Giannis relishes pressure

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo /Inquirer.netThe current trend of superstars changing teams in the NBA has only fueled Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo to work harder on his game as he tries to lead the Milwaukee Bucks deeper in the playoffs next season.“I’m just staying on one corner, working on getting better every day,” was the curt reply of the man called the “Greek Freak” in reaction to NBA free agency that saw several stars, including Paul George, moving away from the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo is in Manila for “The Greek Freak Invades Manila” produced by King Bally Entertainment, which also donated a fully refurbished basketball court to the campus of Makati Science High School.The 7-foot Antetokounmpo mindset has worked wonders the past season when he jacked up his numbers on all statistical categories, earning Most Improved Player honors in his fourth season in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGolden State star Kevin Durant was among those who have tipped Antetokounmpo as a future MVP of the league.“It won’t matter if you don’t put in the work,” he said in an interview with the Inquirer at Fairmont Hotel in Makati on Sunday. “I get comments from LeBron (James) and Steph Curry about my game. I put pressure on myself to work harder.” PAF, Pocari near semis National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Antetokounmpo is the son of Nigerian immigrants. 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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India Today @ Olympics: Pay for the water, but a massage is free!

first_imgMention the word security in London these days and it evokes sarcasm from even the commoner on the streets.For a city that has been fairly peaceful all these years, excessive security has never been heard of. However, thanks to the huge panic created by G4S, now there is a state of paranoia, especially if you are in east London, where most of the Olympic events will be held. From London police, Metropolitan cops and even the Army, all are present in the area in one form or the other.In fact, the way these security personnel are guarding the main press centre, it’s tough for even a journalist to enter. On Tuesday, I was stopped by two security personnel on duty.From the laptop bag, chargers, connection wires and food bag, everything was checked. But the biggest surprise was when a sealed mineral water bottle I was carrying was thrown away!I argued, having spent one pound (approx Rs 86) on water, there was nothing bad about it. I recall, during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese cops would make you drink the water and then let you pass. But here it is futile arguing over a battle of water, what with the temperature now soaring. The mantra now for the ‘goraaas’ is wear less and try to get the tan.Even the security personnel were unhappy that water bottles were being stopped. “Sir, sorry, we don’t make the rules. We are also facing the heat,” said a lady officer who pointed to the heavy uniform she was wearing.advertisementMuttering under my breath, I entered the huge complex, which houses the print media working area and also the international broadcast centre.While the media facilities are expensive, what is worse is that even drinking water has not been provided. You have to pay for the water. There are plenty of food stalls, though nothing cheap for those who come from Asia.One of the signboards on way to work inside the complex caught my eye. It said, free physiotherapy if you have a problem! After a short interview at the reception, I was told that the place worked on a charity basis but if I wished, I could drop money into a box.I was made to fill a form, something similar to what one would sign if undergoing a surgery in India. The masseur did work hard on the stiff neck and said “I was able to take the pressure”.Half an hour of ‘pain relief’ was welcome as one did not have to pay for it. Finally, there was some service being rendered free in a city where every effort is being made to ensure the United Kingdom earns as much as it can from visitors.On Monday night, after work, it was time to visit a party thrown by steel magnate Laxmi Mittal. His business may have fallen on bad days, but Indian sportspersons surely do bring him a lot of brand value.From Ronjan Sodhi to Joydeep Karmarkar and the boxers, all those under the Mittal Champions Trust marked their presence at a function hosted in Serpentine Gallery, situated inside the historic Hyde Park. Mr Mittal used it as an opportunity to touch base with the local media as well.My colleague and I reached late, by which time whatever little snacks had been served were over. After having got used to press conferences in India, where the spread is lavish, this was disappointing. Champagne and wine was being served but as I don’t touch any of this stuff, I left disappointed.After a long ride on the London Tube, back to the place where I am staying, the good old Subway sandwich came in handy. In times of recession, as the Brits themselves say, eating less is a good thing to do.I can also now vouch for that!last_img read more

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Indo-Pak cricket series crosses final hurdle after formal security clearance from Home Ministry

first_imgA delegation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met Union Home Secretary RK Singh on Tuesday to discuss the India-Pakistan cricket series beginning in the last week of December.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) gave its green signal to the much-awaited bilateral cricket series and assured adequate security at match venues and to players, adding that if required, paramilitary forces helps would also be taken.BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla and a member of the delegation said that the Pakistan team would arrive on December 22 for five matches across the country — three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Twenty20 Internationals.Besides security, logistics related to venues and arrangements were also discussed in the meeting.The first ODI would be played in Bangalore on Christmas. The other four matches would be played in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.last_img read more

