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Standhardinger is expected to play despite an aching shoulder on Wednesday, when the Filipinos battle the winner of the Korea-Japan match, which was being played at press time on Monday, according to a report by TV5’s Jutt Sulit.“No matter what, pain or no pain, I will play on Wednesday when it really counts,” said the 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who sat out his first game in two tournaments with Gilas because of a severe stiff neck and sore shoulder.Standhardinger, who is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, said that the injury occurred after a rugged win over Iraq, when “somebody hit me in the back and I heard it pop.”The Koreans have a history of inflicting heart-rending defeats on the Filipinos and actually own a win the last time the two countries met, in the Jones Cup in Taipei, recently.In that game, the Philippines made just 1-of-26 from three-point distance in an 83-72 defeat that took the Filipinos out of the title hunt.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “You all know that had we played Korea or Japan tonight, we would be headed home,” Reyes told his players after they blew a 17-point lead and had to withstand a furious finish by the Qataris behind guard Mansour Elhadary.“No way we’ll win like that,” Reyes was quoted in a story sent by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which is providing details of Gilas games as no Philippine-based publication managed to beat Lebanon’s visa deadline on time.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 starsUsing speed yet again to win a third straight game and playing without big men Christian Standhardinger and June Mar Fajardo, Gilas took command early but then had a cold spell in the fourth quarter, allowing the Qataris to come dangerously close.Matthew Wright and Terrence Romeo quelled the last of the Iraqi uprisings with timely hits from the outside. Wright finished with 25 points built around seven triples, while Romeo made his only two field goals of the night inside the final three minutes. Gilas Pilipinas players and coach Chot Reyes (right) pose for photographs on a makeshift stage outside Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. Behind them are Filipino supporters as they celebrate their victory over Qatar, 80-74, in the Fiba Asia Cup on Sunday. Photo from Fiba.comA huge number of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) celebrated with Gilas Pilipinas on Sunday night after the Filipinos topped Group B in the Fiba Asia Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals outright.But coach Chot Reyes was quick to remind his gung-ho wards that the way they played in a narrow 80-74 win over rugged Qatar won’t be enough to get the job done when they clash with either Japan or South Korea in the win-or-go home stage on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Flying V, Cignal eye PBA D-League title slots Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Gilas didn’t shoot that bad against Qatar, but it had 17 turnovers and couldn’t play solid-enough defense as Elhadary got away with 23 points and almost won it by himself for his team in the endgame.PBA DraftMeanwhile, the Philippine Basketball Association is now accepting applications for the 2017 Rookie Draft, slated Oct. 29 at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita.The Commissioner’s Office set the deadline for submission of applications and requirements for half-Filipino players on Sept. 1.Local-born aspirants have until Oct. 12 to apply.After a preliminary list of rookie hopefuls with foreign blood is released, there will be a month-long period to contest an applicant’s eligibility.Rickie Santos, deputy commissioner for basketball operations, said the Draft Combine— which serves as a test to determine the skill set and physical and abilities of the players— will be scheduled on Oct. 23 to 26, with the venues still to be finalized.The final list of candidates for the Rookie Draft will be known Oct. 27.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
Hours after Dallas was defeated in Green Bay, the player at the center of that game’s most memorable sequence spoke for millions of other football followers than just the Cowboys and their frustrated fans.“We lost and I accept it,” wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeted, “but please change that rule.”His leaping 31-yard reception on fourth down landed at the 1 in the waning minutes, but the call was overturned by a Packers challenge and Green Bay took a 26-21 victory to the NFC championship game.Dallas had many other opportunities to win and the rule was widely deemed to be interpreted correctly, so the latest NFL controversy wasn’t about a team getting a raw deal from the refs.Rather, this was the conundrum: a spectacular catch that passed the eye test for most people watching, but failed to satisfy the league’s complex rule book. The spotlight Sunday fell on Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 1:“If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball throughout the process of contacting the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.”The biggest beef raised by Bryant and the Cowboys was that the ball only came loose when it hit the ground near the pylon.He had full possession as he took his stumbling steps toward the goal line, but because by definition he was considered to still be falling then that didn’t count toward completion of the catch.The rule was put in place to make such calls easier for officials on the field. The league’s vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, said that Bryant’s “football move” of stretching his arm toward the goal line was not obvious enough.