Pumaren on UE’s Final 4 bid: We’re still here

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion That premise, however, doesn’t deter UE head coach Derrick Pumaren who still foresees a Red Warrior surprise in the semifinals.“We just have to remain positive, we still have a shot, we’re still here,” said Pumaren Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “But I think we have to do a better effort than what we did today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUE’s next games are against Final Four teams Ateneo and Far Eastern University with University of Santo Tomas being the lone reprieve.The Blue Eagles are atop the standings with a 10-0 card while the Tamaraws hold the fourth seed with a 5-5 record. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP The Growling Tigers’ 0-10 card had pushed them out of the Final Four picture.“We were walking today and we let La Salle run,” said Pumaren whose team lost control of the game as early as the second quarter when it fell to a 40-24 deficit. “We can’t have that kind of play against Ateneo because that team is more cohesive and passes a lot more compared to La Salle.”All of UE’s remaining games are all must-win contests and the Red Warriors will also rely on teams like FEU and NU to stumble if they hope to barge into the semifinals.And Pumaren knows the first step is scoring a vital victory, potentially, against the Blue Eagles.“We have to focus on Ateneo first,” said Pumaren. “We have to concentrate on Ateneo on Saturday, and hopefully we’ll be able to steal a game from them.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East’s chances for a Final Four spot has slipped to dim levels that it can only be described as “mathematical.”The Red Warriors’ recent 99-78 loss to defending champion De La Salle saw them slip to 3-8 with three games remaining on their schedule.ADVERTISEMENT More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Perfect launchpad! A summer-ready Parineeti Chopra

first_imgSwedish fashion retail brand, H&M, opened its fifth store in the country at DLF Mall of India in Noida on Saturday morning. The launch also marked the international brand’s 4,000th store across 61 countries, and was attended by Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra.Dressed in a bright pink tank top worn with denim shorts, a gold and tassel necklace, printed cotton jacket and nude strappy wedges, the 27-yearold looked summer-ready with tousled hair to go.However, the biggest talking-point was her newly acquired figure, as she looked drastically slimmer than how she did a year ago.Commenting on her weight loss, the actress revealed, “My failing health post Daawat-e-Ishq was a wake-up call. I was sick of being tired and unhealthy.” Her secret diet included, “No butter, no meetha.”As for the milestone store launch, Janne Einola, Country Manager, H&M said, “This is truly a landmark moment for H&M, to have the 4,000th store launch in India, the biggest flagship that the country has seen yet, at a fantastic location. We are determined to bring a unique fashion experience with every store opening and are confident that our customers will enjoy shopping at H&M in DLF Mall of India.”The store is spread over 4 floors with each floor dedicated to apparel and accessories for ladies, men, teenagers and children respectively, and covers 37,000 sq. ft. Other features at the flagship will include lingerie, H&M Sport, H&M Mama for expecting mothers and a plus size collection, H&M+.advertisementAlso read:Shraddha would love to holiday with Alia, Parineetilast_img read more

Kokkinakis, Kyrgios Aussie Hopes

first_imgDARWIN, Australia — Teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis will open the Davis Cup quarterfinal for a controversy-hit Australia team on July 17 against Kazakhstan No. 1 Mikhail Kukushkin.Following the July 16 draw, Australian No.1 Nick Kyrgios plays Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the second opening singles on outdoor grass courts.Sam Groth and veteran Lleyton Hewitt are scheduled to play doubles for Australia on July 18 against Nedovyesov and Andrey Gulubev.On July 19 in reverse singles, Krygios is set to play Kukushkin and Kokkinakis would play Nedovyesov.The Australian team has been affected by recent infighting between players and officials. Kyrgios was criticized for his on-court demeanor at Wimbledon, where he was fined for swearing and racket abuse, and Bernard Tomic was suspended from the team for making critical comments about Tennis Australia and its Performance Director, former Grand Slam winner Pat Rafter.The countries have never met in the Davis Cup. Players from Kazakhstan competed for the Soviet Union before 1995.If 28-time champion Australia wins, it will host France or travel to Britain for September’s semifinals.Britain is playing France on grass at London’s Queen’s Club, the 21st meeting between the countries but the first since 1992.In the other quarterfinals, Argentina hosts Serbia on indoor clay at Buenos Aires while Canada travels to Belgium to play on outdoor clay. The winners of those ties will play each other in the semifinals, with venues to be determined.Australia is bidding to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2006.Kazakhstan has reached the quarterfinals — but never beyond — four of the past five years despite having only one player inside the top 100: Kukushkin at No. 63. Nedovyesov (115th) and Golubev (155th) are the other main team members.“That is extraordinary,” Australia captain Wally Masur said of Kazakhstan’s record. “It just points to the focus they have, and intensity and passion.”Masur said the 20-year-old Kyrgios, who has won both his Davis Cup matches on grass, sustained a right thigh strain in training this week, but has recovered.“He’s fine,” Masur said. “He played over three hours of tennis yesterday. He played a bit of basketball this morning. He’s got an opportunity to get on that match court tomorrow. No dramas there.”None of Kazakhstan’s team has played a Davis Cup match on grass.Australia beat the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan defeated Italy in the first round, both by 3-2 scores.Kokkinakis came from two sets down to beat No.46-ranked Lukas Rosol in Australia’s win over the Czechs, and he said that experience has given him confidence ahead of the July 17 opener in Darwin.“Having that experience in Czech was really good for me — showing I can do it even when things aren’t going my way,” Kokkinakis said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolan

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is frustrated managing Radja Nainggolan.Spalletti has called on Nainggolan to stop being distracted by matters outside of football.”We love him, he is a sensitive boy and he has all the qualities of the person who behaves correctly. But sometimes even the father grumbles with his son,” Spalletti told reporters.”Radja is attracted to other things and if you put too many things in front of football you do not win.”He has three or four of things he puts in front of football and some of them have to be taken away.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

College Football’s 5 Most-Overhyped Teams In 2019

first_imgoklahoma head coach lincoln riley at the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season has now been over for about a week and half and there’s already been a ton of movement for the 2019 campaign.We’ve had a ton of coaching movement, from Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama getting gutted to Ohio State’s Ryan Day raiding Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan, and a bunch of high-profile quarterback transfers.Of course, there’s already been a lot of preseason talk, too.Everyone’s releasing their “way-too-early” preseason top 25 polls and College Football Playoff predictions are rolling out, too.Which teams are being overhyped heading into the 2019 season?Here are five.1. OklahomaJalen Hurts was great for two seasons at Alabama and his addition to the Oklahoma program is obviously going to make a lot of headlines. It seems unlikely, though, that Hurts will match the numbers put up by Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray in Lincoln Riley’s system.Oklahoma should be pretty dang good once again in 2019, but Texas will be the best team in the Big 12 next season.2. GeorgiaThe Bulldogs are coming off a disappointing Sugar Bowl loss to Texas, yet most preseason top 25 polls have Kirby Smart’s team ranked No. 3 in the country to start the 2019 season. This feels a couple of spots too high.One SEC expert seems to agree.”I think Georgia is beatable heading into next season. I don’t think they are going to be as good as they were this past season let alone two seasons ago when they were in the National Championship” – @bmarcello pic.twitter.com/bPgFPw0aaX— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 16, 20193. Texas A&MThe Aggies are getting preseason top 10 love heading into the 2019 season. Texas A&M, which went 9-4 in Jimbo Fisher’s first season, should be improved in Year 2.However, the Aggies’ schedule is just brutal, and we’ll be stunned if Texas A&M finishes the season ranked close to the top 10.Here are some of their games:at Clemsonvs. Auburnvs. Alabamaat Georgiaat LSUIt won’t be surprising if Texas A&M ends up losing four regular season games.4. NebraskaThe Huskers had a great second half to the 2018 season after starting off the Scott Frost era with a ton of losses.Nebraska is now getting some preseason top 25 love, with most outlets ranking the Huskers somewhere in the 20-25 range.This feels a little soon for a Nebraska team that still has a lot of work to do to get where Frost wants them to be.5. MichiganThe Wolverines are, once again, getting preseason Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff hype.Shea Patterson is back, which is nice, but the Wolverines could still lack what it takes on the offensive side of the ball to seriously contend at the top of the college football world.Jim Harbaugh has made a big addition to his staff, hiring Alabama’s Josh Gattis to run the offense, so maybe Michigan will look different in 2019.last_img read more

Drizzle in Delhi mercury to remain high

first_imgNew Delhi: Some parts of the national capital got a drizzle on Thursday morning but it did not bring the mercury level down. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), rainfall of 2.4 mm was registered in the Ridge area. Thursday is expected to be cloudy and there are prediction of light rains across the city. The monsoon, already delayed, is expected to reach Delhi around Sunday. However, the maximum temperature on Thursday is expected to be 39.4 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average. The minimum temperature is likely remain over 31.2 degrees Celsius, three notches higher. Relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 63 per cent. On Wednesday too, the mercury levels touched 39.4 degrees Celsius.last_img

Winnipeggers bite back at criticism from Sharks players

first_imgWINNIPEG – Some prominent Winnipeggers are biting back at criticism three San Jose Sharks players have levelled against the city.Mayor Brian Bowman, Premier Bill Pallister and singer Bif Naked are among those championing Winnipeg’s charms after several NHL players dismissed the Manitoba capital as the worst city to play in.Tomas Hertl, Justin Braun and Tim Heed all cited the cold, while Braun complained that the “Internet doesn’t work ever. I don’t know if they have Wi-Fi there yet.”Bowman countered that “it is a cold dark place — when you lose” while Pallister called the players’ comments “childish and immature.”Bif Naked said Winnipeggers are used to trash talk but also called the comments unfair, while Jets coach Paul Maurice said NHL players have a good life and should have nothing to complain about.The comments emerged in a video posted by the Sharks on NBC Sports California Twitter account, where the three players were asked for their thoughts about the worst city to play in. All said it was Winnipeg.“Winnipeg. Dark, cold, Internet is a little questionable,” Braun said.“Every time it’s so cold and dark there. I don’t like it there,” added forward Tomas Hertl, while Heed deemed it “a bit cold.”Bowman took the opportunity to boast about the Jets, who trounced the Sharks in the Prairie city on Sunday 4-1.“The Winnipeg Jets have one of the best home records in the NHL this year and I know that quite often other teams will feel like they are in a cold dark place when they lose, regardless of the weather outside,” Bowman said Tuesday.And Bif Naked, who spent her formative years in and around Winnipeg, boasted of the city’s tough winters: “It puts hair on your chest.”“Certainly it’s cold but it makes us tough and we love it.”Maurice admitted he hadn’t seen the full extent of the Sharks comments but said it’s cold and dark pretty regularly at night around the world.“I don’t think any coach, any player, any trainer, any referee should ever complain about a day in the NHL.”“We’ve got nothing to complain about,” he added. “It’s a pretty good life.”— With files from Cassandra Szklarski in Torontolast_img read more

Toronto hospital bolsters treatment services for Indigenous patients with sweat lodge

