Knockout matches decide finalists

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’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 “The adjustment period is over as we already played in the finals. We know F2 Logistics is such a solid team so we would do everything to pull off an upset.”On the same note, Petron is also drawing motivation from that memorable setback last conference, with setter Rhea Dimaculangan saying that it was an eye-opener for them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? F2, which finished the preliminaries with a 5-1 card, welcomes back Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau, who missed five of their six matches due to an ankle injury.In their previous 25-22, 25-15, 25-15 win over Sta. Lucia, Mau was impressive, delivering 11 points after being brought back into active duty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAra Galang, Kianna Dy, Aby Maraño and Majoy Baron will be the other key figures for the Cargo Movers.“Having Kalei back is a big advantage for us,” F2 coach Ramil de Jesus said, adding that Mau gives them the versatility and a positive outlook they need for what looms to be another tight and grueling race for the crown. MALOLOS City—Petron and F2 Logistics, the most dominant teams in the Philippine Superliga, take on separate hungry foes Tuesday in the KO semifinals of the Invitational Conference at Malolos Sports and Convention Center here.After topping Group C with a perfect 6-0 record, the Blaze Spikers shift their title quest to a higher gear when they take on Foton at 3 p.m., before the Cargo Movers collide with Cignal in the 5 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT Banner field in CAT Open Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments “Kalei gives us more options to executive our plays. She can score from all angles and her leadership inside the court is one of a kind.”But advancing to the finals is easier said than done.Cignal, a veteran team that shines under pressure, wants payback more than anything else after losing the dramatic All-Filipino finals to F2 two months ago.The HD Spikers finished the classification with a 5-1 card and the crew of Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Mylene Paat and Alohi Robins-Hardy are bracing for an all-out war to make their way back to another title shot.“We fell short of winning the title last year so we will do everything to win this time,” said Cignal coach Edgar Barroga following a sorry five-set loss to Petron over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Indians celebrate commanding victory against Pakistan

first_imgPeople across the nation celebrated the outstanding victory of the Indian women cricket team in the ICC Women’s World Cup against Pakistan.Elated Indians burnt crackers and raised slogans for the women team after the historic win against its arch-rival Pakistan. (Also read: Mithali Raj’s golden run comes to an end vs Pakistan)”India’s daughter has made the nation proud and has defeated Pakistan with such a big margin. The Indian women team took the revenge from Pakistan of the Champions Cup Trophy,” said a local.Another local added that the thumping victory of the team gives a message that nowadays women are not just being cornered in on four walls, but are rather coming up with lot of aims and exposures.”People should motivate Indian Women cricket team and should welcome them like they do it with the men’s team,” another local added.Spinner Ekta Bisht wreaked havoc as India thrashed arch-rival Pakistan by 95 runs in their ICC Women’s World Cup encounter at United Kingdom’s Derby.Defending a lowly target of 170 runs, the Indian women’s cricket team were spectacular with the ball as they didn’t allow their arch-rival to claim a historic win and bowled out Pakistan for just 74 runs in 38.1 overs.Ekta started casting her magic from the very start and was absolutely lethal, giving nothing away and picking wickets right from the beginning.Captain Sana Mir was the lone Pakistan batter who fought soulfully till the very end. However, her 29 runs off 73 balls couldn’t help her team register their first win of the tournament.advertisementThis was India’s third consecutive win in the tournament and are currently at the top of the points table. With this win India, have also maintained their cent percent record against Pakistan in ODIs.last_img read more

India to begin Youth Olympic Games campaign against Bangladesh, women to face Austria

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 8 (PTI) The Indian U-18 men’s hockey team will begin its campaign at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games against Bangladesh on October 7 while the women will take on Austria in their opener. The Hockey competition at the multi-disciple sporting extravaganza will follow the fast-paced Hockey 5’s format and both the teams will have a total of nine members in the squad, which consists of two goalkeepers, two defenders, two midfielders and three forwards. The men’s team is grouped in Pool B, and the Vivek Sagar Prasad-led team will face off against Austria on October 8, Kenya on October 9, 2014 Youth Olympic gold medallists Australia on the October 10 and silver medallists Canada on October 11 apart from playing Bangladesh on the opening day. In Pool A, Argentina, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Vanuatu and Zambia will compete against each other. In the women’s competition, the Indian team led by Salima Tete is grouped in Pool A and will play against Uruguay on October 8, Vanuatu on October 9, Argentina on October 10, South Africa on October 11 while in Pool B Australia, China, Mexico, Namibia, Poland and Zimbabwe will fight with each other for a quarterfinals berth. “The Youth Olympic Games will be a critical tournament as it will give them a multi-discipline competition experience at a young age and this will better equip them to handle the demands of international hockey at a higher level,” said David John, Hockey India’s High Performance Director. “Doing well here will be a matter of great pride for the Indian Teams as this is the first time that the Indian Hockey Teams will be participating at the prestigious Youth Olympic Games.” PTI AHAHadvertisementlast_img read more

