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UP Lady Maroons halt UST Tigresses’ run for PSL Collegiate title


first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “When we were down we kept reminding ourselves that we have to fight.”Dianna Carlos, who missed UP’s previous championship in the other collegiate league due to injury, powered the Lady Maroons with 17 points while rookie Nicole Magsarile and Layug added 11 and 10 points, respectively.Eya Laure led UST with 14 points while Milena Alessandrini added 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img UP held on to a small 17-15 lead in the fourth set but that margin grew slowly to 21-15 after UST was called with a double contact violation.The Golden Tigresses then shot themselves in the foot when they couldn’t make a successful return, putting UP in the 24-18 match point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMaristela Layug then finished things off with a sharp kill from the middle“We were down and we were able to pick ourselves up and we were happy with that,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu. “The motto of day is ‘fight’ and we fought until the end.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fire is back in Mark Barroca as title drought ends for Magnolia UP Lady Maroons celebrate their latest title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines ended University of Santo Tomas’ undefeated run in the most opportune time, coming away with a  25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 25-19 win to claim the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam title Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Lady Maroons secured their second title in the offseason in the most satisfying of ways by getting back at the only team that dealt them their lone loss in the eliminations in the Golden Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


St. Ann’s Bay Hospital to be Expanded at a Cost of $140 Million


first_img The project will provide additional theatre facility and recovery area Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, on Friday, August 30, broke ground for the expansion of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in St. Ann at a cost of $140 million.The project, which is being funded by the National Health Fund (NHF), will provide additional theatre facility and recovery area, and improve overall care to patients.Phase one will cost some $59 million and will entail construction of a 3,572- square foot building, which will house two additional theatre sites, staff lounge, and consultants’ offices, along with a six-bed recovery area.The scope of work includes construction of a thick concrete roof and traditional reinforced block walls with specialised walls and floor finishes, installation of central air conditioning units as well as relevant sanitary fixtures, and commissioning of medical gases, surgical lights, and a fire protection system.Phase two will run concurrently with phase one, and involves the acquisition of mainly surgical equipment and furniture.Dr. Ferguson said that the expansion is needed, as it will better enable the hospital to serve residents of the parish and adjoining areas. The institution caters to persons in St. Ann, while patients are referred from St. Mary, Portland, Trelawny, Clarendon, St. Catherine, and St. Andrew.“The St. Ann’s Bay Hospital is experiencing an increase in the number of surgeries from a little over 2, 700 in 2008, to more than 3,000 by 2011.  The hospital serves a population of approximately 365,000. It was when I visited… in 2012 and saw the conditions in the accident and emergency department that I decided that we would begin work immediately to make improvements to the facility. I know the importance of having good service and facilities, and my commitment is to put the health sector and the people of Jamaica on the path to achieving our National Development Goals outlined in Vision 2030,” Dr. Ferguson stated.He said that the project should be completed by the end of this financial year, and urged the contractor to “ensure that we get value for money through the provision of the highest quality service that you can offer. Complete the work within the timeframe, and ensure that it is done within the budgetary boundaries established.”In the last calendar year, the Government spent some $375 million on infrastructure improvement projects in the public health sector.This year, over $500 million has been expended for upgrading work at health facilities, Minister Ferguson informed. This year, over $500 million has been expended for upgrading work at health facilities Phase one will cost some $59 million and will entail construction of a 3,572- square foot building Story Highlightslast_img read more


DP World, P&O Maritime to Operate Limassol Port


first_imgzoom The Limassol port privatization process has reached another milestone as the Government of the Republic of Cyprus signed contracts with the new operators of the port’s multipurpose terminal and port marine services.Namely, DP World and the government entered into two separate concession agreements for the commercialisation of activities within the port.DP World Limassol has been awarded a 25-year concession for the exclusive right to operate the multipurpose terminal, whose activities include break-bulk, general cargo, ro-ro and the operation of the passenger terminal, while P&O Maritime Cyprus, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DP World Limited, has been awarded a 15-year concession to provide a full range of port marine services including tugs and pilotage at the port.Both concessions will be awarded to a joint venture between DP World and G.A.P. Vassilopoulos Public Limited, a logistics and services company, listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange.Under the agreements, DP World will hold 75 percent of the share capital of each joint venture, as well as the management rights.A transition phase will follow during which the current Cyprus Port Authority will continue to operate the port while DP World and P&O Maritime Services undertake required activities for a smooth transition.According to the companies, the takeover date of both concessions is scheduled for January 29, 2017.last_img read more


