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Takahashi finally gets to be No. 1

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ“My favorite is steak. But I also love pancit and lechon,” said the senior high school student at Shukugawa Gakuin High School.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 openingShe was the youngest gold winner for Team Philippines after winning the women’s -70-kilogram gold Sunday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.“My strength is in-born. My father influenced me,” she said through judo officials Lorna and Takeshi Nakano. The Nakanos are parents of bronze winners Shugen and Keisei. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Mariya Takahashi of the Philippines competes against Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in the finals of the women’s -70kg class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Hall 5. Takahashi prevailed via ippon in 48 seconds to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Mariya Takahashi may have learned judo from her father, but it was her mother, who introduced her to Filipino delicacies such as pancit and lechon.The 16-year-old Takahashi went to her mother’s home province of Davao when she was 10 and that’s when she developed her love for Filipino food.ADVERTISEMENT Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Takahashi honed her skills in Hyogo, a district in Japan which has a very strong women’s judo team.Her father played judo for Aichi district and he helped his only child Mariya learn the ropes.But back in the district level, Takahashi said her best achievement was only second place.In this SEA Games, however, she’s the No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

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Safiq: We hope the fans will turn up

first_imgAsian Cup Qualification Safiq calls for fans to make their presence felt at Hang Jebat Stadium Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tan Cheng Hoe, Nelo Vingada, Safiq Rahim, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Asian Cup qualifer Goal Asian Cup Qualification Malaysia Malaysia v Hong Kong Hong Kong Safiq Rahim calls on the support of fans for the crucial Asian Cup qualifier against Hong Kong that can help turn the tide in favour of Malaysia Malaysia have a chance to pick up their first positive result under new management and the guidance of Eduardo ‘Nelo’ Vingada when they take on Hong Kong in the 2019 Asian Cup qualifier at Hang Jebat Stadium on Tuesday.Having started his reign with a defeat against Lebanon in Malaysia’s opening fixture in Group B, it was soon followed by two more defeats at the hands of Syria and then Myanmar. It does not make for happy reading but all Malayan Tigers fans would gladly accept those two defeats if it meant a win on Tuesday. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Portuguese Vingada pointed out during his pre-match press conference on Monday that while the matches in which he has presided over have been defeats, the team as a whole has gone through a positive phase of improvement.The 64-year-old former Saudi Arabia head coach is hoping for the team to find one final element that would change their fortunes around and that could start against Hong Kong. If the team could find it in them to remained vigilant throughout the entire match, they may well be on their way to start picking up valuable points in the group.”We have a very crucial game for our target. We are here to develop, to bring better solutions and to change the negative results that have happened in the last 2 – 3 years. And now we are still with the negative results but the performance I believe in all games, we are near to achieve positive results.””We’ll do our best to get the three points because it’s the most important. We are getting better and better, especially against Myanmar for best part of 70 minutes, we were in control and good in possession.”But to be honest, what is missing in our team is this wish to sometimes to be realistic and play for the result. Sometimes we have to play well but sometimes we have to play for the result,” said Vingada.The arrival of Francisco ‘Kiko’ Insa Bohigues into the squad for this second training camp under Vingada has seen the Pahang player being deployed in the defensive midfield role. A choice that frees up the defensive responsibilities from Safiq Rahim which allows the mercurial midfielder to focus on providing the ammunition in attack.The captain of Johor Darul Ta’zim knows that Malaysia can ill-afford to lose to Hong Kong, a win could set Malaysia on their way to pick up one of the two spots that will guarantee a place in the finals. Having seen the effect fans had for the junior team in the recently concluded 2017 KL SEA Games, Safiq is hoping to get a boost from the stands.”Us as players want support. We cannot deny that we want support from everyone. We hope the fans will turn up for the game tomorrow and with their presence, it will spur us on to be extra motivated to get a good result,” said Safiq.The last two matches that were held on home soil both in Johor Bahru and last month in Melaka did not see a full stadium but the Malaysia captain is hoping that would change come Tuesday.The Malayan Ultras who had to forgo their usual support in the SEA Games final due to ticketing difficulties have pledged to give their support for this Hong Kong match. Their presence could well be the extra advantage that Malaysia need to start pushing their way up Group B.last_img read more

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Rameshwaram Dwarka would be added to pilgrimage scheme CM

