LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Teiru Kinoshita of Japan, in silver shorts, is on the floor after being knocked down by Jerwin Ancajas, in red shorts, of the Philippines during their IBF World Junior Bantamweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJerwin Ancajas solidified his position as one of the best super flyweights in the world after knocking out Teiru Kinoshita in the co-main event in Battle of Brisbane and retained his IBF strap Sunday.The Pretty Boy threw a barrage of punches to the head and body of Kinoshita late in the seventh round but it was a right hook to the midsection that dropped the Japanese as referee Ignatius Missailidis stopped the match with 1:53 elapsed in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ This was Ancajas’ second defense of the IBF World super flyweight belt as he improved his record to 27-1-1, with a 3-0 slate in World title fights.Ancajas tried to put on a methodical approach in the first round, but he went full throttle in the second, giving Kinoshita a cut above the right eye.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKinoshita (25-2-1) was on a constant backfoot motion as Ancajas pushed his offense further hitting from distance and closing on the Japanese with multiple body shots. Inquirer Twitter Poll: Followers rally behind Pacquiao Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a first-round exit from the WTA meet Carlsbad, California, on Tuesday. This was her last tournament before the London Olympics.Though the unseeded Indo-American pair worked hard, still it wasnt enough against the Chinese Taipei combination of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan in the $740,000 hard court event. Sania-Mattek lost 7-5, 4-6, 5-10 in an one-hour-56-minute affair.The first set was keenly contested which the Indo-American pair won 7-5 after trailing 2-4. But they failed to keep the momentum going in the next two sets.The opponents came back in the second set to win 6-4 and restored parity.The third set went into the super tie-break which the Taipei duo won 10-5.Sania is expected to report to India tennis captain S P Misra in London on July 23.Sania will play doubles and mixed doubles partnering Rushmi Chakravarthy and Leander Paes, respectively.
WWE legend and current COO, Triple H, invited American boxing star Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor to Monday Night Raw, saying that they would provide enough microphones. “Monday Night #Raw has plenty of LIVE microphones… #MayMacWorldTour @thenotoriousmma @FloydMayweather,” Triple H tweeted.Monday Night #Raw has plenty of LIVE microphones… #MayMacWorldTour@thenotoriousmma @FloydMayweather- Triple H (@TripleH) July 11, 2017The much awaited battle between McGregor and Mayweather is all set to take place on August 26.Both fighters in June took to social media to confirm the development, while Mayweather posted to Instagram saying “It’s official!”, McGregor said “THE FIGHT IS ON,” on Twitter.Both McGregor and Mayweather kicked off a four-city, three-country international press tour, the first of which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Mayweather, who is coming out of retirement to fight McGregor, had earlier said that he cannot pay off his tax liability from 2015 until he fights the MMA star.As per the Guardian, during the press conference, McGregor made fun of Mayweather’s clothes, mocked his unpaid tax bill and promised to knock the boxing great out in less than four rounds.However, the American then got to shadowboxing, which amused McGregor.Seeing this, McGregor laughed so much, brought the microphone to his lips and said, “Dance for me, boy!”Meaweather, who was clearly pissed by McGregor’s comment, stopped shadowboxing and started to stalk towards the latter, who quickly changed his tune.”Dance for me, son! Dance for me!” McGregor called out as Mayweather returned to the podium.advertisementSpeaking to reporters after the face-off, McGregor told reporters, “He was trying to say something about the gloves and I was like ‘you cried about the gloves’.”The fight against McGregor, which will take place in Las Vegas, is expected to challenge financial and PPV records, despite the one-sided expectations.Mayweather will seek his 50th career win against a two-division MMA champion who has never boxed a professional round. (With inputs from ANI)
New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) India football team head coach Stephen Constantine is upbeat about his side’s international friendly against China next month, saying a match against a strong side would help them prepare well for next year’s Asian Cup. India are scheduled to clash with China in an international friendly on October 13 at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium at Suzhou City, Jiangsu province. “China are a strong team and the match will be a tough test for us. But we need to play these sort of games right now. Getting to play under pressure is important and an away fixture in China is exactly the kind of game we need,” Constantine said “Hopefully, everyone stays free from injury as it’s going to be an important game for the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup in January,” he added. This is the first time ever that an Indian senior national team will be travelling to China. The two nations have till now faced 17 times, all on Indian soil — the last being 21 years ago for the Nehru Cup in Kochi in 1997. India are yet to win a match against China. Out of the past 17 matches, 12 have gone in favour of China while the remaining five were drawn. All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das said that they are looking forward to a “long bilateral footballing relationship with China”. “Globally, India and China are now being looked up to as two of the fastest emerging football markets. The match will usher in a new era in Asian football as this is the first-time ever that the Indian national team will be travelling to play in China. We look forward to a long term bilateral footballing relationship with China in near future,” he said.advertisement “Playing against China in China is a perfect way to gear up for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. China are a supremely talented side and it will provide us an opportunity to further gauge ourselves where we stand prior to the Continental Championships.” India are currently ranked 97 in the September FIFA Rankings while China are placed 76th. PTI PDS PDS ATAT
