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Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide future within 2 weeks

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV What ‘missteps’? BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. APHAMBURG, Germany — Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide whether to have a rematch with Anthony Joshua “within the next two weeks.”Klitschko, who lost by an 11th round TKO in a pulsating bout with the Briton on April 29, says in comments reported by news agency dpa, “My life isn’t only sport and boxing,” and that he’s planning “the career after the career.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Klitschko, who reigned over the heavyweight division for a decade, is also fighting Father Time at the age of 41.His fight in London’s Wembley Stadium against 2012 Olympic champion Joshua, 14 years his junior, was one of the best heavyweight bouts in recent times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKlitschko fell to 64-5 in a career that began in 1996 after he won the Olympic gold in Atlanta. Thunder center Kanter’s father released from custody in Turkey last_img read more

I would be a supportive hubby, will cook breakfast: Arjun

first_imgMumbai, Feb 15 (PTI) Actor Arjun Kapoor, who is playing a house-husband in his upcoming film “Ki and Ka”, has said that he would be a supportive husband in real life.The actor, playing a homemaker spouse of actress Kareena Kapoor who will be seen as a careerist woman, said housewives are often taken for granted and its time they should be valued.”The concept exists in front of us and we take them (housewives) for granted. The film deals with something important. People say you (house wife) sit at home. (But) a housewife doesnt (merely) sit at home, but takes care of the house. She does sacrifices, lets go off her dreams and aspirations to nurture us (children),” Arjun told reporters here at the trailer launch of the film.The “Gunday” actor wants men to see the film.”I would like a lot of men to see this film, hug them (their wives) and tell them how much they value them. Every human being wants to be valued and loved whether I can or not..one just needs to support the partner (sic).”I think no man or woman should dictate what he or she should do. It (the film) is just an opinion but these things do matter today. In my personal relation I would love, respect and be supportive to the girl. I would even make breakfast for her,” he added.The “Ishaqzaade” actor feels there is a change in the society as there are lot of women working today.advertisement”We do see women working around. I have seen more female journalists. There is a change. I think onus is on the media as well to educate people. We make entertaining films, we try to showcase things,” he said.Kapoor said, “We should be positive about the change than having a myopic view on it. We live in a fantastic country where we can make our choices and make most of it. Stop blaming other people”.In the trailer of “Ki and Ka”, the 30-year-old actor is seen cutting vegetables and doing other household chores.”I dont know much about cooking. It was during this film that I learned. I know bit about cooking. I took things for granted,” he said. (More) PTI KKP NSK DBS SRElast_img read more

SPORT-BINDRA 2 LAST

first_img“When I finally won it eight years later, it was “When I finally won it eight years later, it was disastrous on a completely different level. Dont get me wrong – I knew what I had achieved. I had even anticipated the hysteria that followed, but I did not want to have anything to do with it. I hated every moment of the tamasha that followed. I could detach myself while shooting in Beijing, but I just could not detach myself when I came home. “Those were difficult times for me. Quite frankly, I was ready to move on the moment I stepped off the podium. And I wish I had been able to as I would have been in better shape for the next Olympic Games. I needed time to recover, to recharge my batteries. The celebrations that followed were fantastic and quite touching, but I felt they were draining me out.” Calling London Olympics a major landmark in Indian sports, Bindra said the country needs long-term goals. “Our goals cannot be short-term ones. We have to focus on the 2020 Games in Tokyo and beyond. If we are able to strengthen our grass roots, then I am convinced we can hope to bag more medals.” In Athens, Bindra shot 597 out of 600 in 10m air rifle qualification and broke the Olympic record. However, things went horribly wrong in the final. Bindra termed Rajyavardhan Rathores silver-medal winning effort at the same Games “path breaking”. “… However, even as I struggled to comprehend what had gone wrong, there was a huge moment for Indian shooting and Indian sport. I was in the stands when Rajyavardhan Rathore won the silver medal in double trap. It was truly a path-breaking performance. I credit him for breaking the glass ceiling and becoming a pioneer for Olympic sports in India.” PTI AH BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Two Chinese cricketers to play in Pakistan Super league

