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Rhodes overwhelmed with first career Finals, but knows he has more to do

first_imgMOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I got emotional, I almost cried on the court, and [Chris] Ross just told me ‘we got more to do, and we gonna get ready for it.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “It’s overwhelming, I just want to thank God for blessing me to get that, this is my first Finals I’ve ever been in my whole career,” said Rhodes after their 109-102 Game 4 win over the Hotshots Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“This really means a lot to me,” added Rhodes, who played in Spain, Turkey, and Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNot even during his time at Mississippi State saw him reach the promised land, and now that San Miguel has given him the opportunity to claim his first title, Rhodes could not help but feel like a wide-eyed high schooler.“Words can’t really describe the feeling, but I will go home and celebrate,” said Rhodes, who finished with a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double. “I will celebrate like I’m in high school.” WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel import Charles Rhodes has played professional basketball for close to a decade now and for a man who’s journeyed so much in his career it’s surprising he’s never experienced a championship series.That drought, though, has ended as the Beermen clinched the first spot in the Finals in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after eliminating Star in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ratliffe says Fajardo ‘best Asian player’ he’s ever faced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

When and Where to Watch UEFA Champions League Draw: Date, Time and Everything You Need to Know

first_imgThe UEFA Champions League 2019-2020 will kick-start on Thursday (August 29) with the draw for the group stage taking place. The defending champions Liverpool are placed in Pot 1 alongside Chelsea (UEFA Europa League winners), Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St. Petersburg who all are the respective champions of the leagues across Europe. The draw will be live-streamed on draw will be held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. A total of 26 teams have been given direct entry to the group stage under the competition system introduced in 2018-19 are will be joined by the 6 winners of the play-offs.The teams are split into four seeding pots of which Pot 1 consists of holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 and 4 are determined by the club coefficient ranking.Notably, no two teams from the same nation can play against each other in the Group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Furthermore, clubs from Ukraine and Russia cannot be drawn in the same group due to political tensions between the two nations. The matches, on their part, will be split into two match days – Tuesday and Wednesday.The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.Dates for the UEFA Champions League group stage matchesMatchday 1: September 17 and 18Matchday 2: October 1 and 2Matchday 3: October 22 and 23Matchday 4: November 5 and 6Matchday 5: November 26 and 27Matchday 6: December 10 and 11As the draw is completed, the complete list of group stage fixtures will be announced.When and what time will the draw take place?The Champions League group stage draw will be held on Thursday (August 29) at 9:30 PM IST.Which teams have qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2018-19?Spain: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, ValenciaEngland: Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham HotspurItaly: Juventus, Napoli, Internazionale Milano, AtalantaGermany: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, RB LeipzigFrance: Paris St-Germain, Lyon, LOSC LilleRussia: Zenit St. Petersburg, Lokomotiv MoskvaPortugal: BenficaUkraine: Shakhtar DonetskBelgium: GenkTurkey: GalatasarayAustria: SalzburgGreece: OlympiacosCroatia: GNK DinamoSerbia: Crvena ZvezdaTeams competing in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers and first-leg resultsThe 12 teams involved in the UCL group stage qualifiers have already played their first-leg matches while the second leg matches have been scheduled to take place on August 27 and August 28. Crvena Zvezda, Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb are through to the group stage.The draw will be followed by the announcement of UEFA Men’s Player of the Year which has Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk in the 3-man shortlist. barcelonabayern munichchampions leagueChampions League draw First Published: August 29, 2019, 4:00 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Exclusive: Anirudh Chaudhry lacks courage to implement Lodha reforms, CoA tells Supreme Court

first_imgIn a very agresssive and explosive fourth and final status report, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has lambasted BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and disqualified officials like former boss N Srinivasan.Placing before the Supreme Court CoA said, “Chaudhry lacks the courage and conviction to implement the reforms despite filing an affidavit to that effect in court.”They called the actions of Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah disruptive and subversive and say they are both acting with vested interests. In a 37-page report in possession of India Today, CoA have also submitted audio recordings of BCCI meetings to substantiate their claims.(India Today Photo)The case is up for hearing on 14 July. The report is attached below.Earlier on June 26 at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM), Srinivasan took the lead in resistance to Lodha reforms citing ‘the 19 affidavits state units had filed with various courts over difficulties in implementing the July 18th 2016 Supreme Court order.'(India Today Photo)”We can’t go back on them,” he had told the members.This was picking up from his terse communication to Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai a day earlier that there wasn’t much to talk on the reforms as the matter was subjudice. The meeting closed in 15 minutes.(India Today Photo)At the SGM, to justify his argument of not being able to implement the order in current form, Srinivasan even batted for former office bearers Ajay Shirke and Anurag Thakur who he was once at logger heads with.He had told the members they had lost their place in legal battles to preserve the BCCI autonomy and it would not be fair to modify position in their absence.advertisement(India Today Photo)last_img read more

