Marc Gasol adjusts quickly to make big impact for Raptors

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol eyes a ball during basketball practice at the NBA Finals in Toronto, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Marc Gasol dislikes speaking about himself, but the Spaniard is the talk of the NBA Finals for how well he’s playing only four months after joining the Toronto Raptors.The 34-year-old center, whose older brother Pau won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Toronto’s 118-109 victory over Golden State in the best-of-seven opener.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors, Steph Curry have been ‘transformational’ for NBA Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “There’s always a sort of kind of comfort when he’s on the floor,” Raptors forward Pascal Siakam said. “He’s so smart and reads the defense and he’s able to protect the rim for us. It’s definitely great to have him, a vet that’s been through it.”Gasol went 6-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-4 from 3-point range when the Warriors “gave him a couple of dare shots and he knocked them down” in Golden State coach Steve Kerr’s words.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“He turned himself into a very good 3-point shooter,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “Great passer. Very good defender at the rim. That pickup turned out to be huge for them.”The Raptors swung a February trade deadline deal to obtain Gasol, a two-time Olympic silver medalist and 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, after he spent a decade in Memphis.center_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “He got into maybe one of the lowest points of his career in these playoffs,” Nurse said. “He had a 1-for-9 game. People were basically writing him off.“I did talk to him about it. He just didn’t waver at all. ‘Tomorrow, it’s going to be great,’ was his answer. I told him several times: ‘You’re a great player because you’ve lifted the level of who our team thinks they can be and you lift the level of other players’ play.’ That’s, to me, what great players do.”Fast tempo is Toronto’s strength but Gasol’s defensive work gives others freedom to attack.“He has been great,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said. “He’s a good rim protector. He has been guarding everybody. Another smart player on the floor that has been through the ups and downs of the NBA. Veteran guy who is just ready for the moment.”And his mellow attitude fits well on a selfless squad.“He’s a true professional,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “Goes about his business. He blends in well. He’s just an easygoing guy.”Relentless mindsetInstead of slowing the Raptors, Gasol is a 7-footer who can launch fast breaks with his defensive work.“You run at them and be aggressive,” Gasol said. “To be able to run, you have to get stops. And to get stops, you have to communicate, be physical, do all the little things. Being physical starts with pressuring the ball. You have to do it all the time. You can’t relax.”It’s that relentless attitude Gasol sees as vital to a championship run.“It’s about the mindset and trusting the guy next to you,” Gasol said. “You cannot overreact. You have to cover a lot of ground, do a lot of talking, lot of running. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ask about the excitement of his first NBA Finals and he’s as low-key as his chilled-out teammates.“I don’t get caught up in those things,” he said. “I’m not doing that, I’m sorry.”And the tension of the NBA’s ultimate stage?“My brain doesn’t function that way,” he said. “You’re playing basketball like you did your whole life and it’s the most fun. You got to stay poised during the whole game so your brain can’t go anywhere else but every possession.”So Raptors coach Nick Nurse spoke of how Gasol handled tough times, praising his “strong ability” to bounce back.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s how you stay in the moment and continue to play the next possession. Get one more stop. Get one more good shot. Eventually, you put enough of those together, you’re going to have a pretty good chance of winning.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

UNPISTEVABLE – Derek Jeter Walks off into History in Yankee Stadium Finale

first_imgNEW YORK — Had the world’s premier screenwriter presented such an improbable script, he would have been laughed out of Hollywood. But there is nothing improbable about Derek Jeter with the game on the line.When David Robertson, Jeter’s usually dependable teammate, blew the save in the top of the ninth after two no-doubt-about-it homers, the stars came into final alignment and the buzz was electric among the 50,000 fans – some of whom paid obscene prices for legitimate and scalped seats for the fan favorite’s farewell at the cathedral of baseball.The marvelous athlete with that endearing mix of audacity and humility strode up to the plate after Brett Gardner laid down a perfect bunt to get pinch runner Antoan Richardson into scoring position at second base. Jose Pirela had led off the inning with a single.Jeter had already made the highlight film. “Serenaded with adoring chants that echoed through the Bronx night, Jeter tipped his cap several times at shortstop and drove in three runs. He launched an early double off the wall… It appeared Jeter’s tiebreaking grounder in the seventh would be the swing that sent the Yankees to a win when they built a 5-2 cushion against the AL East champions,” the Associated Press reported.Jeter strode to the plate amid a deafening roar from adoring fans demanding one more piece of magic. The 40-year old shortstop who had seen and done it all in a career that rewarded him with 5 worlds series rings, the adoration of many millions and the love of the world’s most beautiful women, said later that he was most focused on trying not to cry.It may have crossed the mind of the master of taking pitchers deep into counts that the first pitch might be the best he would see. One Jeterian swing and a shot past the first baseman later, the winning run was streaming toward the plate just ahead of the strong throw by right fielder Nick Markakis, and Derek was walking off into Yankee Stadium history.“An elated Jeter jumped and raised both arms between first and second. Yankees players rushed out to engulf him as former teammates such as Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, Tino Martinez and Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre lined up near the New York dugout,” wrote the AP, “waiting to greet Jeter.”After Jeter told the interviewer over the P.A. system that what he will miss the most at Yankee Stadium is the fans, eliciting another burst of cheers from fans, he walked over to greet his dear parents and sister, touching them through the baseball screen that heretofore separated them in the baseball world.He will never play another game in Yankee Stadium , but that place, its earth and impossibly green grass and the ever grateful fans, will never forget him. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sideways passer or star man? Jorginho dividing Chelsea fans

