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High-flying Hill promises more poster dunks: ‘I’m here to put on a show’

first_imgAdamson’s Tyrus Hill goes for a dunk against UST’s Steve Akomo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTyrus Hill’s frizzy hair isn’t the only thing that makes him stands out.The Adamson University forward also has crazy hops and has a penchant for dunking on people, something that University of Santo Tomas found out the hard way on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT “That was one of the best dunks I’ve done in my career so far and I was just super hyped about that.”Hill would’ve had another facial, this time, against the bigger Steve Akomo, but his one-handed throwdown was waived off after he was called for a traveling violation. View comments Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Hill put Growling Tigers big man Jeepy Faundo in a poster, in the highlight of the UAAP Season 80 so far.“I knew that anyone that would come over would be late because I’m quicker, and when I jumped I knew it was over,” said Hill after Adamson beat UST, 88-81, for its first win.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“You’ll see more of that from me and my ‘Bounce Bro’ Sean [Manganti] and he needs to hurry up and catch up. I’m here to put on a show and hopefully we’re going to set sail this year.” The 6-foot-4 rookie blew by his defender Regieboy Basibas in the right wing before he exploded to the rim against Faundo, who had no chance of preventing the dunk early in the third quarter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sablan looks at positives despite UST’s 41 turnovers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Nicki Minaj shunned pants in latest single Anaconda

first_imgThe 31-year-old singer’s stylist, Nonja McKenzie, has admitted that the rapper originally planned to wear sweatpants in the video for her new single ‘Anaconda’ but was “inspired” to sport just a pink G-String and trainers after admiring her curvaceous figure.She told E! Online: “We initially gave her the g-string just to be an undergarment under the sweatpants.”But when she saw her silhouette with her [Air] Jordans on, she got inspired and felt like that should be one of the looks, also. She thought it looked so quintessentially ’80s.”The video – which also features the ‘Superbass’ hitmaker in a combination of high fashion pieces and yet more skimpy underwear – has a distinctly 80s sound and features a sample of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s classic 1986 hit ‘Baby Got Back’.Jerod McClairn, another of Nicki’s stylists, hopes the video’s eye-catching retro looks will encourage fans to channel Nicki’s new 80s-inspired style.He told ET: “I hope fanny packs make their comeback! I had really wanted to use them for an additional pop of pink and to help tie the look together.”Watch the videolast_img read more

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Delhi HC directs AIIMS to preserve counselling videos for PG courses

first_imgDelhi High Court on June 22 had asked the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) to preserve the video records of a counselling session for post-graduate medical courses held recently, which has been challenged before it.Point of contention:A student has alleged that despite coming in the second counseling he was denied an admission into the prestigious institute, while someone with lesser rank got the admission in MD course in Nuclear Medicine.Steps taken by the court:The court also issued notice for July 13 to the student who got admission in MD course in Nuclear Medicine even when his rank was allegedly behind the one who did not get the seat, observing that no order should be passed affecting his rightsA bench comprising Justices Siddharth Mridul and A K Pathak, who heard an appeal against a single judge order filed by the student, claimed that he was denied admission in Nuclear Medicine course despite featuring in second counseling list”It would suffice to direct AIIMS to preserve the records including video record pertaining to the second counselling held on June 13, 2016?” The bench said according to PTI”In so far as first direction is concerned, we are in an agreement with the counsels submission that it would be necessary to issue notice to respondent number 4 (student who got admission) in view of the circumstances that any order passed in this writ petition might affect his rights”It is right to say that no order/direction can be issued affecting rights of respondent number 4 without hearing him,” the court said, adding that the appeal is justified.The appeal filed by advocate R K Saini challenged the June 15 order of the single judge of High Court, which had issued notice to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), its Dean (Academics) Dr Balram Airan, Sub-Dean (Academics) Dr V K Bansal but had not issued notice to the student who had been admitted.Points raised in the petition:It had sought direction to AIIMS and its officials to produce the video recording and other records of counselling at the time of hearing.advertisementThe petition also sought direction to the institute and its officials to cancel the admission of the student in the Nuclear Medicine course.It further said that the appellant had appeared in the first counselling and since he was unable to get a seat in his preferred Nuclear Medicine course, he then opted for second counselling.The petition further alleged that the candidate whose rank (1880) was far behind the rank of the appellant rank (1835) in the merit list, was admitted to the course “illegally, deliberately and with malafide intention ? leaving the appellant in lurch.”Read: Bihar siblings defeat all odds, clear IIT exam: Read on to know their inspiring story Read: Tribal girl from Maoist-controlled region cracks IIT JEE 2016 Click here for more education related newsTo get more updates on education related news, send in your query by mail to  .last_img read more

