Four countries place on the first day of the Youth Championships

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Aside from Korea, Malaysia and Japan, the other countries that dominated the top 16 slots after the first day of competition were Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.  The highest ranking that the Philippines attained was 18th place, with Daphne Custodio scoring a total pin falls of 1098. A total of 34 athletes played in the girl’s singles.  FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMalaysia’s Tun Ammerul L. Al-Hakim (center) soared to first place with a total series of 1370. Silver and bronze went to Japan’s Takumi Hagasaki (left) and Bahrain’s Ahmed Al-Awadhi (right).Photo courtesy Terence Yaw.If the quest for gold among the female youth bowlers was a close fight until the end, Malaysia’s Tun Ammerul L. Al-Hakim seemed to have secured the top spot in the boy’s singles competition after averaging a 238 in his first four games. Scoring a total of 1370 after six games, Tun Ammerul clinched gold and the second medal for his country. Taking silver was Japan’s Takumi Hagasaki, who managed to immediately bounce back after bowling a 160 in his second game. The Japanese youth bowler finished with 1298, beating Bahrain’s Ahmed Al-Awadhi by just 11 pins. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPcenter_img Read Next La Salle holds off UE, books UAAP Final 4 ticket The 19th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships (AYC) took off yesterday with the singles competition. Held at the Coronado Lanes in EDSA Starmall, Mandaluyong City, first to compete for medals were the girls, wherein Korea’s Kim Ye Sol bagged gold after a six-game series of 1330. Korea’s Kim Ye Sol (center) takes gold, while Malaysia’s Nur Amirah Auni (left) and Japan’s Shion Izumune (right) settle for silver and bronze. Photo courtesy Terence Yaw.Short of just nine pins was Malaysia’s Nur Amirah Auni, who had to settle for silver after rolling a split on her last frame. Japan’s Shion Izumune squeezed into the podium by bowling 236 and 259 on her last two games, edging Kim’s teammate Lee Hyung Jung. The latter lost the bronze by just 12 pins.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Equally tight was the battle for 3rd place, Al-Awadhi prevented Chinese Taipei’s Liao Li-Yang from medaling after putting up back-to-back high scores of 235 and 251 in his last two games. The latter missed the podium by 20 pins. After the first day of competition, Taipei’s four athletes made it to the top sixteen. Other countries that made the cut-off were Korea, Singapore, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Indonesia and Guam.  The Philippines’ Ivan Malig placed 9th out of 60 male youth bowlers with a six-game series of 1213. The top 16 girls and top 16 boys after a series of 18 games (which takes place from October 23 to 26) will qualify for the Round-Robin Matchplay Masters finals on October 27 and 28. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cricket’s young fox

first_imgOn April 16, 2010, the usually natty Lalit Modi wore a crumpled suit at a press conference in Delhi. There were neither gangling starlets nor fawning cricketers around. After being ousted from the Indian Premier League (IPL) chairmanship by arch enemy Shashank Manohar, Modi had just finished a gruelling session,On April 16, 2010, the usually natty Lalit Modi wore a crumpled suit at a press conference in Delhi. There were neither gangling starlets nor fawning cricketers around. After being ousted from the Indian Premier League (IPL) chairmanship by arch enemy Shashank Manohar, Modi had just finished a gruelling session with Income Tax officials probing the money trail on the IPL bids. The war between the bcci and Modi had just begun.December 27, 2010: Lalit Modi’s lawyer Mehmood Abdi got a stay from the Bombay High Court against the bcci disciplinary committees from prosecuting Modi, arguing that by appointing two disciplinary committees against his client-one comprising of Shashank Manohar, Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin, and the other of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jaitley and Amin-the bcci flouted its own laws. The cricket body’s war against Modi isn’t going too well. The BCCI accuses Modi of financial bungling amounting to Rs 473 crore and his relatives of making money through IPL bids. In an interview to London’s Evening Standard, Modi said, “There were no bidders for the teams. So who could I convince? I’m not going to be able to convince people that I don’t know. If friends and family had not bid, we wouldn’t have had an ipl in the first place.” The Bombay High Court also cleared the participation of the banned teams in the ipl-Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals who allegedly profited through Modi-giving bcci a bloody nose.The bcci complains Modi misused its money, running up taxi bills of Rs 40 lakh. The Enforcement Directorate says Lalit Modi may have violated the Foreign Exchange Management Act by giving 72 overseas players a minimum auction guarantee of Rs 62.69 crore each and paying Rs 200-300 crore to South African sports companies and sponsors without the rbi’s permission. Abdi says he wants an enquiry panel consisting of former judges of High Court or Supreme Court. “We don’t want an in-house enquiry by the BCCI because most of the actions taken by Modi had the bcci’s approval. BCCI members are potential witnesses. If they inquire into the matter, it violates the principle of natural justice.”advertisementModi’s billion-dollar baby, the IPL was born in 2007 after India won the Twenty20 World Cup. It had all the Hollywood ingredients of a rollercoaster story: Bollywood, cricket stars, tycoons and cheerleaders. In its first season, ipl made over Rs 1,000 crore; its brand value is Rs 18,000 crore today.last_img read more

