The Final Four is complete with Ateneo, De La Salle, Adamson University, and Far Eastern University heading to the playoffs.That, however, wasn’t the only thing to happen at the end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo suffered its first defeat after going undefeated in its first 13 outings while University of Santo Tomas finally won a game after a 0-13 start.And with all that out of the way, here are the top players by position in the final week of eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCenter: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBig Ben Mbala exacted revenge on Ateneo in the final game of the elimination and he did it the only way a Ben Mbala does and that was to dominate. MOST READ In the two games Far Eastern University played this week, Tolentino was the unquestioned offensive focal point as he averaged 17.5 points and a respectable 7.5 rebounds.Forward: J-Jay Alejandro (National University Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro played his last two games in the UAAP, and walked off the collegiate league leaving stellar numbers.NU’s heart and soul did what he does best in his final week with the Bulldogs and that is by filling up the stat sheets. Alejandro averaged 16.5 points, five rebounds, three offensive rebounds, and 8.5 assists on his way out of NU.Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines) Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio likes to score, and that statement is indisputable.And he did that in UP’s last week in Season 80.Desiderio matched his career-high of 30 points on Saturday when he lit NU up in the Fighting Maroons’ 106-81 win.And for his weekly average, Desiderio scored 23 points a game. Guard: Juan Gomez de LiañoJuan Gomez de Liaño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesiderio isn’t the only one who likes to score for the Fighting Maroons.Rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño does too.In the two games UP played this week, Gomez de Liaño breached 20 points twice and averaged 21.5 points with 9.5 rebounds.Honorable mentionsSteve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas won its lone game of Season 80 thanks in large part to its starting big man.Steve Akomo is the owner of this year’s highest single-game rebounding total of 20 boards, and he did that once more in UST’s 88-85 win over University of the East while also scoring 18 points and blocking six shots.And Akomo’s mark of six blocks is tied with Mbala and Issa Gaye’s record for most in one game. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers) John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt seems La Salle has settled with Ricci Rivero as its secondary offensive option.And although Mbala’s 20 field goal attempts against Ateneo were almost 30 percent of La Salle’s total output, Rivero still had plenty for him as he put up 13 and making seven of those. Rivero also got to the line for his fair share of charities as he went 5-of-7 from the stripe. Overall, Rivero finished with 21 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max deal Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With a second straight MVP in the bag, the La Salle center went crazy and dismantled Ateneo in every statistical category.Mbala registered 28 points, 19 rebounds, six steals, six blocks, and a big defensive stop down the stretch to preserve the Green Archers 79-76 win over the Blue Eagles.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino has often been an unassuming player, to the point of being lackadaisical that his head coach Olsen Racela repeatedly challenged him to give more effort. 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London: Egyptian star Mohamed Salah may be setting European and English football alight now but when he arrived in Switzerland he cast a few doubts in the mind of his first coach Heiko Vogel.The 27-year-old forward — an integral part of Liverpool’s Champions League success last season — has started the campaign in flying form scoring a double in last Sunday’s win over Arsenal. Vogel, though, told the German SPOX website he wondered whether Salah had the mental strength to succeed when he asked him to come for a week long trial in 2012 — on the back of scoring a double for the Egyptian Under-23 side against Basel in a friendly.”It was always clear to me that he is an outstanding player, but whether he had the mentality? I didn’t know that exactly,” said Vogel.”Momo is a gentle killer.”I would be lying if say I had prophesied such a massive global career for him.”Vogel then asked Basel’s scouts in Egypt to confirm his potential by taking video footage of him.”I wondered whether the videos had been speeded up,” he said.”He had everything — the speed, the finish, the left foot.”Then he trained on the first day (in Switzerland); everyone watched the session and we wondered if he might have a twin brother.”Vogel, who picks out Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka as the most impressive of the Premier League-based stars he coached at Basel