Alex Cabagnot happy to see former players Diego Dario, Paul Desiderio in the PBA

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Cabagnot also didn’t forget about Dario, who played just around seven minutes for the Elite.“Diego came down one time and he passed it so I told him ‘Diego, shoot that man. You work on that all the time, shoot that,’” said Cabagnot. “I know that’s bad because I’m playing for San Miguel but they ‘re in a special place in my heart talaga.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabagnot also praised both Dario and Desiderio for being able to put to good use the shooting drills they did in UP in the PBA.There were instances in the fourth quarter that Desiderio went up against Cabagnot and even used the move his mentor thought him when he was still a Fighting Maroon.“I told Paul ‘why are you guarding me?’ but Paul is just one of those strong guys,” said Cabagnot. “He did two dribbles and he even pump faked me but he missed the shot. Going down I told him ‘that’s a good move.’”The 37-year-old point guard, though, showed why he’s been in the PBA for so long, schooling Dario and Desiderio finishing with 19 points, on 8-of-15 shooting, and five assists.Desiderio and Dario, both 22, mustered just a combined four points and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 When San Miguel easily handled Blackwater, 93-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup, Cabagnot was still supervising his former players from University of the Philippines even though they were part of the opposing team.Cabagnot was part of Bo Perasol’s coaching staff in the UAAP and he was responsible for helping hone Desiderio and Dario not only for the collegiate game but also for the PBA.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 their potential and I’m glad those late night workouts we had at UP and those time we had for our extra sessions were not in vain,” said Cabagnot Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I tell them all the time that the PBA is easier to get in to, the harder part is staying. I hope they remember that.” MOST READ Julius Randle takes charge as Pelicans beat Bulls without Davis LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Alex Cabagnot’s duty of teaching Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario didn’t stop in the collegiate league.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Riding Around on Side Project Skateboards

first_img How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Carbon Fiber Explained: Why It’s the Perfect Outdoor Gear Material Here’s an interesting tidbit you might not know. Back in the 1940s and 50s, surfers were looking for ways to ride waves without water. So they started deconstructing roller skates and attaching the wheels to wooden planks. And so the first skateboards were born.Inspired by this early history of skating culture, Jake Eshelman founded Side Project Skateboards. Handmade in Houston, they are crafted from reclaimed wood and American-made materials for sleek, modern boards that evoke a cool, vintage vibe. Each board is truly a work of art, constructed from start to finish by a single craftsman. Because all the wood is handpicked to ensure structural integrity, each board is a completely one of a kind, visually striking piece.But these boards are more than just a pretty face. They feature high performance components including Bennett Vector 4.3” trucks, Seismic 3dm Cambria wheels and Tekton six-ball bearings. With the exception of the bearings, all parts are produced in the United States. The boards also feature hand-cut risers from a single hide of Chromexcel leather from the renowned Horween Tannery in Chicago. Some may see this as a strange choice in material, but the leather absorbs shock for an incredibly smooth ride.Whether you’re buying a skateboard for the first time or have been riding one for years, Side Project Skateboards are the most handsome and well-made pieces we’ve seen in a very long time. To learn more and to shop, visit sideprojectskateboards.com. How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type Editors’ Recommendations Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. last_img read more

