UST stops Cignal-Ateneo, maintains perfect record in PBA D-League

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Generika snaps 6-game skid, nips Foton in 5 sets LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Mark Nonoy, who has see action in the collegiate ranks,  led UST’s charge with 23 points, six rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while Rhenz Abando sniped away with 21 points, anchored on 6-of-9 three pointers.  He also finished with a steal and a shot block.Big man Soulemane Chabi Yo muscled his way inside with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Growling Tigers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Our mindset for this game was to see where we are right now,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.“Ateneo is one of the best collegiate teams in our country so we want to measure ourselves on how we can play against them.” Gian Mamuyac had 18 points to lead the Blue Eagles who played without center Angelo Kouame and head coach Tab Baldwin. / gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers maintained its perfect record in the 2019 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup after preying on Cignal-Ateneo, 112-98 Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.The Growling Tigers charged to a 3-0 win-loss record while the Blue Eagles dropped to second spot with a 2-1 card.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READlast_img read more

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India have a 99 per cent chance of winning World T20: Virender Sehwag at Salaam Cricket

first_imgFormer India batsman Virender Sehwag felt Mahendra Singh Dhoni has found the perfect winning combination and reckoned that his team has a 99 per cent chance of lifting the ICC World Twenty20 at home.India have won 10 out 11 T20 Internationals this year and their victims include Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Last night, India crushed hosts Bangladesh by eight wickets to win the Asia Cup T20 in Dhaka. Skipper Dhoni feels this team is balanced enough to take on any team anywehre in the world. (India on track for World T20, says Dhoni after Asia Cup win) With the World T20 set to start in India next week, (the qualifiers start tomorrow), it now looks like the hosts are the outright favourites to win the tournament. Sehwag, who played a key role in India’s World T20 triumph in 2007, said the Men in Blue have a 99 per cent chance of winning the trophy for a record second time.”India have 99 per cent chance of winning the World T20. India have been winning and the they have the perfect combination,”Sehwag said at Aaj Tak’s Salaam Cricket Conclave. “The pitches will assist spinners as tournament goes on. We have a better chance than other teams.” (Also read: India-Pakistan contests bigger than Ashes, says Inzamam-ul-Haq) Sehwag said the pitches could wear to the extent where Dhoni might be tempted to use as many as three spinners. “We played three spinners in the last World T20 (in Bangladesh)., There could be a chance of something similar at home this time too.”advertisementIn the 2014 World T20, India had played R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra as they stormed to the final after winning all their matches. This year so far, Dhoni has preferred three seamers (Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya) and two spinners (Ashwin and Jadeja). But should he need more spin, he has two good options – Harbhajan Singh and Pawan Negi.Sehwag said India’s top three batsmen and the spinners will be key to their chances of winning the World T20 at home. However, he did have some concerns ahead of India’s opening match against New Zealand next Tuesday.”It could be a big issue if one of your permanent players gets injured. Our top three batsmen and spinners will be key. Summers would have just started when the World T20 begins so players should keep a check on their physique,” Sehwag said.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli better than AB de Villiers, says Shane Warne

