PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “We are confident against Vietnam. Our mindset is positive that we can beat them because we already did (in the Asian Championships),” said Reyes.That win, according to her, would be the big motivation for the team.“But we can’t be over-confident. We can’t be complacent. We need this win against Vietnam so we will work very hard for it.” ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It was a good result. We are thankful that we won,” said Reyes. “But we know that we were a bit slow. We had a slow start.”Reyes was referring to the first set when the Filipinos threw away five points through service errors.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“Maybe it’s first-game jitters but we need to work hard on it,” she added.Reyes said that the game against Vietnam on Friday would be different. Heroes rise as athletics fuels Philippine gold drive Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games FILE/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—For team captain Mika Reyes, the important thing is not to get complacent.The Philippines blew past Malaysia in straight sets, which the 6-foot middle blocker said will boost the confidence of the star-studded team.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
Harare, Jun 14 (PTI) The series already pocketed, India would look to hand Zimbabwe a third successive whitewash while testing more youngsters when they take on the lacklustre hosts in the third and final One-day International here tomorrow. Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave enough hints on changes in the playing eleven after two easy wins against the hosts, who have proved no match even for a second string Indian team. The series so far has been a lopsided affair and fans of either side will be hoping for a closer contest at the Harare Sports Club to help generate some interest in the short rubber, to be followed by three T20 Internationals at the same venue. A win tomorrow will give India a third successive series clean-sweep after the triumphs in 2013 and 2015. Going by the words of skipper Dhoni, more changes are likely in the Indian batting order as only top three batsmen have got substantial time in the middle. Opener Lokesh Rahul, who scored a memorable ton on his ODI debut, can be rested alongside number three Ambati Rayudu. The two have by far faced the most number of balls, 165 and 164 respectively. If they are indeed benched, uncapped Faiz Fazal can open with Karun Nair, who made 39 off 68 balls in the run chase yesterday after a failure in the first match. Taking Rayudus place could be another uncapped batsman Mandeep Singh, who was a surprise pick in the 16-man squad alongside Fazal. Barring the top three, the rest of the batsmen have not got an outing, so any other change in that department looks unlikely. In fast bowling, Dhoni can rest either Barinder Sran, Dhawal Kulkarni or Jasprit Bumrah as all three performed their roles well in the earlier games. If any of them is left out, the recalled Jaydev Unadkat can get a game and so could all-rounder Rishi Dhawan, who made his India debut during the ODI series in Australia in January. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who made the cut after a fruitful IPL, has impressed in the two chances he has got and that included a three-wicket haul yesterday. If off-spinner Jayant Yadav gets to make his debut, either Chahal or Axar Patel will be benched. Dhoni has had no doubts about putting Zimbabwe in after winning two tosses in a row amid prevailing cold conditions here. It will be interesting to see what he opts for at the toss tomorrow, provided he gets third-time lucky. PTI BS PM PMadvertisement
By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Sep 13 (PTI) Fighting a dope taint, weightlifter Sanjita Chanu’s troubles mounted Thursday with her ‘B’ sample also returning positive but the defiant Commonwealth Games gold-medallist will fight her case before the international body’s hearing panel. Chanu has decided to present her case before the hearing panel of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) in Hungary. If Sanjita fails to prove her innocence before the IWF hearing panel, she faces a maximum punishment of four years, as stipulated for a first-time offender. “The B sample test was sent to Sanjita on September 11 and we will present our case before the IWF hearing panel in Budapest. We will highlight the mistakes committed by the IWF in this case,” Sanjita’s brother Bijen Singh told PTI. “It (the international body) has admitted its mistakes. We are confident of winning the case,” he added. Should her fight fail in the IWF, Sanjita is likely to knock at the doors of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland. “We will fight for justice till the end. We will do whatever is available to us. She has been wronged,” he added. In the letter which informed her about the ‘B’ sample result, the IWF had given time till September 18 to tell the world body whether she wishes to appear before a hearing panel. She was given the option to be present in person at a regular IWF hearing session, or at an extraordinary hearing, or through phone conference or skype.advertisement In reply, Sanjita wrote, “I would like to appear before the hearing panel through my representative (or myself) to prove my innocence.” Sanjita is now mulling whether to appear in person or send a lawyer. “Considering the cost involved for two persons (Sanjita and a lawyer) going to Hungary, we may send just a lawyer to represent her in the hearing in Budapest. But it is not yet finalised. We will take a call on it in the next few days,” Bijen said. The IWF, earlier in the year, admitted to committing an “administrative mistake” in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita in its report of her failed dope test. It had mentioned