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SMB guards Cabagnot, Ross lead BPC stats race

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Completing the top 10 are Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (32.400 SPs), Meralco’s Baser Amer (30.714 SPs), San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter (30.188 SPs), GlobalPort’s Terrence Romeo (29.667 SPs), and Ginebra’s LA Tenorio (29.563 SPs).Meanwhile, Star reinforcement Ricardo Ratliffe continues to top the imports after helping the Hotshots advance to the semifinals.The returning import netted 61.556 SPs after averaging a league-best 32.22 points, 20.78 rebounds, 2.89 assists, and 2.33 blocks in his nine games this conference.At distant second is Greg Smith, who gathered 52.909 SPs for Blackwater.Rounding out the top five are Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (52.500 SPs), Alaska’s Cory Jefferson (47.417 SPs), and Phoenix’s Jameel McKay (46.455 SPs).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Cabagnot continued his stellar play as he averaged 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.2 steals in the semifinals to help the Beermen advance to the championship round.Ross, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, meanwhile, normed 13.2 markers, 5.2 boards, as well as racking a league-best 8.1 assists and 2.9 steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDefending three-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo is in third place with 33.067 SPs to complete the San Miguel trio leading the pack for the individual plum.GlobalPort slasher Stanley Pringle dropped to fourth place with his 32.538 SPs, while TNT star Jayson Castro moved into fifth place with 32.467 SPs. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer’s star backcourt of Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross suddenly find themselves tied for the top spot in the Best Player of the Conference statistical race through the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.The tabulation released early Monday saw pacesetter Cabagnot now at joint first place with Ross, who jumped from eighth place after the eliminations, with identical 34.125 statistical points (SPs).ADVERTISEMENT Host France whips Philippines in Fiba 3×3 World Cup 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

No terror threat to Delhi Games, says Chidambaram

first_imgChristy Fernandez (Centre), Secretary to President of India, CWG OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Games mascot Shera and other officials holding the Queen’s baton during the relay at Raisina Hill in New Delhi on Friday, October 1 2010. PTIGovernment on Friday dismissed as “baseless” reports of terror threat to the Commonwealth Games, saying people should go for enjoying the sporting extravaganza without fear.Reacting to a report that terror outfit ‘Brigade 313’ was to target the Games, Home Minister P Chidambaram said there was no basis to believe it as the report was based on an old input which was recycled.”There is no basis that Brigade 313 or (Pak-based wanted terrorist) Ilyas Kashmiri are targeting the Commonwealth Games…. Kindly turn your attention towards the game…enjoy the Games,” he said.The Home Minister said security for the Commonwealth Games was reviewed from time to time and around 5,000 personnel of Central paramilitary forces have been deployed for the Games which include BSF, CRPF and CISF.Commerce Minister Anand Sharma inspects CWG VillageCommerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Friday visited the Commonwealth Games Village to take stock of preparations and facilities for the national and international athletes.”I visited the Village and spoke to various team officials. I went to residential complexes and saw all the facilities there. They are excellent and all athletes are happy. Nobody is complaining,” Sharma told PTI.”All athletes and international delegates have especially appreciated the quality of food being given to them. The dining hall is huge,” Sharma said.advertisementDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Lt. Governor Tejender Khanna had also visisted the Village.Over 6,000 athletes from a total of 71 countries are participating in the fortnight-long sporting event scheduled to begin from Sunday.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Like father, like son! Rahul Dravid’s son Samit slams century in club cricket

first_imgRahul Dravid’s son Samit is making steady progress on the cricket field. The 10-year-old scored a century in an under-14 club cricket match in Bengaluru.Samit, playing for Bangalore United Cricket Club, scored 125 against Frank Anthony Public School. Samit combined with Pratyush G (143) and added 213 runs for the fourth wicket, as their team registered a crushing 246-run win at the Loyola school grounds in a 30-over game.Last year, Samit shot to fame at the U-12 level cricket in Bengaluru by slamming three half-centuries playing for his school Mallya Aditi International. All his three fifties came in match-winning causes.Samit is cetainly following in his dad’s footsteps. Rahul is considered to be the greatest ever batsman to have played for India at the coveted No.3 position. In an illustrious career spanning 16 years, Dravid scored 13288 Test and 10889 ODI runs.last_img read more

