Despite uncertainty around her injury, Lycha Ebon confident she can return this season

first_imgFEU rookie Lycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University’s star rookie Lycha Ebon is set to undergo another MRI scan to fully determine the extent of her knee injuryFEU Athletic Director Mark Molina said on Friday that Ebon, who suffered the injury last on April 24, will be out for another three weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Marck Espejo back in town as overseas grind takes toll on his shoulder Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Lycha will be re-evaluated after the Holy Week and for sure she’ll be out until the 21st of April. Maybe the Monday or Tuesday after Easter she’ll be reevaluated,” said Molina after FEU’s 25-15, 16-25, 12-25, 25-22, 17-15 win over University of the East.“We can’t say for sure what happened to Lycha but we’ll know after three weeks.”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, logisticsEbon had amassed a total of 115 points before her injury and she was the fifth best scorer in the league at that time.Molina said that Dr. Randy Molo is also hesitant to give a full diagnosis since Ebon’s first MRI was done almost immediately after the game. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “He’s seen Lycha he wants to test it after three weeks and then maybe to do another MRI,” said Molina. “We’ll see if she can still play this season.”Ebon us confident that her injury isn’t that severe even though she’s heard people say that it could be a torn anterior cruciate ligament.“I’m not scared and I don’t know why I’m like this even though some people say it might be an ACL injury,” said Ebon in Filipino. “I think it’s not the case because I can still move it around.”If Ebon does recover in time, she’ll miss FEU’s games against University of the Philippines, National University, Ateneo, and University of Santo Tomas.“I will go to therapy and functional stability exercises and whatever the coaches tell me to do I have to do it,” said Ebon. “And yes I’m confident I can come back this season.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli takes defeat in stride after another shoddy RCB performance

first_imgVirat Kohli ran out of partners as he waged a lone war against Rising Pune Supergiant’s bowlers as Royal Challengers Bangalore succumbed to a 61-run loss, their third on the trot. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chances of qualifying for the play-offs virtually ended in this season of the Indian Premier League.In the 18th over of Bangalore’s chase of Pune’s total of 157/3, Kohli’s lone resistance finally came to an end. Kohli found substitute fielder Mayank Agarwal off a full delivery from Dan Christian after losing eight partners.  Captain Kohli, in a post match interview, reiterated his point of performing as a team and his teams collective failure again with the bat. “I think it’s for everyone to see. We lost that game. It’s hard for a captain to stand here and talk when the team is performing like this,” he said.The fear of failing have been hunting the batsmen of Bangalore, Kohli accepted, saying that they have to take it in their stride.”Just got take it in my stride, got to move forward and learn from these kind of games. We are trying hard, but it’s the lack of intent. Guys are fearful of getting out and failing. We lost that game rather than them winning it,” he added.Kohli made it clear that the his Bangalore team would now be able to ‘freely’ play the remaining four games in this year’s IPL.”We are almost not in the race for the play-offs. We just got to enjoy the remaining four games and not worry about of failing,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Showtime hit with lawsuits over Mayweather fight pay per view

first_imgTwo U.S. boxing fans have filed lawsuits against cable TV provider Showtime over the quality of the livestream for the much-hyped weekend fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.Two separate lawsuits, filed in Oregon federal court by Portland resident Zack Bartel and by Victor Mallh in New York federal court, seek class-action status for what they allege were failures in Showtime’s pay-per-view livestream of the match in Las Vegas.Bartel and Mallh said they had paid $99.95 to Showtime to watch the match.Bartel’s unlawful trade practices lawsuit said that instead of being a “witness to history” as promotions for the fight had promised, all he saw was “grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls.”Mallh’s breach-of-contract lawsuit said his service continually logged out and when he was able to watch, “the pictures were delayed, cutting out, or otherwise incomplete.” Both are seeking jury trials.Showtime, a unit of CBS Corp (CBS.N), said it could not comment on ongoing litigation.Chris DeBlasio, senior vice president of sports communications at Showtime, said, however, the network was offering limited refunds to those who bought the fight through its pay-per-view app.”While we at Showtime received a very limited amount of complaints, we will issue a full refund to any customers who purchased the event directly from Showtime and were unable to receive the telecast,” DeBlasio said.Mayweather beat mixed martial arts champion McGregor in a 10th-round technical knockout on Saturday in what was thought to be one of the richest boxing matches of all time.advertisementlast_img read more

