Reveling in his first PBA championship, Chito Victolero shares credit for Magnolia feat

first_imgA new champion coach in the PBA. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Chito Victolero wasn’t looked at as a successor to Tim Cone’s glorious run as head coach of the Purefoods franchise, but it’s what he turned out to be that cemented his legacy in the storied club.Hired from Kia, Victolero was tapped to help the struggling Hotshots move on from their drastic drop to 11-22 less than two years removed from completing the Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue 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 Victolero’s only PBA achievement before arriving in Magnolia’s camp was lead Kia to its lone playoff appearance in the 2016 Governors’ Cup, but he is now part of an elite league of champion coaches in the PBA.READ: Magnolia ends PBA title drought, closes out Alaska in Game 6 FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefAgainst the toughest opponent in Alaska, Magnolia survived six brutal games and capped it off with dominant 102-86 Game 6 win, but he was quick to defer the credit to his coaching staff including former head coach Jason Webb.“It’s not just me who deserves all this credit because I will give this to our coaching staff,” said Victolero in Filipino Wednesday at Ynares Center here. “The coaching staff’s support is just immense.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “This is what I like from this team is how this was formed because the chemistry is just beautiful. We’re like brothers here and this is one of the best groups that I’ve been in even when I was still a player.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIEScenter_img Long wait makes newest PBA title sweeter for Alvin Patrimonio, Magnolia “There’s this huge support system behind us and that’s what kept us motivated through all of this, the credit isn’t just on me, this is for the whole team, the players, the coaching staff, the support staff, and the management.”Victolero, who he led the Hotshots to three straight semifinals in the 2016-17 season before this season’s breakthrough, emphasized that the championship was the result of all the hard work and sacrifices from the whole team.READ: Long wait makes newest PBA title sweeter for Alvin Patrimonio, HotshotsIt also helped that his core of players didn’t just treat each other as teammates but as brothers both on and off the court.“I don’t know the feeling [of winning a title] but I just jumped around because I was just so happy because all of our sacrifices from last year and everything we learned from the semifinals and from this year all came together,” said Victolero.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Russell Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Nets

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WESTBROOK’S 3sWestbrook has struggled from 3-point range for most of the season, but he has made 18 of 39 in his past five games (46.2 percent). He made four of eight against the Nets to increase his season percentage to 28.9 percent.UP NEXTThe Nets play at the Utah Jazz on Saturday.The Thunder play at the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and D’Angelo Russell added 14 points and seven assists for the Nets, who saw their four-game win streak snapped.“I think against a team like this, you’ve got to be close to perfect to beat them on the road here,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We weren’t at that level.”The Nets were up by 17 at one point in the first half and led 52-42 at halftime behind 11 points from Dinwiddie. Westbrook scored 17 points in the first half to keep the Thunder in the game, but Oklahoma City shot just 35.6 percent from the field before the break.Oklahoma City quickly eliminated Brooklyn’s lead in the second half. The Thunder scored 20 points in the first 3:41 of the third quarter to take the lead, and they took an 80-78 edge into the fourth.Oklahoma City dominated the fourth behind Westbrook’s all-around play. He hit a 3-pointer after a scramble to put the Thunder ahead 100-87 with 4:51 to go. He had seven points, five rebounds and five assists in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant lead Wizards to crucial win over Magic LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a 3 point shot during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/June Frantz Hunt)OKLAHOMA CITY— Once Russell Westbrook figured out which of his many skills to focus on, everything changed.Oklahoma City’s point guard had 10 of his 11 assists in the second half and posted a triple-double to help the Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-96 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “Russ creates opportunities,” George said. “He just made the game easy for everybody else around him. That’s just Russ being in his element.”TIP-INSNets: Opened the game with a 9-0 run. … G Shabazz Napier sat out with right hamstring tightness. … Shot 6 for 21 in the fourth quarter. … Ed Davis had 11 rebounds.Thunder: George scored 13 points in the third quarter. … F Markieff Morris sat out with neck soreness. … C Steven Adams scored 13 points. … Outrebounded the Nets 51-43.HE SAID ITRussell, on Oklahoma City’s defense: “Give them a lot of credit defensively. They made it tough for us all night. They were physical all night.”BOUNCING BACKGeorge, the league’s No. 2 scorer, had averaged just 14.5 points in his previous two games on 7 for 24 shooting. He made 9 of 18 against the Nets.He’s been fighting through a right shoulder injury.“It’s not going to stop me from trying to help the team win and doing whatever I can,” he said. “My legs are perfectly fine. The shooting part — it is what it is. I’ll get through it. The trainers here will get me through it.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Westbrook scored 31 points in his 26th triple-double of the season, but it was the passing that made the difference for the league’s assist leader.“I just tried to stay in attack mode and find ways to continue to get my teammates — I thought in the first half, I did a bad job in the first half of finding my guys,” he said. “In the second half, I made an adjustment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWestbrook also had 12 rebounds for the 130th triple-double of his career.Paul George had 25 points and nine rebounds and Jerami Grant added 15 points for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent in the second half. Oklahoma City has won three of four as it battles to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. View commentslast_img read more

