NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESPerpetual banked on its defense in the second quarter to propel itself to a 65-48 victory over Mila’s Lechon Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Altas gave little breathing room to the Mighty Roasters in that second frame, turning a tight 27-22 lead to a 42-28 halftime affair en route to their first win in the conference and under new coach Frankie Lim.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ “We just tried to be decent on our defense,” said Lim as Perpetual limited Mila’s Lechon to just 28-percent shooting from the field. “We’re still working on it. It will take time before we become a good defensive team, but all I ask is for our defense to be decent.”Nigerian center Prince Eze topped the Altas with 13 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks, while Kim Aurin took advantage of the opportunity and fired 12 markers and two boards off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJohn Rey Villanueva also got nine points as he accounted for a pair in Perpetual’s 8-of-19 sniping from threes.Lim liked how his team has been improving over the games, saying, “Little by little, they’re settling down. I just want them to execute. I told them that I don’t care who scores. It’s important that we score.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ken Acibar topped the Mighty Roasters with 14 points and three rebounds, while Axel Iñigo got 13 markers, five assists, two boards, and two steals.The Scores:PERPETUAL 65 — Eze 13, Aurin 12, Villanueva 9, Charcos 8, Jimenez 7, Peralta 7, Coronel 4, Tamayo 3, Mangalino 2, Antonio 0, Tiburcio 0.MILA’S LECHON 48 — Acibar 14, Iñigo 13, Derige 8, Parala 8, Delfinado 3, Montuano 2, Bellosillo 0, Crisostomo 0, Deles 0, Herradura 0, Luz 0, Sarangay 0.Quarters: 27-20, 42-28, 51-36, 65-48.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NCAA volleyball: San Beda books semis ticket, fends off San Sebastian View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman returned unopposed in the Asian Football Confederation’s presidential election Saturday after Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi of the United Arab Emirates and Saoud Al Mohannadi of Qatar withdrew last month. Sheikh Salman was elected AFC president in 2013 after Mohammed bin Hammam of Qatar was banned for life for corruption by world governing body FIFA. He was elected to his first four-year term in 2015.Sheikh Salman cemented his position by signing a new commercial rights deal in 2018, expanding tournaments and increasing the money going back to member federations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsInfantino told the AFC Congress that the no-contest was “important to show a united football family in Asia and to move forward in stability.” Sheikh Salman was absent to attend his mother’s funeral. Infantino led delegates to observe a few minutes of silence to mourn with Sheikh Salman and show that “we are with him.”Infantino, who defeated Sheikh Salman at the 2016 FIFA presidential election and is standing unopposed for another term in the FIFA polls in June, thanked the AFC for its support and stressed his commitment to expand football in the region. He said FIFA was stronger now under his watch, with higher revenue and reserves nearly tripled. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Josh Urbiztondo announces retirement from basketball Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Read Next He said preparations for the 2022 World Cup were well ahead of schedule. FIFA and Qatar are still analyzing the prospect of boosting world soccer by adding another 16 teams, with the possibility of Qatar co-hosting with neighboring nations, he said.“It will be a nice achievement if the first World Cup with 48 teams is played in Asia,” Infantino said.FIFA decided in January 2017 that the World Cup will be 48 teams, but only starting in 2026 before the hosts were chosen. The United States, Canada and Mexico were chosen in a vote last year.The push to increase the number of teams in 2022 is fraught with political and logistical impediments as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt had cut political, trade, and transport ties with Qatar since mid-2017. They accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc FIFA President Gianni Infantino, left, on stage speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Saturday hailed the re-election of Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, saying it will help the region move forward in stability.Infantino also reiterated that negotiations were ongoing with Qatar to increase the number of World Cup teams from 32 to 48 in the 2022 tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
But the thing is, Greiner said Homa never shows it when he grabs a club. When there is a big shot to be made, “he mans up,” Greiner said.To win his first tournament with Greiner on the bag was extra special.They clutched hands together and embraced on the 18th green, a culmination of how hard they have worked to reach this point together.Homa said Greiner has been “the rock” he needed.“I’ve obviously been very lucky to have Joe with me,” Homa said. “I’ve had some great caddies in my life, he’s the best, but he also does not let me wallow at all and he is the confidence boost I need. … He kept telling me we’re around the corner from some great golf. To hear it from somebody who’s seen some fantastic golf, that was cool for me to hear.”Said Greiner: “He did it.” Just watch, he’d tell them.It finally happened Sunday as Homa got the breakthrough win — and the job security — he has been desperately seeking, shooting a 15-under 269 to win the Wells Fargo Championship by three shots and collect a $1.42 million prize. Now he’s 35th in the FedEx standings and will be playing in the upcoming PGA Championship. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte He wouldn’t give up.“I’m tough,” Homa said. “I don’t know all about my golf all the time, but I’m tough. I was really happy with myself today. I told Joe on one of the holes I felt like I was going to throw up, but my hands felt unbelievable on the club.”It’s not unusual for Homa to tell Greiner about his desire to vomit. “Honestly, it sucked to be not around him,” Greiner said.Homa said that was an awful time in his life, as well.There were times he hated his golf game, his attitude was terrible and he would wallow in pity.Emotionally, he reached what he called “low, low places.”But he never gave up.“I’m very proud I finally found a ladder and started climbing upward because it was getting dark down there,” Homa said.That’s par for the course for Homa. His parents would tell him when he was a toddler that he methodically figured out how to climb the steps in their home despite repeated falls. His life has changed, just as Greiner knew it would.