SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Toledo defeated Thailand’s Suttisak Singkon who had 7,411 and Vietnam’s Bui Van Su who tallied 6,737.Quickly after, Beram clocked 20.84 seconds to crown himself the 200m sprint king, besting Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand (21.22 seconds) and Malaysia’s Thevarr Gunasegaran (21.26 seconds).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarco Vilog placed second in the men’s 800-meter run (1:49.91) while Mark Harry Diones also captured silver in men’s triple jump (16.63m).Fil-American Kayla Richardson, meanwhile, crashed out of the podium in the women’s 200m. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments Anthony Beram wins 200m dash. Photo from @KL2017/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines got two golden triumphs in athletics, through Aries Toledo in decathlon and Anthony Beram in men’s 200m dash late Wednesday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.Just when the country was prepared to have a dry day, 23-year-old Toledo tallied 7,433 points after 10 events to capture the gold medal at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Perlas Pilipinas rallies to stun Thailand WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ
Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants In a video posted by Pacquiao, he can be seen going over to Mayweather and shaking his hand before the two exchanged smiles.WATCH: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in locker ahead of fightThe Filipino boxing champion got a visit from Mayweather at his locker room on Sunday just before his welterweight defense.Earlier this month, the boxing rivals also met at Staples Center for Clippers’ Filipino Heritage Night.These meetings have only fueled the rumors that another megabout between the two rivals is happening soon.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Pacquiao had said that he is willing to fight Mayweather if the American boxer comes out of retirement.READ: Manny Pacquiao willing to fight Floyd Mayweather anew if he comes out of retirementBut when ambushed by Showtime’s Jim Gray from ringside after Pacquiao’s victory, Mayweather did not bat an eyelash when asked if he wanted to square off again against Pacquiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Rockets trading Carmelo Anthony to Chicago, but Bulls have no plans to play him Days after Pacquiao’s unanimous decision conquest of Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, where Mayweather was also in attendance, the two legendary fighters met again, this time at courtside at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMANILA, Philippines–The chance encounters between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are not yet over.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
Jaipur: UP Yoddha came back to winning ways as they thrashed Tamil Thalaivas 42-22 in the second match of the Jaipur leg of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday.UP Yoddha made a comeback after trailing in the first half to notch up a 20-point win over Tamil Thalaivas. Shrikant Jadhav and Surender Gill led from the front with 8 and 7 raid points respectively. While, Sumit as usual lived up to his reputation with 5 tackle points. The win took UP Yoddha to the 4th place in the league standings with 53 points from 17 matches. The first half of the match started with Tamil Thalaivas getting the upper hand in the initial minutes as they went into a 4-2 lead. UP tried to make a comeback with a super tackle from Ashu Singh on V Ajith Kumar but the resistance didn’t last long as the Thalaivas inflicted the first all-out on UP Yoddha to rush into an 11-6 lead.UP got two points back with a successful tackle on V Ajith Kumar and a successful raid by Rishank closed the gap to 8-13. With 9-13 on the scoreboard, UP’s star raider Shrikant Jadhav pulled off a mighty super raid as he scored four points with the last raid of the half. With this raid, Shrikant also crossed 100 points in Season 7 of Pro Kabaddi League. At half-time, the score stood at 13-14 with UP just a point a drift of the Tamil Thalaivas.The second half, however, was a completely different story for UP as they came out all guns blazing. With tackles and raid points coming in tandem, UP went into an 8-point lead of 23-15. Soon after, UP Yoddha inflicted the first all-out on Tamil Thalaivas making matters worse for them.Tamil Thalaivas were looking clueless as UP led 28-17. The dismal state continued as with six minutes to go in the half, UP inflicted the second all-out on Tamil, establishing a 17 point lead at 35-18.It was rampage by UP Yoddha in last few minutes of the second half, as they closed the match with a score line of 42-22. 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. pklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019 First Published: September 22, 2019, 12:00 AM IST
