As Finals set to begin, Tigresses stars Rondina, Laure receive top honors

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘Cojuangco snaking back to rule POC’ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Never underestimate the heart of a Tigress—no matter how small she may seem.ADVERTISEMENT Sisi Rondina stood tallest among the stars of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball as she will bring in some sort of momentum going into Saturday’s Game 1 of the best-of-three Finals against Ateneo.Rondina is set to receive the MVP trophy of the women’s division after a stellar season that saw her dominate in offense with her power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Height doesn’t really matter in volleyball,” said the 5-foot-6 Rondina, who is the shortest among the last six players to win the MVP award. “What you need is a big heart, and … your effort in working to raise your team.”“This is for those I’ve inspired, that even though we’re small, it shows that we can,” said Rondina, who finished with the highest scoring total this season with 259 points. “If you put your heart in every game, if you put your 101 percent to play for your team, then there won’t be any problems.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Rondina will be a marked woman in Game 1 of the Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and her power will be tested at the net by Ateneo’s lengthy core of Bea de Leon, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino.Rondina’s chief rival for the MVP trophy was teammate Eya Laure, who will be named Rookie of the Year.“I’m happy because Ate Sisi deserved the MVP and you can really see it in her game,” said Laure, who was the league’s second best scorer with 230 points.Besides, Laure has her eyes fixed on a shinier hardware.“We really [are looking at] the bigger picture because we want the championship more than anything else,” Laure said.ADVERTISEMENT Inmate exposes corruption at the NBP during Senate probe PLAY LIST 02:54Inmate exposes corruption at the NBP during Senate probe02:16Opposition sets final push of its Senate bets on May 803:53Rise of alternative leaders in 2019 polls offers hope for Philippines02:42PH 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting To get that, the Tigresses need to hurdle Ateneo, the No. 1 squad all season. The heavily favored Lady Eagles have a deeper, more experienced roster that will try to negate the Tigresses’ spunk and hunger for validation.Deanna Wong and Ponggay Gaston will power the Lady Eagles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Excitement and crowds build as Wimbledon gets under way

first_imgQueues snaked down to the All England Club on Monday morning as the opening day of the Wimbledon championships got underway.Britain’s Andy Murray was due to open centre court action at the grasscourt grand slam with a match against Kazakh qualifier Alexander Bublik at 1pm local time (1200 GMT).Both French Open champions, Rafa Nadal and Jelena Ostapenko, were also due to feature on Day One, along with Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams and Stan Wawrinka.Johanna Konta carries home hopes in the women’s draw. She plays Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh.last_img read more

Spanoulis, Green lead Olympiacos past Milan, 91-81

first_imgOympiacos Piraeus left one fewer unbeaten team in the competition by sending EA7 Emporio Armani Milan to a 91-81 defeat on Tuesday at home in Peace and Friendship Stadium. Olympiacos improves to 2-1 with its second consecutive double-digit home win. Milan falls to 2-1 with its first loss. Vassilis Spanoulis shot the home team in front 13-4 early and the Reds matched that lead a couple times but couldn’t shake Milan until Erick Green’s back-to-back threes, including a buzzer-beater, closed the third quarter, after which the visitors did not challenge again. Spanoulis and Green led Olympiacos with 16 points each. Khem Birch added 12, while Daniel Hackett and Matt Lojeski chipped in 10 points each. Kruno Simon had 16 points for Milan, followed by Miroslav Raduljica with 14, Zoran Dragic with 13 and Alessandro Gentile with 12.Spanoulis with 6 quick points and Vangelis Mantzaris from deep sent Olympiacos up early, 13-4. Gentile revived his team with 6 points around 3 free throws by Ricky Hickman that tied it 13-13. Spanoulis fed Nikola Milutinov to reestablish an 18-13 lead for Olympiacos but it wasn’t long before Raduljica made it 21-19 on a reverse dunk. Green’s first triple ended the first quarter and Lojeski’s opened the second with Olympiacos regaining a nine-point lead, 28-19. Green and Mantas Kalnietis traded three-pointers as Milan stayed close, 33-27. Hackett’s three-point play and Hickman’s crosscourt pass to Simon for a triple kept it close, 36-32. Despite dunks by Jamel McLean and Simon, the Reds nursed the lead. In the last minute of the second quarter, Spanoulis went down hard and left the game, but Green downed his free throws as Olympiacos led 46-41 at halftime. Although Spanoulis came back, Raduljica and Dragic kept Milan as close at 49-46 soon after the break. Spanoulis struck with a triple at 54-48, but the Reds could not escape as Simon’s three-pointer and a jumper by Raduljica made it 64-61. That’s when Green appeared with a transition triple and followed it with another on the third-quarter buzzer as Olympiacos went up 70-61. Green kept it going with free throws on an unsportsmanlike foul to open the fourth, and when Lojeski struck from the corner, Olympiacos was up 76-61. Davide Pascolo tried to spark Milan with a steal and dunk at 78-65, but Olympiacos managed the difference well until shutting down its second straight home win by double digits.Both teams are back on Thursday, Olympiacos travelling to play Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, while Milan hosts Real Madrid in the Game of the Week for Round 4.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Here is what Dana Holgorsen looked like the first time he saw Weeden throw a football

first_imgBest Dana Holgerson picture ever? pic.twitter.com/Kkx1Dx6YHf— Born Salty (@cjzero) October 11, 2014Also, when West Virginia scored 17 points in the last six minutes to beat Texas Tech in Lubbock.And this was awesome.https://twitter.com/j_lambertwvu/status/521043073691037696If 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