Live it Up (Or Out, Or In) with Woolly Pocket Living Wall Planters

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Ah, Spring! There’s a fresh breeze on the air, the sun is shining, and it’s time to polish off the ole green thumb and start planting herbs and vegetables for those upcoming summer parties.Nothing’s gonna be sweeter than the mingling scents of hard work and hot food when you drop some of your very own homegrown veggies on the grill this summer, but not many people want to spend their whole spring tending to a large garden. Even if you daydream of spending your days nurturing a traditional garden, living in a city or small home may mean you just don’t have the space.Woolly Pocket has considered all of this – and more – in the design of their newest Living Wall Planters. These little plastic wonders are incredibly easy to maintain, house a huge variety of plants, can be used indoors or outdoors and, with a well-planned layout, make one heck of a hanging garden backdrop for practically any space.Plant Your Heart OutYou may be wondering what all can be planted in the Living Wall Planter. Well, are you a man that likes freedom? Because you can plant pretty much anything you want in these beauties. If you’re getting geared up for a summer full of fire-grilled pizzas, why not plant a pizza garden with some of your favorite toppings like onions, tomatoes, and peppers? Spruce up your home office by dropping in a few tropical house plants and creating a living gallery wall. Due to an incredibly compact and well-rounded design, practically any plant can thrive in the LWP, from cooking and recreational herbs to vegetables and houseplants. The front and back of the planter is equipped with small ventilation holes that allow your plant’s roots to breathe as it grows, while an integrated water well in the back keeps plants satiated without over-saturating them.Keep Your Hands (and Footprint) CleanSometimes, even the most environmentally-conscious people suffer from brown thumb, or simply don’t have the time to take on the maintenance that often comes along with traditional planters or gardens. Luckily, Woolly Pocket has designed the LWP with an eye toward versatility and easy maintenance, which means you can create a functional, eye-catching garden regardless of your planting experience. The built-in water well holds a liter of water, which means you can go up to two weeks without watering. At the same time, the Living Wall Planter’s ventilation system allows water to absorb and evaporate effectively, which means you no longer need to worry about discovering a nasty leak under your planter. You don’t need to worry about your edibles or stain your carbon conscience either: the LWP is made from 100% post-consumer recycled milk jugs containing no BPA, making it one of the safest plastics for food products.Make a StatementIf you spend any time out in the world, online, or anywhere that’s not under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the increasing popularity of living walls. As is the case with a lot of projects, an amazing inspiration photo is nice to look at, but creating your own photo-spread-worthy hanging garden can be a little intimidating when you get down to the nuts-and-bolts of making it work. This year, you don’t need to spend another spring in the weeds trying to rig up a complicated irrigation system or searching for the perfect container for each plant. The LWP comes with a hanging kit that lets you install it nearly anywhere with just a screwdriver and few spare minutes, and if you want to go big, Woolly Pocket also offers drip kits that let you create a fast and easy automatic irrigation system to connect multiple Living Wall Planters into a full display. The modern design of the planters makes a pleasing statement while still letting your plants do most of the showing off, a comfortable, rounded shape makes it easy to carry kitchen herbs outside for a backyard barbecue, and a flattened bottom means that the planters can be used just as easily on a table or counter-top.Spring is the season to go green or go home, and Woolly Pocket’s thoughtful design makes their Livable Wall Planter a stylish, nearly maintenance-free solution to all your gardening woes. Impress and entertain with counter-top herbs, easy fresh edibles, and living walls that will have your summer guests asking who your landscape artist is. How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale The 2020 Living Vehicle Is a Swanky Luxury Apartment on Wheels The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Live the High Line Life at This Zaha Hadid-Designed Penthouse last_img read more

