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PH bowling community mourns death of ex-national team bowler

first_imgLATEST STORIES Pacman’s game Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Constantino died as he was rushed to a nearby hospital.The killer and an accomplice managed to escape on a yellow scooter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bowling champion Angelo Constantino (left) with World Cup of Bowling champion Paeng Nepomuceno. (Photo from Angelo Constantino Facebook account)The Philippine Bowling Federation mourned the death of Angelo Nathaniel Constantino, a bowling coach and gold medalist, who was killed in a shooting incident on Friday.“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Constantino family. The bowling community will surely miss the presence of a truly dedicated coach, athlete and champion. God rest his soul,” the federation wrote on its Facebook page Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Constantino, who won the gold in the 1992 World Youth Championship in Venezuela, was shot dead inside a bowling center in Greenhills, San Juan City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsREAD: Gold medalist bowler shot dead inside bowling centerAccording to police, a masked man clad in a blue shirt and denim shorts, fired several gunshots at Constantino, who was inside the E-Lanes Bowling Center, where he works as manager. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

PM Modi to celebrate his birthday with Chinese President Xi Jinping

first_imgNarendra ModiThe Gujarat BJP unit is gearing up to celebrate the 64th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will visit the state on September 16 and 17. This is Modi’s first visit to the home state after he was sworn in as the PM in May.Modi, sources said, would celebrate his birthday on September 17 along with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Sources close to the PM said he would visit brother Pankaj’s house in Gandhinagar to seek his mother Hira Ba’s blessings.Every year, Modi meets his mother on his birthday. During his visit to Gujarat, Jinping will ink a pact with the state government to develop 10-sq-km industrial park in Sanand, around 70km from Ahmedabad.Coincidently, the bypoll results of the nine Assembly seats and Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency will be declared on September 16, a day before the PM’s birthday.Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has urged voters and BJP workers to gift Modi by electing the party candidates in all 10 Assembly constituencies. Anticipating victory in all the Assembly segments, the saffron party has planned a grand celebration on September 16.Referring to the visit of Modi and Jinping, Patel said it was fortunate for the state that the two most powerful political leaders of Asia would be together in its soil. “During the Congress rule, chief ministers used to visit Delhi and they were given little importance. Now the time has changed. Not only Indian Prime Minister but even Chinese president is visiting the state,” she said.The upcoming industrial park in Sanand is expected to attract investments worth $1 billion, said sources in state department for industries. Sources said the integrated industrial park would have all facilities ranging from residences, recreational centres, hotels, schools, restaurants, banks and sports complexes.advertisementlast_img read more

Sindhu enters title round of Dubai Super Series Finals

first_imgThe Indian will now meet world number two and top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the summit clash of the high- profile season-ending tournament tomorrow. Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu today entered the title round of the women’s singles in the USD one million Dubai Super Series Final after beating Chen Yufei of China in the semifinals here. COMMENT pv-sindhu   –  THE HINDU December 16, 2017 sport Sindhu had entered the semifinals with an unbeaten record, having got the better of all her three opponents in Group A.center_img World No. 3 Sindhu beat Chen, ranked eighth, 21-15 21-18 in a 58-minute contest at the Sheikh Hamdan Indoor Stadium here. Yamaguchi had beaten Ratchanok of Intanon of Thailand 17 -21 21-12 21-19 in the first semifinals earlier in the day. × She has been in fine form this season, having clinched two Super Series titles before winning a silver at the World Championship. pv-sindhu   –  THE HINDU SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Espejo unleashes record 43 points as Cignal bags Spikers’ Turf title

