Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were wondering if we would ever see the Eagles win a Super Bowl in our lifetimes, and we may not ever see another one,” said John Thompson, 56, of suburban Downingtown. “That’s why we’re here today.”The players got into the Philly spirit. Center Jason Kelce walked the route in an outlandishly sequined Mummers getup — a nod to Philadelphia’s raucous annual parade on New Year’s Day — slapping fans’ hands and leading them in a profane chant broadcast on live TV. Defensive end Chris Long wore a full-length, fake fur coat atop an Allen Iverson 76ers jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Doug Pederson carried the Lombardi Trophy past the cheering throngs, while franchise owner Jeffrey Lurie held a sign saying “THANK YOU FANS” while standing next to the team’s three quarterbacks: Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, injured starter Carson Wentz and third-stringer Nate Sudfeld.The parade caps a glorious week for jubilant fans celebrating an NFL title that had eluded them for nearly 60 years. Led by the backup quarterback Foles and second-year coach Pederson, the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Ateneo, San Beda, HTC earn PCCL Elite 8 opening wins Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Fans line Benjamin Franklin Parkway before a Super Bowl victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl parade stepped off Thursday as hundreds of thousands of deliriously happy Eagles fans jammed the city’s main thoroughfares to celebrate an NFL title many of them never thought they’d see.Fans clad in Eagles green lined up 20 deep in spots to catch a glimpse of the champs, who rode up Broad Street in open-top, double decker buses. Bundled up against freezing winds, some fans from New Jersey walked across the nearly 2-mile long Benjamin Franklin Bridge just to get into the city.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Schools, museums, courts, government offices and even the Philadelphia Zoo were shut down so the city could fete an underdog Eagles team that few outside Philadelphia thought had a prayer of beating the mighty Patriots led by superstar quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.Thompson’s friend, Craig Moyer, also of Downingtown, said he came to the parade to honor his late mother, a life-long Eagles fan.“My mother was from the coal regions, she passed at 91 years old,” the 66-year-old said. “She was an Eagles fan who used to tell me about the old championship games. So this is for her. We’re down here for her.”Organizers prepared for as many as 2 million people to jam the parade route. No official estimate was released for the parade after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, but experts have said that crowd likely didn’t exceed 750,000.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
As agreed by the PCI, SAI will continue to have the As agreed by the PCI, SAI will continue to have the authority to administer the entry of athletes and team officials for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The PCI, in consultation with SAI, may nominate team officials, including a Chef de Mission, to manage the delegation during the Games. IPC also decided to recognise the newly elected office bearers of the PCI so that work may begin to immediately implement reforms to its governance and management structure. According to Chandrasekhar, 20 para-athletes have so far qualified for Rio Games and their names have been confirmed by the IPC as they have crossed the A qualification standard. “This is going to be the highest number of Indian participants in the Paralympics. But everything depends on the government as they will finally sanctioned how many will take part. As of now, a record number of 20 have qualified,” he said. “We are expecting that at least 15 para-athletes will be cleared by the government and we will be happy with that. And, that will be the highest number of Indian para-athletes ever to take part in any Paralympics,” he said. In the 2012 London Paralympics, India had sent 10 para-athletes. Chandrasekhar also said that the PCI is expecting a record number of medals this time. “We are expecting at least five medals this time,” he added. Surprisingly, the name of 2012 London Paralympic Games silver medallist in high jump, H N Girisha, is missing from among the already qualified athletes and Chandrasekhar said he is unlikely to make it to the Games. “Girisha is ranked fourth among Indians now in his event and the IPC has not confirmed his qualification. He is unlikely to take part in the Rio Paralympics. Women powerlifter Sakina Khatuns name has also not been confirmed by the IPC but I feel she will get the nod later on,” Chandrasekhar. More PTI PDS AH AHadvertisement
A lawyer for one of three South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal labeled a key witness at their U.S. trial a “serial liar” on Friday over accusations that his client used hand gestures in court to threaten the witness.Prosecutors have asked the judge to revoke bail for Manuel Burga and jail him, saying he twice stared at the witness as he testified this week and ran his fingers across his throat in a slicing motion.In arguments made Friday with the jury gone for the day, defence attorney Bruce Udolf objected to letting the witness, Argentine former sports marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco, tell the judge what he saw from the witness stand.”From my point of view, Mr. Burzaco is a serial liar who will say anything,” Udolf said.U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen said she would hold another hearing next week to have Burzaco testify about the allegations of witness tampering. She also agreed that Burga, who’s under house arrest, should be examined by a dermatologist to try to back up his claim that he was merely scratching a rash on his neck.The bizarre episode came amid nearly four days of testimony by Burzaco describing how he brokered tens of millions of dollars in bribes paid to soccer officials in exchange for their influence in awarding lucrative broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other major soccer tournaments.On trial are Burga, the former president of Peru’s soccer federation; Jose Maria Marin, the former president of Brazil’s soccer federation; and Juan Angel Napout, ex-head of Paraguay’s soccer federation. All have pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy and other charges in the sprawling investigation of FIFA, soccer’s governing body.advertisementBurzaco, who is cooperating with U.S. authorities as part of a plea deal, testified that his firm gave bribes totaling $4.5 million to Napout, $3.6 million to Burga and $2.7 million to Marin. He also claimed he has been the subject of death threats in Argentina because of his cooperation against powerful soccer officials.More cooperators are expected to testify for the government in federal court in Brooklyn in the coming weeks. The list could include Jose Hawilla, a sports marketing executive from Brazil who became an informant in the investigation.Burzaco testified about a meeting at a cafe in Buenos Aires in 2014 with an associate who warned him about Hawilla.The associate told him Hawilla “was cooperating with the U.S. prosecutors to try to grab other people and investigating corruption in soccer,” Burzaco testified.Asked on cross-examination whether he was aware of any electronic surveillance, Burzaco responded that he had learned “that Hawilla was recording people.”
Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) Top Indian and international personalities, film and sports icons, business tycoons, political heavyweights, celebrities and a host of others attended what was described as “a royal wedding” for the scions of two top business conglomerates – Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal – here on Wednesday.The celebrations started in the afternoon with the traditionally attired groom, Anand, arriving on a mare at the head of a wedding procession (baraat) at the Ambani’s towering Antilia residence.The 27-storied Antilia, said to be one of the most expensive private residences in the world, itself has been decked up like a bride, and the entire stretch from the main road to the building has been decorated since the past few days with multi-hued fresh flowers, colourful lights and festoons to commemorate one of the most anticipated weddings in the country’s commercial capital in recent times.Later in the evening, the grand wedding saw the parents – industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita, tycoons Ajay Piramal and his wife Swati – and others welcoming the high-profile celebrity guests.Former President Pranab Mukherjee was warmly received by business magnate Anil Ambani, the bride’s uncle, while other top celebs like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Praful Patel also made their presence felt.Prominent invitees included Bollywood actors like Rajinikanth, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Kiran, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Hritik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty and Vidhu Vinod Chopra et al.Besides, Sachin Tendulkar and other sports personalities, top business honchos included K.V. Kamath, Sanjiv Goenka, Deepak Parekh, Sashi and Anshuman Ruia, Adi Godej, Rahul Bajaj and Harsh Mariwala were also seen at the wedding.The grand wedding festivities had started several days earlier in Udaipur, Rajasthan which witnessed a performance by Grammy award winning singer Beyonce Knowles, a four-day special ‘Anna Seva’ and an expo on traditional Indian handicrafts, besides other events for the guests that included many of the biggest names from politics, business and Bollywood.–IANSqn/vmadvertisement
India captain Virat Kohli said he hasn’t been informed anything about MS Dhoni’s future while speaking to the press after India’s World Cup 2019 exit in Manchester on Wednesday.Speculations were rife that MS Dhoni would announce his retirement after India’s campaign in the World Cup. However, India Today sources had confirmed that there were no official word on Dhoni retiring.Dhoni, it is safe to say, played his last 50-over World Cup match on Wednesday. The World Cup-winning wicketkeeper-batsman hit a valiant 50 in India’s unsuccessful chase of 240 against New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester.Dhoni took his time to get going but stitched a crucial stand with Ravindra Jadeja. The duo added 106 runs for the 7th wicket but India fell short of the total by 18 runs after the top-order imploded in the first 10 overs.Here’s what happened in the press conference in Manchester on WednesdayReporter: After this, India are going to the West Indies to play ODIs as well. There are speculations about what MS Dhoni will do next. Has he told anything about his plans to your or the team?Virat Kohli: No, he hasn’t told us anything about his future.There were concerns surrounding MS Dhoni’s strike rate in World Cup 2019 as the former captain faced a lot of heat after a slow knock in India’s close win over Afghanistan.Meanwhile, former India captain Sourav Ganguly defended MS Dhoni’s approach in the semi-final, saying the wicketkeeper-batsman is still one of the greatest finishers of the game.”As a finisher he has tremendous respect all around the world, as Kevin Pietersen said. And it was actually not over, it was tough but he had the ability to finish matches on his own and get the big hits. That’s why he leaves it to the last,” Sourav Ganguly added.advertisementA few weeks ago we were here and all talking about MS Dhoni… I said he will get through this phase… he will bat and he will bat. The day he finishes a game people will say ‘what a finisher’. The day he doesn’t get through, people will say ‘he has taken too many deliveries’. That’s how he plays his game. He actually believes that’s the way to win cricket matches.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand were braver than us and they deserved to win, says Virat KohliAlso Read | India’s World Cup dream over, New Zealand storm into finalAlso See
Mason Rudolph was incredible in Saturday’s win over Kansas State. Incredible.This photo, though, is even better.There’s more heaped on QB1’s shoulders than folks probably know, and he handles it unbelievably for a 20-year-old kid. I could not be more all in on the Mason Rudolph era in Stillwater.Photo of the day here. pic.twitter.com/XLFFCR1lw1— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 4, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! As if you needed another video to get you fired up for Saturday’s primetime matchup with Baylor, Oklahoma State has another scene setter that will surely get you fired up for the conference opener on Saturday in Waco. Let’s do it.It’s GAMEDAY! The quest for a Big 12 title starts today. Let’s go! #GoPokes #okstate pic.twitter.com/DbLr5h5SxB— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) September 24, 2016
