America’s Greenest Office Building

first_imgNeedless to say, achieving LBC certification is very hard. Since the launch of the program seven years ago only a handful of buildings have achieved full certification (4 and counting), and another half-dozen have been recognized for achieving LBC requirements in individual petals. When it comes to larger, multistory office buildings, the requirements for LBC have seemed almost out of the realm of possibility — at least until now. Yes, it cost more: $355 per square footAs might be expected, the Bullitt Center wasn’t an inexpensive building. At $18.5 million dollars, or $355 per square foot, this is about $50 per square foot above the average for high-quality, Class-A office buildings in the region, according to the Bullitt Foundation. But it is a demonstration of pushing the envelope and proving that the environmental impacts of buildings can indeed be dramatically reduced.Office space in the building is being leased at $28 to $30 per square foot per year, slightly higher than average for Seattle, but tenants get free electricity and water at that price — as long as they keep within their allotted limits.The Bullit Center is indeed a milestone building — I believe one of the most important commercial buildings of the past 50 years. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. A very green new office building in SeattleThe Bullitt Center is a remarkable building that is well on its way to becoming the first sizable commercial office building to achieve LBC certification. The six-story, 52,000 square-foot commercial building, which is owned by (and houses) the Bullitt Foundation, had its grand opening on Earth Day this year (particularly appropriate, since the long-time president of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis Hayes, was the director of the first Earth Day in 1970).The building was designed by the Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle, with other members of the integrated design team including Point32, PAE Consulting Engineers, Foushee, Luma Lighting Design, 2020 Engineering and Berger Partnership.Among the building’s features:Highly energy-efficient building envelope. The mostly glass building has a modeled energy-use intensity (EUI) of 16 kBtu per square foot per year. This makes it 83% more efficient than typical office buildings in Seattle. This is achieved with such features as triple-glazed, low-e, argon-filled windows, automated exterior shades, and high insulating values for non-glazed portions of the building.Solar-electric system. A rooftop 242-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) system is projected to deliver 100% of the building’s electricity needs on an annual basis. Denis Hayes told me, however, that since Seattle isn’t known as one of the sunnier places, this net-zero-energy performance will depend on the weather each year. On a good year, the PV array should have no problem meeting that goal, but some years there is a lot less insolation than average. To get a large enough PV array on the roof to supply electricity for six floors, the PV array cantilevers out over the walls. (Incidentally, Hayes knows what he’s talking about relative to solar, as he served in the late-1970s as director of the Solar Energy Research Institute — now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory — in Golden, Colorado.)Ground-source heat pump heating and cooling. Twenty six 400-foot-deep wells drilled beneath the building provide a heat source and heat sink for the building. Both heating and cooling are delivered through radiant systems. This all-electric system is projected to use only 5% of the electricity produced by the building’s PV system.Lighting and plug loads. Daylighting provides 90% of the building’s lighting needs. Power consumption for electric lighting and plug loads (computers and other devices that plug into outlets) is kept low in part through a unique, internal “cap-and-trade” system in which tenants have a specific energy budget. If they use less electricity than their budget, they can trade with other tenants in the building who may need more. Tenants sign a thick contract that includes penalties if their energy budgets are exceeded. (The International Living Future Institute, which manages the Living Building Challenge, has just moved into the building so will be walking the talk.)Operable windows. Many of the large triple-glazed windows that comprise much of the wall area of the building are operable. Rather than hinging open, the German Schüco mechanisms keep the windows parallel to the wall as they open, which improves the ventilation. The mechanisms are automated but have manual override. To achieve the LBC requirement for local materials, Schüco partnered with a local glazing fabrication company to produce the units, and that company is now going to be a regional producer of high-performance curtainwall systems.Rainwater harvesting. The building has a 56,000-gallon cistern for storage of rainwater that is harvested on the roof. This water, after filtration and multistage treatment and polishing, can supply 100% of the building’s water needs, including drinking water, the three ounces of water used per flush in the foam-flush toilets, showers for bicycle commuters (there are showers on each floor), and landscape irrigation. (Permitting issues are still being worked out to allow the building to use only site-harvested water, but hopefully that will be resolved.) Interestingly, while Seattle is cloudy a lot of the time (225 cloudy days per year) and it rains a lot (150 days per year), Hayes noted that the total rainfall is modest: only 37 inches per year on average, compared with 43 for Boston and 49 for New York City. The exception to the self-contained water system is the building’s sprinkler system, which the city required be on municipal water pressure.Composting toilets. To get the building’s water consumption low enough to satisfy it entirely with site-harvested water required composting toilets. The four foam-flush toilets on each floor (24 total) deliver waste to ten Phoenix composting units located in the basement. As far as I know, this is the only building over four stories to rely exclusively on composting toilets.Durability. The building’s timber structure is designed for a 250-year life, and the building envelope or skin has a projected life of 50 years before it will need replacement — which can happen without affecting the structure.Local materials. Reflecting the Pacific Northwest’s timber resource as well as a desire to minimize embodied energy of materials, all of the structural wood for the building is local Douglas fir from forests that were certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. Glulam beams are produced from two-by dimension lumber. Incidentally, the Bullet Center is the largest heavy-timber building constructed in Seattle since the 1920s.Safe materials. Tremendous effort was expended to avoid the use of several hundred red-list chemicals. Manufacturers whose products were used have to go through the International Living Future Institute’s Declare program or produce a Health Product Declaration to certify that red-list chemicals are not used. This feature of the Living Building Challenge is have a huge influence on product manufacturing today, leading to greener products. A number of manufacturers altered their manufacturing to comply with LBC requirements.Occupant comfort and daylighting. All tenants in the building will have access to daylight, either from adjacency to outside walls or through glass interior partition walls. Even the stairwell is fully daylit, a particular requirement of Hayes, who calls it the “irresistible stair” that will encourage occupants to walk rather than taking the elevator. Views of downtown Seattle from the stairwell make the walk worthwhile.center_img I’m just back from a week in Seattle, where I attended the Living Future Conference, which this year had a theme of resilience and regeneration — a major focus of mine with the Resilient Design Institute. While there I visited what is almost certainly the greenest office building in America, if not the world.The Living Future Conference was created initially to provide a networking and learning venue for designers and builders involved in creating buildings that achieve the Living Building Challenge. Unlike its better known cousin, the LEED Rating System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is not a points-based system, but rather a collection of very specific, very challenging requirements.To achieve LBC certification, buildings must:operate on a net-zero-energy basis — using no more energy, on an annual basis, than is collected by the building (LBC certification can not be earned until a full year of data is collected proving that it is actually operating to be zero-net-energy);operate on a net-zero water basis—using no more water on an annual basis than is collected on the site;contain no “red list” chemicals — the LBC maintains a long list of chemicals that cannot be used, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants, and heavy metals like the mercury found in fluorescent lights; andaddress various other requirements related to the building site, health, equity, and beauty (yes, beauty). Each of these categories (energy, water, materials, site, health, equity, and beauty) are referred to as petals in the program. RELATED ARTICLES It’s Alive! Studying the Living Building ChallengeEarly Lessons from the Living Building ChallengeA Certification Program for Net Zero Energy ProjectsPassivhaus versus Net-Zero Energy BuildingsDoes a Composting Toilet Stink Up Your House?Who Deserves the Prize for the Greenest Home in the U.S.?last_img read more