first_imgSpikers’ Turf champions Cignal HD Spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Marck Espejo produced a historic performance to power Cignal to 2019 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference title after withstanding Go for Gold-Air Force, 21-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-16, 15-6,  Tuesday at Paco Arena.Putting the HD Spikers on his back, Espejo finished with a league-record 43 points, the highest single-game performance, to earn him the Finals MVP plum.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:31INQUIRER Sports Top 7 stories of 201801:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Phoenix Fuel Masters tap former NBA vet Alonzo Gee Ysay Marasigan and Edmar Banono had 11 points apiece to complement Espejo’s offense while Vince Mangulabnan orchestrated the attack with 30 excellent sets.Manuel Sumanguid took care of the HD Spikers’ defense with 15 excellent receptions and 10 successful digs.Fauzi Ismail had 16 points to lead the Jet Spikers while Francis Saura and Kim Malabunga had 12 and 11 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Howard Mojica once held the record with 41 points when he played for Emilio Aguinaldo College against Ateneo in 2015.Espejo, who also holds the UAAP record with 55 points, lit up in the final set and score to propel Cignal to a decisive 9-3 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I’m really happy and overwhelmed and I really can’t wrap my mind around winning the championship,” said Cignal head coach Dexter Clamor in Filipino.Espejo also closed the match for the HD Spikers, firing five of Cignal’s last six points to seal the title.last_img read more

Rangers Take Down Senators, 5-1

first_imgOTTAWA, Ontario — Chris Kreider helped get the New York Rangers back to the playoffs.Kreider had two goals and an assist and the New York Rangers earned a postseason berth with a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on March 26.“We played pretty well away from the puck and we were able to take it home and get two points to clinch a playoff spot,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Probably caught their goalie on an off night and we were able to capitalize early.”Dan Boyle, Mats Zuccarello and Tanner Glass also scored for the Rangers, who have 101 points.“You have to be able to handle momentum swings and to be able to answer with a goal is a big,” Kreider said.The Rangers have reached the playoffs in five consecutive seasons and in nine of the past 10 seasons.Cam Talbot made 23 saves for New York, which handed Ottawa’s Andrew Hammond his first regulation-time loss.Hammond allowed five goals on 22 shots and is 14-1-1 to start his NHL career.“We didn’t help him and that was ultimately the difference,” Senators defenseman Marc Methot said.The Rangers also ended Ottawa’s seven-game winning streak.Curtis Lazar scored for the Senators as they failed to collect at least one point for just the second time in their past 18 games.“They played better than we did from the start and we couldn’t really pick it up,” Senators Captain Erik Karlsson said.“We didn’t find a way to fight through their tight neutral zone and we didn’t really create anything to give us a chance to win.”New York’s fifth goal knocked Hammond out of the game late in the second period.“You’ve got to help out your goaltender, especially with Hammer since he’s stood on his head for us for so many games in a row,” Methot said. “We certainly didn’t do him any favors and it showed and we got pumped on the scoreboard.”Hammond was replaced by Chris Driedger, who made his NHL debut. Driedger finished with 10 saves.The Rangers took a 3-1 lead into the second period on two goals from Kreider and one from Boyle.Kreider opened the scoring at 12:38 of the first after a fantastic pass from Derek Stepan.The Senators tied the game just 19 seconds later when Lazar gained control of a bouncing puck in the Rangers end and beat Talbot with a quick shot from the faceoff circle.Boyle gave the Rangers the lead at 16:40, and with one minute left in the period Kreider got his second goal of the game off a Stepan rebound that bounced straight up after Hammond made the initial save.“I thought it was pretty sloppy for the first 10 minutes or so and then I think both teams did a good job executing the second half of that first period,” Kreider said.At 1:42 of the second period, Zuccarello scored on a one-timer for a 4-1 lead before Glass scored at 16:02 just five seconds after emerging from the penalty box.“It’s one of many hopefully,” Glass said.The Senators had a 5-on-3 advantage for 34 seconds, but didn’t register a shot. They had just one shot over the final 86 seconds of the Glass minor.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Arrow and IBM aim to reinvent Airport Operations with new IoT solution