The Weird and Wonderful World of Japanese Convenience Stores

first_img 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less “Vegetarian?” Max, my travel partner, asked as he quizzically looked at the clerk who was restocking shelves with some type of mini salad. “Wait, I’ll type it into Google Translate.”It was 12:30 am, and we had just wandered into a 7-Eleven conveniently located right outside our hotel in search of nourishment after stepping off a 14-hour flight from New York City to Tokyo. We’d heard the legend of Japanese convenient stores from friends and food columns, but were mesmerized nonetheless as we stepped through the door under the infamous red, orange and green sign.Conbini, as Japanese convenience stores are locally known, are actually more convenient than their American counterparts. Sure you can buy necessities like toothbrushes, soft drinks and coffee, or grab a quick bite during a rushed lunch hour. But the food in conbini isn’t scary or suspicious. The food safety laws are so strict in Japan, you can eat pretty much anything from these stores and feel totally fine.As I browsed the shelves that first night, I settled on a chicken salad and an onigiri, a rice ball wrapped with nori and filled with raw tuna — two things I would never in a million years consume from a fast food restaurant, let alone a convenient store. Max wandered the store with more than half a dozen snacks teetering in his arms before deciding on a couple veggie and chicken onigiri. We took the bounty back to our room and spread the feast out on a side table for a late-night snack. We hungrily sunk our teeth into each one, murmuring in pleasant surprise with full mouths about how good it all tasted. Not a morsel was left. We were full and satisfied, and officially on a quest to eat as much conbini fare as we could for the rest of the trip.For a culture that considers it gauche to eat on the go, the endless options certainly tempt you to break the unspoken rules. In NYC I’ll eat walking down the street (not often, but it happens), but that’s seen as unacceptable behavior in Japan. Just like there are designated smoking corrals on the sidewalk, where suited men and women gather in droves to have a midday or post-work cigarette before hopping on the metro, the real estate in front of conbini is where you should eat your snack if you eat it now. So we found ourselves huddled next to the 7-Eleven in train stations, gobbling down a midday nosh to fuel a few more hours of sightseeing before dinner.Alyson Hurt/FlickrThere are three main convenient stores you’ll start to recognize around Japan: 7-Eleven, Lawson, and FamilyMart. 7-Eleven is the largest chain, which most American tourists will find comforting and familiar. If you need to take money out of the ATM, 7-Eleven’s are the most reliable for foreign transactions. It’s the place to go for endless snacks and instant noodles, cellophane-wrapped sandos (white bread sandwiches without crusts, cut into perfect triangles) filled with pillowy egg salad, and even a pre-packaged, starched white button down in case last night’s partying took you well into the morning and right back to the office. In that case, there’s an array of hot and cold coffee waiting for you too.Lawson started out as an American chain. While it’s totally defunct in the United States, the store is alive and well in Japan. The go-to here is the fried chicken, which is cooked on site and served hot near the registers. Fried to perfectly crisp, golden brown morsels, they’re the most satisfying snack, maybe ever. The fried chicken is so good, we found ourselves looking for excuses to have a snack just so we could take a bite of those crunchy, just-greasy-enough nuggets. A walk to the metro quickly became an excuse to pop into Lawson for a spicy fried chicken snack to tide us over until the next meal.FamilyMart is the second largest conbini chain and also carries great fried chicken, deep-fried pork sandos (katsu sando), and all the snacks you could want. In the cooler months, you’ll see a steaming pot of oden near the registers. This is a warming Japanese comfort food that starts with a dashi broth and is filled with things like fish cakes, sausage, tofu, eggs and daikon radish. If you need something hot on the go, their version is a safe bet. The store also stocks a small selection of Muji goods, so it’s a good place to stop if you forgot an essential back home.Conbini quickly became destinations in themselves, whether we needed a Pocari Sweat (an amazing electrolyte drink) to nurse a hangover or simply wanted to take in the array of weird things you’d never find in American convenient stores — from baggies of dried fish to high-end Japanese whisky like Yamazaki. Living in NYC, it’s difficult to complain about the lack of corner stores, or bodegas as we call them. They’re open late-night, many of them all night, and are always there to offer a cold beverage, batteries, toilet paper, or whatever else you might need right now. Some make elaborate sandwiches and stock 100 different types of potato chips (seriously). Bodegas are great, but you can’t go there to buy a necktie or sushi or hard liquor. It sounds trite, but you just have to experience conbini to really understand the magic that awaits you beyond the store doors. Sure, Japan is home to the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, but the really good stuff can be found in a refrigerated case below the glow of those familiar neon lights.Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Manual’s larger Journey to Japan travel guide. Over the course of a month, our writers had the pleasure of experiencing Japan in its many forms, from high-rise bars in Tokyo to traditional tea-ceremonies in Kyoto. We hope this series of articles will not only inform, but inspire you to take your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.last_img read more

Growth of Two Per Cent in Last Quarter of 2018

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has informed that the economy grew by two per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018.Mr. Holness, who made the announcement at the launch of Wigton Windfarm Limited’s initial public offering (IPO), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Tuesday (April 9), said this revised figure was confirmed by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).The agency reported that gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the October to December quarter was two per cent, compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017.Preliminary estimates for the calendar year 2018 had indicated a growth of 1.9 per cent.“We have had 16 consecutive quarters of growth, all increasing inch by inch. We will get to four… and very soon. We are on the runway, we are picking up momentum. We will take off and soar as this country is destined to do,” the Prime Minister asserted.STATIN attributed this growth to increases in both the services industries and the goods-producing industries of one per cent and 4.9 per cent, respectively.Growth was achieved in all the goods-producing industries: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (3.1 per cent), Mining and Quarrying (25 per cent), Manufacturing (two per cent) and Construction (3.7 per cent).The services industries showed improved performance, with the exception of Electricity and Water Supply, which declined by 0.3 per cent. Mr. Holness, who made the announcement at the launch of Wigton Windfarm Limited’s initial public offering (IPO), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Tuesday (April 9), said this revised figure was confirmed by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN). The agency reported that gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the October to December quarter was two per cent, compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has informed that the economy grew by two per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Bangla Cine Utsab comes back with 12th edition