Review: Avuá Cachaça Aged in Rare Brazilian Wood

first_img The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night For those that missed our coverage of cachaça around the Olympics, the easiest way to think of it is the Brazilian cousin to rum. Made from sugar cane juice (whereas rum is processed sugar cane juice—molasses), cachaça tends to reflect the terroir of the land more accurately than with rums, as the base ingredient isn’t chemically altered by heat in the same way that molasses is.Avuá’s newest release, Tapinhoã, is named after the rare species of hardwood found in certain parts of South America. According to Avuá’s website, the barrel that this spirit was aged in was previously used by the distiller’s father decades before. All of Avuá’s cachaça is single-sourced and pot distilled at a farm that’s been in the same family for three generations, located around four hours from Rio. Tapinhoã is the second rare wood expression from Avuá.Nose: More than anything, banana is heavy on the nose. Caramel sweetness backs that up in a pleasant way. Like other cachaças, the floral, fresh notes that evoke the land the spirit comes from are also here.Palate:  Caramel and banana at the beginning of the taste, followed by a little wild honey, then toasted coconut. You can taste the Tapinhoã clearly by the end of the palate—it stands out as the sweet flavors fade.Finish: Short, crisp finish. The toasted coconut imbued by the barrel sticks around from the palate.Final Thoughts: This isn’t my favorite of the cachaças I’ve had the opportunity to try in the past few months, but the fact that it is aged in a rare species of wood is a good enough reason to try Avuá Tapinhoã. For those that want a chance to really see what the barrel can do to a spirit in something that isn’t a whiskey, this would be a good spirit to pair and compare with an unaged cachaça.Avuá Tapinhoã is 40% ABV and retails for $79.99. Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Editors’ Recommendations The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas last_img read more

Odfjell Shrinks Loss as Chemical Tanker Market Improves

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Odfjell Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell has narrowed its quarterly loss, driven by improvement in chemical tanker spot rates.The company reported a net loss of USD 15.4 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss of USD 47.6 million posted in the fourth quarter of 2018.EBITDA was USD 47.2 million in Q1 2019, compared to USD 32.7 million recorded in the previous quarter.Odfjell Tankers’ EBITDA rose to USD 39.7 million in the three-month period ended March 31, 2019, from USD 27 million in the fourth quarter last year.As informed, the stronger result was driven by stronger spot rates on main tradelanes and lower bunker costs. This countered lower volumes and fewer revenue days compared to the previous quarter.“The chemical tanker markets improved in the first quarter. We expect this trend to continue as a result of the strong fundamentals in our markets and a firming tanker market in general,” Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell SE, commented.“We decided not to aggressively pursue or extend contracts at the historically low markets at the end of 2018. This reduces our COA portfolio, but also increases our exposure in the firming market. We expect to continue improving our performance in the coming quarter,” he added.During the quarter, Odfjell sold and redelivered four vessels. The company took delivery of one super-segregator on long-term time charter. It also renegotiated several time charter agreements at more favorable terms.What is more, Odfjell Terminals’ EBITDA increased to USD 6.7 million in Q1 2019 from USD 4.8 million seen in Q4 2018.As explained, the main changes in results compared to Q4 2018 were due to USD 2 mill of legal and tax restructuring expenses as well as IT unwinding expenses in the previous quarter.Following the sale of Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (OTR), Odfjell Terminals will close its headquarters in Rotterdam in June 2019, the company informed. Odfjell Terminals will be controlled from Odfjell’s headquarters in Bergen, and this is expected to result in reduced costs for the company.As a consequence, Frank Erkelens will step down as CEO for Odfjell Terminals during 2019 and a new global head of terminals will be relocated to Odfjell’s headquarter in Bergen, Odfjell revealed.last_img read more

Japanese Delegation to Learn The Three Rs

first_imgIt’s all about reducing, reusing and recycling for one group ofJapanese visitors to Nova Scotia this year. Twenty-eight scientists, academics and local governmentrepresentatives arrive Tuesday, Sept. 2, to learn about solidwaste-resource management. The delegation will spend four daysstudying Nova Scotia’s system to divert waste from landfills intorecycling and composting. Currently, Japan relies heavily onincineration. “The delegation has heard about our success in encouragingrecycling and composting,” said Environment and Labour MinisterKerry Morash. “We’re honoured to have them here and look forwardto helping in any way we can.” Canada’s Ambassador for the Environment, Gilbert Parent, willmeet with the delegation on Tuesday and accompany the delegationon some of the tours. “I’m looking forward to meeting the delegation,” said Mr. Parent.”I welcome their interest in Nova Scotia’s exemplaryenvironmental programs and environmental technologies.” The Japanese Environmental Research Institute asked Nova ScotiaEnvironment and Labour to organize the tour. The institutearranged for a department staff member to speak to a symposium inTokyo in early August. More than 200 people attended thepresentation, which led to this delegation’s visit. The four-day stay will include tours of recycling and compostingoperations in Halifax Regional Municipality, Colchester Countyand Hantsport. Members of the delegation will also meet with non-governmental organizations.last_img read more

