Gilas experience gives Abu Tratter edge in PBA Draft

first_imgLacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tratter is also the tallest player in the draft standing at a shade over 6-foot-5 and this size of his makes him a valuable asset for any team.Tratter, however, isn’t worried about the hype that may surround him, saying he’s just concerned with helping the team that picks him up.“I don’t want to say I’m the best big,” said Tratter. “The ‘best big man’ label is just hearsay so I’m not really entertaining it and I’ll just work to show my capabilities and see where it goes from here”“I’m not going to say I’m the best but I’m comfortable in my ability coming into the Draft.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Abu Tratter has had a long road to the PBA but he picked up some valuable knowledge along the way.After becoming a UAAP champion with De La Salle University, Tratter then made his way into the international scene when he was chosen to be part of the Philippine national team pool that played in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Tratter was part of the Gilas squad that went up against the Australian national team losing 84-68 in Melbourne back in February of 2018.And it was in this international tour of duty that Tratter learned from PBA stars like Juner Mar Fajardo and Gabe Norwood.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I think it allowed me to kind of pick up some ideas and thoughts on how to come about making basketball a job for me,” said Tratter. “I was taking all the advice from the older cats like Gabe or watching June Mar work.”“It helps me to stay focused on what I’m going to do next level.” Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue #KicksStalker: ‘The Grail’ hits home SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Dim Future For Viking’s Peterson

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings were already going to face a difficult decision this winter about Adrian Peterson, with the star running back turning 30 next year.That was before the public relations problem his child abuse case created for the team. The stiff punishment delivered by the NFL on Nov. 18, a suspension without pay for at least the rest of the season, put his future with the Vikings in further doubt.Commissioner Roger Goodell told Peterson he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.Peterson, who pleaded no contest on Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuries to his 4-year-old son, planned an appeal that the NFL Players Association pushed to be handled by a neutral arbitrator.Peterson’s salary for the season was $11.75 million. He will keep the money accrued while on the special exempt list he was placed on Sept. 17. But the NFL’s punishment has now amounted to a 14-game ban, with six unpaid weeks. That’s the equivalent of a fine of more than $4.1 million.There are three years and $45 million remaining on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed. The Vikings would take only a $2.4 million hit on their 2015 salary cap if they cut him before next season.Even if Peterson were to win a shorter suspension with an appeal, the Vikings actually playing him yet this year would be an implausible scenario given the heat they have taken and the long time Peterson has been away from the team. The Vikings have six games left and host the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 23.For now, the only game Peterson will be a part of is the back-and-forth between the league and the union over the player discipline process.The NFLPA sharply rebuked the league for what it labeled as inconsistency and unfairness. The NFL’s words were even stronger, with a nearly 1,600-word statement spelling out the conditions for Peterson’s return to the field and describing the reasons for the punishment.The union’s attempt to at least temporarily reinstate Peterson from the exempt list failed. The grievance filed against the league last week was overturned by the arbitrator who heard the arguments, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.Goodell’s letter to Peterson cited “aggravating circumstances” for the enhanced penalty, pointing to the child’s age and the significant physical difference between him and his son.“Further, the injury inflicted on your son includes the emotional and psychological trauma to a young child who suffers criminal physical abuse at the hands of his father,” Goodell wrote.“Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.”Goodell also came down on Peterson for showing “no meaningful remorse” for hurting the boy and expressed concern that he “may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”The union has accused the league of overstepping bounds spelled out in the collective bargaining agreement.“The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian’s legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding,” the NFLPA said.The NFL and Peterson’s camp have even disagreed about qualifying counselors.Goodell directed Peterson to meet with Dr. April Kuchuk, an instructor in the New York University Department of Psychiatry and a forensic consultant to the New York City District Attorney’s offices and New York courts, by Dec. 1. Kuchuk will design a program of counseling, therapy and community service for Peterson.The league said Peterson made Dr. Cynthia Winston, a Professor of Psychology at Howard University contacted by his attorney, available to meet with Kuchuk about Peterson and case, but Winston advised Kuchuk she does not have a background in child abuse.Kuchuk told the NFL it’s “essential” for her meet personally with Peterson to use the types of cognitive and behavioral therapies that Winston does not provide.___(DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Badstuber reveals Guardiola talks

first_imgTransfers Badstuber reveals Guardiola talks amid transfer rumours 20:00 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Holger Badstuber Getty Transfers Bayern München Manchester City Bundesliga Premier League Guardiola The German centre-back hardly played under the coach at Bayern because of injury, but they connected on a much deeper level Holger Badstuber has revealed he is still in touch with Pep Guardiola amid talks the centre-back is set to leave the Bundesliga.Badstuber made just 25 appearances in all competitions in the three years he worked with Guardiola at Bayern Munich, amid persistent injury problems that have plagued the Germany international’s career.Guardiola has gone on to achieve success at Manchester City since his departure, while Badstuber returned to first-team football after moving to Stuttgart this season, helping them to a seventh-place finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Despite the distance between the pair, however, they have kept in contact, and Guardiola is delighted to see his former charge fit again.”I still have contact with Pep several times a year,” he told Sport Bild. “We have a good relationship, because we also really understand each other as humans.”Pep is pleased that I’m back in full swing. He has had a great season with City, extended his contract and is now planning for the new season.”I’m grateful to Stuttgart for the season, with our finish and my personal achievements. I have been backed up in my feeling that Stuttgart was the right decision.”Badstuber will not renew his contract with Stuttgart as he is intent on going to a higher level, outlining a place in the Champions League as the target.”It would be wrong to close the door at Stuttgart, but now I have this great urge to play internationally. My goal is not the Europa League, but the Champions League.”I do not want to confine myself to moving abroad, but of course that would be an experience that I would like to do someday. “There is interest and offers from abroad. The only thing that stands firm for me is that I don’t want to wait as long as last year, but have a complete preseason.”last_img read more