LOS ANGELES — Max Muncy homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 Wednesday night for their 50th home victory of the season.Will Smith also went deep and Walker Buehler threw seven shutout innings for the major league-leading Dodgers, who have baseball’s best home record as well at 50-16.Muncy sent his 33rd homer to center field off Tim Mayza (1-3) with one out. The slugger picked up the Dodgers after closer Kenley Jansen gave up a tying homer to Rowdy Tellez with one out in the ninth. Fans booed Jansen after he got two more outs to end the inning.Pedro Baez (7-2) got the win with one inning of relief.A night earlier, the Dodgers pounded out 15 hits in a 16-3 victory highlighted by five home runs.Buehler allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked none.Joe Kelly retired the side in the eighth against a trio of second-generation major leaguers: pinch-hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio.That set up Jansen, who couldn’t get the job done.Smith slugged his 12th homer on the first pitch from Zack Godley in the fourth. It was Smith’s sixth homer in eight games.Chris Taylor followed with a triple, but he got thrown out at the plate after outfielders Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez collided trying to field the ball.It was a bullpen game for Toronto, with Wilmer Font starting and going two innings before Buddy Boshers lasted 1 1/3 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (right biceps tendinitis) tossed his entire mix in a 25-pitch bullpen without soreness. He’ll throw another ‘pen in a few days and face hitters next week. … RHP Dylan Floro went on the IL with a left intercostal strain a day after being recalled from the minors.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Jacob Waguespack (4-1, 4.20 ERA) starts the series finale Thursday. He’s allowed six earned runs over 21 innings in his last four outings.Dodgers: Kenta Maeda (8-8, 4.18) yielded three runs in the first 1 2/3 innings of his last start at Atlanta and struck out seven in a row at one point but didn’t get out of the fifth inning.___By BETH HARRIS AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
UEFA Champions League Celtic’s Champions League ambition? Not to lose the first game 7-0 – Rodgers Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 22:05 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Celtic Celtic v PSG PSG After suffering at the hands of Neymar last season, the Hoops boss is determined not to let it happen again Brendan Rodgers has joked that Celtic’s ambition for the Champions League this season will be to avoid a repeat of last season’s 7-0 opening-night loss.Celtic went to Camp Nou and were destroyed by a rampant Barcelona side, for whom Neymar was in particularly fine form.The Hoops will meet the Brazilian ace again on the first night of this season’s competition, though they will play host this time to Paris Saint-Germain, who spent €222 million on the 25-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Bhoys 11/10 to beat PSG +2 handicapAnd with Bayern Munich and Anderlecht also in Group B, Celtic face an uphill task to reach the next round.When he was asked a supporters’ question and answer session what the aim for the European campaign is, Rodgers said: “Try not to lose the first game 7-0. We’re playing against 11 motorbikes, aren’t we?“But listen, I want us to be playing European football after Christmas, that’s the aim. “The games against PSG and Bayern are going to be great nights. And the one thing I will say is this: having been a manager around the world and inside some of the biggest stadiums, there is a noise at Celtic Park you just don’t get anywhere else.”Celtic equipped themselves admirably against stern opposition last term after that chastening loss, fighting back to draw twice against Manchester City and pick up a point against Borussia Monchengladbach on their way out of the competition.They start their campaign this season on September 12 against PSG at Celtic Park.