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that Delhi government will add Rameshwaram and Dwarka to the Pilgrimage Scheme for the senior citizens of the state. “We will add three to four more places to this scheme. Rameshwaram and Dwarka would be added to this scheme,” said Chief Minister Kejriwal.The Delhi CM met residents of the unauthorised colonies at his resident. The Chief Minister urged all the senior citizens of Delhi to take this scheme and visit a pilgrimage. “I will request all the people and the youths to tell the senior citizens about our scheme and to encourage them to go to the pilgrimage. The people are very happy after the visits,” said the Delhi CM. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder1,100 senior citizens from each of the 70 assembly constituencies can undertake journey on specific circuits. Under the scheme, a city resident above 60 years will be eligible to take free pilgrimage along with his or her spouse. The applicant can also take along an attendant above the age of 20 years, if the applicant or his spouse is above 70 years. The pilgrimage scheme is the first fully paid pilgrimage for senior citizens aged above 60 years. The Tirth Yojana will include travel, stay, and food for senior citizens. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFirst trip was at the Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah Border-Anandpur Sahib route via train and started on the eve of July 12 from Safdarjung railway station and concluded on July 16. Delhi government approximately plans to send 77,000 people on a first-come-first-served basis. Each year 1,100 beneficiaries from each of the 70 assembly constituencies in Delhi will be sent on pilgrimage. The Delhi CM also said that the Delhi government will make sure that the unauthorised colonies become regularise and will not politicise the issue. “The BJP is saying that they have done the whole work of regularisation and we did not do anything. I will tell them that I will not politicise the issue. I am happy to give all the credits to them but I want this work should finish soon,” said Delhi CM.last_img read more

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Wilson Pedro hit memorable preseason friendly strikes as Liverpool Chelsea win

first_imgParis: Welsh international Harry Wilson gave Jurgen Klopp a reminder of his talents with a spectacular goal as Liverpool defeated Lyon 3-1 in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday. Wilson, who spent last season out on loan at second-tier Derby, hit a 25-yard screamer in the 53rd minute to add to first-half goals from Brazil star Roberto Firmino and an own-goal by Joachim Andersen. The game was European champions Liverpool’s last game before they face Manchester City in the season-opening Community Shield at Wembley this weekend. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhLiverpool also welcomed back top scorer Mohamed Salah who was playing his first match of the pre-season after a break following the recent Africa Cup of Nations. Klopp said it was too early to say whether or not Firmino, playing for the first time since the Copa America, or Salah would start against City on Sunday. “I don’t say 100 per cent not, there’s a chance that they will play, yes. We have to see how they react tomorrow, now training is not the highest intensity anymore, now training is about the detail,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterChelsea’s Pedro also scored a goal to remember with a back-heeled volley from a Ross Barkley cross as Chelsea downed Salzburg 5-3. Christian Pulisic scored twice in the Londoners’ rout with Barkley and Michy Batshuayi adding to the total. Meanwhile, Arsenal beat French club Angers 4-3 on penalties after playing out a 1-1 draw in France. Angers took the lead through Algerian Farid El Melali before Reiss Nelson levelled just before the interval.last_img read more

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Tunisia heads to polls for tightly fought presidential contest

first_imgTunis: Rarely has the outcome of an election been so uncertain in Tunisia, the cradle and partial success story of the Arab Spring, as some seven million voters head to the polls Sunday to choose from a crowded field. Key players include media mogul Nabil Karoui, behind bars due to an ongoing money laundering probe, Abdelfattah Mourou, who heads a first-time bid for Islamist-inspired party Ennahdha, and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. The premier’s popularity has been tarnished by a sluggish economy and a high cost of living, and he has found himself having to vehemently deny accusations that Karoui’s detention since late August is politically inspired. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome 13,000 polling booths opened across Tunisia at 8:00 am (0700 GMT) on Sunday, with two dozen candidates vying for a five-year mandate. The election follows an intense campaign characterised more by personality clashes than political differences. It had been brought forward by the death in July of 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi, whose widow also passed away on Sunday morning. Essebsi had been elected in the wake of the 2011 revolt that overthrew former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPublication of opinion polls has officially been banned since July, but one thing appears certain: many voters remain undecided, due to the difficulty of reading a shifting political landscape. “I am undecided between two candidates — I will decide in the polling booth,” smiled one voter, Sofiene, who added: “honest candidates don’t have much chance of winning.” Prime Minister Chahed, after casting his vote, said he was “proud of this great event”. “The world is watching. By tonight or tomorrow, Tunisia will be in good hands,” he added. Some hopefuls have tried to burnish anti-establishment credentials to distance themselves from a political elite discredited by personal quarrels. One key newcomer is Kais Saied, a 61-year-old law professor and expert on constitutional affairs, who has avoided attaching his bid to a political party. Instead, he has gone door-to-door to drum up support for his conservative platform. Another independent candidate is Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi, a technocrat who is running for the first time. However, he has the backing of Essebsi’s Nidaa Tounes party. The long list of candidates was cut slightly by the last-minute withdrawal of two candidates in favour of Zbidi: former political adviser Mohsen Marzouk and businessman Slim Riahi. But Karoui’s detention, just 10 days ahead of the start of campaigning, has been the top story of the election. Studies suggest his arrest boosted his popularity. A controversial businessman, Karoui built his appeal by using his Nessma television channel to launch charity campaigns, handing out food aid to some of the country’s poorest. But his detractors portray him as a would-be Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian premier who they allege partly owns his channel. On Friday, an appeal for the Tunisian mogul’s release from prison ahead of the election was rejected, his party and lawyers said, two days after his defence team announced he was on a hunger strike. The polarisation risks derailing the electoral process, according to Michael Ayari, an analyst for the International Crisis Group. Isabelle Werenfels, a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, has called the vote a democratic “test” because “it may require accepting the victory of a polarising candidate” such as Karoui. Distrust of the political elite has been deepened by an unemployment rate of 15 percent and a rise in the cost of living by close to a third since 2016. Jihadist attacks have exacted a heavy toll on the key tourism sector.last_img read more

