‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid

first_imgKeys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series Read Next Macaraya, though, is keeping his optimism going forward knowing that everyone from this core will return next year.“Hopefully, everybody is healthy next year. We will continue the hard work and standard that we all agreed on. I know that we will have a bright future next year,” he said.Aside from Calisaan and David, also back in the fold next season will be guards Ryan Costelo, RK Ilagan, and Renzo Navarro, as well as swingman Allyn Bulanadi.Macaraya also expressed his elation with the outpour of support for his team.“We’re very happy that the San Sebastian community again is united and very supportive. That’s one of our goals and visions: to bring back the glory days of Baste and we’re one step in achieving it,” he said. “Hopefully, next year we can do better.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Golden Stags made it to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 in 2013, marking its return in the post-season after the “Pinatubo Trio” era.However, that run was cut short after San Sebastian lost to San Beda, 71-76, on Tuesday in the final level of the stepladder semis.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 shutoutBehind the heroics of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David, the Golden Stags did everything they could to extend their season.Unfortunately, the odds just caught on San Sebastian, with the Red Lions making a living from the charity stripe as they shot 25-of-36 to the Golden Stags’ 3-of-6. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RK Ilagan weeps as San Sebastian bowed out of NCAA Season 93. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter San Sebastian bowed out of the Finals race, Stags coach Egay Macaraya is sticking to the positives in his team’s performance this past NCAA Season 93.“We have our heads up. We have nothing to be ashamed of because we did our best. It just so happened that we fell short,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul

first_imgMembers of the Philippine fencing team display their respective medals from the 29th Southeast Asian Games. (L to R) Brennan Wayne Louie (gold), Nathaniel Perez (silver) in mens individual foil; Hanniel Abella (silver) and Harlene Raguin (bronze) in women’s individual epee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLFil-American Louie Wayne Brennan took the men’s individual foil gold medal over compatriot Nathaniel Perez in a dominant show for the Philippines Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games fencing.Finally getting his slot in the individual category after playing in team events on his freshman year with the national team, Brennan bested Perez, 15-14, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PH archery team wraps up SEA Games campaign sans gold Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul It was an all-Filipino final as Brennan ousted Thai Sopanut Mayakarn in the semifinal, while Perez dispatched Jet Ng Shang Fei of Singapore.Brennan, who owns a fencing club back in Los Angeles, replaced former champion Emerson Sugui in the PH team.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 openingThe Philippine women’s epee team also had an impressive showing, turning in a silver and a bronze.Hanniel Abella bested teammae Harlene Raguin in the semis. But she lost in the final against Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa of Vietnam. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Raguin took the bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Payment row delays SAG womens boxing finals

first_imgShillong, Feb 16 (PTI) There was high drama before the womens boxing finals in the 12th South Asian Games today after AIBA-appointed ad-hoc committee officials threatened to pull out claiming “delay in payment” by the organising committee here. The bouts were delayed by 40 minutes after officials claimed that they have not been paid their allowance while the organisers insisted that they were being blackmailed for higher payment. “They were trying to blackmail us to increase the daily allowance for the ITOs (technical officials). We had fixed it at USD 50 per day but they wanted more and pressurised us, this being the last day. Thankfully good sense prevailed on both sides and the matter was resolved,” R K Sharma, CEO- Shillong Organising Committee told PTI. Boxing in India is being administered by an ad-hoc committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA, which is conducting the sport in the regional mega-event. On the concluding day, the officials, including judges and technical officials numbering about 14, refused to turn up citing “payment issues”. Frantic calls to “settle the money” were made openly in the boxing arena in presence of Indian Olympic Association joint-secretary Rakesh Gupta. Refusing to comment, Gupta said: “Theres no problem at all. The bouts will begin soon.” The excited crowd which had turned up remained clueless to the messy state of affairs as the announcer blamed the delay on the VVIPs lined up for the concluding day. “We apologise the delay. We are expecting the CM and other VVIPs so is the delay. It should start by 11.45,” said the announcer to pacify the anxious crowd. The womens final bouts, which were slated at 11 am, finally began after a 40-minute delay with a rousing reception for MC Mary Kom in the 51kg category. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

