No. 1 seed at stake for Alab PH, Formosa

first_imgGame time is at 8 p.m. at Santa Rosa Multi Purpose Sports Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna, where Alab has not lost in nine games this season.The long and exacting grind is taking a toll on Alab, which missed import Renaldo Balkman and key players like Brandon Rosser, Lawrence Domingo and JR Alabanza in an 84-114 loss to the Macau Black Bears in Foshan, China, on Friday night.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, logisticsThe Filipino ballclub got off to a blazing start, taking an 18-5 lead, but Macau’s Filipino-American guard, Mikh McKinney, and Dewarick Spencer combined for 12 of their team’s 16 triples as the Black Bears rolled over Alab in the next three periods to improve to 13-11.McKinney waxed hot anew, exploding for 43 points, while Spencer poured 42 points for the Black Bears. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:42PH 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 MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director In the midst of their toughest stretch of the season, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas has little time to sulk.On the heels of their worst loss of the ABL Season 9, the reigning champions try to get back on track immediately as they battle the Formosa Dreamers on Sunday night in a matchup that could determine which team gets the top seeding in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Amid the grind, staying healthy still top priority for Eduard Folayang Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PJ Ramos finished with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Josh Urbiztondo tallied 16 points on five triples, but the Filipinos sorely missed Balkman’s all-around game as they fell to 18-6, just half a game behind the Dreamers.A win by Formosa against Alab will push the Taiwanese team ahead in the race for the No. 1 seeding.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

Cypress: unified software suite to accelerate IoT product designs

first_imgCypress announced a unified software tool suite that streamlines product designs for the Internet of Things. The new ModusToolbox suite delivers the rich design resources of Cypress’ WICED IoT connectivity libraries and the analog and digital peripherals libraries of its PSoC microcontrollers within the familiar, widely-deployed open-source Eclipse Integrated Design Environments. The software enables IoT developers to design in the connectivity, processing, sensing and security functionality they need, leveraging the superb performance of Cypress’ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and combo solutions, as well as its low-power, flexible and secure PSoC MCUs. Developers can personalize their user experience in the software to meet the unique requirements of their specific development with plug-ins, libraries and solutions from Cypress partners, as well as from the open source community.Cypress’ WICED (Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices) is an integrated and interoperable wireless software development kit supported in ModusToolbox. The SDK includes the industry’s most broadly deployed and rigorously tested Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks, as well as simplified application programming interfaces that free developers from needing to learn complex wireless technologies. In line with the IoT trend toward dual-mode connectivity, the WICED SDK supports Cypress’ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo solutions and its Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices. Cypress’ wireless connectivity solutions integrate an advanced coexistence engine that enables optimal combined performance for dual-band 2.4- and 5-GHz Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetooth/BLE 5.0 applications simultaneously. ModusToolbox enhances the WICED design flow with the latest Eclipse IDE features and makes it easy for other environments to incorporate designs. ModusToolbox supports Cypress’ PSoC 6 MCU, which is purpose-built for the IoT.Cypress’ new PSoC 6 Wi-Fi Pioneer Kit works with ModusToolbox’s unified design flow to improve design cycle times for IoT device applications. The kit features a PSoC 62 MCU and a module based on Cypress’ CYW4343W Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo chip. With the PSoC 6 MCU’s low-power, secure processing and the flexibility of its internal digital and analog resources, the kit allows IoT developers to easily implement robust wireless connectivity to support cloud ecosystem providers and enables longer battery life and small form factors. Cypress is demonstrating the ModusToolbox and the PSoC 6 Wi-Fi Pioneer Kit, along with its complete embedded systems solution portfolio, at embedded world.The WICED SDK enables cloud connectivity in minutes with its robust libraries that uniquely integrate popular cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, IBM Bluemix, Alibaba Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, along with services from private cloud partners. WICED also supports iCloud remote access for Wi-Fi-based accessories that support Apple HomeKit, which enables hub-independent platforms that connect directly to Siri voice control and the Apple Home app remotely.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous AAEON to continue support of AMD Geode boards through 2021Next Keysight to accelerate development and deployment of 5G networkslast_img read more

