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Tasked to guide the Bolts, Amer drops 31 in crucial game

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWhen Meralco needed someone to take over and lead by example against Blackwater, it found Baser Amer.The 24-year-old led the Bolts with 31 points in their 104-96 win over the Elite in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals that set up a semifinals matchup against Star.ADVERTISEMENT Amer scored 22 in the second half and hit big shots in the fourth to keep the Elite at bay.Blackwater had an 84-79 lead in the 9:49 mark of the fourth when Amer sparked an 11-0 run, scoring eight in the spurt, which gave Meralco a 90-84 lead with 8:06 remaining in the game.“We don’t want to lose and wait for another conference to start,” said Amer. “We get jealous of just sitting around and watching the other teams play. We want to get to the next chapter because it feels good to play.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Amer, who is celebrating his birthday on Friday, averaged a shade under 14 points a game during the eliminations but he knew he had to do more to help the Bolts avoid an upset to the eighth-seeded Elite.“The coaches just told me to be aggressive, look for opportunities to score,” said Amer in Filipino. “And coach Norman [Black] told me to guide the team.”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 shutoutMeralco, the top-seeded team in the Governors’ Cup, was in danger of faling to the Elite in the quarterfinals after getting its twice-to-beat advantage neutralized in the first game, losing 92-91.In their second playoff meeting, the Bolts were down 52-40 at the half before Amer took over. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Guiao has eyes on Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick View commentslast_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: MS Dhoni-Shoaib Malik exchange pleasantries during practice session in Dubai

first_imgIndia’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik had a very jovial meeting at the ICC Academy in Dubai, where the two teams started their preparation for the upcoming 2018 Asia Cup.India began their preparations on Friday with Pakistan already having reached the venue three days prior. Shoaib walked over to the Indian camp and greeted Dhoni warmly as the two veterans shared a few laughs.Rohit Sharma, who will be captaining the Indian team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, led nine members of the Indian team to Dubai, with the rest of the players – who competed in the gruelling Test series in England – joining the squad on September 16 after a two-day break.READ – Asia Cup 2018: Can Rohit Sharma shine as a captain once again?On Friday, the likes of Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, along with Rohit, had a training session to acclimatise to the conditions in Dubai.India, Pakistan and Hong Kong, who booked their place after defeating United Arab Emirates in the final of the qualifiers, have been placed in group A, while Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.READ – Asia Cup 2018: Will Virat Kohli’s absence hurt India’s chances?The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 and two teams will then play the final on 28 September in Dubai.The boys are back in action. Time for the #AsiaCup to get underway here in Dubai. Snapshots from #TeamIndia’s practice session on Day 1 pic.twitter.com/alrBbzdaAbadvertisement BCCI (@BCCI) September 14, 2018Pakistan team training and practice session underway at the ICC Academy, Dubai pic.twitter.com/NNZ4smke1UPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 14, 2018India will open their campaign against Hong Kong on September 18 in Dubai and then play arch-rivals Pakistan at the same venue the next day.Asia Cup returns to the 50-overs format in this edition to allow teams an opportunity to prepare for the 50-over ICC World Cup in England and Wales next year. The 2016 edition of the Asia Cup was a Twenty20 affair.READ – MS Dhoni’s chance to answer critics after average England seriesDhoni will be key for India, not only for his experience but also for his batting, which has drawn some serious criticism in the recent past. Dhoni will have a lot to prove to people, who have raised questions about his strike rate and finishing abilities during the limited-overs series in England.Virender Sehwag too backed the former captain to be India’s No.1 keeper till the next World Cup. “In my personal opinion, MS Dhoni should continue till the 2019 World Cup,” Sehwag said.READ – Pant ideal replacement for Dhoni after 2019 World Cup, feels SehwagAs for Malik. He was singled out by former India batsman VVS Laxman as the real threat when India play against arch-rivals Pakistan.”Shoaib Malik is someone who would look to play the anchor role because he has got ability to rotate the strike, play down the ground, taking easy singles,” Laxman said.READ – Laxman names Shoaib Malik as real threat for India vs Pakistan”But at the same time when he presses the accelerator, he can play the big shots and he has got abundance of experience and he is a champion as far as wide ball is concerned,” he added.Malik has an impressive record against India, having scored 1661 runs in 39 matches and that too at an impressive average of 47.45. Malik has also scored four centuries against India.last_img read more