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO – Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital has added a unique service for its Indigenous clients – a sweat lodge to help promote spiritual, physical and emotional healing.The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto unveiled the sweat lodge on a tucked-away section of its sprawling campus, fulfilling a goal set years ago to augment its services for Indigenous clients by adding the ceremonial structure.“Having the sweat lodge on-site at CAMH is going to allow us to offer Indigenous healing ceremonies as part of the treatment plans,” Renee Linklater, director of Aboriginal engagement and outreach, said in an interview prior to Thursday’s official opening.“This is going to be really important in our efforts to address what is appropriate Aboriginal client care.”The round sweat lodge – 1.5 metres high and four metres in diameter – is constructed from 35 maple and poplar sapling poles, gathered from the Six Nations of the Grand River community. Heavy tarp overlays the frame, with an opening facing a fire pit, where stones for the purification ceremony are heated.Inside, a second pit has been dug to receive those stones, which will be washed with traditional medicines and the “sacred water” that will turn into a cleansing steam.Participants sit encircling the pit inside the lodge and engage in prayer, songs and other rituals of healing with the help of a ceremonial “conductor.” The process lasts about two hours.Diane Longboat, an elder with CAMH’s Indigenous services, said clients with mental health and/or addiction issues go through a number of individual healing ceremonies before being considered ready for the rituals of the sweat lodge.Taking part in the cleansing ceremony is meant to cast out negative thoughts and feelings, and to help heal “the wounds in their lives,” said Longboat, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in southwestern Ontario.The stones are called “grandmothers and grandfathers,” terms reflective of Indigenous peoples’ great reverence for their ancestors.“When sacred water is placed on them and steam occurs, that’s a release of the spirit inside those rocks we call the eggs of Mother Earth,” explained Longboat. “Not only is it a physical detoxification of your body, but it’s an emotional shift within you.“It is sometimes a miraculous adventure when you go in because there are profound and everlasting healings that occur inside the sweat lodge. And people will look back on life and say: ‘This was a spiritual milestone for me. It was an emotional, mental and physical milestone.”’Ed Bennett, an Inuk born in Happy Valley, N.L., who ended up homeless in Toronto, was a client at CAMH about five years ago and was enrolled in its 21-day in-house program to deal with psychological issues and substance abuse.The program helped Bennett learn to express suppressed feelings, to deal with family-related trauma and to accept his identity as a “two-spirit man and a gay man.”He was able to take part in sweat lodge ceremonies through the Native Men’s Residence, a shelter program in Toronto.“It allows me to cleanse myself, especially of those negative thoughts that keep coming back to me from time to time,” said the 56-year-old. “So the sweat lodge ceremony allows me to release those.“I’m really looking forward to my first sweat lodge ceremony at CAMH and to continue to use this important ceremony in my healing journey.”Linklater, an Anishinaabe from Rainy River First Nations in northwestern Ontario, said she believes Canadian society has become much more aware of the historical scars borne by First Nations, Metis and Inuit as a result of colonization, forced relocations of entire communities, the impact of residential schools and the mass apprehensions of Indigenous children in what’s known as the ’60s Scoop.“We know that this trauma does not resolve on its own, but rather intensifies and then becomes extended to the children and grandchildren,” she said.“And that’s why we feel that it’s really important that health services understand the impacts of multi-generational trauma and begin to offer services that are actually relevant and appropriate.”While the sweat lodge will initially be made available only to Indigenous clients, said Linklater, “we are certainly looking forward to a time when clients from other cultures can participate in our traditional healing processes.”last_img read more

