Giant-slaying Ceres will show Tianjin respect, not fear, says Schrock

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Busmen travel to China to face Tianjin Quianjian on Tuesday in a playoff with the winner advancing to the group stage. No Filipino club has gotten this far in the most prestigious club competition in the continent.But for Ceres, the rise has been remarkable considering that the club was just formed in 2012 and played in the now defunct AFC President’s Cup where it failed to progress past the group stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We absolutely deserve the win, and we as a team are so proud of this achievement,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock. “This is the biggest success for Philippine club history, and I think also the biggest upset in the history of Australian football.”Two goals from Bienve Maranon and another striker from Omid Nazari proved enough for the Busmen to overcome the Roar, prompting the Australian club to apologize for its performance. Even after a tough outing against Shan United of Myanmar, Schrock said the Busmen never wavered in their belief that they can create a stir in the tournament. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANPhilippines Football League champion Ceres Negros’ stunning upset of Brisbane Roar sent shockwaves in world football on Tuesday night, but for the Bacolod club, the triumph was a reward for the commitment and work put in by the players in an effort to enhance the country’s reputation in Asia.Making their debut in the AFC Champions League preliminary round, the Busmen came from a goal down to beat the Roar, 3-2, in a result described by Australian pundits as “embarrassing” for the third place team of the A-League last season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We will show them respect as all the other teams we faced, but we have to be fearless and with a clear belief,” he said. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:38Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Karatekas seek swift end to PKF controversy “I knew that we can beat Brisbane since the day we became champions (in the PFL),” said Schrock. “I started thinking and believing about the win against Shan and Brisbane during holidays.”Maranon said playing free from the burden of expectation proved key for the squad.“We went to enjoy the experience and didn’t put ourselves under any undue pressure, that was the point,” he said. “As a result, the atmosphere among the team was very relaxed and that was reflected on the pitch.”Tianjin poses a more difficult test for Ceres with its slew of Chinese internationals and a couple of high profile players in Alexander Pato and Axel Witsel.But Schrock said the mindset will not change even against stronger opposition.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Angels soar to second round on wings of sweep

first_imgPetroGazz swept its way through the first elimination round after shutting down PacificTown-Army on Saturday even as Creamline continued to chase the current Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference leader by adding to Motolite’s woes.However, the league’s top two squads needed some mid-game adjustments before walking out of Filoil Flying V Centre with key victories.ADVERTISEMENT The Angels survived a second-set uprising to overcome the Lady Troopers, 25-12, 29-27, 25-15, to enter the second round unscathed.Creamline, meanwhile, bucked a slow start to turn back Motolite, 13-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, for its third straight triumph after losing on opening day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTai Bundit returned to coaching Creamline, and it took a while for the Cool Smashers to find their groove. But Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin unloaded 17 points, including key hits late in the fourth, to subdue Motolite.Powered by imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson, PetroGazz cruised to the next round with five straight wins without losing a set. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We really didn’t want to lose the [second] set,” said PetroGazz setter Djanel Cheng, who helped her team rally from 17-22 down in the second and fight off two PacificTown-Army set points.“We just want to improve every game, if the W (win) comes then it’s better,” said PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Winning more important for record-setting Beermen shooter Von Pessumal Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

first_imgTouch is without a doubt one of the most family friendly sports. You can play mixed, you can play with your friends and you can even play with your kids. But this isn’t only restricted to the players of our great game. Today, at the 2005 Seniors National Touch League, Sharon and Garry `Bear’ Foster got to run out onto field four not only as fellow referees but as husband and wife. Sharon, a former player, got involved in the refereeing side of Touch when she met Garry in a bank. “He saw me in the bank, you could say he stalked me,” laughed Sharon. And as they say…the rest is history, they will be married for 18 years on Monday. They’re used to spending their wedding anniversary in Coffs Harbour at the NTL as they have for the last six years. Their kids Lachlan, 15 and Larissa, 11 don’t share their parent’s passion for refereeing however. “They hate it,” said Sharon simply. “Probably from spending so many years at Touch, you could say they were Touch orphans,” said Garry. The Foster’s enjoyed the chance to referee together at this year’s NTL as Garry is a level four and Sharon is a level 6 referee so it’s not something they get to do often. “It was good today, I enjoyed it, I made him look good,” teased Sharon. No doubt their experience and passion will encourage the other referees at the 2005 NTL and will continue to help with their growth and development for many years to come. By Lisa Plummerlast_img