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Bolt ends Central Coast Mariners trial

first_imgUsain Bolt and Central Coast Mariners have amicably agreed to end the Jamaican’s training period after a suitable commercial agreement couldn’t be found.Though the Mariners did offer the eight-time gold medalist a contract , the offer was a far cry from what the 32-year-old was after and though the club looked into finding commercial partners, both parties have agreed to end the trial.Having been with the club since August and scored a famous double in a trial match last month , Bolt thanked the club for giving him a chance.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach 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 would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there,” Bolt said.”I wish the club success for the season ahead.”Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth was a key figure in organising the trial and though disappointed a deal couldn’t be struck, praised Bolt’s commitment to the club and the light he shone on the club and Australian competition. “Despite the fact that we could not come to an agreement that would continue Usain Bolt’s football journey with the Central Coast Mariners, we’ve been thrilled to have the Olympic champion sprinter and world record holder as part of our Club for these past eight weeks,” Charlesworth said.“For the Mariners, it’s been a pleasure to work with Usain as he pursued his desire to become a professional football player. “This has been a mutually beneficial partnership that brought an increased level of excitement and attention to both the Mariners and the A-League.”From day one, Usain dedicated himself to being part of the Mariners. He integrated very well into the team and made great strides as a footballer.”It’s unclear what Bolt’s immediate plans are, but having received a contract offer from Maltese side Valletta last month , he shouldn’t have a problem finding another suitor to keep his football dream rolling.last_img read more

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Infineon and JD join efforts to build smart IoT ecosystem

first_imgInfineon Technologies and JD group have signed a strategic partnership agreement aimed at creating an efficient and secured smart IoT ecosystem accelerating towards the vision of smart life. The two companies will combine Infineon’s leading technology expertise in the semiconductor solution field and the local market insight and network of JD, China´s largest online retailer.As an underlying technology provider, Infineon provides effective technical support for various aspects such as the creation of IoT devices, data connectivity, storage and analysis. The aim of this partnership is to speed up applications in scenarios such as smart homes and assist in the continuous improvement of JD’s cloud service platform.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Acceed: mobile video controller for 8 PoE camerasNext ST: create ultra-compact chargers for wearables and IoT deviceslast_img read more

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BIZ-JLR-SALES (CORRECTION)

first_imgJLR India sales up 66% in Jan-Jun period(Eds: Removing Evoque Convertible from 2nd para)Mumbai, Jul 10 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover India todayreported a 66 per cent increase in sales at 2,579 units in thefirst half of 2018 buoyed by a strong product portfolio.Rohit Suri, president and managing director of theTatas-run company, said, “We have seen tremendous growth onthe back of new launches like the Range Rover Velar and theModel Year 2018 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.”These, coupled with dedicated retail and after salesinitiatives have helped us register a solid growth of 66 percent in the first half of 2018 at 2,579 units.”Other luxury brands also did well with the marketleader Mercedes-Benz clocking 12.4 per cent more volumes at8,061 units and the number two player BMW selling 13 per centmore units at 5,171.Swedish player Volvo reported over 30 per cent spikein volumes at 1,242 units in the first half of 2018.The third largest player Audi has not yet disclosedits half-yearly sales figures. PTI BEN SSSS SS SSlast_img read more

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Mahindra XUV300 and Badshah Set The Roads on Fire in a new music video

first_imgAuto major Mahindra and Mahindra had launched XUV300 on February 14 at a starting price of Rs 7.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India). While Mahindra XUV300 had generated much excitement even before its launch, the new compact SUV has surely lived up to the expectation of the company and buyers. A month after launching XUV300, Mahindra and Mahindra had announced that the compact SUV had received over 13,000 bookings and entered the top three in its segment in the very first month.Mahindra and Mahindra has left no stone unturned to make XUV300 more popular among the masses. While the television commercial of Mahindra XUV300 is engaging and flaunts the cheetah-inspired design of the compact SUV, the promotional video featuring ace rally driver Gaurav Gill shows its impressive handling capabilities.Now Mahindra and Mahindra has come out with another promotional video of XUV300 and this time around the company has collaborated with none other than Indian rapper Badshah. The video also features choreographer Sonal Devraj. In the video, Badshah and Sonal Devraj can be seen performing on the track “Set The Roads on Fire”.Mahindra XUV300 is available in two engine options — 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre turbo diesel. The petrol engine is good for 110 bhp and 200 Nm of torque and the diesel engine delivers 115 bhp and 300 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. As of now, there is no option of an automatic transmission.Mahindra XUV300, which shares its platform with SsangYong Tivoli, comes in three variants W4, W6 and W8, and one optional pack on W8 variant. It is available in six monotone colours and two dual tone colours: Red Rage, Aqua Marine, Sunburst Orange, Pearl White, Napoli Black, D-Sat Silver, Dual Tone White Roof on Red Rage and Aqua Marine (only on W8 optional pack).advertisementBelow are the variant wise price details (ex-showroom, India) of Mahindra XUV300.Petrol– Mahindra XUV300 W4 – Rs 7.90 lakh– Mahindra XUV300 W6 – Rs 8.75 lakh– Mahindra XUV300 W8 – Rs 10.25 lakh– Mahindra XUV300 W8 (Optional Pack) – Rs 11.49 lakhDiesel– Mahindra XUV300 W4 – Rs 8.49 lakh– Mahindra XUV300 W6 – Rs 9.30 lakh– Mahindra XUV300 W8 – Rs 10.80 lakh– Mahindra XUV300 W8 (Optional Pack) – Rs 11.99 lakhMahindra XUV300 gets several first-in-segment features like seven airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels, front parking sensors, heated ORVMs, dual-zone FATC, smart steering system with normal, comfort and sport modes, Ecosense technology and micro-hybrid technology.ALSO READ | Royal Enfield sales decline 20 per cent to 60,831 units in March 2019ALSO READ | Porsche Taycan enters final stage of testing, comprehensive checks being conducted in 30 countriesALSO READ | 2019 Honda Africa Twin bookings open in India, price starts at Rs 13.50 lakhlast_img read more