first_imgBy K J M Varma Beijing, Aug 20 (PTI) Two Chinese cricketers have been drafted to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) next year, giving a boost to the fledgling sport in China. The two players of China national cricket team will represent Peshawar Zalmi in the next edition PSL, Pakistans official news agency APP reported today. China has both men and women cricket teams, which took part in some international tournaments but have so far failed to make a mark. The players have already been selected from the Chinese national team and a formal contract will be signed by the head of Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi during his visit to Beijing next month, the report said. Also a proposal has been made to the Pakistan Cricket Board to make China a neutral venue for Pakistan cricket team matches instead of UAE and other countries, the report said. A number of international cricket teams refused to play in Pakistan due to concerns over security. However, Sri Lanka is expected to play a T20 match in Pakistan in September, eight years after its national team was attacked by terrorists in 2009 Lahore. PTI KJV AH AHlast_img read more

India aim for 10 in a row, take on St. Kitts & Nevis in Tri-nation series

first_imgIndia will take on the Caribbean side St. Kitts & Nevis in the final match of the ongoing Tri-nation series at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.It will be India’s final preparatory match before next month’s Asian Cup qualifier against Macau.Stephen Constantine’s men defeated Mauritius 2-1 in the opening match of the Tri-series, thus registering their ninth victory on the trot (including the unofficial match against Nepal). Against Mauritius, the seasoned duo of Robin Singh and Balwant Singh scored for the hosts.”We have to start afresh and we’re ready to do so. We’re in a good shape and looking to finish off the job on a positive note,” Constantine said. “We were slow starters against Mauritius and we cannot afford to do that in every match.”Captain Sandesh Jhingan, sitting next informed that the “half-time talk” during the last match did the trick. “The coach insisted on the areas where we need to focus on. We worked on it and got the results,” Jhingan stated.Constantine showed utmost respect for his counterpart as well who have salvaged a 1-1 draw against Mauritius.”They have the potential and they proved it yesterday (Wednesday). Coming back from a one-goal deficit is not very easy but they did it. We have to be at our very best,” Constantine mentioned. “They are very dangerous on the counter attack.”Onus will be on captain @SandeshJhingan tonight to hold the box against @SKNFA_ attackers #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #INDvSKN pic.twitter.com/mzuNDrfa3j- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) August 24, 2017Constantine has already stressed that his side would take one match at a time from here onwards.advertisement”We can’t afford to expect anything less than a tough fight from the Caribbean boys. They are a tough bunch and a very skillful team. At the end of the day, it’ll be a very difficult game for us,” he said.”We had a terrific game against Mauritius in the second half and we’d definitely be looking forward to having another positive game against St. Kitts & Nevis,” he added.The Indian coach further insisted that the ultimate goal of the team is to get a ticket to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.Meanwhile, St. Kitts & Nevis coach Jacques Passy said that the match against India is “nothing but a potential final”.”The Indian National Team has improved dramatically in the last two years,” he stressed, repeating “dramatically” twice. The two strikers are very sharp and though possession is not India’s forte, I feel they have the right philosophy simply because in this era, possession is irrelevant. Rather what is relevant is a particular style and India has it,” he certified.The eloquent coach went on to say that he believes in ‘no-excuse’ logic on being asked whether the tight schedule of his team will dent his dream of beating India at their home.”I’m a person who believes in ‘no-excuse’. We were aware of the fixtures before touching down and now we can’t complain about the fixture. Whatever ammunition we have, I believe we can put up a strong fight against India. Moreover, I can guarantee you that even if we lose, the tight schedule won’t be mentioned even once by us,” Passy explained.last_img read more

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar thanks Dave Richardson for his contribution