The Indian team led by Virat Kohli will look to maintain their winning run when they take on hosts New Zealand in the first match of the five-ODI series at the McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday.India are brimming with confidence after a convincing series win, both in Tests and ODI, against Australia in their own backyard. However, the tourists have won only 10 out of 35 ODIs against the Kiwis in their home turf, which also includes a 0-4 thrashing in 2014.The Indian team boasts of a strong batting lineup with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and an in-form Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Openers Rohit and Dhawan are once again expected to give a fine start looking at their recent form, nothing looks difficult for the duo.India Tour of New Zealand 1st ODI broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs NZ live BroadcastAlso, Kohli, as usual, is in his peak and would once again be the main strength of the Indian batting line-up. The Indian run-machine had scored a century in his previous outing at this venue during their last tour here in 2014.Coming to New Zealand, Ross Taylor, who recently played a key role in their whitewash of Sri Lanka, will be the man to look out for. Taylor amassed 281 runs against the Lankans, which included couple of fifties and a century in three games.Henry Nicholls, who smashed an unbeaten 124 in the final affair against the islanders, will try to replicate his show against the No. 2 ranked India.advertisementThe New Zealand batting line-up also has some other big guns like Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and skipper Kane Williamson. Kane has been the most consistent performer for the home side while Munro carries the ability to swiftly change gears depending upon the situation.What time does the 1st ODI between India vs New Zealand start?1st ODI starts at 7.30AM IST on January 23, Wednesday at the McLean Park is a sports ground in Napier.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand be played?The 1st ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the McLean Park in Napier from 7.30AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs New Zealand 1st ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 1st ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, K. Khaleel AhmedNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry.
9 November, North Sydney – match drawn, points shared Cricket 22 October, Brisbane – Australia won by two wickets 26 October, Coffs Harbour – Australia won by 75 runs (DLS method)29 October, Coffs Harbour – England won by 20 runs Read more Quick guide Women’s Ashes points system Was this helpful? Four-day Test match (four points for the win) Fuelled by that pressure, and led skillfully by their skipper Knight with an unbeaten 79 across 220 meditative balls, the visitors executed their plan perfectly by sucking the oxygen out of the contest. She found impeccable support from Georgia Elwiss, who was equally effective with 41 not out from 190 balls.Those balls-faced counts became just as important as the runs they accumulated as England went about batting Australia out of the game – just as Ellyse Perry had done to them 24 hours earlier. They were aided by a compliant pitch, which never looked like breaking up or providing any meaningful assistance to the local bowlers.Knight was approached by her opposing number Rachael Haynes with an hour remaining, electing to shake hands on a draw. The Australian captain acknowledged after play that she knew their chances were shot after a wicketless middle session where they weren’t able to break the resistance of Knight and Elwiss.The highlight of the day was when Tammy Beaumont became the first wicket to fall just inside the first hour when England still trailed by 97. It came from 20-year-old debutant Amanda Wellington, who bowled the opener with a leg break to die for. Sure enough, comparisons to Shane Warne came thick and fast. On the available evidence, they aren’t without merit.The only other wicket to fall was 11 overs later when another debutant, all-rounder Tahlia McGrath, slipped a straight yorker onto Lauren Winfield’s boot when England were 79 in arrears. But any momentum was sapped either side of the tea break as the pink ball became increasingly mangled by the surface.That only 28 runs were added in the third hour, without the scent of a chance, highlighted that Knight and Elwiss were the perfect England batsmen for the job at hand. The latter was brought into the side to bolster the visitors’ batting after the ODIs, a selection that was validated by her patient approach. The Australians were spent, part-timers turned to in hope.When the second new ball became available, openers Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry were briefly able to get the ball bouncing and swinging, but by the time that interval arrived England were only 19 runs from taking the lead. They did so shortly thereafter, letting out a smile as Knight went on to reach her half-century in 162 deliveries. England women’s cricket team Twenty20 matches (two points for a win) Topics Thank you for your feedback. 