NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan’s last title in 1998

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. APCLEVELAND — The first two games of the NBA Finals are the most-watched since Michael Jordan’s final championship in 1998.Despite two lopsided outcomes, Golden State’s two home wins over Cleveland averaged 19.6 million viewers, according to numbers released Monday by the Nielsen company.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 That’s an increase of 5 percent from the 18.6 million average in 2016.The Warriors’ 132-113 victory on Sunday drew an average of 20.1 million viewers, up 13 percent from Game 2 last year and the most for a Game 2 since Chicago and Utah met in 1998. The telecast peaked with 23.1 million viewers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis is the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals. Cavs ignore last year’s comeback after another 0-2 hole BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Rooftop football arena launched at Embassy Manyata Business Park

first_img× football April 07, 2017 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published oncenter_img Embassy Office Parks in association with Tiger 5, a sports infrastructure development and management company launched rooftop football arena at the Embassy Manyata Business Park.Eight teams consisting of Embassy Office Parks users faced off at the inaugural tournament held at the newly-launched rooftop arena.“Measuring 13,000 square feet and located on the 8th floor, the football arena consists of two grounds side-by-side where four teams can play five-a-side games simultaneously. And if the two grounds are combined, then seven-a-side games can also be played,” said Jitu Virwani, Chairman and Managing Director, Embassy Group after inaugurating the arena.Mike Holland, CEO of Embassy Office Parks said, “We are adding many facilities at our office parks to provide our corporate occupiers with increased options for their employees. This football arena is a very interesting concept and Embassy believes in providing unique experiences whether it is related to the world-class buildings at the office parks or any of the recreational or value added services.”“Tiger 5 is very excited about the collaboration with Embassy and it has been a great experience. We feel proud to launch India’s largest rooftop football arena at the Embassy Manyata Business Park in Bangalore. The imported surface is world class and is ideal for the sport as recreational as well as professional levels. We will be organizing various amateur leagues and tournaments which will be open to public very soon”, said Rajat Bindra, Managing Partner, Tiger 5. rooftop-football rooftop-football Bangalore COMMENTSlast_img read more

PHOTO-ADVISORY AT 2000 HOURS

first_imgNew Delhi: Feb 16, 2016 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withNew Delhi: Feb 16, 2016 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today.To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATIONAL New Delhi: Journalists at protest march(B) New Delhi: Photography workshop for kids(B+A) New Delhi: Haryana CM with delegates from Indo-KoreanAssociation(A) Kolkata: Utkarsh Bangla 2016(B) Ranchi: Jharkhand Assembly Budget session(B) Bengaluru: Promotion of film Ishq Forever(B) Lucknow: AAP activists protest(A+B) Lucknow/Hyderabad/Jammu/Kolkata/ Moradabad/Aligarh/Faridabad : Protest over JNU issue(B+A) Mumbai: People block central railway tracks in Mumbai(B) Madurai : Indian Army personnel carrying the coffin ofsoldier Ganesan(A) New Delhi: JNU students protest(A+B) Mysuru: Soldier Maheshs body arrives in Mysuru(B) Chennai: TN Assemblys interim budget session(A+B) New Delhi: Launch of computer lab for persons withdisabilities(B) Allahabad: 10th convocation of Uttar Pradesh RajarshiTandon Open University(B+A) Nashik: Maharashtra CM at Jain temple Mangi Tungi(A) Shimla: Maha CM at Jain temple Mangi Tungi(B) Patna: ?Aakrosh March? in protest against the Bihargovernment(B) Bhopal: Dawoodi Bohra head priest in Bhopal(A) New Delhi: People protest outside JNU(B) Navi Mumbai: Pooja Kallurs father(B) Satara: Sepoy Sunil Suryavanshis cremation(B) Vrindavan: Vatsalya Mahotsava 2016 in Vrindavan(B) Bhopal/Satna : BJP wins Maihar by-poll(A) New Delhi: Rajnath meets media persons(B) Sivasagar: Protest in Sivasagar(A) New Delhi: Rajnath with Kejriwal during a meeting(B) Bhopal: Labourers rally in Bhopaladvertisement(B) New Delhi: SAR Geelani produced at court(B) Baramulla: Gehlot distributes aids for disabled persons(B) Ajmer: Workshop for special kids in Ajmer(A) Chennai: Bandaru Dattatreya launches “ComplaintAnalysis and Monitoring System”(A) Thiruvananthapuram: Unique protest in KeralaLegislative Assembly(A) Shimla: Leopard cub in Shimla(A) Chennai: TN Assemblys Budget session(A) Patna: RLSP wins Harlakhi Assembly by-poll in Bihar(B) Birbhum: Protest at Visva-Bharati University(A) New Delhi: Bhutan PM meets Swaraj(A+B)INTERNATIONAL Berlin: One day German-Israeli governmental meetingat the chancellery in Berlin(A+B) San Cristobal de las Casas: Pope Francis is welcomedupon his arrival(A) Brussels: British Prime Minister poses with EuropeanParliament President(A) Athens: Greeces Prime Minister welcomes EuropeanCouncil President Donald Tusk(A) New York: Jeremy Scott NYFW Fall/Winter 2016 fashionshow(A) Pyongyang: Celebrations of the “Day of the Shining Star”(B) Kilis: Turkish medics carry a wounded Syrian child toa hospital(A) Abu Dhabi: Major General Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed binZayed Al Nahyan poses for an official portraitin Abu Dhabi,(A) Reno/North Charlestown: Presidential candidates atcampaign rallies(B)SPORTS Guwahati: South Asian Games closing ceremony(A+B) PTI PHOTO VNA/JSR JSRlast_img read more

