NBA teams approve stiffer penalties for tampering

first_imgSilver said there have been discussions about changing the dates of free agency, though noted that any change would have to be collectively bargained with the players. The Houston Rockets suggested last season that it would be a good idea to move free agency ahead of the NBA draft. “My sense is those conversations will continue,” Silver said of the notion of changing the free-agency calendar. “I don’t have any expectation that anything is going to happen in the near term.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The league told teams last week that fines would be raised in part to reflect the 600% increase in league revenue and the 1,100% increase in franchise value since the maximum-fine ceilings were last touched in 1996.There are some elements of the new measures that still need to be worked out — specifically, the specifics behind the league’s new mandate that five teams will be randomly selected for investigatory audits to see if there were any rule-compliance issues. The NBA wants teams to keep records of talks with players and agents for a year, and the league has the power to review a team’s electronic communications devices.The privacy concerns, however, remain a sticking point, Silver said.“None of us want people looking into their personal communications,” Silver said. “But I think people who operate in a public company environment or operate in a financial world who are used to compliance procedures understand that you have to find a balance between disclosure and privacy so you can ensure that people will understand that there will be consequences for inappropriate behavior.”In other matters before the Board of Governors:ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “We need to ensure that we’re creating a culture of compliance in this league,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said after two days of meetings concluded in New York. “Our teams want to know that they’re competing on a level playing field and frankly don’t want to feel disadvantaged if they are adhering to our existing rules.”The rules aren’t new, but Silver has been saying for months that it’s pointless for the league to have policies that cannot be enforced. And while the new parameters aren’t foolproof, an important change is that every franchise will have to annually certify that its executives did not to free agents or their representatives before league rules allow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40But for years, the notion of waiting for the start of free agency to talk to available players has been largely ignored. This year, free agency was to officially begin at 6 p.m. Eastern on June 30, and many deals were known to be done within minutes.“There need to be consequences when rules are violated,” Silver said. Juventus revenues and losses rise in Ronaldo’s 1st season Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ FILE – In this May 30, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. The NBA’s board of governors was unanimous Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules. “We need to ensure that we’re creating a culture of compliance in this league,” Silver said after two days of meetings concluded in New York. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)The NBA’s board of governors was unanimous Friday in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules.Fines of up to $10 million are now possible in the most egregious situations, along with forfeiture of draft picks, suspensions of executives and voiding of contracts when rule breaking is found — significant enough threats, the league hopes, to end any notion of teams entering into deals with free agents before rules allow.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ TRAVELINGThe issue of James Harden’s stepback jumper — travel or not a travel? — may soon have some clarity.The NBA is revising rule-book language regarding traveling, and specifically defining a “gather” — plus clarifying how many steps a player may take.For players receiving a pass or picking up a loose ball, the gather is defined as when control of the ball is gained. Off the dribble, the definition is when a player has two hands on the ball, or brings it to a pause, or otherwise gains control.The league is expected to release a training video next week, and said correctly calling travels gather will be a point of emphasis this season.STARTERSDaily fantasy players and bettors will now know who is expected to play in a certain game a bit earlier than usual.Teams now must submit starting lineups 30 minutes before the scheduled start time, instead of the previous rule of 10 minutes.Lineups can still change after the 30-minute mark, which gives teams flexibility if an injury occurs or is aggravated during warm-ups.FREE AGENCY MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more

Teleport? Phisgoc promises distance will make sense after cauldron lighting ‘surprise’

first_img“We don’t want to tell right away what these personalities like Manny Pacquiao will do in the opening ceremony,” he added.The cauldron first came under fire for its price tag and then made social media rounds again when netizens pointed out—and questioned—its distance from the site of the opening ceremonies.The question on how the cauldron will be lit during the opening ceremonies has generated several responses ranging from humorous to acerbic, and Phisgoc hopes the rants will end when the glitzy opening party kicks off.Suzara added that the organisers are no longer affected by the criticisms they get, especially regarding the budget.“We don’t read it anymore,” said Suzara. “The important thing for is to make sure we deliver.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — Something doesn’t quite add up with the Southeast Asian Games cauldron — and it’s not even its P56 million price tag.The controversial cauldron, where the SEA Games flame will be lit to signal the start of the competitions, is located at the spanking new New Clark City (NCC) track and field stadium in Tarlac.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress After 15 losses, Canada beats US for 1st time in Davis Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img View comments MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok 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 Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ But the opening ceremony will be at Philippine Arena in Marilao, Bulacan, some 90 kilometers away.Deputy chief of mission for Team Philippines Stephen Fernandez, Olympic bronze medalist for taekwondo, said he is also perplexed by it, considering that the lighting of the cauldron is the main event for every Games opening rites.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practicePhilippine Olympic Committee executive board member Steve Hontiveros, long-time bowling chief and now head of handball, speculated that “it would probably brought in by chopper.”Some sports fans are even suggesting that the huge budget allotted to the Games has allowed the country to build a teleportation device that would beam torch-bearer and world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo from Philippine Arena to NCC. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Fernandez and Hontiveros said they haven’t gotten wind of the opening ceremony program which is slated on Nov. 30 and thus could not clarify the logistical puzzle.And that is because Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) was keeping the plans close to its chest.Phisgoc chief executive officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara said there’s a reason the cauldron is far from the opening venue—but “it’s a secret.”The details of the opening ceremony, according to Suzara, will be disclosed much, much later in order to generate surprise and awe for the thousands of spectators expected to watch the opening live or on TV.“It’s all under wraps. We want it to be exciting,” Suzara told the Inquirer.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cardiff City vs Man City: David Silva benched

