Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max deal

first_imgPBA takes All-Star festivities to provinces anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I was really thinking about it these past few days. I prayed that I will get the deal I deserve and I promised that I will really work hard for this.”Luckily for Jose, he has familiar faces in Far Eastern U alums Denok Miranda and Mac Belo in the Elite camp which made his adjustment period much easier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The transition was really easy because I have them here. I’ve already learned a lot in the two weeks I spent here and I’m not scared to ask them things. They really help me a lot,” said Jose, who was the third overall pick in last month’s rookie draft.But the 25-year-old isn’t just satisfied with cracking the Blackwater roster. This early, he’s readying himself in facing bigger and tougher frontcourt players once he makes his PBA debut. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “I know I will face veteran players who are bigger and more experienced that me, so I have to prepare myself for that,” he said.“It’s a big help that I was exposed to professional players too in the international games, but all I’ll do is focus on what coach will run for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:49Robredo: 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 MOST READ FILE PHOTO – Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose inked a maximum P8.5 million deal with Blackwater on Monday.“I’m happy that everything went okay,” Jose said in Filipino, finally making a decision of signing the three-year pact after initially being offered a one-year, P1.8 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

In safe hands: Adam Gilchrist tells Rishabh Pant not to try and emulate MS…

first_imgAdvertisementYoung Rishabh Pant should not try to be the next MS Dhoni and must work on improving his own game instead, believes former Aussie keeper Adam Gilchrist. The hard-hitter is under pressure since the World Cup semi-final and has been criticised by many, for his patience while batting and his wicket-keeping skills. Even after the first T20I against Bangladesh in Delhi, Pant received a lot of jeers after India’s loss.Image: MSNGilchrist, though, reckons that the Indian fans should stop comparing Pant with MS Dhoni.“I’m not big on comparisons, like I have said before. I think Indians fans shouldn’t be trying to compare him to Dhoni. Dhoni has set such a high benchmark. One day someone might match it but it is probably unlikely,” the Kangaroo legend said.“Rishabh looks like a very talented young player. Just don’t put too much pressure on him too early and expect that he’s going to produce Dhoni-like performances every day,” he added.He then suggested Pant, to learn from Dhoni instead, “My advice to Rishabh Pant will be: learn everything you can from Dhoni. Don’t try to be Dhoni. Just try to be the best Rishabh Pant you can.”India will play their first-ever Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata November 22 onwards, and Gili believes that pink-ball cricket will definitely be a hit in among the spectators. He then called for a similar Day-Night Test against Australia as well, when team India visits down under after the T20 World Cup next year.“I expect there will be a Day-Night Test when India visits Australia for the tour next time. I was a bit reluctant with Test cricket initially. But now I can see that the positive outcomes of Day-Night Test will help Test cricket,” Gilchrist said.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘History is not 10 years’ – Pep feeling weight of Liverpool clash

first_imgManchester City’s history of achievement is dwarfed by Liverpool’s at the elite level, according to Pep Guardiola – a factor that could loom over Thursday’s crunch Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.Victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side would take them 10 points clear of champions City at the summit and in prime position to claim their 19th top-flight title.The most recent of those arrived in 1989-90, with their most recent near-miss coming as runners up in 2013-14. 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! City triumphed that season and have won three of the previous seven Premier Leagues under the ownership and vast financial muscle of Sheikh Mansour.The presence of seasoned campaigners with repeated title-winning experience such as Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero may work in Guardiola’s favour against the Reds, but his time with Barcelona and Bayern Munich means he knows how the cherished status of Europe’s elite clubs can act as an intangible driving factor on such occasions.Preparing our A Game for tomorrow night! CITY! CITY! CITY! #mancity pic.twitter.com/k6nXynw5Wz — Manchester City (@ManCity) January 2, 2019 “I cannot deny the history,” he said. “In terms of [City] competing with the elite in the Premier League, it is the last decade. The history is not 10 years, it’s much more, it’s longer.”Anfield is Anfield, Old Trafford is Old Trafford and the history and the Champions Leagues [won] are, when the players put the shirt on, what they know they have to defend.”It’s a question for them [why Liverpool have a title drought] but when I was a little boy I looked at the Premier League from Catalonia. It was always two or three teams, City were not there.”That is why, when the people from Abu Dhabi took over and all the people working here – [Roberto] Mancini, Manuel [Pellegrini] and now ourselves – we are trying to be in there.”In the last decade our club is incredible, being in the Champions League, but of course that doesn’t win games. If you don’t win it is not because of the history.”But the history is there and I know what it means when you go on the biggest stages and you know what you have behind. How do you take a step forward? I have to defend something special.”Maybe in the next decades the players coming here will feel that. Our target is higher now and that is what I want to try and maintain.”Is @debruynekev ready to rock? Can we close the gap? #PEPTALK with @marathonbet #mancity pic.twitter.com/KEs3Y9QuF9 — Manchester City (@ManCity) January 2, 2019 While City have not maintained the phenomenal levels of their 100-point season last time around, with three December defeats handing the title initiative to Liverpool, Guardiola is satisfied to find them in the race and boasting a healthy points total at midway.”What I didn’t want at the start of the season was to fall down and drop after success. I talked many times with the players,” he explained.”I know what happened after Chelsea won the league and after Leicester won the league. The year after was tough.”I was saying that was what we have to avoid and we avoided it. We have a lot of points, we are fighting for the Premier League. When that happens you cannot have regrets, but there is an opponent who did incredibly.”Liverpool’s form gives them their shot at adding to the history Guardiola so reveres – something he feels could bring a particular type of pressure.”I can feel what the Liverpool players feel after not winning the Premier League for 29 years. To be there to win the Premier League, I understand,” he added.”I said to the players, that is the big difficulty, to handle that. That is why in this season we want to maintain being there and do it as far as possible.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Meet the Coaches – Phil Gyemore

