A new hope Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse rolled to the best start of its PBA life on Wednesday night, but coach Louie Alas wants his charges to drop all of their bad habits if they are to become a force later on in the Philippine Cup.“We again fell into our [bad habit] relying on our offensive firepower after we take big leads,” Alas said after the Fuel Masters plastered Columbian, 108-98, at Smart Araneta Coliseum for a 3-0 card that now stands as the new team mark. “It happened twice [in this game] and we failed to execute after that.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We want to win because of our defense,” said Alas, who admitted to being the most surprised in the team over their 3-0 start, especially after going winless in three tune-up games and losing two of those by wide margins.Next up for the Fuel Masters is Blackwater, and Phoenix will have a 10-day break before that game, which Alas said they would use “to learn more things and correct their mistakes.”John Paul Calvo scored 18 points to lead the Dyip, who will next slug it out with red-hot NorthPort, which is on a 2-0 run and is also enjoying its finest all-Filipino start under Pido Jarencio.Later in the night, RR Pogoy dropped the biggest points in the stretch and saved TNT KaTropa from imploding, with an 85-80 nipping of NLEX giving the Texters their first win.Pogoy hit a triple with 43 seconds left for five-point lead and then sealed the deal with two free throws with 2.6 ticks to play as the Texters finally broke their silence while dealing the Road Warriors a third straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Despite what Alas said, his Fuel Masters looked impressive in handling the Dyip and their super rookie CJ Perez, whom they held to just 10 points after he debuted with 26 in an upset 124-118 conquest of four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.“We are still young, enjoying situations like that,” Alas continued in Filipino, referring to his wards holding a 19-point lead at one stage before allowing the Dyip to creep closer in the second half.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“We (coaching staff) need to instill it in the minds of the players” to keep playing hard even with a big lead, Alas said. “And we won’t tire reminding them (players) what to do.”Matthew Wright scattered 22 points, Calvin Abueva accounted for 16 and three others tossed in 12 or more for Alas. View comments
MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine Olympic Committee has named the Philippine SEAG Esports Union (PSEU) as the caretaker committee for the Southeast Asian Games that the country will host later this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn a certification released Wednesday by the POC, secretary general Pato Gregorio wrote that PSEU was “established for the sole purpose of organizing the sport of esports and its Philippine team and delegation for the 30th SEAG 2019.”READ: ESWF to run esports events in SEA Games, eyes partnership with college league DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz shocked over inclusion in oust-Duterte matrix Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The certification came a day after Esports World Federation (ESWF) president Arniel Gutierrez announced on Tuesday that his group was tasked, among others, to handle “the organization and conduct of events in the coming Southeast Asian Games.”The POC statement, however, negates that claim and has even named membership committee chair Robert Bachmann as the liaison between the Olympic body and PSEU.The PSEU is headed by Tats Suzara as its chief operating officer and will operate under the office of the chef de mission of the POC while it is seeking membership into the Olympic body.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “The last one was not a bad performance possession-wise and we create good chances,” said Cooper, referring to the 0-2 defeat to the Chinese in Guangzhou last June.The Chinese side of World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi, led by naturalized Brazilian striker Ai Kesen and Spanish La Liga campaigner Wu Lei of Espanyol, still has to play Guam in Guangzhou on Thursday, before flying to Bacolod for the clash against the Azkals.“We know it’s an improved Chinese team,” said Cooper. “And they’ve obviously got their own aspirations of World Cup qualification.”Cooper released his 23-man side that will be led by Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who is returning from a hamstring injury. Etheridge has not played for the Azkals since the 2-1 win over Tajikistan in Asian Cup Qualifying in March last year. Two key additions for the squad are Nico De Vera of the Portland Timbers and Norway-based Elias Suerti of Brattvag.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect NBA postpones Nets-Lakers media sessions in Shanghai LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:06DICT eyeing 4th, 5th telco player in PH – Honasan02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MANILA, Philippines–Needing no less than its finest performance, the Philippines is bracing for an “improved” China side when the two teams square off on Oct. 15 in the joint Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualification phase at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Sitting at third spot after splitting its first two matches, the Azkals aim for an upset against the Asian powerhouse that has beaten the Philippines three times in the last two and a half years, including in the AFC Asian Cup last January.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics One thing going for coach Scott Cooper and the Azkals is the fact that they’ll have a few extra days to prepare for the game as they play China in the second scheduled match of this month’s international window.READ: Etheridge on target for Azkals returnFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe Azkals have scheduled an exhibition match against Thai Premier League side Chainat Hornbill which travelled all the way to Bacolod to test the national team on Thursday.“We’ve got the advantage this time because we only have one game for this break, which means we get more preparation time,” said Cooper. “We have to come up with a plan for this game, which we know is going to be a difficult game as we’ve lost the last three games to China.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
