Ford USA to Import its Cars from India Starting 2018

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OKC has ‘to play together’ to make things easier for ‘freak’ Westbrook

first_imgOKC’s Steven Adams and former NBA coach Reggie Theus during the opening of the NBA 3x in the Philippines.Oklahoma City center Steven Adams said there’s no one way to slow down Russell Westbrook’s frantic style of play and what they can do is to make things easier for their prized MVP.“The only way to lessen Russell’s workload is that everyone plays together, but it’s really not draining on Russ, he’s just a freak right,” said Adams during the opening ceremony of the NBA 3X Philippines at Mall of Asia Music Hall on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook is the second player to average a triple-double for a season after Oscar Robertson as he put up 31.6 points, 10.7 points, and 10.4 assists en route to his first MVP award.Those numbers, however, came through Oklahoma relying too much on Westbrook as the 6-foot-3 point guard led the league in usage rate.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 starsAs per, Westbrook had a usage rate of 41.7 percent, which was the highest in the league.The next most used player in the OKC roster is Adams whose usage rate is at 16.2%. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet And even though OKC just got four-time All Star Paul George, Adams doesn’t see Westbrook would try to slow his game down.The best the Thunder can do, Adams said, is to make George feel welcome in a franchise that already lost its former cornerstone in Kevin Durant.“All we got to do is make him feel welcome, make sure he’s comfortable and the rest comes down to working hard and getting better,” said Adams. “The team has to do the right things to make everyone’s job easier.”ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Phoenix slips past Alaska on buzzer beater from Phelps Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Delhi’s night of celebrity chefs

