Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor most of his career in the UAAP, Ron Dennison had been either a benchwarmer or a glue guy.Dennison was never the person to carry the offense for Far Eastern University as he only averaged 2.1 points per game average in his first four seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES His 21-point game against La Salle was also a career-high.Dennison said he wasn’t surprised that he has been putting up gaudy numbers in the offensive end while retaining his defensive duties because he prepared for that in the off-season.“I was ready that I would become one of the team’s main scorers,” said Dennison, whos also averaging 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. “That was already my mindset starting last semester. My defense is always there, that should always be there because I always give my energy when I’m on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Things, however, have changed this Season 80 in the UAAP with the fifth year Tamaraw thrust into the role of FEU’s go-to offensive weapon.While his numbers have seen a significant rise, the transition hasn’t been drastic after all for Dennison.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I was already practicing as the go-to-guy even in the offseason, I was practicing my offensive game because I can’t just be a defensive guy anymore,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For the first two games, Dennison has been FEU’s leading scorer averaging 18.5 points on an impressive 62.96 percent shooting. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

WWE: Samoa Joe wins Fatal 5-Way, faces Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire for Universal Championship

first_imgSamoa Joe overcame the odds to win the Fatal 5-Way at Extreme Rules and became the No.1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal title at RAW’s exclusive Pay-per-view WWE Great Balls of Fire.Joe got the better of Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt to earn his title shot.In an exciting match where everybody got their moments to shine, Joe and Wyatt looked the most destructive. The pair formed a partnership, hammering the other three at will to take an advantage.However, the deadly partnership didn’t last long enough as they started trading blows once the other three were cleared off.Balor, Rollins and Reigns held their own and made strong comebacks once the barrage was over and each had their moments.Ultimately, Joe did the smart thing when he choked Balor off after the Irishman had nailed Reigns with a Coup De Grace and won via referee stoppage.This is Joe’s first title shot in the main roster since making his debut on RAW earlier this year. The Samoan submission machine came out of the blues and blasted Rollins and injured him when the latter was challenging Triple H for a match at Wrestlemania.Since then, Joe has worked with Hunter and there has been indications of him working with Triple H and Kevin Owens to form a deadly faction like Evolution in the earlier part of the 2000s. However, that fizzled out as Owens moved to Smack Down Live in a superstar shake-up and since then Joe has been competing and winning in singles matches.advertisementThe WWE is providing Joe with a big push and it works out well for the company because by the looks of it, Joe can match up to Lesnar in terms of strength and can put up a good match.It won’t be easy for the ‘Beast Incarnate’ as he has not featured much since beating Goldberg at Wrestlemania 33 for the title.The two will slog it out on July 9 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.”I am more than prepared to take myself to that very deep, dark, violent place…” – @SamoaJoe on challenging @BrockLesnar #RAWTalk pic.twitter.com/NFKF5lE5ul- WWE (@WWE) June 5, 2017last_img read more

France LeaveS it Late Again to Advance to Last 16

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares France left it late again, defeating Albania 2-0 with two goals in the 90th minute. With the win, France becomes the first team to mathematically clinch their place in the Knockout Stages.It was another uninviting performance from the hosts who needed a late goal to defeat the “outsiders” Albania in their second match of Group A. After an uneventful first half, the Albanians created the first real chance of the game, hitting the post 5 minutes into the second half. Albania’s chance was a wake up call to the French and the hosts took over the game, pressing in Albania’s half. As chance after chance went by, including Giroud’s header that hit the post, the game was heading for a surprising 0-0 draw. However, similar to France’s first game against Romania, the breakthrough came in the final minute. Griezmann was left unmarked in the box and his header from Rami’s cross gave France the 1-0 lead. Payet, who was the hero against Romania, added a second in the 6th minute of stoppage time, giving France the 2-0 victory.The win secures France’s position in the Knockout Stages. On the other hand, Albania was handed their second loss from two match and will need to defeat Romania to have any hopes of qualifying as one of the best 3rd placed teams. France will play second placed Switzerland in the final group match for top spot in Group A.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: English crowds ‘stupid’ to boo David Warner, says manager