first_imgManchester City will be aiming to put their Champions League disappointment behind them when they return to Premier League action on Saturday against Cardiff City.Pep Guardiola’s side suffered a shock 2-1 loss at home to Lyon on their first continental outing of the season, with the Catalan coach watching on feebly from the stands due to a touchline ban.An appropriate response will be expected from the champions when they take to the field in Wales against a team that has yet to win a game in any competition this season thus far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Cardiff come into the match having claimed just two points from their opening five league matches and they have conceded 10 goals in their last three outings, with Chelsea trouncing them 4-1 last week. Game Cardiff City vs Manchester City Date Saturday, September 22 Time 3pm BST / 10am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US) the game will be available to watch live on television through CNBC and it can be streamed live online using NBC Sports Live. US TV channel Online stream CNBC NBC Sports Live / Telemundo Deportes En Vivo The game cannot be watched live on television in the United Kingdom (UK), nor can it be streamed live online, due to the ‘3pm blackout’ period. It can, however, be followed live with Goal by clicking here. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Cardiff City squad Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies, Murphy Defenders Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Richards, Paterson, Connolly, Cunningham, Bamba Midfielders Arter, Ralls, Murphy, Reid, Gunnarsson, Damour, Camarasa, Harris Forwards Ward, Zohore, Mendez-Laing, Madine, Hoilett Republic of Ireland international Harry Arter has overcome illness to feature, but Josh Murphy is only available to start on the bench.Cardiff City XI: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Cunningham; Camarasa, Arter, Ralls, Hoilett; Decordova-Reid; WardSUBS: Murphy, Bennett, Richards, Zohore, Murphy, Paterson, Bamba Position Man City squad Goalkeepers Ederson, Grimshaw, Bravo, Muric Defenders Walker, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Kompany, Mendy, Otamendi, Mangala, Sandler Midfielders Gundogan, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva, B. Silva, Delph, Sane, Sterling, Mahrez, Zinchenko, Diaz Forwards Aguero, Jesus David Silva has dropped to the bench for Manchester City’s clash with Cardiff City on Saturday.The Spanish midfielder is rested after playing the full 90 minutes in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon in the Champions League in midweek.Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, starts after signing a new contract at the club.Fernandinho captains the side, with Ilkay Gundogan drafted in to replace Silva.Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Delph, Gundogan, Fernandinho (C), Bernardo, Sane, Sterling, AgueroSUBS: Muric, Kompany, Stones, Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, FodenBetting & Match Odds Man City are undeniable favourites to win the game according to bet365, who price them at 1/6. Cardiff, meanwhile, are rated a massive 22/1 to triumph and a draw is available at 7/1.Click here to see more offers for Premier League games, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Pep Guardiola Manchester City Lyon Champions LeagueThe absence of Guardiola from the sideline was suggested as a possible reason for Man City’s surprise defeat to Lyon during the week, but stand-in coach Mikel Arteta wisely refused to entertain the notion.”I have no idea. The reality is Pep wasn’t here and we lost the game,” Arteta told reporters in the aftermath. “If Pep would have been on the touchline I can’t tell you if we’d have won 5-0 or lost.”Guardiola will return to his normal position for the game on Saturday against Cardiff, meaning no such excuse will be available should the players fail to live up to expectations with a win.City will hope that the news of Sergio Aguero’s new contract extension will inspire the Argentine to rediscover his goalscoring form after his failure to score in his previous three appearances.A drastic improvement is required across the team if they are to keep up with the likes of Jurgen Klopp’s high-flying Liverpool and Maurizio Sarri’s resurgent Chelsea. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