MS Dhoni talks a lot while batting and that helps: Virat Kohli

first_imgAfter a long time Indian cricket fans got to witness MS Dhoni finish a game for the country in the one-day format as the tourists beat Australia by 6 wickets in the second ODI in Adelaide on Tuesday.Chasing 299 on a tough pitch for the batsmen, Dhoni forged a crucial partnership with skipper Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik to take India over the line with just four balls to spare.It was a typical Dhoni knock as he took his time initially to settle down even as Kohli attacked from the other end. They both ran hard between the wickets like they always do in a partnership and put the pressure back on the Aussies.The duo added 82 runs for the fourth wicket as Kohli went on to score his 39th ODI hundred but got out at a time when India still needed 57 off 38 balls. The situation demanded a calm head and who better than Dhoni to be at the crease.Dhoni took care of the singles and doubles while Karthik played the attacking shots as the duo added 57 runs to take India over the line.The 37-year-old struggled towards the end of his innings as he kept running out of breath in the hot conditions in Adelaide but still managed to carry on and win the game.After the game Yuzvendra Chahal, who wasn’t included in the playing XI yet again, got to interview Kohli in which he asked what it was like to build a partnership with Dhoni, the finisher.advertisement”It’s important to take the game slow and strike rotation becomes very important and then when Mahi bhai comes on the crease, he talks a lot while batting and that helps a lot. When you are contemplating whether you should take a risk or not, he comes around and says there’s a lot of time in the game so it calms you down.”We bat very well together because we take the game forward and get runs from the middle. There was a phase in the middle of 4-5 overs where I attacked so those calculated risks had to be taken.”This is why you have been selected for the Indian team because you have to do that so that is something that should be worked upon mentally and I think a lot about it that if the team is in a problematic situation, I can get the team out and get the victory. When you are mentally convinced, you are able to perform on the field,” Kohli said in the interview on Not Miss: Meet Chahal TV’s debutant – Captain @imVkohliIn our fun segment, we get the Indian captain talking about his 39th ODI ton, the @msdhoni finish & a lot more – by @RajalAroraFull Video Link (@BCCI) January 15, 2019The 30-year-old once again lauded Dhoni for the way he paced his innings and played a typical knock that fans have witnessed so many times in this format over the years.”The classic way MS Dhoni plays in since a number of years, I think we saw a glimpse of that today. When you don’t play a lot of matches, especially at the international level to it’s difficult to get going from the start, he has even been in Australia for only a while – there’s jet lag, there’s tiredness, it is difficult for the mind to open up, even we experienced it in T20s that you can’t just start playing in flow right away.”So I think he will get more and more batting flow as he keeps playing and if he gets in the flow, as a team we feel very relaxed because we can bank on it. In Adelaide, he has already played a number of special innings which is why he must be feeling special too because again in Adelaide he has played a finishing knock. So as a team we feel very nice when he performs,” Kohli added.The focus now shifts to the series-deciding third ODI which will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 18.Also Read | MS Dhoni has done this for years: Dinesh Karthik on match-winning stand in AdelaideAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah salutes MS Dhoni: Legends don’t need to prove their worth to anyoneAlso Read | It was an MS Dhoni classic, hats off to him: Virat Kohli after Adelaide winlast_img read more

