Baldwin warns about Lebanon traffic—and looks like Gilas struggling to escape it

first_imgWe’re about to all go off-line in 1 hour. Pls pray for us #LabanPilipinas #Puso #💪❤️ pic.twitter.com/kRSc21ehBB— Chot Reyes (@coachot) August 8, 2017Facing the regions’s best teams is not the only thing Gilas Pilipinas has to deal with in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.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 starsFormer national team coach Tab Baldwin said the Gilas will also have to get accustomed to the living and playing conditions in Lebanon, where, according to the American-Kiwi, traffic is much worse than it is in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I’m just like everybody else. I’m hopeful that they’re gonna be really well over there. I don’t really know what the competition is exactly,” said Baldwin, whose squad Ateneo nearly pulled off the upset against the Cadets in a tuneup Tuesday. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49Robredo: 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READcenter_img Rally in support of Kaepernick planned “They’re gonna face some tough teams there. It’s tough conditions to play in Beirut. It’s usually traffic–we think we understand traffic here but it’s a different kind over there. It can really be frustrating.”It seems like Gilas Pilipinas is already experiencing what Baldwin is talking about.Head coach Chot Reyes posting updates of their struggles getting to the practice venue because of traffic. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lebanon is hostile territory to many but it used to be a place that Baldwin once referred to as home.“Lebanon is a different place. I lived there for awhile and coached there. It’s not an easy place to play and we’re a long way from home,” said Baldwin, who coached in Lebanon for two years from 2010-2011.The Philippines opens its campaign against reigning Asian champion China on Wednesday in a rematch of the 2015 finals.The 59-year-old Baldwin was at the helm when Gilas settled for silver two years ago in Changsha, China.“Like everybody else, I hope we do well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

Junior World Cup victory puts Indian hockey on crossroads again

first_imgGolden boys: The Indian hockey team with the Junior World Cup trophyOne night during the junior men’s hockey World Cup India captain Gagan Ajit Singh sat in his hotel room in Hobart, stuck at the bottom of the world. Hobart is a long way Down Under, but Gagan was talking,Golden boys: The Indian hockey team with the Junior World Cup trophyOne night during the junior men’s hockey World Cup India captain Gagan Ajit Singh sat in his hotel room in Hobart, stuck at the bottom of the world. Hobart is a long way Down Under, but Gagan was talking history, not geography.India had just lost a crucial pool match to Australia and Gagan asked the question Indian hockey has been asked for 20 years. How is it that every time it really counted, someone else ended up celebrating and the Indian team had to put its heads down and leave the field.”Yaar, hum field pe kab nachenge (When will we be the ones dancing on the field)?” Gagan asked roommate Arjun Halappa. “Hamara din kab aayega (When is it going to be our day)?”Surely now, with the Junior World Cup trophy held up to an astonished nation, every one in Indian hockey understands. When they plan for it, when they prepare for it, when they will it, it can be their day.For the first time in more than 25 years India returned from a world hockey event with something other than regrets. India has won only three major titles in 25 years – the 1975 senior World Cup, Olympic gold in 1980 and Asian Games gold in 1998 – far too little for a country that once painted hockey’s greatest works of art but now struggles to read its modern textbooks. The under-21 World Cup and the way it was won could prove to be the key to the difficult translation.Two days after the Indians had to swallow the defeat versus Australia, they played the mighty Dutch with only one option: victory. Coach Rajinder Singh, who spent a fitful night thinking of formations, didn’t spare his team the truth.advertisement”I told them if they couldn’t win that match, there would never be a revival of Indian hockey,” he says. That’s a very heavy cross to carry even if you’re not running full tilt at goal, hockey stick in hand, white ball in focus, eyes darting, heart pumping. But Rajinder’s words freed his side.They played like it was the final, running on a battery of self-belief and energy. The Netherlands equalised three times, but the Indians scored still one more to win 4-3. They beat Germany 3-2 in the semis and Argentina 6-1 in the final.Aussie junior team coach Colin Batch was impressed. “The Indians kept improving throughout the tournament. They attacked very quickly, but also had very good defence, launching the ball a good 50-60m out of defence, bypassing the midfield,” he told INDIA TODAY.Attack and defence are not two sides of a coin but the elements of the precious metal that makes it. Post-Hobart, there is celebration over the fact that the Indians won playing “traditional” hockey with five forwards and not the “European style”. Former Olympian and ex-coach Balkishen Singh differs.”The game that we displayed was a mix of Indian skills and European thrust. It cannot and must not be interpreted as a triumph of the so-called Indian classical hockey. India has clearly evolved a new style of hockey,” he says.It’s what is being worked on at the national camp, the seniors argue, call it what you like. The tactic Batch singled out – the scoop out from the defence – is a signature move. Rajinder explained it was taken to thwart counter-attacks, break tight man-to-man marking and open up the play.The precise, nimble hand of skill fitted into the glove of modern hockey – in some parts, they’re already calling this the “Eurasian” style. Never mind the name tags. The victory was a result of a sustained programme of training and international competition for the past three years.”The 2001 Junior World Cup was seen as a target from August 1999,” says C.R. Kumar, who coached the junior squad until earlier this year. Of the 18 players in the team, 14 have played for India at various levels: juniors, ‘A’ teams, second XIs, developmental teams as well as the seniors.Most other teams in Hobart also had players who belonged to their senior squads, including two Australian internationals who had 100 caps between them. So while the Indian experience may have helped, what may have worked more was that they had played in each other’s company very often. The team was sent to Australia two weeks before the start of the Junior World Cup for practice games and acclimatisation to Hobart’s temperatures that sometimes hit 4 degrees Celsius.advertisementEvery little bit helped. The programme now in place for Indian juniors from the under-14 levels upwards is the IHF’s one bright idea that is showing results. But its feudal management policies often threaten to undo all that good work.Continuity in personnel is seen as dangerous and mild dissent is considered armed rebellion. Kumar was suddenly moved out to the senior camp at the start of the year. Rajinder, who had previously worked with the under-18s, was announced new coach two months before the World Cup.Fortunately the team made the most of Rajinder’s expertise and ensured that Kumar’s work was not wasted. Now, when there should be talk of how to translate the win into success at the senior level, there are calls to sack the seniors and groom the glory boys from Hobart for the 2004 Olympics.Senior coach Cedric D’Souza ignores it all. “The victory will give these boys confidence – when they come into the national camp they will push the seniors, there will be two-three guys fighting for one spot. It’s a healthy competitive atmosphere and that’s fantastic,” he says.The senior World Cup – the true barometer for India’s standing in the world game – is only four months away and every step taken from here on is critical. In 1997, India had finished runners-up in the Junior World Cup.The desire to fast-track those players into the senior team led to upheaval, heartburn and no less than four changes of coaches between 1998 and 2001. Former Olympian and selector M.M. Somaya wants perspective to prevail and the younger players to develop their own analytical skills.The juniors are scattered and savouring victory. Gagan to Ferozepur where there are two hockey Olympians in his family: father Ajit and uncle Harmeek.Player of the tournament Deepak Thakur to Una to talk to his father, a driver with the Himachal Pradesh Government, about how he scored 10 goals. Deep defender Jugraj Singh, whose penalty-corner hitting is called world class, to Rayya near Amritsar for an overdue haircut.And Halappa to Coorg where his parents want to know why his brand-new Oakleys sunglasses, the cool sportsman’s most vital accessory, cost more than a washing machine.To a man they are energised and empowered. What happened to very few Indian hockey players in two decades happened to them. Their day arrived. They danced. Someone else left quietly.Which is why Hobart is more than an achievement or a landmark for the sport. Hobart is hope itself. The men who run Indian hockey must now decide whether to let that hope float or sink.- with Rohit Brijnath and bureau reportslast_img read more