“If we make this a catch, then where do we draw the line with a lot of other plays where it’s clearly incomplete by rule?” Blandino said on the NFL Network. “It can be become even more inconsistent.”Since this happened at such a pivotal point of such an important game, strict parameters will likely stay in first place on the public’s list of gripes for a while. There are worthy competitors for the most rued rule, though:— Excessive celebration.New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham’s signature crossbar slam dunk in the back of the end zone was the most recent creative act to land on the no-no list.Entertainment is what pulls so many millions of people into these games each Sunday during the season, and the NFL’s various attempts to limit on-field flamboyance following touchdowns or even sacks have triggered many a complaint. The derisive “No Fun League” nickname rose out of this eye-rolling exasperation decades ago.— Defensive pass interference.The NCAA’s punishment is 15 yards, but the NFL puts the ball at the spot of the foul, even if that happens to be inches from the end zone after a 40 or 50-yard penalty.Without replay reviews allowed in these cases and much contention about what’s allowable for down-field contact and what’s not, the pass interference flag is perhaps the most debated in the sport. So there’s no worse feeling for the offending team, or its fans, to see the opponent get first and goal with disagreement with the call in the first place.— Tackling.Everyone is for player safety, of course, and the frightening amount of post-career health problems in this violent game have prompted the league to tighten standards for pressuring the quarterback, bringing down the ball carrier and covering the receiver.With the crackdown on hard hits, especially those to and with the head, has come confusion from defensive players in recent years about what they’re allowed to do to keep the offense from beating them. Slowing by a half-step in this ultra-fast sport to make sure a tackle or a hit is legal will inevitably lead to a whiff and a long gain.There are always contrarians to the consensus, of course.NFL analyst Cris Carter, the Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver, said on ESPN radio that he’s a strong proponent of the process-of-catch rule. “It really helps clear it up,” Carter said. “Hand the ball to the referee.”Rules that might have outlived their usefulness or become unnecessarily unwieldy to most were once installed for legitimate reasons.In 2010, a few weeks after a controversial incompletion that went against Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions, a similar non-catch to Bryant’s, NFL competition committee Co-chairman Rich McKay acknowledged the difficulty of the rule.“It was made for on-field officials,” McKay said, “not as much for people watching on TV.”(DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS – An 84-75 pasting by the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa Vitoria on April 19 in the Euroleague basketball tourney has cost Panathinaikos’ Serbian coach Aleksandar Djordjevic his job.“Panathinaikos BC announces the termination of its contract with Aleksandar Djordjevic,” the club said on their official website (www.paobc.gr) after the outcome gave Laboral a 3-0 win in their best-of-five quarterfinal series.Djordjevic, who was on the 1992 Euroleague champion Partizan Belgrade as a player, led Serbia to the World Cup silver medal in 2014 and rose to prominence.He briefly played for the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA and took over Panathinaikos in June, 2015, after taking Serbia to a fourth place finish in the European tourney.TweetPinShare0 Shares
HMD Global has launched a number of phones this year and some of them have piqued our interest quite a bit. Among them, the Nokia X6 has been particularly interesting as it’s the first Nokia phone with a display notch and has been widely appreciated by fans around the world. In fact, following its China debut, a poll was conducted by HMD chief Juho Sarvikas on whether to bring the phone to other market. The result was decisive that fans wanted to see the X6 outside China as well. Following a Bluetooth certification listing, the Nokia X6 has now been spotted on Nokia’s Global website, suggesting a global launch is now imminent.Firstly, the listings on Bluetooth certification sites suggests two global variants of the Nokia X6 with model numbers TA-1083 and TA-1116. The latter model was also spotted in Russian and Taiwanese websites, which hints that these markets will see the X6 soon. The global Nokia website has also listed the Nokia X6 now, but there is no word yet on which markets the phone will reach first. There is also no clear indication of the phone coming to India as of now.Nokia X6 design and specsThe biggest highlight of the Nokia X6 is its design as it is the first Nokia phone to sport a display notch. The 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio with over 85 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The Nokia X6 sports Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back making up 95 per cent of the entire phone. The company says the glass body comes with a sleek frame and a compact form factor that makes it easy to hold.advertisementPowering the mid-range smartphone is a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is the same chipset found inside the Redmi Note 5 Pro. All three storage variants support storage expandability up to 256GB via microSD card. Apart from a fingerprint sensor, the phone also supports face recognition. The dual-SIM Nokia X6 houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging and also supports Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.In terms of optics, the Nokia X6 brings a dual rear camera setup which includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor, which definitely looks more attractive compared to the Nokia 6 (2018) which comes with a single rear camera. Up front, you get a 16-megapixel sensor. The cameras get some AI support as well which helps improve image quality and bokeh effect.Nokia X6 priceThe Nokia X6 has been priced in China starting at starting at CNY 1299 (approx Rs 13,800) for the 4G + 32GB variant, CNY 1499 (approx Rs 16,000) for the 4GB + 64GB model, and CNY 1699 (approx Rs 18,000) for the 6GB + 64GB version. If the phone does come to India, you can expect a similar mid-range pricing which would mean the X6 could replace the Nokia 6.1 or it could slot somewhere between the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7 Plus.
