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Korea women’s hockey team to make much-awaited Olympic debut

first_imgCanada’s Meghan Agosta, left, chases the puck as goalie Ann-Reneeat Desbiens watches during the women’s hockey practice ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The first medals of the Pyeongchang Olympics will be awarded Saturday, but most attention will be focused on a preliminary round hockey match featuring the combined Korean women’s hockey team.The game against Switzerland is sold out and there are rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister might attend. Fierce attention has been focused on the team since North Koreans were added to the roster just a few weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Elite forge upset vs Beermen LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The two Koreas have worked together to send a joint team to major international sports events only twice before. The U.S. and Finland women’s hockey teams also play Saturday.Medals are due to be awarded in women’s biathlon and cross-country skiing, men’s ski jumping, women’s 3,000 meter speedskating and men’s 1500 meter short-track speedskating.   /mufFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Louie Alas rues late ‘defensive breakdowns’ in first Phoenix loss

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants But the Fuel Masters faltered defensively when it mattered most.With the game tied at 92 with under two minutes left, Phoenix allowed a layup by Rain or Shine guard Rey Nambatac, an offensive rebound by Raymond Almazan that led to two free throws and an open jumper by Mark Borboran to clinch the game for the Painters, who took the top spot away from the Fuel Masters.But despite the loss, Alas said he is still pleased with Phoenix’s 5-1 record midway through the elimination round.“You have to be happy with that and at the same time improve. We have to be even tougher and not allow ourselves to lose two in a row.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sta. Lucia hopes to turn over new leaf with coach Babes Castillo in tow SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ “We weren’t able to sustain our job defensively in the last five minutes. We had three breakdowns on scrambled defense in the last few minutes,” Alas told reporters.The Fuel Masters emerged as early contenders in the Philippine Cup but Alas said his team still has some work to do if it really wants to be one of the elites in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“If you want to reach the next level, you have to be able to make stops in the crucial moments,” he said.Phoenix made a string of stops in the fourth quarter that completed wiped out Rain or Shine’s 14-point lead in the third period. Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan beats three Phoenix players for the loose ball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix took its first defeat of the season on Sunday and head coach Louie Alas felt they lost the game on the defensive end of the floor.Alas said the Fuel Masters committed too many defensive lapses that allowed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters escape with a 98-94 win in overtime in a game that featured the top two teams in the league.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Hry to open 21 new educational institutes for girls: Khattar

first_imgChandigarh, Jun 10 (PTI) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that 21 new educational institutes will be opened in the state for girls with an aim to provide education as per requirement.Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of the main campus of Ch Bansi Lal University at village Prem Nagar in Bhiwani district, Khattar said the institutes for girls will be opened on the basis of mapping carried out in the state.He said the Bansi Lal university would offer basic and advanced science and computer science related courses.Khattar said that a university would also be set up in Faridabad which will offer couses in skill development.He said that a budget allocation of Rs 1,650 crore has been set to give a boost to higher education in the State.Ram Bilas Sharma, Haryanas Education Minister said the state government had decided to establish a sports university in Rai (Sonipat) and sanskrit university in the name of Maharshi Balmiki in village Mundri near Kaithal. PTI SUN AQS RG MNGlast_img read more

Double cash rewards for SEA Games gold medalists

first_imgDuterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The POC Executive Board headed by Tolentino has approved the additional cash bonus similar to the government financial package based on Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes, Coaches and Trainers Benefits and Incentives Act.During the final coordination meeting with sports leaders last week, 45 national sports association collectively projected that the country would win at least 220 gold medals, enough for Team Philippines to reclaim the overall title in the Games.Chef de mission and PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez hailed the athletes and coaches for their commitment to go all-out in capturing the overall title.Tolentino, the former sports and rules committee chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), said Filipino athletes could collect 180 gold medals at the most.SEA Games gold performers will receive their cash bonuses during the POC Christmas party on Dec. 17 in an undisclosed venue.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ONE: No break for Joshua Pacio as he stays ready for any challenger LATEST STORIEScenter_img PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Rice industry paralysis POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino made the announcement during Wednesday’s Team Philippines send-off ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila.“We, at the POC, will try our best to give the same cash incentive that the government will provide to our athletes based on the law,” said Tolentino before a multitude of athletes, coaches and top sports officials present at the pep rally for the biggest SEA Games in history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIt means world champion gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo, projected to capture at least five gold medals, can fatten his bank account by P3 million once the P600,000 bonanza for every gold has been given out.The same goes to other possible multiple gold medalists in medal-rich sports athletics, aquatics, traditional boat racing, billiards, shooting and arnis, among others. Philippine sporting legends with sports leaders at the official send off for the Southeast Asian Games.MANILA, Philippines–Winning a gold medal could be worth a fortune for Filipino athletes in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.From the P300,000 cash incentive that the Philippine Sports Commission will dole out to SEA Games winners, the Philippine Olympic Committee has promised to double the money for gold-medal performers.ADVERTISEMENT Apart from the P600,000 cash bonanza, gold winners are also expected to receive more from private sponsors such as Presidential Adviser for Sports Dennis Uy of Phoenix Petroleum and Manny Pangilinan of the MVP group of companies.Sports heroes Lydia De Vega-Mercado and Elma Muros-Posadas of athletics, bowling hall of famers Bong Coo and Paeng Nepomuceno, Asia’s first chess grandmaster Eugene Torre and Olympic silver medalists Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco of boxing provided the inspiration to the athletes.Also present during the pep rally for athletes were House Speaker and Phisgoc chair Alan Peter Cayetano and PSC Commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Celia Kiram, Charles Maxey and Arnold Agustin.A total of 1,115 Filipino athletes will compete in the 11-nation SEA Games on Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, Subic and New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

