Santo Tomas destroys McDavid

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas clobbered McDavid, 111-90, for its fifth win in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Soulemane Chabi Yo spearheaded the Growling Tigers with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, leading the killer first half that allowed Santo Tomas to grab a 59-41 lead at the half.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Beninese forward’s hot start set the tone for the rout. The Tigers had a 58-37 edge in rebounds.Marvin Lee contributed 17 points on a scorching 5-of-7 clip from three-point range, with Rhenz Abando and Brent Paraiso contributing 13 and 12 points, respectively.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 easy win allowed coach Aldin Ayo to continue experimenting with the Tigers’ system, one which he feels still needs a lot of fine-tuning.“We still have a lot to improve on,” Ayo said in Filipino. Blaze Spikers open title series against Cargo Movers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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What were Kohli, Malik and Yuvraj laughing about after Champions Trophy final?

first_imgPakistan’s star all-rounder Shoaib Malik recalled the moment when he along with Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Azhar Mahmood were seen sharing a laugh after the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final in England.Virat Kohli-led Team India lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by a massive 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy, thus handing Pakistan their maiden title two years ago.Yet, after the match, the Indian and Pakistani players were seen gelling along on the ground and sharing a few laughs during the presentation ceremony.International Cricket Council (ICC) had posted a video on Twitter with the hashtag #SpiritOfCricket in which Malik was seen sharing something with Yuvraj and Kohli, with other younger Pakistani cricketers around, and all of them were seen laughing over the conversation.#SpiritOfCricket #CT17 pic.twitter.com/jcEWZo3Oe4ICC (@ICC) June 19, 2017But what was topic of discussion that tickled everyone around after an intense match between the two traditional foes?”We were playing the Champions Trophy final against India, after the match during the presentation, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and myself were laughing. We all were discussing a dropped catch of Chris Gayle and laughing,” Malik revealed on the Voice of Cricket show.Malik revealed what had Saeed Ajmal told him for not attempting the catch of Gayle during a Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and West Indies.”It was the catch of Gayle that was dropped back then and he was going hard after us. I asked Ajmal ‘if you had positioned yourself to take the catch, why did you pull out at the last moment’? He told me that he waited crouched on the ground to take the catch just in case you (Shoaib Malik) drop it,” recalled Malik.advertisementIn the latest episode of Voice of Cricket @realshoaibmalik joins @ZAbbasOfficial and narrates what Saeed Ajmal said after the dropped catch, his last wish before retirement, what Sialkot Stallions means to him and much more!Watch the full episode on YT: https://t.co/VEDTaULMm0 pic.twitter.com/dtB5DIxQEWCricingif (@_cricingif) October 15, 2018last_img read more

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Wasim Akram welcomes West Indies women’s team to Pakistan for T20 series

first_imgFormer Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has welcomed the West Indies women’s cricket team to the for a three-match Twenty20 International series starting Thursday. All the three matches will be played in Karachi.West Indies become the second international cricket team after Zimbabwe to send their teams since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus on March 3 in 2009. Since the attack, all major teams have refused to visit Pakistan for cricket series and they were forced to adopt the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as their home ground.”Well done to the West Indies, a nation so passionate that they trailblaze their way to Pakistan for the love of cricket & friendship!Welcome @windieswomen to our country,thank you for giving our @WomenCricketPak a chance to play at home on their own soil! #WomensCricket #PAKWvWIW,” Wasim Akram tweeted.Well done to the West Indies, a nation so passionate that they trailblaze their way to Pakistan for the love of cricket & friendship!Welcome @windieswomen to our country,thank you for giving our @WomenCricketPak a chance to play at home on their own soil! #WomensCricket #PAKWvWIWWasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) January 30, 2019Windies women team arrives in Karachi for the T20Is series.More on #PAKWvsWIW series https://t.co/fcEgEInniX pic.twitter.com/IxHqZXEnlHPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) January 30, 2019Pakistan, Windies ladies are here we are really excited #FriendlyPeople #GreatHospitality pic.twitter.com/NuOsSap4bXmerissa aguilleira (@mraguilleira) January 30, 2019T20I Interim Captain for the Pakistan tour @mraguilleira and her team stand by two watchwords…”Adapt and Overcome!”. The @windieswomen are geared up and ready to take on @WomenCricketPak in the 3 T20I match series in Karachi. #LetsGoWindies #PAKWvsWIW pic.twitter.com/IYND29sZd1advertisementWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) January 30, 2019In 2009, the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by masked terrorists when it was on its way to the the Gaddafi Stadium.Then captain Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paravitarana suffered injuries in the attack which killed six security officials and two civilians. The series was called off immidiately and Sri Lankan players returned home.In 2015, international cricket returned to Pakistan when Zimbabwe men’s team visited the country amidst tight security, becoming the first team in first team in six years to play cricket in Pakistan.The two sides played a couple of T20Is and three ODIs at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, with Pakistan winning both the series.In 2017, the International Cricket Council (ICC) organised a three-match T20 series when it sent a 14-man squad to Pakistan. These matches were also played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis led the World XI team.The matches were organised to commemorate the 70th year of independence of Pakistan and the trophy was named ‘2017 Independence Cup’.Apart from international cricket, the eliminator rounds and the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) were played in Pakistan last year.Also Read | Rohit Sharma on the verge of another special milestone in ODIsAlso Read | 2nd Test: Australia seek Sri Lanka relief after tumultuous yearlast_img read more

