ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Gilas taps Austin, Akhuetie for Fiba Asia Champions Cup Former Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU Standout Danny Ildefonso during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU tennis ace Tin Patrimonio during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoe Lipa, Ronnie Magsanoc and Pia Cayetano lead former UP standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSen. Pia Cayetano during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer UST Growling Tigers Cyrus Baguio and Dylan Ababou during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer FEU Tamaraws RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer FEU star Rachel Anne Daquis during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU volleybelles Rachel An Daquis and Bernadeth Pons during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU’s Bobby Ray Parks and FEU’s Terrence Romeo exchange high-fives during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU crowd during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer La Salle star Renren Ritualo during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle legends during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTisha Dominguez-Abundo during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST legends during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Indian fans broke into wild celebration even as the Pakistanis were left heartbroken after their team lost the high-voltage semi-final of the World Cup to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men in Mohali on Wednesday night.Watched by the Prime Ministers of both countries and accompanied by top dignitaries, the semi-final had generated a lot of hype, and when India took the last Pakistani wicket, the capacity crowd at the PCA stadium erupted.”India deserved to win. This fact had been admitted by Afridi, who had yesterday said that India were the favourites,” said Anuj Gupta, an ardent fan.History repeated itself as India maintained their record of remaining unbeaten against Pakistan in World Cup.UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who was watching the final moments of the match with her son and party general secretary, Rahul Gandhi, looked delighted on India’s win and so did the Nehru-Gandhi scion, attired in a white kurta pyjama.The win also brought smiles on the faces of Bollywood star Aamir Khan, who was seated with Nita Ambani, wife of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, and UB Group chairman, Vijay Mallya.”After Kapil’s devils won the Cup in 1983, Dhoni’s men will bring this Cup back to India,” Gupta said.Even as the Indians basked in their team’s glory, the fans from across the border were shattered.”I was confident that Pakistan will win. We are disappointed and some in our group are heartbroken, but I think in the end it is cricket which has won and brought the two sides closer once again,” Waris Baig, Pakistan’s leading film singer, said.advertisementCricketing ties between the two nations had been suspended after the Mumbai terror attack in 2008.Meanwhile, outside the stadium, people burst crackers and did the traditional “Bhangra” to celebrate the victory.- With PTI inputs
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Semis-bound Phoenix just getting started View comments LATEST STORIES Up next in the competition will be a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Barcelona will also play in the Copa del Rey final against Valencia in May, and it’s nearing another league title after beating second-place Atletico Madrid on Saturday to open an 11-point lead with seven matches remaining.“We need to try to win all of our matches until the end of the season, but right now the focus is on the Champions League,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We have a very important game in front of us.”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, logisticsThe last time Barcelona advanced past the Champions League quarterfinals was in 2015, when it eventually won its fifth European title and completed the treble for the last time.United, which has been revitalized since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, has only the Champions League to play for in terms of trophies. But the English team is also looking for a top-four finish in the Premier League to ensure Champions League participation next season. “It’s a powerhouse, and it’s going through a good moment, that gives them motivation,” Valverde said of United, which eliminated Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16. “I don’t think Barcelona has ever won at Old Trafford, so we will try to change that.”The second leg will be on April 16 at the Camp Nou.Last season, Barcelona had advanced to the Copa del Rey final and held a comfortable lead in the Spanish league before it lost to Roma in the Champions League quarterfinals.But Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said the team is right where it wanted to be at this point of the season.“We would have taken this if it was offered to us in the beginning of the season,” Bartomeu said. “It will be a difficult series against United. In the league we know we can lose a match or two. We will keep focused on the three competitions, going day by day.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Teammate hug Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, on the pitch, after he scored his side’s first goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — For Barcelona, three straight quarterfinal exits from the Champions League is quite a slump.The Catalan club has been plenty dominant at home, winning seven Spanish league titles in the last 10 years and claiming four straight Copa del Rey trophies. But the team has somewhat struggled in the top European competition after winning four times in a decade from 2006-15.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess
Close on the heels of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s split, the news of another celeb break-up left Tinsel Town shocked. Ever since the news of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s split became public, gossip mills have been churning out stories around their break-up. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma break-up – Are the lovers patching up now?ALSO READ: Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma break-up – The split is official nowBut now there’s an all-new angle to the story. Apparently, Virat and Anushka never really broke up, but just took some time off each other. A source informed the Times Of India, “Anushka is the more pragmatic one between them. They never really broke up but merely took some time off each other. There is a lot on Anushka’s plate right now. Her next film (Sultan, with Salman Khan) is both physically and mentally exhausting. Their decision of staying apart for a while has actually done them good.”Reportedly, after Virat’s brilliant performance in the India vs Australia World T20 match, in which he was awarded the Man of the Match title, Anushka had called him and the two talked all through the night. Interestingly, Virat taking a stand for Anushka after she was trolled on social media also added more fuel to their patch-up story.He took to Twitter and Instagram and gave a befitting reply to the trolls. The 27-year-old cricketer had written, “Shame on those people who have been having a go at Anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated. Shame on blaming and making fun of her when she has no control over what i do with my sport. If anything she has only motivated and given me more positivity. This was long time coming. Shame on these people that hide and take a dig. And i dont need any respect for this post. Have some compassion and respect her. Think of how your sister or girlfriend or wife would feel if someone trolled them and very conveniently rubbished them in public (sic).”advertisementReportedly, the two broke up after Anushka turned down Virat’s marriage proposal. And some sources also said that Anushka’s decision to go ahead with the shoot of Sultan at a point of time when Virat had taken some time off his cricketing schedule to spend time with her didn’t go down well with the latter. However, if the reports of their patch-up are true, it will be a treat for their fans.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal and inadvertently set up the other as Portugal ground out a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday to march into the Euro 2016 final. (Match Highlights)The Portuguese superstar, who has had to soak up a lot of criticism for a lacklustre tournament by his high standards, majestically powered in a 50th-minute header to put his side in front.Ronaldo then saw his shot turned in by Nani for a second goal three minutes later, ending Wales’ remarkable run at their first major finals since 1958.The Portuguese, who had not won a single game in the tournament over 90 minutes, next meet hosts France or Germany who play their semi-final on Thursday.Wales kept their opponents quiet in the first half but could not recover the two-goal deficit, ending a scintillating run that has captivated millions back home and turned their players into heroes.The Welsh, with midfielder Aaron Ramsey suspended and replaced by Leicester City’s Premier League winner Andy King, had an early spell of possession but a tight Portugal defence kept them at bay.Portugal, bidding for their first Euro final since losing on home soil to Greece in 2004, had their first chance in the 16th minute, a low drive by Joao Mario after a clever flick from Ronaldo.Wales responded as Joe Ledley found Gareth Bale with a low corner and the forward fired over the bar.The Welsh, playing their first major tournament semi-final, did not suffer from stage fright with their back line, supported by midfielders Ledley and Joe Allen, remaining disciplined and compact.advertisementCAGEY FIRST HALFIn a cagey first half Portugal struggled to find Ronaldo, opting for long crosses into the box that were easy pickings for central defender James Collins.Portugal injected some urgency after the break, pressing high up the field.It paid off instantly with a corner in the 50th minute that Raphael Guerreiro floated in towards the far post where Ronaldo climbed high above two defenders to power his third goal of the competition.They doubled their lead with Nani sliding into the box to connect with Ronaldo’s mishit shot and claim his third goal of the tournament.Wales were then lucky not to concede more goals as Portugal, now unbeaten in 13 competitive matches, continued to dream of a maiden international trophy.
Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara scored the 100th century of his illustrious career while playing for English county Surrey in a one-day match on Tuesday. He became the 37th batsmen in the world to reach the 100 century club — a list headed by Sir Jack Hobbs who has 199 centuries.Sangakkara hit a run-a-ball 121 against Yorkshire in the One-Day Cup at Headingley.In the ongoing tournament, the left-handed batsman has so far scored 442 runs from seven matches with the help of two centuries and two fifties.???A standing ovation from the Headingley crowd as Kumar Sangakkara departs for 121! ?????????251/4 pic.twitter.com/GrJ1ZtVKPz- Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) 13 June 2017Last month, former Pakistan opener Aamer Sohail had praised Sangakkara as one of the best batsmen in modern day cricket.”In modern day cricket, he’s the best, I reckon,” Sohail said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 in London.The 39-year-old left-handed batsman now has 39 centuries in one-day cricket to go with his 61 centuries in first-class cricket, 38 of which have come in Test matches.Sangakkara retired from international cricket in 2015. He scored five straight centuries for Surrey in England’s county championship this year.Earlier in County Championship Division One, the 39-year-old ended the domestic tournament as the leading run-getter with 906 runs from 10 innings. Sangakkara had also scored five hundreds and two half-centuries.(With inputs from AP)
LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, the UCLA basketball players held in China over allegations of shoplifting, are on their way back to the United States.According to the Wall Street Journal, the trio were seen checking into a flight bound for LA at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Tuesday. The Pac-12 later confirmed the report and UCLA said the players will appear at a news conference on Wednesday, along with their coach Steve Alford. LiAngelo Ball is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.Earlier on Tuesday, Donald Trump said he had a long conversation on the matter with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. “They’re working on it right now,” Trump told reporters in the Philippines as he prepared to return to Washington after a visit to Asia that included an earlier stop in Beijing. “He’s been terrific,” Trump said, in an apparent reference to Xi. Support The Guardian news Read more Share via Email China College basketball Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. On Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three American men were being investigated in the eastern city of Hangzhou for alleged theft and that China and the US were in contact over the matter. “China will handle this case in accordance with law and protect the lawful rights and interests of the people involved,” Geng said.Chinese authorities detained the UCLA freshmen for questioning last week about allegations of shoplifting before a recent game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. The UCLA team returned to the US without them on Saturday.ESPN last week reported the players could be Hangzhou for “a week or two” while the situation is resolved. ESPN said there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end mall. They were questioned when allegedly taking sunglasses from a branch of Louis Vuitton. College sports Three UCLA players arrested in China to stay behind as team flies home – report US sports Donald Trump Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations The Best Straw Hats to Keep You Looking Classy They say dehydration is a soldier’s worst enemy, but in reality, we think the enemy is probably the soldier’s worst enemy, with dehydration coming in as a very close second. But for you hikers, bikers, and joggers out there, a lack of proper H2O is pretty much the worst foe you’ll face on any given outing. Unless you have made serious enemies over the years, in which case again your enemy is your worst enemy.Related: Hats Are Also ImportantAnyway, assuming you are the target of relatively little enmity, let’s put aside talk of that and instead discuss the best ways to keep yourself hydrated while on the move. In years past, a leather water flask (AKA a “bota bag”) or a tin canteen were essentially your only options for packing along water while covering ground on foot (or bike or horse). But today’s newfangled “technology” has allowed us to produce a plethora of portable hydration systems. Not all of these hydration systems are created equal, though; some may be perfect for use during one activity but a poor choice for others, and some may be suitable for one user but imperfect for another sportsmen or sportswoman.First let’s talk about a modern classic, the indispensable CamelBak!The Modern Classic CamelBakYou no doubt know all about the CamelBak, but in case you’ve just arrived here from before the 1990s, it is a hydration system involving a bladder and a length of tubing capped by a bite valve and worn in a slim-profile backpack. This type system has become so ubiquitous that most hiking packs today have built-in pouches for the bladder and slots to pass the tubing through, eliminating the need for a separate pack.For the hiker or biker traveling light, a simple CamelBak HydroBak Hydration Pack is a great choice: the nylon pack is compact and lightweight and features a small pocket for keys or a snack. There are multiple sizes of CamelBak available, but we recommend the 1.5 liter capacity bladder for most activities lasting 2 – 3 hours.The drawback to the CamelBak system? It’s not great for jogging/running. With only a pair of shoulder straps to keep the pack on your body (e.g. no waist strap) there is really no way to keep it from bouncing up and down with each step.Now let’s talk about a top-notch hydration belt, the Camden Gear Hydration Running BeltA Snug FitThere are hydration belts out there that strap four and even six bottles of water to your person, and for extra-long runs or jogs, you might need that much hydration. But for mid-level jaunts of a few miles, you need to find an optimal balance between weight and water. This belt from Camden Gear comes with two 6-ounce bottles, giving you enough H2O to compensate for the sweat you’ll produce during an hour or so of exercise, keeping you hydrated and healthy until you’re back home (or back to the office or lodge or yurt or whatever) to guzzle down more water. The wide belt fits snugly around your waist for minimal bouncing and little chafing even over bare skin. The belt also has a pocket large enough for snacks, a phone, keys, and other small necessities.The only drawback to the Camden Gear belt? 12 ounces of water is fine for those shorter/mid-range runs, but it’s sure not enough for even a morning hike.For a super-snug hydration pack that won’t hold you back, try the DolfinPack.A Tight FitDolfinPacks were designed with water sports in mind. They fit snugly over the torso using shoulder and chest straps, and have such a slim profile they can be worn under a wetsuit or lifejacket. That same close fit means a DolfinPack is great for joggers or runners, too, as there is minimal jostling, and for cyclists, as a DolfinPack offers full range of movement. The standard model holds a full liter of water, enough for mid-range outings of all types.Drawback to the DolfinPack? They’re not all that comfortable – the thin straps and abundance of velcro leads to lots of chafing, so don’t even try to wear one shirtless for long periods of time.And finally, if there’s water all around, why not just bring a LifeStraw?Water, Water EverywhereIf you’re going to be hiking, biking, or jogging in an area with copious streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and so forth, you could always just drink from the bounty of Mother Nature using a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter! These handy little contraptions remove 99.99% of waterborne pathogens and parasites (likely better than that bottled water you’re sipping now, Alice) and can safely filter up to 1000 liters of water each. So in theory, that’s 1000 days of exercise with a clean liter of hydration at your fingertips each time for… about two cents per liter. LifeStraws cost less than twenty bucks, see? And a LifeStraw weighs about two ounces. So toss one in a your bag, strap it to your bike, or just carry the damn thing.The drawback here? Well, if you can’t find water, it’s not going to help much… How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider
Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has asserted that violence against women has to stop, emphasizing that there is an urgent need for a broader national dialogue and engagement to tackle the issue. “Violence against women happens too often…I am sure everyone has had a friend or an acquaintance who has been a victim of intimate personal violence (IPV) and it has to stop,” the Minister emphasized, as she addressed the launch of the report: ‘Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean’, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on March 26. Stressing her intolerance to violence, especially against women and children, the Minister expressed the hope that increased dialogue and broad involvement will generate the urgently needed solutions to the issue. “We will never be able to build and support enough shelters to give refuge to battered women who are desperate to break free of the shackles imposed on them by the men who feel it is their right to perpetrate violence. The dialogue must begin, the dialogue must be broad, the dialogue must be intense,” Senator Falconer emphasised. She noted that not enough has been done to tackle the issue, but the Government has made some progress through the Bureau of Women’s Affairs and through programmes in the Ministries of Health, Labour and Social Security and the Office of the Prime Minister. [RELATED: PAHO/WHO Report on Violence Against Women Launched]The Minister cited one such intervention as a high level multi-sectoral consultative committee commissioned by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, late last year, to address violence and sexual crimes against women and children.She said this committee, which she chairs, is charged with developing a holistic approach to tackling the problem by assessing and streamlining measures, recommendations and activities so that national action will be better co-ordinated, more comprehensive and effective in utilising limited resources.The areas being focused on include public education, institutional strengthening, shelter services, and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods.“In addition, pieces of legislation have either been introduced or strengthened. These steps have allowed for the establishment of a Sex Offenders Registry, increasing remedies available to women and girls who are victims; the ability to give evidence via video link; and increased penalties on some perpetrators,” she said.“We believe that purposeful measures like these are required to combat violence against women and girls wherever it persists,” the Minister added.Citing a 2008 Reproductive Health Survey conducted in Jamaica, which reveals that 35 per cent of the women surveyed, aged 15 to 49, reported that they had suffered intimate personal violence, the Minister contended that “this takes on frightening dimensions when one considers that those incidents occur within the home.”“That has implications for children who are exposed to violence as often times it determines the choices they make as adults,” the Senator said.The Minister lamented that there is a culture of impunity that seems to operate in the minds of the perpetrators of intimate personal violence, who believe that it is okay and even justifiable to mete out such violence.“Then there is the acceptance by some victims that this is normal, this is what they deserve,” she added.“From the standpoint of conditioning and exposure, the data indicate that one in five of the young men surveyed, aged 15 to 24, feel that it is okay for a man to beat his woman. Put another way, 22 per cent of our young men believe ‘woman mus’ get lick’,” the Minister said.She further stressed that greater intervention is needed to begin to change the mindset of all involved.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter
The road between Sydney and the historic Town of Louisbourg will soon be stronger and smoother after the completion of a paving tender called by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender involves repaving on Trunk 22 (Louisbourg Highway)from the intersection of Highway 125 for 6.8 kilometres to the intersection of Landry Crescent. Also included is repaving of Waterview Drive from the intersection of Coxheath Road for 0.6 kilometres to its end and on Kimar Drive from the intersection of Waterview Drive for 0.2 kilometres. “This tender call is the second in a five-year program to upgrade all of Trunk 22 between Sydney and Louisbourg,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The other three projects are scheduled to be completed by 2010.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says while other western premiers meeting in Yellowknife will be talking about how to spend money, she’ll be working in Alberta figuring out how to earn it.Notley says she is not attending the meeting on Wednesday because her time is better spent making sure the Trans Mountain pipeline project goes ahead.She says Alberta needs to be able to pay for important programs to be discussed at the meeting such as pharmacare.She says it’s not business as usual because B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to shut down the pipeline and take $15 billion out of the Canadian economy.She says it might be worth going to the meeting to chastise Horgan if a decision on Trans Mountain were still a long way off, but the deadline is too close now for her to do that.Owner Kinder Morgan has set May 31 as the date by which it needs to have enough certainty to proceed with the pipeline’s expansion.Alberta sees the pipeline as key to moving bitumen from the province to the coast and from there to lucrative overseas markets.