NAC approves draft National Food Security Bill

first_imgManmohan Singh with Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) on Wednesday approved the draft National Food Security Bill, 2011 which aims to make provision of food support to people facing hunger a duty of the state.With the draft bill prepared by the Working Group on Food Security being legally vetted by a government law officer, the Council will now be sent it to the government.The decision approving the draft bill was taken at the meeting of the NAC on Wednesday.The bill guarantees subsidised foodgrains to at least 90 per cent of rural households, and 50 percent of urban households.According to the bill, 46 per cent of the rural and 28 per cent of urban households categorised as ‘priority group’ are entitled to receive foodgrains at 7 kg per head at Rs three, two and one for wheat or rice or millets respectively.Forty-nine per cent of the rural and 22 per cent of urban households categorised as ‘general group’ are entitled to receive foodgrains at 4 kg per head at not more than 50 per cent of the MSP of the respective foodgrain.The draft bill follows a life cycle approach and introduces a number of other universal guarantees, including nutrition support and maternity entitlements for pregnant women, nutrition support to children both in pre-school centres and in school, but also to all out of school children; destitute feeding and affordable meals for homeless and other needy urban populations; and special guarantees for starvation and emergencies.It creates also a strong accountability framework for protection of these entitlements and allows imposition of fines on defaulters and compensation to the victim.advertisementIt also envisages a strong grievance redress and monitoring system, from the centre to the block level.– With PTI inputs For more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

