Standhardinger beats PBA draft deadline

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Travel-weary Yemenis dream big UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games From among the homegrown talents, the applications of Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks are also being keenly awaited by fans. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Philippine Basketball Association Draft pool just got its first legitimate talent who can turn a franchise around.Christian Standhardinger declared for the Draft on Monday as applications for overseas-born aspirants closed, immediately becoming the hands-down top overall prospect because of his size and exemplary attitude.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger, whose mother hails from Angono, Rizal, easily stands out from a bumper crop of aspirants who beat the deadline, counting former La Salle ace Jason Perkins and San Beda College’s Davon Potts.Standhardinger, 27, stood out in the Jones Cup in Taiwan, Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, where the Philippines took the gold medal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe is seen as someone who can dominate the middle in the PBA much like June Mar Fajardo has done for San Miguel Beer.The Draft is set on Oct. 29 with KIA Picanto likely to have the top overall pick. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Anish Bhanwala fails to recreate CWG 2018 magic

first_imgAnish Bhanwala, the 15-year-old Commonwealth Games 2018 gold medallist, was found wanting in Palembang at the Asian Games 2018 when he bowed out of the event without a medal to his name on Saturday.Bhanwala put up a below-par performance as he failed to make it to the finals of the event, failing to live up to the expectations he went to Indonesia with.CWG 2018 had given India two star shooters in Bhanwala and Manu Bhaker and both struggled to get going at the Asian Games. While Bhaker failed in all her three events, losing in finals in two and failing to qualify for the finals in one, Bhanwala had just one event and he could not get into the finals there.Bhanwala had produced a fine performance in the qualification on Friday but on the second day, he could not reproduce that performance and finished ninth overall with a score of 576. Another Indian in the fray, Shivam Shukla, suffered a washout and ended 11th with 569.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 7 LIVE UPDATESThe top six qualified for the finals where China’s Zhaonan Yao won the gold with a Games Record score of 34. Silver also went to China with Junmin Lin shooting 33 and bronze went to South Korea’s Kim Junhong, who shot 29.Bhanwala, who is from Karnal, was in third spot after the qualification yesterday.The competition has been a mixed bag for India’s promising teenagers. Saurabh Chaudhary, 16, and Shardul Vihan, 15, brought laurels to the country with their sensational performances, winning gold and silver respectively. And then there was Bhaker and Bhanwala.advertisement”I was under pressure yesterday but not today. I just shot badly. It can happen sometimes. I am disappointed but need to move on,” Bhanwala told PTI looking ahead with the World Championships beginning in Changwon on August 31.”There were expectations but like I said, in shooting it is all about how you perform on the day. I could not do it today and I will try to do better at the Worlds,” added the teenager, who took the failure sportingly.India has so far won nine shooting medals at the Games, including two pistol gold medals from Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat.The men’s and women’s skeet qualification were also held today. Ganemot Sekhon and Rashmi Rathore were in ninth and 10th place respectively.In men’s skeet, Sheeraz Sheikh and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa were placed 10th and 13th after day one.Another qualification session and the finals will be held tomorrow, the final day of the competition.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Some Ohio State Fans Aren’t Thrilled With J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones Visiting Texas

