Derrick Rose hits last-second shot, Timberwolves beat Suns

first_imgLATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose shoots the game-winning shot over Phoenix Suns’ Mikal Bridges. Minnesota won 116-114. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)MINNEAPOLIS — Derrick Rose and the Minnesota Timberwolves needed this one.With 30 seconds left, Rose missed the first of two free throws and was kicking himself for failing to give his team the lead.ADVERTISEMENT “I missed a lot. it was all up to my teammates and the coaches for giving me that confidence, putting the ball in my hands and just believing in me,” Rose said.It was a good confidence boost for both the oft-injured guard, and a team that had lost two of its last three home games by a combined seven points.“He needed that shot, you know what I’m saying?” Gibson said. “He’s been putting in so much work in, we’ve been in that situation a couple times this year and it didn’t go his way.”Rose picked up the slack for Towns, who had 30 points but only two after halftime. He went 13 of 13 from the free-throw line in the half, but struggled against Phoenix’s double teams in the second.“We just stepped it up in the second half,” said Dragan Bender, the main man charged with defending Towns. “We came out, tried to double him, try to get the ball out of his hands and make the other players make plays.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Patriots the early pick in Las Vegas books PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I kept saying, ’You’re going to get another shot,” Taj Gibson said he told his long-time teammate. Twenty-nine seconds later, Rose proved Gibson prophetic.Rose hit an 18-footer with 0.9 seconds left to give the Wolves a 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He carried his team by scoring 29 of his 31 points in the second half to help Minnesota overcome an 11-point deficit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGibson dunked to pull Minnesota within one with less than a minute to play. Karl-Anthony Towns intercepted a bad pass from Booker, and Rose hit the second of two foul shots to tie it at 114 with 30.5 remaining.After giving Rose his pep talk, Gibson grabbed the loose ball after Devin Booker lost it on Phoenix’s next possession. With the shot clock off and the crowd on its feet, Rose calmly dribbled down the clock against Mikal Bridges before pulling up and hitting the final shot. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With Towns struggling against double-teams in the second half, Rose kept the Wolves in the game on 11-for-18 shooting in the half.SLUMPING SUNST.J. Warren led Phoenix with 21 points and Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. each added 18. Warren’s last-second corner 3 hit off the side of the backboard.“I think we played well enough to deserve to win this game, but again we didn’t find a way to close the game,” Suns coach Igo Koksokov said. “It’s just a bad taste in our mouth after this loss, but we have to learn from mistakes.”The Suns lost all four on their trip to fall to 4-20 on the road this season. A night after losing by 20 in Charlotte, Phoenix shot 46 percent, but went 22 of 32 from the line.“We had a lot of mistakes that hurt us,” Warren said. “We’ve got to be smarter and value the ball more and just convert.”COACH CONNECTIONSKokoskov recounted his first memories of Wolves coach Ryan Saunders when serving on Flip Saunders’ coaching staff in Detroit through 2008. “Good things happen to good people and very well deserved,” Kokoskov said. “Sometimes it’s hard when you’re coming from a basketball background and a coach’s background. It puts a lot of pressure on guys like Ryan because he was in the shadow of Flip. … I’m really, really happy for Ryan. I think he’s going to be a very good coach for a long time in this leagueTIP-INSSuns: With C Deandre Ayton (ankle) and F Richaun Holmes (foot) out injured, Bender made his first start of the season and had 12 points and 10 rebounds. “Drag was phenomenal,” Warren said. “I’m happy for him.” … Veteran guard Jamal Crawford, who played last season in Minnesota, was active and on the bench for his 1,300th career game. He missed the previous three games with a sore left knee. “His experience, his voice, his presence, the wisdom he’s sharing in the locker room when the coaches are not around, it’s priceless for the group and we’re thrilled to have him,” Kokoskov said before the game. Timberwolves: Towns notched his 10th career game with 10 or more made free throws. He also matched his career high with four steals. … F Robert Covington (bruised knee) and G Tyus Jones (ankle) remained out.UP NEXTThe teams meet again Tuesday night in Phoenix.last_img read more

