After memorable weekend, Mark Barroca back into basketball mode

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Coach told me to focus. I had a very hectic schedule and my wedding is already over, so coach reminded me that it’s time to go back to basketball,” said Barroca, who married his wife Russelle in a church last Monday.And focus, Barroca did.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe shifty playmaker triggered the Hotshots’ uprising, firing eight of his 12 points in the third frame fightback before ultimately claiming the 96-81 win over the Batang Pier.“Coach reminded us that we didn’t need to score, but rather, we need to defend. And that’s what we did,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESMark Barroca couldn’t let his first game as a married man end up in a loss.That’s why the 31-year-old guard tried to move heaven and earth to bring the Magnolia back to life after a lackluster first half which saw it fall behind by as much as 13 to GlobalPort on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Barroca was one of the heroes for Magnolia as it ended its two-game slide and recover in its quest to secure one of the elusive top two spots, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.With the Hotshots now in the playoffs, the former FEU stud said the Hotshots must not show let-ups, especially with one last game slated against Meralco on Saturday in Cagayan de Oro.“We have a big chance to get the top two if we win against Meralco. Hopefully, we get that on Saturday. Now that the opportunity is here, we have no other choice but to grab it,” he said.And it doesn’t matter for Barroca if he has to sacrifice his own honeymoon. All he wants is for Magnolia to achieve its goal of getting back in the championship round.“My honeymoon is going to be delayed, but we have to be professional here,” he shared. “After everything is done this conference, then we can go to our honeymoon.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PSL: Foton opens new season with Generika-Ayala win 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

US Open: Leander Paes, Sania Mirza crash out of mixed doubles quarters

first_imgLeander Paes and Sania Mirza, along with their respective partners, crashed out of the mixed doubles event of the US Open after losing in the quarterfinals in New York.The third-seeded Indo-Russian pair of Paes and Elena Vesnina was stunned by the seventh-seeded Czech duo of Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-7 (2) 5-7 in a battle that lasted an hour and 43 minutes.Paes and Elena could win just 67 points as compared to their rivals’ 80, while they also committed 25 unforced errors.Sania along with her British partner Colin Fleming also went down in straight sets to fourth seeds Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Poland’s Marcin Matkowski.Unseeded Sania and Fleming failed to match their more fancied opponents in the match to bow out in just 69 minutes, losing 3-6 5-7.The Indo-British combo wasted as many as seven out of the eight breakpoints they got, to go down tamely.last_img read more

New Clark City sports hub ready to host SEA games — Cayetano, Go

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Nakatutok ang ating gobyerno. Pinapaala ni Pangulong Duterte na sa lahat ng involved ay dapat siguraduhin na in time for the opening ay handa na ang lahat, including security (The government is closely monitoring the preparations. President Duterte reminded all of those involved in the SEA games to make sure that all preparations will be finished in time for the event’s opening, including security),” the senator said in a separate interview.Go added he was hopeful that the country will snatch one of the top ranks in the SEA Games, if not the overall championship, especially with the world-class facilities and the support of the Filipino people.“I’m hopeful. Very much hopeful ako, not only with the kind of facilities we have right now but with the support of the Filipino people,” he said.“Iba po ‘yung mayroon ‘yung magcheer sayo na hometown crown. It will pump up your adrenaline,” he added.The sports hub, developed by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), boasts of a 20,000-seater athletics stadium, a 2,000-seat aquatics center with an Olympic-size pool, and a seven-building athlete’s village which will house the SEA Games athletes, officials and volunteers.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect UAAP: UST edges UP in thriller to reclaim solo 3rd View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The said facilities form part of the 200-hectare National Government Administrative Center, a flagship project of the Duterte administration. /jeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img FILE – Athletics Stadium at New Clark City. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCAPAS, Tarlac, Philippines — After inspecting the P13-billion sports complex here in New Clark City on Wednesday, House Speaker Alan Cayetano and Senator Bong Go said it is ready to host the upcoming 30th Southeast Asia (SEA) Games set next month.The Philippines is set to host the biennial SEA Games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, and the sports complex is one of the key venues for the event.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Becoming his own man READ: LOOK: Cayetano, Go inspect New Clark City sports hub ahead of 30th SEA Games“Overall, we’re 100 percent ready,” Cayetano told reporters in an interview here, adding that all the facilities are already finished and already being used by some athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceCayetano is the chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) which is one of those involved in the preparation for the SEA Games, while Go is the head of the Senate sports committee.While echoing Cayetano’s remarks on the readiness of the facilities, Go said the government is closely monitoring the preparations for the SEA Games. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicallast_img read more