CSK vs MI T20 broadcast: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians Live Streaming

first_imgIn what could be another riveting clash, defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Mumbai Indians in their return fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.After eight wins from 11 games and 16 points in their kitty, Chennai have already qualified for the play-offs. However, skipper MS Dhoni will certainly like to keep the winning momentum going as the top two teams on the points table get an additional chance to make it to the final.Mumbai is placed third with 12 points and is yet to consolidate its position in the top four and need at least two more wins to seal a play-off berth. The Rohit Sharma-led side however, had outclassed the yellow brigade by 37 runs when they last faced-off in Mumbai.Mumbai however, must be cautious against Chennai as Dhoni and company have not lost a single game at their home so far in this year’s league. Chennai have won all of their five games at the Chepauk.Where will the IPL 2019 match between CSK and MI be played?The IPL 2019 match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between CSK and MI live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between CSK and MI?advertisementYou can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between CSK and MI?Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Beuran Hendricks.Chennai Super Kings: M.S. Dhoni (captain & wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K.M. Asif, Deepak Chahar, N. Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleign.Also See:last_img read more

Noshiro Maru the Third Enters Service

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) took delivery of a new coal carrier, Noshiro Maru, from its compatriot shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding on September 30, 2016. The delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard in Saikai, Nagasaki, on the same day.The 90,150 dwt Noshiro Maru features a length of 235 meters and a width of 43 meters.The new coal carrier is the third ship to take the Noshiro Maru name since the first Noshiro Maru began transporting coal for Japanese electric utility Tohoku Electric Power 23 years ago.The 51,100 gross ton vessel is named after Noshiro terminal in Akita prefecture, the destination for coal that is transported mainly from Australia and Indonesia to generate electricity for the Tohoku district of Japan.Compared to the standard 70,000-ton Panamax bulk carrier, the new Noshiro Maru has a wider beam and a shallower draft.last_img read more

One dead three in hospital after fire at Edmonton home for disabled

first_imgEDMONTON — One person died and three others were in hospital following a fire at an Edmonton group home for disabled adults early Monday.Firefighters were called to the blaze just before 2 a.m. in the west end.Alberta Health Services said two men were taken to hospital in critical, life-threatening condition.Another man and woman were in serious condition.Edmonton police later confirmed one of the patients died in hospital.A neighbour told CTV Edmonton that he saw a caregiver who worked at the home running outside and yelling for someone to help the disabled men still inside.Ben Zubieto said she had burns on her face and hands from trying to put out the fire.“She was saying that her clients were still inside, that there were three people inside. She kept crying and screaming,” Zubieto said.Suzzette Mellado with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said investigators had not yet determined a cause of the fire. The Edmonton police arson unit was helping with the investigation.— With files from CTV EdmontonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Antibullying speaker to give presentation to SD 60 parents this evening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speaker who has been giving a series of anti-bullying presentations at schools around Fort St. John this week is going to be giving a presentation for an older audience this evening.Scott Graham, who is a bestselling author and a winner of the Governor General of Canada Award, has hosted leadership and anti-bullying school assemblies at four schools in Fort St. John this week.He visited Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on Monday, Dr. Kearney on Tuesday, Robert Ogilvie Wednesday, and spoke at Bert Bowes earlier today. Graham, who was also one of the speakers at the 2012 TEDx Conference in Burlington, has been teaching students the skills to stand up to bullies for 25 years, having spoken in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and as far away as Scotland.Graham’s presentations allow children develop their leadership abilities and learn anti-bullying skills.Graham will also be giving his presentation to the parents of students who attend Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools on Thursday evening.The presentation is taking place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bert Bowes School.last_img read more

Moroccan Student Becomes Worlds Third Fastest Mental Calculator

Taroudant – Abdellah Ak-Houch, a young Spanish national of Moroccan origin won third place in the worldwide mental calculus championship held on December 5-6 in New Delhi, India.The Moroccan young boy, the third fastest mental calculator in the world, competed with around 11,300 students from 56 countries, representing more than 6,000 schools worldwide, according to Spanish news agency EFE.The young student had already gained a reputation as a fast calculator in the Canary Islands where he lives with his family. According to the same source, the mental calculus genius earned the support of the autonomous government of the Canaries, which made it possible for Abdellah to travel to India.Abdellah has been practicing mental arithmetic since 2013 with excellent results. He is the current Spanish regional and national champion of the Universal Mental Arithmetic System Calculation (UCMAS).The talented Moroccan studies seventh grade at Vecindario school. According to Gran Canaria TV, Abdellah has become a brilliant student with an extraordinary memory and concentration capacity.He is able to perform 200 arithmetic processes in only eight minutes using mental calculus, a method that was born in China based on the abacus system.The ancient arithmetic method is used in 5,000 schools in 52 countries around the world, and it reportedly benefits nearly one million students worldwide.According to several Spanish media reports, the Canary Islands has been implementing mental calculus in their education system for several years.Ak-Houch is the third Canary resident to earn a winning spot in the calculus world championship.In 2011, Marta Lisson Diaz, 8, earned the fifth spot in the competition, and in 2012, Nisha obtained the third sport. read more

