first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The game was billed as a matchup between the defending league MVP Westbrook and the early season front runner for the award Bucks superstar Antetokounmpo.But unlike Greece’s Antetokounmpo, Westbrook got plenty of help from his supporting cast Tuesday as Paul George scored a team-high 20 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 17.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 shutoutJeremi Grant also finished with 17 for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent and improved to 4-3 on the season.“I thought we played a great game on offense in the first half,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. “We really moved the ball well and we generated high-quality shots.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Milwaukee struggled to keep pace without him and fell behind by as many as 24 before going into halftime down 60-42.In Los Angeles, Julius Randle came off the bench to score 17 points and lead seven players in double figures as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the red-hot Detroit Pistons 113-93. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points, Larry Nance tallied 14 and 12 rebounds for the Lakers. Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris scored 18 points each for the Pistons, who dropped to 5-3 on the season. Lakers stop Pistons“I don’t think we are going to play that great every night but it shows that our team is capable of being a very good basketball team when we are playing together,” said Lakers coach Luke Walton.The Pistons were coming off back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The Clippers were the last unbeaten team before Detroit rallied from 13 points down in the third quarter to win 95-87.In Indianapolis, the Pacers also used a balanced scoring attack to crush the Sacramento Kings 101-83 as Lithuanian forward Domantas Sabonis delivered his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.Bojan Bogdanovic, of Croatia, scored a team-high 17 points while American Thaddeus Young chipped in 15 for Indiana who improved to 4-3 on the season. View comments The 22-year-old Antetokounmpo led the Bucks but failed to reach the 30-point mark for just the second time this season.Antetokounmpo, who grew up in Athens and is of Nigerian descent, hit nine of 14 shots, including a pair of three-pointers. But Milwaukee shot just 42.1 percent overall as they lost their second game in the last three.“They just played better than us,” Antetokounmpo said. “They were more physical than us. We need to do a better job of being ready, especially against teams like OKC.” Oklahoma City wasted little time setting the tone, using a 16-0 run to jump out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead. Antetokounmpo drew his third foul just a minute into the second quarter and spent the next eight minutes on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Victor Oladipo, who led the Pacers in scoring each of the first six games, finished with 14 points on four-of-10 shooting. Cory Joseph added 13 points off the Indiana bench.Elsewhere, the Phoenix Suns blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter but made enough timely plays down the stretch to beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114. Devin Booker scored 32 points for Phoenix, his second 30-point game of the season and the 22nd of his career. The Suns improved to 3-1 since Canadian Jay Triano took over as interim coach, replacing Earl Watson last week. MOST READ Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 28 points but reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook claimed bragging rights as the Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Tuesday night.American Westbrook finished just shy of his fourth triple double of the season, scoring 12 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and collecting nine assists for the Thunder in front of a crowd of 18,700 at the Bradley Center arena.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WBC orders rematch of Yamanaka-Nery bout over drug testlast_img read more

first_img“I’m just making sure everybody gets their playing time,” said Alas. The piece of paper represented a tangible reminder that Alas was here as a first-time all-star coach.Without it, his focus would have wandered to far more important business.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s hard to focus and get really excited when the playoffs are just around the corner,” said Alas, whose Fuel Masters are the No. 1 seed in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.The All-Star weekend has given Alas the chance to relax here, but every time he starts relishing the opportunity of coaching some of the biggest names in the league, reality pulls him back. Google Philippines names new country director Specifically, the scrapfest for survival shaping up at the bottom of the playoff field.Any of four teams—Alaska, NLEX, Magnolia or NorthPort could wind up being Phoenix’s quarterfinal foe.“Of those teams, we beat three by just a single possession,” Alas said. “That’s why as much as I’m so happy and thrilled to be an All-Star coach, my mind keeps drifting to the playoffs.”Phoenix defeated NorthPort, 98-96, on a game it could have easily lost but for an offensive foul slapped on Sean Anthony of the Batang Pier that nullified a tie-breaking triple with the game knotted at 96.The Fuel Masters rallied to beat Magnolia, 89-87 on a clutch triple by Jason Perkins. And they held off the NLEX Road Warriors, 83-82, when Calvin Abueva swatted Bong Galanza’s potential game-turning shot.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES CALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas studied the sheet of paper on which he had scribbled how he planned to divvy up the minutes for his North All-Stars.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s why I keep stressing how important possessions are,” Alas said.The only comfortable win among the teams battling it out for position and survival was against Alaska, 94-80.“But that’s Alaska and you know Alaska is too good a team to beat twice like that,” said Alas.So serious was Alas about the playoffs that he brought the Fuel Masters here so they could schedule practices amidst the festivities of the All-Star weekend.“But they are really just general preparations. Until we know our opponent, we cannot fully prepare for the playoffs,” said Alas.“It’s difficult right now for us and it really doesn’t matter who we will end up facing. Whichever team it is, the only edge we have is that we own the twice-to-beat advantage,” he added.The Fuel Masters finished the elimination round on top of the standings with nine wins in 11 outings and will only need to win once to advance to the semifinals. Their opponents, on the other hand, will need to beat them twice in a row to advance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ONE: Mei Yamaguchi scores impressive submission in Japan homecomingcenter_img Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending 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 Krausslast_img read more