Final stride to power

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó took to the streets a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday, calling for the military to rise up and oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro. In an all-or-nothing gamble, the Trump administration’s man in Caracas, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, has opened what he’s calling the “final phase” of the effort to overthrow the elected government of Venezuela. Appearing in a video flanked by a few dozen heavily armed troops outside La Carlota air base in the capital city before sunrise on Tuesday morning, Guaidó said: “the moment is now.” Beside him stood another opposition figure, Leopoldo López, who played a role in the 2002 coup attempt against former President Hugo Chávez. Until today, López was under house arrest; now he is somehow on the loose. Also Read – A special kind of bondWith the opposition resorting to open military rebellion on the streets of Caracas, the slow-motion coup against Venezuelan democracy that has been underway for some time appears to be reaching its crescendo. Trump recognised Guaidó as “acting president” in January and began shifting control of Venezuelan state assets in the US to him. In the months since then, provocations meant to push the government of President Nicolás Maduro into heavy-handed repression have been steadily escalating. At least a thousand soldiers, national guardsmen, and other security officials who had abandoned their posts and fled to Colombia have been slowly slipping back into the country, possibly in preparation for today. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe majority of the Venezuelan people and the bulk of the armed forces remain loyal to the constitutional government of Nicolas Maduro, but the Washington-backed opposition is putting everything on the line in a make-or-break moment. If Guaidó prevails, Latin America gets its newest US-installed extreme right-wing government and the Bolivarian Revolution will be extinguished. Venezuela’s unforgivable sin has been its insistence, since the election of Chávez in 1998, to chart its own path of development independent of US control and neoliberal economics. Over the past 20 years, the socialist government has pursued programs to tackle inequality and mass poverty, devoting larger shares of the country’s wealth to education, health, and social welfare. It nationalised more of the country’s massive oil industry and devoted the resources to social programmes — a blow to US energy giants like ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips. Venezuela’s success helped set off a “pink wave” of left-led coalition victories in elections across the region. Tangible alternatives to the old status quo in Latin America were being built everywhere. A combination of efforts by local right-wing forces and US economic pressure, however, has succeeded in rolling back most of these gains. Venezuela, the biggest prize of all, is one of the last left-led governments still standing. The Venezuelan economy is in a state of severe crisis. The US sanctions and product and food shortages (often purposely engineered by Venezuelan businesses), combined with hyperinflation and government mismanagement, have weakened support for Maduro. For too long, the state remained dependent on oil revenue to fund its “social missions,” but world oil prices have fallen sharply since the early 2000s. The financial boom that sustained the Bolivarian Revolution’s programs is long passed. Over three million Venezuelans have left the country and even among its supporters, like the Communist Party of Venezuela, the Maduro government is facing criticism for its “lack of response” to the hardships being imposed on the population. Venezuelan oligarchs, the extreme right, and the US foreign policy establishment and its corporate backers have calculated that now is the time to strike. The Venezuelan government is weakened. Guaidó has united the usually fractious opposition forces. And an administration more determined to dominate and control Latin America rules in Washington. All the pieces have lined up to re-assert imperial power over wayward Venezuela. As if on cue, the leading lights of the pro-regime change crowd are publicly cheering on the overthrow of democracy in Venezuela this morning. National Security Advisor John Bolton, one of the architects of the Iraq War and advocate of attacking Iran, was quick to declare US backing for Guaidó. Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said the opposition forces “cannot be defeated.” And Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio, knowing what was at stake, tweeted to the opposition: “Do not allow this moment to slip away. It may not come again.” The Organisation for the American States, longing a channel for the dissemination of US policy in the region, is backing the coup. The right-wing governments which surround Venezuela are also joining the chorus, with Colombian President Iván Duque and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro both declaring for Guaidó. Cuba and Bolivia, meanwhile, remain steadfast behind Maduro. There is no going back from this point for Guaidó and the opposition. If their efforts fail today, as they have in the past, it is hard to imagine how Washington’s “acting president” could possibly continue as the open and public leader of the anti-Maduro forces. With the backing of the Trump administration, he has repeatedly incited military officers to treason and instigated economic sabotage. After conferring with army chiefs, Maduro says the military is behind the government and that “nerves of steel” will carry the day against the opposition. Polling also suggests that despite their unhappiness with the Maduro government, the vast majority of Venezuelans are strongly opposed to any foreign intervention into their country’s affairs. (The author is the Managing Editor, People’s World. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

UN World Food Programme seeks 26 million for droughtstricken northern Burundi

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that a combination of poor rains, a disease that halved the harvest and extreme poverty has left 2.2 million Burundians in the country’s former breadbasket in the north in need of some $26 million worth of food aid.A total of 72,000 tons of food is needed for distribution between now and July, when the next crop comes in, WFP said.“Poor rains and the mosaic plant disease are taking their toll on crops. As a result, it is estimated that, in some areas, the harvest will be just 50 per cent of last year’s, and will not cover people’s basic food needs until the next harvest in June,” Gerard Van Dijk, WFP Country Director in Burundi, said.The amount of money Burundi’s families spend on food has risen 20 per cent from last year, while incomes have declined by 35 per cent, WFP said.“At a time when very welcome steps have been taken on the long road to peace, it is a bitter disappointment that something as simple as the weather still makes the daily life of the average Burundian a constant challenge,” Mr. Van Dijk added.WFP will provide some 6,000 tons of food aid for more than 870,000 people in the worst affected areas of the country this month, in coordination with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), which will be distributing seeds in an effort to ensure a better harvest in June.“By providing emergency food aid with seeds, our aim is to make sure that seeds are used for planting and are not eaten,” Mr. Van Dijk said. read more

Volvo L250G wheel loader provides flexibility in limestone operation

first_imgVolvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) chose a German wheel loader customer to demonstrate the new L250G wheel loader – which is transforming the way the company does business. The L250G has revolutionised efficiency for LBT. It provides a perfectly sized machine for loading semitrailer trucks in rehandling applications and rigid haulers at the rock face. The L250G effortlessly tackles a variety of tasks. And rather than making four cycle loads, the L250G can finish the job in only three because of its larger bucket. This is saving time and money – as well as fuel.Löderburger Baustoff + Transport (LBT) operates a quarry in the small town of Stassfurt in Germany. Part of the larger Ferdinand Wesling Group, LBT owns a number of rock and sand quarries scattered across northern Germany, as well as other holdings like logistics companies, concrete plants – and even a museum called Dino Park, a showcase for a dinosaur footprint discovered in a quarry in Münchehagen. The Wesling Group is a major Volvo CE customer, running a fleet of 35 wheel loaders across Germany – 10 of which are at work in the Stassfurt quarry – and purchasing two or three new machines each year.The business has been in Ferdinand Wesling’s family since his grandfather, also named Ferdinand, founded it in 1925. After the present Ferdinand took over the company, he saw an opportunity for expansion into then-newly opened East Germany, and in 1991, he acquired the Stassfurt quarry, which now yields more than 2 Mt/y of limestone. The stone is used for shaft furnace bricks for the local sodium carbonate producer, chippings for concrete and asphalt mixtures for road construction, building blocks and other road construction materials. The 50-ha mine, now 55 m deep, is so busy feeding the sodium carbonate factory that LBT employees work seven days a week, 365 days a year, with Volvo loaders putting in 10- to 16-hour days. Which is one major reason why Ferdinand uses Volvo machines: he counts on receiving specialised service as soon as he needs it. At the dealership in nearby Magdeburg, two service technicians have specific knowledge of each machine in LBT’s fleet. The dealer’s flexibility and Saturday service are important for a company that can’t afford any downtime.In 2008, LBT switched its entire fleet of excavators over to Volvo wheel loaders. “They’re just flexible for our needs,” says Ferdinand. “They’re easier for us to work with and more versatile, and we’ve found that – for our purposes in this quarry, at least – we can achieve better fuel efficiency with wheel loaders doing the work.”With the newest acquisition, LBT found that it can achieve even better fuel efficiency. Because of its history with Volvo CE, LBT was chosen to test out the new Volvo L250G wheel loader. It’s not unusual for the Wesling Group to be on the cutting edge of new machinery and technology: it was also one of the first customers in Germany to acquire the new L350F wheel loader after it came out in 2008.The demo machine will soon leave the Wesling Group’s hands and move on to job sites in southern Germany and Austria; other L250G demonstration units will also go to work in Sweden and the Netherlands. But as its first user, Ferdinand is impressed. “Once we can specify an L250G to meet our exact needs, it will be the perfect machine for us.”last_img read more

