Star douses late San Miguel rally, grabs 1-0 semis lead

first_imgLATEST STORIES Black hopes Meralco learns from costly miscues in q’finals exit Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Aldrech Ramos took the fight out of the Beermen with a cold-blooded triple that snapped the blistering comeback with 12.8 seconds to play.“It was about our heart our desire and our will to win,” said head coach Chito Victolero.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRicardo Ratliffe and Allein Maliksi paced the Hotshots with 26 points apiece. The Star import also had 21 rebounds, three rebounds and three steals to make up for his 10 whopping turnovers while Maliksi waxed hot with 5-of-6 shooting from three.Ramos also had a hot hand, knocking down three triples to finish with 11 points off the bench for Star, which had to go through the distance in the semifinals. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStar fended off a late rally from San Miguel for a 109-105 win to get a headstart in their best-of-five PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series Saturday.The Hotshots, who were in control for majority of the game, were enjoying a 14-point lead over three minutes to play before Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos sparked a 12-0 run to pull the Beermen within 104-105 with 33.5 ticks left.ADVERTISEMENT The no. 2 Beermen, meanwhile, struggled to gain any momentum the entire game as the Hotshots always seemed a step ahead.San Miguel’s starters had its usual numbers with import Charles Rhodes finishing with 34 points despite playing hurt in the fourth. June Mar Fajardo added 24 points and nine boards while Lassiter added 12.With such short rotation of eight players, Beermen’s bench only produced 20 points, 16 coming from Arwind Santos, compared to the Hotshots’ 33. Celest Flores-ColinaADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ginebra nears top four, beats Rain or Shine

first_imgView comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Nike unveils new ‘Statement Jerseys’ for 30 NBA teams ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra regained its winning ways after scraping past Rain or Shine, 89-82, to inch closer to a top four finish in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Gin Kings, again, claimed solo leadership at 8-2 but not after withstanding a fight from the Elasto Painters, who rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 28 points and 10 rebounds while LA Tenorio hit timely baskets late to finish with 16 points.Scottie Thompson did a little bit of everything with 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and one block for the Kings, who redeemed themselves after a loss to the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRaymond Almazan nearly had a double-double with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Painters three nights after posting 25 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Phoenix in Antipolo.Rain or Shine missed a chance to secure a playoff berth and fell to 5-4. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Bo Perasol rues UP’s failure to get stops in pivotal loss to UST

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Perasol said his team failed to come up with stops when it needed it the most, allowing UST to drill two huge three-pointers in the final minute, first from Brent Paraiso and the second being Renzo Subido’s dagger with 26.7 seconds left for the Tigers’ 82-78 lead.“The unfortunate thing there for us is that we were not able to get stops when it mattered,” said Perasol Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Although we were trying to stop their three-point shooting, they were able to take the three again and we were not able to score also.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“There’s really no sense of really pounding it hard to our team right now because I really think it could’ve gone either way.”Perasol was initially handed a three-game suspension after his outburst during UP’s 89-63 loss to defending champion Ateneo at the end of the first round but that sanction was cut to two matches after an appeal. Longest SEA Games preparation yet for marathon queen Tabal The return, though, didn’t end up to Perasol’s expectations after UST went 16-of-42 from three-point distance.Although UP managed to hold the Growling Tigers to just one three-pointer in the third quarter, Paraiso and Subido found their stroke in the final minute.Kobe Paras hit his own three-pointer to give UP a two-possession lead, 78-74, with 1:40 left but that was the Fighting Maroons’ last hoorah after UST closed the game out on a 10-0 run.“We all know what UST can do as far as the outside shooting is concerned, the pace is concerned,” said Perasol. “We were able to keep pace with that and also we were able to get into our own pace.”ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino 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 MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Head coach Bo Perasol returns for UP after a two-game suspension. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Head coach Bo Perasol had a rude welcome in his first game back for University of the Philippines in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday.The Fighting Maroons suffered a disappointing 84-78 loss to University of Santo Tomas that also put their overall record in jeopardy as they are now just half a game ahead of the Growling Tigers. UP dropped to 6-4 at second place as the Tigers improved to 6-5.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Students set afire stage set for sports festival

first_imgSrinagar, Aug 23 (PTI) Students at the Anantnag degree college in south Kashmir today went on a rampage, setting afire the stage set by police for a sports festival to protest against holding of the event.Police had organised a sports festival for the students at the degree college located at Khanabal this morning.A group of students started raising slogans against holding of the event and started pelting stones, a police official said.The police personnel tried to chase away the “miscreants” but more students joined the violent protest and set on fire the stage and some tents erected in the college ground, he said. There were no reports of anyone getting injured in the incident so far, he added. PTI MIJ DVlast_img read more

