Perasol urges UP community to rally behind Maroons ‘come what may’

first_imgUP head coach Bo Perasol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol on Monday called for unity within the UP community a day after the Fighting Maroons’ blowout loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.In a letter, Perasol also expressed his need to be better at keeping his emotions in check on the heels of his emotional outburst against a referee during the third quarter of UP’s 89-63 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics UP’s campaign resumes against Far Eastern University on Sunday.Full letter here:I know that there are those who are unconditionally behind me as coach regarding my behavior during the UP-Ateneo game and many who are cursing me to high heavens for my fighting stance, to the point that I ended up being ejected. Many in the UP community expect so much from this Maroons team for Season 82. I don’t blame them. Truth to tell, though, more than any true-blooded Isko or Iska, I as coach expect so much from this present line up. I am, as coach, in charge of what the players will ever become at the end of the season, as champions or mere contenders with nothing to show for despite the huge build up we made. Indeed, to the players, marquee or not, go all the praises when we win, and every time we lose its all my fault as the coach. I accept that with all humility, together with all the harsh words that go with every defeat that we suffer. But more than these untold sufferings, its about time that we all realise the fact that the UP Men’s Basketball Team will never be champions simply because we are all cheering for them, praising them for the wins, but bashing them to no end for not beating their opponents.It’s time we all realize that we all, players or supporters, should pick up the pieces when we lose and not beat each other up to pieces when we do not come out victorious. We have to be behind each other, come what may, through thick or thin, rather than be at each other’s throat when we lose by one point or by 26 points. If a win is a win so long as we scored more than an opponent, then a loss is a loss even if the margin is 26 points or more. I am not perfect, and I will never be even if i did not end up being thrown out for losing my temper or failing to call the shots against all odds. I coach not only for myself or for my players, but for the entire UP community who were watching the game live at the Araneta Coliseum or at their homes. I know that if I do not deliver now and go all the way in Season 82, then I have no business being at the bench of the UP Maroons any minute longer.The season is not lost just because we lost our last game. Definitely, we are not yet done with Season 82 due to my ejection over what I view as both poor and biased officiating. I paid the price for my reaction by not being able to coach the rest of the game. I do need to do better when confronted with a similar situation. The greater challenge now is for me, the players and everyone in the UP community to rise above what happened. We have to take the last game as a wake up call, something that should spring us back to life and to the reality that much work needs to be done. The focus should not be on one incident, one play, one non-call or one game, but rather, all our eyes should be on the prize. I intend to lead the entire UP Men’s Basketball Team to victory in Season 82. It is my sacred duty, not only as a coach, but a proud Iskolar ng Bayan, to keep on fighting up to the very end of the season till the prize is won and the championship trophy is lifted for all Iskos and Iskas to bask on for the greater glory of the one and only “Unibersidad ng Pilipinas”. Should this not happen and if I fall terribly short, then, and only then, that you can blame it on me and the buck stops at me. For now, we will continue to Fight and Win for ourselves, the team, the supporters and the entire UP community. Let the second round begin! 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I don’t blame them. Truth to tell, though, more than any true-blooded Isko or Iska, I as coach expect so much from this present line up.”Perasol added the Maroons have a lot of work to do and they are just getting started with the second round of the season tipping off on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s time we all realize that we all, players or supporters, should pick up the pieces when we lose and not beat each other up to pieces when we do not come out victorious. We have to be behind each other, come what may, through thick or thin, rather than be at each other’s throat when we lose by one point or by 26 points,” Perasol said.“I am not perfect, and I will never be even if i did not end up being thrown out for losing my temper or failing to call the shots against all odds. I coach not only for myself or for my players, but for the entire UP community who were watching the game live at the Araneta Coliseum or at their homes. I know that if I do not deliver now and go all the way in Season 82, then I have no business being at the bench of the UP Maroons any minute longer.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Perasol drew flak for charging at a game official that led to his ejection in the third period.READ: Perasol sorry after losing cool in UP loss to Ateneo MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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B V P Rao elected archery association president