All your grand final action

first_imgElite Eight men’s open:Queensland Country Outlaws 7 def NSW Country Mavericks 4.A new era is born and it’s an Outlaws one.The Queensland Country side defeated their NSW counterparts 7-4 to win their first Elite Eight title.A full report will follow later this evening. By BEN HARRIS Elite Eight women’s open:NSW Scorpions 7 def NSW Mets 6.In arguably the best game of the tournament, the Scorpions ended the Mets’ Elite Eight premiership run 7-6.Three touchdowns were scored in the last minute of the match with Yasmin Meakes scoring the decisive touchdown with 15 seconds left on the clock.A full report can be found in the news section.Mixed open:Sydney Rebels 5 def Brisbane City Cobras 4.Rebels made it four mixed open titles in a row and their 38th consecutive National Touch League victory.In a thrilling conclusion, the Rebels defeated the Cobras 5-4.A full report can be found in the news section.Men’s 50s:Sydney Mets 6 def South Queensland Sharks 5.Mets claimed the men’s 50s in a thrilling final against the Sharks.Mets led 4-3 at half-time and held onto that one-touchdown advantage at full-time.The joy on the Mets’ players faces said it all when the full-time whistle was blown.Hemi McGarvey picked up a hat-trick in the match.It was the Mets’ first title in the division since 2011 while it is the Sharks’ best result in 10 years.Touchdowns: Mets 6 (Hemi McGarvey 3, Robert Wetherill, Mick Pearsall, Joseph Lancuba); Sharks 5 (Peter Sheppard 2, Brett Allen, Timothy Skewes, Mark Jansson).Men’s T-League:South Queensland Sharks 10 def South West Queensland Swans 7.In a back and forth encounter, the Sharks defeated the Swans in the south Queensland derby 10-7.Teams traded touchdown for touchdown and it wasn’t until late in the mate the Sharks ran away for the win.It was 5-all at half-time and it continued to be a tight tussle with the scores locked at 7-all.However, three late touchdowns to the boys in maroon put the result beyond doubt.Touchdowns: Sharks 10 (Jeston Paul 2, James Stevenson 2, Corey Russell, Kurtis Ferris, Matthew Egan, Coen Fielding, Lewis McAlister, Brandon Crutchley); Swans 7 (Zac Alexander 3, Brendan Taylor, Tim Moultz, Joshua Leisemann, Jack Pope). Men’s 40s:Sydney Scorpions 7 def South Queensland Sharks 4.Scorpions have won their seventh men’s 40s crown in 10 years when they defeated the Sharks 7-4.The Sydney side put on four touchdowns in the opening half to give themselves a commanding 4-1 lead.They did not let go of it as both sides score three touchdowns apiece in the second stanza.Mark Leonard and Brad Curl scoring doubles in the decider.Touchdown: Scorpions 7 (Brad Curl 2, Mark Leonard 2, Anthony Dudeck, John Mouialli, Shane Lee Frederiksen); Sharks 4 (Craig Scharer, Bruce McDonald, Shane Foley, Cameron Yabsley).Women’s T-League:South West Queensland Swans 5 def Hunter Western Hornets 3.A three-touchdown-to-nil second half helped the Swans to win the women’s T-League.The Swans were behind the Hornets 3-2 at half-time but two touchdowns to Chloe Watt and another to Elly Ashurst, her second for the match, gave the South West Queensland team a 5-3 win,Both teams put on a great display of touch with great attack and desperate defence.It was the Swans first title in this division.Touchdowns: Swans 5 (Chloe Watt 2, Elly Ashurst 2, Shenae Ciesiolka); Hornets 3 (Madison Crowe, Sian Flipo, Shannon Rose).Women’s 40s:Hunter Western Hornets 6 def Sydney Scorpions 1.Hornets got their revenge on Scorpions in the women’s 40s final.In 2013, Scorpions defeated the Hunter Western side 3-2.But the Hornets turned the screws and won the 2014 decider 6-1.It is the Hornets first title in the division and it is the only the fourth time in the last decade, the Scorpions haven’t won the division.Hornets got out of the blocks beautifully to lead 4-0 at half-time.They continue to keep their noses in front to win by five touchdowns.Touchdowns: Hornets 6 (Samantha Davis 2, Michelle Atkins, Tracey MacPherson, Anne-Maree Shipman, Samantha McCarthy); Scorpions 1 (Kerrie Doyle).Men’s 30s final:South Queensland Sharks 11 def Sunshine Coast Pineapples 8.Seven touchdowns in the second half gave the Sharks their first men’s 30s title in 12 years.It was an all-Queensland final with South Queensland taking on last year’s runners-up Sunshine Coast Pineapples.Both teams were levelled at 4-all at half-time but it was the Sharks who prevailed in the second 20-minute half.The match was close until the Sharks scored two late touchdowns to run out 11-8 winners.Remus Gentles scored four touchdowns in the decider.It was the Sharks first title in this division since 2002 and fifth overall.Touchdowns: Sharks 11 (Remus Gentles 4, Troy Skinner 2, Robert Brehaut 2, Troy Nichols 2, Stefan TeAmo); Pineapples 8 (Tom Eyles 3, Troy Clerk 2, Troy Morgan, Chris Farrow, Andrew Bell).Women’s 35s final:Hunter Western Hornets 6 def South West Queensland Swans 2.Hunter Western Hornets won their maiden women’s 35s title when they defeated the Swans 6-2.A first half performance, which gave Hornets a 4-1 lead at half-time lead set the match up for the NSW regional affiliate.Although they managed to score two touchdowns in the second half, they were able to shut out any Swans’ attack.It was the first time the Hornets have played in the women’s 35s final. Their previous best result was third in 2008.Touchdowns: Hornets 6 (Megan Hatch, Amber Stephens, Rebecca Austin, Wendy Maisem, Rochelle Stevens, Kellie-Jean Johnston); Swans 2 (Robyn Crovden, Jeannine Gvemore).Men’s 45s final:Sydney Scorpions 12 def Hunter Western Hornets 2. It was one-way traffic in the men’s 45s final with the Scorpions proving too strong for the Hornets.Scorpions, the two-time defending champions, were never troubled by Hunter Western.They took a 6-2 lead into the sheds at half-time and scored another six touchdowns to nil in the second 20 minutes.Three of the Scorpions players scored a double.It is the Scorpions’ third title after winning in 2012 and 2013.Touchdowns: Scorpions 12 (Peter Wandl 2, Jeff Cheung 2, Paul Saldren 2, Gregory Friend, David Cheung, Brett Gillard, Tim Kitchingham, Scott Collins, Graham West); Hornets 2 (Brenden Lantry, Darren Burcher).Men’s 55s final:Sydney Scorpions 5 def North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 3.Three touchdowns in the first half put Sydney Scorpions on the path to glory in the men’s 55s division.The Scorpions defeated the Tropical Cyclones 5-3 in the decider this morning.Phillip Young and Stephen New each scored twice for the Scorpions.The North Queensland outfit tried their hardest but they could not peg back the two-touchdown half-time deficit.Touchdowns: Scorpions 5 (Phillip Young 2, Stephen New 2, Barry Draws); Tropical Cyclones 3 (Ian Kerr 2, Bruce Johnson).Senior Mixed final:South Queensland Sharks 4 def Sydney Scorpions 3.A touchdown by Sharks’ Craig Slavin in a four-on-four drop-off sealed the premiership win for the South Queensland side. The match went back and forth with the teams unable to be separated at half-time (2-2) and again at full-time (3-3).A drop-off was needed – the first final to go to that length today – and both sides had opportunities to score the winning touchdown.But when it was four-on-four, Sharks’ Slavin scored his second but most important touchdown of the game when he crossed the scoreline in the north-west corner.Touchdowns: Sharks 4 (Craig Slavin 2, Scott Mitchell, Ryan Pollock); Scorpions 3 (Katrina McIlwraith, Gavin Bruce, Matthew Lawson).You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – – LinksNTL finals daylast_img read more

