E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES WATCH: ’08 Celtics squad bares dispute with Ray Allen WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Allen, on the other hand, went on to capture another NBA title in South Beach before calling it quits. Khristian Ibarrola /ra Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The estranged former comrades posed for a photo together, while appearing at the Super Penguin Basketball Celebrity Game at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China over the weekend.“Time to get the band back together,” “The Truth” wrote on Instagram, tagging the rest of the “Big 4” members, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.“No matter what happen we all formed a special bond that can never b broken,” he added, using the hashtags #burythehatchet and #onceacelticalwaysaceltic.Meanwhile, the pair have both walked away from the NBA, with Pierce recently signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Celtics.NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next seasonADVERTISEMENT After winning an NBA Championship together in 2008, former Boston Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Ray Allen did not have an amicable parting of ways, as the latter left for the Miami Heat in 2012.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 shutoutBut after admitting “being hurt” by the sharpshooter’s decision to jump ship during an appearance on TNT’s “Area 21” back in May, it seems that Pierce has let bygones be bygones and reunited with Allen.ADVERTISEMENT NU rolls to 2nd win Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients ‘Twist of fate:’ Senate probe into GCTA a reunion for Gordon, Faeldon PLAY LIST 02:23‘Twist of fate:’ Senate probe into GCTA a reunion for Gordon, Faeldon01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Diaz said she wouldn’t be pleased with herself if she can’t take the gold medal in the AIMAG in Turkmenistan, where other Filipino athletes are also competing, from September 17 to 27.Simply put, it’s championship or bust for the 26-year-old weightlifter.“I have to set my mind that the only acceptable thing for me to bring home is the gold medal,” said Diaz. “I must be determined because I can’t be contented with what I am right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaOlympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.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 openingHer triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.“The comeback is the hardest part, after so many tears I don’t know if I can ever return to that form,” said Diaz who lifted a total of 200 kg. in Rio. “I think this is why other medalists or champions quit after winning because it’s hard to sustain the strength and the discipline after all the accolades.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
As reported earlier, Renault India have opened the bookings for their small car Kwid at an initial token price of Rs 25,000. Now there are reports saying that the French car-makers are all set to launch the car on September 24. However, Renault India was not available for comment.The new Renault Kwid will come with an all-aluminium, three-cylinder, 800cc petrol engine. It is a four-valve unit with dual overhead cams. The engine will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission which will ensure optimum fuel efficiency which will be a prominent selling point in India.The Kwid is based on the new CMF-A platform and sports a unique design. The front features a typical Renault look with the badge taking centre stage. The grille too is inspired by the SUVs Renault offers and has multiple rectangular slats much like the Duster. For a car its size, the Kwid offers ample ground clearance of 180mm, a figure mostly seen in SUVs.ALSO READ:Renault Kwid bookings open, launch soonMoreover, the Kwid comes with bulging wheel arches with the plastic cladding giving it an SUVesque look. Inside the wheel arches, the Kwid runs on 155/80-R13 tyres which are fastened using only three lug nuts instead of the conventional four.The seats are comfortable and the driver has a good view of the road ahead. It is much like being in a compact crossover. There is ample shoulder room to allow two to sit without grazing one another.The instrument console is an all digital affair which comes with a speedo, odo, trip, fuel gauge etc. The centre console houses a touch screen multimedia interface which offers audio, Bluetooth connectivity and even SatNav.advertisementALSO READ:Comparison: Can Renault Kwid upset Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 sales?However, rear passengers have got to make do with manual window winders instead of electrically operated units.The boot is one of the best in the class. There is no intrusion which can eat up stowage capacity and this helps it score more points. The dash also offers a deep glove compartment on top as well as in the lower half. In the middle, a shelf has been created to offer quick storage. Cup holders and door pockets are also provided. ALSO READ:Renault Kwid: A new benchmark in the makingRenault has already announced a price range of Rs 3 to Rs 4 lakh and that makes it phenomenal value for money.
