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China stops skid, Korea stays spotless in AVC

first_imgPhoto from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—China has stopped its downward spiral in the qualifying stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after squeaking past Chinese-Taipei in five sets, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11, Monday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Captain Liu Meng Ya had 22 points to lead the Chinese as they improved to 1-2 while Jin Ye added 19.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Korea, though, lost Yang Hyojin after the 27-year-old injured her back during the game.Yekaterina Zhdanova had 12 points to lead the Kazakhs (2-1). Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Nextcenter_img Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer by winning SEAG gold LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Chinese-Taipei will be locked in a bottom-four seed come the quarters as it slipped to 0-3.Wu Wei-Hua led Chinese-Taipei with a game-high 25 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Korea remained undefeated after dealing Kazakhstan a quick defeat, 25-21, 26-24, 25-10, to improve to 3-0.Kim Yeon-koung had her highest-scoring game of the tournament with 18 points while Hwang Minkyoung added 12. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View commentslast_img read more

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Kobe Paras future of Gilas, says Reyes

first_img“We want a 19-year-old at the very least to be in the SEA Games. In the Jones Cup, he’s gonna face the killers in his spot, the tough Asian big men and wingmen, and that’s gonna be part of the education of Kobe.”READ: Kobe Paras plans to try out for Gilas Paras, meanwhile, is confident he can hang among the region’s best talents as he banks on the learnings he got from his time in the United States.“It’s not my first international experience. This level is harder than I’ve ever been, but I’ve been in the States for a long time and the international game is almost the same as to those in the States because everyone is big and fast. At least now, I’ll have an opportunity to prove myself and represent the country,” he said.Paras also vowed to do everything he can to pay off the trust Reyes has given him.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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Kobe Paras. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes thinks Kobe Paras is the future of the national team.“Kobe, I think, is going to be the forerunner of that youth brigade,” said Reyes, explaining why he decided to include the second-generation star to the Philippine team set to see action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT “Whatever I can do for the country, I will do it. I’m playing for Gilas now. It’s a different feeling when you’re representing the country. It’s a once in a lifetime thing, so I’m happy to be a part of the roster,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Though Paras is the youngest of the bunch, Reyes believes his skill set fits the squad perfectly, giving Gilas an agile forward who can play in both the inside and outside.READ: Kobe Paras stars for PH in Day 2 of Fiba 3×3 World CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut more than anything, Reyes wants Paras to get used to playing at a high level.“We do not have a position-oriented system. We have several bigs and everybody else is a guard or a forward. Everyone can make plays and that’s why we feel Kobe’s skill set is perfect for him,” he said. “But the one thing we want from Kobe is his age. We wanted him to get used to the way the men are playing, to get exposed to the elite basketball. Pacquiao not ready, says Horn’s trainer LATEST STORIES MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Manohar slams Srinivasan, vows to oppose Modi’s re-entry in BCCI

