Perkins tows Cignal HD to Game 1 blowout in D-League Finals

first_imgRich Guinitaran also had 10 markers in the losing effort.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 78 – Villarias 17, Perkins 16, Bringas 13, Sumalinog 11, Batino 8, Uyloan 6, Sara 4, Raymundo 3, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Arong 0, Belencion 0, Cahilig 0.CEU 56 – Ebondo 27, Guinitaran 10, Aquino 6, Manlangit 4, Jeruta 3, Arim 2, Saber 2, Uri 2, Casiño 0, Cruz 0, Fuentes 0, Intic 0, Wamar 0.Quarters: 24-11, 39-25, 59-43, 78-56. LATEST STORIES The blowout put the Hawkeyes a win away from completing a back-to-back title romp after winning the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup last conference, a feat which only NLEX and Phoenix have been able to accomplish.Game 2 is on Thursday at 5 p.m., still at Ynares Sports Arena.But Fernandez is keeping his players’ feet on the ground as he expects a tough fightback in the possible clincher.“Again, it’s not yet over until it’s over. We know CEU is capable of coming back and I’m sure that they’ll find a way. So the challenge for us is to be ready for them on Thursday,” he said.Congolese big man Rod Ebondo paced CEU with 27 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks, but failed to get much support from his locals.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next PH snags 2 silvers, 2 bronzes in karatedo LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Perkins was smoking hot from the get-go, unfurling eight of his 16 points in the first quarter to go with 11 rebounds.“Jason knows that he’s a very important part of this team. It shows that he’s always been stepping up for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “The challenge of stepping up is there, and I commend all my players, especially Jason.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutByron Villarias also shot 6-of-8 from the field to top his crew with 17 markers, on top of seven boards,  while Mark Bringas registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Everything went Cignal’s way that even when the Scorpions cut the deficit to 12, 37-25, late in the second quarter, it was able to stifle the rally and cruise to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship duel. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins took matters tino his own hands as he led Cignal HD to a dominant 78-56 Game 1 victory over Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The former La Salle forward set the tone for the Hawkeyes as they came hot off the gates and established a commanding 24-6 lead.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Abueva, Romeo penalized as PBA doles out more than P90k in fines

first_img‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Games The Aces lost that game, 107-106, to GlobalPort in their eighth place playoff.The Batang Pier scorer, meanwhile, was handed down the fine after his “inappropriate gestures” and for incurring a flagrant foul penalty two in his scuffle against Ginebra’s LA Tenorio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Romeo ejected, GlobalPort got booted from the playoff picture with a 96-85 defeat to Ginebra last Tuesday.Abueva and Romeo took the bulk of the fines amounting to P92,600 released by the Commissioner’s Office on Friday. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIEScenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCalvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo were hit with P25,000 fines for their actions in their respective games in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.The energetic Alaska forward was meted with the penalty after “foisting a stickum sign towards the direction of the Technical Committee,” while also slamming a chair near the Commissioner’s table last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Gin Kings coach Tim Cone was also handed a P5,000 fine for entering the court during the Romeo-Tenorio scuffle.TNT import Joshua Smith will have to pay P6,000 for being attested with a technical foul for disrespectfully addressing a game official and applauding at the referee in a sarcastic manner in the KaTropa’s quarterfinal duel against Meralco.Jayson Castro was meted with a P1,000 fine for his technical foul for disrespectfully addressing a game official, while team manager Virgil Villavicencio was also hit with the P1,000 fine for using profane language.The Bolts also weren’t spared from the penalties, with Cliff Hodge being fined P5,000 for his flagrant foul penalty one infraction, Kelly Nabong P1,000 for his technical foul for second motion against Josh Smith, and coach Norman Black P5,000 for entering the court during the altercation between Hodge and TNT’s Anthony Semerad.Rain or Shine’s Duke Crews, Jericho Cruz, and Jewel Ponferrada were fined P5,000 each for their flagrant foul penalty one infractions. Beau Belga will pay P2,000for his technical foul for continuously complaining against the referee’s call, while Jay Washington got slapped with a P1,600 fine for his technical foul for resentment to a call.ADVERTISEMENT Messi to wed childhood sweetheart in Rosario, Argentinalast_img read more