first_imgLike an orchestral conductor, Chelsea playmaker Jorginho doesn’t get much time in the limelight when things are going well but he’s the first to be singled out whenever those around him deliver a flat performance.Last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal certainly featured plenty of bum notes and, come full-time, the finger of blame was pointed squarely at the man that runs the show.“How many assists has he got this season? Around 2000 passes, no assists,” Rio Ferdinand sniped in his analysis on BT Sport. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “He’s not a great defender. Once again, in a game like this against a big team, he gets overrun in midfield.“He can’t run, so, he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything at the other end of the pitch.”Ferdinand was merely voicing the mounting suspicion among many Premier League pundits that Jorginho brings nothing other than sideways passes to this Chelsea team. However, the Italy international’s role is grossly misunderstood and undervalued. Firstly, Jorginho is fundamental to Maurizio Sarri’s gameplan.Indeed, it was fitting that the pair were presented to the media at the same press conference last summer, after Chelsea had successfully hijacked Manchester City’s deal with Napoli for the Brazil-born midfielder.With Jorginho pulling the strings in the middle of the park, Sarri’s Partenopei had become one of the best sides in Europe to watch, with their quick, high pressing and possession-orientated style of football.Unfortunately, after a bright start to the season, Chelsea have become ponderous and predictable on the ball, with many fans now of the opinion that the fault lies with Jorginho, who personifies Sarri’s philosophy.The numbers certainly don’t do anything to challenge the idea that he is all possession, no penetration. Jorginho tops the Premier League pass charts (2077) but he has yet to create a goal. Jorginho was praised by fans for his retention of the ball during Chelsea’s 16-game undefeated start to the 2018-19 campaign; now, those same supporters are castigating him for not doing anything with it. Indeed, he was even booed by certain sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd after playing a succession of wayward passes in the unconvincing win over Newcastle last Saturday week.N'Golo Kante Jorginho Huddersfield Chelsea 08112018Part of the frustration stems from the fact that Jorginho’s positioning in the centre of Sarri’s preferred midfield three has resulted in N’Golo Kante being pushed out wide.When Chelsea were winning games, the use of the world’s best defensive midfielder on the right-hand side was tolerated by sceptical supporters. However, doubts first surfaced after Jorginho was nullified and Kante left looking lost in the Blues’ first league defeat of the season, a comprehensive 3-1 loss at Tottenham in November that prompted many pundits to claim that the Frenchman’s many attributes were being wasted. That evening at Wembley, Spurs ran amok in behind Jorginho, who found himself unable to cope with the physicality and pace of his opponents. Not for the first time, either.Jorginho has been repeatedly targeted as a potential weak link in recent months, with Unai Emery the latest coach to disrupt the 27-year-old by putting Aaron Ramsey on him at the Emirates last weekend.A clear blueprint of how to shut down Chelsea has emerged and most teams have the ability to replicate it.Of course, Jorginho was occasionally man-marked at Napoli. The difference was that he was playing in a finely-tuned team accustomed to playing the one-touch football that allows players to constantly evade opponents. Indeed, the dynamic midfielder Radja Nainggolan has previously described Jorginho as his toughest rival.“He always plays in tight situations and passes very close to him,” the Belgian explained. “It’s very hard follow him and stop his plays. You get tired cause he moves the ball very fast but doesn’t even move himself.“You need a lot of energy to keep up with him and stop him. It can be hard sometimes.”In England, though, it is proving increasingly easy to shut the static Jorginho down. Why?Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho NapoliFatigue could well be a factor, given he has started 22 of Chelsea’s 23 Premier League games so far. But then, he has little chance of a rest, given Cesc Fabregas has departed for Monaco and a replacement has yet to be found.“After 20 minutes, Jorginho lost a lot of balls. It is unusual I think,” Sarri said after his side’s 2-1 win over Newcastle. “So I think that he was in trouble, maybe he was tired, I don’t know.“If Fabregas was on the bench, I think that in the second half then Fabregas would be on the pitch instead of Jorginho.”Playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy, we need to try and try and try in training with him.“The player who plays in that position usually touches the ball about 120-130 times and so I think that we need a specialist there. I think that Jorginho is able to do it.”He can certainly dictate the pace of a game, albeit too slowly for some people. But, in truth, while it might be fashionable to make Jorginho the scapegoat for Chelsea’s struggles right now, he is merely doing what is – and always has been – asked of him.The real fault lies with Sarri and the club’s transfer policy.Sarri quote GFXMateo Kovacic, for example, is meant to offer far more of an attacking threat than Jorginho yet the Croat has proven frustratingly toothless and seemingly incapable of performing the role that Marek Hamsik carried out for Sarri at the San Paolo.And it’s not as if there aren’t issues elsewhere. Chelsea are unbalanced going forward because, whereas Marcos Alonso pushes forward at every opportunity, the overly cautious Cesar Azpilicueta prefers to sit back.The ‘false nine’ experiment has been a qualified success but it means taking Eden Hazard out of his natural habitat on the left wing, where he is both happiest and most effective.That switch was obviously necessitated by the well-documented struggles of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata in front of goal, while wingers Willian and Pedro aren’t contributing enough offensively either.Evidently, Chelsea’s woes can’t be attributed solely to Jorginho. It’s just that as the focal point of ‘Sarriball’, his weaknesses are the most glaringly obvious when the team is struggling.Chelsea are trying to sign a replacement for Fabregas in Zenit’s Leandro Paredes but while his arrival would ease the burden on Jorginho, the Argentina international wouldn’t solve all of Chelsea’s issues.Ferdinand is wrong about Jorginho. He is not there to provide assists. That wasn’t his role in a wonderful Napoli side that racked up a club-record 91 points in Serie A last season. His job is to retain possession and then get the ball to others so that they can make something happen in the final third.The problem is that Chelsea have problems in every area of the field. Many players still look confused by Sarri’s system and the Italian always said that it would take at least a year for them to adapt.Jorginho may be the poster boy of ‘Sarriball’ but he’s not the man behind it. Therefore, he shouldn’t be blamed for its present failings. He definitely needs to improve but, at the end of the day, he’s just doing his job. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Iowa Landed First Recruit Of 2021 Class On Sunday