Fincantieri Confirms Chinese Cruise Ship Order


first_imgzoomImage by WMN Italy’s Fincantieri has entered into a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation & plc for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for additional four vessels.The deal, subject to several conditions, has a value of around USD 1.5 billion for the first two ships, which will be built for the Chinese market at the SWS yard, a facility of CSSC Group. The first delivery is expected in 2023.“We are proud to be able to order the first China-built cruise ships and play a leadership role in developing cruise shipbuilding capabilities for the first time in China, which represents another important milestone in building a sustainable and prosperous cruise industry, and demonstrates our commitment to helping China become a leading cruise market as part of its five-year economic development plan,” Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said.The deal comes on the back of a joint venture agreed between Fincantieri and China’s shipbuilding conglomerate CSSC aimed at developing and supporting the growth of the Chinese cruise industry.The joint venture was set up to design and sell cruise ships intended and customized for the Chinese and Asian markets.last_img read more


Gladiator 2 story set 25 years after original film Producers


first_imgLos Angeles: Gladiator 2, the follow up to the 2000 blockbuster, is very much on the cards and will pick up the story two decades later, the producers said. he sequel was first announced in 2018 but producers Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have assured fans that the action movie is gearing up for the production with Peter Craig of The Town and 12 Strong fame, attached as a writer. “We’re working with Ridley. That’s one we wouldn’t touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate. We’re working with an amazing writer as well – Peter Craig,” Walter F Parkes said in a statement. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography”It picks up the story 30 years later… 25 years later,” Parkes told HeyUGuys. Initial reports mentioned that the sequel would focus on Lucius, the son of Lucilla from the original film. Lucius is the nephew of Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus, the Roman leader killed by Russell Crowe’s Maximus. Lucius considers Maximus an inspirational figure. The first part – Gladiator proved to be a box office sensation at the time of its release and earned over USD 400 million worldwide. Apart from its box office success, the film was also nominated for 11 Oscars, bagging the awards for Best Picture and Best Actor (Crowe).last_img read more


