House panel would block NSF from building two new ships

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_img“I know there are a number of underutilized research ships around the country,” Culberson told ScienceInsider after his panel approved a $56 billion bill that would fund NSF and several other federal agencies. “So I need to see evidence from NSF that they are fully utilizing the existing fleet.” Culberson was referring to the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), which operates a fleet of 17 ships belonging to NSF, the U.S. Navy, and several private institutions.Keeping them at seaNSF officials dispute his assessment. “That’s an unfortunate view, because we are not underutilized,” says Rick Murray, division director for ocean sciences at NSF in Arlington, Virginia. Although the rate varies by ship, he says, most UNOLS ships are at or near 100% usage.Ships can’t be operated 365 days a year, he notes, because of the need for routine maintenance, transit times, and the time needed to load and unload research equipment for each cruise. The typical ship spends 270 to 300 days at sea, although that number may be exceeded under special circumstances. And UNOLS eventually meets the needs of every scientist with a research grant that requires ship time, he adds, through a complicated process of matching scientists with the right vessel. The ships are not interchangeable; for example, the Atlantis is only used by those who want to deploy Alvin, its deep-diving submarine, and the Marcus Langseth is focused on seismic research.What Culberson may have been thinking about is how the fleet has been affected by years of tight budgets and rising costs. “Budgetary constraints across the Federal agencies, combined with escalating costs of new regulations, fuel, crew salaries and repairs, have led to a forced reduction in the utilization of ships to support ocean science projects,” a 2015 UNOLS report noted.Those fiscal realities have forced federal officials to reduce the size of the UNOLS fleet over the past several years but with no loss of capacity. Murray calls it “right-sizing,” that is, replacing older, less capable ships with fewer vessels that can do more science and are more efficient to operate.The new ships that NSF would build are called regional-class research vessels. They fall in the middle of a spectrum that ranges from larger ships that ply the oceans for weeks at a time and smaller ships that explore coastal waters. There is currently only one such regional-class vessel in the UNOLS fleet, operated by the University of Delaware, Newark. Oregon State University, Corvallis, has a contract with NSF to manage construction of the new ships, and would get to operate the first one. NSF would hold a competition for the right to operate the second and third ships, were they to be built.No strings attachedThe ships are part of an account that NSF uses to build large scientific facilities, like telescopes and ships. And although Culberson shrunk that account by removing the funding for the ships, he added $46 million to NSF’s $6 billion research account, which makes up the bulk of the agency’s budget. And NSF would have the freedom to spend the money across its six research directorates, unlike last year, when Culberson proposed growing the biology, computing, physical sciences, and engineering directorates at the expense of the social and geosciences.“You’ll notice that there is no directorate-level funding in the bill,” he says. “I’m a big believer of having the peer-review process go forward, unimpeded, without political pressure or influence from either side.”At the same time, Culberson warned NSF that it needs to do a better job of explaining to the public the value of each funded project. Some Republican legislators regularly poke fun at specific NSF grants they consider wasteful, frivolous, or politically motivated. And Culberson believes they are sometimes on target.“Of course, we’re human,” he says when asked whether he had any evidence that some scientists let their political views influence their research. “But we all have to do our best to follow the facts and objectively present the scientific evidence we see in the historical record, both in the geology of the Earth and the universe around us.” A congressional spending panel has rejected a request by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $106 million to start building two new research vessels for the nation’s academic fleet. Yesterday’s action by an appropriations subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives puts the panel at odds with its Senate counterpart, which last month exceeded NSF’s request and backed construction of three vessels. A key lawmaker’s explanation of the House move also reveals a misunderstanding of the nature of the academic fleet and how it operates.The House panel, chaired by Representative John Culberson (R–TX), approved an overall budget for NSF of $7.406 billion. That figure is some $57 million below its current level and $103 million below what the Senate panel embraced. Both the Senate and House figures are below the president’s request for $7.564 billion in discretionary spending for the 2017 fiscal year that starts on 1 October. At the same time, the House bill adds $46 million to NSF’s current research account, which the Senate held steady. Legislators aren’t likely to work out their differences until after the November elections.The ocean research community had initially requested three ships, estimated to cost a total of $380 million. But NSF pared down that request to two, in line with a report by a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine panel, before submitting its 2017 budget last fall to the White House. 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Vaccines that rob microbes of iron could fight food poisoning, UTIs