England vs India: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 38

first_img Next England vs India: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 38Dream11 Prediction, England vs India Captain and Vice Captain Prediction: England will square off with India in a blockbuster encounter in Match 38 of the World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston on Sunday.advertisement India Today Web Desk BirminghamJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 20:46 IST India is one win away from qualifying in World Cup 2019 semi finals. (Reuters Photo)Team India will look to maintain their unbeaten run in the World Cup 2019 as they gear up to face hosts England in their seventh game of the tournament in Birmingham on Sunday.Team India are just one win away from qualifying for the semi-final. On the other hand, England are in a must-win situation as they need to win their next two matches against India and New Zealand to secure a semi-final berth.England are placed at the fourth spot in the points table with 8 points in 7 outings. They have messed up chases on slightly difficult pitches, against Sri Lanka and Australia.If we look at previous records, India hold the upper hand as England hasn’t defeated them in World Cup encounters in the last 27 years. So with a lot riding on the game on Sunday and a host of superstars taking to the field, here are a few suggestions for your Dream11 Playing 11.BatsmenRohit Sharma becomes the automatic choice for the first-choice opener with the Indian vice-captain having scored 338 runs in the five matches so far at an average of over 80 with two hundred and a fifty.Jason Roy should be the next one in your team for sure. Virat Kohli – With four fifties already, the Indian captain has so far scored 316 runs in the five innings he has played. Joe Root should be the obvious picks as he already has two centuries in this World Cup so far.WicketkeeperMS Dhoni has the fastest hands in the business but has been struggling for form with the bat. Jos Buttler is the best batsman in his team and terrific with his glovework as well. It will be a tough choice to make.advertisementAll-roundersHardik Pandya is an automatic choice for the all-rounder’s slot as he has been in terrific form with both ball and bat for India. He has five wickets so far in the tournament and has broken partnerships with the ball at crucial junctures in the last two games. He also played important cameos against West Indies and Pakistan with the bat.Ben Stokes nearly pulled off the run chase for England in the last match against Australia before getting castled by a Mitchel Starc yorker. He is averaging over 50 in this World Cup with the bat and an impressive 26.66 with the ball so he walks into the side 9 times out of 10.BowlersJofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah would be the best bets in the bowling lineup. Bumrah walks into any ODI side with him being the top-ranked bowler in the format. Whereas Jofra Archer is the fourth highest wicket-taker in World Cup 2019 with 16 scalps off 7 gamesIn Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, India have the best spin-bowling duo in the world and both have been terrific in the tournament so far. Chahal is India’s highest wicket-taker with 10 from 5 games while Kuldeep has 4 wickets but has been very economical so far at 4.40 in five matches.India vs England Dream11 suggested Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Jason Roy, Virat Kohli (captain), Joe Root, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ben Stokes, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer.Squads:England: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark WoodIndia: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, M.S. Dhoni, K.L. Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh Pant.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Match vs India not the toughest I will face, says Eoin MorganAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar close to playing a big knock for us, says Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow England vs India dream XIFollow England vs India dream XI predictionFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow eng vs ind dream 11last_img read more

Up to Seven VLCCs for Hunter Group ASA

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DSME Apollo Asset Limited, owned by independent investor Arne Fredly, has made a non-binding indicative offer to Norwegian publicly traded investment company Hunter Group ASA for the transfer of ownership in up to seven very large crude carriers (VLCC).Four crude carriers from the batch have been ordered from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and the remaining three vessels are optional.Hunter Group said in a regulatory filing that Appolo Asset Limit is prepared to transfer the newbuilding contracts and the options to the company on a back-to-back basis as contracted with the DSME.The quartet, worth USD 330 million in total, is set for delivery in 2019, while the optional vessels, if ordered, would be delivered in 2020.Separately, Apollo Asset Limited today entered into agreements to acquire 17,444,000 shares in Hunter Group, at a price of NOK 2.30 per share. The latest purchase brings Fredly’s share capital in the group to 33.29 pct.DSME has managed to collect 10 VLCC orders so far this year. The shipbuilder’s 19-strong orderbook for this year comprises also eight LNG carriers and one special-purpose vessel, totaling in USD 2.36 billion.last_img read more

Nova Scotias Wildfire Fighters and Equipment to Help in Ontario and Quebec

first_imgNova Scotia is sending aid to Ontario and Quebec to help control forest fires. A 20-person crew from the Department of Lands and Forestry is leaving Halifax for Sudbury on Thursday, July 12. The crew will form five four-person initial attack crews to fight fires burning in Ontario. A safety officer will also travel to Ontario to work with a team from Alberta to help co-ordinate resources. Nova Scotia is also sending four staff with expertise in co-ordinating resources, as well as 50,000 feet of hose, to Quebec to aid in firefighting efforts in that province. The equipment left today, July 11 and staff will leave on Thursday, July 12. The assistance from Nova Scotia was requested through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre to help control and extinguish the wildfires. Nova Scotia’s current fire conditions allow for these resources to be shared and the Department of Lands and Forestry will ensure that proper firefighting resources are maintained within the province. Nova Scotia is a member of the Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, established in the early 1980s, which ensures all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires become too big to handle. The affected province covers the costs of the jurisdictions sending help.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral applauds Maldives after its first multiparty presidential polls

