Brawl at Gurdwara in Indiana Leaves 4 Injured

first_imgGreenwood Assistant Police Chief Matthew Fillenwarth says police and medics responded today to a verbal and physical fight involving about 150 people at the Gurdwara in the city just south of Indianapolis.He tells WISH-TV the altercation began as there was a change of leadership within the temple that he says happens every two years. Fillenwarth says it’s believed that there was a worship service going on when the fight broke out.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

Incoming Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball shares plans to visit PH next year

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs ready to pull off surprises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Although he has yet to play a second in an official NBA regular season game, Ball and his family—composed of rowdy father LaVar and baller brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo—have become the talk of the league this off-season.A Facebook fan page dedicated to basketball’s newest celebrity family, “Follow the Balls,” recently posted an excerpt from the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft—addressing the basketball-crazy Filipino fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s crazy how global basketball is. People have been telling me that the Philippines love the Lakers, so we made a Big Baller Brand fan club called Follow the Balls for the Filipino community,” Ball wrote, much to the delight of its 10,000 followers.“I am really excited to travel to the Philippines next summer and can’t wait to meet y’all as I travel through the States this season!” he said, adding an invitation for netizens to like the page. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Ball, meanwhile, has justified the hype that surrounded him even before joining the NBA, averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 2.5 steals in the Las Vegas preseason tournament, en route to bagging the tourney’s MVP award.  /ra WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary There’s definitely a lot of Los Angeles Lakers diehard fans in the country, and that adoration has already extended to the team’s incoming prized rookie Lonzo Ball.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nuggets on verge of Western Finals trip after blowout of Trail Blazers

first_imgThe Nuggets never trailed and stretched a six-point lead after one quarter to 18 at the half and 28 heading into the fourth quarter. They led by as many as 31 before a parade of backups gave the starters some much-needed breathers.Coming off a resounding Game 4 win that followed that epic quadruple-overtime loss, the Nuggets were focused and efficient just as coach Mike Malone promised when he said Denver wouldn’t dare let up and exhale at home after reclaiming the home-court advantage.Whatever adjustments Blazers coach Terry Stotts tried to make at the half didn’t take as the Nuggets outscored Portland 28-18 in the third quarter, and before long, the Blazers were thinking more about salvaging Game 6 and hoping to regroup for a return trip to Denver in hopes of a different outcome.“We’ve got two must-wins ahead of us,” Stotts said.CAUTION AHEADMalone said he hopes his team learned from its Game 6 loss at San Antonio last series and doesn’t have a similar letdown in Portland. Although the Nuggets have contained Lillard, Malone said the Nuggets are well aware that the Blazers’ star could go off for 50 points Thursday night.Lillard concurred, saying, “I’ve had big games against tough defense in games where I was getting a lot of attention. With our season on the line and knowing we’ve got to have two games in a row, you never know.”HEAVY HEARTMalone lives in the neighborhood where a school shooting left one student dead and several wounded Tuesday in suburban Denver. Malone and his wife have two daughters who attend school nearby.“When kids go to school, they should be going to school to learn, have fun, be with their friends, not worried about an active shooter,” Malone lamented during a heartfelt pre-game news conference . The 34-year-old forward with nearly 100 games of playoff experience has injected some savvy into a series dominated by youth and emerging stars.“It’s not his first time, you know? He’s been here before,” Jamal Murray said. “He’s showing everybody the ropes. … He does all the little things that can help us win games and sets the tone for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMillsap is averaging 19 points and 9.6 boards in the best-of-seven series that the Nuggets lead 3-2 with Game 6 coming up Thursday night in Portland.Gary Harris called Millsap “that calming factor” for a team making its first playoff appearance in six seasons. “He’s been huge for us this series. He’s been bringing it offensively, defensively and he helped us get off to a great start today.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic points to a referee after Jokic was called for a foul during the second half of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 124-98. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Paul Millsap is showing the young’uns how it’s done.Millsap scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half Tuesday night, sparking Denver’s 124-98 blowout of the Portland Trail Blazers that put the Nuggets on the verge of their first trip to the Western Conference finals in a decade.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew After Millsap got the Nuggets going with a dozen first-quarter points, Nikola Jokic took over from there, scoring 25 points and pulling down 19 rebounds, tying a team NBA playoff high. Murray added 18 points to go with nine assists and zero turnovers.Damian Lillard, who led Portland with 22 points, said it’s exhausting facing the waves of young sharpshooters the Nuggets send at you, starting with the fulcrum of Jokic and Murray running the pick-and-roll.“And then when all else fails, you’ve got to guard Millsap,” Lillard lamented. “He’s a handful for guys to guard because he’s in the paint, he’s making face-up jumpers, he’s making 3s. In transition, you’ve got to find him, and then he’s a monster on the glass.”Leaning on Millsap’s experience and well-rounded game, he said, “is just something they can always go to, something they can always count on. So, it’s tough to deal with.”Millsap helped the Nuggets turn in the first lopsided game of a series that was so evenly matched coming in that Denver held a cumulative scoring advantage of 464-462 and both teams had made the same number of free throws and 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Raptors inch closer to East finals, crush 76ers in Game 5 LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Malone didn’t want to address the tragedy with his team before tip-off, saying it was “a conversation and a subject maybe on an off day.” He also was struggling with how he’ll talk about it with his kids: “I’m texting my daughter, telling her she’s going to be OK — I don’t even know if she will be OK.”TIP-INS:Portland: Blazers center Enes Kanter said he reached out to NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon for advice on performing in the playoffs while fasting during Ramadan. “He gave me tips,” said Kanter, who is avoiding all food and drink from sunrise to sunset, which was about a half hour before tip-off Tuesday night…. Meyers Leonard was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul for excessive contact on Jokic in the closing minutes.Denver: Murray picked up a technical in the third quarter while demonstrating a move by Lillard to an official, who took offense. … Denver outscored Portland 66-44 in the paint and outrebounded the Trail Blazes 62-44. … The Nuggets shot 90.3% from the free throw line (28 of 31) whereas the Blazers were 16 of 30 for 53.3%.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Unruly fans fight, invade pitch after Pakistan beat Afghanistan in thriller

