Jaja wants more from self, NU after opening day win over Adamson

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Our team performed well, but for me I know that this isn’t still the best that we can play,” said Santiago in Filipino. “We still need to work out so many things with coach Babes [Castillo] especially on our conditioning.”The Lady Bulldogs were visibly gasping for air in the third set and the Lady Falcons took advantage of the situation to score a set win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantiago said their reception suffered with their lack of conditioning as they recorded just 19 successful receives.“We lacked the energy in the third set because our conditioning was really low,” said Santiago who finished with 16 points. “We slowed down, and I think we also relaxed a bit.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Coach just told us to just increase our intensity and work harder on the court.” AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMake no mistake, Jaja Santiago was proud with the victory National University pulled off in the opening match of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Santiago, however, knows the Lady Bulldogs can do better after they grounded Adamson University in four sets, 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments NLEX snaps skid, rallies past Ginebra Read Nextlast_img read more

Marc Pingris sees Ian Sangalang as his heir apparent

first_img“He just needs to have a little more experience and by experience I mean he should have some sort of a mean streak because Ian’s a really kind person,” said Pingris, 37, who often shows his tenacity on the basketball court.“But he’s a hard working guy and he can match up with players bigger than him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Pingris is well aware of the reality that he’s not getting any younger and with him still recovering from his gruesome knee injury, the Pinoy Sakuragi believes there’s already an heir apparent to his intensity.“I see Ian [Sangalang] as someone who will one day replace me,” said Pingris in Filipino during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSangalang and Pingris are still different in a way since the latter is more of a hustle player while the former is a more polished offensive player.Pingris saw the heart in Sangalang and that his 27-year-old teammate just needs to work on those little extra curricular. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Marc Pingris answers questions from reporters during the 2019 PBA Media Day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Marc Pingris has always been the heart and soul of any team he’s been in be it with Gilas or with the Purefoods franchise.His infectious energy made him a memorable figure in Philippine basketball but the power forward is pushing on in age and his body has sometimes failed to keep up with his furious heart.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Dream fight’: Eduard Folayang wants to test his mettle against Eddie Alvarez View commentslast_img read more

Sindhu to announce 1st endorsement soon, brand value soars

first_imgBy Diwakar Gopavajhala Hyderabad, Aug 26 (PTI) Indian badminton star P V Sindhu is set to announce her first corporate endorsement soon while experts estimate that her brand value has now surged by almost ten times to Rs 2 crore. Ramakrishnan R, co-founder and director of Baseline Ventures which manages Sindhus brand marketing, said they may announce the corporate endorsements — the first for the shuttler — during the second week of September. He said that though the endorsements were signed before the Olympics, they did not want to announce them due to hectic schedule of the city-based badminton player for the event. “They are major endorsements at national level. There have been couple of brands signed before the Olympics. We could not announce them because of the preparation by Sindhu. We did not want her to promote more before the Olympics. We may be announcing them during the second week of September,” Ramakrishnan told PTI. Sindhu became the first Indian woman sportsperson to grab an Olympic silver at the just-concluded Games when she lost the final clash to World No 1 Carolina Marin of Spain. “We are pouring with requests for endorsements by Sindhu. That is not what we think would be credible and grand association. We want to last long. Building a brand takes years. So, want to start slowly and add value to Sindhu which is very important. And also Sindhu is excited to work with us. Our intention is that the brand valuation of Sindhu goes up,” he further said. Harish Bijoor, an expert in brand and business strategy, said post Olympics Sindhus brand value has gone up to Rs 2 crore which was fueled by cash awards given by various state governments. “Two or three things have happened. Post Olympics. One is the cash awards she got from various state governments. Now all these add to the dimension of brand value of Sindhu. Because the moment a state government gives you Rs 5 crore, it means that the brand value goes much higher. “There are people (governments) may be looking at Sindhu offering monies which are substantially larger. So all of a sudden Sindhus brand value jumps to Rs 2 crore (post Olympics) from under Rs 20 lakh to Rs 30 lakh,” Bijoor said. Soon after her silver medal at the Olympics, the Telangana Government felicitated Sindhu with Rs 5 crore cash reward, a residential plot in Hyderabad, while the Andhra government presented her a cash award worth Rs 3 crore. The AAP government in Delhi has also announced Rs 2 crore for the star badminton player, while public sector oil company BPCL has announced Rs 75 lakh cash. Various organisations have also announced different cash incentives to the player. Bijoor further said unlike other sporting events, a medal in the Olympics remains fresh in peoples memory for more time and Sindhu will enjoy her brand image at the current levels till then. PTI GDK MRadvertisementlast_img read more

