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first_img Adela Teresa Escobar, conseillère, ministère des Services communautaires Mme Escobar est une femme dynamique originaire d’El Salvador qui a gagné le cœur de ses clients, soignants et collègues grâce à son dévouement extraordinaire à son rôle de conseillère unique pour le programme Option de soutien familial. Elle offre du soutien aux personnes handicapées qui vivent dans un environnement familial dans leur propre communauté, et elle a souvent été considérée comme une alliée pour le bien commun par l’établissement de liens entre les membres de l’équipe, les clients, les fournisseurs de services, les responsables des politiques et le personnel itinérant. — John Calder, géologue principal, ministère des Ressources naturellesM. Calder a été un promoteur visionnaire et l’âme du projet de l’inscription des falaises fossilifères de Joggins à la liste des sites du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Il a été responsable de présenter le cas du point de vue scientifique, d’assurer le leadership du projet et des expositions d’interprétation, d’obtenir le consensus de la communauté et de co-rédiger le dossier de candidature. Le projet a également permis l’établissement du Joggins Fossil Institute. Équipe des paiements de rajustement à l’égard de la part de la Couronne En 2001, l’équipe des paiements de rajustement à l’égard de la part de la Couronne a commencé à former des arguments convaincants en faveur d’une interprétation généreuse de la loi. En avril 2008, après avoir travaillé en collaboration avec d’autres ministères et des conseillers externes sur ce cas complexe de comptabilité et de loi, l’équipe a présenté le cas de la Nouvelle-Écosse au Groupe d’experts sur les paiements de rajustement à l’égard de la part de la Couronne. Le groupe d’experts a recommandé que le gouvernement du Canada verse à la Nouvelle-Écosse plus de 234 millions de dollars pour les paiements passés et environ 633 millions de dollars en paiements futurs. Le prix a été présenté aux membres de l’équipe Stephen McGrath du ministère de la Justice et Chris Spencer du ministère de l’Énergie. Dennis Pilkey, directeur à la retraite, ministère des Finances Le projet « Community Counts » a débuté comme projet pilote novateur basé sur le modèle primé du projet « Community Accounts » de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. Sous la direction de M. Pilkey, le projet a évolué pour devenir un programme continu qui fournit des données à l’intention et au sujet des communautés et qui peuvent être utilisées par les responsables des politiques, les représentants élus, les concepteurs de programmes et les responsables du développement communautaire. M. Pilkey a été en mesure d’attirer des partenaires stratégiques du secteur gouvernemental, communautaire et universitaire qui ont contribué leur temps, leur expertise et leurs ressources à cette vision commune pour un site Web accessible par le public. — Équipe de coordination du développement des compétences, ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvreL’équipe a joué un rôle principal dans l’intervention par rapport aux fermetures dans l’industrie par la création d’équipes d’intervention communautaires sur place, l’exécution d’études sur les postes à combler dans les communautés touchées et environnantes, l’établissement de centres de transition pour les travailleurs déplacés, et la prestation de programmes et services directs visant à aider les travailleurs à trouver un nouvel emploi. Les récipiendaires du prix sont : Roger Peters, Louise Michalos et Joe Brown d’Halifax; Renette Muise de Kentville; Colleen O’Connor de Truro; Robin Jardine de New Glasgow; Raymond Lefort de Sydney et Judy Purcell de Bridgewater. Les employés du gouvernement qui ont élaboré un outil Web visant à fournir des renseignements pour la planification et l’amélioration des communautés de la Nouvelle-Écosse et qui ont contribué à faire des falaises fossilifères de Joggins un site du patrimoine mondial de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO) font partie des récipiendaires honorés aujourd’hui 15 juin lors de la remise des Prix d’excellence du premier ministre. Les prix ont été présentés à deux équipes et trois personnes individuelles pour leurs contributions à la Nouvelle-Écosse, lors d’une cérémonie à Halifax. Les récipiendaires sont tous de la région d’Halifax, à l’exception de quelques membres de l’équipe du ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre qui sont de Kentville, Truro, New Glasgow, Sydney et Bridgewater. « Les employés qui sont honorés aujourd’hui possèdent les meilleures qualités que les fonctionnaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent posséder, » a dit le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald. « Ils sont des exemples des nombreux fonctionnaires qualifiés qui sont dévoués à leurs rôles au sein de la fonction publique chaque jour. » Le Prix d’excellence du premier ministre est la plus haute distinction de la fonction publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Établi en 2006 par l’ancien premier ministre John Hamm, le programme reconnaît les fonctionnaires néo-écossais pour leurs contributions et leurs accomplissements remarquables. Les employés sont mis en candidature par leurs collègues. Les fonctionnaires, les travailleurs routiers, les travailleurs correctionnels et les personnes qui ont récemment pris leur retraite sont admissibles aux mises en candidature. Un comité de sélection externe a évalué les mises en candidature d’équipes ou de personnes individuelles dont les accomplissements sont liés à l’excellence en leadership, à l’innovation et la créativité, au service à la clientèle exceptionnel et à la formation créative de relations. Le comité de sélection a évalué 24 mises en candidature. « Chaque année, un comité de sélection reçoit des candidatures de qualité qui illustrent le merveilleux travail auquel les Néo-Écossais s’attendent maintenant, » a dit Rosalind Penfound, commissaire de la Commission de la fonction publique. « Nous apprécions nos employés et ce prix est une façon de célébrer leurs accomplissements. » Le premier ministre a remis les prix, produits par NovaScotian Crystal, lors de la cérémonie. On a demandé à NovaScotian Crystal, le seul fabriquant de cristal confectionné à la main au Canada, de créer le prix. Les récipiendaires des quatrièmes Prix d’excellence du premier ministre sont les suivants : Pour plus d’information sur les Prix d’excellence du premier ministre, sur les lauréats de cette année et sur leur travail, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/psc/recognition (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Taking a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his proposed scheme to allow free travel in buses and Delhi Metro for women, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday raised doubts over the feasibility of the scheme by saying that it’s not possible to implement. Hitting back at Puri, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Delhi government has a proper plan and also the money to finance the project. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarOn the sidelines of a Press conference organised to launch Swachh Survekshan League 2020, the Union Minister said, “It’s a Kejriwal’s jumla as he has no plan in mind for its implementation.” “Kejriwal has no plan in mind. This metro and bus freebie is just a jumla,” Puri said, adding that the plan is not feasible. “Kejriwal has confused people because this is not how you give schemes. Central govt needs to be on board. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) didn’t get any proposal from the Delhi government. Also, Delhi government is already running out of funds and they are debt. I don’t know how Kejriwal is planning to give metro rides for free,” the Union Minister said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe Delhi Metro comes under the Delhi government as well as under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Hardeep Singh Puri has recently been given the portfolio of Civil Aviation. In the earlier BJP term, Puri served as the Housing and Urban Affairs minister, a role he has retained in the new cabinet. Hitting back at Puri, Delhi’s Deputy CM Sisodia said, “With all due respect I want to tell Hardeep Singh Puri that the government of Delhi has both plan and money for the free metro and bus rides for the women of Delhi. I just request him to smile and give his blessings. Give your blessings for the people of Delhi and women of Delhi. Delhi government will implement it in a very good manner.” The Deputy CM futher said, “We have conducted several official meetings over the issue in the last three-four days. The Transport Minister met officials of the transport and metro department during the last days. I and the Chief Minister also had meetings over the issue. We are coming up with a very good scheme for the scheme. We are also receiving various feedbacks from the people of Delhi. Once finalized we will share the plan with you.”