two different sample numbers in its communication of her dope flunk on May 15 and Sanjita had demanded an inquiry. The National Anti-Doping Agency said that the IWF’s admission will not have any impact on the actual doping issue. The admission from the IWF came after the issue reached the Prime Minister’s Office. The PMO had written to the Sports Ministry to look into the matter, which, in turn, directed the NADA to do so. Sanjita’s ‘A’ sample, taken out-of-competition in the United States on November 18 before the World Championships last year, tested positive for an anabolic steroid. The dope result (of A sample), however, came only on May 15 when she was put under provisional suspension. The ‘B’ sample request was made in June and the result was given to her on September 11. Sanjita has also requested the IWF to reveal the name of the weightlifter whose sample number is 1599176 and which was mentioned in one place in the letter sent to her informing her about her dope flunk. the number had (though mistakenly) appeared in my suspension order, I assume it is my right to know him/her. This will help me in convincing how the mistake occurred,” she said in the letter written to the IWF. PTI PDS PM PM
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored 91 as he and Tom Latham combined for 162 runs to drive New Zealand to 311 for two at stumps on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.Williamson provided a batting masterclass in Wellington on Sunday to keep up his chase of Virat Kohli to become the world’s top Test batsman, just as the Indian skipper was showing his class in Perth.Latham was unbeaten on 121 at the close of play, having notched his seventh century after playing the anchor role for the hosts and helping them to a 29-run first innings lead with eight wickets remaining.Ross Taylor was 50 not out, but the day’s play was dominated by Williamson, who had risen to a career-best Test ranking of number two in the world – behind Kohli – after scoring 386 runs at an average of over 77 in the UAE against Pakistan.Coincidentally both he and his Indian counterpart were batting at the same time more than 5,200 kilometres apart.Kohli scored 123 in India’s first innings in the second Test against Australia but was far more circumspect than the 28-year-old New Zealander.Williamson, who replaced Jeet Raval after the opener was dismissed for 43 on the final ball before lunch, hit the first three deliveries he faced to the fence.He then accumulated runs at will and combined with Latham for 116 runs in 25 overs during the middle session.Shortly after Kohli brought up his 25th Test century at the Perth Stadium, Williamson looked well set to score his 20th at almost a run a ball.advertisementThe right-handed batsman, however, succumbed to what was the only mistake of his 93-ball innings when he swept part time offspinner Dhananjaya de Silva straight to Kasun Rajitha at backward square less than an hour into the final session.Tom Latham leads off finishing the day 121*.Ross Taylor brought up half century #30 and the BLACKCAPS have a 29-run lead.Great day of Test cricketCARD | https://t.co/eAi0AmMOt9#NZvSL pic.twitter.com/SAgFQCQ7y7BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 16, 2018Sri Lanka’s first innings lasted just three overs in the first session when Tim Southee grabbed his sixth wicket after a brilliant diving catch by Colin de Grandhomme at leg slip to dismiss Lahiru Kumara for a duck.The visitors were bowled out for 282 with Niroshan Dickwella left stranded on 80, while Southee finished with 6/68.(With inputs from Reuters)
Kabul: At least 10 people — including several women and a child — were killed and scores more wounded by a series of blasts that rocked the Afghan capital Thursday ahead of the election season. The three blasts came amid a wider surge in violence in Kabul and around Afghanistan, where nine family members were killed in an eastern province Thursday while driving to a wedding. The Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate claimed responsibility for the first two blasts, while the Taliban claimed the third. US and Afghan security officials, however, blamed the Taliban for all three explosions. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe attacks came just days before the official campaign season for the September 28 presidential election gets underway. Previous polls have been marred by violence and bloodshed from the Taliban and other insurgent groups who refuse to recognise Afghanistan’s fragile democracy. According to security officials and high-resolution surveillance footage seen by AFP, the first blast came around 8:10 am (0340 GMT) when a suicide bomber targeted a bus as it slowed to turn a corner in an area just east of central Kabul. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsCivilians could be seen scrambling to help stricken passengers off the bus and carrying the body of a small child from the vehicle as smoke poured out the rear window. Other bodies could be seen pooling blood onto the road. About 30 minutes later, a secondary explosion from a device that had been hidden at the scene hit civilians and Afghan security forces as they responded. A third blast, apparently targeting some sort of convoy, came later on in the morning also in eastern Kabul. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a total of 11 civilians were killed, including five women and a child, and 45 more wounded. Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said the toll was at least 10 dead and 41 wounded. The attacks come as the US is negotiating for a deal that would see foreign forces pull out of Afghanistan in return for a ceasefire and various Taliban guarantees, including a pledge the country will not become a safe haven for terror groups. Some observers say the insurgents are increasing attacks to gain greater leverage in the talks.
