Adamson not a ‘deadbeat’ team, says coach Air Padda

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a painful loss but Adamson head coach Air Padda said her team is by all means not a pushover in the league.“We’re not a deadbeat team, if anyone says we are, we’re not a deadbeat team,” said Padda. “I was proud of our defense today, I thought our blocking was solid. There’s just a few things we need to work on and that is experience, game experience for our setter and that’s just coming to go with time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAdamson does lack the experience in the UAAP especially with the departure of Jema Galanza, Mylene Paat, and Fhen Emnas.The Lady Falcons’ roster is made up of seven rookies but has promising attacker in sophomore Chiara Permentilla and veteran leadership in fourth year opposite hitter Eli Soyud and fifth year Mary Joy Dacoron. “I think we’re inexperienced and that was one of the reasons why we lost, especially in the fifth set,” said Padda. “It’s always rough when you lose on the fifth set but everyone did not give up. I was so proud of them and that to me is what Adamson volleyball is about.”“There’s a lot of things we can take away from this to build on. I think that’s what our story is going to be this year, to keep building, keep improving.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Caidic still got game ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson University saw its hopes go up sky high only for University of Santo Tomas bring it back down to the ground in the two teams’ first meeting on opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Falcons came back from a two-set deficit only to falter in the fifth set as the Golden Tigresses took a 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6 win Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Soyud was also a champion with De La Salle back in Season 78 when she was a rookie.The duo of Soyud and Dacoron, however, wasn’t able to offset the youth of the team against the Golden Tigresses especially in the fifth set when UST was able to show its composure.UST was able to get a 5-0 start in the final set and that was essentially the start of the Lady Falcons’ demise.What the Lady Falcons had going for them, though, was their blocking as they repeatedly denied UST star Cherry Rondina at the top albeit being a triple block.Adamson attempted a total of 86 blocks, 32 more than what UST had, and scored 12 points off of them.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Virgin Atlantic offers extra perks to students flying abroad

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 16 (PTI) In a bid to woo students travelling abroad for higher studies, British carrier Virgin Atlantic will allow them free baggage check-in of up to 69 kg in economy class besides one date change without any additional cost.They would also be allowed hand baggage of up to 10 kg in economy class as well as free transportation of sports equipment as part of this offer, the airline said in a release today.At present, Virgin Atlantic operates one flight daily from Indira Gandhi International Airport here to Londons Heathrow airport, and also provides further connectivity to the US.The UK-based airline said it has also carried out a survey to get an in-depth insight into students packing desires.”We are pleased to offer students flying to the UK and US a generous baggage allowance and free date change to ensure they can carry their home comforts while studying abroad. We also have student travel advisors at our contact centre to help them with all their travel-related queries,” Virgin Atlantic Head of India and Middle East Nick Parker said.Students can avail the special check-in baggage allowance of up to 69 kg in economy class — three bags of 23kg each — in addition to 10 kg of hand-baggage and one piece of sports equipment at no extra charge, it said.A survey conducted in June by the airline revealed the essential items that students would want to pack when they go abroad — with home food and fashion topping the list, it said.advertisementIt said, if allowed to carry extra baggage, 35 per cent students would pack more food items, while 32 per cent would take along with them all their shoes.In addition to food, apparel and shoes, students also love to carry sports equipment and music instruments as they shift their base to another country for a few years, the airline found in the survey.”We will continue to surprise and delight our customers and understand the importance of extra baggage for students when they travel abroad for studies,” Shivani Singh Deo, marketing and communications manager, Virgin Atlantic India added.Additionally, as per the findings 40 per cent of the students who book their airline tickets in advance usually end up changing their date of travel and about 32 per cent of them have to incur a date change fee.Having factored these trends amongst students who travel abroad, Virgin Atlantic has created customised offers to make travel more convenient for students, the release said. PTI IAS KIS RG KISlast_img read more

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Hamilton Test: Ross Taylor ton guides New Zealand into series-clinching position

first_imgRoss Taylor ended a poor run of form to score his 16th Test century and bat New Zealand into a potentially series-winning position at the end of the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday.Already 1-0 up in the two-match series courtesy of an eight-wicket win in Christchurch, New Zealand declared their second innings at 313/5, just after Taylor reached the milestone, and set Pakistan a victory target of 369. (SCORECARD)Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam safely batted out the three overs they needed before play ended to take their side to one for no wicket.They will face a minimum of 98 overs on Tuesday.Taylor finished on 102 not out, with BJ Watling on 15. Taylor is now one century behind the New Zealand record of 17, held by Martin Crowe. Opener Tom Latham had earlier scored 80 to anchor the New Zealand innings.Taylor, who had not passed 50 in 11 innings since scoring 67 not out against Zimbabwe in August, brought up the century when he cut Imran Khan backward of point for his 16th boundary.Captain Kane Williamson declared one run later.Latham, who survived a close run-out chance while on 22 when substitute fielder Yasir Shah hit the stumps from side on, moved to his 11th Test half century in the over before lunch with three fours off Mohammad Amir to take his side to 97/1.However, just when he looked well set to score his sixth Test century after lunch, he got an unplayable short delivery from Wahab Riaz and ballooned a catch to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to be dismissed for 80.advertisementWilliamson was the only other wicket to fall after lunch when he received a delivery from Imran that angled in then straightened off the seam and was caught by Sarfraz for 42.Jeet Raval was earlier trapped in front by Amir for two.The wickets of Henry Nicholls (26) and Colin de Grandhomme (32 from 21 balls), fell after tea.Pakistan have not lost a series since they were beaten 2-0 in Sri Lanka in August 2014, winning five and drawing two, which included one drawn series in England earlier this year that gave them the top test ranking before India moved past them.last_img read more