Hockey World League Semi-Final: Netherlands end India’s unbeaten streak with 3-1 win

first_imgThierry Brinkman, Sander Baart and Mirco Pruijser helped the Netherlands thrash India 3-1 in the high voltage game here at the Hero Hockey World League Semi Final on Tuesday.Though Brinkman (2′), Baart (12′) and Pruijser (24′) starred for Netherlands, while Akashdeep Singh (28′) was the lone scorer for India.India and Netherlands, who were vying for the top spot in Pool B, clash promised to be feisty and the teams did not disappoint, as they kept the crowd entertained hooter-to-hooter with top-quality hockey.The first 15 minutes saw Indian goalkeeper Akash Chikte put under the pump right from the start with Dutch strikers keeping him busy. He was later taken by surprise when Dutch defender dispossessed Sardar Singh to set up Brinkman to score so early in the game.But the next few minutes saw Indian defence live up to the task of keeping the ever-dangerous Billy Bakker under check. However Surender Kumar’s block of a powerful strike by Bakker unfortunately fouled which resulted in the Dutch winning their first PC.Sander Baart, in his first PC attempt of the tournament, fired low on the right to double The Netherlands lead to 2-0 in the 12th minute putting India under pressure.With a little over three minutes for the first hooter, a quick-thinking SV Sunil successfully appealed for a PC. However, the opportunity could not be utilised with Harmanpreet Singh’s flick blocked away by the first runner.Chikte once again enthralled Indian supporters with an incredible save to stop a fantastic strike by Bakker in the 14th minute of the match. Seconds before the first hooter, Mink van der Weerden was denied two back-to-back attempts at PC.advertisementWith both teams in top gear, the second quarter saw two spectacular goals.Sander Baart’s counter attack helped set up Mirco Pruijser to score third goal of the match in the 24th minute for the Dutch. But four minutes later, Akashdeep Singh who was denied minutes before when he took a reverse hit on goal, brought India back into the game.It was a brilliant pass by SV Sunil, which was well-received by Singh who improvised it with a punch on the ball in between his legs making it one of the best goals of the tournament so far.With India narrowing the gap to 1-3, the nail-biting action continued in the third quarter.Though the Dutch dominated with ball possession, Indian defenders were spot on to keep them from making successful penetrations.In the final 15 minutes, India made brave forays into the striking circle and one such attempt saw India win their second PC of the match when Jorrit Croon miss-timed his tackle against Manpreet Singh resulting his team conceding their second PC.The Dutch earned their fourth PC of the match by Baart’s flick. In the 56th minute, when Harjeet Singh set up Akashdeep for a goal, it was saved by the Dutch keeper but India was awarded PC for dangerous play in the striking circle.But Harmanpreet’s third attempt was padded away by Sam van der Ven ending India’s campaign against the Dutch 1-3.India will now play the quarterfinals match on June 22.last_img read more

Mumbai rains drown maximum city again. Who is to blame?

