Ayodhya, Mathura may face liquor, meat ban

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Monday said it was contemplating declaring 14 Kosi Parikrama Marg in Ayodhya and Lord Krishna’s birthplace in Mathura as pilgrim centres so that the sale and consumption of liquor and non-vegetarian items was completely stopped there.Uttar Pradesh Minister Shrikant Sharma said seers and crores of devotees had demanded that the sale and consumption of non-vegetarian food and liquor be banned in Ayodhya and Mathura.“Honouring their demands, the State government is working to declare the area around 14 Kosi Parikrama Marg in Ayodhya and the birthplace of Lord Krishna in Mathura as pilgrim centres. Once this happens, a ban on the sale and consumption of non-vegetarian food and liquor will automatically come into effect,” he said.Mr. Sharma said Vrindavan, Barsana, Nandgaon, Giriraj ji and Sapt Kosi Parikrama area of Govardhan had already been declared pilgrim centres.last_img read more

Chiefs stay in F4 hunt

first_imgView comments Kent Salado stood at the forefront of Arellano’s charge as the Chiefs continued their late assault at a Final Four berth with a 95-65 whipping of also-ran St. Benilde last Thursday in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Salado scattered 16 points and dished out 11 assists as the Chiefs rolled to their sixth win in 15 games, pulling level with Emilio Aguinaldo College at sixth spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was the biggest win of the season yet for the Chiefs who, for most of the season, have been a shadow of the team that reached the Final Four the past three years.“It’s a very important (win) and I can’t exaggerate it because actually all our remaining games are important,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera. “If we were able to do this in the first round, I think we would have a better chance. But nonetheless, this win gives us hope.” The Chiefs shot 50 percent from the field as five other players posted double digit outputs, including Zach Nicholls and Lervin Flores, who chipped in 13 points and 12 points, respectively.“We expected this performance from Kent (Salado) because he’s really matured,” said Codiñera, whose team took an early double-digit lead and never looked back. “We had a good start and the support group also responded.”The win gave the Chiefs a lifeline in the race for the two remaining Final Four spots. As it stands, Jose Rizal holds pole position with a 9-7 record with Letran (8-7) and San Sebastian (7-7) also in the running.While Codiñera knows their fate is no longer in their hands, the Arellano coach is hopeful the other teams slip.“We just have to win our remaining games and hope for the best,” he said. “If we end up with nine (wins), we might finish third especially with the win over the other rule. I think we have a good chance with the quotient system.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t count the Arellano Chiefs out just yet.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Import invasion: Top-notch reinforcements add spice to Grand Prix tournament LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Later, Mapua notched its second straight win at the expense of Perpetual Help, 76-71.Andoy Estrella picked up 22 points including nine in the final period while Christian Buñag added 16 points as the Cardinals improved to 3-12. The Blazers dropped to last place with a 3-13 card.last_img read more

Ex-Man United manager avoids jail but hit by fine for tax fraud in Spain

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Paul Lee’s new season off to rough start with thumb injury Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war According to the agreement seen by AFP, Mourinho accepted a one-year jail sentence immediately commuted to a fine of 182,500 euros.The Portuguese coach will also have to pay an additional penalty of 1.98 million euros ($2.3 million).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMourinho, sacked by Manchester United in December following a string of disappointing performances, is the latest high-profile football figure to be judged over his tax affairs in Spain.Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho, who coached Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013, of failing to declare income of 1.6 million euros in 2011 and 1.7 million euros in 2012. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho leaves the pitch following the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Manchester United and Young Boys at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on November 27, 2018. – Manchester won 1-0. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)Ex-Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has avoided jail for tax fraud as part of a deal with Spanish prosecutors revealed Tuesday but will pay a fine of close to two million euros.The 56-year-old is accused of committing tax fraud in 2011 and 2012 when he coached Spanish giants Real Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The grounds for the case, as with a series of football stars based in Spain, is how income from Mourinho’s image rights was managed and declared.Prosecutors believe by ceding his image rights to a series of companies based in tax havens, Mourinho committed fraud by not declaring the income those companies made from his image rights.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Lack of experience hampered young Adamson squad, says Pumaren

