Soriano, meanwhile, aims to stop his slump when he faces another hometown bet in Muhammad Aimon in a featherweight matchup.The erstwhile unbeaten Kingad lost his first shot at a world title in just the opening round as Moraes, a Brazilian jiujitsu black belt, applied the rear-naked choke.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHaving dropped three of his last four fights, it’s now or never for Soriano if he wants to revive his career. His last two bouts ended early via TKO against China’s Chen Lei last November and Malaysia’s Saiful Merican a little over a year ago.Moraes, the current flyweight titleholder, and Reece McLaren of Australia will headline the card’s main event. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino fighters Danny Kingad and Burn Soriano hope to get back on track when they face separate opponents in ONE: Visions of Victory on March 9 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Kingad, who is coming off a submission defeat at the hands of Adriano Moraes three months ago, looks to redeem himself against Gianni Subba of Malaysia in the flyweight division.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Also, Christian Lee eyes to continue his winning ways against Kazunori Yokota of Japan. Lee, the younger brother of women’s atomweight champion Angela, is Apart from Subba and Aimon, three other Malaysians in Agilan Thani, Jihin Radzuan and Hisyam Samsudin will fight in front of their hometown crowd. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Marathoner vows to conquer North Pole AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH
MANILA, Philippines–NorthPort stayed in the playoff hunt after fending off Alaska, 94-84, for its second straight win in the crucial stretch of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sport officials set aside differences as pep rally kicks off countdown to SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director View comments Meanwhile, Alaska, which dropped to 4-7 with no games left on its schedule, is going to rely on the results of other matchups to determine if it still has a playoff shot.Carl Bryan Cruz had 23 points for the Aces with Sonny Thoss and Simon Enciso added 14 and 11 points, respectively. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles In a heated race to the next round, the Batang Pier gained a half a game edge over the Aces, giving them a chance for at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth. They are tied with NLEX at 4-6.Sean Anthony unleashed a monster 24-point, 17-rebound performance when NorthPort needed it most while Stanley Pringle added 21 points.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, logisticsWith only three more spots left in playoffs, NorthPort has a chance to secure its bid if it teams Ginebra next Wednesday after the All-Star break.NLEX, which is also seeking a ticket to post-season, plays Magnolia (5-5) in the other deciding game. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag
Xiaomi on Wednesday announced a trio of phones that are part of the new Redmi 6-series in India. The Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro now take their place alongside the Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro that were launched earlier this year. That’s quite a handful of Redmi phones for the consumers and it further cements Xiaomi’s position in the budget to mid-range segments.The three new phones announced start from Rs 5,999 and go up to Rs 12,999. Understandably, each phone has a specific target base in mind. The Redmi 6A is for “everyone” as it is the most affordable of the lot and aims to offer an all-round performance for entry-level consumers. The Redmi 6 is for consumers who want good cameras at an affordable price point as it brings a dual camera setup. Lastly, the Redmi 6 Pro is for consumers who are looking for performance above all things. We take a look at all the difference between the three new Redmi phones so that you can decide which is the best one for you.Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro design and displayThe Redmi 6A and 6 largely offer a similar design. Both the phones offer 18:9 display with evenly narrow bezels on the top and bottom. They both offer 5.45-inch displays with HD+ resolution. The back is plastic with a metallic-like texture to it, but there are some differences to be found here. The Redmi 6A sports a single camera and lacks a fingerprint sensor, while the Redmi 6 gets a dual camera as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Both the phones come with curved corners with an arc design for better in-hand grip.advertisementThe Redmi 6 Pro looks quite different from the other two. Notably, this is the first Xiaomi phone in India with a notched display. This means the phone offers smaller bezels and more screen real-estate in a footprint similar to the Redmi 6. This allows the Redmi 6 Pro to offer a bigger 5.84-inch display compared to the other two phones. The Pro model also bumps up the resolution to FHD+ with a wider aspect ratio of 19:9. The back of the Redmi 6 Pro is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in that it’s all metal with a vertical dual camera setup and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro specificationsThe Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 are Xiaomi’s first phones in India to come with MediaTek chipsets. The former gets a quad-core Helio A22 processor while the latter gets an octa-core Helio P22 chipset, both of which are based on a 12nm process. Meanwhile, the Redmi 6 Pro gets a more powerful octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset.All three phones come in two variants each. The main difference is that the Redmi 6A offers a maximum of 2GB of RAM while the Redmi 6 offers 3GB of RAM and the Redmi 6 Pro offers 3GB and 4GB of memory options. You will have to decide on how much RAM is sufficient for you depending on how frequently you multitask, play games or use a lot of memory-heavy apps. Cameras vary significantly between the three new phones. The Redmi 6A will offer basic entry-level cameras. It has a single 13-megapixel camera on the back paired with EIS and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with AI portrait and beautify mode. The Redmi 6 is being targeted for consumers who are looking for good cameras on a budget. The phone comes with a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor with 1.25-micron pixel size for depth shots. Up front, the Redmi 6 brings a 5-megapixel sensor with AI portrait mode.The Redmi 6 Pro, on the other hand, gets a similar