Chaudhary receives flak for his AP special status remarks

first_imgVijayawada, Apr 30(PTI) Union Minister Haribhai Chaudharys remark over special category status to Andhra Pradesh has evoked sharp reactions from across the political spectrum today with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu coming down heavily and terming it as “inappropriate”.”The union ministers statement on special category status is inappropriate. Not only should the Centre grant it but also extend full financial support to Andhra Pradesh till it grows on par with other states in south India,” Naidu said in a public meeting in Visakhapatnam this evening.On his part, YSR Congress president and Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy sought to blame the chief minister for the Centres attitude on the special status issue, alleging that Naidu “sold out” the states interests to the Centre.Jana Sena party chief and actor Pawan Kalyan?who supported the TDP-BJP combine in the 2014 elections and played a crucial role in the victory?too reacted on the issue asking the TDP to fight for the special status in Parliament along with opposition parties “before people of the state take to the streets”.The Union Minister of State for Home had yesterday said in the Rajya Sabha that there was no need to grant special category status to AP.Congress, which raised the special status issue through a Private Members Bill in Rajya Sabha yesterday, said the BJP betrayed the people of AP by going back on the promise of granting special status.Replying to a debate on the Private Members Bill moved by Congress MP K V P Ramachandra Rao, Choudhary questioned the need for granting special category status to AP.advertisement”When the Centre is extending adequate financial assistance, where is the need for special status? The Centre is constantly reviewing what has been done so far and what has to be done further to AP,” he added.Reacting sharply to the remarks, Naidu today said gross injustice was done to AP due to the bifurcation.”M Venkaiah Naidu (now Union Urban Development minister) raised this issue in Rajya Sabha (as opposition member in February 2014) and demanded special category state status to AP.The then Prime Minister agreed to it, though it was not included in the AP Reorganisation Act-2014,” the chief minister pointed out. (MORE) PTI DBV ARS SMJ BASlast_img read more

13 days agoSampdoria hero Vialli sorry over failed takeover bid

first_imgSampdoria hero Vialli sorry over failed takeover bidby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria hero Gianluca Vialli has spoken of his group’s failed takeover bid.Vialli’s consortium confirmed earlier in the week that they could not agree a price with Samp president Massimo Ferrero.“The reason is very simple, we didn’t agree a price with Ferrero,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s no-one’s fault. Ferrero set a price and it wasn’t possible to find a meeting point.“We regret that this thing became public and, in some way, affected the morale and results of the team, but we have a clear conscience: in the last 13 months we’ve only made two official announcements, and this is the first time I’ve talked about it personally.“I’m sorry because, apart from the time and energy I’ve invested, I was convinced that I could do a good job with the people already working at the club who, at present, aren’t getting the credit they deserve.“I would’ve worked with passion, courage and humility to represent the people connected to Sampdoria in the best way.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

