California falls far behind other states on openness

first_imgFor a state with a progressive reputation, California’s record on open government has left it far behind many other states. In Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Rhode Island and Nebraska, for example, attorneys general investigate and even prosecute public officials who fail to disclose public records. In a nationwide survey The Associated Press conducted to coincide with Sunshine Week – an effort to draw attention to the public’s right to know – California ranked near the bottom of states that actively enforce open government, or sunshine, laws. Political analysts and government watchdogs say there is irony in California’s spot on the list: Some of the social and financial forces that have built the state – Hollywood, Silicon Valley and union interests – have undercut California in the open-records arena. “The entertainment industry and, equally, the high-tech industry have a lot of powerful people who have been sensitized to privacy issues because they understand – perhaps better than the rest of us – the powers of technology and media,” said Peter Scheer, executive director of the California First Amendment Coalition. “Public employees’ unions, too. They oppose access to information about their members and do what unions are supposed to do. But … in California all these groups tend to be better organized, better funded and more successful.” he said. “Sometimes that comes at the expense of (open) government.” California, in fact, has retreated by some public-access measures since voters in 2004 endorsed a constitutional amendment to protect the public’s right to view government documents and attend meetings. Passage of the amendment was billed as a watershed for public access in California. Advocates said it would limit lawmakers’ ability to write loopholes into law and require officials and even state judges to narrowly interpret laws that restrict the public’s access to government’s inner workings. Schwarzenegger embraced the amendment by taking the unprecedented step of releasing his appointment calendars. Beyond that, many First Amendment lawyers say the measure has so far done little to make government more transparent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Cities from San Francisco to Los Angeles this year have locked reporters out of police disciplinary hearings, citing a court ruling limiting access to government records. The result: Californians might not always know if beatings or shootings by officers are ruled justified or whether those officers are disciplined or labeled as bad cops. In another open-records case, California Supreme Court justices are questioning whether the public has the right to know the salaries of government employees – even though they’re paid with taxpayer money. And Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year vetoed a plan to give citizens more power to appeal when politicians’ refuse to release public records. last_img read more

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High-scoring Hoopa off to hot start

first_imgThe Hoopa boys basketball team is off to a hot start in 2018 after claiming the South Fork Classic championship over the weekend thanks to some of the highest-scoring offensive play of any team on the North Coast.The Warriors downed Cornerstone Christian 91-71 in Saturday’s championship game after back-to-back wins by more than 40-points in the tournament’s first two rounds.Hoopa’s run-and-gun style of play has propelled the club to a 6-1 overall record as the Warriors have had no issues …last_img read more

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Earth from Space Is a Special Place

first_imgThe Deep Impact spacecraft, 31 million miles away, captured images of the moon circling the Earth, reported Space.com (for the sequence of images, click here).  “Making a video of Earth from so far away helps the search for other life-bearing planets in the universe by giving insights into how a distant, Earth-like alien world would appear to us,” commented Michael A’Hearn (U of Maryland), principal investigator for the mission.  Deep Impact made history by crashing a probe into a comet in 2005.  It is now en route to another comet rendezvous in 2010, and searching for earth-like planets around other stars in the meantime.    In another story on Space.com, Clara Moskowitz reported that solar systems like ours may be rare.  A study of stars in the Orion Nebula only found 10% with enough material orbiting to form Jupiter-size planets.  The number of stars able to host planetary systems may be as low as 6%.  Surveys like this are subject to statistical interpretation and new data, of course, but the consensus seems to be at this point that without a Jupiter-size planet in the system, it would be unlikely an earth-like planet could survive.    See also the 07/13/2008 entry for a list of conditions that make Earth appear unique.  Nobody knows at this time whether other earth-like planets exist.  NASA missions are continuing to refine methods to detect them.  Till then, as far as we know, only our Earth has the conditions that allow silly people to act insanely happy (see Astronomy Picture of the Day).Watch the two videos in order.  They communicate to the heart.  Where else in the universe could conditions exist for such behavior?  What impassionate physical laws brought about the happy dance?  Think – and then thank (Acts 14:17).  The Creator has not left himself without witness, Paul said.  Turn away from worthless things.  The Creator has given us blessings that fill our hearts with joy in order that we would seek Him, though He is not far from each one of us (Acts 17).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Giving power to victims of crime

