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Raqraquin, San Beda not discouraged by NCAA Finals game 1 loss

first_imgIt turned out to be a huge confidence-booster for Raqraquin and the Lady Red Spikers after they showed they can take the Lady Chiefs to the distance in Finals game 1 on Friday.“This was a huge help in our confidence, even though we lost,” said Raqraquin. “We saw that we shouldn’t be scared of Arellano because we know we can dominate and we showed that in the third set and we were also able to contain them in then fourth”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I told my teammates that they shouldn’t be afraid of Arellano, and told them to look at whoever is in front of them. ‘Look at them, would you allow yourself to be beaten? Would you let yourself be intimidated? Fight them.’”San Beda lit up in the third set with a commanding 11-2 run to take a 21-12 lead off Nieza Viray’s through-the-block kill. This sudden surge in the middle set gave the Lady Red Spikers the confidence boost they needed in the fourth set, but unfortunately the Lady Chiefs had them by the throat come the fifth period.“I think we got really tired come the fifth set, and I also take the blame for it,” said Raqraquin, who had a game-high 21 points. “I was preparing myself for those hard serves but they [Lady Chiefs] would instead go for a short serve.”Although San Beda ultimately fizzled in the fifth, Raqraquin said that it’s only the first game and they still have a chance to force a rubber match.“We shouldn’t be saddened by this loss, it’s still not over,” said Raqraquin. “We still have a chance on the next games.”ADVERTISEMENT San Beda Lady Red Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a loss to remember for San Beda, but not for the negative reasons.The Lady Red Spikers suffered a five-set loss to defending champion Arellano University in the title round of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, but captain Cesca Raqraquin said the setback shouldn’t be taken at face value.ADVERTISEMENT Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaiscenter_img PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Magnolia frustrates GlobalPort to halt two-game skid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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CWC 2019: Faf Du Plessis reveals that the management tried to stop Rabada from…

first_imgImage Courtesy: The Sports PaperAdvertisementSouth Africa made their exit from the competition official after their defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s. One of the key reasons behind the Proteas’ failure was Rabada’s poor form which took a huge toll on the team who were devoid of Dale Steyn in the first place.Image Courtesy: The Sports PaperIn a surprising revelation, South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis has revealed that he along with the management tried to stop Kagiso Rabada from participating in the IPL for the Delhi Capitals.The details were revealed when Faf Du Plessis was asked whether Rabada’s inconsistency was as a result of fatigue or not. Despite having a stellar tournament for the franchise, Rabada was subsequently called back home as a result of a back injury which saw him miss out the fag end of the tournament.Du Plessis noted that Rabada’s pace was a touch down during the ongoing World Cup and elaborated the situation. He said:“I mean, I spoke about it before the IPL even started, that it’s important that we try and find space to rest our three-format players, because they play all the formats all the time, and then IPL. Advertisement “So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t mean that they — you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is — you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is,”But the skipper certainly believes that the young speedster would be back to his fiery best in no time. He stated:“So that will be something that KG will need to…you know, he’s a great bowler. He will be able to fix that. His career has been one that’s been probably just going up and up and up and up and up every time he’s played for us. This is probably his first stumbling block as a great fast bowler. So for him now, it will be to show how he responds, how he learns in this period and how he makes sure he gets better. Because he has been great for us, but now he needs to take stock of where his bowling is and then try and get better as a bowler,”Read AlsoICC CWC 19 Preview: England vs. Australia; Who will win this contest of ‘White-Ball Ashes’?CWC 2019- BAN vs AFG: Shakib show puts Bangladesh in contention for semislast_img read more

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Find your circles: get gigs, get help, and fight isolation