Austria Wien 1 AC Milan 5: Calhanoglu and Silva lead brilliant Rossoneri to victory Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 02:53 15/9/2017 Getty Images Andre Silva hit a hat-trick, aided by the marvellous Hakan Calhanoglu, as AC Milan blew away Austria Wien at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion. Hakan Calhanoglu and hat-trick hero Andre Silva starred as AC Milan bounced back from their first defeat of the campaign with the 5-1 thrashing of Austria Wien in their Europa League Group D opener.The Rossoneri shot out of the blocks in Vienna as Calhanoglu netted the opener before twice laying on first-half goals for Silva, who completed his treble after the break, with substitute Suso adding a fifth.Vincenzo Montella’s men had made a bright start to the season, with six straight wins including Europa League qualifiers, but that run was halted in spectacular fashion with a 4-1 Serie A loss at Lazio on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing However, returning to the full draw of European competition after three years away, Milan hit their stride again here with a dominant display.Wien simply had no answer for Calhanoglu or the movement of forward pair Silva and Nikola Kalinic – making his full Rossoneri debut – in a one-sided opening 45 minutes, but they did muster a response shortly after the restart with Alexander Borkovic’s header.Silva’s third – his fifth of the campaign – followed, however, and Suso arrived from the bench to instantly add his own name to the scoresheet, capping a fine win.1 – André Silva is the first AC Milan to score a hat-trick in European competitions since Kaká vs Anderlecht in 2006. Tris #AustriaWienMilan pic.twitter.com/DlmaZ3SXgh— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 14, 2017Only a smart low Osman Hadzikic stop kept Calhanoglu from opening the scoring with Milan’s first attack after he had ghosted onto the end of Ignazio Abate’s cross.But the Turkey international did not have to wait long to break the deadlock, leading a counter and trading passes with Kalinic before blasting a strike across Hadzikic into the top-right corner.And Calhanoglu was quickly involved again to tee up the second. Refusing to give up on Franck Kessie’s pass, the former Bayer Leverkusen man scooped the ball away from Abdul Mohammed to slip in Silva for a cool finish.Gianluigi Donnarumma was almost caught out by Christoph Monschein’s touch from a Raphael Holzhauser free-kick, but yet another Calhanoglu-inspired break soon led to the third goal before the 20-minute mark.Another wonderful pass picked out Silva on the run, with Kalinic this time peeling away to create a distraction, and Hadzikic was easily beaten again.These two seem to be on tonight! / Attenti a quei due! #AUSACM 0-3 pic.twitter.com/FidKqmBLiy— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 14, 2017Wien kept the visitors out until the interval, though, and then, after testing Donnarumma through Lee Jin-Hyun, hit back with a stooping Borkovic header.Kalinic and Calhanoglu each then fired efforts off target, but it was Silva, receiving a cute Kessie pass, who restored the three-goal lead and earned the matchball with Milan’s first European hat-trick in almost 11 years.Suso – Kalinic’s replacement – had been on the pitch for just over a minute when his long-range blast deflected off Mohammed and over Hadzikic for the fifth and final goal. Key Opta stats: – The last time AC Milan scored 5+ goals away from home in European competitions was in October 1993, against Copenhagen.- The Rossoneri have scored 15 goals over the five Europa League matches they have played this season, conceding only one in the process.- Hakan Calhanoglu has both scored and delivered an assist for the third time in European competitions: the previous two were for Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 (vs BATE Borisov) and 2015 (vs CSKA Moscow).- Suso netted his first goal in Europa League, he already featured in this competition, with Liverpool back in 2012-13. read more
June 4, 2014 zoom Kitty Petra, Tidal Transit’s fourth Personnel Transport Vessel [PTV], set sail yesterday from Alicante to make her debut in Southampton on Berth V34 at Seawork International 2014.She will be formally handed over to Tidal Transit by Mercurio Shipyard where she was built, at 3:30 pm on 10th June 2014.To mark the occasion, a reception will be held on board at 4:00 pm on 10th June, when Tidal Transit is teaming up with Mantsbrite, (the company that has supplied and fitted all the highly technical electrical equipment on the bridges of Tidal Transit’s PTVs), which is celebrating its 50thAnniversary.The charter demand for the latest generation of offshore wind farm PTVs from Tidal Transit enabled the company to commission the construction of this fourth vessel, which has been built to the same specification as her three sister vessels, Ginny Louise, Tia Elizabeth and Eden Rose.Confirming the departure of this latest vessel for the UK, Leo Hambro said:“Kitty Petra will join her sister vessels in the service of the global offshore wind energy sector, where transporting technicians to the wind farms for construction and operation and maintenance work will create a high demand for safe, reliable vessels for many years to come.”Tidal Transit has an option with Mercurio Shipyard for a further six vessels, and plans for further vessel build contracts are now well in hand.