Top-seeded Andy Murray dispatched Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up China Open quarterfinal against his British Davis Cup teammate Kyle Edmund.Both are playing their first tournaments since Britain’s loss to Argentina in the Davis Cup semifinals last month.Murray is hoping a strong run in China to close the gap on No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, who withdrew from the tournament.He struggled initially against Kuznetsov, dropping two early service games as the players traded breaks, but went on a dominant run after the fifth game. (Andy Murray breezes past Grigor Dimitrov to reach US Open quarterfinals )Edmund, a qualifier, upset seventh-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.Fifth-seeded David Ferrer advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini and will next play Alexander Zverev, who beat Jack Sock 6-4, 6-2. Ferrer is still chasing his first title of the season. The Spaniard has won at least one ATP title in all but one year since 2006. (Andy Murray cruises into US Open second round)Grigor Dmitrov held off Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4 and No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet beat Sam Querrey 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in first-round matches.In the women’s second round, top-ranked Angelique Kerber had a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Barbora Strycova, U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova rallied for a tough 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7) win over 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina, Johanna Konta wrapped up a rain-delayed 7-5, 6-2 win over Timea Babos, and Daria Gavrilova ousted 12th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.advertisementKerber, who twice failed to serve out the match in a tight finish against Strycova, will next play Elina Svitolina for a place in the quarterfinals. (US Open: Andy Murray finds way past Paolo Lorenzi, Kei Nishikori steamrolls over Nicolas Mahut)Svitolina beat Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-4, and Caroline Garcia fended off Peng Shuai 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4), ending a tournament for the Chinese wild card that started with an upset first-round win over Venus Williams.
Speaking to Boria Majumdar in an exclusive, Suresh Raina showcased his singing prowess. He sang ‘ek ajnabee haseena se’ from the Rajesh Khanna, Zeenat Aman starrer ‘Ajanbee’.Suresh Raina made his Bollywood singing debut with the movie, ‘Meeruthiya Gangsters’. The film realesed in September of 2015 and was inspired from the high number of extortion caes in Merut. The name of his song was ‘Tu Mili Sab Mila’, which has 950,171 views on Youtube. Ravindra Jadeja also showed his ‘sword dance’ , which he pulls out every time he reaches a milestone when batting.
Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin said India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup after the Pulwama terror attack left 40 CRPF jawans dead. In fact, the two cricket legends said India should even consider not playing the World Cup as no cricket tournament could be bigger than the country.Harbhajan Singh was the first big name in the Indian cricket fraternity to say India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. Speaking to India Today, Harbhajan said India should consider boycotting their World Cup match against Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.”The simple thing is.. what’s more important? Does the country come first or does India come first? Keep sports aside,” Harbhajan told Aaj Tak. “First, let us sort out the other issues.”World Cup is very small when it comes to the country. 40 people who have lost their lives. Who is going to pay for that? We have to stand united with the country. Even if we don’t play the 2019 World Cup, it won’t matter,” he said.Harbhajan Singh said as a cricketer he does not think the World Cup cannot be more important than the country. “We are Indians first and then we are players. We are what we are because of this country. People love us because we play for India,” he said.Meanwhile, Azharuddin said India should not play Pakistan at any level if they have decided to boycott bilateral series. “If we are not playing Pakistan in bilateral series, we should not play them anywhere. I agree with Harbhajan, the World Cup cannot be bigger than the country.”advertisementAzharuddin was captain when India played Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in the aftermath of the Kargil War. He recalled he was worried spectators from sides could end up clashing during the game.”There was tension…there was the war on. We were scared the spectators would start fighting. When we won, the soldiers celebrated. If you play Pakistan, play everywhere. Otherwise, don’t play them anywhere. ICC and BCCI should resolve this quickly,” he said.Harbhajan Singh Indian and Pakistani cricketers have no problems with each other but the issue is much bigger than that.”The players have no issues between them. We have received a lot of love when we went to Pakistan. But the issue here is much bigger. This issue (of terrorism) needs to be resloved. But we need to address the bigger questions: why should our soldiers continue to die? Why should our people continue to die?”The armed forces sacrifice everything to protect us… it’s not right to keep playing sports with Pakistan when our soldiers are dying,” he said.Also Read | India could be fined or banned if they don’t play Pakistan in World Cup: Chetan ChauhanAlso Read | Banning cricket with Pakistan a justified demand: Union minister Ravi Shankar PrasadAlso Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | Pulwama should never be forgotten, ready to fight for the country: Mohammed Shami
Skipper Deepak Hooda led from the front as Jaipur Pink Panthers defeated Haryana Steelers 37-21 in their Pro Kabaddi League match here on Wednesday.This was Jaipur’s third win in as many matches and the side took control of the game in the second half by inflicting two ‘all-outs’ on the opposition.Hooda (14 points) was the star performer, while Sandeep Dhull (6 points) and Vishal (4 points) complemented the skipper well.Jaipur opened their account by successfully tackling Haryana raider Naveen. But Haryana tackled Hooda to make it 2-1.Jaipur surged ahead 5-2, courtesy a successful raid by Deepak. But some good work by Haryana helped them reduce the deficit to 5-6 in a closely-fought game.Jaipur, with successful tackles and raids, were inching ahead. However, with their defenders up to the mark, Haryana were closing in on the gap.But Jaipur defenders successfully tackled Naveen to take them 10-8 ahead.Deepak, then with three minutes to go for the first half, grabbed two points to take Jaipur 12-8 ahead.Haryana’s K Selvamani was successfully tackled by Jaipur in the dying minutes of the first half as they went 13-8 ahead into the break.After the break, Jaipur inflicted an all-out to surge 17-8 ahead.And then there was no looking back for the outfit as they continued their dominance maintaining a 10-point lead with nine minutes left for the game to end over Haryana.Jaipur inflicted the second all out in the 36th minute of the match to move 34-16 and their win just remained a formality.advertisementFinally, Jaipur won 37-21 and continued their winning run.Read more | Angelo Mathews leads Sri Lanka to 3-0 series sweep against BangladeshAlso see:
A missing Remsen, Iowa woman has been found safe in Vermont.27-year-old Nicole Ann Trometer was reported missing on Monday.The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation says Trometer contacted authorities at 12:30 Tuesday afternoon and advised she was in Vermont.Iowa Law Enforcement requested she go to the nearest Vermont police agency and positively identify herself.The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Vermont confirmed that they spoke with Trometer and positively identified her by her Iowa Driver’s License.The Sheriff says she was in good health and told him she willingly traveled with Daniel Kittredge, who was a suspect in her disappearance, to Vermont.The Iowa DCI has closed the missing person’s investigation.Updated 3:28pm 9/3/19———————————————–Plymouth County authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Remsen, Iowa woman.27-year-old Nicole Ann Trometer was reported missing on Monday and two vehicles registered to her are also missing.Trometer was last seen Sunday morning in Le Mars with 34-year-old Daniel Kitteredge.Trometer is described as five-foot seven, 180 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.The missing vehicles are a 2013 White Dodge Durango Citadel with Iowa License Plates IAA432.The second vehicle is a 2004 Silver Ford Explorer XLT with Iowa License Plates IHY475.Anyone with knowledge of Trometer or Kittredge’s whereabouts or information on the location of her vehicles should contactRemsen Police at (712) 786-2299.