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) B V P Rao was Saturday elected president of the Archery Association of India in the controversial polls held here under a High Court-appointed administrator. Rao, who represented Archery Association of Assam, beat Rupak Debroy of Tripura by 49 votes to 36 in the contest for the president’s post at the elections held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. A retired IAS office of Assam cadre, Rao earlier served as vice president of the archery association of the northeastern state. He was also earlier associated with Sports Authority of India in various capacities. For the last four years, he served as an Advisor to Telengana government before resigning to contest for the AAI top job. He had also fought elections unsuccessfully against Vijay Kumar Malhotra, who served as AAI President for 40 years from 1973 to 2012, when it was de-recognised by the government for not following the sports code. Maha Singh was elected as secretary while D K Vidyarthi won the contest for treasurer. Sunil Sharma was elected senior vice-president while Rajendra Singh Tomar and Purnima Mahato will be the vice presidents. No observer from the Indian Olympic Association and Sports Ministry was present during the much-delayed elections, which were held under controversial circumstances as both bodies wanted the polls to be postponed. But the Delhi High Court-appointed administrator and returning officer S Y Quraishi was adamant on conducting the polls on Saturday as per a Supreme Court’s directive. The Sports Ministry, IOA and the current interim office bearers of AAI had objected to certain clauses in the amended constitution submitted by Quraishi, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India.advertisement Their objections are based on the ground that the amended constitution, in parts, did not tally with the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011. Quraishi’s amended constitution focusses on the revised draft of the sports code and Justice Lodha’s recommendations for the BCCI. After his election to the top job, Rao said he would work hard to help Indian archers win the elusive Olympic medal. “I will focus the management of archery in the country which suffered a lot for the last several years,” he said. Rao had announced a seven-point action before the elections. IOA officials refused to comment on the elections of the AAI as they were held under the supervision of the court. After the elections, several Olympian and international archers such as Dola Banerjee, Limba Ram, Purnima Mahato, Chekrovolu Swuro and Bheigyabati Chanu, under the banner of Archers Commission of India, wrote a letter to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, requesting to grant recognition to AAI. “We would like to inform you that today is a historic day in the 45 years of existence of the AAI as the elections were conducted in a democratic way. This election will be a landmark as sportspersons like us got the right to vote in a sports association to choose its leaders,” the letter said. “Now that these elections are held according to Sports Code, you are requested to to grant recognition so that the sport of archery will not suffer any more,” it added. The former archers also requested the minister for a meeting to discuss issues relating to the establishment of Archers Commission of India. PTI PDS AHlast_img read more

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LE MARS FIREWORKS SHOW POSTPONED TO FRIDAY

first_imgA rainy 4th of July resulted in Le Mars officials deciding to post-pone their 2018 Sky Show Fireworks program until Friday evening at 10:00 p.m.Le Mars received over an inch of rain Wednesday and officials feared with the soggy wet grounds, vehicles would tear up the Plymouth County Fairgrounds parking area.So you have one more chance to watch a fireworks show on Friday, July 6th at 10:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Le Mars.last_img

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Football transfer rumours: Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam to Manchester United?

first_imgFootball features Share on WhatsApp Eden Hazard has always been coy when quizzed about the possibility of a move to Real Madrid, while simultaneously managing to convey the impression that he would very much like a move to the Spanish capital. He is likely to be nonplussed by speculation suggesting that Real are going off the idea of signing him due to a recent slump in his form that has, unsurprisingly, coincided with a series of poor performances by Chelsea. If Real have lost interest, it could spell good news for Marco Asensio, who is five years younger than Hazard, already on Real’s books and has made no secret of his frustration at being a bit-part player under Zinedine Zidane. The young playmaker was a 75th minute substitute in his side’s quarter-final first leg win over Juventus on Tuesday night in Turin, where he will have been frustrated at having had to watch from the bench as Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a breathtaking bicycle-kickAlmost certainly out of this season’s Champions League barring the most unlikely of miracles, Juve are also concerned about the refusal of Emre Can to commit his future to them despite their long courtship of the Liverpool midfielder. Out of contract at Anfield at the end of this season, Can had been expected to sign for the Serie A champions, but his silence on the subject of his next move has prompted concerns in Turin that he is holding out for a better offer from Manchester City or Real Madrid. Resigned to losing their man, who looks to have lost his race to be fit for Wednesday night’s mouthwatering Champions League match against Manchester City, Liverpool have identified Cagliari’s 21-year-old midfielder Nicolò Barella as a potential replacement. Read more Football transfer rumours: Iker Casillas to leave Porto for Liverpool? Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Twittercenter_img Rumour mill Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger To France, where word is percolating that the Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam will be the subject of a bid from Manchester United this summer. Born in the Loire region’s Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, the Algeria international recently became a client of the agent Jorge Mendes and has also got antennae twitching at Liverpool and Chelsea. With Luke Shaw expected to leave Old Trafford this summer now that José Mourinho has successfully broken his spirit, Ghoulam is seen as the ideal character to provide competition for Ashley Young. The 27-year-old is contracted to Napoli until 2022 but has a reasonably cheap £22m release clause in his contract.Entitled to feel very pleased with the manner in which Davinson Sánchez has taken to life as a Premier League player, Tottenham are hoping his former Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt can make the transition from the Dutch top flight with similar ease. Aged only 18 but with more than 50 appearances for Ajax across the past two seasons, De Ligt has been identified as a potential replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who is expected to leave Spurs for pastures new and more lucrative this summer. Arsenal are also interested in the Dutch teenager, who already has five international caps to his name despite his tender years. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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‘The Mbappe of left-backs’ – Real Madrid’s new €48m star