first_imgIn the lead up to the 2016 All Stars weekend, we’ve caught up with both coaches to get their thoughts in the lead up to the event. Join us as we hear from TFA Indigenous All Stars coach, Phil Gyemore about how much he is looking forward to the 2016 event and what it means to take part in the weekend. Having coached as part of TFA’s first involvement in the All Stars event in 2015, what does it mean to you to have this opportunity again?It means that we have opportunity to showcase our great sport on the big stage. The NRL All Stars event showcases Rugby League around the world so it’s great to highlight the sport of Touch Football to a captive audience.  We are proud indigenous people and we are excited to be able to represent all indigenous people in this special event.How do you see Touch Football Australia and the NRL’s partnership, in regards to the opportunities like this it is presenting our athletes?We have seen numerous opportunities due to the NRL and TFA partnership and the All Stars event is a clear example of this. Both sports can share and promote knowledge and experiences that have been successful. I’m sure that we have only touched the surface of how we can both take our sports to the next level.Our players have the chance to share the stage and so many of our players have gone on to become the stars of the NRL.  Players like Benji Marshall, Matt Moylan, Shaun Johnson and Ashley Taylor have honed their skills in our great game.What are you looking forward to most about the 2016 All Stars events?Being able to walk onto Suncorp Stadium will be amazing. We have all seen the Queensland dominance against New South Wales in the Rugby League State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium. To see first-hand the surface and get a small taste of the atmosphere at one of the world’s best arenas will be something that I’ll never forget.  The Mixed format of the game is a prime example of the inclusive nature of Touch Football, what else makes this form of the game so important to the sport?Mixed Touch Football is unique in the fact that we rely on all players that need to trust one another regardless of whether they are male or female.  No player takes a backwards step and all players are treated equally.The All Stars event is about recognising and showcasing the amazing talent within Touch Football and Rugby League community, including those of Indigenous heritage. As a coach, if you could have any indigenous player in your team who would it be? And why?This is a really good question. If I could choose any indigenous player it would have to be Matt Bowen, the North Queensland Cowboys and Queensland Maroons star.  His amazing turn of speed, footwork and finishing ability would be an amazing asset in any Touch Football team.  2015 was a huge year for the sport, including a victorious World Cup campaign, what has been your highlight?It has been a great year for Touch Football but one of the highlights for me would have been watching Peter Bell going out a true winner in the Women’s Open World Cup Final against New Zealand.  Seeing his face in the latter stages of the game and the joy on his face during the team photo after being presented the World Cup medal was special. We had to establish a game plan that was going to prove effective and the girls executed it perfectly.What is your prediction for the result on Saturday, 13 February? TFA or Indigenous All Stars to take out the title for 2016?The Mick Lovett-coached TFA All Stars will be clear favourites however like last year we won’t be holding anything back.  We will win 8-7. Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in the lead up to the 2016 All Stars event for all of the latest news and information:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksMeet The Coacheslast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Merger of NYS and NCYD

