Castro returns, rescues Gilas Pilipinas in close win over Japan

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Missing six of its first eight shots, Gilas’ lackluster start saw the visitors run to a 20-4 lead before Ravena turned the tide and ignited a 17-2 blast to close the gap, 22-21, at the end of the first quarter.Rosario kept that flame burning in the second quarter as the Philippines staged a 20-4 run to grab a 41-26 lead. Makoto Hiejima and Ira Brown conspired to help the Japanese recover and pull within two, 43-41, before Rosario ended the first half with a booming triple for a 46-41 halftime edge.Blatche finally played true to form in the third frame, keeping Gilas in front before Castro and Calvin Abueva picked up the slack late and give the home team a 72-61 lead at the end of the period.Gilas Pilipinas faces Chinese Taipei in Taiwan on June 29, before seeking retribution against Australia at Philippine Arena on July 2 to wrap up the first round of the Asian qualifiers.Hiejima paced winless Japan (0-4) with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, while Brown got 16 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Filipinos rose to 3-1 in Group B of the first round of the qualifiers, sweeping Japan in their home-and-away series and clinched a spot in the second round.Blatche had his best outing to date in the World Cup qualifiers, finishing with 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTroy Rosario also had a triumphant return, firing 14 markers on 2-of-4 shooting from three and grabbing four boards, while Kiefer Ravena provided the spark 13 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.Castro, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against Australia due to an ankle sprain, had all of his eight markers in the second half. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro made the game-sealing floater with 10.6 seconds left as Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with an 89-84 win over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines lost a 15-point lead but denied the visitors the upset behind Castro and Andray Blatche, who split his charities with 5.5 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe MOST READ LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid NU sustains dominance, beats UST SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais The Scores:PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18, Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0.JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0.Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Sehwag: Rohit Sharma more consistent than Kohli in producing magical knocks

first_imgAdvertisement Image Courtesy: Times NowAdvertisementVirender Sehwag drops his verdict by claiming that Rohit Sharma’s ability to score at a rapid rate is unmatched with even Indian skipper Virat Kohli falling short. Image Courtesy: Times NowThe former Indian opener, who was famous for his explosive batting style showered praised on The Hitman and asserted on Sharma’s ability to accelerate the innings once he gets set. He said to Cricbuzz:“Hitting 3-4 sixes in an over or scoring 80-90 runs off 45 balls is an art I haven’t seen even Virat Kohli pull off as regularly as Rohit Sharma,”Sharma, who is having a great year, added an astounding knock of 85 runs in a run chase of 154 to his collection. The skipper missed his 5th T20 International century. Apart from this knock, Sharma staked his claim in the red-ball department with a memorable debut series against the visiting Proteas.Talking to Yuzvendra Chahal on Chahal TV after the comfortable chase in Rajkot, the man of the match stated that muscle and power is not required to clear the boundary while cheekily adding that Chahar can hit them effortlessly as well. He also added that middling the ball and keeping your head still are also necessary attributes required to hit sixes.Read Also:India overtakes Australia as most successful chasing side in T20 historyIndia on-song in Rajkot as Rohit and Chahal star in India’s victorylast_img read more

Glassdoor Helps Job Candidates Ready for Interviews at Specific Companies

first_imgEngineering Consultant Top 10 Companies Associate Accenture Software Engineer Yahoo! Proctor & Gamble Bank of America Glassdoor Report: Interview Launch HighlightsCompanies w/ most content (more than 10 reviews each) Project Manager Senior Software Engineer Deloitte Microsoft Analyst BoozAllenHamilton Google Business Analyst Marketing You may have noticed that we’ve just updated our site with a new tab – “Interviews” – that includes a new section for:  Job Interview Questions and Reviews to help those job hunting get a leg-up in today’s hyper-competitive market. (see official press release).  We know our community members already use Glassdoor to help research companies and compensation and adding a specific section on job interviews is the logical next move – and especially timely given the market. To get here, we spent a considerable amount of time talking to employees, employers and current job seekers, and built Glassdoor Interviews to address the needs of today’s candidates in today’s competitive market. Over the last few weeks thousands of community members have chimed in with their own interview experiences during the invite-only beta period.  To date, we have collected about 2,000 job interview reviews for 1,000 companies in 40 countries. And, as of today, anyone can contribute a review of their own, searching job interviews by job title, company and even location – all for free.’s existing “give-to-get” model and community guidelines apply to the new interview section.  If you do not currently have a user account, you’ll need to complete either a Job Interview Review or a Company Review to see all job interview results beyond our sneak peek companies, (If you already completed a company review, you will have immediate access to job interview reviews. To see salaries beyond sneak peeks, you must complete a salary survey.) Once a relevant contribution is made, anyone visiting Glassdoor can find out information, such as:The average interview duration for a Senior Product Manager with Amazon The most difficult or unexpected question for a Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey & CompanyThe ratings of ease/difficulty and positive/negative impressions for any company, such as Microsoft.How previous job candidates secured an interview at Booz Allen HamiltonWhy someone who received a job offer for a Sales Manager at Google decided to decline itOr check some of the more unusual interview questions, such as: ‘What would you do if it was 4:30 PM on a Friday before your vacation and I came in with a job that I needed to have done by Monday morning?” – DISH Network Administrative Assistant Using the components of a pen, if you could make another item what would you make? – TycoElectronics Engineering Rotational Program“12V source in series with 3 caps of so and so capacitance, the last of which is hooked to gnd. If node between the first and 2nd cap is initially open, then closed, what are the node voltages.” – NVIDIA SRAM Design Engineer While we’re just getting started on this new section, we think it’s interesting to look at some of the data compilations thus far so we can monitor over time.  Of the reviews submitted to date:The average interview length was 25 daysMore than half of job interviews reported were secured through online job postings (38%) and employee referrals (17%) and occurred within the past 18 months60% of candidates received a job offer and accepted; 9% of candidates declined a job offer; 31% received no offer or declined to stateBelow is a snapshot of companies and job titles for which we have the most content as of now…but we expect that to change quickly.   Apple Product Manager Top 10 Job Categories Stay tuned for more updates over the next few days as we get the ball rolling here. And, remember that reviews each piece of content before it is posted, so there may be some delay between when you submit an Interview Review (or Company Review or Salary Survey) and when it goes live on the site. But don’t worry, once you contribute a review of your own, you’ll have immediate access to other reviews. We look forward to your thoughts and feedback. You can post a comment here or send feedback to info [at glassdoor [dot]com.last_img read more