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Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heats

first_imgDutee Chand proved worthy of medal expectations as she broke her own national record to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals on the first day of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, on Sunday.Dutee timed her personal best of 11.28s in the heats, breaking her national record of 11.29s, to emerge the fastest qualifier in Doha.Dutee was the fastest qualifier as she clocked 11.28s in the heats, breaking her own national record of 11.29s set in Guwahati last year.That’s Dutee Chand after improving her own National Record with a timing of 11.28s this morning in 100m (W) heats at #AAC2019 #DohaAll the best champ for finals!#AsianAthletics @qatarathletics @sports_odisha@ pic.twitter.com/AhwegDyjUdAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019In 2018, the Indian sprinter had won silver in women’s 100m at the Jakarta Asian Games, gifting her country its first in this event since 1998.Elsewhere, another medal hope for India, Hima Das, pulled out halfway through women’s 400m semi-finals owing to an injury. However, her counterpart MR Poovamma qualified for the 400m final, finishing second with a time of 52.46.Junior World champion and Asian Games silver medallist Hima Das suffered a back pain to crash out of the tournament.Official statement on @HimaDas8″She had spasm at L4 and L5. The Doctor who attended her said informed us and he said nothing serious. She will be OK within a day or two”- Radhakrishnan Nair, Deputy Chief Coach #India.#AAC2019 #AsianAthleticsPC- @rahuldpawar pic.twitter.com/Lvry9j4KT7advertisementAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019The 19-year-old came in lighlight in 2018, winning a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships. Hima is currently also the national holder with 50.79s clocked in the 2018 Asian Games.In men’s 400m category, Muhammad Anas finished third in his heat with a time of 46.36s to make it to the semi-finals.In other events, Asian Games silver medallist Jinson Johnson finished second in his heats with a time of 1:53.43s to qualify for the 800m semi-finals while Gomathi Marimuthu clocked 2:04.96 to finish second in her heats and qualify for the 800m finals.In 400m, Arokia Rajiv qualified for the semi-finals, winning his heats with a timing of 46.25s.This Asian Championships is crucial as the gold medallist gets the automatic qualification for the World Championships. This competition is also an ideal platform to accumulate ranking points if an athlete fails to achieve the stiff entry standards prescribed by the international federation.Also read | Sri Lanka serial blasts: Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar condemn ‘act of terror’Also Read | Riyan Parag, the boy who almost became IPL’s youngest half-centurion, loves soft toysAlso Seelast_img read more

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IOWA TO DROP UNITED HEALTH CARE AS STATE CARE PROVIDER

first_imgIowa is severing ties with one of its health care providers.Governor Kim Reynolds released a statement Friday afternoon stating she has ended negotiations between the State of Iowa and UnitedHealthcare because of terms she believed to be unreasonable and unsustainable.Reynolds says the state has continued to work in good faith, along with the legislature to make improvements to the managed care system, including a substantial increase to funding this past year.She says “Unfortunately, UnitedHealthcare continued to make additional demands that she found to be unacceptable, including a provision that would remove pay for performance measures that would hold them accountable.Reynolds says the state will work with UnitedHealthcare over the next several months to minimize disruption and ensure a smooth transition to the two other managed care companies.last_img read more