first_imgAfter clashes erupted between fans from both sides before the World Cup 2019 encounter between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Headingley, the ground saw further violent clashes even when the match got over. Tensions ran high amongst supporters throughout the match marking it as the 1st instance in this World Cup to witness eviction of fans from the premises.Fans who were ticketless and cheering for the team from outside the stadium turned on each other and started vandalising stadium property. The instigators have been booked by the Yorkshire police and banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for rest of the matches.The fight started after a Afghan fan accidentally brushed past an old person who was a Pakistani supporter. In return, Pakistani fans who were at the spot started beating up Afghan fans which incited the supporters further and led to a critical law and order situation.Only one word to describe these scenes – disgraceful #PAKvAFG pic.twitter.com/61LimPybHASaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 29, 2019Speaking from Leeds on the issue, Sunil Yash Kalra, founder and curator, Global Sports Fan Awards, said, “It’s a condemnable act by over frenzied fans of Pakistan and Afghanistan. On behalf of Global Sports Fans and as the curator of GSF awards, I request the ICC to ban the fans who initiated the fight from attending matches for the rest of the World Cup.”The ICC said in a statement that it was “aware of some scuffles among a minority of the fans” and that it was “currently working with the venue security team and the local police force, West Yorkshire Police, to ensure there were no further incidents.”advertisement”We do not condone this type of behaviour and will take appropriate action against any anti-social behaviour that spoils the enjoyment for the majority of fans,” the ICC said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to keep semi-final hopes aliveAlso Read | World Cup 2019: ICC to take action after fans clash during Pakistan vs Afghanistanlast_img read more