Realme 2 is coming soon confirms company, will pack iPhone X-like notch display

first_imgAn image of the next Realme phone aka the Realme 2 was accidentally put up on the company website last week. The image revealed that the Realme 2 will follow the on-going trend of a notched display. Realme has now officially confirmed via a teaser on Twitter that the Realme 2 is for real and will come with a notch on top of the display just as the OnePlus 6 and the iPhone X. Alongside confirming the notched display for the Realme 2, the company has also revealed that the smartphone will be “coming soon”. Realme, however, hasn’t revealed that exact timeline of the Realme 2 launch as of yet.Realme via a Twitter post revealed that the upcoming Realme 2 will come with an iPhone X-like notch. In the tweet, the company noted, “We know you’ve been waiting eagerly! The suspense will end soon. #Realme2 #ANotchAbove #ComingSoon.” Although there’s no official launch timeline of the Realme 2 launch, the company has noted that the phone is coming soon. We can expect the Realme 2 go official in another month or so.Along with the tweet, Realme has also posted a picture showing the top portion of the Realme 2 from the front. The notch, which seems to be smaller than that of the iPhone X, is seen with a selfie camera, earpiece and some sensors. The image further reveals the phone with minimal bezels on the sides and also on the top.Last week, the retail box of the Realme 2 was leaked online, however it didn’t reveal any details about the phone. Meanwhile, the image of the Realme 2 that appeared on the official website revealed that the phone will follow the market trend and come with iPhone X like notched display. The picture further revealed that the phone will come with minimal bezels on the sides. The image revealed both front and back panel design of the phone.advertisementWe know youve been waiting eagerly! The suspense will end soon. #Realme2 #ANotchAbove #ComingSoon pic.twitter.com/zbIkFnE2YM Realme (@realmemobiles) August 20, 2018On the rear panel, the Realme 2 is said to come packed with horizontally aligned dual camera setup. Next to the camera setup will be the LED flash for better picture capture in low-light situations. The picture further revealed that the phone will sport a circular module fingerprint sensor which will sit right below the camera set up on the rear panel to unlock the phone and capture pictures.As far as the design is concerned, the Realme 2 will be quite similar to that of the Realme 1. It will boast of Oppo’s signature diamond-pattern design. However, according to the image put up on the website, looks like the Realme 2 will be slimmer than the Realme 1. Furthermore, we expect the Realme 2 to be powered by an Helio P60 chipset as found in the Realme 1 and also the recently launched Oppo F9.ALSO READ: Realme 2 retail box leaked after being briefly listed on official websiteRealme has always been focused on bringing phones with impressive design and powerful hardware at an affordable price tag. The same is expected of the Realme 2. Considering, the company is focusing on delivering phones that fall between the Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 price segment, we can expect the Realme 2 to compete with some of the leading Xiaomi, Motorola, Honor and Nokia phones in the market currently.last_img read more

Mexicans Abroad: Moreno gets minutes, Lozano impresses

first_imgMexico Mexicans Abroad Minute: Hector Moreno gets Roma minutes, Hirving Lozano turns heads Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 02:04 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hector Moreno Roma Getty Mexico The center back earned two starts in a week after struggling for time, while the red-hot winger is showing no signs of cooling off It was a good week in Europe for some, but not all, of Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio’s squad members.In the above video, Goal correspondent Jon Arnold reviews the highs and lows.last_img read more

Rhyl friendly with Leeds Under-23s abandoned after second-half brawl

first_imgShare on Messenger Friendlies Read more Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Leeds United Share on Pinterest news Share on Twittercenter_img Rhyl FC have launched an investigation after a friendly with Leeds Under-23s was abandoned in the second half following a brawl. Video footage appeared online on Tuesday showing a melee involving both sides, with punches being thrown, mainly by Rhyl’s No4, who is named as Tony Davies on the teamsheet.Leeds were reported to have then left the field and the game was called off with the game goalless. The Huws Gray Alliance side said on their website: “Following the abandonment of the friendly match between Rhyl FC and a Leeds United XI this evening (21 November) the club will now launch an internal investigation into the incidents which resulted in the match being halted during the second half.“The club will issue no further statement until the completion of this work.”The Leeds Under-23s coach, Carlos Corberán, later defended his players and the Spaniard is believed to have withdrawn them from the game to safeguard them from injury.“We will always represent Leeds United with the correct behaviours and values respecting the opponent and the football rules,” Corberán said. “[I’m] proud of the players in the way they conducted themselves.” Share on LinkedIn Topics Share via Email Garry Monk’s return to Leeds marked by hostility and defeat for Middlesbrough Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Backroads Launches New Ocean and River Cruise Adventure For 2019 and 2020