Mesut Ozil’s agent slams Bayern Munich president for ‘pointless’ remarks

first_imgBayern Munich president Uli Hoeness’ extreme ridicule over Mesut Ozil and his retirement from German football has not gone down well with Ozil’s agent and he has termed the comments “pointless”.Mesut Ozil announced that he will no longer play for Germany on the grounds of racism and disrespect. Ozil’s scathing attack was especially directed towards DFB officials and its president Reinhard Grindel.However, on Monday, unlike the world Hoeness slammed Ozil and said he was hiding his lacklustre performance behind these claims.Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, however, said that Hoeness’ remarks completely miss the point and have nothing to do with football.”The comments of Mr Hoeness miss the point completely, as they have absolutely nothing to do with football. As Mesut said in his statement, he accepts reasonable and fair criticism of his football and deals with that as part of the job. However, Mr Hoeness cannot even provide any actual evidence to back up his foolish statements that are clearly exaggerated,” goal.com quoted Sogut as saying.Also read – German government defends Turkish integration after Ozil’s racism charge”In this case, the stats are clear. Twenty-three goals, 40 assists – which is a German record – and five-time German player of the year, three of which come after 2014. He claims that Mesut has been a ‘ghost’ for years, but what ‘ghost’ wins all these awards and has this much success? Mesut created more chances in the 2018 World Cup per 90 minutes than any other player, but, of course, he singles him out for criticism,” he added.advertisementOzil announced his retirement from German football after being embroiled into a controversy over his picture with the Turkish President Erdogan at a charitable event in London in May.Thereafter, Hoeness blasted Ozil and said that does not even deserve to represent the German national team. Hoeness went on to say that Ozil has been in horrendous form since 2014.”He had been playing s*** for years. He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he and his s****y performance hide beyond this picture,” Hoeness told Bild.Hoeness went onto add that Ozil is extremely overrated and Bayern Munich always looked to put the playmaker under pressure whenever they faced Arsenal because he is a weakness in their team.Also read – Mesut Ozil’s stunning declaration wins him support on Twitter”Whenever Bayern played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point. His 35 million followers (on social media) – that don’t exist in real world – are convinced he has played sublimely when he completes a cross pass.”Earlier, Ozil gave an account of how his Turkish roots were disrespected and how he was made to feel unwanted by the German football federation despite giving his all for his teammates, the coaching staff and the “good people of Germany”.”In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in a lengthy statement in English posted on his Twitter account.Also read – Mesut Ozil finds sympathy from Sania Mirza: Racism should not be acceptedSix hours after making his stance clear on the controversial photograph, Ozil said that the treatment he has received from DFB (German Football Association) and many others “makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”.Born to Turkish parents in Germany’s Gelsenkirchen city, Ozil has earned 92 caps, scoring 23 goals since his debut in 2009. He also played a key role in Germany’s triumph against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: New Zealand smash listless Sri Lanka in Cardiff

first_imgMatt Henry and Lockie Ferguson took 3 wickets apiece before Martin Guptill and Colin Munro shared a 137-run opening stand to set up a 10-wicket win for New Zealand in their opening World Cup 2019 match against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Saturday.Sri Lanka became the 2nd Asian team to be blown away by pace in 2 days at the 2019 Cricket World Cup after Pakistan crashed to a 7-wicket defeat against West Indies on Friday. Apart from skipper Dimuth Karunaratne who became the 2nd batsman in World Cup history to carry his bat through, none of the other Sri Lankan batsmen looked like even putting up a fight.New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019: HighlightsDimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 52 out of Sri Lanka’s total of 136 in 29.2 overs, Kusal Perera made 29 while Thisara Perera chipped in with quick 27 to ensure Sri Lanka crossed 100. Sri Lanka’s lack of preparation to deal with conditions in England showed from the way they reacted to some incisive fast bowling from Henry, Trent Boult, Fergusson and Colin de Grandhomme.After Kane Williamson won the toss and put Sri Lanka into bat, New Zealand’s bowlers produced an outstanding performance. All of the Kiwi bowlers were among the wickets. While Henry and Ferguson picked 3 for 29 and 2 for 21 respectively, Boult, de Grandhomme, Neesham and Santner picked 1 wicket each to set up a huge win for the Black Caps.Chasing a modest 137, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro came out all guns blazing against Sri Lanka’s hapless new ball attack. Guptil got to his 50 earlier than Munro but both men were utterly destructive and matched each other shot for shot. West Indies took a little less than 3-and-a-half hours to steamroll Pakistan on Friday and New Zealand, a day later, did not take much longer to condemn Sri Lanka to a humiliating defeat.advertisementNew Zealand had reached the final of the 2015 World Cup and on Saturday in their first game of the 2019 World Cup, showed why they are such a dangerous ODI side.Sri Lanka will next face Afghanistan on June 4 New Zealand take on Bangladesh on June 5.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Brendon McCullum makes match-by-match prediction. Mark Waugh disagrees about India chancesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Archer must be licking his lips after watching Pakistan collapse, says WaqarAlso See:last_img read more