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Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather declare truce, trade praise not profanities

first_imgConor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. declared a truce on Wednesday after weeks of vicious verbal attacks, offering praise instead of profanities at the final press conference ahead of their much anticipated fight.Since the fight between undefeated boxer Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion McGregor was announced in June, the two men took part in a profanity laced world tour to hype a bout that has been met with both skepticism and excitement.The final press conference ahead of Saturday’s fight, however, was closer to a love-in than a battle field with Mayweather, in particular, complimenting the man who has questioned everything from his manhood to his fashion sense.”Conor McGregor had a hell of a career, he’s still got a hell of a career,” said Mayweather. “He’s a hell of a fighter, he’s a stand up guy, a tough competitor.Photo Credit: Reuters “It’s not going to be an easy fight. There will be blood sweat and tears Saturday.”McGregor was far less effusive in his compliments but after months of mercilessly attacking Mayweather said he welcomed the pause in hostilities.”There’s been a lot of crazy press conferences, this is a lot more subdued, a lot more business like the way I like it … sometimes,” said McGregor.Photo Credit: Reuters After the two had turned the air blue with profanity during the earlier media tour, Mayweather went the entire press conference on Wednesday without swearing.McGregor could not hold his tongue but saved his venom for a member of Mayweather’s “Money Team” who taunted him from the audience, telling him he was going to be knocked out.advertisement”Not by you, whoever you are,” countered McGregor. “Tell that bitch to shut up,” the Irishman growled while looking at Mayweather, who later chastised the member of his team.The restrained tone of Wednesday’s media conference underscored the high stakes of what is expected to be the richest fight in boxing with McGregor in line for $100 million payday and Mayweather as much as $200 million.Photo Credit: Reuters While boxing purists and pundits have denounced the fight as nothing more than a laughable cash grab it has nonetheless captured the fascination of fans.Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza said the fight, which will be distributed in more than 200 countries, is on pace to smash pay per view records.While the fiery rhetoric was toned down, both remain confident of the outcome.”I will go forward, I will put the pressure on him and break this old man,” said McGregor, who said he expected to end the 12-round bout inside two rounds. “Trust me on that.”I am going to out box this man at his own game.”Tomorrow – #AboveTheNoise Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 23, 2017The only message Mayweather had for McGregor was his record reminding him that he was trying to do something that no one has ever been able to do; beat him.”I know one thing I can do I can fight,” said Mayweather. “I can give it and I can take it”But for me to be 49-0 it is obvious I have been giving it and not receiving it.”Anything and everything in boxing that can be done, I’ve done it. I was born a fighter, I will die a fighter.”last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy: Manish Pandey, Dega Nischal put Karnataka in driving seat

