Ginebra flattens NLEX on the road

first_imgPBA IMAGESCALASIAO, PANGASINAN —With five players shooting in twin digits, Barangay Ginebra became the first side to deal NLEX a defeat in the PBA Governors’ Cup as Joe Devance’s 23 points powered the Gin Kings to a 110-97 Petron Saturday Special Game victory at Calasiao Sports Complex here.The Gin Kings wriggled free from a tight first half with a solid effort in the third period, scooting away to an 86-71 lead heading into the final frame which they protected to rise to 3-1 overall.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meanwhile, Meralco tries to remain undefeated and add to KIA Picanto’s woes when teams occupying opposite ends of the standings clash at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao on Sunday.Runners-up here in the most painful way last season, the Bolts tangle with the Picanto in the 6:45 p.m. contest, moments after Blackwater parades NBA veteran Henry Walker in an effort to arrest a woeful start in the 4:30 p.m. game.Only the Bolts and Star remain without a loss after the first two weeks of action.Allen Durham has not skipped a beat since the last time he was here, and Norman Black’s locals have shown so much maturity since last year when Justin Brownlee hit the title series-clinching triple in Game 6 of the Finals for Barangay Ginebra.Walker comes into a Blackwater team sorely lacking in firepower, and the former NLEX import certainly fits that bill and is expected to put some direction into the Elite sagging campaign.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Last boys standing assure PH of bronze medals in boxing tourney LATEST STORIES NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NLEX thus saw a six-game winning streak dating back to the last conference come to a halt, dropping to 4-1 and giving coach Yeng Guiao more or less a clear picture as to how far his Road Warriors have come since a massive facelift in the off-season.Justin Brownlee racked up 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while LA Tenorio added 17 points and seven feeds for the Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsScottie Thompson was the only Ginebra starter who failed to finish in twin digits with five but had 11 assists and seven rebounds in another brilliant all-around effort.Aaron Fuller had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Road Warriors, who still are in their finest start in the Guiao era. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View commentscenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Gameslast_img read more

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Kangna Ranaut to sport a two piece for Rascals

first_imgKangna RanautClick here to EnlargeThere were speculations galore about whether or not Kangna Ranaut will sport a two- piece for her upcoming film, Rascals. The actress, otherwise known for her uninhibited boldness, reportedly wasn’t in favour of wearing a bikini and gave director David Dhawan a tough time over this.The said scene in true sex bomb fantasy fashion required Kangna to come out of the sea in a bikini. The actress initially agreed to do it and had even started working out on her figure, but developed cold feet right before the scene was to be shot. Or so the story goes. Anyway, it all worked out in the end as Kangna finally did agree to shoot the sensuous scene.The first rushes of the movie show Kangna sporting a white bikini with a black bow, teamed with glares and dark brown high heels, looking uber sexy and flashing some enviable curves.last_img read more

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Adamson sends UST to brink of elimination, Ateneo upends UP

first_imgPH 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 MOST READ Chumason Njigha and Gian Glorioso added 14 points apiece for the Blue Eagles with Antony Koyfman pitching in 12.John Mark Millette had 15 points for the Fighting Maroons who hold a league-worst 1-10 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson University hit two birds with one stone after turning back University of Santo Tomas in fie sets, 20-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-14, 15-9, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Soaring Falcons got a share of the third spot with Ateneo after improving to a 7-4 record while the Tiger Spikers dropped to 4-7 and are one game away from falling out of the Final Four race.ADVERTISEMENT Wolves beat Heat as Dwyane Wade misses at buzzer LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Paolo Pablico put up 23 points to lead Adamson while Leo Miranda and George Labang had 17 and 15 points, respectively.Manuel Medina had 15 points for UST.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the other game, the Blue Eagles survived University of the Philippines in five sets, 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22.Ron Medalla led Ateneo with 21 points while Ishmael Rivera had 15 points. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

