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Varsity-based teams banner PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup field

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AMA, Wangs, and Batangas are all slated to make the first three selections.The PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opens festivities on January 18, 2018. Completing the field are last year’s cellar-dwellers Wangs Basketball and Gamboa Coffee Mix, and neophyte Mila’s Lechon.Curiously, defending champion Cignal HD, powerhouse Flying V, and perennial contender Racal Motors have all opted to forego participation in the first conference.Three of the 12 teams have also secured a tie-up with PBA teams namely JRU with Ginebra, CEU with Rain or Shine, and Powerball with Blackwater.Interested teams have until Monday, November 27, to submit their letter of intent and pay their entry fees to be eligible for the upcoming conference.Rookies aching to make the roster will also get their chance as the 2017 PBA D-League Draft is set on December 12 at the PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSchool-based teams take center stage when the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup tips off in January.Seven of the 12-team field will be trotting out players from their respective varsity squads, mostly from the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ This early, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum is emerging as the favorite for the crown with coach Topex Robinson and NCAA MVP CJ Perez in tow.Not to be outdone is Foundation Cup runner-up Centro Escolar University which will bring back a virtually same core bannered by Congolese big man Rod Ebondo.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 shutoutAlso seeing action this year will be returning school-based teams AMA Online Education, Jose Rizal University, and Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, as well as newcomers Perpetual and Powerball-St. Benilde.Last season’s semifinalists Tanduay and Marinerong Pilipino are also hoping for another run to the finals. Champions League, Premier League, La Liga to air live on free TV CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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CA may allow its players to participate in Sri Lankan Premier League

first_imgUnlike BCCI’s opposition to the Indian players participation in the Sri Lankan Premier League, the Cricket Australia is likely to allow its players to feature in the inaugural Twenty20 league, starting next month.The BCCI had refused No Objection Certificates to the Indian players, saying that SLPL is not a tournament to be organised by SLC but by a private party based in Singapore on its behalf.CA acting chief executive Michael Brown and Ricky Ponting. APBut CA acting chief executive Michael Brown said he would discuss the details of the tournament, which is to be held from July 19 to August 4, with Sri Lanka Cricket officials at the ICC’s annual conference in Hong Kong next week. He, however, indicated it had CA’s “in principle” support.”We’ve got a number of CA camps during July, so our CA (centrally contracted) players will be training in preparation for the tour (of Sri Lanka) two days after the SLPL finishes — they’ll be locked into camps,” Brown was quoted as saying in The Age.”For the other guys, we just need to find out what the comp is, who’s involved. We want to support Sri Lanka Cricket, like we want them to support us. We want their players to play in our Big Bash,” he added.The SLPL will be played in Colombo and feature seven teams, each with up to five international players.The fact that Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka begins with limited-overs matches should preclude any CA-contracted players from participating.advertisementBut some state players like Victoria’s Brad Hodge and Dirk Nannes and South Australia’s Aiden Blizzard and Daniel Christian have already confirmed their participation.- With inputs from PTIFor 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

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All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina.“You know, staring across the dorm room at him back then, no, I never would have thought this would happen,” Peterson told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJordan didn’t either.“Frankly, no,” Jordan said Tuesday in a news conference previewing the All-Star game. “Growing back up as a kid here in North Carolina, the first thing is play basketball. Then things just evolved from there.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain mired in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market.But Jordan wants to change any negative perceptions of the Hornets or of Charlotte. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game, hoping the showcase will help attract marquee players in the future. He said Kemba Walker being an All-Star game starter also helps.“It’s an illustration of the type of players we are trying to draft and grow from within,” Jordan said. “So from a Hornets standpoint, that is on display this week. We have a lot of work to do and choices to be made to get to that (championship) level, but it starts with the presentation of what the city is all about — for other people to see and understand that this may be a small market but it is a unique city to be in, and that the fan base tremendously comes out and supports the game.”Dell Curry is expecting Jordan to go all-out for this weekend’s festivities.“He’s excited for the NBA to come to his home state and play in the building of the team he owns,” said Curry, the Hornets color commentator and former NBA player. “So he is going to roll out the red carpet. He only knows one way to do it, and that is big time.”Jordan’s is known to embrace a challenge.On the court, after not being able to make his school varsity as a sophomore, Jordan went on to become a two-time All-American, NCAA champion and the national college player of the year in 1984. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won three straight NBA titles — and after a stint in minor league baseball — returned to the league and won three more.Off the court, Jordan marketed his on-court success into a fortune.“He has always had incredible determination — always,” said Fred Lynch, Jordan’s former junior varsity basketball coach at Wilmington’s Laney High School.Michael Jordan’s older brother, James Jordan Jr., said it comes from their parents. He describes Michael as a “country boy” who never lost sight of his work ethic. He was the youngest of the three boys who relished a challenge, and James Jr. said their parents, James Sr. and Deloris Jordan, always taught the boys to go after their dreams.“Our parents taught us that you can achieve anything you want, but you have to have drive, that motivation — and you have to work hard at it,” said James Jordan Jr., who now works as an executive for the Hornets after spending 31 years in the military.Jordan changed the shoe game when Nike created Air Jordan, which he later spun off into the Jordan Brand.Now, when fans see the Jumpman logo, they think of Jordan.“I think it was easy to envision Michael doing anything at that point,” said former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr. “He was conquering the NBA world as a player and as a shoe salesman and endorser, so I think we all just felt like the sky was the limit.”Forbes Magazine estimated Jordan’s net worth in 2018 at $1.6 billion and Hornets president Fred Whitfield said he anticipates the All-Star game will have a $100 million economic impact on Charlotte.It should all make for an entertaining weekend.“I think when it’s all over,” James Jordan said of his brother, “he will sit back and relax and maybe smoke a cigar and say ‘that was a great event,’ and just be really proud of himself that he made it happen.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college.Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and tossing cards in their Granville Towers South dorm room. There often were arcade games — before the home video game craze hit — at the Pump House on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes While maybe unexpected, Peterson said he isn’t shocked by what Jordan has achieved.“Michael has always been very sharp, very smart,” said Peterson, now an assistant general manager for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. “He’s a very good listener. He gathers information and opinions and then makes decisions. And once he makes the decision to go after something, he goes all out. He is absolutely driven to be successful in whatever he chooses.”The All-Star game will be played on Sunday — Jordan’s 56th birthday.“It’s a constant reminder that I am getting old,” Jordan joked. “The All-Star game is always around my birthday and I wish it could be postponed a week.”The only thing seemingly that has eluded Jordan is ultimate success as an executive and team owner.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Kapil Devs wax figure to grace Madame Tussauds Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) Legendary cricketer Kapil Devs wax figure will be the latest addition at the Madame Tussauds Delhi as hes set to join other sports icons there. Kapils wax figure will be present among other sports heroes where fans will have the unique chance to test their cricket skills in a special dedicated area. His figure will be the latest celebrity entrant. One of the greatest all-rounders of all times, Kapil made his mark in the history of Indian cricket by leading the national team to the historic Cricket World Cup triumph in 1983. Kapil met with Madame Tussauds team for the sitting process, where a group of talented world renowned artists took over 300 measurements to begin the intricate process of creating his figure. During the sitting session, he expressed that “I am thankful to my fans who have paved my way to Madame Tussauds. I am honoured to be part of the attraction and to be positioned among legends. The sitting session was an unforgettable experience and I am looking forward to seeing my figure. I have lived and breathed cricket all my life and today I wish every cricketer a successful journey”. Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director, Merlin Entertainments India Pvt. Ltd., said, “Kapil Dev has been one of the most popular Indian cricket icons and rightly deserves a place in Madame Tussauds Delhi. “We are delighted to announce the presence of his figure here today and are certain that guests will be excited to play and pose with him at the attraction. He has been a master on and off the field and now will be a sought-after part of our attraction.” Madame Tussauds Delhi is an attraction that portrays the fascinating world of Bollywood and Hollywood, renowned sportspersons, historical and political personalities under one roof, through planned themes and interactive areas. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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US Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton says no plans to ‘take a knee’ in Austin

