NU thrashes Adamson, advances to 7th straight UAAP finals

first_imgCanelo Alvarez beats Daniel Jacobs in middleweight title fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Kim Malabunga finished with 17 points, on eight attacks, eight blocks, and one ace, to lead the Bulldogs while Bryan Bagunas added nine points.“This is our goal since the start of the game and I hope this continues until the finals,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNU was an impenetrable wall in front of the net with the Bulldogs tallying 16 blocks as opposed to the Falcons’ six.Leo Miranda had 11 points to lead Adamson. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated NU Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—League leader National University advanced to the championship round for the seventh straight time after making quick work of No. 4 Adamson, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball Final Four Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Bulldogs will face Far Eastern University in the finals, marking the first time that the two teams will meet since Season 75 when NU won its first men’s volleyball title.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Student Of The Year 2 Movie Review: B-grade SOTY for Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday

first_imgStudent Of The Year 2 is an unbelievably shallow mix of Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year and Mansoor Khan’s Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, with shaky performances and forgettable songs in an ultra-glamorous setting. It looks like director Punit Malhotra was so overwhelmed by the staggering budget allotted to the film that he directed all his energies towards making everyone and everything look good, and completely forgot to focus on logic and continuity in the process.The narrative revolves around the race to the Student Of The Year trophy, a superficial competition where girls only cheer from the sidelines while the boys battle it out on the field. Of course, academics do not feature at all in determining who is the best student; all it takes is a sprint and a kabaddi match. Wish our schools were as generous.Rohan Sachdev (Tiger Shroff), a sinewy kabaddi champ from Pishorilal Chamandas College, follows his childhood sweetheart Mridula Chawla (Tara Sutaria) to the prestigious St Teresa’s College on a sports scholarship. However, Mridula has now “evolved” into Mia, and Rohan must woo her afresh. Meanwhile, he gets off on the wrong foot with poor-little-rich-girl Shreya Randhawa (Ananya Panday), who is determined to make his life miserable.There is some manipulation and heartbreak, which results in Rohan getting kicked out of school and issuing a challenge to star student and two-time winner of the Student Of The Year award Manav Singh Randhawa (Aditya Seal) that he will walk away with the trophy this time.advertisementTiger Shroff is in top form, physically, and backflips and scissor-kicks his way through Student Of The Year 2. However, he does not showcase much emotional range and instead chooses to let his muscles do the talking for him. Debutantes Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria look stunning and dance like a dream, but do not have any acting skills to write home about. Aditya Seal is great in the action department, but has a limited scope of performing, thanks to the weak writing.Continuity errors are glaring. In one scene, Rohan shows Mia the tattoo of her name that he got on his forearm. In the very next scene, he is dancing away to Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with un-inked arms. There is also a scene where the captain of the kabaddi team of Pishorilal Chamandas College is badly beaten up and has to get multiple stitches. In the next sequence, when the team is training hard to win the Dignity Cup, his bandages vanish, only to reappear a while later.While Karan Johar’s original was more diverse and also featured not-so-athletic students, the newest batch of St Teresa’s seems to have only jaw-droppingly gorgeous pupils who are impeccably dressed. Awkward adolescence, what’s that?If you thought the crowd-pleasing numbers are the saving grace of Student Of The Year 2, you will be disappointed on that front too. None of the songs have the catchy quality of the original Student Of The Year album, save Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, which is not an original composition anyway.Unless you are an ardent admirer of Tiger Shroff’s flying kicks, stay away from Student Of The Year 2.1 out of 5 stars for Student Of The Year 2WATCH THE STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2 TRAILERALSO READ: Ananya Panday reveals Tiger Shroff is a great kisser, says she can vouch for itALSO SEE: Ananya Panday forgets steps while dancing with Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria. Handles it like a bossALSO WATCH: Sidharth Malhotra relives Student of the Yearlast_img read more

