Beermen hold off Picanto behind Fajardo’s 41 points

first_imgView comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fajardo came two points shy of matching his career-high he set in a loss to Alaska in the 2016 Philippine Cup.Terrence Watson added a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Ross collected 15 points, six assist and five steals for the Beermen, who trailed by six at the end of the third period.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 openingThe Picanto had lost their first nine games but played nothing like a winless team against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Kia, led by its explosive import Geron Johnson, kept itself in the game until Alex Cabagnot made a layup to put San Miguel ahead by six, 116-110, with only 15 seconds left. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Johnson fired 42 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to offset his 10 turnovers but the Picanto just had no answer for Fajardo as they dropped their 10th consecutive game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ La Salle outguns NU for 2-0 start NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul PBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo was unstoppable in the fourth quarter and San Miguel Beer edged Kia, 118-112, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The reigning three-time MVP scored 20 of his 41 points in the final frame as the Beermen bolstered their bid for a top four finish after climbing to 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Datsun to launch special edition redi-GO Sport on September 29

first_imgAfter the success of the redi-GO hatchback, Datsun will be launching a special edition to their entry level car in India. The new redi-GO Sport, as the company calls it, will be launched on September 29. Moreover, Olympic bronze medallist, Sakshi Malik will be present at the unveil.ALSO READ:Datsun India sells 3,000 units of redi-GO in just 23 daysAlthough  the details are sketchy of the new Datsun redi-GO Sport, we presume that the new car will only have minor cosmetic changes. From the image provided by the company, the only change that meets the eye is in the form of black wheel covers and the black decals on the bonnet of the door of the redi-GO Sport. Moreover, the redi-GO Sport will come with a new body paint with a few more exterior tweaks here and there. We’ll get more info on that as the launch date nears.On the interior, we presume that the redi-GO Sport will come with minor changes to suit the exterior of the car.Under the hood, the Datsun redi-GO Sport will come with a 0.8L, DOHC 12 valve 3 cylinders, that churns out peak power of 53bhp @5678 rpm and peak torque of 72 Nm @4386 rpm, mated to five-speed manual transmission.ALSO READ:Datsun launches the redi-Go, prices start at Rs 2.39 lakhOn the features front, the instrument panel comes straight out of the Micra Active and is dominated by a large speedo. The panel also comes with a small digital readout, fuel level, rpm and other things. The driver’s seat is positioned slightly higher giving a clear view of up ahead to the driver.advertisementAt the back, there is space only for two, with the third person will have to squeeze for space. Moreover, the redi-GO doesn’t offer Bluetooth connectivity in any of its variants. Instead, it comes with a single-DIN audio system featuring AUX and USB inputs.Datsun made its re-entry in the Indian market with the redi-GO and the company was banking tremendously on the success of the hatchback. According to company figures, Datsun has till now sold around 10,000 units since its launch in June. Now in order to maintain the momentum, the new redi-GO Sport will surely add more flair to the already heavily contested small car segment.ALSO READ: Armed with redi-GO, Datsun all set to take on Renault’s KwidWith Renault taking long strides with the Kwid and the upcoming festive season, Datsun will surely look to Sport the redi-GO in the coming months.last_img read more

