Alex Trebek, Longtime Host of ‘Jeopardy!,’ Dies at 80

first_img– Advertisement – Otherwise he was a steady and predictable host — a no-nonsense presence, efficient in his role.A full obituary will be published shortly. Mr. Trebek had announced in a video on March 6, 2019, that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer that week. He said that like many others with the disease, he had no symptoms until it had spread throughout his body. He delivered the news from the show’s set, wearing, as usual, a bandbox fresh suit and tie as he spoke straight to the camera without sentiment or histrionics.As a host, Mr. Trebek was the essence of durability. In the decades that he captained “Jeopardy!” more than 400 other game shows came and went. “Jeopardy!” endured, with millions of Americans organizing their weeknights around the highbrow program, shouting out the questions to their televisions as Mr. Trebek read the answers with his impeccable diction.One of the chief appeals of the show, apart from its intellectual challenge, was its consistency. Over the years, its format stayed almost the same, as did Mr. Trebek, though he trimmed back his bushy head of hair, grew grayer and occasionally sported a mustache, beard or goatee. – Advertisement – Alex Trebek, who hosted “Jeopardy!” for a record-setting 36 years and who brought an authoritative and unflappable persona to the quiz show’s peculiar conceit, in which answers are delivered in the form of a question, died on Sunday. He was 80.The death was confirmed by the show’s producers on Twitter. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Groups initiate fundraiser to support Veronica Koman following demand to return her scholarship money

first_imgHilman said Veronica had paid back Rp 64.5 million out of the Rp 773.8 million scholarship from her own money but he hoped the fundraising could pay off the remaining funds demanded.He said Veronica was aware of the initiative, which was started on Aug. 11, and fully supported it.On Tuesday, Veronica, who is currently residing in Australia, posted a statement claiming that the Indonesian government had forced her to return the scholarship money as a form of “financial punishment” for her activism in advocating for human rights in Papua and West Papua.She also posted on social media on Wednesday that the classes she took in her postgraduate study and all of her essays she wrote were on human rights advocacy in Papua. “However, the Indonesian government regards my dedication to Papua as [a form of] treason because it has never considered Papua a part of NKRI [the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia]. I’m gladly willing to be abandoned by Indonesia. Hand me to Papua, we have pride too,” she wroteIn a written statement on Thursday, the LPDP, which is under the coordination of the Finance Ministry, stated that the request to refund the scholarship was made because Veronica had failed to return home to Indonesia after her studies.Veronica had previously refuted LPDP’s claims saying that she returned to Indonesia to join the Jayapura-based Human Rights Lawyers Association for Papua (PAHAM Papua) in 2018 and she also gave pro-bono legal services to Papuan activists in three separate trials in Timika, Papua, from April to May 2019.However, the LPDP claimed that Veronica had not yet graduated when she returned to the country.”VKL graduated in July 2019 and registered her graduation on the LPDP system in September 2019. VKL returned to Indonesia in 2018 when she had not yet finished her studies so she did not return as an alumnus but as an ongoing awardee. Thus, her return cannot be regarded as the fulfilment of her alumnus obligations,” the LPDP stated, referring to Veronica by her initials.Social media users have questioned the LPDP decision saying that many awardees had not returned to the country after their studies but faced no consequences.”My friend returned to Indonesia, but he received a [job] offer from abroad. He has been working there ever since. No sanctions, nobody is looking for him either,” user @leavesomeday tweeted.Fyi bener sih. Temen ai udah balik ke Indonesia, terus ada offer di LN sampai sekarang gapulang. Ga ada sanksi, dan ga dicariin juga— Leavesomeday (@leavesomeday) August 11, 2020Siska, a 2016 LPDP awardee in the United Kingdom also claimed fellow awardees had not returned to Indonesia after finishing their studies.”A friend of mine who studied at the same university as me in the UK has not returned to Indonesia. He is currently working for a private company in the UK,” she told awardee, she said, had got a job in the US before completing her three years’ obligatory work in Indonesia.Topics : Civil society group Papua Itu Kita (Papua Is Us) and Jayapura-based publication Jubi have initiated a fundraising movement to support Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman who was recently asked to return government-sponsored scholarship funding for her studies in Australia.”Papua residents initiated the fundraising because they feel thankful to Veronica who has been a vocal advocate for human rights issues in Papua. They want to help her too,” Veronica’s lawyer Michael Hilman told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Veronica was asked to return scholarship money totaling Rp 773.8 million (US$52,760) from the Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) that she received in September 2016 to enable her to study for a master’s degree in law at the Australian National University.last_img read more