17 November, North Sydney19 November, Canberra21 November, Canberra One-day internationals (two points for a win) Women’s cricket Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Australia sport Share on WhatsApp Women’s Ashes Dig in was the instruction and dig in England did. It mattered little that Heather Knight’s side tallied just 166 runs at a glacial run rate of 1.89 on the final day of the Women’s Ashes Test. What they had achieved by losing just two wickets in their second innings was save the game, split the available points and keep their dreams alive of regaining the trophy. After forgoing any chance of victory on a disastrous third day, it was the best they could have hoped for. The degree of difficulty remains high in the shortest form, needing to sweep the three T20s beginning on Friday, but had they capitulated again on Sunday it was all over. news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Later in a Test you expect a little bit of variable bounce at the very least.”She gave generous credit to Knight and Elwiss, but said there was “nothing lost” for her side for failing wrap up the Test. “I certainly don’t sit here and feel empty or lost about where we are at,” she said. “Our team is in a very good position.” That they are, needing to win just one of the three T20s that begin this Friday at North Sydney. Share on Facebook England keep Women’s Ashes series alive with draw in only Test – as it happened Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Hide Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Transfers Man Utd target Hysaj staying at Napoli ‘regardless of Sarri’s future’ Matt Dorman 23:51 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Napoli Serie A Premier League The Red Devils are reportedly keen on signing the Albania international defender this summer, but his agent claims the full-back is going nowhere Elseid Hysaj has no intention of leaving Napoli and could soon sign a contract extension with the Serie A outfit, according to his agent.Manchester United are reportedly readying an offer for the highly-rated right-back, who followed in the footsteps of Maurizio Sarri by joining Napoli from Empoli in 2015.Hysaj’s future has been clouded by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Sarri’s position at the club, with the Partenopei boss yet to confirm whether he will remain at the helm for a fourth season. 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 However, the situation appears unlikely to impact the Albania international’s desire to stay in Naples.”Hysaj is and will remain a Napoli player regardless of Sarri’s future,” his agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio CRC.”We started talks with the club about a contract extension, but they were put on hold because the Scudetto was the priority.”If someone wants to send him away I don’t know, but I don’t think that will happen.”Giuffredi did suggest goalkeeper Luigi Sepe, another of his clients, would depart Napoli in search of first-team football.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – There is a provincial race in BC that could be important for Albertans.There will be a byelection in Nanaimo on Wednesday that could threaten the NDP and Green alliance in that province.This is all about the balance of power. With such a slight lead in the number of seats for the NDP and Green party, just this one riding could result in a vote of non-confidence meaning British Columbians could be heading back to the polls for a provincial election.John Ackermann is with our sister station in BC and is a keen observer of politics.He noted the BC Liberals have not been nearly as antagonistic against projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.“The NDP mind you are even softening their stance on things like liquefied natural gas. But if you remember back when Christy Clark was the premier, she was never against the pipeline. She wanted what she wanted to call ‘getting to yes’ on it.”The BC Liberals have held this riding in particular for only four years going back to the 1970s, yet have been leading in recent polls.“The NDP is running a person there as well,” he recounted. “The Greens, who are their alliance partners in the government, are also running a candidate. So there is a bit of controversy over possible vote-splitting there.”Yet Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is discounting many of those worries.It’s remarkable that @bcndp have audacity 2 b fear mongering vote split narrative. An NDP win by no means ensures @bcgrens will continue to prop them up. In fact, an election could b sooner than residents of Nanaimo think #bcpoli Its hubris to think NDP have our continued support— Andrew Weaver (@AJWVictoriaBC) January 27, 2019Ackermann interjected this wouldn’t be uncommon for a minority government in BC to only last a year and a half.
Musicians on Call has announced that multi-Platinum-certified recording artist Gavin DeGraw will be the headline performing act at the organization’s Presidential Convention Charity Benefit at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.The benefit is sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (“Auto Alliance”) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), who will also co-produce the event.Based in New York with branches in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Nashville and Washington, D.C., Musicians On Call is a charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, VA hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. The event will help raise money for Musicians On Call and encourage others to give back to the military by getting involved at www.musiciansoncall.org.Musicians On Call will join the RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom, exclusive print media partner CQ Roll Call and other co-sponsors for this charity benefit in Tampa and one at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.“We are honored that MOC was named the beneficiary of the 2012 Presidential Convention Charity Benefit,” said Dr. Leslie Faerstein, MOC’s Executive Director. “The RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom and other sponsors are helping MOC to bring music to a greater number of patients in healthcare facilities across the country. We are truly grateful.”Dr. Leslie Faerstein added, “We are thrilled that Gavin DeGraw will be our headline act at this year’s benefit. Gavin has been a longtime supporter of MOC, and has always been generous with his time and talent. He participated in our Bedside Performance Program a number of times over the years, and his music and sheer presence brought a smile to so many children’s faces. He is a true friend to our organization.”The invitation-only event, which will feature the highly popular spinner-to-the-stars DJ StoneRokk as the evening’s official DJ, will take place the evening of August 28th (Tuesday) at the historic Dallas Bull concert venue in Tampa.Source:RIAA.com
Land in Weeraketiya owned by a security officer of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was searched by the Criminal investigations Department (CID) today.The search was carried out after the CID had obtained a court order.
