first_imgRead Next Mary Anne Esguerra added 13 points while Necole Ebuen and Reginal Arocha chipped in nine each.Arellano coach Obet Javier said the Lady Chiefs’ experience in the Reinforced and Open Conferences of the league organized by Sports Vision is starting to bear fruit.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 told them to use their PVL experience and help motivate their younger teammates,” said Javier.Earlier, La Salle and UST hurdled their respective rivals in the men’s side of the season-ending conference. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe battle between current and past NCAA champions turned one-sided in favor of Arellano, which plastered St. Benilde, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, Saturday at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 14 points in the rematch between semifinalists of last NCAA season’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: LeBron James rocks Manila for third time View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ LATEST STORIES The Green Spikers fought back from a set down to turn back the St. Benilde Blazers, 25-27, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, while the Tigers dominated the UP Maroons, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15.Meanwhile, junior volleyball gets a big shot in the arm as the UAAP and Sports Vision joined hands for the tournament that starts Sept. 9.Unlike in previous seasons where the UAAP juniors competitions are held at school gyms, the girls’ and boys’ tournament will now be played at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.“In our continuing effort to develop the sport, particularly our young players, we will provide them good playing conditions which will help raise the level of competition,” said Sports Vision president Moying Martelino.The matches will be played in between the men’s and women’s games of the Collegiate Conference every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The four-time NBA MVP, whose team trails the Warriors, 3-1, did it all for the Cavaliers in a jaw-dropping showing and finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. He broke the record previously held by Los Angeles great Magic Johnson, who called James the “King of Triple Doubles for the NBA Finals” in a congratulatory tweet. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe could’ve taken over the record in Game 3 but came up an assist short with 39 points, 11 boards and nine dimes. James also became the third best in the all-time NBA Finals scoring list, eclipsing NBA legend Michael Jordan, in his 44th NBA Finals Game. He only trails Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The hometown hero also set the new record for most career free throws made in the playoffs, also beating Jordan, who is regarded as the greatest of all time.Despite saying that he is “mentally and physically” drained after the close Game 3 loss, James continues to power through for Cleveland along with Kyrie Irving, who has been masterful all-series long.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cavaliers didn’t want Warriors celebrating in Cleveland MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James continued to break records in the NBA Finals, setting new league bests in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.According to a report by Dave McMenamin on ESPN, James is now the record-holder for most triple-doubles scored in an NBA Finals series as he notched his ninth in the Cavaliers’ 137-116 win Saturday (Manila time) at home to stay alive in their title defense. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:49Robredo: 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 What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

first_imgThe fourth edition of the Indian Premier League isn’t going according to plan for the Delhi Daredevils and the reasons for it are quite obvious.From team selection to the batting order to bowling lineup there are more questions than answers on the plate of the Virender Sehwag- led team.Having lost both their matches in the tournament so far, their next match against a strong Pune Warriors here at the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday will be another test for a team that doesn’t look settled as yet.In their first match at home, the Daredevils batting failed to withstand Lasith Malinga’s seemingly unending barrage of yorkers and were bowled out for 95. In their next outing against Rajasthan Royals, the batting stepped up a few notches and made a competitive 151 but the bowlers just couldn’t contain the Royals.Skipper Sehwag had made it clear that the batting needed to fire, but more importantly, bemoaned the lack of a quality spinner in his team.What should work in his team’s favour, to an extent, is the wicket at the DY Patil Stadium.The pitch here has been one of the quicker ones in the competition and it should suit the paceheavy bowling attack of the Daredevils.With the likes of Morne Morkel, Ashoke Dinda and Umesh Yadav in their arsenal, the Delhi team can expect to exploit any advantage that the track might offer to the pacers. Irfan Pathan should also be looking forward to the opportunity.The fate of Delhi will depend heavily on the blades of Sehwag and fellow opener David Warner.advertisementWarner came good