Griffin’s departure leaves Clippers in free-agent hunt

first_imgLATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: Lady Falcons eager to sustain winning culture for Adamson Griffin’s stunning departure on Monday — seven months after he signed a $171 million, five-year contract — has paved the way for the Clippers to have plenty of salary-cap room next season, putting them in position to snag a big-name free agent.“With the future flexibility comes great opportunity,” said Lawrence Frank, executive vice president of basketball operations. “It’s going to be an exciting time, not just presently but also going forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe once-beleaguered franchise has never lured a major free agent, just as it has never gotten past the second round of the playoffs.“We feel we’ll always be an attractive place for players to come,” Frank said. “With the goal being that we want to be in a position to compete for an NBA championship, that flexibility is paramount in order to add the talent we want to add to the team.” In exchange for their five-time All-Star forward, the Clippers got forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center Boban Marjanovic, along with draft picks.“As long as I look around this place, I don’t see any (championship) banners,” the elder Rivers said. “And until we do that, we’ve got to keep mixing it up.”When Paul headed for Houston, the Clippers got Patrick Beverley in return and acquired Danilo Gallinari in a sign-and-trade deal.That hasn’t worked out so well.Beverley has missed most of the season after having knee surgery in November. Gallinari returned Tuesday night from yet another injury, having missed 35 games this season with a variety of issues.At 25-25, the Clippers are unlikely to win 50 games for a sixth straight season. Griffin played a major role the first five times that happened in franchise history.But he was often injured during his nine years in Los Angeles, starting with a broken left kneecap that delayed his rookie season.“You’re looking at the other teams out there and comparing yourself. If you’re not good enough or if you don’t think you can beat them or if you think you need more help, then you have to do something about it,” Rivers said. “To do something, sometimes you have to take chances. You have to mix it up and change it and see where you can go in the future.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Exactly, Frank said, why the Clippers had to deal their resident superstar.“As much as we valued Blake and all his contributions, we knew there may be a ceiling on the group as presently constructed and we were going to have to make some hard decisions,” he said. “We couldn’t be afraid to be bold.”Still, the move appeared to catch Griffin and his teammates by surprise.“I know he was shocked,” forward Sam Dekker said. “This is his team. This is all he knows. I’m sure he’s nervous and it kind of made him probably sit down for a second and re-evaluate everything.”Austin Rivers, son of coach Doc Rivers, said, “No one saw it coming. I didn’t even believe it when I heard it.”ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Suddenly, the Big Three is down to one. With star guard Chris Paul in Houston and face-of-the-franchise Blake Griffin traded to the Detroit Pistons, only DeAndre Jordan is left from the power trio that propelled the Los Angeles Clippers to relevance.Jordan becomes a free agent this summer and could be gone, too, if he isn’t traded by the Feb. 8 deadline. Lou Williams, leading the NBA in scoring off the bench with 22.2 points per game in his 13th season, might be trade bait, too.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Japan, Thailand teams to beat in FIVB World Tour Boracay Open

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The two have won four titles, having won the Asian U21 Championships in 2017 and 2019, the Asian U17 Championships and the Asian U19 Championships in 2016 and 2018.The Philippines will field in four women’s teams in the main draw led by Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons while the tandem of Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor will go through the qualifiers.Rondina and Pons will arrive in Boracay Wednesday.In the men’s division, Russia’s Maxim Sivolap and Artem Yarzutkin, who won the gold in the Kg Speu 1-Star tournament in Cambodia to go with a silver in the Siem Reap 2-star in Thailand last month, are tipped to win. ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img The Japanese, who will field three women’s pairs in the four-day, 1-star tournament, remain strong contenders despite not having the duo of Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori, who ruled last year’s Manila Open.Completing the Japanese cast are are Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada, who finished fourth in the Battambang 1-star and 2006 Doha Asian Games silver medalists Shinako Tanaka and Miyuki Matsumura.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, logistics“We’re really expecting a heavy challenge from Japan since they are extensively preparing for the Olympics,” said Charo Soriano, Beach Volleyball Republic’s co-founder who also serves as tournament director.Thailand’s team of Thatsarida Singchuea and Pawarun Chanthawichai is also not to mess with.  Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments PBA D-League: Go for Gold-CSB bags playoff spot, trumps lowly McDavid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Thai team in FIVB World Tour Boracay Open. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Japan and Thailand are the favorites ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open on Thursday at the White House Beach Station 1 in Boracay.Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba, bronze medalists in the Battambang 1-star last month in Cambodia, will banner Japan’s campaign. The two were gold medal winners in the 1-Star Manavgat Open in Turkey a year ago.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Photos – The Sabine Lisicki Story

