first_imgMOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest, but he has a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race after being forced to change the gearbox in his Mercedes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They cheered the three-time Formula One world champion at the end of a week when he faced criticism for being the only driver to snub a promotional event in London.“I feel amazing, especially with a great crowd like this around the track,” Hamilton said. “These typical English conditions are what we grew up racing in. I’m comfortable in it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Relieved too after escaping action for blocking Romain Grosjean during qualifying, with stewards ruling that the Haas car was not impeded.Hamilton, who is 20 points behind leader Vettel in the drivers’ championship, is now one short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record 68 poles. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyercenter_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Garbine Muguruza tops Venus Williams for 1st Wimbledon title IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leaves the team motorhome before the third free practice session for the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 15, 2017. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, July 16. (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN / AP)SILVERSTONE, England — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the fifth time at the British Grand Prix on Saturday, ahead of Ferrari rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in rainy conditions.Hamilton sped around Silverstone in 1 minute, 26.6 seconds in front of his home fans.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more


first_imgBeginning with Stack, a bimonthly whose circulation has grown to 800,000 from an initial rate base of 300,000, stack.com launched in May 2007 along with STACK TV, an online video platform with eight channels of originally-produced content. In May 2008, Palazzo integrated Stack’s digital assets to launch Stack Media, in partnership with Eastbay.com, to sell advertising across its sites. By December, Stack had climbed to no. 9 of the top 10 sports Internet properties, with over 4.9 million unique visitors in the U.S., according to comScore. Advertisers include the U.S. Army, Gatorade, Nike and Reebok.Palazzo says Stack is winning a big audience because it gets to the heart of young athletes who aspire to go pro—rather than covering lists and statistics that saturate the news. “When I was young, I wanted to know how to be [Hall of Fame running back] Barry Sanders,” Palazzo says. “That’s the kind of information young athletes want. We’re not a who’s-who, we’re a how-to.” VITALS: Stack Media is among the Top 10 Sports Internet properties, with 4.9 million unique visitors. A 2003 cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Nick Palazzo also finished among Harvard football’s all-time leading rushers and scorers. Palazzo wanted to turn pro, but was hampered by injuries he had suffered in his junior and senior years.After graduation, Palazzo started a new training regimen with his buddy Chad Zimmerman, a top student-athlete at Carnegie Mellon University.“As we started to work with pros, we realized our training in the past had been incorrect and we didn’t realize our potential,” says Palazzo.  “We thought, wouldn’t it be great to get this information from star athletes and their trainers to student athletes en masse?”Palazzo and Zimmerman founded Stack LLC in 2005, which in the last four years has become a hit with male athletes aged 12-24 (and their coaches) hungry for information on sports training and lifestyle. last_img read more


first_imgThe UN Security Council holds a meeting to discuss the violence in Myanmar at the United Nations in New York on 28 September 2017. Photo: AFPRepresentatives of different countries from around the world in a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday spoke about the ongoing violence in Myanmar, against Rohingya Muslims. The United Nations said about approximately 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in recent weeks following the violence what the global body has called a textbook example of “ethnic cleansing”.The meeting began at 3:05 pm and ended at 5:17pm (local time) at the UN headquarters in New York.The UN has published the speeches of world leaders at the meeting of the global body in its website.Following are the statements of the representatives of the United Kingdom, United States, Senegal, Sweden, Japan, China, Italy, Ukraine, and Uruguay.Jonathan Guy Allen, deputy permanent representative of UK to UNThe world had watched in horror at the violence that had erupted over the last month.  By now, all had seen reports of the extrajudicial killings, burnings of villages and the placement of landmines.Most of the victims were Rohingya Muslims, although others were also being affected. The situation was a human tragedy and an acute humanitarian crisis that had exploded at an unprecedented speed.It was becoming increasingly clear that world opinion was aligning on the issue, and it now fell to Myanmar, and its military to respond. The military bore the primary responsibility for resolving the crisis. There is a way out. The military must immediately stop the violence and ensure the protection of all civilians. The hate speech and incitement to violence must also stop and the military must uphold the rule of law.The authorities of Myanmar must allow full humanitarian access to Rakhine, highlighting that the current humanitarian needs vastly exceeded the capacity of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and