The South African Sasol Orchestra played a tune, and what an astonishing group those young fellows are! They owned the instruments and delivered a groundbreaking performance. I remember thinking, “They should definitely be invited to the president’s inauguration next time” (oh well – anything to showcase their talents, of course).About 8 000 pupils from schools in Soweto were at the ceremony and enjoyed themselves at the stadium. Thanks to the 2010 World Cup that was hosted in our national grounds, when you bring “South Africans” and “stadium” together, you get “vuvuzelas” – and those could be heard throughout the opening delivery. Well enough – Kate Robertson and David Jones knew how to keep them silent. Everybody sure did have a joyfully fantastic time.The break-out sessions were held in different communities across Gauteng, addressing pressing socioeconomic challenges and strategically finding new ways of steering change within existing and possibly potentially new systems that exist around the world.Furthermore, I must say I used the networking sessions to my best benefit. I got the opportunity to engage in open discussions with young leaders from around the world who are doing amazing things in their countries of residence. Happy to say, I believe, I have new friends from over 100 countries who share the same ambitions and global vision as myself.Collaboration was one of the most reiterated topics during the summit, and since then, collaborations, merging and the creation of new projects has increased. Young leaders are keeping in contact through the summit’s Facebook group created by One Young World Ambassadors, with over 800 members.Well, there is a lot else that happened that you can reflect on by following One Young World on Twitter and to watch the videos posted on the summit, there are more videos on One Young World Youtube Channel.The last day was filled with excitement, with Winnie Mandela delivering a keynote speech on the history, present and future of South Africa and the possibilities there are for determined young people with the drive, zeal, commitment and motivation to succeed. Changing the world is set to be done, especially after having had a session on “knowing Nelson Mandela” with leaders who knew him well.Winnie’s presence was certainly eye-opening and inspirational for all who listened in and chanted “Amandla!” at the end of her speech, which is a Xhosa and Zulu word meaning “power”. The word is still associated with struggles against oppression, however at that moment, the chant signified unity! With youth from around the world in one dignified space, we certainly were unified and formed – a One Young World!The fifth annual One Young World Summit will be in Dublin, Ireland in 2014.Thanks to Brand South Africa for sponsoring myself and three other exceptional young leaders who are making a difference in our homes, communities and greater societies.Follow One Young World on Twitter: @OneYoungWorldRead Zanele Mabaso’s blog for more: zanelemabaso.blogspot.com
Coach Topex Robinson and the rest of his wards, led by reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez, will be chasing glory as Jawbreakers when the D-League opens Jan. 18 next year.Lyceum is coming off a breakout campaign in NCAA Season 93, going 18-0 in the elimination round. But the Pirates also got swept in the finals by the San Beda Red Lions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 94 PLAY LIST 03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9400:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What it failed to achieve in the NCAA last month, Lyceum hopes to get the job done this time when it sees action in the PBA D-League under the banner of Zark’s Burgers Jawbreakers.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Thai grabs early lead in Ph Ladies Masters; Saso 2 shots down MOST READ SPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We’re not thinking about redemption but more of improving ourselves,” said Robinson during the team launch on Thursday at Zark’s Burgers branch in Taft Avenue, Manila. “It’s a new journey for us and we’re very excited to continue our quest. Hopefully, we can achieve what we failed to do the last time out.”Zarks owner Commie Varona said his decision to partner with the Lyceum squad stemmed from the similarities he sees with his company as a fast-rising casual dining burger chain and Lyceum as an emerging NCAA power. “This time, we want to associate our brand with winning,” said Varona whose team won just one game in its debut in the Foundation Cup last season. “As we take our brand to the next level, we also want to align our basketball team to the direction of our brand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