first_imgEat, Drink and Stay Svelte. That was the headline an NRI magazine gave to its story on Anjum Anand, who with her pouty lips, expressive eyes and sculpted figure is the only celebrity chef and cookbook writer who can give Nigella Lawson a run for her money.Raised in London and educated in cities around the world, the business administration major is back in the city where she waited tables at the hotel that was then named the Parkroyal. She’s here to launch her new book, Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast, which I would recommend to all those chefs who tear their hair out whenever they have to think beyond the aloo-gobhi-paneer hell for the green half of the population.Anjum will also cook one of the nine courses – paired with nine wines and music (this one’s a first) presented by B.L.O.T. and the world’s top piano maker, Steinway & Sons – that will be served at the first charity dinner in the city to raise funds for children who wish to become chefs but can’t afford the education. The dinner will also see five other celebrity chefs – four of them Michelin-starred.One of them is Vineet Bhatia, an ex-Oberoi hand, a familiar figure in Delhi and the presiding deity of the London restaurant Rasoi, whose love for squid ink matches his passion for Indian cuisine nouvelle. I remember having his take on the squid ink risotto – a seafood khichdi spiked with squid ink – at a time when Nobu was the only foreign restaurant that Delhi knew about.advertisementBhatia had then opened a restaurant at The Manor, a boutique hotel at Friends Colony West in Delhi, but the venture bombed. Ironically, at the very same spot, media-shy serial restaurant developer Rohit Khattar and his brilliant star chef Manish Mehrotra run Indian Accent with far greater success despite the initial lukewarm response.It’s been a long time since Delhi has seen so many Michelin-star chefs (the Taj hotels had flown in one such group aeons ago, when Paul Bocuse was the god of all things edible) and this remarkable showcase has been put together by Anand Kapoor, who grew up in London, lived in San Francisco, Manhattan and Lyon, practised as a sports lawyer, and now heads the Indian operations of Image Foundry, an Emmy and Bafta award-winning animation studio started in Manchester.Kapoor, who moved to India in 2006, has founded an NGO named Creative Services Support Group (CSSG) with the stated objective of spotting Indian talent for the global market. His idea of a charity, though, is very different from that of a jholawallah. “We don’t work on people’s guilt,” he says. “Charity needs to be fun and all-inclusive.”But in all the wining and dining, Kapoor doesn’t also want people to miss out on the message behind his gastronomic extravaganza. “Food and poverty go hand in hand,” he says. “There’s sex discrimination in the food industry, there are globalisation issues, but that hasn’t stopped us from creating excitement around the event.” The money raised at the dinner will help CSSG get jobs in the hospitality business for talented young people from poor families and eventually set up a training school.L’Opera, the French patisserie in the city, is partnering the NGO and Kapoor is confident that more will join to give shape to his vision of “giving opportunities to young people to stand on their feet”. You can’t divorce good food from the reality around you. Sometimes, it takes a ninecourse dinner and four Michelinstarred chefs to make the point.Making way for Cavalli CafeThe stylist door of one of the Cavalli Cafe outlets in Italy.If there’s a mall that believes in snapping up every square foot of its Italian marble floors for a new revenue-generating opportunity, it’s DLF Emporio at Vasant Kunj. Its ground floor has not only some of the top luxury brands, but also two dining options that give it an addictive permanent buzz.Cafe E opened even before the mall could sell all the stores and is now the favourite panini-andcoffee spot for fashionable ladies and families who either come to take a break from breathless shopping, or just gawk at the shoppers to keep themselves amused – there’s always an expectant queue outside the caf and invariably a scramble for chairs.Cha Shi, the south-east Asian street food cafe, was the next to follow and if it has been edged forward into the only sliver of the floor that was left unoccupied, it is because the mall is awaiting the arrival of the country’s first Cavalli Cafe, which will coincide with the opening of the Roberto Cavalli store.advertisementA Cavalli Cafe is as much a destination as any store of the high fashion brand. And if the one in Delhi is anything like the Just Cavalli Cafe at the base of the Torre Branca (Branca Tower) in Milan’s main park, Parco Sempione, imagine the kind of social tremors it will cause!As the World’s Best Bars website inform us, the floors of this “classy, glassy temple … with outlandish flourishes” are covered by “lush Oriental fabrics”, its chairs are draped by antelope fur, and gold fish swim in the finger-shaped bowls on each table. Can’t wait to see the ladies who lunch take it over!The myth of glycerin in Indian beerThe Nainital Boat House Club was one of the last pucca institutions to allow “Indians and dogs” into its hallowed premises, where even Jim Corbett was regarded with derision. And it was here that the myth of glycerin in beer was born.It all started with the entry, in the face of much opposition, of the late Col. V.R. Mohan, who presided over the transition of the then Dyer Meakin from its British management to his family. The young new entrant, who later became famous as a Rajya Sabha MP and associate of Indira Gandhi, attracted the ire of the club’s English members, who loved to needle him. One of them insisted that Indian beer was heavier than the English ones because they had glycerin and the loose bar talk became a ‘fact’.The Army contributed to the myth by teaching new officers the trick of removing the ‘glycerin’ by tipping over every bottle of beer into a bowl of water. But what comes out is hop oil, a leftover of the brewing process, and the beer becomes lighter to drink. Hops lend a hint of bitterness and flavour to beer.Another glycerin myth is that it insulates beer against bacterial activity. Pasteurisation takes care of it – each batch of beer is pasteurised at 65 degrees C for 20 minutes, which is enough to kill all bacteria.– Which is Delhi’s best smoking zone? It is has got to be the terrace that the bbar’s largest private dining room leads into. Not that I want people to smoke away their lungs, but then I’ve seen how my smoker friends suffer when they have a drink and pine for a drag. What sets the bbar terrace apart from any other smoking zone in the city is that it is not in some shady corner, but on an airy Select Citywalk rooftop that gives you a dazzling panoramic view of the lights in the malls all around you. If you choose not to smoke, you can always break away from the group with someone special (the rooftop has its fair share of intimate corners) or just bitch about those inside if you have escaped with friends.advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United’s Greenwood ‘one of best finishers I’ve seen’, says Solskjær