first_imgCardale Jones throwing a pass at an Ohio State football practice.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: Quarterbacks J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes watch alongside Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes as Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the offense for the Ohio State Buckeyes Gray team against the Scarlet team at Ohio Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are indelibly part of Ohio State history. After an injury to Braxton Miller, Barrett took over as starter in 2014, and got Ohio State into position to make the first ever College Football Playoff, and Jones ran with that momentum after Barrett suffered an injury against Michigan, and captured the national championship.Another big part of that team? Offensive coordinator Tom Herman.Ohio State could never quite recreate the offense that Herman engineered that season in the years since. He parlayed that into a highly successful stint as head coach at Houston, and ultimately, Texas.J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones were in Austin over the weekend, visiting Tom Herman and some of their former Ohio State coaches now with the Texas Longhorns.Tim Beck, who was on Ohio State’s staff from 2015-16 before joining Herman in Texas as offensive coordinator, posted a photo of the two former Buckeyes in Texas gear.Love seeing @JT_theQB4th and @Cardale7_ again. 2 of the Best ever ! #Family pic.twitter.com/wyA7bpgLVA— Tim Beck (@Coachtimbeck) March 30, 2019Texas also posted a video on the visit the two QBs made.“He’s a guy that mentors me to this day” – @Cardale7_ “He’s like family to me” – J.T. Barrett …on Texas Head Coach Tom Herman. #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/vSlc7jmBLW— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) March 31, 2019Unfortunately, you could probably guess that some fans took this the wrong way.this is a hate crime— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) March 31, 2019Blasphemy! #GoBucks— Pat Williams (@PatWilliamsOH) March 31, 2019I’m gonna pretend I never saw this.— JayRPh (@JayRPh) March 31, 2019At first I didn’t really care about the whole JT Barrett and Cardale Jones wearing Texas shirts. Then my brain kicked in and I remembered that Texas’ snitch of a coach is the reason Ohio State was in the mess they were last July. Got to be smarter than that.— Joseph (@BuckeyevsTworld) March 31, 2019Wtf are you two wearing?— Tony Reams (@Real_TReams) March 31, 2019One fan, who has since deleted his tweet, went after Cardale, and caught major blow back.Usually dont entertain jerks but let’s get something clear, Buckeyes FOR LIFE. We came to visit & support men we look up to and who helped developed us to be the men we are today. I support former teammates & coach, no matter what school they are at but 1, ❌ichigan. So fuck off https://t.co/KEqeZtCvCG— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) March 31, 2019And Cardale is right. There’s no real doubt which program he supports first, but Herman and Beck were incredibly important figures in his and J.T.’s college careers. Wearing burnt orange on one visit shouldn’t draw that much ire, considering how much they gave to Ohio State.last_img read more

Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 39

first_img India Today Web Desk Chester-le-StreetJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 13:08 IST West Indies are ranked 9th in the points table. (Reuters Photo)Sri Lanka will face West Indies in Match 39 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Riverside Cricket Stadium in Chester-le-Street on Monday.Sri Lanka Cricket Team had a very poor run of performances before a 20-run win over England pumped life in their campaign. However, nine-wicket defeat against South Africa jeopardized their further chances in the tournament.Sri Lanka are placed seventh on the points table with six points from seven matches and will need to win their remaining two games besides hoping for favourable outcomes in England and Pakistan’s remaining fixtures.The Jason Holder-led West Indies, on the other hand, have managed just one win from seven outings while one match was washed out. With only three points in their kitty, the two-time former champions have nothing to lose and will aim to finish on a high and spoil Sri Lanka’s slim chances of advancing to the semifinals.BatsmenKusal Perera: the left-handed opener has only made 191 runs from his 5 matches but leads his side in terms of the strike-rate and thus becomes an automatic selection.Chris Gayle should be the next one in your team for sure. The big-hitting West Indian opener hasn’t been at his best in the tournament so far with 200 runs from seven games but it becomes very difficult to overlook a batsman like Chris Gayle when making a Dream11 team as he can take apart any bowling lineup on his day.Avishka Fernando has had good starts against England and South Africa and he should be your batsman at No 3. Shimron Hetmyer would be a good choice at No.4 as the young West Indian has all the talent in the world and is dangerous on his day. He is averaging over 37 in this tournament.advertisementWicketkeeperShai Hope should be your automatic choice for wicket-keeper as he has scored 192 runs with an average of 32 for the Windies.All-roundersCarlos Brathwaite should be the first all-rounder in your team as he showed his class with the bat against New Zealand when he almost pulled off a miracle with his maiden hundred but sadly his knock went in vain.Thisara Perera can be your other all-rounder in the team with his ability to strike big when required with the bat and also pick up wickets.BowlersLasith Malinga seems the first name in your bowling department. Malinga showed glimpses of his heyday against England with 4 wickets to his name and rattle any batting line-up on his day.Sheldon Cottrell has been fast and furious for the Windies and provided a lot of wickets for them with the new ball. He has picked 11 wickets from 7 games at 25.45 which also includes a four-wicket haul against New Zealand. Isuru Udana and Oshane Thomas can be next two picks for your dream 11 team.Sri Lanka vs West Indies Dream11 suggested Playing XI: Kusal Perera (vice-captain), Chris Gayle, Avishka Fernando, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite(captain), Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Sheldon Cottrell, Isuru Udana and Oshane Thomas.Squads:West Indies: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Ashley Nurse, Shannon GabrielSri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Milinda Siriwardana, Kasun RajithaAlso Read | Sri Lanka vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather updates in Chester-le-Street todayAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Sri Lanka vs West IndiesFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Dream 11 PredictionFollow SL vs WI dream 11 Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 39Dream11 Prediction, Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Sri Lanka face an uphill task but they will look to punch above their weight when they face an unpredictable West Indies at the Riverside Cricket Ground on Monday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Conférence jeunesse sur la démocratie et la participation citoyenne active

