LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Celtics ink Paul Pierce to one-day contractKnown best for his moniker “The Truth,” Pierce wore number 34 throughout his first 15 seasons as a Celtic, culminated by an NBA title and NBA Finals MVP award in 2008.He left the team in 2013 to join the Brooklyn Nets, followed by a one-year stint with the Washington Wizards a year after. His quest for another title led to a reunion with former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers ofthe Los Angeles Clippers for the past two seasons.Pierce was a 10-time All-Star in Beantown and held career averages of 21.8 points, six rebounds and 3.9 assists while donning the Celtic colors. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PH archers miss shot at third medal The team’s co-owner, Steve Pagliuca, confirmed that the team will hold Pierce’s much-deserved jersey retirement ceremony sometime in the 2017-2018 NBA campaign.“It’s going to be fantastic,” the executive told the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen.”Last July, the team inked the 39-year-old forward to a one-day contract so he could walk away from the sport as a member of the franchise. Paul Pierce (34) bends down to kiss the Boston Celtics logo following an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Boston. AP Photo/Steven SenneThe Boston Celtics franchise paraded a string of legendary players through the years, from Bill Russell to Larry Bird to Robert Parish, among others.But perhaps nobody embodied the Celtic Green in the modern era more than recently retired forward Paul Pierce.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses
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Lewis Hamilton’s love affair with the Canadian Grand Prix continued unabated on Sunday as he won the race for a sixth time and slashed Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One championship lead to 12 points.After watching Ferrari sweep to a one-two finish two weeks ago in Monaco, Mercedes hit back with a dominating display as Hamilton cruised to his 56th career win, a leisurely 19.7 seconds in front of team mate Valtteri Bottas.It was Hamilton’s third victory of the season and also his third in a row at the sun-bathed but windswept Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.”I had my first pole here, I had my first win here 10 years ago and to repeat it this weekend is incredibly special,” said Hamilton, who also started from pole for the sixth time in Canada.”I really have to thank my team for making this possible. The guys back at the factory have worked so hard to really fix what we had in the last race, bring it here and really give it to the Ferraris. I’m over the moon.”The Briton might have cut Vettel’s lead further if not for an inspired charge by the German who fought his way to fourth after a damaged front wing forced a pitstop and dropped him to the back of the field early on.Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo came home third, for the third race in a row, to complete the podium.That gave his team something to cheer after young Dutchman Max Verstappen had his race come to a premature end with mechanical problems while running second and challenging Hamilton for the lead.advertisementForce India enjoyed a great weekend in Canada with Mexican Sergio Perez taking fifth ahead of French team mate Esteban Ocon, who was not happy at the finish.”Obviously, we’re not the quickest car on the track at the moment but we’re managing to put it together on a Sunday,” said Ricciardo. “It’s nice obviously. Max had his problems today, I’m sure he would have been up there as well.”We’ll try to get both cars on the podium soon.”CLEAN STARTHamilton, starting from pole for a sixth time, got off to a clean start but behind him there was the usual Montreal first lap chaos.Vettel, starting alongside, got caught in a sandwich as Bottas shot past him on one side and Verstappen on the other, clipping the German’s front wing.”I think it was clear that today we could have been better than fourth, but that’s how we finished and what is done is done,” said Vettel.”Looking back at the start, Bottas and I were trying to go from the inside when Max came around but these things can happen.”Then, with the safety car on track I did not realize that the damage to the front wing was as bad as it actually was, we only noticed it at full speed.”Canadian teenage rookie Lance Stroll answered some of his critics by scoring his first points in Formula One for Williams, crossing the line in ninth place to the cheers of a sell-out home crowd.It has been a difficult debut for Stroll, the son of one of Canada’s richest men, who has had some sharp criticism for his modest results.But the 18-year-old showed his skill to become the first Canadian not named Villeneuve to score points in a Formula One race.Ferrari’s late great Gilles Villeneuve, after whom the Montreal circuit is named after, won the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978 while his son Jacques was the 1997 world champion.”It’s just special. It feels so good in so many ways,” said Stroll. “It’s been a tricky beginning of the season, we’ve known that we’re capable of doing it but there’s just been so much stuff in the way of being able to just get points.”There was yet more disappointment for Fernando Alonso and McLaren when the double world champion’s engine gave up yet again two laps from the finish.McLaren remain the only team yet to score a point.
