#KicksStalker: Irving pays tribute to women with new Kyrie 3 colorway

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Irving took to Instagram and unveiled a new pair of his signature sneakers in bright cyan that resembles the signature hue of one of the world’s premier jewelers. Tanduay whips Batangas to claim solo 3rd place LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kyrie Irving has slowly built his reputation as one of Nike’s freshest faces with all three iterations of his signature shoe garnering notoriety.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThis new colorway of the Kyrie 3, however, may just launch Irving’s line into stratospheric hype.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Women empowered, Tiffanys inspired,” posted Irving as the post’s caption.The Tiffany in the post is an obvious ode to Tiffany & Co, which Nike has used as an inspiration to one of the most iconic colorways of the SB Dunks.No release date has been announced for the new colorway, however.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 : Belgium vs Tunisia Preview

first_imgAlso Read :FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Costa Rica Review Advertisement(photo credits: finder)Following a good opening game vs Panama, Belgium will look to continue the winning form as they face a relatively inexperienced Tunisian side at the Spartak stadium in Moscow.Out off all the top sides that have been tipped to win the tournament Belgium is the only side that have started off the campaign in a comprehensive manner even though they struggled in the first 45 minutes. A thunderous volley from Mertens and a brace from Lukaku earned their side a comfortable victory vs Panama.Tunisia on the other hand will look to get back to winning ways as they suffered a 2-1 loss to England in their first game. They will have to play their remaining matches without their keeper Mouez Hassen who suffered a shoulder injury.The two teams have met each other thrice before with each getting a win and the remaining match ending in a draw.Belgium are expected to win this convincingly but this world cup has already produced a lot of upsets and therefore Tunisia cannot be counted out.The telecast for this match will be on Sony TEN2, HD, Sony TEN3, HD and Sony ESPN.Here are the lineups for the match:The teams are in! #BELTUN 👇👇👇 pic.twitter.com/DifsYqztQq— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Bengal global business summit to start on January 20

first_imgKolkata, Dec 13 (PTI) The third edition of Bengal Global Business Summit will start on January 20 with around 3,000 delegates from countries like Germany, Poland, China, Japan and Russia as well as representatives from Indian states scheduled to attend it.The two-day summit will have inaugural plenary and seminars on the opening day, state finance minister Amit Mitra today said at the state secretariat.Parallel sectoral sessions on maritime, Inland Waterways, Transport & Civil Aviation, auto & auto ancillary, manufacturing in defence besides, sports goods manufacturing & SME vendor development will be held on the second day of the summit, Mitra said.Along with this, there would be sectoral sessions on mining, energy (renewables and CGD), manufacturing of energy equipment, chemicals and fertilizers, food processing, horticulture, fisheries, agriculture and allied industries, health, education, skill development, IT & ITeS, he said.There would be sessions on urban development and urban infrastructure, sports infrastructure, financial services and legal services, hospitality, tourism and business of entertainment, the minister said.The state government is also expecting around 2,500 participants in the breakaway sessions, he said. PTI SCH MD BALlast_img read more

