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Magnolia fights back from 20 down, frustrates GlobalPort to gain semis seat

first_imgRead Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Magnolia cashed in on the apparent implosion of GlobalPort as the second unit provided the much-needed lift with its 50 bench points.But it was the Hotshots’ defense that got things done as they preserved their 82-78 lead against the rampaging Batang Pier in the final minute, with Barroca securing the steal off a Romeo turnover in the final minute before he drilled the insurance freebies in the end game.Stanley Pringle saw his 31-point, 10-rebound and 4-assist explosion go up in smokes as it came in GlobalPort’s ouster in the all-Filipino conference.Romeo added 14 markers on a 6-of-18 shooting from the field, to go with six dimes and five boards in the defeat.The Scores:MAGNOLIA 86 — Barroca 17, Lee 14, Pingris 13, Sangalang 11, Melton 7, Simon 7, Ramos 6, Jalalon 5, Brondial 4, Reavis 2, Dela Rosa 0.GLOBALPORT 79 — Pringle 31, Romeo 14, Grey 9, Sargent 7, Nabong 5, Elorde 4, Taha 3, Teng 3, Gabayni 2, Araña 1, Anthony 0, Guinto 0.Quarters: 12-26, 34-45, 61-59, 86-79.RELATED VIDEO The Hotshots clawed their way back from an early 20-point deficit, 6-26, and ultimately seized control in the second half with Mark Barroca giving his side the 54-53 lead with 3:20 in the third period.The trio of Barroca, Paul Lee, and Marc Pingris did most of the damage from then on as the Batang Pier unraveled with Terrence Romeo and their coach Pido Jarencio even engaging in a shouting match late in the third frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarroca finished with 17 points, three assists, two rebounds, and two steals off the bench for Magnolia, which now awaits its foe in the best-of-seven semifinals against the winner of the NLEX-Alaska quarterfinals series..@M_Hotshots’ Mark Barroca shares how his team fought from 20 points down and pulled off the tough qf victory vs GlobalPort. #PBA2018 LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Mark Barroca leads Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s not how you start, but how you finish.Magnolia bucked a poor start and delivered a masterful performance in the second half to knock out GlobalPort, 86-79, and advance to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 6, 2018Lee added 14 markers and hauled down 13 boards, while Pingris got 13 points and nine rebounds in the victory.“It was a very tough game for us. We expected GlobalPort’s aggressiveness and energy, but that kind of start in the first quarter is what we’re not prepared for. They outplayed us in the first half,” said coach Chito Victolero.“Good thing we had the second half to recover. Credit to my team. It’s a total team effort, and credit to our defense in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games No love lost between TNT, San Miguel as Cruz, Santos get into spat View commentslast_img read more



first_img(REOPENS DEL 30) (REOPENS DEL 30) Quizzed about his batting position which he shuffles as per match situation, Dhoni said he would continue the finishers role of hitting it big in minimum deliveries. “I always felt good when it comes to batting. Up and down keeps happening in the batting department. You have to see the opportunity youre getting. It depends how much opportunity. I felt I had a decent opportunity. 90 per cent of time I will be playing the same kind of role as I played in the Asia Cup, playing 10-12 ball innings. Im ready for the challenges,” he said. Dhoni said being a finisher, he has a complex part to play in the team. The wicketkeeper-batsman also lauded Virat Kohli for his ability to play the finishers role despite being top-order batsman. “For me a finisher is a lower order batsman. The top order batsman is always sets up the innings but its always useful to have somebody like Virat at no 3 who has the ability to finish the game. But when the opposition scores big it is important for your 5-6-7 to finish the game. The entire set up is for the lower order batsman to finish the game. “But I think the finishers will be the batsmen who usually bat lower down the order. The job profile is very different. You have to think twice before hitting lower down the order as you have less batsmen after you. Its a complex job. If you have three batsmen of Virats calibre then more often than not they will finish,” he added. Evaluating the challenge that awaits India, Dhoni said pinch-hitters will play a crucial role in the tournament. “Its difficult to measure the challenges. Its a world class tournament. Every team is very good. Every team has a set of players who can play big shots. All teams have fantastic bowlers and good all-rounders. “Its quite even, its not like youre far away from each other. I feel at start everything will boil down to how well you play on the particular day. I dont think you can take a side lightly, a big hitter can really change a game if he plays a big innings,” he said. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more