History Repeating: Talking Menswear with Jenny Schwarz

first_img For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men Editors’ Recommendations Menswear designer Jenny Schwarz looks to the past to create awesome men’s clothing for the future. The ethos behind her eponymous brand calls for meticulous quality and craftsmanship fused with a rugged take on smart styling. The resulting collection is wearable and utterly unique. Intrigued, we caught up with the London-based designer to find out more. Can you talk me through the history of the brand?My brand has its roots in 1930s Bavaria, with my great grandfather who was a bespoke tailor. He was also a bit of an adventurer so in his spare time he would scale the Alps often being the lead climber (which meant that he led the way for the other climbers securing the rope to the cliff face). He also loved his horse and was often found hacking through the woodland and if he wasn’t doing that he’d most likely be perilously flying down the mountain on a pair of wooden skis. It is this strange dichotomy of the precise craftsman and the reckless explorer that ignited my interest in the man. I studied as an apprentice under the couture designer, Gabriele Blachnik in Germany and then went on to study Menswear at Central St Martins in London.In 2011 I launched my brand which remains inspired by my great grandfather and his rugged elegance. Do you think your Great Grandfather would approve of the collection?I think my great grandfather would certainly approve of all my collections and I hope he would have worn the pieces also. I can totally imagine him in some of our heavier melton jackets, dangling off a cliff whilst contemplating the cut of his next customer’s suit. I still use the same elements of tailoring that he passed down to my grandfather so he would also recognise some of the same, traditional techniques.Who is the Jenny Schwarz guy?The Jenny Schwarz guy is a little ambiguous. He is of no particular age although he must have the confidence to pull off garments that stray from the norm. Our cut remains classic so he appreciates the history and tradition in our tailored pieces yet he wants something modern and intriguing from his clothes. He doesn’t necessarily want to stand out from the crowd. Instead, he will differentiate himself by the detail and the quality. Our guy is a little unpolished, a little elegant and a little rugged. What’s your design process, from initial inspiration to finished garment?The design process is not one that can easily be defined. Although we are constrained by the regular clockwork of a year’s seasons, we will pull inspiration from everywhere and anywhere compiling a huge patchwork of ideas that come to fruition when the time is right. We’re not particularly trend-led and that allows us to bypass some of the more obvious choices and stay fresh for the consumer. We might start with pages of sketches which will be fed by inspiration, research and our imagination. After dissecting, leaving for periods of time, revisiting and re-dissecting we will reveal some of the stronger pieces at the same time we’ll be discussing fabric textures and tones and piecing the puzzle together. More often than not, the collection will evolve right up until the last minute. It’s like a balancing act between texture, tone, weight, formality, informality, editorial, commercial and many more elements. Sometimes we’ll just have a feeling that something is missing or that we need to drop a piece.Aside from your Great grandfather, who are your menswear icons?I tend not to idolise that much and I’m often teased for not recognising very famous people. I love old films and the depiction of a romantic era that we seem to have discarded. I’m thinking of Cary Grant, of James Stewart and of Humphrey Bogart and a time when we dressed up to travel or to see a show. I want to bring that to the modern audience in my pieces whilst retaining the adventure of the characters these actors portrayed. What’s next for the brand?We’ve just finished a very exciting collaboration for our AW15 collection which we’ll be releasing in January 2015. It was a lot of fun to do and we have some amazing pieces and shots as a result. It’s quite hard to keep things like that quiet for so long and funny to think that we’re already designing pieces for SS16.How do you plan to spend the holidays?As we’re currently a couple of weeks away from our holiday break we’re in full action mode right up until the minute we stop. Then we’ll be heading to Cornwall for the holidays. I plan on splitting the time between watching 1940s Sherlock Holmes films in front of a fire clutching a cup of hot chocolate and brisk, wintery strolls on the wild Cornish beaches. 7 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes that You Can Rent for Your Next Vacation A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Pornlast_img read more

Ledbury: New Collection Inspired by Quail Hunt

first_img Editors’ Recommendations When the founders of two exceptional companies admire each other’s work, something out-of-the-ordinary can happen. In this case, Ledbury teamed up with Brackish to create a Bobwhite Bow Tie as part of its latest collection.“I discovered Brackish two and a half years ago when I was in Charleston and I was blown away by the uniqueness,” said Ledbury co-founder and CEO Paul Trible.He later ran into Jeff Plotner, one of the founders of Brackish, at a social function and noticed he was dressed in Ledbury garments. They noted their appreciation for each other’s products and soon came up with the idea of collaborating. “We talked about it and it made sense to partner,” explained Trible.Ledbury hosts an annual quail hunt and this year the company designed a collection around the hunt featuring two hunting shirts made at their factory in Richmond, a belt handmade in Charlottesville, and the Bobwhite Bow Tie, handcrafted in Charleston.Each tie consists of about 40 hand-selected, sustainably sourced chukar partridge and bobwhite quail feathers. The bow tie itself is a black silk-satin, adjustable neck up to 22″, with a hook closure. Packaging includes a hand-branded wood travel case. Retail price is $250.Trible and his business partner launched Ledbury six years ago. It began as a specialty shirt maker, but they recently expanded into a full line of men’s wear—everything from jackets and pants to ties and accessories.“Every six weeks we come out with a unique collection of American made shirts,” Trible said. “We’re working on a fly fishing shirt collection now.” A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Menlast_img read more