Barcelona Ex-Barcelona man Rochemback arrested on cockfight charges Goal Last updated 2 years ago 23:46 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Fighting cocks, marijuana and a rifle were found at the scene of an alleged cockfight, although the ex-player’s father denies Rochemback was involved Former Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Fabio Rochemback was taken into custody at the weekend for allegedly participating in an illegal cockfight, police have confirmed.The 35-year-old was arrested along with more than 100 others in Palmeiras das Missoes, Rio Grande do Sul, in an operation headed by civil and military police. More than 100,000 reais in cash (roughly €27,000) and 89 fighting cocks were also confiscated in the operation, along with promotional materials for fights, marijuana and a rifle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “It was a huge event, an inter-state affair, with people from Santa Catarina and Parana,” promoter Marcos Eduardo Rauber told Globo.”There were a lot of people and a lot of money moving around. Everyone was caught in the act, some betting, others just watching. “The participants will now be exposed, but everyone was arrested for environmental crimes.”It is not the first time that Rochemback has been linked to the bloodsport. In 2011 the player, who ended his playing career in China four years ago, was the subject of a police raid on his property that discovered a number of cocks bred for fighting. Under Brazilian law cockfighting is classified as an environmental crime, an offence that is punishable by one to three years in prison, although fines and community service are a more common outcome.Rochemback’s father has denied the allegations, stating that his son was not present when the alleged cockfight took place. “Fabio was with me in our house in Soledade, but later he returned to Porto Alegre,” Juarez Rochemback told reporters. As well as Barcelona and Chineser side Dalian, Rochemback represented Internacional, Sporting Lisbon, Middlesbrough and Gremio during a long career that spanned three continents.He was also capped by Brazil on seven occasions, and took both Sporting and Middlesbrough to the final of the UEFA Cup in consecutive seasons in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
New Delhi: Insisting that India’s Hardik Pandya’s batting technique had flaws that prevented him from becoming the best all-rounder in world cricket, former Pakistan cricketer Abdul Razzaq has offered to help improve it. On Thursday, Pandya scored a brisk 46 and shared a crucial 70-run partnership with M.S. Dhoni to help India post a competitive total of 268/7 against West Indies in their World Cup game at the Old Trafford. India came out with a clinical bowling performance as they dismissed Windies for mere 143 and registered a thumping 125 run victory. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Pandya chipped in with the ball and also took the wicket of opener Sunil Ambris. In fact, his send-off to the Windies opener became one of the talking points of the game. However, Razzaq said Pandya’s game had weaknesses, which needed to be worked upon. “Today I have been closely observing Hardik Pandya and I see a lot of faults in his body balance while hitting the bowl hard. I observed his foot work as well and I see that has also let him down sometimes,” Razzaq wrote on Twitter. “If I can give him coaching, for example in the UAE, I can make him one of the best all-rounders, if not the best. If the BCCI wants to make him a better all-rounder I will always be available,” he added. After the win against Windies, India have moved to the second spot on the points table. They will next play England at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Five stories in the news for Wednesday, April 17———LOONIE MARKING GAY ‘EQUALITY’ SPARKS CONCERNA new commemorative loonie is sparking concern among academics and advocates who fear it could perpetuate myths about Canada’s treatment of lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and two spirited persons. The Royal Canadian Mint will unveil the new one dollar coin in Toronto next week as it joins government departments and agencies to mark “50 years of progress for LGBTQ2 Canadians.” A spokeswoman said Tuesday the mint takes great pride in celebrating Canada’s culture, history and values, adding that 50 years ago, Parliament passed an act that “initiated the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.”———CANADA POST FORECASTS CONTINUING LOSSESParcel delivery is booming, but Canada Post says it will struggle to meet its government-mandated goal of self-sustainability in coming years due to an ongoing decline in letter mail and higher employee costs. In a corporate forecast quietly tabled in Parliament, the Crown corporation says it is expecting to achieve “modest” profits of between 10 million and 125 million dollars from 2019 through to 2023. But it says those will be driven primarily by its Purolator subsidiary, while the base Canada Post segment will post losses.———RECIPIENT IN RARE PAIRED LIVING LIVER DONATION THANKS “ANGEL”One of the recipients of what’s believed to be North America’s first paired living liver donation is calling the stranger who saved his life “an angel.” Fifty-four-year-old Muhammad Khan of Mississauga, Ont., is sharing his gratitude nearly one year after 38-year-old Kelly Bryan of Peterborough, Ont., gave him more than half of her liver. In turn, Khan’s wife, Hina, donated more than half of her liver to another stranger. The feat was revealed at Toronto General Hospital where patients and doctors touted the potential that the rare procedure has to save lives. ———INUIT, FEDS INK DEAL ON FRANKLIN ARTIFACTSParks Canada and the Inuit Heritage Trust have come to an agreement on how the artifacts from the ill-fated Franklin expedition will be preserved and studied. All artifacts from the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror will be protected based on traditional Inuit knowledge and presented publicly from an Inuit perspective. Every effort will be made to have the artifacts displayed in Nunavut under the agreement signed Monday. Any museums or cultural institutions that want to study or exhibit the artifacts plucked from the sunken shipwrecks will only be able to do so on a temporary basis. Sir John Franklin and 129 men left England on the two ships in 1845 on a search for a northern passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.