Premier League 2019 Manchester City vs Chelsea Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_img chelseaenglish premier leagueEnglish Premier League 2019-20EPL First Published: November 23, 2019, 2:12 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The upcoming Premier League game will see a face-off between Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard when both their sides, Manchester City vs Chelsea, lock horns at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Manchester City, who were defeated by Liverpool 3-1 before the international break, will look to bounce back and leapfrog Chelsea on the points table. Meanwhile, Chelsea will be eyeing their seventh-consecutive win. The Blues also have a chance of securing their eight successive away wins across all competitions for the first time. The Premier League 2019-20 Manchester City vs Chelsea game will commence at 11PM.City will miss Bernardo Silva for their weekend fixture. He is serving a one-match ban due to a social media post about Benjamin Mendy, that was deemed as racist. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Ederson and Mendy are expected to make a comeback to the side. Premier League 2019-20 Manchester City Possible Starting Line-up vs Chelsea: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, D.Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, SterlingPremier League 2019-20 Chelsea Possible Starting Line-up vs Manchester City: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Palmieri; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham, PulisicWhere to watch Premier League 2019-20 Manchester City vs Chelsea match live in India (TV channels)?Manchester City will host Chelsea at 11:00PM on Saturday. The EPL 2019-20 Manchester City vs Chelsea will be played at the Etihad Stadium. The Premier League Manchester City vs Chelsea game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select channels in India.How and where to watch online EPL 2019-20 Manchester City vs Southampton match live streaming?Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users. last_img read more

Karun Chandhok named as Williams heritage driver

first_imgFormer Formula One racer Karun Chandok was on Monday named as the official driver of the Williams’ heritage division. In his new role, Chandhok will focus on the testing and public demonstration of Williams’ cars of yesteryears, dating back to the team’s first F1 season in 1977.Chandhok will make his first appearance as a heritage driver at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed where he will drive up the iconic Goodwood Hill behind the wheel of an FW08C from 1983 and an FW13B from 1990.We’re delighted to welcome @karunchandhok as official driver for our Heritage division. https://t.co/cCbtHDeL1H pic.twitter.com/ickYTK6ZHF WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) June 20, 2016Williams Heritage was created to manage the team’s collection of historic Formula 1 cars, dating from Williams’ first season in Formula One in 1977 to the most recently retired models.As part of his new role, the Indian will also act as a driver coach to customers who have purchased a running car and use Williams Heritage to run and maintain it.Speaking about his appointment, Chandhok said, “Williams is such an iconic British team, steeped in racing history so it is a real honour to be involved in its Heritage programme.”So many of the Williams Heritage cars are pieces of racing history with great stories to tell, so to be offered the chance to get up close and personal and drive them – sometimes being the first person to do so in decades – is an incredible opportunity. I look forward to not only demonstrating the cars from time to time, but working with other Williams car owners to help them fully enjoy their experience of driving these pieces of F1 history.”advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Australian Open: Djokovic thrashes Tsonga, Zverev survives 5-set battle to reach 3rd round