Max Rushden Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more Topics As England prepare to head to Portugal for the Nations League finals, the Football Association has called for an end to the “embarrassing” behaviour that has blighted recent away matches.Much of the problematic activity is antisocial and distinct from the violent hooliganism that blighted England’s reputation during the 1970s and 80s. But 127 members have still been suspended from the England Supporters Travel Club (ESTC) in the past five years, with a further 237 of a total of 13,000 members having received a warning for their conduct. Why I gave away my Champions League final ticket to watch it with dad England Share on WhatsApp The FA Reuse this content Share on Messenger “It has been a great season for English football and England but we can’t ignore some of the antisocial and embarrassing behaviour that has crept back into the game,” said Martin Glenn, the FA’s chief executive.“There are thousands of brilliant supporters wherever our teams go, but there is an increasing problem that must be called out. We all have a responsibility to represent the country in the right way and that is what we are trying to highlight.”Before the Nations League, the governing body will launch an advertising campaign – featuring the slogan “Don’t Be That Idiot” – as they look to focus fans’ attention on their behaviour. “We have gone from the organised violence days to, more recently, a growing number who become involved in this antisocial behaviour. It is an easy tag to hang on it, but that is really what it is,” said Tony Conniford, teams and corporate security manager at the FA.“A lot of it is alcohol-fuelled and there almost becomes an acceptance that because you are at football, anything goes. I find that difficult to buy into and people need to have a look at themselves and start to think: ‘If my relatives, wife or children were here with me, would it be an enjoyable experience?’ And the answer is no.”As many as 18,000 fans, not all ESTC members, are expected to travel to Portugal next week, where England will play the Netherlands in Guimaraes on Thursday 6 June for a place in the final in Porto three days later.“If any member sees or any fan sees anyone behaving in a way that embarrasses the country and them as a football fan, we would welcome that being sent to us,” said Conniford. “If it’s someone I can deal with as a member then we will deal with them. If not, we’ll pass it on to the police.” Nations League news Share on Twitter Share via Email
Amendments to the Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act, introduced today, Oct. 20, would ensure equity and fairness among parties in the electoral system in Nova Scotia. The changes would allow only individuals to make political donations, and prohibit the use of held assets for political purposes. “We are keeping a commitment to improve transparency in the electoral system in Nova Scotia,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Government is creating a level playing field so that all political parties are operating under the same set of rules.” Corporations, trade unions and partnerships will no longer be able to make political contributions, effective Jan. 1, 2010. This will give Elections Nova Scotia, recognized political parties and members of the public sufficient time to understand and comply with the new rules. Other provinces have passed similar limits on who can provide political contributions, including both Manitoba and Ontario.
APTN National NewsThe man picked to chair a public inquiry into how police investigated the Robert Pickton case is responding to calls for his resignation.Wally Oppal was a former attorney general for British Columbia.Critics say he’s too close to the provincial government to be considered impartial and should resign.They say Oppal has previously rejected having an inquiry and often defended the actions of police.
In a televised message across the Middle East and elsewhere, Princess Haya urged the public to step up donations to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) operations, which provide support for over 2 million Pakistanis who have escaped the conflict between Government forces and militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).“Millions have been forced to leave, abandoning their homes, their communities and their loved ones,” said Princess Haya. “They arrive needing everything: shelter, food, and medical care.”UNHCR said it is seeking to ease congestion by expanding camps, where the agency says around 10 per cent of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) have fled, and ramp up assistance to people taken in by families in local communities.High Commissioner António Guterres has said that hundreds of millions of dollars will be needed for the overall relief effort as a shortage of resources is already reducing the amount of shelter and other aid items reaching IDPs, the agency said in a press release. “Only with your help, can UNHCR revive hope, assist with shelter and meet other basic needs. Please help UNHCR,” said Princess Haya.To date, only 36 per cent of the $533 million Humanitarian Response Plan, launched last month, has been funded, according to a news release issued by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Islamabad.UN agencies in Pakistan pointed to the difficulties in gaining access to all IDPs requiring assistance in NWFP as a result of the scale of displacements and the unstable security situation in the region. “Humanitarian agencies are working hard to assist all of those who are in need, but we have a long way to go,” said Humanitarian Coordinator Martin Mogwanja.Mr. Mogwanja warned that the most vulnerable, including women, children, the disabled and elderly, are often the hardest to reach, and “we have to redouble our efforts where these groups are concerned.” 25 June 2009Characterizing the ongoing crisis in north-west Pakistan as the largest humanitarian emergency in the world today, United Nations Messenger of Peace Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan has called for a massive international response to aid the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people forced to live in makeshift shelters.