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgYou’re probably not aware of it, but when you’re suffering from a bad case of food poisoning or another infection, bacteria are busy stealing iron from you. Many microbes use special chemicals to snatch away the metal, which they need to reproduce. But this need could be their downfall, according to new research. For the first time, two separate groups have developed candidate vaccines that protect against infection by targeting iron-scavenging molecules. The shots didn’t prevent disease in mice, but they did slow down infection, showing the concept might work.Iron is a hot commodity inside the human body. The metal is essential for producing energy and replicating DNA; it has a starring role in hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen inside red blood cells. Bacteria also need iron to grow and divide, and they have special molecules called siderophores that bind to the metal and rip it right out of the proteins in which it is ensconced. Siderophores then ferry the precious cargo back to the bacterial cell by binding to a specialized receptor.Scientists have tried to exploit this mechanism by devising vaccines that unleash antibodies against the receptors. A few have shown promise, but the receptors repel water and are insoluble, making the vaccine harder to manufacture. An alternative approach is to target the siderophores themselves. The problem is that siderophores aren’t naturally good at revving up the immune system, since they’re so small. To make them more visible to B cells and other immune responders, two groups of scientists decided to hook up synthesized siderophores to so-called carrier proteins, large proteins that the immune system views as “foreign,” and try the resulting conjugates as vaccines.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A group at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor designed a vaccine targeting the siderophores of Escherichia coli urinary tract infections, while a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California (UC), Irvine, took aim at a Salmonella strain that causes food poisoning. Each group immunized mice with their conjugate; several weeks later, they challenged the animals with a big dose of bacteria.As the researchers reported in a pair of papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this month, the siderophore shots didn’t prevent disease; vaccinated mice still developed infections, many of which were severe. But vaccinated mice had dramatically fewer bacteria in their bodies compared with mice that received a dose of the carrier protein alone. In the E. coli study, for instance, vaccinated mice had at least 10 times fewer E. coli in their urine and kidneys, which—along with their bladders—were less inflamed than those of control mice. In the Salmonella experiments, bacterial numbers were as much as 20,000-fold lower in the vaccinated mice and scientists also identified antibodies specific to the siderophores that seem responsible for the protection.These results are important, say the researchers, but they are still first steps. “It was kind of long shot, but it worked,” says Manuela Raffatellu, a microbiologist at UC Irvine and a senior author on the Salmonella study. “It’s certainly not ready for prime time,” concedes Harry Mobley, a bacteriologist who led the E. coli study at Michigan. Nevertheless, he’s “very excited about the finding.” Mobley hopes that a similar vaccine can be tested in humans 5 years from now. Because related species of disease-causing bacteria often produce chemically similar siderophores, a single vaccine might work against a variety of different bacteria, he says.Eric Skaar, a microbiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, who was not involved with the work, calls the findings “pretty impressive.” “Any time two different groups have very similar results using similar strategies, it really speaks to the robustness,” he says. The results provide an important proof of concept, adds James Johnson, an infectious disease physician at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System in Minnesota. He says such vaccines could be an alternative to antibiotics, which are becoming increasingly ineffective and often wipe out good bacteria as well: “We really do need to push this line of investigation further because of the antibiotic resistance crisis we’re having now.”last_img read more


Our growing taste for shrimp is bad news for climate change

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgSplit Second Stock/shutterstock.com Fishing boats are catching more shrimp and lobsters than ever before—and although that may be good news for your next visit to a seafood restaurant, it’s not so hot for climate change. The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by fishing vessels rose 28% from 1990 to 2011, according to a new study, thanks largely to a greater haul of this premium seafood.The findings are especially alarming because, over the past 2 decades, some fishing boats have become more fuel efficient and buyouts of excess fishing vessels have decreased competition and distances traveled. But the additional emissions from shrimp and lobster fishing have outweighed those gains. Pulling nets through the water adds considerable drag and also requires lower speeds, both factors that drain fuel tanks quickly. Lobster fishing also takes a lot of diesel to place, check, and retrieve the traps. Despite the costs, demand has been rising. In 2011, the amount of crustaceans caught was 60% higher than in 1990—a greater increase than for any other type of seafood—the researchers report today in Nature Climate Change.All told, crustaceans account for 22% of the CO2 emissions from fishing, despite making up just 6% of all the tonnage landed. Given that fuel prices have decreased since 2008, the researchers expect that the trend has continued. The carbon intensity of lobster and wild-caught shrimp is less than most beef or lamb, they note. So surf still beats turf. But by far the most climate-friendly seafood is small pelagic fish, such as sardines, herrings, and anchovies.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Erik StokstadApr. 2, 2018 , 1:25 PMcenter_img Our growing taste for shrimp is bad news for climate changelast_img read more


Line-ups: RB Salzburg v Napoli

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Napoli look to Dries Mertens, Hirving Lozano, but Kostas Manolas is injured and Lorenzo Insigne dropped against all-attack RB Salzburg and Erling Haaland. It kicks off at the Red Bull Arena at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT). You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Inter-Borussia Dortmund on the LIVEBLOG. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Inter-Borussia Dortmund on the LIVEBLOG. The Partenopei have kept three consecutive clean sheets in all competition, but that included disappointing goalless draws with Torino and Genk. It’s remarkable considering the injury crisis in defence that has ruled out Faouzi Ghoulam, Elseid Hysaj, Nikola Maksimovic and Mario Rui. Kostas Manolas sustained a knock to the ribs during the 2-0 win over Verona at the weekend and is not moving comfortably, so it was decided not to risk him. Instead, 23-year-old Sebastiano Luperto makes his career Champions league debut and Giovanni Di Lorenzo is again re-routed to left-back. Piotr Zielinski and Jose Callejon take the wings, with Insigne again dropped to the bench after the Genk trip. Mertens is still only one goal away from Diego Armando Maradona’s tally in the Napoli jersey. His partner this time is not Arkadiusz Milik or Fernando Llorente, but the more agile Chucky Lozano, returning after a bruised ankle on international duty with Mexico. Napoli have already faced RB Salzburg in the Europa League Round of 16 last season and it was a tense affair, as while the Partenopei won the first leg 3-0 at home and took the early lead in Austria through Milik, they ended up losing 3-1 and only scraping through. Salzburg are arguably a much stronger team now and can count on 19-year-old sensation Erling Braut Haaland, the son of Alf-Inge Haaland, who scored a hat-trick in the 6-2 win over Genk. The Norwegian has 18 goals in 12 competitive games for his club this season, including four hat-tricks, so an average of a goal every 48 minutes. Another danger man is Dominik Szoboszlai, who will turn 19 on Friday and is the youngest player to have scored in the Champions League this season. Home advantage could be decisive, because RB Salzburg have won their last 13 home games in a row in all competition, since a 0-0 draw with Sturm Graz on March 10. They are unbeaten at home in all competition since November 2016, 1-0 against Admira Wacker in the Bundesliga. Their most recent European defeat here was 1-0 to Nice in the Europa League group stage on October 20, 2016. On the other hand, Napoli have not won a Champions League away fixture in three years, so a draw would probably qualify as a positive result here. They’ve won only one of their last seven European away games, 3-1 at FC Zurich, along with three draws and as many defeats. RB Salzburg: Stankovic; Kristensen, Ramalho, Wober, Ulmer; Daka, Junuzovic, Mwepu, Minamino; Hwang, Haaland Salzburg bench: Coronel, Ashimeru, Vallci, Onguene, Koita, Szoboszlai, Okugawa Napoli: Meret; Malcuit, Koulibaly, Luperto, Di Lorenzo; Callejon, Allan, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski; Mertens, Lozano Napoli bench: Ospina, Elmas, Gaetano, Younes, Insigne, Milik, Llorente Ref: Turpin (FRA)last_img read more