first_imgEleven years after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the 2008 Australian Open, top seed Novak Djokovic bested the Frenchman again at Melbourne Park to reach the third round early on Friday.The world number one Serb claimed a clinical 6-3 7-5 6-4 win over wildcard entry Tsonga in the late match at Rod Laver Arena.While Djokovic is seeking a third successive Grand Slam title, Tsonga has been on a different trajectory, with his ranking slipping to 177 after his 2018 season was cut short by a knee injury in April.The gap between the players’ standing was on full show as Djokovic cruised to victory in two hours and four minutes, setting up a mouthwatering intergenerational clash with Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.”I’ve been coming to Australia for the last 15 years… so hopefully I’ll be coming for 50 more.”We’ll still have you when you’re 81 @DjokerNole #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/2dPYmg7VVB#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2019Germany’s Alexander Zverev wasted a flurry of opportunities before securing a 7-6(5) 6-4 5-7 6-7(6) 6-1 win over unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy to book a place in the third round on Thursday.The 21-year-old, seeded fourth at Melbourne Park, looked set for an easy outing after taking a two-set lead and with a flurry of break points in the third set. But he wasted four chances to break and then lost his serve to surrender the third set.The Frenchman, ranked 36, won the fourth set in a tiebreak after Zverev, who claimed the 2018 ATP Tour Finals after beating Roger Federer in the semis and then Novak Djokovic, wasted four more break point opportunities in the seventh game.advertisementChardy ran out of steam in the final set as his errors mounted and Zverev cantered to victory in three hours and 46 minutes. He next plays local wildcard Alex Bolt, who stunned 29th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 2-6 6-4 4-6 7-6(8) 6-4.Nothing but respect from Alexander Zverev to @jimchardy #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ICq7X84fHd#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2019Also Read | Don’t know where all my trophies are: Serena after storming into Australian Open 3rd roundAlso Read | I had to warm up 4 times: Naomi Osaka tells Kei Nishikori. Video goes viralAlso Read | Australian Open: Raonic outserves Wawrinka, Nishikori survives massive scarelast_img read more

Sporting News Releases Ranking Of Every Division I College Football Coach

first_img No. 2: Dabo Swinney, Clemson:There’s a case to be made for Swinney at No. 1, considering the Tigers are coming off the first 15-0 season of the CFP era and he’s 2-2 against Nick Saban and Alabama over the last four years. Clemson is recruiting like a superpower now, too. We’ll write it down now: If Swinney and the Tigers go back-to-back (Alabama is the last team to do it), then we’ll put him No. 1 next season.No. 1: Nick Saban, Alabama:It’s closer than ever with Swinney now, but the Crimson Tide have one year left in a dominant decade that has produced four of the five national championships during Saban’s tenure. That includes five straight Playoff appearances and four championship game appearances. “The Process” never ends, and Saban has shown no signs of slowing down.The two are in the same spots as they were the year before in the SN rankings.Here’s how the rest of the top 15:3. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M 4. Kirby Smart, Georgia 5. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma 6. Chris Petersen, Washington 7. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame 8. Dan Mullen, Florida 9. Tom Herman, Texas 10. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan 11. David Shaw, Stanford 12. Gary Patterson, TCU 13. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State 14. James Franklin, Penn State 15. Ed Orgeron, LSUOhio State’s Ryan Day enters the ranking at No. 22, a pretty lofty spot for a first year head coach. He’s one spot ahead of one of the names connected to the Ohio State job when it was open, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell. Right behind them is a controversial pick: Mack Brown, who certainly didn’t coach like a top 25 guy at the end of his Texas tenure, though he may be re-energized at North Carolina.Iowa stalwart Kirk Ferentz sits at No. 25, Scott Frost remains at No. 28, where he debuted as Nebraska coach last year. Syracuse’s Dino Babers jumps from No. 81 up to No. 34, the biggest move up of any coach.[Sporting News] Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greet after the AllState Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)With Clemson’s second national championship win in the last three years, Dabo Swinney has entered the Nick Saban tier. It is hard to argue against the Alabama and Clemson head coaches being in a league of their own.Swinney may own the recent upper hand, but Saban hasn’t lost his fastball, and has history to fall back on. Most coach ranking lists seem to still have Saban at the top.Today, the Sporting News released its 1-130 ranking of the head coaches in Division I. Naturally, the top-line debate comes down to Swinney vs. Saban.Ultimately, Sporting News is sticking with Nick Saban at No. 1, while acknowledging things are “closer than ever” with Swinney.From the write-up on the two rival coaches:last_img read more

