Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games However, Karen Andrea Manayon and Everly Jana Macalalad emerge as the biggest threat to snare away her tiara.A total of 335 young triathletes, including 72 participants (24 teams) in the relays, will partake in the 400-meter swim, 9-kilometer bike, and 3-kilometer run course which will start and end at the Shangri-La Mactan parking lot.All in all, 263 budding triathletes answered the challenge, comprised of 155 boys and 108 girls divided into four age groups.Younger triathletes will join in the Category 1 (short) and Category 2 (long) races.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ IronKids champion Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonLAPU-LAPU CITY — Dominating their age group for the past few years, Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain are both out for a fitting curtain call as they join in their final Alaska IronKids on Saturday at the Shangri-La Mactan here.Graduating from the 14-and-below age group, the former champions seek for one last victory lap as they banner the young triathletes for one last time.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant As in the past stagings of the event, the Biñan, Laguna-born Baniqued is once again the favorite to win the boys’ 13-14 category after ruling for the past two years.Out to deny him of a three-peat are Joe Bernard Sarmiento and Jose Manuel Arao, as the field gun to dislodge Baniqued out of his throne in the grueling 12.4-kilometer course.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTara, meanwhile, bested her older sister Sam last year as the Borlains once again finished 1-2 in the girls’ 13-14 category.Ruling the swim-bike-run event since joining the field five years ago, Borlain hopes to extend that reign in her final IronKids run. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lethargic at first, Paul Lee asserted himself in the opening quarter and then for the rest of the game as Mark Barroca and Aldrech Ramos began chiming in significant contributions.But more than the victory, Hotshots mentor Chito Victolero is more ecstatic with securing a comfortable playoff spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We achieved our goal and that is to get the sixth spot,” he told reporters. in Filipino. “Now we can focus on the quarterfinals, the playoffs. I’m happy because we were able to secure an equal opportunity—a best-of-three.”“Although it’s going to be hard because we’ll play a top team in Ginebra. But again, it’s a best-of-three. Our foes won’t be enjoying an advantage,” he added. LATEST STORIES The win ended Hotshots’ elimination round campaign at 6-5. Ironically, they’ve also breathed life to the playoff bid of Alaska—which they defeated in the last Governors’ Cup for the title—who is going to settle for a do-or-die this Friday.“We know Ginebra can beat us, but we can also do the same,” Victolero said of his team’s looming quarterfinal matchup. “It’s going to be tough, but I like my chances.”“I just hope the next round opens a bit later, so we could prepare better.”The Hotshots and the No. 3 Gin Kings series begins this Saturday at MOA Arena.The ScoresMAGNOLIA 102 — Lee 26, Ramos 15, Barroca 14, Sangalang 10, Jalalon 8, Herndon 6, Melton 5, Simon 5, Brondial 5, Reavis 2, Gamalinda 2, Dela Rosa 2, Pascual 2, Calisaan 0, Abundo 0.NLEX 74 — Galanza 10, Ighalo 9, Tallo 8, Quinahan 8, Erram 7, Rios 6, Paniamogan 6, Varilla 6, Magat 6, Soyud 4, Baguio 2, Lao 2, Tiongson 0, Taulava 0, Paredes 0.Quarters: 20-16; 46-30; 77-54; 102-74.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lee shot the lights out, drilling six of his nine triples en route to a team-best 26 points. Ramos had 15 while Mark Barroca had 14—all coming from the third period alone.“Our defense proved to be a big factor. We limited NLEX under 90. Otherwise, they would’ve beaten us,” Victolero said.Bong Galanza emerged as the lone bright spot in a lackluster showing by the Road Warriors, who trailed by as many as 31 at one point, with the only double-digit scoring performance of 10 markers.The Magnolia mentor pointed to the All-Star break as among the other factors that helped them mount such a performance.“Now, the players have gotten into a rhythm,” he said, adding that a handful of his wards were able to rest for three days and the ones who “feeling something” for four days.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP volleyball: Lady Eagles stay hot, close in on Final 4 ticket SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Paul Lee leads Magnolia Hotshots. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Magnolia scored a 102-74 rout of NLEX to secure the sixth seed and forge a quarterfinal duel with Barangay Ginebra Wednesday night at the resumption of the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With one scenario possibly sending them to a twice-to-win hole, the Hotshots didn’t leave anything to chance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