first_imgCabinet has approved the merger of the National Youth Service (NYS) and the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), a move that is expected to increase the budget of both agencies to a total of $561 million.Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who made the disclosure while contributing to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 18, said 62 per cent of the expected budget will be allocated to projects that will impact an estimated 21,000 youth directly.She noted that the joining of the agencies is also aimed at reducing the overlap and duplication of work, as well as administration costs.“The truth is that when we got into office we found that the NYS had departed from its core mission and objectives,” Miss Hanna said.She said that unfortunately, the NYS’ sole role had become the placing of young persons in ‘internships’ at a range of state organisations, with the intention that they would, at the end, be assessed and achieve certification from HEART/NTA.“The reality is that only 20 per cent of these participants achieved certification, and less than five per cent of them were retained in the jobs they were placed in,” she said.She noted that over the last few years, she has been working to ensure that the NYS sought to fulfill its existing commitments, while reviewing its strategic focus to encourage among young people, the spirit of voluntarism and civic pride.Among the core objectives of the NYS is the creation of opportunities for self sustainability among youth; the preparation of youth for transition to employment and entrepreneurship; the creation of lessons and opportunities for voluntarism; being a catalyst for fostering of respect; and building social skills, a positive attitude, civic pride, a sense of responsibility and good citizenship among youth.The NCYD was established in 2000 as the Government department with responsibility for young people aged 15 to 24 years. It is responsible for facilitating the co-ordination and integration of programmes, service and activities geared towards youth development, and recommending and designing programmes to enhance and propel youth development.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Le flambeau des Jeux illumine la colline parlementaire

first_imgLa colline parlementaire s’est enflammée avec l’esprit des Jeux du Canada aujourd’hui, en ce 3 mai, lorsque le flambeau des Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax a été illuminé à la cérémonie officielle de l’illumination du flambeau à Ottawa. Le flambeau 2011 fut allumé à partir de la flamme du flambeau Roly McLenahan des Jeux du Canada, qui celui-ci, fut allumé de la flamme du monument du centenaire. Des écoliers ont participé à une matinée d’activités sportives des Jeux du Canada. Lors de la cérémonie, un spectacle musical a été présenté par Jimmy Rankin ainsi que par les membres de la chorale de concert du Sacré-Cœur. Peter MacKay, ministre de la Défense nationale; Stephen Gallant, directeur des sports pour la Protection et Promotion de la santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse et Peter Kelly, maire de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax se sont rassemblés pour l’illumination du flambeau en compagnie de Jennifer Botterill, ancienne des Jeux du Canada et médaillée olympique 4 fois ainsi qu’Isabelle Charest, médaillée olympique trois fois qui étaient les maitresses de cérémonie pour l’événement. En plus d’être médaillée olympique quatre fois, dont trois médailles d’or et une d’argent, Jennifer Botterill a également récolté une médaille d’or en ringuette aux Jeux du Canada et a remporté cinq médailles d’or au hockey féminin aux championnats mondiaux. Quant à Isabelle Charest, elle a représenté le Canada aux Olympiques trois fois en patinage de vitesse courte-piste, récoltant trois médailles, dont une d’argent et deux bronze. Elle a tenu le record mondial de 1995 à 1998 à l’événement du 500 mètres et fut médaillée cinq fois aux championnats mondiaux. « Comme nous avons vu cette année à Vancouver, le relais du flambeau représente la fierté canadienne, la force physique et mentale, vise l’excellence et inspire les rêves. » dit Sue Hylland, Présidente-directrice générale, Conseil des Jeux du Canada. « À mesure que la flamme traverse la Nouvelle-Écosse, nous souhaitons que chaque résident de la province soit touché par son importance et son rôle d’accueillir le pays afin de concourir. » « La cérémonie d’illumination du flambeau établit un lien entre le passé et l’avenir; tout comme le flambeau de 2011 est allumé par la même flamme qui a allumé les flambeaux des Jeux précédents. » dit Jean-Paul Deveau, président des Jeux de 2011. Le flambeau enflammera l’esprit des Jeux pour la jeunesse et les collectivités à travers la Nouvelle-Écosse à compter de maintenant et le sera jusqu’en février 2011. L’illumination officielle a marqué le début du programme du flambeau des Jeux. Le flambeau rentrera au bercail en Nouvelle-Écosse pour les cérémonies communautaires du lancement du flambeau à Lunenburg, le 10 mai; à Yarmouth le 12 mai; à Chéticamp le 13 mai et à Amherst le 14 mai. Le flambeau 2011 fera son apparition aux festivals et événements à travers la Nouvelle-Écosse dans les mois précédents les Jeux. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur le programme du flambeau, son concept et le concours pour les porteurs du flambeau; veuillez visiter notre site web à l’adresse suivante : www.canadagames2011.ca/torch. Les adeptes du flambeau de 2011 peuvent suivre son parcours sur Facebook ou via Twitter au #torchflambeau. En continuation de la tradition des Jeux du Canada, le programme du flambeau des Jeux de 2011 célèbre, au cœur des communautés qui la constituent et la définissent, la culture unique de la Nouvelle-Écosse tout en sensibilisant et en générant l’excitation pour les Jeux dans chaque région. Les Jeux d’hiver du Canada de 2011 seront le plus important événement multisports jamais tenu à Halifax et les premiers Jeux d’hiver du Canada pour la ville. Du 11 au 27 février 2011, plus de 2 700 athlètes seront sur place pour prendre part à des compétitions dans plus de 20 sports attirant ainsi des milliers de visiteurs, de dignitaires, d’officiels et de membres des médias. Organisés tous les deux ans, et alternant entre l’été et l’hiver, les Jeux du Canada sont un événement capital pour le développement des jeunes athlètes du pays; préparant les champions de demain, que ce soit au plan national, international ou olympique.last_img read more