India vs Australia: KL Rahul hits the nets at SCG moments after getting out cheaply

first_imgOut-of-form India opener, KL Rahul squandered a golden opportunity he got in the fourth and final Test of the ongoing series against Australia in Sydney by getting out cheaply in the first innings on Thursday.However, Rahul showcased his poor form is not due to lack of effort as he hit the nets at the Sydney Cricket Ground immediately after his dismissal. In a video available on social media, the Karnataka batsman can be seen getting throwdowns from support staff at the nets.Rahul managed only 9 runs in the morning session on Day 1 of the ongoing Test. After getting two boundaries off the edge of his blade, early in the innings, he was out caught in the slips after poking at Josh Hazlewood as early as in the second over of the match. Rahul’s tentativeness outside the off-stump proved to be his undoing once again.Rahul was dropped for the third Test in Melbourne where India took an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series after he managed just 48 runs from four innings in Adelaide and Perth. However, he was included in the playing XI for the ongoing Test after Rohit Sharma flew back to India to be with his wife, who gave birth to a baby girl earlier this week.Rahul got an opportunity to open ahead of the makeshift opener, Hanuma Vihari with his Karnataka teammate and best friend Mayank Agarwal.Despite losing a wicket early, India got off to a solid start as Mayank continued from where he left in Melbourne. The young opener reached his Test-best score of 77 before falling to Nathan Lyon. Mayank paid the price for being greedy as he tried to loft the Australian off-spinner over long on, two balls after hitting him for a six.advertisementThe wicket saw the end of a 110-run stand between Mayank and Cheteshwar Pujara, who went on to make his third century of the ongoing series. Pujara stitched 54-run stand with captain Virat Kohli, who failed to convert his start (23) into a big knock.After 77 overs, India were 258 for 4 as Vihari had joined Pujara in the middle after the dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane, who was undone by a brilliant bouncer by Mitchell Starc.Also Read | Pujara joins Gavaskar and Kohli in elite list after Sydney centuryAlso Read | Are you not bored yet Pujara? Nathan Lyon asks India’s run-machineAlso See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019, India vs New Zealand: Unbeaten teams look to spoil each other’s perfect record

first_imgIndia and New Zealand are the only teams which are yet unbeaten in the World Cup 2019 but that is set to change as they meet in a crucial encounter in Nottingham on June 13. But with rain having already washed away 3 games in a week and the threat looming quite large on today’s game too, the match could also turn into a damp squib.But the way New Zealand beat India in the warm-up game must still be ringing in the minds of the Indian batsmen. Trent Boult led the way with 4 wickets as the Kiwi bowlers bundled out India for a mere 179, before chasing the target with 77 balls to spare. With overcast skies in Nottingham expected to aid swing bowling, India need to plan their batting plans accordingly.Incidentally, the 2 teams are the only ones left in the World cup 2019 with no losses yet, but that will change, if rain allows, after today’s game. While NZ are sitting pretty at the top of the points table with 3 wins from as many games, India have won both their games so far with little difficulty.India must also be aware of their head-to-head record against the Kiwis in World Cup matches, which is 4-3 in favour of New Zealand. Not just this, but NZ’s overall record in the biggest ICC tournament is also impressive as they are the team to have won the most WC matches after 5-time winners Australia.Nonetheless, after their high beating the defending champions Australia in their last game, India must be feeling confident, a feeling that could have slightly mellowed down after last game’s Player of the Match Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out due to a thumb injury. With a new opening combination expected in Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, it will be interesting to see who India go with at the crucial No. 4 spot.advertisementPitch and conditions:The less said about the weather the better as there is a high chance of rain predicted for today’s game. However, if weather permits, the Trent Bridge pitch is known to favour batsmen and big scores but as was evident during West Indies’ rout of Pakistan, it could also provide some steep bounce and pace for seamers. All in all it is expected to be a sporting pitch and a cracker of a game is expected unless it is doused by showers.Probable XIs:India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.Also Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 18: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) Nottingham Weather Forecastlast_img read more

