Two photographers sentenced to 25 and 50 lashes

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Receive email alerts August 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two photographers sentenced to 25 and 50 lashes Reporters Without Borders is outraged to learn that two photographers based in the city of Qazvin, Khalil Emami and Abass Alipour, have been sentenced to 25 and 50 lashes respectively for criticizing a book of photos published by the Qazvin city government.The online newspaper Sedayeqazvin reported on 13 August that a Qazvin court imposed the medieval sentences in response to a complaint by the local prefect’s cultural adviser against the two journalists and Sedayeqazvin, which published their articles.The first article criticizing the book was written by Emami, who is very well known. After the cultural adviser insulted the article, Alipour responded in a second article. The cultural adviser then announced that he would lodge a complaint against both of them and Sedayeqazvin unless the newspaper apologized, which it refused to do.“Many countries are abolishing jail terms and other harsh sentences for press offences but the Iranian justice system continues to inflict medieval punishments for absurd reasons,” said Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran desk.“Condemning two photographers to be whipped is indicative of the Iranian authorities’ contempt for journalists. We call for these sentences to be overturned and we urge Iran to comply with international agreements by ending such ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading’ punishments and recognizing ‘the inherent dignity (…) of all members of the human family’.”This case is unfortunately not isolated. At least 50 journalists and netizens have been sentenced to this kind of inhuman treatment in the past five years. They include Marzieh Rasouli, who writes on arts and culture for several newspapers. Held since 8 July, she was sentenced to 50 lashes and two years in prison.Arash Honarvar Shojai, a theologian and blogger held since 28 October 2010, was sentenced to 50 lashes and four years in prison. He is seriously ill and suffering from a lack of adequate medical care in detention. Sayeed Haeri, a netizen serving a two-year jail term in Tehran’s Evin prison since December 2012, was also sentenced to 74 lashes.Iran is one of the world’s most repressive countries as regards freedom of information. It is ranked 173rd of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. Medieval punishment imposed because they criticized a book of photos published by the Qazvin city authorities RSF_en News IranMiddle East – North Africa News IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

USC provides diverse religious opportunities

first_imgWhen Tamar Partamian, a junior majoring in architecture, gave a friend a tour of USC’s campus, the friend turned to her and asked, “Is this a seminary?”Community · (From left) Timothy Conley, the club’s adviser, and Laleh Mehria, Kasra Behizad and Ailene Huang, of the Baha’i Student Association, discuss the club’s plans. – Olivia Garcia | Daily TrojanIt’s hard to overlook the presence of religion on campus. Walking down University Avenue, students pass the USC Hillel building and the new $35 million USC Caruso Catholic Center, currently under construction. Crossing onto Trousdale Parkway, students pass the United University Church and a quick turn onto 34th Street brings students by the University Religious Center.What’s easy to miss, though, is just how much is going on inside these buildings. With more than 90 student religious groups, USC has the widest array of religious organizations of any American university, according to Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni.That diversity, in part, springs from the growing number of international students attending USC; with cultural diversity comes religious diversity. But the Rev. Jim Burklo, associate dean for religious life, says the growth in religious groups on campus also represents a cultural change.“Particularly at universities, people became more comfortable being public in their personal identities — in every way,” Burklo said. “People started being more willing to be public about it and there was more of an acceptance of differences and cultural differences.”At the weekly meetings of the Interfaith Council, accepting cultural differences is the goal, the theme and the norm. The council, a group of about 25 to 30 students that spans religious traditions including Sikhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, Atheism and the newly coined “transpiritualism,” is focused on bringing people of different faiths together to discuss their beliefs and to learn from each other.About one-third of the members of the Interfaith Council identifies itself as spiritual but not religious, a trend that has become more common with this generation of college students. The Office of Religious Life has tried to orient itself around this tendency toward spirituality.“Our office is not really oriented around God, we’re oriented around meaning,” Soni said.That means a focus on community service, rather than dogma and doctrine, and an emphasis on interfaith dialogue.“9/11 showed us that interfaith is not a luxury but a necessity,” Soni said.USC launched an interfaith service initiative Sunday, in conjunction with the anniversary of 9/11.“You’re the first generation that actually will strengthen their own faith or their own beliefs by being exposed to the faith or beliefs of others,” Soni said. “It’s not threatening, it’s actually enriching and edifying.”Jem Jebbia, a senior majoring in Japanese, business administration and religion and the president of the Interfaith Council, believes religion can be a tool for good if people of different religions understand each other. The key, she said, is for students to be willing to listen and to share.“The biggest source of discomfort is the idea of someone trying to push their beliefs on you,” she said. “But we’re not trying to change your ideas.”Instead, the council emphasizes discourse. Each week, it tackles a different question respectfully, talking in turn, nodding in agreement and encouraging others to share.At last Tuesday’s Interfaith Council meeting, the question was simple: What is it like to practice your religion or spirituality as a student?Students addressed the convenience of having friends of the same religion nearby and the availability of discussion groups like the Interfaith Council. They also mentioned the challenges of finding time to pray daily, or learning to coexist with people of very different religions — challenges that confront students of all faiths.Layne Kaplan, a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and the president of USC Hillel, said one of the biggest challenges for her group is keeping students engaged with their Jewish background. Right now, she says, Hillel only reaches about 30 percent of the Jewish students on campus.“I think finding balance is the biggest problem,” Kaplan said. “For example, I’m in this theater class that meets every Friday for a show but every Friday is Shabbat dinner, so it’s making those sacrifices. If I miss a Shabbat dinner does that mean I don’t care about my faith? No.”Kaplan, like other students, said a sense of community has helped her maintain her connection to her faith. For her, Hillel provides that community. For Partamian, it’s the Baha’i Student Association, even though she herself is Christian. And for Ifrah Sheikh, a sophomore majoring in fine arts, it’s the Interfaith Council.“These people are my family,” Sheikh said.last_img read more

