Gin Kings turn back Elite

first_imgRead Next “It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, minutes after rallying for a 98-81 decision of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena. “The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficulty of this game.”Ginebra trailed early and needed one big spurt in the fourth period to put the Elite away and extend the tournament’s longest winning streak to seven after opening up with a loss and remain at No. 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You don’t want to play San Miguel coming off a loss, you need to have high energy coming into that game to have a chance,” Cone went on, referring to their 6:45 p.m. clash with the powerhouse Beermen on Sunday, which could ultimately mean No. 1 seeding for his Kings.Blackwater dropped to 4-5, losing for just the second time in six games since Henry Walker arrived. The Elite would need to sweep their remaining two games to advance to the quarterfinals outright. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Earlier, Alaska pulled off a second straight win Friday night, downing GlobalPort, 101-88, as the Aces stayed in the running for a playoff berth.With the franchise-worst 14-game losing streak now behind him and needing his team to win its last three games to advance scot-free, Aces coach Alex Compton has gone on to borrow a cliché and rewrite it a bit.“When it rains, it pours and when it rained, it rained on us pretty bad,” Compton saidLaDontae Henton scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, and Calvin Abueva scored all of his 12 points in the fourth period as the Aces wriggled out of a 67-all tie after three quarters to rise to 2-6.ADVERTISEMENT Bayron overtakes Lascuña Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Working extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Eagles battle desperate Maroons

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Foton downs Iriga, extends win run to 4 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Far Eastern U goes up against National U at 2 p.m. in a match with huge playoff repercussions.A victory by the Tamaraws, coupled by an Ateneo win over UP in the second game, will seal fourth spot for FEU, which is a full game ahead of the Fighting Maroons with a 6-6 record.The Tamaraws are coming off a 79-63 over University of the East last Sunday, the same day the Maroons dropped a 70-86 decision to Adamson.“It was a good morale booster for us heading into the homestretch,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela, who got a big game from guard Jasper Parker against the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Ateneo seeks to move within a victory of an elimination round sweep and an outright finals berth as it tangles with a desperate University of the Philippines squad on Wednesday in UAAP Season 93 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Blue Eagles are gunning for a 13th straight victory in the 4 p.m. clash with the Fighting Maroons, who are trying to stay alive in the Final Four race.It will be an uphill climb for the Maroons, who need to win their last two games and hope that FEU does not go beyond seven wins to force a playoff for the last postseasons spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUP coach Bo Perasol is relishing the challenge for his squad, which could also see itself eliminated with a loss to Ateneo.“What a way for us to end our season with a win against a team without a loss,” said Perasol, who is looking to steer UP to the Final Four for the first time in 20 years. “That’s a very tall order, but then again, we have to play. Who knows, they might have a bad game against us.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READlast_img read more

London Olympics: Overwhelming response to participation of women athletes from Qatar, Brunei and Saudi Arabia