British TV’s Darren Kennedy on the Amazing Race and his enviable style

first_img The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses Today we speak to British TV personality- Darren Kennedy.I grew up in Dublin and I starting off working as a runner on breakfast TV aged 17 while I was at Uni (studying International Business with French & Spanish). After a stint living in Paris, I came home and started working in TV, researching and eventually producing, presenting and developing a raft of entertainment programmes including the Emmy Award winning Amazing Race. I’ve been lucky to maintain creative input in many of my TV projects including my series ‘The Unemployables’ (think Benefits Street meets The Undatables) which went on to be nominated for best new TV format at the European Broadcasting Union Awards. Outside of television, I also collaborate with master tailor Louis Copeland to design my ‘DKxLC’ collection which is now in it’s sixth successful season and this year I launched the first ‘Darren Kennedy Recommends’ Edit at Specsavers.As for Darren’s personal style:Jeans: Swedish brand AcneMy go-to is the ‘Max’, a Slim fit, low rise jean tapered from the knee down.Shirts: Comme des GarçonsThis Japanese label puts a creative spin on wardrobe building blocks. There’s always something slightly off-beat, which I like, with lots of bold patterns, colours and shapes. I’m mad for a Cuban collar and the bowling shirt right now. I like them cut in a roomy, comfortable fit. They work  really well with a tailored jacket and trousers for a chilled our summer suiting vibe.Pants: DKxLC suit trousersI like breaking up my suits and wearing each piece separately in different outfits. At the moment, I’m getting lots of wear from the bottle green pants (part of a two –piece from my current collection). They’re a silk and wool blend so incredible comfortable and cool to wear in summer.Suits: DKxLCObviously I’m biased but the ‘Malahide’ blue and white striped seersucker two piece with broad peaked lapel and tapered leg is a summer must-have. Not for the faint-hearted, this is a statement style.Shoes: NikeTrainers are a minor obsession of mine. Always great with chinos or jeans and a great when paired with tailoring for a more laid back look. My most recent purchase are a pair of leather woven Air Max in tan with woven detailing around the edge where the sole mets.Accessories: BrügglerFor anyone interested in personalization, you’ll love Bruggler. The Zurich-based watchmakers have developed an online platform that offers Swiss made-to-measure timepieces that you design online but which are assembled using traditional age-old techniques from companies in the Swiss Jura valleys that have been judged ‘best in class’.Outerwear: Tommy Hilfiger Trench Coat.The trench is a classic for a reason. I like to keep mine simple – light taupe colour and coming to a couple of inches above the knee to keep it contemporary.Favorite Cologne: Tom Ford Azure Lime from the private collection.Your favorite App: The iMovie app. It allows me to edit my YouTube videos on the go and upload directly to my channel. When you spend as much time on airplanes as I do, it’s an essential.Favorite piece of technology: iPhoneNext tech purchase: Macbook AirI was just thinking this morning it’s time for an upgrade. I’ve recently run out of storage and my current Macbook has become tediously slow! Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Is Falconer the Coolest Drinks Industry Profession Out There? Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

