Adrenaline-fueled Tenorio dedicates Finals MVP trophy to Helterbrand

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding GALLERY: Ginebra retains title, survives Meralco in Game 7 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Tenorio said his elbow had bothered him for five years since his last year with Alaska in 2012 and it took sheer will for him to power through the pain in the packed Philippine Arena.“It was pure adrenaline, although I take painkillers and it’s the adrenaline that allows me to play through it,” said Tenorio who wore a sleeve on his right arm.Tenorio said the pain comes and goes but a bone spur had developed in his right elbow that the three-time champion knew he had to take medical help.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 And yet it was Tenorio who dedicated his personal hardware to 41-year-old teammate Jayjay Helterbrand.“I want to dedicate this championship also to Jayjay,” said Tenorio in Filipino Friday at Philippine Arena after Ginebra wrapped up the series in Game 7, 101-96, against Meralco. “We talked and he’s still unsure of his plans after this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“So I told him that we’ll get this one, Mark [Caguioa] will still be back next year.”And Tenorio finished with 26 points and four assists on his dedication game while nursing a hurting right elbow. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio is no young star in the PBA.At 33-years-old, the Finals MVP of the PBA Governors’ Cup should be the one getting tributes from younger teammates.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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BARNHART SENTENCED TO PRISON ON SEX ABUSE CHARGE

first_imgA Sioux City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for inappropriately touching a preteen girl over a five-year period.38-year-old Bryan Barnhart was sentenced in Woodbury County District Court after pleading guilty to third-degree sexual abuse.Court documents state that Barnhart was the baby sitter of the girl from 2006 to 2011, beginning when she was 5 years old.The girl told police that Barnhart touched her inappropriately many times during that period.Authorities say Barnhart admitted the allegations were true and acknowledged sexually abusing other children.last_img read more

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Queensland find their pot of gold in mixed open

first_imgQUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO mixed open 3 By BEN HARRISQueensland took out the mixed open division in pulsating fashion with a 9-8 drop-off win in the deciding third game of the State of Origin series against New South Wales.As a rainbow filled the sky above Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland were celebrating their pot of gold victory having fought back from 8-6 down with five minutes to go.Victorious coach Charlie Borg and his team could not contain their excitement when Adam Pryde scored the match-winner.“It is outstanding. We trained really hard in preparation but it has been an outstanding preparation,” Borg said.“They are such a great side New South Wales, they are well-drilled, well-coached and the series was tight and it was basically one try in it at the end, so it is an incredible achievement.”New South Wales opened the scoring inside 30 seconds when Daniel Stone scored the first of his three touchdowns.As thunder roared around the ground and the rain closed in, both teams were not showing the attacking flare that dominated the second game when there were 15 touchdowns scored in the opening half.Pryde scored Queensland’s first to level the scores, and both teams went back and forth until half-time.The home side levelled the scores at 3-3 right on the siren for the break.Queensland hit the lead for the first time through Emma Haines but New South Wales soon scored a hat-trick of touchdowns to hit the front 6-4.New South Wales maintained their two-touchdown margin and looked set on claiming another division title.But Jayden Benbow scored for Queensland and it was followed by Haines’ second touchdown right on full-time to level the scores.Both sides had cracks in the drop-off but it was the maroons who found space and Pryde slipped through to score for his most important touchdown of his career.last_img read more

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9 months agoSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitez

first_imgSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitezby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabian Schar has welcomed praise from Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez.Now fully fit, the Swiss defender has impressed since his return.On Benitez’s praise, Schar told Blick: “It’s nice to hear that. He knew before my commitment what I am as a player. “I have my strengths in the game with the ball. I’m still trying to force myself to improve day after day.”Schar went down with Deportivo La Coruna last season.He added: “I do not think about that. Of course, in England, compared to Spain, you have seven to eight teams playing against relegation. That is already extreme.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A90 concept video and specs show up: Rotating 48MP camera, 6.7-inch display and more