Education Minister Encourages Trainee Teachers to Volunteer

first_imgStory Highlights Regional offices to assist trainee teachers in this regard. Volunteer teachers are the ones who will get the first preference whenever there is a vacancy. Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is encouraging trainee teachers to volunteer their services as a first step to securing employment.“I am urging you (student teachers) to consider volunteering where necessary, and where available in your school communities,” he advised, while addressing the opening ceremony for the Ministry’s job fair for unemployed teachers, at its National Heroes Circle location in Kingston, today (August 13).The Minister said that should trainee teachers need assistance in this regard, “I will require that the regional offices assist to say where (these volunteers) are needed.”Rev. Thwaites noted that while he understood that volunteering would not be easy, given the trainees’ economic needs, “I am telling you that this is a way in which many are helping themselves and many more can help themselves.”The Minister pointed out that those teachers, who write to the Ministry to say they have been volunteering at a certain school, are the ones who will get the first preference whenever there is a vacancy.“Nobody owes us a job. We have to make sure we are doing our best to help each other to be employed, and many teachers, and many people in many different professions find themselves without the experience necessary to command appointment in a particular position; but if they had the experience of apprenticeship, if they had the experience of volunteerism, then they have the opportunity to recommend themselves,” he said.He suggested that trainee teachers can approach a Principal or a Board Chairman  to volunteer  in  a class with  many children  and the teacher is struggling, noting  that the experience  gained and the impact on the children could lead to the Principal  providing a  recommendation  that could result  in the trainee  gaining  employment quickly.The two-day fair is targeting persons who recently completed a teacher-training programme in any of the island’s tertiary institutions and are experiencing difficulties finding a job.Attendees will have the opportunity to meet several potential employers and to secure appointments to be interviewed.  In addition, job seekers will benefit from career development and motivational presentations.The Ministry’s decision to stage the job fair follows the statement by the Minister  that the Government is unable to absorb all the graduates of teacher-training institutions for the new school year, except for teachers trained in Mathematics, the Sciences, Language Arts, Special Education and Early Childhood Education. Trainee teachers encouraged to volunteer their services as a first step to securing employment.last_img read more

No necropsy for dead humpback whale in Nova Scotia Fisheries Department

first_imgHARBOURVIEW, N.S. – A full post-mortem examination will not be performed on a humpback whale that washed ashore on the Bay of Fundy near Harbourville, N.S, the Fisheries Department said Wednesday.The Marine Animal Response Society said it received a report on Sunday that the carcass had washed up on a rocky beach.Andrew Reid, the society’s response co-ordinator, said the 13.7-metre whale is likely a young adult male and died several days prior, but that there were no signs of recent entanglements or gashes from ship strikes.“It did appear quite thin, so it may have been suffering from a long-term sickness or injury that would have been preventing it from feeding properly,” said Reid in an interview. “It probably wasn’t an acute death.”DFO confirmed in an email statement that it has decided not to perform a necropsy, or animal auropsy.“The location of the carcass and the tides provide logistical challenges that would make the necropsy very difficult to perform successfully,” wrote spokeswoman Debbie Buott-Matheson.Reid said officials with the society have documented the whale’s external anatomy. He said necropsies are logistically and financially demanding, and the society does not have the resources to conduct one on its own.“From our point of view, it does need to be shared between the non-government side, the academic side and government,” said Reid. “That would be required to do a necropsy on this animal… and it doesn’t appear that will be done.”Reid said the humpback population is relatively healthy, but there has been an elevated number of humpback whale deaths along the U.S. eastern seaboard in recent years.“We now have a dead humpback, so it seems important to find out why humpbacks might be dying in our waters as well,” he said.The Marine Animal Response Society also said local residents have been raising concerns about people climbing and jumping on the whale.“We would ask that people, like with all animals, treat them with respect when they’re alive but also when they’re dead,” said Reid, adding that the whale is also slippery and climbing on it could be dangerous.last_img read more