first_imgFormula One title favourite Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he sympathised with athletes protesting racism in the United States but had no plans to kneel during the national anthem before Sunday’s US Grand Prix.The Briton, whose paternal grandparents came from the Caribbean island of Grenada and whose mother is white, told reporters that winning the race was his priority.”I don’t really have a position and I don’t have any plans,” said the Mercedes driver, who can secure his fourth world title at the weekend if results go his way, when asked whether he might ‘take a knee’.”I know a lot of people in America so I get to speak a lot of black and white people who live here. I get quite a good view of what is happening here in the States and opinions from the Americans and about the movement which I think is pretty huge,” he added.”I have posted about it because I respect it highly and I find the movement that started awesome. I am very much in support of it.”Hamilton, who has a home in Colorado, has been active on social media in support of protests in the United States, posting on Instagram with the hashtag #takeaknee.A small but growing number of National Football League (NFL) players have taken to kneeling during the anthem before games in protest at the killing by police of unarmed black men and boys across the United States, as well as racial disparities in the criminal justice system.advertisementMore than half of all NFL players are black.President Donald Trump has denounced those who kneel as unpatriotic and called for fans to boycott games if players persist.Hamilton — who has said previously that the issue is a global one even if the anthem is not his — said his focus was standing on top of the podium.”Winning here is the most important thing for me in the midst that all is going on in the country. That is a priority. You know what I am talking about,” he said.Asked to clarify that, he said he was referring to an African-American reporter in the front row rather than all those in the room.”I am here to win and that is my focus. I don’t really plan on allowing all the BS that is surrounding the topic to pull me down in my stride to win this world title,” added the 32-year-old.”I have worked hard to be where I am today, and whilst I do have opinions and feelings towards the whole situation, at the moment I have no plans on doing anything.”last_img read more

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ESPN Anchor Bob Ley Retires After 40 Years With Network

first_imgBob Ley, a fixture at ESPN since the network’s launch 40 years ago, has decided to step away.The 64-year-old Ley announced his retirement Wednesday. He said during a phone interview that he made the decision late last month and started calling close friends and colleagues Tuesday with the news.Ley had been on sabbatical since last September. He was supposed to return in March but told the network he needed more time.“The company was understanding and I couldn’t have asked for more,” Ley said. “It was a constant process (in reaching a decision). When you step away and reassess things, life assumes a different contour where it is not to-the-second deadlines ruling your life and sometimes a personality.“There’s a heavy emotional component to all of it, but I am managing it.”Ley was ESPN’s longest-tenured anchor, joining “SportsCenter” on the channel’s third day of operation on Sept. 9, 1979.“Outside the Lines” reporter and anchor Jeremy Schaap found out about Ley’s departure when he received a call about doing a career retrospective on Ley for Wednesday’s show. Schaap has known Ley for more than 25 years, dating to when he started at ESPN as a producer for “Outside the Lines.”“I think the sabbatical for Bob was a trial run. He liked his freedom,” he said. “The past couple years, though, he was better than he has ever been before. He could show us not only his reporting chops but also his thoughts and opinions. That fourth wall was breaking down and it benefited the viewers.”Ley hosted the first NCAA selection show and the inaugural live broadcast of the NFL draft in 1980. He also anchored many of sports biggest news stories over the past 40 years, including the Boston Marathon bombing and the death of Muhammad Ali.He also provided the first live national reports during the earthquake in San Francisco at the 1989 World Series.The investigative program “Outside the Lines” will be Ley’s legacy at the network. It started as a series of specials, became a weekly show in 2000 and then began airing daily three years later.On “Outside the Lines,” Ley led reporting on concussions and the NFL’s handling of domestic violence cases. The show also gave extensive coverage to the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse findings at Penn State, which resulted in the resignation of coach Joe Paterno, and former U.S. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s history of sexual abuse.“Outside the Lines” has received four Edward R. Murrow Awards and two Peabody Awards.“Bob has been our North Star and always kept us going in the right direction,” said NFL studio host Chris Berman, who joined ESPN one month after it went on the air. “He kept us honest. When you watched him you knew what you were getting and you were getting it straight.“I know he is very at ease and at peace with his decision. He’s earned it.”Ley, who won 11 Sports Emmy Awards, was inducted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame this week. He said he plans to work with Seton Hall University, his alma mater, in retirement as well as continue to mentor young journalists.“I am proud of what we have built with ‘Outside The Lines.’ The only thing that serves the viewer is a fair and honest show,” he said.He also appreciates having been a part of ESPN for so long.“I’m proudest of being at the ground floor of something that has become an American cultural institution,” he said. “I don’t think you can write the cultural history of the United States over the past 40 years without being a chapter on sports and this entity, which is now a global model.”By: Joe Reedy, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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MLS Talking Points: Semifinal second legs