Artists for Peace and Justice Festival Gala Presented by BOVET Raises 14


first_imgAn impressive 1.4 million dollars was raised at the tenth annual Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) Festival Gala, presented by BOVET, held at the Windsor Arms Hotel during the Toronto film festival.Yannick Bisson, Susan Sarandon, Deb Rennard, Alan Cumming, David Danielle, Marchelle Sellers, Shantelle Bisson, Ben Stiller, Natasha Koifman, Suzanne BoydCo-chaired by Natasha Koifman and Suzanne Boyd, the event was co-hosted by an influential team, including APJ board co-chairs Ben Stiller and Susan Sarandon, along with Jackson Browne, George Stroumboulopoulos, Yannick and Shantelle Bisson.The event kicked off with a live-art “red” carpet led by acclaimed New York-based pop artist Peter Tunney. Inspired by the arrivals moment that the artist created at the inaugural event in the same location in 2009, Peter encouraged high-profile guests to dip their feet in blue paint to transform a canvas with a stencil that read “Grattitude.” The sentiment behind this piece celebrates the deep appreciation for those who have helped APJ flourish and the unwavering positive attitude they brought to support communities in Haiti over the past ten years. Those who dipped their feet include London Brown, Alan Cumming, Paul Beaubrun, Drew and Jonathan Scott, and Fefe Dobson.To highlight the power of service, new APJ CEO Marchelle Sellers surprised and delighted guests by leading the co-hosts and notable attendees, including Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon, Alan Cumming and more to provide the first dinner course.Awards throughout the night included the Canadian Changemaker Award presented by Birks, given by Alan Cumming to Kate and David Daniels, who have demonstrated that social responsibility goes beyond the corporate boardroom and must extend into our personal lives. David Daniels accepted the award by highlighting that change was one part of the equation, “If the people in this room are changemakers, then the people on the ground are heroes.”Previously given to individuals such as Sean Penn and Helen Mirren, the Peace and Justice Award, was presented by Ben Stiller and Susan Sarandon to Drew and Jonathan Scott. Said Stiller, “Drew and Jonathan are examples of how people can use their personal success to inspire others to improve the world around them.”Finally, the Lifetime Achievment Award was given to prolific and iconic actor and activist Harry Belafonte, who over his lifetime has been committed to fighting injustice.A live auction throughout the evening, led by auctioneer Lucas Hunt, helped to sell one-of-a-kind experiences in support of the cause, including:A Private Magic Show by David BlaineA Peter Tunney “Grattitude” pop art paintingA private one-on-one conversation with music legend Jackson BrowneA walk on role on the longest-running series in Canada, Murdoch Mysteries, and a private party in George Stroumbouloupolos’ homeA rare, special-edition boxed set of “Give” Portraits of Jean Michel Basquiat by Photographer Steven TortonA Dubai Experience complete with two VIP tickets to the GQ Magazine-sponsored APJ GalaFollowing the auction, notable guests joined Lucas Hunt on stage to drive a fund-the-need campaign to support the Academy in Haiti. Shantelle and Yannick Bisson educated guests on the need for student counselling services after graduation. Jeanne Beker encouraged guests to fund uniforms for all students, and Rajen Ruparell highlighted the importance of funding internet for all students. The campaign inspired CEO and founder of Jump Ventures, Hari Ravichandran, to pledge $330K to sponsor a science lab at the Academy. The donation comes through the Ravichandran Family Foundation, which is committed to improving health, promoting education and empowering youth locally and globally.Guests in attendance were treated to musical performances by Canadian singer-songwriter Fefe Dobson and Slaight Music artist Theo Tams. The evening was capped off by a performance from Haitian musician and long-time friend of APJ Paul Beaubrun, who was joined before the night closed by co-host Jackson Browne.“There is important work to do, there is beautiful work to do, and this is why it is imperative that we are here tonight,” said George Stroumboulopoulos.APJ’s mission is to encourage peace and social justice, working to alleviate poverty around the world. The organization’s immediate efforts serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education and training in creative industries, while expanding the reach globally by partnering with effective local organizations to give young women access to quality education. Thanks to strategic partner BOVET, APJ is able to give 100 per cent of every dollar towards meeting this mission, having raised over $31 million for the organization since its inaugural launch event in 2009 during the Toronto International Film Festival.“Ten years ago, I stood here in the same place at the Windsor Arms Hotel, after creating a live art red carpet led by Peter Tunney, and observed as many of us who are in the room today banded together to raise $50K to help children in Haiti,” said Natasha Koifman, Canada Board Chair, US Board of Directors and Festival Gala Co-Host. “What an honour and privilege it is to be standing here today, a decade later, after raising more than $30M to build a high school that allows 3500 students annually a chance at an education they wouldn’t otherwise have had. We all did this together and we should all be very, very proud of difference we make each and every day in the lives of the Haitian people.” Koifman then went on to thank and pay tribute to attendees and supporters who were there at the inaugural event in 2009.Generous sponsors for this year’s event to-date include BOVET, Birks, Stella Artois, AUDI, the Windsor Arms Hotel, Air Canada and NKPR. For more information on the organization or to make a donation, please click here or follow @artistsforpeace on social under the hashtags #APJ10 and #APJFest18.last_img read more


EPA pollution cases sent to prosecutors hits 30year low


first_imgWASHINGTON — Government figures show the Environmental Protection Agency has hit a 30-year low in the number of pollution cases referred for criminal prosecution.Justice Department data released Tuesday by the non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and obtained by The Associated Press show the EPA referred 166 cases for federal prosecution in fiscal year 2018 under the Trump administration.That’s down from 228 in 2016, the last year of the Obama administration.The figure under President Donald Trump is the lowest since 1988, when Ronald Reagan was president and 151 cases were referred to prosecutors.The EPA says its resources are concentrated on the “most significant and impactful” cases.PEER executive director Jeff Ruch says EPA enforcement has almost reached a level where it is “lacking a pulse.”Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Presslast_img read more


CasablancaTwo subSaharan Nationals Arrested for Drug trafficking


Casablanca- The legal police services at the Mohammed V airport brought to justice, on Tuesday, two sub-Saharan nationals arrested for possession of 3.5 kg of cocaine.The dealers, coming from Sao Paolo (Brazil), were arrested last weekend in the airport transit zone while they were about to take the Abidjan flight, a police source said.They are a woman from Sierra Leon who was hiding 2.2 Kg of the drug in her luggage and a Nigerien man, aged 27, who swallowed 82 pills totaling 1.3 Kg of the illegal substance.


