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Dillinger move leaves Black, Bolts disappointed: ‘We had a gentleman’s agreement’

first_imgJared Dillinger (2nd from the left) and Meralco head coach Norman Black. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Coach Norman Black admitted that Jared Dillinger’s move to a rival team had left him astounded.“We had a gentleman’s agreement,” he told reporters when asked about his old reliable’s move to join Barangay Ginebra from free agency on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Black was referring to his new ward Bong Quinto, who he swears is bound to become a “really good player.”“[He] will have his opportunity to develop,” he said. “I know he’s a rookie, so he makes rookie mistakes. But what we see in the practice is a guy with multiple talents—a guy who can pass the ball, shoot the ball, score the ball, play defense.”“It’s just a matter of time. It’s almost similar to what’s happening with Javee Mocon even though Mocon’s getting more playing time at Rain or Shine,” Black added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Black said that Dillinger and the Bolts discussed about the player’s placement into the unrestricted free agent (UFA) list only while he recovering from a quad injury.“[We told him] as soon as you’re ready, as you’re one of the main players, you’ll be right back in the mix,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut Dillinger chose to jump ship without notifying the Bolts of his decision, which was what left Black and the Meralco management disappointed.“I mean he’s an unrestricted free agent, so he can basically do whatever he wants to do,” he said. “It’s just on our point of view, and the fact that we talked to him [prior] and he didn’t actually talk to us before he signed with Ginebra, that’s where the disappointment comes in.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PBA: Locals step up as Meralco spoils Rain or Shine debut MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In a message shared Friday morning, Kings coach Tim Cone said his knowledge is only limited to Dillinger being released by the Bolts and that the Ginebra brass had been reaching out to him.“I haven’t heard for sure that he has signed with us. It if it’s true, we obviously are extremely happy to have him. He’s a multi-talented guy that I’ve pursued for many years,” the league’s winningest coach said.Dillinger had served for the MVP group all his PBA years, with five season for TNT and the last six for Meralco. He won five titles within that stretch.Black, for his part, is now seeing beyond the drama.“Life goes on. [There are] so many players out there. We’ll just develop the next guy,” he said. “[G]uys get older. They move on. We move on. I’ll just develop some of the other guys.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Indian-American to host this years Spelling Bee contest in US

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, May 18 (PTI) Indian-American sports anchor Kevin Negandhi would host this years National Spelling Bee competition, becoming the first Indian-origin to present the prestigious event.The spelling competition has produced Indian-American champions for eight consecutive years, and 13 of the past 17 a run that began in 1999.However, this is for the first time that an Indian-American would be hosting the prestigious event, that has been dominated by the Indian American students for the past several years. This years competition will be held May 24 to 26.Negandhis parents migrated to the US from Mumbai. He grew up in Philadelphia. He worked with Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today.Negandhi became the second Indian-American to be a local sports anchor in the country, serving as sports anchor and later sports director at KTVO-TV from 1998-99. Negandhi is currently working as an sports anchor for ESPN. PTI LKJ UZMlast_img read more

Haryana Govt to give Rs 15 lakh cash to Rio-bound athletes

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 18 (PTI) Haryana government will organize a special function to honour all the 22 sportspersons from the state, who have qualified to participate in Rio Olympics, where each of them will be handed cash award of Rs 15 lakh, said Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Anil Vij. Vij said:”Olympic contingent comprise of 10 men and 12 women sportspersons from our state which is roughly about 21 percent. Thats a matter of pride for us.” Vij hoped that they would give their outstanding performance. Vij added: “All these players have been provided facilities under the new sports policy formulated by the state government.” He said that those players who would bring laurels to the country and the state by winning medals in the Olympics, would be honoured with cash awards as per the new sports policy of the state government. Under the policy, cash award of Rs 6 crore is given for winning gold medal, Rs 4 crore for silver medal and Rs 2.5 crore for bronze medal. Also, each participant gets Rs 15 lakh in cash as a reward money. PTI SUN PTI KHSlast_img read more

Jamaicans Living Illegally in the UK Urged to Legitimise Their Status

first_img High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, is urging Jamaicans living illegally in the UK to take steps to legitimise their residency. Mr. Ramocan said Jamaicans living illegally in the UK can contact the High Commission for assistance, pointing out that “we have lawyers (who) will counsel and (offer guidance).” Mr. Ramocan also cited the UK’s Immigration Act, 2016, which prevents illegal migrants from accessing housing, acquiring driver’s licences and holding bank accounts. Story Highlights High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, is urging Jamaicans living illegally in the UK to take steps to legitimise their residency.He said this was imperative in order for persons to avoid challenges such as being unable to gain employment, noting that “if anyone employs you, that person can be charged and imprisoned.”Mr. Ramocan also cited the UK’s Immigration Act, 2016, which prevents illegal migrants from accessing housing, acquiring driver’s licences and holding bank accounts.It also introduced new measures to simplify the enforcement of immigration laws and deporting illegal migrants.The High Commissioner was speaking in an interview on the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Issues and Answers television programme recently.Mr. Ramocan said Jamaicans living illegally in the UK can contact the High Commission for assistance, pointing out that “we have lawyers (who) will counsel and (offer guidance).”He said persons identified as illegal immigrants and are likely to be deported are either warned or incarcerated depending on their circumstances.Additionally, Mr. Ramocan said the High Commission is normally notified when there are plans to deport a Jamaican.“There is a process in place (which sees) the High Commission (working) with the person who is to be deported as well as with the authorities (in dealing with the matter). We talk with the individuals to find out whether they would opt for voluntary removal, because you don’t have to be deported.“The difference is when you opt for voluntary removal, (a) blot is not (placed) against your name; so you have the opportunity to reapply in order to come back into the country. But if you are forcefully removed, you have put a blot against your name,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Ramocan is urging persons to ensure that once the authorities notify them of their status, they commence the process of legitimising their presence in the UK.“Sometimes the authorities can be a bit strong (and) unrelenting. But there are others (who) when you reason (with them), they (may) see that you are not giving support to illegality. Jamaica is a country that upholds the rule of law and we believe you bring a bad name upon Jamaica when you cause these things to happen,” the High Commissioner stated.last_img read more