Last month, the company said it would stop all non-essential spending on the expansion project to triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to the West Coast, which Alberta says is critical to reducing discounts on its product due mainly to pipeline bottlenecks.Kean reiterated that construction won’t be restarted unless there are sufficient assurances by the end of this month that it can proceed.Outside the meeting in downtown Calgary, about 50 vocal pipeline supporters armed with signs and slogans assembled on the sidewalk, chanting as passing cars honked their horns.Picketers Mike Owens and Derek B. Cooper say they were unimpressed with Morneau’s announcement, adding it offers further proof that the Liberal government has done too little to make sure the pipeline wins approval.Picket organizer James Robson of the Canada Action Coalition says the government shouldn’t have to offer money to make sure an approved pipeline will be built.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. says he “appreciates” an announcement by Finance Minister Bill Morneau that the government will compensate investors in the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if “unnecessary delays” cause costs to rise.Morneau says the government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors, be they the project’s original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C. project is able to proceed.Kinder Morgan chief executive Steven Kean offered no further comment during his remarks and declined to talk to reporters after his company’s first annual general meeting since being spun off by U.S.-based Kinder Morgan Inc. to hold most of its Canadian assets a year ago.
Hollywood- The slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, becoming the first film from a black director to win the film industry’s top honor in the 86 years of the Academy Awards. The film from British director Steve McQueen is based on the memoirs of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who is tricked and sold into bondage in Louisiana in an unflinching account of pre-Civil War slavery in America.Space adventure “Gravity” and AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club” won early Oscars, but suspense remained as the show moved towards its climax and the best picture award. At the halfway point, “Gravity” had won five awards, all in technical categories, “Dallas Buyers Club” took two and “12 Years a Slave” earned a key acting prize at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.The other main frontrunner, 1970s crime caper “American Hustle,” was so far empty-handed, but the lead acting prizes, best director, screenplay awards and the coveted best picture prize were yet to be announced.As widely expected, Jared Leto won the best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of a transgender woman suffering from AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club” on Hollywood’s biggest night.The actor and rock musician used his acceptance speech to send a topical message to people in troubled Ukraine and anti-government protesters in Venezuela.“To all the dreamers out there… in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say, we are here. And as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight,” Leto said.“Dallas Buyers Club” also won the make-up and hairstyling award.Lupita Nyong’o won the best supporting actress Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” earning a standing ovation as she took the stage.A tearful Nyong’o paid tribute to her slave character Patsey, saying: “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s.”“Gravity,” from Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, won awards for visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography and film editing.Going into the evening, “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity” and “American Hustle” were frontrunners for the top prize, best picture.The ceremony got underway after storm clouds lifted, allowing stars to hit the pre-show red carpet.Briton Chiwetel Ejiofor, up for best actor for “12 Years a Slave,” was among the A-listers who strutted their stuff, as did his co-star Nyong’o, stunning in pale blue Prada.“It’s quite a surreal moment,” Ejiofor told CNN, adding that “it would be amazing” to win. But he stressed: “One of the proudest things… is that people have received the film in the spirit in which it was made.”On the acting front, Cate Blanchett is favorite for her turn in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” while Matthew McConaughey is widely fancied to strike Oscars gold for his portrayal of homophobic HIV-positive AIDS activist Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.”On the eve of Hollywood’s biggest night, “12 Years a Slave” scored a last-minute boost by winning best feature and best director for Briton Steve McQueen on Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards.But experts agree that all bets are off for the big prize of the night, the best picture Oscar, which will be handed out at the end of the show.Host Ellen DeGeneres opened with a monologue making fun of the storms that hit California on the eve of the Oscars.“It’s been a tough couple of days for us here. It has been raining,” she said, addressing the global audience. “We’re fine. Thank you for your prayers,” she dead-panned.The 6,000 or so voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cast their ballots over 12 days starting on Valentine’s Day and ending on Tuesday.The best picture race is so close that the winner could come down to only a few votes, under the Academy’s preferential voting system. Under the rules, voters rank all nine nominated films.They are: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”Those with the least first-place votes are dropped, and their votes given to the next highest-ranked nominees. This continues until one movie has 50 percent plus one vote.Cuaron is the frontrunner for the best director prize, and his star Sandra Bullock earned high praise for her work in the spectacular space drama, prompting some to suggest she could cause an upset in the best actress race.The star-studded Oscars broadcast featured a performance by Irish rockers U2, playing their nominated song from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and Pink, who sang “Over the Rainbow” as part of a 75th anniversary tribute to “The Wizard of Oz.”
