San Beda Lady Red Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda secured a semifinals berth after beating a gutsy San Sebastian side, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Cesca Raqraquin unleashed a game-high 20 points, including a kill off a bad reception by Nikka Dalisay to seal the win.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Irving scores 27 points as Celtics edge Nuggets Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track The Lady Red Spikers booked a ticket to the Final Four for the second straight year.But unlike last year, when it finished fourth, San Beda is on track to earn a twice-to-beat advantage as one of the top two teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It will be a big benefit for us and we really worked hard for that,” said San Beda coach Nemesio Gavino in Filipino.The Lady Red Spikers are currently in second place with a 7-1 record behind defending champion Arellano University (7-1), which has superior quotient. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Lady Stags (5-3), on the other hand, were with a major blow to their semis bid.Joyce Sta. Rita had 16 points while Daurene Santos tallied 15 for San Sebastian, which committed four errors that contributed to San Beda’s 7-0 run to end the match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES
H2H “new” registrantsFollowing the discovery of major discrepancies in the list of “new” registrants generated from the scrapped House-to-House (H2H) Registration exercise, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) convened an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the way forward on the matter after the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has refused to take the onus of conducting the verification process which GECOM has hurled at them. Chief Scrutineer of the Opposition, Zulfikar Mustapha, told Guyana Times that the party remains unwavering in their decision for 100 per cent verification to be done.GECOM Chair, Retired Justice Claudette Singh“The entire data from the H2H Registration that I saw is flawed and that demands a total verification and that verification has to be done by GECOM and the stakeholders because GECOM is the only party that can do verification and the stakeholders are there to scrutinise the process, so you can’t get the stakeholder to go and do verification.”He added that the onus is on GECOM to do the verification and not the PPP.“When I look at the data, the entire data is flawed, it’s corrupted and they have to get proper verification that is done to ensure that those data are flawless…so we are demanding that we should have total verification and GECOM must bid that process. They have to get GECOM officials with the stakeholders…the [political] party to go and do it,” Mustapha expressed.Some 370,000 registrations obtained during the scrapped H2H Registration exercise were sent overseas to be cross-matched with the National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD) in order to filter out the duplicates.Gemalto indicated that some 37,300 were new registrants who are eligible for voting, that is, they are above the age of 18. However, an internal check conducted by GECOM revealed that approximately 17,000 of those “new registrants” were already on the voters’ list and some have even voted in the past. The remaining 20,000 “new names” were up for further verification.On Saturday last, as the PPP scrutinised the list of “new” registrants, names of persons who were previously registered and others who are dead are on that list. In two instances of previously registered persons, former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Retired Justice Cecil Kennard is listed as a ‘new’ registrant with his occupation being Chancellor. However, Justice Kennard retired many years ago and a search of the 2015 Official List of Electors and the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) showed that he was on that list. In another instance, former Member of Parliament and Attorney-at-Law Jai Lall Kissoon is listed as a ‘new’ registrant. A perusal of the 2015 OLE and the PLE also shows that he is already registered. Additionally, the brother of a former Guyana Revenue Authority official, who died in 2007 is listed as a ‘new’ registrant. Addressing the issue at a luncheon in New York on Saturday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said that the party has found that thousands of persons who are listed as “new” registrants are already on the PLE.“Just to show how things evolve, I left Guyana Friday morning under the impression that we will have 20,556 persons, who they claimed are new registrants that GECOM will [carry out the] verification of those persons before they’re added to the voters’ list or the NRR from which they will extract the OLE…By the time I’m driving to the airport, it changed. So Lowenfield [Keith] called Zulfikar [Mustapha] that the PPP will have to do the verification, not GECOM. And so that can result now in 20000 names being added to the voters’ list who are unverified…To get it down to 20,000 was another fight…We managed to get the numbers down from 37000 to 20000 after they did the fingerprint cross-matching…We found 50 per cent of the new people already in [the] list… they just found former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Cecil Kennard is now on the list of new registrants. He’s already on the PLE but part of the 20,000 new registrants,” the Opposition Leader said.Earlier last week, it was reported that the Government-nominated Commissioners were pushing to have a sample survey done from a sample size of 10 per cent of the 20,000 “new names”, to have them verified before they are placed on the voters’ list – a process which the PPP Opposition had objected.In a statement on Friday, PPP Executive and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall indicated that the Elections Commission will not be verifying the names.“Today (Friday), GECOM has decided that it will do no verification; that the PPP scrutineers alone will have to do the field verification checks in respect of these new intended registrants and that GECOM officials will only work in the offices. This is totally unacceptable,” Nandlall contended.He noted that this decision by the Commission can only be viewed as retrograde and has the potential of impugning the integrity of the OLE and by extension, the entire General and Regional Elections set for March 2, 2020.“I can understand why the Government Commissioners may not want a 100 per cent verification exercise, because if this data is padded and fraudulent then the verification exercise will unmask it. However, the law mandates that not a single name must eventuate onto the OLE without verification. GECOM has an unconditional duty to ensure compliance with this legal requirement. Nothing short will suffice,” the former Attorney General asserted.On August 27, GECOM had announced that the controversial House-to-House Registration process would be halted on August 31.The Commissioners are expected to reconvene today to continue discussions.