Original Winkworth family home for sale in new Cairns location

first_img17 Christensen St, Machans Beach used to be located on Winkworth St, Westcourt and home to the Winkworth family.A HOME with a unique link to Cairns history, relocated to a spacious beachside block, has come onto the market almost 100 years after it was built.The original Winkworth family home first appeared on Westcourt’s Winkworth St in 1927, built by prominent carpenter Thomas who lived in the area and established the city’s first joinery works.Serving as an alderman on the Cairns City Council, Mr Winkworth died in 2012 but his house was moved to Christensen St, Machans Beach in 2006. Inside 17 Christensen St, Machans Beach.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoElite Real Estate Services sales director Karl Latham said the block represented the “ultimate lifestyle property” and the home retained all the charms of a turn of the century Far North home.“Even though the block is 2429 sqm it is like acreage,” he said.“It has character, space, it is close to beach, a boat ramp is at the end of the street, it backs onto bushland but is still only 10 minutes to the city.”Tongue and groove walls, casement windows and fretwork above doorways evoke the style and atmosphere of the 1920s. The property comes onto the market almost two years after LJ Hooker Cairns South’s Cheyenne Morrison started the Cairns Queenslanders Facebook group to help revive a love of the architectural style. 17 Christensen St, Machans Beach used to be located on Winkworth St, Westcourt and home to the Winkworth family.The group is still going strong with dozens of passionate followers.Mr Morrison has said previously the Queenslander was “the antithesis of bland modern homes”.But the Christensen St home also has plenty of modern conveniences such as a modern, renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and stone benchtops, four large bedrooms upstairs, all with built in robes and airconditioning and plenty of storage with a lock up shed and undercover parking for more than four vehicles.last_img read more

DCOA Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

first_img(Council on Ageing) On 15 June 2020, the Dominica Council on Ageing (DCOA) joins organisations, Government agencies, professional community groups and institutions around the world to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).In 2006 the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), to raise awareness of elder abuse and highlight ways to challenge such abuse.WEAAD was recognised as a United Nations Day by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/66/127 adopted in 2011.“Several senior citizens are abused by people who are close to them, relatives, caregivers,” said Ophelia Marie, president of the DCOA. “Abuse is in the form of neglect and it could be financial, emotional, physical, psychological and other types of abuse.”Although there is no data on levels of elder abuse in Dominica,   Ms. Marie said the World Health organisation (WHO) has estimated that one in six people 60 years and older have experienced some form of abuse in the community setting during the past years.Declaring elder abuse a serious public health issue, the United Nations has acknowledged that it is “deeply concerned” about the situation affecting older persons around the world  especially since levels of elder abuse will increase as the population of older persons rises.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to practice social distancing and other protocols, in its observance of WEAAD-2020, the DCOA will focus on the media.One of the main highlights of the day will be a radio address on Monday 15 June by Honourable Dr. Addis King, Minister of Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs, Seniors’ Security, and Dominicans with Disabilities.In its observance of WEAAD, the DCOA has planned other radio addresses and programmes as well as newspaper articles highlighting the theme of WEAAD-2020 which is “Lifting up Voices”.“We are also using the day to draw attention to the situation of the older persons: how recognised are they; how included are they in the social fabric of society; what happens to them in any special way because they are senior citizens; how much are they included in decision making, or expressing their views on national issues,” said Ms. Marie. “We really need to look at the way we treat our seniors.” Share Sharing is caring! InternationalLifestyleLocalNews DCOA Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by: – June 11, 2020 Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 31 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China

first_imgFinancial markets have gone into atailspin after grim news of deaths and outbreaks in the Middle East, Europe andAsia, even as the Chinese epicentre appeared to be calming, with the death tollat its lowest for almost three weeks. PHOTO BY REUTERS BEIJING – The new coronavirus has peakedin China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organization warned,as infections mushroom in other countries. Confirmed cases at the centre of the global coronavirus outbreak. AFP But the situation is worsening in othercountries, with more than 2,000 cases and around 30 deaths reported abroad,prompting a raft of restrictions on travellers from infected nations. (AFP)last_img