Only 2 bids for I-League direct entry

first_imgI-League I-League 2017-18: No bid from Rajasthan as Ozone FC & Gokulam FC vie for direct entry! Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:49 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) New I-League Trophy AIFF Media I-League Ozone The Indian FA only has to deliberate between two bids as no bid arrived from a Rajasthan-based party for a spot in the league… The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) I-League Bid Evaluation Committee, set to meet next week, will only have to two bids to evaluate after it emerged that a Rajasthan-based group failed to table their bid. This leaves just Kerala-based Gokulam FC and Bengaluru’s Ozone FC as the only two parties to have submitted a bid for a direct spot in the I-League for the coming season. Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) are the independent auditors who go through the bid documents of each interested party and place their thoughts in front of the Bid Evaluation Committee, which was set to meet on 15th but have pushed the meeting back after PwC needed more time to go through the bid documents.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 It is to be noted that the AIFF had rejected the initial bids from Gokulam FC, Ozone FC and another Rajasthan-based group early last month because of incomplete and unsatisfactory bids.The governing body went on to invite bids again and Gokulam FC and Ozone FC have re-submitted their bids while the rumoured third bid from another Rajasthan-based group never materialised, leaving the aforementioned two teams competing for the spot(s). The I-League already has nine teams, with the inclusion of the Arrows, and it is likely that the AIFF will select only one of the two bids. But it is also possible that they may choose not to select either.It will be interesting to see whether the AIFF decides to add any team into the I-League for the 2017-18 season.last_img read more

PKL 2019 Highlights: U Mumba beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 31-25

first_imgPKL 2019 Highlights: U Mumba beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 31-25Abhishek Singh secured a Super 10 (11 raid points) for U Mumba, who were also miserly in their defence, with Surinder Singh and Harendra Kumar picking up vital points.advertisement Press Trust of India BengalaruSeptember 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 23:46 IST U Mumba beat Gujarat Fortunegiants in their PKL match. (@ProKabaddi)HIGHLIGHTSU Mumba defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants 31-25Abhishek Singh secured a Super 10 (11 raid points) for U MumbaThe victory meant the Mumbai side jumped to the fourth place in the points tableU Mumba produced an all-round show to beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 31-25 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.Abhishek Singh secured a Super 10 (11 raid points) for U Mumba, who were also miserly in their defence, with Surinder Singh and Harendra Kumar picking up vital points.The victory meant the Mumbai side jumped to the fourth place in the points table to consolidate their chances of making to the play-off stages.The match was a closely-fought affair with two of the best defences in the league going head to head.But Abhishek’s raiding backed up by some incredible defence by Sandeep Narwal and Surinder Singh opened up a lead for U Mumba as they inflicted an all-out on Gujarat to move to a five points lead with eight minutes still left for half time.Rohit Gulia found chinks in the U Mumbai armour after the all-out and his eight-point half helped the Gujarat team claw their way back with an all-out with under two minutes to play. The first half ended with both the sides locked at 16-16.The second half continued to be the same with both defences trading blows.Unfortunately for Gujarat, Sunil Kumar picked up an injury which disrupted the team’s structure.With Arjun Deshwal out for U Mumba with an injury, the raiding responsibilities for the Mumbai side were solely on the shoulders of Abhishek.The raider produced a two-point raid in the 13th minute after which the Mumbai defence successfully tackled Gujarat’s Sachin to give U Mumbai a three-point lead after a long time.advertisementThe raider picked his game up and helped U Mumba secure an all-out with less than three minutes left in the match to move to a six-point lead.The defence held firm in the final minutes to clinch an important victory for the Mumbai side.Also Read | PKL 2019 Highlights: Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants tied, UP Yoddha beat Tamil ThalaivasAlso Read | PKL 2019 highlights: Puneri Paltan beat Bengaluru Bulls, Telugu Titans and Patna Pirates settle for tieFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Pro Kabaddi Nextlast_img read more