with 54 in the last game and the Daredevils would hope Sehwag too finds form soon.Delhi management announced on Saturday that James Hopes would be staying with the team and will not return home to see his ailing father.Delhi are contemplating a few changes in their line- up and with paceman Varun Aaron yet to recover from his hamstring injury, Umesh Yadav, who missed the last match, could make his way back.Pune look a formidable outfit and are at the top quarter of the table with two wins out of two – against Kings XI and Kochi Tuskers. With Jesse Ryder and Graeme Smith opening their batting and Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa in the middle order, there is solidity in their batting while the bowlers – led by veteran South African fast bowler Alfonso Thomas, leftarm pacers Wayne Parnell and Shrikant Wagh and spinners Murali Kartik and skipper Yuvraj himself – too look settled.This is the time for Delhi to get its IPL campaign on track but Pune will be not be an easy proposition as it will be a battle between one of the top teams and a side languishing at the bottom.last_img read more

first_imgDescriptionAlthough no child is injury proof, parents can take some simple steps to keep their children from getting head injuries.Car SafetyYour child should wear a seatbelt at all times when they are in a car or other motor vehicle.Use a child safety seat or booster seat that is best for their age, weight, and height. A seat that fits poorly can be dangerous. Ask your doctor or nurse, or check with your local police station, about where you can have your childs car seat checked for free.Children often move from car seats to booster seats when they weigh 40 pounds. There are car seats that are made for children who weigh more than 40 pounds.Car and booster seat laws vary by state. It is a good idea to keep your child in a booster seat until they are at least 4?9.”Do not drive in a car with a child when you have been drinking alcohol.Wearing a HelmetHelmets help to prevent head injuries. Your child should wear a helmet that fits properly for the following sports or activities:Playing contact sports, such as lacrosse, ice hockey, footballRiding a skateboard or in-line skatesBatting or running on the bases during baseball or softball gamesRiding a horseRiding a bikeSledding, skiing, or snowboardingYour local sporting goods store, sports facility or bike shop will be able to help make certain the helmet fits properly. You can also contact the American League of Bicyclists.Almost all major medical organizations recommend against boxing of any sort, even with a helmet.advertisementOlder children should always wear a helmet when riding a snowmobile, motorcycle, scooter, or all-terrain vehicle (ATV). If possible, children should avoid riding on these vehicles.After having a concussion or mild head injury, your child may need a helmet. Always talk with your doctor or nurse about when to return to activities.Keeping Your Home Safe Install window guards on all windows that can be opened.Use a safety gate at the top and the bottom of stairs until your child can safely go up and down. Keep stairs free of any clutter. Do not let your children play on stairs or jump on or from furniture.Do not leave a young infant alone on a high place such as a bed or sofa.Store all firearms and bullets in a locked cabinet.Playground SafetyMake sure playground surfaces are safe. They should be made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand.Keep your children away from trampolines, if possible.Bed SafetySome simple steps can keep your child safe in bed:Keep the side rails on a crib up.Do NOT buy bunk beds. If your children do have bunk beds, make sure there is a side rail and that the frame is strong.Do NOT let your kids jump on beds.ReferencesHeads up. Facts for physicians about mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). US Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CS 109152.CS109152Review Date:8/1/2012Reviewed By:Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementFormer welterweight champion Victor Ortiz surrendered to police in Oxnard, California, on Tuesday after he was charged with three counts of felony sexual assault.The woman’s report came the afternoon of March 19. Ortiz, who lives in Tarzana, 40 miles west of Oxnard, turned himself in Tuesday and was booked at the East County Jail in Ventura County. His bail is $100,000.Charges were filed by the district attorney following an investigation lasting several months, relating to an alleged incident at a house in Oxnard, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, in March then police put out an arrest warrant.On September 25 Ortiz turned himself in at the Ventura County Sheriff Department’s East Valley Station around 3:00 p.m.He became famous seven years ago in 2011 when he fought Floyd Mayweather and got knocked out after continuously headbutting Mayweather. He turned pro at the age of 17 and was dubbed by many as the next Oscar De La Hoya because of his Mexican American heritage. He also worked in numerous movies like “Expendables 3” and the boxing drama “Southpaw,” and he appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2013.Victor Ortiz was scheduled to face John Molina on Saturday in a 10-round bout in Ontario, California.Also Read-Floyd Mayweather plans to fight in Japan