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GST an example of how big tasks can be done if parties work

first_imgtogether: PMNew Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) Days after GST Bill was passed by Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave credit to all political parties who unanimously approved the legislation despite “bitter rivalries”, saying it was an example of how big tasks can be done if all parties work together.”In August 2016, parties having intense political rivalry, parties which do not let go any chance to attack each other, all came together to pass the GST bill,” he said in his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat.”The credit goes to all the parties. This is an example of how big a task can be accomplished when all parties work together in one direction,” he added.The long-pending Constitution amendment bill that will pave the way for roll out of GST, a new uniform indirect tax regime, in the country was passed by Rajya Sabha on August 3 and by Lok Sabha on August 8. The GST will replace more than a dozen levies central and state levies, including central excise duty, service tax and central sales tax as well as VAT on sale of goods and entry tax, to make movement of goods seamless across 1.3 billion market. Instead of the good being taxed multiple times at different rates, under the new GST regime goods would be taxed at point of consumption. The Lok Sabha had earlier passed the bill in May 2015 but it hit the roadblock in the Rajya Sabha where the principal opposition Congress insisted on certain changes, including capping the tax rate in the constitution. PTI JD AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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BCCI congratulates Team India on becoming No. 1 Test team

first_imgKolkata, Oct 3 (PTI) The BCCI today congratulated the Indian cricket team for reclaiming the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test rankings, saying it reflects the sides performance overseas beginning with the historic series win in Sri Lanka. India reclaimed the numero uno status following their comprehensive 178-run win in the Kolkata Test against the visiting New Zealand. India have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with the final Test to be played in Indore from October 8-12. BCCI president Anurag Thakur said: “I congratulate the Team India for their dominant show in Test cricket, which is the pinnacle of sport. The ICC Test rankings rightly reflect the impressive performance Virat Kohli and his boys have displayed since the overseas tour of Sri Lanka, where they registered a series victory after 22 years. The bumper home season will allow the Indian fans to savour top-class action as India are set to host England, Bangladesh and Australia.” Ajay Shirke, Board secretary said: “The Board has always put Test cricket on the top of the priority list and nothing is more pleasing than to see Team India take the No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings. India have set high standards on and off the field and this is a result of the hard work of all concerned.” A washout in the fourth Test at Port of Spain against the West Indies during Indias last Test series had cost Virat Kohlis men the top spot by just one point. It denied them the opportunity to defend their No.1 ranking, acquired from Australia earlier. The result of the final Test meant India won the series against the West Indies 2-0 – finishing on 110 points ? one behind Pakistan and two ahead of third-ranked Australia. With yet another powerful show, India are now firmly on top of the table and set to consolidate their position further. After their win in the second Test, India have 113 rating points and a win in the third Test will add two more, taking their tally to 115. There will be no immediate change in Indias reign at the top even if Pakistan and Australia win their respective bilateral Test series against the West Indies and South Africa respectively. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Universe boss is still alive, says Chris Gayle after breaching 10,000-run mark

first_imgSwashbuckling West Indies batsman Chris Gayle on Tuesday became the first batsman in history to reach the landmark of 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket.Known to be one of the most destructive batsmen in the shortest format of the game, the 37-year-old reached the milestone while batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League clash against the Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. (Chris Gayle smashes 10,000 T20 runs: Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir in awe)Powered by a 38-ball 77 from Gayle and a sublime 50-ball 64 from skipper Virat Kohli, RCB set a massive 214-run target for the Lions.Later on, RCB’s young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal sealed the deal with figures of 3/31 to restrict the hosts to 192/7 and propelled RCB to a 21-run win.Speaking after the match, Gayle said it was a special moment for him to achieve the milestone. He said fans always wanted to see him entertain and he was happy to deliver on that”I like that name (“Universe Boss”). He’s back. It’s good to be among the runs. It’s even better to be back on the field. Fans want entertainment, and I am glad I am able to do that. It all depends on how you feel. (10,000-run-mark was on my mind, wanted it so badly: Chris Gayle)”To achieve 10,000 runs is a special achievement and to pull it off in a win even better.He also became the first player to score more than 10,000 runs in three levels — first-class, list-A and T20s.advertisement”People are still looking out for Chris Gayle; it feels fantastic. Two triples (in Tests) and a double in fifty overs. Universe Boss is still alive. Looking forward to beating KKR,” he said.Interestingly, the Caribbean batsman might end up being the only player in the 10,000 club in T20s for a long time as no other batsman has crossed 8,000-run mark in T20s, with the second highest run-scorer after Gayle being former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (7,524) followed by Brad Hodge (7,338) and David Warner (7,156).last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal parties with HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap ahead of PBL season 3