first_imgMLS MLS Talking Points: Red Bulls set to attack Toronto, NYCFC’s tough task and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 13:25 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jesse Marsch MLS Red Bulls 03252017 Noah K. Murray MLS Toronto Toronto v New York RB Portland Timbers v Houston Dynamo New York City v Columbus Crew New York City New York RB Portland Timbers Houston Dynamo Columbus Crew The conference finals will be set after three matches Sunday, with the New York sides facing uphill climbs to reach the final four One team must overcome the strongest squad ever assembled in MLS, another team must erase a three-goal deficit against the hottest team in the league.Major League Soccer’s New York teams are in trouble, and both enter Sunday’s decisive Eastern Conference semifinal second legs facing very long odds. The Red Bulls are heading to Canada to face a Toronto FC team that has been virtually unstoppable at BMO Field. New York City FC returns to Yankee Stadium knowing it will need to be close to perfect to erase the 4-1 first-leg deficit against the red-hot Columbus Crew.Out West, the Houston Dynamo are the underdogs heading to Portland for their second-leg showdown, but a rash of key injuries have left the Timbers looking vulnerable. The 0-0 first leg doesn’t give Caleb Porter’s side much of a cushion to work with, but the potential return of Darlington Nagbe and Sebastian Blanco to the lineup would offer a major boost. Article continues below 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 Here is a closer look at all three of Sunday’s conference semifinal second legs, and what each team will need to do to join the Seattle Sounders in the conference finals later this month:RED BULLS MUST ATTACK, BUT TFC POISED TO MAKE THEM PAYSacha Kljestan Chris Mavinga MLS 10302017Jesse Marsch wasn’t happy with how his Red Bulls started last week’s first-leg loss to Toronto FC, but a promising second half gives his team something to build on as they look to become just the second visiting side to beat TFC at BMO Field in 2017.The Red Bulls are a team that generally takes the game to the opposition whether at home or on the road, so they won’t be out of character as they look to attack Toronto FC to erase the 2-1 first-leg deficit.”We can’t go recklessly into the game, but I think we’ll be aggressive,” Marsch said earlier this week. “That’s in our nature. That’s what we always do. Whether we’re at home or on the road. And we still, over the years, have been good on the road at scoring goals. So that’s what we’ll rely on again, and we’re going to push the game.”We feel like if we can control, tactically, the way the game is played that we can put things more on our terms,” Marsch added. “I think that game was played on their terms more so we have to find a way to tip the scales.”The Red Bulls pushed the pace in the second half of the first leg, but failed to register a goal in the run of play despite having more of the ball. Having struggled to play through the middle of TFC’s setup because of Michael Bradley’s and Marky Delgado’s work in central midfield, the Red Bulls worked the wings more in the second half and will likely follow that plan again in the second leg.”My expectation is they’re going to try and get balls in front of our goal,” TFC coach Greg Vanney said. “And they’re going to try and follow that up and try to see if they can’t mix it up a little bit in the area.”TFC veteran Drew Moor is questionable for the match after suffering an ankle injury in the first leg. He returned to training on Saturday, but it remains unclear if he will be ready to start. If he isn’t, Vanney will turn to Nick Hagglund, who isn’t the organizer but is a dominant force in the air, which will make it tougher for the Red Bulls to try and have success pumping long balls into the TFC penalty area from the wings and deep in midfield.TFC could also be without playmaker and first-leg goal-scorer Victor Vazquez, who left the first leg with a hip injury. Vazquez also returned to training late in the week, but Vanney has a variety of options he can turn to as a lineup replacement, including Jonathan Osorio and Toisaint Ricketts. “We feel very good about the group that we have, and the fact that over the course of a long season we’ve relied on so many guys in so many big moments,” TFC captain Michael Bradley said. “That will need to continue to be the case.”TFC boasts the strongest bench in the league, giving Vanney a variety of options to go with tactically. He could trot out a four-man back line, or he could deploy the usual 3-5-2 and look to go toe-to-toe against a Red Bulls team that has the weapons to make things difficult, a team that could be dangerous as desperation kicks in.”I would expect that we’re going to get the most extreme, most committed, most determined version of Red Bull possible,” Bradley said. “We’ve talked and worked on what that would be like, and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure we take care of things in a good way and we can turn the tables on them.”NYCFC FACING LONG ODDS TO OVERCOME BIG CREW LEADDavid Villa MLS NYCFC 10312017Patrick Vieira has said all the right things since New York City FC’s 4-1 loss to the Columbus Crew. The NYCFC coach believes his team can erase the three-goal deficit, but the question is whether he will be able to convince his players.