Here comes the reign again

first_imgWith a 4-3 win in the classic best-of-seven Governors’ Cup series carved out in front of record-setting audiences in the last three games at cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, there were times—a lot of it, actually—when the Gin Kings’ legions of fans were sitting on pins and needles.Even coach Tim Cone, who has seen so many battles in a decorated career, admitted to being nervous a lot of times with the gung-ho Bolts refusing to go away and fighting to the last ounce of their strength.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut, believe it or not, Cone cherished those moments.Moments after winning the 20th title in 32 Finals appearances of his career, Cone talked extensively about the game, about the thrilling series and then saved a few minutes with the Inquirer to talk about the future—and a lot of that bright future is cast on the 7-foot shadow of Ginebra star Greg Slaughter. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slaughter certainly had his moments of brilliance against the Bolts during the Finals series.But there were also moments where he seemed lost, moments where Meralco pounced on his presence and managed to overturn Ginebra’s massive advantage in size to the Kings’ undoing.Cone absorbed all of those situations like a sponge, those instances now stored in his vast memory bank as he makes a long-overdue trip back to the United States on Monday to be with family and celebrate his latest conquest there.“Right now teams are trying to mismatch him,” Cone said as he obliged fans for selfies. “Teams have been trying to play us small, most especially in this series and these are the things we have to learn how to handle.“Teams have been throwing things at us that we’re asking ourselves: ‘What do we do?’” he went on. “But the more we have those situations, the more we develop as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT All eyes on SMBThe season started with all eyes on San Miguel Beer, on its giant June Mar Fajardo, and on their Grand Slam bid. There was one familiar question throughout the season: Was there a side out there that could stop the Beermen from completing a Triple Crown sweep?The Beermen certainly made everyone doubt there was. San Miguel dusted off Ginebra in the Philippine Cup finale and then dismissed TNT KaTropa in the Commissioner’s Cup title series.The table was set for a Grand Slam.Beer was being chilled even before tip off of the Governors’ Cup in anticipation of a celebration for the franchise’s second Grand Slam. Interestingly enough, Meralco’s Norman Black steered the team to its first season sweep in 1989.All San Miguel needed to do was sign up a great import and stay injury-free.The Beermen failed at both as import woes and a leg injury to Fajardo helped doom them to a sixth place finish in the eliminations, and—you guessed it—a twice-to-win handicap against Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals.It wasn’t even close, that playoff game.And Ginebra had everything in place once it sealed a Finals stint: Cone was coaching at his best, LA Tenorio was making a case as the best point guard in the conference despite a nagging elbow injury, Justin Brownlee was as deadly as last season, and Slaughter had returned from injury and was terrorizing the opposition in the shaded lane.Exploiting Slaughter John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I feel that we’re just trying to exploit Greg,” Cone said of his center, admitting that he held back in playing him extended minutes in the championship because he “still didn’t know what to do in some situations.”“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone went on. “They were playing small and we couldn’t handle that at that time. But we’re learning. We learned a lot in this series.”Slaughter played in his first Finals series and went on to bag his first Best Player of the Conference citation.Tenorio, on the other hand, was the Finals MVP for the second straight season, while Japeth Aguilar has shown dramatic improvement ever since Cone got on board and has evolved into a dependent player on both ends, not just the 6-foot-9, athletic guy trying to knock down the three-point shot.Dominant forwardAguilar has metamorphosed into a dominant power forward, challenging every enemy attack in the shaded lane and shying away from those three-pointers.While talk in the final three games of the title series also centered on the Draft set at Robinson’s Place in Ermita on Sunday, where the Beermen now have the chance to snag 6-foot-7 Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and come up with their own version of a twin-tower combo, Cone wasn’t into any of that.He feels that, with Slaughter, Aguilar, Tenorio and the valuable experience he gained as a coach, Ginebra has what it takes to remain dominant.More to come“You can always have pieces added,” Cone said when asked of the Draft, where they pick 11th overall, second-to-last in the first round. “But we still have guys who are developing and we’re pretty much OK. 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Tagalog NPA “I think we can challenge San Miguel a little bit,” he said. “June Mar is unbelievable, but the more we have him (Slaughter) and the more we see things (like the small-ball ploy of Meralco), the more we develop him and the more we improve as a team.”So it wasn’t out of just championship elation, or his amazement that the last three games of the title series was watched by close to 140,000 fans, but Cone certainly had his basis when he addressed the crowd in the din of the Ginebra celebration and said:“We’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win.” Barangay Ginebra certainly had its hands full in completing the franchise’s first championship repeat in PBA history.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cohesive national volleybelles return from Japan

