PNP, AFP clinch semis berths

first_imgPNP stayed on top with Armed Forces of the Philippines, which also secured a semifinal slot in a dominant win against Judiciary, 82-68.Army Col. Oliver Vesliño led AFP with 16 points, while Gen. Mel Feliciano and Col. William Gonzales combined for 27 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSenate kept its bid alive after eliminating Bureau of Customs, 88-67, behind Lino Ong, Sen. Sonny Angara and Warren Tan, and tied DOJ and Judiciary at 2-2. —KRISTOFER PURNELL, CARLO ANOLIN MOST READ Bali Pure stays alive in PVL Finals, forces Game 3 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Philippine National Police picked up a third win in four games after beating Department of Justice, 88-82, to clinch a semifinal berth in the UNTV Executive Face-Off tournament held over the weekend at Pasig City Sports Center.Supt. Anthony Padua led the PNP Responders with 32 points, while Dexter Vitug added 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

PH dragon boat team delivers gold medals anew

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Meggie Ochoa settles for bronze due to technicality in World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The national paddlers clocked 1:00.76 in dominating the 10-seater premier women’s division 200m and duplicated the feat in the 20-seater premier mixed category that served as their tuneup for the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games.Despite having five women in the premier big boat open category, the Filipinos still wound up with a silver medal in a hard-fought race that featured boats with all-male teams.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, logistics“We did well in this tournament and we are eager to translate our performance here into victories during the SEA Games,” said head coach Len Escollante. “What was really surprising was we got these medals against teams where the paddlers are all male.”The Go For Gold-PH Dragonboat squad wrote history on the world stage when they collected five gold medals that sealed the overall title in last year’s world championships in Lake Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH 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 They ruled the 10-seater and 20-seater senior mixed 200m races in the worlds apart from winning the small boat and big boat in the senior mixed 500m and the 10-seater senior men’s 200m.“Right now, we’re confident that we can go up against the best in the (Southeast Asian) region, but we cannot be complacent. We must keep on improving our clockings,” said Escollante.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Filipino paddlers haven’t lost their touch since they bagged five gold medals in the ICF (International Canoe Federation) Dragon Boat World Championships.In a dazzling display of speed, precision and teamwork, the Go For Gold-Philippine dragon boat team brought home gold medals from the international arena again on Wednesday, this time from the world-renowned DBS Marina Regatta in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Colour Crush: Style-wise, Shraddha and Lara came out flying in the same colour

first_imgSummer is the season for cool hues and loads and loads of watermelon. And honestly, Shraddha Kapoor and Lara Dutta’s outfits definitely put us in the mood for gorging on some.Also read:Shraddha Kapoor just showed us two looks that scream summer loveWe already showed you how fabulous Shraddha Kapoor looked on having kick-started the promotional spree for her latest project, Baaghi, co-starring Tiger Shroff.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@amitthakur26All set to make her appearance on The Kapil Sharma Show, the actress was decked in an off-shoulder dress from Edeline Lee, paired with printed heels from Aldo. Sticking to minimal accessories, a teeny-tiny necklace added some bling to her look. Keeping the feel of the look soft, she wore her hair in a half-up half-down hairstyle.Another Bollywood beauty spotted wearing a similar hue was actress Lara Dutta, who will be seen essaying the role of a lawyer in Azhar–a biopic on cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin’s life, co-starring Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai and Nargis Fakhri.Also read: Plopping to Pins: 8 ways to get no-heat curls overnightThe actress attended an event by the Fair & Lovely Foundation where she presented 200 women with scholarships. She wore a Dolly J outfit paired with jewellery by Anmol. You can’t disagree that the actress did make it look damn good!Picture: Yogen Shahlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) Scoreboard of the IPL match New Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) Scoreboard of the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here today.Delhi Daredevils innings Q de Kock?c HH Pandya b McClenaghan 9 SS Iyer c Rayudu b HH Pandya 19 SV Samson c Southee b McClenaghan 60 KK Nair c Southee b Harbhajan Singh 5 JP Duminy not out 49 P Negi not out 10 Extras(LB-3, W-8, NB-1) 12Total (For 4 wickets in 20 overs) 164 Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-48, 3-54, 4-125.Bowling: TG Southee 3-0-21-0, MJ McClenaghan 4-0-31-2, JJ Bumrah 4-0-42-0, KH Pandya 4-0-25-0, HH Pandya 1-0-7-1, Harbhajan Singh 3-0-24-1, KA Pollard 1-0-11-0. MORE PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Joe Hart joins Torino on season-long loan from Manchester City

first_imgTorino have completed the signing of goalkeeper Joe Hart from Manchester City on a season-long loan, both clubs confirmed on Wednesday.The 29-year-old has been unable to secure a first-team place under new manager Pep Guardiola and has fallen down the pecking order behind 17 million pound ($22.33 million) signing Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero.The England goalkeeper said his career had reached a turning point. “It was a sign. Torino’s offer came in the right moment, with the right manner. I am very excited to compare myself in an important and beautiful league such as Serie A,” Hart told the club’s website.Hart, who was also linked with a move to Sunderland, will become the first English goalkeeper to play in Serie A since the league began in 1929. He has won two league titles with City since joining from lower-division side Shrewsbury Town in 2006.Torino thrashed Bologna 5-1 on Sunday in their latest league game and are seventh in the standings on three points, having conceded four goals in their two matches.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2017: Record turnout at Edgbaston despite London terror attack