first_imgArrow Electronics has launched the Smart Airport Asset Management Solution, an innovative IoT solution co-created with IBM. Based on an Arrow-designed and sourced set of IoT sensors and gateways, the IBM Watson IoT Platform, and IBM Maximo Enterprise Asset Management software, the solution will provide airport operators with improved operational insights that optimise equipment maintenance to avoid downtime and improve the traveller experience.The Smart Airport Asset Management Solution collects data such as temperature, vibration and motor fluid levels from sensors on motors and other moving parts in escalators, moving walkways and baggage handling systems. Additionally, sensors on potable water cabinets measure temperature, open/closed door, water flow and leakage to determine if the cabinet is functional. The solution resolves frequent operational challenges that most negatively impact travellers according to an Airport Service Quality report from the Airport Council International.Data is collected from the sensors connected to wireless gateways, and then consolidated and analysed on the IBM Watson IoT Platform. The industry-leading IBM Maximo portfolio creates a more efficient asset management process using the collected data to drive workflows, resource allocation, and provides analytics to assess the health of assets to guide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. The solution is available through Arrow, its business partners, and IBM.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Pentek: 3U VPX board optimizes high-speed optical and RF I/O connectivityNext 5G, Ai, and IoT edge processing drive thermal design prioritieslast_img read more

Pulisic out as USMNT make roster changes

first_imgUnited States Yedlin in, Pulisic out – USMNT makes changes ahead of Ireland and France friendlies Goal 00:45 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Pulisic United States Bolivia USA Today United States Republic of Ireland v United States France v United States Republic of Ireland France Friendlies The Newcastle defender is one of 10 players joining the team for their European trip, while the teenage playmaker is one of seven going home United States national team interim head coach Dave Sarachan has made multiple changes to his roster ahead of friendlies against Ireland and France, with Christian Pulisic among those headed home.The USMNT managed an easy victory on Monday in Chester, PA, as they defeated Bolivia 3-0 in the first of their three summer friendlies.Teenagers Tim Weah and Josh Sargent each opened their senior team accounts in the win, as did defender Walker Zimmerman, who scored the first goal of the evening for the USMNT. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Pulisic failed to make an impact in the contest, though he went 89 minutes in the victory.After a long season with Dortmund and no World Cup to prepare for, Pulisic is among seven players who will not take part in the friendlies in Europe.Zimmerman also will miss out, along with Monday’s starter in goal Alex Bono, and substitutes Lynden Gooch and Matthew Olosunde. Alejandro Guido and Ethan Horvath, who did not play against Bolivia, also depart.In their place Sarachan has called 10 players up, as more options came available as the next two friendlies take place during a FIFA international window.Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams headline the list, while Hamburg’s Bobby Wood has also been called up.DeAndre Yedlin USAGoalkeepers Zack Steffen and William Yarbrough both received calls, as did defenders Shaq Moore and Tim Parker. Midfielders Wil Trapp, Kenny Saief and Luca de la Torre round out the additions.“We’re excited about the chance to add some of the veterans from Europe as well as the younger guys in MLS who have been part of our group since November,” Sarachan said in a statement. “The games against Ireland and France will bring increasingly more difficult challenges, so we felt it was important to bring in some players that offer a bit more experience.“These matches will provide another big development opportunity for these players who are growing in their international careers.”Moore, de la Torre, Parker will all be looking to make their senior team debuts having featured for the U.S. at youth levels previously. Moore and Parker have been on the bench for prior USMNT friendlies, but did not get onto the field.The USMNT will square off against Ireland on June 2 in Dublin, followed by a friendly against World Cup favorites France on June 9 in Lyon.Goalkeepers (3): Bill Hamid (Midtjylland), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)Defenders (9): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Shaq Moore (Levante), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City), Tim Parker (New York Red Bulls), Antonee Robinson (Everton), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)Midfielders (10): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Joe Corona (Club America), Luca de la Torre (Fulham) Julian Green (Stuttgart), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Keaton Parks (Benfica), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)Forwards (3): Andrija Novakovich (Reading), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)last_img read more

