After loss to Creamline in finals, Motolite-Ateneo focuses on UAAP

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion There was something that helped pull Motolite-Ateneo out of its funk after losing the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference championship series to powerhouse Creamline.The Lady Eagles had already achieved what they had set out to do in the first place.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Motolite-Ateneo was using the tournament as preparation for the UAAP women’s volleyball wars and coach Oliver Almadro kept remindinghis players that it wasn’t the results that mattered, but the learning they drew from playing against tough club teams.And one of those lessons was to keep fighting regardless of the hurdles facing the squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I told the players, ‘Let’s not give up even if the odds are against us. We should never give up,’” said Almadro.That philosophy guided Motolite-Ateneo to several huge wins in the tournament, including in the semifinals where the Lady Eagles thwarted a more experienced BanKo-Perlas. LATEST STORIES Sotto’s absence shines light on FEU’s Abarrientos But the Lady Eagles simply ran out of ammunition against the Cool Smashers, who were led by the ultra-talented Alyssa Valdez.Almadro and the Lady Eagles are now setting their sights on the UAAP, where they should be among the favorites after their stint in the PVL.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Bandodkar Football Tournament to be held after 20 years

first_imgMumbai, May 18 (PTI) Goa Football Association will hold Bandodkar Gold Cup football tournament in Goa from May 20 to June 1. The tournament, revived after 20 years and restricted to under-21, would see six clubs from Goa and two from Pune battling it out, said a media release. The six Goan teams are Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Dempo SC, Churchill Brothers SC, Goa Velha SC and Snows Football Academy. Two top football academies from Pune ? DSK Shivajians and Pune Football Club – will also take part. Winners will receive Rs 1 lakh and runners-up Rs 75,000. PTI SSR KRK KHS AT SRElast_img

Jun Manzo has no regrets over fouling out in his final game for UP

first_imgLATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress With University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas fighting for their lives, Manzo ended his four-year UAAP career by fouling out with 2:33 left in the knockout game for a UAAP Finals berth.As UP center Bright Akhuetie laid on the Growling Tigers’ side of the court writhing in pain, the Fighting Maroons had to commit a foul to allow the Season 81 MVP to go to the bench and get treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceManzo decided to step up and do it without knowing that he was already in foul trouble.“I’m sad because those were the last two minutes of the game but I don’t regret taking that one foul,” said Manzo in Filipino after UP’s 68-65 loss Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I just hope that they continue their winning mindset even though we didn’t reach the finals this year,” said Manzo. “I hope they continue what we started and that is to always get to the Final Four.” Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MANILA, Phiilippines—Jun Manzo’s collegiate career came to an end in the most unceremonious of ways.ADVERTISEMENT Know some of the Cebuano athletes competing in SEA Games What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?center_img Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Whatever the circumstance, I would still commit the foul because Bright is my family and I won’t allow anything bad to happen to him.”Manzo, who finished with 12 points and five rebounds, admitted that he thought he still had on more foul to give and that he was surprised when the barker announced he had committed his final one.“I just cried after it because it’s just sad that we didn’t reach our goal of reaching the finals.”Nevertheless, Manzo believes the Fighting Maroons can bounce back in the future.Manzo, a transferee from University of Visayas, played four years for UP and was with the team during its meteoric rise from perennial cellar dweller to Season 81 runner-up.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Continue previous pay deal for 12 months, suggests Michael Clarke