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar has thanked chief executive Dave Richardson for his contribution after the South African announced his decision to step down from his post next year.ICC chief executive Richardson will step down from his position once his contract expires after the 2019 World Cup, cricket’s world governing body said on Tuesday.”On behalf of the ICC board, I would like to thank David for his service and commitment to cricket over the past 16 years and, particularly, over the last six years as CEO,” Manohar said.Richardson, who became the first person to hold the position of ICC General Manager – Cricket in 2002, was promoted to chief executive in 2012.”The hardest thing as a cricketer is knowing when the time is right to retire. But for me, the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year is about right,” Richardson said.The ICC said they would begin a global recruitment process to identify Richardson’s successor.”I have enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am pleased with what we have achieved in creating greater context for all formats of the game and securing increased opportunities and clear pathways for all members to play at the highest level,” Richardson added.”I will do all I can over the next 12 months to ensure that we complete our work on the new global strategy aimed at growing the game both in our traditional and new markets, and, in particular put on a World Cup that does the game proud.”advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Adelaide Test: India looking to come hard at Australia on Day 5, says Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgAjinkya Rahane is back among the runs and that too in the very first Test of the four-match series in Australia.The Indian team management would be really happy to look at Rahane hit form at the right time after a couple of below-average Test tours overseas in South Africa and England earlier this year.Rahane’s 147-ball 70 helped India reach 307 in their second innings in the Adelaide Test and set Australia a target of 323 to win the first match.Rahane was involved in a 87-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (71) which really took the sting out of the Aussie bowling attack on day 4.Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami then starred with the ball for India, picking up two wickets each as India restricted the hosts to 104 for 4 before the close of play and now have a really good chance to close out the match on the final day and register a win in the first Test of a series in Australia for the first time in history.But the job will be easier said than done with Shaun Marsh (31*) and Travis Head (11*) still at the crease. India though, believe that they can knock over the rest of the Aussie batsmen in three sessions if they just stick to the line and lengths that they bowled on Sunday.”We bowled really well and in great areas but still a long way to go tomorrow. We’ll have to come hard at Australia and I think we need to keep the same patience and the same line and lengths,” Rahane said after the day’s play.advertisementTalking about his own knock, the Indian vice-captain said that he is constantly trying to improve his batting and always makes sure to learn from his mistakes with each passing Test match.”Feels really nice when you contribute for the team. As a batsman you have to learn from your mistakes each and every time and keep improving as a batsman,” the 30-year-old said.Rahane, who is the only Indian batsman in the current team to average more away from home, is often compared with the legendary Rahul Dravid. Rahane considers the former India captain as his idol and was even seen playing with the bat signed by Dravid on the fourth day.”He is my role model and when we went to play with India A in New Zealand I just took his autograph. I follow him as a cricketer and also as a person,” Rahane revealed.Also Read | Adelaide Test: Ashwin, Shami put India on the cusp of famous win over AustraliaAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara the difference between India and Australia in Adelaide: Allan BorderAlso Read | India vs Australia Highlights, 1st Test Day 4Also Read | India vs Australia 1st Test, Day 4: As It Happenedlast_img read more