first_imgQuatre-vingt élèves du secondaire de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de différents pays, notamment la Corée, l’Allemagne, la République tchèque, le Mexique et le Royaume-Uni, se réuniront pour une conférence de deux jours sur la démocratie et la participation citoyenne active à compter d’aujourd’hui 17 octobre, au Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, à Cornwallis. Commanditée par Démocratie 250 et EduNova, et organisée par l’Université King’s College, la conférence inclura une variété d’ateliers, de séminaires et de discussions de groupe. Les sujets de discussion incluent notamment l’évolution de la démocratie parlementaire au Canada, le leadership en matière de démocratie active, et les rôles des médias et de la magistrature dans une démocratie. Les élèves participants, sélectionnés par leurs écoles et par les conseils scolaires locaux pour leur potentiel en matière de leadership, participeront à un programme interactif qui les encourage à partager leurs expériences et leurs points de vue sur la participation citoyenne active. John Hamm, co-président de Démocratie 250, affirme que : « Le fait de réunir les élèves avec leurs homologues de partout au monde leur permet d’apprendre les uns des autres, de partager leurs expériences et d’apprécier davantage leur histoire.»last_img read more

Royal Moroccan Navy Rescues 202 Irregular Migrants in Mediterranean

Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Navy rescued 202 irregular migrants, mostly sub-Saharans onboard unsafe boats, in the Mediterranean Sea on December 22 and 23.The migrants included women and children, a military source has said.The source added that five bodies were also found in these boats, adding that the rescued people received the necessary first aid as they were found in bad condition. The migrants were transported to the ports of Nador, Tangier, and Al Hoceima. Morocco has dismantled a dozen irregular migration networks throughout the year.  On December 21, police in Tangier disbanded a human trafficking network.Morocco has become not only a transit country for migrants but also sometimes a final destination.Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, has said that Morocco wants African migrants in the country to enjoy civil rights and a good quality of life as much as it wishes for Moroccans abroad to do so.Read Also: Norway Allocates €400,000 to Help Migrants Staying in MoroccoBourita also emphasized, in the aftermath of the approval of the global compact on migration, that migrants should not be treated as criminals.Earlier this month, the European Union pledged an aid of  €148 million to financially assist Morocco on the migration front.A statement published the European Commission’s website announced that the European body will pledge a further €148 million to financially assist Morocco on the migration front.The statement added that “the additional funding adopted under the EU emergency Trust Fund for Africa will bring the overall migration-related assistance to Morocco to €148 million in 2018. It will help step up the fight against migrant smuggling and trafficking of human beings, including through reinforced integrated border management.” read more