first_imgEnglish crowds are stupid to jeer David Warner at the Cricket World Cup as it will only fire him up, the Australian batsman’s manager James Erskine has said.Warner, who has returned to the side following a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, was booed by the crowd during Australia’s opening match against Pakistan in Bristol but struck an unbeaten 89 and was named man-of-the-match.”I am English. Where the Poms are stupid is that it is actually going to encourage him. It will actually help him. The fact of the matter is, you concentrate, he won’t want to fail, he got 89,” Erskine said in comments published by Fairfax Media.”They will learn very smartly that they are dealing with someone who has got the powers of concentration and his willpower, it’s no different from a Steve Waugh or a Nick Faldo. That’s exactly what will happen here.”While former captain Steve Smith and test opener Cameron Bancroft the other players punished for ball-tampering have given media interviews about the Cape Town scandal, Warner has declined to comment publicly.He has dodged media interviews at the World Cup, barring a mandatory comment on-field with the host broadcaster after claiming the man-of-the-match award.Erskine defended Warner’s silence.”There is no point talking. What’s he going to talk about? I think that policy will work … if he (Warner) goes and gets a ton against England or somebody like that, people will want to a chat to him about his play,” he added.advertisement”As I have said before, these guys (Warner and Smith) have taken a hit for a lot of other people and they paid their fine.””They now basically have got to go out and play well and it looks as if they are going to play well.”Australia next face West Indies in Nottingham on Thursday.Also Read | No need to panic: Joe Root after England’s defeat to Pakistan in World Cup 2019Also Read | Trent Bridge thriller good advertisement for World Cup 2019: Eoin MorganAlso Seelast_img read more

12 days agoBournomouth boss Eddie Howe: Burnley spell important for me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournomouth boss Eddie Howe: Burnley spell important for meby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournomouth boss Eddie Howe says he has no regrets over his time with Burnley.Howe remains thankful for his time with the Clarets.“For my development, for my experiences. I don’t think I would be sat here in the Premier League if I hadn’t experienced what I had at Burnley,” he told the Daily Echo.“I think it did me the world of good personally. In some respects, it feels like a continuous journey from the first spell (at Cherries) through – but the spell at Burnley was so important for me.“That feels like quite a short spell away now during the two times at Bournemouth put together.” last_img