first_imgA record-breaking crowd of 24,156 flocked to the Edgbaston Cricket Ground for the high-profile India-Pakistan Champions Trophy match hours after the horrific terror attack on London Bridge.Three attackers drove a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48.London’s Metropolitan Police arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London in connection with the attack and raids were continuing there, the force said. A Reuters photographer saw another raid take place in nearby East Ham.Following the incident, security was beefed up at Birmingham where India and Pakistan squared off for their opening match of the Champions Trophy.Today’s ????v???? crowd is 24,156 – a new record attendance for an ODI at @edgbaston! ??? #INDvPAK #CT17 ICC (@ICC) June 4, 2017As many as 24,156 fans turned out to watch the marquee clash. This was the highest attendance ever for an ODI at this venue.Among those present at the ground were star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and South Indian movie star Dhanush.At the stadium .. Ind vs pak.. champions trophy 🙂 and got to meet the one and only god of cricket @sachin_rt ????????? adrenaline pumping Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) June 4, 2017The crowd was treated to some outstanding cricket by Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan before Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh reiterated their class with free-flowing half-centuries.Hardik Pandya then joined Kohli in the middle and clobbered Imad Wasim for three successive sixes in the last over of the Indian innings.advertisementAP Photo Rain breaks for most of the first half of the match forced the match to be reduced to 48-overs-a-side.last_img read more

Mouser now shipping Arduino MKR shields

first_img Continue Reading Previous FRAMOS appointed by Sony as official distributor for Spresense development boardsNext Molex: easy-on FFC/FPC connectors in 0.5mm and 1.0mm pitch forms Mouser Electronics stocks a broad range of MKR shields from Arduino, including three shields ideal for industrial communications systems. The Arduino MKR 485 shield, MKR CAN shield, and MKR ETH shield are designed to allow the development boards with an MKR form factor to connect to industrial automation and automotive systems using various communication protocols.The Arduino MKR 485 shield enables engineers to connect their MKR boards to any of the industrial systems that use the RS 485 protocol. The MKR 485 shield can also be used to extend the serial wired communication over much a longer range. The MKR 485 shield supports half duplex and full duplex, with or without biasing and termination, and master/slave configuration. An on-board, three-way DIP switch allows simple configuration. With the shield, engineers can tap into almost any legacy industrial system, such as industrial PLCs, controllers, drives, and human-machine interfaces (HMIs). Older industrial systems such as machinery, heating systems, and conveyors can to turned into IoT devices through a serial connection using the shield.The Arduino MKR CAN shield connects MKR boards to a controller area network (CAN) bus. Based on a Microchip Technology MCP2515 CAN controller with SPI interface, the MKR CAN shield simplifies interfacing with industrial systems and automotive applications. An onboard switch allows engineers to easily enable or disable the termination resistor. The MKR CAN shield enables engineers to develop applications related to smart vehicles, autonomous cars, and drones, and allows development boards to connect directly to industrial-grade sensors, motors, and displays.The Arduino MKR ETH shield enables a MKR board to connect to the internet using Ethernet instead of a wireless connection, enabling a faster and more reliable connection in industrial environments. The shield is based on a WIZnet W5500 embedded Ethernet controller, which supports up to eight simultaneous socket connections and provides an IP stack capable of both TCP and UDP. In addition to Ethernet connectivity via the Arduino Ethernet 2 library, the shield includes a microSD card slot with the ability to read and write to a microSD card using the Arduino SD library.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Ben Stokes accused of lying to jury during Bristol pub-brawl trial

first_imgBen Stokes has been providing contradictory statements after taking to the witness stand of the Bristol crown court where he is under trial following his involvement in the street fight outside a nightclub in September last year.The trial is in its fifth day with Stokes now being accused of lying to the jury by the opposition lawyer.Anna Midgley QC, who is representing co-accused Ryan Ali, questioned Stokes on Friday and came to the conclusion that he had “misrepresented” events and possibly “just got the wrong end of the stick” after getting into a fight with Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, who allegedly hurled homophobic abuses at two gay men outside the nightclub.”You thought something untoward was being said to them about their sexuality, but you can’t remember a single word, can you. Won’t you consider that you have just got the wrong end of the stick?,” Midgley QC was quoted by ESPNCricinfo.”I can’t recollect the direct words, but I’m very clear the words used were of homophobic abuse,” Stokes replied.Also read – Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawl”You have over-exaggerated the exchange in an attempt to justify your own violent behaviour haven’t you?” Midgley asked. “You’ve misrepresented what happened, haven’t you?””No,” Stokes replied.Prosecutors say Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a fight that broke out outside the nightclub. Stokes had gone out with teammate Alex Hales after England’s win over West Indies in an ODI in Bristol.advertisementBut in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.Also read – Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandStokes said “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”Stokes himself is accused of earlier mocking the gay men outside the club and flicking a cigarette butt at them. But he denied taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.””Are you hiding behind your lack of recollection because you carried out a retaliatory attack?” Prosecution lawyer Nicholas Corsellis asked.”No, all my actions were in self-defence,” Stokes replied.”You’re lying to the jury about the cigarette butt, aren’t you?” Corsellis continued. “You’re lying about mimicking and mocking Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor.Also read – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: Prosecutor”I’m not sure it [the butt] was still in my hand,” Stokes replied. “I hadn’t seen the footage… it looks like I’ve done something towards the area.””You have a problem with your anger, don’t you?” Corsellis asked.”No,” Stokes replied.”You’re trying to cover up your actions because you know you were angry with Mr Cunningham, aren’t you?” Corsellis asked. “The CCTV shows you being angry, doesn’t it?””No,” Stokes replied.The trial continues.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik gives KKR players public dressing-down in Mohali