“I knew he was a top-50 player in the world,” said Greiner, who rejoined Homa as caddie last fall. “I have seen a lot of good golf and see the way Max hits irons. So when he putts good, he has a chance.”Greiner and Homa grew up together in Valencia, California, and have known each other since Homa was 6.They regularly competed on the golf course.Homa went on to play at Cal, where he won the Division I national championship in 2013. When he broke onto the PGA Tour, he asked Greiner to be his caddie, a business/personal relationship that lasted for three years until Homa lost his card the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Players seeking change for women’s soccer in Latin America PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ “I was like, ‘You didn’t even look nervous,’” Greiner told Homa at the time. “Right then, I was like, he’s just a little different than anything I have ever seen.”Even after Homa fell on hard times and lost his PGA Tour card not once, but twice, and it became no longer “financially responsible” for Greiner to carry his bags, the caddie told anyone in the golf world who’d listen that his buddy had the resiliency to make it back and win a PGA Tour event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Max Homa celebrates after winning the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joe Greiner always knew there was something special about his childhood friend Max Homa.He knew it from the time he caddied for Homa in his first PGA Tour event in 2013, when Homa told him how nervous he was on the 72nd hole of the Frys.com Open, then stepped up to the tee box and striped a 300-yard 3-wood down the center of a tight fairway.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
5. Mountaineer Mantrips.6. As Stewart Mandel pointed out the other day, Missouri to West Virginia is probably an upgrade (I argued the same about TCU and A&M). WVU has 2 BCS games and a Final Four under their belt since ’05. Mizzou has 0 and 0. Granted, that Chase Daniel team definitely would have won the Big East at least once, but still if you have to lose two teams (and apparently you do), you did a pretty bang-up job replacing them with the two you went and got.7. So the Big East, huh. Cincy, Louisville, South Florida, UConn, and Rutgers. And they have an auto BCS berth until 2013. Maybe they should see if Villanova has beefed up that FCS program?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: Icon SMIWell “home” is always a relative term when the key to get in your residence is plastic and you never shop for soap, but I’m confident you’ll agree with me when I say there are 1,000,000 reasons to be excited about Dana and Huggy Bear coming west to the Big 12. Oh and just to clarify, the Big 12 currently has 10 teams and is about to have 8 or 9 teams depending on who you ask but will replace those in 2012 to get back to 10 or maybe 11. Right? Makes sense.I wrote this piece about Dana when he left so I figured it was only fair to follow it up with a “7 things I’m excited for about Dana (and West Virginia)” Here we go…1. It’s a line I used in the O’Colly’s Pressbox to the Couchbut since a lot of you aren’t subscribed to the O’Colly I’ll re-publish it here: I can honestly see Dana getting wheeled out of the Boone Pickens Stadium tunnel in a chariot wielding a scepter made of cigarettes as his blond mullet flaps around in the Stillwater wind. Him and Monken will play “any play you can call I can call better” every year. There will be final scores of 88-79. It’s going to be spectacular.2. West Virginia is who I wanted all along, and here’s why: they’re good at football, yes, but they’re also outstanding at basketball. They’ve finished in the top 25 in three of the last six seasons and been to the dance six of the last seven, including three Sweet 16s. An already-loaded hoops conference just took a step up.3. Trips to Morgantown. Nolan, Amilian, Quade, and I may or may not have exchanged 100 emails about this already. Morgantown seems like it would be the Vegas of college towns, no? You have a better one?4. Scott Drew finally has a “wow, I might be the shadiest college basketball coach in the country” rival!
Manchester United ‘Lukaku is fit’ – Belgium to risk Man Utd wrath following Fellaini blow Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 19:42 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester United Belgium Belgium v Cyprus Cyprus WC Qualification Europe Premier League Romelu Lukaku Roberto Martinez has suggested that he could use the Red Devils striker against Cyprus, having seen a fellow Old Trafford star suffer ligament damage Romelu Lukaku has been declared “fit” by Belgium, but Manchester United will be sweating on his possible involvement in World Cup qualifying action.The £75 million striker was forced to sit out a meeting with Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday as he nursed an ankle complaint.United 15/8 to beat Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. With a crucial domestic fixture against Liverpool approaching, United boss Jose Mourinho would have been hoping for a positive update on the 24-year-old.He has now got one, but has also seen Belgium coach Roberto Martinez suggest that he could be used against Cyprus on Tuesday.The former Everton manager told reporters: “Romelu Lukaku is fit. We are in touch with Man United’s medical team. I haven’t received a phone call from Jose Mourinho as yet.”While they have nursed one United star back to fitness, Belgium have seen another laid low while away on international duty.Marouane Fellaini lasted just 29 minutes against Bosnia before being forced off with a knee complaint.An untimely knock has seen him ruled out of a crunch clash with Liverpool on Saturday, as he joins Paul Pogba on the Old Trafford injury list.Belgium announced shortly after seeing Fellaini laid low that he was facing “a couple of weeks” out, with his setback coming at a bad time for United.Despite limiting Mourinho’s options, Martinez remains confident that “unfortunate” injuries will not lead to a breakdown in the relationship between club and country.He added: “It was a very unfortunate injury for Marouane Fellaini.“I don’t think the state of the pitch played any part and it was just a collision between two strong players who wanted to win the ball, and unfortunately Marouane ended up with damage in his ligament.“But there was nothing wrong in that respect so the relationship is very, very good with Manchester United as you would expect.”With Fellaini set to sit out United’s trip to Anfield, Mourinho is likely to turn to the club’s reigning Player of the Year, Ander Herrera, to help provide cover in the middle of the park.