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly over Pakistan on his way to Bishkek on Thursday to attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the External Affairs Ministry said. It said Modi’s aircraft will fly over Oman, Iran and several Central Asian countries to reach the Kyrgyz capital. “The government of India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP aircraft to Bishkek. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP aircraft will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Wednesday. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France He was responding to media queries regarding the route to be taken by the prime minister while travelling to Bishkek. On Monday, a Pakistani official told PTI that Islamabad has accorded an “in principle” approval to India’s request. India’s decision on the prime minister’s travel route to Bishkek appears surprising as it had only requested Pakistan to let Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace when he travels to Bishkek. The decision also came over a week after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi wrote separate letters to their Indian counterparts, pushing for restarting bilateral talks. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Khan had also made a telephone call to Modi on May 26 and expressed his desire to work together for the betterment of people of the two countries. On his part, Modi said creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism was essential for fostering peace and prosperity in the region. India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by a Pakistan-based terror group, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together. Khan is also travelling to Bishkek to attend the SCO summit and there was speculation that he and Modi may hold a meeting on the sidelines of the multilateral forum. However, on Monday, the MEA spokesperson said no such meeting has been arranged between the two leaders. Last month, Pakistan had given special permission to the then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to fly through Pakistani airspace while travelling to Bishkek to attend a meeting of SCO Foreign Ministers. Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot. Since then, it has only opened two routes, both of them pass through southern Pakistan, of the total 11. On its part, the IAF announced on May 31 that all temporary restrictions imposed on Indian airspace post the Balakot airstrike have been removed. However, it is unlikely to benefit any commercial airliners unless Pakistan reciprocates and opens its complete airspace.last_img read more

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Rabat – An enormous shudder, a loud clanking jolt and into Asia, Malaysia, Sarawak State Kuching city we flew. I peered out of my window as the sight of a glorious  river sculpting the city into a maze stood out. The awe striking  spectacle slid into my memory as the plane slid above the clouds.There, I was welcomed by the sound of thunder that promised intensity and a darkness that spoke of the new horizons that beckon. I knew, the 24-hour flight and the 12,449 km crossed are going to be worth it. The first thing that strikes about Kuching is its greenery. The vegetation  covers the landscape in an imposing demeanor, pledging that in this place, it is nature that rules.The grandeur of the wilderness revealed more of  itself at the view from the USCI hotel I stayed in.  In the day, the sun sent an army of light emphasizing the beauty of the landscape and bringing into sight the Sarawak river. stretching 120 km long, the river flows swift and tranquil mimicking the lifestyle in Kuching.Breathing in the heat of the changing season  and soaking my eyes into the dark mud of the river, I presumed I was alone. Snapping out of my meditative state, the aroma of local cigarettes crept into my nostrils and a voice broke the silence and said “it’s quite a sight here.”I turned to face a smiley, chubby man in his thirties, holding his cigarette and looking at ease. He later introduced himself to me as Eka.Eka told me that the river  is an important source of water and transportation in the state of Srawak, which  makes up about 37.5 percent of the total area of Malaysia and  whose capital is Kuching.He then  prided himself for being a native of the state. “my ancestors are among the early settlers of Sarawak, before it was taken over by the British white Rajahs and our family continue to exist after they left.”The state of Sarawak has more than 40 ethnic groups, each with its own distinct language, culture and lifestyle. They consist of Malays at 21 percent, Melanaus, Chinese at 29 percent,  Ibans at 30 percent and residents from Singapore, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. I asked my new Srawakian friend about the must-see destinations in Kuching. He advised I visit the city’s Living Museum.Situated at the foothills of the legendary Mount Santubong, the living museum showcases Sarawak’s rich cultural heritage. About 150 people live in the village, displaying the  traditional daily activities of  Sarawak’s diverse ethnic groups and replicas of their traditional buildings.Kuching is a teaser. The city wasn’t in a rush to reveal itself to me instantly nor to the other visitors in town. Along a dozen entranced voyageurs from the four corners of the world, we  took a shuttle at night to a Gala dinner hosted by the previous prime minister of Sarawak and his Syrian wife.On the ride, we were accompanied by the rise and fall of nature’s sounds  and the voice of the driver who wished us, several times, an enjoyable evening, onto the streets of a city that throbs to the heartbeat of 325,132 people who call it home.The dinner was hosted at the State Legislative Assembly Building that looked more like an otherworldly palace than a place where politicians gather. Looming high and tall across the river, and designed like an umbrella,  it is by all means a sight to behold.Food and DanceUshered into an intimate lobby that’s decked out in exquisite décor and kaleidoscope of colors, we were greeted by dozens of young waiters, who ceaselessly served us glasses of Coca-Cola and genuine smiles while we awaited for the big meal.Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai, there are so many culinary traditions colliding in Malaysia that it’s almost impossible to give a neat account on every dish. However, what I could say about the food, varying from Hainanese chicken rice to rainbow cakes,  is that it was different and special.Two Malaysian ladies,  one dressed in a blazing turquoise  and green batik print dress and a matching  head scarf , the other in a neat modern attire and unveiled hair, were seated in my table. They stared at me amusingly and spoke to each other in Malay. I knew that they were talking about the quirky expressions on my face as I tasted the traditional cuisine.I looked at them and gave a friendly smile, they reciprocated and we embarked on a parley of them telling me to have more and I telling them that I was full.The strong presence of women in the Malaysian political and economic scene is quite advanced. The country has made remarkable progress in the past six years to reinforce the participation of women. Malaysia’s female labor participation rate rose to 54.1 percent in 2015 compared to 46.8 percent in 2010.With  more than 800 guests present, the evening had many surprises to offer. Our hosts entertained us with several singing and dancing performances, which once began I embarked on yet another meditative state.Awe-stricken by the lively dance and  the graceful tempo, I watched the elegant performers sway to the folklore music, performing marriage, harvest, hunting and war dances.The most fascinating of all is the Rajang Be’uh, or the Eagle Dance, which consists of female and male dancers outstretching their hands and imitating  the movements of the eagles as they flap their wings in flight.The dance originated when a Sarawakian legendary hero was ordered by the King of the Pleiades to fight the legendary bird of the sky known as The Eagle Spirit in order to take the King’s daughter for a wife.The performances were  intense, and I needed to catch a breath in the fresh air. The breeze had sprung up, dissipating the afternoon’s humidity.I walked up to one of the guests, determined to go back home with m  ore friends.  