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UP appeals to overturn UAAP ruling on Ouattara’s eligibility

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol said Tuesday that the team will appeal the case of Ibrahim Ouattara, its most recent import who now faces ineligibility allegedly due to the rule on two-year residency.In a text message to the Inquirer, Perasol said that their management group is “bent on elevating this issue to the decision-making Board of Trustees (BOT)” of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Perasol pointed out that “the BMD decision is definitely recommendatory,” noting that it may have based its decision on the case involving Ben Mbala of the De La Salle University Green Archers.A transferee from Cebu, Mbala had to wait for two seasons after his transfer to Manila from Southwestern University before he could play at the UAAP.‘Overturned’ rulesLawyer Ags Uvero, chair of the NowhereToGoButUP Foundation which supports UP sports teams, said prior to Mbala’s case, the residency requirement for transferees “regardless of nationality” was only a year.“The BOT decision on the Mbala case in 2012 has been overturned by the latest rules,” he told Inquirer in a text message. “The recommendation of the Committee on Eligibility has no basis at all.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Bolick blasts critics after ejection: ‘I’m not playing to be the MVP’ 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 UST01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 MOST READ Uvero also said the yearlong residency rule does not make a distinction as to the nationality of the student-athlete.“Our position is that the latest rules as approved by the Board of Trustees in its meeting held on May 24, 2016, in Pico de Loro, Batangas, are very clear and specific with regard to the one-year residency requirement for transferees from non-UAAP universities,” he said. Along with Ouattara, Cameroonian Steve Akomo of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers also faces the same issue raised by the UAAP Board. Both allegedly do not meet the residency requirement to play for the UAAP Season 80.Cayetano LawFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut Perasol said he believes that the Cayetano Law should be followed. Signed in 2015, Republic Act No. 10676, otherwise known as the Student-Athletes Protection Act, regulates the residency requirement in school leagues.An athletic association may impose a maximum yearlong residency for college student-athletes before they could participate in any competition, the law says. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Heat beat Knicks in Dwyane Wade’s final Madison Square Garden game

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Dion Waiters scored 28 points, Wade added 16 and the Miami Heat beat the Knicks 100-92.“You love playing here. You hear about it,” said Wade, who stuck around after the final buzzer to take in the love from the crowd that serenade him with chants of ‘D-Wade! D-Wade!’ throughout the night.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“When I played in college, I got the opportunity to play here, the Coaches vs Cancer Classic. It was just immediately, that feel, and the feel was there. Getting an opportunity to play (here) in the NBA has been special.”Wade had 17 points in leading Marquette past Villanova in that game on Nov. 15, 2002. TIP-INS:Heat: Wade averaged 23.6 points in 44 regular season games at Madison Square Garden.Knicks: Mitchell Robinson started at center and finished with nine points and 14 rebounds. Prior to the game, Knicks coach David Fizdale said he wanted to get a better look at the second-round pick from the 2018 draft over the last two weeks of the regular season.THANKING WADEWade’s tribute video included a warm message from Fizdale, who won two NBA titles as a Miami assistant coach from 2008-16.The Knicks coach recalled a game Wade won while both teams on the court couldn’t get anything “right.”But Wade found a way to put the Heat over Chicago in double overtime.“He stole the ball at the end of the game and made a running halfcourt shot to end the game. It was literally a bloodbath. I’ll never forget that night,” Fizdale recalled. “We’re battling like crazy. And somehow he figured out how to get us a win.”UP NEXTHeat: Visit the Boston Celtics on Monday for the first game of a home-and-home series. View comments Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) moves the ball against New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in New York. The Heat won 100-92. (AP Photo/Nicole Sweet)NEW YORK — Dwyane Wade felt something special about Madison Square Garden since first stepping on its floor during his sophomore season in college.The 13-time All-Star bid farewell to the arena Saturday night by planting a kiss on the New York Knicks logo at center court.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ Emmanuel Mudiay scored 24 points for the Knicks, who have lost six straight and 14 of 15.The Knicks led 61-55 at the half but managed to score just 31 points over the last two quarters, shooting just 12 for 36 from the field, including 5 for 21 in the last period.New York, which has lost eight straight games at home, seemed like it was going to spoil Wade’s last visit to one of his favorite arenas.But he followed Whiteside’s basket with two of his own before Whiteside made two free throws to make it 87-79 with 9:29 to go.The three-time NBA champion received a nice hand from the Garden crowd when he walked to the scorer’s table for the first time midway through the first quarter. Wade was then greeted with a standing ovation when he checked into the game with 4:37 left in the period.“As a player, this is your last time and just want to enjoy it,” Wade added. “I know the fans stayed around and that was so cool, man, to be able to have that. You expect it at home maybe your last time but on the road you don’t expect that.”New York honored Wade’s 15-year career with a video tribute with 2:47 remaining in the opening period after a Miami timeout.Wade then drove to the basket for his first points of the night.“One of the top-5, if not top-3 best shooting guards to ever play this game,” Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. said.“Super competitor. Even better person. You got to salute everything he’s done and accomplished in this league.” Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wade had back-to-back baskets in Miami’s 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter after the game was tied through three. He shot 6 for 16 and added seven rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.Miami coach Erik Spoelstra thought of the old Heat-Knicks rivalry and found the pro-Miami crowd like something of the Twilight Zone.“To hear all the cheers and all the ‘Let’s Go Heat,’ it all feels strange but that is the impact of a Hall of Fame player and I am glad he is on our side,” Spoelstra said.Hassan Whiteside finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, while Kelly Olynyk chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Goran Dragic had 10 points and 10 assists.The Heat have won six of their last eight games and hold a half-game lead over Orlando for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Knicks: Conclude their six-game homestand when they host the Chicago Bulls on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UAAP volleyball: Lady Bulldogs eliminate Lady Falcons from Final 4 race Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country directorlast_img read more

