first_imgFILE – Philippine women’s volleyball team during the 2018 Asian Games. POOL PHOTOLarong Volleyball sa Pilipinas president Peter Cayco said the Philippines has a very strong chance of making the podium in the Southeast Asian Games for the first time since 2005’s bronze medal finish in Manila.“You can bet on it, we will get a medal in the SEA Games,” said Cayco. “We’re only talking about which color.”ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Cayco’s belief was bolstered by the presence of volleyball superstars during the tryouts held at Arellano University gym in Manila.National team regulars Alyssa Valdez, Denden Lazaro, Mika Reyes, Aby Maraño and Ces Molina led some 40 club and collegiate players who trooped to Arellano for a chance to represent the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“They are all here. That goes to show how inspired and willing they are to wear the Philippine colors,” said Cayco.The country will host this year’s edition of the Games. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. POC chief dares dream a dream Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 11 (PTI) China plans to install tsunami detection buoys in the disputed South China Sea and waters east of the Ryukyu Trench and Taiwan Island to firm up its hold on the disputed region.They will be linked to international tsunami warning networks, providing early warnings for Chinas east and south coasts and nearby countries, said Yuan Ye, director of the tsunami warning centre of the State Oceanic Administration.Some buoys have been installed west of the Manila Trench, which has the potential to generate a tsunami event in the South China Sea, Yuan was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency today.China argues such measures are aimed at helping countries in the region to cope up with natural disasters. It recently opened a light house saying it helps navigation in the region.China claims almost all of South China Sea as its own. However, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the area.Located along the earthquake zone of the Pacific Rim, China faces threats from regional and trans-ocean tsunami.In particular, those originating from the Nankai Trough and Manila Trench may seriously threaten the South China Sea, the Xinhua reported.Chinas tsunami warning network can warn of events in the whole Pacific within five minutes, in the northern and western part of the ocean in one minute and in the South China Sea in 30 seconds.The network receives data from about 800 tide and current stations and 60 tsunami detection buoys around the world, in addition to 112 tidal stations along the countrys own coast.advertisementIn the first 15 years of the 21st century, more than ten tsunami disasters were recorded, compared with the average level of one in every six years in the previous century. PTI KJV ZHlast_img read more

first_imgChris Lynn and Sunil Narine’s big hitting helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) sweep aside out-of-sorts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets in a rain-interrupted Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday.It was a surprise when Narine came out to open the batting with the fit-again Lynn instead of in-form skipper Gautam Gambhir but the West Indian who has been doing the job at the top of the order for KKR this season vindicated the team management’s faith in him.Pursuing RCB’s 158/4, KKR romped home with 159/4 in 15.1 overs riding on a 105-run stand by Narine (54; 17b 6×4 4×6) and Lynn (50; 22b 5×4 4×6) in just 6.1 overs at a run rate of 17.02.Narine registered the fastest half-century in the IPL , reaching the 50-run-mark in just 15 balls.KKR are now second in the points table with 16 points from 12 outings. They play Kings XI Punjab in Mohali before ending the league engagements at home against already-qualified Mumbai Indians.The morning showed the day as far as KKR’s chase was concerned with Lynn – back from a shoulder injury – smoking Aniket Choudhary for two fours and a six on the trot.Sreenath Aravind was taken for 26 runs in one over as the maverick pair took the game away from RCB in the Powerplay itself.Narine was the first to depart, top edging a Aniket Choudhary delivery which wicketkeeper Kedar Jadhav collected safely.Lynn was castled by Pawan Negi (2/21) who also accounted for the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme (31; 28b 1×4 2×6) while Yuzvendra Chahal sent Gambhir (14; 16b; 0x4 0x6) back in the hut.advertisementYusuf Pathan (0 not out) and Manish Pandey (4 not out) saw the out the win for the men in purple.Earlier, Travis Head’s pyrotechnics towards the end of the innings helped Royal Challengers Bangalore erase a top order collapse to post 158/6 in 20 oversMandeep Singh (52; 43b 4×4 1×6) also played well to graft the innings after the big three of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers failed to contribute.Head (75 off 47 not out), who is playing in place of Shane Watson, and Mandeep stitched together a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket to stem RCB’s rot and at the end it was about the Australian’s big hitting.While Mandeep took time to steady the ship and pace his innings to perfection, Head saved his shots for the last smashing Ankit Rajpoot and Chris Woakes for two sixes in consecutive overs to up the run rate. In the last over, Head tonked Umesh Yadav (3/36) for two sixes and a four on the trot to take away 21 runs.Put in to bat, Gayle played a lazy shot first ball of the match for Gambhir to complete the simplest of catches at short cover off Umesh’s bowling.Mandeep looked to take on Chris Woakes, opening the bowling in place of injured Nathan Coulter-Nile, hitting the England pacer for a four and a six off back-to-back deliveries.Kohli’s (5; 9b; 0x4, 0x6) poor form continued unabated as the India captain could not make the most