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Alaska survives skidding Blackwater for 4th straight win

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next The closest Blackwater got to Alaska was in the 2:09 mark of the fourth after Mac Belo and Michael Digregorio made two straight three-pointers to cut the deficit to one, 81-80.And as if fate strummed its strings, Chris Banchero converted twice from the line to gave Alaska an 83-80 buffer with 1:49 left in the game.Banchero finished the game with a conference-high 16 points with seven rebounds and five steals while Vic Manuel also had 16 points for Alaska.Kevin Racal and Teng also finished in double digits for the Aces with 14 and 10 points, respectively.JP Erram led the Elite with 14 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks while Digregorio and Belo paced Blackwater with 15 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO LATEST STORIES Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESAlaska continued its upward trajectory in the PBA Philippine Cup after holding off Blackwater, 88-84, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After starting the conference at 0-2, the Aces have now strung together four straight wins for a 4-2 record while Elite slipped to their third straight loss for 2-4.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises With the two teams trading blows in the final six minutes of the game, Alaska rookie Jeron Teng dealt the haymaker with 1:04 left in the game with a triple from the top of the key that gave the Aces an 86-80 lead.“I am very relieved,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “Obviously it helped us that they missed a bunch of free throws, it seemed like in the second half they really missed a bunch and in a close game that matters.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlackwater mounted a 21-8 run across the third and fourth quarters that cut Alaska’s lead to two, 70-68, early in the final period.And although the Elite kept it close, they never tied nor took the lead as they missed seven free throws in the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter allowing the Aces to keep them at bay. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Abueva leaves Alaska-Blackwater game due to ‘personal emergency’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Uttar Pradesh CM announces Rs 1 crore for Paralympics medallist Varun Bhati

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday greeted the 2016 Rio Paralympics bronze medallist in high jump Varun Singh Bhati and announced a cash reward of Rs one crore for him. (Rio Paralympics: Mariyappan Thangavelu wins Gold, Varun Bhati Bronze in high jump)Yadav said that Bhati, through his dedication, hard work and talent has brought laurels to the state and the country and added that this achievement would certainly inspire other divyangs to follow him. (Shotputter Deepa Malik bags historic silver at Rio Paralympics)The 22-year-old Bhati hails from Jamalpur village of Greater Noida and won the bronze medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics on Saturday.The gold medal was claimed by fellow Indian Mariyappan Thangavelu, who made a leap of 1.89 meters while Varun jumped his best at 1.86 meters.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2018: Marin Cilic knocked out, Nadal and Djokovic advance