Gov’t Stands Firm in Its Resolve to Protect Citizens from Human Trafficking

first_img The Senate also approved the companion Bill, the Child Care and Protection (Amendment) Act, 2018, which will allow for an increase in the penalty from 10 years to 20 years for the sale or trafficking of children. He added that the country maintaining tier two, in the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report by the US Department of State, makes a clear statement that the Government demonstrated increased efforts in addressing the issue compared to previous reporting periods. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government stands firmly in its resolve to protect persons, especially children from human trafficking. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government stands firmly in its resolve to protect persons, especially children from human trafficking.“We collectively stand together to eliminate and protect them (children) from the threat of human trafficking; to protect and provide remedies for those who have been victims; and to ensure we have legislation in place to prevent future cases,” he said.Mr. Reid was making his contribution to the debate on the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) (Amendment) Act, 2018, in the Senate on Friday (Feb. 23).The Minister noted that the passage of the amended TIP Act, will send a clear message to traffickers that the Government is unwavering in its commitment to protecting the nation’s children against such ills.“We stand together to ensure that this legislation is implemented and we will let the perpetrators of these crimes know that we are unapologetically and fervently serious about our fight against trafficking in persons, especially our children,” he asserted.Senator Reid further noted that “collectively, with one voice, we should encourage (a) change in our culture,” where speaking out is not frowned upon, but encouraged.“We need more persons willing to give honest testimonies to help rid the streets of perpetuators of these vicious crimes and provide a safe environment for our women, children, as well as men who are also victims of trafficking,” he said.In his contribution to the debate, State Minister for National Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, also concurred that persons need to speak out on these matters, noting that it is important for every Jamaican to play a role in supporting and protecting victims of human trafficking.“When we see or hear things taking place, it is time for us to start speaking out… No National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons, no Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) unit alone can solve this problem. The country must stand together in making this a priority,” he stressed.Meanwhile, Senator Charles Jr said significant strides have been made in strengthening the Government’s capacity to detect and combat trafficking in persons.These include adopting the Trafficking in Persons Prevention, Suppression and Punishment Act; establishing the Anti-trafficking in Persons Task Force; establishing the Anti-trafficking in Persons Unit in the JCF; appointing a National Trafficking in Persons Rapporteur; developing a National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons; developing manuals to support training on trafficking in persons within the justice system; and implementing public education campaigns.He added that the country maintaining tier two, in the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report by the US Department of State, makes a clear statement that the Government demonstrated increased efforts in addressing the issue compared to previous reporting periods.Tier two refers to those countries whose Government do not fully meet the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to comply.For her part, Opposition Senator Sophia Fraser Binns, said she was pleased to see that efforts are being made to combat trafficking in persons, noting that she gives her support to any legislation that not only protects children, “but sends a message to perpetrators that as a country we are serious about protecting our children”.Amendments to the TIP Act were drafted based on the multiple issues faced in prosecuting cases which may involve criminal networks and gangs which expose jurors and witnesses in these matters to a high risk of intimidation.The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) therefore recommended that trafficking offences under section four of the TIP Act, should be tried before a judge alone in the circuit court.Additionally, a section of the Bill was amended to empower a judge to order that restitution awarded may be enforced by the victim or by the prosecution on the victim’s behalf, similar to a judgment in a civil matter.The amended Act further makes provision to empower the Minister to make regulations to better carry out the restitution orders.The Senate also approved the companion Bill, the Child Care and Protection (Amendment) Act, 2018, which will allow for an increase in the penalty from 10 years to 20 years for the sale or trafficking of children.This will bring the Child Care and Protection Act in line with the penalty under the TIP Act, which was increased when the Act was amended in 2013.Both Bills were passed in the Senate without amendments. 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Big Chill Hits Halifax with Ice Age Mammals

first_imgIt was a time when lions, camels, mastodons and mammoths roamed North America. A remarkable period in Earth’s history, when things looked shockingly different as the planet went through the most recent ice age that lasted between three million and 10,000 thousand years. Ice Age Mammals, a temporary exhibition at the Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St., Halifax, examines that time when the world was strikingly different. And while it is a look at the past, it also offers valuable perspective on the future. Visitors during the exhibition, from Feb. 1 to May 31, will be greeted by a 3.6-meter (12-feet) high full-scale replica skeleton of a mastodon, the extinct mammal that once roamed the forests and grasslands of Ice Age Nova Scotia. Upcoming March Break and Wednesday evening public talks will also address the Ice Age theme. The exhibit presents contemporary and relevant research showing the dramatic effects of environmental change over time. “This is a timely and relevant display with a strong focus on the challenges of climate change, and the consequences of global warming that caused the extinction of mammals in the past,” said museum manager Janet Maltby. Visitors will enjoy fascinating Ice Age specimens, interactive kiosks and important scientific research focusing on long-extinct mammals. They will discover the High Arctic four million years ago, when it was much warmer than today, with a boreal forest ecosystem. They will also experience Labrador at a time when it was inhabited by bears, three-toed horses, tiny primitive deer (deerlets) and small beavers called, Diploides. Then they will cross more than two millions years to discover the Ice Age, when glaciers covered most of North America and mammoths, mastodons, and other great beasts, lions and camels roamed the grassy plains of the continent. To complement Ice Age Mammals, the museum has added elements of Nova Scotia’s own story of the last ice age by including incredible specimens from the 1991 Nova Scotia Museum mastodon excavation project. On Oct. 22, 1991, a mastodon tusk was discovered by heavy-equipment operator Stanley McMullin at Milford Gypsum Quarry in Carrolls Corner, Halifax Co. After professional investigation, about 65 per cent of an adult mastodon skeleton and five per cent of a juvenile was recovered from the site. The museum’s display will include parts of the mastodon’s tusk, jaw, leg bones and molars as well as Ice Age pine cones, snake bones, molluscs and coprolites (another name for mastodon droppings). “This exhibit presents a rare opportunity to show visitors the results of important field work, research, and extensive conservation to specimens,” said David Christianson, manager of collections. “This behind-the-scenes work of museum staff is revealed even in the details of the construction of special display units for some of the sensitive material on exhibit.” One remarkable specimen, on display for the first time, will be a 2.5 centimetre fossilized soft-bodied, painted turtle hatchling. The turtle is an ancestor of a species that still exists in Nova Scotia. “This soft-body preserved fossil could possibly be the only one of its kind in Canada or all of North America,” said Mr. Christianson. “It is special because soft-body parts such as skin hair and tissue usually quickly decompose and do not survive.” Ice Age Mammals is presented in French and English. It was produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature in partnership with the Montreal Science Centre, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology and the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. Admission will be charged, with free admission Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 902-424-6099 or visit the museum website at http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Gloves come off as Canadian TV rivals battle over fees for carrying