first_imgFormer Australian spin wizard Shane Warne sought to settle the debate on who the best batsman in the world is by claiming that Virat Kohli was better than his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers. (IPL Full Coverage)Kohli has had a majestic run this year, amassing runs in one-day internationals and T20Is with complete ease before turning his focus on the Indian Premier League, where he has so far scored 919 runs and smashed four hundreds in 15 innings. (Also read: I will be worried to bowl at Virat Kohli, says Wasim Akram) De Villiers has not been far behind, hammering 682 runs in 15 innings at a strike rate of 170.07. Two of his innings included a brutal 129 not out off 52 balls and a composed unbeaten 79 in the first qualifier against Gujarat Lions. The second knock helped RCB book a spot in the final for the third time .KOHLI-ABD RELATIONSHIPA lot has been said about the on-field chemistry between the RCB duo. Mr Nags, who hosts the more than passable RCB insider shows, even tried to bring to light what was cooking between Kohli and de Villiers. Kohli had always maintained that AB de Villiers was better than him. After de Villiers’ match-winning effort against Gujarat, Kohli reiterated why he had rated his teammate above himself. (Virat Kohli unreal, superhuman and beyond comparison)’HASN’T PLAYED MANY OF ‘THOSE’ KNOCKS’However, Warne doesn’t seem to buy Kohli’s argument. He sheds light on why he thinks the RCB skipper is better than de Villiers in a chat to theringsideview.comadvertisement”De Villiers is a 360 degree player. He plays reverses, the lapses and all those sort of things but hasn’t really played too many of ‘those’ innings Virat Kohli has played,” Warne said. (Also read: Virat Kohli inspiring and very well brought up, says Mr Nags) De Villiers has found a lot of success playing unorthodox shots that takes the bowler by surprise. When he is on song, the opposition captain has the biggest headache of getting the right men at the right spots. More often than not, the time taken to set fields go futile as de Villiers finds the gaps on the field with some unimaginable strokeplay.’OUTSMARTS HIMSELF TOO MUCH’Warne, however, feels de Villiers tries too much and sometime outsmarts himself in doing so. “He outsmarts himself too much and tries too many unbelievable shots.”On the other hand, Warne seems to be in awe of how Kohli goes about his innings in the shortest format of the game.”Even the innings the other day (113 against King XI Punjab), there wasn’t one reverse shot. There was nothing funky, there were just cricket shots. It needs an amazing amount of skill to do that consistently in T20 cricket.” he said.   “Kohli’s determination and finding a way during crunch games just puts him ahead of de Villiers,” he added.’INSANE NUMBERS’Speaking about the unbelievable numbers Kohli has against his name, Warne said, “If you look at their records, Virat Kohli has done it, he has an average of more than 100 when chasing scores, it’s just insane to see that sort of numbers.””There is not much between them. But I think Virat Kohli just pips him.”last_img read more

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Greek Hoop League Opens

first_imgGreece’s basketball league opened with a bevy of games led by Panathinaikos’ 76-70 win over Aris thanks to American James Gist.Olympiacos, the other perennial power, whomped Kolossos Rhodes, 88-62, while AEK overcame Thessaloniki’s PAOK, 65-53.Arkadikos-division team, almost won its first game in the top tier but the team from Tripoli was edged by host Kifissia, 68-66, the same score as Kavala’s win over Lavrio.The Rethymno Cretan Kings defeated Apollon Patras 87-73 and Trikala beat Korivos Amaliadas, 73-64.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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18-year-old Prithvi Shaw youngest Indian to score half-century on Test debut

first_imgPrithvi Shaw at 18 years and 329 days became the youngest Indian to score a half-century on Test debut. The record was earlier held by Abbas Ali Baig (20 years and 126 days) and Gundappa Viswanath (20 years and 276 days)Shaw had announced himself with a record-breaking 546 off 330 balls in school cricket as a 14-year-old. Over the next several years, Shaw continued to dominate headlines and it was obvious to several experts that the boy would be destined for greatness.On Wednesday, the Indian team management announced Shaw would make his Test debut against West Indies in Rajkot. He was part of the Indian squad for the final two Tests in England but he did not get to play a game.Once Shikhar Dhawan was left out of the two-Test series against West Indies, the path was clear for Shaw to make his debut. And there were major expectations of the young man.India vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket ScoreAfter all, Prithvi Shaw had become the youngest player to score a hundred on Duleep Trophy debut in 2017. The record was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar who went on to score 100 international hundreds. Earlier in the same year, Shaw had also scored a hundred on his Ranji Trophy debut.Prithvi Shaw is no stranger to success and high league pressure. He was captain of the Indian under-19 team which won the World Cup in New Zealand in 2018. Impressed with his performances, Shaw was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.20 crore for the 2018 IPL.advertisementAnd, here comes the first Test FIFTY for the debutant @PrithviShawLive – https://t.co/RfrOR7MGDV #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/smDS2226bABCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2018More importantly, Shaw had the confidence of several hundreds under his belt when he walked out to bat for India Thursday morning. In 14 first-class matches before his Test debut, Shaw had scored seven hundreds and five half-centuries.India were dealt an early blow in the opening Test. KL Rahul was trapped leg before wicket by Shannon Gabriel. However, Shaw remained unfazed and kept playing his natural game in the company of Cheteshwar Pujara.On the eve of his debut, Shaw had conceded he was nervous but added Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri made him feel at home with some encouraging words.last_img read more