PSC-Pacman Amateur Cup under way

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout Believing that the country’ first Olympic gold medal will likely come from the ring, Sen. Manny Pacquiao and the Philippine Sports Commission are jointly launching the PSC-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup on Saturday at Robinsons Place in General Santos City.Pacquiao, the sport’s only eight-division world champion who turns 39 on Sunday, will grace the inaugurals of the nationwide grassroots program with PSC Chair Butch Ramirez.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay In a recent press conference in Manila, Pacquiao expressed hopes that a boxer will become the first Filipino Olympic champion in the 2024 Paris Olympics, if not in the 2020 Tokyo edition.Qualifying rounds will be held from Dec. 16 to April 7, 2018 in different venues while the preliminaries are slated April 14 and 15 in Mandaluyong. The quarterfinals will be on April 21 and 22.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Is Pacquiao vs McGregor fake news? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021last_img read more


Lyceum gets revenge, beats San Beda to take PCCL title

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgLATEST STORIES “Coach Boyet [Fernandez] made me work hard because he’s always there when we play, and I have so much respect for him. And the team kept it together, and one thing I reminded my players is to play in the moment and don’t worry about the future.”Marcelino, who won the Finals MVP plum, finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, and three steals to lead the Pirates to their first major championship under Robinson.Mike Harry Nzeusseu put up a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Pirates.Mocon led the Red Lions with 24 points and eight rebounds while Donald Tankoua had a 13-point, 15-rebound double-double.ADVERTISEMENT After San Beda took a 58-57 lead early in the fourth on Javee Mocon’s free throw, Lyceum raced to a 9-0 run capped off by two charities from Jaycee Marcelino to take a 66-58 buffer with 4:21 left.The Red Lions managed to cut the deficit to four, 68-62, after Clint Doliguez converted on a three-point play, but Marcelino answered with an elbow jumper and extened Lyceum’s lead to 68-62 with 44.9 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlthough this was a rematch of the NCAA finals, Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson reminded his team to think about their goal and not just getting their revenge against San Beda.“What I reminded the team, and even myself, was that it’s not about San Beda and it’s about the vision we started, it just so happened that San Beda is still in our path,” said Robinson, who led the Pirates to an 18-0 campaign in the NCAA preliminaries. Petron eager to get back to title contention after last season’s blunder View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lyceum Pirates named PCCL champions. Photo by Bong LozadaLyceum avenged its heartbreak in the NCAA Finals and got back at San Beda, 70-66, to take the national title of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Pirates limited the NCAA champions to just nine points in the fourth quarter while scoring 16 of their own en route to the crown.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probelast_img read more


Real Madrid reveals transfer fee for Paul Pogba

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisementSpanish giants Real Madrid have officially announced the fee they are ready to pay Manchester United for the willing Paul Pogba, and its a whopping €120m, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.Image Courtesy: ReutersThe 2018 World Cup winner had a mediocre season at Old Trafford, and is dead set to have a move away from the club. Despite netting the ball 16 times, Pogba was criticised for his fallout with former United boss Jose Mourinho.“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.” the Frenchman said during United’s promotional tour to Japan.“I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great – some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody and like everywhere else.“There is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking,” the 26-year-old told reporters in Tokyo on Sunday.Should Pogba move on to Santiago Bernabéu, the Red Devils are likely to ask a higher fee than they spent on the midfielder in 2016: a then world record £89 million.Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has shown an interest to bring his countryman to the Spanish capital, while Juventus are looking to get their former superstar back, and is ready to increase the wage if required.Advertisementlast_img read more