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How Google’s Chromecast Lets Down iPhone Users

first_imgThis is no iOS-specific quirk. It’s not currently possible to do tab casting from any phone or tablet, which means mobile users have to rely solely on apps. And that’s a problem for a platform that only has two Chromecast-compatible apps available. So if you’re an iPhone or iPad owner, get used to the fact that while Android users may have Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Music and Google Play Movies & TV apps at their disposal, you only have the first two right now. (It’s quite possible you won’t care, but that’s a separate issue.)The Bugs Android users have a handy native Chromecast mobile app to set up and manage the device’s settings. So do Mac and Windows users. iPhone users, however, don’t. It’s not clear if Google simply hasn’t submitted it to the App Store or if Apple is holding back approval, but either way it’s not available. So to configure the streaming stick, we have to do it online from our mobile Web browser. That’s not so bad, except that—unlike the Chromecast app—this doesn’t allow you to later tweak those settings from an iDevice. So if you want to change networks, Wi-Fi passwords, rename the device or remote reboot/factory reset it, you have to put down your iPhone and pick up a laptop. Or borrow a friend’s Android gadget. (Update 8/27/2013: The iOS Chromecast setup app has finally entered the App Store.Click here to grab it.)(Note: If you don’t mind digging behind your TV and grabbing hold of the device, you can do a manual factory reset by pressing and holding the physical button for 25+ seconds, or until the light starts to flash.)When it comes to apps, there’s an even peskier issue—the actual streaming. Only four mobile apps directly support Chromecast at this moment, and two of them—Google Play Music and Google Play Movies & TV—aren’t available for iOS users. We can listen to Google Play Music via Safari and mobile Chrome, sure, but we can’t beam that music to the TV.  I’ve had a Chromecastic week playing around with Google’s $35 streaming device. Overall, I’ve come away with positive impressions. Then again, it’s easy to be forgiving when a new gadget costs less than dinner at a middle-of-the-road restaurant.See also: 10 Things You Need To Know About Chromecast; 5 Cool Chromecast Hacks And Workarounds; and What You Can Watch On Chromecast, And HowBut that forgiveness is key. I’m an iPhone user, and it has become increasingly apparent that Chromecast sometimes works rather fitfully with Apple gear. That’s a tough pill to swallow given the attention Google lavished on the Chromecast’s touted ability to work across Android and iDevices alike—and the fact that Android phones and tablets handle the streaming so well.True, the disconnect isn’t necessarily surprising. Among other things, there was never much chance that Apple would help optimize the Chromecast experience on iOS. Certainly not in the service of its arch rival, and definitely not for features that compete with its own Apple TV and Airplay.So for iPhone and iPad users, Chromecast comes with some compromises—namely a dearth of compatible apps and a rough-around-the-edges experience.The iOS App Fail 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The Netflix app works better on both iOS and Android, and perhaps it should. The company has a lot of experience with streaming and resumptive playback. It also made Chromecast remote controls easier to find. Whenever a Netflix video casts to the TV, a blue banner shows up on every page within the app. No hunting around; users just tap the banner to jump back to the streaming video and its controls. In contrast, YouTube’s iPhone app hides away the casting notification in a side tray that only shows up when the user swipes the screen from the left.This side tray also holds the TV Queue. Google hyped this feature, which lets multiple YouTube users create a single Chromecast playlist from different devices. It works differently on iOS than Android. Creating or adding videos to the queue was easy and obvious on my Nexus. Once I had a connection to the Chromecast, an “add it to the TV Queue” immediately showed up on YouTube videos. Once again, on the iPhone, that feature’s buried—this time under the “share” icon in the upper right. I have no idea why the iOS app handles such features differently than the Android version, so I asked YouTube to weigh in on that. I’ll update this post if I get a response. As of publication, I hadn’t heard back. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… adriana lee Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App But this ease of use issue goes beyond any single app. Chromecast remote controls are available everywhere on Android. Starting a stream on the Nexus puts an icon in the top left, complete with drop-down controls like play and pause. This stays available, even if you return to the homescreen or use another app. And when the tablet sleeps, touching the screen puts the full-size controls front and center. iOS users don’t get these user-friendly benefits. Instead, we have to fumble around to turn on our iPhones or iPads, enter the app that originated the stream and find the controls in there somewhere. I asked Apple if there was any possibility of Chromecast remote controls showing up in the app tray, like Pandora’s do, or landing on the lockscreen. Predictably, there was no response. Final ThoughtsSee also: Have Chromecast, Will Travel … Er, Maybe NotIn general, Chromecast on iOS feels rough around the edges. And maybe it wouldn’t, if it didn’t pale in comparison to the experience on Android. Little things, like where to put the remote controls, can make a big difference. No one wants to lose track of which video they’re casting or search around just to pause a streaming video. And yet, it’s a compromise I’m putting up with to save a little cash. If it was crucial to have a device that worked perfectly with my iPhone or iPad, that could stream lots of media—including my iTunes library, as well as those from other apps—I would have splurged on an Apple TV instead. But I didn’t. I bought a cheap streaming stick. And so, I take the issues above in stride and adjust my expectations.Of course, it helps greatly that app makers seem intensely interested in Chromecast, so the offerings will likely expand soon. Still, one person’s annoying compromises can be another’s unforgivable problems. If you fall in the latter camp, then there are certainly better, more cohesive experiences available. That is, if you’re willing to pay for them. Tags:#connected TV#media#streaming Worse, with one of those two remaining apps, iOS users face further compromises. If, for instance, you assumed that Google-owned YouTube would perform better than Netflix, you’d be mistaken—and the disappointment is especially acute on iOS.I tested Chromecasting from YouTube on both an iPhone 5 and the new Nexus 7 tablet. Here’s what I found: Casting a video to the TV and remote controlling it from the same device worked well in both cases. Since Google also hyped remote control swapping between devices, I gave that a go too. At various times, both had trouble detecting the current stream. But the Android picked it up more easily than the iOS device. I just tapped the “cast” button and selected Chromecast, and the tablet locked on. With the iPhone, that only worked half the time. I tried another feature: resumptive playback. I casted a YouTube video from the tablet to the TV, and tried to continue it from the same point on my iPhone. It worked. Then I tried to send it back to Chromecast. That was less successful. I tried several times, and often my handset just didn’t want to let it go, no matter how many times I tapped the “cast” button. The Experiencelast_img read more

