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San Beda loss woke up Letran, says Quinto

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Maybe, the Lord really wanted those games for us,” he said.The Knights will next brace for contenders San Sebastian and Lyceum for their upcoming games next week. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “This started from the game against San Beda. They woke us up so that we’ll get a chance to the Final Four,” he said.From a 1-3 record, Letran has nabbed wins over Arellano, St. Benilde, and the latest, a 63-61 squeaker over Perpetual on Friday to rise to solo third place.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 starsThrough that stretch, the Knights have also unearthed valuable contributors from the bench like Jeremiah Taladua, King Caralipio, and Christian Balagasay.Quinto himself has found a way to be more effective as he let senior Rey Nambatac took much of the mantle. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Bong Quinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter three straight wins, Letran seems to be finally getting its groove  midway through the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Bong Quinto believes that the Knights’ disheartening 81-74 loss to San Beda two weeks back was the turning point for them as they took the defeat to their fierce rivals to heart.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical adviserscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo #KicksStalker: Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant collaborate for Kyrie 3 ‘Bruce Lee’ “I saw that the defense of our opponents is really focusing on Rey, so I thought that I needed to help him and I do that on defense,” he said.The 20-year-old, though, isn’t letting up on his offense and on Friday, Quinto tallied 14 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, including the game-winning drive with 12.6 seconds left to push his side up by two.But Quinto still shared the credit to Nambatac, who trusted him the rock in the waning seconds of the game.“Maybe it just so happened that I got the ball. It wouldn’t have happened if Rey didn’t trust me enough, so I didn’t want to fail him,” he said.Quinto is optimistic that just like this game, chips will continue to fall on Letran’s way going forward.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Hero Motorsports begin Dakar expedition with ‘Afriquia Merqouga Rally’

first_imgHero MotoSports Team Rally, the motor-sport division of the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL), is geared-up to start its exciting quest to Dakar 2018, with the first DAKAR SERIES race – ‘Afriquia Merzouga Rally’. The rally, open to motorcycles, quads and Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs), will be held from May 7-12 in Morocco.Close on the heels of back-to-back impressive performances – Dakar in January, podium finish at the Desert Storm in February and victory at the India BAJA in April- the Team is set to take its winning momentum to the Merzouga Rally.Making its second consecutive appearance at Afriquia Merzouga, Hero MotoSports Team Rally will field a full strength team, with both the riders – Indian ace C.S. Santosh and Portuguese supercross star, Joaquim Rodrigues.While C.S. Santosh will make a much-awaited comeback to rally racing, after missing the India BAJA, his co-rider Joaquim Rodrigues or ‘JRod’ as he is popularly known, will look to build on his winning momentum from the India BAJA 2017, which took place in Rajasthan in April.Running under the aegis of the DAKAR SERIES since 2016, the eighth edition of the Afriquia Merzouga Rally involves six days of racing in south-east Morocco, including 1200 kms of fully off-road specials. This year, 145 vehicles ( 88 bikes, 23 quads and 34 SidebySide) for a total of 178 competitors will be at the start of the Rally.Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., said, “Merzouga Rally will offer a good platform to evaluate the physical and technical strengths of the team, so that necessary course corrections can be made, if any, for the Dakar 2018. It has just been a year since the formation of our team and we are excited by the impressive performances so far. We are looking for another 100% finish rate this year.”advertisementMr. Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, “We are excited to be back in full strength. Santosh has recovered well and it’s good to see him on the bike again; JRod is in good form. All the team members, the bikes, spares and assistance vehicles have arrived in Morocco and the final preparations are underway.”C S Santosh, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, said, “I have made immense progress in the past couple of months and I am glad to be back here with the team. I have been training with some great people and working on all the aspects, be it body or mind or motorcycles. However, I am going into the Merzouga Rally with the expectation of learning and having a great time being back to racing on my bike.”Joaquim Rodrigues, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, said, “It has been a great start to the year. The recent victory at the India BAJA Rally has given me a fresh boost of energy and I am really excited to be back at Merzouga Rally. I am happy with my recent performances and hoping for a good result here as well.Also Read: 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car rally flagged off at India Gatelast_img read more

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Fit-again Gareth Bale looking for successful season with Real Madrid C.F.

first_imgReal Madrid C.F.’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale will start the new football season under pressure after missing the end of his club’s successful last campaign with an ankle injury while players such as Marco Asensio and Isco took the chance his absence gave them to stake their claim for a regular first team place.Now, Bale is back training with the Spanish and European champions and hoping for better luck as he prepares to start his fourth campaign at a club where he is constantly under the spotlight, reports Xinhua news agency.”Last season the pain in my ankle made it hard for me to be fully fit, but I am able to go flat out in pre-season,” he said in an interview with Spanish sports paper Diario Marca.”My ankle hurt last season, but you always want to be back in the side. Maybe I should have taken more time to recover and not force my return, but it doesn’t hurt me now, my ankle is strong and I am ready,” said the 28-year-old.”Everything went well until January, but it was bad luck and you can’t avoid injuries in football,” he said, explaining he has worked “12 hours a day” to be fit in time for the UEFA Champions League final, which was played in Cardiff.”It was incredible to be able to raise the Cup in front of my family and friends. But now I want to have a good pre-season and to start 100 per cent fit, because when I came back last season I was only 50 per cent fit.”advertisementThe former Tottenham Hotspur F.C. star was asked about his future amid constant rumours of interest from a few English Premier League (EPL) clubs, but he said he had “signed a long contract with Real Madrid” and was “happy” at the club.”I am a British player and they will always talk about me returning home. It happened with David Beckham and other English players who came here. But I am happy at Madrid and there is no offer to buy me and so there is nothing to talk about,” he explained.last_img read more