PBA D-League: Chadao-FEU takes down Perpetual for 3rd win

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Tamaraws improved to a 3-3 record for the sixth spot in the Foundation Group while the Alas dropped to 1-4 at eighth.Patrick Tchuente teamed up with Kenneth Tuffin to lead the Tamaraws to a blistering 12-0 start and maintained that lead finishing the first quarter up 26-14.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, logisticsBranrey Biernes led Chadao-FEU’s offense with 15 points while Wendel Comboy added 14 points of his own.“For the past week our focus was our defense and our aggressiveness on the full court,” said Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela. “We made it hard for them to execute with our full court pressure.” MANILA, Philippines—Chadao-Far Eastern University handily beat University of Perpetual Help, 83-64, to get to an even record in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Arwind Santos gets last laugh as he gets under TNT’s skin in do-or-die match MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Tamaraws had one stingy defense and limited Perpetual to just a 29 percent shooting clip and forcing the Altas to 18 turnovers.Ben Adamos led the Altas with 23 points and 13 boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

New Indian team jersey launched by BCCI CEO

first_imgMumbai, May 4 (PTI) The CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Rahul Johri, today launched the new Indian team jersey with official team sponsors Oppos name on the shirts front here, in the presence of some top officials of the Chinese mobile phone firm.The Indian men cricketers are to sport the new blue jersey during the ICC Champions Trophy tournament starting in England on June 1.”India is the worlds no. 1 ranked team and Oppos faith in us shows their commitment to cricket as a whole and India, in particular,” said Johri at the launch of the jersey along with the mobile firms new product Selfie Expert F3.”I am confident we will work together to help cricket grow. Its a perfect marriage,” he added.Oppo and the BCCI had signed a five-year team sponsorship deal worth Rs 1,079 crore which was announced by the Board on March 7 with the contract commencing on April 1.”Oppo put in a record bid of Rs 1,079 crore for five years. This is almost five times the previous bid (Star Indias). The second highest bid was from Vivo which was 768 crore,” Johri had said on March 7.Diana Edulji, a member of the Supreme Court-mandated BCCIs Committee of Administrators, was among those present at the jersey launch along with two of the Boards General Managers – Prof. Ratnakar Shetty and Dr M V Sridhar. PTI SSR NRB RYSlast_img read more

METRO I-29 RAMPS RE-OPEN FRIDAY EVENING

first_imgA pair of ramps to Interstate 29 in Sioux City’s metro corridor are re-opening at 5pm today (Friday).The Iowa Department of Transportation says the northbound Interstate 29 off-ramp to Wesley Parkway, which is exit 148, as well as the northbound I-29 on-ramp from Floyd Boulevard and Virginia Street are both re-opening for motorists.The D-O-T says lane restrictions will exist to allow for on-going construction activities.last_img