first_imgAustralia’s cricketers and board should extend their previous agreement by 12 months while they attempt to find a solution to a bitter pay dispute, former captain Michael Clarke said on Tuesday.The previous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) expired at midnight on Friday with no sign of a deal in place, leaving around 230 leading cricketers without contracts and the fate of future tours in limbo.Once the deadline passed, Australia’s players threatened to boycott an “A” team tour of South Africa later this month unless a new agreement was struck with Cricket Australia beforehand.”What needs to happen is keep the current MoU for the next 12 months and allow the players to get back to what they do best,” Clarke told reporters at Nine Network’s marketing launch for the Ashes.”Cricket Australia, the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association), please go behind closed doors and sort this in private.”The players want to play…let’s allow them to play while this stuff gets sorted out in the background.”At the heart of the acrimonious dispute is Cricket Australia’s (CA) insistence that the two-decade-old model, under which players get a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.CA believes the revenue-share model is unfit for modern times and is starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while players say it has underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.”I don’t want the Australian players to be unprepared because they have been concentrating on something else; give them 12 months and let them concentrate on the cricket,” Clarke said. “I don’t want to see any cricket missed.advertisement”There will be a compromise. The ACA and Cricket Australia will find a way to make this work.”The ACA has called on CA chief executive James Sutherland to come to the negotiating table but he has remained silent since emailing players in May, informing them they would be unemployed if they failed to agree to a new MoU by the June 30 deadline.”It does seem very strange. You’ve got to wonder what the hell is going on,” former Australia captain Ian Chappell said.”They’ve done a few strange things and Sutherland not being involved is one of them.”I don’t see a really good reason for him not to be.”Further tournaments, including a two-test tour of Bangladesh and a one-day international series in India also remain in doubt if the dispute continues to linger on.”I can’t believe they (CA) will want to upset India, so I would have thought that something will happen before,” he said.”Because they won’t want to cancel that. If they get something done then, people will have probably forgotten by (the time the Ashes start in) November.”last_img read more

Mourinho: Pogba was different class

first_imgManchester United Pogba was different class – Mourinho praises midfielder after impressive comeback Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 04:59 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba_cropped Gareth Copley/Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Newcastle United Newcastle United Paul Pogba Zlatan Ibrahimović José Mourinho The France international made an instant impact with an assist and a goal in his comeback, after being sidelined for two months with injury Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Paul Pogba after the midfielder dazzled on his return from injury for Manchester United.The France international hadn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury in September but there were no signs of rust as he ran the show in United’s 4-1 triumph over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.5/2 for Watford & West Ham to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pogba provided the assist for Anthony Martial’s equaliser before tapping in his side’s third goal, helping United to leapfrog Chelsea and reclaim second place in the Premier League.Mourinho – who revealed he allowed Pogba to decide how many minutes he played – feels the presence of the 24-year-old made a telling difference to the way the team performed, particularly in attack.”[Pogba was] different class. [It was] what we had in the beginning of the season with Paul and [Nemanja] Matic, growing up together and being like the engine of the team,” the Portuguese manager told BT Sport.”We lost a bit of that because, while other players are good players, they have different qualities.”I left it in Paul’s hands as to how long he played. We made that decision [to replace him] at a good time – it was a great performance from him.”7 – Man Utd have now won seven consecutive Premier League games at Old Trafford; their longest run since March 2013, when they won 12 in succession under Sir Alex Ferguson. Stronghold.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 18, 2017While Pogba was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the 70th minute, team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his comeback from a serious knee injury with a late cameo off the bench.The Swede made his first appearance in 216 days and, after coming on in the 77th minute, nearly marked the occasion with a goal, Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot keeping out his acrobatic volley just before full-time.”The returning of injured players is obviously nice. Especially in Zlatan’s case, it was such a dramatic injury and to see him back is a great emotion,” Mourinho added.Newcastle counterpart Rafael Benitez felt conceding a second goal just before the break was crucial to his side’s chances of getting anything from the game.The visitors had taken a shock lead in the 14th minute through Dwight Gayle, but United turned the game around with headers from Martial and Chris Smalling, who converted Ashley Young’s cross in first-half stoppage time.”We knew that it was important to go in [at half-time] with a draw, we were doing really well. Then obviously the second goal gave them a lift, and then it was more difficult in the second half,” Benitez told BT Sport.”It’s simple and clear – when you spend so much money on players of this quality, it is to make a difference in games.”We know our strengths and weaknesses. Today was a game where we were doing really well, but as soon as they scored the second goal it was really difficult.”10 – Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 10 goals in eight Premier League starts against Newcastle (six goals, four assists). Form.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 18, 2017 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Numbers game fails to add up for Sam Allardyce and Everton