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Disabled girl denied entry with wheel-chair to temple in Goa

first_imgA disabled girl on a wheelchair was allegedly denied entry to Mangueshi temple by the trustee, in north Goa on Monday. The girl’s parents have lodged a police complaint over the issue.In the complaint which was forwarded to the Superintendent of Police (South) and South Goa Collector DRAG on Monday, Subhada Keskar said that the temple committee member, Anil Kenkre did not allow her daughter Sanika Keskar, who was on her wheelchair due to her physical disability, to enter the Mangueshi Temple, Mardol for worship. Sanika was denied entry into the temple, since wheelchairs were not allowed in the temple as it was a ‘vehicle’.The Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG), a body spearheading the cause of persons with disabilities(PwDs) has demanded immediate action against Mr. Kenkre, for allegedly denying the wheelchair user’s entry to the temple.”Mr. Kenkre also told the Keskars that they were not invited to the temple. This is outright discrimination and abuse of physically challenged person, which is a criminal offence under Section 92(a) of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016 . We also wish to bring to notice that denial of right to worship is a serious offence as right to worship is a fundamental right under the Constitution of India. Hence we request you to register a criminal offence against the Mangueshi Temple Committee member Mr. Kenkre under the relevant sections of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016 and the Indian Penal Code immediately”, the complaint stated.’Implement 2016 law’DRAG has also written to the North and South Goa Collectors and the State Disability Commissioner to direct all heads of religious places of worship in their jurisdiction to ensure that persons with disability and the elderly are not denied entry into places of worship due to their aids and appliances and all places of worship are made accessible as mandated under the Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016 within six months of this letter.However, Mr. Kenkre, denied the allegations. “I exactly don’t remember what they asked me and details of our conversation, but I am very clear that we never deny right to any person to enter the temple and pray. What I told them is there is no facility to take the wheel-chair inside the temple, but it would not be correct to say that we denied them entry,” Mr. Kenkre said.In reply to a question, he admitted that the temple was not disabled-friendly to take a wheel-chair inside, but “persons with disabilities come to temple and nobody has any issues of entry,” he reiterated.Goa State Disability Commissioner Anuradha Joshi confirmed to have received the complaint from DRAG and said that she would on Tuesday herself visit the temple to find out for herself what was the situation and apart from dealing with the complain legally, she would also try and see what could be done so that PwDs do not face problems of temple access.last_img read more

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Belgium’s federal research agency under threat

first_imgBRUSSELS—Pretty much everything in this tiny country of 11 million is divided along the language border between Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north and Wallonia, the predominantly French-speaking southern part—including science policy. Now, the Belgian government wants to ax one of the few agencies that still straddle the divide, the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO). The plan has triggered protests from Belgian researchers who worry that the move will harm collaboration across the language frontier and endanger internationally renowned research projects.In the past decades, science responsibilities have already been devolved from Belgium’s federal government to authorities in Flanders, Wallonia, and Brussels, the bilingual capital. Together, regional and community governments now manage about three-quarters of the nation’s science funds. BELSPO is in charge of 10 federal museums and science institutes, including the Royal Observatory of Belgium and the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium; it also manages Belgium’s contribution to the European Space Agency, worth about €200 million per year.Last month, the coalition government pledged to scrap BELSPO and integrate its functions “elsewhere,” and to carry out an audit of science funding channels. “In mid-2015, the government will rationalize current funding channels in a bid to make net savings,” says the government plan, issued on 10 October.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In a petition launched last week, scientists urged the government to reverse the decision, saying it would push the country “below the threshold of scientific … poverty.” (The plea now has about 9000 signatures—and counting.) “The government is planning to destroy the existing structures, but we don’t really know what will replace them,” says marine biogeochemist Frank Dehairs, from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel—one of the scientists who launched the petition.BELSPO President Philippe Mettens says other small, federal states such as Switzerland maintain a strong central oversight of the science system. “On the international science scene, Wallonia, Flanders, or Brussels alone don’t mean much,” Mettens says.BELSPO provides the only funding tools available to link up researchers from the Dutch, French, and German-speaking parts of the country working on joint projects, Dehairs says. “BELSPO projects have largely helped bring us to the forefront internationally,” and enabled collaborations with colleagues in other parts of the world, he adds. For instance, Dehairs secured BELSPO funding for a marine biochemistry project in the Southern Ocean called BIGSOUTH, which brings together five Belgian research teams with a budget of €1.2 million over 4 years—plus logistics support for costly missions in the Antarctic.Belgian researchers worry in particular about losing a funding program called Interuniversity Attraction Poles (IAP), which funds the “crème de la crème” of the nation’s science, as Mettens puts it. (This summer, researchers already raised the alarm about the possible end of the IAP after 2017; François Englert, the Belgian physicist who shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics with Peter Higgs, called on the government to maintain the program.)Speaking to the federal parliament’s lower house last week, Elke Sleurs, the state secretary in charge of science, announced plans to set up an “Interfederal space agency,” with more involvement from the regional authorities. The federal museums and institutes will become autonomous and should seek more external funding from private sponsors or crowdfunding, she said. Sleurs, a member of the separatist New Flemish Alliance party, will explain how these political intentions will translate into “concrete measures” on 9 December, says her representative.last_img read more

