Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yet

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I’m speechless a little bit. It’s just tough we’re right here again — right at the edge and lose again,” he said. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Good fight: Durham, Meralco come up short anew but with their head held high LATEST STORIES “We didn’t give up. But when you go down big against Ginebra, especially in the first half like that, it’s gonna be hard. It’s gonna be a grind to get back,” he said, saying that playing catch-up all game long took a toll on the team.“I think we pretty much lost the game by the first half. We were just playing catch-up the whole time. We wanted to let Ginebra shoot, tried to clog the paint, but tonight they hit their shots.”Amid all the frustrations, it doesn’t mean that the Bolts couldn’t learn a thing or two from this bridesmaid finish.“We have great pieces, for sure. We have good solid group of vets and young guys. We have a good team. It’s just we have to continue to build a good culture. We have a great coaching staff, management is very supportive, so we can continue to build.”Still, one can’t fault Dillinger for feeling bad after botching another chance for the title.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “Rivals? I wouldn’t call them much of a rival if they beat us twice,” said the outspoken Dillinger after the Bolts surrendered Game 7 to Ginebra, 101-96. “I mean, until we can actually win a championship against them, they’re not really a rival.”Dillinger couldn’t help but regret to have his best performance of the Finals come too little too late, as he fired a series-best 20 points on a 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, on top of five rebounds and two assists in the clincher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I wish my shot came a little bit sooner in this series,” he said. “But that’s the name of the game. Sometimes, your shot’s off, it’s off. You gotta stay positive and find ways to work through it. You gotta try to to help the team in other ways. It happens. My shots are finally falling tonight but it doesn’t matter, we lost. It doesn’t matter anymore. I wish we won so it would be some kind of a rivalry but we didn’t win.”Dillinger, though, was proud with the fight the Bolts showed in the decider even if they found themselves down by as big as 20 points in the first half. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jared Dillinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Despite another hard-fought battle in a PBA Finals series, Jared Dillinger wouldn’t use the word rival to describe Ginebra and Meralco.Not until Meralco wins on over the crowd favorites.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Under fire, Sablan quits as UST coach

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Ross sees himself in SMB teammate Standhardinger Read Next Rodil “Boy” Sablan has resigned as head coach of University of Santo Tomas after being at the receiving end of an onslaught of criticisms during the current UAAP season.Sources close to the situation confirmed that Sablan tendered his resignation on Monday following a disappointing two-year run with the Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Inquirer tried to get the side of Sablan, but the bench tactician is still mum on the situation. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES View comments A report by The Varsitarian, however, said that Institute of Physical Education and Athletics Director Fr. Jannel Abogado, O.P. “has given the go-signal for Sablan’s suspension.”Sablan, according to the UST publication’s Twitter account (@varsitarianust), is barred from the Tigers’ practices and other activities.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 shutoutSablan, together with assistants Gerry Esplana, Bobby Jose, Tylon Darjuan, Juben Ledesma, and Gina Francisco, will all be making their exits effective Nov. 30, but their contracts will still be honored until the end of May next year.Sablan amassed a woeful 4-24 record in his tenure with the Growling Tigers and barely avoided a winless season after finishing with a 1-13 slate this Season 80, the school’s worst UAAP record. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Doc Rivers denies Lakers coaching rumors

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Rivers and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer agreed to a shorter contract extension last year that included an opt-out after this season. Rivers said the opt-out existed to “make sure it was the right fit for everyone.”However, Rivers said that’s being replaced with a long-term deal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I have a job and the Lakers have a coach,” Rivers said. “Straight and upfront, I’m going to be here until Steve says ‘Get out.’”The coach said earlier this year he and Ballmer mutually agreed to remove the opt-out and make it an extension. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is escorted off the court after being ejected from an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers denied rumors on Tuesday night that he’s interested in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to coach the Lakers.The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-39 under coach Luke Walton, whose job status is widely believed to be in jeopardy. Fueling the speculation involving Rivers is that he is close friends with Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations.ADVERTISEMENT “This is a great place to work,” Rivers said.Rivers has coached the Clippers since 2013, compiling an 887-654 record. He also served as president of basketball operations for three seasons before ceding those duties to Lawrence Frank in 2017.The Clippers were 41-30 going into Tuesday night’s game against Indiana at Staples Center. They currently own the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other NBTC: Kai Sotto, Ateneo dodge upset, withstand Lyceum-Cavite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