Panaji, Feb 17 (PTI) English professional motorcycle endurocross riderDougie Lampkin will be the star attraction for the India Bike Week scheduled at Arpora in Goa between February 19-20, an official said today. “Headlining this years India Bike Week (IBW) is a moto trials show, featuring for the first time ever the international sensation and undisputed king of trialsDougie Lampkin,” Martin Da Costa, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Seventy EMG announced here today. Seventy Event Media Group alongside FOX Life is organizing the IBW in Goa. Lampkin, renowned globally for his unparalleled skills in the discipline, will take centre stage as IBW 2016?s main attraction, he said. During the IBW, CEAT which is festivals official safety partner will bring acclaimed national sensation C S Santosh to the festival. “Indias finest off-road raced, Santosh will host CEAT safety session for the crowd, offering key insights into the riding safety drawn from his rich history and experience at national and international rides,” Costa said. He stated this year, the event will also have Indias first ever official Hard Enduro titled Dirty20 Enduro Challenge. Enduro is a form of motorcycle sports of riding the bike off road encountering several obstacles. “The event is open for general participation by amateur teams testing man and machine to their limits,” Costa added. During the event, the organisers have also decided to launch IBW Main Street parade, he said. This time, the IBW will also be featuring its first ever Film Festival with Imtiaz Ali as part of judges panel, Costa stated. PTI CORR DK SSC SSC RYSadvertisement
Despite slumping to a three-match Test series defeat against Pakistan, West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase has praised his team’s overall efforts and also described his fighting century on the final day as the “toughest” of his career.Chasing a target of 304 runs to win, Chase remained unbeaten on 101, including 12 boundaries and a six, when Yasir Shah bowled Shannon Gabriel with the last ball of the penultimate over of the Test to help Pakistan secure a 101-run win at the Windsor Park in Dominica.Chase, who struck his third Test century, ran out of partners with just six balls left in the game to trigger Pakistani celebrations as the West Indies were dismissed for 202 to lose the series 1-2.And the 25-year-old admitted that although they had lost the series, his side-including him- had showed a lot of guts by coming almost close to the victory.”I wouldn’t say it’s up there with the other two but a century is a century. We ended up losing the match but this one was the hardest for me. The others were more fluent and the conditions were a lot easier but this one was really tough for me. The pitch was a slower one, you couldn’t play a lot of shots, the outfield was very slow and the bowlers really put the ball in good areas. This one was the toughest out of my few so far,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Chase as saying.”I thought it was a fighting effort. It’s sad to see that it didn’t mean much in the end because we lost the match but I thought the guys showed a lot of guts and effort not only today but in the whole match. [We] even put ourselves in the chance of, maybe not winning but, at least drawing the series,” he added.advertisementChase amassed 403 runs, including two centuries and two half-centuries, as he finished the series as highest run-scorer with an average of 100.75. No other batsman notched up more than 300 runs during the series.Reflecting on the same, Chase said he was glad to average more than 100 in the series against a quality attack, adding that he is hoping to display a similar kind of performance in the upcoming series against England.”Even though I’m always a confident guy, it does [add] a lot to see that I average a 100 in the series against a quality attack. I’m not going to let it get to my head and I’m going to go back home and the next Test series is England, so hopefully I should be there. I’ll go and look at some footage of the English guys and see what weaknesses they have, what I’ll be looking to exploit and see if that can work. Work hard on those weaknesses so that I can put up some good performances in that series as well,” Chase said.It was Pakistan’s first Test series victory in the Caribbean, thus giving a perfect send-off to retiring Misbah-ul-Haq and veteran middle-order batsman Younis Khan.
Defending champions Manchester City maintained their dominant run in the Premier League with an easy victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.A stunning Sergio Aguero goal capped City’s 2-0 win over Brighton as Pep Guardiola’s champions served further notice that they will again be the side to beat in the league this season.Although City had lost their previous home game to Lyon in the Champions League, there was never much chance of a repeat against a Brighton side who have never beaten them away.City have now dropped just four points from a possible 39 from their last 13 matches in the league.Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a simple tap-in for his fourth goal of the season after excellent work from Leroy Sane on the left.Buen juego de todo el equipo para sumar tres importantes puntos. A seguir por este camino y ahora a enfocarnos en el martes//Great game from the whole team to secure three major points. This is the path we must follow. Now, mind’s on Tuesday! C’mon, City! pic.twitter.com/yyfTk4e4XwSergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) September 29, 2018Sterling was also involved in City’s second, exchanging a superb one-two with Aguero after the Argentine had burst forward from the halfway line, beating three players on his way.Aguero kept his cool to slot home for the win that returned City to the top of the table ahead of the late kickoff between Chelsea and Liverpool.PEP: I’m a lucky guy to have this group of fantastic human beings.Every time we lost the ball, we recovered and attacked with players at the edge of their penalty box. That is a dream for us.advertisementManchester City (@ManCity) September 29, 2018He was then taken off by Guardiola, who clearly had his eyes set on Tuesday’s Champions League match at Hoffenheim, which has taken on a critical importance for the Spaniard following the Lyon defeat.”I’m a lucky guy to have this group. They are special people,” Guardiola said, choosing to praise the patience and resilience of his team rather than its expansive quality.”I was very pleased. We moved the ball quick, we didn’t allow them to run at us, everybody was in the right position to move the ball quicker and our transitions are getting better, much better for instance than last season.”The patience was important. You have to mature your game. Teams don’t just defend, they defend well against us and it’s not easy.”With City regaining top spot, however briefly, Guardiola added: “The important thing for us is to be solid in our game. At the top, Arsenal is coming back, Tottenham won again, Chelsea and Liverpool… the important thing is that we’re focussed on what we have to do.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Manchester United Women Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Jane Ross, who scored twice on Sunday, was then brilliantly thwarted by Siobhan Chamberlain from six yards, leaving Stoney full of praise for her keeper. “Siobhan makes a massive save at 1-0,” she said. “If we go in 1-1 then it’s a different game and it mentally tests us because we’ve not been behind or level much. We switched off a little and she came alive, that’s why I signed her, she knows how to keep herself in the game.”Not long after the restart Beard, had his head in his hands. A goal-kick from Becky Spencer was knocked down for Longhurst who rattled the post with a half-volley from 30 yards. Casey Stoney said she cannot wait to test her team against one of the elite after her Manchester United side passed their latest test against Women’s Super League opposition, an own goal and a Jess Sigsworth strike earning them victory over West Ham in their Continental League Cup quarter-final.With Arsenal and Chelsea beating Birmingham and Reading respectively, and Manchester City playing Brighton in the final last-eight tie on Thursday night, United will get their first taste of life at the top of the league they are aiming to be in next season. Read more Manchester United’s players and coaches celebrate a fine win over Women’s Super League opposition. Photograph: Jon Super for The FA/Rex/Shutterstock Facebook Share on Pinterest Twitter FA reaches settlement with former England women’s manager Mark Sampson West Ham United Women Share on Facebook USA’s Julie Ertz: ‘We feel it’s coming together. We’re excited for 2019’ Share on WhatsApp Topics West Ham were left ruing their luck minutes later when Sigsworth smashed the ball into the corner after the visitors were dispossessed in the final third. Beard was fuming at the lack of a free-kick in the buildup.“I’ve been in to see them about the second goal,” he said. “They say it was shoulder to shoulder but Longhurst has a mark on her back. At the end of the day he’s given it and we have to recover as a team on the pitch and we didn’t do that.”United continued to look the more dangerous side but Percival smacked an effort against the foot of the post from distance as West Ham mounted a late push.“They’re a WSL team. Every player on that pitch has been playing for WSL teams,” said Beard. “They made the decision to go into the Championship and it’s been a good decision for them. I watched their London Bees game and the fitness levels between the two teams was night and day and it’s been like that most of the season.”United go into the pot for the semi-final, just five months into their first season. “There’s no easy team,” said Stoney. “We won’t be expected to win against any of them but what a challenge for these players. I can’t wait. It will give us a true barometer of where we are.” Read more Women’s football match reports Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Stoney’s side beat London Bees 9-0 in the Championship on Sunday, the heavy wins a regular feature of their season, but the United manager said that brings its own challenges. “It is difficult when you are winning games by the margins we are to keep the intensity high,” she said. “And that’s why we’re relentless with our standards.”West Ham, fielding the same XI that took the lead before losing 4-2 to Arsenal on Sunday, switched to a back three for the trip to Leigh, with Claire Rafferty and Ria Percival pushed further forward. However the reshaped side struggled to have an impact in the first half. Their manager, Matt Beard, said the changes were forced by trying to work around injuries.“We’ve been doing well with a 4-3-3 but we had too many players not in their natural positions so we changed it,” he said. “I’ve got to take responsibility for that. We’re trying to get the best available players in their best positions but it’s backfired on me tonight.”The hosts started on the front foot and with Kirsty Smith, Alex Greenwood and the brilliant 17-year-old Lauren James linking well on the left it was not surprising the breakthrough came from there. James raced down the wing and sent in a dangerous cross and, in the scramble to get there ahead of Jess Sigsworth, Kate Longhurst stuck out a leg and poked the ball into her own net. Share via Email Reuse this content