Adesto: smart transceiver now natively supports both LonWorks and BACnet protocols

first_img Continue Reading Previous Marvell: low power PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD controllersNext RIGOL announces new 2 GHz MSO8000 series digital oscilloscope Adesto Technologies announced that its FT 6050 Smart Transceiver system-on-chip now natively supports LON, LON/IP, BACnet/IP and BACnet MS/TP protocol stacks – uniquely enabling the popular LON and BACnet industrial protocols to communicate simultaneously over the highly reliable and widely adopted Free Topology channel.Adesto’s FT 6050 Smart Transceiver will modernize and simplify automation and control networks, especially in smart buildings. Its unique and powerful open systems approach allows BACnet workstations and LON network manager and integrator tools to natively field-configure, provision and monitor controllers as either LON or BACnet devices, or both. This enables a flexible architecture that combines the best of both worlds, all while taking advantage of the easy to install, fault tolerant and scalable FT media. For OEMs, the FT 6050 can enable differentiated architectures with fewer SKUs needed in inventory, while making the integrator’s job dramatically easier and more flexible for both retrofits and new installations.The FT 6050 Smart Transceiver SoC is a key product in Adesto’s embedded IoT platform — one of the most comprehensive and open control networking platforms for the Industrial IoT. It is also supported in both LON and BACnet configurations by Adesto’s new SmartServer IoT, an open and extensible industrial edge server that supports multiple protocols and applications, enabling the convergence of diverse systems into a single edge networking and compute platform.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Otamendi signs new Man City deal

first_imgTransfers Otamendi signs new Man City deal to 2022 Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 22:09 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Nicolas Otamendi Manchester City Matthew Lewis Transfers Manchester City Premier League The Argentine centre-back has inked a new contract to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium Manchester City have signed Argentine centre-back Nicolas Otamendi to a new deal that runs until 2022.The 29-year-old has made 118 appearances since joining the club in a reported reported £32 million move from Valencia in 2015. His original contract expired in 2020, with Wednesday’s announcement adding two years to his stay at the Etihad Stadium.Goal reported the extension in December, with City locking down Otamendi ahead of the World Cup in an effort to ward off interest from Europe’s top clubs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Otamendi has started 22 of 23 Premier League matches for City this season as Pep Guardiola’s men have taken a 12-point lead at the top of the table while conceding just 17 goals.He has made five further appearances in the Champions League for City, who face Basel in a last-16 clash next month..@Notamendi30 commits to City until 2022! #mancity https://t.co/ht6IcXozFF— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 17, 2018Otamendi has rallied from an inconsistent start to life in Manchester and adapted to the possession style demanded by manager Pep Guardiola, leading the Premier League in completed passes.The 5-foot-10 defender also has proven to be a threat at the other end this season, scoring five goals in all competitions — including the winner as City defeated rivals Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford last month amid a record-breaking run of 18 successive league victories.”At the club I’m really enjoying my experience since the first day I got here,” Otamendi told CityTV. “I’m very happy to be staying here a couple more years.”I think that nowadays, for the way I have improved, I’m in a really good moment. But I can still improve.”The players keep learning day by day, and I try to be a better player after every single game.”Otamendi began his career with Argentine side Velez Sarsfield before signing with Porto in 2010. He also played for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil during a loan from Valencia in 2014.Capped 51 times by Argentina — including appearances at the 2010 World Cup and 2015 and 2016 Copa America tournaments — Otamendi figures to be a key piece for his national team next summer in Russia.last_img read more

Set of Six – Day Two!