Health Care Council of Unions Ratifies MediationArbitration Agreement

first_imgThe members of the four unions that make up the Health Care Council of Unions have ratified an agreement with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre to accept a final and binding mediation-arbitration process to resolve outstanding issues not addressed through collective bargaining. The agreement includes provisions for wage increases, a service award payout, and the unions and employers agree that there will be no strike action or lockout of employees. “This agreement will bring more stability to our health care system, avoid the disruption that a strike would cause for patients, their families and healthcare workers and it will resolve outstanding issues in a timely way,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Labour Relations. Under the new agreement, the mediation-arbitration process must be completed for all four councils by the end of 2018 unless all parties agree to an extension. New collective agreements will expire in late 2020. The parties also agree to appoint William Kaplan as the mediator-arbitrator. The Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions, which represents non-nursing professions such as physiotherapists, pharmacists, social workers and psychologists, will be the first of the four councils to go through the mediation-arbitration process, with an agreement to be in place by Sept. 1, 2018. Dates for mediation-arbitration have been set for July 30 to Aug. 3, 2018. The other three councils that must conclude mediation-arbitration, if needed, by the end of 2018 are the Council of Health Administrative Professional Unions, the Council of Health Support Unions and the Council of Nursing Unions.last_img read more

iHeartMedia Announces The Return Of The iHeartCountry Festival

first_imgiHeartMedia, the leading audio company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other media outlet, announced today the return of the iHeartCountry Festival by AT&T on Saturday, May 5.For the fifth straight year, Country music’s biggest superstars will perform at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas in a live celebration of all things Country.The Country music of the iHeartRadio app will come to life with an extraordinary lineup including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi and Brett Young, with more to be announced. In addition, one of iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated top on air personalities, Bobby Bones, will return as the official host of the iHeartCountry Festival main stage.“What makes this Festival special is that it is the one night the A-list of Country Music comes together to perform live, collaborate with friends and spend time together as a family,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “Everyone stays to support each other until the last band has walked off stage.”iHeartCountry has more than 150 Country broadcast radio stations across the U.S. reaching more than 110 million Country music listeners per month, making it the largest Country broadcast radio group in America. The iHeartCountry Festival is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of incredibly successful, nationally recognized concert events, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour, the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, the iHeartSummer’17 Weekend by AT&T and iHeartRadio ALTer Ego.“The iHeartCountry Festival is known for connecting our listeners to the biggest names in country music and this year is no exception,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “It’s a must-attend night not only for fans, but for the artists as well. The vibe back stage is like a family reunion, where the superstars get to reconnect and hang out. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind iHeart event.”The iHeartCountry Festival is an iHeartMedia Production. Proud partners of this year’s event include AT&T, Roche Diabetes Care, maker of the ACCU-CHEK Guide system, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, with more to be announced. The 2018 iHeartCountry Festival’s benefiting charity will be St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and for every ticket sold, iHeartMedia will donate $1 to help fund the hospital’s lifesaving treatments and research. For more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival.Tickets will be available to eligible AT&T customers through an exclusive AT&T THANKS Priority Pre-sale beginning February 27 at 10 a.m. CT through March 1 at 9:59 a.m. CT via the AT&T THANKS app. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m. CT via TexasBoxOffice.com. iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and at iHeartRadio.com. Streaming details will be announced soon.last_img read more

Pot producer Tilray links up with pharma firm Sandoz Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Licensed medical marijuana producer Tilray Inc. has formed an exclusive alliance with Sandoz Canada, in what it says is the first collaboration between a cannabis producer and a local affiliate of so-called Big Pharma.Tilray, headquartered in Toronto with production facilities in British Columbia, has signed a binding letter of intent with the Quebec-based affiliate of Sandoz International GmbH, part of global healthcare company Novartis.As part of the agreement announced Monday, Tilray will become the exclusive collaborator with Sandoz Canada on cannabis-based medical products which are non-smokable or non-combustible such as gel caps and sprays for the domestic market.Subject to future regulatory changes, the aim is to distribute on a wholesale level these co-branded products to Canadian hospitals and pharmacies, said Tilray’s chief executive officer Brendan Kennedy.There is still much skepticism towards the medical marijuana industry, and this collaboration with a recognized pharmaceutical company will help alleviate that, he said.As well, patients and physicians may feel more comfortable with cannabis-based products in forms such as pills and creams that are familiar.“That was part of the opportunity we saw… To distribute Tilray products that have the Sandoz logo that pharmacists, physicians and patients are used to seeing in their pharmaceutical packages. I think that will give physicians confidence and trust in our brand and our product,” he said in an interview.This agreement is the latest example of widening acceptance of cannabis as medicine, as Canada moves to legalize marijuana for recreational use later this year.For example, Sun Life Financial Inc. has added medical marijuana as an option for its group benefits plans as of March 1 after queries from its employer clients, marking a shift for the industry.Several benefits plan sponsors already cover medical cannabis costs for their employees including Loblaw Companies Ltd., the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the University of Waterloo’s student union.Patients and doctors appear to be warming up as well.According to the latest figures from Health Canada, there were 235,621 registered medical marijuana patients at the end of September 2017, up 35 per cent from 174,503 at the end of April 2017.The total number of medical practitioners who have ever provided a medical document for a client who registered with a licensed marijuana producer was 10,433 at the end of September, up from 9,726 three months earlier, when data was first gathered.Meanwhile, the pharmacy industry has been positioning itself to distribute medical cannabis.Shoppers Drug Mart has lined up supply agreements with four licensed producers, including Tilray, and Shoppers parent company Loblaw has filed for a producers license which would allow it to distribute the drug. Other pharmacies such as PharmaChoice has also signed marijuana supply agreements.The Canadian Pharmacists Association has also said pharmacies should play a leading role in the drug’s distribution.Health Canada said recently in a consultation paper that it intends to work with the provinces and territories and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory authorities on options to control the sale and display of cannabis to youth, which could include controlling them behind the counter at pharmacies.Kennedy is optimistic that cannabis products will be sold at pharmacies by the end of the year.He said Tilray had been in dialogue with Sandoz since mid-2017. Sandoz, whose focus is on generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, brought in some individuals to explore medical cannabis products and the overall industry 18 months ago, said Kennedy.The first phase of the companies’ alliance is to develop new products. The second phase, Kennedy said, is to leverage Sandoz’ supply chain and sales force to educate pharmacists about these new products, he added. The third phase would be to distribute co-branded Tilray Sandoz products to pharmacies across Canada by end of the year pending regulatory approvals.“A lot of pharmaceutical companies are paying attention to what’s happening in this industry, and over the past few years we’ve had conversations with a few of them… This is a huge milestone for us,” said Kennedy.last_img read more