Sweden Gets Benefit of Video Review, Beats South Korea 1-0

first_imgNIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Sweden got the break it needed from the video review system, and team captain Andreas Granqvist didn’t waste the chance.Granqvist slid his penalty kick into the bottom right corner of the net in the 65th minute to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Monday at the World Cup.“I was calm. I waited for the goalie and then I put it in the corner,” said Granqvist, a central defender. “We got the penalty, we scored, and then it was just a fight to the end.”The Swedes, playing in their first World Cup since 2006, were awarded the penalty after Salvadoran referee Joel Aguilar consulted a video screen on the sideline. Aguilar had originally waved play on after South Korea substitute Kim Min-woo slid into a tackle and collided with Viktor Claesson. But he took another look and decided Kim had tripped Claesson as he tried to clear the ball.“There was no doubt it was a penalty and should have been called right away,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.CORRECTS NAME OF SWEDISH PLAYER – Sweden’s Viktor Claesson, left, is tackled by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo conceding a penalty kick for Sweden during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)It was the third penalty to be awarded because of a video review in the first 12 games at this year’s World Cup. France and Peru also benefitted from the technology, though the Peruvians missed their penalty kick.The video review system, making its World Cup debut in Russia, appears to be working so far.“We do agree that it was a good call,” South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong said.Sweden is now tied for first place in Group F with Mexico, which beat Germany 1-0. The Swedes will next face the Germans on Saturday, while South Korea plays Mexico on the same day.Although Sweden used the video review to win, it was the better team and showed most of the attacking intent. The Swedes just couldn’t beat goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo until the penalty.Jo saved a close-range shot from Marcus Berg midway through the first half, using his right leg to make the block and then jumping back up to punch the ball away with both hands. He also stopped a powerful, dipping header from Ola Toivonen in the second half.Shin fielded Jo, the team’s third-choice goalkeeper, because he is the tallest of the three keepers and the Koreans wanted to use his height against the Swedes.Sweden’s Ola Toivonen, centre, and Pontus Jansson react to a missed chance during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Shin also gambled on a three-man attack of Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan and 6-foot-6 striker Kim Shin-wook.South Korea, which has won only two World Cup matches since its incredible run to the semifinals in 2002, had a chance to level in injury time but Hwang put a header wide from in front of goal.GROUP DYNAMICSIt wasn’t a flowing performance from Sweden, but securing the win will come as a huge relief to Andersson and his team.Sweden couldn’t afford to miss the chance against a struggling South Korea team with tough challenges against Germany and Mexico to come.South Korea must pick itself up to face a Mexico team high on confidence after its spectacular win over Germany.KEY TO SUCCESSSweden: Granqvist was inspirational for Sweden, but the team still missed chances up front and that needs to be addressed before the match against Germany.South Korea: Shin had high hopes for an attacking trio of Son, Hwang and Kim, but it didn’t work well enough.Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist, left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Son, South Korea’s best player, switched from the left wing to the right and then back to the left again in an attempt to get something going.LESSONS FROM MEXICOAndersson said his team needed to learn from Mexico’s success against Germany and be bold and attacking.“We need to dare to do even more,” the coach said. “We need to dare to attack.”SOUTH KOREA A SHADOWSouth Korea is a shadow of the team that made an inspiring run to the semifinals 16 years ago.If the South Koreans fail to beat Mexico and Germany, they will have gone two World Cups without a win and will be in danger of another humiliating return home.Four years ago, fans pelted the players with candy when they arrived back in Seoul from Brazil.—By GERALD IMRAY , AP Sports WriterSweden’s Viktor Claesson heads the ball past South Korea’s Lee Yong during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. 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Talking Touch – October

