Racela admits TNT failed to prepare for Barroca, Melton

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH And although Lee finished with just five points after suffering a left ankle sprain early in the third, it was the Hotshots’ other guards that did the damage.Mark Barroca and Justin Melton heeded the call for the Hotshots as Racela wasn’t able to concoct a defensive plan for the two as the Hotshots waltzed to a 91-83 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I felt we prepared well, we really executed well against Paul Lee but we failed against Barroca and Melton,” said Racela at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “The lesson here is to better prepare ourselves against everyone.”Barroca was everywhere for the Hotshots as he finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block. TNT coach Nash Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen TNT was about to face Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup, a big part of the KaTropa’s game plan was to stop Paul Lee.Magnolia’s spitfire guard was averaging 20 points a game prior to the Saturday game and head coach Nash Racela was determined to stop Lee from torching the KaTropa as they bid for a third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Melton, on the other hand, immediately caught fire as Lee’s replacement as he scored 12 of his total 14 points in the third quarter while also grabbing 10 boards.“There were just a number of mistakes, especially in the third quarter,” said Racela who saw his team get outscored 27-17 in the period. “Those are the things we need to correct moving forward.”With the loss, the KaTropa dropped to 3-3 and is in a three-way tie with Rain or Shine and Phoenix at the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Erram still optimistic as loses pile up for Blackwater: ‘We still fought’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

BCCI meet on May 7, Champions Trophy pull-out unlikely

first_imgPublished on BCCI × SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED COMMENT cricket May 01, 2017center_img COMMENTS The Board of Control for Cricket in India will meet on Sunday to consider an additional revenue offer from the game’s world governing body but regardless of what decision they come to, a Champions Trophy pullout by the holders looks unlikely.Unaccustomed to being snubbed at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, the BCCI was outvoted 13-1 last week in its bid to stall a new revenue model which considerably slashes India’s share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle.Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under the 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name the squad for next month’s Champions Trophy before the April 25 deadline.ICC president Shashank Manohar, a former BCCI chief, has tabled an additional $100 million and the India board will discuss the offer at Sunday’s special general body meeting.The operations of the BCCI are currently being supervised by four court-appointed administrators and the head of the committee, Vinod Rai, told Reuters last week that it was “too early” to comment on a possible pullout Champions Trophy.Another of the quartet, Ramchandra Guha, has since made it clear he wants India to defend the title they won in 2013 at the June 1-18 tournament in England and Wales.“Speaking in my personal capacity, as a cricket fan, I believe the Indian cricket team absolutely must take part in the Champions Trophy,” Guha, a historian, tweeted.“Boycotting or threatening to boycott a prestigious international tournament does not become a great cricketing nation.”Under the Members Participation Agreement for the Champions Trophy, there is no scope for sanctions for missing the deadline for naming squads. null BCCI India to participate in Champions Trophy SHARElast_img read more

Liverpool F.C. reject third FC Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho

first_imgLiverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for playmaker Philippe Coutinho, sources said on Friday.Reports in British media put the latest bid at 125 million euros ($146.85 million), as the Spanish club continue to seek a replacement for Coutinho’s Brazil team mate Neymar, who they sold to Paris St Germain for a world record 222 million euros earlier this month.Manager Juergen Klopp has previously insisted that the 25-year-old would not be sold, although last weekend he said that if Liverpool’s owners decided to accept a bid there was nothing he could do about it.Coutinho will miss Saturday’s match at home to Crystal Palace because he still has a back injury, Klopp told reporters on Thursday.last_img

Fabregas: Costa situation was wrong

first_imgChelsea ‘Costa situation was wrong’ – Fabregas considered Chelsea outcast to be world’s best No.9 Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:33 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Diego Costa Cesc Fabregas Cesar Azpilicueta Thibaut Courtois Chelsea Getty Chelsea Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Atlético Madrid Primera División Premier League UEFA Champions League The Blues midfielder is disappointed to have seen an unfortunate saga at Stamford Bridge result in a deal being agreed with Atletico Madrid Cesc Fabregas considers the Diego Costa saga at Chelsea to have been “wrong”, with the world’s best No.9 heading back to Atletico Madrid.Having been deemed surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte, Costa has finally received his wish of securing a return to the Spanish capital – with a £57 million deal in place.CFC 30/1 to beat Atleti & O4.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He will not be freed to link back up with the Liga heavyweights until January, with the 28-year-old facing another couple of months of frustration after failing to land a summer transfer.Fabregas believes Costa will be a big miss for reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, with an unfortunate situation having done all sides few favours.The Blues midfielder told Marca, ahead of a Champions League clash with Atletico on Wednesday: “It’s a shame for him more than anyone.“Diego knew that by signing for Atletico he could not play for a few months.“It has been a difficult situation for him, for Chelsea. It has been wrong.Pressed on whether he had hoped to see Costa remain in west London, Fabregas added: “Clearly. Diego will always [be a friend] and never a rival.Cesc Fabregas Diego Costa Chelsea wrong“In recent years, like a pure No.9, there has been no one better than him.“I understood him myself perfectly. He knew my football, he read my passes and, most importantly, he got them.“He gives a lot to the dressing room. He is not only the Diego that is seen on the field. He is a character that greatly encourages the group.”While Costa has forced an exit after falling out of favour with Conte, Fabregas played his way through a similar situation in 2016-17 to become a key figure in another title success.The World Cup winner insists he never came close to leaving, with there a determination on his part to prove his worth.The 30-year-old said when asked whether a move was ever an option: “Honestly, no.”I know what I can give the team and if I can play or not so I decided to stay and fight.”With Antonio there is no option other than to compete and give 100 percent in every training session and each match.”last_img read more