‘Steel behind the quietness’ that has made Kyle Edmund Britain’s new star

first_imgProgress was swift. Two years later he was on a journey familiar to many aspiring tennis players, moving to the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton where he worked with, amongst others, the former US Open runner-up Greg Rusedski and moved steadily up the junior rankings.There was also help from an unexpected source: Murray himself. Many top stars don’t particularly care about youngsters coming through. However Murray invited Edmund – along with a number of other British youngsters – to stay at his training base in Miami while he was still a teenager and was soon impressed with his talent and application. Edmund, meanwhile, was given a front-row seat into what it takes to become a champion.“It’s just being around him, picking up tips, seeing what he does,” said Edmund. “His work ethic is something that is very high and obvious to see and it shows why he’s tough to beat on court.”The pair have since become good friends. Edmund was one of few players who was invited to Murray’s wedding – and although he could not make it due to playing commitments, he gifted the couple a caricature of Murray, his wife Kim and their two dogs. It was no surprise that Murray tweeted “Wow!” after Edmund’s latest win either.While Edmund is a hyper-aggressive player on the court, those who know him well say that he is shy off it. He is close to parents Steven and Denise and his sister, Kelly, and likes watching Liverpool. “He is a fantastic young man, I’d certainly be proud of him if he was my son,” adds Weston. “He is very down to earth, humble and modest.” features Reuse this content Tennis Was this helpful? Read more Kyle Edmund to face Cilic in Australian Open semis after Nadal retires Show Share via Email Australian Open 2018 Support The Guardian Australia sport Share on Facebook Twitter Australian Open Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. Rafael Nadal retires as Marin Cilic advances to Australian Open semi-final First the fist pumped with adrenaline and ferocious joy. Then the arms stretched skyward in triumph. Watching a British male tennis player celebrate victory like this has become a familiar sight in the past decade.But at the Australian Open on Tuesday it wasn’t Andy Murray basking in the crowd’s exaltations but Kyle Edmund, a big hitting but introverted 23-year-old from Yorkshire.Edmund’s stunning four-set victory over the No 3 seed Grigor Dimitrov thrusts him into rare company: when he faces the Croatian Marin Cilic on Friday he will become only the sixth British man to play in a grand slam semi-final. However Martin Weston, a Lawn Tennis Association coach who has known Edmund since the player was 10, always suspected this day might come. Facebook center_img Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Perhaps the biggest surprise about Edmund’s run in this year’s Australian Open was that it did not come sooner. He was a key part of Britain’s 2015 Davis Cup winning team – playing in the final when just 20 – while his punishing forehand has long been considered one of the best in the game.Many believe a recent switch in his coaching team, which is run by the veteran Swede Frederik Rosengren and British coach Mark Hilton, has made the difference. Between them they have beefed up his serve and improved his movement. However in a sport of tiny margins, the changes made to the gap between Edmund’s ears is probably most significant of all. Kyle Edmund in full flight against Grigor Dimitrov. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Age: 23Born: Johannesburg, moving to England aged three and raised in Tickton, near Beverley, Yorkshire.Turned professional: 2011Best grand slam performances: Australian Open – semi-final 2018; French Open – third round 2017; Wimbledon – second round 2017; US Open – fourth round 2016Honours: Member of Great Britain’s Davis Cup-winning team, 2015, making his debut in the competition in the final, against David Goffin of BelgiumCareer singles titles: 0Current world ranking: 49Highest ranking: 40 (2016)Coach: Fredrik Rosengren “Kyle was fearless from a very early age,” Weston told the Guardian. “He always wanted to play aggressive tennis and to hit lots of winners. He was never deterred when he lost. It just made him train harder. By the time he was 16 I felt he had what it took to make it. People sometimes say he is introverted off the court, but behind the quietness there is a hell of lot of steel.”Edmund was born in Johannesburg in 1995 but his family moved to Yorkshire when he was three. According to Weston, he was “five or six” when he began hitting balls at the YPI Tennis Club in Hull and quickly made an impression on the man who became his first coach, Richard Plews. However Edmund did not take the sport particularly seriously until he won a place at the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey when he was 13.As he admitted: “That meant moving away from home and you don’t want to move away from home for anything, especially at 13. That was when I started to think: ‘Right, you’re going to do this properly now.’” Quick guide Kyle Edmund factfile Kyle Edmund Share on WhatsApp “We have talked a lot about this: to play to win, not to play to avoid losing, to have the heart,” said Rosengren this week. “These guys will not give it to you for free. You have to believe you can do it in tough situations, serving out sets and matches. He has done that.”And then some. Last year Edmund was known for losing close matches. Some even labelled him a choker. But his stirring victory over Dimitrov showed he can handle the pressure. And Weston doesn’t think facing last year’s Wimbledon finalist Cilic in the semi-finals and possibly Roger Federer in the final, will faze the British No 2 at all.“One story that sticks in my mind is from a tournament in Mexico with Kyle when he was a junior,” he explains. “He was playing someone ranked significantly higher but I just remember watching him unleash terror on this French boy, hitting forehand after forehand winner.“When Kyle hit another brilliant winner to clinch the match, I started applauding. Yet he was so focused he had forgotten the score and was ready for the next point. Trust me, if he gets in the zone, he will cause anyone problems. We saw that against Dimitrov. Kyle is special like that.” … 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. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Hide Photograph: Xin Li/Getty Images AsiaPac Read more Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more

