MOST READ The Beermen lost to Rain or Shine in the nightcap of the skirmishes at Ynares Antipolo on Friday night.“I don’t think coming to every game … we’re just going to blow teams out,” said Marcio Lassiter, who was one of the two cagers who did the heavy lifting for the Beermen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I know we have a big target but at the same time, we just got to keep working harder,” he added.Lassiter had a team-best 27 points to go with June Mar Fajardo’s 24. Four more members of San Miguel chimed in double-digit scoring performances. Andray Blatche arrives in PH for Gilas duty, jumps into action right away The loss sends San Miguel reeling into a 2-3 card and its first back-to-back loss in the prestigious all-Filipino conference in five editions of the tournament.The Beermen will try to arrest their skid when they go against a struggling Blackwater side next Wednesday at MOA Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations But the problem that night, according to the San Miguel marksman, was not rooted in scoring.“Defense,” Lassiter said matter-of-factly. “That’s number one. [And] we can’t seem to rebound. I’d say those two were the biggest things.”The four-time Philippine Cup champions were outplayed in the rebounding column, 47 to Rain or Shine’s 58.Rain or Shine’s bench outscored San Miguel’s, too. Their tormentors had 66 while the Beermen only piled 25.“If we can’t rebound, then we can’t play our uptempo (style),” Lassiter said. “We can’t go out and play our game … not getting the defensive rebound.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHeavy is the head that wears the crown.That couldn’t be truer for San Miguel Beer as its woes continue to pile up in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments
Colombo, Apr 17 (PTI) Sri Lankan left-arm off spinner Rangana Herath today announced his retirement from limited-overs cricket in order to focus on his Test career. The 38-year-old veteran cricketer said he informed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) about his decision to bid adieu from the ODI and T20 formats last week, and the Board has accepted it. “In the next eight months or so, were scheduled to play something like 12 Test matches. I think retiring from the shorter formats is the right move, because that will allow young players to be groomed for the next World Cup in 2019, as well as lowering my workload and letting me concentrate on Tests,” said Herath. The bowler, who suffered from knee injuries in recent years, was mainly picked for limited-overs cricket at the major tournaments. Herath played a key role in Sri Lankas triumphant run at 2014 World T20, where he took five for three, arguably the best-ever T20 bowling performance, in a virtual quarter-final match against New Zealand. Overall, the spinner has taken 18 T20 International wickets from 17 matches, while claiming 74 wickets in 71 ODIs, conceding 2,362 runs. “Every cricketer has to stop at the right time,” Herath said in a statement, issued through SLC. Sri Lanka are scheduled to play a three-Test series in England in May and June, for which the preparation will begin tomorrow. SLC wished Herath the very best for his Test career. “Sri Lanka Cricket wishes Mr. Herath nothing but the best as he continues to play cricket in his chosen discipline, and in all future endeavours,” a Board release said. PTI CM PDS ATKadvertisement
The race for the final two tickets to next season’s Champions League will go to the wire after Arsenal retained their slim hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four thanks to a late burst from Alexis Sanchez against Sunderland on Tuesday.Arsenal’s 2-0 win meant that Manchester City, 3-1 winners at home against West Bromwich Albion, will still need a point to be absolutely certain of finishing in the top four.Pep Guardiola’s City moved back into third spot, above Liverpool, thanks to goals by Gabriel Jesus, Kevin de Bruyne and Yaya Toure in their final home game of the season.City are in third spot with 75 points, Liverpool have 73 and Arsenal 72. City face Watford away in Sunday’s final round of fixtures with Arsenal at home to Everton and Liverpool taking on already-relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield.Arsenal’s fourth consecutive victory at least gives them some hope of a 21st successive top-four finish, although matters are not in their own hands.It could have been even worse for the Gunners on a frustrating night at a sparsely-populated Emirates.Relegated Sunderland were showing some surprising resilience but Sanchez broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute, finishing off a flowing move by converting Mesut Ozil’s pass.The Chilean then bundled in a second from Olivier Giroud’s cut-back to take his league tally for the season to 23 — just one goal behind the league’s leading scorer Romelu Lukaku.While City need just a point to guarantee finishing above Arsenal, Arsene Wenger’s Gunners could potentially take advantage of any Liverpool jitters.advertisement”We made 71 points and were second. We now have 72 and want to go to 75. After that you deal with what happens,” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said, referring to the fact that his side have more points than they managed as runners-up in 2015-16.”We’ve got in on the final day many times. Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League — that’s what you want from every team.”Wenger was again asked about his future.”At the moment let’s focus. We have a big game again on Sunday and then an FA Cup final — let’s sort that out first.”City took 27 minutes to break down West Brom but then scored twice in two minutes with Jesus first being set up by De Bruyne and then returning the compliment.Toure made the points safe before Pablo Zabaleta, playing his last game at the Etihad after nine years with the club, came on to a huge ovation from the home faithful.City look almost certain to achieve the bare minimum of a top-four place and could only finish below Arsenal if they lost at Watford, Arsenal won and there was a five-goal swing, with Wenger’s side scoring more than City on the day.”We are in third position so it’s in our hands,” Guardiola, who will finish a season trophy-less as manager for the first time, said. “We go to Watford to win the game.”Champions Chelsea and runners-up Tottenham Hotspur are England’s guaranteed representatives in the Champions League.
India will be facing arch-rivals Pakistan in the Hockey World League semi-final in London on Sunday.Up against Pakistan for the first time this year, India will look to continue their good form after defeating Scotland 4-1 on June 15 and Canada 3-0 on Saturday.India have enjoyed considerable success against Pakistan in the recent past. In 2016, India beat Pakistan 3-2 in both league and final match at the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy. India also won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup match against Pakistan by a convincing 5-1 margin.Ahead of the match, skipper Manpreet Singh downplayed the hype around the high-voltage India-Pakistan clash and looked forward to putting up a good performance.”We always look at Pakistan as just another team and we always look at earning those three points from the match to advance in the league stage. They are a good side, but we have had a good start to the tournament,” Manpreet said.Manpreet has also added that “the idea will be to stick to the plans coach draws up before the match, bring in more aggression into our game and aim at finishing on top of the table in the league stage.”(With inputs from ANI)
Share on Pinterest Reuse this content features Even two-thirds of the way through the Cricket World Cup group stage we are still waiting for teams to peel off their false moustaches and reveal who they really are. Pakistan have been traditionally variable. Sri Lanka put in some feeble performances before swarming the tournament host. West Indies flattered, then were flattened.And when England play Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday, there is a sense that it will answer questions about both teams. For England’s part, whether they will flourish or falter when the pressure really starts to build. For Australia’s, whether this current team can really mount a credible challenge for the trophy. 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Ponting captaining spinners was like a grumpy cop in a buddy comedy teaming up with a flamboyant lounge singer or a rascally dog: he didn’t want them, didn’t trust them, and grudgingly accepted their presence to get a job done. Except in Ponting’s film there were no eventual scenes of bonding and acceptance, where the real Ashes were the friends we made along the way.Adaptability has not necessarily been a strong point for Australia in this campaign, with wins coming match by match based on the pure quality of some of the players, rather than a finely tuned execution of strategy. But against England’s aggressive batting, having the ability to change things up is key.The blue-chip pace pair of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins pick themselves, but the supporting cast of Lyon, Zampa, medium pace from Marcus Stoinis and more spin from Glenn Maxwell might be the more useful mix than the standard three-pronged pace. Whether selectors can be that adaptable is a different question.It is the old question of what your opponent would least prefer you to do. Given the home team’s stop-start campaign, their recent record at Lord’s, and the nature of the wicket on Sunday, an answer isn’t too hard to guess. With four wins in the bank, two more needed, and three games to play, England in this World Cup are very close to having a problem. Australia have the chance to prove they are once again the team to create one. For Australia, there is at least no intimidation at untrodden ground. Winning the thing is almost humdrum. “The fact that we’ve got six guys in our squad who were part of the 2015 World Cup win is really valuable,” said the captain, Aaron Finch, in understated fashion. “We’ve also got Ricky Ponting with us, Brad Haddin with us, as coaching staff who have won World Cups, and multiple World Cups as well.”Last year Finch’s team looked like a rabble and even through this tournament there has been a sense