How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Editors’ Recommendations Bacon gets a really bad rap these days. And for good reason. Have you heard how big brands like Hormel treat their pigs? Don’t ever watch the video. This is the reason many meat lovers simply don’t support these mass meat markets and their poor standards of living and health. Don’t get us started on Perdue and Tyson for their deplorable chicken care.Cochon 555 is here to change all of that. Started in 2008, their mission is to educate the chefs and the consumers about the benefits of heritage breed pigs. They host a US tour that brings together notable chefs and a hungry public to learn more about the modern day ‘good food’ movement and it has been ‘hog’ wildly successful.Our main meat matriarch, Angie Mar, executive chef at New York City’s prestigious The Beatrice Inn, competed last week and WON!She wrote us a little diary of her experience we are happy to share with our readers below.Enjoy.As told to us by Angie Mar:One of my goals in life is to offend at least five people a day. I say this only half jokingly because its quite true. If I can make food that will shock, awe, offend and also be so delicious that it will change people’s perception of whatever food I’ve cooked then I’ve done my job. When we were asked to compete in Cochon 555 we were both thrilled and flattered- What an honor to compete amongst some of the most accomplished chefs in New York. But then began the real task- What could we do that no one had done in the eight years of this competition before?The answer was simple- Let them eat cake! A pork cake that is. I knew that I wanted to make a lavish wedding cake, and that it would be three tiered with frosting made from lard whipped into a sugared frenzy. I also knew that I’d fill it with candied guanciale in the inner layers of each tier. But what cake batter to use? Adoni Aduriz of the Michelin starred Spanish restaurant Mugaritz, is currently making macrons out of pigs blood and that inspired me to beg the question- What other desserts could we do? I researched it tirelessly and realized that there were several desserts with both pigs blood and chocolate in them that originated in Italy.Blood and eggs are chemically similar in that they both contain aluminum. We tested recipe after recipe for a cake and found that by replacing roughly 70% of the egg whites with its equal weight in blood, we were able to achieve the most lovely textured and beautifully colored red velvet cake. It was the color of a rich oxblood and moist like the most decadent dessert you can imagine. Just to top it off we decorated the tiers with pork marrow-bourbon creme brulee, baked right into the bone, and then poured a pork neck caramel right over the top in front of the judges for added effect. Shock, awe, deliciousness, and the use of four different porc ingredients- We managed to accomplish all of that with this cake, and luckily- it was a hit! “ The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail
zoom Cruise shipping giant Carnival Corporation & plc has reported a 40 percent increase in its results for the full fiscal year ended November 30.Strong operational execution delivered USD 0.25 per share higher earnings than the mid-point of the company’s full year 2015 December guidance, despite a USD 0.10 drag from the net impact of currency and fuel prices.The cruise conglomerate achieved a 4.3 percent improvement in revenue yields compared to the prior year due to higher onboard revenues and increased ticket prices.“We nearly doubled our fourth quarter results and ended the year with 40 percent higher earnings,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald.“ Our strong performance led to record operating cash flow of well over USD 4 billion versus USD 3.4 billion last year,” he went on to say.“As we had anticipated, with less inventory remaining for sale, we have begun to sell at higher prices than the same time last year, particularly close to departure, affirming our expectation of continued yield improvement in 2016.”In terms of the outlook, Carnival said that at this time, cumulative advance bookings for the first three quarters of 2016 are well ahead of the prior year at slightly higher constant currency prices.The company expects the FY 2016 net revenue yields to be up approximately 3% in constant currency compared to the prior year, of which approximately 1% is due to an accounting reclassification.In addition, the 2016 adjusted earnings per share (diluted) are expected to be in the range of USD 3.10 to USD 3.40, compared to USD 2.70 per share in FY2015.“We have accelerated progress toward and remain well positioned to achieve our double digit return on invested capital threshold in the next two to three years. Over time, we expect to continue to return excess cash to shareholders as demonstrated by our recent 20 percent increase in quarterly dividends and more than $400 million in share repurchases,” Donald added.
