DUSHANBE, Tajikistan—Ceres-Negros traveled 27 hours to reach this dusty, mountainous Central Asian city.Set to face Tajik champions FC Istiklol in the inter-zone semifinals of the AFC Cup here on Tuesday, the Busmen would like nothing more than making this journey worth the trip.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Playing on enemy ground has been a struggle for the Busmen in the competition and with travel-weary legs, the odds will be stacked against them at Pamir Stadium.But midfielder Manny Ott, who was part of the national team that beat Tajikistan, 4-3, in Asian Cup qualifying last June, said it’s about time the Busmen shook off fatigue and finally play to their potential away from home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Busmen hold a strong home record, going unbeaten in five matches at home in the AFC Cup, including wins in the knockout stages against Johor Dairul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Home United of Singapore.And while the Busmen can bank on the crowd at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod to energize them in the second leg on Sept. 12, Ott said they’re determined to take care of business when they travel. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pugs go 3-0; Archer averts PH shutout MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “We need results away so we can be more comfortable at home,” said Ott. “We cannot rely on our results at home all the time.”The Tajik champions carry a big reputation in the competition, after reaching the finals in 2015, losing to JDT.The Busmen looked sharp as they underwent light training on Saturday.“The travel is too long, too much,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “Nevertheless, we’re here to make a milestone for Philippine football. There’s nothing else on our minds except this game [on Tuesday]. We can take a big step with a result here.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
“The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go,” he said on Sunday following a 9-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. “That’s our reality. It’s pretty tough to go celebrate when we’re where we’re at. I’d rather not go and be consistent with everything.”Cora recently said he might attend the ceremony and say something, but had a change of heart after speaking with family and friends.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We talked about it and decided (not going) was the best way to do it,” he said.Cora said he informed the Red Sox of his decision a few days ago. Boston plays at Baltimore Monday through Wednesday and has a day off on Thursday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Shortstop Xander Bogaerts also said on Sunday he won’t visit the White House.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Max Homa returns from ‘low place’ to win first PGA Tour event LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) talks with the media before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)CHICAGO — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions.Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Asamoah Gyanfootballindian footballindian super league First Published: October 26, 2019, 10:00 PM IST Guwahati: Star striker Asamoah Gyan handed NorthEast United FC their first win of the Indian Super League season 2019-20 after scoring the winner in a 2-1 result over Odisha FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.The home team drew first blood when Redeem Tlang scored the quickest goal of the season in just the second minute of the match. Odisha equalised through Xisco Hernandez (71′) before defender Carlos Delgado was sent off. The Highlanders made their advantage count through Gyan who popped in with a header five minutes from time. The win takes NorthEast to the top of the table while Odisha slumped to their second loss in as many matches, and that too with the exact same scoreline.The hosts enjoyed the best possible start to the game when they roared into the lead with just two minutes on the clock. Martin Chaves started the move with a run down the left flank before finding Panagiotis Triadis down the middle. The Greek midfielder found Tlang in space down the right and the youngster tucked a finish past Arshdeep Singh to send the home crowd into raptures.First 3⃣-point haul of the season for @NEUtdFC, courtesy @ASAMOAH_GYAN3! 💯 #NEUODI #HeroISL #LetsFootball #TrueLove pic.twitter.com/WkFAyv9EeE— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 26, 2019 NorthEast looked assured in possession following the opener and caused a few problems for the Odisha defence. The visitors themselves had some joy going forward but poor final balls let them down.NorthEast went close to a second goal in the 22nd minute when Triadis managed to keep a corner alive down the left and whipped a cross in for Wayne Vaz, whose header flew inches wide of the target.Odisha started to grow into the game around the half an hour mark and almost got a goal of their own. Xisco Hernandez whipped a freekick into the box and it was met by Delgado, but he saw his header acrobatically pushed on to the bar by custodian Subhasish Roy Chowdhury.Odisha head coach Josep Gombau opted to make a double change at half-time, bringing in Senegalese midfielder Diawandou Diagne and winger Nandhakumar Sekar. And the substitutes almost immediately did the job for Gombau. Diagne, after a good run down the right, flashed a dangerous cross across the face of goal in the 51st minute.Nandha went close for Odisha soon after as they turned up the heat on NorthEast. The winger latched on to a fantastic chipped pass from Xisco to get into the box, sidestepped a defender and pulled the trigger, only to see his effort cleared off the line by an alert Kai Heerings.The pressure finally reaped its benefits for Odisha in the 71st minute. Diagne’s brilliant cross from the right was flicked in smartly by Xisco with the outside of his left boot.However, drama ensued two minutes later as Delgado was sent off for bringing down NorthEast substitute Maximilian Barreira.With numerical advantage on their side, NorthEast piled on the pressure. They created a flurry of chances before finally getting the winner five minutes from time. Lalthathanga Khawlhring’s corner was headed in by star striker Gyan to hand his side their first win of the season.