SAN FRANCISCO — Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to showcase much-anticipated updates to the company’s hardware lines and artificial intelligence Tuesday during his keynote at the company’s annual I/O conference for software developers.Google will also likely address privacy updates as concerns about data sharing continue to plague the tech industry. Facebook dedicated much of its own conference last week to addressing privacy.Rumours suggest that Google may unveil a mid-range Pixel phone as a cheaper option to the flagship model currently on sale for $800.Google says more than 7,000 developers will attend its annual conference in Mountain View, which is focused on updates for the computer engineers that build apps and services on top of Google technology. I/O has also become a stage to announce new consumer products.The Associated Press
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing of an agreement between the Government of Mali and Tuareg rebels, providing for an immediate ceasefire and paving the way for country-wide presidential elections set for next month. In a statement issued by a spokesperson in New York, the UN chief welcomes the accord reached between the Malian Government and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and the High Council for the Unity of Azawad, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where talks between the sides have been under way. “The agreement provides for an immediate ceasefire, paves the way for the holding of presidential elections nationwide and commits the parties to discussing sustainable peace in Mali through an inclusive dialogue that will take place after the election,” the statements says. Northern Mali was occupied by radical Islamists when fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The conflict displaced hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to halt the southward march of the extremist groups.The presidential elections in July are considered a key step in the transition process, and the UN and the European Commission have signed a financing agreement for €14.8 million in support of the electoral process.Mr. Ban’s statement says that he is encouraged by the parties’ commitment to national reconciliation and the resolution of differences through dialogue. “He urges them to begin implementation of the agreement at once.”Mr. Ban also expresses his gratitude to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its mediation efforts, led by President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, with the support of the African Union and the UN. “He reiterates that the United Nations stands ready to support the implementation of the agreement through the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and other members of the United Nations system, in cooperation with the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), the African Union and ECOWAS,” the statement concludes. Earlier in the day, Bert Koenders, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Mali and head of MINUSMA, also welcomed the signing of the peace deal, calling it “a crucial first step.”“It is now important that the signatories are looking to the future and continue their efforts, hand in hand, for a practical implementation of this agreement to begin immediately in a coordinated and peaceful manner,” he said. Mr. Koenders said he was encouraged by the commitment of the parties to national reconciliation and conflict resolution through dialogue based on human rights.“I therefore call on all Malians: from north to south, from east to west and elsewhere, to work together to achieve peace,” he said, noting that they have the full support of the international community.While MINUSMA has been supporting the peace process since it was established in April, Mr. Koenders noted that as of 1 July, a large peacekeeping force will be deployed in the country.“MINUSMA is already in Mali and will remain there to support the peace process,” he said. “I will chair an international commission to oversee the effective implementation of today’s agreements, the success of which will depend on the political will of all Malian actors.”