Having just a plate of fries or a bottle of soda while following a ‘keto diet’ may damage your blood vessels, say scientists who warn against going for a ‘cheat day’ while following the popular weight loss regime. The ketogenic or keto diet has become very common for weight loss or to manage diseases like type 2 diabetes. “It consists of eating foods rich in fats, moderate in protein, but very low in carbohydrates and it causes the body to go into a state called ketosis,” said Jonathan Little, associate professor at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe diet can be very effective because once the body is in ketosis and starved for its preferred fuel glucose, the body’s chemistry changes and it begins to aggressively burn its fat stores, Little said in a statement. This leads to weight loss and can reverse the symptoms of diseases like Type 2 diabetes. The often embraced ‘cheat day’ is a common theme in many diets. However, researchers found just one 75-gramme dose of glucose – the equivalent a large bottle of soda or a plate of fries – while on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet can lead to damaged blood vessels. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We were interested in finding out what happens to the body’s physiology once a dose of glucose is reintroduced,” said Cody Durrer, doctoral student at UBC. “Since impaired glucose tolerance and spikes in blood sugar levels are known to be associated with an increased risk in cardiovascular disease, it made sense to look at what was happening in the blood vessels after a sugar hit,” said Durrer. For their test, the researchers recruited nine healthy young males and had them consume a 75-gramme glucose drink before and after a seven-day high fat, low carbohydrate diet. The diet consisted of 70 per cent fat, 10 per cent carbohydrates and 20 per cent protein, similar to that of a modern ketogenic diet. “We were originally looking for things like an inflammatory response or reduced tolerance to blood glucose. What we found instead were biomarkers in the blood suggesting that vessel walls were being damaged by the sudden spike in glucose,” said Durrer. The most likely culprit for the damage is the body’s own metabolic response to excess blood sugar, which causes blood vessel cells to shed and possibly die. “Even though these were otherwise healthy young males, when we looked at their blood vessel health after consuming the glucose drink, the results looked like they might have come from someone with poor cardiovascular health,” said Little. The researchers point out that with only nine individuals included in the study, more work is needed to verify their findings, but that the results should give those on a keto diet pause when considering a cheat day. “My concern is that many of the people going on a keto diet – whether it’s to lose weight, to treat Type 2 diabetes, or some other health reason – may be undoing some of the positive impacts on their blood vessels if they suddenly blast them with glucose,” Little said. “Especially if these people are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease in the first place. Our data suggests a ketogenic diet is not something you do for six days a week and take Saturday off,” he added.
Rabat – Moroccan men with yellow envelopes flocked in their hundreds to a “youth center” in Oulad Tayma, a city in the Taroudant province on Wednesday, September 11. The march was not a protest but a bid for job contracts in France.Morocco’s National Agency for Employment and Skills (ANAPEC) opened the opportunity to youth aged 25 and 45. If successful, the candidates will get a work contract in France for citrus fruit picking.Videos and photos showing crowds of men of different ages in front of the youth center have gone viral. Men from different places in the Souss-Massa region flocked to the region, hoping for a chance. The requirements stipulate that the candidates should have experience in farming and been in good health to secure a contract. Under the contract, successful candidates will receive a monthly salary of € 1,525 for 39 hours per week.Candidates will have to pay for their own transport to France.“The situation is weak in Morocco, I came to see if I will get a chance to travel to work,” one of the candidates told the press.“Look at all these youth, all came here looking for an opportunity. France, France, open the borders for us,” he shouted.Another video showed candidates jumping over the wall to enter the youth center in order to submit their application.Mohamed Dabach, a journalist from the region wrote: “Crowds of young from Oulad Tayma wishing to emigrate France exposed the reality of marginalization and misery.”Unemployment is on the rise in Morocco, especially in rural areas. Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) said in February that 1,168 people were unemployed in 2018.Social disparities in Morocco have raised concerns, urging King Mohammed VI to call for a new development model to reduce inequality.In a speech for Revolution Day in August, the monarch called on the youth to resort to self-employment, agriculture, and vocational training.The King insisted that a focus on a vocational training approach could serve as a concrete solution to reduce unemployment among Morocco’s youth, not only in rural areas but also in urban areas.