Four stories in the news for Tuesday, Feb. 26———JAGMEET SINGH WINS CRUCIAL BYELECTIONNDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has won his do-or-die bid to capture a British Columbia seat in the House of Commons. The victory in the riding of Burnaby South tightens Singh’s shaky grip on the reins of the federal New Democrats. However, the challenge ahead is underscored by the simultaneous loss to the Liberals of the Montreal riding that launched the party’s 2011 orange wave that swept Quebec. Outremont was a longtime Liberal stronghold until 2007, when former NDP leader Tom Mulcair scored an upset byelection victory. In the third byelection Monday, the Conservatives easily hung onto the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe.———KHADR BACK IN COURT TO ASK FOR SENTENCE TO EXPIREFormer Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr is to ask Alberta’s youth court today to declare his eight-year sentence to have expired. The sentence, which was imposed in 2010 by a military commission in the United States, would have ended last October had he remained in custody. But the clock stopped ticking when an Alberta judge freed him on bail in May 2015 pending Khadr’s appeal of a military commission conviction for war crimes — a years-long process that has no end in sight. His lawyer, Nate Whitling, has said that the youth court judge has the authority to terminate the sentence and say it’s over.———TRUDEAU LIFTS RESTRICTIONS ON WILSON-RAYBOULD Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is waiving both solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality for his former attorney general, paving the way for Jody Wilson-Raybould to finally tell her side of the SNC-Lavalin saga to the House of Commons justice committee and the ethics commissioner. An order-in-council published Monday evening lifts both confidentiality restrictions on Wilson-Raybould and anyone she talked to about her role in deciding whether to prosecute SNC-Lavalin for bribery and fraud. Wilson-Raybould may appear at the House of Commons justice committee as early as Wednesday to explain what type of pressure she felt she was under not to pursue a criminal prosecution of the Quebec engineering giant, and allow the firm to negotiate a remediation agreement instead.———NEW ONTARIO HEALTH-CARE PLAN TO BE UNVEILEDOntarians are set to learn the government’s plans today for an overhaul of the health-care system. Health Minister Christine Elliott is set to introduce legislation this afternoon and will make an announcement on it this morning. A leaked draft version of the bill that the NDP revealed late last month showed that Ontario was planning a health “super agency.” That draft legislation indicated the government could roll local health integration networks, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario and other government health agencies under the super agency umbrella. Elliott says there have been changes since the draft bill was leaked.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The deputy minister of Global Affairs Canada, along with senior officials from the auditor general’s office, will testify on physical security at Canada’s missions abroad.— Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, will provide a briefing to the Commons defence committee.— George Weston Ltd. will discuss its fourth-quarter results in a conference call with analysts.The Canadian Press
NEW DELHI: Delhi Congress has intensified its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. “Haath ke Saath cycle Yatra” campaign has now passed through several assembly constituencies in Delhi. Addressing the people assembled at the Chaupal, Congress working President Devender Yadav said that people were enthusiastically taking part in the cycle yatra, which was a clear indication that they were now looking towards the Congress party to form a government at the Centre, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe “Haath Ke Saath Cycle Yatra”, being held under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit covered the Assembly segments of Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri and Najafgaarh. “The cycle on Friday started from Dichamu Kala, Najafgarh, Anaj Mandi, Dhansa, Khera Road, Paprawat, Deenpur, Bharatgarh Ayushman Chowk, Matiala Village, Sector-3 JJ Colony and finished at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Apartment, Sector -13 Dwarka. Yadav said that the Congress workers were emphasising the fact that the poorest people in the country will be given Rs 72,000 annually which will benefit 5 crore families and 25 crore people across the country.
4 July 2008Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), today voiced his “immense relief” at the news of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other Colombian and American hostages who had been held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In a press release issued in Paris, he said he shares “the joy and emotion of their families and all their compatriots.”Mr. Matsuura noted that Ms. Betancourt “became a symbol of resistance and courage throughout her imprisonment. Her behaviour, the constant dignity she displayed for six long years of captivity, inspire the deepest respect.“All those who defend human rights rejoice at her rescue. I hope that this episode will mark a decisive step towards the freeing of all the other hostages still held by the FARC,” he added.The Colombia office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also expressed its “deep satisfaction” at the liberation of the hostages. The office in a press release reissued its call to all illegal armed groups – FARC in particular – to immediately and unconditionally release all hostages, and said that it also “reiterates that kidnapping is a cruel, inhumane and degrading act which under no circumstances can be justified or excused. Moreover, it reminds that this act constitutes a grave violation of international humanitarian law.”In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warmly welcomed the hostages’ release and called on FARC “to immediately and unconditionally release the remaining hostages, whose security is their responsibility. He urges the FARC and other groups to engage in dialogue with the authorities with a view to freeing hostages and ending the violence that has afflicted Colombia for so long.”Ms. Betancourt’s father, Gabriel Betancourt, was the Colombian Ambassador to UNESCO from 1968 to 1974.
21 May 2010United Nations agencies are supporting the efforts of the Sri Lankan Government to provide relief to an estimated half a million people affected by floods in the South Asian island country following a week of torrential rainfall that has claimed the lives of at least 20 people. The UN World Food Programme will provide food for 400,000 of the affected people to supplement rations being distributed by the Sri Lankan Government, according to a situation report jointly prepared by the country’s Disaster Management Centre and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and issued yesterday.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided water tanks, more than 80,000 water purification tablets, soap and other sanitary items. The agency has also made available 3,000 packs of high-energy biscuits for distribution to those affected.For the past one week, heavy pre-monsoon rainfall, accompanied by strong winds, has caused flash floods that have affected 14 of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts, including the capital, Colombo.As of yesterday, more than 513,000 people or 118,888 families had been affected, including some 17,039 people who have been forced to move out of their homes. Initial reports indicate that 1,354 houses have been damaged or destroyed.The Sri Lankan navy has responded by deploying teams in boats to assist with evacuations and delivery of relief, while the army has been assisting in transporting supplies to affected areas where access has been cut off.Yesterday, a Government-led inter-agency flood assessment mission, which included officials from WFP and OCHA, visited Kalutara district in South-Western province, a day after visiting Gampaha district in North-Western Province. The two districts are among the worst affected and have recorded large numbers of displaced people and heavy damage to property.