How B.D. Wong Made Jurassic Doritos: 100% Edible Dinosaur-Sized Chips

first_imgJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is turning the world into dinosaur-crazed maniacs (hey, dinosaurs are cool.) We’re getting T-Rex Trucks, Jurassic ice cream, and, now, a rare “dinosaur” hybrid called Jurassic Doritos.Invented by villainous Dr. Henry Wu (played by B.D. Wong), this new creation is not another Indominus rex, but a giant Dorito. The story goes that Dr. Wu, the chief genetic engineer at Jurassic Park, merged dinosaur and Dorito DNA in an “experiment gone horribly wrong.” The result: massive Doritos sitting one-foot tall that hatch out of dinosaur eggs.Because, why wouldn’t they?Jahla Seppanen/The ManualThis chip-asaurus may sound like fiction, but Jurassic Doritos actually exist. Almost 18-times the size of a regular Dorito tortilla chip and 100-percent% edible, only 100 of them have been released into the wild, delivered in heavy, metal archeological evidence road boxes. Each egg comes with a certificate of authenticity, a “chip number,” and a how-to on opening the Jurassic Chip.Fans can vie to “adopt” their own by tweeting @Doritos with #JurassicDoritos #entry. One of the 100 Jurassic Doritos will be auctioned off and the winning bid will go to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the volcanic events in Hawaii, where much of Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (which comes out June 22) were shot. Video Player is loading.SharePlay VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:30Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Previous Editors’ Recommendations How B.D. Wong Made Jurassic Doritos: 100% Edible Dinosaur-Sized Chips Close End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 1 of 5center_img Next Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now We still had plenty of questions needing answers, so we met with B.D. Wong to talk about the fun collaboration, plus other Manual essentials.The Manual: These Jurassic Doritos are edible?BD Wong: I’ve seen them and they’re gigantic. Full of delicious nacho cheese.TM: How long would it take to eat one?BW: It depends how into Doritos you are. It would take me two seconds. Realistically, it seems like this giant Dorito might be like a family-sized bag of chips. So the amount of time it takes to eat is like an episode of Westworld. [Wong underestimates our ability to eat chips.]Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:09Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:09 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen How to Make a Whiskey Sour TM: Would General Li Shang (voiced by B.D. Wong in the 1998 Disney film Mulan) be able to feed his army with a Jurassic Dorito?BW: No, because these are hungry men.TM: Do you think some fans will preserve their dinosaur Dorito?BW: Oh, definitely. You’ll see some in the Smithsonian in the year 3000.TM: What are some artifacts you’d love to own?BW: The Maltese Falcon — would love to have on my mantle. And the Katz’s Deli sign over the table where Meg Ryan had her fake orgasm in the comedy When Harry Met Sally. I like movie artifacts.TM: Does the Jurassic Dorito give away any hints for the new movie?BW: There are lots of new, different kinds of dinosaurs. The movie takes place in a very different place than we’re used to. (Not an island setting.) “The park is gone” is the slogan in the movie, so we’re taken to another level. Also, [Chris Pratt] and [Bryce Dallas Howard]’s chemistry is really great. There’s heat between them and great action. Perhaps off the screen, my character has somehow grafted dinosaur DNA and Doritos, but there’s no real, on-screen or intellectual basis for it. It’s all in good fun.TM: If you could Jurassic-ify anything else in your life, what would it be?BW: I’m a small person, so no apparel should be Jurassic-sized. Now that ties are getting wide again, I’m getting very uncomfortable. That’s because everything that fits looks better. I would say no dinosaur DNA with men’s clothing. Especially jewelry. But when it comes to food, who doesn’t love a giant mojito — I’m thinking a Jurassic pitcher of mojitos for one person, enjoyed with a boba straw.TM: Doing the commercial, you learned the right way to eat a Dorito. Teach us!BW: Shooting a commercial for a food product is really interesting. The way you have to eat the Dorito is by holding the smaller end. A Dorito is an isosceles triangle; hold the pointed end and put the shortest side into your mouth, one side then the other.last_img read more

Union for Safeway workers in Manitoba reach tentative deal with company

first_imgWINNIPEG – The union representing about 2,200 employees at Safeway stores in Manitoba says a deal has been struck in contract negotiations, just hours before it had said they would be in a legal strike position.The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 says in a statement that a tentative agreement was reached Saturday evening with Sobeys West Inc.The workers voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike to back contract demands earlier this month, although no strike date was set.The union had said it would be legally able to strike Sunday, the day after the current contract expired.Details of the tentative agreement will be presented to the members at meetings across the province next Sunday, and a vote will be held on it then.The union says the bargaining committee will be recommending that members accept the tentative agreement.last_img read more