first_imgThere was plenty of media coverage of Touch Football in the month of October, including many stories about upcoming summer competitions and several features on some up-and-coming junior talent.To view the stories, please click on the links below. Barossa Touch FootyLooking for a sport that will allow you to play with your partner and children? Or looking to fill the football void now the winter season has finished? Then sign up for the touch football season. http://www.barossaherald.com.au/story/1826945/barossa-touch-footy/?cs=12 Moore brothers represent Queensland in Touch Football Brothers Damon, Blake and Aaron are all representing Queensland for touch football – what more could you want?http://www.centraltelegraph.com.au/news/three-moores-for-the-road-brothers-with-midas-touc/2040333/Touch Football games a hit for Cerebral Palsy allianceMore than 300 people turned out last month to help the Cerebral Palsy Alliance raise vital funds for the local community.http://www.newcastlestar.com.au/story/1844284/touch-footy-games-a-hit-for-cerebral-palsy-alliance-supporters/?cs=1787Touch downMuswellbrook’s Paul Benkovic has endorsed the affiliation of the National Rugby League (NRL) and Touch Football Australia (TFA), declaring it was a positive move for the sport.http://www.huntervalleynews.net.au/story/1842354/touch-down/?cs=12Touch Football numbers skyrocket as future mudcrabs take aimThe Mudgee junior touch football competition has begun for the summer and the number of registered players have gone through the roof.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1857536/touch-football-numbers-skyrocket-as-future-mudcrabs-take-aim/ Grenfell Touch Football UpdateAfter a Touch Football meeting last week, it was decided that Touch Football will go ahead for a summer/autumn 2013/2014 competition.http://www.grenfellrecord.com.au/story/1864946/grenfell-touch-football-update/?cs=12 Schools Battle for DEX Touch Football TrophyFour local high schools will contest The Daily Examiner Touch Trophy at Yamba Touch Fields this afternoon.http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/schools-battle-for-dex-touch-football-trophy/2065899/ Sun shines on Goulburn TouchGoulburn Touch Football’s on a roll. The sporting body last month received the thumbs up to host junior regional titles in April of next year.http://www.goulburnpost.com.au/story/1865066/sun-shines-on-goulburn-touch/?cs=12 Touch girls take to the fieldThe touch football is off and running with the opening games of the ladies competition being played at Nicholson Park on Wednesday evening.http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/story/1864885/touch-girls-take-to-the-field/?cs=12 Men’s Touch off to strong startWith the women’s touch football season beginning last Wednesday, the men were not far behind, starting the following night at Nicholson Park.http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/story/1869236/mens-touch-off-to-strong-start/?cs=582 Touch Footy Sign Up SuccessThe Bombala Touch Football Association Sign Up Day was a huge success on Sunday, with both a Men’s Competition and Mixed Competition established for this Thursday and Friday evenings respectively.http://www.bombalatimes.com.au/story/1842284/touch-footy-sign-up-success/?cs=12 Smooth skills at social touchTouch Football continued on Monday night with some great skills on display from all teams.http://www.whitsundaytimes.com.au/news/smooth-skills-at-social-touch/2053422/ State title surprise for TobyNever in his wildest dreams did Toby Cooper think he would be selected to play with the Hunter boy’s touch football side let alone go on to take out the state championships with the team earlier this year. http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/1827675/state-title-surprise-for-toby/?cs=445 Moree East Touch Footballers into final eight in the stateMoree East Public School participated in the all-schools touch football competition in Moree yesterday with the youngsters overpowering Tamworth South 7-2.http://www.moreechampion.com.au/story/1841578/moree-east-touch-footballers-into-final-eight-in-the-state/?cs=12 A lifetime on the ball for Miller For 40 years Barry Miller has dusted off the footy boots and braved the hot summer nights to play in the Armidale touch football competition.http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/1842755/a-lifetime-on-the-ball-for-miller/?cs=12 Administrator of the YearDarrin Lewis, president of the Wingham Touch Association, has been named the NSW Touch Northern Eagles Administrator of the Year at the annual NSW Touch Blues Awards.http://www.winghamchronicle.com.au/story/1872226/administrator-of-the-year/?cs=1677 On the mark to make an impactTouch football players learnt from the best when Australian representative Aaron Jones visited town.http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/1873120/on-the-mark-to-make-an-impact/?cs=12 Ducks recall glory daysChronicle (Toowoomba), 24/10/2013It’s been more than a decade since the South African Running Ducks rampaged across Australia’s touch football fields, but team members had the opportunity to relive some of those memories in Toowoomba last weekend.About 30 players gathered to recall some past Duck glories while also commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of their former star player and Australian rep Craig Pierce.Pierce – an Australian Touch Association Hall of Fame member – died of a brain tumour at only 33 years of age.The Running Ducks, as they were named “over a few beers one night”, was a mixed team of men and women players mainly from the Drayton Sharks club in the Toowoomba competition.The Ducks had a strong Pierce influence with Craig’s brother Scott in the side while their mother Heather was team coach and father Brian their manager.The team was formed in 1987 and went on to win five Australian Club Championships.The Ducks were also winners of the Australian Bicentennial and Lismore Bicentennial tournaments in 1988.Last weekend’s reunion included a social match against an invitational team and dinner at Toowoomba Golf Club.Scott said the unique bond formed between team members proved to be the Ducks secret on-field weapon.A number of the players went on to join up in marriage.“When we formed in 1987 the team was all from Sharks with a few imports including Adrian Lam,” Scott said.“We came up against some very good teams from places like Sydney.“But I think our secret was the men and women gelled so well as a unit. We loved going to carnivals together and we were like one big family.”A touch of talent from junior sportNewcastle Herald, The (includes the Central Coast Herald), 24/10/2013Steven Dengate, who is in year 6 at St James Muswellbrook, has excelled in the tough sport of touch football, making his way to the state touch football competition in Coffs Harbour this year.To get to state touch, he had to go through four levels of competition: school, regional, diocesan and Polding, playing more than 50 games.On his first day at state, he played six games and won them all. On his second day, he played five, winning four and drawing one. On his third and final day, he played three games, with one successful but two unsuccessful.Steven said his favourite game was when he competed against Riverina and won 11-1.Steven has spent 11 days over three terms playing touch football, as well as many weeks of training.”I am very proud of my achievements and it is impossible to describe how I feel,” Steven said.In the three days at State touch, Steven scored 14 tries while playing in the middle of the field.His mother Jane was filled with pride and joy as she watched her son play through all levels, and when he did not make it past state level she was not disappointed because of how far he had already progressed.Steven hopes that next year he can go even further.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email media@austouch.com.au.Related Filesthe_cairns_post_-_16_oct_2013_-_page__47-pdftownsville_bulletin_smartedition_-_townsville_bulletin_-_23_oct_2013_-_p-pdfRelated LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel unsure of future for Barcelona target Rabiot

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel unsure of future for Barcelona target Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel admits Adrien Rabiot’s situation is in flux.The Parisians do not want to lose the 23-year-old and will fight until the end as they look to sign him to a long-term deal, though Rabiot’s agent – his mother Veronique – has reportedly been in Barcelona negotiating a move.”It’s not an easy situation for him,” Tuchel said about Rabiot.”He’s not the first player to have this problem in the dressing room, but he’s still working everyone else and is very professional.”It is what I expect of him and I am sure it will stay like that; we must be [professional], too.”The dressing room knows his situation.”It is a complicated market situation, he is our player and everything can happen.”It is a situation between the club and the player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

