African, World Leaders Mourn Mandela’s Loss

first_img“I’ve lost a dear friend. Nelson Mandela stands as a dear friend to us all.” ~Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan:  Malawi’s Joyce Banda: “We’ve learnt that with courage and determination, we can overcome all evil.” “Mandela has fought a good fight and bowed out with great reverence.”~ Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chair of the African Union Commission of the 54-member bloc.  The African Union is flying its flags at half-mast. Mandela’s party, the African National Congress (ANC), said South Africa had lost “a colossus, an epitome of humility, equality, justice, peace and hope of millions”. “Nelson served his nation [and] Africa well. We have lost an icon in the liberation struggle.” ~ Ghanaian President John Mahama Rwanda President Paul Kagame: “Madiba… passes on; but what is certain [is that] he will continue to live in the hearts of many of us. Rest in peace.” The Archbishop of York, Ugandan-born Dr. John Sentamu: “Today the World mourns the death of NELSON MANDELA. Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of Love for the World: look with mercy on MADIBA.” “He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves.” ~ Desmond Tutu Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete: “The world has lost one of its greatest citizens. A voice of courage, a source of inspiration and a beloved leader to us all.”center_img President Jacob Zuma described Mandela as a man whose “tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world” and whose “humility, compassion, and humanity” earned him the world’s love.  Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta: “His life story teaches the great lesson of the power of will in turning adversity to victory. In his humility, President Mandela did what was right, made tremendous sacrifices and did not seek any form of personal praise.” “I went to bed with a heavy heart but a joyous heart.” ~ Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tells the BBC on Mandela. (Read more tributes to Mandela at http://www.africareview.com/News/Africa-Reacts-to-Mandela/-/979180/2100876/-/format/xhtml/-/b7ccwtz/-/index.html) Mandela was “a source of inspiration to oppressed peoples all over the world.” ~ Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan “What a great loss to have lost such a great leader. Though you are gone your life lessons will live with us forever. Rest in peace, Madiba.” ~ Kenyan First Lady Uhuru Kenyatta Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OLYMPIAN BRENDAN TO RETURN TO HUGE WELCOME TONIGHT

first_imgHomecoming may be a controversial word for some Irish athletes but there promises to be a great one for Donegal walker Brendan Boyce tonight.The Milford man returns to Ireland tonight where the 50kwalker will be met at the Tesco Car Park in Letterkenny at 7.20pm.From there he will travel to Rathmullan, Kerrykeel and on to Milford. There will be a reception for Brendan in the Parochial Hall in Milford from around 9pm. All are welcome.Well doe Brendan on smashing your personal best time by more than 2 minutes.Brazil is just around the corner!  OLYMPIAN BRENDAN TO RETURN TO HUGE WELCOME TONIGHT was last modified: August 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan BoyceHOMECOMINGMilfordlast_img read more

Bengal records 100 dengue cases

first_imgAt least 100 cases dengue have been reported from West Bengal’s Birbhum district.“We have received reports of at least 100 cases of dengue since July 23. While about 60 of these cases are from the Dubrajpur town in the district’s Suri Sadar sub-division, the rest are from other areas such as Bolpur and Rampurhat towns. But no one has died so far,” Chief Medical Officer of Birbhum, Himadri Ari, told The Hindu. He also said that no cases of dengue have been reported from the flood-affected Labhpur block in the district. According to district officials, a large-scale awareness campaign has been undertaken.last_img read more