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Cayetano, Go inspect New Clark City sports hub ahead of 30th SEA Games Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “A day before our practice, we found out that most of our players had the flu and we weren’t able to push through with the fatigue,” said La Salle head coach Gian Nazario.“That’s a gritty team and I’m proud of the guys because a lot of them were sick and they pulled through,” added consultant Jermaine Byrd.Baltazar played dominantly for La Salle finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds while Malonzo added 12 points and six boards.Encho Serrano also had 12 points for the Green Archers while Brandon Bates was a point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.Rey Suerte, the hero in their first round encounter, had 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists for the Red Warriors, who fell to a 3-8 card and are now in danger of missing the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle evened out its season match up against University of the East with a 65-59 victory Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The Green Archers, who dropped an 89-88 heartbreaker to the Red Warriors in the first round, momentarily tied Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas at the fourth with 5-5 records. The Growling Tigers have a game later in the day against University of the Philippines.Jamie Malonzo sunk a big three-pointer with 1:32 left to give La Salle a 61-57 lead before Encho Serrano drove for layup to keep the Green Archers’ ahead, 63-59, with a minute to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe victory helped La Salle, whose players have been saddled with illness the past few days,  recover from a 77-69 loss to rival Ateneo last Sunday.Andrei Caracut, Jordan Bartlett, Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, Jamie Malonzo, and Joaqui Flores all had the flu before facing the Red Warriors. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgChelsea striker Olivier Giroud has ended a run of 14 matches without a goal with a header in the Europa League clash at BATE Borisov.The France international was yet to find the net under Maurizio Sarri’s tutelage in what is his first full campaign at Stamford Bridge.But seven minutes after half-time in Belarus, Giroud broke the deadlock with a near-post header from Emerson Palmeri’s left-wing cross. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski got two hands to the effort but was unable to prevent the 32-year-old from ending a 794-minute wait for a goal, which was enough to give Chelsea a 1-0 win.The drought dates back to the win over Liverpool last May, when the World Cup winner scored the only goal in a 1-0 success in Antonio Conte’s penultimate Premier League home game in charge.Oliver Giroud’s goal vs. BATE Borisov is his first club goal for:187 days14 matches794 minutes of playing timeA crucial opener in Belarus. pic.twitter.com/Ho762uNqIH— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 8, 2018Giroud broke a run of 1000 minutes for without a goal for club and country with a stunning volley for France in their UEFA Nations League win over Netherlands, earlier in the campaign.The Belarusians will be sick of the sight of Giroud, having seen him score twice against them in last season’s competition for Arsenal.Manager Sarri had been calm over Giroud’s continued failure in front of goal and insisted the streak was “not a problem”.He said: “You know the characteristics of Giroud: Giroud usually is not used to scoring a lot of goals in a season.”But he’s always very, very useful for the team, for his team-mates. So Giroud is not a problem for us.”last_img read more

first_imgWIMBLEDON, England — Coco Gauff grew up admiring the Williams sisters. Picked up a tennis racket as a little girl because of them. And on Monday at Wimbledon, still just 15, Gauff beat one of them.Gauff, the youngest competitor to qualify at the All England Club in the professional era, showed the poise and power of a much older, much more experienced player, pulling off a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the first round over Venus Williams, who at 39 was the oldest woman in the field.When it ended, Gauff dropped her racket and put her hands on her head. After a handshake and exchange of words at the net with Williams, Gauff knelt by her sideline chair and tears welled in her eyes. Up in the stands, her father leaped out of his seat.“Honestly, I don’t really know how to feel. This is the first time I ever cried after a match. Or winning, obviously; I’ve cried after a loss before,” said Gauff, who is based in Florida. “I don’t even know how to explain how I feel.”This was her third tour-level match; Williams has played more than 1,000. This was Gauff’s first match at Wimbledon, where Williams has played more than 100 and won five titles. By the time Gauff was born in 2004, Williams already had spent time at No. 1 in the rankings and owned four of her seven Grand Slam singles trophies.“It didn’t really seem real, for a moment,” said Gauff’s father, Corey, between handshakes and slaps on the back and requests for selfies from spectators leaving No. 1 Court. “On the walk to the court, I was walking behind her. She was excited. I was excited. She seemed confident, but I wasn’t sure if it was false confidence or she really was. I just said to her: This match is really magical. Just enjoy it. Your first Wimbledon main draw and you’re on a main court against somebody you looked up to from the beginning.”It was by far the most anticipated match of Day 1 at the grass-court tournament, but hardly the only upset. Two-time major champion Naomi Osaka, who was No. 1 until a week ago, lost 7-6 (4), 6-2 to Yulia Putinseva, joining two young members of the men’s top-10, No. 6 seed Alexander Zverev and No. 7 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, on the way out.This one, though, was special, potentially the sort of changing-of-the-guard moment that people could remember for years.Gauff certainly has the mindset of someone who intends to go far.