Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES But the errors piled up for the Philippines, allowing Vietnam to take control, 23-19, en route to the victory.The Vietnamese hope to win the gold medal this time after settling for second place in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore following a three-set loss to Thailand.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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments The Philippine men’s national volleyball team yielded to powerhouse Vietnam, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20, at the start of the 29th Southeast Asian Games volleyball competition Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos may have faltered in straight sets but they had their moments especially in the third set, where they managed to take a 16-13 edge.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I think the guys put forth a hell of an effort to get themselves an opportunity to win the game, but it’s a matter of learning who we are and who gets the touches where,” Bickerstaff explained. “You know in the fourth quarter we rely heavily on Mike, so it was somebody different we were having to find tonight, and that’s just a matter of us getting comfortable and familiar with one another and growing and learning from it.”Memphis led 75-67 heading into the fourth, and the Grizzlies were up 89-76 before the Thunder found their footing. A 3-pointer by Westbrook cut the deficit to 91-86 and led to a Memphis timeout.Westbrook hit another 3 to tie the game at 93 with 1:04 to play, then a jumper from near the free throw line to put the Thunder ahead 95-93 with 31.9 seconds left. Wright missed a 3 and Schroder made two free throws at the other end with 14.9 seconds remaining.After Wright made a layup to trim the Thunder’s lead to two, Oklahoma City’s Terrance Ferguson hit two free throws with 6.5 seconds left to seal the win.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Wright had 15 points at halftime. … Memphis held Oklahoma City to 31.9 percent shooting through three quarters, but allowed the Thunder to shoot 45.8 percent in the fourth.Thunder: Westbrook got a technical foul early in the first quarter. He has 14 this season, leaving him two away from a suspension. … Adams had 12 rebounds in the first half. He finished one short of his career high.HE SAID ITThunder forward Abdel Nader on the team’s losing streak: “I think everybody was caught up, you know? I think we lost four in a row coming into tonight, and everybody gets really caught up in that. When you really look at the stats and watch film, it is all one- or two-possession games against some really good teams. Like I said, we have some things we definitely need to clean up, but this was a good step forward to get the job done.”UP NEXT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Wesatbrook, right, passes the ball around Memphis Grizzlies guard Justin Holiday, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook turned back the clock a bit on Sunday.Oklahoma City’s All-Star point guard scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final seven minutes to snap a four-game losing streak with a 99-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Montez Sweat set big-man record for 40-yard dash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Westbrook shot 3 of 13 in the first three quarters, then went 4 for 7 in the fourth. It was similar to the late-game scoring binges he went on during his MVP season two years ago.The Thunder needed every bit of it — forward Paul George, the NBA’s No. 2 scorer and league leader in steals, missed his third straight game with a sore right shoulder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOklahoma City supported Westbrook’s late surge by holding the Grizzlies to 6-for-21 shooting in the fourth.“One of the things we talked about that I said before the game tonight is that we’ve got to create a defensive identity regardless,’” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “We have to defend at a higher level every single night. Offensively, we struggled to get any kind of flow or continuity there, but I give our guys credit — they still tried to work as hard as they could to defend, even though offensively, we had our challenges.” Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Grizzlies host Portland on Tuesday.The Thunder play at Minnesota on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was the first time since Jan. 6 that the Thunder failed to score at least 100 points.“With Paul out, certainly offensively, it’s been a challenge the last several games,” Donovan said. “I’ve been trying to find a way to keep helping our guys offensively in order to create an identity with him being out.”Dennis Schroder added 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and Steven Adams had 13 points and 22 boards for the Thunder.Avery Bradley scored 27 points, Delon Wright had 17 and Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies.Mike Conley, the team’s floor general and leading scorer, sat out with general soreness. 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Gonzalez’s results have been disqualified from Oct. 17, but she will keep her silver medal from the 20-kilometer walk at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and silver from the 2017 world championships in London.The AIU says Gonzalez tested positive for trenbolone and epitrenbolone. She will be 33 when the ban expires.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSeparately, the International Olympic Committee says it disqualified long jumper Ineta Radevica from fourth place at the 2012 London Games. The Latvian is the third athlete from the London final to be disqualified for doping following retests.Armenian weightlifter Meline Daluzyan was also disqualified by the IOC. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 file photo, Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico, reacts after crossing the finish line in second place in the women’s 20-km race walk at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic silver medalist race walker Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping with anabolic steroids. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF governing body, says the Mexican walker’s ban took effect last Nov. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)MONACO— Olympic race walk silver medalist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping.The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF, says the Mexican walker’s ban for taking anabolic steroids took effect on Nov. 16.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Celtics trudge into offseason at end of challenging season MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew
Referred to as the Fifth Beatle–due to his influence over the iconic band–producer George Martin passed away at the age of 90 on March 9.The Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, took to his Twitter account to confirm the news of Martin’s demise.Sharing an old picture of George Martin alongside all the members of The Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and himself–Starr wrote, “Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx.”Also Read: In pictures: Birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool In a previous tweet, Starr had written, “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo.”Influenced by a string of musical styles, Martin attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1947 to 1950, where he studied piano and oboe.Also Read: 8 places every Beatles’ fan should visit Martin’s association with The Beatles was a rather long one, where he was the constant support system who was with the band through its ups and downs.The Rolling Stone reports, “The producer not only signed the Beatles to their first record contract in 1962 but went on to work extensively with them on the vast majority of music they recorded over the next eight years, from Love Me Do to the majestic suite that wrapped up Abbey Road.”According to a report by Variety, “He helped them arrange strings for Yesterday and work with more exotic instruments such as the Indian sitar that Harrison began experimenting with on such songs as Norwegian Wood.”advertisement
The hockey players participating at the at the Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championships in Imphal, had no beds to sleep and the washrooms had water leakage were drowned in water, an India Today report had revealed on Sunday.Because of the non-availability of beds, the players were seen sleeping on mattresses on the floor. The players also complained that they have not been provided with blankets.WATCH FULL VIDEOCarappa, a player from Bangalore, told ANI later that players fell sick because of the lack of basic facilities: “It is very cold here. We need thick blankets and hot water to take bath. Players are getting sick due to this. Earlier when we had played other nationals, we had all the facilities”.”It is difficult to play in such conditions. We expect from the authorities to make all the arrangements to be a little more comfortable”, he added. Arvindh, another player said, “We are getting bread, but they are giving us only one per plate and that’s it. The bread itself is very cold. If it is at least a bit warm, we can eat it then. The weather is very cold as it is.”However, the local authorities insisted that the facilities for the players were good enough.Praveen Singh, Manipur Youth Affairs and Sports Director, said that the players went into wrong rooms and added they were comfortable now, having shifted to the rooms that were assigned to them. “When players arrived, they saw unused areas in hostel and assumed those are for their use. Things were sorted when they saw the designated rooms. We have provided heaters, blankets, carpets and mattresses. They’re comfortable now,” Singh told ANI.advertisementWhen the poor state of affairs came out in the open thanks to India Today’s report, Hockey India sprung into action, sending their CEO Elena Norman to the location.Norman told India Today that a lot of work has already been done and the facilities are much better now.”We have done the assessment and there are some areas of improvement required which is being addressed by the organising committee and state officials. We have been assured that it will be rectified,” Norman said to ANI.Former India hockey great MK Kaushik told India Today that now facilities are usually very good for the hockey players but Hockey India need to delve better when it comes to juniors and nationals. “Now hockey is doing very well and everything is organised well but for the tournaments for kids and upcoming players, they still need to look at the facilities,” MK Kaushik said.”Nationals are very important for selection processes and mostly senior boys play in B division of Nationals and so, I think the facilities have to be checked before and allot someone. I think in the future Elena will take care of this. They have done a good job sending her and I think this will not happen in the future.”MK Kaushik also went on to say that with Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore becoming the Sports Minister, the expectations are higher from him and he should be looking close the problem.”Now that an Olympian sits on the helm of affairs, he knows everything because he himself was a player and faced all these problems during his time. I feel excluding his political party, he should take care of all this.”He knows how the federations work and clearly no one told him. Now is the time for him to prove that an Olympian can do wonders when put at a responsible position,” MK Kaushik told India Today.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion Olympiakos could not hold on to an early lead at Xanthi and was held to 1-1 in the Greek league on Saturday.Defender Bjorn Engels, in his debut for Olympiakos, opened the scoring when he headed the ball in following a Seba corner kick.During a Xanthi counterattack, Christos Lisgaras beat Olympiakos goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino to a long ball and headed in the equalizer before halftime.Olympiakos still leads the standings, but second-place Panionios has a chance to go on top when it meets visiting Panetolikos on Sunday.Also, Atromitos vs. Giannena ended in a scoreless draw, and newcomer Lamia beat host Asteras 3-1 for its first ever win at the top division.