Manufacturing giant Foxconn clearly thinks Firefox OS is a horse worth backing. It’s going on a hiring spree and hopes to bring a whopping 3,000 software engineers into the fold.Certainly Foxconn would stand to benefit from having a few programmers on hand to help out with chores like Firefox OS drivers and optimizations for the devices it’s producing. But there’s another big reason the company is making this move.Foxconn is still known almost exclusively as a company that builds things for everyone else. In the recent past, it’s been talked about primarily as the company that puts together Apple’s devices. That’s a good gig, to be sure, even when Foxconn’s margins are relatively slim. The relationship with Apple has become strained, however, and Foxconn has started looking for ways to expand its reach. Software could prove to be an excellent way to boost profits.While Firefox OS may have kickstarted things at Foxconn, it’s really just the beginning. Foxconn wants these 3,000 software engineers to be experts in HTML5 and cloud computing.It’s certainly important to know the ins and outs of an HTML-centric operating system when you’re building devices for your partners. It could, however, also allow Foxconn to begin offering white label app and cloud services.If Foxconn is going to build hardware for other companies, why not tackle software for them, too? HTML5 apps will work nicely on pretty much everything Foxconn builds — from Firefox OS phones and Chromebooks to Windows laptops and Android tablets. Cloud computing and cloud-based services are projected to generate more than $1 trillion by 2015. Why wouldn’t a company the size of Foxconn want a piece of the action?
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes they deserved to win after their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Burnley at Wembley on Saturday.Christian Eriksen came on as a substitute to score a 91st winner for Spurs and hand Pochettino his 100th Premier League win in 169 matches.100 – Mauricio Pochettino has won his 100th Premier League game as Spurs manager in his 169th game – 10 games quicker than it took Arsene Wenger to reach the figure at Arsenal. Centurion. #TOTBUR— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 15, 2018Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We fully deserved the victory. Sometimes you don’t get the reward, but we did everything to win,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“If you work hard, have patience, and try and try, you get the reward. I’m so happy for the three very important points after qualifying in the Champions League. It’s a massive week for us.“Sometimes you accept football is like this, it’s not easy, it was a very difficult afternoon. It was a tough opening and they did everything to try and stop us.“They didn’t have a shot on target. They came here to try and stop us, with a draw they would have been happy.“Football is about 90 plus injury time, and if you believe and keep pushing, you can be rewarded. These type of victories are so important.”
(Courtesy of the Fairbanks Police Department)Fairbanks is offering a $20,000 bonus to attract seasoned police officers to the city after the money was approved unanimously by the city council on June 19. Fairbanks Police Department is short nine officers, and it’s estimated to take four years to fill the posts with rookie recruits, who must go through police academy training.Listen nowMayor Jim Matherly told the council incentivizing lateral hires with a bonus is a faster and cheaper way to get new officers.”The cost to actually hire a brand new recruit fresh, just off the street, and send them through training — it takes about a year total — is about a $45,000 bill,” Matherly said. “And what we’re looking to do here is to cut that down by over half.“Citing a recent rash of violence in the city and the officer shortage, mayor Matherly encouraged the council to support the bonus program.”This is public safety,” Matherly said. “Overtime alone is killing that department. We need these people quick.”The council discussed the potential of an officer working just long enough to get the bonus, then leaving, and not paying it back. Council member Jerry Cleworth suggested doling out the incentive in two increments.”Why not mitigate the loss,” Cleworth said. “We’re still offering a $20,000 bonus.”Member Valerie Therrien downplayed the risk of officers taking the bonus and leaving.”If a police officer is willing to either come here from another jurisdiction or come from another branch in the state of Alaska, that they’ve made that commitment,” Therrien said.The council did approve a Cleworth amendment which sunsets the hiring bonus program in July 2018.The program also offers a $5,000 bonus to FPD officers who recruit an officer to the city from another police department.
New Delhi: BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyaya on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing on a PIL challenging Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Upadhyaya mentioned his plea before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. “File a memo,” the Chief Justice said but did not give any assurance to the petitioner. Earlier, the court had issued a notice to the Centre seeking its response on public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Upadhyaya who has said the matter was of extreme national importance and should be heard on priority.