MSC Cruises Suspends Tunisia Calls

first_imgzoom  In the wake of terror attack at the Bordo National Museum, in Tunis, MSC Cruises has decided to suspend all remaining calls at Tunisian ports in the 2015 summer programme in the interests of guest and crewmember safety.Twelve guests of MSC Cruises have been confirmed dead following the terrorist attack during a shore excursion at the port of La Goulette, Tunisia on Wednesday. Thirteen people have been injured in the tragic event, of which two are in serious condition.“The safety and security of guests and crewmembers is MSC Cruises’ number one priority at all times, and the events that took place this week preclude the possibility of MSC Cruises calling in Tunisia for the foreseeable future,” the cruise liner said.MSC Cruises added that it remains in continuous contact with relevant government ministries and international bodies, and does not consider additional itinerary changes to be necessary at this time.Itineraries affected by the change will impact four of MSC Cruises’ 12 ships as follows:MSC Splendida will call at Valletta, in MaltaMSC Fantasia will call at Palma de Mallorca, MallorcaMSC Preziosa will call at Cagliari, in SardiniaMSC Divina will call at Valletta a day earlier and head directly to Corfu, Greece  “Sadly, the murderous actions of the people behind this devastating attack will have far-reaching and profoundly damaging effects on democratic Tunisia and its faltering economy. Tunisia can little afford to be considered a no-go zone at this time, but regrettably that is how tourists will now see it,” MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said. “Tunis is a key destination for MSC Cruises, and we hope to be able to restore it to itineraries in due course. But until we receive the necessary reassurances that the security situation has returned to normal, we have to take our guests to alternative Mediterranean destinations,” Mr Vago added.last_img read more

Transpetro Scraps Order for Two LPG Carriers

first_imgzoom Tanker shipping company Petrobras Transportes S.A. (Transpetro), a logistics arm of Brazilian state-run energy group Petrobras, has terminated the contracts for two Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers on order from Vard Promar S.A., a 50.5% owned indirect subsidiary of Vard Holdings.The vessels in question are the last two of a series of eight LPG carriers originally contracted in June 2010, for delivery from Vard Promar between 2014 and 2016, Vard said. The combined contract value for the series of eight vessels was USD 536 million.The reasons behind the company’s decision to terminate the contract have not been revealed.“Construction of the two vessels is at a very early stage. The company is currently reviewing its overall exposure to the Brazilian market, and the termination – if effective – is expected to reduce the company’s overall exposure”, Vard said in a stock exchange filing.As a result, Vard said it would claim compensation from Transpetro for damages in relation to the terminated contracts.However, as disclosed the contract termination is not expected to have a material effect on the earnings per share of the group for the financial year ending 31 December 2015.last_img read more

Question mark on Centres objective on calamity grants

first_imgKolkata: State Disaster Management minister Javed Khan on Monday questioned the intention of the Central government regarding allocation of funds for the damages caused by natural calamities.Responding to a query at the state Assembly on the losses incurred by the state due to the cyclonic storm Fani that had hit the state in the first week of May, Khan said the Centre had not sent any delegation to the state as yet . “They neither sent any team to talk to the state for having an idea of the extent of loss caused by Fani,” Khan said. He added that when there was flood like situation in the state in 2017 his department had sent an estimate of Rs 23,000 crore but the Centre dispatched only Rs 1100 crore. “They always discriminate. As many as 20 districts in the state was affected in 2017,” Khan said. He reiterated that the state government will soon sent estimates seeking funds from the Centre against the damages caused by Fani. The state has already spent Rs 14.09 crore for the destruction caused by the cyclone. He presented before the state Assembly that 14 districts in the state has been affected due to Fani which includes Hooghly, East Burdwan, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Birbhum, Howrah, Bankura, Jhargram, West Burdwan, Nadia, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Purulia, Murshidabad and parts of Kolkata. “There has been no loss of human life with the state government taking preventive measures in connection with disaster management like setting up relief camps, evacuating people from the coastlines, deploying disaster management teams and several other measures. Altogether 6,383224 people have been affected and 29260 houses have been damaged. The number of municipalities and blocks that have been affected are 54 and 231, respectively,” Khan said. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had stayed at Kharagpur in West Midnapore where Fani was destined to have the maximum effect in the state and monitored the situation.last_img read more

