Open letter to Philip Hammond

first_img BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News July 16, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Philip Hammond to go further March 17, 2021 Find out more Dear Mr Hammond,In your new capacity as Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we hope to highlight our grave concern regarding the human rights situation in Bahrain and are hopeful of a fresh Foreign Office direction on human rights abuses in the country. In November 2013, the Foreign Affairs Committee recommended that if there was no “significant progress by the start of 2014”, the FCO should “designate Bahrain as a ‘country of concern’” in its next Human Rights Report1. Despite this recommendation, the FCO did not list Bahrain as a country of concern in the 2013 Human Rights and Democracy Report, but merely as a brief ‘case study’. The human rights report further declared that: “The government of Bahrain continues to implement the recommendations set out in the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) in 2011, and those set out in the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)”. In stark contrast to these conclusions by the FCO, the Foreign Affairs Committee raised implementation of the BICI as being “disappointingly slow” referring to this as evidence of Bahrain’s “damaged international reputation”. In addition, a recent statement by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Mr. Juan Mendez affirms that, contrary to the FCO’s report, the human rights situation in Bahrain is “a situation that gives reason for grave concern”. Mr. Mendez finds that “the important recommendations made by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry under the chairmanship of Professor Cherif Bassiouni are all in a state of non-implementation”. Furthermore, he expresses concern that “all the recommendations made by the Human Rights Council during the Universal Periodic Review on Bahrain are as far as we can tell not being implemented by Bahrain at this point”.Particular areas of concern include, but are not limited to: the use of torture; the passing of death sentences on political dissidents in Bahrain; the erosion of basic principles of the rule of law, such as, the denial of access to lawyers and an independent judiciary; and limitations on people’s freedom to expression – all of which are key priorities of the UK government’s foreign affairs policy.Although we applaud the UK co-sponsorship of the recent joint-statement signed by 47 member states on Bahrain during the 26th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), we nevertheless urge the UK government to designate Bahrain as a ‘country of concern’ as recommended by the Foreign Affairs Committee in 20135. We note that the UK co-sponsorship of the joint-statement at the HRC commits to a multilateral position on Bahrain that declares “serious concern” for the human rights situation in the country, a position that must also be expressed by the FCO on a bilateral level. We request consistency in the FCO’s policy towards Bahrain and urge the UK to demand accountability from the government of Bahrain for the continuation of human rights abuses against political dissidents and human rights defenders that have been occurring since 2011. We would welcome your comments on our appeal. Yours sincerely,Aman NetworkAmericans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)Article 19 (Bahrain)Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) NetworkBahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR)Bahrain Human Rights Observatory (BHRO)Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD)Bahrain Justice and Development Movement (BJDM)Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR)Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)CIVICUSCM SolutionsEnglish PENEuropean Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR)Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR)International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)Khiam Rehabilitation Center (KRC)Lawyers Rights Watch CanadaLawyers Without Borders, SwedenMaharat FoundationPEN InternationalPrivacy InternationalRedressReporters Sans Frontières (RSF)ReprieveTunisian Initiative for Freedom of ExpressionVivarta News Follow the news on Bahrain Newscenter_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News RSF_en The Rt Honourable Philip Hammond MPSecretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth AffairsForeign and Commonwealth OfficeKing Charles StreetLondonSW1A 2AH BahrainMiddle East – North Africa 29 NGOs submit letter to newly appointed Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, urging a change of policy on Bahrain German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors October 14, 2020 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Addo Food Group seeks talent for graduate initiative