first_imgBengal Association, a registered body established in 1958 has effectively been able to connect Bengalis of Delhi and NCR through social and cultural activities. During last six decades, Bengal Association has established itself as prominent organisation for the dissemination of Bangla language and culture through Bangla Prochar and Prosar.Like previous years, Bengal Association, New Delhi will be organising the 12th edition of ‘Bangla Cine Utsab’ from September 13 – 15, at Muktadhara Auditorium, Near Gole Market, New Delhi. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain’Bangla Cine Utsab’ is a step taken by the Association to introduce and make Delhiites familiar with the present day Bangla language and culture through latest Bangla Cinema. National Award Winner and renowned Bangla actor Rituparna Sengupta will be inaugurating the event this year, on September 13 (Friday) at 6:00 pm as Chief Guest. The three-day festival will showcase eleven latest full-length feature films and seven short films by renowned directors in the Bengali industry as well as new rising Bangla directors and producers. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardRenowned Bangla cine directors, producers, actors such as Rituparna Sengupta, Chiranjit Chakraborty, Sudeshna Roy, Indrashish Acharya, Abir Chatterjee, Barun Chanda, Sreela Mazumdar, AVijit Guha, Reshmi Mitra, Anubhav Kanjilal, Mohhor Chattopadhyay, Shyamal Dutta, Shivangee Choudhury, Anupam, and others will also be participating in the event. Latest Bangla films like Kolkatay Kohinoor, Lime Light, Aha Re, Bijoya, Mati, Samsara, Abyekto, Mukherjeedar Bou, Tarikh, Shravoner Dhara, Ami Joy Chatterjee will be screened during the festival. The concluding ceremony on September 15, 2019 at 6.30 pm will be starred by Abir Chatterjee along with other Bangla cine luminaries. Tapan Sengupta, General Secretary, Bengal Association said that all the guests have confirmed their participation. The members of the association, young and old alike are working very hard to make the Bangla Cine Utsab successful. Dr Tushar Roy, Festival Chairman overseeing the arrangements expressed satisfaction about the progress. Prof Dipak Bhattacharya, President, Bengal Association expressed confidence about the arrangements and success of the Cine Utsab.last_img read more

Crown seeking to revoke Const Forcillos bail officer remains in custody

first_imgTORONTO – Crown prosecutors are seeking to revoke the bail of a Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar four years ago.Const. James Forcillo was sentenced to six years in prison last year for his role in the shooting of Sammy Yatim, an incident that set off a wave of public outrage after video of what happened went viral.The officer is appealing his conviction and had been out on bail, living under house arrest.On Wednesday, Forcillo was arrested and charged with breaching the conditions of his bail for allegedly failing to live with his surety, failing to notify Ontario’s police watchdog of any changes of address and for leaving his home without his surety, except under special circumstances.The arrest came after Forcillo had applied, a week earlier, to change the conditions of his bail, requesting to add a new surety and to live at her home.That application was withdrawn after Forcillo was arrested and charged with failing to comply with recognizance his lawyer, Michael Lacy, said.On Friday, as Forcillo appeared in a north Toronto court for a hearing on that charge, the Crown said it had applied to the Court of Appeal to have the officer’s bail revoked.The outcome of that revocation application will determine whether it is necessary to have a bail hearing on Forcillo’s charge of failing to comply with recognizance, a prosecutor said.If the Court of Appeal revokes Forcillo’s bail, he will begin serving his six-year prison term.Lacy said he could not comment on the Crown’s revocation application.“We’re reviewing it and looking at all the developments and we’ll take a position at the appropriate time,” he said.Forcillo is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 30 and will remain in custody until then.Though Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder in Yatim’s death, he was acquitted of the more serious charge of second-degree murder for shooting the 18-year-old Yatim multiple times.last_img read more

MI skipper Rohit Sharma fined for slow over rate

first_imgNew Delhi: Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma was fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Mohali. As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Rohit was fined Rs 12 lakh on Saturday. In the match, KL Rahul’s laborious unbeaten 71, along with some notable top-order contributions, guided KXIP to a comfortable 8-wicket victory over MI. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDespite putting a fighting total of 176/7, Mumbai bowlers failed to contain the Punjab batsmen as apart from Rahul, Chris Gayle (40 off 24) and Mayank Agarwal (43 off 21) also contributed with the bat to help their side register it’s second win in the tournament. Chasing the target, openers Rahul and Gayle provided a solid start to Punjab as the hosts raced to the 50-run mark in 6.5 overs. However, Krunal Pandya drew first blood for Mumbai, dismissing a dangerous looking Gayle in the eighth over. Agarwal and Rahul were then involved in a crucial 64-run second wicket partnership, which set the platform for victory.last_img read more

