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first_imgThose are the words of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, speaking at the 128th Session of the IOC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“We are living in the middle of a modern and diverse society that holds us accountable for what we do. This is why from the very beginning of developing the Olympic Agenda 2020, it was important to have close consultation with stakeholders from inside and outside the Olympic Movement. “This is what made the Olympic Agenda 2020 truly inclusive, transparent and reflective of the many priorities of all stakeholders. “Our founder, Pierre de Coubertin, put it well, when he said: “Olympism is a destroyer of dividing walls. It calls for air and light for all.” President Bach said that the IOC has opened its doors and windows to building partnerships with other like minded stakeholders. “We let air and light in through dialogue. We speak with a wide range of stakeholders from all walks of life. These include, among others, the United Nations, Transparency International, Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Trade Union Confederation and other NGOs. “In this context we also discussed the responsibility of the IOC with regard to political issues and human rights. In all these talks we made it very clear what our responsibility is and what the limits are. “This responsibility is to ensure that the Principles of the Olympic Charter and the Host City Contract are fully respected in the context of the Olympic Games. “That means for all participants and for all directly Olympic-related issues. This includes among many other matters the principles of non-discrimination and the right to freely report from the Olympic Games. Outside the context of the Olympic Games the IOC has to respect the laws of sovereign states. The IOC is not a world Government. Governments have their own responsibilities.” He said the Olympic Values of tolerance, respect, excellence, non-discrimination sends a strong message to the world – the strong message spread by the athletes living together in the Olympic Village in a community where all people are equal. “In my many discussions about this topic I get the feeling that this principle is more and more accepted.” He said how the IOC lives up to this responsibility can be demonstrated by the approach of its Evaluation Commission. The Commission have been tasked to openly raise various issues by taking into consideration the views of other NGOs and independent experts. The Commission discuss these questions openly with the Governments and seek the relevant assurances. “Our Evaluation Commission for 2022 – even if it started working before Olympic Agenda 2020 – has already applied this principle. “This is what Olympic Agenda 2020 means for all of us.”last_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Cruz eager to prove worth in D-League for second chance in PBA Gilas Pilipinas vs New Zealand in a FIBA OQT match at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTroy Rosario has been added to the new Gilas Pilipinas pool.Coach Chot Reyes announced Tuesday that the TNT forward will be included to the now 25-man pool on his Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Latest Gilas pool ‘young, balanced, versatile,’ says ReyesThe lanky forward’s inclusion to the team, which is said to be the tallest pool ever assembled, gives Reyes a forward who can not only operate down low but is also threat from the outside.Rosario, 25, has been averaging 12.8 points on a 32-percent shooting from three, and 6.9 rebounds so far this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member READ: Fajardo, Castro lead latest additions to Gilas |With clearance from “TNT management and the PBA board,” Reyes will have two players from the KaTropa side. Jayson Castro’s inclusion to the pool was announced on Sunday.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 returnThe PBA and SBP initially agreed that each team will lend at least one player for Gilas duties.Rosario is no stranger to Gilas Pilipinas, suiting up in the 2016 Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgRevenue expanded 14 percent to $2.11 billion from $1.84 billion last year. The results easily beat estimates from analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial, who had expected earnings of 67 cents per share on revenue of $1.99 billion. Sales of its iconic Barbie doll line increased 3 percent in the United States, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of domestic growth for the brand, which is in the midst of a turnaround. Barbie sales dipped 2 percent overseas, which included a benefit from currency exchange rates. “Though the new team has been working on Barbie for just over a year and there is still work to be done, we’re encouraged by the progress to date,” Mattel chairman and chief executive Robert A. Eckert told analysts during a conference call. The company’s Fisher-Price unit, which includes the holiday best-selling T.M.X. Elmo doll, led the quarter with a 16 percent rise in fourth quarter sales to $806 million. Sales of its American Girls line increased a modest 2 percent, with strong sales at its three retail locations offsetting a decline in its catalog business. The entertainment category saw a 62 percent boost in sales largely due to the acquisition in the quarter of electronic game and toy