EDMONTON — The Alberta government has chosen an oil industry veteran to head up a new board in charge of monitoring environmental rules.Gerry Protti has spent his career with numerous oil and gas companies and is the founder of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.Protti was selected after a national search for someone to lead the Energy Regulatory Board that is to enforce rules on non-renewable resource development.He term is for five years.Protti’s appointment is being criticized by the New Democrats.Party critic Rachel Notley says it sends the wrong message to appoint an oil industry insider to an agency in charge of issuing penalties to oil companies that violate environmental rules.
As Ohio State honored its 1960 national champion men’s basketball team on Sunday, the day seemed destined to be more about the past than the present. The 2010 Buckeyes didn’t appear to get the memo.Against a Minnesota team that had beaten them just three weeks ago, the Buckeyes shot 63 percent from the field and routed the Gophers 85-63 in one of their best performances of the season.Sophomore guard William Buford, who has been dealing with the effects of a root canal he underwent last week, scored a career-high 26 points. Buford made four-of-five from beyond the 3-point arc and added five rebounds and five assists.“Will’s a very tough kid,” coach Thad Matta said. “I thought he played extremely well today.”Juniors Evan Turner and Jon Diebler each scored 19 points of their own, and Turner handed out a game-high eight assists.The 19 points were the most Diebler has scored since the first week of January. He connected on five of his nine 3-point attempts, and it was one of the few times since the Big Ten season started that Diebler was able to get into a rhythm offensively.“I thought we played well all day,” Diebler said. “When Evan [Turner] and Will are playing like they are, they draw so much attention. It just got me some good looks today.”As for the Gophers, they have dropped four of their last five games and, in the process, have shown their “worst defensive effort in a long time,” coach Tubby Smith said.“It was a game that we really didn’t give ourselves a chance to win today,” Smith said. “Ohio State is a very talented team and they are playing well right now, but we’re not.”The win was OSU’s 13th win in as many tries at Value City Arena this season. The undefeated home record is something that Diebler said his team prides itself on.“Just having the fans that we have makes it a tough place to play,” Diebler said. “It’s tough to play on the road in the Big Ten, and you have to protect your home court. I think we’ve done a good job of that this year.”But for Turner, it was more than just a normal home game. The Buckeye point guard said that with the 1960 team looking on, he and his teammates knew they couldn’t disappoint. Fortunately for Turner, they didn’t.“I’m sure everybody could feel the presence of them,” Turner said. “It was just a big day; it was huge.”After the game, Turner was asked if perhaps this performance was a sign of things to come. Is it possible that, 50 years from now, his team will be celebrating the anniversary of its own championship?“That would be pretty cool,” Turner said. “You never know.”
An undercover police officer who spied on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence as well as infiltrating a string of anarchist groups has been named as David Hagan.Although it is not his real name, his undercover identity was officially published by the judge led inquiry into undercover policing, after he lost a legal argument to maintain his anonymity.As well as spying on the Lawrence family and their supporters, Hagan was active in the Socialist Workers Party, Class War, Movement Against The Monarchy and Movement for Justice.He also gathered information on the family of Ricky Reel, who was murdered by racists in 1997.Hagan, who was accused of being a “spy in the Lawrence family camp” was active between 1996 and 2001, reporting back to Scotland Yard as they desperately tried to persuade the Met to properly investigate their son’s racist murder.An official review into his activities revealed how he had gathered personal details about Doreen and Neville Lawrence including personal information about the state of their marriage.Hagan is also accused of spying on Duwayne Brooks, the friend who had been with Stephen at the time of his murder. Mr Brooks said while he welcomed the fact Hagan’s undercover name had been released it was more important that the details of his briefings to the Met were made public. Show more He said: “I can remember Hagan but he was quite anonymous. He remained in the background obviously gathering