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, is expected to review reports from the Governments of Guinea-Bissau, Belgium, Niger, Belarus, Tunisia and Switzerland. Other submissions to be evaluated during the three-week spring session include those from the United Arab Emirates, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain and the Netherlands.In an opening address, a senior official from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin, noted recent progress in dealing with children’s rights.Among the signs of improvement was the recent decision by the UN Commission on Human Rights to establish an independent expert – to be appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan – to study violence against children.Ms. Ize-Charrin also noted that 128 countries have so far approved expanding the membership of the Committee to 18 experts, up from its current 10. Nine more States must notify their acceptance of that increase for it to take effect.Meanwhile, 30 countries had ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention involving children in armed conflict, which entered into force on 12 February. The Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child pornography and child prostitution, which entered into force on 18 January, had been ratified by 29 States. An initial report on the Optional Protocols was expected by early 2004, Ms. Ize-Charrin said.
AS IF IT hadn’t been a tough enough year for Nidge and the boys, they’ve now been beaten by a bunch of kids.Ratings figures show that Friday night’s Late Late Toy Show was the most-watched programme on Irish television so far this year, ahead of last month’s season finale of Love/Hate.Almost 1.4 million people watched the Friday broadcast, which featured 231 kids, more than 330 toys, Robbie Keane and Domhnall, and Ryan Tubridy holding everything together.Love/Hate can’t be too disappointed though; The Toy Show juggernaut is frequently the most popular programme in the country each year – plus RTE’s crime drama got 1,007,500 viewers with the finale of series four on 11 November.RTE said this afternoon that more than 120,000 people streamed the show on the RTE player between Friday night and Sunday. It was a hit on social media too: there were more than 100,000 mentions of the show on Facebook and over 52,000 tweets about it.Meanwhile, TV3′s inaugural rival toy show, which was broadcast at 8pm on Friday, didn’t do too badly either with 353,000 viewers tuning in, making it the most watched programme in its time slot.The executive producer of The Late Late Show said the programme is a “national event which has become a huge part of our culture”.“We have also been overwhelmed by the feedback from viewers who were watching from all over the world,” said Kathy Fox. We pushed Ryan in ways he hasn’t been pushed before, but he didn’t disappoint. He was very brave, a little bit bold but absolutely brilliant.All of the toys featured on the show were donated to various charities afterwards.Read: Late Late Toy Show 2013 best bits… in pictures and video >Read: Robbie, Mary, Bosco and cups… The Late Late Toy Show 2013 as it happened > Read: The Love/Hate season finale: 11 questions we want answered >
Short URL ‘Indefensible, immoral, shocking’: Coveney on the separation of children at US borders Official data shows more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May. 83 Comments TÁNAISTE AND MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said the separation of children from parents at US borders is “indefensible, immoral and shocking”.“This kind of leadership gives licence to other countries to follow inhumane policies towards vulnerable refugees. Is this making America great?” Coveney said in a tweet.US president Donald Trump vowed yesterday that the US would not become a “migrant camp”, as pressure mounted on him globally to end the separation of immigrant families on American’s southern border.While top administration officials stood by Trump’s policy of “zero tolerance” towards unauthorised border crossers and insisted children were being held in humane conditions, criticism swelled from rights groups and within the president’s own Republican Party.Trump has stood defiantly even as Democratic politicians accused authorities of keeping children in “cages” separate from their incarcerated parents and Amnesty International likened the practice to “torture.”“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” Trump said at the White House.“You look at what’s happening in Europe, you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States,” he said. “Not on my watch.”Official data shows more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May, when the administration said it would arrest and charge all migrants who illegally crossed the Mexican border – even if they were seeking asylum.Since children cannot be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.Irish actionLabour Party leader Brendan Howlin TD has called on Coveney to raise the issue of children being separated from their parents at US borders directly with the US Secretary of State.“I think people across the world and in the United States are appalled at the implications of this policy, which sees young children being separated from their parents,” Howlin said.US First Lady Melania Trump has said she “hates” to see families separated at the US border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws.“It is good to hear the First Lady voice her opinions on the issue in stark contrast to the dishonest and disingenuous commentary being offered by the president,” Howlin said.