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Brief Scores – 3rd ODI: Australia 27/2 in 9 overs vs India. Usman Khawaja 7*. Last wicket – Aaron Finch 14 (24 balls). Full ScorecardBhuvneshwar Kumar got the wicket of Aaron Finch for the third successive time in the three-match series on Friday to put Australia on the back foot early after India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the series decider.But the dismissal was preceded by some interesting tactics from the Indians as Bhuvneshwar decided to try something new against the Aussie skipper.Bhuvi had got rid of vice-captain Alex Carey in the third over, getting him caught behind to Virat Kohli at second slip for 5.For Finch however, he bowled a delivery from behind the stumps in the 9th over, which it seems was suggested to him by wicket-keeper MS Dhoni. The former India skipper was talking to the fast bowler just before the incident.In the fifth ball of the ninth over, Bhuvneshwar ran in and got into his delivery stride besides the umpire and released the ball almost a yard before the usual landing crease, which put Finch off and he backed out. The umpire had no choice but to call it a dead ball.This one was called a dead ball… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/8V7ElRzZd9cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019Bhuvneshwar was not happy with the call but he got his revenge the very next ball as he brought one back in which kept a little low, Finch tried to defend but got struck flush on the front pad in front of the stumps.advertisementHe consulted with his batting partner Usman Khawaja at the other end whether he should take the DRS or not and eventually decided not to opt for it which was the right call as the replays showed that that ball would have gone on to clip the leg stump.This one was called lbw… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Kno6FrQvm6cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019At the time of Finch’s dismissal, Australia’s score was 27/2 in 9 overs with Usman Khawaja batting on 7. Shaun Marsh joined him in the middle after the captain’s departure.Also Read | India vs Australia Live Score, 3rd ODIAlso Read | Hardik Pandya’s moment of madness gives Vijay Shankar another shot at redemptionAlso Read | After historic Test series triumph, India eye 1st ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia
Share on WhatsApp I wouldn’t read too much into England’s Six Nations, says Stuart Lancaster Topics Support The Guardian Read more Sam Simmonds missed the start of Tuesday’s training session due to tightness arising from the flight over before eventually joining his team-mates.Among the outstanding issues in team selection is the battle between tighthead props Harry Williams and Kyle Sinckler in the absence of Dan Cole, who has been rested for the tour.“This is exactly what we want – two young tightheads fighting for that spot,” Hatley said. “Both of them are fairly explosive blokes. They’re good scrummagers. You saw the job Kyle did against France, maybe his point of difference is his ball carrying.“He’s done well carrying the ball against France and Ireland. Harry is a big man who hits hard, cleans out well and is a good defender. They have different strengths.” Share on Pinterest Rugby union Joe Launchbury is a doubt to start England’s opening Test against South Africa in Johannesburg due to a calf problem. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Reuse this content The Wasps captain sustained the injury in training last week and was unable to join the squad for their first significant practice session of the week at Kings Park Stadium in Durban yesterdayon Tuesday.He was poised to start the Ellis Park showdown on Saturday alongside Maro Itoje at lock but now faces a battle to prove his fitness in time.“Joe has just got a small niggle on his calf and we’ll see where he gets to with that,” the assistant coach, Neal Hatley, said. “It’s hard to tell how much of a doubt he is, we’ll have a look at what he’s done this [Tuesday] morning. That will be ongoing.”England can ill-afford to lose a veteran of 52 caps who has been in strong form for Wasps when they seek to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”.They departed for South Africa without injured locks Courtney Lawes and Charlie Ewels, leaving them stretched in a position that has been a traditional source of strength.Launchbury’s absence would see 20-year-old Nick Isiekwe partner his Saracens colleague Itoje to make only his third Test appearance and uncapped Exeter lock Jonny Hill drafted on to the bench.A left-field selection would be Brad Shields making his England debut in the second row having joined up with the squad for the first time on Sunday. Share on Messenger Share via Email The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. news Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter England rugby union team Since you’re here… South Africa rugby team
Lewis Hamilton has expressed his eagerness to achieve further success in Formula One, having taken to the wheel of his new Mercedes for the first time on Wednesday. The British driver put the W10 car through its paces after it was unveiled at Silverstone and, having secured his fifth world championship last season, he appears confident Mercedes have given him the machinery to enable him to defend his title.Hamilton saw off the threat of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in 2018 while Mercedes secured a fifth consecutive constructors’ championship and, though new aero regulations mean the cars have been redesigned, they believe they have found further improvements. In previous years the Mercedes has struggled on certain tracks and with its tyres, an issue the technical director James Allison believes they have addressed. “We have worked hard on the suspension and aerodynamic characteristics to deliver a car that will be much kinder to its tyres,” he said. “Enough, we hope, to allow us to be competitive at all phases of the race and at each track.”The team have long enjoyed the best engine in the grid, only matched last year by Ferrari but the head of Mercedes’ engine operations, Andy Cowell, was optimistic they had made further gains. “We’ve made changes to the cooling architecture of the power unit,” he said. “Which will hopefully provide an aerodynamic benefit on the car and also provide an efficiency benefit on the power unit, so, hopefully it’s a win on both the chassis and on power unit.” Share on LinkedIn Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share via Email McLaren lands commercial deal with British American Tobacco Max Verstappen will be compelling F1 watch, more so if engine can deliver Reuse this content Support The Guardian Read more Formula One “2018 was a great year, but I feel like 2019 can be even better,” Hamilton said. “I want to achieve more, I want to continue to keep pushing. I feel energised and I am ready to attack.”Hamilton, who is 34 and still the only black driver in F1, believed he could also make an impact off the track. “What is driving me right now is to continue to push for diversity and change, not only in my sport but