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Manchester United Share on LinkedIn The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Although United earned a Champions League slot through winning the Europa League in 2017, Solskjær prefers to keep his selection options open in the knowledge that wholesale changes can be a risk. “We have a big squad, and I think we ought to use it,” he said. “In this competition we’ll keep checking on who we have available and who we play in the next game. Nothing is set in stone at this stage – we will make decisions along the way.”Victor Lindelöf has signed a new contract to 2024, with United having an option to extend it by a further year. Share on Facebook Reuse this content Topics Chelsea open talks with Abraham and Tomori over new five-year contracts newscenter_img Share on Twitter Read more Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Marcus Rashford came through early as a result of being blooded through necessity in the Europa League under Louis van Gaal, and Solskjær is confident Greenwood can follow Rashford’s example. Greenwood’s first start for the club came at Cardiff at the end of last season, and in coming on against Paris Saint-Germain in March he became United’s youngest European debutant since Norman Whiteside.“He’s still very young but he’s been maturing in the last six months,” the United manager said. “When I first came here I found a kid who just wanted to play with his mates in the under-18s, but now he’s knocking on the first-team door and his appetite is growing. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him at this stage, I just want him to go out there and enjoy himself. He’ll be all right when the ball lands at his feet because he’s one of the best finishers I’ve seen, but the game is all about working hard and closing down when you don’t have the ball.“Finishing might look as if it comes naturally to Mason, but I don’t actually believe you get gifts like that from birth and I’ve seen how hard he works in training. His technique is brilliant, and that is a result of constant practice and repetition.” Share on Pinterest Ole Gunnar Solskjær has described Mason Greenwood as one of the best finishers he has seen and is ready to give the 17-year-old a first senior start of the season in the Europa League group game against Astana on Thursday.The Manchester United manager intends to make several changes, with one or two regulars nursing injuries and a testing game at West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday. Daniel James has joined Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial on the sidelines after picking up a knock in the last league match against Leicester, and Solskjær hinted that Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard and Fred are likely to face the Kazakh champions at Old Trafford.“It’s a process at this club: some of the younger players need to grow and take their first steps,” Solskjær said. “If you don’t throw them in at some point you don’t know what you’ve got. I’ve always done this wherever I’ve been, and if you have good young forward players they will win you games.” Share via Email Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Video: CFB Player Has Incredible Moment With His Dad Before Game

first_imgBreiden Fehoko does Haka with his father before LSU vs. Georgia.Twitter/Mark ClementsLSU football looks really strong right now, up 16-3 on College Football Playoff contender Georgia at home. Before the game, defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko shared an awesome moment with his father and the rest of his family.Fehoko, a former transfer from Texas Tech, is originally from Hawaii. His father Vili used to play “Vili the Warrior,” an unofficial mascot-type entertainer, at Hawaii Rainbow Warrior games.The family has since come over to Baton Rouge since Fehoko’s move to LSU, and have fully embraced the Tigers.Before the game, Breiden Fehoko and his father did an amazing rendition of the “haka” during the team’s walk to the stadium.Video, via 225 Magazine’s Mark Clements:Breiden Fehoko (@breidenfehoko4) joined his dad in the #Haka this time and it was even more awesome #LSU— Mark Clements (@MarkClements225) October 13, 2018Apparently, this has become a bit of tradition for the Fehoko family at home games. The Advocate profiled the family a few weeks ago:Before LSU games, you can often find Fehoko’s parents and brothers wearing their own leis while they wait for the Tigers to walk down Victory Hill.Before LSU’s game against Ole Miss on Sept. 29, Fehoko’s parents were at the bottom of Victory Hill like always, but this time was a little different — his father Vili doing the Haka, a traditional war cry, dance or challenge in Maori culture.“I love their culture. I love everything about it,” Orgeron said. “They bring a lot of energy. They bring a lot of family to our football team. It’s very important to us.”The Fehokos have also started making leis, which they give to Breiden, and other members of the team before games.LSU leads Georgia 19-3 late in the third quarter. This would be a monumental win for Orgeron’s program.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Kings County

first_img -30- KINGS COUNTY: Route 221 and Route 358 Traffic on sections of routes 221 and 358 in Kings County will be restricted to one lane to allow for road repairs from Thursday, July 27, until Friday, Aug. 4. The work will be taking place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Route 221 near Centerville and near Canning and also on Route 358 near The Lookoff. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593last_img