Nova Scotia’s final farewell to the Rendez-Vous 2017 (RDV 2017) Tall Ships Regatta will take place in Annapolis Royal on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Eight tall ships, including Bluenose II, Bowdoin, Lord Nelson, Picton Castle, St. Lawrence II, When and If, HMCS Oriole, and Wylde Swan, are scheduled to leave Digby Wednesday afternoon for an arrival at Annapolis Royal between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. How close the ships can safely get to Annapolis Royal depends on the weather. The final decision as to how far each of the tall ships is comfortable sailing on the Annapolis River will be made by the captain of each vessel Wednesday afternoon and should be announced no later than 2 p.m. subject to changing conditions. Waterfront Development, in partnership with local organizations, has arranged for viewing of the tall ships on several large screens in Annapolis Royal. Visit rdv2017ns.ca for more information or Waterfront Development social media accounts at facebook.com/MyWaterfront and twitter.com/My_Waterfront .
Hip hop artist and South Florida native Flo Rida was the celebrity principal for the day at Miami Edison Middle School to celebrate its victory in the Get Schooled Diplomas Now Attendance Challenge earlier this week.Flo Rida and Ace Hood Rock Da HouseCredit/Copyright: Thaddaeus McAdams/ExclusiveAccess.NetHe was joined by rapper Ace Hood as the two recognized the enormous efforts of students and staff at the school. The Attendance Challenge, sponsored by Get Schooled and Diplomas Now, inspired every single student at Miami Edison Middle School to improve his or her attendance, resulting in a 2.89% improvement in the school’s attendance this spring. Overall, all 21 schools participating in the Attendance Challenge saw an average increase of 2.27% in their attendance, with some schools increasing their attendance by as much as 8% to 13%.Flo Rida and Miami Edison studentCredit/Copyright: Thaddaeus McAdams/ExclusiveAccess.NetFlo Rida, a product of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said, “It makes me so proud to be at Miami Edison Middle School and to see the great work of the educators and students in preparing our Miami youth for great success in high school, college and career.”Flo Rida Gets SchooledCredit/Copyright: Thaddaeus McAdams/ExclusiveAccess.Net“The students at Miami Edison are destined for great things,” added Ace Hood, who graduated from Deerfield Beach High School in Broward School District. “It was so inspiring to be here today and meet students that are so dedicated to their education and futures.”Studies by Robert Balfanz, co-founder of Diplomas Now and co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, have linked chronic absenteeism to decreases in school achievement, high school graduation and even college preparation. Get Schooled, a national non-profit, and Diplomas Now, a partnership among The Johns Hopkins University’s Talent Development Secondary, City Year, and Communities In Schools, designed the challenge to offer the Diplomas Now national network of schools an engaging and motivational program to increase attendance rates this spring.“The opportunity to take on a Get Schooled Attendance Challenge came at just the right time for our Diplomas Now program. Our data across our 30-school network indicated loudly and clearly last year that we had to do something catalytic this spring to meet that challenge,” said Charles Hiteshew, CEO of Talent Development Secondary. “An Attendance Challenge between our Diplomas Now schools was just the ticket.”Students and educators at Miami Edison were focused on winning the top prize from the first day of the Attendance Challenge. Everyone focused on bringing up the school’s attendance, reaching weekly averages as high as 98.2%, and staff motivated individual students to come to school. Student leaders also got in the act, using daily announcements and in-class presentations to motivate students to improve their attendance.“At Miami Edison, we are focused on helping our students find success. The Get Schooled and Diplomas Now Attendance Challenge gave our students and staff the opportunity to show their strength in coming together around educational goals,” explained Keith Anderson, principal of Miami Edison Middle School. “Winning the Attendance Challenge was a team effort by everyone involved, and demonstrated to our students that they have the potential to achieve their goals through their hard work.”