Nebraska Unveils Helmet Decal In Honor Of Sam Foltz

first_imgNebraska's student section honors Sam Foltz.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: Students of the Nebraska Cornhuskers honor deceased player Sam Foltz with a banner before the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has unveiled the helmet decal the Huskers will wear in honor of Sam Foltz this season.Foltz, Nebraska’s senior punter, died in a car crash in Wisconsin in late July. He was traveling from a kicking camp with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who also died, and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, who survived.Nebraska will wear this “SF27” decal on its helmets this fall.Huskers’ equipment manager Kyle Kotrous tweeted out a photo of the decal this afternoon.This years for you buddy!! #SF27 #Huskers pic.twitter.com/Z53HQ6vP0L— Kyle Kotrous (@Kkotrous22) August 3, 2016Nebraska head coach Mike Riley spoke about Foltz to Huskers’ Rivals.com publisher Sean Callahan.“We’ll have I think many reminders of Sam through the year. Whether it’s what we do with something on the helmet or our coaching hats or maintaining his locker. But what I hope our team takes is Sam’s love for what he did. That’s really what stands out to me [about him]. If I could have anything passed on from Sam to all of us in what we do, it’s the passion for how he did it and how much fun he had.”Nebraska starts practice on Thursday. The Huskers open their 2016 season Sept. 3 against Fresno State.last_img read more

Test Your Body and Recharge Your Spirit On One of These Famous Pilgrimages

first_imgWhether you are seeking a spiritual renewal or looking for a unique adventure, your next journey could include a literal walk through history. Some of these ancient paths are deeply rooted in some of the world’s major religions while others are more about the physical challenge. From a cathedral built for a slain Viking king to the alleged final resting place of the apostle James, these paths are worthy of a long spiritual, cultural, or physical journey. And, you might just discover a little more about yourself along the way.Choose one of these four paths to feed your mind, body, and soul.St. Olav WaysNorwayGunn Merete Roll/PilegrimsledenBorn in 995, Olav Haraldsson was a successful Viking chief who, after spending a some time in the Duke of Normandy’s court where he learned and embraced Christianity before being baptized in 1014, returned to Norway and became the first king of the entire country. He ruled until fleeing into exile in 1028. He returned in 1030 with a a small army and was killed in battle at Stiklestad. A year after he was buried in Trondheim, the bishop was convinced to open the grave of the slain king. To their surprise, the king’s corpse was not the rotting mass it should have been, but appeared merely to be sleeping while a sweet aroma wafted from the coffin. The king was declared a martyr and a saint and the pilgrimages began almost immediately.Today, the paths lead their way through Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and there are seven approved routes to reach the magnificent cathedral of Nidaros. Regardless of which path you take, you will navigate through villages and towns, cross scenic mountain ranges, and seek refuge in historic homes.El Camino de Santiago SpainLucapierro/Getty ImagesPerhaps the most popular pilgrimage in all of Europe is the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James). The Camino is actually a large network of ancient paths dating back to the 9th century that stretch all across Europe. All of these paths culminate at the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. The ancient pilgrim route dates back to year 814 when the tomb of St. James was discovered. From that moment, the destination became a peregrination point for all of Europe’s Christians. The network of routes is plentiful and perhaps the most popular (and most crowded) is the Camino Francés. It begins in St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz (France) and is approximately 500 miles in length. The Pilgrims’ WayEnglandPilgrims Way CanterburyMurdered in 1170, Thomas Becket was buried in Canterbury Cathedral and pilgrims have flocked to the shrine ever since. However, the route to Canterbury goes further back than that. The route has ancient origins dating back to the Stone Age when these paths were used to access sites like Stonehenge. The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, is a collection of stories about a group of pilgrims and their journey from London to Canterbury.While most of the original route is now paved over by a modern network of roads, there are some sections that exist so that pilgrims can still make their way on foot to the shrine to pay their respects to St. Thomas Becket.Via FrancigenaItalyVie FrancigenaThe ancient pilgrim route to Rome begins as far away as Canterbury (England). During medieval times, the Via Francigena was the perfect pilgrimage for those seeking spiritual renewal and to see the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul. Like other pilgrim routes around the world, there is more than one route from origin to destination. Historically, there was a network of paths to reach the Holy City and many paths varied depending on season, political situations, and varying trade routes.While this route is less popular than the Camino de Santiago, it is growing in popularity and is substantially longer than other, providing an alternative to other pilgrimages or for those looking for longer walks to accomplish once completing other, less intense pilgrim routes.If thrill-seeking is more your thing than spiritual enlightenment, skip the pilgrimages and trek the world’s most dangerous hikes instead. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Hospitality Workers are Key to Industry’s Success