US Women U19 Hoop Champs

first_imgCHEKHOV, Russia — South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson led the U.S. to its record sixth straight women’s under-19 world basketball title and seventh overall, scoring 30 points in the Americans’ 78-70 victory over Russia on July 26 in the championship game.Wilson broke the U.S. women’s scoring record in a U19 game and averaged 18.3 points in the tournament to take MVP honors.“It was so tough,” Wilson said about playing against host Russia. “I thought away games were tough, but playing an away game in a whole different country against the home team is just out of this world. They had such great fans that were non-stop cheering.”Duke’s Azura Stevens added 18 points to help the U.S. finish the tournament 7-0.Daria Kolosovskaia led Russia (6-1) with 19 points. Australia (6-1) finished third, beating Spain (3-4) 69-62.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jose Mourinho worried by ‘very bad’ start to Manchester United’s pre-season

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the club’s pre-season campaign has got off to a “very bad” start ahead of the upcoming premier League season due to the absence of key players.The 20-time Premier League champions are without several World Cup participants, including France’s Paul Pogba, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini, and England’s Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford among others, as they rest following a gruelling tournament.Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is also absent from the camp due to visa issues.”The pre-season is very bad, the positive thing of the pre-season is only for the young boys that have a fantastic opportunity to train with us,” Mourinho told reporters.”I’m worried because I’m not training (with everyone) and then I go to the Premier League without lots of players, but it is what it is and we have to try and make the best out of it with the players we have here.The boss has given his thoughts on @PaulPogba’s “brilliant” #WorldCup campaign… #MUFC #MUTOUR pic.twitter.com/efVfZQEoFK Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 18, 2018″I’m not worried about playing Liverpool here or Real Madrid or Milan… I’m not worried if we lose badly.”United will play two friendlies, starting with Club America on Friday, ahead of next week’s International Champions Cup tournament, where they will face domestic rivals Liverpool, Champions League winners Real Madrid and Italy’s AC Milan.The Old Trafford side also play a friendly against German champions Bayern Munich on Aug. 5, five days before they kick off their league campaign against Leicester City.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

10 months agoLuiz insists Chelsea in the title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Luiz insists Chelsea in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz insists they’re in the title race.Chelsea are fourth in the table ahead of their match against Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and go into the festive period looking to make it three league wins in a row.”Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” the Brazil international told Sky Sports News.”Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.” last_img read more

Daylight Saving Time Begins this Weekend

first_imgNova Scotians will experience brighter evenings beginning Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m., when daylight saving time takes effect. People are reminded to set their clocks ahead one hour. Last year, Nova Scotia extended daylight saving time to mirror changes made in the United States. Daylight saving time now begins three weeks earlier in the spring and lasts one week longer in the fall. Computer users are advised to check their calendars to ensure appointments are up to date when the time change takes effect.last_img read more

Some Provincial Parks Open For Victoria Day Weekend

first_imgSeven provincial parks will open for overnight camping Friday, May 16, and the remaining parks will open in June. Most day-use parks are open for visits between the Victoria Day weekend and Thanksgiving weekend in October. The parks opening for camping on the Victoria Day weekend are Cape Chignecto (Cumberland County), Porters Lake (Halifax County), Blomidon (Kings County), Graves Island and Rissers Beach (Lunenburg County), Thomas Raddall (Queens County) and Ellenwood Lake (Yarmouth County). “We saw a 14 per cent increase in reservations the day we opened the reservation lines this year and we’re looking forward to a busy season,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “Our parks offer a great experience and great value for Nova Scotians and for tourists.” Upgrades at Five Islands and Mira River will close one camping loop in each park. With last year’s upgrades at Graves Island complete, campers have a choice of new water- and electricity-serviced sites, and there is a new park office and other benefits. Overnight fees vary based on services available, from $19.40 a night up to $34.55. Yurts are available at Whycocomagh for $58.20 a night. The parks will host more than 150 events this year, focusing on activities such as swimming, camping, enjoying nature and geocaching. Learn 2 Camp is back July 5 and 6 at Blomidon Provincial Park. Learn 2 Camp reservations close at noon, June 23. For more information, e-mail parkinfo@gov.ns.ca . Visitors should remember that dogs must be on leash. Alcohol is not allowed in any park before Wednesday, July 2. To reserve an overnight campsite, call 1-888-544-3434 or visit www.novascotiaparks.ca . There were about 1.5 million visits to provincial beaches and parks last year and more than 65 per cent of Nova Scotians have visited the provincial parks at least once.last_img read more