“I’m calling now on our Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to raise the issue directly with the US authorities. Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie 12,772 Views Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 9:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/4078343 By Hayley Halpin Jun 19th 2018, 9:31 AM There is no ambassador in Ireland to be called in, so direct contact with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is required. In addition to this obvious and inexcusable cruelty that this policy is imposing on individual families, it is also further tainting the reputation of the United States.‘Utter atrocity’ A Republican-led Congress is drafting legislative options to address the crisis, with possible votes later this week.“Some in the administration have decided that this cruel policy increases their legislative leverage. This is wrong,” said Republican Senator Ben Sasse, an occasional Trump critic.“Americans do not take children hostage, period.”Amid the outcry, independent investigative news organisation Pro Publica published audio obtained from inside a US Customs and Border Protection facility in which children are heard wailing.“I don’t want them to stop my father,” a distraught girl’s voice can be heard, as others cried in the background. “I don’t want them to deport him.”With reporting by © – AFP 2018 Share642 Tweet Email Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Authorities in Skopje erected a huge bronze statue of Alexander the Great in the city centre, a move certain to aggravate a long running dispute with Athens over the official name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia that has barred the tiny Balkan country from joining the EU and NATO. The 11-metre-high statue, which weighs around 40 tons, was raised onto a 10-metre-high pedestal in the heart of Skopje, to cheering crowds. Last Monday commenting on news about preparations to raise the statue of the ancient Greek warrior in Skopje, Foreign Minister of Greece Mr Stavros Lambrinidis suggested that authorities in FYROM should “concentrate on building bridges rather than erecting walls and statues”. Lambrinidis, while visiting Luxembourg for a summit of peers from the EU and Balkans, told his FYROM counterpart, Antonio Milososki that “instead of trying to rewrite history we should try to write the future”. The European Union’s Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, also reacted to the plans late on Monday, warning FYROM that taking action considered by Greece as “provocative” could harm its ambitions to join the bloc. Speaking on A1 television channel in Skopje, the Czech commissioner condemned the decision to erect the giant monument depicting Greece’s ancient hero – a move Athens has described as a “usurpation” of its history. “Seriously, if you have a neighbour… and there is an issue between the two of you, whatever the nature of that issue is, if you are trying sincerely to solve it, I guess you would avoid doing anything that your neighbour might call a provocation,” Fule said. “This is simple logic.” Greece objects to FYROM using the word ‘Macedonia’ in its name without a geographical qualifier – the country borders with Greece’s northern province of Macedonia – and has blocked Skopje’s accession to NATO and the EU until the rows are resolved. Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram British-Dutch firm Unilever announced on Tuesday that 110 of its products that are currently imported to Greece from elsewhere in Europe will soon be produced in this country, in a much-needed boost for the local economy. The move, which will cover the needs of the domestic market, will transform its local arm, Elais-Unilever Hellas, into a strategic pillar for the multinational group. Furthermore, not only will imports be reduced, but other industries will also have a stab at becoming sustainable as those 110 product codes will not be produced by Unilever’s Greek plants but outsourced to other Greek companies, the head of Elais-Unilever Hellas, Spyros Desyllas, explained. He was speaking during a presentation to the media of Elais-Unilever Hellas’s new logistics and distribution center that went into operation this year at Schimatari, north of Athens. FAMAR and Papoutsanis already produce Lux soap bars for Unilever, and procedures for cooperation with other firms, concerning Unilever’s cosmetic, detergent and personal hygiene products, are expected to continue up to the end of the first quarter of 2013. The move will not include food products. Up until today, most of these products have been manufactured at Unilever plants in France, Germany and other European countries. The new development will result in an increase in Unilever’s turnover from domestic production climbing from 55 percent to 60 percent in 2013. “We never had the dilemma as to whether we should stay or leave. The history and the continuity of our investment program confirms that. Greece was, is and will be a pillar of growth for Unilever,” the head of Elais-Unilever Hellas stated. He went on to explain that the parent company’s reason for this decision is that production has recently become a little more competitive in Greece, while shipping costs will also be reduced. Already Elais-Unilever Hellas exports products to 19 countries, with a turnover of 30 million euros, which corresponds to 7.5 percent of its total turnover. Source: Kathimerini