How Australia bowl and play spin will define their success in World

first_imgMelbourne: Former skipper Ricky Ponting believes defending champion Australia’s ability to bowl and play spin will define their success in the upcoming World Cup beginning May 30. “The thing that will define Australia’s success in the World Cup is, one, how well they bowl spin and, two, how well they play it,” Ponting was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’. “That’s been their Achilles’ heel the last 12 or 18 months. With [Adam] Zampa bowling well now, Nathan Lyon’s obviously in the squad and Glenn Maxwell’s done a good job with the ball whenever he’s played.” Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun Ponting said there were concerns about the middle-order’s ability to play spin a year ago but the return of David Warner and Steve Smith has strengthened the team. “And I think some of our middle order are probably slightly better players of spin now than they were 12 or 18 months ago,” said the 44-year-old, who won Australia the 1999 World Cup as a player, before guiding the team to successive titles in the next two editions as a captain. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”With Warner there now and Steve Smith coming back in, the middle order looks a lot better against spin bowling than it probably was.” Warner and Smith had served a 12-month ban for their respective roles in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in March last year. They returned to competitive cricket at the Indian Premier League with Warner amassing 692 runs in 12 matches and Smith scoring 319 runs in 12 matches and leading Rajasthan Royals to three wins in five matches. “They’re both playing really well. Steve Smith still thinks he’s not probably 100 per cent fit just yet – but he’s not far away. And Warner’s been the dominant batsman in the IPL,” Ponting said. There are concerns that Smith and Warner will be targeted by the crowd during the World Cup with English cricketer Moeen Ali urging the spectators to treat them with respect. “Those two coming in, obviously they’re class players – they’ll have their fair share of issues to deal with from the crowds and stuff when they get over there,” he said. “But they’re big boys. They’ve been there and seen it all before. I’m sure they’ll be fine.” Australia will begin their campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol.last_img read more

New Alberta premier says inquiry not needed on murdered missing Indigenous women

first_img(Alberta Premier Jim Prentice during his campaign to lead the Alberta Progressive Conservative party. Jim Prentice Facebook page/ Victor B. Tucker)APTN National NewsNewly-minted Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says he doesn’t see the need for a public inquiry into the persistently high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.In his first press conference as premier, Prentice said he has been concerned about the issue since the time he was Aboriginal Affairs minister in the Harper government. Prentice, who also handles the Aboriginal affairs portfolio, said it was time to implement solutions.“I am not convinced an inquiry is what we need to do,” said Prentice. “We have enough information about the problems we are experience, the problems of poverty women are facing…I prefer we get on with solutions rather than studies at this point.”Prentice’s position on the issue breaks ranks with the majority of premiers across the country who have called for an inquiry into the level of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls.According to the RCMP, 1,186 Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing since 1980.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women is not a sociological issue.In response to the outcry for a public inquiry from families, however, the Harper government tabled its plan to combat the violence on Monday. The plan, however, repackaged previous announcements around the creation of a DNA-based missing persons index, funding for the RMCP’s national centre for missing persons, the funding for shelters and of on-reserve anti-violence program.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) issued a statement Tuesday saying the plan fell far short of what was necessary to end the violence. The FSIN said First Nations only get an average of about $21,000 per year from Ottawa to run their family violence prevention programs.“I have met with affected families and sat with them in court as they relieved horrific details and questions ‘why?’ It is for them that we seek answers,” said Vice-Chief Kimberly Jonathan, in the statement.Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett called Ottawa’s plan a whitewash.“This type of political smoke and mirrors is why a national action plan must be rooted in a non-partisan national investigation into why this problem has persisted for decades and why successive governments have been unable to fix it,” said Bennett, in a statement.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

TVA announces solar installations being built for Facebook

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee and Alabama will get their largest solar power projects yet, to supply a Facebook data centre with 100 per cent renewable energy.Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority announced an agreement with two developers to build the electricity providers.John Bradley, TVA’s senior vice-president of Economic Development, said Friday that First Solar in Colbert County, Alabama and NextEra Energy Resources in Lincoln County, Tennessee, will produce 377 megawatts between them to supply Facebook’s data centre in Huntsville, Alabama.Doug Perry, TVA vice-president of Commercial Energy Solutions, says the federal utility plans on investing $8 billion in renewable energy over the next 20 years.last_img read more