World Bank Country Strategy Being Extended

first_img Mrs. Satirova said this will provide additional resources that enable improved access to financing by micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs); generate youth employment and technical assistance for the agricultural and the energy sectors; and support for further strengthening of the social safety net. Jamaica’s World Bank Country Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the conditions that facilitate economic growth, is being extended for another two years.Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, says the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 23, to review and update the Strategy, which was developed in 2013/14.This, she said, will enable the Bank to continue implementing the Strategy’s current portfolio of engagements utilising the remaining US$170 million of US$320 million in funding support.Mrs. Satirova said this will provide additional resources that enable improved access to financing by micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs); generate youth employment and technical assistance for the agricultural and the energy sectors; and support for further strengthening of the social safety net.She was speaking at a media briefing at the World Bank’s Jamaica office at the Courtleigh Corporate Centre in New Kingston, on June 21.Mrs. Sotirova explained that the review will look at Jamaica’s Strategy implementation, with proposed adjustments being made where necessary.She said the review document is expected to be prepared and submitted to the Government and other key stakeholders by early next week.Mrs. Sotirova noted that an assessment of Jamaica’s Strategy’s implementation over the past four years shows that the Government has recorded significant gains in key areas.Notable among these, she pointed out, are strengthening of fiscal and debt management; energy diversification; successes in early child and social protection development; and positive breakthroughs in rural economic development.“So, what we are seeing is that Jamaica has actually had a very commendable performance and has achieved important successes in many different areas. Some of the economic indicators are already showing positive trends and are pointing in the right direction, which is something that has not been seen for many, many years,” she said.Mrs. Sotirova noted that the assessment also shows the need for much more work to be done in public-sector transformation; improving MSMEs access to finance; and further strengthening of the economy’s and population’s resilience to disasters.She said in light of the fact that public-sector modernisation, strengthening climate and disaster resilience, among other conditions facilitating growth, remain some of the focal points for Jamaica’s development programme, “these are the areas which we will focus on going forward.” Story Highlights Jamaica’s World Bank Country Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the conditions that facilitate economic growth, is being extended for another two years. Jamaica’s World Bank Country Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the conditions that facilitate economic growth, is being extended for another two years. Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, says the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 23, to review and update the Strategy, which was developed in 2013/14.last_img read more

Shia cleric withdraws call for nationwide camps for arms licences

first_imgLucknow: Shia cleric and Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind General Secretary Maulana Kalbe Jawwad on Monday withdrew a call for the nationwide camps to help Muslims, Dalits and tribals fill up forms for arms licenses. The announcement came after a controversy ensued over camp organiser and Supreme Court lawyer Mehmood Pracha’s statement at a press conference in New Delhi on July 11 in which he reportedly asked Muslims, Dalits and tribals to sell their property and jewellery to buy weapons. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “These communities are being targeted in incidents of mob lynching and have the right to take the path of violence to protect themselves,” he was quoted as having said at the press conference held to announce a series of camps across India to fill up forms for arms licenses. The movement was to commence from Lucknow, where the first camp was to be organised on July 26 on the invitation Maulana Kalbe Jawwad. Pracha had said that the camps would be organised in at least 12 cities, including six in Uttar Pradesh, where Muslims, Dalits and tribals are under threat and need legal help. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Maulana Kalbe Jawwad had earlier said: “The SC/ST and minorities have been pushed to the edge by the government, which is soft on perpetrators of mob violence. In such a scenario, there is no option left, but self-defence. Many from these communities face discrimination and they will avail of our legal expertise to fill forms and apply for arms licence.” The Maulana, on Monday, said: “In view of the controversy and keeping in view the manner in which our statements have been distorted, the camp is being called off. Our intention was to empower the weaker sections but we did not intend to train them for violence. We merely wanted to equip them for self-defence.” He said the camp would have ensured keeping out applicants with criminal antecedents or those with political or business interests. “This campaign was not for the Shia community, in particular, but for all minorities who feel threatened. We would have also acted against those who misused their licences,” he said. “If the government had taken strong steps against perpetrators of hate crime, we would not have had to take up such a measure. There are tough laws in the Constitution and Indian Penal Code (IPC) which the government should invoke. The draft bill on lynching is a mere eyewash,” he added.last_img read more