How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Tags 21 TV and Movies What it meansIt would seem Captain Marvel was indeed at the other end of that pager, as everyone had assumed at the end of Infinity War. It also appears Carol survived the snap. In one of the last Captain Marvel scenes, Carol gives Fury an upgraded version of his pager, telling him to use it if he ever needs her to come back.So, is this an actual scene from Avengers: Endgame, a heavily edited version of a scene, or something filmed exclusively for the Captain Marvel postcredits scene? It’s difficult to say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t exactly how Carol’s arrival on Earth plays out in Avengers: Endgame. Nevertheless, it was awesome. Carol takes her hero shot. Marvel Scene 2: Cute and slightly disgustingWe start the scene with a tight front shot of Nick Fury’s desk from 1995. The nameplate simply says “N. Fury” on the front. His office appears to be completely vacated. The camera slowly zooms in, and Goose the cat enters the frame. Like all cats do, especially mine — a lot lately, annoyingly — he begins to cough up a hairball. After few seconds of heaving, he coughs up the Tesseract onto Fury’s desk. After a beat, the film ends.What it meansIn the movie, Goose the cat is revealed to be a Flerken. That’s an alien species that looks like a cat but can devour things with huge tentacles that come out of its mouth. During the movie, Goose swallows the Tesseract to keep it away from Star Force — the Kree’s Seal Team 6, led by Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg, which Carol is a member of at the beginning of the movie. If only they all knew what this actually was… 26 Photos Comments Captain Marvel is a fantastic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe of movies, with great performances, fantastic action, one of the best stories of any MCU movie so far and the real 90s independent movie feel. As expected, it also had two postcredits scenes. The first will probably get you even more excited about Avengers: Endgame than you already are, and the second is more of a humorous bookend to the film. Definitely stay for the first one. The second one is up to you. I will say this, though: the second one is a lot better than the second postcredits scene in Ant-man and the Wasp. And now, a huge, Quadjet-size spoiler warning if you’d rather go into the movie (and maybe Avengers: Endgame?) cold. Composite by Aaron Robinson Scene 1: Carol Danvers, allow me to introduce you to…The scene starts with a closeup of Fury’s pager from the end of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s still beeping and Captain Marvel’s symbol is still on the screen. Suddenly the pager screen goes black. We then cut to Steve Rogers and Black Widow looking over some holographic images, still getting data on how many people are dead after Thanos’ snap. Marvel Cinematic Universe postcredits scenes, rankedRhodey then enters the room and tells them the pager is no longer sending a signal. We see Bruce Banner, who says whatever signal it was sending finally crapped out. Captain Marvel just caught the train to the billion dollar club. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios “I thought we bypassed the battery,” Cap says. Replies Rhodey, “Well, we did. It’s still plugged in, just stopped.” Cap tells them to reboot it and send the signal again. Black Widow says the message was obviously important to Fury and to tell her the second they get the pager working again. “I want to know who’s on the end of that thing,” she says. Black Widow then turns to leave, and standing right in front of her is Captain Marvel looking pissed off. After a beat she asks, “Where’s Fury?” The scene ends. Share your voice Captain Marvel Marvel
A man smokes an electronic cigarette inside a vape shop in Washington. Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that its officials are working with state health authorities to examine a growing number of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette use. But it’s not the only federal agency actively investigating vaping-related health issues.Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has continued to look into a potential link between vaping and seizures. As of Aug. 7, the agency has received 127 reports of seizure or other neurological symptoms, such as fainting or tremors, that occurred after vaping between 2010 and 2019. That’s 92 additional cases since April 3, 2019, when the FDA issued its first statement, alerting people to the potential link. Read more: A timeline of recent Juul and vaping controversies “Although we still don’t have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents, we believe it’s critical to keep the public updated on the information we’ve received based on the agency’s initial request for reports earlier this year,” Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said in the latest statement. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Get your vitamins by vaping 4:37 Post a comment More than 100 cases over nine years isn’t a lot — especially compared to the total number of people using e-cigarettes — but the FDA believes cases may have gone unreported and that the potential issue warrants a scientific investigation regardless. There’s certainly a sound basis for concern: Seizures are a known potential side effect of nicotine poisoning and there have been case studies showing that people who accidentally or intentionally swallow e-liquids that contain nicotine experience seizures or seizure-like movements. Juul devices are small and easy to hide from authority figures, which is likely one reason they’ve become so popular with teens. truthinitiative.org While vaporizer cartridges contain varying levels of nicotine, some e-cigarettes design features can make it easy for a user to consume high levels of nicotine quickly. For instance, Juul Labs’ Juulpods contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes and the company claims its nicotine salt formulation is as easy to inhale as cigarettes and delivers nicotine up to 2.7 times faster than other e-cigarettes. Packaging can also be misleading: One study found that some e-liquids contained up to 52% more nicotine than stated. Proving a direct connection between vaping and seizures, however, has proven difficult. The reports the FDA has received haven’t provided enough detail to establish a clear pattern or cause, according to the FDA’s first statement: “Seizures have been reported among first-time e-cigarette users and experienced users. In a few situations, e-cigarette users reported a prior history of seizure diagnosis. A few reported cases indicated that the seizures occurred in association with the use of other substances such as marijuana or amphetamines. Seizures have been reported as occurring after a few puffs or up to one day after use.”As the FDA continues its investigation, the agency is asking that consumers report any unexpected health or product issues experienced with e-cigarettes or any tobacco product to the FDA through the Safety Reporting Portal. Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction expertsThe information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 0 Tags Wellness
3 Apple Sure, Apple’s excellent AirPods may be the more visible campus status symbol — but Sony’s brand-new wireless earbuds are the superior product. At $230, they’re not cheap. But they sound better, deliver 6 to 8 hours of battery life and have active noise-canceling features, one of only two models in this class with the feature.Read more: Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds battle it out against Apple’s AirPods 2 Apple MacBook Air In July, Apple debuted a brand-new MacBook Air featuring its True Tone display technology and a recalibrated list price of $1,100. I think it should cost $1,000. But Best Buy has an even better deal on it right now: $900. That’s a major discount on one of the best laptops around for students. reading • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Read CNET’s list of best back-to-school backpacks and bags Tyler Lizenby/CNET I’ve been using Burton’s Spruce 26L backpack for the past year, and I think it’s the best, most versatile bag I’ve ever owned. It’s comfortable to wear, looks cool and is made with durable materials, including weather-resistant zippers. From the quick-release magnetic buckles to the fleece-lined laptop pocket, this bag is extremely well-designed from top to bottom. And it comes with Burton’s lifetime warranty. If you’re looking for something a little higher-end, I also love the weatherproof Rhake backpack from Mission Workshop. At $365, it’s expensive, but the 22-liter roll-top compartment is cavernous, the laptop compartment that opens from the side is so handy — and the bag just looks extremely slick. You need tunes for both work and play. Most small Bluetooth speakers don’t sound good — but the new UE Wonderboom 2 delivers full audio in a durable, waterproof package at a reasonable price. See at Amazon Read more on the UE Wonderboom 2 See also Chris Monroe/CNET The Lenovo Smart Clock is a minimalist, customizable smart clock that can recommend alarms based on your calendar. It comes with the full power of Google Assistant voice control, so it’s basically a Google Home Mini with a clock face. Our favorite feature is also the most visceral — you can snooze your alarms just by whacking the thing. Even better, Best Buy is selling the clock for $20 off its list price, bringing the total to $60, through Sept. 7. See at Amazon Read the Sony WF-1000XM3 review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Amazon Read the Dell XPS 13 review • Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System coffee maker Comments See at Hello Fresh See at Walmart Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 11 great gadgets that can smarten up a dumb dorm room Best back-to-school headphones Uber gift card Hydro Flask Modern students are aware of the benefits of staying hydrated, and many are discerning about the container they use. Hydro Flask bottles keep liquids cool for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm up to 12 hours. And they’re tough enough to survive the rigors of campus life. Read more: CNET’s full list of the best water bottles See at Amazon Burton Spruce 26L Backpack Burton Apple MacBook Air Read the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System review Originally published last month. Updated to reflect new sale prices. See at Uber Instant Pot pressure cooker Read the AmazonBasics Microwave review Rocketbook Fusion notebook You can find similar components in other laptops at around the same price, but few can match the XPS 13 for its near-perfect combination of size, slim bezel, processing power, great design and excellent keyboard, plus a wide range of price options. Walmart Walmart Amazon Bluetooth Best Buy Dell Google Lenovo Microsoft Roku Sony Nintendo Uber Apple TCL Read the MacBook Air (2018) review Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET See at Walmart Nintendo Switch Read the TCL S325 review From the best phones for students to the best laptops to everything else in between, we’ve curated a handful of recommendations for campus life. Check out our picks for basic cooking equipment, more advanced gear for foodies, eight inexpensive things to keep students healthy at college and the best gifts under $50.Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019. Have a look.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. In 2019, the TV remains central to many forms of modern entertainment. This particular model comes with a Roku built in, making streaming apps effortlessly accessible. The 32-incher can be found for under $120 at Walmart and even the biggest, 49-inch model costs just $250. See at Walmart Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air See at Amazon Dell XPS 13 See it TCL S321/325 series For the lucky student who already has a TV, the Roku Plus will transform it into a full-featured streaming device. This model supports 4K and HDR video, has the best search interface and can control the TV’s volume and power. Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) See at Amazon Sony WF-1000XM3 Bluetooth headphones See at Best Buy See All Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET If the dorm allows it, an Instant Pot is a no brainer for college students. It can do almost anything: make morning yogurt, boil perfect eggs, cook big batches of protein to stretch into meals all week long and even pull off easy desserts. The smaller 3-quart mini Instant Pot might be better for dorm-bound students, but the larger 6-quart model pictured above is often on sale for even less — around $50 — making it a tough deal to turn down. Read more: 15 quick & easy Instant Pot meals | Our favorite Instant Pot cookbooks | Easy Instant Pot breakfast recipes | What’s the best Instant Pot to buy? $1,199 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Hello Fresh meal kit delivery service Tags See at Amazon Read the Roku Streaming Stick Plus review You’ll be hard-pressed to find a student that won’t enjoy playing games on a Nintendo Switch. But unless your gamer is willing to keep the handheld docked to a TV, you’ll want to wait until mid-September to pull the trigger. That’s when you’ll be able to buy the updated Switch that has longer battery life — or the Switch Lite, which will be $100 cheaper. If you do go for this model, though, make sure you get the new Switch model with longer battery life: Here’s how to tell which Switch is which. Read the Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop Smart Display TVs Bluetooth Headsets Media Streamers Laptops Small Appliances Gaming Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Video Games Lenovo Smart Clock See It Coffee may be the most essential ingredient for academic success. So, some kind of coffee maker is highly advisable, and this jack-of-all-trades Ninja is a great contender. It can handle regular coffee as well as cold brew and even tea, with separate settings and baskets for beans and leaves (loose or bagged). It has a foldaway frothing arm for latte-style drinks — so not only will it save money on Starbucks runs, it’ll make the dorm the most popular spot to study. It includes size settings too, so you can brew a full carafe or a single cup.Read more: Trusty reusable coffee mugs Not only does a meal kit delivery service save time, it cuts down on food waste with perfectly proportionate amounts of ingredients. Plus, thanks to detailed recipe instructions, even novice cooks can pull off impressive meals. There are plenty of meal kit delivery companies to choose from and many offer plans for special diets including vegan and gluten-free selections. But Hello Fresh is currently offering 15% off every box for students (new customers only) plus free shipping on any box when you use code UniDAYS (prices start at $9 per serving). Read more: Best meal kit subscription services See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET AmazonBasics Microwave $899 Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 Hydro Flask water bottle There aren’t many things you can’t cook in a microwave, and — unlike hot plates, camping stoves and other niche cookery devices — most dorms allow them. For $60, this AmazonBasics Microwave includes Alexa voice support and a (somewhat random) popcorn reordering feature. Bottom line: It’s a competitively priced cooking device with some useful features you won’t find in other microwaves in the same price range. Rocketbook’s reusable notebooks make it easy to send notes and other jottings to your email or preferred cloud service (Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack or Evernote). On the one hand, using the Fusion notebook is just marginally more convenient than taking a photo of any piece of paper and sending it to yourself. But the notebook has a few