Moroccos Benatia Absent for Two to Four Weeks Due to Injury


Rabat – Morocco international and Bayern Munich central defender Mehdi Benatia will be absent for a month due to a hamstring injury. It is now confirmed that the 27-year-old will miss both legs of his team’s quarter-final against FC Porto. The former AS Roma defender limped out of his team’s penalty win against Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.“Following medical tests I am out for two to four weeks,” Benatia tweeted on Thursday. “I’m disappointed, but it is an occupational hazard.” Benatia’s injury adds to Bayern Munich’s injury woes as many of the team’s key players are sidelined due to injuries. The list includes Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Alaba, Javi Martinez and reserve keeper Tom Starke.The Morocco international has made 10 appearances for the Bavarians thus far this season since completing a move from Italian side AS Roma in the summer of 2014. read more


Entrylevel training standard en route for Canadian truckers within a year


MONTREAL — The country’s transportation ministers have agreed to develop an entry-level training standard for semi-truck drivers nationwide.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the minimum bar to get behind the wheel of a semi truck will ensure drivers have the necessary skills, and will be in place by January 2020.Currently, Ontario is the only province with mandatory truck driver training. Saskatchewan and Alberta are to require mandatory training starting in March.The changes in Saskatchewan came after last year’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash tragedy, which Garneau referenced at a Montreal press conference following a transportation ministers meeting Monday.Sixteen people were killed when the team’s bus and a semi-unit loaded with peat moss collided last April.The driver of the semi-truck recently pleaded guilty to all charges against him, telling his lawyer he did not “want to make things any worse.”The Canadian Press read more