before Manny Pacquiao rematch Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Indian boxing’s national observer Akhil Kumaris all set to foray into coaching and has enrolled for a one-year diploma course at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala. The 2006 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, who has also tried hishand at professional boxing some months back, will start the course on July 11. He is also a serving DSP in the Haryana Police but has been granted permission to pursue the one-year course. “Even when I was an active boxer, I had mentored some juniors and bycompleting this course, I would be certified. I am grateful to Haryana Police DGP Baljit Singh Sandhu for permission to undertake this course,” Akhil told PTI. The 37-year-old Akhil has been among India’s top performers in the ring, having won medals at the Asian and Commonwealth championships besides making the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics after a memorable win over the then world champion Sergey Vodopyanov. The maverick boxer enjoyed a rockstar image in his amateur days thankslargely to a perilously low guard and is currently the national observer for the sport, tasked with the job of giving progress reports and monitoring selections. The boxers he has mentored while being an active competitor includeOlympic quarterfinalist and Asian bronze-medallist Jitender Kumar, and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra among others. “Akhil bhai has loads of experience to offer. He has been such an avidstudent of the game and he gets deeply involved when it comes to mentoring. It will be nice to have a proven Indian performer as a coach,” said former CWG gold-medallist Suranjoy Singh.advertisement Suranjoy had been roped in as an assistant coach in the national campbut left the stint due to personal reasons. “It’s important to have a strong Indian presence in the coaching circuit. And who better than Akhil bhai,” added another boxer. PTI PM ATKATKlast_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer is the GOAT and there is no denying that. And recently at the ongoing Australian Open, the tennis icon proved once again he is one of the most modest sportsperson ever.In a video that went viral recently, the tennis player was denied entry into the men’s locker room, as he did not have the proper identity proof. And Roger Federer did not loose his cool.Even @rogerfederer needs his accreditation ??#AusOpen (via @Eurosport_UK) (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019One can see in the video, which was shot at the Australian Open, Federer walking up to the locker room where he is stopped by a security personnel. Federer was not carrying his own identification card and the guard politely stopped him. The tennis legend, who has won 20 career grand slam titles, was lauded online for his demeanour.And seems like he has found a new fan in cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin took to Twitter today to praise Federer for his patient act.Good to watch the security officer doing his job well at the @AustralianOpen. The manner in which @rogerfederer reacted was commendable as well. Such actions are not common today and they just increase the respect people have for great athletes like Roger. Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 20, 2019He tweeted, “Good to watch the security officer doing his job well at the @AustralianOpen. The manner in which @rogerfederer reacted was commendable as well. Such actions are not common today and they just increase the respect people have for great athletes like Roger.”advertisementSuch a reaction from a sportsman isn’t that common and Roger Federer’s act has put across a great example for celebrity sports stars to follow.ALSO SEE | This 19-year-old Indian boy made The Egg defeat Kylie Jenner in viral Instagram photo challengeALSO WATCH | Ground control to Major Tom: Inside Crimea’s spaceship hotellast_img read more

first_img Canada’s military is doing an incredible amount of development work. The combat operations in which our fellow Nova Scotians participate in will provide a safe and secure environment for development to continue. Our Forces in Afghanistan are working to give the people of that nation the tools to build a homeland in which they can take pride; a country that will allow them to develop into a democracy much as we enjoy here and educate their children. This will help Afghanistan take full advantage of the future skills, talents and wisdom of its entire population. Nova Scotians want to demonstrate support for the several hundred of our sons and daughters, moms and dads, and friends from this province who have volunteered to wear the uniform of this country. Next Friday (Jan. 19), I will attend the departure ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, for military personnel, deploying to Afghanistan. We want them to go with the knowledge that we support them, and that we respect their courage, dedication and commitment to assist people on the far side of the Earth. We want the several hundred Nova Scotians who will be deployed, to know that their families are in good hands, and to proudly wear the Canadian flag on their uniforms. But also, Nova Scotia’s government, under Premier Rodney MacDonald, wants them to take our hopes and prayers for their