Lionel Messi Messi-Neymar World Cup final is the dream for Argentina boss Sampaoli Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 15:55 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Neymar Argentina World Cup Brazil PSG Barcelona Like everyone else, a man charged with delivering global success in Russia next summer is hoping to see two superstars of the game go head-to-head Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli is hoping for a “dream” World Cup final showdown between Lionel Messi and Brazil star Neymar in Russia.Messi’s Argentina and Neymar’s Brazil could meet in a blockbuster all-South American final in Moscow next July if results go according to plan.Argentina – runners-up in 2014 – were drawn in Group D with Croatia, Nigeria and debutants Iceland on Friday, while five-time champions Brazil headline Group E, which includes Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked about a mouth-watering showdown with rivals Brazil which would reunite former Barcelona team-mates Messi and Neymar, Sampaoli told Omnisport: “It would be a dream a final against Brazil. Neymar versus Messi.”It would be incredible. I hope your dream is fulfilled.”Argentina’s hopes of claiming a third World Cup rest heavily on five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, who has 29 club trophies to his name but is without a senior international honour for La Albiceleste.Messi’s hat-trick in the final match of CONMEBOL qualifying saw Argentina scrape though to Russia, having faced the strong possibility of missing the showpiece event.With 16 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season, Messi’s form has Sampaoli’s Argentina daring to dream.”I see Messi splendid, mature, confident, knowing who he is,” Sampaoli said.”For us, knowing that he is in this form gives us one more reason to dream.”
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Urban Meyer to USC has been a major rumor in college football circles for well over a year. Clay Helton hasn’t done much to lock down his job so far during the 2019 season, and with an opening at athletic director, it seems pretty certain that whomever lands that prestigious job will want to make his or her mark quickly by filling the biggest job in the athletic department.Meyer makes sense on a number of football levels. Assuming he’s open to coaching again, he’s pretty clearly the best coach available.Of course, there is a (likely) reason why he is not still head coach at Ohio State. The Zach Smith saga has harmed his reputation with a number of people.Dan Patrick discussed the potential that USC could make a big coup, hiring Gene Smith away from Ohio State to be athletic director, and bring Meyer with him. He then heard from a faculty member at the school who believes new president Carol Holt, a native of Ohio. Patrick also thinks he may have a front runner for the Trojans’ AD job.DP shares some inside info on a road block that could prevent USC from hiring Urban Meyer as their next coach + a name to keep an eye on for the new AD of the Trojans pic.twitter.com/eWj5riv05Z— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) September 19, 2019From the clip:“It would be tough for the female USC president to hire Urban Meyer at this point, with his past. Looked passed spousal abuse and then lied about it. If you’re looking for an athletic director for USC, it won’t be Gene Smith at Ohio State.“I was saying, you got a new president from Ohio. You could bring in the athletic director from Ohio State, and then you can bring in Urban Meyer.“I was told Mark Jackson, who is the athletic director at Villanova, used to be at USC, Pete Carroll guy, he would be the guy that they would probably bring in, and then he would bring in his own coach.”It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Meyer back coaching at a major program next year, and it could be USC, but whichever program it is will have to overcome questions about the Smith scandal, and Meyer’s knowledge ahead of it breaking last off-season.
New Delhi: Reliance Capital (Rcap) Thursday said it will exit the mutual funds business by selling its stake in Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd (RNAM) to its joint venture partner Japan’s Nippon Life Insurance. Both partners hold 42.88 per cent each in the company, while the rest is with public shareholders. Reliance Capital said it has signed binding definitive agreements with Nippon Life Insurance of Japan. “Pursuant to the agreements, Nippon Life will also make an open offer to the public shareholders of RNAM at Rs 230 per share, as required under Sebi regulations, and reach the maximum permissible promoter shareholding of 75 per cent for listed companies,” Reliance Capital said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”The transaction price represents a premium of 15.5 per cent to the minimum 60-day price as specified under the Sebi Takeover Regulations,” it added. Reliance Capital said it will receive proceeds of approximately Rs 6,000 crore through sale of its shareholding to Nippon Life Insurance at Rs 230 a share, and the simultaneous Offer For Sale (OFS) to other financial investors. “The entire proceeds of Rs 6,000 crore will be utilised to reduce Reliance Capital’s outstanding debt by 33 per cent,” it added. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefReliance Group Chairman Anil D Ambani said, “…Our longstanding and most valued partner, Nippon Life Insurance, is increasing its stake in RNAM to 75 per cent. The monetisation of the RNAM stake is part of our value unlocking strategy. We expect this transaction, together with other deals underway, to substantially reduce Rcap’s debt by over 50 per cent in the current financial year”. JM Financial Limited acted as the advisor to Reliance Capital for the above transaction. Shares of Reliance Capital were trading 2.34 per cent higher at Rs 131.35 apiece on BSE.