———COURT WONDERS ABOUT FUTURE DANGERS OF MALL PLOTTERNova Scotia’s top court focused on the potential future danger posed by an American woman who plotted a Valentine’s Day shooting spree at a Halifax mall as she appealed her life sentence Tuesday. Three members of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal heard arguments Tuesday in an appeal of Lindsay Souvannarath’s sentence of life with no chance of parole for 10 years. Souvannarath, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a 2015 plot to shoot people at the Halifax Shopping Centre, but is asking the appeal court for a fixed term of 12 to 14 years. She argues the sentencing judge mistakenly imposed a burden on her to prove she was remorseful and had renounced anti-social beliefs.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Scotiabank CAPP Energy Symposium. More than 130 oil and natural gas institutional investors, and more than 70 corporate presenters, including CAPP oil and natural gas producer member companies, pipeline and upstream service sector companies.— The Canadian Wind Energy Association holds its spring forum.— First court appearance for Graham Spilsbury, a former guard at Edmonton Institution charged with sexual assault and assault with a weapon of a female coworker.———The Canadian Press
SEATTLE — Charles Koch’s latest initiative tackling poverty embodies both the wealthy industrialist’s business acumen and his distaste for big government.The 3-year-old Stand Together Foundation has taken centre stage in Koch’s empire as it recalibrates some of its wide-ranging operation and continues to downplay its more well-known conservative political agenda.A key part of this foray is infusing the work of private nonprofits with corporate principles and business management training. Koch also gives the charities grant money and extends his influence to help them expand.His Stand Together Foundation supports 140 private groups that help the needy with a path toward self-sufficiency.It’s part of Koch’s campaign to shed some of the political associations tied to the former “Koch Brothers” entity. Younger brother David Koch retired in 2018 due to health issues.___Sally Ho covers philanthropy and education. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_SallyHoSally Ho, The Associated Press
Train companies keep stuffing their pockets with public subsidies while treating the operation of rail services as an inconvenienceAnonymous group Fares available include first-class and monthly tickets. The investigation, carried out by BBC South East, found some tickets, including a season ticket from Gatwick to the capital, were being advertised for a third of their retail price. Customers can use Bitcoin, a virtual currency, to buy them. The investigation found that although the tickets do not have the correct metal strip that allows customers through barriers at stations, staff let users through anyway because the tickets appear genuine. The group, who were not named in the investigation, told the BBC “no one should be ashamed of getting one over companies like Southern Rail”. “The train companies keep stuffing their pockets with public subsidies while treating the operation of rail services as an inconvenience,” they said in a statement.”We wish one day everyone will be able to use an affordable public service. Until then, we will be providing it.”A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies, said fare dodgers “deprive” the railway of around £200 million per year. People caught in possession of a forged ticket risk a “hefty fine” or even a prison sentence as it is a criminal offence, he added.“Train companies work closely with the British Transport Police to combat and investigate fraud, and operators take a range of measures to make sure that customers are buying and using the correct tickets,” he said. A season ticket from Gatwick to the capital was being advertised for a third of its retail priceCredit:Govia Thameslink Railway “Staff carry out regular inspections on trains and at stations, and automatic ticket barriers are installed in many stations. “Sadly there will always be people who try to get away with not paying. The vast majority of passengers who do pay the correct fare don’t feel they should subsidise those who choose not to pay.”It is understood that around 97 per cent of fares are put back into helping run and improve services, with around 3p from every £1 going to the train companies. Det Insp Jeremy Banks, from British Transport Police’s Cyber Crime Unit, said they were aware criminals were using the dark web to exploit rail firms.“We take all reports of criminality seriously and our dedicated Cyber Crime Unit works closely with the rail industry as well as police forces nationally to investigate fraud and bring offenders before the courts,” he added. The full report will be on BBC Inside Out South East, which airs on BBC One at 7.30pm Fake train tickets are increasingly being sold on the dark web as criminals take advantage of customers’ anger over expensive travel, an investigation has found.Tickets are being sold on the “hidden” part of the internet for a fraction of their original price by a self-styled “Robin Hood” group, who claim they are offering “an affordable public service”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Women march during what organized call a “Slut Walk” in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, April 6, 2013. The words on their backs read in Spanish “If I was born nude, why cover me up?,” left, and “Neither a whore, nor a saint.” (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)A voice for a generation: Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya LimaDespite these