Trudeau defends changes to asylum laws that have refugee workers alarmed

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending a changes to asylum laws included in an omnibus budget bill tabled this week, saying his government is working to ensure Canada’s refugee system is fair for everyone.The changes would prevent asylum seekers from making refugee claims in Canada if they have made similar claims in certain other countries, including the United States — a move Border Security Minister Bill Blair says is aimed at preventing “asylum-shopping.”Lawyers and advocates who work with refugees are sounding the alarm about the legal changes, saying they would strip human-rights protections from vulnerable asylum-seekers.Trudeau says Canada has been seeing larger numbers of refugee claims because of global instability.He says his priority is to ensure Canadians retain confidence in the country’s asylum system, which means every person who comes to Canada must do so according to the law.More than 41,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada “irregularly” through unofficial paths along the Canada-U.S. border since early 2017. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Spain In 2017 57 of Offenders Arrested Under Terrorism

Rabat – 57 percent of offenders arrested for terrorism-related charges in Spain in the past year were of Moroccan nationality, finds a study by the International Terrorism Observatory.The study indicated that 57 percent of people detained for terrorism in 2017 in Spain were Moroccan nationals, against 28 percent who were Spanish, reported Friday Al Massae daily.Moroccan extremists are the main threat to the security of Spain, followed by Algerians at four percent and Egyptians at three percent, said the same source. 2017 was also marked by 51 police operations and 84 arrests, said the same source indicating that anti-terrorist operations have made remarkable progress last year, following the Barcelona bombings.“The terrorist attacks in Catalonia in 2017 reminded us that the fight is not over and that much remains to be done,” said Consuelo Ordóñez, president of the Collective of Victims of Terrorism.Facing terrorist threats, Spanish authorities have allegedly restricted freedom of speech and made excessive terrorism allegations during 2017, said Amnesty International in its annual report on the state of human rights in countries across the world.“Authorities pressed criminal charges against people who had expressed opinions that did not constitute incitement to a terrorism-related offense and fell within the permissible forms of expression under international human rights law,” said Amnesty in its report published January 22. read more

Appropriation Bill for 2017 presented to Parliament

The Appropriation Bill for 2017 was presented to Parliament today by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.The presentation of the Bill was made at a special, short sitting of Parliament today. The 2017 budget speech will be delivered in Parliament by the Finance Minister on November 10 and the debate will be held for one month.

Thorold couple charged in elder abuse investigation

UPDATENiagara Regional Police have charged two people from Thorold in an elder abuse investigation.Officers went to a home to check on a female, after reports that she was being locked in a room against her will.They say they found a woman in a “state of unacceptable care and in an abandoned state.”She was taken to a near by hospital for medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery.Police have not released the 63-year-old’s name.Guenther Froese, 87, and Ruth Froese, 70, are each charged with one count of failing to provide to (a) person under charge.Detectives now have concerns that there may be other victims.Investigators have learned that the accused ran an adult care facility at 92 Pine St. North called Hill Crest Manor that closed in 1997.The victim is believed to have remained at the facility since the closure until the time of the arrests.Anyone with information are asked to call detectives from the 1 District Criminal Investigation Branch. read more

Annan hopes London terror bombings will not lead to racial profiling

Asked if, in light of the killing of a Brazilian by police after Thursday’s abortive attacks on London’s transit system, there was now more reason to be concerned if one were black or brown, Mr. Annan noted that London was a very international city.”I think the United Kingdom Government has been very open, very lenient in its asylum laws and has received many people from around the world,” he told reporters on his arrival at UN Headquarters in New York. “But given what has happened, there may be a tendency in some quarters to profile individuals from certain regions, and we saw it here.”And I hope it doesn’t happen there, and that they will go after the criminals, but not generalize to a group of people coming from one region or the other. And I think, from my own experience, I would say that the UK has been able to do that over the years, and I hope it will maintain that policy,” he added.Mr. Annan said that what had happened in the last few weeks from London to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, where a series of bombs killed scores of people on Saturday, “gives us one more reason to press ahead and get a good definition of terrorism that we can all live with.”As I said, it’s not Islamic; it’s not whatever. We know them for what they are. And a simple, clear statement, bringing in moral clarity, that maiming and killing of civilians is unacceptable regardless of one’s cause, I think, will satisfy all of us,” he added.”We know what we are living with, and I think the whole world is now standing together in the fight against terrorism. And the UN and its General Assembly must lead in that fight.” read more