first_imgSports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Pumaren’s team in Season 81, however, had the veteran stability of Sean Manganti, Papi Sarr, Jonathan Espelate, and Jerrie Pingoy while the Soaring Falcons in 2019 had five players listed as rookies.“The way I look at it, the reason we struggled was because we lacked experience leading us to fall into mental lapses,” said Pumaren after the Soaring Falcons’ 89-63 loss to De La Salle in their final game Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“At the end of the day experience will really benefit the team,” added Pumare,  who singled out Ateneo and University of the Philippines as the two most seasoned teams.The Blue Eagles earned an automatic finals bye after a 14-0 sweep of the eliminations while the Fighting Maroons are at second seed with a 9-5 card. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Adamson Falcons fail to advance to the UAAP Final Four this season. Photo by Tristna Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson University went from title contenders to spectators in just a span of one season and head coach Franz Pumaren said it was his team’s inexperience that ultimately bit them.The Soaring Falcons finished the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament with a 4-10 record for the sixth seed, six less wins than what they have in Season 81 when they were at No. 2.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Mark Nonoy fully embraces point guard mindset to lead Growling Tigers Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Ateneo’s lineup is virtually intact from last season’s with Anton Asistio the only player who graduated from the team while UP added Kobe Paras, already an experienced player from the United States NCAA, and Ricci Rivero from De La Salle.The Fighting Maroons’ core of Bright Akhuetie, Jun Manzo, and Gomez de Liaño brothers Juan and Javi are still in the team.“If you look at the top two teams, Ateneo and UP, they don’t have fresh high school graduates playing for them but they have transferees,” said Pumaren. “Those two teams can handle pressure and that’s the advantage of having a mature team. Unlike them, we lost games down the stretch.”Adamson had three losses decided by four points or less and two of those defeats were against UP.The Soaring Falcons’ last matchup against UP was a total collapse wherein they allowed the Fighting Maroons close the game out with a 21-5 run and take the 81-77 win.ADVERTISEMENT “A year of experience in the UAAP will help us,” said Pumaren. “I think this being such a young team somehow affected us during the crunch time.”“Just like any normal corporation or what, after a bad year you move forward, and you try to gather all the good things that happened that will help you down the road. I guess we just have to regroup and assess everything.” Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Wenger: Mesut Ozil showed what he can do

first_imgArsenal Wenger: Mesut Ozil showed what he can do Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 07:22 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MesutOzil - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Mesut Özil Arsenal v Manchester United Arsenal v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town Premier League Arsène Wenger The Arsenal boss praised his midfielder for helping the Gunners out of a sticky patch with a goal and two assists in four mesmerising minutes Mesut Ozil “showed what he can do” in an astonishing four-minute spell that impressed Arsene Wenger and lifted Arsenal to a 5-0 win against Huddersfield Town.Ozil 5/2 to score v Man UDespite Alexandre Lacazette’s third-minute opener, Arsenal laboured against the Terriers, who saw Steve Mounie’s deflected shot pushed behind off the crossbar by Petr Cech early in the second half. 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 Ozil eased the tension by setting up Olivier Giroud – a half-time replacement for Lacazette, who sustained a groin injury that will rule him out of Saturday’s clash with Manchester United – and Alexis Sanchez in successive minutes, before adding one of his own shortly after.The Germany international’s future at Emirates Stadium remains unclear with his contract set to expire at the end of the season and his effort has frequently been criticised, but Wenger was left in no doubt about his importance after his latest display.”We started well but then we lost our focus and our passing and allowed them to come back into the game,” the Arsenal boss told BBC Sport.”Then we got the second goal and suddenly everyone played with more freedom and more technical quality – then Mesut Ozil showed what he can do.”Turning a tight game in a superb – 0 win! The Emirates is our fortress! #YaGunnersYa @Arsenal #AFCvHTFC pic.twitter.com/LWMY5cgYG7— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) November 29, 2017Wenger added: “The last 20 minutes became comfortable but I would say Huddersfield did fight very well.”In the second half I felt at some stages it could have been 1-1 but when we scored the second goal the game changed completely. We played very well, with freedom. We played a bit on the edge before that.”David Wagner rued Huddersfield’s missed opportunities, with Collin Quaner failing to make the most of chances in each half, as the visitors fell to a third successive loss.”Congratulations to Arsenal on the win – they deserved it,” said Wagner.”We had our best period, with two big chances, then they scored three in five minutes. They gave us a lesson in being clinical.”We will be strong enough to leave this result – a harsh defeat – behind us quickly. The next game is just around the corner.”last_img read more