first_imgOvernight batsmen Dega Nischal (195) and Manish Pandey (238) played brilliant individual knocks to help Karnataka post 642/7 at stumps against Uttar Pradesh on Day two of a sixth round match of the Ranji Trophy on Saturday.CM Gautam (4) and skipper Vinay Kumar (1) were at the crease when stumps were called in the Group A contest at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur.Meanwhile, in the same group, Delhi skipper Ishant Sharma (3/14) bagged a three-wicket haul to allow his side take an upper hand against Maharashtra who posted 59/8 to trail by 360 runs at the Palam A ground in New Delhi.Earlier in the day, resuming play, Delhi posted 419 runs.In Group B, Gujarat trio Priyank Panchal (152), Bhargav Merai (110) and Parthiv Patel (119 not out) played tremendous cricket to help their side post 450/3 against Rajasthan at stumps taking lead by 297 runs at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat.In Group C, Odisha posted 64/2 against Baroda to trail by 439 runs at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara.Earlier, resuming play, Baroda scored 503 runs.In Group D, Bengal openers Abhishek Raman (149 not out) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (117) scored brilliant centuries to help their side post 309/3 against Punjab, taking a lead by 162 runs.last_img read more

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Wolverine Partners with Mike Rowe on New Boot Supporting American Workers

first_img Wolverine Ramparts Boot Collection Provides Support On and Off the Job Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races As a native-born Michigander, nothing makes me prouder of my home state than its instinctive knack for bringing nature and industry together. Perhaps no Michigan-born brand represents this dyad better than Wolverine. (There’s a reason we’re known as the Wolverine State.)Wolverine has not only been building boots since the late 1800s but has remained steadfastly loyal to its Michigan roots. The company still crafts its iconic footwear out of headquarters in Rockford, Michigan, sustaining a unique connection to the people and the place that made the company who it is. The boots are more than just a beautifully made example of heritage foot fashion — they’re the real deal, every pair combining comfort, durability, function, and style. Even today, 135 years after the company was founded, Wolverine makes boots according to its original construction methods and archival patterns.1000 Mile Boot. Wolverine Boots & Apparel/FacebookThe 1000-Mile Boot is the calling card of Wolverine, manufactured since 1914. Crafted from horsehide treated with an innovative tanning process that made it uniquely soft and pliable, it offered exceptional durability and long-term value to the wearer.Founder G.A. Krause was not only a consummate craftsman but also a workingman’s advocate. He created one of the nation’s first profit-sharing plans, selling shares of his highly successful company to his employees. His product and his vision were always designed for men and women who understand the meaning and value of a hard day’s work.For the company today, this is more than just a branding concept. For the past three years, Wolverine has put extra muscle into supporting the skilled workers of America through Project Bootstrap, an initiative that outfits trade school students around the country with a pair of tough-as-nails Wolverine boots that can carry them throughout their career.center_img This Labor Day, Wolverine takes the project one step further with the launch of a new partnership. Dirty Jobs host (and longtime Wolverine fan) Mike Rowe has created a limited-edition version of the 1000 Mile Boot that pays homage to the masons, carpenters, construction workers, and other skilled workers who serve as the backbone of American industry. Recreated from the original 1000 Mile, the mikeroweWORKS edition will feature red, white, and blue stitching and a mikeroweWORKS-embossed leather hashtag. One-hundred percent of all sales will be donated to benefit the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a non-profit helps train people for skilled jobs and has provided over $3 million in scholarships for trade schools.At a time when 82 percent of construction firms project increasingly difficulty in recruiting and hiring qualified workers, it’s more important than ever for successful individuals and companies to invest in the future of America by supporting the training of skilled workers.The limited edition mikeroweWORKS 1000 Mile Boot will be available for purchase online via Wolverine one week leading up to Labor Day: Tuesday, August 28 through Tuesday, September 4. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States last_img read more

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Seanergy Hungry for More Bulker Acquisitions

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp is looking to avail of the market conditions and low prices of vessels to expand fleet with more vessel acquisitions.Stamatis Tsantanis, the company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, believes that current market conditions represent a unique opportunity to acquire quality tonnage at 30-year historical low prices.“For that reason, we intend to pursue acquisition opportunities that we believe can further enhance value for our shareholders. We believe that Seanergy is the right platform in dry bulk listed space for further fleet expansion in order to capitalize on the recovery of the freight market and asset values,” he adds.The opportunities are being viewed as the company closes the year with the completion of the USD 185 million fleet acquisition that was signed in August of 2015.The result brings the company’s fleet to  6 Capesize and 2 Supramax vessels, driving the Seaenergy’s cargo carrying capacity from zero to more than 1.1 million DWT.The fleet additions saw the company report net revenues of USD 6.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.Furthermore, the year seems to have started on a promising note as the company has regained compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement.last_img read more

