Bolivia closes Nicaragua, Iran embassies to save money for coronavirus

first_imgBolivia ordered the closure of its embassies in Nicaragua and Iran while also shuttering three federal ministries in a cost-cutting move to free up money to fight the coronavirus, President Jeanine Anez said Thursday.Former leftist president Evo Morales had established close political and economic ties with the two countries before he resigned last November following days of violent unrest.”We have nothing against those countries, noble people and brothers whom we respect and who are friends,” Anez said in a televised message in which she announced she would “close the Bolivian embassies in Iran and Nicaragua.” Topics : In addition, she said, the country’s culture and sports ministries would now fall under the education ministry, while the communication ministry will become part of the presidency’s portfolio.”An important point for the economy is that the government knows how to save and that is why we have ordered to reduce three ministries: Instead of 20 we will have 17,” she said. “All of the money saved through this reduction will go towards health and fighting the virus,” she added, without specifying how much money the measures will free up.Bolivia has so far registered more than 12,000 cases of coronavirus and over 400 fatalities.last_img read more

Arsenal will do ‘as much as they can’ to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay, admits Mikel Arteta

first_img Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught on two minds over his Arsenal future (Picture: EPA)Mikel Arteta says the club will do everything within its power to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new deal at Arsenal.The Gabon international has less than 18 months to run on his existing deal at the Emirates, which he signed following a £57m move from Dortmund in 2018.The forward was named club captain earlier this season and he took his tally for the Gunners to 17 for the season with two goals in a 3-2 win against Everton on Sunday.Aubameyang was expected to leave had Unai Emery remained in charge in north London but Arteta’s arrival has increased the likelyhood of the Gabonese signing a new deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Aubameyang is still in two minds and Arteta says the club will do everything they can to keep the 30-year-old, who has attracted strong interest from Barcelona. Advertisement Arsenal will do ‘as much as they can’ to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay, admits Mikel Arteta Metro Sport ReporterSunday 23 Feb 2020 7:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Advertisement Arteta is desperate to keep Aubameyang (Picture: EPA)‘He’s our most important player,’ admitted Arteta.‘Stats wise there’s no question about the impact that he has on this team.‘So as much as I can and the club can we will try to convince him to stay with us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAubameyang is now joint top scorer in the league alongside Jamie Vardy.But aside from Aubameyang’s goals, Arteta has been most impressed with his work-rate and he admits he was unsure whether he’d be able to play in this manner when he first took charge.‘It’s incredible the amount of defensive work that he’s doing,’ said Arteta.‘Before [taking charge] I had my questions [but] it shows all the commitment that he’s shown for his team-mates and with the club.‘I wasn’t sure if he could do it physically but he’s showed that he’s done it physically so then it’s down to whether you want to do it or if you don’t.’MORE: Liverpool warned Virgil van Dijk could leave to join Real Madrid or Barcelonalast_img read more

Two Bulker Newbuilds Join Wisdom Fleet

first_imgTaiwanese shipping company Wisdom Marine Lines has taken delivery of two eco-ship newbuilds from Japanese shipyards.The 61,950 dwt Amis Miracle joined the company’s fleet on January 12, 2018.Built at Oshima shipyard, the Ultramax bulker features a length of 200 meters and a width of 32.3 meters.Amis Miracle, which flies the flag of Panama, currently has a market value of USD 27.6 million, according to information provided by VesselsValue.What is more, Wisdom Marine took delivery of the 37,600 dwt Bunun Kalon from Imabari shipyard on January 15.The Panama-flagged Handy bulk carrier is 180 meters long and 29.8 meters wide. Its market value amounts to USD 22.16 million.The latest fleet additions bring the company’s fleet to 126 vessels. Four more newbuildings are set to join Wisdom Marine’s fleet this year, data on the company’s website indicates.last_img read more