of disjointedness to how the batting order is composed and what roles batsmen are there to play. Yet the team have found a way past most opponents. “I think over World Cup history Australia have had that record of peaking at the right time of the tournament,” said Finch.Taking on England will offer a test of whether that is the case this time round. Of the other teams in the top four, Australia were well beaten by India and are yet to play New Zealand. England, despite stumbles against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, are still a power-packed lineup that do not take kindly to defeat, with a recent record of bouncing back after a lost match in spectacular fashion.Lord’s, though, is far from the best venue for the kind of high-risk, high-reward approach of modern England. The pitches tend to be slower and scoring rates lower, especially for new batsmen.On the evidence of the venue’s first World Cup date, when Pakistan beat South Africa, these pitches are taking spin as well. With fast bowlers going for plenty of runs and Imran Tahir low on overs, South Africa turned to Aiden Markram’s very part-time spin through the middle overs of Sunday’s game and found he turned the ball appreciably. Pakistan’s spinners also made telling contributions.“I think we saw as the game went on it started to turn a little bit more than we probably expected,” Finch said. “It looked like there was a little bit in it to start with, and then it dried out and sort of powdered up and started turning.”The logical upshot is Australia might have to defy their own convention and play the off-spinner Nathan Lyon alongside the leg‑spinner Adam Zampa. Lyon has had nothing to do in this tournament except sing anthems and ferry beverages. Nathan Coulter-Nile, the first choice for the third fast bowler, has contributed only four wickets in five matches and has often struggled with his accuracy, while Lyon has recently shown a mastery at suffocating the scoring through the middle of an innings. In the warm-up match against England in Southampton Lyon got through his 10 overs at a cost of 37 runs. Eoin Morgan declines to ask England fans not to boo Smith and Warner Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Most of us know ESPN’s Dick Vitale as one of the faces of college basketball, but he is also a die hard Notre Dame football fan.There are some big hoops games today, including Kentucky-Louisville.Dickie V isn’t going to miss a chance to see his Fighting Irish play for a National Championship berth, though.Notre Dame faces Clemson at AT&T Stadium in the No. 2 vs. No. 3 game of the College Football Playoff. The winner will play the winner of the Orange Bowl between Alabama and Oklahoma.Dick Vitale has already made his way to Jerry World for the game, and looks absolutely elated to be there.He has posted pictures from the stands, and with some fans from both sides of the game, as he is wont to do.Dickie V knows that Notre Dame is a pretty big underdog today, but he still believes Brian Kelly’s team can come out on top.From Twitter:We r at Jerry’s House / amazing setting / @NDFootball ready pull Upset baby vs the pwerful @ClemsonFB @DavidHaugh @NDJackNolan @espnsoltys @ItsAnnaNegron @jksports pic.twitter.com/XcujmYFc7w— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) December 29, 2018The betting line has tightened up a bit, especially after the news that Tigers superstar defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is out after his failed drug test.Per OddsShark, the line is down to Clemson -10.5 or -11 at most sportsbooks, after going as high as 12.5 or 13 points in favor of the Tigers.
New Delhi: A Canadian national was robbed by an alleged taxi driver and his associates near Mehram Nagar area in Delhi. Police said that they are close in solving the case. According to police in the night of 12/13 July 2019 at about 12.30 AM hours, one Mohammad Mehdu Ghanzanfani (Canadian national) working in Indigo Airlines arrived who was looking for Company cab which was supposed to come to him.”He came out towards City side on the Main road near gate no two metro station near Delhi Cantt. While he was talking to the company cab driver, one person approached him who suggested him to talk to him in Hindi,” said police. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice further added that he talked to him and he requested to drop him by his taxi near his company cab by charging Rs 100. Complainant sat in the taxi. Two other people were already sitting in the taxi. After about 5 minutes crossing the Mehram Nagar signal towards City, they forcibly took his Debit card/Visa card and the PIN code of the debit card. They withdrew Rs 10,0000 from his debit card Indian Rs of 302 USD and 12000 from his wallet. Police further added that after this they dropped him on the flyover of Mahipal Pur. In day time of 13 July, he reported the matter to domestic airport Police Station. He had read the last digits of the Taxi. Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that the case was registered and the investigation is in progress. “Best efforts are being made to work out the case. We will solve the case soon,” said DCP IGI.