So many bears Draft plan says Nunavut polar bear numbers unsafe

first_imgThe Canadian PressThere are too many polar bears in parts of Nunavut and climate change hasn’t yet affected any of them, says a draft management plan from the territorial government that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking.The proposed plan, which is to go to public hearings in Iqaluit on Tuesday, says that growing bear numbers are increasingly jeopardizing public safety and it’s time Inuit knowledge drove management policy.“Inuit believe there are now so many bears that public safety has become a major concern,” says the document, the result of four years of study and public consultation.“Public safety concerns, combined with the effects of polar bears on other species, suggest that in many Nunavut communities, the polar bear may have exceeded the co-existence threshold.”Polar bears killed two Inuit last summer.The plan leans heavily on Inuit knowledge, which yields population estimates higher than those suggested by western science for almost all of the 13 included bear populations.Scientists say only one population of bears is growing; Inuit say there are nine. Environment Canada says four populations are shrinking; Inuit say none are.The proposed plan downplays one of the scientific community’s main concerns.“Although there is growing scientific evidence linking the impacts of climate change to reduced body condition of bears and projections of population declines, no declines have currently been attributed to climate change,” it says.“(Inuit knowledge) acknowledges that polar bears are exposed to the effects of climate change, but suggests that they are adaptable.”Environment Canada’s response says that’s “not in alignment with scientific evidence.” It cites two studies suggesting the opposite.Andrew Derocher, a University of Alberta polar bear expert, is blunter.“That’s just plain wrong,” he said. “That’s been documented in many places now – not just linked to body condition but reproductive rates and survival.”The government of Nunavut declined an interview request.Its position is strongly supported by the 11 Inuit groups and hunters’ organizations that made submissions.“(Inuit knowledge) has not always been sufficiently incorporated by decision-makers,” says a document submitted by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Inuit land-claim organization.“The disconnect between the sentiment in certain scientific communities and (Inuit knowledge) has been pronounced.”Pond Inlet wants to be able to kill any bear within a kilometre of the community without the animal being considered part of the town’s quota. Rankin Inlet simply wants to lower bear populations.In its submission, the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board expresses frustration with how polar bears are used as an icon in the fight against climate change.“This is very frustrating for Inuit to watch … We do not have resources to touch bases with movie actors, singers and songwriters who often narrate and provide these messages,” it says.“We know what we are doing and western science and modelling has become too dominant.”The management plan doesn’t propose to increase hunting quotas immediately. It contains provisions for increased education and programs on bear safety for hunters and communities.It does say hunting bans would no longer be automatically applied to shrinking populations and that “management objectives … could include managing polar bears for a decrease.”Derocher doesn’t dispute potentially dangerous bear-human encounters are becoming more frequent. But he, and other southern scientists, insist that’s happening as climate change reduces sea ice and drives bears inland.“They will move into communities seeking food. There’s lots of attractants around northern communities.”Places where attacks have occurred are not areas with the highest bear densities, he said.The plan reflects Nunavut’s desire to control its own wildlife resources, Derocher suggested.“They don’t ask for input from southern scientists. The less input from the south is where it seems to be moving.”Derocher said the Inuit’s ability to export polar bear hides – or the ability of their hunter clients to take such items home with them – depends on whether the rest of the world trusts the animals are being well-managed.“If the stated goal is to have fewer polar bears, that may be the tripping point whereby polar bear management in Canada comes under renewed scrutiny.”Canada has fought off two international attempts to ban the trade of polar bear products.The territory’s wildlife management board will take what it hears at the public hearings and include it in a final document, which will go before the Nunavut cabinet for approval.last_img read more