Ex-servicemen in Himachal Pradesh have strongly opposed the World Twenty20 match between India and Pakistan in Dharamsala on March 19 and asked the BCCI to reconsider the issue, keeping in view the sentiments of families of martyrs and patriots.”Terror and T20 cannot go together and the BCCI must review its decision after the terrorist attack on Pathankot airbase in which two jawans of Himchal Pradesh – Sanjeevan Rana and Jagdish Chand – were killed. It must honour and respect the sentiments of families of martyrs and other patriotic people,” Chairman of Ex-servicemen League Vijay Singh Mankotia said in a statement on Thursday.”By holding the T20 match against Pakistan, the BCCI would be insulting the sacred memory of martyrs and undermining their heroic deeds and sacrifices and we appeal to the BCCI not to heap insult to injury as the patriotism and nationalism of BCCI would also be on test,” Mankotia, a former minister asserted.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday said its government will decide over the national teams participation in next months World T20 , to be held in India, within this week.We expect the government to decide on the matter within this week. We are well prepared in case the government gives permission for the team to travel to India. The visa applications for the players and support staff have been processed, which is part of standard procedure,?? PCBs media director Amjad Hussain told PTI.BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had on Wednesday assured the highest possible security to the visiting teams for the mega event in March-April.advertisement
NEW YORK – Reigning champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injury for the second time in three years, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the men to beat at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.Nadal announced his withdrawal, blamed on a bad right wrist, one week before play begins at Flushing Meadows.“I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things,” a posting on Nadal’s Facebook page read.“Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.”The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.The 14-time major champion was hurt July 29 while practicing on his home island of Mallorca ahead of the North American hard-court circuit. The next day, Nadal announced he needed to wear a cast on his wrist for two to three weeks and would be sitting out tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.The 28-year-old Spaniard also said at that time he expected to return for the U.S. Open.Instead, he’s the fourth man in the Open era, which began in 1968, to decline to try to defend his U.S. Open title. The others were Ken Rosewall in 1971, Pete Sampras in 2003 and Juan Martin del Potro in 2010. Del Potro also is out of this year’s U.S. Open after wrist surgery in March.Nadal is 44-8 with four titles in 2014, including his record ninth French Open trophy in June. He has not competed since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon on July 1.With Nadal sidelined, five-time U.S. Open champion Federer joins Djokovic as a favorite in New York — even if there are questions about them.Federer turned 33 this month, and it’s been more than two years since he won one of his record 17 Grand Slam titles. But he is coming off a runner-up finish at Wimbledon last month and a hard-court title at the Cincinnati Masters on Aug. 17.After beating David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, Federer declared: “My game’s exactly where I want it to be.”Djokovic won Wimbledon to take the No. 1 ranking from Nadal, but had a rough time on hard courts, losing his second match in both Toronto and Cincinnati.Still, Djokovic will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open, and the third-ranked Federer is expected to rise one seeding spot to No. 2, so they could meet only in the final. The draw is Aug. 21.Federer reached six consecutive finals at Flushing Meadows from 2004-09, but hasn’t been that far since, losing in the semifinals in 2010 and 2011, the quarterfinals in 2012, and the fourth round a year ago, when he was dealing with a bothersome back.Nadal won his second U.S. Open championship in 2013, part of a run of reaching the final in each of his last three appearances. He beat Djokovic to win the titles in 2010 and last year, and lost to Djokovic in 2011.The one question about Nadal over the years has been his durability, on account of a hard-charging, play-each-point-as-if-it’s-your-last style.He did not enter the U.S. Open in 2012, part of an extended absence because of a problem with his left knee.And this will be the second time Nadal chose to not attempt a defense of a major title: A year after winning Wimbledon in 2008, he missed that tournament with knee tendinitis.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