first_imgIowa Hawkeyes' mascot takes the field at Kinnick Stadium.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7: Mascot “Herky the Hawk” of the Iowa Hawkeyes takes the field before the match-up against the Missouri State Bears on September 7, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 28-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Just 21 college football programs have already landed recruits from the 2021 class, players set to be juniors this coming fall. Iowa joined that list on Sunday.The Hawkeyes added to its future offensive line with its latest commitment. Gennings Dunker, a tackle out of Illinois, had a good experience at a camp at Iowa, receiver an offer, and quickly jumped on it.Late Sunday night, he tweeted the Iowa announcement. His decision officially begins Iowa’s 2021 class.Committed to Iowa!!!!!!— Gennings Dunker (@gennings_dunker) June 3, 2019 Gennings Dunker was unranked at the time of his commitment, but has quickly been bumped up to three stars.247Sports has him in at No. 305 in the 2021 class. He’s the No. 37 offensive tackle in the group, and the No. 7 recruit from Illinois.With his commitment, Iowa enters the 2021 team rankings tied with Ole Miss at No. 19 in the country. Most teams don’t have any commitments yet, while just 10 have multiple.As it often is, Miami is off to an incredibly fast start. The Hurricanes are the only program with more than three 2021 commits. Nine players are pledged to Manny Diaz’s team, giving it the top class as of today.Iowa’s on a solid recruiting uptick with recent classes. After landing the No. 41 class in 2019, Iowa’s 2020 class, which is currently 10 players deep, ranks 19th in the country.last_img read more