first_imgFormer BCCI president Shashank Mnohar accused N Srinivasan of taking advantage of the amendment of the BCCI constiutionFormer board president Shashank Manohar Saturday accused his successor N Srinivasan of taking advantage of the amendment of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) constitution for seeking a third term in office and vowed to oppose Lalit Modi’s re-entry.Manohar also ruled out contesting the impending elections against Srinivasan adding that BCCI’s constitution was amended in 2012 to remove the cap on the number of terms in office of key office-bearers.He said that all big guns supported it in the hope that they too could stage a comeback or someone like senior BJP politician and Union Minister Arun Jaitley, a former BCCI vice-president and ex-Delhi and District Cricket Association(DDCA) chief, need not wait for his turn for over a decade.Manohar(56) also rubbished rumours that he has joined hands with suspended Indian Premier League(IPL) chairman Modi in the campaign against Srinivasan and would also oppose his re-entry into BCCI.”When the constitution was amended it was done specifically to facilitate Mr Arun Jaitley(former BCCI vice-president) to become the BCCI president from East Zone. That time we had specifically done that for Mr Jaitley since he was the unanimous choice of the members. But now Srinivasan has used it to his own advantage,” Manohar said.In 2012, the constitution was amended to facilitate an incumbent from a different zone to become the president if his name was proposed and seconded by the zone, whose turn it is to elect the board president.advertisementManohar said that the BCCI flouted its own constitution by postponing the AGM and the elections which were slated for Sep 30. Srinivasan was elected as the BCCI president Sep 29 last year.”The BCCI had no right to flout its own constitution. According to Article 16(i) of BCCI Constitution, the AGM must be held on or before Sep 30. The budget had to be approved in this AGM. There will be a crisis since the AGM has been postponed. In fact, all committees will cease to exist and the selection committee has to announce the team for the West Indies series before Sep 30,” he said.While some members feel that Manohar is the right person to take Srinivasan head on, the senior lawyer said he has made up his mind not to be a part of the BCCI ever again since he stepped down as the president in 2011.”I have made a personal decision. I will not contest any BCCI elections in any capacity in my lifetime again. I have been a BCCI president and I had my time. But I am always ready to give any advice to the board whenever it needs,” Manohar said.Manohar said he would love to see former BCCI presidents Jagmohan Dalmiya or Sharad Pawar challenge Srinavasan and clean up the act.”There are plenty of people who are capable enough. Ideally I would want Mr Jaitley to take over. But I don’t know whether he is in a position to take up the job. But Mr Sharad Pawar and Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya are capable to handle the top job since they have been BCCI presidents in the past as well,” he said.Manohar also said that he would be the first to oppose Modi’s re-entry into the board.”I will be the first one to oppose Modi re-entering the board. I was the one to suspend him during my tenure. Lots of people can say a lot of things but I am opposed to Modi entering the board again,” said Manohar.last_img read more

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Boston Marathon: Red Sox Beat Blue Jays 3-2 in 19 Innings

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox staged their own impromptu Boston marathon and wearily won it, adding a game to their AL East lead on an eventful day at Fenway Park.Hanley Ramirez hit an RBI single in the 19th inning as Boston outlasted the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in a game that spanned six hours and ended early Wednesday.It was 1:11 a.m. when Mookie Betts led off with a double and Ramirez followed with a bloop single. The AL East leaders ended a three-game losing streak.“That was a team win right there,” Ramirez said. “Sometimes it’s not going to be easy. There’s a lot of things in our way, but nothing’s going to stop us from continuing to where we want to go and what we want to be. We want to be a champion.”About 700 fans stayed until the end to see Boston win the longest game in the majors since July 2016, when Cleveland beat Toronto 2-1 in 19 innings. The Red Sox forced extra innings by rallying for two runs in the bottom of the ninth.Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland was 31 years old when his RBI grounder tied it at 2 — he turned 32 when his birthday came at midnight, and celebrated with a win.Boston increased its division lead to 3 1/2 games over New York. But the Yankees still made it a rough day for their longtime rival.On Tuesday, The New York Times reported the Red Sox admitted to Major League Baseball they used an Apple Watch to steal signals from opposing catchers — including the Yankees — and relay them to Boston players. While swiping signs has long been part of the game, using electronic devices to do it is against the rules.Commissioner Rob Manfred happened to be at Fenway for the game as part of a previously planned visit.This was the second-longest game ever at Fenway, which opened in 1912. The Red Sox lost to Seattle 8-7 in 20 innings in 1981 — that game was suspended after 19 innings past 1 a.m. because of an American League curfew rule, and resumed about 18 hours later.The fans who stuck around this time enjoyed an encore of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the 14th, then a timely number to start the 19th with the Rolling Stones hit “19th Nervous Breakdown.”Boston used 12 pitchers against the Blue Jays, tying an American League record set a day earlier by the Los Angeles Angels.“Just an outstanding job every guy that came to the mound,” Boston manager John Farrell said.Hector Velazquez (3-1) picked up the win. Chris Rowley (1-2) lost in his fourth inning of relief. Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. helped save it when he threw out Jose Bautista at the plate to end the top of the 11th, after he tried to score on a flyball.“It’s a two-run game for 19 innings? In this park?” said Toronto bench coach DeMarlo Hale, filling in as acting manager for the fourth game in a row. “There was some pretty good pitching going on both sides.”After crossing with the winning run, Betts and the rest of the Red Sox still had enough energy to circle around for Ramirez, who led a brief chase into shallow right field before his teammates chased him down to celebrate another walkoff win.Kendrys Morales hit his 27th homer for Toronto, which took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Roberto Osuna entered looking for his 36th save, but ended up blowing a chance for the 10th time.Osuna walked Andrew Benintendi to start the ninth and Betts doubled. Benintendi scored when Ramirez grounded out, which allowed Betts to take third. Moreland then hit a sharp grounder to second that scored Betts.Morales led off the sixth with a homer off Eduardo Rodriguez for a 2-0 lead.Toronto starter Marco Estrada held Boston to three hits over seven shutout innings.“I don’t think I’ve ever played in a 19-inning game, and I didn’t even have to play in the whole game,” Estrada said. “I feel bad for the guys that were out there for the entire game.”TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Toronto manager John Gibbons is away from the team attending to a personal matter.Red Sox: Activated RHP Carson Smith (Tommy John surgery) from the 60-day DL. Manager John Farrell said Smith was still a little sore after taking a line drive off his leg during his final rehab start over the weekend, but was cleared to play. Smith pitched a hitless 18th.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini (3-9, 5.01 ERA) had a career-high 10 strikeouts over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against Baltimore.Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (4-7, 4.19) is 0-1 in two starts against Toronto this season.By DOUG ALDENTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Honor 10 Lite India launch reportedly happening in mid-January