first_imgThe London Olympics have been path-breaking on a very special front, though one should not go by the results they achieved in the international arena. In the lead-up to the Games, there was a major controversy over the participation of women athletes from Qatar, Brunei, Saudi Arabia and even Afghanistan. But now that token participation has been registered, the positive reactions from the sporting fraternity are huge.On Wednesday, when 19-year-old Saudi woman runner Sarah Attar competed in the 800m heats, she finished last. Sarah’s timing was two minutes 44.95 seconds, but the applause she got was overwhelming. Her dress was pretty unconventional for an athletics arena, where instead of the usual shorts and T-shirt she was fully covered.But what caught the eye most was her white hijab — the scarf that covered her hair. Irrespective of the timing Sarah clocked, she has already created a new record by becoming the first Saudi woman athlete to run on the track at the Olympics.Agreed, she did not make it to the Olympics through a proper qualification, but the world wanted participation from the Saudi women and London has succeeded in it. Before Sarah, Saudi judoka Wodjan Ali Seraj had taken part as well and has now returned home.For the western world, the participation of these athletes is viewed as some sort of liberation, though nothing changes for them at home as the laws are very strict. In fact, Sarah avoided the large posse of media and very few people got short bytes from her.advertisement”It is such an honour to be representing Saudi Arabia. Hopefully, this can make such a huge difference,” she told BBC. “It was such a unique opportunity. They (IOC) invited me and welcomed me to make that first step for women. It’s just the most amazing feeling ever.”The London Olympics also marks the first occasion when women athletes from Qatar and Brunei have competed.In addition, there is also a sprinter from Afghanistan. “This means a lot for me and my country,” said sprinter Tahmina Kohistani. “There were a lot of people who were trying to stop me from training, but I am here. I know winning a medal at the Olympics is very difficult, but I am here to open a new way for the women of Afghanistan because in my society there is no sport for females.”Kohistani also said that as a flag-bearer for women’s sport in her country, she has support from other girls. “I think there are a lot of girls who are praying for me. When I go back home, I’m going to tell all the girls to come and follow me,” she said.Journalists from the Arab world have, however, reported about these path-breakers very cautiously. In countries such as Brunei and Saudi Arabia, everything is monitored and they do not want to sound too excited.One journalist not wanting to be identified told Mail Today, “In Saudi Arabia, women do not have so many rights. Participation in the Olympics is fine but when they go back, they face the same kind of restrictions. To imagine that one race or one judo bout is going to change their lives is laughable.”According to Animul Islam, a Qatar-based journalist, “The Arab culture has become a little open about women’s participation in sports. At least, that’s what is seen in Qatar. But while Qatar has been a little moderate, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are a bit hesitant. There are lot of talented women sportspersons in the Gulf. Only a broader outlook by these nations will be a boost to women’s participation.”last_img read more

Toronto votes to challenge Ford governments councilcutting plans in court

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto city council voted Monday to mount a legal challenge against Ontario’s decision to slash the size of the city’s council.The legislation — known as Bill 5 — was passed last week and aligns Toronto’s ward map with federal ridings, cutting the number of city councillors from 47 to 25 ahead of a fall municipal election.Premier Doug Ford has said the move will help council make decisions and deliver services “more efficiently and effectively” and save taxpayers $25 million over four years.Toronto council voted 27-15 to challenge the Progressive Conservative government’s legislation, which also cancels planned elections for the head of council position in the regional municipalities of Muskoka, Peel, York and Niagara. The head of council in each region will instead be appointed.“We have instructed city legal staff to challenge this monumental change to our city’s governance in the courts,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement.“Challenging this legislation and the process used to introduce it is the right and responsible thing to do,” Tory said.Tory spokesman Don Peat said the city will now take part in a Superior Court hearing on Aug. 31 and any other legal proceedings related to the legislation.As Toronto council debated the issue, Ford told politicians from other municipalities across the province that he has no plans to cut their governments.Speaking at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s annual conference on Monday, Ford said he has been getting questions about whether the province will chop the size of other civic councils.“No, we do not — I repeat — we do not have plans for similar legislation in our near future,” Ford told the gathering in Ottawa.Ford, a former Toronto councillor and failed mayoral candidate, said his time in city politics gave him insight into the problems of the municipality’s government, noting that its challenges are unlike those of others in Ontario.“I would say that many of Toronto’s issues are specific to Toronto,” he said.Tory said the timing of the provincial legislation — coming before the Oct. 22 municipal election — put the city in an unprecedented situation.“The process by which this monumental change was made was wrong and unacceptable,” he said. “It is our duty to represent the people of Toronto and the best interests of this city at all times — and to make our position clear when we do not believe the actions of other levels of government are in our city’s best interest.”He suggested in the meeting that a legal challenge, regardless of the outcome, could help define the lines between the province’s ability to legislate on matters affecting Toronto and “constitutional democratic principles.”Coun. Joe Cressy argued that allowing the provincial move to go unchallenged would set a dangerous precedent, and suggested Ford’s motives were more personal than political.“It’s vindictive, it’s bad policy — it’s because he is nothing more than a sore loser,” the councillor said. “He couldn’t win the mayoralty here, he couldn’t win the most votes in the provincial election here, so he decided to turn around and attack our city.”The city’s legal team filed a confidential report with advice on a potential court challenge to councillors that was debated behind closed doors Monday.City staff were also asked to weigh in on the logistics of switching back to a 47-seat council in time for the election, should the city proceed with a legal challenge and win.The city’s clerk, Ulli Watkiss, said staff would need to map new voting locations and seek new permits for some, redistribute thousands of workers and rejig and re-test electronic information systems, among others tasks. She questioned whether the work could be accomplished in time for the election.“My concern with the ever increasingly compressed timelines is that an error will be made,” and those errors could allow someone to challenge the results of the election, she said.Council also voted to ask the clerk to push back the election date if necessary.Ford, who lost the 2014 Toronto mayoral race to Tory, stunned local politicians and residents last month when he announced the council-cutting plan, which was not part of his election platform.The premier has said Toronto’s council can debate a potential legal challenge if it wishes but noted that his government had already moved on the issue.“They can talk about Bill 5 all they want,” he said Friday. “At the end of the day, we made a decision to make government run more efficiently here in the city of Toronto.”last_img read more