Kepa farce distracted his teammates and disrespected the entire game

first_imgJust two weeks ago we were mourning the death of England’s greatest goalkeeper, a man who did his job without fuss. It would be presumptuous to guess the reaction of Gordon Banks, were he still alive, to the behaviour of Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday but it’s hard to imagine any footballer of his generation not being appalled by the young Basque’s display of insubordination, for which he belatedly apologised on Monday evening.It is not just the orientation of the Wembley pitch from north-south to east-west that has been radically modified since Banks enjoyed his finest hour on the turf now so arrogantly desecrated by Arrizabalaga’s refusal to accept his substitution. Chelsea’s payment of £71.6m to bring the 24-year-old to the Premier League, and the wages of £70m that he is due to receive over the seven years of his contract, belong to a different planet from the one inhabited by a man whose career began in the era of the £20 maximum wage. Kepa’s shootout mutiny emblematic of Sarri’s sinking ship at Chelsea Was this helpful? Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri: Kepa substitution row a ‘misunderstanding’ – video Sportblog Chelsea Many years ago, Goalkeepers Are Crazy was the title of a collection of Brian Glanville’s football-themed short stories. Crazy, perhaps, but seldom this demented, and Arrizabalaga’s tantrum created two areas of risk for Chelsea. The first was that he increased the pressure on himself at a time when relaxed concentration would be vital. The second, and more important, would be that his little psychodrama disrupted his teammates’ focus in a moment when at least five of them would need every ounce of available coolness. And we saw how that worked out.Sarri’s wild reaction heightened the sense of farce: screaming, scowling, gesticulating, making to leave the stadium but then turning back after the tunnel doors had opened to let him out, finally returning to his seat and – as always – taking out his notepad and pen, scribbling away with his head down, this time perhaps drafting his notice to Roman Abramovich or a letter to the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in Naples, asking for his old job back. Reuse this content Share on Messenger Carabao Cup The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp It is possible to have some sympathy for the psychological strain imposed on young men set apart by sudden wealth without feeling that it can be used to justify Arrizabalaga’s response to seeing the electronic board with his number on it in the closing moments of extra time against Manchester City. Link that to the problems behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, and the crescendo of questions about the squad’s faith in their head coach, and you have the ingredients of a belief that he could face down authority and get away with it.Nobody comes well out of this except the referee, whose remit does not extend to enforcing a manager’s wishes on the field. Jon Moss allowed the sudden conflagration to burn itself out, and then got on with a shootout, which almost came as an anticlimax.You could say that if Arrizabalaga felt he was not injured badly enough to prevent him taking part in the shootout, then he had every right to insist on continuing to do the job for which he had been picked. (Afterwards he compounded the offence by claiming that he had exaggerated his injury in order to give his team a respite). But not every substitution – these days, not even the majority – is enforced by injury. The system was introduced to avoid something like Roy Dwight’s broken leg reducing Nottingham Forest to 10 men early in the 1959 FA Cup final, but it evolved long ago into a sophisticated weapon of tactical rearrangement. And why should what goes for, say, a playmaker be any different for a goalkeeper? Thank you for your feedback. Hide Had Maurizio Sarri always planned to bring on Willy Caballero for the shootout, it would have made very good sense. The Argentinian keeper saved three penalties for Manchester City against Liverpool in the final of the same competition three years ago, and after moving to Chelsea he saved the first penalty in a successful shootout against Norwich City in the FA Cup third round last season. During his time as a City player Caballero would have become familiar with the penalty‑taking habits of many of Chelsea’s opponents on Sunday.That alone would have been a valid reason for bringing him on at the end of extra time, even though Arrizabalaga had helped Chelsea to keep a clean sheet for 120 minutes. Football, particularly as conceived by men such as Sarri and Pep Guardiola, who watched events with amazement from the other dugout, is increasingly about the identification and deployment of specialised talents. But since the young goalkeeper had twice required treatment, apparently for cramp, in the closing stages of extra time, there seemed to be no other decision to be made. Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Maurizio Sarri Play Video Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels 2:17 Manchester City Share on Pinterest Show Share via Email Read more Topics comment Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook You could blame Sarri for losing his control of the team and for not having a captain on the field capable of exerting it, but not for being angry. After a dull first half in which City’s lethal attackers were kept at bay, his players blossomed in the second period and must have been sorry when the interval before extra time disrupted their momentum. But you could also blame him for the presence of Jorginho – his chouchou, as the French say – whose limp first penalty handed the initiative straight back again.Arrizabalaga was playing for Athletic Bilbao’s B team in Spain when Lionel Messi irritated Luis Enrique, then Barcelona’s head coach, by declining to come off late in a match against Eibar in 2014, with the team 3-0 up. The world’s greatest player was setting an example to a young man who would become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. That, in combination with other factors, gave us yesterday’s farce: a moment in which the entire game was so lamentably disrespected.last_img read more