Reform Bills to be Debated this Week

first_imgParliamentary debates on several pieces of legislation related to tax and pension reforms, are expected to either commence or continue in the House of Representatives next week. Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who made the announcement while addressing  the weekly luncheon of the Kingston Rotary Club at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on November 15, informed that in relation to tax reform, Parliament had completed its work, with the resultant Green Paper being tabled, and the debate completed. “The White Paper, setting out the Government’s comprehensive policy stance on tax reform has been considered and approved by the Cabinet (and is) to be laid in the Parliament next week,” the Minister said. Additionally, Dr. Phillips pointed out that Parliament’s Joint Select Committee considering public sector pension reform, has completed its work on that piece of legislation, with the resulting debate on the Green Paper expected to be completed during next week’s sitting of the House. “We expect that (the) White Paper, setting out (the) formal policy position of the government, will be laid before the end of this year,” he said. Dr. Phillips advised that the new Corporate Governance Framework Bill is also expected to be laid in Parliament next week, while expressing the hope that the new Public Debt Management Bill, which has already been tabled, “will be debated and passed before this month is out”.last_img read more

Government Extends US$1.7M PRIDE Jamaica Programme

first_imgThe Government of Jamaica has signed a letter of intent with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), for the extension of the PRIDE Jamaica Programme, which is expected to bring about continued improvement in the tax administration system. The Promote, Renew, Invigorate, Develop, and Energize (PRIDE) Jamaica project, which is being funded at a cost of US$1.7 million, is in its second phase, and is expected to continue until March 2015. Under the initiative, the USAID will provide technical assistance to the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), and other stakeholders to simplify and broaden the tax base in Jamaica. This will be done by improving tax administration, streamlining processes to make it easier and simpler for taxpayers to comply, and harmonising tax policy and legislation. Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston, on April 5, Financial Secretary at the Ministry, Devon Rowe, said the Government is pleased to continue its partnership with the USAID. He noted that the partnership is a demonstration of the Ministry of Finance’s commitment to tax reform and also in ensuring that the gains, which have been achieved so far, are consolidated. “It is important that some of the issues that are being covered under the programme relate to risk management and improved auditing in the TAJ. And given the limited resources that the departments have, it’s important for us to utilise those resources as strategically as possible,” he stated. Mr. Rowe further pointed out that the fact that the programme has produced so many benefits to date, including the implementation of new mechanisms at the TAJ, augurs well for the future. For her part, Mission Director, USAID, Denise Herbol, said the programme highlights the commitment of the Jamaican government to ensuring that the work that is being done by Pride Jamaica to support efforts at the TAJ and Customs can continue. “I am very gratified that there is a commitment to continuing this programme, because I believe in and I know (the Ministry of Finance) believes in it,” she stated. The project, which started in 2010, also aims to provide support to the Government in its efforts to enhance the business environment by improving regulatory efficiency and increasing domestic revenue mobilisation through tax and customs reform. Expected results include: the identification of tens of millions of dollars in additional domestic revenue per annum; improved tax and customs compliance; increased number of audit cases closed; strengthened institutional capacity at TAJ and the Jamaica Customs Department; leveraging of additional resources from donors for tax administration reform; and improved transparency in customs, trade, and revenue collection. Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