New Bowl Projection For Iowa State Heading Into Saturday’s Action

first_imgAn Iowa State defender tackles a Kansas State player.AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 24: Wide receiver Dalton Schoen #83 of the Kansas State Wildcats breaks away from linebacker Reggan Northrup #9 of the Iowa State Cyclones as he rushed for yards in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Iowa State struggled against Drake on Saturday, but still notched its seventh win of the season. They’re headed to a bowl game, so let’s take a look at where the Cyclones could play in December.Iowa State lost to Iowa, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas on the season. The Cyclones knocked off Akron, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Kansas, Baylor, Kansas State and Drake.The Cyclones were not part of the Big 12 title game and are therefore not in play for either the College Football Playoff or the Sugar Bowl.Iowa State is likely behind only Oklahoma and Texas when it comes to pecking order in the Big 12.Eric Single of Sports Illustrated has Iowa State projected to the Valero Alamo Bowl to take on Washington State, which went 10-2 this year. That game is in San Antonio on December 28.The Cyclones could notch their ninth win of the season with a victory.We’ll know Iowa State’s actual bowl game on Sunday afternoon after the College Football Playoff rankings are announced.last_img read more

IMD Heatwave conditions to continue for 2 more days

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi seethed at 42.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday, two notches above the season’s average, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) saying that heatwave conditions are likely to continue over the northern plains, and central and southern parts of the country for two more days and abate gradually. Despite the MeT office predicting “thundery developments” for late Sunday night, the Capital remained dry with no precipitation throughout the evening. However, the weather office said the northern plains might get relief in the coming days. “Due to easterly winds at lower levels over northern parts of the country, the severity of the heatwave is very likely to decrease over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh today (Sunday) onwards,” it said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarAccording to Skymet Weather, there has been a change in the wind pattern from hot and dry northwesterly to humid easterlies, which might lead to an uncomfortable few days with increasing humidity. The weather forecaster also noted that peak afternoons temperatures will feel hotter than they actually are. It further said that although isolated parts of Northeast Delhi saw light dust storms followed by a short spell of light thundershower and strong winds on Saturday, it failed to bring any respite for residents in the Capital, with the heatwave continuing throughout Sunday. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceIf the maximum temperature of a weather station in the plains crosses 45 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days, it is termed heatwave. And if the temperature goes beyond 47 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days, it is termed as a severe heatwave. However, if the IMD’s predictions come true, development of thunder and lightning may bring the temperature down in Delhi by one or two degrees Celsius. The weatherman has predicted that any relief is only expected between June 4 and 6 when a spell of dust storm and thundershower is expected over Delhi and NCR. Meanwhile, the rest of the country reeled under the severe weather conditions, with the intense heat paralysing normal life in Rajasthan’s Churu with a farmer dying of sunstroke on Sunday. The city was the hottest place in the country, recording a maximum temperature of 48.9 degree Celsius.last_img read more

Drake releases short film Please Forgive Me in which he attempts to

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img With acting roots like Degrassi, you’d think Drake (a.k.a. “Wheelchair Jimmy”) would have no problem playing an action star in a new short film. Well … not so fast.Please Forgive Me, now on Apple Music, is the second video to be released from Views, after Child’s Play. The indulgent 21-minute film follows Drake as he lets his girlfriend (played by Belgian model Fanny Neguesha) agree to spend a night with a shady millionaire in exchange for $1 million (à la Indecent Proposal).#PleaseForgiveMe — A Film Inspired by The Album Views. Available now only on @AppleMusic. https://t.co/dkMNmzF2T2 pic.twitter.com/UPMxZ10IM3— Drizzy (@Drake) September 26, 2016 Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Freeland steps up diplomatic pressure on Venezuela warns of refugee crisis