Guardiola congratulates Sanchez on Manchester United move before formal word

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola congratulated Alexis Sanchez for his move to city rivals Manchester United from Arsenal despite the fact that any formal announcement is yet to be made.City were initially the front-runners in the race to sign Sanchez from Arsenal but the move fell apart because of the size of the transfer fee involved and Sanchez’s wage demands.”He is still an Arsenal player and it looks like he will go to United so congratulations and good luck to them,” Guardiola told a news conference on Friday.”The players and manager decide what is best for them. My thoughts on him remain the same. He is going to decide to move to another club. We wish him all the best.”ALSO WATCHGuardiola spoke out despite United manager Jose Mourinho saying earlier in the day that the transfer is not yet complete.Amidst talks of the players-swap deal involving Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan between United and Arsenal, Mkhitaryan has been left out of United’s squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley. Mourinho, however, stated that he is unaware of how close they were in completing the deal.”I think clearly everybody knows that we are there, and especially when the Arsenal manager speaks so clearly like he did there is no point in trying to hide or deny,” Mourinho said in reference to Arsene Wenger’s admission on Thursday that Sanchez might move to United within 48 hours.”But it is not done at all, so in this moment Mkhitaryan our player, Sanchez an Arsenal player and with a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus on the most important thing, which is the match.”advertisementSanchez was pictured training with Arsenal on Friday and could feature in the club’s game at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.Mourinho said he was not involved in the negotiations and, like everyone else, was waiting to be updated on their progress.Jose Mourinho has told #MUTV that @BlindDaley will miss Saturday’s game v Burnley with a minor injury:— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2018″Sometimes people think transfers involve a lot the managers in the negotiations, I think it depends on the profile of the club, the way we establish our jobs and in my case when it goes to the table of negotiations I like to be out, I am out and I will just calmly be waiting for news, no more than that,” he said.The Portuguese coach added that he will inform the media on his view on Sanchez if they eventually sign the Chile international.”I will speak with you if one day we sign him, I can speak with you about him and what he can bring to our team. He’s an Arsenal player, he’s not my player, there’s no point in me speaking about something that may or may not happen.”On the other side of Manchester, City have a 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings ahead of Saturday’s home game against Newcastle United but are in the midst of a defensive crisis, with Fabian Delph joining skipper Vincent Kompany and fullback Benjamin Mendy on the sidelines.Delph, a midfielder, was deployed at leftback in City’s 4-3 defeat by Liverpool last weekend but limped off in the first half with a knee injury, while the often injured Kompany is touch-and-go for the Newcastle game.”(Delph) will be out for a while but we don’t know how long for yet,” Guardiola said. “(Vincent is) much better. We don’t know right now (if he will be fit for Newcastle) but hopefully for the next games, he will be ready.”Guardiola is likely to use either defensive midfielder Fernandinho or right-back Danilo as a makeshift leftback on Saturday.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Why Serbian goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic and Co. can’t have enough of New Zealand