New Delhi, Aug 6 (PTI) The Union Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports organised the first Grameen Marathon for the rural youth here today, which attracted 11,000 participants.Arjuna awardee and ace badminton coach Pullela Gopichand flagged off the marathon from Nizampur village in Northwest Delhi. He encouraged the young participants saying this platform would bring forward the hidden talent in rural areas.Gopichand termed the event “a unique initiative” by the sports ministry headed by Vijay Goel.The event was also attended by BJP MPs Udit Raj and Maheish Girri.More such marathons will be organised in Delhi, according to a press note from the ministry.Goel had earlier said that such initiatives would go a long way in providing a platform to talented youngsters to represent India.”A major chunk of our players come from rural and tribal regions and hence it is vital for us to organise such sporting events that help them grow and provides us chance to train them further so that they represent India,” Goel had said.The first three position holders received a prize money of Rs 21,000, Rs 11,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively in each category (Boys and Girls) along with 10 consolation prizes. PTI AG VIT SMN
ARBOR Technology announces its Micro-ATX industrial motherboard MB-i89Q0 based on the new Intel 6th Generation Core processors and Intel Q170 Platform Control Hub. Built on Intel’s new 14nm process technology, the MB-i89Q0 supports the Intel Turbo Boost Technology, enabling an increase to CPU processing speed to deliver breakthrough CPU performance, excellent graphic capability as well as enhancements in security and management functions. This makes the motherboard ideal for intelligent application in several market segments, such as medical, digital surveillance, gaming, digital signage, communication and defense.The MB-i89Q0 comes with four non-ECC Long-DIMM sockets supporting up to 64GB of system memory. Graphics interface supports DVI-I and DisplayPort. High interconnectivity is available through two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports and six SATA3 ports. Expansion supports PCI Express x16 / x4 / x1 and 32-bit PCI. Other useful features include Watchdog Timer, PS/2 Keyboard & Mouse port and Intel® Active Management Technology 11.0.Thanks to native USB 3.0 support, the board achieves fast data transmission with low power consumption. A total of four USB 3.0 & ten USB 2.0 ports are provided along with High Definition Audio to provide MIC-in, Line-in & Line-out interfaces. TPM is the Trusted Platform Module, which allows computers to use advanced security features. The MB-i89Q0 supports TPM 1.2 & 2.0 daughter board via the dedicated connector by OEM requested.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Mouser signs global distribution agreement with Sierra MonitorNext Infineon: OPTIGA Trust X provides robust protection for the IoT
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton director of football Ross Wilson has Rangers offerby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s director of football operations Ross Wilson has an offer from Rangers.Wilson has been offered the director of football role at Rangers. The Scotsman has held positive talks with the Glasgow club this week and is considering his future at Southampton, says Sky Sports.Wilson has been at the club for five years, overseeing the club’s player recruitment, and he took a central role in the hiring of Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager.The 36-year-old turned down a similar role at Rangers two years ago.
The Government is looking to establish a comprehensive database of Jamaican professionals and investors abroad.“We will be embarking on a mapping of this later on in the year with the assistance from the International Organization on Migration,” said State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown.The State Minister, who was addressing a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, said the database will be a critical tool in engaging the Diaspora in the country’s development.He noted that all countries that have well-developed Diaspora models, have a comprehensive database of their nationals, who are in strategic places, and are highly influential and successful. “It is these persons that they have been able to use to leverage companies, states in order to unlock investments,” he pointed out.Additionally, he said, these countries have designated bodies to deal with Diaspora matters on a daily basis. He stated that the Jamaica Diaspora Foundation and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute will have to be strengthened to be effective.“Those structures will have to be beefed up because the range of issues that the Diaspora is engaged in is far and wide. We will have to look at a model that is specific to Jamaica to allow for that type of engagement to take place, for it is really a full-time activity if we are going to leverage,” he told JIS News.The Foreign Ministry has been examining successful Diaspora models in countries such as Israel, India, Ireland, China and Mexico with the intent of replicating successful elements in Jamaica.Citing the case of Israel, the State Minister told JIS News that the issuing of Diaspora bonds has been a “powerful tool” in that country’s model. The funds from the bonds, he said, go directly to the state “and the state is then able to use that money whether to pay down on the debt …to build roads, to build infrastructure, to build schools, to put in state-of-the-art trading systems and to do high tech agriculture.”Mr. Brown said that there will be discussions on a similar Diaspora bond at the upcoming Diaspora Conference. “We will take a further look at that, but there are issues which arise in relation to how the bonds are structured,” he noted.He pointed out that although Jamaica receives inflows of some US$2 billion per year from nationals abroad, the funds go directly to relatives and friends and not to the Jamaican state. Therefore, he said, these funds cannot be used for infrastructural development, for example.Lauding the Israeli model, Mr. Brown said the relationship between the country and its Diaspora community has been “transformational” and expressed confidence that Jamaica “can get to that point and we are steadily working (with the Diaspora).”The 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, which has been re-branded to focus on trade and investment, will be held from June 16 to 19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, under the theme: ‘Nation on a Mission: Jamaica – Diaspora Partnership for Development.’Contact E. Hartman Reckord
A new study released by the Conference Board of Canada confirmsthat the federal government’s ability to pay for health care isgrowing, while the provinces’ is declining, said Nova Scotia’sFinance Minister Peter Christie. “This study proves that the gulf between the federal governmentand the provinces is widening, and will continue to grow if thefederal government does not soon step up to the plate on healthcare,” Mr. Christie said today, March 8, in Halifax. The study shows that over the next 16 years, all provincial andterritorial governments are headed for deeper deficits, whilefederal budget surpluses will increase dramatically. “They get richer while we become poorer,” said Mr. Christie. By2020, the 10 provinces and three territories can expect to post acollective deficit of $11 billion, while the federal governmentsurplus should reach $78 billion. A growing and aging population will drive up health-care costs,which will continue to be the biggest fiscal challenge for theprovinces and territories, according to the Conference Boardreport. Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm, along with premiers from acrossthe country, is calling on the federal government to make the $2-billion supplement to health-care funding permanent, starting in2004/05. “This is a non-partisan issue. Premiers of all political stripesare urging the prime minister to recognize Canadians’ number onepriority in the upcoming federal budget,” said Premier Hamm. The provinces are asking Ottawa to meet Roy Romanow’srecommendation that the federal share of health-care funding beincreased to 25 per cent, from its present 16 per cent.