first_imgTORONTO – Canada is concerned that the political and economic turmoil in Venezuela will spark a refugee crisis for the South American country and its neighbours, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday.Freeland said that she and Peru’s foreign minister would take that message to the United Nations in New York City on Monday, following her appearance at a business conference in Toronto.Canada and Peru co-chaired a meeting of ministers from the Lima Group of countries last week in Toronto. Freeland and Peru’s foreign minister Ricardo Luna were delegated to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.Apart from Canada, the group’s 12 members are in Latin America.But Freeland said Monday that Venezuela and Canada are in the same geographic “neighbourhood” and that Canada has a role to play in supporting the country’s democratic institutions and respect for human rights.“I do think. . . this is a humanitarian crisis as well as a political one. We are seeing real preventable suffering of the people of Venezuela,” Freeland said at the Toronto Global Forum before heading to New York for the U.N. meeting.“And I think . . . there are mounting signs of a regional refugee crisis as well. Colombia and Brazil are facing a lot of pressure. So I think it is an area where Canada needs to be very engaged.”Venezuela — an oil-rich country that was led by outspoken socialist Hugo Chavez from 1999 to 2013 — has suffered an economic meltdown since his death.The dramatic drop in global oil prices since late 2014 and the devaluation of the country’s currency have fuelled triple-digit inflation that has resulted in shortages of food, medicine and other basic necessities.The government of President Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Chavez, has also been accused of grabbing power by creating a new constitutional assembly that claims supreme authority over other arms of the government, including the opposition-controlled congress.In September, Freeland announced that Canada had imposed sanctions against 40 key figures in the Venezuelan regime, including Maduro, who she said had helped undermine the country’s stability.Freeland said Monday that support from allies would help pressure Venezuela further.“So I think it is an area where Canada needs to be very engaged. . . . We’d be delighted to see the EU joining us in applying pressure on the government of Venezuela,” Freeland said.Earlier in an on-stage interview by Frank McKenna, a former Liberal premier of New Brunswick and a former Canadian ambassador to the United States, Freeland acknowledged that the NAFTA trade talks have included some “troubling” proposals from the United States.Freeland specified two issues: the U.S. insistence of removing dispute-resolution measures contained in Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement as well as its proposal to review the trade pact every five years.But she said the Canada-U.S. relationship is “robust and very deep” — noting the two countries are partners in the NATO and NORAD military alliances and that Canada is a bigger market for the United States than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined.Freeland also said that barriers to trade under World Trade Organization rules have been reduced since NAFTA was signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico.“We looked at the actual trade — not the just the agreement but the actual trade that is happening — we found that around 40 per cent of Canadian exporters to the United States don’t use the NAFTA preferences that are available to them,” Freeland said.That suggests the differences between WTO and NAFTA rules have decreased and that administrative red-tape involved is a bigger barrier to trade than preferential tariffs in the three-country agreement, she said.“It’s very technical. Things like electronic forms at the border, things like regulatory harmonization,” Freeland said.“It really matters to Canadian and U.S. businesses and in most chapters (of the agreement) we’re going gangbusters in a very positive way.”last_img read more

TSX lower after disappointing jobs report

The Toronto stock market was slightly lower amid disappointing jobs figures that showed the Canadian economy lost an unexpected 9,400 jobs in June.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 10.59 points to 15,103.89, pushed down by energy and metals but countered by rising gold and materials stocks.The worse-than-expected jobs numbers also put pressure on the Canadian dollar, which fell 0.48 of a cent to 93.44 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that the economy had an unexpected loss of 9,400 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate rising one-tenth of a point to 7.1 per cent — the highest since last December. Full-time employment rose by 33,500, partly making up for the loss of 43,000 part-time jobs.Economists had expected another big month of job creation following May’s 25,800 gain, but June resumed what has become a year-long trend of weak demand for workers. Economists had forecasted that 24,000 jobs would’ve been created last month.With no U.S. economic data set for release, the Dow Jones industrials fell 31.44 points to 16,883.63, the Nasdaq lost 1.57 points to 4,394.63, while the S&P futures dipped 3.31 points to 1,961.37.World markets took a hit Thursday amid rising concerns over Europe’s financial stability Portugal’s Espirito Santo International, which own’s the country’s largest bank, reportedly missed a debt payment this week and was cited for accounting irregularities, echoing issues that sparked Europe’s debt crisis four years ago.On Friday, senior Portuguese officials dismissed the speculation that it is by saying it had a 2.1 billion-euro (US$2.8 billion) cash cushion which is enough to cover its exposure to other Espirito Santo group companies and keep it within regulatory requirements.In corporate news, Wells Fargo reported its second-quarter profit rose three per cent, bolstered by loan growth, higher deposit balances and improved credit quality. Revenue slipped, but still topped analysts’ estimates. The largest mortgage lender in the U.S. said net income after taking out dividends on preferred stock was $5.42 billion, or $1.01 per share, for the period ended June 30. A year ago it earned $5.27 billion, or 98 cents per share.Meanwhile, in commodities, the price of oil began to fall again on Friday, giving up most of the gains it had made the previous day in the first rally in two weeks.Oil prices shot up in the last month to a 10-month high of more than US$107 a barrel over concerns that strife in Iraq might disrupt supplies. However, they have since been easing back down as al-Qaida inspired militants’ gains in Iraq did not affect oil exporters. Also putting downward pressure on prices is the prospect of a sudden return of Libyan oil to the global market.On the commodity markets, the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 85 cents to US$102.08 a barrel.August bullion was down $1.30 to US$1,337.9 an ounce, while August copper was down a penny to US$3.25 a pound. read more

