Wizards turn back Antetokounmpo-less Bucks

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH volleyball coaching great Nes Pamilar passes away at 52 MOST READ Trevor Ariza scored 20 points, including 18 in the second half, and made six 3-pointers. Jeff Green went 4 for 7 from beyond the arc on his way to 20 points, helping Washington shoot 54.5 percent (18 of 33) from 3-point range. It was the Wizards’ first game this season making more than 50 percent of their 3s.“We’ve been passing the ball well. We’ve been spacing it well,” coach Scott Brooks said. “With Trevor, he was bound to make some of his 3s.”Washington improved to 7-4 without Wall this season and 5-3 since the injury that forced the Wizards’ highest-paid player to undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee. The Wizards also traded away Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers while adding Ariza.“Our team is totally different from the beginning of the year,” said Beal, who scored 30 or more for the 10th time this season. “It’s just a matter of us getting it together, and I think we’re finally at that point to where we can turn the corner.“We’re just dedicated to playing hard and playing the right way. I don’t know what it is. Maybe a switch clicked on or whatever it is, but we’re clicking at the right time and we have a good group of guys in here who just want to continue to get better and want to win.”ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTBucks: Finish a three-game trip at Atlanta on Sunday.Wizards: Host Toronto on Sunday before traveling to London, where they will face the New York Knicks at The O2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Khris Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks, who had won 11 of 13. Eric Bledsoe had 18 points and nine assists.“To play the way we want to play, you’ve got to move, move people, move the ball,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We were just a little stagnant.”Washington used a 13-2 run to open an early 34-22 lead. Beal converted a three-point play and made a 3-pointer during the stretch, and Satoransky also made a 3.Malcolm Brogdon helped steady the Bucks in the second quarter with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting. Washington led 57-47 at halftime and pushed back ahead after Milwaukee tied it twice in the third quarter. The Bucks fell to 2-1 this season without Antetokounmpo.“It’s an adjustment. If any of the starters were out, it would be an adjustment, but when Giannis is out, it’s even a bigger adjustment,” Brogdon said. “That was a winnable game for us even though Giannis was out. That’s on us to take a bigger role.”PLACE YOUR (FREE) BETSFriday night marked the debut of a gambling-focused telecast on the Wizards’ regional TV partner, NBC Sports Washington. The telecast included a series of questions that fans could answer on the network’s website for a chance to win a $500 prize. Fans were asked to guess which team would be the first to 75 points (Washington); whether the halftime score would be odd or even (even); and whether Satoransky would score 20 points (no). A bill legalizing sports betting has been approved in Washington but has yet to take effect.TIP-INSBucks: G Donte DiVincenzo was inactive with bursitis in his left heel. … In anticipation of Antetokounmpo’s visit, the Wizards designated Friday as Greek Heritage Night, and Greek Ambassador Haris Lalacos attended.Wizards: Improved to 13-7 at home. They are 5-18 on the road. … The Wizards’ 40 points in the first quarter tied the most points allowed by Milwaukee in a period this season. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13), forward Khris Middleton (22) and guard Eric Bledsoe (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Tomas Satoransky got a bottled-water shower from his teammates and a postgame handshake from team president Ernie Grunfeld.The big game for the lanky Czech point guard was cause for celebration for the Washington Wizards, who are playing cohesively with Satoransky starting in place of the injured John Wall.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Satoransky had 18 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his first career triple-double, helping Washington beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on Friday night.Bradley Beal scored 32 points for the Wizards, who won for the third time in four games. Beal threw down an alley-oop for Satoransky’s last assist, making it 111-101 with 1:43 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Shout out to Brad, because he called that play,” Satoransky said. “It was all love from him.”With Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined by hip and quad injuries, Washington came out aggressively and never trailed after the opening two minutes. The Wizards finished with 18 3-pointers, matching the franchise record. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Shiva Thapa, Pooja Rani Bag Gold as Ashish Settles for Silver at Boxing Olympic Test Event

first_imgTokyo: India pugilists Shiva Thapa (63kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) bagged gold at the Olympic Test Event for Boxing while Ashish (69kg) settled for silver as India ended their campaign on a great note.Four-time Asian medallist Thapa outclassed Kazakhstan’s national champion and Asian bronze winner Sanatali Toltayev 5-0 to claim gold. Former Asian Games bronze medallist Rani also ensured another gold for India as she defeated Australia’s Caitlin Parker.However, Ashish (69kg), went down to Japan’s Sewon Okazawa in the final to end his campaign with a silver medal.Earlier on Wednesday, former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60kg), Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Vahlimpuia (75kg) lost their semi-final bouts to end with bronze. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsashishboxing First Published: October 31, 2019, 2:59 PM ISTlast_img read more