England striker Jamie Vardy is a “genetic freak” like nine-times Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, Leicester City’s head of sport science Kevin Paxton said.Vardy enjoys an unorthodox lifestyle in an era of increasing emphasis on marginal gains from advanced sports science, meaning his electric pace and immense stamina are largely natural.In his autobiography, the Leicester forward revealed his unusual warm-up methods which included drinking a glass of port the night before a game while on match days he consumed several cans of a popular energy drink as well as a cup of double espresso.Such unconventional habits appeared to have helped Vardy to score 24 goals last season as Leicester won the Premier League.”I just think he is a genetic freak, his athleticism is as natural to him as Usain Bolt’s. But it doesn’t mean Bolt doesn’t train for that extra one percent,” Paxton told Reuters at the Soccerex Global Convention.”There will always be exceptions, those stand-out outliers like ‘Vards’, but he works hard on the training ground even if he jokes about drinking cans of Red Bull.”Vardy also admitted he had hampered his recovery from a dead leg soon after joining the Foxes in 2012 by drinking vodka mixed with sweets.Paxton said Vardy’s naivety when he was recovering from injury was unlikely to be repeated as clubs now kept a much closer check on their injured players.”Everything is more monitored these days,” he added.”We are not at the stage where we know everything people are eating and drinking but we do have sleep and dietary questionnaires. It could be even more strictly monitored though.advertisement”At some point you have to let go and allow the players to learn for themselves.”The further you get up the chain, the more cut-throat it is, and it is all about small margins and tiny percentages.”
Doubles has been the source of Indian tennis pride since Mahesh Bhupathi partnered Japan’s Rika Hiraki to a grand slam title in 1997 but a lack of coaching quality will ensure singles success remains out of reach, Rohan Bopanna has told Reuters.Bopanna, who joined Bhupathi, Leander Paes and Sania Mirza as the latest Indian grand slam champion when he teamed up with Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski at Roland Garros, said the country should not be satisfied with winning doubles crowns.And the 37-year-old disagreed with the theory that doubles glory was a stepping stone to singles success.”If playing doubles was a shortcut to success we would have had a number of players ranked in the top 50,” Bopanna said in an interview.”There was no system in place for players to come through. Whoever did well in singles in the past did it on their own.”While Paes alone has amassed eight doubles grand slam titles to go with 10 in mixed doubles, India has had only rare glimpses of joy in singles.In the early 1960s, Ramanathan Krishnan twice reached the singles semi-finals at Wimbledon. His son Ramesh and Vijay Amritraj both made the last eight there, as well as at the U.S. Open, and were ranked in the top 25 in the world at one point.Since then, however, the now-retired Somdev Devvarman’s 62nd spot in 2011 is the highest an Indian player has been ranked in the singles.”The players, the federation, the corporates, everyone has to come together to help out for the future of Indian tennis,” Bopanna said.advertisement”That’s how a sport will grow in India, when there is a system in place.”There are kids who have the potential, they only have to be guided well and supported well and we will have singles players playing at the highest level.”FOREIGN COACHESBopanna said Indian players had the skills to compete at the highest level but often lacked the fitness to be successful.”We need to have a system in place at the grassroots level for the future of Indian tennis. That’s one reason I have started my academy in Bengaluru,” he said, adding that he had also met India’s sports minister, Vijay Goel, this week to discuss how to promote tennis in the country.”I am also bringing a couple of coaches to my academy in Bangalore from outside. One from the United Kingdom and one from Serbia. They will be there for an year at least.”I want the kids to have that opportunity to learn from experienced foreign coaches in their own country. They often spend a lot of money to get trained by foreign coaches for just one or two months, which is not of much help.”Bopanna enjoyed some memorable singles wins, including the deciding victory in the Davis Cup tie against Brazil in 2010 that brought India back into the World Group after 19 years, before completely focusing on doubles.Prior to his French Open mixed doubles success, he partnered Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi to a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open men’s doubles.It took Bopanna 14 years to achieve his grand slam dream after turning pro in 2003 but he said he never gave up hope.”As a sportsman if you don’t have the belief then you have no motivation to really go out there and play,” said Bopanna, an ambassador of sportswear brand Zeven.”It was truly a personal goal, so there was no number to it. It didn’t matter how many years it took.”It has been many years of sacrifices, discipline and commitment. Not only from my side, but from my coaches, family, friends and the team, who are working throughout. Everyone has played a huge part.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from strugglingby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says Aston Villa are “so far away from struggling” in their return to the Premier League.The Villians recorded a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, pushing them up to 15th on the Premier League table.Critics still believe Villa will be amongst the teams battling relegation, but Grealish begs to differ.”The manager told me before the game he wanted me to get a tap in, more than anything,” Grealish told the Birmingham Mail. “I told him after it wasn’t a tap in! It was actually a hard finish at the time.”I’m so happy to get the goal but the only thing I wanted was the win. It has been coming for a long time.”I sat down with Christian (Purslow) on Friday night and we had a chat. I was saying how sometimes you see things on social media and people talk about us, saying we are struggling. I think we are so far away from struggling. We have been unreal if anything”If you look at our games the only one we have struggled with is Spurs, where we should have lost. The rest of the games we have only lost by one goal. To get the win just tops it off.”