Vote for the VELUX EHF CL 20152016 All Star Team

Vote for the VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016 ALL-STAR team!The past three seasons generated a great interest and only in the last year almost 44,000 handball fans took part in online votes. New opportunity to choose the star selection of the European top flight is here again.In its fourth edition, the All-star team vote will again ask the fans to cast their online ballots for ten positions as the best coach and the best young player (born in 1993 or younger) had their premiere alongside the starting seven and best defender for the first time last year. There are five nominees in the selection for each position.Players and coaches from 17 clubs and from 18 nations in the current season have been selected and seven members of the 2014/15 All-star team can make it back to the elite company.The players nominated for the 2015/16 season are:GoalkeeperNiklas Landin (DEN) / THW Kiel (GER)Thierry Omeyer (FRA) / Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA)Arpad Sterbik (ESP) / HC Vardar (MKD)Mattias Andersson (SWE) / SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Rodrigo Corrales (ESP) / Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)Left wingTimur Dibirov (RUS) / HC Vardar (MKD)Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (ISL) / FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)Uwe Gensheimer (GER) / Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)Manuel Strlek (CRO) / KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Jonas Källman (SWE) / MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN)Left backMomir Ilic (SRB) / MVM Veszprem (HUN)Michal Jurecki (POL) / KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Wael Jallouz (TUN) / FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)Iman Jamali (HUN) / IFK Kristianstad (SWE)Mikkel Hansen (DEN) / Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Centre backRasmus Lauge Schmidt (DEN) / SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Dean Bombac (SLO) / MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN)Andy Schmid (SUI) / Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)Nikola Karabatic (FRA) / Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA)Domagoj Duvnjak (CRO) / THW Kiel (GER)Line playerJulen Aguinagalde (ESP) / KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Rastko Stojkovic (SRB) / HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)Tiago Rocha (POR) / Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)Andreas Nilsson (SWE) / MVM Veszprem (HUN)Alem Toskic (SRB) / HC Vardar (MKD)Right backKiril Lazarov (MKD) / FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)Marko Vujin (SRB) / THW Kiel (GER)Laszlo Nagy (HUN) / MVM Veszprem (HUN)Alex Dujshebaev (ESP) / HC Vardar (MKD)Jure Dolenec (SLO) / Montpellier HB (FRA)Right wingGasper Marguc (SLO) / MVM Veszprem (HUN)Lasse Svan (DEN) / SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Victor Tomas (ESP) / FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)Tobias Reichmann (GER) / Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Kristian Björnsen (NOR) / IFK Kristianstad (SWE)DefenderLuka Karabatic (FRA) / Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA)Timuzsin Schuch (HUN) / MVM Veszprem (HUN)Erlend Mamelund (NOR) / THW Kiel (GER)Viran Morros (ESP) / FC Barcelona Lasssa (ESP)Tobias Karlsson (SWE) / SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Young playerBlaz Janc (SLO) / RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Domagoj Pavlovic (CRO) / HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)Darko Djukic (SRB) / Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu (TUR)Lasse Andersson (DEN) / KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN)Jerry Tollbring (SWE) / IFK Kristianstad (SWE)CoachJavier Sabate (ESP) / MVM Veszprem (HUN)Ljubomir Vranjes (SWE) / SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Veselin Vujovic (MNE) / HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)Raul Gonzalez (ESP) / HC Vardar (MKD)Talant Dujshebaev (ESP) / Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Enter the vote of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/16 All-star team here.TEXT: Ivan Ilić, EHF ← Previous Story Africa is burning of Beach Handball Next Story → Kielce first team at VELUX EHF CL FINAL4 in Cologne! read more

Japan suffers 74 magnitude earthquake aftershock

first_imgJust as Japan was starting to come to terms with the loss and rebuild after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, the country has been hit again by a very strong aftershock.The USGS website is reporting a 7.4 magnitude earthquake near the coast of Honshu, Japan. That’s the same northeastern coast that suffered the 8.9 magnitude quake last month. Again, it hit off the coast meaning the chance of a tsunami is there and predicted to be 3.2 feet in height.Even though this aftershock is not as big as the first, it’s still up there and managed to shake buildings in Tokyo some 205 miles away. The troubled Fukushima nuclear plant was only 90 miles away, but has not been further affected by this.The only good news is, if a tsunami does happen the area it will strike is already mostly deserted as rebuilding work happens. The Japanese people will also be on much higher alert this time with relief efforts already in place.We hope this is the last aftershock Japan has to endure and no further earthquakes happen for the foreseeable future and that a feared second tsunami never appears.via MSNBClast_img read more