BCCI to take final call on home and away format in Ranji Trophy soon

first_imgThe concept of going back to the home and away format in Ranji Trophy games after one year’s experiment with neutral venue format found favour from the majority of participants in the BCCI’s captains-cum-coaches conclave in Mumbai on Tuesday.”An overwhelming majority (of captains and coaches) wanted to go back to the home and away concept,” said a Ranji Trophy skipper after the conclusion of the two-hour meeting.”There were views supporting both the formats. Instead of making a calculation of how many people were on which side, what was done was that points made to substantiate a certain position on either of the two formats have been collated,” said BCCI’s acting secretary, Amitabh Chaudhry.”They will be brought to the technical committee and then put before the general body which will take a call,” he added.”The meeting lasted two hours and covered every aspect of the BCCI tournaments, particularly the Ranji Trophy. Even the Vijay Hazare (one-dayers) and Mushtaq Ali (T20s) were discussed. There was also a discussion on junior tournaments even though it was the Ranji captains and coaches conclave. Every tournament literally got covered,” Chaudhry explained.”All aspects of the game, various tournaments, playing conditions and players’ welfare – everything was discussed,”he added.It was learnt that the issue of raising the fees of domestic players too came up at the conclave as it was felt that the amount earned by players in Australia and England in domestic cricket was substantially higher and enough to make a living out of playing at this level too.advertisementAnother issue that was discussed in detail was the quality of umpiring with almost everyone criticising the standards of officiating in domestic tournament, according to sources who attended the meeting.”Our umpires are very good in theory and are prompt in punishments but make a lot of mistakes on the field,” was the opinion of one of the captains.There was also suggestion to revive the practise of rival captains giving their views through a report on umpiring after each game to the BCCI, which was discontinued last season, it was learnt.The meeting was attended by the BCCI’s office bearers and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators whose member Ramchandra Guha described the discussions as “very educative.”last_img read more

Oilers Sink The Islanders, 3-1

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers were humiliated the last time they played the New York Islanders. On Feb. 28, they flipped things around.Leon Draisaitl, Anton Lander and Brandon Davidson all scored in the third period for Edmonton, helping the Oilers snap a seven-game losing streak by rallying for a 3-1 victory — three weeks after the Islanders cruised to an 8-1 rout at home.“It feels pretty good to get this win, especially against a team that embarrassed us the last time we played them,” said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who made 36 saves in his seventh consecutive start. “We had some redemption to take care of and we went out there and accomplished that tonight.”Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders, who led 1-0 through two periods and had won the previous three games of a season-high seven-game road trip.“It’s really nice to come back in a game, score a few goals late, and see some other guys scoring other than the top two lines,” Draisaitl said. “It was a solid effort all around.”The Islanders had a great chance to score midway through the second after a scoreless first period, but Talbot came up with a big toe save on Josh Bailey.“When you only have a one-goal lead anything can happen and we had our chances, they just capitalized on theirs,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “They had a few more chances than we did, we just didn’t score.”New York broke the deadlock with 2:17 left in the middle frame, as a puck hit defenseman Adam Clendening up high and fell in front to Cizikas, who scored his seventh of the season.Edmonton tied it midway through the third when Lander was able to score his first goal of the season, sending a shot off Jaroslav Halak and in. Lander had not scored since March 16, 2015.“I wish people could be in my head and see all the things I have been trying,” he said. “It’s been really tough. I don’t want anyone to go through that. Your family and your friends are asking you what is wrong with you because you aren’t the same guy. It was especially hard because the team has been losing.”Just 55 seconds later, Edmonton made it 2-1 as Draisaitl was able to get to a loose puck lying in the crease and score his 16th of the season.The Oilers got an insurance goal with three minutes left when Davidson blasted a shot from the top of the circle for his fourth of the year. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MP lifts ban on transfer of officials till July 5

first_imgBhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday lifted the restriction on transfer of its employees till July 5. The transfer of staff of third and fourth grade at tehsil, district and state level will be done with the approval of the Minister in-charge. While first and second class officers’ transfer will be approved by the department Minister. The transfers of officials within the district will be coordinated by the Minister and the Collector. According to the official information, the cadre which has 200 employees, 20 per cent of them will be transferred. In case there are between 201 and 2,000 employees, 10 per cent will be transferred and for more than 2,000 employees 5 per cent.last_img