LONDON — Britain’s Parliament has delivered a crushing verdict on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal, rejecting it by 432 votes to 202 — the biggest defeat suffered by a government in modern British political history.That leaves the country’s EU exit process in crisis, with just 10 weeks until it is due to leave the bloc on March 29.On Wednesday, May’s government faces a no-confidence vote in Parliament. If it survives, May has until the start of next week to come back to Parliament with a Plan B.Here’s a look at what might happen next.TRY AND TRY AGAINAfter Tuesday’s defeat, May assured the House of Commons that “the House has spoken and the government will listen.” She plans to hold talks with lawmakers from across the political spectrum before announcing a new plan.But May’s office has downplayed the prospect of major changes to the deal that has been negotiated, and EU leaders are adamant that the 585-page withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened.That means May could return to Parliament next week with a tweaked deal that is only slightly different to the previous one. But that is unlikely to win over many opponents of the agreement.Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, said most leaders who had suffered a defeat on this scale would be “either resigning or looking to trash the deal that they’d got and do something utterly different.”May, however, has proven stubbornly resistant to changing her Brexit “red lines.”“It looks as if we’re just going to get more of the same and that she’ll come back in a week or so’s time with nothing substantially different from what we’ve got now,” Bale said.__DELAY BRITAIN’S EXITParliament has rejected May’s deal, but is split on what to do instead. Some lawmakers want to tack toward a softer Brexit that would see Britain keep close ties to the bloc, while others want to walk away from the EU without a deal.With Parliament split, there is a growing chance Britain will seek an extension to the two-year exit process that is due to expire on March 29.Some ministers are urging May to delay Brexit and then consult lawmakers in a series of “indicative votes” to see if a majority can be found for a new plan. And various factions of lawmakers are exploring ways to use parliamentary rules to wrest control of the Brexit process from the government.A delay would likely also be needed in the event of two other possible scenarios: a general election, or a second referendum. Any delay to the date of Brexit would require unanimous approval from leaders of the EU’s remaining 27 member states.___HOLD AN ELECTIONImmediately after Tuesday’s vote in Parliament, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called a no-confidence vote in the government, to be held Wednesday evening.If the government loses, Britain is facing an election for a new Parliament and government. The government is likely to survive, however. Almost all members of the governing Conservatives say they will support May, as will her parliamentary allies in Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.Labour says it will keep trying to force an election, and could attempt more no-confidence votes in the coming weeks.___SECOND REFERENDUMThe campaign to revisit Brexit in a second referendum — driven largely by supporters of the losing “remain” side in the 2016 referendum — has been gathering steam as the pitfalls and complexity of the divorce process become clear.The government is firmly opposed, but many lawmakers believe a new referendum may be the only way out of the Brexit impasse.But it’s unclear what the question would be. Many pro-EU politicians want a choice between leaving on the proposed terms and staying in the EU, but others say leaving without a deal should also be an option.There’s a strong chance any new referendum would be as divisive as the first.___NO DEALThis is the outcome few want — but it is also the default option. If the divorce deal is not approved, altered or put on hold, Britain will cease to be an EU member at 11 p.m. London time on March 29.The Bank of England has warned that tumbling out of the bloc with no deal to soften the exit could plunge Britain into its deepest recession in nearly a century, and businesses warn the sudden end to longstanding trading agreements with the EU could see gridlock at British ports and shortages of food and medicines.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitJill Lawless, The Associated Press
New Delhi,: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a roadshow Wednesday afternoon in support of Sheila Dikshit, her party candidate from North East Delhi constituency drawing a huge crowd. Perched atop a minibus that started from Seelampur, a minority dominated area, Priyanka Gandhi and Dikshit waved at the ebullient hordes of supporters who were raising slogans “Desh me aandhi Priyanka Gandhi”. The Congress banners adorned the road. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles People jostled with each other to catch a glimpse of Priyanka Gandhi. Some were also showering rose petals on her as the minibus passed by. “Sanitation is the main issue here. Manoj Tiwari (the BJP MP who is seeking a reelection from the seat) was never seen here. (Chief Minister) Arvind Kejriwal cannot run the government,” said Zubair Ahmed, a resident of Seelampur. Priyanka Gandhi will also hold another roadshow in South Delhi later in the evening.