India have won the toss and opted to bat on a used pitch at Edgbaston in Birmingham against Bangladesh in their penultimate group-stage match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Tuesday, July 2.All eyes are on Match 40 of World Cup 2019 as Bangladesh are facing a must-win situation. India, on the other hand, need just a win to make the semi-final of the tournament. Virat Kohli’s men are heading into the match on the back of a 31-run defeat to England, their first loss in World Cup.India have made two changes to their playing XI which featured against England. They have included Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dinesh Karthik in place of Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav.Bangladesh have also made two changes to their line-up. They have included Rubel Hossain and Sabbir Rahman in place of Mehidy Hasan and Mahmudullah.”We are going to bat first. It’s a used pitch. In the last game, it was getting slower and slower. Looking at the shorter boundaries, one of wrist spinners — Kuldeep — misses out. Bhuvi comes in. Kedar is not playing and Dinesh Karthik replaces him,” said Kohli after winning the toss.”Not a bad idea to bowl against India. We love to win this do-or-die match. We have to play our best. Mirz (Mehidy Hasan) is not playing and Rubel is playing. Unfortunately, Mahmudullah isn’t playing and Sabbir Rahman comes in his place,” said Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.What TV channel is the World Cup 2019 match India vs Bangladesh on?advertisementAll World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD and DD Sports.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between India vs Bangladesh be played?The World Cup 2019 match India vs Bangladesh is being played at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham from 3 PM IST on Tuesday, July 2.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match India vs Bangladesh live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and DD Sports.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match India vs Bangladesh?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match India vs Bangladesh?India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, M.S. Dhoni, K.L. Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh PantBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal
WINNIPEG – Indigenous activist, author and rookie politician Wab Kinew is being accused of downplaying decade-old domestic violence charges as he heads into the final stretch of the Manitoba NDP leadership campaign.The only other candidate, former cabinet minister Steve Ashton, says the public deserves to know more about the charges that were laid against Kinew in 2003 and dropped several months later.“I don’t think the way he’s dealt with it has been appropriate,” Ashton said Tuesday. “He should have told people about this some time ago.”The charges came to light last week when anonymous emails with detailed court records from Kinew’s past were sent to media. Kinew had previously admitted to convictions for impaired driving and assault, but had not publicly discussed the domestic violence charges.The records show Kinew was accused in 2003 of two counts of assault. The charges were stayed and eventually dropped by the Crown.Kinew said last week he did not want to discuss details of the accusations, but did say they were false and the case was dropped because “there was nothing to it.”Ashton said court records show there were several hearings on the matter before it was dropped. He called that a sign that there must have been some basis for the charges.“I don’t think his comments (last week) were an accurate reflection of what the facts are,” Ashton said.Kinew, 35, said Tuesday that the charges were without foundation, but he did not want to discuss details to respect the privacy of the woman who filed the complaint.“While there were allegations made, they were eventually dropped,” he said. “There was another person involved and I have to respect them.”The accusation from Ashton, who said no one from his camp was behind the anonymous emails, came the same day the NDP revealed final delegate numbers for the Sept. 16 convention that will determine whether Kinew or Ashton will lead the party.The New Democrats are replacing former premier Greg Selinger, who resigned after losing last year’s election, which relegated the party to Opposition.Up to 1,425 delegates will cast ballots at the convention. More than half were chosen in the last two weeks by NDP members in the province’s 57 constituencies and its youth wing.The Kinew campaign said 588 of its delegates were chosen compared with 339 for Ashton. About two dozen delegates so far are believed to be independents.The party itself will not confirm the number of supporters for each candidate, and there was no immediate response from Ashton’s campaign.There are still 285 delegates to be chosen from unions affiliated with the NDP, while 189 politicians and party officials get automatic delegate status. Most of the province’s major labour leaders have endorsed Kinew.He said it is humbling to have a strong lead among delegates elected so far, but there is a lot of work ahead.“We do have to work to ensure that our delegates show up for the convention and that they vote. And then, if we’re successful in doing all that, then we’ve only just won the right to start on the next phase of rebuilding and renewing the NDP in Manitoba.”
