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SOUTHCOM Commander Kicks Off 2017 Gender Perspectives Seminar

first_imgBy Claudia Sánchez-Bustamante/Diálogo March 13, 2017 From March 7-9, the Inter-American Defense College (IADC) and Chile’s National Academy of Political Science and Strategic Studies (ANEPE), hosted the 2017 seminar on “Peace and Security from a Gender Perspective: From Policy to Strategy” at Fort Lesley J. McNair, in Washington, D.C. The initiative, started in 2016, is an effort to promote United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, on Women, Peace, and Security. This year’s event brought together participants from the defense, human rights, public security, and women’s issues arenas in partner nations including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Uruguay to discuss topics of gender integration in developing security, an international framework for the protection of human rights, and the application of a gendered human security perspective on emergencies and humanitarian assistance, among others. U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, kicked off the event highlighting the importance of gender integration in strategy and policy. “Now, more than ever, the issue of effective gender integration is connected to the present and future capabilities of our armed forces and national security institutions,” said Adm. Tidd, from his perspective as an operational combatant commander. “Right now, the men and women of our security forces are engaged in a wide spectrum of missions, across a wide range of conditions, all over the world,” he stated. “The operations they’re serving in are a far cry from the types of missions most of us in uniform served in –or even contemplated– at the beginning of our careers.” Adm. Tidd highlighted the ever-changing conditions of the armed forces today. “Even peacekeeping has changed,” he pointed out. “Today, two-thirds of all peacekeepers are serving in active conflict zones. Peacekeepers from our hemisphere are supporting UN missions on four different continents: they’re deployed to Kashmir, Cyprus, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, the Sinai, Mali, and Haiti. At the same time, U.S troops are involved around the world in operations as diverse as counter terrorism missions in Afghanistan, supporting coalition operations in Syria and Iraq, and building partner capacity right here in our own hemisphere,” he reflected. “And no matter where our men and women are serving, the security environment they face is unlike any we’ve seen before,” he added. “It’s more unpredictable, far more dangerous, and extraordinarily complex.” The SOUTHCOM commander listed specific examples to illustrate today’s realities. “New technologies are fielded faster than ever before –by our forces, and by those who seek to do us harm. Technologies are used in ways that were unthinkable a few years ago. Violent state actors, non-state actors, non-state Islamist extremists like ISIS and criminal networks now operate across geographic boundaries and domains. The information landscape is more crowded and competitive than ever before. We’ve seen new social media platforms extend the reach, scale, and speech in which both real and fake news move… This new reality directly influences the operational environment and collapses the decision space of our civilian leaders. Tactics and techniques continue changing in ways that pose enormous ethical and cultural challenges, from the use of female and child suicide bombers, to entire families traveling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. The battle field is literally moving under our feet.” Adm. Tidd posed important questions on how to tackle this change. “Keeping pace with this change involves asking ourselves how our forces need to adapt, and how our cultures and institutions need to change to support our forces,” he said. “This means evolving the way we unleash the full talent, initiative, and potential of our men and women. This means evolving how we cultivate capable, adaptable, and creative leaders who can thrive in this challenging world of change and complexity,” he continued. “This is why effective gender integration, and the integration of gender perspectives into military operations, is an absolute imperative for each of our armed forces and security institutions. If we are to successfully adapt to meet the demands of the 21st century security environment.” The SOUTHCOM commander stressed the importance of adapting quickly in order to achieving operational effectiveness. “It’s how we attain and maintain our respective competitive advantages,” he said. “Integrating women and gender perspectives into military operations is part of that adaptation.” For example, Adm. Tidd listed UN studies that have shown that female peacekeepers improve the understanding of the operational environment, especially as it relates to the issues affecting women and children in conflict and post-conflict societies. “As we’ve seen in Bosnia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Namibia, and South Africa, the presence of female peacekeepers in our formations increases access to and support for local women affected by conflict, improving the likelihood of attaining a lasting peace,” he said. “In our own military, we saw how the integration of female cultural support teams (CST) into U.S. Special Operations Forces units made for a fundamentally stronger, more capable, and flexible fighting force.” According to Adm. Tidd, “after action reports revealed those CST were highly effective at de-escalating tense situations. They were uniquely placed to protect women and children when raids turned deadly, enhancing the legitimacy of U.S. and coalition forces. Any by interacting with a portion of the population that was previously off limits to U.S. troops, they were able to gather critical information and intelligence about weapons caches and insurgent hiding places, improving force protection of U.S. and coalition troops and the situational awareness of our commanders in the field.” Adm. Tidd urged the conferees to look beyond the simple question of how to integrate women into military operations. In order to begin the conversation of gender integration, the Admiral remarked the importance of remembering the fundamental difference between the mere inclusion of women as participants in the nations’ militaries, and the recognition of women as equals. “The