UN disaster teams reach 1000th deployment

18 December 2009The 16-year-old United Nations disaster response system reached its 1,000th deployment this year, with the dispatch of experts to the storm-battered Philippines. This year had a relatively low occurrence of natural disasters, with the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) system having deployed teams to respond to 11 disasters in Africa, Asia and Central America.Nine of these disasters were related to floods or cyclones, including the October storms in the Philippines, while two were earthquakes, one of which triggered a tsunami in Samoa.A total of 57 people from 20 different countries took part in these UNDAC missions, managed by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), this year.Since the system started in 1993, “UNDAC has proven to be an exceptionally professional international disaster response system, supporting governments in times of sudden-onset distress,” said Arjun Katoch, head of OCHA’s Field Coordination Support Section.Assistance from UNDAC, he said, can reach an affected nation within 24 hours of a disaster striking.Within hours of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake striking Indonesia in September, the first UNDAC team member departed for the site, with the entire group on the ground 13 hours later. Nearly two dozen countries and organizations comprising nearly 700 emergency responders worked around the clock to carry out search and rescue operations.When not responding to emergencies, UNDAC promotes disaster preparedness by analyzing national systems at no cost to governments. This year, three such missions were deployed to Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Peru. read more

As role of police grows in peace missions UN wants more female

10 June 2010The United Nations is stepping up its efforts to boost the number of female police officers serving in its peacekeeping missions around the world, highlighting that women can play a unique role in certain areas, including responding to sexual- and gender-based violence. The number of female blue helmets is climbing, and the world body is aiming to more than double the proportion of women comprising UN Police (UNPOL) to 20 per cent by 2014.“The continuing growth and complexity of our police components underlines the central role of promoting the rule of law in post-conflict environments,” UN Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler told reporters today in New York.Last August, the UN launched a so-called Global Effort to increase the number of female police officers in serving with peacekeeping missions. Currently, of the 13,680 UNPOL serving in 17 missions, just 8.5 per cent are women.The number of female UNPOL must increase “not just because deploying more women reflects natural justice… but because women bring an essential extra dimension to one of our most important tasks – bringing peace, stability and development to populations recovering from conflict,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week at a meeting with female blue helmets.Ms. Orler today pointed to the need to make the UN selection and training processes more efficient so that more female police officers can be brought on board peacekeeping operations.The Global Effort also aims to augment the number of female police officers serving with Member States’ national police forces.The Police Adviser noted that Bangladesh is aiming to recruit 10,000 more female police officers in the coming months, while Liberia has also set the 20 per cent target for 2014.The presence of female police officers in Liberia has helped to increase the reporting of cases of sexual and gender-based violence, according to Doreen Malombo, the police gender adviser for the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African nation, known as UNMIL.“It is not very easy for a woman to [discuss] sexual violence issues with a male officer,” she told the UN News Centre, but they “feel free to bring out their cases” with female police officers.When Liberian women see female UN police officers carrying out tasks, such as guarding government sites, “which they feel are supposed to be performed by males, it has given a change of an image for the organization,” Ms. Malombo said.“They now know that policing is not for males alone, but for everybody,” encouraging more women to join the ranks of the Liberian National Police (LNP), she said. read more