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Kagawa joins Besiktas on loan

first_imgBesiktas have sealed the loan signing of Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund.The Japan international joins Besiktas until the end of the season after falling out of favour at the Bundesliga leaders.Kagawa had started one Bundesliga game this term for Dortmund, who currently hold a six-point lead on second-place Bayern Munich Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the former Manchester United midfielder will instead spend the rest of the campaign in Turkey’s Super Lig.Shinji Kagawa will join Beşiktaş on loan for the remainder of the season.We thank him for his effort, class, and undeniable influence on BVB and the Bundesliga. pic.twitter.com/QFVQgsYVGc— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) January 31, 2019″Shinji is not only an outstanding football player, but also a great friend of our club,” said Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc. “We did not want to deny him this request.”Kagawa had previously stated his preference to play in Spain, a league suited to his ability on the ball, but the Japan star will now move to Turkey to join the Super Lig side.Besiktas are sixth in the table despite taking four points out of a possible six since the Super Lig’s mid-season break.Next up for Besiktas is a match with Bursaspor on Sunday.last_img read more

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Our Picks For The 3 Best In-Car GPS Devices

first_img Explore On- and Off-Road With Garmin’s All-Terrain Overlander GPS 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time Editors’ Recommendations How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke GPSIn a world where app-enabled smartphones have seemingly limitless capabilities, one must ask whether the once-innovative GPS device has lost its relevance.Turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic reporting, satellite-tracked speed, voice guidance, and crowd-sourced alerts are all part of popular apps like Google Maps and Waze. Dishing out $300 for redundant features seems foolish. Fortunately, the latest GPS devices can do far more than tell you how to get from A to B.GPS manufacturers with years of experience and millions of miles of real-world testing now offer advanced driver assistance features, Bluetooth connectivity, geo-based recommendations, voice commands, and much more on large HD displays. For many smartphone users, day-to-day life includes watching their monthly data allotment dwindle. Modern GPS devices can operate independently of wi-fi and your data plan.Whether you’re upgrading your older car with new technology or simply looking for a high-quality navigation partner, our list of the best in-car GPS devices is sure to have something to meet your needs.Garmin Nüvicam LMTHDWhy should you buy this: The Nüvicam is a veritable Swiss army knife of GPS devicesWho’s it for: Those with the budget for every great featureHow much will it cost: $349.99Why we picked the Garmin Nüvicam LMTHD:At its core, the NuviCam is a solid navigation unit with a bunch of extras tacked on. Its HD dash cam is always recording, and it saves footage automatically in the event of an accident. When traveling over 30 mph, the device’s camera can sense if you’re following too close to the vehicle in front of you, and it uses visual and audible warnings to get you to back off. If you exceed 40 mph, the NuviCam recognizes when you’re drifting out of lane. It can do it all.The 6.0-inch screen’s high-resolution, pinch-to-zoom display works quickly and accurately. Garmin’s ‘points of interest’ feature is a standout, listing nearby restaurants, gas stations, shopping centers and the like with handy pull out menus. Addresses can be typed in manually or dictated via voice command. If you’re traversing an unfamiliar area, Garmin’s ‘Real Directions’ really comes in handy. Using local landmarks and traffic lights as reference points, the feature will guide you with phrases like, “In 500 feet, use either of the two right lanes and turn right at the stoplight” instead of simply, “Turn right in 500 feet.”The Garmin NuviCam is an ambitious product that does everything it sets out to do, and does it quite well. It could also turn out to be a huge trendsetter for dash-mounted devices. It isn’t cheap, but it’s hard to argue with its robust feature set.Garmin DriveAssist 50LMTWhy should you buy this: Garmin’s DriveAssist