Fresh off Fiba ban, Kiefer Ravena picked for random drug test ahead of World Cup

first_img‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA LATEST STORIES Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast UAAP drops basketball ticket prices for ‘Student Wednesdays’ What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas guard Kiefer Ravena was selected for a random drug testing in China ahead of the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup.But it didn’t come as a surprise for the Ravena, who just recently came out of an 18-month basketball suspension for violating the World Anti-Doping Agency’s protocols back in May 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu “I made a mistake and learned my lesson. Now I know for sure what the result of that test will be.”It was a costly suspension for Ravena as he was banned from playing and even practicing with club team NLEX in the PBA.The combo guard was only allowed to return to his club and join Gilas in preparation for the World Cup on June 2019.With the ban ending on August 24, Ravena suited up in Gilas’ 85-75 loss to the Adelaide 36ers in a tune-up game last  Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments MOST READ Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Guiao ‘impressed’ with returning RavenaAccording to an ESPN5 report by Carlo Pamintuan, Fiba personnel approached Gilas trainer Dexter Aseron and handed him two envelopes that contained the names of the players would be tested. Center June Mar Fajardo was the other one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel“I expected it,” said Ravena in the report. “At least once, I knew I’d be tested here but I welcome it. It’s also a chance for me to put everything behind.”READ: Return of the Phenom PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games uselast_img read more

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What do Microsoft, Coldplay, David Lynch, U2, and Nokia have in common?

first_imgDo you ever think about how many different artists and creatives impact our lives on a daily basis?Think about the songs we hear on the radio, the jingles that play on our computers when they start up, the pre-programmed ringtones on our phones, and the theme songs to the movies or TV shows that we watch. All of these things, whether we’re conscious of it or not, affect our moods, impact our productivity, and have even been shown to enhance our creative impulses.Brian Eno is someone that you know, but you may not know that you know.Not only is he a composer, visual artist, singer, musician, record producer, and creator of a genre of music, but you know the “Microsoft Sound” – the jingle that your computer made when you started it up – Brian Eno composed that. He’s also worked on records by Coldplay, U2, Paul Simon, Devo, Grace Jones, The Talking Heads, and even composed a soundtrack for David Lynch and ringtones for a Nokia phone that you may have had a few years ago.In celebration of Brian Eno’s 66th birthday, here are a few inspirational quotes for all of you freelance artists and creatives out there:On the purpose of art:“One of the things you do when you make a piece of art is you try to make the world you’d rather be in.”“For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.”“Rationality is what we do to organize the world, to make it possible to predict. Art is the rehearsal for the inapplicability and failure of that process.”On creating art:“One of my mottoes is that if you want to get unusual results, work fast and work cheap, because there’s more of a chance that you’ll get somewhere that nobody else did.”“The idea is to produce things that are as strange and mysterious to you as the first music you ever heard.”“Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach.”“One of the things you’re doing when you make art, apart from entertaining yourself and other people, is trying to see what ways of working feel good, what feels right.”On collaboration:“Every collaboration helps you grow.”“When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness… That’s one of the great feelings – to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue.”On problems and mistakes:“The eternal problem of the human being is how to structure his waking hours.”“Honor your mistake as a hidden intention.”Want to learn more about Brian Eno and his artistic process? Check this documentary out:last_img read more

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Champions League group stage: Chelsea and Tottenham handed tough draws

first_imgShare on Messenger The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Manchester City Champions League Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have drawn tough assignments in the Champions League after landing the Madrid clubs, Atlético and Real respectively, in the group stage of Europe’s elite competition. The Premier League’s other representatives – Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City – fared well in comparison to their London rivals.Antonio Conte’s champions face a gruelling test to reach the knockout stage on and off the pitch after landing Diego Costa’s previous, and maybe next, club, Atlético, Roma and Qarabag in the draw held in Monaco. Chelsea’s first Group C game, on 12 September, is at Qarabag, with a round trip of almost 6,000 miles to play the Azerbaijan champions and first time qualifiers in Baku. The journey adds to a demanding schedule for Conte and his team who play Arsenal, City, United and Liverpool in the Premier League immediately after Champions League fixtures this season.Spurs’s prospects of qualifying appear more complicated. Along with the European and Spanish champions Real, and reunion with Gareth Bale, they face Borussia Dortmund and the Cypriot champions Apoel Nicosia. Tottenham have played Real four times in European competition, Borussia twice, and have yet to beat either of the top two teams drawn in Group H. The London side first face Dortmund at Wembley, their temporary home, on 13 September.Arguably no British side has a more difficult challenge than Celtic, who were always at risk of a daunting group with being drawn from pot four. Brendan Rodgers’ team face Bayern Munich, Neymar and co at Paris Saint-Germain plus the Belgian champions Anderlecht. Celtic’s first match, in Group B, is against PSG at Parkhead on 12 September. Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United Share on WhatsApp Liverpool news Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share via Email Celtic Share on Pinterest Topics Chelsea Read more For Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho and Jürgen Klopp, there were more encouraging groups to navigate. Liverpool’s reward for sweeping aside Hoffenheim in the play-off second leg on Wednesday was a draw against the Russia champions Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor, the champions of Slovenia. The encounter with Sevilla – Liverpool’s first Group E opponents, at Anfield on 13 September – will bring back unwanted memories of defeat in the 2016 Europa League final for Liverpool, a loss that denied Klopp his first opportunity to lead the Anfield club back into the Champions League, although the Andalucian side have undergone major change since that final.United, who qualified directly for the group stage courtesy of winning the Europa League last season, have an inviting draw on paper, against Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow but will know from recent history that they can ill-afford any complacency. Sir Alex Ferguson’s team finished third behind Benfica and Basel in the 2011-12 group stage having reached three of the previous four Champions League finals. Their first Group A fixture is at home against Basel on 12 September.Manchester rivals City will be also confident of progressing from a group containing Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord although a trip to Ukraine – Shakhtar play their home games in Kharkiv – adds to an intensive schedule for Guardiola’s title favourites. They begin their Group F campaign at Feyenoord on 13 September.City are the only Premier League club to have more away games after Champions League fixtures than home matches, four in total. They face trips to Chelsea and United after midweek European games, as well as Watford and Huddersfield Town, while Mourinho’s team travel only to Huddersfield and Chelsea after Champions League duties. Spurs play at their temporary Wembley home on five of the six post-European weekends.Merseyside and Manchester derbies follow the final Champions League group matches, with Liverpool and United at home respectively. Klopp’s qualifiers travel to Newcastle United, Spurs and West Ham United after Group E fixtures.Speaking of Liverpool and United, the sides play in Moscow on consecutive nights – the former away against Spartak on 26 September and the later away against CSKA on 27 September, providing Russian police with potential flashpoints to cope with given the animosity that exists between both sets of supporters.Champions League draw in fullGroup A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel, CSKA MoscowGroup B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, CelticGroup C: Chelsea, Atlético Madrid, Roma, QarabagGroup D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, SportingGroup E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, MariborGroup F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, FeyenoordGroup G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, LeipzigGroup H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOELlast_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs to help Emery’s injury crisis