UAAP men’s volleyball: FEU sweeps first round; NU comes in 2nd

first_imgMOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UAAP volleyball: La Salle blanks FEU in finals rematch for back-to-back wins P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University achieved first round perfection after making quick work of De La Salle, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Bryan Bagunas led NU with 20 points while Angelo Alemndras put up 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The Tamaraws stayed unscathed at 7-0 after the first round of action while the Green Spikers remained at sixth at 2-5.John Paul Bugaoan had 16 points to lead the Tamaraws while Jude Garcia added 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn the other match, defending champion National University manhandled Ateneo, 25-19, 25-23, 25-16, to get within striking distance of FEU.The Bulldogs are just half-a-game behind FEU with a 6-1 card at the second seed while the third-seeded Blue Eagles dropped to 4-3. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy C5, C7 with full-metal unibody, fingerprint scanner launched

first_imgSouth Korean major Samsung has finally launched its long-rumoured Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7 mid-range phones in China. As expected, both the phones seem to be exclusive to China for now with no word about their global availability and pricing yet. The Galaxy C7 is the larger of the two with a larger 5.7-inch screen and a heftier price tag.The Galaxy C7 comes with a fullHD display and is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB RAM. It comes in 32GB and 64GB internal memory (expandable) options. The phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI and supports 4G LTE. The C7 sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 3,300mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.The Samsung Galaxy C7 will be available in the colours silver, gray, gold, and rose gold at RMB 2,599 (roughly Rs 26,594) for the 32GB memory variant and RMB 2,799 (roughly Rs 28,657) for the 64GB memory version.Also Read: Make in India: Samsung launches Galaxy Tab Iris with iris recognition tech at Rs 13,499The Galaxy C5 on the other hand has a 5.2-inch fullHD screen and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB memory (expandable) options. The dualSIM phone runs Android Marshmallow and supports 4G LTE.The C5 sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is powered by a 2,600mAh battery.The 32GB Galaxy C5 has been priced at around Rs 22,515 while the 64GB memory variant will cost around Rs 24,552.advertisementBoth the phones boast of full-metal unibody design and front mounted fingerprint scanner.last_img read more


first_imgChasing a tricky 163, Sunrisers overhauled the target Chasing a tricky 163, Sunrisers overhauled the target with four balls to spare as Warner anchored the chase with his responsible 58-ball knock, embellished with 11 four and three sixes. Besides Warner, Sunrisers also have the likes of Shikhar Dhawan (473 runs), the experienced Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha and big-hitting all-rounder Ben Cutting in the batting department. But it is Sunrisers bowling which has struck gold for the team this season. In fact, it wont be wrong to say that tomorrows match will be a contest between RCBs batting and Sunrisers bowling unit. Sunrisers will be relying heavily on its pacers, who played a stellar role in defeating RCB here in the league stage, to deliver the goods tomorrow. Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar seemed to have found his mojo back and is leading the wicket-takers chart with 23 wickets from 16 games, while Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman (16 wickets from 15 matches), has also lived up to his skippers expectations whenever he has been handed the ball. And Sunrisers would be hopeful that Rahman turns up fit for tomorrows game after sitting out of last nights match owing to a hamstring niggle. The duo along with Barinder Sran has not let Sunrsiers feel the absence of veteran Ashish Nehra, who left midway to undergo a knee surgery. The Teams (from): Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, KL Rahul, Sachin Baby, Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, Sreenath Aravind, Stuart Binny, Yuzvendra Chahal, Travis Head, Iqbal Abdullah, Kedar Jadhav, Chris Jordan, David Wiese, Akshay Karnewar, Sarfaraz Khan, Vikramjeet Malik, Mandeep Singh, Parveez Rasool, Harshal Patel, Kane Richardson, Tabraiz Shamshi, Vikas Tokas, Praveen Dubey. Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Karn Sharma, Mustafizur Rahman, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Kane Williamson, Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vijay Shankar, T Suman, Aditya Tare. Match starts at 8pm. PTI BDN SSC PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Allegri’s Future in the Air Amid Speculation on Conte Return

