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November 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next “We want to give an opportunity for more people to see the games,” he said.READ: SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPreviously, Fiba 3×3 events were held inside malls. SM Megamall in Mandaluyong served as hosts for the 2014 World Tour Manila Masters, while Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita had the rights in the 2015 edition.“I think we’ve been very successful holding it in the malls. Almost 4,000 people are watching the games. But now, we chose to move it to a bigger venue,” said Panlilio. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Miranda, Isip bring leadership to Marinerong Pilipino Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “From a Philippine basketball point of view, that gives an opportunity for the youth to watch the game. From the point of view of SBP and Fiba, we want to see bigger crowds in 3×3 and that’s something we want to deliver to Fiba. Hosting events have put the Philippines in the map and shows that we can host events like this, and that’s the reason we also pushed for the hosting of the 3×3 World Cup.”READ: High expectations for 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup hostingGilas Pilipinas backer Ronald Mascariñas of Chooks-to-Go also thinks that this event could break attendance records in the 55,000-seater arena.“It’s in the discussion if we’re going to break the record in attendance. But I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times we will. Because Fiba should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” said the Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president.The current mark for biggest attendance inside the world’s largest indoor stadium is held by the PBA, set last October 27, 2017 in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals where 54,083 fans trooped to the venue.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCompared to past 3×3 events staged in the country, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is going big at home as it is set hold the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup at massive Philippine Arena in June.SBP president Al Panlilio feels that it’s time for the halfcourt game to be staged in bigger venues so that it will be seen by bigger crowds.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

November 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPhilippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao, WBO world welterweight champion, scored a big political victory on Thursday when the elections commission declared he was among 12 new members of the upper house of Congress.Last week, about 80 per cent of 55 million eligible voters cast their ballots to choose a president, vice president, 12 senators, 200 members of the lower house of Congress and 18,000 local officials in general elections held every six years.’WILL HELP NATION'”I can focus and discipline myself, the way I did in boxing to help the nation,” Pacquiao told reporters, saying, as a new senator, he would push for free education at all levels.The 37 year-old two-term congressman also said he favours restoring the death penalty for drug-related and other serious crimes. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ask Congress to re-introduce a death penalty that was repealed in 2006.”In the eyes of God, it is not unlawful,” Pacquiao said of capital punishment.OVERWHELMING RESPONSE The former eight-division world boxing champion, who stood as a member of one of the losing presidential candidates, won more than 16 million votes to come in seventh place for 12 vacant seats in the upper house of Congress.Opinion polls showed Pacquiao was among the top choices for a senate seat but he dropped a few notches down in the polls after he made an anti-gay remark in February.A month before elections, his ratings improved after a convincing victory over American champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, knocking him down twice in the 12-round bout.advertisementlast_img read more

November 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgInter boss Luciano Spalletti believes Mauro Icardi still has more to give following his late heroics in the midweek Champions League win over Tottenham.Icardi equalised with a sweet 85th-minute volley before Matias Vecino completed the hosts’ quickfire turnaround to secure a much-needed 2-1 victory at San Siro.Inter’s skipper had been largely anonymous until his equaliser and finished the match with just 16 touches, the fewest of any starter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Spalletti urged Icardi to continue raising his game to new heights ahead of an important Serie A trip to Sampdoria on Saturday.”[It takes] a bit of everything,” he said.”He must make movements that will benefit the team, just as they must consider what his qualities are, putting him in a position to express himself better.”A few seconds of talent are enough to be a top footballer, but to be a champion it takes 95 minutes of personality.” Inter’s success against Spurs came despite an unconvincing start in the league which has yielded just four points from as many matches.A 3-0 victory over Bologna is their only domestic scalp of the season so far, with losses to Sassuolo and Parma both ringing alarm bells at the club.Spalletti hopes the confidence gained from the Champions League will lead to a consistent run of results.”If we’re able to win these games, we come out of them stronger because it means that we’re capable but we have to keep doing it,” he said.”We also benefitted from the enthusiasm after such a win. It could be that we follow up on the win tomorrow and to do so would mean much more than winning two individual matches.”I hope that the guys become aware of their abilities.”Inter next travel to Sampdoria on September 22 before they then host back-to-back league games versus Fiorentina on September 25 and Cagliari on September 29.last_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhile Harry Kane didn’t contribute to the glut of hat tricks in European qualifying for the World Cup, the England striker grabbed a crucial equalizer in a chaotic finale against Scotland on Saturday.A dramatic final six minutes in Group F at Hampden Park saw Scotland come from 1-0 down to take the lead through two Leigh Griffiths free kicks. Kane, captain of England for the first time, volleyed home deep into stoppage time to make it 2-2.Things were simpler for Germany and Poland, who were aided by hat tricks as the pair continued to dominate their groups.Despite fielding a weakened team against minnow San Marino, Germany stayed perfect in Group C with a 7-0 win. Sandro Wagner scored a hat trick on just his second appearance for Joachim Loew’s side.Poland stayed unbeaten as Robert Lewandowski’s hat trick took him level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring charts. Lewandowski scored two penalties during a 3-1 win over Romania.But that wasn’t Group E’s only treble. Stevan Jovetic scored Montenegro’s first ever hat trick in a 4-1 victory over Armenia.Kane, who has led the Premier League’s scoring charts for the last two seasons, had mixed emotions at fulltime.