Busmen ground Aguilas; Stallion, Global escape

first_imgDavao got a late consolation goal from Harry Sawyer in the first minute of second half stoppage time as the Aguilas lost for the ninth time this season.Despite acquiring veterans Phil and James Younghusband, Simone Rota, Matthew Hartmann and Jason De Jong during the transfer window, victory has remained elusive for the Aguilas, who only have six points from 15 matches.The Busmen have played six games less than Meralco Manila, which was held to a goalless draw by Global Cebu also on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Arellano, TIP collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View comments Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Stallion Laguna striker Jess Melliza continued his scoring run as he fired the only goal that lifted Laguna past JPV Marikina.The fleet-footed lefty from La Paz, Iloilo, beat JPV goalkeeper Nelson Gasic from a tight angle in the 77th minute to push Stallion closer to JPV with 26 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingChristiaens found Fernando Rodriguez at the far post for a close-range strike in 19th minute, before punctuating the win with a clinical goal off the counterattack three minutes from time.Spanish midfielder Bienvenido Marañon was also on the scoresheet, firing home from just inside the box in the 50th minute.center_img Defender Jeffrey Christiaens scored a goal and assisted on another as AFC Cup Asean zone champion Ceres-Negros kept the retooled Davao Aguilas winless with a 3-1 victory on Saturday in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Returning to PFL action just four days after their elimination in the interzone semifinals of the AFC Cup, the Busmen played with verve and urgency as they collected their ninth win of the season to hike their tally to 28 points for fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Munzon now 89th in the world in 3×3

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too And it has earned him a distinction: Munzon, 24, now belongs to the top 100 of Fiba 3×3’s world rankings.“I think it’s a testimony of what [love of the game] could do for you. If you love the game, it will love you back,” he told the Inquirer in a recent interview at a hotel in Ortigas.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, logisticsMunzon, is the country’s No. 1 3×3 player and, more importantly, 89th in the world—a remarkable feat he has put together in the span of just six months.But the 6-foot-3 playmaker says his individual 3×3 ranking says more about his team than himself. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Munzon’s crew will be joined by Balanga Chooks-to-Go, which will be led by Philippines 2nd-ranked 3×3 cager in Alvin Pasaol. Comprising the team are Karl Dehesa, newcomer Chris de Chavez and another returning reinforcement in Travis Franklin.Pasig and Balanga are at the forefront of boosting the Philippines’ bid in making it to the qualifying tournament of the specialized format, which was recently made an Olympic sport.“I’ve been with my team all year but you know, my ranking has a lot to do with my team. We’ve been together, we’ve won together and lost together but at the same time, I won’t be where I am without my teammates,” said Munzon, whose squad will shoot for redemption when they try to erase the bitter taste of going winless in the Kunshan Challenger last month.“We want to make up for what happened,” he added. Pasig is set to face Belgium’s Antwerp at 11:00 p.m. (Manila time) before taking a familiar foe in Latvia’s Riga Ghetto, the World’s No. 3 squad, at 12:25 a.m. in Pool B play. Balanga, meanwhile, faces Ukraine’s Odessa Basket in the 7:40 p.m. contest before taking on Moscow Inanomo at 8:20.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—The game of basketball has been inexplicably sweet for Joshua Munzon. It has taken him around the world, It has become his source of livelihood, and it has given him the opportunity wear the country’s name across his chest.ADVERTISEMENT Federer, Nadal resume rivalry, Djokovic faces Thiem Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “I think that it’s a team award. If you have some guys that’s up there like that, I think it’s a testament to what other guys are doing to sacrifice and help other guys be successful,” he said.“Scoring the ball isn’t everything. It’s a team game. Everybody has to contribute one way or the other—in defense, rebounding or simply playing hard. Just because I score the ball, doesn’t mean I’m the best player in the squad or anything like that,” he added.Munzon, who traces his Filipino heritage through his father, said that being in the elite crop is emblematic of his team’s growth.“I think collectively as a group, we’re becoming a team that can compete with the other better teams in the world,” he said.Munzon will spearhead Pasig Chooks-to-Go, ranked 24th in the world, in the 2019 Fiba 3×3 Moscow Tinkoff Challenger which unfolds Friday night in Russia. He will be backed by former pro Dylan Ababou, World No. 91 Taylor Statham, and old reliable Nikola Pavlovic as import.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

India continues to be a key focus area: IKEA Foundation

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Swedish home furnishing major IKEA, says it will strengthen its activities to support children, youth and women in India. The foundation has been active in India since 2000 and has contributed 168 million euros to programmes run by its different partners targeting children and women in 19 states so far. “Since 2010 a quarter of our donations went to programmes in India (EUR 94 million) and I can say that India will continue to remain a focus area for us,” IKEA Foundation Communications and Strategic Planning Head Jonathan Spampinato told PTI. Globally, the foundation had made grants totalling 420 million euros since 2010. “Today, the IKEA Foundation supports projects that change attitude towards child labour, provide education and support children,” Spampinato said adding the aim was to help families break the cycle of poverty. “We also fund programmes to empower women,” he said. Elaborating the foundations strategy, he said: “Our goal in India is to help children and youth, primarily the ones living in extreme poverty, who are deprived of the opportunities available to most children in the rest of the world.” On the challenges in the country, he said: “In India there are 130 million children living in poverty – so we have a long journey ahead.” The IKEA Foundation works through its selected partners in India. It has partnered with organisations such as Unicef, Save the Children, Landesa, Pradan among others. PTI AKT RKL MR MKJlast_img read more