first_imgDinesh Karthik appeared to give his players a dressing down after Kolkata Knight Riders lost their way in their penultimate match of the 2019 Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Friday. Sandeep Warrier had removed KL Rahul and Chris Gayle early but KKR lost their way thereafter.Kolkata Knight Riders had won 4 out of their first 5 matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League before losing 6 in a row. As the tournament progressed, it became evident not all was well in the KKR camp. Andre Russell, KKR’s best player this season, questioned the team’s decision-making in a press conference.Nothing is right in the @KKRiders campRussell has not been happy with the Team DecisionsNarine showing his frustration on not getting the ball & Uthappa supporting himDinesh Karthik & Uthappa never liked each other #KXIPvKKR Aashim (@broken602) May 3, 2019It was perhaps more bad decision-making in Mohali that led to Sunil Narine looking expressing his displeasure on the field. It looked like he was upset at not getting another over when his West Indian teammate Nicholas Pooran had just started to explode. Robin Uthappa, a KKR veteran, even looked like agreeing with Narine.After Piyush Chawla went for 14 runs in his first over and the timeout was called, Dinesh Karthik gathered his players around and seemed to have a public meltdown as he gave his men a dressing-down for some poor efforts on the field.Never seen DK this animated ever in my life. He literally shouted at everyone during that team huddle in between overs. Jacques Kallis just stood there watching!All is not well with the KKR team and this needs to be addressed in a matured way.#KXIPvKKR #KKR #DineshKarthik #IPLadvertisement Parag Bhandiye (@im_parag21) May 3, 2019Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa and other star players in the team looked glum while coach Jacques Kallis stood next to Karthik.Dinesh Karthik giving some serious words to #KKR players during the strategic time-out and rightly so. Why show your displeasure (Narine & Uthappa) on the field when the team has enjoyed a good start. KKR management should officially warn Narine and Uthappa!#IPL2019 #KXIPvKKR Subhayan Chakraborty (@SubhayanTweets) May 3, 2019In a press conference following KKR’s defeat against Rajasthan Royals late last month, Andre Russell blamed the bowling for the team’s downward spiral.”They said we have been struggling in batting. But the batting has not been struggling really. We are getting the totals that we should have defended.”But when you bowl as bad as our bowlers, you don’t really take catches — we have been the worst fielding team so far,” Russell had said.Andre Russell, who has hit the most sixes in the 2019 IPL, was also not happy with his batting position lower down the order. He was promoted to No.3 against Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens and smashed an unbeaten 80 off 40 before picking up crucial wickets and taking catches to script a 34-run win for KKR.Also Read | Andre Russell slams KKR team atmosphere: It is not healthyAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamlast_img read more

Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to spearhead Argentina’s Copa America campaign

first_imgArgentina national football coach Lionel Scaloni has announced his roster for the upcoming Copa America, which will be led by Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.Manchester City’s forward Aguero has not played with the national team since last year’s early FIFA World Cup exit in the round of 16 at the hands of France, who went on to win the title, reports EFE news.Aguero also made the Argentina squad for the first time under Scaloni.Although Angel Di Maria’s name was also called for the national team but he is unlikely to play due to injury.River Plate’s defender Milton Casco was named for the national team for the first time.Surprisingly, Scaloni ruled out Gabriel Mercado and Mauro Icardi, who have been called up regularly.The Copa America is scheduled to be played between June 14 and July 7 in Brazil.Argentina plays in Group B alongside Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar.Argentina is set to start its 2019 Copa America campaign against Colombia on June 15 and then will play Paraguay four days later and wrap up the Group Stage against Qatar.The 23-man squad is as follows:Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Esteban Andrada and Agustin Marchesin.Defenders: Renzo Saravia, German Pezzella, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna , Milton Casco and Ramiro Funes Mori.Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Giovani Lo Celso, Roberto Pereyra, Rodrigo De Paul, Paulo Dybala, Exequiel Palacios and Angel Di Maria.Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Lautaro Martinez and Matias Suarez.Also Read | Tanvie Hans slowly and steadily reaching her football dreamAlso Read | Women’s Football World Cup ticket buyers blame FIFA for allocating non-adjacent seatsAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