Open House for County’s Big New Garage

first_imgThe Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 21 to mark the completion of the Heavy Equipment Maintenance Building (HEMB) at the Public Works Complex in Freehold.Photo courtesy Monmouth County Fleet services, made up of about 33 employees, plays a critical role for county government, especially in bad weather, another county official said. Monmouth County freeholders spent around $7 million to build a hangar-sized garage at the county’s public works complex on Center Street in Freehold Township, where large trucks and other government-owned equipment will be repaired. County officials gathered Oct. 21 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside a building that, at 220 feet long and 120 feet wide, gives staff moreroom to work. The facilitycan hold 36 vehicles at atime, with the 16-foot-highdoors big enough to fit afire truck or salter spreaderthrough. Those vehicles andother heavy equipment canbe fully raised off the ground,to the point that mechanicscan stand underneath them. The garage, officially known as the heavy equipment maintenance building, opened this week. There are no grease stains on the floor, no smell of car fluids in the air – at least not yet. “People in the township would say, ‘What was that?’” Freehold Mayor Barbara J. McMorrow said at the ribbon-cutting. “And I’d go, ‘Well, the county’s building a garage.’ And people are thinking a garage that you put your cars in. And when they see what this is, this really is the 21st century come to Monmouth County in Freehold Township.” Instead, staff in the fleet services of the county’s public works department would have to work outside, regardless of the elements, to fix vehicles so they could get them back on the road, he said. “But at the end of theday, we looked at that andwas that a way to show oursupport to our employeebase by having them dothat?” Arnone asked. The older garage, located directly across from the new one, was not big enough for staff to jack up cars and trucks. The county broke ground on the garage in August 2018, an item of curiosity in the community. Mike McIntyre, the assistant supervisor of heavy equipment maintenance, said the garage provides employees more room to work. He said it gives “the ability to put a vehicle in the air and do the job safer than we ever were able to do it before.” By Philip Sean Curran “During a snow operation, there’s roughly 125 dump trucks running on the road. At any given time, you’re going to have breakdowns on what you’re pushing those trucks to do,” said John W. Tobia, director of public works and engineering. One of those partnerships is with the Asbury Park Fire Department. Battalion fire chief Raymond DiLello spoke of the importance of keeping his department’s vehicles on the road. The answer turned out tobe “no.” Aside from the 1,100 vehicles and roughly 900 pieces of other equipment the county owns, Monmouth also has shared services agreements with local communities, including arrangements to fix their vehicles. “I think we’re running a state-of-the-art operation,” said Chuck Harden, the county supervisor of garage services. “And we need a facility to back that up.” “And this one is a vital, vital part of our shared services because of the cost savings that it gives a lot of our municipalities,” Arnone said of an arrangement that makes the county money. “It’s a monumental task,” he said. “And it’s usually just a phone call away to one of the mechanics or the shop or the directors. And I’ve never been turned down. I’ve never been disappointed.” “In a snow storm, they’dbe laying out in the snowrepairing dump trucks,”Tobia said. “It was so tightin there with vehicles beingtaken apart. I mean, youwere literally interminglingthe parts from vehicles andmechanics’ tools.” “Now just imagine how high that is up there compared to our past building,” said Thomas A. Arnone, freeholder director, referring to a large truck sitting on a lift behind him. “Well, that wasn’t able to be done to that level.” last_img read more

