View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Team owner Charlie Dy bared the news on social media.It’s a treat to our supporters. Free tickets. Just check @AlabPilipinas IG FB and Twitter accounts. Thanks @TheOfficialSMDC and @MOAArena pic.twitter.com/tFjlxSkp6sFEATURED 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— Charlie Dy (@SportsAgentCD) November 4, 2017 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Tamaraws regain solo 4th, oust Red Warriors Reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks is back in the fold for Alab, which tapped former NBA veteran Ivan Johnson and journeyman Reggie Okosa as imports. Joining them are ex-PBA veterans Dondon Hontiveros, Rico Maierhofer, and Josh Urbiztondo.Jimmy Alapag will also be making his head coaching debut against Hong Kong, which will parade Fil-German big man and top overall pick Christian Standhardinger as one of its imports.Details regarding the availability of the tickets will be posted soon on Alab Pilipinas’ social media accounts.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag and import Ivan Johnson. Photo by Mark GiongcoFilipino basketball fans are in for a treat as tickets to Tanduay Alab Pilipinas season opener in the Asean Basketball League will be free.Expect a full house on Nov. 19 at Mall of Asia Arena with the Philippines taking on defending champion Hong Kong.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Spanish football legend Carles Puyol, on expected lines, attracted all the attention as the local organising committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Monday kick-started the ticket sales here.The former Barcelona central defender was engaged in a friendly match with Sports Minister Vijay Goel and his cabinet colleague Babul Supriyo, who is also the vice chairman of the LOC, along with the kids associated with the government’s Mission XI Million programme.Tickets for the first FIFA tournament in the country will go live at exactly 19.11 hours today, paying a tribute to the year in which Indian football made history.With @VijayGoelBJP ji & @Carles5puyol at the ceremonial kick off for ticketing program for #FIFAU17WC. pic.twitter.com/i2MQn9jyVQ- Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) May 15, 2017It was the first time an Indian football team, Mohun Bagan FC, defeated an English side (East Yorkshire Regiment) and won the IFA Shield.Appropriately, Gauri Bhaduri, grand daughter-in-law of Shivdas Bhaduri, captain of that team, was handed over the first ticket by Puyol.Carles Puyol enjoyed a kick-about with a few Mission XI Million kids at the JLN Stadium, New Delhi! #FootballTakesOver #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/8286JvXswj- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 15, 2017Puyol expressed his wish to be a part of the tournament in October.”I was very curious and excited to discover the country and I am glad that I witnessed its rich culture,” Puyol said.”Indians will get the chance to see World Cup matches live and that experience is completely different from watching it on television. You can feel the energy in the stands.advertisementKheleo looks pretty excited posing with of one of football’s all-time greats, Carles Puyol! Really, who wouldn’t be? #FootballTakesOver pic.twitter.com/0Hzn1WiVgA- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 15, 2017″At the FIFA U-17 World Cup, you can see the stars of the future. Indians should make the most of this opportunity and come in numbers to watch international teams play at home.”Puyol, Vijay Goel and Babul Supriyo handed over the 1st ticket of #FIFAU17WC to the descendant of the captain of the historic 1911 team! pic.twitter.com/b3CpJXQyTL- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 15, 2017Goel said, “We have made sure that tickets are priced nominally, you can buy a world cup ticket for less than 50 rupees. So, there is no reason not to come and support this tournament in large numbers.””I do not see this tournament as the conclusion, rather it is the start of the next revolution in Indian football and I need all your support to make the most of this amazing opportunity.
