LATEST STORIES Pacers-Pelicans postponed over concerns about roof leak Allen Crabbe had 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets. They have lost four in a row and eight of nine.Crabbe scored 16 of Brooklyn’s points in a row during one fourth-quarter stretch, capped by a 3-pointer that cut Detroit’s lead to three at 91-88. The Pistons put the ball in Griffin’s hands after that, and he scored nine of their next 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrummond had 12 rebounds in the first half and added 11 more in the third quarter. He finished with a season high, just two shy of his career best. It was the third time in the last five games he reached 20 rebounds.He shot only 5 of 17 from the field, but that just meant more opportunities for offensive rebounds. He had seven of those. Despite all that, the Pistons were actually outrebounded as a team, 50-46. /kga Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brooklyn Nets guard Nik Stauskas (2) controls the ball as Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Febraury 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 27 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to five with a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who have not lost since acquiring him in a trade last week. Griffin will face his old team this Friday night when the Los Angeles Clippers are in town.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
New Delhi, May 17 (PTI) With the Delhi High Court today directing WFI to hold a meeting with Sushil Kumar, the decorated grapplers hopes of competing at the Olympics seems almost over as the Federation is not keen on conducting a trial in the contentious mens 74kg category. The Federation says it would set a wrong precedent and might “finish Indian wrestling”. Following the HC directive, the Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh decided to hold a meeting with the two-time Olympic medallist tomorrow, to sort out what has snowballed into a major controversy ahead of the mega-event in August. Having already won two individual medals at the last two Olympics, the 32-year-old is one of Indias biggest sporting icons but the WFI, notwithstanding, is keen on sending quota winner Narsingh Pancham Yadav to the upcoming Games. “I will be conducting a meeting tomorrow. Earlier, there was supposed to be a selection committee but now that the court has directed us to form a four-member committee, we will meet tomorrow and then put forward our opinion,” Brij Bhushan told PTI today. The Delhi High Court today said that a committee consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and the chief coach should meet Sushil at the earliest and since the federation was an autonomous body, it should try and resolve the matter amicably. The court has also sought the response of the Sports Ministry and WFI and asked them to file their affidavits before its next hearing on May 27. Making it clear that WFI would not like to conduct a trial, Brij Bhushan said this practice may harm Indian wrestling severely. “Till now, a wrestler believes that if he/she brings a quota, he/she will go to the Olympics. But the day it would become a norm that even if one athlete brings a quota but someone else may go to the Olympics, that day wrestling in India would be finished. No one would work hard to bring a quota as the wrestlers may not feel secure,” he insisted. The WFI president also said that this ongoing furore has put qualified wrestlers in other division under pressure too. “Because of this issue, our other qualified wrestlers are also under pressure and not just the ones in 74kg. Everyone is worried that if trial is conducted in one category, then others will also demand for trials. This is also not justified that we hold trial in just one weight division. So all the grapplers, who have qualified are disturbed and that is hampering their preparations,” said Brij Bhushan. PTI CM KHS ATadvertisement
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Prince Carlos buried a crucial three from the corner and Justin Gutang slammed it home off a steal to secure College of St. Benilde’s scrambling 66-58 win over Jose Rizal University on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.Gutang then capped the Blazers’ eighth victory in 17 games overall with two free throws in the final 23 seconds after Marwin Dionisio accidentally tripped him in a rebound scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect CSB 66—Carlos 13, Naboa 13, Sangco 11, Gutang 9, Belgica 7, Dixon 7, Flores 4, Nayve 2, Haruna 0, Leutcheu 0, Lim 0, Mosqueda 0, Young 0.JRU 58—Delos Santos 10, Amores 10, Aguilar 9, Dela Rosa 7, Abaoag 6, Arenal 6, Vasquez 4, Dionisio 3, Miranda 3, Macatangay 0.Quarters: 8-10, 19-17, 48-30, 66-58ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers ‘Legit NBA talent’ Manny Harris as NLEX import too hard to pass up for Guiao MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Already out of contention for the semifinals, the Blazers will end their season against Mapua in an important tiff for the Cardinals on Friday.Rookie John Amores drilled successive threes from the same angle that pulled the JRU within one, before Carlos and Gutang finished them off with lucky breaks in the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Heavy Bombers dropped to 4-13 and will complete their campaign opposite the Chiefs come Friday.The scores: Becoming his own man