I initiate the conversation telling him how the raw culture of Kuching is striking. “Oh yes, yes, our heritage is rich and diverse. But there is more to Sarawak than just its history,” Ahmed, a senior digital technology expert in Kuching told me, swiftly transferring me from the world of the past to that of the future. “In the past 20 years, Sarawak has fiercely and passionately boarded on a journey to develop its digital economy, opting to enhance its income. We now expect digital economy  to make up 17.4 percent of the state’s GDP by 2025.” Ahmed said.Many state and national and international commercial banks, as well as some insurance companies establish their headquarters and branches in Kuching, making the city one of the main industrial and commercial centers of Sarawak.The state of Sarawak itself was able to maintain a positive economic growth at 3.2 percent  last year despite global uncertainties and low crude oil prices, which represents its main economic generator.Ahmed continued to tell me that he felt “like a bad wolf” because he was so involved in the sector. “People weren’t very enthusiastic about technology and fin-tech at first. But it is a matter of do or die now. Technology is the future and Malaysia is determined to be the future. Now, the people understand and I feel like a good wolf,” he said and followed his confessions with a pleasant laugh, I joined him in laughter.After a pause,  he told me more of the Sarawakian way of life. “Whether Muslims, Christian, Buddhist or pagan, we live in harmony and coexistence. It is the love of the country that brings us together,” he said, as the national anthem simultaneously played. Guests, hosts and waiters alike froze in their positions in respect for their country.“We are very friendly towards each other and towards foreigners,” Ahmed continued after the national anthem finished playing.I nodded my head in agreement. His words  astound me like an unanticipated epiphany. I thought of the gay men walking proudly in the streets, their nails painted and eyebrows well trimmed.I also recalled the myriad faces that smiled to me everywhere I walked and the sight of veiled women who smoked without being criticized for their choices. I couldn’t help but think that though  61.3 percent of Malaysians are Muslim, they  have bypassed religious conflicts, leaving room “to fiercely conquer the  future,” as Ahmed put it.The Old Magnificent Carpenter Street At 10:30 p.m., the night was still young and I eagerly wanted to see more of the city. Ahmed offered me a ride to the city center and I genially accepted. On the way, he showed me Muslim villages, shyly hiding behind the lush vegetation of the city. “All of these villages are inhabited by Muslims. I grew up there,” he pointed to one of the villages, as a smile delicately carved its way on his face.Ahmed pulled over near Carpenter street and told me that in it I would travel back to Old Kuching. “Carpenter street has defied the test of time since the late 1800’s. You will have a glimpse into the  past.”“Trema-Kesi (thank you),” I told him and stepped out of the car. “Sama Sama (you’re welcome),” he answered and drove past me, though encountering him remained still in my memory.My clothes  had transformed into a washcloth and my glasses into foggy circles. If I had any sense, I would have retreated to my haven at UCSI hotel, but I’m a junkie to the sights and sounds of history —and it is safe to say that Carpenter street  stole away my breath.Small food stalls, bars, shops selling traditional souvenirs, the Malay Chinatown of Kuching gives much to remember. The narrow street is home to  fascinating Chinese shop house architecture, many of which have been occupied by the same family for generations.  Far too soon the plane again roared and departed. I left Kuching  out of sight, its magic and charm faded. Reluctantly I turn away from the quiet waters of Sarawak river. I take a moment to engrave its image into my memory along with the promise that I would visit again. read more

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) on Friday reported first-quarter profit of $5.86 billion.The San Francisco-based bank said it had earnings of $1.20 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.08 per share.The biggest U.S. mortgage lender posted revenue of $26.3 billion in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $21.61 billion, also beating Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $20.89 billion.Wells Fargo shares have climbed nearly 4 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 15 per cent. The stock has decreased 8 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on WFC at https://www.zacks.com/ap/WFCThe Associated Press read more

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“The parties cannot talk and fight at the same time, without tragic consequences to the population of Darfur,” said UN envoy Jan Eliasson and his AU counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim, in a joint statement issued in Sirte. “It is critical that all parties do their utmost to improve the security and humanitarian conditions of the people in Darfur.”The talks, which opened on 27 October, mark “a turning point in the long search for a lasting political solution to the crisis in Darfur,” the envoys said, calling the opening the first stage of a three-phased peace process.The statement voices appreciation for the attendance of the Government of Sudan and of leading personalities and representatives of the movements, as well as representatives from civil society. But the envoys said they “regret that leaders of some of the movements chose not to attend the opening session and hope they will soon join the process.”This first phase of the talks included “two lively plenary debates where representatives from the Government of Sudan, the movements, civil society, including women, regional partners, and international observers exchanged views and discussed key issues pertaining to the peace process,” said the envoys, welcoming the “constructive tone and spirit of the interventions during those discussions.”Closed meetings were then held with the parties, regional partners, and international observers, according to the statement.The second phase will play out over the next few weeks as the envoys continue to engage in intensive discussions with the parties on the substantive issues to be addressed in the third stage of negotiations. Declaring that the peace process is “irreversible,” the statement says the conflict-affected Sudanese deserve no less. “We owe it to the people of Darfur to make every effort to end their suffering and allow them to live their lives in peace and dignity.”Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Ashraf Qazi, has also welcomed the peace talks in Sirte, emphasizing that peace can only be achieved through an inclusive political process supplemented by recovery and development programmes.He told an Arab League Donor Conference in Khartoum that peace and stability in all of Sudan is crucial to resolve the humanitarian emergency in the war-ravaged and impoverished Darfur region where conflict has killed more than 200,000 people and uprooted 2.5 million more.“Sustained peace throughout Sudan is the key to ending the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and to moving towards a more holistic goal of recovery and development throughout Sudan,” Mr. Qazi said.Noting that the Darfur humanitarian operation remains an “enormous challenge,” he said the humanitarian community remains concerned about the suffering and insecurity in Darfur, where the population faces continued displacement and ongoing insecurity.“A successful humanitarian response is dependent on widespread respect for the basic humanitarian principles of impartiality, humanity and independence of humanitarian actors, and I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all parties involved in the conflict to adhere to these principles,” he said.Ameerah Haq, the Deputy Special Representative for Sudan and UN Humanitarian Coordinator, told participants that funding to meet humanitarian needs will surge from $650 million this year to $825 million next year.She added that aid workers are worried about the insecurity in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), particularly in South Darfur, as well as the proliferation of arms in camps and rising levels of violence.Ms. Haq urged all parties to cease arming camp residents and to respect the principles of voluntary return and security camps as neutral humanitarian spaces. 30 October 2007Top envoys from the United Nations and the African Union chairing talks in Libya on the troubled Darfur region of Sudan today welcomed the Khartoum Government’s unilateral declaration of a cessation of hostilities and called on all parties to the conflict to make a similar commitment without delay. read more

