PH squash team unhurt after bus crash ahead of SEA Games event

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES The bus was on its way from the players’ hotel in Putrajaya to the National Squash Centre. Photo from The Star Twitter @staronline.KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ squash team is shaken but otherwise unhurt following a bus accident on Monday morning.The Filipinos, as well as the Thai and Myanmar squash teams, were on their way to the National Squash Centre from their hotel in Putrajaya when their buses collided.ADVERTISEMENT Squash offers nine gold medals at the Games and is played at the National Squash Centre and the Raintree Club in KL.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul None of the Filipino players – seven of them in total – suffered any major injuries.The Thais also escaped unhurt but a couple of Myanmar players were sent to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What happened was just unfortunate. It was an accident after all,” said Filipino team manager Abad Santos.“There were two buses. We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We also had a police escort and everything seemed fine until the second bus hit us strongly from behind.“Some of the Myanmar players had some slight injuries but my players are all fine and we’re still ready to play.”Due to the accident, the morning matches of men and women’s doubles have been temporarily suspended. The mixed doubles competition was initially scheduled to start at 2pm.“We’re putting the competition on hold until the players get medical clearance to play,” said SEA Games squash technical officer K. Sivanesan.“We’re rescheduling and we expect things to be up and running after lunch.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2019: Indian fans lack a bit of patience, says Viv Richards

first_imgViv Richards has asked Indian fans to be a little more patient as Virat Kohli’s Team India gears up for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, Viv Richards said he could not understand how Indian fans could burn effigies of the same players they put on pedestals.In 2003, Indian cricketers’ homes came under attack after Sourav Ganguly’s men lost a match to Australia at the start of the World Cup in South Africa. India turned things around and stormed to the final where they again lost to the Aussies.”Indian fans sometimes lack a bit of patience. Burning effigies a little silly. Your players do not go there to lose., they go there to win. You should not be a hero today and not a zero tomorrow. We should have a little more respect for individuals – you are not going to do it all the time,” Richards said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Viv Richards also met up with Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram and heaped praise on both legends.Incidentally, Tendulkar and Akram consider Viv Richards as their hero.After India’s exit from the 2007 World Cup, Sachin Tendulkar had decided to quit. However, a call from Viv Richards meant Tendulkar continued to play for the next few years – he even played a significant role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.”The 2007 World Cup was possibly the lowest phase of my career. The game which had shown me the best days of my life were now showing me the worst. If those changes were not going to happen, I was going to stop playing cricket. My brother told me in 2011, you are going to play the biggest match of your World Cup (the final in Wankhede).advertisement”I was at my farm-house in 2007 and that’s when Sir Viv called me and we spoke for 45 minutes,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: When Viv Richards stopped Sachin Tendulkar from retiringAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso Seelast_img read more

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TFA Annual Report

first_imgThe TFA Annual Report that will be put out for membership is now available to view.TFA will send an original to every TFA affiliate and some to each State office.The report will be presented at the TFA AGM which will occur on Sunday, 14 December 2008 in Canberra.Related Filestfa_annual_report_200708-pdflast_img

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Emery’s tinkering fails as Arsenal slip up