Mr. Ban commended “both the outgoing President [Maumoon Abdul Gayoom] and the President-elect [Mohamed Nasheem] for their statesmanship, and urges them to continue to work together to ensure a smooth transition of power,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General encourages all parties to work in a cooperative manner and continue to carry forward the reform process aimed at achieving a more open and democratic Maldives.”In August, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Leandro Despouy welcomed the approval of a new constitution in the Maldives, saying it demonstrated the country’s progress towards upholding democratic principles.The new constitution, the culmination of nearly four years of work by the Special Majlis or constitutional assembly, establishes the separation of powers and recognizes the independence of the judiciary. It contains provisions for the creation of a Supreme Court and the post of prosecutor general, as well as for the setting up of a judicial service commission, an independent body that will decide on the appointment, dismissal and discipline for judges. 30 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of the Maldives for the peaceful conduct of the Indian Ocean archipelago’s first-ever multi-party presidential elections this week, calling the poll “an important step forward in the country’s democratic reform process.” read more

UNAU mediator Qataris kick off talks in Darfur on peace process

AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator Djibrill Bassolé and Qatari Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud kicked off the talks today in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur and headquarters of the joint AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Over the next several days, they will hold extensive consultations on the ongoing peace process with the local authorities and representatives of civil society, including internally displaced persons, nomadic communities and other stakeholders. Today the mediation team met with UNAMID Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari and representatives from the local community at the University of El Fasher.“The mediation team delivered a briefing on progress made in the peace process and listened to participants in order to compile opinions on the way forward for the conflict in Darfur,” the mission said in a news release.In September a committee involving members of the mediation team produced a preliminary draft peace document aimed at ending the bloody conflict in Darfur in which some 300,000 have been killed and 2.7 million other driven from their homes in the past seven years. The team will hold consultations in Nyala, South Darfur, and in El Geneina and Zalingei, West Darfur, over the next three days. 28 November 2010Members of the Darfur mediation team, including the United Nations, the African Union and Qatar, have arrived in the strife-torn Sudanese region to begin several days of consultations aimed at advancing the ongoing peace process. read more

