Kevin Durant’s mom revealed her son is “having a rough time right now” in the aftermath of the serious Achilles tendon injury that knocked him out of the NBA Finals.“Emotionally, it’s a little tough for him,” Wanda Durant said about her son Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “He’s having a rough time right now.”Durant suffered the devastating injury early in the second quarter of the Warriors’ eventual Game 5 victory on Monday.“It’s still kind of hurtful to see the anguish in his …
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Paul Collingwood had a feeling England would wrap up another thumping Ashes victory over Australia on Thursday, so he thought it was the right time to tell his teammates he was retiring from Test cricket.His timing was almost perfect. England got within three wickets of an innings defeat of Australia on the penultimate day of the fifth Test in Sydney, and will have to return Friday to wrap it up for a 3-1 series win.It will be England’s first Test series victory in Australia since 1987. With all day to get three tail-enders out, the 34-year-old Collingwood doesn’t mind his Test career extending to another day.”In many ways it’s a sad moment but I honestly think it’s the right time,” he said. “This is what I have been playing cricket for – it’s to be in a position against Australia in Australia like this, and it’s going to be the perfect moment to bow out of Test cricket.”Collingwood has scored 4,259 runs in 68 Test matches at an average of 40 since his debut against Sri Lanka in 2003, but has struggled in the current Ashes series and scored only 83 runs. He said it was time for him to move aside for a younger player in the Test arena, although he’ll remain captain of England’s Twenty20 team and will continue to play one-day internationals.”I am happy with the contributions I’ve made to the England team in the Test format and there are a lot of youngsters coming through,” he said. “This team will progress without me and get better and better, so I am looking forward to tomorrow as my final farewell.”advertisementCollingwood has been involved in four Ashes campaigns, and won three of them – he received a civic honor for playing one Test in the 2005 Ashes series when England won the Ashes for the first time since 1987. His most successful Ashes series as an individual was in Australia four years ago, when he scored a career high 206 at Adelaide but England was swept 5-0.England won back the Ashes in 2009 and ensured it retained the old urn by winning the fourth Test at Melbourne last week.”To be involved with a great England team like it is at the moment with some special players and special characters, it’s a very proud place to be,” he said.Wicketkeeper Matt Prior praised Collingwood’s contribution to the team, saying it was as much his behind-the-scenes influence with the team as his solid batting and fielding that has been integral in lifting the self belief and harmony in the England squad.Collingwood, who guided England to the Twenty20 World Cup title last year, said the way the England squad had developed a culture of winning in recent seasons had been the highlight of his time in international cricket.A lack of runs had hastened his decision to quit the longest form of the game.”Obviously my form hasn’t helped. I am very realistic and at the same time there are some great young players coming through, but if I wanted to progress and if I wanted to stay in the England team I was going to have to work very hard on technical things and whether I’ve got the time and the ability to stay up with this team I am not too sure.”England Cricket Board managing director Hugh Morris said Collingwood had been an outstanding contributor for England.”His performances have been admired and recognized by his teammates and England supporters over many years and his tireless commitment in the Test match arena will be something he will always be remembered for,” Morris said.Collingwood was out for 13 in England’s first innings in Sydney and could yet bat again at the SCG, with the last Ashes Test due to finish Friday.Collingwood has scored 10 centuries and also taken 17 wickets in Test cricket, including the vital wicket of Mike Hussey in this match. He has played 189 limited-overs internationals.