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Storm clouds gather as rugby’s summer becomes the new winter

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Messenger There will now be only two Augusts in the next five summers – 2020 and 2022 – when there will be no meaningful rugby played. The official disclaimer is that no individual will be playing rugby for 11 months of the year; just as well because Nigel Melville, the Rugby Football Union’s rugby director, Mark McCafferty, of Premiership Rugby, and Damian Hopley, of the Rugby Players’ Association, would all be forced to resign en bloc if so. The inescapable truth is that the calendar is expanding at precisely the moment all sides accept that playing the sport has never been more physically demanding. Stick that slogan on the side of a bus.No one yet knows how ruinous the recurring failure to embrace a less is more approach will ultimately prove. There are already some unhealthy side-effects. Take the Lions, the most universally loved and commercially vibrant team in the game. Their next tour is already being compromised like never before: it will last five weeks and incorporate eight games. Premiership Theresa May would have felt right at home at Twickenham on Tuesday. Even a workable Brexit deal sometimes feels more achievable than locating the solution to rugby union’s unfeasibly tight fixture calendar. For a quarter of a century, if not longer, the sport has been trying to squeeze a globally-accepted quart into a disputed pint pot and the eureka moment has yet to materialise.We still live in an age where the faintest of tweaks, largely irrelevant in the wider scheme of things, are hailed as triumphant advances. No English player, for example, will be permitted in future to be involved in more than 35 matches per year or start more than 30 games a season, down from 32. Hold those exultant trumpets: in the southern hemisphere and Ireland many top players already play a third fewer games. The off-season? Blink and you’ll miss it from a fan’s perspective. Summer is about to become the new winter, with the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2021 concluding on the first weekend in August. The following domestic season is due to start on 12 September. Admittedly, the English players on the Lions tour will have a mandatory 10 weeks off but, even so, a dubious new first awaits. For the first time competitive pro games involving English players or teams will take place in every single month of the calendar year. Share on Facebook Share via Email Topics Support The Guardian McCafferty has also revealed the 2021 Premiership final will be played on 26 June, leaving any chosen Lions from England’s two leading clubs with an almost impossibly slim window in which to switch mentally into Lions mode and challenge for first Test selection. Who could blame a Lions coach, with the Pro14 having finished weeks earlier, for concluding that selecting Irish, Welsh and Scottish players makes more sense? Or some English players for starting to wonder whether, from a professional satisfaction viewpoint, it is worth them touring at all?There was also depressingly little support for Agustín Pichot’s brave new world of more meaningful autumn Tests. As far as club and union officials in England are concerned, World Rugby’s vice-chairman might as well be speaking to them in Serbo-Croat. With summer tours by northern hemisphere tier one nations in the two years following a World Cup set to be restricted to two Tests, as agreed in San Francisco last year, there is growing doubt as to whether any over-arching league format is possible. That will not, naturally, prevent the RFU from continuing to look to schedule a fourth November international at Twickenham outside the official window.For the moment, insists Hopley, the players – aka the meat in the sandwich – have mostly been placated and strike action is not on the horizon. Given the increasing uncertainty surrounding the professional game’s finances, at home and abroad, many have clearly concluded they have little choice but to suck it up, trusting those in authority to crack down hard on clubs who fail to grant their players the enforced rest – a five-week summer break plus the odd fallow week during the season – to which they are now entitled. If there is a silver lining to the new-age schedule it is that enlightened player management and mental wellbeing support will have to be taken ever more seriously.In the meantime, take a step back and ask yourself three questions. Does an 11-month season feel like progress? Does summer rugby union in England – rubbing shoulders in June with football World Cups, Test cricket, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and rugby league – float your pedalo? And will this week’s announcement be hailed in 10 years’ time as the moment professional rugby union saw the light? Only incurable optimists and gluttons for punishment will be answering yes to all three. Read more … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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.center_img Rugby union World Rugby’s Agustín Pichot warns international game is facing ‘ruin’ British & Irish Lions Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest comment The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Injured South Africa pacers Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje ruled out of IPL 2019