New Kongsberg’s Information Management System for …

first_imgzoom Dragutin Radobuljac, the Chief Electrical Engineer on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s mega cruise ship the Allure of the Seas, has described the new Kongsberg Information Management System (K-IMS) as a “Revolutionary upgrade,” with significant influence on vessel operations. K-IMS is a state-of-the-art, customised data management system that operates over a global, secure and highly scalable infrastructure.K-IMS features a suite of applications within a single web portal providing high level vessel data access to engineers and management. The user interface, known as the IMS Portal, is available on board and on the RCCL office network in Miramar, Florida. K-IMS data is also accessed on board using tablets and is displayed on a large screen in the Engine Control Room on Allure.“The Information Management System delivered to Allure is obviously a revolutionary upgrade in data storing and a handling application that has a significant influence on our day to day operation. It helps us to perform our daily duties and continue with smooth ship operation,” comments Dragutin Radobuljac.K-IMS was installed during a significant upgrade to the existing Kongsberg Maritime K-Chief automation system on board. The new K-Chief on Allure is one of the most extensive ever installed by Kongsberg Maritime, consisting 76 Remote Control Units (RCUs) controlling over 40,000 Input/Output (IO) points. K-IMS replaces the exiting K-Chief History Station and as the data logging system of choice on board, will provide data from 21,000 I/O points (up from 14,500) and data storage for 7 years (up from 1 year). This provides RCCL with extensive data and statistics with which to improve vessel operational performance.K-IMS provides the ability to review statistical data, condition based monitoring, alarms and events, and ship performance monitoring data. Condition Based maintenance on Allure provides a long term overview of the equipment performance and mechanical degradation, which supports preventative maintenance. Alarms and Events reporting provide the ability to review the most commonly repeating alarms and fix issues with equipment before they become emergencies.According to Hans Ellingsen, Manager, Information Management Systems at Kongsberg Maritime, fuel efficiency was a key driver behind the installation of K-IMS: “The Chief Engineer requested a report which would show how much fuel was being consumed since noon the previous day. The report includes all the heavy consumers as line items so the data can be used to help with decisions about which consumers should be kept running and consuming power and which may be shut off. Consequently, the vessel can be operated at a lower fuel cost.”The K-IMS solution on Allure is a triple redundant data access and storage system with servers located in three zones – two on board and one in a hosted cloud service. This configuration enables RCCL management to access the vessel’s data without having to use satellite communications, thereby saving on communication costs. A malware protection system to filter out any malicious attacks from the web or via USB on board is included whilst an admin server allows secure remote access to the vessel from authorised locations including the Kongsberg Maritime customer support team.Kongsberg, February 20, 2014; Image: Wikipedialast_img read more

RCMP says motive suspect in BC teens killing still unknown

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – RCMP have confirmed the death of a 13-year-old girl in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland is a homicide.The body of Marrisa Shen was found in Burnaby’s Central Park early Wednesday morning, less than three hours after her family reported her missing to police.Cpl. Meghan Foster said Thursday that it’s unclear if Shen was a targeted victim or if the death was the result of a random act.She said police are still working to determine a suspect or motive and the risk to the public is unknown.“We are still in the crucial stages of evidence gathering and are conducting a wide-spread area canvas,” Foster said at a news conference. “No stone will be left unturned.”The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team released several seconds of surveillance footage of Shen wearing a dark T-shirt, shorts and running shoes as she walked into a building a few blocks away from the park Tuesday afternoon.Foster said the girl was believed to be wearing the same clothing when she was last seen at 6 p.m. Tuesday and didn’t appear to be distressed at the time.She said many tips have come in from the public, but investigators are asking anyone who remembers seeing the girl between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. to contact police.“If they saw her after 6 o’clock we need them to call us so we can put the puzzle pieces of our investigation together and find those responsible,” she said.Shen had been on summer break, waiting to start high school this fall. Foster said her family is devastated by her sudden death.“Miss Shen was a good kid and she’s missed dearly by her family right now. They’re in the initial stages of grieving,” Foster said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the victim’s first name.last_img read more

RCMP say Manitoba prison inmate died after injuries he suffered during fight

first_imgSTONY MOUNTAIN, Man. – RCMP are investigating a homicide at a federal prison in Manitoba that killed an inmate who was serving a life sentence for beating a woman to death.Police said they were informed of a fight at the Stony Mountain Institution on Sunday night that involved numerous inmates.An 42-year-old prisoner was transported to hospital in serious condition, but police said he later died from his injuries.A news release from Correctional Service Canada has identified him as Max Maurice Richard.Richard was twice convicted of second-degree murder in the August 2011 death of 24-year-old April Hornbrook, who the Crown argued was stomped to death after she refused to have sex with him.The defence had argued that the prosecution’s theory was “pure speculation.”Hornbrook’s body was found leaning against the wall of a Winnipeg warehouse about 30 hours after she was assaulted.Richard was sentenced in January 2017 to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years after he failed to convince a judge his murder charge should be thrown out because of court delays.As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, Correctional Service Canada said it will review the circumstances of the incident and contact the police and the coroner as required.Police said two other male inmates, a 30-year-old and 21-year-old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident.RCMP from the Stonewall Detachment, along with the Winnipeg Major Crime Unit, continue to investigate.last_img read more