first_imgBerkeley, CA (January 30, 2019) – Backroads, the leader in active and adventure travel, today announced new active Ocean and River Cruise Adventure Trips to destinations spanning the globe from Alaska to New Zealand, including Antarctica, Iceland, Japan, the Dalmatian Coast and the Baltic Sea. Over the next two years, Backroads will roll out more than 250 Ocean and River Cruise Adventure departures, along with additional Full Ship Celebration departures on the Danube and Portugal’s Douro River. Backroads pioneered the concept of “Active Cruises,” an exciting new mode of ship-based adventure travel, with the launch of Active River Cruises in 2015. Guests live aboard the ship at night and spend the days actively exploring a region, going at their own pace and connecting with locals in a way no other cruise experience offers. By sailing on small ships, guests access remote ports for unique immersive experiences in the surrounding areas. On board, travelers enjoy private cocktail and wine tastings, delicious dining with wine included, full access to ship amenities and personalized service from the ship crew and Backroads Trip Leaders. Backroads has teamed up with the best small luxury ship purveyors – AmaWaterways, Ponant and KleinTours – to deliver genuine and one-of-a-kind journeys and experiences. “There is something very special about exploring a region by both water and land,” said Backroads President and Founder, Tom Hale. “When we first launched our Active River Cruises I could never have imagined their popularity with Backroads guests. This year we’re rolling out some fabulous small ship ocean cruises, so Backroads guests can enjoy all the amenities on the ships, while exploring the nooks and crannies of popular destinations across the world.” Small Ship Ocean CruisesIn 2018, Backroads debuted its first small ship Ocean Cruise Tour to Iceland with 100% of guests rating those trips 10 out of 10. The company is now introducing more ship-based active adventures in the Baltics, Venice to Croatia, New Zealand, Antarctica, Japan and the Galápagos in 2019 and 2020. Backroads’ intimate ocean cruises offer thoroughly planned active trips with unparalleled ship- and land-based support. On the ship, Backroads staffs multiple Trip Leaders, plus activity guides and dedicated vehicle support onshore, so guests are supported to explore as they wish. Backroads guests can enjoy Full Ship Celebration departures on the Danube and Portugal’s Douro Rivers, meaning all guests aboard the ship will be Backroads travelers. It’s a unique opportunity to share a common interest in exploring the world actively. All equipment and activities are included in the trip price. A pioneer in active and adventure travel, Backroads celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019. Backroads was founded on the principles of creating extraordinary experiences for its guests, being the most guest-focused travel company on the planet and incorporating the highest quality possible into the philosophy and fabric of the company. Backroads Active Ocean Cruises– Alaska Multi-Adventure (launching in 2020)– Antarctica Multi-Adventure– Baltic Sea Biking– Galápagos Multi-Adventure– Iceland Walking & Hiking– Japan Walking & Hiking– New Zealand Multi-Adventure– Venice to Croatia Biking Backroads Active River Cruises– Danube River Biking + Full Ship Celebration– Douro River Biking, Walking & Hiking + Full Ship Celebration– Galápagos, Andes & Amazon Walking & Hiking– Rhine River Biking– Seine River Biking For a complete listing of new Backroads Ocean and River Cruise Adventure tours and more information, visit https://www.backroads.com/award-winning-tours/cruises or call 1-800-462-2848.  About Backroads Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been a leading innovator in active and adventure travel for 40 years. The company hosts thousands of guests each year, 75% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests, in hundreds of locations across the globe. Backroads is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit backroads.com or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific time.last_img read more

Brodosplit to Build Polar Expedition Cruise Ship

first_imgzoom Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit has signed an agreement to build a Polar Class expedition cruise ship for an undisclosed client.The ship will be built in the class LR Polar Class 6 and will be the first cruise ship in the world ever built in this class, according to Brodosplit.Capable of carrying 196 passengers, the cruise vessel will feature 8 decks and 95 cabins.With a length of 107,6 meters and a width of 17,6 meters, the ship will be driven by two engines with a total output of 4200 kW.Brodosplit carried out the design and technical solutions of the vessel, which is scheduled to join its owner in 2019.last_img read more

