Cignal claims PVL men’s crown

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “It’s my first time to coach a men’s club team, and luckily, we were able to get the championship,” saidAlmadro. “They were already a talented team. They just have to believe in themselves, and they just have to combine their talents and efforts. That’s what I gave them.”Cignal gained a measure of revenge after losing in two Finals series against the Jet Spikers in the then-Spikers’ Turf tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRex Intal was stellar in the championship-clinching match, firing 17 points, anchored on 11 spikers, four blocks, and two service aces.Mark Alfafara also unleashed 17 markers, while Peter Torres added 13 points, and Ysay Marasigan had 12. Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping to ‘open the door’ The HD Spikers swept the best-of three championship series after nabbing Game 1, 18-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19 last Saturday.Alfafara was named as this conference’s First Best Outside Spiker, and Fauzi Ismail of Air Force hailed as the Second Best Outside Spiker.Edward Camposano of Sta. Elena emerged as the Best Opposite Spiker, Jayvee Sumagaysay of Army was the First Best Middle Blocker, and Greg Dolor of IEM got the Second Best Middle Blocker.Cignal’s Vince Mangulabnan was honored as the Best Setter, and IEM’s Rence Melgar was feted as the Best Libero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? View comments 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 Gamescenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide But the biggest contributions came from Lorenzo Capate, who contributed six points and 10 excellent sets to be adjudged as the Finals MVP.Impressive in winning the second and third sets, the HD Spikers fell to the same trap of complacency as a motivated Air Force side forced a deciding fifth set, 25-16.Cignal, though, was quick to atone for its miscues, jumping to a 6-2 lead in Set 5 before Marasigan wrapped the hardware with a combination play to win the title, 15-10.“I just told them to combine their talent with effort, and believe that they will win. That’s exactly what happened today,” said Almadro.Bryan Bagunas captained the Jet Spikers with 23 points, built on 21 hits and two aces, while Conference MVP Ranran Abdilla chimed in 17 in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal HD Spikers. Photo from Spikers’ Turf Facebook account.Cignal finally exorcised its demons and pulled off a tough five-set victory over Philippine Air Force, 17-25, 27-25, 27-25, 16-25, 15-10, to snare the 2017 Premier Volleyball League men’s division Tuesday at Philsports Arena in Pasig.Coach Oliver Almadro steered his squad to the championship in his first conference at the helm, as he instituted the changes the HD Spikers needed to finally get over the hump.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Lionel Messi Scores 2 Stunning Free Kicks in 1st Hat-trick This Season | Watch

first_img ???? Leo Messi free-kick ??#UCL | @FCBarcelona pic.twitter.com/gwtsDp8pnF— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 9, 2019Barcelona’s disgruntled fans had whistled their team against Slavia in midweek and when Olaza equalised for Celta, that tension and restlessness threatened to return.Instead, Messi took command, this hat-trick taking his tally to nine goals in seven games, 612 in total for his club.”Obviously when it’s tight we have the advantage of having the best player in the world and the best free-kick taker in the world,” said Busquets.Yet his precision from free-kicks is a skill the 32-year-old has worked on and improved in recent years, his conversion rate currently at four goals from his last seven attempts in the league.The last time a player scored a hat-trick from set-pieces in La Liga was when Messi himself achieved the same feat in 2012 against Espanyol, albeit with two penalties and one free-kick.There was good news for Barcelona too in the return of Luis Suarez, who came off the bench after recovering from a calf strain.Messi scored his penalty in the 23rd minute after Joseph Aidoo had blocked Nelson Semedo’s cross with his hand.It was Messi that conceded the foul for Olaza’s curling free-kick that was well-hit enough to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen, even if the goalkeeper might have been disappointed not to be able to get across.There was little Celta keeper Ruben Blanco could do about Messi’s efforts, the first in stoppage time before the interval and the second three minutes after the restart.They were almost carbon copies of each other, bending over the wall and nestling in the top right-hand corner.Celta, under their new coach Oscar Garcia, never looked like mounting a comeback and Busquets put the result beyond doubt with a low shot five minutes from the finish.(With input from AFP) barcelonaCetla Vigoernesto valverdeFree Kick First Published: November 10, 2019, 10:16 AM IST 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.center_img Lionel Messi delivered an incredible dead-ball hat-trick on Saturday to steer Barcelona to a 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo and ease the pressure on his coach Ernesto Valverde.Messi scored with a penalty and then a pair of sumptuous free-kicks either side of half-time after Lucas Olaza had briefly pulled Celta level with a free-kick of his own at Camp Nou. Sergio Busquets drove home to make sure of the win late on. A 34th treble in La Liga puts Messi equal with Cristiano Ronaldo, while a much-needed win sends Barca above Real Madrid on goal difference and back to the top of the table at the end of a testing week.”It is impossible not to depend on Messi, he illuminates everything,” said Valverde. “We depend on him like any team would depend on him. He unlocked the game.”last_img read more