“It (the goal) is definitely up at the top, it was a special day,” he said. “It looked like we were going to win the game and then like we were going to lose when 2-1 down in stoppage time.To get the goal was special. I did not know whether the keeper was going to come, so when I saw him stay on his line … what a ball it was, and it was just a good side-foot into the net.”GROUP CIt was only ever a question of how many goals Germany would score against San Marino at Grundig Stadium in Nuremberg.Julian Draxler, one of the few regulars in a weakened Germany squad, opened the scoring before Wagner claimed his first international goal five minutes later, and he didn’t have to wait long before claiming his second, after fans indulged in Mexican waves.Midfielder Amin Younes claimed his first goal for Germany before the break, and there were more cheers after it when Shkodran Mustafi scored two minutes into the second half.Fans needed a bit of patience before the sixth arrived courtesy of Julian Brandt, whose first international goal came in the 72nd, and Wagner completed the rout with five minutes remaining.Norway and the Czech Republic played out a 1-1 draw in Oslo as Theodor Gebre Selassie scored from close range 10 minutes before the break, but Norway’s Alexander Soderlund equalized from the penalty spot.Northern Ireland took advantage of the result as Stuart Dallas scored an injury-time goal to consolidate second place in the group, five points behind Germany, but four clear of the third-placed Czech Republic.GROUP EPoland stayed six points clear as Lewandowski got on the scoresheet for an 11th consecutive qualifying match. He emphatically headed home in the 57th before sealing his hat trick with another penalty five minutes later.Romania scored the goal of the night in the 77th through Bogdan Stancu’s stunning strike but its qualifying hopes look bleak after losing ground to second and third-placed Montenegro and Denmark.Montenegro started fast as Fatos Beciraj gave it the lead after just two minutes, before Jovetic took matters into his own hands. The captain doubled his side’s lead with a low strike in the 28th, and scored Montenegro’s 100th international goal to make it 3-0.He saved the best until last, converting with a stunning scissor kick in the 82nd. Ruslan Koryan bagged a late consolation for Armenia.Denmark kept pace with Montengro in the race for second place as it beat 10-man Kazakhstan 3-1 in Almaty.Nicolai Jorgensen opened the scoring in the 27th and Christian Eriksen added penalty before Islambek Kuat pulled one back for the home side. But substitute Kasper Dolberg sealed the win in the 81st.GROUP FEngland’s position at the top of Group F was weakened as Slovakia and Slovenia both won, but it left Hampden Park relieved to have kept its eight-year unbeaten run in tournament qualifying matches intact.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to give England the lead before Griffiths’s free kicks looked to have snatched victory for Scotland.But Kane popped up deep into stoppage time to preserve a two point cushion for England in the standings.Its nearest challenger is Slovakia, which secured a crucial 2-1 victory in Lithuania.Marek Hamsik set up Vladimir Weiss for the opener and added a stunning free kick of his own after the break.Slovenia is just one point further back in third place after a comfortable 2-0 win against Malta.Josip Ilicic gave his side the lead with a fine curling effort from an acute angle before setting up Milivoje Novakovic to seal the victory.SAM JOHNSTON, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLYON, France (AP) — Striker Antoine Griezmann figured he owed it to coach Diego Simeone to win the Europa League with Atletico Madrid.He did so in style, scoring two expertly-taken goals as Atletico won the trophy for the third time with a 3-0 victory against Marseille in Wednesday’s final.Griezmann’s decisive contribution helped erase bitter memories of 2016, when he missed a second-half penalty in Atletico’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.“It was a dream of mine to win this trophy with my teammates and with Simeone,” the France forward said. “Simeone has taught me a lot. He’s made me into a better player and one of the best in the world. I hope I can continue to win more trophies.”Maybe not with Atletico.His goals might end up being the parting gift, considering Griezmann has been increasingly linked with a move to Barcelona.“I don’t think it’s the time to talk about my future,” Griezmann said. “I want to enjoy the moment. I want to enjoy this with the fans.”Marseille’s fans made the three-hour road trip home regretting what might have been if striker Valere Germain had converted a third-minute chance.“We missed our chance. You can’t fall behind against a team like Atletico,” Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said. “In the second half they raised their level and the best team won.”Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann, right, raising his left arm, watches the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after wining the Europa League Final soccer match between Marseille and Atletico Madrid at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Marseille was going for a second European trophy, 25 years after winning the Champions League, but ultimately had no answer to Griezmann’s mobility and finishing. Captain Gabi capped off Atletico’s victory with a fine finish in the last minute after being set up by Koke.“It’s about more than a trophy,” Simeone said. “It represents the value of hard work, a steady hand and consistency, values to be successful in life.”Several Marseille players were in tears at fulltime, undone by a player who was rejected by several French clubs as a youth because of his diminutive stature.