In the early days, Calcutta was at the forefront of public transport in India. Not just the first (and now only) tram network in India, but the very first Metro. As decades have passed, Kolkata fell behind due to a series of political missteps, leaving the other major cities to race ahead with public transport projects and leaving this rapidly expanding city well behind. Calcutta would have got it’s first Metro as far back as 1921, had the recommendation of Sir Harley Dalrymple-Hay been acted upon but due to a paucity of funds, his ambitious plans were ditched. The city finally saw a Metro network materialise in 1984, racing passengers deep in the bowels of the city on a North-South shuttle run. Also Read – A special kind of bondSince 1984, Kolkata has grown. Not as quickly as Delhi or Mumbai, but towns which were once distant weekend-breaks are now encroaching on the city’s borders–Kalyani (where the Bengal AIIMS is being constructed and proposed site for the new Kolkata Airport), Barasat, Barrackpore, Salt Lake, New Town and Garia. This is in addition to the booming industrial area in Howrah, forwarding successfully thanks to its proximity to the station and the northbound GT Road and Westbound Mumbai Road. Also Read – Insider threat managementHow has the city kept pace with adequate public transport? Not very well. Except for a few patchy extensions, other lines remain in the snail’s pace construction phase or dormant on paper. In comparison, Delhi now has eight Metro lines, alongside eight other major cities. In fact, the Kolkata Metro remains entirely under the Indian Railways, juxtaposed with the Gurugram Metro which is entirely privately funded. In terms of road transport, the city has just one ‘Bus Rapid Transport System’ (BRTS) route planned, and it is not likely to go beyond the planning phase as the East-West Metro route has concrete pillars erected along the proposed route. The private buses remain the same, most over two-decade-old racing death traps which kill at least one person a day. A brand new long-distance bus terminus at Santragachi on the Kona Expressway remains mothballed due to the existing one at Babu Ghat still being used, in spite of court orders and an environmental threat to both the Maidan and Victoria Memorial. Whatever little Metro work has taken place has come at an environmental cost. The first line cut a strip off the eastern edge off the Maidan, while the line currently under construction will have ventilation shafts dotted across it. The damage has continued with the growth of the city, broadening of the EM Bypass to accommodate additional vehicular traffic, the overhead Metro line and the BRTS line attracting development on the eastern flank which is the famous ecological wonder and the East Kolkata Wetlands which treats the city’s sewage organically without any need for a Sewage Treatment Plant. This expansion into the wetlands has attracted commercial offices such as an embassy and a premium apartment complex with the latter taking up a 65-acre plot on its own. India’s solution for the ever-increasing vehicular traffic has been the hideous and dangerous flyover network, Delhi alone has almost 100. The past few decades have seen numerous concrete monstrosities worming their way through the Kolkata’s skyline with branches coming off them in the planning phases alongside a new proposed flyover to cut across wetlands, connecting the city to the airport directly. With traffic increasing at a general rate of 10 per cent per year, basic maths tells us that even flyovers would be beyond capacity in a decade. To add to their woefulness, two have collapsed–one of which has developed a new crack–and all are being closely inspected; this does not include the Majerhat Bridge collapse. The solution to this abysmal situation is heavy investment in public transport, with bi-partisan political support and reform of our transport unions. The status quo, especially considering India’s booming population, is not sustainable and we are a generation away from total chaos on our streets. The renowned economist Paul Krugman pointed out that weak urban transport systems constrain economic growth as they limit urban agglomeration and reduce labour and economies of scale. The coming decade will add AIIMS and a new airport, on par with the existing Dum Dum Airport, within the greater Kolkata area, besides the previously mentioned townships which are also growing. This needs radical, brave and visionary leadership. The ‘Three E’s’ of infrastructure rule, if followed, will relieve the pressure. To begin with, ‘Engineering’ is required; multiple Metro lines, whether under Indian Railways, PPP, state or wholly private. Old buses need to be removed and replaced with electric AC buses on BRTS routes with dedicated lanes, and we need thousands of these, not a token few. School ‘pool cars’ ought to be thought about too, they are unregulated, dangerous and uncomfortable. Once again, private sector options are available, with at least one major corporate rumoured to have offered to take over the entire bus network in the city, but unions strongly opposed them. The second phase is ‘Education’, the public need to be made aware of adequate, comfortable, fast and cheap public transport now available and to use it. Awareness about the environment, city congestion, pollution and traffic jams should be raised, people must be charmed. The final step is ‘Enforcement’–London style ‘Congestion Charging’, where vehicles are fined for coming into the heart of the city, steep parking fines and steep road toll charges. If such valiant leadership can be displayed, triggering dramatic reform, our city will be on par with any in the west and our magical, and award-winning, ecology will be protected. Allowing the stagnancy to continue will result in ever-increasing traffic jams, unions holding the public hostage fare increases, profiteering from app cabs and, in the long run, a breakdown in public order in the form of riots. Krugman’s economic model can swing both ways, which direction it does will be dictated by our Vidhan Sabha. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: India’s exports growth turned positive in July, spurting 2.25 per cent, while trade deficit narrowed to a four-month low of $13.43 billion, government data showed on Wednesday. Exports increased to $26.33 billion in July as against $25.75 billion in the same month last year. Imports, however, slipped by 10.43 per cent to $39.76 billion. Decline in overall imports, including oil and gold, led to narrowing of the trade deficit — the difference between imports and exports. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalTrade deficit in July 2018 stood at $18.63 billion. The previous low was in March 2019, when this gap was at $10.89 billion. “As a result of government’s proactive trade policies and support, India’s merchandise trade deficit is down by 28 per cent in July 2019 over July 2018. Merchandise exports during the same time have grown to reach $26.33 billion,” Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet. Gold imports declined 42.2 per cent to $1.71 billion in July. Oil imports fell 22.15 per cent to $9.6 billion, while non-oil slipped by 5.92 per cent to $30.16 billion. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostExport sectors that showed positive growth in the last month included chemical, iron ore, electronics, marine products and pharmaceuticals. However, shipments of some key sectors recorded negative growth, including gems and jewellery (- 6.82 per cent), engineering goods (- 1.69 per cent) and petroleum products (- 5 per cent), according to the data. Cumulatively, during April-July 2019, exports dipped 0.37 per cent to $107.41 billion, while imports contracted by 3.63 per cent to $166.8 billion. Trade deficit during the four-month period narrowed to $59.39 billion as compared to $65.27 billion in the same period last fiscal. Oil imports in April-July 2019-20 were at $44.45 billion, which was 5.69 per cent lower as compared to $47.13 billion in the same period last year. Commenting on the data, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said the sluggish global demand and uncertainties emanating from tariff wars are clearly visible in the slowdown in exports across the globe. “Domestic issues including access to credit, cost of credit especially for merchant exporters, interest equalisation support to all agri exports, benefits on sales to foreign tourists and quick refund of GST should be seriously looked into,” FIEO President Sharad Kumar Saraf said. Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) Chairman Mohit Singla said to some extent this export growth is partially on account of rupee, which has depreciated by about 3.5 per cent in the past six weeks, which gives an impetus for short-term export gains. “Since the consumption rates in India have plummeted, demand has been squeezed, especially for precious stones and electronic goods,” Singla said. India’s exports growth entered the negative zone after a gap of eight months in June, recording a decline of 9.71 per cent, amid global headwinds. The World Bank in its Global Economic Prospects (June 2019) has projected weakening of global trade in 2019. Global trade is projected to grow at 2.6 per cent this year, a full percentage point below its previous forecast.
OTTAWA — Canada plays a starring role in a soon-to-be-released film aimed at exposing China’s bid for world domination through technology — produced by one-time Trump strategist Steve Bannon.The film, “Claws of the Red Dragon,” is fiction, but “inspired by” Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and China’s subsequent retaliatory measures, including the detention of two Canadians for alleged espionage and death sentences meted out to two other Canadians convicted of drug crimes.Bannon has said the movie is aimed at exposing ties between Huawei, which he describes as the “greatest national security threat” to the United States, and China’s communist government, which he maintains is “the greatest existential threat the West has ever faced.”He’s also been clear that his objective is to stiffen U.S. President Donald Trump’s resolve to shut Huawei out of development of next generation wireless networks over fears the telecommunications giant is controlled by the Chinese government and its equipment could be used to spy on or sabotage other countries.The film is to be released next month by New Tang Dynasty Television, part of the Epoch Media Group that is closely associated with the Falun Gong spiritual movement and includes the pro-Trump and vehemently anti-Beijing newspaper, The Epoch Times. The 54-minute movie follows fictional Chinese-Canadian journalist Jane Li as she reports on Canada’s arrest of the chief financial officer of Huaxing Hi-Tech; along the way she “exposes the company’s ties” to the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese military, according to a New Tang Dynasty news release.The film features a Canadian cast, including Eric Peterson of “Street Legal” and “Corner Gas” fame.A trailer for the movie, replete with ominous soundtrack, shows Peterson — playing a character named James MacAvoy and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Canada’s former ambassador to China, John McCallum — meeting with a detained Canadian named Michael.In real life, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained in China since December, accused of espionage shortly after Canada detained Meng, who is wanted by the U.S. on charges of fraud related to evasion of American sanctions on Iran.The trailer also shows Peterson telling someone who looks remarkably like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the Chinese “just arbitrarily sentenced a Canadian to death. There’s no telling where this retaliation will end.”In the New Tang Dynasty news release, Bannon calls the movie “a seminal and timely work exposing the inner workings” of the Chinese Communist Party and Huawei.