Leafs ring up 14 on the Bruins en route to lopsided KIJHL win

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsWhat’s the best way for a team to cure all the woes of a season and gain necessary confidence to climb up league standings?Play the Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Nelson Leafs dropped 14 on the lowly Bruins, beating the Murdoch Division cellar dwellers by two converted touchdowns Saturday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.“It was definitely good for us to play them and get some confidence back,” said Leaf forward Linden Horswill after racking up four points, including a hat trick, on the Bruins.“We played well against (Grand Forks) so it was good for us to turn it around after (the recent road stint).”It took a little time for the Leafs to get going as the Bruins played the home side even for the first five-plus minutes.But a power play goal by Max Mois opened the floodgates.Nelson, 14-8-0-2, scored five more times, including a pair each from Horswill and Brett Norman, to take a 6-0 lead into the intermission.“We out skated (Grand Forks) . . . a lot,” Horswill said when asked about the difference in the game. “We moved the puck around well and just took it to them.”Playing the game without the full compliment of bodies, Nelson had the remaining lines flying and at one point in the second period held a 20-2 shot advantage on the struggling Bruins.The all-Nelson line of Horswill, Carsen Willans and Dallon Stoddart contributed big to the Leaf attack as the Heritage City trio finished the game with 12 points.“Carsen (Willans) does well at setting us up,” said Horswill, complimenting his teammate for making his night around the net easy with a few gift set-ups.“(Carsen) is definitely a great person to play with . . .  the same with Dallon (Stoddart).”The game definitely padded the stats for most Leaf players.Norman finished the game with three goals along with two assists.James Sorrey scored twice and also had two helpers.Nik Newman, J.J. Beitel, scoring his first KIJHL marker and finishing the game with five points, Willans, earning the game’s third star with a five-point night, game captain Jonathon Petrash and Matti Jmaeff also scored for Nelson.Patrick Defoe had quite an easy time in goal, although to get the shutout — his second of the season — the rookie backstop needed help from his posts and crossbar as Grand Forks a couple times rang pucks off the iron.However, after it was all said and done, Horswill couldn’t help feeling a little sorry for the Bruin players.“Playing on that (Grand Forks) team would be a little hard . . . especially not getting a lot of wins,” Horswill said. “But you can’t think of that when you’re playing. You just have to forget about who you are playing and just play.”The Leafs remain in second spot in Murdoch standings, four points behind the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and two in front of the surging Castlegar Rebels. Both Murdoch rivals have played fewer games than the Leafs.The loss, combined with a 7-5 setback Sunday to Spokane Braves, is the 19th for Grand Forks. The Bruins remain the only KIJHL team not to register a win.“Obviously (the constant losing) is disappointing. These results are tough to take, for sure,” said Grand Forks coach and GM Brent Batten.“The boys are actually doing pretty well attitude wise,” Batten added. “They realize things will get better. It’s just a matter of working through obviously some big obstacles. But were all staying positive and as a (coaching) staff we’re remaining positive as well.”GAME NOTES: The final shot total was 48-6 in favour of the Leafs. . . .Grand Forks starting goalie Cole Buckley, who had his playing rights obtained by the Bruins earlier this month from Revelstoke Grizzlies, played two periods before giving away to Nathan Nicolson. . . .Nelson lost the services of winger Max Mois during the game. Mois was sent to the dressing room as a precaution to guard against a current injury. . . .Other Leafs out of the lineup due to injury included forward Colton Malmsten along with defencemen Riley Henderson, Blake Arcuri, Tyler Parfeniuk and Julian Davis. Nelson was also missing forward Colton Schell who was called up by Trail of the BCHL for Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Vernon Vipers. . . .Grand Forks coach Brent Batten said the Bruins had seven players out of its lineup due to injury. . . .Nelson, finishing the weekend registering three off four points after dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to Fernie Thursday, has a week off before hosting Penticton Lakers for a Saturday home game at the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more