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Capetan Tassos Joins Euroseas Fleet

first_imgzoom Greek owner and operator of dry bulk and container ships Euroseas has taken delivery of M/V Capetan Tassos, a Panamax dry bulk carrier it acquired in November 2016.The 75,100 dwt ship was purchased for around USD 4.4 million from Greek-based shipping company Tri-Marine Shipping.The bulker was built by Japanese shipbuilder Hitachi in 2000.Euroseas’ fleet is currently comprised of 14 vessels, including one Kamsarmax, three Panamaxes, one Ultramax, one Handymax dry bulk carrier, and eight feeder containerships.The company has also signed a contract for the construction of one Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier.last_img read more

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Viola Desmond Ceremony Live Online

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to view the ceremony for the official apology and Royal Prerogative of Mercy Free Pardon ceremony to the late Viola Desmond on Thursday, April 15. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. The link can be found on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img

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PM Modi launches 42 mn redevelopment project of iconic Hindu temple in

first_imgManama: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the USD 4.2 million redevelopment project of the 200-year-old Lord Sri Krishna temple here and said it manifests the strong ties between India and Bahrain. Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the key Gulf nation, offered prayers at the Shreenathji Temple in Manama, the oldest temple in the region, and also the prasad’ that he bought with the RuPay card after launching it in the UAE on Saturday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Spent time at Bahrain’s Shreenathji Temple. This is among the oldest temples in the region and manifests the strong ties between India and Bahrain,” Modi tweeted and shared some of the blessed moments from the temple in his tweet. Modi also greeted and interacted the Indian diaspora, who came to witness the event at the temple. Prime Minister then unveiled the plaque, thus officially launching the redevelopment project of the iconic temple. “The establishment of the Hindu temple more than two hundred years ago in Manama, as the oldest in the region, is a clear testament to the depth of the ties that link us together, and the civilised qualities of peaceful co-existence and freedom of belief and religion that have characterized Bahrain throughout its history, the official Bahrain News Agency quoted the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa as telling Prime Minister Modi on Saturday night. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe facelift for the Shreenathji (Shree Krishna) temple in Manama will kick off later this year. The USD 4.2 million redevelopment project will be on a piece of land measuring 16,500 square feet and the new four-floor structure covering 45,000 square feet will have an overall height of 30 meters. The heritage and the 200-year-old legacy of the temple will be highlighted in the redevelopment and the new iconic complex will house the sanctum sanctorum and prayer halls.last_img read more

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Denied ticket from Nawada Giriraj goes into a sulk

first_imgPatna: Firebrand BJP leader and union minister Giriraj Singh was on Monday apparently left sulking after the Nawada Lok Sabha seat, which he represents, went to NDA ally LJP.”Compulsions of seat-sharing may be there. But I wish to underscore that no other union minister from Bihar may have to give up his sitting seat,” the veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader told media persons here. “This is despite the fact that I have worked so much to nurture my constituency,” Singh added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had on Sunday announced the list of candidates and their respective seats to be contested by its three constituents– the BJP, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP. As per the announcement the BJP and the JD(U) will contest 17 seats each and six seats were allotted to the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). Asked whether he had expressed his wish to seek re-election from Nawada to state BJP president Nityanand Rai, Singh said: “I must have done so 200 times”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Five years is a long time and I have become attached to Nawada and its people. Rai had assured me that I would get a ticket from wherever I wanted. Why this (denial of ticket) happened is for him to answer,” Singh told reporters here. On reports that he might be asked to contest from Begusarai, the seat which he had wanted to fight in 2014, Singh replied with a hint of bitterness, “I was a party worker, am a party worker and shall always remain a party worker.” Besides Giriraj Singh, the other union ministers from Bihar are Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Buxar), R K Singh (Ara), Ram Kripal Yadav (Pataliputra) and Radha Mohan Singh (Motihari). All these seats have been retained by the BJP and it is believed that the sitting MPs may be fielded again from their respective seats. Interestingly, in the last general election Giriraj Singh had initially expressed his wish to contest from Begusarai, which is dominated by the Bhumihar caste to which he belongs. But the seat then went to Bhola Singh, a party-hopper who had been previously associated with the Communist Party of India (CPI), Congress and the Janata Dal. Giriraj Singh was then given the ticket from Nawada, a less safe seat given its social profile which he won riding the Modi wave.last_img read more