IPL is fine but let’s not forget India’s 233-medal haul at Special Olympics

first_imgIPL is fine but let’s not forget India’s 233-medal haul at Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics 2019: India, who are participating in the World Games for the 9th time, have won total of 233 medals in Abu Dhabi in an excellent show.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk Abu DhabiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 14:17 IST Special Olympics 2019: India have won 233 medals so far at the event in Abu Dhabi. (Special Olympics Bharat Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia have won 233 medals at Special Olympics so farIndia won 49 medals at the roller skating event19-year old Jitendra Pawal won a gold medal in the 200m raceThe fever of Indian Premier League (IPL) is at its prime with the tournament set to begin on March 23. However, there’s Special Olympics going on in the United Arab Emirates and where Indian athletes have been performing exceedingly well. One look at the event says it out loud that India are excelling over there.When the IPL is around the corner or is going on, the entire sporting attention of India shifts to the glitzy tournament. In fact, on the same day as the IPL, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in hockey is also beginning but there’s not much focus on that.While IPL continues to be the centre of sports news currently, India’s success at the Special Olympics must not be sidelined.So far, India have won a total of 233 medals in the ongoing Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Till March 19, the Indian contingent had won 60 gold, 83 silver and 90 bronze medals.The medals are won across Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Judo, Powerlifting, Table Tennis, Roller skating, Badminton, Basketball Traditional, Handball Traditional and Football 7 Side Female.The 15th Special Olympics World Summer Games is being held in Abu Dhabi from March 14-21, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces.With more than 7,500 athletes from over 192 nations competing, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has become the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world and has set the benchmark for the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement.advertisementThis is India’s 9th participation at the Special Olympics and India is participating in 14 out of 24 Olympic-type sports featuring the World Games.49 MEDALS IN ROLLER SKATINGIndian athletes performed beyond expectations in the roller skating event winning a total of 49 medals at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on Tuesday.So far, the highest number of gold medals have come for India in roller skating. In the sport, India won 13 gold, 20 silver, and 16 bronze medals.JITENDER PAWAL BEATS POVERTY TO GOLD Special Olympics World Games Photo19-year old Jitendra Pawal won a gold medal in the 200m race in his division at the Dubai Police Stadium on Sunday despite having struggled with poverty and daily necessities.After winning the gold, in an interview with the Special Olympics correspondents, Jitender’s coach Harish said, “Despite his struggles, Jitendra never gave up his hope of participating in the World Games and eventually ended up winning the gold.”Harish was full of praise for the athletes from all over the world who have shown incredible skill and dedication at the World Games.”If God has taken away some abilities from these people, he has also blessed people of determination with many unique and special abilities as well as talents.”Society should try to identify the unique and special abilities of the determined ones and polish them so that they can play an important role in society.”One should not overlook or back away from people of determination, instead everyone should encourage these people so they can be a very important part of the society and be able to contribute towards the betterment of the country,” said Harish.Also Read | Exchanging missiles for medals at Special Olympics: Syrian athletes stand out in times of warFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Special Olympics 2019Follow Special Olympics World GamesFollow Special Olympics Bharatlast_img read more

Gov’t Finalising Public Sector Transformation Plan

first_img Mr. Shaw said the Government is developing project plans for the entities identified under the transformation programme, which would centre on public-sector efficiency and an information and communications technology infrastructure. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says a comprehensive public sector transformation plan is being finalised for tabling in the Houses of Parliament. Caymanas Track Limited has been divested to Supreme Ventures Limited, while work is under way to merge the operations of the three gaming regulatory bodies – the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission; Jamaica Racing Commission; and Casino Gaming Commission – to form the proposed Jamaica Gaming Commission.“We (took) steps to move the offices of the Jamaica Racing Commission and Casino Gaming Commission (and) they are all now housed at the head office of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (on Hagley Park Road in Kingston),” he informed.On the brink of merger are the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning; HEART Trust/NTA, National Youth Service (NYS), and the Apprenticeship Board, which will form one entity, as well as the Child Development Agency and Office of the Children’s Registry.Mr. Shaw advised that three companies owned by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) have been shortlisted for closure. They are the Montego Bay Shopping Centre, Portmore Commercial Centre, and Kingston Waterfront Redevelopment Company.Meanwhile, he reminded members that the Pension Reform Bill that was passed in the Lower House is now before the Senate and that the Ministry has established a Working Group to facilitate discussions with unions regarding certain “administrative matters” relating to management of the pension programme.Mr. Shaw advised that the overall public sector transformation programme “is going to be a process that will take place over a two- to three-year period”. Mr. Shaw advised that the overall public sector transformation programme “is going to be a process that will take place over a two- to three-year period”.center_img Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says a comprehensive public sector transformation plan is being finalised for tabling in the Houses of Parliament.He said the document, which is being prepared by the Public Sector Transformation Implementation Unit, will provide full details of the State entities to be divested, merged, subsumed into Central Government or closed.  Eighty-four entities have already been identified for the exercise.Mr. Shaw said the Unit has prepared a draft but “it is not at the stage (where) I can table it in Parliament as yet”.He was responding to questions from Central Kingston Member of Parliament, Rev. Ronald Thwaites, during Tuesday’s (September 26) sitting of the House of Representatives at Gordon House.Mr. Shaw said the Government is developing project plans for the entities identified under the transformation programme, which would centre on public-sector efficiency and an information and communications technology infrastructure.He advised that procedures are also under way for the introduction of shared corporate services, while implementation of an operating model that has been developed for shared legal services has commenced.The Minister said operating models have also been developed for each of the other proposed shared areas. These include human resources management, finance and accounts, asset management, procurement, information technology services, and public relations and communications.Mr. Shaw advised that work is advanced on four entities identified for the transformation exercise, for which he has portfolio responsibility. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Vard Ups Stake in Brazilian Shipyard