Confidentiality an issue in whether to release Hehr report Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says confidentiality will be a factor in deciding whether to release the findings of an investigation into allegations of misconduct levelled against Liberal MP Kent Hehr.When asked today whether the results of the probe will be made public, Trudeau was non-committal, saying each case must be handled differently.He says that while confidentiality is important in some circumstances, it may not be as important in others.Hehr resigned from federal cabinet last week after he was accused of making inappropriate sexual remarks during his time as a member of the Alberta legislature.The Prime Minister’s Office has engaged lawyer Christine Thomlinson to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations.Trudeau says he wants to get to bottom of the allegations, but also wants to ensure the probe is carried out properly.“Every situation has multiple factors that we look into. Confidentiality is important in some cases, less so in others,” Trudeau said as he entered the weekly Liberal caucus meeting in Ottawa.“So we’re going to do what is right and what is reasonable in every step.“I think people need to know that we take these allegations very seriously and that we follow through investigations in the right way.”last_img read more

Pancreatic cancer study aims to provide personalized treatment and hope

first_imgVANCOUVER – Susan Stewart remembers going shopping with her daughter on Black Friday in December 2016. The next day, she felt nauseous and by Monday, her urine was dark brown, prompting her to book an appointment with the family doctor.Stewart, 57, was in good health as a marathon runner who had “done everything right to stay healthy.”When she got the news that she had stage four pancreatic cancer that had already spread to her liver, she thought she had little hope of survival, Stewart said during chemotherapy treatment at the BC Cancer Agency.She started taking experimental medication in January 2017 and also had her pancreatic tumour sequenced as part of a study in Vancouver by the Terry Fox Research Institute.The aim of the study, called EPPIC, or Enhanced Pancreatic Cancer Profiling for Individualized Care, is to sequence tumours and provide personalized treatment for patients based on their particular subtype of the cancer.Dr. Daniel Renouf, Stewart’s oncologist, said she has responded so well to experimental therapy that her tumour is no longer visible on CT scans and physicians studying her case hope to help other patients diagnosed with what’s often a deadly disease.“We’re using the EPPIC analysis to try to understand why she has had such an incredible response,” he said. “She’s done much better than how people would do, on average, with this type of cancer. That’s why we’re trying to understand why her cancer specifically is so sensitive to this treatment whereas other pancreatic cancers that all look the same under the microscope won’t be as sensitive to treatment.”For Stewart, the diagnosis meant she had little hope because pancreatic cancer offers only a nine per cent survival rate over five years and has a low profile compared with colon, breast and lung cancer.“This study gives hope to people like me and people down the line who are going to develop this cancer,” she said. “People are actually concerned about pancreatic cancer now. Before it just used to be a death sentence.”Renouf said pancreatic cancer tumours are also being sequenced in Toronto, but the research institute is providing $5 million in funding over the next five years to expand the sequencing to Montreal in the next two weeks, followed by Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Kingston, Ont.“This project, I think, may be the largest funded project in pancreatic cancer in Canada,” he said of the study that aims to involve 400 patients suffering from a cancer that has been historically underfunded but is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death in the country.“It’s a very resistant cancer to chemotherapy treatments. It often presents as a very advanced disease because of where the pancreas is located — right at the back of the abdomen. If there’s a small cancer growing there you wouldn’t notice any symptoms.”Doctors are starting to understand there are differences between subtypes of pancreatic cancer but in-depth sequencing of tumours is required to understand the genetic changes in them and offer patients precision treatment strategies, Renouf said.Sequencing the entire DNA, called whole genome sequencing, is not done for any other cancer on a routine basis, he said.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitterlast_img read more

Quebec to permit personalized licence plates by the end of the month

first_imgMONTREAL – After years of waiting, Quebecers will finally be able to advertise their name, passions or interests for all to see on the licence plate of their vehicles.The Quebec government announced Tuesday that personalized plates will be available for purchase online as of July 27.Transport Minister Andre Fortin told a news conference in Quebec City the message on the plates — a combination of numbers and letters ranging between two and seven characters — will have to be respectful and tasteful.They will sell for $250 and renewal will cost drivers $34.50, which falls within the range charged elsewhere in Canada.Most Canadian provinces and territories offer such plates with costs ranging from around $100 to about $340, according to publicly available information. It is also a widely available option in the United States.With Quebec introducing personalized plates, Newfoundland and Labrador is the last jurisdiction in Canada where vanity plates aren’t available.The province’s motor registration division says the computer system in place that manages the inventory is “plate to vehicle” — meaning a plate stays with a vehicle throughout its time on the road.By comparison, a “plate to owner” system involves plates issued to an individual that follow any vehicles that person may own over time.“Because of the way our system currently functions, we are unable to issue personalized plates in Newfoundland and Labrador,” a government spokeswoman said in an email. “However, we are evaluating the costs and benefits of adopting plate to owner.”Fortin cited a recent study by the province’s automobile insurance board suggesting 40 per cent of drivers are interested in vanity plates.The previous Parti Quebecois government first floated the idea in 2014 and it was supposed to come into effect in 2015, but it has been delayed until now.Sylvain Gaudreault, the former PQ transport minister, said it’s not surprising an announcement comes just three months before a provincial election in October.“The government must explain to us why it has made Quebecers wait so long, if only to take advantage of the pre-election context,” he said in a statement.Fortin said the government wanted to make sure the process wasn’t complicated for citizens “and that’s exactly the case.”The insurance board will verify the contents of the plate and they will arrive by mail within three to six weeks.“Of course the (insurance board) will assure that all the combinations are appropriate and respectful of everyone,” Fortin said.Some of the options provided by the insurance board in its media campaign included “CAMPING,” “STEEVE,” “JAZZ,” and “PITPIT.”One of the most highly publicized cases involving a licence plate has played out in Nova Scotia in recent years after attempts by a man named Lorne Grabher to reinstate his personalized plate since it was revoked in 2016 by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles following an anonymous complaint.The Nova Scotia government has to reimburse Grabher for a court skirmish over a report suggesting a licence plate bearing his family name supports sexual violence against women.Grabher first purchased the plate as a gift for his late father around 1990. It then became an expression of family pride in their Austrian-German heritage.His case will resume in early September, when he will make constitutional arguments against the registrar’s regulations and its decision to revoke the plate.last_img read more