first_imgI don’t know about you, but I’ve often found the whole concept of “networking” somewhat impenetrable. How would I get myself out there without sounding like a used car salesman?Should I wander into a crowded room and start passing out business cards? Stand on a chair and start yelling out my résumé, line-by-line? Wear a sandwich board that says “WILL WORK 4 U”?Networking has only recently become easier for me, because I started coming at it in a more organic fashion. I did this by finding an alternative to “traditional” networking – the glad-hand, the slick pitch, the pile of business cards. All of that just doesn’t work for me. What does work for me?Finding my circles.Circles are small groups of people with whom you share common interests or traits – allowing you to build strong bonds that transcend one-time gigs. Finding your circles enables you to develop a social structure that supports you – one that you support, in return. It replaces conventional “networking” (a fairly mercenary, self-oriented activity designed to drum up business just for YOU) with community- and friendship-building. It allows you to develop rich, meaningful connections.I used to feel like I needed to network by blindly making contacts and hoping that some of them panned out. But without firm commonalities, those connections were pretty fruitless. When I started finding my circles, gigs started materializing more and more often – and even when I wasn’t able to take them, I was able to pass along jobs to others in my circle, strengthening the whole group.A particularly helpful circle for me, for instance, is a group of female freelance writers and editors that I joined recently. We all deal with similar work issues and all share commonalities (as well as a commitment to helping female wordsmiths gain visibility). When opportunities arise, we alert each other. That circle has gotten me some great gigs – and I’ve, in turn, opened up those doors for others.What’s so nice about circles is they’re not mutually exclusive; I’m part of the aforementioned women’s circle, but I’m also part of many other groups. Each circle (whether organic or organized) has proved more valuable personally and professionally than any cold job interview or networking-for-networking’s sake ever has. Being part of a circle takes the icky hard-sell feeling out of networking; you take, yes, but you also give.Think of it this way; if you walk into a room with 100 people in it, some of them will be looking for freelancers – and some won’t. You could interview each person, one by one, and see who bites; or you could find friends, people with whom you have genuine common interests. Who’s more likely to think of you if a gig pops up – the mercenary connection, or your buddy? Genuine connections are about one thousand times more likely to pay off than manufactured ones – and they’re better for your spirit, too.Circles can be defined by industry, location, or common interest; heck, there’s probably a thriving community to be found in freelancers-who-love-Star-Wars-regalia. It’s like finding a whole new group of friends to work with and bounce ideas off of – and who doesn’t like that?Make a list of things you’re particularly interested in, or things that set you apart from the crowd. Are you a female+freelancer+blog commenter+ designer+sculptor+foodie+living in Brooklyn? Start looking for groups and meet-ups that cater to your focused interests. If you can’t find one, start your own. That’s a circle!Find your people. Find your like-minded communities. If you benefit from your circle’s members, find a way to give back – you’ll soon forget that you’re “networking” at all.A great place to find your circle is on Freelancers Union’s brand-spankin’-new online community for freelancers: Hives. Check it out and find your circle!last_img read more

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Wales have 2019 in mind as Warren Gatland picks side to face Australia

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Australia are used to facing backs the size of old-fashioned second rows when they face Wales but there will be a role reversal at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. The Wallabies have opted for size in midfield in the form of two Fiji-born players while the home side are deploying a fly-half at inside-centre.Last year Wales had George North, Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert in their three-quarter line against Australia, who were all 6ft 4in or more and weighed either side of 17st, but the emphasis now is on cruisers rather than bruisers and Owen Williams, the Gloucester fly-half, will make his first Test start, partnering Jonathan Davies in midfield.Australia have Tevita Kuridrani and Samu Kerevi in the centre, who are both more than 6ft and a shade over 16st. “I do not think they are going to be too worried about throwing the ball around,” Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, said. “They are going to be pretty direct. The game is all about subtleties but you have to cross the gainline first of all.”Australia will be direct but like Wales they have a second playmaker, Kurtley Beale, who takes over from the rested Israel Folau at full-back. It was the position where Beale spent most of his time with Wasps last season but he never wasted an opportunity to play at first or second receiver. The Wallabies will offer variety rather than predictability.“The centres and our big boys up front gave us good, go-forward ball against Japan [last week],” said the scrum-half, Will Genia. “We want to take that into the Wales game but having two big centres does not change the way we play at all because we have Kurtley chiming in as the second ball player. It just gives us an extra big body.”A year ago Australia won 32-8 in Cardiff, their 12th successive victory over opponents they have been grouped with in the World Cup. Only 10 of the players who started that match will take the fieldon Saturday, just three of them for Wales who have lost a number of players through injury and are using the autumn internationals to gauge their strength in depth. Australia have 13 of the side who began the victory over New Zealand three weeks ago.Wales have only 37 caps on the bench compared with Australia’s 293 and have an average of 17 caps a man fewer in their match-day 23. Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi are alongside Taulupe Faletau in the back row and Steff Evans, who also featured in the summer against Tonga and Samoa, is on the wing.“I believe this team is capable of winning the World Cup given its experience and age-profile in two years’ time,” Gatland added. “That is why we are exposing some younger players now. I hope they’ve got confidence in their own ability and our whole focus this week has been about the next two years and how important Saturday is in terms of starting well.”Australia have recovered after a poor start to the year when they lost at home to Scotland before being overrun by New Zealand in Sydney. “We have undergone a pretty big change since reaching the World Cup final two years ago,” Michael Cheika said. “We have given 25 players their first cap since then and we are a constant work-on.The coach added: “When you are on tour in the north, mindset is everything. We have been working really hard to become consistent and get away from making excuses about why something happened. No one has talked this week about our recent record against Wales because this is a new game with a number of different players. The minute you start thinking about having a psychological advantage you give the opposition an opportunity. It will be tough and physical, as it always is here. We have to be focused.” Since you’re here… Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Warren Gatland Support The Guardian news Rugby union Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Australia rugby union team Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Wales rugby union team Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Premier League 2019-20 football on UK TV & how to live stream