RealNetworks sues over a hyperlink to freeware

first_imgIt’s safe to say that most people are, to some extent, bargain hunters. Why pay for a product when there’s a cheaper, possibly free, but equally as good product elsewhere? Sounds logical. What happens when you direct people to the cheaper version? In the case of Hilbrand Edskes, you get sued by RealNetworks.The court case concerns a hyperlink to freeware that Edskes had on his website, Codepack.nl. His website hosts links to a number of freeware programs with one of them being Real Alternative, a competitor to RealNetworks’ RealPlayer. RealNetworks alleges that Edskes hosted certain software. This isn’t the case–Edskes only linked to the software in question. Edskes’ computers were confiscated as a result.RealNetworks claims that Edskes failed to remove the link from the site and the company alleges that the reference in the DNS directories existed after February 12, 2010. Yet, the company that confiscated Edskes’ computers confirmed the link’s removal, as did the hosting provider. Despite this confirmation, RealNetworks maintains that the link stayed up for 43 days which translates to €210,000, roughtly $302,000 in damages.Edskes has already racked up €66,000 ($95,000) in legal fees. Should he lose, he will also be required to cover RealNetwork’s legal fees which currently total €75,000, or roughly $102,000. Edskes asserts that DNS caching, which takes a long time, is the reason for the delay.RealNetworks’ decision to pursue Edskes instead of the people behind Real Alternative is deeply concerning. Edskes didn’t make the software, nor did he actually host the software. He only held up an arrow sign to where the freeware actually lived. There’s no real harm in linking to the freeware because the software is available on a number of sites. Edskes is not to blame and most would agree that RealNetworks has the wrong guy.This case has a serious financial burden for Edskes as it has prevented him buying a house. What do you think? Is hosting a link to freeware a crime?via PC Advisorlast_img read more

Living in fear

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For many elderly Greek Australians financial and emotional abuse from family members or trusted carers is a frightening reality. A new study by Monash University and State Trustees has shown older Greek Australians believe this ‘silent crime’ towards the elderly is common within the community. The study, Diversity and financial elder abuse in Victoria, used data from 76 survey respondents, aged between 65 and 100 years, 62 of which were from non-English speaking backgrounds, including Greek, Italian and Vietnamese. Nineteen of the participants were elderly Greek Australians. Monash University’s Associate Professor Jo Wainer told Neos Kosmos that the Greeks identified and recognised elder abuse (which is abuse from a family member or trusted person) more than any other group surveyed. They had many tales of elder abuse and financial mismanagement and recognised that this is mostly from within families. “There are lots of good kids but there are others who abuse a lot too,” one participant responded. The Greek understanding of ‘elder abuse’ included when children push, manipulate, bully and scare their elderly parents, and can mean put downs, shouting, verbal insults, beatings and being pushed around. One man said he was treated worse than an animal. “I wish I was a dog, they live better than us,” he said. Some of the horror stories brought up included a cousin who lives with her granddaughter and only receives $20 a week, neglect from children who take over, and children taking control of the money and only giving their parent a cold plate of food to eat. One participant told the story of a widow whose children bullied her into selling her units and left her living on the street. “Her kids fell upon her and manipulated her,” the respondent said. A woman also told of a man she knew who was tricked and lied to. His children had said they would put him in a home for two weeks so they could go on holidays, however the man remained there for 14 years until he died. No one visited him and the children sold all his houses and property. Most of the Greeks surveyed were women and widowers that feel vulnerable to potential abuse, Prof Wainer said, adding that Greeks were most likely of all groups to rely on their children for banking, paying bills and paperwork.Greeks were also the most likely of all the groups to actively minimise their risk and think about how to protect themselves. “Almost all of them have a will, the majority have appointed enduring power of attorney, which is a strategy to reduce risk. They appoint their children, which can be protective but also an instrument of abuse,” Professor Wainer said. The two Greek discussion groups appeared to be living hand to mouth and were concerned about daily survival, with one saying “if they cut the pension then we are doomed, we all live in fear”. Some survival strategies they outlined included buying food at the end of market day, cooking one pot of lentils or beans and making it last five days, paying bills on terms, wearing old shoes and clothes, and buying the cheapest cuts of meat or food at its expiry date. CEO of Fronditha Care, Penni Michael said Fronditha has encountered such cases of elderly financial abuse with two cases in the past eight months. “These situations are very difficult, the elderly person is very reluctant to talk about what is happening, they know it is not right but at the same time they want to be able to look after their child,” Ms Michael told Neos Kosmos.“They also find themselves in the middle of sibling arguments, where one child is encouraging the mother or father to stop giving money to their adult child. They often feel very vulnerable emotionally, especially when they are threatened”. “It’s really important to advocate for these people who are vulnerable and give them support,” Ms Michael added. Yarra City Council invites seniors to an open discussion this Tuesday, April 5, to discuss thoughts and ideas on the rights of older people and the issue of elder abuse. The event will be held at Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, from 10am until 2pm, with lunch provided. Please RSVP by Monday April 4 to Yarra Council on 9205 5555 or at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au For information and support relating to elder abuse for older Victorians, their friends and family members, please call Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821. If you know someone who has been or is a victim of elderly abuse, or want to share your story with Neos Kosmos, please email editor@neoskosmos.com.aulast_img read more