only the United Nations and its partners could provide aid at the scale that was required. Myanmar should work with Bangladesh to establish a safe and sustainable way for those that had fled Rakhine to return home.In that context, those that have fled must be able to register themselves as refugees.The crisis placed a deep shadow on the history of Myanmar, as well as its leaders and military. If the leaders did not take the necessary steps, they would find themselves on the wrong side of history and the council must be ready to act.Nikki Haley, US permanent representative to UNFor the last four weeks, the world had witnessed images from Myanmar of suffering that no one should be forced to endure. The United States government had tried to engage the military of Myanmar at the highest levels and supported regional efforts to stop the violence and expand humanitarian access.Still, the exodus of the scared people of Myanmar continued while the government failed to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation.[Myanmar] must come to terms with the facts on the ground. The international community could not be afraid to call the actions of the Myanmar authorities exactly what they were — a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority.Such a brutal assault did not advance justice, but rather put it further from reach.The government of Myanmar had a responsibility to restore the rule of law and prevent attacks by citizens in its name, regardless of which individual or group was the target of such attacks.The situation had been made worse by the rhetoric coming from official military channels inside the country. The time for well-meaning diplomatic words in the UNSC had passed and now was the time for action.The military must respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and those accused of committing abuses should be removed from power and immediately prosecuted.The authorities must immediately allow rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access and work with all partners that could help get assistance to the affected communities.Myanmar must also commit to welcoming all those that had been displaced to safely return to their original homes. The risk that the conflict could spill over to other countries in the region was real.What was most frustrating about the conflict was “how we should have seen it coming”.Wu Haitao, China’s deputy permanent representative to UNOrder must prevail as soon as possible and that unity among different people must be restored. Antagonism had been building for a long time. A series of steps had been taken to ease the situation in Rakhine state.The international community must view the difficulties and challenges facing the Myanmar government through an objective lens.The international community must support dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar so that they could properly address the mass exodus of the Muslim population.As a friendly neighbour to both countries, China had provided necessary assistance for accommodating the displaced. The situation on the ground was moving towards stability.Vassily A Nebenzia Russian Federation permanent representative to UN The situation was far from being resolved. According to reports, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army was guilty of killing civilians and the extremists had forced members of the Hindu communities to leave their homes and migrate with Muslims to Bangladesh.The efforts of the government of Myanmar are underway to resolve the situation in Rakhine state and repatriate refugees from Bangladesh.The efforts of Bangladesh are commendable. We hope the international community would provide sizeable support to resolve the humanitarian crisis. The situation could only be resolved through dialogue among people of all nationalities and faiths. The international community must be very careful before labelling something genocide and ethnic cleansing.François Delattre, France permanent representative to UNAn ethnic cleaning was currently underway in the west of Myanmar and that 500,000 Rohingya, mostly women and children, had fled to Bangladesh in the last month.The incitement to hatred and violence against the Rohingya existed in Myanmar today. Public discourse and other stigma could lead to even worse atrocities.  The Security Council had the responsibility of standing united and acting to break the negative spiral.Immediate efforts must concentrate on putting an end to the violence. The security forces in Myanmar must ensure protection for all, without discrimination.The authorities must also put an end to the self-proclaimed groups that went after the Rohingya.Humanitarian access must be swiftly restored. The Myanmar government’s intention to organise a visit for diplomats and humanitarian actors to Rakhine state was a positive development.The major efforts demonstrated by Bangladesh should be welcomed and supported by the international community. Once there was an end to violence, modalities for the safe and orderly return of the refugees must be identified. Efforts should be taken to tackle the root causes of the violence, discrimination and systematic violation of the rights of the Rohingya, who had been denied citizenship for decades.Olof Skoog, Sweden permanent representative to UN The seeds of conflict continued to go unresolved. The total number of internally displaced persons within Rakhine state had not yet been established.While the Myanmar government’s security operations had ended on 5 September, it was deeply worrying that reports of violence — including of the burning of Rohingya villages and violence against civilians — continued. All violence must end. Myanmar government must ensure the