Migrant farm worker review prompts renewed calls for reforms protections

first_imgOTTAWA — In midsummer 2018, while many Canadians were enjoying cold drinks on a hot day, a group of migrant farm labourers in Southern Ontario made a desperate phone call.The workers had been recruited from their homes in Central America as temporary foreign workers. They were told they’d earn a decent wage in exchange for regulated work on Canadian farms, with accommodations provided.But they allege they were made to work 12- and 14-hour days and forced to live in squalid conditions. A group of 20 was assigned to one small home, with up to eight people sharing one bedroom. Their passports were taken away. Earlier in the year, during the cold winter months, they had to beg for heating. When the heat finally came, their pay was docked to cover the cost.Santiago Escobar, a representative with the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which has been supporting migrant workers in Canada for many years, said these farm workers were recruited by a temporary employment agency. The agency would move them around to different farms every couple of weeks or months, often placing them in jobs with no training or knowledge of how to do the work, he said.At one place, they harvested mushrooms. At another, they worked with poultry.“Some of them were even injured while working and they were told that they could not go to see a doctor,” Escobar said.When they’d reached their limit, they phoned Escobar’s union.Authorities were called and a police investigation is ongoing. But their nightmare experience is one that has been lived by many migrant farm workers in Canada.That’s why the federal government launched a review in 2017 of the “primary agriculture” stream in Canada’s temporary foreign worker (TFW) program. It covers seasonal agriculture workers, low-wage and some high-wage temporary workers.The results were quietly published last month.The program allowing temporary foreign workers is meant to help employers fill job vacancies when Canadians are not available. The government is supposed to make sure employers use the program to respond only to real labour shortages, but concerns have been raised repeatedly over the years about migrant workers’ being tied to employers who have abused them by making them work long hours, cutting their paycheques with arbitrary fees and offering poor living conditions.In 2017, according to government figures, about 35,000 employers got permission to bring in temporary workers for 97,000 positions. Nearly two-thirds of those were in primary agriculture.Farm workers are particularly vulnerable because they often work in remote locations and the work itself can be hazardous, involving heavy equipment and hard labour.The federal review involved extensive consultations with employers and workers — over 490 stakeholders provided input. A housing study and labour-market analysis was also completed.The findings highlighted a key point: Canadians are increasingly unwilling to work on farms, which means agriculture businesses will continue to seek temporary foreign workers to meet their labour needs.Employers told government they face an onerous and outdated application process and asked for less red tape for employers proven to be at low risk of abuse. Producers also want to broaden the definitions of what kinds of farm work is eligible for temporary foreign labour. Currently, only farm work involving products on a specified list is eligible. The “national commodity list” includes fruits, vegetables, flowers, tobacco and various animals, but not grains, oilseeds or maple products.“Canadian farmers continue to undertake extensive efforts to recruit and retain Canadians first, but tight margins, seasonality, and remote farm locations all present challenges when trying to hire Canadians,” said Mary Robinson, a Prince Edward Island potato and grain farmer who’s president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.Recruitment and promotion of opportunities in the farm sector are a priority, but job vacancies are creating problems, she said. Currently the primary agriculture sector has 60,000 vacancies across Canada. By 2025, that number expected to balloon to 110,000.That’s why one of the recommendations of the federal program review has producers concerned. It asks Ottawa to consider placing caps on the numbers of migrant farm workers accepted to Canada to ensue employers aren’t “overusing TFWs.”“Despite the public perception, agricultural jobs are not ‘low-skilled’ and require unique skill sets that aren’t always readily available or of interest to Canadians in their areas,” Robinson said.“We’re keen to better connect agricultural opportunities with Canadians but the TFW program is not what’s preventing this from taking place. While there are many opportunities to educate Canada on agricultural jobs, there will continue to be a significant need for TFWs for the foreseeable future and artificially imposed caps don’t fix the fact that Canadian farmers are price-takers competing in global markets.”The federal review has also recommended: increasing wages to attract more Canadians to take farm jobs; exploring the idea of allowing migrant workers better access to permanent residency and offering them open work permits, to allow them to quickly leave employers in cases of abuse; and establishing a minimum housing standard for workers.Since March 2015, Service Canada has been conducting farm inspections to ensure that employers are offering proper working and housing conditions to migrant workers. Those inspections have since increased and government has been naming and shaming those caught breaking the rules. Violators can also face financial penalties or be banned from the program. So far, 129 companies have been cited for violations.But Escobar says despite this, his union has not seen a marked difference on the ground for many migrant farm workers.He says he is happy to see the federal review acknowledge that temporary foreign workers are facing abuses in Canada and welcomes the recommendations aimed at giving more rights and protections to workers.“But a key part of this is how to implement it,” he said.“If you live in rural Ontario or rural British Columbia, you don’t have access to Service Canada. You don’t have access to a toll-free number to call … this is why we are calling on the government to partner with us, because we have access to workers, we are familiar with their issues.”Employment Minister Patty Hajdu wasn’t available for an interview, but her spokesperson, Veronique Simard, says the federal government is still considering the recommendations, adding that “significant improvements” have already been made to the migrant farm-worker program.She pointed to several pilot programs — one in Atlantic Canada and a new one for northern and rural areas of Canada — that offer an expedited pathway to permanent residency for foreign workers. There is also a pilot project in British Columbia where government has spent $3.4 million over two years to help organizations that support temporary foreign workers dealing with potential abuse by their employers.“Our government has taken steps to ensure that Canadians have the first opportunity at available jobs, that the rights of foreign workers are protected, and that the program is responsive to Canadian labour market needs,” Simard said. “Information collected through the review will serve as a key input in the consideration of ways to modernize the primary agriculture stream.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Yellen to step down from Federal Reserve board