OTTAWA – Security and justice officials from the Five Eyes countries plan to explore “more timely and detailed” information sharing to detect terrorists and extremist fighters.Daesh and its affiliates will continue to attack soft targets in public spaces — underscoring a need for better data exchanges to address the threat, the partners said in a joint communique issued Wednesday.Attorneys general and ministers for public security and immigration from Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand gathered in Ottawa this week for two days of closed-door talks.“Throughout these discussions, we affirmed that building public trust within our countries is required to move forward on national security issues,” the communique said. “Enhanced safeguards and greater efforts to promote transparency are critical in this respect.”The sessions followed a rash of deadly attacks in Britain that highlighted the international alliance’s concerns about the threat of homegrown extremism and the backlash it can provoke.The meetings also came as police in Ottawa busily stepped up security measures in anticipation of tens of thousands of people gathering Saturday on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.Although there’s a need to be attentive and vigilant, Canadians can have confidence in their government, police and security agencies, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.“Every year, we step up around Canada Day to ensure that everything is done to keep Canadians safe.”In order to help prevent “sophisticated and relentless plots,” the five countries affirmed the importance of sharing information among partners on known criminal and terrorist actors, the alliance communique said.Security officials are worried about the widespread availability of encryption tools and applications that can allow extremists to more easily communicate without their phone calls and texts being intercepted.Civil libertarians argue the right of law-abiding people to converse in private should not be compromised in the name of fighting terrorism by giving authorities the means to crack encryption or build back doors into security programs.In a statement Sunday, Australian Attorney General George Brandis said his country planned to lead a discussion at the meetings on the terrorist use of cyberspace.In its Wednesday communique, the alliance said the ability of terrorists and other criminals to shield their electronic activities through encryption can “severely undermine public safety efforts by impeding lawful access to the content of communications.”They agreed to a common approach to engaging with communication service providers to deal with online terrorist activities and propaganda, while “upholding cybersecurity and individual rights and freedoms.”The countries also committed to support a new industry forum led by Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter.In addition, they plan to:— Look at the role of traditional and social media and community voices in fostering — or discouraging — the radicalization of young people;— Share ideas on handling the threat posed by terrorist fighters who return from conflicts abroad;— Explore the possibility of joint operations to better tackle human trafficking and modern slavery.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
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Kathleen Martens APTN NewsA $1.1-billion lawsuit filed by survivors of so-called Indian hospitals is the first step in a process that may never see the inside of a courtroom.That’s because a lawyer for the class-action says they are open to negotiating with Ottawa directly – something Carolyn Bennett welcomes.“We hope to be able to get to the table as quickly as possible,” the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations said Tuesday of the court action announced the same day.“We want justice to be done…Our government is determined to right wrongs and this was a dark chapter in Canada’s history.”The suit must be certified by a judge and Cooper said no court date has yet been set.In the meantime, he said lawyers want to hear from potential claimants who were related to or were patients themselves.“We are collecting information,” Cooper said from his office in Sherwood Park, Alta. “We have people phoning us.”The suit is seeking $1 billion in general and $100,000 in specific damages for abuses allegedly inflicted at Canada’s segregated ‘Indian hospital’ system from 1945 to 1981.“We know that a range of things have happened; we know what these things are worth to the law,” he said.The patients were First Nations, Metis and Inuit children and adults being treated for tuberculosis and other ailments at 29 facilities.Some allege they were physically and sexually abused and used for medical experimentation at the hospitals they further allege were operated on the cheap with improperly trained staff.One of those patients was Michael McIvor, who at four years of age was sent to Manitoba’s Ninette Tuberculosis Sanatorium in 1952.His sibling Gerald McIvor of Winnipeg says Michael spent four years there, mostly on bed rest.