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LD MALLYA 2

first_imgSources in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said that Mallyas Sources in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said that Mallyas signature was scanned and did not satisfy the rules.The Ethics Committee of the Upper House headed by Karan Singh, which met today, also pointed to the “wrong procedure” while rejecting the resignation, the sources said.The panel members also expressed dissatisfaction with his reply about his loan default.Panel members were of the view that Mallyas action was “unbecoming” of a Rajya Sabha MP.The sources said the panel will submit its report before the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.A motion has to be introduced in the House and approved by it for termination of the membership of any MP.This is Mallyas second term in Rajya Sabha and it would would have otherwise come to an end on July 1.After the meeting, panel Chairman Singh, however, declined to divulge the details saying that being the head of the committee it will not be appropriate for him to announce a decision taken in its meeting.Mallya had yesterday faxed his resignation to Hamid Ansari a day before the Ethics Committee had to take a decision on recommending his expulsion, an issue which was unanimously decided in the panels last meeting on April 25.Pressed further, Karan Singh, however, said the decision that was taken in the meeting today was also unanimous.Asked whether the panel has any room left now to take up the matter when Mallya has already resigned, Singh said “of course there is room. He is still a member of the House until it (the resignation) is accepted.” (MORE) PTI AMR PALadvertisementlast_img read more

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ATP prevents DDR3 supply shortage with new own-built DDR3 8 Gbit components and modules