information and intelligence.”It has always been my view that I was spied on but what I need to know is what parts of my life he was snooping on. We need to see the intelligence reports that he was feeding back to the Met. Only then can we begin to see the full picture.”Neither Doreen or Neville Lawrence, who will mark the 25th anniversary of their son’s death on Sunday, commented on the publication of Hagan’s identity.It is understood Hagan controversially met with then acting detective inspector, Richard Walton, who was working on Scotland Yard’s final submissions to the public inquiry, and passed on information including that Stephen’s parents had separated.In 2014 a damning report on undercover policing by barrister Mark Ellison QC alleged that Mr Walton “obtained information pertaining to the Lawrence family and their supporters, potentially undermining the inquiry and public confidence”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The 2015 financial year has proved to be extremely challenging for South Africa’s mining industry. Local cost pressures, labour action, and a continuing downswing in commodity prices have resulted in shrinking margins and impairment provisions. Mining companies are grappling to improve productivity in order to address the demanding global and local mining environment.These are some of the findings from PwC’s seventh edition of SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry, released by PwC at the 2015 Joburg Indaba: Investing in Resources and Mining in Africa conference held in Sandton.The mining industry continues to be marred by labour unrest with four gold mining companies still locked in a three-month wage ‘stalemate’ with unions and the pressures of a recent coal strike mounting.Michal Kotze, PwC African Mining Industry Leader, says: “The message to miners is clear: ‘Continue to focus on costs, refocus on your core business and carefully evaluate growth opportunities.’ It certainly will make for some interesting planning and forecasting discussions in the coming year.”The 2015 financial year saw the declining trend in market capitalisation continue with few, if any, companies left unscathed. Market capitalisation for the top 35 companies declined to R414 billion as at 30 June 2015 (compared to R675 billion as at 30 June 2014). The decline continued when compared to market capitalisation as at 30 September 2015 of R304 billion, resulting in an aggregate decline of R371 billion when compared to 30 June 2014.Although iron ore and coal prices were the most severely impacted, platinum and gold mining companies have not escaped the continuing downward slide in commodity prices. SA’s main revenue generating commodities haven’t experienced real prices as low as those experienced in 2015 in ten years, and it is not certain yet if or when the prices will start to recover.Despite a continued reduction in prices, coal remains the highest earning commodity in South Africa. Coal had a solid performance over the last decade, with marginal increases in production in the last few years. The long-term decline in gold production was temporarily halted in the last two years. This decline is indicative of the ever-increasing depths of existing mines, technical difficulties experienced by start-up operations and a continually growing base. Platinum group metal (PGMs) production has been severely impacted by industrial action since 2012 and by mine enclosures in the low-price environment. In the absence of a meaningful price increase, it is unlikely that platinum production levels will increase from the current lower base.“Financial performance for the South African mining industry in 2015 was extremely challenging and downcast,” says Andries Rossouw, PwC Assurance Partner. This year’s cash flow is the worst since the financial crisis in 2008 and reflects the margin pressure and liquidity concerns experienced by the industry. The free cash flows generated were insufficient to make existing borrowing repayments, let alone distributions to shareholders.”Operating expenses increased by 14%, which is higher than the 13% of the previous financial year. However, when companies affected by the platinum strike are excluded, the increase climbs to 15%. Labour costs still remain the biggest cost component in the local mining industry. The share of labour costs decreased marginally from 47% to 45% in the current year.The 2014 period saw record levels of impairment charges being recorded within the mining industry. In 2015, the industry saw impairment charges as a percentage of capital expenditure reduced to 40%, which is still above the 35% four-year average. Net profit reduced by 75% to a mere R2 billion despite a R26 billion reduction