Rampaging Royal Challengers Bangalore lock horns with consistent Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgBrimming with confidence after a massive 144-run victory, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will run into an in-form Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter today. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)FIGHT FOR PLAY-OFFSRCB need to win all their three remaining games to make it to the last four while KKR already have a foot into the play-offs and need just one victory from their remaining three outings. (Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers will have a tough time at Eden, says Yusuf Pathan)Both teams come into the contest at the back of morale boosting victories.RED-HOT RCBRCB registered a crushing 144-run victory over Gujarat Lions at their home turf on Saturday. Propelled by twin centuries from captain Virat Kohli (109) and South African AB de Villiers (129), they posted a gigantic 248/3 in 20 overs. RCB then bundled out Gujarat for a paltry 104.KKR TAMED PUNELater, on the same day in a game here, KKR tamed Rising Pune Supergiants by eight wickets at the Eden Gardens.Electing to bat, Pune managed to get to 103/6 in 17.4 overs when rain halted the tie. KKR were set a revised target of 66 runs to win from 9 overs when play resumed again. And even though they lost Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir in the first over itself, Yusuf Pathan (37) and Manish Pandey (15) ensured that they cruised past the target without any further setback.All eyes will be on the KKR bowling and how they fare against the likes of Kohli and de Villiers. The track is likely to be a turner again but the pair has been getting runs on every surface.advertisementGAYLE THREATChris Gayle – a former KKR player – loves the Eden track. The last time the burly Jamaican was at Eden in 2015 for RCB, he had smashed a 56-ball 96. The left-hander has been struggling in the current tournament, scoring just 19 runs in five games. However, he can take heart from his previous performances here.RCB bowling has been inconsistent, though pacer Chris Jordan (4/11) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/19) delivered the goods in the previous game against Gujarat.If they bowl loose on the day, the likes of Uthappa, Gambhir and Pathan — who have been in great form lately — will surely have no second thoughts about smashing them to the ropes.When these two sides met last it was the Challengers bowling which let them down as Pathan hit a 29-ball 60.It will be at the back of Kohli’s mind that his bowlers have struggled so far and he would ideally want to bat KKR out of the contest. But then again everyday is not a Sunday.Squads:Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Brad Hogg, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Jason Holder, Manan Sharma, Colin Munro, Kuldeep Yadav, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Rajagopal Sathish.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Stuart Binny, Iqbal Abdulla, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Vikramjeet Malik, Kane Richardson, Varun Aaron, Mandeep Singh, Abu Nechim, Adam Milne, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Travis Head, David Wiese, Sachin Baby, Lokesh Rahul, Parvez Rasool, Vikas Tokas, Sarfaraz Khan, Praveen Dubey, Akshay Karnewar.last_img read more

Rafa Nadal stays atop ATP rankings, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray out of top 10

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal remained in the number one spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings released on Monday, while Britain’s Andy Murray and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic dropped out of the top 10.Nadal, 16-time Grand Slam champion, was followed by Switzerland’s Roger Federer with 9.005 points, reports Efe.The 12th placed Djokovic and Murray, who fell to the 16th spot, missed the final Grand Slam tournament of the season with elbow and hip injuries respectively.Germany’s Alexander Zverev came in third, ahead of Austria’s Dominic Thiem.Additionally, American Jack Sock, who earned Paris Masters title Sunday after winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 over Serbian Filip Krajinovic, jumped 13 spots to ninth, ahead of 10th-placed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 10.645 points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 9.0053. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4.4004. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3.8155. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 3.8056. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3.6507. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 3.1508. David Goffin (Belgium) 2.9759. Jack Sock (US) 2.76510. Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain) 2.615.last_img read more

ESPN Updates Its W-L Predictions For Country’s Top 25 Teams

first_imgFisheye view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California.Fisheye view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45-9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)With Week 3 in the books, ESPN’s FPI has updated its predictions for the rest of the 2018 season. The updates are now complete.One of the categories in the FPI is win-loss projections. These change on a weekly basis.You can see the full win-loss rankings here.Win-loss predictions for the top 25 are below. Note, these are the FPI top 25 rankings, not the official AP or Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings.Alabama: 12.0–0.9Georgia: 11.4 – 1.5Ohio State: 11.1 – 1.4Penn State: 10.5 – 1.8Oklahoma: 11.3 – 1.5Clemson: 11.4 – 1.4Washington: 10.2 – 2.5Michigan: 8.6 – 3.6Mississippi State: 9.2 – 2.9Auburn: 7.9 – 4.1Oklahoma State: 9.7 – 2.8Miami (Fla.): 9.1– 3.4Michigan State: 8.2 – 3.9Texas A&M: 7.6 – 4.4Notre Dame: 9.6 – 2.4Stanford: 9.0 – 3.2LSU: 8.3– 3.7Wisconsin: 8.2 – 4.3Virginia Tech: 8.6 – 2.8Boise State: 10.5 – 2.5Duke: 9.0– 3.2West Virginia: 7.3 – 3.9Iowa: 9.1 – 3.3Boston College: 8.6– 3.5Texas: 7.2– 5.0ESPN’s FPI can be found here.last_img read more