“This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering,” Griezmann said. “There has been joy and sadness, but I am so happy.”Griezmann slotting coolly into the bottom left corner in the 21st minute after being set up by midfielder Gabi’s first-time pass. Marseille’s woeful defending contributed, as midfielder Zambo Anguissa failed to control a casual pass out from goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and the loose ball bounced straight to Gabi.Four minutes into the second half, Griezmann started and finished the move for his second.He athletically won a high ball in midfield and quickly swapped passes with Koke before gliding into the penalty area unchallenged and clipping the ball over the onrushing Mandanda.Atletico players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League Final soccer match between Marseille and Atletico Madrid at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)He celebrated both goals with an energetic celebratory dance from popular video game Fortnite.Marseille, which lost finals at this level in 1999 and 2004, began with urgency, but Germain shot over after being played clear through on goal by Dimitri Payet’s slick pass. Adil Rami shot wide moments later as Marseille’s positive start upset Atletico’s rhythm.The French club’s hopes faded after Payet went off injured in the 31st with what appeared to be a thigh injury.Marseille fans were given a first-half warning over the stadium speakers to stop letting off flares and firecrackers or the game would be stopped. They carried on anyway, and so did the game, with sections of the stadium cloaked in thick pyrotechnic smoke.But nothing could disguise Atletico’s vast superiority, as it added to its Europa League trophies from 2010 and 2012. It also lost another Champions League final to Real Madrid in 2014 and the gulf in experience was evident.Atletico took Griezmann off in the final moments to give veteran forward Fernando Torres a send-off, as he came on to a huge ovation from the red-and-white horde of Atletico fans. The 34-year-old Torres is leaving at the end of the season, and raised the trophy aloft with his right hand in front of adoring fans who nicknamed him “The Kid” when he started his career in 2000.Atletico Madrid supporters light flares as they celebrate their team’s Europa League tittle in Madrid, early Thursday, May 17, 2018. Atletico defeated Marseille 3-0 in the final and clinches its third Europa League title. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDelhi Capitals suffered a massive blow on Friday as their premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is ruled out for the rest of the Indian Premier League 2019 season with a back injury.Kagiso Rabada has been called back home by Cricket South Africa for precautionary reasons ahead of the 2019 World Cup, which begins on May 30 with the tournament-opener between South Africa and hosts England.Rabada, who is the leading wicket-taker in the IPL this season with 25 wickets, had missed Delhi’s last match against Chennai Super Kings which they lost by 80 runs at the Chepauk on Wednesday.”It is indeed very hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament. But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard. It’s been a tremendous season for me with the Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy,” Rabada said in a release.ANNOUNCEMENT @KagisoRabada25 to miss the rest of our season after being recalled by Cricket SA for precautionary reasons ahead of the World Cup.#ThankYouKagiso #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 3, 2019Kagiso Rabada, who had complained of a stiff back in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 28, had been captain Shreyas Iyer’s go-to bowler in their campaign so far and the South African speedster delivered each time he took the field for them.He played 12 matches for the Capitals and picked up his wickets at an average of 14.72 with two four-wicket hauls. Rabada played a pivotal role in Delhi Capitals’ march to their first play-offs after a gap of seven years.advertisementDelhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting termed the development as “unfortunate”.”It’s unfortunate that Rabada is having to leave us at this stage of the tournament. But I have full confidence in our team and I’m sure each and every member of this unit will step up to the occasion,” Ponting said.With 25 wickets in 12 matches, we thank our Protean death-over specialist for his services and wish him luck for the World Cup!#ThankYouKagiso #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitalsDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 3, 2019Delhi Capitals will play Rajasthan Royals in their last league match at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium here on Saturday.Also Read | Delhi Capitals and South Africa sweating over Kagiso Rabada’s injury scareAlso Read | IPL 2019: From name to fortune, Delhi Capitals script stunning turnaroundAlso Read | Kagiso Rabada is a wonderkid: Dale Steyn hails Delhi Capitals pacerlast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle striker Rondon: I chose number 9 for Shearer pressureby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSalomon Rondon has revealed he chose the number nine jersey at Newcastle on purpose. The Venezuelan has been in excellent form for the Magpies, who he joined from West Bromwich Albion on loan in the summer. Rondon has always wore the number 23 jersey during his career, but he revealed that he enjoys the pressure of wearing the jersey previously worn by club legend and the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer.”It was a peculiar story,” Rondon said.”The ’23’ was free, my number of always, and the ‘9’. One of the people who closed the transfer told me: ‘The ‘9’ is a very important number at Newcastle because it was led by Shearer, who is the club’s top scorer and the history of the Premier League. If you dare to wear it, it will be fine. ‘ And so it has been.”It is a pressure that pleases me. I work well on pressure because it is where one more demands and is forced to give the maximum.”We exchanged some tweets, but personally I still do not know (Shearer). I would love it (to meet him), not only for what it has been at Newcastle, but for what it has represented for football.” last_img read more

October 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Rohan Sen DubaiJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 13:25 IST Rishabh Pant was the second highest run-scorer in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Test series (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant gained a record 673 ratings points in the latest ICC Test rankingsPant equalled Farokh Engineer’s feat by gaining 21 positions to be ranked 17thPant took 20 catches and scored 350 runs in the four-match Test series against AustraliaRising star Rishabh Pant added another feather to his cap on Tuesday as he achieved a career-best ranking in the latest list released by the International Cricket Council. Pant gained 21 slots and reached 17th place to equal Farokh Engineer’s feat which he achieved in 1973.Pant’s 20 catches and 350 runs in the four-match Test series against Australia saw him gain 673 ratings points, which is the highest by an Indian wicketkeeper batsman. Pant beat the record set by MS Dhoni, who had gained 662 points, while Engineer had managed 619 points.Before the Border-Gavaskar series, Pant was placed 59th on the list but made rapid progress to move into the top-20 after just nine Test matches.He scored an unbeaten 159 in the final Test in Sydney which ended due to rain and bad weather conditions, thus, handing India