Meet the 14-year-old sensation who scored in Paraguay’s Clasico

first_imgWhen it comes to making an impact in the notoriously chaotic world of South American football as a young hopeful, a stellar performance in a derby game cannot be beaten.Across the continent, plenty of wonderkids have announced themselves to fans in just this way, with displays and goals that later go down in club folklore.One famous example is Sergio Aguero. Long before he was pilfering goals for Manchester City, the Argentine was making his name at the tender age of 16 with boyhood idols Independiente, hitting a goal against arch-rivals Racing in a 4-0 rout for the Rojo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Less than 12 months later Kun had sealed a record move to Atletico Madrid and the rest, as they say, is history.But Aguero has nothing on the latest gem to come out of neighbouring Paraguay. Fernando Ovelar opened the scoring in Cerro Porteno’s Superclasico clash against Olimpia on Sunday, fulfilling the dream of any budding star with a goal in just his second professional game.But what made Ovelar’s strike even more impressive was his age: at 14 years, nine months and 27 days, he is the youngest scorer in the history of the fixture and quite possibly in the history of South American football as a whole.”I’m delighted for him, proud of him,” the player’s mother Marlene Martinez beamed to ABC after the game, holding aloft the shirt worn by Ovelar and given to his family as a keepsake. “We were shouting and crying like crazy in the stadium, me and my daughter.” Luego de hacer historia en el #súperclásico, Fernando Ovelar con tan solo 14 años sigue asombrando a propios y extraños con su condición futbolística.Marlene Martínez, su madre, nunca dejó de apoyarlo.Seguinos en https://t.co/ZvwJlbwdHn 📲🖥 #ABCTVpy pic.twitter.com/dGHgY961og— ABC TV Paraguay (@ABCTVpy) 6 de noviembre de 2018The grandson of former Paraguay defender Geronimo Ovelar, a Copa America winner with the Guarani in 1979, little is known about Fernando aside from his memorable goalscoring turn in the Superclasico.Cerro jealously guard the teenage forward’s privacy, refusing all requests for comments following his heroics. It is understandable. A matter of weeks ago Ovelar was still playing in the Asuncion side’s Under-15 division, where in March he had also scored against Olimpia in a 3-1 victory for the Ciclon.On October 28, however, Ovelar received a shock call-up to the first team to play against 3 de Febrero, starting in a 1-1 draw before being substituted on the hour. A week later he retained his place in the first XI, and rewarded the faith of Spanish coach Fernando Jubero, a former collaborator at Barcelona who has carved out a strong reputation for his work in Paraguay.Sent clean through just 16 minutes into the Superclasico, Ovelar showed brilliant presence of mind to chip the ball over the incoming Alfredo Aguilar and into the net. It was a memorable strike, worthy of the occasion as Cerro looked for three points against their rivals that would keep the title race in Paraguay alive.Unfortunately for the visitors and their teenage gem, Sunday’s match proved a bittersweet occasion. Olimpia fought back with a goal from Nestor Camacho – at 31, 17 years Ovelar’s senior – before the derby ended in typically chaotic fashion.Marcos Acosta restored Cerro’s lead with a 95th minute penalty, but there was still more to come. The referee’s watch finally showed 103 minutes when Jorge Ortega netted his own spot-kick to seal a 2-2 draw, which also included two red cards deep into that interminable injury time.Cerro needed a win to cut a seven-point deficit behind the leaders, who with just five games remaining in the season now look set to add the 2018 Clausura title to the Apertura crown lifted in the first half of the year. Those late shenanigans meant Ovelar was left with only a partial celebration; but he can still reflect on a very special game that has set several records tumbling.14 años, 9 meses y 27 días…FERNANDO OVELAR 🙌#LaMejorCanteraDelPaís 💎 pic.twitter.com/Z6iwkvNIeX— Club Cerro Porteño (@CCP1912oficial) 4 de noviembre de 2018While he may be Paraguay’s youngest-ever player, he did not quite reach the world record. That honour belongs to a prodigy from neighbouring Bolivia, who unlike other early starters – Freddy Adu, anyone? – continues to flourish on the pitch.Mauricio Baldiviezo was just 12 when, under the direction of coach and father Juan Carlos, he was thrown onto the pitch for a Primera Division game in the colours of Aurora. The furore caused by the premature debut saw Baldiviezo banned from playing again by the concerned board, a decision that in turn led to both father and son walking out of the club.The midfielder got another chance as a comparative veteran of 15 for Real Potosi, once more playing under his father, before returning to Aurora and breaking another record, this time for his appearance in the 2012 Copa Sudamericana which made him the youngest player ever to star in continental competition.He is now at San Jose, helping the Oruro club in their battle for the Clausura title and still only 22 years old.Ovelar, meanwhile, knows that the real challenge is still to come: consolidating his place in the Cerro team and converting his early promise into a strong, consistent career. Only a handful make the grade, but there is no doubt that the prodigy has made a perfect start to life in professional football.last_img read more