Palace set record for worst-ever start

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgCrystal Palace Crystal Palace set new record for worst-ever top-flight start Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:16 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Roy Hodgson Crystal Palace Getty Crystal Palace Crystal Palace v Southampton Southampton Premier League The Eagles did not get off to a good start under new boss Roy Hodgson, leaving them on an unprecedented losing streak at the early stage of the season Crystal Palace have made the worst start to a top-flight season in  English football history.The Eagles approached Saturday’s home Premier League clash with Southampton looking for an immediate lift under new manager Roy Hodgson.Arsenal 10/3 to beat Chelsea Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing After suffering four straight defeats in Frank de Boer’s short tenure, Palace fear they are already set for another Premier League relegation battle.It took just six minutes for things to turn sour for Palace, though, with Steven Davies opening the scoring at Selhurst Park, and it did not get much better for the home side.According to Opta, their failure to take their chances again saw them become the first side in 129 years of English top-flight history to open the season with five defeats and no goals scored.5 – Crystal Palace are the first side in English top-flight history to open the season with five defeats and no goals scored. Woe. pic.twitter.com/umoc2RwDdb— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 16 de septiembre de 2017And Palace have now gone 450 minutes without a goal this season, the longest ever run from the start of a Premier League campaign.Stretching back to the end of last season, they have now gone six consecutive league games without a goal for the first since January 1995 (a run of nine) and have had three different managers in that time  – Sam Allardyce, De Boer and Hodgson.Sitting bottom of the league, Palace visit Manchester City next week before travelling to Old Trafford to face Manchester Untied. The following game is at home to Chelsea.last_img read more


I admire Spurs but not their trophy cabinet – Keown

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgArsenal v Tottenham Hotspur I admire Tottenham but not their trophy cabinet – Keown Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:53 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham Liverpool Premier League Getty Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Premier League Things could rapidly fall apart for the Gunners’ rivals if they are unable to secure any silverware this season, the ex-England man has claimed Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has warned Tottenham that if they wish to keep hold of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, they will have to become more successful.Mauricio Pochettino has built a side that has earned praise for its attractive football, but over his time with Spurs he has been unable to break a title duck that dates back to 2008, when they defeated Chelsea in the League Cup final.Spurs 2/1 to beat Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ahead of Saturday’s north London derby, Keown has warned fans of the Gunners’ bitter rivals that unless silverware follows their silky style, Tottenham may be forced to offload some of their greatest talents.“While Tottenham’s rivals are admiring their squad, nobody is looking over in envy at their trophy cabinet,” he told the Daily Mail.“For all the plaudits, Spurs are yet to win a major honour under Pochettino.“To keep hold of this promising side and prove that a shift in power has taken place, Tottenham need to start winning trophies.”Keown speaks from experience, having seen Nicolas Anelka, Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit depart the trophyless Gunners at the end of the 1990s.“Harry Kane and Dele Alli are as valuable to Tottenham now but if Mauricio Pochettino does not start winning trophies, he risks a similar break-up of his side,” he said.“After the departures of Anelka, Overmars and Petit, we were able to rebuild and win the Double in 2002 but there is no guarantee Pochettino would be able to do the same.”Since Spurs won the League Cup, Arsenal have claimed three FA Cups but finished below their rivals for the first time in 22 years last term.last_img read more


Winston Dear – Passionate About Jamaica’s Development

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_img On National Heroes Day, October 16, Montego Bay businessman, Herrick Winston Russell Dear, will be among the approximately 170 Jamaicans conferred with national honours and awards for outstanding service to country. Story Highlights On National Heroes Day, October 16, Montego Bay businessman, Herrick Winston Russell Dear, will be among the approximately 170 Jamaicans conferred with national honours and awards for outstanding service to country.He will receive the Order of Distinction (OD) in the rank of Commander (CD) for contribution to business and community development.It is the second national award for the well-known land surveyor and development consultant, who received an OD in the rank of Officer class in October 2010.Speaking during an interview with JIS News, Mr. Dear, who grew up in Drax Hall, St. Ann, but who has called Montego Bay home since 1966, says he is proud and honoured to be recognised for more than 50 years of contribution to infrastructure development in St. James and the wider western Jamaica.“I deem this recognition as the crowning moment in my life, in which I have merely tried to make my country better over the years. I was born and raised in Jamaica, and it is my duty to play a role in ensuring that the country that I call home is indeed the place to live, work, raise families and do business, not just by 2030, but beyond,” he says.Mr. Dear, who was trained at the South West Essex College of Land Surveyors, England, in the early 1960s, began his professional career at TRB Vermont Land Surveying Company, becoming a partner in that firm.He later established his own land surveying company, which he operated for almost 50 years before his retirement in 2016.Over this career, he assisted in the development of several recognisable projects, inclusive of Montego Freeport, Rose Hall, Montego South, Ironshore, Tryall and The Greater Montego Bay Development Plan.Mr. Dear was also a proponent of the economic diversification efforts towards the development of non-tourism-based industries in western Jamaica, which led to the formation of the port authorities, the Montego Bay Free Zone and the establishment of the Montego Freeport cruise-ship terminal and the National Cruise Council of Jamaica to represent private-sector interests.He cites his involvement in the development of Highway 2000 as among his most notable professional achievements.He says the project came out of a document he wrote in the early 1990s and presented to former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P. J. Patterson.That document, Mr. Dear, tells JIS News, contained details for improving Jamaica’s road network and resulted in the construction of toll roads, which has transformed travel from Kingston to the north and south coasts.Though retired, the 75-year-old continues to serve as Director of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC); Chairman of the UDC’s western Parish Development Committee (PDC); Chairman of Lagoons Development Company Limited; and Director of the Margaritaville Caribbean Group. He is a former President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Mr. Dear tells JIS News that when he is not busy attending meetings and playing a role in the continued development and growth of the land-surveying profession, he enjoys sailing his boat, ‘Nina’.He has the distinction of being the first Jamaican to be granted a Maritime Captain licence in 2006.Mr. Dear tells JIS News that he is optimistic about the future of the land-surveying profession, noting that more young people are seeking training in the vocation.“The interest in the profession remains high, and Jamaica will not be short of professionals in the field. I have been involved for almost all my adult life and have seen the growth of the profession, which, once you are dedicated to it, will reward you with a very good standard of living. Land surveyors are highly skilled professionals, who will continue to serve Jamaica well,” he notes.He is urging young people to work hard and commit to nation building.“My motto is ‘altogether better’, and that has served me well over the years. I have tried to lead from the front…. and I have worked hard in building my community and country. I have also used my position to influence others to adopt my principles and to work hard, take nothing for granted and aim to be successful,” he says.Mr. Dear’s wife, Denise, is proud of her husband, noting that the national award is well deserved.“As a couple we have been involved in many sectors of the society – business, community development and charity. Winston is such a deserving recipient, and as a family, we are very proud of his achievement and the fact that he is being recognised and rewarded by the nation,” she tells JIS News.The couple, who have been married for 54 years, have three children – Ian, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Margaritaville Caribbean Limited; Stephen, a banker; and Kathy-Ann, who is a masseuse. “I deem this recognition as the crowning moment in my life, in which I have merely tried to make my country better over the years. I was born and raised in Jamaica, and it is my duty to play a role in ensuring that the country that I call home is indeed the place to live, work, raise families and do business, not just by 2030, but beyond,” he says. Speaking during an interview with JIS News, Mr. Dear, who grew up in Drax Hall, St. Ann, but who has called Montego Bay home since 1966, says he is proud and honoured to be recognised for more than 50 years of contribution to infrastructure development in St. James and the wider western Jamaica.last_img read more