first_imgMONTREAL — This year’s National Hockey League playoffs features an unusually fierce battle between two long-time business rivals, Quebecor’s TVA Sports and BCE’s Bell TV.TVA Sports blocked its French-language NHL feed to Bell at 7 p.m. Wednesday as the playoffs got under way, to reinforce Quebecor’s demand for better fees from Bell.That defied a warning by the federal broadcasting and telecommunications regulator, which had directed Quebecor earlier Wednesday to continue providing the signal to Bell TV subscribers despite the fee dispute.The CRTC also warned that it was ready to use its powers to enforce its regulations.A Quebecor statement issued later Wednesday, as the first Round 1 playoff games were in full swing, said it cut off the TVA Sports feed to Bell because the parties hadn’t negotiated a resolution to their dispute over fees.Quebecor acquired the rights to French-language NHL games in an multi-year agreement with Rogers, after the Toronto-based telecom company acquired the Canadian national rights for NHL coverage through to the 2025-26 season. Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B, TSX:BCE)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cholera continues to spread in Iraq UN health agency reports

4 October 2007Cholera is continuing to spread across Iraq and dissemination to as yet unaffected areas remains highly possible, with more than 30,000 people having already fallen ill with acute watery diarrhoea, according to the latest update by the United Nations health agency. Cholera is continuing to spread across Iraq and dissemination to as yet unaffected areas remains highly possible, with more than 30,000 people having already fallen ill with acute watery diarrhoea, according to the latest update by the United Nations health agency. More than 3,300 cases have been identified as positive for Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes the debilitating and sometimes fatal intestinal infection, but clinical symptoms indicate the presence of cholera in many others, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said. Fourteen are known to have died from the disease which is often caused by polluted water, but the low case-fatality rate throughout the outbreak that began in August indicates that those who have become sick have been able to access adequate treatment on time. Most laboratory-confirmed cases have occurred in the north in Kirkuk and Sulaymaniah, but an increasing number of cases of acute watery diarrhoea has been reported in Diala, a province neighbouring Baghdad, with clinical symptoms indicating cholera. The number of cases has been stable in Basra, Baghdad, Dahuk, Mosul and Tikrit, but a case has now been confirmed in the previously unaffected province of Wasit. The Government has mobilized a multi-sectoral response, specific controls have been reinforced and preventive measures to reduce the risk of transmission to unaffected areas have been put in place. But the overall quality of water and sanitation is very poor, a factor known to greatly facilitate cholera contamination. WHO is procuring 5,000,000 water-treatment tablets and two of its epidemiologists are being deployed to support the Health Ministry. WHO does not recommend any restrictions to travel or trade to or from affected areas as a means to control, but urges neighbouring countries to reinforce active surveillance and preparedness systems. Mass chemoprophylaxis is strongly discouraged, as it has no effect on the spread of cholera, can have adverse effects by increasing antimicrobial resistance and provides a false sense of security. Use of the current internationally available pre-qualified oral cholera vaccine is not recommended once an outbreak has started due to its 2-dose regimen, the time required to reach protective efficacy, high cost and the heavy logistics associated with its use. read more