A Few Thoughts on the 2016 Oklahoma State Survey

first_imgI’ve had a little bit to digest OKC Dave’s survey and produce some of my own thoughts. We even had Dave on a podcast on Thursday to discuss what surprised and excited him about the questions and answers. Here are 15 things I think I think.1. The predicted vs. actual numbers always shock meWe are completely irrational American college sports fans who supremely overrate everything in our own lives all the time, and yet we are almost always low by at least a game when it comes to picking how many wins our team will have? I do not understand this.Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.40.13 AM2. That Texas GameOSU hasn’t beaten Texas in Stillwater since 1997, and yet we have roughly the same amount of confidence about that game as the West Virginia one? ? Also TCU should be lower (ESPN disagrees) and Iowa State higher. We have such an irrational Iowa State complex now. Iowa State could field a team of 8th graders with me at QB and there would be a sect of our fan base that would be like, “BUT HAVE YOU SEEN HIM THROW THE DEEP BALL?!”Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.43.36 AM3. We put a lot of weight into the scheduleThis is probably the proper way to think about things, but it’s interesting that even though I think we all would say OSU is going to be better this year than last year, our expectations generally for how this team performs have gotten worse. As Dave noted, the 65 percent winning percentage confidence for conference games is the second-lowest since 2012 and we went from thinking we would have a 1 in 51 shot at going undefeated to 1 in 99. Norman is hard.4. I appreciate the love, but …The Oklahoman below everyone but WWLS? Come on, guys. Be better. Berry Tramel doesn’t hate your team.Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.50.45 AM5. We can’t figure out the record/polls correlationEvery year we underrate how many wins OSU will have and wildly overrate what our final place in the poll will be. Part of this is because OSU has lost at the wrong time of the season in the last few years, but the other part is that we don’t understand how many wins each poll slot usually gets.Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.52.32 AMFor example, here was what we predicted in the last few years.9 wins: 12th in poll9 wins: 8th in poll8 wins: 21stin poll9 wins: 13th in pollA 9-win team finishing 8th in the polls? A 9-win team not named Notre Dame or Alabama finishing 8th in the polls?6. Wait, it’s getting easier to play for titlesI thought this was a little odd.Will OSU football play in a national championship game in the next 10 years?2010: 52% yes2011: 77%2012: 89%2013: 85%2014: 69%2015: 78%2016: 61% (lowest since 2010)It’s getting easier (not harder) to play for national championships (in my opinion). And will continue to do so into the future as the CFB Playoffs expand. Also, OSU continues to get better as a program and is also coming off a season in 2011 in which it would have played for the title if there was one.7. Ford2UnderwoodOklahoma State could have hired Frank Underwood, and this change would have been roughly the same.Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 11.01.59 AM8. The Stoops hate is realThis is the net of who we want our kids to play for. I would definitely rather my kid play for this guy in Waco I’d never heard of before this summer than the guy who wins 11 games a year and is by all accounts a pretty good dude just because he wears red shirts!Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 11.05.13 AM9. Smart money is on No. 1 and No. 93I get the Junior love, but if you’ve been paying attention, players have been telling you who’s going to surprise this season. Jarrell Owens is one, and Jalen McCleskey is the other (and probably Dillon Stoner too). Good to see all three of those guys up there.Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 11.07.15 AM10. COOP2BPSIt doesn’t really matter if it should because eventually it will. It’s too big of a revenue stream. Hopefully COOP will score that contract when it happens.Should OSU allow beer sales at Boone Pickens Stadium?Yes: 63% (up 5% over last year)No: 26%Undecided: 11%11. Is expansion a good idea?To be fair, Dave asked this question before Rice (!!!!) and everyone else got involved (I presume Georgia State is a thing now too), but it’s becoming clear that remaining in the Big 12 and lobbying for expansion is not in fact the best course of action. Unless you are of the belief that the Big 12 is toast and we need to get straight cash, homie right now. Then it actually is the best course of action.With regard to conference affiliation, OSU’s best course of action would be to:Remain in the Big 12 and lobby for expansion – 54%Leave the Big 12 for the SEC – 24%Leave the Big 12 for the Pac 12 – 14%Remain in the Big 12 and lobby for no changes – 8%12. Are OSU fans spoiled?I told Dave and Carson on our podcast that I don’t like the term “spoiled.” I think we rightfully have sky-high expectations because of everything that has happened over the last 10 years. Maybe that means the youngsters don’t appreciate where we came from, but I’m all right with that if I’m going into seasons thinking, “you know, eight wins would be sort of a letdown.”Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.27.56 PM13. What am I looking at here?There are people out there who would rather beat OU than play two games for the national title. I do not (and cannot) relate to you.Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.29.02 PM14. More VideoOne of the things old man Cunningham and I have talked about recently is the YouTube culture we are living in. I was not aware of how much video was consumed by high school/college kids until recently. So this Q&A made sense to me now (or it does now).The best parts of postgame coverage in online media are (more than 1 answer was allowed):Watching highlights – 49%Player/coach interviews – 40%In-depth analysis – 36%Reading stats – 29%15. No podcasts?Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.31.20 PM?????Great work as always by OKC Dave.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