Its in his Blood Shawn Mendes Wins Big at THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – Rising superstar Awkwafina electrified the corner of Queen and John Streets in Torontotonight in her broadcast hosting debut at THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS. During the two-hour broadcast, hometown hero Shawn Mendes charmed fans with two stellar performances and four big wins – Artist of the Year, Best Pop Artist or Group, Fan Fave Artist, and Fan Fave Video (“In My Blood”). Toronto’s own Drake added two more IHEARTRADIO MMVAS to his hardware collection for Best Hip Hop Artist or Group and Best Director with Karena Evans for “God’s Plan”, while London, ON-bred DJs Loud Luxury claimed the Song of the Summer Presented by Coca-Cola award for “Body” ft. Brando. Ottawa’s Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, featured on the first season of CTV’s THE LAUNCH, took home Best New Canadian Artist for their hit “Ain’t Easy,” while Brampton’s Alessia Cara locked down Video of the Year for her and Khalid’s collaboration on Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255”.Many performers made their debut on the THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVASstage including bülow, lighting up the audience with glow-in-the-dark LED masks during a performance of “Not A Love Song”; Kris Wu, performing a smoking-hot medley of his hit singles, “18,” “Like That,” and “Deserve”; Canadian indie rock band, The Beaches, who captivated the audience with “T-Shirt”; Halsey, winner tonight of the Artist for Change, stunning viewers at home with animated effects that had flames and butterflies dancing around her; Anne-Marie, performing “2002,” before being joined on-stage by Marshmello to perform their up-beat pop single “FRIENDS,” which helped snag Marshmello an IHEARTRADIO MMVA for Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group; Meghan Trainor rocking a four-song medley of “No Excuses,” “All About That Bass,” “Me Too,” and “Let You Be Right”; and Brett Kissel, making IHEARTRADIO MMVA history as the first country singer to perform on the MMVA stage when he joined Bebe Rexha on smash hit “Meant To Be,” which earned Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line a win for Best Collaboration. Finally, 98 Degrees graced the audience with a classic throwback medley of their top hits as they returned to THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA stage after nearly a decade.The show hit big in the Twitterverse today with 1.3 million mentions, reaching more than 1.5 billion worldwide, and with #iHeartRadioMMVAs holding the top trend in Canada during the broadcast. Host Awkwafina summed up her boisterous turn as host by tweeting a photo of one of the night’s best moments: Shawn Mendes accepting an award on behalf of Marshmello – helmet and all! Marshmello also tweeted about the moment, joking that the two were now a duo. In the weeks leading up to the show, fans turned out to vote for their favourites with more than 46 million votes cast across six Fan Fave categories online and on social. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook The IHEARTRADIO MMVA hardware was handed out by star-studded celebrities including, Alexandra Shipp,  Ashlee Simpson-Ross and Evan Ross,Chrissy Metz, Colton Haynes, Craig McMorris, Derek Hough, Francesco Yates,Gus Kenworthy, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Jus Reign, Kristin Cavallari, Madison Beer, New City, Prince Michael Jackson, Scott Helman, Sofi Tukker, Sonequa Martin-Green, The Reklaws, Tyler Shaw, and Tyra Banks.IHEARTRADIO MMVA AftermathThe two-hour music extravaganza, which aired live on CTV, Much, MTV, and YouTube, encores tomorrow, Monday, August 27 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET and Friday, August 31 at 10 p.m. on Much.ETALK recaps all of the red carpet arrivals and delivers exclusive backstage interviews tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.The entire two-hour broadcast, as well as THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET, is available now at www.mmva.much.com/watch.THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS joins CraveTV’s music collection on Friday, August 31.And the winners are…iHeartRadio MMVA Artist for ChangeHalseyBest Rock/Alternative Artist or GroupImagine DragonsBest Pop Artist or GroupShawn MendesBest EDM/Dance Artist or GroupMarshmelloBest Hip Hop Artist or GroupDrakeBest DirectorDrake – “God’s Plan”Director: Karena EvansVideo of the YearLogic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”Single of the YearEd Sheeran – “Perfect”Artist of the YearShawn MendesSong of the Summer Presented by Coca-ColaLoud Luxury ft. Brando – “Body”Best CollaborationBebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – “Meant To Be”Best New Canadian Artist or GroupElijah Woods x Jamie FineFan Fave ArtistShawn MendesFan Fave Duo or GroupBTSFan Fave VideoShawn Mendes – “In My Blood”Fan Fave SingleSelena Gomez ft. Marshmello – ‘Wolves’Fan Fave New ArtistKris WuFan Fave Much CreatorTheDanocracy – Dan RodoOfficial partners of THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS are: Coca-Cola®, Nintendo of Canada Ltd., and Virgin Mobile Canada. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Despite NAFTA jitters Canada launches trade broadside against US

