LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games McGregor awed by clinical Mayweather View comments Amit blew what could have been a clear victory when she scratched hitting the 6-ball in the 13th game in an open table, sending Centeno back to steal the victory via run-out.“In my mind I said I lost it already,” said Centeno in Filipino referring to the point when she missed the 3-ball in the 12th game that brought Amit back on the table.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 shutout“But she scratched. I didn’t expect that. Ate Champ (Amit) is a great player,” said Centeno.Her victory, a repeat of the 2015 Singapore edition, once again stamped the Philippines’ dominance in women’s pool. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES It was duplicated only in triathlon when the country won the gold and silver in both men’s and women’s divisions.Amit, 35, stormed to 5-2 lead in final but Centeno managed to come back and even went on the hill ahead of her.“I missed the 3 ball that’s why she went on a hill also, from then I thought it’s all lost,” said Centeno whose mother hugged her after the final match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — In a sure-gold match for Team Philippines, Chezka Centeno managed to pull off a heart-stopping victory Sunday.The 18-year-old defending champion battled back from a three-rack deficit to defeat two-time world champion Rubilen Amit, 7-6, in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball singles at KLCC Hall 4.ADVERTISEMENT
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, from left, sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LeBron James believes the Los Angeles Lakers face a “critical” offseason as the team attempts to rebuild after missing the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year.James told Bleacher Report in an interview that the Lakers would need to strengthen their roster this year if they were to challenge for honours next season.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The four-time NBA champion, who last missed the playoffs in 2005, said he was optimistic that the Lakers management duo of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka would be able to attract high calibre recruits.“I’m positive and very optimistic that Magic (Johnson) and Rob (Pelinka) and the franchise will be great,” James said.“They got me. I’m very confident. And I’m confident that players want to play with me. I’m very confident in that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Lakers are likely to be radically reshaped during the offseason, with seven members of the roster entering free agency.Uncertainty also continues to swirl around coach Luke Walton, whose position has come under scrutiny after a disappointing campaign.On Wednesday, Lakers owner Jeannie Buss refused to address Walton’s future when asked whether he would remain. “I’m not going to give you an answer to that question,” she told a Sports Business podcast.James, who joined the Lakers last year in a blockbuster move, meanwhile acknowledged that the clock was ticking if he wants to add to his collection of NBA titles in the twilight of his career.“It’s a critical summer for myself,” James told Bleacher Report. “Obviously, the franchise is going to live forever. But for me personally, it’s very critical, because I want to compete and I want to compete now.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 34-year-old NBA superstar said he planned to play an active role in helping the Lakers front office build a winning team.“I’ve never played fantasy basketball,” James told Bleacher Report. “But I will be as active as I need to be for this franchise to get better. That’s why I came here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I came here to win. And obviously, we need to get better, as far as our personnel. We have an opportunity to get better.“And there’s a lot of talent out there and a lot of guys that can help our franchise. So I’ll be as active as I need to be for us to get better and go from there.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ichiro Suzuki turns down Japanese government award for third time Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess
Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda was hit on the head while attempting a caught-and-bowled chance during Bengal’s Twenty20 practice game at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. Dinda was practicing with the Bengal team under the guidance of consultant VVS Laxman.The incident took place when Birender Vivek Singh played an uppish drive straight to Dinda, who attempted the catch on his follow through. The ball hit Dinda’s hands and ricocheted to hit his forehead.Dinda was seen lying on the ground with his hands on his forehead as teammates rushed to his help. Later a medical staff at the Eden Gardens also attended to him at the ground.He, however, got up and even blowed a few deliveries but CAB officials took him to the hospital after he complained of dizziness.Pacer @dindaashoke gets hit on forehead by a ball during #Bengal teams practice session at Eden Gardens. Pacer was rushed to hospital but doctors say nothing to worry. pic.twitter.com/4iCu5EB4NjIndrojit | (@iindrojit) February 11, 2019A CT scan was done and doctors said that the cricketer was fine and injury was not serious.”Dinda looked fine as he completed the over before returning back to the dressing room. As a precautionary measure, he was taken for scans. There is nothing alarming but he has been advised two days of rest,” a CAB official was quoted as saying by PTI.The 2011 Mushtaq Ali champions Bengal open their domestic T20 campaign against Mizoram in their group D fixture at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on February 21.advertisementAlso Watch:
My beloved points per drive numbers have been updated, and something interesting is starting to happen. Let’s look at offenses first. Remember, these are against FBS teams only and do not include garbage time drives. All data here.Texas Tech rose again after slipping against West Virginia the week before last. Tech ranks No. 3 in the country. Baylor is No. 8. OU is No. 9. UT and Oklahoma State are both just inside the top 30 nationally in points per drive. The only teams with better PPD numbers on offense than Tech? Washington and Western Michigan.Now let’s look at defense.Ohhhhhhh, Tech. They rank No. 128 nationally in points per drive allowed. Last place. OU, Kansas and Iowa State aren’t much better. Maybe that’s why there’s a petition to fire Mike Stoops going in Norman. Oklahoma State is No. 62 nationally. West Virginia is No. 16.Carson talked about this on the podcast on Monday, but I think these two charts are where the angst from OSU fans comes in. In Big 12 terms, OSU’s defense is actually pretty good even thought it’s not nationally anything to speak of. Its defense is up there with the best in the conference (although it hasn’t played many of the great offenses yet). Its defense doesn’t seem that far away from the leader (and its not at 0.7 points per drive).But its offense looks pretty average. Pedestrian. Run of the mill. It is over a point from being the best offense in the conference.Mike Gundy was asked about getting James Washington the ball on offense on Monday.“It changes each week based on the structure,” said Gundy. “Defenses have the choice, in most cases, who gets the ball on offense. It’s not like it was 20-25 years ago. Now, defenses can take away a certain part of the game, and offenses have to be able to adjust accordingly.”OSU’s offense hasn’t been able to adjust like it has in the past. It will have to over the next few weeks as it still has three of the top five defenses on its schedule.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Thank you for your feedback. Leeds appeared content to operate defensively and relied heavily on the impressive Paudie O’Connor, making only his third appearance, and Matthew Pennington to contain Villa’s free-flowing attack.But Villa broke the stalemate in the 29th minute through the on-loan striker Grabban’s fifth goal for the club. Some slack defending from the visitors allowed him to head in a seemingly harmless left-wing cross from Grealish.In sharp contrast to their indifferent first half, Leeds were more positive after the break and took advantage of some casual Villa play. The Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas went close to an equaliser with a fine dipping shot while Ronaldo Vieira fired just over.But Villa were still a threat and only a reflex point-blank save by Bailey Peacock-Farrell prevented Jonathan Kodjia – on his first home start of the season – opening his account in the 60th minute. Kodija was withdrawn after 66 minutes and Villa saw out the remaining time to record a third straight home win. Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter Aston Villa moved to within two points of the Championship automatic promotion places with a 1-0 win over Leeds. Lewis Grabban’s first-half header was enough to give them victory at Villa Park as Leeds fell to their 10th defeat of 2018.Villa, who at the very least are guaranteed a play-off spot, have played one game more than second-placed Fulham, while Cardiff – a point better off than Steve Bruce’s side – have played two games fewer. Hide Premier LeagueChampions: Manchester CityChampions League: Manchester United and Tottenham in the group stage, Liverpool will face a play-off unless they win this year’s final.Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal and BurnleyRelegation: Swansea, Stoke and West Brom League OneChampions: Wigan (pictured)Promoted: BlackburnPlay-offs: Shrewsbury v Scunthorpe or Rotherham (Sun 27 May)Relegated: Oldham, Northampton, MK Dons, Bury match reports Aston Villa Share on WhatsApp Topics Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Europe Quick guide Promotion and relegation: how they stand Paul Heckingbottom suffered his seventh defeat in 13 games since taking over as Leeds manager, while his Villa counterpart, Steve Bruce, extended his managerial record of never having been beaten at home by Leeds to eight games.Villa completely dominated the first half but had a more difficult job on their hands after the break when Leeds started to cause some problems. Jack Grealish, who produced a fine goal against Cardiff on Tuesday, again provided some silky play as he tormented Leeds and played a leading role in Villa dominating for long spells of the first half.Villa, buoyed by their success over Cardiff, were relentless from the start and Leeds had to stage a rearguard action to keep on level terms. Show Championship Share via Email Leeds United ChampionshipChampions: WolvesPromoted: CardiffPlay-off final: Fulham v Middlesbrough or Aston Villa (Sat 26 May)Relegation: Sunderland, Burton, Barnsley Share on Pinterest Jack Grealish’s spectacular volley grabs late win for Aston Villa over Cardiff League TwoChampions: Accrington Stanley Promoted: Luton Town, WycombePlay-offs: Lincoln v Exeter, Coventry v Notts CountyRelegated: Barnet, Chesterfield.National League: Macclesfield Town were promoted as champions, with Tranmere Rovers winning the play-off final. Reuse this content ScotlandPremiership: Celtic sealed their seventh straight title with Aberdeen in second and Rangers in third qualifying for the Europa League. Ross County are relegated, with Partick playing second-tier Livingston in a promotion-relegation play-off.Championship: St Mirren are promoted as champions, while Brechin are relegated. Dumbarton also went down after losing their play-off to Alloa.League One: Ayr United are champions with Alloa joining them in the second tier. Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers are relegated.League Two: Montrose are champions with Stenhousemuir going up via the play-offs. Cowdenbeath stayed up after winning their relegation play-off with Cove Rangers. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Was this helpful?
PSG Emery would rather ‘live the moment’ than worry about PSG job Sacha Pisani 12:44 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG PSG v Monaco Monaco Coupe de la Ligue Videos After winning a trophy on Saturday, the French side’s boss refused to dwell on his future at the Ligue 1 giants Unai Emery insisted he is living in the moment amid doubts over his future at Paris Saint-Germain, who claimed another Coupe de la Ligue title on Saturday.Emery helped deliver a fifth successive Coupe de la Ligue crown following PSG’s 3-0 victory over Monaco, though the Spanish head coach is still expected to be moved on at the end of the season.Thomas Tuchel is among the favourites to replace Emery, who found himself under pressure after PSG’s Champions League last-16 exit to Real Madrid. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked about his future as PSG cruise towards another Ligue 1 title, Emery told reporters: “My feeling is that when I think about my job but also my life and the one of others around me, is that we need to enjoy and live the moment.”We must think about the present, and build a great individual and collective present.”I don’t know what is best for me next year because I live in the moment, in the present. I am happy with this team, with the spirit of the players.”It is true that the defeat against Real Madrid is a big and terrible defeat. But if you put it away, I am very happy with my team.”PSG – 17 points clear atop the Ligue 1 table – were too strong for Monaco thanks to Edinson Cavani’s brace, while Angel di Maria was also on target in Bordeaux.th consecutive @CoupedelaLigue titleth @CoupedelaLigue win overall #PSGASM pic.twitter.com/nuff93RSW2 — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) March 31, 2018 “The most important thing, according to me, is the way we played,” Emery said. “I think that everybody who watched the game has seen a great game.”There have been some very amazing individual performances that have helped the whole team so I am very happy.”