obstacles, Colombian women are fighting back. At considerable personal cost, women are speaking out and demanding truth, justice and accountability. In speaking out they encounter threats and risks to their physical security and that of their families.One such individual is the Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima. Due to her work, Jineth has experienced violence from different actors of the conflict, including being kidnapped twice, tortured and raped by a paramilitary group. Despite these devastating experiences, Jineth has continued her prolific career as a journalist in Colombia.Jineth’s own words show her bravery:I spent nine years in silence. I felt ashamed. The damage done to your soul never goes away… Now I can speak about what happened to me. I realised I could be a voice for the thousands of women who have been victims of sexual violence, which gives me strength.She chose to stay and fight, yet 13 years on the perpetrators of these crimes remain free.Jineth’s bravery compels us all to act. Sexual violence is the hidden reality of this conflict. Around the world, the role of women is recognised as being essential in peace-building. Yet not a single woman is at the negotiating table in the Colombian peace talks. The participation of women in peace talks contributes to the sustainability and broad social buy-in of peace.International pressure on Colombia is badly needed. The Irish government has made strong international commitments to the global agenda of women, peace and security. We should urge the Colombian government to ensure that the issue of sexual violence is adequately addressed.Karol Balfe works on Governance, Peace building and Human Rights for Christian Aid Ireland. Christian Aid and Trócaire will jointly launch the report Colombia: Women, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process, on behalf of ABColombia 3 December 2013. Jineth Bedoya Lima will speak in Dublin at the launch. Read the report: Colombia: Women, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Peace ProcessWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email firstname.lastname@example.orgRead: One quarter of women experience physical or sexual violence from a partnerRead: Top Colombian drug lord charged in New York THE FIGURES ARE sobering. From 2001 to 2009, on average 54,410 women per year experienced sexual violence in Colombia, this breaks down to 149 per day, or six women per hour. This sexual violence is closely connected to the economic and political exclusion of women and the same attitudes and cultural beliefs driving sexual violence against women in domestic life. However sexual violence against women in Colombia is also a military objective.This conflict has been brutal for both men and women. Five decades of fighting have left 5.5 million people displaced, the highest number in the world. Land is at the heart of the conflict. Those who fled left behind 6 million hectares of land, much of which is now held by armed groups and their allies, or has been bought by big businesses. Estimates regarding the total number of people killed in Colombia from the conflict range from 220,000 to 600,000.Despite the peace talks currently underway, enforced disappearance continues to be used as a method of intimidation and terror. At least 50,000 Colombian families are searching for missing family members. Human rights defenders and community leaders are being particularly targeted with the number of attacks and killings increasing year-on-year, culminating in 69 killed in 2012.A woman holds up a poster dotted with rose petals and a message that reads in Spanish; “Only a kiss would shut me up,” during a march to protest physical abuse of women and in support of Colombia’s peace talks currently underway in Cuba, in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Thousands of women marched Friday through the streets of the capital, some walking as many as 25 blocks to the Plaza de Bolivar. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)All armed groups engage in sexual violence against womenAgainst this horrific background, women, their bodies, their lives and their rights are being used as the spoils of war. While all armed actors engage in sexual violence against women there are some differences in their methods. Women are forced by paramilitary groups into prostitution. Between 2012 and 2013, 43 of 244 demobilised female fighters from guerrilla groups reported they had been forced to have abortions. The guerrillas also use sexual violence in the forced recruitment of girls as combatants.Although sexual violence is perpetrated by all armed actors, state and non-state, the impact of the State Security Forces’ involvement in sexual violence has a particularly devastating effect. These forces are mandated to protect the civilian population. When sexual violence is committed by them, the civilian population are left with no authority to whom they can turn for justice.Worryingly the magnitude of conflict-related sexual violence against women in Colombia is yet to be fully understood. It is a crime that is massively underreported. Sexual violence by the security forces, guerrilla groups and paramilitaries is almost never prosecuted despite its widespread and systematic nature. Up to 18 per cent of women in Colombia report the attacks, but more than 98 per cent of sexual crimes go unpunished. Where it is reported, women encounter major obstacles accessing the justice system.This is a systematic and generalised practice. These are not isolated violations committed by ‘rogue’ elements. The near-total lack of justice acts a strong deterrent for women wishing to report such crimes. Women struggle to have their cases taken seriously, documented and investigated by the police. They are usually not given the required medical support nor are they directed to the appropriate medical and health services.