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Spain rejects Catalonias independence

first_imgMADRID – Spanish parliament agreed on a motion against the Catalan parliament’s independence.The Spanish Parliament has rejected plans for the northeastern Catalonia region to hold a referendum to declare its independence.The motion rejected the Barcelona-based regional government of Catalonia to hold the referendum in November. The rejection was approved on Thursday by 272 deputies from the country’s mainstream parties, against 43 votes from Catalonian nationalist and leftist groups.Three Spanish national parties, the Union, Progress and Democracy Party (UPyD), the Popular Party (PP), and the Socialist Party (PSOE) passed the motion. The UPyD party said that “in no case, any part of the citizenship can decide on the State’s territorial organization or on any other aspect or provision of the Constitution, excluding the others from this eventual decision”. Polls indicate that Catalans are roughly evenly split on independence.last_img read more

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Producers still cautious despite higher Q2 expectations on stronger oil prices

CALGARY — Higher oil prices are expected to boost cash flow for Canadian crude producers as they roll out second-quarter results beginning next week, but analysts say the extra money is unlikely to be added to growth budgets.Canadian oil prices steadied in comparison with U.S. benchmarks in the three months ended June 30 following six months of volatility blamed on the failure of pipeline capacity to match growing oilsands output and Alberta’s decision to impose production limits starting in January.Analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital says despite current higher prices and expectations of strong prices going forward, producers remain cautious and are more likely to buy back their own shares or raise dividends than increase spending to grow output.Greg Pardy of RBC Dominion Securities says oilsands bitumen producers such as MEG Energy Corp. and Cenovus Energy Inc. are likely to post “standout” results given a 16 per cent increase in average Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend prices from the first to the second quarter.Natural gas producers, however, are expected to see more dismal results as Alberta spot gas prices averaged 60 per cent less than in the previous quarter.The earnings parade starts July 24 with Suncor Energy Inc., followed by Cenovus and Husky Energy Inc. the next day. Companies in this article include: (TSX:SU, TSX:MEG, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE) The Canadian Press read more

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Four people arrested after OPP execute search warrant

The OPP arrested four people on Tuesday after executing a search warrant at a Main Street, Delhi, address.Investigators seized a large amount of illicit drugs along with Canadian currency.Two men and two women, all of Norfolk County, have been charged with various offences.A 62-year-old man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone, possession of hash oil, possession of prohibited device or ammunition and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000. He is also charged with failing to comply with a recognizance, and three counts of fail to comply with probation order.A 28-year-old man was charged with possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order.A 32-year-old woman was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone, possession of hash oil, and possession prohibited device of ammunition.A 35-year-old  woman is facing charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.All are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Simcoe at a later date.“Our Community Street Crimes Unit has been very effective with proactive illicit drug investigations. This is yet another example that highlights the need for the police and the community to work in partnership to resolve crime,” Inspector Joseph Varga, Norfolk OPP detachment commander, said in a press release. read more

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Dramatic progress in fighting Ebola must be followed by longterm recovery efforts