first_imgUnai Emery has been lauded for his ‘in-game genius’ at times this season but his substitutions in the 1-1 draw at Brighton showed a manager who has yet to work out what his best Arsenal team is yet.It could be called game management due to the number of matches Arsenal have in their packed festive schedule, but the decision to take Mesut Ozil off at half-time for Alex Iwobi will prompt further questions over the manager’s relationship with the German playmaker.It proved to be a hasty substitution, too, when the Gunners required creativity in the final third in the second half. Without wingers, Emery’s side are forced to produce most of their creativity in central areas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Arsenal started off in typically impressive style, as they have done in the first half of games this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on seven minutes was symptomatic of his brilliance since joining for a club-record fee last January.The Gabonese forward has been directly involved in 30 goals in 32 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (23 goals, seven assists) and, if Aubameyang had finished off a one-on-one shortly after his goal, then the Gunners may have been walking away from the Amex Stadium with all three points, but he shot straight at Mat Ryan instead.The lack of defensive organisation for Brighton’s equaliser, which came through Jurgen Locadia, wasn’t surprising, although Stephan Lichtsteiner’s rustiness at right-back was to Arsenal’s detriment. Starting in place of the injured Hector Bellerin, the Switzerland international was guilty of heading the ball into the path of Locadia, who rounded Bernd Leno to strike home. No team has committed more errors leading to an opposition goal in the Premier League than Arsenal this season (six), although some of that can be put down to the defensive injuries recently suffered at the back.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19Alexandre Lacazette was hauled off on 62 minutes for Aaron Ramsey, much to his frustration. The Frenchman threw his gloves on the ground for the second game running and, while Emery has previously admitted that he ‘likes’ that kind of response from his striker, it’s already becoming evident that certain players are becoming irked by the manager’s mid-game decisions which aren’t working.Lacazette’s harrying of Brighton players was integral in the opening goal so questions will certainly be asked over bringing him off and leaving three defensive midfielders on the pitch.The lack of intensity from Arsenal in the second half will undoubtedly frustrate Emery and, ahead of Saturday’s match against Liverpool at Anfield, it appears that the Gunners find themselves in a similar position to when Jurgen Klopp took over at the Reds.A team in transition with much improvement needed, particularly where keeping the lead is concerned. What looks like an enthralling match on paper could expose Emery’s tinkering methods even further if the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have their way on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit: This Team “Needs Help” To Get Into The CFB Playoff

first_imgKirk Herbstreit thinks a team could be out of the playoff.Last night, the updated College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled. There were few surprises.Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan made up the top four, in that order. Right behind them were Georgia and Oklahoma.While Georgia is on the outside looking in, the Bulldogs control their own destiny. Win out, beat Alabama in the SEC title game and they’re in. The same probably can’t be said for Oklahoma.Even if the Sooners go 12-1 with a win in the Big 12 Championship Game, they might still be left out. Kirk Herbstreit thinks so.During his analysis of the rankings last night on ESPN, Herbie said only five teams control their own destiny, and did not include the Sooners.“They need help. Oklahoma needs a Michigan loss or a Notre Dame loss. That’s not controlling their own destiny,” Herbstreit said.In our estimation, Herbstreit seems to be correct. If Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are all undefeated, they will all be in the playoff. If Michigan and Oklahoma are both 12-1, the Wolverines likely keep the edge because they will have road wins over Ohio State and Michigan State, plus wins over Penn State, Wisconsin and whoever the Big Ten West champion would be.It is hard to imagine that resume not being good enough to make the CFP.[ 247 Sports ]last_img read more

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Georgia Football Reports 3 NCAA Violations For Recruitment

first_img A third violation took place on April 29, when a staff member committed an entertainment violation by providing a recruit with unauthorized sideline access.Per the report, the three violations all constitute lesser Level III violations, all of which are considered “isolated or inadvertent.”Though it’s unknown who any of the staffers involved in the incidents were, on-campus recruiting director Lukman Abdulai and recruiting relations coordinator Dacia King have both since left the program.Regardless, the Bulldogs are considered strong contenders for both the SEC title and the College Football Playoff. So it should come as no surprise that they’re taking even the most minor of infractions very seriously.[Athens Banner-Herald] A picture of footballs with Georgia's logo on them.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: A general view of georgia footballs taken before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)After putting together a superb 2019 recruiting class, the Georgia football program raised some eyebrows by dismissing or otherwise ending their relationship with several members of the recruiting staff. Based on the latest reports, various NCAA recruiting violations may have been a factor.According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the Georgia football program has reported three NCAA secondary recruiting violations. Per the report, the incidents occurred over several months in the spring and were followed by two recruiting office staffers leaving.Two violations occurred on March 8, one for letting a student-worker talk to a recruit away from the admission table, and another when a coaching staff member sent a video to a recruit’s mother who did not visit the campus with her child. Both are violations of NCAA rules.Georgia reports three NCAA secondary recruiting violations in football https://t.co/Y0elYKzksB— OnlineAthens (@onlineathens) July 11, 2019last_img read more