Report Summarizes Public Comments on Western Crown Lands

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgA report is now available on what Nova Scotians said are the best ways to use the 1.5-million acres of Crown land in the province’s western region to ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits for communities. The report summarizes comments received at nine open-house consultations in March and April, at stakeholder meetings, and through online submissions. “The responses we’ve heard confirm that Nova Scotians are passionate about land use,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “Overall, Nova Scotians have told us that they want to be involved in managing their land, that long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability is vital, and that they recognize different land uses need to be balanced.” The report summarizes attendance and overall public response. About 676 people attended the public open houses, 66 people (representing 57 stakeholder groups) attended stakeholder meetings, 166 people submitted ideas online, and 44 separate submissions were received through other channels. The key themes from the submissions and stakeholder focus groups are drawn together in the summary report. The comments will help develop a sustainable plan for the land, which includes lands purchased from Bowater Mersey Ltd. The report outlines the most prominent issues for stakeholders, including: tourism and recreation, forestry, vehicular access, sustainability, protection, resource extraction, and continuing consultation and engagement processes. The final land and resource management plan for the western Crown land plan will include sustainable forestry management, as described in the province’s natural resources strategy, The Path We Share. It will also meet new policies and guidelines for better forest management. The summary report is available at: http://novascotia.ca/natr/land/western-land .last_img read more


Senior Government Officials Expenses Posted Online

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgExpenses of senior officials of government departments and offices are now posted online. Expenses will be posted on a monthly basis, at the same time as expenses incurred by ministers and ministers’ executive assistants. Expenses for the months of April and May can be found at https://novascotia.ca/exec_council/ . -30-last_img


Get on with creating new ministry Indigenous leaders

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says she has heard loud and clear from many Indigenous leaders who want to see the federal government get on with creating her new ministry — a move expected to be spelled out in legislation by spring.Philpott, who is set to make her first speech today on her new portfolio at an event held by the Public Policy Forum, said details must be ironed out for the new department but First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders want action quickly.Its creation must be done right, she said, adding the government will not delay it “unduly.”“I’ve already had many conversations with leaders in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities about this,” she said in an interview on Parliament Hill ahead of the event.“They are all very supportive of the idea. In fact, I would say that the general sense is ‘Get on with it,’ because nobody wants to skip a beat on some of the work that we’ve been doing on health transformation.”Indigenous health — an area that fell under Philpott’s previous purview as health minister — is also expected to follow her to the new ministry. She will also have to confront other pressing problems, including the need to address long-term boil water advisories, First Nations education and housing.In August, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Philpott will take on a new Indigenous Services Department while Carolyn Bennett will focus on the Crown’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples — a key priority for the Trudeau government since coming to power in fall 2015.The concept has sparked concern among employees at Health Canada’s First Nations Inuit Health branch, according to the Union of Health and Environment Workers, but Philpott said consultations will be part of work ahead.“Clearly there are details that need to be worked out and various groups that need to be consulted and engaged with, like unions and of course, the public service, but this is something that has been asked for a very long time,” she said, referring to a recommendation from the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.The government is eyeing a “fresh start” as it looks to develop a new department, she added, noting she plans to highlight a call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission today on how Ottawa must accept that the current state of Aboriginal health is a “direct result” of government policies, including residential schools.“I think it is safe to say that … government policies have contributed and the faster we acknowledge that and do the work of reviewing those laws and policies, changing the ones that are discriminatory, the faster we will achieve equity.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more