first_imgHonor is planning to kick off the new year with the launch of the Honor 9 Lite successor in India, according to a new report. The Honor 10 Lite is said to launch in the country around mid-January, although there has been no official confirmation from the company. The Honor 10 Lite was first launched in China in November and is a stripped down version of the Honor 10 flagship.Sources told IANS on Friday that Honor is planning to launch the affordable Honor 10 Lite in India very soon. The phone will succeed last year’s Honor 9 Lite, which has been one of the company’s best selling phones in 2018. While the Honor 9 Lite highlights a quad camera setup, the Honor 10 Lite touts an immersive dewdrop display along with an attractive design and Android 9 Pie out of the box.We are yet to hear anything about the pricing of the Honor 10 Lite, but we assume it will be very close to its Chinese pricing. To recall, the Honor 10 Lite was launched in China starting at CNY 1399 (approx Rs 14,500) for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The 6GB + 64GB variant costs CNY 1,699 (approx Rs 17,500) while the 6GB + 128GB version is priced at CNY 1899 (approx Rs 19,500). It is still unclear whether the company will be launching all three variants in the country.The Honor 10 Lite sports a 6.21-inch FHD+ dewdrop display with a droplet-style notch. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Kirin 710 chipset and will likely be the first Honor phone to ship with Android Pie with EMUI 9 on top in India. The Honor 10 Light is available in China in four colours – Gradient Blue, Gradient Red, Lily Valley White, and Magic Night Black. We will have to wait and see if all these colours make it to the country.advertisementThe Honor 10 Lite also touts a dual camera setup with a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. The phone also gets a 24MP front-facing camera housed in the notch. The cameras are expected to come with a lot of AI features baked thanks to the Kirin 710 chipset. The phone also packs a 3,400mAh battery. We should hear more about the launch of the Honor 10 Light over the next few days.ALSO READ | Huawei Y9 (2019) launch in India set for January 7, will bring 6.5-inch display, 4,000mAh batterylast_img read more