first_imgArsenal Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs to help Emery’s injury crisisby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFollowing Rob Holding’s injury earlier this month, Arsenal will undoubtedly be on the lookout for a new centre-back this – on that note, here’s a look at four centre-backs the Gunners could sign come January:Gary CahillGary Cahill is yet to start a Premier League game this season having been handed just 21 minutes of playing time by Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri. Strangely enough, despite evidently not being part of Sarri’s plans, Cahill still remains the club’s official captain – most probably in a bid to avoid any sort of disruptions in the dressing room’s harmony.Cahill is 33-years-old, and whilst that may mean he isn’t an ideal centre-half for a club of Arsenal’s stature – his experience could prove to be vital for the Gunners should they make a move for him after all. Despite not being in Sarri’s plans, he remains a top-class defender capable of doing a great job when called upon.Video courtesy of CFCVideosIINathan AkeEver since his move from Chelsea to Bournemouth, Nathan Ake has proven to be one of the best young defenders in the Premier League. Boasting of good pace and passing ability as exemplified by his 81% pass completion rate this season, Ake would be an excellent addition to Arsenal’s defensive set-up.Of course, his performances have not gone unnoticed by Arsenal’s rivals with Spurs, Manchester United and Ake’s former club Chelsea apparently keen on signing the 23-year-old. Video Courtesy of Top ScoreEric BaillyEric Bailly’s debut season at Old Trafford was one to remember. He was undoubtedly Manchester United’s best defender last season, often battling it out with strikers of all sizes and keeping things tidy at the back for the Red Devils.He’s been unable to replicate that form this season having been sidelined by Jose Mourinho who only recently got relieved of his duties as Manchester United manager.With the January transfer window coming up, what would have been termed an impossible move last season could be quite possible considering Bailly’s current standing in the Manchester United squad. Bailly’s got plenty of talent that Unai Emery could work with plus he’s got top-level experience having played in important games for United. Video Courtesy of HNFootballNico ElvediSwiss youngster Nico Elveidi has enjoyed a great season at Borussia Monchengladbach so far having started 14 of the club’s league games.Gladbach currently sit 3rd on the Bundesliga table three points adrift of Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, who also happen to share the same defensive record with Gladbach having let in just 18 goals this term, the joint-second least amount of goals conceded in the first-half of the Bundesliga season.Elvedi is a strong ball-playing defender as evidenced by his 91.1% pass success rate – he’s also quite good in the air as he currently averages 2.6 won per 90 minutes.He’d be an excellent addition to Unai Emery’s back three considering he’s good at distributing the ball. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Sports Minister Calls for more Private Sector Support

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, has reiterated her call for members of the private sector to give more support to the development of the nation’s sports. She said this partnership will, among other things, allow the Government to upgrade and improve the nation’s sporting facilities, which are located across the island. “The infrastructure that we seek to put in has to be given greater focus and it cannot be done by Government alone, because we know what our realities are. Corporate sponsors need to see sports, like the rest of Jamaicans, as a real investment, not just as something for you to get a brand up on the wall,” she said. Mrs. Neita-Headley was speaking at the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) Invitational Stages Rally press launch, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on November 15. She lamented that the lack of first world facilities cripples the nation’s prospects of hosting several international events such, as the Diamond League Meets. The Sports Minister noted that areas are being explored within the industry to facilitate further growth and development of the nation’s present and future athletes. “Sports is not just for competition or relaxation anymore…sports is big business. It (sports) is a billion dollar industry. Certainly, some 10 per cent of the world’s tourists travel for sports and for sporting events across the world,” she said. Mrs. Neita-Headley also said that plans are in place for the establishment of a National Sports Museum, which will showcase the achievements of the nation’s athletes over the years. The Minister pointed out that many nations that have achieved far less than Jamaica have, over the years, built sport museums and the country has many accomplishments of which the nation should be proud. Turning to the importance of the rally, she said the event seeks to develop and showcase yet another of the country’s many sporting avenues. “Let us see every sporting activity as another opportunity to raise the level of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in this country. Let us use sports and our creative industries as a real way of breaking the cycle of poverty,” she added, and commended the sponsors of the event. For his part, Co-Rally Organiser, Michael Fennell Jnr., informed that the event promises to be an exciting one, and informed that this year’s championship has attracted drivers from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as a strong local complement. The 21st staging of the rally will be held from November 30 to December 2. Some of the major sponsors of the event are: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (Petcom); Stewarts Auto Sales; Trade Winds Citrus; Knutsford Court Hotel; XSOMO International Limited; and Jamaica Automobile Association.last_img read more