first_imgWASHINGTON – Prepare for a tense moment in Canada-U.S. relations — with hard bargaining on NAFTA on the horizon prompting nervous glances at Donald Trump to see whether he cancels the agreement, now compounded by a bitter, wide-ranging trade dispute.Canada launched a broad attack against American trade practices in an international complaint about the superpower’s use of punitive duties, eliciting a caustic counter-swipe from the Trump administration when the document was made public Wednesday.”(This is an) ill-advised attack,” U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said. “Canada’s claims are unfounded and could only lower U.S. confidence that Canada is committed to mutually beneficial trade.”Two weeks from now, the unstated backdrop to the dispute will be squarely in the foreground.The countries will gather in Montreal for a high-stakes round of NAFTA negotiations, with no additional talks scheduled beyond March. Canadian officials say they know full well that Trump could invoke NAFTA’s withdrawal clause during this January-March period.What would happen then? For starters, the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso would take a quick plunge, just as they did Wednesday after news reports emerged saying the Canadian government is more convinced than ever that Trump is poised to invoke NAFTA’s withdrawal clause, perhaps around the time of the talks in Montreal Jan. 23-28.Two Canadian government sources insist that’s not true. Rather, they say there are different points of view within the Canadian government about whether Trump will pull the plug — as he’s repeatedly threatened to do — and, if so, when.One official said the current uncertainty could last several months, or even longer: even if Trump issues a withdrawal notice, the agreement provides six months before a country can actually leave. Some U.S. observers also predict court fights over whether a president can abandon a trade deal without congressional approval.Speaking of court fights, more are on the way.Canada has launched a World Trade Organization complaint about the U.S. system for imposing punitive duties, alleging that they violate international law.The complaint was launched in December but made public Wednesday — the very day, coincidentally, that the U.S. announced its latest trade action against Canada. The U.S. is imposing duties of up to nine per cent on Canadian paper, following similar penalties against Bombardier and softwood lumber, over what the U.S. alleges to be unfair Canadian trade practices.Canada is now arguing that the entire American process for imposing anti-dumping and countervailing duties violates global trade rules. It cites five reasons, saying the U.S. levies penalties beyond what’s allowed by the WTO, improperly calculates rates, unfairly declares penalties retroactive, limits evidence from outside parties, and has a tilted voting system in domestic trade panels that, in the case of a 3-3 tie, awards the win to American companies.The complaint holds global consequences. Canada cited 122 cases where the U.S. unfairly imposed duties on foreign countries, not just Canada.”It’s (saying), ‘The entire way in which the U.S. — you — are conducting your anti-dumping, countervailing procedures, is wrong,”’ said Chad Bown, a trade expert at Washington’s Peterson Institute and host of the podcast ”Trade Talks.””This is effectively Canada bringing a dispute on behalf of all exporters in the world — the Europeans, Japan, China — because they’re making a systemic challenge.”Some critics questioned the timing.Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations called it a precarious moment for NAFTA and the global trading system, both of which are under threats and criticism from Trump: “Canada has just detonated a bomb under both.”Canada-U.S. trade lawyer Mark Warner said Canada is well within its rights to take action on complaints that may have merit. But he questioned the strategic logic of antagonizing the Trump administration on the cusp of the potentially pivotal Montreal talks when it’s already unhappy with both NAFTA and the WTO.“This isn’t going to calm passions in Montreal,” Warner said.Indeed, the Trump administration wasted no time expressing its displeasure. In a statement, Lighthizer not only criticized the move but said it was self-defeating for Canada, too, since if it succeeds, low-cost producers could start dumping product onto the U.S. market, squeezing out Canadian competition.“The flood of imports from China and other countries would negatively impact billions of dollars in Canadian exports to the United States, including nearly US$9 billion in exports of steel and aluminum products and more than $2.5 billion in exports of wood and paper,” he said.“Canada’s complaint is bad for Canada.”Bown was less critical.The smaller northern neighbour could be making a point about NAFTA, he said: that if Canada loses free trade, and its dispute-settlement bodies, it will use international means to fight its battles.last_img read more

UN lacks more than 70 per cent of funds sought to aid

Only 27 per cent of the funds needed to support relief efforts in Central and East Africa have been donated, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.The Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) was launched in November to raise almost $5.3 million to respond to crises in seven African countries: Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.As of 1 April, contributions to the appeal stood at just over $1.4 million for support to a region which has some of the greatest humanitarian needs in the world, according to OCHA.The Office noted that only 2 per cent – or $3.9 million – of the more than $225 million required for Uganda is available. By contrast, the appeal for Chad has received almost $134 million or 35 per cent of the nearly $387 million it requires, the highest of the seven countries. The overall aid bill for 2009 is expected to go way beyond the $7 billion requested for all humanitarian crises around the world, since the CAP does not include the so-called “flash appeals” which are launched throughout the year to meet the needs of new emergencies. 15 May 2009Only 27 per cent of the funds needed to support relief efforts in Central and East Africa have been donated, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 74.36 points to 15,463.96.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 38.39 points to 22,374.20.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 3.52 points to 2,504.72.The Nasdaq composite index was down 12.54 points to 6,443.50.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.06 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 81.48 cents US.