first is window dressing, meeting a quota, and advancing an agenda,” he said. “The second is transformative for our forces and our institutions.” He was poignant in that it is not about looking for the right number of women, but rather looking for the “best teammates –those men and women with the irresistible drive to contribute to mission success, who have the right team ethos and who possess a diverse way of looking at problems and coming up with unexpected, creative solutions” to join in the conversation, the decision making process, and the ranks of the militaries and security structures working toward regional peace and stability. Effective gender integration, he said, is really part of a larger question: How do we attract, develop, and retain the best people, with the right skillsets, to meet the ever accelerating demands of military operations in the 21st century? To answer that, Adm. Tidd asked the audience to think about the real-world impact of the strategies they develop, and what those mean for training and human capital development pipelines. “I can only speak from my U.S. perspective, but the issue of standards tends to dominate any discussion of gender integration,” he said. “In the U.S., we’ve had a lot of talk about whether women can meet the physical standards required for combat. In my opinion, there should be no compromises in the name of equality and opportunity,” he stated. “It undermines what we’re trying to do, and reinforces the stereotypes we’re fighting against.” Adm. Tidd assured the audience that all the women he has worked with in the course of his career reject the idea of double standards. “They want to receive the same treatment, and have the same opportunities as their male team members. They want to be held to one standard, a mission standard, not a gender standard,” he said. “We all recognize that the readiness of our forces and the security of our nations depend on the maintenance of tough standards that reflect the mission, not the gender,” he added. “Female military professionals, exactly like their male counterparts, want to be judged on the basis of their grit, their determination, and tenacity–the things that matter most. The things we prize in all our team members.” Adm. Tidd brought to light that the U.S. Marine Corps has examined the performance gap between men and women on combat fitness tests. The results showed that the primary obstacle for the majority of women was upper body strength. However, he also cited previous studies which documented that women and men who are strength trained can increase their performance on combat-related tasks. “The fact that some female marines could complete the most challenging upper body strength tests suggests those barriers are neither inherent nor biological,” he highlighted. “So when it comes to standards, we must think in terms of gender-blind standards… focus on specific out comes, not on specific genders,” he added. “Our U.S. military is still working through this,” he added. “We haven’t figured it all out yet either.” But he was clear on that “whatever it involves, it needs to include opportunities for all our men and women to train for the jobs they aspire towards.” In addition to discussing the importance of training men and women physically, Adm. Tidd appended that it is also paramount to consider their mental and emotional training as well. “Excelling in the complex 21st century security environment is not simply a matter of physical strength. It’s about the ideas we generate, the creativity we cultivate, and the problems we solve,” he underscored. “Ultimately, it’s about the effective teams we build.” Adm. Tidd was clear on that “we need more comprehensive measurements of intellectual, professional, and character attributes,” he said. “We need to develop women and men who excel in complexity, anticipate change, recognize opportunity, and adapt to meet new challenges. The complex environments our forces face demand critical thinking, flexibility, and creativity. Our mission success depends on it,” he highlighted. “Ultimately, gender integration has nothing to do with leveling the playing field. It’s about making sure we put our nest possible team on that playing field,” he remarked. But the Admiral also called on “strategic patience” to continue to develop and achieve more and better gender integration. “The small numbers of women in some of our ranks–especially in the combat arms–doesn’t mean this isn’t worth pursuing. Developing the force we need takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight …Today’s dialogue, and others like it, will help us develop the necessary strategies and policies, adapt our doctrines, revise our training guidance, and retool our learning curriculums.” Adm. Tidd ended his speech with three poignant examples to illustrate gender integration and remind the audience that these are “much harder to see, or measure, or quantify, but are nevertheless incredibly important to the ultimate success of effective gender integration”: “Imagine what a young Haitian girl thought when she saw female peacekeepers from Uruguay, Peru, and Brazil patrolling the streets of Port-au-Prince, providing security, and delivering medical care to Haitian citizens and helping the country recover from the devastating earthquake. Imagine what a young Afghan girl thought when she saw our cultural support teams taking fire and saving lives, not just American soldiers, but Afghan civilians. Imagine what a young American school girl thought when she heard that three women graduated from the U.S. Army’s notoriously tough ranger school–achieving a level of leadership training that few men will ever accomplish. Or what she thought when she heard that for the first time, a fully qualified woman has been selected to serve in our ranger regiment, an elite unit that conducts some of the most challenging and precise offensive operations undertaken by the U.S. military.” “The women serving in our forces today are incredibly powerful sources of inspiration for the future,” he stated. “Because those young Haitian, Afghan, and American girls can see it, they know that if they prepare effectively, they can be it. Like the men they serve beside, the women serving in our forces today are pioneers of a new generation of military professionals – the women serving in our forces today aren’t a milestone. They’re a motivation–an inspiration–for all of us,” he concluded.last_img read more