MOAS: We Need Funding for Life-Saving Drones

first_imgThis year we also have Médecins Sans Frontières (MSN) on board, which has also provided us with a significant donation for the ship, as well as some private donors that are helping us with the fuel.But again, one of our biggest items at the moment is the funding of the drones, and we are trying to send the message to people that this technology is literally saving lives. It allows us to find migrant boats before any other ships, because we are the only ones flying out drones in the Mediterranean right now. We hope to inspire people and our private donors to help us fund the use of this equipment past June.WMN: This year you extended your operations from two months to six months a year. Do you see MOAS becoming a year-round operation?C. Catrambone: We would like to be an operation that is out at sea year-round. This season we are only operating until the end of October. The main reason we are not operating year-round is the costs. We need EUR 600,000 per month to cover all the expenses. Based on the funding that we have right now, we have enough to run the ship, the crew, and for the supplies until October, but we do not have enough funds to run the drones.We are on the verge of losing our main advantage at sea if we do not get enough donations to fund the use of the drones, which is quite expensive even at cost. We use two Schiebel S 100 helicopter drones and they are very expensive to maintain.So right now we are seeking for funding to cover all the expenses until the end of October. We need drone funding for the period from July to October. After we have our funding for this season guaranteed, we will continue to push for a year-round funding and additional ships as well. But let me make one thing clear – we wish that we weren’t needed and that this migrant situation could be solved and we didn’t have to be out there. We are not this NGO that is always going to seek to be around, we are looking to solve the problem, to inspire people to do something. And we have done so. We have another MSN ship, the Bourbon Argos, that is out there. We have other initiatives that are happening as we speak.One of our main goals is to eliminate death at sea in the Mediterranean, and until that day comes we are going to continue patrolling the Mediterranean and helping people in distress.WMN: Do you see MOAS becoming unneeded in the near future?C. Catrambone: Yes. I really do hope so.WMN: What are the reasons for your optimism?C. Catrambone: I am very optimistic. I believe that we are humanizing the problem, we are talking to the people we are rescuing, we are sharing their stories with the public. We are trying to show the public what a perilous journey these people are embarking on.As more and more people understand the reality of what is happening, we feel that the public and the governments are going to respond and eradicate this death at sea. This is happening at Europe’s doorstep, in busy global shipping lanes.WMN: Talking of the busy shipping lanes, what should be the role of the commercial ships in these search and rescue operations?C. Catrambone: Commercial shipping vessels are having an unnecessary burden of conducting the migrant rescues. They are putting themselves and migrants at risk. Commercial vessels are not meant to conduct search and rescue operations and accommodate hundreds of people at one time. If you have a commercial vessel with a 15 meter high freeboard, and a migrant that has been on a boat for more than twenty hours has to climb up fifteen meters on a rope ladder to get to safety, the situation poses a great danger. This is also a stressful ordeal for captains of commercial vessels who have to maneuver close to these migrant boats. We have already seen instances in which vessels capsized while being rescued by commercial ships. This is something that merchant vessels should not have to be dealing with.WMN: Whose responsibility is to deal with the problem of the migration in the Mediterranean?C. Catrambone: The main responsibility for the problem lies in the global community. The global community at large should react because we believe that this is not solely Europe’s problem, but a global one. The world needs to get behind a unified strategy to conduct search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, but also tackle the larger roots of the problem, such as the stabilization of Libya and other African and Middle Eastern countries from which these people are fleeing.These are not just war refugees from Syria, we have asylum seekers and economic migrants from different countries. This is what you might call a mixed migration. People from different countries and different backgrounds are all coming to Libya to embark on a boat to Europe.MOAS believes that no one has the right to say that these migrants cannot pursue happiness and a promise of a better life. That is the ultimate argument here, and that is why we are trying to humanize people that are suffering and dying at sea.We rely very much on our governments to solve our problems. MOAS is trying to show who these people are. We have world media on board showing these rescues that are happening to the people. I think that because there has been a lack of engagement by civil society to be a witness to what is happening, the public just doesn’t know. If the public is unaware of the problem, and it isn’t shown the imagery and the videos of what is happening, they just view them as some people on a boat. We have to humanize these people on the boats by sharing their stories.We have had unaccompanied minors, namely a 13-year-old boy from Eritrea who had left his home because of the persecution. The boy struck me as a very smart and ambitious person, already leading a life of an adult, a life miles away from that of an average 13-year-old in the USA.WMN: What is your position on the EU’s 10-point action plan. Is it enough?C. Catrambone: I think that any plan of action by the EU is a good action and a step in the right direction. The action plan is an indicator that they are taking the matter seriously. The problem with any of the current plans is that they are not prioritizing search and rescue assets. The FRONTEX mandate is a border-protection mandate, and not a search and rescue one. The most important thing lacking at the moment is vessels absolutely dedicated to conducting search and rescue.WMN: Recently we saw 5,000 migrants being saved over one weekend, the biggest wave of migrants in 2015. Can we expect more of these “big waves”? Is there any way of predicting another inflow of migrants?C. Catrambone: The smugglers use the tactic of overwhelming the system. That is to say overwhelming the coast guards, the rescue coordination centers and every single commercial and military vessel in the area, creating an ‘’all hands on deck’’ situation, by sending out massive waves of people on boats. And this tactic of sending many boats at one time has proven successful thus far. This last incident involved over 20 boats that were rescued.This will continue and it will get bigger. There is more people that will come, and I think that we have seen nothing yet. We are not even at the heart of the season, yet. zoom The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) was born from one family’s need to reach out to people in distress and make a difference. Christopher and Regina Catrambone of Malta were on a yachting holiday visiting Italy’s island of Lampedusa when they spotted a winter jacket floating in the water. When they asked the yacht’s captain, who happened to be a 26-year veteran in migrant search and rescue operations, about the jacket, he told them that it belonged to somebody who lost their life trying to reach Europe.The idea that this part of the world, considered by many to be an image of heaven, was at the same time a hell for so many migrants that are drowning struck a chord with the Catrambones.Around the same time, Pope Francis visited Lampedusa and discussed the globalization of indifference of people towards other human beings’ suffering, and the fact that we were allowing people to continue to die on Europe’s doorstep.The Catrambone familyUltimately, these were the main driving factors for the Catrambones to look into the ways they can help alleviate the problem, starting MOAS behind a motto that ”no one deserves to die at sea.”World Maritime News staff talked to Christopher Catrambone, the founder of MOAS, to find out more about their current pressing issues, problems this NGO is facing, and their ultimate goals.WMN: How difficult was it for you to start MOAS?C. Catrambone: We run a company called Tangiers Group, which is a rescue company in a way, providing insurance and rescues in some of the world’s most dangerous places. So, we knew what we were doing when we started MOAS, but at the same time this was something new for us because we had not been in the maritime business prior to this. Our first point of action was trying to find a vessel that would satisfy the need for a rescue ship. We started travelling the world in search of a ship and found the Phoenix in Norfolk, Virginia. We added a helipad on board so we could launch drones from the ship, which have proved to be an added plus.The PhoenixWMN: In what way are the drones an added plus?C. Catrambone: The drones are one of the biggest reasons why we are finding migrant boats. Five out of the eight boats rescued this year were located by our drones in advance. We plot a search grid that covers a vast amount of area, and the area is scanned in a short amount of time. The drones are very fast and they have very sophisticated infra-red cameras installed. Prior to using the drones we felt like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But now, by using infra-red technology, we are able to pick up heat emitted by migrants while flying 2,000 feet in the air.We have done a lot of research on how drones could be useful in search and rescue operations, and we started scouring the market. Schiebel had the best and the safest model. I contacted the company and told them about our plan, and they offered to support us. This was a first for them as well, because we are the first civilian boat to use their drone technology. Last year my wife and I funded the entire operation, while this year Schiebel sponsored us and is giving us the drones at cost. The cost is obviously still very high, and this is where we are trying to raise funds right now. Come end of June, we do not have enough funding to continue using the drones on board the Phoenix.WMN: In terms of financing, how would you describe the feedback from donors? Has interest in donating increased/decreased over the recent period?C. Catrambone: Our main source of donations comes from crowd funding from everyday people that are at their homes, watching this tragedy unfolding and deciding to help. For us this is the best thing in the world, because these everyday people want to help and get involved. They are tired of watching TV and seeing thousands of people dying in the Mediterranean every year. People want to make a difference, and when governments don’t respond appropriately, it creates an avenue for people to contribute to something that is saving lives. We have so far this year saved 1,813 lives thanks to their initiative. Last year we saved 3,000 people in sixty days.center_img MOAS in action.WMN: EU has recently set up a EUNAVFOR MED to fight organized smuggling rings. One of the approved actions is seizing and destroying all vessels linked to smuggling operations. Do you agree with with such approach?C. Catrambone: I believe it is going to be very difficult for them to identify boats on the shores of Libya which are used for people smuggling, seeing that many of these boats are fishing vessels.Navies have been known to destroy boats once the migrants were rescued from them. But a military operation to target fishing boats that are on the shore of Libya is a mistake because there is no way to determine which boats are being used for smuggling.We need to understand more about the situation in Libya prior to conducting any military action of such sort. We need to talk to people involved. It seems to me that Libya wants to fight this problem, too. I don’t think that the Libyans want to allow this to continue. There are many other steps that need to take place before a military action is even considered. There needs to be communication established between the EU and both governments in Libya, as well as funds provided to the Libyan coast guard. Their coast guard is currently funded by the local communities. They need to be able to halt the migrant boats and tackle this problem in their country.There is no use of trying to bomb vessels if you are unsure which ones belong to smugglers and which belong to fishermen that are providing for their families.World Maritime News Staff; Images: MOASlast_img read more

