SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “It’s very heartwarming because without naming names, we’re getting a lot of volunteers from the PBA, especially from those who have already played 3×3 here and abroad. We at SBP pride ourselves that everyone who played 3×3 have improved when they returned to their mother teams,” he said.While this year’s World Cup is not a qualifier for any major tournaments, it is a good test for Filipinos ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where 3×3 basketballl will be played for the first time. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img LATEST STORIES “We’re looking at being able to field the best team we can field. The 3×3 game is very different from the 5-on-5, so we expect to do well in this coming tournament,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios in the event launch Thursday at Bonifacio High Street.“We still don’t have a team. We will have to sit down. We have been talking about this for the past week also. Coach Eric Altamirano has been the one in charge of the 3×3 program of our national team. But coach Chot Reyes, as the overall national team head coaches’ leader, will be part of the discussion,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, the Philippines finished 11th in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France with the team represented by Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, JR Quiñahan, and Jeron Teng.Barrios said that this early, players have already expressed their intentions to be part of the 3×3 team. Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Officials from the SBP and Fiba launch the logo for the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonThe Philippines is looking to make waves by parading the best team possible when it hosts the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup on June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena.With still a few months to go before tournament, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is already in the process of coming up with a competitive roster.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Noida village vows to end tobacco use

first_imgTobacco will soon be a thing of the past in the land of wrestlers. In a first, the mahapanchayat in Noida’s Sarfabad village has vowed to eliminate tobacco and its products in a bid to secure a healthier future for its youth.The panchayat has asked the village residents to abstain from selling or using tobacco. Such products would be a strict no-no for the younger generation henceforth.Initiated by the wrestlers-dominated community of the village, the move is aimed at urging the state government to impose a blanket ban on the use of tobacco products. The plan will act as a pilot project and subsequently spread to other rural pockets of the district.The panchayat has given its final word on the social menace and anybody found violating the same will have to pay dearly.Shopkeepers of Sarfabad village set fire to their tobacco products to show their support.Over 20 shopkeepers in the village brought their tobacco products and destroyed them in a bonfire to express support for the move.According to Sukhbir Pehelwan, a wrestling coach and organiser, the panchayat has completely banned tobacco and its use in the village.”Anybody found selling tobacco or its products would have to shell out Rs 1,000 as fine. Whoever is found chewing tobacco will be fined Rs 500. And we have decided to reward any person who informs us about anyone selling or using tobacco with Rs 100. The fines will be realised by the panchayat itself,” Pehelwan said.”If other states such as Haryana and Gujarat can ban it, why can’t Uttar Pradesh? A health recent ministry report has disclosed rising number of cancers in the country are caused by tobacco use. It has not only become a health hazard but a social evil. We aim to eliminate it completely,” he said.advertisementThe members of the panchayat would, on Monday morning, hand over a memorandum to district magistrate MKS Sundaram, addressed to the state government urging it to impose the ban at the earliest.”We have thought to make Sarfabad a model village in eradicating the use of tobacco in the state. We would soon begin awareness programmes in other villages too. We have given time to the government till August 30. If it does not do anything about it, we would turn this campaign into a movement,” Subodh Yadav, an international wrestler and 2011 Asiad gold-medalist said.Five villages in Noida – Sarfabad, Sorkha, Garhi Chowkhandi and Behlolpur have practised wrestling as a traditional sport and have produced numerous state, national and international players. Sarfabad, with a population of around 10,000, has over 150 professional wrestlers, practising the sport at various forums. Of them, three have wrestled on the international level while around 50 have participated in national events.Though the panchayat has started the campaign against tobacco, it would soon add alcohol to the list to prevent the younger generation of the village from falling prey to wrong practices which can only harm their health, a panchayat member said.last_img read more