first_imgMILAN — Juventus has little to play for now, and coach Massimiliano Allegri is using his pressure-free time to think about his future.The 51-year-old Allegri has won five straight league titles, four Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups in five seasons at Juventus. However, the Champions League continues to elude the team, which reached the final in 2015 and 2017.This was supposed to be Juve’s year after it signed Cristiano Ronaldo, but the club lost to Ajax in the quarterfinals and Allegri said the disappointment is “worse this year than other times.”Allegri’s contract expires at the end of the season.“We need to analyze what has gone well and what has not gone well and plan the future,” Allegri said. “Every year people say I’m leaving and then I stay. And this time we have the advantage of an extra month to plan.”Juventus visits Roma on Sunday before hosting Atalanta the following week. Both teams are battling for a Champions League berth. Atalanta currently occupies fourth place and the final qualifying position but has only three points more than Roma and AC Milan.FILE – In this Sunday, March 4, 2018 file photo, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte waits for the start of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri’s future is up in the air with speculation continuing to mount that he will leave at the end of the season and could be replaced by Antonio Conte. Juventus has already won the Serie A title and Allegri is using the extra time to sort out his plans. His contract at Juventus expires at the end of the season. Conte has been out of a job since being fired by Chelsea last year but could be set for a return to Italian football. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)Juventus travels to Sampdoria for its final game of the season, which could also be Allegri’s final game in charge.Allegri could end up being replaced by the man he took over from.Antonio Conte left Juventus in 2014 after guiding the club to three straight Serie A titles. He went on to coach the Italian national team before taking over at Chelsea in 2016.During his two-year tenure with the English club, the 49-year-old Conte won the Premier League and FA Cup but was fired in June 2018.Speculation has grown that Conte is set to return to Italian soccer and Roma seemed his most likely destination with current coach Claudio Ranieri only in a caretaker role following Eusebio Di Francesco’s firing.However, that is the only club Conte has publicly ruled out.“I fell in love with Rome, spending a lot of time there in my two years as Italy coach. You feel the passion at the Olimpico. But today the conditions for me to coach Roma aren’t there,” Conte told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “But I think one day, sooner or later, I’ll coach Roma.”By: Daniella Matar, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Photo: Ohio State Added Massive Video Board To Indoor Facility, Playing National Title Game On Repeat

first_imgOhio State Football indoor facility has big screen stream National Title game.Ohio State Football Big ScreenOhio State’s football facility, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, has about everything you can imagine a football facility having. One thing it didn’t have, though, was a video screen resting on one of the walls on the indoor field. Now it does. The Buckeyes have added a big video board on the 50-yard line at Leo Yassenof Field at the WHAC. Unsurprisingly, it appears to be playing the national title game on repeat. Added a big screen video board in the indoor facility. Doing it up big – Buckeye style! pic.twitter.com/rtRKcr2Lxq— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) May 22, 2015LeBron James and Cardale Jones – the two kings of Ohio.last_img read more

Maersk Line Starts Colombia Express Service

first_imgzoom Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line has launched a new weekly service between Santa Marta and Turbo in Colombia and Northern Europe specifically designed for refrigerated cargo.The new service has a rotation of Turbo and Santa Marta in Colombia, Portsmouth in UK, Antwerp in Belgium, and Hamburg in Germany and began its maiden voyage on January 8, 2016.The vessels operating on the route have a capacity of 2,500 TEU.Maersk Line is adding 30,000 new state-of-art containers in the reefer family.“We are upgrading our reefer fleet to help our customers deliver on their promises. When we pair our expertise and customer relationships with modern innovation, we can make a real difference in supply chains,” Shereen Zarkani, Global Head of Reefer Management, said.last_img read more