Lawyer who quit MMIWG inquiry feared he was being setup after he

first_img(Lawyer Breen Ouellette, right, listens to a witness during a hearing of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls)Mark BlackburnAPTN NewsBreen Ouellette was more than a little confused when he received an email from a lawyer claiming to work for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Confused because Ouellette, a Metis lawyer who had just quit his position with the inquiry, had never heard of him.“Hello Mr. Ouellette,” the email begins from Steve Kelliher. “Would you consider having a confidential chat with me in respect to your recent resignation. I am involved in the Forensic Document Review Project and would very much appreciate whatever insights you felt comfortable to share.”Ouellette said he not only had no idea who Kelliher was, but didn’t know why he would be contacting him.“This immediately raised my defences because I can’t know what he knows,” Ouellette said.APTN News reached out to Kelliher to ask why he was trying to contact Ouellette.“You will know about solicitor-client privilege. It includes whether a lawyer acts for someone,” Kelliher wrote in an email to APTN. “If I answered your question I could be disbarred. So you will understand my reluctance in doing so.”Both the inquiry, and later Kelliher, confirmed that he is a lawyer at the national inquiry.Kelliher is based in Vancouver. According to his email to Ouellette, he works with the forensic panel review at the inquiry.“So I don’t know if he has the same set of confidential information that I have and it could be a set up,” Ouellette said. “It could be the national inquiry trying to get me to talk to someone who appears and then ‘gotcha’ – we gotcha in the act you’ve breached your professional duties.”Ouellette turned to the inquiry to ask permission to speak.“Has anyone working for the national inquiry been authorized to speak to me?” he asked the inquiry Executive Director Jennifer Rattray.“And I received a cease and desist letter by noon,” he said.APTN asked the inquiry whether Kelliher was asking Ouellette to speak on behalf of the inquiry.“Any communication that Mr. Kelliher may have made was not in his official capacity nor on behalf of the National Inquiry,” wrote inquiry spokesperson Nadine Gros-Louis.Ouellette was hired by the inquiry in September 2017 – but because of a slow security clearance process, didn’t start until April.He quit the inquiry on July 3.He told APTN that it wasn’t the subject matter or long hours that pushed him to resign.It was a “serious loss of confidence” in leadership – both at the top of the inquiry and with federal officials in charge.“It’s speeding towards failure,” said Ouellette.“The subpoena issue is a major issue with me.” Ouellette has more questions than answers about how the commissioners run the inquiry, and about what he calls federal interference.He said he cannot discuss his concerns in detail because he has not received clearance from the inquiry.But one point in particular seems to be of interest.The inquiry has the ability to subpoena a witness or document – but there is something about the way commissioners are handling this that is bothering the lawyer from Saskatchewan.And the fact that Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett raised it is only heightening his sense that the feds are meddling in the inquiry.“The federal government is one of the parties with standing before the national inquiry,” said Ouellette. “And the federal government’s departments and police service, the RCMP, and other departments are under the scrutiny and investigation of the national inquiry and the national inquiry is empowered to make findings of misconduct against any of those parties if it deems it’s within the scope of the mandate – so you have to ask yourself – do the other parties with standing, looking at the relationship of the minister speaking about the subpoena process do they perceive any bias?“It’s extremely curious that she would raise the specific issue of subpoenas if she had no intimate knowledge of the inner-workings of the national inquiry if she’s actually working at arms length from it.”Ouellette is not shy about sharing his opinions about how the inquiry has been handled.He believes that the federal government should have granted the inquiry a two-year extension – but fired the current list of commissioners.He also believes he should be allowed to speak freely about issues he has with the inquiry and the federal government.“The foundations of the national inquiry are the commissioners, its mandate and its budget,” he said. “And if the commissioners are acting in a way that’s not consistent with the mandate and the budget… only the legal team are going to have any knowledge that its occurring,” said Ouellette.“So if the legal team is making what I consider a mistake, and they’re considering the commissioners to be the client, and they’re ignoring the mandate, and they’re ignoring the budget as foundational components then I don’t think the interests of justice are served. I believe the duty of loyalty to the national inquiry should guide whether or not lawyers can speak out.”Ouellette is the sixth lawyer to resign from the inquiry but the first to issue a news release about his departure.His exit brings the total number of people that have quit or been fired to files from Kathleen Martenslast_img read more