RS passes IBC amendment restores lenders primacy in insolvency cases

first_imgNew Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday approved amending the three-year-old Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), providing clarity about preference to secured lenders over operational creditors and giving lenders explicit authority over distribution of proceeds of auction of loan defaulting companies.Replying to a debate on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill 2019, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the changes being brought in now are in response to events that eroded legislative intent of the IBC. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalShe referred to the Essar Steel insolvency case where the lenders and operational creditors have been treated at par by the bankruptcy court for distribution of auction proceeds. The amendments give committee of creditors of a loan defaulting company explicit authority over the distribution of proceeds in the resolution process and fixes a firm timeline of 330 days for resolving cases referred to the IBC. These are in response to “newer challenges coming up,” she said adding the government speedily came up with the amendments in response to the situation developing. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) had recently ruled in the Essar Steel Ltd’s case that the Committee of Creditors (CoC) had no role in distribution of claims and brought lenders (financial creditors) and vendors (operational creditors) on a par. The government is amending IBC as “very serious interpretative problems were coming,” she said referring to the Essar Steel insolvency case. The amendment now equate distribution of amounts under a resolution plan with the manner it’s allowed in case of liquidation, maintaining the hierarchy of lenders. The change will be retrospective, making it applicable for ongoing cases. She quoted Supreme Court judgement to say that defaulters paradise is lost through IBC. Amendments are clarificatory in nature and the “intent of the government is maximisation of value while simultaneously adhering to strict timelines,” she said.last_img read more

Jean Leahy Seniors Advocate passes away

first_imgIn memory of Leahy, expressions of sympathy can be made to S.O.N.S.A Celebration of Life is being held at the Evangel Chapel on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 2:00 PM. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Jean Leahy, Seniors Advocate for Save Our Northern Seniors (S.O.N.S) has passed away.Leahy has been an integral part of advocating for the region’s seniors in the local area and peace region for years. She was on the board as President for S.O.N.S and helped play a part in making improvements for quality of living for seniors in Fort St. John.Leahy born September 20th, 1934 passed August 26th, 2019 at the age of 84 years.last_img

Kuwait Revokes Citizenship of Muslim Cleric over Gaza Statements

Tinjedad – The Kuwaiti government has reportedly revoked the citizenship of a well-known Muslim cleric along with nine more other citizens over their “statements in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.”Among the ten people affected by the government’s decision, Nabil al-Awadhi, a prominent Islamic cleric who, is reportedly close to the Islamic brotherhood.Based on article 13 of the Kuwaiti citizenship law, the Kuwaiti cabinet, in its weekly meeting led by Prime Minister Sabbah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabbah, decided to revoke the citizenship of ten people. In his response to the decision, the Muslim cleric wrote in his official twitter account in Arabic saying:“I will remain faithful to my country Kuwait, loyal to his Highness my Prince, loving and advising to my people of Kuwait, and I pray for Allah to protect Kuwait and its people from all evil.”????? ???? ?????? ?????… ?????? ????? ????? ?????… ????? ?????? ???? ?????? ????… ????? ???? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??— ???? ??? ?????? (@NabilAlawadhy) August 11, 2014According to AFP, Human Rights Watch issued a statement on Sunday denouncing the decision, which it regarded as a “crackdown on people seeking reform.”“No government has the right to strip away its people’s citizenship simply because it disapproves of them, their opinions, or their actions,” HRW’s Joe Stork was quoted by AFP as saying.“This is yet another downward step in Kuwait’s assault on the right to free speech,” he added, urging the government to reverse its decision. read more