a 2-1 series win, their first ever in a Test series in Australia.He finished the series as the second highest run scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara’s tally of 521 runs at 74.40. Pujara also gained a spot to be third in the batsmen’s rankings behind Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.Pant’s hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground was his second in Test cricket after the Oval century and was also the first by an Indian wicket-keeper in Australia.He is now only one of four Indian wicketkeepers – Budhi Kunderan, Nayan Mongia and MS Dhoni – with a 150-plus score in Test cricket.The 21-year-old broke the record for the most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper during the series and also equalled a world record of AB de Villiers and Jack Russell for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test, taking 11 catches during India’s 31-run win at the Adelaide Oval.advertisementDespite his groundbreaking series Down Under, Pant was ignored for the upcoming three-match ODI series against the Aussies starting January 12.But chief selector MSK Prasad assured that Pant remains in their plans for the World Cup with MS Dhoni being the primary keeper-batsman along with Dinesh Karthik.”There is absolutely no doubt that he is among one of those wicketkeepers [for World Cup]. All the three shortlisted keepers are doing well. He is definitely part of pour World Cup plans. It’s a part of the workload management we are following,” Prasad told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview.Prasad also went on to reveal that Pant is carrying a few niggles in his body after playing four high-intensity Tests against Australia which is why they are looking to manage his workload at the moment.”You have seen how many players we are resting these days. This kid has played the T20s and the four high-intensity Tests. Body also takes a wear and tear. He is having a few niggles, he needs to recover. I am sure he will come back much stronger.”He is the only wicketkeeper to score hundred in England and Australia. We have given him some targets. We have set him he has to finish the matches and come. This Sydney Test match will be a turning point in his career,” Prasad added.Also Read | Rishabh Pant needs to bat at No. 6, he can convert starts into hundreds: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist is Rishabh Pant’s latest fan Also Read | Watch: Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant sign SCG honours board after sensational hundredsAlso Read | Rishabh Pant will score more Test hundreds than MS Dhoni: Ricky PontingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow ICC Test rankingsFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow MSK PrasadFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Border-Gavaskar series Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni record after sensational show in Australia TestsRishabh Pant gained 673 ratings points and jumped 21 positions to be ranked 17th while Cheteshwar Pujara surpassed Steve Smith to gain the third position in the batsmen’s list.advertisementlast_img read more

October 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgKozhikode (Ker): It was a special moment for 72-year-old Rajamma Vavathil, a retired nurse, when Congress president Rahul Gandhi hugged and held her hand here on Sunday, 49 years after she took him in her hands as a newborn at a Delhi hospital.Vavathil could not contain her happiness and excitement at meeting Gandhi, whose birth she had witnessed, as a grown-up man and the Member of Parliament from her Wayanad constituency in Kerala. The Gandhi scion hugged her and held her hand when Vavathil and her family came to meet him at a guest house here in the morning. Amidst his busy schedule, Gandhi, on a thanksgiving visit to Wayanad, which has sent him to Parliament this time with a massive victory margin of 4.31 lakh votes, spent some time with Vavathil’s family. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCBesides, the Congress chief obliged some party workers and their kin by posing for photographs with them. As a trainee nurse, Vavathil had taken care of Gandhi at Delhi’s Holy Family Hospital after his birth on June 19, 1970. The Congress chief also greeted Vavathil’s family members, including her husband and grandchildren, who waited for hours to meet him. When Vavathil recalled her memories of witnessing his birth and taking him in her hands as a newborn, Gandhi listened to her attentively with a smile on his face. Before leaving, Vavathil gifted home-made jackfruit chips and sweets to the Congress chief, who, in turn, promised to meet her again. An excited Vavathil later said she was really happy to meet Gandhi after all these years. “I am really happy and excited. I was the first among the few who took Rahul as a newborn in their hands. All those memories gushed though my mind when I met him again,” she told reporters. “I felt, I should give him some gift. That is why I gave him sweets and chips made by myself,” the retired nurse said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsWhen a controversy over Gandhi’s citizenship came up during the Lok Sabha election campaign, Vavathil had said she was one of those who were on duty at the Holy Family Hospital on June 19, 1970, when the Congress chief was born. She had also said she was among the first few to take newborn Rahul in her hands. “I was lucky as I was the first among the few who took the newborn in their hands. He was so cute. I was witness to his birth. I was thrilled…we all were thrilled to see the grandson of (then) prime minister Indira Gandhi,” Vavathil had said. Rahul Gandhi’s father Rajiv Gandhi and uncle Sanjay Gandhi were waiting outside the labour room of the hospital when his mother Sonia Gandhi was taken for delivery, she had recounted.last_img read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

A highly contagious viral infection, measles kills more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, particularly those in developing countries who do not have access to adequate health care services. Those that survive can have permanent disabilities, including brain damage, blindness and deafness.The Iranian campaign targets 33 million people between 5 and 25 years of age, all of whom it hopes will be immunized before the new year, while Turkey plans to reach 20 million children aged 9 months to 15 years over the next 12 months.”There is absolutely no reason that children should die or be disabled from measles or rubella when we have simple, effective and inexpensive vaccines,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement. “The Governments of Iran and Turkey have shown commendable leadership in their efforts to eliminate these deadly diseases.”In Iran, the Ministry of Health is leading the campaign, in close collaboration with other ministries and with the support of UNICEF, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.The Turkish campaign will start this month with 10 million school children, expanding to 10 million more infants and out-of-school children next year.The campaigns in both countries are being financed and implemented by their governments, and will enlist support from the media, health professionals, schools, local communities and parents. read more