DU trying to get marksheets directly from CBSE database to reduce fake document submission

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 11:40 IST Delhi University is contacting CBSE to get students’ marksheets and certificates directly from the CBSE database to reduce fake document submission.Delhi University is trying to get students’ marksheets and certificates directly from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)database to reduce cases of fake documents submitted to the varsity during admission, informed an official. DU is also thinking of bringing in forensic experts who can check the authenticity of submitted documents, reported PTI.If this decision comes to pass, it will also make the DU admission process much easier as students would no longer need to stress about submitting their marksheets and certificates during the time of admissions.Around 80 percent DU students are from CBSEAn official informed that as per data from last year, 82 percent of students who enrolled for admissions were from the CBSE and the remaining percentage were from other boards.”If we get access to the CBSE database of students, there will be surety of almost 80 percent of students, while we can get the rest of the marksheets and certificates verified from respective boards, thereby ensuring more transparency,” he added, PTI reported.Why is DU taking this step now?The cases of fake documents being submitted during admissions has been increasing and last year, Ankiv Basoya had allegedly submitted fake marksheets to gain admission to DU.The incident came to light when he was elected as the president of the Delhi University’s Students’ Union (DUSU). Following the uproar after the discovery of his fake documents, his admission was cancelled and a case was registered against him.About Delhi University admissions 2019The admission process at Delhi University for the 2019-2020 admissions will tentatively begin on April 15The registration process for all undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses will begin on April 15 and end on May 7On May 20, the DU portal will reopen for two weeks for updating marks and coursesThe ECA and Sports trials will start from May 20 and will be delinked from admission cut-off list. Thus, the ECA trials may start before the cut-offs are announcedRepresentatives from various categories such as SC, ST, OBC, EWS, northeast need to be included in the grievance committees of the various DU colleges, the varsity said.Marks deduction for the change of stream has been reduced from 5% to only 2%,, as per a decision by the DU admissions commiteeadvertisementIf the Delhi University’s decision to collect students’ marksheets directly from the CBSE database is successful, it will reduce the cases of fake documents submitted during DU admissions and also reduce the work on part of the students during the process.Read: Delhi University Admission 2019: 10% increase in seats for EWS to be implemented this yearRead: Maharashtra Board SSC exams 2019: 3 arrested in fake proxy racketGet 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow DU admissionsFollow cbseFollow Fake documentsFollow Delhi University DU trying to get marksheets directly from CBSE database to reduce fake document submissionDelhi University is taking steps to ensure fake documents are not submitted during admission by trying to contact CBSE for marksheets and certificates directly from their database and also getting forensic experts to check submitted documents.advertisementlast_img read more

Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput joins race for India head coach’s job

first_imgZimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput joins race for India head coach’s jobApplications have been invited for the positions of Team India head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach as well as an administrative manager.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 12:40 IST Lalchand Rajput (centre) had coached Afghanistan before this (PTI File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRajput is currently the coach of Zimbabwe team but has shown his interest in the India job BCCI had invited applications for positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, and fielding coachRajput also coached Afghanistan and domestic side Assam apart from a team in the T20 Mumbai League for two yearsFormer manager Lalchand Rajput has thrown his hat in the ring for the job of the Indian cricket team’s head coach.Rajput is currently the coach of Zimbabwe team but has shown his interest in the India job after the ICC has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for government interference.It has been learned that Rajput, who was the manager of the Indian team that lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007, has sent his application to the BCCI before the stipulated deadline from Dubai airport, while he was on his way to Canada.The BCCI had invited applications for positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, and fielding coach and had set July 30 as the deadline.The former Mumbai opener, who also played for India, has also coached Afghanistan and domestic side Assam apart from a team in the T20 Mumbai League for two years.A source close to Rajput said if he is not considered for the head coach’s position, Rajput has requested the BCCI to consider him for the batting coach.Current coach Ravi Shastri has already got a 45-day extension along with other members of the support staff till India’s upcoming tour of the West Indies.The Indian team’s new coaching set-up will be picked up by BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, former head coach Anshuman Gaikwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.Also Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso Read | Never asked umpire to take off four overthrows during World Cup final: Ben StokesAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Lalchand Rajputlast_img read more