Youth council weighs in on early general election

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Youth council weighs in on early general election by: – October 25, 2011 Kingston, October 25, 2011 – The National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ) is expressing strong concerns following reports in the media that the general election that is constitutionally due September and which could be extended to December 2012, will be held in November or December 2011 using the May 2011 voters list that is.BASIS OF NYCJ’S CALLThe NYCJ’s call is being made against the background of the fact that the: Prime Minister and Jamaica Labour Party Leader- designate, Andrew Holness, has more than once publicly urged his party supporters to “get ready”.  Holding of the election before the publication of the new voters list would deprive the more than 40,000 persons most of whom are young people who added their names to the voter’s list between May and September this year, of the opportunity to exercise their franchise Lack of preparedness by the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) who have stated that at least three (3) months are needed to procure equipment and train persons to use them for the election. EOJ needs to indicate all the necessary plans are fully in place and that the more than 40,000 registered young voters have been added to the list of persons to vote.  Country and by extension the 58.3% of youth who constitutes a large portion of the population needs to hear from the major players namely the PNP and the JLP in the form of a National Political Debate their views on the Youth Agenda should either of them form the government. Major political parties must published their manifesto’s which outlined its intended actions, beliefs, vision and positions on a wide range of national issues in order for young people to vote from an informed perspective and not emotions.CAUTION TO GOVERNMENT We caution the government that to act otherwise, would be a great injustice to youth who many a times are often neglected in the policy making process and governance of the country and further prevent youth from getting an opportunity to select the person who they think is best suited to run the country; someone who has the youth of Jamaica best interests at heart as this might be like the old adage “the straw to break the camel’s back”.Toward this end, let it be said that “the youth were given a fair chance to exercise their constitutional rights when the election is over. But let it not be said that this privilege was taken from them because of a party’s quest for leadership and not because of the best interest of the Jamaican people”. ELECTION MONEY FOUND We have noted the statements of the Hon. Daryl Vaz, Minister with responsibility for information at a post cabinet press briefing that “the funds have to be found and they will be found in order for an election to be properly managed and run” and we are calling on him and the government to be transparent and tell the people of Jamaica the source of funding from central government for the upcoming general election in light of repeated statements from the government that there are limited financial resources which resulted in cuts in central government’s budgetary allocation to its ministries, departments and agencies.Press ReleaseNational Youth Council of Jamaicacenter_img Share Tweet 21 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