MOLs New Ferry Completes Sea Trials

first_imgzoom Japanese shipyard Japan Marine United (JMU) has put Sunflower Furano, a new ferry being built for compatriot ferry operator MOL Ferry, part of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), through its paces during sea trials. The newbuilding will replace a ferry having the same name which is currently in service.Sunflower Furano is scheduled to start its maiden voyage on May 13, 2017, sailing from Oarai Port to Tomakomai Port.The ferry is the first of two 14,000 gross-ton eco ships ordered from JMU by MOL in 2014. The vessels will connect the country’s islands of Honshu and Hokkaido via the Oarai-Tomakomai route.Each of the two vessels will feature a length of 199.7 meters and a width of 27.2 meters. In addition, each of the ships will be able to accommodate 590 passengers, 160 large trucks and 100 cars.The ferries will be able to reach a speed of up to 24 knots and will have contra-rotating propellers (CRP) and an optimized hull form to reduce fuel consumption and cut the transit time by over an hour.The second vessel is expected to enter service in August this year, according to the company’s data.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Unique Fire Safety Program Targets Youth

first_imgA unique initiative launched in Nova Scotia today, Oct. 1, will encourage youth to become leaders in fire safety. The Nova Scotia Office of the Fire Marshal is participating in a national initiative that provides teachers across the country with lesson plans on fire safety, and encourages every household to test and replace their smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11. “We’re thrilled to have the participation of our fire departments in this national program of the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners,” said Harold Pothier, Nova Scotia’s Fire Marshal. “Fire departments and school teachers in our communities have long had a unique partnership in teaching children about fire safety that can leave a lasting impression on students and prevent tragedies years down the road.” The initiative is expected to reach up to 100,000 students across Canada during Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month! It will be supported by local fire departments and the campaign’s website . “Fire is very unpredictable and can travel a lot faster than most people think,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. “This initiative is a great way to educate our youth on the importance of fire safety and, through them, educate their parents as students will take this information into their homes.” “The potential benefits of a successful national outreach are enormous,” said Duane McKay, president of the national council. “In more than half of fatal fires, investigators find no working smoke alarms. Fire safety programs that focus on youth deliver the fire safety fundamentals they need to know to escape a burning home, while motivating parents to test and maintain their smoke alarms.” Parents should watch for Test and Replace homework pages, which include a home fire escape planning sheet and a safety checklist. Once completed, parents and youth can register their home at and download a certificate of completion for students to take back to class. Smoke alarms are required on every storey of homes and outside all sleeping areas. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries should be replaced at least once a year. If it is more than 10 years old, even if the alarm sounds when the test button is pushed, it should be replaced as cooking and dust can deteriorate the sensor over time. More details on the initiative can be found at . During Fire Prevention Week in Nova Scotia, Mr. Furey, the Office of the Fire Marshal, first responders and other partners will hold a live twitter chat on fire safety Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #nsfiresafety.last_img read more