first_img Players in the tourism industry are being urged to show appreciation to their workers, who have been and continue to be critical to the success of the sector.The Ministry of Tourism is taking a lead role in this regard by identifying and rewarding first-class service through its annual Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA).Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the commitment to service excellence has contributed significantly to Jamaica’s appeal as a premier tourist destination.He notes that Jamaica’s impressive 42 per cent repeat-visitor rate is a testament to “the yeoman service” being provided by hotel workers and which should “never be taken for granted”.“The service is what keeps visitors coming back again and again. Whether an individual is travelling for business or pleasure, the level of customer service that visitors receive on their trip will help determine whether they come back for another visit or warn friends to stay away based on bad experience,” he points out.“I am proud to say that it is the top-quality service that keeps bringing visitors back to the destination and distinguishes Jamaica from the rest of the competition,” he adds.Mr. Bartlett says it is very important for everyone in tourism, from the most senior person to those who work at the most junior level, to understand that doing a great job adds value to the product that visitors pay to enjoy.He notes for example, the members of the Red Cap Porters Association, who he says, have for decades been the bedrock of the industry’s success. The porters assist persons arriving and departing from the airport.“Now, these are the people who are among the first point of contact for a guest visiting Jamaica. That first point of contact is very important as, usually, that is where that first impression is formed. That, right there, can be critical as it relates to the overall experience of that guest while in Jamaica,” the Minister notes.He commends those entities that take the time to recognise and encourage their team members.“I am a strong proponent of programmes that reward excellence. They help to raise the bar in service as well as drive a sense of ownership and pride throughout the sector. In doing so, they also foster national development,” he says.Mr. Bartlett says that at this year’s TSEA, “we will roll out the red carpet for those outstanding individuals and organisations that have made an exemplary contribution to the sector”.“The TSEA are an integral part of my Ministry’s efforts to raise our tourism sector’s competitiveness by motivating stakeholders to create compelling experiences and adopt best practices,” he notes, adding that it is a great way to show appreciation for those who make visitors “keep wanting to come back to Jamaica”.A total of 21 persons and entities will vie for honours at the TSEA slated for Saturday (March 17) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.They were selected from 126 nominees and cover the regions of Ocho Rios, Negril, Kingston, the south coast and Montego Bay.The semi-finalists, who represent various categories within the industry, including accommodation, ground transportation, attractions and the craft industry, were chosen by a panel of judges based on their performance during 2017, following a series of evaluations and interviews.Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDC), Andrew Spencer, says development of human capital is the surest way for tourism to maximise its full potential.“People represent the strongest link in this tourism chain. We want to continue to lift the standard of our already creative people; therefore, we often create programmes that place emphasis on our people,” he notes.For his part, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, General Manager of Melia Braco Village in Trelawny, which recently had its annual awards function to recognise workers, says showing such appreciation for quality service cannot be understated.“While it is important to stay ahead of the competition and do all that is necessary to ensure that the work gets done, we can never forget to say ‘thank you’ to the staff and the people that make tourism possible,” Mr. Kosvogiannis notes.“We here at Melia Braco are a hotel that has accomplished greatness, luxury, recognition, and is run especially well and exclusively by Jamaicans. This is something we are also proud about,” he points out. Players in the tourism industry are being urged to show appreciation to their workers, who have been and continue to be critical to the success of the sector. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the commitment to service excellence has contributed significantly to Jamaica’s appeal as a premier tourist destination. He notes for example, the members of the Red Cap Porters Association, who he says, have for decades been the bedrock of the industry’s success. The porters assist persons arriving and departing from the airport. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Boston Tree Cutting Ceremony