Two Torontoarea men charged with human trafficking in Nova Scotia

first_imgHALIFAX – Two Toronto-area men have been charged in an 18-month, seven-province investigation into a human trafficking ring that allegedly forced ”numerous” Nova Scotia women into the sex trade across Canada.The arrests of Malachi Almonzo Downey, 31, and Sanderico Rekel Beals, 29, follow earlier charges against Lorenzo Trevor Thomas, and police say all three are associated with a Halifax-area street gang known as North Preston’s Finest.“The investigation started as a result of information received that men who were originally from Nova Scotia were in Ontario and were trafficking in women also from Nova Scotia, trafficking and exploiting them across country in the sex trade,” RCMP Supt. Alfredo Bangloy said.“We’ve identified a number of victims, and the investigation remains fluid and it’s our hope that additional victims or their families and loved ones will come forward with information.”The probe, dubbed Operation Hellbender, saw Nova Scotia Mounties travel “across the country in an effort to locate victims of human trafficking from Nova Scotia.”Downey, who lives in Vaughan, Ont., was arrested in Upper Onslow, N.S., on Friday, while Beals, of Scarborough, Ont., was arrested Sunday in Dartmouth.They are charged with human trafficking, laundering crime proceeds and receiving material benefits from sexual services and human trafficking.Bangloy said the busts are a big deal for the Mounties: “There’s been human trafficking charges in the past here in Nova Scotia but none of those investigations were of the scale that this has been,” he said.“The investigation is ongoing and there may be further charges.”Thomas, 31, was arrested by police in Niagara Falls, Ont., on March 27. He’s facing 17 charges, including trafficking in persons, assault, advertising sexual services and receiving a material benefit from sexual services.RCMP officers worked with their provincial counterparts in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as with Halifax Regional Police.RCMP said they have set up a tip line for other victims: 902-449-2425.“Our goal is to get victims to safety and link them with resources and support to break the cycle of violence,” Bangloy said.last_img read more

Christmas tree prices on the rise for first time in almost a

first_imgCALGARY – You might have to pay a little more for the evergreen scent of a natural Christmas tree this year as droughts and increased demand have put pressure on prices.Jimmy Downey, president of the Quebec Christmas Tree Growers Association, says his prices are up about 10 per cent this year for the first rise in close to a decade.He says the increase is because of demand in the Western U.S. after several dry seasons that stunted tree growth there, as well as a younger generation that’s returning to natural trees.Downey says Eastern Canada should have plenty of trees, but British Columbia, which has imported trees from the U.S. in the past, might see some shortages.He says the price increase is a relief because labour and fertilizer costs have been rising even as prices stayed flat, forcing smaller or less efficient growers out of the market.Statistics Canada says the number of hectares devoted to Christmas trees in Canada dropped to 23,787 in 2016 from 28,315 in 2011, while the number of farms fell to 1,872 from 2,381.last_img read more