first_imgWASHINGTON – Janet Yellen submitted her resignation from the Federal Reserve board to President Donald Trump on Monday, announcing that she will leave when her successor is sworn in as Fed chairman.In a letter to the president, Yellen said she would her “utmost” to ensure a smooth transition to Jerome Powell, who was tapped by Trump on Nov. 2 to become the next Fed leader after the president decided not to offer Yellen a second term.Yellen’s decision gives Trump in his first year in office the chance to fill five positions on the Fed’s seven-member board, in addition to picking Powell to be the next Fed chairman. Board member Lael Brainard will be the only Fed board member not nominated by Trump, meaning his selections will have tremendous influence in setting the country’s future monetary policy.Powell’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for next week before the Senate Banking Committee. Powell, at one time the only Republican on the Fed board, is not expected to encounter major hurdles in winning confirmation to the chairman’s job. He has been on the Fed board since 2012.Yellen’s four-year term as Fed chair ends on Feb. 3. But she could have chosen to remain on the board until her term as a board member ended in January 2024.At the moment, the board has three vacancies including the No. 2 spot of vice chairman. The president earlier this year tapped Utah financier Randal Quarles to be vice chairman for supervision.The administration has not announced selections for the other openings. But last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Mohamed El-Erian, the former chief executive at Pacific Investment Management Co., was one of several candidates being considered for the vice chairman’s job.It was also reported that Kansas State Banking Commissioner Michelle Bowman was being considered for the Fed board seat reserved for someone with community banking experience.Until Monday, Yellen had been mum on whether she might stay on the Fed board if she did not get another term as chair.In her letter to Trump, Yellen said it had been “my great privilege and honour” to serve in the Federal Reserve system over three decades, first as a member of the board during the 1990s. She served as president of the Fed’s San Francisco regional bank, then Fed board vice chairman. In 2014, Yellen succeeded Ben Bernanke to become the first woman to head the U.S. central bank.“As I prepare to leave the board, I am gratified that the financial system is much stronger than a decade ago, better able to withstand future bouts of instability,” she said in her resignation letter. “I am also gratified by the substantial improvements in the economy since the crisis.”Shawn Sebastian, co-director of the Fed Up coalition, a collection of progressive groups, called Yellen’s departure “a loss for working people across the country.” He praised Yellen for her stands on “economic inequality, racial disparities in the economy, the role of women in the workplace and the need for more diversity at the Fed.”House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, who often sparred with Yellen over monetary policy, said in a statement that he had great respect for her and “there is no doubt she is an able public servant and I wish her well.”Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, praised Yellen for successfully navigating “one of the most challenging economic periods we have seen in generations.”Yellen was the first Fed leader not to be offered a second term in four decades. In comments a week before announcing his decision, Trump had suggested that while he held Yellen in high regard, he might want to make his own mark on the central bank by selecting someone else for the top job.Powell, a lawyer by training, will be the first official without an advanced degree in economics to head up the central bank in four decades.___This story has been corrected to show the correct spelling of Mohamed El-Erian. It is not Mohammad El-Erian.last_img read more

Agricultural producer Cargill to sell some Ontario assets to La Coop federee

first_imgWINNIPEG – Cargill has reached a deal to sell some of its Ontario grain and crop inputs assets, including its stake in South West Ag Partners, to Quebec-based agri-food co-operative La Coop federee.The agricultural producer and distributor and the agri-food enterprise, which has operations across Canada, did not disclose the terms of the pending sale.The transaction comprises 13 grain assets and crop inputs, retail assets and Cargill’s 50 per cent share of South West Ag Partners, a joint venture which includes nine grain and crop inputs facilities in Ontario.However, the pending sale does not include Cargill’s export terminal in Sarnia or the AgResource crops wholesale business.All other Cargill grain and crop inputs assets in Canada and its other businesses in Ontario and throughout Canada are not included in the sale agreement.The companies say the transaction is expected to be completed by the second quarter.last_img read more

Putin signs bill punishing those who insult the state

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed bills restricting online media and making a criminal of anyone who insults the state — laws that critics see as part of Kremlin efforts to stifle criticism and tighten media control.A bill passed by the Russian parliament earlier this month introduces fines for publishing materials showing disrespect to the state, its symbols or government organs. Repeat offenders could face a 15-day jail sentence.Another bill envisages blocking anyone who publishes “fake news” online that is perceived to threaten public health and security. It gives those who publish such information a day to correct or remove it. If they fail to do so, prosecutors will move to block them.Putin has signed both bills, according to information posted Monday on the government portal of legal information.The Associated Press read more

Applications for jobless aid fall to lowest in 50 years

WASHINGTON — The number of people applying for unemployment aid fell last week to its lowest level in nearly five decades, solid evidence that the job market is healthy and layoffs scarce.The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless benefits dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 196,000. That is the lowest since October 1969. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 207,000, the lowest since December 1969.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the ongoing decline — applications have tumbled for four straight weeks — signals that businesses are confident enough about future demand to hold onto their workers. That confidence is also spurring more hiring: Job gains rebounded last month after a sharp slowdown in February, suggesting the economy remains resilient in its 10th year of expansion.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Despite no accord at climate summit UN aviation agency pushes emissions curb