first_imgSoon after the big Serbian win in FIFA U-20 World Cup, the champion team’s goal-keeper Predrag Rajkovic said his team would never forget the time spent in New Zealand: “It’s been wonderful! We’ve all really enjoyed this adventure and the experiences we’ve had here in New Zealand.””We particularly appreciated the amazing welcome we’ve had from people here. Lots of Kiwis have supported us and set the mood. The atmosphere was unbelievable. That’s why I’d like to thank them from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the entire team,” he added.Of course, Tourism New Zealand that aggressively markets New Zealand in India, was ecstatic over these kind words, even as it went on an overdrive to share the good words.Known as one of the hottest adventure destinations in the world, the FIFA U-20 Cup managed to showcase the diverse and welcoming nature of New Zealand and its people, who rallied behind the 24 teams taking part – giving each travelling nation a distinctly Kiwi welcome.From Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Wellington in the North Island to Dunedin and Christchurch in the South, New Zealanders packed stadiums full of noise, colour and fun giving the teams an unforgettable experience on and off the pitch.Dave Beeche, CEO of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Local Organising Committee, said he was delighted with how New Zealanders and fans had embraced the successful tournament.Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, played a central role in the three-week tournament, with North Harbour Stadium hosting the opening match and the final. The sold-out final brought the total Auckland crowd to an estimated 100,000 fans – not bad for a city of almost 1.4 million people in a land where rugby usually has the upper hand.advertisementApart from soaking in the spirit of soccer, tourists also took in the many attractions Auckland has to offer. With its glistening boat-filled harbours, Auckland is a multicultural melting pot and an urban metropolis with an outdoors lifestyle. Visitors also enjoyed the exhilarating experience with a Sky Walk around Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower – a soaring structure that offers thrilling 360-degree panoramas of the city and the two harbours it sits on – and took leaps of faith with a bungee jump from the Auckland Harbour Bridge.New Zealand Tourism was also quick to point out that Auckland’s waterfront bars, cafes and restaurants offering inspiring dishes and boutique beers came in handy throughout the matches, and on the day of the final, the revelry came to a climax with football fans packing the city’s Queens Wharf on the waterfront to watch the drama unfold on screen.Now what’s next to look forward in the Middle Earth? Watch this space.last_img read more

On Climate Change Adaptation, Put Local Communities First

first_imgHow can we make climate change adaptation measures more effective? I recently traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh to discuss ways to address that very question.I took part in the 7th annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA7), hosted by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Bangladesh Center for International Studies. The conference provides a forum for organizations working on climate change adaptation to come together, learn from each other, and identify shared interests and needs. The organizations involved mainly work at the grassroots level with poor and vulnerable people in the developing world, but the conference also attracts a growing number of government representatives.One of the conference’s main themes was that stakeholders at the local and national levels must work together to foster locally grounded, community-based adaptation efforts. I elaborated on this theme in a video interview with IIED. Check it out below. Another critical theme running throughout the conference was the issue of equity. People’s vulnerability to climate change varies greatly depending on their gender, occupation, wealth, and access to safety nets (among other things). This differential vulnerability often stems from entrenched social injustices. These inequities marginalize certain groups and constrain their abilities to effectively adapt to climate change.WRI and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ) hosted a CBA7 conference session looking at rights-based approaches to adaptation as one way to address some of these inequities. Most of the session consisted of an interactive discussion with more than 100 participants, focused on key questions related to equity and justice in adaptation. Participants’ inputs will feed into the ongoing Climate Justice Dialogue that WRI and MRFCJ are convening for the next two years.The session also included presentations on climate-related migration, international laws related to adaptation, and an address by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. “When people realize they have human rights, it energizes them, they begin to participate, and they feel empowered,” said Mrs. Robinson in an interview with IIED. “It’s an extraordinarily important part of being very sure that communities themselves are able to cope with increasing weather shocks and increasing climate change.” Check out IIED’s full interview with Mrs. Robinson below.last_img read more

2014 NTL Memo – 17.01.2014

first_img127 teams have nominated for the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League, which will be held from Wednesday, 12 March until Saturday, 15 March 2014 in Coffs Harbour.To view which teams have nominated and for more NTL related information, please click on the attachment below. Related Filesntl_memo_-_17_1_2014-pdfRelated LinksNTL Memolast_img

Another Star College Football RB Is Out For The Season

first_imgPaul Johnson leading his Georgia Tech football team onto the field.ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 4: Head Coach Paul Johnson of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets leads his team on to the field before the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)It has been a rough week for running backs in college football. Another one has been declared out for the season.Georgia Tech’s KirVonte Benson joins Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson and Minnesota’s Rodney Smith as running backs who suffered season-ending injuries last weekend. Benson was injured in Saturday’s loss at USF.Georgia Tech announced news of his injury this morning, though they did not specify the nature of it..@GTPaulJohnson announced that redshirt junior B-back KirVonte Benson will miss the remainder of the season due to an injury suffered Saturday.— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) September 11, 2018Benson is a B-back in GT’s triple option attack, meaning he lines up as a traditional fullback, though he’s more of a running threat than blocker. He’s the Yellow Jackets’ bellcow.Last season, Benson rushed for 1,053 yards and six touchdowns. He rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in two games so far this season.Benson scored both of his TDs in the season opener against Alcorn State.Georgia Tech will face Pitt this weekend at 12:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

VIDEO: Steel Cut for World’s Most Luxurious Ship

first_imgThe crisp pop of a cork being freed from a Krug Grande Cuvée magnum initiated a laser, which cut the ceremonial first piece of steel for the new ship.“We’re one step closer to fulfilling our dream of building the most luxurious ship in the world and giving our guests another exciting option to explore inspired global destinations with our special brand of all-inclusive luxury,” noted Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises during the ceremony held Tuesday, July 15th. zoom Construction has began for Seven Seas Explorer, scheduled to debut in summer 2016, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. “Seven Seas Explorer will surpass the current standard in luxury cruising, offering a new level of grandeur throughout the ship from its lavish suites to its elegant public spaces and gourmet restaurants.”At 54,000 gross-registered tons and carrying only 750-guests, Seven Seas Explorer will boast the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry, as well as an opulent one-of-a-kind suite unlike any other at sea, according to the owner.Regent Seven Seas Cruises will begin taking reservations for her maiden voyage and inaugural season in early 2015.Press Release, July 16th, 2014last_img read more