first_imgNova Scotia’s most famous Christmas tree has been chosen. Every winter since 1971, one special tree is sent to the people of Boston, Mass., in appreciation for their help during the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. This year’s Boston Christmas tree is a 14-metre white spruce located in Granville Centre, Annapolis Co. and belongs to Christopher and Lisa Hamilton. The tree is scheduled to be cut at 11 a.m. on Nov. 14. “Each year, we search long and hard to find a tree deserving of this honour,” said David Morse, Natural Resources Minister. “With great pride, we present this tree to our friends in Boston, whose outpouring of kindness in 1917 will never be forgotten.” On Dec. 6, 1917, two ships, one carrying munitions, collided in Halifax Harbour resulting in an explosion that destroyed part of Halifax. The explosion killed almost 2,000 people and injured thousands more. Relief first arrived via train from Boston with doctors, nurses and supplies. They relieved local workers and set up temporary hospitals and aid stations. In Boston, there were community relief drives in support of those affected in Halifax. The Boston Christmas tree usually comes from a private landowner and is selected by the Department of Natural Resources. The chosen tree must be balsam fir, white spruce, or red spruce, 12 to 16 metres in height, healthy with good colour, thick branches, symmetrical and easy to access. The process, from finding the tree to its arrival at the Boston Common, is a joint effort. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will provide the staff and equipment to load and deliver the tree to Boston. The Nova Scotia Community College’s Forest Technology Program, Lunenburg Campus, will assist with the felling, loading and securing of the tree. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will provide vehicle-compliance assistance for transportation of the tree on Nova Scotia Highways. Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage co-ordinates delivery and transportation of the tree to Boston. The tree will serve as the focal point for the annual tree-lighting ceremony at the Boston Common on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.last_img read more

Seeking Fairer Drug Prices Oped

first_imgGovernment made a commitment to make life better for families. Getting fair drug prices for Nova Scotians is part of the plan. Nova Scotians are paying too much for prescription drugs. The current drug pricing system results in prices that are too high for those who need our help most — seniors, families, individuals enrolled in our Pharmacare programs. As Health Minister, it surprised me to learn that Nova Scotians are paying more for their generic drugs than most developed countries and some other provinces. Let me share several examples. Through our Seniors Pharmacare, seniors pay $82.36 for a one-year prescription of the generic version of Fosamax (70 mg), called alendronate, a drug prescribed to treat osteoporosis. If Nova Scotia adopted British Columbia’s new drug strategy, the same person would pay $64.44. People enrolled in the Family Pharmacare plan taking the generic version of Lipitor, commonly used to treat high cholesterol, pay $84.88 for a one-year prescription. Using Ontario’s pricing strategy, Nova Scotians in Family Pharmacare would pay $46.68. Even though we are making positive changes by offering more generic drugs in Nova Scotia, we believe the price we pay for most generic drugs is still too high. We must do better for our families and for taxpayers who expect us to use every health care dollar to its maximum effect. In the past eight years, government has doubled the amount spent on our Pharmacare programs. Last year in Nova Scotia, the programs funded over 6,000 drugs and helped more than 200,000 people pay for their drugs. That cost $285 million. The time has come for Nova Scotia to change our drug pricing system to get a better deal for today’s families. We have carefully studied what is happening across Canada where efforts are being made in a variety of ways to reduce drug costs and help consumers. Other provinces have moved to get fair drug prices and so will we. We have begun a thorough consultation process with pharmacists, pharmacy owners, doctors, drug manufacturers, seniors and other interested groups to develop a made in Nova Scotia approach to get a better deal on drug prices. As well, we have issued a Request for Proposal for one drug, atorvastatin, the generic form of Lipitor. It accounts for the largest part of spending through Pharmacare and we want to take this interim measure immediately to help those Nova Scotians enrolled in our Pharmacare programs who take this drug. For more information and to comment please visit our website www.gov.ns.ca/health/fairdrugprices . -30-last_img read more

Racing cars not exempt from tax

Importations of Go-carts are exempted only from Excise (Special Provisions) Duty and it is liable for payment of 55% of CIF value as other taxes, the statement said. The Finance Ministry said that the objective of this tax concession is to improve the Sports Economy and Tourism activities and thereby to increase the country’s income. The importing of racing cars have not been exempted from taxes, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement today.The ministry said that the tax exception announced in the 2013 budget was valid only for Go-carts. The import of racing cars (Except Go-carts) are liable for payment of 200% to 350% of CIF value as taxes (including Excise (Special Provisions Duty) depending on the cylinder capacity of the imported racing car.

Violent fourcar crash in Burlington

Two people were sent to hospital after a violent four-car crash in Burlington.Firefighters had to rescue the driver from a vehicle that ended up on top of a Mercedes at Walkers Line and Dundas around 7:30 last night.The female drivers from both vehicles were taken to Joseph Brant Hospital and are listed in good condition.The brightly painted truck was struck by a small, black compact that suffered significant damage — but the driver of that car  was able to walk away.Police say the woman driving the truck has been charged with making an improper left turn.