Dwayne Bravo fined after on-field tussle with Kieron Pollard

first_imgGujarat Lions’ Dwayne Bravo was on Sunday fined 50 percent of his match fee for breaching the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) code of conduct during his team’s match against Mumbai Indians at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on the previous day. (Also read: Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard nearly come to blows)”Bravo admitted the Level 2 offence (Article 2.2.7) for inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player in the course of play during a match,” an IPL statement said.”For level 2 breaches of IPL’s code of conduct, the match referee’s decision is final and binding.”Gujarat defeated Mumbai by six wickets in the match to ensure a top-two finish in the points-table and qualification into the play-offs.last_img

Sebastian Vettel apologises after car crash at German Grand Prix

first_imgFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel admitted that it was his own mistake that led to his car crash at the German Grand Prix on Sunday. Vettel, however, said he will not lose sleep over it and come back stronger in the next race.Vettel slid off across the gravel and into the barriers while leading on a surface made slippery by rain at his home race at Hockenheim.The four-time world champion has never won at the track nearest to his home town.Vettel pummelled the steering wheel in frustration before getting out, the German’s first retirement in a season that has so far brought him four wins.Eight points clear of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton — the race winner from 14th on the starting grid — before the start, he ended the day 17 points adrift and he had nobody to blame but himself.#Seb5: Mine was a small mistake with a big impact on the race. I braked a bit too late and I locked the rears, Im very disappointed #GermanGP pic.twitter.com/c84AkSjbzJScuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) July 22, 2018″I don’t think it was a huge mistake. It was a huge impact on the race because we retired there but it’s not like tonight I’ll have difficulty falling asleep because of what I’ve done wrong,” Vettel told Sky Sports television.”I think it’s disappointing because up to that point everything was sweet, but we didn’t need the rain.”It was just one of those moments. It was my mistake so apologies to the team they did everything right. I had it in my hands — small mistake, big disappointment.”advertisementLewis Hamilton escapes sanction, keeps German Grand Prix titleThe failure only added to the pain Ferrari were already feeling with chairman Sergio Marchionne seriously ill in a Swiss hospital and relieved of his duties on Saturday.”In what was a particularly fraught weekend for the team, it would have been important for us to bring home the win and our car had shown it was up to the job,” said team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.”Unfortunately, things did not go as planned.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Shilpa Shetty in ganji and tights nails yoga poses with effortless ease. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYCOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Shilpa absolutely nailed Navasana.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Dressed in a pink ganji and black sports bra paired with tights, Shilpa posed for pictures while doing Yoga.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: She kept her hair open and wore minimal make-up.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Shilpa Shetty nailed the perfect Yoga poses at an event in Mumbai on June 17.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Who can ace this aasana better than Shilpa?Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Take your dose of fitness inspiration today from Shilpa Shetty.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Tags: Shilpa ShettyYogaSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: For an event in Mumbai, Shilpa Shetty was spotted nailing yoga poses with effortless ease as the paparazzi captured several pictures of the actress.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d07916957f7b1560777065_1550650_editCommentContent Publish date: Monday, June 17, 2019 – 18:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiLCIxMjA4NTg5IiwiMTIwODU4OSIsIjEyMDg1ODkiLCIxMjA4NTg5Il0sInN1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwic3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwic3ViX3N1Yl9zdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInByaW1hcnlfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOiIxMjA2NTY3In0=Short Headline: Shilpa Shetty in ganji and tights nails yoga poses with effortless ease. See picsApp headline: Shilpa Shetty in ganji and tights nails yoga poses with effortless ease. See pics1200x675:last_img read more