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Watch: Adoree’ Jackson Hurdles Notre Dame Kicker On 97-Yard Kickoff Return For Touchdown

first_imgUSC's Adoree' Jackson hurdles a defender.ESPN VideoUSC’s Adoree’ Jackson is pretty athletic, in my opinion.Notre Dame cut its deficit to USC to 31-21 in the third quarter, but that only held up for a few seconds. USC defensive back/wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson wasn’t letting the Fighting Irish hang around as he took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown after hurdling Notre Dame’s kicker.Not so sure that this isn’t the best special teams touchdown of the 2016 college football season.Jackson goes the distance without being touched at all. You don’t really anticipate him hurdling over a player whatsoever until he times it perfectly to hurdle over the kicker attempting to knock him out of bounds.Jackson also took a screen pass 52 yards to the house on his lone reception of the game earlier in the contest.The Trojans lead Notre Dame 38-21 in the fourth quarter on ABC.last_img read more

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Recruiting Experts Predict Where The Nation’s No. 2 Recruit Will Commit

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)In just about 24 hours, the nation’s No. 2 recruit is expected to announce his commitment. Five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux is expected to announce his college decision during the early signing period which begins Saturday, December 15.The five-star recruit held down the No. 1 spot for the majority of the year before fellow five-star defensive end Nolan Smith took over later. Florida State was the early leader in the clubhouse to land Thibodeaux, though his recruitment has shifted a few different times.247Sports compiled three recruiting experts to give their predictions on where the top recruit will commit. It’s between Oregon and Alabama.“I do think it’s (between) those two schools,” said 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. “I don’t think Florida State is out. I don’t think Florida is necessarily out, but I do think it’s Alabama making that late run. We’ve talked about how Bama is so good at closing. Nick Saban was in the house last week. They do such a great job at this point in time. It used to be January, but now it’s December with the early signing period making those home visits.”Thibodeaux is set to announce his decision tomorrow. Can Nick Saban’s former assistant Mario Cristobal take a top recruit from the recruiting genius?Stay tuned.last_img read more

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International Conference on Human Trafficking July 25-26

first_imgStory Highlights A Jamaican human-trafficking survivor will be among the presenters at an inaugural international conference highlighting the crime to be held at the Meliá Braco Village Hotel in Trelawny from July 25 to 26.The first forum of its kind to be convened in the Caribbean, the conference will be hosted by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), under the theme ‘From Victim to Survivor: The Hard Road to Recovery’.It is one of the key events that will be held to mark Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Week, to be observed from July 22 to 28 under the same theme.Details on TIP Week, and the conference in particular, were provided by Chair, NATFATIP, Carol Palmer, during a press briefing held at the offices of the Ministry of Justice in Kingston on Wednesday (July 18).Mrs. Palmer, who is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, said the conference has attracted several presenters from the local and international community, in keeping with the thematic focus of TIP Week.“Presenters from Romania, France and the United States of America will be joined by local presenters, who bring considerable expertise in various aspects of human trafficking,” she said.Mrs. Palmer informed that Jamaican human-trafficking survivor, Shamere McKenzie, who has a voice in the international community, will deliver the opening address.“There can be no more powerful voice than that of a person who has survived and who has recovered to speak to the challenges faced by victims of trafficking on their journey to recovery from the pain and trauma they have experienced. She is one of two ambassadors who have agreed to lend their public image and voice to Jamaica’s national effort to fight against human trafficking,” she said.The other ambassador is Miss Jamaica World 2017, Solange Sinclair.The NATFATIP Chair further informed that the objectives of the conference are to improve cooperation among regional law-enforcement agencies to deter and combat trafficking in persons, increase public awareness to discourage these activities and to warn those who are unaware, and train officials throughout the public and private sectors on identifying victims of trafficking.It also aims to build capacities through legislation and institutional strengthening; explore the provision of appropriate protection and assistance to victims of trafficking, particularly women and children; develop an Outcome Document setting out a collective strategy in the fight against trafficking in persons; and promote the sustainability of partnerships to effectively combat the offence.Some of the topics that will be covered at the conference include Victimology; Cybercrime and Human Trafficking: the Dark Web and Social Media; Child Trafficking: A Clear and Present Danger; and Partnerships for Sustainability.In the meantime, Mrs. Palmer said this year’s observance of TIP Week, which seeks to raise awareness of this crime, will be victim-focused and victim-centred.“We hope that the attention and public discourse that will emanate from the Week’s activities will continue to raise awareness about the plight of victims and why it is necessary for not just a ‘whole of Government’ but a ‘whole of country’ response (to help victims),” she said.Mrs. Palmer further noted that even though TIP Week officially ends on July 28, its observance will be extended to July 30, which is recognised worldwide as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.The Week’s activities will commence with a church service at the Providence Methodist Church in Kingston on July 22.Media personnel interested in covering the event can register for accreditation on the JIS’s website at: https://jis.gov.jm/natfatip-international-human-trafficking-conference/.Mrs. Palmer informed that the Ministry will arrange accommodation for the press. The first forum of its kind to be convened in the Caribbean, the conference will be hosted by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), under the theme ‘From Victim to Survivor: The Hard Road to Recovery’. Details on TIP Week, and the conference in particular, were provided by Chair, NATFATIP, Carol Palmer, during a press briefing held at the offices of the Ministry of Justice in Kingston on Wednesday (July 18). A Jamaican human-trafficking survivor will be among the presenters at an inaugural international conference highlighting the crime to be held at the Meliá Braco Village Hotel in Trelawny from July 25 to 26.last_img read more