first_imgSaina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap danced and enjoyed in a party with their fellow badminton players and some support staff from the national setup ahead of the third season of Premier Badminton League (PBL).Saina and Prannoy missed out on participation in Dubai Super Series Finals after they failed to break into the top 8 in the BWF rankings. Owing to the rankings, Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu are the only Indians competing in the year-end Super Series Finals, starting on Wednesday.Making the best of their free time and right before the start of a hectic schedule, Saina and her friends danced their way through the night.In videos posted by Saina on her Instagram, Saina is seeing dancing and thoroughly enjoying her night with her buddies Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy and Sai Praneeth.The videos also have Sameer Verma, Sourabh Verma, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, Shlok, Manu Attri and Rohan Kapoor dancing to the tunes of a song Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh starrer Band Baaja Baaraat.Amongst the support staff, Amrish Shinde and Mohammed Maqdoom were a part of the party.Saina, along with Srikanth and Kashyap, is all set to lead the charge of Awadhe Warriors in this season’s PBL, starting December 23.While HS Prannoy and Sourabh Verma will be playing for Ahmedabad Smash Masters, B Sai Praneeth will be representing Hyderabad Hunters and Sameer Verma will lead Mumbai Rockets.advertisementSaina’s Awadhe Warriors will be up against last season’s champions Chennai Smashers, who will be lead by Sindhu, in the opening fixture on December 23.Before PBL, Srikanth and Sindhu will be competing in the Dubai World Superseries Finals and will be aiming to return with glory.last_img read more

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Olympiakos Drubs Laboral Kutxa, 76-64

first_imgLed by sharpshooting captain Vassilis Spanoulis’ 27 points, Olympiakos beat Spanish team Laboral Kutxa, 76-64 Jan. 23 to gain its fourth straight win in Euroleague play.Down 37-28 at the half, the Reds ran away in the second half, 48-27 to take a win against a team that is usually all trouble for them.The game was turned on screw-tight defense during which the winners held the Spanish team scoreless for long periods of time in the second half while Spanoulis scored 20 of his points in the last two periods. Othello Hunter, coming back from an injury, chipped in 14 points. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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AAEON to present cutting-edge technology at embedded world 2018

first_imgAAEON will – now in its 16th year – be taking part at this year’s Embedded World trade fair. As part of its involvement at embedded world, AAEON will showcase a number of products including Box and Panel PCs, a range of motherboards, and the UP Squared industrial innovators’ board. At its booth, the company will also stage a series of presentations to demonstrate its AI, IOT, automation, and network security solutions.The company will focus on AI applications and is set to hold both a press conference and forum to unveil the UP AI Edge, the first complete platform to enable artificial intelligence on the edge. AAEON will host two other forums focusing on the ways in which AAEON is putting Industry 4.0 ideas into practice and on embedded boards with FPGA technology.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous ECRIN launches remote Embedded modular computer myOPALE at embedded worldNext IAR Systems streamlines security development with new product offeringlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Battered Pakistan eye comeback against in-form England

first_imgAfter being blasted apart by West Indies in their opening game, Pakistan will look to make amends, especially in their batting, and aim for a comeback when they take on hot-favourites England in their second World Cup fixture at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Monday.Playing against Windies, Pakistan was not just able to deal with the short balls, with Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas both having them hopping around, but they managed to score only 103 runs and seemed to be in all sorts of trouble. None of their batsmen showed temperament and the ability to handle the short-pitch deliveries, and even rash shots by some of their batsmen didn’t help Pakistan’s cause.There is good chance that a number of short balls at very decent pace will be heading their way as England have the likes of Mark Wood, Jofra Archer and Liam Plunkett in their pace battery.The only silver lining for Pakistan was in the form of Mohammad Amir, who bowled superbly against the likes of Chris Gayle and Shai Hope and picked up all the three wickets.England, on the other hand, seems to have all their bases covered. Their batting clicked against South Africa with Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes all scoring half centuries and making sure they went past the 300-run mark against South Africa.Their bowling has also been bolstered with the inclusion of Archer who bowled with sheer pace and gave a hard time to the Proteas batsmen at the Kennington Oval.advertisementEngland would definitely be the more confident side going into the match and would want to replicate the performance they came out with against Pakistan during the five-match ODI series where Sarfaraz Ahmad’s men were whitewashed before the World Cup.Squads:England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark WoodPakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Yuvraj Singh thanks Guru Gary, but says no favours on June 5Also Read | South Africa vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019 AajTak11 Prediction and Probable Playing 11Also Seelast_img read more