Luis Suarez has said that Manchester United’s Paul Pogba would be welcome at Barcelona as the midfielder continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford.Suarez has become the second Blaugrana player to state that the Frenchman would be greeted with open arms at Camp Nou following Gerard Pique’s similar statement .Pogba’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho is said to be fractious, with the World Cup winner reportedly open to a move away from a Manchester side which has struggled in the early stages of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! As such, Suarez feels that a move to the Spanish champions would be a good fit should the 25-year-old make the switch at some point in the future.“Pogba is an elite player – he has won everything,” the Uruguayan told RAC1 . “He has a lot of quality and he is a key player for United.“I think he would like to be competing for more [silverware] than he is at the moment. He may not be a Barca player yet, but he would always be welcome.”Pogba’s France national team-mate Antoine Griezmann is another player who had been tipped to join Barca over the summer, but the attacker ultimately chose to stay with Atletico Madrid.Reports had suggested that Griezmann would have replaced Suarez at the head of Barca’s attack, but the 31-year-old does not feel that would have been the case.“It was a surprise [that he stayed at Atletico],” he went on. “But you have to respect his decision, which he made with his family. He earned everyone’s respect.“There was some people saying I would leave if he came in, but I don’t know where that came from. If he came, he would have been well received because he’s an excellent player.”Reports of being replaced by Griezmann may have been in part down to Suarez having come in for some criticism over his form in the past season, but he believes he still has a lot to offer.Suarez did admit, however, that he needs to pay more attention to his body if he is to prolong his time at the top of the game.“You begin to realise that you have to might have to rest in some of the more winnable games,” he said. “I want to play every minute but I have realised that you have to understand how to stay at your best for big games. You have to keep in shape, and when you feel fatigue you have to take a step back.“I will keep going for Barca for as long as my body allows it, though. It’s hard to know where I will go it if I will retire at Camp Nou.“Look at Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta, who came through at the club but couldn’t end their careers here, which is every player’s desire.”
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, one of the best paid players in the world, admits the amount of money involved at the highest level has become “indecent”.The 19-year-old became the second most expensive player in history when he completed a permanent transfer to PSG from Monaco this year for a reported fee of €180 million (£157m/$201m).His team-mate Neymar joined from Barcelona in 2017 for €222m (£198m/$249m) in a deal that shook the European game and led to four more deals worth more than €100m, including Mbappe’s taking place over the next 12 months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Reports based on documents from whistleblowing platform Football Leaks this month claimed Mbappe asked for a five-year contract worth close to €55m after tax when he joined PSG, along with various performance-based incentives, which was turned down by the club.And Mbappe has conceded there are sums involved in the top tiers of the game that he could scarcely have imagined when he was growing up.”It’s truly indecent for me, who comes from a fairly modest family,” he told RTS.”It’s true that it’s indecent but the market is like that. The world of football works like that.”I’m not going to revolutionise football. I’m in a system. You have to know how to respect it and to stay in place.”A pleasure and an honor to welcome you in Paris. See you soon King @Pele pic.twitter.com/9uvoIr5tmi— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) November 1, 2018In the wake of France’s World Cup success, L’Equipe reported that Mbappe had donated his entire fee from the tournament – an estimated €439,000 (£384,000/$494,000) – to Premiers de Cordee, a sports charity that works with disabled and hospitalised children.Mbappe has been compared to Brazil great Pele following a remarkable rise to stardom during the last three years, in which he has won four major trophies in France and become a world champion.However, the forward insists he is not trying to emulate anyone, saying: “I don’t want to be a copy of anyone else. Like the greats, you want to make your own story yourself, and not be a copy of another.”I think it’s only natural to have high self-esteem, even if in everyday life you need to have that humility that is a strength of the greats.”Despite his spectacular career at senior level to date, Mbappe says it is important to retain a childish sense of humour.”There is no bad time to laugh. I always joke, even five minutes before a game. It’s not bad to stay a little immature,” he added.”There is so much pressure in football that a little bit of ‘joie de vivre’, a little bit of fun doesn’t hurt in this environment.”