Caféine un effet stimulant psychologique et physiologique

first_imgCaféine : un effet stimulant psychologique et physiologiqueRoyaume-Uni – Présentés lundi 6 septembre à Londres lors d’une conférence de l’association britannique des sciences du sport, les résultats d’un test effectué par un chercheur de l’université de Coventry montrent que la caféine a un effet stimulant sur l’esprit presque autant que sur le corps. Afin d’évaluer l’effet fortifiant de la caféine sur le moral des sportifs, un chercheur de l’université de Coventry (Royaume-Uni) a utilisé un protocole simple. Un échantillon de douze cyclistes a été divisé en quatre équipes. Les membres de la première ont été prévenus qu’ils absorberaient de la caféine tandis que ceux de la seconde ont été avertis qu’ils n’auraient qu’un placebo. A la troisième équipe, on a promis de la caféine mais donné un placebo et enfin, les membres de la dernières équipe ont pris de la caféine, alors qu’ils pensaient absorber un placebo. Les cyclistes ont alors sprinté, avec contrôle de la puissance de leur effort, de leur rythme cardiaque et du taux d’acide lactique dans leur organisme.Performance sportive et pouvoir de persuasion À lire aussiLe café avec caféine, un facteur de risque du glaucome ? Sans surprise, l’équipe numéro 1 a produit les meilleures performances, l’effet physiologique et psychologique de la caféine se combinant, tandis que l’équipe numéro 2 avait, de loin, les résultats les plus médiocres. Mais les équipes 3 et 4 se sont retrouvées ex-aequo, montrant que la seule idée d’avoir absorbé de la caféine avait un effet moteur égal à celui d’une réelle absorption.Les douze “cobayes” ont été soumis successivement aux quatre traitements, afin d’obtenir un jeu de quarante-huit tests. Pour Michael Duncan, spécialiste de la science appliquée au sport, l’astuce consiste donc à convaincre les champions qu’ils ont absorbé un stimulant, et l’effet désiré sera obtenu. Le 12 septembre 2010 à 11:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chelsea coach Hugo Lloris is overrated

first_imgTottenham Hotspur and France supporters are “living in a dream world” when it comes to Hugo Lloris, claims Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe LollichonThe 31-year-old captained France to the World Cup this summer and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest goalkeepers.But Lollichon does not rate Lloris as better than fellow French shot-stopper Alphonse Areola, who Chelsea had tried to sign from Paris Saint-Germain last month.He told Le Figaro: “People live in a dream world when it comes to Lloris a bit too much, but for me Areola is above,”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Against Germany, he was positionally very good and in his ability to come out.“It’s the basis of all goalkeepers, but not everyone does it well. He’s proactive in his anticipation. I didn’t wait until Thursday to discover Alphonse.“For me, he’s the best current French goalkeeper. He has all the characteristics to be France’s number one. The height, ability with ball in his feet, wingspan, his diving ability, footwork. He’s the most adapted to how they play.”PSG boss Thomas Tuchel announced that Areola is in pole position to beat Italian great Gianluigi Buffon as his first-choice goalkeeper.last_img read more

PNP candidates speak out at recent rally

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI,  August 1, 2016 – A weekend event for the governing Progressive National Party seemed to breath life into the political machine, which is now fuelled up and rearing to go as the first political party to reveal all  of its contenders for the upcoming General Elections.  While the date remains a mystery, with the Premier having as late as February 2017 to call the national voting day, the next run off will prove to be historic with likely the most candidates entering the political fray in the history of the TCI.At Progress House on Saturday night, which is newly painted in a striking yellow, a press conference turned political rally, spanned nearly four hours as all fifteen standard bearers passionately expounded on their plans or continued plans and desires under a fourth time in, PNP regime.  We go first to Electoral District number 1, Grand Turk North where Minister George Lightbourne is incumbent,  “I have been called many things over the past four years, good and bad, but the name I hold true to is, FIGHTER.”Onto Grand Turk South & Salt Cay, another Lightbourne, Arthur who the Premier believes can deliver for the first time, this seat to the PNP.   “I can promise you, I will fight with my party to make sure you get the opportunities that is available.”Electoral District #3, one of seven women presented by the PNP on Saturday, current Government appointment member to the House of Assembly, Ruth Blackman was all smiles.  “This afternoon, it is quite evident from the turn out here this afternoon is that the PNP is alive and well, and on its way to victory, for a fourth consecutive term.”Big islands, big representation is one of the many spiels of Mark Fulford, who debuted his theme song and main slogan, mark your mark for Mark.  “who ever they send, when ever they send, they gonna get a lickin’ out of this world.”Onto Electoral District five, Leeward and Long Bay where Deputy Premier & Education Minister Akierra Missick will run again.  “I made four promises, three and a half to four years ago, I have accomplished those promises, and there is much more work for us to do.  And again that was only the foundation, Leeward and Long Bay.”The Bight is the country’s bread basket and home to a slew of #1s touted current member for the district, Minister of Tourism, Porsha Smith.  “I said that I would partner for investment, I said that I would foster entrepreneurship and I said I would preserve our environment, and I am happy to report, that we were able to secure for The Bight community multi-recreational center, that I heard the other side talking about, and they would be able to talk about it because I shared it with them, they were on my team four years ago, we were able to secure 12.45 acres of land.”Perhaps she can be labelled a quiet storm, another of the women in the front line of the PNP, Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Amanda Missick listed her accomplishments.  “When Glass Shack became my constituency Richmond Hill, the first time it was 2012, there roads were in such bad state.  Residents were taking buckets of koury and pouring it into the roads themselves, I promised them that I would get you roads.  Now you can drive on I-95”Later today, we bring you the five at large candidates, comments from the National Chairman and Party Deputy Leader and the remaining three for the PNP in Providenciales.  Related Items:last_img read more