with Salah and his Liverool team-mate Xherdan Shaqiri the other two, said things progressively got better.”The second day was a bit better, but not good.”And then came the third day. It was then that he destroyed everything, he was really unstoppable.”It was absolutely extraordinary. He was so agile, so explosive. If he had the ball on his left foot, it was a goal.”After that performance everyone knew why we wanted to sign him.”Vogel, who was sacked on October 2012 only months after clinching the domestic double, said Salah’s difficulties were understandable.”Momo was very sure of himself, but he was immersed in a new world,” said Vogel.”He had to acclimatise, in the most literal sense of the word.”He came to us from the heat of North Africa.”It is always difficult when you come into an environment where you don’t speak the language.”Salah, though was keen as mustard to learn German something which Vogel did his best to dissuade him from doing.”He couldn’t speak English at all,” said the 43-year-old German, who is presently coaching third tier German side KFC Uerdingen.”He wanted to learn German but I said to him: ‘Slow down, champion. German is bloody difficult. Learn English, that’ll be enough for you.'”Momo had a really great agent there who could speak English, so we spoke through him.” FC BaselfootballHeiko Vogelmohamed salah First Published: August 28, 2019, 11:39 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Waqar Younis has resigned as coach of the Pakistan team after poor Asia Cup T20 and ICC World Twenty20 campaigns. Yesterday, Shahid Afridi had also stepped down as T20I skipper but said he had no plans of retiring yet.While Afridi was slammed by manager Intikhab Alam in a report submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board, Waqar and the rest of the coaching staff got rave reviews for their work.The resignations come in the wake of Pakistan’s disastrous run. They won only two matches in the Asia Cup – against UAE and Sri Lanka. In the World T20, Pakistan won their tournament opener against Bangladesh but lost to arch-rivals India, New Zealand and Australia to crash out in the Super 10s stages.”I am resigning from my post today with a heavy heart,” Waqar told reporters in Lahore. “I want my recommendations to be implemented. They were not acted on when I first made them in 2015.”The former pacer, now 44, had been appointed for the second time in 2014. He was previously Pakistan coach in 2010-11. Waqar reportedly took the decision to resign after meeting PCB officials in Lahore today.
Wales enjoyed their greatest day in football for more than half a century by overwhelming Russia 3-0 on Monday to win Group B at Euro 2016 ahead of their oldest rivals England. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)It was an outcome that had seemed unlikely when England beat them 2-1 last Thursday, and the thousands of Welsh supporters could have been forgiven for a feeling of disbelief as they celebrated every touch of the ball with “oles” before finally feeling free to chant “we are top of the league”.They will play a third-placed team in Paris on Saturday while England face the Group F runners-up and Wales will go into the knockout stage with realistic hopes of reaching the last eight. (Wales thrash Russia to move into last 16)”It was never about beating England, it was about qualifying,” Wales manager Chris Coleman told reporters, adding that he had never seen a better performance from a Welsh team.Russia, bottom of the standings with one point, obtained with an undeserved last-minute equaliser against England, go home with much to think about before they host the World Cup in two years time under a new coach.The story of the night, however, was a Welsh one.In what had been described as the country’s biggest game since the 1958 World Cup quarter-final, they rediscovered the attacking brio that enabled them to beat Slovakia in the opening game.Gareth Bale, the scorer of a direct free kick in each of the two previous games to equal a European Championship record, was close with several fine efforts before becoming the first player since Milan Baros in 2004 to score in three successive games at the European finals.advertisementHe was outstanding in running at a Russian defence that allowed far too much space to him and Aaron Ramsey, breaking in support of Sam Vokes, the surprise selection in attack in place of Hal Robson-Kanu.That defence was not helped by a revamped midfield being outplayed by Joe Ledley and the tigerish Joe Allen.Russia survived an early Bale chance but were two goals down inside 20 minutes after strikes by Ramsey, named man of the match, and wing back Neil Taylor.Bale made further chances for Vokes and Ramsey before the latter, Wales’ only other regular Champions League player, returned the compliment twice in the second half.”Weve topped the group which nobody probably saw coming,” Ramsey said.”Our main target was to get out of the group. To finish top is a fantastic feeling.””It’s probably the best performance I’ve been involved in with Wales,” Bale added.