Carnival Corporation Sees Record 2nd Quarter Earnings

first_imgzoom Miami-headquartered cruise company Carnival Corporation & plc has reported a net income of USD 605 million for the second quarter of 2016, compared to a net income of USD 222 million seen in the same period a year earlier. Revenues for the corresponding periods were USD 3.7 billion compared to USD 3.6 billion.“Our strong second quarter demonstrates continued momentum as we again achieved a near doubling of adjusted earnings per share. Our ongoing effort to drive demand for our brands in excess of our measured capacity growth has led to increased revenues and helped maintain the mid-point of our full year earnings guidance despite the recent currency movements and rises in fuel prices that combined represent a negative USD 0.17 per share,” Carnival Corporation & plc President and CEO Arnold Donald, said.Carnival Corporation said that the cumulative advance bookings for the remainder of the year are currently “well ahead of the prior year at slightly higher prices.”Since March, bookings for the remainder of the year are at higher prices with volumes running lower than last year because there is less inventory remaining for sale than at this time in 2015.The company expects full year 2016 net revenue yields on a constant currency basis to be up approximately 3.5 percent versus the prior year, compared to March guidance of approximately 3 percent.“This is shaping up to be another strong year for our company as we expect over 20 percent earnings growth and are approaching a nine percent return on invested capital,” Donald said, adding that the company raised its dividend by 17 percent to over USD 1 billion per year.“Since October, we have repurchased nearly USD 1.9 billion in shares under our stock repurchase program. Yesterday, our Board of Directors approved our third USD 1 billion share repurchase authorization demonstrating confidence in our outlook and reinforcing our commitment to return value to shareholders,” he added.last_img read more

Province Launches Booklet for Women with Mood Disorders

first_imgWomen who think they may be suffering from depression have new resources to help them. The booklet, titled Women and Mood Disorders: Stories of Recovery, launched today, May 5, during Mental Health Week. The booklet contains personal stories of five Nova Scotia women who are dealing with mood disorders. It is part of the Department of Health’s three-year mental health strategy. “By sharing their personal stories, these women are reaching out to others who may think they are suffering from a mood disorder,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Their courage will help other women better understand when they need to talk to a health professional or how to help a friend they may think is showing signs of depression.” The booklet will be available to community health centres throughout the province to raise awareness about when people should seek professional help. Copies of the booklet can be requested online. As part of the Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Initiative, employer charters will be signed by the Department of Health and the IWK Health Centre. These initiatives are part of a broader campaign by the department to educate Nova Scotians — from school-aged children to the elderly — about the effects of mental illness on families, schools and workplaces. The women and mood disorders booklet is available on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health/mhs/depression/women.asp .last_img read more

SHERIDAN ANIMATION ALUMNI EARN OSCAR NOMINATIONS

first_imgStill from Bao, courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios (CNW Group/Sheridan College) OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 22, 2019 – Two Sheridan College animation alumni have earned Oscar nods in the Best Animated Short Film category for their directorial debuts.Nominees of the 91st Academy Awards, which recognize excellence in cinematic achievements, were announced on Jan. 22, 2019. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 24, 2019.Still from Weekends, courtesy of Trevor Jimenez (CNW Group/Sheridan College)Trevor Jimenez (Bachelor of Animation ’07), a story artist with Pixar, received his nomination for the animated short Weekends. The short follows a young boy as he shuffles between the homes of his divorced parents. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Fellow Pixar storyboard artist Domee Shi (Bachelor of Animation ’11) also received a nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category for her short Bao. The film, which screened ahead of Incredibles 2 in theatres, tells the story of an aging Chinese-Canadian mother who receives an unexpected second chance at motherhood when a dumpling comes to life.Animal Behaviour, produced by Michael Fukushima (Animation ’85), was also nominated in the category.Elsewhere, animation alumni worked on four of the five projects nominated for Best Animated Feature, including Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.“To see our alumni recognized in this significant way speaks to their skills as storytellers as well as animators,” says Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan. “We are thrilled to celebrate their successes, made all the more notable as Sheridan celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Animation Program.”“The faculty at Sheridan are honoured to have the opportunity to nurture the talent of budding animators,” adds Angela Stukator, Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design at Sheridan. “Domee and Trevor’s success is a testament to the heights Sheridan’s Animation students can reach. We are deeply proud of them, and all our alumni who contributed to films nominated this year.”Historically, Sheridan alumni have had a strong representation at the Oscars. In 1985, John Minnis (Animation ’83) won Best Animated Short Film for Charade, while in 2003, Eric Armstrong (Computer Animation ’88) won for his work on The Chubbchubbs! In 2015, three of the five films nominated for Oscars in the Best Animated Feature category were directed by Sheridan-trained animators, including Chris Williams, who won that year for Big Hero 6. In 2017, Alan Barillaro (Animation ’96) took home an Academy Award for his short film, Piper.Sheridan’s animation attracts students from around the world. In addition to a four-year degree in animation which blends traditional and contemporary approaches to the discipline, Sheridan also offers one-year graduate certificate programs in computer animation, visual effects and digital character animation. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