first_imgSamsung Galaxy A90 concept video and specs show up: Rotating 48MP camera, 6.7-inch display and moreAhead of its launch on April 10, the Galaxy A90 has been rendered in a concept video with a unique pop-up rotating camera design. Some key specs of the Galaxy A90 have been leaked as well.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 09:18 IST Picture Courtesy: Waqar KhanHIGHLIGHTSSamsung is expected to announce the Galaxy A90 on April 10.The Galaxy A90 is said to come with a pop-up rotatory camera setup.The Galaxy A90 may also get a Snapdragon 710 successor.Samsung is holding an event on April 10 where the company is expected to announce the Galaxy A90. A lot has been said about the Galaxy A90 from its design to hardware. Many believe that this will be Samsung’s first phone to come with a rising camera. Pop-up camera phones have been growing in number, mostly with a typical design that sees a mechanism rise for the selfie camera. But Samsung could be onto something unique with the Galaxy A90. What if the Galaxy A90 sports a slider mechanise with a rotating camera? This is being suggested in a new concept video and an alleged specs leak.Samsung Galaxy A90 may come with pop-up rotatory cameraA concept video of the Galaxy A90 surfaced online earlier this week that offers a 3D mockup of the device based on past leaks, rumours and concept renders posted by AllAboutSamsung a while ago. The video shows a Galaxy A90 with an edge-to-edge, bezel-less and notchless display, which Samsung may call the Notchless Infinity display. Without a notch or a punch-hole, Samsung will rely on an innovative pop-up rotating camera mechanism.What this means is that the top part of the rear panel that houses the primary dual camera setup will rise up like a slider, and the camera module in the slider will be able to rotate independently from the back to the front. This rotating camera design allows the dual rear cameras to flip and be used as selfies cameras, removing the need of having a separate front camera sensor.advertisementThe design is certainly something we haven’t seen before, but it has its advantages and disadvantages. For one thing, the rotating camera design means you will be able to use a powerful primary camera for selfies. As per a specs leak this week on Weibo, the Galaxy A90 will sport a 48MP dual camera setup, perhaps using the Sony IMX586 sensor. So the rotating camera system will let you use this ultra detailed 48MP camera for selfies, which sounds great, if true. A disadvantage to this design is that we now have two moving parts instead of one, leading to more risks to damage.The specs leak on Weibo reiterated the pop-up rotary camera design shown in the concept video, suggesting the design is final, but you should still take it with a pinch of salt. The tipster also offered some key specs of the Galaxy A90.Samsung Galaxy A90 key specs leakAccording to the specs dump on Weibo, the Galaxy A90 will sport a large 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) Super AMOLED display. In addition to the 48MP dual camera setup, the camera module is also said to get a ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping, and this would come in handy for both primary and selfie portraits.The Galaxy A90 is tipped to be powered by a yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 7150 chipset, which is expected to be the successor to the Snapdragon 710. Additionally, the premium mid-range Galaxy A device is tipped to get a screen sound technology rather than an earpiece, much like the Huawei P30 Pro, and support for 25W fast charging. The handset is said to measure 76.5mmx165.0mmx9.0mm and weigh 219 grams.That’s pretty much all we know about the Galaxy A90 for now. Samsung will unveil the Galaxy A90 on Wednesday, April 10, where we will know for sure whether the phone indeed sports a pop-up rotatory camera.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Galaxy M20: Price in India, specs and features comparedALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10e review: Affordable, compact and the best S10 to buyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A90last_img read more

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TVET Critical in Advancing Economic Development of Jamaica