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FA Malaysia cancel first of two women friendlies with India

first_imgThe Malaysia Football Federation has cancelled the first of two friendlies between Indian women and Malaysia, where were to be held on July 29 and July 31.According to FIFA rules, there ought to be a two-day gap between two friendlies but FA Malaysia had given only a one-day break.FA Malaysia confirmed the same through a tweet.WOMENS MATCH BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND INDIA TOMORROW CANCELLED, THE MATCH ON MONDAY REMAINSRead more at https://t.co/oJmugJGqMP pic.twitter.com/LS5UP74rvT- FA Malaysia (@FAM_Malaysia) July 28, 2017India had a practice match with Malaysia on Friday which they drew 2-2.Trailing at the interval, India equalised through Mandakini Devi before Kamala Devi put them ahead. However, Malaysia pulled another back in the dying moments of the game and the match was a draw.India women were playing their first series of friendlies for over four years. Maymol Rocky is their head coach, the first-ever woman coach of an Indian senior national team.The 22-member squad is as follows:GOALKEEPERS: Panthoi Chanu, Roshini Devi.DEFENDERS: Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Umapati Devi, Dalima Chhibber, Radharani Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Tony Devi.MIDFIELDERS: Premi Devi, Prameshori Devi, Lochana Munda, Sanju, Mandakini Devi, Ritu Rani, Bindyarani Devi.STRIKERS: Bala Devi, Kamala Devi, Anju Tamang, Dangmei Grace, Pyari Xaxa, Kashmina.last_img read more

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Former NBA star Miller to visit India to promote Basketball

first_imgMumbai, Oct 26 (PTI) Former American basketball player and NBA star, Andre Miller will pay his first ever visit to India to promote the game in the country.”Im looking forward to my first visit to India to see firsthand how the NBA has been developing basketball in the country,” said the 6ft 3inches tall star, who will also appear as a guest analyst on TV show Around The the Hoop.”I understand theres a lot of potential in India, and Im excited to contribute to the growth of the sport,” said Miller, who ranks ninth on the NBAs all-time assist leaders.Millers itinerary also includes a visit NBA Basketball school in Delhi on October 30. NBA had launched its elite basketball training center at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports complex in Delhi in the month of May. Sim Bhullar, Bruce Bowen, Muggsy Bogues, Chris Bosh, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Seth Curry, Pau Gasol, Robert Horry, Dwight Howard, Robin Lopez, Brian Shaw, Shawn Marion, Jason Richardson and Kevin Durant are some of the players who have visited India since 2006.In fact, Durant was the first active NBA player to visit the facility in July this year. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

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‘Cristiano has been Cristiano when it matters’

first_imgGiorgio Chiellini acknowledges that when Juventus have needed Cristiano Ronaldo the most this season, “Cristiano has been Cristiano” for the Bianconeri.The Portuguese superstar was snapped up by the Serie A champions in an effort to bring even more match-altering ability onto their books.He has not disappointed, with 13 goals recorded across all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The most recent of those came in a Boxing Day meeting with Atalanta, with Ronaldo required to step off the bench in that contest after being handed a well-deserved rest.He was introduced in the 65th minute with Juve down to 10 men and trailing 2-1.Within 13 minutes of entering the field, the 33-year-old had grabbed a leveller and preserved Juve’s unbeaten record in the Italian top-flight.Bianconeri skipper Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia after another vital contribution from an illustrious team-mate: “This year there have been three moments in which we were in difficulty and behind in the game – the matches against Napoli, Empoli and Atalanta.“It is no coincidence that in these three games, Cristiano has been Cristiano.“Ronaldo is a decisive player, we knew it: in the fundamental moments he manages to bring out that extra something he has inside.“He was given a rest because you cannot always be at the top when you play so many games, but you can be decisive when playing 20 and he has shown that.”While welcoming the odd break, Ronaldo will be hoping to find himself back in the Juventus starting XI when they play host to Sampdoria on Saturday in what will be their final outing of 2018.Massimilano Allegri’s side head into that game sat nine points clear at the top of the Serie A table and yet to come unstuck through 18 fixtures.last_img read more