Former real estate millionaire Robert Campeau dies at 93

OTTAWA — Robert Campeau, the former real estate mogul who once controlled the Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s department store chains in the United States, has died at 93.An online obituary says he died in Ottawa on Monday. It did not specify a cause of death.Born near Sudbury, Ont., he started a construction company in 1953 and went on to amass a fortune in the real estate development business, with holdings in Ottawa, Toronto, California, Texas and Florida.According to the obituary, Campeau’s company was involved in a number of notable buildings including Place de Ville in Ottawa and Scotia Plaza, Harbour Castle Hotel and Waterpark Place office complex in Toronto.The company also built more than 25,000 houses in the Ottawa area.Campeau lost his empire and most of his fortune in 1990 when an $11-billion investment in the U.S.-based Allied and Federated department store chains collapsed under a mountain of junk-bond debt.Campeau spent several years in Europe after being fired by the company he founded, but returned to Ottawa in 2002.In 1997, his 28,000-square-foot chateau-style Toronto mansion sold far below asking price for $6.17 million.In his later years, Campeau is said to have devoted much of his time to philanthropy through a family foundation that bore his name.The obituary, which appears on the site for Arbor Memorial funeral homes, notes he is survived by a wife, six children and several grand-children and great-grandchildren.“Robert was an avid swimmer, skier, golfer, fisherman and hunter,” it reads. “Robert believed his good exercise regime was the key to his long and healthy life.”A funeral will be held in Ottawa on Thursday. read more

GL regrets Tutus statement

Since the end of the conflict, the Government has implemented several housing reconstruction programmes through which 60,000 houses have been rehabilitated and 10,000 are currently being constructed in the North and East. These efforts are being augmented by bilateral donor assistance in constructing additional 50,000 houses. In addition, families whose houses were fully damaged were financially assisted to rebuild. Further, the Government has put in place massive infrastructure and economic development programmes, in the former theatre of conflict, with a total allocation of USD 700 million. As a part of livelihood support, a self employment loan scheme has been initiated for the people in the North and East. Already thousands of beneficiaries have been apportioned USD 318 million. Additionally, beneficiaries were provided Enterprise Development Services (EDS) including assistance for the self employed. These measures have culminated in a 22% economic growth in the North, while the country’s GDP grew at 8% in 2011. While the offer of support by The Elders is noted, I wish to reiterate that the best assistance that representations of the international community could afford Sri Lanka in its reconciliation process at this juncture is to provide the required time and space to the Government in implementing the LLRC recommendations. While appreciating the interest of The Elders Foundation in the post-conflict development in my country, as stated in your letter to His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka on 17th February 2012, it is regretted that you thought it necessary to address the Members of the Human Rights Council, urging intervention in Sri Lanka, a matter that requires deeper study and understanding of the related facts. Therefore, I wish to take this opportunity to elaborate on the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka relating to resettlement, rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation with a view to bringing sustainable peace in the country, with the end of the separatist, terrorist conflict in May 2009. From the 11,993 ex-combatants of the terrorist group, around 750 remain under detention and also in the Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centres (PARC). In relation to the detainees, appropriate investigations have begun in order to institute legal action. Further, all 595 child soldiers of the terrorist group were rehabilitated under a UNICEF-assisted programme, and reintegrated with their families within a year. In respect of the recommendations of the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, the Government has already taken necessary courses of action. The Report offers detailed observations and recommendations on International Humanitarian Law issues relating to the final phase of the conflict. It also states that protection of the lives of civilians was a key factor in the formulation of military strategy and accepts that the deliberate targeting of civilians formed no part of this policy. However, it clearly accepts that if there is evidence of transgression by individuals this aspect should be further examined. This would inter alia include the establishment of a mechanism for gathering and assessing factual evidence relating to the episodes indicated, buttressed by a strong investigative arm. The outcome of this process will determine whether there is a basis for criminal proceedings to be  initiated.  In this respect, the local legal institutions are in the process of studying the relevant material contained in the Report. The Government has further on its own accord already carried out a series of measures that included conducting of a comprehensive census in the Northern Province to facilitate firm and verifiable conclusions important for establishing accountability. The Government of Sri Lanka has assiduously continued to engage with the international community on the developments in Sri Lanka and brief them adequately. The recently launched National Human Rights Action Plan submitted to the Parliament contains a clear roadmap and timelines for implementation. Aspects of this Plan has relevance to some of the LLRC recommendations. Undoubtedly, national reconciliation is one of the priority aims of the Government of Sri Lanka at this juncture and this includes political and constitutional initiatives to address the root causes and provide restorative justice to those affected. In keeping with Sri Lanka’s uninterrupted democratic tradition, with the Parliament at the helm of governance representing the people, a Parliamentary Select Committee has been established to achieve a national consensus for constitutional changes necessary for the sustainability of the political process. In parallel, the Government is also conducting bilateral discussions with Tamil political parties on a structured basis. The Trilingual Policy introduced by the Government remains a cornerstone in building bridges among the communities and consolidating a sense of national unity. Already more than 1500 Tamil speaking police officers have been recruited to the North and East. As a means of enhancing their effectiveness, units of the Attorney-General’s Department will also be established in provinces to provide procedural guidance to the police. Full letter: External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris has written to South African Archbishop and human rights activist Desmond Tutu expressing regret over his statement on Sri Lanka.The Minister said that the best assistance that representations of the international community could afford Sri Lanka in its reconciliation process at this juncture is to provide the required time and space to the Government in implementing the LLRC recommendations. Sri Lanka, having ended a 30 year long scourge of terrorism, has now the opportunity to derive the fullest benefit from its natural strengths. In this context, the Government has taken several incremental steps to restore normalcy and rebuild the lives of those who have been affected by the conflict. These steps include the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), initiating infrastructure development projects in the former theatre of conflict, rehabilitation of ex-combatants, and embarking on a process of reconciliation including restorative justice, political and constitutional initiatives. You would no doubt agree, that it is the Government of Sri Lanka which is best placed in evolving a home-grown solution acceptable to all the citizens of the country. Therefore, internationalizing a domestic issue by any initiative through the HRC at this point of time would only lead to derailing the ongoing reconciliation process that has been put in place by the Government. As we look around the conflicts unfolding globally and the prescriptions meted out by a part of the international community, it is clear that external interventions without the consent of the country concerned do not achieve the envisaged sustainable peace but continue to exacerbate the situation. Within the last two and half years, of the 290,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), 6569 remain to be resettled, an effort which has been commended internationally. The Government has already spent USD 360 million for the resettlement programme. These remaining IDPs will be resettled once the demining process is complete. De-mining of conflict affected areas has been done at a pace comparable anywhere in the world. The Government has at present demined 1,412 square kilometers out of the 2,046 square kilometers contaminated with landmines. More than 42,000 Antipersonnel and 227 Antitank Mines and more than 15,000 items of Unexploded Ordnance have been recovered from these areas. Yours sincerely, In order to deal with the complex issue of lands, the Government has already begun a process to draft a Prescription (Special Provisions) Act, which once enacted, would favourably consider claims for immovable property including land of displaced or disadvantaged persons. Further in recognition of the importance in dismantling of High Security Zones to resettlement, the process was initiated prior to the Commission’s Report, which therefore recognized that the area had diminished significantly. By the end of the conflict in 2009, the High Security Zones (HSZ) accounted for 4098.36 Hectares and at present, 2582.45 Hectares remain. The Government will closely monitor and expedite continuing progress in this regard.  In accordance with established practice of post-conflict demobilization, the Government has institutionalized a process through a Parliamentary Consultative Committee, to continuously record specific details on the number of weapons ceased and raids conducted to bring about a total end to the possession of unauthorized weapons. Prof. G. L .Peiris read more