Martin Mogwanja, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, told reporters in New York via telephone today that the devastation wrought by the current flooding is on par with that caused by the earthquake that struck the country in 2005.He said that the floods – the worst in Pakistan in living memory – have affected 4 million people so far, with at least 1.5 million people having lost their homes.Mr. Mogwanja said that 1,400 people have been killed so far, “but this number may rise as new bodies may be found.”The monsoon season, he pointed out, could last up to four more weeks, with the possibility that the flooding – currently concentrated in northern Pakistan – could move south towards the Indian Ocean, affecting millions more people. Already, the central areas of Sindh province in the south have felt the effects of flooding.The search-and-rescue and evacuation phase has come to an end, with many people having been moved to safer areas by helicopters and boats.UN agencies have been rushing relief to the area since the early days of the disaster. The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided 500 metric tons of food, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has distributed enough clean drinking water for 700,000 people. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has supplied 11,000 tents and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has distributed dozens of cholera kits for health centres.“However, this is only a small fraction of the response required given the scale of this disaster and also its geographic scope,” Mr. Mogwanja stressed.In the hard-hit province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province, it is estimated that between 30 and 40 per cent of those in need of assistance have received help, but there are still many who have not been reached with aid.“This is of great concern to us, which is why we are acting as quickly as we can,” the Coordinator stressed.Earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that up to $10 million will be disbursed from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), set up in 2006 to allow the UN to dispatch funds to tackle disasters and crises as soon as they emerge, to help address needs in Pakistan following the floods.In addition, Mr. Mogwanja said that the UN has set up an emergency relief fund, with nearly $10 million received so far. UN agencies have also received $16 million for their work.“However, this response so far is not sufficient to enable UN agencies and their partners to address the extent of the crisis,” he underlined, adding that a flash appeal to deal with the disaster will soon be launched by the UN and its humanitarian partners.An initial emergency response plan is being prepared to cover immediate relief needs – such as food, health care, clean water, shelter, agriculture and others – for the next 90 days.The UN, Mr. Mogwanja said, is using its contingency stocks and has diverted funds, but “all this is just running out given the scale and scope of this crisis.”He estimated that between $150 million and $200 million, or possibly more, will be required for relief and longer-term recovery to allow people to rebuild their livelihoods and repair infrastructure, with many bridges and roads having been washed away by the floods.“In some affected areas, crops have been destroyed or severely damaged, which will significantly affect livelihoods in the medium-term,” Catherine Bragg, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, said yesterday.UNICEF today appealed for more than $47 million to fund its relief operation in Pakistan, where 1.4 million children have been affected by the flooding.The agency said it will concentrate on the critical areas of water and sanitation, health, nutrition, education and child protection.For its part, UNHCR today called for $21 million to help those affected by floods, including Afghan refugees and Pakistani host communities.It initially hopes to support more than 350,000 of the most vulnerable among the flood-affected population.The UN is also helping thousands of people in neighbouring Afghanistan, where monsoon rains have also caused flooding. 6 August 2010With monsoon rains expected to continue pummeling Pakistan for several more weeks, the United Nations warned today that the country’s south could also be affected by deadly flooding, which has already affected millions of people.
WFP has “reached a critical point where drastic cutbacks are unavoidable,” according to a statement on the Programme’s website. The agency says that it needs $352 million for its operations until the end of the year, including $95 million for its work inside Syria, and $257 million to support refugees in neighbouring countries.Unless more funds come in, starting in October, the size of the Syria food parcel will be reduced and in neighbouring countries the number of refugees receiving food or vouchers will be cut.Next month, WFP will continue to provide food to more than 4 million people in Syria, but the food parcel will be smaller, providing less than 60 percent of the nutritional value recommended in emergencies. The agency will have to cut parcels even more in November if it doesn’t have the funds. And for December, WFP has no funding available for programmes in Syria.“It is a cruel irony that in recent weeks WFP has had better access inside Syria that has enabled us to reach a record 4.17 million people in August, including those in hard-to-reach areas. But just as we have the potential to scale up, the cupboard is bare, and unless we receive new contributions we will be unable to provide people with desperately needed food,” said the statement.