Prince Harry And Elton John Speak Out At International AIDS Conference

first_imgYesterday, Prince Harry took to the stage for a special lunchtime session at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban.The session was to raise awareness of the issues faced by young people living with HIV, particularly those adolescents living in sub-Saharan Africa.Prince Harry, representing his charity Sentebale, was joined by Sir Elton John, representing his charity the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Together, they spoke of the impact stigma and discrimination have on youth living with HIV.They were joined for the session by a panel of young advocates – Loyce Maturu, Carlo Oliveras and Brian Ssensalire – who discussed the HIV response among young people, and what needs to change to truly address the needs of youth with HIV.During the session named “Ending AIDS with the Voices of Youth”, Sir Elton said; 
”Young people are being left out and left behind in the AIDS response and it needs to stop. It needs to stop here and now.”
Prince Harry called on today’s youth to be the generation to end AIDS; “It is time for a new generation of leaders to step forward. It is time for us to step up to make sure no young person feels any shame in asking for an HIV test. It is time for us to step up to make sure that girls and boys with HIV aren’t kept from playing with their friends, classmates, and neighbours. It is time for us to step up and acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to our ability to defeat this disease once and for all.”The special session was moderated by Kgomotso Matsunyane (South African director, writer and activist) and was introduced by Prince Seeiso, co-founding patron of Sentebale, who explained the situation in Lesotho, a small, landlocked country with the world’s second highest HIV infection rate.Prince Seeiso said: “UNAIDS reports that there are an estimated 21,000 10 to 19 year olds living with HIV in Lesotho and only 30% of them accessing treatment. Stigma remains the main reason youth fail to access medication. It is our ambition to change the tide of this epidemic by ensuring more young people know their status, access treatment and are empowered to play there part in bringing the AIDS epidemic to an end.”Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso spent the morning together at the conference, taking time to visit Sentebale’s Global Village session about the model of psychosocial support the charity provides to adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. They observed as the Sentebale staff and youth volunteers explained how residential camps, monthly Saturday clubs and caregiver days help educate families and communities on supporting young people in their care with HIV. The delegates were invited to take part in an activity about identifying their circle of supporters, normally delivered to the children at a camp. This activity is one of many which help youth to understand how to cope with their virus and encourage peer-to-peer communication about HIV.Camp is currently being delivered for adolescents living with HIV in Lesotho at the newly- built ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre. Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso visited Sentebale’s projects in Lesotho earlier this week, and took part in some of the camp activities with the children there.On their tour of the Durban AIDS Conference, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso met with IAS youth ambassadors before stopping to sign the UNAIDS ProTEST HIV wall with Sir Elton John to encourage young people to address the stigma around HIV testing and encouragethem to know their status.Prince Harry and Sir Elton John were also interviewed by young journalists from the Children’s Radio Foundation. The Children’s Radio Foundation is a platform to amplify youth voices across Africa. With seven million listeners weekly, young people are shown that what they have to say does matter. Prince Harry said; “The most important thing is being able to give young people a voice,” and emphasised the importance of listening when young people speak. Elton John said, “You are the future of the world.”As well as spending time with the Sentebale volunteers and other young advocates, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso attended official meetings with leaders at the conference, including Mark Dybul, CEO of The Global Fund, and Ambassador Deborah Brix, US Global AIDS Coordinator and Head of PEPFAR.This is the latest in a recent upsurge of advocacy work Prince Harry has undertaken to raise awareness of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Last week, he took an HIV test at Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, to show how easy it is to get tested, and at the end of June, took part in the Sentebale Concert at Kensington Palace, London, headlined by Coldplay. The aim of this work is to get AIDS back on the public agenda and encourage the world to speak out against the stigma towards those living with HIV.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement To complement the exhibition, the museum is also presenting Exclusively Manolo, a series of rich programming celebrating the exhibition, including exclusive tours, workshops and a film series. Visitors may also purchase an accompanying fully illustrated catalogue published by Skira/Rizzoli, written by Albornoz, based on extensive conversations with Blahnik. For more information on the exhibition and programs, please visit www.batashoemuseum.ca. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter TORONTO, May 16, 2018 – The Bata Shoe Museum, a North American cultural landmark with a strong international reputation, is delighted to announce the opening of the highly anticipated travelling exhibition MANOLO BLAHNIK: THE ART OF SHOES, a stunning retrospective by one of the world’s most influential figures within the fashion industry. After being showcased internationally at venues in Milan, St. Petersburg, Prague and Madrid, between May 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Toronto is excited to host the final and only North American stop on this world-class tour.For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship has crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection. The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear. Using architectural and sculptural lines within his work, Blahnik exquisitely captures the imagination, transforming an everyday accessory into masterpieces of contemporary design. Milan – Manolo Blahnik – the art of shoes Blahnik, along with the exhibition’s guest curator Dr. Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, have hand-selected over 200 shoes and 80 original drawings to display that seamlessly reflect his personal journey, inspirations and achievements, collected over four decades. Visitors will discover how architecture, art, botany, literature, cinema and how countries from around the world have played a pivotal role in his designs. Highlights include: Iconic footwear from the early 1970s to today, exclusive footage of the artist at work, rare examples of Blahnik’s celebrated drawings and sketchesand the exquisite collection of Marie Antoinette shoes, created for Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette.last_img read more