The NBA, and not the NFL, is the league of America’s future

first_imgcomment Share on Pinterest Colin Kaepernick Read more Share on WhatsApp Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ‘Trump is where he is because of his appeal to racism’ Share via Email What makes it worse is that studies are finding the same problems with high school and college players. The same study found CTE in the brains of three of 14 high school players (21%) and 48 of 53 college players (91%). Dr Bennet Omalu, who is credited with discovering CTE (and who Will Smith portrayed in the 2015 movie Concussion), said that allowing kids to play football was equal to child abuse: “It is the definition of child abuse. If you play football, and if your child plays football, there is a 100% risk exposure.” This harsh reality prompted several former NFL players – including Brett Favre, Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman – to admit that they would not want their sons to play football. LeBron James and then-President Obama agreed. Knowing all that, Americans can’t help but feel a little complicit in cheering for a sport that is so destructive to its players, especially kids. According to a Washington Post-University of Massachusetts Lowell poll, 90% of sports fans agree that head injuries represent a problem in the sport.Another loose thread being pulled to unravel football’s dominant status is the fact that it’s less popular among children, who are the future fan base. According to ESPN, basketball is the most popular sport among American youth, both boys and girls, while football has dropped to third place. Yet, football is responsible for more injuries than any of the other sports. Football accounts for 28% of injuries among athletes 5 to 14, while basketball is responsible for only 15%. But America has changed and with that change we are seeing a shifting away from hoisting football on our collective shoulders. Although football remains our most popular professional sport, that popularity has been declining over the past five years, from 67% saying they were fans in 2012, to 57% in 2017. Professional baseball has also fallen 2% during that time. However, professional basketball has risen 3%. Before anyone starts blaming Colin Kaepernick, let’s remember that he first took a knee in 2016 and that the fan base erosion had already been strong several years before that.One major reason Americans are stepping back from football is the danger. Physical risk has always been one of the attractions of the sport – a rite of manhood. But recent studies showing just how severe the brain damage is to the players shocked us. A 2017 study published in the Journal of American Medical Association discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 110 out of 111 brains of former NFL players. A broken arm or cracked rib is one thing, the scars that prompt bragging rights, but widespread permanent brain damage that affects players for the rest of their lives is beyond entertainment. There is nothing sexy about depression and dementia. Donald Trump America’s sport isn’t about who we were in the past but about who we want to be going forwardKareem Abdul-Jabbar Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Twitter US sports Share on Facebook NFL Pinterest Although football has long been America’s favorite child among professional sports, there are clear indicators that the ole pigskin is starting to deflate in fans’ eyes. Football fanatics need not panic: polls show it’s still far ahead of both baseball and basketball in popularity. The 2017 NBA finals averaged 20.4m viewers (a 20-year record), which is roughly the same as the NFL’s regular Sunday night audience of 20.3m, and nowhere near the 2016 Super Bowl über-audience of 111m. Based on just those numbers, football is still kicking professional basketball, baseball and hockey through the goal posts. But America can be fickle. And the Magic 8-Ball of our cultural zeitgeist says, “All signs point to the NBA replacing the NFL as the league of America’s future.”This prediction has nothing to do with the athletes themselves, their level of skill, their heart, or their commitment to their sport. Professional athletes are generally the highest expression of what the human body is capable of doing and therefore inspiring to the fans to reach higher and strive harder. In that way, no sport is superior to any other sport. But when it comes to professional sports, some are more inspirational, more exciting and more entertaining to the general public than others and those sports take on a symbolic meaning for Americans. They come to represent our core values. They represent not just who we are, but who we want be. Baseball once ruled all other sports as America’s pastime because it reflected the laid-back, less confrontational mood of America in the 1920s and 1930s. It was highly strategic, required precision teamwork, but moved at a pace reflective of hot summers in rural towns across the country. Football’s popularity rose with the increasing aggression of the America at home and abroad. Football embodied an America who faced all challenges head on, forcing its will on opponents through skill, guile and brute force. We were a country taking bold risks in order to succeed and football was the riskiest of team sports. Support The Guardian One reason Americans are stepping back from football is the danger. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images Since you’re here… Topics Those are just numbers and we know that numbers can fluctuate based on a lot of factors. More important to the future of football than the injuries and declining popularity among youth is the symbolic nature of the sport as it relates to representing America. America’s sport isn’t about who we were in the past but about who we want to be going forward. We no longer see ourselves as Friday Night Lights warriors who send our best and brightest into combat on the field, needlessly risking their brains and futures for the sake of 11 minutes of actual play (out of the average three hours and 12 minutes of an NFL game), which is the same as baseball. In contrast, basketball is a perpetual motion machine in which players face muscular opposition, yet don’t conquer with brute force but rather with graceful maneuvers and intense teamwork. Each game is an example of athletic alchemy, producing astounding physical displays of leaping, spinning, passing and shooting. And it does this every few minutes. America’s sport also has to represent America’s spirit, and right now that spirit is not one of complacency or complicity. Many athletes are no longer satisfied with taking the money and running home to hide out in their mansions. They want to fully embrace their responsibility as role models to children and representatives of their communities to speak out whenever America veers off the road paved by the US Constitution. With the Trump Administration’s overt racism, misogyny, xenophobia and anti-LGBTQ policies, we haven’t just veered off the road, we’re hanging over the cliff.NFL players have been pioneers in expressing their patriotism through silent protest at a time when there is so much to protest. Colin Kaepernick has been a leader in this movement and he has paid a personal and professional price for not caving into pressure. Dozens of other players, coaches and even owners have joined the protest, though most of them have since backed off once there was fear that the NFL’s slipping ticket sales and TV ratings might be related to such demonstrations. Sadly, there is a racial component to this policy. It is the players of color who are being denied their freedom to protest because they are the ones who are part of the oppressed social group. White owners and white fans don’t experience this same oppression, so speaking out about racial disparity in the US is not a priority to them. However, when owners honor military groups at games, or even play the national anthem, they are expressing their political opinions. This means that they aren’t against expressing political opinions, just dissenting ones, even though the country was founded on celebrating dissent.It’s disheartening to see some owners cowering in fear rather than further embracing this just expression. In the long run, pandering to their conservative fan base rather than acting out of conscience does more harm than good—to the sport and to the country.The NBA has been more tolerant of its players’ freedom of speech. Players and coaches from many teams have silently protested and spoken out to the press. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Jarrett Jack, Alan Anderson, Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and others wore “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts during warm-ups in 2014 to protest the death of unarmed Eric Garner by police. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant continue to speak out. Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has said that protesting athletes are “models of American patriotism”. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich echoed that sentiment when he said that his players have “the organization’s full support to speak their minds”. Has speaking out affected ratings? This year the NBA, despite its protests, has increased its TV ratings by 32%, while the NFL’s viewership dropped from 16.5m viewers last year to 15m this year.Things aren’t perfect. There is still pressure to silence players. But the NBA has a chance to seize this moment and boldly lead by promoting the values and freedoms of the US Constitution. To be not just sports heroes, but also social heroes who reflect the kind of engaged Americans who won’t tolerate anyone stepping on our values, just for the price of a ticket, a hot dog and a beer.• Sign up to our weekly email, The Recap, here, showcasing a selection of our sport features from the past seven days. Facebook NBA Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Hydro Cyber Attack a Wake Up Call for Maritime Industry