first_imgSource: Addo Food GroupChilled pastry producer Addo Food Group has launched a graduate employment programme in a drive to attract talent into the industry.The group, which has bakeries in Nottingham, Dorset and Shropshire, is offering a two-year placement for graduates interested in a career in food manufacturing, operations and commercial management.The programme features a combination of educational and workplace learning with modules covering strategic operations, marketing, sustainability and disruptive innovation.“At Addo, we are passionate about developing our next generation of leaders,” said Deborah Bolton, CEO of Addo Food Group. “This is integral and at the heart of not only our graduate programme but also our wider business.“All the graduates that successfully join our scheme will benefit from accelerated development into leadership and management, allowing personal progression into business management roles. We want to hear from graduates who want new experiences and are especially passionate about getting involved in our sustainability and volunteering programmes,” Bolton added.The graduates who take part in the programme will be allocated a member of the group’s executive team as their dedicated mentor and will also be assigned a manager for each module of work to set aims and objectives, the company said.“I would definitely recommend taking part in the Addo graduate programme,” said Tom Thackray, a marketing executive who is currently on a university placement year and trialling the graduate programme.“You are encouraged to get involved in a wide range of experiences and I have been able to learn all about the elements that make up the business, including experiencing the full lifecycle of bringing a product to market, from an idea to its listing within a supermarket,” he added.Applicants for the scheme must have graduated within the last two years with a minimum of a 2:1 degree in a relevant field such as business management, marketing or business development. The starting salary is £24,000-£26,000. The closing date for applications is 30 April 2021.Addo Food Group manufacturers a range of quiches, pies, slices, scotch eggs, sausage rolls and pork pies for retailers and brands including Wall’s Pastry and Pork Farms.last_img read more

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New justice active in Bar work

first_img August 1, 2002 Regular News New justice active in Bar work New justice active in Bar workcenter_img Raoul G. Cantero III will bring a strong Florida Bar link with him in his new duties as a justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Cantero is vice chair of the Appellate Law Section and is the immediate past secretary. He has also served as treasurer and as a member of the Executive Council, and he is also an immediate past vice chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee.A grandson of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, Cantero was born in Spain and emigrated with his family to Miami in 1961. He graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a B.A. in English and business in 1982. He went on to Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude in 1985.He clerked for Judge Edward B. Davis in the Southern Florida U.S. District Court, and then joined Adorno & Zeder in 1988. At the time of his appointment to the court, he was a partner at the firm and headed the appellate department.Cantero served for eight years on the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board, and belongs to the Dade County, Cuban, and Coral Gables bar associations.And, until his appointment to the court, he served on the 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry offers to be PGA winner Collin Morikawa’s caddie

first_imgCurry was in attendance and went to the 23-year-old’s media conference afterward. After asking the first question, Curry — whose Warriors endured a poor 2019-20 NBA season and did not qualify for the bubble in Florida — followed up by asking to replace Morikawa’s caddie, J.J. Jakovac.”I’m free for the next three months if you need a caddie or replacement. No, J.J. is a great guy, but if you need me, I’m available,” Curry said.Morikawa responded: “Perfect. I can’t wait. I want to see your game.” PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: How much money did Morikawa make? Stephen Curry is ready to caddie for Collin Morikawa after the American’s PGA Championship success.Morikawa fired a 6-under 64 in the final round Sunday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco to win his first major by two strokes.last_img read more

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2010 NCP Conference Exit Report