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Vard Holdings Limited has increased its shareholdings in the Brazilian shipyard Vard Promar from 50.5 percent to 95.15 percent.The increase in ownership results from a capital increase of BRL 532 million (USD 166.8 million) in Promar that is entirely taken up by Vard Group AS through the conversion of shareholder loans extended to Promar between 2015 and 2016 into newly issued equity, with no cash consideration.The conversion ratio of the shareholder loans into new shares was based on valuations performed by the company and negotiated on a ‘willing-buyer, willing-seller’ basis, Vard said.Shareholder loans with a nominal value of BRL 532 million were converted into equity.Vard added that the transaction has a limited impact on the earnings per share and net tangible assets per share for the 2016 financial year.last_img read more

Land is affected by degradation but we are committed to save it

first_imgNew Delhi: Acknowledging that 29.3 per cent of land in India was affected by degradation, Union minister Prakash Javadekar Monday said his ministry was committed to save it with all necessary inputs at the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP 14). Speaking at an event held to mark ‘World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought’, he said, “There is crisis in the world that the land, once fertile, is not fertile anymore. Where there used to be forest, now it is not. We are discussing degradation of land. Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi we have direction, hope and promise to save the land from degradation.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana He also announced that India will host the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties or COP 14 to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) this year to address the issues of land degradation and desertification. The COP 14 will be held from September 2-14 in Greater Noida with over 5,000 representatives from more than 197 countries. International and non-governmental organisations will also address the issues of combating desertification, land degradation and drought during the two-week event. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The minister reiterated that under the Bonn Challenge, a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030, India will bring into restoration 13 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 and additional eight million hectares by 2030. With about 29.3 per cent of India’s total geographical area being affected by land degradation, India has high stakes and stands strongly committed to the convention, he said. Ahead of the COP 14, the environment ministry, in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has launched a flagship project on enhancing capacity of forest landscape restoration (FLR) and Bonn Challenge in India through a pilot phase of 3.5 years implemented in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Karnataka. “The project will aim to develop and adapt best practices and monitoring protocols for the Indian states and build capacity within the five pilot states on FLR and Bonn challenge. This will be eventually scaled up across the country through subsequent phases of the project,” the ministry said.last_img read more

Eve Ensler Worries About The Rise Of A Predatory Mindset In America

first_imgIn an interview with Democracy Now this month, Eve Ensler, a playwright, activist and the creator of V-Day, spoke about her worries of the escalation of rape culture and a predatory mindset in the United States, particularly within the country’s new administration.Besides President Trump’s boasts about his proclivity to sexually assault women, which he said he could get away with because of his celebrity status, and his ex-wife, Ivana, stating in her divorce deposition that Donald Trump had raped her; Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, was charged with violence and battery against his ex-wife; Trump’s first pick for Labour Secretary, Andrew Puzder, was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife; Jeff Sessions, the new attorney general, voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women act; and Tom Price, the new secretary of health and human services, also voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women act.“Watching Trump and watching the people Trump surrounds himself with, we are seeing the escalation of rape culture, a predatory mindset, in many respects,” said Ensler in the interview, “but I’ll particularly address towards women. I think from the very beginning, listening to Trump, how is it possible that a nation of people felt OK with electing a self-confessed sexual assaulter? How is it possible we feel OK with Bannon, who seems to be running the show right now, who is known to have beaten his wife? If we look at that as something that’s acceptable in a general way, then we understand we haven’t really gotten to the root of rape culture in America.“I also think that predatory mindset is affecting everything. We’re gutting regulations on air, on water and on the earth. We’re escalating extraction. We’re seeing the ransacking of laws, a disparaging of immigrants. And this is all part of a predatory mindset, which is really about one person in power who does what he wants without the consent of the people around him, which is exactly what rape culture is. You seize people’s bodies, you take them against their will, and you do whatever you want to them.”But it’s not total doom and gloom. On May 11, Ensler will be speaking at Disorderly Bodies: Intersectional Activism in the Age of Trump in Los Angeles, CA, where she will offer strategies “for surviving in the Trump era as antiracist feminists”.Copyright ©2017Look to the Starslast_img read more