Harvey Weinstein, shown in 2011, faces dozens of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment, including from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. (John Carucci/Associated Press) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Her lawyers have said they want to move ahead with the claim without using her name, arguing that identifying her would cause irreparable harm to her mental health and well-being.An affidavit filed in court said she may not continue with the case if she must use her name.READ MORE Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein are seeking to publicly identify an Ontario actress who has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against the disgraced Hollywood producer.A Toronto court is set to hear arguments on Feb. 9, and the outcome could determine whether the lawsuit proceeds.The woman has been granted anonymity by the court for the time being. Facebook Twitter
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAn Akwesasne man facing charges in connection with a human smuggling case recently trumpeted by the Conservative government says the Nigerian network allegedly behind the underground operation has put a hit out on his life.Seth Lazore, 28, says he discovered the threat against his life while incarcerated in the Ottawa provincial jail following his arrest. Lazore said he was told the individuals who wanted to kill him were linked to the network allegedly involved in smuggling a Nigerian family of five into Canada through the U.S.The RCMP announced on Sept. 6 that Lazore and another Akwesasne man, Oren Lazore, 21, along with two men from Brampton, Ont., Emmanuel Omoghan, 46, and Felix Omoghan, 66, had been charged following a three month human smuggling investigation involving several police forces – from Toronto to Akwesasne – and border agencies in Canada and the U.S.The charges drew the attention of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. They issued a joint statement praising authorities for the arrests.The federal Conservative government has made cracking down on human smuggling a priority of their tough-on-crime agenda which features legislation that will impose mandatory minimum sentences on human trafficking convictions later this year.APTN National News has learned that the family -a mother, father and three children-travelled originally from Nigeria to Italy and then to the U.S. before they were allegedly taken into Canada by boat across the St. Lawrence River to Cornwall, Ont.The family was allegedly in contact with a Nigerian network which was involved in arranging their passage across the Canada-U.S. border.Lazore told APTN National News the family was in Chicago before they attempted to enter Canada.The RCMP would not comment on the case or confirm the nationality of the family.The Mohawk territory of Akwesasne sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal and straddles the Ontario, Quebec and Canada-U.S. borders.Given its geography and the fierce nationalism of the Mohawks, the region has developed into a main corridor for smuggling for tobacco and guns going north and marijuana heading south.While he was in custody at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, Lazore said he was told inmates in the jail were looking to kill him at the request of the network. While he had protection inside, Lazore said he took the threat seriously and said fear forced him to turn down a jail-house meeting with an APTN National News reporter at the last moment.Lazore said he quickly left the Cornwall, Ont., courthouse after his release following a bail hearing last Wednesday over worries a member of the network was in the courtroom.Lazore, who is a father of three children, was released after the mother of his long-term girlfriend put up a $1,500 surety and $5,000 bond. He was ordered into house arrest until the case comes to its conclusion. His conditions allowed him to find work and he recently found a job on a construction site.Lazore, who was raised by a single mother, grew up in and around Akwesasne and cared for his grandfather, Hubert Lazore, until the 87 year-old was felled by a stroke, said the charges against him should be tossed.All he did, he said, was help a family travel through Mohawk territory.“I didn’t do nothing wrong in my eyes and I’m sure in a lot of other’s eyes, just helping a family out get into Canada,” said Lazore, in the backyard of the Akwesasne home where he’s been ordered to live. “I don’t even think there is a border there…This is our land, this is the Mohawks’ land…The way I look at it, there ain’t no boundaries and borders around here.”He said the family was trying to escape a miserable situation in Chicago and get into Canada where they hoped to reunite with extended family and start a new life.