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Giants Rookie Beckham Rising Star

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.The first-round draft pick has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants’ No. 1 playmaker in a span of roughly three weeks.Add in the injury to fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz and Beckham might be the most important person on the Giants’ offense, with the exception of quarterback Eli Manning. The LSU product is clearly a rising star with added potential given more playing time.Don’t forget, the 21-year-old Beckham missed almost all of training camp, five preseason games and four regular-season games before getting on the field.“There is going to be bumps in the road because of his youth and you try to figure everything out, and you fix it as you go, get the details right and that is really where we are right now,” Giants receivers coach Sean Ryan said. “The talent is there, it’s clear to see. Now it is the details, the details have got to come, and they have got to come quick.”Beckham has been exciting to watch. He has averaged almost 11 yards on his 10 catches, with three going for touchdowns, including two in the Giants’ 31-21 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas on Oct. 19. He also had a 13-yard run in the game on handoff after being in motion.Still, Beckham is learning every week.“It is still all fast,” Beckham said. “I still have to catch myself from time-to-time, telling myself to slow down. I think it is natural when you are young like that and you are coming onto a new level to just try and slow it down. It is a difficult thing to do sometimes.”The rookie has made mistakes. He took the blame for the Giants having 12 men in the huddle against the Cowboys. The one thing the Giants had expected from Beckham was more downfield plays. That hasn’t happened yet. His longest catch has been for 21 yards.Quarterbacks Coach Danny Langsdorf said the deep balls will come. “If we can get him matched up with a particular defender, or in some one on one situation, that is a valuable thing for us,” Langsdorf said. “He does have it, he is explosive, he runs good routes.”With Cruz out for the season, the Giants need help from all their wide receivers.Ryan challenged them to step up after Cruz went down with a knee injury a little more than a week ago.While Beckham seemingly is the big-play threat, third-year receiver Rueben Randle is the leader of the receivers, a group that also includes Preston Parker, recently signed Kevin Ogletree and preseason sensation Corey Washington.“I guess I need to remember he is only 23, too,” Ryan said of Randle, who leads the team with 34 catches. “He carries it with a little bit of maturity.”“He is really trying to step up in that leadership role, so I have been happy with that,” he said.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Cavani and Mbappe lead PSG to easy win

first_imgAngers 0 Paris Saint-Germain 5: Cavani passes 100 Ligue 1 goals in thrashing Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 01:52 11/5/17 Cavani - cropped Getty Images Edinson Cavani became just the third player to score 100+ goals in two of Europe’s top five leagues as PSG smashed Angers 5-0 in Ligue 1. Edinson Cavani racked up a century of Ligue 1 goals as Paris Saint-Germain smashed Angers 5-0 on Saturday.Having scored 112 times in Serie A before swapping Italy for the French capital, Cavani is just the third player in the last 20 years to score 100+ goals in two of Europe’s top five leagues – Gonzalo Higuain and Zlatan Ibrahimovic the others.Cavani’s first breakaway strike came in a dominant first half in which Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler latched onto Dani Alves deliveries to score. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Angel Di Maria and Neymar were not at Unai Emery’s disposal at the Stade Raymond Kopa, but it mattered little as the leaders cruised to their 10th league win of the season.The effervescent Cavani ran almost the length of the field twice inside a minute before scoring his second, taking his tally for the season to 13 in Ligue 1 already, before Mbappe rounded goalkeeper Michel to register his first brace for PSG to cap a fine win.A trip to last season’s champions Monaco, who are second, lurks later this month, but the Parisians look irresistible on this form, sat in top spot and having qualified for the Champions League last 16 in record-breaking fashion.100 – #Cavani is the 3nd player to reach 100+ goals in 2 of the top-5 European leagues in the last 20 seasons (Ibrahimovic-Higuaín). Matador https://t.co/ZFz4jXp8rX— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) November 4, 2017Angers had won just one of their last nine league games, but they were on the path to defeat in this game as early as the fifth minute when Alves was given the freedom of the right flank to deliver a cross for Mbappe, who sent a swivelling shot across Michel and into the far corner.Thomas Mangani blazed over as Angers carved out a rare sight of goal, but more slack defending cost them soon after, Alves allowed to trundle forward before slipping a pass in behind the backline for Draxler to dink over the goalkeeper.Mbappe swung a wild effort high and wide, but PSG’s third was not too far behind and it was a notable effort for their number nine.Alves was again involved, freeing Mbappe in the right channel and the teenager’s smart flick presented Cavani the chance to score which he took powerfully with a first-time effort.100 – Edinson Cavani has become the 5th quickest player to reach 100 goals in Ligue 1. Matador. pic.twitter.com/0GYFLRN2mO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 4, 2017Substitute Angelo Fulgini saw a shot deflected just wide as Angers’ second-half switch to 4-3-3 helped them make an impression, but PSG scored again soon after.The goal summed up the very best of Cavani, who charged back into his own half to win the ball, before sprinting back up the other end to latch onto Adrien Rabiot’s pass and rifle into the net.Mbappe rounded off the scoring, racing clear on the end of substitute Lucas Moura’s pass before finishing calmly – the teenager denied a hat-trick from close-range soon after as PSG delivered an ominous destruction without their star turn Neymar. read morelast_img read more