of his reprieve when Piyush Chawla grassed him at mid-off to get out in the very next ball. He fell to Umesh’s slower delivery with the ball striking his back foot for a plumb leg before wicket decision.Narine sent De Villiers (10; 8b 2×4 0x6) back in his first over with the out of form South African shuffling across the crease to miss the ball completely and losing his stumps as a result.Mandeep and Head took almost nine overs to engineer a 50-run stand for the fourth wicket. There was a period where RCB could not find the fence for five overs before Head pulled Ankit Rajpoot behind square leg for four.Play was stopped for around 38 minutes after which Mandeep brought up his half century but the interruption in their partnership saw Narine taking the prized wicket of Mandeep.Kedar Jadhav holed out to Umesh who ran from long off to pouch the ball to help Chris Woakes grab a wicket. Negi added just five runs to the total before falling to Umesh in the final over.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — As he watched the last, 95 mph pitch land in the catcher’s mitt, and heard the plate umpire’s game-ending strike call, Alex Rodriguez threw his head back.“I didn’t think it was a strike,” Rodriguez said, “but I’m not the ump.”On a night that Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and Manager Matt Williams were ejected in the third inning after arguing with that same umpire, Rodriguez and the Yankees wrapped up a disaster of a road trip with a 3-2 loss to Washington on May 20.“You never want to end the game like that,” Rodriguez said after striking out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning against Nationals closer Drew Storen, who collected his 12th save in 13 chances this season.The Yankees head home for a day off May 21, then games at their ballpark starting May 22, and they must be excited to be back in the Big Apple.The team went 2-7 on the road, including a pair of losses against the Nationals.Somehow, though, the Yankees remain atop the AL East.“We’re struggling right now,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “I said this division is going to be tough all year. Teams are going to go through their ups and downs, and right now we went through a tough road trip. We get to go home, which is good, but we need to play better there.”On May 19, the Yankees led 6-2 but lost 8-6. On May 20, they led 2-0 but lost again, and the biggest problems came in the seventh inning, which began with the game at 2-all.The first batter was Wilson Ramos, and he reached on Chase Headley’s fielding error. Adam Warren (2-3) then walked two batters to load the bases. One of those two free passes, to Dan Uggla, came after right fielder Carlos Beltran failed to chase down a fly ball in foul territory.On came lefty reliever Justin Wilson to face left-handed batter Denard Span, who bounced a single into left field to drive in the go-ahead run.Jordan Zimmermann (4-2) earned the win, allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings. Both runs came in the first inning — on Beltran’s RBI double and Brian McCann’s sac fly — and the Yankees couldn’t tack on any more.They also failed to take advantage of Harper’s departure.The two-time reigning NL Player of the Week, who entered the game with 10 homers in his previous 12 games, wound up in a bit of a he-said, he-said with home plate umpire Marvin Hudson that Harper thought was connected to him leaving the batter’s box.“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple. Plain and simple. I mean, I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees. … and, I mean, the way I’m hitting, I don’t want to get tossed,” Harper said. “I don’t think I really did anything bad to get tossed. But maybe he just had a bad morning. Maybe he didn’t get his coffee.”Not surprisingly, Hudson’s version was not quite the same. “Had nothing to do with the box,” he told a pool reporter.“He didn’t like the pitch, and I let him have his say, going and coming,” Hudson said. “The dugout didn’t like it, and one thing led to another and I had to run him. I had to eject him.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare on Pinterest Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Children Topics news Victims of Barry Bennell have said they are “bitterly disappointed” after Crewe Alexandra rejected calls for an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse by its former youth football coach.The club said the police had found no evidence that anyone at Crewe knew about Bennell’s offending and it saw no need to “duplicate the thorough inquiries” by launching another investigation.The statement, which followed weeks of questions for the club after Bennell’s conviction, was immediately criticised as “deeply disappointing” by the former players he abused.The former Crewe and Manchester City coach was jailed for 30 years last month after being found guilty of 43 charges of child sexual abuse throughout the 1980s. Another 86 former players have come forward to make abuse complaints against him.In its statement, Crewe again insisted that Bennell, 64, was sacked in 1992 as its youth coach for “footballing reasons”. It has been reported that Bennell was fired days after parents confronted him about his behaviour, and that rumours about the coach were widespread at the time.But the club said on Friday that police “found no evidence that Mr Bennell was dismissed because of any complaints for sexual assault being made against him at that time”.After the “extremely thorough” Cheshire police investigation, Crewe said it would no longer be launching an independent review, despite promising one in November 2016 when the allegations were first exposed by the Guardian. Barry Bennell Rape and sexual assault Crime Child protection Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Crewe Alexandra Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Read more Share on WhatsApp Andy Woodward, whose interview in the Guardian emboldened other players to come forward, said: “This statement speaks for itself. Once again the victims come last, after the reputation of the club.