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to release its election manifesto on Hindu New Year, however, a party source told the Millennium Post that the Prime Minister’s office is yet to confirm.In 2014, the manifesto was released only on the morning of the first day of polling for the first phase. Avoiding the erstwhile situation, the saffron party had launched a mega drive this time, in the month of February – ‘Bharat Ke Mann Ki Beat’ – where BJP has taken public opinion to make the final ‘Sankalp Patra’. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Union Minister and former party president Rajnath Singh is the manifesto team chairman. Suggestions from citizens received in the boxes on the more than 300 mobile video raths and feedback received through other means like emails and public meeting-level consultations in all states are expected to be in by the end of March. A ‘Special Focus’ on the growth of the economy, farmer’s welfare and national security, nationalism is being given this time, party sources said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn 2014 ‘Sankalp Patra’, the party mentioned its intention to increase public spending on education, universalise secondary schooling (Class IX and above) and a range of reviews and reform of existing schemes and programmes. Further, special emphasis was given on vulnerable children and especially those belonging to the vulnerable communities like SCs, STs, OBCs, migrants, slum dwellers, street dwellers and those with disabilities. Girl child education, public spending on education would be raised to 6 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product and involving the private sector on this and other important issues were also in priority for the last Lok Sabha election. But this time, the defence infrastructure, mechanism of tackling terrorism, employment generation etc. are likely to be part of the ‘Sankalp Patra’, confronting the opposition’s election manifesto. Apart from the platform of the election campaign, BJP is likely to highlight the PM Kisan Nidhi Samman scheme.
Last year’s pARTners for Change event raised about $6,000.Future Visual Arts students at Brock will benefit from an art auction on Friday.The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Brock are hosting pARTners for Change, a one-night fundraiser that benefits student Visual Arts scholarships at Brock.The event will showcase art from Brock students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community, said Keri Cronin, associate professor and chair of Visual Arts. The auction is great way to get impressive art for a relatively low price.“People can expect to see great art, great artists and a good night out,” she said. “It’s a great community-building event.”The event also benefits programs offered through OPIRG’s InfoShop in downtown St. Catharines. This is the second year Brock and OPIRG have partnered on the event, Cronin said.Available work will include paintings, drawings and photographs. Last year, it raised $6,000.“I’d love to top that, but really, every dollar raised goes a long way toward students and community support,” she said.The auction will be Friday, Dec. 2 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Rise Above restaurant and bakery at 120 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. The art is currently available for preview at Rise Above.
The second meeting of the preparatory committee for the two-phase World Summit on the Information Society – to be held in Geneva 10-12 December 2002, and in Tunisia in 2003 – kicks off Monday in Geneva. Participants will begin consideration of a draft declaration and Action Plan on ways to bridge the “digital divide” created by the explosion of new information and communication technologies during the past two decades. The declaration and Action plan will be submitted to world leaders expected to attend the Summit.This session of the preparatory committee will run through 28 February, and include, during its opening week, a number of workshops, panels and discussions which will focus on critical issues to the development of an information society for all.
Kosovo’s minorities lack access to education, health services and equitable employment, stated a report issued today by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).The report says one concern is primarily the minority Serb and Roma populations, which find it harder to move around freely and therefore to live normal lives in Kosovo where ethnic Albanians are an overwhelming majority.Despite three internationally supervised elections in which the all residents chose their municipal and central leaders, there has been no “fundamental” improvement in the overall welfare of minority communities, the assessment concluded. Consequently, only a small number of minorities who fled Kosovo in 1999 have returned.Within the overall framework of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the OSCE plays the leading role in matters relating to institution- and democracy-building and human rights.