The Biggest Television Event of the Year THE HANDMAIDS TALE Begins Streaming

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, June 26, 2017 /CNW/ – On the heels of a stunning season finale episode last night on Bravo, extraordinary critical acclaim throughout its broadcast run, and record-breaking Canadian audiences, all 10 episodes of THE HANDMAID’S TALE come to CraveTV on Friday, July 28.“CraveTV is all about prestige, water-cooler TV, so we are thrilled to add this year’s most-talked-about series, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, to the service,” said Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. “We’re excited to introduce this must-watch series to new audiences and give die-hard fans an opportunity to stream it again and again.”Following unprecedented audiences for the premiere on April 30, THE HANDMAID’S TALE continued to break records for Bravo, cementing the drama as the network’s most-watched program, ever. Leading up to the finale, the series averaged 794,000 viewers per episode, with a series-high 965,000 viewers for Episode 8, making it the most-watched new program on Canadian entertainment specialty TV this year. And now the series that The Toronto Star called “…prestige television at its most substantive” exclusively joins Canada’s streaming service, CraveTV, on Friday, July 28, as part of CraveTV’s #iCraveFridays weekly roll-out of new content.THE HANDMAID’S TALE will be part of CraveTV’s riveting Dramas Collection, joining a stellar lineup of some of the most celebrated current and past television dramas, including TWIN PEAKS, TRUE DETECTIVE, THE WIRE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE SOPRANOS, BOSCH, THE EXPANSE, THE AFFAIR, and DOCTOR WHO.Based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, which recently topped the best-seller’s list once again, THE HANDMAID’S TALE is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss, MAD MEN) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaid’s – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.The series also stars: Joseph Fiennes (AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM, Shakespeare In Love) as Commander Waterford; Samira Wiley (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) as Moira; Max Minghella (THE MINDY PROJECT) as Nick;  Yvonne Strahovski (CHUCK, DEXTER) as the Commander’s wife Serena Joy; O.T. Fagbenle (THE FIVE) as Luke; Alexis Bledel (GILMORE GIRLS) as Ofglen; Madeline Brewer (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) as Janine; and Ann Dowd (Compliance, THE LEFTOVERS) as Aunt Lydia. Margaret Atwood is a consulting producer.Filmed in Toronto, THE HANDMAID’S TALE was created for television by Bruce Miller (The 100), who serves as the series’ showrunner. The drama is executive produced by Miller, Warren Littlefield (FARGO), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken. THE HANDMAID’S TALE is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.CraveTV Social Media:@CraveTVCanadaFacebookInstagramAbout CraveTVCreated for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs, and CraveTV will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit http://www.cravetv.ca/. 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DISNEYFOX DEAL PROMPTS HUMOROUS REACTIONS FROM RYAN REYNOLDS AND OTHER CELEBS

first_imgRyan Reynolds’ Deadpool is one of the many characters the Walt Disney Co. acquired in its landmark deal with 21st Century Fox. (Joe Lederer / Associated Press) Login/Register With: Walt Disney Co. finalized its acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox late Tuesday in a landmark deal that made Mickey Mouse and Bart Simpson corporate cousins.It’s finally official, my favourite Disney characters are Dana Scully and Ellen Ripley! #DisneyFoxDEAL pic.twitter.com/YXwKXf3Lte— Mizuno Takarai (@mizunotakarai) March 20, 2019 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Disney, which had already made high-priced acquisitions of Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar, spent a whopping $71.3 billion to add the Fox assets to its library. The giant media takeover included Fox’s movie and TV production studios and the rights to major properties including “Avatar,” “Modern Family” and the “Alien” and “Predator” franchises, among numerous others.Feels like the first day of ‘Pool. pic.twitter.com/QVy8fCxgqr— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 19, 2019 Advertisement The owner of ESPN and ABC also acquired the FX and National Geographic channels, a controlling stake in streaming service Hulu and Fox’s international television portfolio.Notably, the globally recognized brand also reunited the previously splintered Marvel library. Fox’s “Deadpool,” the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” properties are now again owned by the same company that wields the rights to the “Avengers” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe they abide in. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

City encouraging residents to get out and vote during upcoming municipal election

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City’s Legislative Services Director Janet Prestley says the City wants more Fort St. John residents to get out and vote during this fall’s municipal election.Speaking at the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce luncheon today, Prestley spoke about some of the outreach the City will be doing to help bolster some of the lowest municipal election voter turnout stats in Northern B.C. According to the City, Fort St. John municipal election voter turnout has consistently lagged at least 19 percent behind the provincial average.During the 2008 municipal election, Fort St. John recorded a voter turnout of 23 percent while the average across B.C. was 43 percent. In 2014, the provincial average voter turnout was 41 percent, while Fort St. John’s voter turnout dropped to 15 percent. Some of the factors that have been blamed on the drop in turnout during election include the acclamation of the Mayor and a lack of controversial issues. Prestley said that many residents often forget that they interact with their local municipal government much more often than with their provincial or federal counterparts. She added that many residents also might not know that voting can often take less time than ordering a cup of coffee at a fast food restaurant.According to Prestley, residents will have three ways to vote during the upcoming municipal election: in person, at the curbside, and by mail. She said that the polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fort St. John Legion on the day of the election, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Residents can also vote from the curbside in the comfort of their vehicles outside the polling station, or can request a mail-in ballot from the City ahead of the election.For more information about the upcoming municipal election, contact Janet Prestley at City Hall at (250) 787-8150.last_img read more