first_imgThird seed and last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic crashed out of the Wimbledon 2018 in the second round on Thursday. However, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic recorded comfortable victories to move into the third round.Cilic won the first two sets and looked like registering a convincing victory but Guido Pella of Argentina made a superb comeback to beat the Croatian 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 on No.1 Court in 3 hours and 13 minutes.Pella, who has very limited experience on grass and had lost to Cilic in three sets at the 2015 U.S. Open in their only previous meeting, was undoubtedly helped by Wednesdays rain interruptions.”Yesterday he was playing so, so good, hitting the ball so hard that I couldn’t do anything, Pella said.Also read – Wimbledon 2018: Simona Halep cruises into 3rd round, Eugenie Bouchard out”So the rain helped me a lot. Today I played differently, tried to be more aggressive, he started to feel uncomfortable. I tried to hit the ball hard and fight for every ball and I think in the end that’s why I won.”Every time you play this kind of player, they try to break your serve in the first game and that’s what he got in the first two sets.”NADAL LABOURS TO VICTORYThe scoreboard said 6-4 6-3 6-4 to Rafael Nadal but it was an uneasy two-and-a-half hours for the Spanish world number one as he laboured past Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin into the third round. Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory (Reuters Photo)Two-time champion Nadal, 32, never quite got to grips with the unorthodox Kazakh’s low, skidding shots and faced 13 break points in an entertaining Centre Court contest.advertisementAlso read – What distracted Eugenie Bouchard during her first round Wimbledon winHad Kukushkin converted a few more of them it could have got really complicated for Nadal, who is still finding his grasscourt game after claiming an 11th French Open title.Nadal took 10 minutes to hold his opening service game and was still being asked questions by the world number 77 in the third when he slipped 3-1 behind in the face of some inspired shot-making by his opponent.The 17-times Grand Slam champion dug in though and managed to avoid being dragged further into the afternoon, claiming victory when Kukushkin’s forehand smacked into the net tape.Nadal will face Australian teenager Alex De Minaur next.Also read – Gerard Pique unwinds at Wimbledon after Spain’s World Cup 2018 exitWAWRINKA CRASHES OUTStan Wawrinka’s poor run at recent Grand Slams continued when the Swiss lost 7-6(7) 6-3 7-6(6) against Italian journeyman Thomas Fabbiano.Wawrinka, winner of three Grand Slam tournaments, trailed by two sets overnight but was 6-5 ahead in the third when play resumed in muggy conditions.He then had two set points in the tiebreak but could not convert either, spraying one backhand well wide, and the 29-year-old qualifier Fabbiano completed the biggest victory of his career.Since reaching least year’s French Open final Wawrinka has tumbled down the rankings from three to his current 224, mainly as a consequence of the knee surgery he required last year.He lost in the first round of the French Open this year, the second round in Australia and at last year’s Wimbledon he was knocked out in round one. He did not play the U.S. Open.Fabbiano, ranked 133rd, goes on to play either American Jared Donaldson or Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round — the furthest he has ever been in a Grand Slam.Also read – World Cup 2018: Lethargic Switzerland got what they deserved, feels FedererDJOKOVIC OVERCOMES THIGH PROBLEM TO ADVANCENovak Djokovic battled past a thigh problem to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Novak Djokovic in action in the second round (Reuters Photo)Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading 4-3 in the third set. But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match.ISNER TAKES FIVE SETS TO WINJohn Isner almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory but survived to beat Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelman in a delayed second-round match.The American ninth seed eventually won 6-1 6-4 6-7(3) 6-7(6) 7-5 but he came desperately close to another Wimbledon failure.On Wednesday, he led two sets to love and held a match point in the third set but the 105th-ranked Bemelmans stormed back to win two tiebreaks and level the match before rain intervened.On the resumption Bemelmans came close to a big shock when Isner served at 4-5 and trailed 15-40 but he saved both match points with booming aces, two of the 64 he sent down — the fourth highest total ever at Wimbledon.advertisementAlso read – Wimbledon 2018: Ball girl hit by 217-kmph serve, consoled by playersBemelmans tightened up at 4-5 and double-faulted on the way to being broken and Isner wrapped up victory, despite facing a break point, in the following game as he forced an error.Isner now has the chance to record his best Wimbledon performance, having never been past the third round.To achieve that he will have to get past Moldovan Radu Albot who beat Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in five sets.OTHER RESULTS:Nick Kyrgios beat Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4, 7-5Straight sets victory. Straight into the third round.@NickKyrgios cruises through against Robin Haase, winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-5#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/PPHb9uOT6LWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018Diego Schwartzman lost to Jiri Vesely 3-6, 4-6, 6-7(3)Denis Shapovalov lost to Benoit Paire 6-0, 2-6, 4-6, 6-7(3)Kei Nishikori beat Bernard Tomic 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(7), 7-5Battle hardened.@keinishikori seals his spot in the third round at #Wimbledon after a tough encounter against Bernard Tomic.Nick Kyrgios awaits next… pic.twitter.com/CIwhYvtnspWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018Juan Martin del Potro beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1, 6-2Kyle Edmund beat Bradley Klahn 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-2Fabio Fognini beat Simone Bolelli 6-3, 6-4, 6-1Alexander Zverev trailing Taylor Fritz 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(0) [match suspended]Sleep tight, Centre Court. #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/2MXdOqEqbyWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018last_img read more

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Ganguly transformed India to a ruthless cricketing nation: Nasser

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NEW & FAMILIAR PRODUCTS APLENTY AT THE ANNUAL HOME SHOW

first_imgTHE 62ND ANNUAL SIOUXLAND HOME SHOW IS UNDERWAY AT THE SIOUX CITY CONVENTION CENTER.TERRI SCHELM, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER SIOUXLAND, SAYS THERE ARE PLENTY OF NEW PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY AT THIS YEAR’S SHOW:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HOME3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………OTHER THINGS. :16SCHELM SAYS AWARDS WERE PRESENTED THURSDAY NIGHT TO THE TOP EXHIBIT BOOTHS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HOME4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………ELITE CRETE. :13THERE’S ALSO PRIZES THAT HOME SHOW ATTENDEES CAN REGISTER TO WIN:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HOME5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….ABOUT THAT TOO. :11OVER 170 EXHIBITORS HAVE DISPLAYS ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECT NEEDS.IF YOU GO, PARKING IS FREE AT THE DISCOVERY PARKING RAMP DURING ALL HOME SHOW HOURS.THE EVENT RUNS FRIDAY UNTIL 8PM, SATURDAY FROM 11AM TO 8PM AND SUNDAY 11AM UNTIL 4PM AT THE CITY CONVENTION CENTER.last_img read more