US-IRAN CRISIS: PH orders mandatory repatriation of Pinoys

first_img The declaration of Alert Level 4 came as Iran fired rockets at Iraq’s al Asad airbase, which hosts US forces, as part of retaliatory attack following the killing of Soleimani by US airstrikes. “If we ask them (Filipinos) to join us in the repatriation and hindi sila makikipacooperate, e wala na kaming magagawa. But there will be earnest efforts to repatriate them,” he added. Department of Labor and Employment secretary Silvestre Bello said forced evacuations are to be implemented among Filipino workers in the three Middle East countries with Saudi Arabia serving as evacuation camp. MANILA – The Philippine government has raised the security alertfor all Filipinos in Iraq,Iran and Lebanon to Alert Level 4 as tension escalates on Wednesday following the death ofIranian military general Qassem Soleimani from a United States drone strike. “Even without the pronouncement of thePresident, we already have the budget for the repatriation,” Toledo toldreporters in Malacañang. “There is the urgency of meeting the Filipino community there in order for them to be briefed on what to do in case an exigency happens,” Bello said. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. PCOO Bello also said that all Filipinos – documented or undocumented – will be assisted in the repatriation. There are over 2.1 million Filipinos in Middle East – 62,000 are undocumented or irregular migrants, the foreign official earlier said. Documented Filipinos who will be repatriated will receive financial assistance from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. Those undocumented will not get financial assistance, Bello said. He added that there was information that there were around 600 Filipino workers or more near the United States bases in Iraq, which is being targeted by airstrikes by the Iran. Malacañang said that Filipinos in Iraq will not be forced to go home as they can opt to be evacuated to a safe place instead, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a television interview. “I understand the sentiments of our overseas workers in Iraq and I will not blame them if they would opt to stay. But then the concern of our President and our government, for that matter, is their safety,” Bello said. “Repatriation is out of the question when there is a shooting war. We have to place them in a safe place. Hindi naman sila kailangang umuwi habang nagkakaroon ng giyera doon o digmaan. Hindi mo naman maiuuwi iyun talaga,” he told CNN Philippines. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, meanwhile, said that the military will send “as soon as possible” two battalions of soldiers, two units of C-130 transport planes, one C-295 plane, and two ships to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in the Middle East. The Philippine Coast Guard, for their part, said that French-made patrol vessel BRP Gabriela Silang is ready to assist in the repatriation of Filipino workers in the said countries. Of the allocated amount, P1.29 billionis under the Department of Foreign Affairs while P600 million is with theOverseas Workers Welfare Administration, Toledo said. The Department of Budgetand Management, however, has yet to release a copy of the signed spending planfor this year.(With ABS-CBN News/PN) Alert level 4, which is the highest among the travel advisories of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), is issued when “there is large-scale internal conflict or full-blown external attack.” Budget Assistant Secretary Rolando Toledo said the government has enough funds under the 2020 national budget for the repatriation of its people from the Middle East, saying President Duterte called for standby resources in light of the brewing war in the region. There are at least 1,600 Filipinos in Iraq. More than half are working in Kurdistan region and the rest are in the Baghdad area. In Baghdad, many are employed by the US and other foreign facilities, while some work for regular commercial establishments. “Hindi natin masiguro na kapag sumabog ito, kahit na gaano kaganda ang buhay nila doon, hindi mo matitiyak ang kanilang kaligtasan. So, we would like to appeal to them na umuwi muna,” he added. Around P1.8 billion has been allocatedin the budget for the repatriation of Filipino workers. last_img read more

Magnus said there wouldn’t be a third day in D/N Test: Viswanathan Anand

first_imgKolkata: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand feels experimentation in sport is important for the development of players and the game as a whole as continuing with one format for too long can stunt progress.Anand has seen sport, not only chess, evolve over time and experiment with formats to stay relevant. While chess saw formats like rapid and blitz come up, cricket also witnessed the rise of Twenty20, pink ball Tests, 100-ball cricket and even talk of reducing Tests to four days.“You need to say who is the audience for the judgement,” Anand told IANS in an exclusive interview when quizzed if experimenting is good for the health of sport in general.“These are sports trying to keep the attention of fans and their viewers. So it comes down to that. The other thing is, very often if a sport is too fixed for too long, people will get good at doing something and doing it too well and development can get blocked a bit,” said the 50-year-old legend ahead of his book launch ‘Mind Master’ in the city.“So with experimentation, you are also giving fresh life to the sport. In chess, faster formats seemed to rescue the game,” said Anand who has multiple world titles in rapid and blitz chess.Anand, India’s first Grandmaster and first Asian world champion, pointed out that in the battle of purists versus broader audience who like shorter formats, sport has to strike a balance. “A sport has to find balance between purists and broader audience who are always in conflict. I think it is very healthy that sport is not stuck for too long. And you can always conserve what is traditional by having a certain part of the season for that. Like you block a month for Test cricket,” he said. IANSAlso Read: Viswanathan Anand draws with Nikita Vituigov, Caruana leadsAlso Watch: 89th Annual Conference of Srimanta Sankardev Sankar Sangha begins todaylast_img read more

Hamilton hopes for the best in Belgium

first_img(BBC) – Lewis Hamilton says he will try to limit the damage to his title hopes in tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.The defending champion made engine changes to his Mercedes in both practice sessions at Spa yesterday and has been given a 30-place grid penalty, which will only apply this weekend.Hamilton has to use more than the permitted number of engine parts after problems early in the season.“I feel OK. It is going to be an interesting Sunday,” said Hamilton.“Getting into the top 10 probably won’t be the particularly hard thing; it’s going to be getting through there that is going to be the problem.”Hamilton starts the race with a 19-point advantage in the championship over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.According to the rules, a driver can drop no further than the back of the grid although Hamilton is joined by McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson in incurring penalties.The Briton said he did not yet know how the team would approach qualifying, given he will be at the back of the grid regardless.“I don’t particularly care,” he added. “I’m just focusing on getting the car as well prepared for the race as possible. I can’t do anything about Nico. I’ll let him do him and me do me.”last_img read more