first_imgRains have drowned Mumbai once again. It was the fourth consecutive day today when Mumbai saw heavy downpour. Nearly 100 trains were cancelled on the suburban railway network. The Indian Railways’ premium trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi were also cancelled. Flight services have been hit badly. Mumbai’s famous lunch packer dabbawalas suspended work due to heavy rainfall and water-logging. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Coast Guards were asked to help stranded passengers. Mumbai practically came to a halt.Who is to be blamed if rains bring Mumbai to its knees every monsoon?MonsoonMet department said that Mumbai has received 54 per cent of average monsoonal rainfall in the past 20 days. Over 200 mm rainfall was recorded in the 24 hours till 8.30 this morning. In the previous 24 hours, rainfall was about 117 mm.Now, compare this with last year’s August 29 rainfall, which was the heaviest for the year. Mumbai received 316 mm of rainfall in one single day. Result was worse than today. The city was choked.Thirteen years ago in 2005, Mumbai witnessed what was termed as “once in a hundred years” phenomenon on July 26. A rainfall of 944 mm was recorded leading to deluge in Mumbai killing over 1090 people. Heavy rainfall in June this year saw people adopting to various innovative means to commute. (Photo: PTI)RiversBesides rains, Mumbai gets its water from a web of rivers. Prominent rivers of Mumbai are the Mithi that runs for 18 km, the Dahisar for 12 km, Poisar for seven km and Oshiwara for nearly seven km. These rivers have suffered a lot on the account of ever rising population and urban settlements of Mumbai. The rivers are now dumping grounds for the suburban network of nullahs.advertisementMany of these rivers directly flow into the Arabian Sea while some drain into the Mithi river that serves as the most natural storm water drain in Mumbai. But with an expanding Mumbai, its catchment area now sports, according to an IIT-Bombay research paper, a large number of hutments, industries and even scrap yards.The factories in the catchment area of the Mithi river let their discharge flow into it untreated. Industrial effluents, sewage and wastewater have diminished the carrying capacity of the Mithi river. This means the rainwater are not efficiently drained into the Arabian Sea. Almost every spell of heavy rainfall in Mumbai has brought troubles for the residents. (Photo: PTI)AdministrationAfter 2005 deluge, the Maharashtra government and the civic agencies of Mumabi decided to revive projects related to storm water drainage system (SWDS) of the city. Mumbai’s SWDS were originally planned in 1860s when the British colonial rulers planned a sewage system that still saves South Mumbai to some extent. In 2017, Mumbai was brought to a halt when the city received over 315 mm of rainfall in a single day. (Photo: PTI)The SWDS came into focus in 1985, after a massive flood. The BMC initiated the Brihanmumbai Storm Water Disposal System (BRIMSTOWAD) project. But, it soon fell out of favour of the political masters.The 2005-flood brought back the project in consideration. But every year’s flooding in Mumbai during mosoon season is a testimony that the administration has not learnt the lesson it ought to have by now.People are actually swimming in this! #Mumbai #Rains Thank you BMC for getting swimming pools to every house (@Anushakris) July 10, 2018Tip tip barsa paani… … Stay safe #MumbaiAre you guys at work or home today? … Looks like Vile Parle is under water for now…any flooding in other locations? #MumbaiRains #Rains #MumbaiRainsLive #MumbaiRain (@hemalatha2906) July 10, 2018There are serious #sustainability issues in #mumbai. this is a situation at #dadar #bjpheadoffice even after rains have slowed #PMOIndia #devendrafadnavis Surana (@darshan_surana) July 10, 2018last_img read more

Man Utd’s 15 worst signings of all time

first_imgTransfers Bebe, Veron & Man Utd’s 15 worst signings of all time Kris Voakes 20:00 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Memphis Depay Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Premier League The 20-time English champions have made some amazing signings over the years, but they have not been without their bloopers in the market either Some of the signings made by Manchester United over the course of the last 30 years have changed the football world as we know it. But for every Cantona there’s a Kleberson.Louis van Gaal and David Moyes received criticism for their various failures in the market, but Sir Alex Ferguson racked a fair few up in his 27 seasons too and he was far from the first United boss to be made to look a bit silly.Perhaps a club as successful as United is there to be shot at more than most, so poor signings are remembered with some fondness by rival fans. But there has been plenty of ammunition offered up over the years in that regard. 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 Below, Goal goes through the 15 worst signings that the Reds have ever made…last_img read more