WAGs: The great debate in Indian cricket

first_imgThe current rule allows wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of India cricketers to accompany them for only 14 days after the first two weeks of a 45-day tour abroad. Previously the policy was to allow WAGs to be with the players for one of the formats in a long tour.Since Virat Kohli tied the knot with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in December last year, there has been a slight change in the policy. The wives are now seen accompanying their cricketer husbands on overseas tours regularly.India captain Virat Kohli now wants the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to tweak its WAGs policy and allow the wives of the players to accompany them for the entire duration of an overseas tours.In January, the cricketers were allowed to take their wives to South Africa while they were also spotted during the Nidahas Trophy in March in Sri Lanka.The likes of Anushka Sharma, Ritika Sajdeh, Ayesha Mukherjee and other star wives accompanied the players during India’s tour of England as well.In England, they were in fact seen cheering for their superstar husbands from the stands during the limited-overs matches. However, the wives were asked to part ways with their husbands in the middle of the England tour in August.Throughout the English summer, Kohli and Anushka were spotted going out for long walks and enjoying their coffee. The celebrity couple rarely get to enjoy the simple pleasures of live in India but they do make the most of any time off away from the country.advertisementAlso Read – BCCI likely to allow ‘family periods’ for WAGs on tours after Virat Kohli’s requestBut despite the rule, Kohli’s wife Anushka was seen travelling with the team throughout their tour in England.The Bollywood actress was even slammed on social media after she appeared in the Indian team’s picture at the High Commission event in London during the tour.Her presence raised eyebrows among Indian fans who were clueless as to why she was being allowed to travel with the team despite the BCCI asking the wives to join the camp only after the third Test in England.India are currently hosting West Indies in a full-fledged tour. India whitewashed West Indies in the two-match Test series and will now take on them in five one day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals later this month.The debate whether having WAGs on tour strengthens players’ support system or works as a distraction has been a long-standing one in cricket.India’s next overseas assignment will be a two-month long tour of Australia starting November.Read – BCCI still undecided on Virat Kohli’s request to allow WAGs on toursBCCI is yet to make a decision on the request made by Kohli.”We have heard what all concerned have to say. There has been no decision taken on the matter,” Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji told India Today.A media report claimed the CoA had largely acceded to Kohli’s request by giving a green signal for wives to accompany the players after first ten days of an overseas tour.However, Edulji denied such claims by saying, “That’s absolutely incorrect. Only a suggestion has been given to us. We haven’t decided anything yet.”Read – Kohli wants WAGS on tour; Gambhir says works for some players, not for othersGautam Gambhir recently told India Today that it works differently for different players. “Some want the family to be there for the whole tour while others want little family time and they try to concentrate (on cricket).”In the past, WAGs have been trolled after Indian cricket teams performed poorly overseas. The 14-day rule is perhaps to guard against such unfair criticism in case things do not go according to plan.India’s tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 International series from November 21. The two cricketing giants will then play four Tests before a three-match one day international series in January 2019.last_img read more

Hard work or overburdened? Indian students spend long hours on studying, says report

first_imgA Cambridge study has revealed that Indian students are more focused on extra classes and co-curricular activities than their peers in other countries.According to a study conducted by an education group Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International), which is a part of the Cambridge University, approximately two-third of Indian students take extra tuition for key subjects after school, 72 per cent participate in co-curricular activities and 74 per cent play sports regularly in school.The findings of the study further added that Indians are also ranked high on the time spent doing homework, with 40 per cent students spending two to four hours on their homework every day while a good 37 per cent spend the same time over the weekend too.For the study, the researchers enrolled 20,000 teachers and students around the world, including 4,400 teachers and 3,800 students across India. India and China are on the same page when it comes to students taking extra classes with 58 per cent.Debating is the most popular extracurricular activity in India with 36 per cent students taking part in debates as an extracurricular activity. Furthermore, the study underlined that most of the teachers in India don’t feel pressurized to ensure their students perform well whereas Indian parents have a keen interest in their children’s education.The study findings have been presented in Global Education Census.ALSO READ | JNU admin rejects allegations of slashing library fundsALSO WATCH | This small-town school in Bengal teaches students with apps and storybookslast_img read more