safety while they are in theatre, and that they will have a safe return home. Successful presidential and legislative elections More than four million children enrolled in school Reforms begun in defence, justice, and finance Significant progress made in removing mines The reintegration of nearly three million Afghan refugees Within the next three weeks, several hundred military personnel from across this province will begin to deploy to Afghanistan. Their mission is to help the unfortunate people of that country provide modern living conditions, services for those in need and education for all children. The relationship Nova Scotia has with its military goes back centuries, to 1789, when members of the local militia gathered on the grounds of what we call the Grand Parade, to demonstrate their capability and willingness to defend Nova Scotia against any adversary. As the military forces developed and matured, so did Nova Scotia’s relationship with them. We are known across Canada as a preeminent contributor of personnel to Canadian Forces, both regular and reserve components. The premier and I met with federal Minister of National Defence, Gordon O’Connor on Friday, Jan. 12. We emphasized that this government is strongly committed to our Forces and military personnel. We discussed military issues important to Nova Scotians and the Forces. Nova Scotia is the first province to appoint a provincial minister responsible for military relations. I say the first, because I fervently hope that the rest of Canada follows. Through this appointment, the premier and his government continue to demonstrate the importance of the military to Nova Scotia, and the importance of Nova Scotians to the military. Nova Scotians have proudly participated in missions and operations throughout the world, in Cyprus after hostilities between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, in Egypt and on the Golan Heights after the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973, in Bosnia Herzegovina in the 1990s, in Haiti in 2004, and in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia after the brief civil war several years ago. Nova Scotians need to pause for a moment to look at what Canada’s Forces are contributing as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s efforts for development and modernization in Afghanistan: last_img read more

first_imgThe province is taking steps to make sure international students studying at language schools in Nova Scotia receive a high-quality education. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett will introduce the Language Schools Act today, April 23, that will require language schools to offer a certain quality of education and protect the students’ investment if a school closes. “Our priority is students. We value our international students and they should not have to worry about the quality of their education,” said Mr. Corbett. “This legislation will protect students and allow them to study at schools that value high-quality education for as long as it takes to complete their studies.” The province works with its partners to ensure all post-secondary institutions are delivering quality programs. This legislation extends that quality assurance to include language schools. Nova Scotia is the first province to introduce legislation that will regulate language schools. “Today’s bill will also protect Nova Scotia’s reputation as an education destination for international students,” said Mr. Corbett. East Coast School of Languages president Sheila Nunn said the legislation demonstrates the provincial government’s recognition of the significant contribution that accredited language schools make, both culturally and financially, to the Nova Scotia economy. “This commitment to our sector will help support and strengthen our overseas recruitment efforts to attract more international students to Nova Scotia for language training,” said Ms. Nunn. There are 12 language schools in Nova Scotia with about 1,500 students. This legislation will align with the federal government’s changes to their international student program that will require language schools across the country to be designated to accept international students on study permits for programs over six months.last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s minority government moved to change its key housing policy legislation on Thursday in an effort to win the support of the three members of the Green party.The amendments came just 48 hours after the speculation and vacancy tax was introduced in the legislature.Finance Minister Carole James and Green Leader Andrew Weaver said during a joint news conference that the three amendments to the proposed speculation tax will soon be tabled to ensure the law passes this fall.James introduced the tax bill Tuesday saying the government wanted to cool the real estate market and convince owners of vacant B.C. homes to either sell or rent their properties.