249 nabbed for defying quarantine, curfew

first_imgOn Tuesday night in this city, thepolice arrested 40 curfew and quarantine violatorsin the City Proper area. They were temporarily held at the Iloilo FreedomGrandstand. “Some of them were minors and weneeded to call the attention of their guardians or parents,” said Malong. ILOILO City – From March 22 to 24 thepolice arrested 249 persons for violating the curfew and house quarantine beingimposed by various local government units across Western Visayas to prevent thespread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The quarantine aims to limit themovement of people to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. PRO-6 information officer PoliceColonel Joem Malong said the violators were taken to police stations andreleased the following day. To those traveling to work, Malongsaid, should secure quarantine passes from their barangay councils or havetheir company identification cards ready. Others were of legal age andbinge-drinking outside their houses, she added. Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) datashowed Negros Occidental having the highest number of violators at 92. Antiquehad 39 and Iloilo province, 35. “We are once again urging the publicto stay at home. We are reminding them, too, that there is a liquor ban,” saidMalong.  “But if there is no work and noimportant matter to attend to, avoid loitering. Stay in your house. We havepolicemen conducting 24/7 checkpoints,” said Malong./PN The police gather these persons at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand for violating the ongoing enhanced community quarantine and curfew on Tuesday night (March 24, 2020). Since it is impossible for them to observe social distancing in a small and cramped police detention cell, the next best thing to do is “ground” these violatos at the grandstand. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNlast_img read more

Zabaleta expects response from City

first_imgManchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is confident manager Manuel Pellegrini will soon put right what went wrong against Chelsea. Zabaleta said on City TV: “It was one of those games that we didn’t do our stuff. “It was an important game for us to get three points and be back on top of the league. “We need to think and be positive now and review the game, just to see all the mistakes and try not to make them again. “Sometimes when you lose one game it is terrible, but we must be stronger than ever. “We know we are only two points behind Arsenal and there is still a long way to go. “We have got 14 games more to the end of the season. We need to be positive.” City started with confidence as Yaya Toure and David Silva went close but Chelsea, defying predictions they would be defensive, soon took control of the game. Ramires tested Joe Hart before Branislav Ivanovic lashed in a fine goal from the edge of the area. Samuel Eto’o, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill all hit the woodwork as the visitors continued to dominate. Silva did have two more late chances but City were unable to claim an equaliser. City had been without top scorer Sergio Aguero and midfielder Fernandinho, who pulled out before the game with an unspecified muscle strain. The Brazilian will undergo further assessment but is expected to be out for at least a fortnight. Pellegrini said: “He has a muscle injury, we will see how long it is but it will be a couple of weeks, three or four weeks.” City’s apparently quickening title charge was slowed and their free-scoring attack blunted as the Londoners claimed a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. The result prevented City moving back to the top of the Barclays Premier League and saw Chelsea pull level with them in second, two points behind leaders Arsenal. Press Association It also ended their formidable home run, having won all 11 previous league games at Eastlands, and was the first time they had not scored at the ground since November 2010. Zabaleta said: “We were a little bit frustrated by the result but this is football. Sometimes you can lose games. “We can learn from mistakes and we see how difficult the Premier League is at the moment. Every game is very difficult. “We need to keep calm. I think the manager is clever enough to work during the week and show to us on video what we did wrong and try to do well next game. “We still have a chance in four competitions. We have important games coming up in February. “We need to have a good rest now and be ready for Saturday. That is going to be another tough game, Norwich away.” City host Chelsea again in the FA Cup fifth round on February 15, three days before Barcelona visit in the Champions League. Before that they have Premier League games against Norwich and Sunderland, who are also their Capital One Cup final opponents on March 2. last_img read more

O’Neill wants more goals

first_imgMartin O’Neill has challenged his Ireland players to prove they can score even against the strongest teams. The 62-year-old manager said: “The idea for us now in these next couple of matches is to prepare as best we can. Let’s take them on, let’s go and create the chances, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t do. “But again, putting the ball in the net is something that’s been a problem here for quite some considerable time.” In the nine games O’Neill’s men have played to date this season, they have scored just nine goals with Keane contributing three of them. Five have come in O’Neill’s four games at the helm, although a 3-0 victory over lowly Latvia in his first game skews that figure somewhat, and both finishing and the creation of chances have been significant points of focus in training this week. The Ulsterman said: “We did a lot of shooting yesterday, a lot of practise at that. But I have seen this before, I have been a long, long time in the game. “A shooting session on a Thursday afternoon where players are hitting the target on a constant basis is very, very good practice. It’s a different thing when you are playing in the game. “But we have been trying to do as much as we possibly can to rectify it. “It’s not just the shooting element, it’s keeping the ball alive; it’s players getting in front of opposition players when it’s in the penalty area; when wide men have got the ball, taking players on; it’s making sure we have got across the front post to keep things alive. Ireland face Italy at Craven Cottage on Saturday before meeting fellow World Cup finalists Costa Rica and Portugal in the United States next month with goals having been at a premium in recent games. LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, who has found the back of the net a record 62 times for his country, will join up with the party in America, but in the meantime, O’Neill is looking to the rest of the squad for much-needed firepower. “Now the person at the front post might not score the goal, but he disturbs defenders. Those type of things are the things we have been working on.” O’Neill is making no apologies for choosing such tough opposition for Ireland’s summer programme, and although he was happy with his side’s performance in a 2-1 home defeat by Turkey on Sunday, he knows they will have to raise their standards once again if they are to prosper against the Brazil-bound Italians. He said: “It’s a great game at any stage of the season, but now just with Italy preparing for the World Cup, it’s a great opportunity for us to play against what you would call really top-class players.” Goalkeeper David Forde is likely to return in goal with Rob Elliot, who made his debut against the Turks, having left the camp for his wedding, but striker Anthony Stokes will miss out with a calf problem. Press Associationlast_img read more