Board finds man unfit for trial in fatal stabbing of BC high

first_imgCOQUITLAM, B.C. – The British Columbia Review Board has again found Gabriel Klein unfit to stand trial on account of a mental disorder for the murder of an Abbotsford, B.C., high school student.The board released its decision saying Klein will continue to be detained at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, B.C.Klein’s lawyer Martin Peters said in an interview on Wednesday that it’s expected that his client will receive new medication and could make further court appearances if his mental state improves, but it’s uncertain if or when that will happen.The board’s disposition released late Tuesday says Klein’s detention could be reviewed by Jan. 15, 2019.Klein is charged with the second-degree murder of a 13-year-old girl and the aggravated assault of a second girl following a stabbing at Abbotsford Secondary School in November 2016.The identities of the two girls are protected under a publication ban.A B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled in April that Klein was unfit for trial but at a hearing held last week in Coquitlam, Klein told the B.C. Review Board that he wants to go to court as soon as possible.The 22-year-old has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and told the board panel that he remains plagued by voices “every hour of the day.”The Crown, defence and hospital all agreed during the hearing that Klein is currently unfit to stand trial and needs more treatment.Dave Teixeira, who is acting as a spokesman for the family of the teen who was killed, said family members were not surprised by the board’s decision after hearing that Klein hears voices from at least three different personalities and has been slow to respond to medication.“They clearly understand this is a very ill individual,” he said.At the same time, he said it has been frustrating that they haven’t been able to get a definitive answer.“It’s really kind of a hamster wheel for the family.”last_img read more

Morocco Strongly Committed to Implementing Paris Agreement FM

Rabat – Morocco is strongly committed to implementing the Paris Agreement which will make the Marrakech conference the COP of action, said, on Wednesday in New York, COP22 president Salaheddine Mezouar.The fact of depositing the instruments for the ratification of the Paris Agreement mirrors the firm commitment of Morocco to implement the said agreement, said Mezouar, also foreign minister, on the sidelines of the 71st UNGA, quoted in a statement by the COP22 steering committee.HM King Mohammed VI entrusted me with the task of depositing Morocco’s instruments of ratification, he said, adding that this is a strong message for the international community all the more so because we have reached the threshold of 55 countries which have ratified the agreement ahead of the COP22 in Marrakech next November. Mezouar called for continuing the mobilization, hoping to see the Paris Agreement come into force before the COP22.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon applauded in a speech the 29 countries which have already ratified the agreement, as well as the 31 new ones which have deposited their instruments on Wednesday.For the enforcement of the Paris Agreement, 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions should deposit their instruments of ratification at the UN. read more

LafargeHolcim to Open Cement Grinding Station in Laayoune

Rabat – LafargeHolcim, the national cement leader, is set to inaugurate its first cement grinding station in Laâyoune.This major production unit will support the development of the entire Southern region, particularly its major infrastructure and housing projects, by meeting the growing demand for cement, an essential product for construction.The LafargeHolcim project will join the Ciments du Maroc factory in the region, as the Italcementi subsidiary owns a cement grinding and cementing center as well as a wind far near the same coastal town. The cement market in the southern provinces is quite appealing for domestic and global investors.Moroccan group Anouar Invest had already announced plans to build a cement plant in Laayoune. The investment disclosed  in 2014 will amount to MAD 300 million. The cement plant, named Moroccan Cimenteries of the South (Cimsud), should eventually reach a capacity of 500,000 tons per year. The cement plant will take 75,000 person-days throughout its construction and create 170 jobs.In its 2017 forecasts, LafargeHolcim Maroc expects domestic demand for cement to remain stable compared to 2016. The group is pursuing its strategy of differentiation and commercial innovation to better satisfy the needs of its customers, notably by introducing constructive solutions for the building industry as well as the supply of major infrastructure projects.In line with Morocco’s sustainable development and green energy objectives, LafargeHolcim Morocco plans in 2017 to implement a waste sorting center in Rabat as well as a construction solutions development laboratory in Casablanca.The successful merger of Lafarge Ciments and Holcim Maroc gave birth to LafargeHolcim Maroc, with a cement production capacity of 11.8 million tonnes, close to 280 points of sale, and 3,000 employees and subcontractors. read more