Semenya, Lyles cruise to Diamond League trophies

first_imgZurich, Aug 31 (AFP) South African Caster Semenya wrapped up another fantastic season by claiming the women’s 800m trophy in the Diamond League on Thursday as American sprint hope Noah Lyles took the 200m crown. “It was just fantastic,” said Semenya, who won in 1min 55.27sec, more than 2sec ahead of American Ajee Wilson in second. “It has been a long month of racing for me and I feel it on my body. “I am consistent at this level, but the world record is actually not on my mind,” said Semenya, the double Olympic champion (2012, 2016) and three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2017) who is now unbeaten over the 800m since her elimination in the semi-finals of the 2015 worlds in Beijing. It was a fitting end to the season for the 27-year-old, who did a Commonwealth double in the Gold Coast early in the season but then came under the spotlight off the track as she turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in her challenge of IAAF rules on testosterone levels in female athletes to be introduced in November. Under the new regulations, “hyper-androgynous”, athletes like Semenya would have to chemically lower their testosterone levels to be able to compete, something the 800m runner says is discriminatory and in violation of the IAAF’s constitution and the Olympic Charter. Lyles was one of the headline acts in Zurich and the 21-year-old made no mistake as he won the 200m in 19.67sec, just two-hundredths off his personal best set in Monaco last month. It was Lyles’ fifth win on the Diamond League circuit this season, with Turkey’s world and European champion Ramil Guliyev coming in second in 19.98sec.advertisement “I came here for the win and I did it, I’m very happy,” said Lyles. The women’s blue riband event saw Britain’s newly-crowned European champion Dina Asher-Smith, who struck triple gold in Berlin after also winning the 200m and taking the 4x100m relay with her British team, clocked 11.08sec to take second in the 100m. Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor having false started, Asher-Smith finished behind Murielle Ahoure in 11.01sec with another Ivorian, Marie-Josee Ta Lou, in third. “Before the African championships I had to pull out and I was so disappointed to miss out on them,” said Ahoure. “I wasn’t sure about my shape then. I wanted to do at least one more race and I’m so happy to come here and to win it.” – Walsh, Stefanidi shine -========================== In the field, New Zealand’s Tom Walsh wrapped up his shot put trophy with a meetig and Diamond League record of 22.60m. And Greece’s double defending title holder Ekaterina Stefanidi continued the form that saw her clinch European gold for a third successive title. Stefanidi, with the world, Olympic and European titles to her name, cleared a best of 4.87m to nudge out American Sandi Morris, who holds the season’s best. Disappointingly, Norwegian teenager Jakob Ingebrigtsen was a late withdrawal because of sickness, having himself only been named in the field as a late replacement. Aged just 17, he took gold in both the men’s 1500m and 5000m at the Berlin Euros, but in his absence in Zurich, Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot timed 3:30.27 to beat out compatriot and current world champion Elijah Manangoi to defend his Diamond League trophy. China’s Lijao Gong having won the women’s shot put a day before the main action in Brussels, 15 Diamond League disciplines remain to be decided at a sell-out King Baudouin II stadium on Friday. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool battle Bayern Munich for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner

first_imgLiverpool battle Bayern Munich for RB Leipzig striker Timo Wernerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are chasing a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.Abendzeitung says Werner is one of the most coveted frontmen in European football and has dropped a massive hint that he could join Bayern Munich.But Jurgen Klopp’s side are also in the hunt to land the 22-year-old. Werner has been scouted by the Reds on numerous occasions and he’s being discussed as a target. The striker has said this week: “There are other clubs in the picture. If you play in Germany and want to stay in Germany, there is only one club in question (Bayern).” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