Cop who cracked down on protests picked to cleanup Sathosa

“Today I am appointing retired SSP Ranagala to ensure discipline among rank and file at Lanka Sathosa” the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said today. A former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) who was best known for cracking down on protests by students and civil society in the past, has been appointed as a management expert to crackdown on corruption at state owned Sathosa.The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that former SSP Premalal Ranagala has been brought in to commence the clean-up of Sathosa in order to make the institution a viable entity again. “We have minimised Lanka Sathosa losses in a big way. Sathosa shops do not charge VAT from essential items. Computerisation of the Lanka Sathosa network has to go ahead. Computerisation clearly cuts down on costs and will eliminate pilfering, stealing and mishandling of stocks. I am appointing retired SSP Premalal Ranagala today to Lanka Sathosa as a management expert to ensure Lanka Sathosa discipline among rank and file. He will also personally investigate all corrupt and mishandling activities that are taking place within Sathosa. Area managers and managers need to focus on their tasks without worrying of loss of stocks and pilfering. Retired SSP Ranagala will ensure there will be no such events in future,” the Minister said.Ranagala previously served in Colombo South, Ampara, Matara, and Badulla. He was also in-charge of the police 119 hotline response service. (Colombo Gazette) Minister Bathiudeen made the announcement while addressing a special training session for 300 Sathosa area managers and managers held at the SLFI today. read more

UN chief deeply concerned about intensification of airstrikes and ground fighting in

The United Nations recently reported that civilians are suffering a “terrible toll” in the fighting, with casualties now topping 8,100, with nearly 2,800 of them killed.“The Secretary-General is particularly concerned about reports of intense airstrikes in residential areas and on civilian buildings in Sana’a, including the Chamber of Commerce, a wedding hall and a centre for the blind,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson indicated.“He also has received troubling reports of the use of cluster munitions in attacks on Sana’a on 6 January in several locations. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas may amount to a war crime due to their indiscriminate nature,” it added.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General is reminding all parties of the utmost necessity to respect their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law, which prohibits attacks directed against civilians and civilian infrastructure.The UN chief is also calling on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to “engage in good faith” with his Special Envoy for Yemen in order to convene a new round of peace talks as soon as possible.Mr. Ban’s concern for civilians in the war-torn nation follows his condemnation yesterday of the Yemeni Government’s decision to expel the UN human rights representative, who was accused of being “impartial” in assessing the situation in the country. This was echoed today by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who urged the Government to reverse its decision. read more

With message for freedom jazz beat heard around the world – UNESCO

A global celebrationRussia’s first Concert Jazz Band was founded in 1927… and Saint Petersburg, the global host city of the 2018 International Day, has been bee-bopping ever since. An all-star global performance from the Mariinsky Theatre will be streamed live as some three dozen jazz heavyweights, representing 14 countries, flex their musical muscles.With Mr. Hancock and Russian jazz saxophonist Igor Butman serving as co-artistic directors, American jazz pianist John Beasley will direct a stellar lineup that includes The Manhattan Transfer (US), Till Brönner (Germany), Fatoumata Diawara (Côte d’Ivoire), Antonio Faraò (Italy), Gilad Hekselman (Israel), Horacio Hernandez (Cuba), Branford Marsalis (US), Moscow Jazz Orchestra (Russia) and Danilo Pérez (Panama). Observed annually on 30 April, the International Day honours the enduring legacy of this musical genre and its power to bring people together.UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay said the message for freedom “is rooted at the very core” of jazz music, which is defined by improvisation.“The ability for musicians to come together and listen, play and exchange artistry through this free-flowing expression reflects the spirit of freedom movements across the world,” she added.International Jazz Day 2018 kicked off over the weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana, the birthplace of jazz, with a concert in famed Congo Square – site of the first-ever International Jazz Day event.UNESCO, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, presented a special International Jazz Day Salute to New Orleans concert that recognized the city’s 300th anniversary.Affirming the unifying power of jazz, Mr. Hancock and world-renowned New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard led the free event, which featured vocalists Patti Austin, Ledisi and the renowned Preservation All-Stars.  Beginning 18 April, students in New Orleans were also treated to in-school education programmes that explored the origins, development and significance of jazz – with master classes by Mr. Hancock and Mr. Blanchard. read more