Miami Terminal Conference Agreement Gets Green Light

first_imgzoom Miami Marine Terminal Conference Agreement, an agreement between two marine terminal companies located at the Port of Miami, entered into force on December 31, 2016, permitting the firms to seek cooperation in both business and operating matters, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) informed.On December 29, 2016, the FMC voted not to prevent the Miami Marine Terminal Conference Agreement from taking effect.The South Florida Container Terminal and the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company filed their agreement on November 16, 2016. Under the terms of their contract, the companies may establish a variety of common rates, rules, and practices as well as to meet to discuss these matters.“These two facilities are located in very close proximity to one another and allowing the entities that operate them the ability to communicate on a number of different topics creates an opportunity to achieve efficiencies that potentially can benefit both the Port of Miami and the shipping public more broadly,” Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman, said.While discussion agreements among ocean carriers are commonly filed at the FMC, agreements between terminal operating companies have been less common to date, the commission said.The FMC is the independent federal agency responsible for regulating the US international ocean transportation system.last_img read more

Suspicious Package Prompts Amherst Justice Centre to Close Front Office

first_imgThe front service counter at the Amherst Justice Centre on Church Street was closed today, May 4, after a suspicious package was delivered to the courthouse just after 1 p.m. Amherst Police are investigating. The package, which originated from Hong Kong, has been seized by police. All non-essential staff were sent home. Four court staff were examined at the hospital after experiencing nausea, dizziness and burning to the throat. They were later released. The front counter area will receive a thorough cleaning tonight and a decision will be made tomorrow on when to reopen to the public. -30-last_img

UNs Rwanda tribunal cuts jail terms for two exofficials convicted of genocide

15 December 2011The United Nations tribunal trying suspects connected to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda today reduced the sentences of two former senior officials found guilty in 2008 after a number of their convictions were overturned on appeal. The United Nations tribunal trying suspects connected to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda today reduced the sentences of two former senior officials found guilty in 2008 after a number of their convictions were overturned on appeal.The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) reduced jail terms handed down in December 2008 to Théoneste Bagosora and Anatole Nsengiyumva from life in prison to 35 years and 15 years, respectively. Mr. Nsengiyumva was immediately set free following today’s ruling after receiving credit for time already served.The trial chamber had found Mr. Bagosora and Mr. Nsengiyumva guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions as well as for other crimes committed in April and June 1994 in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, and in the western prefectures of Gisenyi and Kibuye.The appeals chamber affirmed Mr. Bagosora’s convictions for genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of some aspects of the Geneva Conventions. However, it reversed his convictions for the killing of Augustin Maharangari and Alphonse Kabiligi and the murder of international peacekeepers. He was also absolved of the killings in Gisenyi town, at Mudende University, and at Nyundo Parish.The appeals chamber also set aside the trial court’s contention that Mr. Bagosora was responsible for ordering crimes committed at Kigali area roadblocks, but found him liable as a superior instead. It also reversed a number of Mr. Bagosora’s convictions for murder as a crime against humanity and for other inhumane acts as a crime against humanity for the defilement of the body of then Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana after she was murdered.Judges in the appeals chamber reversed Mr. Nsengiyumva’s convictions for the killing of Alphonse Kabiligi, as well as for the murders at Mudende University, Nyundo Parish, and Bisesero. It also overturned his convictions for murder as a crime against humanity.The appeal judges affirmed Mr. Nsengiyumva’s convictions for genocide and crimes against humanity in relation to the killings in Gisenyi town on 7 April 1994.Mr. Bagosora was head of department in the Rwandan defence ministry at the time of the genocide. He was arrested in Cameroon on 9 March 1996 and will remain in the UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania, where the ICTR is based, pending transfer to another country to serve the rest of his term.Mr. Nsengiyumva served as commander of the Gisenyi operational sector of the Rwandan army at the time. He was also arrested in Cameroon on 27 March 1996.The appeals chamber today also heard oral testimony in the appeal of Ildephonse Hategekimana, a former lieutenant in the Rwanda army who was last year convicted of genocide for the killing of civilians and sentenced to life in prison.Mr. Hategekimana, who was arrested in the Republic of Congo in 2003, contends that the trial chamber violated his fair trial rights and committed a number of other errors of fact and law in considering his case.He has requested the appeals chamber to set aside or overturn his convictions and order his immediate release, or redress the alleged violations of his fair trial rights through a reduction of his sentence to time already served and order that he receive financial compensation. read more