7 Things to Know If Youre Studying Abroad in Morocco


By Salihah Evans Rabat – You can spend hours searching the web for everything you need to know. If you are headed to Morocco to study abroad, look no further. Read on for a carefully crafted list of everything you need to know before studying abroad in the beautiful country of Morocco! 1 – Language The official language of Morocco is Standard Arabic, but it is not used in daily life. Instead, the majority speak Darija (Moroccan Arabic), a dialect of Arabic. French is also widely spoken. In some “touristy” cities, English is relatively easy to find. However, most cities are difficult to navigate without knowing French or Arabic. It is good to know at least a few Darija phrases before arriving in Morocco. Here are a few you will use all the time.Salaam alaikum: hello (peace be with you)Labas?: how are you?Safi: that’s fine/it is enough Shoukran: thank youLa shoukran: no thank youIyyeh: yes Wakha: okay2 – How to dress (for women) Morocco is an Islamic country, and 99% of the population identify as Muslim. Aligning with Islam’s emphasis on modesty, the majority of Morrocans dress conservatively. Both men and women often wear djellabas and many Moroccan women wear hijabs. As a foreigner, you are not expected to cover your hair, but many people advise you to cover your knees and shoulders to respect the culture and avoid unwanted attention. There are some more tourist friendly cities, like Marrakech, where it is considered more acceptable to wear shorts and strapless tops. However, this is not the case for the majority of Moroccan cities. Lightweight, long, and flowy clothing are your best bet for modest and weather-appropriate clothing. Maxi skirts and dresses, tunic shirts with leggings, boho pants, lightweight jumpsuits, and t-shirts are all ideal for Morocco.  Insider tip: You can buy traditional Moroccan clothing for affordable prices in Moroccan medinas. Kaftans, jabadors, and djellabas are sold for anywhere between MAD 50-200 in most souks.3 – How to souk shop like a pro!Souks are the name for the markets in Morocco. Souks are a large part of Moroccan culture. Large cities, like Fez and Marrakech, have huge souks lined with hundreds of shops and great prices compared to Western stores. Get ready to shop until you drop! These tips will make make you are a pro souk shopper in no time: Be prepared for hasslingWatch out for pickpocketingAlways carry cashAlways bargain: When shop owners notice that you are a foreigner, they are sure to raise prices. No matter how much they try to convince you that they are offering you a good price, you should always bargain. I have found that I can get most things for at least half of the initial asking price. Have a shopping map! Certain cities specialize in certain goods. It’s useful to know the best place to buy things to ensure you get the most authentic things for the lowest prices.   Leather: Fez.Rugs: Azrou and Fez Woven blankets: Marrakech and EssaouiraSilver: TifnitGold jewelry: FezPottery: Safi, Fez, and Meknes Spices: Areas east of Taliouine Argan oil: Essaouira. The best place is on the side of a road with argan trees and goats nearby.Beware of fakes! There is a lot of counterfeiting in Morocco. Rule of thumb: If prices for designer goods seem too good to be true, they probably are!Insider tip: Some souks, like the one in Marrakech, even have snake charmers, storytellers, and musicians. Even if you do not plan to shop, a souk is an experience you absolutely cannot miss. 4 – Street FoodStreet food is one of the most distinctive things about Morocco. Do not be afraid to try food vendors on the streets of Morocco. The street foods you absolutely cannot miss are: fresh squeezed orange juice, shawarmas, maakoudas, olives, khobz, snails, and brochettes. Insider tip: Though it is often tempting, it is best to stray away from unusually cheap meat. Any meals containing meat that are sold for less than MAD 10 should be avoided at all costs. They are not typical meat. They can be anything ranging from cat, dog, or liver to leftover scraps from a butcher.   5 – Beware of scammingScamming has been described as a national sport in Morocco. Some argue that Morocco has the most tourist-targeted scams in the world. As a foreigner, you are likely to encounter people trying to scam you every single day. If you do not stay alert, you will be scammed. Here are a few tips to avoid scams: Always, always, always count your change!If you get henna, make it clear what you want and that you refuse to pay any more than the price agreed upon beforehand.  Tell taxi drivers to turn on the meter at the beginning of your ride. Be aware of fake tour guides. If men are insistent that a random alleyway is closed, they are most likely just trying to lead you to a store or tannery.Do not take pictures of snake charmers, musicians, or chained monkeys unless you are willing to pay. Insider Tip: People are not always what they seem. Many people will appear to be friendly and gain your trust, then demand money after helping you. Use discretion when soliciting help from strangers. 6 – Stray cats Moroccan streets are loaded with stray cats. You cannot go anywhere without seeing a handful of cats. They will sometimes brush past your legs while you sip on a cup of tea at a table outside a cafe. Expect to become very familiar with your neighborhood cats.  Insider tip: If you are allergic to cats, be sure to bring a lot of allergy medicine! 7 – NightlifeIf you are used to partying every weekend at your home university, you should expect a major lifestyle change during your time in Morocco. In some cities, nightlife in Morocco is all but nonexistent. The majority of nightlife takes place in hotel bars, restaurants, and lounges but there are a few nightclubs in major cities. Marrakech, Agadir, and Casablanca are the Moroccan cities most known for their nightlife.  Because the Qur’an forbids drinking, many Moroccans do not drink. Liquor is very expensive and can only be bought in bars, hotels, and liquor stores. Liquor stores are discrete and scattered around big cities. You cannot purchase liquor outside of a bar after 8 p.m. and drinking in public is strictly forbidden. Alcohol sales stop 10 days before Ramadan and resume 10 days after it.Insider tip: Liquor is highly stigmatized in Morocco. If you are staying with a family, it is considered very offensive to come home late and smelling of alcohol.Read Part 2 for the final eight things you should know before studying abroad in Morocco. read more


US lawmaker east Med cooperation to counter Russia


NICOSIA, Cyprus — A senior U.S. lawmaker says the U.S. wants to work with Cyprus and ally Israel to buttress peace in the eastern Mediterranean and to head off Russian influence over the region’s energy reserves.Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the U.S. is looking for friendly nations in the region that share core democratic values in light of what he calls Russia’s “malevolent machinations.”After meeting the Cypriot president Monday, Engel said Russia “should not be able to control the situation” over Cyprus’ rights to offshore gas deposits.Engel said he believes there will be progress in efforts to lift a 32-year-old U.S. arms embargo on Cyprus, adding that “this is no longer the 1970s and we have to look at each problem with a fresh look.”The Associated Press read more