Sri Lankans can now apply for UK visit visas online

Following the successful launch of Access UK in China in June 2014, UKVI is rolling it out globally to customers applying for visit visas.Access UK is available at www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa. However the Visa4UK website will continue to be available for visitors and for applicants applying for visas on other routes.Plans are underway to launch the form in Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Sinhalese and Bengali to make it easier for customers to apply, however answers will need to be provided in English. (Colombo Gazette) “The new form, known as Access UK, successfully launched in China in 2014 and received excellent feedback from customers. We have further refined it and are now rolling it out globally. We look forward to hearing further feedback on the form, and hope that it will encourage more customers from Sri Lanka to visit the UK.” UK Visas and Immigration Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia, Nick Crouch said the UK remains committed to improving the visa service for customers and making it quicker and easier for customers to apply for UK visas. The British High Commission in Colombo today announced that customers in Sri Lanka will now be able to apply for their UK visit visas, more easily thanks to a new online application form.The new form, called Access UK, offers customers a number of benefits including a shorter form, with questions ordered logically, a mobile friendly format and the ability to download a pre-populated Schengen visa form. The form will also be available in more local languages making it easier for more customers to understand the visa format. British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said the strong relationship between the UK and Sri Lanka is built on people to people links, including through business relationships and cultural exchange.“The UK welcomes genuine visa applications and the new Access UK form will make the process of applying for a business or tourist visa quicker and easier.” read more

Loonie slightly lower as Korean free trade pact inked oil and copper

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed little changed Tuesday as Canada and South Korea signed a free-trade agreement after a decade of talks while the U.S. greenback lost ground against most other major currencies during the session.The commodity-sensitive loonie inched 0.01 of a cent lower to 90.07 cents US amid falling oil and copper prices.Prime Minister Stephen Harper is calling the pact with South Korea a major boost for Canadian exporters looking to establish themselves in the Asian market.Once enforced, it will eliminate virtually all tariffs between the countries, with Korea cutting 81.9 per cent of all duties on the first day the deal comes into effect, and Canada removing 76.4 per cent of levies.Some tariffs, particularly in agriculture, will take more than a dozen years be fully phased out.Meanwhile, oil and copper continued to lose ground amid concerns about Chinese growth as data released over the weekend showed that exports of the world’s second-biggest economy fell by an unexpectedly large 18 per cent in February. The country’s official 2014 economic growth target of 7.5 per cent assumes trade also will grow by 7.5 per cent.Copper prices headed lower for a third day as a result of the data, with the metal widely viewed as a proxy for the global economy sitting at a multi-year low. On Tuesday, the May copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down another eight cents at US$2.95 a pound, its lowest close since June 2010, after shedding six per cent over the previous two sessions.Oil prices also suffered from the Chinese data and on Tuesday the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down a further $1.09 to US$100.03 a barrel.Gold prices were on the upswing with April bullion ahead $5.20 to US$1,346.70 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollars (loonies) are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2014 6:36 am MDT Loonie slightly lower as Korean free trade pact inked, oil and copper drop read more

Trade wars and protectionism threaten global shipping warns UN agency

“Escalating trade frictions may lead to a trade war that could derail recovery, reshape global maritime trade patterns and dampen the outlook,” the report’s authors say.Other factors driving uncertainty include the global energy transition, highlighted by slowing crude oil shipments from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).This has been partly offset by near double-digit growth in shipments of natural liquefied gas – to nearly 300 million tonnes – in 2017 – with Asia driving demand.  The warning from UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, follows a “healthy” four per cent increase in global seaborne commerce in 2017.“While the prospects for seaborne trade are positive, these are threatened by the outbreak of trade wars and increased inward-looking policies,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said. “Escalating protectionism and tit-for-tat tariff battles will potentially disrupt the global trading system which underpins demand for maritime transport.”According to the Review of Maritime Transport 2018, 10.7 billion tonnes of goods were transported last year and nearly half were dry bulk commodities. These include iron ore bound for China, which is described as the “main factor” in recent global shipping growth.This positive trend is forecast to continue at a rate of 3.8 per cent by volume, until 2023, the UNCTAD report says.Escalating trade frictions may lead to a trade war that could derail recovery – UNCTADThis is above the 3.5 per cent average recorded between 2005 and 2017 and it is likely to be driven by the transport of dry bulk commodities at the expense of tanker transportation. The share of overall volumes being carried by tankers (oil and other fluids) has dropped from more than 50 per cent in 1970, to less than 33 per cent in 2017.Overshadowing this positive outlook are concerns about trade tensions between China and the United States – the world’s two largest economies – and to a lesser extent, uncertainty in commercial relations between Canada, Mexico, the US and the European Union.  UNCTAD/Jan HoffmannFreight ship off the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. Among the report’s other findings, is the confirmation that developing countries – which supply most workers in the sector – continue to account for most seaborne trade, both in terms of imports and exports.In total, they accounted for around 60 per cent of total trade last year.By contrast, developed countries saw their share of goods unloaded and loaded, go down, with both representing around one-third of the total.One of the key drivers of change in seaborne trade has been restructuring by major shipping companies, which have seen “unabated” mergers and acquisitions.According to the report, by June this year, the top 10 shipping lines accounted for more than 70 per cent of all seaborne trade, while just three alliances control 93 per cent of capacity, on the three major East-West container routes.“Growing consolidation can reinforce market power, potentially leading to decreased supply and service quality, and higher prices,” the report notes.Some of these negative outcomes may already be in effect, it says, citing a decrease in the number of operators in several Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and structurally-weak developing countries. read more