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Sam Allardyce Share on Twitter Long before he forged a reputation as a one‑man insurance policy against relegation, Sam Allardyce was known for his fondness for facts and figures. He played the percentages in an essentially risk-averse brand of football. He has sought solace in the statistics. He still presents himself as a blend of old and new, traditional judgment and Moneyball-style metrics. “That’s the beauty of our matrix of statistics today, which backs up your eye,” he said.His notion is the numbers support his case. His programme notes for last month’s defeat by Manchester City amounted to a blizzard of self-justifying statistics. It seemed a selective interpretation of the data available because after Saturday’s Merseyside derby stalemate made him only the third manager to register 50 goalless draws in the Premier League – and at times Liverpool threatened to render him only the second to suffer 200 defeats – other numbers were more unflattering. Read more A complication, on the day and over the campaign, has been the presence of Wayne Rooney. The Evertonian is nonetheless the top scorer and struck away from home against Liverpool and Manchester City. However, he is yet to find the net in 2018 and completed a different double, substituted in the 57th minute on successive Saturdays. Rooney’s reinvention as a midfielder has been a mixed affair, and he laboured again while Everton looked underpowered and poor in possession. Allardyce was asked if it is a concern the 32-year-old now struggles against the best opposition. “I can agree with you to a certain degree,” he replied.It poses a question if Rooney’s appearances are rationed, if Everton’s biggest name is brought out only for the smaller games. They only gained a foothold in midfield when the more energetic Idrissa Gueye replaced him, a solid platform enabling them to spring Leighton Baines and Séamus Coleman forward on the flanks. Briefly, Everton resembled the side who had taken many a major scalp at Goodison Park before their 15-month drought.An apprehensive approach was reflected in the rhetoric. Take the strange case of Davy Klaassen, a £23.6m signing who has been granted only six minutes of Premier League football since September. He has been utterly unimpressive but perhaps an enigma could be unravelled.“If I had the opportunity to play him, I would but I haven’t because I’ve got to win,” Allardyce countered. Yet Everton, safe from relegation, do not have to win. They are one of the few teams who could experiment. “If we lose, it’s me that gets the stick,” Allardyce argued, a damage-limitation specialist seeking to limit the damage to his own standing. Everton Everton rue late misses as winless derby run against Liverpool goes on Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email Liverpool Everton had four touches of the ball in the Liverpool box in the opening hour. They have mustered a solitary first-half goal since January. Under Allardyce, they have hosted Chelsea, both Manchester clubs and Liverpool. Over 360 minutes, they have recorded only three shots on target and one goal.All of which suggests either a lack of quality, a surfeit of timidity or both. A £200m outlay in the past 12 months ought to have injected ability, even if three-quarters of the spending preceded Allardyce’s appointment. Yet the fearful football that an often outspoken character has overseen may highlight his innate caution.“It could have been that in the first seconds and boosh. The crowd get up,” Jürgen Klopp said, trying to mimic the blood and thunder of a stereotypical derby; this rather placid affair had insufficient thud, even if there were a few blunders as Everton mislaid a third of their passes and misdirected a couple of late attempts to break the deadlock.“Let’s face it, they have got a terrific team, haven’t they?” Allardyce asked and when Liverpool are at full strength, the answer would be in the affirmative. Yet their front three included Danny Ings, whose last goal came more than 900 days ago, and Dominic Solanke, whose 23 Liverpool appearances have yet to produce any. Their full-backs were Nathaniel Clyne, making his first appearance of the season, and the out-of-position central defender Ragnar Klavan, who Klopp thought had never even played on the flank in his four-year Bundesliga career, let alone for Liverpool.His immediate opponent was Theo Walcott who, for 80 minutes, did his best work as a supplementary right-back before belatedly running at Klavan. A Liverpool team who had never played together before – and probably never will again – showed more cohesion and perhaps the most meaningful game of Everton’s campaign served as a microcosm for much of it: slow starters lost their way in the middle before seeking an uplifting ending. It eluded them. Share on Facebook features Topics He is only the third manager to register 50 0-0 draws in the Premier League Share on LinkedIn Premier League Share on Messenger Jürgen Klopplast_img read more