How and Why You Should Add Carrot to Your Home Brew

first_img Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) See you later, pumpkin ales. Sayonara, sweet potato brews. There’s a new orange-hued root vegetable beer in town. It’s time for the humble carrot’s turn in the craft beer spotlight.Shorts Brewing CompanyCarrot ales don’t get a lot of respect, perhaps because there are so few on the market. If you’re lucky enough to have tried Carrot Cake from Michigan’s Short’s Brewing, you know that carrots and beer actually do make a nice pairing. That’s especially true when pureed carrot is enhanced with ginger, allspice, and/or maple syrup in an American brown ale base. Tired Hands from Pennsylvania also took on the dessert concept with a Carrot Cake iteration in its Milkshake IPA series. Ever the innovative outlier, Mikkeller crafted Spontancarrot, an American Wild Ale in the lambic tradition utilizing carrots.But if you really want to get to the root of carrot beers (pun intended), consider brewing your own. With only a handful of carrot beers on the commercial market, home brewing may be a better way to experience the range of flavor possibilities of a carrot ale. The good news — it’s easy to augment many traditional home brewing recipes with carrots. In The Homebrewer’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer From Scratch, the summer months inspired prompts for beers brewed with sumac, spicebush, elderflower, tomatoes, and carrots. But there’s something about the warm color and hearty sweetness that makes carrots just as much a flavor of autumn. The carrot’s heartiness also means they are harvested most of the year and are not exclusive to the warmest months. So, in the October frenzy of pumpkin and sweet potato beer, fresh carrot beers seem to be a perfect fit.How to Add Carrots to Your Home BrewWhile you can add carrots at any point during your brew process, adding carrots to the fermenter will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Experiment with adding oven roasted or pureed carrots in a hop sack or mesh bag after primary fermentation has taken place, allowing the beer to “rest” on the additional flavors. Or, for a stronger carrot flavor, try blending carrot juice directly to the beer before bottling or kegging. There are also carrot powders on the market that you can employ if you’re feeling a little bit like a mad scientist. Westend61/Getty ImagesGo Beyond the OrangeNot only does the taproot make for brewing fodder, but the leafy greens and even the seed heads can be utilized in recipes. A few ounces of fresh carrot greens add a nice bittering element to accentuate dry hopping or spice additions. The carrot seed heads can be added to the boil or during fermentation and bring a mild carrot flavor into the mix.The Homebrewer’s Almanac features two carrot recipes, a ginger-carrot saison, and a carrot seed ale. The saison is a great place to start with carrot experimentation. It’s a simple base beer with Pilsner, Munich, and Special B malts and a relatively small hop profile with Nugget and East Kent Goldings. This variation calls for adding roasted carrots after fermentation. You may want to scale back the ginger a bit (a half pound is a lot in 5 gallons of beer) and try your own twists, like adding grapefruit zest or basil. Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Ciderlast_img read more

Spain Among Highest Ranked Investors in Jamaica

first_imgSpain is now among the highest ranked investors in Jamaica, says Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith.Speaking at Spain’s National Day reception, held on October 10 at the Ambassador of Spain’s residence in Kingston, the Minister said that Jamaica has been able to attract investments from six of the top-10 hotel chains from Spain.“We particularly welcome Spain’s goal to introduce a “second wave” of Spanish investments that would go beyond the traditional areas of cooperation to include energy, logistics and the agricultural sectors,” Senator Johnson Smith added.She said bilateral cooperation with Spain has been active this year, noting that she travelled to the country earlier this year for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations between the two countries.“This seeks to advance our relations at the highest political and diplomatic levels, while strengthening our economic ties,” the Senator pointed out.Senator Johnson Smith cited the tangible benefits derived from Spanish investments and noted the ongoing construction of the 190-megawatt power plant in Old Harbour Bay by the Spanish firm, TSK Group, which has created 239 local jobs, with 140 jobs being held by persons from the surrounding communities.In the area of Spanish language education, she said that 105 teachers of Spanish recently benefited from an intensive four-day training programme by the Cervantes Institute, Spain’s flagship institution, in the teaching of Spanish.“We are truly grateful for Spain’s continued support as we strive to implement policies that will lead to the people of Jamaica being better positioned to capitalise on the opportunities present in today’s global marketplace,” she said.The event, hosted by the Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Josep Bosch and his wife, Teresa Gonzalez de Bosch, was attended by Ministers of Government, members of the diplomatic corps, senior government officials and staff of the Embassy of Spain.Ambassador Bosch said that his Government will continue in its efforts “to create a more bilingual Jamaica”.“We are beginning to deliver with a tight collaboration with the Ministry of Education. From this September, we have two Spanish lecturers, one in Shortwood Teachers’ College and another at Sam Sharpe (Teachers’ College),” he added.He said the Embassy of Spain will continue to assist with Spanish language training for teachers and hotel workers.Last year, the institute organised Spanish introductory courses for hotel staff with the support of the Ministry of Tourism.“Spanish language really matters. It means better jobs and more opportunities for Jamaicans,” Ambassador Bosch said.last_img read more