4 Imperatives for Enterprise IT Communication Managers

Network Engineers: Time to Give Up Your Blankies Zeus Kerravala August 29, 2019 Following an SD-WAN user session at VMworld, sharing advice on why you need to embrace reskilling SummaryBottom line, we’re in a much more dynamic space than ever before and the stakes are higher than ever for your enterprise or organization. So, adapt and lead! Maybe even ask for a raise or job re-definition, since you have much more value to add for the future. Best of success! In the past, you had fewer options. While you had many telephony system vendors to choose among, their feature sets were fairly similar. But now, telephony can come from most any direction — on premises or from cloud UC, communications platform as a service (CPaaS), smartphones, and communications built into applications. Users are now experiencing mobile communications, speech recognition, Web communications, and online meetings that delight them much more than the vendor-supplied packaged solutions available to them from enterprise IT. And, chief executives and most business unit or departmental leaders know they must innovate in the digital world, or face disruption and irrelevance. Parker is writing on behalf of BCStrategies, an industry resource for enterprises, vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing business communications arena. A supplier of objective information on business communications, BCStrategies is supported by an alliance of leading communication industry advisors, analysts, and consultants who have worked in the various segments of the dynamic business communications market.Tags:News & ViewsStrategic LeadershipCareersBCStrategiesBest PracticesNews & ViewsOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like Then translate what you know into specific requirements that will inform your choices. You may find yourself needing to invite unusual vendors to the table and to the bidding and selection processes. Which vendors have the right vision and the staying power? Is it better to buy a voice or contact center service from a traditional category leader or to opt for a cloud service that comes from a vendor that’s leading in big data, AI, or ML? You’re most likely to succeed when you stay in context and have the data. 1. Relate contextuallyAllocate a portion of your time, every day or at least every week, to staying in touch with your peers and your leadership in IT and in the business or operating departments. In your conversations, ask your peers how you and your team can help them with their own challenges; in the process, they may find ways to help you. For example, you could form alliances with your peers in network infrastructure, applications software management, information security, and business analysis, architecture, and planning. These alliances can pay enormous dividends. In each of these cases, you can make your decisions in ways that make life easier for your peers. In return, your peers can amplify your initiatives to produce far greater benefits to the overall organization. Log in or register to post comments Or, perhaps Usage Profiles, as referenced in prior posts, will show where the users are ready for truly innovative approaches to their requirements, such as a smartphone-only offering for field personnel or a major self-service advancement for employees, clients, customers, or citizens based on speech recognition tools available today (“Alexa, reset my password.”). 2. Manage informedlyBest-in-class management in the digital age is driven by data. Data, data, data. Be sure that essentially everything your department does produces data about usage — how much, how often, and by whom. This will provide amazing insights that will inform your decisions as well as your peer relationships. I’m often surprised in finding communications managers who aren’t looking at hourly, daily, and monthly dashboards of usage data to guide their work. Or, perhaps CPaaS should be your focus for the future so you’re able to embed communications in the operating departments’ applications and workflows. In such a case, you would then be managing the existing PBX purely as voice infrastructure for desk phones and generic devices (lobbies, halls, security alarms, etc.). 3. Choose wiselyThis paraphrases the ancient knight in an Indiana Jones movie who says of the person who didn’t select the Holy Grail, “He chose poorly.” So, choose wisely. Have a crystal-clear connection to the strategies and goals of the enterprise, the operational departments, and the CIO team. Stay in context (see above) with your peers and leadership and lay your demands on your vendors, rather than simply accepting their marketing hype. So, what to do? I have a lot of specific ideas — and maybe those are for a future post — but the first step, seems to me, is to apply management principles such as these four: BCS_logo_100px.jpg Similarly, regular dialogs with your peers in each operating department will assure you’re serving their evolving needs, rather than being surprised when they sign up for one more online service or load one more communications app on their smartphones. Maybe you’ll need to become a communications agent or broker for the operating departments, but that’s a good thing since that’ll make you the go-to person for all things communications. By partitioning your investments and your initiatives, you’ll find that some partitions will be quite calm for a period of years, while others are much more active. Then, that will change and evolve, over time. So, you can rotate your focus to that most dynamic area from quarter to quarter or year to year. Enterprise Connect Research: 2018 Career & Salary Survey Beth Schultz December 12, 2018 A snapshot of your career in enterprise communications, from the skills you possess, your top job factors, and the salaries you earn See All in Careers » If you’re an enterprise IT communication manager at any large organization, you’re facing far more challenges than your predecessors. Technology choices are mushrooming. Users are demanding consumer-like choices and services. And, your organization is likely undergoing constant reinvention as it strives to stay competitive for customers and employees in this digital age. Where possible, you should also be recording or logging communications sessions — voice, video, email, meetings, IM, texting, etc. Analytic tools are just getting better and better. Archive this data, too, since it will be possible in, say, five years, to apply artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) to this historical data to analyze trends, find communications bottlenecks, and expose other opportunities for improved communications and workflows in your organization. 4. Partition smartlyLastly, you might consider partitioning out your communications architecture. For example, maybe it’s best to hand off the networking portion of your communications services to your IP networking peer and shift your department toward the communications applications zone. Cisco Gives Certifications a Software Facelift Zeus Kerravala June 17, 2019 A new line of DevNet programs will verify core and advanced skills of Cisco platforms, applications, and APIs. Take Our Survey: Communications Careers in the Spotlight Michelle Burbick November 12, 2018 Share insight into your communications career and earn a chance to win a $100 gift card. From these relationships, you’ll have a foundation for relating to IT and organizational leadership in ways that are connected to the business or organizational strategies and priorities. Sometimes, this may signal that your communications technology team can do less. For example, you may no longer need to provide desk phones and telephone numbers for mobile employees. This, in turn, will free up time, resources, and budget to work on necessary new ideas. In the past, you could choose a good, solid vendor and rely on the vendor to stay at the leading edge of innovation. But that doesn’t work anymore. Apple and Google, the smartphone leaders, don’t make PBXs, and likely never will. Cisco, Avaya, Mitel, NEC, and other IP-PBX and network infrastructure leaders make neither smartphones nor application software packages, and likely never will. Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are leading the way in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), including offering their tools to others such as contact center software producers that are incorporating Google AI. Yet, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are also applying their advancements to their own cloud-based solutions. So, the integration of all these tools for communications in your enterprise is up to you, the communications manager, and your team. Don’t Surrender in the Fight for IT Talent Joyce Osenbaugh June 12, 2019 Combat the shortage by looking for your next hires in non-traditional places. strategy-774.png read more

Security Council condemns assassination attempt against Afghan President

The Council President, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, said in a press statement that the members also denounced the terrorist car bomb explosion in Kabul, which killed more than 15 Afghan citizens and injured many others. “The members of the Council, while recognizing that the necessary information is not yet fully available, support the Afghan authorities in the full investigation of these terrorists acts and their efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Ambassador Tafrov said. They also stressed that such acts “challenge and obstruct the efforts of the Afghan authorities, with the assistance of the international community, to stabilize and return the country to normalcy,” he added. Earlier Friday, John Renninger, Director of the Asia and Pacific Division of the UN Department of Political Affairs, briefed the Council on the latest developments in Afghanistan during its closed-door consultations. read more

Applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 300000 last week near a