first_imgPH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaThe Philippine national women’s volleyball team, the most sought-after squad these days, has finally developed chemistry after 17 days of training in Japan.Arriving in the country Wednesday, head coach Francis Vicente said he was impressed with how the players developed camaraderie despite coming from different teams and leagues.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress They will fly to Kuala Lumpur Aug. 18 for the Southeast Asian Games to reboot the country’s campaign in the regional game where the Filipinos used to lord it over.Reyes said that in Okayama and Osaka, they had managed to forget who they were back home. “We are just one team, no superstars, no big names.”The players also napped together on the same court they practice drills, helping them know each other very well.Completing the squad are Kim Fajardo, Aiza Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Denden Lazaro, Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili, Ces Molina and Gen Casugod.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is a collection of superstars that is now working as one team,” said Vicente. “This is a good start because they will be playing together for the next three years.”The Nationals, training particularly to develop speed, blocking and floor coverage that Japanese clubs are known for, also came home with victories in friendlies against Kobe Shinwa, Kansai University and Osaka Superiors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut more importantly, Vicente said he was delighted to watch superstars Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Aby Maraño and Jovelyn Gonzaga working seamlessly on plays.They will see action in the Asian Seniors Championships in Biñan, Laguna, on Aug. 9 to 17, hoping to at least make the quarterfinals which would ensure a spot in the Asian Cup next year. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Chot uncovers Gilas gems in Jones Cup Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View commentslast_img read more

MWC 2016: Oppo unveils Super VOOC, claims to charge a phone in 15 mins

first_imgChinese smartphone company Oppo has unveiled a new insane battery tech that claims to fully charge your smartphone in just 15 minutes. The company took to the ongoing MWC 2016 event to demonstrate the new technology it calls Super VOOC, which is currently in the prototyping stage. The company was able to successfully charge a prototype smartphone fully within its total presentation time period.”By applying a newly developed low-voltage pulse-charge algorithm, along with Oppo’s customised battery, multiple technical innovations, as well as first-class hardware and software, Super VOOC Flash Charge can bring your device to a 45% charge in just five minutes of charging (for a 2,500 mAh battery). This means that a full charge can be achieved in just 15 minutes,” the company said.Oppo’s take on Qualcomm’s quick charging feature is still in the prototyping stage and is backward-compatible meaning none of the current breed of Oppo smartphones will be able to make use of this functionality. This means, Super VOOC will be exclusive to future Oppo phones.”The newly innovated low-voltage pulse-charge system, coupled with Oppo’s customised battery, dynamically regulates the current, ensuring a safe, sustainable charging experience and preventing overheating. The Super VOOC Flash Charge adapter, cable and connector have all received a full redesign using premium and extremely reliable military-grade materials. Super VOOC Flash Charge supports Micro-USB and USB Type-C, in line with the global standard, the company added.Charging using Super VOOC will be different from using some high-voltage solution in that there will be lesser heating involved, according to the company. “VOOC Flash Charge-enabled devices will heat up by a maximum of only 3.3. degrees Celsius,” it said.advertisementOppo plans to have an actual phone hit the shelves with Super VOOC battery tech by the end of this year.last_img read more

Govt should provide access to I-T data of all years: Piketty

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Not satisfied with the Finance Ministrys decision to release Income Tax statistics for only one assessment year (2012-13), noted French Economist Thomas Piketty today said the government should have come out with the figures for earlier years for a meaningful analysis on income distribution.”They (India) released detailed data by income range for one year only (2012-2013). For the entire period 2000-2015, the only data that was released is at the aggregate level, total numbers of taxpayers, total tax revenue, etc. In order to study the evolution of income distribution we would need to have the detailed data by income range for all years,” Piketty told PTI. Data on direct taxes (Income Tax, Corporate Tax etc) in India have been released by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). CBDT today released Income Tax Return Statistics for assessment year 2012-13, PAN allotment statistics for 2013-14 and Income Tax Department time series data for financial year 2000-01 to 2014-15. Piketty, the author of the best-seller book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, earlier this year, had requested Indian government to provide open access to income tax statistics. Last week, Piketty had said that he was still waiting for open access to Indian income tax statistics, while referring to an earlier assurance given by Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian to this effect. In a panel discussion at the Jaipur Literature Festival early this year, Subramanian had blamed past governments for non-availability of tax data, and had assured that the present government was working to fix it. Piketty, who is known for his work on wealth and inequality, had said that was publicly promised to him by Subramanian at Jaipur festival in January, but nothing happened since then, despite his “many requests”. India used to publish the All India Income Tax Statistics until 2000, when it was discontinued. PTI BKS CS MKJadvertisementlast_img read more