We must end Spain dominance – Conte

first_imgAntonio Conte Chelsea must end Spanish dominance of Champions League, says Conte Chris Myson 04:48 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea Premier League Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League The Blues are determined to disrupt the Spanish stronghold on European titles, starting with Wednesday’s clash against Atletico Madrid Antonio Conte says it is time for Chelsea to end the dominance of Spanish clubs in the Champions League.The Blues are away to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, looking to end a run of four matches without a victory against Diego Simeone’s men.Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid have won the Champions League in three of the last four seasons and La Liga clubs have won seven of the last 12 tournaments, compared to two winners from the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. In the Europa League it is a similar story, with Spanish sides victorious in five of the last eight seasons. It is a pattern Conte wants Chelsea to end, despite acknowledging Atletico’s strength.Asked about Spain’s success in the Champions League at his pre-match media conference, Conte said: “In the last few years in these competitions Spanish teams have dominated Europe, also in the Europa League.”It means they are very strong, they have a lot of experience in these competitions. “This is the truth and I think we have to change the history, it has been like this for the last few years.”He continued: “Atletico are a really good team with great experience.”They always play a great competition and to reach the finals of the Champions League is not simple, it means you are strong and able to have a good tournament. “They have a good team and coach. Chelsea last year didn’t play this competition, we are excited and have great enthusiasm and desire to show we deserve to play in it.”It’s important to play this type of game against one of the best teams in the Champions League to understand where we are.”Gearing up for Atletico! — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 26, 2017 Conte is yet to win the Champions League as a manager, but understands winning Europe’s biggest trophy is a process that takes time. “I don’t like to speak about myself,” he said. “It is an important competition for all. “You have to build and season by season you have to improve your team and then try to be competitive. Everyone wants to do their best in this competition. We have to play every game in Europe with the will to win.”Chelsea thrashed Qarabag 6-0 in their Group C opener, while Atletico drew 0-0 away to Roma, a solid result Conte feels could have easily been better for Simeone.”I watched Atletico against Roma, they played very well – maybe they deserved to win the game,” said the Italian. “If you see Atletico you see a team well organised. The football is very important. In LaLiga you have Barca and Real Madrid and it is important to be well organised. “I see this, which means the coach is a really good coach, the players are totally able to play with or without the ball.”| SQUAD LISTWe have our list for the #AtletiChelsea of the @ChampionsLeague ! #AúpaAtleti — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 26, 2017 Diego Costa is not eligible to play for Atletico until January, but that did not Conte again being asked about the former Chelsea striker.”As I have said, I have no problem with Diego Costa and we wish for him the best for the future,” said the Blues boss. “We want to thank him for last season. I have no problem with him.”last_img read more

2015 Touch World Cup

first_imgThe 2015 FIT Touch World Cup (TWC) is now only one week away!Coffs Harbour is set to host the eighth running of the TWC with 25 nations and 90 teams contesting World Titles across nine divisions.  Over five days of competition running from Wednesday, 29 April until Sunday, 3 May, 445 games will be contested with grand finals concluding the tournament on the Sunday. This will be one of the biggest World Cup events ever with a total of six member nations making their TWC debuts – Chile, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. Chile and United Arab Emirates will also be the first ever representatives from South America and the Middle East respectively. Australia is fielding a full set of nine teams in the tournament, with all teams busily preparing in the lead up to the event. The Women’s Open team will be looking to continue its amazing TWC history, where in the previous seven events it has never once lose a game. With victories in five of the seven divisions on offer at the 2011 TWC, Australia will be hoping to continue its strong World Cup tradition.  A draft draw for the TWC is now available and has been attached at the bottom of this page. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website for further information as the event date becomes closer.Follow the World Cup on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram ( as well as YouTube ( or visit the event website ( for all of the latest news and results. Keep up-to-date with the Australian teams at TWC:Website – – – Related Fileswc_draw-pdfRelated Links2015 World Cuplast_img read more