Lanka invites Pillai to visit

The government has reiterated it would like the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillai to visit the country and see for herself the developments on the ground.The government also says despite the setbacks caused by a resolution being adopted on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council recently Sri Lanka will continue to proactively and voluntarily engage with UN mechanisms including Special Procedures, Treaty Bodies and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to provide the international community with a comprehensive update on the related developments. “We are hopeful that the invitation extended in April 2011 to the High Commissioner to visit Sri Lanka, will be availed of, to ascertain firsthand the many positive developments on the ground, following the end of the terrorist conflict.   As ever, Madam President, we assure you of our fullest cooperation in conducting the work of this session,” the Sri Lankan Mission to Geneva said. The Sri Lankan Mission to Geneva informed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the resolution adopted on Sri Lanka at the last regular session had caused mistrust about international processes among the people of Sri Lanka and runs counter to domestic efforts. Furthermore, while some recommendations would be implemented through the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) others would be by the relevant institutions. The delegation also said that Sri Lanka remains committed to pursuing the implementation of the recommendations of its domestic reconciliation mechanism, the LLRC and some of the recommendations are already in a stage of implementation.To expedite implementation, this process is directed by the Presidential Secretariat under the purview of the Secretary to the President. There are 135 main recommendations, with sub areas, thereby totaling 285.For ease of processing implementation, the Government’s approach has been to designate them under four categories, namely those recommendations relating to national policy; the final phase of the conflict; human rights and security issues; and on resettlement, development and humanitarian issues. Addressing the ongoing 20th session of the UNHRC, the Sri Lankan delegation said that the government continues to believe that the resolution was completely unnecessary and unwarranted.“We are mindful of these concerns of our people, and will therefore resolutely pursue a home grown solution on reconciliation which has their endorsement. Considering the gamut of changes that the country has undergone in the post-conflict scenario, it is paramount that Sri Lanka is provided time and space to overcome its own challenges,” the Sri Lankan mission said in its statement. The recommendations are dealt with under short, medium and long terms, and will be implemented in a structured manner through prioritization determined by the interests of the country and its people, in order to achieve sustainable peace and reconciliation through its domestic process. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Tamil Nadu investigates statement by new LTTE

Both Suntharalingam and Kurusamy have been very active members of the Tamil diaspora community, supporting the now militarily-defeated LTTE.In a media statement, the LTTE said that it never intended to demolish the leadership of India nor attack India. Tamil Nadu intelligence officials have taken note of a statement made by a group using the name “LTTE” and are probing the background and veracity of the statement itself and the claims made in it.In a statement yesterday, a copy of which was received by Colombo Gazette as well by a new organisation operating mainly from Switzerland using the name “The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)” denied being directly involved in the killing of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The newly-formed LTTE promotes itself as a political group shunning violence while pushing for Tamil concerns to be addressed. Indian media reports today said that Tamil Nadu intelligence official are now looking into the letter. (Colombo Gazette)The letter:Download (PDF, 191KB) The LTTE is represented by Lathan Suntharalingam and Kuruparan Kurusamy. read more

Egovernment can help meet globalizations challenges UNbacked forum says

In its declaration, the forum of over 100 delegations, held in Mexico City from Monday until today, recommended the rapidly evolving tool of e-government to contend with the expectations of peoples in the new century.The policy framework for e-government would include the creation of new policies and legislation, allowing for the democratic inclusion of more national participants. It would also restructure organizations and ensure national and local e-government readiness, the Forum said.E-government would enhance participatory democracy, while e-administration and back-office components would make a transition to the electronic delivery of services. Meanwhile, e-learning would build talent, using performance measurements, monitoring, evaluation and core public service values, it said.”The public sector must challenge itself continuously to improve the way it does business,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message read by Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Jose Antonio Ocampo at the opening.The Mexican Government’s agenda for “doing more with less” gave conference participants opportunities to learn from Mexico’s experiences and to strengthen South-South cooperation by sharing best practices, Mr. Annan said.The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) worked with the Mexican Government in organizing the forum. The final two days of the forum were devoted to UN-run workshops and training sessions read more

Health care brain drain threatens to overwhelm developing world – UN report

The loss of workers to migration is overwhelming the developing world’s health-care systems as qualified personnel leave for wealthier industrialized countries, according to a new report released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Coupled with a resurgence of infectious diseases and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, migration is “exacerbating” an already “acute” shortage of health care workers in Africa. The report, International Migration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said that poor countries, many of them with the fewest health-care workers but highest infectious disease burden, are “subsidizing” the health-care systems of wealthier countries.Africa, for example, despite being home to fully one quarter of the world’s disease burden, has only 1.3 per cent of its health-care workers. The problem is even worse in English-speaking African nations. Ghana reports a health-care specialist vacancy rate of 72 per cent, while landlocked Malawi, one of the countries hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, has a nursing staff deficit of 52.9 per cent.Among the beneficiaries are wealthier industrialized countries, which are now feeling the pinch of an ageing population and low fertility rates that contribute to a growing demand for health-care services, coupled with a precipitous drop in the number of new workers. In 2002, the United Kingdom’s Nurses Council Register reported that more than 50 per cent of its new recruits came from outside of the country.Although some countries, such as the Philippines, India and Cuba, actually produce a surplus of migrant health-care workers whose remittances play a huge role in boosting local economies, the same cannot be said for others.A number of countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa remain well below the health worker density of 2.5 per 1,000 of the population required to meet the Millennium Development Goal targets that seek to cut maternal and infant mortality and sharply increase access to health care by 2015.The report also noted that “perhaps a more insidious but debilitating effect of the external migration of health professionals” is the loss of the skilled educators, trainers and specialists necessary to continue to produce native health-care workers. This could “erode ethics and professional standards,” it added. read more