Attijariwafa Bank and IFC  Sign Agreement to Expand Investment in Africa

Rabat– The Moroccan Attijariwafa Bank signed an agreement with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to expand business investment and international trade in the African continent on Monday.During its participation in the Africa CEO Forum Awards from March 26-27 in Abidjan, Morocco’s leading bank group, Attijariwafa Bank, and the World Bank Group “International Finance Corporation ‘IFC)” signed a partnership accord with the aim of developing business and strengthening trade and exchange in sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, including Morocco.The agreement also seeks to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with limited financial assets and numbers of employees in Morocco and Africa by providing them with relevant training and funding resources. General Manager of Attijariwafa Bank Boubker Jai said that Attijariwafa Bank and the IFC share the vision of building a strong private sector through economic growth, reported H24.“We will fully benefit from the expertise of IFC in Africa and, in turn, we will deliver our innovative products and market knowledge in the continent,” he said.IFC’s Vice President Sergio Pimenta emphasized that, while Africa currently has limited cross-trading and financial capabilities, it still has a strong potential for economic growth.He commented on the agreement, stating that it will help “liberate the potential of the private sector in Africa by creating jobs to counter poverty and inequality.”Headquartered in Washington D.C., the IFC is world’s leading financial institution that aims “to promote a sustainable private sector and mobilize capital from other investors for Africa’s future.”Attijariwafa Bank is continuously celebrated as “Morocco’s Best Private Bank.” It is the leading institution in the banking and financial sector in Morocco. read more

FT Huawei cuts meetings with US sends US workers home

BEIJING — The Financial Times is reporting that tech giant Huawei has ordered its employees to cancel technical meetings with American contacts and has sent home numerous U.S. employees working at its Chinese headquarters.The moves come amid growing U.S.-China tensions over trade and technology in which Huawei has been a main target.The newspaper quoted Huawei’s chief strategy architect, Dang Wenshuan, as saying that American citizens working in R&D were repatriated two weeks ago, after the Chinese group and 68 affiliates were placed on a blacklist.It said a workshop underway at the time was “hastily disbanded, and American delegates were asked to remove their laptops, isolate their networks and leave the Huawei premises.”It quoted Dang as saying that Huawei is also limiting interactions between its employees and American citizens.The Associated Press read more

Snowden seeks help for Lankan family who helped him

Rodel told the Globe and Mail, “I can’t go back because something bad will happen to me, especially now with our new president,” referring to Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s support for extrajudicial killings. “I think for me he could easily shoot me. He could do anything. All I want is for me and my daughter, my family, to be safe and have freedom. And I want to work and get an education for my daughter.” “I understand I have been particularly targeted. They all know I have 30 cases that have been held in limbo and now this happens,” he said, the South China Morning Post reported.(Snowden also stayed with Ajith Pushpakumara, another Sri Lankan refugee whose asylum claim is not considered at risk because crucial paperwork has already been filed, but who is included in the fundraising effort.)Hong Kong is not a signatory to the UN’s refugee convention and does not grant asylum, but it is bound by the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) and considers protection claims on those grounds. It also considers claims based on risk of persecution, Yahoo News reports. Whistleblower Edward Snowden has made a Christmas request to his Twitter followers to help the refugee families, including a family from Sri Lanka, living in Hong Kong that sheltered him after he left the US and while he worked to expose the scope of the National Security Agency’s information-gathering, reported.A fundraising effort was launched earlier this month for the individuals that helped Snowden. Their lawyer says the Hong Kong government has been retaliating against him and against them. After two years of inactivity, 30 of Tibbo’s cases were suddenly reactivated in mid-December, he told the South China Morning Post. There was no way he could meet the mass of urgent new deadlines given his other work commitments, Tibbo said, and he has missed key document filing deadlines for his clients despite proposing alternate schedules. Tibbo has been criticized for involving his clients, but said that they wanted to help.“We tried to explain magnitude to the families. They said ‘We understand, we understand.’ They wanted to help, wanted to feel useful,” Tibbo said, according to the Globe and Mail.The group hopes to raise $100,000 by mid-March. So far, it has raised $8,735 Robert Tibbo, a Canadian barrister who advised Snowden in Hong Kong in 2013, also represents asylum-seekers Supun Thilina Kellapatha and his partner, Nadeeka, from Sri Lanka, and Vanessa Mae Bondalian Rodel from the Philippines, all of whom allowed the NSA whistleblower to stay in their tiny city accommodations while he hid in Hong Kong in 2013 before being granted asylum in Russia. Many refugees spend years in waiting for the government to screen their claims. Those that are found to have merit are referred to the UNHCR, which may then try to resettle them to a third country. But fewer than one percent of cases are ever successfully substantiated by Hong Kong authorities, according to Yahoo News.“Hong Kong’s acceptance rate for asylum-seekers is effectively zero,” Marc-André Séguin, an immigration specialist, told Canada’s Globe and Mail. Séguin is one of the three Montreal lawyers who launched the campaign to support and ultimately resettled the refugees who helped Snowden.In a video made by AFP earlier this month, Tibbo explains that his clients were destitute. They are barred from working in Hong Kong as their cases are pending. They didn’t have enough money for rent or food, he said, and their bills were not being paid by international social services, which he called a serious deprivation of their basic needs and a violation of their constitutional rights. read more