Thousands of Somalis flee capital after fresh fighting this week – UN

25 September 2008At least 12,000 civilian residents of Mogadishu have fled their homes in the Somali capital since last weekend because of a surge in fighting between Islamist insurgents and Government forces backed by the Ethiopian military, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. Half of the newly displaced have found shelter in different neighbourhoods within Mogadishu, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), while the remainder have escaped to the town of Afgooye, about 30 kilometres away.Afgooye is already home to an estimated 350,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), mostly from Mogadishu, where the fighting between the Government forces and the Islamists has been particularly intense over the past year.Catherine Weibel, a spokesperson for UNHCR, told UN Radio that many residents panicked as the shelling stepped up at the weekend and they left their homes to avoid being caught in the crossfire.Ms. Weibel said UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the region expect that the number of displaced to keep rising as the fighting is continuing.She added that humanitarian workers are finding it difficult to reach those in need and distribute aid because the city is so insecure.The latest fighting is taking place despite the signing of a UN-brokered peace deal between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the rebel Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) in June that was supposed to end the armed clashes.Somalia has not had a functioning national government since 1991, and the current fighting has combined with a drought in parts of the country to create a humanitarian crisis. At least 3 million people, or more than a third of the population, are now dependent on aid.The efforts of the UN to deliver aid are often hampered by pirate attacks against aid ships off the coast of Somalia, prompting the naval forces of individual States – including France, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada – to provide escorts.Today the World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the decision by Canada to extend its naval escort mission by a further month, instead of ending this Saturday as originally slated.“Make no mistake – Canada’s generous act of extending naval protection will allow us to get food in and will save lives,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement. “We urgently call on other nations to step up to the plate.” read more

Security Council urges Iraqi leaders to strive towards formation of new government

The 15-member panel calls on “all political entities to respect the certified election results and the choices of the Iraqi people,” according to a statement to the press read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month.The Council statement echoes the remarks earlier this week of Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), who described the certification as a crucial step towards the formation of a government that will shape the country’s future for the next four years.The Federal Supreme Court upheld the results announced by Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), in which the party headed by Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, received more votes than the coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in the 325-member Council of Representatives.At least 12 million people cast their votes in the 7 March polls, in which more than 6,000 candidates took part.Today’s press statement by the Council stressed that Iraqi leaders should quickly engage “in an inclusive political process to form a government that represents the will and sovereignty of the Iraqi people and their hope for a strong, independent, unified and democratic Iraq.”Last week Mr. Melkert told the Council that a broad-based coalition government in Iraq is a better alternative for the people of that country who are eager to see a stable administration.“At this juncture, Iraq would probably be better served by a broadly inclusive government as a radical alternative to exclusion and disenfranchisement that many communities have experienced in the past,” he stated.In his latest report on UNAMI, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that, once established, the new government will face a host of challenges, ranging from national reconciliation and the sharing of natural resources to human rights and reconstruction. “The challenge is to consolidate the gains that have been made in recent years and not allow armed groups and other spoilers to exploit the situation,” he wrote in the report, which was released last month.In the press statement today Mr. Heller noted that Council members condemn the recent series of terrorist attacks in Iraq “by those who sought to deny the voice of the Iraqi people by attempting to disrupt the elections and the government formation process through violence.” 3 June 2010The Security Council today welcomed the certification of the results of Iraq’s parliamentary elections, three months after the polls were staged, and urged the country’s political leaders to re-double their efforts to form an inclusive and broad-based government. read more

Sarath N Silva ordered to appear in court

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court alleging that Sarath N. Silva had made a statement during a meeting in Maradana which was in contempt of court. (Colombo Gazette) Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has been ordered to appear in court next month to face contempt of court charges.Notice has been issued by the Supreme Court on Sarath N. Silva to appear in court on February 07.