also in the world,” he said. “I have to keep pushing, keep evolving and keep driving. If I am not moving forward than I feel like I am not breathing.”This will be Hamilton’s 13th season in F1 and his seventh with Mercedes but he still felt the shakedown was a standout. “It was a great first date,” he said. “Probably one of the best ones we have had all these years. To get through our programme is great, I have been racing a long time and the excitement I had today was the same as when I first got in an F1 car and I wasn’t expecting that but I am happy to have that.”The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, felt his driver was not short of motivation, with testing set to begin on Monday in Barcelona and the first race at Melbourne on 17 March. “When we met after the winter break, Lewis was refreshed,” he said. “He’s extremely hungry and wants to start racing again.” Mercedes GP Share on Pinterest Red Bull also launched their new car, the RB15, on Wednesday, with its shakedown also at Silverstone. This season will be their first with the engine supplier Honda, who have yet to match the reliability or horsepower of the power units provided by Mercedes, Renault or Ferrari and endured a torrid three years of public failure while with McLaren.Red Bull and their lead driver, Max Verstappen, were cautiously optimistic however that they will be able to challenge. “We are expecting a lot from Honda and are positive but it will not be perfect from race one,” Verstappen said. “I want to get the best out of myself, but you have to see what the car and engine are going to do.” Motor sport Share on Facebook Lewis Hamilton … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Beirut: Ten people were killed and 20 wounded Saturday in a suicide car bomb attack in Raqa, a former stronghold of the Islamic State group (IS) in north Syria, a rights watchdog said. The explosion claimed the lives of five civilians and five soldiers of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-Arab alliance backed by Washington which wrested the city from IS in October 2017, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The attack, for which no one has claimed responsibility, was preceded by a bomb explosion that left several people wounded in another part of the city frequently targeted by the Islamic State group, said the SOHR. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”The car bomb attack was targeting an SDF position,” SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahmane said. The explosion took place at the al-Naim square where IS had carried out beheadings when it was in control of the city. On April 9, a double bombing claimed by IS killed 13 people, mostly civilians, in the jihadist group’s former bastion. IS jihadists seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” in areas it controlled. Several offensives with US-led coalition backing chipped away at the “caliphate” until it was declared eliminated on March 23.
New Delhi: India and France have signed an agreement under which the French Railways will help develop Indian railway stations. The Indian Railway Station Development Corp (IRSDC) entered into a tripartite agreement with French Railways on Monday, it was announced on Tuesday. Under this pact, French development agency AFD will provide in-kind grant of up to 7,00,000 euros through French National Railways-Hubs and Connexions as a technical partner to IRSDC to support the railway station development programme in India, a press statement said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC “This will impose no financial liability on IRSDC or Indian Railways,” it said. Minister of State of Railways Suresh Angadi and French Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean Baptiste Lemoyne were present when the agreement was signed. Angadi said both countries have a strong and long-standing partnership in the railway sector and highlighted the French Railways’ association with Indian Railways in conducting speed upgrade study on the Delhi-Chandigarh sector and development of Ludhiana and Ambala stations. “I am sure this effort will go a long way in further strengthening Indo-French cooperation and help Indian Railways in positioning its stations to world class standards,” Angadi said.
Earlier this week, the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Wildlife Trust of India welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), where they witnessed first-hand orphaned Asian elephants and rhinos and other injured wildlife and met the dedicated staff that rescue and care for these animals.Prince William and Princess Kate bottle fed orphaned elephant calves and baby rhinos at IFAW/WTI’s animal rescue center in Kaziranga, India“We are delighted that their Royal Highnesses made time in their busy tour schedule to visit the IFAW- WTI center and meet staff and the animals under care,” said Azzedine Downes, IFAW President and CEO. “With elephants and rhinos in particular facing an uncertain future due to habitat loss, human conflict and poaching, IFAW is pleased that the Duke and Duchess are able to raise public awareness of these threats to an international audience.”The Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) is the leading wildlife rehabilitation facility in India and is a joint effort of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Assam Forest Department (AFD).At the center, the Royal couple were escorted by Vivek Menon, Senior Advisor at IFAW and Executive Director of WTI, Mr. Downes, the Center Manager, Rathin Burman, and veterinarian Dr. Panjit Basumatary. The Duke and Duchess fed and walked with elephant calves, met their keepers, and viewed a wide range of rescued wildlife including baby rhinos.CWRC has pioneered wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in India. Since opening in 2002, the CWRC has saved more than 1,600 animals and achieved a number of notable firsts, including the first documented release of hand-reared clouded leopards, first documented reintegration of orphaned Asian elephant calves into a wild herd, and in 2013, three hand-reared, endangered female rhinos gave birth to calves after release into Manas National Park.“India’s biodiversity is a global treasure, and every rescued animal that we successfully rehabilitate and release helps rebuild endangered wild populations,” said Mr. Menon. “We are proud to share all that the center staff have accomplished with the Duke and Duchess, and grateful that the Royal couple is using their influence to share it with the world.”