G Sathiyan becomes first Indian to break into top-25 of table tennis world rankings

first_img Next G Sathiyan becomes first Indian to break into top-25 of table tennis world rankingsG Sathiyan, the 26-year-old finished sixth in the Asian Cup in Yokohama early this month to secure a place in the World Cup in Chengdu from October 25 to 27.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 23:52 IST G Sathiyan is the first Indian to break into the top-25 of ITTF rankings. (Twitter/@sathiyantt)HIGHLIGHTSG Sathiyan became first Indian to break into the top-25 of ITTF rankingsSathiyan rose four spots to be 24th in the latest ITTF rankingsSharath Kamal dropped 9 spots to be in 46th positionIndia’s G Sathiyan on Monday scaled new heights in his rapidly rising career by becoming the firstIndian to break into the top-25 of the latest world ranking list released by International Table Tennis Federation.Sathiyan rose four spots to be 24th in the ITTF rankings, following his impressive sixth place finish in the Asia Cup in Yokohama earlier this month to secure a place in the World Cup in Chengdu from October 25 to 27. Last week, he was the sole Indian to reach the round of 32 in the World Championships in Hungary.”Really happy with way I am playing and I feel I am moving in the direction to reaching the top-15 by the end of 2019. Also, I can’t thank my coach (S Raman) enough for his support and guidance,” the engineer turned table tennis professional told PTI.Veteran Sharath Kamal, who lost in the round of 64 in Hungary, dropped nine places to be in 46th position.India’s number one female player, Manika Batra, slipped three spots to be 59th, following her round of 64 loss in the World Championships.Also Read | Aim is to qualify for Tokyo Olympics: Asian Athletics C’ships gold medallist GomathiAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow G SathiyanFollow Manika BatraFollow Sharath KamalFollow Table Tennislast_img read more

Petrojam to Supply Cleaner Diesel Fuel

first_imgThe country’s state-run oil refinery, Petrojam, will be supplying low-sulphur diesel fuel to the public later this year. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the move comes as Government continues to take steps to reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle exhausts on the environment. “I am very much aware of the problem with sulphur content in diesel and I have mandated Petrojam, to start importing clean diesel by the middle of this year, so we can stop having those ill effects of our SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) and diesel driven vehicles,” he stated. Minister Paulwell was speaking on Tuesday, February 19, at a Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) breakfast forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston. Low-sulphur diesel has reduced sulphur content, providing for cleaner and more refined fuel. Vehicles that use diesel with high sulphur content require more frequent oil change and regular servicing to maintain optimal efficiency.last_img read more

UNbacked 2 billion response plan to contain TB launched

22 June 2007The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership today launched a $2.15 billion two-year programme to save over 100,000 lives. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership today launched a $2.15 billion two-year programme to save over 100,000 lives.The new initiative lays out steps to prevent, treat and control drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) and multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).If fully implemented, the plan, which sets out measures to allow laboratories in countries with high levels of the disease to increase their detection of MDR-TB cases, will lead to a ten-fold surge in the number of XDR-TB and MDR-TB patients who will be treated and cured under WHO guidelines.It also underscores the urgency with which basic tuberculosis control and investment in crucial areas – such as bolstering diagnostic laboratories, increasing infection control and surveillance and stepping up funding for research – are needed.“XDR-TB is a threat to the security and stability of global health,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. “This response plan identifies costs, milestones and priorities for health services that will continue to have an impact beyond its two-year time line.”The plan, called the Global MDR-TB and XDR-TB Response Plan 2007-2008, also jumpstarts efforts towards reaching a 2015 goal of providing access to drugs and testing to all patients affected by these two disease types, potentially rescuing the lives of 1.2 million people.XDR-TB first came to the world’s attention in March 2006 when researchers reported that emerging global threat posed by highly-resistant strains of the disease, and six months later, there was a spate of cases resulting in over 50 deaths of “virtually untreatable” cases in an area of South Africa with a high prevalence of HIV.Meanwhile, last month, an air passenger from the United States infected with XDR-TB heightened concerns about the tuberculosis epidemic.“We have sounded the alarm on the potential for an untreatable XDR-TB epidemic,” said Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Stop TB Department. “Today we issue our response on behalf of all patients and communities whose lives are most at risk.”The initiative is an ambitious one and must be “fully supported if we are to keep a stranglehold on drug-resistant TB,” he added.A key element of the scheme is a steady supply of quality drugs to treat tuberculosis in underserved countries from the Global Drug Facility, which, since its establishment in 2006, distributes more anti-tuberculosis drugs free of charge to poor countries than any other group. read more