iPhone : un modèle imbattable ?États-Unis – La réussite de l’iPhone fait des envieux. Désormais, l’ensemble des acteurs de la téléphonie mobile veut la peau du produit phare d’Apple.Des constructeurs comme Nokia, Samsung ou encore Sony Ericsson et d’autres acteurs importants tels que Microsoft ou Google veulent mettre à mal l’iPhone. Mais le modèle économique de la star d’Apple n’en finit plus d’être rentable et de se développer. Aujourd’hui, le terminal compte 140.000 applications pour plus de 3 milliards de téléchargements.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Dernier lancement en date : le Wave de Samsung. Le groupe coréen joue sur deux terrains avec son nouveau smartphone fonctionnant sous son système Bada, mais aussi avec les Google phones: “Nous espérons en vendre 4 millions cette année en France, répartis également entre nos propres téléphones mobiles, et ceux qui fonctionnent avec le logiciel Android de Google”, indique David Eberlé, directeur des mobiles de Samsung dans l’Hexagone. Mais Apple occupe largement le devant de la scène : “Le portail Internet mobile d’Apple a capté 99 % du nouveau marché de 4 à 5 milliards d’euros d’applications téléchargées en 2009 avec des smartphones”, explique Pierre Péladeau, partenaire de Booz & Co. “Ce marché devrait décoller pour atteindre plus de 20 milliards d’euros en 2013.” De son côté, Sony Ericsson a annoncé une prochaine collaboration avec Google pour vendre davantage de mobiles sous Android, tout comme HTC et Motorola. Microsoft a trouvé LG comme partenaire et Nokia se lance avec Intel.Le 15 février 2010 à 14:51 • Emmanuel Perrin
It was a stormy day around Western Washington Saturday as a cold front was dropping down from British Columbia. Winds were in the 35- to 40-mph range west of the Cascades and 40-50 mph along the coast and in the Columbia Basin. Today showers dwindle and we bring the new year in Monday night with dry weather. The first day of January will be cool and dry before a couple weak weather systems head our way later in the week.The cold front took a while to reach Vancouver and Clark County on Saturday, as we were the last to receive the rain and wind. Nothing spectacular, just a normal winter storm. We were expecting about one-half inch of rain.As of Saturday afternoon, Vancouver had 4.47 inches in the rain gauge. If we get a half-inch more that would place us at 5 inches for the month, still a bit below average but better than I thought. Weather watcher Phil Delany, who lives above Dole Valley in our foothills, reported Saturday afternoon with 12.40 inches, which is below average for that area as well.I guess one bonus of those southerly winds were the balmy afternoon temperatures for late December. At 2 p.m. Saturday it was 52 degrees in Vancouver, nearly 10 degrees above average. We are in our coldest period from now through Jan. 15. It will drop down to normal the first half of the week as things dry out somewhat.Not that I place too much faith into the Old Farmer’s Almanac, but it calls for the first two days of January to be sunny and cold. Pretty close. It also says we will be much wetter, with above-average rainfall, and the temperatures will be 2 degrees above average. It also predicts lots of heavy wind and rain the last half of the month. We’ll see.Enjoy the last hours of 2018 and have a joyous New Year! Take care. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Police say they have launched an investigation into what happened to cause a 4 year old boy to die; the young child’s body was discovered on Friday at the bottom of sewage well in the Bight. Police had originally reported that they were ‘meeting’ regarding the unfortunate death of such a young person and in such a precarious place.A statement today said, “On Friday 13th October 2017 around 11:53am Police officers and other emergency services responded to the scene where it was reported that the 4-year old and his twin brother were outside playing when he fell into a sewage well in the yard. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.”Video on PTV8 news showed the child’s body being taken from the scene, wrapped in white and there was no adult on site to immediately answer questions about what led to the little boy’s death.#MagneticMediaNews#deceasedchildfoundinwell#pleasebevigilant Related Items:#deceasedchildfoundinwell, #magneticmedianews, #pleasebevigilant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
3rd Rock from the Sun Roku Channel TV Shows Raising Expectations Last Action Hero A sample of Roku Channel vs. IMDb Freedive Rush Freedive Movies Foxcatcher Bewitched Terminator 3 Freedive TV Shows Amazon Amazon is aiming to unseat Roku as the most popular streamer, and by one count at least it has already succeeded. And now its cheapest, most popular Fire TV device is getting a major feature bump for 2019.The updated version of the $40 (£40) Amazon Fire TV Stick goes on sale today, and the main difference between it and the previous version is the addition of volume, mute and power buttons on the remote control — the Sticks themselves are exactly the same. And if that TV-control remote seems familiar, that’s because it debuted with the $50 (£50) Fire TV Stick 4K and was later added to the $120 Fire TV Cube. Fringe Good Times Lawless Memento Heroes Amazon Fire TV Stick Dawson’s Creek Bridges of Madison County Midsomer Murders The Green Hornet Mentioned Above Amazon Fire TV Stick Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Review • Amazon Fire TV Stick updated review: No longer the sharpest stick in the stream $39 Neighbours Batman Vexed Blast from the Past Contact Playing House Paternity Court Marie Antoinette Seven Years in Tibet Crocodile Dundee Hell’s Kitchen Amazon LG Roku Samsung Sony Vizio The survey was taken on the afternoon of Monday, January 14 around 3 p.m. ET. Roku Channel Movies came from Roku Channel’s top “Featured” line; Freedive’s Movies from the Fire TV app’s top “Popular Movies” line; Roku Channel’s TV Shows from the “TV” line; and Freedive’s TV Shows from the Fire TV app’s “Popular TV” line. Each service has many more free TV shows and movies.Look for a full review of the 2019 Amazon Fire TV Stick soon.