The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation.The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015. It kicks off with the launch of a Public Service Announcement video inspiring viewers to champion the Goals, which include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.The public can also join “Team Smurfs” by visiting the SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com website to find out how they can contribute to achieving the Goals; discover which goals are best suited to their interests; raise their voices for a better world for all; and share information, ideas and images on social media.“The entertainment industry moves the hearts and minds of people of all ages, and the UN thanks our friends at Sony Pictures Animation and the Smurfs for this creative effort to mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information. “We hope this campaign will motivate millions of young people and their families to do their part to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that will lead to the well-being and happiness of all people.”Team Smurfs will rally behind the 17 Goals through to the International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2017 when the campaign will culminate in a celebration at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the occasion. This year, the International Day of Happiness will highlight the Sustainable Development Goals as building blocks of happiness. Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village will attend to honour youth and children who have played a role in raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.“We know that children and young people are some of the world’s most passionate advocates on issues that matter to them the most. We must continue to find new ways to empower them to help achieve a world free from inequality and injustice for every child. This campaign will give children and young people the platform they need to have their voices heard,” said UNICEF Director of Communications Paloma Escudero.“The campaign message focuses on the notion that every one of us can make a difference, regardless of our size,” said Veronique Culliford, the daughter of Peyo, who created the Smurfs in 1958. “It’s an honor and privilege for The Smurfs to support the United Nations and to continue our longstanding relationship with UNICEF.”“All of us, even a small Smurf, can achieve big goals!” added Demi Lovato, who voices Smurfette in the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village.The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign will be localized in 14 different languages and promoted across Sony Pictures Television Networks’ flagship channel brands such as AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle, Animax and Pop available in 178 countries, including their on-air, online and social media properties.
Rabat – Hamid Chabat, Secretary General of the Istiqlal, an opposition party, has reportedly proclaimed January 13, which marks the Amazigh New Year, a paid holiday for the workers of the Istiqlal Party.Chabat’s new measure will benefit employees of the Istiqlal Party all over the kingdom, including those who work the party’s two dailies Al Alam and L’Opinion.Amazigh activists and NGOs called on the government to recognize the Amazigh New Year as a national holiday. Although this day has not yet been recognized as a national holiday, Moroccan Amazigh never miss this occasion to celebrate and exchange wishes and prayers during this day.While the Amazigh New Year Event is celebrated every January 12, a minor proportion of Moroccans realize the symbolic and historical implications of this event.Under different names, Yennayer is celebrated by both Arab and Amazigh speaking communities. The Arab speaking community in old cities referred to this traditional event as “Haguza” or “Aam Alfilahi” (the Agrarian year). The Amazigh people, especially those who live in the south east of Morocco, call it “Id Suggas” (the night of the year). “Id Suggas” is a very traditional festivity on the Eve of the Amazigh New Year.
MONTREAL — CGI Inc. has signed an agreement to buy Swedish technology consulting company Acando.The Canadian firm valued the deal at $614.7 million, including the debt it plans to assume.Under the offer, which has the unanimous support of the Acando board, CGI says it will pay 41.45 Swedish kronors per Acando share.It says the offer represents a 44.2 per cent premium to Acando’s closing price on March 8.CGI says Stockholm-based Acando will add more than 2,100 professionals to CGI from five countries across the region including Sweden, Norway and Germany.The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)