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says that the Clarendon Alumina Partners (CAP) will no longer be a financial burden on Jamaica. He stated that “the Consolidated Fund will no longer be supporting CAP” adding that “very soon the entity will operate on its own”.The Minister was addressing Government’s decision to retain its stake in CAP, during the post -Budget press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday, April 25.Jamaica owns 45 per cent interest in Jamalco, which is vested in CAP, and the Government had been attempting to sell its stake in the loss-making company to Glencore. Alcoa owns the other 55 per cent.In his Budget Debate presentation a day earlier, the Minister announced that the Government has decided not to continue with the divestment, on the recommendation of itsnegotiating team.Mr. Paulwell told journalists that the Government has signed off on an energy solution for Jamalco, which will see the cost of production falling dramatically, thereby allowing the company to once more become profitable.“That is how we are going to clear the $26.9 billion that we have accumulated overtime,” he stated.The Minister said he could not divulge details of the arrangement at this time, but assured that he would update the nation at the appropriate stage. He informed that the arrangement will enable the company to continue operating, in order to preserve jobs, and more importantly, to provide a brighter future for Jamalco.“This energy solution is going to be pursued in a similar way to what was done with UC Rusal,” he said.The Government, in 2012, was able to secure a deal with the Russian-based company to maintain operations at the Ewarton refinery in St. Catherine and save 600 local jobs. As part of the arrangement, the company is investing US$100 million in a coal-fired electricity generating system for Ewarton.As it relates to ALPART and Kirkvine, which remain closed, UC Rusal says it will be switching from oil to gas as the main energy source, which will enable the restart of operations at the plants.UC Rusal had ceased operations at the three plants in 2009, due to the downturn in the global aluminium market, and the high cost of oil.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter
zoom The US judge Sean Lane has approved Eagle Bulk Shipping’s restructuring plan at the US Bankruptcy Court in New York, according to the Wall Street Journal. Eagle Bulk, the parent company of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc, started a voluntary “prepackaged” Chapter 11 case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York little over a month ago.Previously, Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA) with lenders holding more than 85% of the loans outstanding under its Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated June 20, 2012, regarding the terms of a balance sheet restructuring that will reduce its debt obligations by approximately USD 975 million.In conjunction with the prepackaged case, Eagle Bulk also filed its proposed plan of reorganization and related disclosure statement.The approved restructuring plans clears USD 975 million of debt, with the holders of Eagle Bulk’s credit facilities being given restructured owner’s 99.5% of the common shares.The remaining 0.5% goes to the existing equity holders, with the option of warrants that could raise their stake to 7.5%.The plan was unanimously supported by Eagle’s USD 1.2 billion facilities lenders.“The plan was negotiated and proposed by the debtor in good faith and with a legitimate and honest purpose of effectuating a full and feasible financial restructuring of the debtor’s enterprise while maximising value for the benefit of all stakeholders,” said Adir Katzav, Eagle Bulk Chief Financial Officer. World Maritime News Staff, September 19, 2014
Supports for patients living with leukemia and lymphoma is the topic of the next Cancer Answers public lecture. The Cancer Care Nova Scotia event will be held Tuesday, April 3, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre of the Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St., Halifax. It will also be available by video conference at 17 sites across the province. The lecture series is designed to provide Nova Scotians with quality cancer information. The lecture will be presented by Tanya Hastings, patient services manager, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. “A diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma or myelodysplastic syndrome is difficult for patients and their families,” said Ms Hastings. “Through funding blood cancer research, education and patient services, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada is working to ease the journey for patients who are living with these cancers. “During this lecture, I will talk about the support services available through our society and how patients, families and health professionals can access them.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a program of the Department of Health and Wellness, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for Nova Scotians. It supports health professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Its work with other organizations and its screening programs raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and educate Nova Scotians about available testing such as Pap tests for cervical cancer and Home Screening Kits for colon cancer. The goal is to find cancer earlier and treat it better.
New Delhi: IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will meet CEOs of electronics companies on Monday next week to discuss the industry’s concerns and deliberate on measures to boost sectoral growth and improve export prospects. An official privy to the development said that the IT Ministry has called the industry’s top brass, including heads of companies like Apple, Samsung, Flextronics, Foxconn, Dell, Ericsson, Intel and others, for the ensuing meeting. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn all, nearly 50 companies have been asked to participate in the discussions that would be geared to promote policy environment for the sector and improve prospects of exports. In addition, industry associations like Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association, Electronic Industries Association of India, and India Cellular and Electronics Association are also expected to participate in the talks. The government has come out with a national policy on electronics that aims to promote domestic manufacturing and exports in the entire value chain to acheive a turnover of $400 billion (around Rs 28.43 lakh crore) by 2025. The roundtable with electronics majors will focus on understanding industry’s concerns, discuss suggestions to ensure conducive policy environment for the electronics industry to flourish in India, the official said. Earlier this year, the Cabinet approved a new electronics policy which aims to create a $400 billion electronic manufacturing ecosystem by 2025 and generate one crore jobs in the country.