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Redmi Go vs Samsung Galaxy J2 Core vs Nokia 1: Price, specs of Android Go phones compared

first_img Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 08:11 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi Go has been launched at Rs 4,499 in India.The Galaxy J2 Core and Nokia 1 are also Android Go phones running Android Oreo (Go edition).All three Android Go phones come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.Xiaomi on Tuesday announced its cheapest smartphone yet as the company aims to continue capturing a bigger and bigger piece of the Indian smartphone market. The Redmi Go is Xiaomi’s first Android Go phone that aims to attract feature phone users who are ready to enter the smartphone segment. Android Go as a program was initiated by Google for markets like India where there is still a large base of feature phone users and consumers looking for affordable smartphone.During the launch of the Redmi Go, Xiaomi took aim at the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core and Nokia 1, which are two other Android Go phones that were launched in India last year. Xiaomi suggested that the Redmi Go offers better specifications at a more affordable price than the Galaxy J2 Core and Nokia 1. We take a look a whether that is indeed true by quickly comparing the prices, specs and features on offer.Redmi Go vs Galaxy J2 Core vs Nokia 1 price in IndiaThe Redmi Go has been launched at Rs 4,499, making it Xiaomi’s cheapest smartphone yet. It also makes the Redmi Go one of the cheapest Android Go phones in the market. In comparison, the Nokia 1 was launched at Rs 5,499. At the time of launch, HMD tied up with Reliance Jio to offer a cashback of Rs 2,000 to users, effectively bringing the price down to Rs 3,499. The Nokia 1 is currently selling for Rs 4,999 on Nokia’s online store. The Galaxy J2 Core was launched in August 2018 at a price of Rs 6,190, which made it one of the more expensive Android Go devices. The Galaxy J2 Core is currently selling at Rs 5,999 on Samsung’s online shop.advertisementRedmi Go vs Galaxy J2 Core vs Nokia 1 specs and featuresAs Android Go phones, the Redmi Go, Galaxy J2 Core and Nokia 1 come with bare-boned, entry-level specifications. All three phones offer no more than 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. However, the Redmi Go will likely get a 1GB/16GB variant in the near future. They all run on Android Oreo (Go edition), which brings a set of preloaded Google Go apps like Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go and so on. These apps and more Go-based apps in the Play Store have been stripped down and optimised to work smoothly on devices low on storage and memory.In terms of design, the Redmi Go and Galaxy J2 Core offers candy bar designs, but the Nokia 1 is far more compact and pebble-shaped. The Nokia 1 gets the smallest display of them at 4.5 inches, while the Redmi Go and Galaxy J2 Core get 5-inch displays. One of the big differences between the Redmi Go and the others is that Xiaomi’s entry-level phone comes with a sharper 720p HD resolution. The Nokia 1 and Galaxy J2 Core get FWVGA (480×854) and qHD (540×960) resolutions, respectively. The Redmi Go and Galaxy J2 Core are powered by quad-core chips with a clock speed of up to 1.4GHz. The Redmi Go gets a Snapdragon 425 chipset, while the Galaxy J2 Core uses Samsung’s own Exynos 7570 SoC. Meanwhile, the Nokia 1 is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor.As far as optics go, both the Redmi Go and Galaxy J2 Core offer an 8MP primary camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The Nokia 1, on the other hand, sports a 5MP primary camera with LED flash and a 2MP selfie camera.The Redmi Go also gets the biggest battery at 3,000mAh capacity, which given the specs, should deliver an impressive battery life. In comparison, the Galaxy J2 Core and Nokia 1 come with 2,600mAh and 2,150 batteries, respectively.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go quick review: Affordable and seems apt for first-time smartphone buyersALSO READ | Nokia 1 review: Not ready to Go just yetGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy J2 CoreFollow Redmi GoFollow Android GoFollow Nokia 1 Redmi Go vs Samsung Galaxy J2 Core vs Nokia 1: Price, specs of Android Go phones comparedDuring the launch of the Redmi Go, Xiaomi took aim at the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core and Nokia 1, which are two other Android Go phones that were launched in India last year.advertisementlast_img read more

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Family doctor tells BC inquest teens have right to privacy about their

first_imgVICTORIA — The family doctor who delivered Elliot Eurchuk as a baby and saw him as a patient until 18 months before his death told a British Columbia’s coroner’s inquest that teens have the right to privacy about their medical issues.Dr. Marjorie Van der Linden testified she spoke with Eurchuk about the risks of overdose associated with using street drugs, but he defiantly denied using drugs.The 16-year-old was found unresponsive in his bedroom on April 20, 2018, and the coroner’s jury has heard he died of a drug overdose.Van der Linden told the five jurors that she encourages teenage patients to discuss health issues with their parents, but some are not comfortable discussing matters like birth control or abortion.Eurchuk’s parents have said they were restricted from helping their son with his addiction issues because privacy laws prevented the sharing of medical information.Dr. David Harrison testified he became Eurchuk’s family doctor in July 2017 and found it unusual that the teen asked for a prescription for the opioid Percocet on his first visit to help ease pain from recent shoulder surgery.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BJD Patkura contestant dead