US college screens ‘Sholay’ to kick off ‘Year of India’

first_imgAn American colleg e, which has on its rolls over 20,000 students from 170 nations, screened the 1970s bollywood blockbuster Sholay as it hosted a ‘Year of India’ during the 2012-13 academic year that will also see presentations to explore India .Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is hosting a ‘Year of India’ with exhibitions, a film series, and performances and student-sponsored activities on culture, sports, and everyday life in India.Presentations will explore India – its society and politics, arts and culture, math and science, religions and economics – as well as its influence in the South Asian region and the world, and its diaspora in the US, according to a press release by Queens College.Sholay, the most successful Hindi film of all time, was screened on September 12, to kick off the “Representing South Asia on Film” series, which includes 16 titles including “Lagaan”, “The Namesake”, “Awara” and “Aparajito”, as well as three panel discussions on topics raised in the series.A day before that New Age guru Deepak Chopra made a presentation.”Hindustani Music of North India”, a concert scheduled for October 12, will feature noted tabla player and Yale faculty member Samir Chatterjee and flautist Steve Gorn. This concert at the LeFrak Concert Hall in Queens College is the first performance of the Aaron Copland School of Music’s Chamber Music Live fall season.Queens College’s ‘Year of India’ will also feature student and faculty exchanges, newly developed credit-bearing courses taught by professors from the college and their partner institutions in India, and programmes by members of the Indian community. To encourage collaborations and partnerships, faculty will lead three study tours to India for faculty, students, and staff.An exhibition titled “Art from the Land of the Peacock” will spotlight India’s distinctive and diverse artistic traditions while drawing upon the collections at Queens College’s Art Library. It will run from November 1 to June 27, 2013 at the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library in the campus.The Indian Consulate of New York is hosting a reception on September 20 for Queens College celebrating what the college calls “a vibrant, diverse country with a complex history and globally significant economy”.The college, located in America’s most diverse county, examines each year the history, art, and culture of a different country. China and Turkey have been featured before.Queens College of CUNY, founded in 1937, has on its rolls over 20,000 students from 170 nations and gets cited every year by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 ‘Best Value’ colleges.advertisement- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

Streetsmart look of Dil Chahta Hai heroes sets the trend for Indian urban males

first_imgIf one had to pick out a single symbol that reflects the changes in the Indian urban male’s style book, it would be the refreshing, streetsmart look of the heroes of Dil Chahta Hai.Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan have set a trend that has found clones in,If one had to pick out a single symbol that reflects the changes in the Indian urban male’s style book, it would be the refreshing, streetsmart look of the heroes of Dil Chahta Hai.Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan have set a trend that has found clones in college canteens, nightclubs, movie halls, even in boardrooms.Here are the basics of the DCH look: a spiffy, sharp haircut, like that of one of the heroes in the movie; short-shirts with slits in the sides, in orange, purple, bright blue or green; loose-fitting trousers or bright pyjamas; and sandals.Literally on the cutting edge of men’s style today are the trio’s trendy, close-cropped haircuts, courtesy Juice, the hair salon run by Adhuna Bhabani, who is married to DCH director Farhan Akhtar. “The response has been overwhelming,” she says. “Fifty per cent of the men who walk in demand the DCH look.”Man in The Mirror: Vishesh Bhatt and Shubham Agarwal getting the DCH cut at Nalini and Yasmin’s, MumbaiThe most prominent, inexpensive and easy way to look in vogue is growing the soul patch or zap that Aamir sports on his chin. And all that it takes is a new shaving routine. Gaurav Gupta, a 24-year-old Mumbai doctor, dons one and calls it “mosquito”.The new look is even finding its way to advertisements, such as the Onida Black ad, which features actor Rajat Kapoor (who incidentally acted in the movie) with an Aamir-style zap.The sartorial style that the DCH trio represents is markedly androgynous. A change largely envisaged by New York-based designer Arjun Bhasin, who experimented with bright, feminine colours like lilac and yellow, and designer Aki Narula, who relished the creative freedom to dress the heroes in two-toned shirts and sheer shirts as outer swimwear.advertisementFashion stylist Yogendra Tripathi cautions that the upbeat DCH look may just be a passing fad, but the way men look now, it seems it will stick around for a while yet.last_img read more