Report Arrest Warrant Sought for Polaris Shipping CEO

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korean maritime police is seeking a warrant of arrest to be issued for Kim Wan-joong, CEO and chairman of Polaris Shipping, owner and operator of the ill-fated bulk carrier Stellar Daisy that sank two years ago, Yonhap news agency reported.The South Korean bulker was carrying 24 crew members, eight South Korean and sixteen Filipino sailors, when it sank in the South Atlantic. Only two sailors were rescued following the incident, whereas 22 crew members  are missing, and feared dead.Warrants of arrests are reportedly also being sought for the head of maritime affairs at Polaris Shipping, an inspector of Korean Register of Shipping in charge of Stellar Daisy as well as 2 persons from a private company responsible for inspecting the vessel and approving hull thickness following the conversion of the ship.Specifically, the said individuals are facing charges for the violation of the shipping safety law in relation to the conversion of the said vessel from an oil carrier to a bulker, which is believed to be linked to the cause of the ship’s sinking.Several other vessels from Polaris Shipping’s fleet reported hull cracks after the incident putting to question the vessels’ conversions.However, the case is still being investigated by the South Korean Coast Guard and the exact cause of the ship’s sinking is yet to be determined.According to Yonhap, a court hearing is set for Thursday to decide on the arrests. As informed, the investigation is expected to be completed by the end of next month.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Pompeo meets Modi discusses key issues

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined his vision for the Indo-US strategic partnership in the new tenure of his government when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met him here Wednesday.The prime minister expressed his strong commitment to achieving the full potential of bilateral relations in trade and economy, energy, defence, counter-terrorism and people-to-people contacts. The two discussed various aspects of the bilateral relationship to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership. “The prime minister reiterated the priority that he attaches to relations with the US and outlined his vision for the Strategic Partnership in the new tenure of the Government and beyond, building on a strong foundation of trust and shared interest,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said. See insidelast_img read more

BuzzFeed Ranks Fez 11 in List of 18 Top Travel Destinations…

Fez – BuzzFeed ranked Fez among the 18 top travel places for 2016 based on its charm reflecting both authenticity and modernity.BuzzFeed, a social news and entertainment site, ranked Fez at no. 11 for the opportunities it offers for tourists to visit the old medina with its winding streets that have witnessed twelve centuries of civilization, markets selling leather, ceramics and brassware, and monuments such as Al-Qarawiyyin University which is  the oldest university in the world.According to BuzzFeed, “Fez is the oldest imperial city, and today blends old world charm with modern luxury for the ideal holiday experience.’’ “Fez el-Bali, the city’s oldest quarter, is an amazing peek into Morocco’s medieval history, and its winding and crumbling alley ways are painfully insta-worthy,’’ the same source added.Fez outranked Acadia National Park, Maine, USA (12), Taipei, Taiwan (13), St Helena (14), Abu Dhabi, UAE (15), Guam (16), Quito, Ecuador (17), and San Sebastian, Spain (18).First place in the ranking was dominated by Normandy, France, with its marvelous landscape, followed by the spellbinding Faroe Islands off Denmark, and Zion Park, Utah, USA, with its heavenly beaches and mountains.Fez also appears in Fodor’s Go List 2016 describing it as “three cities in one: medieval Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), thirteenth-century Fez el-Djedid (New Fez), and the twentieth-century Ville Nouveau, built by the French.’’Fez has established itself as one of the most attractive cities in the world as it offers an abundance of newly restored riads, luxurious hotels, and excellent restaurants, shops and galleries.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