The Spun 2016 College Football Staff Picks: Week 7

first_imgCollege Football Week 7 picks by The Spun staff members.Things remain tight in our office picks contest for the full college football season. Last week, Matt Hladik was a pick clear of everyone else, and used the big week to take sole control of first place. He was 23-7 on the week. Revisit our Week 6 picks here.Here are the full office standings through six weeks:Record:Picks Back:1.Matt Hladik202-502.Andrew Holleran200-5223.Matt Lombardi196-5664.Dan Lyons194-5885.Andrew McCarty192-60106.Steve Driscoll191-61117.Kaitlin McCabe186-6616College Football Week 7 features 31 games that we’ll be picking this week. Friday night features two games involving Power Five conference team: No. 7 Louisville hosts Duke, and Mississippi State travels BYU. On Saturday, we have a huge game between Alabama and Tennessee in Knoxville, which could be a prelude to the SEC Championship Game, and a top 10 showdown in the Big Ten between Ohio State and Wisconsin. Again, there is a fair chance that game has a rematch in December.Here are our staff picks for every Power Five and Top 25 game for College Football Week 7.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 7 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCabeMcCarty7 Louisville vs. Dukelouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logoBYU vs. Mississippi StatebyuMississippi State LogobyuMississippi State LogobyubyuMississippi State LogoGeorgia vs. Vanderbiltgeorgiageorgiageorgiageorgiageorgiageorgiageorgia3 Clemson vs. N.C. Stateclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoMaryland vs. MinnesotaminnesotaMaryland LogominnesotaminnesotaMaryland LogoMaryland LogoMaryland LogoPurdue vs. Iowaiowaiowaiowaiowaiowaiowaiowa19 Oklahoma vs. Kansas StateoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaTexas Tech vs. 20 West Virginiawest virginiawest virginiatexastechwest virginiawest virginiawest virginiatexastechRutgers vs. IllinoisIllinois LogoIllinois LogorutgersrutgersIllinois LogoIllinois LogoIllinois LogoGeorgia Tech vs. Georgia So.georgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techVirginia vs. Pittpitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logo14 Florida State vs. Wake Forestflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoAkron vs. 24 Western Michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michigan11 Baylor vs. Kansasbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylor9 Tennessee vs. 1 Alabamaalabamatennessee logoalabamaalabamaalabamaalabamaalabamaArizona vs. USCuscarizonauscuscarizonaarizonauscIndiana vs. 10 Nebraskanebraskanebraskanebraskanebraskaindiananebraskaindiana16 Miami vs. North Carolinaunc logomiamimiamimiamiunc logomiamimiamiMichigan State vs. NorthwesternMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoSyracuse vs. 17 Virginia Techvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatech18 Florida vs. MissourifloridafloridafloridafloridafloridafloridafloridaOregon State vs. 21 Utahutahutahutahutahutahutahutah22 Arkansas vs. 12 Ole Missole missole missarkansasole missole missole missole miss13 Houston vs. TulsahoustonhoustonhoustonhoustonhoustonhoustonhoustonTexas vs. Iowa StatetexastexastexastexastexastexastexasLSU vs. Southern Mississippilsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logoNotre Dame vs. Stanfordnotre dame logostanfordnotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logoColorado vs. Arizona Statecoloradocoloradocoloradocoloradocoloradocoloradocolorado8 Wisconsin vs. 2 Ohio Stateohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logo15 Boise State vs. Colorado Stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateWashington State vs. UCLAuclauclawazzuuclauclawazzuuclaSeason Record196-56200-52194-58202-50191-61186-66192-60last_img read more

Michigan State vs. Oregon Officially Set For Redbox Bowl In Santa Clara

first_imgA general view of the San Francisco 49ers field with an American flag stretched across it.SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: A general view during the singing of the National Anthem before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Chicago Bears at Levi’s Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oregon and Michigan State football both had fairly middling seasons for programs of their recent stature, but they should make for an interesting post-season match-up. The two are officially set to face off in the Redbox Bowl.This is the first year of the Redbox bowl sponsorship. The game, played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca., was most recently the Foster Farms Bowl, and before that, the Kraft Foods and Diamond Foods Bowl.Oregon is 8-4 in its first season under Mario Cristobal. The team is on a two-game winning streak, beating Arizona State and blowing out rival Oregon State to close the season.Michigan State is limping into bowl season a bit. The team scored a total of 12 points in losses to Ohio State and Nebraska, and squeaked by a bad Rutgers team 14-10 to close a 7-5 campaign.?? Coming Soon – A New Year’s Eve matinee featuring @oregonfootball and @MSU_Football!#RedboxBowl #Pac12FB #B1GFootball?:— Redbox Bowl (@RedboxBowl) December 2, 2018The Oregon vs. Michigan State Redbox Bowl game will be played on December 31 at noon.The game will be broadcast on FOX.This is the first appearance for both programs in any iteration of this bowl game.Oregon and Michigan State have split their six all-time match-ups. They recently split a regular season home-and-home in 2014 and 2015, with Oregon blowing out Michigan State in Eugene in 2014 en route to the national championship game.Michigan State won the following year by three points. The Spartans made the College Football Playoff semifinal that year, losing to Alabama.The Ducks and Spartans have never played in a bowl game.last_img read more

