Sports Briefs: May 23, 2019

first_imgFiloil: La Salle eyes No. 4La Salle shoots for a fourth win in five outings when it tackles Arellano on Thursday in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre. Game time is at 3:15 p.m. In the other seniors match at 1:30 p.m., Jose Rizal University takes on fellow NCAA school Emilio Aguinaldo College hoping to end a three-game slide. JRU has impressed with its pressure defense under new coach Louie Gonzales, who used to handle La Salle in the UAAP. Ateneo and Mapua battle in a juniors game at 10 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport IOC wants to remove boxing body AIBA from Tokyo Olympics Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know05:25What we ought to know about Filipino Sign Language02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES ‘Beach’ World Tour startsBORACAY—The Philippines’ Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor will begin their campaign in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open here on Thursday even as Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons reunite in the hopes of shouldering the country’s hopes in the tournament. Matches start at 7:30 a.m. after the pairing of squads. The host country has four women’s teams in the main draw of the tournament organized by the Beach Volleyball Republic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

USWNT rivalry with Canada spices up final

first_imgWhen they face off Wednesday in the final of the Concacaf Women’s Championship, the United States and Canada should get something they haven’t gotten all tournament – a competitive game.The region’s powers breezed through the group stage and easily dispatched with their semifinal opponents. Those wins in the last four locked up qualification for the 2019 World Cup in France and booked the teams a place in the final.Now there’s some spice added to what so far has been a relatively flavorless tournament (though Panama and Jamaica getting into the semifinals were mild surprises, and the winner of Wednesday’s third-place game will earn its first-ever World Cup bid). The spice appears to be salt. The United States’ victory against Canada in the 2012 Olympic semifinal, aided by a few controversial calls, still lingers for players and fans alike. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Any time you are talking about Canada-U.S. you’re talking about two teams that want to beat each other and aren’t going to give up – I’m not going to say inch, I’m going to make it metric – a centimeter on the field to each other,” midfielder Diana Matheson said in a news conference after Sunday’s match. “They’re always great games against these guys and it’s a rival, it’s a derby, and especially against the away crowd I think we relish that opportunity to be the first-place team in Concacaf.”Canada doesn’t get that many cracks at the U.S. The teams scheduled a pair of friendlies last year but otherwise seem to meet mostly in the final of the Concacaf tournament, the region’s best on a collision course every two years. Canadians often end up passing through the U.S. or working there full-time. All but one player on Canada’s roster this tournament has played in the U.S. at some point, be it in the NWSL or in college.While it may have the feel of a rivalry game, the U.S. generally has dominated. The Americans have an all-time record of 48-3-7 against their northern neighbors with the last victory for Canada coming back in March 2001 during Algarve Cup play. Even so, U.S. forward Alex Morgan, whose six goals tie her with Canada’s Adriana Leon for the tournament lead, said there’s a little extra on the line when facing Canada.”It’s a good healthy [rivalry]. I feel like we tend to play each other quite often and in pretty high-stakes tournaments as well. So this will be great for us, to play them,” she said. “They’re continuing to evolve as a team. They have some really young players that have done really well, that are still in college or playing in Europe that we don’t see in the NWSL.”While a win over Jamaica put the U.S. where it wants to be – in France 2019 – there’s still plenty of motivation outside of simply topping Canada.”It was certainly one of those locker room celebrations where you kind of all look at each other and know you did what you set out to do, and that’s step one,” attacker Tobin Heath said of the post-match feeling after a 6-0 win over Jamaica in which she scored twice. “But it’s certainly just the beginning of many steps we want to achieve as this group.”The U.S. is undefeated in 2018, has never lost on home soil in qualification and only has one defeat all-time in the tournament. The Stars and Stripes want to close out a perfect year and get working on defending their World Cup championship. First, though, it’s a real test against a team that is yearning to get a rivalry victory. It will be the first challenge of the tournament, a tight match and a spectacle worth tuning in to see.last_img read more

Declared! Indian Air Force AFCAT Results 2017 out at How to check

first_imgThe results of the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) 2017 conducted by Indian Air Force (IAF) have been declared on the website, careerairforce.nic.inThe Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT 2) was organised by the Indian Air Force on August 27, 2017. Candidates who could not appear for the August exam were given a chance via supplementary exam on September 17, as reported by News18. How to check AFCAT Results 2017:In order to check the same, all the candidates need to follow the below mentioned steps:Go to the official website, careerairforce.nic.inClick on “Results AFCAT 2017″ under the ‘What new’ sectionClick on the PDF fileDownload the same and check your resultsNote:  Candidates are advised to take print out of the same for future use.Further, candidates can access the result till October 19.Cut-offs:AFCAT 2/2017: 160/ 300EKT: 60/ 150″The allotment of seats will be on first come first serve basis. Therefore, in order to get AFSB of your choice, you are advised to choose AFSB Centre as soon as possible and latest by 2359 hrs on 19 Oct 17 without fail,” read official notice.SSB (Services Selection Board) testing:  All the candidates who have successfully cleared the AFCAT 2017 will now be called for SSB (Services Selection Board) testingThe testing will be held at one of the Air Force Selection Boards. Paper pattern of AFCAT 2017:The total duration of the examination was two hours.Each question paper had questions from the following topics:General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics etcVerbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of VocabularyNumerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interestReasoning and Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.Important date:First batch of SSB: October 30 (tentative)About examination:AFCAT is conducted for both men and women to grant Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent/ Short Service Commission in Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches for the session commencing in January 2017. It is one of the steps involved in the entire selection process for getting selected as an officer in the IAFadvertisementRead: Mizoram TET 2017: Result now available at Read: West Bengal TET Primary Registrations 2017: Begins at, know how to applylast_img read more