Hardik Pandya revisited the words of Mahendra Singh Dhoni during his international debut in Australia, which has impacted and shaped up his short career and has showed him the way to be on a cricketing field.Pandya shared that Dhoni reprimanded him after he got over-excited upon getting his first international wicket. Pandya had got for 21 runs in his first international over and getting Chris Lynn out fired him to the extent of getting an ICC Code of Conduct warning on his debut.”It was nightmare, giving 21 runs in my first international over. First time in my life I was blank, I didn’t know what to do. But Mahi bhai being a legend said ‘aaja doosra over daal’ (come, bowl another over). I went for 6 runs in the first ball and it was like 1.1 overs and I went for 28 runs. But after that I gave only 7-8 runs in two overs and took two wickets. He (Dhoni) didn’t say anything but I still remember in the post-match press conference, he said ‘I knew that after the first over, he will be a better bowler for sure’.””After getting Lynn out, I still remember I got over-excited. Mahi bhai then said ‘you are doing this thing for the last time because you will get banned plus the team will lose a player. So we don’t want that’. I was like ‘ya sorry’. I might be the first player to get ICC Code of Conduct warning in the first international game. I just thought after that ‘for a couple of slangs, I won’t lose money, it’s my hard earned money,” Pandya told Gaurav Kapur at Breakfast with Champions.advertisementEarlier in the year, Pandya scored his maiden Test hundred in just 86 deliveries against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. With the century, he became the quickest Indian to score a century batting at No.8 in the longest format.Pandya shared that he could not sleep the night before he scored that hundred. He said he was under extreme anxiety till the time he stepped on the field next morning.”I was not able to sleep the previous night till 3. My anxiety level was very high because I had previously got out to the same bowler and I was furious then. I usually don’t think much when I get out but if I lose my wicket in a certain way, I think a lot.”That morning everyone noticed that I wasn’t talking to anyone and only warming up. It was like in 10 minutes, I asked 5-6 times about the start of play and as soon as the umpire signalled, I went out and it was only then that I calmed down. I remember all the fielders were at the boundary only and I was like, ‘bro, I am going all guns blazing’,” Pandya told.Pandya revealed that the hairstyle he currently spots is actually given to him by India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who cleaned half his hair when the all-rounder has asked Dhawan to just remove some of his hair.”I asked Shikhar to remove a bit of my hair but he removed it all. I was like it’s alright. I am pretty confident that I can carry it so it’s okay.”