camera configuration as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This means a 12-megapixel Sony IMX 486 primary sensor with 1.25-micron pixels and a secondary 5-megapixel Samsung sensor. Given how impressive the cameras on the Note 5 Pro are, we expect the Redmi 6 Pro to deliver some good photographs at an even more affordable price point.As far as battery life is concerned, both the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 should offer a similar day-long battery at 3,000mAh capacity each, but the Pro model promises a two-day battery life thanks to a larger 4,000mAh battery capacity. On a software level, all three devices offer Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.6 out-of-the-box.Which one should you buyFor budget consumers looking for a Redmi phone under Rs 10,000, the real decision will be between the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6. The former is an entry-level phone for consumers who want good all-round performance for basic day-to-day activities but are not looking for anything more than that. The Redmi 6 is more about offering dual cameras at an affordable price point. If you’re one to take a lot of photos for posting on social media or simply as a passion, then the Redmi 6 should be enough for that.advertisementThe Redmi 6 Pro is at a different level compared to the other two. It is for consumers who know they want a more superior performance and yet don’t want to pay as high as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. At Rs 10,999, you’re getting a good performer with a capable chipset along with Redmi Note 5 Pro-level cameras. The phone also comes with a more premium metallic build and I feel that if you’re thinking of buying the top-end Redmi 6 model at Rs 9,499, it’s worth shelling out a little extra and buying the Redmi 6 Pro at Rs 10,999 for what looks like the best all-round phone that includes a notched 1080p display.
United States Ellis selects USWNT roster for 2018 SheBelieves Cup Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Greg Bartram United States SheBelieves Cup United States v Germany Andi Sullivan and Savannah McCaskill are among the prospects to make the final 23-player squad for matches against Germany, France and England U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis has selected her final 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup, with Andi Sullivan, Tierna Davidson and Savannah McCaskill among the prospects to make the cut.The squad announced Friday included a veteran-heavy core, including the likes of Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, mixed with players looking to break into Ellis’ regular rotation.Ellis trimmed three players from the 26-woman roster selected ahead of a pre-tournament camp in Orlando, Florida: defender Hailie Mace, midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Ashley Hatch. Veterans Becky Sauerbrunn (foot), Samantha Mewis (knee) and Tobin Heath (ankle) were omitted from the preliminary squad because of injury. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The U.S. opens the SheBelieves Cup against Germany on Thursday at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, before traveling to face France three days later at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The Americans conclude the round-robin tournament against Phil Neville’s England side March 7 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando.”We have an experienced and hungry group of players,” Ellis said in a news release. “The players relish the opportunities to play the absolute best teams in the world and after a really productive week of training in Florida, we’re ready for the unique challenges that each of these teams will present.”Here is the full roster:GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)DEFENDERS (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), 17-Tierna Davidson (Stanford), 14-Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals), 2-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit), 16-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns)MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Lyon,), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), 20-Allie Long (Seattle Reign), 3-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)FORWARDS (7): 19-Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), 21-Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 23-Christen Press (Houston Dash), 11-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)Ohio State has spent two years trying to recruit five-star DE Zach Harrison. But after recent comments he made, the Buckeyes have got to feel a little more nervous about their chances.According to Rivals, Harrison spoke publicly about Ohio State’s recruiting efforts at Olentangy Orange after receiving his All-American Game jersey this past week.When asked about any pressure to stay at home and join Ohio State, he answered frankly.“I do,” Harrison said. “Everybody here is a Buckeye fan so that’s where they all want me to go. It weighs on me a little bit, but I really have to do what’s best for me. If that’s Ohio State then it’s Ohio State, and if it’s not, then it’s not.”That’s a statement that might make Ohio State fans wring their hands.Another nugget that Harrison mentioned was that he had met with Michigan assistant Al Washington.“Coach (Al) Washington is a great guy,” Harrison stated. “He’s really spirited and passionate about what he does. That’s attractive because he really cares about his guys, cares about football and cares about winning.”He also noted his good relationship with Michigan commits Mazi Smith and Chris Hinton.Penn State is the other school heavily involved here, so it is really coming down to the powers of the Big Ten East. Ohio State did get some good news though. Harrison will be on campus for Ohio State’s game against Nebraska this weekend.There is also the elephant in the room, which is of course his college decision. Harrison has kept recruiting talk to a minimum this fall, making one unofficial visit to each of his finalists which will culminate in an Ohio State visit this weekend. He has carved out some time to talk to coaches each week, but that has also been on a more limited basis as he focuses on his senior season.Ultimately, while many at Ohio State may feel confident that Harrison will join the Buckeyes, rival Michigan may have the potential to pull the rug out from under them.[Rivals]