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Whole Grain Waffles

first_imgIngredients Eggs (beaten)2 Skim Milk1.5 cup Canola Oil¼ cup Apple Sauce (unsweetened)¼ cup Vanilla Extract1 tsp Whole Wheat Pastry Flour1 cup Flax Seed Meal½ cup Wheat Germ¼ cup All- purpose Flour¼ cup Baking Powder4 tsp Sugar1 tbsp Salt¼ tsp Preparation In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Beat in whole wheat pastry flour, flax seed meal, wheat germ, all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt until batter is smooth. Preheat a waffle iron, and coat with cooking spray. Pour batter into waffle iron in batches, and cook until crisp and golden brown. (Courtesy: www.allrecipes.com)last_img read more

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Ottawa hopes Ontario will make informed decision on overdose prevention sites

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s health minister is offering to share the federal government’s research on overdose prevention and supervised consumption sites with Ontario as the province weighs whether to allow such facilities to continue operating.Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Wednesday she hopes Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government will make an “informed decision” when it comes to the sites, noting the province has not specified what data it will be examining as part of its review.“That is exactly why it’s important to reach out to them and to provide them with the data that we have,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“We have a lot of data that we’ve collected with respect to the importance of harm reduction and that safe consumption sites, supervised consumption sites…work, they save lives. So we certainly want to be able to share that information with them and I hope that they’ll be making an informed decision based on the data that we have.”The Ontario government announced last month that it was halting the opening of new overdose prevention sites while it conducts its review. The province’s health minister, Christine Elliott, has said a decision on the sites will be made by the end of September.The moratorium was condemned by more than 100 health groups, who said the move was putting lives at risk. Advocates said a string of overdose deaths in Toronto last month shows there is urgent need for more facilities, and urged the province to reverse its decision.Premier Doug Ford has said the province is reaching out to experts to get their input on overdose prevention sites. He has also said the government’s goal is to save lives and get people off drugs and into rehab.A spokeswoman for Elliott reiterated the point in an emailed statement Wednesday, noting that the review also includes discussions with community members and people who have lived through addiction.Hayley Chazan wrote that the goal is “to ensure that any continuation of drug injection sites introduce people into rehabilitation and ensure those struggling with addiction get the help they need.”Overdose prevention sites are approved by the province and are temporary facilities set up to address an immediate need in a community, while safe injection sites are more permanent locations approved by the federal government after a more extensive application process.Petitpas Taylor, who was in Toronto to attend a symposium on what health officials have deemed to be an opioid crisis, said she has yet to meet with her provincial counterpart but would seek to arrange a meeting on the issue.The federal minister is expected to announce new measures to increase access to treatment for substance abuse on Thursday.More than 3,800 people died from opioids in Canada in 2017, compared to 2,978 in 2016, according to the latest figures by Canada’s health agency published last June.last_img read more

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Jennifer Podemski was frustrated with the lack of Indigenous stories on our