“I’ve said this before: I want to be the greatest. My dad told me that I could do this when I was 8. Obviously you never believe it. I’m still, like, not 100 percent confident. But, like, you have to just say things. You never know what happens,” she said. “If I went into this match saying, ‘Let’s see how many games I can get against her,’ then I most definitely would not have won. My goal was to play my best. My dream was to win. That’s what happened.”How far does she think she can fare this fortnight?“My goal,” she said, her face expressionless, “is to win it.”Well, then …Gauff came into the week outside the top 300 but was granted a wild card by the All England Club to enter qualifying. She rolled through those rounds at a nearby site, knocking off the event’s top seed.United States’ Cori “Coco” Gauff reacts after beating United States’s Venus Williams in a Women’s singles match during day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)But this was a whole other task.Gauff was sensational and showed zero signs that the moment or the matchup was too daunting for her. It’s the sort of unusual calm and steady way she has progressed through the various levels of youth tennis, including reaching the U.S. Open junior final at 13 and winning the French Open junior title at 14.The first set was remarkable: Gauff had 10 winners to only two unforced errors, all the while trading powerful groundstrokes at the baseline with Williams, and never facing a break point.“The sky’s the limit,” Williams said. “It really is.”Gauff, who is black, idolized Williams and her younger sister, Serena, the first African American women since Althea Gibson in the 1950s to win a Grand Slam singles championship.Serena has said Gauff reminds her of Venus.After Monday’s match, Gauff said she thanked Venus “for everything she did.”“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her,” said Gauff, who joined the crowd in applauding for Venus as she walked off the court. “And I was just telling her that she’s so inspiring. Like, I always wanted to tell her that. And even though I met her before, I guess now I have the guts to.”She showed plenty of grit in this match, particularly after getting broken to make it 4-all in the second set. Gauff steadied herself right there, though, breaking right back with a pair of forehand passing shots that drew errant volleys.And then in the final game, Gauff needed to erase the disappointment of wasting her initial three match points. She did just that, converting her fourth when Venus put a forehand into the net.Many 15-year-olds might spend an early summer day at the beach or at a mall. This one played a tennis match at Wimbledon against Venus Williams — and won.“People just kind of limit themselves too much. Once you actually get your goal, then it’s like: What do you do now?” Gauff said. “I like to shoot really high.”By: Howard Fendrich, AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgColombo, Dec 21 (PTI) New Sports Minister of Sri Lanka Harin Fernando on Friday said he is looking to appoint an interim committee to run the nation’s cricket board’s (SLC) administration. Fernando said he is ready to delay the February 7 election of SLC and would talk to the ICC on this matter. “I am hoping to talk to the ICC on 26 and 27 December to see if they would agree to appointing an interim committee,” Fernando said after assuming duties in his new position. He said it was important for SLC to come under an interim committee until the governing body is cleared of all allegations of corruption by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit. The election was scheduled for February 7 by a politically appointed Competent Authority under Fernando’s predecessor, Faizer Mustapha. The election, which was due on May this year when the Thilanga Sumathipala administration ended its term, was not held as Mustapha opted to appoint his top ministry bureaucrat to run the SLC following a series of court cases challenging individual nominations. The SLC’s voting structure has been long seen as corrupt with allegations of vote buying sponsored by some of the top businessmen to win office in the island nation’s richest sporting body. Since October it was reported that the ICC had put Sri Lanka’s alleged corruption in the game into close focus with investigations by a team of visiting investigators. They had spoken to both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the tainted names of both players and administrators.advertisement Fernando just took office on Friday after the political and constitutional stand-off in the country ended after 50 days of turmoil. The former SLC boss Thilanga Sumathipala, a parliamentarian with loyalties to Sirisena, was in the forefront of the alleged unconstitutional action by Sirisena to sack Wickremesinghe. Sumathipala early this week said he would not run for SLC office again as he wanted to concentrate full time on his political career. PTI Cor SSC SSCSSClast_img read more

first_imgzoom The impact of massive ships and major liner alliances on port operations and steps aimed at addressing that impact have been high on the agenda of the Los Angeles and Long Beach Port Supply Chain Optimization Forum co-hosted by the Southern Californian port leaders on April 22nd.The forum gathered over 70 representatives from various groups of supply-chain stakeholders in the East-West trades at a time when Californian ports witness productivity rise at epic levels.Jon Slangerup, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Long Beach, said that the two ports have already discussed this issue with liner companies, including most recently G6 leaders.“They understand exactly the impact that these alliance are having, with the big ships calling on the receiving ports. They are more then willing to work with us and we just need to figure it out. However, at the same time there are other realities we have to deal with because block stowage on these massive vessels, calling on multiple-origin ports is no easy task, so we also have to think about what we can do on our side to accommodate those massive ships and the changes that have come with them,” he explained.According to Slangerup, a very collaborative effort will be required, including the contribution from labor representatives, in moving forward with this issue.The discussion at the forum included steps to be taken in order to improve and enhance the congestion-plagued supply chain suffering from lack of advanced infrastructure.Commenting on the next steps, Gene Seroka, Executive Director of Port of Los Angeles, stressed that land use opportunities are being created and that terminal operators and trucking communities are taking advantage of those opportunities.Among key issues to be resolved, Seroka stressed the need for information technology system that would provide information on the exact location of containers at a given time.In conclusion, more work needs to be done in attaining accountability and cost management, along with a succinct reform in all aspects of port operations, the ultimate goal being raising the bar for cargo operations and thus attracting more cargo to the ports.