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9 months agoChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: VAR killing match atmos

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: VAR killing match atmosby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he’s no fan of VAR.The Blues lost the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal at Tottenham due to the intervention of technology.Sarri said: “The problem is not the referee or one or the other. The problem is they are not ready to use VAR.”They use the system for the first time in the League Cup so they need only to get used to using the system. I don’t like the VAR but it is only my opinion.”We risk changing the atmosphere in the stadium. You score but have to wait for 30 seconds to celebrate. It is negative for the atmosphere in the stadium.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Safe Bulkers Pushes Back Another Loan Payment

first_imgzoom Dry bulk shipping company Safe Bulkers, Inc. has agreed to amend an existing loan facility secured by four vessels with an outstanding balance of USD 51.8 million, delaying the balloon payment initially scheduled to be made in 2019 for 2022.Under the agreed deal with Unicredit, the total consolidated liabilities of the company divided by its total consolidated assets must not exceed 85% and the aggregate market value of the four vessels must exceed 110% until year end 2017 and 120% from 2018 onwards.The ratio of the company’s EBITDA to its interest expense must be not less than 2.0:1 on a trailing 12 month basis, applicable from 2018 onwards. In addition, the consolidated net worth of the company must not be less than USD 150 million. “This is the fourth consecutive agreement, designed to reduce the principal installments payable in the next four years and push back balloon payments after 2020 in line with the company’s policy to maintain a comfortable debt repayment profile, at very competitive costs,” Loukas Barmparis, President of the company, said.The previous three refinancing deals, all agreed this year, saw Safe Bulkers extend the term of its existing credit facility with DNB (UK) Limited by two years from September 2020 to September 2022, agree a new USD 75.3 million term loan with the Royal Bank of Scotland and score a new term loan refinancing three credit facilities, worth a total of USD 44.9 million.last_img read more

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Incomprehensible failure Auditor general says federal government not improving life for Indigenous

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsThe federal government’s inability to help improve life for Indigenous people in Canada is an “incomprehensible failure,” according to the auditor general.A new scathing audit report states Indigenous Services Canada has not adequately collected data – and sometimes reported inaccurate data – about the well-being of First Nations living on reserve.With incomplete information on factors like education, income and health, Indigenous Services Canada has also failed to track the country’s progress in closing socioeconomic gaps between on-reserve First Nations and the rest of Canada, the report concludes.“There are so many discussions about the need to close the socio-economic gaps between Indigenous people and other Canadians in this country and we don’t see those gaps closing,” said Auditor General Michael Ferguson on Tuesday, after the report was tabled in the House of Commons.“We don’t even see that they know how to measure those gaps.”That also means Parliamentarians who have rubber-stamped funding for Indigenous communities have not had the full picture of life on-reserve.For example, the report states government spent $42 million over four years (2012-2013 to 2015-2016) for a First Nations post-secondary education preparation program.But auditors found only eight per cent of those enrolled actually completed program.“Despite these poor results, the department did not work with First Nations or education institutions to improve the success rates,” said Ferguson.The report also found the department reported inaccurate data to Parliament concerning the number of First Nations students who graduated high school within four years.The department reported almost half of First Nations students (46 per cent) finished high school, on average, between 2011 and 2016.However, auditors found only 24 per cent who started high school in grade 9 actually finished in four years.“These findings matter because, without complete and accurate information, Canadians, First Nations, and Parliamentarians were not fully informed about the true extent of First Nations’ education results or the education gap,” the report reads.The federal government was also “inconsistent” in its funding approach to educating students over age 21. While an elementary and secondary education program was meant for students aged four to 21, a “significant” number of students over the age limit were funded. Yet other older students wishing to return to high school were denied funding.Also, despite 30 years of federal funding to various employment training programs for Indigenous people, the report concludes the federal government failed to track whether more Indigenous people are successfully finding jobs and staying employed.“They didn’t have a definition of what sustainable employment means,” said Ferguson. “Even if somebody got a part-time job or a job for five days working on a construction project, they counted that as one of the clients getting a job, even though it’s very short-term.”Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said she welcomes the report’s findings, noting the Liberal government is working with First Nations to better track progress on closing socioeconomic gaps.Contrary to Ferguson’s characterization of the report’s findings, Philpott said the gaps are “absolutely comprehensible” considering how Indigenous programs and services have been underfunded for generations.But Ferguson said past governments are not solely to blame.The new Indigenous Services Canada department received $2.6 billion to fund its core education funding budget from the 2016-2017 fiscal year until 2020-2021. However, auditors deemed the department’s analysis to support this amount was “insufficient.”In August 2017, the federal government announced it was splitting Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada into two different departments: Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.Ferguson said this could be a step towards improving services for First Nations – but we won’t know unless there’s a way to track the outcomes.“What we really need to see is actual changes in results.”lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