Province Improving Dental Care for Children

first_imgThe province is teaming with the IWK Health Centre to more than double the number of Nova Scotia children who receive dental surgery each year, acting Health and Wellness Minister Leonard Preyra announced today, July 30. “This is the right thing to do for families and young children,” said Mr. Preyra. “Expanding the IWK’s dental surgery program will make life better for people by ensuring more children with serious oral health problems get the surgery they need, and get it faster.” The province and IWK will increase the number of pediatric dental surgeries for children 16 and younger by adding staff and equipment to the pediatric dentistry department. The expansion will give 600 more children in Nova Scotia the surgery they need to live a healthy life and help shorten wait times and reduce visits to emergency rooms. Mr. Preyra said all Nova Scotians helped provide the expanded surgery program. “A balanced budget is key to providing better care and support for the social programs that families depend on,” said Mr. Preyra. “This expansion of the surgery program is a direct result of the work all Nova Scotians did to balance the provincial budget.” Mr. Preyra said the expansion follows the province’s decision to reinstate dental coverage for children 13 and younger. This is a level of coverage that hasn’t existed since 1997, when the coverage was cut to children 9 or younger. The additional surgeries are expected to begin in the spring. “Last year, my son Samuel came to the IWK for dental treatment and had to wait for the procedure he needed,” said Iolanda Toma, of Truro. “While I’m very pleased with the care Samuel received, I’m happy other children won’t have to wait for the care they need.” Mr. Preyra also announced the Department of Health and Wellness will hire a chief dental officer. The officer, who will begin in January, will report to the chief medical officer of health, and work with dentists, public health staff and other partners to improve Nova Scotians’ oral health, with a focus on children younger than 5. “The IWK, its partners in care, Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Dental Association are pleased that this government has recognized the effects of poor oral health on general health in infants and toddlers,” said Dr. Ross Anderson, chief of pediatric dentistry at the IWK Health Centre. “By providing care to these very young children in a timely fashion, we will not only reduce pain and suffering, but help each of these children achieve their full potential. “We are also excited about the appointment of a chief dental officer who will work on a provincial oral health strategy with all partners to reduce disease rates in this very young group of children. By doing this, we may be able to keep more of these children out of surgery.” The IWK’s pediatric dentistry department does specialized surgery for 700 patients each year from across the Maritimes. The problems range from painful and chronic dental infections to facial cellulitis, a serious bacterial infection that can be life-threatening. Many of these children also have other special health care needs.last_img read more

