. What June finds in the Boston Globe, a wall riddled with bullet holes where journalists were executed, isn’t that much of a leap.In expanding the world of the show beyond what was depicted in the book, The Handmaid’s Tale has drawn extensively from the world we live in today. That’s what makes it so difficult to watch. Like the first season, these episodes will destroy you. That’s also why you need to watch. The flashback sequences are just as well done and scary as the scenes in Gilead. They put to rest any notion that this is just a silly sci-fi show, that this could never happen in real life. They show you exactly how this could happen in real life. It doesn’t happen all at once. It’s a slow erosion of freedoms, a series of concessions and succumbing to social pressures. When June’s daughter has a fever of 101 degrees, she’s immediately sent to the hospital. When June picks her up, she’s interrogated by the nurse. She’s judged for having a job, for working instead of being at home with her daughter. That’s before the attack on Congress. Because Gilead would never have risen if their patriarchal attitudes weren’t already prevalent in society.Alexis Bledel (Photo by George Kraychyk – © 2017 Hulu)Gilead didn’t happen on its own. It took inaction, indifference and even quiet support from the privileged. We really see this happen in Emily/Ofglen’s flashbacks. She was a professor of microbiology. The changes in society start out subtle, and not all that different from our world. She corrects a male student on a minor point, and offers to send him some reading material. He’s clearly taken aback, offended that this woman professor would dare try to teach him something. Later, another student of hers sees a photo of her wife on her phone. In the next scene, Emily’s boss tells her he’s cutting her teaching hours. It’s societal pressure, rather than outright discrimination. In a way, it’s worse because it’s even harder to fight. She only realizes how bad things have gotten when her boss, a gay man, is hung on campus with a homophobic slur written below his body. Students are shocked by the site, but given what society becomes, not enough to actually do anything about it.Alexis Bledel’s Emily was probably the best surprise of season one. A much smaller role in the book, her expanded role, and heartbreaking story made her a fan favorite. That’s still the case so far in season two. Through her, we get to experience the colonies, and what it’s like to be an Unwoman. They’re slaves, doing hard manual labor in an irradiated hellscape. They work until they die of radiation poisoning. Between her and June, we get to see two sides of Rebellion. June’s acts are much more symbolic. She builds a memorial to the slaughtered Boston Globe journalists. She has sex, on top and not for procreation, and enjoys it. She cuts her own ear to rid herself of Gilead’s ID tag. She says “fuck” a lot. In season one, she used her influence on Commander Waterford to retrieve a Resistance package full of written accounts of the abuses handmaids suffer. (Speaking of which, whatever happened to that? Hopefully, that storyline comes back this season.)Elizabeth Moss (Photo courtesy of Hulu)Emily’s rebellions are a bit more direct. She has a body count that has already grown in season two. When she finds out one of the new Unwomen used to be a Commander’s wife, she pretends to befriend her. It’s not too long before it’s revealed that Emily secretly poisoned her. The Commander’s ex-wife may have it hard now, but there are some things you can’t forgive. Holding another woman down while your husband assaults her is one of those things.In moving on from the book, The Handmaid’s Tale has already found its own voice as a TV series. The pace is purposefully slow, allowing you to take in all the horrors of the world. To really make you feel as though Gilead could actually happen. The camera work is uncomfortably close, putting you in the clothes of the handmaids and the unwomen. We’ll spend the next 11 Wednesdays in a state of fear and despair, but this series is worth it. It’s a horrifying world that we can’t look away from. We shouldn’t. We should recognize the parallels in our own world.If you think I’m being overly bleak, taking this made up science fiction show too seriously, maybe this is why. This week, news broke that Charlie Rose, who lost his job after 11 women accused him of sexual harassment, pitched a show where he would interview other men affected by the Me Too movement. Because they’re the ones whose stories need to be told. That’s some Gilead-sounding shit right there. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Mae Young Classic gets new names confirmed Look back at Charlotte Flairs