Qaidi Band: Aadar Jain on his Bollywood debut and nepotism debate

first_imgHe has read lines with his cousin brother Ranbir Kapoor, assisted Farah Khan and Karan Johar, watched his grandfather-starrer Mera Naam Joker innumerable times and seen his eminent family go through many highs and low. It is time for Aadar Jain to make his debut on screen. In the prison-based musical drama Qaidi Band, Aadar Jain plays Sanju, a twentysomething under trial with aspirations to be a singer. Says Jain, “He thinks he has figured out jail life – how to pass time, go about the system because spending time in it has taught him all this.” Jain will hope that the fate of his first film will be better than that of cousins, Ranbir and Kareena Kapoor, and his own brother, Armaan, who failed to make an impact with Lekar Hum Deewana Dil.In an interview to, Jain talks about his “Jeena Yaahan, Marna Yaahan” character, being half Kapoor and the nepotism controversy.  You are a member of one of Hindi cinema’s oldest families. Did you grow up wanting to be an actor?No. The realisation happened late, in high school. I was not that good at studies. I was more inclined towards sports. I play the drums too. Initially I did theatre to bunk class. I got a high in entertaining people – from playing a prank in class to doing a play in school and emcee shows.I didn’t grow up surrounded by film people. My father is a businessman. As a kid I had been to the shoot of Kabhie Khushie Kabhie Gham in London and then later on the sets of Wake Up Sid to see Ranbir work. I used to get lost in films. They are so surreal. I wanted to educate myself on how films were made. So I went to New York Film Academy, learned the Meisner technique and then method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film institute. I returned more confident and independent.  But I still was not ready to face the camera. So I decided to go to a film set and see the whole experience for myself.advertisementThat’s how you came to be an assistant director Happy New Year and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.On HNY, I was like a lost puppy. I didn’t really know anything. I got yelled at on first day. I did my first clap. During ADHM, Ranbir forced me to read the lines with him. In a way it was good for me too because then I used to get to do them. How did you land the lead role in Qaidi Band?After my return I was doing acting courses, dance workshops and working out in the gym.  Then one day I met [YRF casting director] Shanoo Sharma and she asked if I want to audition? I thought I was a bit raw still. I did give an audition and she said, ‘You’re good. Keep auditioning.’ That went on for three months. The whole period was very unnerving for me. I kept wondering, Am I getting this or not? Am I actually a good actor? Or am I wasting my parents’ money and my time by doing these things? You have given so much to it and you want something in return. I wouldn’t get called for three weeks.  But I kept going back for auditions. So I guess Shanoo liked me.Then one day I was called to the fourth floor of YRF, where I met Adi Sir [Aditya Chopra]. He told me about a big opportunity for a lead part. It’s surreal how my life has changed in a space of a year.  I never thought I would do a movie so fast. Sometimes you try to plan your life out, but life happens unexpectedly.How did your family respond to the news?The extended family didn’t know. YRF wanted secrecy. So I just told my parents, my brother Armaan and my nani. I wanted her blessings. She told me not to be disheartened if things didn’t work out.She has seen the family go through successes and failures. My nanaji had to mortgage his house after the failure of Mera Naam Joker. They were happy and surprised that I did it on my own.There were articles on how nepotism played a role in you getting the three-film deal. The first impression people get is that he comes from a film family, has a YRF film, so there has to be some nepotism. When I was presented in front of the media, I was very excited. Ranbir conducted the whole thing very well. I worked very hard for this film. I have broken my nose during the course of the film. I have given my blood and sweat. But every actor has to do it, it’s not just me. I went back home and celebrated with my family.advertisementNext day I woke up to front page news of people attacking the picture of me and my nana (Raj Kapoor). I have been very enamoured by my grandfather. My mother [Rima] used to play Mera Naam Joker ever so often. I never got to meet my grandfather but I hope somewhere he is inside me. The picture to me was symbolic of that sentiment. People took the picture literally.I was upset when I read the comments, some of them were very harsh and personal. I understand being a public figure you have to be thick-skinned which I am not right now because I am very new to the industry. I am not going to tell people that this is what I did to get it. I am going to come and let my work speak for itself. Your work defines you. I have great examples in my family who have proven themselves.Qaidi Band is a different debut in the sense that you are not a well- macho and dapper hero who dances and romances. You play a prisoner in this. When I first heard the script it was very revealing. My knowledge of jail was limited to Prison Break and The Shawshank Redemption until then. But hearing of life in jail and the under trial situation in our country really moved me. Habib Faisal told me about Machal Lalung, an Assamese man who spent 54 years in jail after which he was told that he hadn’t done any wrong and was released. The undertrials have no funds to afford lawyers. Habib Sir also mentioned the band Flying Souls and Tihar Idol.Everything is so real in this story which is what attracted me to this movie. It is informative and at the same engaging and entertaining. It is a performance-based movie. We got to learn so much. We weren’t allowed to see the monitor ever.  Habib Sir felt that we would get conscious because you are dirty. We drew inspiration from the singers, and picked up nuances of how they were singing. I didn’t know how to play the guitar but by the end of the film I knew how to play the chords of the film’s songs. Movies like this come rarely, the hero ones will come your way later.The first film of your brother, Armaan, didn’t do well. Similarly Saawariya and Refugee weren’t successes. What have you learned from these failures?I have seen the frustration that Armaan faced. You have to pick yourself up and fight. It is easier said than done because it is hard when you have failed.  Nepotism doesn’t matter. Film family doesn’t guarantee you success. There have been people in my family who have not been successful. You may have a connection to probably meet a casting director, but you have to audition and show your talent. If they don’t like it, they go on to next.advertisementPHOTOS | Who are Aadar Jain and Anya Singh, the new YRF faces?ALSO READ | Ranbir Kapoor on cousin Aadar Jain: He will have to face the nepotism debate ALSO WATCH: Amitabh appreciates Ranbir’s acting at India Today Unforgettableslast_img read more