World’s hottest chilli on menu for Kate Middleton and Prince William during Assam visit

first_imgUNESCO World Heritage site Kaziranga National Park is all set to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 12 during their two-day visit to Assam.Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directed the state’s Chief Secretary to take all steps to ensure that the duo travel safely and return with fond memories of the state and its rhino habitat.Preparations are on in full swing to celebrate and make the royal couple’s visit a memorable one. The date and the plan has been finalised for their visit. The Royals will be travelling to Kaziranga National Park, home to the world’s single largest population of one-horned rhinos on Tuesday and are likely to stay at the famous IORA resort.IORA resort in Kaziranga is planning to welcome the couple with traditional Bihu and Jhumur dance. The British Council in Assam has already booked all the rooms for the couple’s stay.”Our hotel employees are planning to welcome the royal couple in the traditional way with the Bihu and Jhumur dance. We are also planning to serve them traditional dishes, along with the world’s hottest chilli Bhut Jolakiya. We are excited and eagerly waiting for their arrival,” Prashanta Kumar Sharma, General Manager, IORA Resort said.Additionally, the couple is also expected to hold a brief interaction with dignitaries and media persons. They will further be escorted by British Police and accompanied by one publicity officer, two journalists, one Indian and a British photographer. They will also meet forest officials in Kaziranga to discuss the threats looming over the national park.advertisement”We are looking forward to their visit. We are going to welcome the royal couple with the traditional gamochas. If they agree to take a tour of the forest in our jeep, then we will try to show them the animals,” Ananda Gogoi, Secretary of Jeep Safari Association, Kaziranga said.The couple will hold interactions with various communities to understand how they deal with man-animal conflicts. They will also meet park rangers to discuss how they protect their wildlife population from poachers.Meanwhile, the people of Assam are eagerly awaiting the royal couple’s arrival. Villagers are already doing the groundwork to make the couple’s trip a success. And with the major Bihu festival around the corner, they are leaving no stone untouched to give Prince William and Kate Middleton a taste of their festival.”We are very proud that the royal couple is going to visit our national park. But I want them to visit our villages as well, to understand our culture. The people of Assam are well known for their hospitality. Ahead of the Bihu festival, I would rather have them visiting our village,” Amal Saikia, one of the villagers, said.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Mumbai on Sunday. They played cricket with Sachin Tendulkar, met homeless children, paid their tribute to the victims of the 28/11 attacks at the Taj Hotel and met a host of celebrities from the world of business, sports and Bollywood.On Monday, they will visit Delhi and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Later in the week, they will also visit the Taj Mahal, which Prince William’s mother, the late Princess Diana, had visited 24 years ago.Also read:Prince William,Kate Middleton,Will and Kate in India,Prince William India visitlast_img read more


Australia must carry the momentum in Boxing Day Test vs India, says Travis Head

first_imgAustralia batsman Travis Head wants his side to continue the momentum when they face India in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia bounced back after the Adelaide Test defeat to register a 146-run win over India in Perth earlier this week. The four-match series is now locked at 1-1 after the first two Tests. India had won the first Test by 31 runs.The third Test, the Boxing Day Test, will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) from December 26.”We need to make sure we continue the momentum,” Head was quoted as saying by “The Age”.”I thought the way we batted in the big moments of the game and the way we built pressure with the bat, the way we built pressure in the field, it was a great week. We will try to continue that on Boxing Day,” he added.Head scored a half-century in the second innings of the first Test at Adelaide to give India a scare even as the visitors eventually won by just 32 runs.Then in the first innings of the second Test, his gritty 58 helped Australia post 326. But the southpaw isn’t yet satisfied with his approach and wants to fix it before the third Test.”It’s OK to be positive, and we have been backed from the dressing room to be positive, and continue to play my game. It was probably a lot different from Adelaide — it was grind it out, batted a lot of time in the middle,” he said.advertisement”The wicket [in Perth] was a bit different. Obviously [with] the pace of the wicket, I thought I could take on the game a little bit more.”[I will] learn from that. We are going to Melbourne which is, obviously, a good batting wicket [and will try to go] back to how I batted in Adelaide,” he added.Also Read | India vs Australia: ICC rates Perth pitch average for Test cricketAlso Read | Steve Smith reveals why he did not appeal ball-tampering banlast_img read more