Two decades after quitting politics McKenna carves out premier emeritus role

first_imgFREDERICTON – Twenty years ago Friday, Frank McKenna fulfilled a promise and resigned as New Brunswick premier, exactly one decade to the day after he took power.He did not, however, leave the public stage.Instead, he has carved out a new role — a sort of “premier emeritus” who both cheerleads for the Maritimes and offers harsh truths about its economic malaise.“He’s candid. He says what’s on his mind and he has a very good mind. He has never forgotten New Brunswick and has never forgotten his roots,” said Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison, president of the federal Treasury Board.Brison said it’s no surprise that McKenna continues to speak out on public policy — and that people want to listen.On Wednesday night, he was in Halifax, speaking on trade and immigration at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.When Energy East died last week, there was McKenna — on BNN, CTV and elsewhere, saying the Maritimes were “royally steamed at losing out of being part of the national dream with all of those jobs and opportunity.”The 69-year-old deputy chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank has pushed for greater immigration as an antidote to a declining population base, and warned about “alarming levels” of government debt in New Brunswick.“Our destiny is looking increasingly desperate. A tsunami is coming and the early waves are starting to hit our shore. It is not hyperbole to say that we are literally facing an extinction event if we do not take action,” McKenna said in a November 2015 speech.In an interview, McKenna said he tries to “pick my spots,” and usually talks to current leaders before he speaks out. But he wants the region to have some needed conversations.“I just feel that I’ve had enough experience and knowledge that I can contribute to the debate and at least provoke the debate,” said McKenna, who lives in Toronto but maintains a vacation property in his home province.“I do think it’s helpful for all of us who have left public life to maintain an interest and be part of the debates. We should have learned something from our mistakes, if not our successes and we should be able to pass that on.”Don Desserud, a political scientist at the University of Prince Edward Island who closely follows New Brunswick politics, said “premier emeritus” is a good way to describe McKenna.“He has a very strong reputation for being a clear speaker, a clear thinker, a person with a lot of integrity, a lot of intelligence. Not everyone agrees with Frank McKenna’s take on economic and political issues, but everyone agrees that he brings thought to it, and brings a sincerity that the public craves,” Desserud said.“You always got the sense that he believes strongly that New Brunswick could succeed, that Canada should succeed, and that everything he said was designed to help and bring some level of greater prosperity to the province and the region of the country.”McKenna was born in rural Apohaqui, N.B. He established a successful law practice in Chatham, N.B., before entering provincial politics in 1982. Three years later he became Liberal leader, and on Oct. 13, 1987, the party captured all 58 seats in the legislature.He quit a decade later, later serving as Canada’s ambassador to the United States and making his mark in business and banking. He has served as chairman of CanWest Global, and on the boards of Noranda, Shoppers Drug Mart and General Motors. He is currently chairman of Brookfield Asset ManagementMcKenna would likely have been the front-runner for the federal Liberal leadership in 2006, but chose not to run in the race to replace Paul Martin. Donald Savoie, a Moncton professor and author, said McKenna would have likely become prime minister had he run.But Savoie said his friend has carved out a valuable role for himself in his political retirement.“His commitment to the province is still as strong as when he was first elected,” said Savoie, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Governance at the University of Moncton.“He’s still not only saying things, but also doing things. He’s moving TD jobs to New Brunswick, being front and centre on the pipeline debate. There’s no question that his heart is in New Brunswick,” Savoie said.In May, McKenna announced plans for a new TD call centre in Moncton — the bank’s second in the province — that the New Brunswick government said would create up to 575 full-time jobs.“Every day I work on projects that will be good for our region. Even within TD Bank we’ve been able to bring jobs this way and would like to bring more,” McKenna said.“I really enjoy what I do now. I have a lot of freedom to become involved in humanitarian issues and political issues at various levels that I find very stimulating and I love doing it.”last_img read more