New Delhi: A 14-year-old girl from Meghalaya was raped and sexually assaulted by four men at different locations in the NCR, over five days, after she arrived in the city on August 2. The police on Thursday arrested two men for allegedly raping the girl and a woman for conspiring against her. According to the police, the victim, a school drop-out, had left home on July 30 with a man, who is one of two suspects still at large. She told the police in her complaint that a friend, who had been working as a medical attendant (nurse) in Gurugram for the last two years, brought her to the city on the pretext of getting her a job in a private hospital. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Police commissioner Muhammad Akil said that an official from the Meghalaya House approached them in the wee hours of Thursday with the girl and alleged that she was raped by two different men, and molested by two others at different places in the city. “She had eloped from her house with her friend on July 30. He introduced her to his friends and roommates in Rajendra Park, who offered her beer and forced themselves on her. The victim could not converse in Hindi or English and so, we had to take assistance from an interpreter,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The girl was first raped in Rajendra Park, allegedly by Lokesh alias Lambu, a roommate of her friend’s. She was later introduced to Bhupinder Singh, who owns an office in Sector 38 and runs a business of providing medical attendants and caretakers for patients, the police said. The girl’s companion had allegedly introduced her to one Ritu and her husband, Om Prakash, residents of Chauma. On August 5, Ritu allegedly took her to Singh’s office in Sector 38 on the pretext of helping her get a job. “The woman introduced her to Singh and left his office. The girl said she was offered a beer and upon drinking it, passed out, following which he raped her,” said Akil. The girl also alleged that her friend took her to Delhi, where Lokesh had raped her again. She told the police that Prakash had also touched her inappropriately. The girl recorded her statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) before the magistrate in the district and sessions court on Thursday and her medical examination, conducted at Civil Hospital, confirmed rape, the police said. “The victim told us that she had come to Gurugram in July with the same man but had returned, as she could not understand the language,” Akil said. The police said she is in trauma, due to which they are yet to establish the sequence of events. All the accused work as medical attendants in the city and will be produced before the court on Friday, the police said. Two other suspects — her friend and Lokesh — are on the run. “The victim told us that on Wednesday she had called two long-time acquaintances Meghalaya who reside in Delhi and revealed her ordeal to them, following which they informed Meghalaya House. The team reached Gurugram around 3.30am,” said Akil. A case under sections 6 and 8 of POCSO and 120B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the women’s police station (west) on Thursday. Akil said he had formed two teams early Thursday and within a few hours, they had arrested the three suspects. “They have confessed to the crime,” he said. Despite repeated attempts, no official from Meghalaya House could be contacted.(Inputs from Hindustan Times)
Rabat – After incurring months of heavy criticism for his alleged preference for the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino is now sending messages of objectivity and neutrality ahead of next week’s vote to determine the winning bid.“FIFA can afford whatever the congress decides,” Infantino said on Monday, a suggestion that no one in the FIFA administration would begrudge Morocco its success should the Moroccan bid triumph on June 13.“We have to live with that and to make the best of any decision which is taken,” Infantino added. Last week, the task force published its final assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the two contending bids. Morocco’s bid, which was deemed “sufficient” by FIFA’s committee of technical experts, was declared “fit” to organize a tournament at FIFA standards for the World Cup.The task force, however, ranked the North American bid “significantly higher” in terms of projected financial returns.Asked whether Morocco’s triumph would be more costly for FIFA, Infantino stated that “money is one element, but not the only [one].” According to Infantino, the report only highlighted that a prospective Moroccan triumph would require more investment in construction and renovation.Adamant that the task force was diligent and fair, Infantino reiterated FIFA’s executive board’s neutrality throughout the entire process of the evaluation and scrutiny of the Moroccan and the joint North American bids: “What our task has been is to make sure the process is as objective, as clear as possible and to highlight the pros and the cons of everything.”To national federations, however, Infantino’s message is that voting should be based on merit alone, rather than on any other criteria which the FIFA president described as “subjective.”“I hope when they vote they think what is best for football, definitely not on other subjective criteria that they might have for themselves.”
Briefing the Security Council this morning, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC and the head of the UN mission there (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, recalled that in August 2013, the “M23 [armed militia] was knocking on the gates” of Goma, the main city in the vast country’s restive eastern region. “I am pleased to note some tangible progress. A number of armed groups have been sent to the history books. Others will follow. In addition, a growing number of Congolese can envision a better future. These positive developments constitute the foundations of a lasting peace in the Great Lakes region.”Last year, he recalled daily reports of killings, rapes and displacement, causing suffering among the population. Last August, Council had condemned the bloody attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Congolese citizens, which forced 66,000 people to flee their homes. In addition, last year the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) activity in eastern DRC was on the rise, with reports of attacks on Rwanda territory as well. The situation is now very different, Mr. Kobler pointed out. “Today, through joint efforts of Congolese military and the UN force, the M23 is no more. Today the FARDC [Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo] – at great cost to its troops – has reduced the ADF to a shadow of its former self.“Today, almost 4,000 combatants from a mixed bag of Congolese armed groups have surrendered. And today, the FDLR appears to start to voluntarily disarm while almost 500,000 displaced persons have returned to their homes,” he said. However, he warned that the situation remained fragile and “not irreversible.” The DRC Government believes that there are still 1,500 FDLR combatants in the country. He expressed concern that their leadership was largely ignoring orders by multiple parties to transfer the first groups out of preliminary camp. This was preventing further disarmament.“I suggest joint military operations against the FDLR factions that do not want to disarm and take action against those who continue to violate human rights,” said Mr. Kobler, adding that “standing still means we are moving backwards.”The longer the process takes, the higher the risk that rival armed groups may seek to replace the FDLR in liberated areas, he warned. He also expressed deep concern over the massacre of 33 people in Mutarule on 3 June. The National Police and Army as well as MONUSCO failed to intervene although they were close to the location. He stressed the need for “accountability for inaction,” and said that the incident brought to light that it is not enough to be present – one has to act to protect civilians. Also briefing the Council today, Mary Robinson, in her last appearance before the Security Council as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, recalled that welcoming on 31 May the FDLR’s announcement of voluntary surrender. “However, the process has yet to gain sufficient traction to show it is credible,” she said, adding that while progress has been achieved, much more work is required in the days ahead. On a larger front, serious challenges confront the progress made in security and development. Under the Peace Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework, all parties must immediately and effectively address the challenges or else they have the potential to undo the progress achieved, and ultimately undermine peace.“The PSC Framework offers solutions to cycles of conflicts that were decades in the making. It would not be realistic to expect that solutions would come overnight,” said Mrs. Robinson. Equally central to the success of the PSC Framework is the full participation of civil society, particularly women and youth, which are too often left out in critical decision making processes, despite their significant proportional stake in the affairs of the region. She also cited the humanitarian situation, impunity, the plight of refugees and displaced persons, restoration of state authority in the eastern DRC, the acceleration of the reform of the security sector and the process of voluntary disarmament of the FDLR.