Tangier Holds The First Moroccan Open Debate Tournament

Rabat – The Moroccan National Debate Team (MNDT) organized the first high school international debate tournament in Morocco on December 27th to 31st in Tangier with teams and judges from France, Croatia, South Africa, Spain, Canada and Morocco.MNDT was the first North African team to participate in the World School Debating Championship (WSDC) held last August in Thailand. This event was a chance for the national team to prepare for the 2015 WSDC in Singapore.The teams battled it out for four days in debates and individual impromptu speaking with topics ranging from the removal of the UN Security Council Veto to western culture being imposed on developing countries by globalization. The event also hosted a culture expo where teams shared aspects of their cultural heritage. By the last day of the competition, the American Language Center High School Debate Team made it to the finals after eliminating Team France in the semi-finals. They faced the MNDT for the Grand Finals at the Tangier-American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM) building in a hard-fought debate.The adjudicators came to a final decision and the national team won by a split decision of 2 to 1. Mara Krnic from Team Croatia won the individual impromptu speaking contest.“This tournament was an extraordinary experience. I had the chance to meet truly amazing people,” Mara told MWN. She adds: “the event was well organized and introduced me to a completely new culture.”Zakaria el Jabri from the MNDT won the Best Debater of the event. “It was truly a breath taking experience. The first edition was a complete success and I am sure that it will become one of the world’s prestigious tournaments in the near future,” he said.The Moroccan Open Debate Tournament (MODT) was the first of many editions to come. The organizers hope to be able to attract more teams from the region for the next edition. But for now, there are not too many international events for Moroccan high school students in Morocco.“The MODT represents the history of Morocco in the making. It embodied cultural exchange on an international scale with a brilliant exhibition of talent and intellectual dynamism that is rarely witnessed from the Youth of Morocco. This tournament definitely predicts a bright future where Debate is going to allow the future generations of Morocco to excel beyond our greatest expectations,” said Pearl Sahibdeen, MNDT Assistant Coach and a teacher at the ALC in Tangier.For most, these events are only available abroad and the MODT is a great chance for the Moroccan debaters to compete against international teams and meet stimulating and inspirational people from all over the world. read more

President committed to eliminate poverty

The President pointed out that the most significant challenge in today’s peaceful country is the poverty and he further said that the aim of the new government is to create an environment where the people will be able to live freely with a great sense of happiness. Resolving land issues in the country can play a pivotal role in eradicating poverty in the country, the President said, adding that he will introduce a new land policy to ensure the land rights of the people. The President also declared open Pasgoda Divisional Secretariat building. He also made an observation in Vocational Training Authority in Pasgoda and looked into the educational activities of the students there. (Colombo Gazette) The delivering of the land deeds which is under the national program to hand over 25000 Ranbima land deeds island-wide was held in Pasgoda Divisional Secretariat. Accordingly, ¼ of every family unit in Pasgoda Divisional Secretariat received land deeds.President Sirisena symbolically handed over the deeds to the recipients.Minister of Lands M. K. D. S. Gunawardena, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustafa, State Finance Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, State Minister of Lands T. B. Ekanayake, Chief Minister of Southern Province Shan Wijayalal de Silva, Province Minister Chandima Rasaputhra and Secretary to the Ministry of Lands I. K. H. Mahanama participated in this event. President Maithripala Sirisena said that he will fulfill the obligation of eliminating poverty from the country under his regime as previous leaders of the country fulfilled their significant responsibilities towards the country and the nation during their respective regimes.He made these observations today (30) participating in a ceremony held in Urubokka, Matara to distribute 4000 Ranbima land deeds to the people in the Pasgoda Divisional Secretariat. The President recalled that the tension between the rich and the poor began centering in land rights and said that he believes that the new land policy will provide solutions for the issues related to the land demands with increasing population and for the challenges we faced in the local food production system.The President further stated that the new government is committed to alleviate poverty, strengthen free education and free health and continue the government institutions without corruption and fraud. read more

Taiwans CIB to send team to Sri Lanka to probe bank hacking

“We are looking at some US$1.3 million that had come into three accounts in Sri Lanka,” an unnamed Sri Lankan official involved with the investigation was quoted as saying in an AFP report. “We have taken two people into custody, and we are looking for one more person.”On Saturday, Far Eastern Bank said it had recovered most of the stolen money and that its losses would amount to no more than US$500,000. The bank said it noticed some irregularities in its computerized transaction system on Tuesday and then discovered that some of its computers and servers had been infected with malware.The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication’s (SWIFT) network was also compromised, which allowed the hackers to wire money to international destinations such as Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the United States, Far Eastern Bank said.The bank said that on Thursday it reported the matter to Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) and the CIB, which in turn informed the International Criminal Police Organization and asked for assistance. The FSC said that it was an isolated case in Taiwan and advised that Far Eastern Bank, not its customers, should absorb the losses, the bank said. Two suspects were arrested last week in Sri Lanka when they tried to withdraw the money, and police there were look for a third person, according to the news reports. According to local and regional news reports, Far Eastern International Bank was hacked by means of a computer virus and some US$60 million was wired to the accounts of the suspects at a Sri Lanka bank in the capital Colombo. Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Monday that it was preparing to send investigators to Sri Lanka to seek further details on the reported arrest there of two suspects accused of helping hackers stealing millions of US dollars from a Taiwanese bank, Focus Taiwan reported.However, due to the fact that Taiwan has no diplomatic ties with Sri Lanka or any Government representatives stationed there, the CIB says it would take some time to get everything in order for the investigators to go there. Over the weekend, after Premier Lai Ching-te was informed about the case, he asked the relevant agencies to review Taiwan’s information security and to close any loopholes, according to Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Maldivian Coast Guard vessel arrives in Sri Lanka