Puducherry becomes associate member of BCCI

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (COA) has cleared Puducherry’s associate membership in the Indian cricket board (BCCI).Out of the three parties claiming to represent Puducherry in the BCCI, the Supreme Court-appointed COA decided the matter in favour of Cricket Association of Puducherry (CAP).The BCCI, in its SGM earlier this month, had approved Puducherry’s associate membership.”The COA is of the view that there is no reason not to accept the recommendation of the Affiliation Committee and grant affiliation to the CAP. The submission made and documents submitted by the claimants do not disclose any reason, let alone compelling reasons, to reject the Affiliation Committee’s recommendation which has been made after two visits to Puducherry.”Accordingly, the decision of the COA is that the CAP should be granted associate membership for the Union Territory of Puducherry,” said the COA.last_img read more

WATCH: Best early UCL goals ever

first_imgReal Madrid WATCH: My GOTW – The best early goals in UEFA Champions League history Goal 18:47 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gareth Bale Legia Warsaw Real Madrid Champions League Getty Images Real Madrid Milan UEFA Champions League Gareth Bale Videos The series continues with a look at two of the greatest early strikes the European stage has ever witnessed — but which do you think was the best? The UEFA Champions League has produced some of the greatest goals in football history – and some arrived strikingly early.Last year Gareth Bale ensured Real Madrid were faster out of the blocks than Usain Bolt when they travelled to Legia, the Welshman firing home an unstoppable strike inside the first minute.But was it better than Alexandre Pato’s versus Barcelona? Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. There were just 18 seconds on the clock in 2011 when then-Milan striker Pato picked up in midfield and flicked on the afterburners, searing through Barcelona’s high-press before a cool finish that shocked the Camp Nou.Goal have been putting the questions to some keen observers, asking them to debate which was their Goal of the Week, brought to you by Nissan.Cheeky Sport Joel and Cheeky Sport Dave got together ahead of Matchday 3 to relieve these two memorable moments from Europe’s elite club competition.Throughout the group stage, we will be discussing what makes a great goal and you can have your say by voting for which of these two you think was the best.Goal of the WeekAhead of this week’s UEFA Champions League action we’re looking at some of the earliest strikes ever seen in the competition! Which one do you prefer?Posted by Nissan Excitement FC on Wednesday, October 18, 2017Don’t forget you can vote for Goal of the Week from Thursday morning with Nissan!last_img read more

Another Preseason Top 25 Poll Has Been Released

first_imgA general view of Georgia's football stadium.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brett Davis – Pool/Getty Images)With fall camp in full swing nationwide and Week 1 right around the corner, the time is now for new college football preseason top 25 polls to be released.The preseason Coaches Poll’ was released last week. The AP is set to drop its final preseason top 25 on August 20, and earlier today, Sports Illustrated unveiled its rankings.Now, CBS Sports’s top 25 has been published. Alabama and Clemson lead the way, followed by Georgia, Ohio State and Wisconsin.You can see the full top 10 below:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOhio StateWisconsinWashingtonOklahomaPenn StateAuburnMichigan StateAt first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything that catches the eye in this top 10. All the teams look like they belong, any debate is likely to be about where a team should be placed, not that it doesn’t belong in this group.You can see the entire CBS Top 25 here, as well as the rest of their 1-129 rankings here.For a look at The Spun’s preseason top 25, click here.last_img read more