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – A plan to tear down a small mobile home park for a new housing development in Mississauga, Ont., has the small community of over 200 homes wondering where they’ll have to move and has seniors wondering how they’ll be able to afford a new house on their fixed income.The Peel regional municipality voted last week to dismantle the mobile home park and replace it with a new housing development of town homes and apartment buildings, a move that will quadruple the area’s density.Peel region says residents of Twin Pines Mobile Home Park will each get $31,000 in compensation for their land, with an option to rent or buy at the new housing development that will replace the park.Marlyn Addai, president of the park’s board of directors, says the compensation isn’t enough for many of the people who live in the park, many of whom are still paying off mortgages on their mobile homes and live on a fixed income.“It’s very very hard to now know that your home is going to be demolished,” said Addai, who has lived in her 1,000 square foot mobile home since 2001.“Two-thirds of people here are on pensions and they cant get a new mortgage, and 40 per cent of them still have mortgages, so once your home is gone, what are you going to do – declare bankruptcy?”Dan Labrecque, general manager of Peel Living, which has owned the park since 1996, says the development is necessary because the park’s outdated infrastructure would cost too much to maintain.Peel Living, the housing branch of the regional municipality, took ownership of the park after the original owner decided to sell it in 1996. Residents of Twin Pines raised $1 million, which Peel Living used as a loan to lease the park for 20 years.Labrecque says municipal officials were up front about their ability to fully redevelop the park after the lease was up, and said the region’s only realistic option is to tear it down and develop a new community.“It was found totally unfeasible to (leave the park as it was). The infrastructure was at the end of its life, and the park has to be emptied, gutted and rebuilt,” said Labrecque, who said the cost of repairs alone would be between $7 million and $10 million if they kept the trailer park as it is.“Their preference would be for us to replace the park with something that looks exactly the way it does, but that’s just not reasonable or viable.”Addai says there was correspondence between the region and the park’s residence in which the region assured residents that Twin Pines could stay as it was even after the lease was finished.She also added the cost to repair the park’s infrastructure shouldn’t have been so high because the money that residents raised for the region should have been used to maintain the park over the past 20 years.While many of the park’s residents are unhappy about being forced out of the homes that they planned to settle down in for the rest of their life, they now believe it’s inevitable that they’ll have to go.Addai added Peel region is only paying for the land and not the mobile homes themselves, but Labrecque said it’s unreasonable for the region to buy over 200 mobile homes that they have no place to keep.Instead, Labrecque says Peel region will handle all costs associated with transporting and demolishing the mobile homes if the residents choose to abandon them.After the region’s vote last week, Peel Living will now start to formally plan the specifics of the new development project that will take place in the following years.Residents have not yet been served eviction notices, but say they expect that development will start within the next couple years.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: PC Chako, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Delhi, on Thursday said his party will have a direct fight with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi and asserted that the possibility of a triangular contest is “slowly disappearing” in the national capital. The senior Congress leader also raised doubts about AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s seriousness in defeating the BJP. Chacko said the Congress was getting a good response after the party fielded its candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanDelhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday introduced its candidates before the media at its party office here. Talking to reporters, Chacko said he has “doubts” about Kejriwal’s seriousness to defeat the Bhartitya Janata Party in Delhi. “Earlier, we thought there is a triangular fight in Delhi, but (the possibility) of a triangular fight is disappearing slowly in Delhi. We have a direct fight with BJP in Delhi,” the party’s general secretary in-charge of Delhi said. Also Read – Water supply disruption likely in some areasAsked about the possibility of any alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party even after both parties announced its candidates, Chacko said that it is now a closed chapter. “It is difficult to get the AAP into confidence because we have doubts about Kejriwal’s intension…without any reason, he (Kejriwal) stepped back that is why we still have doubt about him being serious in defeating the BJP,” the Congress leader said. Asserting that there will be no split of anti-BJP votes in Delhi, he said in the entire country, there is fight between the Congress and BJP. “Anti-BJP votes will come to Congress. In the entire country, there is fight between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi and in view of this, there will be no split of votes,” Chacko also said. Congress president and North-east candidate Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress candidates are familiar with the people of Delhi as they have been serving them for past many years in various capacities.last_img read more