Ligue 1 goes social

first_imgLigue 1 Neymar becomes the Joker and Mbappe gets his own castle – Ligue 1 goes social Robin Bairner 18:08 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Ligue 1 Neymar Kylian Mbappé Angers SCO v PSG PSG Angers SCO An injury prevented Neymar from playing against Angers on Saturday, but by all accounts, he and fellow team-mates still enjoyed a great week Neymar has shown that he’s not only capable of taking things to another level on the field – he can do it at Halloween, too.The Brazilian was present as Paris Saint-Germain dismantled Anderlecht 5-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, and then celebrated by going out to a party dressed as the Joker from Batman.You’ll not see too many better costumes this year and, unsurprisingly, the 25-year-old was keen to show it off to his followers on Instagram, who appeared impressed by the likeness he had to the villain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He was not, however, the only one to go to great lengths to ensure he was looking good for Halloween. Club and international team-mate Dani Alves was also left looking sharp – but, then again, so was everyone at his party. Thereafter, the week was somewhat more relaxed for Neymar, who missed PSG’s 5-0 Ligue 1 victory over Angers at the weekend due to injury. He took some time to unwind with his sister at home, opening a bottle of red wine and relaxing on the couch. While Neymar was at home, Kylian Mbappe was out and about, having played a starring role in PSG’s win over Anderlecht to book their passage through to the last 16 of the Champions League.The 18-year-old forward went along to support the club’s handball team on the eve of the trip to Angers – a game in which he excelled as he returns to his very best form.It may have been Edinson Cavani who grabbed the headlines by scoring his 100th and 101st league goal with PSG to make him the club’s most prolific league marksman ever, but Mbappe struck the first and last goals in that rout at Stade Raymond Kopa and shared the achievement with his followers.Dani Alves, meanwhile, offered his congratulations to the young striker as he posted a picture of himself with Mbappe on Instagram. “The Golden Boy and Good Crazy,” he captioned it as he struck the increasingly familiar pose of the striker.And how else for the Prince of Paris to celebrate but a trip to Disneyland to see his own real life castle? Mbappe certainly seemed to enjoy the experience. “A great day,” he posted on his Instagram account.Meanwhile, someone probably should have told Dani Alves that Halloween was just on Tuesday as he struck this incredible pose during the weekend’s game.PSG and their Ligue 1 rivals now have a couple of weeks off before the next round of matches, with the capital side due to play host to Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes on Saturday, November 18.last_img read more

Five thoughts from Mexico’s win over Bosnia

first_imgMexico Gonzalez takes to advanced position: Five thoughts from Mexico’s win over Bosnia and Herzegovina Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 04:16 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Carlos Osorio Mexico Chris Covatta Mexico Mexico v Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Friendlies As anticipated, the teenager played further up the field with El Tri than he does with Monterrey and looked good doing it. Goal reviews that and more SAN ANTONIO — A soccer match was played here.If we remember Mexico’s 1-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, it will not be for the action on the field as much as the faces we saw on the Alamodome pitch. Just like a 2014 friendly win over South Korea at the Alamodome stays in the memory as Alan Pulido’s breakout party, the individual performances on the non-FIFA date will prove more memorable than the collective.Nobody scored a hat trick like Pulido did four years ago, but it’s possible someone will do enough going forward to sneak onto the Russia roster as Pulido did and we’ll remember this win over Bosnia as the launching pad to their inclusion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here are five things from Mexico’s friendly win to open 2018:Gonzalez takes to advanced roleJonathan Gonzalez MexicoSince the possibility of Jonathan Gonzalez representing Mexico was mentioned by members of the federation, Juan Carlos Osorio said he anticipated the midfielder playing in a more advanced role than he does with club team Monterrey. Osorio said Tuesday that was part of the recruitment process for Gonzalez, explaining to the 18-year-old in a phone call with his family and director of national teams Dennis te Kloese where he’d fit in with the team on the field.True to his vision, Osorio had Gonzalez come into a lineup that had Jorge “Burrito” Hernandez sitting back in the middle of the midfield and Jonathan dos Santos on the left side. Gonzalez had few Bosnians coming forward to keep him honest and was able to get forward often in his 33 minutes of play.”I think Jonathan had 30 minutes, if we think about his youth and that he was dressed for the first time in the national team shirt I think the message was positive,” Osorio said after the match. “It’s not easy to play in this space between lines and complete specific functions. It leaves us with the feeling that he understands the game, understands his responsibilities. He has an extraordinary present and a promising future.”Anyone who saw Gonzalez in the Apertura with Monterrey knows he was phenomenal winning back the ball in midfield and moving it forward, but this cameo was the first time we’ve seen him do anything on a professional level aside from the role he fills for Rayados. It was promising, and we’ll definitely be seeing more of Gonzalez in El Tri colors sooner (like March) rather than later (like the 2022 World Cup cycle). Vela flashes versatility, if not fitnessCarlos Vela MexicoCarlos Vela’s fitness, along with that of Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos and Oswaldo Alanis, was a hotly debated topic heading into the match. None of the MLS-based players or the Chivas center back, who was locked in a contract dispute with the club and missed the majority of preseason, had played a game yet in 2018. Osorio said Giovani’s fitness stood out, but it was Vela and Jona who looked the best on the field.Vela showed off his ability to excel in multiple places, something Osorio said will be a deciding factor in which players from this group head to the World Cup. Even as others struggled with the switched midfielders and forwards in the first half, Vela recognized the need to create and took on Bosnia defenders in one-on-one situations. In the second half, he worked well off Henry Martin and eventually was asked to make incisive runs from deeper as Mexico tried working with a false nine.Osorio said the coaching staff didn’t need to worry about anything but rather continue to push for players like Vela to be in the best possible form. “We have to work on our players continuing to compete, that Carlos Vela achieves – with Giovani as well – top condition physical condition, above all playing in this position where both can be very difficult to defend.”Beginning the season with MLS expansion side LAFC should be good for Vela, who will be soldiering a lot of the attacking burden for Bob Bradley’s club. The former U.S. manager had to like what he saw from Vela on Wednesday, especially if he can give even more once he is at full fitness.Fullbacks go the distanceLuis Rodriguez Chaka MexicoIn a bit of a rarity for an Osorio friendly, both fullbacks played all 90 minutes. That’s not a huge surprise with the coaching staff wanting Jesus Gallardo, a Pumas winger being converted to left back, to have as much time in defense as possible. But Tigres right back Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez, himself a converted winger, also went the full match and put in a good shift.With Chiapas and also at the start of his Tigres career, Rodriguez was a defensive midfielder but Tigres manager Tuca Ferretti has seen success moving the 27-year-old into the defense. “Well, speaking with Ricardo Ferretti I agree how he describes him, who knows him better than I do,” Osorio said. “I think we all know that at the start of this, Luis was an interior and he’s able to play that role in the game as well.”One thing in particular, playing in a back four and playing outside, we look for good aerial play and good crossing from an outside back. I think today it was clearly shown that Luis and Jesus are getting forward and can do that well. So we’re very satisfied, not only with Luis but also with Jesus, with their showing in this position.”Mexico’s dearth of quality fullbacks is well documented after Miguel Layun was the only true outside back taken to the 2017 Confederations Cup. While other Liga MX options have failed to draw Osorio’s eye, Rodriguez may have done enough Wednesday to earn a March recall.Set pieces improve with Jona’s entranceJonathan dos Santos MexicoSet pieces are very important for Mexico, especially if they’re going to make inroads against a defense like Germany’s at the World Cup. In the first half, the responsibility fell to Leon winger Elias Hernandez. Whether it was related to the different position he was playing Wednesday or something else, Hernandez wasn’t hitting the ball well. His dead balls were off and one of his corner kicks was so poor it ended up going out for a throw-in.Things changed in the second half, and while Mexico only managed to win three corners during the match and a few fouls in good positions, it took just one Jonathan dos Santos corner kick for Mexico to find the back of the net. The set piece came off the training ground, with Hugo Ayala using a teammate as a shield, then faking out his defender and earning a free header. The Tigres center back’s header also was nice, but without the improved delivery it would never have happened.Jona changed the game when he came on at the half, giving Mexico more calm in midfield and causing issues on the left side of the attack in addition to his dead-ball prowess.”As a team Mexico played a really good second half. They got stronger, we fell off. Mexico played a really good second half,” Bosnia manager Robert Prosinecki said after the match. “They played quickly on the wings, creating chances and playing really well. The number six was really good and seemed to have a hand in almost every play and made many of their dangerous passes.”Formation changes require quick understandingRodolfo Pizarro MexicoIt wasn’t featured for as long as Osorio hinted, but Mexico went with a false-nine formation that utilized Rodolfo Pizarro as the point man.There are times when Mexico puts a formation on the field with the players having very little time to work on that setup. Mexico trained Monday evening and Tuesday evening in San Antonio and traditionally has had a light session in the morning when the game takes place after 6 p.m. as Wednesday’s match did. It still leaves little time for the team to drill the three different looks the team showed in the friendly.How does a player adjust? For Pizarro it was about absorbing information as quickly as possible, something he hopes improves his chance of being part of Osorio’s squad for Russia.”Over the course of my career, I’ve played around six positions. So, you just have to try to learn the position quickly, try to work toward that and from there look to win a place,” Pizarro said. “I’m still learning, I’m still getting better and that’s what I’m working for.”The Chivas player has a long way to go but has shown his versatility with Chivas this season, playing next to Orbelin Pineda in the midfield when Michael Perez was injured and also assuming his normal creative role in several games.last_img read more