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Bart Starr, 1960s Green Bay Quarterback, Dies At 85

first_imgBy: Arnie Stapleton, AP Pro Football WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares Bart Starr was an ordinary quarterback until teaming with Vince Lombardi and serving as the catalyst for the powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams that ruled the 1960s and ushered in the NFL as America’s most popular sport.The quarterback’s graceful throws helped turn a run-heavy league into a passing spectacle, yet it’s a run for which he’s most famous: the sneak that won the famed “Ice Bowl” in 1967.Starr died Sunday at age 85 in Birmingham, Alabama, the Packers said. He had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014.Starr is the third of Lombardi’s dozen Hall of Famers to die in the past eight months. Fullback Jim Taylor died in October and offensive tackle Forrest Gregg died last month.“A champion on and off the field, Bart epitomized class and was beloved by generations of Packers fans,” Packers President Mark Murphy said in a statement. “A clutch player who led his team to five NFL titles, Bart could still fill Lambeau Field with electricity decades later during his many visits.”The Packers selected Starr out of the University of Alabama with the 200th pick in the 1956 draft. He led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls.Until Brett Favre came along, Starr was known as the best Packer ever. The team retired his No. 15 jersey in 1973, making him just the third player to receive that honor. Four years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2006, file photo, former Green Bay Packers’ Bart Starr carries in the Vince Lombardi Trophy following the Super Bowl XL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers, in Detroit. The Steelers won, 21-10. Bart Starr, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi’s powerhouse teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. The Packers announced Sunday, May 26, 2019, that Starr had died, citing his family. He had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)After losing the 1960 NFL title game in his first playoff appearance, the Packers never lost another playoff game under Starr, going 9-0, including wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowls.Starr’s college career wasn’t very noteworthy and it wasn’t until Lombardi’s arrival in Green Bay in 1959 that Starr, living by his motto “desire and dedication are everything,” began to blossom.Lombardi liked Starr’s mechanics, his arm strength and especially his decision-making abilities. Under Lombardi’s nurturing, Starr became one of the league’s top quarterbacks.“If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you,” Starr once said. He credited Lombardi for showing him “that by working hard and using my mind, I could overcome my weakness to the point where I could be one of the best.”FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2003, file photo, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr waves to the crowd, with Phil Bengston, 10, at his side at the newly renovated Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Bengston is the grandson of former Packers coach Phil Bengston, who coached after Vince Lombardi. Starr, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi’s powerhouse teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. The Packers announced Sunday, May 26, 2019, that Starr had died, citing his family. He had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)The gentlemanly quarterback’s status as a Packers icon was tested by his struggles as the team’s head coach. In nine seasons from 1975-83, he won just 41 percent of his games, going 53-77-3, including 1-1 in the playoffs, part of three decades of futility that followed the glory years.After football, Starr, became a successful businessman in Birmingham, Alabama, not far from his hometown of Montgomery, where he was born on Jan. 9, 1934.Starr was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He won NFL titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ’67 and ’68. He was the 1966 NFL MVP and was named to the 1960s All-Decade team. He also was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls.When Starr retired following the 1971 season, his career completion rate of 57.4 percent was tops in the run-heavy NFL, and his passer rating of 80.5 was second-best ever, behind only Otto Graham.But the play he was most famous for was a run.In the NFL championship on Dec. 31, 1967, Starr knifed into the end zone behind guard Jerry Kramer and center Ken Bowman with 16 seconds left to lift the Packers over the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in what became known as the “Ice Bowl.”The Packers had spent $80,000 for a heating coil system that was to have kept the field soft and warm, and forecasters said not to worry because the approaching cold front wouldn’t arrive until after the game.