Province Supports Industry at Hospitality Trade Show

first_img This year, Nova Scotia will again be the host of ApEx, AtlanticCanada’s largest trade show targeting Canada’s hotel, restaurantand institutional food service markets. The trade show takesplace from Sunday, April 18 to Tuesday, April 20 at ExhibitionPark in Halifax. “ApEx gives local companies the opportunity to promote and selltheir products to industry buyers from across the country,” saidAgriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Itsuccessfully brings together food service buyers and leadingsuppliers.” Each year, the province sponsors the registration of up to sixlocal food and beverage producing businesses, allowing companiesto participate that may not have otherwise been able. Of the 350exhibitors, more than 20 Nova Scotia companies will be presentshowcasing agriculture, seafood and beverage products. The eventwill also feature Atlantic Canada’s most innovative and modernfood service equipment available to industry. Since it began in 1954, the show’s attendance has increased bymore than 50 per cent, with more than 3,000 industryprofessionals attending last year. Increased participation isexpected to continue. ApEx is open to qualified industry buyers. The trade show isowned and operated by the Canadian Restaurant and Food ServicesAssociation and the producers of HostEx, Canada’s largesthospitality event. For more information please visit the websiteat . AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Province Supports Industry at HospitalityTrade Showlast_img read more

Province Launches Air Quality Health Pilot Program

first_imgNova Scotia marks Clean Air Day today, June 2, with enhancements to the Air Quality Health Index. From June to October, Nova Scotia will test a new Air Quality Health Index advisory system. Notifications will be issued to local media and posted to Environment Canada’s Weather Office website if the index indicates an increased health risk. The new advisory system will provide an additional means of notifying Nova Scotians when air pollution levels become elevated. Nova Scotia’s Air Quality Health Index typically resides in the low risk category. “We are taking action to make life better for families across the province”, said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “This system provides valuable information about air quality in our communities, helping to protect the health of Nova Scotians and our environment.” The Air Quality Health Index is especially useful for Nova Scotians at risk from air pollution including seniors, children, those with heart or lung disease, and people who are physically active outdoors. “This system helps Nova Scotians protect their health by encouraging them to be informed and, if needed, to adjust their activity level and time spent outdoors,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. The index has been available in the province since 2008 with hourly updates posted online. The Air Quality Health Index is provided for Halifax, Sydney, Greenwood and Kentville and will extend to Pictou and Port Hawkesbury this month. “With the addition of Pictou and Port Hawkesbury, the index is now available in 49 communities across the country,” said federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. “The AQHI is an excellent example of local, provincial and federal governments working together to protect the health of Canadians.” Nova Scotia is the first province to test this public advisory system. The system is a partnership of the Department of Environment, Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection, Environment Canada and Health Canada. People who want to receive Air Quality Health Index updates directly can sign up for Environment Canada’s e-Smog Plus service at . For more information on the Air Quality Health Index and advisory program visit Nova Scotia Department of Environment’s website at .last_img read more