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MV Cheshire Reroutes to Iberian Peninsula

first_imgzoom Bibby Line’s troubled bulk carrier MV Cheshire, which suffered from overheating in its cargo holds on August 12, will not be heading to Gran Canaria after all.Instead, the ship, which was put under tow on August 21, has been diverted to a port on the Iberian Peninsula either in Spain or Portugal, the company said in an update.“Yesterday afternoon the maritime authorities in the Canaries were advised that there was no intention to proceed to any port in the Canary Islands and that the ship would now be towed by the Red Sea Fos to a port on the Iberian Peninsula either in Spain or Portugal,” the company said.“All parties are working in coordination to seek a port of destination where it will be possible to unload and store the remaining cargo residue at the port, inspect the ship with a view to carrying out repairs. We have been advised that the Canary Islands do not have a facility for the unloading and treatment of the cargo.”The ship is now en route to the peninsula and is being towed at a speed of 3.5 knots.The company said it was likely to take approximately 8 days to reach the port of destination. The salvage master, a salvage engineer and two firemen from the Resolve Marine team are on the tug and will accompany the ship to its destination. All the rest of the team are back on shore at this point, the company added.The salvage team from Resolve Marine has managed to board the ship by helicopter to continue with their inspection of machinery spaces on the ship and to take further samples of the cargo.“No further gas release has been observed since 25 August and there is no risk of pollution either from bunkers or from the cargo,” according to Bibby Line.last_img read more

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Russell Brand Joins Robert Downey Jr At MPTF Event

first_imgThe entertainment industry turned out in force last night in support of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s (MPTF) second annual “Reel Stories, Real Lives” event, a unique evening of powerful readings which told the stories of industry members and their families who have benefitted from MPTF’s services over the years.The event, held at Milk Studios, featured video remarks from honorary host Robert Downey Jr and readings by renowned Hollywood actors including Russell Brand, Anna Faris, Jon Favreau, Jon Hamm, Armie Hammer, Chris Pratt, Keanu Reeves, Jeremy Renner, and Olivia Thirlby, as written by some of Hollywood’s leading feature and television writers including Will Beall, Greg Berlanti, Peter Craig, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Craig Mazin and Billy Ray.MPTF President and CEO Bob Beitcher said, “My love affair with MPTF began 12 years ago at an event just like tonight’s ‘Reel Stories’ hosted by Kevin Spacey. Witnessing Hollywood’s finest tell the amazing stories of how MPTF takes care of industry members in their time of need made me proud to be part of the entertainment community, led me to step up my financial contributions to MPTF, and screamed to me ‘get involved.’ And thankfully I did!”The evening drew approximately 400 industry insiders, entertainment leaders and celebrity guests including Casey Affleck, Will Beall, Julia Jones, Josh Radnor, and more. The event, which was produced by A. Scott Berg, Guymon Casady, Bill Gerber, Kevin McCormick, Karen Rosenfelt, and Courtenay Valenti, also featured a special animated photo exhibit including collections by DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Animation, Warner Bros., and more.“There is no one better to introduce the next generation of Hollywood to the importance of MPTF to this industry than the creative talent brought together to tell the real stories of MPTF,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of MPTF Foundation. “My thanks to Robert Downey, Jr., Russell Brand, the writers and the actors who have given of their time and talents to bring to life the MPTF mission of caring for our own in such a meaningful and elegant way as in these stories.”CEO of MPTF Foundation Ken Scherer said, “MPTF Foundation is truly fortunate to have the force of nature that has become what we affectionately call Team Valenti – my thanks to Scott Berg, Guymon Casady, Bill Gerber, Karen Rosenfelt, Kevin McCormick and Courtenay Valenti – for channeling their individual passion into creating this event that has built awareness and motivated engagement with the next generation of Hollywood with such great success in just one year.”The evening was generously sponsored by IWC Schaffhausen, Audi and The Hollywood Reporter.For over 90 years, MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) has served as a beacon of hope for entertainment industry members in their time of need. As a charitable organization, the MPTF provides financial assistance and services essential to the wellbeing of the community and is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for seniors and those who care for them. MPTF is supported by the generosity of corporate donors and fellow entertainment industry members who contribute their time and money because they believe in the critical importance of Hollywood Helping Hollywood.last_img read more