can guide you to your destination safely, every timeWho’s it for: Those with older cars that want contemporary driver assistance featuresHow much will it cost: $299.99Why we picked the Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT:The new Garmin DriveAssist is packed with features to navigate the road ahead, alert you of a potential collision, and record your drive. The user interface and voice search make finding wherever you need to go a breeze, and intuitive turn-by-turn instructions take the guesswork out of guidance.The bright 5.0-inch TFT navigation screen shows free lifetime traffic information, points of interest (like gas stations or restaurants), the names of each exit on your route via the “Up Ahead” feature. A high resolution dash camera is built into the rear of the unit to record video to an included 4GB micro-SD card. The dash cam is great for insurance purposes, but it also lends itself to camera-based driver assistance features. Even mounted in the corner of the windshield, the device will detect if a driver strays from their lane and alert you via visual and audio cues. A forward collision alert feature will also give a warning when it detects a driver is approaching a car too fast, giving them a chance to brake. Perhaps most relevant in this age of driver distraction is an audible alert when traffic ahead has started moving. That way, if you’ve spaced out, you can get back on the gas sooner.Even as smartphones continue to invade GPS device turf, Garmin knows the right features to add to make their product worth the price tag. If you are looking for a great all-in-one device to help navigate, keep you alert on the road, and record your drive, the Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT is an easy choice.Garmin DriveLuxe 50 LMTHDWhy should you buy this: Garmin’s DriveLuxe can complement your smartphone or replace itWho’s it for: Those who don’t want to drain their monthly data on navigationHow much will it cost: $349.99Why we picked the Garmin DriveLuxe 50 LMTHD:While many GPS manufacturers seem terrified that smartphones will make their devices obsolete, Garmin has designed the perfect companion for your smartphone.The Garmin DriveLuxe 50 LMTHD has a 5.1-inch TFT display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The device feels extremely solid at just over 8 ounces, and attaches easily to the magnetic front of the suction mount. Via Bluetooth, you can connect your phone with the free Smartlink application for Android and iOS. This enables the DriveLuxe to take Bluetooth calls through the device, get local weather information, and even read your phone notifications aloud. This feature instantly upgrades old cars that lack Bluetooth calling and goes a step further to read Facebook or Instagram notifications aloud. This should go a long way to cut down on driver distractions.When it comes to navigation, there are few better systems on the market. DriveLuxe has all the latest map updates and can get lifetime locations updates using the Garmin Express program. Voice or text entry will let you quickly and easily search for specific destinations or points of interest. The touch interface is smooth and zooming in on the screen is easy with “pinch-to-zoom” features in addition to the “+” and “-” icons.If you just want basic guidance with the most up-to-date mapping and traffic info, the DriveLuxe won’t waste a single megabit of data, but if you want advanced features, Garmin’s system is ready to pair with your smartphone at a moment’s notice.More Food For ThoughtIf you’re thinking about a dedicated GPS system, you may also be considering a dash camera. While some of our best in-car GPS picks include a dash camera, only a high-end recording unit can offer 360-degrees of visual protection. The roads are getting crazier each day as driver distractions increase. Using a dash cam means irrefutable proof of fault in the event of an accident, and, while we don’t have quite as much auto insurance fraud cases here in the U.S. as abroad, video can shut those cons down too.Still not convinced you need a dash cam? Consider all the video gold you’re missing out on. Chances are, you see a moronic maneuver on your way to work every single day. With a little editing, you could turn all those WTF moments into one beautiful YouTube compilation. Believe us, your internet friends will thank you for it. How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce last_img read more