FRBM 2 LAST

first_imgThe scheme necessitates that 75 per cent of theThe scheme necessitates that 75 per cent of the DISCOMs debt as on September 30, 2015 will be taken by the state over two/three years.The cabinet also approved five other proposals including constitution of the regular Food Commission as per the provision of the National Food Security Act.Initially for implementation of the Act from November 2015, the state government had designated the State Information Commission (SIC) as Odisha State Food Commission and Project Director, DRDA in the districts as District Grievance Redressal Officer during October 2015.The Cabinet meeting also approved a proposal to nominate Sulabh International Social Service Organisation as implementing agency on pilot basis for design, built, operate and maintain and transfer of hybrid toilets in nine AAMRUT towns like Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Puri, Balasore, Bhadrak and Baripada. PTI AAM NN MKJ LNSlast_img read more

COA has not yet referred KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s case: BCCI Ombudsman

first_imgBCCI Ombudsman Justice DK Jain on Tuesday said the Committee of Administrators (COA) is yet to refer him the matter involving India cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who are facing an inquiry over their sexist remarks during a TV show.The Supreme Court had appointed its former judge Jain as the BCCI Ombudsman last month to resolve disputes. Jain took charge at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, earlier this month.”I have not taken up any matter Suo Motu for now. Once the COA refers a case to me, I will take it up,” Jain told PTI when asked about the case involving Rahul and Pandya.The Vinod Rai-led COA, after consulting amicus curiae P S Narsimha, had decided to lift the suspension on Rahul and Pandya in January, pending an inquiry. At that time, the BCCI did not have an Ombudsman.Both Pandya and Rahul were sent home from Australia after their sexist comments on a popular chat show triggered a massive controversy, leading to their provisional suspension.After their provisional suspensions were revoked, Pandya joined the team in the middle of the New Zealand tour while Rahul, who had a disastrous tour of Australia, was told to play the home A series against England Lions.Rahul is now part of the India ODI squad which is locked in a battle with Australia while Pandya is nursing a back injury.It remains to be seen what action the BCCI will take against the cricketers, if at all.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Names The Best Student Section In College Football

first_imgA photo of Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN.The College GameDay crew is in Happy Valley for the day’s best college football game: Ohio State travels to Penn State in a battle of Big Ten foes. Ahead of the contest, Kirk Herbstreit heaped some hefty praise on the Nittany Lions.And no, we’re not talking about the team. We’re talking about the fans.Herbe called Penn State’s Whiteout Game the best “atmosphere in college football” earlier this week. But that’s not all.The College GameDay analyst also thinks Penn State has the best student section in college football. Here’s what he had to say about Penn State and its fans.A special message from @KirkHerbstreit to the best student section in all of College Football!#WeAre pic.twitter.com/yCQV7DTcIh— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 28, 2018Ohio State and Penn State kick off on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Ugly Details Emerge From Fight At Maryland’s Practice

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, Maryland reversed its decision to reinstate head football coach DJ Durkin after severe outside pressure and angst from the university’s students. Maryland relieved Durkin of his head coaching duties following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.That’s just the start of Maryland’s issues from Wednesday.According to a report from Wednesday, there was a fight between two Maryland players during practice. Initial details of the incident failed to determine who the players were that fought and how the altercation started in the first place.On Thursday afternoon, the Baltimore Sun revealed the ugly details. According to the report, backup punter Matthew Barber, who has spoken out against the culture of the program, says he was assaulted by another member of the team who was pro-DJ Durkin.Barber said some of the members on the team treated him as a “whistle-blower” who spoke with investigators during the investigation into the program’s culture. The details of the alleged incident are rough.Toward the end of the practice, another player attacked Barber, attempting to punch him in the face, Barber said. While the two teammates were fighting, others tried to intervene and grabbed Barber’s arms behind his back, he said. That allowed the other player to punch Barber repeatedly in the face, leaving him with a black eye, needing multiple stitches on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder, Barber said.“My jersey was bloody,” Barber says. “I had blood all over my hands.”Not long after the alleged incident took place, Maryland fired head coach DJ Durkin, though the fight is not believed to have had an impact on the university’s decision.Barber revealed he was treated by athletic training staff and spoke with campus police about the incident.[Baltimore Sun]last_img read more