FIFA decision on I-League and ISL merger by November

first_imgI-League FIFA and AFC officials to submit draft report on ISL – I-League merger to AIFF by November Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 21:33 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) New I-League Trophy AIFF Media I-League Indian Super League Both the AFC and FIFA want a single unified league in India and will putting forward a plan to that effect by November… Officials from the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) met Indian Football Association (IFA) secretary Utpal Ganguly on Wednesday to discuss the future roadmap of Indian football to explore the possiblities of the country having a single unified league instead of two in I-League and the Indian Super League.I-League CEO Sunando Dhar and AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta were also present in the meeting.The IFA secretary briefed the officials about the importance and heritage of the Kolkata clubs Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting who are currently taking part in the I-League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The two officials, FIFA’s Nic Coward and AFC’s Alex Phillips, will hold meetings with all the I-League and ISL clubs and prepare a draft report which will then be submitted to the AIFF.About Wednesday’s meeting, Ganguly said, “I told them about the importance and heritage of the Bengal clubs and their contribution to Indian football. It will be unfair to put these clubs in the same bracket along with the newly formed franchise sides and take franchise fees. They deserve to play in the top tier league of the country whether ISL or I-League.””The two officials were here to listen to our opinion about the future of Indian football.They will do a market survey now and on the basis of that they will prepare a draft report and submit it to the AIFF by November.”Both AFC and FIFA want a single unified league in India. AIFF’s Subrata Dutta proposed a plan in today’s meeting in which 18 teams would take part in a particular league which will run for 7 months.The future of Indian football is expected to be resolved by November when the FIFA and AFC officials present their reports to the Indian FA.last_img read more

Change Your Jump Shot with the EVO ONE Basketball

first_img Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know The first thing to go is your jump shot. This is a common piece of knowledge for anyone who has ever played basketball. When you step back on the court for a pick up game, you can usually still handle the ball, pass, drive and make lay-ups, but shooting that open jumper can be tough. Pick up basketball players everywhere can now breathe a sigh of relief, because the guys at Shooter’s Revolution have you covered.Shooter’s Revolution have developed a revolutionary product in their EVO ONE basketball. This ball looks like any other basketball you’ve seen: burnt orange, leather and round. However, on the inside, the EVO ONE comes with a micro sensor that, once inserted into the ball, tracks your shooting motion in real time. The sensor picks up on release, backspin and other shooting mechanics and measures the efficiency of your shooting motion.Using immediate audible feedback, while the ball is in flight the EVO ONE alerts the shooter when the ball is shot correctly. The shooter can then replicate their approach and motion to the shot in order to hone in on proper shooting mechanics. This kind of virtual “coaching” feature is perfect for developing players at the junior high or high school level, as well as for the twenty or thirty-something who is just looking to knock off some rust before joining an office intramural or neighborhood squad.The EVO ONE is made with all the standard regulation weight and size standards of your typical Spalding NBA brand basketball—you won’t look out of place on the court. Plus, once you finish practicing your shot, you can simply remove the sensor and play a game of pick up.The EVO ONE is currently available on the Shooter’s Revolution Kickstarter webpage for $59.00, but that offer is available for a limited time only. We recommend that you jump on the cutting edge of hoop technology while it’s still a steal. Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball Anywhere Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made The Best American Liqueurlast_img read more

Labour Day Message by Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips

first_img ‘Protecting the Interest of Workers As We BuildA Jamaica That Works for All’My fellow Jamaicans.Labour Day 2017, provides us with the opportunity to once again honour and celebrate the tremendous contribution of the workers of Jamaica to national development.We must never forget that in 1938 it was the collective protest of the Jamaican workers against the appalling economic and social conditions of colonial society that set the stage for the emergence of organized trade unions, and set the foundations of our modern day political arrangements which laid claim to Jamaica’s Independence.Let us forever remember that Jamaica’s survival in today’s global economy is due primarily to the efforts of our workers.Every day thousands of Jamaican workers in Agriculture; in Tourism; in our factories and stores and our call centres; as well as the members of our security personnel; bus and taxi drivers; Teachers; Nurses; Civil Servants and numerous others, keep Jamaica functioning.We pay tribute as well to the workers in the Financial Services, the music industry and other service providers.They provide the services that are essential to our survival as a Country and many earn the foreign exchange that keeps our economy afloat.Without our workers and their efforts we would not exist as a viable country and a vibrant society.It is this simple reality that continues to inspire so many Jamaicans to fuel their determination to honour the dignity of work by undertaking community projects all across the country.I salute every worker and commend each and every Jamaican who is working today to build a better Jamaica by supporting community projects all across the nation.This is especially important given the recent flood rains that have affected so many homes, businesses and communities across Jamaica.As we come together and celebrate the contribution of the workers and the Trade Union Movement to the building of modern Jamaica, let us also recommit ourselves to the protection and extension of worker’s rights.The denial of the representation rights of workers in some sectors of the economy, and the spread of the practice of employing workers under the guise that they are independent contractors, are among the things having the effect of limiting the fundamental rights of workers and reducing their benefits, including pension benefits.Jamaica’s future as a society that affords equal opportunity to all its people, will forever be enhanced by the energy and activism of a strong Trade Union Movement.With this in mind, let us take time out this Labour Day, to celebrate our workers, by putting work into Labour Day. Equally, let us rededicate ourselves to the historic objectives of the Labour Movement, which is to build a Jamaica that works for all the people.Have a safe and productive Labour Day; and may God continue to bless Jamaica and its people. Labour Day 2017, provides us with the opportunity to once again honour and celebrate the tremendous contribution of the workers of Jamaica to national development. Story Highlights Have a safe and productive Labour Day; and may God continue to bless Jamaica and its people. We must never forget that in 1938 it was the collective protest of the Jamaican workers against the appalling economic and social conditions of colonial society that set the stage for the emergence of organized trade unions, and set the foundations of our modern day political arrangements which laid claim to Jamaica’s Independence.last_img read more