Spiralling violence in far eastern DR Congo leads UN mission to send

31 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sent in reinforcement troops and stepped up the diplomatic pressure on both sides of the opposing factions of the armed forces in the volatile far east of the country in a bid to stop the fighting there that has forced thousands of Congolese to flee their homes. The mission, known as MONUC, reported today that it has dispatched 200 reinforcement troops to the area around the town of Katale in the Masisi district of North Kivu province, where the worst clashes have been taking place. These troops have been transferred from elsewhere in the two Kivu provinces, which have remained unstable since the official end of the country’s civil war and last year’s historic national presidential and parliamentary elections. MONUC said it has also increased the number of helicopter overflights so it can both obtain a better picture of the situation on the ground and deter further fighting. It is also exerting pressure on both sides of the national armed forces, known as FARDC, which are supposed to have integrated with soldiers from former rebel groups after the conflict. But elements supportive of renegade Gen. Nkunda have been clashing with regular FARDC forces in recent days, and MONUC is trying to urge the two groups to settle their differences through dialogue. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, is due to arrive in the DRC on Monday for a week-long visit that is expected to include a trip to the Kivu provinces. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that at least 9,000 people have had to flee Masisi and neighbouring Rutshuru districts in the past month because of the spiralling tensions. UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis warned reporters in Geneva that “with heightened tensions and the build-up of military forces, the situation risks turning into a humanitarian and human rights disaster.” More than 20 makeshift camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have emerged in North Kivu since last December as the capacity of local host families to absorb the new arrivals has been overwhelmed. In one camp, at Mugunga, some 15 kilometres west of the regional centre of Goma, some 9,000 people have arrived in the past three weeks, swelling the overall number of residents to 18,000. UNHCR staff in the region report that more IDPs are arriving at other sites each day. More than 650,000 people are now internally displaced within North Kivu, including at least 180,000 since last December. Tens of thousands of others have fled over the border to neighbouring Uganda. The deteriorating security situation means humanitarian agencies have limited access to the IDPs, but UNHCR said it was organizing camp management training for IDP leaders and local authorities in Mugunga. read more

On World Blood Donor Day UN agency stresses value of voluntary donations

The World Health Organization (WHO) is using this year’s World Blood Donor Day, which is being observed today, to highlight the benefits of blood donations that are voluntary – rather than involving payment or family interest.“Access to safe blood is a key component of effective health care and voluntary donors are the cornerstone of a safe blood supply,” Carissa Etienne, Assistant Director-General for Health Systems at WHO, said yesterday in a press statement. “Available, safe blood is particularly crucial to the health of women and children.”Voluntary donors are regarded as the safest source of blood. By donating of their free will, without coercion or payment, they are less likely to hide information about their health status or behaviour that could make them ineligible to donate blood. Regular voluntary donations also ensure a more sustainable blood supply.But only 54 countries have so far achieved 100 per cent voluntary donation, according to WHO, with Thailand, Turkey and Uganda the most recent States to join the list.Less than 45 per cent of the global blood supply is collected in developing or transitional countries, which are home to about four-fifths of the global population. These countries also have the greatest need of stocks of blood and blood products as they bear a disproportionate burden of many diseases.WHO said China and the UAE both deserve credit for making such rapid progress towards an entirely voluntary donation system. In 1990, no donations in the UAE were voluntary, but by 2006 they had reached 97.6 per cent, while China’s rate has risen from 20 per cent to 98.5 per cent in the decade since 1998.The theme of this year’s Day is “Giving Blood Regularly,” an initiative to encourage volunteer donors to return on a regular basis over the long-term. 14 June 2008China and the United Arab Emirates are both close to reaching 100 per cent voluntary donations for their national blood supplies, the United Nations health agency has announced, calling on other countries to use them as models to increase their own stocks of safe blood supplies. read more

Diesels drive July new car market

New car registrations up 1.3 per cent for the year-to-date to 1,564,199 units Following a record month in 2003, new car registrations fell 4.6 per cent in July Diesel registrations match highest ever monthly level with 32.5 per cent of total market Commenting on the new car registrations data, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘With increasing availability across all vehicle types, diesels are driving forward in 2004. Rising fuel prices, advanced diesel technology and lower CO2 emissions make diesels attractive to consumers. SMMT has increased its forecast for the diesel market share to 33 per cent this year and 36 per cent in 2005. ‘Total new car registrations remain up over the year-to-date due to a fiercely competitive market and some excellent new models. Record registrations in July 2003 set a challenging target for this month, but we expect consumers to remain confident and deliver another strong year for new car registrations.’July 2004 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by SMMT.Notes to editors 1.July new car registrations in 2003 were at a record 196,762 units. Registrations in July 2004 are 5.7 per cent above the 1999-2003 average level at 187,632 units.2.New car registrations in the UK reached a record 2,579,050 units in 2003, up from 2,563,631 units in 2002 and 2,458,769 units in 2001. For full press release and tables, please click on the link belowDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