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Prithvi Shaw returns from injury, named in Mumbai squad for Syed Mushtaq Ali T20

first_imgYoung opening batsman Prithvi Shaw will be returning to competitive cricket after sustaining an ankle injury during a practice game in Australia prior to the Test series as he was on Saturday included in Mumbai’s squad for the upcoming Mushtaq Ali Trophy.The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) announced the 15-member squad for the domestic T20 tournament on its website after the senior selection committee, led by former India pacer Ajit Agarkar, met here to pick the team.India international Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Mumbai team in the T20 tournament, which will be played in Indore from February 21 to 28.Shaw had sustained the injury while fielding and subsequently missed the entire Australia Test series, which the visitors won.It was was India’s maiden Test series win Down Under.Subsequently, on his return to India, Shaw underwent a rehabilitation programme.Other batting regulars Shreyas Iyer, Siddhesh Lad, Surya Kumar Yadav and experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare have made it to the squad.The bowling attack will be led by former India pacer Dhawal Kulkarni.Mumbai, who flopped in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy, had won the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the domestic One-day tournament, earlier in the season.Mumbai squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Surya Kumar Yadav, Akash Parkar, Eknath Kerkar, Dhurmil Matkar, Shams Mulani, Shubham Ranjane, Tushar Deshpande and Royston Dias.Also Read | Prithvi Shaw gets pep talk from Sachin Tendulkar ahead of possible return from injuryAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill should just enjoy their cricket now: Sachin Tendulkaradvertisementlast_img read more

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Coop Students begin Work Placements in Construction Jobs

first_imgMore than 100 high school students equipped with safety training and an interest in the skilled trades have started their summer co-op work placements in the construction sector. The students are part of the Building Futures for Youth program, which gives Grade 11 students an opportunity to safely explore a career in Nova Scotia’s construction industry. The program was developed by the Construction Association of Nova Scotia in partnership with the departments of Education, Labour and Workforce Development and the Nova Scotia Community College. “The students participating in the Building Futures for Youth program are gaining the skills and experience needed to fill good jobs, while making connections with some of the provinces best employers,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “This program is a perfect example of government, industry and the education community working together to grow this provinces workforce and economy.” Building Futures for Youth was launched as a pilot program in 2008 with seven students from the Halifax Regional School Board participating. The following year it was expanded into Chignecto Central and Cape Breton-Victoria Regional school boards with 36 students participating. The program is now offered in all school boards with 103 students enrolled. Adam Smith, a student working with JW Lindsay Enterprises for the summer, became interested in Building Futures for Youth after seeing the success his brother had in the program. “I’m only 17 years old and I have already had the opportunity to learn new skills and gain valuable experience in several different trades,” said Mr. Smith. “In the future I could see myself with a successful career in the trades, and just like my brother, I feel like on am on a pathway to success.” Before beginning their placements, students receive two weeks of construction-specific safety training from Nova Scotia Community College. They also receive a full day of training from the Construction Association of Nova Scotia on workplace expectations. Carol MacCulloch, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia, said the industry trade association of more than 700 employers has been transformed through our Building Futures for Youth experiences. “We are engaged in a meaningful relationship with the education system, enriched by our school board partnerships, and energized by the enthusiasm of the students and their families while actively working to ensure a future skilled construction workforce that will benefit all Nova Scotians. You really can’t ask for more from a program.” Students who participate in Building Futures for Youth are compensated for their work by their employer and receive high school co-operative education credits for every 100 hours. Students are also issued a pre-apprenticeship identification card and may be eligible to register as a youth apprentice. Students can also gain apprenticeship hours for work performed under the supervision of a certified journeyperson. Upon successful completion, a student will receive up to 300 hours apprenticeship credit when they register in an apprenticeship program. “Through this program, the construction industry is gaining the talent and ambition of some of the most professional youth I have ever encountered,” said Royce Williston, president of Higgins Construction. “By providing these students with experience, advice and direction I am helping them make decisions about their futures, and hopefully some will choose to build a career in Nova Scotia’s construction sector.” For more information about the Building Futures for Youth program visit www.buildingfutures.ca .last_img read more