Stars Celebrate UNHCR Nansen Award Winner

first_imgAfghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi, who has dedicated her life to bringing education to refugee girls in Pakistan, has won the 2015 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.Aqeela Asifi, 49, is being recognised for her brave and tireless dedication to education for Afghan refugee girls in the Kot Chandana refugee village in Mianwali, Pakistan – while herself overcoming the struggles of life in exile. Despite minimal resources and significant cultural challenges, Asifi has guided a thousand refugee girls through their primary education.Afghanistan is the largest, most protracted refugee crisis in the world. Over 2.6 million Afghans currently live in exile and over half of them are children. Access to education is vital for successful repatriation, resettlement or local integration for refugees. Yet globally it’s estimated that only one in every two refugee children are able to go to primary school and only one in four attend secondary school. And for Afghan refugees in Pakistan this falls further, with approximately 80 per cent of children currently out of school.UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres paid tribute to the efforts of the winner of the global humanitarian award: “Access to quality and safe education helps children grow into adults who go on to secure jobs, start businesses and help build their communities – and it makes them less vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Investing in refugee education will allow children to play a part in breaking the cycle of instability and conflict. People like Aqeela Asifi understand that today’s refugee children will determine the future of their countries, and the future of our world.”UNHCR has released a contextual report Breaking the cycle: Education and the future for Afghan refugees, to coincide with today’s announcement. The report outlines the challenges that children, especially refugee girls, face in accessing education in Pakistan.Asifi is a former teacher who fled from Kabul with her family in 1992, finding safety in the remote refugee settlement of Kot Chandana. Asifi was dismayed by the lack of schooling for girls there. Before she arrived, strict cultural traditions kept most girls at home. But she was determined to give these girls a chance to learn. Slowly but surely she convinced the community, and began teaching just a handful of pupils in a makeshift school tent. She copied out worksheets for the students by hand on sheets of paper. Today the tent school is a distant memory and over a thousand children are attending permanent schools in the village thanks to her early example.She believes that instilling a belief in the power of education for girls in this generation will transform the opportunities of the next. “When you have mothers who are educated, you will almost certainly have future generations who are educated,” she said. “So if you educate girls, you educate generations. I wish for the day when people will remember Afghanistan, not for war, but for its standard of education.”“Access to education is a basic human right. Yet for millions of refugee children it is a lifeline to a better future which they have been heartbreakingly denied,” said UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Khaled Hosseini. “I have met many young refugees who have been torn from everything that makes them feel safe: their homes, their families, their friends and their schools. Investing in their education is an investment in their future, giving them hope and the chance to one day be a part of rebuilding their broken home countries.“UNHCR is working to give all refugee children the chance to go to school. Aqeela Asifi has shown us all that with courage change can happen. We must continue her fight.”Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 5.7 million Afghans have returned home, yet insecurity still remains. UNHCR has embarked on a strategy to assist remaining Afghan refugees to return home and a key element of this is ensuring they can access quality education. A ministerial level meeting in early October in Geneva will seek to advance this strategy with key regional partners.UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award honours extraordinary service to the forcibly displaced, and names Eleanor Roosevelt, Graça Machel and Luciano Pavarotti among its laureates. The 2015 ceremony will be held on 5 October in Geneva, Switzerland. Speakers and performers at the event will include UNHCR Honorary Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador Barbara Hendricks, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ger Duany, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and singer Angelique Kidjo and visual artist Cedric Cassimo.last_img read more

2B to fix dilapidated First Nations homes in Manitoba alone government report

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Internal government documents say Manitoba First Nations live in some of the most dilapidated homes in the country and it will cost $2 billion to eliminate mould and chronic overcrowding in that province alone. That’s almost 13 times more than the $150 million the federal government has budgeted for housing on all reserves across Canada this year. Reports from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information legislation, say the housing situation in Manitoba has worsened as infrastructure funding has been siphoned off to other areas. “As a result, Manitoba First Nations continue to face further deterioration in infrastructure,” says the internal report dated January 2015. “Current estimates indicate a $1.9B need to address existing overcrowding, replacement and major repairs related to mould and substandard conditions of housing units. Key challenges continue to include affordability, low income and high social assistance rates.” The report notes Manitoba has among the highest percentage at 29 of Indigenous people living in poor housing in Canada. Officials say Alberta is the only other province in a similar situation. One quarter of existing homes on reserves in both provinces need to be repaired or replaced. Chief David McDougall said the situation is a “ticking time bomb” in his remote Aboriginal community of St. Theresa Point in northern Manitoba. The waiting list for housing on the cluster of four reserves in his tribal council is 1,500. Last year, his reserve got 18 units. They were the lucky ones. Other reserves got less than that. It’s not uncommon for 18 people to live in a small bungalow, McDougall said. Last year, there were 23 people living in a two-bedroom home. “They had to take turns sleeping.” While the government’s own estimates put Manitoba’s housing needs at $2 billion, the department said $50 million is budgeted for on-reserve housing in the province this year. That is to drop to $29 million next year. Some reserves can build additional homes with a ministerial loan guarantee, but McDougall said that isn’t available if the reserve is under third-party management. The department’s internal report said only 30 per cent of Manitoba reserves operate independently. People on McDougall’s reserve are losing hope, he said. Suicides are on the rise while others turn to a homemade alcoholic concoction called “superjuice.” The federal government spent the last few years hooking up the reserve’s homes to water and sewer, but McDougall compared that to putting new tires on a rusty, decrepit car. “We need to find a proper, sustainable solution _ what is realistic in terms of how we can begin to even make a dent in this huge backlog.” Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said she’s not deterred by the $2-billion price tag. She couldn’t explain exactly how the new Liberal government will tackle the backlog, but said improving First Nations housing is a priority. “I’ve been in those homes,” Bennett said in an interview. “It is a disgrace for Canadians to watch. There is a consensus in this country that we have got to get going on this. “The sticker shock on any of these things can’t get in the way of us beginning what has to happen.” Ottawa has been warned before about the housing situation on Manitoba reserves. A 2011 internal assessment of on-reserve housing said communities don’t have the means to maintain the homes they have, which often require “aggressive maintenance.” “The consequences are manifold: maintaining housing stock is costly, poorly maintained housing is unsafe and contributes to poor health, which in itself generates additional costs,” stated the report. An evaluation three years before found people on reserves were living in homes that were “falling apart” and rife with mould, which made them “not suitable for people with breathing problems.” It noted two people died in one community “related to wiring and lack of heat. People were using a dryer to help heat a home.” Craig Makinaw, Alberta regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations, said the situation is dire for some First Nations. While some reserves with a source of income can afford to go above and beyond government funding, residents on other Alberta reserves wait up to 30 years for a home, he said. “All the cuts that have happened over the years have caused this backlog,” he said. “It needs to be addressed because it’s not going to get any better.”last_img read more