The pressure should be weighing down hard on Vinicius Junior, but the Brazilian has to have helium in his heels.Far more experienced stars than the 18-year-old have wilted under the Santiago Bernabeu floodlights.And yet, Vinicius shrugs it all off, going from strength-to-strength while operating as Cristiano Ronaldo’s de facto replacement in Real Madrid’s attacking trident. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The No. 28 rose above the rest again as Santiago Solari’s side beat Alaves 3-0 on Sunday. You can bet next season he’ll have a far lower number on the back of his shirt.With the attacker increasingly settled in the side, Madrid have won four league games in a row and cut the gap on leaders Barcelona to eight points, and on second place Atletico to just two.Madrid are now in their best form of the season, and with an upcoming double Clasico in the cup impending, the timing couldn’t be any better.Vinicius was involved in Karim Benzema’s opening goal, playing a perfectly judged precision pass down the line for Sergio Reguilon, who crossed for the Frenchman to score a tap-in.Minutes later with confidence pumping through his veins he took the ball and just ran. Past one, past two, but not past a third as Victor Laguardia took him down and earned a yellow card for his troubles.It would be reductive to say the Brazilian is only dangerous because of his pace, but it’s certainly a weapon that helps him get at defenders and throw backlines into utter panic.Combined with a creative edge which makes him quite unpredictable, the Vinicius package draws a lot of heat from the defence and leaves Benzema, in particular, with welcome breathing room.The French forward, who for the best part of a decade worked his hands to the bone to give Cristiano Ronaldo the same service and openings, is finally king, and it’s reflected in his form.Lurking six yards out to tap home after 30 minutes, Benzema netted his sixth goal in four games, and his 10th of the season in La Liga.Last season Benzema managed just five in 32 games, this season barring injury he could quadruple that figure, especially if defences can’t figure out how to shackle Vinicius.Alaves struggled to, with the forward testing Fernando Pacheco’s wrists with a vicious strike.Wakaso was booked in the second half for a lunge at Vinicius, another case of a defensive player realising the forward had him on toast and cynically cutting his dart short.Eventually the striker got the goal his performance deserved, also answering the fair criticisms that he needs to be more lethal in front of goal.Starting the move with a fine floated ball out to the right, it was Vinicius at the back post, in the right place at the right time, to stroke home after the ball fell into his path.Just his second goal for Madrid in 11 La Liga appearances, albeit with six of them from the bench, of course he could stand to be more lethal.It would be fairer, though, to talk about what he is offering the team, while players like Gareth Bale often let games pass them by.The Welshman started against Alaves and was removed after an hour, having offered very little, incapable of providing the spark Madrid need, sparks which fly liberally from Vinicius’s boots.Taken off in the final stages, Vinicius was afforded a standing ovation from Real Madrid supporters, and even with Mariano Diaz adding a third with an impressive diving header, it is the image of the grinning teen taking a seat on the bench – job done – which will live longest in the memory.