first_img28 November 2007The launch of the national five-year implementation of the South African Victims Charter is set to give back power to victims of crime in the country and ensure that they are not short-changed by those whose job it is to help them.The Service Charter for Victims of Crime in South Africa, approved by the Cabinet in 2004 and officially launch on 21 November 2007, combines the current legal framework on the rights of victims of crime with the services to be provided to them.It identifies seven key rights for which victims can demand service from the criminal justice system and related service providers like hospitals.Implementation the keyThe Victims Charter sets high aspirational standards for the criminal justice system, but implementation is key to its success, a point that researcher and activist against gender violence Lisa Vetten agrees with.“It’s a good idea and a good initiative,” says Vetten, who works for the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women. “It is also important to keep the dialogue and partnership open and engage with people.“I think a practical document that sets out rights is useful, but my concern is implementation,” Vetten adds. She says the Minimum Standards on Service for Victims of Crime needs to be more specific to allow victims to know what they can request and the police to know what is required of them.Anticipating this concern, the government has taken steps ensure implementation of the Charter, and work already under way by the justice, crime prevention and security cluster shows that the policy framework is in fact quite realistic.Steps takenChild victim and witness rooms have been created in 35 courts with one-way glass partitions, and 54 Sexual Offences Courts have been established with an average conviction rate to date of 62%.Another 52 new Correctional Supervision Parole Boards were established in 2005 and, for the first time ever in South Africa, victims can make presentations to the Parole Board and attend parole hearings.In 2004, the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit was given priority by the South African Police Service (SAPS). That same year the sexual offences and community affairs unit of the National Prosecuting Authority opened four multidisciplinary Thuthezela Care Centres in support of rape victims.The Charter aims to ensure that victims remain central to the criminal justice process in South Africa, to eliminate “secondary victimisation” from this process.The complementary Minimum Standards on Service for Victims of Crime aims to explain the rights contained in the Victims’ Charter further, and to help make these rights a reality – by giving detailed information to enable victims to exercise their rights and service providers to uphold them.‘People need to know’“The Charter is definitely going to help victims a lot,” says Boitumelo Kekana, a social worker and trauma counsellor who has worked at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation’s victim empowerment programme for the last 10 years.In her daily dealing with clients who are survivors of crimes, Kekana says she frequently finds that people do not know their rights.“Having this kind of information [the Charter] will help empower people instead of them being short-changed,” she says.Kekana says that when she works with child abuse cases, she finds that it is common for parents to report a crime where their child is concerned at a local police station and leave after being told that the case will be investigated.“Parents do not know that they had the right to ask for information, the case number or a contact number of the investigating officer – they often just give up,” Kekana says.Kekana says the Charter, which clearly states that victims have the right to offer information and the right to receive information, will help victims of crimes become educated on their legal, social and medical options.Both the Charter and the Minimum Standards were translated into South Africa’s 11 official languages and Braille and made available on audio-cassette in 2005.Over 20 000 government officials and personnel, police officers and “train-the-trainers” have been trained on the Victims Charter nationally, including the chairperson and vice-chairperson of all the Parole Boards.In 2006, 50 000 victims were prepared for court by 66 trained court preparation officers and the Victims Support Directorate established in 2005 as part of the Department of Justice.Ongoing debateWhen the public consultation on the implementation of the Charter was done earlier this year, the government received submissions from 50 organisations and individuals. Provincial consultations were also held with all government departments on the national implementation plan.Vetten believes that debate around the Charter should be ongoing to ensure that people make best use of it.For example, while the Charter provides for victims who choose to use the criminal justice system, Vetten questions what will happen to victims who choose not to report a crime but still seek counselling or other services.SAPS chief director Susan Pienaar says that while the police cannot render the appropriate services to victims of crime if the crime is not reported – because they would not be aware of the victim’s situation – other services linked to the Charter and the Minimum Standards, for example social services, can be carried out.“One must also note that the right to access information, as set out by the Charter, is not related to reporting a case, and therefore anyone can still request information regarding services for victims of crime, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or they themselves are victims.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Empowering the rural woman