TransCanada US power assets made it through Sandy in good shape

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransCanada: U.S. power assets made it through Sandy in good shape by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2012 2:12 pm MDT CALGARY – TransCanada (TSX:TRP) says its power generating operations in the northeastern United States made it through Superstorm Sandy in good shape.The company’s president of energy and oil pipelines says the Ravenswood Power Plant in New York City churned out electricity throughout the massive storm last night and continues to operate at full capacity today.Alex Pourbaix says during the past 24 hours, Ravenswood was at times able to supply more than half of the electricity going into New York City — one of the hardest-hit areas.Pourbaix says the storm surge peaked below Ravenswood’s protective barrier and doesn’t appear to have sustained any damage.Its Ocean State Power facility in Rhode Island is operating normally, too.Meanwhile, the storm helped TransCanada’s Kibby Wind project in Maine produce more power than it normally does and operations at its U.S. hydroelectric projects haven’t been disrupted.The post-tropical storm left at least 33 people dead and millions without power and transit. read more

Guterres welcomes successful wrap up of longrunning UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia

In a statement from a UN spokesman, the Secretary-General also commended the Government’s ongoing efforts to keep Liberia on the path the peace and sustainable development.The UN chief appreciated the contributions of all partners in the Liberian peace process over the years, particularly the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), whose green helmets laid the foundation for UN peacekeepers in Liberia ahead of UNMIL’s establishment in 2003. Mr. Guterres also expressed appreciation for the excellent leadership of his Special Representative for Liberia, Farid Zarif, and thanked all previous leaders of the Mission, and paid tribute to all uniformed and civilian personnel who served with UNMIL.“The Secretary-General expresses his profound respect to the memory of the 202 peacekeepers who lost their lives in the service of peace during the nearly 15 years the Mission was deployed in Liberia,” said the statement, adding that the UN chief also expressed his gratitude to all troop- and police-contributing countries. Even though the peacekeeping operation has wound down, the UN family still present in Liberia will remain committed to supporting the Government-led reform process “with a view to ensuring that the hard-won peace can be sustained and the country and its people will continue to progress and thrive,” the statement concluded.Liberia, the first independent country in Africa, enjoyed nearly a century and a half of stability before falling into chaos, enduring two devastating civil wars between 1989 and 2003.More than a quarter of a million Liberians were killed and nearly a third of the population was uprooted.  The UN Security Council established the peacekeeping mission for Liberia in October 2003, as violence lingered even after warring factions agreed to a cease-fire and a plan for political rebuilding. Get all the facts and figures about UNMIL’s operations here. read more