Progress being made on Myanmar aid effort says UNs top relief official


28 July 2008A degree of normality has returned to some areas affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, and there are visible signs of progress in reconstruction, the United Nations’ top relief official said today after returning from a three-day visit, though he cautioned that there was no room for complacency. “Quite a lot of progress has been made since I was last there two months ago – a lot of houses have been repaired since we were last there, a lot of work has been done on schools and clinics to try and get them back into better shape, and it was possible to see a lot of activity going on in the fields,” John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters in New York today.Mr. Holmes also said that access for international aid workers to the affected areas in the Ayeyarwady Delta was now in place, and that hundreds were currently deployed there. Stressing that a relief coordination group consisting of the Government of Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN was working well, Mr. Holmes, who is also the Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that he was pleased that an agreement had been reached on extending the group’s collaboration for at least another year.The Under-Secretary-General said he hoped at least some of the five helicopters currently flown by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Myanmar would continue to operate for another three months to ensure that aid agencies could reach the remote areas.“We can’t say for certain that we’ve reached 100 per cent of the affected people but… we can say that we have reached virtually everyone with some kind of aid,” Mr. Holmes added. “The main challenge for the next few months is to ensure a more systematic pipeline of aid for the next six to nine months because people, particularly in the more remote areas where it’s still very hard to reach, will need quite a lot of help for some time to come.”Mr. Holmes said that, out of a UN appeal for $482 million to deal with the effects of the devastating cyclone, about $200 million had been committed so far.He added that UN agencies, as well as other aid groups, had been affected by fluctuating exchange rates for foreign exchange certificates which the Myanmar Government issues to foreign organizations buying goods and services in the country. Overall, Mr. Holmes said he was encouraged by what he saw and by his discussions with the Government, but warned that aid efforts still needed ongoing support.“It’s clear that there’s absolutely no room for complacency in this – there’s still a lot to do to make the relief operation a lasting success – to reach everybody with all that they need for a sustained period,” he said. read more


Womens access to reproductive health care critical to ending poverty UN reports


The report, People, Poverty and Possibilities: Making Development Work for the Poor, contends that reducing the gender gap in health and education can significantly reduce personal and household poverty and generate national economic growth.Reproductive health problems are among the main insecurities associated with poverty, according to the report, which notes that poor women have more unwanted children since they lack access to reproductive health services and information. At the same time, gender inequality often deprives women of the ability to refuse risky practices, keeps women uninformed about prevention, and puts them last in line for care and life-saving treatment. The report calls for greater investments in universal health care and women’s education, noting that schooling for mothers has been proven to contribute more to reducing the rate of child malnutrition than improvements in food availability. Closing the gender gap in education also helps women to reduce fertility and improves child survival. In countries where girls are only half as likely to go to school as boys, there are on average 21.1 more infant deaths per 1,000 live births than in countries with no such gender gap, according to the study.Speaking at the report’s launch in New York, Jeffrey Sachs, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on the UN Millennium Development Goals, said the report underscores the fact that women’s access to reproductive health services is not just a worthy goal on its own, “but an absolutely critical tool to alleviating poverty.”Reproductive health, family planning services and population policies feed into all of the Millennium Development Goals, which were set by world leaders at a UN summit meeting in 2000, Mr. Sachs said. The report shows how giving greater access to reproductive health services “is a central component of the overall struggle against poverty,” he said.Asked about the decision by the United States administration to cut off funding to UNFPA, Mr. Sachs said, “There is a growing recognition in American politics that poverty alleviation is actually part of a national security need and strategy for the United States and for other countries as well.” He voiced hope that the administration would “take a realistic view of what are the best ways to achieve poverty alleviation… and read this report.” read more


RIEGL and Aeroscout strengthen business relationship


first_imgRIEGL and Aeroscout have worked closely for many years. As one of the pioneers in the UAV LiDAR field, Aeroscout has integrated RIEGL scanners into many of their systems, many of which are used in mining and mineral exploration. In 2016, RIEGL and Aeroscout have strengthened their long-standing business relationship by entering into a strategic partnership, “which both companies expect to benefit their technological exchange and input for future development of highly advanced UAV platforms with integrated LiDAR solutions.”This partnership further strengthens both RIEGL and Aeroscout’s UAV LiDAR leadership role in the industry by reinforcing long-term cooperation between the two companies and expands the portfolio of products that RIEGL offers to meet UAV LiDAR mapping demands. “The cooperation, now based upon RIEGL’s shareholdership in Aeroscout, will further intensify the already existing bond between the two firms and benefit both our companies’ position in the international markets by offering an even broader array of highly advanced, survey-grade LiDAR sensors integrated in complementary UAV/UAS platforms: RIEGL’s electrically powered multi-rotor RiCOPTER and Aeroscout’s piston-engine powered helicopter-type Scout″, said Dr Johannes Riegl, RIEGL CEO.“We are very excited about this partnership with the worldwide known RIEGL company. This partnership motivates us to further concentrate on our UAV system performance and future technical specifications. Together with RIEGL products, we have already been operating our UAV LiDAR solution in many countries world-wide and we know from our field experience how important it is to rely on the right partner under real-world conditions,” Dr Christoph Eck, Aeroscout CEO, stated.last_img read more