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Decomposed body of retired WBCS officer found

first_imgKolkata: A decomposed body of a retired WBCS officer was found from his rented house on Monday night in Jadavpur.The landlord found a foul smell emitting out from the part of the house where his tenant lived and he informed police about it. According to sources, on Monday night, a man called Jadavpur police station and informed that his tenant who is a retired WBCS officer identified as Sukriti Bhusan Dutta (80) is not responding to his calls and knocks on the door. He said a foul smell was emitting from the room. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPolice rushed to the house located at 37/3, Ibrahimpur Road. After reaching the spot the landlord told the police that Dutta resided on the first floor of his two -storied house. Following that the police went upstairs and knocked on the door. After a few minutes, the police broke the door and found Dutta’s decomposed body was lying on the floor of his room. It is learnt that Dutta used to reside alone at the rented house for long time. He was known as a good human being in the area. Police recovered the body and sent it for autopsy. After a search of his room, police found no suicide note or any clues which could indicate towards foul play. It is suspected that he had fallen sick due to his age and died before he could sought help from his landlord and neighbours.last_img read more

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Northern BC Caribou Closure Town Hall with Bob Zimmer

first_imgPomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre Fort St. John FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bob Zimmer will be hosting a Town Hall about the plans for a potential Caribou Recovery Program in the Region.Zimmer will be hosting a Public Northern BC Caribou Closures Town Hall on February 2nd at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre in Fort St. John from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. This is an opportunity to bring the community together to discuss concerns and Zimmer hopes to get answers to questions.In Bob Zimmer’s January 21, 2019, Weekly Report, he shares that the promised public meetings with the Government have been cancelled, and future plans regarding the Caribou are still unknown. He goes on to say this could have an effect on our region, economically and recreationally. 11308 Alaska Road, Tim RoomFort St. John, BC V1J5T5last_img read more

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Through videos on social media AAP will explain needs of full statehood

first_imgNEW DELHI: To explain the needs of full statehood in Delhi the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has started focusing on videos and social media. The partyhas already announced candidates for all seven Delhi seats and the candidates with their teams are spreading these videos to the people. “We are making these videos to simplify the issue of full statehood. When we are going door to door for the campaign we find that in spoken words sometimes people do not understand the issue. That’s why we thought of making these small explanatory videos and the feedback is positive,” said a leader. In this video, the makers are mostly taking up different issues related to full statehood and also bringing some characters to act on these videos. “Visual media is faster and also it has a larger reach. In some cases we play these videos at Mohallah Sabhas by putting big screens” said a leader. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe party is also using various social media platforms like Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter to post these videos. “In the ground level there are many Whatsapp groups to interact with our volunteers and we are sharing these video in those groups. We have also requested the individuals to share the videos with there friends and in this way the circulation is taking place,” a leader said. On the other hand, the social media teams of the AAP also planned to spread videos, explainers, pictures and quotes on the same issues. For social media, the party has also found out various old video clips of leaders from BJP and Congress where they have promised to give full statehood to Delhi. According to the sources the party is also experimenting with various hashtags for the social media to spread the information about the fight across the spectrum. Earlier, Gopal Rai showed various clippings of BJP leaders saying that the party would like to bring full statehood.last_img read more

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Putin Belt and Road fits with Eurasian Economic Union goals

BEIJING — China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative meshes perfectly with the goals of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.Putin’s comments to a Belt and Road forum in Beijing may help alleviate concerns over potential tensions between China and Russia, given Beijing’s rapidly expanding economic footprint in Central Asia, Moscow’s traditional sphere of influence.Putin told some three-dozen leaders attending the conference that China’s moves “fit perfectly into our plans.”The Eurasian Economic Union groups Russia with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in a common market that seeks to remove barriers to the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour.The five member states “unanimously supported the idea of linking the construction of the Eurasian Economic Community” and the Belt and Road, Putin said.Separately, Putin met Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He visited Beijing just after wrapping up a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Russia’s Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok.The Associated Press read more