Moroccan Medical Laboratory Releases Homegrown Hepatitis B Drug

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – The Moroccan medical laboratory Pharma 5 has launched a new, made-in-Morocco drug for fighting Hepatitis B at an affordable price.The new medication to cure Hepatitis B will be available at MAD 300, 10 times cheaper than Tenofovir, its American-made competitor, said Pharma 5 “We will no longer depend on foreign laboratories for Hepatitis B medicines,” said Myriam Lahlou-Filali, executive director of Pharma 5, during a press conference Tuesday in Casablanca. “It is very encouraging, especially for social peace. This drug equals life.” Hepatitis B is a liver virus transmitted through contact with blood or other body fluids from an infected person. No symptoms occur during the acute phase of infection. Approximately 600,000 people in Morocco, or 1.9 percent of the population, are living with Hepatitis B.“This [serious] disease requires a lifetime treatment which was not available in Morocco until now,” added Pharma 5. The group also announced the launch of a new medication, which combines “for the first time” active substances including Sofosbuvir, a molecule designed to cure Hepatitis C.The drug will come out before the annual World Hepatitis Day scheduled for July 28. The medical company had launched in 2015 and 2016 three Moroccanmade medications, Le SSB 400, Dakasvir, and Rivabir, in order to fight against Hepatitis C.Since its launch, Le SSB 400 has treated approximately 10,000 patients in Morocco, according to Pharma 5. The medication is now marketed in 12 African countries, including Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, and Mali. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 257 million people are living with hepatitis B. read more

A Bountiful Year for Moroccos Wheat

Rabat – Despite a sluggish start, Morocco’s 2018 agricultural campaign has experienced an impressive upswing in production levels in recent months, suggesting that a bountiful harvest that may double returns in May 2018, exceeding the expectations of Moroccan authorities, according to Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture, Aziz Akhannouch, on the sidelines of a conference held yesterday in Meknes.Speaking about the challenges in Moroccan agriculture over the last ten years, Mr. Akhannouch said that productivity this year may produce the best agricultural yield in last decade, with productivity levels set to reach 98.2 million quintals. According to the minister, this provisional figure represents an increase of 3 percent compared to 2017 results.The figures entail three different categories of cereals: 48.1 million quintals of soft wheat, 22.8 million for durum wheat, and 27.3 million of barley. The crop yield stands out this year, as a smaller total area of arable lands has decreased results in previous years. While farmers and wheat growers worked on 5.4 million hectares last year, only 4.5 million hectares were used in this year agricultural campaign, the Minister reported, further hinting that this means an average of 21.8 quintals per hectare—an increase of 23 percent with respect to the previous campaign.For the agriculture minister, these improved and “exceptional results” reveal the massive human and financial efforts invested by farmers and agricultural officials. “This exceptional result showcases [Morocco’s] great and intervention capabilities, which have developed since the launching of the Green Morocco Plan.Launched in 2018, the Green Morocco Plan has been instrumental in transforming Moroccan agriculture, with grand investments and consequential results.Presenting the plan’s results from the last ten years, the minister said that the Green Morocco Plan has invested MAD 105 billion in the agriculture sector over the past decade. He went on to mention that such a considerable investment has been particularly pivotal in helping the sector grow by 7.3 percent since 2008, a figure that is more than double of Morocco’s average growth rate of 3.2 percent.More than a noticeable improvement in crop yields, however, the Green Morocco Plan has also helped employ over 250,000 persons, thus considerably decreasing the rate of rural depopulation. With job and food security, less people are willing to migrate to bid cities, Mr. Akhannouch noted.Reporting yesterday on Morocco’s “bountiful harvest,” Bloomberg hailed the country’s impressive “wheat outlook,” saying that such results allow Morocco’s wheat market to shed dependence on products from France, Russia, or Ukraine—Europe’s and the world’s top exporters of wheat and wheat-related products.“Morocco is poised to have a bountiful wheat harvest in 2018, and that may mean another slow year for the North African country’s top suppliers from Russia to France and Ukraine,” the outlet wrote, suggesting that the Green Moroccan Plan can, if the recent performance is sustained, propel Morocco beyond self-sufficiency into the category of wheat exporter. read more