Australian media are at it again! Known for their aggressive and sometimes loathsome coverage of visiting cricketers, especially when it involves an away batsman at his peak, several newspapers Down Under have been successful in riling up opposition teams.As it turns out, a leading news tabloid has called the Indian cricketers “The Scaredy Bats” upon their arrival in Adelaide for the first Test, starting December 6.Australian journalist, Richard Hinds shared the photograph of the photo story that claims India have issues with the venues that are slated to host the much-anticipated four-Test series.According to the report, India are “scared of the bounce” in Brisbane, “scared of the unknown” in Perth and “scared of the dark” in Adelaide, which comes as a sly dig at the visiting team’s reluctance to play day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.Even as the photograph of the tabloid clipping is going viral on social media, several cricket fans, including Australians, have lashed out at the reportage, calling it “childish” and “boorish tradition”.Anyone else tired of the childish and predictable mocking of visiting teams by Australian media? It’s become a boorish tradition that reflects poorly on our country.#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/3bFgFSgaWZRichard Hinds (@rdhinds) December 2, 2018Well last time in Australia, Kohli made 4 hundreds and averaged 86.50, Vijay averaged 60.25, Rahane averaged 57 and Rahul in just his second Test made 110 at the SCG, so umm yeah I think they’ll be fine.Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) December 3, 2018Childish it is… I’d like to think we’re better then this.advertisementThe Richies (@The_Richies) December 3, 2018Thanks for saying it Richard. The element of Australia’s sports press that carries on like dildos should be called out for the knobs they are. Australians, on the whole, are not as mindless as this. That’s why so many care about sorting out the culture of national cricket teamtim edwards (@Sportsocratic) December 3, 2018Perhaps, but why not aim higher and challenge yourself to produce quality content instead of mimicking the puerile lowest common denominator.Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) December 3, 2018Particularly embarrassing when some erroneously believe it reflects the views of Australians. Respect the opposition is the first thing taught in Australian junior sportMatt Mitchell (@brismattm) December 2, 2018Only thing Indian bats will fear is not performing well against a lowly ranked test opponentDavid Graham (@DGofSuburbia) December 3, 2018Pitiful shit. No respect at all at a time when people are switching off in droves. This doesn’t get them back..just pisses ppl off further.Chris Michaels (@chrismwriter) December 2, 2018I don’t even bother with 95% of media coverage anymore. Got my favorite journos i’ll follow and don’t even give the others any attention. I simply don’t have time for the aggrovation.Daniel Gaylor (@DannyBonavena) December 2, 2018The wordplay from the Australian tabloid comes at a time when ex-Australian cricketers have warned Tim Paine’s men against riling up Virat Kohli, who scored aplenty during India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15.Kohli has been on the receiving end of Australian media’s distasteful reportage for quite some time now.The India skipper was even called the “Donald Trump of Cricket” during Australia’s tour to India in 2017 after he rubbished Steve Smith’s brain fade claims during the DRS row in Bengaluru and pointed out that the visitors may have looked at the dressing room to seek unfair assistance with referrals.All eyes are once again on Kohli as the India captain is heading into the series on the back of two successful overseas tours in the ongoing year. Kohli put behind the memories of a disastrous tour to England in 2014 to top the batting charts in the Old Blighty earlier this year. He scored 593 runs from five matches at an average of 59.30.India have arrived in Adelaide after a drawn warm-up match in Sydney against Cricket Australia XI. The visitors have been dealt a big blow as they will be without in-form teenage opener Prithvi Shaw who suffered an ankle injury during the Test warm-up.In the absence of Smith and David Warner who are serving ball-tampering bans, Kohli’s Team India are being touted as the favourites to clinch an unprecedented series win Down Under.Also Read | Fast and furious: Adelaide curator promises green pitch for 1st India-Australia TestAlso Read | Virat Kohli in no mood to get into confrontations with Australia: Do not see the needAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso See:
Mourinho couldn’t get reaction from Man Utd players – Lascellesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United players lost faith in former manager Jose Mourinho, according to Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.United have won three straight games since Mourinho’s sacking.Ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with United, Lascelles said: “They probably needed that (a change at the top). They have world-class players on big wages who have done it for their countries and for other teams, but have not done it for Manchester United.”Some players can only play for certain managers and that reaction you get from the players.”Maybe (Solskjaer) might be the difference in getting the best from those players. They have a lot of quality. It will be an exciting game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Everyone is weighing in with opinions on the future of Urban Meyer as Ohio State football’s head coach following the latest news involving the scandal.Ohio State announced late on Sunday night that the investigation into Meyer and how he handled the domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith will be completed within two weeks.Many, though, expect it to take less time. Some experts believe a decision will be made by mid-next week.One analyst, 105.7 The Zone’s Bruce Hooley, appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this morning. He offered his latest opinion on Urban Meyer’s future at Ohio State.He outlined the percentages as follows:0 percent chance Urban Meyer is fired50 percent chance Urban Meyer gets a multi-game suspension50 percent chance Urban Meyer gets no punishment at allSeveral analysts at ESPN are also starting to believe that Urban Meyer will keep his job. Paul Finebaum stated on Monday that it’s getting “pretty obvious” that Meyer will not be fired.“I think it’s pretty obvious from Ohio State realizing that the moment they put him on administrative leave it telegraphed to everyone ‘he’s done,’ to Urban realizing he had to change the narrative by issuing that statement on Friday afternoon coinciding with Zach Smith’s just purely embarrassing interview with ESPN,” Finebaum said.“And then, today, I think the betting line in Vegas is now shifting back toward Urban Meyer surviving somehow, whether it’s a two-game or four-game suspension; whether it’s a fine; whether it’s Urban Meyer sitting down with Rece (Davis) or Tom Rinaldi and crying on camera while Shelley looks at him and talks about how he’s the greatest man she’s ever known. You guys can spend plenty of time today coming up with the narrative, but I think we’ve all seen the movie before.”ESPN’s David Pollack, meanwhile, also believes that Meyer will not be fired. He sees a suspension coming for the Buckeyes’ head coach.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 16:01 IST Ishant Sharma scored his maiden Test fity during the ongoing second Test between India and West Indies. (Instagram/ishant.sharma29)HIGHLIGHTSIshant Sharma is celebrating his 31st birthday in JamaicaWishes have been pouring in for the India cricketer, who impressed with the bat in West IndiesMay you break all the records take lots of wickets and make centuries: Pratima SinghIndia pacer Ishant Sharma is celebrating his 31st birthday and wishes have been pouring in from across the country.Ishant Sharma is currently in Jamaica for the 2nd and final of the Test series against West Indies and the superstar bowler gave himself an early birthday gift when he got to his maiden Test half-century on Saturday.Ishant Sharma hit 57 from 80 balls, hitting some eye-catching strokes against the West Indies bowling attack. More important, the tail-ender stitched a 112-run stand with centurion Hanuma Vihari as the duo gave India a series-winning total of 416 runs at Sabina Park.Ishant, who has vastly improved as a pacer over the last 2 years, seems to be keen on proving his mettle with the bat and making handy contributions to the team lower down the order as well.In the first Test that India won by 318 runs, Ishant Sharma batted 62 balls and managed 19 runs to frustrate the West Indies attack which was looking to clean up India’s tail.As he is making a name with his batting exploits, it seems there is more pressure on Ishant Sharma to score runs, in fact, get big scores.On his 31st birthday, Ishant Sharma’s wife and professional basketball player, Pratima Singh took to social media and wished her husband score centuries in the near future.”A very very Happy Birthday to an amazing human being !! May you get all the happiness in life !! Happiest Birthday Love. may you live long and be happy always @ishant.sharma29.all the luck and love to you !! May you break all the records take lots of wickets and make centuries. I Love You (sic),” Pratima Singh wrote.advertisementPratima Singh’s sister Prashanti Singh also wished Ishant Sharma the best and said she hoped the pacer will score a century “this year”.”Many many happy returns of the day.. Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy birthday. BIL ?@ImIshant? . Hope to see a century this year from you,” Prashanti Singh wrote.Many many happy returns of the day.. Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy birthday BIL @ImIshant . Hope to see a century this year from you. pic.twitter.com/E2F5q41svF(@prashanti14) September 2, 2019Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma added yet another feather to his cap on Sunday as he overtook Kapil Dev to grab second spot on the list of Indian bowlers with the most Test wickets outside Asia in the ongoing match against West Indies at Sabina Park.Ishant was tied at 2nd spot with Kapil Dev on the list of Indian bowlers with the most wickets outside Asia before the second Test against the West Indies in Kingston. He sent back Jahmar Hamilton in the 47th over of West Indies’ first innings on Day 3 of the second Test to overtake the legendary Kapil Dev on the list which is headed by former India captain Anil Kumble.Ishant now has 156 wickets outside Asia in Test cricket. Kumble holds the Indian record with 200 wickets.Also Read | Ishant Sharma goes past Kapil Dev’s record with 156th Test wicket outside AsiaAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Ishant Sharma hits maiden fifty in 92nd TestAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Ishant SharmaFollow Kapil Dev Next Score centuries: Ishant Sharma’s wife, sister-in-law wish India pacer on 31st birthdayIndia pacer Ishant Sharma turned 31 on Monday. The superstar cricketer’s wife and professional basketball player Pratima Singh took to social media to send a special message to him.advertisement
Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the INSPORTS National Primary Football and Netball competitions enhance Jamaica’s feeder programmes for the games at all levels.Addressing the press launch and national play-offs official draw of the competitions on January 15 at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Ms. Grange said the initiative is the largest age-group competition of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.“It is important that we start at the base. We must build a solid foundation and we must start with our children, so that when they get to the age where they are playing professionally, they would have had a good foundation and solid training in their interest of discipline,” she said.Ms. Grange said the competitions bring to the fore the best talent there is in a competitive environment, in line with the INSPORTS mandate of unearthing talent.“We must use these activities to identify the talent and to go on to provide as much assistance as possible for them to turn their potential into the next generation of great Jamaican footballers and netballers,” she added.The Minister also announced that former national football player, Ian “Pepe” Goodison, and Oberon “OB” Pitterson-Nattie, a national netball player, will serve as ambassadors during this and other competitions.“Their role will be to provide insight and knowledge about the game to the youngsters in a manner that will inspire player participation and a genuine focus to represent the country at the highest levels as they develop,” she informed.She noted further that in discussions with INSPORTS, they will develop strategies through seminars and workshops that will improve the overall grassroots programme for football and netball in Jamaica.“Both ‘OB’ and ‘Pepe’, by virtue of the way they have represented Jamaica in their two sports, are eminently qualified for the ambassadorial roles to which we are appointing them,” Ms. Grange said.For his part, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, said there is a need for youth to participate in physical activities.“There is a reality that sport helps in a lot of other areas that are involved in the education process. The principles that sports instil in our youth are critical to national development,” he added.Meanwhile, Sports Officer, INSPORTS, Kevin Morrison, informed that the 2017/18 Under-12 National Primary Football and Netball competitions got under way in November.He noted that 136 teams from eight zones participated in the football competition at the parish level, while 50 teams from five parishes participated in the netball competition.“A total of 3,510 students participated in the competitions – 2,760 in football and 750 in netball,” Mr. Morrison pointed out.He informed that at the national level, 16 teams will participate in play-offs for the football competition, while 11 teams will participate in the netball competition. “It is important that we start at the base. We must build a solid foundation and we must start with our children, so that when they get to the age where they are playing professionally, they would have had a good foundation and solid training in their interest of discipline,” she said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the INSPORTS National Primary Football and Netball competitions enhance Jamaica’s feeder programmes for the games at all levels. “We must use these activities to identify the talent and to go on to provide as much assistance as possible for them to turn their potential into the next generation of great Jamaican footballers and netballers,” she added.
zoom Singapore’s container port business trust Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) recorded a 52.7 percent decrease in its profit for the first quarter of 2017, which dropped to HKD 375.9 million (USD 48.3 million) from HKD 794.2 million (USD 102.05 million) posted in the same period last year. What is more, profit attributable to unitholders of HPH Trust went down to HKD 166.9 million in the first quarter of this year from HKD 554.9 million seen in the same period last year, a drop of 69.9 percent.From January to March this year, HPH Trust’s revenue and other income decreased by 6.3 percent to HKD 2.6 billion from HKD 2.8 billion posted during the three-month period last year.On January 1, 2017, Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT), a member of HPH Trust, COSCO-HIT Terminals and Asia Container Terminals Limited (ACT) started to co-manage and operate 16 berths across Terminals 4,6,7,8, and 9 in Kwai Tsing, Hong Kong.Combined container throughput of HIT, COSCO-HIT and ACT (collectively HPHT Kwai Tsing) increased by 3.2 percent in the first three months of this year when compared to the same period of 2016, primarily due to higher transshipment cargoes.“The roll-out of the co-management arrangement is progressing well. HPH Trust is confident to deliver the expected cost and operational synergies in 2017,” HPH Trust said.However, container throughput of HPH Trust’s Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) decreased by 1.4 percent from January to March 2017, primarily due to weaker empty and transshipment cargoes.“In addition to the economic performances of the US and Europe, HPH Trust’s performance is also impacted by the outcomes of the structural consolidation within the container shipping industry and the consequent rationalisation of services,” the business trust further said.“Due to adverse market conditions…, shipping lines will continue to deploy mega-vessels, reform their carrier alliances and expand the coverage of vessel-sharing schemes in 2017 … Against this setting, HPH Trust is well positioned to be the preferred port of call given its natural deep-water channels and … mega-vessel handling capabilities,” HPH Trust concluded.