“What has happened has ruined mine, my family and many, many others that played for the club as vulnerable children. I’m bitterly disappointed with their response, but I’d rather focus my energy on driving change, so no club can let this happen again, than dwell on the past.“Crewe had a moral responsibility to investigate their own failings. Instead they seem to want to bury their heads in the sand and, if nothing else, at least people can now see the way the club operate. “As far as I know, they have not asked to speak to any of the former players from this harrowing court case to learn about how this scandal happened and what could have been done to prevent it.“A police investigation, looking for possible crimes, is entirely different to an independent inquiry being set up to investigate what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. For the many victims, this is just another kick in the teeth but, as shocking as it is, nothing should really surprise us about Crewe any more.”The Offside Trust, a charity supporting survivors of child sexual abuse in sport, repeated its call for Crewe to agree to independent scrutiny and said the people who were abused “can only move forward if all the facts are known”.“For lessons to be learned, there needs to be full transparency from all clubs where abuse took place. As an organisation created by survivors, for survivors, we believe that these clubs have a moral responsibility to open their doors to a truly independent investigation. If clubs have nothing to hide, they should not shirk from this duty.”The charity said the healing process was made more difficult when clubs and individuals “refuse to properly address the past and fail to demonstrate any empathy and remorse. We sincerely hope that clubs will acknowledge this and agree to appropriate independent scrutiny.”Crewe’s 925-word statement made no reference to the allegation that it continued to employ Bennell for a number of years, despite the club’s chairman at the time being told by police to “move him on” in the late 1980s, following a specific complaint.Nor did the statement comment on allegations, reported by the BBC, that a former Crewe employee said he was asked to help delete pornography from the home computer of the then manager Dario Gradi.The allegation was made in a statement to the NSPCC in 2011. Gradi, whose association with Crewe goes back to 1983 and includes more than 1,200 games as manager, has denied any wrongdoing. The club said: “Finally, and above all else, the club wishes to make it absolutely clear that it sincerely regrets the terrible crimes committed by Mr Bennell upon young footballers over a significant number of years. The club also wishes to reiterate its deepest sympathies to the victims and survivors of Barry Bennell.” Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Support The Guardian A defiant Anthony Joshua has attempted to slip condemnation from human rights organisations about staging his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia by insisting he is not a superhero who can solve the world’s problems by himself.On the third stage of his whistlestop tour to promote the fight – which has taken in Diriyah, near Riyadh, and New York in the space of 48 hours – the Guardian asked Joshua about Amnesty International’s criticisms that the £83m event, billed as the Clash of the Dunes, was being used to “sportswash” the image of a regime that beheads people in public, arrests protesters, and discriminates widely against women. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more “This is boxing,” he said. “No one has the right to tell a fighter they can’t take an opportunity in a sport like this. Every country has problems. We understand that. We’re interested in the boxing, and what this can do for boxing worldwide.”Hearn also rejected the suggestion that Joshua’s decision was similar to cricketers and rugby players agreeing to play in apartheid South Africa.“You cannot compare a game of cricket to a fight,” he said. “As a promoter we see the investment into sport from the region. We see the vision. And when these people tell me: ‘We want to change the sport, we want all the super fights to take place here in Saudi Arabia,’ understand they mean business.“I am never going to turn my back on an opportunity for a fighter to be rewarded, especially financially.”Joshua, meanwhile, praised Ruiz as the best heavyweight on the planet but said he was not planning to dramatically change his approach for the rematch on 7 December.“I am looking at myself in the mirror and saying I know I’m better than that,” he added. “Andy is still the same person. He will come game and I’ve got to change some of my bibs and bobs.”“I was 50% of the way towards getting a win, just got caught,” he added. “It was a punch from the gods. It wasn’t a lucky punch from him, it just caught me on the head and I couldn’t recover. It was pitch perfect.“Getting to the top is one thing, but staying at the top for an amount of years, that’s a whole other story. I’ve got to up my game to get my title back.” Share via Email Since you’re here… “I appreciate them voicing an opinion,” said Joshua. “And it’s good to talk about issues in the world. But I’m there to fight. If I want to put on my cape where I’m going to save the world, we all have to do it together. The questions and the things that are happening in the world in general can’t be left to one man to solve. We all have to make a difference.”The 29-year-old, who is rumoured to be making at least £40m, insisted it was better establishing a friendship with the Saudi authorities than attacking them from London.