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“During the last two weeks, there emerged a general consensus that the world has entered a new period as a result of these horrible terrorist attacks” against the United States said Turkey’s representative, Daryal Batibay. “International terrorism has emerged as the most urgent and compelling crime the world is presently confronted with.” The meeting began with a moment of silence in memory of the recent terrorist attacks against the United States. “Even those of us who were not immediately and personally affected by that violence felt painfully assaulted and feel a profound sense of loss indeed,” said Commission Chairman Ambassador Philippe Kirsch of Canada, extending condolences on behalf to the United States, New York and all those who were grieving for the loss of their loved ones.The Chairman noted that as of today, 38 States had become parties to the Court’s Statute, which will enter into force once it has been ratified by 60 countries. During the meeting, representatives of Peru, Poland, Mexico and Switzerland announced plans to ratify the Statute soon.Poland’s representative, Piotr Ogonowski, said the attacks heightened the importance of the session. “This unprecedented attack against innocent civilians makes us all the more aware of the relevance of the work that we are carrying out,” he said. The very purpose of the establishment of an International Criminal Court is to prevent atrocities against innocent people and massive loss of human life.”The Preparatory Commission has the task of negotiating practical arrangements to pave the way for the eventual functioning of the Court. Specific issues currently under consideration include drafting a relationship agreement between the Court and the UN as well as a relationship agreement between the Court and its host country, the Netherlands. Negotiators are also working to define the crime of aggression. In addition, they are setting up the Court’s financial rules and regulations as well as its first-year budget. read more

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Some 21.5 million ballot papers have been printed and distributed to polling stations across Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan and Iran – where Afghan refugees can also vote – in readiness for the opening of polling stations at 7 a.m. tomorrow, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in the capital Kabul. About 10.5 million Afghans, including more than four million women, have registered to vote inside their homeland, while some 740,000 refugees in Pakistan and between 600,000 and 800,000 refugees in Iran are also entitled to cast their ballot. Mr. de Almeida e Silva said 141,600 people will be working tomorrow so that Afghans can vote in one of about 22,000 different polling stations. Ballot counting, which will take place in eight regional centres, is then expected to take between two and three weeks. About 500 international observers will monitor the voting in 19 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, while more than 5,000 local observers are expected to be deployed across all provinces. The presidential elections are the first in Afghanistan’s history, and take place just three years after the collapse of the notorious Taliban regime, which severely restricted the rights of women. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, said Tuesday that the poll shows “unmistakably a trend, a process embraced by the population at-large – and candidates – that quickens the pace of the transition away from the rule of the gun.” UNAMA officials have warned they anticipate violent acts around the election from extremist groups and Taliban remnants opposed to the process. Twelve electoral workers were killed during the voter registration period. read more

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first_imgUpdated 8.16 pmBANK OF IRELAND has raised almost €2 billion after it announced  plans to begin repaying the State €1.8 billion of preference shares bought by the government.The bank will begin to repay the money ahead of a March 2014 deadline.Bank of Ireland announced earlier that it has raised €537 million from a placing of Irish Government shares. The bank then announced this evening that a further €1.3 billion has been raised from private investors.Bank of Ireland therefore say that their planned €1.9 billion capital package has now been successfully executed.The preference shares, which date back to early 2009, form part of the €4.7 billion total investment made by the State in Bank of Ireland.Negotiations had been ongoing for many months, with Finance Minister Michael Noonan saying that the outcome will build confidence in the country’s recovery and signal a return to the markets.“The successful exit by the State from its Bank of Ireland Preference Shares is a very positive and welcome development and will see the State recoup circa €2.05 billion from this investment. These proceeds comprise the return of our principal which is €1.837 billion, a profit of €62 million, and accumulated interest of €151 million.The transaction is part of the Government’s target of separating the Sovereign from the banks, says Noonan:This is the third disposal in the financial sector this year and upon completion, over €4.4 billion of cash will have been returned to Irish taxpayers this year alone.Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Government plans to mark bailout exit on Friday the 13thRead: Joan Burton: We are still going to be heavily overseen by the Troikalast_img read more

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first_imgAN ARMY BOMB disposal team rendered safe a viable improvised device in the Bawnlee area of Tallaght, south Dublin, this afternoon.The Defence Forces said a team was deployed in response to a request from gardaí after a suspect device was placed inside the porch of a private residence.The team arrived on scene at 3.45pm and examined the device in situ. A cordon was put in place and gardaí evacuated some nearby houses for public safety. The team leader opted to remove the suspect device to a nearby green area where it was subsequently rendered safe by means of a controlled explosion.On further examination, the device was declared a viable IED which the Defence Forces said means it “had all the component parts to initiate and cause serious injury or loss of life”. The scene was declared safe at 4.30pm and the team have now returned to base.The remains of the device will now be handed over to gardaí to assist them with their investigation.This is the 250th call out of 2013 and the 81st viable device dealt with by the Defence Forces this year. Teams will remain on standby throughout the Christmas period.Read: Viable explosive device made safe at apartment complex in Kildare>Read: The 6 steps to bomb disposal in Ireland>last_img read more