“The goal is to help people and their communities to return to a normal life again,” said Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “It means that children are going back to school, women can once again shop in their local markets, and livelihoods are restored.”She placed particular importance on rebuilding health systems and services to reduce risks that were inherent within weak systems. Such rebuilt systems should cover basic, essential, primary healthcare with sensitive surveillance to give early warnings of any dangerous outbreaks. “The health systems in the three countries were fragile to begin with,” Dr. Chan acknowledged. “They collapsed during the Ebola outbreak.”She said trust and confidence must be restored to ensure that parents immunize their children, pregnant women have confidence in giving birth safely and so malaria and other infectious diseases can be prevented.Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General of the WHO provided some impressions of the outbreak response from the front-lines. He underlined the importance of building resilient systems and helping the most-affected States – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – to recover. Yet, he stressed that it would be impossible to fully recover if the main task – eradicating Ebola – was not completed. “Success is not assured,” he said. “There is a terrible, terrible and growing sense that this is done. This is not done. It started with one case. There were 37 cases last week. It is not done.”While pointing to “stunning” progress in reining in the outbreak and meeting ambitious targets on reducing prevalence of Ebola, including the effort to limit new cases to coastal areas that would be easier to control as the rainy season looms, Dr. Aylward stressed the difficulty associated with those efforts.“It’s been 12 grinding months to get here but that’s where we’ve arrived right now,” he said. “It’s a bumpy road but it is going in the right direction.”David Nabarro, the UN’s Special Envoy on Ebola, stressed how tough the global response to the “frightening devastation” wrought by Ebola has been throughout the process so far. “It’s a cause of insecurity that needs to be taken as seriously as terrorism,” he said. “It needs defences as well financed and organised as terrorism.” read more

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African leaders say UN Security Council must be reformed to include voice