“I’ve actually been to Saudi Arabia and I’m building a relationship,” he said. “Some of the questions that the world has to ask, maybe I could be a spokesman? It’s a blessing and they can speak back. And that’s relationship building, rather than just accusing, pointing fingers and shouting from Great Britain. In order to ask questions, and people that may want to make change, you have to go and get involved.”Joshua rejected suggestions that showing support for the regime might damage his reputation, and urged critics to look at the bigger picture.“Will they hate me now?” he asked quizzically. “Look at the bigger picture. And that’s why when we look at the whole picture, we have to judge not by a chapter but by the book.“From what I saw of Saudi Arabia it was phenomenal. It is going to be a really good event. And I am really looking forward to it. This is a defining moment in sporting history. And that’s why this is a massive opportunity. And I don’t know, the ins and outs. I can only speak for what I have seen.”Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, was more combative, questioning whether human rights organisations had the right to challenge him for trying to do the best for his man. Topics Anthony Joshua defends desert fight and points to Saudi Arabia ‘reforms’center_img Share on Twitter news Share on Pinterest Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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first_imgGeorgia's live mascot Uga on the field attached to a leash.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: The Georgia Bulldogs mascot ‘Uga’ barks in the end zone during a game against the Florida Gators at Alltel Stadium on October 28, 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida defeated Georgia 21-14. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)The Georgia-Tennessee game on October 5 will have an extra special meaning for the newest member of the Bulldogs.Tennessee junior tight end Eli Wolf has announced that he is grad transferring to Georgia for his final year of eligibility.Wolf made the announcement in a post on Twitter, thanking all of the people who assisted him in securing a spot on the team, as well as the fanbase who supported him.“After exploring my options to finish my final season of college football, I have decided to transfer from the University of Tennessee,” Wolf wrote. “I want to thank everyone at Tennessee, past and present, who helped me grow on and off the field.“Special thanks to all of volnation who have supported me on this journey. I will leave the University of Tennessee with great memories, lasting friendships, and a college degree.“I have chosen to play my last collegiate season at the University of Georgia. I am blessed, humbled, but most importantly very excited at the opportunity ahead of me. Thanks again for all your support and God bless.”#GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/OJvZ0QjhHO— Eli Wolf (@EliWolf16) February 7, 2019 Wolf is a former walk-on who was put on scholarship in 2017. He played both fullback and tight end during his time with the Vols.In 2016, he caught one pass for eight yards. In three games in 2017, he had three catches for 48 yards.This past season he finished with five receptions for 30 yards, and had his first touchdown against South Carolina.Wolf is the younger brother of former Vols star Ethan Wolf, who averaged 22 or more receptions per year in his four years as a starter.last_img read more

first_img State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has emphasised the importance of public/private partnerships to transform the education sector. Mr. Green hailed the opening of the eye clinic and training centre as a step in the right direction, noting that this signifies the power of partnership in the development of the nation. Story Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has emphasised the importance of public/private partnerships to transform the education sector.According to the State Minister, while the Government continues to institute measures to improve education, collaboration is needed to amplify those efforts.“When it comes to health and education, no one group, no one person, no one entity can get the job done. We all have to pull together. The Government, private sector, NGOs, community and of course the church, have been doing yeoman service  in the area of healthcare and education and continue along that path,” he noted.The State Minister was speaking at the dedication of an eye clinic and training centre at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, in Maggotty, St. Elizabeth, on January 30.Mr. Green hailed the opening of the eye clinic and training centre as a step in the right direction, noting that this signifies the power of partnership in the development of the nation.He also lauded the Catholic Church for its contribution to Jamaica in the areas of education and healthcare.“We know that eye care is one of those areas that is tremendously costly. A lot of our residents are unable to afford it oftentimes. So this project, which brings accessibility and removes the cost factor, is something to be applauded and I acknowledge the work of the Catholic Church in this vineyard as you continue to do what is the work of the Lord,” Mr. Green said.The eye clinic and training centre were constructed with the assistance of the Diocese of Poland and Food for the Poor.The eye clinic complements a health clinic that has been in operation at the Holy Spirit Church for eight years.The training centre, which boasts three classrooms and an auditorium, will serve the Maggotty community in the areas of skills training and literacy development. The training centre, which boasts three classrooms and an auditorium, will serve the Maggotty community in the areas of skills training and literacy development. last_img read more