Opportunities for certification in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) training are now available at the Trench Town Polytechnic College (TTPC), in St. Andrew.The college commenced the training in early September, as part of their Associate Degree programme, in partnership with the Montego Bay based iTELBPO Smart Solutions, which is the largest home-grown BPO entity in the region.Principal of the institution, Dr. Dosseth Edwards-Watson, says one of the most exciting aspects of the venture is the work-study initiative, which gives students who meet specific criteria, the opportunity to engage in a study and earn programme.The Principal was speaking at a media launch of the training initiative, on October 11, at the TTPC.“We are totally grateful to iTEL, as we have some youngsters who are raring to go. There is such a wealth of talent in Trench Town,” Dr. Edwards-Watson said.Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for South St. Andrew, Mark Golding, told the gathering that he is pleased with the partnership to offer the training, and that young people should be encouraged “to get involved and take advantage of this training and education.”“We are executing a good idea which will benefit both sides in the partnership, and everybody should make this work, because outsourcing is an important part of the economy, and Jamaica has a competitive edge in the sector,” Mr. Golding said.For her part, Regional Director at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Kasan Troupe, said with the training being offered, the “Brand Trench Town is going to be lifted even higher.”“Young people, you are being given this opportunity, take it seriously,” Dr. Troupe urged, while pledging the Ministry’s support for the continued development of the college.Chairman of the institution, Dr. Joan Spencer-Ernandez, said the college is a winner, and lauded iTELBPO Smart Solutions, for “demonstrating confidence in our ability to effectively deliver this programme, and in our students to be successful as they take on this challenge.”Head of Training at the BPO company, Shurland Buchanan, noted that their commitment is to “train and nurture these future graduates.”Located at Eighth Street at the site of the former Trench Town High School, the multi-disciplinary community college provides a holistic curriculum that is designed to give students a competitive edge.
Gurugram: Having already faced the brunt of heavy monsoon showers this season, Tuesday morning rains continued to bring in more miseries for Gurugram commuters. The same old story continued with major roads of the city getting a waterlogged and large number of Gurugram commuters getting stuck in the traffic jam during office hours. Having already received a lot of appreciation for their efforts Gurugram police again not allowing the traffic to stall. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderWaterlogging in several parts of Gurugram on Tuesday morning following heavy rainfall during the night. Affected areas include Bristol Chowk, Rezangla Chowk, MDI Chowk, and the stretch between Iffco Chowk and MG road metro stations. Having already faced a lot of embarrassment in terms of road caving in there was more in store for the commuters as the road near Cybercity caved in. Ironically there are more than 150 multinational companies that have their headquarters in the area. The cave-in of the road at the Cybercity follows just days after roads at IFFCO chowk underpass, MG road and Basai road also broke because of the poor structure of road getting exposed due to rains. In Basai the depth of the hole was more than 15 feet and is still in the process of getting rectified. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFew hours of rains and Gurugram roads turn into a river. During this, it is advisable to not travel by cars but by boats. What is even more shameful is that the recently revamped roads where hundreds of crores have been spent also get waterlogged,” said Mayank Bharadwaj. If the rains in many citizens expressing their anger against district planners what saved the day for the district administration was the proactiveness of Gurugram traffic police. Not only did the police department made sure that the citizens of the situation of traffic digitally but more than 1000 professionals were on the ground managing the traffic. They, in turn, made sure e that the traffic moved slowly and did not get stalled.
BRUSSELS — As British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her departure with a Brexit plan nowhere near success, European Union leaders offered kind words. But it was quite another matter during the years of negotiations with the bloc that often produced exasperation, miscommunication and even some ridicule of her.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, whose office led the Brexit negotiations, on Friday called May “a woman of courage for whom he has great respect,” saying he watched her resignation speech “without personal joy.”And Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said: “I just want to express my full respect for Theresa May and for her determination.”But they expressed plenty of frustration during the rocky ride that May engineered over nearly three years that saw good relations go sour.After the U.K.’s 2016 referendum in which voters decided to leave the EU, officials in Europe complained that May waited almost a year to begin the negotiations and that her team was ill-prepared for the task and later turned on her after failing to make progress. They were dismayed after she called a general election in June 2017 to bolster her Conservative Party’s numbers to help the negotiations, only to lose its majority and weaken her government. That made her beholden to special Northern Ireland interests that complicated the talks.Perhaps the lowest point came in September 2018 at Salzburg Castle when EU president Donald Tusk publicly mocked her for being too greedy in the negotiations.“A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries,” Tusk wrote in an Instagram photo of him offering May a dessert tray. It was a withering, undiplomatic jibe that accused her of cherry-picking the best parts of EU legislation while discarding what she disliked.Two months after Salzburg, May somehow agreed to a withdrawal agreement that included enough guarantees for Ireland that all 27 member states could live with it.In December, May apparently misinterpreted a comment by Juncker at an EU summit in Brussels and tempers frayed. She confronted him, seething, “What did you call me? You called me ‘nebulous?’”Juncker was seen shaking his head, apparently replying: “No I didn’t.”But then came the shock for Europe that May could not sell the deal to her own Conservative Party, failing three times to get it through Parliament.