first_imgAdvertisementSabine Katharina Lisicki (born 22 September 1989) is a German professional tennis player.She turned professional in 2006 and her breakthrough came in 2009 when she reached the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships and won her first WTA title, the Family Circle Cup, against Caroline Wozniacki.In March 2010, she suffered an ankle injury at the Indian Wells Masters that kept her out of competition for five months and saw her fall out of the top 200.Lisicki rebounded in 2011 and won the Aegon Classic before entering the Wimbledon Championships as a wildcard and going on to reach the semifinals, where she lost to Maria Sharapova.In doing so she became only the second woman in Wimbledon history to make it to the semifinals while entering the tournament as a wildcard.She followed that two months later by winning her third WTA tournament, the Texas Open.In 2012, she achieved her highest career world ranking, 12th, and again reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.Again, in 2012 she suffered from another ankle injury that prevented her from having better results on tour.Lisicki reached the final of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, losing to Marion Bartoli.The following year, she reached another quarterfinal at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and won her first title in three years when she won the 2014 Hong Kong Tennis Open.Image Courtesy – Sabine Lisicki (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

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Dream Chasers to start selection process in Mumbai on Apr 16

first_imgMumbai, Apr 9 (PTI) The selection process for football talent hunt Dream Chasers, to be conducted across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Delhi, Assam and Bengal, is to commence here on April 16.The programme, launched by sports promotion firm Proforce, is being mentored by India captain Sunil Chhetri. It aims to pick young talent and train them for a period of five years in association with one of Europes top clubs, Sporting Clube de Portugal (SCP).The first round of selection trials would be conducted in Maharashtra till May 15 before the scene shifts to neighbouring Gujarat, according to a media release.After the conclusion of the second round in July-end, trials would be held in August in Kerala followed by Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati, the release said.At the end of the entire programme, 15 boys – in the 8-14 age group – would be picked for the five-year residential course in Kolhapur where, besides football training, their education as well as lodging and boarding would also be looked after.The programme would include 10 months of football training in Kolhapur and one month of free training every year at SCP, the release added. PTI SSR RSY SSClast_img read more

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Golovkin puts Canelo in past, eyes Derevyanchenko at Garden

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin, left, and Ukraine’s Sergiy Derevyanchenko, pose for photos after a news conference at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Longtime middleweight champion Golovkin can regain one of his old belts when he faces Derevyanchenko on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK— Gennadiy Golovkin is intrigued by fighting outside the U.S. and in another weight class.Whether it’s boxing or business, Triple G seems interested in just about everything —except Canelo Alvarez.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect “We have a lot of different things to talk about,” Golovkin said through an interpreter. “We have a lot of interesting subjects, topics, and you asking about Canelo tells something about you as journalists. Explore better options. Ask more interesting questions. I think it’s your problem, not mine.”Alvarez is challenging light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev next month, having been stripped of the IBF title when he didn’t make a deal to fight Derevyanchenko, the mandatory challenger. The same thing happened last year to Golovkin when he refused a bout with the Ukrainian after the initial date for his rematch with Alvarez was scrapped when the Mexican failed a drug test.Derevyanchenko then went on to fight Danny Jacobs for the vacant belt, losing by split decision. The fact that he’s getting another chance with just one bout since makes it appear that he benefited from some boxing legal maneuvering, but his handlers say he’s worthy of this fight no matter how he got it.“Anybody that says that he doesn’t deserve to be here again, to put it in sort of a slang way, is a hater,” said Keith Connolly, his manager. “He deserves to be here, he deserves every penny that he’s making and I think he’ll show that Saturday night.”Derevyanchenko, now based in Brooklyn, had more than 400 amateur fights before finding trouble landing work as a pro. Connolly said he’ll be in a position to earn $10 million or more for his next fight should he upset Golovkin.“Saturday night, I’m ready for rock and roll,” Derevyanchenko said.Golovkin is the rock star on the card, the one DAZN signed to a multifight deal after previously signing Alvarez, with the expectation the mere hope of a third bout would sell plenty of subscriptions.The possibility remains, though Golovkin has more to do at 37 than wait around. He’ll have four fights remaining on his DAZN deal, and even talked of three of them coming in 2020.“This is a great time for me,” he said, “a great time for boxing right now.” It’s his second bout with trainer Johnathon Banks since the two matches with Alvarez, the first a draw and the second a narrow loss that was the first of his career following a record 20 consecutive middleweight title defenses.There’s been little progress toward a third meeting, in part because Golovkin isn’t interested in returning to Las Vegas due to his disappointment in the judges’ scoring of the fights.Title or not, he appears as popular as ever with his fans, who believe he won one if not both the fights, and plenty of them will be in the crowd for Golovkin’s seventh fight at Madison Square Garden.The fighter widely known as Gennady before deciding to go with the spelling on his birth certificate will have options afterward at 160 or 168 pounds should he decide to move up, which he said would be only temporary. The Kazakhstan native thinks he might have the opportunity to take his Big Drama Show around the world thanks to DAZN’s availability in other countries.But he still faces as many questions about Alvarez. He was asked this week if he was tired of that.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical With that chapter of his career in the past _ and unclear if it will ever reappear —Golovkin is focused only on the opportunity in his present.The longtime middleweight champion can regain one of his old belts when he faces Sergiy Derevyanchenko on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manAt stake is the IBF title that both Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) and Alvarez previously held. Both ended up being forced to vacate it when they wouldn’t make matches with Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs), but Triple G is eager to take him on this time in a bout that will stream on DAZN.“Please guys, if you like real fight, don’t miss this fight,” Golovkin said. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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SEC QB Giving Up Football To Focus On Baseball