zoom A shipyard worker was killed and seven were injured in a fire that broke out at a Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering’s (DSME) yard in Okpo, South Korea, Yonhap news agency said.As informed, the man suffocated from poisonous gas that gushed from the fire that started in a tank of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier. The unidentified 85,000-ton LPG vessel is reported to be under construction at the yard.There were 130 people at the site when the fire broke out and initial reports indicate that out of the seven injured workers, one is in critical condition.It took almost an hour for the firefighters to contain the fire. The extent of damage to the vessel is yet to be reported.This is the second fatal incident that struck DSME in less than three months. Namely, as World Maritime News reported, two workers died and seven were injured in a fire that broke out in a dry dock 8 at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, on August 24.The fire reportedly started while the workers were welding inside a hull of an LPG carrier, and apparently spread to one more newbuilding.BW Group, Dorian LPG and Shandong Shipping have LPG carriers on order at DSME.World Maritime News Staff
TORONTO – Mass market driverless vehicles may be ready for the road later than previous estimates, but BlackBerry Ltd. CEO John Chen said Wednesday he doesn’t consider that a problem for his company’s autonomous vehicle technology plans.“An awful lot of things have to happen between now and then to make that happen including, but not limited to, government policy on safety standards,” Chen said.Chen has heard, anecdotally, that the introduction of commercially available autonomous vehicles might come later than 2021, a stated goal of BMW and Honda.People “in the know” have been mentioning the year 2025 as a more likely date, he saidChen said it’s hearsay but “I believe 2025 makes quite a lot of sense.”BlackBerry’s QNX conducted a basic street test in Ottawa at the Kanata North Technology Park in October but its next step will be to participate in a test track trial in Toronto with its partner Renesas Electronics America Inc.Chen said it will be at least a year before BlackBerry’s ready for another autonomous vehicle trial on the streets of Toronto.Last week’s pedestrian fatality during a test of a Uber self-driving vehicle in a Phoenix, AZ., suburb has caused the ride-hailing company to suspend its on-road testing program, including in Toronto.Chen said BlackBerry isn’t a supplier to Uber or to Google-affiliated Waymo.The autonomous car market is currently a small part of BlackBerry’s revenue but an important part of its future, Chen said.BlackBerry is positioning itself to supply software components to Tier 1 automotive suppliers, including Canada’s Magna International, although it’s also working directly with Ford and, more recently Jaguar Land Rover.Earlier Wednesday, BlackBerry announced a net loss of $10 million or six cents per share under U.S. generally accepted accounting compared with a loss of $47 million a year ago. Analysts had estimated a net loss of eight cents per share.BlackBerry Ltd.’s revenue and adjusted earnings also came in above analyst estimates in its fourth quarter, as all three of the company’s main software divisions showed growth.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company, which reports in U.S. currency, had $233 million of revenue for the quarter ended Feb. 28. Its operating income was $19 million or five cents per share.Analysts had estimated BlackBerry would have $216.4 million of revenue for the quarter and break even on an adjusted basis, with zero cents per share of operating income, according to Thomson Reuters data.Chen, who has been BlackBerry’s chief executive and executive chairman since joining the company in November 2013, said he was pleased with the company’s progress since it decided to stop manufacturing smartphones.All three of its software divisions — focused on enterprise, intellectual property licensing and automotive markets — grew in the fourth quarter, both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter, he said.“Our strategy is working,” Chen said. “This gives us confidence that we could capitalize on the significant market opportunities available today as well as in the future.”The current opportunities include enterprise software and services that provide governments and regulated industries, such as banking, the tools to provide secure communication for their employees, partners and customers.“The heritage of BlackBerry gives us the right to play in this area, both from a know-how and a reputational point of view,” Chen said in an interview.He said there’s an opportunity to “upsell” to current enterprise customers with products and services such as the BlackBerry Bridge, announced last week, which is designed to provide heightened security to all Microsoft Office applications used by an organization’s workforce, suppliers and business partners.The Bridge product is currently in final customer trials prior to general availability.Besides its traditional vertical market segments, BlackBerry is seeing expanded opportunities within the hospital, pharmaceutical and energy markets. It’s also building its presence in China, Korea, and Japan, he said.For Chen, BlackBerry’s future includes opportunities for securely connected devices, such as its Radar hardware and service for the trucking industry, and for QNX software embedded in connected and autonomous vehicles.BlackBerry’s shares were little changed Thursday, trading at about $16. That’s up nearly 70 per cent over the past year.Two weeks ago, the company announced a five-year contract extension for Chen, which runs to November 2023 and is weighted toward long-term performance-based equity and cash awards, in addition to a time-based equity award. His base salary, short-term cash incentive and benefits won’t change.Companies in this story: (TSX:BB)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version failed to mention BlackBerry conducted a basic street trial in Ottawa in October.