Fighting fire with defiance Some stay home in BC to protect homes

first_imgRise Johansen is among many British Columbians who have decided against obeying an evacuation order because of a wildfire, choosing instead to remain behind in Takysie to help others who are staying in their homes.On Friday, she said the sun was out and the smoke had lifted slightly.“It’s a very odd experience because sometimes you wouldn’t even hardly know there’s a fire,” said Johansen, the co-owner of Takysie Lake Resort.She and her husband are two of the last people left in a tiny community of about 20 homes on Takysie Lake in central B.C. As fires snaked through the area this summer, many homes were evacuated — even the Johansens left before returning.“We just went down the road a little bit and then we’ve come back,” Johansen said in a telephone interview on Friday. “We didn’t feel like we were in imminent danger the night they started to evacuate.”She said the couple will stay as long as they feel safe. They run a store, resort, gas station and restaurant, and have had a steady stream of people coming to them for everything from a cup of coffee to gas for their vehicles.The BC Wildfire Service said more than 550 fires were burning Friday in all areas of the province. Sixty were considered fires of note, meaning they either posed a threat to people and property or were highly visible. Most were in the province’s southeast.Winds complicated the battle against many fires, including two with a combined area of more than 1,000 square kilometres southwest of Burns Lake and along the south shore of Francois Lake, where some people have defied an evacuation order to protect their land.Rodney Holland, chief administrative officer at nearby Fraser Lake, said evacuation orders are based on personal safety, although adults have the option of defying the orders. He said he understands why people would, based on an underlying belief that nobody will protect their property as diligently as they would.Johansen was also critical of the response to the fires by government agencies.“The boots on the ground are all awesome. The guys and the gals are working their asses off,” she said. “But the system of how this is being taken care of is immensely flawed. And that’s why so many people have stayed here — and I hate to use the word defied, but defied the evacuation order — because we don’t have enough faith in the people making the decisions.”Holland said it is “frustrating” that some people are not happy with the government’s handling of the fires.“From everything that we’ve seen, everybody’s who’s responding to this fire is doing the very best possible,” he said. “We can’t control Mother Nature — Mother Nature is much bigger than us and the first responders and it’s sad that these people … are sitting back and criticizing. It’s just sad.”Some members of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation have also defied evacuation orders and have stayed behind to protect their homes.Dana Glanville, who wrote a letter to the government following a public meeting in Grassy Plains, said she’s frustrated that authorities aren’t using valuable local knowledge to fight the fires and dismissed suggestions that local residents are naive or unprepared.“These are seasoned people who are farm people and loggers and contractors and many of them have had extensive experience fighting fires of all sizes and types for many, many years,” she said Thursday. “They’re not wet behind the ears by any stroke of the imagination.”Glanville said between 100 and 150 residents on the south side of Francois Lake stayed behind to protect the land.“It’s home. It’s a beautiful little corner of the province,’ said Glanville, a former forestry technician. “It’s wild, it’s free. It’s filled with probably some of the last very, very self-reliant, hard-working, honest people.”Ginger Moyah, a resident of the south side of the lake, on Saturday attempted to organize a last-minute blockade of millions of dollars of firefighting equipment when contractor Safeguard was redirected to another fire complex.Moyah said she’s frustrated her community has lost three houses over the past several days, which she believes could have been saved.Kelsey Winter of the BC Wildfire Service said the decision to divert the contractors to a different fire complex was made based on discussions with Safeguard, which said its fire suppression tool was ill-suited for the area around Francois Lake.Winter said the tool in question requires deep water reserves in flat areas, and was designed to save buildings that are more densely packed together.“Unfortunately in the areas of this fire where the tool would be effective, the water sources were insufficient, or the terrain was too challenging, and there was a significant distance between structures,” she said.“Even though this is the Lake district, the water sources weren’t the correct fit for that particular system.”— With files from Amy Smart and Spencer Harwood in Vancouverlast_img read more

RCMP on scene after small plane crash occurs east of Grande Prairie

first_imgUPDATE – At 2:03 p.m. today the RCMP responded to a plane crash involving a Basic Ultralight plane. Attending EMS pronounced the 43-year-old male pilot, from Saskatchewan, deceased.There were no other occupants in the plane.No information will be provided by the RCMP in relation to the cause of the crash.  Transportation Safety Board of Canada has carriage of the investigation. GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Grande Prairie RCMP were on the scene of a small plane crash that occurred near Range Road 52 at approximately 2:03 p.m.RCMP along with fire crews and Emergency Medical services confirmed that there was only one person in the plane when it crashed.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada was contacted and they will be conducting an investigation into what caused the crash.Update: The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been Contacted and will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash. – RCMP Release #gpab #countyofgp @TSBCanada— William Vavrek (@williamvavrek) July 31, 2018This is a developing story and we will have more information when it becomes available.last_img read more

Climate change talks making good progress UN official says

According to Michael Zammit Cutajar, negotiating groups have been set up at the 7th session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention to address the technical and legal aspects of decisions on various issues. Work is expected to continue on those issues until Tuesday night, in order to finalize the technical agreements that will be forwarded as draft decisions to the Conference’s three-day High-level segment that will begin on Wednesday, 7 November, Mr. Cutajar said.