Coronavirus: QLD backs down on emergency laws with renters to pay own way

first_imgPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk at parliament last week. Picture: Annette DewIn a win for investors, the Palaszczuk Government has watered down residential emergency measures it was set to put to parliament, meaning tenants will foot the rent bill – even if deferred – in return for landlords not kicking them out. MORE: Original QLD proposal: Tenants set to gain all the power Cottage sells for $0.5m as buyers settle in to the ‘new normal’ Amendments to the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act were originally set to be introduced to parliament tomorrow, but had to be dramatically changed after last week’s proposed measures drew anger from property investors across the country. Queensland Housing Minister Mick de Brenni conceded that there was strong opposition to last week’s plan, with new collaborative measures now set in motion.Queensland Housing Minister Mick de Brenni called it a “fair middle ground” – but it was only reached after the Palaszczuk Government was bombarded by a letter campaign opposing any move that would have effectively shut landlords out of their own properties.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland said the amendments, which were coming into force to enable the Federal Government’s moratorium on evictions, included:– Rent payments and unpaid rent: Property owners and tenants can now agree on the terms of reduced rent and deferred repayment requirements.– Financial hardship requirements: The combined income of tenant/s must have reduced by more than 25 per cent as a direct result of COVID-19 or where the rent amount exceeds 30 per cent of income/s and tenant/s cannot afford to pay the rent.– Substantiation of financial hardship: Tenants must provide the same level of proof of income as is required at the start of the tenancy to seek a rent reduction. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 – Entry requirements: The Government will provide clear guidance to ensure access for essential repairs and maintenance, the sale of a property and virtual inspections.– Break lease: To qualify for the Government’s break lease provisions, tenant/s must be in severe financial hardship which is defined as a 75 per cent reduction in combined tenant/s income and have less than $5,000 in savings.– Extension of a tenancy: A fixed term tenancy will be automatically extended to 30 September 2020 unless agreed otherwise.Mr de Brenni said the Residential Tenancies Authority, REIQ, QShelter, Tenants Queensland and QCOSS would form a new COVID-19 Housing Security Sub-Committee to oversee implementation.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago Thousands of landlords across Queensland would have been impacted by changes to laws governing access to their properties and lease agreements.“The Palaszczuk Government has established the COVID-19 Housing Security Sub-Committee of the Ministerial Housing Council to oversee the implementation of the response measures,” he said.“The Palaszczuk Government is a government that listens and will be there for those who need us most when times are tough,” he said in a statement.“Queensland has published a framework on the government’s new www.covid19.qld.gov.au website, setting out the process for interaction pending the development of an implementation Guideline which has been fleshed out with stakeholders.”He said a Residential Tenancies Practice Guide COVID-19 for property owners and tenants was also developed.“The Guide will support owners on a range of COVID-19 issues along with free, impartial and expert conciliation from the Residential Tenancies Authority if parties need additional support to reach agreement.”He said those in significant financial distress would also be supported via a $20m rental grant package. 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Messi ‘bitter’ as Colombia stun Argentina