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 20:39 IST Lungi Ngidi was highly impressive in his IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings last season (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLungi Ngidi is yet to recover from the left side strainAnrich Nortje has withdrawn his name from the IPL due to a right shoulder injuryNgidi made his IPL debut for CSK last season and picked up 11 wickets in 7 gamesSouth African fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje have been ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2019, just three days before the start of the tournament.Lungi Ngidi is yet to recover from the left side strain which he had suffered during fifth one-day international against Sri Lanka while Anrich Nortje has withdrawn his name from the T20 league due to a right shoulder injury.Ngidi made his IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings last season in which he played 7 matches and picked up 11 wickets at an impressive average of 14.18 including a four-wicket haul.”Lungi felt discomfort while bowling during the last ODI against Sri Lanka at Newlands and immediately stopped bowling. Further scans revealed a Grade II muscle strain which will need up to four weeks of rest followed by a rehab programme leading up to the World Cup,” South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee confirmed.Anrich Nortje meanwhile, made his international debut for the Proteas earlier this month and played four ODIs against Sri Lanka in which he picked up 8 wickets at 18.75 before he sustained the shoulder injury which will sideline him for at least 6 weeks.25-year-old Anrich Nortje, who has 19 wickets in 12 T20s, was snapped up by KKR at the IPL 2019 auction for his base price of Rs 20 lakh.This is the third injury blow ahead of the IPL for KKR, who have already lost the young Indian pace duo of Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi to injury, and have called up Sandeep Warrier and KC Cariappa as their replacements.advertisementDefending champions Chennai Super Kings will play the opening match of the IPL against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram stadium on March 23 while KKR will start their season against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens on March 24.For 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Lungi NgidiFollow Anrich NortjeFollow IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow CSKFollow KKR Injured South Africa pacers Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje ruled out of IPL 2019IPL 2019: Lungi Ngidi, who was in the CSK setup, failed to recover from a left side strain while KKR pacer Anrich Nortje has pulled out due to a right shoulder injury.advertisementlast_img read more

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Im really sorry for them… They saved our lives

first_imgAPTN National NewsLester Aqqiaruq is 17 years old, and glad to be alive after being stranded outside the Nunavut community of Igloolik.But it wasn’t all good news. One of the rescue workers sent from CFB Trenton died while attempting to save Aqqiaruq and his father.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll tells the story.last_img

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African States and UN agree to beef up measures against Lords Resistance

During a meeting in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which ended on Saturday, countries discussed ways in which they could collaborate to combat the LRA, and addressed future challenges that can be tackled jointly.According to the UN Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) one of the key advancements during the meeting was the acceptance by the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Uganda and the DRC for their troops to cross borders without hindrance if they are pursuing LRA forces.UNOCA stated in a press release that the terms for the patrols beyond borders must be well defined, justified and targeted, and that the types of troops to be mobilized should also be specified. During the meeting, the DRC also firmed up its support for the AU to combat LRA activities. “We have obtained guarantees as to the significant contribution of the DRC in the implementation of the regional cooperation initiative of the African Union against the LRA,” said the Special Envoy of the AU to the issue of the LRA, Francisco Madeira. The joint mission also received the names of the Congolese officers that will integrate the operational and military structures to track the LRA.UNOCA chief Abou Moussa stressed the importance of the regional meeting to enhance cooperation on the issue. “We had reason to make this joint mission,” he said. “We know how to guide our future actions to better coordinate the fight against the LRA.” Before 31 May, Mr. Moussa is expected to report to the Secretary-General on the progress in the exchange of information between the AU, States affected by LRA activities and UN missions.The LRA was formed in the 1980s in Uganda and for over 15 years its attacks were mainly directed against Ugandan civilians and security forces, which in 2002 dislodged the rebels. They then exported their activities to Uganda’s neighbours, such as the DRC, the CAR and South Sudan, with practices that include the recruitment of children, rapes, killing and maiming, and sexual slavery.Over the course of the group’s existence, more than 12,000 combatants and abductees have left the LRA’s ranks and have been integrated and reunited with their families. 9 January 2012Central African countries affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the United Nations agreed to toughen up measures against the notorious rebel group to stop its deadly activities on the continent. read more

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Ahead of International Womens Day UN asks men to stand up and