Pausing on the Journey to Economic Equality

first_imgThe achievement of economic equality remains a prime concern fortoday’s women, with good reason. In Nova Scotia, women who work full time earn just 72 cents forevery dollar earned by men. About 60 per cent of women work in the retail and service sector.This often entails precarious employment with few or no benefits.Occupations in science, trade and technology offer higher wages,greater security and better benefits. Getting more women intothose occupations is a key to improving their economic security. “Women are starting to look at these fields and employers arestarting to recognize women’s abilities and contributions,” saidCarolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Nova ScotiaAdvisory Council on the Status of Women. “It’s still fairly newand we have to keep working at bringing the two together. As wehead toward International Women’s Day (March 8), it’s a good timeto reflect on the work we’re already doing and recognize there isstill work to be done.” Encouraging girls and women to enter well-paying occupations iscritical. Only five per cent of apprentices in Nova Scotia arewomen, with most of those apprenticing in cooking. Employers inconstruction, trucking and the plastics and petroleum industriesare beginning to recognize that there is an untapped pool ofworkers: women. The advisory council intends to work with industry and business,with community organizations, with the education sector, withfederal and provincial governments to make sure that women findtheir way to well-paid work. One initiative is Techsploration, which exposes Grade 9 girls totrades and technology occupations through major support from theDepartment of Education and private sector sponsors across NovaScotia. The advisory council will also join with community andgovernment partners to lead women to apprenticeable trades andtechnological careers. “It’s also important that women and women’s organizations recoupsome of the losses endured in the 1990s,” said Doreen Paris,chair of the advisory council. “Women need once more to beconsidered a designated group for purposes of employment equity.Federal training initiatives must be available to more women thanjust those who are eligible for employment insurance. Finally, wealso need to make sure that paid maternity, parental andcompassionate care leaves are more widely available, for exampleto women entrepreneurs.” As International Women’s Day approaches, women are meeting aroundthe globe to mark accomplishments and to remind themselves ofprogress yet to be made. For example, in New York, the 49th session of the Commission onthe Status of Women is meeting to review progress made on women’sissues since the Beijing Declaration was signed 10 years ago. Thedeclaration is a plan for action on women’s equality. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women champions equality,fairness and dignity for all women, every day of the year.International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate theachievements of women, to pause on the journey toward equality,to recommit to the next steps.last_img read more

Federal BC governments consider options to help salmon blocked by landslide

first_imgCLINTON, B.C. — A system of pressurized tubes known as a “salmon cannon” is among the options the British Columbia and federal governments are considering to help fish trapped by a rock slide in the Fraser River.The slide in late June created a five-metre waterfall in a remote area near Big Bar, northwest of Kamloops, and it’s blocking the majority of some hundreds of thousands of chinook salmon from migrating upstream to spawn.Experts from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and provincial ministries have established an incident command post at the site and the governments released a list Monday of the various solutions they’re considering.The options include continuing to use acoustic monitoring and radio tags to track fish passage, moving rocks to create a natural fish access or installing a prefabricated temporary fish passageway or structure.They’re also considering installing a so-called “salmon cannon,” which uses flexible pressurized tubes to move fish from below an obstruction to above it, or trapping the fish and transporting them via truck or helicopter.The governments say each of the options come with potential benefits, risks and possible consequences and are being comprehensively assessed with input from affected First Nations.“Action will not be taken until rock stability is confirmed and the river bank directly below where the slide occurred is deemed operable,” they say in the document released Monday.Officials are facing a tight timeline to implement a solution as more fish populations are expected to arrive beginning in early August, including a million or more sockeye salmon.Because of the slide, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced new restrictions last week for recreational chinook salmon fishing that came into effect Monday. The department said the restrictions were necessary to offset the “potential for permanent loss of these chinook populations.”The restrictions set a maximum size limit of 80 centimetres for chinook salmon that can be caught in areas where recreational fishing is open.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Shortages hit Cuba, raising fears of new economic crisis

BAUTA, Cuba — After two decades of relative stability fueled by cheap Venezuelan oil, shortages of food and medicine have once again become a serious daily problem for millions of Cubans.Stores no longer routinely stock eggs, flour, chicken, cooking oil, rice, powdered milk and ground turkey, among other products. These basics disappear for days or weeks. Hours-long lines appear within minutes of trucks showing up with new supplies. Shelves are empty again within hours.A plunge in aid from Venezuela and poor performances in sectors including nickel mining, sugar and tourism have left the communist state $1.5 billion in debt to the vendors that supply products ranging from frozen chicken to equipment for grinding grain into flour, according to former Economy Minister José Luis Rodríguez.Andrea Rodriguez And Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press read more