SITC Orders Four More Boxships in Korea

first_imgzoom SITC Shipowning, a subsidiary of SITC International Holdings, has placed an order for four more containerships at South Korea’s shipbuilder Dae Sun.The company informed that it decided to exercise options for the construction of two container vessels, which were a part of an earlier placed vessel order. Additionally, SITC entered into new shipbuilding contracts to construct two more boxships.SITC is paying a total of USD 68 million for the construction of the four vessels, which would be 1,011 TEU class gearless containerships, totaling some 12,200 dwt.In May 2017 SITC ordered two container vessels for a price of USD 34 million.The company informed that the first vessel from the batch is expected to be delivered by late February 2019, while the second containership is set to join the fleet by the end of April 2019.last_img read more

Shareholder motions demand Imperial Oil transparency on water risk lobbying

first_imgCALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd. shareholders are seeking to force the company to be more transparent about its water-related risks from pollution and climate change, as well as its lobbying activities and expenditures.A motion sponsored by Fonds de Solidarite des Travailleurs du Quebec, a $13.7-billion socially responsible investment firm, regarding water-related risks will be voted on at Imperial’s annual meeting on April 27.OceanRock Investments Inc., a $1.5-billion fund associated with Desjardins Group, has sponsored the lobbying motion.Imperial is recommending shareholders vote against both because it says it already provides enough transparency.Laura Gosset, engagement analyst for the Shareholder Association for Research and Education or SHARE, says her organization was turned down when it asked Imperial to voluntarily adopt more transparent policies on water risk.“As one of the largest oil producing and refining companies in Canada, Imperial’s heavy reliance on water for its production processes means the company and its investors are exposed to potential physical, regulatory and reputational water-related risks, both in terms of water consumption and wastewater disposal,” she said.Gosset is hoping strong shareholder support for the motion will encourage the company to reconsider and accept reporting practices that are being followed by many of its peers, including Cenovus Energy Inc. and Husky Energy Inc.In a regulatory filing, Imperial said its disclosures about water risk provide the “necessary transparency,” and its compliance with lobbying laws means its activities are already reported in associated lobbying registries.Meanwhile, pipeline company TransCanada Corp. is recommending investors vote in favour of a shareholder motion being considered at its annual meeting also on April 27 in Calgary.The motion calls for TransCanada to report on how it is assessing long-term risks in relation to climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.In a filing, it said it welcomes the opportunity to improve its disclosure.Oilsands giant Suncor Energy brought forward shareholder motions at its annual meeting in 2016 calling for it to provide more detail on its plans to thrive under tougher climate policy and on its political lobbying.Shareholders followed management’s recommendations in the votes, approving the former motion and defeating the latter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:IMO, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE, TSX:TRP, TSX:SU)last_img read more