first_imgATP Electronics has announced its commitment to provide its own high-density DDR3 8 Gbit components to ensure the steady supply of DDR3 memory, especially for customers in the networking and embedded industries that are yet unable to upgrade to latest-generation platforms immediately.As the DRAM market migrates to DDR4 memory, several key manufacturers have already announced end-of-life (EOL) production of DDR3 modules based on high-density DDR3 8 Gbit components, including EOL notice of the components.ATP’s own-built DDR3 modules consist of meticulously characterized and tested high-quality integrated circuits. The components are manufactured according to ATP’s exacting standards using 2x nm manufacturing process technology and are tested via an extensive component test program to improve the overall memory module performance.ATP DDR3 8 Gbit components are free from row hammer effects, thus preventing any disastrous random bit flips caused by the electrical charge of cells leaking to adjacent cells and successively writing data to them. At module level, ATP implements 100% test during burn-in (TDBI) into the production flow to guarantee the high-quality module.ATP DDR3 components are available in monolithic 8 Gb one-chip select (1CS) or as DDP two-chip select (2CS) for a variety of memory modules based on this technology. DIMMs, SO-DIMMs and Mini-DIMMs in 1CS package are available in 16 GB capacity and 1600 MT/s transfer speed. ATP offers 2CS DIMMs in 16 to 32 GB capacity and 1333 or 1600 MT/s, while 2CS Mini-DIMMs are at 8 GB capacity and 1600 MT/s. ECC and non-ECC options are available on various form factors.ATP is fully committed to supporting the legacy memory requirements of customers that are yet unable to upgrade to newer-generation platforms. In September 2018, ATP signed a partnership agreement with Micron Technology to make sure that Micron DDR2 SO-DIMMs, UDIMMs and RDIMMs will continue to be available after Micron announced end-of-life notices for these modules. According to the agreement, ATP will manufacture DDR2 DRAM modules for customers that continue to use platforms supporting these memory types.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous HCC Embedded extends distributor network in EuropeNext Innodisk: AIoT solutions for the medical fieldlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Pakistan wary of Afghanistan spinners, says Haris Sohail

first_imgPakistan have spared no effort in their preparations to take on Afghanistan’s spinners in Saturday’s World Cup clash that could be crucial to their hopes of making the semi-finals, batsman Haris Sohail said on the eve of the contest.Back-to-back wins against South Africa and New Zealand have given the former champions a chance of making the knockouts but they must beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their final two games and hope other results go their way to advance.Sohail, who was dropped after their opening defeat by West Indies but returned to the side scoring 89 and 68 in the last two matches, said Pakistan had to keep a close eye on spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman who could hurt their chances.”We’ve kept it very simple. We’re going from match to match. They have quality spinners and we’ve seen a lot of videos and we’ve worked from them. And hopefully we’ll see a good match,” Sohail told reporters.Sohail scored only one run when Pakistan lost their warm-up match to Afghanistan last month, but the 30-year-old said he had no doubts about his ability on the big stage.”From the last series against Australia I have been playing very well, and this time they’ve given me the different role… bat at four or five,” Sohail added.”I’m going with my plan and we have to assess the situation and I will play accordingly.”Meanwhile, Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib said his team will fancy their chances on a Headingley wicket that could assist his spinners.advertisementAfghanistan are looking to finish on a high after losing all their seven games.”If you look at similar conditions, it is certainly in our favour, it’s good for our spinners,” he said.”Sohail played really well in the last two games and Babar Azam too. Rashid is a different spinner, a different bowler to other spinners. So it’s difficult to pick him.”Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s take on MS Dhoni strike rate a constructive message: Aakash ChopraAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa dent Sri Lanka’s semi-final hopes with 9-wicket winAlso See:last_img read more

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2007/08 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION SPORTS LEADERSHIP GRANTS FOR WOMEN