Two Moroccans Die at Lake Michigan in Chicago

Chicago –Two Moroccans were pronounced dead in Chicago on Tuesday. According to NBC Chicago, the two men believed to be 36 and 40 years old were pulled out from Lake Michigan in the afternoon and taken in “extremely critical condition” to Mercy hospital for urgent care. They were pronounced dead an hour later. NBC did not reveal the identity of the two victims, but a friend of the two victims said that they are both Moroccans, from Rabat.According to eyewitnesses cited by the same source, the two men, who were at the beach with their families, went for a swim. They began to have troubles “35 yards out from the shore in 7-8 feet of cold water.” But in a phone call with MWN, a friend of the victims, who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity, said that one of the two Moroccans, Ali Moufid, a taxi driver, went to look for his son’s ball when the wave of the lake pulled him deep inside. His brother-in-law, Outhmane Kassou, who was also a taxi driver, went to rescue him but could not withstand the cold water.The same source added that the rescue team arrived in the scene 20 minutes after the Chicago Fire Department was informed of the incident.The main reason of their death appears to be the cold water of the lake. According to the Chicago Fire Department, the water was temperature was around 50 degrees, which can cause hypothermia and cause the body to shut down.“I mean we got weather that’s right around 90 degrees and everybody thinks the water is that warm, but the water temperature is right around 50 degrees, and that can really zap your energy really fast,” deputy fire chief Mike Fox told NBC news.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Global Energy Day Aziz Rabbah Calls for African Renewables Revolution

Rabbah made the remarks in a keynote speech at the Moroccan 2018 Global Energy Day, an annual gathering of public officials, academics, and entrepreneurs in the energy sector. The conference opened today in Rabat with discussions on energy challenges for Morocco and Africa.In his speech, the Moroccan minister mentioned the need for a collaborative African vision to “fully participate in the rapidly changing world of energy and new technologies.” For Rabbah, Morocco and the rest of Africa ought to be full participants in global changes if they are to minimize their overwhelming dependency on other regions. “We may not end our dependence given the context of the world we live in, but we have to reduce our dependence level and count on our own ability to mobilize our own resources.”Africa and Morocco “have been left on the margins of the ongoing digital revolution,” the minister said, referring to the continent’s lagging energy and high-tech sectors. “We consume but we don’t participate; we don’t create enough.”Mastering energy sources is a necessary step towards sustainable and inclusive development. However, the minister noted, Africa is unfortunately the region with the highest number of people without access to energy. And when they do have access, he added, it is of very limited quantity and quality.To bridge the gap between available resources and the demand for energy, the continent must “launch an African industrial revolution.” The revolution would entail investing in human resources by funding research.Referring to the conference’s theme—Building a Citizen Partnership for Affordable and Clean Energy—he concluded: “We need to reclaim social trust between different actors and social classes and rethink our place in the global challenge.” read more

United Arab Emirates at UN calls for international partnerships to achieve Middle

“Despite the progress made over the past seven decades, the United Nations must now play a greater role in addressing the grave security challenges that risk threatening its achievements,” he said.Indeed, the challenges facing the Middle East today, particularly extremism, terrorism, interference in the internal affairs of States and non-respect for the sovereignty of States, demonstrate that the Organization has not yet fulfilled its primary objective of maintaining international peace and security.As such, said that it is incumbent on all Member States to commit to the principles of the UN Charter, most importantly its principles of sovereignty and non-interference, the promotion of dialogue and moderation, and playing an active and responsible role with regard to regional and international issues, to overcome these challenges.The Minister reported on the alarming rise of tension and violence around the Middle East region resulting from the terrorist acts being carried out in the name of Islam. “Since the Second World War, the world has not witnessed such an escalation in brutal and shocking terrorist crimes carried out by extremist organizations, most notably Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan, or ISIL], Al-Qaida, Hizbollah, Ansar-Allah, and other groups, who exploit religion for political purposes.”He said the UAE condemns the brutal methods used by these groups and organizations in the name of Islam. They have no connection with the tolerant teachings of Islam, which calls for peaceful coexistence and acceptance of others.Regarding Yemen, the Minister said that UAE’s participation in the Coalition supporting the legitimate government is in response to a request by the President of Yemen to provide necessary support to efforts to confront terrorism and extremism. “We seek, with the international community, to restore the political process in Yemen in accordance with the agreed parameters, most importantly the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and its implementation mechanism. To achieve this goal, it is important to ensure full compliance with the Security Council resolution 2216, which was adopted after consultations with relevant states in the region,” he said calling for international support.Mr. Al Nahyan expressed concern regarding the inability of the international community to reach a political settlement to the Syrian crisis and put an end to the violence and systematic mass atrocities committed by the Syrian regime against its own people.“The crisis has also created serious humanitarian consequences which have affected neighbouring countries and led to a political and security vacuum exploited by terrorist organizations, especially Da’esh and Al-Nusra Front, which spread their extremist ideas and destructive messages in the region. Therefore, the Security Council must fulfil its principal mandate and reach a consensus on a settlement for the Syrian crisis to ensure a political transition and the formation of a new Government, which encompasses all components of the Syrian society,” he asserted.He went on to say that Palestinian-Israeli issue remains at the core of conflict in the region, and one of the main threats to its security and stability, a sentiment shared by most Middle Eastern leaders at the annual General Debate this year. read more