Traders work at the post where shares of Patheon NV is traded on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeReutersAsian shares edged higher on Friday after comments from a Federal Reserve official ebbed concerns that the central bank might raise rates faster-than-expected this year.St Louis Fed President James Bullard tried to tamp down of expectations of four rate hikes in 2018, instead of the widely anticipated three increases, Reuters reported.His comments come after Fed officials on Thursday agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Three rate rises are now almost fully priced in for this year, compared to two as recently as December.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.4 percent, but was still on track to end the week barely changed.Overnight, the Dow added 0.7 percent while the S&P 500 ended a tad firmer.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex lost 25 points or 0.07 percent to close at 33,819 on Thursday.The partially convertible rupee ended down 0.42 percent at 65.05 per dollar on Thursday from its previous close of 64.77 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 1.9 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1.1 billion in local equity and $1.8 billion in debt markets.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.20 percent at $66.26 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.16 percent to $62.67 a barrel.Fed meeting: Data released after the meeting showed the unemployment rate holding at 4.1 percent in January, while the consumer price index, excluding food and energy, was 1.8 percent for the 12 month period.
Travis BubenikKashmere High School, one of the Houston schools that has faced the threat of a state takeover amid the district’s budget problems. On Tuesday, district officials praised the school’s recent turnaround and growing enrollment.Houston’s school district is working on a plan to overcome a more than $200 million budget deficit. On Tuesday, Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza said despite some rumors circulating in the community, charter schools are not part of the plan.HISD currently owes the state more than $200 million – and possibly as much as $269 million – in “recapture” payments, money that districts deemed “property wealthy” have to share with other districts.Hurricane Harvey made the problem worse, causing students and their families to leave town.“We’re anticipating not only a drop in property taxes, in the valuations, but also a loss of student enrollment,” Carranza explained at a ceremony marking renovations at Kashmere High School. Carranza said officials are gearing up for what he called “extensive and drastic” budget cuts. He said the plan will not include turning public schools into charters, but it will have a big impact. He noted that 80% of the district’s budget is for employees.“Cuts are cuts,” he said. “Our goal is to keep that as far away from the classroom and teachers and teaching positions and the instruction that happens in schools as possible, but next year will look significantly different than it looks this year, because when you cut $200 million plus, it’s going to effect everything you do,” he said.In a statement, the district said Carranza is recommending a “shift to a more centralized budgeting process” for schools in the 2018-2019 school year. Under this process, the district said, principals will retain authority over hiring decisions, but the district will make sure schools have “essential positions” such as nurses, counselors and librarians.“This change is an effort to maximize the district’s limited funding while continuing to drive its initiatives,” the district’s statement read.Meanwhile, the district has what Carranza called “preliminary plans” to improve 15 under-achieving schools that are facing the threat of a state takeover. (Kashmere High School is among the schools facing that threat, though in December, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath approved a “turnaround plan” for the school that, if successful, could stem off state intervention.) Carranza said while nothing is finalized, the plans for improving schools could include campuses partnering with colleges, non-profits or community organizations. Share
by NPR News Sasha Ingber 8.23.19 3:47pm U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it recently made an unusual seizure at a port in California.Agents in Long Beach intercepted three shipments containing nearly 53,000 sights, stocks and other gun parts that came illegally from China.”There was no attempt to hide the importation,” Jaime Ruiz told NPR on Friday. He said the gun parts were correctly labeled and still had their original trademarks. And all three shipments were headed to a legitimate seller and distributor.”It’s kind of an unusual situation,” Ruiz said.CPB stopped the shipments over the past three months and consulted with investigators at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency concluded that the cargo breached multiple regulations, including an arms embargo that the United States imposed on China.The seizure comes at a time when confiscations of gun parts, munitions, explosives and fireworks have increased 18% over last year, across the United States’ 328 ports of entry, Ruiz told NPR. But usually smugglers attempt to illegally export weapons and ammunition made in the United States.”We can’t characterize this as a new trend, but something really unusual, as China historically is the main source of other items like wearing apparel, footwear, watches, jewelry, handbags, wallets and electronics,” Ruiz said.The CPB has noted a different trend feeding a black market — the flow of counterfeit computer networking equipment from China. A Homeland Security report found that last year, CPB and Homeland Security Investigations seized 213 shipments containing routers and other equipment sporting fake trademarks, a 