DSME Bags Orders for Five VLCCs

first_imgzoom This has been a very busy week for the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), as it has won orders for a total of seven ships worth a total of USD 800 million.The orders include a contract for the construction of three very large crude carriers from an undisclosed owner. The three 300,000 dwt vessels are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2020.Separately, an unnamed European owner ordered two VLCCs at the yard paying USD 170 million for the vessels.DSME said the two VLCCs would be built at its Geoje yard, featuring a length of 336 meters and a width of 60 meters.The duo is also set to be completed and handed over to its owner in the first half of 2020.The crude carrier orders are being reported on the back of DSME’s announcement on Monday that it had secured a contract for the construction of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.The deal was signed with an undisclosed Oceania shipowner and is worth around KRW 394.3 billion (USD 366.7 million).Under the terms of the contract, the shipbuilder is scheduled to deliver the LNG carrier pair to their owner by the end of September 2020.Worth noting, this is the first time for the owners in question to contract with DSME, the company said.In total, the Korean builder has secured orders for ten ships this year worth USD 1.2 billion.The rebound in order intake has been ascribed to improved conditions on the shipbuilding market and rising vessel prices, especially with respect to LNG carriers, large containerships and oil tankers when compared to the previous year.DSME added that its restructuring scheme agreed with creditors is in full swing and that it has considerably improved its financial structure and stabilized its operations.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Minor boy found murdered in Andhra hostel

first_imgVijayawada: An eight-year-old student was found murdered in a government-run hostel in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district on Tuesday. The body of Dasari Aditya, a Class 3 student, was found in a pool of blood in the washroom of a hostel, meant for the Backward Classes. According to the police, some students found Aditya lying dead on the floor and alerted the hostel authorities, who then informed the police. A police officer said the boy appeared to have a knife injury on the neck. Police shifted the body to a hospital for autopsy. A case was registered and an investigation was underway.last_img read more

Mayors municipal mentors honour second cohort of NextGen graduates

Gary Janssen, manager of operations planning for the City of St. Catharines, was one of the 22 graduates who completed a 10-week leadership program. He was joined at the event by his mentor Chantal Switzer, a St. Catharines human resources consultant. Twenty-two municipal employees celebrated their graduation from the Goodman School of Business’s NextGen Municipal Leadership Program in front of local mayors, fellow municipal employees and representatives from the Goodman School of Business.The graduates, representing 11 Niagara municipalities and the Niagara Region, from Grimsby to Fort Erie, were part of the second cohort that completed the 10-week leadership program. In addition to attending weekly seminars and lectures, the participants were paired with senior municipal employees who served as mentors during the program.Gary Janssen, manager of operations planning for the City of St. Catharines, was one of the 22 graduates receiving his certificate at the May 29 event. He has been with the City of St. Catharines for 17 years and was joined at the event by his mentor Chantal Switzer, a St. Catharines human resources consultant.After receiving encouragement from his supervisor, Janssen decided to join the program to develop his leadership skills.“For me, personally [it was] an opportunity to expand my skill set and move forward [at the City] in the future,” explained Janssen. “It was a very timely opportunity as this will help me manage the team as they adapt to changes.”The program, which launched in 2013, was developed in collaboration with an advisory committee of local municipal staff that included Thorold chief administrative officer Frank Fabiano.At the graduation, Fabiano made a special point of reminding the senior municipal leaders present – including St. Catharines Mayor Bryan McMillian, Welland Mayor Barry Sharpe, Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn, Welland city manager Craig Stirtzinger, and Port Colborne CAO Robert Heil – of the importance of the program.“Education is very important. Without educated employees going through that continuous learning program, the employers won’t progress and the municipalities won’t grow,” Fabiano said. “It’s important that your employees are ready to apply what they learned to their municipalities.”Foster Zanutto, manager of the Goodman School’s Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE), echoed Fabiano’s thoughts.“We appreciate that municipalities are investing in their people,” said Zanutto, who coordinates the NextGen program. “They are investing in their workers to become better employees of the municipalites.”The next session of the NextGen Leadership Program starts in September. Municipal employees interested in the program should contact their Human Resources department. read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State uses stout defense to suffocate dangerous Princeton offense

Ohio State junior defenseman Sasha Larocque fights for the puck during the Buckeyes’ NCAA tournament win against Princeton in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on March 24. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerALLENTOWN, Pa. — Redshirt junior goaltender Sean Romeo has been Ohio State’s “rock” time and time again in a record-setting season, his first as a Buckeye since transfering from Maine. Romeo has accumulated a 21-8-5 record, nearly tripling his wins while tending the net as a Black Bear.Romeo made 23 saves on 25 shots in a 4-2 win against No. 16 Princeton Saturday night, propelling the top-seeded Buckeyes to a Midwest Regional Final matchup against second-seeded Denver on Sunday. While great goaltenders are crucial to a run to a championship run, defensemen are just as important in closing gaps against forwards while helping their goaltenders clear bodies from the crease to help them see incoming shots. That is especially important when taking on Princeton, which possesses junior forwards Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau, two of the top four scorers in the country.Ohio State’s defense, which holds opponents to just 2.1 goal per game, the fourth-fewest in the nation, held Kuffner and Veronneau without a point. It held the NCAA’s second-best team offense scoreless in the first 59-and-a-half minutes of the game.“It was just an awareness thing, but at the end of the day, I was just concerned on how we played knowing that they had high-end talent,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “I think our lines did a pretty good job and our ‘D.’”Ohio State blocked 21 of Princeton’s shots, showing the defense’s willingness to sacrifice their bodies to stop the puck from reaching the goaltender. That puts another two layers of bodies in front of the shot before it even gets to Romeo.“That’s kind of been something we preached all year,” Romeo said. “It makes my job a lot easier when you having guys buying in like that, blocking so many shots. It limits their scoring chances a lot and helps out defense a lot.”This defense has seen its fair share of NCAA tournament-worthy offenses during the season in the Big Ten. Rohlik said the conference has helped his team deal with great teams in tight games in the NCAA tournament because they have been in those situations the entire year.“Every week in the Big Ten, no matter who you play, you thought you were paying the best team in the league,” Rohlik said. “I think it speaks volumes of our league, it speaks volumes of the competition. It prepares you as a coach and a player.”Ohio State will need every bit of that experience when it faces Denver, the defending national champion, in Sunday’s Midwest Regional Final if it hopes to reach its first Frozen Four since 1998. read more