“They were living a horrible life in Chicago,” he said. “They were saying they were getting their paycheques taking from them and everything out there, they were working basically for free. They were living on…maybe $100 a week…they were talking about coming to Canada, starting a new life, they would get loans or whatever.”During his bail hearing, Lazore was overcome by emotions at one point when he believed he’d be heading back to the provincial jail. Lazore said the Ottawa jail is worse than the U.S. federal penitentiary he spent 27 months in following a plea agreement on a 2004 indictment on marijuana distribution.“The way they got that place set up, it’s like the max. They have it set up almost as if you were a serial killer, almost as if you did a heinous crime and some people are only in there on little charges,” he said. “I don’t wish that up on anybody to go up in there….tension is tight in there, real tight.”Now Lazore, whose next court appearance is set for Sept. 25, says he’s trying to spend as much time as he can with his family in case another prison term locks down his future.“I am in a bad position right now, really bad position,” he firstname.lastname@example.org
26 June 2007Violence between guerilla groups in Colombia has forced approximately 1,000 people to flee the eastern Arauca region over the past year and a half, the United Nations refugee agency reports. Violence between guerilla groups in Colombia has forced approximately 1,000 people to flee the eastern Arauca region over the past year and a half, the United Nations refugee agency reports.The area has long been a stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) which started fighting each other last year, according to the Geneva-based UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which has offices in Colombia.Some 1,000 people have come forward in the past 18 months and said violence had forced them out of their homes in a town that had previously counted only a few displaced families. UNHCR works in Arauca through a network of partners, including the Catholic Church and La Defensoria del Pueblo, Colombia’s human rights network. In view of the serious humanitarian situation, the refugee agency is stepping up its presence on the ground and took part in a fact-finding mission earlier this month to help tailor its intervention to meet the needs on the ground. Describing insecurity in the area in a news release, UNHCR said a few days before its team visited, unidentified gunmen shot dead local right-wing councillor, Alejandrina Rincon, in broad daylight as she walked in the town with her eight-year-old son. She had been threatened and other local leaders have also received threats. In the past two years, 10 teachers have also been targeted by one or other group and five had to flee, according to UNHCR, which warned that with local elections coming up in October, many are scared that more violence is on its way. In the scores of small villages dotted along the vast plains of Arauca, the situation is worse, the agency pointed out, because there, the fighting between the rival guerrilla groups is “at its most intense,” while locals report “the army and police are there only intermittently, if at all.”
The Foreign Minister recognized the importance of UNFPA’s presence in Sri Lanka while acknowledging the strong partnership with UNFPA, particularly in the area of youth participation in peace building, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health. Ms. Nacken, a Japanese national, has been in the UN system for over 15 years, holding positions in New York, Fiji, Ethiopia, and most recently as the Deputy Representative of UNFPA in Viet Nam. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, accepted the credentials today of Ms Ritsu Nacken as the new Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka.Presenting her credentials, Ms. Nacken, said: “Building on the nearly 50 year partnership between Sri Lanka and UNFPA, we are committed to continue supporting the Government in ensuring reproductive rights of women and young people in line with the Sustainable Development Goals framework.” She has a Master of Science in Non-Profit Management and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. (Colombo Gazette)