CBI takes over Deoria shelter home case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has officially taken over the Deoria shelter home case, registering two FIRs in the matter and booking both Girija Tripathi, the Director of the NGO that was accused of drugging young girls and forcing them into prostitution for powerful and wealthy clients, and here daughter, Kanchan Lata Tripathi, a Superintendent of the NGO.The CBI was asked to take over the investigation in this case by the Uttar Pradesh Government last August, after news of a 13-year-old girl, running away from the shelter came in the public domain. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The girl had gotten in touch with someone from the 181 helpline number for women and made a statement about what used to happen at Maa Vindhyavashini Mahila Prashikshan Sansthan, the infamous NGO. Major concern swept over the case after it was revealed that police authorities and district administrators had failed to perform their duties as they kept sending troubled women and young girls to the shelter home, even after it was de-recognised by the government after an earlier CBI probe had flagged it for financial irregularities. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhile taking the call to finally hand over the shelter home case to the central probe agency, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had acknowledged the negligence of district administration officials and also said that the District Magistrate of the area, who was then suspended, would also face charges in the charge-sheet. According to the escaped girl, women and girls at the shelter home were often subjected various forms of sexual harassment and assault and that Girija Tripathi would often threaten to kill the older women if they thought of disclosing the details of what happened in the shelter home to the police. The CBI has registered two FIRs in the case, one based on the complaint of the escaped 13-year-old girl and the other based on the complaint of the then-District Probationary Officer, who when had gone to the shelter home to rescue the women and children was subjected to a slew of vulgarities by Girija Tripathi’s daughter, Kanchan Lata. Both these cases were first registered by the UP Police, and have been taken over by the CBI, as is, according to the procedure. In fact, local police officials have said that they continued to send rescued girls and women to the shelter home even after it was de-recognised, because there were no other premises to serve that purpose around that area. Horrific details had come forward after the case first came to light, including the fact that Girija Tripathi was a prominent feature of government programmes even after her shelter home was de-recognised. At one such mass marriage event organised by the social welfare department of the UP Government, a then Cabinet minister of the state government was also present.last_img read more

No where to go Indigenous people recount losses in Wood Buffalo National

first_imgAn extensive report done on Wood Buffalo National Park contains testimony from Indigenous people in the area. Here are a few examples of what they said:Matthew Lepine: For birds, I have nowhere to go in fall, spring, summer for eggs … they are gone. There are places you cannot travel at all. In some places you can smell the stale water. We still try to go to those places, hoping there is water. We get little pitiful (muskrats) now. It’s all we have left. They are hardly even edible.Jocelyn Marten: Now it’s just a lot of algae. Oh my God, more algae than anything else! Come see in June, July, August the three lakes called Frog Lakes where we used to spend summer. That was one of the main nesting areas for ducks and (coots) and fish. You can’t even go there now these years with a boat. You can’t run a motor in there.Larry Marten: (Birds) tour around the delta on account of the oil plants. Just a few come in. Even if we have the water we will never have the birds as we used to as the oil plants won’t move. Migratory birds are using different routes because of the plants and no water. Where we used to hunt birds … I used to drive my dogs or use a snow machine. Now there is nothing!Gerald Gibot: In the past the ice was blue ice, white, like glass. It really thickened. Now it’s a foam ice. There is a lot of air in the ice. It’s not good ice like when I was growing up. You cannot really just cross anywhere without double-checking ice. It’s like a slush in a gas station. The ice is similar to that. I worked on the ice for 17 years on the ice roads going to Fort McMurray. I know ice.Ron Campbell: We are getting so used to the smell from industry. I’ll go back when I was a kid. Every day I’d walk from school. In March, when it starts warming up, you get a south wind and then you know spring is coming. That is when (you) get sulphur and other odours in the air from the tar sands. Now all through summer we get that smell every time there is a south wind. You get a funny feeling when you check the (fish) net. Some are deformed and have sores on them. You don’t have an appetite to eat them.Sloan Whiteknife: Even the moose are less now. And when we go hunting at Birch River I found out that moose are going away because they have less feed. It’s very hard for animals, even young ones after they feed from mom. The moose teach them how to eat. There are no small willows so it’s hard for them. The moose get hungry and skinny and calves are not full grown. The wolf has a better chance to kill them.Source: Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wood Buffalo National Parklast_img read more