UN appeals for 18 million to help Bolivian flood victims

Heavy rains have pummelled the Andean country since last November, claiming at least 52 lives and causing some communities to lose their livelihoods and income for the third year in a row, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.All nine departments in Bolivia have been affected, but the department of Beni, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz are considered the worst off, with tens of thousands of hectares of arable land lost to flooding and landslides.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said the most vulnerable segments of a community are always the hardest hit by a natural disaster.“We cannot predict when a disaster will hit, but when it does, we must mobilize resources and efforts to ensure that aid reaches those affected without delay,” he said.The money raised in this ‘flash appeal’ will be used to provide food, shelter, fresh water, sanitation, essential health care and other basic items and services, while assistance projects in agriculture, education and child protection will also be funded.Over $2.2 million has already been granted from the world body’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving activities across Bolivia, leaving $16 million to be funded through the appeal. 25 February 2008The United Nations’ humanitarian wing has appealed for more than $18 million to provide relief to 300,000 Bolivians needing urgent assistance in the wake of deadly floods, mudslides and landslides. read more

Closing Bell TSX ends higher on gold prices information technology stocks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday, pushed ahead by gains in gold and information technology stocks.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,146.01+51.76 0.34%S&P 500 —  1,960.23-0.73 -0.04%Dow — 16,826.60-25.24 -0.15%Nasdaq — 4,408.18 +10.25 0.23%The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 51.76 points to 15,146.01 in a relatively low-volume trading session ahead of the Canada Day holiday.Gold stocks lifted as bullion settled $2 higher at US$1,322 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.August crude was down 37 cents to US$105.37 a barrel, while September copper rose 3.55 cents to US$3.20 a pound.The loonie dropped 0.08 of a cent to 93.72 cents US as Statistics Canada reported the economy grew by just 0.1% in April — the same pace as in March — on lower oil and gas production. The figures failed to meet economists’ expectations of a gain of 0.2%, according to Thomson Reuters.“It’s not at all surprising to see that we’re seeing sluggish growth. It’s a reflection of a couple of different factors. We haven’t seen the U.S. or the global economy hit its stride, so that’s weighing on the export component of the Canadian economy,” saidCraig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Mo.“We also continue to see consumers trying to manage high debt loads, along with sluggish wage growth and relativity choppy job growth overall.”New York indexes were mostly lower as the Dow Jones industrials shed 25.24 points to 16,826.60 and the S&P 500 index slipped 0.73 of point to 1,960.23, while the Nasdaq was up 10.25 points to 4,408.18.It’s a shortened trading week for both the TSX and the New York markets. The TSX will be closed Tuesday for Canada Day and the U.S. indexes will close on Friday for Independence Day.Between the holidays, traders are awaiting two key reports in the U.S. — the Institute for Supply Management’s June reading on the manufacturing sector Tuesday and the U.S. government’s employment report for last month, which is being released on Thursday. Markets are hoping to see clear signs of the underlying strength of the U.S. economy.In corporate news, a group of Toronto-area GM Canada dealers is suing the company and its parent General Motors Co., saying the automaker has ignored their repeated calls for financial help to address a drop in sales and market share.In the U.S., the automaker said it is prepared to pay damages to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars’ ignition switches caused the crash. GM links 13 deaths to a defective ignition switch in cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. But trial lawyers and lawmakers say claims of wrongful death and injury could total in the hundreds.Bombardier Aerospace has received a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, with an option on eight others. Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says the value of the firm order is about US$727 million, although the contract could increase to US$1.12 billion if all options are exercised by the customer, who asked not to be identified at this time.TOP STORIESGM says no limit on the compensation it will pay out to victims of faulty switchesThe godfather of central banks warns stocks are in ‘euphoric’ territory and banks need to raise rates nowCanada’s economy falls short of forecasts as growth stallsCanadian dealers sue GM for aid to ease big drop in market shareTo Facebook, we’re all just lab rats: Manipulation of 700,000 news feeds for emotions study sparks outcryWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYCANADACanada Day, markets closed UNITED STATES9:45 a.m.Markit Manufacturing PMI (June): Economists expect a reading of 57.5, unchanged 10 a.m.ISM Index (June): Economists expect a reading of 55.9, up from last month Construction spending (May): Economists expect a 0.5% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAArcan Resources Ltd Q2 earning UNITED STATESPaychex Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 40¢ a share read more