“We have to build the belief that we can do it,” Vieira told reporters on Friday. “The way we play the game, of course, we can concede as well. But we can score a lot of goals. When you look at our record, even last year, in games in general, we are capable of doing it.”NYCFC can score goals, and has scored goals in bunches in 2017. The club even very recently came within a Zack Steffen penalty kick save of scoring three goals against the Crew in the regular season finale. But a bigger question than can NYCFC score goals is whether Vieira’s side can stop the Crew from scoring. That is going to be very tough without suspended center back Alexander Callens. His red card turned the tide in the first leg, but also leaves his team vulnerable at a position that was already weakened by the lengthy injury absence of Maxime Chanot, who appears unlikely to play on Sunday.While Vieira seems to think the Crew will sit back and look to protect the lead, Crew coach Gregg Berhalter made it clear he plans on having his team go after the road goal that would leave NYCFC needing four goals just to force extra time.”It will be important to get a good start, but we also have to be cautious and understand how the opponent can hurt us,” Berhalter said. “And understand that they’re playing at home.”These teams played to a 2-2 draw at Citi Field two weeks ago, in a wide-open affair that saw the sides really throw numbers at each other. The action was also wide open in the first half of last week’s first leg, which saw both teams create multiple scoring chances before the Callens red card swung the match in the Crew’s favor. The Crew aren’t likely to be overly defensive at Yankee Stadium, but managing the flow of the game will be key in order to try and limit the pressure their defense faces.”Part of our gameplan is going to have to be to keep the ball as well, and not just rely on the counterattack,” Berhalter said.The Crew enter riding the longest unbeaten streak in the league, and will be a good bet of finding a goal on Sunday, but as daunting as the task is, Vieira believes his team can pull off the comeback.“This is a difficult task, there’s no doubt about it,” Vieira said. “There’s no team in this league who went (that far) down and turned it around, it never happened. But there’s always a first time. It may be Sunday, it may be next year.”TIMBERS WILL NEED BENCH TO STEP UP TO DROP THE DYNAMOLawrence Olum MLS Portland Timbers 07202017The Portland Timbers have had to call on their bench to help them get through plenty of injuries during the regular season, but they have not faced the kind of injury crisis they are enduring heading into Sunday’s West semifinal second leg against the Houston Dynamo.Diego Chara is out, Fanendo Adi still hasn’t returned from injury and Larrys Mabiala is a question mark after leaving the 0-0 first leg draw with injuries. Throw in the recoveries of Sebastian Blanco and David Guzman, who both missed the first leg, and the Timbers could be without half their top starters on Sunday’s decisive match.Timber’s coach Caleb Porter isn’t panicking. He knows what his bench is capable of. He also knows he still has MLS MVP favorite Diego Valeri, and he knows what kind of atmosphere awaits visiting teams at Providence Park.”I’m always confident, no matter who I have in, because I have a lot of confidence in this group,” Porter said. “And that’s not just one through 11, that’s the entire squad. And we’ve gotten a lot of results this year without a lot of starters, and we showed it again in the last game.”Losing Chara is a big blow, but having Guzman back would help solidify things in midfield. If Guzman can’t go, Porter will likely turn to a bench tandem of Lawrence Olum and Amobi Okugo in the defensive midfield roles, while Roy Miller should step in if Mabiala can’t recover from his injury.The Timbers attack should still cause problems, with Valeri and Nagbe leading the charge and Darren Mattocks having the speed to trouble Houston’s central defense. The ugly playing field at BBVA Compass Stadium kept both teams from really showing off their attacking quality, but that won’t be a problem at Providence Park.The Dynamo will also be without starting goalkeeper Tyler Deric, who has been suspended pending an investigation into a domestic dispute, leaving backup Joe Willis to step in. Willis has been a capable fill-in before, but Deric’s shot-stopping ability will be missed against a dangerous Timbers attack that will be sure to test Houston’s back line.The Dynamo will need to attack and search for that away goal to put real pressure on the Timbers. The speedy tandem of Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis create matchup problems against most teams, but the Timbers fullback tandem of Alvas Powell and Vytas Andriuskevicius were outstanding in the first leg and will need to be good again on Sunday to ensure that Portland advances to a highly-anticipated West finals series against the Seattle Sounders.last_img read more