Varadkar very confident Ireland will bid for Rugby World Cup

first_imgMINISTER FOR TRANSPORT, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar says he is “very, very confident that Ireland will make a bid” to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.Speaking at the IRB World Rugby Conference in Dublin this afternoon, Varadkar said, “It’s something that will involve the IRFU, the government here in the Republic and also the Northern Ireland Executive” but stressed his belief that Ireland will be putting in a formal bid.The Minister asserted that this country has the infrastructure to host the Rugby World Cup and admitted that the tournament would be “the biggest thing Ireland could do” in terms of international tournaments. The Olympics and FIFA World Cup would be out of our reach, Varadkar said, but hosting RWC2023 is feasible. It would engender enormous national pride. Rugby in Ireland has always been a unifying force. The IRFU wasn’t partitioned when the country split and rugby has always been supported by people who are Catholic and people who are Protestants and people who are neither of these.“Even during difficult times, the Troubles, rugby was a unifying force. One thing I remember very much was when rugby was played for the very first time in Croke Park, the main national GAA stadium. They have already expressed their support for a bid.“We had the first time England played Ireland in Croke Park [in 2007] and people were worried about what would happen, but the national anthem [England’s] was applauded. I think the World Cup would be a symbol of how far we have come.”A study by consultant firm Deloitte has raised hopes that a bid is realistic, after claiming that it would be viable to have a cross-border bid and that it could result in a €800 million boost to Ireland’s economy. Varadkar is sure that Ireland has the infrastructure to host the tournament.“I’m in a very fortunate department in that sense with Transport, Tourism and Sport. I think you need all three of those aspects. We definitely have the transport with the airports and the roads. We definitely have the tourist infrastructure. A lot of hotels were built during the boom, so we have plenty of accommodation. Seriously, we’re very keen to fill those up in September/October time.We have great tourist attractions too. On the stadia, we’re there or thereabouts. We couldn’t do it without the GAA, so the fact that they’ve expressed their support is great. Some stadiums would need investment, and some of that investment is underway. There would be more investment required, particularly in media facilities.”If Ireland is to successfully bid, Varadkar feels there can be a genuine legacy left by the Rugby World Cup.“I’m by no means taking anything for granted, but the legacy would be in bringing the country together. This year in Ireland was the year of The Gathering and it really got people coming together. We had something similar with the Special Olympics a number of years ago.”‘No need for wholesale changes despite Ireland’s upsetting performance’ – ByrneWallabies gunning for three wins on the trot, declares two-try Hooperlast_img read more