“It was 20 degrees the day before,” the late Tom Landry once recalled. “It was great. Vince and I were together that night and we talked about how good the conditions were and what a great game it would be.”They were half-right. When the grounds crew rolled up the tarpaulin, a layer of condensation had formed underneath and, with 40 mph wind, the field promptly froze like an ice rink. Packers running back Chuck Mercein would later compare the ground to “jagged concrete.”With a temperature of minus-14 and a wind chill of minus-49, it was the coldest NFL game ever recorded. The wind chill had dipped another 20 degrees by the time the Packers got the ball at their 32 trailing 17-14 with five minutes left.With one last chance for an aging dynasty to win a fifth NFL title in seven seasons, Starr took the field as linebacker Ray Nitschke hollered, “Don’t let me down!”Starr wouldn’t, completing all five of his passes and directing one of the most memorable drives in NFL history.“We all have a capacity to focus and to concentrate to a unique degree when we’re called upon to do it,” Starr said on the 30th anniversary of that game. “That’s exactly what I did that day. And I think the same was true of the Cowboys. Let’s face it, they obviously were not accustomed to something like that and yet they were the team which had surged and come back in the second half and were in a position to win it.”With 1:11 remaining, tackle Bob Skoronski opened a hole and Mercein charged through the middle for 8 yards to the Dallas 3.Halfback Donny Anderson slipped twice on handoffs, so Starr called timeout, went to the sideline and suggested a sneak because of the poor traction.“Then run it and let’s get the hell out of here,” Lombardi barked.The play worked perfectly, a flawless finish to that coldest of games so frozen in time.“I’ve never been in a huddle where there was greater composure and where there was a higher level of intensity and concentration,” Mercein once told The Associated Press.Mercein is the one in the famous photograph of the play diving into the end zone behind Starr with his hands held high, as though he’s signaling “Touchdown!”“But what I’m actually doing is I’m showing the officials that I’m not assisting or aiding Bart into the end zone,” Mercein said.That would have been a penalty and it would have negated history’s most famous quarterback sneak.Mercein and the rest of his teammates thought he was going to get the handoff on the play. Nobody knew but Starr and Lombardi that it was to be a quarterback sneak. So, Mercein dug in, thinking he was getting the ball, and he got a great takeoff on the frozen field.“As a matter of fact too good because after a couple of steps I realized I wasn’t going to get the ball. But I couldn’t really pull up because it was so icy,” Mercein said. “So that’s why I dive over the play and I have my arms upraised, which appears to everyone in that famous picture that I’m signaling touchdown.”Two weeks later in sunny Miami, the Packers defeated the AFL champion Raiders 33-14 in Lombardi’s final game as head coach of the Packers.Starr replaced Dan Devine as Packers head coach in 1975 and would be replaced himself by former teammate Forrest Gregg in 1984 after failing to lead the franchise to the kind of success he did as a player.In 1965, Starr and his wife, Cherry, helped co-found Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wisconsin, a facility designed to help at-risk and troubled boys throughout the state.The couple dealt with tragedy in 1988 when their son Brett died at 24 due to complications from cocaine addiction. They also had another son, Bart Jr.“While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor and his generous spirit,” Starr’s family said in a statement.“His love for all of humanity is well known, and his affection toward the residents of Alabama and of Wisconsin filled him with gratitude. He had hoped to make one last trip to Green Bay to watch the Packers this fall, but he shall forever be there in spirit.”Starr has an NFL award named after him, given annually to a player of outstanding character.last_img read more