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Effective security strategy most urgent priority for Afghanistan – Ban Kimoon

26 September 2007As Afghanistan continues to grapple with an ongoing insurgency, weak governance and a growing narcotics industry, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has cited an effective plan to ensure security as the war-torn nation’s most pressing need. “The most urgent priority must be an effective, integrated civilian-military strategy and security plan for Afghanistan,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the situation in the country and its implications for peace and security. “A coordinated military response is still needed to defeat insurgent and terrorist groups, but success in the medium term requires the engagement of communities and the provision of lasting security in which development can take place,” he added.The Secretary-General stated that a key to sustaining security gains in the long term is increasing the capability, autonomy and integrity of the Afghan National Security Forces, especially the Afghan National Police.He urged the Government to build on the outcomes of the Conference on the Rule of Law in Afghanistan, which he co-chaired with President Hamid Karzai in Rome in July, by finalizing its justice sector strategy and addressing the “apparent impunity enjoyed by those Government officials perceived to be abusing their offices.”Highlighting the threat to reconstruction and development posed by the continued increase in opium production – which reached record levels this year – Mr. Ban called on Afghan authorities to prioritize interdiction and bring drug traffickers to justice. Participants at a high-level meeting convened over the weekend at UN Headquarters in New York by Mr. Ban and President Karzai also expressed great concern at that situation, underlining the link between drug production and trafficking and the financing of terrorist activities, and agreed that “breaking this linkage is vital to creating a stable, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan.” Meanwhile in New York today, President Karzai and the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Kemal Dervis launched the Afghanistan National Human Development Report 2007, which explores the importance of the rule of law to human development in the country.A key finding of the report, prepared by an independent team of authors, is that the Afghan justice system must be rebuilt in a way that bridges modern and traditional justice institutions, protects rights and strengthens rule of law – “a pivotal step in Afghanistan’s march to successful political transition and development.”The report makes a strong case for a “hybrid model of Afghan justice” with traditional systems of dispute settlement – jirgas and shuras – complementing the formal justice system. “This report advocates a bold and creative approach to strengthening the justice institutions in Afghanistan,” President Karzai said at today’s launch. “While remaining committed to universal principles of human rights and Afghan laws, we believe that the state and traditional justice bodies working together can help make justice and the rule of law more readily available to Afghans,” he added.The report found that personal security is among the major impediments to achieving development targets in Afghanistan. In 2006 alone, more than 4,400 Afghans – including 1,000 civilians – died in anti-government violence, twice as many as in 2005. “Security is a prerequisite for the rule of law that, in turn creates an atmosphere conducive to human development,” the report states. “Strengthening the rule of law can nonetheless, serve as an important means to advance the freedom of people to exercise choices and enhance their capacity to live meaningful and healthy lives.”Afghanistan has adapted the globally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger, to nine Afghan MDGs. While the country has maintained a steady growth rate and is likely to achieve its poverty goal by 2020, the report notes that the picture is “disappointing” for most of the other goals. Some 6.6 million – or one third of Afghans – do not have enough food to eat, only 12 per cent of women and 32 per cent of men are literate, and the mortality rate for children under five years and the proportion of mothers dying in childbirth are among the highest in the world. Mr. Dervis noted that the report showed that despite decades of war, Afghanistan has made measurable progress with regard to some key dimensions of human development as well as towards achieving Afghanistan’s development goals. He added that “with the spectre of violence and uncertainty lifting ever so gradually from Afghanistan, the need to expand prospects of life and human development across the length and breadth of the country assume ever-greater urgency.” read more

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UN to help Congolese refugees head home across difficult terrain