first_imgBhubaneswar: Bed Prakash Agarwal, veteran BJD leader and its candidate for Patkura assembly seat in Odisha for the ongoing elections died Saturday following protracted illness, his family sources said. He was 82. Agarwal, who was unwell for quite sometime and undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, breathed his last in the morning, they said. He is survived by wife, two daughters and a son. A host of dignitaries including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled his death. Describing Agarwal as an able organiser, Patnaik said his death was an irreparable loss. “His (Agarwal’s) organisational ability and dedication for the welfare of the public will be remembered for ever. He was also a close associate of Biju Babu (Biju Patnaik),” he said in his condolence message to the bereaved family. BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda tweeted “Saddened to hear of the passing of Bed Prakash Agrawalji, former finance minister of Odisha, current MLA of Patkura in my Kendrapada (& again a BJD candidate now).” Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan too condoled the death. “Saddened by the news of senior leader Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s demise. I pray for the departed soul,” he said in a twitter post. Agarwal, a six time MLA, was a close confidante of the legendary Biju Patnaik and had been a minister in Odisha. He was the sitting MLA from Patkura assembly constituency, which he had won in 2014 election. BJD had fielded him from the seat once again in the politically sensitive Kendrapara district this time. Bijoy Mohapatra, who is the BJP candidate at Patkura against Agarwal, also expressed grief over the passing away of the veteran leader.last_img read more

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Labgrown meat companies see opportunity for growth research in Canada

VANCOUVER — Canadian companies plan to serve up chicken, beef burgers and mouse-meat cat treats in the coming years, all without the need to slaughter a single animal.Entrepreneurs see an opportunity where there’s been a dearth of lab-grown meat startups that proliferated in the U.S.Cellular agriculture takes cells from animals and grows them to create milk, eggs, meat or other products. Proponents argue the method is kinder to animals and the environment.“There was an opportunity here in Canada, just because the field is still so undefined, to really create a presence here and to try to drive it forward,” said Lejjy Gafour, co-founder of Edmonton-based Future Fields.Gafour started the company in 2017 with his friend of more than a dozen years, Matt Anderson-Baron, who holds a PhD in cell biology.They’re working on creating two products: a serum that feeds the cells to help them grow, and chicken meat.Gafour estimates — conservatively — that the chicken is five to seven years away from being ready for public consumption, while the serum will be finished sooner.Future Fields wants to stock Canadian grocery shelves first, unlike many companies that eye the U.S. market for their debut. Gafour adds the caveat that the plan depends on how regulations unfold in both countries, as well as the company’s relationships with American partners and other companies.Appleton Meats in Vancouver wants to create a beef burger without cows.Sid Deen started the company at the end of 2017 and it’s conducting a lot of primary research that will lead to product development.“We are looking at the cell types, the ability to grow them, to expand them and to get viable meat out of it,” said Deen, who serves as CEO.Appleton is testing different prototypes and anticipates its product will be selling within three to five years — though, depending on how the research pans out, it could be something other than a burger.He would like to see the product sold domestically, but isn’t opposed to stocking U.S. stores.“I think it would be nice to have a Canadian company do this in Canada and provide it to a domestic market,” he said.Companies aren’t just focusing feeding humans.Two Torontonians started Because Animals, which is working to develop pet food using cellular agriculture, in 2016. Though it’s based in Delaware, the company conducts a lot of its research in Canada, CEO Shannon Falconer said.Because Animals recently announced its first prototype for a cat treat made of field mouse meat produced using cellular agriculture.“Now we have to work on scale,” said Falconer, as well as going through regulatory challenges in order to start selling the product, which makes it difficult to predict when it will appear on store shelves.Because Animals will debut a cultured protein dog treat, that uses nutritional yeast rather than animal cells, this May and a cultured protein dog kibble in the fourth quarter.Those products will likely launch in the U.S. first, Falconer said. That and the company’s decision to headquarter in the U.S. is partly due to the country being the largest pet food market, she said, though the company is working toward selling its pet food in Canada too.It can be more difficult to find investors as a Canadian company, said Gafour, as venture capitalist money tends to be concentrated in America. There also seem to be more investors with a lot of experience in the bio-technology industry in the U.S., he said.Deen thinks people tend to underestimate the value of Canadian entrepreneurship and many companies turn to the U.S. because they believe there’s more infrastructure there.Both Future Fields and Appleton are privately funded, with Future Fields looking for institutional and partner investors, and Appleton planning to start a funding round in a year or so.While Canada may not be as flashy as its southern neighbour, said Deen, the country does provide a lot of support.And, at least for Gafour, the lack of population density and other companies doing similar work in the country isn’t necessarily a bad thing.“Absence of things is both an opportunity and a risk,” he said, adding it may be easier to acclimatize a smaller population to the notion of eating lab-grown meat.“We definitely have the talent here to be able to create an industry such as this and to also own it.”Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterAleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

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Markets update

On the markets at 9:55 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 3.79 points to 15,066.95.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 16.14 points to 21,828.23.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 0.65 of a point to 2,444.69.The Nasdaq composite index was up 1.14 points to 6,279.55.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.79 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 79.59 cents US.