St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Bisping, who had eight fights during St. Pierre’s break, is eager to add another big name to his improbable late-career surge of victories. Bisping defended his belt against Dan Henderson last year, and St. Pierre is a second straight opponent who isn’t among the top middleweight contenders for his title.The fight has been attacked as nothing but a money grab for Bisping and a desperate attempt by UFC to give MSG some star power in a year that has lacked in must-see main events.But the fight legend is back and Bisping would walk out of the cage with the biggest name win of his career should he stop St. Pierre. GSP was at UFC’s pinnacle in his prime — but a four-year layoff could be cruel to the fighter.“Why would I not want to come back, fighting Michael Bisping for the title in the Madison Square Garden, this mythical place?” St. Pierre said. “I would be fool to not take this opportunity.” FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Britain’s Michael Bisping, left, and Canada’s Georges St. Pierre face off during a news conference in Toronto, to promote their upcoming UFC 217. At center rear is UFC President Dana White. The pair square off on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)NEW YORK — Georges St. Pierre waved his hands as a conductor would to a chorus of “G-S-P” chanted by fans wrapped in Rising Sun headbands inside Madison Square Garden.“These are your people? These are your people, Georges?” fighter Michael Bisping chirped as he dismissed the rising cheers with a wave.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GSP is back for his people and on top of a UFC card one more time.But is it for the final time?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 shutoutSt. Pierre (25-2) was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. After a lengthy sabbatical, he returns Saturday to headline UFC 217 in a 185-pound championship bout with Bisping (31-7), the gritty English veteran who won the middleweight championship in a surprise upset of Luke Rockhold last year.St. Pierre, now 36, left UFC as one of its biggest box office draws, holder of the second-longest winning streak in the promotion’s history and with enough stardom to grace the cover of a video game.center_img MOST READ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC St. Pierre, who hasn’t revealed any career goals beyond claiming Bisping’s 185-pound title, hasn’t decided if this bout would be his last.“Nothing for sure,” St. Pierre said. “Sometimes you win the fight and you could lose and sometimes you lose but you should have won. It depends how it happens and how I will feel and depend on a lot of stuff. But I don’t see myself going away for a long time so it’s going to be a good match.”St. Pierre hasn’t lost since April 2007 when Matt Serra took away the 170-pound belt. St. Pierre reclaimed the title later that year and beat Serra in a rematch shortly afterward.But St. Pierre didn’t fight between April 2011 and November 2012 while recovering from a torn ligament in his right knee. He bounced back from injury with wins over Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks.He beat Hendricks, who has a fight on the 217 card, by split decision, then decided it was time for a hiatus. St. Pierre had lamented the stress of his prominence in the sport, saying his obsessive nature prevented him from enjoying life while maintaining the focus necessary to train for title fights.“It’s hard on my nerves, but when I close my eyes at night, I give myself the choice would I want to be there or not,” St. Pierre said. “Yes, I want to. I don’t do it because I have to do it, because I really want to. I’ve never been forced to do anything I don’t want to in life, but I felt like I had that pressure from outside and I was stuck into a pattern. Now, I am doing it and I’m happier than ever.”GSP smiled and appeared happy on the MSG stage as foul-mouthed Bisping tried his best to rattle him with trash talk to fuel the fight.“There’s no other place and moment I want to be,” St. Pierre said. “I’m back now.”Bisping yelled, “I’ll retire him!”Robert Whittaker, the interim middleweight champ, could be on deck for the winner in a fight to unify the belt. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Four years later, St. Pierre returns to a UFC world that blew up into a $4 billion company without him.His fights with Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn that drew two of the biggest buy rates in UFC history have been passed six times, notably by cards headlined by Conor McGregor. Ronda Rousey came (and went?) and bulldozed her way into becoming a mainstream superstar. St. Pierre’s 12-fight winning streak that he takes into Saturday has been topped by Jon Jones and matched by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. And it was McGregor again, with a championship belt draped over each shoulder, who was announced Friday as the EA Sports UFC 3 video game cover boy .But the use of a PS4 controller may be the only way to make sure McGregor steps into a cage any time soon. With Rousey, McGregor and Jones all sidelined, and UFC struggling to build a new crop of pay-per-view stars, the big attraction for 2018 just might be a blast from the past in St. Pierre.Another change, MMA wasn’t even legal in New York the last time St. Pierre fought. He’ll top UFC’s fourth card in the state in 12 months and the first at MSG since a McGregor-headlined show helped draw an arena-record gate of $17 million.Cody Garbrandt defends the 135-pound belt against T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts the 115-pound women’s title on the line against Rose Namajunas in the other two big PPV bouts.