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football stadium.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – OCTOBER 27: Views around Donald W. Reynolds Stadium of the Arkansas Razorbacks before a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Razorback Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Commodores defeated the Razorbacks 45-31. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Connor Noland, who appeared in four games and started one at quarterback for Arkansas last fall, is stepping away from football. Noland will move on from the game to focus on his college baseball career.He made the announcement on Twitter this afternoon. Noland is a starting pitcher on the Arkansas baseball team.“No matter which sport I play I’l always be a Razorback,” Noland wrote.No matter which sport I play I’ll always be a Razorback! #Omahogs@RazorbackFB @RazorbackBSB @ArkRazorbacks pic.twitter.com/rheD4xpt3W— Connor Noland (@cnoland_13) June 20, 2019On the diamond, Noland logged a 3-5 record with a 4.02 in 20 appearances (19 starts) this season, helping the Razorbacks reach the College World Series in Omaha. In Arkansas’ NCAA Tournament-opening victory over Central Connecticut, he earned the win.Noland also was saddled with a loss against Ole Miss in the Super Regional and recorded a no-decision in the season-ending loss to Texas Tech.On the gridiron, Noland hit on 21-of-43 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the four games he saw action as a true freshman.A four-star recruit in the class of 2018, Noland was the No. 2 prospect in the state of Arkansas and the 14th-ranked Pro-Style quarterback in the country.last_img read more

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NOAA’s HF Radar Paves Way for Safer Navigation

first_imgzoom A new NOAA National Ocean Service website will provide mariners near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high frequency (HF) radar, making marine navigation safer for mariners and commercial shippers.The web-based observations are now available for the Chesapeake and San Francisco Bays in areas vital for marine navigation, with additional locations to follow. The product was made possible by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) using data from the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). “By partnering to create new tools like HF radar surface currents, we are providing a more complete picture of a very dynamic environment,” said Richard Edwing, director of CO-OPS. “This is a great example of how coastal environmental intelligence better enables informed decisions to be made for safe navigation and other uses. We will continue to work with our partners in the navigation community to enhance and expand this product and eventually integrate it into NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) products.”Currents in the ocean are equivalent to winds in the atmosphere because they move things from one location to another. These currents carry nutrients as well as pollutants and marine debris, so it is important for scientists and mariners to know the currents for ecological, economic and safety reasons. HF radars can measure currents over a large region of the coastal ocean, from a few miles offshore up to 125 miles out, and can operate under any weather conditions.Located near the water’s edge, HF radar does not need to be atop a high point of land. Traditionally, crews placed current measuring devices directly into the water to retrieve current speeds. While these direct measurement systems are still widely used as a standard reference, HF radars are the only sensors, including satellites, which can measure large areas at once with the detail required for important applications.HF radar ocean surface current data complements NOAA’s PORTS®, a system that provides real-time water level, current and meteorological observations for safe navigation and also benefits search and rescue, oil spill response, harmful algal bloom monitoring, water quality assessments, ecosystem assessments, and fisheries management.“This is an excellent example of taking the environmental data that U.S.IOOS® collects, and putting that information into the hands of people who need it,” said Zdenka Willis, director of the NOAA-led U.S. IOOS® Program. “By working to translate that data into an existing suite of real time navigation products and services, we are showing that NOAA’s investment in key observational platforms provides the vital services our maritime communities rely upon to operate both safely and efficiently.”NOAA, May 6, 2014last_img read more