“Questioning and challenging the fundamentals of the peace agreement is not a formula for success,” Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, told the Council, citing the continued policy by representatives of the ruling party in the Republika Srpska (RS), in particular, its President, to advocate for the secession of that entity from Bosnia and Herzegovina.“I remain concerned that this party’s official platform includes a threat to organize an independence referendum in 2018 if certain conditions are not met,” he said, reiterating that the peace agreement does not grant the entities the right to secede, and any attempt to change the peace agreement requires the agreement of all the parties.Sharply divergent reactions to the recent UN tribunal’s guilty verdict against former Bosnian Serb leader over the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica highlighted the need for greater efforts towards reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he said. In our countries it would be unthinkable to glorify individuals convicted of committing mass atrocitiesHe said he was “deeply shocked” by the high-profile opening by the current Republika Srpska President of a dormitory named after Mr. Karadzic, only two days before his first instance conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.“In our countries it would be unthinkable to glorify individuals convicted of committing mass atrocities,” he said. “With this act, the RS President sent an insidious message to those affected by the horror and trauma of wartime ethnic cleansing, and put himself outside the standards and morality of the civilized world.”Processions organized in March in Srebrenica and other municipalities to celebrate the acquittal of Serbian politician Vojislav Šešelj on war crimes charges raised fear among Bosniak returnees who are still trying to come to terms with the crimes of the past, he added.Other direct challenges to the peace agreement included the RS government concluding in December that the entity’s institutions would cease cooperating with SIPA, a state-level police agency, over a legally authorized raid on a police station in the RS as part of a war crimes investigation.While the RS authorities eventually resumed operational cooperation under a signed agreement, this apparent interference of politics into police work is unacceptable, he said.On the positive side, the country submitted its membership application with the European Union. Associated with this, the authorities also took steps to implement reform, including the adoption of new labour legislation in both entities, RS and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Although the RS has still not officially withdrawn the referendum, it does appear to have been put aside.Another positive factor has been the regional situation. The Serbian Prime Minister’s high-profile commitment of notable donor funds to Srebrenica had done much to foster reconciliation; and the convening of the first joint session of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Government of Serbia in November was a positive step forward. A similar joint session with the Croatian government has been announced.With these mixed developments on the ground over the last six months, “it remains unclear at what point we can say Bosnia and Herzegovina is irreversibly on course for Euro-Atlantic integration,” he said.On the security front, he said that a terrorism-inspired act carried out by a single attacker in Sarajevo on 18 November killed two soldiers of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Another concern is the participation of some citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina in foreign conflicts, some of whom have returned and could present a threat for the future stability of the country.Given the complex environment, he said, the presence of the EUFOR, or European Union Force, in Bosnia and Herzegovina with an executive mandate remains of vital importance, enabling his office and others in the international community to fulfil respective mandates as well as reassuring citizens from all ethnic groups throughout the country of a safe and secure environment.On the next local elections to be held on 2 October, it is not only essential that these local elections are held to the highest standards, but now critical that local elections be held in Mostar, he said. At the moment, that will not be the case because the parties continue to fail to implement the 2010 ruling of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Concluding his remarks on a positive note, he reported that a few days ago, several local associations agreed to create a single karate association for the whole country. This small step required 20 years of efforts. And the day after tomorrow, the Ferhadija Mosque in Banja Luka, demolished in the war, will be reopened – an event of wider significance for reconciliation and tolerance in the region, he said.
It will further contribute to the return to financial stability thus creating the right conditions for the financial sector to once again lend to the real economy which is essential to consolidate the economic recovery and to create jobs.“This is very good for restoring confidence in European banks,” said the EPP’s Corien Wortmann-Kool, one of the lead negotiators in the marathon talks.Problem banks should be treated within a weekend. This is a big plus of this agreement; a year ago we clearly saw that the extensive talks on Cypriot banks raised the costs. THE EU HAS reached an agreement on a new regulatory system designed to prevent a failing bank from wrecking the economy.Parliament had opposed an agreement reached in December by EU leaders on how to close down a bank in trouble, saying it was too unwieldy, but the European People’s Party said these differences had now been resolved.The EPP, the biggest party in parliament, said the process would be speeded up so as to ensure that a problem bank can be closed down in the space of a weekend to avoid markets turmoil on a Monday.