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Nexion Reveals Expansion of Business Development and Educational Opportunities for Agents

first_imgNew opportunities include expanded regional events, formalized regional networking groups and Boot Camp 2.0.Onboard Norwegian Getaway (October 1, 2015) – Today, Nexion®, the travel industry’s premier host agency, announced new educational and business development offerings that will enable members across the country to further expand and grow their businesses while connecting with fellow Nexion agents. Building off of the tremendous success of its initial NEX-Door regional events launched this year, Nexion will convene six regional sessions in 2016, called Nexion on the Road. Each event is expanding to two days to correspond with ship inspections or area activities with some of our supplier partners. In conjunction with the expanded professional development opportunities offered through Nexion on the Road, Nexion is adding to its networking resources even more with a new, formalized local networking group program, known as Nexion Networks. Nexion will also launch Boot Camp 2.0 in early 2016 as a follow-up, online session for agents who attend the popular, three-day professional development program in Irving, TX. Boot Camp 2.0 will help attendees unpack what they learn and apply it to their business through a collaborative and interactive virtual learning environment. “Nexion only succeeds if our member agents do. Thus, we strive to find new and better ways to help them increase their sales and profitability,” said Nexion President Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE. “Businessdevelopment and education are a major priority, so we plan to offer more opportunities to network, learn and share best practices that will provide our members with multiple opportunities to grow their businesses. Our goal with Nexion on the Road, Nexion Networks and Boot Camp 2.0 is to strengthen our agents’ networks by offering frequent collaboration with colleagues, supplier partners and Nexion staff.” The NEX-Door events were launched earlier this year and delivered targeted networking and professional development opportunities to Nexion members throughout the country. In 2016, the events will continue under a new name, Nexion on the Road, with host cities including: Seattle, Detroit, Boston, New York City, Fort Lauderdale and Washington, D.C. There will continue to be a full day of networking andtargeted education, plus the 2016 Nexion on the Road events will include opportunities for attendees toexperience the host city as a tourist destination in conjunction with the local convention and visitors bureaus. Nexion will also partner with various cruise lines, in four cities, to offer ship inspections and dedicated training specific to the host cruise line.“The 2015 NEX-Door events were received with such enthusiasm that we wanted to expand on them for next year and offer members a more experiential opportunity in conjunction with the training and networking,” stated Nexion Vice President of Sales and Marketing Cris De Souza. “To be able to learn more about popular destinations and cruise lines will help our members sell these opportunities to clients with confidence and first-hand expertise.”Nexion will also be launching regional member networking groups around the country called Nexion Networks. Locations for the Nexion Networks were decided based on where Nexion has large concentrations of agents as well as results from a survey of Nexion members around the United States. Members in those cities will work together to form their Nexion Network, and the appointed leader of each chapter will work with Nexion staff to develop the Nexion Network. “The networking opportunities and personal connections from creating a regional Nexion Network will help members collaborate more frequently with the purpose of growing their businesses,” added De Souza.“We are also NEXcited to mark our 20th anniversary with an additional component to our always popular and highly successful Boot Camp program,” says De Souza. “The 2.0 version of Boot Camp is intended for Nexion members who’ve just completed the initial in-person Boot Camp training. Boot Camp 2.0 will offer an online, professional development platform where participants will make commitments for developing their business, with Nexion staff providing support and helping them meet goals by using Nexion’s various programs and tools.”Travel professionals interested in learning more about Nexion’s business development and educationalopportunities, or how to succeed as a professional business owner, backed by Nexion’s many great benefits, are encouraged to call 800-747-6813 or email sales@nexion.com. Nexion, LLCAs branch of Tzell Travel Group (a Travel Leaders Group company), Nexion® is a fully licensed, bonded and accredited host agency, which has been an industry pioneer since 1995. Celebrating its 20th year as the travel industry’s premier and most trusted host agency, Nexion is home to U.S.-based travel professionals of all experience levels who are ready for a more-fulfilling level of achievement. Through its five pillars of success, Nexion provides ticketing, operations, fulfillment support and marketing services, allowing members to focus on selling travel in order to reach their full earning potential.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have a one-lane closure for road work between Exit 27A, at Sutherlands River, and French River a distance of about 6.5 kilometres from Monday, July 11 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. There are two detours available. For the section east of Exit 27 at Sutherlands River, the alternate is Trunk 4. The detour for the section between Exit 27A and Exit 27 is available via Exit 26 at the Thorburn Road interchange via Route 347 (Sherbrooke Road), Thorburn Road, and Trunk 4. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons.Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908last_img read more

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TO LAUNCH FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRES

first_imgAdvertisement Preliminary Rendering – CREACTIVE – Cirque du Soleil (CNW Group/Cirque du Soleil Canada inc.) Facebook Enhancing the retail experienceThis new creative venture by the global entertainment company fulfills an opportunity that arises from the transformation of retail around the world, as developers are increasingly looking to offer entertainment experiences that turn malls into holistic destinations.As such, the company has partnered with global real estate leader Ivanhoé Cambridge to launch its first CREACTIVE indoor centre in the world, set to open in September 2019 in the Greater Toronto Area, a unique collaboration which further consolidates the relationship between Cirque du Soleil and its minority shareholder, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.“We are thrilled to invest in the first CREACTIVE centre and to work hand-in-hand with Cirque du Soleil to inspire new areas of escape with infinite possibilities. CREACTIVE is perfectly aligned with our vision for the future of retail: to join forces with the right partners to offer innovative experiences for the benefits of local families and communities. This collaboration is a terrific illustration of our efforts to transform the retail experience for our discerning guests”, said Claude Sirois, President, Retail at Ivanhoé Cambridge.The first indoor CREACTIVE family entertainment centre is planned to open in the Greater Toronto Area in September 2019. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is currently in discussions with Ivanhoé Cambridge for additional locations in Canada, as well as with other partners for international markets.To download a high resolution preliminary rendering of CREACTIVE, please click here.About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment GroupOriginally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 180 million spectators with productions presented in 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently employs 4,000 people, including 1,300 artists, who originate from nearly 50 countries.Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please go to www.cdsentertainmentgroup.comAbout Ivanhoé CambridgeIvanhoé Cambridge develops and invests in high-quality real estate properties, projects and companies that are shaping the urban fabric in dynamic cities around the world. It does so responsibly, with a long-term view to generate optimal, risk-adjusted returns. Ivanhoé Cambridge is committed to creating living spaces that foster the well-being of people and communities, while reducing its environmental footprint.Vertically integrated in Canada, Ivanhoé Cambridge invests internationally alongside strategic partners and major real estate funds that are leaders in their markets. Through subsidiaries and partnerships, the Company holds interests in more than 1,000 buildings, primarily in the residential, office, retail, industrial and logistics sectors. Ivanhoé Cambridgeheld more than C$60 billion in assets as at December 31, 2017, and is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.com), one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers. For more information:  ivanhoecambridge.com. MONTREAL, June 13, 2018 – Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced today it is adding family entertainment centres to its portfolio of creative projects. The company has developed an innovative concept of indoor family entertainment experiences specially designed for retail locations. The recreational centres will offer a brand new immersive, creative and participative family experience, where people can stretch their imagination, flex their muscles, explore newfound circus skills, and take a bow on the virtual Cirque du Soleil stage.“Our fans regularly express their wish to experience Cirque du Soleil from an insider’s perspective, to peek behind the curtain and imagine themselves stepping into our artists’ shoes. With CREACTIVE, we make that possible by inviting families to jump on stage, offering them another way to explore our creativity beyond our live shows”, says Marie-Josée Lamy, Cirque du Soleil Producer of CREACTIVE.Building on the success of Club Med CREACTIVE by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, currently offered at Club Med locations in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Opio, France, the new indoor centres will be installed in premium immersive spaces covering approximately 2200 m² (24,000 ft2). CREACTIVE will offer a range of acrobatic, artistic and other Cirque du Soleil-inspired recreational activities, such as bungee jumping, aerial parkour, wire and trampolines, mask design, juggling, circus track activities, dance and more. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Australian court approves media merger between Nine Fairfax

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia — A court has dismissed a last-ditch challenge and approved the merger of television network Nine Entertainment and newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into an Australian media giant to be known only as Nine.Fairfax shareholders voted for the merger last week. But major shareholder Antony Catalano argued in his Federal Court challenge that the Fairfax shareholders had not been allowed to consider his proposal to acquire 19.9 per cent of the company’s shares, which would have scuttled the Nine merger.Justice Jacqueline Gleeson approved the Nine-Fairfax deal on Tuesday.The new entity will begin trading on the Australian share market on Dec. 10.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Jihadist group claims downing of Egypt army helicopter

first_imgCAIRO- An Al-Qaeda inspired group has claimed it shot down an Egyptian military helicopter in the Sinai peninsula, in what the army said was an accident that killed five soldiers.The Ansar Beit al-Madqis group, which has taken responsibility for a series of deadly attacks across the country, said its fighters brought down the helicopter on Saturday with a missile.   The military issued a statement saying five soldiers were killed in a helicopter “accident” as they pursued militants in the restive peninsula.Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said the helicopter was shot down near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwayed with a “surface-to-air missile, killing all its crew.” The group’s statement was published on a forum used by Islamist militant groups to claim responsibility for attacks.Scores of soldiers and policemen have been killed in militant attacks since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.The attacks have spread to the capital, which saw five bombings over a 24-hour period on Friday and Saturday that left six people dead.last_img read more

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UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone extended six months

The Council unanimously adopted the resolution to prolong the operation, emphasizing that “the development of the administrative capacities of the Government of Sierra Leone, particularly an effective and sustainable police, army, penal system and independent judiciary, is essential to long-term peace and development.”In a recent report, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended a continued gradual withdrawal of UN peacekeepers from Sierra Leone, primarily because of the “shortcomings” in the country’s armed and law enforcement forces. The Council also welcomed progress with deployment of UN civilian police to UNAMSIL, and urged countries to provide resources to help fulfil the police size and capacity targets of the Mission.The resolution also encouraged the continued support of UNAMSIL “within its capabilities and areas of deployment, for the voluntary return of refugees and displaced persons.” read more