28 December 2009Although a deal on aviation and maritime fuel emissions was not reached at this month’s climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, the United Nations aviation agency is moving forward with its aggressive plan of action to curb global warming greenhouse gases. At a high-level meeting of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in October, nations representing 93 per cent of global commercial air traffic agreed on further reducing air travel’s impact on climate change, setting a goal of 2 per cent annual improvement in fuel efficiency globally until the year 2050 and a global carbon emissions standard for aircraft.“The projected growth in public demand for air transport in the years to come could exceed our capability to limit the impact of air travel on climate change unless we continue our progressive course of action in developing and implementing bold and effective solutions,” ICAO Council President Roberto Kobeh González said recently.“The time-tested ICAO process of consensus-building and cooperation among the 190Member States of ICAO, coupled with sustained efforts of the air transport industry, has been very effective through the years in minimizing the impact of aviation on the environment. It has recently led to the first, and to date, only globally-harmonized agreement designed to address climate change from a specific sector.”According to latest assessments, total carbon emissions from the aviation sector account for some 2 per cent of global emissions from human activity, with 60 per cent of that related to international air travel.The October meeting also agreed on a framework for market-based measures in international aviation; measures to assist developing States and to facilitate access to financial resources, technology transfer and capacity-building; and continued further work on the development and implementation of alternative fuels for aviation worldwide which could lead to aviation being the first sector to use sustainable alternative fuels on a global basis.Progress is expected on these and other initiatives next year with the 8th meeting of ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection in February, related discussions in the ICAO Council and a full review of environmental policies and programmes at the next decision-making Assembly in the fall.“As an active and long-time participant in UNFCCC [UN Framework Convention on Climate Change] deliberations, we fully recognize the complexity of the climate change challenge. We are convinced that the current ICAO process is best suited to achieving the goals we have set for ourselves,” Mr. Kobeh added. read more

Ravi recruits monitoring MPs to his Ministry

Karunanayake said that the MPs were appointed to ensure some divisions operating under his Ministry can carry out their work more effectively.The Monitoring MPs were handed over appointment letters by the Minister at the Parliament premises. (Colombo Gazette) Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has recruited a group of Monitoring MPs to the Finance Ministry.The Finance Ministry said that the Monitoring MPs will not be given a salary and that they will be engaged in the work on a voluntary basis.

UN conference could provide financing for development Annan

“If we succeed, I believe this conference really can help developing countries take advantage of the global market, and thereby make a real difference in the lives of poor people all over the world,” Mr. Annan said in an opening address to the Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee for the International Conference on Financing for Development, scheduled for 18 to 22 March in Monterrey, Mexico.The Conference must build on the momentum achieved in Doha at last year’s World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting and pay particular attention to areas that will not be covered in those negotiations, but are of vital importance to developing countries, such as commodity prices, the Secretary-General stressed.Monterrey must also mark a turning point in the history of Official Development Assistance (ODA) as well as gain a clear commitment from creditor countries to implement the Highly Indebted Poor Countries initiative “fully and promptly” to ensure that debt payments are really sustainable, Mr. Annan said.The Conference must also agree on effective follow-up mechanisms, the Secretary-General said, to ensure that whatever it decides is actually done. “These mechanisms should build on what has been achieved in the preparatory process, in which the United Nations has been the centre of a strong coalition, bringing together all those who had a part to play – different ministries in both donor and developing countries, the private sector, civil society organisations, the Bretton Woods Institutions and the World Trade Organization,” he said.In related news, the Secretary-General announced that he has appointed Trevor Manuel, Minister of Finance of South Africa, and Michel Camdessus, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as Special Envoys to draw attention to and rally support for the Conference. read more

Liberia former top aide to Taylor surrenders weapons to UN peacekeepers

The arms were turned over to Lt.-Gen. Daniel Opande, Force Commander of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), five days after senior UN envoy Jacques Paul Klein had announced the that the disarmament programme would wrap up within two months.Mr. Blah, a long-serving Vice President under Mr. Taylor, was Liberia’s President for just over two months, until the inauguration of the National Transitional Government headed by Charles Gyude Bryant on 14 October as part of a peace deal brokered among the country’s three warring factions.Turning over his weapons as well as those of his bodyguards, Mr. Blah said after 14 years of war, Liberians could boast of no winners but only losers. “Since the United Nations is here to bring us the much needed peace through disarmament, it is no longer necessary to keep arms,” he said.”I have emptied this house of weapons. All around me, we have disarmed to you today,” said the former President. “Our security now is in the hands of the United Nations and the Transitional Government.”Receiving weapons from the former leader, Lt.-Gen. Opande urged all former fighters in the country to emulate Mr. Blah’s example and surrender their weapons to the UN. “I think it is a good opportunity for former President Blah to show the people of Liberia that having been a fighter himself, having been in leadership position, he has shown that all the leaders also must disarm, not only the ordinary combatants.” UNMIL has so far disarmed over 71,000 former fighters and collected and destroyed more than 20,000 weapons and over 5 million rounds of small arms ammunition. Disarmed soldiers are offered vocational training and formal education as part of the efforts to reintegrate them into mainstream society and offer them a second chance at civilian life. The disarmament programme will come to an end on 30 October. read more