At Oslo meeting donors pledge continued support for East Timor

The expressions of support came at the close of the Donors’ Conference on East Timor, which ended yesterday in Oslo. In his remarks, Jemal-ud-din Kassum, the World Bank’s Vice President of East Asia and Pacific region, said delegates had welcomed the comprehensiveness of the budget plan set out by the East Timorese government.”Our task, as East Timor’s development partners, will be to help the government meet this challenge, and focus our assistance on consolidating progress made so far and helping East Timor build a strong and viable economy,” he said.For her part, East Timor’s Minister of Finance, Fernanda Borges, outlined his Government’s broad macroeconomic policy objectives: fiscal self-sufficiency by 2006; increased savings and development of non-oil sectors to achieve a long-term, annual non-oil growth rate of 5 to 6 percent; and investment of oil revenues for the benefit of future generations.The donors noted the Government’s request for budgetary support for the next three years and agreed to continue the discussion on the modalities and to indicate their support by the time of East Timor’s independence on 20 May 2002, UNTAET said.Meanwhile in Dili, the Constituent Assembly today voted overwhelmingly to extend its deliberations on East Timor’s draft Constitution by one month to 25 January. The Assembly was originally scheduled to approve the country’s charter by 15 December.The Assembly, which began debating the draft Constitution on 3 December, have passed only 18 of 151 articles. read more

UNbacked Sierra Leone court indicts Liberian President Charles Taylor

A United Nations-backed court in Sierra Leone announced today that it has indicted Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and issued an international warrant for his arrest. “My Office was given an international mandate by the United Nations and the Republic of Sierra Leone to follow the evidence impartially wherever it leads. It has led us unequivocally to Taylor,” David Crane, the Court’s Chief Prosecutor, said in making public the indictment. Mr. Taylor is charged with “bearing the greatest responsibility” for war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious violations of international humanitarian law” in Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996, at the height of that country’s brutal 10-year civil war. Mr. Crane said the indictment had been judicially approved on 7 March but had been sealed, on his request, until now. Reacting to the announcement, Betrand Ramcharan, the Acting UN High Commissioner or Human Rights, expressed solidarity with the Chief Prosecutor and support for the Special Court. In a statement, he recalled the aspirations of the people of Sierra Leone and Liberia for peace and reconciliation, and appealed to all concerned – particularly the Liberian leadership – to act with calm and wisdom and to uphold international human rights and humanitarian law. The Special Court’s announcement came with Mr. Taylor in neighbouring Ghana, where peace talks with rebels are underway. A warrant for his arrest has been served on the Ghanaian authorities and sent to Interpol, Mr. Crane said. The Prosecutor, who said the announcement was timed so attendees at the peace talks would know they are dealing with an indicted war criminal, stressed that the negotiations should still go forward, but must not include Mr. Taylor. “The evidence upon which this indictment was approved raises serious questions about Taylor’s suitability to be a guarantor of any deal, let alone a peace agreement,” he said. By making the indictment public at this time, Mr. Crane said, he intended to send a “clear message” to all factions fighting in Liberia that they must respect international law – commanders are under international obligation to prevent their members from committing crimes against humanity. Citing relevant UN Security Council resolutions, he called on all nations to reinforce their commitments to international peace and security and “to take decisive action to ensure that Taylor is brought to justice.” In March, the Court also indicted Sam Bockarie and another rebel leader, Johnny Paul Koroma, for alleged atrocities – ranging from murder and sexual slavery to forced conscription of children and attacks on UN peacekeepers. Both were connected with President Taylor and the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF). The alleged body of Mr. Bockarie, who was killed last month in Liberia, has been turned over to the tribunal for positive identification, while Mr. Koroma remains at large, purportedly holed up in a small Liberian village. The Special Court, created through an international agreement between the United Nations and Sierra Leone, is mandated to try those who bear “the greatest responsibility” for atrocities committed during the country’s civil war. read more