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Fraud trial of exdeputy Quebec premier Normandeau likely to begin in early

first_imgQUEBEC – The fraud-related trial of ex-deputy Quebec premier Nathalie Normandeau and five co-accused will likely be held in early 2018 and last at least four months, the Crown said Tuesday.Prosecutor Claude Dussault said he has 139 potential witnesses, although not all will necessarily testify.It’s hard to offer an exact timeline for the trial, he explained, because while the Crown knows how long it will take to make its case, the defence is another story.“There could be no defence or there could be a long one,” Dussault said outside a Quebec City courtroom. “Our evidence will take about four months. We are ready to proceed — and as soon as possible.”Normandeau, 49, is charged with conspiracy, corruption, breach of trust and fraud in a scheme in which political financing and gifts were allegedly exchanged for lucrative government contracts between 2000 and 2012.She and six others were arrested in March 2016.One of the seven, ex-Parti Quebecois political aide Ernest Murray, pleaded guilty last month to counselling a criminal offence that was not committed.Murray admitted to sending an email to an engineering firm with names of people he claimed were willing to be used in a scheme to violate campaign finance laws.Last Friday, Quebec Superior Court Justice Richard Grenier ruled the Crown couldn’t ask for a jury trial for the six accused because many of the charges they face carry penalties of less than five years in detention upon conviction.The six will therefore be tried before judge alone.“We would have preferred they be judged by their peers,” Dussault said. “However, according to their wishes, they want to be tried in Quebec court and we will be ready and are already ready to proceed.”Normandeau served as a Liberal member of the legislature for a riding on the Gaspe peninsula from 1998 to 2011 and held key cabinet positions as well as being deputy premier from 2007 to 2011.The parties are scheduled to return to court Sept. 19, when a trial date is expected to be set.last_img read more

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StarStudded Art Auction For AIDS Project Los Angeles

first_imgArt Project Los Angeles, an exclusive art auction and VIP cocktail event benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), will return to international auctioneers and appraisers Bonhams from June 29 through July 1.The three-day event will offer a dazzling array of art up for bid, along with a star-studded, red-carpet cocktail party on Saturday evening, June 30. 

The third annual event is known for featuring works by artists including Picasso, Warhol, Haring, Basquiat, and many more, along with a range of pieces from emerging artists.The Saturday evening reception, which will include a live auction, is expected to draw celebrity attendees including Helena Bonham Carter, Kathy Griffin, Wynona Judd, Shirley MacLaine, Ross Matthews, Alfred Molina, Pauley Perrette, Sidney and Joanna Poitier, Denise Richards, RuPaul, Jane Seymour, and Alfre Woodard – all of whom are members of the event’s high-profile Entertainment Host Committee. The committee is co-chaired by Jackie Collins and Barry Krost.The silent auction will be open to the public during the day on Friday and Saturday, and guests will be invited to bid on hundreds of artworks displayed throughout the famed auction house, including pieces by this year’s featured artist, Los Angeles-based photographer Michael Becker. Auction items will range from photography and paintings to furniture, sculpture, multimedia, and other unique displays. Beginning June 19, additional artwork and experiences will be up for auction online to an international bidder base at leading charity auction house Charitybuzz.com with proceeds to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles.Beginning at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday evening, the event will transform into a ticketed, VIP cocktail party featuring stars on the red carpet, a fast-paced live auction, hosted food and drink, a live DJ set, and even an on-site photo booth for guests to capture their experience.Art Project Los Angeles is sponsored by Bonhams and Hamilton-Selway Fine Art Gallery. Proceeds from the event will help support the lifesaving care and prevention programs of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Individual tickets to Saturday evening’s event are available at apla.org/artproject.AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. With more than 25 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit apla.org.last_img read more

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Man arrested on multiple drug charges in High Level

first_imgCooke has since been released and will be appearing in High Level Provincial Court on August 20th. HIGH LEVEL, A.B. – A Toronto man is facing a number of drug charges after Mounties in High Level executed a search warrant earlier this week in relation to an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.According to Constable Dan Gillingham with the High Level RCMP, officers conducted the raid at a home in the Deer Glen Trailer park, where police seized what was believed to be 43 grams of cocaine, along with other substances believed to cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, weapons, drug paraphernalia indicative of drug trafficking, surveillance items and $5,800 cash. The street value of the drugs seized was approximately $4,000.29-year-old Toronto resident Zoran Cooke is facing two counts each of: possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a dangerous weapon, and possession of cannabis, along with a single count of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.last_img read more

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Key Indian equity market indices trading in red

first_imgMumbai: Taking a cue from global markets, the key Indian equity market indices on Thursday opened lower. The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 37,789.13 points on Wednesday, opened lower at 37,747.91 points. Minutes into trading, it was quoting at 37,651.09 points, down by 138.04 points, or 0.37 per cent. At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader Nifty 50, which had closed at 11,359.45 points on Wednesday, was quoting at 11,319.35 points, down by 40.10 points or 0.35 per cent. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra As many as 19 stocks advanced in the Nifty 50 index while 31 stocks declined. In BSE Sensex 18 stocks, including Tata Motors, NTPC, were trading in red, while 12 stocks including Tata Steel, Coal India were trading in green at 9.23 a.m. Global trade tensions along with disappointing quarterly results suppressed the key Indian equity indices on Wednesday. The Sensex was down by 487.50 points or 1.27 per cent at the Wednesday’s closing. In the day’s trade, the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index had touched a high of 38,248.57 points and a low of 37,743.07 points. The Nifty, too was down by 138.45 points or 1.20 per cent. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days On Thursday, Asian indices were showing mostly a negative trend. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was quoting in red, down by 1.11 per cent, Hang Seng was also down by 1.88 per cent. South Korea’s Kospi was also quoting in red, down by 1.52 per cent. China’s Shanghai Composite was trading in red, down by 1.27 per cent. Overnight, Nasdaq closed in red, down by 0.26 per cent while FTSE was up by 0.15 per cent at the closing on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Green investment requires predictable carbon price ministers agree at UN meeting