“We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound,” he told The Associated Press by telephone. Small pieces of space debris — usually parts of comets or asteroids — that are on a collision course with the Earth are called meteoroids. When meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere they are called meteors. Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere, but if they survive the frictional heating and strike the surface of the Earth they are called meteorites. (Fox news) A meteor streaked across the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 400 people, many of them hurt by broken glass.“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region. Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement. Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said more than 400 people had sought medical treatment after the blasts, and at least three had been hospitalized in serious condition. Many of the injuries were from glass broken by the explosions.Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed. Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteor.Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.Russian news reports noted that the meteor hit less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid — about 17,150 miles (28,000 kilometers). There was no immediate demonstrable connection. read more

Secretary to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Lalith Weeratunga and former Telecom Regulatory Commission Chairman Anusha Pelpita have been admitted to the prison hospital.Weeratunga and Pelpita were yesterday found guilty in the ‘sil redi’ case and were sentenced to three years in jail by the Colombo High Court, and ordered to pay Rs. 2 million each as a fine and Rs. 50 million each as compensation. They are to appeal against the ruling. (Colombo Gazette) They were accused of misappropriating Rs. 620 million of Government funds to distribute ‘sil redi’, cloth used by Buddhist devotees, to voters during the 2015 Presidential elections. read more

Despite fears of deteriorating security in parts of Afghanistan voiced by many organizations, including the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the steady stream of refugees going home shows that many Afghans have concluded that their prospects are better in their own country than in the countries that have provided them with shelter since 1980, mainly Pakistan and Iran.“The majority are poor,” said Shahab Zaman, a UNHCR registration clerk at a centre on the edge of Islamabad processing refugee requests for assistance to return. “They say there is work in Afghanistan, the day wages are higher there and the north of the country is comparatively peaceful.”Last year in Pakistan alone UNHCR assisted more than 1.5 million Afghans to leave in the months after the collapse of the Taliban regime.Although well over 2 million Afghans have returned since the start of organized repatriation in March 2002, more than that number are believed to remain in Pakistan and Iran. “It’s been 25 years. It’s going to take time. You can’t just send them home,” Mr. Zaman said as a truck full of refugees pulled out of the registration centre on its way to the Khyber Pass entrance into Afghanistan. “Otherwise we would end up with the same situation – they would just come back.”The latest repatriation season, which follows the harsh Afghan winter, had a slow start because of the regional uncertainty triggered by the Iraq war, but numbers grew steadily until they reached the current level in the past month.With better controls in place, there is greater confidence this year that those going home intend to resettle permanently rather than to return later to Pakistan as some did last year. UNHCR believes the introduction at all locations in Pakistan of iris scanning technology, which detects those trying to receive return assistance a second time, has served as a strong deterrent to any abuse.UNHCR teams in Afghanistan are running programmes to help reintegration, including providing shelter kits, tools and food aid under the UN World Food Programme. The agency plans to construct or rehabilitate up to 60,000 shelters and 40,000 wells this year in cooperation with the Afghan Government. read more

“The full extent of civilian casualties is not yet known,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, “but reports suggest the number of people killed in recent days may run into the hundreds, and the number of wounded is said to be approaching 1,000.” Ms. Pillay added that she was deeply disturbed by reports that fighters from the groups, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), and prisoners they had released from jails in Mosul and provided with arms “have been actively seeking out – and in some cases killing –soldiers, police and others, including civilians, whom they perceive as being associated with the Government.”Under these circumstances, she said, “murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture constitute war crimes”. She warned that ISIL would be under “particular scrutiny” given their “well-documented record of committing grave international crimes in Syria.”In March, the Commission of Inquiry on Syria accused ISIL of committing crimes against humanity, in addition to other gross human rights violations, in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo.More recently, OHCHR received reports of the summary executions of Iraqi army soldiers during the capture of Mosul, and of 17 civilians on one particular street in Mosul City on 11 June. Addressing everyone fighting in the conflict, the top UN human rights official urged that all feasible precautions be taken to spare civilians from the effects of hostilities, and to respect, protect and meet the basic needs of civilian populations.“I am extremely concerned about the acute vulnerability of civilians caught in the cross-fire, or targeted in direct attacks by armed groups, or trapped in areas under the control of ISIL and their allies,” Pillay said. “And I am especially concerned about the risk to vulnerable groups, minorities, women and children.” She also said humanitarian access and the safety of aid workers are a “prominent concern given the unpredictable nature of ISIL, and the manner in which it creates insecure and volatile environments, which hinder access and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.”Local authorities said 300,000 people have sought shelter in the Erbil and Duhok governorates of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, many arriving with little more than the clothes they are wearing.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today that a shortage of shelter is a key challenge for many of the hundreds of thousands of people who fled.“Many people have no money and nowhere to go,” UNHCR said in a news release. The UN agency is working with the government and other partners to pitch tents and provide relief items such as plastic sheets and hygiene kits.UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said the rate of new arrivals to the Kurdistan region has slowed over the last day or so, but “the situation remains fluid with fighting continuing on several fronts and further displacement could take place.” read more