by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2015 5:52 am MDT Last Updated Jul 16, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Goldman Sachs’ second-quarter profit slumped by more than 50 per cent after the firm set aside $1.45 billion for legal costs related to mortgage-backed securities.The large legal charge marred what would otherwise have been a relatively good quarter for the bank. Its investment banking business benefited from a surge in corporate deals and earned more in fees from advising clients. Those gains were offset by falling revenue at the bank’s bond and currency trading unit.THE NUMBERS: Total net income fell to $916 million from $1.95 billion a year earlier, Goldman Sachs said Thursday. That was after paying dividends on preferred stock. On a per-share basis, quarterly earnings fell to $1.98.Overall, revenue slipped 1 per cent to $9.07 billion, although that was better than the $8.75 billion analysts had expected, according to the data provider FactSet.LEGAL WOES: Goldman said that the cost of provisions for mortgage-related litigation and “regulatory matters” cut earnings per share by $2.77. The costs stem from potential misconduct relating to the sale of securities backed by residential mortgages. Those securities plunged in value during the financial crisis.DEALS MEANS DOLLARS: Revenue from investment banking jumped 13 per cent to $2.02 billion. Goldman advised on deals such as oil giant Shell’s $70 billion acquisition of gas company BG Group, as well as Intel’s $16.7 billion acquisition of chip designer Altera. Deals have surged this year as companies take advantage of low interest rates to finance acquisitions.Revenue at the bank’s investment management arm also rose, climbing 14 per cent from a year earlier.THE WEAK SPOT: Goldman’s bond and currency trading business had a weak quarter. The slowdown was driven in part by weakness in Europe, where worries about a potential Greek exit from the euro impacted trading, Goldman Chief Financial Officer Harvey Schwartz told analysts on a conference call. Revenue at the unit slumped 28 per cent.THE QUOTE: The environment for the banks’ bond trading clients was challenging in the second quarter due to increased volatility in financial markets, said Schwarz.“Greece (was) in the headlines continuously,” he said. “It was not surprising that we saw reduced client activity in a more difficult market making environment.”THE STOCK REACTION: Goldman’s stock fell $3.05, or 1.4 per cent, to $209.93. The stock has climbed 8.3 per cent this year, compared with a 7.5 per cent gain for the KBW bank index. Goldman Sachs Q2 earnings drop on $1.45 billion provision to cover legal costs FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, a lighted sign marks the Goldman Sachs trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Goldman Sachs reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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. A breath test could be used as a non-invasive, first-line test to reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies. In the longer term this could also mean earlier diagnosis and treatment, and better survivalDr Sheraz Markar, one of the trial researchers from Imperial College London A simple breath test could save lives by diagnosing deadly cancers early.British research shows the breathalyser is 85 per cent accurate at identifying stomach and oesophageal cancers, which between them affect 16,000 men and women a year.Both types of cancer are often diagnosed late, leading to poor survival rates.Scientists hope the new breath test will ultimately lead to cancers being spotted earlier, resulting in more effective treatment and saved lives.It is also expected to help doctors avoid unnecessary endoscopy examinations – unpleasant diagnostic procedures that require a flexible telescope to be inserted down the throat and into the stomach. The results, presented at the European Cancer Congress meeting in Amsterdam, showed that the test was both good at identifying those patients who had cancer, and unlikely to produce a false diagnosis.Over the next three years, the researchers plan to run a larger trial including patients not yet diagnosed with cancer.The team is also working on breath tests for other types of cancer, such as those affecting the bowel and pancreas.Dr Justine Alford from Cancer Research UK welcomed the findings. “The next step is to see if it can detect the disease at its earliest stages,” she said. The procedure is expensive and can be uncomfortable. Once diagnosed, around 85 per cent of sufferers die within five years. By the time symptoms appear, the disease is often in later stages.But scientists believe the new tests, which measures five different chemicals in each breath, could make it simpler to screen patients earlier.The chemicals give vital clues on whether someone has cancer or a less serious gastric condition.Dr Sheraz Markar, one of the trial researchers from Imperial College London, said: “At present the only way to diagnose oesophageal cancer or stomach cancer is with endoscopy. This method is expensive, invasive and has some risk of complications.”A breath test could be used as a non-invasive, first-line test to reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies. In the longer term this could also mean earlier diagnosis and treatment, and better survival.”Each year in the UK around 6,682 people are diagnosed with stomach cancer and 4,576 die from the disease.There are 8,919 cases of oesophageal cancer, affecting the food pipe or gullet, with 7,790 deaths.For the new study breath samples were collected from 335 patients at three London hospitals. Of these, 163 had been diagnosed with oesophageal or stomach cancer while 172 were shown to be cancer-free after undergoing endoscopy tests.