25 February 2008Predictable carbon pricing is needed to direct world investment flows toward an economy that could minimize climate change, close to 140 governments agreed today as they concluded a major meeting on the subject in Monaco, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) says. Predictable carbon pricing is needed to direct world investment flows toward an economy that could minimize climate change, close to 140 governments agreed today as they concluded a major meeting on the subject in Monaco, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) says.“Sufficiently high and long-term predictable price for carbon will be central for mobilizing capital for the new economy,” according to the summary by Roberto Dobles, Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister and President of UNEP’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which ended Friday, and discussed the theme of “Mobilizing Finance for the Climate Challenge.” The five-day Forum set new priorities for UNEP and was the largest gathering of environment ministers since last December’s landmark UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, which ended with 187 countries agreeing to launch a two-year process of formal negotiations on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol.In adopting a medium-term programme of work at the meeting, participants decided on a new strategy to strengthen and refocus UNEP’s response to climate change as well as its handling of disasters, conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, harmful substances, hazardous waste and resource efficiency, UNEP said.“This decision is a major milestone in achieving a consensus among the international community as well as civil society and the private sector to set new and transformational directions for this environment programme of the UN,” Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said at the meeting’s close.In regard to financing to meet the challenges of global warming, many participants urged that the Adaptation Fund of the Kyoto Protocol become quickly operational to ‘climate proof’ vulnerable economies, according to the President’s summary. In addition, many maintained that the Clean Development Mechanism of the Protocol, which may eventually generate up to $100 billion of investment flowing from North to South into clean and green energy projects, needed to be “supplemented by significant contributions from industrialized countries.””Developing countries no longer need to be convinced of the advantages of green growth, but they do need financial and technical assistance in order to make the transition to lower carbon economies,” the summary noted. A transformation in the marketplace was noted by private sector participants at the meeting, who said that renewable energy had ‘shed its fringe image’ and was now a mainstream business, although there remained a ‘lack of activity’ in poorer developing countries. read more

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Iranian arrested and grilled by CID over forged passport

Initial investigations revealed the Iranian was to travel to a European country via Sri Lanka using the forged passport .The CID is investigating if the Iranian is part of a human smuggling operation. (Colombo Gazette) An Iranian has been arrested by Immigration officials at the Katunayake Airport and is being questioned by the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID).The Iranian was arrested after a forged passport was found in his possession.

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PPP says developments at Nations horrific calls on Govt to take

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$1M rewards for information on perpetrators threatening to shoot schoolFebruary 5, 2019In “Crime”Loan write off, free tertiary education for all Guyanese – AliSeptember 14, 2019In “Local News”Reverse ‘callous, cruel’ imposition of VAT on private education- PPPFebruary 22, 2017In “Business” The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it is concerned about the “horrific developments” affecting the School of the Nations and urges the Coalition Government to “stop treating this matter in a ‘business as usual’ manner and take a more aggressive lead in addressing the situation.”In a statement on the issue the Party said that “the safety of our children in schools must be of paramount importance. This situation could have serious consequences for both the children at the school and the country at large.”The Opposition’s remarks comes at a time when parents of students attending the School of Nations on New Market Street, Georgetown have expressed fear for their children’s safety at the institution in the wake of the recent shooting of the Director, Dr Brian O’Toole and the constant threats posted on social media allegedly by an expelled student.Parents engaged in a meeting on Monday with the school’s administrationTheir distress was clearly voiced during an engagement with the school’s administration on Monday, as questions mounted about the level of security which has been adopted in recent days.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of School of Nations, Dr Dexter Phillips explained that they were installing additional security cameras at blind spots along with an increased security presence at the entrances.It was indicated that the administration took a decision to not resume classes as per normal today with the assistance of the Guyana Police Force for increased support.The school had to implement these measures after the Director was shot on Sunday night about 21:44h at his Prashad Nagar home shortly after returning home from a restaurant.The Police report stated that the 64-year-old man returned home and secured his gate after entering. As he was about to open the door, a male suspect approached him, pointed a gun and discharged three rounds in his direction – -two of which caught him in both forearms.His wife, Pamela O’Toole, heard the shots and upon checking, found her injured husband and rushed him to the Woodlands Hospital, where his condition is said to be stable.This act came with what was considered warning signs from a social media account, believed to be created by students of the institution. The posts started on WhatsApp and moved to Facebook, where threats were made to the lives of students. In one instance, two persons were mentioned in the online posts.The guardians spared no opportunity to probe the ongoing investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police Force.Phillips maintained that he could not divulge any information until the investigation is completed. However, he stated that one individual who made the first threat is with the Police.“We continue to work with the relevant Police authorities for the threats posted on social media and the shooting of Dr O’Toole,” said the CEO.Hints were made that if the posts are linked to the shooting incident, there is a bigger risk at hand since the posts indicated that several persons hold grudges against the school.One of the posts read, “If you feel life was ‘surreal’, I will show what reality is next week…there is a plethora of us who feel the same way.”Meanwhile, a former student of the institution has been taken into Police custody as the probe continues. read more

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French court orders Google to block search results of exF1 boss Max

first_imgIN A LANDMARK ruling, a French court on today Google to prevent its search engine from providing links to images of a sadomasochistic orgy involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley.Google, which had strongly opposed Mosley’s request, immediately announced that it would appeal a decision it fears will set a dangerous legal precedent for costly and heavy-handed automated censorship of the Internet.“This decision should worry all those who defend freedom of expression on the Internet,” said Daphne Keller, Google’s legal representative in the case.The appeal does not suspend the ruling, which Google now has two months to comply with. The court also fined Google a symbolic one euro and ordered the company to pay €5,000 in court costs.Wednesday’s ruling relates to nine images taken from a video of the orgy that was filmed by Britain’s now defunct News of the World tabloid. Mosley’s legal team failed to secure a broader ruling which would have also forced Google to block access to any further extracts from the video which may emerge in the future.Mosley has won a string of legal battles related to the publication of the video, starting with a libel case against the NoW over its claim, in March 2008, that the orgy was Nazi-themed.In 2011, a French court fined NoW’s owner, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., €10,000 after ruling that Mosley’s right to privacy had been infringed by the publication of the images in editions of the newspaper sold in France, which has one of the world’s toughest privacy laws.Those rulings however have failed to stop images from the orgy being widely circulated on the web and Mosley believes search engines have a duty to prevent users from accessing material deemed to have breached the law.(Max Mosely speaking to the media. File Photo. Source: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)Google had argued that the construction of search result filters of the type requested by Mosley would threaten users’ freedom of access to information while failing to remove the offending images from the Internet.The world’s most widely-used search engine says filters are inevitably clumsy mechanisms — one that blocks content related to the orgy could also block legitimate coverage of the court case, for example, Google argues.Google said it had, at Mosley’s request, already taken steps to ensure hundreds of pages whose content could be deemed to breach the law in some countries are excluded from its search results.At the heart of the legal debate is the question over whether companies like Google should be obliged to play a role in policing the Internet. The company says no to that and believes its stance is supported by a European Union directive (law) on e-commerce which should take precedence over privacy law.In a blog at the start of the court case in September, Keller argued: “We don’t hold paper makers or the people who build printing presses responsible if their customers use those things to break the law. The true responsibility for unlawful content lies with the people who produce it.”© – AFPRead: 500 million searches a day are for things Google has never heard of >Read: One in five Irish teens have accessed content that disturbed them — survey >last_img read more

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Sheldon Adelson moves to 20th on global rich list as pay doubles

first_imgLas Vegas Sands Corp Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson saw his pay packet double to US$26.1 million in 2017, according to documents filed by the company this week.Adelson’s compensation package jumped from US$12.7 million in 2016, comprising US$5 million in salary plus a US$12.5 million cash bonus, US$4.21 million in equity awards and US$4.38 million in perks. Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion RelatedPosts Another US$1 billion was paid in dividends on shares held by Adelson and his family members.According to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, Adelson is currently the world’s 20th richest man with a fortune of US$36.8 billion. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tops the list with US$121 billion. Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year Load More Family of Dr Stanley Ho ranks 17th on list of Asia’s 20 Richest Familieslast_img read more

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Rohingyas may stay in Bangladesh for some time UNHCR chief

first_imgUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi speaks at a press conference in Dhaka on July 10, 2017. AFPNearly half a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar living in squalid Bangladeshi camps face staying “for some more time”, the UN high commissioner for refugees said Monday.Filippo Grandi, the chief of UNHCR, visited two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar on the southeast coast where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar.Grandi warned the minority group faced a “very dire state in northern Rakhine” bordering Cox’s Bazar, adding Myanmar officials had said the verification procedure for refugees before any repatriation would be lengthy.”We offered our technical expertise (to Myanmar). I think it’s possible that refugees will stay here in Bangladesh for some more time,” he said in Dhaka.The refugee chief also tweeted Monday: “Struck by sense of despair of refugees in Cox’s Bazaar: tangible progress in Myanmar & better opportunities can restore trust in the future.”Bangladesh in 2015 caused an international outcry after revealing plans to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to a barren island prone to monsoonal flooding.Earlier this year Dhaka ordered preliminary construction to start at the site in Thengar Char in the Bay of Bengal.Grandi, who met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during his trip, said any relocation should be voluntary.”None should be forcefully relocated,” he said.Dhaka estimates 400,000 Rohingya refugees are living in Bangladesh, including nearly 70,000 who have arrived since October fleeing violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine stateMany recalled horrific stories of villages being torched, relatives burned alive and the gang rape of women by security forces.last_img read more

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Office workers trapped in Banani fire

first_imgFire breaks out at FR Tower in Banani in the capital on Thursdya afternoon. Photo: Khaled SarkerMany people are believed to have been trapped in the multi-storey building which caught fire on Thursday afternoon, reports news agency UNB.An unspecified number of panicked people suffered injuries as they jumped off its different floors for safety.Fire service officials fear the fire may engulf the adjoining buildings if it cannot be doused quickly. Residents of the adjoining buildings have left their flats fearing danger as huge black fumes are coming out of the building.AFP reported that people were seen shouting for help from windows, video footage from the scene showed, while at least six people jumped out of the burning tower.Helicopters dropped water on the burning building from above while hundreds of panicked onlookers crowded the streets in the upmarket commercial district of Banani.Scores of fire fighters were backed by navy and air force experts, authorities said.Shoikot Rahman ran to safety after hearing colleagues raise the alarm, narrowly escaping the smoke and flames engulfing the building.”When I heard a fire broke out in the building, I quickly rushed out of the building,” he told AFP.”Many of my colleagues are still trapped in the office.”There was no official word on how many people were trapped inside however.A massive blaze in Dhaka’s old quarter last month killed at least 70 people and injured 50 others.Fire service officials said a warehouse of deodorant and granular plastic in one of the five buildings that caught fire fuelled that inferno, which took more than 12 hours to control.A June 2010 fire in the nearby neighbourhood of Nimtoli in which 123 people were killed.last_img read more

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Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 1 The Beginning

first_imgEarlier this week, the Cartoon Brew Instagram account revealed the first promo art for the upcoming Samurai Jack revival (catch a glimpse of it below). The new season of the show – hitting the air more than a decade after the original run concluded – will only consist of 10 episodes, but they’ll be structured like a five-hour movie, with a much darker tone than the previous seasons. To help get you stoked for the new episodes, debuting later this year on Cartoon Network, Geek.com takes a look back at the original series, starting with the very first episode…Samurai Jack, outside of being one of the best cartoons ever made and one of my personal favorite television shows, is important. During its four-season run starting in 2001, the show struggled to find its audience. This was due in part to scheduling malarkey from Cartoon Network, who were reportedly frustrated that the show didn’t offer up more toy tie-in opportunities (where all the real money gets made). Just as large of a problem, however, was that in 2001, prior to the full ascendency of geek culture and the normalization of animation for adults brought about by anime’s then still-waxing popularity, it wasn’t terribly clear who the show was for.With its hard, blocky, angular animation, Samurai Jack brought to mind other popular Cartoon Network original programming, including Dexter’s Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls. This made sense, of course, because the creator of Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky, also created Dexter’s Lab and directed multiple episodes of the original Powerpuff Girls series. But unlike those amazing shows, which were, reductively, children’s television that also managed to appeal to an older audience, Samurai Jack aimed at an older, more culturally aware audience. And if, like me, Samurai Jack hit you at the right time and age, you’re probably just as outrageously stoked as I am for the show’s return later this year.One of the many things I loved about Samurai Jack — one of the things that led me, as a Marvel editor, to hire Tartakovsky to do a still sadly unreleased ’70s-era Luke Cage comic project — was the fact that the show is, in the best way possible, a pastiche, a single work of art that borrows and lifts from other works as a type of homage, blending them together into something new that still manages to honor the original work. In all of his work, Tartakovsky wears his influences proudly on his sleeve, but with Samurai Jack, those influences go far beyond simple parody, easter egg, or allusion.Perhaps nowhere in the series’ entire run is that more clearly on display than in the very first episode of the very first season, entitled, appropriately, “The Beginning.” Originally airing as part of a “Premiere Movie,” which contained episodes one through three, “The Beginning” starts from a place of heavy Japanese influence. In fact, what backstory we receive regarding Jack’s arch rival, the demon Aku, comes via a sequence of vertically scrolling images that bring to mind the ukiyo-e art genre. Though the show begins in a Japanese setting — as one might reasonably expect from a series with “Samurai” in the title — it quickly becomes clear that the show will not be content to homage chanbara samurai films alone.In fact, in this very first episode, the title character goes on a wandering journey of training and self-discovery, evoking the David Carradine 1970s series Kung Fu. Instead of being limited to a single nation, though, the young Jack is sent to learn horseback riding in the Middle East, staff fighting in sub-Saharan Africa, literacy in Egypt, wrestling in Greece, the bow in England, sailing in Scandinavia, axe-throwing in Russia, spear-work upon the steppes and, my personal favorite, kung fu in China, utilizing some of the training regimen made famous in the Gordon Liu starring classic, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.It’s been almost 15 years since this episode of Samurai Jack first appeared and in that time pop culture’s approach to proper representation of various ethnic, racial and national groups has grown and changed in rather profound ways. As such, some people might look back at this first episode of Samurai Jack, with its simplistic, caricature-driven approach to different world cultures — especially the extraordinarily black, stereotypically portrayed African staff-fighter — as problematic. While I would never presume to tell someone that they are wrong to feel offended, I do think it’s important to point out the idiom that Samurai Jack and much of Tartakovsky’s work tends to fall within.Samurai Jack is a cartoon. Not just in the simple sense, meaning that it’s comprised of animation, but in a deeper, older sense of the word. Cartooning has as an important part of its DNA a separate but related art: Caricature. This can still be seen in many comics and cartoons, but nowhere is it more clear than in editorial cartooning, a subgenre of comics that has managed to stay relevant even amidst print publishing’s ongoing collapse, a fact that likely speaks to the primal power of the technique. Samurai Jack taps into this same approach, using cultural stereotypes as a type of visual shorthand to convey how we are meant to feel about Jack, his journey and his numerous teachers.In truth, it’s this approach that not only makes this first episode work so well, but enables it to even work at all. There are a whopping nine cultural vignettes within this first 23-minute episode, as well as other scenes that go a long way to establishing the show’s characters and central conflicts. That’s not a lot of time to set a scene, and the task is made even more difficult by another fascinating choice that the show’s creators made: To have all of these vignettes be silent.With so little time, with no dialogue, establishing Jack’s character, the benevolence of his teachers and his growing skills — it all sounds like an insurmountable task. But because Tartakovsky and company decided to lean upon preconceived notions of classical wrestling, Robin Hood, viking longships and, yes, kung fu, they were able to give Jack a shockingly rich backstory in a shockingly expedient manner.Again, I’m not interested in explaining why anyone should or shouldn’t be offended by a caricature — that’s a personal choice — but I would like to comment upon not just the choice to use stereotypical cultural and racial elements, but the manner in which they were utilized. Like all of the influences contained in Samurai Jack, like all of the pieces that go together to make a true pastiche, the globetrotting depictions in this first episode are presented with not just kindness, but reverence. They exist to connect Samurai Jack to not just a single martial lineage, but to all martial lineages, in effect, creating a hero that possesses a bond to a myriad of world traditions despite his initial rooting in a very specific one. Taken from that angle, the building of this distinctly Asian hero (itself a political choice for an American cartoon) as a citizen and champion of the entire world, is a rather progressive choice.All of these quick, silent, individual vignettes are also fascinating for another reason: They are an absolutely bizarre way to start an animated series, much less one in 2001 that was largely aimed (wisely or not) at children. Typically, first episodes of television series have a laundry list of things to establish and present: Protagonist, antagonist, central conflict, complications, secondary characters, setting, etc. Instead of doing all of that, however, this first episode takes an extremely leisurely approach, one that almost feels lackadaisical.A large reason behind this is likely the fact that, as aforementioned, this episode was originally just the first third of a larger “Premiere Movie.” But even the simple choice to have a “Premiere Movie” at all is a strange one, as it represents a much larger time commitment from audiences who likely knew next to nothing at all about the series. If you came into the show expecting Dexter’s Laboratory with a samurai, or even a chanbara-style sword fighting epic, this first episode would likely leave you scratching your head. Again, though, if you’re anything like me, you scratched while smiling.The show begins in a truly bizarre place, opening with the solar eclipse-driven rebirth of the series’ central antagonist, Aku. But with no dialogue, and before we’ve even been told who Aku is or what he looks like, the scene exists with no context except that which the audience makes up on its own, or has revealed to them later. Samurai Jack expects that its audience doesn’t just sit and stare at it vacantly for 23 minutes, but that they actually pay attention and think about what’s being presented to them.The willingness to begin in such an odd, disconcerting place, to fill the middle of the first episode with a series of silent vignettes, to never even bother naming the title character — these are bizarre, seemingly counterintuitive choices for a new series. They all not only work, though, but contribute to the depth and complexity of the show due to one simple thing: The creators’ confidence.Together, Tartakovsky, frequent collaborator Paul Rudish, and the rest of the show’s creative team exhibited a supreme amount of confidence, one that enabled them to take a strange approach to an animated show and sell it to audiences through their straight-faced commitment and sincere love of all the series’ myriad influences. This willingness to experiment, to utilize influences not commonly seen in Western animation, is a trend that we will most definitely return to as we continue our re-watch of Samurai Jack.Next week, we pick up where we left off, with part II of the Samurai Jack “Premiere Movie,” “The Samurai Called Jack.” We’ll be discussing the heavy debt that Samurai Jack owes to specific works, including Frank Miller’s Ronin, as well as a serious talk about when and how pastiche crosses the line into infringement. Keep up with our re-watch by checking out Samurai Jack on Hulu!Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe series from IDW, available digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information.last_img read more