UN chief marking International Day urges greater protection for worlds forests

“Forests are vital for our well-being. They cover nearly a third of the globe and provide an invaluable variety of social, economic and environmental benefits,” Mr. Ban said in a message marking the first International Day of Forests.Forests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than half of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood.In his message, Mr. Ban highlighted the many functions that forests have in the environment and their benefits to humans. For example, they are the source of three-fourths of freshwater, stabilize slopes and prevent landslides, and protect coastal communities against tsunamis and storms. In addition, more than three million people use forest wood for fuel. Forests also help combat climate change as they store more carbon than is in the atmosphere. However, Mr. Ban noted that there are several threats to this ecosystem as urbanization and large-scale agriculture can exacerbate the rate of forest and biodiversity loss.Some 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually, and deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.“As weather patterns alter due to climate change, many forested areas are increasingly vulnerable. This underlines the urgency of a global, inclusive, legally binding climate change agreement that will address greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the protection and sustainable management of forests,” Mr. Ban said. “We need now to intensify efforts to protect forests, including by incorporating them into the post-2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals,” he added.The International Day of Forests comes just a little over two weeks before government ministers gather in Istanbul, Turkey, for the UN Forum on Forests. The Forum seeks to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end. “The first UN International Day of Forests is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate our unique relationship to forests and trees,” said the Forum’s Director, Jan McAlpine. “This is the day for the whole world to celebrate not only the gifts that forests and trees provide us, but also the unsung heroes, those who make a difference for your forests, your trees and your communities. Find them among you and thank them.”At a ceremony to mark the Day, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano Da Silva, called on countries to support a Zero Illegal Deforestation target and promote tree planting. “In many countries, illegal deforestation is degrading ecosystems, diminishing water availability and limiting the supply of fuelwood – all of which reduce food security, especially for the poor,” he said. “Stopping illegal deforestation and forest degradation would do much to end hunger, extreme poverty and bring about sustainability.”FAO also published a report today on the State of Mediterranean Forests, which are expected to be significantly affected by climate change and the pressure of population growth. “The Mediterranean region is undergoing many changes in their societies, lifestyles and climate,” said FAO Assistant Director-General for Forests Eduardo Rojas-Briales. “If unmanaged, such changes could lead to negative impacts on livelihoods, biodiversity, wildfire risks, watersheds or desertification. There is an urgent need to regularly assess the state of Mediterranean forests using objective and reliable data and to manage endangered forest resources more sustainably.”The report also provides recommendations for governments and foresters to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change on forests such as frequent fires, at local, regional and national levels. read more

Police investigating third Russian suspect who acted as lookout in Salisbury poisoning

The investigation into Fedotov is hugely sensitive and Scotland Yard has declined to comment on it.Police have released CCTV footage showing Chepiga and Mishkin in Salisbury on the day of the attack and the day before it. It is not clear if footage exists of Fedotov in the city at the same time although there will be images of him coming into the country and leaving via Heathrow airport.Col Skripal was a senior officer in the GRU caught selling secrets to MI6. He moved to the UK in 2010 in a spy swap. Counter-terrorism police are investigating a third suspect in the Salisbury nerve agent attack amid suggestions he acted as look out for two Russian military intelligence assassins.Investigators have identified a “third man” in the poisoning of Colonel Sergei Skripal as a Russian national travelling under the name Sergei Fedotov.Flight details obtained by an independent and respected Russian website show Fedotov arriving in the UK on March 2 on a different flight but on the same day as two hitmen – now named as Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin, both revealed as highly decorated and senior members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence unit. Fedotov then left the UK on March 4 on the same flight as Chepiga and Mishkin.The Telegraph understands that the Metropolitan Police, which is investigating the nerve agent attack in the Wiltshire city, is reviewing evidence with a view to considering whether or not to bring charges against Fedotov. Chepiga and Mishkin – under their aliases Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov – have already been charged in absentia with the attack.One source suggested that Fedotov may have been in the UK to oversee the operation. It is thought he may have travelled to Salisbury as look out on the day of the assassination attempt, making sure Col Skripal and his daughter Yulia were out of the house before Chepiga and Mishkin, a military doctor, smeared his front door handle with novichok nerve agent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