Joan Collins To Attend Save The Children Event

first_imgAs trendsetters descend upon London Fashion Week, a collection of one-off silk scarves have been hand-painted by some of the UK’s hottest designers and are being auctioned for Save the Children by Mary Portas’s Living & Giving shops.Luxury accessories label, Age of Reason, has provided the UK made scarves for the project.The personalised designs from the likes of Julien MacDonald and May Fair Hotel Artist in Residence Marc McGreevy visualise their own childhood memories in support of Save the Children’s newborn campaign.Launching on eBay on Thursday 13th February, all nine Handpicked scarves are available to the highest bidder when the action closes 10 days later on Sunday 23 February. Visit to find out more and make a bid.The auction will kick off with a special launch event at the May Fair Hotel on Wednesday, February 12, with Mary Portas, with special guest Joan Collins.The Handpicked collection includes earthy palettes, feminine florals and vibrant motifs on an Age of Reason silk scarf in various sizes. They include Julien MacDonald’s embellished handkerchief scarf, as well as Marc McGreevy’s tonal coloured hand-drawn silhouette of Alek Wek. Every penny of profit goes to Save the Children who help the most vulnerable children and their families across the world.Julien MacDonald, whose latest collection is being show at LFW on 15th February, said:“Being approached to create a bold scarf print for Save the Children was an honour. I immediately wanted it to be fun and colourful! Drawing from the classic childlike inspiration of a children’s party, the scarf encompasses the energetic and lively feel that this project portrays, and I had a lot of fun producing it!”As scarves dominate the Spring/Summer 2014 collections of Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Etro, Save the Children’s Mary’s Living & Giving shops have stocked up on some of the best cut-price designer examples – offering bargain hunters top brands at amazing value. A selection of these are also available for fashion-savvy bargain-hunters, with coveted accessory brands including Lily & Lionel, Silken Favours and Mercy Delta included in the Handpicked auction as a Buy It Now option.Erica Charles at Mary’s Living & Giving Shop said: “We are privileged to have the support of some of the best known fashion houses when it comes to donating stock to the Mary’s Living & Giving Shops for Save the Children. This means that we in turn can offer our shoppers unrivalled opportunity to buy some of the best value and bespoke designer items around. Some of the scarves that are on offer are exclusive one-off pieces; statement pieces that will take you right through to Spring/Summer next year! There’s no better way to update your wardrobe, and what’s even more exciting, is that you are doing it whilst supporting Save the Children’s work – providing life-saving maternal care for new mums and their babies across the world.”last_img read more

FSIN hit with 11 million cut forced to fire staff

first_imgFSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde; photo by Maike Eikelmann/APTNAPTN National News SASKATOON–Facing an $1.1 million cut from Ottawa, one of the country’s oldest First Nation organizations was forced to tell staff this week that layoffs loom.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) plans to lay off much of its staff by March 31.Employees were informed of the looming cuts on TuesdayFSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde said the FSIN was hit with a $875,000 cut last fiscal year and the new round of funding cuts forced the organization’s hand.“If there are no alternative sources of revenue, it is going to have a huge impact,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said the cuts will diminish the FSIN’s ability to analyze legislation and get legal opinions. It will also mean the organization will have to reduce its number of vice chiefs.The federal government has moved to slash spending for First Nations organizations. In September 2012 Ottawa announced it would be capping core funding for regional organizations, like the FSIN, at $500,000.Last year, Ottawa cut its pot of cash for so-called discretionary funding by 30 per cent.“You basically weaken the voice of First Nation people across Canada,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said the cuts could also give First Nation organizations freedom to take a stronger line against Ottawa. He said funding is often used by Ottawa to retaliate against First Nations organizations that criticize federal policy.The FSIN, however, will continue to exist, no matter what Ottawa does, he said.“We have seen the ebb and flow of funding to organizations,” he said. “Our FSIN will always be there. Sometimes its shape and form will change and evolve.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Russia calls for calm in Sudan

first_imgMoscow: Russia on Thursday called for calm in Sudan and expressed hope that close bilateral ties would not be threatened, irrespective of who was in power. Huge crowds of Sudanese demanding the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir massed in the centre of Khartoum as the army promised an “important announcement” after months of protests. “We are monitoring this situation very carefully,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “And we are hoping that first and foremost there won’t be an escalation that could claim human lives,” he said, calling the protests an “internal affair”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We expect that whatever the outcome, Russian-Sudanese relations” will be a priority for Khartoum, Peskov said. Russia has been trying to expand its footprint in Africa and said in January that it had sent “instructors” to Sudan, following reports of sightings of Russian-speaking soldiers in Khartoum. Putin met Bashir last July in Moscow where the Sudanese leader said Russia was playing an important role in “preparing Sudanese military personnel”. The protests, which erupted in December over the government’s tripling of the price of bread, have become the biggest challenge to Bashir’s iron-fisted rule spanning three decades.last_img read more

Royal Air Maroc Honored for Serving Liberia During Ebola Epidemic

Rabat – The Liberia Airport Authority honored last Thursday at the Firestone Staff Club in Harbel Royal Air Maroc and Brussels Airlines for continuing service to Liberia during the Ebola outbreak.During the height of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and other West African countries, nearly all airlines cancelled their flights to those affected countries except for Royal Air Maroc and Brussels Airlines, Belgium’s national carrier.Gbehzohngar Findley, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Airport Authority, said, “Because of the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, Liberia was nearly isolated from the international community for fear that the country could further spread the virus.” “The two airlines remained faithful to continue their services in the midst of the challenges,” he added.The chairman expressed his government’s gratitude and thanked for the airlines’ services during the Ebola period, “when the country needed to bring in specialists, drugs, and the necessary equipment that were needed.”Wil Bako Freeman, the Liberia Airport Authority Managing Director, said, “Royal Air Maroc has been a reliable partner since it started servicing Roberts International Airport and through the Ebola outbreak.”Loudyi Mohammed Amine, the Country Manager for Royal Air Maroc, thanked the government and the people of Liberia for the recognition, promising that the airlines would increase its services to the country in the coming years.In an exclusive interview with the magazine Jeune Afrique last month, Driss Benhima, CEO of Royal Air Morocco, unveiled plans for the national airline’s expansion by first setting up in West Africa. read more