Israel Arrests Teenager for Issuing Bomb Threats Against US Jewish Community

Rabat – Jewish community centers in the US and elsewhere may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Police in Israel have arrested an Israeli teenager on suspicion of making repeated threats to Jewish community centers in the US, Australia and New Zealand.According to a report in the Washington Post, the threats were made over the course of the past few months. The arrest occurred Thursday. The young man is a 19-year-old teenager from the south of Israel. Its been reported that the suspect holds dual Israeli/US citizenship. His name is not being released.Reuters reports police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, saying “We believe he is responsible for the wave of calls, bomb threats, made to Jewish community centers in the United States.” He added that the suspect’s home had been searched on Thursday. There police found equipment which made it possible for the youth to have masked his identity when making the threats. According to Rosenfeld, “He didn’t use regular phone lines. He used different computer systems so he couldn’t be backtracked.”Rosenfeld described the youth as a “hacker,” in a report by the Associated Press (A/P).  He stated that at one point, the youth had been judged unfit for duty in the Israeli military’s compulsory service. He also revealed that in February 2015, the same suspect threatened a Delta Airways flight, causing the plane to make an emergency landing.The arrest came about as the result of a coordinated investigation of Israeli intelligence and the FBI. read more

Hollywood Reporter Morocco is the Most Lovely Spot in the Whole

Rabat – As Morocco has become one of the most popular destinations for Moroccans living overseas and international tourists, the North African country has fascinated another Hollywood magazine with its tangible and intangible assets.For the Los Angeles-based magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, Morocco is “the Most Lovely Spot in the Whole World.”The author of the “Hollywood Insider’s Guide to Morocco,” Kathryn Romeyn takes her readers on a journey to the most-visited destinations in Morocco: Essaouira, Marrakech, and the Atlas Mountains. The publication borrows a few quotes from Walton Goggins, whose visit to Morocco gave him inspiration and unforgettable memories in Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara desert.Goggins had “one goal in mind: to wake up deep in the Sahara, to feel connected without words.”“That’s what Morocco gave me, the sense of place I was looking for, and it’s stayed with me ever since,” she said.Romeyn then gave a list of destinations where several Hollywood stars spent magical moments in the four-season land.Starting with the High Atlas Mountains, the author recalled the magnificent Kasbah Tamadot resort owned by British self-made billionaire Richard Branson.The Hollywood Reporter’s next stop was the city of winds: Essaouira. The author then named Morocco’s shooting destinations, including Ouarzazate, Tangier, Essaouira, and the dunes of Merzouga.Quoting producer Khadija Alami, the Hollywood Reporter described the coastal city of Essaouira, saying that it is the destination “where a rough Atlantic Ocean meets the chill and laid-back atmosphere of the hippie era; Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones were once there.” Marrakech is one of the lovely spots for Hollywood stars. Romeyn said that several stars, including  John Legend and Chrissy Teigen visited the red city recently, “while Katy Perry (with Ellie Goulding and Diplo) and David Beckham (with Eva Longoria, Tom Cruise and his wife, Victoria in tow) looked to Marrakech’s Amanjena — the secluded, ultra-private property 15 minutes from the bustling medina — to celebrate milestone birthdays.”The author then recalled hotels where some movies scenes were filmed, including The Selman, Royal Mansour, and Mamounia.Morocco’s Hollywood, or “Ouallywood” as described by the Hollywood Reporter, is also among the list of the best destinations to visit in Morocco.Morocco-based producer James H E Cutting was quoted as saying the “only luxury hotel is le Berbere Palace.”