Regional groups offer mixed picture of progress towards development goals

In their annual dialogue with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) yesterday, the heads of the major groups – Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Western Asia and Africa – detailed the status of efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the regional level.Their presentations revealed sharp contrasts across, and even within regions, in some of the primary MDG target areas, which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by 2015.Warning against generalizing global development trends, Brigita Schmögnerová, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and Commission Coordinator, stressed that regional cooperation offered countries a way to address common development challenges. While country-level ownership of the MDGs was key, regional approaches and South-South cooperation could reinforce good practices at the country level and promote them on a wider scale within developing regions.José Luis Machinea, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), agreed, adding that regional dimensions offered countries an effective instrument for cooperation in facing common development challenges and in reaching the Goals. That was especially important in relation to issues of a cross-border nature, such as trade, sustainable development and natural disasters.Highlighting striking regional disparities, Kim Hak Su, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said that while many countries, especially in South and South-East Asia, were on track to achieve most of the MDGs, many others, including small island developing states, were not. He was very concerned about the least developed Asian countries, the largest of which was Bangladesh, and their progress. The more successful countries must help those in greater difficulty, he said.K.Y. Amoako, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said global partnerships today required cooperation between rich and poor countries on numerous levels for activities such as the transfer of technology. Africa’s main concern as a region was to form strong partnerships at the national, regional and special partnerships levels. Partnerships at the national level called for addressing each country’s specific needs and for strengthening cooperation between governments and civil society.Focusing on other issues pressuring development, Khaled Abdel Hamid, Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), said the overall GDP of his region would have increased by $600 billion since 1990, if there had not been instability or war. Such instability affected not only the growth of the countries in the region, but also the work and assistance offered by ESCWA. Continued instability affected investment, but that was not the whole picture. Institutions and policies also played a role and ESCWA worked with countries, in that regard. For example, ESCWA worked with the Palestinian Authority to crystallize development in the occupied territories, despite the continuing instability there. read more

Hollywood stars makes unscheduled stop in Little Rock

Hollywood stars makes unscheduled stop in Little Rock by The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 6:49 am MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An American Airlines flight from Nashville to Los Angeles with two Hollywood stars on board made an emergency landing in Little Rock after a suspicious odour was reported in the cabin.The aircraft landed Saturday at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. American Airlines spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello told Little Rock television station KTHV (http://bit.ly/2eKmZwc ) that the flight landed safely and no injuries were reported.Actors Kate Mara and Jamie Bell said on Twitter that they were on the flight. Bell tweeted a photo of the pair at the airport and Mara tweeted that the flight was “a disgraceful, pathetic way to treat the families travelling with infants and elderly.”The airline apologized, also via Twitter, for the disruption. read more

Jets Have No Interest In Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens can continue to get his popcorn ready from his house because according to sources the New York Jets have no interest in signing the free agent wide receiver.During the fourth quarter of Monday night’s Jets and Houston Texans game, Owens tweeted, “Hey JETS!!! I’m available! I’m ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let’s make it happen.”This tweet came after losing Clyde Gates to a shoulder injury and newly signed wide receiver Jason Hill dropped a big pass in the Jets’ 23-17 loss to the Texans.  Hill was signed after the Jets loss wideout Santonio Holmes for the season due to a torn ACL in his left knee.During a Tuesday morning conference call with reporters, Jets coach Rex Ryan did not reject of the idea of signing Owens, saying, “You never say never or anything. We’ll look at all options, like we always do.”Ryan’s statement to reporters compares in contrast to what Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum told the Star Ledger last week.  Tannenbaum stated he was looking for a player who was “speedy, younger than 30 and someone who took part in training camp,” to fill the role of Holmes’.The key phrase in Tannenbaum’s statement “younger than 30”, meant he was not looking in the direction of Owens, who is 38.Owens, a 14 year veteran, has been in a free-fall since being cut by Dallas Cowboys after 2008.  Owens last played in the NFL for the Bengals during the 2010-11 season and caught 72 receptions for a total of 983 yards.  This summer he tried out for the Seattle Seahawks, but was eventually cut.Owens has been in the media spot as of late for back child support.  He has four children that range between the ages of 5-12.  In July, he avoided jail time by paying $20,000 to the mother of his 7-year-old daughter.The six-time Pro Bowler receiver will continue to wait for that much needed phone call from a team, but it surely will not be from the Jets. read more