Co-Founder Chris Hughes: Time to break up Facebook

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it’s time to break up the social media behemoth.He says in a New York Times opinion piece that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has allowed a relentless focus on growth to crush competitors and “sacrifice security and civility for clicks.”Hughes says Facebook is a monopoly and should be forced to spin off WhatsApp and Instagram. He says future acquisitions should be banned for several yearsHughes roomed with Zuckerberg at Harvard and left Facebook in 2007 to campaign for Barack Obama.He says he liquidated his Facebook shares in 2012, the year he became publisher of The New Republic.Last year, Hughes published a book advocating a universal basic income. In 2017, Forbes put his net worth at more than $400 million.The Associated Press read more

Security Council agrees to delay Côte dIvoire elections until at latest October

In a statement read by this month’s president, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, the Council took particular note of the AU Peace and Security Council’s request to strengthen the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).”The Security Council expresses its intention to consider whether to provide additional resources to UNOCI, based on careful study of conditions in the country and of evidence of meaningful progress toward implementation of long-standing commitments under Linas-Marcoussis and other relevant agreements,” the Council President said.The Council fully supported the forthcoming visit to the region of the Chair of the UN Sanctions Committee and underlined that the purpose was to assess the progress made by all parties towards implementing their commitments.The Security Council was briefed on the situation in the West African country yesterday by Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Pierre Schori, UN High Representative for the Elections Antonio Monteiro, Foreign Minister Oluyemi Adeniji of Nigeria, the AU chair, and AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Saïd Djinnit.Today’s statement voiced the Council’s continued support for AU efforts to promote peace and stability in Côte d’Ivoire, in particular those of South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is the AU mediator, AU Chairman Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and regional leaders.The Security Council reaffirmed that it endorsed the Linas-Marcoussis, Accra III and Pretoria Agreements, and demanded that all the parties who signed those peace agreements implement their commitments fully and without delay.It also welcomed the forthcoming visit to Côte d’Ivoire of a high-level delegation led by Presidents Obasanjo and Mbeki and urged all the Ivorian parties to cooperate fully in ensuring the early appointment of an acceptable Prime Minister, and to guarantee, with UN support, the organization of free, fair, open, transparent and credible elections no later than 30 October 2006. read more

UN makes declaration of digital interdependence with release of tech report

Women must have ‘a seat at the table’The launch of the report was marked with a live Webchat, featuring Mr. Guterres, Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of the Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group, and Melinda Gates, co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.For Jack Ma, digital technology is helping to make globalization more inclusive. Giving the example of his own digital company, Alibaba, Mr. Ma said that of the 10 million small businesses selling products via his online platforms, 50 per cent of the most effective “power sellers”, are women. Mr. Ma claimed that most of the fears surrounding the internet come from the more developed economies which want to “hold on to yesterday”, whilst in China, and African countries, young people are less afraid of the future.Melinda Gates insisted that women must have a “seat at the table, as the creators of society”, pointing out that women entrepreneurs currently receive just 6% of venture capital funding for digital start-ups. Regarding fears over inadequate internet governance, Ms. Gates acknowledged that this is a legitimate concern, but noted that the technology sector is coming together to self-govern and collaborate. Smart regulation, however, is also necessary to solve problems.Mr. Guterres recalled that the growth of the internet began with a “naïve optimism”, but inequalities have actually grown. He called for digital technology to be used for a “quantum leap” in global development, and for everyone to have access to the internet. Without a huge commitment and investment in digital inclusion, he said, conflicts and mistrusts will grow.‘The longer we wait, the further we will fall behind’: UN chiefThe Secretary-General also spoke at an informal meeting of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters on Monday, at which he urged Member States to closely study the report, and expressed his hopes that it will stimulate an “urgent and open debate between governments, the private sector, civil society and others on how we move forward together safely in the age of digital interdependence”.The United Nations itself, as the “multilateral system of the digital age”, said the UN Chief, is “unprepared and needs to catch up”, he said, adding that, every day, he sees ways that digital tech can help the UN to achieve its mission of peace, human rights and sustainable development.However, he also sees daily examples of the disruption that digital technology can cause and the threats it can bring to that mission. “The international community is failing to meet its responsibilities. The systems for governance of digital technology are old, fragmented and reactive. The longer we wait to update these systems, the further we will fall behind.”The 20-strong High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation is co-chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, with members drawn from a diverse group of independent experts, including US internet pioneer Vint Cerf, and South Korea-based digital marketing mastermind Sophie Eom. The Panel was created to fulfil the UN chief’s wish to include input from industry and the private sector, as well as governments, academia, civil society and inter-governmental organizations, in tackling the challenges of the digital age. The launch included a “declaration of digital interdependence” on the part of the study’s authors, which describes humanity as being “in the foothills” of the digital age. It also lays out the risks faced by mankind, such as exploitative behaviour by private companies, a failure to realize human potential, and the stifling of necessary regulation.The declaration outlines the Panel’s belief that cooperation in the digital space is paramount, as individuals, institutions, corporations and governments cannot manage digital developments alone, and that global aspirations and vulnerabilities are “deeply interconnected and interdependent”.The report explores the ways that digital technology can help achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; how digital tech relates to human rights and security; and models for digital cooperation between different parts of society. Several recommendations are contained within the report, based on the three main areas.Inclusivity, trust and cooperation in the digital futureAt a time when around half the world’s population still has no access to the Internet, the panel calls for every adult to have affordable access to digital networks, as well as digitally-enabled financial and health services, by 2030.Women and marginalized groups must be supported, says the Panel, with specific policies adopted to ensure their full “digital inclusion”, and internationally recognized ways to measure inclusiveness must be established.In order to protect human rights, the report recommends that the Secretary-General should conduct a global review of the ways in which human rights norms apply to digital technology, and calls on social media companies to cooperate fully in responding to human rights concerns.Trust issues should be addressed with a “Global Commitment on Digital Trust and Security”, and new forms of global cooperation should be developed by the UN Secretary-General, said the Panel, based on the report recommendations.We must consider the type of world that we want the next generation to live in. We must work together so that the digital space that they inherit is safe, fair and inclusive.My thanks to @MelindaGates, Jack Ma and the entire #DigitalCooperation Panel for their new report.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) June 10, 2019 read more