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County cricket talking points: happier Somerset hammer Hampshire

first_imgBall one: Somerset restore confidence and stay on topAfter their defeat at Chelmsford last week, Somerset were back at Taunton and looking to re-establish winning ways. Their opponents, Hampshire, were a lesson in themselves, their strong start to the season dissipated in a recent run of draws and defeats. In such circumstances, it’s important to play positively and, by the end of the first day, the home side had notched over 400 and taken a first Hampshire wicket. The middle order did the damage, old hand James Hildreth making a ton, while young guns Tom Banton and George Bartlett chipped in with half centuries all at strike rates above 80. Seamers Jamie Overton and Lewis Gregory shared seven first-innings wickets and spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess bagged 5-26 between them in the second dig. Result: a huge 313-run win for Somerset and confidence restored.Ball two: Troubled waters at Trent Bridge Support The Guardian Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Facebook Ball six: Third promotion spot wide open after Sussex collapse at HoveSussex missed the chance to bank a win at the seaside, going down to an abject 393-run defeat at the hands of Northamptonshire. There were few signs of it on day one, with the visitors dismissed for a regulation 273, but the home side had “lost” the last session badly, Northants’ last three wickets adding 123, while both openers were shot out in the evening sunshine before double figures were posted. Ben Sanderson and Brett Hutton proceeded to stamp all over the locals’ sandcastles, with match figures of 10-55 and 7-79 respectively. All 10 sides in the division could still go up, but captains will need to be bold with declarations and fields, and bowlers will need to take wickets to squeeze the wins from tight matches. There’s some good cricket to come in Division Two.• This article appeared first on The 99.94 Cricket Blog• Follow Gary Naylor on Twitter Lancashire Share via Email The Serie A team of the 1980s Nottinghamshire Canterbury hosted Definitely Not Match Of The Week, the home side and Warwickshire batting each other to a standstill as over 360 overs produced just seven wickets for each side. There were big tons for Sean Dickson and Daniel Bell-Drummond and one should commend the attitude of Will Rhodes and Dom Sibley in putting on an opening stand of 221, all the while seeing a scoreboard that showed the height of the mountain to be climbed. Sibley was at the crease for well over 10 hours, which proved his ability to concentrate, if little else.Ball five: Lancashire and Glamorgan stay top of Division TwoAs in Division One, a couple sides look to be pulling away in Division Two, but neither could force a win in the hottest week of the season so far. Lancashire ran into Durham captain Cameron Bancroft, who made 77 and 92 not out to thwart a bowling attack that looked light on spin options, Matt Parkinson otherwise engaged playing T20 for the seconds. Another Aussie in form, Manus Labuschagne, added two more centuries to his season’s bag, but David Lloyd could have declared a little earlier for Glamorgan, a target of 326 in 66 overs always likely to receive the dead bat from Worcestershire. It’s wins that matter in a promotion charge and, even with three teams promoted come September, it’s best to have points in the bag while the leaves are still on the trees. features Share on WhatsApp If you were to ask Essex for their ideal trip to back up the win that launched their title challenge, they would make all the right noises about “no easy games” – yadda yadda yadda – but would be thinking “Trent Bridge, please”. And so it proved, Nottinghamshire’s desperate season continuing with an innings-and-plenty defeat to Ryan ten Doeschate’s men. It was a classic of its kind. Lose the toss and bowl in good batting conditions, but shoot out the opposition for 200 or so and knock a few of them off after tea. Bat all day (and a bit more) to take the defeat out of the equation and then use scoreboard pressure to prey on fragile confidence – and run through the batting again. Nick Browne’s seven an a half hour 163 and Ravi Bopara’s 135 underpinned the strategy, while the bowlers shared the spoils, showing great patience when needed, that invaluable experience from the title win of 2017 once more on show.Ball three: Olivier’s curtain call brings the house down at ScarboroughMatch Of The Week came, perhaps unsurprisingly, at sunny Scarborough, where the home crowd enjoyed a thrilling late win over Surrey, the points secured with minutes to spare. Duanne Olivier was the man who led the celebrations, inducing an edge from Yorkshireman, Gareth Batty, to end the Londoners’ resistance and put the White Rose in pole position to be “best of the rest”. It was a hard-fought win for the home side, for whom Will Fraine made a century and the two South African bowlers, Keshav Maharaj and Olivier, shared half the visitors’ wickets. Surrey will rue the fact that Yorkshire’s last four wickets added over a hundred runs in each innings and might wonder how four international bowlers let that happen.Ball four: The Batters’ Tale at Canterbury Read more Read more 99.94 cricket blog Reuse this content County Championship Division Two County cricket talking points: Essex beat Somerset to crack open title race Glamorgan … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Topics Somerset Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Read more County Championship Division One Share on Pinterest Cricketlast_img read more

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2009 Trends of the Game breakfast

first_imgThe annual Trends of the Game breakfast was held at the Panthers Sports Club with Australian coaches Peter Bell (18’s Girls), Kerry Norman (Women’s Open) and Tony Trad (Men’s Open) taking turns to speak to the audience about all things touch. Australian Mixed Open player Tony Eltakchi was the MC for the event. Bell spoke about constructing an elite game plan and the tactics younger players need in order to step up to the next level. He also told how the planning he had in place helped contribute to leading his 18’s Girls team to victory in the Youth Trans Tasman earlier this year. His speech consisted of elements of the game including A’s, line attack, driving, mid-field defence and line defence. He also spoke about the formula of success = preparation. Norman spoke of the principle of rucking and its importance and that controlling the ball can ensure that you control the game. Norman also spoke of her observations of rucking issues on day one competition at the 2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships and how to solve these problems. Tony Trad was next to take the stage, teaching the crowd about principles of line attack and acting half running. He told the audience about high and low percentage options and phase play and the significance of seeking help from the best in the business. “It’s really important to answer questions here at the presentation, at the fields, or via email…the purpose of these breakfasts is that TFA are trying to make resources available to you and we are part of those resources,” Trad said. You can be sure that the players, coaches and referees that attended the event will no doubt try to implement the things they learnt at the breakfast throughout the rest of the tournament.last_img read more

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2011 NTL Update

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Une bonne raison pour sourire