a month agoPochettino insists Tottenham didn’t deserve defeat at Leicester

first_imgPochettino insists Tottenham didn’t deserve defeat at Leicesterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists they didn’t deserve defeat at Leicester City.Leading 1-0 at half-time via Harry Kane, Spurs were on the wrong side of a VAR decision that would have seen them 2-0 up with 25 minutes left.Instead, Serge Aurier’s goal was ruled out for a fractional offside decision against Heung-Min Son and Leicester, who had a goal chalked off by VAR in the first half, took advantage, initially levelling through Ricardo Pereira on 69 minutes before James Maddison rifled home the winner with five minutes left.“It’s tough because I think we were the better side,” said Pochettino at the KP Stadium. “We had a bit of bad luck, the decision went against us today to make it 2-0 but in the end it was 1-1 and then 2-1 to Leicester.“We cannot complain, we have to accept the rules, sometimes they are going to be of benefit to us and sometimes they are going to go against us.“We were close to winning (if it had gone to 2-0) but that changed it completely and after that, you can concede a goal and when you concede and you are not solid, this can happen.“We conceded two goals and then it’s difficult to win games like this. We played well, we need to be happy about the performance overall, but disappointed because we cannot maintain the result. In nearly all the games we were leading and always something happened where we conceded and we need to improve, if not, it will be tough to win games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

MIND Urges Public Sector Entities to Take Advantage of Training Courses

first_img MIND’S Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ruby Brown, said there is need for ongoing upgrading of skills in the workplace. Manager for Customised Programmes and Delivery at MIND, Latoya Anderson, pointed out that in its programme design and development, MIND consistently analyses the space in which it operates and ensures that the trainers are from a variety of backgrounds, with different levels and layers of experiences. Story Highlights The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is inviting public-sector entities to take advantage of its suite of training programmes.MIND’S Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ruby Brown, said there is need for ongoing upgrading of skills in the workplace.“When we get into a particular role within the public service, we would have gotten in based on the competencies we brought with us. However, there is a need to continuously develop and strengthen existing competencies, through learning and development,” she noted.Dr. Brown, who was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank, said that developing competences helps to build confidence, adding that “there is really no replacement for learning and development”.Part of MIND’s mandate is to provide effective leadership development and management training at all levels of the public sector.The CEO said that when MIND was established, most of the focus was on management training. However, with the deepening of the modernisation and transformation thrust, the entity has recognised the need to “fast-forward leadership development across the public service”.“We have a number of leadership-development programmes, some that are short-term even spanning three days, as well as long-term, going for an entire year,” she indicated.Manager for Customised Programmes and Delivery at MIND, Latoya Anderson, pointed out that in its programme design and development, MIND consistently analyses the space in which it operates and ensures that the trainers are from a variety of backgrounds, with different levels and layers of experiences.She said the institute keeps abreast of the demands of the sector by having conversations with various stakeholders, including looking at the newest theories worldwide and conducting regular reviews of programmes.Business Development and Communications Director at MIND, Marlene Campbell, for her part, said that MIND is committed to delivering first-class relevant solutions to public-sector leaders.She said the entity’s offerings include scheduled programmes, which focus on the priorities of the Government; customised programmes, where MIND builds, designs and delivers training based on the need of a particular entity; and consultancy organisational development, where the focus is on evaluating how an entity operates and making recommendations for improvements.She said that there are courses for all levels of personnel in the public service”. from permanent secretary to the ancillary staff, as “leaders can be found in all areas of organisations”.Ms. Campbell further noted that MIND partners with strategic entities such as the Caribbean Leadership Project and the Cave Hill Sagicor School of Business Management “in order to ensure (we) train leaders to exert strategic influence, be proactive, foresee opportunities, be able to entertain diverse and divergent views, and who will help to transform their various structures”.MIND will be staging a management training conference from July 19 to 20 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is inviting public-sector entities to take advantage of its suite of training programmes.last_img read more