Things That Caught My EyePrepare to feel old and super unaccomplishedRedmond “Red” Gerard won the first U.S. medal of Pyeongchang, taking a gold in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding competition. Gerard is the youngest — only 17 years old — male American to take a Winter Olympics gold medal since 1928. [NPR]Team Canada crushed OARThe Canadian women’s hockey team shut out the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0, thanks to Ann-Renee Desbiens making 18 saves over the course of the game. Canada is a juggernaut in women’s hockey, as this is its 21st straight win in Olympic competition. [CBC]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?He probably shouldn’t have said thatSemen Elistratov is one of the 169 athletes who are from Russia and competing under the Olympic banner rather than their country’s as part of Russia’s penalties incurred for operating a massive top-to-bottom doping operation. He’s also the first Olympic athlete from Russia to medal, taking a bronze in the 1500m short-track speed skating competition and used his time in the limelight to dedicate the medal to Russians banned from the game in “a hard and unfair way,” which normally would be standard nationalist jock talk but in this case spurred an investigation given the rules Olympic athletes have about making political statements. [BBC]Try out our brand new super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping! 1-2-3Congratulations to Norway, which led by Simen Hegstad Kruger took the gold, silver and bronze medal in the 15km + 15km cross country skiathlon event. Kruger was stuck in a collision early on and fell to last place out of 68 but mounted a comeback for the ages to finish first. [BBC]North and South play togetherNorth Korea and South Korea teamed up to play women’s hockey together, a fascinating diplomatic overture. The team fell to the Swiss 0-8 on Saturday, but the stunning display of unity is a potential opportunity for cross-border collaboration. The two countries have been technically at war since a 1953 armistice but proved no effort for the Bronze medalists of Sochi. [Reuters]Reverse sweep!In a decisive playoff series, the London Spitfire defeated the upstart Houston Outlaws and then the powerhouse New York Excelsior in a 3-2 reverse sweep to win the first Overwatch League round one playoff series and the $100,000 that comes with. [Kotaku]Leaks from Slack: micah:can I ask a non-sports fan dumb question: Is John McDaniels turning down that head coaching job basically proof that Belichick is gonna step aside soon?neil:If I had to bet, I would bet there is some kind of succession plan in place – not sure when, but McDaniels basically torpedoed his head coaching chances anywhere else by screwing the Colts at the last secondkyle:yeah doesn’t have to be soon, but that was heavily implied by the salary cap stuffPredictions NBA All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetNice. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions read more

First baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse was named Big Ten freshman of the year for Ohio State baseball (25-25, 13-11 Big Ten) Tuesday. Four other Buckeyes also earned Big Ten honors. Dezse led OSU with a .341 batting average and 42 RBIs and also went 4-1 on the mound with a team-high five saves. He is the 10th Buckeye to win Big Ten freshman of the year. Dezse was also named to the All-Big Ten second-team with senior pitcher Drew Rucinski, who led the team as a starter with a 5-3 record and was third in the Big Ten with a 2.88 ERA. It was Rucinski’s first conference honor outside of academics. Dezse, center fielder Tim Wetzel and pitcher Greg Greve made the All-Big Ten freshman team. Wetzel hit .274 and scored 31 runs while Greve finished the year 3-2 with a 4.74 ERA. Rounding out the awards was senior reliever Theron Minium, who was named one of 10 sportsmanship award honorees. OSU will begin the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed when they play No. 5 Minnesota at 12:05 today at Huntington Park in Columbus. read more

first_imgThe Swiss-born, French-speaking conductor has been artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009 and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society, one of classical music’s highest honours, earlier this year.He did not immediately comment on the allegations and is understood to be on holiday.The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra confirmed it would be speaking to Dutoit whenever possible but said it had received no complaints or claims of inappropriate behaviour relating to his work with the Orchestra.It said: “Based on the information available to us, these allegations were issued without reaction from Mr Dutoit and, to the best of our knowledge, the claimants have initiated no formal legal proceedings. The artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been accused of sexually assaulting four female musicians.Charles Dutoit, 81, is alleged to have physically restrained three opera singers and a classical musician, forcing himself onto them in separate incidents between 1985 and 2010.The women, who were all interviewed by the Associated Press, claim the sexual misconduct took place on the sidelines of rehearsals and performances in five US cities – Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs, New York.Paula Rasmussen, a retired mezzo-soprano, said: “He threw me against the wall, shoved my hand down his pants and shoved his tongue down my throat.”Sylvia McNair, 61, a soprano and two-time Grammy winner, said Dutoit pushed himself against her in a hotel lift after a March 1985 rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra.The other two alleged victims were not identified but both claimed they were assaulted in 2006, one in a hotel and the other in his dressing room, while they were in a moving car and backstage shortly before a performance. Paula Rasmussen in 1991 Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2011 Dutoit, a two-time Grammy winner, is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, having performed with all of the major orchestras on most stages of the five continents. Paula Rasmussen in 1991Credit: Paula Rasmussencenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2011Credit:Alex Brandon/AP The Metropolitan Opera suspended conductor James Levine earlier this month after misconduct accusations surfaced.Dutoit is also conductor laureate of the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor emeritus of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. “Nonetheless, we take this matter very seriously and we will be monitoring the situation closely.”It added: “As a leading international ensemble, the RPO is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour, which it expects from everyone that works with the Orchestra.  