The ship is expected to depart the Colombo harbour on the 09th of this month after its 3 day official tour of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Maldivian Coast Guard ship “Huravee” arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today (7th July). The ship was warmly welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions, on her arrival.Subsequently, the Commanding Officer of the visiting ship Major Mohomed Jamshad and the Defence Attaché of the Embassy of Maldives in Sri Lanka, Colonel Ahamed Ghiyas called on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Western Naval Command Headquarters and held cordial discussions. Mementoes were also exchanged to mark this occasion. read more

Worlds cities must embrace inclusiveness or face poverty and conflict Annan

“Otherwise, they will remain reservoirs of poverty and potential flashpoints of conflict – and ultimately, barriers to advancing the human condition,” he told the UN World Urban Forum in Barcelona, Spain, in a message delivered by Mervat Tallawy, Executive Director of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).”A globalizing world of movement and migration brings with it fears and tensions, which governments and local authorities can overcome only with sensitivity and skill,” Mr. Annan said.”Only by bringing all communities and all citizens, new and old, into the development process and into the halls of urban governance as full partners, will we stand a chance of achieving sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals.”These goals set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 seek to halve extreme poverty and hunger, reduce infant and maternal mortality and achieve other social goals, all by 2015.”I urge you to intensify your diplomatic efforts by working with your fellow citizens and local authorities across the world, and within your borders, too, by fostering cooperation among your often disparate communities,” Mr. Annan declared.Some 3,000 delegates are attending this second gathering of the UN Human Settlements Programme’s (UN-HABITAT) World Urban Forum, a ground-breaking global initiative held every two years to address the main challenge of the new Millennium – the planet’s transition to an urban world. The theme of this year’s forum is “Cities: Crossroads of cultures, inclusiveness and integration?”UN-HABITAT is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. read more

The Seahawks Dont Stand A Chance Unless Russell Wilson Can Keep Up

The most anticipated matchup of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs might be the Atlanta Falcons’ No. 1 scoring offense against the Seattle Seahawks’ No. 3 scoring defense. But the game between the two teams may be decided when the ball is in Russell Wilson’s hand.When the two met in Week 6, the Seahawks edged the Falcons in Seattle, 26-24. But both teams have played a lot of football since then, and though Wilson has already led the Seahawks to eight playoff wins in his young career, he might not have enough talent around him to go into the Georgia Dome on Saturday and end the Falcons’ season.The most obvious change to either team has been the Seahawks’ loss of safety Earl Thomas; his five-year Pro Bowl streak ended when he missed five of the Seahawks’ last six regular-season games with injuries. With him patrolling the backfield, the Seahawks allowed just 16.4 points per game. In the Seahawks’ five regular-season games without him, opponents averaged 22.4 points, including 34 points in a home capitulation to the already-eliminated Arizona Cardinals.But as much as the Seahawks have missed Thomas, it is their offense that has struggled with explosiveness and consistency all season. The 26-6 final score of last week’s wild card game against the Detroit Lions might make it look as though the Seahawks are back to business as usual. But going into the fourth quarter the score was just 10-6.While the Seahawks’ offensive line earned praise for its dominant run-blocking performance against Detroit, it also allowed slumping Lions pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah to register two sacks, as many as he tallied throughout the regular season. The Seahawks will have a much tougher task on Saturday when they face the Falcons’ Vic Beasley, who had 15.5 sacks in the regular season.Tailback Thomas Rawls set a franchise playoff rushing record against the Lions, but going into the rematch with the Falcons there’s little depth behind him. Christine Michael, the Seahawks’ top rusher in the first Atlanta game, now plays for the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that C.J. Procise, who has been out since Week 11 with a shoulder injury, will be a game-time decision; fifth-round rookie Alex Collins would be the only option behind Rawls if Procise can’t go.Between Michael, tailback C.J. Spiller and receiver/returner Tyler Lockett, 43 percent of the Seahawks’ 333 total yards in Week 6 were produced by players no longer on the Seahawks active roster, and the Falcons still outgained them 362-333 in that game. Wilson targeted wideouts on just 43.2 percent of his attempts; according to Pro Football Reference’s charting, he attempted only two passes deeper than 14 yards all day. He threw no touchdowns.The lack of deep passing that day was partly by design, to keep opposing pass-rushers off the banged-up Wilson.“We’ve been careful in how we would expose Russ,” head coach Pete Carroll later told the team’s official site. “He was begging us to do more and all that, but we were trying to do the right thing by him, and he was doing phenomenal things just to play for the last two months.” But Wilson’s adjusted yards-per-attempt didn’t increase meaningfully after that interview.Though three rushing touchdowns got Seattle the points they needed to win in Week 6, they might not have happened if the Falcons hadn’t set them up: Ryan’s sack-fumble on his own nine-yard line led to the game’s first score; his interception near midfield set up the last one.Even then, it almost wasn’t enough. The Seahawks’ final go-ahead field goal still left Ryan and company with a 1:57 to drive for a game-winning score; a controversial fourth-down no-call sent them packing:Since that play, however, the Falcons spent the season improving — and proving themselves the better team.In Football Outsiders’ Weighted DVOA, which prioritizes recent performance, the Falcons are the No. 4-ranked overall team at 19.8 percent; the Seahawks are ranked 14th at 4.7 percent. While the Seahawks’ offense ranked 17th in both season-long (-2.7 percent) and weighted (-2.1 percent) DVOA, the Falcons’ defense rises from 27th (8.1 percent) to 22nd (5.6 percent) when recent games are more heavily weighted.Now Wilson will have go on the road and score more points against the improved Falcons than Ryan can score against the Seahawks’ struggling defense.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more