Former King of Spain Accused of Using ‘Lover’s’ Name to Hide…

Rabat – The royal family of Spain is battling another corruption scandal. Princess Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein allegedly accused former King of Spain Juan Carlos I of using her name to purchase multiple properties in Morocco and elsewhere without her permission.German aristocrat Princess Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein made her claims against the former king in alleged leaked audio recordings.In the leaked audio recordings, Carlos’ alleged lover Corinna claimed that the former king has allegedly put her name on several properties, including a ground in Marrakech. International media also reported that Carlos used the princess’ name to hide his fortunes, which is estimated at EUR 2 billion. The princess’ allegations were published by the Spanish newspapers El Español and OK Diario.In 2015, the princess claimed in a conversation with a former Spanish officer in London that “she was being drawn into money laundering,” according to Telegraph.The princess has also accused the king’s lawyers of putting her name on overseas properties without her permission.In the leaked recordings, which were unveiled on Wednesday, the princess said she was facing a “nightmare.”“But if do it, it is money laundering,” she allegedly said in the recordings.“They are putting me under tremendous pressure to return these things, but if I do it I am breaking the law I could go to jail.”The Monaco-based princess added that the king made her put the properties under her name not “because he loves me a lot but because I reside in Monaco.”The palace has not yet responded to the claims made by the German aristocrat.When the leaked recordings went public, Corinna issued a statement in which she denounced “a campaign of politically motivated discredit” against her.“I have always acted entirely correctly and I continue to live my life with a peaceful outlook, irrespective of years of constant harassment and attempts to publicly discredit me with endless false information,” she explained.In June, the brother-in-law of Felipe VI King of Spain, Inaki Urdangarin, was sentenced by the Spanish Supreme Court to five years and ten months in prison on corruption charges. read more

DR Congo UN official urges political solution to mitigate tensions in east

19 July 2007The United Nations top peacekeeping official today appealed for a political – and not a military – solution to diffuse tensions in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Security Council today met to discuss the situation, which Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno characterised as having the “potential to really jeopardize the enormous investment that the international community has made” in the vast Central African nation.The concentration of armed forces – those of the Government and those of rebels led by General Nkunda – in a “very volatile area where there are a number of unresolved issues” has resulted in a “very dangerous situation,” Mr. Guéhenno said, speaking to reporters after briefing the Council.His message, he told the 15-member body, to the Congolese parties is to “move away from the brink; don’t play with fire.”Responding to reporters’ questions, Mr. Guéhenno noted that Mr. Nkunda’s forces pose “the single most serious threat to the stabilization of the DRC at this stage.”UN agencies this month have been assisting over 10,000 people who have fled fighting, pillaging, rape and other atrocities in North Kivu province in north-eastern DRC, and warned that the situation could deteriorate amid military manoeuvres threatening even greater instability.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has described conditions in North Kivu as the worst displacement situation in three years, with 163,000 people newly displaced since January – bringing to a total 650,000 people internally displaced in the province.“We are increasingly concerned by the spiralling displacement and atrocities in eastern DRC,” Jennifer Pagonis, the agency’s spokesperson, said last week in Geneva. “With heightened tensions and the build-up of military forces, the situation risks turning into humanitarian and human rights disaster.”Last year, the DRC held its first democratic elections in more than four decades, the largest and most complex polls that the UN has ever helped to organize. The process crowned a seven-year UN effort to bring peace and democracy to the vast country after a brutal six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease, widely considered the most lethal conflict anywhere since the Second World War. read more