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Mayawati reelected BSP chief vows to never to stop or bend

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati was on Wednesday re-elected the party’s national president after which she vowed never to “stop or bend, let alone break”. She was elected BSP president unanimously at a special meeting of senior office-bearers of the party’s central executive committee, its state units and representatives selected from across the country, a party release said. On her unanimous re-election, the 63-year-old Dalit leader expressed gratitude to all her party workers and followers and assured them of her continued commitment to take forward the BSP movement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details She said she would remain ever ready as usual to pursue the humanitarian missions of sants, gurus and great men, born in the Dalit, Adivasi and other backward classes from time to time. She vowed never to “stop or bend, let alone break” in the interest of the party and the movement. Mayawati said the excellent work of the BSP governments in Uttar Pradesh is an example on the strength of which the BSP can seek people’s support in the upcoming elections in various states. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Referring to the assembly elections to be held soon in Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Delhi, she said the party has to contest all elections with “full strength”. “The BSP has to fight these elections against both the ruling BJP and the Congress and has to move forward by first becoming a balancing power,” she said. “In addition to this, the BSP has to also show a good result in the assembly by-polls to be held for some seats in Uttar Pradesh,” she added.last_img read more

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Federal government moves to transform inmate segregation in federal prisons

first_imgOTTAWA – Eleven years after a teenager killed herself after spending more than three years in segregation in prison, Ottawa is moving to ban the practice of isolating prisoners who pose risks to security or themselves.Legislation introduced Tuesday by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will eliminate the practice of separating inmates from others in isolated cells for either administrative or disciplinary reasons.Inmates who do pose risks, will instead be moved to new “structured intervention units” where they can be removed from the general inmate population while maintaining their access to rehabilitative programming, interventions and mental-health care.Goodale said the changes are a direct result of recommendations from a coroner’s inquest into the 2007 death of 19-year-old Ashley Smith. The young woman from Moncton, N.B., choked to death from self-strangulation in a segregation cell as prison guards looked on at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont.Smith spent more than 1,000 days in segregation in various corrections’ facilities before her death.An Ontario coroner’s inquest in 2013 ruled her death a homicide, and made 104 recommendations, including the banning of indefinite solitary confinement.“The approach that we’re taking now is entirely different,” Goodale said Tuesday.“Using the structured intervention units, it will allow us to maintain separation where separation is necessary, but at the same time the programming will continue.”Currently, inmates in segregation are restricted to two hours a day outside their cells and do not have access to meaningful interactions with others nor do they benefit from programming or mental health supports.Under Bill C-83 prisoners transferred to structured intervention units will be offered the opportunity to spend four hours a day outside their cell, during which time they would be guaranteed a minimum of two hours to interact with others.Inmates in these units will also be visited daily by a registered health care professional and be provided with access to patient advocates — a measure that was also recommended as part of the Ashley Smith inquest.The Correctional Service of Canada will also have to make sure that considerations unique to Indigenous offenders are factored into all correctional decision-making.Goodale says this is a “world-leading” approach to dealing with troubled inmates, focused more on intervention and rehabilitation rather than segregation and punishment.“Remember that the vast majority of these inmates will at some point serve their sentence and be released into society,” he said.“So the key question is, are they going to be released in a condition where they have some prospect of leading a law abiding life? Or are you just going to leave them in a condition where they will undoubtedly reoffend again and there will be more victims and there will be less safe communities?”This bill will replace another introduced by the Liberals last year to put a cap on the number of days an inmate can be held in solitary confinement. That bill was never debated and will no longer be pursued, a spokesman from Goodale’s office said Tuesday.Both the B.C. Supreme Court and the Ontario Superior Court have delivered decisions saying Canada’s current policies for administrative solitary confinement are inhumane and, in the Ontario decision, unconstitutional if longer than five days.The federal government has appealed the B.C. Supreme Court’s ruling, which was brought jointly by B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society.Goodale said Tuesday these appeals “will go forward” but Ottawa expects all sides will recognize the new legislation addresses the concerns with current policies, which “will make the further pursuit of the litigation unnecessary.”Grace Pastine, litigation director at the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said her organization needs time to digest the details of the proposed changes and how it could affect their court case. She said the bill does show the government recognizes the current system of solitary confinement must end.“It’s an important bill and it shows that Canada is waking up to the fact that solitary confinement costs too much, it does nothing to rehabilitate prisoners and it exacerbates mental illness and, in some causes, even causes it in prisoners who are healthy when they enter solitary,” Pastine said.“Will this bill result in meaningful change? I think we just don’t know yet. We need to examine the bill closely and we need to carefully consider how it might be implemented.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