Sex robots on way for elderly and lonelybut pleasurebots have a dark

first_imgThe report found that up to two thirds of men and about 30 per cent of women were in favour of using sex robots, which currently cost between £4,000 and £12,000 and can be customised by sex, height, hair colour, eye colour and even personality.Companies are also starting to incorporate artificial intelligence so robots can communicate and respond to human emotions.Doll brothels already operate in South Korea, Japan and Spain, while the first robotic oral sex coffee shop opened in Paddington, west London, last year.The report said that as robotics, telecommunications and virtual reality merged, sex dolls could be created which was silicon replica of a long-distance partner, so that couples could have virtual sex and even speak to each other through the doll’s mouth. But the authors warned that the march of sex robots raised serious moral and ethical questions which needed to be addressed. They warned that users could become socially isolated or even addicted to the machines which could never replace real human contact.“It’s very sad because it’s going to be a one way relationship,” said Prof Sharkey.“If people bond with robots it’s very worrying. You are loving an artefact that can’t love you back, and the best they can do is fake it.”The report also warned of a ‘darker’ side to the industry in which companies were programming ‘shy’ or ‘reluctant’ personalities into their dolls so that users could feel they were forcing the robots to have sex. TrueCompanion’s robot Roxxxy Gold, for example, can be set to ‘Frigid Farah.’Japanese sex doll manufacturer Trottla has also started selling underage schoolgirl dolls for paedophiles. The company was created by a self-confessed paedophile Shin Takagi who claims he has never harmed a child because he uses the doll.Although some experts claim such robots could prevent the rape of women, or the abuse of children, the report warns that it could exacerbate the problem.Philosophy Professor and robot ethicist Patrick Lin of California Polytechnic said: “Treating paedophiles with robot sex-children is both a dubious and repulsive idea.“Imagine treating racism by letting a bigot abuse a brown robot. Would that work? Probably not. The ethics of sex robots goes beyond whether anyone is physically harmed.”The authors said it may be necessary to criminalise ‘robotic rape’ and to build in ‘handled roughly’ sensors like those used in pinball machines to prevent users developing violent sexual tendencies. And they called for a complete ban on child sex dolls.Aimee van Wynsberghe, assistant professor of ethics at the University of Delft, and co founder of the FRR, said: “There isn’t a conversation happening in the general public about what is acceptable, permissible and what should be promoted.“This is a preliminary step to engage policymakers, academics, the tech industry and the general public.”The consultation report is on the FRR website where people are invited to comment on its findings. The panel hopes to make final recommendations next year.The Foundation for Responsible Robotics operates from the Hague Institute for Global Justice at the Hague and run consultations on all areas of robotics. It has 200 members including some of the world’s most eminent robotics academics. Engineer-inventor Douglas Hines adjusts the head of his company’s “True Companion” sex robot, RoxxxyCredit:AFP/Getty Images Imagine treating racism by letting a bigot abuse a brown robot. Would that work? Probably notPatrick Lin, Philosophy professor and robot ethicist Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, and co-founder of the FRR, said it was time for the government and the public to decide whether to regulate pleasure-bots.“I can tell you that robots are certainly coming,” he said at the launch of the new consultation report in central London.“The concern is that this is going on nobody is talking about it. People snigger about them, but they are actually shipping quite a lot and we are going to see them a lot more. “They are being proposed for the elderly in care homes, which I think is controversial. If you have severe Alzheimer’s you can’t really tell the difference.“We need to think about as a society what we want to do about it.” Gemma Chan in Humans  Engineer-inventor Douglas Hines adjusts the head of his company's "True Companion" sex robot, Roxxxy Gemma Chan in Humans Credit:Channel 4 Sex robots could soon be used to keep the elderly company in care homes and help couples enjoy long distances sexual relationships, the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) has said. There are currently four manufacturers making life-like robotic dolls worldwide, but experts predict that in coming decades they could become widespread, used not just as a fetish, but for sexual therapy and as companions for lonely, disabled or older people.last_img read more