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license This week’s cyber attack on Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro is a sign of the growing threat facing firms within the maritime and ocean industries, according to Per Martin Tanggaard, Director of Nor-Shipping.On Monday, Norsk Hydro computer systems were initially hit by the comparatively new LockerGoga virus. It then spread through the firm’s network encrypting files.As a result, the company, which employs some 36,000 people in 40 countries, was forced to halt production in several plants, switching to increased manual operations to bypass problems connecting to its production systems. LockerGoga works by demanding payment for the decryption of infected files.“This is yet another wake up call for industry, and particularly for the maritime segment,” Tanggaard commented.“Shipping has been comparatively slow to join the digital revolution, but now that it has developments are moving fast, with ever increasing automation, connected operations and the move towards autonomy. It is absolutely essential that firms don’t just see the opportunities inherent here, but also the threats,” he pointed out.Tanggaard further said that shipping and ocean industry firms — which have large and expensive assets, infrastructure and cargoes — should have strategies to counter risk. He also mentioned cyber attacks that happened in the past two years, involving companies such as Maersk, COSCO, Austal as well as ports such as San Diego and Barcelona.“Cyber security should be top of the agenda for all businesses, big and small. If a company with Norsk Hydro’s resources, expertise and systems is susceptible to attack, then everybody is. Be aware,” Nor-Shipping’s Director warned.In June, Nor-Shipping is organizing Ocean Leadership Conference which will tackle issues including the evolving threat landscape and devising effective cyber strategies. The conference will be held in the Thon Hotel Arena Lillestrøm, Norway, as part of Nor-Shipping 2019, a maritime event attracting key industry players.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia Will Allow Women to Drive Motorcycles and Trucks

By Sana ElouaziRabat – As the winds of change continue to hit the Al-Saud kingdom, authorities have announced that Saudi women will also be able to drive motorcycles, vans, and trucks, after Riyadh lifted the ban on women’s driving three months ago.The news was announced on state media and confirmed by the Saudi General Department of Traffic. However, Saudi woman will still have to wait for seven months to hop on their motorcycles, as the measure will only come into effect beginning June 2018.For many years, the ban on women driving has caused serious damage to the kingdom’s reputation at the regional and international level.This measure had been demanded for many years by Saudi women, who took to the streets in their cars in protest of the policy, and some of whom were arrested and jailed for defying the ban.The prohibition still had fierce support from Saudi officials and religious figures, who went as far as issuing religious edicts on the subject.So is the case, for instance, for Sheikh Saad Al Hijri, who sparked the outrage of both the Saudi and international publics by stating that women cannot drive “because they have quarter of a brain.”Allowing women to drive for the first time in the history of the Arabian kingdom is a move that comes as a part of a vast program of economic and social reforms initiated by the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in April 2016, under the Vision 2030 banner, to the discontent of ultra-conservative circles.In Saudi Arabia, the unemployment rate is very high among women due to their total dependence on male drivers.By allowing millions of new motorists to take the wheels, Riyadh’s decision could have a significant impact on the Saudi economy, aiming at reducing the country’s dependence on oil.To boost the country’s economic growth, Saudi authorities will also allow public cinemas to operate within the kingdom as of early 2018, lifting a ban that has been in force for more than 35 years.Despite lifting the gender-based road restrictions, Saudi Arabia continue to have one of the most discriminatory laws against women, who are still severely restricted and must live under the supervision of a male guardian in their families in order to study, travel. or even to receive hospital treatment. read more