Midseason Position Grades: Linebackers

first_imgOklahoma State’s collection of linebackers this year is a good microcosm for its linebackers historically. Guys who give great effort but are probably a little undersized and lack the speed to be elite. A solid group with no huge names (although Jordan Burton’s star status has grown) or egos that works hard and more or less gets the job done.OSU’s main trio of Burton, Devante Averette and Chad Whitener has combined for 113 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three interceptions and maybe most importantly has stayed mostly healthy for the entirety of the season.One of the main issues I have noticed with this linebacking crew is its propensity to drop too deep to help in coverage while teams rack up first-down conversions on long third downs. Opponents are completing third downs at a 36 percent clip which is barely top 50 in the country (although it is better than last year).Maybe they feel the need to help out with a secondary that has been pretty poor so far or maybe it’s jut the opponents they have faced so far, but Spencer’s dudes have been out of position a lot throughout the first six games which has led to a so-so performance in points per drive allowed so far.They have also made some great plays. Jordan Burton had an interception against Baylor and then another wilder one against Iowa State last week when Averette tipped the ball to him. “We have had some good quarters this year,” said Spencer on Wednesday. “Not just that [final one against Iowa State]. We have yet to put together a whole game, which is what we need to do. To answer the bell, we had to do some things to win that game. We had to produce, we had to get the ball back. That was a lot of possessions for us – 17 possessions. So they answered the bell a lot of those possessions, in a critical time.”OSU has faced a lot of possessions without a ton of help (only 24 teams have faced more plays). The next-leading tackler behind those three main LBs though is Justin Phillips with 13 tackles which is I believe the same number he had in a single game against OU in Bedlam 2014 as a freshman. After that nobody else has double digit tackles.Calvin Bundage has been a fun addition at times, but it’s clear the staff doesn’t trust him as much as it trusts its veterans. Kevin Henry and Gyasi Akem have combined for 15 tackles over the first half of the season.So from a statistical standpoint, OSU has been pretty decent. And I’m certainly glad for its ability to stay healthy at a seemingly thin position thus far. But it has also whiffed in big spots (the Central Michigan game comes to mind — 8/15 on third down conversions).As a group, we gave the linebackers a B which coincides with what my grade for them was as well. A solid group with one star (no pun intended) in Burton and a lot of room for improvement. Heck, that kind of sounds like the OSU team as a whole.2016gradesGrade: BIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


Vale Hits a Snag in Mozambique

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff My location Print  Close zoom Last week’s collapse of a giant coal stacker at Port of Nacala will delay Brazilian mining giant Vale’s plans to start coal shipments from this Mozambican port in the third quarter of 2015, Reuters reports.Sources familiar to the matter told Reuters that the contractors were investigating the incident and a report on why the stacker buckled last week was expected within a couple of weeks.The necessary repairs could take months, another source said.The stacker was in the final stages of construction when it collapsed.Vale uses the Port of Nacala and connecting railway to ship coal from its Moatize coal mine, which is expected to produce 22 million tons of coal by 2017. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more