I Fear For My Life Benkirane

Rabat – Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane made a surprising statement on Tuesday in the northern city of Tetouan in which he said that he fears for his life. The Secretary General of the Justice and Development party (PJD) was in Tetouan in preparation for the upcoming municipal and regional elections scheduled to take place next month.Benkirane said: “”I swear to God I fear for my life, but these people are worth dying for in the name of God. And today I say that whatever happens happens. If we remain alive we will reap the benefits and if we died there will be others who will continue the journey.” This comes after Benkirane was forced to walk offstage at an electoral event in Taza earlier this week after he was booed and jeered by members of the audience.Benkirane was boxed in by an angry crowd who were calling him a ‘traitor’ during a party event in the northern city of Taza on Monday.Earlier this year, King Mohammed VI reportedly put armored vehicles and bodyguards at the disposal of members of the government, including its head Abdelilah Benkirane, following threats issued by terrorist groups to assassinate many Moroccan politicians and public figures.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Democracy vital in fight against terrorism says SecretaryGeneral

17 December 2007Democracy is one of the most effective tools against terrorism, but the increasing gap between rich and poor around the world threatens to undermine its potential, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Along with social justice and greater respect for human rights, democracy gives “people hope of achieving a decent life by peaceful methods, thus alleviating the despair and alienation that can drive some towards extremism,” he said in an address to the International Conference of New or Restored Democracies, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.“A democratic system also contributes to improved forms of conflict management, and it promotes equitable social and economic development,” Mr. Ban said in the message, delivered by Angela Kane, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.Today’s conference comes just six days after Algiers, Algeria, was rocked by terrorist attacks which took the lives of 17 UN personnel.“The international community must be resolute in opposing those who prey on the innocent and vulnerable,” Mr. Ban declared.He also underscored the threat to democracy posed by the gap between rich and poor, calling for the benefits of globalization to extend equally within and among States.“To fully unleash the democratizing potential of globalization, we must ensure that it serves to improve the lives of all people,” the Secretary-General said.The Conference offers a special opportunity to focus attention on the promotion and consolidation of democracy at all levels, and last month, the General Assembly recognized that 2008 marked its twentieth anniversary. read more

Unifor CAMI talks in Detroit were constructive but GM hasnt responded

TORONTO — The Unifor bargaining team representing striking workers at the GM CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., has been assured that the company will respond to the union’s latest proposal later today.Unifor Local 88 president Dan Borthwick says that the two sides met in Detroit on Thursday and had “constructive” talks but he declined to discuss details.Borthwick says the GM negotiators understood the union’s position and committed to providing a response within 24 hours, which would be about 6 p.m. Friday.The strike began when members of Unifor Local 88 walked out on Sept. 17 as negotiators worked to have General Motors designate the plant as the lead producer of the Equinox sport utility vehicle.The Equinox is currently the only product built at the plant but it’s also made at two GM plants in Mexico, heightening concerns about job security at the CAMI plant. read more

PM Trudeau Responds to US Tariffs

Prime Minister Trudeau imposes counter-tariff The Trudeau government has retaliated against a 25% U.S. tariff imposed this morning on Canadian steel and aluminum by levying similar tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum coming into this country.  The counter-measures go into effect on July 1st and will stay in place until  the U.S. drops its tariffs, according to Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland.