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Golar LNG Partners to Buy FSRU Golar Tundra for USD 330 Mln

first_imgzoom Golar LNG Partners LP has entered into an agreement with Golar LNG Limited to buy its 170,000 cbm floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Golar Tundra.The FSRU, built by South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries, will be sold for a price tag of USD 330 million, minus a net lease amount of approximately USD 230 million, which is a part of the vessel’s bank financing.Golar LNG expects to close the sale in March 2016.“The sale of the Golar Tundra will strengthen Golar’s liquidity by approximately USD 130 million. The sale has been arranged in accordance with the Omnibus Agreement which regulates Golar’s obligation to offer any vessel on charter for more than five years to the Partnership,” Golar LNG Limited said.Delivered to the company in November 2015, the FSRU was hired on a time charter by West Africa Gas Limited for an initial term of five years, with an option for WAGL to extend the charter for an additional five years.The FSRU will be moored inside the port of Tema, on the coast of Ghana West Africa, at a new jetty being built by WAGL.The Golar Tundra is expected to commence operations in the second quarter of 2016.last_img read more

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CORONER PREVIEW BLACK DOG

first_imgAdvertisement If y’all have read me at all here at The Televixen (Hi!), you know my full stop love affair with Canadian TV began in earnest with the coroner-based procedural (On paper, but It’s. So. Much. More.) Da Vinci’s Inquest. I’m also very fond of 2017’s moody procedural and character study, Bellevue. When its co-showrunner, Adrienne Mitchell, was attached to produce and direct CBC’s new drama series, Coroner, which arrives Monday, it was a double win for me.[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]Inspired by M.R. Hall‘s novels, Coroner was created by Morwyn Brebner, whose last series, Saving Hope, ran for five seasons on CTV. Brebner has also executive produced and written for Mary Kills People and Bellevue and created Rookie Blue, so she’s astute at giving voice to complex, complicated, and complete women. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In Coroner, Brebner’s lead character is Dr. Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan doing a whiplash 180 from 2017’s Inhumans). Cooper is a former ER doctor and the new Toronto coroner. She’s also the recently widowed single Mom of a teenage son. The show begins with her arrival into the police department, the first step in trying to move her life forward while still haunted by the sudden death of her husband, David (Emmanuel Shirrinian). Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Prime Minister Trudeau says hell visit Fort McMurray Friday

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsA week has passed since a wildfire ripped through parts of Fort McMurray forcing nearly 90,000 people to evacuate.The fire has moved on and the smoke has cleared.Alberta says they should know soon when people can return. It’s not safe yet, because large parts of the town still don’t have water, gas or power.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday he’ll visit the city Friday.last_img

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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Jan. 21.New Fortress Energy – New York, 22 million shares, priced $17-$19, managed by Morgan Stanley/Barclays. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: NFE. Business: Fortress-backed owner of LNG liquefaction and regasification facilities.The Associated Press

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UN experts urge action to facilitate food aid deliveries to malnourished Somalis