Innovative Tech Firm Building International Momentum

first_imgAnalyze Re is taking advantage of local talent and expanding its Halifax operations after celebrating its first anniversary in Nova Scotia. The company, which provides technical solutions to the reinsurance industry, is headquarted in Halifax with clients in the United States, Europe and Bermuda. “Atlantic Canada has a vibrant tech start-up community which is offering a lot of mentorship, helping companies like Analyze Re succeed,” said Shivam Rajdev, chief operating officer, Analyze Re. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has signed a six-year incentive agreement with Analyze Re. The agreement is for up to 50 jobs, which would be more than $10 million in salary and provincial personal income taxes of about $1.15 million. The company would earn up to $792,750 in payroll rebates from NSBI’s Strategic Investment Funds. “There are many reasons why Nova Scotia is a great location for us,” said Adrian Bentley, CEO of Analyze Re. “We have a major client base in Bermuda, which is in the same time zone as Halifax. This, coupled with highly educated and skilled labour force, made perfect sense to us to be located here. It is also a great place to raise a family and there is a strong sense of community, which is something that we have really appreciated since immigrating here.” Funding from Innovacorp supported the company’s research and development, demonstrating how the province’s different agencies and tools work together to support the unique needs of innovative start-up companies. When Flagstone Reinsurance was acquired in 2012, the three founders of Analyze Re turned down several job offers from global firms to start a new company and stay in Nova Scotia. Reinsurance is insurance purchased by insurance companies to help manage risk. “NSBI is delivering on its growth strategies for Nova Scotia’s financial services sector and we have attracted companies in fund administration, reinsurance, captive management, due diligence and insurance,” said Peter MacAskill, vice-president, NSBI. “Analyze Re represents a new opportunity that includes financial services and new technology (IT).” For more information on Analyze Re, visit .last_img read more


Awareness camp on legal services in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: A legal awareness service camp was organised by the department of District Legal Services Authority, South Dinajpur unit, in association with Balurghat civic authorities on Monday afternoon.The objective of the camp, in which around 100 people took part, was to provide information on legal services to people. “None should be deprived of getting legal services. People are not informed about various aspects of law. We have organised the camp to help them,” said the secretary of the department of District Legal Services Authority Soumendranath Roy. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMember of the district child welfare committee Suraj Das, who took part in the camp, said: “We discussed many important topics, including cyber crimes, elderly citizens’ legal aid and complications related to their name enrolment for pension and providing aid to those people, who are attached to agricultural sector.” “Everyone should know about their rights and the legal assistance they are entitled to so that no one can cheat them. We interacted with the participants of the camp through a question-and-answer session,” said a legal assistant Jaya Mondal.last_img read more