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly the lowest level in seven years, a sign hiring may be picking up.Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s just above a seven-year low reached three weeks ago. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 311,500, the fewest since August, 2007.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the drop suggests companies are cutting fewer jobs. When employers are confident enough to keep staff, they may also step up hiring. That is a good sign ahead of May’s jobs report, to be released next Friday.The downward trend in layoffs also suggests employers have shrugged off a dismal economic performance in the first three months of the year. A separate government report Thursday showed that the economy shrank 1 per cent at an annual rate in the first quarter, due largely to the impact of freezing winter weather.Yet applications for unemployment benefits have fallen 10 per cent since the year began, a clear signal that employers aren’t worried about a longer-term slowdown. Many economists expect growth will rebound to a 3.8 per cent pace in the second quarter.Fewer Americans are also receiving benefits. The number of recipients declined to 2.63 million, the lowest level since November 2007.The decline in applications since the start of the year has been accompanied by a pickup in job gains, though unemployment remains at historically high levels.The economy gained 288,000 jobs in April, the most in 2 1/2 years, and the unemployment rate plunged to 6.3 per cent from 6.7 per cent. But the drop occurred because fewer people looked for work. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they are actively searching.In the first four months of this year, employers have added an average of 214,000 jobs a month, up from 194,000 last year.The improved hiring may help boost economic growth for the rest of 2014. More jobs mean more people have paychecks to spend.The economy shrank in the first quarter as businesses cut back on spending and the cold weather kept consumers away from shopping malls, car dealer lots and open houses. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2014 6:36 am MDT Applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 300,000 last week, near a 7-year low read more

Tribune to offer subsidized Samsungbuilt Android tablet to digital subscribers

first_imgIt seems like a new Android tablet hits the FCC every day, and that pace isn’t going to slow down any time soon. If anything, it’s going to accelerate as traditional media companies look to tablets as a way to deliver more modern, immersive experiences to their customers.We’ve already seen plans from the Philadelphia Media Network to introduce an Android tablet that will be offered to customers subscribing to the digital editions of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Now it appears as though one of the largest media companies in the U.S. — the Chicago-based Tribune Company — is going to follow suit.Tribune owns and operates several marquee newspapers, including the Chicago Sun, Los Angeles Times, and the Baltimore Sun, as well as WGN, two dozen local television stations, and several web properties like Cars.com and Careerbuilder. Sources say that Tribune is looking to Samsung and its considerable experience with Android devices to deliver the tablet, which it would offer to subscribers either for free or at a heavily subsidized price. There’s also speculation that a carrier bundle could be in the mix as well, should the tablets include 3G connectivity.Tribune already offers free mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as the slick tile-based Mosaic app for Windows 7 tablets. The company is taking its time to make sure the Android tablet measures up to expectations, though not everyone is as optimistic as CEO Eddy Hartenstein about whether it will be a success. Advertising has proved to be a bit of a sticky wicket so far for digital content apps, but as CNN points out it’s not getting any cheaper to produce a newspaper, either, making this as good a time as any for a media company to try its hand at subsidized tablets.More at CNNlast_img read more

Forza 5 uses McLaren supercar to create zoetrope promo

first_imgVideo game ads usually have gameplay footage in them, and at least in that respect the new Forza Motorsport 5 ad is like the others. However, it doesn’t show off the gameplay in the way you expect. Microsoft, Turn 10 Studios, and McLaren have teamed up to create an animation sequence of Forza made out of giant aluminum boards. When filmed from a McLaren 12C supercar, the frames blend together into a moving image.The zoetrope effect would be impossible to observe if you weren’t going at ludicrous speeds, but the 12C was definitely moving that fast. The signs were spaced so that the image synced up at 100 mph. Too fast and it would look like the real car was pulling away from a choppy animated car. Too slow and the signs didn’t look like one cohesive sequence.An HD camera was mounted on the car to capture the zoetrope and preserve the effect for posterity. A live feed was also piped into the driver’s dashboard so he could glance at the animation without crashing. The camera mounted on the car actually turned out to be a bigger problem for driver Tanner Foust. The extra 100 pounds bolted to the car’s side caused some control issues.It wasn’t only hard to film, it was a nightmare to set up. The aluminum signs had to be extremely consistent. The center has to be within an eighth of an inch to avoid a bouncing or vibrating effect. It all worked out, and ended up being one of the best game promos I’ve ever seen. Forza 5 will be an exclusive Xbox One launch title, releasing on November 22.last_img read more

Hate and fear by Trump Duterte and others is bringing the world

first_img 87 Comments Feb 22nd 2017, 7:14 AM The limits of what is acceptable have shifted. Politicians are shamelessly and actively legitimising all sorts of hateful rhetoric and policies based on people’s identity: misogyny, racism and homophobia. The first target has been refugees and, if this continues in 2017, others will be in the crosshairs.The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the report.Amnesty’s annual report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, documented what it called “grave violations of human rights” in 159 countries in 2016.It said governments “turned a blind eye to war crimes, pushed through deals that undermine the right to claim asylum, passed laws that violate free expression, incited murder of people simply because they are accused of using drugs, justified torture and mass surveillance, and extended draconian police powers.”The report added that “the big question in 2017 will be how far the world lets atrocities go before doing something about them.”Exceptionally, London-based Amnesty chose to launch its report in Paris.Salil Shetty, the group’s secretary-general, said France has used emergency powers introduced in 2015 in the wake of terror attacks in an abusive and “deeply discriminatory” manner, confining more than 600 people, mostly Muslins, under house arrest and banning more than 140 protests.“Even states that once claimed to champion rights abroad are now too busy rolling back human rights at home to hold others to account,” Amnesty said.The more countries backtrack on fundamental human rights commitments, the more we risk a domino effect of leaders emboldened to knock back established human rights protections.France’s government has repeatedly defended the emergency powers as a necessary safeguard against the severe terror threat it says is facing the country, and parliament has repeatedly voted to extend those powers.Read: Trump administration rewrites the rules with sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants >Read: The Taoiseach WILL go to Washington (and here’s where all his ministers are heading) > Short URL President Trump at a press conference in the White House. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire http://jrnl.ie/3251964 President Trump at a press conference in the White House. Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire By Associated Press AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SAYS “toxic” fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights.Releasing its 408-page annual report on rights abuses around the world, the watchdog group described 2016 as “the year when the cynical use of ‘us vs. them’ narratives of blame, hate and fear took on a global prominence to a level not seen since the 1930s,” when Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany.Amnesty named Trump, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte among leaders it said are “wielding a toxic agenda that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanises entire groups of people.”“Poisonous” rhetoric employed by Trump in his election campaign exemplified “the global trend of angrier and more divisive politics,” Amnesty said. Share215 Tweet Email ‘Hate and fear’ by Trump, Duterte and others is bringing the world back to the 1930s, says Amnesty Amnesty has attacked “the cynical use of ‘us vs. them’ narrative”. 16,285 Views Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 7:14 AMlast_img read more