zoom Brazilian mining giant Vale has received a notification from the local court on the suspension of activities at its Port of Tubarão amid environmental concerns.The order, described as a “temporary suspension of activities”, relates to Vale and ArcelorMittal Brazil’s operations at the port’s ore and coal terminals, paralyzing Vale’s export and import.The ruling comes on the back of a police investigation into the matter that found air and water pollution in the surrounding areas of Vale’s coal and iron docks.According to Vale, the decision is causing major impact on the state economy. However, the company said it would take all appropriate legal measures to ensure the re-establishment of its activities.The company also stressed that it has been investing in its environmental control systems and working hard to attain strict compliance with environmental regulations.Based on the court decision, the port will remain closed until the environmental issues are resolved.The announcement comes following the deadly collapse of a dam in Brazil, run by a join venture between Vale and BHP Billiton, that was dubbed as one of the biggest environmental disasters in the country’s history.World Maritime News Staff
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The province will offer a one-time new home construction rebate equivalent to 50 per cent of the provincial portion of the HST, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, July 7. “Government is fulfilling a commitment to reduce the HST on new home construction to stimulate the economy while creating and maintaining jobs for skilled tradespeople,” said Premier Dexter. “Construction is a major driver of the provincial economy and this innovative program gives us an opportunity to create the jobs needed during this tough economic time.” Homeowners who have a municipal construction permit dated May 1 or later will be eligible for the rebate. The four per cent rebate will be limited to a maximum of $7,000. Fifteen hundred rebates will be available for construction or purchases completed by March 31. From January to April, Nova Scotia experienced a more than 30 per cent decrease in new home construction, excluding apartments, over the same period in 2008. “Premier Dexter understands that our industry and our skilled tradespeople are vital to economic growth in Nova Scotia,” said Paul Pettipas, chief executive officer, Nova Scotia Homebuilders Association. “This is a smart plan that will help builders and keep skilled tradespeople working in our province.” Program details are being developed in consultation with industry and will be available later this summer. Details will be shared with the public when they are finalized.
Comic Relief co-founder Lenny Henry has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.The comedian and Comic Relief Trustee has dedicated it to the many people who have donated money to the charity over the last 30 years.“This is not just for me, this is for everyone who has done something for Comic Relief,” he said. “Every person who has helped us raise £1 billion and for everyone who works at Comic Relief, this is for you too,” he added.Lenny, aged 56, has been involved in every Red Nose Day night of TV since 1988 and was honoured with a CBE by the Queen in 1999.Speaking of his honour he said: “It is a wonderful thing. My family are absolutely chuffed and my friends have not stopped congratulating me.“I’d like to thank everyone for being so generous and so kind. It is an extraordinary thing and I am absolutely thrilled.” Lenny has played a key role at Comic Relief, most recently hosting Red Nose Day 2015 on BBC One in March and visiting various projects in the UK and Africa. He has been praised by Comic Relief’s Kevin Cahill.“You can’t think of Comic Relief without thinking of Lenny Henry. He has made extraordinary commitments to Red Nose Day since it began,” Kevin said.“He is one of the best known and loved personalities in public life and the knighthood could not have been awarded to a nicer human being,” he added.“Everyone at Comic Relief is incredibly proud that Lenny’s work as an entertainer and passionate worker for charity has being recognised and we congratulate him on his knighthood.”He said that Lenny has been tireless in his efforts to raise awareness and encourage the public to raise money to tackle the issue of extreme poverty.The Queen’s birthday honours recognise the achievements of extraordinary people and this years’ recipients also include singer Van Morrison and Welsh rugby legend Gareth Edwards.
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The festival experienced significant growth in its first decade, touring extensively in the U.S. and Canada.In 1973, the Queen was on hand to open the Festival Theatre, which allowed the Shaw Festival to mount large-scale productions. The 2017 production of Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” will be dedicated to Rand’s memory.“The Shaw was established during the formative days of the non-profit theatre movement, but it did not come easily. There were early detractors and many obstacles,” executive director Tim Jennings said in a statement.“Mr. Rand and Mr. Doherty are especially honoured in our history for their tenacity and exceptional dedication. What they created over 55 years ago has grown into one of the largest theatres in the world and a symbol of bi-national excellence.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Tim Carroll, the Shaw Festival’s new artistic director, said Rand was “what all artists pray for — a truly dedicated friend, supporter and advisor: one who was in it for the long haul.”“We really can’t thank him enough. Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this time.” Calvin Rand, the co-founder and founding board chairman of Ontario’s Shaw Festival, has died at the age of 87.Rand, of Buffalo, N.Y., teamed with co-founder Brian Doherty in 1962 to create a summer festival devoted to showcasing the works of playwright George Bernard Shaw.The inaugural season featured four performances each of “Don Juan in Hell” and “Candida,” which were staged in the Assembly Room of the historic Court House in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Twitter