New UN campaign seeks to combat hunger among millions of schoolchildren

7 February 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today unveiled a new global fundraising and awareness campaign to benefit the nearly 60 million children around the world who go to school hungry. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today unveiled a new global fundraising and awareness campaign to benefit the nearly 60 million children around the world who go to school hungry.Health and education interventions are less effective when given to people who lack basic nourishment, the agency noted.The new initiative – “Fill the Cup” – aims, literally, to fill a cup with food for hungry schoolchildren, increasing their chances for health, education and a better future.According to WFP, it will take about $3 billion per year to feed all 59 million children who go to school hungry worldwide, while $1.2 billion can provide meals for the 23 million children in 45 of the neediest African countries. Just $0.25 can give one child one cup of porridge, rice or beans and provide girls with a monthly ration to take home.“The need is great, but so is the ability to help – a single Euro (or $1.50) feeds a school child for a week,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, adding that feeding children in school helps promote not only education, but also healthy and strong communities. “We are often asked by people, young and old – school children, truck drivers, dentists and teachers – how they can help,” Sheeran said. “This is how.”WFP is a major provider of school meals in developing countries. From Afghanistan to Somalia, some 20 million children benefit from WFP school meals at the cost of only $0.25 a day. Partnering with WFP in the campaign is FIFA World Player of the Year, Kaka, who is also the agency’s Ambassador against Hunger. “I come from a country where I’ve seen first-hand how hunger can rob a child’s potential,” said Kaka, a native of Brazil. “So I’m very proud to call on soccer fans and others to help Fill the Cup and lay a foundation for our future.”Also participating in the campaign are the President of Ghana, and head of the African Union, John Agyekum Kufuor, and the Mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti. WFP – the world’s largest humanitarian agency – will feed more than 70 million people this year in some 80 countries around the world. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 70.95 points to 15,204.08.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 38.07 points to 21,930.50.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 11.48 points to 2,469.07.The Nasdaq composite index was up 51.04 points to 6,419.35.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.88 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 79.33 cents US.

Onetime costs push Deltas 3Q profit lower adjusted earnings narrowly beat forecasts

by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2014 6:51 am MDT One-time costs push Delta’s 3Q profit lower; adjusted earnings narrowly beat forecasts DALLAS – Delta Air Lines Inc. said Thursday that third-quarter profit fell 74 per cent on one-time costs such as retiring older planes. The results excluding those items beat expectations.Revenue rose 7 per cent, but higher fuel and labour costs pushed expenses higher too.Officials said that they were monitoring bookings daily and saw no impact yet on travel from the Ebola scare. Two people who flew on domestic flights in the past month have tested positive for the virus — a man from Liberia died, one of his nurses is hospitalized in Atlanta. The nurse was cleared to fly Monday night by a monitor from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Delta CEO Richard Anderson said the CDC had admitted the mistake, and he was confident that the government could prevent a U.S. outbreak.“I think what is worth noting is you really can’t catch Ebola on an airplane, and the screening techniques that the government has put in place are going to detect folks coming from the risk areas in Africa in advance of entering the United States.” Anderson said.Delta is the first U.S. airline to report third-quarter figures, and Wall Street is looking for strong results covering the last part of the peak summer-travel season. Many planes were full, as airlines continued to hold down the number of flights, which also tends to push fares higher. Passengers paid 2 per cent more per mile.The company’s president, Ed Bastian, said the revenue outlook for the October-through-December fourth quarter looks solid. He said the company expects revenue growth and higher profit margins.The best chance for increased profit margins comes in international flying, Bastian said. Delta is reworking its network of flights to Asia and trimming planned growth on routes to Europe, where expansion by many foreign airlines has cut into profitability.The Atlanta-based airline said that net income fell to $357 million from $1.37 billion a year earlier. Adjusted for one-time costs, profit was $1.20 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $1.18.Revenue rose 7 per cent to $11.18 billion, topping analysts’ forecast of $11.12 billion.“Other” revenue, which includes money collected from fees that passengers pay for many services, jumped 15 per cent. Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. analyst Joseph DeNardi said that was the main reason that Delta’s adjusted profit beat expectations.Fuel, the airline’s biggest single expense, jumped 29 per cent to $2.95 billion, as Delta recorded $347 million in charges for adjustments to fuel-hedging. Those are contracts to protect against big spikes in fuel prices, and they can backfire if oil prices fall.Delta is forecasting lower fuel prices in the fourth quarter, which analysts said will be a boon.“Earnings beat our expectations, cost control is very good, and with oil prices down in the fourth quarter and into 2015 likely, the company has a nice tail wind,” Jim Corridore of S&P Capital IQ said in an interview.Labor, Delta’s second-biggest cost, rose 5 per cent to $2.07 billion. That doesn’t include a 54 per cent increase in profit-sharing, to $384 million.Passengers had little elbow room over the summer. The average flight was 86.4 per cent full, up from 86.0 per cent a year earlier. Passengers flew 4 per cent more miles.Delta’s shares rose 13 cents to $32.51 in midday trading. At the opening bell, they had gained 18 per cent for the year, easily beating the 1 per cent increase in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Cable news network Al Jazeera America to shut down