Football News Karim Benzema scores hat-trick, Real Madrid beat Fenerbahce to dispel gloom

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Real Madrid conceded 16 goals in five pre-season games.Bayern Munich lost to Tottenham Hotspur on penalties in the final.Gareth Bale could play for three years for Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. highlightscenter_img Munich: French striker Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated Fenerbahce 5-3 in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday which temporarily lifted the summer gloom which has engulfed the Spanish giants and coach Zinedine Zidane. However, problems remain for Real as they have now conceded 16 goals in just five friendly matches. They faced their Turkish opponents having been defeated by Tottenham 1-0 on Tuesday in the first match of a four-team event which also features German champions Bayern Munich.    “We are going to find the solutions, we are going to work. I stand by my players and I know that we are going to make progress and that we will have a very good season,” said Zidane whose team had been left bruised by a humiliating 7-3 defeat by city rivals Atletico in a friendly in the United States last week.    “Nobody likes conceding three goals but we have scored five. For us, this is a positive victory.”    Zidane’s preparations for the new season have also been overshadowed by the saga of Gareth Bale’s future at the club. The Welsh star was left out of the Spanish side’s squad for the two matches in Munich after his planned transfer to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, who had offered the Welshman a three-year-deal worth USD 1.1 million a week, broke down.Also Read | Real Madrid delivered a winning response to Zinedine Zidane’s stinging criticismBenzema said the humiliation at the hands of Atletico was a thing of the past and that the crucial date will be the weekend of August 17 when the new La Liga season starts.Also Read | Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas stable after a heart attack: FC Porto    “The criticisms after the match against Atletico were normal. It was only a friendly but you cannot concede seven goals,” said the French striker. “However, it’s no longer on my mind.”    In the final of the tournament, Tottenham claimed the trophy 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern after the game had ended 2-2. Eric Lamela and Christian Eriksen had put Spurs 2-0 up ahead before 19-year-old Jann-Fiete Arp, signed in the summer from Hamburg, and Alphonso Davis, just 18, pulled the German giants level with second-half strikes.last_img read more

Malteenoes in total control against Transport SC in first-division two-day cricket

first_imgA CLINICAL spell of off -spin bowling from Malteenoes Sports Club skipper Steven Jacobs coupled with a solid half century by Jerimiah Scott and four first innings wickets from fast bowler Keon Morris led the Malteenoes Sports Club to a dominant opening day in their clash against the Transport Sports Club at the Police Sports Club ground.Twenty-five wickets fell on Saturday, including 15 from the Transport team in the opening day of the 2019 GISE, Star Party Rental Trophy Stall First Division two-day cricket competition.When play continues today, Malteenoes will hunt a further four wickets in their quest to register an innings victory.Transport never had an answer to their opponent’s bowling attack. It was only a spirited knock of 47 from Charwayne McPherson, which prevented a total batting collapse when they won the toss yesterday morning and took first strike. While the opener was lacing the boundary with strokes (seven in total), wickets were tumbling at the other end as Morris extracted pace and bounce from the pitch.Just before the morning session ended, Transport declared at 101-9 from 34.4 overs, only Akeem Redmond with three fours defied the bowling to support McPherson with a score of 17.Morris finished with 4-22 from nine overs, while Guyanese all-rounder Jacobs and leg-spinner Wayne Bollers supported with two wickets each.Despite the advantage, Transport fought back and were able to bowl out Malteenoes, but not before Scott and Morris had played their hands.Scott, batting at six, belted nine fours and a six in a top score of 61, while Morris, batting at nine, hit three fours and a six in a score of 36, as Malteenoes reached 193 before they were bowled out in 53.3 overs.Skipper Kevin Ross, Joel Spooner, Redmond and A. Clark took two wickets each for Transport.Despite the fight back, the Transport batsmen could not read Jacobs in the second innings and were struggling at 51-6 from 18 overs at the close of play, still in arrears of Malteenoes’ first innings lead of 92.Jacobs bowled a stifling line and length to pick up 5-18 from eight overs.R. Singh with 14 and 13-year-old Alvin Mohabir, (6) on his first-division debut, are still at the crease.last_img read more