The Falcons Offense Is Back Too Bad Their Defense Isnt

IND67%IND57%HOU 37, IND 34+9.8– DAL37.810.9HOU6.43.814.71450 Going into this season, the biggest questions surrounding the Atlanta Falcons had to do with the team’s inexplicably anemic offense under new coordinator Steve Sarkisian in 2017. So if somebody had told you that, through four weeks, Atlanta would be averaging 29 points per game in 2018 — about a touchdown more than last year — and that Matt Ryan would once again rank among the league’s most efficient quarterbacks, you might have assumed that the Falcons were back to their high-flying, Super Bowl form of a few seasons ago.Unfortunately, things haven’t exactly followed that script so far. Instead, Atlanta is 1-3 and ranks last in the NFC South, a division it was a co-favorite to win before the season. Now our Elo projections have the Falcons on pace to finish 8-8 with just a 33 percent chance of making the playoffs. The reason is easy to pinpoint: Just as Atlanta’s offense has returned to greatness, its defense has deteriorated completely, giving away all of the gains made by an offensive attack that looks genuinely scary again. The end result could be another wasted Falcons season — and Ryan might not have many more of those left before his prime ends.Defensively, the Falcons have never been the most fearsome outfit under coach Dan Quinn, who made his name as an architect of the Seattle Seahawks’ Legion of Boom defense. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Atlanta ranked 25th in defensive expected points added (EPA) even while they nearly won it all in 2016.1They made up for it that season with the league’s top overall offense and a top-10 special teams corps. However, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel had the unit performing better last season, his first year at the helm. Aided by breakout second-year defenders Deion Jones and Keanu Neal, Atlanta was much better up front against the run and applied more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, upping its adjusted sack rate from 5.4 percent to 6.6 percent.In terms of defensive EPA, the Falcons improved from 25th to 18th a year ago — modest but encouraging progress. This season, though, they’ve fallen down to 30th, including 28th against the pass and 31st against the run. Early long-term injuries to both Jones and Neal robbed Atlanta of two Pro Bowl playmakers, and few of the remaining regulars have impressed. According to, eight of the Falcons’ nine veteran starters grade out worse in 2018 than in 2017, with DB Damontae Kazee standing out as the lone exception. By Football Outsiders’ calculations, the Falcons’ front seven have allowed the NFL’s sixth-most adjusted line yards per carry, and they also have the sixth-worst adjusted sack rate of any team.The result has been a defense letting up a staggering 30.5 points per game — including 43 in an overtime loss to the Saints in Week 3 and 37 in a last-second defeat against Cincinnati this past Sunday.The cruel irony is that even a repeat of last year’s mediocre-but-not-terrible defensive showing would have worked wonders for the Falcons in concert with their rejuvenated offense. Although stellar wideout Julio Jones still can’t find the end zone (he somehow has only three TD catches in his past 20 games, including zero so far this year), Ryan has been much more efficient throwing the ball than he was last season, and rookie receiver Calvin Ridley (who has six TD grabs already) appears to have emerged as the complementary threat Atlanta has been trying to line up across from Jones for years. The Falcons’ running game isn’t what it used to be — leading rusher Tevin Coleman is averaging only 3.9 yards per carry2Regular starter Devonta Freeman has been out since Week 1 with an injury, so things should improve some when he returns. — which in turn has often left Atlanta in unfavorable down-and-distance situations. But the team’s big-play potential in undeniable. The trouble is, opponents have been able to say the same thing all too often.What might be most frustrating for Atlanta is that each season it fails to sync up a great offense with a serviceable defense is one fewer year left in Ryan’s prime. He’s the best player in franchise history — but at age 33, he won’t be able to play at an elite level forever. Although we’ve seen a number of recent passers (such as Tom Brady and Drew Brees) remain hyper-productive into their late 30s and beyond, the historical aging curve for QBs sees a rapid decline after Ryan’s current age. That’s why, among the 20 QBs most similar to Ryan last season (according to my modification of Football Outsiders’ similarity scores), the average retired member of the list3So, excluding currently active QBs such as Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers because we don’t know how many years they have left as starters. had just 3.4 seasons left in his career as an NFL starter — and that’s including the equivalent of Ryan’s 2018 campaign.With the window to capitalize on Ryan’s greatness closing faster than you might think, the Falcons’ disappointing start is an even greater concern. Of course, below-market QB contracts are seen as the formula for success in 2018, so some of the Falcons’ defensive struggles do come back to Ryan’s own record-setting contract preventing the team from stockpiling the rest of the roster with talent. But if Atlanta can’t find some way to right the ship, it could have serious negative implications for the best sustained era in franchise history.All of which brings us to Week 5, when the Falcons will face the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. It’s a game our Elo model considers the third-most important of the week (by the potential swing in playoff odds) and fourth-best overall in terms of matchup quality — despite the two teams’ combined 2-5-1 record to begin the year. OAK71OAK52OAK 45, CLE 42-17.5– MIN34.710.9PHI68.910.321.21580 PHI60PHI65TEN 26, PHI 23-8.8– LAC68LAC76LAC 29, SF 27+2.4– ATL32.611.3PIT29.011.222.51556 PIT63PIT58BAL 26, PIT 14+4.0– CIN57.714.2MIA48.713.928.01504 LAR83.110.0SEA44.016.126.11574 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS LAC42.011.0OAK5.13.914.91477 The best matchups of Week 5Week 5 games with the highest average Elo rating, using the harmonic mean, plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions JAX74JAX75JAX 31, NYJ 12-1.1– BAL71.99.4CLE1.51.410.81441 NE70NE64NE 38, MIA 7-6.7– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. LAR65LAR66LAR 38, MIN 31-1.5– Pittsburgh is another team that’s disappointed so far, starting the season 1-2-1 after its Sunday night loss to the archrival Baltimore Ravens. Unlike the Falcons, the Steelers haven’t really been able to figure things out on offense without star RB Le’Veon Bell, dropping from third in offensive EPA to 16th. But with each team’s playoff odds rapidly dwindling, this game could represent something of a last stand for both clubs. The Steelers, currently sitting at 29 percent playoff probability, could see their chances drop to a mere 16 percent if they lose to Atlanta (they’d go up to 39 percent with a win). And the Falcons would fall to 23 percent with a loss — or, conversely, could build themselves back up to a respectable 46 percent playoff probability with a win.That’s still behind where Atlanta was at the start of the year (59 percent). But it would go a long way toward salvaging the season — and helping the Falcons actually capitalize on the great offensive performance they’re getting from Ryan and Co.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersOn top of our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which updates after every game to help you keep tabs on the league’s pecking order, we also offer a prediction game, in which you can pick against our model (and your fellow readers). Each week, we take a look at where Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field, so here’s how it did in Week 4: IND6.43.1NE66.27.010.11497 DEN15.88.3NYJ8.34.512.91433 CHI53CHI52CHI 48, TB 10-3.2– JAX66.2%+/-10.2KC94.0%+/-4.114.31605 ATL68ATL63CIN 37, ATL 36+4.1– GB53GB67GB 22, BUF 0+8.8– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 4Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 4 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: NO61.810.7WSH31.310.521.21542 KC65KC69KC 27, DEN 23+0.4– Playoff ChancePlayoff Chance Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality CAR53.58.4NYG4.32.711.11475 DET18.49.0GB32.213.122.11488 BUF18.48.5TEN62.412.521.01498 SEA57SEA62SEA 20, ARI 17+2.3– DAL62DAL51DAL 26, DET 24-12.2– NO65NO67NO 33, NYG 18-0.4– ARI1.31.3SF16.06.67.91429 Elo capped off a surprisingly strong first month of the season with another solid week, beating the average reader by 19.6 points. Although the field was right to doubt Indianapolis at home against Deshaun Watson and the Texans, and correctly brushed off Buffalo’s bizarre thrashing of Minnesota to call a Bills loss at Green Bay, Elo picked up big points with home wins for the Cowboys and Raiders. Now the average reader is down a whopping 154 points to Elo for the season as a whole — time to pick it up, folks!Congrats to reader Shaun Anderson, who led all users in points for Week 4, and to Scott Duhaime, who leads all (identified) users on the season in total. Thanks to everyone who played last week — and if you didn’t play, it’s not too late to get in on the game. You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you missed the first month of the season.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