first_imgThe Haka sets the scene nicely for day twoA stirring rendition of the Haka from the invitational New Zealand Under 16’s side set the tone and scene for day two nicely. Up against the strong Central Queensland (B) team, the Kiwis delivered also on the scoreboard with an outstanding 8-7 victory in the dying stages against their Queensland and older counterparts.The young Kiwis will be buoyed by that success following some lopsided results on the opening day. The NZ girls 16’s team showed great composure earlier in the day against the SW-Qld Swans, only to go down 4-8. The 2017 Trans-Tasman at the Sunshine Coast a little early for these future stars to bloom, but certainly showing some promise for the future and perhaps a preview to the Youth Trans-Tasman in Auckland next January.Pool A and B blockbusters in the boys – Pool A match one to behold!Going into this Pool B leaders’ match both NSWCCC and Central Queensland (A) team were almost level pegging with tries for and against with a near thirty-point differential apiece such was the closeness between both sides.And the match of the day at that point played out accordingly with not a struck match between both sides for most of the game. At the half-time break the rain tumbled down and seemingly so too though NSWCCC’s chances in this match, eventually going down 4-10 to the stubborn and sublime Bulls outfit.  While stopping short of a clinic it was certainly clinical by the Bulls.For those tuning in via live streaming or at the packed Sunshine Coast grandstand across in Pool A, they certainly got full value for what they witnessed. It was the NSW Development team who started and finished well against the Pool leaders, North Queensland Cyclones, and seemingly took a bit of wind out of the Cyclones’ hitherto dominant force, while also turbo charging their own claims to the title.In one of the best matches of the tournament and of the highest quality, the ‘NSW Dev’ showed true grit to somehow pull back the game from the mire and a late NQ lead to secure the win, 7-6. For team mentor and TFA-BLK Ambassador, Sam Brisby, it was a very pleasing and entertaining win: “The boys really dug deep and hung in till the end. I actually got up the boys a bit at half-time and it was good to see them respond (and to the Coaches) and hang in, keep to the structures and especially at that age.” The match was notable too for the officiating by SA’s Amanda Sheeky who controlled the match with aplomb along with her male colleagues.The CHS boys jostling for position wellIn Pool C, NSW CHS boys asserted their dominance and credentials for the title outclassing the South Queensland Sharks, 6-4 in another game of the day. The NSW CHS boys survived an earlier scare against the South-West Queensland Swans pipping them at the post 5-4, ahead of their encounter against the Sharks mid-afternoon.For the NSW CHS boys Assistant Coach and Australian Men’s Open star and stalwart, Scott Buckley the side is quietly confident of their chances, despite the close scorelines today. “We have a lot of boys from the country in this team and only one from the city, so it has been a bit of a challenge to get the group together but they’re going great,” he said. “They’re a great bunch of boys here and while we are led well by a couple of key players, including Jesse Curtis and Jack Flanagan, we are really forging ahead as one and building in confidence this week with everyone contributing. The key is there is no one star or stars though; it’s a real team effort but Jesse is leading well from the front and organising the boys on the field equally so.”Quality with a Capital Q-SSTBoth QSST boys and girls teams again sent a reminder and served notice to all competitors. The girls saluted first with a 6-1 victory over the strong South Queensland Sharks to go along with the 10-0 QSST victory over the Sunshine Coast boys to close out the morning’s proceedings. The boys then followed up with a 14-3 win over SA while the girls got their finals campaign purring early with a win over South-West Queensland Swans late in the day. With both sides sitting comfortably atop respective ladders, they won’t be looking into the rear view mirror from here, rather, straight ahead to finals day.Cobras girls close–out Catholic CollegesBrisbane Cobras and NSWCCC girls played out an epic under lights in the day’s penultimate match. Three tries apiece with three minutes to go, it was the spilt chance at one end by NSWCCC that gave Cobras the ascendancy and ultimately the win via an outstretched dive with a minute to play. Australian Women’s player, Emma Sykes was instrumental along with a number of her Cobras team-mates in the win. Fair to say though the NSW CCC side were very impressive against a highly fancied Cobras outfit and both look finals’ ready on top of their Pool B ladder.‘Dev’ downs CHSIn what shaped as an intra-state special to close out the day, it was the NSW development girls’ team that staked its claim for the game against CHS and for later honours, going into the break 4-1 and finishing the job strongly running out 6-3 victors. The top of the table clash in Pool C was willing with both teams fighting hard for territory in the rain with the handling very good considering the conditions. NSW Dev Team mentor, Danni Davis joined her co-coaches in celebrating the win, post-match. “They played absolutely outstanding, I’m really really proud of them. Credit to NSWCHS they didn’t give it to us easy, it was a grinding game, but we got up and it was a really good game.”To view more highlights from Day 2 of 2016 NYC, visit the NYC website. Related Filesss-packages-pdfss-packages_01-pdfRelated LinksWrap up of day 2last_img read more

Nouvelle clinique financée par le gouvernement provincial dans le comté de Richmond