nice usability touches — you can mark an icon at the bottom of the page to route notes to up to seven different destinations — and the sustainability angle is compelling. Included with the notebook is a nice Pilot FriXion pen (which doubles as an eraser) and a microfiber cloth that effectively wipes pages clean to be used again.Note that Rocketbook is offering a back to school discount at getrocketbook.com between Aug. 30 and Sept. 3. Enter the code B2S2019 at checkout to get 25% off an order of $25 or more. See at Amazon Microsoft We are fully in back-to-school mode now, and it’s time to gear up. For the past few weeks, retailers have been ramping up their sales, and we’ve found great deals on the products that students will need as they head back to their dorms and classrooms. It’s not always easy for students to get to the grocery store or the mall, and an Uber gift card can help ease the burden of transportation. The company offers both digital and physical cards in denominations up to $500, and you can give the gift of a ride or food delivery (through the Uber Eats service). Hello Fresh Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each $1,099 Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets Read the Nintendo Switch review Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET Ninja Roku Streaming Stick Plus Instant Pot Angela Lang/CNET
Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, said on Friday that future of Wikipedia is in India.Addressing a large crowd in Mumbai University during the opening day of the three-day Wiki Conference India, Wales said that he was incredibly lucky to be in India, not just because he almost didn’t make it, but also because Wikipedia was looking at great opportunities in Indian languages.Speaking about why the conference was held in India this year, Wales said that it was due to the prospect of enormous growth that Indian languages offered. However, he also mentioned that English language has nearly 3 million entries on the Wikipedia managed by around 35,000 editors, whereas Hindi has only around 50 editors.He also mentioned that the problem of keyboards and software in developing the Wikipedia in Indian languages could be addressed by the Wikimedia Foundation, the Trust that oversees the encyclopedia’s activities.Indian languages Wikipedia is at least 10 years behind English Wikipedia, but it has a great potential to grow, he added.Speaking about the prospect of Wikipedia and Wikimedia in India at the conference, Professor Krishna Kumar, who is working on Indian languages in the U.K., said that the future of Wikipedia and Wikimedia was bright. “It has done in a decade what the Alexandria library could not do in 2,000 years. Wikipedia will do a service to India where language problems have multiplied,” he added.Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha staged a protest at the venue of Wiki Conference, with the protesters claiming that the Wikipedia map of India, Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh were shown in different colors, indicating that they were not a part of India.
Bill RichardsonVeteran US diplomat Bill Richardson denied he was asked by Myanmar’s government to step down from an international advisory board on the Rohingya crisis, his spokesman said on Friday.A statement issued by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi late on Thursday had accused Richardson of pursuing “his own agenda” and said that the government decided to ask him to quit as his continued participation on the board would not be in the best interests of all concerned.”At no point was the Governor asked to step down, either in person or in writing by any member of the Government of Myanmar or the Chair of the Advisory Board,” Richardson’s spokesman Mickey Bergman told Reuters.”Quite the opposite, their National Security Advisor stopped by the night before to convince the Governor to stay as planned.”Richardson said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday that he was resigning from the board because it was conducting a “whitewash” and accused Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, of lacking “moral leadership”.The departure of Richardson, a former Clinton administration cabinet member, came as the 10-member advisory board was making its first visit to western Rakhine State, from where around 688,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled in recent months.A U.S. official, who spoke on Thursday on condition of anonymity, said the issues raised by Richardson had reinforced concerns about Myanmar’s handling of the Rohingya crisis. Still, the official said, the United States would likely stick to its ”measured” approach of applying limited pressure on Myanmar and avoiding more drastic measures that could destabilize the situation.’CHEERLEADING SQUAD’A separate statement from the nine remaining members of the advisory board on Thursday said they met this week “with open minds” and agreed “to speak with one voice”.”Therefore, any statement about the Advisory Board ‘whitewashing’ or ‘cheerleading’ for anyone lacks complete legitimacy,” the board said.Richardson said in the Reuters interview that he was worried the board would become “a cheerleading squad” for the government.Richardson’s spokesman said the reference to pursuing his own agenda would