BBC withdraws Human Planet series after whale hunt scenes exposed as more

In 2015, the corporation admitted that it had used a semi-domesticated wolf in one episode because the crew were unable to find a wild one.And shots of a tarantula, purporting to be taken in the Venezuelan jungle, were actually taken in a studio.At the beginning of this month, it was revealed that a 140-foot high treehouse said to be a home to the Korowai people in Papua New Guinea was built for the benefit of the cameras.Writer and adventurer Will Millard went to the village to film another BBC series, My Year With The Tribe, and learned the truth.The BBC said standards had been raised since Human Planet was made. “Since this programme was broadcast in 2011, we have strengthened our training for the BBC’s Natural History Unit in editorial guidelines, standards and values.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The whale hunt itself was not staged, the BBC saidCredit:BBC Human Planet whale hunt “In Episode 1, Oceans, a Lamaleran whale hunter named Benjamin Blikololong is shown supposedly harpooning a whale. On review, the BBC does not consider that the portrayal of his role was accurate, although the sequence does reflect how they hunt whales.“The BBC has decided to withdraw Human Planet from distribution for a full editorial review.”In all, there have been four fakery stories surrounding the series. But a journalist writing a book on the whale hunters, who live on the tiny island of Lembata, met Blikololong and heard that he had not harpooned the whale. He then contacted the BBC.In a statement, the corporation said: “The BBC has been alerted to a further editorial breach in the Human Planet series from 2011. Human Planet whale hunt  The voiceover said Benjamin struck the first blow during the huntCredit:BBC The BBC has withdrawn Human Planet from distribution after admitting that the series faked scenes of an Indonesian hunter harpooning a whale.The natural history programme is currently available on Netflix but will be withdrawn within 24 hours while the corporation conducts an “editorial review”.It is the second Human Planet fakery story this month. It emerged that film-makers had staged scenes of a rainforest tribe supposedly living in a treehouse 140 feet from the ground.The opening episode of the 2011 series visited the Indonesian island of Lembata and focused on a young man named Benjamin Blikololong. He was shown jumping into the sea during a sperm whale hunt, and viewers were told he had succeeded in harpooning it.A voiceover from John Hurt said: “Benjamin’s moment has arrived.” After he leapt into the water brandishing the weapon, Hurt said: “He’s got it.” Viewers are then Blikololong received a larger share of the whale meat because he “struck the decisive blow”. read more