JDRF Mourns the Passing of Alan Thicke

first_imgJDRF is deeply saddened by the passing of type 1 diabetes (T1D) champion Alan Thicke.Most widely known for his acting career, including his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on the hit 1980s show, Growing Pains, Thicke was also a devoted advocate for T1D research since his eldest son, Brennan Thicke, was diagnosed 37 years ago.Thicke and his ex-wife Gloria Loring have supported JDRF as donors, fundraisers, volunteers and passionate spokespeople. Thicke was instrumental in helping JDRF establish chapters in Ottowa and Calgary in his home country of Canada and also helped the Los Angeles Chapter to grow and thrive. Thicke was active in a number of diabetes charities, including one of his own, the Alan Thicke Centre.His son, Brennan, was diagnosed with T1D at age 4 after a revelation at a family reunion. Alan’s stepmother, a nurse, noticed that Brennan was exhibiting the symptoms of type 1 diabetes – including extreme thirst and excessive trips to the bathroom. In a recent interview, Thicke described how the first months after Brennan’s diagnosis were especially stressful and scary: “After hours of cajoling and chasing him around the house I had to pin him to the floor to give him his [insulin] shot. He was kicking and screaming.” When Thicke was reduced to tears, young Brennan came to a realization. “He recognized he wasn’t being punished by getting a shot, and that the shots were hurting me almost as much as they were hurting him… That changed our whole relationship. He realized we were a team.”The Thickes’ difficulties managing T1D are all too familiar to millions of families worldwide. In recent years, research has led to improvements in treatment, including pumps and continuous glucose monitors that have offered people with T1D a better quality of life, but Thicke never lost sight of his crusade for a cure.On behalf of everyone at JDRF and the entire T1D community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Thicke’s family, friends and colleagues, and we thank Thicke for his endless support of type 1 diabetes awareness and research. Because of his efforts and those of his family beginning decades ago, countless people are leading safer, happier lives today.last_img read more

TekSavvy customers get early Christmas courtesy of the CRTC

first_img Twitter “Usually when you get an email from a company it’s some sort of spammy holiday offer these days,” said Ian McDougald, a TekSavvy customer for four years.“But it was just super refreshing to get an email saying your rates are going down,” McDougald said. Score one for the little guys.Internet users who get their connection through service provider TekSavvy got an early Christmas present this week.The company began sending emails to its customers on Monday telling them their internet charges will be going down starting in January. Login/Register With: The lowered rates are thanks to a Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission ruling from October that cut the rate big telecoms like Rogers and Bell are allowed to charge independent providers like TekSavvy, Distributel and others for access to their networks.Some of the savings from that change are now being passed along to TekSavvy customers in proportion to the size of their internet packages. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Kingsclear First Nation vows to change highway crossing that claimed young mother

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsThe Kingsclear First Nation in New Brunswick is divided.Not by politics or any particular issue – but by a highway.For years cars have been speeding through the community – and the route has now turned deadly.On September 7, a 27-year old mother was killed trying to get across.Now the community is vowing to hold a vigil at the site until the province helps to make the crossing

Fatima Nejjar and Omar Benhammad Given Two-Month Suspended Prison Sentence

Casablanca — Former MUR officials Fatima Nejjar and Omar Benhammad have been handed a two-month suspended prison sentence.Though they were initially place in detention and later granted a temporary release, the Benslimane court gave the two a suspended prison sentence and fined 500 dirhams each as of Thursday, November 24.With a suspended prison sentence, Nejjar and Benjammad will not see the inside of a jail cell, but they must not commit even the most minimal of infractions for fear of seeing actual prison time. Quick reminder: Fatima Nejjar (62) and Omar Benhammed (63), the two former vice presidents of the Movement of Unity and Reform (MUR), the PJD’s religious wing, were caught committing adultery aboard a car parked on the beach in Mohammedia on the night of August 20.Nejjar, a widow with six kids, and Benhammad, a married man and a father of seven, had reportedly been together, though they were not officially married. They had discussed the idea of marriage but had been met with opposition from other members of the PJD and their respective families. Many close to the party had evoked the idea that Nejjar and Benhammad may have been the victims of a setup aimed at creating controversy before the October 7 legislative elections. Since their temporary release, the two suspended MUR members have gotten married, though this didn’t dissuade the justice system from giving them a sentencing on Thursday. Meanwhile, if the pair was indeed sought out as part of a set up, the PJD didn’t suffer much from it, winning the October elections by a landslide. read more