first_imgHigh Performance coaching and officiating 2007/08 Sport Leadership Grants for Women “Sport Needs More Women”Leadership is the ability to influence group members so as to help achieve the goals of the group or organisationThe Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Government Office for Women invite you to apply for the 2007/08 Sport Leadership Grants for Women.  The program is aimed at providing women with an opportunity to undertake certified sport leadership training.This program builds on the grants program offered in the previous 4 years, open to all women in sport.The 2006/07 Sport Leadership Grants for Women offers grants in five key categories: Governance (board and committees) The Program provides successful applicants with a one-off grant of up to $5,000 for individuals and up to $10,000 for incorporated organisations.Applications for the grants close on Friday 29 June 2007 and examples of previous grant recipients applications are also available.For grant application forms and guidelines please go to: http://www.ausport.gov.au/women/grants.asp Coaching Women in general sport leadership Each category includes the following project areas:center_img Officiating Women in disability sport Indigenous women Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds Management (including administration) last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squadby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Michael Carrick says taking the squad to Dubai this week has been the right decision.Carrick, who has been reunited with former colleagues Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan in his first season after retiring as a player, explained that the climate in the Middle East enables the staff to focus on more detailed sessions.“It’s fantastic. It allows us to train in a way where you probably can’t do it at home, at this moment, with it being so cold,” reported Carrick. “We can work on different things. When it’s freezing cold at home, you’ve got to keep on the move and you don’t want the lads standing around too much.“So here we’ll work hard, especially over the next few days, and prepare for Sunday, but it allows us to maybe spend a little bit more time on the training ground and go into a little bit more detail, which we need at this moment.“As you can imagine, it’s quite a happy camp. When you’re winning football matches, you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you, and the confidence and the belief.”You almost sense a calmness when you’re winning games. It’s great to see the lads enjoying themselves. The football’s flowing, the training’s good, they’re bouncing around the place, and it’s nice to see.” last_img read more

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5 Coaches Named Candidates For The Kansas State Job

first_imgWillie the Wildcat pumps up the crowd.MANHATTAN, KS – NOVEMBER 3: Kansas State Wildcats mascot Willie the Wildcat perform during a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)On the heels of the official announcement that Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder will be retiring, plenty of top-quality coaching candidates have emerged for the job.ESPN college football writer Jake Trotter gave his shortlist of five possible candidates: North Texas head coach Seth Littrell, Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, Troy head coach Neal Brown, Oregon DC Jim Leavitt, and North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman.It’s an impressive list of coaches, but few of them have any significant Big 12 coaching experience.The Wildcats finished the season at 5-7, their first sub-.500 season in Snyder’s second stint with the team.Five names to watch in the K-State coaching search: North Texas coach Seth Littrell, Memphis coach Mike Norvell, Troy coach Neal Brown, Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 2, 2018Snyder had two different coaching stints with Kansas State: 1989 to 2005 and 2009 to 2018.In his first stint with the team, Snyder led the Wildcats to 11 straight bowl games from 1993 to 2003, winning the Big 12 conference title in 2003.Upon his return to Kansas State, Snyder led the team to eight more consecutive bowl games and a Big 12 conference title in 2012.last_img read more

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Goodwipes: The Traveling Man’s Get-Clean-Quick Method

first_imgWe’ve all been in that pickle where you can’t properly bathe, cleanse, or shower.Maybe you’re taking a delayed red-eye flight and have to head straight to a wedding upon landing or an urgent business meeting came up and you’re just leaving the golf course after just finishing 18-holes. Maybe you’re a dedicated guy who works out daily at your workplace gym and just doesn’t have enough time to shower due to an early meeting, or you’re a man who has plans to embark on this year’s music festival circuit with just a van and your dog, or maybe from time to time you just sweat a ton like every other normal human being. In any of these cases, it’s hard to know what to do when you can’t take a quick rinse.Enter Goodwipes with their easy solution for any shower-less situation: portable body wipes.Now, you don’t have to sit in your own filth during a sans-shower or while in the wilderness because Goodwipes offers cleaning cloths that are portable, powerful, soft, and their “below the belt” wipes are also biodegradable.Goodwipes for Guys ($10)Below the Belt Wipes ($9)The wipes come packaged with 10 cleansing cloths, which are individually wrapped and small enough to fit anywhere, including your back pocket. These easy-to-use, pH balanced, alcohol-free wipes work wonders in scraping dirt and grime off when you’re unable to shower.Goodwipes’ cloths are infused with tea tree oil, peppermint and ginseng, to guarantee your cleansing is thorough, refreshing, and great smelling. And don’t worry, it won’t take anything away from the satisfaction of that steaming shower when you finally get home. Editors’ Recommendations 8 Best Portable Showers for Getting Clean on the Go The Physical and Mental Benefits of Cold Showers How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities How to Shave With a Straight Razor last_img read more