Briefing the Council in New York, Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, explained developments and downfalls he’s witnessed since the official peace ceremony last year.Pesident Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, entered into a peace accord last September, which would see him return as Vice President, in a move to end the country’s brutal six-year civil war – the result of on-going clashes between opposing party loyalists in 2013.Mr. Shearer said Mr. Machar’s visit to the capital Juba last week, at the invitation of President Kiir, “was an important development”, noting the apparent “conciliatory” demeanor between the two forces who spent “several hours in formal and informal discussions.”“These meetings need to continue”, he stressed. ‘Cautious optimism’A positive outcome of the meeting was the renewed commitment to forming a transitional government, he said, which “maintains the momentum of peace and bolsters confidence among South Sudanese.”However, the citizens of what is the world’s youngest nation, are proceeding with “cautious optimism”, the Secretary-General’s latest report on future peace plans states.As a ceasefire has continued in most parts of the country, more internally displaced persons are expressing a willingness to return home. Yet, “several impediments exist, including uncertainty about the peace process,” the peace plan highlights.Mr. Shearer said the challenge of receiving “tangible results” towards a lasting peace, still remains and highlighted the need for progress in three areas: Unification of security forces; political consensus on the number of states and boundaries; and finalizing leadership details of the transitional government.The Mission chief praised the positive outcomes so far, including diminishing cases of displacement, improvements in food security and commitment to security at the grassroots level.If more people can return home, food and farming productivity can also pick up, Mr. Shearer said. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), South Sudan’s cereal production has increased by 150,000 metric tonnes in the last year, “an indication of what peace can provide.”“Still, some 6.3 million people – or 54 percent of the population – remain food insecure and have limited access to healthcare. And we’ve also noted, that child malnutrition in the short term, has also increased”, he lamented, though “severity maps” from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) show a trend in “becoming more orange and yellow, rather than red.”In terms of getting people help on the ground, access is “improving” Mr. Shearer reported, adding that incidents are down 30 per cent from last year, which has “emboldened humanitarians to plan greater outreach to more remote areas.”Stimulating the peace process, ‘improving lives’UNMISS is doing its part to rebalance deployment of peacekeepers, “moving away from static protection…to increase confidence building patrols in areas where people will be returning to”, he said.“However, the Government must take the lead” when it comes to creating a climate of safety for its people.Mr. Shearer stressed that “a South Sudan that is truly at peace will no longer need UN protection sites.”Looking forward, he underscored the pivotal role of national elections in the years ahead, stressing that the new Transitional Government “provides an opportunity to lift our gaze from immediate challenges,” and see the official change in Government as a chance to resolve conflict by “democratic rather than violent means.”The political space should address the country’s lack of transparency when it comes to oil revenue spending, unpaid soldiers, and delayed pay for civil servants.“The bottom line is this. While the situation for many South Sudanese citizens remains bleak, the last year of peace has kick-started a transformative process that is improving lives,” Mr. Shearer concluded.He recounted personally witnessing “former enemies, once committed to killing each other, sitting amicable across the table planning a future together.”If South Sudan’s officials “every needed inspiration to reconcile and work in the country’s best interests, they can find it under trees and in tukuls where communities are coming together to build peace,” he said.Attesting to work by UNMISS alongside local communities, Mr. Shearer said, “I promise you” work is being done “to lay strong foundations so that peace is sustained.”“The peace process remains precarious, but progress is being made,” the special representative encouraged.
The Duke and Duchess, together with Prince Harry, launched the Heads Together campaign to bring together mental health charities in a national effort to destigmatise mental health. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “If one of these other issues took so many young lives, there would be a national outcry. But there has only ever been silence. And this has to stop. This silence is killing good people.” Credit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended an assembly on children’s mental health at a primary school earlier in the dayCredit:Ian Vogler /PA He went on: “I was already experiencing the benefits of this open, positive approach to mental health in my work in Search and rescue and as an Air Ambulance pilot. In both these environments, every member of the crew is actively encouraged to admit to when we are feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope, whatever the cause – our work or our home life. “My employer, I’m proud to say, knows about the value of normalizing mental health, and treating it with the same respect that we confer on physical health. This should be the norm.” “But I got interested in mental health for another reason. One that was related to my work as an Air Ambulance pilot. “It was suicide, a subject that is so often hidden. The suicide rate among young men in this country is an appalling stain on our society. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 40 in this country. Not cancer, not knife crime, not road deaths – suicide. Credit:Eddie Mulholland It is the official charity of the 2017 London Marathon, which the royal trio hope will become the “mental health marathon”. The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a magenta outfit by Oscar de la Renta, were attending a symposium in London of the Guild of Health Writers at which Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, said Britain was in the grip of an “anxiety epidemic”.He said the number of young men suffering from anxiety had doubled from 1.9 per cent to 3.8 per cent, and that men were more likely than women to keep quiet about it.But he said there was some good news, because the number of people seeking help had risen from 25 per cent to 37 per cent. Credit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph The Duke of Cambridge has stressed that “silence can kill” as he urged people struggling with their mental health to tell someone about it.Addressing an audience of health writers, he said he had benefited from a working environment as a helicopter pilot in which all crew members were encouraged to admit to feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope.For others, though, minor issues can become serious for people who are afraid to talk about their problems, he said, so that on average it takes a sufferer 10 years to admit to a problem.As a result, said the Duke, suicide has become the leading cause of death in men under 40, a fact he described as “an appalling stain on our society”. Credit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Mental health, said the Duke, is “the great taboo” and it is vital to “normalise” the subject so that it is viewed in the same way as physical health.He said that until now: “If you were anxious, it’s because you were weak. If you couldn’t cope with whatever life threw at you, it’s because you were failing“Successful, strong people don’t suffer like that, do they. But of course – we all do. It’s just that few of us speak about it. Show more