“When we were filming Babel, Brad Pitt stayed in one of the private villas normally used for dignitaries and royalty, and used the rear service entrance so as not to be seen by paparazzi,” said the producer.Ouarzazate has been the home for several movies and series, including The Mummy, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia. The award-winning hit series Game of Thrones also includes scenes shot on the sprawling grounds. read more

Thousands flee deadly attacks on three West Darfur towns – UN refugee

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its humanitarian partners have dispatched an emergency mission to Figeira, in the Birak area of Chad’s volatile eastern border region, to assess the situation, according to information released by the agency.An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 Darfurian refugees have sought refuge around Birak, while a similar number is believed to be near Koruk, also in eastern Chad.UNHCR assessment team members report that the refugees they have seen so far in the Birak area have been destitute and terrified, and have detailed how their towns were looted and burned and then encircled by militia to prevent locals from fleeing.The hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has received reports indicating that some 200 people were killed from fighting in Abu Suruj, Sirba and Seleia and that Abu Suruj has been burned to the ground. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attacks.The three towns are located about 50 to 70 kilometres north of El Geneina, the provincial capital, and that area is known to be a stronghold of the Darfurian opposition group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).UNHCR official Jorge Holly, who was part of the assessment team, said most of the refugees had already been previously displaced in Darfur.“They are really tired of being attacked and having to move,” Mr. Holly said. “All the new refugees we talked to said they did not want to go back to Darfur at this point; they wanted to be transferred to a refugee camp in eastern Chad.”Urgent measures are now under way in Chad to move the new refugees by truck, probably tomorrow, to established camps in the east of the country. UNHCR is already taking care of some 240,000 refugees scattered across 12 camps.Meanwhile, following Chad’s own recent upheavals, in which heavy fighting between armed opposition groups and Government forces has forced thousands of people to leave the landlocked and impoverished country, the UN and its partner NGOs are now assessing the humanitarian needs for those in the capital, N’Djamena.Last week’s fighting has caused scores of deaths and hundreds of casualties and destroyed or damaged widespread infrastructure, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. Banditry has also spiked as a result.Kingsley Amaning, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad, said a skeleton team of UN staff had remained in N’Djamena throughout the fighting.“We stayed in order to assess the security situation and its humanitarian consequences in the capital, and to work for the continuation of our activities in the east of the country,” Mr. Amaning said. “Now that the situation in N’Djamena appears calm, the priority for humanitarians is to get a clear picture of the most pressing needs of the population.”About 30,000 Chadians, mostly from N’Djamena, have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, where UNHCR staff are providing emergency assistance, including food, drinking water and vaccinations against measles, polio and meningitis. 11 February 2008As many as 12,000 Sudanese have fled across the border into Chad since Friday’s deadly attacks, reportedly by Janjaweed militia supported by national armed forces, against three towns in West Darfur, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. read more