first_imgWith teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal involved, the Premier League is one of the most popular and exciting divisions to watch in football.Some of the best players on the planet are on display each week, including Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba, so viewers are spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding which games to tune in to on television.Indeed, top class talent is littered across teams in the division and it’s not just the traditional top six who serve up entertaining games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Goal brings you everything you need to know about which TV channels are showing Premier League games in the United Kingdom and where you can stream matches live online.Premier League 2019-20 football on UK TVIn the UK, Sky Sports and BT Sport are the main television broadcasters for Premier League matches. UK TV channel Number of Premier League games BT Sport 52 Sky Sports 128 Sky Sports show the most games, with rights to 128 fixtures, while BT Sport show less than half that number, broadcasting 52 league encounters.For those watching matches on Sky, games are broadcast on their various channels, including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky One.On BT Sport, Premier League matches are chiefly shown on BT Sport 1, but channel changes can occur.Premier League 2019-20 football live online streamsIn the UK, Premier League matches can be streamed online via three channels: Sky Go, the BT Sport Player and, from 2019-20 on, Amazon Prime Video. UK online stream Number of Premier League games BT Sport Player 52 Sky Go 128 Amazon Prime Video 20 Sky Go and the BT Sport Player are the online facilities available to those who subscribe to BT Sport or Sky Sports.In order to avail of Amazon Prime Video’s Premier League coverage, one must subscribe at a cost of £7.99 a month or £79 a year. A 30-day free trial is available.Amazon’s coverage is limited to 20 games, which, in 2019-20, will be those that take place in December 2019.Click here to find out more about Amazon Prime Video’s Premier League coverage.Raheem Sterling Pep Guardiola Manchester City pre-season 2019Watch Premier League 2019-20 football highlightsThe most popular Premier League highlights show in the UK is the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, which usually airs every Saturday evening after that day’s games.Hosted by Gary Lineker and featuring insight from a host of ex professionals, Match of the Day is an institution of British sporting life, having first aired back in 1964.It can be watched on TV via BBC One or online using the BBC iPlayer.Highlights and analysis shows are also broadcast on Sky Sports and BT Sport, while Amazon Prime Video will offer subscribers the chance to watch highlights each week. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Why Kuldeep Yadav feels happy when batsmen hit him for six