EPA moves to slash mercury from gold production and cut emissions by

first_imgThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to cut emissions from gold ore processing and production facilities, the sixth largest source of mercury air emissions in the country. EPA’s proposal would reduce annual mercury emissions to about 1,390 lb/y – a 73% reduction from 2007 levels. This action will build on reductions from Nevada’s successful program for controlling mercury emissions from precious metal mining.This is one of several steps EPA is taking to reduce mercury, which can damage children’s developing brains and nervous systems, even before they are born.“Taking mercury out of the air makes our communities safer for everyone,” said Gina McCarthy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Our proposal will further progress that has already been made to limit mercury emissions from this industry.”There are about 20 facilities in the US that extract gold from ore that would be subject to the proposed rule. Some facilities in Nevada already are making significant progress toward the proposed reductions under that state’s program.Mercury emitted to the air eventually settles in water, where it can change into methylmercury, which builds up in ocean and freshwater fish and can be highly toxic to humans who eat the fish- sometimes leading to fish consumption advisories to protect public health.EPA will take public comment on the proposed rule for 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register.More information: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/new.htmllast_img read more

7 unique treats we should export this Paddys Day season

first_imgDailyEdge.ie/Paul HylandWhat’s not to love about Wilton’s Macaroon bar, consisting of toasted coconut covered in milk chocolate?A subtle taste, one for the most refined palate, we can see this being stocked in upmarket food halls around Europe.Milky Mintsritchiesmints.ieWhat do you do when you want minty freshness, but you also want to chew? Why, grab a Ritchie’s Milky Mint of course!But what if you’re not in Ireland? WELL YOU’RE SCREWED. Unless of course we get these bad boys out into the world this St. Patrick’s season.King CrispsSusan Daly/TheJournal.ieTayto has gained a bit of a reputation for themselves internationally as the Irish crisp of choice, but what about King?A significant portion of the population would argue that they are the superior crisp, especially when it comes to crisp sandwiches. Maybe it’s time King had it’s moment in the International sun?Mikadofacebook/Jacobs-Kimberley-Mikado-Coconut-Creams-BiscuitsA unique treat, the Kimberly Mikado could add an element of exoticism to our group of exports.We’re sure biscuit connoisseurs from around the world would marvel at the pink puffy marshmallow covered in coconut resting on a delicious biscuit base.Officially known simply as a Mikado, the biscuit is often called a “Kimberly Mikado” as a result of this ad:YouTube/JacobsLoveBiscuitsPerhaps we could roll out the infectious ad campaign internationally? At least we kind of know what they’re on about, which is more than we can say for this one which was released last year.YouTube/JacobsLoveBiscuits11 Irish delicacies we cannot live without>9 basic foods essential to any Irish Christmas> KEOGH’S SHAMROCK FLAVOURED crisps hit the shelves in 700 Tesco stores in the UK last week, just in time for St. Patricks Day.We reckon they’re on to something. With Paddy’s Day celebrations growing in number and size around the world, surely there are other Irish treasures we can send out into the food buying universe?So what other unique Irish treats should we export for the season? Let’s start with the fizzy drinks…Football Specialfacebook.com/FootballSpecialNative to the hills of Donegal, McDaids “mixed flavour” soft drink was originally created to celebrate the success or Swilly rovers, the local football team. The drink itself was created to “fill the cup” with an exciting, non-alcoholic drink.It’s no wonder that the taste is difficult to describe, as there are seven different mystery flavours incorporated into the special liquid.We reckon Football Special’s unique taste and endearing back story will make it a hit with thirsty people around the world.TK Red LemonadeBritvic.ieA kids party favourite, this red-flavoured drink is traditionally served alongside a packet of Tayto crisps.We’re sure kids would go wild for this no matter their nationality.Rock ShandyDailyEdge.ie/Michael FreemanIt’s hard to believe but we are the only country in the wold where you can find this delight. While some other countries make their own mixes which they call rock shandy (an orange/cola blend in Germany, for example…blech), no one has the delicious blend of orange and lemon fizz that we call our own.We can’t help but think they’d go mad for it internationally.Macaroon Barslast_img read more