New Delhi: Overseas investors have pulled out a net amount of Rs 3,014 crore from the Indian capital markets this month so far, but the trend may reverse following the removal of enhanced surcharge on FPIs, experts said. According to depositories data, foreign portfolio investors (FPI) withdrew a net amount of Rs 12,105.33 crore from equities, but pumped in Rs 9,090.61 crore into the debt segment during August 1-23. This has translated into a total net outflow of Rs 3,014.72 crore from the capital markets (both equity and debt). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Out of 15 trading sessions, foreign investors were net buyers in only two sessions. The sell off in equities continued due to a mix of factors including US Fed rate cut, US-China trade war and the post Budget tax hike on high income investors,” said Harsh Jain, co-founder and COO of Groww. The Centre on Friday announced a slew of measures to revive growth momentum, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors imposed in the Budget. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostPrior to the announcement of enhanced super-rich tax in the Union Budget for 2019-20 in July, FPIs were net buyers for five consecutive months. FPIs had infused a net Rs 10,384.54 crore in June, Rs 9,031.15 crore in May, Rs 16,093 crore in April, Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February into the Indian capital markets. However, the position reversed in July, when FPIs turned net sellers to the tune of Rs 2,985.88 crore.
“We were happy to get on board to have the consultation in Fort St. John and have invited individuals, parents, support groups and those who care for adults living with developmental disabilities to participate and provide the province with feedback on what community inclusion should be”, said LaBoucane.The community inclusion meeting for adults living with developmental disabilities takes place November 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort St. John Association for Community Living, located at 10251-100 Avenue.For more information and for registration, you can call the Fort St. John Association for Community Living at 250-787-9262 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Social Development in partnership with the Fort St. John Association for Community Living will be holding a meeting to discuss community inclusion for adults living with developmental disabilities.The objective of the meeting is to update a shared vision for community inclusion and to guide planning for how provincial services and supports should change and evolve over the next 10 years.Renee LaBoucane, Executive Director of Fort St. John Association for Community Living, says they have invited various members of the community to attend.
In a joint communiqué signed yesterday by UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres and Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi, Tajikistan and the UN agency also announced a series of measures aimed at making the refugees more self-sufficient.The two sides will jointly conduct training courses for the refugees and their children on professional and technical education and on Tajik- and Russian-language studies. UNHCR and international aid organizations will also work together to improve the schools and health-care facilities used by the refugees.Mr. Guterres congratulated Tajikistan on the agreement, saying the country’s people were showing a willingness to “extend their generosity to others who need protection.”The communiqué was signed on the first day of a four-day visit by the High Commissioner to Tajikistan, the first country in Central Asia to accede to both the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.Mr. Guterres held meetings with many senior Government figures, including Mr. Zarifi, President Emomali Rahmon, Labour and Social Protection Minister Shukurjon Zuhurov and Internal Affairs Minister Mahmadnazar Salikhov. He also talked with refugees and met the non-governmental organization (NGO) partners of UNHCR. 2 April 2008About 1,000 Afghans who have been living in neighbouring Tajikistan for up to 20 years will be able to apply for permanent residency and citizenship under a cooperation agreement worked out by the United Nations refugee agency and the Tajik Government.
2 July 2009An independent United Nations human rights expert today denounced what he described as “the unlawful naval seizure” by an Israeli gunboat of a ship carrying medicine and reconstruction material for the people of Gaza. An independent United Nations human rights expert today denounced what he described as “the unlawful naval seizure” by an Israeli gunboat of a ship carrying medicine and reconstruction material for the people of Gaza. Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said the Israeli action “implements its cruel blockade of the entire Palestinian population of Gaza.”It also violates Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits any form of collective punishment directed at an occupied people, he stated. A news release issued from his office in Geneva says the boat had been inspected in response to Israeli demands before departure by the port authorities in Cyprus to determine whether there were weapons on board. None were found, and Israeli authorities were so informed. “Nonetheless, the 21 peace activists on the boat were arrested, held in captivity, and have been charged with ‘illegal entry’ to Israel even though they had no intention of going to Israel,” the release states. Last month a group of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) called for an end to the two-year blockade on Gaza, which has left the population of 1.5 million almost totally dependent on international aid.In addition, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly called on Israel to ease its blockade, most recently during a meeting in New York with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the entry of essential goods and services, including materials for reconstruction, spare parts for water and sanitation projects, as well as industrial and agricultural materials remain either restricted or banned outright.Maxwell Gaylard, the top UN humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territory, reported in May that the Gaza conflict – which took place from December last year to this January – had destroyed some 4,000 homes and damaged another 40,000. While donors have pledged billions of dollars for Gaza’s reconstruction, work cannot begin because of the blockade.
WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $2.90 higher $510.40; Jan. ’18 $3.00 higher $514.90; March ’18 $3.00 higher $517.90; May ’18 $4.00 higher $518.00; July ’18 $4.80 higher $519.30; Nov. ’18 $7.10 higher $485.60; Jan. ’19 $7.10 higher $486.40; March ’19 $7.10 higher $489.10; May ’19 $7.10 higher $489.10; July ’19 $7.10 higher $489.10; Nov. ’19 $7.10 higher $489.10.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $140.00.Thursday’s estimated volume of trade: 227,980 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 227,980.
Arms sales, which had dropped off at the end of the Cold War, have been rising lately – despite being ineffective in fighting terrorism and having a “negative impact on overall global security,” according to a new United Nations report.The Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters “noted with concern that global military expenditures had been rising since 1998, after an observable general decline immediately after the end of the Cold War,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan writes.He says the “the Board agreed that the rise in military expenditures in general had a negative impact on overall global security and diverted precious resources from social and economic development needs, especially in developing countries.”The group also observed that “military means were in general not the most effective options in resolving conflicts or in combating international terrorism,” he adds.Among the Board’s recommendations was the need for greater efforts to prevent and halt the circulation of weapons, including small arms and light weapons, particularly in local communities. Other suggestions include enhanced disarmament education, the inclusion of human security perspectives in the design of future disarmament programmes and preventing the recurrence of conflicts in peace-making and peace-building pacts.
by News Staff Posted Jul 19, 2012 2:22 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose by 34,000 last week, a figure that may have been skewed higher by seasonal factors.Applications for benefits increased to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The gain followed a drop of 24,000 the previous week and was the biggest jump since April 2011.Economists view the recent numbers with skepticism. The government struggles to adjust the data to reflect temporary summertime layoffs in the auto industry, they note. And this year, many automakers skipped those typical shutdowns to keep up with demand. That led to fewer layoffs two weeks ago, which the Labor Department didn’t anticipate.“All of this is statistical noise,” Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc., wrote in a note to clients. “What will be more important than these short-term gyrations is where claims settle down after the distortions end. We suspect that the data will point to a soggy labour market.”The less volatile four-week average fell by 1,500 to 375,500.When applications fall below 375,000, it typically suggests hiring is strong enough to pull the unemployment rate down. Applications had been trending near or above that level this spring.Nearly 5.8 million Americans were receiving some type of unemployment benefit the week that ended June 30, according to the most recent data available. That was down from 7.3 million a year earlier.“Although the labour market is stronger than it was in 2011, it is not particularly robust,” says Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics.The economy has slumped after showing signs of life at the start of the year.Job growth slowed to 75,000 a month from April through June, down from healthy 226,000 pace the first three months of the year. Unemployment has been stuck at 8.2 per cent for two straight months.A survey from the Fed said hiring was “tepid” in most districts in June and early July, and manufacturing weakened in most regions.Retail sales fell in June for the third straight month, the government said earlier this week. That prompted many economists to downgrade their estimates for growth in the April-June quarter. Many now think it will be even slower than the first quarter’s sluggish 1.9 per cent annual pace.The only good news recently has been evidence of a long-awaited recovery in the housing market. The government reported Wednesday that U.S. builders last month broke ground on the most homes in nearly four years. Single-family home building rose for a fourth straight month. And permits to build single-family homes hit the highest level since March 2010. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US jobless claims rise by 34,000 to 386,000, reversing big drop caused by seasonal factors