first_img Two new divisions have been established at the National Land Agency (NLA) to continue the titling of land under the Registration of Titles Act.They are the Land Administration and Management Division (LAMD) and the Adjudication Services Division (ASD).The departments were created out of the merger of the NLA with the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP), the latter of which was officially closed in December 2018.Senior Director of LAMD, Felicia Wiltshire, explained that the new division will “continue the functions of LAMP as you know it”.“The NLA (through LAMD) will be assisting persons in getting registered titles, and where titles exist, we will assist persons in dealing with these titles, such as estates, and whole or part transfer of titles,” she noted, while addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (April 2).Senior Director of the Land Administration and Management Division (LAMD) of the National Land Agency (NLA), Felicia Wiltshire, outlines the functions of the new division during a JIS Think Tank on April 2. The departments were created out of the merger of the NLA with the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP), the latter of which was officially closed in December 2018. They are the Land Administration and Management Division (LAMD) and the Adjudication Services Division (ASD). Two new divisions have been established at the National Land Agency (NLA) to continue the titling of land under the Registration of Titles Act.center_img Story Highlights The project areas for LAMD operations are St. Catherine, excluding Portmore; St. Mary; Portland; St. Thomas; Rock Hall, St. Andrew; Lawrence Tavern and its environs in St. Andrew; and Rose Town, Kingston.Ms. Wiltshire told JIS News that LAMD stages monthly meetings in rural parishes to facilitate beneficiaries.“Although we are located at Ardenne Road, at the end of every month, we have meetings in St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland, so persons don’t have to come into Kingston. We will go into the communities, meet with beneficiaries, open files and get documents to assist in accelerating the programme for land titling,” she said.The Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, recently announced a push to issue 20,000 land titles in three years starting April 1.This will be achieved by continuing the process of voluntary land titling through LAMD, and by way of systematic land titling under the new ASD.The new divisions will work together to achieve the overall goal by targeting 4,000 titles in year one and 8,000 titles for each of the second and third years.Senior Director of the ASD, Shalise Porteous, said that the mandate of the division “is to assist landowners who have been in open, undisturbed and undisputed possession of their land for upwards of 12 years, to claim ownership of the land via systematic registration using the adjudication process”.Systematic land titling will facilitate the orderly registration of parcels of land in designated areas to authoritatively ascertain existing ownership rights. While the legislative framework for systematic registration is not yet in place, the ASD is already clear on how it will go about meeting the target.“The parishes with the lowest rate of registration will be targeted and any area where there is some sort of economic activity, for example farming, where we know that persons will benefit from having a certificate of title for the parcels of land, those are the areas that we are targeting,” explained Ms. Porteous.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — A woman who shared a video of two Eritrean children reacting gleefully to their first Canadian snowfall says the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the clip is reaffirming her faith in the country as a welcoming place for newcomers.Rebecca Davies shot the video on Saturday, 48 hours after the children shown in it arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings as privately sponsored refugees.In the video, the seven-year-old girl and five-year-old boy twirl, dance and revel in the snow shower in the backyard of Davies’ Toronto-area home.The clip has since garnered nearly 2 million views and been shared thousands of times on Twitter, often with accompanying hashtags and messages welcoming refugees in general and the children in particular.Davies, who helped sponsor the Eritrean family through the private Ripple Refugee Project, says the video’s reception gives her hope.She says she encounters racism and anti-immigrant sentiment in her work on behalf of refugees, but says the positive responses to the clip have left her feeling more confident about the society the family is eager to join.“When a universal, lovely little vignette of kids playing in snow gets this kind of response, it gives me some hope for humanity,” she said in a telephone interview.Davies said the Eritrean family landed in Toronto on Thursday, bringing an end to a lengthy saga.She said the single mother fled the war-torn east-African country in 2013 and spent the next five years in a refugee camp in Sudan. Two of the four children who accompanied her to Canada were born in that camp, Davies said, adding all the kids are under the age of eight.The family’s first full day in Canada was marred by steady rain, limiting opportunities to explore Toronto, which they plan to call home. Conditions didn’t seem too promising on Saturday either, with high winds sending daytime temperatures plunging to near the freezing mark for the first time this season.Davies said her family had tried to explain the concept of snow to the Eritrean newcomers. So when flakes began unexpectedly descending from the sky, she lost no time in pointing them out to the family.The two youngest boys stared out the window in fascination, but the eldest boy and his sister appeared to run away after the first look outside.