OxyContin maker government attorneys in settlement talks

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday they are in active settlement talks with Purdue Pharma, the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin that is facing billions of dollars in potential liability for its role in the nation’s opioid crisis.Purdue has been cast by attorneys and addiction experts as a main villain in the crisis for producing a blockbuster drug while understating its addiction risk. A report by NBC News said the privately held company has offered to settle for $10 billion to $12 billion.In a statement, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it’s prepared to defend itself but sees little good in years of “wasteful litigation and appeals.”“Purdue believes a constructive global resolution is the best path forward, and the company is actively working with the state attorneys general and other plaintiffs to achieve this outcome,” the company said.News of the settlement talks involving more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company and other players in the painkiller industry comes about two months before the first federal trial over the toll of opioids is scheduled to start in Cleveland.NBC reported that Purdue presented a plan for it to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy and then restructure into a for-profit “public benefit trust.”Paul Farrell Jr., a lead plaintiffs’ lawyer representing local governments, said all sides remain under a gag order: “All we can confirm is that we are in active settlement discussions with Purdue.”Attorneys general representing several states also confirmed the accelerated negotiations.Ohio Attorney General David Yost is “actively engaged in conversations with Purdue,” said spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle, declining further comment.Kylie Mason, spokeswoman for Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, declined comment on details of any possible settlement but said the state will “continue to aggressively pursue justice — to ensure those companies complicit in the opioid crisis pay for the pain and suffering inflicted on our state.”Purdue Pharma is owned by members of the Sackler family, who have given money to cultural institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Tate Modern. The New York Times reported late Tuesday the payout would include $3 billion from the Sackler family. In addition, the Sacklers would sell another drug company, Mundipharma, which would add $1.5 billion to the settlement.In March, Purdue and members of the Sackler family reached a $270 million settlement with Oklahoma to avoid a state trial on the toll of opioids there.Lawsuits filed by more than 2,000 state, local and tribal governments have cast Purdue as a chief villain in an overdose crisis that has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. since 2000.The lawsuits assert the company aggressively sold OxyContin as a drug with a low chance of triggering addictions despite knowing that wasn’t true.Purdue’s drugs are just a slice of the opioids prescribed, but critics assign a lot of the blame to the company because it developed both the drug and an aggressive marketing strategy.“Our mission here has always been clear — make Purdue Pharma and the other manufacturers and distributors pay for what they did to Pennsylvania and its people, and put the Sackler family out of the opioid business for good,” said Jacklin Rhoads, spokeswoman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who has staffers at the Cleveland negotiations.___Associated Press writers Geoff Mulvihill in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press read more

Fresh clashes uproot 140000 people in Iraqs Anbar province – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today that more than 65,000 people had fled the conflict in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in central Iraq’s Anbar province over the past week, bringing the total number of people uprooted since fighting began at the end of 2013 to over 140,000.The displacement figures, provided by Iraq’s Ministry of Displacement and Migration, are the largest the country has witnessed since the sectarian violence of 2006-2008 and are a result of deadly clashes between Iraqi troops and Al-Qaeda-linked fighters.It also comes on top of the 1.13 million people already internally displaced in Iraq and who are mostly residing in Baghdad, Diyala and Ninewa provinces, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said that people in Anbar, including UNHCR staff, had reported that many civilians were unable to leave conflict-affected areas where food and fuel were now in short supply.“Most of the recently displaced remain outside Fallujah city, accommodated by relatives or staying in schools, mosques and hospitals where resources are running low. Host families are having difficulties sustaining the burden of caring for the displaced,” he told reporters in Geneva.He added that UNHCR and its humanitarian aid partners had managed to distribute tarpaulins, blankets, sleeping mats, food, and hygiene supplies. Yesterday, the agency delivered 2,400 core relief kits. The Ministry of Displacement and Migration and the Iraqi parliament have also sent aid.“Many of the displaced, nonetheless, are still in desperate need of food, medical care, and other aid. As the insecurity has spread, many families who fled several weeks ago have been displaced again,” said Mr. Edwards.The UN in Iraq has asked the Government to facilitate the opening of a humanitarian corridor to reach displaced and stranded families in Anbar province. In recent weeks, several bridges leading into the conflict area and communities hosting displaced people have been destroyed, making access difficult. UNHCR said it is currently impossible to reach the area from Baghdad and relief agencies are using roads coming from northern Iraq.Meanwhile, other areas of Iraq – including Baghdad, Erbil, Kerbala, Salah-al-Din and Ninewa – have witnessed the arrival of thousands of displaced people. People are reportedly without money for food and lack suitable clothing for the rainy conditions. Children are not in school and sanitary conditions, particularly for women, are inadequate. read more