Under operation clean-up, Gurugram Police tightens grip on Kaushal gang

first_imgGurugram: Under operation clean-up campaign, Gurugram police has arrested 12 suspected members to be close aides of gangster Kaushal — for allegedly being involved in handling his extortion business in the city and nearby areas. Weapons were also found under their possession. A detailed probe is being carried out by the deputy commissioner of police (crime) and a report will be submitted to the commissioner soon.While one diary exposes a list of gang members and criminals, another one has entries of protection money charged by the gang from prominent traders, who are owners of sweet shops, jewellery shops, kitchen appliances stores, bakeries, and garments showrooms in old Gurugram. “A number of criminals allegedly connected to Kaushal from other gangs are under the scanner,” said Shamsher Singh ACP (Crime). Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSenior police officers said top government officials were keeping a close watch on the situation across the state and have been demanding the names of criminals involved in wrongdoing and since when they are absconding. “With the arrest of 12 criminals, there is palpable fear among the other gang members. We have started investigating the details of people whose names are mentioned,” said Singh. The police said the gang members were receiving kickbacks from businessmen who had earlier denied paying any protection money but later after several firing incidents were reported they had recently hired gunmen for their safety and security outside their shops and residences. “Saini also revealed that Kaushal is in Thailand and was operating from there,” said Singh. The problems of traders and businessmen being targeted by goons have been a major law and order challenge in the outskirts of Gurugram. However, the incidents of traders and businessmen being targeted are also being reported on a large scale from the city centre. Most of the gangsters have also now started targeting suburbs of Gurugram like Rewari. Off- late Kaushal gang has emerged to be one of the foremost groups in carrying out extortion. The leader of the gang is repotedly believed to be living in Thailand. In 2019 itself Kaushal gang has been involved in four murders where the victims were shot dead on the streets of Gururgam.last_img read more

Strong partnerships key to unleash full potential of industrialization senior UN official

The meeting in Victoria Falls follows an earlier meeting in Dakar, Senegal, that discussed the role of infrastructure development in promoting sustainable industrialization. These two events were organized to prepare for a special ECOSOC meeting on innovations in infrastructure development and promoting sustainable industrialization, convened by President Shava, at the UN Headquarters in New York on 31 May. The ECOSOC – one of the six principal organs of the UN – is responsible for coordinating the economic, social, and related work of UN agencies, functional and regional. Furthermore, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main platform dealing with sustainable development, meets every year under the auspices of the Council. Promoting sustainable and inclusive industrialization is the Goal 9 (SDG9) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “[We have] to go beyond past and current models, beyond individual areas of expertise, beyond separate locations and beyond institutional frontiers,” said the ECOSOC President, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, at the close of the meeting held at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. “In doing so, we can unleash the full potential of infrastructure development and sustainable industrialization, including agro-industries, to generate growth and employment while preserving planetary boundaries,” he emphasized. Such partnerships, Mr. Shava underscored, would also be crucial to mitigate the challenges of climate change and natural disasters as well as to address the impact of increasing global population and migration on global food security. The three-day meeting discussed a wide range of topics, including the particular development context of developing countries and countries in special situation (including least developed and landlocked developing countries), holistic approaches and integrated approach to climate change and other challenges that agriculture confronts, public-private-partnerships of inclusive agro-industry development, and the role of public sector and donor organizations in mitigating financial risks in agriculture and agro-industry. read more