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Top 5 Vacations for 2013

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups Generally speaking, January sucks. Alas, The Manual suggests you kick those broke, beginning of the year blues with some serious trip planning. With our top five international destinations for 2013, you’ll be punching the air and setting off on new adventures in no time.IstanbulSprawled across two continents, this vibrant city offers a diverse experience depending on where you stay. The thriving creative scene comprises tons of awesome independent galleries, including Dirimart and Galeri X-Ist, and a handful of progressive concept stores, such as Atelier 55, and interior design studios including Autoban. By night, explore the winding streets to find intimate eateries serving delicious local fare. The Manual recommends Changa for a modern interpretation of traditional Turkish food within stunning Art Nouveau surroundings.GoaParadisiacal yet still capable of a culture shock, Goa is becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations in India. Located on the country’s western coastline, you can expect dreamy white sand and palm tree beaches- try Ashwem for an off the beaten track experience- while the crumbling architecture in old Goa provides evidence of the Portuguese colonial rule. The best way to get around is by moped, which you can rent out by the day. Once you’ve secured your ride, The Manual recommends a sensory trip to one of the many spice plantations. For a leisurely Goan lunch, try Tato in buzzing Margao area for exquisite thali and a fun atmosphere.CroatiaHiking, wandering winding pebble streets and eating a lot of truffle-based dishes are just some of the highlights of holidaying in this country in southeastern Europe. An ideal option for some quality R&R, visitors often opt to stay in one of the many family-owned farm houses situated in the rolling valleys of Istria. The Manual recommends Agroturizam San Mauro for a super friendly memorable experience where the homemade wine will flow and flow. If exploration is your thing, head to Split. Previously a Roman city, the center of the city is rich in breathtaking Roman ruins and boasts a long, fascinating history.WarsawThe cultural capital of Poland boasts a thriving club and music scene, as well as a growing reputation for an edgy, independent art community which is being cultivated in the post-industrial Soho Factory zone. Shaping up to be the next Berlin, this buzzing city invites tourists to eat, drink and get seriously merry for a pittance. The Manual recommends heading to the Pawilony district for an array of trendy pubs and bars, including Wynalazek and Lenistwo, and the recently opened Neon Museum for an unexpected dose of Cold War history in the form of communist neon signs.BaliIf you’re looking to cram in as many activities as possible into your trip, Bali is an awesome choice. An extreme sportsman’s paradise, this compact but scenic island offers snorkelling in the coral reef, white water rafting along the breathtaking Ayung River, moutain cycling and quad biking through the island’s rugged back roads. When you’re all actioned out, The Manual recommends heading to Denpasar for a wander through Pasar Badung, the local 24 hour artisan market- arrive early for bargains- and stopping by Ubud for a spot of traditional Balinese cuisine at the beautiful Bumbu Bali resturant. 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Flooding in St. Mary – ODPEM

first_img Contact- Gizelle Mowatt, Acting Information Officer, ODPEM;  gmowatt@odpem.org.jm; Tel: 906-9674-5 ext. 6102 The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) wishes to advise the public that the stationary front currently affecting the island has produced heavy rains resulting in flooding within the parish of St. Mary. The areas affected include: -Port Maria -Oracabessa -Sections of Junction in the vicinity of Georgia Emergency response agencies have been alerted and are currently reporting to the areas. Persons in flood prone areas are reminded to: 1. Be ready to evacuate if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas. Decide on likely evacuation routes now. 2. Avoid flooded waterways, i.e. fordings, gullies, streams or rivers, either on foot or in vehicles. The ODPEM will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as events warrant.last_img read more