South Koreas central bank hikes key rate from record low

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s central bank raised interest rates from a record low Thursday in the first such increase since June 2011. Despite the threat from North Korea, robust exports are driving faster than expected growth in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.Convening one day after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile yet, the Bank of Korea’s seven policymakers decided to increase the key rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.50 per cent.Borrowing rates have steadily fallen during the past five years to help protect the country’s recovery, dropping to a record low of 1.25 per cent in June 2016.Thursday’s decision was widely expected after third-quarter economic growth beat expectations. The South Korean won has gained against major currencies in the past month in anticipation of the rate hike, which will increase returns for investors.South Korea’s economy is expected to post its fastest growth in three years in 2017, buoyed by surprisingly strong exports thanks to robust global demand for memory chips.The central bank revised upward its forecast on the South Korean economy in October and says annual growth rate will slightly exceed that estimate. It said in a statement that private consumption and capital spending will continue to improve moderately while exports will be sustained by the global economic recovery and a thaw in strained diplomatic ties with China, South Korea’s biggest trading partner.The outlook is not entirely rosy: slow growth in service sector employment is hampering jobs creation, the bank said.It said the high and increasing level of household debt from low-interest housing loans was a concern. Growth in such debt has slowed since the government announced plans to regulate the property market but debt levels remain high.The bank said the decision does not mean an about-face in its monetary stance, adding that it would maintain its accommodative monetary policy while monitoring growth, inflation, central bank policies in major countries and geopolitical risks, among other factors.last_img read more

JK School teacher arrested in terror case dies in custody

first_imgSrinagar: A 28-year-old school teacher, who was arrested in connection with a terror case, died in police custody here, triggering protests at his town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday, police said.The state government has ordered a magisterial inquiry to ascertain the cause and circumstances that led to Rizwan Pandit’s death, they said. Pandit a resident of Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, died during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, a senior police officer said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He was a teacher at a private school and was picked up by security agencies three days ago in connection with a terror case, the officer said. The civil administration, following a request by the police department, has ordered a magisterial inquiry under Section 176 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to ascertain the cause and circumstances leading to Pandit’s death, the officer said. The CrPC section pertains to inquiry by a magistrate into cause of death, including when any person dies while in the custody of police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA police spokesman said a separate investigation has also been ordered into the incident. In Awantipora, clashes broke out as soon as news of Pandit’s death reached, police officials said. They said angry protestors pelted stones at law enforcing personnel, who fired tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. The clashes between the protestors and security personnel were going on when reports last came in, the officials said, adding that no casualty has been reported. The teacher’s death in police custody was condemned by several politicians who demanded a time-bound probe into the matter and punishment to the guilty. “I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. “Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah tweeted. He also hit out at the previous PDP-BJP coalition government in the state and the Centre for the present situation. “Midnight raids, crackdowns, rampant arrests, custodial murders, denial of democratic right to choose a government. Kashmir continues to suffer the fallout of the disastrous PDP-BJP alliance and from the Modi government’s muscular approach to J&K,” the NC leader said. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also hit out at the Centre saying its “repressive approach” has left young educated men vulnerable. “Innocent men hauled up from their homes for interrogation return home only in coffins now. GoI’s repressive approach leaves young educated men vulnerable who are forced to take up arms…,” she said.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Morocco Plays a Leading Role in Interfaith Dialogue

Marrakech  –  Morocco, which has always been an outstanding model of cultural coexistence and interaction between Islam and other religions, particularly Judaism and Christianity, has played a leading role in interfaith dialogue, King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, said on Monday.One of the glorious pages in this history was the emergence of the Moroccan-Andalusian civilization, which brought together various communities, the King said in a message to the participants in the conference “The rights of religious minorities in Islamic lands”, which kicked off Monday morning in Marrakech.“This was especially the case when large numbers of Muslims moved from Andalusia to Morocco in particularly difficult conditions. With them, there were also Jews, who joined a Jewish community, which had existed in the country since the pre-Islamic era”, the Sovereign underlined. In this regard, the Monarch stressed that the Jewish community in Morocco was never treated by Muslims as a minority, as its members were involved in all fields of activity and were present at all levels of society, noting that Morocco perpetuates the same tradition by enabling Christians of all denominations, who reside legally in the country, to perform their religious rites, according to the church to which they belong.“As Commander of the Faithful and defender of the faith, I am committed to protecting the rights of Muslims and non-Muslims alike”, the King said, underling his commitment that “Moroccan Jews enjoy the same constitutional rights as their fellow Muslim citizens”, through joining political parties, participating in elections, setting up associations and playing a key role in the economy.“We, in the Kingdom of Morocco, see no reason for denying religious minorities any of their rights. We do not tolerate a violation of this kind being perpetrated in the name of Islam, nor do we tolerate any Muslim being involved in such an infringement”, the Sovereign stressed.The Moroccan monarch noted that “our management of the religious domain in Morocco focuses on preventing any distorted interpretation of the revealed texts, particularly what relates to jihad   a question on which our Ulema issued an unequivocal statement a few weeks ago”.The Royal message underlines that today’s world needs “religious values because they embody the virtues we should uphold before the Creator. We also need them because they consolidate our propensity for tolerance, love and cooperation in promoting righteousness and piety”.“We need common values not just to nurture tolerance, but also to derive from them the energy and fortitude that will enable Man to take a long hard look at himself; we need them because they can help us to rally together in order to enjoy a life free from war, greed, extremism and hatred   a life in which crises and human suffering can be reduced as a prelude to the elimination of the risk of religious conflict”, the Sovereign concluded.With MAP read more