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Colombia UN appeals for 14 million for hundreds of thousands displaced by

20 February 2007The United Nations refugee agency today launched a $14-million appeal to aid hundreds of thousands of people this year in Colombia where the more than four decades of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries have uprooted some 3 million people, killing over 40,000 people in the last 16 years alone. “In Colombia, human rights violations, including extra-judicial killings and disappearances, are common. Illegal armed groups recruit children – often forcibly – in many areas of the country,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Director for the Americas Philippe Lavanchy said. “More than 1 million children do not go to school, while 77 per cent of previously enrolled children are unable to continue their studies, mostly for financial reasons. It is likely that the displaced population will continue to increase in 2007, with indigenous people and Afro-Colombian groups under the biggest threat, he added. Last year alone, more than 170,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Colombia’s internally displaced people (IDPs) make up about 8 per cent of the country’s total population and represent the largest single group of concern to UNHCR anywhere in the world. UNHCR is seeking $14,436,364 for its 2007 protection and aid programmes, directly benefiting some 350,000 IDPs and indirectly helping millions more. This is $1.6 million more than last year. UNHCR’s overall objective in Colombia is to promote a collaborative and comprehensive response to what has been described as one of the world’s most serious humanitarian crises, preventing displacement, ensuring protection and humanitarian aid for IDPs and fostering durable solutions, bearing in mind the special needs of specific groups. The way to achieve this is by promoting a more effective response by the state and civil society. In some parts of Colombia, the armed conflict makes it difficult for humanitarian agencies to reach affected communities. The presence of armed groups has reportedly increased in border areas, while the presence of landmines is another serious constraint. The agency has repeatedly called international attention to the desperate plight of those caught up in fighting or forced to flee, warning that some indigenous communities, displaced from land to which they are tied by their culture and traditions, are in danger of disappearing altogether. read more

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Veteran Japanese diplomat takes over as top UN communications official

Mr. Akasaka, who succeeds Shashi Tharoor of India as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, signed a Declaration at UN Headquarters in New York this morning.The new Under-Secretary-General comes to the UN from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he served as Deputy Secretary-General since August 2003.Mr. Akasaka served as Japan’s Ambassador to the UN between 2000 and 2001, and was Deputy Director-General in the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Multilateral Cooperation Department from 1997 to 2000, participating as one of his country’s top negotiators in the Kyoto Conference on Climate Change and various other international meetings.He has also held posts at the Secretariat of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), precursor of the UN World Trade Organisation (WTO), and at the UN World Health Organization (WHO).Fluent in English and French, Mr. Akasaka has held a number of positions in the field of communications and public relations, serving in the Japanese Foreign Ministry as Deputy Director of the Press Division and spokesman on climate change. He has also been deeply involved in OECD public information activities. 2 April 2007Veteran Japanese diplomat Kiyotaka Akasaka of Japan, who has been closely involved throughout his career with the work of multilateral organizations, began his tenure today as the new chief of the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). read more

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Libya UN calls for justice after killings of displaced persons

10 February 2012The United Nations political mission for Libya today voiced serious concern over the killing of seven internally displaced persons (IDPs), including three children and two women, and urged authorities to investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice. The attacks took place on Monday took place at Janzur Marine Academy near Tripoli, where three of the victims were killed, the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) said. Four other IDPs – all from the town of Tawerga – were murdered during a street demonstration.UNSMIL said it welcomed the action taken by military police of the national army to restore security.Libyans successfully overthrew the long-standing regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi last year after a protracted civil war, but tensions have persisted in some areas, leading to violent incidents involving militias and community groups.The mission was established by the Security Council last September to support the National Transitional Council (NTC) in its reconstruction efforts, including restoring the rule of law, drafting a new constitution, promoting reconciliation and preparing for elections. read more

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Power Financial Q2 profit takes hit from sale of US insurance business