Got no feel, got no rhythm: How performance and art classes are adjusting to Zoom

first_img“As I’m going through it with my teachers, we start thinking more outside of the box and try to learn as we go,” she said. “I do feel that it will help me in the long run, because most of my acting [and auditions] will be behind a camera … Having this experience with Zoom, even if it’s a fraction of an experience, I’ll be able to think outside of the box.” (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) Commonly used ceramics tools include whisks, plastic spatulas and rolling pins. Inspired by the parallels between cooking and ceramics, Kanokohata uses bread and bread-shaping videos as a substitute for clay. To make the class more accessible for students unable to leave their homes and to accomodate for flour shortages, he also asks students to make models out of cardboard or paper.  “My teacher is really trying and still having us do rehearsals,” Boerio said. “But honestly, I would rather spend my time just learning new pieces or getting pieces ready for the fall so that we can play longer or more intense pieces that we normally wouldn’t be able to play in a semester.” Every morning at 9 a.m., sophomore dance major Davon Farmer attends his ballet class through Zoom. It starts the same as always — with an exercise at the barre, a stationary handrail used in ballet. Away from the resources provided by the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center studios, Farmer practices with a chair instead. “My teachers have definitely done a very good job of trying to make this all work,” Boerio said. “A lot of other instruments …  they don’t have marimbas or timpanis at home … Our faculty, our three teachers, are so accommodating and willing and really want us to still succeed from afar.” “For my improvisation class, we worked on gyrokinesis [exercise], which is a lot of sitting down because people were limited with space,” Farmer said. “We’ll also watch different performance pieces and then write a short summary on how we feel about them … we’ll have to look at different pieces of choreography for different artists and create our own movement based off of that.” Although all stage productions have been canceled for the semester, Rebecca Tabor, a junior majoring in theatre, said her professors and peers have found creative approaches to acting in the absence of physical interaction.  Boerio also expressed her gratitude for her department’s efforts in sending out external microphones for students who don’t have their own. As a guitar player, she feels fortunate to play such a mobile instrument while other departments, such as percussion, are renting out and sending larger instruments to their students.   “Our work is based on human interaction,” Lopez said. “I definitely don’t think this is going to inspire a new wave of online learning from theater classes in the future, but I think everyone’s getting creative and we’re all trying to work through it for now.”  “It’s been interesting,” Anzalone said, laughing. “We’ve been making sure to ask a lot of questions [in class] and the first week was figuring out the gimmicks of trying to get quality audio through Zoom, and I think we got them out of the way … Even the ensembles are done over Zoom, which is pretty surprising.”  Other challenges Tabor faces include performing stage directions during the Zoom class, because the scope of her “stage” is dependent on where she places her laptop to accurately show her whole body in her room. “I actually have a wheel, so I can still make [ceramics] on the wheel, which is nice, but a luxury,” Haber said. “It’s harder to see the demos [that the professor creates] at different angles.” “A lot of people use the [virtual background] setting on Zoom comedically, but I was thinking because the scene takes place in a library, I can get creative and do a green screen of a big fancy library … and [my professor] really loved the idea,” Tabor said. “But at the same time, the limitations are it’s really hard to … genuinely emit emotion or action through the screen.” Shoshi Kanokohata, a lecturer for Haber’s ceramics course, has altered the class to make it as accessible as possible, despite the prerequisite tools and materials normally needed for the class.  USC students have been attending classes online since March 23. While all students and faculty have been adjusting to online learning, those in performance-based classes are especially challenged in adapting curriculums which rely on physical collaboration and feedback.  Anzalone is also taking an “Aural Skills” class, which trains the ear to identify specific elements of music, such as pitch, intervals, chords and rhythm. This class is further complicated by technical difficulties over Zoom, but so far they’ve been able to adapt to them.  