Cheat arrested for forging dead mans signature

first_imgNEW DELHI: A man, in an attempt of cheating, forged the signature of a dead. But later he got caught as the date mentioned on the forged signature was of December 2009 date while the man whose signature was forged died in July 2009.A case was registered on the complaint of Dharmender Yadav, a resident of Village Kanganheri, Badu Sarai Road. He complained that the accused Sanjay forged the signature of late Bharat Lal on a receipt allegedly dated December 3, 2009, upon which the said deceased along with his brothers were shown to have received a sum of Rs. 34,50,000 for allegedly selling an agricultural land situated in the revenue state of Village Pandwala Kalan, New Delhi. Whereas, the said Bharat Lal died on July 6, 2009. The accused produced the said forged receipt before the Delhi High Court as the proof of the land deal. On April 13, in a drive to catch the absconded accused, a police team minutely scrutinized the details about him and zeroed on his possible hideouts, contacts and other details. The efforts of the police team yielded result when the team apprehended Sanjay from Old tehsil, Gurugram and booked him under section 41.1 CrPC. On further enquiry, it was learnt that a reward of Rs. 20,000 was declared upon him by the Delhi Police. “Accused Sanjay was born in Kanganheri village, New Delhi. He studied up to 12th standard. Thereafter, he started working as an accomplice to a property dealer,” said Ram Gopal Naik, DCP crime.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Pardons Members of Hirak Rif

Rabat – The King’s Eid royal pardon allegedly included some Hirak Rif activists who were sentenced to prison for their involvement in unauthorized protests in Al Hoceima.Major news outlets and international television channels, including Al Hadath, announced the news Tuesday evening.Al Hadath initially reported that the King granted his royal pardon to 11 of the activists. The television channel then quoted an unidentified source close to the King, who confirmed the news, but estimated the number of absolved members at 180. Morocco’s Minister of Human Rights Mustapha Ramid confirmed the news on Facebook, emphasizing that 184 activists were released.Of those, 173 were charged in Al Hoceima’s court, according to the minister.Morocco’s state-owned press, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), announced that the King granted a royal pardon to a total of 889 prisoners today—the eve of Eid al-Adha. However, the state news agency did not mention any of the Hirak Rif activists.Moroccan news outlet Hespress quoted a member of the Hirak Rif activists’ defense team, Mohamed Ghanaj, who claimed that 11 Hirak activists who were jailed in Casablanca’s Oukacha prison benefited from the royal pardon.Ghanaj added that the pardoned activists had all originally been sentenced to less than 3 years.Francophone news outlet Le Desk announced that the King ordered the release of 160 Moroccan activists.The Casablanca Court of Appeals issued sentences ranging from 1 to 15 years in prison to 49 activists on June 26 for activists and protesters involved in the 2016-2017 Al Hoceima protests. However the Hirak movement’s prominent leaders, Nasser Zefzafi and Nabil Ahemjik, received 20 years in prison. Two others, Ouassim El Boustati and Samir Ghid also received 20 years.The total number of Hirak activists arrested between 2016 and 2018 is estimated at more than 400 activists.The 53 activists sentenced in June were prosecuted for “undermining the internal security of the state,” and “preparing a conspiracy against internal security.”The activists were found guilty of several serious charges, including participation in the unauthorized demonstrations that broke out in the northern Al Hoceima province after the death of a local fishmonger, Mouhcine Fikri, in October 2016.When a policeman confiscated his fish, Fikri climbed on top of a garbage truck to retrieve his goods. The crushing mechanism of the truck activated and crushed him fatally.  The incident caused outrage and protests in Al Hoceima and the surrounding areas. Chanting social slogans, the protesters decried social disparities in the region. read more

Senior UN peacekeeping official assesses operation in Côte dIvoire

11 December 2008Senior United Nations peacekeeping aide Edmond Mulet is in Côte d’Ivoire to meet with a range of Government officials and discuss the work of the world body’s operation there, known as UNOCI, whose current mandate expires at the end of next month. Mr. Mulet, who is Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, met in the capital, Yamoussoukro, with President Laurent Gbagbo. He also expects to meet with Alassane Ouattara and Henri Konan Bédié, among other leaders, as part of his technical evaluation mission. Among its tasks, UNOCI is assisting the West African country with preparations for upcoming elections, which were to have been held on 30 November but were recently delayed again for the third time since the signing of the north-south peace pact last year. The Ouagadougou Agreement – signed in neighbouring Burkina Faso 18 months ago between the Government, which controlled the south, and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, which held the north – called for a number of measures to resolve the crisis that first divided the country in 2002. They included creating a new transitional government; organizing free and fair presidential elections; merging the Forces Nouvelles and the national defence and security forces; dismantling the militias and disarming ex-combatants; and replacing the so-called zone of confidence separating north and south with a green line to be monitored by UNOCI. Meanwhile, UNOCI brought smiles to the faces of nearly 265 orphans and vulnerable children with a Christmas event held a few days ago in the city of Bouaké.The event, involving food, dances, skits and educational games, sought to raise awareness of efforts to fight HIV and AIDS and was attended by community representatives and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working on the issue. The programme was organized by the mission’s HIV/AIDS Unit and the Division of Public Information, and supported by the NGO Health Renaissance Bouaké. read more