LONDON — After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.’s smooth exit from the bloc.But the agreement faces major political hurdles starting Wednesday, when British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to win the approval of her divided Cabinet for a deal many ministers view with skepticism.The British government confirmed that the negotiating teams had reached a draft agreement and the Cabinet would hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to consider the proposal. Its support isn’t guaranteed: May is under pressure from pro-Brexit ministers not to make further concessions to the EU on the key issue of the Irish border.A spokesman for chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier urged caution, saying a deal wasn’t yet finalized and the bloc would “take stock” Wednesday.Ambassadors from the 27 other EU countries are also due to hold a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the U.K. leaves the bloc on March 29. The European Parliament also has to approve any agreement, as do all 28 EU nations.Officials have said for weeks that agreement on divorce terms and a framework for future U.K.-EU relations was 95 per cent complete, and for several days negotiators have been meeting late into the night in Brussels in a bid to close the remaining gaps.The main obstacle has long been how to ensure there are no customs posts or other checks along the border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit. Britain and the EU agree that there must be barriers that could disrupt businesses and residents on either side of the border and undermine Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace process — but they have differed on how to achieve that.Irish national broadcaster RTE said the draft agreement involves a common customs arrangement for the U.K. and the EU, to eliminate the need for border checks, with special provisions for Northern Ireland and a review mechanism to oversee its functioning.A sticking point in talks has been Britain’s insistence that any such customs arrangement must be temporary. The EU says that in order to guarantee an open border, it can’t have a time limit.The pound rallied on news of a deal, rising 1.5 per cent against the dollar to $1.3038.But May faces pressure from pro-Brexit Cabinet members and lawmakers not to agree to an arrangement that binds Britain to EU trade rules indefinitely.Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexiteer, said the deal was unacceptable and Cabinet ministers should “chuck it out.”May also faces growing opposition from pro-EU lawmakers, who say her proposed Brexit deal is worse than the status quo and the British public should get a new vote on whether to leave or to stay.If there is no agreement soon, U.K. businesses will have to start implementing contingency plans for a “no-deal” Brexit — steps that could include cutting jobs, stockpiling goods and relocating production and services outside Britain.Even with such measures in place, the British government says leaving the EU without a deal could cause major economic disruption, with gridlock at ports and disruption to supplies of foods, goods and medicines.On Tuesday, the European Commission published a sheaf of notices outlining changes in a host of areas in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They point to major disruption for people and businesses: U.K. truckers’ licenses won’t be valid in the EU, British airlines will no longer enjoy traffic rights, and even British mineral water will cease to be recognized as such by the EU.The EU said Tuesday it was proposing visa-free travel for U.K. citizens on short trips, even if there is no deal — but only if Britain reciprocates.Meanwhile, official figures suggest Brexit is already having an impact on the British workforce.The Office for National Statistics said the number of EU citizens working in the country — 2.25 million— was down 132,000 in the three months to September from the year before. That’s the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997.Most of the fall is due to fewer workers from eight eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004.Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King’s College London, said the prospect of Brexit “has clearly made the U.K. a much less attractive place for Europeans to live and work.”___Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this story.Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
Los Angeles: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have said that it was a “community decision” to bring the curtains down on their hit show “Supernatural”. The series, which will culminate with its 15th season, features the two actors as the Winchester brothers who hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. Speaking at the “Supernatural” convention in Las Vegas, Padalecki said, “This was a community decision”. He further said that there was never any pressure from The CW network and the studio to wrap up show, reported Entertainment Weekly. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Ackles added that the show’s end was debated for months by both the cast and the crew. “Nobody wanted to see this show fizzle out. I think that it was everyone wanting to do the biggest service to the show that we could by going out strong. It just seemed like the writing was kind of on the wall as to when that was happening. “Everybody kind of felt that it was coming soon, and so it was just taking that leap of faith of going like, ‘Well guys, let’s get out the paint and paint that finish line because what we’ve accomplished is unlike any other’,” he said. The final season will consist of 20 episodes. The show is executive produced by Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Phil Sgriccia, Jeremy Carver, Eugenie Ross-Leming, and Brad Buckner. It is produced by Warner Bros Television, in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision.