Ban welcomes serious international discussions on Syrias chemical weapons

“The Secretary-General welcomes, therefore, President Obama’s decision to take time to further explore this diplomatic opportunity to achieve this crucially important objective,” a UN spokesman said in New York. Mr. Ban’s statement follows a flurry of diplomatic activity noted by the media in the past 72 hours, following a reported Russian proposal for Damascus to surrender its chemical weapons and place them under international control. In the meantime, evidence collected by a UN team probing possible chemical weapons use in Syria on 21 August is being examined by laboratories in Europe.In a national address last night, US President Barack Obama cited “encouraging signs in recent days” and announced that he was sending US Secretary of State John Kerry to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Thursday for further talks, and that he would continue discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both countries are permanent members of the UN Security Council – along with China France and the United Kingdom – which has been deadlocked over a solution to the 30 month crisis in Syria. The UN chief welcomed the efforts by the Russian Federation to advance a possible agreement. “He hopes the US-Russian meetings later this week will be productive in moving toward a process for addressing the Syrian chemical weapons threat which all parties will be committed to,” the spokesperson said.“The confirmed use of chemical weapons would be an outrageous crime for which there must be accountability and determined efforts to prevent any recurrence,” the statement said. read more

Ban is closely following with concern developments in Turkey

According to media reports, a faction of military forces in Turkey attempted a coup on Friday night. “At this moment of uncertainty in the country, the Secretary-General appeals for calm, non-violence and restraint,” said a statement released by Mr. Ban’s office. “Preservation of fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, remain of vital importance,” the statement also said. The Secretary-General underscored that military interference in the affairs of any State is unacceptable. “It will be crucial to quickly and peacefully affirm civilian rule and constitutional order in accordance with principles of democracy,” the statement said. read more

Keep Expectations Low For Mitch Trubiskys Debut

Tonight’s NFC North showdown between Minnesota (2-2) and Chicago (1-3) will mark a potentially historic moment for the Bears as quarterback-of-the-future Mitch Trubisky will officially take the reins of the reeling franchise. But how much can we expect from the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft? Watch the video above to find out.

Ohio State mens basketball ready for constant motion of Americans offense

Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) sets up in defensive position during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team is coming off a defensive showing coach Thad Matta called one of the best performances by a team since he’s been at OSU.“I thought we were as tuned in, as dialed in as we could possibly be,” Matta said Tuesday, referring to the 52-35 win against then-No. 17 Marquette (2-1, 0-0) Saturday. “I thought guys used their length, their athleticism, they understood what we were trying to take away … It was probably about as good defensively as we could play.”The Buckeyes held the Golden Eagles to only 18.9 percent shooting in that game, and submitting a similar effort against American University (1-1, 0-0) Wednesday remains the focus. The American Eagles run an offense that has given the No. 8-ranked Buckeyes (3-0, 0-0) fits in the past.“We know they run the Princeton Offense. That’s going to be fun to guard like always,” said junior guard Shannon Scott Monday with a smile. “We just gotta treat them like any other team. Just because they’re not ranked doesn’t mean they can’t come in here and beat us.”The “Princeton Offense” is a style predicated on constant motion, quick cuts behind defenders and solid outside shooting. Matta said it takes extra time to prepare for the offense itself, and the Eagles shoot a high number of shots from beyond the 3-point arc.“It’s just the cutting is unique, you’ve got five guys out there that can shoot,” Matta said. “I think 47 percent of their field goal attempts are threes.”An in-conference foe, Northwestern, also runs the Princeton Offense, and the Wildcats have given the Buckeyes all they can handle in recent memory. Two seasons ago, OSU slipped by to beat Northwestern on the road, 75-73, as then-Buckeye forward Jared Sullinger scored the game-winning basket in the waning seconds. Last year, OSU needed late runs in both games against Northwestern to put them away.“It’s one of those deals where you may give up a lay up, you may give up a (3-pointer) here or there,” Matta said. “But it’s the possession after possession after possession of doing what you’re supposed to do and how you’re supposed to do it. And then in the end, you hope that you can rebound long shots, long rebounds. We gotta scoop those up. We’ve definitely learned our lesson over time playing Northwestern in that regard.”Staying disciplined on the defensive side of the ball is going to be key, as the Buckeyes look to win their fourth straight to open the season.“We have to be really sound on defense. We can’t gamble like we probably would,” Scott said. “I know for myself, I like to be in the passing lanes, I probably can’t do that too much cause they’re going to back-door it. Just playing honestly, defensively. Staying between the man and the basket is a huge key for us.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Eagles is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Continuing terror threat forces Kings College Chapel to scrap traditional queue for