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 14:16 IST Kuldeep Yadav has taken 77 wickets in 39 ODIs for India since his debut in 2017. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav picked 45 wickets in 19 ODIs in the year 2018Kuldeep is one of the certainties for India in the 2019 ICC World Cup squadKuldeep said he does not believe in mystery and prefers to just stick to basicsKuldeep Yadav does not hate it when batsmen smack him for a six, in fact it makes the wrist spinner happy. Kuldeep picked up 45 wickets in 19 ODIs last year at a brilliant average of 17.78 and a strike rate of 22.98. He was also the highest wicket-taker in ODI series in South Africa, England and the Asia Cup. Early this year, Kuldeep also picked a five-wicket haul in his first Test match in Australia.Such has been Kuldeep’s effect in the Indian team that he is one of the premier spinning choices for the team management and along with Yuzvendra Chahal, he has managed to displace Ravichandran Ashwin from the ODI and T20I setup.Kuldeep is generally called the mystery-spinner due to his wrist spin but he does not believe in the term and prefers to stick to his basics instead. He revealed his one-stop plan for batsmen.”There is a saying ‘Kitna bhi paata wicket kyu na ho jitna aap hawa mein daloge batsman utna fasega’ [No matter how flat the wicket is, the more you toss the ball up, the more the batsman will get trapped].” If you bowl quicker on a flat pitch then it becomes easier for the batsman to hit. So I always remember these things and kept giving the loop.”Containing the batsman is not my motto. If the batsman hits a six it makes me happy because it always gives me a chance to pick up a wicket. Turning the ball and deceiving the batsman in the air is my strength and I stick to that,” Kuldeep told Indian Express.advertisementKuldeep further talked about his series in New Zealand where wind plays an important role. Kuldeep spoke about how he tried to counter the wind and focussed on adjustment accordingly.”In all the matches that I played, the breeze played a huge part. It’s difficult to deliver against the wind as the ball sometimes goes a bit fast or a bit slow- so control is paramount. But I tried using it to good effect and bring the drift into play and thereby deceive batsman.”Using angles is another aspect I focused on. However, if the wind is blowing from the opposite direction then again, you have to adjust,” Kuldeep further said. Kuldeep is currently the second best-ranked bowler in the latest ICC T20I rankings, behind only Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. He reached his career-best spot after two wickets in the final T20I vs New Zealand.”It’s good to be among the top three in world cricket. When you are at number two in world cricket you know that you are on the right track and it provides greater motivation and helps to strive harder. Till now number 2 is good. Rashid Khan has done well and deserves the numero uno spot. It won’t be easy to dislodge him. But if I keep performing then number one will also come soon.”KULDEEP ON 2019 ICC WORLD CUP IN ENGLAND AND WALESKuldeep Yadav is going to play a major role for India in the upcoming World Cup and he said he was “still living a dream”. Kuldeep said he wanted to make meaningful contributions for India and win the World Cup for the country.”World Cup pressure will be there and that should be there for all players. It helps to perform. Conditions won’t really matter in ODI. I am not thinking too much on it now. There is still time and neither do I believe in bringing something new. If you are talking about mystery then that is something that I do not believe in.”To be very honest I am still living a dream. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I will be a part of the World Cup squad. If India wins the World Cup then it will be the biggest moment in my career. I do not know how I will celebrate. The entire country wants it and if I can win it for the country then I will know that I have made a meaningful contribution to my country. This is my dream.”KULDEEP IN AWE OF MS DHONI Kuldeep Yadav has had two major on-field partnerships in his limited overs career so far. One is with his fellow wrist spinner Chahal and another with MS Dhoni, who is constantly heard giving instructions to the youngster.Kuldeep said he find Dhoni’s speed behind the stumps some he had never seen before.”Mahi bhai has vast experience and keeps telling us the nitty-gritty of the game. He is like a game changer and we are lucky to have him in our team.advertisement”But what I find most extraordinary about him is the speed in which he dislodges the stumps. It is simply unbelievable and honestly, I have never played with someone with such quick glovework.”Also Read | Ravi Shastri is right, Kuldeep and not Ashwin India’s No.1 away spinner: Harbhajan SinghFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow India cricketFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow MS Dhoni Why Kuldeep Yadav feels happy when batsmen hit him for sixKuldeep Yadav is one of India’s premier choice spinners in limited-overs setup and has proved his mettle in all conditions. Kuldeep is known as the mystery-spinner but he revealed his one-stop plan for batsmen.advertisementlast_img read more

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DryShips Wades Deeper into Tanker and Gas Carrier Markets

first_imgzoom NASDAQ-listed Dryships Inc has entered into agreements to acquire six vessels for a total gross price of USD 268 million. These vessels are comprised of one Aframax tanker built in 2012, three Kamsarmax drybulk vessels, one currently under construction and two built in 2014, and two very large gas carriers (VLGCs), currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries yard, pursuant to the previously announced “zero cost” option agreement.The Aframax and the two second-hand Kamsarmaxes are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017, the newbuilding re-sale Kamsarmax in the third quarter of 2017 and the two VLGCs before the end of the year.The purchase of the two second-hand Kamsarmaxes is conditional on the company’s physical inspection and acceptance of the vessels.All the vessels are expected to be employed in the spot market except for the two VLGCs that will be employed under ten year charters with a major oil trader with total contracted backlog of about USD 208 million, DryShips said.All of the vessels are being acquired from unaffiliated third parties with the exception of the two VLGCs, which will be acquired from entities that are affiliated with the company’s Chairman and CEO, George Economou.The company expects that these acquisitions will be financed by cash on hand, the available liquidity under the senior secured credit facility with Sifnos Shareholders Inc., an entity affiliated with Economou, and new bank debt.“In the last three months, we have acquired a total of fourteen vessels with an average age of two years, for a total cost of approximately $662 million,” Economou said.”We have been able to deploy all of the $400 million of fresh capital raised in a very short time frame taking advantage of historically low prices to diversify our portfolio of vessels and re-build our fleet’s earning capacity that will underpin our recently announced dividend policy. With this latest capital raise we will be closing the first cycle of acquisitions for DRYS and we will continue to scour the various shipping segments for further opportunities as they arise.”In addition, DryShips has entered into an agreement with Kalani Investments Limited to sell up to USD 226.4 million of its common stock to Kalani over a period of 24 months. Proceeds from any sales of common stock will be used for general corporate purposes.last_img read more

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Morocco Fights Scams Selling Fake, Toxic Olive Oil

Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Interior has deployed a special patrol unit to intensify the fight against vendors selling fake olive oil across Morocco.Frauds in several regions of the country are reportedly distributing and selling unregulated, fake olive oil containing a toxic chemical substance imported from the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, causing a public health risk. The frauds allegedly use special capsules and mix them with lukewarm water to produce a liquid that resembles olive oil. Read Also: Morocco is World’s 4th Largest Olive Oil ProducerThe Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch said on Monday at the House of Representatives that his ministry will be strict in dealing with frauds who are caught selling fake essential oils.The olive oil frauds are not new to Morocco or other parts of the worldMorocco, 4th biggest olive oil producer in the worldAccording to Akhannouch, Morocco has harvested 2 million tons of olives this season, an increase of 28 percent compared to the crop last year.The minister announced at the 5th National Fair of the Olive Tree, which took place on November 28-December 1, that Morocco has become the 4th largest olive oil producer worldwide.The olive tree is the main fruit tree cultivated in Morocco. Morocco’s principle  regions for olive production are Marrakech, Fez, Meknes, and Casablanca.Olive trees cover more than 1.07 million hectares, accounting for 65 percent of the tree species in the country. read more

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Ensuring rights of persons with disabilities benefits all of society – Migiro

“You and I and millions of others know, that when we respect the inherent dignity of persons with disabilities, we enrich our human family,” she stated in her remarks to the fourth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The conference, which runs through Friday, brings together over 500 participants around the overall theme of “Enabling development: realizing the rights of persons with disabilities.” There are 103 States that are party to the Convention, which was adopted by the General Assembly in 2006 in an effort to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy the same human rights as everyone else.Ms. Migiro said that the large number of countries that have ratified the treaty is a testament to the growing global understanding of how important it is to redress the many challenges facing persons with disabilities.“Now we have to take this understanding to the next level,” she stated. “That means giving this issue the attention it deserves far beyond this conference room. You can tell the world – and many of you can show the world – that persons with disabilities can make an enormous contribution to progress.”The Deputy Secretary-General also noted that even today, almost five years after the adoption of the Convention, too many persons with disabilities do not even know that this historic instrument exists. “Far too many are denied the rights it is supposed to guarantee. As long as they are denied those rights, we cannot rest,” she stated.Delegates to the conference include representatives of government, the UN system, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, information and communications technology groups and media organizations. Among the issues that will be considered during the meeting are employment challenges faced by people with disabilities and international cooperation in the present global economic situation. 7 September 2011Persons with disabilities must enjoy full human rights and fundamental freedoms and enabling them to do so benefits society as a whole, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today at the opening of a United Nations forum that is seeking to improve their lives. read more

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Mannar court extends remand of Tamil Nadu fishermen till May 25

The Mannar court today extended till May 25 the judicial custody of 21 fishermen from Thangachimadam and Pamban in Tamil Nadu, who were arrested last month, S Emirite, President of the Rameswaram fishermen’s organisation said, according to Outlook India.The fishermen were arrested and three country boats seized by Sri Lankan navy personnel on April 27 off Katchatheevu islet on charges of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line. Katchatheevu was ceded to Sri Lanka by India by two agreements of 1974 and 1976. The fishermen were lodged at the Vavunia prison after being produced in a court in Mannar for the second hearing. The magistrate extended their remand till May 25, Emerit said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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An entire generation could be crippled by hunger in Yemen – UN

Half of Yemen’s population is living at emergency levels of food insecurity and need urgent relief. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa “Hunger is increasing every day and people have exhausted all their survival strategies. Millions of people cannot survive without external assistance,” said Muhannad Hadi, the World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe in a news release.He said the conflict in Yemen was taking a devastating toll, particularly on the most vulnerable, especially women and children. Hunger is increasing every day and people have exhausted all their survival strategiesWFP aims to treat and help prevent malnutrition among some 700,000 children under five, pregnant women and nursing mothers. This includes nutritional treatment for children under five and preventative interventions for children under two. This work to counter Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM), also known as wasting, is done through local partners in 2,200 health centre in 14 governorates across Yemen.“An entire generation could be crippled by hunger,” said WFP Country Director Torben Due. “We need to provide a full ration to every family in need, but sadly we have had to reduce the size of the food basket and split assistance between impoverished families to meet growing needs,” he added.Integrated Food Security Phase Classification findings from June 2016 show that 14.1 million people in Yemen are food insecure, including 7 million who are severely food insecure. In some governorates, 70 per cent of the population struggle to feed themselves.A senior WFP team recently visited impoverished neighbourhoods and spoke to families and local authorities in Hajjah governorate in northeast Yemen and the Red Sea governorate of Hodeidah. They described a very dramatic situation as people struggle daily to secure their food needs. The team visited hospitals, nutrition and health centres and saw many cases of malnourished children arriving from remote areas. “I borrowed money from my neighbours and family to be able to bring my son from Tuhayta district to the hospital here in Hodeidah to get treatment for malnutrition,” said Ihsan, a 26-year-old mother. “I am breastfeeding him but he is slipping away from us and losing more weight every day. I hardly have food to feed my children, let alone to eat well.”Even before the latest conflict, Yemen had one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. In some areas like Hodeidah governorate, Global Acute Malnutrition rates among children under five as high as 31 per cent have been recorded– more than double the emergency threshold of 15 per cent. Almost half of the children countrywide are irreversibly stunted.The economic impact of the conflict is a catastrophe for Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East. Millions of public sector employees no longer receive their salaries and struggle to make ends meet. Even before the conflict escalated and imports declined dramatically, Yemen imported some 90 per cent of its food needs.“We are only surviving on bread as I have nothing else to feed my children and we are lucky if we have enough bread for everyone,” said Fatema, a 45-year-old woman living on the outskirts of Sana’a. “Food prices have gone up and my husband is no longer receiving his salary.”Insecurity makes access to some of Yemen’s malnutrition hotspots a challenge. During the 72-hour humanitarian pause last week, WFP reached three districts in Taiz governorate, providing food assistance to 155,000 people.Food distribution in some of areas is ongoing and WFP will also cover another 189,000 people in three other locations that were hard to reach in the last few weeks. WFP needs sustained access to the most impoverished governorates, particularly Ma’rib, Al-Jawf and Taiz.WFP requires over $257 million to provide vital food assistance until March 2017. It takes four months from the time WFP receives funds until food can be shipped to the country and is in the hands of the families who need it. read more