first_imgLes résidents du comté de Richmond auront plus facilement accès aux services de santé primaires grâce à une nouvelle clinique de santé moderne prévue à L’Ardoise. Maureen MacDonald, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être, a annoncé, aujourd’hui 13 janvier, que le gouvernement provincial investit 500 000 $ dans la construction d’un nouvel édifice qui remplacera l’établissement centenaire qui abrite actuellement le centre de santé Dr. W.B. Kingston Memorial Health Centre. « Le centre de santé Dr. W.B. Kingston Memorial Health Centre joue un rôle essentiel dans la communauté. La nouvelle clinique encouragera la pratique en collaboration et les soins de santé axés sur le patient, a dit Mme MacDonald. Avec cet investissement, le gouvernement respecte son engagement d’offrir des soins de santé améliorés aux Néo-Écossais et à leurs familles. » La nouvelle clinique, d’une superficie de 6 000 pieds carrés, sera construite près de la clinique actuelle et inclura des salles d’examen, des bureaux, une salle polyvalente pour les rencontres et les activités de promotion de la santé, une clinique pour diabétiques et un bureau de services de santé pour les médecins itinérants. La nouvelle clinique sera installée au rez-de-chaussée pour mieux servir les clients qui ne peuvent pas monter les escaliers. Des installations plus grandes et plus modernes permettront également aux médecins d’ailleurs dans la province de se rendre à la clinique pour offrir des services de soins de santé spécialisés aux patients. Le concept de la clinique respecte le plan de la province pour des soins de santé améliorés et opportuns, qui met l’accent sur la simplification des soins de santé et l’amélioration de l’accès aux médecins, aux infirmières et aux autres professionnels de la santé. « C’est avec plaisir que nous avons entrepris ce projet, qui est maintenant devenu une partie essentielle de la communauté. Nous avons des patients de toute la région à cette clinique. Le nouvel édifice nous aidera à attirer des médecins et à offrir des services plus efficacement à un plus grand nombre de personnes, » a dit Steve Sampson, président du comité de financement du centre de santé Dr. W.B. Kingston Memorial Health Centre. Le Dr W.B. Kingston a initialement établi la clinique dans une maison en 1977. À cette époque, il s’agissait de l’unique clinique de santé dans un rayon de 65 kilomètres. En 1983, la clinique a déménagé dans un couvent rénové. La clinique compte actuellement environ 5 000 patients dans un rayon de 50 kilomètres de L’Ardoise. Trois médecins de famille sont établis à la clinique. Le ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être est l’un de plusieurs contributeurs au projet, en plus du ministère du Développement économique et rural et du Tourisme de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de la Municipalité du comté de Richmond. Les membres de la communauté recueilleront le reste des fonds. « Il s’agit d’un véritable effort de collaboration, et je félicite la communauté pour ses efforts visant à recueillir les fonds nécessaires pour construire la nouvelle clinique. Les fournisseurs de soins seront bien équipés pour offrir des services de qualité supérieure qui contribueront à améliorer la qualité de vie des gens dans toute la région, » a dit Mme MacDonald. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le plan du gouvernement provincial pour des soins de santé améliorés et opportuns, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

UN Launches Nelson Mandela Rules On Improving Treatment Of Prisoners

first_imgThe United Nations have launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as “a great step forward” but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.“The Secretary-General welcomes the revised rules and progress made,” said Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, who represented the UN chief at the high-level presentation at UN Headquarters of the Rules, named after the late South African President who spent years in prison. South Africa also chaired the Expert group in the revision of the Standard Minimum Rules.“He notes the critical importance of protecting the human rights of all persons deprived of their liberty as one of the most vulnerable groups of individuals who risk abuse and ill-treatment,” Mr. Šimonović told those attending the event convened by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Government of South Africa.The senior human rights official highlighted as “important advances” the right to health of persons deprived of their liberty so that prisoners enjoy the same standard of health care as in the community and for continuity of treatment and care.“This provision is very important because the risk of transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases is much higher in prisons than in the general population,” he said, adding that the new health rules also provide an absolute prohibition on torture and ill-treatment of prisoners.Mr. Šimonović also welcomed the revised rules because they have “much more” specific provisions on solitary confinement, notably by defining solitary confinement as the confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without meaningful human contact; restricting the scope for application of solitary confinement; and defining prolonged solitary confinement as solitary confinement in excess of 15 days.In addition, he noted the new rules provide for the first time guidance on intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches, and require the prison director to report, without delay, any custodial death, disappearance or serious injury and conduct a prompt, impartial and effective investigations into the circumstances and causes of such cases.Mr. Šimonović, however, highlighted three areas where the revised rules could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.“The first concerns the prohibition of discrimination,” he said, adding that he is “disappointed that sexual orientation and gender identity were not explicitly recognized as grounds for discrimination, given their recognition by most human rights treaty bodies.”“There is substantial evidence of violence and mistreatment directed against gay, lesbian and transgender prisoners,” he said.He also raised his concern over some of the language that is “at odds with terminology used by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” and the recognition that some countries may legitimately imprison persons for debt,” in direct contradiction with article 11 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Mr. Šimonović expressed his sincere hope that the ‘Mandela rules’ will continue to be a work in progress, evolving over time to afford greater protection to detainees.“That is what Mr. Mandela would have expected from us,” he said.In his remarks, UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft also recalled the spirit of Mr. Mandela, noting that the late leader emphasized: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”For his part, Mr. Lykketoft said that too often, in the past, nations have failed to protect the human rights of prisoners. Too often, the driving principle behind prisoner treatment has been to see these individuals as entirely separate from our communities and our societies. “Hidden from our gaze, and indeed sometimes before our very eyes, prisoners have suffered abuse and mistreatment.”“After five years of consultations and negotiations, today we stand on the threshold of a shift away from such an outlook and a move towards a new standard for prison administration,” he said, explaining that the ‘Mandela Rules’ contain crucial revisions to the 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners.They outline that there shall be no discrimination; that the religious beliefs and moral precepts of prisoners shall be respected; and that legal representation and protection are mandated in regard to vulnerable groups within the prison populations.“The crucial challenge for member states will be to translate these rules into a reality and to increase cooperation both within and outside the UN system to improve the lives of prisoners throughout the world,” said Mr. Lykketoft.last_img read more