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS AMAZON STUDIOS IS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT GREAT MOVIE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: We work with visionary storytellers to produce bold, original films.Our open-door policy means everyone from aspiring writers to WGA members can submit ideas online, no strings attached.If your movie could become somebody’s favorite film, we’re looking for you.Amazon Studios is producing Emmy Award-winning television series. We’re looking for smart, cinematic drama series; bold, original comedy series; and innovative, educational series for kids.Now, anyone (including WGA members) is welcome to submit their work with no strings attached.Learn more about our Submission policy here.Submit a drama scriptSubmit a comedy scriptSubmit a children’s script Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest Britons face quotas in Switzerland

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s impending departure from the European Union (all times local):12:15 p.m.Switzerland’s government says it will set a quota on the number of Britons who can come live and work in the rich Alpine country if Britain has a “disorderly” departure from the European Union.The executive Federal Council on Wednesday set a limit of 3,500 Britons who can live and work in Switzerland in case of a “no deal” Brexit on March 29, putting them among other non-EU citizens who face similar quotas by nationality.The council based its decision on Swiss economic and regional interests, and constitutional requirements. The quotas would not apply to tens of thousands of Britons already living in Switzerland.Britons currently face no such limit as they fall under a bilateral Swiss-EU deal on free movement of people.The move exemplifies bureaucratic hassles that non-EU countries like Switzerland face in adapting to a no-deal Brexit scenario.___10:25 a.m.The British government is downplaying a report that its chief Brexit negotiator said lawmakers will have to choose between backing Prime Minister Theresa May’s unpopular divorce deal and a delay to the U.K.’s exit from the European Union.An ITV News correspondent says he overheard negotiator Olly Robbins in a Brussels bar saying the government would ask Parliament in late March to back her agreement, rejected by lawmakers last month, or seek an extension to the Brexit deadline.Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said Wednesday the government is not planning a delay, saying “the prime minister has been very clear that we are committed to leaving on March 29.”If no deal is approved by the British and European parliaments before March 29, the U.K. faces a messy sudden Brexit.The Associated Press read more

Fighting in DR Congo exposes children to forced recruitment exploitation – UN

The situation of children in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has gone from bad to worse, with 60,000 people newly driven from their homes by fighting in North Kivu province, exposing youngsters to the dangers of forced recruitment and sexual exploitation, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Separation of children from the parents always puts children at risk,” UNICEF’s Chief of Field Operations for the DRC Julien Harneis said. “Then you’ve got the creation of spontaneous camps, which leads to measles, cholera and the recruitment of children into armed groups.” The challenges posed by forced child recruitment are vast, UNICEF said. “Children are taken by militias against their will and used as porters and fighters or, in the case of girls, for sexual exploitation. There is also great risk, of course, of injury and death from violence and battle,” it added. The agency has received a report of 54 cases of children recruited in northeast Kivu “and to the west we’ve heard that there’s forced recruitment of all males over the age of 15,” Mr. Harneis said. “In the last couple of weeks, we believe that hundreds of children have been recruited into militias, which brings the total number of cases to well over 1,000.” Upwards of 8,000 children have been separated from militias. In most cases, these former child soldiers are returned to their communities, but Mr. Harneis said that for many ex-soldiers the story does not end there. Many fall prey to re-recruitment or banditry. “Eventually, they will get separated from the armed groups. But then they face issues related to alienation from their community. These children haven’t been educated and their skills aren’t appropriate to civilian life,” he warned. UNICEF is addressing these problems by supporting a comprehensive reintegration programme for 5,500 former child soldiers who have already returned to their community, but due to the current intense fighting between the army, renegade troops and rebels, the environment is too insecure in many parts of North Kivu to implement the programme. The agency and its partners are also stepping up efforts to provide much needed vaccinations, nutritional supplements, water and sanitation aids and shelter to the newly displaced people now living in camps and makeshift shelters. It is currently impossible to be sure how many children are at risk for being re-recruited once they are removed from the armed groups. “Several hundred children have been recruited in the last couple of weeks,” Mr. Harneis said. “How many of them have been re-recruited? We don’t have access to these areas, so we cannot ascertain at the moment the exact origin of these recruits. What we do know is that about 5,500 children in the area have previously been in armed groups – and they are all at risk for re-recruitment.” 19 September 2007The situation of children in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has gone from bad to worse, with 60,000 people newly driven from their homes by fighting in North Kivu province, exposing youngsters to the dangers of forced recruitment and sexual exploitation, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). read more

