Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University kept its immaculate slate against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament after a hardfought five-set win, 17-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs, who improved to 7-4, were the only ones who have defeated the Lady Eagles this season. ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix taps ‘rim protector’ McKay in place of Puerto Rico-bound Phelps MOST READ He inserted Gayle Valdez in the final two sets to allow them to focus on the offense and keep them fresh in the fifth period.“I’m just happy they were able to deliver in the crucial moments,” said Gorayeb.NU, though, paid the price of leaving off its liberos in the first three sets as Ateneo scored 20 service aces compared to its nine.The Lady Bulldogs, though, retaliated with an aerial assault, outscoring the Lady Eagles 13-5 in blocks.Santiago led all scorers with 25 points while Aiko Urdas and Jorelle Singh combined for 23 points for NU.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Jaja Santiago put the Lady Bulldogs at match point, 14-11, with an emphatic kill but it was a Lady Eagle’s handiwork that handed NU the victory when Jhoana Maraguinot’s attack went long.NU head coach Roger Gorayeb said their win against Ateneo, which gave them sole ownership of the third seed, was a huge step for them if they want to finish in the top four of the ladder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“This is a huge win for us because right now we have to beat everyone we play against,” said Gorayeb whose team struggled in the first half of the season. “We fell short early in the tournament so we have to accumulate wins to finish either third or fourth.”Gorayeb, after taking out his liberos in the fourth set of their win against University of the East, started the game against Ateneo utilizing only attacking players. LATEST STORIES Jhoana Maraguinot had 18 points to lead Ateneo while Kat Tolentino added 17.Jia Morado, who’s been the catalyst to Ateneo’s offense, finished with 47 excellent sets, nine more than NU’s Jasmine Nabor. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos
Nothing epitomizes the plight that Greece has found inself in, better than the desolate venues that hosted the 2004 Olympic Games. One by one, these expensive sports centres, which cost fortunes to build, have been abandoned, left to rot, modern ruins of excessive spending, government corruption and the irresponsibe stance of a once-proud nation. This is precisely the reason that these same projects were chosen as the perfect setting for Nike’s ad campaign. The sportswear giant is set to send an empowering, uplifting message, delivered by four of the most impressive and inspiring competitive athletes that emerged in Greece these past few years. In the ad, swimmer Eleni Hatzimitrou, Paralympic runner Michalis Seitis, NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo and pole vaulter Nikoleta Kyriakopulou prepare to ply their craft. A voiceover, delivered in Greek, sends a message of defiance. “We will not be defined by circumstance,” read the English captions. “We will not be undone by what is broken. We are more than our surroundings. We are the makers of our fate.” The company’s Greek marketing department created the ad with Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, hoping to inspire the country’s athletes, amateur and professional alike. Its goal also includes showing “young people how sport can motivate them to improve their everyday lives, and help them to beat the odds and take ownership of their future,” the brand says. Although the ad avoids explicitly mentioning the financial crisis and its consequences – especially among the young population (which is the core target of the brand’s products) – the implications seem clear enough. Greek youth were hit particularly hard by dire fiscal straits, with almost 52 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds out of work—double the overall unemployment rate of 24.4 percent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
.Dhaka has proposed a new agreement to address the problems faced by the Bangladeshi migrant workers in Saudi Arabia and also to protect their rights there.According to officials concerned, the proposal was forwarded at a meeting of joint technical committee in the Saudi capital, Riyadh on 14 March.”The Saudi authorities have assured Bangladesh of considering the agreement. They also said they would address the problems faced by the migrant workers,” deputy chief of Bangladesh mission in Riyadh, Md Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo.He said the agreement was proposed to improve working conditions including safety and security and fair wages for the Bangladeshi workers.A large number of migrants are not getting jobs while female migrants are being tortured physically and sexually in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, stakeholders said.They alleged that the migration cost is high due to visa trading and unethical practices by a section of unscrupulous recruiting agencies.As a result, it has been difficult to ensure safe migration, the stakeholders pointed out.Labour migration to Saudi Arabia has noticeably declined recently.A total of 66,680 overseas jobseekers went to Saudi Arabia in the first two months of this year while the number was 94,528 in the first two months of 2017, according to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET).BMET statistics show a total of 550,000 workers went to Saudi Arabia – Bangladesh’s biggest manpower market – last year.Officials said around 25-30 per cent of them are yet to get permanent jobs.Besides, many of 87,000 female domestic workers have allegedly been harassed in various ways.A large number of expatriate workers are also returning home from Saudi Arabia due to various difficulties. According to expatriates’ welfare desk at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, a total of 50,148 workers, returned home, major portion from Saudi Arabia, last year.The Bangladesh embassy in Saudi Arabia confirmed that they had given permission to at least 40,000 workers to return home last year. Most of them