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi looks dejjected after losing the Copa America 2019 Group B match to Colombia at Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador, BrazilSalvador, Brazil | AFP |  Lionel Messi said his team was feeling bitter after Argentina lost their opening Copa America match 2-0 to Colombia despite dominating the second half.Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave Colombia their first tournament victory over Argentina in 20 years as Messi’s hopes of finally landing a major international tournament after losing in four finals suffered a serious blow.“We leave here feeling bitter,” said Messi following the Group B clash in Salvador.“In the second half we had our chances.”One of the best of those fell to the 31-year-old Barcelona icon but he headed wide after Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina got down quickly to push out a header from center-back Nicolas Otamendi.But although Argentina dominated possession and created more chances in the second period, they rarely caused Ospina any serious concerns.“We didn’t want to start this way, obviously, but now we have to lift our heads and keep going,” said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who lined up in an enviable forward trio with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain.“In the first half we retreated a little and were holding on, but in the second we really opened up,” said Messi, the Argentina captain.“Whenever you lose it’s hard for us, we usually take it badly. Now we have to think about Paraguay.”Argentina can still make the knock-out stages with games against Paraguay and guests Qatar, the Asian champions, to come.Midfielder Leandro Paredes, who forced a diving save out of Ospina with one long range strike and sent a second whistling past the post, was pleased with the second half performance.“We created a lot but unfortunately they scored in our best period,” he said. – Controlling Messi –Colombia were the better side in a goalless first half but scored twice against the run of play in the second period, with both goals coming from substitutes.“I came on and helped my team. We did the best we could and we managed to turn the game around at the end of the second half. We played really well,” said Zapata, who this season helped Italians Atalanta qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who only took over Colombia after leaving his job with Iran at the end of the January-February Asian Cup, paid tribute to the side’s collective effort.“Colombia as a team was the best player on the pitch. We played with a lot of discipline, concentration, with responsibility, and players with the quality of James (Rodriguez) and (Radamel) Falcao helped us a lot in this organization,” said Queiroz.And he praised his team for “controlling Messi a bit,” noting that “we’re always talking about him and you cannot neutralize him.”Both he and Argentina counterpart Lionel Scaloni agreed that each side had their moments during the game.“In some moments we were on top, then they were superior to us — that’s how football goes, there are different stages in matches,” said Scaloni.Colombia, though, are well placed to win the group now.“We’re still a long way from where we want to go,” warned Colombia’s playmaker James Rodriguez.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Governor DeSantis in South Florida for Opening of Walk-Thru Testing Sites

first_imgGovernor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that two walk-thru testing sites will open tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. The sites will cater to those who don’t have cars, but it’s only for those showing symptoms who make an appointment.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the sites would open at Mitchell Moore Park at 901 Northwest 10th Street in Pompano Beach and at the Urban League at 560 Northwest 27th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.The sites will open for testing on Saturday and will start with 200 tests per day, DeSantis said.The governor will be in South Florida today for the opening of the new walk-through testing sites.During his Thursday briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is visiting Broward County on Friday.DeSantis will be with Florida National Guard Adj. Gen. James Eifert and Jared Moskowitz, the director of the division of Emergency Management.DeSantis and his team is scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.Jen and Bill talked to Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez this morning on the South Florida morning show.last_img read more