Judge finds Halifax cabbie not guilty of sexually assaulting passenger

first_imgHALIFAX – A judge has acquitted a former Halifax cab driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger, saying he believed the woman but the Crown failed to prove the identity of her assailant.The Crown alleged Houssen Milad kissed a female passenger on top of her head when driving her home to the Spryfield neighbourhood in June 2016, and groped her buttocks before she got out of the vehicle.But Judge Gregory Lenehan said Thursday the Crown did not come anywhere near proving its case against Milad beyond a reasonable doubt, and did a “disservice” to the complainant and to the community.“The investigation in this matter lacked a real critical analysis and amounted to a disservice to (the complainant),” Lenehan said. “She deserved to have her complaint given a more thorough investigation.”The judge — who is under investigation for a ruling he gave in a different sexual assault case involving a taxi driver earlier this year — said Thursday the 26-year-old passenger in the Milad case was a credible witness, and he believes she was sexually assaulted.“She was sexually assaulted. There can be no doubt about it,” he told the court. “But, do I have a doubt about the identify of the taxi driver that assaulted (her)? Absolutely.”The judge’s not guilty verdict Thursday hinged on what he described as two holes in the case against Milad.The first revolved around the route the taxi took from downtown Halifax to the woman’s neighbourhood.Yellow Cab, the dispatcher, provided the GPS map of Milad’s taxi route on the night the woman was assaulted, but that route was different than the directions the complainant testified the taxi took after she flagged it down, Lenehan said.The routes were “markedly different,” the judge said, with one heading north of the Halifax Citadel and passing the Scotiabank Centre and Emera Oval, while the other passed the new library on Spring Garden Road.“It’s more than just the street names being different,” Lenehan said. “The landmarks are so strikingly differently it would be almost impossible to think (the GPS route supported the passenger’s evidence).”The other flaw in the Crown’s case was that the complainant’s debit transactions weren’t analyzed to see if there were any from Milad’s cab, he said.“Did anybody think to check the debit transaction?” the judge asked, pointing out that the investigation failed to track down whether her payment was credited to Milad’s account.Defence lawyer Thomas Singleton called the judge’s decision “detailed” and “thorough.”He said the police in the case had tunnel vision, focusing on his client and ignoring other possibilities, and didn’t track down other leads.“The judge was quite critical of the way the police investigated the matter,” Singleton said. “If the police had done their work properly, they probably could have gotten the right person.”The key evidence put forward by the Crown was a business card the complainant obtained at the end of the ride.But the judge suggested that the perpetrator may have “impersonated” Milad, using one of his business cards.“That could explain the rather curious act of a driver giving her a business card with his name on it after kissing her without permission and then groping her bum,” Lenehan said. “The Crown speculates that Mr. Milad is so devious as to turn off his meter early but readily hand out his business card.”While the judge acknowledged that he was speculating, he said the case is built on “circumstantial evidence” and reminded the court that the onus is on the Crown to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty.The complainant was not present for the verdict.The judge said the woman gave clear, cogent answers and offered thoughtful, careful and consistent testimony.“Her assailant was discoverable,” Lenehan said. “He should have been identified properly.”Milad testified in his own defence, denying through an Arabic interpreter that the woman was ever in his vehicle.He broke down in tears Thursday as the judge told him he was “free to leave” Halifax provincial court.“His life has been on hold for the past year,” Singleton, his lawyer, said, adding that he now plans to finish his doctoral thesis in engineering. “He was extremely relieved.”The decision is the latest in a series of court rulings against Halifax taxi drivers accused of sexual assault. Police said last year there had been 14 reported sexual assault cases involving cab drivers in the city over the previous four years.In March, Lenehan acquitted another taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger, Bassam Al-Rawi, in a decision that is now the subject of an investigation by a three-member review committee appointed by Nova Scotia’s chief justice.Lenehan’s choice of words in the Al-Rawi case set off a storm of social media criticism, a letter-writing campaign calling for a judicial council investigation and two public protests.Lenehan said the Crown in the Al-Rawi case had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman, who had been drinking and had no memory of what happened, did not consent to sexual activity with the driver. He said that “clearly, a drunk can consent.”The Crown is seeking an appeal of Lenehan’s decision in the Al-Rawi case. A hearing is scheduled before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal for Nov. 22.last_img read more

Dalhousie accused of white supremacy amid escalating tensions over racism

first_imgHALIFAX – Amid rising tension at Dalhousie University, a former student interrupted a panel discussion about campus diversity Tuesday to accuse the school of “white supremacy.”“The myth that you share is that Dalhousie is doing a good job about equity and inclusion,” said Ifo Ikede, a former computer engineering and computer science student at the Halifax university.“We’re swimming in a sea of white supremacy,” he said. “The only people who are free to speak are white men and women.”His comments come as the university faces mounting criticism over its handling of recent incidents involving female students of colour.Last week, an Indigenous member of Dalhousie University’s board of governors said she was subjected to institutionalized racism.Now the university is investigating political comments by a student leader — a Muslim woman who wears a hijab — who could face possible sanctions.The incidents have sparked outcry both on campus and beyond.A group of 25 law professors at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law called on the university not to “police and censor” the tone of political speech, while the Ontario Civil Liberties Association accused the university of censoring political speech.On Tuesday, a seminar at Dalhousie open to the public about the under-representation of non-white faculty at Canadian universities appeared to only accept pre-approved questions, prompting Ikede to interrupt concluding remarks.Although the panellists responded to his comments before ending the lecture, the incident highlights the growing controversy engulfing the campus.Ikede said he was upset about disciplinary action being taken against Masuma Khan, a member of the student council executive.The fourth-year student could face possible sanctions for social media comments related to the Dalhousie Student Union’s decision to abstain from Canada 150 celebrations in a show of solidarity with Indigenous Peoples.In a Facebook post responding to criticism of that decision, she questioned why she should be proud of colonization and “over 400 years of genocide.”She used profanity in her post, signing off with hashtags that criticized “white fragility” and said “your white tears aren’t sacred, this land is.”Diane Obed, an Indigenous graduate of Saint Mary’s University, said she attended the lecture on Tuesday to ask about the senate discipline committee hearing into Masuma Khan’s comments.“I couldn’t even ask a question. I’m glad someone spoke up,” she said about Ikede’s comments. “I was very disappointed. It’s typical of how they are going to tone-police and prevent people from having meaningful dialogue about this current issue that is at the forefront right now for Dalhousie.”Obed, who is originally from Labrador, said the reaction against Khan seems out of proportion with the discipline doled out to Dalhousie dentistry students involved in an online scandal a few years ago.“They are taking disciplinary action towards a person of colour for speaking out about colonialism,” she said. “But they didn’t even really discipline the dentistry students who posted harassing and misogynistic comments.”Dalhousie’s vice-provost of student affairs, Arig al Shaibah, issued a message to the university community Monday saying the senate discipline committee will hear the complaint after an “informal resolution” was turned down.She said Khan allegedly breached a section of the code of student conduct against “unwelcome or persistent conduct that the student knows, or ought to reasonably know, would cause another person to feel demeaned, intimidated or harassed.”Meanwhile, Khan has received threats about her comments, prompting her lawyer to ask Dalhousie on Twitter for guidance on how to “respectfully” respond to warnings against her that attack her identity.Dalhousie president Richard Florizone said a memo to the university community Monday that “at Dal we abhor racism, gendered violence and Islamophobia.”“We know we have to strive every day to challenge these,” he said. “Our essential values are equal dignity of all persons, freedom of expression and inquiry, intellectual integrity and respectful relationships.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misquoted part of the Dalhousie student’s social media post.last_img read more