seem to refer to his addressing with Suu Kyi the issue of two imprisoned Reuters journalists.In his interview with Reuters, Richardson said he got into a furious argument with Suu Kyi at a Monday night dinner when he brought up the case of two Reuters reporters, who were arrested on Dec. 12 on suspicion of violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act.Reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had worked on Reuters coverage of the crisis in Rakhine. They were detained on Dec. 12 after they had been invited to meet police officers over dinner in Yangon.”It’s important to note that he agreed to serve on the Board a month before the Reuters journalists were arrested,” said Richardson’s spokesman Bergman.The armed forces have been accused by Rohingya witnesses and human rights activists of carrying out killings, rapes and arson in Rakhine in a campaign senior officials in the United Nations and United States have described as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar rejects that label and has denied nearly all the allegations.The former New Mexico governor’s foundation, the Richardson Center, has “invested tens of thousands of dollars of its own money” in preparing for his role on the board “and were gearing up for a full year of robust programming for 2018,” Bergman said.Richardson led the first foreign delegation allowed to visit Suu Kyi in 1994 when she was under house arrest, Bergman said, “and helped to get many Myanmar political prisoners out during military rule, some are currently serving in her government.”It is heartbreaking to see her indulging in similar practices, now that she is in power,” Bergman added.REPATRIATION CAMPSFormer South African Defence Minister Roelof Petrus Meyer, one of the four remaining international members of the board, said on Thursday Richardson’s departure was “really unfortunate”.After touring temporary repatriation camps set up by Myanmar, Meyer said he thought the country was ready to take back the Rohingya refugees under an agreement with Bangladesh, where they are currently sheltering.”The security will be provided…the subject is so internationally covered so I don’t think (Rohingya) people should be scared,” he said.The Advisory Board for the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State was set up by Myanmar last year, to advise on enacting the findings of an earlier commission headed by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.Thursday’s statement from Suu Kyi’s office said the government was committed to “implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State to the fullest extent possible and in the shortest timeframe, in accordance with the situation on the ground”.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read A workload shift at HTC will increase the duties of co-founder and chairwoman Cher Wang as the company focuses on regaining market share.Wang will take on operational duties for the Taiwanese smartphone maker, and CEO Peter Chou will lessen his load at the company to focus on innovation, according to the Financial Times.In what is being touted as a temporary move, Wang will expand her day-to-day presence from two to six days a week to work on sales, marketing and supplier relationships, according to the FT. Chou, who has served as the company’s CEO for nearly a decade, will concentrate on product development.“I have become very focused in the past couple of months. Before that I was too busy,” Chou told the FT. “I took on too many things. I need to be more focused on innovation and [the] product portfolio.”Related: HTC’s Cher Wang on Innovation and the ‘It’ Product It’s been a rocky period for the company. In October, the smartphone and tablet maker reported a bigger than expected quarterly loss. It was the first quarterly loss for the company since going public. Some wondered if Chou would stick around but, in June, he reportedly said he had no plans to leave HTC.Earlier this year, the company introduced the HTC One, a smartphone expected to be a competitor to Apple and Samsung mobile devices, but failed to make a huge dent in the market.Last year, Wang spoke to Entrepreneur.com about staying ahead of trends. “We must always keep an eye on our environment, to keep track of what changes are happening in technology, in infrastructure, in markets, in how people across the world are living their lives, working and communicating. We need to anticipate these trends and innovate to meet them. Within HTC, hundreds of ideas are tested and discarded to find those rare ideas that define the HTC user experience,” she said. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 21, 2013 Register Now »
Cozumel, Q.R. — A Cozumel ambulance overturned after crashing into a car nearly head-on, leaving two injured. The collision occurred on 20 Avenue when the driver of the emergency unit met the white car at an intersection. The impact caused the ambulance to overturn. The driver of the ambulance received minor injuries and was taken to hospital. There were no patients being transported at the time of the collision. The 30-year-old female driver of the white car also received minor injuries and was transported to hospital. A minor riding in the back seat of the car at the time was not injured. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)