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says a reporter must give the RCMP material he gathered for stories about an accused terrorist.The decision is likely to be seen as a defeat for media that could leave them vulnerable to serving as investigative arms of the police.In 2014, Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch wrote three articles about the involvement of Farah Shirdon, formerly of Calgary, with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Exchanges between Makuch and Shirdon through a text-messaging service were crucial to the stories.The RCMP obtained a production order under the Criminal Code that directed Vice Media and Makuch to hand over documents and data related to communications with Shirdon.Makuch brought an application to quash the production order, but it was dismissed — a decision upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal and now the Supreme Court.More comingThe Canadian Press
Facebook Advertisement NWA versus Ice Cube. Biggie versus Tupac. Nas versus Jay Z. Nicki Minaj versus Remy Ma.Rivalries and beefs are a longstanding tradition in hip hop, from b-boys and b-girls battling it out in dance to rappers trading lyrical barbs, live or via diss tracks. But fans taking an artistic battle from a performance space into the real world is rare and surprising, according to hip-hop writer A. Harmony.“Battle rap is a fixture in hip hop. It’s considered a sport. It’s considered a form of entertainment and a chance for MCs to really showcase their skills. It’s a part of the music industry. It’s a part of the music culture,” explained Harmony, hip hop contributor to Exclaim Magazine. Advertisement But a full-on brawl ensued at a Pusha T concert in Toronto on Tuesday, after some audience members apparently tossed drinks onstage at the American rapper — who has been embroiled in an on-again, off-again beef with hometown favourite Drake — mid-performance. Briefly retaking the stage, the Virginia rapper seemed to accuse Drake of being behind the slight. The concert was closed down shortly after. Later, a concertgoer turned up at a nearby hospital with stab wounds, according to police.Note: strong language and violence in following videoThe drinks being tossed might have been something “between concertgoers that got out of hand,” said Harmony. It might also have been the result of fans “who decided to take this form of entertainment and turn it into something it wasn’t.”In recent years, there has been a noticeable rise in young music fans lashing out at rivals for perceived slights to their idols, whether its Beliebers rallying behind Justin Bieber or the BeyHive lashing out in support of Beyoncé.“We have seen instances of super fans kind of crossing the line,” Harmony noted, citing an instance this July when Nicki Minaj fans waged a brutal campaign against a Canadian freelance writer who offered a negative critique of the rapper’s music.Different kind of connectionToday’s fans aren’t like those of previous generations. They feel a different, closer connection to their idols thanks to social media — and that goes for rap aficionados as well, according to Emmanuel Tabi, a hip-hop fan and University of Toronto PhD candidate examining cultural production and its intersection with education and activism. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Rap beefs are a longstanding hip hop tradition. But have some fans taken the feud between Pusha T and Drake too far? (Getty Images) Login/Register With: Twitter
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador has made a deal with Canopy Growth Corp. to supply pot in the province once it’s legal next July.The publicly traded company is the largest of its kind in the country with eight licences across Canada.It will supply up to 8,000 kilograms a year for two years, with a one-year extension option.The deal is aimed at ensuring a safe supply of pot, but does not bar purchases from other providers that could be licensed over time.The company will ship product in at first, but will also build a $40-million production facility in the province that will employ about 145 people.It will have a store and there will be three more retail outlets as part of the deal.The production site is expected to produce 12,000 kilograms of flower and oil products a year by 2019.The province has no licensed production facilities yet.