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Podemski has since produced various projects — from the TV show Moccasin Flats to the film Empire of Dirt and the upcoming doc series Future History — while continuing her acting career, and mentoring and training other Indigenous artists.Her body of work as well as her advocacy will be recognized Saturday as she receives an Award of Excellence at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto.While Podemski said she’s encouraged by the opportunities arising for Indigenous actors and storytellers in Canada these days — with the creation of the Indigenous Screen Office and various government initiatives — she feels there’s more work to be done.“I flip-flop between being super encouraged and inspired, and devastated and frustrated at the state of affairs when it comes to Indigenous stories, and how the mainstream is opening its doors or not opening its doors to the storytellers,” said Podemski, whose film credits include a starring role in Bruce McDonald’s Dance Me Outside.“I’ve been a producer for 20 years and if I was to look back at 20 years, yeah, things are easier today for me. But they’re not as easy as I thought they would be, with the amount of experience that I have.“The similarity that I make often is, ‘Wherever the women’s movement is, the Indigenous movement seems to be behind it.’”Podemski adds that she can relate to the current conversations around female representation in the screen industry.“That’s super important,” she said, “but the parallel story to that is that there is an entire community left out of the storytelling fabric of this entire country and it’s the people, the many, many nations that were here, that are from here.”Podemski has been acting and performing onstage since elementary school. In the late ’90s, she opened her first production company, Big Soul Productions, with Laura Milliken.The company produced projects including the TV series The Seventh Generation and Moccasin Flats.The Seventh Generation, which aired on APTN, was a way to combat “shame in our community,” and tell uplifting stories of triumph and those who overcame the odds, Podemski said.But they had trouble getting funding and had to create financial sponsorships around specific episodes.“At the time, we had a couple of thousand dollars per episode to make the show from a licence fee from APTN and we tried to pitch it to every single network in Canada,” Podemski recalled.“There were two things that we heard; one was, ‘Don’t you have your own network?’ and the other one was, ‘We did a native story last year.’”In 2005, Podemski started her own production company, Redcloud Studios Inc. Her upcoming Future History is about the reclamation of Indigenous knowledge through the eyes of two hosts.“As an actor, I want producers and network executives and writers to know that you don’t have to have a native storyline just to hire a native actor, but why is that such a deeply cemented reality for us?” said Podemski, whose recent acting credits include the series Hard Rock Medical, Cardinal and Private Eyes.“So if I had one wish that I could have (it would be to) just make everyone forget that somehow they had to construct often inaccurate storylines just to get that native storyline in there; we could play lots of different characters.“And then on the producing side, the content-creating side, I would say there is so much potential to create realities for Indigenous characters that are beyond expectation, and whether that’s in the sci-fi realm or the horror realm or comedy, romance, all these different genres.”VICTORIA AHEARN – The Canadian Press Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About 20 years ago, Toronto-born screen star Jennifer Podemski was growing frustrated with a lack of work for Indigenous actors and storytellers such as herself. She took matters into her own hands by becoming a producer.“It was this mounting frustration and anger around the inequity, I suppose,” Podemski, who is of mixed First Nations and Israeli descent, said in a recent phone interview.“I specifically was frustrated with how native people and native stories were so far behind in terms of relevance and how often we saw them.”center_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Actress Jennifer Podemski, who is of mixed First Nations and Israeli descent, started her own production company after becoming frustrated with the lack of work for Indigenous actors and storytellers. (MARTA IWANEK / THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Financials give TSX a minor boost loonie down amid flat GDP numbers

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto stock index posted a minor gain Friday, while the Canadian dollar fell amid the latest GDP numbers released by Statistics Canada.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 16.69 points to 15,634.94, led mainly by financials.The country’s eight-month march of monthly growth in the economy came to an end in July after Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product was essentially unchanged at zero per cent growth in July compared with June. The development could head off more rate hikes this year and put downward pressure on the Canadian dollar.The loonie was trading at an average price of 80.13 cents US, down 0.19 of a U.S. cent.“The Canadian dollar softened as this GDP report reduced the odds of a third rate hike by the Bank of Canada this year, especially when you combine it with governor Stephen Poloz’s recent speech which gave more of a cautionary tone to the bank’s approach going forward,” said Todd Mattina, a chief economist at Mackenzie Investments.The Bank of Canada raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year, but Poloz said during a speech Wednesday that he has no prearranged route for further interest-rate hikes.On the corporate front, shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:VRX) were up 79 cents, or 4.62 per cent, to $17.88 at the close of markets amid the company’s announcement that it has completed the sale of its iNova Pharmaceuticals business for $930 million in cash.Quebec-based Valeant says it will use net proceeds of about $920 million from the sale to reduce its debt, as it continues to simplify its portfolio and focus on its core businesses. The company’s shares have plunged since questions about its business model first emerged two years ago, when they traded for more than $300 per share.South of the border, U.S. stocks pushed further into record territory on Wall Street.The S&P 500 index edged up 9.30 points to 2,519.36 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 42.51 points to 6,495.96 — new highs for both indices. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial average added 23.89 points to 22,405.09.In U.S. economic news, a Commerce Department report released Friday showed consumer spending inched up 0.1 per cent in August, and wages and salaries were unchanged. That could be a hint third-quarter economic growth will be weaker.In commodities, the November crude contract was up 11 cents to US$51.67 per barrel while the November natural gas contract lost a penny to US$3.01 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $3.90 to US$1,284.80 an ounce and the December copper contract retreated three cents to US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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New Portrait Photograph of Princess Lalla Soukaina and Twins Goes Viral