3 Venezuelans deported for entering Guyana illegally

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelan nationals charged for entering Guyana illegallyDecember 28, 2018In “Court”Guyanese, Venezuelans charged with illegal entrySeptember 30, 2013In “Crime”Venezuelans charged for illegally entering GuyanaNovember 26, 2015In “Crime” Three Venezuelan nationals who were arrested on July 30, 2017 at Charity village on the Essequibo coast in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were fined and deported back to their country after they pleaded guilty of entering Guyana illegally.The trio made their first appearance before magistrate Ester Sam at the Charity Magistrate’s court today. They were nabbed during a road-block joint service operations conducted by Police ranks from ‘G’ division. Twenty-seven-year-old Greimar Jose Nedina and 29-year-old Yeisy Soriannys Laguna with 26-year-old Norelki Anderina Cardoza of Venezuela pleaded guilty to entering Guyana illegally .They were fined 30,000 each and was deported back to their homeland, Venezuela which is currently reeling from an economic crisis. read more

Unkur coppersilver looks good to Azarga Metals

first_imgAzarga Metals Corp reports positive findings of an independently prepared PEA for the development of its wholly-owned Unkur copper-silver project in the Zabaikalsky administrative region of eastern Russia. The PEA is based on the current Inferred Mineral Resource estimate for Unkur of 62 Mt at 0.53% Cu and 38.6g/t Ag, containing 328,600 t of copper and 76.8 Moz of silver.Dorian L. (Dusty) Nicol, Azarga Metals’ President and CEO commented, “We are extremely encouraged that even based only on our initial exploration, Unkur is able to demonstrate a positive PEA result.” He then went on to say, “Additional exploration is expected to significantly grow the size of the deposit and this will likely continue to enhance the project economics when an updated PEA is prepared.”Highlights:Positive PEA result achieved based only on 2018 Mineral Resource as an ‘initial option’ with significant growth potentialOpen-pit mine with annual production rate of 2 Mt/y of ore and conventional processing circuit to produce a very high-grade copper and silver concentrateAverage of 13,217 t of copper and 3.70 Moz of silver metal contained in concentrate production per year over eight-year life of minePre-tax NPV of $203.6 million (post-tax $147.5 million) and IRR of 28.9%Updated ‘follow-on’ PEA to be prepared following completion of exploration works to grow the Mineral Resource at Unkur.last_img read more

Les singes ont aussi une capacité de mémoire

first_imgLes singes ont aussi une capacité de mémoireDes scientifiques américains ont découvert que les singes étaient capables de se souvenir d’éléments qu’ils avaient vu, exactement comme les humains.L’Homme n’est pas le seul primate doué de mémoire. C’est ce que viennent tout juste de révéler des chercheurs de l’Université d’Emory aux Etats-Unis. Pour la toute première fois, ceux-ci sont en effet parvenus à fournir la preuve que les singes sont également capables d’emmagasiner des informations et de s’en souvenir. Une découverte qui ouvre de nombreuses voies quant aux capacités de nos lointains cousins. À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 aoûtDans cette nouvelle étude publiée dans la revue Current Biology, les scientifiques ont entrainé 5 singes rhésus à un nouveau test de mémoire. Celui-ci consistait à reproduire sur un écran une simple figure formée de deux carrés rouges et d’un bleu. Pour cela, les singes étaient placés pendant deux minutes devant la forme initiale. Puis le carré bleu apparaissait à un endroit différent que sa place initiale. L’animal devait alors toucher du doigt sur l’écran, l’endroit où il pensait que les deux carrés rouges devaient aller. Les singes se sont alors révélés être tout à fait capables de redessiner la forme initiale. “La capacité des singes à se souvenir de ces formes avec souplesse suggère qu’ils sont peut être capables de se remémorer d’autres types d’informations qui leur seraient utiles dans la nature […], l’apparence de singes qu’ils connaissent, ce à quoi ressemble leur nourriture préférée ou le chemin qu’ils doivent emprunter pour arriver à une source d’eau”, a expliqué Benjamin Basile, cité par le Daily Mail. Il semblerait ainsi que la mémoire des humains et celle des singes soient bien plus semblables que ce que l’on pensait au départ. Par ailleurs, les scientifiques ont observé que les capacités à se souvenir de ces animaux étaient exactement comme chez nous inférieures aux facultés de reconnaissance. Néanmoins, des études antérieures ont montré que ces deux processus appelaient à des types de mémoire différents chez l’Homme.Familiarité et souvenirCette découverte semble donc indiquer que la capacité de mémoire ne dépendrait pas du langage et aurait pu déjà exister chez notre ancêtre commun il y a plus de 30 millions d’années. Selon les chercheurs, il existerait par ailleurs deux processus bien distincts : le souvenir et la familiarité. Ainsi, Benjamin Basile explique : “La familiarité permettrait peut être de fournir des réponses rapides à la nourriture et aux prédateurs dans des conditions de ‘distraction’, alors que le souvenir serait nécessaire pour accéder à des connaissances sur les lieux où trouver de la nourriture, ou sur des interactions sociales passées”.Le 1 mai 2011 à 20:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lego Celebrates 20 Years of Star Wars With Anniversary Sets