“I promised my brother,” Gerald said of why he’s crafting his own class-action lawsuit to pursue compensation for unapproved treatments and experiments he alleges were conducted on patients.Gerald has started a Facebook group to collect names of alleged victims.“Our brother was our protector but he didn’t have a protector,” he told APTN Investigates in 2017. “These are little children, humans – not guinea pigs.”Meanwhile, Cooper says his class-action could benefit from the recent settlement of two others: one for residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador (that his firm handled) and the other for ‘60s Scoop survivors nationally.“Once the claim is filed, there is nothing stopping us from going into negotiations,” he said.Cooper said potential victims can contact his firm by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org@aptn.ca
There’s no end in sight to the partial federal shutdown and, more distressing to federal workers, no paycheque in sight either.The shutdown has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced an additional 420,000 to work without pay. President Donald Trump has said he is willing to keep the government closed for months or even years to get his demands met. But even if an agreement is reached and the government reopens, it could be some time before anyone earns a fresh paycheque or gets potential back pay.It’s a burden that few American households can bear without strain. Some experts weigh in with tips on how to cope:PRIORITIZE YOUR BILLSSit down and take a good look at what bills are due, or will be due soon.Rank your obligations by importance in case you cannot meet them all. Mortgage and utility bills should top the list, followed by credit card payments and any other revolving debt. Consider making just the minimum payments on your credit cards for now. Then look at any other spending to figure out what is essential and what can be trimmed. Limit spending to must-have items only until pay resumes.CONTACT LENDERSContact the lenders for your mortgage, credit cards, auto loans and any other expenses to discuss your options.The upside is that companies are aware of the situation and a number of them are offering help.Chase, for one, has been automatically refunding overdraft or monthly service fees for customers who had direct deposit of federal government paychecks to savings and checking accounts since the shutdown began. It also is offering various hardship options for its auto, credit card and mortgage customers. AT&T said that it will waive late fees, provide extensions and otherwise work with customers on flexible payments for phone, internet and television service as long as the shutdown is in effect.Several large banks, such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo, are also making their hardship programs available to federal workers and others hurt by the shutdown. The terms vary but typically include options for delayed payment, waived fees or loan modifications on various products. Smaller banks are taking steps as well: Oceanfirst Bank in New Jersey said it will grant forbearance or temporarily suspend mortgage payments for up to 90 days for borrowers whose income is affected by the shutdown.But you must contact the companies to get any sort of assistance.FIND FUNDSIt’s time to find some money to tide you over.Households without emergency savings should consider other sources of cash, such as selling assets, be it stock or unused items around the house. Other options include withdrawals from a Roth IRA, which are tax and penalty free; borrowing from cash value life insurance policies; or tapping a home equity line of credit.Consider borrowing from family, if it isn’t too fraught with complications.There are decent opportunities to borrow elsewhere as well. Some banks, such as Navy Federal Credit Union are offering certain customers affected by the shutdown a loan of up to $6,000 at 0 per cent APR. Others, such as USAA, are offering low-interest loans to certain impacted workers. The American Federation of Teachers, a union that represents a number of federal government employees, is also offering interest-free loans for its impacted members.Try and avoid riskier sources for money, such as raiding your retirement stash or college savings for the kids; the long-term negatives might not be worth the short-term relief. Avoid title loans or payday lending as the interest rates are exorbitant. While some use of credit cards is understandable, be aware that those balances may become due before your pay