first_imgConference dates: 29- 30 July 2008Target audience: marketing and communications specialists from key sectors of our economy in the continent, including all government communicators.Profile of attendees: Report:The thing we have talked about least is, of course, football. That’s because we share the view that in the bigger picture this is not really about football. There are a few fanatics who thought is should have been about the beautiful game, but we know was really about communication. The main function of the 2010 event is to communicate to our people, to our continent and to the world a set of messages about ourselves, our past, our present and our future. What become clear in those two days is that the beautiful game of football is the platform, the catalyst, the excuse for us to get the attention of the whole world for a brief and invaluable moment. But what we hope to achieve from this event – changing the way we see ourselves and the way the world see us in Africa – will depend on how we communicate what happens on the football fields and around it, during, before and after the few hours when the layers actually kick a ball around.We all know this, but there was one lonely dissident those two days, Irvin Khoza, who insisted in saying at least something about the game. But even he had to concede that what happened on the field would mean very little unless we communicate effectively what we need to communicate to achieve our long-term goal, the real reason we campaigned so hard and so long for the privilege of playing host to this extraordinary event.It seems clear from what has been said that we – and the LOC in particular – are doing well on the first phase: meeting the 17 contractual obligations to FIFA, ensuring that stadiums and infrastructure will be ready. But this is just phase one, and it is in fact the easiest part. We have said loudly clearly that we are going to be ready – and we must continue to say it. We will have to. Questions will continue to be asked and we must patiently and consistently answer them, as was done by a number of our key speakers.But there is a much broader, long-term message to convey. It is not a defensive one, it is one that celebrates us, our people, our country, our achievements, our region, our continent, our past and our future. It is one that challenges the stereotypes people have of our people and our continent and taking the opportunity presented to us to force them to take a fresh look at us. As IMC (acting) and SA Tourism Chief Executive Moeketsi Mosola put it in his opening, scene-setting remarks, we need to create a “lasting impression” and we need to make full use of the communication opportunities this event presents to us.The message which has come clearly through these two days is that this is not something which can achieved by the LOC or government alone, but it is a national effort and that there needs to be a strategic plan to involve all South Africans and key institutions in achieving this. This phase 2 is complex, because we need to ensure the same level of preparedness in every South African institution and every individual, especially those involved in key areas such as the hospitality and security industries.The presentation from our German colleague was very clear and strong in driving home two central learning’s from their 2006 experience:That there is an enormous amount to be achieved, not just in ensuring the event runs smoothly and efficiently, but in mobilising South Africans to ensure that in every interaction with visitors and visiting media, we reinforce the central message about this country and this continent, and challenge the pre-conceptions we know many people will arrive her with.But also the presentation from the German experience made it clear that this does not come from goodwill alone, but from active organization, mobilization and communication. Germany’s crucial Friendship campaign was an extensive, coordinated, planned drive to ensure that all the key people reinforced the country’s friendly face.It was clear from our discussions that there is general recognition that we need now to enter this next phase and we need to do it actively and positively. What is less clear is how, where and who. If we are to believe our speaker, Germany was clear about what it had to challenge and how it had to do it – for example, in recognising that policemen and their attitudes were priorities, and in dealing with it effectively. It was not by chance that the World Cup was such a success in changing the way the world sees Germany – it was by dint of their hard work, their preparation, their organization and their focus.