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LOOK: Sisters play 3×3 basketball

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo from Chooks to Go Pilipinas Facebook pageThe sisters at Mary School Girlstown in Talisay showed that they too can play 3-on-3 basketball.The sisters took time to play a fun pickup game against Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas officials while the Manok ng Bayan-SBP U18 tournament was on break.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Jayson Castro upbeat despite TNT loss to Ginebra in opener LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It just goes to show how much Filipinos love the sport of basketball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View commentslast_img read more

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Bulls waive Carmelo Anthony, pave way for free agency

first_imgLuwawu-Cabarrot has played in 142 regular-season games, 27 of them as a starter, with the Thunder and 76ers and has career averages of 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former New York Knick Carmelo Anthony acknowledges the crowd during the first half of the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Three-time Olympic champion Carmelo Anthony was released Friday by the Chicago Bulls, setting the stage for him to become a free agent after leaving his fourth NBA club in seven months.The 34-year-old former NBA All-Star forward is expected to clear waivers and gain a better sense of where he might play next after Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.ADVERTISEMENT Anthony spent his first 14 seasons with Denver and New York before being traded to Oklahoma City ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. He was traded last July to Atlanta, which promptly bought out his contract.Anthony then signed with Houston but played only 10 games for the Rockets before being benched until a trade to Chicago last week in a salary cap money-saving move.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnthony boasts career averages of 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds a game but has struggled to find a role on contending teams.The Bulls also acquired French swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and cash from Oklahoma City Thunder for a second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Boston star Kyrie Irving softens stance on Celtics stay: ‘Ask me July 1’ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

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UN keen to work for peace and development in JK: Kerpelman

first_imgJammu, Sep 10 (PTI) Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for India and Bhutan said that UN is keen to work for peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking at Meet The Press programme at Press Club of Jammu, the Director of the UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman said that the aim of United Nations India Connect (UNIC) is to connect people. “UN is keen to work for peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir,” she said. The UN in Jammu and Kashmir will involve youths through sports to connect them, she said. “Much like Nokia once did, if in a somewhat different way. There are strong organisations doing powerful work all over this country, work that ties in directly with themes and ideas that are priorities for the UN and for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,” she said. Kerpelman said this is also the connect between the local and the global – local projects can connect with and become part of global movements, and global themes and priorities are put into action, affecting ground realities. “We connect institutions – networks of schools and colleges around the countries conduct outreach and awareness events all through the year in partnership with UNIC, bringing messages of the Secretary-General on observances as diverse as World Water Day, remembrance of the victims of the Rwandan Genocide, International Day of Sport for Peace and International Womens Day, just to name a few,” she added. Kerpelman said, “We also have other important hooks such as a 12-day Peace to Non-Violence campaign which starts on the International Day of Peace on September 21 and ends on October 2, International Day of Non-Violence on Gandhi Jayanti.” Commenting upon the work of UNIC, Kerpelman added that they work very closely with the Indian Federation of UN Associations and consequently with the state trying to achieve all of the objectives. PTI TSS ISHadvertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: KL Rahul in a good space now after a tough couple of months, says Karun Nair

first_imgKings XI Punjab batsman Karun Nair said he is happy that his teammate, KL Rahul has been able to get back to hit peak form again after going through a “tough couple of months” following the controversy surrounding the India opener’s TV show controversy.Nair conceded it’s not easy to regain focus but added that Rahul is in a really good mental space right now.Rahul was handed a suspension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (India) over his controversial comments during an appearance on a popular television show alongside India teammate Hardik Pandya. The suspension came as a big jolt to Rahul’s chances of making the 2019 World Cup squad as he had missed crucial limited-overs series in Australia and New Zealand.However, Rahul came back strong after the suspension was lifted pending an inquiry by BCCI ombudsman. Rahul played for India A before making an impression with the senior national team during a two-match T20I series against Australia at home in February.In IPL 2019, Rahul began slow but hit peak form for Kings XI Punjab. The KXIP star is second on the list of batsmen with most runs 335, including a hundred, at 67.00. Eventually, Rahul sealed a spot in India’s 15-man World Cup squad that was announced on Monday in Mumbai.”It’s good he is scoring a lot of runs again. We are really happy for him. Because he is scoring runs, the team is benefitting. I am really happy for him,” Nair told indiatoday.in.advertisementHe added: “He has gone through a tough couple of months but to come back and start scoring again is not easy. It’s important that people around him support him. He is in a really good space right now. Hopefully, he will continue doing well for us.”R Ashwin has a lot of innovative ideas: Nair Courtesy by BCCIKings XI Punjab are on the fifth spot on the IPL 2019 points table with four wins from eight matches. R Ashwin’s men enter a critical phase of the tournament as they need to build momentum if they are to make the playoffs. Nair believes backing captain Ashwin’s plans with performances on the field is crucial for the team.”It’s good to be playing under Ashwin. He has a lot of ideas and a lot of innovative ones. It’s just about we playing as a team and backing him in situations,” Nair added.”IPL is such a competitive league. You need to be on your toes. You need to keep evolving as a player and as a team. You can’t just be playing a one-dimensional game. We can always stay one step ahead of the opposition when you bring in more ideas in the game.”Want to come back harder and stronger: NairNair, who is fighting for spots in the middle-order in the Kings XI Punjab batting line-up, sounded confident that he will be able to contribute to the team whenever an opportunity comes his way.Nair, who scored a triple ton in his only his second Test, hasn’t played for India since March 2017. While a senior team recall is not in his mind during the busy IPL 2019 season, Nair has a simple method to regain the selectors’ attention — keep scoring runs and a lot of them.”Being ready whenever the opportunity arises is important. Just preparing myself, I am practicing hard and training hard. After IPL, I don’t know what’s next. Obviously, I will be preparing for the next season. I want to try and come back harder and stronger and score a lot of runs,” Nair said.Also Read | Time away from the game is helping me now, says World Cup-bound Hardik PandyaAlso Read | Robin Uthappa on Dinesh Karthik World Cup selection: Justice has been doneAlso See:last_img read more