Mens EHF CL Round 6 Easy job for THW Kiel in Belgrade

German vice-champion, THW Kiel celebrated an easy win in Serbian capital, Belgrade, where home-team Partizan 35:24 (19:10) wasn’t on the level from their first match last Weekend in “Sparkasse Arena”, when Serbian team won first half. From the very beginning, THW Kiel was better oponnent and easily break resistance of young Belgrade’s team. Filip Jicha had fantastic evening, scored 11 goals from 16 shoots.PARTIZAN – THW Kiel 24:35 (10:19)BelgradeHall „Pionir“Spectators– 1800Reffeeres: Lemanovic i Baranovski (Poljska)7 meter: 4(3)   4(3)Exclusions: 4 min / 4 minHC PARTIZAN: Vasić sedam odbrana i sedmerac, Milošević 3/4, Ilić V 2(1)/4, Mandić 3/9, Radanović, Dimitrijević 4/12, Maksić 3/8, Milić sedam odbrana, Radivojević 1(1)/3, Babić, Ilić, Milinić 2/3, Kostadinović 2/2, Mešter 2/5, Marsenić, Potić 2(1)/3THW Kiel: Omejer 13 odbrana i sedmerac, Anderson 3/7, Lundstrom 1/1, Dragićević 1/2, Šprenger 2/3, Palička dve odbrane, Alm, Kubeš, Rajhman 5/8, Cajc 1/3, Palmarson 1/3, Narcis 1/1, Ilić 6/10, Klajn 3/4, Jiha 11/16Results: 1:5 (8.) 3:7 (13.) 5:10 (15.) 8:11 (18.) 10:13 (22.) 10:19 (30.) 12:23 (36.) 16:23 (41.) 17:25 (43.) 17:29 (47.) 20:30 (50.) 24:35 (59.)Best Player: Filip Jiha EHF Champions LeagueHC PartizanTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Polish League (Round 12): Poor Wisla lose in Olsztyn! Next Story → Gyori appoint new coach – Karl Erik Bohn read more

These chocolate Santas are being recalled because they may have plastic in

first_img Short URL Image: FSAI Image: FSAI Share25 Tweet Email CHOCOLATE SANTAS MADE by Thorntons are being recalled.The recall of the products comes amid fears there may be plastic pieces in some units. The recall affects all batches and best before dates of the products, which originated in the UK.It applies to the 200g size of the chocolate Santa. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland says that recall notices will be displayed in stores that were supplied with the implicated product.A company statement says:“Consumers who have purchased any of the affected products are advised not to consume them but instead to return them for an alternative product or full refund to any Thorntons store.”Read: By a whisker!: After 51-51 tie, Ceann Comhairle votes with government to defeat Anti-Evictions Bill 16,853 Views http://jrnl.ie/3195028 By Paul Hosford Jan 19th 2017, 5:41 PM These chocolate Santas are being recalled because they may have plastic in them It applies to the 200g size of the chocolate Santa. Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 5:41 PM 21 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Andy Lee earns unanimous decision with workmanlike display on comeback in New