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In GSP Plus assessment EU finds insufficient progress in Sri Lanka

The Government has issued a standing invitation to all UN special procedures and several have visited the country. EU-Sri Lanka relations have also been rejuvenated and regular dialogue takes place under the 1995 Cooperation Agreement, including annual meetings of the Joint Commission and its working groups. This includes the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law, and Human Rights, which has already met twice. It is the first time a Sri Lankan Government has entered into human rights dialogue with the EU. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka was readmitted to GSP+ as from 19 May 2017.  A GSP+ monitoring mission took place in Sri Lanka from 5 to 13 September 2017, including a visit to Jaffna.The report notes that the Government embarked on an ambitious reform agenda, recalibrated its foreign policy to re-engage with the wider international community, instituted significant improvements in fundamental freedoms, and committed to the development of a sustainable macroeconomic strategy.The Government set out a programme of major reforms to address reconciliation and accountability, democracy, the rule of law, better governance and economic development. Sri Lanka has re-engaged with the international community and made a series of impressive commitments to national reconciliation, as articulated in its co-sponsorship of Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 (2015) on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. There has been insufficient progress on a number of major issues such as the continued use of torture, the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and its replacement with counter-terrorism legislation that is in line with international standards, the amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure to include the right of detainees to immediate access to legal counsel, the return of land occupied by the military, and establishing the truth about the fate of the missing and disappeared persons during the civil war and its aftermath.GSP+ preferences for Sri Lanka were withdrawn in 2010 due to significant shortcomings in the country’s implementation of three UN human rights conventions. The European Union (EU) has found that there has been insufficient progress on a number of major issues in Sri Lanka since the unity Government took office 2015.At a discussion on the implementation of the General System of Preferences (GSP Plus) in Sri Lanka, a report to the EU Parliament last week noted that two years on, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe National Unity Government is struggling to deliver on all aspects of its far-reaching reform agenda. As stated in the February 2017 report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, overall, some progress has been made in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, but many of the reforms the Government has committed to have stalled or sufficient progress was not made. In particular, the report notes that in the former conflict areas, there is disappointment over the slow progress in implementing UNHRC resolution 30/1. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball falls to Wisconsin in straight sets

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John’s Arena. Credit: Massarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerAfter beating Iowa in convincing fashion on Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was hoping to build some momentum and end Wisconsin’s nine-match winning streak.But the No. 16 Buckeyes (22-8, 11-7) were unable to complete the season sweep and stop the red-hot No. 10 Badgers (22-6, 14-4) on Sunday afternoon, falling in straight sets (25-21, 25-16, 25-21).Despite three blocks from junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and a game-high 16 digs from junior libero Valeria León, OSU simply couldn’t slow down Wisconsin until it was too late. The Badgers attacked at a .321 percentage and blocked 11 shots in their victory.Wisconsin junior middle blocker Haleigh Nelson proved difficult to contain, as she notched 12 kills on a .579 hitting percentage, while blocking six shots to lead all players with 17 points.OSU also had a tough time dealing with All-American junior setter Lauren Carlini, who picked up a double-double with 38 assists and 10 digs.Despite solid performances from Sandbothe (nine kills, .364 attack percentage) and senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (eight kills, .533), the Buckeyes’ offense struggled as a whole, hitting at a lowly .205 rate for the match.After picking up a career-best 29 kills on Wednesday against Iowa, freshman outside hitter Audra Appold built of that success early on, as she had five kills give OSU a quick 11-8 lead in the first set. But Wisconsin made adjustments and locked down Appold and the Buckeyes for the remainder of the set, battling back to take the lead and pull away late in the set.It was another outside hitter, senior Elizabeth Campbell, who got hot in the second set, picking up seven of her nine kills for the match. The teams were locked in a back-and-forth affair for the first half of the second set, finding themselves tied up at 13. However, the Badgers flipped the switch at that point, going on a 12-3 run to close out the set and put the Buckeyes in a hole that proved to be insurmountable.The third frame turned into a defensive battle, as both teams hit .139 and blocked five shots. As such, it proved to be the tightest set of the match as OSU fought to force a fourth set. But with the score tied at 20, Wisconsin went on another run, closing the match out on a 5-1 tear. Things are not likely to get any easier for the Buckeyes when they return to the court on Nov. 25. They are set to play their final road regular-season game against No. 3 Minnesota. OSU lost its first matchup with the Golden Gophers in five sets to open up Big Ten play. First serve is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Minneapolis. read more

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Cadenas with 18 Spaniards waiting EURO 2016