Preparing for Hurricane Season

first_img “As we discovered with Hurricane Juan, these storms are very unpredictable,” said Mr. Fage. “By following a few simple procedures and planning in advance, we will be better equipped to handle whatever Mother Nature sends our way.” For more information on personal emergency preparedness, how to deal with floods and what to do in an evacuation, visit the Emergency Measures Organization website at or call toll-free, 1-866-424-5620. Choose a sheltering-in-place for you and your family — a basement, a storm cellar or a secure area away from windows. Maintain a disaster or emergency supply kit, that includes food, a supply of drinkable water, clothing, blankets, extra money, medication, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries and a first aid kit. Secure your home and property. Trim dead or diseased branches from trees and secure objects that could be torn loose or blown around. Protect your home as much as possible from heavy rains and floods. Identify a meeting place for you and your family in advance, in the event of separation. This makes it easier to set up communications and to notify one another of whereabouts and safety. Residents of New Orleans faced mandatory evacuation and other communities in the United States’ south-east were urging citizens to move to higher ground on the weekend in preparation for today’s attack of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most forceful storms to hit the region in decades. While storms as powerful as Katrina are rare, officials from the province’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) say the news is a timely reminder that peak hurricane season is now upon us and all Nova Scotians should take the time to be prepared. “Forecasters are predicting a particularly active hurricane season this year,” Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Act said today, Aug. 29. “It’s difficult to know exactly what the impact on Nova Scotia will be. That is why it is so important for individuals to be prepared.” The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this hurricane season will produce 18 to 21 tropical storms and nine to 11 hurricanes, with five to seven becoming major. The hurricane seasons of 1995 to 2004 averaged 13.6 tropical storms, 7.8 hurricanes and 3.8 major hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November with this time of year proving to be the peak time in our region. Typically, one-third of Atlantic hurricanes/tropical storms impact Canada to some degree. To encourage more individuals to become better prepared, EMO is launching its annual public education campaign. This will include public service announcements, advertisements and a poster campaign. “We provide information on preparedness activities to all emergency measures co-ordinators in each municipality in Nova Scotia,” said Craig MacLaughlan, executive director, EMO. “They, in turn, will make this information available to the residents of their communities.” Good information is key to protecting you and your family in an emergency. Nova Scotians are encouraged to listen for weather advisories or warnings and act accordingly. To prepare for a weather-related emergency, there are four main things to remember:last_img read more


first_imgYour favourite team of Curvy Super SHEroes, THE SUCCULENT SIX is set to take the country by storm! CBC and General Purpose Entertainment have produced an original series following us as we take on a series of missions in the name of self love, inclusion and body positivity! Each episode we will invite a special guest to be our honorary sixth member as we step out of our comfort zones to champion body positivity.Our series goes LIVE on the CBC TV app and at on Tuesday February 27th – and we’re gathering at The Painted Lady on Ossington to celebrate and stream some episodes! If you can’t join us in person, be sure to download CBC TV’s new app and live stream us on February 27th!Join us as we celebrate the fight for body positivity going CROSS COUNTRY!xoxoThe Succulent SixFacebook: Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook THE OLYMPICS ARE ALMOST OVER BUT DON’T FRET! We’ve got a whole new series for you to BINGE WATCH!!!!THE SUCCULENT SIX (10×6) is a CBC original series following a group of plus size Super-Sheroes as they design and execute missions to champion body positivity, end size bias, and fight fat phobia. Each episode they will invite a special guest to be their honorary sixth member as they step out of their comfort zones to champion body positivity.We’re excited to introduce you to #TheSucculentSix and their new series launching Tuesday on #CBCLife!— CBC Life (@cbc_life) February 24, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