Ban Kimoon lauds gains made in Central African integration peace

In a message to the 13th conference of heads of State and of government of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) underway in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, Mr. Ban said that “the progress which has been achieved so far in the process of integration of Central Africa, as well as in the promotion of peace is encouraging.”He also noted in his message delivered by his Special Representative for the Central African Republic, François Lonsény Fall that the “collective efforts” of ECCAS countries will promote a common market comprising over 120 million consumers, while the consolidation of peace would bolster socio-economic development for the sub-region as well as the entire African continent.But at the same time, he acknowledged that Central Africa still faces obstacles in increasing prosperity and the well-being of the population, including the persistence of tension in zones such as eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), eastern Chad and north-eastern Central African Republic (CAR).The proliferation of light weapons and small arms, the illegal exploitation of natural resources and the rise of human trafficking and cross-border insecurity are also impeding Central African integration, he said.Mr. Ban welcomed the ongoing steps towards peace in Chad and CAR, adding that he hopes that “the effective implementation of the recommendations and decisions from these processes will reinforce national reconciliation, peacebuilding and reconstruction within these two countries of the sub-region of Central Africa.” 30 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised Central Africa for its efforts towards integration and peace, but warned that the region still faces several hurdles. read more

Lebanon enlarged UN peacekeeping presence helps stimulate local economy

By 2007, UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) international civilian staff will more than double, and this will definitely influence for the better the financial market, the mission said in news release today.UNIFIL staff members purchase commodities, rent apartments, enrol their children in schools and travel. “In addition, UNIFIL employees have many visitors who will have a significant impact on tourism and this is priceless, it improves the reputation of the country,” the mission’s Acting Chief Administrative Officer Jean-Pierre Ducharme said. UNIFIL also provides medical and dental insurance to national staff members, reducing the burden on the Lebanese social structure. The number of national staff, which already exceeds 300, should double in the next year.As mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 1701, UNIFIL strength is to increase to up to 15,000 international troops before the end of 2006. “The soldiers spend a lot of money here, they visit local attractions, eat out, travel and this, in the end, helps to stimulate the economy,” Mr. Ducharme said.Over the last three years, UNIFIL spent approximately 60 per cent of its budget on procuring from local companies. During the past year alone, some $40 million went back to the Lebanese economy.“Obviously, this number will increase, but it gives a good indication on how UNIFIL provides something positive for the Lebanese market,” Mr. Ducharme said. read more

New panel reviewing Energy East Pipeline voids past decisions restarts process

New panel reviewing Energy East Pipeline voids past decisions, restarts process Energy East Pipeline www.energyeastpipeline.com by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 27, 2017 7:45 am MDT Last Updated Jan 27, 2017 at 8:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The National Energy Board says the new panel assigned to review TransCanada Corp.’s (TSX:TRP) Energy East Pipeline has voided all decisions made by the previous hearing panel.The board says all hearing steps and related deadlines for Energy East are no longer applicable.The previous Energy East pipeline panel stepped down amidst questions about a potential conflict of interest last year.A new panel was appointed earlier this month.The board says the previous panel’s decisions have also been rendered void for TransCanada’s Eastern Mainline pipeline application.The board noted that those who have already submitted an application to participate in the review process do not need to reapply.It said the new panel will review all of the filed applications and release a new list of participants.The panel has also decided that the project applicants do not need to refile their applications.The review panel will examine a proposed 4,500-kilometre pipeline that would carry 1.1-million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.It includes a proposal to build approximately 279 kilometres of new gas pipeline and related components in four sections, beginning near Markham, Ont., and finishing near Brouseville, Ont. read more