Five things about the federal budget

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberals’ last budget of this mandate sets the stage for the October federal election and includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum. But there are also gaps in spending for some groups.Here’s what the budget does and doesn’t do, for five key voting groups:VeteransThe Liberals will enter the election campaign facing an uphill battle with veterans after Tuesday’s federal budget promised some new money to those who have served in uniform but otherwise failed to address the community’s largest grievances.The budget includes funding for chronic-pain research, for survivors of veterans who married after they were 60 years old, for measures to ease the transition from military to civilian life and for Second World War commemorations.But it doesn’t make any changes to the Trudeau government’s controversial disability pension plan, which will come into effect on April 1. The plan has been blasted by many veterans as falling far short of what the Liberals promised in the last election and was recently found by the parliamentary budget officer to provide less support for the most severely injured veterans than the current system of benefits.SeniorsTo help aging Canadians with soaring drug costs in Canada, the budget promises a new agency to buy drugs in bulk and cut Canadian medication costs as a first step toward a national pharmacare plan. Ottawa is also promising to spend $500 million a year, starting in 2022, on subsidizing drugs that treat rare diseases. The government says it intends to work with provinces, territories and other partners to develop the mandate for the national drug agency, with Health Canada to receive $35 million over four years starting in 2019-2020 to create an office to support the plan.Over 420,000 seniors in Canada have been diagnosed with dementia — and the rate of seniors living with this debilitating disease is on the rise. That’s why government will spend $50 million over five years in a new national dementia strategy.To help with retirement costs, the budget also proposes to enhance the guaranteed income supplement’s earnings exemption, beginning next year, so seniors can work part-time and still see financial benefits.EnvironmentalistsMore Canadians are choosing to drive zero-emission vehicles and the federal government wants to help make them more affordable. An investment of $300 million over three years will see Transport Canada introduce a subsidy of up to $5,000 for electric-battery or hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles that cost less than $45,000.Natural Resources Canada will also get $130 over five years to deploy new recharging and refuelling stations in workplaces, public parking lots, commercial and multi-unit residential buildings and in remote locations.Immediate expensing will be provided to a full-range of zero-emission vehicles so that businesses that want to switch over their fleets can recoup their costs faster.FarmersDairy, egg and poultry farmers who lose money because of Canada’s recent free-trade agreements will receive billions of dollars in compensation.The budget sets aside $2.15 billion over the coming years for supply-managed farmers who lose income because of the country’s trade deals with Europe and the Pacific Rim.Another $1.5 billion is being earmarked to compensate farmers who lose money when they sell their stakes in the three protected domestic markets, which Canada agreed in each of the agreements to open up to more foreign competition.Meanwhile, pork producers who have been watching a spread of African swine fever among pigs in parts of Asia and Europe may breathe easier thanks to a plan to increase monitoring for this disease at international airports. The Canada Border Services Agency will receive $31 million over the next five years, with up to $5.8 annually after, to increase the number of detector dogs at airports across the country.MillenialsReal-estate prices in some of Canada’s largest cities have increased beyond many young would-be buyers’ reach — something the Liberals have long promised to address.Tuesday’s budget announces measures for qualifying buyers to be able to have the government pick up part of the cost of their mortgages to lower their monthly payments, with the amount of help depending on their income and whether they’re buying a newly built or existing home.Changes are also being planned to allow Canadians to raise the amount they can pull from their retirement savings plans to fund the purchase of their first homes, from $25,000 to $35,000, and to allow people whose marriages or common-law partnerships break down to dip into those savings a second time.To help Canadians still struggling to save for their education and repay their student loans, The budget proposes changes to the interest rate on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans.In addition, legislative changes will be made so that student loans no longer accumulate interest during the six-month non-repayment “grace” period after a student borrower leaves school.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Sir Ranulph Fiennes Global Reach Challenge

first_imgTMF Group is proud to announce its sponsorship of the ‘Global Reach Challenge’; renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ world record breaking attempt to become the first person to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on every continent.TMF Group brand ambassador Sir Ranulph Fiennes holds Marie Curie banner at the top of Mount ElbrusTMF Group brand ambassador, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has just returned from climbing Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. He has already successfully summited Mount Everest in Asia (2009) and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa (2004) as well as reaching both the North and South Poles by crossing the Antarctic continent and the Arctic Ocean.In a race to secure the record before anyone else, the 72-year old will climb four more mountains in less than a year; Mount Carstensz in New Guinea (Australasia), Mount Vinson in Antarctica, Aconcagua in Argentina (South America), and finally Denali, the highest peak in North America and one of the world’s most dangerous and difficult mountains to climb.Sir Ranulph’s progress, photos and videos related to the Global Reach Challenge can be tracked on a dedicated website.Sir Ranulph outlined his reasons for undertaking the challenge: “In 2009, I was the first person to complete what was then The Grand Slam, which was, and was established in the New York Explorers Club and everywhere else, as being the first person to cross the Arctic Ocean, on the surface of the Arctic Ocean, and the Antarctic Continent, and the highest mountain, Everest – known as the third Pole.“However, I then learnt that the goal-posts had been moved by the global adventure community. And now The Grand Slam has been expanded so that it is the Arctic, the Antarctic and, not just Everest, but the highest mountain on all seven continents.”Along with the goal to achieve the world record, Sir Ranulph is also on a mission to raise funds for Marie Curie, a UK-based charity that provides vital care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families, across the country.“Climbing four mountains in a short space of time will definitely be a challenge,” explained Fiennes. “Especially Denali in Alaska, which only had an 18% success rate during this year’s season. However, with local expertise and know-how, I would really like to have a go as this endeavour also raises money for Marie Curie – a very worthwhile cause.”The Global Reach Challenge is financially sponsored by TMF Group, a leading provider of global business services that specialises in helping companies to expand into new territories and invest across international borders.Fiennes went on: “Our sponsor is TMF Group who, for any company or even individual who wants to set up in remote areas or expand their company, has the expertise of dealing with local people and local problems to enable companies to set up abroad. So like our sponsor, we need to do everything meticulously in a remote area and that’s what we’re good at.”Frederik van Tuyll, CEO of TMF Group added: “Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the world’s greatest living explorer. He has inspired many for generations with his perseverance and dedication, and has pushed himself to the extreme to complete some of the world’s most gruelling and difficult challenges.“He has shown that to succeed in remote areas requires not only tremendous ambition but also detailed local knowledge and expertise – so he surrounds himself with a strong team, all experts in their field. TMF Group understands this too, and is excited to be part of the Global Reach Challenge team.”last_img read more


WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin to visit Sri Lanka

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, travels to Sri Lanka on Friday at the invitation of the Government to attend the launch of the National Strategic Review on Food Security and Nutrition, which will help shape and inform the country’s ongoing efforts to achieve the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2) of zero hunger.The launch will bring together  Government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society, academia,  the private sector and UN agencies. The research was led by Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and the South Asia Policy and Research Institute. Cousin will also travel to Monaragala where she will meet people involved in WFP’s programmes to build the resilience of vulnerable communities in the face of frequent climate-related shocks, such as the current drought. (Colombo Gazette) During her visit, Cousin will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, as well as ministers and senior government officials with whom WFP collaborates in efforts to build food and nutrition security in the country. read more


Annan appoints former US President George HW Bush as envoy for quake

“I am delighted that President Bush has accepted to play this role,” Mr. Annan said, introducing Mr. Bush in his new capacity. “I know the Pakistani authorities are too. We know that he is going to bring extraordinary leadership and attention to this terrible tragedy.” He will work to mobilize and sustain the political will of the international community “to ensure that the pledges that have been made are promptly converted to cash, so that the recovery and reconstruction and emergency activities can continue,” he said. He will also, Mr. Annan said, work with the Government and people of Pakistan to ensure their coordination with the UN and its development agencies, regional organizations, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations. Former President Bush, along with his successor, former President Bill Clinton, were named by President George W. Bush to lead private fundraising efforts in the US in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, after which Mr. Clinton became the UN’s Special Envoy for regions affected by that disaster. The devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale that struck South Asia on 8 October killed more than 73,000 people in Pakistan and 1,300 in India. An additional 69,000 people in Pakistan were injured as a result of the quake. In a rapid response to the disaster, the UN provided search-and-rescue and other life-saving assistance on the ground and launched a Flash Appeal for humanitarian assistance, asking for $500 million, of which $226 has already been committed. A donor conference, focused on support for national reconstruction efforts, was organized by the Government of Pakistan in Islamabad on 19 November, at which nearly $6 billion was pledged. read more


Security Council must take over IsraeliPalestinian peace efforts – UN rapporteur

The Quartet – which comprises the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – was too influenced by certain powers and the UN role had been undermined and minimized as a result, John Dugard told the Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) yesterday.Mr. Dugard, who is the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, also expressed misgivings about the Road Map, the Quartet-sponsored plan which calls for Israelis and Palestinians to live side-by-side in two States.The Road Map was entirely within the control of the Quartet, and that grouping had not shown itself to be impartial, he said, noting its stance on the imposition of economic measures following the election of a Hamas-led government in January.In response to questions from Committee delegates, Mr. Dugard said he did not think the Human Rights Council or General Assembly could achieve much on this issue and it was therefore up to the Security Council to assert responsibility.Israel and the Palestinians must also begin direct talks as soon as possible, especially on the issue of the permanent status of the Palestinian territories.Mr. Dugard said the situation inside the Palestinian territories had worsened markedly since late June. In the Gaza Strip, Israel had conducted a brutal assault that was excessive and without military purpose, wrecking key infrastructure and creating a humanitarian crisis. In the West Bank, Israel continued to build a separation barrier that left Palestinians cut off from schools, hospitals and workplaces.Following criticism by Israel’s representative on the Committee that his report was one-sided, Mr. Dugard said it was understood that his mandate was limited to investigating human rights violations by Israelis and not by Palestinians. read more