Over Half a Million Expatriates Enter Morocco

Rabat – Over 531,146 Moroccan living abroad have returned to Morocco via the country’s different entry points since the beginning of operation Marhaba 2018 on June 5.Responding to the chamber of representatives’ question  regarding preparations taken to ensure successful transits, the Minister Delegate for Moroccans Residing Abroad and Migration Affairs, Abdelkrim Benatiq, noted that 60 percent of the expatriates entered the country via  airways while 40 percent entered by sea or roads.As part of  Marhaba 2018, some 24 ships were mobilized, 11 of which to Tanger Med port, 4 between Tanger ville port and Tarifa, 3 between Almeria and Nador, and one between Nador and Martil. Benatiq also recalled that the Morocco-Spain Joint Commission held a meeting on May in M’diq to strengthen cooperation and streamline the transit operation to handle the large numbers of people who enter Morocco via Spain.The minister also underlined that the Mohammed V Foundation has put in place 782 social assistants,in addition to 182 doctors to accompany the expatriates during their entry process.An application along with a website have been developed, to provide Moroccans living abroad with instructions related to entry points, transit procedures, tips for preparing the trip and host sites.The Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity began the operation in past years to assist the more than 2.5 million Moroccans residing abroad and returning to Morocco for the summer holidays.The operation will continue through the summer until September 15, 2018. read more

More work remains to ensure justice for war crimes victims says head

“Where national courts are unwilling or unable to act, the ICC can play a crucial role in delivering justice for victims, in sending a message of deterrence to potential criminals and in contributing thereby to the re-establishment of peace and the rule of law,” the Presidency of the Court said in a statement issued for International Justice Day, observed on 17 July. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, the ICC is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes people accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It is based on a treaty known as the Rome Statute, of which 109 countries are now States Parties.The statement noted that the creation of the ICC was a “small but significant” step towards the realization of the vision of a world in which peace and justice prevail in accordance with the rule of law. Since its creation, the Court has been investigating four situations – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), northern Uganda, the Darfur region of Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR). Each one has been referred to it by the country concerned or by the United Nations Security Council, and the first trial began in January. Other situations under analysis by the Office of the Prosecutor include Colombia, Afghanistan, Chad, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire.“The creation and early achievements of the ICC are only a beginning,” the statement noted. “Much more remains to be done to advance the cause of international justice.” This includes strengthening the capacity of national courts to investigate and prosecute serious crimes, and the enforcement of decisions of the ICC or other courts.“Adherence to and respect for the rule of law must become the norm and not the exception. The ideal of a world governed through law is what motivated the establishment of the ICC, it is what we celebrate today, and it is our aim for the future,” added the statement.The President of the Court is Judge Sang-Hyun Song (Republic of Korea), and its Chief Prosecutor is Luis Moreno-Ocampo (Argentina).Ambassador Christian Wenaweser of Liechtenstein, who serves as President of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC, noted that the goal has been, and remains, universal membership in the Court.“That means that all Member States of the United Nations will become States parties to the Rome Statute,” he told a news conference in New York, adding that the expected ratification of the Statute on 21 July by the Czech Republic will bring the number of parties to 110. Mr. Wenaweser also reminded States of their obligation to cooperate with the Court, particularly in the area of arrests of indictees-at-large, such as Joseph Kony, the leader of the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The ICC issued arrest warrants for Mr. Kony and two other LRA leaders, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen, in 2005. The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the LRA-affected areas, Joaquim Chissano, told reporters today that Mr. Kony “will not go to The Hague” if he signs the final peace deal negotiated between the Government of Uganda and LRA.A series of accords struck by the rebels and the Ugandan Government last year raised hopes that they could reach a permanent, wide-ranging agreement ending the conflict, but Mr. Kony has repeatedly failed to sign a comprehensive deal mediated by the Government of Southern Sudan that his representatives have already initialled.“Once the agreement is signed and the Ugandan Government is willing and capable of undertaking a juridical system, it may do so provided that it can prove to the ICC that it is following the minimum required international standards,” said Mr. Chissano, the former President of Mozambique.“You cannot expect the ICC to come and just drop the warrants. They will drop the warrants in the face of the capability of the Government of Uganda to implement the case by themselves. “We are ready to give [Mr. Kony] this explanation if he shows up,” he added. 17 July 2009The creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its achievements to date are vital to ensuring justice for millions around the world, but much more work remains to be done to advance this noble ideal, according to the head of the landmark institution that was established 11 years ago today. read more