Brock prof wins prestigious teaching award

Brock University Recreation and Leisure Studies Professor Timothy O’Connell has won a teaching award from an association representing 17,000 faculty members in Ontario.The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations announced its 2014-15 Teaching Award recipients Tuesday morning and O’Connell was one of five to make the list. “The University is delighted to receive the news that Prof. Tim O’Connell is a recipient,” said Anna Lathrop, Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning at Brock. “He epitomizes student-centred learning both within and outside the classroom. He is a distinguished researcher in the field of teaching and learning scholarship, most notably in the area of experiential education.” O’Connell said the award is the result of having good students to work with.“It’s more of a testimony to the students and just how much they engage in things. It makes it easy,” he said, adding that the University has given him the support needed to do “good and different things.” O’Connell launched the Brock Basecamp program in 2010 that takes first-year students on multi-day outdoor excursions involving hiking, canoeing or rock-climbing. The trips are led by upper-year Brock students or recent grads. “It’s a way for the incoming students to make friends, which is one of the biggest concerns for students coming from high school to university,” he said. “It’s also a way for the student leaders to share information on things like making healthy decisions, physical activity, and drug and alcohol awareness.” Lathrop said the Basecamp program has had a national impact.“It’s a stellar example of an orientation program that has a significant positive impact on students’ sense of community and campus affiliation. As a result, many other universities have sought to emulate this example.”O’Connell, who has taught at Brock since 2006, also makes experiential learning a priority in his classes. “In all of the traditional classes I teach, I try to have an experiential learning component. We do a little bit of theory and knowledge, but we also try and make it real through practical, hands-on experience,” he said. “Prof. O’Connell is a champion of experiential learning, and believes the pursuit of knowledge is as much about doing as thinking,” said Andrea Buchholz, Chair of OCUFA’s Award Committee. “It is perhaps no surprise that he is taking learning beyond the classroom to astounding new heights.”O’Connell will receive his award at a ceremony Oct. 24 in Toronto. Other recipients were: Greg Evans, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto; Prof. Vincent Hui, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University; Pippa Lock, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University; Trent Tucker, College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph. read more

Commentary Devoted NBA fans wont miss David Stern

When I heard that NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed a potential blockbuster deal that would have sent former New Orleans Hornets and all-star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers last season, I said a bunch of things that can’t be run in print. Well, Christmas came early for me this season as Stern said Thursday he would retire as league commissioner, effective Feb. 1, 2014. The NBA’s deputy commissioner, Adam Silver, has been selected to take his place. The decision to try and bar Paul from the Lakers, I thought, was the most blatant abuse of power I have ever seen by a professional commissioner. Los Angeles and the Hornets negotiated what they considered a fair deal and made it league official, only to be renounced hours later because one person, Stern, didn’t think it was “fair.” I understand Stern found a loophole. At the time, New Orleans’ team was up for sale. Consequently, the Hornets fell under the ownership of Stern and the NBA. Stern said the league made a decision “in the best interest” of the Hornets. Many people speculate that Stern’s decision was made due to enormous pressure from multiple owners, most notably Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But countless NBA analysts disagreed and felt the deal was more than adequate. Personally, I think most owners believed the league was getting too top-heavy with talent and smaller market teams would no longer be able to compete at a championship level. Now, if you fast forward to present day, the Lakers look like the predominant favorite to represent the Western Conference and the only team who can challenge the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. But today, Lakers fans only have one question: What could have been? Keep in mind, the proposed three-team deal that Stern vetoed only included current Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and former Laker Lamar Odom in exchange for Paul. Comparatively, the Aug. 10 four-team trade that sent former Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Lakers only featured injury-prone center Andrew Bynum from the purple and gold. So conceivably, the Lakers could have assembled a Western Conference version of the Miami “Big Three” with Howard, Paul and guard Kobe Bryant. As the New York Yankees of the NBA, the Lakers always seem to get who they want. Key acquisitions of longtime Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash and Howard have made painful memories of the failed Paul deal disappear. I’m not saying Stern robbed the Lakers of a title last season, but he sure didn’t help. Over the last few seasons, the Lakers have been torched by point guards and Paul is arguably the best at his position. What I am saying is that I hope Silver leaves the dealing to the general managers. Stern caused more harm than good and devoted NBA fans are not sad he’s leaving. Here’s to a bright future and let’s hope we see a “Silver-lining” with the new commissioner. read more

Overseas Australians can still vote

first_imgMembers of the Greek Australian community who are overseas can still vote in the upcoming Federal Election, the Australian Electoral Commission has said. To do so, you must be enrolled to vote. There are a number of ways you can vote overseas. You can vote in person at an overseas voting centre. They will be found at most Australian Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions around the world. Pre-poll (in person) voting for the 2013 election will operate at overseas voting centres from Monday 26 August. Check with your nearest overseas voting centre to find out what times they will open for voting. The AEC will also have early voting centres set up at some Australian airports before election day so you will be able to vote before you leave the country. Details of these centres will be available on the AEC website closer to the federal election. If you are travelling overseas for a short period of time and prefer to vote by post for this election, you can apply online. Your postal vote will be sent to your nominated postal address once ballot papers are available. If you will be out of Australia for a longer period, you may be eligible to register as an eligible overseas elector. Eligible overseas electors will be given the option of registering as a general postal voter which means they will automatically receive a postal vote in the mail for each election or referendum. If you are unable to vote you should complete and submit an Overseas Notification form, also found on the AEC website. Fines will not be issued to those who do not vote but can prove they are overseas. You can apply online for a postal vote so your voting papers are sent to your overseas address for you to complete and mail back to the AEC but you can not vote online. For more information, visit www.aec.gov.au/Voting/Ways_to_vote/overseas.htm Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Laser Scans Uncover Hidden Military Traverse Underneath Alcatraz