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Study Migrant workers exploited en route to Arab Gulf

Study: Migrant workers exploited en route to Arab Gulf In this Monday, April 10, 2017 photo, a few labourers work on the road construction site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A new study has found that South Asian migrants working in the multi-billion dollar construction industry in Arab Gulf countries are shouldering the costs of their own recruitment fees while companies and their clients are reaping the benefits from inexpensive labor. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) by Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2017 9:01 am MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – South Asian migrants working in the multi-billion dollar construction industry in Arab Gulf countries are shouldering the costs of their own recruitment fees while companies and their clients are reaping the benefits from inexpensive labour, according to a study released Tuesday.The research by New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights found that workers spend an average of 10 to 18 months’ worth of salary paying off the fees that help facilitate their migration.A slide in oil prices has slowed down the pace of construction in the Gulf and affected governments’ abilities to pay for major infrastructure costs, but there is still strong demand for millions of low-wage construction workers. Qatar is investing heavily in the construction of stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. Dubai is building up a vast desert area that will be the site of the 2020 World Expo.In order to reduce the cost of labour on mega projects, a weakly controlled system for recruitment is passing on the costs to the workers themselves, says the study.Workers from Bangladesh are paying the highest fees in the world. Bangladeshis earning just a few hundred dollars a month in the Gulf are paying recruitment fees ranging from around $1,700 to $5,200. Indian migrants are paying an average of between $1,000 and $3,000.The study describes it as a “perverse business model.” Rather than providing an opportunity for decent pay and a better livelihood, construction industry practices across the Gulf are pushing workers into extreme debt and exacerbating abuses, such as an inability to change jobs or move to another country due to indebtedness.“Companies should strive to be in compliance with local law in areas where they are operating,” said David Segall, one of the authors of the report. “As we’ve seen in other industries, the dam holding back reputational damage tends to break suddenly and without warning and irreversibly so I think it would be to construction companies’ benefit to come ahead of the curve on this one.”Segall and his co-author Sarah Labowitz say construction firms and their Gulf-based clients can help “end the cycle of abuse” by paying for the recruitment costs of construction workers who are needed to build the region’s skyscrapers, stadiums, hotels, theme parks and sprawling malls.The report, titled “Migrant Workers Pay: Recruitment of the Migrant Labor Force in the Gulf Construction Industry,” details how workers are exploited through a complex system of agents and subagents who gross hundreds of dollars in profit per worker. Workers are paying several times more than the real cost of recruitment, which is closer to $400 to $650, excluding the cost of airfare.It calls on Arab governments to enforce laws against the selling of visas and on migrant-sending countries to legalize and regulate their local networks of unregistered recruitment agents.There are laws in place banning Gulf-based employers from directly charging migrant workers for their own recruitment. Selling visas is also illegal in the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.The study found that governments in the Gulf provide migrant worker visas to multinational and local construction companies for free or at a nominal cost, but Gulf-based agents turn around and sell them at a markup to recruiters in South Asian countries who then pass on the cost to the lowest-paid and most vulnerable workers.There are around 25 million migrant workers across the GCC, in some countries outnumbering the local population. Often hailing from South Asia, the workers accept low-wage jobs with few protections for a chance to send money to relatives back home. They are allowed to return for a visit once every few years.“At the end of the day, most of these people are coming for a very simple reason: They’re coming for a better life,” Segall said.The Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, which advocates for business practices that abide by human rights standards, receives funding from NYU’s business school, foundations, individuals and companies.___For more visit: http://bhr.stern.nyu.edu/___Follow Aya Batrawy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ayaelb read more

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Fallon tells Trump Freedom cannot be traded in Ukraine