August marks best month for new van market in over a decade

Click through to download the August 2016 LCV registrations release and data table in full.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) August records best LCV performance in 11 years, with 15,385 new vehicles registered, up 6.3%.Vans weighing >2.5-3.5T see biggest rise, with demand growing 14.4% to account for 63% of the market.Year-to-date figures see steady growth, up 2.9% with 231,857 registrations so far in 2016.The new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market achieved a solid performance in August, growing 6.3% compared with August 2015, figures published by SMMT reveal. 15,385 new LCVs were registered in Britain – the highest volume for the month since 2006, as businesses took advantage of low interest rate finance packages and discounts.Continuing the trend set in recent years, the market in August was driven by two key segments: pickups and heavy vans (>2.5-3.5T), both of which saw growth, with demand up 6.9% and 14.4% respectively. Overall performance for the first eight months of the year remained steady, with a 2.9% increase in demand totalling 231,857 new van registrations.Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT, said, “After a slower July, it is good to see growth in the new van market pick up again in August, with a record made in this traditionally quiet month. To ensure this performance continues, it is vital that government takes the necessary steps to secure economic stability and maintain confidence for operators to continue to invest in their fleets.” read more

Three teenage boys accused of defilement of girl 15 have case delayed

first_img No Comments Three teenage boys accused of defilement of girl (15) have case delayed It is alleged each of the teenagers had sex with a girl at a house party in Dublin. By Christina Finn Short URL THREE TEENAGE BOYS charged with the defilement of a 15-year-old girl at her home in Dublin had their case pushed back yesterday at the Courts of Criminal Justice.They have been accused of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old at an address in Dublin in 2014.Each of the teenage boys is charged with the defilement of a named female child under the age of 17 contrary to Section 3 (1) of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act, 2006.It is alleged that on the evening in question the girl had drunk a bottle of vodka and that friends brought her back to her home. It is alleged that a house party then occurred at her house, during which five males had sex with her.Three of the young men accused were present for proceedings in court yesterday.Despite the case being listed for trial on 25 April, Judge Seán Ryan was told parties had hoped there would be no further delay and the case could proceed.However, counsel for one of the accused stated the case is still “an ongoing process”.Judge Ryan asked what was holding up proceedings, for which he was told the delay was due to a judicial review taking place.The court was told that when the case does go to trial it is expected to take up to six days.Last year the court was told that gardaí were making their way through 14,500 pages of information from Facebook which the prosecution said would be “substantial” to the case.An application was also made for video-link to be used when the teenage girl gives evidence.Addressing the court, the judge said the case is not likely to get a trial date between now and July.Judge Ryan put the case in for mention on 14 June.Counsel for one of the accused asked that his client’s passport could be returned to him so that he could travel. The judge granted the request.Comments have been disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing.  Read: Three teenage boys accused of defilement of a 15-year-old girl appear before Dublin court> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 26th 2017, 7:13 AM Share4 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 7:13 AM 21,289 Views last_img read more