US newhome sales tumble 81 per cent in June to annual rate

WASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.New home sales fell 8.1 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The report also revised down the May sales rate to 442,000 from 504,000.Buying of new homes fell 20 per cent in the Northeast, followed by less extreme declines in the Midwest, South and West. The modest sales caused the inventory of new homes on the market to increase to 5.8 months, the highest since October 2011.The median sales price was $273,500, up 5.3 per cent over the past 12 months.Home sales had been improving through the middle of 2013, only to stumble over the past 12 months due to a mix of rising prices, higher mortgage rates and meagre wage growth.The pressures from mortgage rates have eased since the start of 2014 and the pace of price increases have slowed. Still, other indicators suggest that home-buying has stalled after rebounding from lows reached during the Great Recession.The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes increased 2.6 per cent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million homes. It marked the first time that sales have been above the 5 million-mark since October.Economists were encouraged by the second straight monthly gain in existing home sales, though those sales are still hovering below the recent peak of 5.38 million sales hit last July.Nasty winter storms weighed on sales of both existing and new homes in late 2013 and early 2014, making it unlikely that sales can match last year’s pace. Sales of existing homes are expected to be below the 5.1 million homes bought last year and the 5.5 million annual sales that would be consistent with a healthy housing market.Still, there are indications that sales could pick up.Along with the arrival of spring, average mortgage rates have dropped to 4.13 per cent, from 4.53 per cent at the beginning of this year, according to Freddie Mac. The rate of price gains has slowed as the inventory of homes for sale has improved. But wage growth has barely kept pace with inflation, reducing how much income people have to spend and save for down payments. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US new-home sales tumble 8.1 per cent in June to annual rate of 406,000 by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 8:29 am MDT read more


Ritchie Bros to open new Geelong facility in Victoria

first_imgRitchie Bros Auctioneers is set to celebrate the grand opening of its new auction facility at its Geelong site, including a new 2,489 m2 auction building, on March 19, 2013. Company officials will be joined by local dignitaries, who will cut the official grand opening ribbon during a mid-morning ceremony in the main auction theatre. More than 800 heavy equipment items and trucks are currently featured in the Geelong grand opening auction, with more items being added daily. All items will be sold unreserved to the highest bidders on auction day, regardless of price. “We have been conducting auctions in Geelong since 2009 and are proud to offer our customers a new state-of-the-art auction facility,” said Warwick Mackrell, Vice President, Sales, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers.“The site was made with the purpose of making it as easy as possible for contractors to buy and sell equipment locally, across all of Australia and to markets around the world from this one location. And, as with all our unreserved auctions, we are open to the public so we invite everyone to come and check out the auction and the great selection of featured equipment.” The Geelong auction site is now over 40 acres and is located just off the Princes Freeway, less than an hour’s drive west of Melbourne. The new auction building consists of a registration area, a 670-seat main auction theatre where items are brought over a ramp in front of the seated crowd while being sold. There is also a 500-seat capacity Virtual Ramp theatre, where items are shown on a screen while being sold. All equipment items will be on site leading up to auction day, and interested buyers are encouraged to come to the site ahead of time to test and check out the equipment prior to auction day. Equipment highlights in the auction include hydraulic excavators, crawler tractors, wheel loaders, and articulated dump trucks.last_img read more


Masked gang attack three men with sledgehammers

first_imgUpdated 7.54pmONE MAN WAS hospitalised and two others sustained injuries after they were attacked by a masked gang armed with sledgehammers and baseballs bats at a house in Northern Ireland last night.The attack happened just after 10pm on Monday night at the house in Castle Park in Derry when the four masked men entered the house and carried out the attack.One of the victims, a 20-year-old man, was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries to his arm and head. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.The two other men who were assaulted did not receive serious injuries, the PSNI said.Police investigating the attack have asked for anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has any information to contact the PSNI.Originally posted 9.42amRead: Haass talks in Belfast end without agreement >last_img read more