Woman wrongfully held in hospital for almost one year without court order

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Supreme Court of British Columbia says a woman’s rights were violated when she was held in hospital for almost one year without being provided with any written reasons for the detention or an opportunity for legal advice.In a ruling released this week, Justice Lisa Warren describes the 39-year-old woman as “highly vulnerable” and says she suffers from cognitive impairments, mental health issues and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.The ruling says staff at the Fraser Health Authority had good reason to believe the woman, identified as A.H. in a court document, had been abused and was at risk of serious harm when she was taken into care on Oct. 6, 2016.But it says there is also no doubt the health authority could have promptly applied for a provincial court order authorizing the provision of support and services for her.The decision says A.H. was held in conditions that violated her residual liberty, including being placed in mechanical restraints, not allowed out of a facility to get fresh air and restrictions were placed on visitor, phone and Internet access.A provincial court judge granted the required order to the health authority on Sept. 22, 2017, on the grounds the woman was abused or neglected, was incapable of deciding not to accept the services proposed and would benefit from the support.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Malala Yousafzai Designated YoungestEver UN Messenger Of Peace

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today designated children’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education.António Guterres designates Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of PeaceCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe“You have been to the most difficult places […] visited several refugee camps. Your foundation has schools in Lebanon, in the Beka’a Valley,” said Mr. Guterres at a ceremony in the Trusteeship Council chamber at UN Headquarters, in New York.“[You are a] symbol of perhaps the most important thing in the world, education for all,” he highlighted.Ms. Yousafzai, who was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for attending classes, is the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace and the first one to be designated by Secretary-General Guterres since he assumed office in January this year.Accepting the accolade, Ms. Yousafzai underscored the importance of education, especially education of girls, for advancing communities and societies.“[Bringing change] starts with us and it should start now,” she said, adding: “If you want to see your future bright, you have to start working now [and] not wait for anyone else.”UN Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the global Organization.Backed by the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen, these prominent personalities volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness of UN’s efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere.Following the official presentation, Secretary-General Guterres and Ms. Yousafzai conversed with youth representatives from around the world on the theme of girls’ education.Taking a question from a young speaker in the audience, Ms. Yousafzai said the most difficult time she faced had been from 2007 to 2009 in the Swat Valley, “because we were at a point of making a decision about whether to speak out or remain silent. And I realized that if you remain silent, you are still going to be terrorized. So speaking out, you can help people.”While recovering from the Taliban attack, she realized that “extremists tried everything to stop me [and the fact that they didn’t] is clear evidence that no one can stop me. I have second life for the purpose of [pressing for] education and I’ll continue working on [this issue].Ms. Yousafazi went on to say that brothers and fathers must also support women and girls in the global effort to ensure education for all and, more importantly, to “be who they want to be.” Indeed, she said that her father always told people not to ask him what he did for Malala, ‘but ask what I didn’t do – I didn’t clip her wings.’Summing up the conversation, Mr. Guterrers called Ms. Yousafzai’s life “a remarkable example of solidarity.” Yet, he said, Pakistan is also such an example. “We live in a world where so many borders are closed; so many doors are closed, but Pakistan has received seven million refugees with open borders, open doors and hearts – a symbol of generosity.”He hoped this spirit could serve as an example that “it is not by closing doors that we will all be able to move forward.”last_img read more