October 4, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Spying allegations could cast cloud over Brazil-Canada business relationship by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 2:28 pm MDT OTTAWA – Allegations Canadian spies targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry could cast a cloud over tens of billions of annual trade and investment between the two countries.Brazil President Dilma Rousseff recently cancelled a scheduled state visit to the United States over similar allegations, Maxwell Cameron, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, said Monday.“She is now demanding an explanation from the Canadian government,” he said.“I think we’re in hot water here and this is a major set back for the whole policy with respect to Latin America that this government has been pursuing.”The report on Brazil’s Globo television on Sunday night said the metadata of phone calls and emails from and to the Brazilian ministry were targeted by the Communications Security Establishment Canada.The Canadian government has declined to comment. But the Brazilian president said Monday it appeared to be an act of industrial espionage and summoned the Canadian ambassador to explain.Foreign direct investment by Brazil in Canada totalled $15.8 billion last year, while Canadian direct investment in Brazil was $9.8 billion.Canadian exports to Brazil amounted to nearly $2.6 billion, while imports from Brazil were nearly $4 billion.That trade relationship remains strong, Raul Papaleo, president of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, said Monday.“The diplomats in service here, they’re saying to the Brazilian government that Canada is one of the best, if not the best place to have bilateral business,” Papaleo said.However, Cameron suggested the allegations, based on documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, will make it more difficult for Canada to improve its relationship.He said the countries fought a long running battle between Bombardier and Embraer over subsidies for the South American regional jet builder.“The effort to put behind us commercial competition and establish firmer and broader relationships with Brazil are drastically set back by these revelations,” Cameron said.Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Brazil in August 2011 when he announced an air transport agreement as well as a Canada-Brazil CEO forum, co-chaired by Scotiabank chief executive Rick Waugh and Vale chief executive Murilo Ferreira.Canada’s history of investment in Brazil dates back more than a century.What would become Brascan, and then Brookfield Asset Management, first invested in a tramway system in Sao Paulo in 1899 before it became a major player in power generation and utilities in the South American country.But in recent years, more Brazilian reals have headed north than Canadian loonies flying south.The largest investment by a Brazilian company in Canada was the purchase of Inco by Vale in 2006 that helped make it one of the world’s largest nickel producers.The deal for the Canadian miner was one of the biggest takeovers of a Canadian corporate household name and prompted much hand wringing about foreign ownership.Brazilian brewer Ambev also owns Labatt, Brazilian industrial conglomerate Votorantim Group owns St. Marys Cement and Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau owns mills in Ontario and Manitoba.Meanwhile, some 500 Canadian companies are active in Brazil including more than 50 in the mining sector.Brookfield Asset Management manages some $16 billion in assets in Brazil including real estate, infrastructure, private equity, agriculture and timberland assets in addition to financial services.Yamana Gold also has the Jacobina, Fazenda Brasileiro and Chapada gold mines in the country as well as several other projects under development.Earlier this year, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board signed a US$480-million deal to acquire a 27.6 interest in Brazil’s Aliansce Shopping Centers S.A.The deal built on a real estate portfolio in Brazil valued at more than C$900 million. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Ohio State freshman guard Luther Muhammad (1) dribbles the ball during the first half of the game against Northwestern on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 63-49. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorTuesday will begin a closing stretch of games head coach Chris Holtmann views as one of the toughest of the season for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will face three Big Ten teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 in the final four games of the regular season: No. 22 Iowa, No. 14 Purdue and No. 19 Wisconsin. With an Ohio State team on the bubble for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, and with this stretch of games heading into the Big Ten tournament, Holtmann said his team is in a position not many teams have the opportunity to be in. “We all know what was said about this group earlier in the year, before the season got started, and we’ve got an opportunity here to see how we can finish,” Holtmann said. “We get what we earn.” Projected StartersOhio State (17-10, 7-9 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 8.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apgF — Justin Ahrens — Freshman, 2.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.2 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 8.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apgNo. 22 Iowa (21-6, 10-6 Big Ten)G — Jordan Bohannon — Junior, 11.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Joe Wieskamp — Freshman, 11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 apgG — Isaiah Moss — Redshirt junior, 9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apgF — Tyler Cook — Junior, 16.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apgF — Luka Garza — Sophomore, 13.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.9 apgAs the No. 6 team in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes have won five of their past six games, taking a 76-70 overtime win against Indiana Friday. Iowa will bring the No. 1 scoring offense in the conference to Columbus Tuesday, averaging 80.4 points per game and shooting 46.6 percent from the field, which is second-best behind Michigan State. Ohio State already has an idea of what the Iowa offense looks like, having lost to the Hawkeyes 72-62 Jan. 12. Despite the Buckeyes leading 26-24 at halftime, Iowa exploded to make 15-of-27 from the field in the second half.