Gas plant court documents released

(Updated)New details related to the Ontario gas plant scandal. A scandal that the Ontario Liberals can’t seem to shake, regardless of who’s in charge.Court documents released Thursday allege the Liberals, under former Premier Dalton McGuinty, paid someone thousands of dollars to wipe computer hard drives in the premier’s office.The documents released today show the Liberals paid $10,000 to an outside tech expert to come in to the premier’s office and wipe out hundreds of thousands of files about the gas plants on more than 20 computers.Dozens of pages of court documents now made public.Documents that show an attempt to delete gas plant related emails in the office of then-premier Dalton McGuintyOPP investigators say David Livingston, McGuinty’s chief of staff brought in an outside computer expert to wipe files off more than 24 computers.This man, Peter Faist, was paid the $10,000 by the Liberal caucus to make communication about the cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga disappear.He’s the boyfriend of former McGuinty aide Laura Miller. And she didn’t have sufficient security clearance even though he had access to potentially sensitive government documents.More than 630,000 files were deleted.Conservative MPP Steve Clark is outraged: “Kathleen Wynne’s government is about as transparent as a brick wall. It only confirms that the government has used taxpayers funds to deal with their politically motivated decisions.”In these court documents OPP allege there are: “…reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Livingston committed the criminal offence of breach of trust.”In an August 2012 email, Livingston gave detailed instructions on how to “double delete” emails. And at the end of the email says:“Having said all of this, nothing is more confidential than talking rather than writing!”“It’s disappointing that we have governments that act a bit like the mafia. They don’t want to put anything down on record. They want to keep everything oral.”But Political Science Professor Peter Graefe says Kathleen Wynne is trying to separate herself from her predecessor: “But clearly she was there and some of her important ministers were there. Documents aren’t going to put Wynne in a hot position herself in terms of implicating her. At least I would be doubtful that they would.”The premier’s office has released a statement saying: “It should be noted that the document confirms the investigation relates solely to allegations against the former premier’s chief of staff, not the Wynne government”These allegations haven’t been proven in court. No charges have been laid, and Livingston has insisted he has done nothing wrong. Lawyers representing Miller and Faist say they too did nothing wrong. But we’ll never hear from them, as the committee looking into the cancellations has been scrapped. read more

Samsung unveils smaller cheaper Galaxy S III mini with same screen size

by News Staff Posted Oct 12, 2012 2:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics Co. has unveiled a smaller and cheaper version of the Galaxy S III smartphone with the same screen size as the iPhone 5.Samsung says the Galaxy S III mini features a screen measuring 4 inches diagonally, smaller than the Galaxy S III’s 4.8 inch display but the same as Apple’s iPhone 5, which was Apple’s first upgrade of the iPhone screen size.Samsung said the mini will be launched in Europe later this month but kept mum on schedules for other countries.Samsung’s German mobile shop lists the mini’s price at 399 euros ($516) versus 550 euros ($711) for the cheapest S III.The mini is powered by the latest version of Android software but does not support faster fourth-generation wireless networks. Samsung unveils smaller, cheaper Galaxy S III mini with same screen size as iPhone 5 read more

Aiming to cut down on flag hopping UN body endorses fishing guidelines

The Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance, developed last year through a consultative process led by FAO, aim to cut down on IUU fishing by improving the accountability of flag States – those countries which register fishing vessels and authorize them to fly their flags. The FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI), which opened its 31st session in Rome on Monday, endorsed today the guidelines, as a “public signal” by countries of their intent to adhere to a shared set of standards for flag state performance, according to the UN agency. “Today’s decision represents a massive breakthrough in combating IUU fishing, which not only puts marine ecosystems at risk but undermines any effort undertaken at the national, regional or international level to manage fisheries in a sustainable manner,” said Árni M. Mathiesen, FAO Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Taken together with FAO’s 2009 Agreement on Port State Measures, which works to prevent entry into ports by IUU fishing vessels and therefore block the flow of IUU-caught fish into national and international markets, these guidelines will provide a potent tool to combat IUU fishing in the coming decades,” he added.Flag States are already required to maintain a record of their registered vessels together with information on their authorization to fish, such as the species they may fish for and the type of gear they may use.However, many fishing vessels engaged in illegal activities circumvent such control measures by “flag hopping” – repeatedly registering with new flag States to dodge detection, which undermines anti-IUU efforts. The Voluntary Guidelines aim to crack down on this practice, among other things, by promoting greater cooperation and information exchange between countries, so that flag States are in a position to refuse to register vessels that have previously been reported for illegal and unregulated fishing, or that are already registered with another flag State. The guidelines draw on existing international maritime law as well as international instruments such as the 1993 FAO Compliance Agreement, 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, the 2001 FAO International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU fishing. read more

Double blow as Sexton McCarthy ruled out of Irelands trip to Scotland

first_imgUpdated 15.00JONNY SEXTON AND Mike McCarthy have both been ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Scotland.Sexton limped off after 31 minutes against England last weekend and team manager Mick Kearney confirmed this afternoon that the out-half suffered a Grade 2 hamstring injury.Kearney said, “Treatment commenced immediately after the game. He’s definitely ruled out of the Scotland and, although progress has been good so far, it is too early to say when he will return to play.”Connacht lock McCarthy played the full 80 minutes of the 12-6 defeat but was found afterwards to have damaged his medial knee ligaments and is currently in a brace. A further review on his fitness will take place after the match in Murrayfield.Coach Declan Kidney will have to wait on news of Donnacha Ryan’s progress before fully considering his second-row options for the trip to Murrayfield on 24 February. Ryan has a lower back strain but is marked as a “good chance” to feature against the Scots.Sean O’Brien has neck stiffness and a tender hamstring after the defeat to England but did train today. Brian O’Driscoll had ‘a re-occurrence of a soft tissue injury to his good ankle’ but scans have revealed no structural damage.With Simon Zebo ruled out for the remainder of the championship with a broken foot, Kidney also indicated that Keith Earls is in pole position to replace him on the wing.Iain Henderson, Paddy Jackson, Fergus McFadden and Devin Toner all trained with the remnants of the 23-man squad that faced England last Sunday.Leinster ‘delighted’ with chance to play internationally banned Healylast_img read more