1 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Israelis and Palestinians to take steps that will build trust and ensure an environment conducive to sustained negotiations, voicing his hope that the nascent talks begun last month between the two sides will continue. “This is a critical moment for Israel and the region,” Mr. Ban said in remarks during a joint press conference with President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. This is Mr. Ban’s fourth visit to Israel as Secretary-General, and it is part of his wider visit to the Middle East that includes stops in Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territories in an effort to help move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators began preparatory talks at the start of last month in Amman under the facilitation of King Abdullah II of Jordan and that country’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.In his meeting with Mr. Peres, the Secretary-General stressed the need for positive actions on the ground to contribute to an environment conducive to successful negotiations. He also discussed the status of the peace process with Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.In remarks prepared for a press encounter with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Ban said he is encouraged that Israelis and Palestinians have re-engaged in direct talks and remained hopeful that direct, frequent exchanges between the parties will continue.“I also hope that Israel will be forthcoming with its own concrete proposals on territory and security, as called for by the Quartet [the diplomatic grouping consisting of the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States], in order to reach agreement on all final status issues before the end of this year. The success of the Amman talks is in the interest of both Israelis and Palestinians.”The Secretary-General commended Mr. Netanyahu’s commitment to a two-State solution, adding that this is the moment to display further leadership to ensure that negotiations continue.“A credible political horizon is imperative for the emergence of a Palestinian State living in peace and security side-by-side with Israel,” he said. “The consequences of inaction would be grave for either side.”Following his meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Ban stated that a viable Palestinian State is long overdue.“I continue to believe that a two-State solution can be achieved – and that the way to achieve it is through negotiations that resolve permanent status issues such as borders, security, refugees and Jerusalem,” he said in the remarks prepared for the press conference in Ramallah with Mr. Abbas.He also commended the Palestinian leader for the State-building efforts of the past several years and discussed with him ongoing tensions, including continued settlement activity and settler violence.While in Ramallah, the Secretary-General also met with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Foreign Minister Ryad Malki, as well as with Palestinian civil society groups and graduates of the UN’s annual media training programme for Palestinian journalists.
MedReleaf Corp. and Aurora Cannabis Inc. shares were briefly halted Thursday and resumed trading after the companies announced they have held discussions, but no agreement has been reached.Trading resumed mid-afternoon after being halted “pending news” for several hours.The companies issued press releases saying they were aware of media reports that MedReleaf was seeking a buyer.Citing anonymous sources, The Globe and Mail reported that Markham, Ont.,-based MedReleaf was putting itself on the market and that Edmonton-based Aurora had submitted a friendly offer.On Thursday afternoon, MedReleaf released a statement in response to a request by Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), saying it was aware of a news article speculating about a potential transaction involving Aurora.“MedReleaf does not publicly comment on unusual market activity, rumours or speculation in the marketplace or any potential transaction unless, and until, a binding legal agreement to effect that transaction has been signed,” it said.It confirmed that it engages “from time to time” in discussions with other industry players, including Aurora Cannabis, “regarding various alternatives.”“The company has not entered into an agreement to effect any particular transaction, and there can be no assurance that such discussions will result in any such agreement,” MedReleaf said.Aurora also released a statement in response to a request from IIROC regarding reports involving a potential transaction with MedReleaf.“The company does confirm that it engages in discussions with industry participants from time to time, including MedReleaf,” Aurora said in a statement on Thursday afternoon. “At this time the company confirms there is no agreement, understanding or arrangement with respect to any transaction with MedReleaf.”Consolidation in the Canadian marijuana sector has been accelerating as the country prepares to legalize cannabis for recreational use later this year.Aurora recently completed its acquisition of Saskatoon-based licensed producer CanniMed Therapeutics after striking a $1.1 billion stock-and-cash deal in January.In February, rival licensed producer Aphria Inc. completed its acquisition of B.C.-based Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a transaction valued at more than $200-million in stock and cash.