Syria Violence displacement and cold kill 11 infants in the past two

In eastern Syria, persistent fighting around Hajin has forced thousands on a long, arduous journey almost 300 km to the north, to Al-Hol camp for internally displaced people.“The difficult journey, cold weather and long waiting periods at screening centres, where families wait sometimes for days, have reportedly contributed to the death of at least 29 children – including 11 infants in the past two days alone”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. She explained that UNICEF is assisting the fleeing children and mothers at the camp with blankets, winter clothing, food, water, health and nutrition services, child-friendly spaces and child protection and family reunification services.However, the “lack of security has made humanitarian access to children en route to the camp’s screening area all but impossible”, she continued.Since last December, some 23,000 mostly women and children have arrived at the camp completely exhausted after a three-day journey in harsh desert winter conditions, with little food or shelter along the way. More than 5,000 people have arrived over the past three days alone.“Since last week, fighting in Ma’arat al-Nu’man in Idlib, in northwestern Syria, has reportedly killed three children and injured scores more”, informed Ms. Fore, adding that a teacher working for a UNICEF-supported partner and his son were killed in the violence.Moreover, fighting has also badly damaged a school and a community centre for children.As UNICEF and its partners continue to deliver lifesaving supplies and services to children and their families in Idlib, Ms. Fore appealed to all parties to “facilitate safe, unhindered and sustained humanitarian access to all children in need”.“Parties to the conflict have shown a callous disregard for the laws of war” she lamented, calling again on those fighting to “keep children out of harm’s way – even in areas of active conflict”.“There are no excuses: children are not and must never be the target of violence”, concluded the UNICEF chief.Meanwhile, on Wednesday,  UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that millions of Syrians “are living under tents or tarpaulins or in damaged buildings with no power or heating” with “severe shortages of all the basics ­­– from blankets to baby milk to bandages”, adding that the harsh weather is destroying makeshift shelters. read more

Micheldever Tyres displays Motor Codes ratings for all garages

Micheldever Tyre Services/Protyre, the UK’s largest independent wholesaler, distributor and retailer of tyres, has applied the Motor Codes online customer ratings tool, displaying up-to-the-minute satisfaction scores and real-time motorist feedback across all 53 Protyre outlets.Powered by data collected through the Motor Codes online survey – a measure of service satisfaction amongst customers of its garages throughout the UK – the ratings widget has been developed as part of a recent refresh of the car service and repair regulator’s website. It appears against all Motor Codes garages, clearly visible to motorists using its Garage Finder tool to search for a reliable business.However, this informative guide is not confined to visitors to the Motor Codes website. In an industry first, subscribers to Motor Codes are able to download the widget for use on their own website, bringing the potential to share feedback online for over 6,000 garages nationwide.The simple visual ratings display has been designed to make it clear to motorists that Motor Codes subscribers are open to scrutiny and to help consumers make an informed choice.“Motorists using our online Garage Finder can choose where to take their car, safe in the knowledge that they’ve based their decision on word-of-mouth recommendation,” said Chris Mason, Managing Director. “We want to boost confidence and direct customer reviews have proven effective across all retail sectors. Motorists should be able to share their car servicing experiences, just as they would with a meal in a restaurant or a stay at a hotel.”Simon Hiorns, Retail Director at Protyre, sees the simplicity of the tool as its major benefit, adding, “We’re showing the Motor Codes rating on all of our garage web pages, as this is a quick way of letting customers know that they’re dealing with a business they can trust. Changing tyres is a necessity but one that needs to be as straightforward and stress-free as possible. By inviting feedback and displaying comments openly, we are removing the anxiety associated with choosing a new garage.”Alongside the Protyre garages, other early adopters of the ratings technology include a host of independent garages, as well as authorised dealers representing Citroën, Mazda and SEAT.“The independence of the feedback is the most important element,” added Chris Mason. “Garages aren’t cherry-picking testimonials and this adds real credibility to our network.”To see how your local Protyre outlet performs, visit http://www.protyre.co.uk/. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Lakers Jordan Hill To Play Tonight Despite Assault Charges

Fresh off the distraction of Metta World Peace’s suspension, the Los Angeles Lakers are now dealing with forward Jordan Hill’s charge of third-degree felony assault for an alleged February altercation with his girlfriend in Houston.Jordan faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He had a court date today in Texas, but did not have to appear and will be in uniform tonight when the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of their first-round series.“I’d like to apologize to the Lakers organization and to all of their fans for the un-timeliness of these accusations,” Hill said in a release. “I promise to keep my focus and attention on the playoffs during this time and to helping my team win another championship.”It is alleged that Hill began shoving and choking 28-year-old Darlene Luna during an altercation at Hill’s apartment. Luna claims that Hill hit her in the legs and threw her against a wall and then put her in a chokehold.Hill’s role with the Lakers increased with strong play and the absence of World Peace, who is serving a seven-game suspension for elbowing James Harden, causing a concussion. read more