“Throughout the world, discrimination against women and girls is rampant, and in some cases getting worse. But we also know equality for women is progress for all,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, quoting the theme of this year’s observation.He also appealed to men and boys of the world: join us, “Where men and women have equal rights, societies prosper.” With this in mind, the UN at a special Headquarters event today launched the “He for She” campaign urging men and boys to take a stand. Today’s launch features video clips of prominent men urging support for gender equality, including Mr. Ban, Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu and actor Antonio Banderas.“I commend those of you [men and boys] who have spoken out and stand with women and girls, as you know women hold half of the sky. We call on all men also, stand up and hold up half of their part of the sky,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women told participants after jokingly telling them, “This is a celebration, so don’t look so serious.” ‹ › Source: UN Photo/UN Women/World Bank “I think that it is important that women celebrate themselves, but also it is important that they don’t only speak to each other, preach to the converted, that women go out there and we win more allies for our struggle,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka stressed in a new interview with UN News Services. Next year will mark 20th anniversary of the landmark World Conference on Women. The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries, is considered the key global policy document on gender equality, addressing critical areas such as women and poverty, violence against women and the human rights of women.Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who also participated in today’s event, played an instrumental role in Beijing, where she uttered the famous quote, “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”Today, in a play, she said: “Just as women’s rights are human rights, women’s progress is human progress.” She added that despite the achievements, no country in the world has achieved full participation of women in society, and this remains the “great unfinished business of the 21th century.” The next year will also be crucial as it marks the target date for the achievement of the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which contain specific benchmarks for gender equality.Countries are also working toward the adoption of global development agenda beyond 2015.“As we begin crafting a new development agenda for the post-2015 era, we can celebrate the world’s recognition that gender equality and women’s empowerment must be at the heart of sustainable development,” said John Ashe, President of this year’s General Assembly.He added that women and girls take their rightful places in the new development paradigm not only because it is critical for development, “but because equality is their right”, and stressed the importance of addressing root causes of gender inequality.Mr. Ashe also highlighted the importance of ensuring women’s right to sexual and reproductive health. Mr. Ban, who returned to New York earlier today from Sierra Leone, met yesterday in London with Fahma Mohammad, part of the Integrate Bristol campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) supported by The Guardian newspaper. Mr. Ban had pledged to support her efforts.“Women’s rights, women’s empowerment, and gender equality are essential components of this conversation – including reproductive rights and ending violence against women,” Mr. Ban said.In his speech, the Secretary-General also noted that gender equality and women’s empowerment have been a top priority for him since taking office in 2007. “Today, the top humanitarian official of the United Nations [Valerie Amos], our top development official [Helen Clark], the head of peacebuilding support and the head of peacekeeping support [Ameera Haq], the heads of human rights [Navi Pillay], disarmament [Angela Kane], the Joint OPCW-UN Mission on the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons [Sigrid Kaag], and the World Food Programme [Ertharin Cousin] – not to mention my own Chief of Staff [Susana Malcorra] – are all women,” Mr. Ban said.Andrea Nunez, Vice President of the World YWCA Board, also participated in today’s discussion.The event was held in the UN’s Trusteeship Council which features a carving of a woman with outstretched arms letting a bird free meant to symbolize an unlimited flight to greater heights. read more

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London attack World leaders show solidarity

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: “Horrible images from London. The very heart of the city has been struck. Our thoughts are with the British people.” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said he and Mr Turnbull had discussed the attack as they met in Canberra. “Together, we send our condolences to the prime minister of the UK and together we condemn terrorism and we stand against all forms of terrorism.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasised that “Turkey feels and shares deeply in the United Kingdom’s pain” and that it stood in “solidarity” with Britain “in the fight against terrorism”. It came just hours after his latest salvo in a fiery row with European allies, especially Germany and the Netherlands, over Turkish referendum campaigning in their countries. Mr Erdogan had warned that Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the world’s streets if “Europe continues this way”.But not all international reaction was so reserved, with some right-wing politicians suggesting that controls on immigration – or even all Muslims – was the way forward. It has subsequently emerged that the attacker was born in Britain.The leader of Australia’s One Nation party, Pauline Hanson, announced her own personal hashtag..“It’s #Pray4Muslimban. Put a ban on it, that’s how you solve the problem, and then let’s deal with the issues here,” she said.“We’ve got real problems… make sure that we do not have this religion which is really an ideology that is going to eventually cause so much havoc on our streets, not only for ourselves, but for future generations.”In France, National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who is campaigning for the French presidency, said the London attack showed the need for borders to be protected.She told French media that security measures needed enhancing amid a rising threat from “radicalised personalities who act alone without networks”, and urged countries to co-operate with each other on sharing intelligence.Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said the London attacks justified the country’s policy of refusing to take in refugees.“I hear in Europe very often: do not connect the migration policy with terrorism, but it is impossible not to connect them,” she told private broadcaster TVN24. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspect named in deadly UK concert attackMay 23, 2017In “latest news”Why are people wearing safety pins after Trump victory?November 12, 2016In “latest news”Manchester terror victims’ families to receive $324,000 eachAugust 15, 2017In “latest news” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted “solidarity with the victims”, and sent a telegram to Mrs May offering condolences. “We must remain united against these type of threats that affect all of us equally and that know no barriers,” he wrote. Emergency response workers continued to work at the scene into the evening (EPA)(BBC) Leaders of countries affected by recent terror attacks have voiced solidarity with the UK after the deadly attack near the Houses of Parliament.A lone attacker was shot dead after he used a car to run down pedestrians, killing two, and stabbed a police officer to death outside Parliament.Leaders of France and Germany, which suffered deadly vehicle attacks last year, offered the UK their support.The US president offered condolences and praised UK security forces.There is a mixture of nationalities among the dead, police say, and 29 people have been treated in hospital, of whom seven are critically injured.Among those injured by the car on Westminster Bridge are three French schoolchildren and two Romanians, while five South Koreans were hurt in the chaos that followed the attack.In Paris, the lights of the Eiffel Tower went out from midnight (23:00 GMT) in a tribute to the victims.President Francois Hollande expressed his “solidarity” with the British people, saying “terrorism concerns us all and France knows how the British people are suffering today”.In July last year, a man drove a lorry into pedestrians in the southern French city of Nice, killing 84 people. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country saw a lorry attack in December that killed 12 people in Berlin and was also claimed by IS, said her thoughts were “with our British friends and all of the people of London”.“I want to say for Germany and its citizens: We stand firmly and resolutely by Great Britain’s side in the fight against all forms of terrorism,” she added.US President Donald Trump spoke by phone to British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences and to praise the effective response of UK security services.Mr Trump pledged the “full co-operation and support” of the US government in bringing those responsible for the attack to justice, the White House said in a statement.Belgium’s prime minister sent a message of support as his country marked the first anniversary of the suicide bomb attacks on the Brussels airport and underground system, which killed 32 people.“Our condolences are with those who mourn and all who are affected in London,” Charles Michel tweeted. “Belgium stands with UK in fight against terror.”European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement that the people of Brussels and Belgium had “suffered a similar pain and felt the support of your sympathy and solidarity”.“At this emotional time, we at the European Commission can only send that sympathy back twofold.”People in Brussels made a heart sign with their hands to remember the victims of the attacks there a year agoRussian President Vladimir Putin also sent condolences by telegram to Mrs May, expressing support for the bereaved and wounded.“The forces of terror are acting more and more deviously and cynically. It is clear that, in order to counteract the terrorist threat, all members of the global community must combine forces,” he said.In other reaction:Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that it was an “attack on democracies around the world” and Canadians stood “united with the British people in the fight against terrorism” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it was an “attack on parliaments, freedom and democracy everywhere” and offered his support and solidarity to the British government. read more