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Algomas New Equinox Bulker Reaches Canada

first_imgzoom Canadian provider of marine transportation services Algoma Central Corporation informed that its first Equinox Class self-unloader, the seaway-max size Algoma Niagara, arrived at the Port of Sept Iles, Quebec, on November 1.The Algoma Niagara is the fifth Equinox Class vessel in Canada and it joined four gearless sister ships in the company’s fleet. The vessel was scheduled to undergo inspections and re-flagging as a Canadian vessel before beginning commercial operations.The 225.6-meter-long bulker loaded its first cargo of iron ore from Port Cartier past weekend and departed for Hamilton shortly thereafter.Delivered in September this year, Algoma Niagara is the first of three Equinox Class self-unloaders currently under construction at the Yangzijiang shipyard in Jiangsu China. The ship is a traditional boom-aft twin belt self-unloader with a deadweight capacity of approximately 39,000 tons at design draught.The Algoma Sault is nearing completion at the Yangzijiang shipyard, and the Algoma Conveyor, which the company acquired at auction from the failed Nantong Mingde shipyard earlier this year, is undergoing refurbishment and final construction. The Algoma Sault is expected to arrive in Canada in time to start the 2018 navigation season and the Algoma Conveyor is expected to be completed and delivered in early 2019, according to the company.The Equinox Class represents the new generation of Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway bulk cargo vessels. The ships have been designed to optimize fuel efficiency and operating performance thus minimizing environmental impact, the company said.Separately, Algoma released its financial results for the third quarter of 2017 which show that the company saw a drop of almost 15 percent in its net earnings. During the quarter, Algoma’s net earnings dropped to CAD 32.8 million (USD 25.7 million) from CAD 38.5 million posted in Q3 2016.The company experienced a 23.5% increase in net earnings from continuing operations for the third quarter over the same period in 2016 – excluding the net gain on the cancellation of the shipbuilding contracts recognized in 2016. Inclusive of this net gain, net earnings from continuing operation were CAD 22.5 million in the third quarter of 2016, against CAD 24.4 million reported in the corresponding period of 2016.Revenues for the period rose to CAD 136.6 million from CAD 118.2 million recorded in Q3 2016.Algoma Central Corporation operates the largest Canadian flag fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway and also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets. The company has begun an expansion into international short-sea markets through its 50% interest in NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers and NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers.last_img read more

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Domestic air passenger traffic slips to 18 in July Report

first_imgMumbai: India’s domestic air passenger demand plummet to 1.8 per cent in July following the end of tourist season while the cumulative growth in traffic in the first four months stood at a mere 1.6 per cent, the report said. According to rating agency Icra, the international traffic catered by the domestic airlines de-grew 14.7 per cent in July over 0.6 per cent of the industry with the local carriers continuing to underperform the industry on international routes and their market share declining by 528 basis points to 32.1 per cent in July over the year-ago period on account of the under-performance. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe growth in the industry capacity (measured in available seat kilometres ASKMs) continued to be muted in July at 3.5 percent, primarily due to the grounding of Jet Airways. “Furthermore, the Indian airlines have been increasing focus on international operations as witnessed in increasing capacity deployment, due to higher opportunities in overseas markets from India. The same is evident from increasing capacity deployment by some of the carriers on international routes,” said Kinjal Shah of Icra. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostObserving that the jet fuel prices first declined sequentially in June and July by 0.3 per cent and 5.5 per cent, respectively, Icra said they, however, increased sequentially by 3.3 per cent in August while declined 7.9 per cent year-on-year. September 2019 again witnessed a sequential as well as year-on-year decline of 0.9 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively, it said adding the decline, however, may not have a material impact on the profitability of the airlines if they continue to witness pressure on passenger load factors which have been declining sequentially since May. Icra also said that given the favourable international scenario, few more airlines are likely to enter into international flying from India or expand capacities on international routes in the near future to tap the opportunity. The domestic space, however, will continue to remain critical for the carriers as it provides sizeable potential as well as feed-in traffic for the international routes, it said. As the airlines continue to expand their fleet, resulting in a gradual correction in the demand-supply imbalance and thus a further moderation in airfares, the domestic passenger traffic growth growth is expected to increase in the near-to-medium-term, said Shah.last_img read more