Germany Humiliates Brazil

Rabat – Germany have a clear chance to lift the world cup trophy for the first time since 1990, after they destroyed host country Brazil with an outstanding 7-1 in the semi-final clash at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.Joachim Low’s side took great advantage of the absence of Captain Thiago Silva due to suspension, and Brazil’s talisman Neymar who suffered a fractured verterbra during the selecao’s quarter-final face-off against Columbia.The game saw Miroslav Klose entering history as he became the leading scorer of the World Cup surpassing Ronaldo Da Silva’s record tally of 15 goals. Germany started their ruthless campaign early as Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller put his team ahead just 11 minutes after the start whistle. 36-year-old Klose netted the second goal which crowned him the top scorer with 16 goals that he scored throughout four World Cup tournaments.Toni Kroos managed to score Germany’s third and fourth goals, respectively. And Sami Khedira added the fifth goal before halftime.The Germans continued shelling Julio Cesar’s nets in the second half with substitute Andre Schurrle scoring a double, leaving the hosts with their biggest World Cup loss since they lost to France 3-0 in the 1998 final.Brazil’s Oscar pulled a late goal, but it was with no value as the hosts are out of the World Cup with the most humiliating semi-final loss ever.Germany will face the winner from Argentina vs the Netherlands second semi-final clash in Sunday’s final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

African Ambassadors Meet in Rabat to Discuss Climate Change

By Natalie YazharyWashington DC – Discourse around Africa and climate change have begun with COP22 just around the corner in November. Various committees, such as The African Development Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, and African Ambassadors based in Morocco, all met in Rabat, Morocco to discuss COP22. COP22, taking place on November 7-18 in Marrakech, follows COP7 (2001) and COP17 (2011) as the third Climate Change Conference in Africa, which is very significant for Africans.According to the COP22 press release, “This will be a key moment for Africans to push for global commitments towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 and a shift towards resilient, low carbon development.”Mobilizing the continent is a main goal for Morocco, especially with the Climate Change Conference coming up. Morocco is looking to expand the communication throughout the conference, and invite journalists to cover the climate change talks.Communication is key in promoting discourse around global climate change, before it becomes too late to come up with a solution.Climate change is an incredibly pressing issue in various countries in Africa. So much as a slight 2 degree change in global temperature by 2050 could “cause Africa’s GDP to decline by 4.7%,” according to the latest COP22 press release.Although the consequences seem long-term, COP22 and the global climate talks have made it clear that the time to find a solution is now. read more

Guilty verdict in Figliola case

The Hamilton woman accused of hiring a hitman to kill her husband has been found guilty.It took the jury three-and-a-half days to decide Maria Figliola, 57, arranged for the brutal killing of her husband Frank Figliola in August 2001.The woman’s husband was found beaten to death on a path where he used to take frequent walks near the couple’s home in Stoney Creek.Lisa Hepfner was there to hear the verdict and has the details. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Beijing to spend 27 billion on cleaning capitals air

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 7:01 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Beijing to spend $2.7 billion on cleaning capital’s air FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, file photo, a woman uses a scarf to cover her mouth for protection against the air pollution as she walks on a street in Beijing, China. Beijing will spend $2.7 billion to fight air pollution in the capital this year, state media reported Thursday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) BEIJING, China – Beijing will spend $2.7 billion to fight air pollution in the capital this year, state media reported Thursday.Part of the money will be used to close or upgrade more than 2,000 polluting factories, replace the use of coal with clean energy on the outskirts of the city and phase out 300,000 high-polluting older vehicles, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing Beijing’s acting mayor, Cai Qi.Authorities are eager to bring about a visible improvement in China’s bad air, especially in the high-profile capital and its surrounding areas. Beijing has suffered some particularly bad bouts of hazardous air in the past few weeks, causing it to order some factories to temporarily close and schoolchildren to stay at home.China has made great efforts to reduce its dependence on coal and generate more power from cleaner sources of renewable energy. Directives made public this week from the National Energy Administration ordered the cancellation of around 100 planned coal-fired power plants across the country, the construction for some of which had already started.On Wednesday, authorities launched an environmental police squad tasked with rooting out illegal burning in Beijing. read more