Missing Malaysian plane may have flown for 4 hours after losing contact


first_imgUS INVESTIGATORS SUSPECT the missing Malaysian airliner was in the air for four hours after its last confirmed contact, and may have been diverted to an unknown location.The Wall Street Journal said US aviation investigators and national security officials are basing their theory on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing 777′s Rolls-Royce engines, which suggested the plane flew for a total of five hours.The WSJ attributed the information to two unidentified sources “familiar with the details”. Rolls-Royce in Singapore said it could not comment on an ongoing investigation.“We continue to monitor the situation and offer our support to Malaysia Airlines,” the British engine maker said in a statement from Singapore.The report could mean that the Malaysia Airlines flight, which had 239 people on board, travelled for hundreds of miles after its last contact with air traffic control at around 1:30 am Saturday (5:30pm GMT Friday) about an hour after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.Philippine crew members search over the South China Sea for the missing plane. (AP Photo)Search teams are already covering a huge area comprising 27,000 nautical miles (more than 90,000 square kilometres), from the South China Sea to the waters west of Malaysia.Malaysian investigators have made clear that they are still considering hijacking as one of their lines of inquiry and the CIA has not ruled out a terror link.Theories“US counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner’s transponders to avoid radar detection,” the WSJ reported, citing “one person tracking the probe”.It went on to say that the uncertainty over the plane’s course and why its transponders were not working “has raised theories among investigators that the aircraft may have been commandeered for a reason that appears unclear to US authorities”.Indonesian Air Force officers look at a map of the Malacca Strait during a briefing about the search operation. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Officials had been told that investigators were pursuing the theory that the plane was diverted “with the intention of using it later for another purpose”, the WSJ quoted one source as saying.New Scientist magazine also reported that Rolls-Royce had received “at least two bursts of technical data” from flight MH370 at its British monitoring centre in Derby, which keeps a real-time track of its engines in use on civilian aircraft around the world.One of the data sets was sent on takeoff, the other during the climb towards Beijing, the magazine said on its website yesterday.It said the engine data was “filtered” from a larger report from the plane’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) system — which puts out information about location and airspeed.Relatives of passengers wait for the latest news inside a hotel room set up for them in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Malaysia Airlines has said that all its aircraft are equipped with ACARS, but has said that “no information was relayed” by the system installed on flight MH370 and that there was no distress signal from the cockpit.Frustration over the shifting focus of the search and apparent lack of concrete information on the plane’s flight path has led to accusations of a chaotic and confused response by the Malaysian authorities and the airline.- © AFP, 2014Read: Satellite images of possible missing plane debris released by Chinese government > Read: Malaysia under fire over ‘chaotic’ search for missing jet >last_img read more


EggShaped Robots Teaching Kids English in South Korea


first_imgI’ve had a lot of strange-looking teachers, over the years, but none quite so odd as Engkey. The egg-shaped robot with a human face is teaching English to classes at 21 elementary schools in South Korea’s Daegu.The robots stand around 3.3 feet high. The aforementioned human face–that of a Caucasian woman–is located on a small TV panel. The robots are controlled by be English teachers in the Philippines who are monitoring the kids’ reactions remotely. The teachers’ expressions, meanwhile, are detected by cameras and displayed on the robot teacher’s face.The schools have opted for the robots due to the low cost of hiring Filipino teachers. The ‘bots have apparently been a hit, thus far. “The kids seemed to love it since the robots look, well, cute and interesting. But some adults also expressed interest, saying they may feel less nervous talking to robots than a real person,” school official Kim Mi-Young told the press. “Having robots in the classroom makes the students more active in participating, especially shy ones afraid of speaking out to human teachers.”last_img read more