Rains thunderstorm leave nearly 50 dead in 4 states

first_imgJaipur/Bhopal/Ahmedabad: Nearly 50 people were killed as rains coupled with thunderstorm and lightning hit several parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra overnight, officials said Wednesday. The unseasonal rains and storm also caused damage to property and crops in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Rajasthan witnessed the maximum casualties with 21 people killed in rain-related incidents following by Madhya Pradesh where 15 were killed. While 10 people were killed in Gujarat, three were killed in Maharashtra. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter in the morning to express anguish over the loss of lives in the rains in Gujarat and announce relief. Soon afterwards Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath hit out at the prime minister, accusing him of being concerned only about his home state Gujarat. The PMO in a tweet later said,”PM @narendramodi has expressed grief at loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to unseasonal rain & storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country has been approved from the PM’s National Relief Fund. Rs 50,000 each for the injured has also been approved,” the PMO said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is closely monitoring the situation in rain-hit areas and is ready to provide all possible help to states affected by rains and thunderstorm. In Jaipur, Rajasthan Relief Secretary Ashutosh A T Pednekar said 21 people died due to unseasonal rains. “4 deaths were reported in Jhalawar, Udaipur and Jaipur each, two each in Jalore and Bundi and one each in Baran, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Alwar and Hanumangarh, he said. Compensation of Rs. 4 lakh each has been announced to the families of victims. Another official said crops have suffered damage and the assessment is being done. Several cattle were also killed in rain-related incidents. Condoling the deaths, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said in a tweet, “Deeply pained by loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of the country including Rajasthan. My thoughts and prayers are with bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured”. Of the total 21 deaths, 7 are in Kota division.Heavy dust storm accompanied by moderate to heavy rains, thundershowers also lashed parts of Hadouti region (Kota division) on Tuesday causing damage to crops. Survey of crop damage is underway. BJP candidate from the constituency Om Birla demanded the state government declare compensation to farmers for crop damage. Birla also blamed the state government for not issuing alert and taking measures to prevent the crop damage. The department has predicted dust storm/thunderstorm accompanied with high velocity winds and lightning at a few places during the next 24 hours. Officials in Bhopal said unseasonal rain accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning hit various parts of Madhya Pradesh, leaving 15 people dead and injuring some others. Rains claimed three lives each in Indore, Dhar and Shajapur, two in Ratlam and one each in Alirajpur, Rajgarh, Sehore and Chhindwara districts. Nath expressed grief over the deaths and charged that Modi’s concerns were limited to his home state Gujarat. “Modiji, you are the PM of the country and not of Gujarat. In MP also, more than 10 persons were killed because of unseasonal rains, storm and lightning. But you have confined your feelings to Gujarat only. Though your party has no government here people live here also,” Nath said in a tweet. The BJP hit back, accusing Nath of doing politics over the loss caused by rains and storm. BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said in Delhi that Nath is well aware of the procedure that the state government has to first inform the Centre about the damage in such a natural tragedy to get relief but instead of doing so, he was tweeting and doing politics. “Instead of informing the Centre, he chose to do politics over the tragedy,” Baluni charged. In Ahmedabad, Gujarat government’s director of relief G B Manglpara, told PTI that at least 10 people have died in the rain and dust storm reported from various areas including districts in North Gujarat and Saurashtra region. Also, a portion of a tent erected for Prime Minister Modi’s rally in Himmatnagar town of North Gujarat was also damaged in the dust storm, an official earlier said. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced an aid of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the western state. “While the PM has already announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh, the Gujarat government will also give Rs 2 lakh to kin of those who lost their lives,” Rupani told reporters in Dahod. “We will also conduct a survey to assess the damage to crops and pay accordingly to affected persons,” he added. Apart from rain, the storm also resulted in hailstorm in some parts of Rajkot district of Saurashtra and Banaskantha district of north Gujarat. In Mehsana, farm produce kept in the open in the agriculture produce market committee premises got damaged, an official said. Besides, officials in Banaskantha said the watermelon crop, mainly grown in and around Deesa, got damaged due to hailstorm and thunderstorm. In Maharashtra, a 71-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man and a temple priest died when lightning struck them in Nashik district during rains on Tuesday, police said.last_img read more

Millions of children separated from families around world need standard protection UN