“This task is too grave,” Irvin Khoza said, “to leave to chance. It is not a foregone conclusion. The South African public will not just come. They have to be invited and kept interested. Our communication machinery cannot take South Africans for granted. Whereas it is important for the message to reach them, it is even more important to win them over with a message that permeates through the clutter of messages they are bombarded with.”It was not, I should add, by complaining about how the world sees them. It was not by saying that they were unfairly stereotyped. And I think this is an important message we have heard: we will not achieve much by complaining that the international media is unfair to us, questioning our readiness and continuing to purvey the notion that Africa.We will do it by being honest about our challenges. And in this I must thank the GCIS chief Themba Maseko who dealt with the issue of xenophobia honestly and clearly. We have to face up to this issue and defeat it, if we are to achieve what we have to achieve. We can’t explain it away, excuse it, or try and call it something else. We have to slay this dragon. There can be no question of that.We will do it by using every opportunity we have before, during and after the World Cup to challenge the stereotypes foisted upon us. That means every interaction, every image, every visit by a foreign correspondent needs to be used, not to purvey some fake, rosy picture of ourselves and our continent, but an honest and substantial one, which will challenge their preconceptions and help them learn more about us. This means mobilizing South African institutions and individuals to play their part.“We are all involved in the World Cup,” Essop Pahad said yesterday, “whether we are the taxi drivers who pick up tourists at the airports, workers in the service industry, people on the streets who are stopped and asked for information, or official translator trained in the many global languages … And we must engage in a mass campaign to make sure that the best of what we are as South Africans shines through.””Yesterday, on day one, we heard a good deal about how we can use mass media and new media, particularly innovative social networking campaigns, to achieve this. I must say that I felt that here we had genuine South African innovations, using global technology shaped to meet specific South Africa needs, in ways that were imaginative, interesting and engaging. I am thinking in particular of the Heartlines campaign, and the For Good programme, which are being important and valuable interactive networks for the country as a whole, but for partnerships like this in particular. I want to note that these campaigns do not do what they do by complaining about the media, but about, as Sophie Masipa put it, harnessing mass media for good.A key phrase Sophie used was “individual action for collective benefit” and the value and import of this phrase is probably the most important we need to embrace.Khaitu Mamela of City Press told us that he thought the media had to treat the middle ground between the extreme optimists and the ultra-pessimists He criticized our media for too easily conveying the skepticism of the European media and continuing to peddle the Option B story – that Fifa is working on a contingency plan for our failure. I hope he was not saying that our media should not be keeping us informed of what is being said in Europe; our media has to tell us when these things are being said about us; but he was, I think, urging us to use the skepticism we need to use whenever we want to practice the good journalism we was calling for.We thought Khaitu said something important when he said we must also not raise expectations beyond the realistic. 2010 is important, and there is a lot to be gained from it, but our issues and our challenges will not disappear as a result of it.We have heard a great deal about partnerships and collaboration, as clearly these goals can only be achieved by coordinating but not centralizing a range of initiatives in different sectors and having them work together and alongside each other. It was clear that everyone in the room sees the need to do these things, and the goodwill to get them done is there, and everywhere.We have identified a need to begin phase 2: a roll-out of the preparedness campaign to every South African institution and individual.The biggest achievement with the conference was agreeing to adopt a communication platform – communicator to communicator platform that we launched at the conference to use as a common platform for sharing and distributing content as well getting access to partner networks for distribution of good news.last_img read more