Rabat – Princess Lalla Soukaina has maintained a low media profile since the birth of her twins was heralded in September of 2015. A new portrait photograph of her and the children has been released on social media and is going viral.Looking radiant in an embroidered, traditional Moroccan caftan, the niece of King Mohamed VI is seen smiling serenely while holding royal twins, Al Hassan and Aya, on her lap. Published on Monday evening, the portrait was an instant hit on social media. Lalla Soukaina is the daughter of Princess Lalla Meryem, eldest daughter and some say favourite of the late King Hassan II. Her father is Fouad Filai, whose father, Abdellatif Filai was former Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister.The children were born just eighteen months after the Princess’s marriage to Mohammed El Mehdi Regragui. Since then, Princess Lalla Soukaina has kept a relatively low profile with the media. The portrait represents the first good public glimpse of the royal children since their birth in Paris was announced. read more

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Number of faminedisplaced Somalis seeking aid in Mogadishu swells to 100000 –

“The number is growing by the day, with daily arrivals averaging 1,000 in July,” Vivian Tan, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.Severe drought has plunged communities in the southern region of Somalia into famine and sent thousands fleeing both to Mogadishu and to neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya. The UN and partner aid agencies are seeking approximately $1.6 billion in aid to assist millions affected by the crisis in Somalia and the wider Horn of Africa region.On Monday, the top UNHCR officials in Somalia visited the Badbado settlement in Mogadishu which is currently home to an estimated 28,000 people. “Given the growing numbers of displaced people in search of food assistance, the amounts being delivered are not sufficient to meet all of the needs. This has caused serious crowd crushes and even some looting,” said Ms. Tan.“As a result, some of the weakest and most vulnerable are left with nothing, despite the best efforts of agencies and charities,” she added.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is hoping that the first in a series of airlifts to Somalia will begin today. The planes will bring, among other supplies, ready-to-use therapeutic food destined specifically for severely malnourished children, agency spokesperson Emilia Casella said in Geneva.To enable people to carry the food and water they are able to obtain, UNHCR said it will begin distributing 4,000 assistance packages for 24,000 people in the coming week, including jerry cans, buckets, pots, plates, bowls, cups and other utensils. The agency has already distributed shelter materials, including plastic sheeting, in Badbado.So far this year, UNHCR has distributed over 17,000 emergency assistance packages benefiting 102,000 people in south-central Somalia. It will distribute a further 19,000 packages in the coming days, containing essential items such as plastic sheeting for shelter, sleeping mats and blankets, buckets and jerry cans for water, kitchen sets, utensils, plates and cups for food to 114,000 people.Another 40,000 packages containing high-energy biscuits, oral re-hydration solution and water purification tablets, are being procured by UNHCR and will reach an estimated 240,000 people in the coming days.In neighbouring Kenya, UNHCR began an operation yesterday to relocate Somali refugees currently living on the outskirts of the Dadaab refugee camps to a new site known as the Ifo Extension. Over 500 five-person family tents were erected, with a capacity to accommodate at least 2,500 people. A second site, known as Kambioos, will also open in the next few days, to help decongest the outskirts of Dagahaley refugee camp.The Dadaab camps – whose population has swelled to nearly 380,000 in recent months – have been receiving an average of 1,300 new refugees daily, fleeing conflict, drought, famine and insecurity in Somalia. UNHCR said the Somali refugees are arriving in an “appalling” state of health, dehydrated and severely malnourished, especially children.Meanwhile, the agency stated that the overall nutrition situation in the remote Dollo Ado camps in Ethiopia remains a concern, with malnutrition levels among the new arrivals still high. One in three children under five arriving from Somalia is severely malnourished. UNHCR and its partners are responding to address the situation, with supplementary feeding at the transit centre for children under five and hot meals for all refugees waiting to be registered and transferred to the refugee camps. As of Friday, there were 114,646 Somalis in the Dollo Ado area camps, UNHCR said. The total number of Somali refugees in Ethiopia is currently over 156,000. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched, along with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), a vaccination campaign targeting over 200,000 children living in drought-affected host communities around the Dadaab refugee settlement. Polio vaccinations and distributions of vitamin A and de-worming tablets are also being integrated into this campaign, UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado stated. She added that in southern Somalia, where immunization coverage is very low, an integrated measles, tetanus toxoid, vitamin A and de-worming campaign to reach 86,000 women and children in Mogadishu was wrapping up today. Following that, the plan is to reach 2.5 million children up to the age of 5 in Gedo, provided UNICEF is given access across the south, said Ms. Mercado. The immunization campaigns are part of a regional push to protect children from becoming more vulnerable to potentially fatal diseases due to malnutrition. 26 July 2011Up to 100,000 internally displaced people have arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, over the last two months in search of food, water, shelter and other vital humanitarian assistance after fleeing famine-hit areas, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. read more