Spanish NT head coach Manolo Cadenas choose 18 players for the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, where Spaniards will meet Slovenia, Germany and Sweden in Preliminary Group.Goalkeepers: Arpad Sterbik (HC Vardar), Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (FC Barcelona), Rodrigo Corrales Rodal (Orlen Wisla Plock)Wings: Christian Ugalde Garcia (MKB Veszprem), Valero Rivera (HBC Nantes), Victor Tomas (FC Barcelona)Left backs: Viran Morros de Argila (FC Barcelona), Antonio Garcia Robledo (MOL Pick Szeged)Playmakers: Raul Entrerrios Rodriguez (FC Barcelona), Joan Canellas (THW Kiel), Niko Mindegia Elizaga (MOL Pick Szeged), Juan del Arco Perez (El Jaish)Right backs: Eduardo Gurbindo Martinez (FC Barcelona), Alex Dujshebaev (HC Vardar), Jorge Maqueda Peno (HC Vardar)Line-players: Julen Aginagalde (KS Vive Tauron Kielce), Rafael Baena (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Gedeon Guardiola (Rhein-Neckar Löwen) ← Previous Story Slovenia and Macedonia 28:28 in Krško Next Story → Strong Germany beat Tunisia in warm-up for EURO 2016 read more

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GOGcom launches 290 game Epic 2010 Holiday Sale

first_imgIf you need some games to play over the holiday period, and in particular have a middle-of-the-road PC you rely on to play games with, GOG.com has you covered.Today the digital classic gaming portal has announced a sale of epic proportions, and rightfully given it the name “Epic 2010 Holiday Sale.” In total there are 290 games with up to 50% off the usual price.AdChoices广告Classic games of note in the sale include:Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic EditionPlanescape: TormentBaldur’s Gate 2 CompletePsychonautsBroken Sword 3: The Sleeping DragonAnother World: 15th Anniversary EditionFar CryGothicUnreal Tournament GOTYTom Clancy’s Ghost ReconBut lets face it, with 290 games on offer you will find something that you can get lost in for a couple of days or weeks.Sale prices are in effect already and will remain until January 3 at 11:59pm EDT.Read more at GOG.comlast_img read more

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In Other News

first_imgOfficials named Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph as the preferred location to base the first Advanced Pilot Trainer (T-X), which will replace T-38C Talon aircraft at existing undergraduate pilot training installations. Basing the T-X at JB San Antonio, home to Air Force instructor pilot training, is an essential step to establishing a T-X instructor pilot pipeline, according to a press release. The selection also sets the conditions to transition to T-X training at the other flying training locations, including Columbus AFB, Miss.; Laughlin AFB, Texas; Sheppard AFB, Texas; and Vance AFB, Okla. The first T-X aircraft are expected to arrive at JB San Antonio in 2022. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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Road restoration works left midway

first_imgQuthbullapur: The road repair works at Qutubullapur came to a standstill. The road was dug up to lay water pipelines a few months ago. The work resulted in potholes and is uneven.No official has bothered to complete the road, which is causing a lot of distress to local residents and motorists. During night times it gets more difficult to travel as there is less visibility and chances of tripping are more, according to Rohan, a local. The locals over here had complained to the authorities concerned about this perennial problem several times and also asked them to construct a proper road in this area, but no step has been initiated as yet.last_img

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Budget today Big expenditure limited income