“Run by a radical cadre of the Chinese Communist Party, China’s Communism today is the greatest existential threat the West has ever faced,” Bannon says. “Huawei, the technology and telecommunications arm of the CCP and the People’s Liberation Army, is the greatest national security threat we have ever faced, as it is already in the process of a global tech domination via 5G and 6G (wireless networks).”Bannon told Bloomberg earlier this month that he hopes the film will be screened for Trump at the White House.“The central issue in the 2020 presidential campaign is going to be the economic war with China: manufacturing jobs, currency, capital markets and technology,” he told the news agency. “Huawei is a key part of that and this film will highlight why it must be shut down.”Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press
The security and humanitarian situation in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to crumble, despite the recent signing of a peace pact between the Government and a key militia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report.On 23 March, the Government and the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP), one of the main combatants in the fighting, signed a peace accord.But the report made public today, which covers the period since the end of March, points to new challenges, “which further increase the fragility and volatility of the situation” in the area.The obstacles include the capacity and conduct of the newly-integrated units of the DRC forces, known as FARDC, in North and South Kivu provinces, it said, with many troops being unpaid, poorly trained and badly equipped.Command and control of FARDC units is also fragile, resulting in stepped up desertions, mutinies and “a surge in unacceptable abuses against the very populations that these forces are expected to protect,” Mr. Ban wrote.There are some 1.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in eastern DRC, with 500,000 having been uprooted since this January due to clashes between the FARDC and the rebel Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR).But he pointed out that 350,000 displaced have been able to return to their homes in North Kivu.Notwithstanding this positive development, the Secretary-General said that the human rights situation is still cause for grave concern.Members of the FARDC and the Congolese National Police are responsible for rape and torture, among other abuses, while members of foreign armed groups such as the FDLR and the notorious Ugandan group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are responsible for massacres of civilians, sexual violence and arbitrary executions.Another major obstacle continues to be addressing impunity, requiring the efforts of the highest levels of Government to bring those behind human rights and other abuses to justice, the report said.To this end, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, is creating an action plan to ensure that the Government agrees on a strategy to combat sexual violence.Also made public today was a report by the Security Council mission which visited the African Union (AU) at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, the DRC and Liberia from 14-21 April.The Council called on the Governments in the region, especially the DRC and Rwanda, “to continue to build on the positive momentum created by their recent improved relations and to continue to take measures aimed at building confidence between them and laying the foundations for sustainable regional cooperation.”The body also welcomed the appointment of a Rwandan ambassador to the DRC, urging the DRC in turn to expedite its appointment of an ambassador to Rwanda.On sexual and gender-based violence, the Government must take decisive action to address confirmed abuses by FARDC soldiers, the report said, including following on the list of five officers in commanding positions assessed to have carried out such crimes. 7 July 2009The security and humanitarian situation in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to crumble, despite the recent signing of a peace pact between the Government and a key militia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report.
by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 1, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – People around the world have pledged their love, expressed their frustrations and declared their pressing need for pizza in billions of tweets in the last two years, all using emojis.The pictograms have become an integral part of online communication, according to the more than 10.1 billion tweets collected by website EmojiTracker since it launched on July 4, 2013.