On the surface, rapidly advancing artificial intelligence seems cool. But bubbling underneath is a frightening future, in which grinning robots hand out pink slips to human workers.Just how likely are you to lose your job to an automated machine? Ask Web-based tool “Will Robots Take My Job?“—at your own peril.Developed by Mubashar Iqbal and designed by Dimitar Raykov, the site is based on a 2013 report examining how susceptible 702 occupations are to computerization.“According to our estimates, about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk,” researchers said four years ago.Be afraid. Be very afraid.Especially if you work as a telemarketer, tailor, mathematical technician, watch repairer, tax preparer, library technician, or data entry keyer—all of which are basically doomed come cyborg judgment day. We’ve covered all the places robots are likely to steal jobs in the future. Nearly a quarter of jobs analyzed in 2013 were at a 90 percent or higher probability of automation, according to Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne of the University of Oxford. One can only assume those numbers are higher now.Thinking about a change of career? This might be the right time to hang up the whistle (umpires, referees, other sports officials – 98 percent), put away the emery boards (manicurists/pedicurists – 95 percent), and return the uniform (waiters – 94 percent) in favor of something more secure.Like working as a reporter. My profession, though not the most lucrative, runs only an 11 percent risk of a robot takeover. Dancers, air traffic controllers, and cosmetologists boast the same results. But drivers might need to start mulling over their futures. “Our model predicts that most workers in transportation and logistics occupations, together with the bulk of office and administrative support workers, and labor in production occupations, are at risk,” Frey and Osborne wrote in their paper.“More surprisingly, we find that a substantial share of employment in service occupations, where most US job growth has occurred over the past decades, are highly susceptible to computerization,” they continued.There is, of course, no guarantee: Four-year-old statistics can only forecast so much. And if someone builds a working android podiatrist tomorrow, the 23rd safest occupation will suddenly be threatened.“Our findings … imply that as technology races ahead, low-skill workers will reallocate to tasks that are non-susceptible to computerization—i.e. tasks requiring creative and social intelligence,” the researchers said, adding that “for workers to win the race,” they must acquire those skills. Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower
Home loans: Expectations – It was expected that the exemption limit on interest paid on home loans will be raised from ₹1.5 lakh to at least ₹3lakh. Reality – The housing loan exemption limit for self-occupied house was raised by only ₹50,000 to ₹2 lakh.Investment Savings exemption: Expectations – It was expected that the tax exemption on investment savings under Section 80 C be raised from ₹1.5 lakh to ₹3 lakh Reality – Here again, the government stuck to its ₹50,000 exemption, thus exempting savings investments up to ₹2 lakh.Retrospective Tax: Expectations – There were expectations within the industrial community that the government would do away with retrospective taxes to create a more investment-friendly environment. Reality – The NDA government refused to change the present rules on retrospective tax, but gave some relief by announcing that a high-level committee would look into cases of retrospective taxation. FDI in Defence: Expectations – While Modi had given several indications of his government’s keenness to bring in more foreign direct investment to sectors such as Defence, it was hoped that he would allow FDI up to 51 percent to attract more investors. Reality – While Jaitley did open up the Defence sector to investments, he kept the cap a little short of expectations at 49 percent, which is still being seen as a major overhaul for defence production in the country.Fiscal Deficit: Expectations – While the former government had set the limit for fiscal deficit at 4.1 percent of the GDP for this fiscal year, there were strong rumours that the government would have to raise the limit to at least 4.5 percent, given the current economic state. Reality – Jaitley said the government would stick to the pre-determined limit for fiscal deficit, by cutting down on expenditure. He, however, pinned the fiscal deficit for 2015-16 at 3.6 percent and for 2016-17 at 3 percent.Reforms: Expectations – It was hoped the government would bring in tax reforms, particularly with the introduction of the Goods and Services tax (GST). Reality – The government did fall in line with the expectation, calling for an implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in order to streamline taxation. However, Jaitley refrained from laying down any timeline for the same. Even before the Union Budget was presented on Thursday, there were heavy expectations of high tax exemptions and reforms, especially among the salaried class.Here’s a look at whether the budget met expectations or not. Income tax exemption: Expectations – It was expected that the income tax threshold will be raised from ₹2 lakh to at least ₹3 lakh, with some even hoping it would go up to ₹5 lakh. Reality – Almost as if not to disappoint tax-payers, particularly the middle class, entirely, Jaitley announced a marginal rise in tax exemption by ₹50,000, thus taking it from ₹2 lakh to ₹2.5 lakh. Tax exemption limit for senior citizens went up from ₹2.5 lakh to ₹3 lakh.