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4D Systems: global distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arrow Electronics presents ‘sensor-to-sunset’ IoT portfolio at Embedded WorldNext Maxim: advanced battery management system enables safer, smarter car of the future 4D Systems has signed a distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics to provide global distribution and support for its leading intelligent graphics solutions. 4D System’s unique market leading modules and graphics processors are suited to a wide range of applications in diverse markets. With this new collaboration, 4D Systems will be able to leverage Arrow’s established expertise and broad, diverse customer base to reach a wider global audience and accelerate sustainable growth for the company’s continually evolving range of graphic display modules and associated IDE development software and tools.With stock immediately available from www.arrow.com, customers will be able to access 4D System’s extensive portfolio of intelligent graphics solutions that use the latest OLED and LCD technology available, with custom graphics processors that enable both stand alone and host dependant solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Jofra Archer and Steve Smith put friendship on hold for England-Australia clash

first_imgAs England and Australia are gearing up to face each other in the ongoing World Cup, former’s pacer Jofra Archer, who played with Australia’s Steve Smith in the Indian Premier League (IPL), revealed that until the game is over, there will be nothing friendly in the match.”Cricket is cricket and I guess there’s time to be friends after. But until the game is over, there will be nothing friendly about it,” Cricket.com.au quoted Archer as saying.However, when Archer was asked if he would consider Smith as a friend after their season together, he said: “Yes. I’d like to consider he thinks of me the same way as well. He’s a really good guy.”Both Archer and Smith played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Apart from them, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner also played together for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.Archer, who does not have any prior experience against the Australian side, feels that entering the game without prior exposure could be an advantage for him.”It is a pretty intense game between them and for me, I’m not too sure if it will affect me coming in without having experienced it before. It could be an advantage, me not being part of what happened before,” he said.England will face Australia on June 25 in Lord’s, London.Also Read | Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for Bangladesh vs AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du PlessisAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy push

first_imgTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Heung-Min Son says they deserve to win a trophy this season.The South Korean – who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games – believes all Tottenham need is a change in fortune to land their first silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.”We are just a bit unlucky for me, to be honest,” he said. “We are close all the time.”People are thinking ‘ahhh it’s Spurs’, but we believe, always this team believe in the title, but sometimes you just have to have luck, with a long season.”We can win, we deserve to win. The players deserve to win something.”Of course the pressure is going to be big [to win the title] but we have to just enjoy and bring positive energy, this is the most important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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NFL’s Latest Mock Draft For 5 Georgia Stars

first_imgDeandre Baker celebrates an interception for Georgia Bulldogs.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Deandre Baker #18 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to an interception during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Georgia has been producing serious NFL talent over the last few years. Kirby Smart is developing a real rival for Alabama in the SEC, in terms of the level of player on campus.Last spring, six Georgia players were selected in the NFL Draft. That includes three first rounders: Roquan Smith, Isaiah Wynn, and Sony Michel.UGA is unlikely to match that first round number, but there will be plenty of Bulldogs taken early in the 2019 NFL Draft. NFL.com just put out a new three-round mock draft, and the Dawgs are well represented.Five players from the Georgia Bulldogs crack the new three-round NFL Mock Draft.Cornerback Deandre Baker leads the way, after his impressive fall. The mock has him heading to the Oakland Raiders:Free agency could raid Oakland’s talent at cornerback. Baker brings consistency and competitive fire to the position.In the second round, the mock has another Georgia product joining Baker in the Bay Area (for now): wide receiver Riley Ridley, whom is described as a “Michael Thomas-type value” pick. Elijah Holyfield, one of Georgia’s dangerous running backs, is sent to the Kansas City Chiefs later in the round.In the third round, there are back-to-back Georgia picks: Mecole Hardman to the Broncos, and Isaac Nauta to the Bengals.[NFL.com]last_img read more