Jocelyn Iahtail says Senate must approve Bill C-262 before the end of June. Justin Brake/APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsWhen Jocelyn Iahtail tried to deliver a copy of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the Supreme Court of Canada Thursday, she couldn’t get through the front door.So she stood outside and delivered her message for Canada’s highest court to the lone RCMP officer blocking her entry to the building.“I’m here to gift you with the UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) on behalf of all of us, because you and I are here as treaty people,” she told the officer.Iahtail, a Cree woman from Attawapiskat who now lives in Ottawa, joined about two dozen others on Thursday for a bus tour around the capital city to deliver copies of the U.N. Declaration to federal government buildings and to call on the Senate of Canada to pass Bill C-262 before Parliament’s summer break.She said residential and day schools, the Sixties Scoop, millennium scoop, missing and murdered Indigenous women, men, girls and boys, and the ongoing child welfare crisis are all part of a more than 500-year-old “holistic genocide” by settlers against Indigenous peoples.And she believes Cree MP Romeo Saganash’s private members’ bill, C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is an important part of ending the colonial violence and achieving justice for Indigenous people in Canada.Jocelyn Iahtail of Attawapiskat delivers a copy of #UNDRIP to the Supreme Court of Canada. She’s part of a group that visited federal buildings in Ottawa Thursday calling for @SenateCA‘s swift passage of @RomeoSaganash‘s #BillC262. @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/mckhXgt4Ml— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) March 21, 2019Saganash, the NDP’s critic for reconciliation, introduced C-262 in the House of Commons in April 2016.Three years later, the bill has passed three readings in the legislature and is now in the midst of its second reading in the senate.The bill has to go to senate committee before its third reading and before it can receive royal assent.Supporters of the legislation are nervous it may not pass before the end of June, when senate will break for the summer and parliament will be suspended for the fall federal election.At that point, any legislation that has been introduced but not passed would be scrapped and only given new life if it were reintroduced again in Parliament.On Thursday, for their final stop, Iahtail and her group visited the Senate building down the street from Parliament Hill.While delivering their message they met Quebec Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne, who told them she will be voting for C-262 once it has passed the committee stage.The former Radio-Canada journalist said the “reconciliation process is much, much larger than this bill, but [C-262 is] a step.“As senators we are there to renew the laws, to change them when we feel we have to,” she said, explaining senators know they have a deadline by which to ensure the UNDRIP bill is passed.Iahtail said Saganash’s bill will help end racial discrimination against Indigenous peoples in Canada.“That’s racial discrimination, when you don’t recognize our original lands, our original language, our original laws that are inherent in our language. Our original spirituality, our original governance, our original ways of knowing, thinking, living and being.”UNDRIP, among other things, says Indigenous peoples “have the right to self-determination,” and that “by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”The Declaration, adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 2007, is regarded as an expression of the minimum human rights standards by which states must respect Indigenous peoples.Canada was one of only four countries to initially withhold its support for the declaration.Then, in 2010, the Stephen Harper-led Conservative government endorsed UNDRIP, but after calling it an “aspirational document” in their throne speech earlier that year.Quebec Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne told demonstrators Thursday outside the Senate Building she will vote in support of Bill C-262. Facebook photo.In December 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called on federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments “to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation,” in its calls to action.In May 2016, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced at the U.N. in New York Canada’s “unqualified support” for UNDRIP.Almost three years later, C-262 is on the cusp of changing how Indigenous rights are recognized and implemented in Canada, many say.Last week the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) published an open letter to all senators, saying the legislation “must not be stalled in the Senate.“With a looming federal election, there is a substantial and unacceptable risk that the bill may miss the legislative window,” the UBCIC executive wrote.“Canada has delayed the implementation and recognition of the international human rights standards of Indigenous peoples for far too long.“The UBCIC is calling on the Senate of Canada to immediately pass Bill C-262 and to begin the initial work of implementing the UN Declaration, the most comprehensive, universal international human rights instrument explicitly addressing the economic, social, cultural, political, spiritual and environmental rights of Indigenous Peoples.”firstname.lastname@example.org@justinbrakenews