T “Children without parental care …are more vulnerable to physical abuse, hazardous child labour, sexual violence, HIV and trafficking as well as being deprived of access to basic needs, such as food, clothing, education and accommodations,” she said in a statement at a conference for the independent group of experts that make up the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held this past week in Geneva, Switzerland. Children without any form of care are among those most at risk for abuse and exploitation, she said, and some 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, and 2 million children work in the commercial sex industry. She welcomed the CRC’s recommendation to come up with a set of detailed and comprehensive guidelines that would “clarify good practices, prevent abuse and establish responsibilities and accountability” for dealing with children separated from their parents around the world. These guidelines would be submitted to the General Assembly for consideration in 2006.Concern for care of children without parental care has escalated in the past few years due to the increase in children being physically and sexually abused in institutions, the transition of many countries to free-market economies, often leaving children at home while their parents work elsewhere, the growth of HIV/AIDS leaving many children uncared for after their parents turn ill, and the large-scale natural emergencies that have left many children orphaned or separated from their parents. Participants at the CRC conference included more than 40 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concerned with coming up with a set of international standards to help children separated from their parents. The CRC is an independent committee of experts on children that monitors the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. read more

Security Council voices outrage at latest attacks against civilians UN in South

The 15-member body highlighted in particular the 17 April attack against the compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, that resulted in scores of dead and injured, including those seeking the UN’s shelter and protection, as well as the 14 April attacks in Bentiu and Unity state. “The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms these acts and underscored that attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime,” said a statement issued to the press. In yesterday’s attack in Bor, armed civilians forced their way into the UNMISS protection site, where some 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were sheltering, and opened fire. Dozens of civilians were wounded and two UN peacekeepers sustained injuries repelling the armed mob.Four months into the conflict between pro- and anti-Government forces, UNMISS is hosting some 67,000 civilians at its bases around the country. Although the main parties to the conflict have signed a cessation of hostilities agreement, violence has escalated in recent weeks, particularly in Unity state.On Monday, amid fighting in the state capital, Bentiu, anti-Government forces overran the town and the nearby neighbourhood of Rubkona. As a result, the number of IDPs in the UNMISS compound there has risen to 12,000.In today’s statement, Council members called on the Government of South Sudan to immediately take steps to ensure the safety of all civilians and UNMISS civilian protection sites, to swiftly investigate these incidents, and to bring the perpetrators of these “egregious” acts to justice.“The members of the Security Council underscored their full support for UNMISS peacekeepers and commended the actions of the UNMISS contingents in Bor as they sought to fulfil their mandate to protect civilians. They also called on all parties to refrain from actions or statements that could further escalate the situation.” read more

New UN emergency funds seek to aid 17 million Africans uprooted by

“Many people have lost everything. Hundreds of thousands of women and children continue to bear the brunt of the Boko Haram violence,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said of the grants to support humanitarian partners in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.The funds from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), set up 10 years ago to provide immediate financing for both sudden-onset and long-festering crises, will provide life-saving aid to almost 1.7 million people who are in urgent need of food, drinking water, shelter, health care, protection and education.“Saving lives and protecting people in the region is at the centre of the humanitarian response,” Mr. O’Brien said earlier in the week. Some $10 million will bolster relief efforts in Nigeria, while humanitarian partners in Cameroon, Chad and Niger will receive $7 million each. “Aid agencies in region have warned that living conditions for the affected people in the region are dire, giving rise to serious protection and health concerns. The $31 million CERF allocation will provide a much-needed injection of funds for partners to provide for the most basic life sustaining needs in the Lake Chad region.”Women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been subjected to physical and psychological abuse, forced labour, forced marriage and sexual slavery. Boys have been forcibly enrolled as combatants. Humanitarian agencies will use CERF funds to support urgently needed protection including prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence in the four countries.In Nigeria, CERF funding will also be critical for providing emergency shelter, health care, safe drinking water and sanitation and nutrition for people living in overcrowded camps in the north east of the country. In Cameroon, Chad and Niger, it will allow improved access to shelters, reproductive health care, safe drinking water and sanitation in camps for displaced, host communities and schools.The region also suffers from chronic food insecurity and under-development, and the funds will provide food, supplementary feeding and nutritional support to people facing severe hunger as insecurity continues to have a negative impact on livelihoods, food security, and nutrition. Since its inception in 2006, 125 UN Member States and Observers, private-sector donors and regional governments have supported CERF, which has allocated almost $4.2 billion in support of humanitarian operations in 94 countries and territories. read more

Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller looks to bounce back

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the better part of the past two seasons, Ohio State’s junior quarterback Braxton Miller has been the crutch the Buckeyes lean on when things go wrong.But so far this season, Miller’s third as the starter for OSU, that crutch has started to splinter.Now with Iowa and the eighth-ranked run defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision coming to Columbus, Miller said Wednesday OSU has to be careful not to repeat its early season mistakes.“(Iowa has a) pretty good defense, you know, probably the best we’ve faced so far. Got to have good preparation throughout the whole week,” Miller said.Miller made his return from an MCL sprain against Wisconsin Sept. 28, throwing four touchdown passes, but then struggled against Northwestern the following week. No touchdowns and three turnovers, including two fumbles, had fans calling for redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.Miller said he struggled against the Wildcats with ball security, but the fumbling issues are something that can be fixed.“I’ve been watching film on it. I really wasn’t holding the ball correctly when I was cutting (through) the holes, and I wasn’t holding the ball real tight and it’s an easy fix,” Miller said.Coach Urban Meyer said Miller played well against Northwestern, but he can’t ignore his issues with ball security.“I expect him to be ‘Braxton Miller’ with better ball security,” Meyer said to the media Wednesday. “You take away those two fumbles, he actually played pretty good that game, real good, but that’s like saying take away a bad golf shot on the 18th hole. That’s the way it is.”Despite his praise of Miller, Meyer said he was close to putting Guiton in the game after Miller’s second fumble.Since Northwestern, Meyer said he has noticed Miller working harder on holding onto the football.“I see a guy that I wanted to see and I did see, a guy that recognized the mistakes he made, and then he’s going to work hard to correct them,” Meyer said. “No. 1 was ball security, that was the No. 1 issue.”Miller said Wednesday the coaching staff made him carry a ball during team stretches to practice ball security.“It’s always just keep it tight when I take off and run, QB run or anything like that,” Miller said. “Throughout the stretching at the beginning of practice, it’s ‘hold it tight.’ They had me hold the ball throughout the whole stretch.”Although ball security has been a big focus for the coaching staff, it might not be the only issue Miller is struggling with.Miller said his knee made it difficult to run the way he wanted to against Northwestern, but he is almost back to full health.“I’d say just a little bit on my cutting-wise and you know,” Miller said. “Just not my old self in running a little bit, but I’m still working on it, it should be good.”Miller, though, is still a valuable leader for OSU, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the game against Northwestern.“He’s still vocal. He’s still going to tell us what we need to do,” Brown said. “He’s the quarterback of the team so whenever he talks, everybody listens, and we’re just going to follow his lead and go where we need to go.”Miller will look to right his wrongs from the previous game when the Buckeyes kick off against the Hawkeyes Saturday, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.For Miller, success will depend on if he is able to get back to the standard he’s set for himself.“I wasn’t fully myself throughout the whole game,” Miller said. “Playing on grass a little bit, you know, little bit on my running, I just wasn’t my old self, I felt like and you know just got to keep getting healthy, getting treatment on it and just get back to my old ways.” read more

Vive Tauron Kielce win double crown in Poland

Vive Tauron Kielce won double crown in Polish handball! Talant Dujshebaev guys easily beat Orlen Wisla Plock 33:26 (19:12) in Warszaw for the 13th trophy in the Polish Cup competition. That was a spectacular finish of another domestic season while “grand final” of the whole season would be seen at Lanxess Arena in Cologne next weekend when VELUX EHF FINAL4 will be played.Vive Tauron Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 33:26 (19:12)Vive: Szmal, Sego – Reichmann 1, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 5, Cupić 3, Kus, Aguinagalde 1, Jurecki 8, Tkaczyk 1, Chrapkowski, Bielecki 6, Lijewski 3, Paczkowski 1, Zorman 3.Wisła: Corrales, Wichary – Daszek, Wiśniewski 2, Ghionea 4/2, Kwiatkowski, Rocha 4, Racotea 4, Pusica, Montoro, Tarabochia 1, Toledo 3, Żytnikow 8. Polish handball cupVive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest win Belarussian championship 2016! Next Story → TWO MORE: RNL one step closer – Bye bye Lubbecke and Eisenach read more

This Fine Gael TDs Mo is getting some strange looks around Leinster

first_imgPic: Brendan Griffin Facebook“CURVACEOUS WITH A mild Sergeant Pepper’s influence” is how Brendan Griffin describes his moustache which is causing quite the stir around Leinster House – or so he says.The Fine Gael TD for Kerry South is sporting a handlebar muzzy in aid of men’s cancer and just over a week in it’s already shaping to be pretty impressive by the end of  this month.This is the second year that Griffin has taken part in ‘Movember’ – where men spend the month of November growing ‘taches to support men’s cancer charities, with varying degrees of success.Writing on his charity page, Griffin says that he’s “making good progress but getting very strange looks around Leinster House…”However he goes on to warn that he will be extracting donations from anyone who slags it off and on Facebook he says he’s already collected €16 from on the spot fines.It’s not yet clear if any other TDs are joining Griffin in his Movember challenge.Mind you, for some in Leinster House every month is Movember:Pic: Photocall IrelandAre you growing a Mo for Movember? Let us know in the comments or send us your efforts so far.WATCH: ‘I binge drink myself, and I’m ashamed of that’: TDs debate alcohol sponsorship of sportlast_img read more