Hambantota to be major investment zone says PM

Hambantota will be a major investment zone, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today while attending a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for an oil refinery and a cement factory at the Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone.The Prime Minister said that several “white elephant” projects in Hambantota, including the Hambantota port, have been converted into profit making ventures. The Minister of Oil and Gas in the Sultanate of Oman Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhi was the chief guest at the event in Hambantota today while the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan, also attended the event. He said that within the next three months the loss making Mattala Airport in Hambantota will also be converted into a profit making venture through a deal between India and Sri Lanka. read more

One in 10 children work UN agency reports at start of conference

“Of those, almost half are in hazardous work. We need to recognize that progress has been very uneven,” said International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder addressing the opening of the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, which started today. The senior UN official urged governments to work together to eradicate child labour by 2025, as agreed to in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The goals cannot be clearer, nor can the uncomfortable reality that if we do not do more and better, we will not achieve them,” Mr. Ryder warned. According to an ILO report released yesterday, more than half of all children – some 73 million – work in jobs that directly endanger their health, safety and moral development. A majority of the children cited between the ages of five and 17 work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, forestry and livestock. “Poverty is the main cause of child labour in agriculture, together with limited access to quality education, inadequate agricultural technology and access to adult labour, high hazards and risks, and traditional attitudes towards children’s participation in agricultural activities,” ILO said in the report, Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes.Among other findings, the report noted a link between child labour and armed conflicts. The incidence of child labour in countries affected by armed conflict is 77 per cent higher than the global average, while the incidence of hazardous work is 50 per cent higher, according to the report, which noted the use of Syrian refugee children in the work force throughout the world. The authors point to the need to boost legal protection and inspections of work places, strengthening social protection and investing in free, quality education, as ways to fight against child labour. The conference in Buenos Aires runs through Thursday. read more

McMaster Marauders go back to Stefan Ptaszek as head football coach

The Canadian Press HAMILTON — Stefan Ptaszek is returning to the McMaster Marauders as head coach of the football team.The Hamilton university hired Ptaszek, who guided the Marauders to a Vanier Cup win in 2011 and appearances in the national final in 2012 and 2014, for a second time on Wednesday. The position was vacant after the university fired coach Greg Knox in October following an investigation about an incident with an official that resulted in a one-game suspension.Ptaszek was head coach of the Marauders from 2006-2015 before leaving to become offensive co-ordinator of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats for two seasons. This past season, he served as offensive co-ordinator for the UBC Thunderbirds.The 47-year-old native of Burlington, Ont., won a Vanier Cup as offensive co-ordinator for the Laurier Golden Hawks, his alma mater, in 2005 before landing the top role at McMaster.Prior to entering the coaching world, Ptaszek played four seasons as a receiver in the CFL with the B.C. Lions, Ticats and Toronto Argonauts.“It is an honour and privilege to return to my McMaster home,” Ptaszek said in a statement.Two Ontario University Athletics schools — the Queen’s Gaels and Windsor Lancers — still have head-coaching jobs to fill this off-season. read more

A 20yearold local election candidate is selling his PS3 to fund his

first_imgSEÁN TYRRELL IS 20 years old, and an independent candidate for Dublin North-West in the upcoming local election.Taking part in any election is expensive, so Seán is clearly exploring all his options in terms of fund-raising.The young man, who describes himself as a community activist on his Facebook page, is selling his PS3, along with a games and accessories to raise for his campaign.That’s got to be a first.Young people today, eh?Rachel McAdams has revealed her favourite line from Mean Girls… It’s the Dredge>People are REALLY frustrated with the conclusion to Amber>last_img read more