Hazard and Lukaku hit doubles and put Belgium on the brink of progression

first_img Latest World Cup news Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches 3 Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Romelu Lukaku’s delicate chip puts Belgium 3-1 to the good against Tunisia. Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Fallon d’Floor You’re the one NO JOY diamond geezer ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Belgium top Group G after beating Tunisia 5-2. Pure class STAR MANRomelu Lukaku doesn’t get the credit he deserves some days but against Tunisia he showed patience, guile, and his technical qualities as he rocked Belgium’s Group G opponents with a brilliant double. He’s now in the hunt for the Golden Boot with Cristiano Ronaldo and has scored 23 goals in his last 20 appearances for his country.LINE-UPSBelgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco, Mertens (Tielemans 86’), Lukaku (Fellaini 59’), Eden Hazard (Batshuayi 68’).Subs not used: Mignolet, Vermaelen, Kompany, Thorgan Hazard, Januzaj, Dembele, Chadli, Dendoncker, Casteels.Tunisia: Ben Mustapha, Bronn (Nagguez 24’), Syam Ben Youssef (Benalouane 41’), Meriah, Maaloul, Khaoui, Skhiri, Sassi (Sliti 59’), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Khazri, Badri.Subs not used: Mathlouthi, Haddadi, Bedoui, Ben Amor, Khalil, Srarfi, Khalifa, Chaalali.HOW DOES GROUP G LOOK? Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers center_img For the north Africans Dylan Bronn and Wahbi Khazri got the consolation goals as they threw caution to the wind in an attempt to register a win.It didn’t take long for Belgium, playing in their yellow away strip, to take the lead with Eden Hazard tucking a penalty away with just six minutes on the clock, after he had been taken out by Syam Ben Yousseff.And Roberto Martinez’s men were almost out of sight with 14 gone with Dries Mertens slipping Romelu Lukaku in on goal, with the Manchester United man striking the ball into the back of the net from 17 yards.World Cup 2018, though, has had a habit of throwing up surprises and the deficit was halved almost immediately as Tunisia refused to give up. Dylan Bronn was the hero, flicking Khazri’s free-kick beyond Thibaut Courtois. Shy guy Good times 3 SUPERSTITION Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Sadly, Bronn’s afternoon ended not long after as he injured his knee blocking a shot and Hamdi Naguez took his place.Any Tunisia resistance was finally crushed ahead of half-time as a wonderfully timed run for Lukaku saw him delicately dink home his fourth goal in two games.It was 4-1 to Belgium six minutes after the break when Chelsea star Hazard took down a perfect pass from Toby Alderweireld and with two touches round the goalkeeper and thudded the ball home.Neither Hazard, nor Lukaku were allowed the chance to get hat-tricks with Martinez favouring to rest his stars, bringing on Marouane Fellaini and Michy Batshuayi in their place.The latter saw a shot cleared off the line as he attempted to get in on the act but he could only be denied for so long as he eventually breached the Tunisian goal after 90 minutes, before Khazri struck to make it 5-2. misery Belgium are all but through to the knockout stages of World Cup 2018 as they beat Tunisia 5-2 in vibrant Group G encounter.Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard both hit braces in the clash and Michy Batshuayi got the fifth late on. Belgium star Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku celebrate during their win over Tunisia. 3 Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? LU BEAUTY Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup last_img read more

Warriors sputter at times, fall in Game 1 of NBA Finals

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The Warriors shot 44 percent, turned the ball over 17 times and fell to the Toronto Raptors 118-109 in the series opener. Going back to the 1975 finals, the Warriors had won Game 1 of the title matchup in each of their last five appearances in the series. The last time Golden State lost a Game 1 of the finals was 1967.Golden State was playing for the first time in 10 days, and trailed for nearly 43 of the game’s 48 minutes. The Warriors trailed by 10 at the half, marking the fourth consecutive game where Golden State faced a double-digit deficit at some point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the last three of those contests, Golden State rallied to beat Portland.Toronto didn’t fold and let this one slip away. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts in front of Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Maybe it was the rust. Maybe it was the Raptors.Either way, Golden State’s offense was not at its usual high-octane level on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals — and for the first time in this era of Warriors basketball, they face a 1-0 deficit in the title series.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Raptors draw first blood, thump Warriors in 1st NBA finals appearance View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 16 field goals; the rest of the Warriors combined for only 18. Draymond Green, who did have a triple-double, shot 2 for 9. Andre Iguodala was 3 for 7, missing all four of his tries from 3-point range.This is a matchup of offense vs. defense, the freewheeling Warriors against a Toronto team that has now peeled off five consecutive wins since falling behind Milwaukee 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals. The Raptors turned that series around by clamping down at the defensive end, particularly against Bucks star and likely MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.This time, it was against everyone.Golden State’s two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP in Kevin Durant isn’t expected back for Game 2, either. The Warriors have said he won’t play until he can return to a full-fledged practice, and earlier Thursday coach Steve Kerr said it was unlikely that Durant participates in a practice before the team heads home to the Bay Area to prepare for Game 3 on Wednesday night.So if something is going to change on Sunday when the finals resume in Toronto, it won’t be with Durant aiding the cause.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

a month agoJapanese great Keisuke Honda offers himself to Man Utd

first_imgJapanese great Keisuke Honda offers himself to Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJapanese great Keisuke Honda has made a ‘come and get me’ plea to Manchester United.Now 33, Honda is seeking one final great experience – no matter the terms – before hanging up his boots.“Make me an offer. I don’t need money, but I want to play in a great team with great teammates!” wrote Honda on social media.The striker, once of AC Milan, is currently a free agent. In 2018, he combined his career in Australia at Melbourne Victory with his work as head coach of the Cambodian national team.Give me an offer. I don’t need money but I need to play with great team and great team mate! @[email protected]_JP— KeisukeHonda (@kskgroup2017) September 27, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Rapper Plies Was In USF’s Locker Room After Blowout Win Against FAMU, Co-Signed For Taggart