ENCHANTING LADY WINS $75,000 SANTA PAULA STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS AS DERBY TEAM OF BAFFERT, SHAH & GARCIA EXECUTE EASTER SUNDAY DÉJÀ VU

first_imgFAVORED SENSITIVELY FALLS AFTER WIRE, SENDING TALAMO TO HOSPITAL FOR EXAMARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2015)–Enchanting Lady cut back in distance, took a steep drop in class and responded with a 2 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes and in less than 24 hours, reunited the winning Santa Anita Derby connections of trainer Bob Baffert, owner Kaleem Shah and jockey Martin Garcia. Breaking from the outside in a field of six 3-year-old fillies, Enchanting Lady stalked favored Sensitively into the far turn, took the lead approaching the quarter pole and finished up 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.01.“The last few days have been a lot fun,” said Shah. “I named this filly after my wife and she really came through today. I had a lot of confidence coming into today. Bob told me she’s good sprinting and hopefully she can continue to move forward off of this.”A rousing 6 ¼ length winner of the 5 ½ furlong Landaluce Stakes as a maiden on June 22, Enchanting Lady came off the bench to run fifth in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Santa Ysabel Stakes Feb. 28. The second choice in the wagering at 3-1, she paid $8.60, $4.20 and $2.80. The Santa Paula was her second win from four tries and with the winner’s share of $46,080, she increased her earnings to $134,280.I think she wants to run six, six and half, or seven (furlongs),” said Garcia. “When she ran the other day, she really needed that race and it helped. We had good results today.”Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Mike Smith, Tara’s Tango was second best, finishing three lengths clear of Ben’s Duchess. Off at 3-1, Tara’s Tango paid $4.80 and $3.20.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Ben’s Duchess finished third at 5-1 and paid $3.60 to show.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Sensitively, who was off at 6-5, stopped badly a furlong out and fell shortly past the wire, unseating Talamo, who was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena for examination. Sensitively got up right away and appeared uninjured.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

South Africa is the fourth-best country in the world – Conde Nast Traveler

first_imgReaders of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine have rated South Africa as the fourth-best country to visit – ahead of traditional tourist favourites such as France, Spain, Thailand and Morocco.The iconic Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterIn the 2016 edition of the annual Conde Nast Readers’ Travel Awards list of the top 20 best countries in the world, Greece came out tops, followed by Italy, the USA, and then South Africa. France was in fifth position, with the rest of the top 10 rounded out by Spain (6), India (7), Australia (8), Thailand (9) and Mexico (10).“The Readers’ Travel Awards celebrates the best of the best in travel, as voted for by people who love travel,” Conde Nast said in announcing the list in late August.“In our Readers’ Travel Awards you told us you really can’t get enough of Greece, which continues to capture your imagination with crowd-pleasing scores across the board. You think Italy produces the best food. The USA has the finest places to stay and South Africa is fantastic when it comes to value for money.”Rhodes Fruit Farm in picturesque Stellenbosch. (Image: South African Tourism)The ranking is good news for South Africa’s tourism industry – and the country’s economy. The National Development Plan, a blueprint for increasing employment and reducing poverty and inequality in. South Africa by 2030, identifies tourism as a key driver of inclusive economic growthAccording to the NDP, South Africa’s competitiveness in the global tourism industry is driven by our world-renowned natural beauty, well-managed national parks, developed domestic airline network, and excellent hotel capacity andpersonal services.“A far cry from the sea, surf and whistling sand dunes of South Africa’s Eastern Cape coastline, the bare beauty and tranquil atmosphere of the Great Karoo provides a rustic atmosphere that is perfect for a relaxing break in the sun.” – Conde Nast Traveler (Image: South African Tourism)“The tourism industry and the creative economy sector are labour intensive and stimulate the growth of small businesses,” the NDP says. “They can develop other spin-offs, such as foreign direct investment.”“Visitors can slow down and experience the rhythm, sounds and cycles of the bush.” – Conde Nast Traveler. Elephants at a watering hole in the Addo Elephant Park. (Image: South African Tourism)In its listing of South Africa’s top attractions, Conde Nast Traveler focused on Cape Town, Franschhoek, Johannesburg, the Kruger National Park, Londolozi private game reserve, Plettenberg Bay, the Garden Route and the Great Karoo.Here’s the full top-20 list of the 2016 Conde Nast best countries in the world:1. Greece2. Italy3. USA4. South Africa5. France6. Spain7. India8. Australia9. Thailand10. Mexico11. New Zealand12. Portugal13. Canada14. Argentina15. Sri Lanka16. Morocco17. Indonesia18. Ireland19. Japan20. VietnamSouth African pantsula dancers in Gauteng. (Image: South African Tourism)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South Africa to manufacture pneumonia vaccine