“We thought that it was a win,” sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson said. “I feel like going into the second half, we didn’t have the same intensity and came out with the same toughness that we had the first time in the first half.” Much of the Hawkeyes’ success was due to the play of its two starting forwards: junior Tyler Cook and sophomore Luka Garza. Against Ohio State, they combined for 31 points, converting on 11-of-17 attempts from the field with 12 rebounds. Wesson said that both Iowa forwards do a good job of sealing, getting them multiple touches in the paint. Holtmann said the reason why both forwards have put up the numbers they have is because of the shooting ability of the rest of the starting lineup. The Hawkeyes are No. 3 in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage. In his first year with the Buckeyes, Holtmann knew of Cook, the player who leads Iowa this season with 16 points per game. But Garza was the one who made the lasting impact. “I was so impressed with Garza last year when we played them,” Holtmann said. “And he has proven to be as good of a player as he is.” Garza made 6-of-7 shot attempts against the Buckeyes Jan. 12, leading the team with 16 points. On the outside, Holtmann said senior guard C.J. Jackson will return to the starting lineup after being sidelined with a shoulder injury Saturday against Maryland. After earning his first career start against the Terrapins Saturday, freshman forward Justin Ahrens will continue to have opportunities in an increased role, Holtmann said. He added that the starting spot is still “fluid,” though. In five games against ranked opponents this season, Ohio State is winless. Its past two losses to ranked teams have been by double digits. However, Holtmann said he senses a level of urgency heading into Tuesday’s matchup with the Hawkeyes, saying, “You’ve got to be living in a cave if you don’t have that feeling.” But the number attached to Iowa does not change the mentality of Wesson ahead of Tuesday’s game. “Every game from now [on] is the biggest game of the season,” Wesson said. “We have to go into practice and think our biggest game is Tuesday.” Ohio State will take on No. 22 Iowa at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday. read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSouth Africa has gone on the offensive, saying it is making substantial ground on reverting the country’s investment decline in mining and global concerns about mine infrastructure failures earlier this year. Addressing the first day in Perth today of Paydirt 2008 Africa Downunder Resources Conference, the Director General of South Africa’s Minerals and Energy Department, Adv Nogxina, said significant measures were now in place to address issues identified as the cause for declining mining investment in Africa’s former mining powerhouse.“A task force charged with identifying the cause for the investment decline in recent years found a range of contributing factors, ahead of the power failures this year,” Nogxina said. “These included lack of infrastructure capacity, a paucity of skills, currency fluctuations and uncertainty among prospective mining investors from new mining legislation. In the wake of those findings, we have committed R60 billion to strengthen infrastructure with particular focus on rail, port and pipelines.“We have better explained the new mining laws and are now meeting our promised turnaround times on issuing licences and permits and have programs in place to expedite the acquisition of priority skills. As a result, the Department has received in just four years, more than 17,000 applications for various types of rights covering a range of mineral commodities – a number unprecedented in South Africa’s mining history.”Nogxina also discussed the country’s drive to beneficiate its mined resources, as a way to counter the country’s loss to China last year, of the crown of world’s largest gold producer.  “Beneficiating our commodities will enable South Africa to extend the scope of its mining industry beyond its natural life and ensure ongoing investment and job creation. We, last year, reached our highest ever growth in processed minerals – worth R54.8 billion – up 26.3% from the previous year.”Nogxina lastly discussed how the country is tackling its power generation system – something that has been condemned by global miners operating there due to high levels of outages in the opening quarter of this year. “Since these load shedding incidents, the National Electricity Response Plan (NERP) has led to the commissioning of a further 600 MW of generation capacity by Eskom and an additional 200 MW capacity made available at Cahora Basa”. He continued by saying that energy intensive industries like ferroalloys were being urged to establish cogeneration power plants. “The total impact of the combination of these factors is, we expect, a return to this year and next to higher investment levels in South Africa’s mining sector”.last_img read more

September 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBy Suwaibou Touray & MUHAMMED S BAHIn an extraordinary session of the Gambia National Assembly yesterday afternoon January 16th 2017, the Gambia National Assembly adopted a resolution commending and appreciating the good efforts of the Authority of Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS, to peacefully settle the post –election impasse in the country.The Resolution is moved by Mr Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the majority leader of the Gambia National Assembly.The Resolution is to be transmitted through the usual diplomatic channels to the President of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government, Secretary General of the United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of the AU Commission, Speaker of the Pan African Parliament, Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Co-Presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Speakers of the National Assembly of the Republic of Senegal, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia.Mr Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the majority leader in moving the motion agreed that the Independent Electoral Commission of the Gambia, (IEC) is the statutory body mandated to announce the results and declare the winner of Presidential election.He however said they must allow the courts to determine the validity or otherwise of the results since there is a petition from one contestant.