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high – UN

According to the latest figures released on Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, known as UNAMA, there were 5,122 civilian casualties (1,692 deaths and 3,430 injured) in the first six months of 2018 – a three per cent overall decrease in casualties from last year.But civilian deaths were up by one per cent, the most recorded in the same time period since UNAMA began documenting civilian casualties in 2009.The continuing record-high casualty rates  are being inflicted on civilians despite the unilateral ceasefires by the Government and Taliban that occurred over the Eid al-Fitr holiday period between 15-17 June 2018.Aside from casualties resulting from two Da’esh/Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-Khorasan Province (ISKP)-claimed suicide attacks in Nangarhar during the ceasefires, UNAMA said that it had documented almost no other civilian casualties during the break in fighting.“The brief ceasefire demonstrated that the fighting can be stopped and that Afghan civilians no longer need to bear the brunt of the war,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the top UN official in Afghanistan.“We urge parties to seize all opportunities to find a peaceful settlement – this is the best way that they can protect all civilians,” said Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA.The report, which comes amid fears of an uptick in violence,  also noted that the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties. The combined use of suicide and non-suicide IEDs caused nearly half of all civilian casualties. Continuing trends first documented last year by UNAMA, the majority of IED casualties were caused by suicide and complex attacks, which again were responsible for record high civilian casualties, resulting in 1,413 civilian casualties (427 deaths and 986 injured), a 22 per cent increase.Ground engagements were the second leading cause of civilian casualties, followed by targeted and deliberate killings, aerial operations, and explosive remnants of war.  Civilians living in the provinces of Kabul, Nangarhar, Faryab, Helmand and Kandahar were the most impacted by the conflict.“UNAMA continued to document the toxic consequences of this conflict, with Afghan boys and girls killed, maimed, sexually assaulted, abused, recruited and used by parties to the conflict,” said Danielle Bell, UNAMA’s human rights chief.She said that conflict-related violence continued to erode the rights of children to education, healthcare, freedom of movement and other fundamental rights, as well as family life, playing outdoors and simply enjoying a childhood free of the “brutal effects of war.”Actions by the Government of Afghanistan to prevent civilian casualties continued, resulting in a reduction of civilian deaths and injuries from their operations, particularly from ground fighting, an area that UNAMA has consistently focused its advocacy with parties to the conflict in recent years.The full UNAMA Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict 2018 mid-year can be found here. read more

Relentless sequence of disasters in AsiaPacific sign of things to come cautions

In addition to the impact of disasters on human lives, the economic losses also threaten to reverse hard-won development across the Asia-Pacific region.According to Armida Alisjahbana, the head of ESCAP, the region’s countries cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, if their people are not protected from disasters.“This means not just building resilience in the priority zones but doing so across the entire region – reaching the most marginal and vulnerable communities,” said Ms. Alisjahbana.Investments in disaster risk reduction and resilience building will be “far smaller than the damage and losses” from unmitigated, she added.“Moreover, these same investments will deliver co-benefits — in the form of better education, health, social and infrastructure services, and higher agricultural production and incomes,” she added.Four distinct ‘hotspots’In the report, ESCAP identified four distinct “hotspots” across the region, where fragile environments are converging with critical socioeconomic vulnerabilities with disastrous consequences. The first is located within the transboundary river basins of South and South-East Asia – home to hundreds of millions – where poverty, hunger and under-nourishment are coupled with intensifying floods that alternate with prolonged droughts. Other hotspots include the Pacific Ring of Fire; Pacific small island developing States; and sand and dust storm corridors were environmental fragility combined with land degradation, desertification and climate change could lead to devastating storms. Issued on Thursday by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019 revealed that the annual economic losses due to disasters cost the region nearly $675 billion, about 2.4 per cent its gross domestic product.A new ‘riskscape’ with 4 #disaster hotspots💥Increased investments & application of emerging technologies can help to identify the communities likely to be hit the hardest & empower vulnerable populations across #AsiaPacific. Learn more: https://t.co/t75MQuXhJy #APDR2019 pic.twitter.com/J7R5AGCi1x— United Nations ESCAP (@UNESCAP) August 22, 2019 Sources: PDNASectoral impact of disasters on selected countries.Need for ‘transformative change’The report, released ahead of ESCAP’s Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction that will meet from 28 to 30 August, calls for transformative change, underscoring that social policies and disaster resilience must no longer treated as separate policy domains.Instead, government agencies and ministries should collaborate and align their plans to ensure that disaster risk reduction and building resilience can be achieve comprehensively across policy sectors.ESCAP is the UN’s socio-economic development wing in the Asia-Pacific region. Its 53 member States and 9 associate members span a geographic area from the Pacific island of Tuvalu in the east to Turkey in the west, and Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south. The region is home to nearly two-thirds of the world’s population. read more