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Her work prompted a 2015 invite to the White House from then-US president Barack Obama.Ochoa says jiu-jitsu can help abuse survivors because it is a discipline where technique trumps size, noting her “five feet small” frame is effective even against much larger opponents.Also, the grappling aspect of the sport helps the act of touching another person feel normal again.“For somebody that has gone through that kind of trauma specifically, it makes you more comfortable with the right kind of contact… Contact that is not abusive,” she said.One of the most devastating and long-term impacts of sexual abuse is the destruction of victims’ self-worth, which can be a barrier for them taking on risks or challenges.She has seen it first-hand with her students, especially one girl who has thrown herself into training and then competition.Ochoa said.”When she competed, the heart is there. She wouldn’t give up. But what struck me is even after she would lose, she would say ‘It feels so good to fight.’” Meggie Ochoa believes lessons in sports and life often intertwine. INQUIRER PHOTO/DENISON DALUPANGAbandoned and sexually abused as a young girl, Angelica, like thousands of minors in the Philippines — a global blackspot for child abuse — struggled to cope with the horrors of her past, but a new campaign run by a sporting champion is giving her and other survivors fresh hope.Filipina martial arts star Meggie Ochoa is teaching self-defense to victims of sexual abuse in a bid to give them tools to better recover from such trauma, but also to better protect themselves in the future.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Children’s charities have branded the Philippines a key hub for both the live-streaming of child sex abuse and for sex tourism, estimating that 60,000-100,000 children are involved in prostitution rings.READ: Meggie Ochoa’s biggest fight vs child sexual violenceFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Some of the kids that I’ve gotten to know… they saw themselves as worthless because of what they experienced. For me that’s so heartbreaking,” the jiu-jitsu world champion told AFP of her decision to launch advocacy campaign Fight to Protect.In just two years, she has taught hundreds of sex abuse survivors. She offers two courses — one for those who wish to learn the sport, and another focused purely on self-defense. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “Jiu-jitsu taught me to be disciplined, confident and to face my fears,” Angelica, now aged 15, told AFP.“I can face the problems I encountered before and I am now comfortable interacting with people,” she added.Poverty in a nation where tens of millions get by on less than $2 per day, as well as increased internet access and fluency in English, make the Philippines vulnerable to both online and real-world sexual predators.Parents abuse childrenAdvocacy and legal aid group International Justice Mission (IJM) says Philippine children are at risk of being forced into live streamed sex abuse, where pedophiles pay to direct so-called “shows” online.ADVERTISEMENT “Easy access to the web and money transfer services make the country a global hotspot for this problem,” said IJM, noting that it is often parents or family members that organize or even commit the abuse.Children’s charity Terre des Hommes drew attention to the problem using a computer-generated girl nicknamed “Sweetie” that hung out in chatrooms and was approached by about 20,000 people — mostly men — in a matter of weeks.READ: INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her ‘Fight to Protect’“It’s just horrible, not just sexual exploitation but also sexual abuse which is happening in the homes of many Filipino children. I was just so bothered,” Ochoa explained.“There’s so much that can be done. The sport actually gave me a voice,” the 28-year-old added.Competing in a relatively new sport for her basketball-mad country, Ochoa made history as the first Filipino to win a gold medal at the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation World Championships in Sweden last year.She is also a three-time world champion in another federation and a bronze medalist at the 2018 Asian Games.A figure of national sporting pride, Ochoa realized she could use her success to help others after reading about Karla Jacinto, a young Mexican girl who estimated she was raped 43,200 times.She was horrified to find there were likely many victims in the Philippines too.“Somehow part of me felt guilt,” Ochoa explained, adding: “I’m doing jiu-jitsu. I am pursuing my dream and yet this is happening.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), has issued these safety tips soley as a precaution in the event of a Robbery at any business place in the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI).BEFORE OR DURING INCIDENT:1. Do not be heroic.2. Stay calm.3. Obey the offender’s instructions.4. Never assume a firearm is fake or a toy.5. Use non-threatening behaviour and avoid eye contact.6. Observe the offender as much as possible.7. Stay out of danger if you are not directly involved.FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT:1. Call 911.2. Don t hang up unless told to do so. Keep the line open.3. Supply to 911:• Name and address of premises• Number of offenders and brief description• Description of vehicle if used• Direction of travel4. Check for injuries to staff and customers. Tell the 911 operator if an ambulance is required- 911 can call an ambulance.5. Keep everyone away from anything the offender may have come in contact with such as counters. Avoid moving or touching anything left behind.6. Avoid touching firearms or ammunition.7. Avoid touching spent cartridges or bullet holes.8. Request everyone to remain.9. Obtain name and contact details of all witnesses if possible.10. Have all staff and customers record their observations independently.11. Discuss the matter with Police before you speak to the media.Police are urging anyone with information about any crime to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www.crimestoppers.tc. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages. Related Items:
0 Here’s everything that 5G can do for you 5:13 How to solve the rural broadband problem? Fix the maps FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said that it’s important to get the funds allocated as soon as possible and that the agency couldn’t afford to wait for the new mapping plan to take effect. The new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will essentially replace the Connect America Fund II auction for distributing USF money to rural carriers. The new fund will establish a two-phase reverse auction starting next year that will allow carriers to bid on the rights to use the funds to provide broadband and voice service in underserved high-cost areas, such as rural communities. The lowest bid wins the auction. Unlike the FCC’s Connect America Fund II auction, in which incumbent carriers got first dibs on deciding whether to serve a given area, the new fund will be available to any company, including cable providers or public utilities, that propose building a broadband network. Fixing broadband mapsEven though the FCC is moving forward with the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund using existing broadband mapping criteria, the agency acknowledged its data collection program is flawed. And it voted to approve a long-awaited plan to improve the data it collects. Under the new proposal, broadband providers will be required to offer more detailed information on where they provide coverage and where they do not. The idea is to create a new map that will offer more “precise broadband service availability maps,” Pai said.The FCC’s current broadband maps have been widely criticized as inaccurate, showing broadband service in places where there isn’t and in other instances saying a location has no broadband when in fact it does, sometimes from multiple providers. We need maps before money. We need data before deployment. FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel Tags Now playing: Watch this: These faulty maps have infuriated lawmakers who have been flooded with complaints from constituents, but the lack of visibility has also hampered the FCC’s efforts to distribute limited funds to help bring broadband to the 19 million people in this country, who still lack access even as the service is considered as important as water or electricity.Under the new plan, broadband providers will have to report broadband access using “shapefiles,” which will provide a more precise and detailed measurement. The current data collection includes information reported at the census block level, which counts an entire area as served even if only one household reports having broadband access. “We will no longer count everyone in the census block as served if just one person is served,” Pai said.The FCC will also collect feedback from the public and other agencies to ensure that the information provided by service providers is accurate. The three Republican commissioners supported the plan, but the two Democrats partially dissented. Rosenworcel said that the new proposal was a first step and that the agency still has a long way to go to gain public trust in its broadband data accuracy. She noted concerns over how the agency will push broadband providers to report accurate data. The trade group USTelecom, which represents many of the providers offering broadband in rural communities, applauded the FCC’s new mechanism for allocating USF funds for rural broadband, and the agency’s efforts to get more accurate broadband mapping information. The organization worked with several other groups to launch a two-state pilot in Virginia and Missouri in March to demonstrate how the FCC can identify where broadband can be offered and to determine which areas still lack broadband access. The group said that initial results of this study confirm the FCC’s assessment that its current process shows “serious discrepancies” in coverage. “Logically, in order for us (and the FCC) to declare mission accomplished [in closing the digital divide], we need to know which consumers do, and do not, have access to broadband,” Patrick Halley, senior vice president of advocacy and regulatory affairs for USTelecom, said in a blog post on Wednesday. “As the Commission’s draft data collection item acknowledges, the agency’s existing broadband availability data is ‘not sufficient to understanding where universal service support should be targeted and supporting the imperative of our broadband-deployment policy goals.'”Microsoft’s chief data analytics officer, John Kahan, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that he is encouraged that many of the suggestions the FCC has considered mirrors those proposed by the company. Microsoft is working with USTelecom on its pilot program, too. But he acknowledged more work is needed to close the digital divide. “Based on our data, about half of all Americans are not using the internet at broadband speeds at home,” he said. “This digital divide should be seen for the national crisis it is — without equal access to connectivity, we cannot provide equal opportunities to all Americans.”Other FCC mattersThe FCC also voted on several other items at the August meeting. One big one was the approval of new rules to go after illegal robocallers based overseas. The rules extend the Truth in Caller ID Act to text messages or international calls as intended under the passage