BSO Armed elderly man held nurses hostage at Pompano Beach condo

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A tense situation unfolded at a Pompano Beach condominium when, authorities said, an 87-year-old man held two nurses hostage at gunpoint, Monday morning.The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the subject eventually released the nurses, but had refused to leave his condo, located at 711 North Riverside Drive.BSO talked the elderly man out, and after he put his gun down, deputies went in to remove him from the building.He was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Rohingya refugee camps see no sign of crisis ending

first_imgSahidullah, a man from the Rohingya community, holds his son on his lap as he speaks with Reuters inside his shack at a camp on the outskirts of Jammu on 5 October 2018. Photo: ReutersIn hotels and restaurants near the beach at Cox’s Bazar in southeast Bangladesh, international and local aid workers sent to help the Rohingyas in the world’s largest refugee settlement talk nervously of the major challenge ahead – the weather.Cox’s Bazar was mainly known as Bangladesh’s top local tourism spot, famed for the world’s longest natural sea beach, until the 2017 arrival of more than 730,000 Rohingya fleeing persecution in Myanmar in a human exodus of unprecedented scale.Joining thousands of Rohingya Muslims already in Cox’s Bazar, they cleared forests and built shelters from mud and bamboo to create a sprawling mass of camps that now house more than 900,000 people, of which 80 per cent are women and children.Over 18 months the Bangladesh government, with thousands of staff from about 145 non-government organisations (NGOs) and aid agencies, have brought order to the chaos, building more stable shelters, roads, sanitation and setting up community projects.But while life in the settlement has started to stabilise, aid workers said they were rushing to secure the camps for the longer term with no sign of the crisis ending and one factor hanging over them – the monsoon in May then cyclone season.”This is not an easy place to work because we are constantly worrying about things over which we have no control,” said Nayana Bose, spokeswoman for the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) that coordinates the humanitarian agencies’ work.”It’s challenging in terms of terrain, weather, and population,” she said, adding this made it harder than other refugee crises and Bangladesh’s biggest ever humanitarian task.Aid workers recalled how the early months of the crisis were focused on life-saving work, such as building shelters and latrines, food supplies, and dealing with health emergencies.They worked around the clock in the camps located about 40 km (25 miles) south of Cox’s Bazar – a 1.5 hour drive that can take much longer depending on traffic on the pot-holed roads where aid agencies’ four-wheel drives vie with auto rickshaws.Fly In, Fly OutMost international staff came for three month stints but as time went on were replaced by staff on six month and one year contracts, working eight week shifts before flying out for one week of rest and recreation and to visit their families.Leisure activities are limited in Cox’s Bazar, with alcohol in Muslim Bangladesh only available at some international hotels, so some aid staff set up yoga classes and book clubs.Women must be dressed conservatively so swimming is not an option, although some aid workers value beach walks, and international workers are told not to leave hotels after 10:00pm.Firas Al-Khateeb, a spokesman for the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR, said he had worked with refugees in five other countries but the Rohingya crisis was more challenging.First there was the sheer numbers involved, then language problems as most Rohingya are illiterate, complicating awareness campaigns about risks in the camps, and also the fact the Rohingya are not recognised by Myanmar and have nowhere to go.Chances of the crisis ending soon are remote. Bangladesh’s government has vowed not to repatriate anyone unwillingly, garnering global praise for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who just won a third term despite reports of poll irregularities.UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said on 25 January it was clear the Rohingya cannot return “in the near future” with the situation unchanged and Myanmar still denying all accusations of persecution.”The Rohingya are stateless and had been suffering back home. Some talk about the freedom they have here,” said Al-Khateeb, whose organisation is frequently quoted saying the average length of stay in a refugee camp is around 15-20 years.Getting ReadyBut he added that the weather was a major problem, with efforts now underway to make the camps as secure as possible in case of a severe monsoon or cyclone season. Last year the Cox’s Bazar area was not badly hit.Anjum Nahed Chowdhury, a project manager with Christian Aid working on disaster risk reduction with BRAC, Bangladesh’s largest NGO, is focused on strengthening bamboo for shelters, digging ditches, landslide protection, and building brick roads.”We must be ready for the monsoon season and we are much better prepared this year. If the cyclones had been bad last year it would have been a disaster,” she said.While life in the camps is becoming normalised, the Rohingya are not allowed to formally work as this could impact local jobs, but they can earn about $5 a day on NGO projects in camps.With this they can trade with each other at stalls that line the main roads winding through the camps that sell food, plastic toys and clothes as stray dogs and cows wander past.Gemma Snowdon, a spokeswoman for the World Food Programme, said food in the camps was also changing to a longer-term plan.At first they handed out rice, lentils and oil but now they are supplying people with cards with monthly amounts based on family size with which they can buy fresh food, dried fish and eggs from stores set up by local retailers in the camps.Another programme, run by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Organization for Migrants (IOM) and WFP, is supplying all households with stoves and a monthly canister of LPG to reduce pollution and deforestation.The loss of forest has been a key source of tension with some local people, who are now outnumbered two to one by the Rohingya, and lost some traditional income from the forest.While other locals, like Theotonius Gomes who runs the Mag Darin restaurant, have welcomed the influx of aid workers which has boosted businesses and prompted the government to start work on an international airport terminal and extended runway.But all the aid work comes at a cost.Last year UN agencies and NGOs launched a $950.8 million appeal to provide essential humanitarian assistance, including to nearly 400,000 Bangladeshis in nearby communities, some of whom are as poor as the Rohingya, in a bid to diffuse tensions.A new funding plan will be launched later this month, with initial drafts of the proposal, seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, showing the target will be about $920 million.Aid groups are well aware raising funds could get harder as the crisis rolls on and new emergencies hit the headlines.”But this emergency is not over yet. Still the Rohingyas need our help and support,” said Al-Khateeb.last_img read more