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At least 119 killed in China plant fire

A massive fire broke out at a poultry plant in northeastern China early Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said.Several dozen people also were hurt in the blaze in Jilin province’s Mishazi township, which appeared to have been sparked by three early-morning explosions, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The provincial fire department, on its microblog, attributed the blasts to an ammonia leak. The area around the plant was evacuated, reports CBS News’ Shuai Zhang.Some employees raised the alarm about a fire shortly after a shift began at 6 a.m., and then the lights went out, spiking the level of panic as workers rushed to find an exit, 44-year-old Wang Fengya told Xinhua. State broadcaster CCTV quoted unidentified workers as saying the fire broke out during a change of shifts at the plant, owned by Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co., and may have originated in a locker room at a time when about 350 workers were at the site. “When I finally ran out and looked back at the plant, I saw high flames,” Wang was quoted as saying. Xinhua said she and three other workers were sent to a hospital in the nearby provincial capital of Changchun.In addition to the dead, the disaster killed at least 162 people, and 54 people were being treated in hospitals, the fire department said in its microblog. Calls to fire and rescue services rang unanswered and hospital administrators said they had no information about the injured.By about noon, the fire had been mostly extinguished and bodies were being recovered from the charred buildings. CCTV footage showed dark smoke billowing up from the prefabricated cement structures topped with corrugated iron roofs. The plant’s “complicated” interior, narrow exits and a locked front gate made escape difficult, Xinhua quoted survivors as saying. It appeared the death toll could continue to rise as more bodies were recovered from the charred buildings. Still, says Xinhua, about 100 workers managed to escape from the plant. The fire highlighted the lax safety standards at many Chinese workplaces. It could also focus renewed scrutiny on China’s biggest pork producer, Shuanghui International — unrelated to the poultry plant — as it seeks to buy U.S. food giant Smithfield in what would be China’s biggest takeover of an American company.Jason Yan, technical director of the U.S. Grains Council, in Beijing, said safety considerations usually came last in the design of such buildings behind features to maximize production and energy efficiency.“I’m sure they consider some aspects of safety design. However, I think safety, to me, is not the first priority in their design plan,” Yan said. Jilin Baoyuanfeng produces 67,000 tons of processed chicken per year and employs about 1,200 people. The plant is located outside the city of Dehui, about 250 miles northeast of China’s capital, Beijing. (CBC News) read more

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Mangala Samaraweera appointed Vice Chairman of the UNP