End of playtime Marine Le Pen wants to ban foreigners from state

first_img FRENCH FAR-RIGHT leader Marine Le Pen has proposed that the children of some immigrants should be refused public school places as part of tough proposals to restrict state services.“I’ve got nothing against foreigners but I say to them: if you come to our country, don’t expect that you will be taken care of, treated (by the health system) and that your children will be educated for free,” Le Pen said.“That’s finished now, it’s the end of playtime,” she told an audience at a conference organised by a polling group in Paris.The leader of the National Front (FN) is forecast by opinion polls to finish second in next year’s presidential election but she is hoping for new momentum after the victory of Donald Trump in the United States.Speaking to AFP afterwards, she clarified that she only wanted to block education for immigrants who are in the country illegally, not all foreigners.But she said that any foreigner using the public education system without paying tax in France should have to contribute.“We’re going to reserve our efforts and our national solidarity for the most humble, the most modest and the most poor among us,” Le Pen told the conference. Dec 8th 2016, 12:53 PM 97 Comments Image: Claude Paris/PA 20,327 Views ‘End of playtime’: Marine Le Pen wants to ban ‘foreigners’ from state schools She later clarified that she only wanted to block education for illegal immigrants. Le Pen delivers a speech in September. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Le Pen delivers a speech in September. Image: Claude Paris/PA Share8 Tweet Email Short URL Le Pen, waves to supporters in Frejus, southern France, in September. Source: Claude Paris/PARevoltThe FN sees itself as part of a global revolt against immigration, established political parties and globalisation epitomised by Trump’s victory last month.It regularly criticises the use of France’s chronically over-budget social security system for foreigners, arguing that French people should be prioritised.Le Pen falsely claimed today that anyone aged over 65 could arrive in France and start claiming old-age social security payments.Polls currently show her qualifying for the second-round of May’s election where she is likely to face – and be defeated by – right-wing Republicans party candidate Francois Fillon.Few analysts see her as likely to take power, but the last 12 months has been an unpredictable year in politics and France’s sickly economy and immigration are top issues for voters.Le Pen wants to withdraw France from the eurozone and has called for a referendum on France’s membership of the European Union.Fillon has also taken a tough line on immigration in his programme, promising to reduce it to a “strict minimum” and calling on newcomers to adapt to French culture.He has rejected the idea of “multiculturalism” and insists that France must defend its traditions, language and identity.- © AFP, 2016Read: French PM quits role, plans to battle Le Pen for presidencyRead: French Prime Minister suggests bare breasts are a better symbol of France than burkinis Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 12:53 PMlast_img read more