First civil suit filed against Megaupload

first_imgIt was inevitable once the smell of blood was in the water. Megaupload has been knocked off its perch by a police raid, its assets are frozen, and now the copyright lawyers are circling. The first aggrieved party to make a move is ValCom, and you could be forgiven for not being familiar with it. The company says many of its copyrighted files were being distributed via Megaupload, and now it wants compensation.ValCom makes public notifications systems like those you might find in schools or public spaces. It also owns the rights to over 6,000 video and audio titles, and it is these that Megaupload is accused of hosting. ValCom is coming out swinging (and maybe looking for attention), reminding everyone in its press release that the maximum penalty per infringement under law is $150,000. Do the math, and 6,000 infringing files could be a staggering $900 million in damages. If things don’t go optimally (which is likely) ValCom might only get a few million for its trouble.If anyone is going to get any money out of Megaupload, now is the time. The site is shut down, and things are about to get very expensive for the site owners. Also at issue is the probable mountains of infringing content that was being hosted on Megaupload. Almost every company that holds copyrights would have some claim to the funds being held by the government. It’s not going to be possible for everyone to get $900 million.The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) does allow for a site to claim safe harbor protection, provided that it complies with reasonable measures to the presence of infringing material. The fact that Megaupload was raided seems to close that door tight. Be on the lookout as more companies come out of the woodwork to file suits, and maybe they’ll want a look at that user data being stored by Megaupload’s hosting provider.via The Next Weblast_img read more

Hadopi le décret concernant la gestion des données personnelles publié au Journal

first_imgHadopi : le décret concernant la gestion des données personnelles publié au Journal OfficielFrance – Le décret sur le traitement automatisé de données à caractère personnel prévu par l’Hadopi a été publié au Journal Officiel.Ce décret relatif au “système de gestion des mesures pour la protection des œuvres sur Internet” précise la nature des données personnelles qui seront collectées par les ayants droit et les fournisseurs d’accès Internet (FAI) avant d’être conservées par la Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi). Ces données seront utilisées pour identifier les internautes suspectés de téléchargement illégal et seront archivées pendant deux mois au minimum, et vingt mois au maximum.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Les ayants droit engageront des sociétés spécialisées pour recueillir les données suivantes : la date et l’heure des faits, l’adresse IP des abonnés concernés, le Protocole P2P utilisé, le pseudonyme de l’abonné, des informations relatives aux œuvres ou objets concernés par les faits, le nom du fichier tel que présent sur le poste de l’abonné (le cas échéant), le FAI auprès duquel l’accès a été souscrit.De leur côté, les FAI devront fournir à l’Hadopi : les noms et prénoms des internautes suspectés, leurs adresses postales et électroniques, leurs coordonnées téléphoniques et l’adresse de leur installation téléphonique.La Haute autorité utilisera ces données pour envoyer les avertissements prévus dans le cadre de la loi de lutte contre le téléchargement illégal. Elle devra également gérer la conservation des informations personnelles qui durera au minimum deux mois, même dans le cas où aucun mail d’avertissement n’aura été envoyé à l’internaute. Si un premier mail est bien envoyé, le délai de conservation passera à 14 mois, puis à 20 mois si une lettre recommandée est envoyée, cette dernière représentant la dernière étape de la riposte graduée avant la coupure de la connexion Internet.Le 8 mars 2010 à 17:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

EtatsUnis les téléphones Android numéro un des ventes

first_imgEtats-Unis : les téléphones Android numéro un des ventesLes téléphones mobiles fonctionnant grâce au système d’exploitation de Google sont parvenus à rafler la première place des ventes sur le marché.On pensait le marché du smartphone dominé par Blackberry ou encore Apple aux Etats-Unis, cela n’est plus le cas. Pour la première fois depuis son lancement, le système d’exploitation de Google, Android, se situe sur la première marche des ventes de mobiles aux Etats-Unis, avec 31,2% de part de marché, selon comScore.Sur ce podium, Apple apparait en troisième position avec 24,7% de part de marché, juste derrière Blackberry et ses 30,4% de part de marché. Dans la suite du classement, on retrouve Microsoft en quatrième position ainsi que Palm. En France, l’iPhone est sérieusement concurrencé par les mobiles tournant sous Android. Un scénario similaire n’est pas impossible dans l’Hexagone.Le 9 mars 2011 à 13:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LiMac de luxe 27 pouces dorés

first_imgL’iMac de luxe, 27 pouces dorésC’est Computer Choppers qui dévoile une version très luxueuse de l’iMac d’Apple…Spécialisée dans la customisation d’objets high-tech, Computer Choppers s’attaque maintenant à l’iMac, après avoir déjà décliné des consoles de salon (Wii, PS3…). Pour l’iMac, la firme a relooké le modèle 27 pouces, avec une cape dorée en or 24 carats. Le clavier sans fil se dote aussi de ce revêtement de luxe, de même pour le pavé tactile, disponible en option.  Si vous avez déjà les robinets ou la cuvette des toilettes en or, l’iMac doré est pour vous, histoire d’impressionner toujours plus. Ce bijoux devrait cependant avoisiner les 7.500 à 10.000 dollars (5.600 à 7.500 euros), donc à ce prix là, il devrait y avoir le nécessaire en terme de logiciel, de firmware etc.Le 26 mars 2012 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more