Sri Lanka heavy fighting resumes after twoday pause – UN

The world body’s top relief official yesterday said that the 48-hour ceasefire in clashes between the Government and separatist Tamil rebels was inadequate in easing the plight of more than 100,000 civilians caught up in the conflict.“Unfortunately, it is also clear that not only did this not allow more civilians to get out, there seemed to be less civilians getting out during the pause than before,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters in New York.Over 64,000 people have left conflict areas, with most of them sheltering in camps and some 800 others are seeking treatment in hospitals, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. The International Red Cross said it was able to evacuate close to 1,000 people from the no-fire zone, a 14-square kilometre area in the Vanni region, during the 48-hour ceasefire, bringing the number of people evacuated since 11 February to just over 9,000.A ship carrying more than 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian supplies bound for the no-fire zone is scheduled to depart in three days.In the camps in the Vanni region, efforts to construct shelter, clear sites and provide health care, among others, are continuing, but water and sanitation services have been identified as being inadequate.According to OCHA, the continued use of schools as sites for internally displaced persons (IDPs) continues to strain education services in the district, affecting both uprooted students and host students.Mr. Holmes, who said he would have preferred a longer pause in fighting, said yesterday that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) prevented civilians trapped in the no-fire zone from leaving during the ceasefire.“Civilians should not be used as pawns or human shields in this way,” he stressed, calling on the LTTE to allow safe passage out of the no-fire zone to those who wish to leave. 16 April 2009After the end of the two-day lull in fighting in northern Sri Lanka, intense fighting – including small arms fire, mortar fire and aerial attacks – has been reported in the so-called no-fire zone, the United Nations said today. read more

Regulators find lots of fake news aimed at stock investors

Regulators find lots of ‘fake news’ aimed at stock investors by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2017 4:59 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – “Fake news” is not limited to presidential politics and conspiracy theories. Investors also have to be on the alert for stock promotions masquerading as unbiased reports online.Federal regulators have brought civil fraud charges against 27 businesses and individuals for deceiving investors into believing what they were reading on websites were independent, impartial analyses of stocks.The writers were secretly paid for writing the bullish articles, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday.More than 250 articles had false statements attesting that the writers hadn’t been compensated by the companies they were writing about, the agency said in a series of orders and lawsuits.One writer was said to have used at least nine pseudonyms as well as his own name. One of the phoney identities was “an analyst and fund manager with almost 20 years of investment experience.”By law, a company paying someone to publish or publicize articles about its stock must publicly disclose the payments.“Our markets cannot operate fairly when there are deliberate efforts to reach prospective investors with positive articles about a stock, while hiding that the companies paid for those articles,” Melissa Hodgman, associate director of the SEC’s enforcement division, said in a statement.The SEC also issued an investor alert warning that articles on an investing website that appear to be an impartial source of information or that provide commentary on several stocks may be part of a paid stock promotion that hasn’t been disclosed. People should never make an investment based only on information published on an investment research website.Of the 27 businesses and individuals charged, 17 agreed to settlements calling for penalties and restitution ranging from $2,200 to about $3 million, the SEC said. Cases are pending against the other 10. The 10 companies, stock promotion or communications firms are Lidingo Holdings, CSIR Group, DreamTeam Group, Mission Investor Relations, QualityStocks, Dunedin, Galena Biopharma, ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Lion Biotechnologies and Lavos. read more

Perpetrators of mass rapes in Guinea must be brought to justice stresses

“It is equally crucial that all victims, other witnesses and their families are afforded full protection and that no effort is spared to ensure their safety throughout this process. Known abusers must not be allowed to hold positions of authority,” said Zainab Bangura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.“Addressing these atrocities is crucial for fostering reconciliation, for trust in the justice system, and for a durable peace,” she added in a statement. On 28 September 2009, civilians organized an opposition rally in a soccer stadium in Conakry when Guinean security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing at least 150 and resulting in the rape and sexual abuse of 109 women.Lieutenant Colonel Moussa Tiegboro Camara was charged earlier this year by a national court for the atrocities – including mass rape – committed that day. Earlier this month, Colonel Abdoulaye Chérif Diaby, former Minister of Health, was also indicted for his alleged responsibility in the events. “It is important that these and other charges are processed swiftly and thoroughly, as justice in Guinea has already been delayed for too long,” said Ms. Bangura. “Although Lieutenant Colonel Moussa Tiegboro Camara earlier this year was charged for his role in the massacre, to date not a single perpetrator has been convicted.”The envoy, who was appointed in June, added that her office is committed to supporting the Government’s efforts to address impunity for sexual violence and to ensuring that such atrocities are never repeated. read more