UN health body declares Europe polio free

The UN agency, which made the announcement in Copenhagen at the meeting of the European Regional Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (RCC), said it was an important public health event for the 870 million people in the 51 countries that make up the region. WHO’s regional director for Europe, Dr. Marc Danzon, described it as “a tremendous achievement in the global effort to eradicate polio.”The certification follows an unprecedented series of coordinated national immunization campaigns in which 60 million children under five years of age received two extra doses of vaccine each year from 1995 to 1998, according to WHO.There have been no reported cases of indigenous polio for three years in the countries that make up the region, although occasional cases of polio have occurred as a result of infected people travelling to Europe. Prior to the certification, a detailed examination by an independent panel of international public health experts was made. National health data was scrutinized and national health authorities made firm commitments to maintain immunization programmes and surveillance, as well as demonstrating their capacity to deal with occasional imported cases. Polio is a highly infectious disease that mainly strikes children under five years old. The polio virus, which usually enters the body through the mouth, invades the central nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. One in every 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, and – of those paralysed – some 5 to 10 per cent die when their breathing muscles are immobilized. There is no cure, although the disease is preventable through the use of a vaccine. read more

Financial boycott sends Palestinian poverty numbers soaring finds UN report

More than 1 million Palestinians, or one in four inhabitants of the occupied territories, are now mired in deep poverty as living standards deteriorate dramatically following the economic boycott of the Palestinian Authority this year, according to a United Nations report released today. The report from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) found that the number of people living in “deep poverty” – defined as an inability to meet basic human consumption needs – soared by 64 per cent during the first half of 2006. An average of 1,069,200 Palestinians now live in deep poverty, up from 650,800 in the second half of last year. Consumption has therefore slumped as well, with the purchase food down by 8 per cent and non-food products down by 13 per cent. UNRWA spokesman Matthias Burchard told a press conference in Geneva that the fiscal crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is having a disproportionately negative effect on refugees, who are less likely to find work and more dependent on public sector jobs. Describing the results as worrying, Mr. Burchard said the morality of the sanctions against the Palestinian Authority had to be questioned.After the victory of Hamas – which has said it is committed to Israel’s destruction – in Palestinian Legislative Council elections in January, Israel stopped handing over tax and customs revenues it collects on behalf of the Authority. Many international donors also suspended direct aid, calling on Hamas to commit to non-violence, recognize Israel, and accept previously signed agreements. The report also found that gross domestic product (GDP) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories fell by more than 10 per cent per capita in the first half of this year, with the only expansion occurring in the public sector, thanks to an expansion in hiring and a wage hike for workers in late 2005. read more

Pizza Hut Taco Bell owner Yums 3Q profit up 23 pct as

Pizza Hut, Taco Bell owner Yum’s 3Q profit up 23 pct as China unit recovers, US demand grows by News Staff Posted Oct 9, 2012 5:55 pm MDT LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains, Yum Brands Inc., said Tuesday that its fiscal third-quarter net income rose by 23 per cent on a turnaround in its fast-growing China division and higher demand in the U.S.The Louisville, Kentucky, company raised its earnings guidance for the year. Shares rose nearly 4 per cent in after-market trading.Operating profit in China rose 22 per cent, when adjusted for currency fluctuations. Its costs for ingredients and workers didn’t rise as fast as it had in the second quarter, when operating profit dropped. The profit decline had been a rare event for Yum’s key China division.The company also upped its record pace of restaurant openings in China, opening 192 locations. It expects to open at least 750 stores this year, up from its prior forecast of at least 700 new restaurants.In the U.S., operating profit rose 13 per cent in the quarter. A new, upscale menu at Taco Bell created by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia helped lift revenue in restaurants open at least a year 7 per cent for the Mexican chain.The same figure, which is key for retailers because it excludes new and closing stores, rose 6 per cent at Pizza Hut and 4 per cent at KFC.Operating profit in Yum’s international division, which excludes China and India, rose 14 per cent when stripping out changes in currency values. Companies that do business overseas take a hit when the dollar increases against foreign currencies.Overall, Yum reported net income of $471 million, or $1 per share, in the three months ended Sept. 8, up from $383 million, or 80 cents per share, a year ago.Excluding one-time items, Yum’s earnings were 99 cents per share for the quarter. Revenue rose 9 per cent to $3.57 billion from $3.27 billion.Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of 97 cents per share on revenue of $3.66 billion.The company now expects profit of at least $3.24 per share, excluding special items, from its prior forecast of at least $3.22 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet predict profit of $3.27 per share.Shares rose $2.60, or 3.9 per cent, to $68.64 after earnings were released. In regular trading, shares closed down 90 cents at $66.04. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Thomson Reuters to cut 2000 jobs worldwide as it speeds up streamlining