Football Dwayne Haskins shines in Ohio State Pro Day

Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws at Ohio State Pro Day on March 20. Credit: Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerDwayne Haskins didn’t really have anything he needed to prove heading into Ohio State’s Pro Day.Already considered a top-two quarterback by many in this year’s NFL Draft class, Haskins could have sat out Pro Day completely and not much would have changed.Instead, at about 1:25 p.m., after a lack of any real excitement earlier in the day due to the absence of defensive end Nick Bosa in the drills, Haskins took the field and showed everyone exactly why he has been so highly ranked to this point.Haskins threw 50 passes from the 50-yard line and completed 45 of them, including each of his throws of 40 or more yards.Four of his incompletions were well thrown, but dropped by the receiver. In his throws inside the red zone, Haskins completed 13-of-14 passes.When you ask Haskins about his performance, he could wrap it up in one word.“Solid,” Haskins said. “I missed two of them. It pisses me off still, but I thought I did pretty well.” This type of performance doesn’t come as much of a surprise. When in full pads against actual defenses, Haskins completed 70 percent of his passes and tied for the fourth most touchdown passes in NCAA history.But on Wednesday, when none of those stats mattered, Haskins still found a way to impress with the accuracy of his arm and surprising mobility in the pocket.“I thought it looked natural; it didn’t look forced,” head coach Ryan Day said. “I think sometimes when you watch a quarterback, you’re like, ‘How is he going to throw?’ Dwayne threw the way Dwayne throws.”For the quarterback who only spent one season behind center for Ohio State, his final return to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center before heading to the pros was a bittersweet one.But Haskins knows what is now important, and he’s known what’s important before he even got his chance to start in 2018.His performance at Pro Day only pushed him closer to the same end goal he’s had since he was in grade school.“I’ve been ready for the NFL. I’ve been preparing for it for all my life, and I knew I was ready to play in the NFL before the season even started,” Haskins said. “To have an opportunity to be an early draft pick is a dream of mine since I was a little kid, and I’m just giving it all I got, every opportunity that I get.”Haskins described college pass openings as “windows” and NFL ones as “keyholes” to describe the increased difficulty he is ready to face.For Day, he said he is proud of everything Haskins did for Ohio State over the past season. He said his development will show recruits just how much can be accomplished in the program.There are about five weeks separating Haskins from his future NFL team. He leaves Ohio State with quite possibly the most impressive statistical season by any quarterback in program history.But that was not the goal for Haskins all his life, and that’s not what his Pro Day was meant to show the world.All of that is set toward the future, and for a team to have as much confidence in Haskins as he has for himself.“I feel like I’m the best player in the draft,” Haskins said. read more

Google Drive is Dying Kinda

first_img Google, long known for their perplexing software decisions (yes, I’m still salty about the death of Google Reader), has decided it will no longer support the Google Drive app for PC and Mac computers. In a blog post, the company said that official patches and support would end on December 11 and the app would be completely shut off in Mid-March of 2018.Starting next month, users will be given regular updates so that they can make the appropriate adjustments. If, like me, you saw that and panicked, don’t worry. Your actual files will still be there, and the service itself will work, more or less like it always has. But, the company is essentially breaking their app into two — one for average users and another for enterprise or power users.Folks like you and me will have “Backup and Sync,” a rather long name for a simple app. It will replace Drive as we know it, as well as the Google Photos uploader. It’ll look a little different and have some other tweaks. It won’t work with NAS storage, for example, but it will continue to provide lots of cross-platform support, continuing to bridge programs like Google Docs and MS Office.Those who use G Suite, like many schools and businesses will now have Google Drive Stream. It’s a bit more robust, at least when it comes to collaborative tools. It’s better-geared for consistent internet connections. This saves space on your workstation (many of which come with relatively limited storage) and instead has deeper integration with Google’s cloud services.“Say goodbye to time-consuming file syncing and any concerns about disk space,” the blog reads. “With Drive File Stream, all your files are always ready for you and your colleagues.”I know most probably won’t care too much, but I’ve always appreciated minimalism, especially with tech. It’s hard enough for me to keep all the files on my PC organized, much less backed up, and having to switching a bunch of things for no real benefit on my end is a little bizarre. Or, maybe, I’ve just hit that point, and I don’t tolerate change like I used. Am I out of touch?No… in the words of Principal Skinner, “it’s the children who are wrong.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation last_img read more