A Norfolk musician will perform a recital in Italy this summer after winning first prize in a prestigious competition.Bryn Blackwood, a Simcoe native, won top honours at the 42nd annual Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music competition in Brandon, Manitoba in April.“I am absolutely thrilled to have been named the winner of the 2019 E-Gre Competition,” said Blackwood. “Learning, preparing, and connecting to this repertoire has been a joy.”Blackwood’s first place prize amounts to nearly $15,000. This includes a $6,000 cash prize, a residency and debut recital in Italy in July, and an eight to 10 city cross-Canada tour in the fall.“I’ll probably be playing the same things I did for the competition, because that’s what they want me to show off,” Blackwood said about his upcoming recital in Italy.“It’s nice because that’s in July and I don’t have to prepare an entirely new program.”To enter into the competition Blackwood had to send in 35 minutes of material, which organizers reviewed in order to choose their six finalists.All of the six finalists left with at least $1,000 in prize money each, which Blackwood says is unique for competitions where contestants can be sent home with nothing.The competition featured modern music, meaning everything the contestants played had to be from after 1950, 50 per cent of the works played had to be Canadian, and they each had to play a rendition of a song that was commissioned for the competition.The competition rotates between different instruments every year. This year was piano, previous years have been string instruments and vocalists.Blackwood also received the award for best performance of the commissioned piece.The pianist currently lives in Toronto. He has his Bachelor of Music from Western University, Master of Music from McGill University, and is working towards his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto.While Blackwood is excelling at music now, it was not always his plan.“My plan was not actually to go to university for music, I was just incredibly indecisive,” he said regarding the beginning of his musical studies.He was not sure what he wanted to study at the post-secondary level so he decided to do a second year of Grade 12. This victory lap was when he decided to commit to music.The dates for Blackwood’s cross-Canada tour will be announced in the upcoming months.Local people will have a chance to see Blackwood perform later this month at his annual Simcoe recital at St. James United Church on Sunday May 26, starting at 3 p.m. For more information contact Cara Blackwood at email@example.com
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against Maryland on Nov. 17 in Maryland Stadium. The Buckeyes won 52-51 in overtime, improving their overall record to 10-1. Photos by Casey Cascaldo. The Buckeyes arrive at Maryland Stadium on Nov. 17 prior to the start of the Ohio State-Maryland game. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor
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An elevator malfunction at a Vancouver retirement home Thursday morning left an elderly woman complaining of back pain.Crews with the Vancouver Fire Department were called to the Knights of Pythias Retirement Center, 3409 Main St., just before 9 a.m. for an injury, Firefighter Pete Adams said.The elevator had been going from the fourth floor to the first floor but dropped about 1 to 2 feet below the threshold of the first floor, Adams said.Firefighters responded and assessed an elderly woman complaining of pain, but she refused medical treatment.
Newcastle United’s manager Rafael Benitez has backed his former side Liverpool to go on and win the Premier League title.Rafa’s men were brushed aside 4-0 by the free-scoring Reds to move six points clear in top spot thanks to goals from Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Fabinho.The win was Jurgen Klopp 100th victory in all competitions and their eighth straight win in the Premier League.And with champions Manchester City slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Leicester City, enabling Tottenham to move up to second, Benitez feels Liverpool have what it takes to win the league for the first time since 1989-90.“Liverpool showed that they are good enough to win the title,” said Benitez in a quote cited by FourFourTwo.“[They have a] very good team, [and] a very good squad so they have very good players on the bench also.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“To win a league title you need to be consistent and they can do it.”Th e former Chelsea boss further highlighted the defensive errors that cost his team the game at Anfield despite keeping clean sheets in each of their last two Premier League matches.“It’s difficult to explain when you lose a game in the way that we lost,” Benitez said.“We did well, we had our chance, we didn’t take it, we made a mistake and gave them hope and belief but still we were in the game against a very good team.“We had some moments where they were pushing but you go in at half-time at 1-0 down, then in the second half, a soft penalty [which saw Salah fouled by Paul Dummett] changed everything.“And now you have to explain why we conceded four goals.”