This 2013 file photo provided by United Brethren in Christ, shows Dr. Martin Salia. Salia who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2014, and was being transported to the Nebraska Medical Center. (AP Photo/United Brethren in Christ, Jeff Bleijerveld, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease. Hospital spokesman Taylor Wilson said Salia died shortly after 4 a.m. Monday.“Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite out best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.Salia arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.Salia had advanced symptoms when he arrived at the hospital Saturday, which included kidney and respiratory failure, the hospital said. He was placed on dialysis, a ventilator and given several medications to support his organ systems.“We used every possible treatment available to give Dr. Salia every possible opportunity for survival,” Smith said. “As we have learned, early treatment with these patients is essential. In Dr. Salia’s case, his disease was already extremely advanced by the time he came here for treatment.”Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leona. Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, and all have died.In this April 2014 photo provided by the United Methodist News Service, Dr. Martin Salia, left, performs surgery at the United Methodist Church’s Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. The hospital was closed Nov. 11 after Salia, chief medical officer and surgeon, tested positive for Ebola. Salia who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2014, and was being transported to the Nebraska Medical Center. (AP Photo/United Methodist News Service, Mike DuBose)The 44-year-old Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. It’s not clear whether he was involved in the care of Ebola patients. Kissy is not an Ebola treatment unit, but Salia worked in at least three other facilities, United Methodist News said, citing health ministry sources.Salia, a Sierra Leone citizen who lives in Maryland, first showed Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6 but tested negative for the virus. He eventually tested positive on Nov. 10.Salia’s wife, Isatu Salia, said in a telephone interview at the weekend that when she spoke to her husband early Friday his voice sounded weak and shaky. But he told her “I love you” in a steady voice, she said.The two prayed together, and their children, ages 12 and 20, are coping, Isatu Salia said, calling her husband “my everything.”
Delegate Aruna Miller, D-Montgomery, voices her support for the nomination of Michael Busch as Maryland House Speaker in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Jessica Campisi). ANNAPOLIS — Amid a sea of Maryland state-flag neckties and toddlers in suits, legislators of the Maryland General Assembly gaveled in for the first day of the 2016 session.Both houses of the Assembly concerned themselves with the formalities of opening day. Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael Busch, both Democrats, were reinstated in their leadership positions.Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. takes an oath to be reinstated as the Senate President on opening day of the 2016 session in Annapolis on January 13. Miller stood alongside Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore, Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, R-Baltimore County, and Jennings’ son. (Capital News Service photo by Rachel Bluth).Miller formally recognized the senators’ guests, including family members, interns and county executives who populated the crowded gallery section way above the Senate floor.Miller described the Senate as a family, presenting baby gifts to Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, R-Baltimore County, and Sen. Justin Ready, R-Carroll, who have a newborn girl and boy, respectively.“Republicans may not be able to produce bills, but they do something else,” Miller joked. The General Assembly may choose to override six of the bills Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, vetoed last year. The Senate scheduled a vote on the vetoes for Jan. 20. Wednesday morning at Annapolis Summit, a legislative conference sponsored by news, academic and other Maryland organizations, Hogan, a Republican, called discussion of legislative overrides “overdramatic.” But Democrats, who control both chambers of the General Assembly, were resolute. Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh embraces Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. after he was unanimously re-elected in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Rachel Bluth).“We want to restore some of these veto bills, especially as it relates to ex-felons,” said Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore.On the table is the decriminalization of smoking marijuana in public—as well as the legalization of pot-smoking paraphernalia—voting rights for felons on parole or probation, hotel booking taxes, room rental fees in Howard County and restrictions on police seizing assets of less than $300.Hogan chalked up some of these vetoes, like the bills on marijuana and police seizures, to minor issues with legislation that he hoped would eventually be ironed out in the General Assembly. He said he was most concerned with the legislation allowing ex-felons to vote.Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. welcomes Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford to the state Senate in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Rachel Bluth).“Former felons can already vote in Maryland, it’s a misrepresentation of the facts,” Hogan said at the summit. “This is allowing CURRENT felons, who haven’t yet served out their sentences, who are still on parole or probation, who haven’t finalized their debt to society, whether we should allow them to vote. I disagree with it.”Hogan, a Republican, said that his proposed tax plan, which includes $480 million in tax cuts, is something that Republicans and Democrats should both agree on. Despite Hogan’s hopes for bipartisan support, Miller and Busch told WEAA radio host Marc Steiner they had not been consulted about the governor’s tax plan. Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch addresses the General Assembly at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Jessica Campisi).