On information summits third day UN officials stress need for cooperation

As the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) moved into its third day today in Geneva, United Nations officials continued to stress the need for global cooperation in spreading the potential power of information and communications technologies (ICT) in development activities as well as taking into account the needs of those in poorer countries.Speaking during the Summit’s morning session, Imelda Henkin, Deputy Executive Director for Management of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said the agency believes that technology has a vital part to play in creating a new form of empowerment if it can be used to benefit the poorest by fostering knowledge generation and sharing at all levels of society.UNFPA also recognizes that it is equally important for countries and communities to be able to capture, synthesize and apply knowledge that is vital for their own development, Ms. Henkin said. Respect for cultural differences and experiences should be at the heart of the Summit and that capturing, synthesizing and sharing these experiences could pave the way for the development process as a basis for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In his statement, Michel Jarraud, Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), noted that ICTs have played a key role in meteorology since the 19th century with the advent of the telegraph. The information society, therefore, needs to further the capabilities of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in producing and delivering information, warnings and comprehensive and effective services to population in support of safety of life and property and the general welfare of the people in a wide range of weather-sensitive economic sectors.He re-emphasized that the availability of information technology has a key role to play in enabling and fostering access to weather, water and climate information and services, and that it should help to pave the way for sustainable development in developing and least developed countries, enabling populations and various economic sectors to benefit from comprehensive and effective information and warnings in support of safety of life and property and of economic and social development.For his part, the Executive Director of the UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), Amir A. Dossal, said finding solutions to complex problems – like polio, HIV/AIDS, access to safe drinking water, environmentally sustainable growth, refugee crises, and the digital divide – were too vast and too complex to be confronted by sovereign States or the United Nations alone.Numerous innovations were coming from developing countries, which need to find their way to other countries, so that they may benefit with what works and what does not, Mr. Dossal said. More importantly, they were contributing to national efforts to meet the MDGs, which have now been placed at the heart of the global agenda. “Working together, engaging with all actors of civil society is not only the best chance; it may also be the only chance we have to meet these global targets,” he said.In yesterday afternoon’s session, Juan Somavía, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), said the true measure of any technology was whether or not it improved lives. People were concerned about their families’ welfare, they wished to live in dignity and hope, and information and communication technologies were a channel to these aspirations.The promise was far from fulfilled, however, as the Summit needed to consider three issues: policies, with the right investment and employment policies designed to promote a fair society; the digitally excluded were often the socially excluded, and this should be remedied in a socially-conscious and respectful manner; and, protection of the workers in the information society, Mr. Somavía said.Kim Hak-Su, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said the global ICT revolution could accelerate broad-based growth and sustainable development. ICT development in Asia and the Pacific was moving at a rapid pace, but not all countries and regions had benefited in the move towards the new global economy.Mr. Kim said the new information society provided an opportunity to catch up for these countries, and to bridge the digital divide, alleviate poverty, manage social integration and promote emerging social issues. The regional exchange of experiences and best practices, the regional networking of initiatives and pursuance of a common vision played a decisive role in the creation of the information society.For her part, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Mervat Tallawy, said the new revolution of the information and knowledge society was most unconventional, since it was one where distances were becoming shorter, with great incentives for productivity and employment. However, challenges remained, with the digital divide between countries and societies which would continue to grow if every opportunity was not explored to remedy the situation.It was imperative to use the regional dimensions and regional integration to make the most of the revolution, and it was important within this dimension to unite national needs and international demands, Ms. Tallawy stressed. For the Western Asia area, this would prove to be a challenge, although ESCWA had undertaken many initiatives with the aim of removing difficulties and eliminating gaps in the region, and it was hoping that these steps would limit the digital divide and enhance cooperation with countries of the North, as well as help to create the information society in which peace would prevail.The Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, said respect for the dignity of human beings should be well represented through the development of ICTs. He reaffirmed the adoption of a common vision together with the information technology, which had an impact on freedom of expression. Governments should prevent the dissemination of hate speeches and other racist propaganda through the information media.The enjoyment of human rights, such as the right to education, health, to adequate housing and food, required more efforts, Mr. Ramcharan said. People should have equal participation in information technology, and they should be able to freely enjoy their rights. He pleaded for democracy to be strengthened while appealing for ICTs to work for the protection of human rights in general. read more