Companies in this story: (TSX:PWF, TSX:GWO, TSX:IGM)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Power Financial Corp. says its net earnings decreased 33 per cent in the second quarter on lower revenues and a substantial charge resulting from the sale of its U.S. individual life insurance and annuity business.The Montreal-based company says it earned $443 million or 66 cents per share, down from $658 million or 92 cents per share a year earlier.The result included a $146-million charge, 92 per cent of which related to the June sale by Great-West Life and Annuity to Protective Life Insurance Company of the U.S. operations for $1.6 million.Excluding the one-time items, adjusted earnings were down 10.5 per cent to $589 million from $658 million in the prior year.That equalled 88 cents per share, one cent per share better than forecast by analysts and down from 92 cents per share in the second quarter of 2018.Revenues were $3.5 billion, compared with $11.4 billion a year earlier which included the U.S. business.Power Financial holds majority stakes in Great-West Lifeco, IGM Financial and Wealthsimple Financial Corp., as well as a minority stake in Pargesa Holding. read more

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New York Stock Exchange says a bad software upgrade caused Wednesdays outage

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Stock Exchange said an outage of more than three hours was caused by problems associated with a software upgrade on the exchange’s computers.The NYSE said in a statement Thursday that the upgrade caused communication problems between its trading software and other systems, causing customers’ orders to not go through.The problem became severe enough by late morning Wednesday that the exchange decided to suspend trading at 11:32 a.m. Eastern time so the problem could be addressed. Orders were cancelled, trading software was restarted and backup units were brought online, the exchange said.The exchange restarted trading at 3:10 p.m. Eastern.Wednesday’s shutdown was a black eye for the NYSE, but ultimately it did not broadly impact Wednesday’s trading. The Nasdaq still operated normally and several other exchanges were also available for investors to execute trades while the NYSE worked through its problems. While the exchange was only open for 50 minutes in the afternoon, it was enough time for investors to close out their positions for the day.The outage came at a time when traders had plenty of other things to worry about. There have been concerns about China’s plunging stock market and a logjam in talks between Greece and its creditors that has weighed on investors’ mood all week. New York Stock Exchange says a bad software upgrade caused Wednesday’s outage by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2015 2:01 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday July 8, 2015 file photo, trader Leon Montana works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York. The NYSE says an outage of more than three hours Wednesday was caused by problems associated with a software upgrade on the exchange’s computers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) read more

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Ohio State mens soccer season ends with 20 loss to Michigan State

Senior defender Sage Gardner misses a penalty kick during a match against Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-0.Credit: Elizabeth Dickey / Lantern photographerFor the fourth consecutive season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-8-5, 1-3-2) fell in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.After a scoreless first half, the Michigan State Spartans (11-4-3, 3-2-1) scored two goals in a span of 12 minutes en route to a 2-0 victory over the Buckeyes.Buckeye coach John Bluem said the team was well aware of the level of difficulty the Spartans brought into Wednesday’s match.“We knew that we were in for a difficult game and Michigan State is a very good team,” Bluem said. “We had to be at our very best to get a result tonight and we fell a little bit short of that.”The Spartans’ first goal came in the 57th minute when redshirt-senior midfielder Brent McIntosh scored his first goal of the season from 10 yards out.The Buckeyes had a chance to tie just three minutes later after Buckeye freshman forward Danny Jensen earned a Buckeye penalty kick when he was taken down inside the Spartan penalty box. Senior defender Sage Gardner took the shot for OSU, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and went out of bounds for a Spartan goal kick.Bluem said the missed penalty and the pressure of being down a goal was too much to rebound.“The first goal we made some bad mistakes and allowed them a goal,” Bluem said. “Then we have a chance to get back into it and unfortunately, Sage hits a great penalty but it’s an inch too much to the left. That kind of took the wind out of us.”In the 69th minute, the Spartans added to their lead after a goal from sophomore midfielder Sean Conerty. He scored after he received a bouncing ball on the left side of the box and volleyed it off the far post outside of Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov’s reach.Junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic said the pressure from the second goal distracted the team from performing their original game plan.“We didn’t keep the ball as much as we wanted to,” Ivancic said. “They’re a good team. They put us under a lot of pressure.”Ivanov recorded nine saves in the game, bringing his total for the season to 110, good for fifth in program history for single-season saves.Bluem said the play of Ivanov throughout the season kept the team alive in some difficult times.“Ivy (Ivanov) has had a brilliant season,” Bluem said. “Without him, things could have been worse. He had a great year.”The Spartans ended the match with a 20-16 advantage in shots.The Buckeyes have been playing all season with a majority of younger players, having 10 freshmen, two walk-ons and five transfers. Ivancic said the inexperience may have played a role in the loss.“We’ve been playing with that (inexperience) all year and we found a stride in the last five games of the season,” Ivancic said. “But I think (inexperience) might have a little to do with it. They’re an older team and physicality showed a bit today.”Following the loss, other OSU players declined to comment. read more