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Report: Man United 3 Basel 0

first_imgManchester United 3 Basel 0: Six in six for Lukaku Matthew Sherry Last updated 2 years ago 04:55 13/9/2017 Romelu Lukaku Getty Images Romelu Lukaku’s sixth goal in as many games helped Manchester United to a 3-0 Champions League Group A win over Basel. Romelu Lukaku marked his Champions League bow with a goal as Manchester United cruised past Basel 3-0 on their return to the competition.Lukaku netted his sixth goal in as many games for United, back in the competition for the first time in two years, to help them secure all three points at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho handed Paul Pogba the captaincy, but his time wearing the armband was shortlived as a hamstring injury forced the midfielder off in the 19th minute. Ironically, that moment led to United’s opening goal with Pogba’s replacement, Marouane Fellaini, nodding home Ashley Young’s centre in the 35th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Any hope of a Basel comeback was snuffed out 10 minutes after half-time when Lukaku powered a strong header into the corner.A fine night’s work for Mourinho’s side was capped with seven minutes remaining as substitute Marcus Rashford curled home a third.  When you score on your #UCL debut… pic.twitter.com/MWBzH1DAlg — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2017 19′ – An enforced early change for #MUFC as @Fellaini replaces the injured @PaulPogba . Get well soon, Paul! #UCL — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2017 United began confidently after the break, with Anthony Martial beating two players before seeing a deflected effort pushed wide by Tomas Vaclík.A second goal came hot on the heels of that chance as Lukaku rose highest in the box to head Daley Blind’s cross into the top corner.The Belgian nearly grabbed a second soon after, with Vaclík called into action to push another header over.Elyounoussi then forced De Gea into a smart one-handed save at the other end, before Martial went close.The game entered something of a lull thereafter, although Mourinho signalled his intent by sending on Rashford.And the forward repaid his manager by wrapping up proceedings, picking out the top corner after getting on the end of Fellaini’s deflected cross.Key Opta stats:- Manchester United are unbeaten in 32 successive home games in all competitions (W21 D11 L0) & haven’t lost at Old Trafford for a year (10th September 2016). This is their best unbeaten home run since October 2011 (37 games).- Marouane Fellaini’s goal was the 100th scored by a Belgian player in the Champions League (excl. OGs).- Fellaini’s strike was also his 50th in English club football (33 for Everton, 17 for Man Utd).- Romelu Lukaku became the 13th different player to score on their Champions League debut for Manchester United.- This was the first time that two Belgians have scored for the same team in a CL game since October 23rd 2002 (Club Brugge v Galatasaray).- Marcus Rashford has now scored on his Premier League, Europa League, Champions League & EFL Cup debut for Manchester United, as well as his England debut.- Marcus Rashford is the fourth English teenager to score a Champions League goal for Manchester United after David Beckham, Wayne Rooney & Phil Jones. read more United flew out of the blocks and, in the second minute, Lukaku saw a goal-bound effort blocked by Manuel Akanji. That set the tone early on as the hosts pressed forward against a team unsurprisingly keen to sit back and defend. Mourinho’s men were dealt a blow, though, as Pogba was forced off with a hamstring issue. They did not immediately feel his absence, their continued dominance illustrated by Henrikh Mkhitaryan rattling the woodwork after being picked out by Lukaku. Yet United almost fell behind 11 minutes before half-time when Chris Smalling’s clearance could only find Luca Zuffi – whose powerful volley flew just wide. That appeared to re-awaken the hosts, who finally broke the deadlock when Pogba’s replacement, Fellaini, met Young’s pin-point cross with a bullet header. Basel offered a reminder of their own threat before the break, Mohamed Elyounoussi capitalising on some slack marking to force David De Gea into a save after meeting Taulant Xhaka’s free-kick.last_img read more

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10 months agoMaradona again critical of Barcelona captain Messi leadership ability

first_imgMaradona again critical of Barcelona captain Messi leadership abilityby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDiego Maradona has again questioned the leadership ability of Barcelona captain Leo Messi.For Maradona, Messi is a great player but he isn’t a great leader.”I love Messi with all my heart,” he told Ole. “They want to make him a leader but he isn’t able to do that because he’s going to be in his sporting world and with his family.”Messi succeeded Andres Iniesta as Barca captain last summer. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Smith and Warner’s leadership will be crucial for Australia at 2019 World Cup: Justin Langer