The experts are former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari, former Governor-General and High Court judge of New Zealand Silvia Cartwright and former President of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission Asma Jahangir.“I am proud that three such distinguished experts have agreed to assist this important and challenging investigation,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “Each of them brings not only great experience and expertise, but the highest standards of integrity, independence, impartiality and objectivity to this task,” she added in a news release.The Sri Lankan Government declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people. The final months of the conflict had generated concerns about alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. The UN Human Rights Council, stressing the need for justice and accountability, decided in March of this year to open an investigation into the reported abuses.According to the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR), the investigation team will consist of 12 staff, including investigators, forensics experts, a gender specialist, a legal analyst and various other staff with specialized skills. It will be operational for a period of 10 months (up to mid-April 2015).The three experts will play a supportive and advisory role, providing advice and guidance as well as independent verification throughout the investigation. “Once again, I encourage the Government and people of Sri Lanka to cooperate fully with this investigation which can help shed light on the truth, and advance accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that the investigation would still go ahead undeterred if such cooperation was not forthcoming.
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The importance of visibility in the supply chain for automotive manufacturers and ways to improve flexibility have been discussed by participants at today’s SMMT International Automotive Summit.Ian Henry, Director at AutoAnalysis, suggested that supply chain visibility is usually lacking among OEMs due to secrecy surrounding suppliers which can often operate within an organisation. He suggested that this was also exacerbated due to the complex nature of international supply chains.Contrary to this, CSC Supply Chain Practice Leader, Jeremy Hammant stated that supply chain visibility issues are close to being solved in the majority of cases. He claimed that a limiting factor is uncertainty of how to interpret the information gained from making the supply chain more visible.Hammant believes that manufacturers should use supply chain visibility to manage costs and make real-time routing decisions in order to allow more flexibility within a manufacturer, depending on customer priorities and possible supplier issues.He also stated that manufacturers would increase functionality if they collaborated more effectively with suppliers, and claimed that 95% of manufacturers expect to collaborate more in the future, and yield strategic rather than tactical relationships.
HOUSES ON low-lying coastlines or close to rivers which have an experience of flood difficulty will have their home’s history taken into account when being charged the property tax.The Revenue Commissioners, who will operate the scheme, said homes which had difficulty getting insurance because of their recent vulnerability to flooding – which has reduced the value of their home – would have that reflected in the amount they were asked to pay.Revenue chairperson Josephine Feehily told the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee yesterday that the self-assessed tax would allow homes with a particular vulnerability to climate conditions to lower (or raise) the value of their homes accordingly.The clarification is now to be added to the Frequently Asked Questions on the tax available on the Revenue website.The first forms asking householders to declare the estimated value of their homes are to be sent on the week beginning March 11.The forms asked homeowners to estimate the value of their home, and also to claim a deferral for paying the tax if they are eligible to do so – such as if they are the executor of an estate or the home is in the process of being sold.In cases where homeowners do not submit an estimate, Revenue’s own estimate – which is less likely to take account of factors such as a flood risk – will be the default valuation on which the tax will be deducted.Revenue is making arrangements to allow the tax to be paid in lump sums or to be deducted from PAYE income and social welfare payments were appropriate.Read: Here is what the new Local Property Tax form will look like
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After a contraction in May, Australia wide retail spending rose 0.6 per cent to $23.2 billion in June, twice as quickly as estimated by experts. Most of the growth is due to spending on furniture, floor coverings and clothes.In the meantime, the average number of newspaper and online job advertisements rose to 133,300 in July from a month earlier to finish the 12-month period four per cent higher, according to ANZ’s monthly survey.Source: The Australian
Cristiano Ronaldo hopes AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain isn’t severely punished after receiving his marching orders after an altercation with the referee.Mario Mandzukic’s header opened the scoring early on and Cristiano Ronaldo finished it after Higuain saw his penalty saved by Wojciech Szczesny.“I am very happy, especially for the team, because playing away to Milan is always very difficult,” CR7 told Football Italia.“Winning 2-0 at San Siro is no mean feat. It was important to win because Napoli beat Genoa last night and we had to keep our distance.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The tension got to Higuain, who was sent off for screaming at the referee and then completely lost control, having to be dragged away in tears.“I told him to calm down, as he risked an even heavier ban. He didn’t do much, he was irritable at losing the game, that’s understandable and I hope he is not punished too severely.”Juve returned to winning ways after losing to United in the Champions League and manager Allegri was delighted his players learnt from the defeat.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Members of the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence Project donated 40 Thanksgiving baskets to families in need, Thursday.The recipients were grateful for the help in putting together a holiday meal.“This is a blessing for me, I appreciate it,” said recipient Willy Hall. “I’m an old man on fixed income, so it’s nice that they have a nice place like this.”Each basket came with a turkey and the trimmings.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.