UK court sets Feb 20 timetable for Assange US extradition trial

first_imgLondon: A UK judge on Friday set a February 2020 timeline for the extradition trial of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who faces charges of computer hacking and espionage in the US. At a Westminster Magistrates’ Court hearing in London, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot ruled that a full extradition hearing lasting five days should begin on February 25 next year, after UK home secretary Sajid Javid had certified the US extradition request. Assange, who appeared via videolink from the high-security Belmarsh prison for the hearing, told the judge that “175 years of my life is effectively at stake” as he defended his website against hacking claims. “WikiLeaks is nothing but a publisher,” he said. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe barrister representing the 47-year-old Australian national described the charges against his client as raising a “multiplicity of profound issues” and told the court that his client will also be challenging his 50-week imprisonment for breach of his bail conditions in the UK. “We say it [the case] represents an outrageous and full-frontal assault on journalistic rights,” said Mark Summers. A large group of Assange supporters had gathered outside the courtroom to chant slogans and wave placards calling for “Justice for Assange”. Also Read – Conservative leader calls Trudeau a fraud in Canadian debateOpening the proceedings, barrister Ben Brandon, representing the US authorities, said: “This [case] is related to one of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States.” He claimed that the US evidence will show that Assange “first encouraged” former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to illegally obtain documents and then agreed with her to “crack” a password on a Pentagon computer. “By taking steps to crack the password hash, it’s said that Mr Assange was also attempting to illegally obtain and receive classified information,” Brandon said. The documents in question were said to be related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and information on secret intelligence sources. “By publishing that unredacted material on the internet, Mr Assange created a grave and imminent risk that human intelligence sources, including journalists, human rights defenders and political activists, would suffer serious physical harm or arbitrary detention,” Brandon said. On Thursday, UK home secretary Javid confirmed that he had signed an order following a request from the US government to extradite the Wikileaks co-founder. “It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we’ve got a legitimate extradition request, so I’ve signed it, but the final decision is now with the courts, the senior Pakistani-origin minister said. Assange, who faces an 18-count indictment by the US Justice Department, had been too ill to appear before the court at a scheduled hearing last month and appeared wearing a grey T-shirt and still sporting his white beard. Judge Arbuthnot, who presides over a number of high-profile Indian extradition requests including that of liquor baron Vijay Mallya and diamond merchant Nirav Modi, is also in charge of his extradition trial. Unlike the India-UK Extradition Treaty, the US-UK treaty involves a relatively simpler legal process for extradition as the requesting state does not require to establish an elaborate prima facie case against the accused before the British courts. The charges against Assange under the US Espionage Act accuse him of soliciting and publishing classified information and conspiring to hack into a government computer. Assange has consistently denied the allegations and his supporters have accused the US and UK governments of an attack on free speech. He is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for breach of his bail conditions after he spent seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he had sought asylum.last_img read more

Jan Dhan deposits near magic Rs 1 lakh crore

first_imgNew Delhi: The total deposits in bank accounts opened under the Jan Dhan scheme, which was launched about five years ago by the Modi-government, are set to cross Rs 1 lakh crore soon. The total balance in the Jan Dhan accounts, which has been steadily rising, was at Rs 97,665.66 crore as on April 3, as per the latest government data.The total number of Jan Dhan accounts have crossed 35.39 crore. The deposits stood at Rs 96,107.35 crore on March 27 and Rs 95,382.14 crore in the week before. More than 27.89 crore account holders have been issued the Rupay debit cards. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) was launched on August 28, 2014 with an aim to provide universal access to banking facilities to all households. Enthused by the success of the scheme, the government enhanced the accident insurance cover to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1 lakh for new accounts opened after August 28, 2018. The overdraft limit was also doubled to Rs 10,000. The government also shifted the focus on accounts from ‘every household’ to ‘every unbanked adult’. Over 50 per cent of the Jan Dhan account holders are women, while nearly 59 per cent accounts are in rural and semi-urban areas. The objective of PMJDY is to ensure access to various financial services like availability of basic savings bank account, access to need based credit, remittances facility, insurance and pension to weaker sections and low income groups.last_img read more

Trump announces help for certain historically black colleges

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has delivered some good news to the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.Trump announced Tuesday that the government will no longer restrict HBCUs that have a religious mission from accessing federal funding for capital projects. Trump says a recent Justice Department legal opinion declared such “discriminatory restrictions” to be unconstitutional.The president said at a conference on historically black colleges and universities in Washington that faith-based HBCUs will now be able to enjoy “equal access” to federal support.Trump praised these institutions as “pillars of excellence” and said his administration is “deeply devoted” to seeing that they prosper.The Associated Press read more