Venezuela A worrying destabilizing factor in the region Bachelet tells Human Rights

The UN rights chief cited reports of numerous violations and abuses by security forces and pro-Government armed groups, including the excessive use of force, killings, arbitrary detentions, torture, threats and intimidation.She said her Office was continuing to investigate reports of “possible extrajudicial executions by security forces”, naming the Special Actions Force or FAES, as reportedly responsible for killing “at least 205 persons. A further 37 were reportedly killed in the course of January 2019 in Caracas”, she added.“It appears that some of these killings have followed a similar pattern. They take place during illegal house raids carried out by the FAES, which subsequently reports the death as resulting from an armed confrontation – although witnesses report the victims were unarmed,” said Ms. Bachelet.I am also concerned about increasing restrictions on freedom of expression and of the press in Venezuela,” she said, “and the allegations that the authorities have arbitrarily used the law against hatred, adopted in November 2017, to prosecute journalists, opposition leaders and anyone expressing dissenting opinions.”Divisions are exacerbating an already critical situation” the rights chief said, arguing that there was “a need for common agreement on a political solution by all stakeholders, with actions to improve a wide range of urgent human rights issues. I call on the authorities to take steps to demonstrate their real commitment to addressing the many challenging issues reported across the country.”Minimal progress on accountability in Sri LankaTurning to Sri Lanka, Ms. Bachelet said that despite progress on some issues, “there has been minimal progress on accountability” including on setting up a special judicial mechanism to deal with the worst crimes committed during the 2009 conflict between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the north-east of the country.“Continuing impunity risks fuelling communal or inter-ethnic violence, and instability”, she spelled out, calling for the establishment of an independent Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a vetting process to remove officers with questionable human rights records.“This Council continues to have an essential role in accompanying the Government and people of Sri Lanka in their journey towards realizing the dignity, and rights of all members of society, irrespective of their sex, ethnic origin or belief”, she concluded.A ‘glimmer of hope’ in Yemen’s ‘dire situation’On Yemen, Ms. Bachelet noted that while the fragile ceasefire in Hudaydah presents “a glimmer of hope”, the situation across the rest of the country is “dire’.Salaries of teachers, doctors, nurses and other public employees have gone unpaid for years – UN rights chiefMore than 24 million people need aid, with 14.3 million in acute need, she told the Council. Moreover, basic resources have become “a luxury that few can afford”.“Salaries of teachers, doctors, nurses and other public employees have gone unpaid for years” she stressed.Meanwhile, “periodic airstrikes, shelling and landmines continue to kill and maim civilians” and children continue to be conscripted or enlisted into armed forces or groups, she added.The UN rights chief expressed particular concern about a recent escalation of hostilities in Hajjah governorate, where preliminary reports indicate that 22 people were killed earlier this month and thousands of families displaced.“All States, including those not involved in the armed conflict, have the obligation to take measures to ensure that parties to a conflict respect the Conventions”, she stated, calling “conditioning, limiting or refusing arms transfers” one such measure. Amid a protracted crisis from a faltering economy, political instability and violent anti-Government demonstrations, a technical team of five OHCHR staff members are currently touring the country, which rights chief Michelle Bachelet, described as “a positive first step”.She highlighted “dramatically” deteriorating “economic and social rights”, exacerbated by the recent electricity blackout and expressed concern about the “continued criminalization of peaceful protest and dissent”. read more