Wimbledon hands out one of biggest fines in history as tournament sees

first_img Bernard Tomic of Australia  Andy Murray in action at WimbledonCredit:Getty The fines highlight the pressure players are competing under at what is regarded as the world’s greatest tennis tournament, with Grand Slam officials quick to crack down on any offence deemed to be against the rules and the spirit of the game. It came after the Australian admitted in a post-match Press conference that he had faked an injury during his straight-sets loss to the German Mischa Zverev in the first round, and that he was “bored” with Wimbledon.And Daniil Medvedev was handed three individual fines totalling $14,500 (£11,200) – the third highest amount since records began in 1991 –  for unsportsmanlike conduct, when he threw coins at the umpire’s chair on Wednesday. This year’s Wimbledon has seem some of the worst behaviour by players in recent years, figures for fines imposed so far during the championships have shown.Tournament officials have handed out the second highest recorded financial penalty in Wimbledon’s history, imposing a $15,000 (£11,500) fine on Bernard Tomic for “unsportsmanlike conduct”. The money raised from fines goes towards the Grand Slam Development Fund, which pays for tennis scholarships in developing countries. It was this system which produced Jelena Ostapenko, the unseeded Latvian player who went on to win the French Open this year.  Bernard Tomic of Australia in action on TuesdayCredit:David Ramos/Getty #Medvedev should be stripped of his prize money and banned from #Wimbledon for life disgusting behaviour— Jan Sez (@BaffledBookworm) July 5, 2017 The Wimbledon champion said he hopes authorities intervene to stop the practise which has split opinion among players and commentators at the championships.The row began on Tuesday after Roger Federer questioned rules which meant that players who started matches but then withdrew were still entitled to collect £35,000. Two successive matches on Centre Court were cut short when the opponents of Federer and Novak Djokovic withdrew.Tomic’s fine exceeds that handed out to Heather Watson in 2016 when she was fined $12,000 (£9,000 at the time) for smashing her racquet against the court during her first-round loss to Annika Beck. The Australian player’s behaviour also led to him being dropped by one of his two principal sponsors, the racquet manufacturer Head.In a statement, Head said: “We were extremely disappointed with the statements made at Wimbledon by one of our sponsored athletes, Bernard Tomic.“His opinions in no way reflect our own attitude for tennis, our passion, professionalism and respect for the game.”But Tomic said he would appeal against the fine, saying: “I was being honest. People are saying the fine is for calling for the doctor, but it’s not. I don’t think the fine is fair.”A contrite Medvedev apologised for his behaviour following his match, saying: “I was disappointed with the result. In the heat of the moment, I did a bad thing. I apologize for this.” Players are under greater scrutiny because the prize money has gone upTim Henman The Russian was fined $4,000 as a warning for insulting the Portuguese umpire, Mariana Alvez; $3,000 for again insulting the umpire and $7,500 for tossing the coins at her chair. In just the first three days of this year’s championships a total of $33,500 (£25,900) in fines has been handed out for unsportsmanlike conduct.That compares to the total $93,500 (£70,700) handed out during the whole of last year’s tournament and the $62,500 (£40,000) levied against players in 2015. Tim Henman, the former British number one and four times Wimbledon semi finalist, said: “Players are under greater scrutiny because the prize money has gone up.”He added: “I think one thing for sure the club have done a good job is really protecting the court. You smash your racquet on a grass court there’ll be some unhappy groundsmen and you’ll get some pretty big fines.”The money will be docked from the players’ prize money, with Tomic losing a third of the £35,000 he earned for his first round appearance.It comes as Andy Murray weighed into the row over players withdrawing from their first round games at Wimbledon and still picking up prize money by calling for changes to be made. The highest recorded single fine in Wimbledon history remains that given to Fabio Fognini, who plays Murray on Friday.He was fined $20,000 (£11,600 at the time) in 2014 for unsportsmanlike conduct, after he  angrily threw his racket on to the grass, and a further £7,500 for shouting at the umpire and unsportsmanlike conduct.Tomic’s post-match confession that he summoned a doctor and trainer to court 14 as a strategy, when there was nothing wrong with him, on top of his comments about being bored with the championships, is understood to have infuriated officials. He denied he had meant the coin tossing gesture to suggest he thought the umpire was corrupt, adding: “I don’t know why I did it. I was frustrated to lose the match. Maybe there were some bad calls. It can happen in sports.”.Tennis fans have voiced their anger at the behaviour of some players, particularly Medvedev’s coin throwing. Jan Sez wrote on Twitter‏:  Andy Murray Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Air Space to India Pak considering total closure