Report Confirms Colchester Residential Services Society Provides Quality Care

first_img FOR BROADCASE USE: A report from the province released today (September 30th), confirms clients and staff of Colchester Residential Services Society are receiving quality care. The Community Services Department initiated the review last year to look at operations and management after allegations of resident-to-staff and resident-to-resident abuse. Those allegations were unfounded. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse says the review team found the society’s operations to be solid and she’s confident they provide good quality care to their residents. The province and the society are taking steps to further improve programs and services for people with disabilities, some of which were outlined in report. -30- A report from the Department of Community Services confirms that clients and staff of Colchester Residential Services Society are receiving quality care. The report on the agency’s operations was released today, Sept. 30. Colchester Residential Services Society provides residential services and support to people with disabilities in Truro. Community Services initiated the review last November to assess operations and management after allegations of resident-to-staff and resident-to-resident abuse. “Our protection of persons in care team investigated immediately and concluded that those allegations were unfounded,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Community Services. “A separate review team specifically looked at the society’s operations and found them to be solid. I’m confident that Colchester Residential Services Society provides good quality care to its residents.” The province and the society are taking steps to further improve programs and services for people with disabilities, some of which were outlined in report. Recommendations focus on three key areas: governance, administration and leadership, and programs and services. Highlights include:– update policies and procedures– establish a Department of Community Services outreach team for the region– develop a Colchester Residential Services Society information technology plan “We’re committed to addressing these recommendations, and to working with the department to help strengthen our programs and services,” said Shannon McLellan, executive director of Colchester Residential Services Society. “The most important thing to all of us is the safety of the people we support and our staff.” The department and the society have already started work on several recommendations. The society has reviewed and updated its strategic plan and provided additional training and education for staff about the Protection of Persons in Care Act. Community Services is developing new processes for dealing with complaints and will share those with staff and service providers in the coming months. “My primary concern is the care and well-being of the people we serve,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “We will continue to work with Colchester to ensure people living at CRSS are safe, and that they and staff are getting the support they need from the department.” The report can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .last_img read more

Fire breaks out at ice hotel near Quebec City structure still standing

first_imgA fire that broke out in an ice hotel near Quebec City has left the establishment smoky but intact.While the exact cause of the fire in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier has not been officially determined, one hypothesis is that a lit candle fell on bedding.Thirteen of the hotel’s 14 rooms were occupied when the fire started in the wee hours of Tuesday.Nobody was injured, although some people suffered minor smoke inhalation.There was no structural damage and the hotel did not melt.But as there are no windows, the smoke left a strong smell.The hotel will be closed for at least a few days.In 2009, a fire destroyed the ice hotel’s administrative offices, which were in a separate building.last_img read more