UN rights chief welcomes new text to protect rights of peasants and

“Globally, peasants feed the world, but their own enjoyment of their human rights is challenged, including their own right to food,” Ms. Bachelet said, as she stressed the importance of the new text.The document, titled ‘Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas’, was drafted in October by the Third Committee, which handles human rights issues, among others, and adopted on Monday by the UN General Assembly, in which all 193 Member States are represented.It aims to protect the rights of rural workers, including fishermen, nomads, indigenous peoples, pastoralists and other agricultural workers, such as peasants, which are defined in the declaration as “any person who engages in small-scale agricultural production”.“Peasants face dire situations that are aggravated by an imbalance of power in economic relations,” stated the High Commissioner, as she explained that “policies that could promote peasants’ rights are largely absent, and in some cases have suffered due to austerity measures”.We welcome this historic recognition by Member States of what peasantry has brought and continues to bring to humanity – Melik Özden, CETIM DirectorAmong the many hardships and rights violations faced by rural workers listed in the declaration, are: the increasing number of forcible evictions they face; their difficulties in accessing courts, police services, prosecutors and lawyers for protection against violence, exploitation and abuse; and the “high incidence of suicide” among peasants “in many countries”. They are also particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and land degradation.Ms. Bachelet explained in her statement that “women are particularly vulnerable, given widespread unlawful discrimination restricting their access to, use of and control of land, as well as unequal payment for their work.”“I hope this Declaration will serve to enhance States’ commitment at all levels to uphold and protect the rights and dignity of peasants and other people working in rural areas,” she said. “They play a critical role in preserving our culture, environment, livelihood and traditions, and must not be left behind as we implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Ms.Bachelet added.“This is a victory above all for the peasants themselves, who had been asking for this through their representatives for years, and we welcome this historic recognition by Member States of what peasantry has brought and continues to bring to humanity,” Melik Özden, the director of CETIM, one of the NGOs engaged in this issue at the UN, told UN News.“But the work does not end here. The next step is the effective implementation of this declaration, hand in hand with rural populations,” he added. read more

Football Quarterback JT Barrett named Big Ten player of the week

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett wades through a crowd of fans after Ohio State’s 39-38 comeback win over Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s efforts in leading the Buckeyes to a 39-38 victory against Penn State Saturday were recognized Monday as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.Barrett has received the award nine times in his career, tying him with former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson for the most awards in conference history.Barrett was near perfect Saturday as he completed 33-of-39 passes, including four drops from receivers. He threw 328 passing yards with four touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries. The three-time captain led the Buckeyes’ fourth-quarter comeback Saturday as he completed his final 16 passing attempts — a program record — and threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including one to tight end Marcus Baugh to give Ohio State its first lead of the game with less than two minutes left. After the game, Meyer said he had never had a quarterback play perfect before, but Barrett was “close tonight.” read more

Lease change raises fears about future of NTC Chapel

first_img Sasha Foo, Posted: December 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With all the new development at Liberty Station, you might not notice the North Chapel. Built in 1942, one year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it was a vestige of the old Naval Training Center and a memorial to the men and women of the “Greatest Generation” who went to war.However, a recent change in the lease has raised fears that the chapel’s historic character could be altered or destroyed. In the last few weeks the McMillan Company, which holds the master lease at Liberty Station, sold the lease for the chapel to a Michigan company called Seligman and Associates.Arlene Paraiso, who is fighting to preserve the chapel’s historic characteristics, said Seligman is using an operator for the property that has moved into other historic sites and ripped everything out. “This company, 828 Venues, they look for historical buildings to revive, and if you look at every single one of them, they’re all gutted to the studs. And when I say gutted, I mean everything is taken out; you see bricks and you see studs and it’s just barren,” Paraiso said.The North Chapel, with its stained glass windows and hand carved wooden pews, is still used for occasional weddings and serves as a regular house of worship for two congregations every Sunday. The church members have been told they won’t be able to use the chapel after December 31.In a statement from the Mayor’s office, press secretary Christina Chadwick said the chapel will be used for a range of events, including but not limited to weddings and religious gatherings. “It will now be up to the operator to work out specific agreements for those interested in using the North Chapel for an event,” Chadwick said.In a letter addressed to the new leaseholder, Mayor Kevin Faulconer wrote that he opposes any plan that affects the historic nature of the North Chapel. “I am writing to confirm my serious concern about any alterations to the chapel’s historically protected characteristics,” the Mayor stated.Two thousand people have signed an online petition to save the old NTC landmark.Several city council members have said they want more information on the new leaseholder’s deal. December 4, 2018 Updated: 5:40 PMcenter_img Lease change raises fears about future of NTC Chapel Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo last_img read more