Le PDG de Nvidia propose des pistes pour rattraper le retard sur

first_imgLe PDG de Nvidia propose des pistes pour rattraper le retard sur l’iPadLe patron du fabricant coréen de processeurs pour tablettes équipées d’Android a donné quelques pistes afin que ces dernières rattrapent leur retard sur l’iPad d’Apple.Sur le marché des tablettes tactiles, Apple et son iPad ont fait le vide autour d’eux. Afin de réduire le fossé qui sépare la machine de la marque à la pomme de celles équipées d’Android, Jen-Hsun Huang, le patron de Nvidia, qui fabrique le processeur Tegra 2 équipant la plupart des tablettes fonctionnant sous Android, a son idée. “C‘est un problème de point de vente. C’est un problème d’expertise des détaillants. C’est un problème de marketing. C’est un problème de prix”, a-t-il expliqué à Cnet.Plus que les prix en eux-mêmes, c’est la configuration technique des tablettes Android qui le gêne. “La configuration de base incluait la 3G alors qu’elle n’aurait pas dû en disposer. Les tablettes devraient avoir une configuration WiFi et être moins chères”, a-t-il ainsi détaillé. Surtout, le gros défaut pointé par Jen-Hsun Huang réside dans le manque de richesse dans l’offre d’applications dédiées aux tablettes Android. Un souci en passe d’être résolu, l’Android Market comptant pour la première fois plus d’applis gratuites que l’App Store depuis le début du mois de mai.Le 17 mai 2011 à 16:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Du thé chinois cultivé dans la crotte de panda

first_imgDu thé chinois cultivé dans la crotte de pandaUn entrepreneur chinois pense avoir découvert le moyen de produire le meilleur thé au monde. A l’image du kloug, le fameux gâteau roulé sous les aisselles dans Le Père Noël est une ordure, l’idée de ce Chinois n’est autre que de cultiver ses feuilles de thé dans des fécès de pandas. La crotte de panda aurait des vertus incroyables sur le thé selon An Yanshi, un entrepreneur chinois. D’après lui, cet ingrédient serait même indispensable pour produire un thé plus savoureux. Cet ancien professeur de calligraphie n’a ainsi pas hésité à acheter près de 11 tonnes d’excréments de pandas pour fertiliser ses plants de thé dans les montagnes de la province du Sichuan dans le sud-ouest de la Chine. C’est en assistant en juillet à un séminaire que ce grand amateur de thé a eu son idée : il y a appris que ces mammifères noirs et blancs absorbaient moins de 30% des bambous qu’ils consomment, rejetant par les voies naturelles les 70% restant.À lire aussiQuand un panda s’attaque à un bonhomme de neige au Canada”La bouse de panda est riche en éléments nutritifs (…) et devrait être nettement supérieure aux engrais chimiques”, a-t-il déclaré en dégustant une tasse de thé, cultivé avec comme engrais du purin de vache, d‘après l’AFP. Déterminé, l’homme qui a fondé la société Thé Panda a annoncé sa première récolte pour le printemps et a estimé que sa création deviendrait le thé le plus cher du monde et ce, dès sa première vente ! Il compte en effet laisser partir le premier lot de 500 grammes contre la modique somme de 27.000 euros. Un prix tout à fait justifié si l’on en croit l’entrepreneur qui a fait breveté son idée et assure que son thé vert peut aider les gens à perdre du poids et les protéger contre les rayonnements.  Mais si M. An Yanshi a été vivement raillé pour son projet, il souhaite avant tout, grâce à son entreprise, sensibiliser et convaincre le monde de remplacer les engrais chimiques par des déjections animales. “Les gens ne devraient pas s’inquiéter mais plutôt développer une relation harmonieuse avec le ciel, la terre et l’environnement. Tout le monde a l’obligation de protéger l’environnement”, a t-il insisté.Le 8 janvier 2012 à 13:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Maurizio Sarri admits Alvaro Morata is low on confidence