4-Star Brother Of Clemson Signee Joe Ngata Updates Tigers Recruitment

first_imgA view of Clemson's stadium during the day from high up.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the start of the Miami Hurricanes against the Clemson Tigers game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers have another talented group of incoming players for 2019, which includes four-star wideout Joe Ngata. While he is quite the playmaker in his own right, his younger brother might be just as dynamic.Daniyel Ngata is an all-purpose tailback that is currently the No. 69 overall recruit in the 2020 class, per 247Sports. He holds offers from Clemson, Alabama, Washington, Michigan and other top programs.Although many predictions have Daniyel joining the Huskies, the opportunity to play for Dabo Swinney and the Tigers could entice him.Either way, the talented running back won’t chose his destination solely based off where his brother plays college footballFrom The State: “It was really good to get that offer. I’ve been in contact with Coach Elliott and Clemson for a minute,” Ngata said. “I had been waiting on that offer but I was still surprised when he told me. He asked me, ‘How would you like the opportunity to play with Joseph?’”“I am not basing my decision on my brother or anything like that. When I make my decision or think about my decision it’s like he isn’t even there.”Clemson has become a factory for running backs, and Travis Etienne is the latest example of that narrative. Perhaps Daniyel Ngata will be the successor to him for the Tigers.As for Joe Ngata, the early enrollee could see action at wide receiver fairly soon. With Amari Rodgers out for an extended period of time due to a torn ACL, the freshman will have his chance to shine.[The State]last_img read more

Cam Newton’s Star QB Younger Brother Reportedly Considering Transfer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p “He hasn’t officially made up his mind yet,” the report states. “This has caught everyone by surprise. All we know is that he’s not playing this weekend.”“He hasn’t officially made up his mind yet. This has caught everyone by surprise. All we know is that he’s not playing this weekend.”It appears the Caylin Newton era at Howard might be over.— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) September 28, 2019Caylin Newton could get major interest on the graduate transfer market.The former three-star quarterback recruit had 3,133 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2018. A closeup of Cam Newton throwing a pass during a Panthers game.CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 09: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers looks to pass during the first quarter abasing the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Cam Newton isn’t the only quarterback in his family who won’t be playing football this weekend. The star NFL quarterback’s younger brother is also sitting out.Caylin Newton, the younger brother of the Carolina Panthers quarterback, is reportedly looking to transfer out of Howard.The Undefeated reported on Saturday night that the dual-threat quarterback skipped Saturday’s loss to Bethune Cookman in order to preserve his redshirt status. Newton, the preseason Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year, has played in four games. If he plays in a fifth game this year, he burns his redshirt option.Caylin Newton reportedly has two years of eligibility remaining and he’s set to graduate in May.last_img read more

Demandes acceptées pour les subventions dinnovation en matière de prévention de la

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial invite encore une fois les Néo-Écossais qui ont des idées créatives sur la façon de prévenir la violence sexuelle à présenter une demande de subvention. Il s’agit de la troisième série de subventions d’innovation en matière de prévention, qui offre des subventions maximales de 5 000 $ à des petits projets et de 10 000 $ à des projets de plus grande envergure. L’organisme Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia a utilisé la subvention reçue en 2016-2017 pour construire un tipi où il peut offrir des programmes, des rencontres individuelles et des cérémonies de suerie. « Le financement nous offre la possibilité d’appuyer les jeunes des façons demandées par les jeunes eux-mêmes, affirme Sarah MacLaren, directrice générale de Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia. Nous avons maintenant notre propre espace. Il s’agit d’une source de fierté, et sa construction et son entretien ont offert des possibilités de collaboration et de développement communautaire. » Les subventions appuient les groupes et organismes communautaires, y compris les jeunes et les populations marginalisées telles que la communauté afro-néo-écossaise, les Premières nations et la communauté LGBTQI+, afin de les aider à tendre la main à leurs pairs et à contribuer à des initiatives créatives de prévention. « Les subventions d’innovation en matière de prévention aident les Néo-Écossais à travailler ensemble pour des collectivités plus saines, plus sécuritaires et plus résistantes, souligne Kelly Regan, ministre des Services communautaires. Nous avons tous un rôle à jouer pour mettre fin à la violence sexuelle, et avec l’aide de nombreux organismes et membres de la communauté, nous avons sensibilisé les gens, offert de la formation, mobilisé des communautés et fait de ces subventions un élément clé du travail important accompli par le ministère. » Mme Regan a également publié le rapport final de la Stratégie en matière de violence sexuelle, qui a pris fin en mars 2017. Le gouvernement s’engage à aborder la question de la violence sexuelle par des mesures de soutien et des activités de prévention de la violence sexuelle, financées par une somme de 1,1 million de dollars prévue au budget de 2017-2018. Pour lire le rapport, consultez le Les demandes de subvention sont acceptées jusqu’au 15 décembre à 17 h. Les formulaires de demande se trouvent au read more