“Climate change is arguably the greatest environmental challenge the world continues to face, with potentially catastrophic consequences for our planet and future generations, if left unchecked,” he said. “We continue to witness a dangerous rise in sea levels, melting glaciers, severe decline in agricultural output, changing weather patterns and health challenges caused by the change in climatic conditions,” adding that developing countries were the hardest hit. Mr. Masisi also spoke about recent developments in migration and refugee flows. “Conflict, political instability and poverty are the main push factors of migrants from the developing to developed countries, as evidenced by the thousands that continue to cross the Mediterranean into Europe in search of economic opportunities,” he said. “The grave conditions that the migrants are exposed to, including what they contribute to the unprecedented levels of humanitarian crises, is a cause of great concern,” he continued, noting that the situation warranted urgent attention from the international community.He also said that Botswana believed that the “the imposition of quotas to make it mandatory for countries to accept migrants or refugees is not the best solution,” positing instead that “consideration should be given rather to reward and support the countries accepting these migrants or refugees by setting up a Special Fund under UNHCR [UN High Commissioner for Refugees].” In his remarks, Raymond Tshibanda N’Tungamulongo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the United Nations remains relevant in its timely objectives and principles. However, without peace, development “is just a hypothesis.” Where underdevelopment and poverty reign, social demands frequently lead to violence. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, Vice-President of Botswana, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Turning his attention to the problem of terrorism, Mr. Mosisili noted that it had become “more brazen and lethal than before.”“Terrorist networks are expanding across Africa, the Middle East and Asia,” he continued. “Even as we remain vigilant against the threat of terrorism, we must move beyond a mindset that this menace can be defeated by force of arms alone. We may strike blows against terrorist networks, but if we ignore the fact that political instability and religious and other forms of intolerance fuel extremism, our efforts to root out this menace will be futile.”He also raised the issue of UN Security Council reform, saying that the call for the Council to be more transparent, inclusive and democratic needs to be echoed with even more vigour and clarity. “A Security Council, that has the voice of Africa and other marginalized regions in the Permanent Category, will increasingly acquire legitimacy and unconditional acceptance of its decisions.” In his remarks, Ramtane Lemamra, the Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Algeria, said that the current session coincides with the seventieth anniversary of the Organization and is taking place at a time when the international community is facing many challenges.“While many peoples have broken free from colonialism and the world has seen a qualitative improvement in development,” huge challenges remained, with ongoing foreign occupation in some regions, worsening hunger and poverty, terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime, he said. Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili of Lesotho addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Referring to Cabo Verde regarding its status as a small island developing State (SIDS), he noted with concern threats to the survival of SIDS including climate change, their vulnerability to natural disasters, the risks of loss of biodiversity, the high costs of transport and energy, and other issues, noting that for these reasons they deserve special attention from the UN system in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Speaking on the subject of terrorism, Mr. Pereira Neves urged the international community to increase its efforts to combat extremism in all forms and expressions. “We firmly condemn all forms of terrorism and, in particular, the barbaric actions of extremist groups in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa,” he underscored.In his remarks, the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, spoke of the ongoing violence in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and parts of Africa from the Sahel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “Sadly, the human origin of many of these problems cannot be doubted,” he said. “The refugee problem facing Europe today, will test the limits of the continent’s resolve and generosity.” Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra of Algeria addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak The massive flow of refugees due to war represents a collective failure to deal with the conflict in the Middle East. Algeria, the Prime Minister said, underscored the need to continue reforming the Organization, adapting its mechanism to the current moment.He went on to say that it is necessary to reaffirm the role of the General Assembly as the main forum for international cooperation, while also reforming the Security Council which no longer reflected the composition of the international community, particularly the African continent.Also speaking today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Chad, Moussa Faki Mahamat, told the Assembly that success in Africa depended on the security situation there, as well as the ability to finance development plans and strategies.Mr. Mahamat also noted that that success also depended on “the solidarity of developed countries with developing countries in terms of effective financing,” and because of the conclusions of the Addis Ababa summit on development financing, his expectations remained high. He also spoke about the challenges that the United Nations faced in terms of armed conflicts, terrorism and migration. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Integration of the Republic of Chad, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Speaking of the Central African Republic, he said that “bloody clashes in recent days have called into question the few hard won gains,” noting that the international community must offer support to countries in transition.Turning his attention to the Lake Chad Basin, he noted that Boko Haram had not ceased its terrorist activities in the region, and said that a multinational joint task force had been assembled “to put an end to the evil acts of this sect.”He said that, while Africa was grappling with the threat of terrorism, it was using up finances on security rather than economic and social development.He also noted the “transnational capacity of terrorists to act across borders,” telling the General Assembly that nations should pool their response strategies into regional and international cooperation. Botswana’s Vice-President, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, said his country is “proud of the tremendous strides we have made in the implementation of the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals]” and looked forward to implementing the new development agenda.Speaking of the challenges of climate change, Mr. Masisi noted that the importance of the agreement set to be decided upon in Paris could not be over-emphasized. Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cabo Verde addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak “There are no borders anymore,” he said, stressing that the “synergy of efforts” is not an option but an absolute necessity. Similarly, reform of the Security Council to include his continent is urgently required. In that regard, he reaffirmed his country’s unreserved support for the Ezulwini Consensus, which was the only way to ensure the appropriate representation of his continent on the Council.Recalling his country’s history of conflict, he said the Democratic Republic of Congo might have vanished had it not been for the United Nations. He saluted the international solidarity that had supported it, especially the troop contributing countries of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Peace, security and the authority of the State had been restored in most of the country, which had fostered large-scale economic growth. Finally, in light of today’s situation in his country, it was time to rethink the United Nations presence there and to begin a decrease in MONUSCO troop levels. Noting that this year’s General Debate comes as the Organization marks its 70th anniversary of the UN, Mr. Vicente said the occasion should provide an additional incentive to accelerate reforms aimed at revitalizing the United Nations system.Such efforts could aim to reform the Security Council by extending the number of its permanent and non-permanent members, “thus making the body more representative and better equipped to address the challenges and opportunities that the world faces.” He added that Angola reaffirms the right of the African continent to be represented among the Council’s permanent members.Turning to the rise of terrorist activities perpetrated by extremist groups in Africa and elsewhere in the world, he called the scourge a serious security issue that required a global coalition to combat. He also referred to the creation of the Task Force of the Lake Chad Basin Countries and Benin to combat terrorism in Africa, noting it that the coalition deserved the support of the international community. As for the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Vicente said that Angola supported the efforts of the transitional government to “restore public order and restructure State institutions.” He said that he welcomed the recent compromise reached between the Government of South Sudan and the armed opposition, and said of Guinea-Bissau that, with its institutional crisis over, political developments indicate economic growth and political stabilization. Turning his attention to climate change, he said the upcoming agreement in Paris “should include a commitment to limit the increase in average global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.”Meanwhile, in his remarks, the Prime Minister of Cabo Verde, José Maria Pereira Neves, also noted the need to come to an understanding on enlargement of the Security Council’s membership, “which in our view should reflect the changes that have occurred in the world, with a more equitable and appropriate representation.” read more