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Future of NWAC president to be decided at special meeting in coming

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsThe board that oversees the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will hold a meeting to determine the future of its president.“In the coming weeks, the membership will be convening a special meeting to determine the continuance of Francyne Joe as President,” said NWAC CEO Lynne Groulx.“I respect this democratic process and whatever decision the members make.”The tensions between Joe and Groulx went public last week when it was reported by CBC that police were called to NWAC’s Ottawa office.In an email to APTN News, NWAC said Joe has been banned from the office.“On April 15, Lynne Groulx, CEO of the Native Women’s Association of NWAC and former human rights lawyer, wrote to members of NWAC’s executive council to outline concerns she has regarding the inappropriate behavior of NWAC President Francyne Joe in the workplace,” said the statement.“This morning (April 17, 2019) Ms. Joe defied that motion and appeared at the NWAC offices demonstrating the same behavior that Ms. Groulx alleged in her letter. CEO Groulx felt threatened by the actions of the President and the Ottawa police services were called.”The letter does not say what actions Joe had taken to threaten Groulx.“While I cannot discuss the details, I can say there is tension in the relationship between Francyne Joe and myself,” Groulx said in an email to APTN. “In spite of every effort I have made to try and resolve these issues – including an intervention from our Elders in a healing circle.“The matter is now before the Board, which continues to support me in the administration of the organization.”(Police were called to NWAC’s downtown Ottawa office on April 17)When contacted by APTN, Joe declined to comment.But employees at NWAC have been speaking out about the issues inside the Ottawa office.Several sources who spoke to APTN on condition of anonymity because they fear for their jobs, say major changes are needed if the organization hopes to fulfill the vision of helping Indigenous women across the country.They say people running the organization are ignoring staffing issues, and turning a blind eye to problems in the workplace.“Cleary staff are in critical distress,” one of the sources told APTN.They decided to speak after two human resource staff members at NWAC quit April 19 because of concerns over ongoing issues that they spelled out in a letter and presented to the organization’s lawyer.They say the human resources team asked that power at the top of the organization be “decentralized.”The issue of how the staff at NWAC is managed is at the heart of a letter written by John Lymer, and human resources specialist Christele Goupy, and obtained by APTN.“Please find below a letter detailing the multiple concerns we as the Human Resources team here at NWAC have regarding the functioning of this organization, how it is operated, and, most importantly, the behavior of the CEO,” the letter starts.(NWAC CEO Lynne Groulx says a lack of stable federal funding “creates uncertainty and stress on our staff.”)Lymer and Goupy outline several concerns with how the top executives run NWAC and lay out several examples such as hiring and salaries.“The HR team in general has been shut out of HR Strategy meetings with the ED/CEO, people have been hired into positions that they did not apply for with salaries outside of any reasonable parameter for the organization, with no input or knowledge from HR,” the letter said.“Also, random, and seemingly arbitrary salary increases have been provided to select staff members with zero input from HR. This is completely unacceptable.”Lymer and Goupy sent the letter April 16, with several demands on the changes they want to see at the top of the organization.The letter is addressed to Steven Pink, director of legal services for NWAC but shared throughout the office according to the sources APTN spoke with.“When 10 percent of the staff go on STD (short term disability), and cite the toxic work environment as a contributing factor, which is then completely denied by the CEO, that is not okay,” the letter said.Lymer and Goupy are also demanding that Groulx’s powers be restricted.“Impose very stringent limits on the power and operations of the CEO and her office,” said the letter.The letter also puts a deadline on the actions demanded.“If we do not receive any communication from yourself within two working days about how this will be addressed and sustainably different from here-on-in, then we will seek other avenues to protect ourselves.”When demands in the letter were denied, Lymer and Goupy quit on April 19 said the staff.Neither Lymer nor Goupy responded to requests for interviews.The four sources APTN spoke with say they are not confident in the leadership at NWAC.“We need a check in balance on the amount of power that the CEO is exercising against their staff,” one of the sources said.One former NWAC employee describes her work time with the organization as having no structure.“Some of your assignments could be given away with no warning, no indication of why, you wouldn’t be spoken to, you wouldn’t be told why, things would just be moved and you would know why of course that you’ve ticked somebody off,” she said.“I’ve been an employee crying in the washroom several times, the pressure would just get to you. I made a mistake, I can’t remember what it was, but it was something really trivial, I could just tell she was looking at me like I was a complete idiot and I’ve been there for seven to eight months at this point.“And I was competent, everyone knew how competent I was, everyone knew how much I gave this organization, how much I worked hard. And it just crumbled internally and I said I’m going to lose my job, I’m an idiot. I mean she thinks I’m an idiot.”The same concerns sources expressed to APTN are also reiterated in the letter from Lymer and Goupy.“The current CEO operates without any checks or balances,” the letter stated. “Other ways that her dismissive manner can be seen in the way she arbitrarily fires people without any rationale provided.”Sources said they fully stand by NWAC’s mission statement but feel the CEO is not operating from that guiding vision.“We are not supporting the very women, we have positioned to support and advocate for,” one of the sources said.(Native Women’s Association of Canada President Francyne Joe signed an accord with the Government of Canada Feb. 1, 2019 in Ottawa. APTN File)The sources came forward after the police were called to the office on April 17 and escorted Joe out of the office.NWAC staff all agreed that Joe has never disrupted the offices and that the issues are coming from Groulx.“There’s no way employees would have any problems with Francyne, because all employees are barred access to Francyne,” said one of the sources.In another document obtained by APTN, the staff of NWAC received a memorandum dated March 26, 2019, from Groulx  outlining the rules for contacting Joe.“All Communication for the President, including invitations and meeting requests or other business matters, must be sent via the Office of the CEO with Jaime Lavigne on CC,” said the letter.“We can’t have any interaction with her [Francyne Joe] unless it’s completely vetted by the CEO [Lynne Groulx],” NWAC staff told APTN.According to Groulx, “The protocol for communications to the President’s office has been in place for quite sometime.  Communications protocols are common in the workplace and are necessary to ensure continuity and that nothing falls through the cracks. Requests for the President must be streamlined to maximize efficiency, organization and effectiveness, especially as NWAC continues to grow.”The recent events reflect what NWAC employees say is a lack of structure in the workspace… “and the mental and physical health I would say are highly being impacted by the work environment here,” said one of the sources.Founded in 1974, NWAC is an advocacy group based in Ottawa that aims to “enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, girls and gender-diverse people within First Nations, Métis and Inuit Canadian societies,” according to the website.In 2009, its Sisters in Spirit project, a five year program that started under the Paul Martin Liberal government, released a report that pushed the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls onto the national agenda.Its research into more than 500 cases broke new ground for an issue that had been previously ignored. Its national database became the first of its kind in Canada in its scope and detail.The program received recognition from human rights organizations like Amnesty International. Police agencies and provincial governments approached the project’s staff to share information and it pushed the RCMP to conduct its own research.But in 2011, under the Stephen Harper Conservatives, the project was shelved and NWAC was no longer allowed to use the Sisters in Spirit name and any and all research was prohibited under new federal money.The organization slipped into the background – including being excluded from talks on how to set up the current National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.(Francyne Joe, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous women from the provinces and territories signed an accord in Ottawa on Feb. 1, 2019. APTN File)It was revitalized on Feb. 1, 2019 when Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett signed an agreement with NWAC to “work with Canada to establish a reconciliation building process to decolonize, which includes meetings with the prime minister, ministers, deputy ministers responsible for policy development and key federal cabinet ministers.”The three year program did not come with money. According to Bennett, that will be negotiated.APTN asked the minister’s office about the issues at NWAC.“Through the Accord, Canada and NWAC will continue to work closely to identify joint priorities and co-develop culturally appropriate policy and programs to include the distinct perspectives of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people,” the statement said.“We will not be commenting on the internal matters of the organization.”In an email to APTN, Groulx said much of the stress in the office is caused by a lack of stable funding from the federal government.“Understandably, this creates uncertainty and stress on our staff. As well, NWAC staff works with extremely difficult subject matter, which also takes its toll. Dealing with contentious subjects like missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Inquiry, human trafficking, homelessness, poverty, forced sterilization and every form of violence against women contributes to a high level of emotional and mental stress,” the email said.Lymer and Goupy however have a solution that was proposed to lawyer Stephen Pink.“Whatever financial benefit the current CEO has brought to NWAC, she does not at all represent the values and mission of the organization,” the letter said. “She treats her employees very poorly, and very much like disposable merchandise if we are being honest.”“I have never, ever worked in a place where the trust is so low.”The allegations that have been made by the parties in dispute have not yet been proven before a court or other decision making body such as the NWAC Board or Membership.abernard@aptn.ca@abernardnewslast_img read more