Ciara Reveals New Album ‘Beauty Marks’ Drop Date ciara-reveals-drop-date-new-album-beauty-marks-teases-new-single Ciara Reveals Drop Date For New Album ‘Beauty Marks,’ Teases New Single The GRAMMY winner will be dropping her follow up to 2015’s ‘Jackie’ on May 10Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 28, 2019 – 12:50 pm Today GRAMMY-winning R&B artist and dancer extraordinaire Ciara announced details for her seventh studio album, her first since 2015’s Jackie. The new album, Beauty Marks, is due out May 10. Facebook Twitter News Email https://twitter.com/ciara/status/1111285009938169857 She first teased new music earlier this week; for the single “Thinkin Bout You,” which drops tonight. Her most recent single is the slow jam “Greatest Love,” which she released earlier this year, Feb. 12, via her label, Beauty Marks Entertainment.While it’s been a minute since the last Ciara album, she hasn’t left us completely without any booty-bouncing bops. The vocal powerhouse dropped a handful of tracks last year, including the catchy female empowerment anthem “Level Up,” released in July. Ciara took her own advice to heart, recruiting Missy Elliott and Fatman Scoop for the even hotter “Level Up (Remix).”The three GRAMMY winners first collaborated in 2005 one of Missy’s classics, “Loose Control,” which won Best Short Form Music Video at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. Ciara was also nominated for Best New Artist that year, as well as for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “One, Two Step,” another Missy collab, from Ciara’s 2004 debut album Goodies.Missy Elliott Is Ready To Get The World Dancing AgainRead more
Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:43 X Now the small northern European country is also represented in Houston.For the new consulate’s opening, Danish Ambassador to the United States Lars Lose came to Houston.“We’ve seen the developments in Texas for a long time and we’ve wanted to come to Texas for a long time as well,” Lose said. “Now we found the resources to do it and I’m so happy to open up today because there’s so much going on in Texas, in Houston.”The ambassador said wind energy and tech innovation are some of the things the diplomatic mission in Houston will focus on.More than 40 percent of Denmark’s energy supply comes from wind power. Courtesy Royal Danish Consulate HoustonGreater Houston Partnership CEO Bob Harvey, Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, City of Houston Chief of Protocol Deanea Leflore, Rep. Ted Poe, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen, Rep. Pete Olson, and Consul General Jacob Vind, from left, cut the ribbon for the new consulate general in Houston on Wednesday, May 2, 2018Denmark has only a few consulates in the United States, including in New York, Chicago, Silicon Valley and the embassy in Washington, D.C.
By Christina CauteruciThere’s a crew of new women in Congress who’ve become fast friends since the election. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have become instant progressive icons and visible markers of a long-overdue shift in legislative demographics. They’ve posted loads of selfies together, called themselves a “squad,” tweeted support for each other’s policy ideas, and defended each other from right-wing detractors. Their fans have seen them as harbingers of hope in a dark time descending on a stalled-out Congress to help save America from itself.It’s important to remember, though, as Pressley told her Twitter followers over the weekend, that there have been vocal women of color pushing for progressive change in Congress for a long time. California Rep. Barbara Lee, who Pressley called a “big sister & mentor” in her tweet, is one of them. In a phone conversation earlier this month, I spoke to Lee about her role in the new, more progressive Congress, what it was like to be one of the few black women in national office in the 1990s, and what it might mean to have a “critical mass” in the legislature. Our conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.Christina Cauterucci: I was looking through all the pictures you and other Democratic women posed for on the first day of the new Congress, and there was a palpable feeling of celebration. What was that day like for you?Barbara Lee: It was exciting. The younger and new members of Congress are very smart, they’re authentic, they’re passionate, they’re committed to their constituencies and to the country, to the world. And it’s just been wonderful being with them. I hope to be able to help them find their paths.But also, I have to say, just as a progressive African-American woman, they give me a lot of hope. They strengthen me. They really formed that bond that means a heck of a lot when you’re in a Congress where—for example, in 1998, I was only the 20th African-American woman ever elected to Congress since 1789. So this is really quite a happy moment and a really profound and positive development for the country.There seems to be an incredible camaraderie among this new class of congresswomen—they’re hugging each other in photos, calling each other sisters in their tweets. Is there always such a strong feeling of solidarity among new progressive members of Congress?There’s always solidarity. But I think this year is unique because you have so many women of color, and women from diverse backgrounds, and women who have broken so many glass ceilings. For example, Pennsylvania did not have one single woman in their