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2016 12:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cable news network Al Jazeera America to shut down PASADENA, Calif. – The Al Jazeera America cable news network said Wednesday it will shut down two and a half years after its launch, a victim of a rough business environment and political headwinds it could not conquer.The channel, an offshoot of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera cable network, had trouble persuading cable and satellite companies to carry it, and viewers to watch. It failed despite a promise to offer serious-minded journalism and some award-winning work.The cable network will shut down on April 30. It launched in October 2013.Al Anstey, CEO of Al Jazeera America, said the economic climate for media forced the decision. “Al Jazeera America is committed to conducting this process in a way that is consistent with its respect for colleagues,” Anstey said.Al Jazeera will expand its international digital news operations so they will be available in the United States, Anstey said, adding that details will be available in the next few months.“I’m not sure it was inevitable, but it’s certainly not surprising,” said Philip Seib, a University of Southern California journalism professor and author of the book “The Al Jazeera Effect.” ”In the news environment today there is so much competition that it is virtually impossible for a new company to get any traction.”Anstey had taken over last spring after the news network’s CEO, Ehab Al Shihabi, was dismissed. The company was the target of lawsuits from former employees who had complained about a culture of fear, and anti-Semitic and sexist behaviour among executives. Al Jazeera also could not overcome suspicion among some potential viewers about its motives bred in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.Last month, Al Jazeera America was honoured with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University journalism award for a documentary that depicted the lives of working class Americans. FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Al-Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff prepare for their first broadcast in New York. Cable news network Al Jazeera America says it is shutting down just two-and-a-half years after its launch. Al Jazeera says it will stop operating by April 30, blaming the “economic landscape of the media environment.” The network launched in August 2013 with a plan to offer serious-minded news coverage. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) read more