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the first winter edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for 2005… * CHEAP FLIGHTS FOR ALL NATIONS TOURNAMENT: Both Virgin Blue and Qantas have current specials and Red-e-deals at the moment for flights to Christchurch New Zealand. So if you’re a senior player or spectator yet to book your airfare, it may be worth checking out prices now. If you are wanting our travel provider to manage your travel for you, simply use this link to go to a story with all of their contact details and information: IST SPORTS TOURS STORY * The June edition of the Touch-e-Talk newsletter is on the ATA website, simply click on the story on the homepage or use the `Newsletters’ link on the left hand side of the homepage. It’s full of stories and info and is even bigger than the May edition, including the new Volunteer of the Month. * The Editors of the newsletter are keen to recognise some of the countless volunteers at all levels of the sport, so if there is someone who has been serving your local or regional area please send some short details to ata_newsletter@hotmail.com * If you would like to join the mailing list for the newsletter, simply send a quick email to media@austouch.com.au and let us know, then you’ll receive the July edition direct to your email address. * Rachel’s latest article is also up on the Sports News website, simply go to http://www.austouch.com.au//index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1296&sID=46 for the link to the latest story and the link to all of the past Touch stories Rachel has written for the website. From the reports of the website editor, the Touch articles are one of the most popular on the website, so make sure you keep checking them out and proving to the sporting world that there’s a large group of Touch lovers out there keen to see Touch written about and published in the sporting arena. * The ATA has announced the Special General Meeting (SGM) will be held on June 25, with the focus on the proposed constitutional changes for Australian Touch. It’s certainly going to be a big day at the office on that Saturday with a lot of work to be done, if you’re interested in all of the proposed changes and what they mean for you check out this link http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1294&sID=46 for all of the documents relating to the proposed changes and the meeting on June 25. Exciting times ahead for Touch around Australia! * The NSW Country sides have been announced for the Country vs City tournament in September 2005. The full list is on the NSW Touch website. * Queensland are firing with the AusTouch program, with Chinchilla (one of the latest centres to take off) having 117 kids take part in the program. Thank you Terry McSweeney, Philip Gyemore and Brenda Rackeman for their hard work in setting up and administering the centre. Congratulations to all involved at Chinchilla Touch for making this the largest centre so far! The AusTouch program is bringing huge numbers of junior players into the Touch Footy stream and is helping us ensure a bright future for the sport. For more info on AusTouch in your state contact your relevant State Association. * The ACT Touch Association is running a level 1 coaching course on Saturday June 18. Give ACT Touch a call on (02) 6285 4977 if you’re interested. * Touch SA have kicked off their State League for 2005. Good luck to all involved, it’s great to see another successful start to the season for Touch in South Australia. * Touch in Victoria is looking for applications for several coach, assistant coach and manager positions. The sides include both Mens and Womens in various divisions such as Under 15’s, Under 18’s, Opens and Over 30’s . Make sure you go to www.victouch.com.au * TouchWest held their North West Championships over the weekend, with Karratha and Broome looking the goods. For all the info on results check out: http://www.touchwest.com./nwchamps/index.html For a State with such a large region to cover with a lot of desert land between Touch towns and centres, the Touchies from WA are proving they’re fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in Australian Touch. * ATA merchandise staff are currently stocktaking all merchandise from recent events and supplies, so keep an eye on the website because there will be specials and discounts offered soon. * Remember, Rachel is keen to help your local players and associations grab some media coverage whenever possible. With events such as the All Nations fast approaching, this is a great opportunity to promote our people and the sport. Already Suzy Barrett, Matt and Maree Curran, Rachel Holden, Andrew Baggio, Phil Gyemore, Bo De La Cruz, Mary-Anne and Lawrence Fisher and Renee Sealey are just some of the players who have had stories published about them in their local papers for being selected in Open squads or Senior sides for the All Nations tournament. If you are interested in trying to gain some media coverage contact Rachel at media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Moylelast_img