Hamilton police arrest Toronto man in child exploitation investigation

Hamilton police have arrested a Toronto man who is accused of luring children from Hamilton on the internet.Twenty-two-year-old David Mah is charged with two counts of luring a child under the age of 16 via computer and invitation to sexual touching.The charged were laid after police concluding their investigation into the online communication between a man in Toronto and youth within the city.Police are reminding parents to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation. Parents can find resources to assist them by clicking here. read more

Thousands hit by Madagascar cyclone receive emergency UN food

“Everyone who has been affected by these two terrible storms will receive relief food,” WFP Deputy Country Director Gianluca Ferrera said. “We will have a better picture of what’s needed in a day or two but in the meantime, food will be distributed to those who have been most critically affected by the flooding.”At least 17 people were killed and 139 others are still reported missing after the two storms struck the province of Tulear. More than 11,000 people were made homeless. WFP plans to initially assist nearly 5,300 of the worst-affected while assessments are conducted to determine the extent of the damage. “Initial indications are that the damage caused from these storms has not been as extensive as that caused by previous cyclones,” Mr. Ferrera noted. “That being said, many people will need help to start rebuilding their lives and repair their homes, and food aid will most certainly play an important role in enabling them to do this.” Last year Madagascar was hit by one of the country’s worst storms when Cyclone Gafilo battered the northeast coast before crossing the large Indian Ocean island off southern Africa and wreaking devastation in the south. Gafilo killed 241 people and followed directly on the heels of another cyclone that killed 29 people. read more

CCOVI lectures broadcast live on web

Vineyard operators and wineries across Canada began going online this week to join industry researchers at the country’s leading academic research institute for grape growers and winemakers.Antonia Mantonakis will be featured in the next CCOVI lecture series event.The Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock has taken its popular lecture series to live webcasts, making it accessible from coast to coast. Although most of the lectures take place on campus, this new initiative lets anyone with a computer and the internet to virtually “attend” the discussions and ask questions of the speakers.The first webcast this week attracted a handful of log-ons, but CCOVI director Debbie Inglis says the pieces are in place to attract and service a wide national audience.Quebec grape grower Fabien Gagné, one of the first to join this week, welcomed the initiative and the knowledge it provides to people regardless of their address. “The webcast is a great addition to your formula,” said the owner of Vignobles Saint-Rémi, located south of Montreal.Dr. John Paroschy is director of operations, research and development at Château des Charmes winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Although he regularly attends the lectures in person, Paroschy says the webcasts are a big step forward for the industry and the university. “It’s an important communications tool between CCOVI research and the industry, presenting the current status of research in viticulture, oenology and wine business,” he said. “Now that the lectures are offered via live webcast, anyone can follow the lectures from their computer if unable to attend.”Inglis said the new project is part of CCOVI’s heightened focus on community outreach. CCOVI is dedicated to advancing the Canadian grape and wine industry through research, continuing education and outreach services.This year’s CCOVI lecture series runs from February through May, featuring 13 experts examining topics ranging from grape growing and winemaking techniques to the marketing of Canadian wines and how the emerging wine-producing region of China might impact world markets.Now in its third year, this year’s series is the largest yet, with twice as many speakers as in past years. Our next lecture is on Monday, March 22 at 3 p.m. EST presented by Dr. Antonia Mantonakis from the Faculty of Business and her lecture is entitled “Little things that make a difference, but shouldn’t: Insights into consumer behaviour”.Quick link:– CCOVI lecture series read more

Morten Bjerre to wave goodbye to handball

← Previous Story BACK TO BUNDESLIGA: Nikolaj Jakobsen is new Rhein Neckar Lowen head-coach! Next Story → ASOBAL: Perfect Barca – 10 games 10 victories! aalborgbjerrejakobsenMorten BjerreNikolaj Jakobsen Aalborg‘s assistant coach is quitting handball. After it has been announced that Nikolaj Jakobsen is on his way to Rhein-Neckar Loewen next season, now his assistant, Morten Bjerre, have made his decision – he will not only quit the club, but also handball. He has said that he wishes to dedicate more time to his family and have more free time. Who will succeed these two is still unknown.source: read more