BREAKING One body has been found on Salas aircraft wreckage

first_imgArgentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson have been missing for over two weeks after their plane disappeared.The body of one person has been detected in the wreckage of Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala according to the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB).“Having identified a priority search area last week, the AAIB agreed a search strategy with Blue Water Recoveries Ltd to maximize the chance of locating the aircraft wreckage,” the AAIB released a statement as published on Wales Online.“The AAIB commissioned specialist vessel Geo Ocean III and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd commissioned FPV Morven and the search area was divided between the vessels.”“Both vessels began their search on the morning of Sunday 3 February,” they added.“Early in the search, the Morven identified an object of interest on the seabed using its side-scan sonar equipment.”“It cleared the immediate area for the Geo Ocean III to use its underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to survey the area of the seabed in which the object was located,” they said.“Based on analysis of ROV video footage, the AAIB investigators on board the vessel concluded that the object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, registration N264DB.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“The ROV carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage,” the AAIB commented.“Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.”“The image shows the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration,” they explained.We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring.Argentinean footballer Sala and pilot Ibbotson were traveling from Nantes, France to the Welsh capital Cardiff before their light aircraft disappeared from the radar.”Hallan un cuerpo dentro de la avioneta que trasladaba a #EmilianoSala”— En el medio (@Enelmedio2013) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Fairbanks 4 parolee speaks out at AFN to standing ovation

first_imgMarvin Roberts, one of the Fairbanks Four, received a standing ovation when he walked onto the stage at AFN, Saturday. It was the first time Roberts had spoken out in such a public venue about the case.Download AudioRaising an hand signing the number four became a symbol of solidarity at the 2015 AFN convention. Photo: Daysha Eaton/KBBI.Marvin Roberts described the Fairbanks Four as four men trapped in a nightmare.“This nightmare began in October 1997. Then like now, we four men maintain our innocence. I know for a fact that I am innocent and I believe in my heart that they are innocent.”Roberts is Koyokon Athabascan from Tananna. He was paroled in June while the other three men, George Frese, Eugene Vent and Kevin Pease, remain jailed. Three of the men are Alaska Native and one is American Indian.The men were convicted for the beating death of 15-year-old John Hartman on a downtown street. New evidence suggests others may be responsible for the killing.Roberts said he remembers the night well. When he was 19, that the police came to take him away. He said he was asleep in his room with no worries.“And then, knock, knock, knock (bangs on podium): ‘Fairbanks Police Department, open up we have a search warrant.’ I could not believe it. My mom opened the door and the police came in and arrested me. I left the house in handcuffs right in front of my parents and 4-year-old baby brother who immediately started crying.”And he said the crying hasn’t stopped for the men and their families.“To this day I still cry when I think of my friends, I hurt for Kevin and I hurt for Eugene and I hurt for George. I know they are still suffering in prison suffering right now. I think about them every day.”Roberts called the movement to free the Four ‘miraculous.’ The case is under review in hearings taking place in Fairbanks now. There was a protest calling for exoneration of the Four during Governor Bill Walker’s speech opening day of AFN.last_img read more

Chinese delegation visits Kodiak as Trump administration issues new proposed tariffs

first_imgShanghai Hollywin Frozen Food CEO Xin Lyu snaps photos July 11, 2018, at a weir on the Buskin River near Kodiak. (Photo by Daysha Eaton/KMXT)A delegation from China visited Kodiak Island with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, touring fish processing plants in Kodiak and Larsen Bay.Listen nowRight in the middle of the visit, President Donald Trump’s administration proposed more tariffs, which doesn’t bode well for Alaska’s seafood trade.But that didn’t dampen the delegation’s enthusiasm for what Alaska has to offer.The water is low, so Alaska Department of Fish and Game employees in Kodiak are seining for sockeye salmon at the Buskin River weir.The Chinese delegation has come to learn about local fisheries management, said Tyler Polum, sport fisheries area management biologist.“Sometimes when the water is low, we can’t get them to go into the trap at the weir, so we thought that it would be better to beach seine for these fish,” Polum said. “We’ll show them how we sample fish to get age, sex, and length from them.”Among the delegation, Mingzhen Zhang says Kodiak is a stark contrast to her city.“I live in Beijing, so the best impression for me is less pollution,” Zhang said.China’s northern capital city of more than 20 million people is infamous for smog.Zhang works for one of China’s largest media companies there.“I work for Tencent as a video producer and we just try to understand how Alaska Seafood works and make a video about it,” Zhang said.The group walks along a one-foot-wide wooden plank to the other side of the Buskin weir, where a net is full and the Fish and Game crew already is pulling fish out of the water.The weir trip was just one of many outings for the delegation, which also toured Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods and Alaska Pacific Seafoods processing plants in Kodiak, as well as Icicle Seafoods in Larsen Bay.Most of the visitors work in the seafood industry in areas from purchasing to development and media.Right in the middle of their visit, President Donald Trump proposed more tariffs on Chinese goods, including seafood reprocessed in China and exported back the United States.Wei Zhang, works for SMH International in Shanghai, where he is also a representative for ASMI, holds up a sockeye salmon at the weir on the Buskin River near Kodiak on July 11, 2108. (Photo by Daysha Eaton/KMXT)But that doesn’t worry Wei Zhang, who works for SMH International in Shanghai, where he is also a representative for Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.Zhang says when he started working with the marketing institute 20 years ago, most Chinese consumers couldn’t find Alaska on a map.Now, people ask for it’s seafood by name, and they can order a fillet online and have it delivered to their home within hours.“They are willing to pay a little more higher price, but the quality is the most important,” Zhang said.Zhang says Chinese consumers believe Alaska seafood is one of the healthiest products available because of the virtually pollution-free environment here and strict food-safety rules.“For the safety, they think that is more safe for them, not just for the feeding for the family, and it is good for feeding for the kids,” Zhang said.Zhang says Alaskan seafood has an advantage in a country where lack of environmental and workplace regulation means it isn’t always easy to ensure food is pure.Xin Lyu has been working in the seafood industry in China for more than 20 years.Lyu is impressed by Alaska’s pristine waters and efficient food safety systems at processors: huge selling points.“I think that right now safety is almost the number one point that they focus on,” Lyu said.Lyu is general manager for a seafood import/export company and CEO for Shanghai Hollywin Frozen Food.Lyu said the news of new proposed tariffs was troubling. The Trump administration announced the tariffs overnight.“We are really a little bit worried, but if you look for the long term I think seafood is more and more popular in China,” Lyu said.Despite the continued tariffs, Lyu said Alaska has something special that she believes will keep its products selling in China, at least to those who can afford them.China has a massive and growing middle class of consumers with money to spend and want sustainable and wild seafood.ASMI and lots of Alaska seafood processors and fishermen are counting on it.The delegation will be in the U.S through July 14, making stops in Seattle and Anchorage, but the majority of their time was spent on Kodiak.last_img read more