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Argos under pressure to recall exploding glass tables

first_imgArgos is under pressure to recall a line of glass-topped patio tables after complaints about them shattering in hot weather.Customers said the glass in the “potentially deadly” £199 Argos Sicily table unexpectedly exploded.One mother, Lindsay McGladdery, 36, said it happened as her sat on the lawn a few yards away. Her son, four, and niece, two, narrowly avoided injury, she said. Barry Williams and wife Kerry with their childrenCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Mrs McGladdery found other examples from as far back as 2013 when Julie Wyett wrote on Argos’ Facebook page: “The glass in my table has just exploded for no reason apart from it’s sunny outside.”Mother-of-three Georgina Bailey, 45, of Rayleigh, Essex, also said: “I’m still finding bits of glass now and it’s a year on.”Contract manager Barry Williams demanded that Asda recall their £130 Miami eight-piece patio set after his “exploded into a thousand pieces”.Mr Williams, of Drayton, Hants, said his four children had been sitting around the table a minute earlier.An Argos spokesman said: “We have apologised to Mrs McGladdery for her experience, which wasn’t up to our usual high standards. The safety of our customers is extremely important to us.”Asda apologised to Mr Williams and said such incidents are rare and that the table had passed safety requirements. Both firms offered refunds. The table left small jagged shards all over the floorCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Expert Warren Evans, of manufacturer UK Glass, explained how the accidents may have happened.”The sun basically makes glass expand and contract and if there are impurities in the glass, when it cools down it will shatter,” he said.Mrs McGladdery alerted Argos by phone, Facebook, in store and also email after the incident last Thursday and was furious her warnings were dismissed.Following her Facebook alert, a woman called Claire Louise posted: “This has just happened to me” — along with photos. The table left small jagged shards all over the floor Barry Williams and wife Kerry with their children Mrs McGladdery, an NHS admin co-ordinator, told The Sun: “If we had still been sat there who knows what would have happened. “These tables are dangerous and potentially deadly.”They need to recall them.”She and her husband James, 28, have since suffered cuts after stepping on glass hidden in their lawn in Torquay, Devon.The retailers have been accused of failing to act over concerns. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Kirstie Allsopp defends flying business class while leaving her children in economy

She responded, telling her Twitter followers: “People parent differently, I think letting 10 year olds have social media accounts is far more risky than anything that could happen on a plane, and the biggest dangers come from adolescent mental health issues. #horsesforcourses.”Gordon Ramsay agrees, and said earlier this year: “They get entertainment on their iPads. I don’t want them sat there with a 10-course f—ing menu with champagne. It is my wife and I’s choice to keep them real.” Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has defended her decision to sit her children in economy when she and her husband fly in more expensive seats.After criticism, she said she thinks letting children on social media is more dangerous than leaving them alone in economy on a plane.The Location, Location, Location star had told the Sun that upgrading her childrens’ seats would be an “absurd waste of money” and that sitting in Club level should be something that people work for.Ms Allsopp explained: “Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do.“Club Class should be a huge treat you’ve worked hard for. If kids get used to it, what do they have to work towards? It seems like an absurd waste of money and very spoiling. I suspect Gordon Ramsay and I can’t be the only ones to think this.” She and her partner Ben Andersen occasionally upgrade to more expensive seats, she said, while her children Bay, 12, and Oscar, 10, sit in economy.Furious critics responded, with one tweeting: “As an ex crew member I hated it when parents did this.”One child spilt drink all over herself and the parents left us crew to sort it out…unfair on the crew or other pax who ended up as babysitters…while parents quaffed champagne in Club.” Another wrote: “Until they are adult, it’s the parents job to PARENT not the Cabin Crew! Those children need looking after on a flight. I’d never have left mine.” Utter rubbish, they don’t need to be “looked after” they’re sitting on a plane watching movies! That’s not parenting it’s fussing. https://t.co/WzHyQksrAt— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) June 4, 2018 A: I’m not in club and don’t drink champagne B: I have frequently been complimented by cabin crew on the behaviour of my boys C: I always introduce myself to the cabin crew concerned and say if there are any problems to alert me immediately. Don’t generalise. https://t.co/SnbdErK9tq— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) June 3, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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These cats dont want you to look at DailyEdgeie