Jalen Hurts Reportedly Visiting A College Football Powerhouse Today

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts was set to make a pair of visits this weekend, as he looks into a transfer from Alabama.We know what the first stop was.Hurts was spotted at Maryland basketball’s game against Indiana, a 78-75 win for the Terrapins over a ranked Hoosiers team.Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is the new head coach of Maryland football.The next visit was reportedly going to be Miami, which is looking at quarterback options, and just hired ‘Bama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos.Instead, per reports, Jalen Hurts made his way out to Norman to visit with the Oklahoma Sooners.Oklahoma has produced back-to-back Heisman winning quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.Next season, OU brings in No. 1 quarterback recruit Spencer Rattler in the summer, but Austin Kendall, the likely starter, is in the NCAA Transfer Portal.Rumors emerged earlier today that Hurts was on campus at Oklahoma, and a few reporters have no confirmed it.After speaking with multiple sources, we can confirm Alabama QB transfer Jalen Hurts has been on #Sooners campus today and is here right now. https://t.co/BtOlpra7f1— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) January 13, 2019I can confirm that Alabama QB Jalen Hurts was in Norman today visiting Oklahoma. Austin Kendall is also in Norman today. Classes start Monday.— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) January 13, 2019It is unclear what this means for Miami, but the Oklahoma visit isn’t a huge surprise, timing aside.Sooner Scoop previously reported that Hurts’ father reached out to Oklahoma over a month ago to gauge interest.It seems like we may know more about his future sooner than later.last_img read more

French Open: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams knocked out after 3rd round losses

first_img Associated Press ParisJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 00:02 IST French Open 2019: Naomi Osaka suffered a shock straight-set defeat in the third round on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTop seed Osaka lost was stunned 6-4, 6-2 by Katerina SiniakovaThe loss ends Osaka’s run of 16 straight wins in Grand SlamsLater in the day, Serena Williams also suffered a shock defeatThis was one deficit too big to overcome for Naomi Osaka, whose Grand Slam winning streak is over.The No. 1-ranked Osaka couldn’t muster a comeback after falling way behind yet again at the French Open, losing 6-4, 6-2 in the third round to No. 42 Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic on Saturday.Also, later in the day Serena Williams also suffered a surprise 6-2 7-5 defeat by compatriot Sofia Kenin in the third round of the French Open.Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam singles champion, has finished runner-up at two of the last three majors but has been unable to add to her tally since returning to the sport following the birth of her first child in 2017.Kenin, 20, who reached the last 16 at Roland Garros for the first time, will now face Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty.”I just feel like there has been a weight on me, kind of,” said Osaka, who was seeded No. 1 at a major tournament for the first time.She had won her past 16 matches at majors, allowing her to lift the trophies at the U.S. Open last September and Australian Open in January. That run also included two victories at Roland Garros after trailing by a set and a break each time.”I could see,” Siniakova said, “that she’s not so confident like she was.”First win over a World No.1. First time into the R16 at a Slam. @K_Siniakova | #RG19 pic.twitter.com/vgAnzJ2x5eRoland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 1, 2019Osaka tired and was dealing with a headacheadvertisementBut Osaka said Saturday that she felt tired and was dealing with a headache.Her mounting mistakes just kept accumulating against Siniakova, who never had reached the fourth round in singles in 18 previous Slam appearances. She is better known for her doubles success, winning championships at the French Open and Wimbledon last year and topping the rankings.She is the first woman ranked No. 1 in doubles to defeat the singles No. 1 in more than 30 years, according to the WTA: The last occasion was when Martina Navratilova beat Steffi Graf at the 1987 U.S. Open.”I mean, it’s incredible. It’s amazing. It’s the thing I couldn’t believe,” said Siniakova, who will face 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys next. “It was my best tennis.”It decidedly was not Osaka’s, who quickly gathered her things and headed to the Court Suzanne Lenglen locker room when the lopsided match was finished.She wound up with a hard-to-believe 38 unforced errors; Siniakova made only 13.And Osaka, so good lately at the biggest moments on her sport’s biggest stages, wasn’t able to come up with the goods on the hottest day of the tournament so far, with the temperature topping 80 degrees (approaching 30 Celsius).One key statistic: Osaka compiled seven break points in the first set but failed to convert a single one. She was 0 for 4 on break chances when Siniakova served out that set, then never managed to earn one in the second.Clay has never been Osaka’s best surface. Her power game is served better by the speed of hard courts, in particular. That’s why she still has not made it to the round of 16 at the French Open.Was overthinking the Calendar Slam: OsakaThe first tennis player from Japan to be ranked No. 1 thought she was better suited to contend this time and spoke about eyeing a third consecutive major title – and moving halfway to a true Grand Slam.”It’s weird, but I think me losing is probably the best thing that could have happened. I think I was overthinking this calendar Slam. For me, this is something that I have wanted to do forever,” Osaka said.”But I think I have to think about it like: If it was that easy, everyone would have done it. I just have to keep training hard and put myself in a position again to do it, hopefully.”After going just 9-11 on clay over her career until this season, she was 9-1 in 2019 until Saturday’s setback.The loss ends Osaka’s run of 16 straight wins in Grand Slam tournaments, which included titles at the U.S. Open and Australian Open.Osaka’s exit, a day after No. 2 Karolina Pliskova lost, leaves defending champion Simona Halep, at No. 3, as the highest-seeded woman remaining. Halep needed only 55 minutes to get to the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 27 Lesia Tsurenko.Keys, a semifinalist in Paris a year ago, advanced by beating qualifier Anna Blinkova 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.Also Read | French Open: Djokovic eases into fourth round with straight-set winAlso See:advertisementFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow French Open 2019Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Katerina SiniakovaFollow Roland Garros Next French Open: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams knocked out after 3rd round lossesTop seed and world number one Naomi Osaka suffered a straight-set defeat world number 42 Katerina Siniakova in their third-round match at Roland Garros on Saturday. Later, Serena Williams was also knocked out.advertisementlast_img read more