With insecurity, massive displacement and piracy hampering efforts to delivery food aid to Somalis suffering from malnutrition, two independent United Nations experts today urged international action to address the problem.Difficulties in delivering life-saving assistance “exacerbate the widespread chronic nutrition crisis that in certain regions of Somalia has reached emergency levels of global acute malnutrition,” said the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, and the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Ghanim Alnajjar, in a statement released in Geneva.They noted that 200,000 Somalis in the Gedo region, many suffering from severe malnutrition, only recently received an aid delivery after awaiting humanitarian assistance for six months. The experts voiced alarm at the difficulties and delays encountered at crossing points on the Kenya-Somalia border, some of which have been closed or operating at a very low level since January. They noted that trucks are now being allowed to cross, and expressed for a permanent solution for humanitarian shipments across the Kenya-Somalia border.“The experts are also disturbed to learn that incidents, including theft of food from beneficiaries particularly from minority groups, continue to occur during and immediately after food distribution,” the statement said, blaming hundreds of roadblocks for impeding food delivery and allowing for “abusive taxation by rogue officials and assorted militias.”The experts urgently call on the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to facilitate the transport of food aid, end abusive taxation and ensure security and non-discrimination in the distribution of food aid. They also urged the Government of Kenya to cooperate to facilitate the swift delivery of food assistance, while calling for neighbouring countries as well as the international community to support the TFG in fighting piracy off Somalia’s coast. 12 July 2007With insecurity, massive displacement and piracy hampering efforts to delivery food aid to Somalis suffering from malnutrition, two independent United Nations experts today urged international action to address the problem. read more

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UN chief strongly condemns church bombing in Egypt

He said he was appalled by the violence and expressed his support for efforts by the Egyptian authorities to bring those responsible to justice.“The Secretary-General conveys his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” said a statement issued spokesman of the Secretary-General overnight. 3 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the bomb attack that killed 21 people and wounded 70 others at the al-Qiddissin Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt, on New Year’s Eve. read more

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UN launches information system to boost disaster prevention food security measures

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Information System will facilitate access to meteorological observations and products, making it easy to share them with a wide variety of stakeholders. According to WMO, this will translate into free and more efficient climate services for various sectors including disaster risk reduction, which relies on this type of data for many of its operations.“The WMO Information System is the pillar of our strategy for managing and moving weather, climate and water information in the 21st century,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.“It will reduce the costs of information exchange incurred by national meteorological and hydrological services and maximize exploitation of advances in communications technology,” he said. The system will also cut the costs of data exchange and integrate information from national and global data centres, WMO said in a news release. Mr. Jarraud emphasized that the system will “allow users outside the meteorological community to have free access to this information for the first time.”The system builds on the Global Telecommunication System of WMO’s World Weather Watch, which has been the backbone of meteorological information exchange for the past 40 years and is used for daily weather observations and forecasts, tropical cyclone warnings and tsunami alerts, among other applications. 31 January 2012The United Nations launched today an information system to improve and expand the exchange of weather, climate and water data, which can be used for disaster risk reduction, water management, food security and health purposes. read more

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La Vie en Rose to expand Bikini Village across Canada after buying