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700 Jobs Safe as Norway Says No to Color Line Reflagging

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Norwegian Government has ruled against the reflagging of Color Line vessels under the Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS) flag, thereby securing jobs for 700 Norwegian seafarers.The Norwegian Seafarers Union (NSU), an affiliate of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, won the fight to keep the vessels under the Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register (NOR), securing the jobs and maintaining the wages and conditions of the country’s seafarers.“This result means that Color Line – a profitable shipping company – cannot replace national seafarers with cheaper foreign labour,” Johnny Hansen, NSU president, told the ITF.“Enforcing and maintaining cabotage safeguards our strategic interests, provides jobs, brings added economic value while also protecting national security and the environment,” Hansen added.last_img read more

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Ukraine court releases MH17 suspect pending trial

first_imgKiev: A court in Ukraine on Thursday released from pre-trial detention a man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, amid speculation he may be used in a prisoner swap with Russia. Ukraine captured Vladimir Tsemakh, accused of fighting for pro-Russian separatists, in June, but he is believed to be a person of interest in the downing of MH17. European lawmakers described him as a “key suspect” and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the probe.last_img read more

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Rare corpse flower plant to bloom for first time at Toronto Zoo

first_imgTORONTO – A plant that can take about a decade to produce a flower that emits a scent akin to rotting flesh is set to bloom this week at the Toronto Zoo — years ahead of schedule.The corpse flower, a native of Indonesia, will bloom for just eight to 36 hours sometime this week, said the zoo’s curatorial gardener, noting that when in full bloom, the plant produces one of the largest and smelliest flowers in the world.“This is a very rare occasion,” said Paul Gellatly. “They only flower every seven to 10 years sporadically and there is no guarantee that it will.”The plant at the zoo is only five years old, but Gellatly said he knew something unusual was going on based on what he saw over the past few weeks.A month earlier, the leaf portion of the plant began to die off and recede into the corm, an underground plant stem. Such plants then produces more leaves or a flower, never both, he said.But the plant at the zoo showed signs of flowering, despite its young age.“I was pretty excited,” Gellatly said. “I couldn’t get to my supervisor fast enough to let her know.”Gellatly said he then sent off numerous pictures to colleagues at the New York Botanical Garden to be sure the plant was about to flower before the zoo went public.“This is the first one I have seen gone to flower,” he said.The plant is native to the jungles of the Indonesian island of Sumatra and smells like rotting meat while blooming, which attracts carrion flies and beetles for pollination.The flower will smell its worst on the first night it blooms, Gellatly said. The flower is threatened in Indonesia and will become the first in the Toronto area to ever bloom, he said.The zoo has 14 corpse flowers of various ages, but this is among a group of the oldest.A corpse flower recently bloomed at Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory. The two have great differences in mass, Gellatly said.The Toronto Zoo’s corpse flower bulb weighs 24 pounds while Edmonton’s came in at a whopping 200 pounds, he said.The zoo has dubbed the Toronto plant “Pablo ‘Pe Ew’ Caso” after a naming contest.It has been moved to one of the zoo’s production greenhouses for display from its usual spot in the Indo-Malaya pavilion and visitor hours will be extended so members of the public can see the pungent plant in bloom.A corpse flower also bloomed in Vancouver earlier this year.In July, that plant — dubbed Uncle Fester — flowered at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park, drawing thousands of visitors.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said the flower was endangered. In fact, it is a threatened plant.last_img read more

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UN allocates 9 million to help thousands of people displaced in northeast