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Dagur Sigursson announces team for games against Switzerland

The newly appointed coach of German national team, Dagur Sigurdsson, revealed the team that will be facing Switzerland in the two games on 19th and 20th of September. Apart from some of the experienced players, some new and young players were added to the team, such as goalkeeper Andreas Wolff and pivot Erik Schmidt. After good season last year, right back Michael Muller from MT Melsungen also got a nomination. The complete list is below:Goalkeeper: Silvio Heinevetter (Füchse Berlin), Andreas Wolff (HSG Wetzlar)Left wings: Uwe Gensheimer (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Michael Allendorf (MT Melsungen)Left back: Steffen Fäth (HSG Wetzlar), Finn Lemke (TBV Lemgo)Mid backs: Tim Kneule (Frisch Auf Göppingen), Steffen Weinhold (THW Kiel), Paul Drux (Füchse Berlin)Right backs: Michael Müller (MT Melsungen), Fabian Wiede (Füchse Berlin)Right wings: Patrick Groetzki (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Tobias Reichmann (KS Vive Kielce/Polen)Pivots: Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel), Hendrik Pekeler (TBV Lemgo), Felix Danner (MT Melsungen), Erik Schmidt (TSG Friesenheim) ← Previous Story RK Zagreb and Josip Sandrk with mutual contract termination Next Story → Sydney Uni unites 10 nations in its Super Globe squad andreas wolffDagur Sigurdssonfabian wiedemichael muellerSilvio Heinevetter read more

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Eight Shell to Sea protesters due in court over public order offences

first_imgWe no longer believe we can have equality before the law until such time as an independent, international panel/commission has investigated the policing of the Shell/Corrib project with specific reference to policies, practices, procedures, bribery, corruption and collusion.Conway stated that the “real criminals are Shell and numerous members of the gardaí, acting with full approval of senior garda management.”The eight activists will appear at Belmullet District Court at 10.30 this morning.Related: Allegations of Shell booze bribes for gardaí ‘raise serious concerns’>More: Mayo farmer to face criminal damage charge over Shell protest> EIGHT SHELL TO Sea campaigners are due to appear in Belmullet District Court today, charged in relation to a number of offences during protests against the Corrib Gas Project.Both Shell to Sea spokespeople Maura Harrington and Terence Conway are among those due to appear in court, as well as Pobail Chill Chomain spokesperson John Monaghan.Gerry Bourke, the farmer who has provided the field for the Rossport Solidarity Camp for the last two years, is also one of the eight.The protesters are due in court over a range of public order offences with a number of them also charged with criminal damage.In a statement today Harrington referenced recent allegations that Shell supplied alcohol bribes to gardaí at Belmullet:last_img read more

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Opinion Government ideas for whistleblower laws are too weak to ever be