Court appearance for man over drugs seizure

first_imgA MAN IS to appear in court tomorrow in connection with the discovery of drugs in Co Kerry.Yesterday, gardaí held three simultaneous searches in Co Kerry, Roscommon and Co Cavan.At Clash Industrial Estate in Tralee, Co Kerry, they discovered a large cannabis cultivation operation.Two Vietnamese nationals were arrested and around 1,800 cannabis plants seized. The value of the drugs was €1.3 million, subject to analysis.Tomorrow, one man in his late 20s who was arrested in connection with this investigation is expected to appear before Tralee District Court. He will be charged in connection with this incident.Read: Two charged over €2 million cannabis seizures>Read: Man jumps from roof to escape as gardaí uncover cannabis operation>last_img read more

Romantic getaways helping over half of Irish hotels increase turnover

first_imgOVER HALF OF Irish hotels saw an increase in turnover in 2012, according to a new report on the industry.The survey by AIB, in association with the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) indicates that couples are helping hotels get back on track with an increase in romantic getaways and wedding related business.The number of over 55s and Irish tourists also increased last year, contributing to 54 per cent of hotels seeing an increase in their turnover while just 26 per cent said it decreased.Hoteliers are more positive about their own business than the economy at large with 67 per cent expecting the tourism industry to improve within the next three years while 71 per cent expect their own business to see growth.Some 55 per cent say they will upgrade and refurbish their properties over the next three years and 85 per cent have introduced special offers to draw more visitors to their hotel.The survey showed that online bookings now account for 56 per cent of all bookings with just 31 per cent of bookings made over the phone now.On the finance side, 42 per cent of hotels have not sought finance from their banks in the past 12 months. Of those who did seek finance, 59 per cent required a change to the terms of their existing finance or to renew it with just 12 per cent seeking a new loan.Commenting on the report, CEO of the IHF, Tim Fenn, said the report shows that the outlook for the hotels sector is “more upbeat compared to last year” but that “significant challenges” remain in terms of high operating costs like local authority rates.Read: Irish tourists spend more staying abroad than in Ireland>Read: Publicans feel ‘neglected’ by government>last_img read more

Gogo boosting inflight WiFi speeds to 98Mbps

first_imgThere was a time not long ago that you had no choice but to sit quietly on a plane and read. Then in-flight WiFi arrived and ruined our relaxation. Travelers barely took time to comment on how cool it was to get Internet access on a plane before wishing it was a little faster. Gogo, the largest in-flight WiFi provider, is answering the call by upping its connection speed to 9.8Mbps.The system currently deployed on most airlines is called ATG-3, and operates at just 3.1Mbps. That’s not a terrible speed on the face of it, but remember that many dozens of users could be accessing the same network on any given flight. Tasks like streaming video and using web apps are often not possible.The faster networking standard is known as ATG-4 and will be more than three times as fast, but you still shouldn’t expect incredible broadband speeds on a fully-booked flight. Gogo says the new technology should be sufficient to give passengers an acceptable web browsing experience. I would not be surprised if streaming video is still a lost cause, though.ATG-4 is based on EV-DO Rev. B — the same cellular technology used by Verizon and Sprint for their 3G data networks. Gogo connects to ground-based cell towers via several antennas on the underside on the plane. So far, 25 planes from US Airways, Delta, and Virgin have been equipped with the new system. United and American Airlines will be adding the service in 2013.Gogo’s prices have been inching upward in recent months, perhaps in preparation for this speed increase. At least the speeds might make it worth the price.via The Vergelast_img read more