Julian Assange jailed for 50 weeks for going into hiding as judge

She added: “It is difficult to envisage a more serious example of this offence.”Assange, dressed in a dark jacket and jeans, raised his fist defiantly as he was led from the dock of the court, eliciting a raucous reaction from his supporters.Around a dozen people in the public gallery began to chant “shame on you” at the judge, who quickly left the courtroom.Outside, the current editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, Kristinn Hrafnsson described the sentence as “an outrage and vindictive in nature”.Assange had been found guilty of breaching the Bail Act at a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier this month after being arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy once his asylum status was revoked.He was accused of sexual offences in Sweden in 2010 and entered the diplomatic office on June 19 2012, having exhausted all legal options to resist the extradition order.An attempt by Assange to claim his time in the “confined” surrounds of the embassy should have a bearing on his sentence was likewise spurned by Judge Taylor. His imprisonment draws to a close one of the most high-profile fugitive cases in recent decades, but it is only the overture to a wider extradition battle due to continue on Thursday Julian Assange has been jailed over a nearly seven-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy which defied his bail conditions and cost the taxpayer £16m.The WikiLeaks founder was handed close to the maximum sentence for skipping bail in 2012, when an extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations loomed.The 47-year-old said he was fearful of a suspected US plot to kidnap and transport him to Guantanamo Bay following the publication of damaging military leaks online.He was granted political asylum by Ecuador in August 2012 and lived in its London embassy until relations collapsed irreparably last month, leading to his arrest.On Wednesday, a judge revealed Assange’s self-imposed exile had drained £16m from the public purse, largely for a round-the-clock police watch lasting three years.Judge Deborah Taylor told Southwark Crown Court she rejected the computer programmer’s defence that he was simply “exercising his human rights” when he failed to surrender to the court. Heavily-bearded Julian Assange pictured on April 11Credit:Victoria Jones/PA Show more It is alleged he helped Chelsea Manning, an Army private, to acquire a vast tranche of military secrets about operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during the War on Terror.The fallout of what was described as the biggest leak in US history saw Pte Manning jailed.His subsequent treatment was cited in court as one of Assange’s major fears when he decided to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012.Mark Summers QC, representing the Australian-born defendant, said: “Mr Assange, throughout all of those proceedings, had strongly held fears of being refouled to the US.“That fear was held and publicly expressed from the very beginning.“The fear was onward removal from Sweden to America to Guantanamo Bay. “US politicians were openly discussing plans to kidnap Assange, or even assassinate him, Mr Summers told the court. Passing a sentence of 50 weeks behind bars, two weeks shy of the maximum, she told him: “By entering the Embassy, you deliberately put yourself out of reach, whilst remaining in the UK.“You remained there for nearly seven years, exploiting your privileged position to flout the law and advertise internationally your disdain for the law of this country.” Heavily-bearded Julian Assange pictured on April 11 His words, however, were said by the judge to be “the first recognition that you regret your actions”.Westminster Magistrates’ Court will hold the latest hearing in Assange’s extradition case on Thursday. In perhaps the most unexpected move of the day, a letter from the WikiLeaks boss expressing his remorse was then read to the court.It said: “I apologise unreservedly to those who consider that I have disrespected them by the way I have pursued my case. This is not what I wanted or intended.”I found myself struggling with terrifying circumstances for which neither I nor those from whom I sought advice could work out any remedy.” An official request has been made for Assange to be brought to US soil to face a federal charge of conspiracy to hack into the Pentagon computer network in 2010. 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

Tooting explosion At least three injured after gas leak blows wall out

Explosion in Garratt Lane #Tooting. #WandsworthPolice reacted quickly and checked the debris for the inhabitants within minutes. pic.twitter.com/9PdqoE2ARp— Johannes Rueter (@JRWhiteNoise) July 31, 2019 “We await a full update on their condition. The Health and Safety Executive will be informed in due course and the gas board are at the scene now.”All emergency services continue to work together at the scene along with the local authority.”Transport for London said Garratt Lane at the junction of Burntwood Lane was closed “due to a gas leak”.No arrests have been made, but a police cordon remains in place. At least three people have been injured in an explosion after a suspected gas leak blew a wall out of a block of flats in Tooting. Police were called to Garratt Lane in Wandsworth and found debris from a wall and belongings from a ground-floor property strewn over the street.London’s emergency services are at the scene and so far three people have been found with injuries. Officers believe it is a gas explosion.  Firefighters rescued one man from the ground-floor flat. He was taken to hospital and a man from an adjacent flat was also treated for injuries.Sergeant PS John Nicolaou from South West BCU said: “At this stage we believe up to three people have been injured as a result of what is believed to be a gas explosion. 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