first_imgIN THE WAKE Anglo trial and the Garda whistleblower scandal, it is reassuring to know that our Government is on the case, preparing a piece of legislation that will ensure that this kind of thing never happens again.The Protected Disclosures Bill 2013, or the “Whistleblowers Bill”, is on its way to the Seanad, having made it through the Dáil. In many respects, it’s an excellent piece of legislation. It provides for a whole range of routes through which disclosures can be made, starting with internal channels and escalating to disclosures to regulatory bodies, legal advisors and politicians. This is necessary where experience has shown that internal authorities are often not interested in hearing from whistleblowers.Where the Bill falls down, though, is under the section marked “protections”. Given that these protections are the entire point of the Bill, this is a matter for some concern. The Bill provides immunity to whistleblowers from criminal or civil liability, and, in some cases, anonymity. The main protections, though, are largely built on the existing employment law system, and these are problematic to say the least.A higher compensation ceilingFor example, the headline protection under the new Bill is that whistleblowers are entitled to significant monetary compensation for a dismissal. And this is true, technically. But in fact, there is very little compensation available for the mere fact of having been dismissed unfairly. Compensation under the unfair dismissals system is based on actual financial loss in consequence of having been out of a job. If you get a job a month after being dismissed, you are only entitled to a month’s compensation. If you do happen to find yourself out of work for a longer period of time, you may find your compensation cut because of a failure to mitigate your loss – that is, for not trying hard enough to get a new job. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.On top of this, costs are not awarded by the Employment Appeals Tribunal. So in the event that you win against your former employer, your legal fees will have to come out of the money you’ve been paid in compensation. This means that even if you win, you’re still worse off than if your employers had obeyed the law, and you’re still poorer because you did the right thing.In fact, it was never legal to dismiss someone for whistleblowing. What the Bill does is provide for a much higher ceiling on compensation than ordinary unfair dismissal cases, five years’ earnings rather than two. However, this is still based on actual financial loss only. The compensation limit where there is no financial loss is unchanged at four weeks. Four weeks extra pay to get rid of an unwanted whistleblower must seem like a bargain to a misbehaving employer. And where costs aren’t awarded, the employer can feel confident that many sacked employees will wonder if the cost of taking legal action is even worth it. This is especially so where the current waiting list to have a case even heard in the EAT is about two years.Attacking whistleblowers’ charactersThe act also provides that compensation will be 25% less where the whistleblowing was not motivated entirely by a wish to investigate wrongdoing. In reality, whistleblowers are often driven partly by personal grievances as well as by an ethical motivation. Things they might have been inclined to turn a blind eye to can become intolerable once they are mistreated by a supervisor or passed over for promotion.This act allows the EAT to assess motivations and to penalise those who, though having done the right thing, are judged to have done so for the wrong reasons. Independent senators proposed that this provision only apply where the employee acted in outright bad faith, but this amendment was rejected – only the perfectly pure in heart can hope to avoid having their compensation reduced. The less noble of us should perhaps count ourselves lucky – the original penalisation for impure motives was set at 50%.Either way, there is now a significant financial incentive for employers to attack the character of whistleblowers, much as Garda whistleblowers continue to be personally undermined. A whistleblower walks into his unfair dismissal hearing – which is held in public – with a target painted on his back.This Bill’s fateIn addition, the Bill provides protections where workers are not dismissed but are otherwise penalised for their whistleblowing. The mechanism set out in the Bill is identical to the one in the Industrial Relations Act 2004, for those penalised for trade union activity. These protections have been so unsatisfactory that the Government has recently announced, after years of union lobbying, plans to beef them up. However, it seems that whistleblowers will have to make do with the ineffectual old system.The upshot of all of this is that the potential whistleblower still has far more reasons to keep his mouth shut than he does to speak up. It’s hard to see how anything in the Bill will provide any real incentive for people to come forward with information about wrongdoing, or how it will discourage wrongdoers from punishing those who do come forward. The new law replaces the ragbag of existing protections found in various other pieces of legislation.In 2010, solicitor Andrew Sheridan wrote an article for the Law Society Gazette on these laws, concluding with a request that any fellow lawyers who had ever actually used any of these protections should contact him. He informs me that nobody ever did. One fears a similar fate for this Bill.Fergal Crehan is a barrister practising in Data Protection law. He writes on legal subjects at www.fergalcrehan.comRead: I wouldn’t have treated whistleblowers that way — Garda Inspectorate ChiefRead: Taoiseach and Justice Minister apologise to Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabelast_img read more

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Your iPhone or iPad is secretly tracking your location

first_imgWhere 2.0 is an annual conference which covers all manner of technology and philosophy relating to geolocation, and today two presenters will be revealing some news about the iPhone and iPad that some users may find unsettling. According to Alasdair Allen and Pete Warden, the 3G-capable iPad and iPhone have been storing location data in a secret file since the arrival of iOS 4. Allen revealed that his own database contained hundreds of thousands of wireless access points which had been in range of his device over the past year.While they haven’t yet been able to determine exactly why Apple is collecting this data, they say it’s definitely  intentional — as the data is being backed up, restored, and migrated by iTunes. Even more worrying is the fact that the file is unencrypted and relatively easy to access. It’s a good idea to at least make sure you encrypt your iTunes backups until more is known about why the data is being collected and what it’s used for.AdChoices广告Warden has posted an application that concerned users can use to analyze the data on their iOS device. As troubling as the data collection issue itself is, the visualizations produced by the tool are actually quite cool.More at O’Reilly Radarlast_img read more

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Ricochet returning to EVOLVE in March, Update on AEW t-shirts at WWE TV tapings

first_img Becky Lynch Delighted Ronda Rousey Left WWE Now Playing Up Next AEW asking fans to vote for the final team for upcoming World Tag Title Tournament Is John Cena Retired? WhatsApp Google+ WWE Will Use Roman Reigns To Improve RAW`s Rotten Ratings WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live WWE announced that NXT star Ricochet would be returning to EVOLVE to take part in upcoming live events in Massachusetts and New York.Ricochet is booked for EVOLVE 123 in Melrose and EVOLVE 124 in Queens. It was also announced that Riochet will take part in meet-and-greets at both events.https://twitter.com/KingRicochet/status/1090367202849628165Update on AEW t-shirts at WWE TV tapingsBrad Shepard shared the following photo on Twitter, noting that a fan was front row at last night’s Smackdown Live taping in Phoenix wearing an AEW t-shirt.I hate to damage the narrative but enjoy this picture of a fan’s @AEWrestling t-shirt in the front row of #WWE #SDLive on national TV. pic.twitter.com/ZHdy6lNXK8— Brad Shepard (@TheBradShepard) January 30, 2019If you recall, video was shown of WWE staff having a fan remove an AEW shirt at the Royal Rumble PPV this past Sunday at Chase Field. However, it would appear the situation doesn’t apply to all. WWE has always had a long standing policy of being able to remove signs or merchandise brought into arenas by fans who purchased tickets.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs John Cena Retired?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:32 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 Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Twitter Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextlast_img
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The World Soy Foundation and NSRL Work to Complete Market Assessment in