“They fill in body language, tone of voice, that sense of emotional nuance that you lose when you have just text in formal communication,” said Gretchen McCulloch, a Montreal-based linguist and writer.The standards for emojis and other computerized text are controlled by the non-profit Unicode Consortium.On June 17, the group issued its latest update to the Unicode standard and added a bottle with a popping cork, a turkey and the oft-requested taco to its lineup of symbols.The taco emoji had been the subject of an online petition started by Taco Bell that grew to 32,000 signatures by the time the new symbol was released.The absence of a taco symbol and the presence of multiple forms of rice cakes and sushi reflect the Japanese origins of emojis.Originally developed by Japanese cellphone manufacturers, existing emojis became fully integrated into the wider standard for computer text in 2010.Since then, the Emoji Subcommittee of the Unicode Consortium has taken submissions from consortium members and the public at large on new additions. The number of emojis has grown to 1,281.The process has led to some idiosyncrasies. There are three distinct emojis for trains, but none for a high-five. Until this year, emojis representing faces and people were only available in a single colour.And emojis are displayed differently on different operating systems, which can lead to confusion.The dancer emoji, for instance, was proposed to the consortium as a symbol modelled on John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever.”Google’s Android software stays relatively close to the original intention, while on Apple phones Travolta becomes a salsa-dancing woman in a long skirt.McCulloch said emojis can’t necessarily be used to replace existing language. She points to the opening sentence of “Emoji Dick,” a translation of Herman Melville’s classic “Moby-Dick” that spins an emoji take on “Call me Ishmael.”“Something like telephone, man, sailboat, whale, okay symbol — I don’t know if that’s linguistically specific,” she said.Instead, she said, what people seem to do is use emojis to emphasize or illustrate what they’re typing about, as someone would illustrate a tweet about shopping with shopping bags.Neil Cohn is a post-doctoral fellow studying visual language at the University of California, San Diego. He says teenagers using emojis are not all that different than early humans using cave paintings.Those drawings weren’t just artistic expression, Cohn said, but were probably used to augment storytelling.“Using images integrated with spoken language, in this case with text, is as old as human communication,” he said. “This is just an extension of that, siphoned through a technological tunnel.”While the Canadian flag is represented as an emoji,McCulloch said she wishes Canadians had an emoji to call their own, beyond the Canadian flag.“We could have a moose emoji,” she said. “That would be pretty cool.” Emojis are shown in a handout photo. People around the world have pledged their love, expressed their frustrations and declared their pressing need for pizza in billions of tweets in the last two years, all using emojis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Emojis the modern day answer to cave paintings, one tweet and text at a time
Senior defenseman Becky Allis attempts to chase down the puck during a game against the Toronto Aeros Sept. 28 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 2-1.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorA streaky season came to a close for the Ohio State women’s hockey team this weekend.The Buckeyes (15-17-5, 10-16-5) fell to Minnesota Duluth (15-14-6, 13-12-6), 5-1, on the road Sunday in the decisive third game of the team’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament first-round series.Junior forward Zoe Hickel gave the host Bulldogs their third 1-0 lead of the weekend 9:24 into Sunday’s game, but seven minutes later junior forward Kayla Sullivan tied the game for the Buckeyes.Then, 7:06 into the second, Duluth scored what would prove to be the series-clinching goal. After OSU freshman defenseman Alexa Ranahan was called for interference, the Bulldogs capitalized on the power play with a goal from freshman defenseman Sidney Morin.Despite 16 combined shots in the second and third period, the Buckeyes couldn’t find the tying goal, and a couple of Duluth empty net goals punctuated the clinching victory.OSU coach Nate Handrahan said the 5-1 score line was slightly misleading, but ultimately the game came down to missed opportunities.“I thought we played our best game of the series and really had a lot of opportunities to capitalize, but we didn’t,” Handrahan said. “That kind of allowed them to hang around, and they capitalized when we didn’t.”On Saturday night the Buckeyes had to ride 32 saves from OSU senior goalie Lisa Steffes to come from behind twice and extend the series with a 3-2 win.Tied 1-1 heading into the third, the two teams shared three goals in a 2:20 span. Duluth took their second lead of the night early in the period, but senior forward Ally Tarr scored her 11th of the year to tie things at two. Tarr picked up an assist on the winning goal two minutes later, as she and junior defenseman Sara Schmitt set up Sara’s twin sister, junior defender Kari Schmitt, to score the game-winning power play goal.Game one on Friday saw both net minders stymie the opposition. Steffes and Duluth sophomore goalie Kayla Black combined for 50 saves, but it was the one shot Steffes didn’t save that mattered. Duluth’s leading goal scorer, senior forward Jamie Kenyon gave her team the lead 5:26 into the second, and things remained that way the rest of the night.The close margins of each playoff game were representative of an OSU team that reinvented itself after the winter holidays, only losing four of its final 16 regular season games.Over the course of the season, the Buckeyes fought through a nine-game winless streak, while also putting together separate three and four-game winning streaks.