Opinion Buckeye defense set for another title run in 2015

OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) sacks Michigan redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIt’s been more than a month since the Ohio State football team won its eighth national championship, but it is never too early to look forward to the start of the 2015 season.The Buckeyes are set to return seven of 11 starters on defense, a crew that held all three Heisman finalists relatively in check over the last three games of the year.With the 2015 spring game just about two months away from kicking off, we look at what the “Silver Bullets” will be bringing to the table as they get set to defend their title.Defensive lineWhile the Buckeyes lose Steve Miller and Michael Bennett, OSU doesn’t seem to be taking too big of a step back in 2015 along the defensive front.Unanimous All-American junior Joey Bosa is set to return for what will likely be his final season in the scarlet and gray, and veteran senior Adolphus Washington will likely anchor the interior of the front four for OSU.The candidate most likely to replace Bennett, who is almost sure to be a first- or second-round NFL Draft selection, is senior Tommy Schutt.Schutt played in 12 games in 2014 and recorded 10 tackles.Redshirt-sophomore Michael Hill will also earn time as the Buckeyes rotate early and often on the defensive line, especially inside.Replacing the production lost by Miller and Rashad Frazier should not be an issue for the Buckeyes as highly touted youngsters step to the forefront.Sophomore Jalyn Holmes, who made an appearance in nine games including the title game against Oregon, is a leading candidate for the end spot while fellow redshirt-sophomore Tyquan Lewis will also see significant playing time.Left out of the mix will be 2015 recruit Jashon Cornell. Despite being a four-star recruit, he is buried behind a stable of talent that will be competing for playing time on a defense looking to repeat for a national title.Returning starters:   Joey Bosa, Adolphus WashingtonKey losses: Michael Bennett, Steve MillerOdd man out: Jashon CornellProjected starters: Bosa, Washington, Tommy Schutt, Jalyn HolmesLinebackersThe linebackers on the 2014 title winning defense more than exceeded expectations after a less-than-stellar 2013 season.Led by senior Joshua Perry, the Buckeyes are set to return two of three starters from the linebacker core and a third with plenty of experience.Redshirt-sophomore Darron Lee and sophomore Raekwon McMillan will likely round out a three-man group that is built to torture opponents’ backfields.McMillan — who will replace Curtis Grant — totaled 54 tackles in his freshman campaign, just 15 less than Grant, who started each game in 2014.Combined, the three returning players accounted for 259 tackles in 2014, and are poised to shatter that number in 2015.Should an unforeseen injury occur, incoming freshman Justin Hilliard, the top outside linebacker recruit in the country according to ESPN, could see some early reps.Hilliard is an Ohio native out of St. Xavier High School and a possible future star for the Buckeyes.Returning starters: Joshua Perry, Darron LeeKey loss: Curtis GrantOdd man out: Chris WorleyProjected starters: Perry, Lee, Raekwon McMillanDefensive backsIf you are looking for a position group to credit for winning the 2014 title (other than the quarterbacks), look no further than the OSU secondary. The Buckeyes improved to the 29th best pass defense in 2014 from the 112th ranked pass defense in 2013, and stifled offenses for the large part of the title run. From the back four, the Buckeyes are set to return three players in 2015, but the one player lost might be the most difficult to replace. Doran Grant played arguably the biggest role on the OSU defense other than Bosa in 2014, as he took on wide receivers like Tony Lippett from Michigan State and Heisman finalist Amari Cooper from Alabama and held each under 100 yards. With Doran Grant lost to graduation, it is likely redshirt-sophomore Eli Apple will slide over to the strongside corner spot while redshirt-junior Tyvis Powell and junior Vonn Bell will return to their respective safety spots. Leading candidates to take over the weakside corner position are likely redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley and sophomore Damon Webb. Conley, who started in place of Apple during the Michigan State game, showed signs of weakness as he gave up two big plays to quarterback Connor Cook and company, forcing Apple to play injured. Webb, whom some expected to redshirt in 2014, did not do so and appeared in nine games as a freshman, collecting three tackles. Another candidate is sophomore Erick Smith, who appeared in 13 games as a freshman and totaled 13 tackles to go along with an interception against Kent State. Whoever replaces Doran Grant will have big shoes to fill, and will likely be tested early and often. Returning starters: Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Tyvis PowellKey losses: Doran Grant, Armani Reeves (injury)Odd man out: Gareon ConleyProjected starters: Apple, Damon Webb, Bell, PowellThe Buckeye defense is set to test its changes against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Sheriff says no credible threat at San Marcos High School

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Sheriff’s Department FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, February 19, 2018 Sheriff says no credible threat at San Marcos High School Posted: February 19, 2018center_img Updated: 4:57 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN MARCOS (KUSI) — A social media post originally believed to have threatened a school shooting at San Marcos High School today sparked an investigation that found there was no specific threat made to the school, law enforcement and school district officials said today.Despite the unfounded threat, sheriff’s deputies from the San Marcos substation planned to patrol the high school and nearby campuses in the San Marcos Unified School District today “out of an abundance of caution,” authorities said.The district notified parents of the potential threat Monday night in emails, phone calls and online postings, telling families of “social media rumors of a possible shooting at San Marcos High School.”“Law enforcement is actively investigating,” SMUSD Superintendent Melissa Hunt said Monday night in her messages to parents. “Deputies will be posted at the school tomorrow.”This morning, district officials said that “after hours of investigation and cooperation from social media outlets, there is no evidence of a credible threat to San Marcos High School.”The rumors began circulating on Snapchat, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Deese. “Detectives investigated the threats and found images and wording related to a recent arrest in South Carolina regarding a school shooting threat,” the sergeant said. “With cooperation from the social media outlet, it appears there were no specific threats targeting San Marcos High School, but images from the South Carolina incident were reposted.”In a follow-up message on Facebook, the district said “the rumor was based on a photo of a freshman in South Carolina who posted a threat last week. Kids saw it in our district and reported it to authorities.”The South Carolina incident in question appeared to be a posting made by a high school student there following last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.In the hours after the deadly Florida shooting, the South Carolina ninth-grader posted a photograph of himself wearing a mask and holding what appeared to be an assault rifle with the caption “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow.”According to local media reports, that student was arrested and the weapon in the photo was determined to be an Airsoft pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle. District officials in San Marcos thanked the community members who reported the potential threat and said the incident was handled as it should have been.“Both our staff and law enforcement responded as we would expect in these circumstances,” the district said in a Facebook post. “We want all of our students to be safe and carry on with their education.” Not all parents were happy with the district’s response to the incident.Before the full explanation was given as to the threat, dozens of parents said on Facebook they would keep their children home from school. Other parents demanded more transparency once an explanation was given and said the district’s notifications Monday night only served to spread alarm.“Your calls and emails caused district wide panic and fear,” parent Tracy Faris wrote in a response to the district on Facebook.“I am extremely upset with how this entire thing was handled in the district!” wrote parent Kelley Crawford Kerscher on Facebook. “School should have been canceled today. In light of everything going on in schools these days, this year, you can’t invoke that kind of fear into parents and students throughout the district and then say, `false alarm, all good … see you soon.”’The shooting scare came at a particularly sensitive time less than a week after the deadly Florida shooting. It also came during the same school year during which a series of threats rocked the Poway Unified School District.In early October, a student at Poway High School texted friends that “there would be a shooting at the school” and posted an image of the conversation on social media, though authorities investigated the claim and ultimately said the threat was unfounded. Roughly two weeks after that threat, near the end of October, students at Meadowbrook Middle School in Poway were found on consecutive days to be carrying “hit lists” containing the names of classmates and faculty at the school. KUSI Newsroom last_img