resumes.CONSIDER UNEMPLOYMENTYou may be able to seek unemployment depending on your job and where you live. Unemployment rules are determined by state law, so whether you qualify is based the state you live in, said Tom Spiggle, founder of Spiggle Law Firm in D.C.A word of warning: You’d be obligated to repay the state for any benefits you received if you are granted unemployment but later receive back pay.GET A SIDE HUSTLEFederal workers can find another paying job as long as there is no ethics rule or statute that prohibits it, Spiggle said. Some positions may prohibit you from doing related work but may allow you to do unrelated work.The U.S. Coast Guard suggested employees hold garage sales or offer to babysit, walk pets or housesit to earn cash — tips that were perceived by many as tone-deaf and were later removed from a support program website. But sadly, it may come to that for many families. The flexibility and cash found through the gig economy may prove essential for some workers.Barbara O’Neil, a financial planner and professor at Rutgers University, suggests workers should inventory their skill set and think about ways to convert those into an income stream.However, time may be an issue for those working without pay. Spiggle said there has been some speculation that the TSA agents who called in sick were doing so to work other jobs to make ends meet. He warns that is an improper use of sick leave and could get a worker disciplined or even fired.SEEK ASSISTANCEIf you find you cannot get by, look into what public assistance is available. Call 211 or visit www.211.org to find out what human services programs are available in your community. Examples include SNAP — the supplemental nutrition assistance program — energy assistance and food pantries. Several food pantries nationwide have made themselves available for those individuals or families at risk of going hungry due to the shutdown.TALK IT OUTThere is a sense of powerlessness to this situation that is frustrating for workers, said Dennis Nolte, vice-president and financial planner at Sea Coast Investment Services in Florida. Workers have “have no earthly idea when they’ll be able to go back to work” and are stuck in an odd limbo between employed and unemployed. He recommends talking to friends or relatives or forming a group with co-workers to commiserate about uncertainty to help keep the stress in check.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press
Speaking to a cheering crowd of UN workers as he entered the Organization’s Headquarters in New York this morning, the Secretary-General asked his Deputy, Louise Fréchette, to read the Nobel Committee’s citation, which states in part, “Through this first peace prize to the UN as such, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes in its centenary year to proclaim that the only negotiable route to global peace and cooperation goes by way of the United Nations.” The Secretary-General said to the staff, “as we listen to the citation we also realize the challenges given to us by the Nobel Committee, and I’m sure we will all rise up to the challenge.””This is an indispensable Organization, but an Organization that can only work because of the staff and your dedication,” said the Secretary-General. “Our staff are often on the front lines – in the past week alone we lost about 10 colleagues in Georgia and Afghanistan – and yet our staff keep at it, they are prepared to go to any corner of the world in service of peace and the work of the United Nations.””Today that work has been recognized, we have won the Nobel Prize and I think it’s a shot in the arm that is really deserved and needed, and I hope it will urge us forward and encourage all of us to tackle our tasks with even greater determination,” he said. “If the UN has achieved anything it is because of the work that you do, and your dedication, and we look forward to many more years of that kind of service.”The UN system has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on five previous occasions. The award was given to the UN Peacekeeping Operations in 1988, while the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) received the prize in both 1954 and 1981. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was awarded the Prize in 1965 and the International Labour Organization (ILO) received it in 1969.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2012 9:52 am MDT Nexen to be acquired by CNOOC for US$15.1 billion CALGARY – Oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. has agreed to be acquired by a Chinese offshore oil company for US$15.1 billion cash.The Calgary-based firm will be purchased by CNOOC Ltd. in an all-cash transaction worth $27.50 per Nexen share.That’s a 66 per cent premium over the 20-day weighed volume average of Nexen shares (TSX:NXY).