Thomson Reuters (TSX:TRI) says it’s eliminating 2,000 positions, about four percent of its global workforce, around the world as it speeds up efforts to streamline and simplify its global information services organization. Thomson Reuters chair David Thomson prepares to speak at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders, in Toronto in a May 14, 2010, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2016 5:45 am MDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2016 at 8:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Thomson Reuters to cut 2,000 jobs worldwide as it speeds up streamlining TORONTO – Thomson Reuters (TSX:TRI) says it’s eliminating 2,000 positions around the world as it speeds up efforts to streamline and simplify its global information services organization.The layoffs represent close to four per cent of the company’s global workforce of about 52,000 employees, 1,200 of which are in Canada.The company, which has its principal executive office in New York City but retains a corporate headquarters in Toronto, says the reorganization will result in between US$200 million and US$250 million of accounting charges to be recorded in the fourth quarter.The advanced notice was included with the company’s third-quarter financial report, which showed Thomson Reuters had US$2.7 billion of revenue and net income of US$286 million or 36 cent cents per diluted share for the three-month period.The company’s statement provided little detail about its plans for an accelerated “transformation” program except that most of the charges will be taken in its core financial and risk services unit and a new enterprise, technology and operations group.But a spokesman for Thomson Reuters confirmed by email that 2,000 positions will be cut in 39 countries and 150 locations.The third quarter results — including discontinued operations and reported in U.S. currency — were little-changed from the third quarter of 2015, when revenue was $2.75 billion and net income was $293 million or 36 cents per share of diluted earnings.Earnings from continuing operations rose to $268 million or 34 cents per diluted share from $263 million or 32 cents per share.The company’s intellectual property and science business was sold for US$3.55 billion cash in a deal that closed on Oct. 3, providing about $3.2 billion in net proceeds that will be used to repay debt, buy back shares and invest in the business.Thomson Reuters announced on Oct. 7 that it planned to establish a new technology centre in Toronto, with hiring of an initial 400 jobs to begin in December. The company’s CEO and other senior executives will also relocate to the city.“Our core subscription businesses are moving in the right direction, our cost controls are working and we are increasingly confident in our execution capability,” Thomson Reuters CEO Jim Smith said in a statement. “That is why we are going to pick up the pace of our transformation efforts.”In the third quarter ended Sept. 30, revenue at Financial & Risk was flat at US$1.5 billion, while revenue from legal services fell to $835 million from $851 million and revenue from tax and accounting services increased to $323 million from $307 million.The segment that includes Reuters News had $73 million of revenue, down from $74 million in the third quarter of 2015.Thomson Reuters originated in Canada and owned a national chain of newspapers before it diversified and evolved into an information services provider to the financial, legal and other professional communities.It also owns Reuters — one of the world’s largest news organizations — which was acquired by Thomson Corp. in 2007. The Thomson family, through its private holdings, continues to be majority owner of the Globe and Mail but the publicly traded company Thomson Reuters no longer owns newspapers. read more

UN report highlights foreign direct investment into and out of emerging economies

The latest Global Investment Trends Monitor (GITM) shows that over the past decade, FDI going into BRICS has more than tripled, totaling $263 billion in 2012. This figure represents 20 per cent of world FDI flows, and is a significant increase considering it was only 6 per cent in 2000.Meanwhile, investment from BRICS into other countries has climbed from $7 billion in 2000 to $126 billion in 2012, rising from 1 per cent of world flows to 9 per cent, with China and Russia accounting for the majority of these investments.In particular, the report highlights that foreign investment from BRICS into Africa represented 25 per cent of Africa’s inflows last year, with most funds going to the manufacturing and services sectors.While labour costs in Africa may not differ significantly from those in the firms’ home economies, the duty-free, quota-free access of African countries and China’s zero-tariff measures for African least developed countries (LDCs) have generated manufacturing investment.Brazil, for example, has expanded its business in the new African ethanol industry in countries like Angola, Ghana and Mozambique; China is one of the top investing countries in LDCs such as Sudan and Zambia; an Indian company recently acquired an African mobile phone network; and Russian banks are expanding to countries such as Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria.The report notes that this growing relationship between BRICS and Africa is likely to be reinforced in the future due to the rapid economic growth and industrial upgrading currently taking place in BRICS countries. “The rise of FDI in manufacturing, which has positive consequences for job creation and industrial growth, is becoming an important facet of South–South economic cooperation,” it says.However, the main share of BRICS’ outward investment is still in developed economies, with 34 per cent of their stocks going to the European Union. The report notes that these investments are in large part driven by ‘market-seeking motives’ as well as mergers and acquisitions across borders.The report, produced by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), was released ahead of the 5th BRICS Summit which starts tomorrow in Durban, South Africa, and whose theme is “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for development, integration, and industrialization.” read more