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first_imgGrippe A : près de 15.000 décès depuis le début de l’épidémieSuisse – Le dernier bilan publié vendredi par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) fait état d’au moins 14.711 décès liés au virus de la grippe A dans le monde depuis le début de l’épidémie au printemps dernier. La mention “au moins” indique que l’OMS ne prend en compte que les cas avérés et vérifiés en laboratoire.Au 24 janvier dernier, au moins 14.711 personnes sont décédées de la grippe A dans plus de 200 pays et territoires à travers le monde. Le nombre de décès a ralenti de façon nette, notamment dans l’hémisphère nord, mais le virus reste très actif en Afrique du Nord, en Asie du Sud-est et en Europe de l’Est.À lire aussiD’après une étude, la colonisation des Amériques aurait perturbé le climat terrestreEn Afrique, les pays encore concernés sont le Maroc, l’Algérie, la Lybie et l’Égypte. Pourtant, la majeure partie des pays d’Afrique du Nord a déjà passé le pic épidémique. Dans certains États d’Europe de l’Est, le virus reste présent même si l’on ne parle plus de pic épidémique. En Autriche, en Albanie, en Bulgarie, en Slovaquie et en Russie, les grippes et infections respiratoires aigües sont en effet en légère hausse.Au moins 3.429 décès ont été enregistrés en Europe depuis le début de l’épidémie. Mais près de la moitié a eu lieu sur le continent américain, avec au moins 7.166 morts. Le nombre de victimes de la grippe A sur le continent asiatique et dans le Pacifique Ouest ne cesse par contre de croître, avec au moins 2.981 décès.Le 1 février 2010 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgMarée noire : l’ouragan Alex pousse BP à arrêter ses opérationsÉtats-Unis – La tempête tropicale de passage dans le golfe du Mexique a été classée en tant qu’ouragan hier. BP a par conséquent dû réduire ses opérations de récupération du pétrole et devrait utiliser l’aide de douze pays pour endiguer la marée noire.En plus de la marée noire qui sévit déjà depuis plus de deux mois, le golfe du Mexique fait les frais du passage d’un ouragan de force un, le premier de la saison dans l’Atlantique. Des vents de 120 km/h voire plus menacent les efforts de BP pour lutter contre la marée noire. À lire aussiQuand d’impressionnantes vagues géantes s’abattent sur un navireSi des vents de plus de 70 km/h se mettent à souffler dans la zone touchée par la catastrophe pétrolière, les bateaux servant à récupérer le brut devront revenir vers les ports. Le pétrole ne peut déjà plus être récupéré ni brûlé et l’arrivée d’un troisième bateau, le Helix Producer, risque fort d’être perturbée.De ce fait, les États-Unis sont en passe d’accepter diverses solutions provenant de douze pays afin de diminuer la gravité de la marée noire, notamment un bateau capable de récupérer le pétrole en surface et des barrages flottants anti-incendie.Par ailleurs, les opérations de forage des puits supplémentaires pourraient également être retardées : la manœuvre serait alors effective en septembre, au lieu d’août.Le 30 juin 2010 à 11:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Video Assistant Technology is being used for the first time in the Ligue 1 tournamentVideo Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is being used for the first time in the French Ligue 1.And on Friday it opened the way for Olympique Marseille to beat Toulouse 4-0.As reported by Canadian Media TSN, Marseille scored first thanks to a VAR decision.The VAR officials showed that Toulouse defender Kelmin Amian had handled the ball with his hand.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Originally referee Ruddy Buquet hat was chosen to signal a corner kick, but after the review, he aimed for the penalty spot.Attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet scored the first goal of the match and the rest is history.“The ball came to me quickly, I just tried to guide it in,” Payet told Canal Plus television.“The end of last season was quite hard for me … so I just want to enjoy myself and start the season well.”VAR technology is being used for the first time in European leagues, after making its international debut at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise says he agrees with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese gaffer claimed his team would finish in the top four spot in the Premier League this season.The Red Devils’ form has improved lately, and Wise believes United can secure qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League.“I think United will be looking at the top four and thinking they can get above Arsenal and Tottenham,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“They have had a poor start and the amount of goals they have conceded is not like a Jose Mourinho team. Usually, they don’t give a lot away, so things have not been quite right, but I think – looking at the players they have got and the fact I think they will buy big in January – they will make the top four.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Asked about where they would need to strengthen, Wise said: “I think you are looking at the two centre-halves. I think that was his main concern in the summer.“They need a full-back on the right side too, I am sure he would like an established right-back.“I am sure there a few slots he wants to fill to make the team. This team, the way they are playing and the goals they are conceding, it’s not a Jose Mourinho team.”last_img read more

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first_imgSan Diego Restaurant Week kicks off at over 180 restaurants Updated: 6:47 PM January 21, 2018 Posted: January 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The discount dining experiences and unique menus of San Diego Restaurant week kick off at over 180 restaurants across the county at lunch Sunday.Participating restaurants are offering special prix-fixe lunch options priced at $10, $15 and $20 per person and dinner choices priced at $20, $30, $40 and $50 through Jan. 28.Downtown restaurants include The Blind Burro, whose three-course dinner menu priced at $20 includes choices such as salmon poke, sesame ponzu, red chile flakes, pickled cucumbers, green onions and quinoa sesame crunch; chicken tinga enchiladas with toasted beat adobo, queso oaxaca, crema, pickled red onion, twice fried potatoes and avocado; and churros with creme anglaise sauce.In North County, Cicciotti’s Trattoria in Cardiff is offering a $15 lunch menu that includes Straccetti di Maiale al Gorgonzola: pan-seared pork tenderloin scaloppine sauteed in a creamy gorgonzola sauce and homemade cannoli.A full list of participating restaurants is available at sandiegorestaurantweek.com. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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first_img null Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now Mobile Google I/O 2019 Android Update Now playing: Watch this: reading • At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai to talk Assistant, Android Q amid scandals 3:13 • Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Tagscenter_img Though he may nod toward some of Google’s current controversies, he’s likely to try to keep the focus on lighter fare: new features and products. In years past, Google has unveiled Glass, its ultimately doomed smart eyewear; Google Cardboard, a do-it-yourself headset that became the launching point for the company’s virtual reality efforts; and the Google Assistant, its digital-helper software akin to Amazon’s Alexa. Last year, Google simultaneously wowed and creeped out the world with the first demo of Duplex, artificial intelligence software that sounds jaw-droppingly human.CNET will be on hand to cover Pichai’s keynote address and bring you live updates from the conference. Here’s what we may see at I/O.When and where is it?Google’s annual developer festival kicks off May 7 and runs through May 9. It’s being held in the search giant’s backyard at the Shoreline Amphitheater. The giant concert venue is so close to Google’s global headquarters in Mountain View, California, you can see it from CEO Sundar Pichai’s office.How do I watch it?The event’s main keynote, which Pichai typically headlines, will start at 10 a.m. on May 7. It’s usually livestreamed on YouTube and you can catch it on CNET as well. We’ll also have our own live coverage and a team on the ground to bring you real-time updates.google-hq-sede-mountain-view.jpgGoogle holds its I/O conference at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. James Martin/CNET Android QOver the last few years, Google has released its newest flavor of Android to software developers in March. But the company often reserves a portion of stage time for its mobile operating system. This year’s Android Q will support foldable screens, faster app launches and privacy updates, such as more restrictions on location sharing.The question with Android updates, of course, is how Google will get them to more of its smartphones (many still run on older versions). Hopefully, Google has a better answer. Google AssistantGoogle typically uses I/O to introduce new features for the Assistant. Last year, that included new Assistant voices (including John Legend’s), a feature that requires kids to say “please” when bossing the Assistant around and the ability to ask two questions at one time. But what really stole the show was Duplex, artificial intelligence technology that speaks like a human. It draws out some words and pauses after other words, like normal people do. It says “uh” and “um” and has other verbal tics. The idea is