UN will not pay for legal fees of official implicated in Iraq

“This would be reviewed if he is later cleared of both internal breaches of UN rules and regulations and of any criminal wrongdoing,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told the daily briefing on the eve of a new interim committee report on the employment of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s son, Kojo, by Swiss company Cotecna, which was awarded an Oil-for-Food contract.Last Wednesday Mr. Annan’s Chief of Staff, Mark Malloch Brown, told a news conference of an earlier decision taken on the advice of the UN legal office to cover some of the legal fees incurred by Mr. Sevan in connection with his appearance before the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) headed by former United States Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.Mr. Sevan, who had retired from the UN but was kept on a salary of $1 a year to make him available to the IIC, had repeatedly raised the issue of compensation with the Secretary-General and former Chief of Staff Iqbal Riza. According to Mr. Malloch Brown, the reason the UN initially decided – on a strictly exceptional basis – to agree to Mr. Sevan’s request was because “he was at the centre of this web that the panel was seeking to unravel; that his role came about because of his official responsibilities as Head of the Oil-for-Food programme, and that, therefore, any transgressions that had occurred, were related to his official duties.”That arrangement, however, was terminated after the IIC released on 3 February a first preliminary report that found Mr. Sevan had repeatedly solicited allocations of oil under the programme, by which then sanctions-bound Iraq was allowed to sell oil in exchange for humanitarian supplies, and by so doing “created a grave and continuing conflict of interest.”According to a letter made public Wednesday at UN Headquarters, Mr. Malloch Brown informed Mr. Sevan that in the light of the IIC’s adverse findings, “we are no longer prepared to reimburse the cost of your representation before the IIC or any other legal costs incurred by you after 3 February 2005.”The new decision deals with the time prior to 3 February. read more

Brandon Drury hits first career grand slam in Blue Jays 194 rout

As soon as Brandon Drury’s bat connected with the ball he knew he’d hit the first grand slam of his career.Drury’s moon shot to deep left field scored half of the runs in an eight-run fourth inning that helped the Blue Jays cruise past the visiting Texas Rangers 19-4 on Monday night. It was Drury’s second at-bat of the inning as Toronto worked through its entire lineup.“Any time you’ve got the bases loaded you always have a grand slam in the back of your head,” said Drury. “When I hit it I knew I got it. I was excited about it and I felt like it put the game away.”At 26 years old and in his fourth Major League Baseball season Drury is considered a veteran on a Blue Jays team in the midst of a rebuild. One player he’s connected with is rookie sensation Bo Bichette.“Me and Bo actually talk hitting all the time,” said Drury. “Just about our approaches and what we’re trying to do that day, the pitcher’s stuff. We’re both guys that try to use the middle of the field, so I think we can relate to approach and try to attack the pitcher that day with the same game plan.”Bichette stayed hot on Monday, improving his batting average to .394 with four hits, three runs, and a stolen base.When manager Charlie Montoyo came out to address media after the game he joked that Bichette had broken another record but he wasn’t sure what it was yet.Montoyo was right — Bichette’s two doubles against the Rangers brought his total of extra-base hits to 15, the first player in MLB history to reach that mark in the first 15 games of their career.“I think it really has to do with trust. Going out there, not trying to do too much and just trying to focus on what makes you good,” said Bichette.Veteran slugger Justin Smoak was more succinct: “He just falls out of bed and gets a hit.”Smoak, Randal Grichuk and Danny Jansen also hit home runs as Toronto’s (50-72) offence churned out 21 hits, including a franchise record 13 extra-base hits. The Blue Jays’ 19 runs were the third most in team history.Smoak and Grichuk both went 3 for 5 with had four RBIs apiece. Their back-to-back home runs in the third inning were the 10th time Toronto has had consecutive homers in a game this season.“I’ve been telling you guys since April, but it just hasn’t happened,” said Montoyo about the Blue Jays offence. “Now it’s been happening. The better at bats, the more pitches the pitchers have to throw, that’s why I call hitting contagious, because pitchers have to work harder and harder.”Neil Ramirez threw a strike on every one of his seven pitches as the one-inning starter for Toronto. He gave way to Brock Stewart, who earned his second win of the season after pitching 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. Buddy Boshers and Justin Shafer each pitched an inning and a third, with Shafer allowing a run in the ninth inning.Nomar Mazara, Willie Calhoun and Rougned Odor each had a solo homer for the Rangers (59-59). Odor was booed during each one of his at bats with Blue Jays fans not forgiving him for punching former Toronto slugger Jose Bautista in the jaw to spark a benches-clearing brawl in 2016.A two-out single by Jose Trevino in the ninth inning plated Mazara for the game’s final score.Ariel Jurado (6-8) allowed eight runs on 11 hits and a walk over 3 2/3 innings. Adrian Sampson, Brett Martin, Jesse Chavez, Rafael Montero, and catcher Jeff Mathis came out of the bullpen for Texas. BROWSE Toronto Blue Jays read more