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Buckeyes focus on winning others fixate on rankings tournament seeds

Though conference standings provide a benchmark for regional supremacy and bragging rights, when it comes to the NCAA Tournament there’s far more at stake for teams who top the nation’s polls. Undoubtedly, the Ohio State men’s basketball squad is one of those teams. As the country’s No. 1 team, coach Thad Matta’s crew is priming itself for a run at the National Championship. To set themselves up for the most favorable path to the Final Four, the Buckeyes will need to keep winning games to solidify their position as the No. 1 overall seed. “They’re playing better than anybody, except maybe Texas,” said Jerry Palm of CBS Sports. “Nobody’s beaten them yet, so I think you have to go with Ohio State (as the top team).” Being the only undefeated team in college basketball, OSU sits atop The Associated Press‘ Top 25 poll after a unanimous vote this week. Kansas (20-1), Texas (18-3) and Pittsburgh (20-2) round out the top four in the poll, but Palm isn’t convinced it’s those three teams that will earn the three remaining No. 1 seeds. “I don’t have Kansas as a one (seed); I have Connecticut instead,” Palm said. “I’m waiting for Kansas to beat somebody before I put them as a one (seed).” Palm said Connecticut has numerous quality wins, including against then-No. 2 Michigan State, No. 9 Kentucky, No. 12 Texas and No. 7 Villanova. On the other hand, Kansas has only one win against a Top 25 team as it beat No. 14 Memphis on Dec. 7. Also on the periphery of the No. 1 seed discussion are Mountain West schools San Diego State (21-1) and Brigham Young (20-2), who hold the No. 7 and No. 8 spots in the AP poll, respectively. “I think they’re good teams,” Palm said. “I think they have to put up gaudy records to be No. 1 seeds — one or two losses at best.” Despite being behind San Diego State in the polls, Brigham Young beat the Aztecs, 71-58, on Jan. 26 behind Jimmer Fredette’s game-high 43 points. Fredette, who leads the country in scoring at 27.6 points per game, is also a top candidate to be the Naismith College Player of the Year. The two teams play each other again Feb. 26 in San Diego, a game that could end the hopes of earning a No. 1 seed for the loser. While the Buckeyes know the importance of earning a No. 1 seed for the tournament, it’s still too early in the season to hear about anything other than their focus on the next game. “We just take one game at a time,” junior guard William Buford said. “We try to get better and better day by day. We just try to worry about us, who we’re going to play next and how we’re going to beat them.” Amid last week’s flurry of Top 10 team upsets, including Pittsburgh, Duke (19-2) and Kentucky (16-5), Matta said his team couldn’t afford to waste time worrying about other teams. Matta said there are lessons to be learned from other top teams getting knocked off. “We only worry about ourselves. You’re going to have those types of games over the course of the Big Ten. Maybe it opens our guys’ eyes a little bit more and lets them know that things can happen, which is always a good thing for our guys to understand that,” Matta said. “I think these guys are smart enough to know that if we don’t come to play, if we’re not tuned into what we have to do, we’ll lose, and I think it’s as simple as that.” The team next travels to Minneapolis to play Minnesota at 2 p.m. Sunday. read more