Annan selects commanders of UN peacekeepers in Liberia and DR of Congo

The names were sent to the Security Council on Monday, according to a spokesman for the Secretary-General.For the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Mr. Annan has chosen Lt.-Gen. Daniel Ishmael Opande of Kenya, the current Force Commander of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). Some 3,500 soldiers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are set to don UN blue helmets Wednesday to become the first members of the UN force, which will eventually number 15,000 troops.General Opande, 50, is a graduate of the British Army Cadet School at Sandhurst, the British Army Staff College and the United States National Defence University, and a former director of the of Kenya’s National Defence College.Meanwhile, Mr. Annan has selected Maj.-Gen. Samaila Iliya of Nigeria to head military operations for the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC). He has previously participated in UN peacekeeping operations in Lebanon and Rwanda.General Iliya, 51, is expected to assume his command on 1 January, succeeding Maj.-Gen. Mountaga Diallo of Senegal, who will be completing his tour of duty at the end of the year.General Iliya is a graduate of the Nigerian Military School, and advanced courses in France and the United States, and a former Chief of Administration of the Nigerian army.Under General Diallo’s command, MONUC “evolved from a small military observer mission to a major, multidimensional peacekeeping operation with a strength of 10,800 military personnel,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.”The Secretary-General expresses his gratitude for the outstanding contribution made by Major-General Diallo to the DRC peace process,” he added. read more

Womxn row as companies worry the word women excludes transgender people

Companies have come under fire for using the word “womxn” instead of “woman,” after worrying the latter word excludes transgender people.Feminists have argued that it is biological women who are being excluded by the newly popular word, and that no one calls men “mxn.”The Wellcome Collection apologised on Wednesday after being criticised for using the word to describe women and non-gender-conforming people in promotional material for its new exhibition “daylighting”, a piece of artwork that “explores the presence of womxn through their art, thinking and speculations”.Jess Phillips, the MP for Birmingham Yardley said in response: “I’ve never met a trans woman who was offended by the word woman being used, so I’m not sure why this keeps happening. As if internet dissent now replaces public policy. I get what they are trying to do but why is it only women not men where this applies.”Feminist campaigner Carolie Criado Perez agreed, adding: “What the hell? You can’t just make up words Writer Gregory Norminton tweeted:  “This is bonkers. Women aren’t even allowed to have an undisfigured word to denote them. Please be consistent and refer to men as mxn.”Her Stories responded: “For this year’s edition, we chose to use the term ‘womxn’ in some of our communications around the art auction to reflect our emphasis on inclusivity. As the use of the term has recently created a distraction from the purpose in our work of raising money for these fantastic charities, we are revising our communications to use the term ‘women’, with confidence that we remain inclusive and focused on our purpose: this year, Her Stories has received generous donations of work from more than 25 women artists, which will be sold via Auction to raise money for Women for Refugee Women, Ella’s Home and Maternity Action.”An H&M spokesperson said: “H&M does not use the term ‘womxn’ in any of our communications. We are pleased to support Her Stories and the three charity partners that they are working with this year.” “Who are these ‘collaborators’ that told you it was ok to wholesale change the word for 50% of the human race? “Aside: I’m really fed up of women being just a big grab bag of anyone who isn’t a proper default human, aka a man. Read some bloody de Beauvoir & pull your head out of your a–.” We’ve had some questions about why we’re using the word womxn for this event. We’re using it because we feel that it is important to create a space/venue that includes diverse perspectives. It was agreed during our conversations with collaborators as the programme developed.— Wellcome Collection (@ExploreWellcome) October 9, 2018 Writer Deborah Orr responded angrily to the museum, writing “Fxxx off.”A spokesperson for the museum apologised, adding that the word will no longer be used.They said in a statement: “We should have put more thought into whether this was the right term to use when communicating about the event. We made a mistake, and we should not have used it. We’re sorry that we made the wrong call. “We invite challenges to our thinking and we listen to our audience, so we’re removing the word from the website and from our communications about the event.”Clothing shop H&M has also been criticised by feminists, after an event it is sponsoring used the word.Her Stories, a fundraising initiative, advertises that it is supporting “charities dedicated to womxn seeking asylum and refuge in the U.K. Spelling women differently to emphasise inclusivity, the organisation has launched the first womxn-only art auction; for womxn, by womxn.” One customer tweeted to the company:“Have you seen this and do you support the use of #womxn?  If so, you have lost me as a customer. I am outraged as an actual #woman.”Another said: “I don’t know who this is meant to please! Women of colour are still women, FFS. And non-binary people are rejecting the woman label, so why would they want something as similar as ‘womxn’ to include them??” I’ve never met a trans woman who was offended by the word woman being used, so I’m not sure why this keeps happening. As if internet dissent now replaces public policy. I get what they are trying to do but why is it only women not men where this applies.— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) October 10, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