of Ray Baum’s Act last year.According to the FCC, that act gives it the authority to broaden bans on illegal spoofing to text messages, calls originating outside the US and calls using voice over IP. The Truth in Caller ID Act, passed in 2009, already prohibits misleading or inaccurate caller ID “spoofing” with the intent to defraud for domestic callers, the agency said. But it doesn’t apply to text messages or international calls. Share your voice Mobile FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has traveled throughout the US talking to people about the digital divide in rural communities. On one of those trips, he met with farmers in Idaho. FCC The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to adopt a new mechanism for distributing subsidies to rural broadband providers. But Democrats want to see better data from a new broadband mapping effort first.At the agency’s August meeting, the FCC voted on two related items that commissioners say will help close the digital divide. First, the five-member commission unanimously voted to distribute more than $20 billion of Universal Service Fund subsidies over the next decade as part of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. It also adopted a long-awaited proposal to get more detailed information from broadband providers about where they offer service in order to improve the agency’s coverage maps. While the two items largely had bipartisan support, the two Democrat. They want more accurate mapping data before allocating any new funds to rural broadband providers. “The decisions we make now will direct funds for broadband for the next decade,” said Rosenworcel. “So choosing where those funds go for the next ten years without having accurate data is a real problem. … We need maps before money. We need data before deployment.” Post a comment 16 Photos FCC
South Korean tech giant Samsung and Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors entered into a new partnership to offer in-car infotainment systems in the Tata’s cars.The companies revealed their new alliance at the 12th edition of Delhi Auto Expo. According to a PTI report, Tata Motors would introduce cars with new infotainment system next year. Apparently, Tata is also looking at the possibility of introducing the new technology in the mid-range car segment along with the expensive cars.”We will introduce passenger cars in the market equipped with the technology within the next year,” Tata Motors Passengers Vehicles Unit President Ranjit Yadav told PTI, adding that “This is in our line of philosophy to offer new features to our customers to create differentiated products features that are relevant to the present and scalable for the future.”The new technology is based on Samsung’s Drive Link application on MirroLink technology, which would aid the user to access smart phones and tablets while driving. The app would also come in handy to navigate, answer calls and access internet inside the car.Samsung is also in tie up with the German auto major BMW to offer the same technology. “Samsung is also a mass market brand and this is a good partnership. Tis technology will provide connectivity to the user while on drive,” Samsung India Electronics Ltd, Head – Business and Enterprise Sameer Garde said.Previously, tech titan Apple had also launched a similar technology dubbed as “iOS in the car”.
Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan ambassador to the USAfghanistan raised strong objections on Sunday against Pakistan for linking the current situation in Kashmir with the ongoing Afghan peace talks and said it is “reckless, unwarranted and irresponsible”.Afghanistan’s ambassador to the US Roya Rahmani said in a statement: “Any such statements that link the evolving situation in Kashmir to the Afghan peace efforts are reckless, unwarranted and irresponsible.” Rahmani responded to the recent remark made by Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan, who said the Kashmir tensions “could potentially affect the Afghanistan peace process”.The Afghan diplomat said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and slammed Khan’s remark as Pakistan’s “deliberate attempt to prolong the violence happening in Afghan soil.” She called Pakistan’s claim a “poor excuse” to justify its inaction against the Taliban to “avoid taking a decisive stance against the militant group”.The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly questions the assertion made by Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, that the ongoing tensions in Kashmir could potentially affect Afghanistan’s peace process. pic.twitter.com/OASLSsZQ0x— Afghan Embassy DC (@Embassy_of_AFG) August 18, 2019Rahmani further detailed the cross border conflict between Pakistan and Afghanistan and condemned Pakistan-based, sanctioned and supported militant and terrorist groups that undermine Afghan security.She said Khan’s remarks were contrary to the “positive and constructive engagement Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his recent visit to the country”.Washington is negotiating a deal with the Taliban regarding the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and a political agreement between the two sides to end the war in Afghanistan spanning 19-years.The talks are interweaved with several political tensions between the Taliban, Washington and Kabul government. The former US ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, is seeking a tri-state agreement with representative delegations from opposition leaders and civil society members.Tensions between the terror organisation and the Afghan government has made negotiations between them difficult as the Taliban condemns Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government and calls them a US puppet.