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11 actual surnames that would be unfortunate in Ireland

first_imgvia WhitePages6. MortoWe’re morto for this people. Or are they Morto for us?via WhitePages7. LangerFor all the Cork heads out there:via WhitePages8.  ArseImagine if this was your surname. Imagine.via WhitePages9.  BastardOh dear.via WhitePages10.  BumWe can’t believe that Fish and Ski are the top hits on this search:via WhitePages11. Feckvia WhitePagesImagine telling some with the surname Feck to:It’d be amazing.15 ludicrous quotes from The Apprentice you’ve probably forgotten about>What would scented underwear for Irish men smell like?> IN IRELAND WE’VE developed a very unique approach to swearing and there’s an entire lexicon that doesn’t have the same impact abroad.Whether you’re saying something is shite, telling someone they’re a dope or even just relieving your childhood fascination with words like poo they aren’t words you’d expect to see as surnames.Still, in the US they aren’t burdened by such things and a quick trawl through US directory White Pages shows that they are people with all manner of hilarious surnames.1. DopeFor anyone you know who is acting like a “bleedin’ dope”via WhitePages2. ShiteTelling someone they “can go and shite” or that they are “full of shite” has a new meaning:via WhitePages3. PooPoo may not be an Irish centric swear per se but it takes us back to what made us laugh as a kid so we had to include it.via WhitePages4. WankerThe giggles people with this name would bring upon themselves if they visited Ireland.via WhitePages5. WillyNot technically swearing but the six year old in us couldn’t help but look.last_img read more

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Gorilla Glass 2 will usher in the next generation of streamlined gadgets

first_imgWhenever someone inquires about the sturdiness of a smartphone’s or tablet’s screen, the first question you will often hear is, “Does it have Gorilla Glass?” Corning’s glass has become synonymous with strength, but several years after the company’s chemically-enhanced glass took off, it is giving us a sequel. As expected, Corning has officially announced Gorilla Glass 2.If you’re expecting Gorilla Glass 2 to be stronger and more resistant to damage, that isn’t the direction Corning has gone in. For its follow-up, the company is advertising the same strength as the original Gorilla Glass, but with upgrades in other areas. For example, Gorilla Glass 2 will be up to 20 percent thinner. This will not only allow for thinner devices, but it will also have the potential to make images brighter and to enhance touch-sensitivity.While it may not be as obvious as with a hot new device, Gorilla Glass 2 could end up having the biggest ramifications of any CES 2012 announcement. Most top-of-the-line mobile devices use Gorilla Glass, and the new version will help to usher in the next generation of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Within the next year, we will likely see thinner smartphones that make the Droid Razr look thick in comparison. If Apple’s next iPhone, in particular, sets a new precedent in svelteness, it will be easy to forget about the part that Gorilla Glass 2 played in making that happen.As for the first devices to incorporate the new glass, you’ll want to keep an eye out for Windows laptops. The glass may help Ultrabooks to get even thinner, and Corning says that we can expect to see those (or other Windows laptops with the new Gorilla Glass) early this year. While Gorilla Glass 2 will be appearing in a variety of devices from different manufacturers, it appears that Corning has some sort of promotional deal with Microsoft: the words “Microsoft” and “Windows” were used six times in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 press release. The presser didn’t name any smartphone/tablet brands or manufacturers.via Corninglast_img read more

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Save on Smart Notebooks and ScienceDriven Journals

first_imgRockBook Erasable Notebook Bundle and 6 RockBoardsMSRP: $92.00   |   Sale: $65.00   |   With code: $55.25Prefer the feel of paper but would rather not increase your carbon footprint? Then consider switching to the eco-friendly RockBook. The pages in the RockBook feel like paper but are actually made of stone. That means they are incredibly durable so you’ll get years of use out of it. Just write like normal using the included pens and erase with water or heat. Morning Sidekick JournalMSRP: $33.90   |   Sale: $24.99   |   With code: $21.24Achieve laser focus, stay inspired, and get tasks done efficiently with the Morning Sidekick Journal. This journal breaks down your goals into three easy to understand parts, allowing you to see the bigger picture. All you need is three minutes and the Morning Sidekick Journal will prepare you to face the day’s challenges head-on. Meditation Sidekick Journal – $25.99See Deal This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Technology is great but sometimes you need the feel of an old fashioned journal or notebook to gather your thoughts. In these cases, though, not just any old drug store notebook will do. So try these innovative options instead and save an extra 15 percent off our already heavily discounted prices with the code MADNESS15 at check out.Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Notebook and Pen Station: 2-PackMSRP: $78.00   |   Sale: $59.99   |   With code: $50.99Meet the last notebook you’ll ever need. The pages of the Rocketbook look and feel just like paper, but are actually made from a polyester composite that, with only a moist cloth, renders them easily erasable. That means you can use it over and over like it’s brand new, saving paper and money in the process. The Mindful NotebookMSRP: $30.00   |   Sale: $17.99   |   With code: $15.29Most people find themselves pulled in several directions. They have work, family, and social responsibilities to manage, with distractions coming from everywhere. If you have trouble staying centered and focused, try The Mindful Notebook. It uses a unique three-stage approach that helps you organize thoughts, remain focused, and keep a positive mindset. The Mindful Notebook – $17.99See Deal RockBook Erasable Notebook Bundle + 6 RockBoards – $65See Deal Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Notebook + Pen Station: 2-Pack – $59.99See Deal Like these deals? Check out Vault, the best way to secure your online data for just $9.99. Meditation Sidekick JournalMSRP: $37.77   |   Sale: $25.99   |   With code: $22.09Mental wellness doesn’t happen naturally. Most of us, in fact, need a little help to achieve contentment. And that’s where the Meditation Sidekick Journal comes into play. It uses behavioral science and a unique structure to provide tools, inspiration, and guidance so you’ll attain a better frame of mind. Morning Sidekick Journal – $24.99See Deal Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Port of Vancouver wins communications honors