first_img Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Alcatraz holds many forgotten secrets, but one has been discovered: High-tech radar and laser scans have uncovered a hidden military traverse underneath the infamous penitentiary, according to new research.A team of researchers from Binghamton University, State University of New York used terrestrial laser scans, ground-penetrating radar data, and georectifications (the process of taking old digitized maps and linking them to a coordinate system so that they can be accurately geolocated in 3D space) to locate and assess the historical remains beneath the former recreation yard of the Alcatraz penitentiary, according to a press release.The scans revealed that remnants of buried structures, including a “bombproof” earthwork traverse along with its underlying vaulted brick masonry tunnel and ventilation ducts, ran east to west beneath the recreation yard of the Alcatraz penitentiary, which is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, Calif.Binghamton University archaeologist Timothy de Smet, whose team’s findings are detailed in a paper published in the journal Near Surface Geophysics, said he was shocked to discover that the historical structures were maintained in such good condition.“The remains of these historical archaeology features were just a few centimeters beneath the surface and they were miraculously and impeccably preserved,” de Smet said. “The concrete veneer of the Recreation Yard floor is incredibly thin and, in fact, in places sitting directly atop the architecture from the 1860s. We also learned that some of the earthwork traverses were covered over with thin concrete layers through time, likely to decrease erosion on the rainy windy island.”Known as a former high-security federal penitentiary that once housed many of America’s most notorious gangsters and criminals, such as Al Capone, Alcatraz Island is now a National Historic Landmark that attracts several tourists in its location adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge.However, many overlook Alcatraz’s former military role as a 19th century coastal fortification, featuring underground ammunition. Since it was converted to a prison, researchers have been interested to see if there were any historical remains left of the fortification.Binghamton University archaeologist Timothy de Smet and colleagues used terrestrial laser scans, ground-penetrating radar data and georectifications to locate and assess historical remains beneath the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. (Photo Credit: Timothy de Smet)According to de Smet, during the construction of the Alcatraz prison in the 1900s, the area was essentially bulldozed from the former military installation to the modern prison we see today.“We sought non-invasive, non-destructive means to ascertain if any historic archaeological remains lay beneath several parts of the island, like the Recreation Yard of the infamous US Federal penitentiary,” said de Smet. “We did not know what to expect. We did not know if there would be any extant subsurface architecture of these historically significant remains, or if there was anything left, what their extent and integrity would be like.”The noninvasive process used by researchers permits accurate spatial identification 19th-century architectural structures depicted in historical documents. And this groundbreaking approach can also be applied to investigate other important cultural landmarks worldwide.de Smet said the results prove that archaeologists can detect historical structures in a gentler manner: “These results are significant in that they show how modern technology can be used to answer fundamental questions of archaeological importance without any destructive excavations. This research shows that best practice approaches can be used to non-invasively non-destructively investigate the archaeological record with remote sensing alone.”More on Geek.com:500-Million-Year-Old Worm ‘Superhighway’ Discovered in CanadaScientists Find ‘Tiny Animal Carcasses’ in Buried Antarctic LakeUntouched, 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt Stay on targetlast_img read more

Inside look at 3day WWE tryout camp at Performance Center

first_img Twitter Facebook Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE has uploaded onto YouTube today a inside look at a September 2014 3-day WWE tryout camp at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Talent taking part in the tryout camp included former WWE Tough Enough cast member Ryan Howe from the 2011 season and independent wrestler Rich Swann, who wrestles for PWG and EVOLVE, as well as Dragon Gate in Japan.You can view the video below. Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory part of new Performance Center class, new PC coach 7/13 EVOLVE Highlights: Riddle vs. Gulak, Paul Heyman makes an appearance, Gargano Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSyracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube StarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Syracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube Star Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionslast_img read more