in impairment provisions. The EBITDA margin is 22% in the current year, down 7% on last year.The mining industry is faced with numerous challenges and risks which need to be effectively addressed. When one compares the risks facing the mining industry from the prior year to the current year, overall they have not changed. What has changed is the priority of rankings allocated to the different risk exposures. In the current year, most companies increased their focus on environmental compliance and liquidity risk. Rossouw adds: “Many mining companies are in the process of renegotiating the terms of their debt facilities with financial institutions, or will be doing so in the near future. Given the current environment of low commodity prices and high production costs, it seems inevitable that some companies may not be able to make large terminal repayments from profits and may have to enter into negotiations with loan providers in order to agree on more workable arrangements.”In addition to the high-profile risks identified, the study also anticipated other aspects and risks that are likely to arise in the coming year. Some of these include: uncertainty on the Mining Charter reporting outcome, water scarcity, as well as productivity challenges at selected mines.According to safety statistics there is a higher level of focus in place and this becomes particularly clear when one compares current statistics to historic ones, which show a significant decrease in fatalities over the long term.Despite the challenges it faces, the mining industry continues to be a significant contributor of value. The monetary benefit received by each stakeholder in the industry is usually summarised in mining companies’ value added statements.Employees received 39% (2014: 37%) of the value created. The impact of the increased wages, relative stable employment numbers and lower price environment has contributed to this increase. The state received 18% (2014: 20%) of value created, consisting of direct taxes, mining royalties and tax on employee income deducted from employees’ salaries. The actual contribution received by the state is significantly higher, however, with direct taxes like VAT, import and export duties also being collected.Distributions to shareholders represented 15% (2014: 11%) of total value increased. If Kumba Iron Ore’s results are excluded, the dividend percentage declines to 3% (2014: 2%).“Currently, the challenge faced is determining how to increase the size of the pie to create more value for all stakeholders in an environment of ever increasing costs, reducing margins and increased volatility. Creating an environment with adequate infrastructure, less policy and regulatory uncertainty, and a skilled yet flexible workforce should go a long way towards attracting investment and benefitting all stakeholders,” concludes Kotze.
One third of Irish 18-year-olds have had sexual intercourse, major study finds The finding is contained in the latest round of research from the Growing Up in Ireland study. 54 Comments By Daragh Brophy Short URL 19,532 Views Image: Shutterstock/donatas1205 Nov 3rd 2016, 12:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share7 Tweet Email3 Image: Shutterstock/donatas1205 http://jrnl.ie/3059686 40% of 17/18 years olds reported that they had had oral sex, while 33% reported that they had had sexual intercourse. Males were more likely to report being sexually active than females (45% compared to 39%). Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 12:01 AM The majority of 17/18-year-olds interviewed had consumed alcohol – 89%.A minority (6%) said they drank 2-3 times per week, with 40% drinking 2-4 times per month and 48% monthly or less. In general, males tended to drink more often than females, the study found.The vast majority of 17/18-year-olds in Ireland were found to be in good health, however obesity continues to be a problem.In line with earlier rounds of the Growing Up in Ireland study (as well as with international trends) 20% were overweight and 8% of participants were obese.Females were more likely to be overweight or obese than males – 31% compared to 26%.Read: One in six three-year-olds have had injuries that needed hospital attention >Read: Growing Up In Ireland: How children are being badly affected by the recession > 56% of 17/18-year-olds who reported having had sexual intercourse also reported that they always used a condom, although a sizeable minority (11%) said they never used one. ONE THIRD OF Irish 18-year-olds have had sexual intercourse, according to the results of a major study.The finding is contained in the latest round of research from the Growing Up in Ireland study. Detailed results from researchers taking part in the project will be revealed later, as Minister for Children Katherine Zappone launches the latest round of the study at Croke Park.The latest information, published today, comes from interviews with 6,000 17/18-year-olds who have been participating in the study since 2007, when they were 9 years old.As part of the research, the teenagers were asked a series of questions about their romantic and sexual experiences.The study found: 13% of 17/18-year-olds said that they felt a little pressure and 4% said they felt a lot of pressure to have sex. 6% also said that they were afraid of losing a partner through not having sex with them.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New Democracy has edged ahead of SYRIZA in the election race, according to the latest and last poll by the University of Macedonia for Skai TV and Kathimerini.According to the pollster, which put SYRIZA ahead by one percentage point almost a week earlier, support for New Democracy is at 30 percent, which reflects a rise of 2.5 points from the previous survey, while SYRIZA is on 29.5, one point higher than a few days earlier.Golden Dawn remains in third place but its backing has edged down slightly to 5.5 percent. PASOK and Potami follow on 5 percent. The Union of Centrists is still seen entering Parliament with 4 percent but Popular Unity is right on the 3 percent threshold. Independent Greeks is just below on 2.5 percent.Based on the latest poll results, the University of Macedonia researchers calculate that New Democracy’s support could reach a maximum of 31.9 percent and a minimum of 28.1. SYRIZA is seen getting no more than 31.4 percent but possibly as little as 27.6.The survey comes two days after the televised debate between SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras and New Democracy’s Evangelos Meimarakis. When questioned about who they thought won the debate, 31 percent said Meimarakis, 30.5 percent Tsipras, and 34.5 percent felt that neither emerged victorious.Tsipras had more success with younger and undecided voters, while Meimarakis was seen as giving a stronger performance by those over the age of 55. Seven in 10 respondents said they watched the debate.The SYRIZA leader attempted to rally his party’s supporters in Patra on Wednesday. He told his audience that “every vote lost by SYRIZA is a vote won for New Democracy.” Officials in the leftist party believe that undecided voters, which the University of Macedonia poll puts at 6 percent, could sway the result in SYRIZA’s favor.Meimarakis is due to deliver his main campaign speech at a rally in Athens on Thursday evening and is expected to focus on his willingness to work with as many parties as possible to form the next government if he wins Sunday’s elections.Source: Kathimerini
A 27-year-old Felida man appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of possessing and dealing in hundreds of depictions of child pornography.James Alexander Gardner faces charges of five counts of dealing in depictions of minors and 10 counts of possessing depictions of minors at his Aug. 2 arraignment.Gardner on Tuesday posted $75,000 bail, which was set by Judge Scott Collier. As a condition of his release, he is prohibited from contact with minors and possessing or using computers at work.Gardner doesn’t qualify for a court-appointed attorney and has hired Vancouver attorney Jon McMullen to defend him.According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Vancouver police began investigating Gardner last year. On Oct. 22, an investigator detected a computer located in Vancouver was being used to share images of child pornography through a peer-to-peer network.Vancouver police on Jan. 30 served a search warrant at Gardner’s apartment in the Felida neighborhood and seized multiple items of digital evidence. A forensic investigation of the items revealed 191 videos of child pornography, according to the affidavit. At least 10 of those depicted a minor engaged in a sex act, the affidavit says. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that 54 of the videos showed images of an identified child victim, the affidavit says.
Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) vice president Mallu Ravi on Tuesday condemned the comments of MLA K Rajagopal Reddy that the Congress party is a sinking ship. Reacting on the comments made by the MLA, Mallu Ravi said Rajagopal Reddy has enjoyed several posts in the party in the past. He made it clear that the MLA did not have any right to make adverse comments on the Congress. He said leaders like Rajagopal Reddy who defected have vanished. He said cadre need not fear about the future of the party and the leaders would be with them.
Hyderabad: The Centre has no immediate plans to withdraw security forces from Jammu and Kashmir, where Article 370 has been revoked, in view of the continued tension in the region, Minister of State for Home G Kishan has said. “Why will we withdraw troops immediately from there when Pakistan is trying to provoke?Pakistan is trying to provoke Kashmirs and disturb the peace so that it can go to international community (to complain). The decision on whether to withdraw or not will be taken by the local administration,” Reddy told PTI when asked whether the centre had any plans to with additional forces. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us He said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was peaceful now and Home Minister Amit Shah was regularly monitoring the situation. Reddy pointed out that schools had opened, Section 144 had been withdrawn, government offices had started working and some of the controls imposed had been relaxed. Internet and telephone services had also been restored, barring in a few districts (four or five), he said. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Asked why opposition leaders were not being allowed to hold meetings in the state, he said government has taken precautions in view of Pakistan’s intentions and the opposition leaders should have patience. “Pakistan would like to see peace disturbed in J&K to tell the world that the government of India’s decisions vis-a-vis the state are wrong,” he said. Advertise With Us “There is a lot of time. You can go to Jammu and Kashmir… Hold peace for some days. Let’s see Pakistan’s problem now. After that, Rahul Gandhi can hold any number of meetings. Who is saying no? Have patience,” he said. Asked for his comments on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the reports of violence, he said “small incidents” are not happening for the first time. Now there was no “tense situation in Jammu and Kashmir”, where there used to be months-long curfew with leaders jailed for years in the past as well, he said. “This is not new. We took some decisions like imposing restrictions as a precautionary measure, keeping in view Pakistan’s attempts to provoke and conspire to somehow disturb law and order in Jammu and Kashmir. Certainly not to inconvenience people,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here on Wednesday. He said there had been instances in the past of imposition of curfew, enforcement of prohibitory orders, closure of schools for months and arrest of Chief Ministers. Compared to the past, no such decisions have been taken now, he said. “Pakistan is hatching many conspiracies to prove before the world what the government of India has done is wrong. Because today the whole world is in favour of India… because the world is standing by the decisions taken by the government of India in the matter of abrogation of Article 370,” he said. The government, Reddy said, was taking all precautionary measures as either the ISI or Pakistan government was trying to somehow disturb law and order “to prove that what the government of India has done is wrong”. Reddy said abrogation of Article 370 would have benefits like implementation of the Constitution and reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes coming into force in the state. “Why are you in a hurry? On the one hand, Pakistan is making efforts to tell the world that there is no peace. Now the opposition also wants to go with Pakistan. This is wrong,” he said. Asked when political leaders would be released in Jammu and Kashmir and the appropriate time, he said the officers concerned would take a call on the matter.
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides on Saturday summoned the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the United Nations’ Security Council to explain President Nicos Anastasiades’ stance on efforts to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva.According to a foreign ministry statement, Kasoulides met with the ambassadors of the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and China.“The minister explained to the ambassadors our side’s position and thinking with regard to the president’s continuing efforts to reconvene an effective Conference on Cyprus in Geneva,” the statement said.The meeting came a day after UN envoy Espen Barth Eide declared the end of his efforts to bridge disagreements between Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci over methodology at a possible Geneva conference.In his announcement, Eide announced having briefed the P5’s ambassadors in a similar meeting, and that he would next meet with the UN secretary-general for his thoughts on the way forward.Anastasiades has proposed that the international meeting, which would include Cyprus’ guarantor powers – the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Greece – be open-ended and start off with the issues of security and guarantees, followed by territorial adjustments, the tackling of which would then allow for final talks on all outstanding issues.He argued that this would allow for the tackling of the toughest issues, paving the way for compromise on lesser ones.Rejecting the proposal, Akinci has countered going to Geneva without preconditions.He cited the 2014 joint declaration between Anastasiades and then-Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu which called for negotiation of all issues “interdependently” – not in isolation.Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris on Saturday cited an unnamed UN source saying it is up to the leaders to break the deadlock.“It is disappointing to see the sides engaged in a blame game which will lead nowhere,” the source said.“Both sides need to focus on getting the talks back on track by deciding what they need to do next. We can help, but they must lead the way.”Meanwhile, in a statement late on Friday, the Turkish foreign minister backed Akinci’s view, calling for a conference without preconditions.“Turkey agrees with the view expressed by […] Mr Akinci on May 23 and 26,” the statement said.“We believe that the preconditions set by the Greek Cypriot leader to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus contradict the principles of ‘interdependent negotiation’ and ‘nothing to be considered agreed unless all issues have been agreed’, as recorded in the leaders’ joint declaration of February 11, 2014, and are not in line with the declaration of the Conference on Cyprus of January 12, 2017.”Turkey, it added, hopes that the Conference on Cyprus will be reconvened without preconditions, in line with the methodology of discussing all chapters in the context of the joint declaration and the first conference. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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