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Only a few months ago Nintendo announced they were against DLC. CEO Satoru Iwata said that making customers pay excessively for extra content was effective in terms of short term profit, but would not serve their mid-term and long-term business developments. Reggie Fils-aime, president of Nintendo of America, has also been quite negative on DLC, suggesting gamers want a complete experience up front.Yet today, Nintendo announced their first ever DLC for 3DS title New Super Mario Bros. 2. It seems Nintendo has had a sudden change of heart since Reggie and Iwata made comments on why Nintendo doesn’t do DLC. Perhaps they are worried about the upcoming Wii U release and need some short term profit. If they also plan to release DLC for the Wii U, it might attract more third party developers to release games on the console as it acts as an incentive because devs can make more money per title.Even though Nintendo is the first to announce a next generation console, many fear they are behind the competition, at least as far as the technology goes. Because Nintendo is the only company not to do DLC (until now), and their online stores for Wii and DS are nowhere near as popular as Xbox Marketplace and the PSN store, they might have felt the need to catch up here, too.However, such an announcement makes Nintendo seem hypocritical and it is sure to upset a at least a few gamers. How can Nintendo’s CEO make anti-DLC comments in January this year, but then change his mind come June? It hints at a company not completely at ease with its own strategy in the face of growing competition.More at IGN, image via Reddit
Greeks and philhellenes around the world have been left in shock over the scenes in Attica, Greece the past few days as wildfires ravaged villages and suburbs east of Athens.People have lost their lives, loved ones; homes have burnt down, while others are fighting for life, and many are still missing.There has been an outpouring of empathy and assistance in Greece, with emergency services personnel and volunteers coming to people’s aid.For those abroad wishing to contribute in some way, the Greek government has set up a reconstruction and support fund for the areas and people affected by the disaster.Advisor to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the Hellenic Republic, Penny Douti has been appointed coordinator for the fund.The details are as follows:Eidikos Logariasmos Pyroplikton ths 23hs kai 24hs Iouliou 2018Bank of GreeceBIC/SWIFT: BNGRGRAAIBAN: GR 4601000230000002341195169Meanwhile a number of other official bank accounts have been set up, and are accepting donations for the victims.Municipality of Rafina-Pikermi:Piraeus BankIBAN: GR20 0172 1860 0051 8609 2291 418Hellenic Red Cross:EurobankIBAN: GR64 0260 2400 0003 1020 1181 388Doctors of the World (Greece): National Bank of GreeceIBAN: GR27 0110 1410 0000 1412 9611 217Alpha BankIBAN: GR06 0140 1990 1990 0200 2002 401Piraeus BankIBAN: GR03 0172 0180 0050 1800 5706 640The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has been in contact with Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister Terence Quick and the Greek Ambassador to Australia amongst other officials. In a press release they revealed that they have been advised to wait for direction from Greece to best target any assistance that the diaspora would seek to offer.In the meantime, the GCM has written to other Victorian Greek community organisations seeking a collaborative approach for the relief program that is expected to follow.“We have spoken with both the Delphi Bank and the Bank of Sydney and asked them to open the relevant accounts to allow for donations to start to be collected. I have also spoken with a number of Greek community leaders encouraging them to coordinate altogether and provide a targeted response as requested by the Greek authorities” said GCM president Bill Papastergiadis.“I am sure that there will be a number of ways in which we can assist and have already started to collate the possible relief beneficiaries. To that extent, I have only just spoken with Giorgios Patoulis, the President of the Federal Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), who informed me that his organisation with the support of the Mayor of Rafina, will set up a fund for first home owners who lost a home and were uninsured,” he added.A meeting is due to be announced shortly to detail the relief program for all community leaders, with all organisations encouraged to attend.Neos Kosmos will endeavour to keep you updated on all other official efforts to assist.For further information on the fund set up by the Greek government, email firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more on the work being done by Doctors of the World, visit https://mdmgreece.gr/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
With Battlefield 1 having recently been released and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare just a couple of weeks away, Titanfall 2 has some stiff competition in the world of AAA first person shooters this year. Whereas the previous Titanfall launched virtually unchallenged, Titanfall 2 is going to have a tough time securing a spot on gamers’ shelves this fall.Despite being the underdog of the three-way FPS race, Titanfall 2 does have a lot going for it. New features, a revamped multiplayer, and the inclusion of an honest-to-goodness single player campaign make Titanfall 2 superior to its multiplayer-only predecessor. Now that it is on the PlayStation 4, the Titanfall series has room to grow exponentially and has a better shot at becoming one of this generation’s powerhouse franchises. If you’re an FPS fan, this is one game you’ll regret overlooking.Below are five reasons why you should be excited for Titanfall 2.A single player storyIt’s best to start off with the one thing everyone wanted from the first Titanfall — an actual single player story. Respawn had plans to include a campaign mode in Titanfall but lacked the time and resources. Thanks to an overwhelming amount of fan requests, Titanfall 2 boasts a story that will be every bit as engaging as the multiplayer mode.The story itself focuses on a soldier named Jack Cooper who allies with his squad mate’s Titan (BT-7274) in order to fight aliens, robots, and human enemies on a hostile world. Though the story is linear, levels are open-ended enough that players can accomplish goals any way they wish. Like any good FPS game, players have to take out foes by using an obscene amount of fire power. However, certain sections allow for a more stealthy approach. On top of run-and-gun action, there will also be a good number of platforming