County panel to weigh jail options

first_imgClark County will form a blue ribbon commission to look into options to modernize and upgrade the county’s antiquated jail.Council Chair Marc Boldt said Interim County Manager Jim Rumpeltes is currently assembling the commission’s members as well as the exact scope of its task and should be finished later this month.Boldt said the commission will likely be comprised of about 20 members that could include mayors, city administrators and community members. He said it may also include elected officials and representatives from county departments such as General Services, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, judges, as well as the treasurer and auditor’s offices.“Personally, it is my most important issue,” said Boldt.Last spring, the county released findings from the DLR Group, a facilities consulting firm, that concluded that the county’s jail had become increasingly cramped and dilapidated. One study from the firm found that the jail would need another 366,564 square feet to meet industry best practices. It currently has 124,318 square feet (excluding its work center). The study also found that the jail will need to have 1,109 to 1,260 beds by 2036, more than its current 793-bed capacity.The consultants presented three plans to upgrade the jail. The “preferred” master plan would cost between $268 million and $284 million and would bring the jail up to industry square-foot standards while increasing the bed count to 1,028.Boldt said he expects the commission to conclude its work in the fall. The county could go to voters with a bond proposal in February of next year.last_img read more

Mayor Turner Says He Does Not Support Use Of Facility In Houston

first_img Share Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Tuesday he does not support the use of a facility on Emancipation Avenue to shelter immigrant children who were separated from their families at the border.Turner said he met with Southwest Key representatives and asked them to reconsider.“Because if we facilitate these type of policies, then what do we do the next time?” he asked. “It becomes a little bit easier. And the next time, it becomes a little bit easier. And then one morning we will wake up and ask ourselves, what sort of society have we allowed ourselves to create?” Flanked by dozens of political, faith and community advocates, Turner said he has no issue with Southwest Key itself. The nonprofit runs 26 immigrant children’s shelters in Texas, Arizona and California, according to their website.”I don’t want our city to participate in this policy'” @SylvesterTurner says. “We draw the line and for me, the line is with these children.”#FamilySeparation— Houston Public Media (@HoustonPubMedia) June 19, 2018News 88.7 has reached out to Southwest Key for comment. We will update this post once we hear back.last_img read more

AlImdaad spread warmth this winterAlImdaad spread warmth this winter

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Al-Imdaad Foundation launched its Operation Winter Warmth programme on Monday in the uThukela District.Blankets and warm hats were distributed in the jurisdiction of Alfred Duma Local Municipality.Operation Winter Warmth is an annual initiative of the Al-Imdaad Foundation which ensures that blankets and other winter accessories reach communities in need.Al-Imdaad Foundation teams conducted two distributions as part of the launch of Operation Winter Warmth in the district.The first distribution took place at Thembesizwe Primary School and was attended by Mayor Vincent Madlala as well as uThukela District Mayor Siphiwe Mazibuko. The teams distributed 50 hygiene packs and 100 warm hats to learners at the school as part of the programme.The second distribution took place at the Emachibini Hall in the rural Umhlumayo area and was also attended by the district mayor. At this distribution, the focus was on the elderly, and 100 blankets and 30 walking sticks were distributed to senior citizens from the area.By working together with local authorities, Al-Imdaad was able to reach out with warmth to the young and old of the uThukela District.Similar distributions have also been undertaken by Al-Imdaad teams in other provinces and areas, including the Western Cape, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Coastal KwaZulu-Natal.For more information on the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Operation Winter Warmth initiative or to sponsor a blanket, please visit www.alimdaad.com or call 0861786243Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Qantas blast Virgins capital raising

first_imgQantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce has openly expressed his outrage to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Transport Minister Warren Truss and all state governments, demanding the “outdated policy framework” of the Qantas Sales Act be urgently revised, The Australian Financial Review reported. Joyce’s primary concern is that the capital raising efforts are the latest strategy by three foreign governments to invest in Virgin in order to undercut Qantas on profitable routes and traffic rights until the airline is no longer able to sustain its international network. Source = ETB News: L.B. Mr Joyce has demanded the Virgin Australia deal be “forensically examined” by the Foreign Investment Review Board.center_img The AU$350 million injection from Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways would see the total ownership of Virgin Australia increase from 63 percent to 72 percent, in what Joyce describes as a gradual foreign takeover of the airline. Qantas has demanded the federal government halt Virgin Australia’s AU$350 million foreign capital investment, claiming state-owned airlines would debilitate the airline domestically and internationally, taking over its routes.last_img read more