—2015Cincinnati1349411087— 19881626.113613310689 142001Oakland122861067982.0 OFFENSEDEFENSE 62011Green Bay13597958372.6 YEARMAX ELOPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHING 132008Indianapolis122851099481.5 20151666.31349411087 151995Green Bay12687979084.2 112009San Diego12884989580.6 71983Miami124961189175.9 19741632.711611010578 An elite passing offense is where the similarities between the 1981 and 2015 Bengals end, though. While the 1981 squad also employed a solid rushing attack4An underrated feature that causes their estimated EPA to rise despite a middling yards-per-carry mark: rarely fumbling. No team fumbled less than Cincinnati in 1981, and most of its fumbles were committed by quarterbacks and receivers, not running backs. and a balanced defense that was essentially league-average against the run and the pass, the 2015 Bengals defend the pass well but aren’t particularly good at running the ball or defending against the run. Among historical Bengals squads, that profile more closely matches the strengths and weaknesses of the 1975 team, which was also good at passing and stopping the pass but lousy in the running game on both sides of the ball. (The 1975 Bengals ultimately lost in the divisional round of the playoffs.)But if we’re looking for historical teams truly comparable to this year’s Bengals, we’ll have to leave Cincinnati. We can measure how similar any two team’s strengths and weaknesses are by using the differences in their EPA grades from above.5Specifically, we can take the squared differences in their passing and rushing grades on each side of the ball and weight them by the relative importance of each category in determining a team’s overall quality during the Super Bowl era. In this case, the weights are 44 percent to passing offense, 12 percent to rushing offense, 31 percent to passing defense and 12 percent to rushing defense.Here are the teams most similar to the 2015 Bengals: 91988L.A. Rams12510311310179.8 RANKYEARTEAMPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHINGDIFF² OFFENSEDEFENSE 19761663.3110108121112 202009Indianapolis1209110897100.5 19811666.41251119898 102006New Orleans125100998780.6 122015New England1311191089380.9 19891627.012011810487 20131630.710693126115 192012Atlanta120861088696.6 32014Green Bay1301081099742.5 161991Washington1371061239687.4 19731618.7117111106100 52003Indianapolis12698998667.5 22005Indianapolis133981139514.5 According to our NFL Elo ratings — FiveThirtyEight’s pet metric for determining an NFL team’s strength at any given moment1For an explanation far more extensive than you probably need (or want), click here. — the best Cincinnati Bengals team ever was the 1981 edition, led by quarterback and league MVP Ken Anderson. Those Bengals notched a franchise-best Elo rating of 1666.4 after they beat the San Diego Chargers 27-7 in the AFC championship game on Jan. 10, 1982. But two weeks later, they lost the Super Bowl to the San Francisco 49ers, and while Cincinnati has had a handful of good moments since, things have never quite looked as bright for the franchise as they did that winter day 33 years ago.At least not until tonight — potentially. Going into Thursday’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals have an Elo rating of 1666.3, a mere fraction of a point behind the high-water mark set by the 1981 team. Any win, no matter how small the margin, would make the 2015 Bengals the best team in franchise history.At 7-0, they’ve already started the season better than any other Cincinnati squad. Formerly maligned quarterback Andy Dalton ranks fourth in the NFL in Total QBR. And he has the support of a solid defense that ranks third in Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Ratings and 12th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. It’s a good recipe for a Super Bowl run, and Elo assigns the Bengals the NFL’s fourth-highest probability of winning it all this year (12 percent).That 1981 Bengals club shared an important characteristic with this year’s team: great passing. If we scale every team’s per-play expected points added (EPA)2Estimating EPA for seasons before 2006 using a weighted random forest regression model trained on data from 2006-2015. The model attempts to predict what a team’s rushing and passing EPA (on offense and defense) would have been if such data were available, based on the team’s box-score statistics relative to the NFL average that season. such that the league has an average of 100 and a standard deviation of 15 each season, we can measure how effective a team’s offense and defense was in the passing and running games. This season, Cincinnati’s aerial attack leads the league with a 134 grade.3Meaning its EPA is 2.3 standard deviations better than that of the average passing offense. The 1981 team ranked second in the NFL with a score of 125. The only Bengals squad with a better passing offense than either 1981 or 2015 was the 1988 version, whose 136 grade was fueled by Boomer Esiason’s own MVP campaign.Here are the best Bengals teams ever: 172004Indianapolis134107969587.6 20051642.71211129487 UPDATE (Nov. 6, 7:39 a.m.): The Bengals added six points to their Elo rating on Thursday night, defeating the Cleveland Browns 31-10. Cincinnati’s current Elo rating, 1672, is the best in franchise history. The article below was written before Thursday night’s game. 42013New Orleans123951118758.3 11970San Francisco13492108924.4 181979Dallas12397999394.0 19821644.41201089292 81984Miami1391151067677.5 According to this method, the 2015 Bengals’ closest historical doppelgangers were the 1970 San Francisco 49ers, with John Brodie playing the role of Dalton alongside little rushing support and a defense that was much better at stopping the pass than the run. The next five teams on the list are perhaps more interesting, if only because they’re more recent; there are two Peyton Manning-era Colts squads, two Aaron Rodgers-helmed Packers teams and a Drew Brees-led Saints team. We’re only halfway through the season, but this list puts the Bengals among great offensive company. Yet, like the comparison with the 1975 Bengals, it also lumps them in with a bunch of teams that went to the playoffs with impressive records only to lose before reaching the Super Bowl.Cincinnati has an 89 percent probability of beating the Browns tonight and claiming its mantle as the best Bengals squad ever. But their real work may be saved for the playoffs, in bucking the trend toward postseason disappointment for teams constructed out of similar parts.