first_imgQu’elles soient utilisées pour manger, pour se bâtir un abri ou pour se défendre, les dents d’un animal sont l’une des parties les plus importantes de son corps. Les dents sont le sujet d’une exposition intitulée « À peines dents », présentée au Musée d’histoire naturelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Puisque le vendredi 24 octobre sera une journée de perfectionnement professionnel pour les enseignants de la province, les familles de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont invitées à venir explorer plus d’une vingtaine de stations d’activités interactives, éducatives et souvent humoristiques au sujet des dents. « Cette exposition donne un aperçu détaillé des dents, dit Laurel McIvor, conservatrice de l’interprétation du Musée. Elle vise autant les adultes que les enfants, et elle sera éducative et divertissante pour tous. » Les visiteurs découvriront la signification esthétique et biologique des dents, ainsi que l’importance d’une bonne hygiène buccale. Ils pourront aussi explorer le rôle des dents dans différentes cultures, la vie préhistorique, la littérature et la médecine légale. L’exposition inclut une section sur Dentistes sans frontières, un organisme qui apporte des soins dentaires et des sourires aux enfants du monde entier. L’exposition « À pleines dents » est appuyée par la communauté dentaire canadienne. Sunstar Americas Inc. Canada, qui produit la marque de produits dentaires GUM, est un commanditaire de l’exposition. « L’exposition explique les pratiques modernes en médecine dentaire en illustrant le lien entre les dents des animaux et les nôtres, dit Francine Gagnon, hygiéniste dentaire chez Sunstar. L’exposition fait la promotion d’une bonne hygiène buccale par des activités qui visent à stimuler l’intérêt et l’apprentissage au sujet de la santé bucco-dentaire. » Grâce à des figures historiques telles que Levi Spear Parmly, l’inventeur de la soie dentaire, et des personnages tels que Dracula et la Fée des dents, les enfants découvrent l’importance des dents. Une clinique dentaire miniature, incluant une salle d’attente, un fauteuil dentaire et divers instruments, permet les jeux créatifs. L’exposition « À pleines dents » est présentée jusqu’au 18 janvier au Musée d’histoire naturelle, situé au 1747, rue Summer à Halifax. Pour obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires sur les programmes et le prix d’entrée, consultez le site Web http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca ou composez le 902-424-6099. « À pleines dents » est une exposition bilingue produite par le Musée de la nature et des sciences et le Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal. Elle est commanditée par Patrimoine canadien, le Musée Eudore-Dubeau de l’Université de Montréal, Nobel Biocare Inc., Sunstar Americas Inc., l’Association canadienne des hygiénistes dentaires et l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec.last_img read more

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This AI tool will spot spoilers for you

first_imgLos Angeles: Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows. “Spoilers are everywhere on the internet, and are very common on social media. As internet users, we understand the pain of spoilers, and how they can ruin one’s experience,” said Ndapa Nakashole, a professor at the University of California San Diego in the US. Some websites allow people to manually flag their posts with tags that serve as ‘spoiler ahead’ warning signs. However, this does not always happen. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingResearchers wanted to develop an AI tool powered by neural networks to automatically detect spoilers. They named the tool SpoilerNet. On a theoretical level, researchers want to better understand how people write spoilers and what kind of linguistic patterns and common knowledge mark a sentence as a spoiler. The tool could be used to build a browser extension to shield people from spoilers, the researchers said. To train and test SpoilerNet, the team went looking for large datasets of sentences containing spoilers. They found none. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThey created their own by collecting more than 1.3 million book reviews annotated with spoiler tags by book reviewers. The tags encompass sentences that include spoilers and hide them behind a “view spoiler” link in the text. The reviews were collected from Goodreads, a social networking site that allows people to track what they read, and share thoughts and reviews with other readers. “To our knowledge, this is the first dataset with spoiler annotations at this scale and at such a fine-grained granularity,” said Mengting Wan, a PhD student in computer science at UC San Diego. Researchers found that spoiler sentences tend to clump together in the latter part of reviews. However, they also found that different users had different standards to tag spoilers, and neural networks needed to be carefully calibrated to take this into account. In addition, the same word may have different semantic meanings in different contexts. For example, ‘green’ is just a colour in one book review, but it can be the name of an important character and a signal for spoilers in another book. Identifying and understanding these differences is challenging, Wan said. Researchers trained SpoilerNet on 80 per cent of the reviews on Goodreads, running the text through several layers of neural networks. The system could detect spoilers with 89 to 92 per cent accuracy.last_img read more

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Indianorigin man charged with murder in UK

first_imgLondon: Scotland Yard have charged an Indian-origin man with the murder of a 69-year-old musician found bleeding on the doorstop of a home after being stabbed in south-west London. Gurjeet Singh Lall was charged on Friday with the murder of Allan Isichei, who succumbed to his injuries after Raj Grover a local resident called the emergency services on finding him bleeding outside his home last week. “Homicide detectives from Specialist Crime are investigating,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement confirming that Lall had been charged with the fatal stabbing. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The 35-year-old accused appeared in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday and was remanded to appear at the Old Bailey court next Tuesday. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with any information related to the attack on August 24 evening. Grover, who runs a property business in the area, had spoken of his shock at finding Isichei bleeding at his doorstep after the attack in Southall a suburb populated by numerous Indian migrants from Punjab. Grover gave first aid while his wife called an ambulance, but the victim succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “He rang the bell and I went out. He was full of blood, and then I was running to pick up a towel,” said Grover, who was getting ready to head out for his own birthday party at the time. Isichei was a former rugby player for Wasps Rugby Club and a keen jazz musician, who died after leaving the Plough Inn pub in Southall, where he regularly performed music. Wasps Rugby Club said it was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the death of their former teammate and coach. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to Allan’s wife Sandra, children Emma, Daniel and David, along with all his other family and friends during this difficult time,” the club said in a statement.last_img read more