first_img8 March 2012 International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012 – the 101st International Women’s Day – this year places a strong emphasis on empowering rural women, with the aim of bringing an end to hunger and poverty worldwide. The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations headquarters, which opened on 27 February, focused on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication and sustainable development. Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana led South Africa’s delegation at the CSW, which seeks to map the actions needed to make a real difference in the lives of millions of rural women. “South Africa has prioritised the empowerment of rural women through the mainstreaming of gender as part of a Comprehensive Rural Development Programme,” Xingwana said in New York. “Elements include providing access to funding, training, transfer of technology, building partnerships, ensuring food security, access to land as well as monitoring inequality in the redistribution of land.”For rural women, life is tougher Rural women, who constitute one-fourth of the world’s population, continue to face more difficulty than men in accessing public services, social protection, employment and markets, due to cultural norms, security issues and lack of identification documents. According to the United Nations, rural women account for a great proportion of the world’s agricultural labour force, produce the majority of food grown, especially in subsistence farming, and perform most of the unpaid care work in rural areas. Agriculture provides a livelihood for 86 percent of rural women and men and employment for about 1.3-billion smallholder farmers and landless workers – 43 percent are women. Their rights and contributions have been largely overlooked to date. The UN’s World Food Programme Gender Policy and Strategy have indicated that gender inequality is a major cause and effect of hunger and poverty, estimating that 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women and girls. Facts and figures drawn from the inter-agency report, “Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals”, show that men’s average wages are higher than women’s in both rural and urban areas. Rural women typically work longer hours than men – they also have domestic and child care responsibilities. In Benin and Tanzania, women are said to work 17.4 and 14 hours more than men per week, respectively. In some countries, the amount of time spent collecting water alone significantly impacts on women’s employment opportunities. In sub-Saharan Africa, women collectively spend about 40-billion hours a year collecting water. If rural women had equal access to productive resources, agricultural yields could reduce the number of chronically hungry people by between 100 and 150-million. However, studies show persistent gaps that impact the lives of rural women.Education, literacy key Education remains another area in which more has to be done to help reduce the rate of illiteracy. Women make up more than two-thirds of the world’s 796-million illiterate people. According to global statistics, just 39 percent of rural girls attend secondary school. This is far fewer than rural boys (45 percent), urban girls (59 percent) and urban boys (60 percent). Staying in primary school alone means, every additional year increases girls’ eventual wages by 10-20 percent. It also encourages them to marry later and have fewer children, and leaves them less vulnerable to violence. The UN indicated that progress has been made in reducing the gender gap in urban primary school enrolment, but data from 42 countries shows that rural girls are twice as likely as urban girls to be out of school. In Egypt, Indonesia and several African countries, building local schools in rural communities increased girls’ enrolment. Educating women would also mean that a large gender gap in their access to decision-making and leadership can be curtailed.Women and climate change As highlighted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development ahead of COP 17 last year, climate change impacts on women are visible, especially on women living in rural areas. Natural disasters and climate change can undermine the health, education and livelihoods of rural women, differently to men. “Women are disproportionately impacted by the negative effects of climate change due to their social roles, discrimination and poverty,” Xingwana told the CSW in New York “As women are powerful agents of change, we must ensure active participation and consultation of women in environmental planning, financing, budgeting and policy-making processes,” she said. “Women also have the indigenous knowledge needed to increase food security, prevent environmental degradation and maintain agricultural biodiversity. Rural women must therefore be involved in all aspects of adaptation and mitigation efforts in their communities.”South Africa makes progress The South African government has made progress in helping empower women. “We have 44 percent women representation in Parliament and 43 percent women Cabinet Ministers,” Xingwana said. “We are striving for parity and this year, my department will table the Gender Equity Bill in Parliament.” The government has also indicated its commitment, including budget allocations, to fund a massive infrastructure development programme, as announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address in February, Xingwana told delegates. “This will be rolled out over a number of years. Government recognises education for women and girls as essential if we are to break the cycle of poverty and access to women’s health, especially decreasing maternal and child mortality and the negative impact of HIV/Aids on women and girls. “We are happy to report that in the past year, as a result of an intensive advocacy programme, we have successfully reduced Mother to Child Transmissions (MTCT) of HIV by 50 percent,” Xingwana said. “We will continue to build strong partnerships with civil society in working towards the objective of zero mother-to-child transmission.” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will head the National Council Against Gender Based Violence, to be established later this year, to increase governments efforts to empower women. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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How 50 Billion Connected Devices Could Transform Brand Marketing & Everyday Life