Decision not to prosecute man over sectarian massacre of 10 Protestant workers

first_img Short URL Image: Niall Carson/PA Updated at 9pmTHE PUBLIC PROSECUTION service of Northern Ireland (PPS) has decided not to prosecute a man who was arrested on suspicion of the murder of 10 people in the notorious Kingsmill massacre in Co Armagh in 1976.On 5 January 41 years ago, a group of textile workers who were pulled over by men disguised as British soldiers were lined up against a wall and asked their religion.The gunmen then opened fire and ten men were killed. An 11th man, Alan Black, survived despite being struck 18 times and another man was allowed to flee when he said he was Catholic.No one has ever been charged over the massacre, though a 2011 inquiry found that the attackers were members of the Provisional IRA who were acting under the name ‘South Armagh Republican Action Force’.However, in August last year, police arrested a 59-year-old man after new evidence was identified during inquest proceedings.Outlining the decision today, Assistant Director of Central Casework Michael Agnew said the PPS had given “careful consideration” to all of the evidence and applied the test for prosecution.“We have concluded that there is no reasonable prospect of a conviction based on the available evidence,” he said.“We are mindful of the disappointment that this decision will bring to the surviving victim and families of those who were killed. Although 41 years have passed since this atrocity, we are conscious that their pain endures.” Beatric Worton, whose son Kenneth was among those killed. Source: Niall Carson We have informed the families this morning of our decision and the reasons for it, and have offered to meet with them to answer any further questions that they may have.Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, said that the decision not to prosecute was a ”disappointment to families that have waited so long for justice”.He said the inquest should now be re-opened and concluded, and that the Irish Government was fully co-operating with the inquest and with the Coroner’s Service of Northern Ireland. 51 Comments Decision not to prosecute man over sectarian massacre of 10 Protestant workers No one has ever been charged over the massacre. Dealing with the past in a manner respectful of all will help Northern Ireland move forward.Inquest proceedings were adjourned to allow for the criminal investigation to take place and the PPS said the coroner has now been advised of the decision.Read: Over 40 years later, arrest made over sectarian massacre of 10 Protestant workers>Read: Gardaí have finally started handing over their files on massacre of Protestants> Feb 9th 2017, 3:28 PM Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 3:28 PM Image: Niall Carson/PA Share8 Tweet Email 11,956 Views By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

3/13 WWE Results: Hershey, PA (Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles)

first_imgFacebook WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Championship match Twitter WhatsApp 3/13 WWE Results: Hershey, Pennsylvania1. The Usos & Dolph Ziggler def. The Dudley Boyz & The Miz2. Rusev def. Sin Cara3. Ryback def. Tyler Breeze4. Damien Sandow & Neville def. The Social Outcasts5. WWE US Champion Kalisto def. Alberto Del Rio6. Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks def. Team BAD with Paige as Guest Referee.7. The Big Show & Kane def. The Wyatt Family8. AJ Styles def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens by DQ.Source: WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) last_img read more

Sheriff’s office trying to identify theft suspects

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help identifying a man and woman suspected of stealing a cellphone and wallet from an employee at an Orchards consignment store.The couple entered the Treasure Trove store in the early afternoon on Wednesday. The woman — described as white, 30 to 35 years old with dyed red hair — distracted the store clerk while the man — described as white, 30 to 35 years old with an average build, brown hair in a ponytail and a beard — entered a locked office at the back of the store and stole the manager’s phone and wallet, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman and man then left the store.The theft wasn’t discovered until a couple of hours later. During that time, the victim’s credit card was used several times at other businesses in Vancouver and Portland, according to the sheriff’s office.Surveillance video from the Vancouver consignment store captured images of the couple and video of the man entering the office, according to the sheriff’s office.Tips can be left on the sheriff’s office tip line, 877-274-6311.last_img read more