Hakim offers to bear Rs 35L medical bill of newborn

first_imgKolkata: In a rare gesture, Mayor Firhad Hakim has assured to clear the medical bill of a newborn amounting to around Rs 3.5 lakh. The baby has been admitted to the ICU of a private hospital in South Kolkata.Mousumi Ghatak, a resident of Sainthia, Harisabha Gram Panchayat in Birbhum, called up Hakim through the Talk to Mayor programme on Wednesday and urged him for financial assistance. As it had become impossible for Ghatak’s family to carry on with the medical expenditure of her newborn nephew, Hakim listened to her and got in touch with the manager of the private hospital, asking him to send the bill in his name. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe bill has reached a staggering amount of Rs 3.5 lakh. The hospital authorities have since informed the family members that they would not have to pay a single paisa for the baby’s medical treatment, as it would be borne by the Mayor of Kolkata. Arpita Ghatak gave birth to a child on Thursday. The child developed complications and was taken to Birbhum Sadar Hospital from where she was shifted to a private nursing home. The nursing home referred the baby to another hospital in Durgapur. Finally on Saturday, the baby was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata with problems in her lungs. Though only problems related to civic issues for areas under KMC are discussed and resolved at the Talk to Mayor programme, Hakim took up the matter on humanitarian ground. This is the rarest gesture by a Mayor of Kolkata under the new MMiC system, which was introduced in 1985.last_img read more

PM pledges access to medication as pharmacists patient groups fear shortage

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pledging to ensure Canadians have access to medication they need at affordable prices in the face of concerns about a Trump administration decision to allow prescription drug imports from Canada.Trudeau says Health Canada ensures there is a “steady and solid supply” of medications for Canadians regardless of external or international pressures.On Wednesday, Canadian officials said the White House didn’t consult them about ahead of an announcement the administration billed as a way for American patients to import cheaper medications with oversight from the Food and Drug Administration.Several groups, including the Canadian Pharmacists Association, issued warnings that the Canadian supply cannot support both Canadian and U.S. consumers.Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says concerns about drug shortages for Canadians must be taken seriously, adding that swift action must be taken if the drug supply worries become reality.NDP health critic Don Davies says he wants to see a plan to address this issue rather than simple assurances from Trudeau or Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNICEF starts handing out relief supplies in quakeaffected Malawi