first_imgIf any club has expertise to call upon when it comes to world-class left-backs, it is Real Madrid.For years, the club has called upon Marcelo, widely recognized as the best attacking full-back the game has to offer. He’s won it all during his time in Madrid, including four La Liga crowns and four Champions League titles.Although the search for a long-term replacement has likely taken Real Madrid to all four corners of the globe, the club has not had to look too far for the man who has emerged as a top target for the summer. That search has seen the club swoop for Ferland Mendy as the long-term answer for the club going forward. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A professional since 2015, when he broke through the ranks at Le Havre – the same club as the likes of Paul Pogba, Lassana Diarra and Riyad Mahrez were fostered – the 23-year-old has emerged as a key figure for Bruno Genesio’s side.Mendy’s rise has been astronomical. At the age of 21, he had made just 12 league appearances, all in the second tier for Le Havre. Two and a half years later, he finds himself a full international for France and having played a starring role in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition throughout Lyon’s Champions League push before a round of 16 defeat at the hands of Barcelona.“It’s true that everything’s happened very quickly since Le Havre, but I tell myself that it must go quicker!” he told France Football in January. “I have to continue with this dynamic.”Mendy spent time in Paris Saint-Germain’s youth ranks but was released due to a form of arthritis in his hip, forcing him to miss a good deal of football when he was aged 15, while he also lost his father at a young age.Ferland Mendy Lyon 2018-19“I’ve not had an easy journey, it’s true, but I’ve never given up,” he added. “Now I’m here. This burning desire to succeed, it’s in my character. I’ve always been like that.”Although a self-assured individual, sometimes branded as arrogant, Mendy is not someone who habitually speaks to the media. Instead, he expresses himself on the field, where he is a tireless piston down Lyon’s left flank.Perhaps inevitably, given his name and role, he is compared to Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy, who broke through at Le Havre in the two campaigns before his namesake arrived in Normandy.He offers a similar willingness to attack and comparable quality in the final third, even if this aspect of his game is not quite as polished as that of his compatriot.His marginal deficit in terms of his final ball – and it is marginal – is made up for with greater tactical awareness and solidarity at the other end of the park. And in some regards he is technically sounder, possessing a particularly capable right foot“He’s the Kylian Mbappe of the left-back role,” experienced agent Yvan Le Mee told France Football. “Contrary to popular belief, the left-back position is the most requested after that of a striker because they’re very difficult to find.“Mendy is good offensively and defensively, which is very rare. Balanced guys, who are exciting going forward and very strong at the back, are very rare. At his age, there’s no-one better.“Apart from Andy Robertson, who won’t move from Liverpool, there’s no such talented player in that role available, especially as Lucas Hernandez has a different profile.”  He has already proven he can cut it against the best, shining as Lyon defeated Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium in September and turning in a level of performance that arguably made him the best left-back in the group stage of the Champions League.Now, he faces up to the challenge of eventually replacing a legend and becoming another building block for a Real Madrid team looking to reinvent itself by bringing in the club’s next great full-back.last_img read more

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3 Wine Destinations You Need to Visit in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

first_img An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist This is vinocultural therapy at its finest. There’s no rush to splash through the wine. Visitors are encouraged to graze on local cheese and charcuterie while taking in sweeping views of the valley and coastlines. Even as haze engulfed the valley, the experience was still very easy on the eyes. If you’re lucky, you can meander downstairs to the limestone-filled basement tasting and event rooms that took over a year to build. The natural insulation packs in the cool air – and time.“It’s easy to lose a few hours in here,” our host said. The 20 minutes we spent perusing seemed to speed by in a flash.That’s the one thing to note about wine tasting in the Willamette Valley: It’s not to be rushed. Whether you visit the three we did, or design your own itinerary, each producer is proud of the literal fruits of their labor and will be happy to talk about the process as much as you’re willing to listen.So as you plan your next trip to Portland, take a look at the grapevines to the south. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you’ll discover. Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley What is Biodynamic Wine? A Quick and Easy Guide to the Buzzyworthy Trend center_img Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term Editors’ Recommendations If there were still any shroud to it, the secret’s out: Oregon’s Willamette Valley is one of the world’s premier wine destinations.Although relatively new in the wine world, the growers and producers stretching just south of Portland are redefining the industry’s accessibility to the average, novice drinker. There’s much more to the region than pinot noir (although there’s plenty of that to go around).Take Brooks Wines, for example. An unsuspecting hillside in Amity opens up to sweeping views of the Willamette Valley (so named for the river that runs through it) with a portfolio of exceptional rieslings and other white blends crafted by Jimi Brooks, who wanted to bring back a slice of Beaujolais wine tradition to Oregon. After Jimi’s tragic death, his son, Pascal, just eight years old at the time, inherited the winery.Along with a small staff, Pascal continues a tradition of using biodynamics and other natural processes to farm some of the most forward-thinking wines in the area. Brooks’ 2015 Riesling really takes on the essence of local fruits while being balanced enough to drink all afternoon.The 20-plus-acre grounds in the Eola Hills feel like a communal family farm with games and plenty of seating across a sprawling patio. The team has built a nice slate of programming, including Pizza Fridays (courtesy of a large pizza oven), yoga, and wine bingo, at which our host noted, “There’s not an empty seat in the house.”To continue that forward-thinking trend, head north on the maze of rural Oregon highways to Day Camp in Dundee.Winemaker Brianne Day opened the modern tasting room and production facility earlier this year as an effort to open the sometimes heavy doors of winemaking to smaller producers. While she creates her own range, the “Camp” is home to 10 other producers slowly plying their trade with small allocations.One mustn’t leave Day Wines without trying Day’s spectacular Mamacita, her take on a French pétillant naturel with luscious effervescence and rolling floral notes giving way to stone fruit on the finish. The juice was bottled towards the end of 2016, so we could only imagine it maturing and getting better with another year in the bottle.As much as the Willamette Valley is bit of an “everyman’s” wine region, the luxury it has it does very well. That’s no more apparent than at Domaine Serene’s stunning new Clubhouse in Dayton, just a quick drive from Dundee.Founders Grace and Ken Evenstad built the 34,000-square-foot house as a tribute to time they spent in Burgundy, France. They’re widely considered one of the founding families of Oregon’s luxury wine scene.The drive there feels like an escape into the French countryside. The entrance couldn’t be any more dramatic, with a single-lane driveway wandering through rows of grapes and a villa in the distance that slowly arrives on the horizon. The transition is instant; after getting out of your car, this no longer feels like an unusually smoky Oregon summer. It feels like a sultry Tuscan afternoon.While Domaine Serene has an extensive Member’s Club program with superior benefits and the opportunity to stay overnight in on-site accommodations, the grandiose main tasting room and patio are just as fulfilling. Large tables are placed sparingly along the stone floor with great care taken to build in space for the medley of current offerings and vintages you’ll taste. (Trust us, it’s easy to turn this into a multi-course tasting in a hurry).last_img read more