first_img It’s a little hard to believe, but Lego has been making licensed Stars Wars sets for two whole decades. To celebrate, they’re launching five special 20th anniversary sets.And as much as we’d like to give you a specific date when the sets will arrive on store shelves, Lego only says they’ll be coming “later this year.” Patience you must have, young padawan!75262 Imperial Dropship – 20th Anniversary EditionFirst up is the Imperial Dropship. It’s an updated twist on the original that was released back in 2008. The new set features the same four minifigs — a Shadow Trooper and three Stormtroopers. The Dropship itself remains a simple little build with some nice details. This one will sell for $19.99.75258 Anakin’s Podracer – 20th Anniversary EditionThe next set to get an anniversary refresh is Anakin’s Podracer. Lego more than doubled the piece count on this one and the result is very slick-looking. There’s no pit droid in the new set, but you do still get young Anakin and Padme, and Lego throws in an Anniversary Edition Luke Skywalker for good measure. Street price on the set is $29.99.75261 Clone Scout Walker – 20th Anniversary EditionAlso $29.99: the Clone Scout Walker. Like the podracer, this set has been given a major overhaul. It has more than twice as many pieces and additional minifigs. The 2005 version came with a single, lonely Stormtrooper. This time Lego is throwing in bunch of other goodies: a Dwarf Spider Droid, a Wookiee warrior, a Kashyyyk Trooper, and even a special Darth Vader.75259 Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary EditionNext, there’s the 20th Anniversary Snowspeeder. This one’s more on the scale of the version that helped launch Lego Star Wars back in 1999 than the 1600+ piece UCS edition.  The $39.99, 309-piece set adds some nice refinements (including a handful of stick-on details) and comes with three rebels ready to take on the troopers and their dropship. A snazzy Lando Calrissian has their backs.75243 Slave I – 20th Anniversary EditionLast, but certainly not least, Lego’s giving you yet another chance to own your very own brick-built Slave I. The 20th Anniversary Edition packs just over a thousand pieces into the box and sells for $119.99. In addition to Han and Leia, this reissue comes with three classic bounty hunters: Boba Fett, 4-LOM, and Zuckuss. The Zuckuss minifig is a Lego first, and one that my son is absolutely freaking out about.More on Geek.com:Lego Sets Might Be Better Investments Than GoldRuth Bader Ginsburg Is a Supreme Minifig in ‘The Lego Movie 2’Watch: Chevy’s Life-Size Lego Truck Is Built to Perfection The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Stay on targetlast_img read more

Girl riding scooter hospitalized after Lauderdale Lakes crash

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a 7-year-old girl to the hospital after she was struck by a car while riding her scooter in Lauderdale Lakes.According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the victim was riding her scooter along the 3100 block of 43rd Street when she was struck by a car at a very low speed, at around 5 p.m., Saturday.The child suffered a bump in the head. The injury is not life-threatening.Paramedics transported her to Broward Health Medical Center. She was alert and talking to paramedics while being treated.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Android 422 Jelly Bean OS Update for Galaxy S 3 Leaks Out

first_imgSamsung’s first test build up of the upcoming Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system for Galaxy S3 was leaked online, even as the news of the delay in the OS update continues to hit the web.The folks at SamMobile, who had a chance to go hands on with the new software version I9300XXUFME, said Samsung is likely to roll out the update for its Galaxy S3 in July or August. Looking at the enhanced features in Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update, Samsung seemed to be bringing a lot of software features which is currently in Galaxy S 4.”Development on Android 4.2.2 update isn’t completely done yet. We do not know if Samsung will bring the new Galaxy S4 Camera features to the Galaxy S3,” SamMobile wrote.New Features in Android 4.2.2 update      Android 4.2.2 – Build ID: JDQ39      New S4 Lockscreen: Multiple widgets, two Unlock effects (Ripple and Light), improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message      New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo      Daydream      Driving mode      Actionable notifications      New Additions in Notification Center      Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface)      Addition of Voice controls      Gallery modes have white background      Full screen Samsung apps      New S-Voice (from S4)      New smart switch widgetThe South Korean tech giant has been rumoured to roll out the Jelly Bean update for a string of its smartphones in the past couple of months. Earlier this month, SamMobile had tweeted tweeted that the OS update for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 was delayed due to problems with the new TouchWiz and user interface. In addition, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S2 are also expected to receive the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS update.last_img read more