Chris Cornell commits suicide at 52


first_imgCornell with his Greek American wife and two kids. Photo: Celebrity CouplesChris Cornell, 52, was found dead on Wednesday night by a friend, on the bathroom floor of his room at the MGM Grand Hotel hours after performing in Detroit.According to the Wayne County medical examiner’s office ruling the cause was suicide by hanging. A full autopsy had not yet been completed. Mr. Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, told CNN in a statement that the death was “sudden and unexpected.”“His wife Vicky (nee Karayiannis) and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” the statement read. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.” At the baptism of his son Christopher.The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman married Vicky Karayiannis back in 2004 a few months into the relationship. He even converted to Greek Orthodox Christianism and had both his children Christopher and Toni baptised at a Greek Church. Famous Greek singer Anna Vissi is his son’s godmother. Even though Cornell had been struggling with depression, the couple were very in love and the star even tweeted a heartfelt message to Vicky on Mother’s Day which read: “To my @vickycornell you are an angel and a lioness. The perfect mother and the perfect wife. I love you! Happy #MothersDay2017”Meanwhile, as per a photo published by CNN, the band’s set list suggested the gig was to conclude with an encore of Behind the Wheel, however, the last song Cornell and his band performed was a cover of In My Time of Dying, an old blues song recorded by Blind Willie Johnson, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and others. Its opening lines are: “In my time of dying, want nobody to mourn/ All I want for you to do is take my body home.”The family in Greece with Christopher’s nona Anna Vissi.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


LA ports reopening after crippling strike


first_imgLOS ANGELES — Work resumed Wednesday at the nation’s busiest port complex after a crippling strike was settled, ending an eight-day walk-off that affected thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in cargo.Gates at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors reopened, and dockworkers were ready to resume loading and unloading at least 13 ships that had been stuck for days, Los Angeles port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said.“We expect to start seeing some significant movement today,” he said.Television reports showed huge cargo vessels moving into port, and a line of trucks waiting to enter a terminal.Clerical workers who said that shippers were sending their jobs overseas struck on Nov. 27 and thousands of dockworkers in the same union refused to cross picket lines, paralyzing much of the port complex that handles 44 percent of all container cargo that arrives by sea nationwide, including items such as cars from Japan and computers from China.Negotiators reached a tentative agreement to end the strike late Tuesday, two hours after federal mediators arrived from Washington, D.C. No details about the terms of the deal had been released by early Wednesday, though a statement from the workers’ union said it had won new protections preventing jobs from being outsourced.Port officials estimated that roughly $760 million worth of cargo a day was failing to move through the ports during the walkout. Some 20 ships diverted to other ports in California and Mexico while others scheduled to reach Southern California simply didn’t sail.last_img read more


UPDATE Florida Editor Fired Over Plagiarism


first_imgFollowing publication of the report, Ocala magazine publisher Linda Marks fired Lee. Lee did not immediately return a request from FOLIO: seeking comment.In an e-mail to the paper, Lee said the plagiarism was unintentional, and hinted that it was a result of the magazine being understaffed.”Producing 17 issues a year is a huge responsibility, especially with a limited staff and little to no freelancers,” she wrote. “Many times I’m working and researching dozens of stories months and months ahead of time collecting data, ideas, thoughts, quotes and the like from every resource possible. All of this goes into a running file that I keep on my desktop, referencing, revising and cutting as it gets closer to deadline. I do my best to keep detailed notes as to where the items come from and I believe that as I work through the files, getting closer to finished copy that I amend all the information to be in my own voice. So when I say that I never intentionally reproduced someone else’s work as my own, I’m being truthful.”Lee said the magazine was in the process of implementing a software program to check for plagiarism in future articles as well as in its online archives.On Monday, a message on the Ocala magazine homepage said the Web site was “temporarily down for maintenance.” The editor of a regional magazine based in Florida has been fired after being accused of plagiarizing from magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah magazine and Entertainment Weekly.According to a report in the Ocala, Florida Star Banner, there are at least 20 examples of plagiarism in stories and columns written by Ocala magazine editor Heather Lee, spanning a period of four years. Those examples contain phrases, paragraphs and passages, in whole or in part, lifted from a variety of sources. A 2008 column, for example, was copied “almost verbatim” from a 2003 story published on indiebride.com, according to the paper.last_img read more