Clark County Fire Rescue proposes tax levy hike of 9 cents

first_imgAfter some deliberating, Clark County Fire & Rescue commissioners voted recently to propose a 9-cent property tax levy increase, for voters to decide on in the August primary election.Should the levy pass, the money raised would go to hiring nine firefighters to reduce response times, as well as to staff Station 22 in the Charter Oak area, west of Lewisville Park.“It’s go time,” Fire Chief John Nohr said in a news release from the district. “We are struggling to maintain emergency service levels, and hope our community sees the value in what we are proposing.”According to the district, response times have increased at all of its stations since 2016, or 10.6 percent districtwide. District staff pointed to lingering effects of the recession and the loss of the fire services contract for Battle Ground, worth about $2.4 million of lost revenue, to Clark County Fire District 3.The district has cut staff, ended fire prevention and education programs and delayed vehicle replacement and facilities maintenance to compensate.Currently, the property tax levy for the district is $1.41 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The 9-cent increase would cost the owner of a $300,000 home an additional $27 per year, or $450 total.last_img read more

No mercy for speeders as troopers issue more tickets

first_imgIf you have a lead foot, you might want to ease up on the gas pedal on Interstate 5 and other highways in Clark County, because there’s a strict mood in the air, for some state troopers at least.Don’t believe it?Ask the 5,835 speeders that two recently-honored Washington State Patrol troopers, Marcus Hoggatt and Mike Johnson, used their motorcycles to pull over in Clark County last year.Johnson stopped an average of 34 violators per shift, the highest average of any motorcycle trooper in the state.And he and Hoggatt aren’t known for saying things like, “Well, I won’t write you up this time. Just take it easy, OK?”Johnson issued tickets in 95 percent of his stops last year, and cut only 5 percent loose with a warning.Hoggatt wrote citations to 92.3 percent of his drivers and let less than 8 percent off the hook, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission said Thursday.Strict ticket versus warning rates like those are higher than average, said Dan Coon, a WSP spokesman in Olympia, who estimated that the average ticket rate these days is in the high 50s to low 60s.“It’s a pretty high ratio,” Trooper Steve Schatzel, a WSP spokesman who also specializes in tracking down license cheaters, said of Hoggatt’s and Johnson’s ticketing. Schatzel said his personal ticket versus warning rate when he was assigned to road patrol several years ago was about 60 percent ticketed.last_img read more

Fire guts garage south of Woodland

first_imgFire gutted the garage in a rural house south of Woodland Thursday night. A woman was sleeping when she was awoken by her dogs barking and discovered a fire in the first-floor garage. She called 911, reporting the fire at 35707 N.W. Fairchild Drive at 11:29 p.m. Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue said the batteries were taken out of a smoke alarm on the first story, so the alarm didn’t go off. When firefighters arrived, they found fire and lots of smoke coming from one of three garages on the first floor. Fire District 10 brought in an additional water supply, as there were no hydrants nearby. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which was contained to the one garage storing furniture and mattresses.“They stopped that fire dead,” Dawdy said.The house is at the end of a long, steep driveway on a hillside, so firefighters were relieved that the previous icy roadways had thawed out. Otherwise, they might not have been able to get down the driveway.Dawdy said that the homeowner serves in the U.S. Air Force and is currently stationed in Kabul. His sister is living in the house and trying to get a hold of him. County property records list Glenn Nakamura as the owner. The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.last_img read more

Arctic Ice Melt Sees Early Start

first_imgThe maximum extent of Arctic ice on Feb. 25 was the lowest on record. The orange line shows the median extent for that day from 1981 to 2010. (Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center)The Arctic’s summer ice melt has begun — earlier than ever.The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported Friday that Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent on Feb. 25.That extent covered about half a million square miles less than average — and it maxed out two weeks sooner than normal.The Data Center says ice is still growing in parts of the Bering Sea — and there could be some spikes later in the season. But they don’t think the overall extent will see a major increase again this season, especially further north.The Arctic saw lower than average ice conditions across the board this year, except in the Labrador and Davis straits.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty may spurt on retail inflation data TCS Q2 results Infosys

first_imgIndian stock markets on Friday could well reverse the massive losses of the previous day caused by expectations of an interest rate hike by the US Fed Reserve that saw the benchmark indices — BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty — plunge 1.56 per cent. The two triggers that could lead to a rally are September retail inflation data and upbeat TCS results for September quarter.Retail inflation in September improved to a 13-month low of 4.31 per cent from 5.05 per cent in the previous month. Food price inflation, the main contributor to overall inflation in the past few months, declined to 3.88 per cent during the month from 5.91 per cent in August. Analysts view this as not only positive, but also raising the scope for another rate cut of 25 basis points.Secondly, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software services exporter, posted decent growth in consolidated net profit and revenues for the September quarter on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.While net profit rose 8.4 per cent to Rs. 6,603 crore, revenues were up 7.8 per cent to Rs. 29,284 crore. The company also declared interim dividend of Rs. 6.50 per equity share.These two factors could well reverse the drastic fall of Thursday when the BSE Sensex closed 440 points, or 1.56 per cent lower, at 27,643, while the NSE Nifty ended the day at 8,573, down 135 points.On Thursday, TCS shares closed 2.17 per cent lower at Rs. 2,328.50 apiece, while Infosys gained 2.14 per cent to end at Rs. 1,052.05.However, Q2 results of Infosys would influence market sentiments on Friday. The Bengaluru-based IT software services exporter had already hinted at a possible downward revision of revenue guidance for the year.On July 15, the company, while declaring its Q1 results, had lowered its FY2017 revenue guidance to 10.5-12 per cent from 11.5-13.5 per cent earlier, triggering a 10 per cent fall in share price.In September, Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys, had hinted at another downward revision triggered by factors such as Brexit.”What I could say is that we see that our Q2 growth is going to be higher than the Q1 growth, but we do see risks that would get us towards a territory of downward revision of guidance because the atmosphere during the course of Q2 has worsened compared to what we saw in the beginning of Q2. And you see the example of RBS, it is one such example,” told analysts during a call last month.The company’s June 2016 quarter consolidated net profit was $511 million on revenues of $2,501 million, translating into revenue growth of 10.9 per cent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis and 12.1 per cent in constant currency terms. The operating margin came at 24.1 per cent.last_img read more

PIC Have you seen Kapil Sharmas oldage look through FaceApp Here it

first_imgKapil Sharma’s FaceApp look lookTwitterKapil Sharma lately appears quite fit, and his fans love the way he looks now. However, it seems the comedian would look good even in his old age, at least FaceApp suggests so.While the internet has been going crazy with FaceApp pictures of different celebrities going viral on social media, someone tried the same with Kapil’s picture also. Host of The Kapil Sharma Show, the comedian’s old avatar looks no less energetic.He is seen having grey hair and wrinkles on his face, like most other FaceApp pictures portrayed for other people. The picture has been shared by a fan on social media, who captioned it as, “#KapilSharmashow this is for you comedy king Mr. Kapil Sharma you will be looking so smart in next days of your life”. Kapil Sharma’s FaceApp look lookTwitterLately, social media is flooded with FaceApp pictures of several celebrities, showing them in old age. While the craze of the app went to its pick, some reports expressed concern over it, stating that the app poses threat to people’s right to privacy.Meanwhile, The Kapil Sharma Show has been running successfully. In one of its recent episodes, Kangana Ranaut had appeared on it to promote her film Judgemental Hai Kya. Like earlier, Kangana again had taken digs at Karan Johar and Ranbir Kapoor on the show, apart from promoting the movie.last_img read more

9 get life for murder in Jessore

first_imgA Jessore court on Wednesday convicted nine people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment for killing an UP member in Jessore in 2005, reports UNB.Among the convicts, three accused were present in the dock during the hearing while six others—Enamul Haque, Kabir, Anis, Biplob Mia, Kamarul Mandal, Ajam Fakir—remained absconding. According to the case statement, Insanul Haque, a member of Deyara union parishad in Sadar upazila, was killed by the convicts during a robbery on 8 July in 2005. Ijarul Haque Jewel, son of the victim, filed a murder and robbery case accusing unnamed people. After examining the records and witnesses, Md Iman Ali Sheikh of the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court-1, handed down the verdict.last_img read more