Meet Sting Backstage And Help Charity

first_imgLegendary rock musician Sting and Omaze.com have partnered together to offer one lucky fan the summer concert of a lifetime.Meet Sting with Omaze.comCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comFor the next four weeks, anyone can enter to win a chance to see Sting on his critically acclaimed world tour, Back to Bass, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on June 22nd. Not only will you and guest of choice get to spend the night singing along in prime seats, but you also get to meet Sting himself backstage before the show. The best part? It’s all for a great cause: Aid Still Required’s efforts to provide trauma relief for rape and PTSD victims in Haiti. Anyone can enter to win this dream day by visiting Omaze.com and making a $10 donation to Aid Still Required.How is this possible? Well, Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5 or $10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so participants can see how their donations are impacting lives.Find out more here.last_img read more

LinManuel Miranda Releases New SalsaRemix Of Almost Like Praying To Benefit Hurricane

first_imgAward winning actor, writer, composer and humanitarian Lin-Manuel Miranda has unveiled a new Salsa-music remix of “Almost Like Praying,” his all-star benefit single recorded last Fall to benefit the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, for hurricane recovery and rebuilding initiatives in Puerto Rico.“The benefit single ‘Almost Like Praying’ has had tremendous success with audiences worldwide,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “As we now continue to help establish long-term self-sustainable initiatives to rebuild Puerto Rico, we are thrilled to bring this new version to Salsa-music fans. Although it has been over four months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island still needs much help to get its most basic infrastructure up and running – including electricity, roads and bridges, healthcare and other vital programs.”The original “Almost Like Praying” was released for download and streaming on October 6, 2017. Within its first week, it hit number one in digital sales in 17 countries. 100% of the proceeds have gone to the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, which has sponsored hundreds of initiatives to assist in the relief, recovery and now rebuilding of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory since 1898.“Lin-Manuel Miranda fans couldn’t be more excited about the release of ‘Almost Like Praying,’ and we’re incredibly thrilled that LaMusica’s App partnership gives our subscribers early access to this long-awaited Salsa-Remix,” said Raúl Alarcón, Chairman, President, CEO of SBS. “Together, SBS and LaMusica App are connecting people who are passionate about music with the world’s most iconic artists through unique experiences like this – and there are many more to come.”“We have a long history of collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda in innovative ways over the years,” said Jesus Salas, EVP of Programming of SBS & Multiplatform Coordinator. “He’s once again proved that he’s a true innovator, and we are honored to partner with him on the historic launch of his new Salsa-Remix. Our nationwide world premiere of ‘Almost Like Praying’ will reach millions of Lin-Manuel’s fans across the country – while creating millions of new ones.”Both the original (dancehall beat) and the new Salsa-remix of “Almost Like Praying” are distributed by Atlantic Records.The lyrics of “Almost Like Praying” are a rhyming arrangement of all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico….78 hometowns, 78 communities, 78 sets of individuals who together make up the Puerto Rican culture. The track also samples “Maria” from WEST SIDE STORY in order to reclaim the name of the hurricane which destroyed everything Puerto Ricans know and love on their island.To download and streaming “Almost Like Praying,” click here.For more information about the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund, click here.last_img read more

Loonie recovers following dovish interest rate hike Dow soars past 26000

first_imgTORONTO – The loonie rebounded from its earlier losses following the Bank of Canada’s dovish interest rate hike announcement Wednesday, as Wall Street soared to new highs.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.48 cents US, down 0.04 of a U.S. cent, recovering from greater losses earlier in the session after the central bank said it would raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 per cent.While the rate hike was widely expected, investors were initially taken aback by the central bank’s cautious tone about future rate hikes.“Typically when markets are uncertain, a rate hike will lead to a stronger loonie. But in this case the rate hike itself was already reflected in market prices … so the real question on investors’ minds was would the Bank of Canada provide more hawkish guidance about future rate hikes?” said Todd Mattina, a chief economist at Mackenzie Investments.“In this case the Bank of Canada highlighted a number of reasons why it would be cautious going forward, which led to the market seeing it as a dovish rate hike.”While the central bank signalled more rate increases are likely over time, it noted the unknowns surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement — and the potential negatives for Canada — were casting a widening shadow over its outlook.The bank said “some continued monetary policy accommodation will likely be needed” to keep the economy operating close to its full potential.The central bank pointed to unexpectedly solid economic numbers as key drivers behind its decision to hike the rate to 1.25 per cent, up from one per cent. The increase followed hikes in July and September.In equity markets, U.S. stocks moved broadly higher, as the Dow Jones industrial average surged 322.79 points to 26,115.65, closing above 26,000 for the first time. The S&P 500 index was up 26.14 points to 2,802.56 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 74.59 points to 7,298.28.With Wall Street reaching records so often, 1,000-point moves in the Dow have become increasingly commonplace. It’s been just eight trading days since the Dow had its first close above 25,000.Technology and health-care companies accounted for much of the U.S. gains.North of the border, it was a fairly muted day on the S&P/TSX composite index, which rose a modest 27.82 points to 16,326.70, with the health-care, base metals and energy sectors among key advancers.“The TSX is underperforming the U.S. markets,” said Mattina. “It’s really a story of the stronger U.S. marketplace and a bit of a trickle down effect for the TSX.”In commodities, the February crude contract was up 24 cents to US$63.97 per barrel and the February natural gas contract added 10 cents to US$3.23 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$2.10 cents to US$1,339.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was down three cents to US$3.19 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Next 3 games pose no easy task for undefeated Buckeyes

The Ohio State men’s basketball team has managed to remain unbeaten through its first 24 games this season. But maintaining an unblemished record through their remaining seven games might prove to be a more difficult task for the Buckeyes. OSU picked up a road win at Minnesota — a place where no current Buckeye, except fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, had won in his career — on Sunday. Now the team will travel to a place where no Buckeye, including Lighty, has won: Madison, Wis. Following their matchup with No. 13-ranked Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will return to Columbus for their lone matchup of the season with Michigan State. After starting off as the No. 2 team in the nation, the Spartans are in the midst of a disappointing season, having fallen out of both The Associated Press‘ Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ polls. Still, MSU, which appeared in the past two Final Fours, remains a threat to the Buckeyes’ undefeated record. The Spartans tout an experienced roster, led by the 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, who leads the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game. MSU also has players with size — 6-foot-7, 230-pound Draymond Green and 6-foot-9, 270-pound Derrick Nix — who could present matchup issues for OSU freshman forward Jared Sullinger, named Monday the conference’s Freshman Player of the Week for the 11th time this season. Michigan coach John Beilein, who has faced both the Spartans and the Buckeyes this season, said he’s been impressed with the Buckeyes, but thinks they’re susceptible to losing a game. “Anyone can get you anytime. It’s never been easy, but home or away, you are in for a battle,” Beilein said. “Ohio State is really good. There is a reason why they are undefeated.” After their matchup with the Spartans, the Buckeyes will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face No. 14 Purdue. The Buckeyes dominated the Boilermakers, 87-64, during their first matchup this season, Jan. 25 in Columbus. Playing the Boilermakers on the road, however, could yield a different result, as OSU will again face the Big Ten’s leading scorer and shot blocker, Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson. Johnson scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots in Purdue’s first matchup with the Buckeyes. “JaJuan Johnson, I don’t know if I could say enough about him,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the Buckeyes’ first game against Purdue. “You watch him make those shots on film and you say, ‘He’ll never do that against us,’ and sure enough, he did.” With the difficult challenges that lie ahead in OSU’s next three games, Matta is aware that on any given night his team’s winning streak could come to an end. “These guys are smart enough to know that if we don’t come to play, if we’re not tuned in to what we need to do, we’ll lose,” Matta said. “It’s probably as simple as that.” read more

The Deal Pipeline Debuts Updated App

first_imgThe Deal, the business arm of digital financial media company TheStreet, launched the second generation of its The Deal Pipline app for the iPad and for the first time, the iPhone. “We’re taking The Deal Pipeline’s user experience to the next level by offering mobile access to our top reporting in a variety of ways,” says Michael Crosby, chief operating officer for The Deal, in a statement. The updated app, on sale starting today, will offer both iPad and iPhone users a breaking news tool, a twice-daily feature story about industry movers and shakers accompanied by a slideshow and nine sector-focused pages covering consumer & retail, energy, healthcare, industrials, private equity, real estate, regulation, restructuring and telecommunications media & technology.Users of the iPad edition will also receive daily and weekly industry reports and access to an IPO center powered by NYSE Euronext 9, which provides comprehensive information and analysis of recent filings.last_img read more