Tax Exemptions Cost Government MAD 32 Billion in Revenues in 2016

Rabat – Tax exemptions cost the government MAD 32 billion in 2016, according a report on the matter released on the sidelines of the political drama related to the tabled 2017 budget bill.The share of taxed income stood at 15.2 percent in 2016, against 15.6 percent last year, though, as a portion of GDP, revenues remained stable at 3.2 percent, the 2017 Finance Law Project said.The increase in the monetary value of this year’s tax losses stemmed from the heightened exemptions offered to certain sectors, such as housing and military equipment, the two of which saw combined exemptions worth MAD 620 million. The exemption on transferable securities cost MAD 108 million. The tax analysis also shows that revenues from corporate taxes have fallen by over 10 percent, while revenues from the value-added tax (VAT) have risen by over five percent.Accordingly, 43.7 percent of the exemptions benefitted corporations, while 26 percent advantaged Moroccan households.The project also noted that the government would generate over MAD 10 billion from alcohol, gambling and cigarette sales.A total of MAD 1.26 billion of domestic tax revenues in 2016 will come from alcohol, MAD 9.1 billion from cigarettes and MAD 160 million from gambling.Several newspapers criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (PJD) “contradictory moralistic discourse” due to the Islamist identity it has exploited to win elections.Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, PJD’s Secretary-General, said that the religious orientation of the party does not determine the policies of the government, but added that one can call any government policy truly “Islamic.” read more

MTY Food Group reports Q2 profit up from year ago samestore sales

Companies in this story: (TSX:MTY) MONTREAL — MTY Food Group Inc. reported a profit of $19.3 million in its latest quarter, up from $16.2 million in the same period last year.The franchisor and operator of a broad range of restaurants says the profit amounted to 76 cents per share for the quarter ended that May 31, up from 64 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue in the company’s second quarter totalled $103.6 million, up from $107.4 million, boosted by an increase in sales and the acquisition of Casa Grecque late last year.MTY said consolidated same-store sales were up 0.6 per cent boosted by a 1.4 per cent improvement in Canada and a 0.6 per cent gain in the U.S.Same-store sales in its international markets were down 9.2 per cent.MTY’s restaurants include shopping mall food court staples such as Thai Express, Vanellis and Manchu Wok, as well as full-service restaurants such as Baton Rouge, Pizza Delight and Scores. The Canadian Press read more

New General Assembly President pledges attention to balanced priorities

While acknowledging the primacy of the UN Security Council in its field, Mr. Kavan said the General Assembly “can effectively contribute to the common fight against international terrorism primarily through conflict prevention.”Speaking to reporters at a press briefing, the new President also drew a link between globalization and the enhancement of peace and security, noting that extreme poverty could combine with other factors to foster terrorist behaviour. Responding to questions, Mr. Kavan stressed the need to strike a balance in the Assembly’s work. “Obviously presented with such sensitive subjects as the possible measures taken against the Saddam Hussein regime, this cannot be and should not be ignored by the General Assembly,” he added, pledging to ensure that the matter would not sweep other issues “off the table.”The President also said it was his understanding that the majority of Member States would prefer a political solution to a military one in Iraq, especially if the political solution would resolve some problems, not just postpone them. “I very much welcomed the emergence of an international anti-terrorist coalition which emerged after 11 September,” he said. “I think the survival of this coalition is of utmost importance, particularly in the context of the still existing menace of international terrorism, and I do hope that steps taken against Iraq will be taken in such a way that the coherence of this coalition will not be threatened.” read more