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationFinance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is presenting the national budget for the 2019-20 financial year in parliament today, Thursday. The size of the budget is estimated to be around Tk 5.23 trillion (Tk 5,23,300 crore).While the size of the budget has expanded, the budget speech is to be much shorter than in the past.The massive budget has expectations of high expenditure, but the government’s income capacity has decreased. The new finance minister has stiff challenges ahead. The main problem is the failure in collecting necessary revenue. Added to that is the fragile state of the financial sector.Revenue challengeWith the inclusion of grants, the total estimated income of the coming budget is likely to be Tk 3.82 trillion (Tk 3,82,000 crore). Of this, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) will have to collect revenue of Tk 2.26 trillion (Tk 2,26,000 crore). Another Tk 150 billion (Tk 15,000 crore) is supposed to come from taxes outside of NBR and Tk 380 billion (Tk 38,000 crore) from various duty and tariff.While NBR had the revenue target of Tk 2.96 trillion (Tk 296,000 crore) this fiscal, this was reduced in the amended budget to Tk 2.80 trillion (Tk 280,000 crore).However, in the first nine months of the financial year, NBR managed to collect Tk. 1.530 trillion (Tk 153,000 crore). It is uncertain as to whether it will be able to meet the rest of the target, Tk 1.27 trillion (Tk 127,000 crore), in the remaining three months.A large part of the total revenue is Value Added Tax (VAT). The VAT and Supplementary Duty Act 2012 will come into effect from 1 July. There will be four levels of VAT in the new law. The finance minister has announced that 10,000 university students will be appointed on a part time basis to collect these taxes. He is also considering using them to identify new taxpayers.Speaking to Prothom Alo on the matter, former caretaker government advisor AB Mirza Md Azizul Islam said the tax net must first be expanded. There is no alternative to this. There are many people in the villages too now who are eligible to pay tax, but the government hasn’t reached them.Mirza Azizul Islam felt that revenue collection with increase further if, in the case of corporation tax, manipulations to evade payment can be halted.He said, on one hand an establishment doesn’t have VAT registration, or even if it does have the registration, it doesn’t use an electronic cash register (ECR). Or it imports a certain product, but has a different product on the records so as to evade tax. Revenue income will increase if this could be prevented.Expenditure questionsIn the current fiscal, the size of expenditure in the budget has been reduced to Tk 4.65 trillion (Tk 4,64,573 crore) to Tk 4.43 trillion (Tk 4,42,541 crore). In that sense, the coming budget is Tk 806.49 billion (Tk 80,649 crore) or 18 per cent higher than the last budget.Of the total expenditure, Tk 3.10 billion (Tk 310,000 crore) is non-development expenditure). Of this, interest to be paid on domestic loans is Tk 530 billion (Tk 53,000 crore) and interest to be paid on foreign loans is Tk 40 billion (Tk 4000 crore). And around Tk 600 billion (Tk 60,000 crore ) will be spent on salaries and allowances of government officers and employees.A question that looms large is about the quality of Annual Development Programme (ADP) implementation. The total development expenditure or ADP in this budget is estimated to be Tk 2.120 trillion (Tk 212,000 crore).Chief economist of the World Bank Dhaka office, Zahid Hossain, told Prothom Alo, there are many examples in the country of the expenditure not being made properly and not being made in time. For instance, the DEMU (Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit) train that was purchased six years ago, is just lying idle.He said, “I read in the media that BRTA is to purchase 700 vehicles for driving tests. Such decisions are taken with no consideration for national interests. That is why priorities must be determined at first before fixing the expenditure. It must be noted as to whether the expenditure will contribute to growth and help in poverty alleviation.”Loans to meet deficitAs always, in this budget too, the deficit will remain 5 per cent of the GDP. That means the deficit could stand to be Tk 1.450 trillion (Tk 145,000 crore). It is being estimated that the size of the GDP will increase from this fiscal’s Tk 25.36 trillion (Tk25,36,000 crore) to Tk 28.86 trillion (Tk 28,86,000 crore) in the coming fiscal.Sources say that the government will adopt certain measures to meet the deficit. Firstly, it will take foreign loans of Tk 750 billion (Tk 75,000 crore). The remaining deficit will be met by domestic loans. This includes Tk 470 billion (Tk 47,000 crore) as loans from the banking sector.And Tk 300 billion (Tk 30,000 crore) from outside of the banking sector will be procured by selling savings certificates. This year the target had been to sell savings certificates worth Tk 260 billion (Tk 26,000 crore) but this was later increased to Tk 450 billion (Tk 45,000 crore).Executive director of Policy Research Institute (PRI) Ahsan H Mansur told Prothom Alo, “There is no loan management and that is why the government is having to bear the high interest burden of savings certificates. I have been saying this for long, but the government doesn’t budge.”What’s new?There is consideration of providing subsidy in the new fiscal for sending remittance from overseas.There will be allocation in the new budget for this subsidy. And even if any educational institution was not included in the MPO bracket after 2010, this will be done in the coming financial year.The finance minister will announce a startup fund for young entrepreneurs.Crop insurance and insurance for non-resident Bangladeshis will also be announced.The budget will also speak of implementing the election commitment to build up planned villages.All sorts of allowances and grants will be increased under the social security programme. The number of beneficiaries will also be increased for certain programmes.Scholarships for students from the primary level to universities will be increased.The monthly allowance for freedom fighters will be increased from Tk 10,000 to Tk 12,000.Monthly allowance for the disabled will go up from Tk 700 to Tk 750.Mobile phone charges may go up. The 5 per cent existing supplementary tax on mobile phone talk time may be doubled to 10 per cent. That means alongside 15 per cent VAT on talk time, there will be a 10 per cent supplementary tax and 1 per cent surcharge. This will mean the tax will be over 27 per cent. It is around 22 per cent at present.* This piece appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten here in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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SMBs Do Software Differently