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Mayor of Oshawa Ont hopes report of GM closure is just a

first_imgThe Canadian Press OSHAWA, Ont. — The mayor of Oshawa, Ont., says he hopes reports of the pending closure of a General Motors plant in the city are “just a rumour.”CTV News reports that General Motors Canada plans to close its manufacturing plant in Oshawa, affecting thousands of jobs.Mayor John Henry says he has seen the published reports but hasn’t heard from the company — which is the city’s main employer.A spokeswoman for GM Canada said the company had no news to share Sunday night and would not comment on speculation.According to the company’s website, the Oshawa Assembly Plant employs 2,522 workers with Unifor Local 222.Henry says the economic impact of a closure would extend well beyond the plant itself.Jennifer French, who represents the city in the provincial legislature, says she finds the report of the plant closure “gravely concerning.”“If GM Canada is indeed turning its back on 100 years of industry and community — abandoning workers and families in Oshawa — then this is a callous decision that must be fought,” she said in a statement.last_img read more

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Cohen inquiry wraps up amid virus controversy

first_imgAPTN National NewsRobert Brown went from jail to the streets and back again for many years, until an incident late last year made him realize that something had to change.Brown took the next step and enrolled in the Housing First program. And thanks to Housing First, he’s now off the street, working, and successfully dealing with his issues.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has the story on Housing First and what it’s meant to many of the country’s homeless.last_img

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Deeply saddened by Daniel Pearls death Annan salutes journalists courage

‘The Secretary-General salutes the courage of Mr. Pearl and his colleagues around the world, and reiterates his long-standing commitment to the right of journalists to carry out their vital work without fearing for their security, freedom or life,’ said a statement released in New York this evening by Mr. Annan’s spokesman. ‘Where that right is threatened, all of us are placed at risk.’Through the statement, the Secretary-General also extended personal condolences to Mr. Pearl’s wife, family, colleagues and all others touched by this loss.

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US regulators Still heavy risk in big bank loans

by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 8:56 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US regulators: Still heavy risk in big bank loans WASHINGTON – Federal regulators say risk remains heavy in large loans made by banks and other financial institutions, though lending standards have improved.The Federal Reserve and other agencies cite increasing risks in loans to oil and gas producers as oil prices have fallen to three-month lows. The regulators said their latest examinations also showed continued high risk from loans made to companies that are already heavily in debt.The steep decline in oil prices has hurt many energy companies, making it harder for them to repay their loans. The amount of large oil and gas loans that are at risk of failing or already in default doubled in the first quarter from the same period in 2015, according to the agencies’ semi-annual review released Friday. Those loans jumped to $77 billion from $38.2 billion.Overall, the review found that loans at risk of failing or already in default, plus those showing potential weakness, remained high at 10.3 per cent of the total $4.1 trillion in large loans.That was up from 9.5 per cent of a total $3.9 trillion a year earlier.The review found that the level of problem loans remained higher than in previous periods of economic recovery and growth, raising concern that future loan losses could increase significantly in the near future.The regulators said banks have improved their lending standards for loans to heavily indebted companies — something they have been pushing banks to do.Loans in the oil and gas industry represent 12.3 per cent of total large loans outstanding.U.S. banks posted increased loan losses in the first quarter driven by a huge jump in delinquent energy loans.Oil prices have fallen dramatically over the past couple of years, touching levels not seen since the depths of the recession in 2009. They now are running around $41 a barrel for crude oil, down from a $100 high in mid-2014 — slicing into the profits of energy companies and putting projects on hold. As cash flow from oil sales has trickled, some companies are straining to repay their loans.Regulators are worried about a heavy load of risky loans weighing on institutions’ financial soundness and the potential threat to the broader banking system. By conducting the periodic reviews, they are seeking to prevent the kind of risk-taking that touched off the financial crisis in 2008.Through a series of rules for banks’ increased capital cushions against losses and other requirements, regulators have put into effect the tougher standards mandated by Congress in a 2010 financial overhaul law that responded to the crisis.The semi-annual review is conducted by examiners from the Fed, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. It examines large loans, defined as those worth at least $20 million that are made jointly by three or more financial institutions. read more