By the numbers Ohio State fends off late Minnesota comeback stays undefeated

OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott is lifted into the air by senior right tackle Chase Ferris following Eillott’s 15-yard touchdown run in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones took back the reins for the Buckeye offense, and OSU held off a late rally from the Minnesota Golden Gophers to win 28-14 inside Ohio Stadium on Saturday night.Jones played an efficient game, going 12-of-22 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown while adding 65 yards and another touchdown on the ground against a stout Minnesota defense that nearly upset Michigan in its previous game. However, the offense was still never able to find its groove, leaving a lot of people wondering if redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett will take over once again next week at Illinois.In all, the Buckeye offense was able to pile up 376 yards of offense, which featured another strong performance by junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, who added 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Buckeyes, despite being held scoreless once again in the first quarter, scored the first 21 points of the game, but the top performers from Saturday night were unquestionably the entire defensive unit.The Buckeye defense played an excellent game, holding Minnesota to only 33 rushing yards on the night. This forced redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner to make plays through the air. Leidner did up passing for 281 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown by OSU junior safety Vonn Bell. OSU was able to keep the Golden Gophers off the board until the fourth quarter.OSU is scheduled to play its final three regular-season games — two on the road — all against teams with winning records, starting with Illinois last week. Minnesota, after dropping two consecutive games since coach Jerry Kill retired, will hit the road to play at undefeated Iowa next week as it fights to reach bowl eligibility for the year.By the numbers:10 – The current win streak for the Buckeyes over the Golden Gophers.2 – Since 1967, Minnesota has only beaten OSU twice (1981 and 2000).8 and 6 – OSU’s football successes are well known, as it claims eight national titles, the sixth most all time. Minnesota, however, has had some great successes as well and claims six national titles, the eighth most all time.14 – Elliott has now ran for at least 100 yards in 14 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the nation.29 – OSU has now won 29 straight regular-season Big Ten conference games. Not only is it the longest win streak ever in the Big Ten, it is also tied for the longest conference winning streak of all time with Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference.22 – The Buckeyes have now won 22 straight games, which is tied for the second longest winning streak in school history. The longest streak in OSU history is 24 straight wins during Urban Meyer’s first two seasons as head coach. read more

Windows Store will serve both Metro and regular Windows apps includes ad

first_imgSteven Sinfosky said at Build 2011 that most of the new functionality in Windows 8 is still turned off in that developer preview you probably downloaded. One of those disabled features you might be wishing you could check out is the Windows Store — and it’s certainly something worth getting curious about.We know a bit about Windows Store already. For starters, it will be the only place to download apps designed to run on the touch-friendly Windows 8 Metro desktop. Much as it does with the Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft wants to maintain veto power — so that it can ensure Windows 8 apps are adhering to the Metro design language and Microsoft’s other guidelines and expectations.The Windows Store won’t just offer Metro apps, however. It’s also going to offer plain-vanilla Windows programs — like the ones you’ve been installing on your desktops and laptops since the early days of Windows. This type of app won’t even have to be designed with Windows 8 specifically in mind — meaning that Windows 7 (or heck, maybe even Vista and XP) users will reap some benefits from the Windows Store as well.Again, like the Marketplace, developers will be able to offer free apps, paid apps, and trial versions. They’ll also have access to a Microsoft-powered ad platform, making it easy to monetize their apps not just on Windows — but also on the Xbox 360 and Windows Phone devices (where the platform is already available).Want to get listed with the Windows Store’s featured apps (the Spotlight section on its landing page)? It’s going to have to be good, and it’s going to have to be popular. Microsoft has stated that it won’t be offering sponsored places for apps among its featured listings.Microsoft is also doing its best to facilitate app discovery. For example, if a website (let’s say Geek.com — we can dream, right?) offers a Windows app, Internet Explorer 10 will show an icon in the address bar that a user can click to head to the store and download it. It’s also worth noting that your purchases and downloads will be tied to your user account, not to a specific device. That opens the door for developers to offer a single purchase for, say, multiple versions of downloadable games that run on all three screens (Windows, Xbox, and Windows Phone) — or for multi-license apps like Office Home and Student or anti-malware suites.There’s still plenty more to discover about the Windows Store, so stay tuned.Read more at Winrumorslast_img read more

WATCH Which classic folk song deserves to be called Irelands favourite

first_img By Conor McCrave WATCH: Which classic folk song deserves to be called Ireland’s favourite? Artists including singer Niamh Farrell and Villagers who perform tracks chosen by the public. https://jrnl.ie/4608180 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 27th 2019, 12:02 PM 113 Comments Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeThe Town I Loved So Well – The Henry Girls Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeThe Green Fields of France – Niamh Farrell and Niall Hanna Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeThe Foggy Dew – Daoirí Farrell Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeDanny Boy – Declan O’Rourke Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeA Rainy Rainy Night in SoHo – Steo Wall Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeOn Raglan Road – Villagers Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeThe Parting Glass – Freddie White Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeThe public can vote for their favourite performances here. center_img THE SEARCH IS on to find Ireland’s favourite folk song after people voted for the tune they think is the country’s best.A new series set to air on RTÉ this weekend, and hosted by songstress Mary Black – Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song – will showcase the songs that the nation voted for.Throughout the five-part series, well-known faces from across the country will take to the stage with their own rendition of the top 10 folk songs as chosen by the public, while also deep-diving into the history behind them.Some of the artists on the line-up for the show include Niamh Farrell, teen singing sensation Sibéal, and Conor O’Brien from indie folk band The Villagers.Other artists performing include Saint Sister, The Henry Girls and Steo Wall.Here are all the stars and their songs, which are set to feature across the five episodes.Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song airs on RTÉ One on Sunday at 7.30pm.Only a Woman’s Heart – Saint Sisters Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeÓró Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile – Lumiere, Síbeal and Nicola Joyce Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeRocky Road to Dublin – Lankum Short URL Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 12:01 PM Share Tweet Email13 72,318 Views last_img read more