UN food agency rushes aid to floodhit families in Guatemala

24 October 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is helping more than a thousand families affected by recent floods in Guatemala. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is helping more than a thousand families affected by recent floods in Guatemala. Based on an assessment of the affected areas on the country’s Pacific coast carried out in cooperation with the Government, WFP is helping 1,128 families in the Municipality of Ocós who lost their crops following heavy rains. “This intervention is an example of the good coordination that exists among the institutions involved in responding immediately to the recurrent situations during the rainy season,” said WFP’s Representative in Guatemala, Willem van Milink. The agency also plans to distribute rations to nearly 550 people now in temporary shelters. The packages, which include corn, oil and fortified flour, provide the minimum of 2,120 calories for each person daily. read more

Need to support Afghanistan likely to continue beyond Bonn timetable Annan

According to a text of his remarks released after the closed-door meeting, Annan said the governments should be prepared to plan for continued assistance beyond the 2004 time frame set by an international donors’ conference in Bonn in 2001 and called for a new international meeting early next year to re-assess needs.”The (Afghan) Government needs your support in funding the Afghan Reconstruction Trust Fund,” Mr. Annan said. “In particular, it may be necessary to take another look at reconstruction and development needs beyond the timeframe set out in the Bonn Agreement. Many of the pledges made last year in Tokyo extended only through the end of the Bonn process. It has become clear since then that the need is even greater than we thought, and likely to last longer.”Although the Secretary-General praised many of the accomplishments in Afghanistan in the past year – including vastly increased food production, the return to school of millions of girls and boys, and general political and infrastructure advances – he said, “significant challenge remain.””Arbitrary rule by local commanders prevails in many areas of the country, blocking the extension of the law and authority of the government. Too often, human rights are violated with impunity. Illegal narcotics production has flourished, which in turn finances factional and criminal agendas and undermines legitimate economic activities,” he said.Mr. Annan added that deadly attacks on national and international aid workers have increased. “Such insecurity hampers reconstruction activities and severely threatens political participation across a wide region of the country,” he said. “It is essential that the Afghan Government and international community do not allow this to happen. We must protect the gains we have made.”Listed as speakers for the meeting were Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Deputy Prime Ministers of Turkey and Turkmenistan and the Foreign Ministers of the permanent members of the Security Council, China, France, United Kingdom, Russian Federation and United States.Other participants included the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Iran, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Romania, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as high-ranking delegates from Saudi Arabia, Japan, the European Commission and the Council of the European Commission. read more

Govt challenges Chief Justices ruling on no confidence resolution

The government through its Attorney General, Basil Williams on Tuesday has challenged the ruling of acting Chief Justice, Roxane George with respect to the no confidence resolution which was handed down on January 31, 2019 at the High Court.Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, Basil WilliamsIn the first appeal filed against Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, the AG contended that Justice George “misdirected herself in law when she ruled that the motion of no-confidence upon a division vote of 33:32 Members of the National Assembly was validly passed as the requisite majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly pursuant to article 106 (6) of the Constitution”.Further, the appeal stated that “The Honourable Chief Justice Roxanne George erred and misdirected herself in law when she ruled that the Speaker’s ruling that the motion of no confidence debated in the National Assembly on the 21st day of December, 2018 was carried by a vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly was constitutional and in accordance with Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana”.Acting Chief Justice Roxane GeorgeWilliams further challenge the decision of the Christopher Ram’s case which called for the resignation of the cabinet along with the president.Justice George ruled that the no confidence motion was validly passed even though it was determined that former Alliance for Change (AFC) Member of Parliament (MP), Charrandas Persaud who voted in favour of the motion, was not qualified to be elected to serve in the National Assembly.In addition, the learned CJ quashed a case filed by Williams who sought to put a hold on the enforcement of the motion since he was contending whether the said motion was indeed carried by a majority of all elected members and whether or not the 33 to 32 breakdown means it was validly passed.She however, ruled that the President and the Ministers of Government cannot therefore remain in Government in accordance with Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) respectively.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Now that the challenges have been filed with the Appeal Court, a date will be set for arguments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJ’s High Court decisions “well-reasoned” and profound – JagdeoMarch 17, 2019In “latest news”APNU/AFC Govt remains defiant inspite of CJ’s ruling; says ‘status quo remains’February 1, 2019In “latest news”BREAKING: 33 is majority- CJ rulesJanuary 31, 2019In “Court” read more

Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on

first_imgOSWIECIM, Poland — A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.“In 10 years there might be just one,” said Zygmunt Shipper, an 85-year-old survivor who will attend the event in southern Poland to pay homage to the millions killed by the Third Reich. In recent years, Shipper has been traveling around Britain to share his story with school groups, hoping to reach as many people as he can while he has the strength. “The children cry, and I tell them to talk to their parents and brothers and sisters and ask them ‘why do we do it and why do we hate?”‘ he said. “We mustn’t forget what happened.” But as the world moves inevitably closer to a post-survivor era, some Jewish leaders fear that people are already starting to forget. And they warn that the anti-Semitic hatred and violence that are on the rise, particularly in Europe, could partly be linked to fading memories of the Holocaust.Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, says that the recent massacres in Paris, which targeted Jews and newspaper satirists, are proof of growing hatred and extremism. It’s a message he plans to stress in a speech Tuesday at the former site of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the Nazis killed more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews.last_img read more

Verizon Announces Price Increases For Wilmington Fios Customers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull recently notified residents of upcoming Fios TV consumer pricing increases, slated to happen on or after September 1, 2018.These changes include:The Fios Local TV Service package will increase from $12.99 to $25.00 per monthThe Fios Quantum Gateway Router Rate will increase from $10.00 to $12.00 per monthThe monthly rental rates for the Set Top Box (STB) will change based on the number of STBs a subscriber rents. Subscribers will only be charged for up to five STBs. The monthly rental rate for the first two STBs will be $12 each per month, and the monthly rental rate for the third, fourth and fifth STBs will be $6 each per month. There will be no monthly charge for additional STBs.Verizon will notify subscribers of these increases by “bill messages” beginning on or after July 1.New rates may not become effective on certain subscriber accounts until current discounts expire.Selectman Chair Kevin Caira was quick to point out that the Selectmen nor the Town have any say over price or offering changes.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”SELECTMEN NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At This Week’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Pentagon rubbishes NASA claim on ASAT test says India has concerns over

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/2:20Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:20?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Testing the ASAT today, India showed its military might in space as it became the 4th country to become a part of the elite space power club.Representative imageFor the second time in a week, Pentagon has come out strongly in support of India’s Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test saying that Mission Shakti was imperative considering the threat from space. Pentagon had earlier rubbished the claims of National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) of A-SAT test being terrible and disturbing the space order. It was claimed that the test created 400 odd pieces of orbital debris and posed a danger to the International Space Station (ISS).On March 27, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the launch of the ground to space missile that destroyed a satellite, the nation had joined the elite group of space powers that include the United States, China and Russia.US Strategic Command Commander General John E Hyten told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the key points from India’s A-SAT test were that India did the test to defend itself from the threats in space. Gen. Hyten was responding to the US Senator’s queries on why India conducted the ASA-T test.”The first lesson from the Indian ASAT is just the simple question of why did they do that. And the answer should be, I think to all the committee looking at it, is that they did that because they are concerned about threats to their nation from space,” he said.The US Senators raised the alarm after NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said that the test was a “terrible thing” that endangered the ISS and created 40 pieces of orbital debris. The premier space agency claimed that it had tracked nearly 60 orbital debris and that 24 were going above the apogee of ISS.Pentagon, standing firmly in support of India, said that such incidences had happened in the past as well when China sent 100,000 pieces of debris in 2007 during its anti-satellite test.In 2009, a satellite collision took place between the US and an old Russian satellite that also resulted in debris in the space.Gen. Hyten observed that in such challenging times when four countries have acquired A-SAT capabilities, there was a dire need to introduce safe environmental norms in the space. He advocated for the development of some kind of international norms of behaviour in space.”And where those norms of behaviour should begin, from my opinion, is with debris, because as the combatant commander responsible for space today, I don’t want more debris,” he added.center_img ‘Terrible, terrible thing’, created 400 pieces of debris: NASA Chief on India’s ASAT testlast_img read more