“Because housing affordability is at a crisis and people are calling for a solution, I think you can see that as a government, and with our partners in the Green caucus, we’re committed to acting and addressing the housing affordability piece,” said James, referring to the NDP government’s 30-point housing plan.James said the Green amendments would cut the tax rate for all Canadians who own vacant properties in certain urban areas in B.C. to 0.5 per cent on assessed value from a proposed one per cent, while revenues from the tax would be directed to housing initiatives in the communities where they are collected.Foreign owners of vacant properties in B.C. will still face a two per cent tax on the home’s assessed value under the amended legislation.The changes would also establish an annual meeting between the mayors of the affected communities and the finance minister to review the tax.“Through hard work and many, many, many hours of negotiations, we’ve been able to come up with a compromise that we can both support and I will be bringing forward the amendments to this bill that addresses my key concerns,” Weaver said.The three members of the Green party reached an agreement with the NDP after the May 2017 election to support a minority government. There are 41 New Democrats, 42 Liberals, one Independent and three Greens in B.C.’s 87-seat legislature.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the proposed speculation tax is fading away by the day and losing revenue.He said the cut to the tax rate will cost the government millions.“Originally, they had a two per cent tax for everybody involved,” said Wilkinson. “They dropped it for British Columbians to 0.5 per cent, which meant 75 per cent of that revenue disappeared from British Columbians. Now another 50 per cent is disappearing for all Canadians. So this is tax policy that’s just melting away like a snowman in July.”James said the government estimates a $30-million revenue reduction once the rate is cut to 0.5 per cent for all Canadians.The government originally forecast $200 million in annual revenue when the speculation tax was introduced in February’s budget as part of the NDP’s plan to create 114,000 affordable housing units over the next decade.James said Tuesday when she introduced the legislation, the goal of the tax was to improve housing affordability for thousands of people in B.C., including seniors forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals who leave the province because they can’t find a place to live.She said she rejected efforts by many municipalities to opt-out of the speculation tax. On Thursday, James said she’s now prepared to listen to their concerns and drop the tax if it’s no longer needed.“Certainly, if we start seeing more affordable housing in communities and we need to make some adjustments, then that will occur,” said James.Langford Mayor Stew Young said in a letter to James and Premier John Horgan earlier this month that he feared the tax could spark an economic downturn.Young, whose community is in Horgan’s Victoria-area riding, said the tax “will dry up investment in British Columbia and is a recipe for financial disaster.”last_img read more

On 21 March each year, the UN marks the day in 1960 when dozens of peaceful protesters were gunned down by police in the South African township of Sharpeville as they demonstrated against apartheid.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said “the massacre in Sharpeville represents a much wider tragedy: we mark its anniversary to remember also the millions of people around the world who are still, today, victims of racism and racial discrimination. “Racial discrimination denies its victims the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to equality,” she noted in her message for the Day. “Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance are insidious, corrosive and sometimes explosive forces that devastate the lives of many individuals and, if left to fester, can undermine societies as a whole. They present a threat to security and often feature among the root causes of violent conflict. “Taken to an extreme, unchecked – or deliberately fuelled – racial discrimination and intolerance can lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide,” she added.Ms. Pillay recalled that governments recognized that no country was free of racism and pledged to take concrete steps to eradicate it when they met in Durban, South Africa, for the 2001 World Conference against Racism. Next month the international community will gather in Geneva to review the progress that has been made in implementing those pledges. “There has indeed been progress in the intervening years in many areas, but that progress has been partial, and there have been serious setbacks too. The challenge we face is to translate those 2001 promises into action,” stated the High Commissioner. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message marking the Day, noted that in the years since Durban, the world has witnessed a disturbing rise in reports of hatred and bigotry, linked in part to terrorism and increasing migration. “The Review Conference is a timely opportunity for countries to share experiences, identify best practices and reaffirm their commitment to the battle against racism,” he stated. “Racism exists in all countries, and I urge all countries to work together in the struggle against it.”An independent UN human rights expert has also called for full participation in the Durban review process, stressing that the time is “ripe” for a renewed international engagement against racism.“Day after day we are reminded of the continued relevance of the fight against all forms of racism,” said Githu Muigai, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.