Indian Court refuses to ban training for Sri Lankans

Jayalalithaa had in July strongly opposed the training being given to nine Lankan defence personnel after which they were relocated to the Yelahanka air station at Bangalore. The Supreme Court in India on Monday has refused to restrain the Centre from giving training to personnel of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.“It is a matter of foreign policy. We won’t interfere with the policy matters,” Supreme Court judges said while dismissing the PIL. She had insisted that they should not be trained anywhere in India, saying the desire of Tamil people was to see those (Sri Lankan defence forces) charged with war crimes (during the last leg of the ‘Eelam’ war) being punished. (TNN) In August, Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa has requested PM Manmohan Singh to instruct the defence ministry to immediately halt the training being given to the two Lankan defence personnel and send them back to Sri Lanka immediately. read more

China pork prices soar as herds hit by fever farm closures

BEIJING — Chinese families are having to rethink menu options as pork prices soar after herds were decimated by African swine fever and large-scale closures of pig farms for environmental reasons.China raises about half of the world’s pigs, and the outbreaks of African swine fever that began over a year ago have ravaged its herds. The disease does not infect humans.Officials announced this week new measures to revive hog production, prevent and control the disease and upgrade farms to further ensure pork supplies and stable prices.Pork prices surged 46.7% in August from a year earlier, adding 1.08 percentage points to a 2.8% rise in the consumer price index. That’s hitting Chinese families hard: pork accounts for more than 60% of their meat consumption.The Associated Press read more

Ohio State baseball carries nohitter into extras but swept by Maryland in

Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterOhio State senior pitcher John Havird couldn’t have pitched much better than he did Friday in the second game of the day against Maryland, but a costly late error tied the game, and the Buckeyes would eventually fall 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Havird threw a career-high eight innings, allowing no hits and striking out seven, but after hitting his second batter during the first at-bat in the bottom of the ninth, the senior was pulled. Senior left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei retired his only batter on a pop fly, but the struggles immediately began after redshirt sophomore closer Yianni Pavlopoulos took to the mound.After a groundout to short, Pavlopoulos struck out Maryland junior designated hitter Nick Cieri, but Cieri reached first on the wild pitch. Sophomore first baseman Kevin Biondic then hit a hard groundball to third baseman Nick Sergakis. The senior could not come up with the ball cleanly and airmailed the throw to first into the stands, scoring the runner from third.With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, sophomore center fielder Zach Jancarski singled up the middle for the first Maryland hit of the game. He would later steal second base and score off another single up the middle by junior right fielder Madison Nickens to give the Terrapins the 2-1 win.The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning when OSU freshman designated hitter Brady Cherry lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Sergakis. With the way Havird was pitching, the 1-0 lead seemed like it might have been enough to come out victorious, but the rally erased the lefty’s third win of the year. Game 1The first game of the doubleheader on Friday saw Maryland take an early two-run lead and keep OSU off the board to win by a final score of 3-0.After the Buckeyes went down in order to lead off the first inning, Nickens led off the bottom of the first with a walk. Freshman second baseman Nick Dunn singled to follow the free pass, and both runners would advance a base after an error by OSU senior shortstop Craig Nennig. After a strikeout, Cieri singled to left, scoring Nickens. A passed ball by OSU junior catcher Jalen Washington would score the Terrapins’ second run of the inning.The following four innings saw the score remain at 2-0 until Maryland freshman left fielder Marty Costes hit a solo home run to center field. Both starters pitched complete games in the matinee. OSU junior starting pitcher Tanner Tully went eight innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) on three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. His counterpart, Maryland sophomore Taylor Bloom, tossed nine innings of shutout baseball, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out five. With rain and snow looming, the Buckeyes and Terrapins will take a day off Saturday, with plans to finish out the series Sunday. The finale is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. with junior right-hander Mike Shawaryn set to take the bump for Maryland and redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer starting for OSU. read more