Starting tomorrow, around 100 of an estimated 58,000 refugees who fled to Betu, Congo from fighting in the DRC some six years ago will be taken up the Oubangui River in locally built dugouts to a transit centre in Libenge. Roads in the heavily forested region are little more than rough tracks, sudden torrential downpours are common and it can take up to 10 hours to travel only 100 kilometres.After spending the night at the transit centre, the refugees will be given food, supplies, shelter construction tools and mosquito nets before beginning the next leg of the journey by truck – water levels are still too low for larger boats – across dense rainforest for their areas of origin in Equateur province in north-western DRC. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the final stage will often be on foot.“This is probably going to be one of the most logistically challenging operations that UNHCR has ever undertaken to return home refugees,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a briefing today in Geneva, adding that Equateur, which has been relatively stable for nearly two years, is the only province in the DRC where the agency is currently facilitating refugee returns.“Many refugees have expressed their wish to return home,” Ms. Pagonis said. Some 8,000 refugees have already signed up to repatriate and UNHCR said it hopes to help as many as 24,000 refugees in Congo voluntarily return home by the end of this year. The operation is scheduled to last through 2007. read more

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Hull of missing British yacht found no sign of crew

first_img US Coast Guard Capt. Anthony Popiel addresses reporters on the search Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe four men, Paul Gosling, James Male, Steve Warren and Andrew Bridge, were all sailing to the UK from a regatta in the Caribbean when their yacht capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean on 16 May. The Cheeki Rafiki Source: Royal Yachting AssociationA search was launched for the men after they disappeared, but was stood down a number of days later. Relatives and family members of the four British yachtsmen Source: Nick AnsellHowever, American authorities relaunched the search and rescue mission after requests from the British government.Read: Man missing after boat capsizes on Lough Ree> Paul Gosling, James Male, Steve Warren and Andrew Bridge who are missing from the yacht ‘Cheeki Rafiki Source: Royal Yachting AssociationTHE US COAST guard says that the hull of a missing yacht has been found off Massachusetts.However, it says that there is still no sign of the four crew missing from the Cheeki Rafiki.last_img read more

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Helios solar project in doubt

first_imgThe German government poured cold water on Greek hopes of support for a mammoth photovoltaics project named Helios that would see the installation of a solar panel system in Greece and the power produced transmitted to Germany.“There will be absolutely no support to Greece via German electricity clients,” was the statement by a German Finance Ministry spokesman on Monday in response to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel suggesting that the European Union wishes to have favorable German regulations in the renewable energy sector extended to Greek firms, provided they supplied electricity to the European network. “That would mean German consumers would have to pay for the reconstruction of the Greek economy,” Spiegel wrote.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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ASA Following Progress of House Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) continues to follow efforts to pass a new farm bill in the House of Representatives, and noted passage of legislation today by the House Committee on Agriculture. ASA strongly supports enacting a new farm bill before the current Agricultural Act of 2014 expires at the end of September. ASA President John Heisdorffer, a soybean farmer from Keota, Iowa, issued the following statement.“ASA continues to support completing the farm bill process as soon as possible this year to provide the long-term certainty farmers and ranchers need in the face of low farm prices and the volatile outlook for agricultural trade. After today’s Committee action, we hope sufficient votes can be found to pass a bill on the House floor in the coming weeks. However, we are concerned by the absence of bipartisan support for the current bill, and encourage the House and Committee leadership to work toward legislation that can receive the broad support that farm bills traditionally require.”last_img read more

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Soy Growers Talk Paying the Price for a Trade War with China