25% increase in seizures from 2017. Last year’s seizures were valued at nearly $15.5 million.Phony routers could possibly be linked to the Chinese government, says Will Carter, deputy director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Technology Policy Program, “but the bigger concern is that the routers are not properly maintained” by a supplier to patch vulnerabilities. “They can be built with poor-quality components,” he told NPR.In a publicized federal case from 2008, the FBI identified some 3,500 counterfeit network components from China through an effort called Operation Cisco Raider. “Crimes like these threaten international commerce, national security and the very safety of our citizens,” a Homeland Security assistant secretary said at the time.CPB said the recently confiscated shipments of gun parts were worth about $378,225. The seizure led some to wonder whether the items were a test to see how closely the U.S. government was monitoring shipments or a business was just trying to cut corners by buying cheaper parts.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Customs Agents Make ‘Unusual’ Seizure Of Nearly…
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April 24, 2015On Tuesday 21st April PR co-ordinator Hildemar Cruz and visiting PhD researcher Karen Munro presented a booth at Glendale Community College’s Earth Day Vendor Fair, part of GCC’s week-long Earth Day events.Lured in by the eye-catching images of Arcosanti and Cosanti (and the bowl of mini chocolates), the booth attracted the attention of both students and staff from the College, with Hildemar and Karen on hand to discuss how arcology proposes an alternative to the environmental concerns associated with urban planning, such as sprawl, pollution and segregation of people and services.Hildemar provided information on visiting both Arcosanti and Cosanti, the workshop program and the Arcosanti events program. The location of the event was particularly relevant to Arcosanti and Cosanti as GCC has on campus an open air amphitheatre designed by Paolo Soleri in 1996, and a few of the people who approached the booth recognised the architectural style of the apse on campus in the images on display.[photos and text by Hildemar and Karen]Additionally, Karen provided information on the new collaborative Master’s in Architecture and Ecology which will launch in October 2015, delivered between the University of Strathclyde Glasgow and Arcosanti. The Master’s in Architecture and Ecology will provide students with the unique opportunity to complete one semester of study in Glasgow before travelling to Arcosanti to work on a semester-long practical project addressing research needs of Arcosanti in the areas of architecture and engineering.More information on the new course can be found at Strathclyde University.
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needs in 2018 Contact us at editors@timecomIDEAS Soraya Chemaly is a media critic and activist Twitters abuse problems seem to be a daily source of news in the tech world The company is in the midst of a recently invigorated process of considering applying and enforcing rules that take harassment seriously However in the span of one week Twitter managed to show both a commitment to addressing the problem and what many users feel is a persistent tone-deafness to the needs of people most likely to be harassed Last week in a Washington Post op-ed Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde directly addressed the company’s past inadequacies and promised change "Our policies and product have not appropriately recognized the scope and extent of harm inflicted by abusive behavior" she said "Freedom of expression means little as our underlying philosophy if we continue to allow voices to be silenced because they are afraid to speak up" On Monday however Twitter introduced a new change that elicited widespread frustration Among other changes the company altered its messaging feature to allow its 288 million users to send anyone who opts in a direct message While Twitter saw it as a change that makes it "easier than ever to have private conversations" many people understood it as one more feature that enables harassers and prioritizes profit something that is sometimes hard to remember is the point on a platform that functions for many like a public utility The backlash to this change is similar to the one last year after the company changed (and then restored) its blocking feature When users push back against changes or demand them it often demonstrates the ways in which structure and profitability are at odds with community needs Twitters fundamental structure enabling as close to unfettered communication as possible is simultaneously the source of its profit and its abuse potential It’s safe to say that despite the best intentions of individual actors gender-specific safety and free speech have not historically been prioritized in Silicon Valley For many women online so much of what is considered "respect for the basic principles of free expression" actually undermines those very principles and limits their overall freedom of expression This is hardly a new problem Regardless of the platform or place on or offline the threat of violence disproportionately silences women every day The Internet has made it harder for the world to doubt women when they talk about it to minimize the effects or to look away The abuse that women encounter online more likely to be gender-based sustained sexually harassing and tied to intimate partner violence has specific discriminatory harms Social media companies growing quickly in a fast-changing unprecedented space have been slow to appreciate how their products exacerbate these harms despite the fact that time and time again it’s obvious that platforms that ignore these differences quickly become hostile spaces for women While 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