Odisha may receive fresh rains from Sunday MeT

first_imgBhubaneswar: After a brief dry spell, Odisha is likely to receive a fresh bout of rainfall from Sunday, with another low pressure taking shape over Bay of Bengal. A fresh low pressure area, likely to form over northwest Bay of Bengal by around Monday, may trigger rainfall of varied intensity in different parts of Odisha, an official of the Meteorological Centre here said on Saturday. Districts such as Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh and Kendrapara are likely to receive heavy rainfall on Sunday, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ While light to moderate rain or thundershower is likely to lash most areas in Odisha, heavy rain may occur in some places in the districts of Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Jajpur and Bhadrak from Monday morning, the MeT centre said in a bulletin. Similarly, heavy rainfall may pound some places in Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Nuapada, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Nabarangpur and Koraput districts on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The MeT centre has cautioned that sea condition may be rough to very rough under the impact of the low pressure and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off the Odisha coast on Sunday and Monday. A deep depression which traversed the Odisha-West Bengal coast recently had wreaked havoc in around nine districts in south and west Odisha, triggering a flood-like situation in many areas. The torrential rains claimed at least four human lives — one each in the districts of Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput and Malkangiri — besides affecting around 1.77 lakh people in 1,035 villages in the nine districts, an official said. Normalcy has returned to these districts after water receded from the submerged areas. Following the torrential rains, the quantum of rainfall deficit in Odisha, which had mounted to 26 per cent last month, has now dropped to nine per cent, a MeT official said, adding the overall rainfall deficit may further get reduced after the fresh downpour. Barring some districts such as Balasore, Angul and Deogarh, other districts in the state have recorded normal rainfall this monsoon so far, he said.last_img read more

Working women changing traditional roles in Latin America and Caribbean UN report

The report, “Work and Family: A new call for public policies of reconciliation with social co-responsibility,” prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), calls for better representation of women in labour negotiations, day care, and flexible hours.The report said that in Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of women active in the labour market rose from 32 per cent in 1990 to 53 per cent in 2008. Today, more than 100 million women throughout the region work. It said the reconciliation between work and family is “one of the greatest challenges of our time (and) a fundamental aspect for promoting equality in the world of work and for reducing poverty.”Tensions between work and the family entail a high cost not only to women and those to whom they provide care, but also to countries’ economic growth – to the proper functioning of labour market and companies’ productivity, it said. “Today, women and men work, but there has been no similar process of change in redistribution of domestic workload. Nor have public services that support such duties been improved significantly –and there has been little change towards reorganization of social life,” according to the publication.“The mindset that the household duties are part of women’s roles has obstructed improvements in quality of life,” it added, since “caring for family members is also the responsibility of men.”UNDP’s Rebecca Grynspan said government should learn from the best practices of some countries that are already in place. For example, she said, Costa Rica offers day care plans for almost all workers; Brazil has a pension plan for workers in the informal economy, which often includes more women than men; and Chile has paternity leave as well as maternity leave.Ms. Grynspan also praised Brazil for recent efforts to expand the powers of women at labour negotiations. “Women can present an agenda with a gender point of view,” she said. “The negotiations should not include only men.”Ms. Grynspan also suggested countries might consider setting school hours for small children in a scheme which would be more in conformity with the needs of working women.The report also says wage discrimination is one of the consequences of the sexual division of labour. As a result, in Latin America, women’s wages on average amount to only 70 per cent of those of men. 11 June 2009An increase of Latin American and Caribbean women in the workforce is challenging the traditional interplay between work and family life, a joint United Nations report said today, adding that responding to this phenomenon is an essential step towards gender equality and more productive economies. read more

Opposition slams Ranil over judiciary

Rajapaksa had filed a petition in court against the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). Wickremesinghe said that he will go to the Commonwealth to challenge the court order preventing the arrest of Rajapaksa.The opposition says the Prime Minister had misled the public through the reasons he had given on why he will challenge the court order. (Colombo Gazette) A two member bench of the Supreme Court had ordered the police not to arrest the former Defence Secretary until a case filed by him is heard. The opposition today accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of degrading the judiciary by questioning the order given on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Opposition leader and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Nimal Siripala de Silva said that while President Maithripala Sirisena had accepted the ruling, the Prime Minister was attempting to challenge it. read more

UN nuclear watchdog concerned by removal of equipment buildings from Iraq

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which was then transmitted to the Security Council, Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says other information available to the IAEA, confirmed through visits to other countries, indicates that large quantities of scrap, some of it contaminated, have been transferred out of Iraq from sites monitored by the Agency.”It is not clear whether the removal of those items has been the result of looting activities in the aftermath of the recent war in Iraq, or as part of systematic efforts to rehabilitate some of the locations,” Mr. ElBaradei writes.He says these activities may have a significant impact on the Agency’s “continuity of knowledge” of Iraq’s remaining nuclear-related capabilities and raise concern about the proliferation risk associated with dual-use material and equipment disappearing to unknown destinations.The United States Government has been informed of these observations, Mr. ElBaradei adds, and clarifications are expected.Under previous Security Council resolutions, the IAEA is required to submit progress reports every six months on its verification activities in Iraq. However, the Agency pulled out of the country on the eve of the war last year, and since then has been concentrating on analyzing information collected since it began inspections in 1991. read more