manufacturer Radica Games Ltd. Without Radica, the entertainment sector saw growth in the quarter from continued strong sales of “Cars” merchandise. “`Cars’ was nothing short of a home run,” Eckert told analysts, adding that toys related to the less successful film “Superman” scored only “a double” during the quarter. Eckert acknowledged that the unexpected strength of the “Cars” line would make 2007 a difficult year by comparison. While Mattel will sell toys related to the next Disney-Pixar film, “Ratatouille,” it does not have the licenses for two highly anticipated films, “Spider-Man 3” and “Transformers.” Full-year results included an 11 cents per share tax-related benefit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mattel Inc., the world’s largest toymaker, said Monday it’s fourth quarter profit rose 3 percent boosted by strong sales of its Barbie and Fisher-Price toys, including the popular T.M.X. Elmo doll. The company’s profits also benefited from continuing strong sales of products related to the Disney-Pixar animated film “Cars,” giving the company a tough challenge as it heads into 2007 without a major film-related product line. While sales and gross margins increased for the full year, the company also noted a boost in 2006 earnings from favorable tax decisions and currency exchange rates. Mattel, based in El Segundo, reported net income of $286.4 million, or 75 cents per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with $279.2 million, or 69 cents per share, a year ago. last_img

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Yaya Toure (L) scores from a deflection during their English Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion, at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on August 10, 2015. PHOTO/AFPWEST BROMWICH, August 11- Manuel Pellegrini is confident Manchester City will see Yaya Toure back to his best after insisting the problems the player faced last season are now behind him.Toure was on the scoresheet as City showed their Premier League title credentials with an impressive 3-0 opening-game win away to West Bromwich Albion on Monday. Having seen rivals Chelsea and Arsenal both slip up over the weekend, City manager Pellegrini’s team took full advantage with a dominant display which will give them confidence ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Jose Mourinho’s champions.Having struggled to find his best form for a variety of reasons last term, the performance of Ivory Coast star Toure stood out as he gave signs he is fit and focused with a dominant display at the heart of City’s midfield.“I always said last season it was a strange season for Yaya, he started with a lot of problems, the death of his brother, his agents, I think he was not focused maybe on what he had to do last year,” Pellegrini explained.“We spoke a long way before the start of the season and I am very sure we will see the Yaya from two years ago. He is a very important player for us,” the Chilean added.“I don’t think Yaya deserved the amount of criticism he received last season. It was not his best season but he did not play so, so bad like everyone said.“But he is an important player for us. I am sure last season his head was not in his best moment. It is very difficult for a player when you have so many problems.”– More trust –Toure and David Silva combined to hand City the initiative just nine minutes in, with the Spain international flicking home his team-mate’s shot with the aid of a deflection before midfielder Toure curled home a fine second goal 15 minutes later.With Vincent Kompany making the points certain, City’s old guard overshadowed £49 million ($76 million) record signing Raheem Sterling on his competitive debut.The former Liverpool forward twice had good opportunities to join them on the scoresheet only to be foiled from close range by Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.“I’m not disappointed because Raheem plays 70 minutes very well (before he was substituted),” said Pellegrini. “If he continues to play like this I am sure he will be the player we bought.”Pellegrini played down the significance of this weekend’s meeting with Chelsea, who already trail City by two points following Saturday’s draw against Swansea.“It is important to have a difference with them at the start of the season because they are one of the five teams who have the most chance to win the title.“Every point is important but the gap after the second game is not decisive… It is important to beat the champions of last year to give you more trust.”West Brom boss Tony Pulis refused to blame his players for the defeat. “I take responsibility for the way we set up and the fact we had (two strikers) Saido Berahino and Rickie Lambert both playing,” said Pulis.“I have to look at it and say if I did it again I would probably do it differently. The pivotal moment was when I decided to play the two up front instead of an extra man in midfield.”Pulis hopes the arrival of West Brom’s own record signing, £12 million Venezuela forward Salomon Rondon, will signal a marked improvement after his capture from Zenit St Petersburg on a four-year deal was sealed hours before kick-off.“Speaking to Manuel (Pellegrini) and Andre Villas-Boas (the Zenit coach) who have both worked with the lad, he comes highly recommended,” said Pulis. Pellegrini had previously coached Rondon at Malaga“He has played a good level, has a good goalscoring record, he is quick and powerful and at that price hopefully it turns out to be a good deal for us.