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#conferences#CTIA 2011#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Web-connected devices, not just mobile phones and 3G tablets but everything from home electronics to consumer packaged goods instrumented to transmit data to the Web, have become a part of every major speech here at the wireless industry’s giant conference in Orlando, CTIA. “All devices that can benefit from connectivity will be connected,” Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, said in a keynote, predicting that the world’s nearly 5 billion mobile phone subscribers today will be surpassed by 50 billion connected non-phone devices in 10 years.Some people think that may be a conservative estimate of the possible impact of what’s called The Internet of Things. Chetan Sharma is one of the most respected analysts in the wireless industry; his original research is cited everywhere from the world’s biggest business and technical publications to the CTIA leadership’s opening adress at this, the wireless industry’s leading conference. I sat down with Sharma today and listened to him describe what he thinks a future of ubiquitious connectivity will look like. We write about the Internet of Things frequently here, but Sharma’s vision of how it will unfold (especially in the marketing world) is one of the most compelling articulations I’ve seen yet. It’s a rich vision of the future – and it’s quite simple at the same time.Chetan Sharma was educated as an electrical and biological engineer, then worked in early mobile startups, did consulting in wireless R&D strategy and has now had a private mobile analyst practice for 10 years. I admire his work a lot, follow him closely on Twitter and was very honored to get to talk to him.“There are so many things we don’t do or don’t think about because we don’t think of our objects as network connected and it takes too much energy to make them connected,” Sharma says, “but if the embedded connectivity is there in a plug-and-play way…then you go beyond 3 screens and look at controlling everything inside a house, outside a house, controlling your surrroundings.”Disrupting Industries & Everyday LifeSmart Utility Grids or Smart Homes are the most familiar vision of this kind of connectivity. They may have hit mainstream consciousness before they were really ready to hit the market, but vision and reality are coming together quickly now.“A few years back I was working with a company that makes blinds, the idea was to control blinds with a cell phone,” Sharma says. “For a home it doesn’t make that much sense, but if you think about buildings, the touch of a button can be huge energy savings.“I think education is just dying for innovation. Kids can interact with more than just books and reading about history, imagine transforming that where you are using augmented reality instead of just reading. Learning about planets, instead of just looking in a book, imagine the solar system around you where you can touch and feel the planets. “Information about energy use in a house, where energy might be leaking, that’s interesting. All these things can be done now but it takes too much energy to figure them out. If we can get all that info coming at you and just think about how to process it, it’s a no brainer.“This work is already underway in healthcare, automotive and other industries. V2V, or vehicle to vehicle communication, is in the works – cars communicating between eachother to say you are too close to me, stay away. The roads could communicate with the cars and say ‘it’s too congested, take a different route.’ “This is where it needs to go and will go in 10 years, making everyday experiences much better and friction free. If a person has a desire to learn or shop or engage in social interaction… you’ll be able to do these things on a wall anywhere. It’s about reducing friction.”