Paris: Sixteen copper statues briefly took to the skies over Paris after they were removed from the Notre-Dame cathedral to undergo restoration work. Tourists at the world-famous landmark were left stunned on Thursday as the statues — representing the 12 apostles and the four evangelists from the New Testament — were lifted off the spire of the cathedral by crane. “What’s unique is that it’s the first time we’ve seen them up close since they were set up by Viollet-le-Duc in the 1860s,” Marie-Helene Didier, who is in charge of the renovation work, said. “It’s an exceptional event because we’ve brought the 16 statues down in a single day. It’s a magical moment for everyone,” she said. Built between the years 1163 and 1345, Notre-Dame is one of the most popular tourist sites in Paris, drawing around 13 million people every year. Its spire, like the rest of the gothic edifice, is undergoing an USD 12.4-million overhaul financed by the French state to repair damage inflicted by time, pollution and the weather. “Extraordinary,” said Sofiane, an onlooker from London, as the statues flew through piercing blue skies suspended from a giant 100-metre (300-foot) crane. “I’ll never see anything like it again.” The statues will be put on display inside the cathedral and will travel two-by-two to a specialised restorer in the Dordogne area of southwest France. Once all have been renovated, they will be put back to their position staring out over the City of Light in 2022.
Kainoelani LeeRabat – Since the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the San Bernardino shooting, researchers and civil rights groups say reports and attacks against Muslims in the United States have rapidly increased, according to the New York Times.Reports from news media and civil rights groups indicates that the rate of suspected hate crimes against Muslims has tripled since the Paris attacks. In the months following both terrorist attacks, there has been a number of vandalisms on Islamic buildings and Muslim owned restaurants, fire damages, shooting, and threats, that surmounted to hate crimes towards Muslims.According to the Center On American-Islamic Relations, about 50 percent of Muslim students in the U.S. have been bullied by their peers, reveals an article from PBS News.Especially with Republican Party Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, who called to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.Current President Barack Obama says it is no surprise that “threats and harassment of American Muslims have surged,” according to The Intercept.The anti-Muslim rhetoric has even caused other political leaders to intervene, including a recent interview with the newly elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, stating that “Trump is ‘ignorant’ on Islam”, and that “it’s possible to be Western and be Muslim.”
WASHINGTON — The Latest on a ruling striking down the Trump administration’s small-business health insurance plan (all times local):11:55 a.m.President Donald Trump’s administration says it disagrees with a federal judge’s ruling that a new type of health insurance plan for small businesses stretches federal law and must be set aside.Signalling a possible appeal, Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco says in a statement issued Friday the administration is “considering all available options.”U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled in Washington late Thursday that a Trump administration regulation creating the new small-business plans was “clearly an end-run” around the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare.” Bates says it also runs counter to longstanding federal laws that govern workplace benefits.Trump has been touting the plans as a tremendous value for small businesses and sole proprietors, but the plans do not seem to have had a major impact.___6:25 a.m.A federal judge is striking down the Trump administration’s highly touted small-business health insurance plan, calling it an “end run” around consumer protections.The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., is the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care initiatives. On Wednesday another federal judge blocked Medicaid work requirements for low-income people.At issue in the latest ruling are so-called “association health plans,” in which businesses and sole proprietors can band together to offer lower-cost coverage that doesn’t provide all the benefits required under the Affordable Care Act.President Donald Trump has hailed the small-business plans as a big success, but their impact is difficult to measure.Unable to repeal the Obama health law in Congress, the Trump administration has tried to use its rule-making powers to create room for alternatives.The Associated Press
LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska city councilman says an ordinance that forces the Muslim owners of a new hookah lounge to serve alcohol in violation of their faith must change.The ordinance requires businesses in Lincoln that allow smoking indoors to have a liquor license. Those businesses must stock and serve booze.The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Councilman Roy Christensen has been working with city lawyers to write a new ordinance that would allow businesses like 88 Hookah Lounge to operate in compliance with the owners’ faith and local rules.Cigar bars are legal in Nebraska under the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act as long as they do not sell anything else. City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick says the difficulty will be drafting a law that allows the hookah lounge to serve non-alcoholic beverages.___Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.comThe Associated Press