11 Forgotten Survival Horror Games That Need Remakes

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target The big news in games this week is Resident Evil 2. If that seems weird for you, it shouldn’t. That game originally came out in 1998 for the PlayStation. But age ain’t nothing but a number, and what’s hot right now is taking these classics and giving them modern remakes that bring the graphics to present-day quality, and smooth over the weird design choices that bugged us in the pre-Y2K era.And reviews have been insanely great — RE2 had a great storyline and environmental design back then, and the remake (available on Amazon on Jan. 25) gets rid of fixed camera angles for an over-the-shoulder perspective to make for a scary, gripping experience.So that gets us thinking: what other survival horror games could use modern remakes? Stock up on green herbs, save your game, and let’s dive into the grave to spotlight 11 scary titles deserving of a comeback.UninvitedLet’s go way back to the monochrome Macintosh days for this trailblazing first-person graphical adventure. The player wakes up from a car crash in front of a mysterious mansion, and when your sibling disappears inside you have no choice but to go in after them. But the property was once inhabited by a powerful warlock and his apprentices, and it carries a curse — if you can’t solve the puzzles and rescue your family within a set amount of time, you’ll be transformed into a zombie and fated to roam the halls forever. With lots of atmosphere, this is a haunted house game that could certainly work well in the modern era.HellnightAfter the huge success of Resident Evil, numerous other developers tried to hop on the survival horror gravy train. One of the most interesting early attempts came from iconoclastic publisher Atlus with their 1998 Hellnight. Only released in Japan and Europe, it’s a deeply unsettling game that mostly takes place in an underground community beneath the streets of Tokyo. When an unstoppable genetically-mutated predator gets released into the tunnels, the player must find a way to survive. With no weaponry at your disposal, you’re forced to flee the creature whenever it draws near, and it picks off your supporting cast in classic horror fashion as you try to escape to the surface.LifelineOne of the most interesting survival horror experiments of the PS2 era, Lifeline took the standard elements of the genre — a lone protagonist in a monster-filled environment — and gave it a twist in the control system. Instead of guiding cocktail waitress heroine Rio Hohenheim directly, the player takes the role of a young man trapped in the control center of a space station using his voice to guide her as AI controls her actual movements. It was a bold experiment that the technology of the era just wasn’t up to handling, but speech recognition has advanced considerably since 2003.Project FirestartThis 1989 Commodore 64 title laid the groundwork for so many of the tropes that would become survival horror — a fragile protagonist with weak weaponry and limited ammunition, powerful creatures that lurk in the dark and a feeling of overwhelming dread. The player controls an agent sent to investigate a research ship orbiting Titan, and when he gets there he finds the crew slaughtered by genetically engineered creatures designed to operate in low oxygen. He needs to recover the records and get out of there alive. Played in a 2D side-scrolling view, it was a huge critical hit. A fan remake was created for Windows but we’d love to see a big-budget developer take a crack at Firestart.Doctor HauzerThe 3DO was a doomed system from the start, but there are some gems buried in the console’s minimal library. 1994’s unique survival horror experience Doctor Hauzer is one of them. As newspaper reporter Adams Adler, you enter the missing doctor’s mansion to search for clues to his disappearance, only to learn that the house itself is sentient and wants you dead. Rendered in full polygonal 3D with the ability to change camera angles, it was a big technical step forward in the genre. Unlike most of the other games on this list, Doctor Hauzer has no enemies (even though it has weapons) — instead, the house’s multiple deathtraps lead to instant game overs if you fall victim to them.ObscureOne of many prospective franchises launched in the wake of Resident Evil, Hydravision’s Obscure was remarkably ambitious for the PS2 era. When a group of five high school students get locked in the building at night while looking for a missing friend, they discover that their classmates and faculty have been mutated into murderous creatures by the principal and nurse, who are looking for a path to eternal life. It was one of the first survival horror games to have a co-op mode, featuring five characters who each had their own special ability.Cursed MountainThe Wii was home to a lot of games that didn’t quite work, but that means that some interesting concepts slipped through the cracks. One of the platform’s few ventures into survival horror, Cursed Mountain has a fascinating setting — the peak of Chomolonzo, a mountain in the Himalayas. As mountaineer Eric Simmons, you venture there to retrieve a mystical artifact, only to find that the spirits of the dead there aren’t having it. The mandatory Wii motion controls were clunky, but that’s exactly the kind of thing that a modern remake could get rid of in order to focus on the cool environment and mythos.KuonBefore From Software found their profitable niche with the Dark Souls games, they were better known as the developers behind a number of survival horror games. The Clock Tower series is their best known, but one interesting obscurity is Kuon, an oddball 2004 PS2 game. Set in the Heian, it’s based on classic Japanese ghost stories and folktales. Each of the game’s three chapters has a different protagonist, who must contend with cultists, zombies and more. Kuon has more of a focus on combat than some other games, with melee weapons and magical attacks at your disposal, but it’s still a tense and thematically fascinating experience.Deep FearReleased for the short-lived Sega Saturn in Japan and Europe, Deep Fear taps into a horror trend from the movies by setting its action in an undersea naval research facility called “The Big Table.” When a capsule from outer space containing a chimpanzee that has been in mysterious hibernation splashes down nearby, ex Navy SEAL John Mayor must head into the complex and investigate. Needless to say, things get much more complex than a single old monkey, and an infectious mutation starts transforming the staff into murderous creatures. With a unique atmosphere that really pushes the silent, isolated nature of the station, this is a hidden gem that deserves another look.Sweet HomeWay before Resident Evil, Capcom pioneered the survival horror genre with this Japan-only NES title. Played in the overhead perspective of an RPG, Sweet Home put players in the shoes of a group of filmmakers investigating an old mansion in search of priceless works of art. Of course, the spectral residents of the house aren’t happy with the intrusion. Each party member possessed a different tool that let them surmount obstacles, and you could venture out solo or in groups of two or three. Sweet Home has never seen an official English release, but it wouldn’t be terribly difficult to port it over to the Switch, give it a new coat of paint and let players experience the very beginning of the genre they love so much.IllbleedOh, you bet if I’m talking about survival horror I’m going to talk about Illbleed. This 2001 Dreamcast cult favorite is one of the nuttiest entries the genre has ever seen, a balls to the wall rollercoaster ride through the scare world’s greatest hits. In the game, Eriko Christy and her three friends are given tickets to “horror amusement park” Illbleed, with a reward of $100 million if they reach the end of the park. Needless to say, it’s all a convoluted deathtrap featuring insane enemies (including “Zodick the Hellhog”) and lots of mutilation and murder. The game mechanics of Illbleed are equally weird — the player has on-screen icons corresponding to their senses and can spend “adrenaline” to mark suspected traps and defuse them, and must keep their pulse rate under control.Get Resident Evil 2 at AmazonMore on Exciting Video Games of 201911 Goriest Resident Evil ToysVideo Game Sequels That Didn’t Deserve to Be Madelast_img read more