John Ivison Andrew Scheer is racking up the spending commitments but do

WINNIPEG — Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. Things are very different than the last time I travelled on an election campaign with the Conservative Party of Canada. In the Harper era, travelling reporters were treated like enemy combatants. Staff were told: “Don’t talk to the media” — orders that appeared to extend to the communications staff. The decision to treat all critics like feudal tenants was not limited to journalists. The consequence of being mean to so many people for so long was consignment to the role of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition. Not surprisingly, Andrew Scheer and his team have decided that picking unnecessary fights with their main conduit to voters is a losing proposition. The resentment remains — particularly among the most ardent supporters, who firmly believe that all reporters are in the employ of the devil or the Liberal Party. But the default position of the wonderful people who shovel food and information down our collective alimentary canals is that we should be told the truth — even when it’s inconvenient, such as when there was a malfunction with the ground steering gear on the campaign plane. Calgary should be a hotbed of hot-blooded Conservatives but aside from one man shouting: ‘Andrew, you’re the most popular guy in Canada,’ it was a tame affairSpin doctors will always try to present the best gloss on facts – I remember finding out later about a demonstration by a group of little people in Windsor, Ont., against Dalton McGuinty’s ban on dwarf-tossing that had been screened from the media by Liberal supporters with campaign signs. We wondered at the time who was jumping up and down behind the bill-boards. But this iteration of the Conservative Party is a reflection of its leader — polite, friendly and forthright. A less welcome change from previous years, at least if you are a Conservative, is the lack of passion we’ve felt along the way. On Monday night in Calgary, a crowd of less than 200 roused itself into courteous enthusiasm for a Scheer stump speech in the riding of Calgary Skyview that the party hopes to take back (it was won for the Liberals in 2015 by Darshan Kang but was subsequently turfed from the party after allegations of sexual harassment.) Calgary should be a hotbed of hot-blooded Conservatives but aside from one man shouting: “Andrew, you’re the most popular guy in Canada,” it was a tame affair. There are 10 ridings in the city and it would seem that to me that if the leader spends precious time and resources coming to town, a morale-building rally to pump sunshine up the collective keisters of campaign volunteers would be a very good idea. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to supporters in Calgary during his election campaign.Monday, September 16, 2019. Brendan Miller/Postmedia Scheer was asked about the lack of numbers on Tuesday and said he was pleased with the turnout. The relatively low-key office opening event was designed to allow campaigners to keep knocking on doors in their respective ridings, he said. Staff say traditional campaign rallies will begin as we get closer to election day. The good news for Scheer is that he is becoming better known — polls suggest his positives and negative impressions are on the rise. But he tends to record support levels lower than his party. Maybe the local candidates consider him a drag on their fortunes? Yet as things have changed from days past, many other things have stayed the same. This is a party that eschews grand visions and crafts policies to designed to make incremental gains in the lives of Canadians. John Ivison: Andrew Scheer lacks sizzle, but that may be just what voters want John Ivison: Trudeau can be taken to task for many things, but the new NAFTA deal isn’t one of them John Ivison: Trudeau the Brand starts election campaign in unfamiliar role of prohibitive favourite The new measure announced Tuesday was an increase in the government contribution to Registered Education Savings Plans from 20 per cent to 30 per cent for every dollar invested up to $2,500, to a maximum annual grant of $750. The Liberals attacked the increase because it benefits “the wealthy” — more class warfare language from a party that appears intent on turning “enterprise” and “wealth creation” into dirty words. In any case, Scheer’s proposal does come with an added incentive for low-income parents. The Conservative measure may seem marginal but it comes with a hefty price tag — $600 million a year when fully implemented, according to the Parliamentary Budget Office. Scheer is now racking up the spending commitments — the universal tax credit unveiled Sunday will cost up to $6 billion a year when it is fully introduced. He has skated around questions about how he will pay for this spending but he confirmed he has no plans to cut the Canada Child Benefit, which the Liberals enriched by 15 per cent for children under age one on Tuesday. “The Canada Child Benefit is a Conservative principle,” he said. “Mums and dads make better choices than bureaucrats in Ottawa.” Federal deficits are forecast to average $15 billion a year through the next Parliament and Scheer’s proposals add another $8.3 billion a year when all measures are in place — the new RESP, the universal tax cut, the sports and arts tax credits, the public transit tax credit and tax-free maternity benefits. And those numbers may be optimistic. If Canada enters recession, or economic growth slows below two per cent, deficits will grow – the rule of thumb is half a point off GDP costs $2 billion a year in tax revenue. On past performance, no-one should doubt Scheer’s pledge that a Conservative government will live within its means. That’s the brand. But something has to give, and the $23 billion question is what? read more

UN mission reports slaying of 39 by unknown assailants in eastern DR

MONUC said the report it received yesterday also said that as a result of the attack on Saturday seven survivors from the targeted village, Ntulumamba, were treated for injuries.MONUC’s Pakistani South Kivu brigade dispatched an airborne Quick Reaction Force (QRF) to investigate, it said. At the site, located in Kalonge chiefdom 75 kilometres north of Bukavu, “they found the charred ruins of 10 huts and were shown what appeared to be two freshly dug mass graves;” they collected witness descriptions and took photographs, but were unable to find out the exact death toll.”A provisional death toll stands at 39 civilians, mainly women and children, and seven injured,” MONUC said, adding that a second team would go to collect evidence and ascertain the facts.The follow-up team would comprise MONUC human rights, child protection and humanitarian staff, as well as forensic specialists and representatives of the DRC’s judicial authorities, it said. read more