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Muslims Use Sarcastic Hashtag to Dissociate Themselves from ISIS

By Radia BenabbouRabat –  Muslims around the world are using the hashtag #MuslimApologies as a way to defend Islam as a peaceful religion and that ISIS’s violent acts do not represent their faith.Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Islam has been a target for several different types of accusations that associate it with terrorism. Muslims around the world have been persecuted and discriminated against just for sharing religious beliefs with a terrorist group. It has been a hard time for Muslims, especially North African immigrants in Europe. It took much effort and commitment to alter—though not completely—this perception of Islam. However, once again, Islam is associated with terrorism due to the notorious acts of ISIS, a terrorist group that claims to have an Islamic background. The world is once again blaming Islam and Muslims as a community for what ISIS is doing, nurturing hatred and contempt against the Muslims of the world.In response to this wave of hatred, a wave of a different kind is being born. The #MuslimApologies is a campaign, led by Muslims of the world, is attempting to shed light on the fact that not all Muslims agree with the violent acts of ISIS. It is a campaign that makes use of sarcasm in order to ridicule the attempts to associate Islam with terrorism.This hashtag is a new trend on Twitter. Muslims from around the world post tweets where they sarcastically apologize for the good things Muslims did for humanity. They apologize for Islam’s positive contributions in the different areas of life. The “apologies” focus mainly on education, scientific discoveries, human rights, and spiritual matters. Along with similar hashtags, this campaign seems to be exposing the world to a different type of Islam: one that is a tolerant, peaceful religion.These are some examples of the tweets:Scientists use the Quran to discover things. I’m sorry that the Quran knows more than humans. #MuslimApologies— x (@jerrysmindx) September 27, 2014now that we’ve seen #MuslimApologies i wanna see #WesternApologies. there’s a lot to apologize for, luckily for you Islam is very forgiving.— Mimi (@xmimia) September 27, 2014#MuslimApologies foreshadows an indigenous rejection of the Politics of Apologetics that has long gripped Muslim-American institutions— Khaled Bey (@KhaledBeydoun) September 27, 2014I’m sorry that I’m in love with a faith that the west tries to water down. #muslimapologies— Sarah ? ???? (@AngelicYemenia) September 27, 2014I’m sorry for being a white Muslim who doesn’t look Arab. It’s confusing, and I’m very ashamed. #MuslimApologies— Liesel Hess (@LieselHess) September 25, 2014I’m sorry the media has brainwashed you to believe that Islam is a religion of evil. Sorry you can’t think for yourself #MuslimApologies— Princess Palestinian (@GazaPrincesssss) September 25, 2014 read more

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Former Adviser Accuses Saudi Arabia of Approving Assassination of Arafat

Rabat – A former adviser to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Bassam Abou Sharif, has said Saudi Arabia allowed the decision to assassinate Arafat.In an interview with Shehab News Agency, Sharif said, “The former US President George Bush spoke with the Saudi regime after a meeting with the former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, during which Arafat’s assassination was discussed, and the Saudi regime agreed.”Sharif added that Saudi Arabia agreed to the assassination of Arafat because he “became an obstacle to peace and the implementation of the Arab peace initiative.” He added that he has documents on the White House meeting between Bush and Sharon.Sharon told the former US president, according to Sharif , that “he could no longer keep his promise of not physically attacking Yasser Arafat because he was (leading terrorism) and collaborating with Hamas, and that Hamas operations would be implemented with the approval of Arafat.”Sharif added that Bush remained silent and nodded his head, approving Sharon’s plan.Following the meeting, Bush contacted his long-time regional partner, Saudi Arabia, and informed them of the decision. Sharif continued that Saudi Arabia agreed.Sharif said that his new book, titled “Assamak Al Malih” (Salty Fish), contains many secrets regarding the assassination of the former president of Palestine and the assassination of Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin.Arafat died unexpectedly on November 11, 2004, at the age of 75 at a hospital near Paris shortly after being admitted, due to unknown causes. The cause of his death has been debated since then. There was much speculation that Israel was behind the death of Arafat.The New York Post reported in January of this year that Sharon ordered Yasser Arafat’s assassination. read more