Kingston Financial sees 3 decline in Macau gaming revenue in FY19

first_imgKingston Financial Group Limited, which operates two Macau casinos – Grandview Casino in Taipa and Casino Casa Real on the Peninsula – saw gaming revenue fall 3% year-on-year to HK$457.8 million in the three months to 31 March 2019, impacted by higher commissions and fewer live baccarat machines in operation.The company’s hotel and gaming results were described as “satisfactory” despite gaming’s contribution to Kingston’s group-wide results falling to 15%. They included a 2% increase in commissions paid to HK$94 million, while the number of live dealer baccarat machines in operation during the year was halved from 140 to 70. RelatedPosts South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline Revenue from hotel ownership and management plus food and beverage grew 4% year-on-year to HK$216.4 million.Adjusted EBITDA in Kingston’s gaming segment fell 9.4% to HK$167.4 million.Despite the declines, Kingston said it expects to drive revenue from Macau in the coming years following the recent opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai- Macau Bridge and ongoing efforts to diversify the region’s economy.“Macau’s gaming and hotel industry are on the good-looking side,” it said.“Emerging new substances such as art, existing multicultural cuisine, and architectural attractions will carry on to boost Macau’s tourism industry.” Load More Jeju gaming decline sees Landing International fall into loss in 1H19last_img read more

50 of UK employees take a sabbatical to escape the stress of

first_imgHalf (50%) of respondents in the UK take a sabbatical in order to get away from the stress of working life, according to research by Opodo.co.uk.Its survey of 2,000 UK employees and 10,000 employees from across France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the US, also found that 13% of UK-based respondents believe that taking a sabbatical will harm their career prospects with their current employer, and 21% feel it could make them less employable.The research also found:43% of respondents from the UK would take a sabbatical to help improve their mental health, and 32% would go on sabbatical to improve their physical health.75% of UK-based respondents do not think they have a generous holiday allowance, 84% are not offered time back in lieu for days worked over the weekend, and 69% of British respondents do not think they have a good work-life balance.43% of respondents based in Portugal feel they have a good ratio of work and personal life, compared to the US (41%) and Germany (27%).29% of Spanish respondents are offered a summer-hours arrangement, compared to the worldwide average of 11%, and 37% of US-based respondents feel they have a generous holiday allowance compared to the worldwide average of 22%.19% of UK-based respondents are offered flexibility around working from work for events such as house maintenance visits, 15% of UK respondents are provided with flexible working hours for parents to juggle childcare, and 14% have permission to leave early on a Friday.65% of British respondents would consider an extended leave away from work, and 20% say their workplace allows them to take this break.54% of UK-based respondents believe it would be hard to return to work after taking a sabbatical, however 61% of Spanish respondents feel extended leave will help them in the future in terms of employability, compared to 60% of German respondents and 49% of French respondents.28% of respondents in the UK take a sabbatical to travel with their family, compared to 26% who travel with their partner, 17% who travel alone and a further 17% who travel with friends.13% of UK respondents undertake a sabbatical to gain experience in a new field of work, 14% take a sabbatical to reassess their career path and 18% go on sabbatical to complete a course or learn a new skill.A spokesperson at Opodo.co.uk said: “It’s all too easy to become overwhelmed by the stress of working life, particularly now we are working longer hours until later in life. Given to the advancements in modern technology, many now also have their work emails and calendar synced to their phone, meaning we’re no longer simply working nine to five, but are clocked on 24/7.“Taking a sabbatical can be a great release valve for this stress and offer the opportunity to do something [employees have] always wanted; whether that’s going travelling, learning a new language or skill, or just taking some time off to focus on [themselves].”last_img read more

Task Force seizes PDS rice in Nizamabad

first_imgNizamabad: The Task Force officials had seized PDS rice and an auto in Nizamabad on Wednesday during a routine check. They arrested one person.Task Force CI Satyanarayana said that the officials caught an auto transporting PDS rice without valid papers. The auto driver, Abdul Saleem (28), resident of NTR Colony, Dharpally, was transporting the rice from Indalwai to Dharpally. The officials had seized 15 quintals of PDS rice and an auto and handed them over to Indalwai police.last_img