GM will keep full production at Oshawa plant until 2016 cites projected

GM will keep full production at Oshawa plant until 2016; cites projected demand by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2013 11:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Increased demand for two popular models has prompted General Motors of Canada to keep one of its assembly lines in Oshawa, Ont., open two years longer than planned.The automaker said Thursday that projected demand for the Chevrolet Impala Limited and Chevrolet Equinox means the consolidated line will remain active until 2016. It had originally been slated to close next summer.The Oshawa complex also has a flexible manufacturing line that builds the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS.GM spokeswoman Adria MacKenzie said about 650 people work on the consolidated line, and there are “no anticipated changes to employment levels as a result of this scheduling action.”“All scheduling adjustments are subject to market demand,” she said.The announcement brings good news to an industry that has failed to fully capitalize on an upswing in consumer interest as high manufacturing costs and an unfavourable exchange rate push production south of Canada’s borders.The Oshawa plant had been slated to close despite winning the J.D. Power Silver Plant Assembly Line Quality Award earlier this month, a top award for performance.Carlos Gomes, a senior economist and automotive industry expert at the Bank of Nova Scotia, said GM’s move was consistent with the industry’s strength.Canada will have record vehicle sales this year and the United States has roughly sold 15.5 million so far, the best level since 2007, Gomes said.“Moving forward, we’re likely to see continued gains in Canada and across North America,” he said.“However, the reality is that Mexico is likely to lead the way as they’re getting several new plants in 2014, so they’ll likely see the strongest gains in vehicle production next year.”Unifor, formerly the Canadian Auto Workers union, said the move shows that the skills and efficiency of the workers at that plant makes it worth keeping open.“By maintaining production over the next few years, we have a chance to bring in another product and keep the plant open longer,” Ron Svajlenko, president of Unifor Local 222, which represents workers at the plant, said in a statement.While the announcement brings hope that the beleaguered sectors will see a rebound in production in 2014, Derek Burleton, deputy chief economist at TD Bank Financial Group, said the long term outlook for the sector remains “somewhat murky.”“The competitive challenges are still very much an issue,” he said.“The sector’s been under a lot of pressure and this year’s auto output has been disappointing.”GM’s announcement Thursday and a $700-million investment by Ford for its Oakville plant last month, however, are “two bits of news provide some confidence that we could see some growth return in auto production in 2014,” Burleton said.“I don’t think anybody’s expecting output to return back to its peak of five or 10 years ago, but the hope is that this year could mark the low point and then we could see growth over the next few years.”GM has already moved some overflow Equinox production from its Canadian Automotive Manufacturing Inc. (CAMI) plant in Ingersoll, Ont., to a facility in Tennessee that used to build the now-defunct Saturn, and plans to move GMC Terrain vehicles to Mexico in 2016.That plant is also in the running to win production of the new Equinox models in 2015. read more

Ban urges peaceful resolution of impasse in DR Congo

Welcoming the announcement of the continuation of the mediation led by the Conférence épiscopale des églises du Congo (Catholic Church – CENCO) to achieve a more inclusive consensus on the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all political actors in the country to recommit themselves to this dialogue.According to a statement issued by his office, Mr. Ban “underlined the need to pursue, in earnest, this Congolese-owned process to reach a consensual and peaceful solution to the current impasse.”Further in the statement, Mr. Ban took note of President Joseph Kabila’s expressed support and encouragement to the CENCO mediation as well as the stated readiness of The Rassemblement opposition platform to remain engaged in dialogue. The UN chief also expressed his own his support for the CENCO-led mediation.President Kabila’s second and final term in office ends in less than two weeks.Earlier this week, the UN Security Council had also welcomed the ongoing mediation efforts by the CENCO and had called on all stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in a free, fair, credible, inclusive and transparent environment. read more

Walk off 3 caps Georgia States stunning comeback 8380

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Georgia State stormed back from a 22-point second half deficit to knock off Alabama 83-80 on a walk-off 3- pointer from forward Malik Benlevi.Benlevi was one of four Georgia State players to score in double figures, putting in 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Georgia State guard D’Marcus Simonds had a game-high 23 points. Georgia State’s Jeff Thomas and Kane Williams added 14 and 12 points, respectively.After scoring 31 points in the first half, Georgia State scored 44 points in the final 14 minutes to close Alabama out. Benlevi’s winning 3 was the first time Georgia State led in the game.“Wow,” Georgia State coach Ron Hunter said. “Really, really proud of our kids. What a great win for us.”Alabama came out hot for the first 20 minutes, shooting 59 per cent from the floor and 42 per cent from three, making 8 of 19.Georgia State came out sluggish in the opening half, but turned up the defensive pressure in the second. Alabama shot just 29 per cent in the second half, making only seven shots and just 2 of 9 from distance.Georgia State outscored Alabama 52-28 after halftime.Alabama coach Avery Johnson called it a “tale of two halves.”“I’m the coach, and I’m the one responsible,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. “Not the players. It’s me.”BIG PICTUREThis is the type of loss that can kill a team’s resume when it comes time to earn an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. Alabama had a golden opportunity to beat a potential tournament team, but picked the worst time to go cold from the field. That’s now back-to-back tough losses after Alabama lost to UCF in Orlando last week.For Georgia State, the win is a good boost for the team’s confidence, but even Hunter acknowledged that is doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things. Hunter said it’s all about getting ready to play in January and February when it’s time for the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The win helped Georgia State rebound from a 78-52 loss at Liberty last week.UP NEXTGeorgia State is now 2-0 against SEC teams after beating Georgia earlier in the year. They will host Chattanooga on Dec. 12.Alabama will play its second straight home game on Sunday, Dec. 9, when it takes on Arizona at Coleman Coliseum. The game will tip off at noon and will be televised on ESPN.________More AP college basketball: and Burnett, The Associated Press read more