first_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE.com is reporting that Tegan Nox, Deonna Purrazzo, Jessica Elaban and Reina Gonzalez will all be taking part in the upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament this year.Nox signed with WWE last summer and suffered an ACL injury during training that kept her out of action for 10 months. As reported earlier, Purrazzo reported as a new recruit to the Performance Center this week after pulling out of a scheduled booking for ALL IN.Elaban and Gonzalez have been actively wrestling at NXT live events. The new names join former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn, Io Shirai, former “American Ninja Warrior” competitor Kacy Catanzaro as the latest names to be announced for the tournament.WWE tapes the tournament on August 8 and 9 at Full Sail University.Look back at Charlotte Flair’s NXT debutWWE has uploaded a look back at Charlotte Flair’s debut in NXT from 2013. Pinterestcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Google+last_img read more

Flights resume after 24hour halt disrupts life for Big South

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 7, 2016 -Flights resumed to South Caicos today after a near 24 hour halt to service brought on by airline company, InterCaribbean Airways.The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority said in a statement issued to media only moments ago that the island of South Caicos is a priority and its airport is undergoing a significant upgrade which called for radio services to pilots at the site to be paused.Well, aeronautical radio services for the all clear for landings are now re-instated and InterCaribbean Airways flights are now resumed according to the regular schedule.South Caicos lost significant flight connection to Provo and Grand Turk on Tuesday when InterCaribbean Airways decided to stop service into the fishing capital, which is now also home to at least two resorts.  It had some of the candidates talking, in fact outraged at the decision by the domestic airline and the seemingly sluggish pace by officials to see the service restored.  A Former MP, South Caicos native and running independent for the seat is McAllister Hanchell, who with former Premier Michael Missick today issued comment which said in part:“This is a serious blow to South Caicos and the people of South Caicos that depend on regular schedule flight to get food, service, workers and tourist in and out of the Island.  In fact, even the regular weekly visit by the bank was disrupted today.  We understand that the issues are between the Airline and the Airports Authority.  We call on both parties to put ego and differences aside in the interest of the people of South Caicos in particular and the wider public in general and resume schedule flights immediately.” InterCaribbean Airways yesterday explained that it has been asked to perform flyovers to alert contractors on the air strip that they want to come in for a landing; the airline refused to do it citing it is dangerous and illegal.  PDM Candidate, Keno Forbes said the disruption was unprofessional and unacceptable.“There are elderly folks with doctor’s appointments, there are people with connecting flights, there are tourist on the island that had to make connecting flights to get back to their home, and they have all had to pay additional funds and take a boat ride to get back to Provo. This type of behavior is not acceptable.” The Airports Authority also explained, “risk assessments were completed, mitigations implemented, and regulatory approval was obtained prior to the start of works.”  ICA had said the fly-overs, which were requested by the Airports Authority were unauthorized.center_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Jogger not one to run away from a fight

first_imgPriscilla Dang was matter-of-fact in recounting her decision to fight off two teenagers who allegedly accosted her, one of whom swatted her butt, as she was jogging along the Padden Parkway path.The 23-year-old Vancouver woman has taken martial arts classes since she was 5, has three brothers and has always felt compelled to stand up for herself.“I hate when men think they can do that stuff,” Dang said on Thursday. “There was no question.”Standing a wiry 5 feet 4 inches tall, she said she works out almost every day in addition to her regular Wushu martial arts training in Clackamas, Ore., so she knew she could take them on.“They messed with the wrong person,” she said.To read more and comment on this story, read our original post.last_img

PETA offers 5K reward to help catch shore birds killer

first_imgLONG BEACH — PETA is offering $5,000 for help in catching whoever drove into a flock of shore birds on the beach in southwest Washington and killed 92 of them.KING-TV reports the dead Sandpiper-type shorebirds called dunlin were found Thursday north of the Cranberry beach approach on Long Beach.Wildlife Center of the North Coast said the trauma the birds suffered is consistent with a collision with a motor vehicle.Seabirds and shorebirds are protected under state law. It is illegal to harm or kill them.Fish and Wildlife Police say a vehicle has to be travelling considerably faster than the posted 25 mph speed in order to hit these types of birds. Dunlins are able to reach speeds of 110 mph.last_img