“This is where it needs to go and will go in 10 years, making everyday experiences much better and friction free. If a person has a desire to learn or shop or engage in social interaction, it’s right there. Beyond just doing things on televisions and cell phones, you’ll be able to do these things on a wall anywhere. It’s about reducing friction. You can accomplish any given task today with 50 different steps but this future of connected devices is all about making things much easier.”How Realistic is This Vision?That sounds awfully futuristic, doesn’t it? The proccess of instrumentation, turning something quantifiably trackable, requires deployment of a new interface for every object that would become networked.“All these sensors that will need to be deployed? That’s tenable,” says Sharma, calmly. “If you’re talking about 50 billion connected devices, that’s seven sensors per human being. We probably already have seven sensors with us right now. Imagine a house having 50 or 100 sensors, using different technologies obviously, cellular is just one part of it.“It sounds trivial but the fact of connectedness, interconnectedness and high bandwidth availability, I think that’s transformative in nature. TV experiences are familiar, but if we can connect TV and tablets and mobiles, that creates new ways of experiencing and sharing.”Marketing Will Drive AdoptionGadgets and gee-gaws sound like fun for some, but how will there ever be enough demand to make this real? Isn’t this ubiquitous computing stuff just for super-nerds from the 1980s and 1990s?Mobile broadband and super-low cost sensors could enable brands to interact directly with consumers, for marketing and order fullfilment, from the objects themselves, through the web, with the retail middleman (and obfuscation) cut out. “Mobile internet has been around since ’98 but broadband wasn’t,” Chetan Sharma explains.“The experience was lowsy, but with LTE coming, and latency low, that has a multiplier effect on usage. The fact is that connectedness is going to be there across multiple types of objects. “It’s not just electronics, it’s cereal boxes, all kinds of objects will have intelligence and the ability to communicate. Connectivity is a significant multiplier. P&G ships 40 trillion some objects per year, imagine them all connected.”What do you do with a connected cereal box?“With a cereal box? You’ll communicate about health related issues, add social elements, easy ordering. A brand can build a direct relationship with the consumer without relying on retail stores. Look at the aftermarket, 30% of the diapers ordered are now ordered online. There’s no reason why that can’t happen on other objects. I think the chance for the brand to interact with consumers directly is huge.“Brands have been losing direct relationships with consumers over the year, they want to get back in the game. When you have that many devices in the market of course every cent counts, but there are a number of things in development in the market working on dropping those costs.”Is this environmentally tenable, I asked? Are there enough minable minerals to pull this off?“When you say 50 billion devices, a lot of people think of tablets and smart phones,” Sharma said. “It’s true that’s going to be a constraint and new thinking may be required. If you look at companies like Kovio, NFC, printed electronics. Over the next five or 10 years new forms of electronics will come into play. If there is a need and a big enough market, humans are good at figuring things out.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Kobe sees dominant performance by Gilas Cadets in Kuala Lumpur meet