Texas Childrens Therapy Providers Face Dilemma Over Offering Services

first_imgThe Texas House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II, which focuses on health care and other services, is set on Wednesday to discuss Medicaid therapy rate cuts and the state’s Early Childhood Intervention program, which serves 50,000 children under 3 years old who have developmental issues including autism, speech delays and Down syndrome.Davis’ organization is one of several Texas providers in recent years that have struggled to decide whether to put their own financial survival first or to bleed thousands of dollars to continue offering state-funded speech, occupational and physical therapy services for children. Since 2010, the state has gone from 58 providers in the program to 44.The Texoma Community Center is also working to withdraw from the Early Childhood Intervention program. It was supposed to end services Feb. 20, but the Texas Health and Human Services Commission couldn’t find a new provider for five of the six counties, so the center is staying on until May 31. Previous legislative hearings on the topic have typically been filled with testimony from providers pleading for more funding and tearful families begging legislators to take action that helps their kids.A $350 million cut to Medicaid children’s therapy services went into effect in December 2016, prompting fears from parents that providers would stop offering services and leave eligible Texas children without therapy they’re entitled to receive under federal law. During the 2017 legislative session, House Speaker Joe Straus and other members of the lower chamber fought to reverse the cuts — but the Senate resisted those efforts during budget negotiations.Ultimately, the chambers agreed to give therapy providers a 25 percent restoration of their Medicaid payments in 2018 and 2019. Advocates found some luck when legislators coughed up an additional $4 million for the Early Childhood Intervention program for the rest of the 2016-2017 budget cycle. By greenapertureAsk Mike Davis what he and his staff did to keep a program helping children receive therapy services alive, and he’ll tell you: They cut, and cut, and cut.The CEO of the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County said his organization tried to cut travel expenses by having therapists hit two or three patient homes per outing and cut back on office supply orders. But the group last year still lost $300,000 trying to make ends meet offering therapy services through the Early Childhood Intervention program to more than 340 children in the area. The organization often served dozens more children than they had the budget for but were legally required to do so anyway. In January, Davis wrote a letter to tell the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that, after 37 years, the center would stop offering these services June 1. The agency will need to find a new provider.“I think it’s just a growing trend,” Davis said. “It’s sad because at the end of the day, a lot of people that are bidding on these services are going to ask for more money.” However, advocates like Stephanie Rubin, CEO for the advocacy group Texans Care for Children, have expressed disappointment that legislators did not fund the Health and Human Services Commission’s request for $20 million to partially cover the Early Childhood Intervention program’s expected enrollment growth in the next two years.Rubin said she is “not surprised” about the series of closures and providers in the ECI program putting in their notice. She said the Legislature’s increase for Early Childhood Intervention paled in comparison to what providers need to just break even.“It’s pretty clear that programs continue to serve more kids than they are funded to serve,” Rubin said. “I think what we’ll hear at the upcoming hearing is that the ECI programs will explain how challenging it is to provide support for kids at these funding levels.”Advocates and therapy providers have also decried a Texas Health and Human Services Commission rule that went into effect in September that canceled out the partially reversed funding and cut reimbursement rates to therapy assistants.The state agency has previously said the new rule saves Texas $17.9 million over the next two years; standardizes the state’s reimbursement rate for all “acute therapy” based on federal billing guidelines; and eliminates incentives for one type of therapy over another. As of Sept. 1, 2017, therapists are reimbursed on a per-patient basis and reimbursed based on 15-minute increments of care.Besides getting flak over the new rule, the agency is also responsible for trying to find new organizations to take over for Early Childhood Intervention providers that want out of the program.Carrie Williams, a spokesperson for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said in an emailed statement that agency workers “absolutely recognize that these services are critically important to children and their families” and that federal laws require that all eligible children be served.“We’re researching and pursuing all possible avenues to stay in alignment with federal expectations of the grant, but it takes contractors who can provide the services within the available funding and federal parameters,” Williams said.  Share For now, Davis said families have taken the news about therapy services ending at the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County better than expected. He said he wishes he understood why legislators would accept an outside organization coming in to offer services instead of using a group that already knows the families, community and program well.“Why would you not want them to run the program if they’ve been successful?,” Davis said. “Why would you want to pay someone outside to come in and do the same thing?”last_img read more