King Mohammed VI to Receive Khabib Nurmagomedov

The Russian fighter’s October 6 victory over Conor McGregor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 229 made headlines globally. Afterwards, several heads of state have warmly congratulated Nurmagomedov in person, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Diab Bin Zayed Al NahyanIn an interview with TMZ Sports on Wednesday, Abdelaziz stated that Khabib will “probably meet King Mohammed VI next week.”The manager mentioned the possibility of a rematch with McGregor in exchange for a large sum of money. “Maybe for a whole bunch of money … maybe we give a rematch to the guy that was just killed.”He added that Nurmagomedov has plans in Africa to help people and fund the digging of wells and school building.Abdelaziz requested at least $50 million to get Nurmagomedov into a cage or boxing ring.Because the UFC 229 fight was held in Las Vegas, the Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Nurmagomedov and has withheld his $2 million UFC 229 prize pending a full investigation into a post-match incident between Nurmagomedov and McGregor.After the match, Nurmagomedov jumped into McGregor’s team’s area and started fighting them. He said he was reacting to McGregor’s insults of Nurmagomedov’s Muslim religion and family at press meetings before the match.Nurmagomedov’s future with the UFC is uncertain. The organization withdrew Nurmagomedov’s training partner, Zubaira Tukhukov, from a match with McGregor’s training partner, Artem Lobov. The fight was scheduled for late October, but Tukhukov was involved in the Las Vegas fight and even punched McGregor, according to MMAFighting.Nurmagomedov has denounced the UFC’s decision and threatened to leave the organization.Will a Nurmagomedov-Mayweather boxing match happen?A few days after Nurmagomedov’s victory over McGregor, the Russian fighter called out the undefeated American boxer, Floyd Mayweather, to a boxing match.There has not been an official statement that the match will take place.However, UFC President Dana White insisted on a match under mixed martial arts rules, not another boxing match like the one between Mayweather and McGregor last year.“We went over there, we boxed him and if he wants to do it again, he’s gotta come fight in the UFC,” White said to ESPN.“I don’t think it’s very realistic at all but I didn’t think the boxing match was either and it happened so we’ll see,” he added. read more

Small cities and their malls brace for economic blow of Sears store

VANCOUVER — At Heritage Place Mall in Owen Sound, Ont., an empty Sears department store would leave a mammoth void. The insolvent retailer is one of the mall’s largest occupants. More than 60 people work in the anchor tenant’s roughly 6,500 square metres, a space big enough to fit 14 basketball courts.If the court approves Sears Canada’s bid to liquidate its roughly 130 remaining stores, the decision will send shoppers, employees and mall owners in Owen Sound and dozens of other smaller Canadian cities scrambling to find alternative shopping destinations, jobs and tenants.My first reaction was: Oh, crap “My first reaction was: Oh, crap,” said Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy of hearing the nearly 30-year-old location, is likely to close soon.“We’re pretty disappointed.”A closure will hurt the local economy, he said, leaving dozens unemployed and perhaps prompting fewer people to travel to the region to shop.Some 4,000 kilometres away on the West Coast, the mayor of Prince George, B.C., echoed those concerns about the Sears store at its Pine Centre Mall.“It will have a direct economic impact on our community,” said Lyn Hall.The store employs more than 60 people, he said, and sells goods and services to hundreds of thousands living in Prince George and the surrounding areas.Both leaders wondered how their local malls would cope with an anchor tenant’s departure.‘Long shot’: Could a revised bid by chairman Brandon Stranzl keep Sears Canada alive?Sears’ real-estate exodus will hit the hardest in small-town CanadaIf Sears disappears, it could be a disaster for some malls, a blessing for othersThe bulk of the former juggernaut’s stores are in shopping centres in communities like Owen Sound and Prince George — smaller Canadian cities, where the store may serve a larger geographic area than just those living within the city’s borders.Of Sears’s remaining 74 department stores, all but one are in shopping malls, most in areas with populations under 400,000 and some well under that.The malls in these so-called secondary or tertiary markets are likely to struggle to fill the vacant space in the event Sears doesn’t sell its leases or real estate to a third party, said Peter D. Morris, the founder of Greenstead Consulting Group, a real-estate consultancy firm.“I fear some of those smaller properties may not be able to come back at all,” he said, declining to speculate which of the malls may go under.There isn’t another big department store chain that requires that much space waiting on the sidelines, he said.The remaining department store mall locations total more than 10.6 million square feet (nearly one million square metres). That means the select few chains like The Hudson’s Bay Company or Simons that could take over some locations have a plethora of real estate to choose from, said Morris, and likely won’t gobble up anywhere close to all the vacant space.For malls that don’t draw another single anchor tenant, he said, the easiest solution would be to divvy up the former department store space and woo intermediate-size shops, like athletic retailer Sport Chek or bookstore Indigo.Another possibility, he said, is that certain restrictions in place due to Sears’s lease, like limiting further development, could disappear along with their corresponding leases and open landlords to a whole range of development possibilities. They could choose to build residential units or a mixed-use space that combines entertainment, recreation and shopping, said Morris.However, that takes time. Consumers could find other venues with a greater selection to shop at in the interim, he said, and landlords will have to find a way to lure them back after the changes are made.To make matters worse, for many of the malls, the Sears saga is a recurring problem. In recent history, they’ve grappled with the demise of Zellers and, more recently, Target.Prince George’s Pine Centre Mall, for example, lost its Target location about two years after it opened when the American chain announced it would shutter all of its Canadian stores. A Lowe’s Canada has since opened in the location.The Sears vacancy — at 10,400 square metres, or 24 basketball courts — will leave a much larger hole for management to fill.Mayor Hall said he’s not sure what the mall will do, but it will be quite a challenge. read more