National effort is needed to save the Sugar Industry

Dear Editor,I appeal to the Governing Authorities, represented by the Executive Government and the Parliamentary political parties; and to GUYSUCO, the recognised Trade Unions in the Sugar Industry, the Private Sector, the national trade union bodies, and other interested stakeholders and individuals to meet at high level National Consultations to confer in good faith on ways to save and revitalise the Sugar Industry of Guyana to make it a viable and profitable industry again, from the growing of sugar canes to the manufacturing of sugar and its by-products.The Government, led by His Excellency David Granger, has a critical facilitating and enabling role to bring the relevant stakeholders together to arrive at national consensus to save the industry. It requires commitment, political maturity on all sides, and leadership to forge a mutually agreed way forward. This may also be a confidence building measure for developing high political trust, which can motivate discussions on other pressing matters of concern in the national interest and contributing to national unity.It is well-known that the Sugar Industry has survived and provided the livelihood, and contributed massively to the development of our country for centuries. The industry was built and cultivated by the blood, sweat and tears of our forefathers, many martyrs during the degradation and inhumanity meted out to our forefathers of slavery and indentured labour.Today, it is still the largest employer of thousands of workers, and support tens of thousands of people who depend directly or indirectly on the industry for their livelihood, and supports viable communities in and around the various sugar estates, including cane farmers and suppliers of various inputs for the industry.The contributions of the Sugar Industry to the national treasury of foreign currencies over the years have been immense, and the industry is still a significant foreign currency earner. Many knowledgeable and experienced persons of the sugar industry are convinced that the industry can be saved and revived to profitability. This requires determination and the right decisions from the cultivation of sugar canes to producing sugar, and its potential for value added and other revenue earning ventures flowing from the Sugar Industry.The Industry has the capacity to increase its production by at least one hundred thousand tons (100,000) of sugar annually which can turn around the industry. Why has sugar production dropped to 183,491 tons of sugar in 2016 from 231,076 tons in 2015, from 216,186 tons in 2014? It is to be noted that the industry produced 332,457 in 1976, 156,690 in 1991; 243,010 tons in 1992, and 321,438 tons in 1999 and declining to the 2016 level. What are the critical agricultural causes for the progressive decline in sugar cane cultivation and sugar output from the factories?The Commission of Inquiry Report into the Guyana Sugar Corporation, October 2015, should be given serious consideration by the proposed national consultations on the way forward for this vital industry. Recent studies and the views and positions of various stakeholders should all be put on the table, and discussed to find a broad-based national consensus approach to restore the viability of the Sugar IndustryIn this Centenary year of the end of indentureship, and continued existence of the Sugar Industry which employs thousands who continue to depend on earnings from the industry for their livelihood and that of their families and surrounding communities. It would be a noble and prudent act to save and revitalise the Sugar Industry.Yours faithfully,Samuel J. Goolsarran Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiaspora group urges Govt to rethink closure of WalesApril 9, 2016In “latest news”Sugar is in dire straits- it requires solutions not political grandstandingJuly 20, 2014In “Opinion”Enmore Martyrs remembrance: Jagdeo says duplicity of Govt exposed in bid to sell off sugarJune 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