David Brown and Santasalo merge to create new global force in gear

first_imgDavid Brown and Santasalo, two of the world’s leading mechanical power transmission companies merged on June 1 to create David Brown Santasalo, a new, truly global force in the gear industry. With more than 1,000 employees, seven major manufacturing plants and 23 service centres across six continents, the business is ideally equipped to serve its growing customer base in commodities, marine, defence, power, industrial and consumer end markets.The statement said: “With over 150 years of gear engineering leadership and substantial geographic expansion over the last decade into high growth countries such as China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, David Brown Santasalo is well positioned as a world leader in its field. Under Clyde Blowers Capital ownership, David Brown Santasalo has benefitted from significant investment in world-class manufacturing, new product development and service centre expansion. Through its highly responsive and capable local teams, David Brown Santasalo brings the connectivity and responsiveness to support the specific needs of over 5,000 customers worldwide.”Thomas Burley, Chief Executive Officer, David Brown Santasalo explains: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead a business with such a diverse, international team. We now combine extensive sales and service presence in all regions with a world-class engineering and manufacturing capability. David Brown Santasalo covers varied end markets including naval ships, minerals processing and the manufacture of a wide range of pulp and paper products. Across all these markets, our core differentiator is our fundamental capability to design and engineer gear systems for the world’s most demanding applications. We are committed to maintaining and growing this through continued investment in our people and manufacturing capabilities over the coming years.”Burley said that the strategy comprises three main elements: “To continue to expand our sales and service network, becoming ever more local to our diverse customer base. To use our in depth gear engineering knowledge to enhance our product offering and support our customers in their end markets. To invest further in world-class manufacturing, ensuring we have full production capability in key regions to meet the growing demand for our products.”Jim McColl, Chairman and CEO, Clyde Blowers Capital adds: “In bringing together David Brown and Santasalo, we have created a large scale industrial gearing business with proven management, highly complementary products, a unique global service network and increasingly efficient manufacturing. Whilst both have progressed well independently, we now have a business with all the necessary attributes to further grow and develop as an industry leader. Clyde Blowers is committed to invest in the business over the coming years, including acquisitions that further enhance its position in key markets. We look forward to continue working with the leadership team at David Brown Santasalo, as we have done successfully to reach this stage.”last_img read more

PenAir Looks At Expanding Flights In Homer

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Peninsula Airways, also known as PenAir, is looking at leasing space at the Homer Airport. PenAir filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, in August 2017, allowing them to restructure their business model and continue operating. On May 4, Peninsula Airways, Inc. applied for the sublease at the rate of $38,125 annually to be paid in equal monthly installments of $3,177 per month. The lease includes space for a ticket office and baggage area for the airline. The Homer City Council approved a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday, May 29, approving a 26-month sublease at the Homer Airport. PenAir intends to offer flights on its Saab 340 aircraft between Homer and Anchorage starting in September if a final lease agreement is reached. PenAir plans to release a decision mid-June on whether the company can commit to the lease agreement with the City of Homer.last_img read more

The Race For The Rest Of Us Benefits American Cancer Society

first_imgDoug Hogue, the owner of Kenai River Brewery: “As soon as I heard the idea I was all over it. I think it’s an amazing thing, and I knew we would be able to raise a lot of money for a good cause.”  Johna Beech, lead state volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network: “I am so excited for this it’s on Sunday, August 12, the Brewery to Bathroom .5k run. It’s called the race for the rest of us.” Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m., on August 12, at the Kenai River Brewing Parking Lot. The race will start at 11:30 a.m., and will go from KRB to the Soldotna Creek Park bathrooms and back. There will be refueling stations, and rest breaks throughout the short .31mile course. Beech: “All proceeds go to benefit the Relay for Life of the Kenai Peninsula, we are very excited for this race. There is going to be a prize for the very last person to cross that finish line that will be amazing and awesome.”center_img A $20 donation per individual is requested for registration or a $50 donation for a family registration (2 adults, 2 children, $5 each additional child). Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Brewery to Bathroom .5k (no that decimal isn’t a typo) “The Race for the Rest of Us” is a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of the Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more

No 2 Louisville Rolls Past No 15 Syracuse 7651

first_imgStory Links Box Score (PDF) Highlights Durr scored the first 10 points for the Cardinals. During an 8-0 run, junior Bionca Dunham scored two baskets at the rim to give Louisville an 18-4 lead. Dunham ended her foul-troubled night with nine points and four boards. Walz Postgame Video Durr/Shook Postgame Video After making their first three shots of the quarter, Syracuse finished shooting 1-for-11. The Cardinals stepped the fourth quarter with a 70-42 advantage. Louisville expanded on their lead in the second quarter. The Cards cashed in on Syracuse’s mistakes, scoring 14 points off turnovers in the opening 17 minutes. Syracuse has a reputation of forcing turnovers, but head coach Jeff Walz said that wasn’t their only focus in preparation coming in. Redshirt senior Arica Carter capped the opening quarter with a 3-pointer, giving Louisville a 30-17 lead.center_img Senior Asia Durr finished the night with 15 points while sophomore Dana Evans added 12. Both guards added four assists. “We also knew we had to score. That’s one thing when you play Syracuse, you have to be able to put the ball in the basket,” Walz said. “Defensively, I thought we did a good job of not letting them get comfortable.” By the halftime buzzer, UofL held a 21-point lead. Junior Kylee Shook tallied her third double-double, posting 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Photo Gallery The low-post pair of Shook and senior Sam Fuehring guided the Cards during a shooting slump to start the third quarter. The two combined for six points and six rebounds to keep Louisville thoroughly ahead. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Second-ranked Louisville (22-1, 8-1) barreled past No. 15 Syracuse (17-5, 6-3) 76-51 at the KFC YUM! Center. The 25-point victory balloons Louisville’s winning streak to eight. Louisville shifts their attention to Virginia Tech for a quick turnaround. The Cards travel to Blacksburg, Virginia Sunday, Feb. 10 for a noon tipoff. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Playing We Are Chicago is Almost Like Living There