250000 Kenyans displaced by postelectoral violence UN estimates

Some 250,000 Kenyans are now estimated to have been displaced by post-electoral violence, United Nations humanitarian officials reported today, as the world body’s independent human rights experts voiced deep concern at the ethnic dimension of the conflict. Overall, between 400,000 and 500,000 people have been affected by the conflict. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke by telephone today with both President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, and called on them to resolve their issues through dialogue. The violence, which has reportedly claimed more than 300 lives, erupted after Mr. Kibaki was declared the winner of last week’s poll. Mr. Ban also spoke with Ghanaian President John Kufuor, current chairman of the African Union. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that virtually all movement of food for both western Kenya and the entire region, including Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was frozen for days due to the insecurity. The 14 human rights experts, covering issues ranging from racism to sexual violence to freedom of belief, deplored the growing inter-ethnic conflict, citing the deaths of dozens of civilians, including children and women, after a mob set fire to a church where they had taken sanctuary. “We are profoundly alarmed by the reports of incitement to racial hatred and the growing frictions between the different ethnic groups,” they said in a statement calling on the authorities, political, ethnic and religious leaders to put an end “to what may become the dynamics of inter-ethnic killings… in the light of historical precedents in the region.” Rwanda, to the west of Kenya, was the scene of genocide in 1994, when ethnic Hutu extremists massacred some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Ethnic conflict between Hutus and Tutsis has also killed hundreds of thousands of people over the past four decades in Burundi, Rwanda’s southern neighbour. In a litany of “great concern,” the experts said the massive displacement, especially in the Rift Valley, threatened the right to food, health, housing and education. They also cited reports of gang rapes and the attendant likelihood of HIV infection and reported curbs on free expression, in particular a ban on live coverage of events. “While we recognize the prerogative and duty of the Kenyan authorities to maintain public order, we are, however, alarmed by reported instances of use of excessive force by Kenyan security forces against demonstrators and other civilians,” they added. “We urge the incumbent Kenyan authorities to take all necessary steps and measures to bring an end to the present situation, including by addressing appropriately questions raised with regard to the latest election results. We also call upon the leaders of political parties to show restraint and control over their followers and supporters.” WFP will shortly provide food through the Kenya Red Cross for 100,000 people displaced in the Northern Rift Valley, but it said: “The biggest problem is the difficulty for trucks carrying WFP food to reach areas in western Kenya.” Some 200 trucks were loaded with WFP food in the Kenyan port of Mombasa from a ship that arrived over Christmas carrying 30,000 metric tons – enough to feed 1.5 million people for a month – for Uganda, southern Sudan, Somalia and the eastern DRC. The food for Somalia will be sent by sea, but the rest has to go by land, WFP said. Some trucks left Mombasa but then were stranded due to insecurity on main roads and checkpoints set up by vigilantes in western Kenya. Fifteen trucks are stranded in or near Nairobi, 60 in Mombasa and others in Eldoret, near the site of the church massacre. Each truck carries 34 tons of food. “WFP is holding urgent talks to resolve this issue and get food to those who need it in Kenya and elsewhere,” the agency said. Kenyan security forces recently escorted 20 WFP trucks carrying food for north-western Kenya, southern Sudan, Uganda and the DRC, but the insecurity and roadblocks are still hampering humanitarian access. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is trying to establish so-called “safe spaces” for displaced mothers and children, provide water and sanitation to over 100,000 people, and distribute family kits to supply up to 100,000 people with blankets, plastic sheeting, cooking sets, soap and jerry cans. 4 January 2008Some 250,000 Kenyans are now estimated to have been displaced by post-electoral violence, United Nations humanitarian officials reported today, as the world body’s independent human rights experts voiced deep concern at the ethnic dimension of the conflict. read more

Alumni sweethearts

For many, university is one of the most significant times in a person’s life. It’s a time when you first experience living on your own; you quickly learn why you shouldn’t mix beer with hard liquor; and you meet a ton of new friends. And for many Brock alumni, university was also the time when they met the love of their life. Take, for example, Bradley Walchuk (BA ’07; MA ’08) and Laura Harris (BA ’07; MA ’08). Walchuk and Harris met at Brock in an undergraduate history class in second year. As political science majors, they had several classes together and quickly became friends. In their master’s year in 2007-08, they shared the same tight-knit group of friends, and became closer friends as a result.“Our master’s group was particularly close,” said Walchuk. “And Laura and I attended conferences together in Buffalo and Albany, and drove together to New York City for an end-of-the-semester trip with about 15 people from the program.”It wasn’t until January 2009, after striking up a conversation at a party hosted by a mutual friend of theirs, Kevin O’Neil (MA ’10), that Walchuk and Harris started dating.Having known each other for many years at Brock, Walchuk and Harris already knew quite a bit about each other. As they started spending more time with each other, their love for each other grew stronger. A couple of months later, they got engaged while in Ottawa for a political science conference. “After experiencing life with Laura, I couldn’t go back to life without her, so I asked her to be my wife”, said Walchuk. “We had only been dating for a few months, but we knew that we were meant to be. We experienced so much together: snow tubing, dancing, my first encounter with a snake – a nine-foot python, a vacation to Florida, trying new types of food – Moroccan, Thai and Greek, and many dog walks.  All of those things were made so much better because we experienced them together.”Walchuk and Harris were married Oct. 16, 2010 at the Halton Regional Museum in Milton, Ont. Their bridal party and attendees included mutual friends from Brock, including Allison Timberg (BA ’08), Christine Jennings (BA ’09), Samir Husika (BA ’07; MA ’10), Joseph Van Troost (BA ’04; MA ’06), Rudi Antohe (MA ’08), Christopher Janzen (BA ’07; MA ’08), and Jason Sykes (BA ’06; MA ’08). Many faculty members from Brock’s Political Science department also attended the wedding, including Daniel Samson, Livianna Tossutti, Larry Savage (BA ’00; MA ’01), Ingrid Makus and Leah Bradshaw.“The wedding was beautiful. It was so nice to see the strong and lasting sense of friendship and community that Brad and Laura experienced as graduate students at Brock,” said Bradshaw.Walchuk and Harris are completing their PhDs in political science at York University and are working as instructors in Brock’s Political Science department. Walchuk teaches Canadian politics and Harris teaches research methods.Do you have a Brock alumni sweetheart story to share? Post a picture of you and your sweetheart to the Brock People – Brock University Alumni Facebook fan page or share a TwitPic on Twitter with the hashtag #BrockTweethearts. Share your story in the caption. read more