to let the software make calls on your behalf to set up appointments, like restaurant reservations. From the moment it was announced, the product drew controversy over its ability to deceive people who might not know they could be talking to a robot. Google later said they’d build those disclosures into the product. This year, it’s reasonable to expect more updates to the Assistant as Google tries to push the service to more people and devices. The company is in a race with Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri to be the dominant digital helper in your life. Augmented and virtual realityThree years ago, Google introduced its Daydream virtual reality platform at I/O. It lets people turn their phones into VR machines by putting them into special headsets. Recently, Google has been quiet about its Daydream and VR efforts. But the company has made noise around augmented reality — overlaying digital images on top of what you’d normally see in the real world. For example, Google introduced a technology called Lens at I/O two years ago. It’s a tool that lets you search for information on stuff through your phone’s camera. For example, you could see digital directional arrows on your phone’s screen when you’re in Google Maps’ navigation mode. Or you could see review information about a restaurant when you point your camera at a store front. Any news would come on the heels of last week’s Facebook F8 conference, which saw the launch of the low cost Oculus Quest, which editor Scott Stein called the best thing he’s tried on this year. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Google offered more insight into its vision for AR or VR. google-lensGoogle Lens lets you search for stuff with your phone’s camera. Josh Miller/CNET Nest Hub MaxLast month, Google appeared to accidentally leak its own product: The company’s store website made mention of the Nest Home Hub, with a “10-inch HD screen and stereo speakers.” The device will also reportedly have a built-in Nest Cam.In the past few years, Google has typically reserved many of its hardware announces for its annual “Made by Google” event. (That would also include Nest, which Google absorbed last year.) But a big hardware reveal at I/O wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. The company unveiled the original Google Home smart speaker at the conference three years ago.Pixel 3ARumors have swirled about a midrange version of Google’s flagship phone, reportedly called the Pixel 3A. In another apparent Google online store slipup, the company touted a “Pixel 3A — NEW” in the phones section of the website, before scrubbing away the mention. To feed the speculation even more: Earlier this week, the Google store website teased “something big coming to the Pixel universe” on May 7, the same day as the Google I/O keynote.Google StadiaLast month, Google took the wraps off of Stadia, a new cloud-based gaming platform. The idea is to stream video games directly from Google’s data centers, instead of a console. The platform also has tie-ins to YouTube and will let people share playable snippets of games by sending links. There are still several unknowns. We don’t know yet if Stadia will have a subscription model or how much it might cost. We also don’t know much about what kind of gaming catalog it will have. When the search giant announced Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in March, the company said it would give more details “in the summer,” presumably at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles. But it’s possible Google could tease us with more about Stadia at I/O, too.Originally published on April 22.Updated on May 7 at 5:16 a.m. PT: To include additional background.  See All Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Our wishlist for Google I/O 2019 Google I/O 2019 0 Share your voice Google CEO Sundar Pichai typically kicks off I/O with a keynote address. James Martin/CNET Google will host thousands of developers in its hometown of Mountain View, California, for I/O, its biggest event of the year. The annual conference, which kicks off later today, is Google’s opportunity to tout its newest creations for its Android operating system, Assistant software and other popular services. But this year there’s even more at stake. It’s a chance for CEO Sundar Pichai to address the world, on his home turf, amid what’s been the most tumultuous time in the search giant’s 20-year history. Since last year’s gathering, Google’s biggest issues have spilled into public view. The company’s workers have protested against Google’s military contracts, its work in China and its treatment of temporary and contract workers. Pichai has also been dragged in front of Congress to defend Google against accusations of political bias.The event comes just days after thousands of employees staged a sit-in at several Google offices to express discontent over alleged company retaliation for a prior protest. Two longtime employees said management had been unfairly targeting them because of their roles in organizing last year’s historic Google walkout, which saw more than 20,000 of the company’s employees march out of their offices. That protest was aimed at Google’s handling of sexual harassment allegations directed at executives. Google has also faced criticism over YouTube’s inability to police the content on its sprawling platform. The video service, a Google subsidiary, has been accused of prioritizing growth over the safety of its users. The blowback crescendoed after a shooter livestreamed himself gunning down worshippers at two New Zealand mosques last month. YouTube wasn’t able to contain the video’s spread on its platform, and it was uploaded tens of thousands of times.On Tuesday, Pichai will take the spotlight for his most high-profile address of the year. It’s akin to Google’s State of the Union, and TV cameras and press will be on hand to hear what he has to say. 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first_imgWanaparthy: Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy took part in various development programmes in Wanaparthy district on Tuesday.To begin with, Reddy visited Ankur village of Wanaparthy mandal and took part in the Haritha Haram programme and planted a sapling. Later, he laid the foundation stones for laying of a CC road and for construction of a cremation ground in the village. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, the Agriculture Minister called up on every individual to take part in the Haritha Haram programme and directed the officials concerned to take up more and more awareness and plantation programmes in rural areas. “Haritha Haram is a novel programme which is very important to protect our environment. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every individual to take part in the programme and plant at least three plants,” said the Minister. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Later, he visited Rajapet village on the outskirts of Wanaparthy district and inspected the site for the construction of TRS party office. Singireddy directed the party cadres in the district to speed up the construction of party office and ensure that it is completed in a record time period. “As already we have laid the foundation stone for the party office, we have directed the members concerned to begin the construction works with in next three days,” said the Minister. Advertise With Us Last month, the Minister had received the design of the party office building from Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Singireddy handed over the building plan to the engineers concerned and directed the district leaders to ensure that office is constructed by adhering to Vaastu norms. “The TRS office will be a spacious building to accommodate local party meetings and we have also made plans to ensure the building is constructed in such a way that party people from faraway places can stay for a day or two. The party office will have large space for parking too,” said the Minister.last_img read more

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first_imgTurkey still believes a united and peaceful Syria is impossible with President Bashar al-Assad but wants to proceed “step-by-step” and see the outcome of planned peace talks in Astana, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Friday.“Our position on Assad is clear. We don’t believe that a united, peaceful Syria will be possible with Assad remaining in power. But we will see how Astana talks go, we want to go step by step at this point,” Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.Speaking to reporters at a roundtable in Ankara, Kalin said fighting in Syria had largely stopped over the past two weeks under a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey.last_img read more