Nikolai Erdman’s satire The Suicide opens the Department of Dramatic Arts’ new season.Nikolai Erdman’s witty satire The Suicide is now on at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, kicking off the Department of Dramatic Arts’ new season.Described as “a spectacular mixture of the ridiculous and the sublime,” The Suicide tells the story of Semyon, an ordinary man who, while arguing with his wife about a sausage, accuses her of wishing him dead.A disastrous chain of misunderstandings is then set in motion with Moscow’s shadiest characters trying to recruit Semyon to kill himself for their own cause. He survives their lottery of death because of a tuba, drinking error and a love for life.The Suicide was written just before Stalin seized power in Russia. Erdman’s mockery of the pretensions of pre- and post-revolutionary worlds ultimately led Stalin to ban the play and exile Erdman to Siberia. The script was smuggled abroad in various versions but Erdman never saw it realized. Today, The Suicide is recognized as a masterpiece of Soviet-era literature and drama.The play has been adapted by director Gyllian Raby and Anna MacAlpine in the Department of Dramatic Arts to emphasize Erdman’s love of slapstick, zany fantasy, and paradox by drawing on the improvised dialogue of the Italian Commedia dell’Arte.The Suicide is directed by Gyllian Raby with set design by Nigel Scott, costume design by Roberta Doylend and lighting by Ken Garrett.It’s also showcases for Brock’s production and design students and performers Marcus Schwan, Kaitlin Race, Cassandra van Wyck, Derek Ewert, Justine Benteau, Rachel Romanowski, Brianne Lidstone, James Lowe, Nikki Morrison, Brent Cairns, Ioanna al Khayed, Karyn Lorence, Evan Mulrooney, Kanthan Annalingan, Sean Rintoul and Evan Bawtinheimer.Performances happen Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 seniors and students and $5 for the eyeGo high school ticket program.Special Group rates are available from the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550, ext. 3257 or online.
A crash on the QEW sent 6 people to hospital and police have arrested a man for impaired driving.First responders are working carefully to free a man through the back of a vehicle after a crash that happened this morning. The damage is very severe that the SUV resembles a pick up truck. Police said it’s a shock that no one was killed.“It does appear that impaired driving was certainly a contributing factor in this collision”. “Those five occupants all went to hospital.”OPP have said the driver of the vehicle was arrested and is facing charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm and possibly additional charges of dangerous driving in a collision that caused serious injuries.Both the east bound and westbound lanes were closed for hours for the investigation only reopening at 11:30 this morning, causing major back ups. Debris from the crash was sent flying over the median to the other side of the highway and damaged several other cars. No one was hurt as a result of the debris.Police are still speaking to witnesses and continuing to investigate.
The key change pertains to a directive on access to prevention, treatment, care and support, stressing that such access is “fundamental to the realization of the right to health. The guidelines also note that international cooperation is vital in putting care, treatment and support within reach of all those in need.The revised text is part of 12 International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights published in 1998 by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “With the advent of life-prolonging HIV treatment, and price barriers falling, access to treatment is now at the heart of realizing the human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot. “Today’s unequal and limited access to treatment is unacceptable, with less than 5 per cent of people in the developing world who need HIV medicines having access to them.”The revision would “help governments and civil society focus on the need to scale up access to prevention and treatment,” Dr. Piot added.The revised guideline breaks new ground by calling for specific actions on the part of governments, including by asking them to establish concrete national plans with resources and timelines that progressively lead to equal and universal access to HIV/AIDS-related treatment, care and support. Countries are also called on to establish mechanisms that would enable people living with HIV/AIDS to challenge inequalities and discrimination in accessing HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support. In addition, States are encouraged to contribute to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Stressing the importance of funding for AIDS treatment, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson noted that under international human rights law, States are obliged to take concrete steps to advance the right to the highest attainable standard of health. “This commitment should be matched by resources, including from donors and the international community,” she said.