Dardalis Archives restored

first_imgThe President of the Society for Hellenic Studies, Tasos Revis, has heaped praise on La Trobe librarian Eva Fish and her team of experts for the speedy restoration of the Dardalis Greek Archives at La Trobe. In an interview with Neos Kosmos, Mr Revis extolled the professionalism and the work ethos of the university team and predicted optimistically that the restoration will be completed within the 3.5 year time frame set by the university. “This is a monumental achievement by Eva Fisch and her collaborators,” exclaimed Mr Revis. “With almost 50% of the material being catalogued within the first year we are confident that the rest of the material will be evaluated, catalogued and uploaded on the internet, thus becoming accessible to all interested parties within Australia and the rest of the globe”.Mr Revis speaks proudly of the initiative of the university to network with other centres of the Hellenic Diaspora.“Ms Fisch has already met with representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the USA, in our effort to maximise the use of the archives by interested parties around the globe. We are looking forward to establishing mutually beneficial synergies we both Greek and non-Greek educational institutions and Greek organisations,” concluded Revis.The Archives were created with a substantial donation by renowned Greek-Australian businessman Zisi Dardalis and became part of the now defunct National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research (EKEME). The Archives consist of a major collection of newspapers, thousand of documents, thousand of administrative documents, films and other material depictions of the history of the Greek community of Australia.The closure of EKEME shed doubt on the future of the Archives, with the university and the Society for Hellenic Studies becoming involved in a protracted legal battle about the ownership of the voluminous archival material. Thankfully common sense prevailed and the Archives were made available to La Trobe University, which undertook to finance a 3.5 year program for the evaluation and cataloguing of all academically.Professor Chris Mackie, Head of the School of Humanities at La Trobe University, also declares his satisfaction with the progress being made during the first year of the restoration program.“Within a year Ms Fisch and her team managed to archive approximately 50 per cent of the material, and this makes us optimistic about meeting the three year goal set by the university,” he said.Professor Mackie went on to say: “We have two more years to complete the task. The next step is to upload on the internet a catalogue so that students, researchers and the general public know what is available.”Professor Mackie told Neos Kosmos that La Trobe University is discussing with Greek community organisations the probability of holding exhibitions of the catalogued material in their premises. “We are currently having discussions with the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria with the aim of exhibiting suitable material at the new Centre for Contemporary Greek Culture,” said Tasos Revis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Morgan We lacked cutting edge

first_imgLeicester City captain Wes Morgan has urged his team to be more clinical in the final third after their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday.Leicester City created a lot of chances in their game with Tottenham but failed to convert as Heung-min son and Dele Alli scored to give the visitors all three points, and Morgan hopes they can more clinical in future matches.“We’ve come into the game in good form, especially at home we feel confident,” Morgan told the club’s website.“Before tonight we were seven games unbeaten. We wanted to continue that but today we didn’t have that final cutting edge.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino 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 kept them quiet for the majority of the game, I think someone said their first shot on target was the goal, which was a testament to how we played in the first half.“Going in at 1-0 down at half-time, at that time of the game is hard to take but we tried to bounce back but couldn’t find our way to the goal. They found that second goal and it was uphill from then.“Looking back there were a few things we could’ve done to try and prevent that first goal – to try and block the shot or try and close down the space quicker.“Credit to the striker (Son Heung-Min), he scores good goals all the time, he’s a threat at any stage of the game. There’s nothing much we could do about that.”last_img read more

Andre Silva unsure if he will remain at Sevilla

first_imgSevilla loan star Andre Silva admits he still has no idea over whether he will remain at the club permanentlyFollowing a difficult debut campaign at AC Milan, Silva left for Sevilla on loan and has enjoyed a stunning start with eight goals in his opening 16 La Liga games.Club director Joaquin Caparros announced last month that they intend to trigger their buy option for Silva from Milan for a reported €30m.But it appears that Silva is none the wiser when it comes to his long-term future with the 23-year-old’s sole focus staying on the pitch.“The truth is that I don’t know what will happen in the future,” Silva told Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“What I am doing now is fighting for Sevilla, doing the best I can for Sevilla and myself. I’m happy, I’m very happy but nobody can predict the future.”“I’ve already said many times that I feel good here and that I am happy, but what happens outside the pitch no longer concerns me. I’m just thinking about training and games.”The Portugal international also gave his thoughts on a potential title bid from Sevilla this season.Pablo Machin’s side, who are third in La Liga, will next take on second-place Atletico Madrid on January 6.last_img read more