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first_imgThe 2017 D.C. Department of Health is scheduled to host a Food, Safety, and Defense Conference on Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW. The conference is free and will feature numerous presentations and workshops geared towards bringing awareness towards food safety and defense.  Nutritional experts will also explain the importance of food regulations as well as discuss D.C.’s  food regulations. For more information, email food.safety@dc.gov.last_img

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first_img(On depth concerns in second half) “Guys have got to play better in order for them to play, and the guys we put on the floor, believe me, they want to win. I feel like we’re putting the guys out there that give us the best chance to do that.” (On Jay Huff’s performance) “Yeah, I thought he gave us a lift. During that 1-3-1, his offensive skill, his touch around the rim and his length is certainly unquestioned. It’s just a matter of him continuing to be good defensively, take care of the ball, get stronger. All those areas, he’s improving in. There’re opportunities, like I said Jack (Salt) and Braxton (Key) didn’t play in the second half, Jay showed flashes. Jay’s sort of a moving target with all of our guys. Sometimes Kihei (Clark) is it, it’s just what the game requires, but Jay’s offensive skills were there. We talked about the mismatched four, well he’s an interesting five man. What I loved today is that he made some interior jump hooks and shots. It wasn’t just out at the three-point line or a drive. That was exciting to see, and then he used his length to block a couple shots. Those things are all there and they’re coming. He was rewarded for the way he played today, and we were rewarded by the way he played as a team.” Story Links (On how Virginia was able to pull off a comeback win with poor shooting from Guy and Jerome) “Well, like I said, I think we got a great Mamadi  (Diakite) and I talked about De’Andre (Hunter), those guys, different guys at different times. That certainly was a good step and a good sign that you have to be able to win in different ways. I thought De’Andre was the catalyst to that, but other guys stepping up. That was hard. If you would have told me, ‘You’re going to be 2 of 17, here are your stats and the first half, this is the way it’s going to be.’ I would’ve said, ‘We might be in for a long one tonight.’ But they toughened up and played well.” (On Diakite’s progress) “When you color your hair, you kind of have games like that. He’s improved. Like Jay, for bigger players, it’s a process and it’s a hard process to shortcut. It’s just the reality of it – the way we demand people, the way we think we have to play to be successful, holding guys defensively, all those things. You just see them get more and more accustomed to it. Again, it’s really just a process and Mamadi has gotten stronger and better. His athleticism is on display with his shot blocking, his quickness, if he has to show, and be able to close out. That puts pressure on you when their five men can ball screen and separate. That’s a hard action, and we had some trouble with it.” (On holding junior guards Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome to four field goals) “They do such a great job of cutting without the basketball, and we really wanted to be locked in on those guys when we were in man. When we were in zone, we wanted to be cognizant of where they were on the floor, and they did a good job of changing sides of the floor, they didn’t stick one or the other in a particular corner on a particular side of the floor. Ball gets swung, next thing you know, even against our zone, one of those guys would either be cutting at the net or cutting at the baseline corner. I thought our guys did a really good job, especially in the first half. They got the advantage of our staff being four feet from them, being able to tell them, ‘Here comes Guy, here comes Jerome.’ Second half, not as good, but we didn’t play nearly as much zone in the second half. I think if you’re going to beat Virginia, you’ve got to hold those two down as best as you can. We needed to do a better job on some of their other players.” (On seeking improvement from big men) “Same thing we’ve been telling them every single day. (Assistant coach) Mike Pegues has been working really hard with those guys. Neither one of them were natural back-to-the basket scorers, we’ve got a long way to go. They weren’t trapping in the first half either, outside of one random. So, it really wasn’t…our threes weren’t a direct result of them trapping in the post. We’ve just got to be able to score better one-on-one in the interior.” (On if he felt halftime margin should have been larger) “To have a 10-point lead against one of the nation’s best teams…we just knew what was coming. We knew De’Andre Hunter was going to be on the floor. We knew we were going to try and mix up man and zone, and I thought we were in a good position. As I said in my opening statement, our first three or four minutes, our energy level, really confounding, just really hard to understand why it wouldn’t be there. Again, sometimes, you have to try to get confidence back in your kids if an opponent goes on a 10-0 run, that wasn’t the case coming out of halftime. So, I thought Virginia really became the tone setter to start the second half.” (On effect of charge call on Nwora) “It’s a big call—hindsight’s 20-20. Leading up to that, we were having a tough time scoring, so it nice that we got a bucket on an interior play where there’s contact. Official saw it one way, obviously we see it another. They’re the ones wearing stripes, so he got me for it. I don’t know if that was what spiraled us—again, coming out of halftime, our energy level. But, the entire second half was a struggle for us to score, the entire second half.”center_img Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack (Opening Statement) “Give great credit to Virginia. They’re an extremely big and physical team. In the second half, and really for the better part of the game, we just could not score around the rim. I thought our energy level to start the second half was poor—why that is remains a mystery. To go into the locker room with (sophomore forward) Jordan’s (Nwora) three to put us up 10, and to come out with the type of energy level that we did for the first four minutes, I thought really set the tone. We knew, and should know, that you’re going to have some droughts when you play against Virginia. Their defense is as good as anybody in the country. When we had those droughts in the first half, we didn’t let it affect us at all. In the second half, to start the half, we did. Again, why we lost energy to start the second half is just tough to understand, because it wasn’t like we lost the energy after they went on a 12-or-14-point run, which they eventually did. It was at the very, very beginning. Again, give great credit to Virginia. They’re a great team. They made some good adjustments to our zone in the second half. Obviously, one of them being (Virginia redshirt sophomore guard De’Andre) Hunter being on the floor. He was saddled with two fouls and didn’t play a lot in the first half. They get three, four shooters out there, it makes your zone a little bit more difficult. Bottom line, we’ve got to score around the basket, too. We’ve got to be able to break those droughts. Offensive rebounds and put-backs, some finishes through contact. We’re not there yet. We’re just not there.”(On Virginia’s post defense) “Well, they’re really, really physical. They’re legal, but they’re physical. I think that in order to try to get those guys out of position, you have to be able to move the ball, move yourself. I think our team got a little fatigued, probably more mentally than physically. I thought we had a lot of movement, both in transition, and then, when we were in the half-court in the first half, not as much in the second half. Some looks around the basket we got, got to be able to convert. Got to be able to convert through traffic, get a three or four-footer. Our bigs have to go better than two-for-16. They just do.”