puzzles to solve.Based on early reviews, the game’s story is one of the best this year — something I don’t think any of us quite expected. The series also has an interesting lore so it will be satisfying to finally see it fleshed out in this game.No one is excludedUnlike the first Titanfall which was only released on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, Titanfall 2 will be launching for the PlayStation 4.This is good news for several reasons. The main one being that PlayStation-only users won’t be left out of the party this time around. There is also the fact that the PlayStation 4 boasts the largest console user base, meaning that Titanfall 2 now has the potential to become even bigger. This in turn will lead to more games in the franchise — certainly a win for everyone involved.The only sad part here is that players will be segregated to their own ecosystems and won’t be able to play against one another via crossplay. I realize this isn’t something that is exactly common, but now that the door is open to such a feature, it would have been nice to see in Titanfall 2.Free contentRespawn is going against the grain by giving away all post-launch content for free. In an age where gamers expect to pay more for even the most insignificant additional content, giving users free DLC is borderline insanity. This fact alone should earn Respawn a lot of credit among gamers and pay off with boosted game sales.Vince Zampella said that he and the team want players to be “happy with their $60 game.” Because of this mindset, all of the game’s maps and modes will be available to download at no additional charge. Releasing DLC for free will cost Respawn money, but as I mentioned above, if the game ends up selling more copies because people know all of its DLC will be free, the losses will be mitigated.Releasing free DLC is certainly a gamble, but one that should pay off (quite literally) if Respawn engenders enough goodwill from the gaming community.Revamped multiplayerTitanfall had a solid multiplayer the first time around and Respawn is looking to take what worked and streamline it for the sequel. While multiplayer may not be the only playable mode in Titanfall 2, it is still receiving all of the attention it needs in order to compete with the likes of Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.Some of the chaos of the first game has been toned down in order to make things friendlier for newcomers. After all, you want people to have a grasp of what’s happening around them in multiplayer in order to make things fair. One way the game is doing this is by making it so your position isn’t revealed to players whenever you shoot at NPC foes. The last thing you want is for another player to shoot you in the back while you’re busy defending yourself from AI opponents.There is now a heavier emphasis on customization. Everything from your player character to Titan can be customized in a variety of ways. More options open up as you level up, but even at lower levels you are given a lot of things to work with. Customization isn’t just cosmetic either, and there will be loads of options to help tailor the game to fit your specific play style.Overall, the multiplayer mode has more content than before. This is important considering how many players stopped playing Titanfall shortly after it launched. With extra modes, more diverse maps, and greater customization options, players should be playing Titanfall 2 for quite some time.New gameplay mechanicsIt wouldn’t be fun if Titanfall 2 was exactly like the first game. Thankfully, Respawn has added a few new mechanics meant to not only differentiate it from its predecessor, but make the game more enjoyable overall.New mechanics include a throwable pulse blade that shows the location of nearby foes, a holographic pilot that copies a player’s actions, the ability to slide, and a grappling hook that helps players traverse the world more efficiently. There is also the inclusion of classes for Titans, each with its own set of abilities.Wall running makes a comeback but it has been slowed down somewhat so that it is easier to chain together with zip-lining. The pace may not be as fast as before, but this helps players get a better feel for their surroundings. And, as previously mentioned, it lessens some of the craziness of playing online. That last part could be seen as a negative, but knowing what you’re doing — especially in multiplayer — is always a good thing.What excites you the most about Titanfall 2? Let us know in the comments below.
Stay on target Climate change is here to stay. And if we want future generations to survive on this planet (at least until they lower ticket prices for commercial flights to Mars), we need to come up with a fix—and fast.One idea, favored among economists for reducing global-warming emissions, is so-called carbon pricing: charging folks for the right to expend carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.But this option is “naive,” according to physicist and science writer Mark Buchanan.Citing a new study, Buchanan warned in an op-ed for Bloomberg that a significant carbon tax “could trigger food shortages by 2050 for many of the poorest people in the world, and even be worse than climate change continuing completely unabated.”The research paper, published late last month in the journal Nature Climate Change, points out the obvious: crop production is in grave danger, thanks to warmer and drier conditions.But efforts to mitigate climate change through comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions reductions may also “negatively affect food security,” the study said.A colorless, odorless gas, carbon dioxide occurs naturally in Earth’s atmosphere as a trace gas. It is used in fire extinguishers and air guns, as a chemical feedstock and solvent in decaf coffee; companies add it to water and carbonated beverages, and it makes for one hell of a magic show when frozen solid.Sounds harmless, right? Wrong: CO2 is the most significant long-lived greenhouse gas, rapidly increasing its concentration and leading to global warming and ocean acidification.Some analysts have suggested levying a tax on the carbon content of fuels, in hopes of reducing the harmful levels of CO2 emissions and decelerating climate change.A number of countries—including Singapore, Australia, Denmark, France, Norway, and the UK—have implemented carbon or energy taxes, typically imposed on energy products and motor vehicles, rather than carbon dioxide emissions directly.Though the US is one of the few large, industrialized nations that does not implement a tariff, many American corporations have set an internal price on carbon. In 2010, Montgomery County, Maryland passed the nation’s first county-level carbon tax.But many scientists believe this is the wrong approach.“By 2050, stringent climate mitigation policy, if implemented evenly across all sectors and regions, would have a greater negative impact on global hunger and food consumption than the direct impacts of climate change,” the research paper said. “The negative impacts would be more prevalent in vulnerable, low-income regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where food security problems are already acute.”As Buchanan pointed out, these are “only estimates,” and there is “plenty of uncertainty in this analysis.”Still, the study is a good reminder of how creative we’ll need to be in finding ways to deal with global warming.“In addition to emissions reductions, we’re going to need wise agricultural policies, stronger social safety nets, and better international cooperation,” Buchanan said.And probably some help from Captain Planet.Climate change has far-reaching consequences: from rising sea levels to a shortage of iconic brunch drinks. Find out more about the frightening future of our planet here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel
Share your voice FCC 6 Mobile FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says lawmakers need not worry about 5G safety concerns. / Getty Images FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is trying to quell fears among lawmakers that 5G radios are dangerous to health. On Thursday, the chairman sent a series of letters to lawmakers in response to inquiries about health concerns related to 5G that been sent to him in the past couple of months. In each of the letters he said that the FCC places a “high priority on the safety of wireless services and devices.” He said the agency’s guidelines for RF exposure are derived from guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the industry group the IEEE and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. “The FCC relies on the expertise of health and safety agencies and organizations with respect to appropriate levels of RF exposure,” he said. “These institutions have extensive experience and knowledge in RF-related issues and have spent a considerable amount of time evaluating published scientific studies that can inform appropriate exposure limits.”The response comes as concerns about the safety of 5G wireless technology has been increasing among lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Three Congressmen in the past two months have sent letters to the agency expressing their concerns about potential negative health effects due to exposure to radio frequencies used in delivering 5G wireless service. Representatives Andy Kim, a Democrat from New Jersey, Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat from New York, and Peter Defazio, a Democrat from Oregon, say their constituents are worried that 5G radios, which are being deployed atop street lights every few blocks in many communities, may have negative effects that are still unknown. “Small cell towers are being installed in residential neighborhoods in close proximity to houses throughout my district,” said Rep. Suozzi in his letter. “I have heard instances of these antennae being installed on light poles directly outside the window of a young child’s bedroom. Rightly so, my constituents are worried that should this technology be proven hazardous in the future, the health of their families and value of their properties would be at serious risk.”5G, which refers to the fifth generation of cellular technology, is the next big thing in wireless technology and it’s been hailed as the foundation for other big trends like self-driving cars and streaming virtual reality.Unlike previous generations of wireless, 5G will require up to five times the amount of infrastructure as 3G or 4G deployments. The big promise of 5G — a massive leap in speed — requires the use of super high-frequency radio waves, called millimeter-wave spectrum, that are limited by range and obstructions like trees. The result is a network requiring radios on every city block, versus 4G gear that transmits signals over miles.What this means is that there could be nearly 800,000 of these so-called small cells deployed in the US between 2018 and 2026 to provide 5G, according to a study commissioned by the wireless industry trade group CTIA. In a separate report, CTIA estimates that roughly 323,000 cell sites were in service at the end of 2017.Rep. Kim said in his letter that the FCC noted that the agency has not updated its regulations regarding radiofrequency RF safety since 1996. He also pointed out that the current RF safety guidelines don’t account for the higher frequencies that 5G service uses or the fact that so many more radios are needed to achieve 5G service coverage. He asked the FCC to answer a series of questions about what research has been conducted as it relates to the safety of 5G.”Despite the close proximity to sensitive areas where these high-band cells will be installed, little research has been conducted to examine 5G safety,” he said. He added that the FCC has admitted that its guidelines need to be reassessed with respect to the use of newer wireless technologies. Rep. Defazio noted that the Government Accountability Office made a similar recommendation in 2012. “It is unacceptable that six years later the FCC still has not conducted a reassessment of its 1996 guidelines,” Defazio said in his letter.In his letters, Pai noted that the FCC has had an open proceeding to address updating its guidelines since 2013. And he assured the lawmakers the agency is working through the “voluminous” record to see if anything needs to be changed or updated. But he did not address specific concerns brought up in the letters. He also offered to bring congressional staff into the FCC’s testing facility in Columbia, Maryland so that they could “see and speak with our engineers and technicians as they operate the RF testing equipment.”Pai’s response is consistent with comments he made to the press in April. When asked about the issue during a press conference in April, Pai acknowledged that the nature of 5G “will be very different” than 4G, since it relies on small cells. But he said that the radios operate at much lower power than traditional cell sites. He added that “from that perspective, I am confident that in consultation with the FDA, which is the lead on this issue, that the technology will be safe.” Tags Comments
Prem SinghPR HandoutPrem Singh is gearing up to make his acting debut with an upcoming Bollywood movie, which is currently in the pre-production stages. The aspiring actor is eager to share the details of his first film.To be an actor was Prem Singh’s childhood dream. However, some dreams require a lot of patience and perseverance. Also, the journey of getting into the film industry isn’t an easy one. One has to face rejections and also wait for longer than expected to get their first acting project.However, Prem Singh was stubborn enough to not give up on his dream to become an actor even if it would take years to fulfil it. Prem is the owner of Aashapura marbles and also does a lot of donations. Along with all of this, he kept his passion and love for acting and films alive till he gets a right opportunity to shine.All his patience, honesty and hard work have finally paid off. Prem Singh will soon be making his Bollywood debut and for the same, he has collaborated with one of the phenomenal directors. As the project is on the initial stage, Prem can’t reveal much but he is extremely happy that his first acting project in Bollywood is so promising.In a statement, Prem said, “I’ve always loved movies. I used to watch almost every movie in the theatre and act like the actors when I would come home. That’s when I realised I also want to become an actor. I’ve taken part in local plays during my college days and it has helped me understand the craft more. Now that I am finally set to work in a film, I have no words to express my joy.”