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Its ridiculous Vancouver files claim over 2015 fuel spill in English Bay

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says the city has filed a federal court claim against the owner of a vessel that spilled fuel into English Bay in 2015, as part of the city’s continuing effort to get compensation for its response efforts.Robertson says three years after the MV Marathassa spilled 2,700 litres of bunker fuel into the bay, the city still hasn’t been compensated for about $550,000 it spent on response efforts.Robertson says Vancouver has sought repayment through the federal government’s Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, but has only been promised compensation for 27 per cent of its costs — something Robertson called “totally unacceptable.“It’s ridiculous that it’s taken over three years now fighting for our costs to be covered by an oil spill in our harbour,” Robertson told reporters gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on Sunday.The city’s claim against the ship owners — filed last month but announced on Sunday — calls for damages, interest and court costs related to the spill.Robertson said the city’s difficulty in getting paid back for what he described as a “relatively small oil spill” shows there aren’t enough measures in place to protect coastal communities against more major spills.He said the costs and impacts of a potential diluted bitumen spill from the increased tanker traffic that would come with the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has not been meaningfully addressed by the federal government.Robertson said the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund was set up by the federal government to act in the interest of communities like Vancouver, but is failing to do so.“It clearly does not do that, does not deliver the results. This speaks to the greater concern we have with Kinder Morgan and oil tankers,” he said.Transport Canada, which oversees spill response, could not immediately be reached for comment.The claim’s statements have not been proven in court.last_img read more