Five Questions to ask about Ohio State – Arkansas

1. Will the suspended players start in the Sugar Bowl or have their playing time limited in any way? It’s doubtful anyone will know the answer to this question until minutes before kickoff. There are arguments for and against the players even participating in the game. However, if Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey and Mike Adams even miss a few possessions, that could give the Razorbacks a lead they may never relinquish. If coach Jim Tressel decides to bench the suspended players for any amount of time, it would be beneficial for the Buckeyes to go on defense in the beginning of the game to try to set the tone against the high-scoring Arkansas offense. 2. Can Pryor put up Cam Newton-like numbers against the Arkansas defense? Back in mid-October, Auburn and Arkansas put on an offensive exhibition for the ages. The two schools combined for 108 points, 1,036 yards and 55 first downs. Auburn quarterback and Heisman winner Newton accounted for a total 329 total yards and four touchdowns. Ohio State would be in very good position to win the game if Pryor approached Newton’s staggering numbers. And although Pryor and Newton play the game differently, despite their similar size and stature, Tressel plans on paying close attention to the Auburn game in his preparation for Arkansas. “We’ll study that one for sure because we always love to steal ideas from anybody,” Tressel said. “And most especially when you think you have similar capabilities.” 3. How will Arkansas try to crack the nation’s No. 2-ranked defense? The obvious and most probable answer is that the Razorbacks will rely on the arm of quarterback Ryan Mallett, who has passed for more than 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in consecutive seasons. The 6-foot-6 Michigan transfer also spreads the ball around — six of his teammates have 27 or more catches — but tends to favor D.J. Williams, who has 49 receptions this season. Williams, who won the John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation’s top tight end, presents a unique problem for the OSU defense: It hasn’t faced a tight end of Williams’ caliber all season long. A case could be made that the Razorbacks and their No. 3 passing offense haven’t seen a defense like the Buckeyes, who are not only atop the Big Ten in many defensive statistics but are also No. 5 nationally in third-down conversion percentage and No. 9 in red-zone defense, two critical defensive statistics. 4. Which team will win the special teams struggle? Deciphering the differences between the team’s two kickers is akin to distinguishing between identical twins. Devin Barclay and Arkansas’ Zach Hocker each have three misses on the year, and both have made all of their extra points. Thus, field position could come down to kick- and punt-return coverage. The OSU special teams, which hit rock bottom after allowing the opening kickoff to be taken for a touchdown at Wisconsin, has steadily improved over the last half of the season as the team has gotten players back from injury. Glancing over the statistics, each team appears to have an edge in the return game. OSU is No. 3 in the country in kick returns, as the tandem of Jordan Hall and Jaamal Berry has averaged nearly 27 yards per return. Meanwhile, Arkansas averages a little more than 17 yards on punt returns, good for fourth in the country. 5. Is this the year OSU snaps its bowl game losing streak against the SEC? A lot has to go right for the Scarlet and Gray to snap its 0-9 bowl game record against the SEC. But the main area OSU needs to focus on is something it’s done well in all season: forcing turnovers on defense and limiting them on offense. OSU is plus-14 in turnover margin, good for third in the country. Arkansas is plus two. It’s a cliché football adage, but whoever wins the turnover battle will win the Sugar Bowl. read more

Paste 2011 slurry pipelines and International Mining processing features

first_imgIn case you missed it, Paul Moore has joined International Mining as Editor, leaving John Chadwick as a Publisher who writes. Paul ( will be collating the Paste Supplement this year and it will be in our April issue so for timely collection of material the deadline will be March 1st. By the way, he is currently working on Newmont Australia in our Great Mines series celebrating Newmont’s 90 years (IM was requested to do this by Newmont). If you have any particularly innovative installations at Boddington, for example. Following that, John ( is writing the Newmont South America and Newmont Africa articles for April and May respectively – both a March 1st deadline – as explained below.Paul is also co-ordinating the CLEAN PROCESSING article in the same issue, and John is doing a HYDROTRANSPORT (slurry pipelines) article for April.Looking further forward to May, John is doing the GOLD RECOVERY article but as he will be away mid-March to mid-April, that also has a start of March effective deadline. As usual, he is looking for news of innovative technologies, methods and installations in gold ore processing plantslast_img read more