Northern carpenters cutting and sanding their summer away in Ottawa

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsA group of northern youth are hammering, sawing and sanding their way through their summer vacation.They’re in Ottawa for some hands on learning in carpentry.The course is being held at Algonquin college.“It’s prepared me for class hours doing things on our own,” said student Mikaela Vandell. “Finding our way through college, navigating and whatnot and just getting a taste of living in residence and coming to school on our own and finding our way.”Contact Annette here: afrancis@aptn.calast_img

Apple cuts jobs in shakeup of selfdriving car division

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is reducing the size of its workforce assigned to driverless car technology as the company reorganizes amid weakening sales of iPhones, its biggest moneymaker.The company acknowledged the cutbacks in a Thursday statement, without specifying the number of jobs affected. CNBC reported that more than 200 employees were dismissed from Apple’s self-driving car division, known internally as “Project Titan.”Apple says some of the employees who lost their jobs in the driverless car division have been reassigned to other parts of the company. Apple says it remains committed to helping build robotic cars, something it has been working on for several years but hasn’t made as many inroads so far in the field as Waymo, a Google spinoff that began a decade ago.The Associated Press read more

Rise in mercenary activities warrants urgent attention says UN expert group

“Mercenaries pose a threat not only to security, but also to human rights and potentially to the right of peoples to self-determination,” said Faiza Patel, who currently heads the Working Group on the use of mercenaries. “It is crucial that States cooperate to eliminate this phenomenon.” While traditionally mercenaries are understood to be soldiers hired to fight in an armed conflict or to overthrow a government, they have been used by governments in some recent conflicts against their own populations. In Côte d’Ivoire there is “considerable” evidence that the Government used some 4,500 Liberian mercenaries to avoid the results of a democratic election at the end of 2010, according to a news release issued by the five-member Working Group. In Libya, foreign fighters’ involvement in the repression of peaceful demonstrations was reported earlier this year. Such mercenaries were allegedly recruited from neighbouring African countries and Eastern Europe. Ms. Patel, who presented the group’s report to the General Assembly on Monday, told a news conference at UN Headquarters today that the panel will be visiting both Côte d’Ivoire and Libya in the next few months. Over the past year, it made three country visits – Equatorial Guinea and South Africa in 2010, and Iraq in early 2011. In addition to mercenaries, the “ever-expanding” activities of private military and security companies continue to raise a number of challenges, Ms. Patel said. “Providing security to its people is a fundamental responsibility of the State and outsourcing security to private military and security companies creates risks for human rights, hence the need to regulate their activities.” She noted that these companies continue to undertake a growing range of activities in an increasing number of countries from drug-eradication programmes in Colombia to post-conflict reconstruction. “And it is not just governments who take advantage of their services, but also NGOs [non-governmental organizations], private companies and the United Nations,” she added. For the Working Group, “the potential impact of the widespread activities of private military and security companies on human rights means that they cannot be allowed to continue to operate without adequate regulation and mechanisms to ensure accountability.” 1 November 2011A United Nations expert panel today warned of an alarming resurgence of the use of mercenaries in armed conflict, and called for regulating private military and security companies, whose activities raise numerous human rights challenges. read more

India says Lanka must decide on ferry service

Radhakrishnan said the Narendra Modi-led Central Government, which had so far ensured the release of over 1,000 Tamil fishermen after coming to power, was taking every possible step to permanently stop the arrest of fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on crossing the maritime boundary line by holding direct talks with the Prime Minister and the President of the island nation. India is prepared to resume the operation of a ferry service between Colombo and Tuticorin and it was up to the Sri Lankan Government to take a final decision in this connection, Indian Minister of State for Shipping and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan said.Radhakrishnan also said that even as the Centre is taking all out efforts to find a permanent solution for the fishermen being arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while crossing the border, the Tamil Nadu fishermen should carryout their fishing operations in a restrained fashion, The Hindu newspaper reported. Moreover, steps were being taken to conduct talks between the fishermen of the two nations. Until a permanent solution was evolved, the Tamil fishermen should carryout their fishing operations in a restrained fashion, he appealed. read more

The Latest New iPhones expected to echo last years models

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on Apple product event (all times local):10 p.m. MondayApple is expected to unveil three new iPhone models that are so similar to last year’s lineup, they may be upstaged by details about the company’s upcoming video service.The company will show off its latest iPhones Tuesday at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. But the buzz surrounding its bestselling products has waned, as have sales, in the absence of compelling new features.The research firm IDC estimates iPhone shipments plunged 25% during the first half of this year. That has put more pressure on Apple to generate revenue from a services division that will soon include a video service called Apple TV Plus, which the company may also describe in more detail Tuesday.The Associated Press