United to begin flights from Denver to Hobbs New Mexico

HOBBS, N.M. — United Airlines has announced it will begin direct flights to Denver from a southeastern New Mexico county airport in the heart of New Mexico’s booming oil region.The Hobbs News-Sun reports the airline and Lea County officials say the flights from Hobbs will start Oct. 27. The announcement comes as county officials seek to double the passenger holding area at Lea County Regional Airport.Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb says the new direct flights show confidence in the robust and growing economy of the Permian Basin.United’s nonstop flights to Denver International Airport into the Permian Basin will be operated as United Express service six days per week.United is also scheduled to continue to operate two daily nonstop flights from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. There will be one flight that operates to and from Houston on Saturdays.The Associated Press read more

Anigwe powers No 18 Cal women past San Diego 7053

SAN DIEGO — Kristine Anigwe scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the No. 18 California women capped its San Diego Thanksgiving Tournament by beating the host Toreros, 70-53 on Saturday.Sydney Shepard hit a 3-pointer with :01 left in the first half to pull San Diego even at intermission, 29-29.Asha Thomas made two layups and Jaelyn Brown hit two free throws to push Cal into a 37-30 advantage early in the third quarter and an Anigwe jumper with 2:15 left made it 44-34. Alaysia Styles’ jumper as time expired at the end of the period made it 51-37.Anigwe hit 10 of 16 from the field and 5 of 10 from the line and was the lone Bear to reach double figures, but Cal had 10 players figure in the scoring and got 24 points from its bench.Madison Pollock put up 19 points for San Diego (2-3), with Sydney Hunter adding 13.Cal improved to 6-0 to start the season.The Associated Press read more

LaQuinton Ross lategame heroics send Buckeyes to the Elite 8

There were stretches of the season when LaQuinton Ross seldom saw the court, but Thursday the sophomore forward was the reason the Buckeyes’ season didn’t come to an end. Ross’ 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining gave the Buckeyes a 73-70 victory and advanced OSU to the Elite 8 for the second consecutive year. The Buckeyes had to overcome a first-half hole to get there, though. It was largely behind the offense of Deshaun Thomas that the Buckeyes were able to dig themselves out. Behind the junior forward’s 20 points, OSU employed a second-half surge to beat the Wildcats at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The win marks back-to-back years that the Buckeyes have made it to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8 and the third year they’ve made it since Matta’s arrival in 2004. While OSU’s scoring began with a basket from Thomas, Arizona responded with a 10-2 run to pull ahead early, 10-4, with 15:46 to play in the period. Behind senior guard Mark Lyons and his 10 first-half points, the Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field and, in particular, used a lethal 3-point assault to stave off a Buckeye squad that struggled to find little – if any – momentum. Despite Arizona sinking 63 percent of shots from behind the arc, OSU coach Thad Matta and his crew trotted into halftime down just 38-34, thanks to Thomas and his 16-point outburst in the first 20 minutes. It didn’t take long for the rest of OSU to catch on. The Buckeyes roared out of the gates on a 10-0 run thanks to sophomore forward Sam Thompson, junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft and even sophomore center Amir Williams – who swatted away a shot on one end of the floor before snatching a rebound over two defenders and going up for the jam on the other. Conversely, in that span, Arizona found scoring to be a more troubling endeavor than it was in the first. In fact, the Wildcats wouldn’t make a basket until freshman forward Brandon Ashley connected on a short jumper a the 14:40 mark of the second half. The struggles for Sean Miller’s squad didn’t end there, as Arizona could only muster five points the first nine minutes of the second period and trailed the Buckeyes by as many as 10 after leading all but 33 seconds in the first half. The Wildcats responded, though, cutting the OSU lead to 60-57 after Lyons buried a trey with 6:33 to play. With 21.8 seconds to play, Lyons tied the game at 70 after making a driving layup despite being fouled, then making the ensuing free throw. All of it, though, was not enough. Surging late for the Buckeyes was sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross, who scored 14 of his 17 points in the game’s final eight minutes. Ultimately, Ross’ 3-pointer with two seconds to play sealed OSU’s victory. The Buckeyes (29-7) are set to play Saturday in the Elite 8. They will face the winner of No. 13 seed La Salle and No. 9 seed Wichita State at 7:05 p.m. ET. read more