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering a complete closure of air space to India, the country’s Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said on Tuesday amid tensions between the two neighbours over New Delhi’s revocation of special status for Jammu and Kashmir. “Prime Minister (Imran Khan) is considering a complete closure of air space to India, a complete ban on use of Pakistan land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in Cabinet meeting, legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration… #Modi has started, we’ll finish!” tweeted the Minister. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Chaudhry’s comments came as Khan held a Cabinet meeting on Kashmir in which he said that he would raise the Kashmir issue in the world. The cricketer-turned-politician, in his address to the nation on Monday, said that the Indian government had made a “historic blunder” by revoking special status for Jammu and Kashmir. He had warned that if India and Pakistan head towards war, “impact will be felt globally”.Khan said that he would raise the Kashmir issue during the UN General Assembly on September 27 and meet world leaders in New York.last_img read more

Full Show The Cost Of A Border Shutdown And Houstons Future Climate

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /49:49 center_img X On Monday’s Houston Matters: President Trump has threatened a full shutdown of the U.S.-Mexico border, charging Mexico with the responsibility of keeping immigrants from reaching the United States. We explore what a border shutdown could mean for the Texas economy.Also this hour: Then, A new study of climate data says Houston’s climate will feel like more central Mexico in 60 years. And we update you on the latest developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img

Encryption and Strong Passwords

first_imgEncryption and Strong Passwords by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on June 07, 2017 in Linux – 26 commentsEncryption is becoming more and more recommended and less and less for the tinfoil hat wearing type. It’s not uncommon to hear of people in the tech world encrypting their harddrives just for the purpose of extra security. I personally encrypt my laptop; both the Windows side I keep for image and audio/video editing, and the GNU/Linux side I use for everything else.But, while popularity of full disk encryption is on the rise, it’s from my experience that many people actually understand it beyond, “It means that if someone gets my laptop, they can’t access my files,” which is only half correct; full disk encryption will protect you from an adversary accessing your files if your machine is off at the time it falls into the wrong hands.All GNU/Linux operating systems that I am aware of, support the use of dm-crypt to do full disk encryption, since it’s built directly into the Linux kernel itself as of kernel 2.6. However, not all graphical installation utilities included with some distributions give full disc encryption as an option.To install the dm-crypt tools if they are not already available useapt-get updateapt-get install cryptsetupWhen encrypting your system at the initial install, one of two ciphers will be used, depending on your distribution:aes-xts-plain64:sha256 (More common nowadays)aes-cbc-essiv:sha256 (More common in older distribution versions)Both of these utilize AES, which is the very same cryptography used when we talk about SSL, TLS, and programs like Veracrypt also utilize it. The hashing algorithm is SHA-256, which is also industry standard. Neither AES nor SHA-256 are known to have any holes in them, or to have been broken, so if you select to encrypt your install; you can be assured that your setup is reasonably safe.Strong Passwords are keyWith that being said, you absolutely MUST ensure you use a secure password. Passwords such as, “password123” can be figured out within minutes or even seconds by amateurs, never mind adversaries with know how, or botnets, or supercomputers. A good example of a secure password would be something like, “!gh$mXjkKE4%72#Mxnb%$k3@!” Which would be next to impossible to crack before you died old age.Note: The secure password protects your encrypted partition or drive. Since you cannot save the password to a password manager on the drive, you either need to memorize it, or use another means to remember it (another password manager on your smartphone for instance).Now, this leaves a question of how does one create a secure password like the example, that you can actually remember? I’ll teach you my method; it may not work for you, but it might!First, think of a song that you REALLY enjoy. Let’s say the song is “Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana.” Pick any part of the song that stands out in your mind, I selected:Diana walked up to me, She said I’m all yours tonight At that I ran to the phone Sayin’ baby I’m alright I said but unlock the door. Because I forgot the key. She said he’s not coming back Because he’s sleeping with meNow, we want to take the first letter of each word, and add symbols and capital letters. How I like to do this is rotate each ‘sentence’ into caps/nocaps. After each sentence, I also add a symbol. An example of this could be:DWUTM!ssiayt@ATIRTTP#sbia$ISBUTD%biftk^SSHNCB&bhswm*As you can see, the song Dirty Diana now became a highly secure password, and easy to remember; each sentence has been either capitalized or not, and I’ve added a symbol after each sentence, in order, down the keyboard number keys. If you can remember the song, you can remember this password. This password is secure. Could it be more secure? Probably, is anyone ever going to manage to brute-force that? I’d be willing to bet everything I own, not.This method may or may not work for your memory, but perhaps it will spark another method for you!Final WordsI personally recommend everyone encrypt their hard disks. There is a negligible performance hit that on modern hardware you likely won’t even feel, but it adds a lovely layer of extra security on your devices. Even if you “Have nothing to hide,” why wouldn’t you take extra security measures when they are available to you? But remember, you could use every encryption method in the book, but if you use weak passwords, it won’t matter!How about you, do you encrypt? Do you have another method for creating strong passwords?SummaryArticle NameEncryption and Strong PasswordsDescriptionMike reveals his method of creating and remembering strong passwords for use in full disk encryption scenarios on Linux devices.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