first_imgPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, says technical, vocational, education and training (TVET) will play a critical role in the economic advancement of the country.He noted that with expanded TVET activities “particularly in agriculture”, the economy will become more developed as currently “we are hard pressed to find the range of skills we need to develop the sector”.The Permanent Secretary was addressing a Partner Appreciation ceremony to recognise those organisations integral to the equipping and retrofitting of the Crooked River/Brae Head Skills Training Centre in Clarendon on August 11.The organisations include: the European Union (EU), the Embassy of Japan and the Sugar Transformation Unit in the Ministry.Mr. Stanberry added that finding persons with the skills set of livestock officer, veterinarian technician or agronomist is difficult, especially “when you go into our universities (and) half of the students are studying management and business and philosophy”. He informed that the skills offered by the training centre such as bartending, apiculture (beekeeping) and general beauty therapy, all at HEART Trust/NTA level 2 certification, are not to be frowned upon, especially when the need arises for such skills.Meanwhile, Mr. Stanberry emphasised that agriculture “must be a catalyst and stand at the centre of rural development”.“We have not yet developed to a stage where we have found a replacement for agriculture as the main economic activity in places like Crooked River in Northern Clarendon and all over rural Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Stanberry noted that there needs to be a renewed emphasis and focus on rural development.Acting Executive Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Jennifer Walker, noted that the centre is part of the mandate of her agency in providing greater opportunity for all Jamaicans to access TVET.Ms. Walker said that the centre will “positively impact the lives of the community and surrounding areas”.Member of Parliament for Northern Clarendon, Horace Dalley, who is credited with bringing the training centre to fruition to address the social and economic needs of the community, hailed the HEART Trust, EU and the Japanese Embassy for their contributions.He also hailed the trainees for remaining committed to their area of study.More than $10 million was spent by the Government of Japan through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Project to renovate and reconstruct the centre, which included the installation of bathroom fixtures, windows and door.Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Masanori Nakano said education plays the most important role in materialising the human security concept.“I can say without doubt that Japan remains committed to help those self-motivated young people by supporting their basic human needs, especially in training and education,” he said.Mr. Nakano added that under the capable hands of the Executive Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, the Education, Youth and Information Ministry and other key stakeholders, the “foundation for the success and sustenance of the training facility will be laid and provided for”.He further added that the Embassy stands ready to provide further support in any way it can.  For his part, Attaché and Programme Manager of the Rural Development and Environment Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Stefano Cilli, said his organisation is looking forward to more collaboration with Jamaica.He noted that the EU believes in people and their empowerment all over the world and that “like Jamaicans, the EU believes in the importance of skills training to improve their quality of life”.The Sugar Transformation Unit of the Ministry provided $7million to equip and refurbish the centre.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on Highway 104 near Exit 27 in Sutherlands River, will be diverted today, Aug. 20, to a newly built 450-metre detour around the construction zone. Delays are expected as the changeover occurs but two-lane traffic will be maintained once the detour is in use. A speed limit of 70 km/h remains in place through the construction zone. The detour is expected to be in place until October. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 -30-last_img

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TSB says all commercial Beaver planes should have stallwarning system

first_imgMONTREAL – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is recommending all Beaver-type planes be equipped with a stall-warning system.The agency made the announcement Thursday as it released its report into a fatal crash involving a Beaver floatplane that struck ground near Tadoussac, Que., in 2015.As the pilot tried to manoeuvre the plane closer to the ground, it stalled in a steep turn and crashed, killing all six people on board.The TSB said the experienced pilot didn’t realize a stall was imminent when he was making the turn and the aircraft had no stall-warning system.It is recommending Transport Canada require all commercially operated de Havilland DHC-2 float planes, known as Beaver aircraft, be equipped with such a system.The TSB said there are currently 382 DHC-2s registered in Canada, 223 of which are used commercially.last_img read more

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Cape Breton man posts unsettling image of brother before he succumbs to