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver has earned two communication awards for community awareness and video production.The American Association of Port Authorities selected the port for an Award of Distinction for its public tours programs, which provide insight into how the port operates on the Columbia River waterfront.The association also honored the port with an Award of Merit for a minute-long video highlighting efforts to protect the environment, specifically The Grattix, a rain garden in a box used to clean storm runoff from rooftops.Entries in the association’s Communications Awards Program are judged by an independent panel of communications professionals on situation analysis and research; identification of audience, goals, objectives, strategies and tactics; quality/clarity of content and style; skillful use of copy, photography, design, layout and graphics; and evaluation methods used to determine communication success.“These awards truly showcase our efforts to educate the public on the good work happening at the port,” CEO Julianna Marler said in a news release. “Our public tours are a chance for members of the community to see firsthand all of the economic activity generated here on port property. And our video features just a snapshot of the innovative work our environmental team does every day to protect the environment, something we are truly committed to here at the Port of Vancouver.”last_img read more

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TCI Land Registry updating its records

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 6th 2017 – Providenciales – The Land Registry in Turks and Caicos is currently updating all records of address and contact information for persons interested in land. The Registry has stated that the purpose for the update is to ensure all communications are correctly delivered to the intended proprietors and to prevent any form of faud.As a result, the Land Registry is advising all proprietors, chargees or other parties, who has an interest noted in the Land Register and who wishes to receive important communications that may affect their registered interest in the land, to complete a Notice of Change of Address Form , with no fees attached and return it to the Land Registry as soon as possible.If the Land Registry is not informed about a change of address, it may mean that important correspondences cannot be received which may result in persons suffering loss as a result.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#LandRegistry, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Newland Sierra passes unanimously by County Board of Supervisors

first_img Ed Lenderman Newland Sierra passes unanimously by County Board of Supervisors 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Following public hearing that stretched through much of the day, the county Board of Supervisors Wednesday approved a 2,000-plus- unit housing development in the North County.The 4-0 vote with Supervisor Dianne Jacob absent amended several provisions in the county general plan to make way for the project.How serious was the opposition to the development?  Enough for residents of the area to be bused in, in this case, people from Twin Oaks Valley, residents who joined their neighbors in Hidden Meadows and Bonsall.Essentially the same people, along with the famed Golden Door Spa who opposed the failed Merriam Mountain Project on the same site, North of Escondido and West of the I-15,  almost a decade ago.But the developer of what’s called  Newland Sierra, 2100 homes and commercial space on 2,000 acres had a heavy hitter as well, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce:President and CEO Jerry Sanders told the Supervisors, “W cannot overstate the impact the housing crisis has had only local business, as we continue to lose talent to other cities, where wages tend to be higher and believe it or not, housing costs are lower.”Opponents said  this wass just Merriam Mountain repackaged, but the developer- locally-based Newland Communities disputes the contention:  600 less homes than Merriam, 61 per cent open space, better traffic mitigation. But  Newland’s overall theme was still: needed housing near employers:We should also note the County Planning Commission recommended approval by a 6 to 1 vote.Residents told KUSI they appreciate the County’s need for more housing, it’s the project itself they oppose, just as they did with Merriam Mountain.  It’s just repacked they added.We also note a suit against the project by the Golden Door Spa and the Sierra Club–a hearing on the merits set for  Superior Court on December 21st. Ed Lenderman, Posted: September 26, 2018 September 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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