The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on WhatsApp FA clears José Mourinho of using foul language after independent ruling Manchester United said the safety of fans was an “absolute priority” for the club. “Carrying a children’s miniature plastic toy gun into a stadium is clearly an extremely irresponsible act,” said a spokesperson.“Fortunately, the actions of the pitch intruder at the Juventus game did not harm anyone. However, as the security and safety of all fans and staff is the absolute priority at Manchester United, the club immediately launched an investigation into the circumstances around this issue. This includes a full review of our already rigorous security protocols, using our own security teams together with external expert consultants.”At the time of the incident, Greater Manchester Police confirmed to Press Association Sport that one man in his forties was kept in custody overnight, having been arrested on suspicion of pitch invasion. Share on Pinterest Manchester United have launched a review into their security protocols after it emerged a pitch invader got into Old Trafford with two toy guns during last month’s Champions League game against Juventus.Shortly after play got under way during the hosts’ 1-0 defeat by the Italian champions, a fan ran across the pitch and was restrained by stewards close to the players. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Twitter news Uefa has charged Manchester United for the “field invasion”. The case will be dealt with by the Uefa control, ethics and disciplinary body on 22 November.There have been other security concerns at Old Trafford in recent history. In November 2016 two fans hid in a toilet overnight after leaving a stadium tour party, in the hope of watching Manchester United play Arsenal the following day. In September 2016 a match against Bournemouth was cancelled after a fake bomb went unnoticed inside the stadium for four days. It emerged that it had been left behind after a training exercise. Manchester United Read more Share via Email Share on Facebook Reuse this content
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the captains of the All Stars teams that will play next Friday, 13 February at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast. Touch Football will feature prominently in the overall event program for the first time in 2015; featuring some of Australia’s best players comprising a TFA All Stars Mixed team set to play an Indigenous All Stars Mixed team as a curtain-raiser to the Rugby League match.Australian Mixed Open captain, Kylie Hilder will captain the TFA All Stars team, while Australian representatives, Trent Touma (Mixed) and Marikki Watego (Women’s) will co-captain the Indigenous All Stars team. TFA All Star coach, Micheal Lovett said that Hilder was an easy selection based on the work they’ve done together at an Australian level over the past cycle as coach and captain of the Australian Mixed Open team respectively. “She is a very good leader of males and females and younger up-and-coming players, as well as the more experienced players,” Lovett said. “She is getting towards the twilight of her career but doesn’t leave anything to chance. She is well prepared fitness-wise, she works on always improving and sets a good on-field example like at last year’s National Touch League where she guided the young New South Wales Scorpions team to the Elite Eight Women’s title.”“She is very passionate about where she has come from in her Touch Football career and always remembers who has helped her get to where she is. She is proud of the Australian crest she wears and instils that into her fellow athletes.”Hilder says that being named captain of the All Stars team is a great honour and that she cannot wait until next week’s game. “To be part of this inaugural Touch Football All Stars game is amazing. Just to be selected to play with some of the best talent currently in the game is overwhelming but then to get named as captain and lead this talent has made me speechless,” Hilder said.“Being named as a captain of any team is one of the greatest honours any athlete can receive and for me being named as the first captain of the NRL All Stars Touch Football side means so much to me and will be something I will never ever forget and a highlight of my career.”Indigenous All Stars coach, Phil Gyemore said that Touma and Watego were ‘both proud indigenous players who have progressed through the Touch Football High Performance program and into the Open teams’. “They are both really strong chances of playing in the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour and all players, not just Indigenous players, should be trying to follow in the footsteps of these young aspiring Touch Football players that would like to represent their country on home soil. They will be great leaders for the Indigenous All Stars team and are fully aware of the honour and what it means to lead this young but exciting Touch Football team on the Gold Coast.”Watego says she is ‘extremely excited’ to be named in the side and ‘truly humbled’ to be named co-captain. “Being fortunate enough to hold a position in this highly coveted team is something that I will never forget. It’s such a great honour and privilege to be selected to represent the Indigenous community whilst playing the sport I love. I really hope that this initiative will inspire both young Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Touch Footy players to get involved and pursue Touch be it socially or competitively.”“To me, there is no higher honour than representing your family and your people in the wider community and I know my co-captain Trent, my team mates and I will cherish this opportunity.”“It would be great to see this game become a permanent fixture in the Touch Football and NRL calendar! I just can’t wait to go into camp next week and prepare for what should be an exciting game of Touch Footy!”Touma says that the game will be one of the biggest honours of his sporting career. “To be noticed by selectors to represent the Indigenous All Star team and also my people is one of the biggest honours in my sporting career. The day I received a phone call from I could not answer with a big yes quick enough,” Touma said. “On top of being selected in this great team I was this week announced as captain alongside Marikki, a great talent in the game today. Being proud enough to represent my people but also captain this team will stay with me for a lifetime.” The game will be played at 3.00pm on Friday, 13 February. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au in the coming days to find out how you can watch the live stream of the game! Related LinksAll Stars Captains
Nova Scotia canoe and kayak athletes will benefit for years to come from a $500,000 contribution from the Department of Health Promotion and Protection to Canoe ’09 for course upgrades and a new starting system. The contribution to the event, officially known as the 2009 ICF World Senior Canoe Championships, comes from the department’s B-FIT program. It will help the host organization improve the Lake Banook course and to buy state-of-the-art starting equipment. “Our contribution will help ensure the success of Canoe ’09 and make a lasting contribution to help residents of Halifax Regional Municipality be healthier and more active,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “Nova Scotia has a proud canoeing and kayaking heritage. We are proud to support Canoe ’09 and its lasting legacies for sport and recreation in our province.” Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Helena Guergis, Secretary of State for Sport, announced a federal contribution of up to $2 million to host the championships. Chris Keevill, chair of Canoe ’09, said Nova Scotia is is well known as a host of international sporting events and Lake Banook is among the best natural race courses in the world. “Our investment will ensure that we maintain that reputation and enhance an already world-class venue where athletes can reach their full potential and shine in front of thousands of international and national visitors.” The province’s B-FIT program will invest $68 million over 10 years in the construction of sport and recreation infrastructure. This is in addition to the $3 million invested annually in recreation facility development grants.
MONTREAL — Health officials in Quebec have discovered that a woman who had been working as a nurse and caring for hospital patients for 20 years was an impostor.The health authority in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of eastern Quebec fired the woman this month from her position at the hospital in Jonquiere.The health authority said the woman managed to get hired and keep her job by providing the nursing license number of someone with the same name.Her ploy was discovered a few weeks ago when she enrolled in a training course. An official noticed that the age listed on her license number did not match up with her actual age.She was immediately suspended pending an investigation, which led to her dismissal.Before being exposed, the woman had worked in several departments of the hospital, including the operating room.The Canadian Press
Taroudant – Moroccan imam Abdelilah Ziyad, who was sentenced in France to eight years in prison in 1997 for plotting a terrorist attack in Morocco, has reportedly been a mentor to Omar Ismail Mostefai, one of the suicide bombers of the Bataclan carnage in Paris.Ziyad, convicted as the mastermind of the Marrakech bombings in 1994, is once again under the spotlight of the French media.Despite his “terrorist record,” the Moroccan imam has been preaching in a small neighborhood mosque in Troyes, Aube, under a false identity for at least two years, according to witnesses. Abdelilah Ziyad, was once identified as the Emir of the Movement of the Moroccan Islamic Youth, a movement opposing the Moroccan regime.He changed his name to Abdelkrim and lived in France using a false identity, despite being banned from the French territory, according to “Le Figaro”.When asked about his relationship with Omar IsmailMostefai, Ziyad said he knows the man just like any other guy in the neighborhood, adding that he is a “100 percent calm” man, but he was probably radicalized “through the internet.”According to his lawyer, Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse, Abdelilah Ziyad “totally belied to be the mentor of Mostefai”.Defending his client, Courcelle-Labrousse said that the imam “might have led prayers at that time” in the mosque of Chartres, adding that “[Ziyad] said he may have encountered the man, but in no case as a leader of a group in a closed circle where would have an educational role,” according to AFP.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Latest on Beverly Hills considering ban on most tobacco sales (all times local):11 p.m.The Beverly Hills City Council moved a huge step closer to banning almost all sales of tobacco in this Southern California enclave for the rich and famous.Council members unanimously agreed late Tuesday to send a proposed ordinance banning most tobacco sales back to their city staff with a request for a few minor changes, such as allowing guests in the city’s luxury hotels to acquire cigarettes through their concierge or room service.When those changes are made the council indicated it would pass the measure.A vote was scheduled for the council’s next meeting on May 21.11:50 a.m.Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the nation to enact such a ban.A draft ordinance going before the Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday evening would exempt only three existing high-end cigar lounges.A report prepared for the council cites the city’s advocacy of healthy living and outlines the extensive adverse effects of tobacco use.In addition to the cigar lounges, there are 25 active city permits for sales of tobacco and electronic cigarettes in grocery stores, gas stations, hotels, convenience stores and pharmacies.The report says there have been discussions on having small-business experts assist retailers in dealing with possible impacts on revenues.It found no data to determine an impact on tourism.The Associated Press
Bombardier Inc. is laying off 550 workers at its Thunder Bay, Ont. plant, according to a federal government source. More coming.The Canadian Press
UNHCR said it reached an agreement with the governments of Eritrea and Sudan to open a humanitarian corridor and enable return convoys to pass, after the border was closed following several months of tension. Under the terms of the resumed operation, Sudanese trucks will bring returnees to a transit point, from which they will be transferred on to Eritrean trucks. Authorities on both sides of the border, in collaboration with UNHCR, have prepared a temporary stopover point at the border to facilitate the transfer. Sheltered areas, water, food and a site for medical care have been set up.Yesterday, trucks picked up the first group of nearly 400 Eritrean refugees from a string of camps close to the border. They are expected to spend their first night back home at the transit centre before proceeding to their villages of origin. Returnees will receive an identity card and a reintegration package, which consists of a cash grant, basic household supplies and a three-month food package supplied by the World Food Programme (WFP).Before the suspension of the return programme last July, UNHCR aided the relocation of more than 50,000 Eritreans out of a total 103,000 who have returned home since May 2001. UNHCR now hopes to assist the return of hundreds of Eritrean refugees before mid-July when the rainy season begins. In another UNHCR repatriation effort, a five-truck convoy carrying 126 Somali refugees from Djibouti arrived yesterday at the border crossing between the two countries. They spent the night at Garbodadar, halfway between the border and the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa. They were scheduled to leave the overnight point before dawn today.Weather conditions permitting, UNHCR said it expects to assist the return of 5,000 Somali refugees from Djibouti.
Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 29, 2017), we’re bringing you a conversation from FiveThirtyEight’s basketball squad: Hot Takedown regular Neil Paine is joined by Kyle Wagner and Chris Herring to help make sense of the latest developments surrounding this month’s trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the groundbreaking trade, the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round pick are slated to go to the Cavs while Kyrie Irving would head to Boston. However, amid concern about Thomas’s health, the trade has stalled. What would the trade mean, and what might happen next? We discuss.Here are the links discussed during the show:After news of the trade broke, Chris Herring wrote about the deal, which is unprecedented.Kyle Wagner reasoned that the Celtics didn’t mortgage their future in the deal — they insured it.ESPN’s Chris Forsberg argued that despite concerns about Thomas’s hip, Boston should not sweeten the deal. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code
Gabriel Resources has expanded its commitment to corporate social responsibility by adopting the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational enterprises. The OECD guidelines, one of the world’s foremost corporate responsibility instruments, contain voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct.The OECD guidelines are the means through which the OECD seeks to integrate core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption into its work on international investment so as to help the OECD advance its mission of enhancing the contribution of investment to growth and sustainable development. The guidelines aim to promote the positive contributions multinational enterprises can make to economic, environmental and social progress.The OECD guidelines are the only multilaterally endorsed and comprehensive code of conduct that governments are committed to promoting. The 37 countries that now adhere to the guidelines are the source of most of the world’s foreign direct investment. Both Canada and Romania adhere to and actively promote the guidelines. The Government of Romania formally adopted the OECD declaration on international investment and multinational enterprises in April 2005.“We often hear from critics of globalization that internationalization will lead to a ‘race to the bottom’, where companies look for the least restrictive rules and regulations,” said Gabriel President and CEO Alan Hill. “But the fact is that globalization, when it encourages companies to play to the highest international standards, can be a race to the top.”Gabriel’s adoption of the guidelines expands its existing commitment to corporate social responsibility, with a clear example of that commitment being the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared for the development of the proposed new mine at Rosia Montana in western Romania. Gabriel’s EIA is in compliance with all Romanian and EU legislation, as well as international best practices, with respect to mining projects. As set forth in the OECD guidelines, the Rosia Montana project does not seek any relief or exemption from legislative requirements regarding environmental matters. “Our Rosia Montana project complies with the most stringent standards applicable to a mining enterprise,” continued Hill. “We have designed Rosia Montana to meet EU and international standards from day one – and when Romanian standards are more stringent than the comparable EU or international standards, we’ll be governed by the Romanian standards.
Monday 19 Jun 2017, 12:05 AM http://jrnl.ie/3439442 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share186 Tweet Email It is understood gardaí are now investigating these claims and are keen to speak to this woman who identified herself only as ‘Sr Aaliya’.Gardaí have sought to reassure the public that they are prepared for a potential attack, though they do not believe one is likely to be carried out. Deputy Commissioner John Twomey told reporters recently that gardaí conducted a “paper exercise” to test their response times to an incident in Dublin city centre.“We are happy we would have nine armed units in the city centre and that a response would have been a similar time to that of the UK,” he said.The government is now considering establishing an Irish version of the UK’s Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) committee.This committee would be made up of ministers, senior civil servants and intelligence chiefs and it would meet in response to national emergencies with the aim of effectively responding to a crisis and coordinating the government response as quickly as possible.Read: Secret dates and private school lessons: how Syria’s Raqa resisted years of IS rule>Read: Islamic State claims responsibility for London Bridge terror attack> Jun 19th 2017, 12:05 AM 20,573 Views By Michelle Hennessy 42 Comments Subscribe for more videos Short URL THERE HAS BEEN a surge in interest in Islamic State propaganda magazines from Irish internet users recently, as data trends show 150 searches for these publications in one week this month.Though these numbers remain small, counter terrorism researcher Tom O’Connor has expressed concern this week as he highlighted the growing interest.O’Connor compiled a report on searches for these magazines for the Irish Muslim Peace Integration Council. He said the peaks in Irish searches appear to correlate with release dates for the two magazines, Dabiq and Rumiyah.The analyst described the publications as “high quality propaganda”.“They justify attacks in the past, like Paris, basically saying why they were done and why it’s right. It’s really glorifying fighting for Islamic State,” he told TheJournal.ie.All of the soldiers are made to look really cool and it shows their brotherhood and how they’re comrades. They’ve actually taken covers from some popular Playstation games and put ISIS fighters into them, appealing to teenagers.An analysis of searches for these magazines on Google Trends shows there was a large peak in Ireland in interest in Dabiq back in November 2015, the week after the Paris attacks at a concert hall, stadium, restaurants and bars that left 130 people dead.There was also increased interest in this magazine in October last year, with almost 300 searches over the month.Searches dropped off since then until last week, when there were 50 searches for Dabiq magazine.The data shows searches for Rumiyah, the name of the newer and lesser-known publication, also peaked that week. There were 100 searches by Irish users for this term the week starting 4 June.UK data also shows a much higher proportion of searches in Northern Ireland than in the mainland.‘Linked to serious figures’O’Connor said he first started researching the online activity of Islamic extremists in Ireland in 2015 and this ideology has “now grown significantly” here.He said there are a number of extremists Facebook groups that Irish users post in or are members of.“All of these people are linked and there are groups in the main college here, all networked with one another. The scary thing is that these groups with Irish members, they’re linked to serious figures in the UK,” O’Connor said.“It’s like peeling back an onion. You’ll have lots of people here, all linked, and one serious fundamentalist guy who’s tied to someone in the UK.”Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri, the imam of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, publicly called out members of one of theses groups, posting screengrabs on Twitter.This Facebook group, which had hundreds of members, has since been deleted.Al-Qadri has warned that extremists are targeting vulnerable young Muslims in Ireland and urged the government to consider putting in place a system for ‘deradicalisation training’.Arrests in IrelandIn recent months there have been a number of arrests in Ireland relating to terrorism activities or individuals involved in extremism.A man was charged in Waterford in April as part of an investigation into the alleged funding of terrorism. More recently, two men were arrested in Limerick and Wexford after they were found with documentation linking them to Rachid Reduane, one of the London attackers.There were fresh claims about extremist activity in Ireland at a press conference attended by TheJournal.ie at the Islamic Educational and Cultural Centre in Blanchardstown last week.A Limerick woman who claimed she spent time with Islamic extremists here told reporters that Kuram Shazad Butt, one of the three men who carried out the recent attack on London Bridge, visited this country several times. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Irish internet users show increasing interest in Islamic State propaganda magazines These publications justify recent attacks in Europe and glorify terrorism.
A memorial service for Brian Willoughby has been set for 3:30 p.m. May 21 at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Additional details are being worked out.Willoughby, a local community activist and former Columbian reporter, died in a fire in his home in west Vancouver on March 28.Investigators have determined that the fire was an accidental, electrical fire, according to the Vancouver fire marshal. A cause of death for Willoughby will likely take several more weeks for the Clark County Medical Examiner to determine, pending toxicology results.