At 30 years old, Ohio State’s second-year head lacrosse coach Nick Myers is living his dream.“I still pinch myself occasionally driving in each morning knowing that I am the head coach at Ohio State,” Myers said. “It’s very special to me.”On July 10, 2008, Myers became the 13th head coach of the OSU lacrosse program. He spent the previous three seasons as the Buckeyes’ top assistant.It was during those three years and two other seasons as a volunteer assistant under former coach Joe Breschi when Myers grew and learned how to coach.“Watching Nick develop from a young 24-year-old volunteer assistant into the head coach is great to see,” said Breschi, who is currently the coach at the University of North Carolina.In between his two assistant coaching jobs at OSU, Myers spent two seasons as the top assistant coach at Butler University.In his first year, Myers lead OSU to a 7-7 regular season record and the team advanced to the championship game in the Great Western Lacrosse League tournament.This year the team has a 6-6 record overall and is 2-3 in its new conference, the Eastern College Athletic Conference.When the team’s three senior captains Scott Foreman, Brandon Freeman and Andrew Stimmel talked about their coach, the one word they all used to describe him was “passionate.”Freeman said that Myers always brings high energy and passion to games and practices. Stimmel said that Myers pushes the players both on and off the field.“Nick has tremendous attention to detail, energy and passion for the game of lacrosse,” said Pat Myers, Nick’s brother and assistant coach at the University of North Carolina.Nick Myers’ stepfather introduced him to lacrosse, and Nick said he got his first look at a lacrosse stick as an eighth-grader.“For me it was a passion that I developed quickly,” Myers said. “It’s a game that is unique in a sense where it combines so many aspects of not only athleticism, but speed and scoring.”In high school, Myers was a two-time All-American and represented his home state of Maine in the 1997 North-South All-Star game.Myers was also a Division III All-American playing for Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he earned a degree in sports studies and physical education.After college, Myers came to OSU to be a volunteer assistant coach.“I knew financially it would be a burden,” Myers said. “I worked a couple of different jobs but it was so valuable, the time with coach Breschi, this staff and this family.”In Columbus, Nick joined his brother Pat who was playing lacrosse for the Buckeyes.“The chance to be with my brother for two years was really fun, too,” Nick Myers said. “We had a lot of fun together. I enjoyed coaching him.”In addition to on-the-field performance, Myers has the team set goals off the field as well.“At the beginning of the year we talk about family, academics and lacrosse,” Myers said. “We give a player handbook similar to what coach [Jim] Tressel has done with his ‘Winner’s Manual.’”This year, the team has achieved academic goals with a team grade point average of over 3.0. It also had 26 scholar athletes last quarter. The team also has contributed more than 600 hours of community service, beating its preseason goal of 500 hours.“Nick recognizes that playing lacrosse for Ohio State is a special honor, and is a privilege not a right,” Pat Myers said. “Lacrosse is secondary to the OSU lacrosse family and the academic aspect of the OSU lacrosse program.”Nick Myers has found a home in Columbus and at OSU. His face lit up as he said that he and his wife are expecting their first child this month.“I really feel like in a lot of ways this is where I have grown up. It is a place where I am very connected to through my family,” Myers said. “This athletic department is the finest in the country and it is very humbling at a young age to just be a part of it.”
The Ohio State football team has boosted its future schedule by going outside the “big five” conferences.OSU has set up a home-and-home series with the University of Notre Dame for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, according to an OSU release. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Fighting Irish on Sept. 3, 2022, in Columbus in their first game of the season. The two teams are set to play in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 23, 2023, to complete the series.Notre Dame is scheduled to play their final game of a 13 consecutive year series against rival Michigan Saturday. The Saturday finale between the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines will mark the 42nd meeting in their series.For football, Notre Dame is an independent program and not affiliated with any conference.OSU executive associate athletic director Martin Jarmond said in the release that OSU is “extremely pleased” to scheduled games against Notre Dame.“Notre Dame adds to the prestigious series of non-conference games we have been seeking to schedule that are competitive, attractive for our fans and exciting for our student-athletes to be a part,” Jarmond said in the release.The football program now has home-and-home series set with Virginia Tech (2014-15), Oklahoma (2016-17), Texas Christian University (2018-19), Oregon (2020-21), Texas (2022-23) and Boston College (2023-24) in addition to Notre Dame over the next decade.The two programs have played five times in the past with the Buckeyes taking a win in the most recent matchup, 34-20, in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.OSU’s next game is scheduled for Saturday against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. The game marks the Buckeyes’ 2014 home opener.
Prize bond fund reaches record amount – and over 200,000 people won last year In 2018, gross sales reached €574 million and pushed the total value of the fund up to €3.4 billion. THE NATIONAL PRIZE bond fund has reached record levels of over €3.4 billion, according to an annual report for 2018.The Prize Bond Company DAC, which administers the bond on behalf of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) marked 30 years since it was first established last year.The fund is designed for consumers to purchase prize bonds, similar to an investment but instead of earning interest on their investment, they are placed into a weekly draw to win cash prizes.Each draw offers a chance to win cash prizes up to €50,000, with two draws held each year with a top prize of €1 million – similar to the National Lottery, all cash prizes are tax-free.In 2018, gross sales reached €574 million and pushed the total value of the fund up to €3.4 billion.The prize bonds can be cashed in at any stage with seven days’ notice, and in 2018, repayments of prize bonds totalled €328 million.The number of prizes awarded, however, dropped last year with 224,474 people winning a prize in the draws, down from the 302,0674 in 2017.Traditionally, the bonds were sold at local post offices across the country, and while more than half are still purchased in person, some 8% of sales are now completed online.John Daly, chair of the Prize Bond Company said: “Gross sales of €574 million and an 8.0% increase in the value of the fund to more than €3.4 billion has made 2018 a record year for the scheme.“Being able to service Prize Bonds customers’ needs across a variety of channels, including the Post Office network, remains a key focus for the company in the year ahead.”The price of prize bonds are set at €25 for four bonds and the maximum amount that can be purchased by an individual is set at €250,000. 36,479 Views Image: Shutterstock/NathalieB Image: Shutterstock/NathalieB Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 5:41 PM https://jrnl.ie/4607109 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 By Conor McCrave Apr 25th 2019, 5:41 PM 57 Comments