Aligarh Muslim University student arrested over poster featuring

first_imgALIGARH: An Aligarh Muslim University student was arrested after his Facebook page showed an objectionable poster on Prime Minister Narendra Modi carried recently by anti-India protesters in London, police said. Mohammad Zaid Rashid (20), admitted at the university’s off-campus centre in Bihar’s Kishanganj this year, was here when he downloaded a picture from the protests over the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us Some former AMU students complained online to the police after Rashid’s post surfaced on social media. In their complaint on Tuesday, they alleged that the poster had been put up on the AMU campus here, but the local police and the AMU authorities found that this was not correct. They traced the local address of the youth, a resident of the city’s Hamdard Nagar. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us AMU spokesman Shafey Kidwai said the incident was wrongly linked to the campus in Aligarh. “We found that the youth had just been admitted to the off-campus centre in Bihar. We promptly traced him to his residence and filed an FIR,” he told reporters. “We will take further appropriate action in this matter after the investigation is complete,” he said. Advertise With Us Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari said a case under the IT Act and for promoting social discord has been filed against Rashid. On Independence Day, pro-Pakistan protesters had demonstrated outside the Indian High Commission in London over the abrogation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.last_img read more

Meghan Markle accused of being a Difficult person and making Prince Harry

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesOkay, so it seems like Meghan Markle may not be the person she seems to be. At least according to one Royal expert.Meghan Markle is a “pretty difficult” person to work with and it is clear she makes Prince Harry feel “glum and miserable”, royal expert James Morrow has claimed.Meghan Markle has been under a lot of media scrutiny, which is expected but she has also had to undergo a lot of judgment from royal experts as well as fans. Apparently, Meghan Markle is a “pretty difficult character to deal with” and “not all that easy to work for”, the royal commentator said after the fourth member of the Duchess of Sussex’s team resigned this month after joining only last year. Speaking to Sky News Australia, Mr Morrow said: “I think it is a particularly tough gig for a princess like Meghan Markle who is in fact actually fairly notorious – something of a princess in a non-royal sense of the word. Her politics are very left wing. She is always on about this cause or the other.  Meghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan Markle is in fact actually fairly notorious – something of a princess in a non-royal sense”You know what? Every time Harry is with her he always just looks very glum and miserable. However, every time you see a picture of them off with the lads and doing something else it is all smiles and laughter.””So, I think she is a pretty difficult character to deal with and I think that yes sure it is hard working for the royals but it would be hard working for a government ministry or working in any sort of roles.”The reason for Prince Harry’s glumness could very well be the burden of his Royal duties and the media and experts not leaving his wife alone, but hey what do we know. We wish the Royal couple well.last_img read more

Trumps announcement to end military drills with Seoul stuns a region

first_img.President Donald Trump rocked the region with the stunning announcement Tuesday that he was halting annual U.S.-South Korean military drills – and wants to remove the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.Trump’s surprise, almost offhand comments, made during a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seemingly upended decades of the U.S. defense posture on the Korean Peninsula.The remarks contradicted countless previous declarations by U.S. political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely critical.Trump has now essentially adopted the standard North Korean line, calling the military exercises a “provocative” drain of money and announcing they would stop while he continues talks with Kim, whom he repeatedly praised as a solid negotiating partner.His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only last year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of U.S. troops has long been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.Seoul’s presidential office told The Associated Press that it was trying to parse Trump’s comments. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.”At this current point, there is a need to discern the exact meaning and intent of president Trump’s comments,” Seoul’s defense ministry said, adding that there have been no discussions yet with Washington on modifying drills set for August.U.S. forces in South Korea said it has “received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises” and will continue to coordinate with South Korean partners and maintain the current posture until it receives an updated guidance from the Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command.Trump’s comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.North Korea regularly calls the military exercises provocative preparations for a northward invasion, and many of the scariest standoffs in recent years on the Korean Peninsula have happened when the drills were being staged.Outside analysts believe the North objects to the drills because it must spend precious resources on its own war games and troop movements. North Korea also insists that the U.S. troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear “umbrella” over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America’s “hostile” policy toward the North.”I want to bring our soldiers back home,” Trump said, although he added that it’s “not part of the equation right now.” Then he said: “We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. But we’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money. Plus, I think it’s very provocative.”The comments could fundamentally change the way the United States, whose alliance with Seoul was forged after a 1950 surprise attack by the North started the Korean War, operates in South Korea.Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would stop military exercises, his description of those drills as “provocative” and his suggestion that he wants to pull U.S. troops out at some point are “all things that Trump is putting on the table as concessions, all in exchange for some vague promises by the North Koreans,” said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations.Annual military drills between Washington and Seoul have been a major source of contention between the Koreas for years, and analysts have wondered whether their continuation would hurt the inter-Korean detente that, since an outreach by Kim in January, has replaced last year’s insults and threats of war. North Korea last month broke off a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea’s participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States.North Korea’s state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington “stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force.”Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops. There are also annual springtime drills. Drills called Team Spirit, one of the largest annual military manoeuvres in the world at the time, were held from 1976 until 1993, when, after North Korea agreed to dismantle its existing nuclear facilities, the exercises were cancelled and have not been held since.Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official, said Trump’s comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along – that North Korea would attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional U.S. president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors.”The core of the U.S.-South Korea alliance is the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea and the joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, but the American military presence in South Korea wouldn’t mean much if the militaries don’t practice through joint drills,” said Moon, now a senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy. “I am concerned that the summit between Trump and Kim will prove to be a setback in the global efforts to denuclearize North Korea and also introduce instability in the alliance between Seoul and Washington.”last_img read more