Great watch Float documentary trailer

first_imgIf you haven’t seen this trailer yet then you are in for a treat. Above is Phil Kibbe’s trailer for the Float, a documentary “exploring the competitive international subculture of indoor, free-flight duration aircraft.” It might sound a bit boring at first, but it turns out to be an intriguing look at one of the coolest hobbies I’ve never heard of before.Sport seems basically consist of designing, building, and competitively flying ultra-light (we’re talking grams), rubber band-powered, handmade aircraft. I don’t know too much else about it, but some interesting information about F1D free-flight planes is available here. Incredibly, the one rubber band that powers the aircraft is said to keep some in the air for up to an hour.AdChoices广告So the subject is amazing, but the film is extremely well done too. The documentary makes what seems like a slow sport into something almost magical. The planes are quite beautiful as they fly around their huge dome, independent of their builders, steered the by the slightest wisps of wind. And then we learn that behind the planes are dedicated teams who come back year after year to build the best craft possible, putting what must be countless hours in these bits of balsa wood and cellophane.Read more about the documentary here.last_img read more

Salt Cay sending SOS messages wicked waves battering hurricane weary island

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSalt Cay, Turks and Caicos, March 5, 2018 – Salt Cay residents say their battered dock is being decimated by and onslaught of violent waves created by what is nicknamed, a ‘windmageddon’; the high winds are causing serious waves action across the Caribbean.#MagneticMedia was contacted by residents who say they need help, desperately and quickly and, on Facebook, have tagged government ministers and the Premier for help. “Salt Cay is under emergency conditions again. We have extremely limited communications, luckily the internet connection works at my house (the only spot on the island for whatever reason) so that we can get word out. Many people are gathered here to try to get in touch with Digicel to help with communications. Please contact Digicel and let them know we need communications restored to the island and upgraded to insure our safety.”We contacted Digicel, it s public relations officer, Romell Williams confirmed that they were already working on restoring services and by the time our six minute cell phone conversation was done, Williams said the problem was fixed for Salt Cay residents.Flow is currently looking into what is happening with its system on the tiny island.  The telecommunications issues are but one challenge for islanders who are desperately seeking attention in the aftermath of two monster, historic hurricanes.  Today, the issue are the huge swells, further corroding the coastline defenses and damaging weakened structures.“Debbie’s Cafe is falling into the harbor because the seawall is gone, the harbor is rapidly filling with sand. The #SaltCayHarbor is the island’s lifeline. We needed help after the hurricanes, now it is extremely critical.  We expect the high seas to continue for at least the next 24 hours. Water is flowing over onto Victoria Street. I am unable to get photos out but would someone please alert the government that things have now reached critical levels for the Salt Cay Harbor.”Magnetic Media has reached out to the Member of Parliament or the district, who is also the Minister of Health and Human Services, Edwin Astwood.  There had been no reply as yet up to news publication time.  The #BahamasDepartmentofMeteorology today issued a three-day marine and public weather forecast for The #Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands which says:GENERAL SITUATION: A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD FROM THE NORTH TO ACROSS THE ISLANDS TODAY MEANWHILE HAZARDOUS BOATING AND BEACHING CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST AS EXTREMELY LARGE SWELLS GENERATED BY A DEEP LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IN THE ATLANTIC CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE ISLANDSSPECIAL WARNINGS: BOATERS ARE URGED TO REMAIN IN PORT AND BEACHGOERS ARE TO REMAIN OUT OF THE WATER DUE TO DANGEROUS SURF, STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND LARGE BREAKING WAVES AT NORTH AND EAST COAST SHORELINES MOTORIST SHOULD AVOID TRAVERSING THE GLASS WINDOW BRIDGE ON ELEUTHERA AND ALSO TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING ALONG NORTH AND EAST COAST ROADS PARTICULARLY IN THE EASTERN MOST ISLANDSFOR ALL AREASWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND LESS BREEZY WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A FEW BRIEF PASSING LIGHT SHOWERS TODAY PARTLY CLOUDY AND COOL TONIGHT.Residents of Salt Cay shared these photographs online. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Six Senses Resort and Spa returns for another try at Salt Cay, Cabinet considers the concept Severe Weather alert for Bimini in The Bahamas, tornado and waterspouts possible Scary! Residents across Bahamas and Turks and Caicos report feeling Haiti earthquake tonight Related Items:#BahamasDepartmentofMeteorology, #SaltCay, #windmageddonlast_img read more

18YearOld Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Drugs and Undocumented Immigrants