UN rights office deeply concerned about deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza

“At the height of summer, with soaring temperatures, electricity provision has not risen above six hours per day since the beginning of the current crisis in April, and has often been under four hours,” Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR), told the regular media briefing in Geneva. “This has a grave impact on the provision of essential health, water and sanitation services,” she added, noting that power outages threaten the life and well-being of vulnerable groups, particularly those needing urgent medical care. The lack of transparency in the use of resources, and the continuing suppression of freedom of speech and assembly by the authorities raise further concerns for the protection of fundamental rights of the population in the occupied Palestinian enclave, the spokesperson noted. “Israel, the State of Palestine and the authorities in Gaza are not meeting their obligations to promote and protect the rights of the residents of Gaza,” she said, urging them to uphold their human rights. read more

Welcome to Urban Meyers Freak Show

Miami (Ohio) football junior punter Zac Murphy better watch out – he and his teammates could be the first victims of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s “freak show.” That is to say, the RedHawks will be the first team to face a revamped OSU special teams unit that features a punt-blocking subunit of Buckeyes players that fellow teammates and coaches have taken to calling “the freak show.” Meyer inherited an OSU team whose special teams squad that had two punts blocked and one costly point-after attempt deflected in a Nov. 12 game against Purdue that effectively ended its Big Ten championship hopes. The unit failed to block any opponents’ punt in 2011. The Buckeyes’ first-year coach boasts a freakish pedigree for developing special teams talent, though – in his six years at Florida, Meyer’s teams blocked 21 punts, eight field goals and three extra points. He’s already attempting to achieve the same kind of abnormal special teams success at OSU. Meyer has tightened things up on the special teams front, junior kicker and backup punter Drew Basil said, and also had the unit striving to be the best in the country. “Coach Meyer – he puts the pressure on us. He definitely emphasizes special teams,” Basil said. “If we’re not the best in the nation with how much we go over everything, then that’s going to be a failure … we have to be the best. We’re going to be the best.” The aforementioned subunit – the freak show – could be the piece that pushed OSU’s special teams group to the top in the country. Redshirt senior linebacker and captain Etienne Sabino said not every player – not even himself – is a part of the freak show, though he will be involved with special teams this year. Basil wouldn’t divulge which players had been deemed members of the freak show, but Sabino said it was comprised of, you guessed it, the team’s physical freaks. “It’s a whole bunch of freaks out there,” Sabino said. “I mean, any one of them can block it. You have, you know, Bradley Roby, Travis Howard – all the fast guys out there.” Basil, who had an extra point blocked in OSU’s Nov. 12, 26-23 overtime loss to Purdue, said last year’s special teams group was merely average. Meyer has all the kickers, punters and freaks on the same page heading into the 2012 season. “(Meyer) teaches us a lot of stuff – what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Every day you’re sitting there thinking, ‘What even happened last year?’” Basil said. “But this year, we’re learning stuff bit by bit. It’s going to be a freak show. If we don’t set the NCAA record for blocked punts this season then, once again, it’s going to be hard to believe. “You’ll see on Saturday.” All-time series Meyer brings his freak show, along with the rest of the Buckeyes, into Saturday’s contest against the RedHawks with a personal career win-losses record of 104-23. Miami’s Don Treadwell, who helped lead his team to a 4-8 record in his first year in Oxford, Ohio, opposes Meyer. OSU has a 4-0 all-time record against Miami with the most recent win occurred on Sept. 3, 2005, when the Buckeyes defeated their in-state rival, 34-14. OSU’s only other win against the RedHawks in the modern era of college football came in 2000 – the Buckeyes won, 27-16. In 1911, OSU beat Miami, 3-0, and, in 1904, ran out to an 8-0 lead and won by the same score. read more