Walters TT Samah Evolving role of a UNV rebuilding Haiti

Mr. Samah speaking with local residents at a roadside market in Leogane, West Region. UN Photo United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Walters Samah, with the local community in Leogane, West Region, Haiti. UN Photo UNV Samah with a bicameral delegation of senior parliamentary staff during an exchange visit in the Dominican Congress. UN Photo United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Walters Samah, with the local community in Leogane, West Region, Haiti. UN Photo “It’s amazing to see how far the city has come,” Mr. Samah said. “Life is returning to relative normalcy for most. Today what one sees is not a city of rubble it was in 2010 but a city in reconstruction. Roads are being repaired, new residential houses are under constructions and businesses are cropping up again.” “These projects are providing jobs for many young people who are beginning to feel positive about the future of their municipality compared to three years ago,” he added. As a Civil Affairs Officer, UNV Samah was part of the Mission’s Parliamentary Support and Liaison Unit interfacing with the Haitian Parliament, civil society and local authorities to strengthen state institutions. Following the quake, Mr. Samah had to adapt to the changing needs of the Mission. His state-building role expanded to include working with aid organizations, assisting local risk and disaster management committees in preparing contingency plans and monitoring population movements. “I was often also called to support other sections within MINUSTAH,” Mr. Samah said, in jobs that ranged from assisting the Chief of Staff to working with the Human Rights Section in security assessment surveys in internally displaced camps in Port-au-Prince. United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Walters Samah, with the local community in Leogane, West Region, Haiti. UN Photo ‹ ›Beyond MINUSTAH, UNV Samah has also taken volunteerism to the community level, working actively with child-centered institutions to empower orphans and street children. “My work has given me the feeling of self-satisfaction derived largely from the fact that I am making a worthy and meaningful contribution,” said Mr. Samah, a Cameroon national who has been working in Haiti since 2008. Mr. Samah is one of around 6,800 UN Volunteers in UN peacekeeping missions and UN Agencies around the world. UN Volunteers comprise one-third of all international civilians working in UN peacekeeping operations, according to their office. The relationship between UN peacekeeping and UNVs is highly regarded. In a 2001 interview with Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, then Head of the UN effort in Timor-Leste, he said the following when asked about the role UN Volunteers play in peacekeeping efforts: “The first association is precisely this proximity with the field. UN Volunteers lack fortunately the characteristics of career bureaucrats of which I’m an example in the sense that they are truly focused and committed to assist developing countries not from the headquarters perspective, not from the career advancement point of view, but as volunteers. This by definition commits them to actually translate the ideals of the United Nations, and of this mission in particular which are very ambitious, into reality on the ground.” UNVs continue to have a strong presence in the UN family today, encouraging experienced adults and younger individuals to work in the field and support the UN’s priorities. The Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, has a personal connection with peacekeeping. “My brother served in Haiti with the peacekeepers. He was there during the earthquake, so I know the challenges they face. But I also know how committed they are to bring about peace,” he said. “The peacekeepers are the first bridge, in many cases, from a bloody present to a peaceful future. They reinforce peace, and embody the ideals of the United Nations. read more

CO Zagreb is eternal champion of Croatia

6Poreč74 5Split74 2Nexe78 C.O ZagrebCroatian handball championSisciazagreb 4Karlovac75 3Siscia77 Since 1992 and Independence of Croatia, there is only one team which celebrate at the end of the season – C.O Zagreb. Team from Croatian capital, twice EHF CL winner, won all seven matches in the Play-Off and three rounds before the end has six points ahead of Nexe Nasice.In the decisive match for the Championship, Zagreb beats Siscia 31:23 (10:10) in front of 75 spectators.Siscia: Kvesić, Palaić, Bilušić; Tojčić 5, Bjeliš 3, Jurjević 4, Žarković, Balić, Raič 2, Baltić 1, Crnić, Nuić 4, Čutura 3, Nikić, Kobetić 1CO Zagreb: Pešić, Ivić; Marić 3, Brozović, Kopljar 4, Matulić 1, Šprem 7, Špiler, Šebetić 4, Gojun 7, Horvat, J. Valčić 2, Vukić, T. Valčić, Balić, Kaleb 3 1Croatia osiguranje714 ← Previous Story Viborg HK is almost a Danish champion! Next Story → Igor Anic goes back to France – Cesson Rennes read more