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Photo from Fiba.comNineteen-year-old basketball sensation Kobe Paras said Gilas Pilipinas will be a dominant force in the coming Southeast Asian Games and doesn’t mind taking a reduced role in the team’s gold-medal bid.“You can see the lineup, this is the best I’ve been part of,” said Paras, who has played in the US NCAA Division I, during a sendoff for Team Philippines Thursday night. “My teammates, when I was in high school, these guys are the ones I looked up to.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia Cup Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paras, whose father Benjie also won for the country a SEA Games gold, added that he will be taking on whatever role the coach requires of him.“You know I’m not selfish,” he said. “I won’t walk in and be like I wanna be the main scorer or anything like that. If coach tells me to defend, I’ll defend the best player out there. If he tells me to rebound, I’m gonna do it as much as I can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Eduard Folayang, Eddie Alvarez clash in stacked ONE Manila card in August

first_imgAlvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’03:491.8M visitors expected at Manila North Cemetery for ‘Undas’ 201900:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES The main event features flyweight Muay Thai world champion Jonathan Haggerty of the United Kingdom and Rodtang Jitmuangon of Thailand in a Muay Thai Super Series showdown.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMANILA, Philippines—Both seeking redemption, Eduard Folayang and Eddie Alvarez find themselves locked in a showdown in ONE: Dawn of Heroes on August 2 at Mall of Asia Arena.Folayang and Alvarez are coming off first-round losses three months ago in ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan and the two are looking for a rousing return in the cage.ADVERTISEMENT The 35-year-old Folayang yielded the lightweight belt to Shinya Aoki via submission in the main event in Tokyo while Alvarez took heavy punishment from Timofey Nastukhin in the undercard.Two more Filipinos will be in action in the stacked Manila card with rising star Danny Kingad and former featherweight world champion Honorio Banario both figuring in a pair of World Grand Prix duels against separate foes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges SPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKingad faces former champion Kairat Akhmetov in a flyweight semifinal while Banario was tapped to replace Lowen Tynanes, who dropped out of the lightweight semifinal against Timofey Nastyukhin.Filipino fight fans will also get a firsthand look at one of the greatest MMA fighters ever in Demetrious Johnson, who looks to put on another fine showing in the other Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal against Tatsumitsu Wada of Japan. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal still lagging Novak Djokovic in rankings Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more

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Iran win without a second-half shot

first_imgIran Shot-shy Iran make World Cup history against Morocco Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 02:15 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) SamanGhoddos - cropped Getty Images Iran World Cup Morocco v Iran Morocco Powerade Late goals have been the early theme of this World Cup, but Carlos Queiroz’s men mustered theirs without attempting a shot in the last 45 minutes Iran could not have recorded just their second World Cup win in more dramatic circumstances when they downed Morocco on Friday.Carlos Queiroz’s men were on the back foot for much of the Group B clash and looked to have held on for a goalless draw when Aziz Bouhaddouz put through his own net in the 95th minute.And the nature of that strike meant that Iran made rather bizarre history in Saint Petersburg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move For the first time since the 1966 tournament, a team scored a World Cup goal without having a single shot in that half of football.Pretty it was not, but Iran would certainly take two more triumphs in that manner – and they have not been the only side to profit from a late strike.1 – Since 1966, Iran are the first team to score a goal in a half of football in the World Cup without attempting a single shot in that half. Fortunate. #MARIRN #MAR #IRN #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/AVD7xVJfU9— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018With Russia scoring two of their five goals against Saudi Arabia in the dying embers of that clash, and Uruguay winning late against Egypt, four of the seven goals across the first three matches have been netted after the 88th minute.4 – Four out of the seven goals in the current #WorldCup have been scored after the 88th minute of play. Final. #MARIRN— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) June 15, 2018Plenty more drama will undoubtedly be in store before next month’s final.last_img read more

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Parliamentary Sports Festival A Success

first_imgTeams from across the ACT gave up their Community and Family Day public holiday on Monday to take part in the Parliamentary Sports Festival at Parliament House. Touch Football was one of 10 sports to take part in the day, with a Touch Football tournament being played at the Senate Oval. A Parliament team, two Brumbies teams, the New Zealand High Commission and a Touch Football Australia (TFA) team took part in the Touch Football component of the day, with the TFA team defeating the Parliament team in a close final, winning by one touchdown. It was the second year that TFA has worked in conjunction with Sports Hydrant to put on the Touch Football component of the Festival,  with both events proving to be a great success. The day concluded with a dinner for the sports and politicians that took part in the event, which celebrated Australia’s success at the recent 2012 London Olympic Games, with athletes Ellie Cole, Alicia Coutts, Kim Crow, Malcolm Page, Murray Stewart and Jarred Talent as well as Australian Olympic Committee President, John Coates being interviewed on stage by MC, Stephanie Brantz. Related LinksParliamentary Sports Festivallast_img read more

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