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Venezuela holds onto prized US refineries amid legal battle

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela will hold onto its U.S.-based Citgo refineries, settling a lawsuit that threw ownership of the struggling country’s prized assets into peril.Court papers show that Venezuela on Friday began paying off $1.4 billion that a panel said was owed to the Canadian mining firm Crystallex, following a disputed takeover of the company by the late-President Hugo Chavez.To recoup its losses, Crystallex had targeted Citgo refineries, potentially forcing Venezuela to sell off its most valuable foreign asset.Papers filed in a Canadian court say Venezuela recently paid Crystallex $425 million, while agreeing to make good on the rest by 2021. That enables them to hold onto their refineries.Russ Dallen of Miami-based Caracas Capital Markets says the payment shows Venezuela’s changing tactics — from fighting creditors to striking deals.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Aid plane with 17 on board crashes in eastern DR Congo –

2 September 2008A plane carrying humanitarian supplies with 17 people on board, including seven United Nations staff, has crashed into a mountain in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the world body confirmed today. The plane had been en route from Kisangani to Bukavu yesterday when it crashed into a mountain about 15 kilometres northeast of Bukavu airport while beginning its landing approach in bad weather, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.There were 15 passengers and two crew on board the plane, which was operated by Aid Serv, a United States-based company which provides air transport for the international humanitarian community.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) said the passengers included five UNDP staff members and two from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep sadness at the news of the crash, stating that his thoughts are with the families and colleagues of those UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) aid workers, Congolese officials and crew who were on board the aircraft. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude to all UN staff and international aid workers in the DRC “who continue to work tirelessly under difficult conditions to support the Congolese people in their efforts to consolidate peace in their country.”UNDP Administrator Kemal Derviº issued a statement voicing his deep sadness at learning of the plane crash.“Words fail one when such terrible events strike,” he said. “The colleagues we lost and those that disappeared with them will always remain in our hearts.”A team from the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, has located the wreckage. “UN peacekeepers were able to locate the plane and view the crash site from a helicopter, but, due to the difficult terrain, they were unable to land and verify the fate of those onboard,” Ms. Okabe said.The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for the DRC, Ross Mountain, has gone to Bukavu to coordinate the emergency operation with the UN and humanitarian community.Ms. Okabe added that there will be an investigation into the cause of the crash. read more

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Security Council endorses steps to combat sexual exploitation by UN peacekeepers

Through a resolution adopted by a vote of 14 in favour, with one abstention (Egypt), the Council specifically endorsed the decision of the Secretary-General “to repatriate a particular military unit or formed police unit of a contingent when there is credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse by that unit.”This decision was one of several recommendations in a report presented yesterday by the UN chief to the 15-member body that, for the first time, listed the names of the countries of alleged perpetrators. It also showed an increase in the number of new allegations in 2015, with 69 of the total 99 allegations lodged against UN personnel serving in peace operations.The United States-sponsored text, adopted as resolution 2272, further requested that the Secretary-General replace all units of the troop- or police-contributing country from which the perpetrator is from if appropriate steps have not been taken by the country to investigate the allegation, and/or when the perpetrators have not been held accountable, and/or when there has been failure to inform the Secretary-General of the progress of its investigation or actions taken.The resolution also highlighted the Council’s deep concern over the “continuing and serious allegations” of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as in other UN peacekeeping operations and by non-UN forces.Ongoing efforts by Member States to strengthen sexual exploitation and abuse pre-deployment training was also welcomed by the Council, which urged further efforts to be taken in this regard.In addition, the resolution underscored the critical importance that civilians, in particular women and children sites for internally displaced persons and refugees, are protected from any form of abuse or exploitation. It also encouraged the appropriate UN mechanisms, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), to continue to include allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in their regular reporting. read more

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Track and Field KarenDennis led Ohio State takes part in firstever Power