first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic Stay on target While I’m now a proud resident of New York City, Chicago has played a big role in both my life in general and my career as a games journalist specifically. I lived near the Second City for four years going to journalism school at Northwestern. I frequently ventured into the city for nerdy events like C2E2 and Cards Against Humanity meet-ups. I was just familiar enough with the city to be disappointed by how badly Watch Dogs bungled it. And my feature on the robust Chicago indie game scene is still one of my prouder achievements.However, despite all that Chicago means to me, I can’t say I’m from Chicago. I’ve never really lived there. That’s a different experience, an experience a group of Chicago developers at Culture Shock Games tried to capture with the new adventure game We Are Chicago, out now for PC and Mac.We Are Chicago’s basic mission hasn’t changed that much since I first went eyes-on with it a little over a year ago. It’s a first-person adventure game with branching story and dialogue options reminiscent of a Telltale game. But instead of navigating Batman’s Gotham City or The Walking Dead’s zombie apocalypse, players spend a week in the life of a teenage Black dude in Chicago’s rough South Side.There are a few plotlines players watch unfurl over the 1-2 hour runtime. Friends get involved with gangs. Work and household chores suck. Family and financial drama distracts you from studying the tests you need to ace to get into a good school. And there’s a big poetry slam coming up. But these aren’t meant to be gripping, compelling storylines. Instead, they add texture and realism to the world. Some don’t even really pay off. Not everything in life is dramatically satisfying. You and your single mom and little sister hear a gunshot, never know what happened, and move on with your day. In a way it reminded me of Fruitvale Station, or at least the majority of the film spent living a day in the life of Oscar Grant before tragedy struck.The game also does an impressive job looking and feeling and sounding like a South Side Chicago neighborhood, and not just because basically every character is Black (although that does help). The architecture looks right. There are metal detectors in the school. Some voice actors are more naturalistic than others but none sound distractingly out of place. There’s not enough music but what is there is on point. The relaxed pacing feels right for a city that can’t help but be influenced by its Midwestern surroundings.Most importantly, the dialogue does an admirable job of conveying its intended messages while not being too didactic. This is ultimately an after school special of a game. You can donate real money to real Chicago charities within the game’s fake Chicago. But basing much of the writing off of interviews with real Chicago community members paid off big time. Even the Luke Cage-esque respectability politics of some of the older characters annoyed me in the same way it does in real life when parents complain rap music ruining the youth.All this goes a long toward making me forgive We Are Chicago’s technical shortcomings. There are some cool stylistic touches, particularly when it comes to transitions between days, but this isn’t a particularly pretty game, and not just in terms in subject matter. I get the developers were going for realism both in the writing and visual presentation, but even AAA game still can’t deliver wholly realistic characters with all the resources in the world. The characters here look like Sims you’re seeing too close up. A more stylized look may have been the better choice for these indie developers.The game also didn’t run fantastic on my pretty powerful laptop. It’s annoying but not a deal-breaker since it’s not like this low-key narrative game relies on split-second actions. Besides, Telltale’s games are also technical messes, and they have money to license Guardians of the Galaxy so what’s their excuse?If you want to play a video game that looks at a city as something other than a sandbox for Grand Theft Auto mayhem, give We Are Chicago a shot. It may be our last chance to remember the Windy City before the Feds crack down to make it “great again.”last_img read more