Qatars Asian Cup Victory Is Likely to Intensify Tension in Gulf

Rabat – Qatar’s recent victory at the Asian Cup is an instance of the inescapable link between politics and sport and may deepen regional tension, according to experts.On Friday, February 1, Qatar made history by beating Japan 3-1 and winning the Asian Cup for the first time.In a run of an impressive month-long display of footballing prowess, Qatar emerged victorious from a continental tournament featuring countries with more footballing pedigree. The team scored 19 goals, conceded only 1, and collected individual prizes for best goalkeeper, best player, and top scorer. Blockading countries embittered by Qatar’s winQatari striker Almoez Ali, whose nine goals set a new record for the number of goals scored at an Asian Cup, won global admiration. On social media, even the Argentinian ace Lionel Messi joined the conversation on Ali’s brilliant performance.Kristian Coates Ulrichsen of Rice University recently told Al Jazeera that traditional narratives of football as a venue for social cohesion and peace are naive and irrelevant in the context of the ongoing Gulf crisis. Qatar’s victory, he explained, is more likely to deepen tension than defuse them.“Any sense of embitterment in Abu Dhabi at the way the tournament they hosted turned out may translate into an escalation of rhetoric against Qatar.” The point was a striking reference to the fact that, en route to its continental crown in the final, Qatar thrashed the UAE, the host country, 4-0.But the bitterness at the defeat by Qatar is not the only element of the potential escalation of tensions, according to Ulrichsen. He explained that the celebratory mood that greeted Qatar’s triumph in other Arab countries, such as Kuwait and Oman, is bound to outrage Abu Dhabi and Riyadh even more.“Omanis and Kuwaitis have rejoiced in Qatari success and have done so in extremely public fashion, visibly emphasizing their rejection of the blockading states’ attempt to isolate Qatar in the region.”More than just sportOther experts who spoke to the same newspaper agreed with Ulrichsen’s grim reading of the implications of Qatar’s victory for Gulf geopolitics.More than a mere instance of footballing joy, Qatar’s triumph in Abu Dhabi is “a modern-day sporting parable soaked in geopolitics and symbolism,” noted the enthusiastic Al Jazeera report.James Dorsey, a senior fellow at Singapore’s Rajaratnam School of International Studies, buttressed the media outlet’s enthusiasm. He said the victory was an emphatic message to blockading countries that “Qatar can stand on its own, whatever the obstacles.”The Qatar-UAE game gave some hints of the expert’s pessimism for peace prospects in the Gulf. Not only did Qatar play without fans because of the UAE’s travel ban on Qataris, but the Qatari squad was booed and greeted with projectiles of shoes and bottles when they celebrated their goals.Referring to that incident in which Almoez Ali and company kept their composure, Salford University’s Simon Chadwick suggested the tournament could be seen from the perspective of a public relations competition. In that case, Chadwick elaborated, Qatar improved its public image at the expense of its “rancorous rivals.”“Qatar’s image and reputation has gained advantage over its rivals, especially given the apparent calmness on Qatar’s team when faced with sometimes rancorous rivals.”Two days before the Al Jazeera report, the Guardian reported the arrest of a British citizen by UAE authorities for showing up with a Qatar jersey at one of the Asian Cup games. The report noted that “promoting” sympathy for Qatar is an “offense” punishable by imprisonment or a “substantial fine.” read more

Darfur UN envoy vows to build momentum in peace process

12 December 2007The United Nations Special Envoy for the Darfur peace process says UN and African Union mediators will try to speed up the momentum of the talks in the next few weeks so that direct negotiations can take place between the Sudanese Government and the war-wracked region’s many rebel movements. Jan Eliasson told reporters yesterday in Khartoum, after several days of talks and consultations in the Sudanese capital and other locations in the region with the Government, the movements and neighbouring countries, that the recent round of meetings has given the mediators extra energy to push towards a successful conclusion.But he warned that “the negotiations do not exist in a vacuum. We also have to take into account the reality on the ground – the political reality that is also complicating our work.”The consultations involving Mr. Eliasson and other UN and AU officials are the latest efforts of the two organizations to broker a comprehensive peace accord to quell the violence and humanitarian suffering in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed in 2003. The situation has been complicated by the splintering of the rebel movements into more than a dozen separate factions and an increase in inter-tribal fighting. The UN and AU are deploying a hybrid peacekeeping mission (known as UNAMID) to Darfur at the start of next year to take over from the existing but under-resourced AU mission (AMIS), but objections and obstacles raised by the Sudanese Government and a lack of offers for critical force units have left the deployment in jeopardy, senior UN officials have warned.Mr. Eliasson said today that for the peace process to work, “I have come to the conclusion that we have to have the right developments on four different levels: the Security Council; the regional countries; the Government of Sudan and the movements. All four have to pull in the same direction. If we have a situation where one of these four circles is not pulling in the same direction, we do not seem to get peace.”Direct negotiations between the Government and the movements are supposed to form the third phase of a three-part process that began with talks between the two sides in Sirte, Libya, in late October.He noted that the improved climate in the Security Council and the growing cooperation of the regional countries means that the crucial issue has become whether the Government and the movements will head in the same directions on talks.“We will do our very best to bring that about, but the environment in some regards is not conducive, and I hope that the Government of Sudan and the movements will take the responsibility to prepare for the talks to begin as soon as possible in the New Year.” read more