first_imgPeople queue for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College Cambridge just after dawn 24th December 2013. Some slept overnight to get a good place in the queue. It is one of those longstanding traditions – such as the last night of the Proms or the overnight queue for Wimbledon tickets – which appears to be a unique feature of British life.But the fear of a potential terror attack has now forced the organisers of the King’s College Chapel carol concert to scrap its queue for seats and replace it with ticket-only entry.For decades crowds have formed long queues outside the Cambridge college in the hours before its annual concert of Christmas carols and readings.In recent years hundreds of people have waited overnight in order to claim one of around 500 seats.However, members of the public who want to attend will now have to buy a ticket in advance, allocating them a specific seat.They will also no longer be able to bring the large number of parcels and Christma shopping many of them used to take into the chapel after a day of festive spending in the city centre and will be limited to just a small bag. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The changes come after a spate of terror attacks against soft targets in Britain.These included the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May, in which 22 mainly young music fans were killed, and the London Bridge attack in the following month, which saw eight people killed and 48 injured when an Isis inspired terror cell went on the rampage.It also follows a call by the Isis terror group for its followers to kidnap non-Muslim children in Europe. Its call, published in the group’s monthly Rumiyah magazine, was illustrated with a photograph of British choir boys.Amid this atmosphere of an increased threat level and heightened security concerns King’s College felt it had no alternative but take measures to protect the safety of the crowds attending the carol concert.The Revd Dr Stephen Cherry, the Dean of King’s College Chapel, told The Telegraph: “We made this change after careful appraisal of our own situation in the light of the current level of security risk across the country. It is a break with tradition but we all recognise that if traditions are to survive they need to respond to the reality of the world we live in today.”He added: “For us the most important things are that we maintain the service as an occasion that is familiar, beautiful, spiritual and inspiring, that it is broadcast to millions of people around the world and that we are able to welcome to the service hundreds of local people and international visitors. After Christmas we will reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the new system. On the whole, people appreciate that we are doing what we can to look after them and to ensure it’s a great occasion.”The concert, properly known as A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, was introduced by former WWI Army chaplain Eric Milner-White in 1918 “to bring a more imaginative approach to worship” and first broadcast in 1928.The service, which is broadcast to millions of people around the world, always opens with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, and includes a new, specially commissioned carol.This year’s festival begins at 3pm on Christmas Eve and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 and at 2pm on Radio 3 on Christmas Day.Those wishing to attend should come in person to the College after 7.30am on Christmas Eve with photographic identification. Here they will be issued with a ticket for a specific seat at the service and asked to come back after 1:30pm for admission to the Chapel.Members of the congregation are asked not to bring anything larger than a small handbag with them to the Chapel.In a note to the congregation Dr Cherry explained: “By issuing tickets in this way we will maintain the generous spirit of  the occasion without requiring members of the congregation to stand outside in the cold all morning.” People queue for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Cambridge just after dawn 24th December 2013. Some slept overnight to get a good place in the queue.Credit:Julian Eales/Alamylast_img read more