Coach Karen Dennis sits front and center during her teams celebration after her team won theBig Ten Championship on Saturday Feb. 24, 2018 at Spire Institute in Geneva, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThere are only five men’s and women’s track and field programs in the Power Five led by women. This weekend in Los Angeles all five of those programs, including director of track and field and cross country Karen Dennis-led Ohio State, will compete in the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge.Tennessee, Miami, USC, Ole Miss and Ohio State will compete in the meet.This is the first time a meet that has a woman as the dual-program director for each team competing.“It’s groundbreaking. But for me, I am hoping that it is an awaking so to speak for other programs to consider making women the primary coach,” Dennis said.Dennis has been a coach since 1977 and has seen the difficulties of women becoming coaches first-hand for decades. “I was insulted that men were expected to coach women, but I thought that women who knew the sport were equally or better than men,” Dennis said. “For me this has been a evolution of my career, where the sport has changed and I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of that change.”During the indoor season, Dennis became the first woman to win the Big Ten Men’s Coach of the Year. The meet offers Ohio State a chance for redemption against high-profile national programs after a disappointing performance at the indoor NCAA indoor championship meet.Men’s previewOhio State’s 4×400-meter relay team will meet its toughest opponent on the track in USC. The Trojans broke the world record with a time of 3:00.77 during the NCAA indoor national championships. Early in the season, teams will test their rosters and split up their relay teams, which Ohio State did at the Black and Gold Challenge. Dennis said that won’t be the case this weekend, due to the meet being higher profile.“You don’t want to invite all of these people down here and have a watered-down meet,” Dennis said.One of the other major matchups will involve Ohio State sophomore Alexander Lomong in the 800-meter run. Lomong, Mississippi’s Waleed Suliman and USC’s Robert Ford are all within a second of each other’s personal-best times.Lomong said he has focused on running long distances in order to help his body endure the race pace for the length of 800 meters. Field events might be an opportunity for Ohio State to separate itself from the competition. Senior Cole Gorski is coming off a record-breaking pole vault performance last week and his strongest competition has a chance to be his teammate, junior Coty Cobb.Women’s previewSenior Maggie Barrie will match up against All-American talent in the 400-meter dash. USC’s Kendall Ellis won the indoor national championship two weeks ago. Freshman Aziza Ayoub, Miami’s Kayla Johnson and Ole Miss’s Maddie McHugh all have personal bests separated by fewer than two seconds.Junior Sade Olatoye will face Ole Miss’s Janeah Stewart in shot put. Stewart and Olatoye faced off several times during the indoor season. read more

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Batman arrested for bothering police

first_imgBATMAN WAS arrested on Saturday night by police in the US, who (honestly) said he wouldn’t leave them alone.Mark Wayne Williams, 33, was lifted by state troopers in Michigan because they say he refused to stop interfering after he showed up at the scene of a road accident wearing a Batman outfit.“He wouldn’t clear the scene, and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent,” State Police Sgt. Jeff Gorno told the Petoskey News-Review. “He said he wanted to help us look for the driver.”“We didn’t want the dog to track Batman instead of the accident scene, and he was getting in the way of officers who had a job to do,” the sergeant said. Holy sweatpatches, Batman! (AP Photo/Petoskey Department of Public Safety via Petoskey News-Review)Williams wasn’t carrying any dangerous weapons, but his costume and gear were confiscated, Gorno said. He was charged with resisting and obstructing police in an investigation, and he posted bond and was released from the county jail.A call to a number listed as Williams’ Petoskey home rang unanswered yesterday.It’s not Williams’ first brush with the law as the caped crusader.He was arrested last year after police received a report of a man dressed as Batman on the roof of a Petoskey business. When officers arrived, they found Williams, dressed as Batman and carrying a baton-type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and a pair of sand-filled gloves.He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer and was sentenced to six months of probation during which he was forbidden to wear costumes, including his Batman get-up.Williams said at the time that he never intended to harm anyone.More: Batman villain Bane’s voice ‘based on Irish Traveller’>last_img read more

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An Taisce claim airtravel tax will be reintroduced to combat climate change

first_imgTHE ABOLITION OF the air-travel tax hasn’t pleased everybody. An Taisce has predicted that it will soon have to be re-instated to combat climate change.When it was first introduced in 2009 the tax on flights out of the country was €10, it was then reduced to €3 before the current Government announced in the Budget earlier this month that it will be abolished from April 2014.But the independent environmental charity An Taisce has said that removal of the tax “doesn’t make long-term sense” because the global climate change situation is becoming “even more alarming”.The group cites a recent report from a UN intergovernmental panel which said that it was 95 per cent convinced that humans have caused over half the global warming observed over the past 60 years.An Taisce say that air travel is by far the most carbon intensive form of transport per passenger kilometre travelled: The recent IPCC report stated that there is now only a 50-50 chance of avoiding runaway temperature rise. Airline chiefs can try and dress this issue up whatever way they like, but there are choices to be made between foreign holidays today and a sustainable future for the next generation.An Taisce say that these choices must include becoming less dependent on air travel by increasing overland links with Britain with greater sail-and-rail options for Irish travellers.Read: With the Air Travel Tax gone, Ryanair commits to a million more passengers >Pic: What happens when Americans fly home for Thanksgiving >last_img read more

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Stopping of medical card reviews welcomed but government warned We need a

first_imgUpdated 22:58TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT BY the government to stop the discretionary medical card review process has been widely welcomed.CEO of the Jack & Jill Foundation Jonathan Irwin said, “We welcome the U turn from government on discretionary medical cards policy and the suspension of these torturous reviews that our families have been going through. These are families with children with life limiting conditions and it’s about time this government admitted that the medical card system is not fit for purpose.He also added that he still wants to meet Minister Reilly and Minister White to discuss children under Jack and Jill’s wing who have lost their medical card altogether.“But we need a big fix, not just a quick fix and we will be watching developments carefully and need clarity on new babies coming under the wing of Jack & Jill and how their parents apply for medical cards on their behalf.We won’t stop this campaign until children with life limiting and life threatening conditions receive their medical card in their own right and automatically, rather than this barbaric system of dragging their parents through means testing.The Irish Medical Organisation echoed the sentiment from Irwin stating that while they welcome the move to suspend the review “it remains unclear what will happen to people who have lost their card in recent months”.Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO, Dr. Ray Walley said “cards which have been withdrawn under this cull should be returned”.Meanwhile Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher said,It is extremely regrettable that thousands of families across the country were put through the stress and hardship of having their medical cards withdrawn before the Government finally saw sense today.He added that “It took the loss of hundreds of council seats to make the government act on the loss of thousands of medical cards”.Kelleher also questioned if the suspension of medical card reviews is confined to discretionary cards only.“It is not clear from the Department’s statement today if the suspension of medical card reviews is confined to discretionary cards only.“Discretionary cards account for just 50,000 of the 1.8 million cards so we need clarification if the other reviews are suspended too”.Read: Medical card review process to stop immediately>last_img read more

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Have questions about your phone bill or contract Let us put them

first_img Image: Shutterstock/kudla Share Tweet Email3 Want more? Get this wellness series emailed to you every Friday this month: 57 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3362249 Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 10:30 AM Image: Shutterstock/kudla Short URLcenter_img 12,659 Views By Aoife Barry Apr 30th 2017, 10:30 AM Have questions about your phone bill or contract? Let us put them to an expert We’ll be holding a Facebook Live event on Wednesday where your questions will be put to the consumer expert. DO YOU WANT to know how to change smartphone contract? Or if there are ways to save money on your bill?Do you want to know what the data roaming changes will really mean for you?On Wednesday, we’ll be giving you a chance to put your consumer questions about smartphones to an expert from Bonkers.ie.They will answer some of the questions during a Facebook Live at 12pm on Wednesday afternoon, 3 May.Want to take part? Send your questions to aoife@thejournal.ie.It’s all part of our Live A Better Life series, where we’re tackling how we use our smartphones. Next week is tech week, where we’ll be looking at your phone’s battery, bill, data, privacy, and how to make your phone work better for you.Catch up on the full Live A Better Life series here>  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Troika demands longer work weeks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Six-day work weeks may become standard for workers in the private sector, according to a leaked email sent to The Ministry of Labour from the troika on Friday.The email called for several changes in labour regulations preceding the next bailout. Most significantly, it proposed a reduction in the cost of hiring and firing workers, and increased flexibility in worker schedules.The troika suggested that employers should be able to fire employees more easily. Specifically, they proposed cutting by half the amount of notice that employees receive before being fired, from 4-6 months to 2-3 months. Similarly, they asked that the compensation workers receive upon retiring be reduced by at least 50 percent, if they receive another pension, and that compensation for workers who are fired be reduced by up to 50 percent.In terms of worker flexibility, the troika called for looser regulations governing working hours, so that employees might work for six days a week, with a minimum rest between shifts of only 11 hours. They also proposed to lift restrictions on switching workers between morning and evening shifts.The troika’s demands are expected to cause increased conflict in the already tense relations between the General Confederation of Greek Labour (GSEE) and the government. Source: Athens News, lelast_img read more

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Samsung Android débarque sur la gamme Galaxy

first_imgSamsung : Android débarque sur la gamme GalaxyCela fait quelques temps maintenant qu’Android 4.0 fait parler de lui. Cette fois, Android Ice Cream Sandwich pourrait débarquer dès le mois de mars sur le Samsung Galaxy S2, le Galaxy Note et la Galaxy Tab. Les mises à jour de l’écosystème de Google se succèdent mais les constructeurs continuent de traîner la patte. En effet, quel est l’intérêt de payer un smartphone à prix d’or, si c’est pour qu’il devienne obsolète quelques mois plus tard, car il ne ne sera plus à jour ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon le reputé bloggeur russe Eldar Murtazin, la mise à jour vers Android 4.0 du Galaxy S2, du Galaxy Note et de la Galaxy Tab pourrait être effective dès le mois de mars. Elle serait même disponible dès le 1er du mois, soit en téléchargement depuis un ordinateur, soit directement sur les smartphones et la tablette. Depuis la sortie du Galaxy Nexus, fonctionnant sous la dernière version d’Android, cette mise à jour est très attendue par les utilisateurs. En effet, Android 4.0 installée sur le génial Galaxy Note devrait rendre ce smartphone-tablette encore plus désirable et unique.En décembre dernier, Samsung avait annoncé une mise à jour vers Ice Cream Sandwich de sa gamme Galaxy pour le premier trimestre 2012. La date du 1er mars semble donc assez logique. Cependant, puisque chaque constructeur aime à personnaliser les versions d’Android, il se pourrait que la sortie de la mise à jour prenne un peu plus de temps. Les utilisateurs devront donc prendre leur mal en patience.Le 13 février 2012 à 16:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La fermeture de Megaupload na pas refroidi les pirates endurcis