23 December 2009United Nations aid agencies have begun distributing relief supplies in northern Malawi, where a series of earthquakes this month have killed four people, injured more than 300 others and destroyed or damaged nearly 4,000 homes. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has given out at least 2,200 “survival kits,” containing blankets, mosquito nets, cooking pots, soap, a jerry can and other basic items, to people whose homes are no longer habitable.UNICEF has also issued plastic sheeting, buckets, chlorine and other water purification materials, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The Karonga district of northern Malawi has endured a succession of strong earthquakes between 6 December and 20 December, with the tremors ranging in strength from 5.4 to 6.0 on the Richter scale. Seismological activity is continuing in the area, OCHA reported.The strongest quake struck in the middle of the night on 20 December, causing severe damage to the town of Karonga. Many residents were sleeping indoors because of seasonal rains and were injured by falling debris from their homes.Malawian disaster management officials estimate that nearly 5,000 people have been affected by the quakes and the Government has declared a national emergency.A joint technical mission comprising staff from UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) headed today for Karonga to assess the humanitarian needs, particularly in health and nutrition, water and sanitation, education, and food security.UN aid agencies say they are working closely with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Government officials as well to coordinate the relief response. read more

Official Exam doesnt find cause of boat fire

LOS ANGELES — A law enforcement official says investigators that examined the burned-out wreckage of a scuba diving boat haven’t been able to determine what ignited a fire that killed 34 people off the California coast.An official with knowledge of the investigation says a two-week examination of the Conception ended Friday without a conclusive cause. The person wasn’t authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.The official says parts of the vessel have been sent to labs for additional testing.The blaze is the subject of a federal criminal investigation, led by the Coast Guard, the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, as well as a safety inquiry by the National Transportation Safety Board.Stefanie Dazio, The Associated Press read more

Iraq human rights lawyer accused of hounding British troops thought he was

first_imgThe three person tribunal panel chaired by Nicola Lucking heard British troops had been ambushed near Amarah by Iraqi insurgents in May 2004 in what became known as the Battle of Danny Boy.Soldiers took 20 of the dead for identification and nine captives. The bodies were released to families the next day and the captives were transferred to Iraqi police. However rumours soon began to circulate that many of the dead had been taken alive and then killed in British custody. Three years later, Mr Shiner was alerted to the allegations by a journalist and secured legal aid to bring a judicial review, which led to the Al-Sweady Inquiry. The claims were found to be based on “deliberate and calculated lies” from Iraqis, but not before 222 military witnesses had been hauled before the inquiry to relive the harrowing scenes of battle and its aftermath.The central London tribunal heard Mr Shiner acknowledged he would now be struck off for his misconduct, but claimed he was too unwell to attend the proceedings.The leading human rights lawyer has already admitted nine counts of behaving without integrity and a single account of acting recklessly, but faces more serious charges of acting dishonestly.As a hearing began in his absence, Andrew Tabachnik, counsel to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, said: “What is at the heart of Prof Shiner’s professional misconduct is a view on his part that the ends justified the means, that his work in the human rights field was of such moment that he was able to disregard the rules that apply to his fellow solicitors.“This prosecution is not about stopping solicitors representing unpopular clients. It’s about solicitors who think the ends justify the means and that the rules don’t apply to them.” Show more The court heard he alerted an Iraqi agent to try to find the families of those involved. Mazin Younis then used “cold calling” and “knocking doors” to try to drum up clients, in clear breach of the solicitors code of conduct. The court heard Mr Shiner then later tried to cover up the technique and Mr Younis changed his story to say he had at first found his clients for journalists.Mr Tabachnik said: “It’s most unfortunate having pursued allegations of cover up by the British Army that Prof Shiner has been caught engaging in his own cover up as to the professional misconduct which launched the Al Sweady inquiry in the first place.”The court heard Mr Younis also at one point alleged he had paid for Iraqis to come forward, though Mr Shiner faces no charges of paying for clients.The court also heard that when Mr Shiner was trying to gain legal aid, he failed to give the Legal Services Commission (LSC) contradictory statements from Iraqis which might have highlighted weaknesses in their allegations.Mr Tabachnik said: “The full picture would have given a very different overall impression of the merits of the case the LSC was being asked to fund.”He also failed to disclose a list showing that all the detainees were not innocent Iraqi civilians, but were members or supporters of the Mahdi Army Shia militia.Col James Coote, who was at the time a major commanding British troops during the battle, said the experience of his men facing baseless allegations had made him lose faith in the legal profession.In a statement read to the court, he said the allegations were “the most serious to be brought against the British Army since the Second World War and had a very serious effect on morale”.He said they had had led to “an extremely stressful and demoralising decade for me and other soldiers.”He added: “I and other military witnesses were placed under very great emotional strain as a consequence of the false allegations.”The court heard Mr Shiner had said he was too unwell to attend the proceedings.However Mr Tabachnik said he was in a state of “avoidance” and a medical report by Dr Andrew Mogg had shown he was fit to attend.The tribunal continues.center_img A lawyer accused of hounding British troops with baseless allegations of torture and abuses in Iraq thought his work was so important he was above the rules, a disciplinary hearing has been told.Phil Shiner failed to attend the start of a professional standards hearing which heard he was in a state of “avoidance”, and “manoeuvring” to avoid appearing in person.The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard he made a series of “fundamental and basic failings” bringing the most serious accusations of abuses faced by British troops in decades, then tried to cover up his misconduct.His allegations of murder, mutilation and torture against Iraqi civilians caused serious damage to the morale and reputation of the Army and led to the five-year-long, £25m Al-Sweady public inquiry Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Dunne talked to roommate Keane before announcing retirement