Idle No More gets US boost from top climate activist for day

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsOne of the U.S.’s top environmentalists has thrown his considerable clout and that of his organization behind Idle No More’s planned Oct. 7 day of action.Bill McKibben, a prominent journalist who wrote for the New Yorker magazine and founded 350.org which is one of the driving forces behind U.S. opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, said Indigenous peoples have “spearheaded the fight to preserve the planet at its most critical hour.”Idle No More has called for an international day of action for Oct. 7 to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation and the arrival of James Anaya, the UN rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, who also begins a visit to Canada that day.So far, about 40 events are planned for next Monday across Canada, the U.S. and internationally in places like London, England, and Croatia.McKibben said 350.org is prepared to swing into action that day on social media, promoting planned actions.“We will be in solidarity in all the ways we can think of and spreading the word,” he said. “We will make sure everyone knows what’s going on that day.”McKibben is no stranger to days of action. His organization was behind what was dubbed the “largest climate rally in history” in front of the White House this past February. About 48 people were arrested at the protest including McKibben, actress Daryl Hannah and other prominent individuals.The protest targeted TransCanada’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline which would pump tar sands crude to the Texas Gulf Coast. The fate of the pipeline rests in the hands U.S. President Barack Obama because the project crosses an international boundary and needs U.S. State Department approval.McKibben’s organization takes its name from the climate change statistic that states 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity.McKibben said Indigenous groups and people have been a vital part of the climate change fight which would be much more difficult without their involvement.Before he threw himself into work against Keystone, he first contacted the U.S.-based Indigenous Environmental Network to ask about joining the pipeline battle. McKibben said he’s since formed ties to several Indigenous activists and leaders in Canada including Clayton Thomas-Muller and Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus.“It would be much harder (without First Nations),” he said. “Part of the fight is legal and rests on that and part of it is political and moral. In both cases the involvement of First Nations people has been critical.”McKibben said First Nations in Canada remain “one of the few forces” standing in the way of Prime Minister Stephen Harper who he says wants to turn Canada into a “rogue petro-state.” He said the future would see more cooperation between groups like 350.org and Idle No More.“The future of all these movements is to continue a sort of interpenetration…to be part of a larger movement that is about the future,” he said. “We are all trying to get the dead hand of the energy industry off our backs, try to shrug it off somehow and it’s incredibly hard because of their weight, because they have so much money. It’s only through that kind of unity that we have a shot.”Thomas-Muller, one of the lead Idle No More organizers, said 350.org’s endorsement is a welcome boost from “an incredibly important tactical ally.”He said it’s up to individual communities and local organizations to decide what to do on the day of action.“Oct. 7 is an opportunity for Idle no More to reach out to communities and to encourage them to be counted,” he said. “We put a call out based on the historical significance of the day, not just for Indigenous peoples, but all non-native people as well to learn more about the foundational documents that led to this country called Canada.The Royal Proclamation of 1763 was issued by King George III after Britain won the Seven Years’ War. Called the “Indian Magna Carta,” it acknowledged Indigenous title to the territory and it forbade settlers from taking land until ceded by treaty.“This document, out of all the documents, was the first one that recognized our inherent rights and set the basis for a lot of the current legal strategies,” said Thomas-Muller.Thomas-Muller said the arrival of Anaya is also a key part of the day. He said Idle No More representatives plan to meet with Anaya and present him with a report on human rights abuses in Canada.The idea for the day of action grew from a meeting held in Toronto this past August between Idle No More, Defenders of the Land and other urban organizers, he said.Aside from the ongoing anti-fracking fight involving the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet in New Brunswick, little happened over the summer months in Canada during a declared Idle No More-Defenders of the Land Sovereignty Summer.Thomas-Muller said much of the action flared up in the U.S. which is starting to see more Idle No More-related protests, but he predicted the movement is far from done in Canada.“Sovereignty Summer is having an Indian Summer,” he said. “We will continue to be thorns in the side of the Harper government.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more


New UN envoy for Kosovo takes up duties in Pristina

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Mr. Zannier succeeds Joachim Rücker as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) at a time when Ban Ki-moon has proposed reconfiguring the Organization’s presence in the wake of Kosovo’s decision earlier this year to declare its independence from Serbia.Under Mr. Ban’s plan, the European Union play an enhanced operational role in the area of rule of law under a UN “umbrella” headed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and in line with the 1999 Security Council resolution that established UNMIK.“I see this as a moment of transition,” Mr. Zannier told a news conference last Friday. “There are a number of things to be readjusted. It is not only UNMIK reconfiguring, but it is the whole set of activities that UNMIK was handling that needs to be reviewed.”A reconfigured and restructured UNMIK, according to the proposals presented by the Secretary-General, would continue to carry out many functions, including those related to a dialogue with Serbia on provisions in six areas: police, courts, customs, transport and infrastructure, boundaries and Serbian patrimony.Mr. Zannier said he sees his role as one focused on helping to maintain peace, security and stability in the region, as a key condition for economic and social development.He also highlighted the need to develop policies to improve the interaction between communities and ensure respect of fundamental rights and freedoms. The UN is a “key facilitator” in this regard, he added. UNMIK has been in place since mid-1999 after NATO forces drove Yugoslav troops out of Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one, that year amid deadly inter-communal fighting. 24 June 2008The new United Nations envoy for Kosovo, Lamberto Zannier, has arrived in Pristina to take up his duties amid what he called “a moment of transition” for the world body’s presence there. read more