first_imgLa fermeture de Megaupload n’a pas refroidi les pirates endurcisSelon un sondage Ifop, 48 % des internautes ont cessé le téléchargement illégal après fermeture de Megaupload, mais il s’agit surtout des pirates occasionnels, anecdotiques en volumes. Les pirates réguliers, eux, n’ont été découragés qu’à 14 %. Combien d’internautes téléchargeaient illégalement avant l’affaire Mégaupload ? 37 % l’ont en tout cas avoué au sondage Ifop. Combien ont été touchés par la fermeture de la plate-forme de téléchargement ? 48 % de ceux qui téléchargeaient ont tout stoppé, 31 % le font moins qu’avant et 22 % continuent à pirater au même rythme qu’avant. Jean-Philippe Dubrulle, de l’Ifop, comment que « Cela montre que la fermeture du site a eu un certain caractère dissuasif en matière de téléchargement et de streaming illégal ».À lire aussiKim Dotcom dévoile les caractéristiques de Mega, le futur Megaupload 2Toutefois, parmi ces trente-sept pourcents de pirates, il y a différentes nuances : seuls 8 % disaient pirater régulièrement, 12 % se bornaient à le faire occasionnellement et 17 % assez rarement. Or ceux qui ont arrêté de pirater, ce sont surtout ceux qui le faisaient le moins !Ainsi, toujours selon Jean-Philippe Dubrulle : Mais « Si l’on s’en tient uniquement aux ‘pirates’ réguliers, le constat est tout autre : 86 % d’entre eux vont continuer à télécharger, et près d’un sur deux ne compte pas pirater moins qu’avant ».Enfin, parmi ceux qui ont changé d’avis, 49 % disent qu’ils continueront de privilégier les sites illégaux, contre seulement 46 % qui utiliseront les offres légales autant que possible. De toute façon, 85 % des sondés, toutes catégories confondues, jugeait les offres légales trop chères, et 69 % les considéraient trop limitées.Le 1 mars 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Someone Managed To Hack The NES Classic To Play More Games

first_imgStay on target The NES Classic has been a hot item ever since its debut, and despite the fact that it only offers a set number of games for players to indulge in, it remains a massive hit. It goes for several hundreds of dollars on eBay, sells out within minutes when it’s stocked at retail stores, and remains a coveted item for gamers looking for a rush of nostalgia.But it’s not without its share of problems. Its main issue is the fact that it simply won’t allow you to add your own games. There isn’t an option to pay for additional content, either. So if and when you finish all 30 games the system has to offer out of the box, you’re out of luck, at least as far as the system itself goes.So that’s why, two months after the NES Classic debuted, a group of hackers has unlocked the system and have been experimenting with adding more games to its onboard storage. It’s a pretty involved process. You might brick the system if you try to undertake it. But there are some very clear, easy-to-understand steps that you can try left by the hacker group themselves. They offer a disclaimer letting you know that you may well render your system useless, so make sure you pay attention to that before trying to mess with your little chunk of Nintendo gold.You can check out some of the games added, like River City Ransom, Battletoads, Metal Gear, Darkwing Duck, Bucky O’Hare, and more. It’s an impressive feat to be sure, but there’s the question of why you’d risk messing up your rare NES Classic you paid good money for when you could just use a Raspberry Pi emulator or something to that effect since that’s essentially what’s been done here, but you can’t argue with all the hard work that went into making this possible. Don’t Expect Any More Nintendo Classic ConsolesKonami Announces Live-Action Contra Film and TV Series last_img read more

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New details on WWE Womens Evolution DVD Release date One notable legend

first_img WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Charlotte Flair Pinterest What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Twitter Stephanie McMahon comments on WWE dropping Fabulous Moolah name from Battle Royal Google+ Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Digital and DVD release date for “Fighting With My Family” based on WWE’s Paige revealed WrestlingDVDNetwork.com has released new details on a three disc DVD set titled: “Then, Now, Forever: The Evolution of WWE’s Women’s Division.”The finalized cover will feature 22 female WWE Superstars from the past and present  – Charlotte Flair, Paige, Sasha Banks, Ronda Rousey, Stephanie McMahon, Nia Jax, Asuka, Natalya, Bayley, Trish Stratus, Lita, Mickie James, Jacqueline, Beth Phoenix, Alundra Blayze, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Nikki and Brie Bella, Becky Lynch, Mae Young and Wendi Richter.The DVD will also feature newly-filmed interview segments with Stephanie McMahon, Charlotte Flair, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Paige, Becky Lynch, Natalya and brand new interviews with Trish Stratus, Molly Holly and Victoria.Matches included are the first-ever women’s cage match in WWE (Lita vs. Victoria from 2003), the first-ever Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber women’s matches.However, notably absent from the DVD is the Fabulous Moolah who was a subject of controversy earlier this year which prompted WWE to drop Moolah’s name from its first ever Women’s Battle Royal that was held at this year’s WrestleMania.The DVD is scheduled for release in the UK/Europe on June 25 and in the United States on June 26.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns to appear on the cover of WWE 2K20 video game last_img read more