first_imgAbdoulie G. DibbaThe Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in collaboration with its partner the Ministry of Agriculture, on Friday 3 June 2016, commissioned eight EU- MDG 1c Gardens in Joben Village Lower Fulladu West District Central River Region South of the Gambia.According to the organisers, EU- MDG 1c was meant to assist small holder farmers and small scale food processors to overcome production constraints and to add value through improved production, processing and marketing techniques as well as further improve the nutritional situation within the country via the school feeding program.They went on to indicate that the project was also to contribute to the overall goal of reducing agricultural poverty by increasing Household food Security on a sustainable basis consistent with the overall goal of Government polices and the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1c; which is “Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger to reduce by half the people who are living on less than $2.00 a day by 2015”.In delivering her statement, FAO Country Rep. Perpetua Ketapa Kalala stated that the EU-MDG 1c project is a three year intervention designed to support smallholder farmers to overcome production constraints, and improve post-harvest handling and marketing of agricultural produce as well as contribute towards piloting of home        grown    school    feeding    programme    through strengthening of  farmer based organizations and expand their market opportunities.She noted that the    EU   MDG    1c  project  has  two   main  components and that Component  1which deals with production enhancement and expand market opportunities for small holder farmers, is been implemented  by  FAO   and  Component  2 which deals with School Feeding Programme is been  implemented by WFP.The FAO Country Rep stated that the eight (8) Vegetable gardens that they are commissioning are located in the following regions:Northe Bank Region, Nuimi Lamin 8 ha garden and Conteh kunda Nigi 3.5 ha;Central River Region,  Madina Lamin Kanteh 5 ha  and Njoben 5ha;Upper River Region,  Dasilamin 3.5ha and Dampha Kunda 5ha; and  Lower River Region, Sutukung 5ha and Jappineh 5 ha. She pointed out that each of the eight vegetable gardens are equipped with the following facilities:Perimeter chain linked fence reinforced with live fencing of lime and campeshe trees.  1,947 seedlings   of   live­ fencing      (265 campeshe &   1,682 limes) transplanted to boost the perimeter fences, food security and income8 bore holes powered by solar system and functional water reticulation network (20 concrete Reservoirs)Post-harvest infrastructure   to   improve   post-harvest handling and quality management.Toilet facility block buildingOn his part, Attila LAJOS, Ambassador of the European Union to theGambia with EU funding, the MDG1c project has provided fencing, a new building, water boreholes and a fully functional solar pumping and water reticulation system.He said, this provides all year round availability of solar pumped water for vegetable production as well as protection from encroaching animals.From a practical point of view he said, this part of the MDG 1c project which provides support to Community Gardens has also supported women’s groups with training and inputs, such as seeds and that he went on to said, the availability of solar pumped water not only reduces women’s drudgery; it also dramatically increases potential production and incomes of those using the gardens, thus providing for greater food security.On his part, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Sheriffo Bojang asserted that “Today’s event is in line with  FAD’s mandate, to reduce poverty through  the improvement of agricultural productivity and incomes, and promoting better nutritional  practices  at  all  levels  and  programmes   that   enhance  direct   and immediate  access to food by the neediest”.“The  Ministry  of  Agriculture   will   do  everything  possible  to  ensure  that  the sustainability  plans put in place are implemented to the fullest and the facilities provided   are  operational and  maintained.  We  will  urge  the  Department   of Agriculture  to ensure  continuous  provision  of agricultural extension  services to improve  and  strengthen farmer’s   knowledge   and  skills  in  good  agricultural practices and thereby improve agricultural productivity” Deputy Minister Bojang stated.last_img read more

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Jaipal Reddy cremated with state honours

first_imgFormer Union Minister and Congress leader Jaipal Reddy cremated with state honours today afternoon near PV Ghat at Necklace Road. Jaipal’s elder son Aravind Reddy performed the last rites of his father. The police tightened the security at the area as several political personalities attended the funeral including Karnataka CLP leader, former chief minister Siddha Ramaiah and Karnataka former speaker Ramesh Kumar who carried Jaipal’s body to the funeral pyre. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The Congress leader passed away around 1.30 am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at Asian Gastroenterology Hospital in Gachibowli. Delete Edit PreviousNextlast_img read more