“The problem is communication,” Miller said. “It’s the same problem between husbands and wives, if you want to stay married, you have to communicate.” Busch said that education funding is his main priority going into budget deliberations. The governor last year cut expected supplemental education funding — known as GCEI — to some jurisdictions, angering the Democratic establishment.Hogan’s tax plan, which he announced Tuesday, includes a 3 percent Earned Income Tax credit over one year, similar to a plan proposed by Sen. Richard Madaleno, D-Montgomery, in 2014.U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., addresses reporters at the Maryland State House on the opening day of the General Assembly’s 2016 session in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Amber Ebanks).“He’s just trying to accelerate the bill that I passed two years ago, as far as getting the increase,” Madaleno said. “I’m glad that the governor has gotten on with one of my priorities.”Beyond that, Madaleno was critical of Hogan’s plan.“He uses very big numbers, rounded up, over multiple years,” Madaleno said.While most lawmakers were greeting each other and readying for a noon start to the legislature, some spent the morning touting bills and issues they planned to support during the 2016 session.Several state legislators held a news conference to call for quick action on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which, according to the Maryland Climate Coalition, would mandate the state increase its minimum clean energy consumption to 25 percent by 2020.“The bill is a win for the environment, a win for health and a win for the economy,” Madaleno said.The bill also includes a $40 million plan to train and prepare more people in Maryland for careers in clean energy.Montgomery County Police Department Traffic Division Director Capt. Tom Didone speaks to a reporter following the MADD news conference at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. Didone holds a poster with a photograph of Officer Noah Leotta, a police officer who died in December 2015 after being struck by a car driven by a man charged with driving drunk. (Capital News Service photo by Amber Ebanks).Representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving also gathered Wednesday morning and called on the legislature to enact the All-DUI Offender Ignition Interlock Law. This law would require ignition interlocks for convicted drunken-drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater. This device requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece before starting the vehicle. If the driver is impaired, the device will prevent the engine from being started.Montgomery County Police Department Traffic Division Director Capt. Tom Didone said he attended the news conference in honor of Officer Noah Leotta, 24, who was on DUI patrol in December when he was struck and killed. Police have charged a man with driving drunk in connection with Leotta’s death.“The reality of this is you look at this young man and you can’t help but to see a bright a promising person whose life was lost,” said Didone. “This is a person who’s dedicated his life to protecting citizens and removing drunk drivers from the highway and who has his back?”U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md. is in the Maryland State House on the first day of the Maryland General Assembly session in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Jessica Campisi).Other speakers included State Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, Delegate Ben Kramer, D-Montgomery, and MADD Maryland State Program Director Lisa Spicknall.At the end of the morning summit, outgoing U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat, reflected on her long years of service.She said that she was pleased that there is more minority and female participation in politics, and that technology has made it easier to reach people.As far as her retirement plans go, she wants to continue working with state officials on issues like combating heroin.“No golf, the nuns would never let me take up a sport where I had a club in my hands.”–CNS Correspondents Connor Glowacki and Amber Ebanks contributed to this report.
Facebook Comments Recommended: Squash that tastes like canteloupe? Welcome to the tropicsMost of us are familiar with poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima). If you look closely, you can see that what many people think of as big red flowers are actually bright red leaves that surround a group of small yellow flowers. Poinsettias are native to Central America, but are now found around the world as a leading ornamental, particularly at Christmas. They are primarily grown as potted plants; however, tropical gardeners can plant poinsettias outside in the garden.Nurseries offer different varieties of poinsettia as potted plants, or gardeners use stem cuttings about 10-15 centimeters long that are taken from mature plants to propagate new ones. These cuttings should be planted in sandy loam prepared potting soil in containers that are placed in a shady area and watered weekly to prevent them from drying out. When the cuttings begin to sprout new foliage, they can be moved into the sunlight. Later, when the plants are well-established, they can be transplanted to larger pots or planter boxes, or planted in the ground outside.These plants flower best in full sunlight, in well-drained soil fortified with compost fertilizer. After a year of growth, trim the plants back after blooming to keep them compact. Small insects such as scales, mites and thrips may attack the foliage, but can be controlled with soapy solution sprays. Potted poinsettia plants need watering in the dry season, but hardy outdoor plants can be mulched during the dry season, so they need little or no water at this time.When it comes to finding a gift this year for your neighbors, why not try a living poinsettia?Read more of Ed Bernhardt’s monthly Home Gardening columns here.For more information on tropical gardening – naturally – visit Ed at http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.html or contact him at email@example.com. Related posts:Top tips for avoiding snake bites in the garden Squash that tastes like cantaloupe? Welcome to the tropics Aloe vera: Doc in a pot 5 health-boosting ways to improve your garden’s soil