HP enterprise switches shipped with malware on flash cards

first_imgAccording to a new security bulletin from HP, some of their ProCurve 5400zl switches may have shipped with malware-laden compact flash cards. While HP does state that inserting one of the infected cards into a computer could compromise the system, they don’t offer many other details — like whether or not the malware can self-propogate while the card is sitting in a switch.They also didn’t specify which malware was found on the cards, and it’s not yet known how the cards became infected in the first place. Not all 5400zl switches are affected, however, just the specific serial numbers listed on HP’s website, all of which were sold starting in May of 2011.Two resolves are being offered. For administrators who don’t mind a little downtime, HP will ship a replacement management module and deal with the malware removal. The switches can also purge the unwanted contents of the cards themselves via a script that can be run after establishing a console session. The second option, HP says, should have no impact on network operation and it also avoids the potential threat posed by inserting the card into a PC to attempt malware removal.This isn’t the first time a big-name company has discovered that products they’ve shipped had been used as malware mules. Dell had a similar issue in 2010, when the Spybot worm was found hiding out on replacement motherboards. Like these ProCurve switches, digital cameras, MP3 players, and mobile phones from companies including Olympus and Samsung have shipped in the past few years with infected memory cards.More at Security Weeklast_img read more

Gattuso defends Higuain He feels a lot of pressure

first_imgAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso hopes Gonzalo Higuain will remain calm following his sending off against Juventus on SundayThe 30-year-old striker has enjoyed a good start to life on loan at Milan from Juventus with seven goals in 13 games.However, Higuain was unable to prevent Milan from losing to his parent club at the San Siro and was dismissed after having a penalty saved.The Argentine was handed a second yellow card after shouting in the match official’s face.But Gattuso believes that Higuain’s angry outburst came about due to putting too much pressure on himself.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday’s press conference were not by chance,” Gattuso told Milan TV on the club website.“Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities.“He has to put aside his nervousness, he is the most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear-headed.”Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo were the goalscorers for Juventus, who remain unbeaten after 12 Serie A games.last_img read more

Bob Sully Sullivan Lots of jobs but not enough homes

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Sully Sullivan FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Bob ‘Sully’ Sullivan – Lots of jobs but not enough homes 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Radio talk show host Bob ‘Sully‘ Sullivan says California has the jobs but not enough homes.Sully said the California’s economy is adding jobs far faster than our current housing inventory. Also companies are struggling to recruit or promote from within as people turn down offers to come to California.The median home price in California in 2018 was $570,010, according to the California Association of Realtors, more than double the nationwide figure but for San Diego it is $590,500. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 20, 2019 March 20, 2019last_img read more

Class 10 student murdered in Mahbubnagar

first_imgA Class 10 student brutally murdered in Jadcherla of Mahbubnagar district on Wednesday. The victim befriended one Naveen on social networking site Facebook and the duo exchanged their mobile numbers. She is also learned to have met the boy two times. However, on Wednesday, the girl went missing from her home following her parents lodged a complaint with the police after failing to trace her. She was found dead by the police on Thursday morning at Shankaraipalli of Jadcherla mandal. Her body was sent to a local hospital for post-mortem. The police launched a hunt to nab the accused.last_img

Examining The Emotional Aftermath Of Harvey

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneEvacuees flee flooding in a boat with a nearly submerged Houston sign behind them, on Aug, 29, 2017.We’ve all been amped up, on edge for a week — even if you don’t have any flooding in your home, and even if you’re able to get to and from work.Even if you feel like you’ve escaped Harvey’s wrath largely unscathed, all of Greater Houston is feeling the effects of Harvey — not just physically, but emotionally. The strain is really being felt by those who have been flooded out and by first responders, emergency workers, law enforcement, fire, and other officials and volunteers working around the clock to provide rescue and relief.To discuss the impact of that emotional strain, we talk with Dr. Jana Tran, staff psychologist with the Houston Fire Department.last_img read more