A village will help feed breast cancer patients baby

first_imgErin Maher went to her obstetrician for a routine appointment when she was 14 weeks pregnant. She left with a breast cancer diagnosis.“I just stared at her,” Maher, 32, said. “I couldn’t even react.”Maher and her husband, Brandon, left the doctor’s office believing they would lose the baby they didn’t even think they could conceive. The couple had tried for three years to get pregnant with their son, only to be told by doctors they were infertile. After they stopped trying, they were surprised by a positive pregnancy test. Their son, Liam, is now 2 1/2 years old.They had assumed they wouldn’t be able to conceive again but were thinking about trying anyway. Two weeks later, in late May, they learned Erin Maher was pregnant.Then, on Aug. 3, Maher learned she had breast cancer and would need chemotherapy and surgery.“For that 24 hours after, my husband and I assumed we would lose the baby,” Maher said.But the Vancouver couple learned that because Maher was in the second trimester of pregnancy, she could undergo chemotherapy without putting the baby’s life at risk.While the diagnosis was difficult to hear, Maher was heartbroken by what it would mean for her unborn child.“One of the first thoughts that went through my head was, ‘I’m not going to be able to breast-feed my baby,’ ” she said.Maher breast-fed Liam until he was more than 2, when she learned she was pregnant again, and wanted desperately for her second child to receive breast milk.last_img read more

Eddie Howe relieved with Cup win

first_imgBournemouth boss Eddie Howe confirmed he was relieved to see his team progress to the next round after holding on to a narrow 2-1 win against Norwich.The Cherries sealed a spot in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup thanks to goals from Junior Stanislas and Steve Cook.Norwich twice hit the post at Vitality Stadium and substitute Jordan Rhodes missed a gilt-edged opportunity when he headed wide from six yards in the dying minutes.Howe told Bournemouthecho: “It was a tough night for us, I thought Norwich played very well. Full credit to them. We had watched them a lot and knew it was going to be a difficult game.“They are a really improving team and one which will, on that evidence, take some stopping in the Championship.“I thought they performed well and we were below par and that made it a really difficult game for us.“We rode our luck but we got through and will certainly take that.“It’s very difficult for me to say for sure (why the performance was below par). I need to speak to the players who played and gather their thoughts as well.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“We looked disjointed. Maybe the changes, maybe a couple of players who came in hadn’t had enough games behind the scenes.“But we lacked a sharpness and a fluency which is usually there.“Overall, it was a disappointing performance but I suppose there must have been good elements for us to withstand the pressure and find a way to win.“Norwich had some presentable chances which they didn’t take. Artur (Boruc) made some good saves, which was important for us.“It won’t be a game I will want to dwell on too much. I think it’s important we focus on the next challenge, which is a big one in Manchester United.“We’re pleased to get through and it’s great to be in the next round but the performance is one we won’t want to remember for too long.“That we won is the only positive I can find, really. Artur Boruc performed well in goal and Marc Pugh was his usual consistent self and gave everything to the game but there weren’t too many other positives.“We’ve made this step, now we want to try to go one more and the motivation is huge. The semi-final is a different level.”last_img read more

French Company To Invest 17 Billion In Texas Petrochemical Plants

first_img X Dave FehlingA view of petrochemical and refining facilities near Houston, TX.A global energy company is planning to grow its presence on the Texas coast. The company, France-based Total, announced Monday a $1.7 billion plan that includes petrochemical projects near Houston.Total says it’s teaming up with other companies from Europe and Canada for a new plant at its existing Port Arthur facility. It will include a new “ethane cracker” that breaks apart the molecules of the natural gas liquid to form ethylene, a chemical used to make plastics. The company is also planning to build a new plastics plant alongside one it already owns near La Porte.“We’re adding one million tons of ethylene capacity and another 625,000 tons of polyethylene,” says Ghazi Shahin, the company’s Vice President for Industrial in the Americas. He says the growth is thanks to low ethane prices.“This is the right time to continue to take advantage of the shale gas revolution, if you will.”The petrochemical sector is expanding nationwide. In a report released this month, the industry trade group American Chemistry Council says there have been more than $161 billion pumped into U.S. chemical projects since 2010. Most of those projects are expected to come online this year or next. Environmental groups have criticized other chemical plants in the Texas coast region for releasing potentially dangerous air pollutants, and they’ve argued state and federal regulators don’t do enough to keep them in check. Listen Share 00:00 /01:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Final Fantasy VII remake director didnt know he was director until he