Beijing: China on Thursday warned retaliation for US President Donald Trump’s order that effectively barred Chinese telecom giant Huawei from the US market, saying Beijing will take necessary measures to safeguard rights and interest of its business firms. Escalating the bruising trade war with China, President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday barring American companies from installing the foreign-made telecom equipment posing a national security threat, a move apparently aimed at banning Huawei from US networks. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Trump’s decision risks escalating tensions with China as the world’s two largest economies clash over whether Huawei – the world’s largest provider of telecommunications equipment – poses a spying risk to Western infrastructure networks. The US and China are already locked in a trade battle that has seen mounting tariffs, sparking fears the conflict will damage the global economy. Reacting sharply to Trump’s move, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here that China will take measures to defend the interests of Chinese companies. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “We have noted the US department of Commerce decision. China always asks its business to comply with laws and regulations in export control and fulfil their international obligations. We always ask them to abide by other country’s laws regulations in their overseas business,” Lu said. “But we are against other countries’ unilateral sanctions based on domestic law and practices that abuses export control measures. We urge the US to stop such practice and create favourable conditions for business cooperation. China will take necessary measures to safeguard Chinese business’ legitimate rights and interests,” he said. He, however, parried questions over what measures China would take, saying the commerce ministry would come out with a response. Asked whether China would now target US firms in retaliation, Lu said, “as for the foreign firms, so long their operations are lawful, they should not be concerned. In international trade, the basis is mutual respect and mutual benefit”. Separately, Huawei in a statement said that “unreasonable restrictions” by the US infringed on its rights. “Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives,” the telecom giant said. “In addition, unreasonable restrictions will infringe upon Huawei’s rights and raise other serious legal issues,” it said. Huawei is already fighting a major legal battle against US to stave off the extradition of its CFO Meng Wanzhou, who has been arrested in Canada, to face prosecution for violations of American sanctions against Iran. Meng, the daughter of Huawei owner Ren Zhengfei, has been accused of misleading banks about the company’s business dealings there. Huawei alleges that the US is stifling its business as it has emerged as a major competitor for the next generation 5G telecom technology. In the media briefing, Lu while replying to a question whether China view Trump’s move as a major escalation of trade war, said, “we are opposed to other countries making every issue a national security and using that as pretext to suppress other businesses . “China will defend its business’ rights and interests. As for China’s view on the executive order (of Trump) we can say that nobody say this as constructive and friendly gesture,” he said. Lu also gave a lukewarm response to remarks made by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, one of the lead American negotiators, that he anticipates going to China for more trade talks in the near future. China always stands for consultations and negotiations to resolve differences, he said, adding that Beijing opted for talks even when US turned away from negotiations in the past. “But I have to point out that in negotiations there has to be good faith,” he said, emphasising respect, equality and mutual trust and good faith. “One must match words with action. There should be no flip-flopping,” he said. Also in a related issue, Lu confirmed that China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained in December last year on suspicion of endangering national security. Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a Canadian businessman based in China, have been arrested in what Canada alleged as tit-for-tat retaliation to Huawei CFO Wanzhou’s detention. The timing of their charges also coincides with US ban on Huawei.