first_imgIRELAND DEFENDER RICHARD Dunne phoned team-mate Robbie Keane before announcing his retirement from international duty.The 34-year-old defender, who won 80 caps for the Boys in Green, has decided to pack in his 14-year association with the senior set-up in order to prolong his club career.Dunne and current captain Keane were part of Brian Kerr’s Ireland team which claimed victory in the U18 European Championships back in 1998 and the pair, both originally from Tallaght, have roomed together for over a decade.Speaking at QPR’s press conference at Carton House ahead of tomorrow’s pre-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers, Dunne said: ”I had a chat with Robbie.“Me and Robbie have been room-mates for the last 10-12 years. He understood my reasons and the decision that I took.Robbie’s a year younger than me and still scoring goals and doing everything right so he’ll continue I’m sure.”Ahead of the trip to Dublin, Dunne phoned up Martin O’Neill and FAI chief executive John Delaney to inform them of his decision yesterday morning. He and the current manager enjoy a good working relationship and it wasn’t made more difficult than it needed to be.“He (O’Neill) just asked if I’d made my decision and he just said ‘fair play to you, you done great and keep in touch’ sort of thing,” said Dunne. “I get on well with Martin so it was a nice conversation and he wished me well.“He respects the decision that I made and that’s the way it is. For me to play one game or two games and then if things didn’t go right and I was to retire it looks worse. So it’s best for a clean cut before anything starts.“I was quite aware that I had to come here and do the press and it seems like everytime I’m asked I say ‘we’ll see’. To be able to say that’s it, for me it’s more comfortable.“I don’t want to be struggling with injuries every month but desperate to get over and play. I just think the rest will do me the world of good.” Dunne and Harry Redknapp this afternoon. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOO’Neill and assistant Roy Keane must now plan for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers without the services of the veteran centre-half while Dunne’s attention will be fully focussed on helping the Rs stay in the Premier League after last season’s promotion.“We’ve probably seen over the games that have been played over the last while that they are trying to for themselves the best squad and the best team,” added Dunne when asked about the future of Irish football.“I’m sure they have a clear idea now going into the campaign. They’re in a tough group but they have the players and certainly the coaching staff with all the experience they have to put us in a good position to qualify. “Dunne’s club manager Harry Redknapp took a gamble by signing a player who hadn’t featured in a year last summer but it paid off as he made 45 appearances to help QPR make a return to the top flight via the play-offs.“It’s his decision and whatever Richard feels,” Redknapp said. “I think he needs the break. The Premier League is another step up and the breaks throughout the season are going to be important to him to recover.“He’s certainly been absolutely outstanding for QPR last year.”Audio thanks to 98FMBrede Hangeland signs a one-year deal with Crystal PalaceTottenham confirm a deal for 20 year-old defender Eric Dierlast_img read more