People leaving London in record numbers as crime and cost drive them

For every year since 2012, the south east was consistently the most popular destination for those choosing to leave London.  London typically attracts young people drawn by university and career opportunities and it often loses residents in older age groups, particularly families with young children.  However the new figures reveal a net inflow of 30,094 people aged 20 to 24, slowing to just 5,816 for the 25 to 29 age group.This has flipped to a net outflow of 19,070 for people aged 30 to 34. Rising rent and property prices have been to blame for young families looking to escape the capital. Neil Park, head of the ONS’s population estimates unit, said: “In the last two years, population growth in the UK has been at its lowest rate since 2004.“For the fifth year in a row, net international migration was a bigger driver of population change than births and deaths.“However, overall population change to the year mid-2018 has remained fairly stable, as an increase in net international migration has been roughly matched by the fewest births in over a decade and the highest number of deaths since the turn of the century.” However their figures are increasing. In 2017, 336,010 people left London and the figure for the previous year was 291,630. This continued the rising trend from 2015 (283,0000), 2014 (273,0000), 2013 (251,00 and 2012 (255,140). In April the ONS released data revealing that knife crime had surged to the highest level since records began. Murder and manslaughter figures also reached a 10-year high in 2018 with 732 people killed.Earlier this week the former Oasis frontman, Gallagher, blamed the London mayor, Sadiq Khan for the capital’s knife-crime epidemic.The 46-year-old father of four, who lives in north London, said: “Every time you wake up in the morning, there’s some 16-year-old kid been knifed to death. I’ve got kids that age, out and about and that, doing their thing, living, being young. That freaks me right out – it does worry me. I’ve got teenagers.”Last weekend, four people were killed within four days in London, putting the capital’s knife crime in the international spotlight as US President, Donald Trump also criticised Mr Khan over his handling of the issue. Londoners are leaving the capital in record numbers as property prices drive people to the south coast, official data shows. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today revealed that 340,498 residents quit London to live in other parts of the UK. It marks the highest rate of people fleeing the capital since the ONS began collecting data in 2012. Experts have blamed the exodus from London on inflated house prices and violent crime rates.Over the same period, just 237,270 people migrated into the city from elsewhere in the UK, meaning that the capital lost a net 103,228 individuals to other parts of the country.The record figure only relates to 2018 and therefore does not account for the recent slump in the market, which is widely attributed to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.  It also only tracks internal migration, and does not account for migration from sources outside the UK.Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) said that “property prices are a big deal” and the main cause of internal migration from London. “Obviously people also want a better quality of life, but they also want access to good schools, to live in rural areas and to get away from the stabbings.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Champions Cup doubleheader in store for Leinster and Munster in April

first_img https://the42.ie/3208587 APRIL FOOL’S DAY will see both Leinster and Munster in back-to-back Champions Cup quarter-finals.The EPCR unveiled their schedule for the knock-out fixtures today with the return of Jimmy Gopperth and Wasps to the Aviva Stadium kicking off the quarter-final stage at 15.15 (BT Sport). The TV crane above Thomond during the win over Racing. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandSecond seeds Munster have been slotted in to Sky Sports’ prime time slot for their clash with Toulouse at 17.45.The second set of quarter-finals will take place on Sunday 2 April, starting off with Glasgow Warriors’ tough trip to Saracens (13.00, Sky Sports). Last up, the competition’s bridesmaids Clermont welcome familiar foes Toulon (15.15, BT Sport) to determine who faces the winners of Leinster-Wasps. Jamie Heaslip and Adam Byrne during their clash with Northampton in the Aviva. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOSemi-finals will take place on the weekend of 22 April but kick-off times and venues will not be known until the results of the quarter-finals are in.2017 Champions Cup quarter-finalsSaturday 1 AprilQF 2: Leinster Rugby v Wasps, Aviva Stadium (15.15) BT SportQF 4: Munster Rugby v Toulouse, Thomond Park (17.45) Sky SportsSunday 2 AprilQF 3: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors, Allianz Park (13.00) Sky SportsQF 1: ASM Clermont Auvergne v RC Toulon, Stade Marcel-Michelin (15.15) BT Sport(All times Irish)2017 Challenge Cup quarter-finalsFriday 31 MarchQF 3: Edinburgh Rugby v La Rochelle, BT Murrayfield (20.00) Sky SportsSaturday 1 AprilQF 2: Bath Rugby v Brive, Recreation Ground (12.45) BT SportQF 4: Gloucester Rugby v Cardiff Blues, Kingsholm (20.05) Sky SportsSunday 2 AprilQF 1: Ospreys v Stade Francais Paris, venue TBC (17.45) BT SportSemi-finals of both tournaments will see the winners of QF1 v QF2 and QF3 v QF4.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Jan 27th 2017, 12:26 PM Follow us: the42.ie By Sean Farrell 32 Comments Welcome to the pit stop of sporting weekendsU20 captain Kelly eager to learn as he leads Friday 27 Jan 2017, 12:26 PM Short URL Champions Cup double-header in store for Leinster and Munster in April Any floating fans hoping to get to both quarter-finals are going to need a helicopter. 23,903 Views Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