NHIB gets 4 million more says Premier Robinson

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 20, 2017 – The National Health Insurance Plan has received that additional $4 million dollars to save its operations.  A report in November by then interim CEO, Tamera Robinson exposed a dire need for $6.1 million and the former PNP Administration immediately made $2 million available through the Contingency Fund to save the ailing public health care plan.Premier Sharlene Robinson, in that meeting with the media explained that the review is still set and that an audit will tell a comprehensive story about what NHIP requires to function effectively and contentiously.#MagneticNewsMedia Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Rosh Lowe

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. General Assignment ReporterRosh Lowe joined WSVN in 2002 from WFTX in Fort Myers. During that time he has scored some of the biggest exclusive stories in town.Follow @rloweon7He was the only reporter to interview Scott Rothstein, the accused mastermind of a 1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme and the first to interview his wife Kim. Rosh was the South Florida reporter that broke the news that NFL star Donte Stallworth was over the legal limit when he hit and killed a man.Rosh has covered major national stories such as the serial sniper in Washington D.C., the Michael Hernandez murder trail and the most recent OJ Simpson trial.A native of New York, Rosh earned his Master’s Degree in Journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism. He is a recipient of an Associated Press Award and also a Best News Story of the Year Award from Emmis Communications.Rosh lives in Miami and is an avid runner. last_img read more

Selena Gomez To Star In Woody Allen Movie For Amazon

first_img Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 4:56 pm Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez: 58th GRAMMY Fashion Cam Selena Gomez To Star In Woody Allen Movie For Amazon As for new music? Gomez has been riding high with recent singles “Bad Liars” and “Fetish” featuring Gucci Mane, and she’s been hard at work on finding a through line for her follow-up album to 2015’s Revival.”I’ve been in the studio for a year,” Gomez told Carson Daly during a radio interview in June. “So I can technically say I have an album, but I don’t know where I want to go with it because of how different everything sounds.”Miley Cyrus Announces New Album, Younger Now Twitter Singer/actress sets sight on latest film project — is a new album far off?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 8, 2017 – 5:01 pm GRAMMY.comWe may have a fetish for her music, but we’re also hooked on Selena Gomez onscreen as well.The singer will star in a forthcoming Woody Allen film, also set to feature Elle Fanning and Timothée Chalamet. While details for the as-yet-untitled project are few and far between, the film will be released by Amazon Studios, which is riding the momentum of three Oscars at the 2017 Academy Awards.Gomez has made plenty of noise in film. In addition to recent starring roles in The Fundamentals Of Caring and In Dubious Battle, she served as the executive producer of the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. She also added her voice to the upcoming Hotel Transylvania 3, a 3-D computer-animated fantasy-comedy film set to bow in September 2018. Selena Gomez: Did You Hear About Her New Film? selena-gomez-star-woody-allen-movie-amazon News Facebook last_img read more


Ajay Singhs SpiceJet Rescue Plan Expected to be Finalised by Januaryend

first_imgBeleaguered budget carrier SpiceJet is expected to receive a bailout package before the end of January, raising the prospects of a last-minute rescue for the airline.The Sun Group-owned airline has been bleeding cash and has had to return some of its leased planes. It currently operates about 200 flights a day and with every passing day, the chance for continued operations diminishes.SpiceJet founder Ajay Singh, backed by US-based private equity funds, could take over the ailing airline, if the current owners exit and he plans to bring in about $200mn as fresh fund infusion.Singh submitted a detailed business plan to the government this week and a financial package is expected to be ready by the end of January — once the due diligence is completed, reports Reuters.Though SpiceJet declined to comment on the development, the beleaguered airline could see a new management on board by the end of the month, if the necessary approvals are received. The move would see the Marans exit the budget carrier and Ajay Singh return to the helm.The ill-fate of Vijay Malaya’s Kingfisher Airlines continues to reverberate across the industry and the government. And even after two years, the government is keen to avoid another airline perish. ReutersMeanwhile, Air Vistara, a joint-venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines started operations on Friday. The full-service airline plans to offer a better value proposition with its economy, premium economy and business class seatings.last_img read more