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Facebook busts Israelbased campaign to disrupt elections

first_imgJerusalem: Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. Many were linked to the Archimedes Group, a Tel Aviv-based political consulting and lobbying firm that boasts of its social media skills and ability to “change reality.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportGleicher said Facebook could not speculate about Archimedes’ motives, which “may be commercial or political.” But he said Facebook discovered “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” with accounts posing as certain political candidates, smearing opponents and presenting as local news organizations peddling supposedly leaked information. The activity appeared focused on Sub-Saharan African countries but was also scattered in parts of Southeast Asia and Latin America. The pages have racked up 2.8 million followers and hundreds of thousands of views. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsGleicher said Archimedes had spent some 800,000 on fake ads and that its deceptive activity dated back to 2012. He said Facebook has banned Archimedes. Facebook has come under pressure to more aggressively and transparently tackle misinformation aimed at sowing division and confusion around elections, since the revelation that Russia used Facebook to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election. On its website, Archimedes presents itself as a consulting firm involved in campaigns for presidential elections. Little information is available beyond its slogan, which is “winning campaigns worldwide,” and a vague blurb about the group’s “mass social media management” software, which it said enabled the operation of an “unlimited” number of online accounts. The site, featuring a montage of stock photos from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, boasts of its “own unique field within the social media realm” and its efforts to “take every advantage available in order to change reality according to our client’s wishes.” A message seeking comment from the company was not immediately returned.last_img read more

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San Francisco prosecutors turn to AI to reduce racial bias

SAN FRANCISCO — In a first-of-its kind experiment, San Francisco prosecutors are turning to artificial intelligence to reduce racial bias in the courts, adopting a system that strips certain identifying details from police reports and leaves only key facts to govern charging decisions.District Attorney George Gascon announced Wednesday that his office will begin using the technology in July to “take race out of the equation” when deciding whether to accuse suspects of a crime.Criminal-justice experts say they have never heard of any project like it, and they applauded the idea as a creative, bold effort to make charging practices more colorblind.Gascon’s office worked with data scientists and engineers at the Stanford Computational Policy Lab to develop a system that takes electronic police reports and automatically removes a suspect’s name, race and hair and eye colours. The names of witnesses and police officers will also be removed, along with specific neighbourhoods or districts that could indicate the race of those involved.“The criminal-justice system has had a horrible impact on people of colour in this country, especially African Americans, for generations,” Gascon said in an interview ahead of the announcement. “If all prosecutors took race out of the picture when making charging decisions, we would probably be in a much better place as a nation than we are today.”Gascon said his goal was to develop a model that could be used elsewhere, and the technology will be offered free to other prosecutors across the country.“I really commend them, it’s a brave move,” said Lucy Lang, a former New York City prosecutor and executive director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.The technology relies on humans to collect the initial facts, which can still be influenced by racial bias. Prosecutors will make an initial charging decision based on the redacted police report. Then they will look at the entire report, with details restored, to see if there are any extenuating reasons to reconsider the first decision, Gascon said.Lang and other experts said they look forward to seeing the results and that they expect the system to be a work in progress.“Hats off for trying new stuff,” said Phillip Atiba Goff, president for the Center for Policing Equity. “There are so many contextual factors that might indicate race and ethnicity that it’s hard to imagine how even a human could take that all out.”A 2017 study commissioned by the San Francisco district attorney found “substantial racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice outcomes.” African Americans represented only 6% of the county’s population but accounted for 41% of arrests between 2008 and 2014.The study found “little evidence of overt bias against any one race or ethnic group” among prosecutors who process criminal offences. But Gascon said he wanted to find a way to help eliminate an implicit bias that could be triggered by a suspect’s race, an ethnic-sounding name or a crime-ridden neighbourhood where they were arrested.After it begins, the program will be reviewed weekly, said Maria Mckee, the DA’s director of analytics and research.The move comes after San Francisco last month became the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies. The decision reflected a growing backlash against AI technology as cities seek to regulate surveillance by municipal agencies.Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press read more

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UNESCO condemns murder of magazine editor in Dagestan Russia

19 May 2011The head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom today deplored the murder in Dagestan, Russia, of the editor of an Avar-language magazine. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citing information from the non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters Without Borders, said the editor Yakhya Magomedov was shot four times as he left the home of his brother, a police officer, near the northern city of Khasavyurt.Mr. Magomedov was the editor of Avar-language version of As-Salam, which is also published in Russian and six Caucasian languages and distributed by volunteers. The magazine covers Islamic beliefs and practices.“The news of Yakhya Magomedov’s killing is troubling,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “The death of a journalist in violent and unexplained circumstances is always a setback for freedom of expression and freedom of the press. I deplore this killing and call on the authorities to investigate this murder and bring those responsible for it to justice.” read more

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Outlining disarmament tasks for Iraq Blix laments lack of time for inspections