immediate suspension of all military and security operations. It should also grant immediate, full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to the United Nations and its partners seeking to reach those in need, and move swiftly to ensure that those who had fled the country could return to their places of origin in a safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable manner.Those responsible for human rights abuses and violations, as well as other crimes, must be brought to justice.Fodé Seck, Senegal permanent representative to UN Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly children, women and the elderly, were fleeing and seeking refuge where they could, especially in neighbouring Bangladesh. Myanmar must put an end to the human tragedy. The involvement of Bangladesh and Myanmar in today’s meeting was a testament to the transparency of discussions.We now know much more about the deep-seeded causes of the conflict.The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and European Union had all condemned the violence.  Military operations must end and international law must be respected.We welcome Myanmar working with Bangladesh to solve the crisis, the root causes of which revolved around the issue of statelessness.Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Egypt permanent representative to UN Hundreds of thousands of innocent souls had been killed or persecuted and regional security dangerous threatened, creating a heavy burden on neighboring countries. The issue was humanitarian at heart, based on the principle of acceptance of others and coexistence with people of different beliefs and religions.Hate speech, violence or threat of use of violence could not be accepted and must be rejected, whether perpetrated by a party or government institutions. The message to Myanmar from the international community was to end the violence and allow for humanitarian access. Egypt’s position that the Rohingya had a right to life did not mean that it supported violence of any related groups. But it is important to ask: What choice are we leaving to these people, other than taking up arms to defend themselves?  Myanmar must interact with the international community, allow for a high-level United Nations delegation to visit the Rakhine state and work to provide citizenship to the Muslim Rohingya. He also noted the condemnation of the treatment of the Rohingya community by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif.Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan permanent representative to UNThere had unfortunately been reports of a fresh influx of 14,000 refugees crossing into Bangladesh on 24 September. The lack of measures to stop those flows called into question Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement that clearance operations had ended on 5 September.It provided an additional rationale for dispatching a United Nations fact-finding team to provide an objective assessment of the situation in Rakhine state. Myanmar government should suspend all military operations and end acts of persecution and discrimination against the Rohingya Muslims, as well as to provide unhindered humanitarian access.Urgent measures should be undertaken to allow the Rohingya to return to their homes with safety, security, dignity and prospects for decent livelihoods. We endorse the Organization for Islamic Cooperation’s calls to ensure inclusive and transparent citizenship verification processes for all, and urge the government to fully implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, and warn that inter-ethnic and interreligious strife, as well as refugee flows, could serve as fertile ground for terrorism.Koro Bessho, Japan permanent representative to UNJapan isdeeply concerned by the human rights and humanitarian conditions on the ground, the allegations of killings of civilians and the fact that more than 400,000 people had been displaced to Bangladesh.Japan calls for the restoration of security in a manner consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights, while ensuring transparency.Japan also stress the importance of continuous efforts to secure humanitarian access for all affected communities as soon as possible.Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs visited Myanmar last week and conveyed the country’s deep concerns and position directly to the leaders of the Myanmar Government, including the military.Japan commends the dedicated efforts by Bangladesh in responding to the humanitarian aspects of the current situation.In that connection, Japan was providing humanitarian assistance for displaced persons in Rakhine state and in Bangladesh and decided to provide up to $4 million in emergency assistance for those affected.Sebastiano Cardi, Italy permanent representative to UN It is the Security Council’s responsibility to urgently address the situation and send a strong, unified and constructive message in line with the priorities outlined by the Secretary-General.The violence must end immediately, and in that context and the authorities must stop the attacks against civilians and stressed the need for the security response to fully respect international humanitarian and international human rights law. Attacks against the Rohingya were a matter of grave concern and could not be tolerated.National authorities were responsible for protecting lives. Safe and unhindered humanitarian access must be ensured. Humanitarian agencies and donors had quickly mobilized, yet the needs on the ground exceeded the available resources and access to those in need faced major restrictions. We commend the government of Bangladesh for keeping the borders open and its efforts in hosting the refugees.Their voluntary, safe and sustainable return would be critical, including for the stabilization of the region.Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukraine permanent representative to UNAny targeting of civilians is totally unacceptable and impunity for perpetrators could not be tolerated.We are concerned about allegations of human rights violations having taken place during recent military operations in the province. We express concern about the worsening humanitarian situation and stressed the need for unhindered access of humanitarian actors to those in need.Given the dire nature of the situation, the least the government could do would be to halt all military operations in Rakhine.We welcome the release of the Advisory Commission’s final report and the expressions of the Myanmar government supporting the recommendations contained within the document.Concrete steps were urgently needed, as what was doable and within reach today may not be available tomorrow. It was not too late to deliver, although it was imperative that the Council be more proactive to ensure the violence was stopped.  Nobody around this table wants to see the worst-case scenario.Luis Bermúdez, Uruguay deputy permanent representative to UN The grave crisis created by the wave of sectarian violence against the Muslim Rohingya people is alarming. Humanitarian and security conditions had seriously deteriorated.The resurgence of violence emphasized the need for true national reconciliation.  We call on Myanmar to adopt measures to end impunity and investigate all violations of human rights.We urge the authorities to implement recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission. Noting the deep-rooted history of the crisis, we condemn the violence of all military groups but reiterated that the main responsibility of protecting civilians fell on the Myanmar government.Human rights must be respected, and the government must stop the violence, allow the return of those that had fled and facilitate unfettered access to those in need.Oppressive behaviour against the Rohingya group under the pretext of fighting terrorism risked destabilising the region.*Note: the speeches have gone through minor editinglast_img read more


first_imgRohingya refugee carries an elderly man at the Palongkhali refugee camp near Cox`s Bazar. Reuters file photoA Rohingya woman was killed and four people were injured in a clash between two groups of Myanmar’s displaced nationals at a camp in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased is Ansar Begum, 35, wife of M Ilias of Block-B of Nayapara Rohinngay camp.Teknaf model police station officer-in-charge Ranjit Barua said an altercation ensued between two groups of Rohingyas around 3:00pm over setting up a shop at the camp.Later, the feuding groups engaged in a clash when they attacked each other with sharp weapons, he said, adding that Ansar Begum died on the spot and four other Rohingyas suffered injuries in the clash.The injured were taken to Teknaf upazila health complex, the OC added.last_img

first_imgA Dhaka court on Thursday sentenced six to death and another to life term imprisonment for killing administrative officer of Dhaka deputy commissioner’s office Aminul Haque Khadem alias Anis Khadem in 2009, reports UNB.The condemned convicts are- Mahabub Alam Liton alias Dat Bhanga Liton, Sheikh Shamim Ahmmed, Md Jewel, Kamal Hossain Biplob, Shahidur Rahman Khadem and Sohel alias Cats Eye Sohel while the lifer is Abdullah Mohammad Nazim Uddin Babu alias TNT Babu, alias Chula Babu.Among them Liton, Biplob and Babu were tried in absentia.The court also fined Babu Tk 20,000, in default, to suffer one year more in jail.According to the prosecution, Aminul Islam Khadem was gunned down by the convicts in front of Malibagh Shahi mosque on 3 May, 2009 over grabbing property of a mazar.Later, his son Saidul Haque Khadem filed a murder case with Motijheel police station on 4 May.Mujibur Rahman, member of Rapid Action Battalion-3, submitted chargesheet accusing eight people on 30 November, 2009.After examining all the records and 17 witnesses, Dhaka speedy trial tribunal no-4 judge Abdur Rahman Sarder handed down the verdict acquitting one accused.last_img read more


first_imgHigh calorie food may be unavoidable, but you can outsmart the temptation by indulging your sweet tooth with a different and healthier form of sugar, suggest experts. Nutritionists give some handy shortcuts to reduce sugar intake: Sugar, not fat: Not all sweets are born equal. Some, like rasgullah, are high on sugar while others like gulab jamun are high in sugar and fat. While it’s best to control sweets of all kinds, if you must, indulge in only-sweet-based desserts like dark chocolate, plain sandesh, mishti doi, rasgullah, jellies and custards to reduce the impact on your health post season. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThere are several options available in the market today – sugar free, gluten free, organic, dry fruit and more. You can pick up these desserts which are based on natural sweeteners like stevia or use stevia to make your favourite desserts at home – it gives your desserts a 100 per cent sweetness without the calories. Low fat does not mean low calorie: Just because something is low fat, doesn’t mean that it is low calorie. A sweet is a sweet and should be treated as such, unless it is sweetened with healthier alternative sweeteners. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDry fruit bears fruit: If you have the option, choose the offered dry fruit instead – although try and give cashews a miss entirely if you can. Moderate amounts of dry fruit (say, a small handful a day) contains loads of good fats and are good for you. Exercise: Step up the workouts this season, because your body will thank you for it in the New Year. Fight the instinct to stay curled up in the comfort of your inertia. Hydrate: With water, that is. And lots of it (about 2-3 litre per day). Your hunger and thirst centres are set very close together and sometimes we eat because we’re thirsty. And while we’re here, don’t forget that alcohol adds tons of liquid calories, so a glass of wine once or twice a week is really the healthiest way to drink your calories. If drinking water straight up gets a bit boring, you could alternatively make some infused water by adding some fruit to it like strawberry or orange with a pinch of a natural sugar substitute. Get your eight hours of sleep: Best for health and weight management, don’t underestimate the power of a good sleep. It has proven benefits for weight loss and health management. In other words, you can snooze to lose. Experts say controlling your own environment is vital. If you’re having guests over, you can do healthy versions of your favourite desserts. Use dates to sweeten your sweets instead of sugar or use a natural sugar substitutes. Try loading them with a lot of dry and natural fruits. Roast your dish rather than deep frying it. Use natural sweeteners. Also, you don’t have to eat everything you’ve been gifted. Donate, and sweeten someone else’s life.last_img read more


first_imgFour Seasons now offers a $135,000 culinary tour by private jet Tags: Four Seasons Share Posted by The Canadian Press center_img TORONTO — Most travellers have a limited budget for food, hotels and souvenirs, and do their best to stick to it. And then there are those with the deepest of deep pockets.It’s clearly the latter that Toronto-based Four Seasons has in mind with its latest extravagant offering: a 19-day culinary-themed jaunt across Asia and Europe with opportunities to nosh in Michelin-starred restaurants, discover street food and go on chef-led market tours.Price tag: US$135,000 per person. That’s double occupancy. If you’re hoofing it on your own you’ll have to cough up the $12,000 single supplement.Destinations on the itinerary include Seoul, the starting point; Tokyo; Hong Kong; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Mumbai, India; Florence, Italy; Lisbon; Copenhagen; and finally Paris.An elephant trek in northern Thailand, a private viewing of Michelangelo’s “David” in Florence and a foraging experience in Denmark are also part of the package.Mingling with the commoners in the skies is not an issue. Air travel is aboard the Four Seasons private jet and accommodations are at the chain’s luxurious hotels and resorts.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyFour Seasons, which partnered with Copenhagen restaurant Noma and co-owner Rene Redzepi to develop the May 27-June 14 trip, says it is also tossing in a “special gift”: complimentary business-class airfare from each guest’s home city to Seoul and back from Paris, up to US$5,000 per person.If you think this is expensive, then you should check out our story on the most expensive trip in the world. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, February 8, 2017 last_img read more


first_imgWith file from The Canadian Press Wednesday, May 22, 2019 That really was Celine Dion floating inside Bellagio’s fountain LAS VEGAS — No, it wasn’t a mirage floating atop the Bellagio Hotel’s fountain. Celine Dion really was sailing across the water at the bow of a small replica of the ‘Titanic’.The publicity stunt was part of the Canadian songbird’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment, a popular feature on ‘The Late Late Show’ starring TV host James Corden. In addition to their ‘remake’ of the iconic scene in ‘Titanic’, the 15-minute sketch included scenes of the two celebrities driving around Sin City, singing Dion’s biggest hit songs, and even giving away her shoes to passersby.Upon being picked up my Corden in his car, Dion jokingly said, “I just have a day off once a year and you caught me on that day.”From there, Dion sets forth across the strip with Corden at the wheel. She pounces on every opportunity to answer his questions with the hook of a classic pop song.“Are you excited for this?” he asks as Dion responds with the chorus of the Pointer Sisters hit “I’m So Excited.”A few minutes later, he challenges the songstress to imbue the viral kids song “Baby Shark” with the stirring emotion she’s known for, complete with her trademark chest pound.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthCorden eventually brings up Dion’s colossal shoe collection, which she estimates at between 3,000 and 5,000 pairs. Corden interjects with rumours it’s closer to 10,000.“Maybe. I didn’t want to say it,” Dion admits. When asked where she stores them all, she said, “I have a place in Las Vegas — let’s call it a warehouse.”Corden then pressures her to part ways with a few shoes he’s tucked in the backseat. She reluctantly obliges, passing them out to starstruck passersby on the street.The segment ends with the pair pulling into the Bellagio Hotel and Casino for a grand finale of ‘My Heart Will Go On’, each of them dressed as title characters Jack and Rose in an iconic scene from the blockbuster ‘Titanic’.As she and Corden stand at the bow of a small replica of the Titanic floating in the hotel’s sprawling fountain, Dion caps off the performance by dropping a replica Heart of the Ocean blue diamond necklace into the water.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backDion wraps up her Vegas residency in June. It’s set to be followed by a world tour that kicks off in Quebec City on Sept. 18. Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Bellagio, Celine Deonlast_img read more