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Modi to address BJP rally in Jammu on Thursday

first_imgJammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election rally in the Jammu district on Thursday, a BJP official said here on Tuesday. Avinash Rai Khanna, BJP National Vice President, said the grand start of the party’s election campaign in the region will take place from Modi’s ‘Vijay Sankalp rally’ scheduled to be held in the outskirts of Jammu city at the Doomi panchayat in Bhalwal. According to the official, Modi will seek votes for the two Bharatiya Janata Party candidates — Jugal Kishore Sharma from Jammu and Jitendra Singh from Udhampur — who are seeking re-election. Elections to the Udhampur seat is scheduled on April 11 while voting for Jammu will be held on April 18. Elaborate security arrangements are being made for Modi’s visit. An advance security liaison (ASL) team that protects the Prime Minister has already arrived here.last_img read more

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UN increasingly involved in democracy building says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spotlighted the growing trend for emerging democracies to seek help from the United Nations, in a message marking the International Day of Democracy.While democracy is considered as the optimal social and political system, the challenges to consolidating democracy around the world remain “formidable and numerous,” stressed Mr. Ban.“Demand for UN assistance with institution-building, elections, the rule of law, the strengthening of civil society and other key aspects of democracy have grown considerably,” he said on the second annual celebration of the Day. “Restoring or building new democracies, preserving fragile democracies and improving the quality of even long-established democracies requires commitment and hard work,” he added.To support the world body’s efforts in establishing democracies, Mr. Ban said he has created a set of guidelines committing the entire UN organization to principled, coherent and consistent action, and to “ensure that UN assistance truly helps to build national capacities and nurture democratic cultures.”Democracy contributes significantly to economic and social progress, international peace and security and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, said Mr. Ban, while calling for the UN to “rededicate ourselves to those principles.”Underscoring that although primary responsibility for democratic change lies within national societies, Mr. Ban said that the international community can play a vital supportive role.In a related development, the winners of a global online video competition aimed at engaging people in a conversation centred on democracy are slated to be announced at a gathering at UN Headquarters in New York today.Over 900 contestants from 95 countries submitted videos completing the phrase “Democracy is …,” with the six regional winners – ranging from a animated short film about life without free expression to a rap documentary on sound leadership – selected by the public through an online vote.Also today, a poll of 24 nations from around the world on political tolerance was released, showing that large majorities perceive people in their countries to not be completely free to express their views and that opposition parties have limited freedom to speak out.The WorldPublicOpinion.org survey is “very ambitious and representative,” Oscar Fernández-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told reporters in New York today.The poll –nearly 90 per cent of whose respondents said it is important to live in democratically governed countries – provides much “food for thought in terms of how the UN can use these findings in its actions on the ground,” he said.The Organization increasingly supports elections, but Mr. Fernández-Taranco highlighted that the world body plays a crucial post-election role by promoting good governance and respect of fundamental freedoms.At the same press briefing, Craig Mokhiber, Deputy Director, New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), pointed out that “the term ‘democracy’ has been much misused through the years.”In the UN’s view, he said, democracy encompasses free expression and opinion, equality before the law, and the will of the people as the basis of governmental authority, among others. 15 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spotlighted the growing trend for emerging democracies to seek help from the United Nations, in a message marking the International Day of Democracy. read more