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Government to Sell Idle Lands in St. Catherine

first_imgApproximately 427 acres of idle lands located in St. Catherine are to be converted for commercial and residential purposes.This follows Cabinet’s approval of the sale of the lands by SCJ Holdings Limited.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure during a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on June 28.He noted that the lands, which are to be sold at market price, have long been out of use for agriculture and, once converted, should generate development and employment.The Minister informed that ALF Investments Limited will be purchasing the largest parcel of land – 300 acres; New Era Homes 2000 Limited – 97 acres; and Malarc Management Services Limited – 30 acres.He further noted that SCJ Holdings Limited is to enter into a lease agreement with MegaMart Wholesale Club and Associates for approximately 40 acres with the option to purchase.SCJ Holdings Limited is a land management company owned by the Government that operates specifically to support job creation, improve foreign trade and increase productivity.Through various public-private partnerships, the entity utilises the assets under its management to promote investments in sectors such as agriculture, aquaculture, mining, energy, construction, tourism, and other manufacturing interests.The company supports these investments primarily by providing lands through sale, leases, or joint venture arrangements with investors who propose viable projects.last_img read more

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Katie Melua Skydives For Royal British Legion

first_imgDaring singer Katie Melua recently jumped 13,000 feet for an airborne picnic in support of The Royal British Legion’s new summer fundraising campaign Poppy Picnics.Katie Melua Goes Skydiving For CharityKatie performed the daredevil stunt in support of the Legion’s vital work for the Armed Forces and their families. The jump with the Legion’s extreme human flight team, Jump4Heroes, took place at Netheravon, the home of the Army Parachute Association.Katie said: “It was an incredible experience. Even though it wasn’t my first ever jump, it’s certainly my first ever picnic in the sky! I still find it really scary before jumping but love overcoming that fear.“I’m proud to be supporting Poppy Picnics for our Armed Forces and their families. With this fantastic weather, what better way to make a contribution than by turning your summer event into a Poppy Picnic to be proud of.”While Katie, who was joined by her husband, former World Superbike champion James Toseland, opted for the sky-high setting to have her picnic, the Legion is calling on people to hold a Poppy Picnic in any kind of setting to celebrate the invaluable contribution made by our Armed Forces community, and to raise money for the Legion.Whether it’s a games day, a themed event or just an opportunity to show off some serious baking skills, a Poppy Picnic is the perfect way to make any get-together more meaningful this summer.A Poppy Picnic is not only an opportunity to celebrate and honour those who serve; it’s also a chance to show solidarity with Armed Forces families, who hold the fort until their loved ones return home.Charles Byrne, the Legion’s Director of Fundraising said: “Armed Forces families are a key focus for the Legion this year, whether it is employment support, crisis grants or benefits and money advice, we care for people in desperate need.“The fundraising from our new Poppy Picnics campaign is vitally important, and will make a real impact on the lives of those we help.“We spend £1.6 million each week providing social, emotional and financial care to the whole Armed Forces community – serving, ex-Service people, and their dependents too.”To register an event, order a Poppy Picnic pack and get inspiring picnic ideas, please visit www.poppypicnic.org.uk.last_img read more

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Mobile brothel busted at Mount

The police have busted a mobile brothel operating in the Mount Lavinia area, the police media unit said today.The police said that eight people were arrested when the operation was busted last night. The women are aged between 23 and 30 and are residents of Kundasale, Peradeniya, Nivithigala and Dankotuwa.Investigations had revealed that a car and three-wheeler had been used to transport the women and get them clients. According to the police, a special police unit had made the arrests at Saram Road  in Mount Lavinia after receiving information about the brothel. All the suspects are to be produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today. The police arrested four women used for prostitution and four others who were involved in the business.

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China insists will not pursue development at Sri Lankas expense

“Our friendship is built on the profound and broad popular basis,” she said. “Today, China is aligning its One Belt and One Road Initiative with the Sri Lankan national development strategy to reach common development. China will never pursue development at the expenses of Sri Lanka. We are confident that the increasingly deepening win-win cooperation in many fields between our two countries would bring tangible benefits to our two peoples,” she said. Meanwhile, she also spoke on the Chinese Ambassador’s Scholarship which was launched in Sri Lanka in 2016 which aims to reward those academically excellent undergraduate students in Sri Lanka Universities.Pang Chunxue said that this year, the Chinese Embassy doubled the donation to Rs.4, 889,000.00 which could reward 122 students with Rs. 40,000 each. (Colombo Gazette) The full scholarship will cover the tuition, lodging, living allowance and medical insurance throughout the whole academic years, which values up to over two million rupees annually.“I hope that all of you would cherish this opportunity and succeed in your learning journey. You will be the needful talents for the national development of Sri Lanka and will become friendship envoys for both China and Sri Lanka,” she added.Pang Chunxue said that China and Sri Lanka are good neighbors, good friends and good partners. J.J. Rathnasiri, Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs, winners of the scholarship and their family members also attended the event.“As you may know, each year the Chinese central Government, local government and some universities provide over 200 Chinese government scholarships to Sri Lanka, among which 80 are jointly nominated by our embassy and the Ministry of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs of Sri Lanka. Currently, 58 students are studying in China under this bilateral scholarship program. Therefore, this year we have 22 new winners of the scholarship who are going to China to pursue their further education,” she said. Pang Chunxue was speaking at the awards ceremony of the Chinese Government Scholarship 2018/2019 held at the Chinese Embassy in Colombo today (Tuesday). China today insisted it will not pursue development at Sri Lanka’s expense.Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, Pang Chunxue said that in recent days, China and Sri Lanka have been supporting each other’s choice of development and collaborating in the international arena. read more

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TNA raises concerns over failure to probe attacks on Tamil journalists

Speaking in Parliament today during the budget debate, Sarawanabavan said that he has evidence to share with regards to some of the attacks on his newspaper office based in Jaffna. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today raised concerns over the failure by the Government to probe attacks on Tamil journalists.TNA Parliamentarian and owner of the Uthayan newspaper, E. Saravanapavan said that the killing of several Tamil journalists as well as attacks on his own newspaper have not been properly investigated.