Manchester United fired manager David Moyes with four matches left in the English Premier League season, the club announced on Tuesday. His removal — after only 10 months on the job — left Moyes more than 25 seasons shy of the tenure of his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson. Going by results, that’s understandable: Ferguson’s United sides won England’s top league 13 times, while United under Moyes was languishing at seventh in the league, eliminated from the lucrative, Europe-wide Champions League for the coming season.Although Ferguson selected him as his successor, Moyes was always going to have big shoes to fill. Yet less noticed was that Ferguson had been, in his final season, lucky as well as good. By several crucial stats, United wasn’t as good last year as it seemed in winning the league by 11 points. The team has been worse by all these measures under Moyes. But the club has also been far less lucky.Soccer analysts, inspired by ice hockey’s Corsi stat, have begun to examine teams’ ability to create and prevent shots. Teams’ share of all shots taken, and their share of all shots on target, are far more predictive of future success than teams’ percentage of shots converted or of opponents’ shots saved, as soccer analyst James Grayson has shown.Last season, United was far from leading the Premier League in creating the lion’s share of shots, or shots on target. United ranked eighth of 20 teams in proportion of shots, and seventh in proportion of shots on target, according to Grayson; and seventh and fourth, respectively, according to Benjamin Pugsley, who uses a slightly different set of underlying numbers. (Soccer doesn’t yet have completely standardized stats — or, as, Pugsley puts it, “Football and numbers is really new.”)How, then, did Manchester United nonetheless lead the league in goal differential? By leading the league in shooting percentage and placing fourth in save percentage. Grayson calls the sum of those two percentages, multiplied by 1,000, PDO (after its hockey name), and he’s shown that it has essentially no value in predicting future results. United led the Premier League in PDO by a big margin last year. It did the same the year before, which at the time prompted Grayson to forecast a United decline — a year too early, as it turned out.So United’s path to the league title last year was a lucky one; its performance didn’t predict continued success this season. Sure enough, United’s PDO has declined from league-leading to seventh best, and that, combined with less-precipitous declines in share of shots and shots on target, has led to the club outscoring opponents by less than half a goal per game, compared to more than a goal per game last season.Not only did United convert shots, and prevent shots, at unusually high — and unsustainable — rates last season. The club also won more matches than expected based on its goal differential. United won the league by 11 points over Manchester City last season. It also had 12 more points than expected based on its goals scored and allowed. This year, it’s getting about as many points as expected based on goal differential.Was Ferguson just lucky last season, or was he able to conjure consistently high levels of shooting accuracy and goalkeeping even after his club’s edge in shots had eroded? On the one hand, his United clubs sustained high levels of PDO during his tenure. On the other hand, there’s some out-of-sample evidence from United’s Champions League performance, this season and last season.In Ferguson’s last year at the helm, United played eight Champions League games, yielded nine more shots than it took and outscored opponents by two goals. Real Madrid eliminated United in the round of 16. In this season’s Champions League, under Moyes, United allowed 32 more shots than it attempted, yet United still outscored opponents by eight goals, advancing to the quarterfinal stage.These results suggest United’s overachievement in the Premier League last season was due more to luck than to anything Ferguson did.
RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING to recruit 300 people for a study on stress levels among those caring for a spouse or partner suffering from dementia.The three-year project is being being undertaken by Trinity College’s Institute for Neuroscience. The ‘De-Stress’ study will look at the stress levels and cognitive functions of dementia caregivers.It’s hoped the findings will lead to new ways to improve quality of life for both the carer and the sufferer.Informal caregivers over the age of 50 who provide care for their spouse or partner at home are eligible to take part in the study, which is part funded by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.“You can’t treat the person with dementia without taking the caregiver into consideration,” Trinity Professor Brian Lawlor said.“Ultimately, we want to improve the quality of life of the person with dementia and their caregiver, allowing the person with dementia to be able to stay at home with a good quality of life for as long as possible.”There are currently almost 42,00 people in Ireland with dementia. Of that number, over 26,000 live at home.Anyone seeking more information, or who may be interested in taking part in the study, is being asked to contact project coordinator Dr Maria Pertl.Read: “We are putting our trust in the HSE” – junior doctorsRead: HSE signs agreement to improve palliative care