first_imgFrom The Last Guardian actually existing and getting a release date, to Shenmue 3 being revealed and getting funded mere hours later, Sony had a very good E3 this year. Sony’s crazy E3 2015 conference was so tightly packed with wacky announcements that people were legitimately wondering if Sony somehow forced Konami to reinstate Silent Hills and Kojima would top the conference off by walking out on stage. The conference didn’t reach that level of crazy, but it came pretty close with a massive surprise: Square Enix revealed that it would finally be developing a proper Final Fantasy VII remake. It was such a surprise, in fact, that the director of the game didn’t even know he was the director until his name appeared in a trailer.Longtime fans of the Final Fantasy series will be the first to tell you that Square Enix has been somewhat lost lately — notably, pumping massive resources into turning Final Fantasy XIII, widely considered the worst (main) game in the series, into a trilogy rather than knowing when to cut their losses and move on. Saddening fans, but likely pleasing investors, Square recently announced that it would shift its focus from console games to where it has been majorly successful for a while: mobile. So, imagine everyone’s surprise when just a month later they announced the massive undertaking that is a full Final Fantasy VII remake and all the up-to-date technology that entails.Considering Square has always stood staunch against a full FFVII remake, this was (and still is) a huge shock. Though we fans were thoroughly surprised, we likely weren’t as surprised as Tetsuya Nomura, who found out he was the director the exact way the rest of the world did: partway through a trailer when his name appeared under the director credit.Nomura previously revealed that he tried to begin a remake of the beloved Final Fantasy VII “quite a while ago,” but it never got off the ground. Eventually, though, Square decided that the time was right, perhaps due to those subpar console numbers that caused Square to focus on mobile. They got Nomura’s input throughout the pre-development process, but he wasn’t formally attached to the project as director — especially since he’s still the lead on the in-development Kingdom Hearts III.Sometime before the big E3 reveal, Square sent an internal video presentation around the company, and that’s when Nomura found out he’d be directing the remake. Thankfully, he was informed before the E3 reveal, but he found out the same surprising way we did — watching his name appear under the director credit in the teaser.Everything is fine now, of course — and Nomura doesn’t seem to harbor any ill will toward the way in which Square revealed his new job to him, but hey, maybe he’ll think twice before watching internal video presentations from now on.last_img read more

IBEROSTAR has reopening dates for Los Cayos resorts

first_img Travelweek Group PALMA DE MALLORCA — IBEROSTAR Cuba reports that in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma all the company’s hotels in Havana, Varadero, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba are once again fully operational, while the chain’s hotels in Los Cayos, the region most severely affected by the storm on the island, will be reopening for business on Nov. 1.The IBEROSTAR Ensenachos, IBEROSTAR Daiquiri and IBEROSTAR Playa Pilar hotels will be reopening for business on Nov. 1 following a series of improvements to their facilities.The IBEROSTAR Mojito is set to open on Nov. 15.“Despite the recent severe weather conditions, this destination has now recovered and is operating at its full potential. The Cuban authorities have expressed their confidence that the high season, which regularly runs between November and April, will once again produce excellent results,” says the company.More than a month after Hurricane Irma, which hit the island’s northeast coast particularly hard, and thanks to the support and ongoing, coordinated work of the Cuban authorities to get the destination back to normal, the country’s occupancy forecasts remain unchanged, adds Iberostar.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“Cuba has always been a key destination in our portfolio and a firm favourite with our guests from around the world,” says Aurelio Vázquez, Chief Operating Officer for IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts.He adds that as part of its expansion plan for the island, Iberostar will be increasing its portfolio to a total of 20 hotels by the end of 2017, and has set a target of 12,000 rooms by 2020. “We are determined to continue channelling our efforts into this destination and are eager to boost our presence in the country, bringing the number of rooms we offer up to 12,000 by 2020.” Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Posted by IBEROSTAR has reopening dates for Los Cayos resortscenter_img Share Monday, October 23, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