Taming Teams Getting to Know Teams Teams

Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” Taming Teams: Where’s My Data? Kevin Kieller July 02, 2019 This simple storage question has a complex answer that any multinational organization considering Teams needs to explore. Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities Why Slack Should Be Concerned about Microsoft Teams Kevin Kieller July 25, 2019 Likable though he may be, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is missing the point about his company’s chief competition. 2019 is likely to be known as a year when many larger organizations began a methodical, stepwise transition of users to Microsoft Teams for both collaboration and communications.In this ongoing “Taming Teams” series of articles, I sort through the confusion, decode the messaging, decipher the meaning, and separate the reality from the marketing fluff with the ultimate goal of helping you best leverage Teams to deliver quantifiable business improvement. At the center of Microsoft Teams is the ability to define a “team,” not surprisingly. A Team’s team is a collection of one or more people either within or external to your organization, up to a maximum of 2,500. This 2,500-member team limit also applies to a special organization-wide team that all users are automatically part of, provided your organization has fewer than 2,500 users in your Active Directory. The idea is that team members work on projects together and in doing so share content and the tools or processes to manage this content to get things done. More concisely, a team is a group of collaborators.Teams can either be private, in which case only invited users are able to join, or public, in which case anyone within your organization can choose to join the team, although the 2,500-member limit still applies.Team members can have two primary roles: team owner or team member. A team owner, which can be more than one person, creates the team, manages team-wide settings, and can invite other members to join the team. Documents, conversations, and meeting notes are only accessible to team members. By default, all users have the permission to create new teams; you can restrict this if desired by controlling who can create Office 365 Groups.Team-wide settings, which team owners manage, include…Adding or changing a team picture. The picture appears besides the team name in the list of all teams and in the team and channel header Controlling member permissions: are members about to create, delete, and restore channels; are members able to add, delete, or update tabs; are owners able to delete all messages; are members able to delete or edit their posted messagesControlling guest permissions: are guests able to create and update channels, are guests able to delete channelsEnabling @team or @channel mentions (sends notifications to everyone on the team or everyone who has favorited a specific channel respectively)Deciding if emojis, memes, GIFs, or stickers are available for use within this team’s channelsOne team can have up to 100 team owners. If a team is orphaned because the original owner is no longer available, a Teams administrator can assign a new owner.By default, a team owner can only add members within your organization. A team owner adds team members by typing in their names or the name of a defined distribution list; entering a distribution list adds all the members on the list. A team owner can also create a team with dynamic membership, enabling membership of a team to be defined based on one or more attributes in Azure Active Directory (AAD). Correctly implementing dynamic team membership is a multistep process. Dynamic teams also require AAD Premium P1 licenses for each user who is a member of one or more dynamic teams.Users can search for teams by clicking the “Join or create team” button and can choose to join any public team. If a user requests to join a private team, the team owner will receive a notification and can approve or deny the request directly in Teams. In addition, a team owner can generate a sharable code people can use to join a team directly or can share a link to a specific team, in this case the team owner wouldn’t need to approve the join request. Office 365 admins can use the Set-UnifiedGroup PowerShell cmdlet to set the HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled attribute to hide specific groups or teams (in Outlook, Outlook Web App, and Teams itself).If you would like to invite users from outside your organization to participate in teams, you need to enable guest access in AAD, Teams, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. While these multiple levels of authorization provide flexibility, the configuration complexity introduces the opportunity for errors and diminished user experience. IT staff should test guest access settings using external accounts before inviting partners, customers, or suppliers to join a team. Microsoft created a six-step Teams Guest Access Checklist and a Guest Access Troubleshooting Guide to help you successfully navigate the guest-enablement process.The AAD guest settings can take between two and 24 hours to synchronize with Office 365 and Teams. If you try to add a guest and see the message “contact your administrator” either guest access isn’t enabled, or the settings aren’t replicated yet.Once enabled, external guests can be invited to join specific teams via email. An invited guest will receive a welcome email. If the invited guest’s email is associated with an AAD account or an Office 365 work or school account, he or she can join directly. Otherwise, the guest will need to create a free Microsoft account associated with the email address. If a team includes guests, guest usernames include the suffix “(Guest)” and the Teams channel includes a “This team has guests” message in the header. Guest users can access and create content, participate in private team chats, and make use of some VoIP features. Currently you can’t edit guest account attributes such as the display name or profile photo using the Teams Admin Center. You instead need to use your AAD portal.Guest users have limited capabilities and, for example, can’t join a public team, create meetings, access schedules, or view your organization chart. Guest users can’t join a team using a link or a team code; team owners must explicitly add guest users to a team. Adding guest users has licensing implications; you’re limited to adding five guests for each licensed Teams user.Given teams form the foundation of Teams, understanding team options is critical. I encourage you to explore the document links in this article and experiment. Next up in this Taming Teams series… channels.I spend my time helping organizations succeed implementing communication and collaboration systems, most often within the Microsoft ecosystem, and I am committed to helping you succeed. Microsoft Teams enables new opportunities but also brings with it new obstacles and pitfalls. If you have specific questions please comment below, send me a tweet @kkieller, or message me on LinkedIn — and join me at Enterprise Connect 2019, March 18 to 21 in Orlando, Fla., where I’ll be moderating the “Transitioning to Teams: What’s Your Next Move on Microsoft?”  session as well as a tutorial on the transformative impacts of artificial intelligence on UC.If you haven’t yet registered for Enterprise Connect, use the code NJPOST and save $200! Register now! Advance Rate has been extended, and now closes this Friday, Jan. 18.Tags:News & ViewsTaming TeamsTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesBest PracticesCloud CommunicationsConsultant PerspectivesDigital WorkplaceUnified Communications & CollaborationUser Adoption & Training Articles You Might Like Log in or register to post comments business_user.jpg See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » Slack Modernizes Desktop Client Beth Schultz July 22, 2019 Touts greater efficiency, responsiveness, and reliability… all of which should help workers be more productive. read more