Prince Harry announces next Invictus Games

Dominic Reid, chief executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, said it was during those games that organisers realised the competition must continue beyond its original plans, saying it would now be held every two years for the “foreseeable future”.He told the Telegraph that new competitors are still coming forward, some who have endured physical injury or mental health problems for years but only now feel able to join in. Prince Harry and Meghan watch the wheelchair tennis in Toronto Prince Harry congratulates Mark Ormrod in Toronto UK team trials for the Invictus Games Sydney, held in BathCredit:AFP “When we started in London, it was a one-off event meeting immediate need,” he said. “What we’ve see is the appetite and the positive effect on people’s lives, and a real demand for the games to continue. “The Netherlands has supported the Games from the very beginning, and I know that everyone there will fully get behind and support then soldiers and veterans who have served their countries so bravely.”The Hague was selected following a competitive international tender process, with Sir Keith Mills, the Invictus Games Foundation chairman, noting “the bid exemplified the Invictus spirit”.He added: “Post-War, the Hague has undergone its own process of rebuilding and rehabilitation, a theme many of those competing can intimately relate to.”   The Invictus Games will be held in the Netherlands in 2020, the Duke of Sussex has announced, as organisers say they feel a moral duty to keep it running. The Duke of Sussex said the games, for sick and wounded servicemen and women, will be held at The Hague, before continuing every two years for the foreseeable future.The Duke and Duchess are now likely to make a trip to the Netherlands for an official launch this summer, before travelling to Sydney for the next games in October.Invictus, founded by Prince Harry, is particularly close to the couple’s heart, and is where they chose to make their romance public.In Toronto last year, Meghan Markle appeared hand-in-hand with the Prince for the first time to watch the wheelchair tennis, as well as attending the opening and closing ceremonies. “We very much feel that in creating the games we’ve lit a beacon and we have a moral responsibility to keep that beacon lit. To give people the opportunities and something to aim for.”The Duke said: “I am delighted to announce that the Hague is taking up the challenge of hosting the fifth Invictus Games in 2020.”The city will soon become the motivation for hundreds of servicemen and women using the Invictus Games to inspire their recovery from physical and mental injuries. UK team trials for the Invictus Games Sydney, held in Bath Prince Harry congratulates Mark Ormrod in TorontoCredit:Karwai Tang Prince Harry and Meghan watch the wheelchair tennis in TorontoCredit:Samir Hussein Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison welcomes terms of reference for Tribunal

first_img Short URL By Sean Murray Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 14,174 Views Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison welcomes terms of reference for Tribunal Investigations will be made on the contacts between An Garda Síochana and Tusla in Harrison’s case. GARDA WHISTLEBLOWER KEITH Harrison has welcomed the terms of reference for the Charleton Tribunal, which will include an investigation into smear campaigns made against him, as well as against Maurice McCabe.He thanked several TDs in a statement, including Katherine Zappone, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace for their efforts in his case, and said he especially wanted to thank Alan Kelly who “helped ensure the ill-treatment of my family and I was brought to public attention and ultimately included” in the terms of reference.Earlier today, the government agreed the terms of reference for the tribunal into the Maurice McCabe scandal.The resolution will have to pass the Dáil and Seanad before the tribunal is established under the chairmanship of Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton.The Dáil resolution (which can be read here) says that the tribunal will investigate:“Allegations that senior members of An Garda Síochána sought to discredit Sergeant Maurice McCabe because of complaints he made about the performance of An Garda Síochána.”It goes on to say the tribunal will investigate the protected disclosure by former head of the Garda Press Office David Taylor. Taylor alleged he was told to discredit McCabe by “spreading rumours about his professional and personal life”.Keith Harrison is named explicitly twice within the terms of reference. Justice Charleton has tasked with investigating contacts between members of An Garda Síochána and Tusla in relation to him, as well as:…bearing in mind allegations that there may have been inappropriate contacts between An Garda Síochána and Tusla in relation to Sgt McCabe, Garda Keith Harrison and concerns that such contacts may have also taken place in relation to other members of An Garda Síochána who had made allegations of wrongdoing within An Garda SíochánaThe Tribunal will investigate whether there is any pattern of Tusla files being created in relation to whistleblowers, and them subsequently being used to discredit those members.Harrison said that he trusts “the inquiry will establish the truth and bring about a change within senior management of An Garda Síochana”.He added that he would make no further statements on the matter.Read: Charleton Tribunal will examine allegations of ‘inappropriate contacts’ between gardaí and Tusla Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 15 Comments Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 10:56 PM Share Tweet Email2 Feb 16th 2017, 10:56 PM last_img read more