“The crisis continues to displace thousands of vulnerable women, children and men every week. Many have gone through unspeakable hardship and the UN and its partners remain committed to help alleviate their suffering,” said Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria.Set up through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), the assistance includes $2 million in support to the UN Humanitarian Air Service for frontline responders in the country’s north-east.“This UN fund give us the flexibility to prioritize those who are most in need of aid and act swiftly for the good of the people of north-east Nigeria.”The region’s humanitarian crisis, sparked mainly by Boko Haram’s years-long insurgency, remains one of the most severe globally.In the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, at least 7.7 million people are in need this year– with about 80 per cent, or 6.1 million, targeted for humanitarian assistance.The $9 million allocation will help fund 15 projects supporting humanitarian rapid response in areas affected by large-scale conflict-related displacements, particularly in the northern parts of Borno, along the Maiduguri-Monguno axis.In just three months, the close to 30,000 people who have fled violence in hard-to-reach areas are in dire need of food, water, shelter, clothes and medical services. Additionally, the funds will help scale up the response near the border with Cameroon in eastern Borno – Gwoza, Bama, Dikwa, Kala/Balge, Monguno, Askira/Uba – and northern Adamawa – Madagali – where approximately another 30,000 have arrived following military operations.Finally, the funds will also help maintain UN Humanitarian Air Service operations, crucial to reach and deliver aid in remote areas of the north-east, especially where roads are unusable.Under the leadership of Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, the NHF is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to provide flexible and timely funds for basic life-saving support. To date, it has raised $48 million in contributions and pledges. read more

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Four dead in tragic accident on Greek highway

first_imgAn unbelievable tragedy was caught on camera around 4pm (local time) yesterday on the 83 kilometre of the Athens-Lamia National highway.A rental Porsche, speeding at over 200km/hr is seen crashing onto a parked Honda Civic near Ipato in Thiva, leading to the death of four individuals. The Civic driver, a 41-year-old man had legally stopped the car at a parking spot next to the emergency lane to visit the station bathroom. In the car were waiting his 33-year-old wife and three-year-old son.The tragic father saw the Porsche crashing into his car from the toilet and run outside screaming only to find his family dead and in flames. He tried but was unable to help them and despite being in shock he called the police and fire brigade. He can been seen rushing out of the toilet in the security camera video below (graphic content).The Porsche driver died in the explosion while his 24-year-old friend and co-passenger who was not wearing a seat belt was ejected several metres away from the car crash through the window.“It’s horrific. The family was waiting in the parking. They weren’t even on the emergency lane,” a driver passing through told the local news agency, LamiaReport.The Porsche was driven by George Vakakis, son of Greece’s biggest toy industry tycoon Apostolos Vakakis. The Vakakis family, who own JUMBO, have been the only business increasing their profit steadily during the financial crisis, thanks to Apostolos Vakakis’ dedication and pioneering ideas supporting Greek manufacturers. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Lobjet geek du weekend un bras armé à la Batman pour recharger

first_imgL’objet geek du week-end : un bras armé à la Batman pour recharger son iPhoneBatman se servirait-il d’un iPhone pour trouver le Joker ? Non, non, il s’agit juste d’un concept dévoilé par la société ArmStar : un bras armé équipé notamment d’un dock iPhoneL’objet semble tout droit sorti du comic book de Marvel et pourtant, c’est une invention très sérieuse. Mis au point par la société ArmStar, le concept apparait efficace : un bras fabriqué en coton et Nomex, une fibre synthétique identique aux équipements de pompiers et protégé par du kevlar. À lire aussiiPhone : Une appellation qui, au Mexique, coûte cher à AppleCôté capacité, le bras est équipé d’un système de dissuasion électrique capable de paralyser un quelconque adversaire (pourquoi pas Mister Freeze), une caméra HD 720p pour filmer les preuves et enfin, le fameux dock dédié à l’iPhone d’Apple et permettant sa charge (s’il faut prévenir le commissaire Gordon en cas de difficultés). Selon la société, ce gant hightech pourrait convenir aux forces de maintien de l’ordre pour mettre hors d’état de nuire des adversaires avec un maximum d’efficacité, relève Clubic.com. Cependant, initialement, le bras a été pensé pour se protéger des animaux sauvages, la femme du fondateur d’ArmStar s’étant fait attaquée par un cougar près de chez elle, en Californie du Sud. Certes, des “fauves” arpentes parfois les rues mais on est loin de Gotham City… Aucun prix n’a pour l’instant été communiqué mais vous pourrez déjà jeter un œil sur le site (lien non disponible) d’ArmStar. En espérant que ce bras, ne tombe pas entre de mauvaises… mains.Le 31 décembre 2011 à 15:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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94 of group personal pension members invest in default fund