The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra takes very seriously its responsibility to maintain a safe working environment.”The four women all said they resisted Dutoit and escaped.They said they had not filed formal complaints because they were young and he was the maestro but felt inspired to come forward now by all the women speaking out about sexual misconduct by powerful men in other industries.last_img read more

first_imgCONFLICT REFUGEES SUFFER some of the worst human tragedies the modern world knows.They lose their homes, their country and, often, many of their loved ones.But as conflicts play on around them, ordinary and everyday issues continue to wreak havoc on their lives as well.Cancer doesn’t stay away from refugee camps, just because the residents lives are hard enough. It just makes them even more difficult – and tragic.According to a new study, published in The Lancet Oncology, there is currently a “high demand” among refugees from Iraq and Syria for cancer treatment.And somebody has to pay to treat it.Currently, the onus is on the host countries of these refugees to find the money and the medicine to look after their new patients.In the first four months of 2013, Jordan’s Ministry of Health said it spent €53 million for medical care for refugees.The United Nations has recognised this system needs to change and has called for “innovative financing schemes to improve access to affordable high-quality cancer care for refugees”.It also wants better primary care – including screening for common cancers (colonoscopies and mammograms) – and the development of electronic web-based cancer registries to prevent interruption of treatment.Dr Paul Spiegel, the UNHCR Chief Medical Expert, has been examining data from funding applications made to the UNHCR Exceptional Care Committee from refugees in Jordan and Syria whose cancer costs were likely to exceed $2,000 per year.He says the findings show that cancer is an important problem in refugee settings. They also highlight the immense costs that “national health systems and humanitarian organisations face when overwhelmed by massive influxes of refugees”.Between 2010 and 2012, the ECC assessed 1,989 applications for treatment, about 25 per cent of which were cancer related (breast and colorectal cancer being the most common).Around half (48%) of these cases were approved and funded. The main reasons for denied funding were a poor prognosis (43% of cases in 2011 and 31% in 2012) or that the treatment was too costly (25% in 2011).The average amount requested from the ECC for cancer treatment was $11,540 in 2011 and $5,151 in 2012, However, the amounts approved were substantially lower—$4,626 and $3,501 respectively.“The countries in the Middle East have welcomed millions of refugees, first from Iraq and then Syria. This massive influx has strained health systems at all levels,” explains Dr Spiegel.“Despite help from international organisations and donors to expand health facilities and pay for additional personnel and drugs, it has been insufficient. The burden has fallen disproportionately on the host countries to absorb the costs.”The problem is very different to other humanitarian crises seen in sub-Saharan Africa in past decades. There, infectious diseases and malnutrition were the priority.“In the 21st century, refugee situations are substantially longer and increasingly occur in middle-income countries where the levels of chronic diseases, including cancer, are higher,” continues Dr Spiegel.“Cancer diagnosis and care in humanitarian emergencies typifies a growing trend towards more costly chronic disease care, something that seems to have been overlooked, but is of increasing importance because the number of refugees is growing.”Since the Syrian conflict began over three years ago, about nine million people have fled their homes. About 2.5 million of them are in the country’s immediate neighbouring countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.Read: Terminally ill woman surprised with amazing flash mob from family and friendsMore: Teen who raised more than £3 million for cancer charity dieslast_img read more

first_img“Can SYRIZA solve the crisis?” was the central question posed at a debate held last Tuesday in Melbourne. The session, co-hosted by the socialist group Solidarity and the New International Bookshop, featured guest speaker Petros Constantinou.Constantinou is an Athens councillor, a member of the leftist political party ANTARSYA (Antikapitalistiki Aristeri Synergasia gia tin Anatropi), and the national coordinator of the movement against fascism and racism in Greece. In light of the events which led up to the election of the SYRIZA government, Constantinou says we should not fail to see the big picture.“Practically, what happened on 25 January was really a political victory of the workers’ movement,” he says. “This was the outcome of at least five years of struggle and resistance against austerity measures, against racism, against fascism. In the last five years we’ve had more than 35 general strikes.” Constantinou concludes that the most important thing during this period was the collapse of the two dominant political parties – PASOK and New Democracy. Starting with a mere four per cent, SYRIZA came to power garnering more than 36 per cent of the vote in the last elections. Constantinou says the main reason people voted for SYRIZA was the hope that it would put an end to austerity. Even before the referendum on 5 July, he says, it was quite obvious that the government was moving towards a compromise with the international creditors. Despite the ‘NO’ vote rejecting the creditors’ demands by an overwhelming 61.3 per cent, this came as a shock to the European establishment, but SYRIZA failed to fulfil the mandate.