UN human rights experts call for global treaty to regulate dangerous pesticides

“Excessive use of pesticides are very dangerous to human health, to the environment and it is misleading to claim they are vital to ensuring food security,” the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and the Special Rapporteur on Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, said in a joint statement to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.The Special Rapporteurs pointed to research showing that pesticides were responsible for an estimated 200,000 acute poisoning deaths each year. Some 99 per cent of fatalities occurred in developing countries where health, safety and environmental regulations were weaker. Chronic exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, hormone disruption, developmental disorders and sterility. Farmers and agricultural workers, communities living near plantations, indigenous communities and pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable to pesticide exposure and require special protections. The experts particularly emphasized the obligation of States to protect the rights of children from hazardous pesticides, also warning that certain pesticides can persist in the environment for decades and pose a threat to the entire ecological system on which food production depends. While acknowledging that certain international treaties currently offer protection from the use of a few pesticides, they stressed that a global treaty to regulate the vast majority of them throughout their life cycle does not yet exist, leaving a critical gap in the human rights protection framework. “Without harmonized, stringent regulations on the production, sale and acceptable levels of pesticide use, the burden of the negative effects of pesticides is felt by poor and vulnerable communities in countries that have less stringent enforcement mechanisms,” they emphasized. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

EHF EURO 2014 Zagreb Four teams in battle for Budapest

After Day 1 of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 Main Round Round 1, Dutch and Swedish girls are on the TOP. In the first match on Sunday, Montenegro kept their dreams about the final weekend in Budapest alive with comfortable win over Germany 27:20 (12:10). Despite the fact that Dragan Adzic using only four players in back-line rotation, Milena Knezevic and her team-mates managed to stay fresh and strong until the finish and broke resistance of the rivals. STATISTICSDerby match between Sweden and France, two teams who came as the Preliminary Group winners to Zagreb, ended with a victory of Scandinavians – 29:26 (12:14). Swedish girls turned the match during the middle of the second half, with strong defensive play, saves by Idehn and goals of right wing Hagman (7). French right back Alexandra Lacabrere proved her fantastic form on this tournament with 10 goals, but that wasn’t enough for “Les Blues” to come closer to the semi-final spot. STATISTICSThe Netherlands showed once again that good matches in Varaždin wasn’t only lucky start for “Oranje”.  In the easiest task for them, Dutch team celebrated routine victory against Slovakia 30:20 (17:10), who stayed impressed with historical success – first ever win at EHF EURO events and placement at Main Round. STATISTICSSTANDINGS:Sweden 5The Netherlands 5France 4Montenegro 4Germany 0Slovakia 0 ← Previous Story Kiss saves Hungarian girls on the way to Budapest Next Story → Gudmundsson calls 28 Danes for Qatar 2015 EHF EURO 2014zagreb read more