LG Display sapprêterait à produire un écran Full HD de 5 pouces

first_imgLG Display s’apprêterait à produire un écran Full HD de 5 pouces440 pixels par pouce…au creux de la main : c’est l’annonce, preuve à l’appui, que vient de faire LG Display. Le Retina d’Apple aurait du soucis à se faire !LG vient de présenter un prototype d’écran révolutionnaire, puisqu’il ne fait que 5 pouces (12,5 cm) et qu’il affiche une résolution de 1920 par 1080 pixels…Oui, cette mini-dalle est Full HD, en 16/9ème s’il vous plaît, comme celle qui équipe la majorité des salons aujourd’hui !À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans les spécifications techniques de l’écran, LG n’hésite pas à écorner la concurrence : en annonçant que sa création est capable d’afficher 440 pixels par pouce, son produit fait mieux que le fameux Retina d’Apple, affichant lui 326 pixels par pouce, ou l’Xperia S et ses 342 ppp.Pour information, C’est Toshiba qui détient le record en la matière, avec une dalle qui serait capable d’afficher 498 ppp, avec une résolution de 2560 par 1600 pixels en WQXGA.Le 28 mai 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Daily Deals 40 off Neato Robot Vac 62 for a Ultra

first_img40% off Neato Robotics Botvac D3 WiFi Robot VacuumThe Botvac D3 retails for $399.99 and it’s currently sold for $300 or more elsewhere, including Amazon. Neato Botvacs are considered just as good (if not better) than comparable Roomba models and is a well known brand that is sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, Best Buy, and more. This particular model features laser mapping, WiFi control via your smartphone app, and will automatically go back to the dock to charge.Get it at Walmart for $239.99SanDisk Ultra 256GB Micro SDXC Card (Switch Compatible) for $62.80For those who don’t want to tote around several smaller capacity Micro SD cards, this 256GB is the largest size you can get without having to shell out over $100.Get it on Amazon for $62.80Get the 200GB model for $48.50LEGO Ship in a  Bottle 962-Piece Set for $61.75This set normally retails for $70. This is a super cool set that came about when fan Jake Sadovich received over 10,000 LEGO IDEAS votes for this creation. At this price you’re only $0.06 per brick.Get it at Walmart for $61.75iBUYPOWER Intel i7 8700K Unlocked 6-Core GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Desktop with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD for $1199This config has an Intel Core i7 hexacore processor with unlocked multiplier for better overclocking potential.Get it at Walmart for $1199last_img read more

Season two announced for WWE Supercard mobile game

first_img Amazon Throwing Career Fair To Fill 30,000 Jobs Google+ Alex Webb Pinterest WhatsApp NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta Now Playing Up Next Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Find Jeremy Renner Items On Amazon Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 4/1/19 (Stephanie McMahon’s to make WrestleMania announcement) Amazon Faces Probe by U.S. Antitrust Officials Over Marketplacecenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE sent out the following:2K Announces WWE® SuperCard – Season 2 Now Availablefor Mobile DevicesExceeding 7.5 million global downloads to date, 2K’s action-packed WWE mobile collectible card game delivers larger roster, increased customization,expanded tournament play and moreNew York, NY – August 20, 2015 – 2K today announced the action-packed entertainment of WWE® SuperCard, the Company’s renowned collectible card-battling game, will raise the stakes with extensive content in WWE SuperCard – Season 2. Featuring an expanded roster of WWE Superstars, Divas, Legends, the debut of NXT Superstars and Divas, enhanced King of the Ring tournament play, an updated Exhibition Mode with a new WWE Divas card slot, increased customization options and more, WWE SuperCard – Season 2 is available now as an update for download free of charge on the App Store for iOS devices, including the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®, as well as the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore for Android™ devices.WWE SuperCard has exceeded 7.5 million global downloads since its release in August 2014 and carries an average rating of 4.5/5 stars on the App Store, as well as a 4/5 rating on Google Play. Offering more than 700 cards in active play, with more to come in Season 2, WWE SuperCard challenges players to build teams of WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, train them to full potential, battle in various match types and test their luck in fast-paced tournament action. In addition, players can enhance their free-to-play experience through purchase of individual card packs.“WWE SuperCard sets the standard for bringing together the right brand and fan base in WWE with the competitive and engaging nature of collectible card games,” said Harley Howe, Co-Studio Head at Cat Daddy Games. “Season 2 elevates the authentic, hard-hitting WWE action more than 7.5 million fans have grown to love through new content certain to enhance the WWE experience in a mobile format.”WWE SuperCard – Season 2 features include:CUSTOMIZABLE CARDS – Customize and train Season 2 cards while earning tokens to permanently increase stats;LARGER ROSTER – Access hundreds of cards featuring a variety of WWE and NXT Superstars and Divas, including Season 2 additions Brock Lesnar®, Undertaker®, Stone Cold Steve Austin®, Kevin Owens™, Samoa Joe™, Adrian Neville™, Charlotte™ and many more;EXPANDED EXHIBITION DECK – Compete with an additional WWE Diva in solo matches, as well as in new Divas tag matches;LOYALTY FUSIONS – Convert Season 1 cards into powerful Season 2 variants via the game’s Fusion Chamber;GLOBAL CHAT – Connect with anyone in the world while playing WWE SuperCard;WEEKLY EVENTS – Participate in weekly, real-time events with exclusive rewards to increase overall deck strength;ENHANCED KING OF THE RING – The 16-man, multi-day tournament is now more strategic than ever with a new enhancement system.Developed by Cat Daddy Games in conjunction with Visual Concepts, both 2K studios, WWE SuperCard is available now download free of charge on the App Store for iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Pod touch, as well as the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore for Android devices.For more information on WWE SuperCard and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram or subscribe on YouTube.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAmazon Faces Probe by U.S. Antitrust Officials Over MarketplaceVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 66.58%0:04Remaining Time -1:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Amazon to Hold Job Fairs Across the US Videos Articles Amazon Is Having An iPad Pro Sale Twitter Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Infosys Sacks BPO Finance Chief Over Violation of Code of Conduct CEO