“SYRIZA promised a program of reconstruction of the Greek economy within the EU and the eurozone, respecting the international agreements.”And that is where the question of the exit from the eurozone fits in, says Constantinou. “Greece cannot expect to revive in terms of its economy without the revival of the European economy, and the European economy is clearly static.“Without an exit from the EU, without a strategy confronting the banks, you cannot save your jobs, your salaries and pensions. It is that simple.” Constantinou stresses that ANTARSYA’s perspective is a strategy of rupture with the EU and is calling for a united front of workers, both in Greece and Europe.ANTARSYA was formed as an anti-capitalist coalition of leftist movements and political organisations in 2008.“When we argued for the debt to be cancelled in 2009, they said ‘you are lunatics’. When we argued for nationalising the banks they said the same. “When we argued against the EU and the euro, only the Communist Party and a very small part of SYRIZA said they agreed on that.”According to Constantinou, the referendum result came from pressure imposed to the Greek people that a ‘NO’ vote translates to an exit from the EU and the eurozone.“Now we are in this situation where the exit from the eurozone has been approved by the mass majority of the population,” claims Constantinou.He says that after SYRIZA’s turnaround, neither the government nor any political power that supported the ‘YES’ vote is expressing the people’s will, and the solution to the crisis lies in social struggle.“Either we force the government to nationalise by occupying, by striking, by demonstrating, or we lose the case.”Commenting on Greece’s plight in terms of the tsunami of migrants washing up on Greek shores, Constantinou says: “For those arguing that we cannot accept all these refugees because we are very poor, the answer comes from the people of Greece.“Greece’s GNP exceeds €200 billion, so there’s enough money for everybody. The real question is who controls the money? Even during this crisis the government spent half a million euros on new .”With 43 MPs either abstaining or voting against the new bailout agreement, Constantinou says that ANTARSYA would welcome the left wing of SYRIZA and any other forces wanting to join them.“ANTARSYA is here for the future,” he says. “We believe that a new process will start within the left front and we are very optimistic about the workers’ struggle.”This weekend Petros Constantinou will be guest speaker the ‘Keep Left’ 2015 conference being held at the University of Sydney www.solidarity.net.au/keepleft Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgPilule de 3e génération : le gouvernement avance la fin du remboursementMercredi, le ministère de la Santé a décidé d’avancer de 6 mois le déremboursement des pilules de troisième génération. La fin du remboursement interviendra dès le 31 mars prochain. Les pilules de 3e génération sont au coeur d’une vive polémique, suite à la plainte déposée par une jeune femme victime d’un AVC. Cette semaine, l’agence nationale de santé et du médicament (ANSM) a débuté des consultations avec ses prescripteurs afin de tenter de limiter l’utilisation de ces pilules contraceptives en raison des risques d’accident thrombo-embolique qu’elles entraînent. Ces pilules (présentes sur le marché depuis les années 90), ainsi que celles de 4ème génération, (plus récentes mais moins utilisées) sont prescrites à 1,5 million à 2 millions de femmes en France.Mais sans même d’attendre les résultats de la concertation, la ministre de la Santé, Marisol Tourraine, a décidé d’avancer de six mois la fin du remboursement de ces contraceptifs, utilisés à l’excès de l’aveu même de l’ANSM. Ainsi, le ministère “a pris la décision de mettre fin au remboursement des pilules contraceptives de 3ème génération dès le 31 mars 2013”. Ce déremboursement était déjà prévu mais ne devait initialement intervenir qu’au 30 septembre. “La période transitoire permettant aux femmes utilisant ces pilules d’adapter [ … ] leur mode de contraception, est réduite de six mois”, signale donc le ministère.Vers un retrait des pilules si l’utilisation ne baisse pas Marisol Touraine a par ailleurs demandé à l’ANSM “que la pilule de 2ème génération [qui présentent deux fois moins de risques d’entraîner un accident vasculaire cérébral] soit systématiquement privilégiée, sauf situations particulières”, et que “les pilules de 3ème et 4ème génération ne [soient] plus proposées en premier choix”. Une demande qui s’ajoute à celle de l’agence qui préconise de ne prescrire les pilules de dernière génération qu’en seconde intention. A l’heure actuelle, ces pilules sont prescrites à environ 50% des femmes qui prennent un contraceptif oral en France. Tandis que le directeur général de l’ANSM, Dominique Maraninchi, envisageait de limiter la prescription à certains spécialistes, le syndicat de médecins généralistes MG-France s’est élevé contre les “fausses solutions de type prescription réservée”. Néanmoins, l’ANSM pourrait aller “encore plus loin” en retirant du marché des pilules de 3e et 4e génération si leur consommation ne baisse pas aussi vite que le souhaite M. Maraninchi.”Il ne faut pas diaboliser la pilule”Tout ce tapage médiatique risque de brouiller le message, estiment certains professionnels. “Ce qui nous inquiète, c’est que l’on jette l’opprobre sur toutes les pilules [ … ] il ne faut pas diaboliser la pilule”, souligne Véronique Séhier, membre du bureau national du Planning familial. De même, l’ancienne présidente de la Fédération nationale des collèges de gynécologie médicale, le Dr Brigitte Letombe, regrette qu’”en secouant le spectre d’accidents thrombo-emboliques, on est en train de balayer la contraception”.  À lire aussiContraception masculine : bientôt un bouton pour contrôler l’éjaculation ?Cette spécialiste signale d’ailleurs que les risques de thrombose artérielle (infarctus du myocarde ou AVC) sont les mêmes pour toutes les pilules oestroprogestatives. Ils dépendent essentiellement de facteurs de risques associés tels que la consommation de tabac, le surpoids ou le diabète, rappelle-t-elle. De plus, les risques de thrombose veineuse sont augmentés pour toutes les pilules, ils le sont simplement davantage encore avec les pilules de 3ème génération, “lorsqu’on est porteur de certaines mutations génétiques”. Ce risque reste en outre inférieur à celui que représente une grossesse, soulignent plusieurs spécialistes. Le 3 janvier 2013 à 13:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more