Luna 1878

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Every Wednesday, throughout August, the Queen Victoria Market comes alive at night with Luna 1878. Winter in Melbourne is about to change forever. In the dead of winter comes an experience to enliven the senses. Luna 1878 celebrates the night with a winter night market. Embracing authentic local Melbourne talent, you will be surprised, romanced and wined & dined by heart warming food and a specialty bar, creating one of Melbourne’s new destinations and rituals in the winter. To see what is brewing in the night, you will need to head to the Queen Victoria Market in August and get ready to see, hear and touch the wonders of Luna 1878.last_img read more

Work begins on La Center sewer line

first_imgLA CENTER — A project that should lay the groundwork for new business in La Center is underway.Tapani Inc. broke ground July 17 on a project to install a new pump station and sewer line east of Interstate 5, at the western end of the city. When completed, the pipeline will link the city’s wastewater treatment plant to the I-5 La Center junction.The availability of sewer services should trigger commercial development closer to the freeway and to the stream of traffic en route to the 3-month-old Ilani Casino Resort, said land-use consultant Eric Eisemann.“Before the casino was a reality, the city was looking for a way to open up the junction for development, but they didn’t have a sewer line there,” he said. “Developments will probably be more attracted to the area due to our neighbor to the west.”Some businesses have already talked to city representatives, but nothing is set in stone.“Development is hard to predict, but there are definitely some people hoping to build as soon as we get done with the sewer line,” Eisemann said.The new infrastructure is the result of a $5 million grant from the Cowlitz Tribe, as part of an intergovernmental agreement dating to February 2016. The tribe originally planned to link Iliani’s wastewater system to La Center’s treatment facility, but that was ultimately found to violate land-use planning policies.last_img read more

Nagelsmann Im worried my RB Leipzig move will make players dissatisfied

first_imgHoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann admits he’s worried that his impending switch to RB Leipzig this summer will create further dissatisfaction for his squadAfter taking charge of Hoffenheim in February 2016, Nagelsmann has become one of Europe’s most exciting young coaches at the age of 31 following back-to-back top-four finishes in the Bundesliga.But Leipzig made a surprise announcement last summer by revealing that Nagelsmann will become their new manager for the 2019/20 campaign.And the German admits he’s worried over how his players will handle this with Hoffenheim down in seventh in the standings this season.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“If a player is dissatisfied and knows that the coach will no longer be there in the summer, there is always the danger that the dissatisfaction will grow a bit more and that more will be made known,” Nagelsmann told Bild.“But it makes little sense for a player now to not give everything he can or to be more angry.”Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp confirmed last month they’ve interviewed a candidate to replace Nagelsmann with Red Bull Salzburg manager Marco Rose being the reported favourite.last_img read more

Amazing video of Orca whales swimming behind boat off coast of San

first_imgAmazing video of Orca whales swimming behind boat off coast of San Diego Posted: September 11, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new video of a pod of Orca whales swimming near a boat is making a splash.The video comes courtesy of BRINK Expeditions.The encounter happened near the Coronado Islands in Mexican waters and lasted for an hour and a half. The whales can be seen racing alongside the boat, and jumping in the boat’s wake. Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwittercenter_img Mike McKinnon III September 11, 2018 Updated: 9:10 AMlast_img read more

Final arguments wrap up in Zimmerman trial

first_imgSANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman’s lawyers made one last attempt Friday to convince a jury the neighborhood watch volunteer shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense, saying the prosecution’s case for murder is built on “could’ve beens” and “maybes.”The jury was expected to begin deliberations as early as Friday afternoon after receiving dueling portraits of Zimmerman: a wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning volunteer who feared for his life in a struggle with the unarmed teenager who was slamming his head into concrete.Attorney Mark O’Mara told jurors the burden was on prosecutors, and said they hadn’t proven Zimmerman’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.“If it hasn’t been proven, it’s just not there,” O’Mara said. “You can’t fill in the gaps. You can’t connect the dots. You’re not allowed to.”Prosecutor John Guy followed with a rebuttal, accusing Zimmerman of telling “so many lies.” He said Martin’s last feeling was fear as Zimmerman followed him in a neighborhood on a rainy night Feb. 26, 2012.last_img read more

2nd Murkowski Energy Bill Has Controversies Lacking in 1st

first_imgYesterday Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced an energy bill that steered clear of hot-button issues to ensure Democratic support. Today, the Alaska Republican sponsored a separate energy bill of just hot buttons. The bill would end the ban on exports of crude oil. It also includes state revenue-sharing for off-shore oil development. The bill would direct revenues from Alaska’s outer continental shelf to the state, coastal communities, and tribes. The bill also has revenue sharing for Gulf of Mexico and Southern Atlantic states.Download Audiolast_img read more