Fez- A Brussels court sentenced Moroccan national Rachid El Bukhari to 27 years in prison on Friday for setting fire in a Shia mosque in Brussels, killing the imam.Rachid El Bukhari, 35, was convicted of arson and homicide, but he was acquitted of terrorism charges.‘’The accused is not a religious fanatic, and his act was not based on a particular ideology. The killings in Homs in Syria pushed him to commit the crime,” judges said.On March12, 2012, Bukhari entered a Shia mosque in Anderlecht armed with an axe and knives. He insulted the Shia, claiming they were responsible for the crackdown in Syria, and then poured gasoline and set fire to the building. The mosque’s imam, Abdellah Dahdouh, 47, a father of four children, was asphyxiated when he tried and failed to extinguish the fire and escape.Arrested at the scene, the accused was charged with a “terrorist act offence” and ‘’arson causing death’’.“Sunnis are abused, as they want to change the regime,” he explained during his trial, speaking about the conflict in Syria.“I did not think there would be loss of life. I just wanted to make Shias aware of the situation in Syria,” he further indicated.The mosque is considered the main place of worship for the Shia in Brussels.Edited by Timothy Filla
Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties at the Foreign Ministry as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Kariyawasam joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States of America from July 2014 to August 2017. He has held diplomatic assignments in Geneva, Riyadh, Washington, New York and New Delhi, and has served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York and Geneva and High Commissioner to India. He has been previously concurrently accredited as Ambassador / High Commissioner to Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Holy See, Bhutan and Afghanistan. (Colombo Gazette)
NEW YORK — Best Buy Co. says it plans to expand its remote health monitoring services for seniors, including sensors that can be worn on their arms, to 5 million from 1 million in five years.The company’s deeper push into the $3.5 trillion U.S. health care market is essential to the company’s goal of reaching $50 billion in annual revenue by 2025.The Minneapolis-based chain says health care technology is a $50 billion market. It says that two out of three seniors live with two or more chronic conditions and many want to stay at home.Last year, Best Buy spent $800 million on its acquisition on GreatCall Inc., which sells mobile phones and emergency response systems for the elderly.It revealed its five-year growth plan at its investor meeting Wednesday.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
US gov’t accuses Bank of America of civil fraud in sale of $850M of mortgage bonds in 2008 WASHINGTON – The U.S. government has accused Bank of America Corp. of civil fraud, saying the company failed to disclose risks and misled investors in its sale of $850 million of mortgage bonds during 2008.The Justice Department filed a civil suit Tuesday against the bank and several subsidiaries in federal court in Charlotte, N.C. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a related suit against Bank of America there, too.Bank of America disputed the allegations.The suits accused the second-largest U.S. bank of misleading investors about the risks of the mortgages tied to the securities.And authorities said the bank of failed to tell investors that more than 70 per cent of the mortgages backing the investment were written by mortgage brokers outside the banks’ network. That made the mortgages more vulnerable to default, they said. The bank disclosed the percentage of such mortgage loans in the investment only to a select group of investors, the suits alleged.Bank of America’s CEO at the time described those mortgages as “toxic waste,” the SEC said.“Bank of America’s reckless and fraudulent … practices in the lead-up to the financial crisis caused significant losses to investors,” Anne Tompkins, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said in a statement. “Now, Bank of America will have to face the consequences of its actions.”The action was brought by a financial fraud enforcement task force set up to pursue cases related to the 2008 financial crisis.Bank of America said it will refute the government’s allegations in court.“These were prime mortgages sold to sophisticated investors who had ample access to the underlying data and we will demonstrate that,” company spokesman Lawrence Grayson said in a statement. “The loans in this pool performed better than loans with similar characteristics (made and packaged into securities) at the same time by other financial institutions.“We are not responsible for the housing market collapse that caused mortgage loans to default at unprecedented rates and these securities to lose value as a result,” Grayson added. by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 4:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Grief counselling will be available on Tuesday for students dealing with the violent weekend killing of 19-year-old Brock student Yosif al-Hasnawi.The Brock community was left in shock and mourning upon learning that the first-year Medical Sciences student died in a shooting incident in downtown Hamilton, after trying to help someone who was being accosted on the street.Police report that Yosif and his younger brother emerged from a religious celebration just before 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at a mosque in central Hamilton. Yosif saw a man, described as a senior citizen, being confronted by two other men. When Yosif told them to stop, police say one of the men shot him.Brock officials have announced that a group counselling session will be held for students on Tuesday (Dec. 5) from noon to 2 pm in Mackenzie Chown J 404.Any students wishing to receive one-on-one counselling should contact Mehroon Kassam, Clinic Manager of the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre at email@example.comOfficials have also arranged for Imam Hosam Helal to come to Brock to offer spiritual support to students. He is scheduled to be on campus Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. and on Thursday, Dec. 7 from noon to 5:30 p.m., at the Faith and Life Centre, located in offices R216 and R217 of DeCew Residence.People wanting more information about this or other spiritual support should contact Andre Basson at firstname.lastname@example.org.Yosif, who had dreams of going to medical school and becoming a doctor, was a top student who had won a scholarship to Brock and was studying in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the Faculty of Mathematics & Science. Instructors remembered him as reserved, committed student who was excited about attending Brock.University officials have contacted Yosif’s family to offer support.The following link contains the police report on the incident. https://hamiltonpolice.on.ca/community/news/2017/12/hamilton-police-homicide-unit-investigating-citys-9th-homicide-year