Microsoft’s big news this week was, of course, the official release of Windows 8.1, but what was less discussed was the fact that Windows RT had received the same update. Windows 8.1 RT is here, and it is a dramatic improvement over the previous iteration.Windows RT was supposed to be a big deal for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it was consumer-grade Windows on ARM processors, something which had never happened before. It also meant affordable machines for users who simply wanted apps, IE and, Microsoft Office.Starting with the Surface RT, this experiment was less than successful out of the box. The experience was unpolished and Microsoft had compromised in a lot of the wrong places, at least as far as the demands of casual Windows users went. On top of this, Microsoft’s app store took a while to take off, which caused additional problems for users who were trying to compare the experience to iOS or Android. Stability and usability updates have come since then to help the overall experience, but the upgrade to Windows 8.1 has helped make RT devices feel like a whole new experience.Upgrading Windows RT to version 8.1 is just as simple as updating Windows 8 to 8.1. As long as you have your system up-to-date with security patches and your device is charged to at least 30% while connected to the wall, you’ll find the big purple tile in the Microsoft Store prompting you to update to the latest version of Windows. This means downloading and installing the file, which can take upwards of an hour depending on your internet connection. Microsoft allows you to wrap up any work you may have been doing while this download is happening, but afterwards the install will start and your RT device will be busy for a while. When you’re finally given a prompt, it is to set your account back up and give you a quick rundown of what is happening with this new version.Typically when you have an OS upgrade followed immediately by new hardware — specifically the Surface 2, which comes out next week — the first generation of hardware tends to suffer. All too often the new model shines while the previous model has most of the same features but is left with a sub-optimal experience. (Just ask anyone with an iPad mini how their tablet is holding up after the iOS 7 update and you’ll see what I mean.) That’s not the case with the Surface RT and Windows RT 8.1.The Windows RT 8.1 update applies all of the same visual updates from the 8.1 update. You get the new Start Page with an actual Start button on the Desktop. You get split screen app support for any app that supports the feature, and you get the new Bing Smart Search. Every feature from Windows 8.1 made its way into 8.1 RT, at the same time, just as though they were a single OS.After the update performance on the Surface RT was not diminished — it actually improved. The animations when swiping through menus are very smooth. No matter how many apps you have pinned in Modern UI, it looks nice, and it’s very fast to navigate from the Start Page to the full app panel. Going back to the first time the Surface RT booted with the launch version of the OS, this is a huge step forward.Unfortunately, not all of RT’s apps have updated to really take advantage of 8.1’s goodness. Google Search and Netflix both still think the screen should split into thirds (the 8.0 method), leaving a lot of unused space when it is set to take half of the screen. Fortunately all of the Microsoft apps have updated already, so you can enjoy Skype or SmartGlass in each of the new multiscreen positions.Considering that Windows RT 8.1 is an update to part of Microsoft’s business that was clearly not successful, Microsoft has done a fine job keeping Windows RT and the Surface RT up to date. There’s no reason to expect these results would be any different for other RT devices, as many of them are running the same hardware as the Surface. This also shines a pleasant light on the next generation of RT devices, which will be running Tegra 4 and Qualcomm 600 — or better processors — starting with the release of the Surface 2 next week.
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has made a surprising admission about the team following their draw against Arsenal on Wednesday.Matic insists the United squad is currently low on confidence as they go through a poor season so far.Jose Mourinho’s United came back from a goal down on two separate occasions to earn a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford.“Both teams attacked,” said Matic, according to Mirror Football.“It was a great game for the supporters but I thought we deserved a point.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Everyone knows the confidence is not high, but this is the fight that we have to show. Everyone is ready to play wherever the manager asks.”Meanwhile, United defender Chris Smalling said the players are well aware of their problems.“All of us know we are in a tough path of form and everyone is giving everything to help us through,” he said.“Everyone is digging in. We were on the front foot and pressing them because we know they like to play and I thought we were unlucky not to get the third goal.”
In La Center, where posted speed limits rarely exceed 35 mph, traffic citations went up 472 percent from 2011 to 2012. Police issued 504 notices of infraction, compared with 88 the year before.The figures may raise eyebrows or simple make you wonder why?Turns out, there’s no single, simple answer, but in September 2011 there was a clear turning point for enforcement efforts.At that time, the agency increased its coverage area to include Northwest La Center Road, a major thoroughfare from the city to the Interstate 5 junction. The speed on this 2-mile stretch is 50 mph and changes to 25 mph when motorists hit the bridge that crosses the East Fork Lewis River into La Center. It’s the most direct and well-traveled route into the city, and many motorists use it to get to northeastern parts of Clark County.In the last decade, La Center Road has been a site for traffic fatalities.Three years ago, in September 2010, a drunken driver crashed into a motorcycle, killing a La Center couple out for a ride. Six years before that, three people died when a car crossed the centerline and collided with an oncoming vehicle.When La Center Road entered the jurisdiction for city police, officers became more active in enforcement to thwart traffic fatalities and major injury accidents. Six officers and a sergeant patrol the city of 3,000.A majority of the city’s infractions are given out on this road, including the overwhelming majority of speeding infractions and tickets for failing to obey traffic control devices.