Too posh for pop Arts Council must give less money to elitist

first_imgHe said: “I’ve been hearing the word ‘posh’ in relation to opera for 30 years. Very few people in opera are posh – certainly not the performers. It’s b——-.“This is a simply a case of Mr Dugher not knowing what he’s talking about. He’s the latest in a long line of people presuming to tell everyone that opera is not for them.”Streetwise Opera, a charity working with people who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, receives £100,000 per year in Arts Council funding. Its latest production, Tell Me The Truth About Love, opens at Sage Gateshead on Saturday with tickets costing a maximum of £16. The Arts Council is spending too much money on “posh” opera and giving other music genres a raw deal, a leading figure in the British music industry has claimed.For every £1 awarded to pop music, £8 goes to opera companies – a situation that is “manifestly unjust” according to UK Music, the umbrella organisation that represents the commercial music industry.Michael Dugher, the former Labour MP and chief executive of UK Music, complained that the Arts Council risks being seen as “too posh for pop” and called for an urgent review of funding arrangements.However, opera companies disagreed, with one opera chief describing Mr Dugher’s comments as “b——-“.Over the next five years, opera will receive grants totalling more than £228 million via the Arts Council’s National Portfolio, with classical music receiving £85 million. Pop music will receive around £28 million, while jazz, world music, folk, brass band and choral organisations are further down the scale. His comments got short shrift from opera companies. Michael Volpe, general director of Holland Park Opera, said: “Opera companies get a lot of money, perhaps more than they ought to, and that’s an ongoing argument.“But pop has access to regular, primetime radio and television in a way that no other art form does, not to mention global media companies promoting it endlessly. Kids are exposed to it every minute of every day.”Volpe recently introduced a group of inner city London teenagers to opera in a film, Hip Hop to Opera, currently available on BBC iPlayer. Rey Trombetta, Streetwise’s marketing manager, said: “We absolutely don’t believe that opera is elitist. Our audiences feature a lot of people who have never attended an opera before they came to see us.“When he talks about ‘posh’ opera, Mr Dugher is certainly not talking about us.”An Arts Council spokesman said UK Music’s figures only covered grants awarded via its National Portfolio and did not include spending on cultural education.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Dugher said the figures showed “shocking disparities” and called for a review. “The Arts Council risks giving the impression that it is elitist and too posh for pop.“Public funds should be used to broaden the appeal of the arts, particularly among the young, and make every aspect of our fantastic culture more inclusive,” he said.last_img read more

This countrys gone wild with exaggeration Rabbitte says the FOI issues been

first_imgCOMMUNICATIONS MINISTER PAT Rabbitte has said there’s been too much “hyperbole” and “exaggeration” in the debate surrounding the Freedom of Information Act.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin yesterday withdrew a proposed Government amendment to the Bill, as a result of what he said was “confusion and misinterpretation” of its intention.The planned changes would have seen charges for FOI requests soar. They included proposals to split one request for information from different divisions of the same body into separate requests, and charge €15 for each.The National Union of Journalists had described the proposals as “contrary to the spirit” of the legislation and said there was a danger they could make the system unaffordable.Howlin now intends to bring forward a new amendment aimed at clarifying the issue of multiple fees.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Rabbitte said: “It’s very sad to have to listen to academics on this and every other programme talk about killing off the Freedom of Information Act.”He added:“This country has gone wild with exaggeration.”“The purpose of Brendan Howlin’s amendment was to acknowledge that detailed hours of work are put in respect of some requests, and that he was imposing a modest charge for that, given the circumstances we were in.“For any citizen that wants personal information it’s entirely free. For journalists who want relevant information in the public interest, you know the position.The Minister was critical of what he called “omnibus requests that haven’t any connection with each other,” saying many media outlets were merely “trawling for ‘something that might turn up and it will keep us in business’”.“It costs an enormous amount of money to pursue that kind of thing.”Rabbitte said that some of the criticism of the Government’s stance was “just not worthy of respectable public discourse”.Read: Government backtracks on FOI Bill amendment on chargesRead: “Experts aren’t always right” – Taoiseach defends FOI bill>Read: Minister Brendan Howlin describes increased FOI fee as a “token charge” >last_img read more