Bill Clinton says Obama should follow through on pledge to let Americans

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 12:13 pm MDT Bill Clinton says Obama should follow through on pledge to let Americans keep health coverage WASHINGTON – Adding pressure to fix the administration’s problem-plagued health care program, former President Bill Clinton says President Barack Obama should find a way to let people keep their health coverage, even if it means changing the law.Clinton says Obama should “honour the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”The former president, a Democrat who has helped Obama promote the 3-year-old health law, becomes the latest in Obama’s party to urge the president to live up to a promise he made repeatedly, declaring that the if Americans liked their health care coverage, they would be able to keep it under the new law.Instead, millions of Americans have started receiving insurance cancellation letters. That, coupled with the troubled launch of the health care law’s enrolmentwebsite, has prompted Republican critics and frustrated Democrats to seek corrections in the law.House Republicans have drafted legislation to give consumers the opportunity to keep their coverage. Ten Senate Democrats are pushing for an unspecified extension of the sign-up period and in a private White House meeting last week several pressed Obama to do so. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has proposed legislation that would require insurance companies to reinstate the cancelled policies.The White House says it is working on changes that would ease the impact of the cancellations for some people. But the fixes under consideration are administrative actions, not congressional changes to the law.White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday reiterated the White House argument that the cancellations apply to only about 5 per cent of Americans who obtained health care insurance. He also argued that more than half of those people receiving termination notices would benefit from better insurance at lower prices either through expanded Medicaid or through new health care marketplaces.For the remainder, Carney said, “The president has instructed his team to look at a range of options.”The issue facing the administration now is how to ease the impact on people who are losing their plans and don’t qualify for subsidies to cover higher premiums. Carney said the White House opposes a House Republican bill, proposed by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., that would allow insurers to keep selling insurance that doesn’t offer the type of benefits required by the new law.“Any fix that would essentially open up for insurers the ability to sell new plans that do not meet standards would create more problems than it fixed,” he said.Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who advised the Obama administration on the health care law, said the White House has few if any administrative options available.One solution, he said, would be to offer a “transitional tax credit” to those consumers who are losing their insurance and must pay more for new coverage that meets the law’s standards.“I don’t know how you do that without Congress’s permission, and they’re not going to give it to you,” he said.Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second ranking Democratic leader in the Senate, on Tuesday said that while the law does face problems, he said some of the changes proposed by Republicans “are not friendly proposals. They’re designed to derail this effort.”In an interview with CNN, Durbin cautioned that if consumers are permitted to keep policies that don’t meet the law’s minimum requirements “it’s going to be difficult for the insurance industry to produce a product that really is going to serve our needs and that they can adequately tell us what it costs.”Asked whether Obama lied to the public when he promised people that they could keep their policies, Durbin said: “A couple more sentences added would clarify it.”In his interview with the website , Clinton overall praised the health care legislation. “The big lesson is that we’re better off with this law than without it.”Carney noted that Clinton’s own efforts to pass health care legislation during his presidency were blocked.“The goal here is to achieve what President Clinton and presidents both Democratic and Republican sought to achieve in the past,” he said._____Follow Jim Kuhnhenn on Twitter: read more

Marvin Gayes children Sony reach settlement in case against Robin Thickes Blurred

Marvin Gaye’s children, Sony reach settlement in case against Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ FILE – This Dec. 13, 2013 file photo shows Robin Thicke performing at Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Marvin Gaye’s children have dismissed their lawsuit against EMI after claiming the record label didn’t pursue copyright infringement against Robin Thicke because “Blurred Lines” has similarities to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” A Los Angeles judge Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, granted Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s dismissal against EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2014 2:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Marvin Gaye’s children have settled claims against a music company owned by Sony over Robin Thicke’s Grammy-nominated hit song “Blurred Lines.”The Gayes had accused EMI of not pursuing a copyright infringement case against Thicke because “Blurred Lines” has similarities to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday granted Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s dismissal of their lawsuit against EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Documents say the Gayes and Sony have an agreement and claims against Sony can’t be brought again. A representative for the Gaye family said the terms of the settlement were confidential.Dueling lawsuits between the Gaye family and Thicke remain active.Thicke and his collaborators T.I. and Pharrell Williams asked a federal judge in August to rule they didn’t copy “Got to Give It Up” for “Blurred Lines,” which is nominated for record of the year and other awards at the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards. Their song has sold 6.6 million tracks and was last year’s biggest hit. It spent 12 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.Gaye’s children accused the performers in October of copying elements of his music for “Blurred Lines.” Their lawsuit sought to block Thicke from using elements of their father’s music in other songs and claimed Thicke improperly used Gaye’s “After the Dance” for his No. 1 R&B hit “Love After War.”Representatives for Sony and Thicke didn’t immediately reply to emails seeking comment on Tuesday. A representative for Gaye’s children said in a statement they hope “the infringement claims will be resolved swiftly and in an appropriate manner.”Marvin Gaye, whose other hit songs include “Sexual Healing” and “Let’s Get It On,” was shot dead by his father in 1984. The family’s statement said they plan on celebrating the late singer’s 75th birthday this year.___Follow Mesfin Fekadu at read more