first_imgSmith and Warner’s leadership will be crucial for Australia at 2019 World Cup: Justin LangerAccording to Justin Langer, Steven Smith and David Warner will need to show a lot of humility having to play under a new captain despite having a wealth of experience, and respect – for rivals, fans and for the gameadvertisement Associated Press BrisbaneMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 13:49 IST Steve Smith and David Warner are back in camp with World Cup defending champions Australian squad (Twitter: @cricketcomau)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith and David Warner are back in camp with World Cup defending champions Australian squadJustin Langer took over as coach after Darren Lehmann quit last March following the ball-tampering episodeSuddenly, the Australians have risen from being rank outsiders to strong contenders to win the World CupTitled. Untitled. Entitled. Australia coach Justin Langer doesn’t care too much about labels in the process of reintegrating the ex-captain and vice-captain into his World Cup squad following 12-month bans.Steve Smith and David Warner are in camp with the defending champion Australian squad less than a month out from their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in England, and Langer said there’s “not even a hint of tension”.Smith remains barred from leadership positions in the Australian team for at least another 12 months, and Warner will never again be selected as captain or vice-captain because of their roles in a ball-tampering scandal last year in South Africa. But that doesn’t bother Langer.”Whether it’s titled or untitled, we expect all our players to be leaders. They’re (Smith and Warner) both natural leaders,” Langer told a news conference Friday at the national cricket academy, where the Australians will play three warm-up matches against a New Zealand XI next week. “We’ll draw on their experience on and off the field. We’d be absolutely crazy not to.”Their leadership will be crucial for us to win on the field, and win off the field. We’re looking forward to them developing that.”Langer took over as coach after Darren Lehmann quit last March following the ball-tampering episode that sent Australian cricket into turmoil. Smith, Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft were rubbed out of the game by Cricket Australia for lengthy periods for their parts in a plot to tamper with the red leather ball in a Test match in Cape Town.advertisementThe sanctions were significantly harsher than anything ever imposed by the International Cricket Council for ball tampering, but reflected a deeply held sentiment in Australia that the players who represent the country in the national sport should be above that kind of cheating.Langer, a gritty opening batsman for Australia in its era of domination around the turn of the millennium, guided the remnants of the team through a domestic summer that included a first-ever Test series loss on home soil to India and an extended drought in limited-overs cricket.Things have only just turned around, with the Australians recovering from 2-0 down in a five-match limited-overs series in India to win it 3-2, and then securing a series sweep against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Aaron Finch, who took over as one-day captain in the absence of fellow World Cup winners Smith and Warner, struggled to make runs until he went on a roll of high scores that now has created a problem for selectors of where to include the returning star batsmen in the lineup.Suddenly, the Australians have risen from being rank outsiders to strong contenders to win the World Cup for a sixth time. England is ranked No. 1 and is playing at home, and Langer regards the hosts as the favorites.Being in England, the Australian players can expect some extra attention from the Barmy Army, the vociferous band of England cricket supporters who’re renowned for their songs and chants. That applies particularly to Warner, who has made himself a target for their attention in previous trips to England.Warner returned to competitive cricket with 692 runs in 12 games in the Indian Premier League last month, immediately hitting form in Twenty20 cricket that makes him one of the most destructive batsmen in the shorter formats of the game.Langer said he’d learned during his own career not to antagonize the Barmy Army, and would be advising Warner and his teammates to ignore them or, at the very least, treat them with respect.It’s a mantra that Langer uses across the board as he bids to reintegrate two of the best Australian players of the last decade back into a team that struggled in the enforced absence of the pair. He regularly uses the words humility, recognizing that Smith and Warner will need to show a lot of it after losing their titles as team leaders and having to play under a new captain despite having a wealth of experience, and respect for rivals, fans and for the game.”We’ve had a very humbling experience, and we brought it on ourselves,” Langer said. “I still have that vision of Steve almost being almost frog-marched out of South Africa. Sad vision.”Now, obviously every opportunity we get of celebrating Australian cricket, and to make Australians proud of us again … is important for us. We’ll make sure we make the most of every opportunity that comes up, including this World Cup.”Also Read | Thank you Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith bids goodbye to IPL 2019Also Read | Will miss you: SRH after David Warner leaves for Australia’s World Cup campadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Steven SmithFollow David Warnerlast_img read more

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Cops nab mason after breakthrough in Netaji Nagar double murder case

first_imgKolkata: The Detective Department of Kolkata Police has made a breakthrough in the case of the double murder at Netaji Nagar and arrested a mason in connection with the crime.”We have arrested one Md Hamruj Alam (38) from Barsoi, Katihar in Bihar. He has confessed that he had committed the crime. He had worked as a labourer at the house of the deceased persons. Some of the articles and cash stolen from the house have been recovered from his hideout,” said Murlidhar Sharma, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAlam was produced at a local court in Katihar and will be brought to Kolkata on transit remand by Monday. He ran away to his native village in Katihar after committing the crime and was hiding in the residence of one of his friends. The bodies of Dilip Mukherjee (80) and Swapna Mukherjee (72), a childless couple, were found at their residence in Netaji Nagar on July 30. A sleuth investigating the case informed that police zeroed in on the offender after scanning the CCTV footages available in and around the area. The police had earlier detained another labourer, but he was released after his connection with the case could not be established. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The local residents had installed CCTVs in the area jointly for their safety and security. We accessed all these cameras and finally managed to identify the offender by showing the photograph to one of the contractors who sends labourers for various utility works at households,” a source in the Detective Department said. The sleuths are not ruling out the presence of more than one person during the crime. “We will seek custody of the arrested person and will interrogate him for further leads,” an investigating officer said. He added that murder for gain could be a motive but there are other angles to the case that need to be probed. The Mukherjee family had painted their house a few months ago and a number of labourers had worked there. Three such labourers were also detained and questioned, but nothing suspicious was found by the sleuths.last_img read more