UNESCO endorses Rampal with necessary mitigation measures Foreign ministry

first_img.The foreign ministry claimed that the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has withdrawn its earlier objection over the construction of Rampal power plant project at its current location.The UNESCO has also spared the Sundarbans from being relegated to the List of World Heritage in Danger.The decision was made at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee being held in Krakow, Poland, said the foreign ministry here on Thursday.A high-level inter-ministerial delegation, led by adviser to the prime minister on power, energy and mineral resources affairs Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, is participating in the meeting to defend Bangladesh’s position.The 21-member World Heritage Committee decides on whether a cultural or natural site should be inscribed on the World Heritage List, monitors the state of conservation of the inscribed heritage sites, and can place a site on the World Heritage in Danger if found that the site is not being properly managed by the State concerned.The Sundarbans was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997 in consideration of its outstanding universal value as a unique ecosystem.In recent years, the World Heritage Committee expressed its concern over the state of conservation of the Sundarbans world heritage property and called upon the government of Bangladesh to take a number of steps to improve conservation of the Sundarbans.In addition to the issue of ensuring adequate fresh water flow into the Sundarbans and preventing poaching and over extraction of its resources, the government decision to construct a coal-based power plant at Rampal came under the radar of the World Heritage Committee, said the foreign ministry.Earlier in 2016, a Reactive Monitoring Mission from UNESCO recommended relocation of Rampal power plant considering its likely impact on the Sundarbans.After a long deliberation, the committee endorsed Bangladesh’s decision to construct Rampal power plant at its current location with necessary mitigation measures, the foreign ministry added.The committee in its decision also welcomed a number of steps taken by Bangladesh since 2016 to ensure the conservation of the Sundarbans World Heritage Property.At the request of the committee, Bangladesh agreed to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the South-West region of the country, including the Sundarbans.Welcoming the committee’s decision, Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury thanked the committee members for helping the government of Bangladesh strike an optimum balance between economic development and heritage conservation.He also assured the committee of Bangladesh’s full cooperation in ensuring conservation of the outstanding universal value of the Sundarbans, a prized possession of the nation.last_img read more

China Opens Artificial IntelligencePowered Park in Beijing

first_img In a bid to transform its capital into a global hub for tech innovation and artificial intelligence (AI), China opened a smart park powered by AI technologies on Thursday in Beijing, according to state-backed Xinhua News Agency.Located in northwest Beijing’s Haidian District, the park features augmented reality (AR) Tai Chi lessons, autonomous shuttle buses, smart walkways tracking people’s steps using facial recognition, smart lamp posts that can record exercise data, and intelligent pavilions equipped with the tech company Baidu’s conversational DuerOS AI assistant.Autonomous buses, smart walkways, augmented reality Tai Chi lessons… You can try all these #AI applications from Baidu in a new smart park in Beijing https://t.co/iQ6IUEAR5e pic.twitter.com/3fPW7bXmVD— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) November 2, 2018The AI park was co-built by the Haidian district and Baidu, the company behind the country’s search giant, as part of a long-term plan to build a smart city. Haidian Park, which underwent a 10-month renovation, was chosen for the pilot program in Beijing.The Haidian district is home to many of China’s biggest tech companies and is considered “China’s Silicon Valley.”Beijing’s Haidian Park upgraded with smart facilities to become city’s first #AI park pic.twitter.com/fvmr9kz2TA— China News 中国新闻网 (@Echinanews) November 2, 2018“Everyone can AI,” Pei Haodong, a spokesperson for Baidu, told the Global Times on Monday.Baidu wants the park to serve as a role model for other urban parks and bring AI closer to everyday life, Pei said.More on Geek.com:China Plans to Launch Artificial MoonRobots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactoryChinese Sexbot Maker Embraces 3D Printing Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments last_img read more

Stay healthy with dried fruits health bars

first_imgAs healthy living has become a catchword these days, people have taken to eating dried fruits and health bars. Experts say these can give natural nutrients. Here’s how dry fruits and nuts used in health snack bars help the cause of healthy living: Dried fruits generally contain more fiber than the same-sized serving of their fresh counterparts. Fiber helps in keeping your digestive system running smoothly. The various dry fruits are packed naturally with a mix of nutritional elements like potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, carotenoids, antioxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber, flavonoids, selenium and more apart from the good quality fat and protein that these provide. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese help in various ways like increase of good cholesterol, reduction in bad cholesterol, maintaining blood pressure , blood sugar control, thyroid control, improving heart function, bowel movement, skin health, hair control, cancer fighting properties, improving bone health, improved vision, easing digestion and fighting anaemia to name a few. Many of the dry fruits are low in glycemic index, and so, they help slow release of energy and control blood sugar. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBecause most of the water is extracted from fruits, their nutrients are condensed into a small package. Dried fruits like apricots, raisins, prunes and figs contain high amounts of beta carotene, vitamin E, niacin, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Dried fruits contain little to no fat. They also contain significant calories per serving, making them a natural source of energy for athletes. They are also a good supplement for people seeking to gain weight in a healthy way.last_img read more