Natya Shastra to come alive

first_imgThe rich cultural heritage of India is visually soothing and enriching to the dance and music connoisseurs, who come from all across the world to catch a glimpse. Different dance forms that have originated from various parts of the country and have been practiced accordingly, can only be witnessed at once, under one roof when a festival organises for a perfect blend of classical dance forms for enthusiasts.To make the enthusiasts come together for two days of excitement, Pracheen Kala Kendra is organising its 5th quarterly Baithak programme under the series ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ in the national Capital.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival which will be held on April 15 and 16 at Triveni Kala Sangam will feature well known talented artists of the country such as Dr Samira Koser (Kathak); Ankita Kaushik and Himanshu Srivastava (Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi); Vasu Krishna Maharaj and Vaibhav Krishna Maharaj (Kathak Duo) and Meenu Thakur & troupe (Kuchipudi Dance).With a view to create more awakening about salient features of the Indian classical dances of various forms, the Kendra has ventured to organise a two-day feast of classical dances at Triveni Kala Sangam studded with young artists. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPracheen Kala Kendra is one of the organisations engaged in the promotion of classical musical and dance in the region. With the kind patronage of the public, the Kendra has emerged as an institute of multidimensional excellence. With an aim to promote and nourish the young talented artists, the Kendra is working hard towards its goal. Pracheen Kala Kendra having its headquarters in Chandigarh, enormous sister set-ups in Mohali and Kolkata, besides liaison offices at Ludhiana and Bhubaneswar, and newly setup regional office at New Delhi, is one of the premier organisations dedicated to the promotion, preservation and dissemination of Indian classical art and culture. Established in 1956, it is the only organisation of its kind which was founded by the artists, run by the artists and which is working for the promotion of artists. It is a pioneer and professionally equipped examining and affiliating institution of national importance with a network of more than 3500 training and examination centres functioning as its affiliates all over the country and abroad including USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Singapore, Dubai, South Africa, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, etc.  The student strength of 2.6 lakh makes it the largest organisation of its kind in the field of arts education. The certificates and diplomas awarded by the Kendra in the subjects of Indian Classical music (vocal and instrumental), classical dances and fine arts (painting) are not only recognised by various Education Boards, Universities and state governments for employment purposes as teachers/lecturers in schools/colleges but the same are treated as equivalent to degrees under their respective jurisdictions. WHEN: April 15-16WHERE: Triveni Kala SangamTIME: 6:30 pmlast_img read more

Falcon fulltext history search for Chrome

first_imgFalcon: full-text history search for Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on September 13, 2016 in Google Chrome – 16 commentsFalcon is a brand new browser extension for Google Chrome that adds full-text history search capabilities to the web browser.Chrome by default matches titles or urls to what you type in its address bar, and displays what it considers the best matches for your query as suggestions.Falcon changes the default behavior by adding an option to Chrome that matches text found on web pages you visited in the past as well.The extension adds its own keyword search to Chrome which you need to use it you want to use its text-search capabilities.Basically, what you do is type f and then hit the Tab-key to launch the search interface. From there, it is just about entering the query you want results for.Falcon: full-text history search for ChromeThe extension highlights matches that it found on pages with its own icon so that it is easy enough to distinguish them from other results.The main advantage of Falcon over Chrome’s default way of returning results is that it may provide you with better results.If the title or URL of a page don’t contain the keyword you entered in the address bar, it won’t be displayed by Chrome as a suggestion even if the page is full of that keyword. With Falcon, that page may be returned as well in the suggestions.You may click on the Falcon icon to load preferences and the history of pages that the extension indexed fully.The preferences allow you to blacklist certain sites from being indexed. It needs to be noted that Falcon will index all sites that is not blacklisted. You may block the indexing of all https sites by adding a new blacklist entry to Falcon’s configuration.Simply hit the add button, type https as the website, and select regex as the type. Click on save afterwards.You can verify that this works by visiting https sites afterwards and reloading the Falcon preferences page. Sites that use the https protocol should not appear in the Falcon history.The history enables you to delete entries that the extension indexed. You may also delete all entries, for instance after a browsing session.There is however no option to delete the data on exit or after a certain time period. All data is stored locally and not remotely.Falcon is not the first extension to add full-text search capabilities to Chrome. We reviewed All Seeing Eye for Chrome back in 2014 which added the same capability to Chrome’s history page.Closing WordsDepending on how you use Google Chrome, Falcon may be quite the useful extension. If you happen to run into issues finding sites that you visited in the past using Chrome’s own suggestions system, you may want to give Falcon a try to improve that.While you have to tap on f and then tab to use Falcon, it should not be much of an issue after a while.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name FalconSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://github.com/lengstrom/falcon Advertisementlast_img read more