SPOILERS Card set for 41 NXT TakeOver Dallas special

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 The following is the full card for the 4/1 NXT TakeOver: Dallas live special on the WWE Network coming out of last night’s 1/27 NXT TV Tapings at Full Sail University.NXT taped TV for the WWE Network through the end of March with these tapings and last Friday’s tapings at the University of Central Florida:* NXT Title: Finn Balor (c) vs.  Samoa Joe * NXT Women’s Title: Bayley (c) vs. Asuka * NXT Tag Team Titles: Dash & Dawson (c’s) vs. Jason Jordan & Chad Gable * Dream Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (debut) vs. Sami Zayn * Grudge Match #1: Austin Aries vs. Baron Corbin * Grudge Match #2: Apollo Crews vs. Elias SamsonSource: Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE ReturnVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:26/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebook Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Shinsuke Nakamura Will Reportedly Return From His Dog Bite Injury Soon WhatsApp Shinsuke Nakamura Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Finn Balor for the WWE UK Championship? Impact Wrestling leaving Pop TV, New television deal with Pursuit Channel announced Google+ Video: Trailer for the premiere of WOW-Women of Wrestling on AXS TV this Januarylast_img read more

Full Day for Obama in Jamaica ahead of Historic Summit in Panama

first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – Quite a day for Jamaicans as the most popular world leader is in country, gushing about the Jamaican hospitality and turning a serious face toward the issues of electricity, national debt of CARICOM countries, youth development and opportunities and security.“Wonderful hospitality, we very, very much appreciate that. I assure you that Michelle wishes she was on this trip and so we will have to return with the girls sometime in the future, (applause) she would also applaud for that. As Madame Prime Minister indicated, we had a lot to talk about. First and foremost we discussed how much we support the ongoing reform efforts in Jamaica to deal with its public debt while still making investments in youth and the people of Jamaica which ultimately will determine long term growth to strengthen good governance and rule of law.”US President Barack Obama last night landed at the Norman Manley Intl Airport, was whisked by helicopter to a tour of the Bob Marley museum, which he called one of his most enjoyable experiences since becoming president; adding that he has been a fan of the man and his music which speaks to the spirit of Jamaica. CARICOM leaders numbered fourteen; according to a JIS source close to Magnetic Media and a meeting with those leaders at the UWI immediately followed a press conference which was held at Jamaica House. President Obama, escorted by Hon Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica had earlier on signed and commented in the Official Diplomatic and Courtesy books; funniest thing, Obama added April 10, 2015 – which is the wrong date. It has become a source of fun for the regional media. Just moments ago, a White House town hall meeting wrapped up. It was held at the University of the West Indies and among the students selected to attend and selected to ask a question of President Obama was a female Turks and Caicos Islander studying at UWI. The question focused on the financial services sector and its increased stringency; President Obama gave a comprehensive response and cited Singapore as a good model for the Caribbean when it comes to being more diverse and competitive. The president has had a full day, but shortly will leave Kingston en route to Panama City, Panama for the Seventh Summit of the Americas where for the first time Cuba, a Communist regime, will be in attendance. Related Items:barack obama, jamaica, portia simpson millerlast_img read more

Cameras capture cyclist burglarizing cars in Dania Beach city garage

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are searching for the person or persons responsible for damaging six vehicles in a City of Dania Beach parking garage on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13.Security video from Sept. 12 shows an individual riding a bike around the parking garage, located at 100 W Dania Beach Blvd. The next night, the cameras captured an unidentified man, possibly the same person, on a bike, once again targeting the cars in the lot.In total, four cars had their windows smashed and two others were damaged or forced open.If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more