“Are working women better off today than they were 20 years ago?” asked Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder in a press release ahead of Sunday’s International Women’s Day, marked annually on 8 March. “The answer is a qualified yes. Has this progress met our expectations? The answer is a decidedly no. We need to be innovative, to reframe the debate and to intensify the focus on ensuring the rights of women at work,” he declared. While access to maternity protection has improved – the percentage of countries offering 14 weeks or more maternity level has increased from 38 per cent to 51 per cent – more than 800 million women workers globally still do not have adequate maternity protection. That’s 41 per cent of the female workforce worldwide. Progress in implementing the Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference in Women in Beijing in 1995 has been mixed, the ILO said in a briefing note, on the heels of also releasing a new report that found that the “motherhood pay gap” that “imposes a wage penalty often over and above the age gap already experienced by women worldwide.” According to The motherhood pay gap: A review of the issues, theory and international evidence, mothers often earn less than women without children. Despite policy and international labour standard adjustments, women continue to experience widespread discrimination and inequality in the workplace. “The overriding conclusion 20 years on from Beijing is that despite marginal progress we have years, even decades to go until women enjoy the same rights and benefits at work,” said Shauna Olney, Chief of the Gender and Equality and Diversity Brand of the ILO. In developed countries, the wage gap increases when a woman has more than one child. In developing countries, however, girls and young woman are more like than their male counterparts to be kept at home to help with household and caring tasks. And across both poor and rich nations, violence against women remains a major factor undermining their access to decent work. “In most parts of the world, women are often in undervalued and low-paid jobs; lack access to education, training, recruitment; have limited bargaining and decision-making power; and still shoulder responsibility for most unpaid care work,” said the ILO note. The good news is that more countries are recognizing men’s care responsibilities – the number of countries providing some type of paternity leave has doubled from 38 per cent in 1994 to 56 percent in 2013. But despite this, “women continue to shoulder most of the responsibility for family care, often limiting their access to paid employment completely, or confining them to part-time positions, which are typically not as well paid,” the ILO said. Today women own and manage over 30 per cent of all businesses but tend to be concentrated in small enterprises. On a more macro level, women sit on 19 per cent of board seats globally, and hold only five per cent of CEO positions at the world’s largest companies.
Schneider Electric, a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced enhancements to its Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) solution for the mining industry. In-line with its long-time strategy to invest in software and service solutions for the Mining, Metals and Minerals industries, “Schneider Electric is committed to helping mining organisations drive digital transformation across their enterprise. This initiative can help optimise the mining supply chain, drive efficiency and maximise utilisation of all operating assets, resulting in better profitability.”Mining companies are challenged with volatile commodity prices, rising energy costs and increased global competition. “These organisations must shift focus to proactively review internal processes, identify new process improvement opportunities and leverage new technologies to drive operational excellence across the entire mining value chain.Schneider Electric offers mining organisations an opportunity to digitally transform their operations with highly accurate, real-time visibility to information across production, inventory and quality management processes. Miners can now automatically log all inputs and outputs of the plant in real-time, including materials, consumables, energy, waste and emissions output.”This data, when made available to domain-specific decision support tools and integrated with supply chain and enterprise resource planning systems, unlocks new levels of intelligence to drive continuous improvement. Eliminating manually entered production values while breaking down pervasive operational data silos can minimise time, errors and costs associated with manual and duplicate data-entry, further enhancing agility and efficiency.“Digitalisation is a force that can transform key aspects of mining at every step of the value chain. A strong value of our mining industry solution is the addition of real-time production accounting and inventory management, which lets you actively optimise material movements and increase productivity”, said Doug Warren, Vice President, Software, Industry Solutions. “This functionality provides miners with more visibility and control over one of their biggest assets – the inventory work-in-progress (WIP) – and closes the loop between planning/scheduling and actuals, in near real-time. This is a key construct for Short Interval Control, prevalent in manufacturing for many years and now available for the mining industry.”Mining organisations implementing Ampla Mining Operations Management as part of their Schneider Electric solution can benefit from the EcoStruxure™ architecture, resulting in better process and data integration across their organisation. “What results is a better way to drive innovation at every level, with vertical integration from sensors to edge control to software/analytics at the same time as end-to-end integration across the value chain and help break down data silos. This approach increases efficiency, removes value leaks and results in increased profitability.”Select improvements of Schneider Electric Software’s MOM solution for the mining industry include:• User selectable point in time feature for ‘Inventory data reprocessing’• Data reprocessing has improved performance by 4X• New “Calculated Inventory” feature to define custom calculations on captured inventory data• Ampla Planner, Gantt Chart usability and user experience enhancements• Client response times has improved performance by 2X• Wonderware Online InSight connectivity