All The Things MLB Teams Did Wrong At The Trade Deadline

^^^ I don’t know, the Nats seem fine.neil: In a weird way, I think the fact that Washington is still the best in the East on paper probably informed their decision to stand pat. They are playing the long game: They want to re-sign Harper and run it back.sara.ziegler: I feel like deGrom was wishing last night that he had been traded.nrakich: Yeah, the Mets are another team that did almost nothing.gfoster: They didn’t trade deGrom or Zack Wheeler. They did get a decent pitcher (maybe?) for Asdrubal Cabrera. They got a ham sandwich for closer Jeurys Familia.nrakich: Maybe their uncertain GM situation played into that?neil: I think that’s definitely true. Hard to make massive franchise-altering decisions as a three-headed GM crew. Much easier to do nothing. But this has “Mets didn’t sell high on Matt Harvey, Part II” written all over it.gfoster: The Mets’ problem is the same as it always is: They operate like a big-market team and yet they have a small-market budget.nrakich: Yeah, holding onto deGrom/Noah Syndergaard would be totally defensible if they were planning on being big players in this offseason’s insane free-agent market and contending next year. But they just haven’t earned the benefit of the doubt on that.neil: Right, holding on to these guys is the right call only if you plan on bolstering the team around them and winning in a short-term window. But it’s not like this dumpster fire of a roster is just a few pieces away, and the Wilpons have seldom proved willing to spend to truly address the team’s problems anyway.gfoster: OK, let’s talk about a team that does like open the wallet: the Dodgers.neil: Who apparently want to acquire every multi-position infielder in baseball.sara.ziegler: That’s how you solve injuries to key players.neil: Yes, I actually really like what they did. They have a ton of flexibility and depth.And now they also have someone to police the unwritten rules of baseball etiquette.sara.ziegler: Shut up, Neil.neil: Haha.sara.ziegler: And they added John Axford! Whom I had forgotten was still in baseball!gfoster: What does that infield even look like when Justin Turner gets back? I guess Chris Taylor can be moved anywhere, and Max Muncy plays a few positions.nrakich: Yeah, Machado probably goes to short and Taylor becomes a super-utility guy.neil: And that’s the beauty of it — they have a bunch of those guys who can move around.gfoster: Maybe Taylor plays pitcher’s helper.sara.ziegler: Muncy can play ANYWHERE. (On my fantasy team, at least.)nrakich: But I agree with Neil that I really like that approach. The Dodgers don’t worry about being overstocked; they just acquire talent regardless of position.gfoster: Any underrated moves?sara.ziegler: The Indians got a little heat for not making bigger moves, but I like what they did. They made the smaller trades they needed to bolster their bullpen and outfield.The Tribe also made an interesting prospect swap with the Cardinals, getting speedy centerfielder Oscar Mercado for in exchange for two lower-minor prospects. Seems like a good move when considering the imminent free agency of Michael Brantley, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Melky Cabrera.nrakich: Fun fact: Going by FanGraphs WAR, Leonys Martin was the best player traded on deadline day. An underrated pickup, IMO.sara.ziegler: That’s kind of amazing. I agree, Nathaniel.neil: I also liked Atlanta getting Kevin Gausman. He’s underrated as a guy who chews up innings at a league-average rate. He’s averaged 2.9 WAR per year over the past couple seasons, and it on pace for basically exactly that this year.nrakich: Another guy who could benefit from moving out of the AL East.sara.ziegler: What do we think about Houston picking up Roberto Osuna?nrakich: Oh man, Sara, what don’t we think?I thought it was an incredibly cynical and disappointing move, but totally in character for the Astros — find market inefficiencies wherever you can, the human element be damned.sara.ziegler: Doesn’t seem like Justin Verlander is a big fan.neil: Well, Jeff Luhnow assures us he’s changed🙄gfoster: If I were running the Astros, I would have hid that move on the same day you traded for a Machado, Harper or deGrom type. The optics are REALLY bad for them that their lone significant move was picking up the guy on a domestic violence suspension.sara.ziegler: Wouldn’t it be nice if domestic violence carried the same weight as steroid abuse? 🤔 gfoster: The Rays have a rotation?!?!neil: LOL.As of now, it’s Glasnow and only Glasnow: nrakich: And Meadows has been in the big leagues for all of 150 at bats.Plus, is Archer really that good?gfoster: He’s a little overrated, I guess.nrakich: Archer is a household name, and he always has a good FIP (fielding-independent pitching), but he hasn’t lived up to it for several years.sara.ziegler: I would take 102 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched.nrakich: Don’t get me wrong, I love his peripherals. But he’s on his third straight year now with an ERA over 4. Something isn’t translating; I don’t think we can call it luck anymore.gfoster: In the AL East though. He won’t be facing the Red Sox and Yankees every other night now.neil: (On the other hand, he’s also not facing Chris Davis.)gfoster: Chris Davis is actually 98 of those strikeouts.sara.ziegler: I think that, for where the Pirates are in the standings, this isn’t a bad move. The Cubs and Brewers are catchable, and even if Pittsburgh doesn’t make the playoffs, this was an OK trade for the future.nrakich: I did find it interesting how the Pirates and Cardinals went into deadline day in essentially the same position, but the Pirates decided to buy and the Cardinals decided to sell. I feel like the Cardinals were the smart ones there.gfoster: Speaking of the AL East … the Orioles finally fully committed to the firesale. They unloaded Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado, their entire bullpen, etc. Do we like what they got back?sara.ziegler: They got a LOT, but I’m not sure there’s a lot of value in there.neil: Yusniel Diaz was one of the best prospects acquired at the deadline.nrakich: That’s the thing about prospects, though — they’re lottery tickets. It’s good to get a lot of them, because then you will get lucky on more of them.gfoster: So they went out and bought 20 lottery tickets. That usually works.neil: And as we wrote about, many of the buyers had already emptied their farm systems in previous deals, so there weren’t as many future stars to be had in these deadline deals.nrakich: They also unloaded, what, $35 million? Baseball Twitter is speculating that they’ll use that money to be active in the international market.gfoster: Boston was relatively quiet. We have a Red Sox fan (Nathaniel) here and a quasi-Red Sox fan in Neil. Was there anything else they could have done?neil: They should have gotten bullpen help!!!sara.ziegler: They should have foreseen the Chris Sale injury and gotten another starter.Lance Lynn was there for the taking!neil: You mean Nate Eovaldi isn’t equivalent to Chris Sale???sara.ziegler: Um…nrakich: At first glance, the Red Sox look fine as is; they’re a loaded team, projected to finish with the best record in baseball. But as Neil has written extensively, the best teams should actually be the most desperate to buy, because the playoffs are such a crapshoot and you want to maximize your chances there when you can. That’s a long way of saying that, yeah, they should have done more.I would’ve liked to see them get future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre. Ian Kinsler kind of plugs that hole, but Beltre would look so good in that lineup.gfoster: We are big Adrian Beltre supporters here at FiveThirtyEight (as evidenced here and here).nrakich: That said, there’s another trade deadline at the end of August — the waiver trade deadline. Beltre could still be traded before then.gfoster: Yes, that’s key. The Astros got Verlander in this period a year ago.neil: I’ve long been a Kinsler fan, so it’s nice to see him in a position to impact another World Series run.sara.ziegler: It does sorta feel like the Red Sox and Yankees just kept pace with each other.Which is what they do.nrakich: 💪💪💪 racegfoster: The Yankees were more busy. Lance Lynn, Zach Britton, J.A. Happ. Not exactly star power, but they seemed to fill in any remaining holes in rotation and bullpen. Anything missing for them? Besides humility?nrakich: You know what Steinbrenner always used to say: Any season where you don’t trade for Bryce Harper is a disappointment.neil: In this insanely top-heavy year, the Yankees, Red Sox and other top contenders with roughly 100 percent playoff odds are just about making small tweaks for the real battles to come.gfoster: But it’s all for naught if you don’t win a one-game playoff, which presumably features Severino and not, say, Lance Lynn.sara.ziegler: Lynn wins Wild Card game in mop-up role after Severino gives up three runs in the first.neil: Not that Sara the Twins fan is bitter. ^^gfoster: Let’s talk Harper. Did the Nats do the right thing?nrakich: I will probably get some pushback on this, but I think the Nats should have bought. They’re still the best team in the NL East, with FanGraphs projecting they will go .577 the rest of the way.But there’s also a good argument for selling. Their Doyle Number was 0.3. Harper would have extracted a nice haul from a team like the Indians, who badly needed him. (Their outfielders have a .699 OPS on the season.)But they didn’t do either!They traded Brandon Kintzler, and that’s it.As Neil has written, doing nothing is pretty much the worst thing you can do.gfoster: Meanwhile, the Nats are still batting in the bottom of the seventh against the Mets, up 164-1. Keith Hernandez now pitching for New York.neil: LOL.sara.ziegler: nrakich: Yeah, that’s a ridiculous double standard. No way Houston trades for Osuna if he’s not eligible for the playoffs.sara.ziegler: Great point.nrakich: Although if I were commissioner, I’d have never instituted the no-playoffs-for-PED-users rule in the first place.gfoster: Colorado was oddly quiet? Do they know they are a half-game out of first?nrakich: They had a higher Doyle Number than the Braves!neil: Yeah, that was kind of a head-scratcher.nrakich: That would have been an interesting destination for Harper. (Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez are both not getting it done.) Could you imagine the dingers?gfoster: His home runs would be landing in Vail.neil: Another one that could blow up (or be brilliant) is the Cubs getting Cole Hamels. He has been very bad this year, and not good in a couple of years, but maybe you write that off to playing in Texas. He certainly has a great postseason reputation, and the Cubs’ rotation has been so bad that every little bit helps.nrakich: Hamels’s home run to fly ball ratio is 21 percent. I have to believe that’s gonna come down.To Neil’s point, he also has a 2.93 ERA on the road compared with 6.41 in Texas.gfoster: Last question: What was the biggest disappointment of the deadline?nrakich: I think the biggest disappointment, as a fan, was not seeing anything truly epic go down. There are good reasons for that, but the outlook for the rest of the season is basically what it was before the deadline.sara.ziegler: Definitely, Nathaniel. The trade deadline is way more fun when the big names switch teams. I would have loved to see Harper go to the Dodgers or deGrom to the Brewers. That kind of move always makes the stretch run more interesting.It’s substantially less fun when your team is bad and sells off guys you liked. *sad trombone*neil: Yeah, if there was a disappointment, it was that the most earth-shattering names being floated didn’t really get moved. We even got a brief tease overnight Monday that Harper might be on the move. But nope.gfoster: I wanted a relative underdog to take a bigger swing. Oakland was super quiet, despite being in a great position and having an interesting team. The only ballclub in this tier that went for it was Pittsburgh, and that deal was pretty much panned.nrakich: To borrow one of our favorite expressions from the politics desk, the deadline didn’t change my priors much. This is a Red Sox/Yankees/Astros/Dodgers/Cubs world, and everyone else is just living in it.gfoster: Feels like a Debbie Downer ending for us? But at least these last two months will be fun. The top teams are all absolutely loaded.Update: Nationals have taken a 754-5 lead in the eighth. Mr. Met is pitching and his stuff doesn’t look good. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): It’s officially August, which means the MLB trade deadline has passed and baseball’s contenders (more or less) have all their pieces in place for the stretch run. There were a boatload of moves over the past couple of weeks and a bunch at the buzzer yesterday, so let’s sort it out with a Slack chat! Let’s start with this: What was the most surprising move (or nonmove) of the past month?Also: Sorry for promising bagels and then not bringing bagels.sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, general editor): I feel betrayed.neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): I guess it doesn’t count as “surprising” that the Mets froze up and didn’t do anything significant of note with their most tradeable assets…sara.ziegler: The Brewers stockpiling infielders when they needed a pitcher is a little confusing. But I guess when you can’t get Jacob deGrom, you get … Jonathan Schoop.nrakich (Nathaniel Rakich, elections analyst/baseball writer): Yeah, Sara, I thought that was a lateral move for the Brewers. Schoop has the same WAR (FanGraphs version) as Jonathan Villar, whom the Brewers traded. But they also gave up two prospects, including their No. 4 prospect, Luis Ortiz.Schoop brings power while Villar brings speed, but the Brewers are already tied for third in the National League in home runs.sara.ziegler: I’m still really bummed that the Brewers didn’t demand Eric Hosmer from the Padres to complete their reconstruction of the 2015 Royals.nrakich: Most surprising to me was the Pirates’ trade for Chris Archer. They made a big show of dumping Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen during the offseason, and now they turn around and get Archer, who is a poor excuse for Cole. Cole, meanwhile, has gone absolutely bananas in Houston.neil: That I agree with ^^nrakich: Cole has a 2.55 ERA and 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings this year. If the Pirates had that, they’d be in prime Wild Card position right now. Instead, they get a third of a season of Archer and his 4.31 ERA.neil: The Pirates have been hot recently — they’ve won 16 of 20, including Tuesday night vs. the Cubs — but it was almost the worst time to get hot, because it convinced them to buy after (like you said) acting like sellers for a while. That said, Archer is under team control longer than Cole would have been, so it’s not a totally win-now move for Pittsburgh.sara.ziegler: Yeah, I don’t think the Pirates took their Doyle Number to heart.gfoster: But don’t you respect a team for going for it? There’s less of that now with all the teams trying to tank — as Neil wrote this week. Also, I don’t think Austin Meadows or Tyler Glasnow are THAT good. They could be almost selling high.nrakich: Ooh, fightin’ words. The tarnish has gone off their prospect shine, but there’s still time for them to turn it around.gfoster: They are touted prospects, but are they stars? Will the Pirates regret this in five years?nrakich: Glasnow has turned things around after a rough start to the season: read more