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‘Aaron’s Law’ Promises To Reduce Hacker Penalties

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Aaron Swartz#hackers#law#privacy#security center_img As the Internet activist, inventor and alleged criminal Aaron Swartz was memorialized in a Chicago-land synagogue yesterday, on the other side of the country a new bill was proposed aimed at reducing the penalties for Internet hackers. Facing a fine of up to $1 million and as many as 35 years in prison for computer fraud, Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit, took his own life last Friday. His family blames their son’s suicide on the stress incurred by the Federal government’s constant hounding. The new bill could help prevent tragedies like this from happening again.“Aaron’s Law” is an attempt to reform a law some call draconian. Drafted by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and released on Reddit, the bill attempts to limit the government’s sweeping authority when it comes to wire fraud statutes and the outdated, 27-year-old Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).Swartz was facing an April court date for 13 counts of hacking and wire fraud stemming from breaking into MIT’s network and downloading files. Speak UpIn a blog post written Monday in the wake of Swartz’ passing, Marcia Hoffman, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), contended that hacking laws are far too broad and vague. And because of that, the Feds had the legal justification to go after Swartz so hard. She says the young man who invented the RSS feed wasn’tthe super-hacker the government made him out to be. The other major problem with the law, as presently stated, is extremely harsh penalties: “The government should never have thrown the book at Aaron for accessing MIT’s network and downloading scholarly research,” Hoffman wrote Monday. “Even first-time offenses for accessing a protected computer ‘without authorization’ can be punishable by up to 5 years in prison… plus fines.” Aaron’s LawThe new law would serve to amend the CFAA “to exclude certain violations of agreements or contractual obligations, relating to Internet service, from the purview of certain criminal prohibitions.” Those include computer fraud to the effect that accessing a computer network without explicit permission is not the “sole basis for determining that access to a protected computer is unauthorized.’’What it all means is that if such a bill were enacted into law, a person in Aaron’s position might not suffer the same fate as he did. The simple act of unauthorized access would not give prosecutors enough legal ground for the government to go full-tilt and make a case. On Tuesday on Reddit, Rep. Lofgren pledged her support to make the bill a reality, and expressed her desire to prevent future tragedies like Aaron Swartz’s from occurring. “His family’s statement about this speaks volumes about the inappropriate efforts undertaken by the U.S. government,” Lofgren wrote yesterday on Reddit. “There’s no way to reverse the tragedy of Aaron’s death, but we can work to prevent a repeat of the abuses of power he experienced.”Photo courtesy of Peretzp. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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OpenStack Deployments Are Up, And So Is Ubuntu—But Will It Stick?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#cloud#OpenStack#openstack deployments#Red Hat#red hat linux#Ubuntu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting One thing is clear: Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux currently dominates the OpenStack cloud.Is this Ubuntu’s Game To Lose?The percentage of companies using Ubuntu is actually in decline, though it’s not clear the decline is meaningful. In the October 2013 survey, 55% of those running production deployments were running Ubuntu. Today, that number is 53%, but this gap falls within the survey’s margin of error.At 55%, Ubuntu’s OpenStack dominance is close to Red Hat’s dominance of the data center, which is 64%, according to IDC. However, as Neil Levine argues, it may be too soon to draw any conclusions. Levine sits in an interesting position, given that he formerly ran Canonical’s enterprise business and currently is vice president of products at Inktank, which Red Hat announced an agreement to acquire:Even so, the driving business reasons for turning to OpenStack plays perfectly to Canonical’s story:  How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud The OpenStack faithful gathered in Atlanta this week, and their faith is leading to serious action in the form of real-world deployments.See also: Red Hat May Be Stacking The Deck Against Its Open Stack RivalsFor a long time, the most potent criticism of OpenStack was that it was long on hype and short on production deployments. No more. According to the latest OpenStack survey, there are over 506 OpenStack deployments with 34% running within companies that employ more than 1,000 people.Intriguingly, unlike the server market, so far enterprises don’t seem to be graduating to Red Hat from Canonical’s Ubuntu. Is this a trend?The State Of Open Stack In 2014This year more than 5,000 people showed up to the OpenStack conference, and 1,780 people filled out a survey that drills into how they’re using OpenStack. Many of the respondents (60%) came from companies that employ fewer than 500 people, while a dwindling percentage was derived from users at companies that employ more than 1,000 people, compared to the October 2013 user survey (34%, down from 39%).This almost certainly reflects an increase in the overall OpenStack ecosystem, and not diminishing interest from larger companies.This skew toward smaller companies, however, may help to explain why production deployments also tend to skew relatively small:center_img Matt Asay Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Red Hat Clouds The Ubuntu PictureUbuntu’s momentum will also be impacted by Red Hat’s decision to selectively support Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on rival OpenStack distributions. Though The Wall Street Journalinitially reported that Red Hat wouldn’t support RHEL customers running on any alternative OpenStack distributions, Red Hat executive Paul Cormier has since clarified the issue, stipulating that “users are free to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux with any OpenStack offering, and there is no requirement to use our OpenStack technologies to get a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription.”Well, not exactly.Cormier goes on to call out its work with competitors that share its ability to deliver an “enterprise-class experience,” given “engineering teams and a quality assurance process that we feel comfortable with.” This suggests Red Hat likely won’t support alternative OpenStack distributions that don’t meet its quality standards.Ultimately, however, Red Hat is always going to privilege its own distribution given the “tight feature and fix alignment between the Kernel, the hypervisor, and OpenStack services” that Red Hat’s integration provides. This isn’t surprising, though some have seen Red Hat’s end-to-end approach is anti-competitive.Blocking And Tackling UbuntuRed Hat’s approach may not be anti-competitive, but it is anti-competitor. It’s an anti-open source move by Red Hat, but it strikes me as simply a way for Red Hat to increase its competitive differentiation while remaining true to open source.As much as some may grouse, the reality is that OpenStack has needed a dominant vendor for some time: someone to help drive development in a way that benefits real-world customers, not merely science projects.All of this means that life in OpenStack Land is suddenly very interesting. Ubuntu leads by a considerable margin in production deployments—but that’s today. But whether it can maintain that lead will depend on its ability to build up an ecosystem to rival Red Hat’s. In the data center, it’s way behind. But in the OpenStack cloud, it’s a much more even playing field, with Canonical recently expanding its partner footprint with Microsoft, IBM and others.It’s a new market. Canonical hasn’t won anything yet, of course, but this is the most level playing field it’s had in a decade. Game on.Lead image courtesy of Aaron Hockley on Flickrlast_img read more