Royal Caribbean targets Millennials with multibillion dollar initiatives

first_imgRoyal Caribbean targets Millennials with multibillion dollar initiatives Share MIAMI — Royal Caribbean is investing billions of dollars into new ships, new onboard experiences and a new global private island collection that includes a US$200 million transformation of CocoCay in The Bahamas.As part of the initiative Royal Caribbean has launched its new Perfect Day Island Collection, a series of what the cruise line says are “unrivaled and exclusive” private island destinations around the world.The first in the collection, Perfect Day at CocoCay, is a US$200 million transformation of the cruise line’s private island in The Bahamas.Royal Caribbean ships departing from New York, Maryland and Florida will call at Perfect Day at CocoCay.The island transformation will roll out in phases beginning September 2018 with the completion of a new pier, and by spring 2019 the majority of the island’s experiences will be open. Coco Beach Club, the final phase, is set to open November 2019. Highlights include:Thrill Waterpark, featuring two water towers with 13 slides – the most slides found in any waterpark in the Caribbean – and including the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America. The waterpark will also feature the Caribbean’s largest wave pool and a kid-friendly obstacle course pool.Oasis Lagoon, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, with a swim-up bar and in-pool loungers.A 1,600-foot zip line that crisscrosses the island at up to 50 feet high and features the only water landing in the Caribbean.A helium balloon, known as Up, Up and Away, floats up to 450 feet above the ground providing for the highest vantage point in The Bahamas.Two specially designed beaches – Chill Island for the ultimate beach escape, complete with crystal-clear tropical waters and white powder-like sand – and plentiful cabanas and daybeds for relaxation; and the action-packed South Beach with volleyball, beachside basketball, soccer, paddle boarding, glass-bottom kayaking and zorbing in an inflatable zorb ball.The exclusive Coco Beach Club, will offer an upscale island experience that will feature the first overwater cabanas in The Bahamas.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAdditional Perfect Day Island Collection destinations in Asia, Australia and the Caribbean will be announced at a later date.“It’s true that our ships are technological and engineering marvels in their own right and offer a multitude of unexpected experiences; but our destinations are an equally important part of the cruise vacation,” says Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.“We are introducing the Perfect Day Island Collection to deliver the most memorable vacation for adventure seekers on land and on board our ships. Once completed Perfect Day at CocoCay will be the ultimate family destination in the Caribbean.”Adding to recently announced digital innovations, including frictionless check-in, stateroom technology and a new mobile app, the cruise line has committed $900 million to reimagining its fleet through a new modernization effort called Royal Amplified.Spanning 10 ships in four years, the program will introduce specialized pool spaces, experiential dining and nightlife concepts, and first-of-its-kind attractions like Sky Pad, a VR bungee trampoline experience.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionRoyal Caribbean is also answering the call for shorter vacations – especially in demand from Millennials – by boosting its short Caribbean getaways lineup.In summer 2018 Mariner of the Seas will undergo a $90 million modernization adding Sky Pad and a glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience; The Bamboo Room, a retro lounge with tiki-chic décor; and the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade. Mariner will sail 3- and 4-night cruises from Miami.Sister ship Navigator of the Seas will follow in 2019, and receive an even more extensive modernization before joining Mariner of the Seas to offer short sailings.In 2019 both ships will call extensively on Perfect Day at CocoCay.Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas is set to debut this spring. Royal Caribbean’s other new ships on the horizon including the Quantum Ultra Class Spectrum of the Seas, an evolution of the Quantum Class of ships set to debut in 2019; a second Quantum Ultra Class ship in 2020, a fifth Oasis Class ship in 2021 and a new class known as Icon, with ships delivered in 2022 and 2024. << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Thursday, March 15, 2018 Tags: Millennial Travel, Royal Caribbean Internationallast_img read more

EU task force seeks mental exams drug tests for pilots

first_img Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Key players in aviation and medical science worked closely together within the task force,” Patrick Ky, EASA’s executive director, said in a statement. “This report is the result of a thorough analysis with practical recommendations, so that such a tragic event does not happen again.”The group’s recommendations, published by the EU, include ensuring the presence of “two persons in the cockpit at all times.” The panel also said airline pilots should have to undergo psychological evaluation before they are allowed to enter service, and that their employers should institute random testing for drug and alcohol use.Airlines should also create “support systems” to help pilots who need it, the task force said.The panel also called for a “robust program” to oversee medical personnel responsible for the physical and mental health of airline crews, and the creation of a Europe-wide depository of “aeromedical data”– a recommendation that may clash with long-standing traditions of medical confidentiality.The task force’s proposals will now be reviewed by the EU’s executive Commission. If changes in EU legislation are needed, the European Aviation Safety Agency will be asked to submit specific proposals for updating existing EU-wide safety regulations. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories “EASA is ready to take the next necessary steps, applying the lessons learned,” Ky said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union task force on Friday recommended pre-employment psychological evaluations and random drug and alcohol testing for pilots to prevent a repeat of the Germanwings disaster.The panel, led by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), was formed in response to the March 24 crash of a German airliner in France that killed all 150 people onboard.Experts say the plane’s co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who reportedly had a history of mental illness, deliberately flew the jet into a mountain after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more