Pictures 20000 people evacuated from area after massive fire at Ukrainian arms

first_img Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 12:11 PM Share9 Tweet Email Source: AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via APAROUND 20,000 PEOPLE were evacuated from an area today in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region near the border with Russia after a massive fire at a military arsenal.The fire at the depot in Balaklia, which holds large-caliber artillery rounds and is one of Ukraine’s largest, erupted early this morning, prompting the evacuation and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to fly to the area to monitor the blaze, which is still raging.An area the size of 40 kilometers around the depot has been closed for flights.Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said at a briefing that the fire had likely been staged by Russian or separatist saboteurs who probably used a drone. Poltorak said there was no immediate word on casualties. Short URL 10 Comments Pictures: 20,000 people evacuated from area after massive fire at Ukrainian arms depot Ukrainian authorities said that they suspected Russian involvement.center_img By Associated Press Mar 23rd 2017, 12:11 PM 8,309 Views Source: AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via APThe separatist authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk have rejected Poltorak’s accusations, arguing in statements carried by the Interfax news agency that the blaze was likely rooted in corruption and incompetence among the Ukrainian military.There was a fire at the same arsenal in 2015 but the military managed to quickly put it out before munitions started detonating. The huge depot held about 138,000 metric ton of ordnance. Source: AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via APUkraine’s chief military prosecutor, Anatolii Matios, also said on Facebook that the blaze was sparked by an act of sabotage and dismissed charges that the fire was an attempt to cover up ammunition theft from the depots, saying it had been protected by nearly 1,000 guards.The Kharkiv region lies just north of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where Ukrainian troops have been fighting Russia-backed separatists. The conflict has killed more than 9,800 since April 2014. Source: AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via APUkraine’s defense ministry said controls on the border with Russia have been tightened.Read: Ukraine bans Russia’s Eurovision singer from entering the countryRead: Donald Trump takes Twitter aim at Germany and claims it owes ‘vast sums of money’ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