“Displays of intolerance abound, from small gestures in interpersonal relations to large-scale violence targeting people of different skin colour or ethnicity. In particular in times of a global financial crisis, intolerance tends to become even more pronounced, fostering racial, ethnic and xenophobic tensions.”He added that the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action remains the most comprehensive framework of international, regional and national actions needed to counter racism. “A successful Review Conference will empower all stakeholders across the world, providing them with yet additional tools to be employed in their daily fight against racism.” 21 March 2009Top United Nations officials have called for strengthening collective efforts to combat racism and work towards the goal of equality among all human beings, as they marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. read more

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has invalidated the Viagra patent held by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, opening the marketplace to cheaper versions of the popular erectile dysfunction drug.In a 7-0 decision, the high court sided with Teva Canada’s challenge of the legitimacy of the patent. It annulled Pfizer’s patent, saying it tried to “game” the system.The decision has big implications for users of erectile dysfunction drugs and the pharmaceutical industry because it allows companies to create generic versions that are usually cheaper for consumers.The Teva victory means the company can begin selling its own version of the drug.The ruling wipes out Pfizer’s market dominance with Viagra. Its patent was to have expired in 2014.The case also has broad commercial implications for patent law.The Patent Act gives a company a 16-year monopoly on a product if it can prove it is a new invention.In return, the patent-holding company must show publicly in its application how it created its product, so others can copy it later.“Pfizer gained a benefit from the act — exclusive monopoly rights — while withholding disclosure in spite of its disclosure obligations under the act,” Justice Louis LeBel wrote on behalf of the court. “As a matter of policy and sound statutory interpretation, patentees cannot be allowed to ’game’ the system in this way. This, in my view, is the key issue in this appeal.“Pfizer had the information needed to disclose the useful compound and chose not to release it.”This case turned on whether Pfizer deliberately thwarted Teva’s ability to copy the key chemical compound of the drug.Teva challenged the validity of the Pfizer patent, claiming it did not meet the law’s disclosure requirements.In its original patent application, Pfizer listed a massive number of chemical compounds, but didn’t specify which was the one that actually worked.Pfizer obtained the patent in 1998 after applying four years earlier. It was first challenged by the generic drug maker in 2007.Teva originally questioned Pfizer’s patent in Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, but lost at both levels. read more

At least 15 men in civil clothes who came in a jeep, car and a van provided security to Judge Sunil Abeysinghe.The personal security men had surrounded the Judge last week when he was taken to be presented before the Colombo Chief Magistrate on Thursday. The men had prevented journalists from getting close to Judge Sunil Abeysinghe and had even held up books in an attempt to cover the face of the Judge from the cameras. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The Colombo Magistrate has ordered an investigation into the men seen giving security to Homagama District Court Judge Sunil Abeysinghe last week.The Bribery Commission had today raised the issue in Court and subsequently the Colombo Magistrate ordered the Bribery Commission to launch an investigation. Judge Abeysinghe, who was arrested by the Bribery Commission last week for allegedly accepting a bribe, had been taken to the Bribery Commission from the Cinnamon Gardens Police Station on Thursday and from there to the Thimbirigasyaya residence of the Colombo Chief Magistrate. The Colombo Magistrate ordered the Commission to submit a report over the matter in two weeks time. Judge Sunil Abeysinghe was meanwhile further remanded till June 10. read more

Matugama Electorate                 – Lakshman Kiriella Galle District    Hiniduma Electorate                –  Duminda DisanayakeBaddegama Electorate              – P. HarrisonBentara-Elpitiya                           – Wijeyadasa Rajapakse Following is the name list of the newly appointed organizers: President Maithripala Sirisena appointed several Ministers from the areas not affected by floods as the organizers for the flood relief work in the affected electorates.They will coordinate the relief measures for the victims. The Ministers received their appointment letters from the President at the Presidential Secretariat, today. Bulathsinhala Electorate        –  Nimal Siripala de SilvaAgalawathta Electorate             – S.B. DisanayakeBandaragama Electorate          – Patali Champika Ranawaka Matara District     Akuressa Electorate                 – Anura Priyadarshana YapaDeniyaya Electorate                 – Akila Viraj KariyawasamMatata  