Asylum seekers hysteria denounced by experts

first_imgThe national debate on asylum seekers in the last two weeks has drawn a strong reaction from advocates for asylum seekers and refugees.The debate has been stirred by the interception of the seventh boat carrying asylum seekers by a navy ship last week and the explosion on another boat carrying asylum seekers two weeks ago which  killed five people.Asylum Seeker Resource Centre CEO, Kon Karapanagiotidis, said the claim that Australia is facing a serious problem with asylum seekers is a myth. “Australia has hardly any people seeking asylum in this country compared to what’s happening globally,” Mr Karapanagiotidis said. He highlighted the fact that there is a worldwide increase of 12 percent in people seeking refuge away from their home countries due to the catastrophic conditions in the war torn countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Mr Karapanagiotidis points out that “The hysteria is about having had 260 people seek asylum by boat this year compared to 171 last year. “The Director of the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture, Paris Aristotle, further stressed that Australia’s asylum seekers numbers pale by comparison to other Western countries. “It’s completely blown out of proportion compared to Europe. Greece last year had approximately 15,500 asylum seekers, Italy had over 30,000, Spain had 18,000, the U.K. had over 30,000 same as France. The numbers coming to Australia are dramatically less,” Mr Aristotle said. According to a 2008 report by the United Nations on Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialised Countries, the number of people who sought asylum in Australia was 4,750 and in the last five years there were 18,650. The same report found that out of that number only 2.7 percent came by boat with the overwhelming 97.3 percent arriving in Australia by airplane.“The level of media hysteria is what distorts the problem, some press reports were referring to how well these asylum seekers were dressed as if they don’t have a genuine claim,” Mr Aristotle said. He underscored the irony of Australia committing forces to fight a war against the regime of Taliban in Afghanistan that is considered vile and oppressive yet when people are fleeing from this apparently resurgent regime they are not entitled to seek protection. Mr Aristotle argues that the Opposition is playing politics with the asylum seekers issue with its simplistic stance to a complex issue. He argues that Australians need to show more empathy and that the international community agree on a multilateral approach.Mr Karapanagiotidis is also strong in his condemnation of the position taken by sections of the Liberal Party, accusing them of wanting Australia to return “ to the most shameful time in our treatment of refugees.”The times call for a more humane rather than harsher refugee policy, Mr Karapanagiotidis said.“The people coming by boat to Australia are fleeing for their lives. They are not leaving their countries by choice but by necessity. Talk of this government being soft on refugees is a joke.” Mr Karapanagiotidis explained that the policy of Mandatory Detention has not ended although he concedes that the Labor government is on the right track with their decision to abolish the Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) regime introduced by the Howard government. The TPVs set various restrictions for asylum seekers such limitations on employment opportunities and the receipt of welfare, while the fear of not being granted refugee status and being sent back was always there.          Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek fires death toll climbs to 91

first_imgJuly 23 will go down in history as one of Greece’s darkest dates.An asymmetrical arrow of wildfires spread uncontrollably while 100km/h strong winds blazed through the Eastern suburbs of Attica crossing one of Greece’s most popular resort spots off the map.The most recent update coming from Hellenic Fire Service spokesperson Stavroula Malliri, has the tally of the dead reach 91 of whom only 59 victims had been identified. Twenty five people are still reportedly missing, six days after the deadly Mati fire that affected at least 2,000 homes.“Another 28 sets of remains, are yet to be identified,” she said adding that four more people that recently succumbed to their burns in local hospitals have not been linked to missing persons from relatives.Ms Malliri went on to request anonymity due to the cause of the fire still being under investigation.People light candles as they gather for a vigil for the victims of wildfires in Mati at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, 30 July 2018. Photo: EPA via AP/ALEXANDROS BELTESGreece’s navy seals are still searching the waters of the surrounding areas as many people took to the sea seeking cover, which resulted in several people drowning. The investigation, however, was put on hold until the flash storms and tide following the pine forest fires ceased.“There’s fewer of us now than usually,” Bishop Kyrillos of the local Greek Orthodox Church said during the memorial service. “It is the victims of the recent fire that are missing — friends, relatives and acquaintances, next-door people that we saw every day in town and on the beach.”“What words of comfort can you offer the person who has lost their father, their mother, the grandparents in whose arms their grandchildren were found?” Kyrillos added quoting the Holy Synod. “What words of solace can you offer a mother who has lost her baby and left a few flowers on the beach?”Meanwhile, both the Church and the Greek Government are still facing backlash for providing minimal support to the fire-struck community and not assuming responsibility for poor infrastructure and crisis response respectively.Another vigil took place on Monday night in Syntagma Square in Athens, where people lit candles as they gathered to commemorate the victims. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Flash season three first look features Flashpoint fallout