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Banditry jeopardizing humanitarian work in eastern Chad warns UN

13 November 2009Humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of people in eastern Chad is under threat from banditry, which has led several aid agencies to temporarily halt their operations in the face of attacks, the United Nations relief wing reported today. Elizabeth Byrs of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters in Geneva that the suspension by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) would affect at least 37,000 people in eastern Chad.Humanitarian actors are in contact with national and local authorities to improve the safety of civilians and aid workers, she said. Over the past two weeks, an international staff member with the ICRC was killed and a national staffer with the NGO Solidarite was kidnapped. Ms. Byrs stressed an urgent need to reinforce the capacities of the Government and the UN Mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT) – which was set up to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid – to address the new security challenges. Since the beginning of 2009, around 190 banditry attacks affecting humanitarians had been recorded in eastern Chad, nearly double the 110 in 2008.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned that armed banditry is the greatest security threat for aid workers in eastern Chad, where humanitarian agencies are working to assist some 250,000 refugees from neighbouring Sudan since 2003, as well as 160,000 displaced Chadians since 2006. read more

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Special provisions Bill in February not for a Super Minister

The Government today said that the Development (Special Provisions) draft Bill is likely to be presented to Parliament in February.Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama however said the Bill is not to help create a “Super Minister” as claimed by the opposition. The Minister said that some members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have got the wrong impression about the Bill. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena is supportive of the Development (Special Provisions) draft Bill. He insisted that the Bill is not to create a “Super Minister” and the Government opposes creating such a post. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Retirement party for Joe Kenny and Chris Critelli to be held Friday

A celebration has been planned for Joe Kenny and Chris Critelli as they prepare to say goodbye to Brock.Each a staple in Brock athletics for more than three decades, Kenny and Critelli are both set to retire at the end of the month.Kenny, the University’s Head Athletic Therapist and Manager of the Athletic Therapy Clinic, will hang up his hat after 36 years of service. Critelli, Brock’s Assistant Athletic Director, will also call it a day after committing 35 years to the University.The Brock community is asked to come out and share their well wishes for the pair during a joint retirement party being held Friday, Aug. 24.The event will take place in Market Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. read more

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Opinion European soccer could be next big thing for American fans