Chennai, Jun 28 (PTI) Tamil Nadus P R Venketrama Raja was unanimously re-elected president of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) for the term 2017-2020 while Bharat Singh Chauhan of Delhi was elected honorary secretary. The new AICF office-bearers were elected during the annual general body meeting held in Chennai on June 25, said a press release here. Chauhan returns as the Federation honorary secretary and takes over from V Hariharan. He had served as the CEO in the previous term after stepping down as secretary as per government guidelines on tenure of office-bearers of national sports federations. The other office-bearers elected unopposed are: Treasurer: Kishor M Bandekar (Goa). Vice Presidents: D V Sundar (TN), A Bhakthavatchalam (Puducherry), A Narasimha Reddy (Telangana), Sekhar Chandra Sahu (Odisha), G Bhasker (Andaman) and Manoj Itkelwar (Maharashtra). Joint secretaries: R Hanumantha (Karnataka), Kapil Saxena (MP), Atanu Lahiri (Bengal), Th B Singh (Meghalaya), Naresh Sharma (Haryana) and Bhavesh Patel (Gujarat). PTI SS ATK ATK
He is ecstatic after his match-winning performance in his very second international game but rookie left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff’s ultimate aim is to play Test cricket for a long time.”Test cricket is the ultimate prize and wearing the baggy green cap is something I am sure all cricketers aspire to and I certainly do. I will be pursuing and doing everything I can to play Test cricket,” Behrendorff said after winning Man of the Match award for his 4/21 in Australia’s eight wicket victory.Having bowled just an over on his debut in Ranchi, the lanky pacer made the most of the overcast conditions to rip through the Indian top four – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey – in 15 deliveries.The feeling of winning a game for Australia is yet to sink in. “An unbelievable feeling to be honest. Ranchi was almost nearly not getting on at all, to get one over was great to get out there but to bowl four overs tonight to take four wickets but mainly to get a win, to get the boys back up and about after a pretty tough time in the one-dayers, it’s very special,” said Behrendorff.”I was really happy with that. A few ones that I got hit to the boundary probably were not obviously where I needed to be bowling. But obviously to get the ball up there, swing the ball, hit guys on the pads and nick blokes off those are the things we talk about in our meetings to get the balls in those areas especially up front so I was very happy with that.”advertisementIt’s interesting to see if Australia would field two left-armers in Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc in the upcoming Ashes. “We are left-armers, we both swing it a bit. Mitch bowls a bit quicker than I do, but I know Mitch reasonably well. I’ve spent a bit of time playing with him occasionally but mainly against him. He is someone that I feel I can talk to and get some advice off as well.”Having been hit for two boundaries in the first over, Behrendorff set it up nicely for Rohit Sharma. The full length delivery swung back to trap him leg before. “For me, that’s what I generally try to do — swing it back, that’s my plan up front especially to the right handers,” he said.Behrendorff has also gained attention for his close resemblance to WWE superstar John Cena. Behrendorff was in splits after Cena’s name came up in the post match press conference.”From what I can understand he is a fair bit bigger than I am. But I’ll take it (the comparisons made by fans), sure.”Being aggressive may be fast bowlers’ forte but Behrendorff wants his ball to do the talking. “You don’t have to be mean and nasty all the time. Generally I try and let my skills and the ball do the work and let that do the talking for me instead of getting into a verbal battle or anything like that.”Some guys enjoy that and that’s what gets them going and fired up, but it’s not really my style.”Having struggled with injuries, Behrendorff has acquired education in sports science. “It’s nice to have a bit of knowledge about what’s going on so I can chat to the doctors and the physios and understand exactly what’s going on, what I need to do.”Behrendorff knows a thing or two about intense rehabiliation programmes. “The main thing is doing your rehab and getting back… and now enjoying playing international cricket for the first time. It’s something I have worked so hard for and I am loving every minute of it.”Back home it was an emotional time for his family. “It was a very special moment probably telling my wife first off was amazing. She was away at the time so we had to do it over the phone. She was very excited. The next best one was my dad. He’s never speechless, he’s an outgoing sort of guy but he was speechless on the phone for about 10 seconds.”The latest Aussie pacer may also be sought after in the lucrative Indian Premier League T20. “It might do. That’s down the track, I’ve got a fair bit of cricket to play yet so first and foremost focussed on winning the next game in Hyderabad and then got a summer of cricket to play but that would be very nice,” he concluded.advertisement