PDP BJP seal JK deal Mufti to be CM

first_imgAccording to the agreement reached between the two parties, the PDP will get the chief minister’s post while a BJP leader (most probably Nirmal Singh) will be made the Deputy Chief Minister.PDP veteran Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who is likely to be the next Jammu and Kashmir CM, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the next few days to finalise a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) to be shared by the two allies, said sources . For almost a month, the BJP and the PDP had been working on the CMP, which includes controversial issues like Article 370, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Uniform Civil Code. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIJammu and Kashmir elected a hung Assembly after the votes of the five-phased election were counted on December 23 last year, with the PDP emerging as the single largest party with 28 seats in the 87-member House. The BJP emerged as the second largest party with 25 seats, followed by the National Conference at 15 and Congress with 12. Smaller parties and independents had won seven seats.  Last week, Sayeed had asserted that the two parties will work “shoulder-to-shoulder” to provide the people of Jammu and Kashmir with good governance. There would be structured dialogue between leaders of the two parties and discussions would be held on the issues to finalise up on a Common Minimum Programme before forming the government, he had said. “Both (parties) will work together based on issues. We will work shoulder-to-shoulder so that we can give people a good government,” he added.The Governor’s Rule was imposed in the state on January 9, a day after National Conference leader Omar Abdullah asked Governor NN Vohra to relieve him of the duties of caretaker Chief Minister with immediate effect.last_img read more

Why cant Central America trade more

first_imgLogistical costs can add up to 50 percent to the final consumer price of products sold in Central America, a recent study by the World Bank noted.Factors that make goods more expensive in the region include high costs to transport products by land, poor road conditions and slow customs processing at borders. That makes it more difficult for companies – especially small ones – to remain competitive.The drawbacks to trade were highlighted on Feb. 8 during a Central American conference on trade and logistics, held in Costa Rica and attended by the World Bank vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, Hasan Tuluy, INCAE Business School President Arturo Condo and Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González.“Logistical costs currently represent 40 percent of the final value of a product. That’s an excessive figure when compared internationally,” Tuluy said.In Chile, for example, logistical costs represent only 18 percent of a product’s final cost, and the average of countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is 8 percent, he added. “Logistical costs mostly affect small producers, who pay three times more than big producers per unit to transport products from their farms to the border,” Tuluy said. The study noted that it’s cheaper and easier to ship tomatoes from San José, Costa Rica, to the U.S. state of California than it is to send them to Managua, Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan capital is one-tenth the distance from the Costa Rican capital when compared to California, but transportation costs can run companies up to four times as much. Border bureaucracy is another infamous barrier to cheap and efficient trade. Transport companies often must wait up to 20 hours for processing goods in order to cross Central American borders. Bad roads and lack of coordination between border officials also hamper the process. “Central America needs to address these logistical barriers, particularly at the borders, through a joint effort by governments and through low-cost measures that help facilitate trade and improve competition in the region,” said Felipe Jaramillo, the World Bank’s director for Central America. The study also analyzed recent free-trade agreements between Central American countries, concluding that although the agreements create more trade and investment opportunities, results aren’t guaranteed unless government agencies become more agile and efficient, which includes hiring better-trained employees, upgrading technology and improving infrastructure. “For a region that has advanced in terms of free-trade agreements, there is still a need to improve internally,” Tuluy said. González said implementing the study’s recommendations should be a priority for regional officials. “As government officials, we need to give this issue political priority and work together with regional governments and the private sector,” she said. “We need to use international cooperation and achieve not only an increase in regional trade, but also the participation of our countries in global value chains,” she added. In January, González announced the Inter-American Development Bank would loan Costa Rica $80 million to finance the renovation of border facilities at Peñas Blancas, Paso Canoas, Sixaola and Las Tablillas.The minister cited “intense inter-agency cooperation” to upgrade Peñas Blancas border facilities, recent improvements at Paso Canoas and a decision to continue projects at Sixaola and Las Tablillas as a sign of commitment by the administration of President Laura Chinchilla to help businesses compete. She said the projects had been delayed by 20 years before the current administration decided to move forward. “Our goal is have world-class border facilities, and we’ve made great strides to open new markets through trade agreements. We’re also improving the business climate by making bureaucracy more efficient and easy for exporters,” Foreign Trade Vice Minister Fernando Ocampo said.The study concluded that it is vital for countries to work together, not only on improving individual shortcomings, but also on bilateral issues, including customs offices. “The World Bank will continue working to help develop these efforts to make trade more efficient, and transform growth opportunities into real benefits for all Central Americans,” Tuluy said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