Local authorities to be quizzed on Traveller housing allocations

first_imgAN OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE wants to know why local authorities do not use the full amount of money available to them for Traveller housing.The Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and Gaeltacht asked the Minister Phil Hogan to request “detailed explanations” from city and county councils on their failure to draw down their allocations.“The Committee has proposed to the Minister that in future years, local authorities who do not spend / draw down the monies allocated to them for the provision of housing for members of the Travelling Community should be required by regulation to give a detailed explanation of why they have not done so,” said Michael McCarthy, following this week’s meeting which heard from a number of representative groups from the Traveller community. These local authorities should be required to outline what steps they have taken in attempting to provide housing to members of the Travelling Community, how and why these steps have failed, what plans they have to correct the situation and to provide the housing required and the timeframe within which they intend to provide this house.The committee says it is concerned about any underspending in this area.Earlier this year it was revealed that councils failed to draw down up to €50 million that was available to them for this purpose. In 2010, just €16 million of €35 million was taken up by local authorities. Currently, about two-thirds of Travellers live in standard housing across Ireland.A Donegal councillor sparked controversy in February when he told a local radio station that he did not support the housing of a Traveller family in an area populated by settled people. He advocated “an isolated community of them some place”. He spoke following an arson attack on a €230,000 home that was allocated to a Traveller family by the Donegal County Council.Council’s €230k social housing property destroyed in firelast_img read more

How many Nama debtors have gone bankrupt so far

first_imgA TOTAL OF 77 former property players in debt to the National Asset Management Agency have been declared bankrupt since the toxic loans agency was set up.Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that the vast majority of the debtors that have gone down the bankruptcy route have done so in Britain and Northern Ireland, where 63 cases have been processed.Two have been made bankrupt in the United States, with the remaining 12 going through the process in Ireland.Just 44 debtors have managed to exit the process, all in Britain and Northern Ireland.In a reply to Wicklow-East Carlow Independent TD Stephen Donnelly, Minister Noonan said that he is not currently aware of any debtors that have exited bankruptcy in Ireland or the US.In a review of Nama’s operations by the Department of Finance published earlier this week, the Government flagged ‘debtor fatigue’ as a risk to Nama achieving its objectives.“After a number of years working with Nama, debtors are seeking certainty regarding recourse and their ultimate exit from Nama.” Nama said that it is looking at ways to combat ‘debtor fatigue’, which it says could limit the amount it is ultimately able to recover from tranches of loans it has taken command of.In response to a separate parliamentary question from Fianna Fail finance spokesman Michael McGrath, Noonan said that the bad bank has granted rate reductions to debtors and receivers with an annual value of €19 million.Read: Pathway to ‘Dublin’s Canary Wharf’: Nama’s €3 billion property play>Read: Nama is selling a €100 million portfolio of business parks> The longer the debtor resolution process extends, the more a debtor may feel that insolvency or bankruptcy may be a viable alternative to end their relationship with Nama more quickly.last_img read more

Bayern Munichs Kingsley Coman to undergo surgery

first_imgBayern Munich have confirmed that Kingsley Coman will undergo surgery after sustaining a syndesmosis ligament tear in their opening day 3-1 win over HoffenheimThe French winger got caught up in a late challenge by Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz towards the end of the first half at the Allianz Arena.While laying on the pitch, Coman was in tears and had to be consoled by his team-mates before being helped off the pitch by Bayern’s medical staff.And now the club have confirmed that he will be out for “several weeks”.“Kingsley Coman sustained a syndesmosis ligament tear above his left ankle in the 3-1 victory over TSG Hoffenheim,” read a statement.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That was the diagnosis of an examination by the medical unit after the match. Coman has to undergo surgery and will be sidelined for a number of weeks.”Just last season in February, the 22-year-old had to undergo surgery on the very same left ankle which left him sidelined for the final three months of the campaign.It also cost him a spot in France’s World Cup-winning squad this summer.Bayern won the game itself 3-1 after goals from Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Arjen Robben (who replaced Coman) to begin the defence of their Bundesliga crown on a winning note.last_img read more

Hughton reserves special praise for Solanke

first_imgBrighton boss Chris Hughton praised the capture of England’s young forward Dominic Solanke as a decent signing for BournemouthThe Seagulls boss while also clarified his team were never interested in signing the ex-Liverpool man.“He was a player that was linked with us, but that was all,”  Hughton told Sky.“I can’t say I don’t know the player, because this is our game, he’s an exceptional young good talent.“Any player of that age and quality we’re aware of. But it was just speculation, nothing more.“Having said that, Bournemouth have got a real exceptional talent, and I’m sure he’ll be great for them.BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Hughton’s first words after being sacked Manuel R. Medina – May 22, 2019 The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager says he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” when he was fired from the club.“I’m really delighted to go through; we’ve got a tough period coming up but I would rather be in the next round than not.“We didn’t start the game too well, we had some problems early on and we probably were 2-0 up against the run of play.“But we managed the game well in the second half and it’s a great result for us.”Delighted to put pen to paper with @afcbournemouth . Really looking forward to start working with some great players and a great manager. Exciting times ahead!😆🍒— Dom Solanke (@DomSolanke) January 4, 2019last_img read more

Jessore man commits suicide over conjugal dispute

first_imgA young man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house over conjugal dispute at Itta village in Manirampur upazila on Saturday afternoon.Family sources said Sanjit Das Babu, 30, son of Dhiren Das, a resident of Itta village, had been at a conjugal feud with his wife. Sanjit used to work at Manirampur upazila post office.Following the dispute, his wife has recently left the house and gone to her father’s house.On Saturday, as Sanjit didn’t wake up after 12:00pm despite making repeated calls by the family members, the house inmates entered his room breaking the door only to find Sanjib hanging with the ceiling.The body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy, said sub-inspector Ruksana of Manirampur police station, adding that an unnatural death case was filed in this connection.last_img read more