Automation erased 25 of new IT jobs in 2015 Report

first_imgIn what could be major disappointment for millions of jobs-seekers in the country, India’s top five IT firms trimmed their hiring numbers by 25 percent to 77,365 people in 2015 as the result of their aggressive automation strategies, according to a brokerage firm.The combined new job offers made by India’s top five IT majors — Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), Infosys, Wipro, HCL Technologies and Cognizant — fell by 38 percent to 28,182 in the Oct-Dec quarter, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.”Vendors are focusing on automation, and 2015-16 will be an inflection point. We see rapid scope for vendors expanding automation owing to competitive pressure,” Business Standard quoted Centrum Broking as saying in a report.The fall in hiring suggests the companies are fast shifting to a new business model where artificial intelligence is deployed to perform “repeatable tasks”, replacing thousands of employees to write software code.Earlier this week, Vishal Sikka, CEO of India’s second-largest IT firm, Infosys, said the company was fast implementing automation technologies, which would result in a fall in the number of employees on the bench.The company had said last year it aimed to improve employee productivity by 50 percent in the next five years. The software major had estimated employee productivity to increase to $80,000 by 2020, compared to $52,500.”The shift to automation is inevitable. There is no doubt it is going to happen. There is no doubt it is already happening. It is not to make the horses run faster and faster, it is to turn the horse-cart into an automobile,” Sikka had said.In April Last year, Wipro’s former CEO TK Kurien had said the company’s focus on automation would bring down its headcount by nearly a third over the next three years.”Wipro is moving its automation focus from service desk to application services, which would lead to a reduction of 30 percent of its headcount in the next three years,” Kurien said.last_img read more

State to conduct census of cooperatives to check money laundering

first_imgKolkata: The state Co-Operation department will conduct co-operative census of the different types of co operatives including co-operative banks with an objective to streamline its functioning and prevent money laundering associated with the co-operatives acorss the state.”There are a total of 30,000 co-operatives in the state and corruption had been at its peak particularly during the Left Front regime in the state. A number of co-operative banks had closed down due to siphoning of money. We have taken steps to revive a number of co operative societies and banks across the state. The census will enable us to conduct audit of all the cooperatives and prevent corruption,” said Co- Operation Minister Arup Roy in response to a query on corruption at co-operative banks raised by TMC MLA Abdul Khalek Mollah. According to the minister , Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed him to revive the co-operative sector with the rural economy being entirely dependent on the district central co-operative banks. The department has already constituted prevention of fraud cell led by a legal adviser to prevent frauds at co-operative banks. A district co operative bank at Birbhum was recently on the verge of closure due to money laundering and the department chipped in with Rs 112 crore for its revival. There have been a number of cases where the department has allocated funds for similar cases. It may be mentioned that the co-operative banks in the state have been performing well with the state credit deposit (CD) ratio of cooperative banks in the state standing at 81.16 percent against the national CD ratio of 70 percent . “Our Chief Minister wants strengthening of co operative banks in such a manner so that loans for government schemes like Kanyashree, Yuvasree etc can be disbursed thorough the co operative banks,” an official in the department said.last_img read more