Since Farmer and his peers are unable to experience real-time correction or access a real barre, full-length mirrors, spring floors or other features normally available at Kaufman, his classes have dedicated more time toward studying other choreographers instead. “Depending on where you are, you cater what you do in class to the space that you have or where you live,” Farmer said. “So for me, I’ve had the luxury to have enough space to be able to barre and do center [floor combinations] and be able to participate in my hip-hop classes.”  Christian Lopez, a sophomore majoring in theatre, has seen changes in his acting and directing classes, including shifting assignments to self-recorded videos or changing the context of scene partners’ interactions. For example, Lopez and his classmates have tried to make remote learning work to their advantage by changing scenes so that the characters themselves communicate over Zoom or FaceTime. In terms of grading, Boerio still has juries, final performances in front of a panel of faculty. These will be done over Zoom, while other parts of her grading will come from video recordings of solo performances. Even before the pandemic and the switch to online learning, students in her department have performed degree recitals over Zoom or Facebook Live.  Francesca Boerio, a sophomore majoring in music with an emphasis in classical guitar and cognitive science, said although she has been trying to collaborate with peers over Zoom, she’s only able to rehearse her own part. Boerio takes individual instruction classes and is also a member of a guitar duo and a guitar orchestra. Despite her professor’s best efforts to pre-record videos of himself conducting and have students play along, they all play on mute and don’t know what other orchestra members are playing.  Theodore Haber, a junior majoring in composition, is taking a violin ensemble class as well as a pottery wheel throwing class. For the violin ensemble, members have been recording snippets of themselves playing and sending them to each other. In response to the announcement of online learning for his ceramics class, Haber took matters into his own hands, literally.  “We don’t have a wheel, we don’t know if we can fire …  so we needed to adjust the syllabus,” Kanokohata said. “Some of the changes are switching to hand-building …  and put in more sculptural elements to the assignments … I personally like food, so I went straight to the kitchen when I thought about ceramics in the house.” Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Farmer’s professors instruct the ballet class through a blend of lecture and movement, and the session ends after reviewing several techniques. Then, Farmer is off to the rest of the day’s classes, which include a mix of hip-hop and contemporary dance, repertoire performance and improvisation classes all adjusted to the online space.   “It’s harder to feel connected to your peers and teachers, and being constantly on your computer is not great for your brain,” he said. “So [the semester] is still strenuous.”  His “Popular Music Performance” class has been using the app Acapella. Users can record numerous soundtracks through video and post them in a collage that plays the clips simultaneously. Several instruments and vocal parts can be synchronized through the app, allowing Anzalone to create tracks and collaborate with people across the world. While theatre students are still able to perform together in a limited capacity, Dominic Anzalone, a sophomore majoring in popular music performance with an emphasis in drum-set, said he and his peers were scared of how they’d be able to continue the semester over Zoom with time lags and varying audio quality.   Purchasing a wheel made sense for Haber, who frequently makes ceramics and whose mother has a kiln. Despite his efforts to replicate his class experience at home, Haber said attending class in person can’t be replaced. Despite the challenges students and faculty are facing, Tabor, Anzalone and others are finding silver linings during this unprecedented time. Tabor had serious doubts about what students would gain from Zoom classes, but she said the creativity of the restructuring has made her more optimistic.  “If you told me a couple months ago that we’d be going online, I would not believe you, especially as a performance major, that this is the only option right now,” Anzalone said. “But [popular music] faculty from the beginning were like, ‘How can we still make the rest of the semester effective?’ …  I feel like now I’m working on things that will really help me grow as a musician, not only [as] a drummer.”  Although music students no longer have the opportunity to perform together, Anzalone thinks this new method of learning and the time spent at home has brought his peers closer together. “Now that everyone’s not playing gigs, everyone’s been focusing on themselves and working to make themself a better musician,” he said. “A lot of us have been collaborating on different projects …  I feel like the music community has been so strong throughout this whole process, everybody wanting to work together even though we can’t physically be together.”last_img read more