first_imgThe majority (94%) of group personal pension (GPPs) members invest in their scheme’s default fund, according to research by the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) and Columbia Threadneedle.Its annual The future book: unravelling workplace pensions report, based on data from from sources including the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), an in-house survey on defined contribution (DC) asset allocation and projections of future fund and membership levels, also found that 99.7% of master trust members invest in their pension scheme’s default fund.The research also found:In July 2017, 8.3 million employees and approximately 700,000 employers have gone through auto-enrolment.There are 12.8 million active pension scheme members, with £373 billion of aggregate assets in DC workplace pensions.The size of the median DC pension pot at the state pension age is £28,000.Diversified growth funds deliver a median return of £88,000, lifestyle funds provide median returns of approximately £84,000 at the state pension age, and high-risk funds deliver a pension pot of about £102,000. This is based on a median earner contributing 8% into their workplace pension from age 22 to the state pension age.Daniela Silcock (pictured), head of policy research at the PPI, said: “As bonds and equities are increasingly being viewed as less secure, DC pension funds, including master trusts, are looking more towards diversification by increasing investment in alternatives such as real estate, infrastructure and commodities. There is more focus on the use of diversified growth funds as an alternative for lifestyling. [Diversified growth funds] do not provide the same opportunity for high returns as funds more heavily invested in equities and may be less appropriate for those with high risk appetites, but they are less volatile and may therefore provide better long-term protection from investment losses.”Michelle Scrimgeour, chief executive officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Columbia Threadneedle, added: “There are myriad issues facing pension savers and schemes, but what is becoming increasingly apparent is that people are not investing their pension in a way that makes the most of their money and protects them adequately against market downturns. According to Nest, people with low-risk appetites and low incomes are more likely to be put off by losses incurred during the early stages of pension saving and opt out, compounding the nation’s savings problem.“What this analysis shows is that the majority of DC schemes invest in funds that may not be fit for purpose. Auto-enrolled savers in particular, but not exclusively, tend to struggle making active investment decisions, ending up in their pension scheme’s default fund. Lifestyle strategies have fared well over the last two decades, in a market environment that has experienced strong, multi-year returns from both equities and bonds. But they do not adequately protect savers against losses and we don’t expect these favourable market conditions to hold going forward.“The key consideration for pension savers and trustees is which investment strategy best protects their assets while, in this context, providing the best possible financial outcomes. We believe in the long-run benefits of equities and bonds, but diversification is needed more than ever to guard against a potential market correction. With the ability to deliver inflation-plus returns as well as better protecting investors against downturns, actively managed [diversified growth funds] present a good, fit for purpose default solution for DC pension schemes and their members.”last_img read more

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Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Invitations To BidInstallation of Porous Pavement on Shady Lane Drive — Deadline: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10amCanyonlands Trip — Deadline: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:3pmAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

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Vijayawada AP Haj pilgrims can stay at Telangana Haj House