“The reason Zenit had to sell him is their quota of foreign players had been cut.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgCOLEVILLE – Winds gusting up to 65 mph fanned a Sierra wildfire that forced the evacuation Tuesday of up to 200 people near the California-Nevada line and the closure of a 40-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 395. With airtankers grounded in the sustained winds of 40 mph, the fire tripled in size from an estimated 200 acres to more than 600 acres along the Sierra’s eastern front by Tuesday evening, said Mark Struble, a spokesman for the Sierra Front Interagency Fire Dispatch Center. About 50 homes in Mono County between Coleville and Walker were immediately threatened and another 150 structures were in the area of the fire burning primarily in grass, sagebrush and scrub pine about 45 miles south of Carson City, Nev., he said. “It is growing. We don’t know exactly what direction it is heading,” Struble told The Associated Press. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The winds are really swirling,” he said, adding that the forecast called for sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph overnight. No damage to homes or injuries had been reported but the fire did burn over some equipment at a temporary firefighter camp behind Coleville High School, including a refrigerated storage until and several portable toilets, Struble said. More than 225 firefighters were battling the fire along with at least 14 fire engines, three water tenders and a bulldozer, Struble said.last_img read more

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Montebello Bus Lines and South Whittier’s Sunshine Shuttle have signed on with Rio Hondo College to help encourage full-time students to use public transportation instead of their cars to get to their classes. The “Go Rio” program gives free bus passes to full-time students that can be used on any Metro, Norwalk Transit and Foothill Transit bus. But as of Aug. 25, the “Go Rio” passes will also be honored on Montebello Bus Lines and the Sunshine Shuttle. For more on this story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Lillian Castillo has seen coyotes in the mountains but never in her neighborhood – until last week. “I was coming home from Hollywood late at night and I saw a coyote with two pups crossing the street,” Castillo, 20, said. “I was kind of weirded out.” What is likely the same coyote has been making regular appearances in the picnic area at Streamland Park, near Castillo’s neighborhood, county parks and area animal control officials said. The coyote regularly appears in the picnic area at about 11 a.m., said Hector Alvarado, a Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department maintenance worker. “She goes by the picnic table,” he said. This week, Southeast Area Animal Control Authority officials launched a hunt for the coyote after receiving calls from concerned parkgoers. On Thursday, SEAACA officials posted warning signs and set out a trap baited with roasted chicken. But as of Thursday evening, the coyote had not been caught. The nearest natural coyote habitat is Whittier Narrows. So why would a coyote venture into a public park crowded with humans, a species the shy animals usually try to avoid? “Coyotes are truly opportunistic. They will go for the easiest food first,” said Mickey Long, the natural areas administrator for the county parks department. Uncovered garbage cans and scraps left over from people eating lunch at the park spell easy food, said Cpt. Aaron Reyes of SEAACA. “She’s smart. She’s just trying to survive,” he said. Animal control Officer Stephanie Hingson searched the northwest side of the park Wednesday morning and caught a few glimpses of the gray, medium-sized coyote. When Hingson lost track of her, she set out hot dogs to attract the critter. “She was sniffing around, probably looking for something to eat,” Hingson said. Later, Officer Alvaro Torres and Reyes, carrying a catch pole and a tranquilizer gun, walked through the area trying to track the animal. Although they believe they might have found a den and paw prints, the coyote eluded them. “She probably knows this area better than any of us,” Reyes said, adding that officials will have to capture the coyote and her pups, then relocate the entire family to Whittier Narrows, a few miles away. Coyotes roam many miles during the night, so even if officials manage to capture the mother coyote, she could easily find her way back to the park, said Long. The animal’s diet consists mostly of rodents, such as squirrels and rabbits, he added. “I don’t know if she’s having trouble with the cooler weather. Certain things \ are hibernating,” Long said. “Ground squirrels are underground more. If she’s feeding pups, she might be particularly desperate.” Coyotes are not likely to bite a human, he said. “We humans have trouble seeing ourselves as pushing into their habitat, but we are,” said Long. “It’s our job as humans to learn to be around them.” Though SEAACA officials hope to catch and relocate the coyote soon, they issued a warning to residents. “Stay away from it and don’t feed it,” Reyes said. “Then notify SEAACA. We’ll respond immediately.” If you spot a coyote, call SEAACA at (562) 803-3301, Ext. 223. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more