Zion’s place among Naismith Award winnersFor Zion Williamson and Naismith College Player of the Year winners since 1996, team Final Four status and win share statistics 2011Jimmer FredetteBrigham YoungGSr.8.5.256 The 2019 Naismith winner will be announced April 7Sources: Wikipedia, Sports-Reference.com College basketball’s biggest weekend will be missing college basketball’s biggest star. After Michigan State knocked off Duke 68-67 on Sunday to advance to the Final Four, the Blue Devils are out of the NCAA Tournament — and that means we won’t see forward Zion Williamson again until the NBA draft. (Presumably.) CBS had invested a lot in following Williamson’s every move during the tournament, and with good cause. By at least one metric, Williamson had the best season in recent college history. But that’s all in the past now. So how weird is it that Zion won’t be present for the tournament’s finale in Minneapolis? And what can we make of his brief, brilliant stay in the college game, possibly as one of the final megastars of the one-and-done era?Williamson has spent most of the season as the heavy betting favorite to win the men’s Naismith college player of the year award. His money-line odds were as high as -700 (that’s roughly 88 percent without removing the vig) before his midseason injury, and they currently sit around -300 (75 percent). Other players could potentially take the honor when it is announced April 7, but it would be a surprise if Williamson were not the winner.If Zion does pick up the award, he will become only the third freshman (joining Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis) and 12th underclassman to do so in the history of the honor. It’s an elite award to earn, having been won by the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Michael Jordan, in addition to KD and AD. But it hasn’t exactly been out of the ordinary for the Final Four to move on without the nation’s best player. Through 2018, the Naismith award winner has seen his team make the Final Four just 48 percent of the time — meaning roughly half of college basketball’s very best stars since 19691The first year the award was given out. have watched the Final Four from home. Williamson wouldn’t be the first to fit that description, and he likely wouldn’t be the last.But even among players of the year, Williamson would be unusually good — particularly by the standards of some recent winners:2We went back to 1996 in the table below because that’s the earliest season for which Sports-Reference.com calculates its win shares player-value metric. 2004Jameer NelsonSaint Joseph’sGSr.6.6.243 1998Antawn JamisonNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.3.271 2007Kevin DurantTexasFFr.8.8.280 2014Doug McDermottCreightonFSr.7.7.261 2019Zion WilliamsonDukeFFr.8.3.335 2001Shane BattierDukeFSr.✓10.1.298 2000Kenyon MartinCincinnatiFSr.9.0.398 2015Frank KaminskyWisconsinFSr.✓9.8.299 2008Tyler HansbroughNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.7.272 2012Anthony DavisKentuckyCFr.✓9.9.310 2006J. J. RedickDukeGSr.7.8.233 2010Evan TurnerOhio StateGJr.6.8.247 2002Jason WilliamsDukeGJr.6.3.213 YearPlayerCollegePos.ClassFinal four?TotalPer 40 2003T. J. FordTexasGSo.✓4.3.155 2013Trey BurkeMichiganGSo.✓8.6.249 2016Buddy HieldOklahomaGSr.✓7.6.232 1997Tim DuncanWake ForestCSr.10.4.367 2018Jalen BrunsonVillanovaGJr.✓7.7.241 1996Marcus CambyMassachusettsCJr.✓8.1.320 2017Frank Mason IIIKansasGSr.7.5.230 2005Andrew BogutUtahCSo.10.9.358 1999Elton BrandDukeFSo.✓10.0.350 2009Blake GriffinOklahomaFSo.9.7.332 Win Shares From ABC News: On a per-40-minute basis, Williamson would have the most win shares of any Naismith winner since Andrew Bogut in 2005 (Bogut went No. 1 overall in the NBA draft that summer) and the fifth-most since 1996, period. And unlike some of the other names on the list above, Williamson wasn’t a one-man show dragging a bunch of weak teammates along. Duke ranked fourth in our pre-tournament Elo ratings — higher than the team of anyone ranked ahead of Zion in win shares per 40 minutes except Elton Brand (whose own Blue Devils ranked first going into the 1999 tourney).In that regard, maybe the best comparison for Williamson’s freshman season was that of Davis on the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats — a stellar, standout individual year on a highly ranked squad full of other elite NBA prospects. But while Davis got to the Final Four and ultimately won the NCAA championship, Williamson and Duke fell short, relegating him to a separate list of freshman phenoms — one including Durant and Michael Beasley, whose individual efficiency in 2008 was (amazingly) even greater than Zion’s this year — on teams that couldn’t get to the tournament’s third weekend.The end of Duke’s season won’t diminish the personal success Williamson had during his one NCAA season, nor will it affect his presumptive status as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. And few fans outside Durham will be crying for Duke, which had its chances to close out Michigan State late on Sunday but was unable to do so (in large part because Williamson took only one shot in the game’s final six-and-a-half minutes). Even so, the Final Four won’t be quite the same without Williamson’s dizzying array of highlight-reel drives, dunks and swats. Instead, the Season of Zion Williamson will come to an end with Zion Williamson nowhere in sight. Check out our latest March Madness predictions.