first_imgVijayawada: Minorities Welfare Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Amjad Basha said that Haj pilgrims of Andhra Pradesh can stay at the Haj House in Hyderabad and avail the services because the relations between the two States had improved.He said during the last few years, Andhra Pradesh Haj pilgrims faced some problems at the Haj house located in Hyderabad due to the political differences between the two States. Minister Amjad Basha participated in an awareness programme organised for Haj pilgrims at the Sub-Collector’s conference hall here on Wednesday. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Addressing the gathering, he said the Telangana government was also not collecting service charges from Haj pilgrims of Andhra Pradesh. He said the online flight booking confirmation will be useful to Haj pilgrims because they can get information about the flight ticket booking within 10 hours. He said the pilgrims earlier had to wait two days for the confirmation of tickets in the offline system. He said the government is planning to get land in Gannavaram area for construction of Haj House. He felt the Haj House built under the TDP rule in Kadapa district was of no use to the pilgrims of the State. Telangana Haj Committee chairman Masivulla Khan said the Andhra Pradesh Haj pilgrims can stay at the Haj House in Hyderabad and avail the facilities available there. He has suggested to the Haj pilgrims not to take the luggage or packets of other unknown people and reject the requests during the return journey to India after performing the Haj. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said the Telangana Haj House will accord warm welcome to the Haj pilgrims of AP and tendered apology for the inconvenience caused to the Haj pilgrims of AP in the Haj House in Hyderabad. He said all Haj pilgrims will be treated equally without bias between AP and Telangana. AP State Haj Committee executive officer Tajuddin Arif presided over the event. Due to lack of Haj House and boarding facility from Gannavaram Airport in AP, the AP Haj pilgrims stay for some days at Telangana Haj house, which was built in the combined State of AP. After bifurcation of the State, the Telangana Haj House is solely used by Telangana pilgrims.last_img read more

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Indian IPO market gives blockbuster performance in 2016

first_imgAfter years of tepid performance, fund raising through Initial Public Offerings (IPO) route touched a six-year high this year as more than 20 companies raised over Rs 26,000 crore from investors.According to a report in Press Trust of India (PTI), 26 companies have raised more than Rs 26,000 crore through public offers so far this year. As markets enter into a vacation mood owing to Christmas and New Year, analysts don’t see any further fund raising during the last fortnight of the year.Interestingly, companies were able to raise more than double the amount of money in 2016 as compared to the previous year. During 2015, 21 companies mopped up Rs 13,564 crore from investors. The report quoted experts saying that while the first nine months of this year saw most of the activity with larger number of issuance, it slowed down in the past two months after weakness in the secondary market.”Deepening uncertainty over the impact of the note ban may see a marked slowdown (on IPO issuances) in the short term,” the report said.During this year, companies belonging to diverse sectors such as business services, small finance banks and insurance firms tapped the market route to raise funds. Notably, fund mop-up in 2016 has turned it into one of the best years after 2010, in which a record amount of Rs 37,534.65 crore was raised.The year 2016 saw some landmark movements when India’s first life insurance company ICICI Prudential hit the market with its Rs 6,057 crore public offer, making it the largest share sale of the year. The IPO, which was oversubscribed 10.44 times, was the one of the highest fund raising activity by a company after Coal India’s Rs 15,000 crore IPO in 2010.Meanwhile, this year also witnessed listing of many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the SME platforms of BSE and NSE. As per the report, most of the 150 small firms listed on the BSE entered the market in 2016. SMEs together raised Rs 721 crore till September this year, mostly on the BSE platform, the report said.OutlookHowever, outlook for next year seems to be clouded in a lot of uncertainties on the back of domestic and global headwinds. With US Federal Reserve’s outlook on three rate hikes next year, analysts are concerned over the participation of Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) in upcoming public offers. Further, the impact of note ban on economic growth and outcome of state elections will determine the overall sentiments in the market.According to reports, around Rs 12,500 crore worth initial public offerings (IPOs) are set to hit the market next year with major exchanges like NSE and BSE figuring in the list.last_img read more

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Rossyln Harvest Festival

first_imgThe Rosslyn Harvest Festival is a brand-new celebration of autumn spanning from Oct. 27– 28, located at 1800 N Lynn St. The events are free and open to the public. The festival is family friendly as it offers a wide variety of games, arts and crafts, vendors, and more. Food and drinks will be sold as well. There will also be a live magic show, music performances, and free trick or treating offered for the youth. For adults, there will be a beer-drinking competition, scavenger hunts, and more. For more information, visit rosslynva.org.last_img read more

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