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TSX Wall Street end in positive territory amid little economic news

TORONTO — North American stock markets finished the day in positive territory as traders continued to take a break amid a relatively quiet week scant of economic news.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto gained 8.96 points to 14,533.57, with advances in industrials and healthcare offsetting pressure from declining gold stocks.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 36.02 points at 18,595.03, the broader S&P 500 composite index rose 9.24 points to 2,173.02 and the Nasdaq composite was ahead 53.56 points to 5,089.93.The Canadian dollar lost 0.16 of a U.S. cent to 76.60 cents US, despite a gain in oil prices.The August crude contract was up 29 cents at US$44.94 per barrel, while the more heavily traded September contract gained 30 cents to US$45.75 a barrel.August natural gas fell seven cents at US$2.66 per mmBTU and September copper contracts added a penny to US$2.25 a pound.August gold fell $13 to US$1,319.30 an ounce. read more

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SpaceX to dock at ISS first commercial craft to do so

first_imgSpaceX, the private space transportation company, will be sending a shuttle to the International Space Station soon. As opposed to just flying close to the station in order to test its Dragon spacecraft, the mission will be a functional one. That means that the Dragon will dock on the ISS and resupply the station.This mission will effectively skip the test flight of the Dragon and the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and go straight to the docking and reentry mission. There is some added risk, but mostly for the ISS, as the Dragon is — at this stage — an unmanned capsule.The majority of the docking work will be done not by the Dragon but actually by a robotic arm on the exterior of the space station. For this the Dragon needs a high degree of accuracy in order for the arm to make a connection, but the arm will maneuver the capsule and basically plug it into the ISS. This video (MPG) shows a 3D modeled simulation of the docking procedure.We’ve known about SpaceX’s ISS mission for months now (they made the announcement on their site on April 15th) but at the time the projected November 30th launch date and the docking mission was only agreed upon in principle. At this point the deal is set and everything is go-for-launch, as they say in the industry.This is a Commercial Orbital Transportation Services mission and it’s being heralded as a major step not just for commercial space transport but for the international space programs as well.The craft will leave from Cape Canaveral on February 7, 2012, pending further safety checks and tests. It is not known what supplies the craft will be carrying.via New Scientistlast_img read more

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Des excréments humains pour faire rouler une moto

first_imgDes excréments humains pour faire rouler une motoUn constructeur de toilettes japonais, Toto, a mis au point un concept des plus étonnants : une moto fonctionnant grâce à l’énergie produite par les excréments humains ! Baptisée Toilet Bike Neo, cette moto est équipée en lieu et place de sa selle, d’un siège de toilettes.Le développement durable et la recherche d’énergies renouvelables peuvent donner lieu à de bien étranges idées. Au Japon, le plus grand constructeur de toilettes du pays a mis au point un siège permettant à une moto de fonctionner grâce aux excréments humains. Comme le rapporte en effet le site TreeHugger.com, la société Toto a crée le Toilet Bike Neo qui roule grâce au bio-gaz résultant de la fermentation des excréments de son conducteur.À lire aussiLa première station-service de “gaz de poubelle” inaugurée en MoselleCet étonnant concept, présenté sur le site Internet (lien non disponible) de la firme japonaise, a été développé dans le cadre du “Défi Vert Toto”, qui vise à réduire de moitié les émissions de CO2 émises dans les salles de bains, et ce à l’horizon 2017. Et l’originalité de la Toilet Bike Neo ne s’arrête pas là. En plus d’afficher des messages grâce à des diodes électroluminescentes, la moto émet de la musique et parle à son utilisateur, comme le font déjà d’autres modèles de toilettes de Toto. La firme entend construire un circuit de 1.000 kilomètres pour tester les performances de son incroyable moto. Mais Toto ne précise pas la quantité d’excréments nécessaire pour réaliser un tel voyage, ni les désagréments facilement imaginables, comme bien sûr, l’odeur émise par cet étrange véhicule…Le 16 octobre 2011 à 15:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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