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Liberal Indigenous MPs propose forming crossparty reconciliation caucus

first_img(Robert-Falcon Ouellette. APTN/file photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsLiberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette says Indigenous Liberal MPs want to form an all-party “reconciliation caucus” to discuss Indigenous issues.Ouellette said the Liberal Indigenous caucus, which is made up of Indigenous Liberal MPs, decided after a long discussion to push the proposal of a reconciliation caucus open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous MPs.“There is a need for a larger conversation with the Canadian public. I don’t think this is an Indigenous issue all by itself,” said Ouellette. “There are MPs who represent Indigenous communities, First Nations, whether urban or rural. They are facing these issues and they need a way to get the appropriate information from members who have that experience.”Ouellette said someone told him a prophecy that predicted a solution to fix the historically degraded relationship between Indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada would only surface when the two sides walked hand-in-hand.“A prophecy was told to me…that it wouldn’t be simply the Indigenous person by themselves who will find a solution to the issues they are facing today,” said Ouellette. “Because the time is right, it’s now, it’s when we can do this and it’s the time to move forward.”Ouellette said proposed reconciliation caucus would resemble a cross between a Parliamentary association and a party caucus open only to MPs.“This is an idea that came forth from all of us having a long discussion about what it is we want to do in the long term and how we can go about doing that in the best possible way. How we can build bridges between opposition parties and the government party as well as ministers and really try to work with the ministries, people who work in the civil service and the private sector? How do we take all that energy and push it in the right direction?” said Ouellette. “We have a prime minister who is really interested and wants to see change.”Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash is proposing an all-party Indigenous caucus. APTN/fileThe idea was triggered by an initial proposal from NDP MP Romeo Saganash who sent a letter on Nov. 23 to the nine other Indigenous MPs elected in the last federal election inquiring about their interest in forming an all-party Indigenous caucus.Saganash said the proposal outlined by Ouellette would produce a totally difference concept than the one he initially suggested.“I was proposing an Indigenous caucus, so the people who are Indigenous would be around that table and perhaps use that as an opportunity to discuss any legislative actions that the government is going take, or legislative actions from us, that affect Aboriginal people so we can discuss them and debate them internally before the come out,” said Saganash. “It will be two different caucuses if they go ahead with that and my proposals.”Saganash’s proposal would see the 10 Indigenous MPs, eight from the Liberals and two from the NDP, meet at a “diplomatic level” to discuss upcoming legislation impacting Indigenous rights in an attempt to build a united front.“The caucus could facilitate networking and engagement with Indigenous communities throughout this land as we enter a new and important period in the relationship between the Canadian government and Indigenous peoples,” said Saganash in the letter proposing his Indigenous caucus. “I plan to support you on the many motions, bills and other Parliamentary work you are preparing. We can, when possible, coordinate and discuss legislative initiatives of interest for Indigenous peoples rights and status.”Ouellette said one of the problems with Saganash’s proposals stems from concerns politics could sabotage discussion.“There is party politics, you can’t forget this. We need to find a way where we can spread those ideas,” said Ouellette. “If we say something in our caucus, it should be private.”A meeting is scheduled between Indigenous MPs from the Liberals and NDP to discuss the issue on Jan. 26.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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100 Moroccan Personalities Send Endorsement Letter to Nabila Mounib

Casablanca – 100 Moroccan figures addressed an open letter to the Secretary General of Unified Socialist Party (PSU), Nabila Mounib, in support of her inspiring democratic experience.Abdellah Hammoudi, an emeritus professor at Princeton University, leads the initiative. The letter was published on the Moroccan daily newspaper, Akhbar Al Yaoum, and held the signatures of many intellectual, media and art figures.The letter hailed Mounib’s proactive and novel presence in the national political scene, and describes it as “inspiring” for women and young Moroccans to participate in politics. The Unified Socialist Party, in alliance with the Federation of Democratic Left, will participate in the legislative elections on October 7.The open letter addressed to Mounib applauded the Federation of Democratic Left for balancing the configurations of power in the political scene in Morocco, and managing to retrieve the trust of Moroccans in the democratic process:“The Federation of Democratic Left represents a building block in an exhaustive political project, and a starting point of construction and reconstruction that leads to the emergence of a new political force that make the citizens, who deserted the polls in urban and rural areas, regain the confidence in the feasibility of the political work.”The letter also mentioned that the democratic transition in Morocco did not succeed because of “confusion between the political power and the economic focus, which imprisons initiative and production.”The open letter was signed by well-known figures in different areas, such as Fatima Al Ifriqi, Ahmed Assid, Ahmed Merzouki, Mohamed Madani, Najib Aksbi, and others. read more

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Christian pastor attacked in Matara

A police complaint was lodged over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) During the attack on August 9 the mob had also verbally abused the pastor’s wife and then dragged both of them to the house they had visited and verbally abused a lady and her daughter who were residing in that house. “While they were on their way back home on their motorbike, they found the road obstructed by logs. The pastor moved the logs and they proceeded on their way. A little further on at a junction, their motorbike was cut off by a powerful pajero vehicle, throwing the pastors wife on to the ground. They were then set upon by a large mob of about 40 men, accompanied by 5 Buddhist monks and the assistant secretary of the Pradeshiya Sabha (local government authority) who arrived in a truck and 3 trishaws. The mob advancing on them were carrying rocks and shouting “attack them” “kill them”. They were joined by a man who was riding in the pajero vehicle identified as a person with very high connections. The pastor was dragged along the ground and beaten by the men who shouted at him, asking who gave him permission to live in this area. The pastor had replied that he had resided in Deniyaya for many years and did not need anyone’s permission to be there. They accused him of spreading Christianity and threatened to kill him if he did not stop his Christian ministry,” the statement said. A pastor from the Assembly of God (AOG) church and his wife were attacked by a mob in Matara last week, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) said in a statement.The attack had taken place just after the pastor and his wife had visited a church member and were returning home. read more

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India says Sri Lanka has chance to benefit at global level