“We recognise and uphold the Constitutional rights of the ruling APRC party to contest the December 1st Presidential results within 10 days after the election and we commend the armed Forces for their commitment and neutrality and professionalism in this situation,” emphasised Majority leader Fabakary Jatta.Mr Jatta in moving the motion also called on ECOWAS to refrain from any action that would jeopardize the situation and facilitate the sending of judges to expedite the matter, while stressing the non aggression and interference in the affairs of member states.Jatta also condemns the government of Senegal for the role displayed at the UN against what he called the sovereignty, Independence and good neighbourliness of the two countries.“I call on all members to adopt the resolution,” said  Fabakary Jatta, Majority leader.In seconding the Motion, Hon Abdoulie Saine, also reiterated the need for ECOWAS to facilitate the provision of Judges for the Supreme Court to resolve the matter through the court.Hon. Saine also pointed out that IEC is the supreme cause of the political turmoil currently ongoing.Hon. Neti Baldeh member of Tumana on his part called on Gambians to peacefully and patiently wait for the decision of the Supreme Court to ensure peace and stability of the country.Similar comments were made by other National Assembly membersMinority leader Samba Jallow also commended the ECOWAS efforts but opined that ECOWAS alone cannot solve the impasse; that ECOWAS leaders came twice but the impasse is still not resolved. ”There must be dialogue between the Outgoing President and the Incoming one,” said Jallow.He asked whether we should plunge the Gambia into a crisis only because of a human error; that it is an irony that they could not solve the problem but to resort to ECOWAS. “If we take a stance it will be solved but if we as representatives keep silent it will not be solved and we will not be representing our people, argued Minority leader Jallow.The Minority leader who said he hates seeing Gambia children becoming refugees in neighbouring countries proposed the setting up of a Parliamentary Committee that would talk to both sides and mediate to resolve the matter.Hon. Jallow however warned that the Incoming President is preparing for inauguration and no one can stop them. He blamed the sitting government for the lack of judges at the Supreme court.“I blame the sitting government for the cause of this internal conflict for wanting to use power and forcing your people to go to exile,” said Minority leader Samba Baldeh,.While noting that, there is need to resolve this problem before on the 19th January to avoid conflict and problems, he said that People are showing readiness and commitment to go for the inauguration.In his intervention Hon. Modou Bamba Gaye member for Lower Saloum, said the National Assembly members should call for a peaceful transfer of power from the Outgoing President to the incoming President.Hon. Bamba recalled that in 2011 elections, when the UDP and GMC filed a petition in court about the irregularities in the elections that did not stop the inauguration of President Jammeh.“I think is the same petition filed by the APRC to the Supreme Court, so why should that stop the inauguration of Adama Barrow” He asked.As the debate unfolded, members eventually resolved to adopt the Resolution to send to ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government, Secretary General of the United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of the AU Commission, etc.last_img read more

September 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Email News In 2018, Ultra Worldwide acquired Winter Music Conference, Miami’s longtime electronic music industry event and the place where the first Ultra Music Fest began in 1999, originally as a supplemental party to the event that has brought big-name DJ/producers to Miami for decades. The housing of WMC under the Ultra umbrella was envisioned to realign the two major electronic music events, with 2019 once again seeing the conference lead into the festival weekend. It is unclear how the festival’s new home will affect the timing of these two big events.Splash House: Justice, Armand Van Helden, Jai Wolf & TroyBoi Headlining June Poolside FestRead more Ultra Music Festival Will No Longer Be Held In Miami Twitter Ultra Music Festival Will No Longer Be In Miami ultra-music-festival-will-no-longer-be-held-miamicenter_img “We are now finalizing a new South Florida location that will serve as an incredible and permanent home,” reads a statement from the festivalAna YglesiasGRAMMYs May 9, 2019 – 1:18 pm Yesterday, March 8, Ultra Music Festival announced via an official statement that they will no longer be holding their flagship event in Miami and are “finalizing a new South Florida location.”The now-global electronic music company wrapped up its 21st annual fest in Miami on March 31, this time at a new location in Virginia Key, a small island a few miles from Miami proper, accessible by causeway. Following the event, as reported by the Miami Herald, the contract allowing Ultra Music Fest to take place at Virginia Key would be automatically renewed for 2020 unless either Ultra or the City of Miami revoked it within 60 days after the event had ended. The Herald says that on Wednesday, Ultra delivered a letter to the city stating they would be withdrawing from their partnership, a day before City of Miami commissioners were scheduled to vote on the matter.Ultra’s public statement explains they came to the decision after listening to feedback from the most recent event, writing; “the festival experience on Virginia Key was simply not good enough.” The event suffered from transportation issues when the majority of attendees tried to leave the island at the same time.Related: “On Location: Miami”: Meet Sweat Records Owner Lolo ReskinThe letter to fans explains the organizers are working on finding a new home for the 2020 fest, taking it out of Miami County for the first time, but keeping it in Southern Florida.”We are now finalizing a new South Florida location that will serve as an incredible and permanent home for Ultra Music Festival,” the statement continues. “We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the final details that will ensure that this new location allows us to deliver the incredible experience that our loyal fans expect and deserve.” Facebook h May 6, 2019 – 12:29 pm Paavo Siljamäki At Miami Winter Music Conferencelast_img read more