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Baisakhis husband removed from JU Executive Council

first_imgKolkata: Manojit Mandal, professor of the English Department of Jadavpur University, has been removed from the Executive Council (EC) of the varsity. Mondal is the husband of Baisakhi Bandyopadhyay, who had joined BJP on August 14 along with former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. “It is a routine transfer and has nothing to do with any political matter. He has already completed two years. Such transfers have been made in some other areas too,” said state Education minister Partha Chatterjee. Mandal has been the member of EC, the highest decision making body of the varsity, for the last two years. The tenure of an EC member as per terms of the state government is four years. Sources in the Education department said that Soma Bandyopadhyay, Vice-Chancellor of The West Bengal University of Teachers Training Education Planning and Administration, has been nominated as an EC member in place of Mandal.last_img read more

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Call for entries Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award

first_imgChris Donovan, the 2017 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner, captured this photo of Lido Pimienta performing during the Polaris Prize Gala at The Carlu in Toronto on September 18, 2017, for The Canadian Press. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan) (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation) Login/Register With: “I had the opportunity to learn a lot from my peers while on assignment, which was extremely helpful. The experience taught me that you can never stop learning as a photographer and that if you feel like you know everything, you will never know anything.”To get a sense of Donovan’s experience, read his report, view samples of his Canadian Press photos and check out his original portfolio submission. Past winners include Eduardo Lima, Marta Iwanek, Michelle Siu, Galit Rodan and Hannah Yoon.Award criteria, application instructions and the online application are available on the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award page. The jury—which includes members of Hanson’s family and former photographer colleagues—can be found on the award criteria page.The winner of the 2018 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award will be announced in February. The award will be formally presented at the annual CJF Awards on June 14, 2018 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.This award is generously supported by Nikon.ABOUT THE TOM HANSON PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD#tomhansonawardThe Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press launched the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award in 2009 in memory of award-winning photojournalist Tom Hanson. The award offers a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto for a photojournalist in the early stages of his or her career. The selection committee is made up of CJF board members, photographers and photo editors from The Canadian Press and daily newspapers, past winners and members of Mr. Hanson’s family. The winning applicant will complete the internship between April and September 2018, and be paid at the start rate for photographers at The Canadian Press.ABOUT TOM HANSONTom Hanson was a photojournalist whose images from the Oka conflict to the cut and thrust of Parliament told vivid stories. He was an award-winning photographer for The Canadian Press who travelled around the world and across the country, shooting some of the most iconic news and sports images over a 15-year period. When Hanson died suddenly at age 41 in 2009, his family, friends, colleagues at The Canadian Press and the country’s photojournalism community wanted to find an appropriate way to honour his memory, talent and spirit. The result was the creation of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. Advertisement TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2017 – The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, a major Canadian photojournalism award for developing early-career talent, is now accepting submissions. Deadline is Jan. 19, 2018.The award is open to Canadian photojournalists with less than five years’ experience—including students and freelancers—and provides the winner the opportunity to cover news, sports and cultural events for The Canadian Press for six weeks in Toronto. The experience allows the recipient to work alongside and be mentored by top photographers and photo editors, work in a fast-paced, competitive environment, and gain national exposure.“There is a lot of pressure because you know the images will be seen by editors across the country and it forces you to perform at your highest level,” says Chris Donovan, the 2017 award winner, who moved from Saint John, N.B. to Torontorecently to launch his freelance career. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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InFocus The Education of Augie Merasty

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:Sometimes it takes years before residential school survivors share their personal experiences.For Augie Merasty, it took decades.With the help of an award winning writer, Augie’s personal memoir was eventually published: The Education of Augie Merasty.He’s now 86 years old.  His daughter tells us about how they weren’t sure he really was writing a book, until one day, sure enough, they knew it was true.Watch how the story unfolded.last_img

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Toyotas Nissans global sales fall short of Volkswagens