DR of Congo UN mission helps rebel factions in northeast reach ceasefire

On Monday, the three – the Movement for the Liberation of the Congo (MLC), the Congolese Rally for Democracy-National (RCD-N) and the Congolese Rally for Democracy-Liberation Movement (RCD-ML) – agreed to immediately stop all fighting in the Isiro-Bafwasende-Beni-Watsa quadrangle. MONUC said it would deploy military observers to the area immediately.All three groups also agreed to guarantee the freedom of movement of the civilian population and humanitarian organizations.The signing ceremony was attended by the deputy head of the UN mission, Lena Sundh, along with the UN Force Commander in the DRC, Gen. Mountaga Diallo, and the Ambassadors to the DRC of China, France, United States, Russia, United Kingdom, South Africa and Belgium. read more

Groupon button may be coming to a cash register near you

first_imgIf Groupon has its way you may be able to use their coupons as easy as you use a credit card.Groupon’s business model consists of daily deals which the company teams up with local businesses to offer. If enough consumers participate, the deal becomes valid and Groupon takes a 50% cut of all coupons sold. Businesses are attracted to Groupon because there is no upfront costs and the offered deals help to establish a customer base. The only thing Groupon has going against it is that the coupons it offers may be difficult for small businesses to process. Rather than talk directly to businesses about easier ways for customers to use the website’s deals, Groupon is talking to the manufacturers of the cash registers businesses use.One such manufacturer is VeriFone, the second-largest manufacturer of electronic-payment systems. Groupon wants to make it easier for customers to use its deals by making them as easy to process as credit card transactions at the register. When asked about discussions with Groupon, Lindsay Durfeea, a spokeswoman for VeriFone, declined to speak on the matter. Rob Solomon, President of Groupon says that the company plans to do initial tests with cash registers which may feature a special Groupon button.Expanding its business is in the best interests of Groupon which hopes to have a $15 billion IPO offering some time later this year. The company was started in April 2008 with $1 million in seed money from Eric Lefkofsk, and then received a $1.35 billion valuation in April 2010. By October 2010 Groupon had expanded to 150 markets in North America with an additional 100 markets in Europe, Asia and South America. In December, Google attempted to acquire the company for $6 billion, but their offer was turned down.Read more at Bloomberg BusinessWeeklast_img read more

DARPAs LS3 walking robot gets more intelligent

first_imgIf the robots ever do wage war on humanity, we’ll probably have DARPA to thank for it. DARPA has been working with Boston Dynamics to develop a robotic platform that can walk, run, and even follow its human controllers around. In its newest demo video, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is seen executing a number of enhanced maneuvers.The system is being developed for possible use by the Marine Corps on the battlefield, and the newest video finally makes that seem plausible. This is not the first time the LS3 platform (sometimes called Alpha Dog) has been able to follow a human around, but this time it’s actually close enough to be useful. The LS3 also has improved walking capabilities that can get it through rough terrain. If things get a little too topsy turvy, that’s no problem. The LS3 can tumble down a hill and right itself. It can also understand more voice commands than it could last time.The LS3 is just the most recent incarnation of the four-legged walking robots from DARPA and Boston Dynamics. Big Dog made waves when it was first shown off in 2005. Even then, the robot moved in a concerningly-organic way. The more elegant successors like Alpha Dog are beginning to take on the appearance of a very small metallic horse, prancing along behind the controller.The LS3 can carry up to 400 lbs of equipment and be outfitted as a mobile power source, allowing troops to charge radios and other devices in the field. The LS3 will be in testing through at least early 2014, so you’ve got that long to prepare for the robot invasion.last_img read more

Un site internet répertorie en images la grande famille des fourmis

first_imgUn site internet répertorie en images la grande famille des fourmisDes spécialistes d’entomologie de l’Académie des Sciences de Californie ont développé Antweb, un site Internet qui répertorie en images les espèces de fourmis connues actuellement par les scientifiques. Antweb est une véritable mine d’informations pour les scientifiques et les curieux. Sa base de données considérable rassemble des informations et des images de haute qualité pour près de 10.000 espèces connues de fourmis. Actuellement, la classification se concentre sur deux régions particulières : l’Amérique du Nord et Madagascar. De façon générale, Antweb représente un aperçu très fidèle de l’importante diversité qui réside au sein de ce groupe d’insectes. Les fourmis sont partout et sous des formes et tailles extrêmement diverses allant d’une tête d’épingle à une grosse noix. Cet outil permet de faciliter les programmes d’inventaire et de surveillance en fournissant aux taxonomistes un accès aux données de tous les spécimens types.En outre, l’intégration de Google Earth parmi les informations fournies par Antweb rend unique cette base de donnée taxonomique. Le logiciel gratuit, permet aux internautes de naviguer et zoomer en vue satellite en trois dimensions. Grâce à ce programme, les chercheurs peuvent superposer leurs données taxonomiques et géologiques.À lire aussiIl laisse une fourmi coupe-feuille lui découper le doigtAutre particularité de Antweb, son créateur Brian Fisher laisse à qui veut le droit de baptiser l’une des nouvelles 600 espèces découvertes par ses soins à Madagascar. Toutefois, les personnes désireuses de donner leur nom à l’un des membres de la grande famille des fourmis doivent verser un don de près de 73.000 euros.Découvrez les espèces les plus étonnantes en images en cliquant ci-dessous : 17 mai 2011 à 14:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Panel forms to address seniors concerns