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the United National Party (UNP).Samarweera tweeted saying he received the letter of appointment from UNP leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “30 years ago when I was first appointed as the SLFP organiser for Matara district, I didn’t even, in my wildest dreams thought that I would get such a position in the grand old party,” he tweeted.Samaraweera has been appointed Vice Chairman with effect from April 26. With the appointment he will function as a member of the UNP Working Committee. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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President calls for urgent cabinet meeting tomorrow

The Morning newspaper website said that President Sirisena had called for an emergency Cabinet meeting tomorrow afternoon.The weekly cabinet meeting was held yesterday (Tuesday) yet the President had called for an emergency meeting tomorrow. President Maithripala Sirisena has called for an urgent cabinet meeting tomorrow, media reports said. Several cabinet Ministers including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers Malik Samarawickrema, Duminda Dissanayake, Gayantha Karunathileka, Rauf Hakeem, Nimal Siripala De Silva and Sagala Rathnayake are currently overseas on official tours, The Morning reported. read more

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Employing mining information in its spatial context

Where spatial placement of planning and production information might be a “nice to have” for some businesses, GMSI (mining subsidiary of the Gijima group) believes that the future of enterprise mining solutions is in employing information in its spatial context. GMSI’s mineRP is an enterprise framework for integrating all elements of mine resource planning, presenting the industry with a real breakthrough in spatial data management. More than just providing a common location and processes for storing and retrieving spatial information files (such as geological models; designs, schedules, etc.), mineRP is the world’s first truly integrated mining technical solutions framework where mining data is integrated at the lowest data level, the company says. Based on GMSI’s spatialDB, mines can manage mining data with a MS SQL Server based, OGC compliant data store containing both three dimensional spatial information and related business data in one place.  Storing, merging, collating and publishing spatially relevant mining technical information is done using this central repository – resulting in up to date and standardised information being available to all disciplines simultaneously.What this means is that mining technical disciplines work together as a whole, instead of in silos separated by technology and process. mineRP further differentiates itself from competing platforms in two areas:Firstly, mineRP does not store the information gathered from various disciplines as files in a central location, but rather translates and maps that information into SpatialDB, where all information is related to a single version of space. Like working with Google’s Google Earth technology, spatialDash allows browsing of integrated mining technical information through the internet from anywhere across the globe.Secondly, mineRP does not require of mines to change current expert systems employed in the management of their various technical disciplines. Mines may carry on using the geological, design and planning, and even operational systems of their choice, yet centralise information into mineRP through various certified mineRP middleware options. read more

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Pistorius family shaken by leaked images

first_imgTHE FAMILY OF Oscar Pistorius says it is “shaken” by the leaked graphic photos of the blood-spattered bathroom where the world-renowned athlete shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.Images of the scene appeared in the media last week, just days before the double amputee’s court appearance on Tuesday for a brief pre-trial hearing.“We were shaken by the graphic images, leaked into the public domain…, of the accident scene at Oscar’s house,” Arnold Pistorius, who speaks on behalf of the family, said in a statement dated Monday.On Friday, Britain’s Sky News television released leaked images showing the bloodied bathroom of Pistorius’s luxury Pretoria home where he shot his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three times in the early hours of February 14.The 26-year-old “Blade Runner” claims he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in the middle of the night after mistaking her for an intruder.But the prosecution argues it was premeditated murder, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.Pistorius is due back in court on Tuesday for the first time since a judge released him on bail after the Paralympian was charged with Steenkamp’s murder.Pistorius has assembled some of country’s best legal brains for his defence and Tuesday’s hearing is expected to be swiftly adjourned while police pursue their investigation. Pistorius’s lawyers have complained to prosecutors about the leaked pictures, which show bloodstains on the toilet seat and surrounding floor and the door marked with two bullet holes just below the handle.But police said they did not know the source of the photos but that the leak would not jeopardise their case.Pistorius, who became an inspiration to millions as the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Olympics last year, is currently out on bail of one million rand ($99,000, 76,000 euros).The family said despite the leaking of the pictures, it continues to have “great faith” in the country’s legal justice system and “believe that Oscar’s account of what happened on that terrible night in February will be borne out by the evidence that the defence team will lead in court.”A trial date is yet to be set, but the state hopes to finalise its case by August. But given the huge backlog of murder cases in one of the world’s most dangerous countries, the trial may not start for some time.- © AFP, 2013Irish team set to take Le Mans 24 hour race by storm>1 win, 1 defeat as Ireland’s boxers get underway at European Championships> His family said: “it has always been our plea that the legal process be allowed to run its course with integrity.”“The leaking of evidential material into the public domain, before the court case, does not advance this process.”last_img read more