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UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Brazil

“I condemn the murder of João Miranda do Carmo,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a statement issued on 24 August. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice so as to protect journalists’ ability to continue contributing to informed public debate,” she added. Mr. do Carmo owned and edited SAD Sem Censura, a local news website. On the evening of 24 July, he was shot at his home in the city of Santo Antônio do Descoberto in the country’s Goiás state. UNESCO’s chief regularly issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States in 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” read more

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UN Africa forum launches highlevel migration panel to help create political momentum

Furthermore, border control measures and stringent policies also prevent Africa from realizing the benefits of migration, underscored Abdalla Hamdok, the Acting Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the launch of the High Level Panel on Migration in Africa. “Travel in Africa by Africans is curtailed by stringent visa requirements, excessive border controls and immigration restrictions,” said Mr. Hamdok, noting that it not only increased costs, but multiplied the risks that migrants are forced to undertake. “Data shows that less than three per cent of Africa’s population have migrated internationally and less than 12 per cent of the total migrant [population] in Europe are from Africa,” he added. On top of this, the issue of safe migration for the continent given that every year, thousands of migrants perish while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach mainland Europe. “Just last week, some forty young men and women died of thirst in the Sahara Desert, while trying to reach Europe,” said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who also chairs the High-Level Panel. Maureen Achieng from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) also shared this view. “Migration from Africa towards other regions is taking place in a much lower level than one might think,” she said. The 14-member High-Level Panel was established in April last year by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to push migration issues to the top of policy agenda by engaging major stakeholders and partners. Over the next few months, it will hold consultations at the national, regional and global levels and propose recommendations on building and sustaining broad political consensus on the implementation of the international migration development agenda, while taking into account the particular challenges of countries in conflict and post-conflict situations. The report will be submitted to the African Union Summit in July 2018. read more

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Record order book for intrinsic mine safety equipment supplier

first_imgMutech, based in Manchester, England, has announced a record order book. The company, which has 25 years experience in electronics design and manufacture of intrinsic safety equipment for leading companies worldwide, quoted a 40% increase for Q4 of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011. Business has expanded, particularly in the oil, gas and mining equipment markets, as Managing Director, Colin Cameron, explains: “We have increased our marketing and customer service in the core areas of hazardous and functional safety. Our growth is driven by an expanding international end user market.”The expanding order book is reflected in staff intake, which has increased by 20% over the last 12 months. Colin Cameron is keen to recognise the significance of high calibre personnel: “Our success has been powered by professional, motivated and valued people. The award of IIP Gold earlier this year proved that investing in personnel is the key to our long term goal of becoming a centre of excellence for our chosen specialist markets. And, very importantly, we still have huge potential for further innovation, development and growth.”Colin Cameron, who was elected Chairman of the important L/6/10* committee and who has recently returned from the international IECEx* series of meetings to discuss harmonisation with the industry, stresses the importance of certification for continued success in global markets: “The UK’s standards are currently seen as the benchmark and Mutech’s strategy is to work towards product certification for all its markets.”The company embraces the wide spectrum of electronics, from specification, circuit design, software development, through approvals and testing, to prototype and low volume production. A member of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) Mutech designs, builds and tests internationally approved products for customers in the fields of mining and other hazardous areas.*L/6/10 comprises manufacturers, users, certification and government bodies, offering a UK perspective to the international committee. L/6/10 is the sole route for UK input into the IECEx scheme.The L/6/10 committee reports to the British Electrotechnical Committee (BEC), the UK Committee for IEC. The L/6/10 is responsible for issues relating to the certification of electrical and mechanical equipment used in hazardous areas (the IECEx scheme), including the oil, gas, mining and landfill industries, as well as food and other process industries.IECEx is the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to standards relating to equipment for use in explosive atmospheres.last_img read more

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MineARC launches next generation refuge chambers