Electorate                     – Ravi KarunanayakeWeligama Electorate                  – Ranjith SiyabalapitiyaHakmana Electorate                  – Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa Horana Electorate                    – Sarath AmunugamaKalutara Electorate                  – Rauff Hakeem and Arjuna Ranatunga Kegalle District                  Mr. Daya GamageField Marshal Sarath Fonseka  Hambantota District    Mr. Faizer MustaphaMr. Harin Fernando The newly appointed organizers have the responsibility to carry out the coordination work of the programmes launched to provide relief measures for the people in the affected areas and to rebuild their livelihood. Kalutara District          Rathnapura District     Kalawana Electorate                 – Susil PremajayanthaRathnapura Electorate               – Rishad BathiudeenEheliyagoda Electorate              – S.B.NawinnaPelmadulla Electorate               -Gamini Jayawickrama PereraNiwitigala  Electorate                – Navin Dissanayake read more

The province’s political leaders are making their final pitches to voters on the last weekend before Thursday’s election.Three of the major Toronto newspapers — The Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail and the National Post — have endorsed Tim Hudak and the Tories. Only the Toronto Star is behind Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals.Today we’re starting to see some more direct tactics by the Liberals. Kathleen Wynne said she was afraid of Tim Hudak and his plan.Wynne spent the day in ridings held by the NDP with a targeted message for anyone who has voted or was thinking of voting for the NDP.“If you believe that if tim hudak has a chance to implement his chaos, i’m talking to you,” said Wynne.Tim Hudak was in a St. Catharines back yard with his family, talking about attack ads.“Miller’s watching ‘Frozen’ on YouTube,” says Hudak referring to his daughter. “Up pops an anti-Hudak ad on YouTube. And she’s so sweet — ‘There’s you daddy.’ it just shows those ads are everywhere.”A supporter asked him about an ad by the OPP’s union, the first time the union has waded into politics. Hudak said there is an entire storm of union ads like this.“Why are the unions spending all this money? Because they want to rent the Liberals, raid your pockets for perks and benefits we can’t afford,” said Hudak.He says the Liberals are trying to make him look scary so they don’t have to talk about their record. read more

New owners unveil $70 million makeover plan for the Forum, former home of Los Angeles Lakers by The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2013 12:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The Forum, where the likes of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones played to thousands of screaming fans, wants to rock again with a $70 million makeover that its new owner hopes will draw the biggest names in pop music.Madison Square Garden Co. planned to announced details of the upgrade on Tuesday that include repainting the outside to match its original “California sunset red” shade, installing a new centre floor ring that can hold 350,000 pounds, and putting in 17,500 red velvet, theatre-style seats, the Los Angeles Times reported ( ).Under a corporate sponsorship deal with Chase bank, new signage will read “The Forum Presented by Chase.” The venue is scheduled to reopen Jan. 15 with The Eagles performing for three nights.The Forum, with its 72 Roman-inspired exterior columns, opened in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood in 1967. It was a premier venue for sports and concerts in the 1970s and 1980s but it was supplanted when the more modern Staples Center opened in 1999 in downtown Los Angeles.The Lakers and Kings jumped ship for Staples, which also got the Clippers and became a major arena for pop concerts.The Forum was taken over by the Faithful Central Bible Church in 2000 but continued to languish. MSG bought it last year for $23.5 million.The cost of the purchase and building improvements is approaching $100 million, MSG Executive Chairman James L. Dolan told the Times.The goal is to compete with Staples, which must juggle sports and other events, by becoming the nation’s largest indoor facility designed to focus mainly on music shows, although a few sporting events may be held there.“When it was a professional sports arena and a concert arena, it had to serve those two masters,” Dolan said. “Now it’s constant entertainment and there’s no compromise.”Dolan declined to say how many shows MSG expects to book at the Forum annually.“It’s a little bit ‘Field of Dreams’ — build it and they will come,” he said.Staples Center’s owner isn’t worried and believes that it will remain Southern California’s premier destination for live entertainment, Anschutz Entertainment Group President and Chief Executive Dan Beckerman said. read more