Six months after marriage equality theres much to celebrate – and still

first_imgAustralians celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage last December (Photo; Shannon Power) US Supreme Court cake caseSuch concerns are not baseless, if the American experience is anything to go by. In the US, once opponents of marriage equality had lost that battle, they shifted their focus to arguing that service providers who have religious beliefs that reject homosexuality should be allowed to treat LGBTIQ people less favourably. This was the argument run in the US Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in which a Colorado baker refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.Although the Supreme Court upheld the claim of the baker, it did so on the narrow ground that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission handled the original discrimination complaint against Masterpiece Cakeshop in a biased and unfair manner. The judges were very clear in stating that service providers should not be entitled to refuse to provide goods or services for same-sex weddings. Justice Kennedy noted that allowing discrimination against same-sex couples would cause:a community-wide stigma inconsistent with the history and dynamics of civil rights laws that ensure equal access to goods, services, and public accommodations.The Australian Christian Lobby has already suggested that this decision lends support to their argument that bakers, florists, motels and even lawyers should be able to refuse to provide goods and services in connection with same-sex weddings.However, as my colleague Luke Beck observed, there is nothing in the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision to support that position. On the contrary, “The Masterpiece case says that people who are accused of discrimination are entitled to a fair hearing and that gay people are entitled to dignified treatment.”More to be doneAmending the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to wed was a significant step forward. But it is not a panacea. Law reform alone will never lead to true equality. South Africa is a stark reminder of this. It has had constitutional protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity since 1996, but it is still an extremely dangerous place for LGBT people, with high rates of violent hate-based crimes. A 2017 report found four out of ten LGBT South Africans knew someone who had been murdered “for being or suspected of being” lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.In Australia, the reform of marriage laws that we witnessed six months ago is just one piece of the jigsaw puzzle, albeit an important one. But equally important is changing the hearts and minds of individuals who continue to oppose equal rights for LGBT people.Amending laws contributes to transforming public opinion, but achieving long term change requires a more holistic approach. The elimination of discrimination against LGBT people won’t be achieved until we have increased positive representation of sexual and gender diversity in films, education, the media and from religious leaders.We will know we have achieved true equality for LGBT people when we not only have laws that prevent a person being fired from their job or denied a service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but we also no longer have people arguing that they should be entitled to do so.Paula Gerber, Professor of Human Rights Law, Monash University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . It has been six months since Australia declared that marriage is no longer an exclusively heterosexual institution. In that time, approximately 2,500 same-sex couples have been married, with NSW having the most weddings, closely followed by Victoria and Queensland. Many more couples, who married overseas before marriage equality was achieved here, have finally had their marriages recognized under Australian law. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The 2016 Census revealed that there are 46,800 same-sex couples living together in Australia. Of these couples, 3,142 reported they were the husband or wife of someone of the same sex (presumably because they were married overseas). If we combine this figure with the number of same-sex marriages registered in the last six months, it appears that over 10% of same-sex couples who live together are now married.What’s changed?During the postal survey, the “No” campaign warned of dire consequences if the institution of marriage was opened up to non-heterosexual couples. There was a stream of ads asserting that boys would start wearing dresses to school, students would role-play being in same-sex relationships, and radical LGBT sex and gender education would become mandatory. Safe Schools – a national program to combat bullying of LGBT students – came under particularly heavy and sustained attack.So have any of these fears been realised? The answer seems to be a resounding “no”. If anything, education about sexual orientation and gender identity within schools is becoming more restricted.For example, the South Australian government has ceased to fund the Safe Schools program, two years before the service provider’s contract was due to expire. As a result, that program will end in secondary schools on July 13. The government has indicated that it will be replaced with a general anti-bullying program, but this fails to recognise that LGBTI people have significantly poorer mental health and higher rates of suicide than other Australians because of the discrimination and bullying they are subjected.In Victoria, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has vowed to scrap the Safe Schools program if the Coalition wins the next election. So rather than marriage equality being the catalyst for more inclusive education, the opposite may be true.The campaign around the marriage equality survey also saw opponents assert that allowing same-sex couples to marry would lead to a significant infringement on religious freedom. To allay these concerns, the Turnbull government initiated an inquiry into whether Australian law adequately protects religious freedom. The panel delivered its report last month, but the government has not yet released it to the public.There is concern among human rights advocates that rather than limiting the exemptions that religious organisations currently enjoy from anti-discrimination laws, the government will expand the extent to which people can legitimately be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Australia ‘No’ camp claims boys will be forced to wear dresses to school after equal marriage voteAustralia has more same-sex couples than ever beforeUK rally to send love to Australia’s equal marriage campaignersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Former Limón judge sentenced to jail for aiding drug traffickers

first_imgRelated posts:Defendants captured aboard supposed drug vessel accuse U.S. authorities of torture Government announces increased security measures to curb recent crime wave Costa Rican man sentenced to 50 years in prison for murder of Argentine singer Facundo Cabral Honduras foreign minister resigns over police murder scandal A former prominent judge in the Caribbean province of Limón was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison for issuing favorable rulings to drug traffickers. Rosa Elena Gamboa was arrested two years ago on suspicion that she influenced at least two cases involving alleged drug traffickers in 2011 and 2012.One of those cases involved a man who was arrested in 2012 with a ton of marijuana and later released on a ₡3 million ($5,500) bond. He skipped bail and disappeared. Former Limón judge Rosa Elena Gamboa was convicted Friday for aiding drug traffickers and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The Tico TimesAt the time of Gamboa’s arrest in May 2014, then Chief Public Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría said Gamboa, then a superior court judge, had been under investigation for three years.“[Gamboa] maintains relationships with people involved in drug trafficking in the region, and she has tried on at least two occasions to influence judges in the preliminary and intermediary phases of trials. In both cases, [Gamboa] approached the judges and quite openly told them the suspects should not go to jail,” Chavarría said in a press conference at the time.Gamboa, who was 62 when she was arrested, retired after the scandal broke.She was convicted Friday in a Goicoechea courtroom for attempted graft and violation of drug laws.This is a developing story.   Facebook Commentslast_img read more