(On not getting open looks in the second half) “Again, you can’t be a donut for 30 minutes. You cannot just swirl on the perimeter. I mean, we have a good shooting team, those looks are generated by drive kicks, and we want to take those. They didn’t fall like they were in the first half. We’ve got to be able to mix up, getting an offensive rebound or two, getting a put-back. We have to be able to score around the basket. They never doubled us in the post, probably shows their respect level for our big guys. We’ve got to be able to score one-on-one in the post. Again, it doesn’t mean (junior center) Steven (Enoch) or (sophomore forward) Malik (Williams) have to come away with getting 20, 25 points a game. They’ve got to make a few down there so they force at least some type of crowd around the post, and then, we can play a little bit more inside out.”(On post players being indecisive near the basket) “If you’re one-on-one, a lot of times people talk about being patient in the post. You watch an NBA game, guy catches it under the basket, he wants to make sure his teammates are spaced in the proper way. Our guys were very well schooled, and Virginia could post trap. We’ve got to be able to catch the ball, know where our teammates are, make sure there’s no double coming before we get ourselves in trouble by doing a quick spin move or a quick dribble, and all of a sudden, you’re getting the ball turned over. I don’t think being patient in the post is an issue. I think our ability to score in traffic is.”(On number of attempted threes) “Well, I think our team started to feel like we couldn’t score at the basket. For the better part of the game, I thought a lot of those threes were good ones. But, when we are driving the ball in the lane, getting our shots blocked, not being able to convert, missing through contact—again, I think that’s what they do to a lot of teams. They wear on you. But, I don’t know if I would’ve settled on a number. If they’d have doubled our post guys, we kick it out, you’ve got to be able to make open shots and try to get offensive rebounds from there.”  Print Friendly Version (On keeping focus during difficult stretch of schedule) “We understand that this league is a monster league. That’s what our guys signed up for. We’ve got to be able to lick our wounds. I thought we took a step forward today. I thought we were much better with our energy level and our readiness to play than we were the other night. We’re going to have to be the same way at BC on Wednesday. Again, this league is a monster, and we know that—put ourselves in good position, feel like we’ve left a couple on the table that we could’ve gotten, but we’ve got to be able to look forward and know that the best part of the season’s ahead of us. We’ve got to be excited about coming to practice and getting better, like we had on Thursday and Friday. If that remains the same, and we continue to come to practice with that same right energy and being positive, then we’ll keep making steps forward. We’re playing really good teams in this league, as we know, and so, we can’t have our confidence thrown. That’s why I was really excited to see our guys come out and play with confidence. We’ve got to be able to sustain that longer.” (On Virginia’s success on the road against Louisville, especially given last year’s comeback victory) “We played well. I have so much respect for the Louisville program, in terms of, Coach Mack and his staff now. The battles that we had with them when it was Coach Padgett, and obviously Coach Pitino. This is one of the more beautiful venues that you’re going to play in. The fanbase, they care, you just feel it. You feel it in the arena. There’s talented players so you know that you have got to play well. Our guys answered the call every time we’ve played them in these games. It was so improbable last year, but this one was the way you’re supposed to come back. Last year, I don’t know, but this year is how you have to do it when you’re in those spots.” (On if he felt Virginia was in a good place at half due to poor shooting from three point range compared to Louisville’s high percentage) “I wasn’t sure, while they were shooting the ball well, we broke down a couple times. We were a little slow getting to the shooters, but they shoot…I mean it’s in their hands and it’s off, and we’ve seen them do that. At least if we’re there a little quicker and they’re making them, we’ll live with it, but we’ve got to get there quicker. I didn’t know because they’re hard to guard, they’re disciplined, they threw the 1-3-1 at us that they hadn’t showed a lot. They played, I think, only one possession against Duke, so we were a little confused. I thought when De’Andre (Hunter) got in foul trouble, Jay Huff gave us a great lift offensively, and I thought De’Andre was special today. The way he played, that was a special performance. I liked the individual defense on the interior, the individual defense sometimes bothering some shooters in the second half. It was really a gritty second half for us, though we didn’t even shoot it – I think ‘Dre (Hunter) is the only one who hit the 3’s – we didn’t shoot it well, but we took care of the ball and got some pressure with Kihei (Clark) and finished it the right way.”(On Virginia’s 34 points in the paint and how it helped their low shooting percentage) “We’re such a post scoring team, I don’t know what else to tell you. There are different ways to get it in the paint, and again whether it was drives or tough finishes, Mamadi (Diakite) and Jay (Huff) gave us a lift. I didn’t play Braxton (Key) and Jack (Salt) in the second half. I just went with what I thought defensively with the matchups and the way it was, but the rebounding and the tough play in the lane, some drop passes and pocket passes, nice things happened off the ball screen. We were so much better in the second half and tried to just stay the course.”(On why he though Virginia performed better in the second half) “I think we got De’Andre (Hunter) back on the floor, he’s a terrific defender. That helped us with the matchup at the four spot.  Then when I put Kihei (Clark) in, he was really heating up the ball, and then De’Andre guarded (Jordan) Nwora, who was terrific in the first half. Then we were more mindful, not that we shouldn’t have been, on Ryan (McMahon) because he’s such a good shooter. I just thought we bothered, of course they missed some shots, and we ran some decent offense.”(On Kyle Guy’s rebounding and how he has been a consistent rebounder all season) “He sure has. Sometimes the other guys just have to get people off, and your guards have to come in and clean it up, and Kyle has a nose for the ball. He’s deceptive with his bounce off the floor and going and getting stuff. Sometimes when he drives, he’s deceptive that way too to be able to get off his shot. With a lot of long threes, and they shot a lot in the second half, there’s long rebounds, so that was important for the guards to clean up.”(On if he did not trap the post because of the three-point percentage in the first half) “Well, our guys have been doing a good job guarding individually, Jack Salt is terrific, Mamadi (Diakite), Jay (Huff) – they’ve done some good things. We always talk about it, but correct, the way they shot the ball, we thought, ‘Let’s make some plays over the top and score, stay at home a little bit because most teams are planning for our post traps. Not that we won’t use it, but I think maybe they made one or two post buckets off a move, but it helped us with our rebounding and also our perimeter defense.”(On if there was a moment in the game when he realized De’Andre Hunter was really feeling it) “The whole game. He was so complete defensively, he hit the threes, he was driving and he’s just playing good basketball. You look at his stat-line, 9-11, made 2-2, got to the line. I just thought he was so efficient. That’s about as efficient as it gets and that what’s so valuable. Whether it’s guarding a switch, the perimeter guy, or again, guarding (Jordan) Nwora. We needed his drives, drawing fouls and we needed his threes when we weren’t shooting with the rest of the guys.”(On De’Andre Hunter’s ability to take over a game) “He’s just continuing to evolve his game, you can see it. He’s improving and he’s just playing at a high level. In practice he shows signs of that, of course, but to do it in games is a little different, when we needed it. There’re some other really good players on the floor, so the spacing and things like that allow him for that. When he’s at the four, he’s a matchup problem. Just like when (Jordan) Nwora is at the four, he can be a matchup problem. That’s the way the game is going with guys like that, at times, playing those spots.”last_img read more