It was like a bomb going off Centre of Birmingham evacuated as

first_imgEyewitness Paul Cave, 33, said: “I was on Broad Street having a drink with the wife when we heard this deafening noise.”It was like a bomb going off and that’s what we feared. Everyone stayed pretty calm though but you could see people thinking the worst.”Police were there very quickly and have done a good job cordoning off the area and diverting traffic.” Images from Warden Andy showing the Police cordon following the incident at Birmingham Rep. @BirminghamRep @WestsideWardens pic.twitter.com/MJle4VGAGf— Westside BID (@westsidebid) February 13, 2018 Birmingham city centre was put on lockdown tonight following reports of a “massive” explosion.There was panic on the streets after it was rocked by the huge blast at around 8.15pm, with police, fire and ambulance crews were all scrambled to the area. Roads surrounding Centenary Square and Broad Street, the city’s main entertainment district, were also closed.West Midlands Police soon revealed the explosion had originated in a staff area of the Repertory Theatre following a “technical fault” and there had been no injuries.The force tweeted: “All emergency services are currently at Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre, Broad St following reports of an explosion.”Initial indications are that this was a technical fault in a staff only area. No casualties are reported.”Everyone has been evacuated and are being kept safe. All roads around @BirminghamRep & @LibraryofBham are closed following an explosion in a staff only area of the theatre.”Please stay away.”  A spokesperson for the theatre said: “We can confirm there was a technical fault this evening and the theatre was evacuated as a precautionary measure. We’re pleased to report there were no injuries. Many thanks to the emergency services for their help.” We can confirm there was a technical fault this evening and the theatre was evacuated as a precautionary measure. We’re pleased to report there were no injuries. Many thanks to the emergency services for their help.— The REP (@BirminghamRep) February 13, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. West Midlands Fire Service also took to Twitter and said: “We are currently supporting @WMPolice at an incident at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad St, Birmingham. Please AVOID the area.”Earlier on, social media users told how the deafening noise was heard up to a mile away in the Jewellery Quarter.Guests at the neighbouring Symphony Hall, Hyatt Hotel and International Convention Centre were also told to stay inside.last_img read more

Industrial action at EBS called off after LRC talks

first_imgUNITE TRADE UNION has today announced that talks last night at the Labour Relations Commission between the union and EBS management relating to a number of issues have been successful and the strike action threatened last week will not take place.This dispute centred around payment of a so-called 13th month which was a contractual element of annual pay that was discontinued in EBS in 2011. The Labour Court held that this payment comprised a bonus and was therefore prohibited following the incorporation of EBS into AIB.However it held that this prohibition did not apply to the 2011 payment and recommended that the company pay the two weeks still owed for that year, which it had failed to do.Following talks which concluded last night, management agreed to set a date for payment of the outstanding sums. The parties have also agreed that other outstanding issues will be referred to the Labour Court for a binding recommendation.Commenting, today, Unite official Colm Quinlan said all parties had worked hard to resolve the issues and avoid an escalation of industrial action.Unite will continue engaging with management to ensure that workers’ interests are given due priority during the harmonisation process”, Mr Quinlan concluded.Related: Strike threat looms for EBS>More: 200 jobs to go at EBS Building Society>last_img read more

Woman shot in the mouth by harpoon and survives

first_imgAn image of the woman’s injury. Pic: AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro State Health DepartmentA WOMAN HAS miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said.The Rio de Janeiro State Health Department said in a statement that the woman’s husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine.Elisangela Borborema Rosa (28) was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery after the incident in the coastal city of Arraial do Cabo.The statement quotes neurosurgeon Allan da Costa as saying that the harpoon came within 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) of killing the woman. He said he expects a full recovery.InvestigationA police officer in Arrial do Cabo said by telephone that officials are looking into the case.“Everything indicates it was an accident, but we are investigating. We don’t think the husband tried to kill her,” said the officer, who cited department policy in declining to let her name be used.But once she fully recovers we will be able to question her and get a clearer picture of what happened.last_img read more