first_imgFOR THOSE OF you who are using the same password for multiple services, you may want to change it when you get the chance.Mobile software company Splashdata puts together a collection of the worst passwords every year, basing it on the number of stolen passwords posted online by hackers during 2013. This year’s list was influenced by the large number of accounts breached by the Adobe hacking which happened near the end of 2013.This year, it was the password “123456″ which took top spot, knocking down  ”password” to second. Passwords featuring a combination of numbers and letters populated the listThe list of the worst passwords to use is as follows:1. 1234562. password3. 123456784. qwerty5. abc1236. 1234567897. 1111118. 12345679. iloveyou10. adobe12311. 12312312. admin13. 123456789014. letmein15. photoshop16. 123417. monkey18. shadow19. sunrise20. 12345Splashdata recommends that you should use passwords of eight characters or more, create passphrases – short words with spaces or other characters separating them, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites.And in case it wasn’t obvious already, it advises anyone who uses any of the passwords on the list to change them immediately.Read: IT experts say your NTMA Prize Bonds password may not be stored securely >Read: Irish employees would give away their passwords for vouchers and chocolate bars >last_img read more

first_imgQuinn refused to be drawn on who the next leader of Labour will be, adding that he did not want Gilmore to step aside.“I didn’t want him to resign. By his own standards, he felt he had not maintained the level of support that met the bar he had set himself.”He also insisted that Gilmore’s resignation will not hold up the business of Cabinet.“We have large programme of reform that will proceed,” he concluded.Reporting by Nicky RyanWho is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so farHere’s who is in the frame to become the new Labour leader Source: Video AHEAD OF this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said he resents how Eamon Gilmore was treated by the Labour party.It was not the “Labour way” he said, criticising those who placed the motion of no confidence for not having the “decency or courage” to contact the former leader themselves.“The motion of no confidence was suggested after he decided to resign.He was due the courtesy… by being the most successful electoral leader of the Labour party… of one of the eight to actually have the courage to pick up the phone and say this is what we are doing.last_img read more

first_imgDes araignées géantes et inconnues sèment la panique en IndeSelon les médias locaux, un village indien proche de Sadiya dans l’Etat de Assam serait en proie depuis plus de deux semaines à une invasion d’araignées géantes et qui appartiendraient à une espèce non répertoriée. Les arachnides auraient déjà fait deux victimes.Le scénario est digne d’un film d’épouvante et pourtant c’est bien la réalité. C’est le 8 mai que tout a commencé dans le village de Chaulkhowa Nagaon, à côté de Sadiya dans le nord-est de l’Inde. Alors que les habitants célèbraient une fête hindoue, une nuée d’araignées ressemblant à des tarentules a soudainement fait irruption venant de nulle part. Envahissant le village, elles ont commencé à mordre les gens et se sont infiltrées partout.Selon le bilan provisoire, deux personnes seraient mortes après avoir été mordues. Mais depuis deux semaines, les personnes mordues par les araignées affluent par dizaines à l’hôpital de Sadiya. Certains ont même pris l’initiative d’amener les coupables avec eux. Une idée judicieuse puisque selon les observations, les arachnides n’appartiendraient à aucune espèce répertoriée jusqu’ici. “On a d’abord pensé à une farce mais il y a eu ensuite un grand nombre d’habitants piqués par cette espèce particulière”, a témoigné un vieux sage du village de Sadiya. Aujourd’hui, toute la région est sous alerte et une équipe de scientifiques a donc été déployée sur les lieux dirigée par L.R. Saikia, un scientifique du département de Sciences de la vie à l’université Dibrugarh. “Nous avons inspecté les lieux et trouvé qu’elle (l’araignée) était semblable à une mygale mais nous ne sommes toujours pas certains de l’espèce”, a déclaré ce scientifique cité par le quotidien Times of India. Mais “il s’agit d’une araignée très agressive, qui saute sur quiconque s’approche. Certaines victimes ont déclaré que les araignées étaient restées accrochées à eux après la morsure. Si c’est le cas, il va falloir y aller avec prudence. Les chélicères et les crochets de cette créature sont très puissants, mais il est trop tôt pour la déclarer ‘araignée tueuse’. Nous analysons son venin pour évaluer sa toxicité”. Une espèce importée par accident ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, les deux personnes décédées ayant été rapidement incinérées, les scientifiques ignorent si elles ont été victimes du venin ou d’une réaction allergique. Pour combattre ces arachnides, plusieurs mesures ont été envisagées et notamment l’injection d’insecticide DDT. Néanmoins, l’espèce restant non identifiée, pour l’heure, les autorités se sont contentées de conseiller aux habitants de rester cloitrés chez eux en particulier la nuit. Des spécimens de ces araignées ont été envoyés à des spécialistes de la Indian Society of Arachnology, dans l’Etat du Maharashtra afin de tenter de les identifier. Selon les scientifiques, il pourrait soit s’agir d’une nouvelle espèce, soit d’une espèce importée par accident. “Leur agressivité montre qu’elles ne sont pas habituées à l’Homme. On peut alors penser qu’elles ont été introduites accidentellement ou intentionnellement dans notre écosystème”, souligne un expert sur place cité par 20minutes.Le 5 juin 2012 à 10:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more