“I was thinking, ‘where are the big guys? I would have thought this would have been magic,’” Davies said. “But then you hear them screaming up the stairs. They found the bag of various winter coats and boots that many people had donated to us, threw on anything, ran past us, opened the … patio door and just started twirling.”The video shows the beaming children exclaiming in delight and jumping around the small yard as the snow falls. The girl is seen spinning around with her face raised up to the sky as her brother jigs up and down. At one point, both put their hands out and watch the flakes land on their upturned palms.Davies said the flurry didn’t last very long, but allowed enough time for her six-year-old daughter to teach her Eritrean playmates how to eat snow and gave all three a chance to have a mini snowball fight.The video struck a chord on social media, where thousands of users liked, shared and exclaimed over the children’s obvious excitement.Underpinning many of the messages were comments encouraging the family as they begin a new chapter on Canadian soil.“This is what life is all about. Children, new to Canada that have never seen snow, and embracing it in that magical way that children do,” wrote one Twitter user. “Welcome to Canada sweethearts! Your lives will hopefully be a beautiful journey.”Davies said the children haven’t just confined their excitement to Canadian weather — they’re currently eager to enrol in a neighbourhood school and start going to class.Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission Friday said the BJP has sought 10 more days to respond to a show cause notice issued to a member of its national election committee for sharing an “audio-visual advertisement” titled “main bhi chowkidar hun” on social media without complying with the directions of the poll body. Delhi’s chief electoral officer, in a statement, said, “As regards the show cause notice dated March 26, issued for sharing the audio-visual ad titled ‘main bhi chowkidar hun’ on social media, the BJP has sought 10 days to file a reply.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The poll body had earlier asked the BJP election committee member to submit a reply within three days. Earlier this month, the EC had directed political parties to keep the country’s defence personnel out of election campaigning and not to use their photographs in advertisements. The EC’s Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) had issued a conditional certificate dated March 16 to BJP national election committee member Neeraj “in respect of the said advertisement subject to the exclusion of the clips depicting Army personnel”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In a bid to check violation of the poll code on social media, the EC had earlier asked political parties and candidates to get their digital content certified by the MCMC before posting it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on March 16, launched the “main bhi chowkidar hun” campaign by putting out a tweet that read: “Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation. But, I am not alone. Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar. Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar.” He had also tweeted a video that begins with the PM addressing the people saying, “Your chowkidar is absolutely alert.” The video then moves into a song with visuals of people from across the length and breadth of the country, singing “main bhi chowkidar hun”. The clip also shows a group of men in army fatigues engaged in a mock operation.last_img read more

Rabat – According to the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Saudi Arabia has lost influence in the US.Congress is set to vote on Wednesday and attempt to block a $1.15 billion arms sale to the kingdom, according to Bloomberg.com. The Senate is not unanimous in its approach to the Saudi arms sale, with senators taking opposing sides.Mitch McConnell, Senate Leader of Kentucky, declared he would back the arms sale and believes that the US should maintain good ties with Saudi Arabia. Senator Bob Corker shared with the Saudis that public opinion in Congress and in America overall is at an all time low. Corker said he met with Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir last week, who had been in the US lobbying lawmakers in order to hinder the September 11 Bill.Saudi Arabia has been a long-standing and financially lucrative ally for the US. However, after certain policies and the rise of Wahhabism in the kingdom, US policy-makers are becoming increasingly disillusioned with such relationship. With alleged human rights abuses being carried out in Yemen and the decrease in oil-reliance, it appears that the tide is turning against the kingdom.Even the outgoing President, Barack Obama took to criticising the Saudi Arabian government for fuelling unrest and engaging in proxy wars in the region.While various senators are still keen to keep the kingdom as allies, they have also expressed their concerns over the exportation of radical Wahhabism.There also seems to be a split in opinion in terms of Saudi Arabia as an ally in combatting terrorism. Some believe the Saudi Arabian government can be a useful partner, especially in the MENA region, whereas other senators are less optimistic.Whilst opinion may be divided in the Senate on Saudi Arabia, in terms of their role as an ally and their role in combatting terrorism, what is clear that their influence and relationship with the US is seriously being called into question. The once open and amicable relationship appears to be changing. read more