first_imgLocal leaders visit the site where the extruder, a part of which can be seen in the background, is housed to learn about the future potential of the equipment.The World Soy Foundation is working with the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to complete a market assessment and potential business plan for extrusion equipment in Managua, Nicaragua.  The extruder, which currently sits in pieces in a warehouse, has been inspected by experts, who have determined that if put back into commission, the equipment could provide much needed protein at an affordable cost to local children in need.  Originally constructed to make corn-soy blend, the market assessment will report on current market conditions in Nicaragua to recommend uses for the equipment.The business plan will be designed for use by in country partners, and the assessment will include a draft formulation for a snack or other blended, extruded product that could be produced with the extruder.last_img read more

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Protesters shut down Armenian capital

first_imgTens of thousands rallied in Armenia`s capital on May 1, 2018 ahead of a crucial vote to elect a new prime minister as protest leader Nikol Pashinyan warned of a `political tsunami` if lawmakers don`t back him to lead the country. Photo: AFPTens of thousands of Armenians on Wednesday converged on the capital, blocking key transport links and government buildings, as popular anger exploded over the ruling party’s rejection of opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan’s premiership bid.In an unprecedented show of defiance, protesters including many elderly people and housewives paralysed Yerevan, with nearly all streets closed to traffic and numerous stores shut, AFP correspondents reported.Officials said that suburban train services were disrupted and the road linking Yerevan with its airport was blocked.Crowds of protesters across the city of one million people waved national flags, blew vuvuzelas and shouted “Free, independent Armenia!”.Leading supporters on a march through the city, Pashinyan pledged to ramp up pressure on the authorities.“Various scenarios are under discussion, under each scenario the people will win,” said Pashinyan who was wearing his trademark khaki-coloured T-shirt and a baseball cap.The subway and railroads have been paralysed and a number of universities and schools have joined the protest movement, he added.In parliament, lawmakers could not convene for a session due to the absence of a quorum, with the Prosperous Armenia party declaring a boycott.“There is an emergency situation in the country. Our faction declares a political boycott,” said Prosperous Armenia lawmaker Vahe Enfiajyan.According to legislation, parliament should again gather in a week to try and elect a prime minister. If it fails, the legislature will be dissolved and early elections called.In the second city of Gyumri-which hosts a Russian military base-and the smaller town of Maralik, demonstrators occupied the mayor’s offices, demanding the local authorities join the protest movement.‘We will win’Pashinyan urged Armenians to launch a general strike after the ruling Republican Party on Tuesday shot down his bid for prime minister following two weeks of anti-government protests that ousted veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian.Protesters said they would stay on the streets for as long as it takes to oust the ruling elites from power and get Pashinyan elected premier.“The people will not give up, protests will not subside,” Sergey Konsulyan, a 45-year-old businessman, told AFP.Student Gayane Amiragyan, 19, added: “We will win because we are united, the whole Armenian people are united.”Parliament voted 45 in favour to 55 against Pashinyan, with the Republican Party headed by Sarkisian saying he was not a suitable candidate for the top job.Pashinyan’s failure to get elected has plunged the Moscow-allied nation of 2.9 million people into uncertainty, with observers expressing concern that the turmoil could destabilise the country and the wider region.Pashinyan has ruled out any possibility of clashes between protesters and police. But the risk of violence has not been lost on politicians in a country locked in a decades-long territorial dispute with Azerbaijan.Pashinyan-who was the sole candidate in the running for prime minister-had been thought to be just a handful of votes short of a majority in parliament and was widely expected to get elected.Political U-turnAhead of the vote, the Republicans said they would not stand in the way of his candidacy but they withheld their support during Tuesday’s vote, excoriating Pashinyan during the nail-biting extraordinary session.Pashinyan’s protest movement had accused Sarkisian and his party of a power grab, saying the former leader wanted to extend his grip on power by becoming premier after serving as president for a decade, despite failing to tackle a litany of problems like corruption and poverty.Russia had urged compromise while the United States had called for “a resolution that reflects the interests of all Armenians”.Armenia is dependent on Russia economically and militarily.Armenia has for decades been locked in a bitter row with Azerbaijan over Nagorny Karabakh, a breakaway statelet with an Armenian ethnic majority that is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan has closely watched the political crisis, with analysts warning Armenia’s arch-foe could use the turmoil to its advantage.One Azerbaijani lawmaker, Gudrat Gasanguliyev, called on Tuesday for a special session of parliament, citing the prospect of “civil war” in Armenia.last_img
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