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Husky resumes cleanup after major oil spill in Saskatchewan last summer

first_imgREGINA – Husky Energy is going to see how much more oil — if any — can be cleaned up from a major spill last July along the North Saskatchewan River.The company has started more shoreline cleanup and assessment of the leak, which spilled 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent onto the bank of the river near Maidstone, Sask., last July. About 40 per cent reached the river and the oil plume flowed hundreds of kilometres downstream.About 93 per cent of the oil was cleaned up last year.Wes Kotyk, an assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Environment, says the intent is to find areas that were missed, possibly because of high water levels.Kotyk says one spot has already been identified 18.5 kilometres from the source of the spill.“That’s one area where some oil has been observed and so they will be going to clean that up and they will be looking for any others,” Kotyk said Monday.He said Husky’s (TSX:HSE) cleanup work will involve 55 people, some on boats, as well as dog handlers moving up and down the shoreline to find possible cleanup spots.How any remaining oil is dealt with will depend on whether it’s found along the shoreline or at the bottom of the river, he said.“Anything that is recoverable will be,” Kotyk said.“A monitoring plan is being developed and sampling to determine if there is any submerged or sunken oil and, if there is, then they would have to come up with a plan for how to deal with that.”He could not say how long the cleanup will take, but added that Husky could be onsite the rest of the year if necessary.“It’s hard to say if what’s remaining is going to be done within a month or two months. It’s a matter of they need to do the investigation and find out what’s there first, and then they can determine what time frame that it would take to do that additional cleanup.”The spill forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut their intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months.Environmentalists have called for Husky to be fined for discharging a substance that could hurt the environment.Saskatchewan’s Justice Ministry is reviewing Husky Energy’s response to alarms before the spill to determine whether charges are warranted.Government investigators say the leak began July 20, the day before the spill was discovered. Investigators found that the pipeline’s alarms were warning of potential problems and continued until the line was shut down for scheduled maintenance at 7:15 a.m. on July 21.Husky Energy said last summer that pipeline monitoring indicated pressure anomalies at 8 p.m. on July 20 and the company started a shutdown at 6 a.m.The company, which has spent more than $107 million on the cleanup, said the pipeline buckled because of ground movement.Husky has said it accepts full responsibility and is using what it learned to improve systems and operating procedures.It could face fines of up to $1 million a day under the Environmental Protection Act and $50,000 a day under the Pipelines Act.last_img read more

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Fisher to star in comedy Unplugging

first_imgLos Angeles: Actors Isla Fisher and Matt Walsh are set to feature in upcoming comedy Unplugging. The film also marks the directorial debut of Debra Neil-Fisher, the editor of films like Ted and The Hangover, reported Variety. The story revolves around a couple who try to bring back romance in their lives by taking a vacation in a rural town. They believe that ‘unplugging’ from social media and technology will push them to reconnect with each other and will save their marriage. Walsh has penned the script with Brad Morris. Both are also producing the project alongside Deborah Liebling, Stephanie Laing, Kevin Matusow and Carissa Buffel for The Traveling Picture Show Company.last_img read more

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Morocco to Receive Second Cars of High Speed Train on Monday

Taroudant – Morocco will receive on Monday its second high-speed train (TGV) at the Port of Tangier Med, the National Office of Railways (ONCF) said on Friday.“The transfer of this train to the Tangier maintenance workshop will take place in a number of special convoys,” the ONCF said in a statement, adding that the train’s components will be transferred to the assembly and maintenance center installed next to the ONCF station of Moghogha.“The assembly of all these components will begin immediately after the arrival at the workshop,” the statement said. The high-speed train is the first of its kind in Africa. It will link Tangier to Kenitra in only 1 hour and 30 minutes.In the future, the TGV will connect Tangier to Casablanca in 2 hours and 10 minutes instead of five hours on the current train.When King Mohammed VI and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched the project in September 2011, the high-speed train was scheduled to be operational in December 2015.This date was later postponed to 2017 because of delays in the infrastructure work.The same source said that other trains, ordered for TGV Casablanca Tangier, will continue to arrive in Morocco regularly after their manufacture. read more

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El Othmani Admits Middle, High-Income Benefit from RAMED

Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani declared that 10 percent of RAMED’s beneficiaries are not the most disadvantaged.During the House of Councilors monthly session, dedicated to general politics, El Othmani acknowledged that 10 percent of RAMED card holders are far from being poor.El Othmani pointed out that the executive established a system to define RAMED beneficiaries in a fair and efficient manner. The objective of the system is to guarantee better quality of services for the most disadvantaged financially. The government plans to cover 90 percent of the Moroccan population with health insurance by 2021. However, as of November 2018, only 16.2 million of Morocco’s 34.8 million people have healthcare coverage.Read Also: RAMED Health Coverage Plan Incapable of Covering 3.5 Million Patients in NeedRAMED, which has been in place since 2012, along with Compulsory Health Insurance (AMO), covers only 60 percent of Moroccans.More than 25 percent of Moroccans (8.5 million) do not have medical care, especially the poor who live in rural areas, according to the World Bank 2017 Economic Memorandum.Quality of healthcare in Morocco is also affected by the many qualified doctors who emigrate because of the lack of proper infrastructure. read more

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Efforts underway to convert 10 Coffee Time shops into cannabis stores in

TORONTO — FSD Pharma Inc., says it is investing $1.3 million in Huge Shops to help with the company’s plans to convert some Coffee Time locations into cannabis retail stores in Ontario.The cannabis producer says Huge Shops has the option to acquire at least 10 Coffee Time locations, with the option to purchase additional sites through the coffee chain’s parent company, Chairman’s Brands. There are 75 Coffee Time locations in Canada.FSD Pharma says the investment in Huge Shops gives the company access to a “network with a well-established consumer base.”Second Cup franchisees file lawsuit against coffee chain over debt, ad fundSecond Cup has chosen 20 Ontario coffee shops it wants to turn into cannabis storesSecond Cup looking to convert Ontario coffee shops to cannabis storesThe plans for the stores, to be branded and operated independently from Coffee Time, are contingent on Huge Shops being granted the necessary approval by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.Last week, the Ontario government announced it will initially issue up to 25 licences in January for cannabis stores selected by lottery, ahead of the first day of private retail sales on April 1.Currently, Ontario residents can only legally buy cannabis through the government-run website, the Ontario Cannabis Store.“We’ve been observing closely what’s been happening in the Cannabis space and what other brands have been doing within the coffee space,” said Steve Michalopoulos, vice-president of brand development at Chairman’s Brands in a statement.“Aligning our coffee brand with Huge Shops presents opportunity to carefully evaluate our real estate network and potentially maximize the real estate to the benefit of all stakeholders.” read more