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, while saying he respected May but not British politics, compared her to the hapless Black Knight in a Monty Python sketch. The knight has both arms and legs cut off, but still refuses to surrender and tells his opponent to call it a draw.On Friday, May announced that she will step down as Conservative Party leader June 7, which will trigger a contest to choose a successor who will try to complete Brexit as the next British prime minister.After her speech, Rutte didn’t mention the Black Knight but instead expressed his “thanks and respect for Theresa May.”He did add however that “the deal between the EU and the United Kingdom for an orderly Brexit remains on the table.”EU leaders could soon look back longingly at the May era.One possible successor, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in 2016 compared the EU’s aims to those of Adolf Hitler, arguing the bloc was trying to create a superstate that mirrors the attempt of the Nazi leader to dominate the European continent. At the time, Tusk called the comment “absurd.”Barnier, the EU negotiator, refused to contemplate what the future would hold if Johnson or any other pro-Brexit politician became the next prime minister.“What could happen now? Let me just clearly say here in Brussels that it is for the U.K. to decide. Nobody else.” he said.If a new prime minister withdraws Britain from the EU without an orderly transition plan, there could be high economic costs for all involved.“It now means we enter a new phase when it comes to Brexit and a phase that may be a very dangerous one,” said Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.“Whatever happens, we are going to hold our nerve,” Varadkar said.___Associated Press writer Lorne Cook contributed.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitRaf Casert, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Another big Canadian bank has lowered some of its mortgage rates slightly after an initial reduction by the Royal Bank over the weekend.[np_storybar title=”How factory-built homes are shedding their ‘cheap’ label and exploding in popularity” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/20/how-factory-built-homes-are-shedding-their-cheap-label-and-exploding-in-popularity/”%5DMost new homes are built stick by stick, brick by brick, by a construction crew on-site, but a growing number of Canadians are buying homes right off the factory floor to be assembled on the lot within daysContinue reading [/np_storybar]TD Canada Trust now has a posted discounted rate of 3.69% for its five-year fixed mortgages, down from the rate of 3.79% that had been in effect since August.The bank has also made changes to several of its other closed rates.TD said in a an email it reviews its rates on an ongoing basis to “remain competitive and provide our customers with flexible mortgage options and the right rate to meet their individual needs.”The move comes after RBC lowered its rates on several fixed-rate mortgages over the weekend by 10 basis points, bringing its special offer five-year closed rate to 3.69%.Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank followed Tuesday.Scotiabank lowered its discounted five-year closed fixed term mortgage 10 basis points to 3.49% on its website Tuesday, down from 3.59% posted on the site Monday.BMO, meanwhile, lowered a number of its rates between 10 and 20 basis points, including its discounted five-year fixed rate to 3.69% from 3.89%.
The Government today officially informed Chinese investors of resuming the construction of the multi billion dollar Port City project in the capital, one year after its suspension, the Xinhua news agency reported.The Ministry of Ports and Shipping, in an official letter to the CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, said that the company could resume the construction of the project immediately. “Accordingly the suspension effected by my letter dated March 6, 2015, is hereby withdrawn with effect from today (Monday),” the ministry said in the letter. The 1.4 billion dollar project which will be the first of its kind in South Asia began construction adjacent to the Galle Face Green and near the Colombo Harbour in September 2014 under the previous government.However, it was suspended by the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena in March last year, six months after it began construction. The new government said that the project needed to be reviewed. “At its meeting held on March 9, 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for the project to resume immediately,” the letter said. The Port City is expected to boost the local economy by generating millions of dollars upon its completion and generate over 80,000 jobs. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the island nation will have a “unique financial and business district” in Colombo when the Port City resumes work.The project includes a marina and yacht club, a central boulevard, a sea view apartment complex and a five-star hotel, shopping and entertainment center, office space, a mini golf course, and many other modern facilities.The Port City is also vital in the government’s megapolis development program which was launched this year and is set to transform the capital and its suburbs in the coming years. (Colombo Gazette)
The talks are likely to start with trade in goods and may proceed in tandem with the strategic partnership talks. According to the preliminary survey, Sri Lanka desperately needs Thai investment in agro-industrial business, gems and jewellery, tourism, consumer products and electronics. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is seen as an interesting market in South Asia, given its healthy economic growth average of 6.5% over the last five years, its strategic connectivity to China’s One Belt One Road and FTAs signed with several South Asian nations such as India and Pakistan. Thailand says it is keen to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka and will seek cabinet approval for the negotiations.Auramon Supthaweethum, Director-General of the Trade Negotiations Department in Thailand told the Bangkok Post that Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak plans to sign an FTA with Sri Lanka, as he expects the South Asian country will become a key trading partner. Supthaweethum said the negotiators have already completed an in-depth study of the Sri Lankan FTA. The Commerce Ministry needs to request cabinet approval before starting any talks with Sri Lanka.
Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today urged a high-level United Nations meeting on development to push harder for poor countries struggling to meet internationally agreed target dates for clean water, basic sanitation and decent housing.”It would be tragic and shameful if, come 2015, we find ourselves scrambling to explain our failure,” she told the ministerial segment of the thirteenth UN Commission on Sustainable Development.With millions of lives at stake, the international community has a responsibility to be bold and innovative – “do whatever we can” – to support Governments in their efforts to meet these needs and build safe, health and prosperous communities, she stressed.The Commission is the key UN forum bringing together countries to consider ways to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic growth, social development and environmental protection. Two years ago, the 53-member panel approved a multi-year work plan featuring different thematic clusters of issues for each cycle. This year’s policy session is discussing water, sanitation and human settlements.”You bear a heavy burden,” Ms. Fréchette said, “for it is in this Commission, more than anywhere else in the United Nations system…that the imperatives of global economic growth, poverty reduction and ecosystem protection meet.”With the General Assembly’s high-level review of the Millennium Declaration set for mid-September, the Commission should strive to identify where cooperation to provide clean water, adequate sanitation and better housing can be strengthened, and how, she said.The ministers should be guided in their efforts by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s comprehensive report, “In Larger Freedom,” which calls for accelerated efforts to enable poor countries to break out of their poverty traps, as well as the just-released “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment,” another warning signal about the perils of continuing the current, unsustainable course of human activities.Ms. Fréchette added that governments should take advantage of the just launched “Water for Life” Decade to raise awareness, mobilize resources and help community-based organizations build up their expertise. “Every step of the way, we should be working with women’s organizations, water user’s associations, indigenous peoples and others, to tap the reservoir of knowledge and blend it with the best expertise that scientists, engineers and business people can offer.”With the Commission’s policy deliberations drawing to a close at week’s end, she urged the participants to keep in mind that millions of lives were at stake. As more and more families laboured to provide drinking water for their children or lived a precarious existence in slums, it would be irresponsible to pretend that any improvements could be made without mobilizing additional resources.”[But] it is not impossible to reach the goals we have set for ourselves, if only we collectively focus our minds, energies and our resources on what needs to be done,” she said.Speaking later Wednesday at a working luncheon, Ms. Fréchette said the September review of the Millennium Declaration would not be credible or complete if it did not address climate change, loss of biodiversity and other issues that were at the heart of the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.Without conservation of water and proper management of water resources, food production could plummet, jeopardizing the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people who suffer from extreme hunger. Without convenient access to water, girls would find little respite from spending hours every day fetching that vital resource, and would have little time for education, the focus of another key development goal. And if the squalor of slum life could not be relieved, already overcrowded cities would become more poverty and disease-ridden.“The stage is set for Member States to act,” she said, “time is of the essence.” The “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment” released last month made it all too clear that people had not come to grips with the impacts many activities were having on ecosystems and natural resources. “This Commission can help guide us to policies and practices that will help us chart a new, more sustainable course,” she said.
“We acknowledge the enormous efforts of neighbouring countries to provide refuge to Palestine refugees and the security challenges they face, but we are receiving increasing reports of Palestine refugees from Syria finding it difficult to seek refuge in countries in the region including Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt as well as in Europe,” Mr. Gunness said. This forces the already vulnerable Palestinian population to take life threatening risks, such as attempting to escape by boat on the Mediterranean, often with tragic consequences, Mr. Gunness explained. Lebanon has provided refuge to 44,000 Palestine refugees from Syria since the conflict began. However, on 4 May, the Lebanese authorities returned 41 Palestine Refugees from Syria to Syria who were arrested at the airport for holding forged visas to third countries. “At the same time, border restrictions were tightened, effectively denying Palestine Refugees from Syria entry to Lebanon, including humanitarian cases and those seeking reunification with their families,” said Mr. Gunness. In September, Lebanese authorities afforded Palestine Refugees from Syria the opportunity to extend expired visas free of charge for 3 months, while Syrians were given six months. But it is unclear what happens after their visas expire. Many Palestine refugees continue to have irregular status in Lebanon which makes it difficult to access social services and receive civil documentation. Meanwhile, there are currently almost 15,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria registered with UNRWA in Jordan. But shortly after the first Palestinian refugees were admitted, the Government of Jordan barred further entry for Palestine Refugees from Syria. “In 2014, UNRWA has been made aware of 106 cases of involuntary deportations of Palestine refugees from Jordan to Syria, many of which have been children and women,” Mr. Gunness explained. “This is likely a conservative estimate of the number forced back,” he added. With the border effectively closed, it is also not possible to know how many Palestinian refugees in Syria have been prevented from fleeing the country to Jordan. Palestine refugees are exposed to the risk of refoulement (or “forced return”) and endure a considerable degree of insecurity. What’s more, Palestine refugees from Syria who are in Jordan cannot openly shelter in the camps established for Syrian refugees and face difficulties in accessing employment and obtaining civil registration documents (e.g. birth certificates) through applicable legal/civil processes. Meanwhile, in Egypt, where an estimated 4,000 Palestinian refugees currently reside, entry for Palestine refugees from Syria requires a visa, but these are no longer issued for them. In that country, Palestine refugees from Syria receive some support from the United Nations but their children do not attend school, visas are no longer renewed, and they all are highly vulnerable.Mr. Gunness also said that Palestinian refugees are also seeking to flee Syria via Turkey but UNRWA does not have a mandate to operate in Turkey, leaving that for UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to look into. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) provides humanitarian assistance, human development, protection, and advocacy for some 5 million registered Palestinian refugees living in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan.The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked annually on 29 November, and falling this week on a Saturday, will be celebrated at the United Nations with special events held throughout the week.