Reality Check has announced the launch of its Virtual Reality platform “bringing secure, curated, immersive and informative tours of remote and restricted access assets to investors anywhere in the world.”“Potential investors are based all around the world and industry assets are geographically fixed, the Reality Check team have designed and built the solution to this challenge faced by asset owners,” says Johnny van Eeghen, Founder and CEO.Backed by industry investors who want to see tech solutions like Reality Check increase their exposure to new opportunities and expedite their investment decisions, Reality Check says it is pleased by the response of asset owners to its service offering. “Even with the Beta product we have done business with Barrick Gold, Knight Piésold and had fierce interest from asset owners from across the industry,” says van Eeghen. He adds: “There’s a constant tension between doing business and the due diligence asset visits, Reality Check reduces this tension by empowering the broker and investor teams to visit multiple sites, on multiple continents in a single day and view all information in situ.”Founded in 2015 by Johnny van Eeghen following ten years of working as a natural resources, oil and gas broker, “Reality Check has leveraged this deep industry knowledge to build deeply immersive tours, augmented with investor orientated information to deliver a real value proposition to the industry.”“Where we differentiate ourselves is that we can take 3D models of anything, from surface and underground infrastructure to orebody and drift models, photographs and pop-ups of production and performance stats, and have all these combined and accessible in the 3D platform. It gives interested parties a good initial understanding of the minesite layout and a sense of the mine day to day operation, without having to visit what is often a remote area. We are not looking to replace analyst and similar visits, but it gives a good alternative when they are not possible due to cost and time constraints.”Barrick Gold was one of the first clients, commissioning the company to model the Pubelo Viejo gold mine in the Dominican Republic. “It has been amazing working with you and your team!!! I am so excited about doing the other sites!” said Michelle Ash, Barrick Gold Chief Innovation Officer. This pilot project took only five days of data gathering on site. Barrick has since commissioned a full visualisation of a second gold mining site.Positioned for long term partnerships with asset owners, Reality Check tours are curated to help investors confidently understand the value of the asset. “Reality Check couldn’t be just pretty, or have an abstract value, we had to present a clear and direct value case to the industry with different options at sensible price points,” concludes van Eeghen.
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IT’S SATURDAY MORNING and if you’re lucky, you have the weekend off and time on your hands.Here’s some ideas for places you can visit around the country (for free!) if you’re interested in Ireland’s history.Rathmore Church, Co. MeathOur first site this week may be familiar to you as it was from here that a beautiful medieval font was stolen and then mysteriously returned. We thought we’d go for a look to see the condition of the site. The font itself is currently in safe storage in an OPW depot and will soon be back on display, but the site is certainly worth a visit.The church at Rathmore was founded in the 15th century by the Plunkett family and was dedicated to St. Lawrence. The Plunketts resided at Rathmore Castle which is in one of the adjacent fields to the church but now very little remains above ground of the castle. The castle and church were held by the Plunketts for generations until the seventeenth century when it passed to the Bligh family. There are records of Rectors present at the church until the later seventeenth century when the church became united with Athboy. The church probably began to fall into ruin after that time.The church has an L shape plan and there is a small room to the left of the chancel as you are looking east. This was the sacristy. Steps lead up to a room above the darkened sacristy and this was once the living room of the sacristan or resident priest. There is a fireplace in the wall and steps lead up to another floor, which is now gone. This would have been the bedroom. The sacristy on the ground floor contains a tomb and effigy of Thomas Plunkett and his wife Marion Cruise.The carving of Marion is in poor condition and it is difficult to make her out, but the carving of Sir Thomas is in a better state of preservation (see below) He has been carved in full armour and even has a sleeping dog depicted at his feet. Dogs sometimes appear on medieval tombs to symbolise the fidelity and loyalty of the deceased, or maybe Sir Thomas was just a dog lover! This tomb originally stood in the church but was moved to the sacristy to protect it from the elements. Another beautiful feature of this site is the east window. It is a wonderful example of the skill of the stone mason and probably dates to the fifteenth century. On the external wall of the church, there are three stone carved heads around this window. They are depicting quite jolly looking people: a king, queen and an ecclesiastic, possibly a bishop. A similar carving depicting another ecclesiastic is on the western external wall at the opposite end of the church.The altar, which stands at the top of the chancel has a range of figures carved onto its surface. This probably dates to the later fifteenth century and has many saints and church figures carved on its surface. At the end of the nave is another doorway which leads you into what would have been the belfry. There are now no floors within this part of the church, but the exterior of the belfry of bell tower is quite well preserved.Within the graveyard that surrounds the church you can find the remains of a decorated cross. This cross was probably erected for Sir Christopher Plunkett and his wife Catherine in the early sixteenth century. The figures on the shaft of the cross have been identified as St. Patrick grappling with a snake, St. Lawrence and an abbess or female saint, it is thought that this might be a representation of St. Brigid.The empty pedestal marks the spot from where the font was takenTo get to Rathmore, travel on the N51 towards Athboy. Take the first left hand turn after the village of Rathmore and park on the verge. The church and graveyard are located in fields on the right hand side of the road. The site is on private land so please make sure to close all the gates behind you. The site