How adaptive surfer Liv Stone prepares to perform in the Switchfoot Bro

first_imgHow adaptive surfer Liv Stone prepares to perform in the Switchfoot Bro Am Posted: June 27, 2019 Updated: 12:20 PM June 27, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Switchfoot Bro Am at Moonlight Beach is days away and Liv Stone is part of the the US Adaptive Surfing Team that won the World Title at La Jolla Shores this past fall.Stone was born with two short arms and was living in Pennsylvania with her family when she went to a CAF Adaptive Surfing clinics and she fell in love with the sport.She now lives in San Diego to train full time-while still going to high school online.You can see Stone surfing on June 29th at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.center_img Jonathan Halvorson, Jonathan Halvorson Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bears ransack Boynton Beach familys SUV in Tennessee

first_imgPIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WSVN) — A Boynton Beach family who high-tailed it out of Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma got the scare of their lives in Tennessee, thanks to some ransacking bears.Travis Gonzalez took his family to Pigeon Forge, outside Knoxville, to ride out the storm. He never expected to come face to face with bears.I just went fishing that morning, so they probably smelled some of this fishing stuff in the back, maybe,” said Gonzalez.The animals broke into Gonzalez’s SUV, then proceeded to rip out part of the dashboard, tear out the rearview mirrors and even break the locks.“They locked themselves inside the car, and then they just went crazy because they couldn’t get out,” said Gonzalez.Gonzalez knew he had to get them out of there, so with a quick tug of the door handle, the bears came pouring out of the vehicle and took off. The South Floridian said he’s never moved so fast in his life.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

All clear given at Charles Drew Family Resource Center following bomb threat

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The all-clear has been given at Charles Drew Family Resource Center in Pompano Beach after it was evacuated due to a bomb threat.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the school, located at 2600 NW 9th Court after the building received a phone threat.The school was evacuated as K-9 units were brought in to sniff around the portables.Students at the school were taken to a nearby park while officials worked to deem the campus safe.Deputies gave the all clear just before 2 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Walker requests expedited review of Permanent Fund lawsuit

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker Monday requested an expedited review of a lawsuit challenging his veto of half the money for this year’s Permanent Fund Dividends.Listen Now In a press release, Walker said, “Alaskans deserve a definite answer as we gear up for a legislative session in which bold action is required to finally fix our fiscal deficit.”The lawsuit was filed September 16th by Anchorage Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski and two retired lawmakers – Clem Tillion and Rick Halford.Eligible Alaskans will receive $1,022 dollars for this year’s dividend.The amount could have been around twice that prior to Governor Walker’s veto.PFDs will be distributed starting October 6th.last_img read more