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. says it sold 10.59 million vehicles globally last year, fewer than the 10.83 million delivered by German rival Volkswagen AG.Also Wednesday, Nissan Motor Co. said its global sales totalled 5.65 million vehicles last year, while Renault SA of France, which owns 43 per cent of Nissan, recorded global sales of 3.9 million vehicles.Nissan owns 34 per cent of smaller Japanese rival Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which sold 1.2 million vehicles last year.That adds up to 10.75 million vehicles, although that is not the official alliance tally.The numbers released Wednesday underscore intense competition among the automakers.U.S. automaker General Motors Co. was the No. 1 selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008. Its sales have shrunk in recent years.The Associated Press read more

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Stiff opposition to Tamil Nadu Muslim preachers Visit

The Sri Lankan government is likely to deny entry to Moulvi P Jainul Abideen, better known as PJ, the founder and star speaker of the fundamentalist Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ), the New Indian Express reported.A powerful section of the Sri Lankan Muslims who fear that PJ’s presence in the island will disturb intra-Muslim and inter-religious harmony are putting pressure on the government to cancel his visa. Earlier in 2005, PJ was deported on the same grounds. It is not clear as to which view has majority support among Lankan Muslims, but what is undeniable is that some politically influential people are against PJ and his brand of Islam. (Colombo Gazette) PJ had been invited by the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaat (SLTJ) for the release of the Sinhala translation of the Koran on November 8. A powerful section of Lankan Muslims who fear that PJ’s presence in the island will disturb intra-Muslim and inter-religious harmony are putting pressure on the government to cancel his visa. Earlier in 2005, PJ was deported on the same grounds. Razik has challenged the All Ceylon Jamayyathul Ulama to an open debate on this. He asks why the ACJU has never protested against the arrival of non-Muslim preachers or preachers from various Muslim sects like the Ahmadiyas, Bohras and Shias. Why target only PJ? And there are also Muslims who say that as Lanka is a democracy with freedom of expression, PJ should not be barred. The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) issued a statement appealing to the SLTJ not to send PJ in the interest of peace and communal harmony. Some went to the court alleging that the Sinhala translation has grievous flaws and sought an injunction. Express learns that the Defence Secretary has advised the immigration authorities to review his case in the light of the objections.PJ is not liked by sections of Lankan Muslims because he is campaigning against certain popular practices which he considers un-Islamic. For example he is against worship of graves of saints (dargas). He expresses sharp views against Muslim sects like the Ahmadiyas and Shias.His opponents allege that the Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath  and Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaat  have accepted crores of rupees from Saudi Arabia for spreading Wahabi Islam. Others accuse him of criticising nearly a hundred Hadiths (sayings of Prophet Mohammad).But the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaat  General Secretary R Abdur Razik says that PJ, Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath  and SLTJ are only promoting true Islam, unadulterated by non-Islamic influences. read more

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Preparing mass repatriation UN refugee chief to visit West Africa

With West Africa now at the centre of a huge repatriation movement as hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by long-running civil wars return home, the head of the United Nations refugee agency begins a six-day mission to the region on Sunday for talks with all sectors, ranging from presidents to the returnees themselves.The four-nation tour will take UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers first to Guinea and then on to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, all of them torn in recent years by civil war or unrest and flooded with refugee influxes from each other.Mr. Lubbers is scheduled to meet with Heads of State, top government and UN officials in the region, refugees, returnees, UNHCR’s implementing partners and staff. In Sierra Leone, he is expected to visit areas of the country where refugees have returned, seeing first-hand how they are faring. UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme there ended in mid-2004, with some 280,000 refugees electing to return home.He will then cross the border to Liberia with a convoy of Liberian refugees returning home. UNHCR launched its voluntary repatriation programme for Liberian refugees last October. An expected 340,000 people are expected to be repatriated by the time the programme ends in 2007. Already, more than 6,000 Liberians have returned from neighbouring West African countries on regular convoys by land, sea and air.On his final stop Mr. Lubbers will visit neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire, which in November last year saw an exodus of refugees into Liberia. Some 10,000 were registered at the height of the crisis, which has now eased. read more

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