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Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’

first_imgView comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kia’s new management vowed that the team it will trot out this season will be ready to prove the doubters wrong.“We’ll put up a fighting team. We may not become champions immediately, but we’ll put up a fighting team,” Rosales ended. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cousins has 41 and 23 in Sacramento return, Pelicans rally Read Next PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA PLAY LIST 02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:49Imee Marcos: Good for UP to teach martial law, but get our viewpoint too01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games New Kia team manager Joe Lipa and team governor Bobby Rosales. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netGoing on a road less travelled, Kia is hoping for the public’s understanding as it embarks on a new journey this upcoming PBA season.Team governor Bobby Rosales understands the outcry following the Picanto’s decision to trade the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft to San Miguel, but said that his team is embracing an “unconventional philosophy” in forming their squad.ADVERTISEMENT Kia is reportedly sending the number one pick in this year’s draft proceedings, which is projected to be Christian Standhardinger, to San Miguel for a  combination of Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Rashawn McCarthy, and Keith Agovida, along with the Beermen’s 2019 first rounder and cash considerations.Rosales said that the 0-11 finish in the 2017 season-ending Governors’ Cup factored into the decision of the revamp.“Partly. We’re never at the cellar, the last team. In the previous seasons, were never the last team. So yes, it was a factor.”Among the changes is the appointment of Joe Lipa as the new team manager, together with his group of Bong Nave, Raymond Gabriel, and Dr. Iby Bautista. Chris Gavina has also been officially appointed as the squad’s head coach.“We’d like to play the kind of basketball that is not confined to the books. We’d like to veer away from the orthodox and shift to something unconventional. The idea that we’re trying to develop has been proven before, but we know that it takes years and a lot of dedication on the part of the players and the coaching staff. We’d like to pay our dues,” said Lipa.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “It’s a normal reaction when you disturb the status quo, but give us a chance to prove our philosophy,” he said on Friday in a small chat with reporters at Azure Residences in Bicutan.“We already espoused this kind of philosophy when we started the team three years ago, but it takes time to embrace that philosophy. We understand the public’s outcry, but we appeal to give us a chance to contribute something different.”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 shutoutSince joining the PBA in 2014, the Kia franchise—which was initially called the Kia Sorento, before getting its name changed to Mahindra Enforcer, among others—has never gone beyond the quarterfinals. The team’s best finish was fifth place in the 2016 Governor’s Cup.But after that, Kia lost key guys likes like Aldrech Ramos, Niño Canaleta and Paolo Taha through either trade or free agency and has never won more than three games per conference this 2106-2017 season. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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4 days agoJamie Carragher believes Liverpool froze at Man Utd

first_imgJamie Carragher believes Liverpool froze at Man Utdby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes they froze at Manchester United for Sunday’s 1-1 draw.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds needed a late Adam Lallana equaliser to rescue a point at Old Trafford after Marcus Rashford’s first-half goal looked to have earned a deserved victory for the struggling Red Devils.Speaking during the game, Carragher told Sky Sports: “I always talk about Everton having almost a mental block when they come to Anfield, and watching Liverpool here, it’s almost like it’s a mental block.”It’s not the same team you usually watch.”I said before the game, United away is always a tough game and you can lose it but it’s the performance more than the scoreline that is the biggest worry for Liverpool. Every time they come to Old Trafford, it is the same problems.”He added: “I think Liverpool will be delighted. It’s very difficult for any team to come to Old Trafford, it’s a derby game and their record is not great here.”It almost feel like certain Liverpool players have a mental block when they come here so to get out with one point, considering how they performed, I think Klopp will be pleased.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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When I joined as the block development and panchay

first_imgWhen I joined as the block development and panchayat officer in Haryana in 1989, my first assignment was to visit villages in Kaithal. During my trip, I wanted to use the washroom and asked for one at the sarpanch’s house. His wife replied that they go out in the fields. The shock coerced me to get involved in the sanitation campaign. As the district magistrate of Kurukshetra in 2008, I campaigned for behavioural change among people and told them why they need to stop defecating in the open. We incentivised constructing and using toilets and finally were successful in making 300 villages in the district open defecation free (ODF). Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyWhen I returned to Kurukshetra in 2013 after one round of posting, except for 67 ODF villages, all had slipped. People had stopped using the toilets. We realised that this is not a one-time exercise. Changing a habit requires time, effort and constant motivation. People need to know that the authorities, be it the sarpanch or the district administration, are with them, backing them and watching them. The programme has to be demand-driven. Till people do not ask for toilets, better sanitation and hygiene, it cannot be a success. People have to become responsible by forming self-help groups or small teams, which continuously motivate people to use toilets. This is the only way to sustain our open defecation free status. Also Read – The future is here!Rural areas are performing well in this, but there are problems in urban areas. In some places, 20 people live in a small house and use one community toilet. Mobile or community toilets for a large population are a failure. A toilet can be maintained well when few people use it. If not for every household, toilets must be built for every two to three houses. Keys should be provided to people so that the toilets are not treated as community toilets. In rural areas, the environment is just right to boycott anyone who defecates in the open. ODF can become sustainable if everybody becomes sensitive to the problem. The fight is much bigger than ODF. We have moved to ODF Plus. Our task is cut out. The fight is long. To sustain the achievement, we need constant efforts, not interference. (The author is the district collector of Panipat. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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