Guterres Appoint Najat Maalla Mji Assistant SG of the United Nations

New York – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Najat Maalla M’jid of Morocco as his Special Representative on Violence Against Children at the level of Assistant Secretary-General, the office of the spokesperson of the UN Secretary General said in a statement Thursday.“She will succeed Marta Santos Pais of Portugal, to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her leadership and dedicated commitment during her tenure as the first Special Representative on Violence Against Children,” it added.Dr. M’jid, a medical doctor in pediatrics, has over the last three decades devoted her life to the promotion and protection of children’s rights. She was Head of the Pediatric Department and Director of the Hay Hassani Mother-Child hospital in Casablanca. she is a member of the Moroccan National Council on Human Rights and founder of the non-governmental organization Bayti, the first programme addressing the situation of children living and working in the streets of Morocco. From 2008 to 2014, she served as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.Dr. M’jid also works as an Expert-Consultant for national and international projects, strategies and policies relating to child rights’ promotion and protection. She has participated in the development of national policies on the protection of the child, and has worked with several governments, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations. She also works as a lecturer at Moroccan and international universities on child rights’ protection, promotion, programming and monitoring, as well as social and development policies.A member of several regional and international non-governmental organizations and networks working for children’s rights, Dr. M’jid is also involved in the training of social workers, law enforcement, teachers, judges, and medical staff.Dr. M’jid holds a Doctorate in general medicine from the University of Rabat, a specialization in pediatrics and neonatology from the University of Bordeaux II and a Master’s of Human Rights from the Human Rights Institute, Geneva.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her strong commitment to protecting children’s rights. read more

UN speaks out against pending execution of Mexican national in United States

1 July 2011The top United Nations human rights official has appealed to a state governor in the United States to commute the death sentence of a Mexican national scheduled to be executed for murder next week, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today. The plea from Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is also supported by two UN rights experts who have urged the US Government to stop the execution for the same reason: the convicted murderer was not granted access to a Mexican consular official at the time of his arrest.Ms. Pillay wrote directly to Texas Governor Rick Perry asking him to order a life sentence for Humberto Leal Garcia, who was condemned to death for the 1994 murder of a 16-year-old girl, according to Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for OHCHR. “Over and above the normal UN position opposing the death penalty, this case raises particular concerns, as Mr. Leal Garcia was not granted consular access, which, as a foreign national, is his right under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,” Mr. Colville said.“The lack of consular assistance and advice raises concerns about whether or not Mr. Leal Garcia’s right to a fair trial was fully upheld,” he said. “We understand that Mr. Leal Garcia is due to be executed next Thursday, 7 July, but that the Governor of Texas has the power to commute the sentence to life imprisonment. The High Commissioner has written to him directly requesting him to do so.” The spokesperson said that the case also “raises questions” regarding compliance with a 2004 International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that the US breached its obligations under an international convention to 51 Mexicans on death row in US jails when it did not inform them of their right to contact their consular representatives “without delay” after their arrests. In that judgment the ICJ ruled that, as a remedy for the violations of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the US must provide “review and reconsideration” of Mr. Leal Garcia’s conviction and sentence, Mr. Colville said.Meanwhile, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez, called on the US Government to cancel the execution. “If the scheduled execution of Mr. Leal García goes ahead, the United States Government will have implemented a death penalty after a trial that did not comply with due process rights,” Mr. Heyns said. “This will be tantamount to an arbitrary deprivation of life.” “Conditions in death row during those 17 years are such that they amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment according to well-established standards in international law,” Mr. Méndez said. Mr. Heyns and Mr. Méndez are independent, non-paid specialist reporting to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

Another Sri Lankan Magistrate joins the judiciary in Fiji

A new magistrate has joined the ranks of the Magistrate Court in Fiji after being sworn in by Fiji’s President, Jioje Konrote, the Fiji Times reported today.Magistrate Gammaddagoda Priyantha was formally appointed by the head of State with Chief Justice, Judge Anthony Gates, and Chief Registrar Yohan Liyanage present. Priyantha previously worked as the Assistant Director (Legal) and prosecutor at the Permanent Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption of Sri Lanka.A government statement issued yesterday said the new appointee had more than nine years experience as a magistrate in various provincial courts in Sri Lanka and had published research articles, and attended numerous international training. (Colombo Gazette) Priyantha joins a number of Sri Lankans who joined the Magistrate Court in Fiji over the years. The event took place at the State House yesterday (Monday). read more