first_img5 November 2015An important pneumonia bacteria vaccine will be made in South Africa within the next five years, following a partnership between the global pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer; the local biotechnology organisation, Biovac Institute; and the Department of Science and Technology.The vaccine, Prevenar 13, has proven to be effective in preventing pneumococcal infection in children from six weeks to five years old and in adults of 50 years and older. It will be manufactured at Biovac’s new commercial-scale facility in Cape Town.This move fulfils several of the goals of the National Development Plan Vision 2030, including ensuring access to health care for all South Africans and enhancing South Africa’s competitiveness in the field of medicine and pharmaceutical manufacturing.Science Minister Naledi Pandor officially launched the public-private partnership on 3 November.#DSTVaccine announcement will c Pfizer transfer skills and equipment to Biovac. Th transfer will b phased ova 5 yrs. pic.twitter.com/OsIdygem5N— Taslima (@Dsttviljoen) November 3, 2015Pandor said the partnership demonstrated South Africa’s ability to do successful technology transfers in the bio-economy space. Local manufacturing is due to start in 2020.“This demonstration of successful technology transfer with Pfizer is one of the prerequisites for unlocking future technology transfers that will see Biovac becoming the major vaccine manufacturer in Africa.”She went on to explain that the strategy would alleviate South Africa’s continued dependence on imports and the consequent threat to security of supply of essential vaccines.#DSTVaccine Pfizer SA Country Manager Ms Power says they committed 2 improving SA Health. pic.twitter.com/HV6QJoBS0u— Taslima (@Dsttviljoen) November 3, 2015Prevenar 13 vaccinePrevenar 13 vaccine is used to prevent infection caused by pneumococcal bacteria. The vaccine contains 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria. It exposes the body to a small amount of the bacteria or a protein from the bacteria, helping to develop immunity to the disease.While the vaccine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body, it will prevent anyone vaccinated from being infected in the future. The vaccine can be used for children between six weeks and 5 years old, as well as adults 50 years and older.“Preventing pneumococcal disease is a priority for Pfizer in South Africa,” said Jennifer Power, the South African country manager for the pharmaceutical company. “We have already seen great results since vaccination was introduced and we are pleased to partner with Biovac, sharing best practices, knowledge and skills to continue to make a real difference for patients.”“We are confident that this partnership will help to ensure the sustainable supply of our pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for patients in South Africa,” Power added.Locally relevant vaccinesBiovac chief executive Dr Morena Makhoana said the company was committed to developing and establishing a strong and locally relevant vaccine capability, specifically vaccine process and product development in South Africa.“We believe that this partnership with Pfizer will strengthen our ability to deliver a potentially life-saving vaccine for South African children, as well as accelerate our technological knowledge in vaccine development,” Dr Makhoana said.#DSTVaccine Min Motsoaledi, says th partnership is significant in Africa where we r burdened by childhood pneumonia. pic.twitter.com/edUySfE7nE— Taslima (@Dsttviljoen) November 3, 2015Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi reiterated that the vaccine partnership should be celebrated as it would benefit not only South Africa but the whole Southern African region. “The launch of the local manufacture of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is a stepping stone to the ultimate dream of developing our own vaccines on the continent, for the continent.”The partnership facilitates technology transfer from Pfizer to Biovac in compliance with international Good Manufacturing Practice standards. Pfizer will also implement a skills transfer process. This will equip Biovac employees to continue manufacturing the vaccines after the transfer period.Biovac was established in 2003 as a public-private partnership with the aim of restructuring state vaccine assets to ensure domestic capacity in vaccine production, as well as a local skills base.The Department of Health introduced Prevenar 13 to South Africa in 2011. Results from a laboratory-based survey, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in November 2014, showed that the introduction of the vaccine in South Africa substantially reduced invasive pneumococcal infections in children – one of the top five killers of children under the age of five.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Sales Opportunities as Labyrinths