Family of four left badly shaken after three men armed with shovels

first_img File photo. Image: Niall Carson/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4809715 By Sean Murray Short URL 8,230 Views Sat 2:04 PM It is believed the men may have made off in a black Peugeot. Police have asked for anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to come forward. Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 2:04 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Niall Carson/PA Images File photo. DETECTIVES IN THE North have issued an appeal for information after a burglary at a house in the St Vincent Street area of north Belfast in the early hours this morning. Just before 2.50am, three men gained entry to a property.Armed with shovels, they began to rummage through the house. No one at the house was injured, and the burglars left empty handed.Detective constable Watts said: “However, this was a terrifying ordeal for the two adults and two children who were in the house at the time and who have been left badly shaken. Share1 Tweet Email 3 Comments Family of four left badly shaken after three men armed with shovels break into home in Belfast Police said it was a “terrifying ordeal” for the family. last_img read more

Olympic stadium becomes prayer space for muslims

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athens’s Muslim population will be able to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan – which starts on August 1 and ends on August 30 – on the grounds of the Olympic Stadium of Athens (OAKA) and the Peace and Friendship Stadium (SEF) in the southern suburb of Neo Faliro, the Education and Religion Ministry has said. The decision to offer the venues to Muslim worshippers followed a meeting of four general secretaries and was made “in the context of respect for religious freedom and human rights,” the ministry said. The initiative is aimed at averting the chances of large crowds of Muslims gathering in city squares, which occurred last year and fueled ethnic tensions, sources said. Muslim Union of Greece head Naim El-Ghandour welcomed the move, saying worshippers had been renting OAKA’s grounds to celebrate Ramadan since 2004, except last year when the cash was spent on helping destitute Muslims. Groups which would like to make use of these centers should send their applications to SEF and OAKA by August 17. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Le salage des routes a un impact considérable sur lenvironnement

first_imgLe salage des routes a un impact considérable sur l’environnementDepuis le début de l’hiver, deux millions de tonnes de sel ont été déversées sur les routes de France. Une technique efficace contre le verglas et la neige, mais nocive pour l’environnement, alertent les écologistes qui appellent à une utilisation raisonnée de cette méthode. Avec 1,9 million de tonnes de sel déversées sur les routes françaises depuis le mois de novembre, l’hiver 2010-2011 a battu un record, et la saison est encore loin de s’achever. Le sel est le principal fondant utilisé en Europe pour rendre les routes accessibles par temps de gel et de neige. Mais il a “un impact considérable” sur l’environnement, rappelle la fédération France Nature Environnement (FNE), qui regroupe près de 3.000 associations écologistes.À lire aussiVague de froid : 10 astuces pour lutter efficacement contre la baisse des températuresLe sel brûle en effet le feuillage des végétaux, peut provoquer un dessèchement des racines, mais aussi affecter les cours d’eau et modifier les propriétés des sols, et notamment leur perméabilité, souligne Demba Diedhiou, chargé de projets Transports chez FNE. Pour limiter cet impact, Jean-Stéphane Devisse, du WWF, plaide en faveur d'”un usage plus ciblé et plus circonstancié du salage”. Toutefois, il tempère : “Il ne faut pas dramatiser le problème et jouer les irréductibles, tout simplement parce qu’au bout, il y a des questions de sécurité publique”.Certains pays ont déjà décidé d’encadrer le recours du salage, pour éviter qu’il ne soit systématique. L’Autriche l’a ainsi interdit sur de nombreuses routes, tandis que la Finlande impose un quota de sel aux opérateurs, ceux-ci se voyant verser une prime s’ils en utilisent moins que prévu. Au Japon, le sel est parfois remplacé par des techniques permettant de réchauffer la route et ainsi faire fondre la neige par géothermie. De l’électricité d’origine éolienne est également utilisée pour limiter le salage.Aujourd’hui, FNE réclame la mise en place en France d’une “réglementation permettant la hiérarchie des usages et solutions à mettre en oeuvre en cas d’épisode neigeux ou de gel persistant”. La fédération préconise notamment l’utilisation du sable, mais comme le souligne Mario Marchetti, du laboratoire des Ponts et Chaussées de Nancy, cette solution ne semble pas réellement en être une. “Son extraction, son poids, son coût posent problème. On peut s’interroger sur le bilan carbone du sable”, souligne-t-il.Le 7 janvier 2011 à 17:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more