first_imgMineARC Systems latest model range of refuge chambers for the hard rock mine (HRM) industry is the HRM Series IV; “featuring the very latest in safe-refuge technology,” says Mike Lincoln, MineARC General Manager. The MineARC HRM range is now embedded worldwide; deployed in over 100 operations, in over 40 countries, on six continents. The HRM Series IV builds on the success of the Series III.  It’s now even safer, it’s smarter, and it’s easier to maintain and service.  We’ve also included a number of structural modifications that make it easier to position onsite.” A major upgrade is the new Series IV CO/CO2 (carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide) scrubbing system.  Gone are often cumbersome ‘free-pour’ chemicals – the Series IV now uses pre-packaged chemical canisters that are easy to load and handle, and store for long periods.“The prepackaged chemical canisters are already widely recognised and accepted within the industry.  The popular MineARC HRM-ELVP (extra-low-voltage-portable) range of refuge chambers already uses the canister system,”  says Lincoln. Another unique feature of the Series IV is the Intelligent Voice Audio Navigation system (iVAN).  The iVAN system is the onboard guide that ‘talks’ occupants through the operating procedures and alerts at important regular intervals that require action, such as scrubber chemical change outs and gas-level recordings.  iVAN can be programmed to speak in any language.Lincoln: “With the HRM Series IV we feel we’ve taken emergency refuge to the next level.  The self diagnostic capabilities, the new digital controller interface and the simplicity of the new scrubbing system are key to this”As with all its HRM chambers the Series IV was designed and refined in co-operation with some of the world’s leading mining companies, and complies in full with the 2009 West Australian Dept of Mines & Petroleum Guideline: Refuge Chambers in Metalliferous Mines.The New Series IV HRM is available in both standard and custom-engineered models.  The standard model range includes 8, 12, 16, 22, 26 and 32 person models. Lincoln: “The Series IV HRM had its ‘pre-launches’ at MINExpo in Las Vegas and at GME in Kalgoorlie in September/October 2012. Since then the response from industry has been very encouraging and we’ve already received a number of pre-orders both from Australia and internationally.” Key features of the new MineARC Series IV HRM refuge chamber include: Advanced digital controller interface with full chamber diagnostics capability12 hours self maintenance function including battery, scrubber and inverterFull remote systems monitoring, including live internal video streamInternal LCD monitor displays, USB port, PC docking stations and Ethernet connectivityAdvanced CO/CO2 scrubbing system with increased scrubbing/air flow capacityEasy to load pre-packaged scrubber chemical canisters (not free-pour)iVAN (Intelligent Voice Audio Navigation)‘Talks’ occupants through operating proceduresAlerts at regular intervals requiring actionAvailable in any languageBattery back-up (UPS) now upgradable to 96 hoursSeparate battery ‘string’ monitoring to pinpoint potential failures caused by surge/drainageImproved structural integrity and transport featuresImproved rear chamber housing providing added protection for air-conditioning unit, transformer and air filter kitRear escape hatch with internal and external accessImproved lifting lugs, skid-base and front end loader featuresBlast resistant optional to 15 PSI.last_img read more

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Im in the perfect place right now Pendred buzzing for UFC debut

first_imgCATHAL PENDRED’S ENTIRE mixed martial arts career has been geared towards this Saturday night.Or at least that’s how it must feel for the 26-year-old Dubliner.After beating everything that was put in front of him in the welterweight division of the top European promotion, Cage Warriors, he has been solely focused on one goal — becoming a UFC champion.‘The Punisher’ earned a place on season 19 of reality television show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, where he lived with the other contestants in Las Vegas and trained under the guidance of BJ Penn before losing out to eventual winner Eddie Gordon in the semi-final.The defeat would turn out to be a blessing in disguise, however, as it freed him up to fight on 19 July.When the event was staged at Dublin’s 02 Arena back in January 2009, Pendred attended with his brother. That night he promised that the next time the UFC returned to Ireland, he would be on the card.Sure enough, the UFC have come calling and he makes his debut in front of home fans in two days’ time.“The Irish get behind their athletes,” Pendred said yesterday when asked about the level of support he is expecting.“You will probably hear it on Saturday, fans always chant ‘You’ll never beat the Irish’. Obviously that’s not true because we sometimes lose in sporting events but I tell you what, you will never beat the Irish when it comes to support.They are the loudest and most supportive fans hands down. You’ll see on Saturday night — at half 5 the first fight will begin and at half 5 that place will be full to the rafters. I’ve been to UFC events all over the world and you never see that.“That place will be packed and they will be singing right up until Conor McGregor gets his hand raised.”He faces a familiar face in American Mike King, who also competed on TUF where he finished runner-up to Gordon. And while Pendred admits the pair struck up a friendship during their time together, that will be irrelevant when they step into the Octagon for the middleweight bout.“In terms of knowing Mike King, it makes no odds to me,” he adds. “I was a bit disappointed when I heard it was him because we had kept in contact after the show as we get along.“But I immediately cut off all ties with him. I don’t have any emotions towards him – I don’t dislike him, I don’t like him. He’s just a body in my way and that’s the way I’m looking at it. It’s just the same as every other fight.“I’m in the perfect place right now. I’ve had a great training camp. I’m around people who are training for the same goal on the same night and you’re going to see the best Cathal Pendred ever. I’m going to make a statement.”UFC fighters arrive in Dublin, then show off their hurling skills‘I’m gonna blow the roof off this place’ – McGregor set for Dublinlast_img read more