Briefing the Security Council via video conference in a rare Sunday session, Mr. Benomar told the UN body that Yemen was on a “rapid downward spiral” as the conflict took on “worrying sectarian tones and deepening north-south divisions.” “Emotions are running extremely high and, unless solutions can be found, the country will fall into further violent confrontations,” Mr. Benomar declared. “Events in Yemen are leading the country away from political settlement and to the edge of civil war.” The situation in Yemen has been rapidly deteriorating since the country formed a new Government in November 2014 aimed at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy. Nonetheless, the country has continued to be plagued by violence and mass political demonstrations despite UN efforts to bring about a peaceful political resolution. Just over a month ago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced serious concern about developments following the abduction by the opposition group Ansarallah of President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s chief of staff and the resignation of the President and Prime Minister amid a takeover of the capital, Sana’a by secessionist Houthi militants. This followed a steady deterioration since the beginning of the year as Government forces clashed with militant groups throughout the capital. At the same time, the Secretary-General has recently warned that “widespread and lethal” attacks by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and escalating hostilities between AQAP and the Houthis have also pushed the country to the edge of civil war. These developments, coupled with a burgeoning humanitarian crisis which has enveloped an “astounding” 61 per cent of the population, now threaten regional and international peace and security, according to Mr. Ban. The effects of this continuing instability have transformed Yemen into a patchwork of simmering feuds – an explosive mix of unresolved grievances which risk inundating the entire peace-making process. In the oil-rich province of Mareb, for instance, the situation has become very tense with many locals fearing an imminent confrontation between Houthis and tribesmen. Meanwhile, in the South, the situation remains volatile with Southerners, long marginalized and excluded from Yemeni political life, now demanding full separation. Most recently, on 20 March, two suicide bombers targeted the mosques in the country’s capital, Sana’a, during Friday prayers, killing at least 126 people and wounding scores of others. The terrorists also attacked a government building and mosque in Sa’dah, in the country’s northwest. In today’s Security Council briefing, Mr. Benomar added that the ongoing instability would only serve the interests of AQAP which, in turn, he said would “cause further chaos” throughout the country, transforming it into a “Libya-Syria combined scenario.” Meanwhile, pre-empting criticism of the UN-brokered political talks, the UN envoy also admitted that the international community had no other alternative but to continue in its calls for restraint, de-escalate the situation, and engage all sides, including Yemen’s 12 political parties and the Houthis, in the political process. “I urge all sides in this time of rising tension and inflammatory rhetoric to appreciate the gravity of the situation and deescalate by exercising maximum restraint,” Mr. Benomar concluded. “Peaceful dialogue is the only way forward.” In a Presidential Statement, the Security Council, for its part, reaffirmed its “strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity” of Yemen, adding that it supported the “legitimacy” of President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and condemned the “ongoing unilateral actions” taken by the Houthis which are undermining the country’s political transition. “The Security Council deplores that the Houthis have not implemented its demands in resolution 2201 (2015) to withdraw their forces from government institutions, including in the capital Sana’a, and normalize the security situation in the capital and other provinces, and relinquish government and security institutions,” the Statement continued while also reiterating the Council’s “concern” at the ability of AQAP “to benefit from the deterioration of the political and security situation” in Yemen. “The Security Council reiterates that the solution to the situation in Yemen is through a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people for peaceful change and meaningful political, economic and social reform.”
A man was reportedly left fighting for his life after being bitten by what was believed to be a spider in Skegness.Kim Needham, a friend of the victim, said he was walking barefoot through grassland when he felt a sharp pain in his foot.He was admitted to Boston Pilgrim Hospital in a critical condition with “blood poisoning”, she said.The victim is now recovering after a “sting” was removed, but the exact cause has not been disclosed. “To all my friends who visit Skegness. A friend of mine has spent over five days in a critical condition at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital with blood poisoning caused by a bite,” Ms Needham wrote on Facebook.“It is not known what bit him but as he was walking round bare foot on grass he felt a sharp pain like he’d stood on a twig. 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. “Two hours later his foot had swollen massively and was in severe pain.“They don’t know what bit him but have mentioned a spider. This post isn’t to scare anyone but please make sure you and your children have something on their feet at all times.”In response to a concerned comment, she added: “He is fine now, but it was touch and go, as they had to cut the sting out of his foot. “It is worrying though that they don’t know what it is.“Make sure you’ve got sandals or flip-flops on when walking on grass or the beach.”No official details about the incident have been released.A wildlife expert told Lincolnshire Live it would be unusual for a spider to trigger such a reaction, and said it may instead be an allergic reaction.