Canadians want to save more but mostly for vacations, luxury items: BMO poll by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2013 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – An online poll has found that Canadians were planning to save almost $10,000 this year, but 66 per cent say they’re tucking the money away for vacations, luxury items and entertainment.The average Canadian was planning to save $9,859 this year to meet their goals, an increase of about $600 over last year, according to the BMO Household Savings Report released Monday.Janet Peddigrew, district vice-president with BMO, says although Canadians value their down time and their vacations, they do need to think about the big picture.“They’re not using a credit card, perhaps, for a vacation,” Peddigrew said.“However, they need to balance their short-term needs with their long-term goals. That might mean there are certain things that we might not need to have immediately, like the luxury items,” she said.The survey found that men saved $11,631 a year and women $8,091, while the amount a person saves depends on income and expenses.The poll also found that the average total savings among Canadians was $122,310 but that only 48 per cent of Canadians said they were saving enough due to high expenses, low income and debt repayment.The second most common goal for saving was for retirement and emergencies, the survey said. Of those polled, 42 per cent said those were priorities in 2013.Nearly one third of those surveyed said they would put aside money for home renovations this year, while one in five would be saving for a new vehicle.Education savings were the priority for 19 per cent of Canadians polled, followed by 15 per cent who said they would be saving for a new home.The survey found that 63 per cent of Canadians are using a Registered Retirement Savings Plan and 57 per cent were using a chequing account to save.Half of those surveyed use a Tax Free Savings Account, 29 per cent were using a high-interest savings account and another 25 per cent put their savings in Guaranteed Investment Certificates.Peddigrew said saving just $50 a month or $100 a month can help start build up savings.“If you don’t do that, the money will just disappear. It’s human nature,” she said.The survey also found that Albertans were aiming to save $18,035 in 2013 and British Columbians planned to save $11,109 this year.Quebecers planned to save the least with an average of $5,477 and those in Atlantic Canada planned to save $6,698.The online survey was conducted by Pollara between Jan. 10-15 with a sample of 1,000 Canadians.
by Christopher Weber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 8, 2014 5:32 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A raging fire that may have been intentionally set Monday destroyed a massive apartment complex under construction in downtown Los Angeles, sending up flames that were visible for miles while raining ash on a large area and snarling rush-hour traffic.It was one of two destructive early morning fires in the city. The other heavily damaged a building that houses multiple businesses in a neighbourhood a couple miles away.More than 250 firefighters fought the downtown blaze that was sparked around 1:20 a.m. at a block-long building site, Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said.Flames consumed the seven-story, wood-framed structure and scorched adjacent high-rises before being brought under control within 90 minutes.By nightfall, arson investigators had yet to enter the unsafe structure, but fire officials said the fact that the fire erupted so quickly over so much of the building might point to arson. “It’s very rare for the entire building to be engulfed at once,” city fire Capt. Jaime Moore told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1wu0xgF ). “There may have been foul play.”The fire caused an estimated $10 million in losses to the complex, Moore said.Local and federal investigators planned to examine the debris, check surveillance video from nearby buildings and use special dogs that can detect fire accelerants.The fire’s radiant heat was strong enough to burst or crack windows in three nearby buildings that house city and county offices, including the city Department of Water and Power, which reported cracks in at least 160 of its 10-by-4-foot windows.Three floors of one adjacent building were damaged by fire, and 14 other floors sustained water damage. That building was closed for the day.Embers spewed from the fire landed across a freeway, stopping traffic, igniting brush and charring traffic signs.Portions of U.S. 101 and Interstate 110 were shut down for a time as burning debris fell into lanes. Commuter traffic — slow-moving on good days — remained jammed long after rush hour, with vehicles backed up for miles even after the freeways reopened.The burned structure, still in the framing stage, was planned to be a 1.3 million-square-foot residential building — one of a series of very large complexes that have gone up around downtown in recent years.The so-called Da Vinci was to be an Italianate 526-unit complex with amenities such as a pool, full-sized basketball court, library, theatre and business centre.The developer, Geoffrey Palmer, also built the Orsini and Medici complexes.