Une mosaïque représentant Apollon découverte en plein centre de Rome

first_imgUne mosaïque représentant Apollon découverte en plein centre de RomeVendredi dernier, la municipalité romaine a annoncé avoir découvert dans les sous-sols de la cité, à deux pas du Colisée, une mosaïque représentant le dieu Apollon. Elle daterait d’entre 60 et 100 ans après JC.C’est sous les Thermes de Trajan, à proximité immédiate du Colisée à Rome, qu’a eu lieu la découverte d’une mosaïque du dieu Apollon. Pour le directeur des affaires culturelles de Rome, Umberto Broccoli, “il s’agit d’une découverte très importante”. Il explique ainsi que “la mosaïque est conservée dans de parfaites conditions et qu’on peut la dater avec certitude entre 64 et 109 après Jésus-Christ”, rapporte 7sur7.be.À lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiBien qu’une partie du fond de la mosaïque soit manquante, il reste possible d’identifier la silhouette d’un homme nu représentant le dieu Apollon, portant un manteau sur l’épaule et une cithare. La découverte a eu lieu dans une des galeries que l’empereur Trajan fit construire pour soutenir les thermes portant son nom. Jusqu’en 1998, ces galeries servaient d’entrepôt pour le matériel d’entretien des jardins et espaces verts de la capitale mais de nouveaux travaux sont actuellement réalisés pour rendre les zones archéologiques plus facilement accessibles au public.D’autres oeuvres encore dissimulées Derrière les cailloux et la poussière était dissimulée une grande fresque, baptisée “La ville peinte”, ce qui a poussé les archéologues à lancer d’autres recherches qui ont abouti à la découverte de deux autres mosaïques. Celle d’Apollon, présentée vendredi à la presse représente la troisième. Pour le moment, les fouilles ont permis la mise au jour de deux mètres de paroi et les archéologues sont convaincus que d’autres oeuvres sont dissimulées dans le sous-sol. Selon eux, les prochains travaux permettront d’en apprendre davantage sur l’ensemble de l’édifice sur lequel se trouvait la mosaïque.Présent sur place, Dino Gasperini, conseiller municipal de Rome, a souligné l’importance de continuer les travaux d’excavation. Mais il rappelle l’importance de leur financement. “Maintenant, il faut trouver des fonds. Nous voulons achever les fouilles et les rendre accessibles aux touristes et aux citoyens, mais pour cela nous avons besoin de 680.000 euros en tout, dont 200.000 rapidement, car les travaux ont déjà commencé”, a-t-il déclaré. Le 1 août 2011 à 14:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bloomberg Pursuits Ends Print Magazine

first_imgBloomberg Pursuits is folding its print product. The luxury magazine, which is distributed exclusively to Bloomberg Terminal subscribers, will cease print publication after its current December issue. In August, Bloomberg Media promoted Keith Grossman from U.S. head of sales to global chief revenue officer. He replaced former CRO Paul Caine, who left the company in mid-July. This is the latest change at Bloomberg in the last few months. The digital edition will live on, and online content will remain free to all audiences. In addition, the October-launched show “Bloomberg Pursuits” will continue to air on Bloomberg TV, and luxury reports will continue on Bloomberg Radio. No personnel changes are expected at this time.  Changes have hit the Markets teams at well. Around 30 journalists who cover markets globally for Bloomberg were laid off at the end of November. In October 2015, Bloomberg Markets the magazine — which is also distributed to the terminal audience— cut its print frequency from 12 issues annually to six. Longtime executive editor Ron Henkoff left the company at the end of 2015, along with a dozen other staff members. While Pursuits will continue to focus on luxury coverage, a consumer and digital-first strategy is a major shift for the brand. Amidst a complete overhaul, Bloomberg Businessweek publisher Michelle Bosso left the company, along with editor-in-chief Ellen Pollock, and deputy editor Brad Wieners. Bloomberg claims that Bloomberg Pursuits has the highest audience wealth among comparable luxury magazines, with an average household net worth of $2.8 million. While going digital-only may increase the brand’s overall reach and page views, it will likely reduce the affluency of its average reader. The specificity afforded by its exclusive audience was part of its early editorial mission, according to Moncreiff. center_img For example, content is divided into Seek, Spend, and Pursue. The September Spend section features a $35,000 watch, aimed at an audience that is not aspirational, but actionable. The Pursuits brand launched in 2012 as a biannual print offering, but increased frequency twice: up to quarterly in 2013, and up to six issues a year in March 2016. “The tension is between growing the rate base and keeping these astounding demographics. In my mind, the demographics are more important than a broad appeal — this isn’t intended to be all things to all people, which is a good thing these days,” Moncreiff told Folio:.  Ted Moncreiff, editor-in-chief of the magazine until 2014, told Folio: in 2013 that the magazine increased to quarterly due to demand from its audience. The magazine has a global rate base of 375,000, but this number is stagnant due to the exclusive nature of its distribution. Co-managing editors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin will also leave Bloomberg Politics, as the section reorients itself for post-election coverage. Heilemann and Halperin host the political TV show “With All Due Respect,” which will end after president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. “We’re deliberately shifting Bloomberg Pursuits to a digital-first brand for our audience of global business decision-makers, which will include a continued commitment to luxury content that will appear across our multiple platforms,” a Bloomberg spokesperson said in a statement.  Megan Murphy, the new EIC, will refocus editorial on business and finance, with more daily news, and more digital, according to a staff memo. Magazine journalists will also be integrated into the greater Bloomberg newsroom.last_img read more