The post mortem examination conducted earlier today on the body of 47-year-old Justil Leonard has revealed her cause of death was due to a fractured skull and blunt force trauma to her head.This is according to Police F Division Commander, Rabindranauth Budhram who said that the woman’s husband remains in custody and advice will be sought tomorrow as to how they should proceed with the matter. The man had previously told investigators that the woman died as a result of a fall. INews had previously reported that on Sunday afternoon, police received a report that Leonard and her husband were imbibing at their Shulinab Village, Rupununi, Lethem home, when the woman slipped, fell and subsequently died. The woman’s husband had told police that she lost consciousness and so he rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHusband to be charged for murder of Rupununi womanFebruary 24, 2017In “Crime”Husband remanded for murder of Rupununi womanFebruary 27, 2017In “Court”73-yr-old Corentyne woman found floating in canal was murdered – autopsyOctober 26, 2018In “Crime”
Des dents fossiles révèlent la grande diversité des petits dinosaures carnivoresPubliant leurs travaux sur PLoS ONE, des chercheurs canadiens ont pu identifier de nombreuses nouvelles espèces de dinosaures carnivores nord-américaines grâce à une longue et minutieuse étude de dents fossilisées.Les petits dinosaures qui vivaient dans l’ouest de l’Amérique du Nord au cours de la période du Crétacé n’ont souvent laissé que quelques dents fossilisées, ce qui rend difficile leur identification. Cependant, au bout de 6 longues années d’étude minutieuse de ces maigres vestiges, le paléontologue Derek Larson, du Muséum royal de l’Ontario, a pu élargir considérablement le spectre des espèces connues de ce type. “Derek a pu étendre notre identification des petits carnivores bipèdes qui parcouraient l’ouest du Canada et des États-Unis de 7 espèces à au moins 23”, confirme le Pr Philip Currie, de l’Université de l’Alberta, directeur de recherches. “C’est la même situation dans le monde d’aujourd’hui avec les restes de petits animaux comme les belettes. Comme leurs os sont légers et de petite taille, après la mort de l’animal, ils se dispersent et s’ils ne sont pas recouverts par le sable ou la boue, ils se désagrègent très rapidement”, précise-t-il. Heureusement, certains fossiles livrent à la fois des dents et des squelettes partiels, ce qui donne des points de repères aux chercheurs. Tel est le cas du Troodon, un bipède carnivore d’environ 2 mètres de longueur, qui hantait notamment l’Alberta.Des dinosaures allant de la taille d’un poulet à 2 mètres À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous avons été en mesure d’affecter des dents fossilisées auparavant non identifiées à des espèces proches du Troodon. [Ces dents] étaient à l’évidence similaires [à celles du Troodon], mais pas identiques. La comparaison avec d’autres espèces représentées par des dents et des os a fourni un moyen d’établir que d’autres échantillons de dents doivent avoir appartenu à de petites espèces de dinosaures que personne n’avait encore identifiées”, explique Currie cité par Sci-News.Au lieu de quelques espèces perdurant pendant des millions d’années, il y avait donc plutôt beaucoup de petites espèces carnivores, chacune existant durant des périodes plus courtes, estiment les chercheurs. “La taille de ces dinosaures bipèdes allait de celle d’un poulet à 2 mètres de long. (…) Étant donné qu’aujourd’hui, il y a davantage de petits animaux que de gros, ce n’est vraiment pas étonnant que, durant l’âge des dinosaures, il y ait eu, de même, beaucoup de petites espèces de dinosaures”, conclut le professeur Currie.Le 2 février 2013 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambert
La région de San Martin au Pérou sauvée par le chocolat et les oiseauxLa région de San Martin, au Pérou, longtemps sclérosée par la culture de feuille de coca et de multiples conflits politiques semble aujourd’hui revivre. Tentant d’améliorer son image mais également son économie, elle développe un écotourisme pour mettre toutes les chances de son côté. La région de San Martin est une des 24 régions du Pérou (Haute-Amazonie) et s’étend sur quelque 21.000 kilomètres carré. Longtemps tournée vers la culture de feuille de coca, elle tente aujourd’hui de sortir lentement de la léthargie dans laquelle elle était plongée depuis des années. En effet, on assiste dans cette parcelle du monde à un véritable renouveau. Un processus désiré au vu de la situation précédente, où le Pérou se retrouvait enclavé par des guérillas opposant le MRTA (Mouvement Révolutionnaire Tupac Amaru), les Sentiers Lumineux et le gouvernement. De plus, cette région attirait peu, les industriels comme les touristes dans une autre optique que celle du marché de la cocaïne.Le salut par l’avitourisme…La grande réussite du Pérou semble aujourd’hui résider dans sa capacité à attirer grâce à l’écotourisme. En effet, le pays a notamment créé une compétition internationale d’observation des oiseaux, le Birding Rallye Challenge Perou qui connait depuis un véritable engouement. Pour cet évènement d’avitourisme, de nombreux ornithologues du monde entier ont fait le déplacement. Le Pérou compte actuellement 1.800 espèces (répertoriées) dont 117 sont déclarées endémiques. Lors de la compétition on a ainsi pu, en l’espace