The Greek cultural hives in Melbournes public libraries

first_imgIn the now seemingly distant 70s, before modern technology as we know it entered our lives, the role of public libraries – which provided Greek language books, newspapers, magazines and audiovisual material to their Greek migrant clientele – was undoubtedly invaluable, for obvious reasons. It is understandable that I have more than one reason to want to pay tribute to these humble but precious little ‘cultural hives’, which have contributed greatly to the lives of so many Greeks in Melbourne and Victoria.I would like, firstly, to express my gratitude that all these significant public free services have been offered so generously to us in our mother tongue, and indeed on the other side of the world, so far from the homeland. Secondly, I would like to thank publicly and wholeheartedly all the municipalities in Victoria that, through their respective libraries, have enriched the lives of thousands of Greek migrants and continue to do so through knowledge (books), information (newspapers and magazines), entertainment (films, documentaries, music, video games, English language lessons and more) – especially the lives of the aged, people with disabilities, etc. Thirdly, I would like to inform the Greek Community about the above services. Because, as odd as it may sound, a large number of Greek-speaking people are hardly aware that all these services exist and are available to them for free! Fourthly, I really would like to make the Greek Community aware of the present and future of these vital ‘cultural hives’, especially with the dramatic demographic changes that have taken place in the last years in the Greek Community with its ageing population. The latter will, undoubtedly, decide the survival or disappearance of these ‘cultural hives’, unless necessary measures are taken. Just before Christmas, I visited the Coburg Library where I had a very interesting and constructive conversation with an old acquaintance of mine, Jo Vrachnas, the librarian who has been responsible for the library’s Greek collection for the last few decades. I revealed my intention to her that for a long time I wanted to write something on the municipal libraries of Melbourne that housed Greek books. She was delighted and stressed the need to proceed without any delay. The reason being, as she explained, that “the municipal libraries that hosted Greek books could only survive in the future, if interest was shown by the Greek Community”. Here she reflects on her concern and encourages us to visit our local libraries and seek out Greek publications.Which public libraries in Melbourne and Victoria hold Greek language books? There are 23 library services that do, and they are: Bayside Library Service (551) Boroondara Library Service (2,106), Brimbank Libraries (1,500), Darebin Libraries (4,647), Frankston City Libraries (24), Geelong Regional Libraries (32), Glen Eira Library Service (497), Goulburn Valley Libraries (25), Greater Dandenong Libraries (846), Hobsons Bay Libraries (1,471), Hume Libraries (638), Kingston Libraries (1,528), Maribyrnong Library Service (1,749), Monash Public Library Service (5,320), Moonee Valley Library Service (1,717), Moreland City Libraries (6,544), Port Philip Library Service (710), Stonnington Library and Information Service (1,657), Vision Australia Information Library Service (4), Whitehorse Manningham Libraries (1,754), Wimmera Regional Library Corporation (5), Yarra Libraries (1,069), and Yarra Plenty Regional Library (4,762). Which languages are the most popular in our libraries? Italian has the highest loan statistics followed by Greek, but both are ageing populations.How long have the City of Moreland libraries held Greek books? Moreland have held Greek items for around 30 years.What is the response of Greek readers – today and in the past? There are a good number of regular readers but there are a lot of people who are still unaware of what the library offers i.e. books, DVDs, CDs, magazines for adult and children and the fact that it is FREE. We also offer a monthly Greek Storytime, and we have a conversation club where people can practise their English.Do people borrow more Greek books or DVDs? All categories are popular.Which genres do Greek readers prefer? Romance, historical fiction, crime novels and history, biographies, cookery and health are all popular. Gossip magazines are very popular too.Who decides what and how many Greek titles to buy for the library each year? I have been the main person responsible for the purchase of Greek items. A profile is sent to the bookseller in Greece with genres, titles, authors, and suggestions and requests from the public. I may find new titles online to add to the profile. Also, a seller comes annually from Sydney and I can select from what is available. The majority of items are recently published.Have you experienced a funding cut in the purchase of Greek books recently or in the past? The budget for the Greek collection is generous and has not been cut in recent years.Is the budget the same for all languages? The budget varies from language to language, based on a number of factors, including demographic data and borrowing statistics.What is the age group of Greek readers borrowing Greek books? Greek borrowers are definitely in the older age group. We would definitely like to encourage younger Greek readers or schools teaching Greek to use our resources. We have a very good collection of children’s books, including primary level readers.Regarding the borrowing frequency of Greek books, how satisfied are you? In regards to borrowing frequency, turnover figures and statistics, we are always looking to improve. Promotion is very important but we don’t always have the time for this aspect. I think we could greatly improve the loans if we had a higher profile and the community was better informed about what is available and how easy it is to borrow.What do you think can be done to increase the interest of Greeks in reading and borrowing Greek books? We need to inform the community, through a variety of means, of the wide variety of items available for borrowing and the fact that it is a free service.What have you done and continue to do to promote Greek books in the Moreland City Libraries, and how successful has it been? Because of time constraints we have not done a great deal to promote the collections outside the library. Because of the ageing Greek population, I think that promotion is going to be even more important in the future – perhaps through schools, radio, and community groups.How do you see the future in having Greek books in your library and other public libraries? As the majority of our borrowers are over 60, I do worry about what will happen in the future if we don’t attract younger patrons. We have started to buy films which have been shown in recent Greek film festivals, and we purchase current recording artists every year to add to our music collection. We also deliver to borrowers in Moreland who are housebound or in aged care and don’t have anyone to pick books up for them.What would you like to say, ask or recommend to the Greek readers of Melbourne and Australia in general? There are very few Greek bookshops now in Australia, which means that public library collections are a particularly important resource, but will only be retained in the long term if they are used. Even if your local library does not have a collection in Greek and you are unable to travel, they can still get Greek books for you from another library or region. This means that you can still pick up and return the items to your local library.Greek Storytime is a free library activity for preschool children held at 10.30 am on the last Wednesday of each month at Coburg Library (Cnr Victoria and Louisa Sts, Coburg, VIC.) Find out more about the City of Moreland libraries at moreland.vic.gov.au/libraries* Dr John Vasilakakos is a Melbourne-based Greek Australian academic and acclaimed writer. His latest book is titled ‘Unchartered Waters: Critical Studies in Modern Greek Literature’ (Herodotos Publishing, Athens 2018). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Record attendance numbers for Athens National Archaeological Museum