Bucks Sterling Brown Sues Milwaukee Lawsuit Reveals Officer Mocked

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation.Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court.Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on Jan. 26, when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered.Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released. Brown wasn’t charged with anything and three officers were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.Eight other officers were ordered to undergo remedial training in professional communications.Video of the confrontation shows an officer approached Brown around 2 a.m. When their conversation becomes tense, the officer calls more squad cars for help and eventually eight officers are standing around Brown. One asks him to take his hands out of his pockets and a second or two later the scuffle begins. Almost immediately, an officer yells: “Taser! Taser! Taser!”According to the lawsuit, one of the officers later took to Twitter to mock Brown, saying, “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeerPolice only released the body camera video of the first officer who contacted Brown. But additional body camera and squad car videos, obtained by WISN-TV, showed the moments after officers used a stun gun on Brown. In one, Brown is on the ground and handcuffed when an officer puts one of his boots on Brown’s ankle, holding it there. Brown doesn’t mention being in any discomfort but he questions the officer’s actions.“C’mon man, you’re stepping on my ankle for what?” Brown said. In response, the officer said he was trying to prevent Brown from kicking anyone.Other videos obtained by WISN-TV showed an officer talking with two colleagues seating in a squad car. They talked about how they could be perceived as racist for arresting a black Bucks player, with one saying if anything goes wrong, it “is going to be, ‘Ooh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist, blah, blah, blah.’”Brown told the Journal Sentinel in an interview last month that he “gave in” when police used a stun gun and that he didn’t do anything to resist because he didn’t want officers to “pull out their guns.”“I was just being smart. I just wanted to get out of the situation and get home,” he said. read more

Ohio State field hockey falls in overtime in Big Ten opener rebounds

Members of the OSU field hockey team celebrate at a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime. Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerMorgan Kile’s first career goal sparked the Ohio State field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field as the Buckeyes handled the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 9-1, to salvage a split of the weekend’s matchups.It took OSU (3-4, 0-1) all of 47 seconds to get on the board Sunday when the freshman midfielder Kile crossed in front of the net from five yards out and converted off a pass from junior forward Peanut Johnson.“It felt great to come out with positive energy working together,” Kile said. “And when you come out as a team with an attitude like that, it’s just so easy to start a game that way.”Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey picked up a hat trick against the Mountaineers.The Buckeyes fell just one goal short of the school record against Appalachian State (2-6, 0-1), failing to match the 10 they scored against Missouri State in 2012 and against Louisville in 1994.OSU’s demolition of the Mountaineers came just two days after the team lost a tight battle against Michigan State.The Buckeyes lost a thriller in overtime Friday afternoon, 4-3, to the No. 16 Spartans to open Big Ten play. Columbus native Abby Barker, a senior forward, scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season 2:50 into the extra session to give the Spartans (5-2, 1-0) the victory.“She’s a great kid. She can finish,” Wilkinson said about Barker. “She showed that last year in the Big Ten Tournament and she showed that again today.”Despite being outshot, 20-17, Michigan State got a quick flurry of four shots on goal in the opening minutes of overtime. OSU freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro made three saves away from the net in the period, but couldn’t deny Barker as she maneuvered in front of the net for the game-winner. OSU got out to a promising start early against the Spartans, scoring twice within 20 minutes in the first half. Humphrey connected off a penalty corner eight minutes into the game and senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner followed it up with a tip-in goal with 18:01 left in the half.Michigan State didn’t panic and instead responded with poise before the half ended.Senior midfielder Becky Stiles connected from five yards out with less than seven minutes to play in the opening stanza to cut the Buckeye lead in half, 2-1. It appeared OSU would be able to keep its lead at halftime until Michigan State was awarded a final penalty corner attempt with no time remaining. Allie Ahern, a senior forward, scored on the play off a well-placed pass from Barker to tie the game, 2-2, at halftime. “I don’t know if we got comfortable or if Michigan State just stepped it up,” Wilkinson said. “Obviously when you’re down two goals like Michigan State was, you have nothing to lose. And when a team can get into a rhythm playing like that, that usually fares well for them.”Ahern connected again for her second goal, this time off a turnover, to start the second half, and the Spartans led for the first time, 3-2.The Buckeyes didn’t get a shot on goal in the second half until more than halfway through the period, but they made a strong surge late.With 11:53 to play, Royce took a thunderous shot off a penalty corner and fired just wide, but Humphrey snuck into the picture and tipped the ball into the net to tie the game at three. OSU had four opportunities to win the game on penalty corners with no time remaining, but it couldn’t find the back of the net.“We had endless opportunities on goal,” Royce said after the game. “We had multiple (penalty) corners. Under pressure everything changes, so we’ll learn to step up.”Royce said she was pleased with her teammates’ performance against the up-tempo Spartans, but they have to learn to play at their pace.“The Big Ten style has a very unique style of (field) hockey,” she said. “So our hardest challenge will be playing our game despite the way they play.”OSU is set to face Louisville on the road Tuesday at 4 p.m. before Big Ten play continues Sunday against Penn State in Columbus. read more