had to return for not getting any permanent job.As the problems surfaced in recent days, Bangladesh proposed a new labour deal to improve the situation of migrants in Saudi Arabia by ensuring rights for them.The problems of migrants were also discussed at another meeting of joint economic commission on 15 March. The meeting was attended by expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry secretary Nomita Halder and Saudi deputy labour minister Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Ammar.Officials at the Bangladesh embassy in Saudi Arabia said middlemen play a key role in sending workers without any fixed job contract. The Saudi authorities have now been working to curb the activities of middlemen in arranging visas.An agreement was signed in February 2015 to send only female domestic workers.Bangladesh has proposed the new agreement to send both male and female workers. According to new proposal, a joint committee would be formed to supervise safety and security of all workers, especially the female ones.According to Bangladeshi officials, the joint committee would finalise the deal. They would also find out a mechanism to solve the problems of migrant workers.The deal will focus on solving the problems in labour migration, protection of migrant workers and ensuring healthy working atmosphere for them. It would also work to take measures against the persons and agencies involved in visa trading and special measures such as launching a web portal for workers on contractual jobs.The Saudi authorities are also working to form a committee which will work to accelerate the process of sending the bodies of deceased Bangladeshi workers and to settle compensation related cases.The Bangladesh officials raised the problems faced particularly by Bangladeshi female housemaids. The Saudi authorities assured Bangladesh of taking necessary measures in line with their country’s laws. The committee would bring some important changes in the provisions of earlier deal including a provision that a housemaid will not have to work in more than one house.The officials, who attended the meeting, said it was also decided that the recruiting agencies will have to shoulder responsibility for terminating anybody from the job without any reason.Syed Saiful Haque, chairman of WARBE Development Foundation, a non-government organisation working for ensuring rights of migrants, said although a huge number of Bangladeshis went to Saudi Arabia in recent years, the remittances inflow has declined.Wage fall, various taxes, illegal visa trading and exploitation of female housemaids are reducing the income of migrant workers, he added.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has overseen a special forces commando operation, state media said Thursday, as tensions soar with Washington over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.President Donald Trump has sent a naval “armada” to the Korean peninsula in a show of force, accompanied by a warning that Washington is ready to take on North Korea alone if necessary.The North has since said it is ready for “war” with the US, while speculation is mounting that it might conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark the 105th birthday anniversary of founder Kim Il-Sung on Saturday.The reclusive state has long been on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five atomic tests, two of them last year.On Thursday, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim watched from an observation post as special forces dropped from light transport planes “like hail” and “mercilessly blew up enemy targets”.With a broad smile on his face, Kim praised his troops for their precision, saying “the bullets seemed to have their own eyes”, KCNA said, without identifying when the operation was held.The Rodong Sinmun — the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ Party — carried several photos from the contest including one of Kim watching the troops parachuting down from jets into an open field.Another showed him grinning from ear-to-ear as he walked by cheering soldiers.”The contest proved once again that our Korean People’s Army… will show a real taste of gun shot and real taste of war to the reckless invaders,” KCNA said.China — the North’s sole major ally — has urged the US president to take a peaceful approach to resolving the North Korean tensions.Sabre-rattling between Washington and Pyonyang has unnerved China, which is losing patience with the North but whose priority remains preventing any instability on its doorstep.Seoul and Washington are currently conducting joint military drills, an annual exercise which is seen by the North as a practice for war.
Kolkata: A major fire broke out on Thursday morning at a warehouse at Entally that stored plastic materials. Five fire tenders controlled the flames within an hour. Cooling process went on for some more time to completely douse the fire.According to local residents, on Thursday around 7:45 am, people noticed smoke coming out of a warehouse located on the Radhanath Chowdhury Road in Entally. Initially, police and fire brigade were informed and primarily two fire tenders were pressed into action. But, later three more fire tenders were deployed. As there was no one inside, none got hurt. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIn another incident, fire broke out at a bitumen factory located adjacent to the wall of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, Kolkata, at Ganganagar on Wednesday. Five fire tenders controlled the fire within few hours. According to local residents, on Wednesday around 12:30 pm, some people noticed smoke coming out of the factory. Immediately, they alerted the workers of the factory. Meanwhile, a few of them tried to douse the flames with fire extinguishers but failed as they had become defunct. Fire brigade was informed immediately. Five fire tenders doused the fire within a few hours. Fire brigade officials alleged that no fire fighting system was found inside the factory. Fire brigade officials will check whether the factory had all necessary permissions. But, action will be taken as the factory had no fire fighting system installed on its premises.