“Together with the reforms to the financial sector for all 28 countries, the completed banking union will put an end to the era of massive bailouts,” according to commissioner Michel Barnier. The agreement will also reduce what the EPP said was “undue political interference” in the procedure.Some elements of the agreementIn December, EU leaders agreed to set up a so-called Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) to close failing banks in a safe and orderly fashion. This will be governed by two texts, one regulatory and another related to some specific aspects of the Single Resolution Fund (SRF).The EU Commission says there a number of key elements to the agreement: A central board made up of the various EU arms and national authorities would be notified by the ECB if a bank is failing. They would then asses if there is any systemic threat. The mechanism would not apply to banks which only operate nationally. Banks not under full ECB direct supervision would be dealt with by national resolution authorities.A Single Resolution Fund would be constituted to which all the banks in the participating Member States would contribute. The fund has a target level of €55 billion.A board meeting would be required to approve any decision which involves the use of funds above €5 billion.The new rules are expected to come into force in January of next year and first need to be approved by the EU Parliament and EU member states in the council.© – AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Taxpayers will no longer pick up all of the tab for failed banks >Read: EU finance ministers fail to agree on who should pay for bank bailouts >
AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant Stay on target Laputa: Castle in the Sky was Studio Ghibli’s first film and one of its most successful in Japan. TV audiences still tune in by the droves when it is broadcast, even 30 years after its premiere.During Nippon TV’s Friday Roadshow movie slot this past Friday, the Friday Roadshow official Twitter shared some behind-the-scenes facts about Laputa: Castle in the Sky. One of the more interesting points was the origins of the character Dola.海賊にして母、物欲と食欲の人・ドーラさん、実は宮崎監督の思い入れが一番深いキャラクターなんです。そのモデルはなんと宮崎監督のお母様！！宮崎監督のお母様は病気がちで、監督が６歳から１５歳までの９年間、病床にありました。☞続く #ドーラ #ラピュタ pic.twitter.com/Jp2pdfErn3— スタンリー＠金曜ロードSHOW! 公式 (@kinro_ntv) September 29, 2017Dola is the gruff and rambunctious leader of a gang of sky pirates. She starts off the movie as the primary antagonist to Pazu and Sheeta, but as the film continues, she becomes endeared to them and shows her true nature as a loyal and fiercely protective soul. In effect, Dola is a mother to those who need nurturing and protecting, and she plays that role not only to her gang but Pazu and Sheeta as well.Miyazaki didn’t just conjure Dola out of thin air though, The Studio Ghibli founder based her directly on his mother. Dola shares his mothers commanding presence, and Miyazaki commented that even though she had to take care of four boys, none of them dared oppose her.There is a bit of sadness in the origins of Dola. One of the reasons Miyazaki may have made her so boisterous is because his mother was in poor health a lot of his life. This shines a new light on the character, who tries to instill her strength into those around her.If you’ve ever seen the movie, you probably know a lot about Dola, but if not hopefully you took a bit away from the film’s origins from these explanations. There’s always a little something extra to learn about these films that make so many people smile over the years, and this is just a prime example.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Investigators were unable to determine definitively what sparked a fire that damaged a home the evening of Sept. 30 in the greater Brush Prairie area.Firefighters were called to the home at 9905 N.E. 117th Ave. shortly before 8:30 p.m. after callers reported hearing explosions and flames coming from the home’s windows and eaves.Deputy Clark County Fire Marshal Susan Anderson said the fire appeared to have started in a bedroom, but she couldn’t for sure say what caused it.No one was hurt in the fire, but the Red Cross assisted three adults and a pet who were displaced. The fire did an estimated $132,000 in damage between the home and its contents, Anderson said.
WOODLAND — There are plans to build hundreds of homes both inside and just outside Woodland’s city limits over several years.The city’s elementary schools are packed, and Woodland Public Schools is considering building another.The city also is proposing a new Interstate 5 exit to reduce traffic in the city center.After the recession halted a spurt of early-century growth, Woodland is gearing up for another boom that is increasing traffic and converting farmland into housing subdivisions. It’s also likely to drive up taxes and may make Woodland’s population the youngest in Cowlitz County. Not everyone wants the changes, but many residents see them as inevitable.“It’s coming. There’s no stopping them,” said George Tsugawa, 96, owner of Tsugawa Nursery, who’s lived in Woodland for over six decades.“It’s inevitable that it’s going to happen, so do it under a controlled, managed program,” said former True Value owner Tom Golick, a Woodland resident since 1976. “You’re not going to stop it, so you might as well embrace it.”Others are a bit more cautious about the growth, not wanting Woodland to become a mere bedroom community for commuters to the Portland metro area.“If we build up our industry … (and) have good paying jobs, then I think it’s a good thing,” said Woodland Truck Line co-owner Darlene Johnson, a Woodland resident since 1967. “If we’re just going to have a lot more homes and become a bedroom community, then I don’t consider it a good thing.”
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 29, 2016 – Two days of hospitality recruitment launches this morning at the Alexandra Resort and it is a big moment for Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd which always draws huge crowds when seeking new staff. The Turks and Caicos collection of resorts is growing in popularity, boasting some of the finest eateries, making strides in food safety and handling, taking on more and more yachts at its marina and Blue Haven has become a favorite venue for events.Virtually all positions will be open and managers tell us that they are looking for the best and brightest, dressed to impress to work at either the Beach House, the Alexandra Resort or Blue Haven Resort. The recruitment drive is both today and Saturday from 9am to 5pm at the Alexandra Conference Room. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp