Amid widespread criticism from the Opposition, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched a programme called “Mu Hero-Mu Odisha” (I am Hero-I am Odisha), aimed at identifying and giving recognition to “young achievers” of the State. The Opposition has termed the “controversial” programme another political gimmick of the ruling BJD.
Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWendell Comboy caught fire when it mattered the most, towing Far Eastern University to the first ever UAAP Season 80 men’s 3×3 basketball title with a 21-13 victory over University of the East Sunday at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.The third-year point guard uncorked 10 points, while perfectly partnering with Richard Escoto for the title-clinching bucket with 2:06 remaining as the Tamaraws ruled the men’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Meanwhile, NU displayed their dominance in the halfcourt, topping Adamson, 15-6, to reign in the women’s division.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsRia Nabalan carried the Lady Bulldogs with seven points, while Afril Bernardino got four markers.Jack Animam added three points, while Annick Tiky had one in the victory.The Lady Falcons went to Nathalia Prado, who had three markers in the runner-up finish.NU eviscerated Ateneo, 10-5 in its Final Four date, while Adamson downed UST, 15-8 to set up the titular clash.ADVERTISEMENT UE upsets Adamson for 1st win Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Escoto had five markers, Ken Tuffin got four points, while Michael John Casiño got a pair for FEU.Alvin Pasaol put the Red Warriors on his shoulders with 10 points in a losing effort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutComboy’s hot streak wasn’t only prevalent in the finals as he was also pivotal in the Tamaraws’ 15-12 win over La Salle in the Final Four.The Red Warriors, on the other hand, rode Pasaol to clinch its ticket to the finals with a 19-16 thriller over National University.
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi once again lived up to his reputation as the greatest footballer of his generation by inspiring the Catalans to a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night.Messi netted twice, including the winner at injury time, which was also his 500th goal for Barca, who are now level at the top with Real on 75 points. Barcelona leads on the head-to-head tiebreaker but Madrid has six games left in the La Liga – one more than Barcelona. (Lionel Messi is an honour for us and a blessing for Barcelona: Andres Iniesta)It was another outstanding performance by Messi, who played part of the game with a bloodied mouth after colliding with Madrid left back Marcelo’s elbow.Messi’s arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo also had a few chances coming his way but the Portuguese playmaker couldn’t really cash in on them and was visibly upset with his own performance even after the fantastic support he got from the home crowd. (Is Zinedine Zidane underutilising the bench strength of Real Madrid FC?)Messi has in the past overshadowed Ronaldo in Clasico encounters and he did it yet again in Madrid last night. He has scored 14 goals in his last 10 league matches, and is the competition’s leading scorer with 31 goals, seven more than teammate Luis Suarez. The Argentine playmaker has 47 goals with Barcelona in 46 games this season.Messi vs Ronaldo in El Clasico over the years:24 April, 2017: Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 3Messi’s winner at the Bernabeu came after Sergio Roberto made a great run from Barcelona’s defense, leading to Alba’s low pass across the area as Messi came charging to one-touch the ball into the corner past the diving Keylor Navas.advertisementMessi’s first goal came after he got past Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal with a run inside the area after picking up a pass by Ivan Rakitic outside the box in the 33rd. He is the all-time leading scorer in the Clasico with 23 goals.Messi had not scored in the Clasico in three years but he more than made up for the goal-drought in this encounter and lead his team to victory.2 April, 2016: Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2Last year it was Cristiano Ronaldo who had the better outing in the Clasico when Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-1 at the Nou Camp to snap end the Catalans’ 39-match unbeaten run.Once again Real were down to 10 men with captain Sergio Ramos being sent off but and with the match tied at 1-1 after Karim Benzema and Gerard Pique scored once each for Real and Barca respectively. Ronaldo, who had little impact on the match up until then, converted a Gareth Bale cross on the far end of the post and shot past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to grab the winner in the dying moments of the match, handing Zinedine Zidane his maiden win in his first match as Real coach. It was also Ronaldo’s 42nd goal of the season.23 March, 2014: Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 4One of Lionel Messi’s best performances came in the El Classico at the Santiago Bernabeu when he scored his second hat-trick against Real Madrid to stun the home crowd.The three goals helped Messi reach the 21-goal mark against Real as he surpassed Alfredo Di Stefano’s record of 18 goals in the Clasico as Barcelona won a seven-goal thriller and closed the gap on Real to just one point in the La Liga.Twice Barcelona came from behind after Karim Benzema’s brace in the first-half and Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty strike in the second-half as both teams played out one of the most entertaining Clasico’s in recent times.7 October, 2012: Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 2As well as being a potential title decider, the Clasico at Nou Camp in 2012 between the bitter rivals served up the latest installment in the goal-scoring drama featuring record-setting marksmen Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.It was as if Ronaldo and Messi were competing in a match of their own with the rest of the players from either side playing supporting roles. Both the superstars scored two goals each with Ronaldo putting Real in the lead in the 22nd minute which was then cancelled out by Messi in the 31st minute.It was then Messi who put Barca in the lead in the second-half but the joy was shortlived as Ronaldo equalised six minute later to secure a 2-2 draw for Real at the Nou Camp.
Everton’s campaign suffered another blow when it could only draw with Apollon 2-2 at home in Group E.Everton rallied to 2-1 ahead and looked set to rebound from its previous 3-0 loss to Atalanta. Apollon looked buried when Valentin Roberge was sent off for a stamp in the 86th minute. But two minutes later, Hector Yuste headed home a free kick to salvage a draw at Goodison Park.Atalanta leads Group E with four points following a 1-1 draw at Lyon, and Everton remains on the bottom with one point.Patrick Cutrone scored the match-winner deep into stoppage time for Milan against Rijeka.Milan looked in control at 2-0 with Andre Silva’s fourth goal in two group matches. But Rijeka scored twice in six minutes at the end.After AEK Athens drew with Austria Vienna 2-2 in the other Group D match, Milan has a two-point lead over of AEK.—-Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for Arsenal as the Gunners beat BATE Borisov 4-2 to go two-for-two in Europa League group play on Thursday.Arsenal rested nine front-line players including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette for the English Premier League and still had enough firepower at a venue usually hostile to visitors. Within 25 minutes, Arsenal was a decisive 3-0 up through two goals by Theo Walcott and Rob Holding.Giroud sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot in the second half.“Welcome to the 100 club!” tweeted Walcott, who has scored 107 for Arsenal.Arsenal leads Group H with six points, two ahead of Red Star Belgrade which won at Cologne 1-0.Mirko Ivanic and Mikhail scored for BATE, the Belarus champion.AC Milan scored four minutes into overtime to edge Rijeka of Croatia 3-2, and Everton was held by Apollon at home to 2-2.Lazio won a second straight Group K game after beating Zulte Waregem 2-0, while Marseille lost at Salzburg 1-0.In Borisov, Jack Wilshere broke down the left and provided a perfect cross for Walcott to net from close range in the ninth minute, just a minute after he hit the post.BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski blundered in the 22nd when his clearance found Walcott at the edge of the area to score his second with a low shot.Just three minutes later, Holding scored his first goal for Arsenal following a corner kick.Ivanic reduced the deficit for the hosts with a header, Giroud restored the three-goal margin, and Gordeichuk finished off the scoring.NO CHEERS FOR LAZIOLazio won in an empty home stadium, UEFA punishment for when its fans racially abused a Sparta Prague player in 2016. Lazio beat Zulte Waregem of Belgium 2-0 thanks to Felipe Caicedo’s first-half header and substitute Ciro Immobile’s last-minute goal.LIGHTS OUT IN NICEThe Nice-Vitesse match was suspended in the second half for more than 15 minutes due to floodlight failure. Nice was already up 2-0. When the lights came back on, Alassane Plea scored his second. Nice, like Lazio, has two wins in Group K.OTHER GROUPSMarseille’s loss at Salzburg was its first in six games in Europe this season, and Zenit St. Petersburg defeated Real Sociedad 3-1 to make it two wins from two and a three-point lead in Group L.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Hong Kong wicket-keeper Chris Carter has announced his retirement from international cricket in order to pursue a career as a pilot.21-year-old Carter was last seen in action for Hong Kong in the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates, where he scored 5 runs from two outings.Carter has decided to move to Australia, where he grew up, in order to attend flight school.”I already put my studies on hold before but I think it’s time to do what I’ve always wanted to do, and that is to become a pilot,” Carter, who was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Perth, told South China Morning Post.”It is difficult to be a cricketer in Hong Kong given the lack of funding. People within CHK (Cricket Hong Kong) work so hard to try and allow us to play on a full-time basis.”The likes of Mark Wright and Simon Cook really do their best, but they are not supported well enough by the government or the ICC,” Carter added.Carter made his debut for Hong Kong in 2015 and played 11 one-day internationals for the team scoring 114 runs with a highest score of 43. He also featured in 10 T20Is and five first-class matches.Carter played his final game against India in their Asia Cup opener on September 18 in which he scored 3 runs as Hong Kong came agonisingly close to causing a major upset in this edition of the tournament.India had posted 285 for 7 on the board batting first and managed to stop Hong Kong just 26 runs short of the target thanks to their outstanding opening stand of 174 runs between Nizakat Khan (92) and captain Anshuman Rath (73). India went on the lift their 7th Asia Cup title after beating Bangladesh in the final last Friday.advertisementHong Kong’s first loss against Pakistan meant that they crashed out of the competition in the group stage following the defeat against India.Carter left for Adelaide where he will train for 55 weeks in his hopes of becoming a second officer with Cathay Pacific.”It is difficult for other members of the Hong Kong team, some of them who do not really have qualifications,” he said.Carter however, plans to return to Hong Kong in the future and make himself available for senior selection but his work would take priority.(With agency inputs)
Real Madrid’s forwards have failed to fill the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric said on Monday. The Croatian, speaking ahead of Real’s Champions League last-16, second-leg clash with Ajax on Tuesday, said his team lacked consistency and goals this season.Madrid failed to score in two Clasicos against Barcelona last week, being eliminated from the Copa del Rey and falling 12 points behind the Catalan league leaders, leaving retaining the Champions League as their only hope of glory.Ronaldo, the European champions’ all-time top scorer, left in July to join Juventus and Madrid signed young attackers Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz but no big-name forward to replace the Portuguese.”The absence of Cristiano is something every team would feel; to find a replacement for Cristiano is almost impossible,” Modric told reporters.”Given what he did for us and this club, we miss Cristiano. The club wanted the other players to make up for what he did, divided between the strikers and that is not easy.”Cristiano scored 50 goals and you can’t find someone today who scores that many. Some of us have to take a step forward and, while not scoring 50, what we need is two or three players who score 15, 20, or 10 goals and we don’t have that.”That is our biggest problem this year. For example against Barca in the cup we had many chances and when you don’t take advantage your opponent punishes you.”The club tried, and it seems good, putting faith in other players like Gareth (Bale), (Marco) Asensio, Karim (Benzema); they brought in Mariano, Vinicius is here.advertisement”(Vinicius) is doing very well for the age he is but sometimes things don’t go how we wanted them to.”Vinicius Junior has been Madrid’s driving force over the past few weeks but the 18-year-old has scored only three goals this season.Club record signing Bale has 13 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions, while top scorer Benzema has netted 20 from 42.Madrid hold a 2-1 lead over Ajax from the first leg and coach Santiago Solari hopes the team can be more accurate in front of goal as they bid to seal their progress to the quarter-finals.”Cristiano is living history at the club and all he’s done for the club is shown in the trophy cabinets; wt for him,” said the coach.e have maximum respec”Those of us who are here are working the best we can, to attack better, to score more goals, to do our job. It’s true we’ve had a lot of chances in recent games, and we have to finish them.”Also Read | Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar hints at future move to Real MadridAlso Read | Ivan Rakitic gives Barcelona second El Clasico win in four days at Real Madrid
From Tim Brando to Dave Hunziker to Bennie Fowler, nearly everyone has weighed in on the controversial “loss” Oklahoma State suffered over the weekend, thanks to one of the biggest officiating gaffes in college football history.During Bob Stoops press conference earlier on Monday, he also had a thought about the ending of the game, saying he thought Mike Gundy made a “good call.”“I’m not disagreeing with Mike Gundy,” Stoops said. “I thought it was a good call, what he did. When we do it we run a receiver down the boundary and try to do the same thing. Bottom line is, it’s the right thing to do when ruled correctly.”Here’s Bob Stoops on the controversial ending to the #OKState game. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/q6dIiQUdxQ— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) September 12, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Michy Batshuayi Batshuayi: SpongeBob and Batman helped me sign for Dortmund Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:50 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty/Goal Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund Köln v Borussia Dortmund Köln Chelsea Bundesliga Premier League The Belgium international left Chelsea for Germany on deadline day in an initial loan agreement, with yellow and black influencing that decision Michy Batshuayi has revealed how Batman and Spongebob influenced his decision to swap Chelsea for Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day.The Belgian international striker was among those forced to wait until the final hours of the January window before seeing their future resolved.With regular game time denied him in England, a winter move was always on the cards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Eventually, all of the pieces fell into place as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s £55 million switch from Dortmund to Arsenal allowed Olivier Giroud to head for Stamford Bridge and Batshuayi to pack his bags for Germany .The 24-year-old is delighted to have got his move and joked with reporters that the opportunity to don his favourite colours was too good to turn down, saying: “I love black and yellow.”Black and yellow is Batman, black and yellow is Spongebob!”Batshuayi, who regularly refers to himself as “Batsman” on social media, has made an instant impression at his new club, having joined Dortmund on an initial loan agreement.That deal includes the option for a permanent transfer to be pushed through, and two goals on his debut against Cologne on Friday suggests such talks will be held.He has been taken to Signal Iduna Park to fill the boots of the departed Aubameyang, but comparisons with a prolific Gabonese frontman mean little to Batshuayi at this stage.“I’m a striker too, we both want to score goals,” he added.Batshuayi’s efforts against Cologne helped Dortmund to a hard-fought 3-2 win, with Peter Stoger expressing his delight afterwards at seeing a new recruit make a “dream” start to life in new surroundings.90mns, two goals, an assist & a great victory dream debut with @BVB #BatsmanBack pic.twitter.com/8qHKvlvSYa — Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) February 2, 2018 He said: “We lost an extraordinary forward. And what I already said was that on the last day we got a new player who has goalscoring skills.”He has not been getting much playing time lately and that is why he wanted to move and he wants to have more time on the pitch with us.”We needed such a player for our squad. That the game went like this is like a dream for him and for everyone involved.”It feels very good for him and to everyone so he can feel comfortable here very fast.”But I think we all saw that, independent from the goals, he will be an important player for us.”
Luciano Spalletti insists he retains the full support of his Inter squad despite the Nerazzurri slipping to a shock 1-0 defeat to Bologna in Serie A.For the third successive league match Inter failed to score, let alone win, as Federico Santander gave Sinisa Mihajlovic victory on his return to Bologna.The pressure is growing on Spalletti and he was jeered by sections of the San Siro crowd during Sunday’s game, though he is adamant he can rectify the situation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “The team is with me and as far as I’m concerned, I don’t have any issues there,” he said.”We created problems for ourselves today. Even when we should’ve been comfortable or were in a position to score. “You then lose confidence in your own ability and if the level of insecurity grows, you start to make mistakes, while the opposition can score.”It takes a strong character to react, and we must improve on this.FT #InterBologna 0-1The Rossoblu secure a narrow win at the Meazza. pic.twitter.com/Bj6wRTx3rb— Inter (@Inter_en) February 3, 2019″Every time we fall beneath the standards that we’ve set, we even make the most basic of errors. “The football wasn’t fluid but we still had three clear chances to take the lead. At times, one chance would’ve been enough but we didn’t manage to score and then you start trying to force it too much.”And when asked about the reaction from some of the home support, Spalletti was not too concerned, insisting the paying public were perfectly within their rights to express their opinions.”Whistles don’t change anything in my attitude,” he added. “The fans deserve better, because this is Inter.”Serious responses are needed with what we do on the pitch and how we think.”
STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 21: The Mississippi State Bulldogs move down the field against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half of an NCAA football game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Justin Rogers, a Michigan native, is the top guard in the class of 2020. 247Sports ranks him as his state’s top player as well, and the No. 30 overall player in the 2020 class.The Oak Park star took to Twitter earlier this week to announce the five schools still in his recruitment. Rogers revealed the Michigan Wolverines are still in the hunt to land the top recruit from the state.The Wolverines aren’t alone.Rogers revealed five finalists: Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee.However, after a productive conversation with one head coach, Rogers revealed there’s another school at the top on his list. Rogers spoke with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and it appears the Crimson Tide head coach wants Rogers on the team.Rogers revealed a new top six, including Alabama.Wow… Just had an amazing conversation with Coach Saban. I officially have a new top 6. Roll Tide!! 💯— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) May 9, 2019The Kentucky Wildcats, coming off their best season in a years, are the favorite, at least per 247Sports’ crystal ball. 48-percent of the predictions have him heading to UK.However, after Saban made his feelings known, the Crimson Tide could emerge as the favorites to land the four-star recruit.When announcing his top five earlier this week, Rogers revealed he plans to make his decision on Monday, May 20.Stay tuned for his announcement.
The Supervised School Intervention Programme by the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) was born out of concern for the well-being of youngsters who have been suspended from school and were often observed partaking in idle activities for the suspension period.The initiative, brainchild of DRF Network Manager Sharon Young Palmer, was started at the Foundation’s Spanish Town Peace and Justice Centre in 2006 and later expanded to the peace and justice centres in St. James, Clarendon, St. Catherine and Kingston. “I conceptualised the Supervised School Intervention Programme because it was my observation that students were suspended from school and were sent home for a period, but they had no treatment for what led to the suspension and so the behavioural problems continued,” Mrs. Young Palmer said. “So I thought it would be good to have a programme that would assist the youths in understanding their responsibility as young citizens and as students. It was about us just helping them to understand their responsibilities better and to know what they need to do to become good and productive citizens,” she added.She said that the initial stages of the programme highlighted the root cause of certain antisocial, maladaptive and disrespectful behaviour which usually leads to the suspension of students. These included underlying challenges from circumstances such as loss of a parent, untreated trauma, parental separation, as well as academic and intellectual difficulties at school.“It became necessary for us to solicit support from guidance counsellors in the schools. They would volunteer an hour or two and they would be matched with students from schools other than their own and gave great assistance in treating some of the conditions,” Mrs. Young Palmer said.Students doing practicum in social work and guidance counselling were also engaged as a part of the programme to help to identify, treat with the challenges and make referrals.She further noted that a component of the programme is geared at rapport building, achieved through techniques introduced in the playing of games such as chess and dominoes. “So you help them learn how to get along with each other, to have friendly rivalry, to learn how to lose…to understand that you don’t have to win all the time but you can be a good sport,” Mrs. Young Palmer said.Art classes, done through support from volunteer teachers, are also used as a form of therapy to help the youngsters.She said the programme also conducts parenting sessions to ensure parents have a clearer understanding of the experiences of their children and are prepared to provide support.“One thing we do is say to the students that this is their place, their home away from home. They are always welcomed and are encouraged to come by after school, where they can socialise with each other,” the Network Manager said, adding that during these visits, facilitators can interact with the students and assess their progress.One 13-year-old Windward Road Primary and Junior High School student who was suspended after getting into a fight hailed the programme for helping her deal with her anger problems, and teaching her ways to prevent conflict with her peers.A 15-year-old Haile Selassie High student, who was twice suspended and became a part of the programme, further noted that the initiative helped her to manage peer pressure and make better decisions.“When I came to the Foundation and I told them what happened, I think they were able to look at it in a different way and help me deal with it,” she said in an interview with JIS News.Approximately 5,000 students have been engaged in the programme at all the centres combined.“I am really feeling good. I am satisfied that we introduced this programme to the schools and the wider community…and it’s heart-warming and I am motivated to continue. When you have students coming in now who can say how good the programme was for them and how it helped them make the decision to change their behaviour [that is very meaningful],” Mrs. Young Palmer said.The Citizen Security and Justice Programme III (CSJPIII) provides support for the programme, including meals and transportation for participants.
NANAIMO, B.C. – A valuable piece of sports memorabilia has been recovered by RCMP in Nanaimo, B.C., after a group of men accused of breaking into vehicles was arrested.Const. Gary O’Brien says a Stanley Cup ring from the 1930s engraved with the name of one of the original teams playing in the National Hockey League was among the items found by police.The RCMP is withholding the team name.O’Brien says the lawful owner of the ring should be able to identify the team when contacting police to retrieve it.Seven different teams won the Stanley Cup between 1930 and 1939, including repeat victories for the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings.The ring was among a range of items seized by police including perfume and cellphones on Friday as they arrested three men.
Woodcraft Rangers, the leader in after-school programs for Los Angeles at-risk youth, proudly celebrates their 90th Anniversary with a dinner, silent auction and entertainment on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles. Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.Actor, producer and director Dennis Haysbert will be an award presenter. One of the awards will be presented to Academy Award nominee for Best Actress for her role in the 2009 movie Precious, Gabourey Sidibe, for being an inspiration to today’s teens. Musical guests included a special performance by Scott Shriner from the hit band Weezer.“I’m really proud to be honored by Woodcraft Rangers,” said Sidibe. “Being able to inspire teens is really important to me. I’m excited to be a part of this great evening. Kids are my jam!”“Woodcraft Rangers gives youth the amazing chance to express themselves through music — this is a priceless gift,” said Shriner. “I’m thrilled to be performing with one of the talented kids who has benefitted from this great program. The 90th Anniversary celebration is a great way for people to get involved and have a blast.”“Woodcraft Rangers is literally shaping the lives of over 6,000 students every day,” said Sedgwick. “This organization provides an outlet for otherwise at-risk youth to follow their passions, everything from technology to music and from dance to the arts.”“We are very excited about our fundraising event this year,” said Woodcraft Rangers CEO Chris Johnson. “We have so much enthusiasm, passion and commitment this year from a lot of people who believe in our mission. All the funds raised at the dinner and auction will go to our Nvision program, which is one the most successful after-school programs in Los Angeles.”Since 1922, Woodcraft Rangers has provided innovative after-school programs to underserved youth in the greater Los Angeles area. These programs operate on 60 public school campuses and reach over 15,000 students annually by helping children, across all grade levels, mature into healthy, productive adults through positive experiences and age-appropriate challenges. Woodcraft Rangers serves at-risk youth in neighborhoods where access to positive, structured activities is limited and kids are left with little or no adult supervision during non-school hours. Woodcraft Rangers offers a positive alternative to the boredom and negative peer pressures that can lead to juvenile delinquency.The organization promotes self-discovery and supports academic achievement by involving youth in experiences that engage the imagination, stimulate thinking, uncover talents and reveal potential. WR’s signature after-school program is Nvision. Nvision consists of school-based afterschool club for youth designed to promote academic, social, and physical development with activities that include cooking, etiquette, jewelry making, drawing and painting, and computer skills.Within Nvision program is the youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education component that was singled out by Senator Barbara Boxer, the Afterschool Caucus Chair, in a speech on the Senate Floor recently stating, “Woodcraft Rangers exposes middle school students to cutting-edge STEM activities, including robotics. This highly engaging program allows students to configure high-tech robotics, enhancing their STEM skills, unlocking their imaginations, and exposing them to real-world problem- solving situations.”Recognition events, to which parents, faculty, and other youth are invited to celebrate participants’ accomplishments, are held at regularly. These events may include an exhibit, team competition, performance, or awards ceremony. WR also provides field trips to educational, cultural, and recreational venues. For more information on Woodcraft Rangers, click here.The event starts at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes at 501 N. Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles. For more details about the event and to purchase tickets, click here.
Singapore firms will also be allowed to bid for Government procurement projects by selected large government entities and state-owned enterprises. (Colombo Gazette) The deal guarantees tariff-free access for Singapore exports to Sri Lanka on 80 per cent of all tariff lines for 15 years. The FTA between Sri Lanka and Singapore was signed in January this year. Singapore already applies a zero tariff rate for 99 per cent of the items listed in the tariff schedule for Sri Lankan exports to Singapore.The deal also covers services, with the two countries committing to allow greater access in each other’s markets for professional, environmental, construction, tourism and travel-related services. Government doctors are to stage a token strike tomorrow against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Singapore.The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said that the strike will commence at 8am tomorrow and will be a one day strike.
“At this difficult time when people across many parts of South Sudan are struggling to cope with flooding, I want to express my appreciation to the humanitarian community and Government for the response efforts so far,” the Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Chris Nikoi, said in a statement issued over the weekend. Mr. Nikoi said the response will continue as new areas are accessed with partners overcoming massive challenges. “Food, household materials, water and sanitation and medical assistance are being transported by any available means,” he stated, noting that 60 per cent of roads have become impassable, with many flooded areas only accessible by air, making humanitarian response expensive. Media reports say that the Government estimates that about 37,000 households were affected by the floods, with Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states reportedly worst hit.“Humanitarians appreciate the Government’s leadership and proactive efforts in responding to the needs of flood-affected people across the country, including the establishment of a flood response fund and task force at national level,” said Mr. Nikoi. “This commitment will help complement efforts to ease the suffering of flood-affected people.”
Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, was speaking after signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UN’s head of Operational Support, (DOS) Atul Khare, acknowledging Liberia’s contribution of a Force Protection Company to MINUSMA. The 105-strong contingent, consists of 105 peacekeepers who have been serving in the key base of Timbuktu, since October 2016.👍Today Liberia formally transitioned to be a troop contributing country to @UNPeacekeeping UN Operational Support Chief 🇺🇳and Ambassador Kemayah 🇱🇷 signed a MoU acknowledging Liberia’s contribution to @UN_MINUSMA THANK YOU Liberia ‼️ @UN @LibMissionUN 🙏 🌍🕊️ pic.twitter.com/c2Tt24poOT— UN Department of Operational Support (@UN_OpSupport) July 23, 2019 For decades, Liberia was a host nation for ‘blue helmets’ rather than a provider of peacekeeping troops, beginning in 1993, including a Peacekeeping Mission that was based in the country between September 2003, and March last year. That month, UN chief António Guterres welcomed the full drawdown of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and congratulated its people for turning the page on crisis and conflict. A total of 202 peacekeepers lost their lives, in the aftermath of two devastating civil wars, between 1989 and 2003.Under-Secretary-General Khare said during the signing ceremony on Tuesday that “Liberia’s path to peace demonstrates the clear positive impact of UN peacekeeping as a country that moved from conflict to stability and today is a key partner in assisting other countries in need”. Tribute paid to fallen Liberian peacekeeperAt the signing, the UN also paid tribute to the service and sacrifice of Liberian peacekeeper Ousmane Ansu Sherif, who lost his life in an attack on a MINUSMA camp in Timbuktu, in May 2017.Ambassador Kemayah, who took up his post last September, said the signing was “immensely significant, as it mutually reinforces the commitment between the Government of Liberia through the Armed Forces of Liberia and the United Nations to the peacekeeping initiatives in MINUSMA.”He further stressed that the MoU would “enhance the capacity of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to adequately provide personnel, equipment and services in support of its Military Mission in Mali; and to be better prepared to contribute more fully to the concerted and collective peacekeeping objectives of MINUSMA.”Liberia contributes 118 uniformed personnel (of which 10.6% are female) who serve in MINUSMA, and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Currently, the UN has 321 active MOUs with 80 countries. The Department of Operational Support hosts these agreements on behalf of the Organization.The Department of Operational Support, created on 1 January this year, as part of the UN Secretary-General’s management reform, provides a one stop-shop to all UN Member States providing Uniformed Capabilities to Peacekeeping Operations, mobilizing and sustaining operations, including in some of the world’s most complex, dangerous and volatile environments.
Updated at 7.53pmTHE SOUTH AFRICAN President Jacob Zuma has confirmed Nelson Mandela will be afforded a state funeral to take place Sunday week, 15 December.Mandela is to lie in state at the seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, between next Wednesday and Friday, he added. The political icon is to be laid to rest in his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.South Africa has declared a period of mourning all next week, beginning on Sunday with a “national day of prayer and reflection”.Áras an Uachtarain has confirmed tonight that President Michael D Higgins will fly out for the State Memorial Service, to be be held in Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Tuesday.The White House also confirmed US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will travel to South Africa in the coming days to pay their respects.Press Secretary Jay Carney said they would “participate in memorial events” for the iconic leader, who died yesterday at the age of 95.Political leaders, royalty and famous figures from the worlds of music, sports and entertainment are expected to travel to South Africa in the coming days ahead of what’s likely to be one of the most important funerals of recent decades.Jimmy Burns from Sandyford signs the book of condolence for former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela at the Mansion House [Photocall Ireland]There was a steady stream of people turning out at the Mansion House in Dublin today, where Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn opened a book of condolence to mark Mandela’s passing.The book will be open again tomorrow and on Sunday, between 10am and 5pm. It will then be moved and opened at the South African Ambassador’s Residence at Shrewsbury Road, Ballsbridge.Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin will also open a book of condolence tomorrow. The Cathedral is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 10.30am and 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Sunday.A book of condolence has also been opened at City Hall in Cork. In Limerick, books are open at County Hall in Dooradoyle and at City Hall on Merchant’s Quay.International reactionThe news of Mandela’s death was featured on all the front pages around the world, while messages of tribute flooded in from international statesmen such as Obama, David Cameron, and President Michael D Higgins.From Beijing to Kiev to London, members of the public offered spontaneous celebrations of Mandela’s life to sit alongside official displays of mourning.A statue of Mandela outside the British parliament was the focus for one of the biggest tributes, while mourners left floral offerings at South African embassies around the globe in a sign of his far-reaching influence.People also left South Africa scarves, candles and portraits at the foot of the huge bronze statue. One woman taped a picture of Mandela to the stone plinth next to where his name is carved.One card read: “Thank you for the sacrifices you made for all of us”, while another said: “May God shine light on your homecoming in heaven. Rest in Peace Mr Mandela.”London Mayor Boris Johnson declared that the square was “now a garden of remembrance for those wanting to leave floral tributes.”Hundreds of people lined up to pay tributes at South Africa House, the country’s embassy in London, which sits on the corner of the famed Trafalgar Square.Half mastMany countries, such as Government Buildings in Dublin, ordered their flags to be flown at half mast, as did the European Union in Brussels.Flags are flown at half mast at Leinster House today [Niall Carson/PA Images]In Ukraine, where protesters angered by the government’s decision to reject a historic deal with the EU have taken over the main square in Kiev, one demonstrator hailed Mandela’s influence.“For Ukraine he is a symbol of democracy and equality between all nations and races. He was a major figure, we respect him,” said Viktor, 58.In the Chinese capital Beijing, people left huge wreaths of flowers outside the South African embassy. College students also left bunches of yellow flowers by a photo of Mandelaset up in Hengyang, central Hunan province.In Paris, an enormous portrait of Mandela was displayed on the facade of the Quai d’Orsay, the palatial 19th-century building that houses the French foreign ministry on the banks of the River Seine.Floral tributes were also left in front of South African embassies in Brussels and the Australian capital Canberra.Additional reporting Daragh Brophy and – © AFP, 2013Originally posted 2.25pmMore on the death of Nelson Mandela:“He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves”: The world reacts to Mandela’s deathNelson Mandela: Prisoner, president and father of ‘Rainbow Nation’President Higgins: ‘A tower of inspiration for all those struggling for justice’In pictures: Mandela’s Irish visitsNelson Mandela: A life in picturesObama: “He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Explaining the intricacies of orthopaedic medical treatment to the elderly, and its benefits, will now be easier thanks to a pioneering computer presentation created in Melbourne. For the past 18 months, surgeons have been working with Greek language teachers and the multimedia company Surgical Multimedia Services to create computer-based Greek language patient education modules for two orthopaedic procedures: total hip replacement and total knee replacement. Associate Professor Marinis Pirpiris, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital reviewed the Greek language version and describes the project as a major step forward for helping elderly Greek speakers understand orthopaedic procedures. “There’s a great need within our Greek-speaking community to understand the information that’s conveyed to them during a consultation and people can often only take away a small amount of information,” Dr Pirpiris told Neos Kosmos. “Having access to something on the computer, whether it’s at home, a hospital or at the doctor’s rooms, can help reinforce messages and helps patients understand what will be involved, in order to give their consent.” Dr Pirpiris describes the modules as an significant tool for the future as the aging Greek Australian population grows. “People need to know how orthopaedic surgery will affect them and how to manage their expectations of surgery. “Being a more informed patient can mean he or she can transition through rehabilitation more easily, and hopefully help them become more confident during the treatment process and after.” Alice Freyne, CEO of Surgical Multimedia Services says that the Greek language modules, like the English version, uses animation, voice and text to build a much clearer picture for the patient. “We’ve demystified a lot of the jargon that’s used in health care, and what that does is improve recall and retention about the procedure that is being undertaken.” The program will be available online and are also to be used in hospitals and by GPs and specialists, as part of an integrated process to educate patients and their families on orthopaedic surgical treatment. Ms Freye added that the involvement of the local community had played a major role in developing the Greek language modules. Assisting the project as translators were Victorian medical student Maritsa Papakonstantinou and her mother Androula. The Education unit of the Greek Consulate in Melbourne was also involved in the project. For more information, you can contact Alice Freyne on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9421 5992. For more information visit www.surgicalmultimedia.com
During NYCC, I got to play Monster Hunter World. The game won me over after Capcom announced it at this year’s E3, so I was very excited to play this demo. I was put in a group with other players who were clearly series veterans. Even though I have next to no Monster Hunter experience, I held my own fairly well. Most importantly, I had a ton of fun tracking down and slaying giant beasts. If an admitted Monster Hunter skeptic such as myself is impressed by this game, I’m sure it’ll open the doors to other new fans.I started the demo at a base camp where I chose my equipment. For this first hunt, I went with a sword and shield. After familiarizing myself with my inventory and the game’s controls, I followed my teammates out of camp to begin the hunt. I tracked the monster by interacting with portions of the environment the beast had visited. A glowing green light led me to where I needed to go.Eventually, we found the monster and began our attack. Things were going great until the beast suddenly ran away. We gave chase and ended up in the creature’s lair. This all felt like a trap. My instincts were proven correct when a giant Anjanath ambushed the party. This new, T-Rex-like monster was a far cry from the sluggish, over-sized iguana we were originally hunting. What began as a leisurely hunt soon became a battle for survival against a truly fearsome foe.The scenario I found myself in speaks to Monster Hunter World’s dynamic nature. Unlike previous games, situations can change dramatically. Players must adapt in order to face whatever obstacles stand in their way. Conversely, players can take advantage of the game’s seemingly random nature. For example, we used hidden vines to momentarily immobilize the Anjanath. The game encourages users to mind their surroundings to discover what they can use to ensure a successful hunt.After dispatching the Anjanath, we had to face off against one of the series’ signature monsters, Rathalos. For those who don’t know, Rathalos is a giant, fire-breathing dragon who uses its spiky tail as a club. Its physical attacks were formidable, but the fact it could stun the group with its cries made it even more dangerous. Needless to say, this monster was not a joke.Rathatlos was difficult to hit since it could fly. For this battle, I had a longsword. While it has great reach, it requires extra time to swing and land a hit. This made hitting our flying quarry tricky. After a while, I had a good rhythm going and was able to land strikes fairly consistently. However, Rathalos soon tired of our shenanigans and flew off to parts unknown. We gave chase (and battled another Anjanath along the way) but our time was up, and the demo came to a somewhat anti-climactic close.While searching for monsters to slay, I made sure to check out the sights. Monster Hunter World’s stylized, detailed graphics make it a stunning looking game. Everything from the environments, characters, weather effects, day/night cycle, and monsters, are all visually impressive. All of this isn’t purely for show either, as the world informs you of places you can use to aid in hunts or hidden locations. It was clear how much work went into designing the game’s world.Due to the subpar presentation and cumbersome control scheme, I could never get into Monster Hunter. Monster Hunter World, on the other hand, is everything I ever wanted to see from the series. Even from the demo I played, the game’s depth was evident. The series has always been a hit in Japan but is barely known in the West. I believe Monster Hunter World has the potential to turn the franchise into a worldwide hit.Expect Monster Hunter World to drop on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 26.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its RootsHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hung…