A guy standing in front of me at the Black & Decker table said the words “finally, a sexy paper shredder.” The woman behind the table didn’t disagree. So there you have it, the company’s iShred Verticle may be the first paper shredder that can be accurately described as such.AdChoices广告The iShred has a fully enclosed shredder head, does six sheet crosscut, shreds stuff really small for security purposes, has easy emptying, and something the company calls “100 percent jam-free technology.” The thing can take on credit cards and staples and keeps it all at a noise level of 68dB and under.The iShred runs $99.99. A small price for sexy shredding right?
At the Samsung “78910” event in Orlando during the 2011 CTIA tech show, it was announced that Samsung was planning to reveal two different Honeycomb tablets that were designed to outshine the iPad and the Motorola Xoom. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 offered up an extremely thin profile, lighter than the competition, and included unique accessories like the Bluetooth Stylus. Unfortunately, it also included what appeared to be the highly criticized TouchWiz UI improvements over Honeycomb. A closer hands on evaluation of the improvements showed that the “Samsung Experience” was significantly more limited than what has been seen on handsets so far. In fact, one such video can be found above.In fact it seems that TouchWiz is completely removable, as it was nowhere to be found in this video, allowing hardcore Android users the stock experience they shout about, while offering the integrated social offerings and various other features that Samsung has spent so much time developing for their customers.AdChoices广告As we approach the “late summer” release of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 WiFi models, it certainly seems that these tablets are the next must-have Android devices.via Business Insider
The crime rate in crisis-hit Greece is continuing to rise, with police recording more than 10 robberies from Sunday evening to Monday morning in Attica alone. In the early hours of Monday police arrested two Roma men, aged 17 and 18, in Ano Liosia, northwestern Athens, who robbed a 78-year-old woman in her house, with the assistance of two more youngsters who remain at large. They threatened her with a knife before taking flight with cash and jewelry. At Menidi in northern Athens, a man entered a flower shop on Sunday evening and stabbed the owner in the hands before leaving with an unidentified amount in cash. Three men broke into a house in Koropi, eastern Attica, late on Sunday and robbed a 62-year-old man of 3,000 euros in cash and a computer at knifepoint. At Artemida, also in eastern Attica, two men broke into the house of a 79-year-old woman through the window and, after attacking her, stole a gold chain at 3.30 on Monday morning. Three other men rang the doorbell of a 79-year-old man at Varibombi, northern Attica, and threatened him with a handgun, but could only find a pair of golden earrings to take with them. Around midnight, two taxi drivers fell victim to the same pair of men at Nea Ionia, northwestern Athens, who threatened them with handguns and took their day’s collections. Employees at the building of a foreign parcel-forwarding company were stunned to see two armed women threaten them with handguns on Sunday evening. They left with an unidentified amount of cash. At about 4 a.m. on Monday four hooded men threatened a gas station owner with handguns in Aegaleo, western Athens, and left with an unknown amount of cash in the vehicle of one of the gas station’s customers. Police reported two more robberies overnight, one at a patisserie in Peristeri, western Athens, and another at a kiosk in Kifissia, northern Athens. There was also a robbery reported on Crete, as a hooded man attacked a 47-year-old kiosk owner at Kato Gouves, near Iraklio, at 4 a.m. on Monday, and stole 5,000 euros and a cell phone. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram