Archers survive Tams’ final rally

first_imgFEU’s Prince Orizu tries to get La Salle’s Ben Mbala out of the way, but the MVP continues to drop double-double numbers to lift the Archers past the Tamaraws . —AUGUST DELA CRUZWith reigning Ben Mbala struggling, Ricci Rivero and Jollo Go rose to the challenge anew as La Salle hammered out a thrilling 75-73 victory over Far Eastern U Wednesday to regain solo second in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sustaining his fiery form, Rivero finished with 20 points and five steals while Go made four triples en route to 14 points as they picked up the slack for Mbala, who shot just 5-of-16 from the field for 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It was really a struggle,” said Perasol.Mbala was made to work for his points by Prince Orizu and Barkley Ebonia, but La Salle’s defense also hung tough in a tight fourth period with Andrei Caracut breaking up FEU’s final inbound play with 2.2 seconds remaining.“They focused on defending Ben (Mbala), but fortunately for us, Jollo was hitting his shots,” said La Salle assistant coach Miggy Solitaria, who has been filling in for Aldin Ayo at post-match press conferences after the loss to University of the Philippines last Sept. 23.“It was all about doing my role,” said Go, who shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. “I’m just grateful for the trust and confidence given to me by my teammates.”The Archers could have sealed the victory earlier, but Rivero missed a couple of free throws and intentionally missed a second foul shot that failed to hit the rim for a violation, allowing the Tamaraws one last chance of stealing the win.“We just have to stick to our system,” Solitaria said. “There’s always an impact if we don’t follow the system. Fortunately, in the last few minutes of the game, we found a way (to win).” “Every time we go up against UST, it’s always going to be a classic for us,” said UP coach Bo Perasol, whose team snapped a three-game slide.“This is just too difficult for us, because we just wanted to get another win after the three losses we had. This is something that can perk us up, make us believe again that we can still do this.”A surprise starter, Jan Jaboneta went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc to topscore with 12 points for the Maroons, who once again struggled to get baskets in the endgame.“Just imagine what would have happened if we lost that game,” said Perasol. “It was a close game; it could have been the third close game that we (lost). We’re able to make a stop in that last possession, and we’re just happy about this, all of us.”Marvin Lee cut UP’s lead to a single point with a triple in transition before Manzo split his free throws, setting the stage for a wild finish. The Maroons took control in the second period, where Manzo and Desiderio joined forces in a 13-2 burst that gave UP a 31-22 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Arellano U Presses bid for final 4 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win allowed the Archers to break the tie for second with the Adamson Falcons as they improved to 6-2, while dealing the Tamaraws their second straight defeat for a 4-4 record.FEU’s loss also allowed University of the Philippines to catch up at fourth spot as the Fighting Maroons slipped past University of Santo Tomas, 71-69, earlier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJun Manzo split his free throws with seven seconds remaining, before the Maroons watched Marvin Lee’s triple rim out at the buzzer as they escaped with a narrow win just like in the first round when Paul Desiderio nailed a triple as time expired to lift UP.It was the eighth straight loss for the Tigers, who once again showed plenty of fight in the final period, before falling short. Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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17 days agoArsenal defender Mustafi laughs off ‘irrational’ criticism: I’m mentally strong

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal defender Mustafi laughs off ‘irrational’ criticism: I’m mentally strongby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has laughed off a poll naming his as the world’s second worst defender.The Arsenal stopper finished behind Manchester United’s Phil Jones in a survey conducted by Spanish newspaper Marca, who asked 150,000 people who was the world’s worst defender.But Mustafi says he isn’t bothered by the poll results.”In the first two years after my move to Arsenal in 2016, things went very well for me,” Mustafi told German outlet Speigel. “But shortly after Christmas 2018 there was a kink. I’ve made a few mistakes and they’ve created a mess that I’ve never experienced before.”Mustafi added: “There were days when I really doubted something about myself. But at some point I realised that I am mentally strong.”Something my wife said helped me a lot: ‘If you were really as bad as people are making you out, you would never have been a World Champion and Arsenal player, something must have brought you here’. Since then I can handle it better.”I’m self-critical enough to realise that I made mistakes. I can also deal with tough criticism. “But the criticism has become escalated and irrational. I have become a target. At some point, people even blamed me for a defeat I had not played in at all.” last_img read more

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Stars Added To Ed Asner Friends Poker Tournament

first_imgEd Asner and the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, presents the Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament.Expected to join Ed Asner at the event are Rosie O’Donnell, Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine, Michael Chiklis, Dylan McDermott, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Bergeron, Peter Fonda, Daryl Hannah, Thomas Gibson, Lisa Loeb, Michael McKean, Elizabeth Carlisle, Holly Robinson Pete, Wayne Brady, Randy Rainbow, Sebastian Bach, Rocky Carroll, Patricia Heaton, and Greg Grunberg among others. More than 300 guests are expected at this year’s event.In addition to the Celebrity Poker Tournament, guests will also enjoy a dinner buffet, cocktails, silent/live auctions and opportunity drawings. The top three winners will be awarded prizes.The poker tournament is expecting to raise over $100,000 to support Autism Society’s mission to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. Autism currently affects 1 out of every 68 individuals and their families.FOR TICKETS: go to Poker Tickets.WHEN:SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th | 5:00 PM – MIDNIGHTWHERE:HAWORTH LOS ANGELES SHOWROOM444 South Flower St., Downtown LAlast_img read more

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Unique tutorlearner relationship sets example when it comes to literacy language revitalization

first_imgChris MacIntyreAPTN NewsKwanlin’ Dun First Nation Elder Louie Smith has spent most of his 86 years living and learning on the land.When Smith was a child an outbreak of tuberculosis at the school in Carcross, YT, forced Smith’s father to remove him from class.Louie only spent two weeks at the school and never learned how to read.“A lot of kids died there,” says Smith. “You play around today and tomorrow you already die in the Carcross school.“So that’s why I never went to school”(Ted Ackerman and Louie Smith spend two days a week at the House of Learning reading, sharing stories and history with each other. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)Louie always wanted to learn how to read.He says that once you learn to read, you can learn to sing.When Smith reached his 80s , a family member suggested he register with Yukon Learn – a not for profit agency whose mandate is to help Yukon adults improve their literacy.After a few different tutors, Louie finally met Ted Ackerman in 2015.Ackerman had been volunteering with Yukon Learn since 2013 and was excited at the opportunity to work together with a First Nation Elder.For the past four years, two times a week, Louie Smith and his tutor Ted Ackerman spend their mornings surrounded by books at the House of Learning building in Whitehorse.Their reading lesson always starts off with a cup of fresh coffee and usually a story from Smith’s childhood.Smith isn’t the only one learning at these weekly tutoring sessions.Ackerman is also on the receiving end.(From the left: Kwanlin’ Dun elder Louie Smith, Ted Ackerman, Kwanlin Dun Chief Doris Bill and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver at the Council of the Federation Literacy award presentation. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)Smith shares his stories and history of First Nation’s culture and has been teaching Ackerman words in Southern Tutchone.Ackerman says being able to teach and at the same time learn is a rich experience.“Literacy is not just the reading and writing, that’s a large part but it’s also the understanding of knowledge of the world around you,” he says.“Louie is highly literate in Yukon First Nation culture and he shares that with me.”Recently Smith and Ackerman were presented with the 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award.The award recognizes contributions to literacy and First Nation language revitalization.(Literacy Award : The Council of the Federation Literacy medals. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)With permission from the Kwanlin’ Dun First Nation, the pair have preserved over 100 items of First Nations history through recordings and books.There are no plans to stop the tutoring sessions and Smith has even said that he’d like more.Through the time spent together, Smith continues to learn how to read and Ackerman gets a greater understanding of First Nation culture.“I’ve read the Truth and Reconciliation report and I’ve read the Together Today for our Children Tomorrow and both of those documents talk about sort of what the institutions and the organizations of our cultures and country need to do to help our cultures co-exist,” says Ackerman.“I think if there’s a lot more of me and Louie doing things we wouldn’t need those big documents as much”.cmacintyre@aptn.calast_img read more

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Scheer Canada speaks with one voice on renegotiating NAFTA deal

first_imgWASHINGTON – In his first foreign trip as leader of the official Opposition, Andrew Scheer avoided any criticism of the Liberal federal government, telling a Washington audience that Canada speaks with one voice on NAFTA.The Conservative leader was at the Wilson Center on Wednesday explaining that he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have their partisan differences, but not when it comes to preserving the Canada-U.S. relationship.”On NAFTA, the Canadian Parliament … is united,” Scheer told the think tank.”We have our partisan differences. When we hold the government to account, as is our role in our parliamentary system, we will absolutely point out what we think they should be doing differently,” he added. “But when it comes to our relationship with the United States we do speak with one voice.“We want to make sure we’re here to support our government’s efforts in maintaining and protecting what we have in NAFTA. I believe it’s important to send that signal to interests here in Washington.”He later avoided being pulled into the more controversial aspects of negotiations to renew the continental trade pact. One of the attendees of the event — David Wilkins, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada — asked him to suggest what concessions Canada and the U.S. should be prepared to make to get a deal.Scheer replied: ”I don’t think it would be helpful.”Scheer is in Washington with several Conservative MPs for meetings with the U.S. transportation secretary, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former George W. Bush-era officials Robert Zoellick and Josh Bolton, and with some lawmakers on Capitol Hill.It’s his first working visit outside Canada in his new role.The head of the Wilson Center, former nine-term Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman, contrasted Scheer’s approach to NAFTA with the partisanship in Washington. She opined that the U.S. political model is broken, with politicians being rewarded by their primary voters for bashing the other party, and punished if they try working across the aisle to solve problems”Your politics are more adult,” she told Scheer.To which the Conservative leader replied: ”You haven’t seen (our) question period.”Scheer said he’s heard lots of anxiety from businesses in Canada, asking what he’s hearing about NAFTA in Ottawa. He said he’s now trying to learn more about the state of the negotiations from people in Washington.The next round of negotiations is scheduled for next week in Montreal. While U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to start pulling out of the agreement as a negotiating ploy, lately he has made more positive comments about the negotiations.Asked later if his visit had reassured him, Scheer said he had mixed feelings: he’s more confident that many people are fighting to keep NAFTA from being cancelled but cancellation remains a possibility.”(So) yes and no,” Scheer said.”I’m encouraged that there is a high level of engagement from people here in Washington — both on the elected side and from people that represent industries. One of our concerns was, ‘Will people here in the U.S. who support NAFTA become engaged and help make the case?’ I’ve been very encouraged by that,” he said.“But at the same time it’s also clear that they’re doing so because they think the risk is real.”last_img read more

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Suncor reports lower net earnings as weather outage cuts into oilsands output

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says net earnings in the first quarter of 2018 fell to $789 million or 48 cents per share, compared to $1.35 billion or 81 cents per share in the same period of 2017.Net earnings included a $329-million non-cash foreign exchange loss and a non-cash gain of $133 million from an exchange of lands with Canbriam Energy Inc.It missed analyst expectations of $1.05 billion or 63 cents as reported by Thomson Reuters.Operating earnings, which strip out one-time and non-cash items, were $985 million or 60 cents per share, beating $812 million or 49 cents posted a year earlier as well as analyst predictions of $952 million or 53 cents per share.Suncor says a “weather-related outage” at the company’s base camp north of Fort McMurray, Alta., resulted in lower production and upgrader utilization in the first quarter, although operations returned to normal by the end of February.Suncor’s total upstream production came in at 689,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the three months ended March 31, compared to 725,100 boe/d in the prior year quarter, as oilsands output fell to 404,800 barrels per day from 448,500 bpd.CEO Steve Williams said the loss of production and ongoing effects of deeper discounts paid for western Canadian heavy crude were offset by higher prices for its offshore production, higher realized profit margins in its refining and marketing arms and lower feedstock costs.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

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Harry Winks praises Moussa Sissoko

first_imgThe English footballer wanted to represent his country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but an ankle injury prevented this.In 2017, Harry Winks was part of the England national team, he was ready to represent his nation at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.But ankle problems took him away from his dream and he had to watch on television how five of his Tottenham Hotspur footballers contributed to England’s best run in almost 20 years.And now, the player only wants to become a great player.“I really enjoy playing in the team with Moussa [Sissoko],” he said to the club’s official website trying to explain how he feels.“We complement each other well. We’ve had a partnership for the last couple of months now and it’s been going really well.”“We’re getting results and that’s the most important thing but we both help the team out as much as we possibly can in our own individual ways and I’m just thankful that in the games we’re getting the results we need,” he explained.“No, nothing specifically together. I guess on the pitch it just comes together well and we perform well. We just like playing alongside each other!”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“[Sissoko] He’s been phenomenal,” he explained.“He’s been one of the most key players for us this season because his all-around game is massive. He’s solid off the ball, solid on the ball and he’s an important figure for us.”“He’s had difficult spells over the last couple of seasons with game time, playing in various positions and getting a run of games. We train with him every day, so we know how good he is and we’re all so happy to see him doing so well and being able to show the fans how important he is for us,” he explained.“He’s had disappointments he’s had to deal with, difficult spells to get through and that what takes you to the next level, it toughens you up. If you go through difficult spells you remember them and it’s the character building every player needs to go to the next level.”💪#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/pFuWmZwNsc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 20, 2019last_img read more

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DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES

first_img DEPUTY GOVERNOR PROMISES MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 1, 2016 – Deputy Governor, Her Excellency, Anya Williams says her office is preparing to take on the challenges required to streamline government services. This goal, which is often touted but remains elusive to now, is poised to face reform and consolidation, promised the DG.There was stirring applause from the room when the DG remarked that the ONe Stop Shop needs greater efficiency and fluidity; ‘not be a one stop’, but a place where because of consolidation of all TCIG requirements, businesses can get to business more expeditiously. Related Items:anya williams, streamlining government services Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dames is first Hospitality Herolast_img read more

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Celtic would struggle in the Championship McNamara

first_imgAccording to former Scottish Premier League footballer Jackie McNamara, the Scottish giants would have a hard time in the second level of English football.Scottish Premier League club Celtic is currently all over the news.The team lost manager Brendan Rodgers to English Premier League side Leicester City.And for many in Scotland, Celtic is bigger than the Foxes, but not so much for a former footballer.“The fallout of Rodgers’ departure has been quite severe with the fans. It’s quite raw at the moment. There’s a lot to play for with the Treble-Treble,” former midfielder Jackie McNamara told Sky Sports.“I think Celtic fans are aware of that [not competing with the Premier League]. It’s difficult with Celtic to compete with clubs from the English Championship. Never mind the Premier League.”“It’s been like that for a while. Martin [O’Neill] came from Leicester in 2000. And now they have taken a manager back this time with the lure of the Premier League,” he added.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“He loves the club. He enjoys the pressures that go with it. Like anyone else, he’d love to still be playing but managing is the next best thing.”“In the circumstances of Brendan’s departure, it’s a great fit with Lennon coming back in to steady things until the end of the season and then see what happens,” he commented.“He’s got experience. He [Lennon] did well in Europe too. Something Brendan didn’t quite do. Long-term the board will look at it but I think it’s just about the short-term to make sure they cover for Brendan’s departure.”Celtic is currently in first place of the Scottish Premier League with 63 points. The team has won 20 matches, drawn three and only lost four.🤝 The new #CelticFC management team 🍀⚪️ pic.twitter.com/OuhFKczLuF— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 27, 2019last_img read more

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Vodafone UK Hackers broke into accounts of nearly 2000 customers

first_imgHackers had accessed the accounts of 1,827 of its customers this week, the second cyber attack on a British telecoms company this month, said Vodafone UK on Saturday.The attackers had potentially gained access to the victims’ bank sort codes and the last four numbers of their bank accounts, along with their names and mobile telephone numbers, a Vodafone spokesman said.”This incident was driven by criminals using email addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone,” he added in a statement.Only a handful of those affected in the Thursday morning attack had seen any attempts to use their data for fraudulent activity on their Vodafone accounts.”No credit or debit card numbers or details were obtained. However, this information does leave these 1,827 customers open to fraud and might also leave them open to phishing attempts,” the spokesman said.The company was contacting all those involved and that other customers need not be concerned, he said.Last week broadband, TV, mobile and fixed-line service provider TalkTalk said it had been hacked, potentially putting the private details of its 4 million customers into the hands of criminals.Less than 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes had been accessed. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with that attack.last_img read more

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Did you know Deepika Padukone has the highest number of mentions on

first_imgDeepika PadukoneInstagramOne of the most loved female celebrities on social media from tinsel town, Deepika Padukone apparently has the highest number of mentions on Instagram from India.The actress is one of the most celebrated female artists from India and has fans all over the world for the global icon presence she holds. Owing to this, every other day the actress gets mentioned in various posts which makes the actress as having the highest number of mentions across the social media portal, Instagram.Testimony of the same is the 3,877,769 mentions on Instagram under the hashtag #DeepikaPadukone which is apparently bigger in comparison with any of her other contemporaries.Deepika has a fan following which pans across all the age groups and makes the actress more relevant and relatable to her audience.After making a strikingly impressive outing at the Met Gala 2019, Deepika dazzled at the red carpet of Cannes 2019 with a spectrum of silhouettes that got the world swooning.All her costumes are definitely one of the most talked about at Cannes 2019, this year.On the work front, Deepika will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar’s ‘Chhapaak’, which is based on the life of acid attack survivor — Laxmi Agarwal. The movie also stars Vikrant Massey in a key role.last_img read more

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ICC decision on Rohingya atrocity offers real hope

first_imgRohingya refugee. File PhotoUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said the decision by the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) offers real hope for accountability for the crimes committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar, reports UNB.”Although the decision does not specifically address the crime of genocide, it offers real hope for accountability for the crimes committed,” she said while addressing the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday.She said support for the Court is indispensable for both justice and deterrence.”I urge all states to support the court, and in this, the year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of its founding with the Rome Statute, I call upon all remaining countries to sign or ratify the Statute,” said the UN human rights chief.She said genocide is always shocking but it is never committed without clear, multiple warning signs: a pattern of abuse against a group, intent to harm, a chain of command and finally a brutal and horrifying outcome.”In the case of the Rohingya, warning signs abounded: a people oppressed from birth to death, an army answerable to no one, and systematic, state-led human rights violations that went unpunished for decades, including arbitrary deprivation of nationality,” she said.Bachelet said states have the primary responsibility for prosecuting perpetrators, but the court’s use is wholly appropriate in cases where the state is unwilling or unable to deliver justice.”I welcome last week’s decision by the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court, which found that the Court has jurisdiction over the alleged deportation from Myanmar of Rohingya, and possibly other crimes,” she added.last_img read more

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Brazils Lula plays kingmaker from his prison cell

first_imgFormer Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is carried by supporters in front of the metallurgic trade union in Sao Bernardo do Campo. Photo: ReutersIt is Thursday outside a government building in this tidy city in southern Brazil. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the country’s former president, is receiving visitors to plot his political future.Never mind that this compound, the regional federal police headquarters, doubles as a prison for corrupt politicians. Or that Lula, as this leftist icon is universally known, is serving a 12-year sentence for graft.Despite his predicament, Lula is still calling the shots in his Workers Party (PT) and engineering another presidential run, underscoring his stature as the most popular modern political figure in Brazil. During his two presidential terms, which ran from 2003 to 2011, the economy soared, poverty plunged and Brazil basked in the international spotlight, winning bids to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.PT lieutenants regularly visit Lula in prison to map out strategy ahead of October’s presidential balloting, eight party insiders told Reuters. This day’s crop included Vagner Freitas, head of Brazil’s most powerful trade union. Lula’s vice presidential running mate Fernando Haddad, and Gleisi Hoffmann, the PT’s president, showed up the following day.Outside the lock-up, vendors sold T-shirts with Lula’s bearded visage to the partisan crowd. Occasional chants of “Lula president, Lula innocent” filled the air.His candidacy is the longest of long shots. Convicted felons are banned from running for office. An electoral court is expected in coming weeks to declare him ineligible for October’s race.Critics decry Lula’s bid as a stunt aimed at motivating the base and propping up Haddad, his likely stand-in. The former mayor of Sao Paulo, Haddad is little-known outside that city – and disliked by many in it.But in a chaotic political season in Brazil, Lula could be the kingmaker. The presidential contest is unpredictable, loaded with candidates struggling to connect with voters. Brazilians are despondent over their nation’s stagnant economy, rampant violence and ineffective political class.The PT is betting Lula’s star power can remind voters of more prosperous times when he ran the show. At 72, the charismatic former metal worker still dominates the party he founded and shows no signs of letting prison constrain him.“There is no question that Lula is a key political actor,” said Ricardo Ismael, a political scientist at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro. “Lula will have tremendous influence even if he is not a candidate. He has prestige and is a political force, mainly with the poorer voters.”In handwritten letters and conversations relayed by visitors tasked with carrying out his orders, the former president has quelled infighting that had threatened his leadership, both inside the PT and in a coalition of allied parties, several senior party members who have met with Lula in jail told Reuters.They say he effectively knee-capped a political rival with designs on his mantle, and arranged for his surrogate Haddad to take his place atop the PT ticket should he be barred from running.Federal prosecutors are fed up with Lula’s manoeuvring.The team whose investigation put him in jail has asked a judge to restrict his jailhouse visitors. In a sealed court document dated June 28 and obtained by Reuters, they said Lula has transformed his cell “into his campaign headquarters.” They want to limit the list to family, clergy and lawyers working specifically on his legal defense.The judge has yet to make a decision.Meanwhile, polls show Lula leads a pack of 13 candidates in a potential first-round matchup; the top two vote-getters advance to a run-off if no one wins a majority.Still, plenty of Brazilians despise the former president, whose big-spending policies and scandals they blame for plunging Brazil into a tailspin. Others are eager to move on to fresh leadership. Some fear his meddling could ultimately deliver the presidency to the race’s most extreme candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right ex-military man who has cheered Brazil’s former dictatorship and delights in sullying Lula’s legacy.SERENADES, SUNBATHS, SOLITUDEUntil Lula arrived, Curitiba was best-known as the base of Judge Sergio Moro, who is overseeing a sweeping corruption probe known as Operation Car Wash.That ongoing investigation revealed a massive bribes-for-public works scheme that ensnared Lula along with scores of business leaders and politicians from all major parties. Lula was convicted last year for accepting renovations to a luxury beach apartment from a construction firm in exchange for helping it win contracts with state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA or Petrobras. He faces five additional corruption trials. He maintains his innocence.Since Lula was jailed on April 7, the area around Curitiba’s federal police headquarters has morphed into the epicentre of leftist resistance. Supporters have proclaimed Lula a political prisoner. They allege right-wing enemies conspired to drive the PT from power by jailing him and impeaching his hand-picked successor, former President Dilma Rousseff. She was tossed from office in 2016 for fudging government accounts, which she denies.Now unions, the Landless Workers Movement and private citizens have rented a few houses in Curitiba to stay while keeping vigil.Among the roughly 150 supporters who assemble daily outside the jail is Adinaldo Aparecido Batista, an unemployed construction worker. He recounted the abundant jobs, anti-poverty programs and consumer credit that flourished under Lula.“I was able to buy three cars and even a little inn,” said Batista, 52. “Now, I have almost nothing.”These faithful gather every morning to chant “good morning, President Lula!” After night falls, they call in unison to bid him sweet dreams. On weekends, musicians belt out ballads to raise his spirits.Lula occupies a 160-square-foot room at the federal police building that once housed visiting officers. A handful of other politicians and businessmen are incarcerated in formal, shared cells. Lula is not allowed to mix with other prisoners.Those familiar with his routine spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly. They said Lula is allowed to wear his own clothing, often a soccer jersey, and can spend up to two hours daily in an open courtyard. His room contains a TV and a treadmill where he logs four miles daily. He has access to books and devotes hours to writing.Still, the gregarious Lula lives for his visitors, the people said. Clergy come on Mondays. Thursdays are for family and friends.But the real access belongs to Lula’s legal team, whose members can come at any time and stay as long as they like, without supervision or electronic eavesdropping from jailers. The PT’s Haddad and Hoffmann, both lawyers, are on that team, enabling them to carry out Lula’s directives and spread his message.Among the most visible moves, people familiar with the situation say, was Lula’s order to undercut the presidential chances of Ciro Gomes of the centre-left Democratic Labor Party (PDT). Gomes appeals to some Brazilian progressives and could siphon votes from Lula or Haddad.So the PT struck a deal with another leftist party. The Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) agreed to withhold support from Gomes and remain neutral in the presidential contest, the people said. In exchange, the PT agreed to back a PSB candidate in a gubernatorial contest.Gomes, who has yet to catch fire in the polls, is steaming at what he sees as betrayal. Long an ally of Lula and the PT, Gomes said in a TV interview that he has been repaid with “disrespect and hostility.”The PT acknowledges playing hardball.“The number one priority was Lula’s candidacy,” a PT spokesman said.Such bare-knuckle tactics have not dissuaded true believers like retired teacher Gliceria Polak. She was among those chanting to Lula on a recent morning in Curitiba.“If he has to serve out his 12-year sentence here, I will never leave this place,” she said. “Under no circumstances will I abandon Lula.”last_img read more

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Hong Kong airport protesters retreat but city in chaos

first_imgPassengers wait in line at check-in counters at Hong Kong`s International Airport on 14 August 2019. Photo: AFPPro-democracy protesters retreated from Hong Kong’s airport on Wednesday following two days of hugely disruptive rallies that turned violent and plunged the global financial hub further into turmoil.The protests ended early Wednesday morning following a series of clashes in which a policeman drew his gun after being beaten by demonstrators and other officers fired pepper spray.The rallies paralysed one of the world’s busiest travel hubs, deepening a 10-week crisis that is the biggest challenge to Chinese rule of Hong Kong since its 1997 British handover.US president Donald Trump deepened fears Beijing may be prepared to stage a military intervention to end the unrest, saying on Tuesday his intelligence had confirmed Chinese troop movements toward the Hong Kong border.The unrest, which has seen millions of people take to Hong Kong’s streets, was sparked by opposition to a planned law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.But it quickly evolved into a much broader campaign for democratic freedoms, and to stop the growing influence of China’s authoritarian rulers in the semi-autonomous city.Suspicion, violence On Monday and Tuesday, thousands of protesters wearing their signature black T-shirts gathered at Hong Kong’s airport, forcing hundreds of flights to be cancelled.After initially just voicing their demands with peaceful demonstrations, the protesters adopted more aggressive tactics on Tuesday and created barricades with luggage trolleys to block passengers at the departure halls.Late on Tuesday night, the protests descended into a series of violent confrontations with police, and demonstrators scuffling with passengers desperate to get on flights.In one particularly ugly scene filmed by media, a group of protesters ganged up on a policeman and beat him. They stopped their attack when the policeman pulled his gun and pointed it at them, but did not fire.Demonstrators also turned on two men, fuelled by suspicions within their ranks about undercover police or spies.The first man was held for about two hours before eventually being led away in an ambulance. Riot police briefly deployed pepper spray and batons to beat back protesters while they escorted the vehicle away from the departures hall.Another man, wearing a yellow journalist vest, was surrounded, zip-tied and then beaten by a small group who accused him of being a spy.In a tweet, Hu Xijun, the editor of China’s state-controlled Global Times tabloid — which has vociferously condemned the protests — said the man was a journalist working for the paper.By early Wednesday, most protesters had left and many flights were operating as scheduled in the morning.However, it was unclear if the protesters, who have no public leaders and organise via social media, would return to the airport.The Airport Authority has obtained an injunction to remove demonstrators but enforcing it may prove difficult, as the hub is designed to make entry as fast and efficient as possible.Passengers can also arrive via bus, train and taxi, with each mode of transport having different entrances.The ‘abyss’ On Tuesday morning, the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, gave an at-times emotional press conference in which she warned of dangerous consequences if escalating violence was not curbed.”Take a minute to think, look at our city, our home, do you all really want to see it pushed into an abyss?” Lam said, although she again refused to make any concessions to the protesters.The Chinese government has repeatedly signalled the protesters are reaching the limits of the “one country, two systems” legal framework that gives Hong Kong its autonomy.Authorities in Beijing on Monday described some of the violence as “terrorism”, and state-run media this week began promoting videos showing security forces gathering in Shenzhen just across the border from Hong Kong.Trump on Tuesday said his intelligence had confirmed Chinese troops were gathering across the border.”I hope it works out for everybody including China. I hope it works out peacefully, nobody gets hurt, nobody gets killed,” he said.The United Nations’ human rights chief on Tuesday voiced concern over force used against protesters and called for an impartial probe.However, Trump has said little to support Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, drawing criticism from both sides of the American political spectrum.”Trump favours both sides in Hong Kong protests. Hardly a profile in courage,” said Nicholas Burns, a former senior US diplomat now at the Harvard University Kennedy School.last_img
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Uptown Art House Orchestrates Black History Month Programming

first_imgBy Maxwell Young, Special to the AFROBlack History Month is a time for reflection–a recognition of the civic leaders, activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, pioneers and artists who are interwoven into the fabric of American history.  Their respective movements, however groundbreaking, were and still are ostracized; threatened by bigoted opposition and systemic erasure.  Black History Month is a time to amplify such stories and engage African American heritage with intention.Throughout early February, Uptown Art House, a creative agency and multimedia arts collective in Washington, D.C., is recontextualizing Black narratives through music and performance art.  This Sunday, Feb. 3 at Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, Uptown Art House will present “Home: A Suite for Gil Scott-Heron.”  And on the following Friday, Feb. 8, resident artist Yacine Fall will debut her exhibition “FED” at Carroll Square Gallery.Uptown Art House is orchestrating performances during Black History Month including “Home: A Suite for Gil Scott-Heron” and “FED” by Yacine Fall.  (Courtesy Photo)To the co-founder of Uptown Art House, Jamal Gray, the upcoming work of the agency’s artists and collaborators represents a continuing legacy of change agents whose work has helped to progress the Black condition.“Art has been one of the few modern industries that people of color have been able to actively participate, and through that work, we’ve added indelible influence to the fabric of modern society on a global scale,” Gray said.Undoubtedly, Gil Scott-Heron’s artistic imprint still informs soul and jazz genres today.  As part of Millennium Stage’s free performances every day, “Home” will pay tribute to the work of the musician, poet, composer, activist and educator.  D.C.-based experimental jazz troupe Nag Champa Art Ensemble returns to The Kennedy Center for their second time in eleven months, where they will interpret Heron’s classic sounds, in particular, one of his seminal works he created in Washington’s Logan Circle neighborhood, “Winter in America.”  They will be joined by notable members of the new artistic resurgence coined as the ‘Uptown Renaissance:’ Yaya Bey, Meche Korrect and Nate Gski.  The show starts promptly at 6pm.Although Heron is more widely celebrated in contemporary times, his left-of-center work and persona was not always properly conveyed and embodies a larger phenomenon of undermining and manipulating the efforts of Black people for the sake of consumerism.“We fight to be represented and credited for our cultural contributions even in the industries of art, music, theater, dance and cinema,” Gray said.Graduating senior from George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design Yacine Fall will translate this oppression into her performance piece, “FED,” alluding to the privilege and ignorance tied to consumption in America.  During Fall’s opening reception on Feb. 8, she will be bound to a 70-pound steel spoon while fellow performance artists Maps Glover and Ashley Shey serve porcelain cups of oat milk and honey to visitors.“In our capitalist society, we generally forget that the convenience of our daily lives relies on the labor and time of others.  We overlook the people whose bodies and minds are routinely oppressed and we are complicit in this arrangement,” Fall explained.“FED” investigates this systematic disconnect on Feb. 8 at 6pm.  The exhibition will remain open until March 9 where there will be a closing artist talk.last_img read more

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Angels of history in the Capital

first_imgVikas Kalra, a renowned young artist also referred to as ‘contemporary Souza’ is all set for his solo show titled ‘Angel of History’ presented by Siddharth Tagore of Art Konsult in the capital. The show will be curated by noted art critic and curator Johny ML.Known for his strong visual expressionist language, Kalra has already conducted five solo exhibitions in the city and elsewhere. Inspired by the works of Pablo Piccaso and Souza, Kalra has already become an integral part of the elite art collections in the country and abroad. He has established a space of his own and has worked his ways through the dense forest of the Indian art scene.  His sense of aesthetic capability has been his forte throughout which is quite evident in his works.DETAILWhere: Visual art Gallery, India Habitat centreWhen: 16 April to 19 April Time: 11am to 8pmlast_img read more

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Metro railway plans to hire private security

first_imgKolkata: The Metro Railway authority is planning to hire private security personnel and install more CCTV cameras in its underground railway stations following the moral policing incident, a Metro railway spokesperson said.The incident of moral policing took place at Dum Dum metro station earlier this week.”We require more RPF personnel. We are planning to go for outsourcing security personnel. We will contact private security agencies for the purpose,” Metro Railway CPRO Indrani Banerjee said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDecision has been taken to increase the number of CCTV cameras at the metro stations, she said.”Currently there are 561 CCTV cameras (in metro stations). Before this incident we had decided to install 250 more cameras. We will install those cameras at the stations”, she said.Banerjee said a decision has also been taken to try and fit surveillance cameras inside the 13 existing air-conditioned rakes.”All our new rakes have closed circuit television cameras inside coaches. We are trying to fit Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedsurveillance cameras inside the 13 AC rakes. It has already been sanctioned,” she said adding that a final nod from the the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) to finalise its specifications was awaited.According to media reports, a few people on Monday objected to a man hugging his woman friend in a metro train coach. An argument ensued between the two sides and the protestors heckled the couple, pushed them out of the train and beat them up at Dumdum metro station. Protests were held outside Tollygunge and Dumdum metro stations on Wednesday against the alleged moral policing incident.There was alleged assault of some girls protesting against the moral policing by unruly Metro Railway passengers yesterday evening near Dum Dum metro station last evening and a complaint was lodged with the police.Asked about the incident, Banerjee said it had nothing to do with the Metro Railway because it “happened outside the Metro Railway jurisdiction”.A senior officer at Sinthi Police station, where the complaint was lodged said: “We are looking into the matter. We are talking to some eye witnesses who were present at the spot that time.”last_img read more

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Folks of Bengal puts 3000 songs within reach of a single tap

first_imgKolkata: The lovers of folk music now have reason to rejoice. Now, one can choose and listen to their favorite and even rare folk numbers, at any time from a repository of 3,000 such songs.Folks of Bengal is available at Google Play store and can be installed on Android phones. The app has been prepared by banglanatak.com.It may be mentioned that after coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken up schemes to help folk artistes. Many folk artistes had decided to leave the vocation because of financial constraints. Now, they are getting monthly stipend and are given programmes. Banerjee also gives musical instruments to them as a mark of respect. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBanglanatak.com is associated with a multitude of exponents, representing several genres of folk music of Bengal and their repertoire. It has been quite an arduous but heartening and immensely enriching journey.Based on the partnership with about 5,000 folk musicians in Bengal including traditional musicians like Baul, Bhawaiya, Bhatiyali, Jhumur and urban folk musicians, banglanatak.com has carried out in-depth study of the traditional music and has done both studio and field recordings, facilitated a lot of collaborations and these collections have translated into a modestly voluminous archive of folk music. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe folk artistes have got worldwide recognition. A four-member Baul music team led by Rina DasBaul performed at Armor festival in Brittany, France in May. SwarnaChitrakar of Pingla showcased Patachitra at UNESCO HQ in Paris in June. Another five-member folk music team participated at theSmithsonian Folk Life festival, Washington.A four-member team led by Debalina Bhowmick will be performing in Salfoldi Dalfold Festival in Hungary on July 7.A 12-member folk music and dance team led by Biren Kalindi of Purulia will be performing in Karlsruhe Summer Festival in Germany, on July 14-15.A five-member Chhau dance team and Chhau mask makers led by Jagannath Chowdhury of Purulia have been invited at Transform Festival in Trondheim in Norway from on October 1 to 6.last_img read more

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How to Use Fiverr and Skyrocket Your Startups Growth

first_imgApril 5, 2017 Starting a business is not an easy endeavor. There are a ton of moving parts — infrastructure, client acquisition, website traffic, money management and more. For a new business leader, this can be overwhelming.However, utilizing a bigger platform can be a way to growth hack your startup.Getting on a platform like Fiverr, a site where freelance workers can connect with employers looking for their skills, is one of the best ways to jumpstart your service business. The site’s success stories show how normal people have been able to use the platform to create massive success.Related: 11 Ways to Make Money While You SleepDamian Pros was only 19 when his mother was diagnosed with cancer. His mother’s income was reduced by about 50 percent and his dad didn’t have a job then. Any savings they had went toward his mother’s medical bills, so he didn’t really have any other choice but to succeed.He jumped on Fiverr and built an empire where he now makes five figures a month from that platform alone. If you’re looking to leverage a bigger platform to skyrocket the growth of your startup, here are three reasons to do so:1. Gain instant access to customersMost startups face the problem of having little-to-no customers when they first start out. This is normal. However, when you utilize a platform like Fiverr, you suddenly have access to whoever uses their platform. Whether those users are vendors or customers not directly looking for your product, you still get the benefits of having an influx of eyeballs on your product or service.Once you’ve grown to a solid base of customers, you can then re-invest a good chunk of that revenue in advertising for acquiring more customers. Fiverr is a big enough platform that gives you access to millions of business owners around the world.However, you shouldn’t be limited to what a platform provides. Pros uses Fiverr as a pre-qualifier to acquire bigger clients who can afford his agency’s high-end services.Since he often starts working with these clients on Fiverr, it’s easier for him to close high-end deals. In the psychology of influence this is called “commitment-consistency” bias. By getting business owners to commit to a smaller purchase of $50 to $200, they are more likely to be consistent with their past decision and buy a higher-end service from you.Related: 5 Habits of the Wealthy That Helped Them Get Rich2. Develop key customer service practicesCommon sense isn’t always straight to the point. It’s proven by the hundreds of businesses with poor customer service. You can be great at closing sales but if you lack in customer service, then you won’t retain clients.In fact, it’s extremely important you get customer service right on Fiverr, because if you don’t, the customer can write a bad review which leads to less business. People buy products and services on Fiverr based on quality. Quality is perceived by reviews. If you have good reviews, you’ll get business and Fiverr will promote you by ranking you higher on their site. It’s their own SEO system.That’s why Damian has two full time support agents for his business on Fiverr. Even though they’re not always needed, it’s important they’re there to give a timely response to potential customers.Related: Inspiring Quotes to Help You Get Through Your Work Day3. Utilize a strong infrastructureBeing on a larger platform like Fiverr eliminates the need of having your own website. Though a website should be one of the first steps in your startup’s development, Fiverr enables you to have a strong presence without one.With Fiverr, there’s no website issues you have to work around. Fiverr also has their own integrated payment system. Many online business owners struggle at first by not knowing which payment processor to use and how to implement one on their site.Using what Fiverr has on their site eliminates the need to find a payment processor.  These are only some of the ways using a bigger platform can help eliminate many problems a startup faces when getting started.With dozens of marketplace platforms out there, it’s just a matter of finding the one that fits your startup. Once you’ve found a marketplace where you can sell your product or service, it’s time to build an infrastructure, develop incredible customer service practices and start attracting customers instantly.  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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