is free to enter.Conna Castle, CorkConna Castle stands on a height that looms over the valley of the River Bride, a tributary of the Blackwater in Co. Cork. The Castle is a classic Irish Towerhouse, built around 1500 AD. After the rise in hostility between the Gaelic Irish and Anglo–Norman settlers in the fourteenth century, tower-houses became a common sight across Ireland, particularly within The Pale, the Anglo-Norman controlled territory along the eastern coast. The English Crown had offered a subsidy of £10 to wealthy inhabitants of The Pale to build ‘small towers to fortify their lands’.The tower-house was usually surrounded by a bawn wall. This was often a large stone wall that served as the first line of defence. However there are very little remains of Conna’s bawn wall as with most tower-houses the bawn wall is often removed, with its stone being recycled into other buildings over the centuries after the site is abandoned.Tower-houses were not solely used by the Anglo-Norman settlers, the Gaelic Irish began to construct their own from the early fifteenth century, calling them caislén or caistél. Conna Castle was built by the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Desmond, an Anglo-Norman family who had become increasingly assimilated into the Gaelic Irish culture. They resisted the Reformation during the reign of Elizabeth Ist and open rebellion broke out in 1569. They failed, and the rebellion was ruthlessly crushed. Their lands (including Conna) were seized by the Crown, even though the owner of the castle at the time Thomas Ruadh Fitzgerald had no part in the rebellion.They were given to the famous English explorer, Walter Raleigh, who was granted 12,000 acres in Munster and made the nearby Lismore Castle into an elegant home. Thomas Ruadh went to London to try to press his rights as the legal heir to all of the Fitzgerald estates, but he was sent home empty handed, given only a nickname – Sugán Earl – The Straw Earl.When Hugh O’Neill launched his rebellion in Ulster in 1598, and achieved a great victory over the English at the Battle of the Yellow Ford, The Sugán Earl was emboldened, and launched his own rebellion. Supported by 4,000 troops sent by O’Neill, The Sugán Earl led a campaign to burn out the English settlers across Munster, however in 1601 he was betrayed by his kinsman, The White Knight. The Sugán Earl was taken to the Tower of London, where he became insane and died. Conna was then given to the Earl of Cork, Richard Boyle. In 1645 it was captured by Lord Castlehaven, and in 1650 Conna managed to hold off a ferocious attack by Oliver Cromwell, however it was burned in 1653 in a fire that killed three of the stewards daughters.Conna Castle passed from owner to owner until it came into the hands of the L’Estrange Family in the mid-nineteenth century, it was willed to the state in 1915. Conna Castle is easy to find as you can see it from miles away! It’s located in the village of Conna between Fermoy and Tallow in Co. Cork. Park on the street and then access the site through the gate following the well made paths up the hill. The site is free to enter.Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Co. SligoThe landscape of the Cúl Irra Peninsula west of Sligo Town is one of the best places in Ireland to encounter wonderful prehistoric megalithic tombs, and the Carrowmore Passage Tomb Cemetery is an integral part of this incredible series of monuments. Here at Carrowmore, clustering in the shadow of Knocknarea, you can find the densest concentration of Neolithic tombs in Ireland. Of the sixty or so monuments that were thought to have originally been on the site, only 31 are still visible today and of these the largest is Listoghil, the large cairn that possibly forms a focal point of the complex. Material carbon dated from Listoghil produced dates of 3640–3380 BC.A number of smaller passage tombs and boulder burials surround Listoghil, and when you are at the site it is hard not to appreciate the landscape that appears to loom around you. Most of the tombs at Carrowmore were investigated in the 19th Century, and produced artefacts like prehistoric pottery and bone or antler pins as well as the cremated remains of those interred within the tombs. These tombs are some of the earliest passage tombs in Ireland, predating the great tombs of the Boyne Valley like Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. They were constructed during the Neolithic period, by Ireland’s first farmers, who supplemented their attempts at agriculture with hunting and foraging, indeed many of the tombs had seashells left as offerings, indicating the importance that the sea held as a resource for the community.The remains of the people who built these tombs were usually cremated, and often the remains of a number of individuals were collectively buried together, with evidence that some of the individuals remains were stored elsewhere before being brought to be interred together with others in one large ceremony. The building of these complex tombs that required considerable numbers of people working together, and the subsequent burial in groups seems to hint that maybe there was a real collective identity in Neolithic Ireland. This appears to change to a more individual focused culture in the later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods, when individuals were buried alone in stone lined pits known as ‘cist burials’, or in single cremations, occasionally inside a pottery urn.Carrowmore is very well signposted, head South West of Sligo Town. There is a small exhibition centre run by the Office of Public Works, and guided tours of the monuments are available. Entry costs €3 for an adult, €2 for anyone over 60, and students/children costs €1. See here for details.This is part of a regular series of articles on great sites to visit in Ireland. I’m hoping to visit as many sites across the country as possible, so if you have any suggestions for sites in your locality please let us know by leaving a comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.You can discover more great sites off the beaten track on Neil’s blog, Time Travel Ireland. Neil has also produced an acclaimed series of audioguides to Ireland’s heritage sites, they are packed with original music and sound effects and a really fun and immersive way of exploring Ireland’s past. They cost just €1.99 each (or absolutely free to download in the case of the Rock of Dunamase) and are available from abartaheritage.ieAll photographs © Neil Jackman /abartaheritage.ieRead: Ever wondered where medieval Dubliners went for a pint? > Read: 4 more off-the-beaten-track places you really should visit >