To say the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors have taken different paths to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals would be quite the understatement. The Cavs easily swept their first two series, against the Pistons and Hawks; the Raptors were pushed to seven games in each of theirs, with the Pacers and Heat. Toronto played its last game this past Sunday; Cleveland last played the Sunday before that. As a result, LeBron & Co. have an enormous advantage in the rest department heading into Game 1 at home Tuesday night. But will it help the Cavs much? Don’t bank on it.The Cavs already enter the series as heavy favorites: Our Elo-based forecast gives them a 74 percent chance of prevailing. And the seven-day rest differential over the Raptors is tied for second among the 230 playoff series occurring in the second round or later since 1984, when the league launched the 16-team playoff format. (The largest difference in time off was nine days, in the 2004 Pacers-Heat series.)Such a long layoff for one team and a tight turnaround for the other can spin either way — rest or rust — but there isn’t any statistical evidence that inequalities in rest between series help or harm teams in the playoffs.We looked at this a couple of ways. First, if either rust or exhaustion is going to have an effect, it’s most likely to come in Game 1 of a new series. Using both teams’ pre-series Elo ratings (FiveThirtyEight’s pet method of estimating a team’s strength at a given moment), we can calculate expected point differentials for those opening games and then compare them to the games’ actual scoring margins. Teams that got more days off than their opponent did not do better than expected in these Game 1s, in terms of their expected point margins; any benefit of extra rest wasn’t statistically significant. But that’s just looking at Game 1s. What about the whole series? As a second pass at the question, we used a logistic regression — a nifty statistical tool for examining outcomes such as wins and losses — to test whether the difference in rest days between the two teams had any impact on the series outcome, after accounting for the series’ Elo-based forecast. The series projection had major significance in predicting who went on to win — no surprise there. But the differential between teams in rest days was not a statistically significant factor, just as in our analysis of Game 1s.But smoking out relationships between rest and rust and the outcome of a series overlooks the most important factor: the quality of the teams. A breakdown of the average differential in Elo between the two teams, sorted by difference in the number of days off between series, shows that better teams are more likely to close out their series quickly, and worse teams that do win are more likely to do so in a longer series.For the Cavs-Raptors series, what really matters is not Cleveland’s long vacation nor Toronto’s heavy workload, but the simple fact that the Cavs are the better team. Rest was never going to change that.Check out our NBA playoff predictions.
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Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member on House Armed Services, on Friday acknowledged that using DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account may be the only solution if the department needs more money than the Obama administration requested for fiscal 2017.Smith would favor raising the statutory cap on defense spending to accommodate a boost in DOD’s budget, but that path may not be possible, he said, reported CQ Roll Call.“If it was up to me, and we decided there was an extra $10 billion that was needed, I’d raise the caps,” Smith said on C-SPAN. “Certainly, where readiness is concerned in particular, I can make an argument that the Department of Defense needs more money. While being critical of doing it through OCO, if that’s the only way Republicans will do it, then, no, I’m not inalterably opposed to that if the case is made,” he said.Smith’s acknowledgement that the administration’s FY 2017 budget request may be insufficient is not startling, but his willingness to rely on the department’s war fund to sidestep the statutory caps marks a distinct turn from the stand President Obama and congressional Democrats took during the FY 2016 budget cycle. Last year the House and Senate Armed Services committees passed authorization bills that called for stashing tens of billions of extra dollars in the OCO account — which is not subject to the Budget Control Act caps — rather than raising the caps on defense and non-defense programs as Democrats insisted occur.President Obama vetoed the initial authorization measure approved by Congress over the issue, before the two parties reached a two-year compromise budget deal increasing both caps.Smith’s comments indicate Democrats may be flexible this year regarding the use of the OCO account to provide the Pentagon budget relief, according to the story.The FY 2017 request includes $523.9 billion for base defense spending and $58.8 billion for war funding. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, respectively, consider the OCO request a floor and have called for increasing the administration’s request by at least $15 billion. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 0.04 points up to stand at 20498.29. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 13.20 points up to stand at 6086.90. Motherson Sumi and Suzlon Energy were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.28% and 9.92% along with CESC Ltd. and Indian Overseas Bank with an increase of 8.84% and 8.62% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Essar Oil and National Alumini with a decrease of 8.38% and 5.68% along with Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Company Ltd. and Jet Airways India with a decrease of 4.94% and 4.45% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 36.44 points at 11,582.79 while the banking sector is up 95.07 points at 11,713.75 and the realty sector is up 18.61 points at 1,210.80. The Indian currency is down 0.08% at Rs 62.64 per dollar.