Steve Smith continues to lead the ICC rankings for Test batsmen four months after being banned for the ball-tampering controversy but there is finally hope he might be replaced by Virat Kohli when India’s five-Test series starts against England in Birmingham on Wednesday.Smith was handed a one-match ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal after Australia’s second Test against South Africa in Cape Town. However, Cricket Australia banished Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for a year following the furore.Effectively, Smith has missed only one Test since his ban but such has been his domination that he continued to top the charts with 929 rating points. This means Kohli, who trails Smith by only 26 points, has the opportunity to overtake the disgraced Australian star if he has a strong series in England.READ – Virat Kohli’s Team India make the most of sunny day in BirminghamIt will be easier said than done. In 2014, Kohli had a disastrous campaign, scoring only 134 runs from five Tests. He has since broken a string of records and became the only batsman to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.READ – Virat Kohli will show British public why he is the best: Ravi Shastri Since India’s tour of England in 2014, Kohli has played 37 Tests in this period and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds. He, in fact, is the only captain to record six double centuries in Test cricket. He has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties.advertisement Vorat Kohli trails Steve Smith by only 26 points (BCCI Photo)READ – India vs England: Injury concerns around India’s pace attackMeanwhile, India sit comfortably on top in the team rankings with 125 points England, who have had a poor time at home recently, are fifth with 97 points.READ – Virat Kohli and Co. to get only 14 days with WAGs on international toursIncidentally, England captain Joe Root is number three in the rankings for Test batsmen. He has 855 points and would look to a good series himself. Root struggled to lead from the front during the Ashes but he will draw inspiration from his sensational performances in India in late 2016. Besides, the top-10 has another Indian, Cheteshwar Pujara, who also had a poor tour of England in 2014.England pace ace James Anderson (892 points) leads the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. India spinners Ravindra Jadeja and R Aswhin also feature in the top-10. Jadeja is ranked third with 866 points while Ashwin is fifth with 811 points.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering him 101 suggestions to plug the gaps in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation and help alleviate problems faced by businesses. In his letter, Singh congratulated Modi on his spectacular win in the recent Lok Sabha elections and welcomed his resolve to speedily take the country on a trajectory of high growth and social justice. The Chief Minister said he looked forward to working with Modi to bring prosperity to the people of India as well as the state. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents Specifically, the Chief Minister made several suggestions to help improve state GST collections and narrow their revenue deficit. According to him, State Goods and Service Tax rate should be higher than Central Goods and Service Tax so that the states do not suffer huge deficits. He also suggested an amnesty scheme to overcome the aberrations that led to serious confusion in the business circles in the initial phase of GST implementation, and said there was no need to continue with VAT legacy issues, which should find a sunset clause. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Pointing out that India had the dubious distinction of being among the five countries in the world that have four or more non-zero GST rates, the Chief Minister called for, ideally, a single GST rate, but said it should include not more than two rates for any chapter and not more than one rate at four-digit level of any chapter sub-heading. “This will ensure harmonisation of tax rate across similar supplies and avoid classification disputes besides opportunities to evade,” he said giving the example of different tax rates under various modes of transport. The Chief Minister has also suggested widening the GST net to include electricity, real estate and petroleum to make it a win-win situation for the states as well as businesses.
HALIFAX – A Halifax bus mechanic who allegedly created a poisonous work environment by terrorizing his co-workers with racial slurs and harassment no longer works for the transit service.City spokesman Nick Ritcey says Arthur Maddox is no longer with Halifax Transit but he declined to discuss how or why he left his position, citing “confidential personnel matters.”Maddox’s tenure with the transit service, which started in 1988 and included a brief termination in 2001, ended after a Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission board of inquiry decision found his workplace behaviour to be “disrespectful, aggressive and racist.”Lynn Connors, independent board chairwoman, said in her decision released publicly on Tuesday that Maddox bullied his co-workers and intimidated them into silence.She said the irony did not escape her that Maddox continued to be employed with Halifax Transit while his victims had all left in part due to his behaviour and the “poisoned work environment” he created.The allegations against Maddox and his small entourage included a message scrawled on the men’s bathroom wall, which said “all minorities not welcome; show you care, burn a cross.” It was signed by “a member of the Baby Hitler.”In another instance, the white bus mechanic who lodged the rights complaint arrived at a social event with his African Nova Scotian wife to hear Maddox allegedly say loudly: “We don’t want those kind of people here.”Maddox is also quoted as saying “racism should be a law that you can shoot somebody and get away with it.”After he allegedly threatened a black mechanic with physical violence, Maddox was fired in 2001.However, he filed a grievance through the union and was reinstated a year later. The city would later say that “its hands were tied” by a sunset clause in the collective agreementMaddox allegedly blamed the complainant for his dismissal and tried to hit him with a bus, according to the rights decision. The complainant reported the incident to the maintenance yard supervisor, but it was not investigated and Maddox was not disciplined.Connors said Maddox “took an opportunity to frighten” the complainant and was “trying to terrorize” him.She said Halifax is “vicariously liable” for the actions of its workers and that it did not do enough to curb inappropriate behaviour.Jacques Dube, chief administrative officer for the municipality, issued an apology Tuesday to the complainant and his family. He said the city is committed to a harassment-free workplace where all people are treated with dignity and respect.A hearing is set for Monday to discuss the awarding of damages or assignment of mandated training.The complaint regarding racism and harassment at the transit yard was filed with the provincial human rights commission nearly 12 years ago, in July 2006.Equity Watch, a Halifax-based group dedicated to employment equity, is calling for an independent public inquiry into what it calls a long-standing pattern of bullying, harassment and discrimination at the municipality.The group points to other examples of racism and sexism at the city, including the case of firefighter Liane Tessier. She faced systemic gender discrimination, but her concerns were ignored by the municipality and dismissed by the provincial human rights commission before she eventually received an apology last December.Earlier this month, a group of African Nova Scotian city employees demanded action on a confidential report from two years ago that found racism in the workplace. Raymond Sheppard, a spokesman for the group, told reporters that “the anti-black racism and discrimination within HRM is at 1950s levels.”“We believe that these cases are only the tip of the iceberg,” Equity Watch spokesperson Judy Haiven, a retired management professor at Saint Mary’s University, said in a statement.“Apologies, payouts and promises, and claims to want to do better don’t cut it any more. The residents of HRM and equity-seeking groups have a right to know what’s really going on and how we’re going to solve this systemic problem.”The group is calling for an independent public inquiry outside of the human rights commission, with its “dilatory, bureaucratic and uncaring approach,” Haiven said.
As one of 17 partners spanning nine EU countries, Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has supplied specialty mining hoses to ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System), a 42-month research and development project designed to foster the exploitation and rehabilitation of under exploited and abandoned European deposits of mineral resources.With Europe’s more accessible mineral deposits largely depleted, deeper-lying resources remain submerged in mines abandoned after flooding or in unmined deposits below the water table. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, the €126 million ¡VAMOS! project aims to design and build a robotic, underwater mining prototype for field tests at four inactive submerged mineral deposits at two locations across Europe. The revolutionary mining technique involves remote operation of the underwater mining equipment from an offshore control station without affecting the local groundwater level.Trelleborg will develop a 200 m riser hose connecting the underwater mining vehicle to the support vessel on the surface. The hose will have an internal diameter of 200 mm and a maximum working pressure of 15 bar. In addition, Trelleborg will also develop a 236 m floating slurry hose that conveys the excavated slurry to the shoreline for dewatering. Designed to float at the surface in fully loaded condition, the hose will have an internal diameter of 150 mm and a maximum working pressure of 15 bar.Jacco Vonk, Marketing & Business Development Manager for Trelleborg’s engineered products operation, says: “It is widely acknowledged that the value of unexploited European mineral resources at a depth of 500 to 1,000 m is approximately €100 billion. Building on successful deep-sea excavation techniques, ¡VAMOS! will contribute to ensuring a sustainable supply of raw materials to the European economy.“To be involved in a ground-breaking project like ¡VAMOS! is testament not only to our unrivalled technical expertise, but our undisputed reputation as a world leader in the design and manufacture of specialty mining hoses for materials handling for abrasion resistance, slurry, water and chemical applications.”