Many children in Guatemala still facing sexual exploitation forced labour – UN

“Many children are still victims of sexual exploitation and forced labour in Guatemala despite the laudable efforts carried out to prevent and combat the sale of children for illegal adoption,” said the Special Rapporteur on child trafficking, prostitution and child pornography, Najay Maalla M’jid, at the end of a ten-day visit to the country.“The phenomenon of sexually exploited girls in prostitution is very worrying, as well as the large number of young mothers that have been sexually abused by relatives and the absence of sexual education that does not inform children of the inherent risks of sexual relations and early pregnancies,” she added in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ms. Maalla M’jid underlined that it is still difficult to determine the extent of the trafficking and exploitation of children due to the lack of systematic denunciations, as people fear stigmatization and retaliation. She also noted a lack of access to mechanisms that guarantee rapid protection and security for victims outside the capital, Guatemala City, pointing out that there is a transnational dimension to the issue which translates into using minors for sexual tourism, online pornography and organized crime. The Special Rapporteur recognized that there have been numerous legal reforms and measures adopted by various actors at a central and local level. “However, in spite of these efforts and great mobilization, child protection measures are still fragmented due to the overlapping competencies of multiple institutions and the lack of coordination among sectors, as well as the absence of adequate and permanent resources,” she said. Ms. Maalla M’jid also emphasized that slow judicial investigations and the current impunity enjoyed by many perpetrators impede the rapid and efficient protection of victims and witnesses, and called on the Government to adopt a strategy with a global and integrated focus to guarantee the protection of children who have been victims or are at risk of abuse. “The strengthening of institutions that are tasked to implement, coordinate and evaluate prevention and protection strategies for children should take advantage of the continued technical assistance of the United Nations and the international community,” Ms. Maala M’jid said. During her visit to the country, Ms. Maalla M’jid met with Government officials, as well as with representatives from civil society and the private sector. She also talked to young teenagers who have been victims of violence and abuse when she visited child protection centres in the country. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Mens soccer OSU looking to ride momentum against Indiana

Ohio State then-sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team got a decisive 3-0 win over Oakland on Tuesday night, hoping to ride that momentum into Saturday’s matchup versus No. 7 Indiana at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m.The key for the Buckeyes in their win over Oakland was their aggressive first-period play, something they hope to be able to replicate against the tough Hoosiers.“We have been stressing the importance of coming out strong,” senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick said. “Whenever we have come out with intensity in the first half we have been dominant. Indiana is going to be a tough test, but we have nothing to lose. We just have to go out and give it everything we got.”For the Buckeyes, it is the last Big Ten home game of the regular season. With OSU tied for fifth place in the conference, they still have time to make up some ground and finish with a top-four seed that would allow them to host a game in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.“All Big Ten Conference games are huge for us,” junior defender Niall Logue said. “Especially with Indiana being a top-10 team, to win the last one at home for us would be massive.”The Hoosiers come into the game with an 8-1-4 record (2-0-3 Big Ten). In their last time out, they took down No. 4 Louisville 2-1 on the road.Indiana is led by senior midfielder Tanner Thompson and redshirt senior midfielder Richard Ballard, each tied with 13 points on the season. Thompson and Ballard have each scored four goals while tallying two assists apiece.Indiana is having a very successful season, with its only loss of the season coming in a 4-0 contest at Notre Dame. However, the Hoosiers are not a particularly dominant offense, coming into the contest with 17 goals scored on the season compared to OSU’s 16.The real discrepancy comes in the goals allowed category. Indiana has been very stingy this year, allowing only 10 goals in 13 games. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, have allowed 20 in the same amount of games played.The two schools are meeting for the 60th time, Indiana having a massive all-time series lead at 50-7-2.“The history of the matchup between these two schools doesn’t concern me,” coach John Bluem said. “This is an important game for both teams. They are trying to get into top two teams in the conference and we are trying to get into the top three or four. All conference games are pivotal and we will treat it as such.”The Buckeyes will again be fighting the injury bug on Saturday, as they will be without junior forward Marcus McCrary and leading scorer and senior forward Danny Jensen. Neither of the two played in Tuesday’s win over Oakland.OSU has a tough road ahead. After battling the Hoosiers on Saturday, the Buckeyes will travel to Louisville to take on the No. 4 Cardinals on Tuesday. The team is embracing this challenge, knowing it gives them a chance to show its true colors.“The record doesn’t reflect who we are as a team,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think we are better than that. If we can take Indiana and Louisville and get results, whether it’s a draw or a win, it’ll show the NCAA who we really are.” read more