Orange the World campaign kicks off efforts to end violence against women

“Violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious – and the most tolerated – human rights violations,” said UN Under- Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in a press release.“It is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination. Its continued presence is one of the clearest markers of societies out of balance and we are determined to change that,” she continued. The call to action is part of the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, led by UN Women. The colour orange, which has come to symbolize a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls, will help unify the large-scale social mobilization. It will be carried out during the civil society-driven 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which run from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year’s ‘Orange the World” initiative will focus on the theme of preventing violence against women and girls, in the specific context of the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which includes targets on ending violence against women and girls.UN Women announced that coinciding with the 16 days of Activism, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will undertake visits to three continents highlighting the urgent need for efforts to address the pandemic of violence at all levels – from global to the local – as well as across all sections of society, during high-profile events in Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Spain and Turkey. Meanwhile, the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in New York will also see the launch of a landmark “UN Framework to Underpin Action to Prevent Violence against Women,” jointly developed by a number of UN entities.“The focus must now be on prevention, and although there is no single solution to such a complex problem, there is growing evidence of the range of actions that can stop violence before it happens. This comprehensive approach forms the core of the new framework developed by UN Women and our partner agencies,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka explained. According to UN Women, there has been some progress over the last few decades; today 125 countries have laws against sexual harassment and 119 against domestic violence, but only 52 countries on marital rape. The agency warned that despite efforts, violence against women and girls continues in every country, with women being beaten in their homes, harassed on the streets and bullied on the Internet. UN Women stressed that preventing and ending violence means tackling its root cause, gender inequality. To this end, the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a goal dedicated to gender equality—Goal 5—which aims to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls. It recognizes violence against women as an obstacle to fully achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provides comprehensive indicators on what should be done to address that goal. read more

Ohio State wrestling freshman Kyle Snyder sets sights on championships

Freshman Kyle Snyder defeated a top-10 opponent against Minnesota, earning the USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week award.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerKyle Snyder is in his first season in the collegiate ranks, but he already has his sights set on the top.“Any time I have a chance to wrestle somebody who has the goal of being a national champion, it’s good for me and it allows me to prove that this is my year to win it,” the Ohio State freshman said.Snyder was named the USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after defeating the sixth-ranked 197 pounder and two-time All-American Scott Schiller of Minnesota, 3-1.“It was a surprise. The award wasn’t something I was looking to receive, but being able to beat a quality opponent and to be recognized for it is something to be excited about,” Snyder said.The Woodbine, Md., native was unbeaten in his first three seasons at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and was named the ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year as a junior. He posted a 179-0 career record before deciding to amp up his training and spend his time among professionals. Snyder said he has carried that work ethic all season at OSU and isn’t looking to slow down now that the championship season is taking over.“We’re still wrestling pretty hard every day, a lot of live minutes and a lot of hard sparring,” Snyder said. “We are doing shorter, but more intense live sessions and everything is geared up to making sure you feel like a superhero when you step out on the mat in March.”Snyder (22-2) spent his final year of high school away from home to work on his craft as a resident-athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., something his high school coach Skylar Saar thinks worked well for him.“I think Kyle is having a great season so far and he is adjusting well back to folkstyle wrestling after spending his senior year wrestling freestyle,” Saar said in an email. “Kyle has defeated some top-ranked opponents and doesn’t seem to be too affected by the … rigors of college wrestling.“He has been wrestling with adults for the past year so he is used to the physicality. I think he has a very good chance to win both the Big 10’s and NCAA’s. I know he believes he will and I know he has the skill and mental toughness to do so.”With the Olympics being the ultimate goal, Snyder has already built quite the resume. In 2013, Snyder won a Junior World Title for the U.S. in freestyle and also brought home a bronze medal at the Junior Worlds in 2014.Saar said he has always seen Kyle as a standout wrestler and isn’t surprised with his success at the college level.“I have known Kyle since he was in elementary school and he was a very special talent even at a young age,” Saar said. “He was a leader from the day he stepped in our room so it did not surprise me that he was voted a team captain at Ohio State as a true freshman.”His leadership has reflected its way into the OSU wrestling room, and teammate and three-time National Champion Logan Stieber said Snyder has what it takes to be great.“He gets better every week, you can see him learning and improving on what he needs to every day,” Stieber said. “I always say he is the most mature person on the team.”Snyder is ranked third in the country at 197 pounds and is the only freshman to be recognized in the top 19.As the Big Ten Championships draw near (March 7-8), Snyder is the No. 1 seed with eight other conference opponents behind him ranked in the top 16 in the country. Snyder said there is no doubt that having the tournament at OSU will help.“Being at home is definitely going to help me. Competing at St. John Arena versus somewhere else and being able to sleep in your own bed and cutting weight in your normal routine and having the fans we have and your family here helps how you feel and how you go out and compete,” Snyder said.As for the opponents themselves, Snyder said he is eager to get on the mat with the best in country.“I’m super excited about how many ranked guys are in the Big Ten,” he said. “I knew when I committed to Ohio State that I wanted to wrestle the best guys and the Big Ten tournament is sort of like a mini-NCAA tournament.”Snyder leads the Buckeyes with 12 major decisions and is tied for the second-most wins (22). Because of his spot in the lineup, Snyder has had chances to clinch dual-meet victories for the team by earning the final needed points, and coach Tom Ryan said he hasn’t been disappointed.“We are happy for him and he is well deserving, but we have almost come to expect it with him,” Ryan said. “He’s focused on the big picture in this sport, his thinking is more, ‘I love this,’ and his thinking is so much higher than individual awards. It’s like running over a pebble in your car, you don’t even know you hit it.”Snyder and the No. 3 Buckeyes will travel to Edinboro, Pa., to face No. 15 Edinboro on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the first round of the National Duals. read more