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UN General Assembly admits TimorLeste as 191st member

More than three years after the Timorese people voted to begin the process of independence from Indonesia, the General Assembly today voted to admit the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as the 191st Member State of the United Nations. “This milestone embodies the realization of its people’s hope to take their place among the community of independent nations,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said at a ceremony to raise the Timorese flag outside UN Headquarters in New York. “None of us can forget the sacrifices made by the people or the courage of its leadership,” Mr. Annan said. “Even before this day, Timor-Leste showed that greatness among nations is not a matter of size or resources, but rather one of global citizenship and adherence to the highest principles of our Charter.” The admission of Timor-Leste, formerly East Timor, follows that of Switzerland, which was admitted on 10 September after its citizens passed a referendum in March in favour of joining the world body. Earlier Friday, in his address to the Assembly, President Xanana Gusmão expressed gratitude for the commitment of the international community to Timor-Leste. He said that his country often has been mentioned as a “UN success story” and acknowledged the contribution of the international community, “namely that of the United Nations and its bodies, the General Assembly and the Security Council,” as well as UN specialized agencies. “At the core of this success, were, above all, our people,” he said. “Our people proved to the world to be worthy of the respect that we all owe and know.” For his part, Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic noted that while Timor-Leste’s path to independence had not been easy, the country and its people had succeeded, with the UN playing an integral role in the independence process. Independence, however, did not mark the end of UN involvement in Timor-Leste, he said. Instead, a new phase had begun – one in which previous achievements should be consolidated and built upon. The establishment of the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) provided an example of this continued engagement, and the United Nations and its Member States should be prepared to increase their support in helping Timor-Leste and the region to address some remaining issues. Meanwhile in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMISET, Kamalesh Sharma, issued a statement congratulating the nation on its admission to the UN. “The unfurling of the flag of Timor-Leste, alongside those of other members of the United Nations, would be the beginning of a new voyage, together with other members of the world community, towards social progress and advancement, and better standards of life in larger freedom,” he said. “Timor-Leste is second to no nation in supporting the Organization’s principles and purposes, of promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all,” he added. “The visionary leaders of Timor-Leste are committed to achieving this goal, and I am convinced that the UN and the international community will continue to be supportive of their national efforts towards further development and progress.Video – Admission ceremony read more

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Almost 500000 affected as devastating floods inundate central Somalia – UN mission

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the current floods are some of the worst the region has ever seen, and the current water level exceeds a 50-year return period in most locations.“Internally displaced people remain the most vulnerable to the impact of the flooding with many camps located in low-lying areas,” Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said, briefing reporters in New York on Monday.“Humanitarian partners on the ground have prioritized water, sanitation, hygiene, [health,] shelter and food response in their interventions,” he added.The heavy rains and flash floods come only months after a devastating drought left over six million people in need of humanitarian assistance last year.Floods worse than anticipatedThe magnitude of rainfall has been much worse than anticipated, said Yngvil Foss, the deputy head at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Somalia.Initially, all humanitarian actors started responding with the means and assets they had available– Yngvil Foss, UN aid official“Initially, all humanitarian actors started responding with the means and assets they had available,” she said, noting that UN relief agencies have been able to raise funding over the past week to scale up critical interventions.The UN World Health Organization (WHO), for instance, delivered 4.5 million metric tons of medicines and other medical supplies to Belet Weyne, the capital of the hard hit HirShabelle province, on 29 April.Peacekeeping troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) also evacuated more than 10,000 residents of Belet Weyne from inundated parts of the city as well as providing tarpaulins and water to those affected.More funding urgently neededHowever, more funds are urgently needed to help the increasing numbers of internally-displaced.Yesterday, Somalia’s President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo” visited flood affected areas and appealed to the international community for urgent humanitarian assistance.Somalia’s Humanitarian Response Plan for 2018, totalling $1.5 billion (before the floods), is only 19 per cent funded. Launched by UN agencies and humanitarian partners, it aims to reach some 5.4 million people with assistance. read more

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Brock students honoured for outstanding volunteerism