Pence vows unwavering support for Nato as he receives praise from Bono

first_img Updated 6.02pmRUSSIA HAS CALLED for an end to an outdated world order dominated by the West, just hours after US Vice President Mike Pence pledged Washington’s “unwavering” commitment to its transatlantic allies in Nato.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov laid out a diametrically opposed global vision and offered “pragmatic” ties with the United States, a short time after Pence vowed to stand with Europe to rein in a resurgent Moscow.“I hope that (the world) will choose a democratic world order – a post-West one – in which each country is defined by its sovereignty,” said Lavrov.The time when the West called the shots was over while Nato was a relic of the Cold War, he said.In its place, Moscow wanted a relationship with Washington that is “pragmatic with mutual respect and acknowledgement of our common responsibility for global stability”.The two countries had never been in direct conflict, he said, and were close neighbours across the Bering Straits.Moscow has been impatiently waiting for US President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to improve ties which plunged to a post-Cold War low as Barack Obama slapped on sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s alleged meddling in Trump’s election. Russian Foreign Minister (right) walking ahead of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the event. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and voiced his willingness to work with him in fighting terrorism.But in the face of growing heat over its links to Moscow, Trump’s administration appears to be backing off the warmer words used earlier for the former Cold War foe.‘Greatest ally’Exasperated and worried by Trump’s calling into question long-standing foreign policy assumptions, European leaders have warned Washington not to take transatlantic ties for granted.On a European roadshow this week, Trump’s lieutenants have sought to reassure jittery allies that the administration will hold fast to existing foreign policies, including maintaining sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.Hours before Lavrov addressed the Munich Security Conference, Pence told the same forum that the United States will stay loyal to its old friends.“The United States is and will always be your greatest ally. Be assured that President Trump and our people are truly devoted to our transatlantic union,” Pence said. Pence speaks during the conference. Source: Matthias Schrader AP/Press Association ImagesThe US would also not relent in pushing Russia to honour the Minsk ceasefire accords with Ukraine, he said.The United States will continue to hold Russia accountable, even as we search for new common ground, which as you know, President Trump believes can be found.At Nato headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Defence Secretary James Mattis said Russia must first “prove itself” and respect international law before there could be any improvement in relations strained by Moscow’s Ukraine intervention and annexation of Crimea.Mattis also said the transatlantic bond was “as strong as I’ve ever seen it”, and emphasised that America remained “rock solid” in its support of Article 5 — Nato’s core “one for all, all for one” collective defence pledge.Likewise, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated he would take a tough line in his dealings with Russia.Following his first meeting with Lavrov in Bonn on Thursday, Tillerson said the US would cooperate with Moscow but only when doing so “will benefit the American people”.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been a key player in mediating talks between Ukraine and Russia, said it was “regrettable” that Europe had not managed to reach a stable relationship with Russia over the last 25 years.“I will not give up on finding a way for better relations with Russia despite our different views on many questions,” she said, championing international cooperation rather than a policy of isolationism.“In a year in which we see unimaginable challenges we can either work together or retreat to our individual roles. I hope that we will find a common position,” she said.Unlikely meetingPence also had a surprise meeting with Bono at the Munich summit. By AFP 73 Comments US Vice President Mike Pence pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at today’s conference. Short URL Pence meets with Bono at #MSC2017. Bono: “You’re the second-busiest man on earth.”— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) February 18, 2017 Source: Ken Thomas/Twitter Share77 Tweet Email Pence vows ‘unwavering’ support for Nato as he receives praise from Bono at European meeting “The United States will continue to hold Russia accountable,” the Vice President said. Feb 18th 2017, 6:02 PM Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 6:02 PM 18,078 Views The U2 frontman joked that he was meeting the “second busiest man on Earth”, before praising the Vice President for twice supporting bills in Congress which provided AIDS medicines to African nations.Twice, from the House Floor, you defended that. That’s how we know you.Reporters were then escorted away from the pair.- © AFP, 2017Read: Donald Trump evokes historical propagandists and labels media ‘enemy of the American people’Read: American cities staged a ‘day without immigrants’ this week – here’s what happened US Vice President Mike Pence pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at today’s conference. Image: Matthias Schrader AP/Press Association Images Image: Matthias Schrader AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Facebook apparaît sur Bing