first_imgIT services company Infosys has fired the chief financial officer (CFO) of its BPO unit on grounds of violation of code of conduct, reportedly after a whistleblower’s revelation of financial irregularities in the unit.Infosys sacked BPO CFO Abraham Mathews, who has been in the position since 2003, in a departure it said was “in keeping with the company’s goal of setting the highest standards of corporate governance and adhering to the letter and spirit of the company’s code of conduct.”However, in its filing with the BSE on Tuesday, Infosys did not elaborate on the issue – the first time that the Bengaluru-based firm was involved in an incident of this nature.According to reports, Mathews had failed to disclose financial irregularities by an employee who reportedly overbilled a client at one of the BPO’s centres, and the lid was blown off by a whistleblower.”An employee blew the whistle. The auditors found [sic] out the employee responsible for the racket and sacked him. The CFO was asked to go for poor financial control,” a source told The Times of India.The employee charged with the fraud has also been sacked though the irregularities were termed as ‘immaterial’.Infosys BPO CEO Gautam Thakur has also put down his papers, citing responsibility on “moral grounds”.The company has named senior members Anup Uppadhayay and Deepak Bhalla as the unit’s chief executive and chief financial officer respectively to take charge of the BPO unit, which contributes up to 7% to the company’s revenue, Reuters reported.”BPO is of fundamental and strategic importance to our company. Our endeavor is to transform BPO with process innovation, automation and artificial intelligence to delivery exceptional efficiency and business value to our clients. I am very confident that under the leadership of Anup and Deepak, our BPO practice will become an exemplar on how business processes should be run,” Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said in his statement.last_img read more

Viral Sonam Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor will burn your laptop screens with

first_imgTrust the Kapoor sisters to surprise you with their fashion statements and the divas never disappoint. Sonam Kapoor’s picture and Janhvi Kapoor’s latest Instagram pictures are living proof of that. The divas recently shared their best photos on Insta and as fans, we just can’t keep calm.Flaunting her curves and assets in this refreshing vintage style swimsuit, Sonam shared the picture and wrote, “Flashback to this summer I love vintage style swimsuits they really flatter my curves.. esp @normakamali.”Sonam Kapoor’s cousin sister and the latest girl-next-door of Bollywood, Janhvi Kapoor, too shared a bright picture of herself in a red dress. Reminding us a lot of her late mother, Sridevi, Janhvi looked absolutely flawless in the picture.On the personal front, Sonam Kapoor is happily married to beau Anand Ahuja and their Insta PDA shows us what happily ever afters are made of. Janhvi, on the other hand, is rumoured to be dating Ishan Khatter, while both have been constantly denying it.Talking about their long distance relationship, Sonam had said in an interview with Times Now, “I think the distance definitely makes the heart fonder. I miss him a lot and I think it’s important we both work. It’s important for our relationship, as partners. I hope one day we find work in the same country (laughs). I do tell him when I am doing something. Ya, I do take his opinion on…dates! Because obviously, I have to spend time with my husband. So, he and I coordinate on dates.”While Sonam Kapoor will be seen working with Dulquer Salmaan in the movie ‘The Zoya Factor’, Janhvi is busy shooting for the Gunjan Saxena biopic.last_img read more