Pistol coach made big strides with program

Freshman James Sweeney walked across the Oval numerous times in 1952. Fifty-eight years later, he is still making that same walk.Sweeney’s history at Ohio State is remarkable. In his time, he has seen six football National Championships, five Heisman award winners, four Ohio State structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, three Pistol National Championships, two pistol athletes win the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor award, and one ultimate success: educating students.Sweeney is 76 years old and approaching his twelfth season as coach of the Ohio State pistol team.He graduated from Ohio State in 1957 with a degree in physical education. He later pursued a master’s in curriculum design and a doctorate in sport pedagogy (a focus on educating others how to teach sports) from Ohio State.Ever since he got out of college, he has been putting his degree to work. Whether this is college students or collegiate athletes, Sweeney has been educating since 1958.“I would say if there is one way to define him, in general, it is that he is a very wise person,” senior pistol member Tyler Phillips said. “If we are all paying attention, he is not only teaching us about shooting, but life as well.”Three years ago, Sweeney was able to persuade OSU to give out scholarships for pistol recruits. This was a huge accomplishment for a small athletic program, but the recognition of scholarships was a double-edged sword for the educator.“I liked taking walk-on’s and turning them into elite collegiate athletes,” Sweeney said. “I enjoy working with highly skilled individuals who have had previous training for years, but on the other hand, the satisfaction of teaching is not quite the same. I miss that part.”Sweeney’s mixed feelings can be expressed through two of his players.Phillips was a walk-on athlete from the pistol club.“(Sweeney) introduced me to the sport,” he said. “He taught me everything I know. Not only did he talk to me about shooting, but he also taught me a lot about philosophy in the sport as well.”Sophomore Christina Heaton was recruited as a scholar-athlete and has competed in the junior Olympics.“I don’t talk to (Sweeney) that much personally,” Heaton said. “When we are practicing, he will give us an event to work on and we will practice.”Though Heaton is part of a more experienced group of OSU pistol shooters, she still needed to seek advice from the coach during a big slump.“If you have problems, you can go to him,” she said. “He sat down with me and we started from the basics…he really helped me out.”Sweeney has been retired since 1994, but continues to teach with emeritus status.For a man who is 76, he is in top physical shape. He walks to campus everyday, uses a car only when it is necessary and still does small physical workouts.Even at such an old age, he is not worried about leaving Ohio State any time soon.“I am just playing it year-by-year,” he said. “As long as I am healthy, enjoy what I do and can relate with the students, before I get too old, I have no definite retirement plans.”Coach Sweeney has experienced a lot of Ohio State history, but, in the process, has also become a part of it. read more

Lady Louise the quiet thoughtful girl of whom the Royal family should

Her parents have striven to give their children as normal an upbringing as possible – so normal,… Of all the adorable bridesmaids and pageboys at today’s wedding, it was Lady Louise Windsor, who captured hearts in her role as Princess Eugenie’s special attendant. Wearing a striking blue dress, similar to that of maid of honour Princess Beatrice, the 14 year-old daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, helped the little ones out of the cars and ushered them towards the chapel, holding tightly to the hands of two of the pageboys. Lady Louise, whose brother James, Viscount Severn, 10, was also a special attendant, has been seen numerous times in public, but not in such a formal role. read more

Parents cannot veto children taking part in LGBT lessons Education Secretary says

Andrew Moffat, the assistant head at Parkfield Community School, designed the “No Outsiders” programme which aims to teach children about issues such as gender, identity and sexual orientation during RSE lessons. Mr Moffat, who has been awarded an MBE for services to equality and diversity in education, said he has received threats from parents who oppose the course.Mr Hinds said: “It is regrettable that myths and misinformation about the forthcoming relationships education changes in primary schools, circulated often by individuals with no links to the education system, are undermining the hard work of head teachers, and the legitimate right of parents to be consulted on what their children are being taught about relationships”.Hazel Pulley, CEO of Parkfield Community School, has previously spoken out about the “untruths” that have been spread about the content of the classes. These included “using clay models or something to use or show the children something of a sexual nature” which she said the lessons “most certainly” did not feature.  While parents are allowed to withdraw their children from RSE lessons, they are only permitted to do so for the sex education sections and not for relationship education.Learning about same sex couples would be part of the latter section, meaning parents who disagree with this are not able to remove their children from classes.  Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, has previously stated her support of schools running the “No Outsiders” course, adding that parents need to learn that “we don’t all get our way”. The Education Secretary has said that parents cannot veto children taking part in LGBT lessons, as he warns that “myths” are being spread about the content of the classes.Damian Hinds’ intervention comes amid a row over Relationship and Sex Education classes (RSE), with several primary schools in Birmingham suspending the lessons following protests and petitions from Muslim parents.Parkfield Community School, along with five primaries run by the Leigh Trust, postponed the “No Outsiders” programme where children are taught  about same sex couples and gender identity.Mr Hinds has now weighed in to support headteachers, saying that while they should listen to parents’ views, they should not allow them to dictate what is taught at school.Writing to the National Association of Head Teachers, Mr Hinds said: “I want to reassure you and the members you represent that consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content.“We want schools to consult parents, listen to their views, and make reasonable decisions about how to proceed (including through consideration of their wider duties) – and we will support them in this.”Hundreds of parents have protested outside Parkfield Community School, saying that teaching children about LGBT rights and homophobia contradicts their Islamic faith. Parents protesting against LGBT lessons at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, March 2019 Parents protesting against LGBT lessons at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, March 2019Credit: DARREN STAPLES 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