MONTREAL — Lingerie and swimwear retailer Boutique La Vie en Rose plans to expand Bikini Village stores across Canada and abroad after reaching an agreement to buy the insolvent bathing suit chain.“Bikini is a strong name and we’re going to build a national chain with that division,” said La Vie en Rose CEO Francois Roberge, who added he paid less than $4 million for the company which he previously tried three times to buy over the past 12 years.About 300 jobs will be preserved, but half of the 50 head office jobs will be lost as it merges the headquarters of the two companies.La Vie en Rose plans to keep 48 of Bikini Village’s stores in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, but will close four outlet locations in Quebec.After stabilizing the business, the new owners plan to work on adjusting the merchandising at the retailer in time for the fall cruise season.The changes are designed to restore annual sales to about $50 million from the current level of $34 million.It will then focus on a Canadian expansion, especially in Western Canada, increasing the number of stores to about 70 to 75 over the next year to 18 months.Bikini Village files for creditor protection; stores to remain openJacob will close its doors for good, despite an attempt to reinvent itself as a smaller chainLa Vie en Rose also plans to expand the Bikini Village brand internationally in about two years.“If we can make money here (Canada) we can make money anywhere,” he said referring to the challenges of a short summer season.The purchase is subject to approval by a Quebec Superior Court judge. Groupe Bikini Village filed for creditor protection last month under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act after posting a series of million-dollar quarterly losses.Bikini Village chairman Jocelyn Dumas said it found a strategic buyer in La Vie en Rose.“There’s a good fit. We’re very happy that many of the jobs will be saved and the brand will continue to live.”Maintaining the Bikini Village brand is a rare survival story for Canada’s battered retail sector in recent months with the closure of Mexx, Boutique Jacob, Target, Smart Set and the bankruptcy filing of Parasuco Retail, said retail consultant Terry Henderson of the J.C. Williams Group.He said the combination with an existing swimwear retailer makes sense because La Vie en Rose can streamline Bikini Village’s back office operations and use its buying power and merchandising expertise.La Vie en Rose has nearly 180 stores across Canada operating under three banners — La Vie en Rose, La Vie en Rose Aqua, and La Vie en Rose Outlet — as well as more than 75 stores outside of Canada in more than 14 countries. read more

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Facing grim situation in Palestinian territories UN raises aid appeal by 80

The revised amount “aims to alleviate the impact of soaring joblessness and collapse in family income through the creation of emergency employment and to prevent increased malnutrition through expanded food assistance to families unable to meet their caloric needs,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said today.It noted that infants and children, who make up half the population, are at special risk of malnutrition in the fiscal crisis facing the Palestinian Authority (PA). After the Hamas victory in the January election, Israel stopped the transfer of Palestinian value added taxes (VAT) and customs taxes it is obligated to pass over, which comprise around 50 per cent of the PA budget.The revised appeal will attempt to revive an agricultural sector hard-hit by closures, provide essential health services including counselling for traumatized youth, and provide water to communities with restricted access. With revenues including donor funds to the PA rapidly drying up, salaries to 152,000 of its employees, who support 1 million people, or more than 25 per cent of the population, have now not been paid since February. The lack of salaries and essential supplies will undermine the delivery of key services to most Palestinians, OCHA warned.If current trends persist, Palestinian gross domestic product (GDP) is conservatively estimated to fall by 25 per cent by the end of 2006. Poverty is predicted to rise, and around 70 per cent of Gaza’s potential workforce will either not be working or be unpaid.The revised appeal cannot, and does not aim to replace the comprehensive range of services provided by the PA, such as hospitals and schools. read more

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UK commercial vehicle production declines for seventh month in March

Figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing fell for the seventh consecutive month in March. 7,145 vans, trucks, buses and coaches left production lines, representing a -10.8% fall compared with March last year.While overseas demand remained relatively stable, with just 79 fewer units produced for export, this was not enough to offset the decline in CVs built for the UK market, which fell by -24.9%. The proportion of exported CVs remains at a high level, however, accounting for 66.8% of production in March.Meanwhile, in the first quarter, 19,252 CVs were built in the UK, down -17.9% on the same period last year. CV manufacture for domestic and overseas markets fell -26.6% and -13.0% respectively, however, exports continue to drive volumes with almost seven in 10 (13,095) CVs built in the UK destined for global customers.The news comes as SMMT highlights the importance of commercial vehicles in the UK. New consumer research reveals the extent of consumers’ reliance on CVs and the vital role Britain’s 5 million goods and service vehicles play in driving our society and economy. Almost 9 in 10 (88%) British consumers said reduced or restricted CV-driven services would significantly affect their quality of life, while almost half (46%) had directly benefitted from a commercial vehicle in the last 24 hours.1Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,With March marking the seventh month of negative growth for UK commercial vehicle manufacturing, it’s clear that economic and political uncertainty continues to take its toll on business confidence.Fleet investments are huge commitments so government must encourage fleet renewal through the right policies and incentives, and maintain the economic conditions needed to fuel growth in this important sector.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) British commercial vehicle production declines for seventh month in March, down -10.8% to 7,145 units.Export demand broadly steady, down -1.6%, with just 79 fewer CVs shipped overseas compared with previous March.Considerable decline in home demand, with both March and Q1 output falling by a quarter.Overall output falls -17.9% in first quarter with 19,252 vehicles manufactured year to date. read more