Torrie Wilson announced as third inductee into Class of 2019 WWE Hall

first_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE has confirmed a third inductee for this year’s Hall of Fame.Torrie Wilson was officially confirmed as the latest inductee for the upcoming Class of 2019 ceremony taking place during WrestleMania 35 weekend this April.Wilson, a former WCW star, signed with WWE in 2001 after WCW went out of business.Excerpt from WWE’s write up about Wilson’s career is below:Wilson joined WWE when the company purchased WCW in spring 2001. Her athleticism and penchant for entertainment made her a great fit for WWE during one of the sports-entertainment industry’s biggest eras. Wilson’s partnership with her friend (and sometimes rival) Stacy Keibler made her a key figure in WCW’s invasion of WWE. Once that invasion was fought off, Wilson became a pivotal member of the WWE Women’s division, engaging in memorable rivalries with the likes of Keibler, Sable and Melina. She even fought for her family’s honor against the nefarious Dawn Marie.Wilson later joined forces with Candice Michelle and Victoria to sow chaos on Monday Night Raw, even bringing her pet dog Chloe into the fray while battling Superstars, such as Trish Stratus and Mickie James. Injuries forced Wilson out of the ring in 2008, but she soon found a new passion: helping others get in shape through ventures like her business, Torrie Wilson Fit.This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday (April 6) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with NXT TakeOver: New York taking place the day before.D-Generation X (Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Billy Gunn, “Road Dogg” Jesse James, X-Pac and Chyna) and The Honky Tonk Man were announced as inductees in the previous weeks.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipPeople Want Chyna Inducted Into The WWE Hall of FameVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions People Want Chyna Inducted Into The WWE Hall of Famecenter_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Roman Reigns is in Remission Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Facebook Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

Kings daughter Fight no matter who is in White House

first_imgATLANTA — As civil rights leaders and activists gather at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader’s daughter is encouraging Americans to fight for his vision of love and justice “no matter who is in the White House.” Bernice King addressed more than 2,000 people gathered at her father’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta four days before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. She spoke hours before her brother, Martin Luther King III, is scheduled to meet with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York.While Bernice King did not offer a detailed critique of Trump, who remains unpopular among black Americans, she said the nation still has a choice between “chaos and community,” the same dichotomy her father wrote and preached about.“At the end of the day, the Donald Trumps come and go,” Bernice King said. But, she added “we still have to find a way to create” what her father called “the beloved community.”Trump won fewer than 1 out of 10 votes from black Americans in November, and the president-elect’s continued struggle to connect with the black community was on full display Monday beyond Bernice King’s remarks.last_img read more

Authorities have recovered body found in Columbia Slough

first_imgPortland — A body found in the Columbia Slough on Saturday has been recovered, officials said.Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol Unit personnel recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the river near N. Denver Ave.Authorities responded to a report that a boater had seen a body in the water around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The body has not yet been identified.A death investigation is being conducted by Sheriff’s Office detectives. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office.An agency official said detectives have not indicated foul play.last_img