first_imgBritain will stand alongside Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia because freedom cannot be “traded”, the Defence Secretary has said, amid fears Donald Trump may scale back support to Kiev in a deal with Moscow.Sir Michael Fallon announced new British military training to Ukrainian forces battling Russian-backed separatists and said a Royal Navy warship will visit the country for the first time in a decade.He arrived in Kiev for two days of talks as the US election of Mr Trump has caused alarm among Ukrainians dismayed at his apparent warmth towards Vladimir Putin.   The defence secretary has arrived in KievCredit:SERGEY DOLZHENKO/EPA The comments come as Donald Trump is about to replace Barack Obama as presidentCredit:Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP  Putin Kiev The Defence Secretary also announced that one of the Navy’s Type 45 destroyers will visit the Black Sea port of Odessa in the summer, the first time a British warship has visited the country since 2008.The destroyer will be leading a Nato deployment that will also visit Bulgaria and Romania.America has stopped short of supplying weapons to Ukraine after the 2014 annexation of Crimea, but has supplied money and training and imposed sanctions on Mr Putin’s regime. Mr Trump said earlier this week that he would propose offering to end sanctions on Moscow in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal.Barack Obama said “I think it would probably best serve, not only American interests, but also the interests of preserving international norms if we made sure that we don’t confuse why these sanctions have been imposed with a whole set of other issues,” he said.”It is important for the United States to stand up for the basic principal that big countries don’t go around and invade and bully smaller countries,” the Democratic president added.center_img In comments likely to be seen as a message to Mr Trump, Sir Michael said: “The values of freedom and democracy cannot be traded.”“Britain is stepping up on the global stage and standing firm with our Ukrainian friends.“The UK is sending a clear message that we are committed to defending democracy across the world and support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”The remarks follow comments from Mr Trump that he will propose an end to sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea. Trump and Obama Mr Trump has downplayed Russian aggression in the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine and has suggested he may recognise Moscow’s claims on the peninsula.He has said he wants to improve ties with Russia, despite allegations by US spy agencies that Mr Putin ordered a cyber campaign to boost Trump’s campaign against Hillary Clinton.Sir Michael, who is due to meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Gen Stepan Poltorak, said Britain’s 100-strong training team will now widen out its courses to train the local air force and navy.British troops have trained around 5,000 members of the Ukrainian forces in military skills including battlefield medicine and infantry tactics.  Trump has said he will improve ties with PutinCredit: Sergei Ilnitsky/AP 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.last_img read more

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Floor Kids is Tony Hawks Pro Breakdancer

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.It’s always nice to see a good, hip-hop-themed rhythm game. Hip-hop is a huge part of music and a rapping game, PaRappa the Rapper, kicked off the gaming genre years before plastic guitars. It’s part of the reason why I love DJ Hero. But breakdancing is another core tenet of hip-hop, and it’s the focus of Floor Kids on Nintendo Switch (not to be confused with famous anime butchers 4Kids). The stylish but simple look and youthful cast may get to think this is just a basic good time, but the sheer complexity of the dance system proves otherwise.Floor Kids challenges you to lead the best dance crew in the city by putting on performances across town. Earn enough stars and you’ll unlock new venues like a subway station or art gallery along with new characters with handles like Noogie and Scribbles. There are at least eight venues with three songs each, but you’ll return to them to get higher scores as it’s unlikely you’ll have a complete grasp on the dance system your first time through.And what a dance system it is. At first Floor Kids reminded me of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater but with dancing. However, the more I took in its depth the more it resembled Tony Hawk’s more technical counterpart Skate… but with dancing.Players have a wide variety of moves across several categories and subcategories. Pushing the stick up or down puts dancers in an upright or downward stance each with different moves activated by face buttons. Spinning the stick or holding it along with a button spins the dancer or freezes them in place as long as they stay balanced. Players can flip and hop as well depending on the situation.It sounds like a lot to absorb but that’s the point. Although the characters all use the same inputs, just with different stats in each category, Floor Kids is almost like a fighting game because the skill comes from mastering the combo system. It’s a bit obtuse and tough to find an “optimal” way to play. But the point system grades you on everything from tapping along to the beat to using a variety of moves to attempting more advanced moves.And you’ll have to do all of these things to keep progressing. You’ll have to review your move list and memorize what flows into what for higher scores. Try Kick Hops to Salsa Rock to Barrel Mills. You’ll have to pay attention to audience suggestions in the middle of the performance. You’ll have to tap along to brief traditional rhythm game bits to mix up each song. All of these considerations keep the game from devolving into rhythmic button mashing, which to be fair can produce somewhat satisfying results all its own.The system is also creative and expressiveness enough that a freestyle mode without points would be worthwhile like DropMix. Unfortunately, that’s not here at the moment. But beyond the story mode there is a multiplayer option. Two players go back and forth on the same track. It feels like a proper dance battle.The music also holds up its end of the bargain. The scratchy tracks come courtesy of DJ Kid Koala and totally get you in the best b-boy or b-girl mood. And since you have so much freedom with what buttons you can press at any time you can slip into a tactile groove much faster and easier compared to regular music games. I really got into it. The songs are brief enough to make portable play great on Switch. However, for whatever reasons load times seem strangely long.Meanwhile, the art and animation are from creator Jon Jon, who originated the Floor Kids concept with Kid Koala as short films years ago. The sketchy, Newgrounds-esque look surely helps make the dance transitions smoother on an indie budget, but it’s a great aesthetic nonetheless that feels completely true to the scene. You almost want the Splatoon squid kids to show up. And the cutscenes drip with classic old-school hip-hop mysticism most recently seen in stuff like The Get Down on Netflix.Along with skating and fighting games, Floor Kids reminded me of fellow recent indie Switch game Battle Chef Brigade in that they are both fascinating bite-sized video game interpretations of real-world activities that take a great deal of skill. You may never be a great breakdancer with your body, but Floor Kids at least helps you get close with your fingers.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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New Harry PotterThemed Roller Coaster Arrives in June