first_imgWhat: Professional Senior Resource Panel.When: 4 p.m. Jan. 17, April 17, July 17 and Oct. 16.Where: The Quarry Senior Living, 415 S.E. 177th Ave., Vancouver.Information: 360-944-6000 or group of senior-services professionals has scheduled a series of free panel sessions to provide information and answer questions about senior issues.“One reason seniors get frustrated is that it takes so much work to get answers, and they don’t know who to trust,” said Maria Jokela, community outreach director at The Quarry Senior Living in Vancouver.The panel will offer a trustworthy and objective source of information where seniors can obtain answers to questions and be able to make informed decisions about long-term care, personal finance and estate planning, Jokela said.The first panel session is at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Quarry Senior Living, 415 S.E. 177th Ave. in Vancouver. The topic is “Tax Issues of the Greatest Generation.”Experts will discuss tax issues seniors may face in retirement, how congressional decisions could affect their financial picture and tax advantages and drawbacks of living in Oregon vs. Washington. The guest panelist will be Scott Louchney, a financial planner with Ameriprise Financial.Self-promotion prohibitedSubsequent events are scheduled for 4 p.m. April 17, July 17 and Oct. 16. The one-hour events include a 15-minute presentation followed by a 45-minute question and answer period.last_img read more

Vittal Reddy inspects desilting ops of nala

first_imgMansoorabad: Muddy rain water is clogging an open nala at Hakeemabad in Agamayya Colony in Mansoorabad division. Corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy asked the GHMC officials to desilt the nala and take steps to ensure free flow of water. People complained that the nala overflows during rains and makes their lives difficult. They requested the nala be properly declogged and cleared of all obstacles.Water stagnation is also causing mosquito menace, they pleaded. GHMC officials responded to the corporator’s request and immediately allotted workers and started clearing open nalas. On Monday, Vittal Reddy visited the area and inspected the progress of works.last_img read more

Savannah Guthrie Hoda Kotb Sheinelle Jones Launch Today Digital Series

first_img Popular on Variety Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb log plenty of hours each week hosting NBC’s “Today.” But they will add a few more to their schedules as NBC News works to expand its digital offerings around the venerable morning program.A fall slate of programming related to “Today” will continue a plan aimed at making available streaming-video series centered around cooking, life hacks and other topics related to the flagship program. Kotb will host “Quoted by Hoda,” in which she sits down with celebrities to discuss their favorite quotes and words of wisdom. Guthrie will lead “Savannah’s Dressing Room Diaries,” during which she talks with celebrities, artists and newsmakers from her dressing room. In “Through Mom’s Eyes,” Sheinelle Jones interviews moms of celebrities and solicits advice and memories. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img The goal, says Ashley Parrish, executive producer for Today Digital and vice president of strategic content, is to extend viewers’ attachment with “Today,” leading them from morning hours with the TV program to afternoon hours with online content. “There’s still a whole day of digital programming ahead of us” after Hoda and Kathie Lee Gifford wrap up the fourth hour of “Today” at 11 a.m., she says. The programming is available on, the show’s YouTube channel and on NBC News’ OTT apps, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.NBC News wants to offer between 8 and 12 digital series per season, she says, each consisting of 8 to 10 episodes each.Other new programs include “Change for a $20,” in which “Today” editor Brooke Sassman travels around New York City to find style, home and food solutions for under $20; “Out and About,” featuring “Today” editors Zach Pagano and Tyler Essary exploring amusement park rides, outdoor adventures, and unique thrills; and ” Survivors,” a docu-series showcasing the resilience of the survivors of some of the nation’s worst tragedies.The new, regularly scheduled series, as well as several returning digital video shows, will run throughout the Fall and early Winterlast_img read more