first_img http://the42.ie/3295344 Short URL Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 12:53 AM 24,868 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ciarán Gallagher reports from Madison Square Garden, New YorkANDY LEE HAS won his 39th professional bout against Alabama middleweight KeAndrae Leatherwood at Madison Square Garden.Less than 24 hours after Michael Conlan made a victorious debut at the same venue’s Theater arena, Limerick native Lee claimed a unanimous points win after a cagey and fairly unexciting fight in New York.In a middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds, Lee and Leatherwood clashed on the undercard of world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s title defence against Danny Jacobs.Lee had originally been installed on the card as a potential back-up opponent for Golovkin should Jacobs be forced to pull out due to injury.However, the 32-year-old fought in his scheduled bout, taking to the ring for the first time since his December 2015 WBO world title loss to England’s Billy Joe Saunders.The early rounds were tentative with Lee pawing with his jab at his 28-year-old opponent.A short right hand from Leatherwood two minutes into the second round was the first significant punch of the fight before the American landed a similar shot on Lee’s chin just before the bell. A shot of the ring during last night’s bout. Source: Tom Hogan/INPHOThe middle rounds were also cagey affairs with a restless crowd calling for more action, although Lee remained patient despite anxious encouragement from some fans.The Limerick man put together a quality combination midway through round six, forcing Leatherwood to the ropes at one stage, while he maintained that momentum into the seventh.It was by no means a poor performance from the Irishman, but it was certainly not overly impressive.However, after being out of the ring for 16 months, Lee will surely be happy to have shaken off some rust. This reporter scored the bout 78-76 in the Limerick man’s favour.The judges called the fight as unanimous points decision, 80-72, 78-74 and 79-73, for the 32-year-old Castleconnell native.Lee’s record improves to 35-3-1, while Leatherwood – who proved to be a fairly tricky opponent for the Irishman – is now 19-4-1.Impressive wins for Duffy and Nelson at UFC Fight Night in London Andy Lee earns unanimous decision with workmanlike display on comeback in New York The Limerick man got the job done at Madison Square Garden. Share Tweet Email5 center_img Lee and Leatherwood. Image: Tom Hogan/INPHO By Ciarán Gallagher Mar 19th 2017, 12:53 AM Lee and Leatherwood. Image: Tom Hogan/INPHO 15 Comments last_img read more

Enda Kenny named as adviser with Diasporafocused Dublin investment fund

first_img 64 Comments Kenny was Taoiseach between 2011-2016. Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 8:27 AM By Rónán Duffy Short URL Kenny was Taoiseach between 2011-2016. Image: PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4586796 Image: PA Images led Ireland through the global financial crisis and played a leading role in promoting the country’s attractiveness to foreign investment during this very difficult period.“The Global Advisory Council comprises leading members of the Irish Diaspora, entrepreneurs, business people, philanthropists and sophisticated investors,” it adds.McLaughlin is a past president of the worldwide Ireland Funds and Foy is chairman of the Ireland Funds in Ireland.The Ireland Funds is a philanthropic organisation and network that links business people and members of the Diaspora as part of efforts to support causes in Ireland.The Irish Times reported this morning that McLaughlin informed friends in an email that Kenny’s involvement with the investment fund is his first appointment since leaving the office of Taoiseach.The VentureWave Capital website says the company is engaged in “Impact Investing” and describes this as “profit with purpose and capital with conscience”.“VentureWave Capital is proud to launch an Impact Investment fund for Irish investors and members of the Diaspora seeking a competitive financial return that also delivers a significant benefit to Irish society,” the website states.VentureWave capital is registered as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager with the Central Bank of Ireland and is headquartered near Government Buildings on Merrion Street. Enda Kenny named as adviser with Diaspora-focused Dublin investment fund The fund says it seeks to invest capital in a way that benefits Irish society. ENDA KENNY HAS been named as an adviser for a Dublin-based investment fund that is focused on investing capital from members of the Irish Diaspora.The former Taoiseach is named as chair of the Global Advisory Council within VentureWave Capital.The company’s website lists Kenny alongside CEO Kieran McLaughlin and chairman Alan Foy, both of whom have strong businesses links in the Irish-American community.On Kenny’s involvement in the company, VentureWave Capital lists Kenny as a former Taoiseach and says he: Share769 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 11th 2019, 8:27 AM 18,135 Views last_img read more