After 94 years Ohio State wins first wrestling national championship

Members of the OSU wrestling team pose for a photo following the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21 in St. Louis. The Buckeyes claimed the team national title for the 1st time in program history.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterST. LOUIS — The Ohio State wrestling team was busy during spring break, meaning coach Tom Ryan had to spend his time in Missouri instead of the Florida sun.But he probably doesn’t mind.The Buckeyes clinched their first-ever National Championship in St. Louis on Saturday, and also came away with two individual National Champions. Among the individual champions was redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, who picked up his fourth and final national title for the Buckeyes.Ryan couldn’t stop smiling as time ran down before he could officially call his team National Champions, and he said he is relieved that the Buckeyes finished off their title run.“I feel great, proud, for an amazing institution and administration that supports the sport,” Ryan said. “1921 was the first year that Ohio State started wrestling, 94 years later we win our first National Championship.“I’m just so happy for all the coaches, the staff, all the people who are important to this team and Buckeye nation everywhere.”Many people didn’t expect the Buckeyes to have a chance to win it all, as Missouri entered the tournament undefeated and No. 1 in the country, but Ryan said he and his staff put the pieces in place to do so years in advance.“There was no question that we felt we had the right people to win a national championship, we felt that two years ago,” Ryan said.Leading the way for the wrestling Bucks was Stieber. His victory made him just the fourth wrestler to pick up a quartet of national titles.“I can’t thank my teammates, my coaches and my family enough,” Stieber said. “It’s been an unbelievable journey.“I’m extremely proud of my teammates,” Stieber added. “As an individual, to win is amazing. For the team, it’s something I dreamed of ever since I came to Ohio State.”Ryan explained how significant Stieber’s achievement was by saying “more people have been on the moon than have won four national titles.”Joining Stieber on the podium was Nathan Tomasello.The redshirt-freshman said he’s grown throughout his first competitive collegiate season.“It’s just a great learning experience and journey throughout the year,” Tomasello said. “I grew so much and I have great coaches and great throw partners, who love to compete and love the sport of wrestling, every single day. I am just truly thankful everyone that supported me and just truly excited to be here.”The 125-pound Big Ten and National Champion said he is grateful for accomplishing a goal he’s had since before his OSU career began.“It’s been a dream and a goal of mine for many years. Now as a freshman and putting in the time every single day makes it worth it,” Tomasello said. “And just going through the grind of the season and just, this is where you can let yourself fly and see who’s the best. At this tournament, I feel like I peaked at the right time and was wrestling at my best through the Big Ten and then here.”Ryan said Tomasello is a class act and added that he isn’t surprised at the amount of success he’s had.“Nathan represents everything good in the world, Ryan said. “He’s a straight-A student guy. He says what he means and he does what he says and he’s a tremendous worker.”Along with its first national title, the program now has three Big Ten team titles. The Buckeyes finished with five All-Americans this year, which brings the program’s total to 87.Now that the title has been wrapped up, Ryan still has time to enjoy his turn in the Sunshine State. After that trip to Florida with his family, Ryan said he will be right back getting his team ready for next year.“The recruiting and developing young guys is constant,” Ryan said. “I’m going to Florida first and then getting ready for next season starts.” read more