Kashmir integral part of India, can’t be separated: Shah

first_imgRaigarh: BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said Kashmir is an integral part of India and cannot be separated from the country till a single BJP worker is alive, irrespective of whether the party is in power or not. Addressing an election rally in Raigarh district headquarters in Chhattisgarh, he said when the Modi government is re-elected at the Centre, infiltrators will be identified across the country and deported. “Election is underway in Jammu and Kashmir and an ally of Congress, leader of National Conference Omar Abdullah had advocated for a prime minister in Kashmir. Do you think it’s possible that a country can have two PMs? I have been asking Rahul baba to clarify his stand on the (Abdullah’s) statement, but he is silent,” Shah said slamming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. “Rahul baba listen carefully…Presently there is a government headed by Modi ji and it will be re-elected. But even if we are not in power, nobody can separate Kashmir from India till a single BJP worker is alive. Kashmir is an integral part of India and if anyone says that it will be isolated from the country, then people of the country will not tolerate it,” he added. Shah also accused the Congress and the National Conference of not being in favour of scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Congress and National Conference don’t want to remove Article 370. But the BJP has promised in its poll manifesto that Article 370 will be scrapped,” he said. “Another issue is that of NRC (National Register for Citizen). Congress is saying do not bring NRC, but I want to urge you to again elect the Narendra Modi government at the Centre…infiltrators will be identified right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Assam, and deported,” he said. Describing infiltrators as “termites”, he said they are a threat to the nation’s security. “Our commitment is to throw them out of the country,” the BJP chief added. Shah also alleged that the Congress and other opposition parties are unhappy with the success of the Indian Air Force’s strike on terrorist camps at Balakot in Pakistan in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack. “The Modi government has done the biggest work to safeguard the borders of the country. When terrorists attacked in Pulwama and killed our 40 jawans, there was anger and disappointment in the country. But the Modi government is not like the ‘mauni baba’ (silent) Manmohan Singh government. Barely 13 days after the attack, air strikes were carried out targeting terror camps in Pakistan,” he said. “At a time when the whole nation rejoiced, there was grief in Pakistan. But there was also sadness in the office Rahul baba and company,” Shah claimed. “The guru of Rahul Gandhi, Sam Pitroda, says some kids have committed mistakes and dialogue should be held with them. Do you think talks should be held with those who killed our 40 jawans? Our policy is clear that reply of the bullets will be given with shells. We will not hold talks with terrorists. BJP has a zero tolerance policy against terrorists.” The Congress ruled the country for 55 years, but it did nothing for development of poor, Dalits, tribals, villages and cities of the country, he alleged. In the five years of the Modi government, work has been done for the development of 50 crore poor. Shah also slammed the Congress government in Chhattisgarh and said Ayushman Bharat scheme has been stopped in the state which was meant for welfare of poor people. He also targeted Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for banning the CBI from investigating any fresh cases in the state without seeking the state’s consent. “Why was Bhupesh Baghel so afraid of the CBI that he banned it in the state immediatelyafter coming to power. What he has done?” he asked. The Congress had promised to provide unemployment allowance in the state, Shah said, adding, “Are you (people) getting it? No development work is taking place in the state. The law and order situation has collapsed.” Shah was campaigning for BJP candidate Gomtee Sai from Raigarh Lok Sabha constituency which will go to polls in the third phase on April 23.last_img read more

Womens empowerment key to achieving UNs goals says Ban Kimoon

Stressing that the empowerment of women is vital to achieving peace and security, improved living standards and respect for human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the need to support the work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). “Today, we understand, even better than our founders did, that the empowerment of women is a fundamental condition if we are to make progress towards the goals for which the United Nations was created,” Mr. Ban said at last night’s Americans for UNFPA Gala for the Health and Dignity of Women. He noted that too many women die during pregnancy and childbirth because their right to sexual and reproductive health is denied; too many women become infected with HIV because they do not have the power to protect their own health; and too many women are subjected to violence – “one of the most systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world.” All of this underscored the importance of UNFPA’s efforts, he said. “This work needs to be understood. And it needs to be supported.” He encouraged Americans for UNFPA to continue their support for this vital UN agency, adding that by doing so they are “contributing directly to the health and dignity of women in nations all over the world.” Last night’s event honoured four Americans from the media, financial and political fields along with women from Niger, Mongolia and Cambodia for combining passion and entrepreneurship with social responsibility to advance the health and dignity of women. The group honoured Ted Turner, who Mr. Ban called “one of the staunchest allies of the United Nations and of women around the world,” with its Lifetime Achievement Award. 3 October 2007Stressing that the empowerment of women is vital to achieving peace and security, improved living standards and respect for human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the need to support the work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). read more

Sudan UN promotes peace and disarmament in Darfur through the arts

The event, held yesterday in El Srief locality, 45 kilometres north of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, was aimed at raising community awareness on the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process, and to enhance people understanding of threats to their security.Sensitization was carried out through songs, dance and puppet shows by local performing artists, according to UNAMID, which organized the function in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC) and other relevant UN agencies.The outreach event began with distribution of 40,000 litres of water to the local residents by UNAMID. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is also installing water pumps and repairing others in El Srief, where residents are forced to walk long distances to fetch water.“These performers have messages for each and every one of us – messages of unity, peace, messages about the dangers of arms,” UNAMID DDR officer, Joan Bao-in, told the gathering.Hussein Elsherif, a child protection officer for the non-governmental organization (NGO) Friends of Peace and Development, said: “Here we send the arms control message on a daily basis. For example, people used to use guns to celebrate, shooting in the air, but we discussed it and the community agreed not to do that any more. We want to send a message of peace and coexistence among communities.” 26 July 2011In a bid to promote peace, security and reconciliation in Darfur, the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission to the Sudanese region (UNAMID) and other UN entities have used the performing arts to raise awareness of a disarmament and demobilization process. read more