Options running out for Catherine Nevin after court blocks her latest appeal

first_imgUpdated 3.52 pmCATHERINE NEVIN HAS been denied in her bid to appeal her murder conviction to the Supreme Court.Nevin had asked the Court of Criminal Appeal to allow her to apply to the Supreme Court on a point of law she argued was of “exceptional public importance”.But a three-person court denied this application today with Justice Adrian Hardian saying that, “this case has been immensely long-running and has been entertained by the court with patience that has perhaps been excessive”.Nevin was in court for what is likely her final bid to overturn the conviction.The 61-year-old argued that, during the course of the her trial, her defence team was not given access to garda documents about a number of witnesses including Willie McClean.Solicitor Anne Fitzgibbon acting for Nevin accepted that the documents themselves, Suspect Antecedent History Forms, were not in themselves evidence but argued that they could have informed cross-examination of the witnesses.The CCA disagreed however, saying that there was “absolutely no merit to the present application”.The judgement said that, despite their title, the documents in no way meant that McClean was a suspect, adding that his character was sufficiently detailed to the jury during the case 14 years ago.The documents in question were only released by the State after they were published by the media.Hardiman said that “in the normal course of events” the documents would not have been made public, adding that when they were released they were sensationalised and done so without the appropriate context.“It was published in the form of a tabloid newspaper in the manner in which you’d expect from a tabloid newspaper,” Justice Hardiman ruled.Nevin was not required to speak during today’s hearing and did not say anything during the judgement. She spoke to Fitzgibbon following the decision before being led away.Nevin was sentenced to life in prison in 2000 for murdering her husband Tom Nevin in Jack White’s Pub in Brittas Bay in March 1996. She was also found guilty of soliciting the services of three men, including McClean to kill Tom Nevin at an earlier date.The 61-year-old has always denied that she had any part in the killing of her husband and maintains her innocence to this day according to Fitzgibbon.“She maintains that she had no hand act or part in the murder of her husband,” Fitzgibbon told the court.The three judge panel was asked to consider whether there was sufficient public interest in referring the point of law argued by Nevin’s team to the Supreme Court.Nevin lost an appeal to her conviction in 2003 and also lost a case last year which sought to exclude evidence from her criminal trial being used in a civil action being taken by the family of Tom Nevin.She also lost an action aimed at having her conviction declared a ‘miscarriage of justice’.Read: Nevin loses challenge against murder conviction’s inclusion in civil case >Read: Catherine Nevin loses ‘miscarriage of justice’ appeal >last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku reveals advice from 3 Premier League legends

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku revealed that he has been receiving advice from three legends of the gameLukaku’s opening goal for United in their 2-1 victory at Watford this weekend was the Belgian’s 20th Premier League strike for the Red Devils in 39 games.It meant that Lukaku became the club’s fourth quickest player to reach the landmark after Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie and Dwight Yorke.But Lukaku is far from done and has sought the advice of former Golden Boot winners Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba about how he can improve his game further.The 25-year-old spends a lot of time with Henry at Belgium, where the Arsenal great works as head coach Roberto Martinez’s assistant.Meanwhile, former Chelsea team-mates Anelka and Drogba are always on hand to lend a few pointers.And Lukaku was particularly vocal over Drogba’s impact on his career.He told the club website: “We talk every day. He is part of the process. He has been part of the process since I came to the Premier League.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Even though we haven’t been in the same dressing room for years, he is still part of the process.“At the World Cup, he was at the hotel almost all the time. Can you imagine at the hotel for the World Cup, where we were staying in Russia?“I had Thierry there and Didier here and I had to sit here and take everything in: ‘You did this wrong and you did that wrong, but this you did OK.’“They know I accept it because I really want to have the same career as they had.“They can be as hard as they want, but I take it because I really want the same thing. Sometimes when I see Nico as well, those three are the guys when I grew up, they were like my everything.“For me to have them sharing their experience with me, I take everything in. Even if they’re trying to knock me off, it’s no problem.“Those guys, they have what I want and they tell me all the time ‘you are dangerous, because you are stronger than we were’ and I debate about the pace with Thierry all the time!“To be schooled by Thierry, Didier and Nico is the best thing that’s happened to me.”last_img read more