first_img Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys Stay on target Looks like Universal Orlando will be the place to be for Potterheads this June. The theme park  announced on Thursday the official opening date for a new Harry Potter thrill ride coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the Islands of Adventure Park — and it’s all about Hagrid.In a blog post, Universal announced that its new coaster will be called “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.” The ride will open on June 13.JUST ANNOUNCED: Take flight on an all-new thrilling roller coaster ride, coming to #WizardingWorldOrlando on June 13, 2019.Sign up to be among the first to know about new details at https://t.co/M9SiDZCX2S. pic.twitter.com/k2kppYXTMt— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) February 21, 2019“For the first time ever, join Hagrid as you fly far beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a thrilling roller coaster ride that plunges into the paths of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures,” the park announced.Most Harry Potter fans will agree that some of the most memorable scenes from the films feature Hagrid’s adventures with magical creatures, such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff; Fluffy, the giant three-headed dog; and the giant spider Aragog, the leader of a colony of Acromantula.The new roller coaster, which will put riders on Hagrid’s motorbike (previously owned by Sirius Black), replaces the Dragon Challenge ride. It’s unclear how Hagrid himself, who appears in the other Harry Potter rides Flight of the Hippogriff, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and the Hogwarts Express, will be incorporated into the thrill ride, so we’ll just have to wait for future details.Of course, excited Hagrid fans are already planning their trip to the park.So excited that @universalorlando have announced a new Harry Potter ride opening on 13th June 2019! Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure sounds amazing! starting to think about when our next trip could be! #wizardingworldorlando #wiz… https://t.co/UuOHaPkXCy pic.twitter.com/9L2fzSR2qj— Fleur Lucille (@fleurlucillexo) February 21, 2019 OMG!!!!! Finally and opening date and a name! Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at @UniversalORL June 13! Who’s planning a trip just for this? #WizardingWorld #WizardingWorldOrlando pic.twitter.com/YYc7uafNRE— Sarah Gilliland (@SarahGilliland) February 21, 2019 IT’S HAPPENING Who’s ready to hit the sky on Hagrid’s motorbike?!? Broomsticks are soooooo old fashioned! June 13th can’t get here quick enough! #HappyTravels #WizardingWorldOrlando https://t.co/q2gnQEIuwk— Hoffman Happy Travels (@HofHappyTravels) February 21, 2019More on Geek.com:How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Harry Potter’ Again11 Harry Potter Characters Who Deserve Their Own MovieThe Most Magical Harry Potter Toyslast_img read more

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Ter Stegen sends his regards to the injured Alves

first_imgBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has sent his best wishes to former teammate Dani Alves after it was confirmed that he will miss the World Cup this summerThe experienced right-back was expected to be one of Tite’s key players for Brazil in next month’s World Cup in Russia, but suffered a cruciate ligament injury in Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de France victory over Les Herbiers.Alves was being touted as one of the prime candidates to wear the captain’s armband for the Selecao at the World Cup.But the 35-year-old is now out with PSG yet to announce a timeframe for Alves’ return from injury.“There’s never a good time to get injured, but keep your head high + positive mind as you always do. You will be back in no time to keep lifting trophies!” wrote  Ter Stegen on Twitter.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Not just football will miss you at the @FIFAWorldCup , also your GOOD CRAZY MOOD @DaniAlvesD2 ! There’s never a good time to get injured, but keep your head high + positive mind as you always do. You will be back in no time to keep lifting trophies! TAMO JUNTO MEU IRMÃO???? pic.twitter.com/FbPkIKRNnr— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) 15 May 2018Ter Stegen himself is expected to be Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper as they bid to successfully defend their World Cup title this summer.last_img read more

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Marcos Alonso It was a penalty 100

first_imgChelsea full-back Marcos Alonso insists that the referee was “100%” correct in awarding them a penalty against Newcastle United following Fabian Schar’s challengeAlonso was brought down by Schar in the penalty area with referee Paul Tierney opting to award Chelsea a spot-kick, which was put away by Eden Hazard in the 76th minute.Following substitute Joselu’s equaliser for Newcastle, Alonso then restored Chelsea’s lead when his deflected shot off DeAndre Yedlin found it’s way into the back of the net.The effort was officially named as an own goal by Yedlin.“Whether they give it to me or as an own-goal, I am very happy for the three points and I am looking forward to the next one now,” Alonso told the club website.As for whether or not referee Tierney made the right call, he said: “It was a penalty, 100 per cent,”“I am not a player that goes down easily and if I go down, it is because it was a penalty and it was good that Hazard put it in.”3 wins out of 3! We keep going! ???? @ChelseaFCTammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.3 victorias de 3! Seguimos trabajando! ???? pic.twitter.com/pFhaaWV9ft— Marcos Alonso (@marcosalonso03) August 26, 2018Chelsea maintained patience amid Newcastle ultra-defensive tactics.“It is not always fun for us to play like this but I don’t know if other teams want play like this [how Newcastle did], we can only have patience and play our football and try to find the space to score,” said Alonso.“There is still room for improvement but the team is looking good and we are doing a good job so far and hopefully we will have more three points next week.”Chelsea will host Bournemouth in their next Premier League game on Saturday.last_img read more