Gaffe in the Gulf Backbenchers criticise Taoiseach over linking pylons and emigration

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has been accused of using “scare tactics” and making “unwarranted and unfair” claims after he linked the erection of controversial electricity pylons to the emigration of young people.Kenny was speaking in Saudi Arabia yesterday amid ongoing controversy over Eirgrid’s plans to erect new electricity pylons carrying overhead power cables in many rural parts of the country.The consultation process for the project closes today and Kenny told reporters: “It’s ironic in many ways that some people say to me: ‘Well, my children have to go away, they have to emigrate’. And in many cases they emigrate to countries where these things are a matter of course as providing infrastructure for development.”He also said that it is not the right of any government to “deny the next generation of young people in our country the right to have a job and to live and work in their own area if that be so”.Labour senator John Whelan, who has been strongly critical of the government’s handling of the consultation process, described it as a “gaffe in the Gulf”.“I can only imagine that the sun in Saudi must have got to Mr Kenny for him to resort to using emigration as a way of influencing the consultation process as it enters its final phase,” he said.Fine Gael TD Pat Deering said that Eirgrid’s consultation process has been “farcical” and described Kenny’s comments, linking pylon construction and emigration, as “unfortunate”.‘Not justified’He also said that comments earlier this week by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, who said that the pylons are crucial to regional job creation, are “not factually correct”.Deering told TheJournal.ie: “There is hope in Carlow for the sugar industry to be reinvigorated and in the event of the sugar factory being re-established it will require a connection to the new power line. But there are no plans for the substation that would be needed.”Under Eirgrid’s plans, a North-South interconnector would link lines between Meath with Tyrone with a second line linking Kildare to Cork and a third line linking-up Mayo with Roscommon. Ministers argue that the pylons – to be built as part of three projects – are needed to service the grid and for the creation of jobs and infrastructure.Labour senator Denis Landy warned that industries such as tourism and agriculture will be affected by the construction of large pylons in idyllic parts of the country and warned of possible job losses in these industries.“In order for us to build out our economy we obviously have to have power… as the country grows we can’t have a deficit of power. But there has to be a balance between provision, people’s needs, and the respecting existing communities that we live in,” he said.He reiterated calls for a cost-benefit analysis of placing the cables underground to be done, with Deering saying there needs to be a “totally independent set of experts” to assess the implications and costs of underground versus overhead.Landy also said that linking pylon construction and emigration is “unfair, unwarranted and not justified”.‘PR exercise’Opposition parties and TDs have also criticised the Taoiseach.Fianna Fail’s Dara Calleary, a constituency colleague of Kenny, said his comments were “nothing more than scaremongering”.“It is an insult to democracy and to the intelligence of the Irish people,” he said. “And in this case, it’s a shameful insult to job seekers.”Sinn Féin senator David Cullinane said the comments are part of a “PR exercise” and said that they “marginalised the concerns of the affected communities”.Independent TD Mattie McGrath said Kenny’s remarks were “patronising in the extreme”.Column: Ireland’s rural community is being ignored over wind energy concernsRead: Underground pylons will add 3% to electricity bills over the next 50 years, says Rabbittelast_img read more