When Olivia Hubert’s grandmother needed a double lung transplant, the then-high school student found her first cause.Inspired by her grandmother Gerry Richard’s need, Hubert started working to promote organ donation in high schools and driving schools.Her volunteerism continued throughout her four years at Brock University and her efforts were recognized recently when she was named the Mayor’s Volunteer of the Year by the City of St. Catharines.“It was shocking,” the 21 year old said of the award. “There are so many people who have spent so much of their lives giving back in St. Catharines.”The Education Foundation of Niagara, an organization Hubert helped earlier this year with the inaugural Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas fundraiser for the DSBN Academy, nominated the fourth-year nursing student for the award. The charity gala raised more than $22,000.“It’s very rewarding knowing I’m making a difference,” Hubert said. “I don’t do it as a resume builder. I just do it for the people I’m helping and the causes I’m passionate about.”Hubert, who volunteers as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and runs the Go Girls group, said she was moved to help the DSBN Academy because she’s worked with girls who go there.“I’m so close to it, I see the challenges these kids face,” she said.The money raised during the fundraiser, organized by the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, will create bursaries for students from the DSBN Academy to attend post-secondary education.Hubert also worked with the foundation to put on the May Court Fashion Show, which raised $16,000 for the May Court Club of St. Catharines and the Prom Project Niagara.Hubert, who is graduating with a nursing degree, said she spent 525 hours volunteering during this past school year. She also worked a part-time job and maintained a social life.“It’s possible, you just have to make priorities,” she said. “I make volunteering a priority.”First-year Brock student Yusuf BenHalim was also honoured during the volunteer recognition. Along with high school student Kate Hou, BenHalim won the Margaret MacLennan Youth Volunteer Award.BenHalim, an 18-year-old environmental geo-science student, was honoured for his work with the non-profit youth organization Qamer Foundation.Yusuf BenHalimWith the charity, he travelled to Tanzania to help build a house for a family with six disabled children. During the trip he also handed out care packages including wheelchairs, clothes, books, school supplies and medicine.“I’ve always wanted to do something that helps other people,” he said. “It has motivated me to want to go and help out even more.”BenHalim said the trip was his first experience outside of North America and his first look at third-world poverty.“The people were so welcoming. It’s a different type of nice,” he said. “The whole time I was there, not once did I feel homesick.”Hubert and BenHalim are outstanding examples of the outreach efforts of Brock students. In 2014-15, Brock students volunteered nearly 80,000 hours in the Niagara community. read more

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Brock in the News — July 2228

Can Project Debug work in Canada?While a U.S. tech company prepares to release 20 million male mosquitoes injected with a bacteria that prevents female mosquitos from producing healthy eggs, Canada’s leading mosquito expert, Professor Fiona Hunter, explains why this project wouldn’t work on Canadian soil: CHCH News, Global NewsRespond to mental health issuesSt. Catharines Standard speaks with Brian Hutchings, Vice-president, Administration, to learn more about how Brock is being proactive when it comes to the mental health and well-being of students, staff and faculty.Research to keep miners cool at extreme depthsWhen working in the world’s deepest mines, Professor Stephen Cheung says its crucial to keep miners cool. Cheung shares his research in developing a cooling suit to protect workers as they reach high temperatures.Youth centre aids troubled teensBrock student Joel Maves is making it his prime objective to help troubled youth by providing them support through community service opportunities and practical experience.Grey Cup makes its way to campusLarry Dean and Luke Tasker of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats joined Brock Sports this week as part of the youth flag football league that takes place on campus. read more

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Gilmore Wed be going into a second bailout without Labour in government

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has told delegates at the Labour Party national conference that the country would be heading into a second bailout if it was not in government.Opening the party’s 66th conference in Killarney tonight, the Tánaiste said that there would have been “unsustainable debts, more job losses, less investment and more cuts” without the junior coalition partner.“What would have happened if Labour had not gone into Government? The answer is we would be now be going into a second bailout,” he said.The Tánaiste acknowledged that it has not been easy for the party or its members, defending government decisions.“It hasn’t been easy for our people and it hasn’t been easy for our party,” he said. “It hasn’t been easy for party members who have had to defend the party and the decisions the Government has had to take.” He said that the government had renegotiated a bailout that was “unworkable, taking it apart brick by brick and putting it back together into something that could work”.Gilmore confirmed that the government intends to legislate for collective bargaining rights in the coming weeks, fulfilling a commitment to ensure the State is in compliance with European court judgements.The Tánaiste said that he is “proud” of what the party has achieved in government and highlighted progress made on social issues such as abortion and the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum.“I am proud that after 20 years, we are the first Government to deal with the X case, and make pregnancy safer for Irish women,” he said.He claimed that before the current government came to office there was “no strategy for jobs” and said the party had ensured that the country has the second most progressive tax system in the OECD, where the top one per cent pay almost a fifth of all tax.LIVE: The 66th Labour Party national conference in KillarneyRead: Conference a key test of whether things really are improving for Labourlast_img read more