first_imgAs far as its content is concerned, it can easily be considered one of the most significant museums in the world. But lately, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens had been sidelined by the newer – and architecturally acclaimed – Acropolis Museum. Now a series of initiatives have managed to turn the tide and the museum –which treasures some of the most important exhibits of the ancient classical world – has seen its visitors gradually increase, to the point of 2017 becoming a record year, with 545,565 tickets sold – marking a rise of 18.4 per cent. Among the programs that were designed to attract more visitors was the much lauded exhibition ‘Odysseys’, which opened in 2016 and is still on, as well as the ‘Unseen Museum’, an initiative that allows visitors access to the museum’s restoration laboratories and other ‘backstage’ areas. More activities of this kind, as well as thematic exhibitions, are expected in 2018, reaffirming the museum’s position in the touristic and cultural map of Athens and the world. The museum has also expanded its collaboration with international organisations, hosting international research programs (103 in 2017 alone) and offering various exhibits on loan to museums and cultural institutions in Europe, Asia, and the US. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Langsdorf looking at an uncertain future with Timbers

first_imgPORTLAND — It was a Monday afternoon at the Portland Timbers training facility, and the team was both disappointed, and focused.After a 4-1 loss on the road at Los Angeles FC, the Timbers went straight from the airport to their Beaverton-based practice facility to work to put the loss behind them.As players walked off the field after practice, Foster Langsdorf asked head coach Gio Savarese to meet and discuss his role. Langsdorf sought answers as he began his second season with his hometown club.Savarese obliged and the two went back to his office and met for about 20 minutes.“I just said very clearly,” Langsdorf said, “if you were me, what would you do in order to play first team minutes? And do you see me in your plans this year and if so, and if not, why and what can I do?”Those questions linger at the forefront of Langsdorf’s mind in his second professional season since signing as a homegrown player with the Timbers out of Stanford.On April 6, he got a partial answer.Langsdorf made his MLS debut in a 3-0 road loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. He logged 24 minutes in the second half. But the Mountain View grad made sure to treat it as just another game.last_img read more

Bay Park house fire causes half a million dollars in damage

first_img Posted: June 27, 2018 Updated: 12:48 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 27, 2018 Andrea Tobias center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Bay Park house fire today caused an estimated $500,000 damage to the structure and $150,000 to contents, but nobody was hurt. No one was in the single-story residence on Dakota Drive, off Clairemont Drive, when San Diego Fire Department units arrived around 2:45 a.m. and began to tackle flames in the attic, SDFD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.The fire was extinguished at 3:04 a.m. The blaze was confined to the attic, with smoke damage throughout the property, she said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Fire crews spoke to the owner of the house, which was being remodeled, and determined that the residents were staying elsewhere and did not require assistance from the American Red Cross, Munoz said. Bay Park house fire causes half a million dollars in damage Andrea Tobias, last_img read more

40 want pensions to be taxed like Isas

first_imgSome 40% of respondents want pensions to be treated in a similar manner to individual savings accounts (Isas) because they would prefer to be taxed while working rather than in retirement, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).The survey of 1,197 working UK adults, published in August 2015, also reveals that just over a quarter (27%) find the current system the most appealing tax scenario for their pension.The research also found:Just one in seven say the current tax exemptions on pension contributions incentivise them to save.60% of respondents say that constant changes to how pensions are taxed is the biggest barrier putting them off saving more into their pension.Two-thirds of respondents are unable to correctly identify the current pensions taxing system.Philip Smith, head of defined contribution consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said: “Our research shows that the current system is far too complicated and continuous changes are putting people off saving more towards their retirement.“People want a once in a lifetime overhaul of how pensions are taxed to create a simple and stable system that they can understand and trust.”Moving towards an Isa-style tax system would create consistency across people’s savings pots and help people plan for their future with more certainty. Our research shows people would much rather take the tax hit on their retirement savings while they are working, rather than having to worry about tax deductions in their retirement.“However, moving to a new tax system for pensions is no easy task for an industry that is already grappling with the pensions freedom changes. This would require a huge re-think from employers, pension providers and the government to how they provide pensions.”Following the Summer Budget, the government launched a consultation into the reformation of pensions tax relief, which will close at the end of September.During his Budget speech, Chancellor George Osborne said: “Britain isn’t saving enough. I am open to further radical change. Pensions could be treated like Isas: you pay in from taxed income, and it is tax free when taken out, and inbetween it receives a top up by the government.”last_img read more