23 March 2009With an estimated two million people dying prematurely due to air pollution each year, the United Nations weather-monitoring agency is focusing on the movement of pollutants around the globe as it marks World Meteorological Day today. Under the theme of “Weather, climate and the air we breathe,” the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is using the day to draw attention to the work of its 188 members’ National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in air quality data, research and forecasts. “WMO has been actively involved in international efforts to assess our evolving atmosphere in terms of air pollutants such as ground-level ozone, smog, particulate matter, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide and dioxide,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said, noting that most of those result from the combustion of fossil fuels.Member States’ national meteorological services have been working together to collect and analyze the data “that are essential for forecasting atmospheric pollution and for protecting communities against its health and economic impacts,” he added.The more scientists understand the weather-climate system, the better they are able to forecast the distribution of potentially harmful atmospheric particles and gases, WMO explained. In a major initiative, networks of stations in the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) collect data on greenhouse gases – such as carbon dioxide and methane – and reactive gases, including ozone, nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide. These observations work in concert with the vast weather, climate and water observational networks coordinated through the WMO Integrated Observing System, and the national services use the data collected to produce air quality indexes and other pollution forecasts. More air quality services will soon be available, as work continues to better understand the effects of air pollution in various settings, particularly its effect on climate change, the agency added. The World Climate Conference-3, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31 August to 4 September 2009, will further explore the links between climate and health, engaging scientists, decision-makers and policy-makers from the public and private sectors, WMO said.World Meteorological Day commemorates the1950 entry into force of the Convention that created the WMO, which became a specialized agency of the UN one year later. read more

15 January 2010Although Nepal’s four-year-old peace process that ended a 10-year war between the Government and Maoists remains fragile and concerns that it could derail are real, the recent urgency shown by the parties in focusing on peace-related issues gives some grounds for hope, the top United Nations official there said today. “Although the hour is late, the recent actions by the Government and the parties, if followed through with vigour, have the potential to usher in constructive actions for the next stage of Nepal’s democratic transition,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Karin Landgren told the Security Council.She cited the lifting three weeks ago by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) of its blockade of Parliament, the establishment last week by the three major parties – Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) and UCPN-M ¬– of a high-level mechanism to resolve outstanding issues, notably the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist troops, and the long-awaited discharge of 4,000 mainly under-age Maoist soldiers. In addition, the special committee set up to address the supervision, integration and rehabilitation of over 19,000 Maoist soldiers has resumed meetings and is considering a timetable for the proper integration of an agreed number into the security forces and the re-absorption of the others into society. Other issues to resolve include the scope of presidential authority that replaced the monarchy.“Encouraging as recent developments have been, it is imperative to follow through and resolve the outstanding main tasks in the peace process,” Ms. Landgren said. “Until that happens, the peace process will remain at risk.”Under the peace process a new constitution is scheduled to be promulgated by 28 May 2010 and she recommended that the Council agree to the Government’s request to extend the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) for another three months and three weeks, after the expiration of its current mandate on 23 January. UNMIN was set up at the request of the Government in 2007 to monitor the management of arms and armed personnel of the former Royal Nepal Army and its foe, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which is now UCPN-M. It has an authorized strength of 278 personnel. As of December, 31 per cent of its 192 civilian personnel were women as were 5 of the 72 arms monitors.“The parties have recently sought greater common ground, giving rise to cautious optimism that progress can be made in the peace process,” Mr. Landgren said. “There are positions on the political left and right alike, however, arguing against the merits of peaceful resolution and adherence to the original agreements, and some speak of a fresh confrontation as being inevitable.“Fears have not fully receded that the Maoists have reneged on their acceptance of the democratic principles laid down in the peace agreements, and that the Government lacks sincerity in implementing critical reforms.” In a report released earlier this week, Mr. Ban warned that Nepal’s peace process remained largely stalled and the major disagreements “remain unresolved, increasing the risk of its collapse.” read more

“This is an important development that should help prevent human rights abuses and contribute to the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Nepal,” said a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman.The Memorandum of Understanding was signed Monday by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey and will be implemented immediately. It provides for field offices to be set up at the regional level to ensure rapid responses to reports of violations.

The Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S1E7: This week, Jonathan speaks with Mount Royal University Professor and Chair at the Department of Health and Physical Education David Legg about shrinking NFL viewership and what the league is doing to draw people back. He also chats with Colin Robertson of Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s ‘Got Game’ about the future of E-Sports in the Olympics, which is looking increasingly more likely.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2017/08/21/business-of-tech-august-1817-s1e7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. (Stock Photo/Pixabay.com/660 NEWS) Business of Tech: NFL ratings and E-Sports at the Olympics by Jonathan Muma Posted Aug 21, 2017 9:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Over the weekend, fighting between Nigeria’s military and Islamic extremists caused the deaths of at least 185 people in the northeastern town of Baga, media sources have reported.“The Secretary-General reiterates his firm conviction that no objective sought can justify this resort to violence,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “He expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and calls on all extremist groups to cease their attacks.”Violence fuelled by sectarian motives is not uncommon in Nigeria where the Islamist group, Boko Haram, has frequently resorted to targeting civilians. Last year, over 100 people were killed when the radical group attacked churches in Kaduna State, drawing widespread condemnation from the UN. Mr. Ban “underscores the need for all concerned to full respect human rights and safeguard the lives of civilians,” the Secretary-General’s statement added. read more

The Duchess of Cambridge left Court 14 after watching British player Harriet Dart lose her first set.Asked if she had enjoyed the tennis, she said: “Very much so.” Kate makes her way through Wimbledon to courtside We have royalty in attendance today!The Duchess of Cambridge is watching Harriet Dart on court 14#wimbledon #bbctennis pic.twitter.com/dSsl5bfUfz— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) July 2, 2019 She went on to win the match in two hours and 19 minutes, saying afterwards that it was “pretty surreal” to have the duchess watching her play. Kate in the Royal Box on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph Kate makes her way to Court 14Credit:Reuters The Duchess told the children: “I love tennis, I think it’s a great sport. I was really sporty when I was little, less so now that I’ve got lots of babies.”She has been a regular guest at Wimbledon since making her first visit as a member of the royal family in 2011.Dart, 22, is ranked 182nd in the world and is a Wimbledon wildcard entry. “She was very interested to hear what my thoughts were and what Katie’s thoughts were on the game, she was clearly enjoying the tennis as well.”Keothavong said she had also discussed the remarkable win of 15-year-old Cori Gauff, known as Coco, over Venus Williams on Monday.”Yes we spoke about that and she was very impressed with Coco’s performance,” she said. The Duchess of Cambridge on Court 14Credit:Getty Asked if Kate’s presence had affected her game she replied: “I don’t think so. I don’t even know at which point she left.”Obviously I was just aware she was there at the start, as the chair umpire informed me.”The British number four added: “It’s pretty cool to have royalty watching you. Such a privilege for me for her to get to see me play.”Hopefully she’ll come to many more of my matches,” she said.Speaking after the match’s first set, Keothavong said of the duchess: “It’s brilliant to have the opportunity to sit there and chat to her and talk about Fed cup and British players and I guess just everything and anything about tennis. The Duchess of Cambridge has swapped the Royal Box for a low-key seat on the Wimbledon outer courts, as she lends her support to British wildcard player Harriet Dart. The Duchess, who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, will spend the day at Wimbledon meeting players and watching the second day of action.Expected to sit in the centre court Royal Box as usual for the most high profile matches of the day, she surprised ticket-holders on Court 14 this morning to watch Dart play American Christina McHale.She was accompanied by players Anne Keothavong and Katie Boulter, joined by a small number of staff and security in the ordinary seats in Wimbledon’s outer courts. The Duchess is a regular at Wimbledon, usually joined by members of both the Royal Family and the Middletons throughout the fortnight. She has previously spoken of queuing up for tickets as a young woman, finally getting in late in the day to soak up the “special” atmosphere of Henman Hill and the ground courts.  The Duchess of Cambridge on Court 14 Kate makes her way through Wimbledon to courtsideCredit:Getty A spokeswoman for the All England Club said: “We are delighted that the  duchess in her capacity as Patron of the AELTC was keen to see the full breadth  of The Championships and we were pleased to facilitate a visit to watch play on  the outside courts and to watch practice at Aorangi Park.” Last year, the Duchess joined a tennis training session at a primary school in Mitcham, south London, and joked at the time how she was less “sporty” now she has children.The youngsters at Bond Primary were receiving training sessions under the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative – the outreach programme of the All England Club. Kate makes her way to Court 14 The Duchess late took her seat in the royal box to watch Roger Federer play Lloyd Harris. She will also be touring the grounds, visiting a number of courts throughout the day. Kate in the Royal Box on Tuesday afternoon The Fed Cup captain said it was a “real honour” for Dart to have the duchess watch her play.She said: “Before they started the match actually I’m pretty sure I caught Harriet’s eye looking over and smiling at the coin toss.”Sign up for our free newsletter,  Your Royal Appointment for exclusive insight from Camilla Tominey and Hannah Furness. read more