first_imgThe CW is going to have to bear the weight of four different DC Comics superhero series this year, and if that wasn’t ambitious enough, The Flash is kicking off the season in the midst of Flashpoint, a time travel event from the comics that changed everything.The first look at the third season of The Flash debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday and calls out the comic book story arc by name: The Flash is headlong into Flashpoint!It looks like Barry (Grant Gustin) is in deep trouble, even if his parents are both alive and his friends seem slightly better off than when he left them. It doesn’t look like Barry and Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) are on good terms, so Barry probably can’t let Joe know that Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) is Kid Flash in this timeline. Meanwhile, Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) looks like he knows what Flash did in preventing him from murdering Barry’s mother in the season two finale.Villan-wise, you can spot another dark speedster and a hint at Dr. Alchemy in the teaser.Before releasing the trailer, The Flash production team warned that Flashpoint could cause changes in the other three CW DC Comics shows: Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl (who just migrated from a inaugural season on CBS). Heck, since the show is already leaning so hard into multiple dimensions, at this point we wouldn’t that be surprised if this Flash crossed paths with his cinematic Justice League counterpart. Grant, meet Ezra.last_img read more

Seminars Conducted on Centre of Government Approach in Strengthening Delivery of Public

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Finance hosted seminars on its Public Financial Management and Performance Monitoring Reform (PFM/PMR) Project, September 18 to 20, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton, under the title, ‘Strengthening the Delivery of Public Services Using a Centre of Government Approach.’    Parliamentarians, senior public servants, as well as academia, civil society, and businesspersons participated.The aim of the PFM/PMR Project is to strengthen management capacity of the public sector to monitor priority projects and programs more efficiently and effectively, thereby reducing waste and increasing value for money in public spending.Sir Michael Barber, former UK Blair Administration Inaugural Head of the first developed Delivery Unit, presented the seminar topics.   Sir Michael is currently a leading global advisor on Delivery Management and Centre of Government Approach.At the private sector seminar, Sir Michael Barber noted that ‘delivery’ amounts to meeting the political needs of voters and taking measures through performance monitoring to track progress and authenticity.   He gave UK examples from the Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair administrations on how they strengthened the management capacity of their public sectors to monitor efficiency of priority projects effectively.“One of the major contributing factors to inefficiency in project spending is the lack of centralized infrastructure for decision making, planning and monitoring across national ministries, departments and agencies,” said Sir Michael.“Several other developed countries, including the United Kingdom have adopted a ‘Centre of Government’ approach that revolves around a unit, often located in the Office of the Prime Minister, which provides planning, support and monitoring for these priority projects, to ensure their successful completion.”As the Inaugural Head of the Delivery Unit, developed under the United Kingdom’s Blair Administration, Sir Michael was a key figure in development of the concept of ‘Deliverology,’ which has become “a results-oriented paradigm, for managing these key projects.”And as a current leading global advisor on Delivery Management/Centre of Government Approach, he teaches methodologies that save public resources — protecting public resources by reducing waste, and increasing monetary value in public expenditure.While in The Bahamas, Sir Michael met with the Prime Minister, parliamentarians and senior civil servants along with those stakeholders of academia, civil society and the private sector.  He proposed they associate expected outcomes and benefits with the model application of delivery management.Sir Michael contends the meetings increase awareness and acceptance for “the Centre of Government Approach and the Delivery Unit Model that has demonstrated performance improvements.“It is expected that through this seminar series, leaders in government from both the administrative and executive branches will have the requisite background to make an informed decision on the value of such systems to the Bahamian context,” said Sir Michael.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo Caption:Sir Michael Barber, Head of the first Delivery Unit developed under the Blair Administration of the United Kingdom and current leading global advisor on Delivery Management and Centre of Government Approach led seminars for Parliamentarians, senior public servants, and private sector stakeholders on increasing value for money in public spending, September 18 to 20, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton.  (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)center_imglast_img read more

Koreas Paradise Co continues upward momentum with 659 revenue surge in June

first_img Tax increase, litigation hits Genting Malaysia bottom line in 1Q19 Korea’s leading foreigner-only casino operator Paradise Co Ltd has seen its casino revenue soar by 65.9% year-on-year to KRW57.6 billion (US$51.4 million) in June as the company’s recent resurgence continues.Paradise’s latest monthly results improve upon a 25.2% year-on-year increase in May to KRW51.8 billion, with the June figures also representing 11.1% sequential growth.Table games were the primary source of growth in June, with revenue up 71.8% on the same month last year to KRW54.6 billion and up 15.2% on May numbers. Slot machine revenue declined 33.3% sequentially to KRW3.0 billion, a slight 0.2% increase on June 2017 levels.The strong overall results mean that for the first six months of 2018, Paradise Co’s revenue has grown by 23.7% to KRW296.3 billion (US$264.5 million) following a tough 2017 in which sales were hit hard by a Chinese government ban on tour groups to Korea. Paradise Co, which launched the country’s first IR in April 2017 in Incheon and also operates Walkerhill casino in Seoul, Jeju Grand in Jeju and Busan Casino in Busan, subsequently saw its group-wide revenue fall 8.6% in 2017 to KRW551.9 billion (US$516.5 million), down from KRW603.8 billion (US$565 million) in 2016.In its filing to the Korea Exchange on Thursday, the company also revealed an 18.3% increase in table drop for the first six months of 2018 to KRW2.75 trillion. Load More Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado mergercenter_img Casino revenue grows 18.5% for Korea’s Paradise Co in May RelatedPostslast_img read more