“We would like to thank the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department for their bravery, swift actions and effective response in putting out the fire,” he said, according to City News Service. “… Though we have temporarily lost Building B, we will be opening Building A across the street at the end of January to those families looking forward to occupying their new homes.”Shortly after 4 a.m., another large fire was reported at a mixed-use building undergoing renovations about 2 miles to the west. More than 100 firefighters from multiple agencies responded and had the flames under control in less than two hours, according to Chief Deputy Mario D. Rueda.One person in a nearby apartment building was treated for minor smoke inhalation, he said.Around 10 businesses were housed in the two-story structure in the Westlake district, and portions of it were being renovated for residential use.There were no indications the two fires were connected, Terrazas said. A Los Angeles city firefighter works amid the ruins of a raging fire that destroyed a massive apartment complex under construction in downtown Los Angeles early Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. It was one of two destructive early morning fires in the city. The other heavily damaged a building that houses multiple businesses in a neighborhood a couple miles away. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Raging downtown LA fire destroys construction site, damages buildings, snarls traffic
At MINExpo, Deister Machine Co introduced its new Ultra-Fines Recovery System (UFR), which is designed to recover ultra-fine tailings in various mining applications, allowing operations to eliminate or greatly reduce the use of maintenance-intensive (and environmentally unpopular) settling ponds. As a far more cost-efficient alternative to the use of costly plate filter presses, for example, the Deister UFR enables producers to create a dry tailing or silt product which can be stockpiled prior to removal, or used as a saleable product. The system is capable of recoveries to 350-400 mesh, and at feed capacities from 1,500-3500 gallons per min. It uses a radial distribution manifold for even distribution of solids to all cyclones. The reverse slope vibrating screen offers solids capacities up to 70 t/h.The UFR System Cyclones are available with a variety of liner and body materials. Victaulic connections allow flexibility and ease of maintenance. Optional “Duck Bills” can be attached to the cyclone apex with siphon control to accommodate variable feed solids conditions. The sump is constructed with heavily reinforced walls and wide flange beam vertical columns. A sloped bottom plate promotes even solids flow to the pump inlet and an automatically adjusted make-up water valve protects the pump. A sturdy hand railed stairway and platform on both sides and back of the screen allow for safe and easy maintenance access; and several pump configurations are available mounted on a steel frame base pad. Deister also announced two innovative equipment options for use on mine-duty screens at MINExpo. Developed from three years of exhaustive testing, Deister’s new Exciter vibrating mechanism is designed for use with large linear stroke screens and feeders. Multiple units can be positioned in series, and linked by flexible shaft couplings to provide exceptional B-10 bearing life in conjunction with aggressive G-force. State-of-the-art CNC manufacturing processes ensure tight tolerances and precision fits for the entire assembly. Innovative seal, shaft and bearing designs provide a rugged unit that is easy to maintain, especially when combined with the Deister System Saver Oil Filtration System. Removable external counterweight slugs allow for easy output force adjustment over a wide speed range. The Exciter mechanism can be driven by V-belts or direct drive flexible shaft.As an option for large screens, the Deister Isolation Base incorporates a secondary set of support springs, as well as shock absorbers, which further isolate the forces generated by the vibrating screen frame from the stationary structure. This Isolation Base is also beneficial in reducing the size and complexity of the support structure under and around the vibrating screen.
In his two decades as a code enforcement officer, Kevin Pridemore has never seen anything quite like the house on the corner of Northeast 112th and Rosewood avenues.During Pridemore’s first trip out to the Orchards house that sits across the street from Covington Middle School, he counted 11 code violations.“It was the first time in 22 years I had to go photo by photo by photo and count the violations,” he said.Among those violations: inoperable vehicles in an urban zone, debris in an urban zone, occupied travel trailers, storage containers without permits, building without permits and illegal commercial storage.In the two years since, Pridemore has seen the owners come into compliance with some violations, only to later fall out of compliance or violate another county code. As a result, the county has levied more than $350,000 in liens against the property, which is owned by William Gregory Rathgeber. The case is now in the hands of the county prosecutor’s office.Pridemore expects a solution to be reached within six months. Possible outcomes include the county seizing the property or Rathgeber finally bringing the property into compliance.Those who live at and frequent the home say they are working to clean up the property and bring it into compliance. In fact, Rathgeber is working to get a new shipping and receiving business, Chief Ship and Sale, up and running, said Jim Sellers, who said he works for Rathgeber. Sellers spoke to The Columbian on behalf of Rathgeber.