Thornberry Unveils Amendment to Increase Spending in NDAA

first_img ADC AUTHOR House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) introduced an amendment Tuesday to the chamber’s fiscal 2020 defense policy bill that would increase the fiscal 2020 defense topline to $750 billion, The Hill reported.The House version of next year’s NDAA was scheduled for debate by the Armed Services Committee Wednesday. Thornberry’s amendment is a response to $733 billion in defense spending that committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) has moved forward for debate.“The Armed Services Committee heard repeated testimony, from Acting Secretary Shanahan, former Secretary Mattis, Gen. Dunford and others, that the military’s budget must grow between 3 and 5 percent through 2025,” Thornberry said in a statement. “The Chairman’s Mark does not meet that standard.”The panel’s top Republican was also undecided whether he would ultimately vote for the bill, CQ reported.“We’ll see,” Thornberry told reporters. “I’m not going to decide now, because we have a markup to go. We’ve got amendments to come and go. It may get better, it may get worse. We’ll see.”Smith has deflected criticism that the bill’s funding level is inadequate, saying the defense topline is what the Pentagon expected prior to the administration submitting its fiscal 2020 budget request. He also expressed concerns about DOD financial accountability.“I am genuinely concerned, and I think we have enough history with the Pentagon to see it in the past, when they’ve been given more money than perhaps they expected, there is a lot of inefficiency and waste that follows,” Smith said, according to the report.Army Sgt. James K. McCannlast_img read more

US pressures Myanmar to accept UN rights probe

first_imgUS Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday ramped up pressure on the Myanmar government to accept a UN fact-finding mission tasked with investigating human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims.Yangon officials said last week that they would deny visas to the three-person team mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate abuses reportedly committed by security forces in Rakhine state.“It is important that the Burmese government allow this fact-finding mission to do its job,” Haley said in a statement.“The international community cannot overlook what is happening in Burma – we must stand together and call on the government to fully cooperate with this fact-finding mission.”Myanmar’s de facto leader and Nobel prize winning democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected the UN fact-finding mission, arguing that the government is carrying out its own investigation.The north of Rakhine state has been under lockdown since October, when the military launched a campaign to hunt down Rohingya militants who staged deadly attacks on police posts.More than 90,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes since last October, according to UN estimates.A UN report in February said the campaign against the Rohingya, who are denied citizenship and other rights in Myanmar, “very likely” amounted to war crimes.Haley said the violence in Rakhine continues to claim lives and that there were continuing allegations of sexual violence targeting women and children.In May, the Geneva-based rights council appointed Indira Jaising of India, Radhika Coomaraswamy of Sri Lanka and Christopher Dominic Sidoti of Australia to serve as the three members of the fact-finding mission.last_img read more

Calendar of Events January 18 – January 27 Honoring Dr Martin Luther

first_img31st Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards BanquetMembers of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Board are hosting the awards banquet  5 p.m., Jan. 18 at the LaFontaine Bleue, 7514 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Md. 21061. Honorees include George Belt, Patricia Cole, Najiba Hlemi, M. Eve Hurwitz, Midshipman First Class Aaron Lewis, Alderman Marc Rodriguez, U.S.Rep C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, Vivian Spencer and Wandra Ashley Williams. General  admission $65 and VIP $100.  Entertainment includes the United State Navy Academy Gospel Choir.  Doors open at 5 p.m. for VIP and general admission.  RSVP to be counted.  Tickets may be purchased on line at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/31st-annual-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-awards-dinner-tickets-53386272779, or by contacting Arlene Jackson at arankin58@hotmail.com. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BreakfastThe Men’s Fellowship is hosting its MLK breakfast. Jason Newton, WBAL anchor will be the keynote speaker, 10 a.m., Jan. 19, at Providence Baptist Church, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue. For more information visit http://www.providencebaptistchurchinc.com/news.html.Dedication Jazz Concert to honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Jazz Pianist, Marcus Johnson will make an appearance at City Winery D.C., 1350 Okie Street, NE, Jan. 19 at 8.p.m. Proceeds from the City Wine Artist Series will benefit the Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund in partnership with the Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. For event details and tickets contact Leonard DeShield at ldeshield@flobrands.com or 202-630-8041.Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream WeekendGo celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities at Port Discovery Baltimore, Jan. 19-21. Come experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King Jr. made on America and the world. Learn from the African-American Quilters of Baltimore, take a step back in time during Living History performances featuring prominent African Americans and so much more! Educational activities are planned daily throughout the entire weekend. Check www.PortDiscovery.org  for a daily schedule.19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade                   Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts are hosting the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, noon, Jan. 21. High school and community bands, honor color guards, equestrian units, fraternities and sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations are participating. The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street.MLK Dare to Dream CelebrationThe American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Jan. 21. The free event, sponsored by Bank of America, will feature performances by Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women of the Movie STEP, Chin-yer Wright, Kondwani Fidel and Grand Slam Poetry Champions DewMore Baltimore. Additional information and the program schedule can be found at www.avam.org.Jazz  Concert at the  BMAThe Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society launches the New Year with a concert by the renowned Pat Martino and his Quintet, 5 p.m., Jan. 27, at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Individual tickets for the Pat Martino Quintet concert are $45 general admission and $43 for BMA members and seniors over 65. Tickets for students are $10 and can only be purchased on the day of the concert. Information is available at www.baltimorechamberjazz.org , on Facebook, or by calling (410) 385-5888.last_img read more

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