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At Security Council UN relief chief spotlights need to end human catastrophe

In a briefing to the 15-nation Council, Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, highlighted the extraordinarily difficult and dangerous circumstances across the country to deliver assistance to millions of people in need. Just this past Sunday, he noted, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a building 200 metres away from a facility that accommodates UN and diplomatic personnel, he said.“The parties to the conflict have a duty of care in the conduct of military operations to protect all civilian persons and objects, including humanitarian and health care workers and facilities, against attack,” Mr. O’Brien said, reminding all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to facilitate humanitarian access to all areas of Yemen. He said more than 1.8 million children have been out of school since mid-March 2015, bringing the total number to more than 3.4 million, when combined with pre-crisis figures. Over 1,170 schools are now unfit for use due to conflict-related damage, presence of displaced people, or occupation by armed groups. Water infrastructure serving at least 900,000 people has been either damaged or destroyed by airstrikes, artillery and rockets. Recent communication received from Saudi Arabia regarding the safety of humanitarian workers in al-Houthi-controlled areas has impacted the humanitarian community’s planning, causing delays to important missions over the past two weeks, he noted. This followed the denial of entry to Saudi Arabia on 17 January of the regional humanitarian coordinator.On 11 February, a vessel chartered by the World Food Programme (WFP) , traveling from Djibouti with a scheduled and approved stop in the Yemen port of Hodeidah, was diverted by coalition forces to the Saudi port of Jizan, he said.Humanitarian assistance reached the Taiz city enclave following a high level mission led by the humanitarian coordinator on 22 January, he said. The area faces severe access restrictions by al-Houthis, and is home to over 200,000 people. Deliveries included food for around 18,000 people, non-food items for approximately 1,250 families; and medical supplies – including 170 oxygen cylinders and 30,000 units of dialysis sessions.Over the weekend, additional assistance has reached the enclave, including food for a further 18,000 people, cancer treatment drugs, surgical items, intravenous fluids and anaesthetic supplies, as well as HIV antiretroviral treatments. Efforts are ongoing to establish a monitoring mechanism that will enable predictable access, as opposed to ad hoc ‘one-time’ deliveries, said Mr. O’Brien. Imports of Food and Fuel Humanitarian assistance must be complemented by efforts to revive the economy and flow of much-needed commercial goods, which has been severely impeded by the ongoing conflict, Mr. O’Brien said. Given the heavy dependence of Yemen on imported food and fuel, it will be critical to ensure inspections under Security Council resolution 2216 do not adversely impact the flow of commercial shipping into Yemen of basic items that civilians rely on to survive, he said.To that end, the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) has now been formally launched, he said, add that the Secretary-General has formally requested the Yemeni authorities and the Saudi-led coalition to appoint representatives to sit on its Steering Committee by 22 February. The mechanism will operate for an initial six months out of Djibouti, and will move to Aden and/or Sana’a when the security situation permits. UNVIM monitors will also be based in Dubai, Jeddah and Salalah to work with the relevant authorities, he said. Humanitarian AppealIn two days’ time, the 2016 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan will be launched in Geneva, asking for $1.8 billion to address the most critical and prioritized needs across all governorates in the country, including food assistance for nearly nine million people; water and sanitation support for 7.4 million people; urgent health support for 10.6 million people; and emergency interventions to mitigate growing and severe malnutrition rates, he said.“Nearly one year into the conflict, it is now more important than ever that we address the human catastrophe unfolding in Yemen,” said Mr. O’Brien, underscoring the urgent need for the Security Council and the international community to impress upon the parties to the conflict their obligations to facilitate unconditional and sustained access to all parts of Yemen, and to take greater measures to protect civilians. read more

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Fortescues Trade Up wins AMMA award for indigenous employment and retention

first_imgFortescue Metals Group won the Indigenous Employment and Retention Award for its training program, Fortescue’s Trade Up at the 2016 AMMA National Conference held in Perth last week.Established to provide sustainable career development opportunities for the company’s Aboriginal workforce, Fortescue’s Trade Up was launched in September 2015. Currently, 38 participants are completing the training, which is an accredited pathway to an apprenticeship.Chief Executive Officer, Nev Power, said Fortescue recognised the need to further develop career progression opportunities for its Aboriginal workforce.“By giving our Aboriginal team members the chance to work towards a trade qualification while on the job, Fortescue’s Trade Up is creating long term career pathways and, ultimately, changing lives. We are especially proud that 21 per cent of the current trainees are women,” Power said.Accepting the award on behalf of the company, Group Manager Fortescue People, Linda O’Farrell said it is very rewarding to see and celebrate the successes of this program. “We are incredibly proud of the Trade Up trainees, many of whom have progressed on to their formal apprenticeship.“The trainees’ achievements are shared with our contracting partners. The commitment of Downer, Goodline, Thiess, ICRG, GUMA, DVG and EGWYC has contributed to the success and sustainability of the program,” Ms O’Farrell said.Fortescue’s Trade Up includes a Certificate II level traineeship in the desired trade. Participants are trained while at work by qualified tradespeople and receive regular intensive skills training either on the job or at the Apprentice and Trainee Trade Training Centre located at Fortescue’s Cloudbreak mine site.The company’s training partner, South Regional TAFE, provides onsite training and competency reviews and assessment services, as well as Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy support and development.Picture shows CEO, Nev Power and Hon. Liza Mary Harvey MLA Deputy Premier; Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training and Workforce Development; Women’s Interests with Trade Up trainees at the launch of Fortescue’s Trade Up.last_img read more

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