Following refugee camp visit UN officials flag need for more funds to

“With up to 1,000 Syrian refugees arriving in Iraq every week, the UN urgently requires additional funds to scale up its humanitarian assistance to all Syrian refugees in Iraq,” said the world body’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, who also serves as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Development and Humanitarian Affairs in the Middle Eastern country. “While the Iraqi authorities have shown a strong commitment in their provision of humanitarian assistance, they require more support to meet the needs of the ever increasing number of refugees arriving in Iraq,” she added. Along with representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – Claire Bourgeois and Marzio Babille, respectively – Ms. Badcock visited refugee camps in the Al’Qaim district, located in the Anbar governorate in western Iraq, this week. Syria has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 500,000 refugees, either registered or awaiting registration in neighbouring countries and North Africa, while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. Earlier this week, UNHCR said that the number of refugees is currently climbing by more than 3,000 per day. According to the latest figures from UNHCR, there are presently over 63,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq. In the last four months, the number of refugees has increased six-fold from the around 10,000 Syrian refugees who were registered in Iraq at the end of July. The United Nations seeks $83 million to scale up its humanitarian response to the increasing number of Syrian refugees in Iraq for the time-period of January to June next year. The funds will provide basic water and sanitation, health, education, shelter, and protection assistance to refugees in Al’Qaim camp, as well as the Domiz refugee camp, located in the Dohuk governorate. “With the situation in Syria not showing any signs of abating, the current flow of refugees into Iraq is likely to continue, and could even further increase,” said Ms. Bourgeois. “To accommodate them, existing camps need to be expanded and completed without further delay, such as the third camp in Al’Qaim, and persons fleeing violence should be allowed to seek protection in them.” The UN officials also noted that with the onset of falling temperatures during the winter months – which frequently fall to below 10 degrees Celsius across Iraq – new challenges for all refugees exist. “Acute respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, are of particular concern to children during the winter months,” said UNICEF’s Mr. Babille. “We must make sure that every child and family is provided with warm clothes, blankets and heating as well as the required medical treatment to prevent and treat preventable diseases, thus ensuring children remain healthy during the cold season.” Separately, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, is due to leave Geneva for Beirut today, where he will join the European Union’s Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, on a two-day mission to Lebanon and Jordan. The duo’s activities include a visit to programmes for refugees and host families in the two countries, which together have now received more than 300,000 registered Syrian refugees, with 155,873 in Lebanon and 144,426 in Jordan. It will be Mr. Guterres’ second mission to the region in three months. Also today, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) warned that Syrians are at risk of being killed and maimed as a result of explosive remnants of war (ERW) left behind in the wake of the conflict in Syria. According to UNMAS – which coordinates and delivers clearance of landmines and other explosive remnants of war left behind after the cessation of armed conflict – the intensity and length of the conflict in Syria has involved the use of a broad range of weapons which will result in a devastating level of deadly explosives littering residential areas in cities and towns throughout the country long after the conflict ceases. “From our work around the world, we know only too well that the long-term impact of ERW will hit children and the most vulnerable in society the hardest,” said UNMAS’ director, Agnès Marcaillou. “In the case of Syria, refugees and internally displaced people returning to homes damaged by fighting are at particularly high-risk of being killed or injured by left-behind explosives obscured by debris.” She added, “In some countries, such as Afghanistan and Laos, people have long confronted the dangers of ERW, but for most Syrians this will be a new danger and so the need for risk awareness is crucial.” The UN agency is urgently seeking funding to deliver risk awareness on these dangers to Syrian refugees and internally displaced people as well as funding to pre-position ERW clearance teams and equipment to enable rapid deployment when the situation allows. These projects are included in the Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan 2013, due to be launched in Geneva on 19 December. read more

Need a pawternity leave Brock expert discusses how pets impact worklife balance

Anyone who has introduced a new pet into their household knows how much attention and training it takes to fully integrate it into the family.The amount of time it takes to care for a new pet is prompting some employees to take ‘pawternity leave’ from work to fully dedicate their time to getting their pet settled.A human resources professor from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business says that pet ownership can dramatically impact a family’s dynamic and, ultimately, employees’ productivity and work-life balance.Deborah McPhee, Associate Professor of Human Resources ManagementAhead of National Pet Day, which is observed on Wednesday, April 11, Deborah McPhee, Associate Professor of Human Resources Management, discusses how some employers are adapting to trends by allowing employees to bring their pets to work and even take time off when welcoming a new pet.In an article published earlier this year in The Conversation Canada, McPhee discussed changing family dynamics that place a greater emphasis on pets. People are staying single longer and owning pets instead of having kids, causing a change in the profile of the average family.More families than ever own pets, which can pose challenges for work-life balance as people are forced to find options for pet care while they are at work.While some employers allow pets at the workplace, it can cause productivity-reducing conflict between people who view their pets as stress-relievers and those who experience stress by working alongside pets they’re not comfortable with.McPhee says she expects pets will become more integrated into workplaces as employers work to attract millennials who have a growing fondness for their ‘fur babies.’Along with her Goodman School of Business colleague Robert Steinbauer, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics, McPhee is currently conducting research on organizations with pet-friendly policies, and learning how it can impact workplace productivity. If your organization, or you personally, are interested in participating in this research, please contact them at dmcphee@brocku.ca or rsteinbauer@brocku.ca. read more