UN conference agrees on measures to combat global gun trafficking

After all-night negotiations that lasted into the morning of 21 July, the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects last Saturday afternoon adopted a Programme of Action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade by undertaking a number of measures at the national, regional and global levels.Among the measures agreed to, countries said they would ensure that licensed manufacturers apply an appropriate and reliable marking on each small arm and light weapon as an integral part of the production process. They would also ensure that comprehensive and accurate records were kept for as long as possible on the manufacture, holding and transfer of small arms and light weapons under their jurisdiction.In addition, the participating delegations decided to guarantee that all confiscated, seized or collected small arms and light weapons were destroyed, unless another form of disposal or use had been officially authorized, and provided that such weapons had been duly marked and registered.Countries also agreed to strengthen their ability to cooperate in identifying and tracing illicit small arms and light weapons. A follow-up Conference would be held no later than 2006 to review progress made in the implementation of the Programme of Action.Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a statement through his spokesman in New York warmly welcoming the accord, calling it the first of many important steps to alleviate the “grave threat” to international peace and human security. The Secretary-General praised these steps as “essential in building norms and in implementing collective measures against this global scourge.”In his concluding remarks, the Conference’s President, Ambassador Camilo Reyes of Colombia, expressed disappointment that delegates could not reach agreement on two of the most important issues – maintaining and controlling private ownership of small arms and the transfer of such weapons to non-State actors – even though there was overwhelming support for their inclusion in the outcome document. read more

Report says 3 JPMorgan executives will step down after 2 billion trading

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report says 3 JPMorgan executives will step down after $2 billion trading loss by News Staff Posted May 13, 2012 6:06 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Three high-ranking executives at JPMorgan Chase are expected to leave their jobs this week after a trading blunder cost the bank $2 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.The Journal, citing people familiar with the situation, reported that one of the executives is Ina Drew, who for seven years has run the risk-management division at the bank responsible for the loss.The other two identified by the newspaper are an executive in charge of the London desk that placed the trades and a managing director on that team. The bank did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press.The $2 billion loss, disclosed on Thursday by CEO Jamie Dimon, has been an embarrassment for the bank and led lawmakers and critics of the banking industry to call for tougher regulation of Wall Street.Drew, one of the highest-ranking women on Wall Street, is the bank’s chief investment officer. She was paid $15.5 million last year and almost $16 million the year before, according to a regulatory filing.The Journal reported that Bruno Iksil, the JPMorgan trader identified as the “London whale” because of the giant bets he placed, was also likely to leave, but the paper reported that it was not clear when that would happen.On Friday, investors shaved almost 10 per cent off JPMorgan’s stock price. Dimon said in a TV interview aired Sunday that he was “dead wrong” when he dismissed concerns about the bank’s trading last month.“We made a terrible, egregious mistake,” Dimon said in an interview that was taped Friday and aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ”There’s almost no excuse for it.”Dimon said he did not know the extent of the problem when he said in April that the concerns were a “tempest in a teapot.”The loss came in the past six weeks. Dimon has said it came from trading in so-called credit derivatives and was designed to hedge against financial risk, not to make a profit for the bank.Dimon said the bank is open to inquiries from regulators. He has also promised, in an email to the bank’s employees and in a conference call with stock analysts, to get to the bottom of what happened and learn from the mistake.Dimon told NBC that he supported giving the government the authority to dismantle a failing big bank and wipe out shareholder equity. But he stressed that JPMorgan, the largest bank in the United States, is “very strong.”A piece of the 2010 financial reform law known as the Volcker rule would prevent banks from certain kinds of trading for their own profit. Dimon has said the trading involved in the $2 billion loss would not have fallen under the rule.Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, who was one of the namesakes of the 2010 financial overhaul law, known as Dodd-Frank, told ABC’s “This Week” that he hopes the final version of the Volcker rule will prevent the type of trading that led to the massive loss at JPMorgan.Dimon conceded to NBC that the bank “hurt ourselves and our credibility” and expects to “pay the price for that.” Asked what the price should be, Democratic Sen. Carl Levin said that banks will lose their fight to weaken the rule.“This was not a risk-reducing activity that they engaged in. This increased their risk,” Levin told NBC.“So we’ve got to be very, very careful that the regulators here are not undermined by this huge effort to weaken the rule by putting in a huge loophole” that includes the trading involved in the JPMorgan loss, he said.Addressing public anger toward Wall Street, Dimon said he wants a more equitable society and does not mind paying higher taxes. But he said attacking all of business is “very counterproductive.” read more