Column 5 ways to get money back from the taxman

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4059284 WORKING IN THIS industry, I am acutely aware of the fact that millions of euro in tax refunds goes unclaimed by the Irish public every year.For most of us, quite aside from any “luxury” spending on new clothes or holidays, the price we pay for day-to-day living expenses is not cheap – this is especially true when it comes to larger expenses such as medical care, providing care for a loved one, paying college fees for children or personal further education, and even nursing home fees for an elderly parent or relative.I doubt that there’s anyone in the country who wouldn’t welcome a financial helping hand with these costs.TaxapathyOver the years we’ve done a lot of research at Taxback.com in order to get to the bottom of an apparent “taxapathy” amongst Irish taxpayers. Our various surveys, customer analysis reports, focus groups etc. have all shed some light on what’s holding people back.While the reasons behind individual behaviour differ greatly, if we could pinpoint one reason behind the inaction of the Irish taxpayer when it comes to getting what’s owed, I believe that it’s lack of awareness and/or knowledge. Quite simply, people either don’t know about the tax reliefs they are eligible for, or think the process of applying for a refund is “way too much hassle”.Without knowledge, others are afraid to claim for fear that they will end up owing the Revenue. Therefore, knowledge is critical when dealing with tax. The average refund our Irish PAYE clients get is somewhere in and around €995 so it’s not small money. But again, I think people just don’t realise this.Age definitely impacts financial behaviours and we have found that those in the 20 – 40 year age bracket are better at coming forth to claim refunds and entitlements. But in fact, it’s often older workers who are usually entitled to more!5 ways to claim money from the taxmanMedical expensesOne of the most accessible and common expenses that can be claimed. Relief at 20% is available and can be claimed on most unreimbursed expenses and on qualifying, non-routine dental expenses.Home Carer Tax CreditMany people wrongly believe that this credit is for those caring for other people’s children, the elderly or disabled people. In fact, the credit of €1,200 (2018) can be claimed by any married couple, where one spouse is a housewife/househusband and cares for one/more dependent persons, which includes their own children under 18.Tuition feesIf you are paying tuition fees for a full or part-time third level course, be it for yourself or for your child, then you may well be entitled to tax relief on the cost. Third level fee payers can claim tax relief on tuition fees (including the student contribution) that are paid for eligible education courses. The relief is available to whoever is paying the cost of the fees.And if you are paying for more than one child to go to college, the good news is that there is no limit on the number of individuals for whom you can claim. In fact, most claims for this type of relief come from parents with more than one child in college at the same time.Tax relief is granted at 20% – the standard rate of tax. However, the relief is only applicable on any amount above €3,000 and there is a limit of fees, at €7,000 per course, on which you can claim relief.Flat Rate ExpensesMost employees are unaware they can be reimbursed for any expenses incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the performance of their duties. Flat rate expense allowances are set for various classes of employee, eg shop workers are granted €121 per year and bar trade employees get €97 per annum.Nurses who supply and launder their own uniforms can claim a deduction of €733. Deductions are available to doctors, engineers, plumbers, journalists, teachers and hospitality sector workers, among other professions.Nursing Homes CostsDespite a gradual erosion of reliefs, nursing home fees have remained as one of the few items where relief is still available at the higher rate of 40%. This makes it even more surprising that not everyone is claiming this relief.Each year, 400,000 taxpayers claim back €150 million from Revenue in respect of medical expenses and nursing home fees alone, but we have estimated that as much as €150 million more could be left unclaimed in credits for unreimbursed medical expenses each year.In the hope of encouraging more people to getting what’s owed, last year we launched an online resource to provide Ireland’s PAYE tax payers with an easy-to-access, easy-to-use tax guide that illustrates how the tax system works, what reliefs are available and how to can go about getting them.Barry Flanagan is a Tax Manager at Taxback.com. Barry Flanagan Share42 Tweet Email12 Jun 17th 2018, 3:00 PM 70,388 Views Column: 5 ways to get money back from the taxman Millions of euro in tax refunds goes unclaimed by the Irish public every year, writes Barry Flanagan. Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’>center_img Short URL Tax Director, Taxback.com Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19 Comments By Barry Flanagan Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 3:00 PMlast_img read more

Cyprus future on the table

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As a resumption of UN-led peace talks on Cyprus gets closer, Cypriot communities in Australia and New Zealand will meet in Melbourne next week to discuss their most pressing priorities, as well as the role they can play in promoting a just solution for the island. The Federation of Cyprus Communities of Australia and NZ annual conference – which takes place between February 14 and 16 – will see delegates from every Australian state (bar Tasmania) and from New Zealand, discuss how a stronger voice can emerge to articulate ‘the Cyprus issue’, and closer to home, how the communities can increase their young people’s involvement in community affairs. Federation President Michael Christodoulou AM told Neos Kosmos that one of the most vital issues for the conference was how ties to each community’s youth could be reinforced – in order to pass the torch to a new generation – a generation who too often see their traditional community organisations as peripheral to their own ambitions. “The theme this year is how we are to engage young people. We’re failing with the youth,” said Mr Christodoulou, who sits as a commissioner for the NSW government’s Community Relations Commission. “It’s a universal problem. Younger people today have different ideas. The long-term aim is to make sure they take over the reins [of the Communities]. Unless they participate today in the community’s life, they will never come back later on.” Aged care provision and the challenges faced by new models of support for culturally-appropriate care will be another major topic on the conference agenda. The Federation’s annual conference said Mr Christodoulou was the ideal environment to share ideas and forge new approaches. “It’s very important for us to keep in touch with one another, and to work together.” On the international front, assisting Cyprus as it continues to struggle with the effects of its own economic crisis is also uppermost as the kind of new interventions Christodoulou would like to see Cyprus communities in Australia and NZ develop. “There have been major issues in Cyprus in 2013, and I’ll be bringing to the table a suggestion we should raise money to send back to Cyprus, to help needy people,” said Mr Christodoulou.“The theme this year is how we are to engage young people. We’re failing with the youth.”“Here in Sydney we’re looking at collecting clothes and sending a full container later this year.”Developments in relation to ‘the Cyprus issue’ are due to be discussed at length during Saturday’s conference sessions.PASEKA President Constantinos Procopiou told Neos Kosmos that a continuing challenge was to improve the effectiveness of communities’ activities “to make the people of Australia [and NZ] aware that the injustice the people of Cyprus suffered in 1974 is still continuing, regardless of the numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council and the requirements of the EU. “We’ll try to find ways to persuade the international community – including Australia – to exert pressure on Turkey to withdraw their troops from Cyprus and let all Cypriots to live in peace and harmony as they had done for so many years,” said Mr Procopiou.Last month UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he was hopeful of a resumption of UN-brokered negotiations on Cyprus in the near future. The United Nations has been working on the wording of a ‘joint statement’ to restart negotiations which broke off in mid-2012. In a televised address in Cyprus on Thursday, President Nicos Anastasiades said there were “serious prospects” that the long-stalled talks to reunify the island could resume between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, and that from the Cyprus government’s side – the wording of the joint communiqué had been finalised.President Anastasiades travelled to Athens to brief the Greek government on the joint communiqué yesterday.The opening ceremony and reception of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Federation of Cyprus Communities of Australia and New Zealand takes place on Friday 14th February at 7.00 pm at the Cyprus Village Community Centre. 100 Forrest Street, Ardeer, VIC 3022.Registration of delegates will take place at the same venue between 8.30-9.00 am on Saturday 15 February. Conference sessions will run from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm. For further information contact Chris Christofourou on 0418 177912.last_img read more