Cuba president welcomes US senator Google CEO

first_imgCuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Photo: ReutersCuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel welcomed US republican senator Jeff Flake and Google CEO Eric Schmidt to the island country.During their meeting on Monday, Diaz-Canel and the US visitors exchanged views on the state of bilateral relations and possible areas of cooperation and “mutual interest”, reports Efe news.Flake, who has visited Cuba several times, the most recent trip being in January, is one of the main promoters in the US Congress of the rapprochement with Cuba and, in particular, of a bill that would eliminate travel restrictions to the island for US citizens.President Donald Trump’s administration has imposed new limitations on the travel of US citizens to Cuba, a country which Americans cannot visit as tourists due to Washington’s financial embargo.During their meeting, Rodriguez thanked Flake and the Google executive for their interest in contributing to the debate in favour of an improvement in bilateral relations.Google has been one of the tech giants that has been interested in moving into the Cuban telecommunications market since former US President Barack Obama launched the thaw in relations, although to date it has had only a very limited presence on the island.Three years ago, the firm offered to broaden internet access in Cuba, which is still far below average international levels, but the proposal never developed into a concrete programme.Flake and Schmidt were accompanied by US charge d’affaires in Cuba, Philip Goldberg, and Brett Perlmutter, the Google CEO’s adviser on Cuba.Cuba and the US reopened their embassies in Washington and Havana in 2015 and signed numerous cooperation accords in security, immigration, education, healthcare and culture, but Trump halted the normalisation process.last_img read more

2 Rohingyas among 5 killed in gunfights

first_imgGunfight IllustrationFive people, including two Rohingya men, were killed in what the law enforcement called separate incidents of ‘gunfights’ in Cox’s Bazar, Pabna and Jashore early Tuesday, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, two Rohingya men were killed in an alleged gunfight with police on Marine Drive Road in Teknaf’s Shamlarpur area around 2:00am.The deceased were Azim Uddin, 22, son of Abdur Rahim, resident of number 23 Rohingya camp in Shamlarpur; and Abdus Salam, 52, son of Rahim Ali, resident of number 15 Rohingya camp in Jamtoli area of Ukhiya.A police team raided the area acting on a tip-off, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station. As soon as the team reached the spot, the criminals opened fire, triggering a gunfight, the OC claimed.The two men were killed on the spot. Police recovered two firearms and five bullets from the spot, the OC said, adding that four policemen were also injured.In the Sadar upazila, Sayedul Mostafa Bulu, 44, son of Jahir Hazi, resident of Pahartoli area, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Katapahar in the early morning.Police claimed that the man was a drug trader.Police recovered 400 yaba pills, a light gun and two cartridges from the spot, said Faird Uddin Khandaker, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.Mostofa was accused in several cases, he said.In Pabna, Md Hafizur Rahman Titas, 38, a resident of Basher Bada village, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police in Sara Jhaudia area of Ishwardi upazila around 2:30am.Police claimed that Titas was a robber.Police arrested Titas from Piyarpur intersection and later, conducted a drive in the area around 2:30am to catch other members of the gang.The robbers opened fire as soon as police reached the place, triggering a gunfight.Titas received a gunshot wound to the chest when he tried to flee. He was taken to Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex where the physicians pronounced him dead.In Jashore, a man was killed in a gunfight with police on Jashore-Magura road in Nongarpur area around 3:00am, said Samir Kumar Sarker, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station.Police claimed the deceased was robber.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police recovered a one-shooter gun, three bullets and several sharp weapons from the spot.last_img read more