first_imgASA Director Richard Wilkins talks tariffs and soybeans on “Fox Business” this week. Photo credit: Screenshot from Fox BusinessSoy growers are frustrated, but not surprised this week, as a trade war looms with U.S. soy’s top customer. The Chinese Commerce Department announced plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans in retaliation for the U.S. proposed $60 billion in tariffs against Chinese goods. Soybean futures were already down nearly 40 cents a bushel the morning after this announcement.Here’s a look at ASA leaders in the news discussing how tariffs impact soy growers:ASA Director Joe Steinkamp, of Indiana, tells the Washington Post he exports about one-third of his soybean crop to China, so if the Chinese shun American suppliers, he risks losing around $170,000 in annual income. http://ow.ly/FQHr30jjxmaASA Director Brandon Wipf, of South Dakota, says if the tariff is put on, it would be devastating for U.S. growers, via Brownfield Ag News http://ow.ly/dWQh30jkKmvIowa Soybean Association Director Rolland Snell and ASA Director Rob Shaffer are featured on a Today Show segment, which discusses why soy growers worry they’re the ones about to pay the price for an escalating trade war with China. http://ly/LGuI30ji5fySoybean grower and ASA Director Richard Wilkins discusses China’s possible plan to import soybeans from Brazil, instead of the U.S., in response to President Trump’s tariffs, via Fox Business http://ow.ly/Se9130jkL0A  ASA Treasurer Bill Gordon, of Minnesota, talks the impact of China tariffs on soybeans and trade, via AgWired http://ow.ly/uY4030jkLBuASA Chairman Ron Moore, who raises soybeans near Roseville, Ill., says a trade war with China would hurt rural investment in rural areas, via The Wall Street Journal http://ow.ly/pmae30jkVJTClick here to read more about the work ASA is doing on trade.Follow @ASA_Soybeans and #TradeTuesday #RethinkTheTariffs and #SoyLeaders to keep up to date on these issues and more.last_img read more

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Miami VA hosts 1st baby shower for expecting veterans

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida organization is taking care of diaper duty for some brave mothers-to-be.The Miami VA Women Veterans Program collected donations from Miami VA employees and businesses at its first baby shower, Saturday. The event aims to help about 50 local pregnant veterans with the arrivals of their newborn babies.“We have nearly 5,000 women veterans from Monroe County up to Broward, and 72 are currently pregnant,” said an event organizer.The shower, held at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center in Miami, gave people an opportunity to donate clothing, toiletries, diapers, toys, gift cards and more.“It is an honor to serve these women,” said one woman. “They put boots on the ground just like the men did.”“We donated 4,860 diapers, I believe, so there’s a box of diapers donated to each mom here,” said Divya Nawalrai with the Miami Diaper Bank.Veteran Dana Humes is ready to have her second child, and she is grateful for the program. “Ms. Debra, the coordinator here, has been fabulous,” Humes said. “It’s a complete transition from my first pregnancy, and this one with the VA, they’ve stepped up a lot.” Organizers said the event was a success, and they look forward to putting it on again. “We had a great turnout, and a lot of excitement, a lot of great energy so we’d really like to continue it,” said Michelle Zielenski, The Women Veterans Program Manager.For more information on services offered by the Miami VA Women Veterans Program go to www.miami.va.gov/services/women.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Facebook uses data to create disease prevention maps

first_img Facebook Share your voice Post a comment Tech Industry 0 Facebook is partnering with more than a dozen nonprofits and universities on this public health effort.  Angela Lang/CNET Facebook wants to help public health organizations combat diseases by providing them with a valuable tool: a trio of maps that include data about where people live, how they move and if they have internet access.The social network used information from publicly available databases and from Facebook’s nearly 2.4 billion users to build these maps.”All of these maps, when combined with information from health systems, can improve the way organizations deliver supplies and respond to outbreaks,” said Laura McGorman and Alex Pompe, who work on Facebook’s Data for Good team, in a blog post published Monday. greater-london-mapThis map shows how people move between London and surrounding areas by day. Facebook One of the maps includes information about the number of people living in a particular area along with data about their age. Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, the social network used census information and satellite images to create a population map that Facebook says is three times more detailed than any source. The map has already helped the Red Cross decide how to spread out workers who are educating people about getting vaccinated for measles.Another map, which used data from Facebook users who allowed the social network to track their location, illustrated where people moved. That could help organizations combat contagious illnesses such as the flu that can be spread through human contact.The third map shows how much internet access is available in a particular area, giving organizations a better idea of whether they can reach someone through online messaging rather than a house visit.Facebook is partnering with more than a dozen nonprofits and universities on this public health effort, including UNICEF, the Harvard School of Public Health and Direct Relief. Tagslast_img read more

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