China leaders brings a new affability to the job

first_imgAssociated PressBEIJING (AP) – In his travels abroad, Xi Jinping has often been something unusual for a Chinese communist leader: an ordinary guy.In Ireland, he stopped at a stadium to kick a soccer ball around. On a key getting-to-know-you visit to the U.S., he took several hours to visit with Midwestern families who had hosted him more than a quarter-century before. While visiting with schoolchildren in Los Angeles, Xi talked of his love of sports and films and about how finding personal family time was “mission impossible.” “He created lots of jobs and lots of revenue for Zhengding back when there was very little here,” said Liang Qiang, a senior caretaker at the film set, which still draws tourists.Xi’s elite background plugged him into a web of personal connections that were especially important early in his career, ensuring support from Beijing for local projects. At the same time, his years in the provinces protect him from accusations of pure nepotism and lend him credibility as someone who understands the struggles of working Chinese and private businessmen who are creating the bulk of new jobs.With help from his father, Xi jumped in 1985 to a vice mayorship in the port of Xiamen, then at the forefront of economic reforms. Over the next 17 years, he built a reputation for attracting investment and eschewing the banqueting expected of Chinese officials. He hung a banner saying “Get it done” in a provincial office lobby.He later took the top position in neighboring Zhejiang province, a hotbed of private industry, a lively civil society, non-communist candidates for local assemblies and a thriving underground church movement. Xi was seen as allowing minor local administrative reforms, while not initiating any of them. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation How do cataracts affect your vision? Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “He’s not going to do anything to weaken party control, but at the least you can say he’s concerned with the lives of farmers and ordinary people,” said Li Baiguang, a human rights lawyer in Zhejiang at the time.Xi tried to dramatically reverse the government’s poor reputation for accountability by clearing a backlog of citizen complaints in a one-day blitz in the city of Quzhou. He set up 15 temporary offices to address complaints over land seizures, job benefits and other issues, drawing 300 petitioners and resolving 70 cases.Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson once called him a “guy who really knows how to get over the goal line.”After a brief spell in charge of Shanghai, Xi was brought to Beijing and handed the high-profile task of overseeing the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has also managed relations with the former British colony of Hong Kong.Xi’s career has been lent a touch of glamour by his wife, folk singer Peng Liyuan, who for much of their marriage was far better known than he was. His daughter Xi Mingze studies at Harvard University.Xi showed a human side during an official visit to the U.S. earlier this year. He took in a Los Angeles Lakers game, visited the Iowa families who hosted him back in 1985 and chatted with California school children about his hobbies and family life. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories “Knives are sharpened on the stone. People are refined through hardship,” Xi said in a rare 2001 interview with a Chinese magazine. “Whenever I later encountered trouble, I’d just think of how hard it had been to get things done back then and nothing would then seem difficult.”Rejected for Communist Party membership nine times due to his father’s political problems, Xi finally gained entry in 1974 and then attended the elite Tsinghua University.Xi went on to earn a chemistry degree, by which time Mao had died and his father had been restored to office. Xi next secured a plum position as secretary to Defense Minister Geng Biao, one of his father’s old comrades.But Xi took the unusual step three years later of jumping to a lowly post in rural Hebei province, because he wanted to “struggle, work hard, and really take on something big,” Xi told Elite Youth magazine’s now-deceased editor Yang Xiaohuai.Xi landed in the rural town of Zhengding, where people traveled by horse cart.While there, he made the most of state broadcaster China Central Television’s plans to film an adaptation of the classical Chinese novel “Dream of Red Mansions.” Hoping to create a tourist attraction, Xi built a full-scale reproduction of the sprawling estate at the heart of the tale. Comments   Share   And even Thursday in the Great Hall of the People, when he was introduced as the Chinese Communist Party’s new secretary general, the most powerful man in the world’s most populous nation showed some humility. He apologized to the media for running 45 minutes late.Xi has an ease and affability that have been lacking from China’s leader of the last 10 years, Hu Jintao, though it’s unclear whether that will make him a stronger force for change. He is first among equals in Beijing’s new seven-member collective leadership.“It’s the people who have created history, and it is the people who are true heroes. The people are the source of our strength,” Xi told reporters packed into a meeting room at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing.Tall, heavyset and married to a popular folk singer in the military, Xi’s demeanor contrasts with China’s typically stiff and aloof leaders.“He’s someone who you can connect with,” former U.S. ambassador to Beijing Jon Huntsman said.A Xi administration is expected to pursue a more forceful foreign policy based on Beijing’s belief that its chief rival, Washington, is in decline and that China’s rise to global pre-eminence is within reach. The new leader will confront daunting challenges. After two decades of fast-paced growth and social change, the economy is slowing and China is under strain. A polarizing gap has left a few wealthy and many struggling and resentful. Rampant corruption is corroding already low reserves of public trust.Beyond home, China is locked in sharp elbowing over territory with Japan and Southeast Asian neighbors. At the same time, Beijing feels hemmed in by the U.S., which is shoring up ties with countries on China’s edge.Xi’s resume in provincial posts suggest he is open to private industry and some administrative reforms as long as they don’t jeopardize the Communist Party’s monopoly on power. Some evidence of a strong nationalist streak emerged recently when he lectured U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on China’s territorial dispute with Japan.“China’s neighbors, including the U.S., should be prepared to see a Chinese government under Xi being more assertive than that under Hu,” said Steve Tsang, director of the China Police Research Institute at Britain’s University of Nottingham.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help “Xi was chosen in part because he has the large, assertive, confident personality to lead in that kind of strategy,” said Andrew Nathan, an expert on Chinese politics at New York’s Columbia University.It is in the nature of China’s politics that relatively little is known about Xi’s policy leanings. He is not associated with any bold reforms. Aspiring officials get promoted by encouraging economic growth, tamping down social unrest and toeing the line set by Beijing, not through charismatic displays of initiative.Xi has excelled at quietly rising through the ranks by making the most of two facets: He has an elite, educated background with links to communist China’s founding fathers that are a crucial advantage in the country’s politics, and at the same time he has successfully cultivated a common-man mystique that helps him appeal to a broad constituency.He was sent to a rural hinterland at age 15 to learn peasant virtues after his father fell out of favor with Mao Zedong. At first he tried to escape, but was detained.His seven years in the remote northern community of Liangjiahe meant toiling alongside villagers by day and sleeping on bricks by night, in stark contrast to his pampered early years in Beijing. He spent much of his youth living in a dug-out cave.last_img read more