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UN health agency convenes emergency meeting to address dramatic spread of Zika

“The level of alarm is extremely high,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told her Executive Board in Geneva, noting that for decades the disease, transmitted by the Aedes genus of mosquito, “slumbered,” affecting mainly monkeys and occasionally causing a mild disease of low concern in humans.“The situation today is dramatically different. Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region,” she added in convening an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations on the epidemic.The virus, first reported by Brazil in May, is expected to spread to other parts of the world where dengue, spread by the same mosquito, is also present, said Marcos Espinal, Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), WHO’s regional branch.He told the Board he expects the outbreak, already linked to some 4,000 births of babies with abnormally small heads, a condition known as microcephaly, to grow from current estimates of one million cases to possibly three million to four million before it can be brought under control.“We should not panic,” he stressed. “We should not be afraid, but we need to try and have aggressive vector control in the affected countries,” he stressed.Dr. Chan noted that there is a high level of uncertainty. “Questions abound,” she said. “We need to get some answers quickly. I am asking the Committee for advice on the appropriate level of international concern and for recommended measures that should be undertaken in affected countries and elsewhere. I will also ask the Committee to prioritize areas where research is most urgently needed.”In some places the virus has been associated with a steep increase in microcephaly and with the sometimes fatal Guillain-Barre syndrome, but a causal relationship with Zika has not yet been established although it is strongly suspected, she added.“The possible links, only recently suspected, have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika, from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions. The increased incidence of microcephaly is particularly alarming, as it places a heart-breaking burden on families and communities. WHO is deeply concerned about this rapidly evolving situation.”She also warned of the potential for Zika to spread even further internationally given the wide geographical distribution of the mosquito vector, and cited the lack of population immunity in newly affected areas and the absence of vaccines, specific treatments, and rapid diagnostic tests.Moreover, conditions associated with this year’s El Niño weather pattern, which causes droughts in parts of the world and floods in others, are expected to increase mosquito populations greatly in many areas. read more

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Opinion 1loss Big Ten champion deserves a spot in inaugural College Football