“We cannot prosper in isolation,” he said. Sri Lanka can benefit at a global level by partnering with resurgent India, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that the thinking of the Indian leadership is that all, particularly Sri Lanka and India, should grow together. “The Government of India has taken many steps to promote Indian handicrafts abroad. But, this a unique event, where we are focusing not only on Indian handicrafts but also providing a platform for Sri Lankan artisans. Shilpa Kala is a joint partnership between Dastakaari Haat Samiti from New Delhi and Hands of Sri Lanka foundation in Colombo.  Smt Jaya Jaitley and Mr Keerthisena have put in special efforts to bring them together. This is in line with the thinking of Indian leadership that all of us, particularly Sri Lanka and India, should grow together. We cannot prosper in isolation,” he said.The High Commissioner said that Sri Lanka can also benefit at a global level by partnering with resurgent India including in the field of Handicrafts. The High Commissioner was speaking at the opening of the Shilpa Kala – 2017 exhibition in Colombo today. “Partnership would help Sri Lanka market her products to a larger audience. India is a huge market for Sri Lankan Handicraft products! Regular Sri Lankan participation in Surajkund Mela (Crafts Festival) in India and the amount of popularity they receive is a known example. As you are aware, India continues to be the largest source of tourists into Sri Lanka, accounting for almost one-fifth of all tourist arrivals. Efforts like Shilpa Kala would attract more tourists and strengthen our timeless links of history, religion and culture and people,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Sri Lanka hails support given by China to defeat terrorism

Wijewardene also said that Sri Lanka continues to maintain the “One China” policy and this was reiterated by President Maithripala Sirisena during his last visit to China. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka today hailed the support given by China to defeat terrorism in the country.State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, speaking at an event held at the Galle Face hotel today to mark the 90th anniversary since the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said that China extended support to Sri Lanka at a crucial time. read more

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Norfolk takes centre stage

JACOB ROBINSON / Simcoe Reformer It was also a day that Norfolk County used to promote its recently-formed Green Light Team. The group of five – economic development officer Chris Garwood, senior planner Alisha Cull, building inspector Scott Northcott, developmental engineer Krystina Topp, and building inspector Lisa Jennings – have joined forces to streamline development within the region.What better time to promote something than at an event with a hashtag (#NCSym19) that was trending Canada wide on Twitter during the day?“Our role is to work 1-on-1 with developments that will either create or retain jobs and move them through the process as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Cull.Pam Duesling, Norfolk’s general manager of planning and cultural services, said the five individuals are the best in customer services within their respective fields.“So when there’s different permits in an application, each of these experts have a role, they’ve come together to help our entrepreneurs and businesses grow in Norfolk County,” Duesling added.The Green Light Team is a pilot project that Duesling hopes will grow in 2020.“We’ve heard our community loud and clear,” she said. “This is the help and assistance that they want and need and we’re responding to that appropriately.”Sarah Lawrence of Sayza Hot Yoga in Simcoe took home the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award while Kieran Gubesch of ‘Gubes Cubes’ was given the Student Startup Award. Long Point Island Hugger was the recipient of the 2019 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador Award presented by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve.jrobinson@postmedia.com When Rick and Angela Van Laecke created Horizon Seeds Canada Inc. in Courtland in 2006, they never could’ve imagined the recognition they’d receive 13 years later.The duo – whose company boasts hybrid corn and soybean seeds – was honoured with the Entrepreneur of the Year award before a few hundred people at the Norfolk Economic Development Symposium held at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre.“It was almost incomprehensible to let that sink in,” Rick Van Laecke said. “When they were giving the background of the winner, (the presenter) said a couple key words we recognized, my heart started to flutter and I thought ‘maybe this is actually us’. There is no scale to gauge how proud we are of Norfolk and the recognition.”The company has grown to host 30 full-time employees, some who have been there from the start and others who have come on to make positive changes.“The staff is just amazing,” Angela Van Laecke said. “We have staff that started with us Day 1 and we’ve added a lot of new, younger, mature people and they’ve helped us grow incredibly as a company as well as our personal sales. I can’t say enough about the people that we surround ourselves with every day.”The folks at Horizon Seeds were not only recognized for their business acumen but willingness to give back to the community.“We’re proud sponsors of youth sports, youth functions, 4-H,” said Rick. “We’re promoters of agriculture and being stewards of the land. It’s not only the people that we’re surrounded by but giving back to the community those people live in.”The theme of this year’s symposium was Norfolk: No Boundaries.In addition to Norfolk fare and a ‘Made in Norfolk Showcase’ displaying products manufactured or processed locally, the event featured a number of speakers – Christine Dainard of Buzz Tours, Mike Fredericks of Annex Business Media, Michelle Kloepfer of Titan Trailers and Nick Kokkoros of Barrel Pizza. The keynote speaker was the ‘Kindness Ninja’ Brian Williams, a fourth-degree black belt whose non-profit ‘Think Kindness’ has donated hundreds of thousands of shoes to underprivileged youth in Africa. Norfolk County held its annual Economic Development Symposium at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre Thursday. The county used the event as a way to promote its new ‘Green Light Team’ a group created to help streamline development within the region. Pictured are members Chris Garwood (economic development officer), Alisha Cull (senior planner), Scott Northcott (building inspector), Krystina Topp (developmental engineer). Absent was building inspector Lisa Jennings. Brian Williams of ‘Think Kindness’ was keynote speaker at the Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre Thursday. JACOB ROBINSON / Simcoe Reformer read more

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UN Assembly approves extension of Mary Robinsons appointment as rights chief

The Assembly acted on the recommendation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan who proposed to extend her appointment for one year, until 11 September 2002. Ms. Robinson, former President of Ireland, is the second person to serve in the position of High Commissioner. José Ayala-Lasso of Ecuador was the first official to occupy the post, which was established by the General Assembly in 1993.

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Ethiopian Eritrean officials meet in positive atmosphere UN reports

The meeting in Djibouti of the Military Coordination Commission (MCC) – the only regularly scheduled face-to-face contact between representatives of the two nations – was chaired by the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Major-General Patrick Cammaert, who congratulated both delegations on the recent boundary decision, adding that the reaction from both parties had been very positive.Brigadier-General Peter Augustine Blay, who represented the Organization of African Unity (OAU) at the meeting, commended the armed forces of both parties for their professionalism and good discipline on the ground.The MCC received a short briefing on the military situation in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) which remains “very calm,” according to UNMEE. Participants then engaged in an initial exchange of views on the implementation of the boundary decision, as well as the military and security implications of that process. UNMEE said today that the MCC “will meet more frequently in the period ahead to address matters related to implementation.” The next session will be held on 10 May in Djibouti. read more

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