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British man dies while working on World Cup stadium in Qatar

first_img Image: Rob Harris http://jrnl.ie/3196349 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 20th 2017, 12:52 PM 17,089 Views 2014 file photo of work at the Khalifa International Stadium. By AFP Share4 Tweet Email center_img 2014 file photo of work at the Khalifa International Stadium. Image: Rob Harris 30 Comments A 40-YEAR-OLD British man has died while working on a Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium site, tournament organisers in the Gulf emirate have announced.The man was working on the Khalifa International Stadium, which will also be the venue for the World Athletics Championships in 2019.He has not yet been named.“Earlier today (Thursday), a 40-year-old British male lost his life working on Khalifa International Stadium,” the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the organisation for the World Cup in Qatar, said in a statement.The dead man’s family have been informed and an investigation launched, said the Supreme Committee.No cause of death has yet been announced.“The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy shares our deepest condolences with the family for their loss,” added the statement.It said more details would be released and a further statement is expected later today.Renovation work on Khalifa is set to be completed later this year, making it the first stadium to be ready for the World Cup in five years’ time.The stadium is being increased in size from a current capacity of 40,000 to more than 68,000 and will be used up to the quarter-final stage in 2022.The death is the latest tragedy to hit the controversial World Cup.Last October, a Nepalese labourer, Anil Kumar Pasman, died after being hit by a lorry while working at another Qatar World Cup stadium, Al-Wakrah.There are thought to be around 20,000 British nationals living in Qatar.© – AFP, 2017Read: Three killed and 20 more injured after car drives into pedestrians in MelbourneRead: What time is it on? Where can I watch it? Everything you need to know about the inauguration Friday 20 Jan 2017, 12:52 PM Short URL British man dies while working on World Cup stadium in Qatar The man’s family have been informed. The cause of death has not yet been released. last_img read more

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Les chauves précoces sont plus sujets au cancer de la prostate

first_imgLes chauves précoces sont plus sujets au cancer de la prostateUne étude française a montré que les hommes qui ont commencé à perdre leurs cheveux à 20 ans sont plus nombreux à développer un cancer de la prostate par la suite.Une étude menée par Philippe Giraud, professeur de radio-oncologie à l’Université Paris Descartes et à l’Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, et publiée en ligne dans la revue Cancer, Annals of Oncology, tend à montrer que les hommes commençant à perdre leur cheveux à 20 ans sont plus nombreux à développer un cancer de la prostate par la suite. 388 hommes traités pour un cancer de la prostate ont ainsi été comparés à un groupe de 281 hommes en bonne santé, permettant aux chercheurs de constater que les malades étaient deux fois plus nombreux que ceux en bonne santé à avoir perdu leurs cheveux vers leurs 20 ans. Pourtant, aucun lien entre la calvitie précoce et le développement de ce type de cancer n’a été scientifiquement établi. “Nous devons trouver un moyen d’identifier ces hommes qui sont à risque élevé de développer la maladie et qui pourraient être ciblés pour le dépistage. Souffrir d’alopécie (la calvitie, ndlr) à l’âge de 20 ans peut-être un facteur de risque facilement identifiable. Il faut maintenant confirmer ce fait”, a d’ailleurs expliqué Philippe Giraud à Sify news. Le 19 février 2011 à 14:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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