September 10, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA smaller version of the Nintendo Switch may come out later this year.  Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET A lite version of the Nintendo Switch is in the works, says a Thursday report. Nintendo is planning to offer a smaller version of the Switch hybrid console to make the gaming device more portable, according to a report from Japanese publication Nikkei. Nintendo told manufacturing partners and game developers about the plan, the publication said.The new model will be easier to carry around, though its functionality will be limited, according to Neowin’s translation of the Nikkei report. The smaller Switch device may appear in mid-2019. This comes after October rumors that Nintendo may release an updated version of the Switch as soon as the summer of 2019. In September, the gaming giant launched Nintendo Switch Online, a subscription service that costs $20 a year and lets users play games in multiplayer mode and gives them a library of classic titles. Nintendo reportedly may also launch another subscription service this year. The rumored service will reportedly target users who don’t mind spending a lot of money on in-app purchases. Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Nikkei is the largest Japanese business newspaper and has accurately predicted the arrival of new Nintendo products before. Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices.How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) See it $299 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details See It Comments Amazon Best Buy $299 News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Gaming Gadgets Mobile See It Nintendo Switch $309 Walmart See It Nintendo Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go $289 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice 4 Tagslast_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgL&T Infotech, a subsidiary of engineering company Larsen & Toubro, has pulled off a Flipkart-esque act. The company withdrew offer letters given to 1,500 students from various Tamil Nadu colleges, according to a report on News18.The angry students are now on a fast in protest against the company’s decision since it is a double whammy for them. “If you take the rules and regulations of all the colleges in and around Tamil Nadu into consideration, once you have got a placement in one company, you cannot apply or sit for another placement. So we got only one chance. The mail we have got now says our performance is not up to the mark, so our offer will be cancelled,” the channel quoted a student as saying. “The struggle is much more and it is unexplainable. We took loans to study in that particular college just to get placed. We are now in a position that we cannot answer the banks and they are sending us letter on a daily basis. They (L&T) kept us engaged in doing some work or the other and kept telling us not to panic, we will be giving you the joining date and that increased our hopes, [sic]” another student told the channel.The news comes within days of e-commerce company Flipkart deferring joining dates for Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad graduates by six month to December 2016 citing “business restructuring.” As a consolation, the company has offered a joining bonus of Rs. 1.5 lakh to the 18 students of IIM-A.The trend of companies either withdrawing offer letters or deferring joining date has prompted the Indian Institues of Technology to consider a “safety net” for students, meaning they can re-apply for placement if an offer given earlier is not honoured by a recruiter.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA British MP has been suspended by the Opposition Labour party after allegations that he sent explicit text messages to a teenager. Simon Danczuk, who represents Rochdale in north west England, allegedly exchanged explicit text messages with the 17-year-old girl.The pair contacted each other over a period of months after the girl, now 18, contacted the 49-year-old lawmaker about a job in his constituency office.Danczuk then sent the student a number of flirty messages. Detectives from Greater Manchester Police investigated the case to ensure that the student was not being ‘harassed’.“On 29 December, Greater Manchester Police received a report from a member of the public that a man from the Rochdale area had been communicating inappropriately with a teenage girl. The matter was looked into and it has been determined that no offences have been committed,” a spokesperson said.last_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Traxtal’s PercuNav 2.0 software for the PercuNav system is reportedly the only computer assisted, image-guided diagnostic and interventional system cleared by the FDA and is the only such system that features a broad range of flexible and rigid “tip-tracked” instruments. It is also reportedly the only commercially available soft tissue navigation system with tracked instrumentation that provides the option of navigation with multimodal image fusion with any single modality, such as CT or ultrasound imaging. The PercuNav system consists of the Traxtal Tx mobile system cart, PercuNav software, and a wide range of instruments including flexible needles, biopsy devices and RFA introducers. Using minute electro-magnetic sensors embedded in the tips of these instruments, the software superimposes the precise, real-time location and orientation of the instruments on pre-operative and live images of the patient. The system also incorporates advanced techniques for compensating for patient motion and respiration. It acts like a GPS system for medical instruments, and is the only such product available that allows accurate tracking of flexible instrument tips inside a patient’s anatomy. The PercuNav system is also designed to deliver powerful solutions for diagnostic imaging. Physicians can identify and mark areas of interest on CT or MR scans which can then be overlaid with live ultrasound for diagnostic scanning. This allows areas of interest to be quickly located and compared under both imaging modalities, while compensating for patient motion and respiration. It provides interventional radiologists and sonographers with the broadest image fusion capabilities available for soft tissue navigation. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | November 27, 2008 Traxtal’s PecruNav2.0 Image-Guided System Designed for Diagnostic, Interventional Use last_img read more

August 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment
first_img Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ROME (AP) – From politicians to the pope, to rank-and-file Catholics and non-believers, Italy is bidding farewell to Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a rare liberal voice among top churchmen who died last week after battling Parkinson’s disease.By the time his funeral began Monday in Milan, where he long served as archbishop, some 150,000 people passed by Martini’s remains in the city’s cathedral in tribute. Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola noted that admirers included many non-Catholics. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Pope Benedict XVI sent a message, read at the funeral, praising Martini’s “great openness of spirit.”Martini had encouraged discussing divisive church issues including homosexuality and priestly celibacy. In an interview published posthumously, Martini criticized the church as being `200 years behind the times’ and urged radical change.Jews praised his efforts to improve Catholic-Jewish relations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img