first_img Surprise! Software for small and midsize companies isn’t just a scaled down version of enterprise applications. While large and small companies share many concerns, SMBs are more innovative, more optimistic, and more likely to buy than build.These conclusions come out of a recent Forrester Research report The State Of SMB Software: 2009 and data from Forrester’s Enterprise and SMB Software Survey: Enterprise Versus SMB: Who Influences Your Software Purchasing Decisions? And Software Budget Outlook And Preferred Purchasing Channels By Company Size: 2008 To 2009.By far the biggest hoopla coming out of these studies is the idea that companies large and small are still worried about the security of open source source software. But bMighty open source blogger Matthew McKenzie has debunked that notion as sensationalism.But I’m not interested in rehashing that question. I’m interested in how small and midsize companies use and think about software differently than larger companies, and how business owners and IT folks can leverage those differences for competitive advantage.According to the study, application integration and cost cutting are SMBs top goals, followed by boosting innovation. But relatively few SMBs are focusing on expanding the use of SaaS or moving applications off-premise. That makes sense to me, because those are essentially tactics, not goals. At the same time, though, concerns about SaaS is dropping dramatically, the report said in many cases by half or two-thirds, which should lead to greater adoption even if it’s not a specific goal for most SMBs. The most popular SaaS apps are CRM–can you say, Salesforce.com–but Web 2.0 technologies are also starting to show up. Other popular initiatives resemble enterprise choices, including updating key legacy apps and increasing use of collaboration technologies. Surprisingly, Unified Communications was the top software technology of interest to SMBs, even though only 25 percent have either implemented it or are about to do so. Another 10 percent are piloting UC apps, and 30 percent are looking into it. Other top choices include the following, in descending order of importance:Unified communicationOpen source softwareMobile development tools and middlewareBusiness process management (BPM)Business activity managementInformation as a ServiceEvent-driven applicationsPlatform as as Service (PaaS)Contract life-cycle managementInformation life-cycle management (ILM)Business rules enginesApplication life-cycle management (ALM)Complex event processingEnterprise service bus (ESB)Among packaged applications and information and knowledge management, human capital management software is the most widely implemented (23 percent) but ERP will attract the most growth (19 percent).Many SMBs are still unsure about platform software and SOA. Only a quarter of SMBs are either using or will pursue SOA in the next 12 months. Of those, internal integration is by far the most popular use.On the infrastructure side, database software leads platform and infrastructure software activity, implemented at 32 percent of SMBs, with another 28 percent planning to expand. Portal server software (8 percent) and enterprise collaboration software (8 percent) are mostly in pilot phases. Other technologies SMBs are considering include SOA and Web services management, application servers and platform software, and business process management (BPM) software.And despite the hype, Web 2.0 tools such as discussion forums, blogs, social networking, and wikis have only a relatively small following among SMBs, though interest is rising overall.Perhaps thats because most SMBs still prefer to deploy on-premise packaged applications, and the Web 2.0 tools are ofen a less-discrete purchase.But it turns out that the differences start even before businesses get the software. As shown in the Enterprise and SMB Software Survey, business leaders (CEOs, presidents, CFOs, etc.) make the big decisions at smaller companies. At SMBs, they have complete authority to purchase software about a third of the time, and are very influential in another third of companies. At enteprises, the total is less than 50 percent. That doesn’t mean that IT folks don’t count at SMBs, though, as 64 percent are very influential and another 16 percent have complete control, only slightly less than the totals at enterprises.Surprisingly, however, VARs, software integrators and other resellers had about the same influence on software purchasing in large and small companies, with only 1 percent giving them complete authority, and 8 to 9 percent considering them very influential. And while 49 percent of enterprises considered the channel somewhat influential, only 46 percent of SMBs did so. That flies in the face of conventional wisdom about SMB technology purchasing being driven by the channel.Interestingly, vendors were about as influential for both sizes of businesses, with only minor differences. And while industry analysts didn’t have much say for SMBs, almost half of enterprises considered them somewhat influential (vs. just 37 percent for SMBs). Some 12 percent of enterprises considered analysts very influentual or had complete authority, versus 10 percent for SMBs.The bottom line is functionality, with 74 percent of SMBs citing it as very important, followed by integration with other systems (63 percent). Brand and recommendations (13 percent) can’t compare. According to the report, “more SMBs consider functionality to be a very important criterion for purchasing than enterprises, although it is the top criterion for enterprises as well.”If business leaders are the key to SMB purchasing, they seem to be making less pessimistic decisions than their IT counterparts at larger companies. A whopping 59 percent of Global 2000 companies expect economic conditions to curtail IT spending for the next year, while 31% say they’ll manage to keep spending flat. But for companies under 1,000 employees, only 35 to 40 percent plan to cut IT spending and 15 to 18 percent actually plan to boost their outlays.Where does that money go? SMBs tend to invest more cash to software licenses, devoting more than a third of their software budgets to new licenses and software depreciation. Not surprisingly, larger companies spent a greater proportion on software development, both internal and outsourced. After all, larger companies often have proprietary processes to support and the resources to do custom development.Earlier I said that defying conventional wisdom, SMBs don’t let VARs choose what software they buy. But it turns out that SMBs are in fact more likely to buy their software from resellers, and less likely to buy direct from the vendor (though direct purchases can still account for up to half or more their purchases).So, how do SMBs choose their VARs? For companies with 6 to 99 employees, experience in implementing the app was the most important factor, followed by complete solutions, vertical industry expertise, vendor certifications, and references from other customers. That last one somewhat contradicts the State of SMB Software report, which says “peers and colleagues (word of mouth) (62 percent) are the most relied upon sources of offline information for informing purchasing decisions, followed by technology or business publications and magazines (42 percent).” Online “vendor, industry trade, or professional websites are . . . considered important by 50 percent of SMBs, followed by technology or business publication and magazine Web sites (45 percent).”In terms of what kinds of actual software they buy, the reports found few dramatic differences between enterprises and SMBs. That plays into the notion that SMBs have similar technology needs to enterprises, they just can’t afford the same kinds of solutions. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 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