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Best Practices for the Mobile Web

first_imgPublishers may be well-schooled with “traditional” websites but the mobile web is a different beast and still a training ground for many content providers. Here, Annette Tonti, CEO of MoFuse, a specialist in mobile content management that works with publishers ranging from Harvard Business Review to InformationWeek, offers a series of best practices for entering the mobile web, as well as a few tips on what to avoid. Best Practices for Mobile Web Design: ➢Design for “Getting to the Point” Quickly: Mobile People have little time to find information. They will be impatient if you put many slow loading pictures or graphics or if they can’t figure out where to find information on your site in an instance. You don’t want too much downloading to happen before they can get to your information. ➢ Design for Finding Information Efficiently: Mobile viewers are often going for something specific, a function or bit of information from you. Rarely are they meandering or surfing the way someone might do on the desktop web. As you think about the most likely items that they will want to access from you in a mobile mode, you should consider putting those functions at the top of the site. ➢ Call to Action – Make it Easy: Most people read a mobile site from the top then scroll down to the bottom of the site, quickly. If you have a primary call to action, place this at both the top and bottom of the website. That way once they have scrolled to the bottom of the site, the key message you want to deliver is still in front of them.➢ Design for Easy Interaction: Mobile devices have difficult input (tiny keys, small touch screen for example), don’t make your visitors struggle. Click to call or Click to SMS are great examples of making the site easy for viewers. Avoid convoluted paths to get to essential information (don’t nest pages of information unnecessarily). If you can manage it, don’t make them scroll down more than 3 times, this is a good rule of thumb when designing mobile. ➢ Help Your Customers Find Your Mobile Site: Use automatic detection and redirection code on your desktop site in order to ensure that when someone uses the better known URL (the desktop URL), it will automatically display the mobile site. Use a custom domain such as “m.mofuse.com” to better direct traffic to mobile. Use QR codes at every customer touch-point in order to direct traffic to your mobile site.Things to Avoid:➢ Don’t Forget the Variations of Handsets: There are around 5200 handsets in the world today. Consider how your design will work on screens from 2 inches to 5 inches. For example, don’t add side by side images because on some phones these will not appear as you intended – they may wrap and become misaligned. ➢ Don’t Use Heavy or Many Pictures – The journey of your mobile website to the viewers handset is a complex one. Consider carriers, hosting providers, browsers and operating systems, not to mention the actual hardware on the phone. To keep the display journey swift – don’t use a lot of heavy images. Some images are wonderful to keep that site interesting. Just be cautious and remember the journey.➢ Don’t Wait – Your customers are expecting to find your brand on the mobile web today. There are many easy ways to get started. Like when your company built its very first website,there is tremendous learning that needs to occur by being mobile now. Build, test, iterate – then optimize your mobile web touchpoint.last_img read more

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Finance minister terms parliamentarian award as peer recognition

first_imgFinance minister terms parliamentarian award as peer recognition33K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Finance minister terms parliamentarian award as peer recognition33K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee recently conferred the outstanding parliamentarian awards to three veteran leaders. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Karan Singh and regional party Janta Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav were honoured with the awards for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. At a function organised by the Indian Parliamentary Group, President Mukherjee presented the awards to Jaitley, Singh and Yadav, while all the three turned very nostalgic about the past. Going down the memory lane, Jaitley said when he looks back it seems that he has come a long way. Meanwhile, Congress leader Karan Singh recalled his earliest association with the parliament, which dates back to 1950s. Remembering the times of India’s independence, Janta Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav talked about making his Parliamentary debut at the time when it was still abuzz with freedom fighters.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee recently conferred the outstanding parliamentarian awards to three veteran leaders. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Karan Singh and regional party Janta Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav were honoured with the awards for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. At a function organised by the Indian Parliamentary Group, President Mukherjee presented the awards to Jaitley, Singh and Yadav, while all the three turned very nostalgic about the past. Going down the memory lane, Jaitley said when he looks back it seems that he has come a long way. Meanwhile, Congress leader Karan Singh recalled his earliest association with the parliament, which dates back to 1950s. Remembering the times of India’s independence, Janta Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav talked about making his Parliamentary debut at the time when it was still abuzz with freedom fighters.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkars Test batting record is under threat due to New Zealand

first_imgTim Southee.ReutersNew Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee is known for his fierce bowling, wicket-taking ability and swing when he is donning the jersey of the Kiwis. But this time he came in news for a completely different reason. The 30-year-old fast bowler is on the verge of breaking legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s batting record in Test cricket. The New Zealand cricketer equalled the number of sixes Sachin has to his name in Test cricket on the first day of the New Zealand and Sri Lanka Test match at Galle.The pace spearhead who scored 14 runs off 19 balls he faced when he batted at the number 10 position, equalled the master blaster’s record by hitting off-spinner Dhanajaya de Silva out of the park. Both the cricketers have 69 sixes to their name in Test cricket. While the former Indian cricketer took 329 innings to reach there, Southee needed just 89 innings to get equal to, arguably, the greatest cricketer of his generation. Both of them are currently tied at the 17th spot with Younis Khan just ahead of them as the Pakistani cricketer has 70 sixes to his name. File photo of Sachin Tendulkar at Lord’s.Ben Hoskins/Getty ImagesThe record for the most number of sixes in Test cricket belongs to another former member of the New Zealand team, Brendon McCullum. The hard-hitting wicket-keeper batsman has 107 sixes to his name from the 176 innings he played. Adam Gilchrist is the only other cricketer who has touched the three-figure mark with respect to the number of sixes in Tests. The former Australian wicket-keeping legend has a tally of 100 sixes in 137 innings.Indian former cricketer and opener Virender Sehwag has 91 sixes to his name and tops the chart among Indian cricketers.The Kiwis got bundled for 249 runs in the first innings of the match and in reply, the Lankans took a slender lead of 18 runs. Akila Dananjaya was the pick of the bowlers in the match as he picked up five wickets for 80 runs in the 30 overs he bowled.Both the teams are playing the first Test of the two-match series in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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SDGs monitoring and evaluation framework soon