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio holds the trophy above his head after the game. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Dec. 7. Credit: Lantern file photoThe new College Football Playoff system revealed its first ever rankings Oct. 28 with an emphasis on who team’s have played and who they’ve beaten.Three teams from the Southeastern Conference were included the top four of the rankings, which will ultimately be where every team aspires to be in the end.Despite posting four consecutive games of 500 or more yards of offense and defeating Penn State in a tough road environment, Ohio State debuted at No. 16 in the rankings, which is relatively low for one of the best teams in the Big Ten and a team ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press top 25.OSU and the Big Ten took huge hits to their reputations during the latter years of the Bowl Championship Series. After the Buckeyes lost convincingly to SEC teams Florida and Louisiana State University in consecutive national championship games between the 2006 and 2007 seasons, it has been an uphill battle for the conference to regain its credibility.But the new playoff system should be designed to place conference champions in the “Power 5” against each other. With two teams likely making the final four from the SEC and defending national champions Florida State looking poised to stay undefeated, that leaves just one spot open.And that spot should be reserved for the Big Ten champion, as long as it has just one loss.Michigan State — the Big Ten’s highest ranked team (No. 8) in the College Football Playoff standings — lost an early season matchup against then-No. 3 Oregon on the road in Eugene, Ore., but it’s been impressive ever since.The Spartans’ defense has long been the strength of the team under coach Mark Dantonio, but the offense has been explosive this season as well.Michigan State is fifth in the country in scoring with 45.5 points per game and its running game has accumulated about 254.9 yards per game.When OSU and Michigan State meet in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday, it will be a matchup of two of the top five scoring offenses in the nation. Both teams are hitting on all cylinders and the winner should have an inside track to making the College Football Playoff bracket.There are two one-loss teams remaining in the Pac-12 and three one-loss or undefeated teams in the Big 12 that could challenge for a playoff spot, but the Big Ten’s best have continued to look dominant in the face of pundits that claim they cannot compete with the nation’s best.The Big 12 has lost a lot of steam since serious contender Baylor took a road loss to No. 24 West Virginia and Oklahoma took losses to No. 6 Texas Christian University and No. 9 Kansas State.Oregon appears to be on a crash course to face Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game. If the Ducks can win their conference, they are perhaps the only team that can stand up to the Big Ten’s elite because they defeated Michigan State head-to-head.But the College Football Playoff committee ultimately needs to put an emphasis on conference championships in its inaugural season. The committee needs to set a precedent that going through an entire season and finishing at the top of your respective conference should give you a chance to play for it all.The winner of the Big Ten will have to at least defeat the smash mouth defense of Michigan State, the elite offensive firepower of OSU, or Nebraska’s senior running back Ameer Abdullah, a top Heisman candidate.If given the chance to compete for it all, the Big Ten will have a lot more to show in 2014. read more

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Autopsy confirms Kairuni teen was killed in accident

A post mortem examination (PME) conducted on the body of 19-year-old, Mark Jerome of Kairunia, a community off the highway, has confirmed that he was killed in a vehicular accident.Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death as multiple crush injuries which may be caused by more than one vehicles.Jerome’s mangled body was discovered on Wednesday last lying on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, near Loo Creek.According to reports, the teen and siblings were imbibing earlier that day but subsequently went home in a drunken state.However, unknown to his siblings, Jerome wandered out of his home sometime around 01:00h that day when he must have been struck. His body reportedly bore tyre marks.An investigation is in progress. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice teen killed in East Coast accidentOctober 8, 2017In “Crime”Essequibo Coast fatal accident… Teen provided for family – motherJanuary 20, 2019In “Crime”Highway hit-and-run fatal accident file to be sent to DPP- Traffic ChiefFebruary 2, 2019In “Crime” read more

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Where will all the construction workers come from to build the Ireland