Bilingual radio program to simplify aged care for the community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new national bilingual radio project aiming to help the diverse communities of Australia understand the aged care sector and issues surrounding ageing and geriatric health has been laucnhed in Canberra by Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt.Coordinated by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW Inc, the Speak My Language project is expected to reach more than 50,000 seniors each week covering more than 25 language groups, including Greek.“We owe our older Australians an inclusive aged care system, one that embraces diversity,” Minister Wyatt said, discussing the difficulties Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians have in navigating the system.“What they’re looking for is reassurance, understanding and support to ensure their quality of life.”The program will be funded by a $1 million grant and engage 160 bilingual aged care facilitators across Australia, not least among them Fronditha Care.Fronditha will facilitate the Greek language program, which will act as a forum for Greek speaking aged care stakeholders to raise awareness on sector issues and give a platform to Greek Australians to speak about their experiences with aged care.The café conversation podcasts of the project will aim to encourage Greek speakers to share their stories and discuss what is working and what isn’t in aged care services for CALD communities.It will inform people about their rights and the procedures they must follow to qualify for commonwealth supported packages, but also encourage frank conversations on issues like elder abuse, dementia, and ageing with an improved quality of life.Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP (C), Speak My Language Program Manager Terrie Leoleos (R) and Fronditha Care’s Community and Media Affairs Officer Odysseas Kripotos.Fronditha Care’s Community and Media Affairs Officer Odysseas Kripotos says the program will be a way to tackle some uncomfortable topics.“Greek Australians struggle with the idea of putting a loved one in a nursing home or asking for help in caring for them,” he said.“It’s hard for people to admit they need help, and this program will try and remove the stigmas associated with aged care and open a more positive dialogue.”The Greek language project is currently being developed and is calling for interested participants to contribute to the discussion, particularly those who are in care or receive services, those who have a loved one in care, those who have experienced dementia or had a loved one suffer with the disease.To participate, please email the facilitator Odysseas.Kripotos@fronditha.org For more information on the project visit speakmylanguageradio.com/last_img read more

Fire that displaced two likely caused by smoking materials

first_imgA fire that damaged two mobile homes and left two women displaced in east Orchards on Tuesday was likely caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.Deborah Holter, 64, reported the blaze at about 3:25 p.m. after she saw flames outside her window at her home at Green Mountain Mobile Ranch at 21209 N.E. 58th Ave. Multiple fire departments responded.Firefighters were challenged by the day’s heat and the closeness of the two units.Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Young said the probable cause (meaning there is more than a 50-percent certainty) was that smoking materials discarded by a contractor who worked on a nearby shed earlier in the day ignited the fire.He estimated the fire caused $50,000 damage to the two homes.last_img

Jamaicans Urged To Designate Day To Clean Their Communities

first_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Related Items:fenton forguson, jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 17 (Jamaican Information Service): Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is calling on all Jamaicans to come together and designate a day to undertake community clean-up activities. He pointed out that the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmit the Chikungunya virus, breeds in and around areas where people gather, so the school, home, church and business places should be a part of this clean-up.“I urge Parliamentarians to lead their constituents in this drive,” Dr. Ferguson said.Speaking in the House of Representatives, today (September 17), the Minister also called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to engage in constructive discussion about the Chikungunya virus.“I must caution persons to be careful with the discourse, as the misinformation being spread in some quarters is not in the best interest of the public and can only be detrimental to efforts to secure public health,” Dr. Ferguson said.He informed that as of September 16, there was seven affected parishes with the disease, as the Caribbean Public Health Agency has confirmed one case from St. Mary and three from Portland. The other parishes are Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Ann and St. Thomas.The Minister noted that up to the week ending September 13, there were 524 notifications of which 251 were classified as suspected cases. He added that as of September 16, 31 cases were laboratory confirmed, with 26 being discharged due to negative results and 194 cases remain suspected.So far, Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas seem to be the areas with the most cases, he added. Dr. Ferguson informed that he has visited Nutts River in Eastern St. Thomas as well as the Yallahs Primary School, where it was reported that a number of students and teachers were displaying flu like symptoms.“I expressed my sympathies and assured the leadership of the school that we will continue to work closely with them through the St. Thomas Health Department, which has visited the institution four times since August 25,” the Minister said. Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more