Mining aviation safety innovations up for discussion at Indaba

first_imgExecuJet Africa is to attend next week’s annual Mining Indaba in Cape Town from 5-9 February as sponsors and exhibitors for the first time, in an effort to raise the profile of safety developments in mining industry aviation. ExecuJet said it had “identified the event as a distinctive opportunity to raise the profile of services including private and corporate luxury charter specifically to the mining industry, but in addition, to emphasise the relevance of safety in Aviation and the fact that ExecuJet Africa provides a very efficient world class Emergency Response Plan with the associated facilities on site.”In the last three years ExecuJet Africa states that it has become more valuable as an air transport partner to the mining industry by offering all the safety standards associated with VVIP flights to all types of mining charter services including one-off missions through to Fly-in/Fly-out (FIFO) missions in support of mine construction projects. The company states: “Mining is already a risky business, operating in harsh conditions in remote areas. It is important to reduce travel risk as much as possible by using a reputable, safety conscious aviation company knowledgeable of the region. This has naturally led to an increased focus on aviation safety standards. So we are very proud that ExecuJet can offer a safe way of chartering aircraft for the mining business.” In the unfortunate case of an incident/accident, an approved ERP is activated whereby a team of individuals appointed to the ERP are alerted and man the ExecuJet Response Centre. In conjunction with Blake Emergency Services, ExecuJet is able to efficiently manage all aspects of the situation. “It is important to select an aviation operator who aspires to the same stringent safety policies that most mines do. ExecuJet rates among the best when it comes to safety with regular audits by international, independent Aviation Safety audit organisations such as Hart Aviation and ISBAO.” said Chris Frost, Business Development Manager, Flight Operations ExecuJet Africa.The company highlighted several trends developing among mining companies where aviation safety is concerned. Many mining companies are closing down their own flight departments in favour of using third party aviation service providers to concentrate on mining. There has been an increase in safety awareness from a plethora of new aviation safety audit professionals and prospective suppliers are audited regularly and thoroughly by aviation consultants. Another trend is that mining companies are starting to discourage the practise of cross-hiring of aircraft and are developing their own aviation safety policies which exceed those of the national Civil Aviation Authorities where they operate. Comprehensive presentations will be hosted at the Westin Cape Town Arabella Quays Hotel during Mining Indaba from 6-8 February at selected times. The focus will be on safety in aviation as well as an overview on the benefits of business aviation and non-scheduled flights.last_img read more

22 Wii U games will be available on November 18

first_imgNintendo has revealed the full list of titles that will actually be available for purchase when the Wii U goes on sale on November 18. Previously, the company had provided a slate of around 50 games that would be available between November and March, but it held off on confirming actual launch day titles.One of the biggest confirmed titles is ZombiU, a game that Nintendo hopes will prove its ability to land worthwhile exclusive third-party content. Other games published by third-parties include Assassin’s Creed 3, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Epic Mickey 2.As for first-party fare, it is exactly what was expected. Nintendo Land, which Nintendo has touted as the Wii Sports of the Wii U, and New Super Mario Bros. U will both be available day-and-date with the new home console. In total, 22 titles will be sitting alongside the coveted systems as they go on sale around 60 days from now.Nintendo did also confirm a list of other games that would be released between November 18 and the end of the year. There is little in the way of noteworthy entries there, but one that is sure to spur holiday sales is the Wii U launch of Skylanders Giants.Wii U pre-orders are already hard to come by, and many of those who did claim a reservation are trying to profit from it on Ebay. Prices for the Wii U have gone upwards of a thousand bucks in the last couple days. This is the first time in six years that a new home console will be released, so the excitement is very understandable.via G4last_img read more