first_img Share612 Tweet Email3 Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM By Rónán Duffy Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3856487 ON FRIDAY, THE Project 2040 plan made €116 billion worth of pledges and industry groups are warning that it must be matched with adequate training if the promises are to be kept.The plan makes a commitment to providing “capital supports” for new apprenticeship courses but the scale of the work that needs to be implemented is huge.The Construction Industry Federation estimates that apprenticeships have fallen from a peak of about 27,000 during the previous decade’s housing boom to a current level of 3,000.“We need to be signing up maybe 5,000 per year to be really meeting the demands of the industry and probably more into the future,” CIF spokesperson Shane Dempsey said following the publication of the government’s planning framework.While the numbers themselves show that apprenticeships have taken a major hit in recent years, there’s also an image problem that must be reversed.About 60% of school-leavers head for university or the IT system and Dempsey says part of the challenge is developing a culture that will see students and guidance counsellors viewing apprenticeships as a viable option.There’s reputational damage over the last few years so we really need to show there’s a career there, there’s 10 years if not 25 years of work. Part of that is also about investing in modern technology and demonstrating that there are careers in construction beyond the work that’s done on site.The commitment to support apprenticeships has also been welcomed by unions with ICTU’s Construction Industry Committee  saying they are currently “way below” what is required.ICTU’s Billy Wall outlined how the issue of apprentices leaving Ireland for work in Australia and Canada who would benefit from a more direct route into employment here.“Without these systems in place, the sector will struggle to attract the necessary workers which will impact negatively on the capacity of this plan to deliver critical infrastructure across the economy,” Wall said.Working groupThe also plan makes reference to the establishment of a working group that’s tasked with ensuring the construction sector is adequately supported throughout the period it covers.It’s envisaged the Construction Sector Working Group will consist of government departments as well as the relevant agencies with representatives of the construction sector al represented.Dempsey says this return to engagement is welcome and that the lack of it the past few years has been down to a lack of activity.In the short-term, however, there’s concern that a gap may exist between the development of new apprenticeships and the more immediate need for labour.CIF had estimated that construction activity could require 112,000 jobs up to 2020 under the government’s €43 billion capital programme.Now that has significantly increased, with a commitment for 25,000-35,000 houses per year, Dempsey says this figure may have to grow and could lead to construction workers coming from abroad:“The education sector will find it very difficult to deliver those kind of figures within three to four years.”So you will get an influx of skilled labour, from Europe in particular. You may get a ‘Brexit effect’ of construction workers who may have focused on going to the UK instead coming to Ireland.Read: ‘Mixed messages’ ‘Thumbs up’ ‘A cock-up’: Here’s some of the reactions to the government’s grand plan for Ireland >Read: ‘They’d have announced a new hinge on a door’: Not everyone is impressed with the €11 billion plan for health > 29,067 Views Where will all the construction workers come from to build the Ireland 2040 plan? In the long-term apprenticeships will help, but what about in the next few years? center_img Short URL Construction of social homes in Clongriffin. 80 Comments Feb 18th 2018, 7:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Construction of social homes in Clongriffin. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Feb 4th 2017, 8:00 PM Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRISH  Mourners at the funeral of Pat O Malley this morning. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieThe sixth case of bird flu was found in a whooper swan in Tipperary.A man was arrested after gardaí seized cocaine and cannabis worth an estimated €80,000 from a house in Tallaght.A man died after his car collided with a bin lorry and then crashed into a wall in Offaly.The Citizens’ Assembly reconvened today to hear arguments around the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution.WORLD By Cormac Fitzgerald Share Tweet Email 3 Comments A demonstrator takes part in a protest against US President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban to the US in Paris. Source: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu#UNITED STATES: The US State Department has cancelled a ban on travel visas from seven predominantly Muslim countries after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional.#UKRAINE: 35 people have died in the last week in renewed fighting with pro-Russian separatists.#FRANCE: The Louvre in Paris reopened this morning 24 hours after a soldier patrolling the museum shot a machete-wielding attacker.PARTING SHOTHow far can you throw an American football in a space station? 564,664 yards, it turns out. Source: The Guardian/YouTube 11,454 Views Get our daily news round up: http://jrnl.ie/3223293 Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Trump’s travel ban lifted, drugs seizure in Dublin and the Citizen’s Assembly reconvened – It’s the Fix Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Land trust acquires Columbia River habitat

first_imgThe Columbia Land Trust on Wednesday announced the acquisition of a 109-acre parcel just off the Columbia River, securing vital habitat to numerous wildlife species, the organization said.The Vancouver-based nonprofit purchased Kerry Island from the Jenks family, which had owned it since 1946. The island sits along Westport Slough, an 11-mile channel on the Oregon side of the river. The property is about eight miles from Clatskanie, Ore.The land had been run as a cattle and hay farm for decades, until Chester and Cleo Jenks retired in the early 2000s, according to the land trust. The trust now hopes to restore the property to perpetual habitat for salmon, steelhead and other endangered wildlife.The trust completed the $320,000 purchase with ratepayer funds from the Bonneville Power Administration. The organization will develop a management plan for the property in the coming year with input from the public.last_img read more

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