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Illegal Immigrant FacebookTwitter July 16, 2018 18-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Drugs and Undocumented Immigrants KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to recruiting classmates at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista to smuggle narcotics into the United States from Mexico.Phillip Junior Webb of Tijuana admitted that he arranged for juvenile couriers to smuggle a total of 6.18 kilograms of methamphetamine and 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl across the international border on four occasions between July and October 2017.In each instance, the juveniles had drugs strapped to their bodies as they attempted to enter the United States through customs facilities in Otay Mesa or San Ysidro, according to prosecutors.Webb also admitted to trying to sneak two undocumented immigrants into the United States for financial gain.Webb was arrested May 4 after being caught at San Ysidro Port of Entry with two foreigners — a Chinese citizen and a Mexican national — in the trunk of his car.In light of his guilty pleas, Webb faces 13 years to life in prison and fines totaling $1.25 million. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9.During the 2016 fiscal year, law enforcement tracked a 153-percent spike in drug seizures involving minors — from 39 to 99 cases — in the U.S. Southern District of California, according to federal authorities.“As law enforcers and as parents, we are tremendously concerned about our youth being exploited by drug cartels,” San Diego-area U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. “Juveniles need to know that consequences are real and dramatic.”During a one-week span in March, five minors were arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry while trying to smuggle fentanyl into the country, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Many of the youthful perpetrators are recruited into the drug underworld at their high schools, government officials report.In response to the trend, federal and state law enforcement agencies have begun a publicity campaign in a bid to dissuade minors from becoming so- called “drug mules” for cartels.Newly installed billboards in San Diego and Imperial counties and Tijuana feature stark warnings that smuggling drugs could cost minors their futures.Prosecutors and federal agents also are holding educational programs in South Bay high schools to impress upon students the extreme hazards of handling deadly drugs like fentanyl and working with ruthless violent criminals, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego. Posted: July 16, 2018last_img read more

Results of ILWU vote on contract expected Tuesday

first_imgThe International Longshore and Warehouse Union Tuesday is expected to announce the results of votes taken by its local units on whether to ratify a tentative contract agreement with Northwest grain terminal operators.The Longshore union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, whose membership includes United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, reached a tentative labor accord earlier this month, subject to approval by union members.The vote comes when an old battle between the Longshore union and the Port of Portland has flared up again. The port disclosed on Friday that it will return refrigerated container work at its Terminal 6 to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members in 30 days. Last December, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber had brokered a deal to move those positions from the electrical works union to the Longshore union, breaking a long and bitter impasse between the two unions.Electrical worker union members had performed the work since 1974, but the Longshore union claimed jurisdiction over the work, which involves the plugging and unplugging of refrigerated containers by a small number of workers. Now that the work is being done by the Longshore workers, the port said in a statement that low productivity “has resulted in recent downtime and delays that threaten the ability of the facility to meet the needs of regional and global businesses.” The port said the reassignment of tasks to the Longshore union has resulted in significant cost increases at Terminal 6. Port of Portland executive director Bill Wyatt said that the issue is critical because the Hanjin shipping line is actively evaluating whether to continue its calls to Portland, with productivity as one of the factors in its evaluation. Wyatt said Kitzhaber fully supports the port’s to shift the jobs back to the electrical workers.last_img read more

Penguin Random House UK to pay work experience candidates the national living

first_imgPublishing organisation Penguin Random House UK will pay all work experience participants the national living wage and offer accommodation support for candidates that live outside of London.The London-based organisation will provide a salary of £262.50 a week to participants on its two-week work experience programme, which includes 450 work experience placements a year.The publisher will offer subsidised accommodation in conjunction with The Book Trade Charity, as part of a pilot scheme, to make the programme more accessible to individuals from outside of London.Although internships at Penguin Random House UK are already fully paid, work experience candidates previously only received travel and food expenses.The new pay measure forms part of a broader organisational strategy to encourage greater diversity and inclusivity in the publishing sector. This includes measures such as removing academic qualification references from the recruitment process, and banning personal referrals in favour of a random selection policy for its work experience programme.The national living wage is the mandatory rate for staff aged 25 or over. The national living wage currently stands at £7.50 an hour.Tom Weldon (pictured), chief executive officer at Penguin Random House UK, said: “We want to be open to the very best talent, regardless of background. We also believe it is vitally important that the publishing industry reflects the society we live in today.“But we recognise that only covering expenses for work experience has been a barrier for many young people in the past. Through meaningful and paid work experience, we hope to open the door to the next generation of passionate and creative young people, helping them to establish their careers, and develop a skilled pipeline of future talent.”last_img read more