first_imgHALIFAX – The stark image shows a 50-year-old man with short, dark hair motionless in a hospital bed, eyes closed and a plastic breathing tube extending from his mouth.He could be sleeping, or in a coma.But the brief caption above the Facebook photo of Kevin Bernard makes it clear the Cape Breton man was close to death when the picture was taken.“Today, I lost my younger brother to drugs,” Barry Bernard, 57, wrote on Saturday. “My heart is heavy but he’s in a better world.”The sombre and unsettling photograph had prompted more than 600 responses by Wednesday afternoon, most of them expressing sorrow for the Bernard family’s loss. But a few thanked Barry Bernard for using such an intimate and moving moment to raise awareness about the scourge of drug abuse.“Sorry to hear of this,” said one post. “Yet proud of you for telling the story. Maybe … just maybe it will help others realize the dangers of drugs. God works in mysterious ways.”Barry Bernard, who works for the Mi’kmaq Legal Support Network in Cape Breton, says there’s no point in hiding the fact that his brother had struggled with an addiction to prescription drugs for more than 25 years.“Some people were shocked, but people were proud that I put this image out there,” Bernard said in an interview Wednesday.“It’s a story that has to be told … I didn’t think that this photo would be that powerful, but I was getting calls and messages from people I didn’t even know … and some were saying, ‘It’s about time that we took action.’”After his brother overdosed last week while in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., he was transferred to a hospital in Halifax, where he was declared brain dead on Friday.After discussing the matter with his sisters Pamela and Patricia, Bernard said they decided Kevin should be taken off life support.“My question was: ‘What quality of life do we want for my brother? Do we want it for us, or do we want it for him?’ … We all decided that we’ll have to take him off the machine and let the Creator and him decide where he wants to go.”And that’s when Bernard decided to take the photo.“I don’t know if it was my ancestors helping take this photo, but when I took it I didn’t think about putting it on Facebook … but I wanted to show people who have loved ones with addictions that this is real. It happened to me.”Kevin Bernard died at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. The photo was posted at 9:35 a.m.Barry Bernard recalled how his brother, a plumber by trade, was a kind man with an easy smile.“He loved fishing and he loved being with his friends,” he said. “He always met you with a smile.”But he had a dark side. When he was young, he was introduced to some kind of drug at a party and his addiction grew from there.Barry Bernard, who also runs the Eskasoni Red Tribe Boxing Club to keep local kids off the streets, said he would sometimes argue with his brother about his addiction, but the two would always work things out.“At the end, he would still smile, grab my shoulder and say, ‘Let’s go for tea,’” he said. “People want to know his story. It’s real. It’s reality.”last_img read more

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Raptors beat Golden State Warriors 123109

first_imgOAKLAND, Ca. (680 NEWS) — The Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif., giving Toronto a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.Here were five key moments from Wednesday’s game:KLAY A NO-GOMinutes before the game, the Warriors made the call that star guard Klay Thompson would not play after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday in Toronto.The decision put veteran Shaun Livingston in the starting lineup.One half of the Splash Brothers with Stephen Curry, Thompson was the Warriors’ third-leading scorer in the playoffs entering Game 3. With Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney also out, the Warriors were missing three key players.MONEY GREENDanny Green has struggled with his shot for much of the playoffs, but the Raptors guard had a big first quarter in Game 3.After Curry nailed a three-pointer to cut what once was a double-digit Raptors lead to four, Green hit his third three of the first quarter with two seconds left to give Toronto a 36-29 edge.Green had nine points in the first quarter, one more than he had in all of Game 2.LOWRY HEATS UPAfter a tough Game 2 in which he fouled out, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry looked much more comfortable in the first half of Game 3.With the Warriors threatening to make a run at the end of the first half after the Raptors went nearly five minutes without scoring, Lowry drained a three off a nice feed from Serge Ibaka and then drove to the net for two more points in the final minute.Lowry finished the first half with 15 points, two more than he had in all of Game 2. On the negative side, though, he also picked up his third foul in the final minute of the first half of Game 3.After a Golden State basket late, the Raptors took a 60-52 lead into the locker-room.KAWHI IMPOSES HIS WILLRaptors star Kawhi Leonard stepped up in the third quarter, making sure the Warriors didn’t repeat their Game 2 heroics when they went on an 18-0 run to open the second half.Leonard, held to nine points in the first half, scored 15 points in the third quarter and was a force all over the court.A key sequence came late after Lowry was blocked on a drive to the net. Leonard tracked down the offensive rebound because of his hustle and found Green for a three to put Toronto up 96-80. The Raptors led 96-83 after three quarters, despite Curry putting up 40 points.FINISHING TOUCHThe Raptors got excellent play from Lowry and great energy from Ibaka in nearly five minutes to open the fourth quarter with Leonard on the bench.When Leonard returned, he made an immediate impact. He nailed a pull-up jump shot and then drove by Curry for two more to give the Raptors their biggest lead of the night _ 111-94 with 5:42 left.Later, Leonard escaped a double team, feeding it to Fred VanVleet, who nailed a three right just before the shot clock expired to put the Raptors up 118-105 with 1:37 left, all but sealing it.last_img read more

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Identity of Moroccan who Opened Fire Aboard French Train Revealed

Rabat – French authorities have disclosed the identity of the Moroccan extremist who opened fire onboard a high-speed train destined for Paris on Friday, injuring two people.The name of the gunman was confirmed by French intelligence services as Ayoub El-Khazani, a 25-year-old Moroccan who had lived in Spain and briefly in Belgium.French intelligence also said the suspect had travelled to fight in Syria last year, prompting the belief that he the attack might have been linked to the Islamic State. Multiple local media reports in France said El-Khazani was known to the Belgian, French, and Spanish intelligence services.In Spain, he was said to have been heard calling for jihad in fiery speeches in mosques in the southern town of Algeciras. He also had a reputation for dealing drugs.AFP cited a Spanish anti-terrorist source as saying, “He lived for seven years in Spain, first in Madrid and then in Algesiras, from 2007 to March 2014, when he moved to France.”Spanish intelligence services had flagged their French counterparts as long ago as February 2014 that Ayoub El-Khazani was an Islamic extremist.French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that information led to him being placed on a list “so that we could locate him if he ever came on to French soil.”“Once he was in France, he then travelled to Syria, before returning to France,” the Spanish source said.The suspect’s father, Mohamed El-Khazani, who was born in Tetouan, northern Morocco, in 1950, managed to legalize his status in Spain a decade ago, and brought his entire family over in 2007.Speaking to The Telegraph, Mohamed El-Khizani said his son was a “good boy” and expressed incredulity at his action.“I have no idea what he was thinking and I have not spoken to him for over a year,” said the father.“He was a good boy, very hardworking.”Meanwhile, Mohamed El-Khizani admitted that his son was arrested twice in Madrid for selling Hashish in 2009.“But he was only carrying a little bit; he was just a boy then,” the father concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Probe launched over sexual abuse at Kalubowila hospital

It was reported in the media that a girl was sexually abused by a doctor in the office of the Judicial Medical Officer at the Kalubowila hospital.On hearing the news, the Health Minister has instructed the Director of the Kalubowila hospital to conduct a full investigation into the alleged incident. (Colombo Gazette) An investigation has been launched over an alleged sexual abuse incident at the Kalubowila hospital, the Ministry of Health said today.The Health Ministry said that Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had ordered the investigation. read more

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Sri Lanka showcases its fight against corruption at UN debate

Sarath Jayamanne, President’s Counsel and Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption – Sri Lanka, delivering a statement during the High Level Segment of the Debate said that Sri Lanka remains fully committed to implementing the provisions of the Convention in an effective manner. Today, a vast majority of United Nations Member States are parties (184 countries) to the Convention. Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to become a party to the Convention in March 2004. Sri Lanka participated prominently in the High Level debate of the United Nations General Assembly to mark the 15th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The event was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and was well attended by ministers and other high officials of anti- corruption entities of member states. The Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 31 October 2003, and entered into force upon ratification by thirty States on 14 December 2005. “The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka was one of the first steps taken by a new administration in 2015 stating their commitment to democracy, good governance, independence of the judiciary, and the rule of law. This amendment, established independent commissions namely: the Judicial services, Police, Public Service, Human Rights, Elections, Finance, Audit and, of course  the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption (CIABOC) of which I am Director General,” he said.  \Jayamanne noted that setting up independent commissions gave new life to existing institutions with an anti-corruption mandate, and that is also formed new bodies charged with fighting corruption. Significantly, it recognized the importance of implementing the provisions of UNCAC, he added.    As an example of independence, Mr. Jayamanne pointed out that CIABOC  recently arrested two high ranking officials at the highest levels of government on charges of bribery. “This not only demonstrated the independence of our body, but also the policy of non-interference. These arrests marked a landmark in our work on anti-corruption, as this was the highest ranking official to have been arrested, while in office, in 60 years” he said.  The Bribery and Corruption Chief also stressed that the independence of these Commissions from any kind of political influence was  crucial in fighting corruption and restoring confidence in the system.J.C.Weliamuna, PC, Chairman of the Special Presidential Task Force on Recovery of State Assets – Sri Lanka had been invited by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to serve as a panelist on the panel  titled “Achieving peaceful and inclusive societies through preventing and combating corruption,” during the full day event.   On the sidelines of the high level meeting, Sarath Jayamanne, Director General, CIABOC, had a bilateral meeting with Mr. John Brandolino, Director of the Division of Treaty Affairs of the UNODC where the existing levels of cooperation between the Government of Sri Lanka and the UNODC was emphasized. In recognition of the active role on anti-corruption played by Sri Lanka, it was noted that the UNODC had decided to hold a meeting of global experts in Colombo in July 2018.Both Brandolino and Jayamanne agreed to work closely in achieving shared objectives of anti-corruption. Ambassador Dr. Rohan Perera, PC, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN and Mrs. Sonali Samarasinghe, Attorney at Law, Minister, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN were also present at the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) Weliamuna pointed out that in many situations even after peaceful regime change, the political will to reform a corrupt system is obstructed due to bureaucracy by those who have been beneficiaries of previous corrupt regimes. He said that political will and bureaucratic will are both equally important, urging that it was time to explore the possibilities of establishing a UN Working group to examine “the post state capture” realities in relation to fragile governance structures and bureaucracies. read more

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High court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case

High court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Puerto Rico can’t restructure more than $20 billion in public debt as it tries to overcome a decade-long economic crisis.The 5-2 ruling said that federal bankruptcy law bars Puerto Rico from enacting its own law to restructure the debt of its financially ailing public utilities. The decision means the U.S. territory must wait for Congress to pass debt-relief legislation that would address its fiscal woes.Puerto Rico lawmakers passed the law in 2014 to help cash-strapped utilities meet obligations to bondholders and creditors. Puerto Rico argued that it could enact its own measures since the island is precluded from using bankruptcy law. But the Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings that struck down the law.The commonwealth is mired in recession and cannot pay $72 billion in public debt.Writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas said the plain text of the law bars Puerto Rico from enacting its own municipal bankruptcy schemes. He said Congress “would have said so” if it didn’t want the exclusion to apply to the island.“Congress does not, one might say, hide elephants in mouseholes,” Thomas said.The case has diminished in importance since Congress began considering legislation that would create a new control board to manage the territory’s finances and allow the board to supervise some court-ordered debt restructuring. Help for the debt-stricken territory may be just weeks after the House voted Friday to approve the bill.Lawmakers had hoped to pass the measure before May 1, when Puerto Rico defaulted on $370 million in bond payments. GOP leaders are now focusing on a July 1 deadline, when around $2 billion in principle and interest payments come due.A high court ruling in Puerto Rico’s favour would have given the island more leverage to negotiate with creditors, even as Congress moves closer to passing debt-relief legislation.Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, filed a dissent that was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She said preventing the island from passing its own debt restructuring laws “means that a government is left powerless and with no legal process to help its 3.5 million citizens.”“Congress could step in to resolve Puerto Rico’s crisis,” Sotomayor said. “But, in the interim, the government should not have to wait for possible congressional action to avert the consequences of unreliable electricity, transportation and safe water.”The issue before the high court was how to interpret a 1984 amendment to the nation’s federal bankruptcy laws. The law allows states to let their cities and utilities seek bankruptcy relief, but it specifically excludes Puerto Rico — a territory — from doing so.Puerto Rico lawmakers passed their own version of bankruptcy laws in 2014 to help the island’s utilities meet obligations to bondholders and creditors. But a federal district court agreed with creditors — including BlueMountain Capital Management, OppenheimerFunds Inc. and Franklin Advisers Inc. — in ruling that the local measure is not allowed under federal bankruptcy law. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, said the ruling makes it “essential” for Congress to pass legislation to help lift the island out of its economic crisis.Matthew McGill, a lawyer who represented BlueMountain Capital Management, said the company looks forward to “working collaboratively” with Puerto Rico’s electric utility to restructure the debt.The pending bill in Congress contains language that would prevent Puerto Rico from using its own laws to restructure public debt.The island has been under a state of emergency and many businesses have closed, schools have lacked sufficient resources like electricity and some hospitals are limiting treatment. Puerto Rico’s governor says the island can’t pay the bonds without cutting essential services.Only seven justices heard the case. Justice Antonin Scalia died in February and Justice Samuel Alito recused himself. Alito owns shares in a tax-free fund that invests in Puerto Rican bonds and is involved in the case. by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2016 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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New York City cabs test ridesharing for discounted fares

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2017 9:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two competing ride-sharing services are teaming up to encourage New Yorkers to share the city’s famous yellow taxis for a discounted fare.The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/2qZLCxX ) the shared cabs are currently operating in Manhattan as of Tuesday.The companies, Via and Curb, are making the effort to create a new option for people dealing with a subway system that’s overwhelmed by delays, and lessen the impact of Uber and Lyft on the traditional cab business.The service will eventually include green taxis, which operate in northern Manhattan and the city’s four other boroughs. Passengers can opt for a shared taxi through the existing apps, and each party will pay 60 per cent of the metered fare for the shared portion of his or her ride. New York City cabs test ride-sharing for discounted fares read more

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Profamily farming policies key in antihunger fight UN officials tell Budapest expo

As 2014 is being celebrated as the International Year of Family Farming, Mr. Ban warned that while small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, forest-dependent people, pastoralists and indigenous communities are key to achieving food security worldwide, they are also the most vulnerable to climate change events and extreme weather conditions such as droughts and floods. In a message relayed today to the Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming in Budapest by José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN chief stressed the importance of public and private lenders providing them with financial support such as credit and insurance.“Governments can empower family farmers, especially women and youth, by creating policies conducive to equitable and sustainable rural development,” the Secretary-General said in his message. “This includes better infrastructure to reduce the amount of food lost after harvest when small-scale producers are unable to store, process and transport their goods.”According to a recent study of 93 countries, family farms account for over 90 percent of all farm holdings. Family farmers also manage most of the world’s farm land, including 63 percent in Europe, said Mr. Graziano da Silva, address the forum on his own behalf, echoing the Secretary-General’s appeal for serious “commitments” by Governments to adopt sustainable pro-family farming policies.In addition to producing “a high proportion of the food we eat,” the FAO chief noted that family farmers also are “by far the biggest source of employment in the world,” and “the guardians of the world’s agro-biodiversity and natural resources.” It is therefore crucial, he continued, that Governments protect them from rising threats to their traditional access to land due to insecurity and land grabbing.The Committee on World Food Security’s approved Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure as well as its Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investments currently being negotiated are of great importance to keep these threats in check, he said.“Large private sector investments in agriculture exist and will continue, whether we like it or not,” Mr. Graziano da Silva stated. “So it is paramount that there is a common understanding on how to invest in ways that are sustainable and protect the rights of family farmers and poor communities.” read more

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UK new van market achieves 20year high in November

New light commercial vehicle registrations rise 2.5% to 29,784 units in November – the highest on record.Lighter vans weighing 2.0-2.5T see biggest increase, with demand rising 43.1%.Overall year-to-date market remains strong, up 2.1% to 348,448 units. The UK’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market achieved a record-breaking performance in November, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. 29,784 new vans hit the roads last month – the most for two decades1.A 43.1% uplift in smaller vans weighing 2.0-2.5T drove growth in the month, while demand for versatile pick-ups also continued to rise – by a significant 36.7%. Demand for heavier vans, meanwhile, fell for the second consecutive month, with registrations for vehicles weighing 2.5-3.5T down -4.4%. However, year-to-date this segment remains strong, up 7.0% in the first 11 months of the year, and accounting for 62% of the market.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The new van market’s growth in November is welcome news and an encouraging sign of ongoing business confidence. With almost 350,000 light commercials registered so far this year, the sector remains on track to beat 2015’s record-breaking performance. For this success to continue in 2017 and beyond, however, it is essential that the economic conditions that have kept this sector so buoyant in recent years are maintained. November 2016 marks the highest month for new van registrations since November 1996 (when SMMT records began).Download the press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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U of Calgary scholar to become Brocks new VicePresident Research

Gary LibbenBrock has reached across the country to fill one of its most important senior positions.Gary Libben, a scholar and academic administrator who is a leader in advancing interdisciplinary research, will move to Niagara this summer to become Brock’s new Vice-President Research.Libben, who is currently Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Calgary, will assume his new position on Aug. 1. He will replace Ian Brindle, who is stepping down.The announcement was made by President Jack Lightstone, who said Brock is extremely pleased to have someone of Libben’s calibre to fill big shoes left by Brindle.“Strong leadership over the sphere of research is important to our future growth,” said Lightstone, “and Dr. Libben’s ability to expand activity and opportunity through interdisciplinary research bodes well for the University.”Libben’s key role will be to advance the intensity of research at Brock, and its impact not only in the academic world but in local communities, Lightstone said.“He will ensure that the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex accelerates Brock’s transformation as a research-intensive university that values innovation, commercialization and knowledge transfer to all undergraduate and graduate teaching.”A psycholinguist who studies how words are represented and processed in the mind, Libben was named in 2008 as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a former President of the Canadian Linguistics Association, co-founder of The Mental Lexicon Journal, and was a founding director of the University of Alberta’s Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics. He has also been director of Words in the Mind, Words in the Brain, a Major Collaborative Research Initiative Project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.Libben’s international experience includes visiting professorships in Austria and the Netherlands.Before joining the University of Calgary in 2009, Libben (BA Psychology ’76, Concordia University; MA Applied Linguistics ’82, Concordia University; PhD Linguistics ’87, McGill University) was at the University of Alberta from 1992 to 2008, where he was a professor of Linguistics. He also served as Associate Dean of Arts (Research) and chair of the Department of Linguistics.He began his academic teaching career at the University of Calgary from 1986 to 1992 as an assistant professor and graduate program director for the Department of Linguistics.In making the announcement, Lightstone said Brindle will remain in the Office of Research Services for five months to help his successor transition into the senior position.“Dr. Brindle’s perseverance and passion have been instrumental in helping Brock become a recognized centre of research. Ian’s legacy cannot be overstated, and his work has been crucial in helping Brock secure the world-class Cairns Complex. This is a thank-you, but by no means a goodbye, I am happy to say.” read more

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Mens assistant basketball coach Chris Jent to join Sacramento Kings

Lantern file photoAssistant Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Jent has accepted an offer from the Sacramento Kings to become an assistant coach on new coach Mike Malone’s staff.Jent joined the OSU coaching staff in 2011 after spending time as an assistant coach in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers. He was also an assistant on the Orlando Magic staff in 2004-05 and was named the interim coach for the final 18 games of the season.Before joining the Buckeyes, Jent was a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization for five seasons as the director of player development and eventually as an assistant coach.Four of those years were spent working alongside Malone, who left Cleveland for the New Orleans Hornets in 2010. Malone was formally introduced as the new Kings coach on June 3, replacing former coach Keith Smart.During his tenure at OSU under coach Thad Matta, the Buckeyes went a combined 60-16 over two seasons with one Final Four and one Elite Eight appearance.Jent played for the Buckeyes from 1988-92. He played in 123 career games at OSU and ranks No. 8 all-time for the Buckeyes in career 3-point shooting percentage.After leaving Columbus, Jent spent 10 years in the professional ranks, two of which were in the NBA, including the 1994 Houston Rockets championship team.Jent was paid an annual salary of $240,000 while at OSU, according to his employment agreement.Both Jent and Matta did not respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

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More migrant crossings feared if plan to redeploy Border Force ship goes

New figures obtained by The Telegraph suggest about 200 migrants, among them children as young as 18 months, have attempted to navigate the Channel to reach Britain from France in the past two months.  A plan to deploy more Border Force cutters to rescue migrants trying to cross the Channel in tiny boats risks encouraging more people smuggling gangs, Whitehall sources have admitted. The dangerous route is being exploited by organised crime gangs charging migrants up to £6,000 each to make the trip in rigid inflatable boats, often no more than 10ft long. The vast majority of the migrants are Iranians, who are thought to be wealthier than Afghan or Eritrean refugees, and have more money to pay… read more

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