Berbice woman stabbed to death Police seeking husband

Police are investigating the murder of a Berbice woman allegedly at the hands of her husband in the home they shared at Bath Squatting Area, West Coast Berbice.Dead is 44-year-old Geeta (only name given).This publication understands that the woman’s body was discovered by her son about 18:00h on Tuesday evening.Reports received are that the man was very abusive towards his wife and regularly consumes alcohol.According to a neighbour, on Tuesday the son returned to the house to check on his mother and made the gruesome discovery. Having made the discovery, the son raised an alarm and the Police were called.The Police were unable to locate the husband, who has since gone into hiding. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWCB murder…Hunt on for dead woman’s husbandSeptember 27, 2018In “Crime”Two more bodies discovered in BerbiceOctober 25, 2018In “Crime”Armed bandits terrorise Corentyne familyAugust 13, 2019In “Crime” read more

Fire damages two rental trucks at Sifton business

first_imgFire damaged two rental trucks Friday evening at a business in Sifton, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.The fire was reported just after 7 p.m. at the Avis and Budget car and truck rental location at 14605 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., according to dispatch records.Fire Capt. Joe Spatz said three engines were dispatched, and firefighters arrived to find the two trucks on fire and a small grass fire nearby. He said the fires were quickly brought under control.No injuries were reported, and the business was closed for the evening, Spatz said.The cause of the fire was not determined, but Spatz said the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating.last_img

Martinez accuses Real Sociedad of blocking Manchester City move

first_imgInigo Martinez recently disclosed he thinks Barcelona and Manchester City deals have fallen off because of Jokin Aperribay, Real Sociedad’s current president.Martinez initially rose to stardom when he arrived at Athletic Bilbao in January from Anoeta for the hefty fee of 65 million euro. Now, he has been frequently linked with a move to the winners of the Premier League season but the player seems to think this will not happen either.“You see they [City] are really interested, they give the ‘okay’, but strange things happen,” he told Diario de Gipuzkoa. “You’re already p***** off and you wonder if it’s chance. Well, no, it wasn’t chance,” Martinez said, according to FourFourTwo.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The same thing happened with Barcelona, it seemed. If I was annoyed before, that finished me. The ‘no’ from Barcelona wasn’t because of a Real issue, although they tried, but because of an internal issue at Barca.”“Here, though, the non-consideration on City’s part was motivated 100 per cent by some position at Real that I prefer not to comment on,” Martinez went on to add.last_img read more

Caribbean LED in Turks and Caicos says big power bill savings

first_img Related Items:caribbean led, nigel wardle, power bill, salt mills plaza, savings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sixth month drop in Fuel Factor Rate means lower power bills Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Jul 2015 – LED lighting is fast taking over incandescent lighting for three distinct reasons according to the latest research; they last longer, they give better performance and they are more energy efficient. The country has been inundated with sellers of LED lighting systems, but one who is here on the ground, all of the time is offering both the products and expertise with a made in the Caribbean label. We spoke to Nigel Wardle, President of Caribbean LED which is based at the Salt Mills Plaza. “Well the big deal is that we pay a lot of electricity here as we do through most of the Caribbean. One of the immediate advantages of LED lighting is that is uses about 50 to 60% less power, less wattage from the utility company and therefore you see immediate savings in your bills.”Consultations are going well Wardle says, and if one doubts the performance of these bulbs, we are encouraged to pop by Salt Mills Plaza at night… they have totally swapped out the incandescent bulbs for the LED variety at Caribbean LED. “Everything we sell is guaranteed for three years and if it fails for any reason you just bring it back to us and we’ll replace it. So if somebody is concerned about the payback of paying a little extra for an LED light bulb, just think about what kind of warranty you get from buying a regular light bulb that may fail after three months.” POWER BILL PROJECTIONS WAY OFF SAYS HOUSE COMMITTEElast_img read more

Main Vancouver post office extends hours

first_imgThe main Vancouver post office said this week it’s offering extended retail hours to help make customers’ shipping tasks more convenient during the holidays.The next two Saturdays, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, the post office at 2700 Caples Ave. will offer extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Also, beginning Monday and continuing through Dec. 23, the post office will open one hour earlier Monday through Friday.last_img