Manchester United’s Juan Mata, left, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes fight for the ball in an exhibition game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on July 23. Manchester won, 7-0.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAmerican sports fans are always looking for the next big thing.With a number of sports trying to leave their mark over the years, soccer has seemed destined to lag behind, with legions of fans and media types wondering when it will finally reach mainstream popularity in America.They can stop wondering.Some may credit this summer’s highly-entertaining World Cup in Brazil, which featured the world’s biggest stars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, its share of villains, like Luis Suarez and his bite or Arjen Robben and flopping, and the advantage of being one of two sporting events that the world turns to collectively.But for the college-aged generation and younger, soccer has been a premier and attractive sport for much longer than people without a finger on the pulse realize.Recognizing this, some of the top European clubs have flocked to America for matches that, despite the fact that they amount to what the preseason is for the NFL, are thrilling for fans. It is a perfect business model for European clubs: they see a growing market and realize they can provide a superior product than the hometown teams can.Manchester United, the most historically successful, and hated, club of the English Premier League, went on a preseason tour of the U.S. that began with a match against the L.A. Galaxy in July. The 84,362 fans in attendance at the Rose Bowl witnessed a thorough drubbing by United, who dropped the Galaxy 7-0 in a match that certainly did no good for the MLS.As part of the 2014 International Champions Cup — technically a tournament, although it is really only friendlies for the European clubs — United also took on Italian notables Roma and Inter Milan –– getting a victory and a draw, respectively –– before the big one: a showdown with Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Mich.Real, of Spain’s La Liga, have an embarrassment of riches. The club team of not only one of the most famous athletes in the world in Ronaldo, Madrid’s confines are also home to too many superstars to list. Their match against Manchester United was hotly anticipated, and it came as no surprise that it set the record for the largest turnout for a soccer contest in America.A 3-1 final score in favor of Manchester left the mostly red-clad crowd satisfied, and although it had been declared he would not play, the subbing in of Ronaldo for the final twenty minutes had the crowd in hysterics.With that win, Manchester United advanced to the final of the tournamentUnited took the title from Liverpool, another English club team on a U.S. tour, 3-1.Liverpool’s most notable game stateside was a contest against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City –– a victory for Liverpool played at Yankee Stadium. Attendance fell just below 50,000, more than it has been for any Yankee game this season.The teams playing these friendlies in America are not here for simple preseason warm ups. Their brand is expanding to America, and these clubs want to be here now that they see America as a cash cow. Manchester United is worth $2.81 billion, and they didn’t get there by isolating themselves — their marketing and reputation has turned them into possibly the best known sports organization in the world. Four of the top 10 most valuable franchises are European soccer clubs, with Real Madrid weighing in at $3.44 billion.With English and Spanish teams showcasing their talents in the U.S., they remind us that there is not much reason to give much thought to Major League Soccer. The best team in MLS looked totally outclassed in their match with United. Add that to the fact that Manchester was playing more than 5,000 miles from home, and the embarrassment keeps mounting for the Galaxy.We need to let go of the belief that MLS needs to be popular for soccer to make its mark in America. The best players in the world play elsewhere and fans have no interest in watching something that is not world class — it is the same reason we don’t care about Minor League Baseball or the Canadian Football League.The game at Michigan Stadium is definite proof that European soccer has reached its highest level of fandom, a level that MLS may never come close to. Two foreign clubs squared off in the largest stadium in the country, and filled it to near capacity.Maybe someday MLS will improve enough to be popular in America. For now though, American fans are content just watching Ronaldo warm up. read more

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Dragan Skrbic about Handball Person Contest Mens EHF EURO 2012 Onesta and

IHF World’s BEST PLAYER 2000, Dragan Skrbic has praised idea to organize contest for the HANDBALL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2012.– We had four big events in 2012 – Two European championships, Olympic tournament and EHF F4 in Cologne. Olympic Games are the biggest event in sports history, F4 is place wheremeet four best teams of the year, but my biggest impression took Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. Of course, one of the reason is that event was in Serbia, but more than that because of fantastic handball, brilliant organization and 45.000 people in the “Belgrade Arena” – says Skrbic, who has no doubt about handball person of the year:– Claude Onesta, not just because of the Olympic gold, but for all success with France in the last decade. Sports people know that is much tougher to defend than to win something. I didn’t expect as lot of people that France can win gold in London after bad results in Serbia. That’s why I think Onesta could take this award.Skrbic has only nice words about Montenegrian women’s nt:– Montenegrian girls were fantastic. They have played in two finals, beat unbeatable Norway and showed that with huge talent, discipline, knowledge and good leadership one small country can make great results. In Sports David can beat Goliat.Bad things happen…– That is influence of crisis on development of handball, especially in Spain. Some teams with huge tradition as Ademar Leon and Valladolid are on the edge of bankrupt as many other teams. Only Barcelona is stabil and trend is that Spanish handball will back in amateur framework… ← Previous Story Onesta with 20 “Experts” before WCh 2013 Next Story → Igor Vori joins PSG! Dragan Skrbic read more

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