first_imgThe USF mascot raising its arms.TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: The mascot from the University of South Florida Bulls entertains during play against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. USF won 37-10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***After averaging just over 17 points a game last season, USF opened its 2015 campaign by splashing 51 points on the board against the FAMU rattlers on the way to a 51-3 victory. The Bulls only scored a combined 206 points all of last season, so there was reason to celebrate. But it’s not every day a team gets to celebrate in the locker room with a famous rapper.USF freshman defensive end Vincent Jackson posted a video to his Twitter account after the win of rapper Plies with his arm around head coach Willie Taggart, giving him the seal of approval. The homie @plies in the locker room after the W #GoBulls pic.twitter.com/ldcHhc2QuJ— Vincent Jackson Jr. (@VMJacksonJr) September 6, 2015Not exactly what you’d expect in the locker room after a season opening victory, but maybe the Bulls are on to something. Plies seems pretty confident that USF will be “bustin’ the scoreboard every Saturday,” but a much bigger challenge lies ahead in Tallahassee next weekend as the Bulls are set to face the Seminoles.last_img read more

Nunavuts failing grade on climate change sign of greater problem

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN NewsNunavut is not doing enough to prepare for climate change according to the latest report by the Auditor General of Canada.“The impacts of climate change are visible across Nunavut. We found that the Government of Nunavut was not adequately prepared to respond to these impacts,” said Jim McKenzie from the auditor general’s office.If Nunavut is not ready, then why not? After all, the government put a plan in place in 2014.“Human resource capacity challenges within the government and those make it difficult to sustain effort and attention,” said McKenzie.This is nothing new for Nunavut residents.In the last decade the auditor general’s office has issued reports on social workers, child safety, justice and jails. All of them found major problems.And each time the Nunavut government agreed and promised to make changes.But those changes don’t happen.One reason is there isn’t enough people to get the jobs done with 27 per cent of government jobs currently vacant.The auditor general’s office did suggest a way to get out of the understaffing cycle: pick fewer things and do them right.“I think it’s important, because resources are limited, that they try not to do everything,” said [email protected]last_img read more

ExMexican president Fox to PM Trudeau Dont be Judas and betray us

first_imgMEXICO CITY – A former Mexican president has a warning for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Don’t abandon our country in NAFTA talks like some modern-day ”Judas.”Vicente Fox warns that would be a mistake.Fox told CTV News that it wouldn’t do any good if Canada ditched Mexico in pursuit of a one-on-one trade deal with the U.S., in the misguided belief President Donald Trump would go easier on Canada.Fox made his case using a biblical metaphor — urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to behave like the apostle who sold out Jesus Christ.”He might, like Judas, give us a strike and go with the United States and leave us aside,” Fox told the network, in an interview airing Sunday night.”I warn Trudeau, and I warn Canada, you will not make it (better without Mexico).”The Canadian government has repeatedly said it’s committed to working trilaterally to renew NAFTA as a three-country agreement. However, the Canadians have also raised eyebrows in Mexico by occasionally making more ambiguous comments: some Canadian officials have at times suggested they’re open to both bilateral or trilateral deals.Trump says he could do one or the other.Former prime minister Stephen Harper, in a memo earlier this year to associates that was obtained by The Canadian Press, appeared to favour the one-on-one approach. Harper suggested Trump had few trade complaints about Canada, and he said some Americans found it mystifying that the Canadian government remains so attached to a trilateral deal with Mexico.Proponents of the three-country approach say it makes sense for several reasons: the continent has integrated supply chains for products like autos, some of the strongest defenders of trade in U.S. politics are from southern Mexican border states, and, they say, there’s no guarantee anyway that Trump would go soft in a separate negotiation with Canada.In the CTV interview, Fox also did what he has done repeatedly over the last two years: Blast Trump. Using a few four-letter profanities, the former Mexican president called Trump a destroyer, pitting America against the world.Canadian officials were puzzled by the Judas comment. They pointed out that there’s been no move whatsoever to isolate Mexico.“We are committed to modernizing NAFTA as a strong trilateral agreement that is a win-win-win for all three countries,” said Alex Lawrence, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.”Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Pena Nieto spoke about the strength of our relationship and our shared goals as recently as last week in Vietnam, as well as during the Prime Minister’s visit to Mexico City last month.”last_img read more