Top United Nations arms inspector Hans Blix today presented a work programme to the Security Council on the key remaining tasks for disarming Iraq, expressing also his sadness that inspections had run out of time and that it appeared war was “imminent.”In his remarks to the Council, which also heard from Gustavo Zlauvinen, a representative for Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr. Blix, the Executive Chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), pointed out that he had speeded up the presentation of the work plan from 27 March to last Monday at the request of the Council. “I note that on the very same day we were constrained together with other UN units to order the withdrawal of all our inspectors and other international staff from Iraq,” he said.Secretary-General Kofi Annan ordered the withdrawal of UN personnel – including the UNMOVIC and IAEA inspectors, the UN agencies, programmes and funds implementing the humanitarian oil-for-food programme and the UN observers in the demilitarized zone along the Iraq-Kuwait border – after receiving advice from the United Kingdom and the United States over the weekend regarding their continued safety and security in the region.”I naturally feel sadness that three and months of work carried out in Iraq have not brought the assurances needed about the absence of weapons of mass destruction or other proscribed items in Iraq, that no more time is available for our inspections and that armed action now seems imminent,” Mr. Blix told the Council at the outset of its meeting, which was chaired by Foreign Minister François Lonseny Fall of Guinea.Mr. Blix also told the Council that Iraq had recently provided further information on a number of unresolved issues, and that these efforts by Iraq should be acknowledged, although “the value of the information thus provided must be soberly judged.” UNMOVIC experts, he added, “have found so far that in substance only limited new information has been provided that will help to resolve remaining questions.”Noting that the work programme, which was prepared by a large staff of UNMOVIC inspectors and other resources, would seem to have only limited practical relevance in the current situation, Mr. Blix stressed that UNMOVIC was a subsidiary organ of the Council. Until the Council took a new decision on the Commission’s role and functions, previous resolutions remained valid to the extent practicable and “it is evidently for the Council to consider the next steps,” he said. read more

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Fierce fighting continues to rage in southern Lebanon – UN mission

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reported today that heavy fighting continues in its area of operation in the country’s south, with Hizbollah rockets striking a UN position during the past 24 hours and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) shelling close to another UN post.Two Hizbollah rockets hit a UNIFIL position near Hula within a half-hour period, the mission said in a statement issued in the Lebanese city of Naqoura. The strikes caused “extensive material damage,” but no casualties were reported. Hizbollah also launched rockets from the vicinity of four other UN positions: Alma Ash Shab, Marwahin, Tibnin and At Tiri.There were two incidents of IDF firing from close to the UNIFIL post near Kafr Kila, while an IDF tank fired machine gun rounds from the vicinity of a UN position near Marwahin, the mission said, noting it has protested to Lebanese and Israeli authorities about the firing from both sides.The clashes are not confined to the areas around UN posts, with UNIFIL reporting that the IDF has made several ground incursions into Lebanese territory in the past 24 hours.As the fierce fighting continued, the Security Council received briefings behind closed doors today from Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno and an official from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on the latest developments in the crisis.Speaking to reporters, UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said that during the closed talks, Mr. Guéhenno “repeated the Secretary-General’s call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the restoration of UNIFIL’s freedom of movement, and he emphasized the obligation of the parties to ensure the safety and security of United Nations personnel, among many other things.”The Council’s President for August, Ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng of Ghana, told reporters that the Council has asked to receive daily briefings from OCHA and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) while the conflict persists.Mr. Effah-Apenteng said informal discussions were ongoing about a possible Council resolution to end the combat. “We want a comprehensive solution to the crisis,” he said.Since the conflict began three weeks, the violence has forced about 1 million people to flee their homes in Lebanon and northern Israel, including an estimated 800,000 people in Lebanon. Hundreds of others have been killed and thousands more injured.Four UNIFIL military observers were also killed on 25 July when IDF bombardment destroyed their post at Khiyam, and three of their bodies have been recovered so far. UNIFIL said today that an engineering contingent from the mission assessed the site yesterday to determine the equipment needed to remove debris as part of the continuing search for the body of the fourth observer. read more

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Plot twists suspense mark George Lucas plans for museum

by Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press Posted Jan 3, 2017 12:04 am MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – George Lucas is no stranger to epic struggles on the big screen, but he didn’t expect one off-camera when it came to his art collection.For nearly a decade, the filmmaker has tried to build a museum to house an extensive personal collection that includes 40,000 paintings, illustrations and film-related items. But legal entanglements and other complications have thwarted his efforts.After several false starts, Lucas and his art team say they will decide later this month whether to put the museum in San Francisco or Los Angeles, a strategy that has stirred a California rivalry.The prize is big, and both cities want it badly.“This is the largest civic gift in American history,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti told The Associated Press. “I think Los Angeles is the natural home for it” — a notion that San Francisco officials enthusiastically contest.The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, as it will be called, promises hundreds of jobs and a high-profile attraction — and it’s essentially free.The “Star Wars” creator is financing the project himself. He plans to spend more than $1 billion to build the museum, endow it and provide a trove of initial artworks valued at over $400 million. Together with Chinese architect Ma Yansong, Lucas has proposed a sleek, futuristic design looks like a cross between the Guggenheim and a galactic starfighter.The museum’s bold design and concept make clear that the 72-year-old filmmaker sees it as part of his legacy, and he is increasingly impatient to break ground.“It’s not just an enormous philanthropic gift to a city and to the world, but it is a unique museum in the way it is envisioned,” said Don Bacigalupi, an art historian and respected museum director Lucas hired as its founding president. “Certainly, we’ll be looking forward to the day we can move the art into a museum.”The museum will not, as many assume, be a repository for “Star Wars” memorabilia.It will, however, show how Lucas spent some of his filmmaking fortune and that his interest in art extends beyond movies.An avid collector for more than 40 years, Lucas is giving the museum some 10,000 paintings and illustrations that include dozens of Norman Rockwells and works from French impressionist Edgar Degas to American contemporary artist Keith Haring. There are illustrations for classic children’s books by Beatrix Potter of “Peter Rabbit” fame and Jean de Brunhoff, who created “Babar.”The museum gets its pick from some 30,000 film-related pieces including storyboards and costumes from “The Wizard of Oz,” ”Casablanca,” and, naturally, “Star Wars.”There’s art from comic books, graphic novels and other popular works that Lucas hopes will attract people who don’t typically visit museums.In 2010, Lucas first pitched his project to San Francisco and considered a site in the Presidio, but the trust that oversaw the park ultimately rebuffed him. He then took his project to Chicago, his wife’s hometown, but preservationists sued to keep it off the lakefront.Lengthy delays prompted Lucas to abandon that bid in June and change strategy.In October, Lucas unveiled similar but competing designs for Los Angeles and San Francisco sites, turning the project into a public competition. It seems to have worked.Government leaders in both cities have unanimously approved it. And officials are quick to stress that this time there is no apparent opposition, and construction could begin quickly ahead of a projected 2020 finish date.Later this month, Lucas is convening the museum’s board to decide between two distinct locations.In San Francisco, his project would virtually have an island unto itself.The city offered Lucas a 4-acre waterfront plot on Treasure Island, a man-made creation in the middle of the bay with cinematic views of the city skyline.The island was built for the 1939 World’s Fair, then used as a World War II naval base. These days it’s populated mainly by seagulls, boarded-up barracks, some art studios and old warehouses, but officials hope the museum triggers its transformation. A massive $6 billion redevelopment project includes apartments, hotels and a ferry terminal.“It’s a risk they would be taking, but it’s a bet on the future,” said Adam Van De Water, project manager for the museum at San Francisco City Hall. “We think his heart is here in the Bay Area.”Lucas has spent most of his life in the San Francisco area, and Lucasfilm was based in the city before he sold it in 2012 to Disney Co.“Put yourself in his shoes. You could be on Treasure Island, where you’re visible throughout downtown San Francisco,” said Van De Water, pausing to take a swipe at Los Angeles. “Or you could be a museum in a park with other museums.”Los Angeles has offered Lucas a 7-acre spot in Exposition Park, a sprawling cultural compound that holds three other museums and the Coliseum, home to the LA Rams. It has its own light rail station and is near the main campus of the University of Southern California, where Lucas went to film school.“A museum should not be cloistered away from the people,” LA Mayor Garcetti said. “We don’t live life on islands.”Exposition Park also is near eight public high schools and could help expose young people to Lucas’ collection, Garcetti says.If Lucas has a favourite, Bacigalupi won’t say.But Bacigalupi calls Treasure Island “sort of magical.” Not only does it offer stunning views, but the island would give the museum an iconic location on the water’s edge, which he compares to the Sydney Opera House. And, he says, Lucas is deeply devoted to the Bay Area.Los Angeles is exciting for different reasons, he said. Its proximity to schools and being part of a community of museums “is certainly attractive,” he said. And, like San Francisco, Los Angeles is part of Lucas’ history.“These are two spectacular places. Two great cities,” Bacigalupi says. “It’s a tough decision. But for all the right reasons.” Plot twists, suspense mark George Lucas’ plans for museum FILE – In this July 28, 2016 file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. For nearly a decade, George Lucas has been trying to build a museum for his extensive personal art collection.Los Angeles has offered Lucas a site in Exposition Park, near a science museum, natural history museum, the African American museum and the University of Southern California, where he went to film school. Garcetti calls the museum “the largest civic gift in American history.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) read more

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Saskatoon video game publishing company partners with Chinese firm

Saskatoon video game publishing company partners with Chinese firm SASKATOON – A Chinese video game publishing company, Z-Play, has bought 70 per cent of Saskatoon’s Noodlecake Studios in a $6.3-million deal.Noodlecake officials say they will use the money and new partnership to design more games and enter the Chinese market.CEO Jordan Schidlowsky says China is the biggest market in the world for mobile gaming, but it’s hard to get into the market unless you have a partnership.He says the Chinese government has strict restrictions on foreign companies.Noodlecake Studios, the seven-year-old mobile game developers, has created hundreds of games, both in-house and for third-party companies.Their most notable game is Super Stickman Golf.Schidlowsky says since the acquisition, Noodlecake’s games have had five times more downloads in China than the U.S.(CTV Saskatoon) by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 8:25 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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States must prioritize migrants human rights UN independent experts reiterate