delegation. Now we have—I believe it’s four. This is amazing. This is groundbreaking. It really tells me there’s no way we can ever go back. I think the excitement and the joy and the hope that this election brought was really a special and unique moment in history.I’ve been thinking a lot about power in numbers when it comes to race and gender representation in Congress. Some studies of women in business leadership suggest that there needs to be a critical mass of people from underrepresented groups to make a tangible difference, because one person alone can be more easily ignored or tokenized. Does that resonate with your experience in Congress?Absolutely. You know, it’s really good to have allies. And coming to Congress then, as a progressive African-American woman, it took a while to build the level of collegiality that others have, especially white men, because there were so few of us.In terms of speaking out in a meeting or at a hearing with new ideas—folks would shake their heads and say “Great,” or whatever. Then 10 minutes later they would reiterate the same thing I just said, as if it were new. [Laughs.] It’s just like being invisible. You know what that’s like, being invisible? But let me tell you: I wasn’t gonna let that happen. I was working for former Congressman Ron Dellums, who passed away in July. And when I started working as a chief of staff on Capitol Hill, there were maybe two African-American women as chiefs of staff, OK? Maybe three, but I think it was two. I had to represent Ron at meetings with Cabinet officials. And I’d walk into those meetings, and primarily white men were there, and I would engage in the meeting, and it was almost like I just wasn’t there. Or they didn’t recognize me as a chief of staff, or they would never call on me to ask my question or make my point. Or they sometimes didn’t know that I was a chief of staff, they thought I was another staffer just taking notes to take back to the congressman. You know, it was very ugly and demeaning, disrespectful.So I remember those days, and we’ve made a lot of progress, but let me tell you, we have a long way to go. You still have institutional biases, you have to break through all of that sexism and racism. You have to really confront that all of the time, whether it’s subconscious or conscious.[Congress is] still just a microcosm of America. It takes a while. But I think that we’re moving forward, we’re making progress. With this new Congress, you know, it’ll never go back to the days of long ago, when Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American congresswoman, was elected in the late ’60s.You know what it’s like to stand alone on an issue—I’m thinking specifically of your vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force in 2001. [Ed. note: Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the broad, still-active authorization of war.] What advice are you giving new members of Congress on speaking up, even if they’re alone?I think they all are very courageous and all have to know their bottom lines, what they bring to Congress, their values, who they are, and what they stand for. And it may not be the same thing, but you have to know how far to go for compromise, or how far you will allow yourself to go on any given issue. For me, as a daughter of veteran and someone whose dad was in World War II, Korea, and who was raised in a military family, I know that the use of force should only be the last option, recognizing that we have to make sure that our national security is secure. So for me, that’s a bottom line.For me, another bottom line is you do not cut public assistance and food stamps. I had a very difficult period in my life—I was a single mother with two young sons. And I was on welfare and food stamps and Medicaid. And I knew what it was like, and it was really hard. But in that moment because I had this bridge over troubled waters, like a lifeline, I’m not gonna allow, on my watch, my involvement in cutting any of this basic support for people and families and children who need it. And I’m gonna look out for others who may be in similar circumstances. So that’s a bottom line for me.[The new members of Congress] come with a lot of courage. Just to get here took a lot of courage—to break through, given the fundraising barriers and everything that you have to deal with. But now they’re here, and they’ve demonstrated how courageous they are. They just have to know how far they’re willing to compromise and what they stand for. And I think most of them know that.How do you see your role in this wave of new progressive women, especially women of color, taking seats in Congress?I hope I am a supportive peer who can really help them navigate the legislative process, and do exactly what they want to do in their congressional career—serving their constituents and how they want to go, what path they want to take. And now as a co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee, I want to make sure they’re able to get to the committees that they want—to carve out what issues they want to address. In terms of the seniority system and how you navigate that—I’ve had a lot of experience … [with] ways to think out of the box and be creative in what I want to do when there are systemic and institutional kinds of roadblocks.So I want to help [new members of Congress] figure those out. But also, I have to tell you: They encourage me, and they give me a lot of insight, and I learn a heck of a lot from them. It goes both ways.