California Housing Sees Improvements in March

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share California Housing Sees Improvements in March April 21, 2014 471 Views center_img California Association of Realtors DataQuick Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply 2014-04-21 Tory Barringer California’s housing market looked healthier in March than it did at any other point so far this year but remained sluggish compared to last year’s numbers.Data released last week by the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) shows statewide sales of existing, single-family homes totaling a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 367,000 last month, up 1.4 percent from February but down 12.3 percent from year-ago levels.It was the fifth straight month in which sales came in below 400,000 and the eighth straight annual decline, C.A.R. reported.“While the demand for housing was up from February, the market is taking a hit from lower housing affordability compared to a year ago, which led to a decline in home sales from last year,” said association president Kevin Brown.“Moreover, concerns over tighter lending standards and increased borrowing costs are also contributing factors to the sluggish market as they both negatively impact the bottom line of home buyers who obtain financing through mortgages,” he added.According to the group’s report, which compiles data from more than 90 local Realtor associations and multiple listing services around the state, the median price of an existing home in March was $435,470, coming up 7.7 percent from February and reversing a declining trend that started the year. Compared to March 2013, prices were up 14.9 percent, marking more than two years of straight yearly gains.Meanwhile, housing inventory fell between the previous month and the previous year, ending March at a months’ supply of 4 months. That figure was down from February’s Unsold Inventory Index of 4.7 months but up from 2.9 months in March 2013.A six- to seven-month supply is considered typical in a normal market, C.A.R. said.Out of those homes left unsold, many were “priced above what the market will bear and are not moving,” said Leslie Appleton-Young, VP and chief economist for C.A.R.“As such, even with improved home prices over the past year, new listings are lagging because would-be sellers who have limited options on where to move are hesitant to put their properties on the market,” she said.The association’s report came a day after DataQuick released its monthly statistics for the state. In its own findings, the company reported an estimated 32,923 transactions, slightly higher than C.A.R.’s calculated seasonally adjusted monthly average.last_img read more

Remains of people killed in Athalassa hospital bombing identified

first_imgThe remains of six Greek Cypriots and a Turkish Cypriot who had died in a bombing at the Athalassa psychiatric hospital during the Turkish invasion in July 1974, have been identified through DNA testing, commissioner for humanitarian issues, Fotis Fotiou said on Tuesday.A number of hospital inmates, including three Turkish Cypriots, were reportedly buried there after being killed during an air raid.Although the authorities were searching for the remains of 31 people during excavations last year, only 11 were found.The authorities received information that some of those 31 were later buried at a Nicosia cemetery.Fotiou said there are indications as to the identity of remains of five more people who were located at the Athalassa site but further tests will be carried out “to be sure.”Efforts are also underway to identify all skeletal remains located at the Athalassa hospital site.When the identification of those remains is completed, he said, authorities will look into the case of seven persons that, according to information, had been buried at the cemetery of the Saints Constantinos and Eleni in Pallouriotissa. These individuals, two of whom were among the 31 missing, were believed to be patients of the hospital, Fotiou said.“Unfortunately, there are is no personal information for the other five,” Fotiou said.In total 33 people were killed during the bombings at the hospital – 31 patients, a nurse and a soldier. The bodies of the latter two had been delivered to their families for burial.“We are at the end of another difficult effort. Our goal is to heal another wound that has been tormenting so many families for almost half a century,” Fotiou said.He added that the Republic of Cyprus is doing what it can to provide answers to the families of both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot missing persons and called on Turkey to “cooperate to solve a humanitarian problem.”You May LikeScience101Here Are All The Worst Cars Ever MadeScience101UndoNewsxoxo8 Must-Know Tips That’ll Help You Recover from Flu Faster!NewsxoxoUndoLilAnswer7 Best Foods That’ll Help Improve Eye Vision Naturally!LilAnswerUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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