“This tragedy is just one in a long line of migration-related deaths at borders, be it in deserts, in mountainous regions, as well as at sea, not only in the Mediterranean but around the world,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, following a recent visit to Italy.He warned that if countries continue to criminalize irregular migration, without adopting new legal channels for migration which would create possibilities for asylum seekers and migrants to securely and regularly reach safe destinations, “the number of migrants risking their lives on dangerously overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels over perilous sea routes can only increase.”Mr. Crépeau, who completed a year-long study of external border management, had called on European Union member States to prioritize a new human rights framework in the development of their migration policies. According to reports, more than 300 migrants aboard the overcrowded ship were killed when a fire caused a panic that led to the ship capsizing. Most of the victims are Somalis and Eritreans, including women and children. The UN Independent Expert on Somalia, Shamsul Bari, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, echoed the call.“This tragic incident shows the level of desperation of the people living in areas of Somalia which are still stricken by insecurity and the lack of enjoyment of basic economic, social and cultural rights,” Mr. Bari said. “I urge Somali authorities to address the root causes of the smuggling and trafficking in persons in Somalia, with the collaboration of the international community and the UN,” he added. In neighbouring Eritrea, the “alarming” human rights situation is triggering a constant stream of refugees to neighbouring countries and far beyond, Ms. Keetharuth said, including a large number of unaccompanied children, some as young as seven or eight years old.“I call on the international community to keep monitoring the human rights situation in Eritrea and to protect and support those fleeing the country, in particular the increasing numbers of unaccompanied children,” she restated.The experts extended their thoughts to the families of the deceased, and those who survived the incident.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

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Disgraced GP avoids prison over video of man having sex with snake

first_imgGP Cyprian Okoro arrives at the Old Bailey for sentencingCredit:Mark Thomas/REX/Shutterstock GP Cyprian Okoro arrives at the Old Bailey for sentencing You have betrayed the high standards of conduct required by your professionJudge Richard Hone QC They featured women having sex with dogs, a man having sex with a snake and a woman having sex with a horse, the court heard.Okoro also had an indecent video of a two-year-old boy, which was among images moved from his photo gallery into a password-protected “vault” app on his phone.The defendant, of Streatham, south-west London, denied five charges of possessing extreme pornography and one of possessing an indecent image of a child.Earlier this month, a jury at the Old Bailey found him guilty of all but two charges of possessing extreme pornography relating to bestiality with dogs.Following the verdict, the jury was told that it was the second time Okoro had been convicted in what the judge described as a “quite unusual case”.The Court of Appeal ordered a retrial after he was sentenced to nine months’ jail suspended for 18 months at Norwich Crown Court in 2014.He had also been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years, complete an internet sex offenders’ programme, do 200 hours of unpaid work and be subject to 18 months of supervision. His biggest regret is he did not delete the material the moment it arrivedStephen Akinsanya, mitigating The court also heard how in April 2000, Okoro was found guilty by a General Medical Council panel of serious professional misconduct relating to “inappropriate comments of a sexual nature” at work.He was suspended for 18 months, extended for a further 12 months in 2001, the court was told.Okoro came to the attention of police after a woman made an allegation of sexual assault against him, but no further action was taken over the claim.In mitigation, Stephen Akinsanya said it was “regrettable” that such a man had lost his good character and possibly his career. A disgraced doctor has avoided prison after being convicted for a second time of having a stash of “extreme” pornography, including a video of a man having sex with a snake.GP Cyprian Okoro “betrayed” the high standards of his profession and was lucky not to have been jailed over his collection of obscene videos sent to him via WhatsApp, a judge said.Following a retrial ordered by the Court of Appeal, the doctor was handed six months in custody – suspended for 12 months – and ordered to re-sign the sex offenders’ register.The court had heard how 55-year-old Okoro had five videos of a “grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise obscene character” on his Samsung phone. He told the court: “His biggest regret is he did not delete the material the moment it arrived and did not seek to cut off the ties with those who sent the material to him.”Mr Akinsanya said it was through “reckless stupidity” he had risked his whole career and it was unlikely Okoro would be able to work in the UK again.He said the GP had been “traumatised” by the stigma attached to his conviction, but insisted he was not a paedophile.He had never posed a danger to his own children or those he interacted with through his work, the court heard.Sentencing, Judge Richard Hone QC told Okoro: “You have betrayed the high standards of conduct required by your profession.”The judge said he had to allow for the fact the defendant had completed the unpaid work, supervision requirement and most of the sex offenders’ programme.Although he was “constrained” by the earlier sentence, he echoed the appeal court judge by saying Okoro had been “fortunate” he had not been sent immediately to prison before.Okoro qualified as a doctor in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1986, and received an interim suspension by the General Medical Council in September 2013. 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.last_img read more

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