Vance Shutters Décor Titles

first_imgHarry Urban, who previously served as vice president of Vance’s interiors media network will oversee Residential Lighting’s transition to Scranton, the company said. It was not immediately clear how many positions were terminated in association with the closures. Walker did not return requests for comment.Scranton publishes several titles, including Water & Waste Digest, Storm Water Solutions and Lawn + Garden Retailer. Vance Publishing has shuttered its décor magazine brands, including Furniture Style, Design & Décor and Residential Lighting.In a memo to staffers, Vance president Peggy Walker attributed the closings to the down economy, indicated that management had “painstakingly reviewed” several cost-cutting options but opted to shutter the décor magazines to improve Vance’s long-term viability.Scranton Gillette Communications, another Chicago-area b-to-b publisher, has agreed to purchase the assets of Residential Lighting. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.According to Vance’s Web site, Residential Lighting carries a circulation of 11,000. Design & Décor’s was 20,000 and Residential Lighting’s was 25,000.last_img read more

Working Mother Takes Media Event Portfolios Global

first_imgEvans says that while Working Mother has had a few international events over the last decade, many of the brand’s domestic sponsors have large employee bases in other nations and were looking to reach that market.“They wanted us to bring our conferences to women outside the U.S. as we do for their employees inside the U.S.” she says. “It’s challenging to go global, but I can’t think of anything more important that we’ve done in the past 10 years than meeting this customer need.”Working Mother’s b-to-b event, the Working Mother Global Advancement of Women Conference, is sponsored by Intel, Dell, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard, General Motors and others. It is designed to serve companies that want to help their female employees balance work and home, so the strategy for the conference took on a different approach when compared with the brand’s U.S. events, which look to directly target the brand’s core bases of working mothers.“We have about 300 to 400 women who are being sent by their companies,” says Evans. “We’re not reaching out to women in Brazil to come on their own but we’re reaching out to companies in the United States who have large offices or headquarters in Brazil and have a lot of people working in the country. We’re asking them to send their employees.”In comparison, Working Mother’s b-to-c Brazilian conference, the I-NAFE (National Association for Female Executives) Women Leading Business Summit, is sponsored by Avon and designed to attract female entrepreneurs, business owners and those in government positions within Brazil. Evans expects the events to draw a combined audience of over 700 women.“We’re also launching our magazine in two countries this year—Turkey and Indonesia,” says Evans. “They’re both Muslim countries so it’s interesting that Working Mother is going into two countries as a magazine, and that both of those two countries that have stepped forward and said they want Working Mother are primarily Muslim nations.”Evans adds that these global conferences are not used to grow the brand’s U.S. following or presence, but to institutionally grow its global reach to serve its clients.“Working Mother Media’s primary customers are major, global and multi-national organizations that use us to help their employees,” says Evans. “We have a b-to-b and b-to-c platform—our magazine goes to consumers and we sell an enormous amount of consumer advertising to support the magazine and reach our 2 million readers. However, we also have a business-to-business part of our model, which is helping companies with their employee relations and supporting women and people of color with all aspects of work-life-balance. The events make a huge difference—when we have these global companies supporting our efforts outside of the U.S. it provides a deeper customer relationship and we can provide more solutions to them when compared with most media companies they work with anywhere in the world.” With events making up at least a third of its revenue, Working Mother, part of Bonnier Corporation’s Working Mother Network, is expanding its business internationally to include both b-to-b and b-to-c events, and new printed products in the Middle East.The magazine has held numerous events in the United States and a handful overseas throughout the years. As economies and markets become more global, the company will now look to expand its conference series more aggressively in Brazil, in addition to China and India—even extending its print brands in Turkey and Indonesia.“We’re undertaking the global expansion of our conference business, and expanding our whole company globally, because we feel very strongly that we can bring a message about U.S. ideals of work and family balance, while also learning from women in other countries,” says Carol Evans, president and founder of Working Mother. “We’ve been pushed into this global work that we do by our clients—our customers, who are mostly multi-national and engaged in our U.S. conference work, asked if we would take our conferences global.”last_img read more