Two people were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with foreign currency valued at over Rs 40 million.The customs department said that the two men are Sri Lankan Nationals aged 30 and 45 and are residents of Colombo. On being investigated the two men had US$ 229,500 and Euro 50,000 valued at Rs. 40,752,736.00 concealed in their waists. Investigations are being carried out by Director of Customs Rohitha Uduwawala, Deputy Directors of Customs Anura Walawage, Sisira de Silva, Superintendent of Customs L.A.D.J. Gunawardhana, Wasantha Kumara Kobawaka, N.L.R. Weerasinghe, U.K.D.A. Ratnakumara, Deputy Superintendent of Customs Vipula Fernando, A.A.D. Shanthapriya, Assistant Superintendent of Customs P.W.K. Lanka and W.M.M.K. Mihindukulasooriya.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its 153 States parties, opened its 84th session today with a call for strengthening the whole UN human rights system.The Committee, which regularly considers States parties’ compliance reports, and Eric Tistounet, representative of UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said the concluding observations would assist the States parties concerned in developing legislation, policies and programmes in the field of human rights.At the same time, they would be of particular use for the Office, both at headquarters and in the field, as well as for other UN bodies and other partners in the formulation and implementation of strategic human rights country engagements.The intensive efforts put forward by the Committee and their results through case law, general comments and concluding observations should be translated into concrete and effective enjoyment of human rights by all at the local level, he said.The whole UN human rights system, including the Office, as well as human rights bodies and mechanisms, should be strengthened to ensure better implementation of fundamental freedoms and rights worldwide.He noted that High Commissioner Louise Arbour had elaborated the OHCHR Plan of Action, which set out a strategy to deal with the key challenge of implementation, focusing on two overarching goals: protecting human rights and empowering people to assert and claim their rights.In his report on UN reform issued earlier this year, “In Larger Freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan proposed replacing the Commission on Human Rights, currently the main UN human rights body, with a standing Human Rights Council whose members would be elected directly by the General Assembly and who “undertake to abide by the highest human rights standards.”
Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk took part in a ministerial-level meeting of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to examine the current mandate and the future of the AU protection force currently deployed in Darfur.Mr. Annan has already written to Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir seeking his support for a strong UN peacekeeping force to replace the 7,000-strong AU mission (AMIS) deployed in Darfur, where fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels has killed scored of thousands of people and uprooted 2 million more in the last three years.The Sudanese Government has opposed such a force but said it was prepared to discuss UN involvement after the conclusion of a peace accord in the talks in Abuja, Nigeria, where the agreement with the largest rebel force was reached on 5 May. In an opinion piece in London’s Financial Times today, Mr. Annan reiterated that there was no time to lose. “As soon as possible AMIS must be transformed into a larger and more mobile UN operation, better equipped and with a stronger mandate,” he wrote.“No less urgent is the need to raise more money for emergency relief. Right now the region is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Without massive and immediate support, relief agencies will be unable to continue their work and hundreds of thousands more people will die from hunger, malnutrition and disease.”In Geneva today, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland warned that the period over the coming months was an absolutely critical window of opportunity for the international community to respond to such humanitarian crises as in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Fresh from a visit to Darfur last week, he told a news conference that without proper humanitarian funding these countries risked falling back “into the abyss.”Contrary to what had been reported, he said the Sudanese Government had not yet agreed to a UN force and at present was discussing the proposal. When and if host country approval comes, it would take up to six months or more to get the force fully operational.Meanwhile, he said it was absolutely essential that AMIS receive a more robust mandate to protect the civilian population and humanitarian workers and that its force be at least double the 7,000 personnel authorized at present.He noted that the Abuja agreement could mean that all of Sudan would get a peace process following last year’s peace agreement between the Government and rebels which ended two decades of civil war in the south of the vast country. The Abuja agreement could open the doors to the return of nearly 2 million internally displaced persons.In both the Sudan and the DRC, funding has been an acute problem this year, he said. With new funding from the European Union and the United States, it was possible that food cuts could be averted. On the separate issue of the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, Mr. Egeland said the UN was very concerned about the worsening conditions following the cut off of funds after the election victory of the Hamas movement. “This is not only a political issue, it is just as much a humanitarian and security issue,” he added.