Master trust tax registration process to be aligned to regulators regime

first_imgSpring Budget 2017: The tax registration process for master trust pension schemes will be amended to align with the Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) authorisation and supervision regime.The changes to the registration process were announced in the Spring Budget 2017 policy paper. The alignment aims to increase consumer protection and improve compliance.Under the Pensions Scheme Bill 2016-17, TPR has new powers to authorise and de-authorise master trusts according to strict authorisation criteria.Master trusts will have to be authorised by TPR before they can begin operating.last_img

Parkland Cares donates 34000 to thrift store in Margate

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Parkland Cares presented a check for $34,000 to a thrift store in Margate after a trailer filled with donated merchandise was stolen.The nonprofit matched the amount Tomorrow’s Rainbow Thrift and Gift Store received in public donations, Thursday.Abby Mosher, founder of the thrift store, said she is thankful for the donation, especially after having their trailer stolen back in December.“Parkland Cares heard about that and knew the work that we were doing, not only on behalf of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, but as well as other grieving families in our community and came to our rescue offering a matching grant,” Mosher said.“Every time we help a family, we help the community,” added Bob Resciniti, with the Healing Hearts Foundation. “It helps our broken heart. It helps us heal.”The stolen trailer was eventually found, but the donated items inside were either missing or damaged.The nonprofit store helps support those in need and children who have lost a loved one. last_img read more

What Went Wrong with Purpose Driven Connection

first_imgIn other words, the lack of interest in the full package, and subsequent lack of expected revenue made Purpose Driven Connection an unattractive business for RDA going forward. They made the decision to kill the costly print magazine, and agreed to host its Web site at least through the first quarter next year.I asked the spokesperson directly if RDA considers the Purpose Driven Connection venture a failure. Of course he said it wasn’t a failure. From an operational point of view, he said that shutting down an otherwise interesting product that doesn’t meet financial criteria “is every bit as important as green-lighting others to go forward.” He also said RDA gleaned “proof of concept” insights into serving a community like Warren’s that’s bound by faith or philosophy.“We believe that we could take this forward with a community that had a somewhat different characteristic—larger, more open to purchasing memberships, more universal, global, etc.,” the spokesperson said.More open to purchasing memberships. That might be key.This shouldn’t suggest, though, that Saddleback hasn’t had any success from the venture. The church said subscribers to the Daily Hope devotions newsletter have grown to 400,000 since Purpose Driven Connection launched early this year.If not for monetary reasons, I think the loss for RDA is substantial, despite the positive lessons it says it learned from giving it a shot. It has to be tough, especially for a company that’s now steering itself out of bankruptcy,  to watch a product it called one of its most important ventures ever fail after only four issues. On Wednesday, Purpose Driven Connection—the quarterly published in partnership between Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren and the Reader’s Digest Association—became the latest magazine casualty of 2009 as the groups decided to move the product online-only. Until September, RDA said the title, which launched in January, was still in “development stages.” After four issues it was never green-lighted for a full launch off the newsstand. What gives? When RDA announced the launch late last year, it billed the agreement with Warren and Saddleback as one of the company’s “most important and far-reaching ventures ever.” Yesterday, in a statement, Warren said “impressive reader feedback has prompted us to focus all our energies on our digital format so our content can be expanded, international and free.”So, what about the print product? With a $9.99 cover price, was it a dud on stands? A RDA spokesperson called sales figures “encouraging,” especially at outlets like Wal-Mart, but said the company wasn’t releasing specific numbers. He told me the magazine failed to generate enough full membership buys—$29 for the quarterly magazine, DVDs with each issue, study guides and access to its Web site. Those packages were offered by the church to its immense membership base.last_img read more