US president Donald Trump. File photoThe Trump administration is suspending educational, legal and recreational programs for migrant children in its custody, saying an influx of children crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian was putting a “tremendous strain” on the resources of the agency tasked with housing them.The agency that houses migrant children – the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) – asked Congress for an additional $2.88 billion to increase shelter capacity, HHS spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer said on Wednesday. ORR is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.ORR has instructed providers in its network to begin scaling back or stop providing services “that are not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety,” Stauffer said.On May 30, HHS official Mark Boss sent an email to providers in ORR’s network of shelters informing them costs budgeted for educational and recreational activities, including staff associated with those programs, were “unallowable costs” for any federal funds received after May 22.The email, which was seen by Reuters, was first reported by Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting.Border agents apprehended 11,507 unaccompanied children on the southwest border in May, an 80% increase from a year earlier, according to government data released on Wednesday.ORR’s system of shelters is currently running at 96% capacity, according to a HHS official who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the program.The provision of recreational and educational activities, such as English language lessons and sports, are required by a long-standing legal settlement, known as the Flores settlement, that lays out conditions under which migrant children can be kept.”If this administration goes forward with denying education, recreation and other unspecified ‘non-essential services’ they would be in flagrant violation of the Flores settlement and will face immediate legal action,” said Neha Desai, Director for Immigration at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland and a Flores co-counsel.The Trump administration has repeatedly called on Congress to enact regulations that would override the settlement. It is also working on regulations on the length of time and conditions in which children can be detained.Congresswoman Rosa DeLaura from Connecticut, who chairs the House committee negotiating with ORR on supplemental funding, said in a statement that the Trump administration could not be given a blank check “when time and again it has failed to show it has these childrens’ best interests at heart.”Last week, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) placed limits on special legal protections for some migrant children who turn 18 or reunite with a parent or guardian before they file their asylum application.In a policy memo to all asylum officers dated May 31, USCIS official John Lafferty also empowered officials to request additional documents if they suspect an applicant is over 18 years old when they file their asylum application.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /01:10 Al OrtizMayor Sylvester Turner (center) held a press conference at the Baker-Ripley Center, located in southwest Houston, to announce the creation of the Office of New Americans, which will Houston residents, especially immigrants and refugees, to access City services with more ease.The City of Houston is trying to clarify its stance on immigration amid the controversy over sanctuary cities.Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday the creation of the Office of New Americans to help Houston residents, especially immigrants and refugees, to access City services with more ease.The Mayor made the announcement during a press conference held at the Baker-Ripley Center, surrounded by City Council members Mike Laster and Robert Gallegos, as well as by other elected officials such as U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia and representatives from several community organizations.Turner also said he is one of the Mayors who have asked President-elect Donald Trump to keep the Deferred Action program.Commonly known as DACA, it protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.“You don’t wanna lose that talent. You don’t wanna strip people away from their families, you don’t want to separate them,” the Mayor stressed.In the law enforcement front, the Houston Police Department (HPD) will maintain its policy of not asking the public about immigration status.“Police doubling as immigration officials would divert limited resources needed to prevent crimes, such as murder, robbery, sexual assault and to apprehend the criminals who commit them,” explained Recently named HPD Chief Art AcevedoTurner is also developing the so-called Welcoming Houston program, which will aim at improving the coordination between the City and community organizations to provide services to newcomers.During the press conference, a member of the public urged Turner to designate Houston as a sanctuary city, but the Mayor didn’t use that term.