“More people are fleeing war, violence and persecution than ever before. Emergencies in Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan are turning into protracted displacement situations,” said António Guterres, as he presented total financial requirements for 2015 of $6.23 billion, larger than any previous budget.While last year’s conference saw $671.6 million promised by donors, this year’s figure was down by over a quarter, with $500.8 million in pledges tabled. Though the figure promised during the conference does not cover all the agency’s needs, pledges are important as they give the organization a vital funding indication, allowing it to plan and continue operations to help the almost 43 million forcibly displaced or stateless people worldwide.“We need additional and more predictable ways of funding these emergencies,” said Mr. Guterres, warning that the gap between needs and available humanitarian funding was widening in the face of a population forcibly displaced people that had doubled over the last five years.UNHCR’s financial needs have more than doubled in the previous five years but the agency receives only a small annual contribution from the UN regular budget. Its programmes are almost entirely funded by voluntary contributions from Government and private donors. Over 2014, the $3.19 billion in contributions that UNHCR has received is less than half the amount needed, meaning that although the organization can cover the most basic needs such as water, sanitation, health and rudimentary shelter, important long-term activities such as vocational skills training, promoting livelihood activities or secondary education remain often underfunded.“More structural and development support is needed to help communities host refugees fleeing war and violence,” Mr. Guterres said.
Adrian Peterson added to his tough week when the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Carolina Panthers Sunday.Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another TD as his team rolled over the mourning Peterson and the Vikings 35-10.The running back, Peterson averaged 6.2 yards per carry, and finished the game with 62 yards on 10 carries and 21 yards on three receptions. However, the Vikings (1-4) didn’t play the star after halftime.Friday, Peterson learned that his 2-year-old son died in South Dakota after suffering injuries from alleged child abuse. The man involved, Joseph Robert Patterson, was arrested and charged in the case.“It’s tough. It’s a crazy situation,” Peterson said. “Anytime you lose a child, no matter the circumstances, it hurts. I can’t describe it. But I’ve got a good supporting cast.”Said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier: “I thought he handled it as well as you can.”
When Caleb Pedersen told his colleagues he was going to miss work on Wednesday, they wanted to know why, and he was a little embarrassed to tell them the truth.He did, though, and his co-workers laughed.Pedersen, 28, missed work at his investment firm because he was camping out in the parking lot of Vancouver’s first Chick-fil-A, which opens 6 a.m. Thursday. He wasn’t the only one.When Chick-fil-A opens a new restaurant, it awards free meals for a year to the first 100 people in line who live in nearby ZIP codes. The promotion turned the parking lot at the restaurant, 16400 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., into the city’s hottest campground for one night.Guests were allowed to start lining up at 6 a.m. Wednesday, although many arrived even earlier. By the time 6 a.m. rolled around Wednesday, 76 people were already waiting, said John Dombroski, 27, the franchise location’s owner.“We got to 100 people by around 1 this afternoon,” Dombroski said.The first three people in line showed up much earlier than 6 a.m. Hazel Dell residents Nick McRaney, 18, and Taylor Olson, 20, arrived at 11 p.m. Tuesday, but were kicked off the property by security. They picked up their friend Mat Philibert, 20, and returned at midnight. They were kicked out again.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale Police have stepped up their search for a man who, they said, robbed several convenience stores at gunpoint in 2018.Surveillance video captured the man jumping the counter at a Kwik Stop near Northeast 20th Avenue and East Commercial Boulevard, May 20.The footage shows the robber holding down the clerk at gunpoint as he cleans out the register.Investigators believe the man is responsible for five additional robberies between May and October, including Chevron and Marathon gas stations along North Federal Highway.If you have information on these armed robberies or can identify the man involved, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.