Sweden highlights benefits of gender equality to General Assembly

“It would boost American GDP [gross domestic product] by as much as 9 per cent, [the] Euro-zone by 13 per cent and Japanese GDP by 16 per cent,” said Mr. Reinfeldt in his address to the third day of the General Assembly’s annual general debate.An estimated 3.5 billion women and girls are denied their socio-economic rights across the world yet they perform 66 per cent of the work and produce 50 per cent of the food, according to Mr. Reinfeldt.Increased gender equality is an investment for the future, he noted. Evidence from a range of countries showed that when women take greater control of household income, more money was spent on children’s needs including food, health and education.When women played a role in society by shaping institutions and being active in politics and business, there were improvements in the public good and less corruption.“In short, I see gender equality not as a crucial human rights issue, but also a question of smart economics.“I would urge all representatives sitting in this room: Imagine what it would mean in terms of economic growth for your countries if women were allowed to fully participate in society.”The Swedish leader also stressed that the UN must play a leading role in embracing and maintaining the emerging progress towards democracy and freedom of expression in parts of the world where civil liberties have been suppressed. 23 September 2011Gender equality is not just a basic human right but smart economics, Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said at the United Nations today, stressing that closing the gap between men and women in employment will have huge beneficial implications for the global economy. read more

Gunathilake suspended for six games over alleged rape incident

Gunathilaka will also not be paid the match fee for the concluded 2nd test match which Sri Lanka played against South Africa during the ongoing tour, along with any bonus and or other payments in connection thereto.The sanctions will come into force with immediate effect. Out of the total six matches, three matches have been handed over for the latest violation of the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’ he has entered into with Sri Lanka Cricket. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has decided to suspend Danushka Gunathilake from six international cricket matches for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’ following an alleged rape incident.The incident involving a friend and a Norwegian woman had taken place in Gunathilake’s room at the hotel where he was staying during an ongoing cricket series against South Africa in Colombo. Whilst another 3 matches are given from a suspended sentence of one year, which Gunathilaka was already serving since 18th October, 2017, for breaching the ‘Player Contract,’ in an earlier occasion. read more

WatchCanada is being bullied Scheer calls for Trudeau to step up inspections

Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool/Getty Images OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up inspections on all products from China and to consider slapping tariffs on imports from the Asian country.In a letter Friday, Scheer pressed Trudeau to take a harder line with Canada’s second-biggest trading partner at a time when the countries are locked in a diplomatic dispute that has dragged on for more than seven months.Since the start of the conflict, China has detained two Canadians on espionage charges and has taken trade-related actions against goods from Canada that carry economic consequences.“There is no other way to put this: Canada is being bullied by the Chinese government and you have done nothing to stand up for Canada in response,” Scheer wrote to Trudeau in the letter, which his office released publicly. Bank of England’s Mark Carney warns international trade tensions could ‘shipwreck’ global economy There’s now another way a Trump threat could deal a major blow to Canadian businesses Canada’s minister of small business to attend event in China as trade tensions cloud relationship The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, however, has no intention of increasing inspections on Chinese imports, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said later Friday.China detained two Canadians in December just days after Canada arrested Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant.Angered by Meng’s arrest, China has increased inspections that have led to the suspension or obstruction of key Canadian agricultural imports, including pork and canola.Last week, China announced an additional suspension of all imports of Canadian meat products because of claimed concerns over fraudulent inspection reports.Canada is collaborating with China in an ongoing investigation, said Katie Hawkins, Bibeau’s spokeswoman.Scheer wants Trudeau to respond by intensifying Canadian inspections on all imports from China and to start exploring possible retaliatory levies on Chinese products that will have the greatest possible impact while “minimizing harm” to consumers in Canada.He added that Canada imported more than $75 billion worth of goods from China last year.China’s President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a session on women’s workforce participation, future of work, and aging societies at the G20 Summit on June 29, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. “In short, we have leverage in this dispute, but only if we choose to wield it,” Scheer wrote.Trudeau, who has called the detention of the Canadians arbitrary, has tried to secure their release by encouraging Canada’s allies to tell Beijing it needs to follow the rule of law and other international standards.The prime minister and Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, have said President Donald Trump raised the plight of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with President Xi Jinping during the recent G20 summit.Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave, and Spavor, an entrepreneur, were both arrested on allegations of undermining China’s national security.Scheer also reiterated his calls for Trudeau to launch a complaint against China with the World Trade Organization and to cut Canadian funding to Beijing’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to which the Liberal government has committed $256 million over five years. read more