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Official Athletic Bilbao resign Ibai Gomez

first_imgAthletic Bilbao have announced they’ve reached an agreement to re-sign Ibai Gomez from Deportivo AlavesThe Spanish winger played for his hometown club between 2010 to 2016, where he managed 17 goals and 23 assists in 145 appearances and won the Copa del Rey.But Gomez elected to terminate his contract with Athletic in favour of signing a three-year deal at Alaves, where he has spent the last two and a half years at.The 29-year-old has played a key part in Alaves’ surprising start in La Liga this season by starting 17 of their 18 games with the club up in fourth-place and ahead of Real Madrid.But it appears that the prospect of going home was too good to ignore for Gomez, who has signed a three-year contract at Athletic.“Athletic Club and Deportivo Alaves have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Ibai Gomez to our entity,” read a statement on the club website.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“The player from Santutxu will sign a contract until 30th of June 2022.”Gomez may not be only old face returning to the San Mames this month after the club’s director of football Rafa Alkorta announced his transfer plans.Manchester United’s Ander Herrera and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente are among those being targeted for returns to Athletic.Ibai Gómez regresa al Athletic Club – https://t.co/iXc55oDOi0 #AthleticClub 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/oJELEPT0zk— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) January 10, 2019last_img read more

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CA State Senate passes vaccine exemption bill coauthored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez

first_img Posted: May 22, 2019 CA State Senate passes vaccine exemption bill co-authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Categories: California News, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom May 22, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The state Senate Wednesday passed a bill co-authored by a San Diego assemblywoman that’s intended to reduce the number of falsified medical exemptions which allow children to avoid common vaccinations.Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, drafted the bill with Sen. Richard Pan, a pediatrician, in response to spiking medical exemption numbers since the state banned personal belief exemptions in 2015. Vaccination rates have increased since that ban, according to Pan, but medical exemptions have also tripled in that time.Senate Bill 276 would require physicians to certify that they examined the patient and submit exemption requests to the state’s Department of Public Health, which would then review the request and the physician’s license number and professional history. State health officials would also reserve the right to revoke exemptions if they’re found to be fraudulent.“SB 276 will protect community immunity by ending the exemptions cottage industry, in which anti-vaccination parents seek — and a few doctors issue — fake medical exemptions as a way to get around California’s vaccination laws,” Gonzalez said.Statewide vaccination rates have increased from 90.7% in the 2010-2011 academic year to 95.6% in 2016-2017. Since 2015, however, medical exemptions have increased among children statewide from 0.2% to 0.7%. During the 2018-2018 school year, some schools around the state had a percentage of incoming kindergarten students with medical exemptions as high as 58%, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.A vaccination rate of 94% is necessary to achieve so-called herd immunity, according to Pan, which prevents the spread of preventable illnesses like measles and whooping cough to people like infants and chemotherapy patients who can’t be vaccinated.“SB 276 assures students who truly need medical exemptions will receive them and that the schools they attend maintain community immunity to keep them safe,” Pan said. “Through passage of SB 276, we are taking a preventive approach to keep schools safe for all students by applying a model successfully used in West Virginia, which has not experienced measles in a decade.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed more than 700 measles cases this year, with children under 5 years old accounting for roughly half of them and more than 500 in people who had not been vaccinated. About 40 measles cases have been reported in California this year, according to the CDC.The bill is supported and co-sponsored by the California Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics California and the vaccine advocacy group Vaccinate California.Opponents of the legislation say it undermines personal freedoms and the relationship between a physician and their patients. Opponents in the Senate gallery shouted “we will not comply” as legislators voted on the bill.SB 276 passed on a 24-10 vote. The bill will now head to the Assembly, followed by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk should it be passed. last_img read more

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Government approves plan for multistate underground Hyperloop Elon Musk says

first_img(WSVN) — Elon Musk’s proposed plan to build a multi-state underground Hyperloop that would propel commuters from New York City to Washington D.C. in under 30 minutes has been approved.Musk tweeted Thursday that he has recived “verbal approval” from government officials for the Boring Company to construct the Hyperloop, which would run through New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017A Miami-Orlando route is one of 11 proposed finalists vying to compete for the rights to build the ultra-fast transportation system in the U.S. The 257-mile route normally takes about 3 hours by car, but would reduce travel time to about 26 minutes, the company says.Hyperloop transportation uses a magnetically-levitated train inside of a low-pressure tube, giving the train the ability to potentially travel as fast as an airplane.On an average day, a car ride from New York City to Washington D.C. takes just more than four hours and about 3 hours by train. The Hyperloop would take 29 minutes, according to Musk. last_img read more

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