Celtic winger insists team must reduce mistake to start winning games

first_imgCeltic winger Lewis Morgan believes the team must cut down their mistakes if they’re to make it to the next round of the UEFA Europa League.Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig in Germany on Wednesday leaving them just three points in Group B.Celtic team to stop gifting opposition teams silly goals, which in this game saw the players lose confidence and then quickly concede a killer second.The Scottish champions were the better team for the first 30 minutes until Eboue Kouassi and Dedryck Boyata made errors which led to Liepzig’s opener.Morgan said, according to HeraldScotland:Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“One mistake has hurt us and that’s what happens at this level. They are a top side and made the most of an error. But there are positives to take.”“That first half hour was good, we limited their chances in the second half, we have changed our structure and if we had taken out chances then we would have made it more uncomfortable for them at the end.”“We were close to a goal early on. Odsonne has done really well to get into a good position and his shot goes just wide. We did have chances, we just didn’t take, it’s the small margins which make the difference.”“We can get a result at Celtic Park. We know we can go toe to toe with them.”“It’s a frustrating night but these are games you want to play in, it’s why I wanted to come to Celtic. We have a big European night and then it’s a semi-final on Sunday. This is what we want.”last_img read more

Mbappe Im following Arsenal from afar

first_imgKylian Mbappe revealed that he’s keeping a keen eye on Unai Emery’s progress at Arsenal this seasonThe teenage superstar spent his first season at Paris Saint-Germain playing under Emery, where they won a domestic treble.However, PSG’s last-16 exit in the Champions League to Real Madrid proved to be the final straw for chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi – who decided to bring in Thomas Tuchel as the club’s new coach in the summer.Emery shortly afterwards was announced as Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal.Although Mbappe, who at one point was closely linked with a move to the Gunners himself, has nothing but respect and gratitude towards Emery.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I have a lot of respect for this man even if he did not succeed in Paris,” Mbappe told France Football.“He won titles before and I hope he wins them again after. I sent him a congratulatory message when he signed for Arsenal, and now I am following from afar.”“I do not forget that he helped me adapt to this big team, which was not easy.”Mbappe won the inaugural Kopa Trophy on Monday night in Paris as the world’s best U-21 male player.last_img read more

Signup Begins Today for Oilseed Payment Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is reminding producers that the signup period for the 2000 Oilseed Payment Program begins today. This ASA supported program authorizes $500 million in payments to producers of soybeans and other oilseeds. The benefit to soybean producers is estimated to be about 14 cents per bushel.”The Oilseed Payment Program is a result of ASA’s efforts to help soybean producers partially offset low prices,” said ASA President Tony Anderson, a soybean producer from Mount Sterling, Ohio. “The Oilseed Payment is very valuable to soybean producers and everyone who qualifies should take full advantage of this program.”To be eligible for the 2000 Oilseed Program, a producer must share in the production of soybeans or other eligible oilseeds that were planted in 2000. Payments will be based on the higher of the producer’s 1997, 1998, or 1999 acreage and proven or county average yield. Only producers who planted soybeans or other eligible oilseeds for the first time in 2000 can use their 2000 acreage and yield for payment purposes.A farm with 400 acres, with a 38 bushel per acre yield, can expect to get about $2,128 from this program at the projected payment rate for soybeans of $0.14 per bushel. The actual payment rate may be more or less than the projected rate and will be determined after signup results are available. ASA estimates that about $371 million or nearly 75 percent of the total program benefits could be paid to farmers based on their production of soybeans.Producers can sign up for this program or obtain additional information at their local Farm Service Agency office or USDA Service Center.last_img read more