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NASA Turns to Small Businesses for Advances in Space Travel

first_img 2 min read Listen Now NASA is turning to entrepreneurs across the country to help further its exploration of deep space. The agency has chosen 137 research and technology proposals from 117 companies as part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.Altogether, these proposals, which were selected from a pool of 323 submitted over the past year, represent contracts valued at more than $100 million.Related: International Space Station Crew Returns Home Today. See Photos of Their Year in SpaceTo cull the applications, NASA looked at a number of factors including the experience and qualifications of each small business and their idea’s feasibility and commercial potential.Selected projects include software that powers unmanned aircraft systems, low-cost 3-D printing technology, tools that measure and identify exoplanets and sensors that help make launch sites safer.  Related: Report: Space Projects Lured $1.8 Billion in Venture Capital Last YearWhile NASA’s ultimate mission is to explore space, the program has the immediate benefit of helping small businesses back on earth.”These proposals represent the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses that fuel our economy and create jobs on Main Street,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate. “The dollar value of these innovation projects represents an investment in the American economy.” How Success Happenscenter_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. March 17, 2016last_img read more

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The US spent 7 billion to fight the drug war in Afghanistan

first_imgThe United States is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan having lost its battle against the country’s narcotics industry, marking one of the starkest failures of the 2009 strategy the Obama administration pursued in an effort to turn around the war.Despite a U.S. investment of nearly $7 billion since 2002 to combat it, the country’s opium market is booming, propelled by steady demand and an insurgency that has assumed an increasingly hands-on role in the trade, according to law enforcement officials and counternarcotics experts. As the war economy contracts, opium poppies, which are processed into heroin, are poised to play an ever larger role in the country’s economy and politics, undercutting two key U.S. goals: fighting corruption and weakening the link between the insurgency and the drug trade.The Afghan army opted this spring for the first time in several years not to provide security to eradication teams in key regions, forgoing a dangerous mission that has long embittered rural Afghans who depend on the crop for their livelihoods.Experts say that, in the end, efforts over the past decade to rein in cultivation were stymied by entrenched insecurity in much of the country, poverty, and the ambivalence — and at times collusion — of the country’s ruling class.With a presidential election just months away, political will for anti-drug initiatives is weak among members of the Afghan elite, many of whom have become increasingly dependent on the proceeds of drugs as foreign funding dries up, said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, who heads the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Afghanistan.“Money is less and less available within the licit economy,” he said. “The real danger is the weakened resistance to corruption and to involvement in a distorted political economy, which weakens your resistance to collusion with the enemy.”As U.S. forces have withdrawn from Afghanistan — there are roughly 51,000 U.S. troops left in the country, down from a peak of 100,000 — insurgents have fought particularly hard to reclaim lost ground in Helmand province, the epicenter of Afghanistan’s poppy industry, U.S. military officials have said.In its latest progress report on Afghanistan to Congress, the Pentagon warned that the 2013 poppy harvest was expected to be “considerably” bigger than the 2012 yield as a result of warmer temperatures early in the season, the drawdown of NATO troops and the high price of poppies.The July report characterized the reach of counternarcotics efforts by the Afghan government and its foreign partners as “small but not insignificant.” The report noted that demand remains high, drug smuggling networks remain resilient and “insurgent penetration of that market is extensive and expanding.”The UNODC is scheduled to release its yearly Afghan opium survey report next week. Experts and Western diplomats in Kabul have said they expect the report to show a dramatic expansion of cultivation from 2012, when the agency estimated that 154,000 hectares (380,542 acres) of land were used to harvest poppy.U.S. officials say they have established a competent, well-trained Afghan counternarcotics police agency and a special drug court to discourage the trade. But the long-term sustainability of those efforts is uncertain as the West reassesses spending levels in Afghanistan after 2014 — when the U.S. combat mission is due to end — and continues to shift increasing responsibility for security to the Afghans.Haroon Rashid Sherzad, Afghanistan’s deputy counternarcotics minister, said getting at the root causes of Afghanistan’s drug problem would take a generation and vastly expanded regional cooperation.“The concern I have is whether the international community realizes the importance of this problem for global instability and security,” he said in an interview, singling out regional neighbors, in particular. “They should understand that the drug economy is fueling terrorism, destabilizing the region and the global village. It is vanishing the achievements of the past 10 years.” Related posts:Guatemalan Anti-Opium Operation ‘Successful’ The U.S. government has spent $7 billion in the past decade to fight Afghanistan’s opium trade. Courtesy Wikimedia Commonscenter_img Soon after Barack Obama’s 2008 election, as his administration weighed a Pentagon request to deploy tens of thousands of additional troops to the worsening conflict, the White House set out to overhaul its approach to counternarcotics. Until then, the United States and its allies in Afghanistan had turned a blind eye to the drug links of several warlords they backed.Richard Holbrooke, who would become President Obama’s top envoy for the region, argued that the United States needed a robust interagency approach to fight the drug trade. It would include aggressive interdiction, strengthening rule-of-law institutions and taking down the heads of the trade — even if that meant pursuing senior government officials.The Drug Enforcement Administration, which had just more than a dozen agents in Afghanistan, deployed several dozen more to the war zone, embedding small teams in U.S. military bases. DEA officials said they became alarmed by how intertwined the trade and the insurgency had become. Taliban leaders had long taxed poppy farmers, but more insurgents were running drug labs and smuggling networks, investigators found.“At first, they saw it as a means to achieve their ends, as a funding source,” a senior DEA official in Kabul said in an interview. “As so often happens with drugs, it corrupted them. You get money and power and influence and all those things through drug trafficking, not to mention houses and fancy cars.”The booming trade had a peculiar feature that stunned agents who had tackled cartels in Colombia and Southeast Asia. Unlike drug networks in those regions, where rivalry among kingpins often turned violent, Afghan drug traffickers were surprisingly collaborative.