Cobham Aviation Services has secured a three-year contract with OZ Minerals to provide fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) services between Adelaide, Port Augusta and its Carrapateena copper-gold project in South Australia.Over three years, Cobham will operate 14 flights each week between the locations with a RJ 100 aircraft servicing the route. Services began last month.This is the second OZ Minerals contract Cobham has secured in recent years. The company has operated all FIFO services to and from OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine since 2017.Cobham Aviation Services Vice President of Regional Services, Dean Brennan said the contract win reflects Cobham’s continued competitive offering within the FIFO environment.“The Carrapateena project is significant for South Australia and its economy. Cobham is delighted to play its part in such an important development and continuing its relationship with OZ Minerals.”Cobham has provided aviation services to the mining and resource sector in Australia for more than 25 years.Carapateena, 160 km north of Port Augusta in South Australia’s highly prospective Gawler Craton, is one of Australia’s largest undeveloped copper deposits. The project will be a 4.25 Mt/y underground operation, with an estimated mine life of 20 years.Construction of Carrapateena is underway and commissioning is scheduled for the December quarter of 2019 after which the project will ramp up to steady state production.
http://jrnl.ie/3217329 No Comments Feb 1st 2017, 4:56 PM EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: RTÉ will continue to make in-house children’s programming in 2017.2. #FINAL APPEAL: John Gilligan has lost his Supreme Court appeal to hold onto assets seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau.3. #171 REG: The cost of buying a car has gone down, and fewer cars were sold in January.4. #MARY ROBINSON: The former Irish President said that Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of certain countries from entering the US has “upset a balance globally”.5. #SEBASTIAN BARRY: “I no longer feel 61 but 22 again”: An Irish author’s reaction to winning a major book award. 6,752 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 4:56 PM Share Tweet Email Short URL Image: Shutterstock/View Apart By Gráinne Ní Aodha The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/View Apart
‘Homes not Hostels’ banner hanging outside the Apollo House that was occupied by groups protesting the homelessness crisis. By Emily Sheahan Image: SAM BOAL 26 Comments Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 10:00 PM 15,050 Views https://jrnl.ie/4531265 Share15 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Homes not Hostels’ banner hanging outside the Apollo House that was occupied by groups protesting the homelessness crisis. Image: SAM BOAL ‘A generation locked out’: The families spending more than two years in emergency accommodation The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive found that 1,233 families were residing in emergency accommodation at the end of 2018. Mar 17th 2019, 10:01 PM In these settings, these institutional settings, they become incrementally dependent on the arrangements in place, so they are very damaging.A Maynooth University report published in 2017 showed that family hubs “restrict the capacity to live normal lives and have devastating impacts on family, adult and child wellbeing”.“The primary response to growing homelessness in Ireland has been to build more and more emergency shelters and family hubs,” said Mike Allen.“Evidence from throughout the world shows that a shelter based approach to homelessness results in people being trapped in emergency accommodation for longer and longer periods, with all the consequent damage which long-stays in institutional accommodation is known to cause.” Short URL ”Homeless hubs are not a solution to the homeless crisis. Homes are the solution to homelessness – with support where needed.” Lyons is concerned that emergency accommodation facilities such as family hubs are being the new normal. “Of course, any accommodation that’s either newly built or recently refurbished is better than a B&B,” said Lyons. “But you’re talking about a pretty desperate place.”FamilyReasons why families “get stuck” in emergency accommodation are complex, said Allen.“Larger families, Traveller families and families with very young parents appear to be at higher risk of being stuck in homelessness.” The DRHE count found that 220 families had been in emergency accommodation for between a year and 18 months and 290 families had been living in the facilities between six and 12 months.483 families had been there for less than six months. Separately, there were a total of 1,736 individual adults living in emergency accommodation on 31 December. 187 of these people had spent over two years in emergency accommodation. 