Annan launches appeal to help 33 million vulnerable people worldwide

“The 2.5 billion dollars that we are seeking today is a large amount – but it is far less than what the world spends on military purposes in a single day,” the Secretary-General told donors gathered at UN Headquarters in New York for the launch of the Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeals. The meeting was also addressed by the President of the Security Council, who offered that body’s support for the UN’s quest to fund its relief efforts.Mr. Annan noted that the world was currently focused on the plight of Afghans who, along with more than 30 million war- and drought affected people around the world, would have suffered through yet another winter “largely off camera” had it not been for recent events. “Is it not ironic that it took a terrorist attack and military reaction to raise awareness of the vast humanitarian needs in Afghanistan?” he asked. While welcoming donor efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people, the Secretary-General urged those present not to forget the 17 other complex humanitarian crises identified in the UN appeals. “In Angola, Somalia and Sudan, long-running civil wars continue to threaten already fragile livelihoods,” he noted. “In Indonesia, 1.3 million people have become internally displaced in less than three years because of new internal conflicts.” And while the past year had brought new hope for the future in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone, “massive humanitarian assistance remains urgently needed.”With the number of deliberate attacks on UN staff again growing dramatically, the Secretary-General stressed that “the primary responsibility for the protection of civilians, and for safe and unhindered access to them, lies with host governments and the parties to a conflict.”Mr. Annan noted that the Consolidated Appeals Process served to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian programmes to reach people in the greatest need. By coordinating their efforts through the Appeals, UN agencies ensured that food was not provided without safe water to prepare it, and that other necessities for survival, including vaccinations against killer diseases, were not forgotten. The process also worked to make sure that “meeting urgent needs today does not compromise the capacity of a community to help itself when the immediate crisis has passed.””No matter how good our strategy, or how well we prioritize, the United Nations and its partners cannot fulfil their commitments to millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance without the financial and political support of the Member States,” the Secretary-General told donors, noting that the 2001 appeal was met with only 50 per cent of the required amount. “We must do better next year, and I repeat my appeal that we should forget no one who depends on us for help and for hope.” Echoing these sentiments, the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, told donors that their contributions would restore hope and erase despair. “The investment you make today will not only help save lives, it will set the basis for self-sufficiency for people and their communities,” she told the meeting, which also heard from individuals who had personally witnessed humanitarian crises in Kosovo and Ethiopia. In a separate press statement on behalf of members of the Council, Ambassador Durrant urged all States to give generously to the appeals. “Members of the Council recognize that gaining access to vulnerable populations and the increasing need to engage with armed groups is one of the key challenges facing humanitarian agencies,” she said, noting that such access was “sporadically granted or even bluntly denied.” Council members called on all States to respect the recognized rules of international humanitarian law, and to facilitate the work of aid agencies carrying out their work, Ambassador Durrant said. read more

UN launches 50 million appeal for final push to eliminate polio from

With countries in the Horn of Africa “one step away” from being certified as polio-free, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a $50 million appeal for 2003-05 to immunize 22 million children in the region. “Despite the enormous challenge of delivering polio vaccine to children in Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia, the people of these countries have almost wiped polio out of the Horn,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO coordinator of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, said at a meeting in Nairobi of the key partners in the anti-polio effort. “By reducing polio cases to near zero, the partnership has demonstrated that polio’s days are numbered – even in countries where conflict has otherwise ravaged health systems.” The Initiative has succeeded in reducing the number of polio endemic countries to just 10 at the outset of the year, down from 125 in 1988. In addition, the number of worldwide cases has dropped dramatically, from 350,000 to 483 last year. So far this year, only two cases have been reported in Somalia and no cases in the other two countries. To achieve this progress, the agency and its partners, including thousands of volunteers, have worked under some of the harshest conditions possible, particularly in Sudan and Somalia where conflict has made the work especially challenging. “To bring us this far, local vaccinators have often taken huge risks – literally dodging bullets – to get vaccine into the mouths of children,” said Urban Johnson, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. “Now the key is to make sure there are no new cases. This costs money.” read more