Fair called up for Team USA World University Games camp

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ C.J. Fair has been invited to Team USA’s 29-man training camp ahead of the World University Games set to take place in Kazan, Russia, from July 6-17.The U.S. training camp will  be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 24-30 at the Olympic Training Center. The final roster will be cut to 12 players and announced on June 27 or June 28. The team is coached by Davidson head coach Bob McKillop and the team is selected by the USA Men’s Junior National Team committee consisting of McKillop, Jim Boeheim, Purdue’s Matt Painter, Washington’s Lorenzo Romar and Curtis Sumpter.The United States has medalled in 18 of the 19 World University Games in which its competed, taking home the gold on 13 occasions.Notable invitees to the camp include  Michigan’s Trey Burke, Indiana’s Will Sheehey and Yogi Ferrell and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, brother of Syracuse small forward Jerami Grant.Fair led Syracuse as a junior last season with 14.5 points per game and seven rebounds per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse struggles with penalties in early season winless streak

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 19, 2016 at 10:53 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham In 245 minutes of hockey this season, Syracuse and its opponents have racked up 128 minutes of penalties — making up more than half of the total ice time. Seventy of those minutes were charged to the Orange, equating to more than 37 minutes playing a player down. “It’s kind of the nit picky,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan. “Maybe you had your stick there and the girl fell down.”Emily Costales and Dakota Derrer each have four penalties for eight minutes total while five other players have two or three penalties, respectively.Syracuse (0-3-1) will have to limit penalties while not sacrificing physical play this weekend in a home-and-home series with No. 5 Colgate (4-0). The Orange hopes to stifle its penalties by keeping its feet moving, using good positioning and what Flanagan calls “stick management.” “If you come up and clip someone, just nick them, it’s a high stick,” Flanagan said. “Manage the stick, stay away from the trips, the hooks and the high sticks so we’ll work on that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt has not necessarily been overly physical play or rough play causing the excess penalties for the Orange, but more close calls, according to Flanagan. Eighteen of its 31 penalties this season have been stick related — either tripping, hooking or high-sticking. Stick management involves keeping the stick below the waist and away from danger areas like opponents hands and ankles.Though SU has done well on the penalty kill — allowing two goals on 28 attempts for a dauntingly efficient 7.1 percent opponent conversion rate — playing with less than five players for almost a third of every game disrupts offensive flow.Flanagan still wants his team to be physical through the penalties, however. “Take the puck, then the body,” several players mentioned along with being smart along the boards when battling for a loose puck.“(Flanagan’s) not really concerned with the physicality as long as we’re going for the right thing,” Costales said. “We’re purposely trying to take the puck away, not purposely trying to hit the player. So he just pretty much preaches body and puck.”Players were in consensus that most of SU’s penalties have come when players were being lazy and not moving their feet, causing players to be out of position.According to Flanagan, positioning is key and when players get caught, often behind a player, is when the stick comes up on the hands of an opponent and a penalty is called. Players echoed his comments, constantly bring up positioning as a big key to eliminating the nitpicky calls.“We’ve got to keep winning our battles,” Derrer said, “just have to keep moving our feet so we stay away from those penalties like tripping and hooking. … He just wants us to be all over them so they have no time and space.”In Syracuse’s first game of the season, fans yelled “swallow your whistle, a**hole,” and other angry phrases at the referees. But the Orange didn’t blame the calls on the officials.The players said the onus is on them to police themselves.“I feel like a lot of the reffing was kind of off too, not to blame it all on there. We’re mostly been working on a lot of physical stuff,” Costales said. “We just want to keep being physical, keep playing the puck, keep playing the body because that’s the way we play the game so we don’t want to let down from that.” Commentslast_img read more