Réutiliser le CO2 en limitant le réchauffement climatique

first_imgRéutiliser le CO2 en limitant le réchauffement climatiqueAlors que les émissions mondiales de CO2 explosent, de plus en plus d’entreprises s’intéressent à la valorisation du carbone qui permettrait de le réutiliser pour toutes sortes de choses. Toutefois, y parvenir concrètement reste ardu.En 2011, les émissions de dioxyde de carbone ont atteint le niveau record de 31,6 milliards de tonnes (gigatonnes) et, à ce rythme-là, elles auront doublé en 2050. La meilleure solution pour éviter la hausse des températures à 2°C, ce qui compromettrait de façon dramatique la biosphère, reste de moins consommer. Malheureusement, les choses ne vont pas dans ce sens bien que sobriété et efficacité énergétiques permettraient de réduire de 38 % les rejets de CO2 d’ici 2050.Du coup, d’autres pistes sont également à l’étude. On envisage par exemple de stocker le CO2 dans des formations géologiques profondes, ce qui pourrait en économiser 19 %. Encore insuffisant pour éviter la surchauffe de la planète mais ingénieux. Autre option envisagée : réutiliser du CO2 dans des procédés industriels. L’avantage de la méthode est de non seulement réutiliser le gaz mais également de lui donner une valeur économique. Cela pourrait par ailleurs réduire les importations d’énergies fossiles et, peut-être même de créer des emplois.Le CO2 est déjà utilisé par les groupes pétroliers qui l’injectent, à raison de 40 millions de tonnes par an, pour améliorer l’extraction des hydrocarbures. Mais au quotidien, le gaz carbonique se retrouve également dans les boissons gazeuses et il sert également de réfrigérant, de solvant. Enfin, il constitue la base de matériaux plastiques et de divers produits utilisés dans la chimie, la pharmacie, la parfumerie, le textile ou l’agroalimentaire.Malgré ces multiples applications, seules 0,5 % des émissions annuelles mondiales de CO2 sont ainsi réutilisés. Selon certains experts, certaines méthodes permettraient d’améliorer ce rendement pour qu’entre 5 % et 10 % de ces émissions soit valorisées. Bien que cette utilisation ” ne remplacera pas l’efficacité énergétique et le stockage géologique [ … ] À partir du carbone, on peut tout faire”, souligne Laurent Forti, de la direction scientifique de l’IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) qui mène des expériences d’électroréduction (afin de recycler une partie du CO2 rejeté dans l’atmosphère).À lire aussiLe PFTBA, un gaz à effet de serre 7 100 fois plus polluant que le CO2Depuis 2010, l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie, la société de conseil Alcimed a identifié “12 voies de valorisation”, reprises, en 2011, par l’agence dans une “feuille de route stratégique”, rapporte lemonde.fr. Ainsi le dioxyde de carbone pourrait par exemple : stimuler la croissance d’algues desquelles seraient extraits des biocarburants de 3ème génération ; fabriquer des plastiques ; fabriquer du carbonate de calcium, composant principal du calcaire, pour le bâtiment et les travaux publics ; produire des composés chimiques tels que le méthanol, l’urée ou l’acide formique employés dans la composition d’engrais, l’ensilage ou la papeterie ; permettre de stocker de l’énergie en le convertissant en méthane injecté dans les réseaux de distribution de gaz (technique étudiée par Areva).Toutes ces utilisations très prometteuses restent pourtant difficiles à mettre en pratique. Le captage du gaz carbonique pose problème et, même récupéré, casser les molécules de CO2 est très énergivore. Or, cette opération est indispensable pour isoler le carbone et le recombiner avec d’autres éléments. Comme l’indique Laurent Forti, cette “opération n’a de sens qu’avec une énergie décarbonée, comme le solaire ou l’éolien”. En effet, si “on a recours à du fossile [pour réaliser ce cassage de la molécule de CO2] au final, on produit plus de CO2 qu’on en consomme “.Mais le choses progressent et, dans ce domaine, les Etats-Unis, le Japon et la Chine ont pris plusieurs longueurs d’avance sur l’Europe. En France, plusieurs entrepises travaillent à la valorisation du CO2, à l’image de Air Liquide qui est partie prenante des projets de culture de microalgues. Areva EDF, Rhodia ou Veolia Environnement sont également engagés, avec des équipes du CNRS et du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives dans un programme financé par l’Agence nationale de la recherche.Le 12 juillet 2012 à 17:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week HalfFace Man

first_img You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Let’s revisit those sinister Clockwork Droids…The Half-Face Man is a Clockwork Droid assigned to the SS Marie Antoinette sometime in the 51st century (via BBC)HALF-FACE MANFirst appearance: “Deep Breath” (2014)—season 8, episode 1Home planet: N/ADoctor: TwelfthCompanion: Clara OswaldThere’s a dinosaur in the Thames. The Doctor has a new face. And a mechanical man is plucking out people’s eyes.On his first adventure, the Twelfth Doctor and Clara mysteriously convene at Mancini’s Family Restaurant—which is neither family friendly nor a restaurant.“It’s more a sort of automated organ collection station for the unwary diner,” he tells Clara. “Sweeney Todd without the pies.”There’s something up his sleeve (via BBC)Below the diner, in “an alien spaceship probably buried for centuries” (functioning as a sort of human pantry), the pair escape their shackles and take stock of the dormant (fingers crossed!) robots.“Droids harvesting spare parts. That rings a bell,” the Doctor muses.Post-regeneration, the Time Lord is still trying to find his sea legs, but vaguely recalls that he’s “seen this before.”Indeed he has: Six seasons and two regenerations earlier, the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler saved the future mistress to King Louis XV and uncrowned queen of France, Madame de Pompadour, from having her brain harvested by clockwork droids in 18th century French masquerade costumes.Peter Ferdinando is the Half-Face Man (via BBC)The Doctor seemingly abandons Clara, just as the Half-Face Man—”a robot turning himself into a man, piece by piece”—and other bots awaken. Despite her attempt to escape unnoticed, the Impossible Girl is captured and taken to the Half-Face Man, who questions her about the Doctor’s whereabouts.(Cleverly, the audience can see the literal gears in his head move as he thinks.)Clara questions right back, learning that the robot has been replacing his mechanical parts with human (or dinosaur, as the case may be) elements to prolong his life and reach the “promised land.”In true Mission: Impossible form, the Doctor—with a little help from the Paternoster Gang—comes to the rescue.Facing off with a man who has only half a face, the Time Lord is still processing the situation when his rival deploys his escape pod: a hot-air balloon made of human skin.Fancy a ride in a hot air balloon made of human skin (via BBC)High above London (where Madame Vastra, Jenny, Strax, and Clara are still fighting for their lives), the Half-Face Man—who claims self-destruction is “against my basic program”—and the Doctor—who says murder is against his—scuffle near an open door.“You realize, of course, one of us is lying about our basic programming,” he says. “And I think we both know who that is.”With that, all the robots deactivate, a top hat falls past Big Ben, and the Half-Face Man is impaled on the cross at the top of the clock tower.Did he jump, or was he pushed? We may never know. What we do know, however, is that the Half-Face Man awakens in a beautiful garden, where he meets Missy—a mysterious woman claiming to be the Doctor’s girlfriend.“You made it,” she tells him. “The promised land. Paradise. Welcome to heaven.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more