Soccer fans around the country gather at International Champions Cup

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

Derevon Guyton cheers on PSG in the International Champions Cup at Ohio Stadium on July 27, 2016. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorWednesday night was another night inside Ohio Stadium where the fans were loud, somewhat obnoxious, donning their team’s colors, but it wasn’t quite September yet. A warm night in July pitted European soccer powerhouse clubs Paris Saint-Germain against Real Madrid.The International Champions Cup came to Columbus for the first game in the ‘Shoe since 1998 when the Columbus Crew played their last home season on Ohio State’s campus. All night, the atmosphere was electric, filled with an attendance of 86,641—a record for the state of Ohio. For some, this was the first chance they got to see the stars they idolize oversees.Derevon Guyton, 28, traveled from Washington state to see his beloved PSG squad play for the first time.“PSG to the death of me, bro,” Guyton said. “That’s my boys out there, man. I’m sitting out here, but I feel like I’m on the field with them.”A soccer fan since high school, Guyton flew out to Baltimore on Saturday to meet with his girlfriend for two days before they travelled to Columbus for the international friendly. He estimated his trip to be $1,200.Sporting a Zlatan Ibrahimovic jersey, who has since left PSG for the Premier League’s Manchester United, Guyton waved his red and blue PSG flag for the entire crowd to see, as if they couldn’t hear him already. Cheering at every moment, mocking Real Madrid defender Marcelo as he fell to the turf, the passion exuding from Guyton represented the growth of soccer in America.“I’ve been waiting to see them for years. It just costs too much to go to Paris. It’s not really feasible unless you’re like a millionaire, bro. It’s like $5,000,” said Guyton. “So for them to come here, it’s a big deal for me. I’ll always remember this.”Fans from nearby Dayton, Cincinnati, Toledo and Detroit made the journey to OSU for Wednesday’s friendly, as well as some from Chicago. These fans may live in the U.S., but some of them represent nationalities of Spain, France, Canada and even Nepal. One family made the trip to Columbus from Columbia to cheer on their national hero.“James (Rodriguez for Real Madrid). We came to see James,” said the family. Their trip cost around $2,000.A nationwide obsession of the video game FIFA has been a major impact in the expansion of soccer in the U.S. Major League Soccer has 20 teams currently playing across the country and some in Canada.Former Columbus Crew player Frankie Hejduk, who won a championship for the Crew in 2008 when there were just 14 teams in the MLS was in attendance on Wednesday night. He said that seeing die-hard soccer fans from many nationalities bonding with an American football-dominant crowd is something he didn’t think would have been possible five years ago.“This game really brings attention to the fans who don’t know much about soccer that could potentially say, ‘I had a blast,’” Hejduk said. “That’s what I see is people are learning to respect the game a lot more because these guys are athletes.”PSG won 3-1 with all scoring in the first half. The first goal came at the two-minute mark sending the crowd into a frenzy. Personal photos were being taken just about everywhere around the stadium to remember the moment they first got to see their team play in America. Fans also took part in a resounding stadium “O-H-I-O” in the second half.Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vasquez said that he felt at home on the pitch and the atmosphere was phenomenal.“I think what we have seen is that all around the world we have fans, and we saw them when we got to the hotel,” said Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. “Overall, we’re happy to be here and to spend a little time with the fans in Columbus.”The preseason exhibition between PSG and Real Madrid is one of four games played in the U.S. this month as a part of the ICC. Columbus has been a city that has adapted well to the game, but Wednesday night may have been another installment into how the sport continues to grow in the country.“It promotes real football. It shows them what football really is,” Guyton said. “I still believe that the MLS is years behind all the other leagues. But this right here is a spectacle.” read more


Womens basketball OSU looking to improve defense rebounding in season opener against

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

OSU junior guard Asia Doss (20) plays defense in the backcourt in the third quarter of a scrimmage against Ashland on Nov. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 88-78. Credit: Zach Konno | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to open its regular season against the Duquesne Dukes on Friday, and Buckeyes’ coach Kevin McGuff knows his team must be better than the 88-79 exhibition showing against Ashland on Sunday.Following a team practice Wednesday morning, McGuff again expressed his disappointment with his team’s defensive effort against Ashland, but he added a positive spin to OSU’s performance.“In many respects, that’s probably the best thing for us; a little bit of a wake-up call before we start playing games that count,” McGuff said.The Buckeyes’ team attention is now set on a Duquesne team that finished the 2015-16 season with a 28-6 record. The Dukes were part of a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10, and they claimed a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament before falling to the eventual-champion UCONN Huskies in the second round.McGuff praised the Dukes for being a well-coached group that executes, adding that they’ll pose some challenges for the Buckeyes.“Their post players really shoot the ball well from the perimeter, and that’s something that Ashland hurt us with,” McGuff said. “Our ability to defend the three-point line will be critical.”Luckily for OSU, Duquesne’s top-two scorers from a season ago have graduated. Guard April Robinson put up 14.9 points, 6.4 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game while Deva’Nyar Workman contributed 14.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Also graduated is guard Emilie Gronas, who added 6.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.The Dukes will combat those three losses with a quartet of true freshman. Guard/forward Anie-Pier Samson, who was No. 86 in her class according to ESPN, will join guards Halle Bovell, Kiersten Elliott and Budapest, Hungary-native Nina Aho.OSU players won’t be watching film on Duquesne until Thursday, but junior guard Asia Doss said that the Buckeyes have been preparing for the Dukes’ style of play.“(We’ve worked on) a lot of their man offensive sets as far as all the screens they set,” Doss said. “We’ve done a lot of that.”Along with preparing for its next opponent, Doss said that OSU has spent the entire week working generally on rebounding and defense. That was evident near the end of Wednesday’s practice, when the Buckeyes were running through several defensive sets and critiquing their play from the Ashland game.OSU will get to put its practice to test against a Duquesne team that lost 29.2 points of offense from a season ago, but McGuff understands that the Dukes are still a dangerous group.“They’ve got a great team,” McGuff said. “If we’re not defending them, they’re going to make us pay.”Tipoff for the season opener is set for noon on Friday at St. John Arena. read more


Killstreaks and brilliant editing are combined to make CoD BlOps Feel Good

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgWelcome to the “Feel Good Edition” of Call of Duty: Black Ops, well at least that’s what I’m calling it. The ultra-violent game is normally just a parade of explosions and stabbings but this video make it seems like something much more light-hearted than that. It not only adds in some much-needed rainbows, but it has awesome sniper killstreaks, great slow-motion action, and some very impressive kills with a variety of weapons. It also completely avoids the ridiculous amount of frustration someone feels when they get no-scoped from across the map.The video was made possible by some very nice editing work from Filip Bongcam and skilled CoD play by Qits. Filip B. has all sorts of cool, well-edited videos at his gaming channel as well.It goes to show much but can be done with some creativity and a video that a lot of people can relate to. Recording and uploading Call of Duty clips is one thing, and they tend to be interesting enough, but some good music, slick editing, and attention to detail can take them to an entirely different level.via Kotakulast_img read more