first_imgFacebook apparaît sur BingÉtats-Unis – Bing intègre désormais les statuts et pages Facebook dans les résultats de ses recherches. Mais aucun nom n’est affiché à l’écran.Bing Social est le nouveau service du moteur de recherche de Microsoft. Il permet d’afficher les statuts et pages Facebook des utilisateurs partageant toutes leurs données. Sur la page Bing, aucun nom ni photo n’est divulgué par souci de confidentialité. Le moteur de recherche a établi le même partenariat avec le concurrent du premier site communautaire, Twitter. Bing suit ainsi le chemin emprunté par Google, qui indexait déjà les résultats de Facebook. La page d’accueil du moteur de recherche devrait bientôt être modifiée pour s’adapter à ces nouvelles fonctionnalités.Le 10 juin 2010 à 14:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Moustique deux odorats pour détecter et sélectionner ses proies

first_imgMoustique : deux odorats pour détecter et sélectionner ses proiesÉtats-Unis – Alors que la dengue continue de gagner du terrain aux Antilles, des chercheurs ont découvert que les moustiques étaient dotés de deux types d’odorat leur permettant de repérer leurs proies, dont nous faisons malheureusement partie.Vecteur de la dengue ou du paludisme, le moustique est doté de différents types de capteurs olfactifs. C’est ce que révèlent dans un article à paraître dans la revue en ligne PLoS Biology des chercheurs de l’Université Vanderbilt, aux États-Unis.Les moustiques choisissent leurs proies en fonction des odeurs qu’elles émettent, c’est pourquoi leurs capacités olfactives intéressent tant les chercheurs. Savoir ce qui les attire ou à l’inverse les répugne est primordial pour apprendre à les éloigner, et donc à protéger l’Homme des maladies que ces diptères transmettent. D’importantes recherches sont en cours depuis une dizaine d’années sur l’olfaction des insectes. Elles ont notamment mis au jour une famille très diversifiée de récepteurs olfactifs localisés sur les antennes du moustique. A ce jour, quelque 75 récepteurs différents ont été identifiés. Ils sont reliés à des nerfs sensoriels qui réagissent quand une molécule s’y fixe. Parmi les nombreux tests réalisés, certains ont permis de confirmer que le DEET, le répulsif le plus commercialisé, agit bien en activant l’un de ces récepteurs.Cette découverte n’explique toutefois pas comment les moustiques identifient les odeurs caractéristiques des humains comme l’ammoniac, l’acide lactique ou l’aminobutane. Si leur système nerveux est activé par ces odeurs, aucun des récepteurs ne semble en effet être à l’origine de cette reconnaissance des molécules. Ce qui tend à prouver que les moustiques sont dotés d’une deuxième série de capteurs olfactifs.L’étude montre que l’insecte possède une seconde famille de récepteurs moléculaires indépendants. Baptisés récepteurs ionotropiques, ils ont récemment été identifiés chez la mouche drosophile. Des expériences ont en effet permis de confirmer qu’ils sont bien sensibles à l’aminobutane. Si cela n’a pas encore été prouvé, les chercheurs pensent que les autres composés humains sont probablement eux aussi reconnus par ces récepteurs.  “Il y a de bonnes chances que ce nouvel ensemble de récepteurs soit spécialement optimisé pour détecter un certain nombre de molécules odorantes émis par les humains” explique R. Pitts Jason, étudiant et coauteur de l’étude. “Si tel est le cas, alors il est fort probable qu’il jouera un rôle crucial dans les tentatives de développer des leurres ou des répulsifs pour contrôler la propagation du paludisme” souligne-t-il.Le 2 septembre 2010 à 16:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

FARABA COMMISSION Programme Manager Qtv Testifies

first_imgBY KEBBA MAMBURAYOn the 1st of August 2018, Essa Jallow appeared before the Commission which was set up by the president to probe into the unfortunate incident of that fateful day of June 18th 2018, when live bullets was sprayed on unarmed demonstrators, leaving three people or more dead and scores seriously injured.In his testimony, Mr. Jallow told the Commission that on the incident of the 18th June 2018 he was called and informed that there was an incident in Faraba Banta but the caller couldn’t tell him what was happening. He said he then told a reporter, Sarjo Brito, about the happenings in Faraba Banta who then told him that there was a report of fatality.He said he then decided to go to Faraba Banta in the company of a reporter, a camera man and a driver to cover the unfortunate incident. As they took off to Faraba, along the way they met with two ambulances going towards the Brikama end but they decided to proceed instead of following the ambulance.Upon their arrival at Faraba Banta, Mr. Jallow said some youths stopped them and told them that they should be careful because the place is dangerous. He further said, a few minutes later, a large crowd approached them and asked them what they were doing there? He said he told them that they came to cover the incident. He added that he requested someone from the crowd to accompany them to the mining site, then someone volunteered and took them.As they reached the site, he said he saw a burning grader and a truck that had already been set on fire and further explained that he saw another truck that was already loaded with sand which was also set ablaze. Then a gentleman, who claimed to be the driver of one the trucks persuaded him to go and see another truck that was burning at the other side of the mining site. He said he then decided to interview their escort who explained to them what had happened.Then he said on their way to interview some villagers, they saw some angry youth vandalizing one compound and he asked the camera man to film. But as they were filming he said he told the camera man to stop filming because he was worried that the issue might get worse based on his instincts as well as being worried about the safety of the camera man.He said during the vandalizing, he saw a boy holding a heavy metal and destroying the walls, so they went back to their vehicle and told the escort to arrange an interview for them. He added that he interviewed the VDC Chairman and a lady who claimed that her son was one of the victims who died during the incident. He said during the interview with some of the villagers, he saw some youth burning some household items at the village Bantaba.last_img read more

HAARP schedules first experiments since UAF takeover

first_imgHAARP antenna array in Gakona, AK (Photo courtesy of the US Airforce)Experiments are scheduled through the end of the month at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program or HAARP facility. It’s the first time science is being conducted at the ionospheric research station in Gakona since the University of Alaska Fairbanks took it over from the Air Force in 2015.Listen nowThe UAF Geophysical Institute has spent the last two years overhauling generators, antenna and other equipment that’s used to stimulate the electrically charged area of the upper atmosphere. GI spokesperson Sue Mitchell highlights two of the projects that are part of the upcoming federally-funded research campaign at HAARP.“One of the projects will create an artificial aurora,” Mitchell said. “It will not be visible by the naked eye but should be able to pick it up with cameras. And then they’re testing the feasibility of using HAARP to do some over-the-horizon radar applications, take a look at the sea ice on the Arctic ocean, perhaps by bouncing transmissions off of the ionosphere.”Mitchell said HAARP is being operated on a pay-as-you-go basis, similar to the Poker Flat Rocket launch facility it runs for NASA. She said HAARP is expected to be on line for less than a day during this first run of projects because it’s costly to operate.“The rate for running HAARP runs about $5,000 an hour,” Mitchell said. “The generators are very expensive. It’d take a lot of fuel to run per hour, so that’s the main cost.”The generators energize HAARP’s 3.6 megawatt transmitter, beaming signals through 180 antenna into the ionosphere, 50 to 600 miles above the earth’s surface. Mitchell said the public can track what’s going on through HAARP’s Facebook page. It’s part of an effort to debunk lingering conspiracy theories about what happens at the former military research facility. Those theories include weather and mind control.“This is a fantastic research facility,” Mitchell said. “It is not capable of all the things that it’s been accused of, but it a really fascinating and interesting and powerful research tool.”Agencies funding this month’s HAARP research projects include the National Science Foundation, The Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Naval Research laboratory. UAF-based researchers are involved in the projects.last_img read more