first_imgA sales opportunity is a labyrinth. It’s a series of decisions that you have to make. Some of the decisions you make move you closer to your goal. Other decisions lead you to a dead end.Some of the labyrinths seem to look the same. It can feel as if you’ve uncovered the pattern that unlocks all labyrinths, especially when two labyrinths seem to follow exactly the same pattern. But you’ve haven’t unlocked the pattern. Following that pattern exactly may lead you to a dead end the next time.It’s dark in a labyrinth. You can only see so far in front of you. You have to make choices based on your belief that they are the right choices. You make these choices even though you can’t be 100% certain they lead to success.If you come to a dead end and there is still time on the clock, you can backtrack and make different choices. You can try again. But there is no guarantee that the next choice you make will be the right choice either.And some choices you make immediately end the game. Game over. You lose.When you lose an opportunity it’s easy to see that you could have taken a different path. Now that you’ve lost, you know that you should have taken another path. Knowing what you know now, you most certainly would have taken a different path.But none of this is exactly true. You never have a view from above the opportunity labyrinth where the path is plain and clear.QuestionsIs the path to a deal always clear?What causes you to get lost and have to backtrack when you back a bad decision?What roadblocks do you run into that aren’t of your own making?Is it always true that you can identify the path you should have taken after the fact? How do you know?last_img read more

Heavy rain wreaks havoc in Kashmir Valley

first_imgTorrential rain resulted in the death of a boy, destruction of standing crops and disruption of traffic on highways in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday.Locals said Burhan Ahmad Malla, 6, a resident of Kupwara’s Khurhama area, slipped into a nullah and drowned due to heavy rain, which started early in the morning.“Rain also damaged standing crops in several parts the Valley,” an official said.“A few hours of downpour exposed the hollow claims of flood preparedness in Kashmir. A spell of heavy rain in the morning caused water-logging at many places in the Valley and Srinagar city,” said CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami.Several areas in Srinagar, including Lal Chowk, got inundated due to rain, disrupting movement of traffic.Meanwhile, large-scale landslides on Srinagar-Ladakh and Shopian-Poonch highways forced closure of traffic on Thursday, an official said. Scores of vehicles, including those carrying essentials and tourists to Ladakh region, were stranded on both sides of the highways. Personnel of the Border Roads Organisation were working hard to open the highways, a police officer said.The rain, however, dropped the day temperature by several notches. According to the Met office, Kashmir will see more rain in the next couple of days.last_img read more

Ballesteros steps up, Meralco stays alive with upset win over Ginebra

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MERALCO 84 — Lanete 19, Caram 16, Hugnatan 12, Newsome 12, Ballesteros 7, Salva 5, Amer 4, Bono 4, Canaleta 3, Faundo 2, Sedurifa 0, Tolomia 0.GINEBRA 82 — J. Aguilar 20, Thompson 17, Slaughter 12, Mercado 10, Caguioa 6, Cruz 5, Tenorio 5, Devance 4, Mariano 3, Ferrer 0, Manuel 0.Quarters: 15-20, 45-38, 67-64, 84-82. AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Padda says Adamson ‘scared on defense’ vs Rondina, UST Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “It’s just a huge win for us and gave us another chance going to our last game against Magnolia,” said Black, who now shifts his focus on the Bolts’ last outing versus the Magnolia Hotshots in Cagayan de Oro. “It’s nice to be alive. We look forward to Saturday.”Garvo Lanete shot 3-of-8 from three to top Meralco in scoring with 19 markers while Anjo Caram had a career-best 16 points. Hugnatan and Newsome both wound up with 12.Aguilar paced Ginebra with 20 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Thompson flirted with a triple-double with 17 markers, 13 boards, and five assists.The Gin Kings fell to an even 5-5 record after they squandered a 77-69 lead midway in the payoff period. Meralco staged a 12-3 run to grab an 81-80 lead at the 1:17 mark.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Undermanned and all, Meralco leaned on an unlikely hero in Jason Ballesteros to come away with a 84-82 squeaker over Barangay Ginebra and stay in playoff contention in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Philippine Arena here.“Wow,” exclaimed Meralco coach Norman Black after his team created a three-way logjam at ninth with TNT and Blackwater at 4-6. “It’s just great effort from the guys just knowing the circumstances that had we lost today, we’re out of the tournament. The guys just came out there and played to get the win.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ballesteros faced the Gin King giants and made a good account of himself, hauling down a career-best 17 rebounds while also scoring the final three points for the Bolts in the final minute.The unheralded big man secured the offensive rebound after misses by Reynel Hugnatan and Chris Newsome before banking the go-ahead bucket, 83-82, with 36.2 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutScottie Thompson missed a floater on the other end, before Ballesteros once again grabbed another board before splitting his foul shots with 17.3 seconds to go.The Gin Kings muffed another opportunity after Japeth Aguilar misfired on his potential game-tying triple as the Bolts escaped with the win.last_img read more