Forget Virat Kohli no Indian cricketer can match fitness level of our

first_imgKohli is the fittest cricketer in India but doesn’t compare well with Indian hockey playersRyan Pierse/Getty ImagesIn the last couple of years, the Yo-Yo test has often been in headlines with regard to the Indian cricket team. It is part of Virat Kohli’s determination to take his team’s fitness to the next level. The Kohli-led side has set a benchmark for all its players, without clearing which, they are not qualified for selection in the national side.This unique fitness test was first utilised in European football and was later adopted by various cricket teams. India are relatively late entrants into the Yo-Yo club. It reflects the demands of new-age cricket as well as the determination of the India captain. Not surprisingly, he has been acing the test and leading by example.Not going into the complex details of the test, it basically involves cricketers shuttling between two cones placed 20 meters apart at an increasingly fast pace. The cut-off score for Indian cricketers in this test has been set at 17.5. Those who get an even higher score are considered super-fit. Virat Kohli’s scores in this test have been usually around 19. But in his prime, he has even reached the score of 21.The shocking factSounds impressive, doesn’t it? Of course, you would expect Kohli with his chiselled body and severe control over diet to lead the fitness charts. But would you believe that even the Indian cricket captain – with his near-perfect physique – wouldn’t even qualify as an average athlete if pitted against our country’s hockey players?But it’s indeed true! Hockey India put out a tweet on their official twitter handle on March 23 revealing that the average score of Indian hockey players in Yo-Yo tests is between 22 and 23.5! The fitness of Indian hockey players is very impressiveTwitter/Hockey IndiaImportance of this factIt shouldn’t come as a surprise that hockey players are performing better than cricketers. The very nature of the two sports makes it necessary that the former are more athletic than the latter. But even if we compare the hockey team’s results by the general standards, they are highly impressive.A score of 22 is world-class for an athlete in any team sport. Getting one above that is exceptional. This brilliance of the hockey team is very important as it points to a major change in Indian hockey. Over the last three decades, it was believed that the main reason for Indians not succeeding in their national sport was the inability to match the fitness and speed of other teams.In fact, the defeat of the men’s side in the 2002 Busan Asian Games gold-medal match to South Korea was entirely ascribed to better fitness levels of the victors. The Indian hockey team was even sent to train with NSG commandoes at their base for making them fitter.The fact that hockey players are extremely fit shows that this is no longer an issue. And it is plainly visible. Watching the Indian team in action would make anyone realise that they are as strong and as quick as any other side. This is a major achievement for the Indian hockey community. But, for the results to get better, a few other areas need improvement as well.last_img read more

Watching horror films can actually curdle your blood

first_imgLove watching horror movies? Well, the fear or horror can curdle your blood for real, preparing the body for blood loss during life-threatening situations.The results suggest that using the term “bloodcurdling” to describe feeling extreme fear while watching horror films is justified, say researchers, adding that scary movies result in an increase in the clotting protein – blood coagulant factor VIII.To understand this further, researchers in The Netherlands set out to assess whether acute fear can curdle blood. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study involved 24 healthy volunteers aged 30 years or younger recruited from Leiden University Medical Centre.Fourteen were assigned to watch a frightening (horror) movie followed by a non-threatening (educational) movie) and 10 to watch the movies in reverse order.Before and after each movie (within 15 minutes), blood samples were taken and analysed for markers or “fear factors” of clotting activity.The horror movie was perceived to be more frightening than the educational movie, with a 5.4 mean difference in fear rating scores. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe difference in coagulant factor VIII levels before and after watching the movies was higher for the horror movie than for the educational movie.“Levels increased in 12 (57 per cent) participants during the horror movie, but only in three (14 per cent) during the educational movie,” the authors noted.Levels decreased in 18 (86 per cent) participants during the educational movie, but only in nine (43 per cent) during the horror movie.However, the researchers found no effect of either movie on levels of other clot-forming proteins, suggesting that although coagulation is triggered by acute fear, this does not lead to actual clot formation.The term “bloodcurdling” dates back to medieval times and is based on the concept that fear or horror would “run the blood cold” or “curdle” (congeal) blood.“Watching bloodcurdling movies is associated with an increase in blood coagulant factor VIII without actual thrombin formation,” the authors concluded in the journal The BMJ.last_img read more

An endeavour to celebrate Kuchipudi

first_imgWell known Kuchipudi danseuse Meenu Thakur’s disciples, presented a Kuchipudi dance recital nritya aradhana, at Bipin Chandra Pal Auditorium in the Capital recently. Suramya, which is one of the premier institutions of classical dance, organized the event that was attended by a large audience. The young dancers showcased their dancing skills, under the watchful eyes of their Guru Meenu Thakur.The highlights of the event were well-etched out choreographies, Radha Krishna Leela, Trilokarakshini and Maa Saraswati Vandana along with traditional Kuchipudi items like Ganapati Vandana, Jatiswaram, Tarangam and Manduka Sabdam. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe efforts undertaken by Thakur to propagate Kuchipudi dance among non-Telugu speaking learners were evident as the dancers were skilful, artistic and exuberant, excelling in all the traditional Kuchipudi items. While performing Tarangam, the display of intricate footwork on a brass plate by Thakur’s senior disciples, left the audience spell-bound. The pulsating performance, choreographed by Thakur with excellent backstage narration by Supriti Sethi, lasted for more than an hour.The occasion was graced by Commando Surender Singh, MLA, Dr Jeetram Bhatt, Secretary, Hindi Academy, and eminent Gurus, Nalini-Kamalini and Krishan Kumar Sharma, who honoured Thakur and her disciples.last_img read more