627 had spent less than six months in the accommodation facilities.Allen said that many families are too far down the list for social housing and are further discriminated against by private landlords when seeking HAP tenancies. “Both routes out are blocked.”He said Dublin City Council has resisted “effective” strategies such as ensuring a stream of social housing allocations for families who would otherwise be trapped. Allen said the council would fear families deliberately making themselves homeless in order to access the help. He said there is “no evidence that well designed programmes to help the most vulnerable generate significant levels of such behaviour”. NEW FIGURES SHOW that 144 families had been living in temporary emergency accommodation for over two years as of the end of 2018.A total of 1,233 families were residing in emergency accommodation facilities on 31 December 2018. Of these, almost one quarter had been living in emergency accommodation for at least a year and a half. The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) carried out the research by doing a count of families staying in temporary emergency accommodation on 31 December and asked the families how long they had been there. Emergency accommodation options for those facing homelessness include hostels, B&Bs, hotels, shelters and family hubs. Family hubs, which have cooking and laundry facilities and play areas for children, are specifically designed with the goal of families not staying in them for longer than six months. They are subject to service level agreements between local authorities and service providers, and the Department of Housing told TheJournal.ie that these contracts “require that families accessing the hubs are supported to exit to an independent tenancy within a six month period”.Commenting on the scale of the problem, Focus Ireland director of advocacy Mike Allen said that “over 500 of the families in commercial hotels do not even have a designated case manager to assist them to deal with the problems they face and support them to move out”.“So it is not surprising that many of them get stuck,” said Allen. Independent Dublin City councillor John Lyons, who requested the figures from Dublin City Council, said that the numbers are “pretty frightening”.He said more and more people are being “squeezed out” of the private rental sector due to increases in rent.“A whole generation has been locked out of ever entering affordable, high-quality accommodation,” he said. “So, I would say that the State has to use the public land in its ownership to build both public and affordable housing.”“The State policy with regard to housing is wholly dependent on the private sector, and that’s just not feasible.”Family hubsLyons had also requested information on the length of stay of families living specifically in family hub homeless accommodation from the Dublin City Council Chief Executive. This information was not provided.There are currently more than 368 families living in family hub homeless accommodation, Chief Executive Owen Keegan told Lyons. Keegan did not elaborate on the length of stay of the families as this “would require a record by record search”.“Some of us raised this when the family hub came up as a proposed solution – how were families going to progress out of this accommodation?” said Lyons. “Where was the exit strategy? Unfortunately, the only exit strategy that they offered then and they’ve entrenched now is the HAP (Housing Assistance Payment) scheme.”Lyons said this is why families are stuck for so long in this accommodation – “because they’ve nowhere to go”.
American Soybean Association (ASA) members and DuPont Young Leaders are gaining recognition for taking the lead in important agriculture issues.Agri-Pulse released its article “50 Under 50” earlier this week, putting the spotlight on the young people hard at work on the farm and “packing a political punch” in today’s rural communities.ASA/DuPont Young Leaders mentioned include:Gary Baldosser, 47, Republic, OhioJacob Chisholm, 21, Gary, Minn.Jason Frerichs, 29, Wilmot, S.D.Ryan Bivens, 35, Hodgenville, Ky./President of the Kentucky Soybean Association BoardDow Brantley, 38, England, Ark.Kate Danner, 25, Roseville, Ill./ Illinois Soybean Association Soy AmbassadorAntron Williams, 31, Rowesville, S.C.Quint Pottinger, 25, New Haven, Ky./ Kentucky Soybean Association/ ASA DuPont Young Leader 2014Geoff Ruth, 30, Rising City, Nebraska/Chair of Nebraska Soybean AssociationAndrew Moore, 32, Resaca, Georgia/DuPont Young Leader 2014
Marine container asset leasing organisation Sea Containers has completed a £187 million bulk annuity buy-out transaction to insure the defined benefit (DB) pension liabilities for 750 pension scheme members.The transaction, which was completed with Aviva, insures the DB pension liabilities of the Sea Containers 1983 Pension Scheme in order to secure benefits that are in excess of the compensation levels available through the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).Link ATL Pension Trustees, part of Link Asset Services, is the professional trustee on the board, supported by the scheme’s long-standing trustees. The trustees were advised by consultancy Mercer and law firm Gowling WLG throughout the buy-out process.Jane Fryer, chair of trustees at Link ATL Pension Trustees, said: “We are delighted to have been able to secure benefits for members above PPF compensation levels and to be in a position to wind up the scheme, some years since the scheme, together with the Sea Containers 1990 Pension Scheme, received the first financial support direction from The Pension Regulator. We feel the scheme has gained from recent competitive rates in the market.”Stephen Purves, deal management lead at Aviva, added: “We’re continuing to see very strong demand for bulk annuity deals as more and more trustees and sponsoring employers look to de-risk their defined benefit pension schemes.”