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Without a Trace Tiny House Nation Rambo III Kitchen Nightmares For the uninitiated, the Fire TV Stick is a little USB-size stick with an HDMI port that plugs into your TV and streams movies, TV shows and music from Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Spotify and many, many other sources. Its chief competition is Roku. I generally prefer Roku’s streamers to Fire TV because of Roku’s superior interface, but the aggressive prices and superior features of the new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K make them more appealing than ever.See the Fire TV Stick with TV-control remote at AmazonRoku also sells streamers with TV control remotes, but its cheapest so-equipped model is the $50 Streaming Stick. It’s also worth noting that Roku’s TV control remote can’t command sound bars or receivers, while the Fire TV remote can. Roku’s remote is also missing a mute button.Starting today Amazon is also selling the TV-control remote by itself, sans stick, for half price: $15 (£15). It’s compatible with most recent Fire TV devices, but not with Amazon Fire TV (first- and second-gen), Fire TV Stick (first-gen), or Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs.See the TV-control remote for Fire TV at AmazonSame easy remote, decent free shows and moviesIn my review of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K I lauded its long list of features — including excellent Alexa voice integration — but lamented its menus and user interface. It’s arguably prettier than Roku’s interface but feels more cluttered, doesn’t allow customization, and has too many ads and promos for Amazon’s own shows and content.Amazon’s setup automatically detects your TV brand and sets up the power, volume and mute buttons to control that TV. Sarah Tew/CNET My quick spin of the new Stick revealed the same interface and the same solid performance from the TV control remote. The idea is that, because the Fire TV’s own remote can turn your TV on and off, as well as mute and adjust its volume, you can ditch your TV’s clicker. It worked well with all of the TVs I tested, including Samsung, Vizio and LG models, and setup was a breeze. It also allows TV volume and power control via voice from the remote itself (although using buttons is generally easier) or hands-free if you pair it with an Alexa speaker like an Echo Dot (“Alexa, turn on the TV”). Check out my Fire TV 4K review for details.Amazon also highlighted the new IMDb Freedive service, available on all Fire TV devices. It’s an app that offers up “thousands of” TV shows and movies from IMDb Freedive, Sony Crackle, TubiTV, Pluto TV, and other services — for free, with ads. IMDb is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon, and its Freedive service is also available on computer. Sarah Tew/CNET IMDb Freedive looks like a viable alternative to Roku’s own free-with-ads app, The Roku Channel. While Freedive lacks The Roku Channel’s live news feeds, both have similar TV shows and movies. Here’s my quick survey of the first few that appear on each service. Warehouse 13 Adaptation Crocodile Dundee II Lost in Space Lords of Dogtown This is Spinal Tap See it Awakenings Tags Comments True Lies True Romance Stuart Little II Monster Roxanne Born this Way Dallas 42 Photos Unsolved Mysteries The Right Stuff Resident Evil: Apocalypse Arranged The Illusionist 5 Roku Channel Movies Interview with the Vampire CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Forensic Files Share your voice Made of Honor Gidget I Dream of Jeannie The Bachelor Junebug Media Streamers Caprica Run Lola Run Amazon Fire TV Stick with TV control Alexa voice remote The Rifleman Kitchen Nightmares Gilligan’s Island The Last Samurai
Ford 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar 2019 Ford GT drops 39 pounds thanks to new Carbon Series option 10 Photos Tags Ford More about 2017 Ford GT Share your voice More From Roadshow 2 Comments 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Enlarge ImageThis teaser shows more aggressive aero, but it’s not clear if it’s on a street car, a racer, or something else. Ford Despite coming away empty-handed at last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Ford GT has an enviable performance record on both track and street. But that doesn’t mean that the Blue Oval is content with its low-slung, wing-shaped supercar. Need proof? Ford is teasing the upcoming reveal of what looks to be a brand-new GT derivative at the UK’s Goodwood Festival Of Speed on July 4.It’s hard to make out much from the shadowy teaser photo shown above, but it is clear that the mystery car features radically different aerodynamics than the current production model. Most notably, there’s a huge rear wing that looks significantly different from the smaller active aero unit on the street car. In fact, the aerofoil looks an awful lot like the wing affixed to the rear of Ford’s GT LM GTE race cars, albeit with larger endplates.Additionally, unlike today’s production and race cars, the Ford GT appears to have a new element directly over the roof, likely some sort of cold air scoop to feed the engine.It’s not immediately clear whether the Goodwood-bound debut will be a street-legal model, a new race car or something in between.Enlarge ImageFord ran these heritage liveries at the 24 Hours of Le Mans just last weekend. Ford According to a short official press release from Ford, we should learn more about the car at 1:45 am PT on July 4. At that time, the mystery supercar will debut alongside the UK premiere of the company’s new 760-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500 and a new Focus ST, the latter of which, sadly, we won’t get in the US.Officials aren’t saying anything about it at the moment, but we’d be surprised if the Blue Oval didn’t take the opportunity to demonstrate this mystery Ford GT in the Goodwood’s famed hill climb. After all, the company has already confirmed it will run at least eight other cars up Lord March’s 1.16-mile long hill course at that time, including the No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing GT, a car that probably still has a coating of bugs and grit from Le Mans on its flanks. Preview • 2017 Ford GT: As visceral to drive as it is to admire 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Sports Cars Superluxury Cars Exotic Cars Coupes
Gina Hays of Anchorage (Photo by Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Gina Hays, born and raised in Anchorage. Hays works for KRUA, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s college radio station as the marketing coordinator.Listen nowHAYS: We didn’t really have a lot of money for me to go out of state, and it’s just incredibly expensive to go out of state. For my parents, they were like, “you’re probably gonna stay at home. You’re gonna go to college at UAA.” And I wasn’t really happy about that, to be honest. I really wasn’t because I really wanted to go somewhere else that wasn’t my home state.I wasn’t happy my first year being here, but after a little while and just understanding UAA and how unique it is, just as a college. I was taking a class, and we had a guest speaker who said, “Liberal Arts schools are pretty cool. They’re pretty fun. I had a great time going to a Liberal Arts school. But, the thing about UAA is it’s so much like reality, the real world,” which I thought was really interesting.I’ve always been into radio personalities. For me, I was just never into having the camera on me, like TV news. I jsust always found that really intimidaiting like, what if I mess up? What if someone sees a really weird reaction in those news reel blooper reels. I don’t want to be a viral meme.We have college students who are volunteers, and we also have community members, too who just like to be… just wanna have a show. And they can pretty much do what they want on the show. We have people who have their own talk show. We have people who just play their favorite music. They just have a lot of fun with it. And I don’t think it’s dead. I think if you’re having a lot of fun with it, and you’re really ambitious, then you’re gonna get a following, and you’re gonna get some people to listen.
Share Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesA young man uses heroin under a bridge in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, a neighborhood that has become a hub for heroin use. The economic costs of the epidemic are mounting, researchers say, as the U.S. loses more and more workers in their prime.The opioid epidemic has cost the U.S. more than a trillion dollars since 2001, according to a new study, and may exceed another $500 billion over the next three years.The report by Altarum, a nonprofit group that studies the health economy, examined CDC mortality data through June of last year. The greatest financial cost of the opioid epidemic, according to the report, is in lost earnings and productivity losses to employers. Early deaths and substance abuse disorders also take a toll on local, state and federal government through lost tax revenue.These costs are rising. One reason for the increase, says Corey Rhyan, a senior research analyst with Altarum’s Center for Value and Health Care, is that more young people are being affected as the epidemic moves from prescription opioids to illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl.“The average age at which opioid deaths are occurring — you’re looking at something in the late 30s or early 40s,” Rhyan says. “As a result, you’re looking at people that are in the prime of the productive years of their lives.”Health care expenses linked to the crisis — more than $215 billion since 2001 — have been significant, too, the report suggests. Those expenses stem largely from emergency room visits, ambulance costs and the use of naloxone, a drug used to stop and reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.The Altarum researchers say the growth in costs between 2011 and 2016 was double the rate of the previous five years and is projected to keep rising steeply unless there is a comprehensive and sustained national response.Congress is considering spending $6 billion over the next two years to address the national crisis. In his budget, President Trump is proposing $13 billion in new spending on opioids, but that is partially offset by cuts in other health care programs like Medicaid.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.