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Kalama man dies in dirt bike crash on Larch Mountain

first_imgA Kalama man died Friday afternoon in a dirt bike crash on Larch Mountain in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. The crash was reported at 12:30 p.m. on the Department of Natural Resources L-1500 Road. A group of people were riding off-road vehicles in the Jones Creek recreational area. They lost track of one of the riders and backtracked on the trail to find he had crashed off the trail and was dead, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The man, 41, whose name was not released, was wearing a helmet and protective riding gear.A detective with the sheriff’s office Major Crimes Unit investigated the incident, per standard procedure for traumatic injury deaths. The Clark County Medical Examiner is determining the cause of death and notifying the rider’s family.last_img

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Six from Karimnagar killed as car crashes into parked lorry

first_imgKarimnagar: Six members of a family died on the spot when the car they are travelling in rammed into a stationary lorry on NH-16 at Mocherla village in Gudluru mandal near Tettu on Friday morning. According to police, the family of Vaggampalli Vamsi of Bhagyanagar in Karimnagar, Telangana, started from home on Thursday to visit Vijayawada and Tirumala in Honda City car with registration number TS02EW1112. On Friday morning, they visited Kanakadurga temple and started to Tirumala. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The car hit a lorry parked on roadside at Mocherla. Vamsi, 38, who was driving the car, died on the spot seat along with his wife Archana, 36, son Krishanth, 4, father-in-law Kompalli Madhava Rao, 62, retired AE in TS government, mother-in-law Leela, 52. Vamsy’s other son, Advaith, 5, breathed his last in a private hospital in Nellore while undergoing treatment. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us The national highway officials and police reached the spot immediately and pulled the car out of the lorry. They tried to save the life of the injured boy Advaith by shifting him to a hospital in Kavali and then to Nellore, but their efforts went in vain. Due to the impact of the crash, the police suspect overspeeding might be the reason for the accident.last_img read more

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Mosby to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROBaltimore City State’s Attorney announced her office will no longer be prosecuting marijuana possession cases, Tuesday.“We need to get serious about prioritizing what actually makes us safe,” said Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, in a January 29 press release. “No one who is serious about public safety can honestly say that spending resources to jail people for marijuana use is a smart way to use our limited time and money.”Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. (Courtesy Photo)The office will still continue to prosecute marijuana distribution, but possession-regardless of weight-will not longer be considered evidence of intent to distribute. Those persons with first-time convictions for distribution will all be referred to diversion, the release said.Looking forward and backward, the office announced that it will seek to vacate the approximately 5,000 convictions for possession since 2011.“Jailing people for marijuana possession is a vast and ongoing moral failure,” Mosby said avia the same release. “Communities are still sentenced under these unjust policies, still paying a price for behavior that is already legal for millions of Americans. That’s why I’m moving to vacate these cases.”The release went on to explain how these possessions citations vastly skew towards Baltimore’s Black and poor communities. For example, Baltimore 95 percent Black Western District has been issued 42 percent of the entire city’s total citations, despite a proportionate prevalence of marijuana use by both Blacks and Whites.“The statistics are damning when it comes to the disproportionate impact that the ‘War on Drugs’ has had on communities of color,” Mosby said in the release. “I pledged to institute change and I refuse to stand by and be a facilitator of injustice and inequity when it is clear that we can be so much smarter and do so much more on behalf of the people we serve.”While expected to have an immediate impact on the community itself, the ultimate hope is that this new policy will free up the resources so that Baltimore Police officers can make inroads on the record-high and climbing Baltimore murder rate. Despite a declining population, the city continues to average almost one killing per day.““Law enforcement pays a steep cost in the form of public trust when we spend resources on things like marijuana and simultaneously fail to solve and successfully prosecute homicides,” Mosby said. “Ask any mother who has lost a son to gun violence whether she wants us to spend more time solving and prosecuting her son’s killer or to spend time on marijuana possession. It’s not a close question.”last_img read more

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