“They seem to operate more as a collective,” said the DEA official, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid assessment of the problem. “They’ll share land. They’ll share labs, chemists. It was surprising to those of us who came from areas where that was a problem.”The DEA and members of Afghanistan’s counternarcotics police had considerable success in interdiction operations and brought a steady stream of cases to a drug tribunal funded by the U.S. and British governments. But few top kingpins were prosecuted. Extraditing cartel chiefs to the United States was not an option, because Kabul and Washington do not have an extradition treaty.The State Department funded manual eradication initiatives that were run by provincial officials. It also established a monetary rewards system for governors of provinces that remained poppy-free or had significant declines in cultivation. The U.S. Agency for International Development, meanwhile, launched programs to increase the appeal of alternative crops.Critics of the West’s counternarcotics policies say that while some of those initiatives were well thought out, ultimately they were too little, too late.The office of the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction noted in its latest quarterly report that drug interdictions have dropped as the U.S. drawdown has gained steam. The DEA operations, the report added, will be largely constrained to Kabul; without the military, agents will have limited ability to move around the country safely. Drug trafficking is all but guaranteed to flourish unimpeded in Kandahar and Helmand, the southern provinces where the largest share of U.S. troops were killed during the war, the auditing agency warned.“Poor security, a small Afghan [counternarcotics] security force, minimal assets and lack of intelligence to identify opium production networks are likely to allow drug traffickers to move and operate largely unimpeded in these important provinces,” the inspector general warned in the September report.Hajji Sha Wali, an elder in Helmand province, said poppy farmers were once open to heeding the calls from Kabul and international officials suggesting they plant alternative crops.“They told us they would give us alternatives, build bridges for us, but they didn’t keep their promises,” Wali said in a phone interview from his home district, Marja. Most ordinary Afghans dislike the drug trade, he added, but a growing number are turning to it out of necessity or coercion. “But people are very impoverished, and costs are rising every day. Meanwhile, the armed opposition forces are getting people to plant poppy so they can make money from it.”The senior DEA agent said the fight against drugs will probably become more challenging in the years ahead.“This is going to be the Afghans’ fight to carry forward,” he said. “We will continue to be here in some numbers to support and assist them and continue to advise, but it definitely has to be turned over to them.”Lemahieu, the U.N. official, said the counternarcotics institutions the West is leaving behind represent a model of the type of effort that could ultimately make a dent. But they lack political support and remain woefully small, he said.“If you leave 2,700 counternarcotics police to clean up Afghanistan of drug activity, good luck,” he said. “It’s not going to happen.”© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona’s defense may have a soft underbelly when it comes to stopping the run, but this is not the Packers’ strength. The 49ers were, in my opinion, the best rushing team in the league. And although the Cards were able to shut them down in the second half on Monday night, the damage was done in the first half when they rushed for 80 yards and scored 17 points. The Packers shouldn’t have that kind of success running the ball and that should make Rodgers easier to defend…and get pressure on.The Packers’ offensive line has given up the second-most sacks in the league (Cards are #1) and are number 29 in sacks per attempt allowed. Protecting Aaron Rodgers has been a major problem for the Pack, which is why they’re trying to get back to running the football. Their offensive line needs help, too.And the Cardinals can rush the passer. Arizona continues to manufacture pressure and the Ray Horton Factory has produced sacks. The Cards have 26 sacks this season, and the best team at getting to the QB per pass attempt in the NFL is the Arizona Cardinals. Daryl Washington and company have been able to get to the QB.The Packers won’t have WR Greg Jennings for a significant dispensation of the season, including this Sunday. Jennings is the over-the-top, deep threat for Aaron Rodgers and a playmaker of the highest order. Jennings stretches a secondary vertically and allows others like Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, James Jones and Randall “Don’t Call Him Tex” Cobb to work the Packers short to intermediate passing tree efficiently. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Having said all of this, 45-7 Packers, seems about right.I don’t think so. I think the Cardinals defense should keep Arizona in this game; they are eager to prove that last week was an anomaly.The X-Men wanted to show the nation they were an elite defense and although their numbers still are impressive, they were summarily dismissed by Jim Harbaugh’s tight end and fullback-laden offense. The Cardinals were pushed around on the line of scrimmage, missed tackles, blew coverage and gave up big plays. It was an uncharacteristic performance by this defense and they are determined to avenge their public caning, metaphorically speaking.I don’t believe the Packers are built to have the kind of success against the Cards’ defense that the 49ers had.The Packers are struggling to run the ball and this was key to what the 49ers were able to do last week. Alex Smith got on a roll because he was operating in a three-dimensional offense. The Packers want to do the same thing but have had trouble opening holes and have had a problem finding a got-to running back. Like the Cards, they are one of the worst running teams in the league. The Packers average 90 yards rushing per game (ranks 26th) and 3.7 yards per carry (ranks 27th). Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Many people are assuming the Arizona Cardinals are going to get their collective backs waxed in Green Bay this weekend. The Packers started slowly but have won three consecutive games, including an impressive beatdown of the Houston Texans in front of a grateful nation on Sunday Night Football. Aaron Rodgers has torched coverage from Houston, St. Louis and Jacksonville at a torrid pace and looks to be an MVP candidate once again. Clay Matthews has nine sacks and the Packers are #3 in sacks per attempt; the Cardinals offensive line is setting records for sacks allowed and this matchup does not look promising. Finally, the Packers are playing at home, in front of their “Cheeseheads” at Lambeau Field. 0 Comments   Share   Now, much of that deep threat responsibility falls on the shoulders of a Jordy Nelson, whom is fighting the daggers in the leg of a pulled hamstring. Not having Jennings and a healthy Nelson could limit Rodgers’ options even more.Aaron Rodgers is on fire, the Packers score 26 points per game and convert red zone possessions at a rate that is simply staggering. The Pack are 72% in the red zone, number two in the league, and that’s where this game will be decided. If the Packers are 50% or better in the red zone on Sunday, the fat lady will be singing at Lambeau.I don’t know if the Cardinals offense can become more consistent with the talent they have. Injuries have left the Cards with players they were not counting on to carry the load and the players they have are struggling to improve.But I know this: the X-Men can get better and play more consistently and I think that will happen in Green Bay. And that’s why this game should be up for grabs in the fourth quarter. Time to buckle up.last_img read more

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