Humans across the globe may be actually speaking the same language after scientists found that the sounds used to make the words of common objects and ideas are strikingly similar.The discovery challenges the fundamental principles of linguistics, which state that languages grow up independently of each other, with no intrinsic meaning in the noises which form words.But research which looked into several thousand languages showed that for basic concepts, such as body parts, family relationships or aspects of the natural world, there are common sounds – as if concepts that are important to the human experience somehow trigger universal verbalisations. “These sound symbolic patterns show up again and again across the world, independent of the geographical dispersal of humans and independent of language lineage,” said Dr Morten Christiansen, professor of psychology and director of Cornell’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in the US where the study was carried out. “There does seem to be something about the human condition that leads to these patterns. We don’t know what it is, but we know it’s there.”The study found, that in most languages, the word for ‘nose’ is likely to include the sounds ‘neh’ or the ‘oo’ sound, as in ‘ooze.’ Dr Lynne Cahill, a lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sussex said it was possible that some words were similar across languages because they are the first noises children make. So the ‘ma, ma, ma’ and ‘da, da, da’ sounds made be babies became mama and daddy.But she said it was too early to say there was a universal root for other words.“You could argue that the words chosen here are very old and therefore most likely to have a common ancestor language in the past, from which they all derived,” she said.“I think this is an interesting study which has looked at so many languages but I don’t think it quite justifies their claim that it debunks the idea that language is arbitrary and I think they looked at too few words to make any firm conclusions.”The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. Similarly, the word for ‘leaf’ is likely to include the sounds ‘l,’ ‘p’ or ‘b’ while ‘sand’ will probably use the sound ‘s’. The words for ‘red’ and ‘round’ are likely to include the ‘r’ sound.”It doesn’t mean all words have these sounds, but the relationship is much stronger than we’d expect by chance,” added Dr Christiansen.Other words found to contain similar sounds across thousands of languages include ‘bite’, ‘dog’, ‘fish’, ‘skin’, ‘star’ and ‘water’. The associations were particularly strong for words that described body parts, like ‘knee’, ‘bone’ and ‘breasts.’The team also found certain words are likely to avoid certain sounds. This was especially true for pronouns. For example, words for ‘I’ are unlikely to include sounds involving u, p, b, t, s, r and l. ‘You’ is unlikely to include sounds involving u, o, p, t, d, q, s, r and l. The word for nose is similar across thousands of languages The team, which included of physicists, linguists and computer scientists from the US, Argentina, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland analysed 40-100 basic vocabulary words in around 3,700 languages – approximately 62 per cent of the world’s current languages.The researchers don’t know why humans tend to use the same sounds across languages to describe basic objects and ideas.But Dr Christian said the concepts were important in all languages, and children are likely to learn these words early in life.”Perhaps these signals help nudge kids into acquiring language,” he added: “Maybe it has something to do with the human mind or brain, our ways of interacting, or signals we use when we learn or process language. That’s a key question for future research.”One of the most basic concepts in linguistics is that the relationship between a sound of a word and its meaning is arbitrary. However recent studies have suggested that some words may share common sounds, for example, researchers have shown that words for small spiky objects in a variety of languages are likely to contain high-pitched sounds, while rounder shapes contain ‘ooo’ sounds, which is known as the ‘bouba/kiki’ effect. Spiky objects tend to have ‘kiki’ soundsCredit:Christmasstockimages Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.