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Eickhoff awarded major shearer order from Datong

first_imgBesides orders received from various new clients, Eickhoff Bergbautechnik GmbH (Eickhoff’s Mining Technology Division) obtained orders for additional seven shearer loaders from one of its key Chinese customers, Datong Coal Mine Group, earlier this year. With the six new Eickhoff SL500 and one Eickhoff SL300 in the new order, Datong´s fleet of Eickhoff shearer loaders will have increased to a total of 25.While the SL300 has an installed power of 1.158 MW and is “perfectly geared to mid seam applications between 1.6 m and 4 m, the Eickhoff SL500 with its 1.915 MW is widely used in mid to high seam applications between 2.3 m and 6 m. The company states: “For nearly two decades the Eickhoff SL 500 has been recognised as a top cutting machine in international high performance longwall systems and has earned a reputation as a workhorse with high availability and minimum downtimes. Owing to its remarkable reliability, the Eickhoff SL500 continues to be number one choice for longwall specialists in China and Russia. Operators value the characteristic Eickhoff underframe concept while owners appreciate its profitability.”Datong started to operate its first Eickhoff SL500 back in 2002. Today, Datong is not only one of the major customers of Eickhoff but also one of the main coal producers in China with coal production of 39 Mt in 2012. The purchase of the additional seven machines will serve to further strengthen the role of the Datong Group. The statement concludes: “Since the very first Eickhoff shearer started cutting Datong has been achieving new production records on a regular basis with this reliable and powerful, yet safe and economical shearer loader model.” Overall, Eickhoff deliver some 50 longwall shearers and continuous miners per year to the global coal industry.last_img read more

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The sandwich generation Large number of women supporting their adult children and

first_imgHalf of all women in the category provide “substantial time support to their parents”: One-third provide support towards basic and personal care like dressing, eating and bathing for an average of 21 hours per week.One third provide practical household help, including shopping and household chores to their non-resident adult children for an average of 12 hours per month.One third look after grandchildren for an average of 34 hours per month.9 per cent provide financial support to their parents, with the average amount being €2,000 in the last two years.Two-thirds provide financial support to their children, at an average of €3,000 over the last two years.Almost 80 per cent of women who were financially supporting their parents were also financially supporting their children. The authors of the study found there was an impact on women’s health from that having to provide such support, but that it varied by the type of support given. Providing financial support to children was associated with “improved self-rated health,” while providing financial support to parents was associated with increased depression.Providing practical household support for adult children was also associated with increased depression.According to lead author Dr Christine McGarrigle: “The impact of financial giving on mental health could be the result of a number of different factors.“We found that women who gave financial help to their parents were twice as likely to also provide personal care, like dressing, bathing and feeding their parents. Thus the depression experienced by these women may reflect both the financial strain and the stress of informal caring for parents.“Alternatively depression could be associated with the reduction in savings as a result of the need to provide financial support to parents, and subsequent worry among the sandwich generation women about their ability to provide for themselves and both their parents and children in the future.”Read: Today’s the first deadline for the Local Property TaxRead: Christmas lights to get switched on in the capital today ALMOST A THIRD of Irish women between the ages of 50 and 69 are in the ‘sandwich generation’ — meaning they have children, and their parents are still alive, a newly-released study from Trinity College shows.Of that number – just over 140,000 in total – the majority are providing care to older and younger generations, including grandchildren.The ‘Longitudinal Study on Ageing’ report finds that 58 per cent of ‘sandwich generation’ women give help to their parents, while 83 per cent give help to their children. Almost half of this group are providing care and support while also in employment.In detail, the study found:last_img read more

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