BBC spends £1936m on talent pay bill

first_imgPublic television organisation the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) spent £193.6 million on hiring talent in 2016-2017, compared to £198.3 million in 2015-2016.Its BBC annual report and accounts 2016-17 also showed that the employee wage bill has increased for the organisation’s 21,271 staff members, rising from £990 million in 2016 to £1 billion in 2017. Total remuneration, including pension, restructuring, and social security costs, increased from £1.3 billion to £1.4 billion. This includes employees across the PSB Group, BBC Worldwide, other commercial businesses incorporated within the BBC, but excludes agency and freelance staff.An annex to the annual report, BBC pay disclosures July 2017, details individuals at the BBC who are paid more than £150,000 from license fee revenue in each financial year. The organisation is required to publish this information on an annual basis under the terms of its Royal Charter.Presenter Chris Evans is listed as the highest paid on-air talent at the BBC, earning between £2,200,000 and £2,249,999. Presenters Claudia Winkleman and Alex Jones are the highest paid women, earning £450,000-£499,999 and £400,000-£449,999, respectively. Casualty actors Derek Thompson and Amanda Mealing are the highest paid actors at the BBC, earning between £350,000 and £399,999, and £250,000 and £299,999 respectively.Tony Hall, director general at the BBC, said: “Of the 43,000 talent contracts with the BBC last year, less than a quarter of 1% were paid more than £150,000.“The BBC produces some of the nation’s most loved television and radio and the most trusted news, while operating in a competitive market with the likes of Sky, ITV, Netflix and Amazon. It is widely acknowledged that on the whole the BBC pays less than its competitors while delivering high-quality and award-winning content.“We have significantly reduced the total bill spent on paying talent, down again this year by 2.5%. The bill for top talent is down 10% year on year, and down by a quarter over the last five years. The amount we pay the very highest earners has dropped by 40% across the same period. At the same time, there has been significant cost inflation across the industry, so that BBC has made savings in an environment where costs are significantly up.“However, the great majority of the public say that they want the BBC to try to have the best talent on its programmes. The BBC does not exist in a market on its own where it can set the market rates. If we are to give the public what they want, then we have to pay for those great presenters and stars. The public agree.“The BBC has led the way on transparency, which is unique in the media market, publishing salaries of senior managers earning over £150,000 since 2009, and numbers of talent in pay bands since 2010. It is our aim to pay senior managers less than the market rate, and those at the top of the organisation are paid less than half of what their commercial rivals receive.“On gender and diversity, the BBC is more diverse than the broadcasting industry and the Civil Service. We have set the most stretching targets in the industry for on-air diversity and we’ve made progress, but we recognise there is more to do and we are pushing further and faster than any other broadcaster.“At the moment, of the talent earning over £150,000, two thirds are men and one third are women. We’ve set a clear target for 2020: we want all our lead and presenting roles to be equally divided between men and women. And it’s already having an impact. If you look at those on the list who we have hired or promoted in the last three years, 60% are women and nearly a fifth come from a BAME background. Meeting our goal on this is going to have a profound impact not just on the BBC, but the whole media industry. It’s going to change the market for talent in this country.”last_img read more

Pakistan court summons counterterror official on Hafiz Saeeds

first_imgLAHORE: A Pakistani court on Tuesday summoned an official of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police on a petition filed by Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed challenging his arrest in the terror financing cases. The Lahore High Court held the hearing after Saeed and 67 other leaders of Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat (FIF) filed a fresh petition removing the objection of the Registrar office. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The LHC Registrar office earlier had raised an objection on the petition of Saeed and others that they attached pictures of mosques with it (petition) which were built on the occupied land in order to give it a “religious colour”. “A two-member LHC bench comprising Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi and Justice Mushtaq Ahmed on Tuesday issued the notice to the CTD to file a reply on Saeed and others’ petition within two weeks. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The court also summoned a CTD official concerned after two weeks to explain about the arrest of Saeed and others in terror financing,” a court official told PTI after the hearing. The petitioners’ counsel Advocate A K Dogar gave arguments in the court. Dogar said Saeed has no link with Al-Qaeda or any other terrorist organisation. “Hafiz Saeed also has no connection with the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba,” he said. Advertise With Us Dogar further said the Indian lobby has been propagating against his client as he was not involved in the deadly Mumbai attacks. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which was responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. He was arrested on July 17 in a terror financing cases. He is kept at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail in high security. The JuD chief and others prayed to the LHC to declare that the property detailed in the petition was “dedicated for the purpose of mosques and is being used as such, therefore, the FIRs are without lawful authority and of no legal effect.” The CTD had registered 23 FIRs against the petitioners on the charges of “terror financing” in different cities of Punjab province. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets and properties made and held in the names of Trusts or Non Profit Organisations (NPO), including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust and Muaz Bin Jabal Trust. “These suspects made assets from funds of terrorism financing. They held and used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti Terrorism Courts) for commission of these offences,” the CTD said. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.last_img read more

Mayor Mannan resumes office

first_imgMA MannanGazipur City Corporation mayor MA Mannan on Monday resumed office three days after his suspension.Also a leader of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Mannan along with pro-BNP councillors went to Gazipur Nagar Bhaban on Monday noon and sat in his office.Leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies welcomed Mannan with flowers in front of the main gate of the city corporation office around 1:00pm.Speaking to journalists, Mannan said, “I have won the legal battle and now I am here to discharge my duties.”The government on Saturday suspended the pro-BNP mayor for the third time, in connection with a case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission.But on the very next day, Sunday, the High Court stayed the suspension order for three months when Mannan challenged the suspension.The authorities had appointed pro-Awami League Ward Councillor Asadur Raman Kiron as the acting mayor barely half an hour after the letter of Mannan’s suspension reached the Gazipur City Corporation office.On 12 June last year, the ACC filed a case against pro-BNP mayor Mannan and Golam Kibria with Joydebpur police station on charge of misappropriating over Tk 4.9 million of the city corporation by creating 999 unsigned fake vouchers.ACC submitted the charge sheet with Gazipur special judge court on 12 January this year last. Later on 18 January, the court accepted the charge sheet.last_img read more