Christmas gift card warning as research shows millions is being lost because

“In terms of educating the consumer on the 12 month expiry date then this is printed under the Terms and Conditions on the back of the gift card and also on the cardboard holder. The 12 month period begins from the day of the gift card purchase.”Ryanair and Yo! Sushi have all been contacted for comment. Some retailers have much longer expiry dates, including Amazon which enables customers to use their cards 10 years after purchase, and Argos, which has a three year expiry date that is clearly marked on the back of the card.Pizza Hut, IKEA, Selfridges, Starbucks, Theatre Tokens and TK Maxx all sell gift cards with no expiry date at all. Fairer Finance is calling on the government to ban expiry dates on cards and to ringfence any money on them to make sure customers are paid back if the company goes into administration.After multiple high street companies went into administration this year, the consumer group is warning that consumers rarely get their gift card money back if a company is liquidated. On average, consumers receive less than 1p per £1 on their gift card in this situation. James Daley, Managing Director of consumer group Fairer Finance, said: “Hundreds of thousands of people will be receiving gift cards this Christmas – many of which will never get used because they expire, or the retailer goes out of business.The fact that there is still no proper protection for consumers stands in stark contrast to the spirit in which gift cards are given. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “There’s no good reason why shops should be allowed to add expiry dates to gift cards. The value of the card is eroded by inflation every day that a card goes unspent. And the likelihood of cards being used after a year is fairly low – as a significant number of cards are lost or forgotten.“But for those customers who find an unused card a few years after it was given to them, there’s no good reason why they shouldn’t be able to use it.”Ryanair denied that its expiry dates were “hidden” and added that they were in the terms and conditions and FAQs online. A Costa spokesperson said: “Costa Coffee gift cards are available to purchase both in store and online and like many High Street retailers, expire if the card is not used to make a purchase for 12 consecutive months. However, the 12 month re-sets each time a customer uses the Costa gift card, which means it can last much longer than a year. Our terms and conditions are clearly stated on our website and on the back of the gift card.”]A JD Sports spokesperson said:  “The JD Group gift card does have an expiry date of 12 months. However, this is purely for technological reasons surrounding the practical operation of the gift card and, in reality, if the customer’s gift card has expired then they are advised to contact our Customer Care Team who will verify the amount remaining and then reload the outstanding credit on to a new card with a new 12 month expiry. There is no limitation to the number of times that we would reload the outstanding value. All of our colleagues are instructed to honour this policy. Consumers have been warned against hidden expiry dates on gift cards given as Christmas presents as research shows millions of pounds are lost every year because cards run out.Hundreds of thousands of people plan to give gift cards to friends and family this Christmas, according to research – but money could be lost because of short expiry lengths.The majority of gift cards sold have ‘hidden’ expiry dates which are buried online or in the small print on the back of the card, new research by consumer right group Fairer Finance shows. Many of them run out within 12 months of purchase, but this is not clearly marked on the card.Gift cards running out causes £300m lost a year to the consumer, according to the UK Gift Card and Voucher Association.Fairer Finance looked at 72 gift cards from the country’s biggest brands, and found that 90 per cent still carry expiry dates. Of these, 79 per cent  carry an expiry date of two years or less – after which time all money put on the card becomes worthless, and 75 per cent have ‘hidden’ expiry dates in the terms and conditions or FAQs.The worst offenders include RyanAir, which has an expiry date of 12 months on its gift card, which is “hidden” in its FAQS, and Yo! Sushi, which also has an expiry date of a year, which is in its Terms and Conditions. Costa Coffee and JD Sports also have 12 month expiry dates “hidden” in the terms and conditions. read more

Allmale boards could be a thing of the past by the end

“Thanks to a combined push from government and industry, in under a decade the number of all-male boards in the FTSE 350 has dropped from 152 to just three.“We still need greater diversity at the top and want to see women holding a third of senior positions in FTSE 350 companies by 2020.” “I believe the companies simply need to work harder to recruit them to their Boards. So we certainly could see a woman on every Board of the FTSE 350 in 2019 – and I hope we do.”This view was echoed by Brenda Trenowden, global chair of the 30% club, who said: “In 2019, those three FTSE 350 companies with all male boards start to stand out and it is not a comfortable position, so that will have to change.  Millennium & Copthorne Hotels split with their CEO Jennifer Fox in September 2018, after only appointing her to the role in June. Her departure was swiftly followed by that of another female non-executive, leaving the group with no women at the top table.A spokesperson for the company said: “These resignations were unexpected and the vacant positions on the Board created by them have yet to be filled.  “The Nominations Committee of the Board is in the process of conducting a search for at least one new independent director.”The Group acknowledged that it needs to do more to promote gender diversity. Hugh Seaborn, the company’s chairman, said: “This is very much a temporary state.“We have five board members and have had at least one woman as part of our leadership group for the last 17 years.“We are in the process of recruiting for the vacant position and have every chance of finding a high calibre female. I believe that diversity is fundamental for the balance and mix of a board.”A spokesman for the Government’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department said: “Diversity is good for businesses and for the communities they serve.   Vicky Ford MP said that businesses that are still all male should take a look hard in the mirrorCredit:Jeff Gilbert “We don’t have any current plans to appoint any more directors for the time being as there are no vacancies but we keep the situation under review.”TR Property Investment Trust has only operated without a woman on its board for eight days, after Susie Proctor stepped down from her non-executive role last week. Mark Jenner, Company Secretary for Daejan Holdings, said: “We have not appointed any executive directors for more than 30 years. We haven’t needed to.  “We appointed three representatives of the controlling family as non executive directors for succession purposes.  “We appointed two independent non executive directors as required by the Listing rules, they happen to be male.   Vicky Ford MP standing by a Christmas tree “We can most definitely expect more positive progress in 2019.”The three companies who have no female board members are: Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, who operate 20 hotels in the UK and a further 100 across the world, Daejan Holdings a property group who own Africa House in Trafalgar Square and TR Property Investment Trust. All-male boards could be a thing of the past by the end of the year at Britain’s 350 biggest companies, new data shows.There are just three companies in the FTSE 350 index which operate without a woman on their board, including global hotel chain Millennium & Copthorne who parted company with their female CEO after just three months in the job.MPs have condemned the businesses, saying they “need to work harder.”Vicky Ford, who sits on the Women and Equalities Committee, said: “Those businesses that are still all male should take a look hard in the mirror and ask themselves why they have not embraced the vast pool of talent offered by 50 percent of the population.”But Eddie Hughes, who sits on the same committee, was more upbeat, telling The Telegraph: “There is no shortage of experienced, professional, able women to fill these roles. Kwek Leng Beng at The Bailey, Glouscester Rd, SW7 Kwek Leng Beng is chairman of Millennium and Copthorne hotelsCredit:Jim Winslet Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Amy Hubermans Halloween costume is perfect