Now playing: Watch this: 1 Preview • YouTube TV has promise, but needs to grow before it’s worth $35 (hands-on) Review • YouTube TV review: The best premium live TV streaming service 1:26 YouTube TV’s price hike, Disney Plus details YouTube TV has a reward for some of its “longtime friends.” David Katzmaier / CNET YouTube TV appears to be offering some subscribers a summer of free Showtime. The live TV streaming service is giving “longtime friends” a subscription to Showtime at no cost through Sept. 5, 2019, according to offer messages shared by customers on social media.”Wowza!! I just got a free summer of @Showtime from @YouTubeTV no strings — just for being a loyal subscriber,” tweeted Rich Greenfield on Thursday, along with images of the offer. YouTube TV apparently won’t automatically bill customers for the Showtime subscription once the deal has ended. “You can add it back if you love it, but that’s totally up to you,” reads the offer message. (Editors’ note: Showtime is a part of CBS, which also owns CNET.)Earlier this year, YouTube TV raised its monthly price from $40 to $50. The Google-owned service is one of a handful of subscription options aimed at cable TV cord-cutters who want to stream live TV channels such as ESPN, TNT and CNN, as well as local channels including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Its competition includes Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now, each with different channel packages and pricing.YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for more details. Comment News • YouTube TV is now available across the US Share your voice Wowza!! I just got a free summer of @Showtime from @YouTubeTV no strings — just for being a loyal subscriber (spectrum has never done that) pic.twitter.com/o2xU5ySmjK— Rich Greenfield (@RichBTIG) June 14, 2019 YouTube TV Tags TVs Digital Media Showtime YouTube
Amaravati: CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has congratulated Biswa Bhusan Harichandan on being appointed as the Governor of the State, on Wednesday over phone. Jagan asked the new Governor for his full cooperation for the development of the state.
Alongside piracy, video game publishers also hate the used games market as there’s no profit in it for them. Some publishers have tried to counteract such sales by requiring an additional payment for certain in-game features if you buy used. EA’s answer to that was Online Pass.For the games that used Online Pass, EA required you enter a code after purchase to unlock features such as online multiplayer. If that game was then traded in and bought by someone else, EA required an additional payment from them to unlock that same Online Pass-protected content. Typically this would cost around $10.Online Pass was introduced in 2010 and is for the most part not well liked among gamers. Some games use it, while others don’t. It’s also not immediately clear when buying a game used that you’ll have to purchase an Online Pass and what doing so unlocks in the game. Worst of all, Online Pass typically unlocks content that requires a server (e.g. multiplayer), and EA is well known for regularly shutting down online access to older titles. So you could end up paying for an Online Pass only to find the functionality it unlocks is no longer available a few months later.So gamers will be glad to hear that EA has decided to kill Online Pass. EA’s senior director of corporate communications, John Reseburg, explained that the decision is in response to players not responding well to the format. That’s corporate speak for everyone hated it and we finally decided to listen.EA has clearly moved on from Online Pass and is using other methods to try and boost revenue from game releases. Examples include requiring a constant Internet connection to play certain titles, such as SimCity, which makes piracy very difficult and means there is no used market for that title. We also see DLC and micro-transactions being used more heavily. A good example of that is Dead Space 3, which had over $50 worth of additional content to buy on top of the initial game cost.
Upon inspection, la Policía Federal de Quintana Roo discovered they contained crocodile skins. Chetumal, Q.R. — The Federal Police of Quintana Roo have reported the finding of two plastic bags containing crocodile skins along the state highway. The skins inside the bags, which were from two different types of crocodiles, were of protected reptile species in Mexico. They were secured for the Attorney General of the Republic.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Police were performing routine surveillance along the Reforma Agraria Puerto Juárez-Tulum highway when they located two abandoned bags at a public transport stop. Photo: la Policía Federal de Quintana Roo
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