d’une semaine, en compter 636 dans tout le nord du pays dont la région de San Martin. Preuve de la biodiversité remarquable dont dispose la région. La manifestation s’est terminée dans une des villes les plus importantes de San Martin, Tarapoto. L’avitourisme apparaît alors comme un salut possible puisqu’il pourrait apporter 50 millions de dollars par an, selon les estimations. Rodrigo Flores, le maire de Juan Guerra explique : “les choses ont beaucoup changé ici”, ajoutant que ces évènements serviront à “attirer l’attention des touristes dans notre région pour qu’ils connaissent les merveilles de notre nature”….et le chocolatÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un autre aspect de la stratégie péruvienne semble également de transformer ses sources de revenus. En d’autres termes la région de San Martin fait aujourd’hui office de “modèle” puisqu’elle a admirablement réussi la transition entre la culture de coca vers celle du cacao. Maria Rojas, présidente de la Chambre de commerce régionale explique que les Péruviens partent de “zéro” après avoir longtemps “tourné le dos à l’Amazonie”, rajoutant que leur “économie était irréelle”. Environ 60% du territoire péruvien se trouve sur la forêt amazonienne, cependant, seuls 12% de la population vivrait dessus. “Les cultures alternatives de cacao et de café prospèrent” et tournent la page des productions des feuilles de coca, vastes et intensives dans les années 1980. “Les associations” seraient par ailleurs “bien articulées entre le secteur privé et les entreprises”. L’usine de chocolat Orquidea, notamment, qui vend ses produits dans le monde entier, travaille aujourd’hui avec 116 petits producteurs, faisant fonctionner l’économie locale. D’après les estimations, le commerce du cacao s’élèverait à 3 milliards de dollars dans le monde. Et la région de San Martin elle, en fournirait déjà 26.000 tonnes sur les 56.000 tonnes produites par le pays. Là encore, le tourisme ne serait pas oublié via notamment la mise en place de Routes du Café ou du Cacao qui traversent les forêts et les collines afin de faire découvrir les paysages environnants. Toutes ces mutations profitent au pays qui voit le prix de ces parcelles de terre doubler et de nombreux supermarchés s’implanter.Le 23 juin 2013 à 19:12 • Maxime Lambert
As big fans of irony here on Geek.com, the Marvel-adjacent movie we’re most excited for by far is Sony’s standalone Venom motion picture coming out later this year. It just looks so dumb! Say what you will about Spider-Man 3 (and we say it’s great) but that movie at least delivered a version of the traditional symbiote storyline going from douchey black-suit Spider-Man to full-on bizarro Spider-Man villain. This is just Tom Hardy as a goo/vore fetish idol who has no connection to Spider-Man at all (that we know of) being taken completely seriously. And it’s going to be hysterical.Venom is already going to be more than dumb enough on its own, but to take it to a transcendent level of dumbness, we recommend going in full costume. And the “best” Venom costume we could find is this Marvel Rubie’s Men’s Universe Venom Costume.As you know, Venom’s whole gimmick is that he’s the combination of disgraced New York journalist Eddie Brock and a malevolent black alien symbiote costume. So wearing a Venom costume in real life is always going to have a fun extra meta layer, even if it doesn’t give you superpowers. And this is a full-on Venom costume, not just Spider-Man in his black outfit. It’s got the big slurping tongue, the razor-sharp teeth, the drool, the huge swirling white monster eyes, and the pumped-up hulking muscles. Get the XL size no matter what because even if it’s too big for you the drooping puffy sections totally fit Venom’s amorphous aesthetic.As with pretty much anything made by Todd Mcfarlane, Venom is an edgy relic better left in the 90s. Again, only Spider-Man 3 has managed to do anything actually interesting with the character. But if Venom must come to the cinema, you can’t blame us for doing everything in our ironic power to be entertained regardless. Venom oozes into theaters October 5. Get your Marvel monster Halloween started early with this Venom costume.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
The Inter Milan footballer has talked after his team defeated Empoli in the closing weekend of the first half of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A seasonFor Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar, the way Internazionale Milan is ending the year 2018 is excellent.“We’ve managed to get some good results this year and have now finished with two consecutive victories, something which is certainly a positive thing for us,” he told the club’s official website.“We’re happy to have won on the road again, and we’ve also kept another clean sheet.”Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“It’s true that we haven’t scored many goals recently, but the important thing is to win games,” he added.“Now we’ll rest for a few days before we get back to it – we need to be strong upon returning.”“In the past few days, the club has been spoken about a lot, but as a group we’re united. Providing a response on the pitch is the best thing we can do,” Skriniar explained.“We hope that we’ll be able to provide you with amazing moments in 2019. I would like to wish you all a happy new year!”