National Mortgage Lender to Open New Regional Office

first_img May 1, 2019 493 Views Banking texas 2019-05-01 Mike Albanese in Featured, News National Mortgage Lender to Open New Regional Officecenter_img Planet Home Lending, LLC, a national mortgage lender and servicer, opened a regional office in Irving, Texas.As the company’s first Regional Operating Center (ROC), the 25,000-square-foot facility accommodates about 130 employees, and offers space to expand to house more employees.The ROC has five conference and training rooms, in addition to access to a large-scale meeting and conference center.Employees and departments previously based in Dallas have moved to the new office. This includes legal and enterprise risk management, credit policy, origination support service, national operations, human resources, IT, project management and servicing.  “As Planet Home Lending grows, we can tap into Dallas’ significant mortgage industry talent pool. It’s also a central meeting location for our executives and leadership, who are based in multiple states,” said Suzy Lindblom, Executive Vice President, National Operations. “The ROC gives us additional leverage in assisting our clients in Planet Home Lending’s national footprint.”Dallas is an enhancement to our already remarkable sites, like Meriden, Connecticut; Tampa, Florida; Columbia, Maryland; and Rochester and Melville, New York. The Dallas site supports our talented local mortgage processors as well as sales professionals in our regional offices and our national retention retail hubs.”Since 2017, Planet Home Lending has grown its employee base by 22% to support growth in the company’s retail footprint and the expansion of its correspondent and sub-servicing businesses. Sharelast_img read more

London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMandarin Oriental Hyde Park smells a whole lot sweeter, thanks to a collaboration with London-based perfumery Ormonde Jayne. The chosen scent is Isfarkand, an award-winning unisex cologne with top notes of mandarin, pure pink pepper, cedar and vetiver. All rooms and suites now feature a full range of Isfarkand products, including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and soap.“Isfarkand is a timeless scent,” says Linda Pilkington, perfumer and founder of Ormonde Jayne. “It is masculine yet feminine, striking yet incredibly sensual, and utterly habit-forming, rather like a stay at a Mandarin Oriental.”To celebrate the partnership, the hotel is offering a Scented Stay package throughout February. Guests, residing in a luxurious room perfumed by a Ta’if Damascus rose-fragranced candle, are invited to one of Ormonde Jayne’s three London stores for a complimentary Perfume Portrait, a bespoke service that uses fragrant oils to help unearth their signature scent.www.ormondejayne.comlast_img read more