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that Alvaro Morata lacks confidence but he is not worried about the Spaniard’s lack of goals.After making a great start to his Chelsea career following his £60 million transfer from Real Madrid, Alvaro Morata has endured an alarming dip in form.Morata did well during the first half of last season, scoring freely during the opening weeks.He struggled during the second half of the season, scoring just one league goal, although he scored two goals as Chelsea won the FA Cup.Morata will likely lead the attack when in the London derby when Chelsea face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.New manager Maurizio Sarri, while speaking in a press conference acknowledged Morata’s lack of confidence. The Independent reports.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I am not worried about Morata,” said Sarri. “Morata is a very great player. I think that, in this moment, he needs only to gain confidence. But he is a great player.”Sarri states that he is not worried about Alvaro Morata whom he describes as a great player who only needs to gain some confidence. #CHEARS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 17, 2018“Maybe, maybe [he is low on confidence]. He needs to score. As all the strikers in the world do, I think. He needs to gain confidence, but he’s improving so I’m not really worried about him.”last_img read more

Liverpool hire throwin coach

first_imgLiverpool have made an astonishing signing of a specialist in throw-in to further boost their prospects of winning silverware.Danish coach Thomas Gronnemark will work with the first team on a part-time basis.Gronnemark has enjoyed successful stints with Schalke 04, Hertha Berlin and FC Midtjylland with most clubs admitting success in set-piece plays.He holds the world record for the longest throw-in at 51.33m.“Midtjylland showed that the long throw-in could be a weapon if you can do it with the correct technique, precision, and tactical awareness,” Gronnemark said.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s very important that it’s a flat throw because if it’s too high, it’s easy to defend.“If you can make a long throw-in precise and flat, together with some tactical aspects, then it’s much easier to score.”Liverpool maintained their winning run in the Premier League season with a 1-0 victory against Brighton on Saturday to move top of the table.Klopp’s side will aim to continue their 100 percent start to the league campaign against Leicester on Saturdaylast_img read more

Doorways to Luxury tour touts highend local homes

first_imgWhat: Doorways to Luxury, a tour of 21 high-end houses in Southwest Washington priced between $600,000 and $5.6 million.When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.Where: Throughout Clark County.Cost: Free.Information: Doorways to Luxury.Well-appointed and luxurious living is the overarching theme of an annual tour of homes set for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.The self-guided Doorways to Luxury tour will showcase 21 high-end homes in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties. Priced from $600,000 to $5.6 million, the houses illustrate the variety of upscale living options in Southwest Washington, ranging from condominiums to penthouses, from sprawling country estates to homes with sweeping waterfront views.The historic Biddle mansion and property are sure to be one of the must-sees of this year’s tour, said Connie McDowell, listing agent for the property and a principal broker with The Hasson Co. Realtors. She described the 1930s-era home as “meticulously maintained and updated.” The listing includes 5 acres of land that share a 350-foot border with the Columbia River.“The person who developed the site was an engineer from Pennsylvania and an amateur botanist,” McDowell said of Henry Jonathan Biddle, known for protecting and purchasing Beacon Rock in 1915 for $1 from Charles Ladd, a Portland developer.Biddle collected, identified and planted native flora and fauna all over his waterfront estate, according to McDowell.“It’s now so private and luscious, you feel like you’re surrounded by nature,” she said.The kitchen has been remodeled, but the home features original woodwork, chrome faucets and leaded glass windows.High-end materials, finishes and design differentiate luxury homes from typical listings, said Linda Horowitz, a broker with Windermere Real Estate/Stellar Group in Vancouver.“Nice appointments — granite, hardwood floors, high-end appliances and hardware, travertine floors,” she said. “They have the things you would find in your Street of Dreams (home showings).”last_img read more