Pádraig Harrington Rory McIlroy and lots of sports stars send good wishes

first_imgTHE BRITISH AND Irish Lions are currently winging their way to Hong Kong where they’ll play the first game of their epic tour this weekend.And as they go, the best wishes of sport’s best from this part of the world, are with them. Check out this good luck video featuring mesages from the likes of our own Rory McIlroy and Pádraig Harrington. And even Tim Henman. YouTube: HSBC7 things we learned from the Lions’ team buslast_img

SpiderMan Gifts for Your Favorite WebHead

first_imgStay on target Spider-Man: Homecoming on Blu-ray‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ on Blu-ray (Photo Credit: Amazon)You loved seeing it in theaters, but now it’s time to own Spider-Man: Homecoming on Blu-ray to enjoy again and again! Also available on Amazon Video!Buy it HereKraven’s Last Hunt‘Kraven’s Last Hunt’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)One of the most celebrated and arguably the darkest story in the Spider-Man mythos, Kraven’s Last Hunt has been a chilling experience for comics readers for over thirty years now. Any spider fan that hasn’t read this, needs this in their collection!Buy it HereSpider-Man Heart MugSpider-Man Heart Mug (Photo Credit: Amazon)Cheer yourself up in the morning by reminding yourself that Spider-Man loves you! This Spider-Man heart coffee mug will give you an additional pick me up in the morning along with your coffee!Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:10 Cool Gifts for Every Star Wars Junkie11 Best Gifts For Pokémon Fans12 Cool Gifts for Black Panther Aficionados Who’s the friendliest neighborhood superhero? Spider-Man of course! If you or a fellow web-head is in need of new collectible gear, we’ve put together a cool Spider-Man gift guide. From Peter Parker figures to Kraven’s Last Hunt, these Spider-Man presents are next level for gift-giving.Spider-Man Pop-Up HamperSpider-Man Pop-Up Hamper (Photo Credit: Amazon)Know someone who’s going away to college or moving to a new apartment? This Spider-Man Pop-Up Hamper is the perfect gift for their living space. It’s portable enough to carry to the laundromat and it holds many types of clothing for seamless cleaning.Buy it HereSpider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus Art PrintSpider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus Art Print (Photo Credit: Etsy)Tom Rogers created this print from his hand-drawn work of Spider-Man up against one of his deadliest foes, Doctor Octopus. This print is 11 x 17 inches, so you can easily put it in a frame and display it at home or in the office.Buy it HereSpider-Man Homecoming Action FigureSpider-Man Action Figure (Photo Credit: Amazon)This quality Spider-Man Action Figure, which is based on the latest film Spider-Man: Homecoming, has more than 35 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts. A great gift for any web-slinging enthusiast!Buy it HereThe Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete Series‘The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete Series’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)If you want to watch Spidey in action just like you did when you were younger with Saturday morning cartoons, this is the compilation for you. Long live awesome Marvel animation! We covered this series extensively.Buy it HereSpider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Collection Vol. 1‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Collection Vol. 1’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Follow the adventures of arguably the coolest guy to ever have taken up the Spider-Man mythos: Miles Morales! See what he’s up to with the first volume of his collected adventures!Buy it HereFunko Spider-Man Peter Parker FigureFunko Spider-Man Peter Parker Figure (Photo Credit: Amazon)Want to cuddle up with a cute little Spidey and check out merch for the latest movie? You can’t go wrong with this little Peter Parker Funko figure, which looks great on a shelf or desk!Buy it HereSpidey: Volume 1‘Spidey: Volume 1’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)If you really loved Spider-Man: Homecoming and wanted to pick up a comic that was close to resembling the fun of that movie, then look no further! Peter Parker is back in high school as they take the concept back to basics. This collection gives you the first six issues of this bright, funny series!Buy it HereSpider-Man Cosplay HoodieSpider-Man Cosplay Hoodie (Photo Credit: Amazon)If you’ve ever wanted to look like Spidey, this hoodie may be your best chance to do it. From head to torso, you’ll be rockin’ sweet Spider-Man goodness. It even has a special hood!Buy it Nowcenter_img Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie last_img read more