first_imgShamsul Alam, senior secretary and member of the Planning Commission’s general economics division (GED), inaugurates the three-day inter-ministerial consultation workshop to finalise the sustainable development goals (SDGs) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework for Bangladesh. Photo: CollectedThe government is going to finalise soon the sustainable development goals (SDGs) monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for Bangladesh to track the implementation progress of SDGs in the country.“We are in process of developing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework for SDGs implementation in Bangladesh,” Shamsul Alam, senior secretary and member of the Planning Commission’s general economics division (GED), said on Monday.“We have already prepared a draft in consultation with the relevant ministries, divisions, agencies and institutions and will soon finalise it,” he added.He was inaugurating a three-day inter-ministerial consultation workshop on “Developing SDGs Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Bangladesh” at the BRAC CDM at Rajendrapur in Gazipur, said a press release issued on Tuesday.The GED with the support from Engaging with Institutions (EI), IP Project and UNDP Bangladesh organised this expert group workshop to examine the draft framework, determine sources data and gather feedback from the relevant stakeholders in finalising the M&E framework.“A solid monitoring framework with robust indicators backed by a credible statistical database is the base for effective monitoring of the progress,” Shamsul Alam said.He hoped the framework would help take informed policy decisions, adjust policies and ensure accountability in implementing the SDGs in the country.At the three-day consultation workshop, the participants will examine and provide detailed feedback on SDGs indicators that are suitable for Bangladesh.They will also recommend targets and potential data disaggregation as well as how to produce required national data for monitoring the SDGs implementation in Bangladesh.After preparing the draft, it would be placed before the National Committee on SDGs Implementation and Monitoring headed by the principal coordinator (SDGs Affairs), prime minister’s office (PMO) for approval.A total of 55 participants from relevant ministries, divisions, agencies, institutions, public institutions and members of UN Data group are taking part in the workshop.UNDP Bangladesh assistant country director Shaila Khan, and UNDP Bangladesh project adviser and SDG lead Fakrul Ahsan also spoke on the occasion.last_img read more

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Myanmar detains 106 Rohingyas Officials

first_imgPolice escort a group of Rohingya men and boy in Kyauktan township south of Yangon on 16 November 2018 after their boat washed ashore. Photo: AFPMyanmar immigration authorities detained 106 Rohingya Muslims aboard a boat off Yangon on Friday, officials said, raising fears of a fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.The boat was bound for Malaysia when authorities stopped it in the early morning some 30 km (20 miles) south of Myanmar’s largest city, Kyaw Htay, an immigration officer from Kyauktan township, told Reuters by phone.The group boarded the vessel from internal displacement camps outside Sittwe, the capital of western Rakhine state, he said.”Their destination was Malaysia. The boat was stopped after the engine failed,” he said.Tens of thousands of Rohingya have been confined to sprawling camps outside Sittwe since violence swept Rakhine in 2012.More than 700,000 Rohingya fled a brutal army crackdown in the northern part of the state last year, according to U.N. agencies. The Rohingya say soldiers and local Buddhists massacred families, burned hundreds of villages, and carried out gang rapes. UN-mandated investigators have accused the Myanmar army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic cleansing.Myanmar denies almost all of the allegations, saying security forces were battling terrorists. Attacks by Rohingya insurgents calling themselves the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army preceded the crackdown.Officials say they are ready to accept Rohingya who want to return from Bangladeshi refugee camps. But on Thursday, efforts to repatriate several thousand failed after refugees protested, saying they did not want to return. U.N. officials and aid agencies opposed the plan, saying conditions in Myanmar were not safe.Officials and aid workers told Reuters last week that dozens of Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh had boarded boats to try to reach Malaysia in recent weeks after the end of the monsoon rains in early October.RICKETY BOATSThose who arrived on Friday were questioned on the top floor of a cyclone shelter, where women wearing headscarves, men, and children could be seen through the windows by Reuters reporters.They were led to trucks as a phalanx of officials stood guard, women leading small children by the hand and some carrying small bags, before being driven away towards Yangon.In a Facebook post, Aye Mya Mya Myo, a lower house lawmaker for Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy party from Kyauktan, said there were 50 men, 31 women and 25 children in the group.Early on Friday she posted pictures of a rickety boat crammed with people. It resembled vessels the Rohingya typically use to escape the apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine, where they are denied free movement and access to decent education and healthcare.For years, Rohingya on both sides of the border have boarded boats organised by smugglers in the dry months between November and March, when the sea is calm. The perilous journey to Thailand and Malaysia, often undertaken in overcrowded vessels, has cost many lives.Thailand cracked down on the trade after discovering a series of mass graves in 2015, leading to a crisis when smugglers abandoned their human cargo and left boats adrift in the Andaman Sea.last_img read more

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