first_imgThree missing altogether so far, and counting 🙂 SO YESTERDAY WE guessed (correctly) that if you own a cat, and  you own a laptop, the two can often be difficult to separate.We asked you to share your tales and photos of your feline friends (*we don’t really think they’re swines) blocking access to your beloved DailyEdge.ie…BasilLisa Keane writes:Hi DailyEdge, this is my cat basil on my laptop which he sits on everyday but only when I want to use it myself. If you look closely you can see one of the keyboard keys is missing and no second-guessing as to who ripped that off. (Marcella Treacy)“Davina casually chilling on the laptop” (Nadine Kelly)(Roisin Flannery)(@beagile)(Anon)Keep em coming. Dogs and other pets also welcome to tips@dailyedge.ie or @dailyedgeVIDEO: Dog decides cat is dirty; needs a bath>Own a laptop and a cat? Is this happening to you right now?center_img (@DonegalWaterBus)last_img read more

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Arnautovic set to miss Austrias game

first_imgAustria are weighing the risks of playing star man Marko Arnautovic in their Nations League match against Northern Ireland on Sunday.Austria travel to Windsor Park on Sunday to face Northern Ireland who have already been relegated.The Central European country has no possibility of taking the top spot from Bosnia & Herzegovina and is not looking to risk playing West Ham forward Arnautovic.After playing against Bosnia on Thursday, Arnautovic sustained a knee injury and trained separately from his team-mates on Saturday.robert lewandowski, PolandReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“The knee is not the best but I am fit and I can play. I’m not training a lot at West Ham to try and keep my knee calm,” Arnautovic told Sky Sports News last month about his persistent knee injury.“It is going to take some time as I have some inflammation in my bone but I am always ready to play on the weekend.“After a game, I need some rest for about two or three days. By the middle of the week, I am training normally with the team, training in full.”last_img read more

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ASA Urges Elimination of Argentina DETS

first_imgASA, the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) and the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) sent comments this week to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports, particularly on the trade distorting impact of Argentine Differential Export Taxes (DETs) and the artificial advantage they provide to soybean products exported from that country.Argentina’s system of DETs within the soy sector includes the highest tax rate for raw products like soybeans, lower rates for processed products like soybean meal and oil and the lowest rate for the most processed soy product, soy-based biodiesel. This creates economic incentive for processing the beans in Argentina and exporting the value-added products rather than the raw beans; therefore DETs have distorted the competitive balance among soybean processors globally and have enabled Argentina to become the world’s largest exporter of soybean meal and oil.The groups stated in comments to USTR, that while U.S. exports of soybean products achieved another strong year in 2013, they could be significantly higher and reach a greater global market share, if the U.S. soybean industry did not have to compete with Argentina’s DETs.“Robust exports of soybean and soybean products are critical to the prosperity and profitability of the entire U.S. soybean value chain (biotech companies, seed companies, transportation industries, soybean farmers, oilseed processors and exporters),” the comments state. “Expanded volumes of U.S. soybean exports (especially value-added products such as soybean meal, soy oil and soy biodiesel) translate to an increased number of high-quality U.S. jobs.”The comments also included findings of a 2013 study by the LMC International Report prepared for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and United Soybean Board (USB). According to the study, DETs affect the global balance of crushing capacity because countries can chose to import (or export) either soybeans or their products and as Argentina shifts its exports away from soybeans towards their products, due to the DET advantage, importers and other exporters are forced in the opposite direction.“The DETs therefore assist crushers in Argentina to the disadvantage of crushers elsewhere. Over a long period they have encouraged additional investment in crushing capacity in Argentina and have tilted exports from the country away from beans towards their products,” the groups state. “By exporting more meal and oil than it would have done otherwise, Argentina has altered crushing decisions around the world.  This has affect Argentina’s competitors (primarily Brazil and the U.S.), as well as countries which import soybeans and their products. This is because such governmental incentives distort normal market signals and competition among crushers.”The groups concluded by urging immediate action to eliminate Argentine’s use of DETs on soybeans and soybean products, which ASA believes are inconsistent with WTO obligations and since they’ve been left unchecked, continue to spread across other agriculture products to countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Indonesia and possibly Uruguay.last_img read more

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