Gardaí investigating after flasher exposes himself to two young women

first_img Image: Google Maps Gardaí investigating after flasher exposes himself to two young women Gardaí said no arrests have been made to date. GARDAI ARE INVESTIGATING after two female students were flashed near their student accommodation.The incident happened on Tuesday on Collins Avenue, Dublin, shortly before midnight.It is understood two female students were walking back to their accommodation when a man exposed himself.They then made a complaint to gardaí.A spokesman for the gardaí said they are investigating the incident.In a statement released to TheJournal.ie this evening, the spokesman said: “Gardaí at Clontarf are investigating an incident of indecency which occurred at Collins Avenue, Donnycarney, Dublin 9 at approx 23:55pm on 25 October.“No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.” 44,013 Views http://jrnl.ie/3050145 48 Comments Insulation bales stolen ahead of Halloween weekend will turn toxic if set on fire >MEP calls for number of Irish public holidays to be increased > Oct 27th 2016, 6:25 PM center_img Share91 Tweet Email2 By Garreth MacNamee Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 6:25 PM Image: Google Maps Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

What happened after last nights 915 WWE RAW

first_img WhatsApp Charlize Theron Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Vin Diesel Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR John Cena Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV center_img Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Twitter Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Google+ Does The WWE Cancelling Crown Jewel Mean Cancelling Shawn Michaels’ Comeback? Pinterest The following took place after last night’s 9/15 WWE RAW in Lafayette.* John Cena, The Big Show & Mark Henry def. The Wyatt FamilySource: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -1:03 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ringlast_img read more

Oregon deputies recover body of missing Vancouver woman

first_imgDeputies in Oregon on Tuesday recovered the body of a Vancouver woman who fell into the Willamette River near Buena Vista Park south of Independence, Ore., over the weekend. The Polk County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office said it recovered Tracy Allen’s body around 6 p.m. from the river, north of the Buena Vista Ferry. Allen’s body was recovered near where she was last seen Saturday.Deputies said they recovered Allen’s body from under swift water at the base of a log jam. Recovery efforts lasted more than eight hours.Crews on two boats cut through multiple logs and root systems to free her. The Clackamas County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office Water Rescue Team and the Benton County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office helped with the recovery efforts.Allen, 37, was floating the river with friends when their series of interconnected float tubes ran into a large root-ball snag off the west shore of Wells Island.last_img read more

Report 300 million Euros for Ronaldo

first_imgThe transfer fee for Cristiano Ronaldo will be 300 million Euros.In an interview with Portuguese TV1 and a report from ESPN, that is what the superstar believes he would be worth in today’s market.In 2009, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a then world-record fee of 94 million Euros.Even then, given his form with United at the time and the fact he was 24 years old, it was still deemed a colossal fee.Role the clock forward 9 years, and 33-year-old Ronaldo joins Juventus from Real Madrid for 117 million Euros.The gravity of the situation is that, that fee is a little half of the current world record.222 million Euros got PSG Neymar from Barcelona two years ago.Since then the price of a football player has grown out of control.Manchester United just smashed the transfer record for a defender, signing Harry Maguire from Leicester for almost 90 million Euros.The five-time Balon d’Or winner said:“Today there is a lot of emphasis placed on potential and the football industry is different.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I’m going to put aside [Portugal international Joao] Felix’s [€120m transfer to Atletico Madrid from Benfica] case.”“Nowadays, any player is worth €100m having proved nothing, there is more money in football.”“A goalkeeper, a centre-back is worth €70m, €80m — I don’t agree.”“But this is the world which we live in, the market is like that and you have to respect it.”“Is there a football player that has more records than me? I don’t think there is a player that has more records than me.”“If I were 25 if a goalkeeper is worth €75m, a player that does and has done what I have done in recent years has to have a value of three or four times that, easily.In simple mathematical terms, in the market now he believes he would sell for €300 million.His career statistics read, 803 games played, 601 goals scored and 210 assists. That doesn’t even touch trophies and awards won.Neymar’s stats read 378 games played, 226 goals scored and 140 assists.Statistically speaking, Ronaldo is almost 15% more likely to score for you, and just as likely to get you an assist as Neymar.300 million sounds like a bargain for a 25 year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.LONDON – FEBRUARY 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premiership match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on February 24, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)last_img read more