Motor take a point against RNL – Veszprem easy night on Neva

EHFMKB MVM VeszpremmotorRNLZaporozhye handball ← Previous Story HERO OF PSG PATRICE ANNONAY: PSG – Chambery (VIDEO) Next Story → EHF CL 2013/2014 start – Barcelona to Skopje, Alex Dujshebaev: “Talant will cheer for Vardar” Ukrainian champion Motor Zaporozhye signalised at the beginning of VELUX EHF Champions League that w0n’t be an easy task for any team! Rhein Neckar Lowen has lost a point at home court against team of Sergei Bebeshko – 31:31 (15:13). Germans was led by Groetzki (7 goals) and the same number of goals were scored by Onufrienko.Hungarian TOP team MKB MVM Veszprem beat Sankt Petersburg 28:15 (12:7) in the most beautiful Russian city. Only first ten minutes were interesting on this match afterwards team of Antonio Carlos Ortega made the clear difference. The Top scorer was Momir Ilic with 8 goals…PHOTO: read more

1DollarScan digitizes your books docs and photos for only 1

first_imgMany of us have dozens of books that we lug around every time we move. Most of them we’ve already read, but there’s something about hanging onto those books just in case you want to go back and read them one more time. Just think of how many bookcases you’ve bought in your life to hold these books that you hardly ever touch. If only there was a way to keep all the books’ content within one light-weight package that’s easy to move from apartment to apartment.A service called 1DollarScan is aiming to help you with your clutter by scanning your books and transferring them to a digital file that can be read on electronic devices like a Kindle, tablet, or even on your computer.The idea of converting older media — like cassettes and vinyl records to digital MP3s, or slides or paper photos into digital photos — is nothing new. However, sending your old slides or VHS tapes off to have someone convert them is often a costly procedure. 1DollarScan’s niche is that it’s the cheapest way possible to digitize your books. It can also digitize things like pictures, documents, and business cards.1DollarScan will scan 100 pages of a book, 10 business cards, 10 business documents, or 10 photos for just $1. You can barely buy a bottle of water for that price. You just have to pack and send your materials to the company, and 1DollarScan will scan your materials, check the quality of the scan, and then send it to you to download either by PDF or on a DVD. Unless you request your papers to be returned, 1DollarScan will recycle them after two weeks.It’s important to note that you probably don’t want to send anything you want back to 1DollarScan. The company doesn’t gently scan each page for one measly dollar. It cuts off the spine and sticks it into a machine. Once you send your books they won’t be returned, so make sure you’re ready to part with them.Bookscan, the Japanese subsidiary of 1DollarScan that launched last year, became very popular in Japan, especially after the earthquakes. People were worried their bookshelves full of books would collapse. The founder of Bookscan actually got the idea for the business because he was worried his 2,000 books would cause his shelves to collapse and hurt his two small children. There were apparently numerous reports of bookshelves falling over during the earthquakes and books fatally falling on people.So, if you’re ready to get rid of the book but would like to have a copy to read saved on your external hard drive for those rainy days, this is the cheapest solution. However, you still do need to send the book off, and you have to pay for the shipping, so if you’re sending a box of 30 books, the shipping costs themselves may be quite costly. You’ll have to play around with the prices of shipping to see how cost effective this is for your needs.More at 1DollarScanlast_img read more

Watch Drivers Stop to Let Dozens of Ducks Cross Busy Road in

first_imgStay on target Massive Python Swallows Entire Duck for Meal in AustraliaWorld’s Rarest Bird Thought to Be Extinct for 15 Years Gets New Home “Proof that there are more good people in this world than bad,” Ramunno wrote in her Facebook post, which has received more than 33,000 views so far. “Not one person in the two lines of traffic were beeping or impatient with these guys!”Facebook users also commented on the cute duck crossing and how it was nice to watch something positive online.“Thank you for sharing your video. With so much heartache and total devastation in this world, it’s always innocently refreshing to stumble across stories like this,” one person wrote. “I know it put a smile on my face as I have watched it three times.”Another responded, “Aww this started my day off with a much needed smile, love that there are many animal lovers in our world, we have ducks with babies in our backyard and it’s just so great watching them.”More on Python Swallows Entire Duck for Meal in AustraliaNew Species of Duck-Billed Dinosaur IdentifiedWatch: Polar Bear Eats Live Duck in Zoo Enclosure, Shocks Visitorscenter_img A massive group of ducks recently stopped traffic and crossed a busy road in Maine and it was an adorable sight for drivers who witnessed the waterfowl “parade.”On Wednesday morning, Karen Ramunno captured a video of the heartwarming moment and shared it on Facebook, WMTW Channel 8 News reported. In the video, the ducks crossed the five-lane road in two waves and according to Ramunno, drivers even waited for two stragglers in the group to safely make it to the other side.last_img read more