first_imgPat Mustard, Robin Thicke and ‘Squints’ — the best sports stars in costume this Halloween IMAGINE THE EXCITEMENT of walking up Brian O’Driscoll’s driveway on Halloween night, ready to knock on the door of one of Ireland’s all-time sporting greats and yell “TRICK OR TREEEEEEAT?”Hold that thought. Unfortunately BOD is not at home tonight… but it’s ok because Hubes has it covered.“Trying to rectify the kids on the road’s disappointment that the other half is out this evening,” she tweeted with this pic of her in a BOD mask and Leinster top.Let’s be honest, her brilliant Plan B is almost as good as meeting the man himself.And look at all the sweets in that bowl!last_img read more

Piratage La bandedessinée particulièrement touchée

first_imgPiratage : La bande-dessinée particulièrement touchéeAlors que s’ouvrira le 26 janvier le Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême, une étude sur le piratage dont est victime le secteur vient d’être publiée. Elle révéle que 8.000 à 10.000 sont accessibles sur Internet, via des sources peer-to-peer (P2P).La BD est particulièrement touchée par le piratage. Elle est le secteur de l’édition le plus frappé par la mise à disposition des internautes, via des sources P2P, de fichiers illégaux de très bonne qualité, révèle une étude de l’Observatoire du livre et de l’écrit en Ile-de-France (Motif), publiée quelques jours avant le lancement du Festival d’Angoulême.À lire aussiLes Anonymous célèbrent Guy Fawkes en multipliant les piratagesComme le souligne le rapport, la bande-dessinée “se prête facilement à la lecture en ligne”. Aujourd’hui, 8.000 à 10.000 titres, des contenus payants sous droits publiés par des éditeurs français, sont réellement accessibles sur Internet grâce au P2P qui en reliant des ordinateurs par un réseau permet d’échanger des fichiers. Le Motif évoque Les des “teams pirates très organisées et composées de passionnés”, qui scannent les planches, les traduisent parfois, et créent des “bundles” ou paquets de BD à télécharger. Il indique en outre que si le P2P est encore très utilisé pour le piratage de bandes-dessinées, le téléchargement direct se développe, comme la lecture en streaming.Pour Mathias Daval, un des auteurs de cette étude, le manque d’offre légale peut en partie expliquer ce piratage. “Le lecteur de bande dessinée est historiquement un collectionneur, plutôt compulsif. Et il n’y a pas assez d’offre numérique légale, ce qui peut constituer, dans une certaine mesure, un encouragement au piratage” déclare-t-il à l’AFP. “Le temps de lecture et le format des BD s’adaptent bien à une lecture sur ordinateur ou support numérique et il est fréquent de trouver des paquets de BD à télécharger par série ou par auteur” explique-t-il.Cette étude sur le piratage de la BD a été commandée pour le salon d’Angoulême. Elle est extraite d’une plus vaste enquête, EbookZ, sur le téléchargement illégal de livres numériques, qui sera publiée en mars prochain lors du salon du livre de Paris.Le 22 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

FACELIFT FOR NTTC

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah A dilapidated confine of the National Technical Training Centre is due a facelift. The centre –the second funded FIFA Goal Project –it has been observed is in dire need of renovation and a step has been taken to address the problem.In a bid to handing the centre a facelift, a company in Shcreji Development Enterprise, has been identified and the renovation deal is slated to be signed today at the football federation headquarters in Kanifing.The signing, according to a statement, will involve the football federation, the aforesaid company and FIFA.The NTTC officially opened in 2005, according to a GFF communique, ‘will be the first major implementation project by FIFA under the Lamin Kabba Bajo led administration.’The ceremony is billed for mid-day.]]>last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri praises team for match performance against Watford

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has showered his players with praises after they defeated rival team Watford 2-1 during tonight’s game.Eden Hazard scored the two goals to give The Blues victory on Boxing Day and ensured Chelsea took home the three points.It was a consolation victory as Sarri’s side was on Saturday defeated by Leicester City.“Against Leicester the mentality was good and I think we played one of the best performances of the season in the first half,” said Sarri via Chelsea’s official website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“What was wrong was the reaction to the negative situation, but it can happen.”“Today we did very well in our approach and the level of attention and determination was very good for 90 minutes, with continuity. So maybe in terms of quality, we played better against Leicester but today we played with a great level of application and determination.”Robert Pereyra scored the only goal for Watfordlast_img read more