9 months agoBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba still frustrated over contract talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba still frustrated over contract talksby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba remains in the dark over new contract talks.The former Valencia man is keen on a renewal which will bring him in line with some of the club’s higher earners such as Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets and talks have been ongoing.However, speaking after his side’s win over Eibar, he offered some clarity on the latest developments.”Everything is still the same for me, I have a year left on my contract and I don’t know what the club thinks,” he explained.”I’m calm.”They have to see if they want to renew me and when they do want to renew me if that is the case.”I want to stay here as this is the club that I love and have always supported, but it depends on them.”For me, I can only control my own performance which I think has been good, but I don’t expect anything from anyone.” last_img read more

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The Game Georgia Is Most Likely To Lose, Per ESPN’s FPI

first_imgAuburn football players tackling Jake Fromm.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 10: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is stopped by members of the Auburn Tigers defense on November 10, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)College football is right around the corner. Georgia opens up its 2019 season four weeks from today.Georgia is coming off an 11-3 season in 2018. For the second year in a row, Alabama broke the Bulldogs’ hearts.Two seasons ago, the Crimson Tide beat Georgia with an improbable rally in the national title game. Last year, they did the same in the SEC Championship Game.Entering 2019, Georgia is expected to be a College Football Playoff contender once again. In order to get there and win an elusive national championship, they will probably have to beat Alabama at some point. Georgia is ranked in the top five of the recently-released preseason Coaches Poll. ESPN’s FPI projects them to be favored in all 12 regular season games this fall.Their most likely loss? At Auburn on November 16.The FPI gives the Bulldogs a 54.7 percent chance of winning that game. They are still the favorite, but that’s a lower percentage than for any other regular season matchup.Florida and Tennessee are projected to be the next toughest games games for the Bulldogs. You can see all of ESPN’s FPI predictions for them here.Georgia opens its 2019 season against Vanderbilt on Saturday, August 31.last_img read more

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Daniil Medvedev completes journey from villain to hero at US Open

first_img Reuters New YorkSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 14:47 IST Daniil Medvedev lost the US Open final to Rafael Nadal in a 5-set match. (Twitter/@DaniilMedwed)HIGHLIGHTSDaniil Medvedev lost the US Open final 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 to Rafael NadalMedvedev was slapped with a heavy fine after he showed middle finger to the crowdHowever, he won the crowd over with his skill at the US Open final against NadalDaniil Medvedev once revelled in his role as the villain of Flushing Meadows but on Sunday the Russian completed his transformation to unlikely hero after taking Rafa Nadal the distance in a pulsating U.S. Open final.Despite losing to the Spaniard in a five-set thriller, Medvedev’s performance suggests more Grand Slam finals are in his future and that he could be a genuine challenger to the ‘Big Three’ — Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.The 23-year-old Russian, who had got on the wrong side of fans at Flushing Meadows with a string of on-court antics, arrived at his maiden Grand Slam final to a chorus of boos.However, he gradually won over the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd as the match wore on, showing heart and skill in abundance to fight back from two sets down before Nadal claimed the 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 thriller that stretched four hours and 50 minutes.”I know earlier in the tournament I said something in kind of a bad way and now I’m saying it in a good way: That it’s because of your energy that I’m in the final,” said Medvedev as he accepted the runner-up trophy.”You guys were pushing me to prolong this match because you want to see more tennis and because of you guys I was fighting like hell.”Medvedev, who had never previously made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam, became the player fans loved to hate when he angrily snatched a towel from a ballperson in his third round match and showed the crowd his middle finger.advertisementHe then sarcastically thanked the crowd after the match, saying, “the energy you’re giving me right now, guys, I think it will be enough for my next five matches.”He picked up $9,000 in fines for his behaviour in that match, taking his total to $19,000 for the first three rounds at Flushing Meadows having earlier been fined for verbal abuse and throwing his racket.However, a contrite Medvedev later said he regretted his behaviour and apologised for the animosity, telling the crowd after his quarter-final victory over Stan Wawrinka that “what I’ve done is not good”.His match against Nadal marked a fourth straight tournament final for Medvedev, who arrived at the U.S. Open fresh off a victory at Cincinnati during a remarkable summer run.On Sunday, he said the tournament had made him see the error of his ways.”You guys see that I can also change because I am a human being,” Medvedev told the crowd after applauding Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam title.”Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.”Also Read | US Open: Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka clinch maiden doubles Grand Slam titleAlso Read | I was fighting like hell: Daniil Medvedev to fans after losing US Open final vs Rafael NadalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow US OpenFollow Rafael NadalFollow Daniil Medvedev Next Daniil Medvedev completes journey from villain to hero at US OpenDaniil Medvedev, who had never previously made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam, became the player fans loved to hate when he angrily snatched a towel from a ballperson in his third round match and showed the crowd his middle finger.advertisementlast_img read more

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Development of Global Tourism Resilience Centre Imperative – PM

first_img “The ultimate goal of the resilience and crisis management centre will be to assist destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that threaten [tourism-dependent] economies and livelihoods globally with real time data and effective communication,” the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says development of the proposed Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management in Jamaica is imperative in light of the sector’s vulnerability to man-made and natural disasters and exogenous shocks.These, he said, include climate change, epidemics, pandemics, cybercrime, political instability and terrorism.“The ultimate goal of the resilience and crisis management centre will be to assist destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that threaten [tourism-dependent] economies and livelihoods globally with real time data and effective communication,” the Prime Minister said.He was speaking at Thursday’s (September 13) inaugural Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Regional Headquarters, Mona, St. Andrew, under the theme: ‘Tourism Resilience through Global Synergies.’Mr. Holness noted that the Caribbean and Americas remain the most tourism-dependent region in the world, with the industry being the single largest generator of foreign exchange in 16 of 28 countries.The Caribbean, he added, has a higher proportion of total employment and percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) derived from the industry than any other region in the world.The Prime Minister said Jamaica’s tourism industry continues to experience unprecedented expansion, playing a prominent role in the Government’s growth agenda.He indicated that between January and August 2018, Jamaica welcomed 2,955,007 visitors, a 4.7 per cent increase over the corresponding period last year.Additionally, Mr. Holness said gross foreign exchange earnings between January and July 2018 were estimated at US$1.93 billion, up 6.3 per cent over the same period last year.He said, however, that despite these favourable statistics, “the tourism industry remains one of the most vulnerable industries.”“While the tourism sector in the region has traditionally been very resilient and remains one of the most valuable contributors to job creation, poverty alleviation, investments, export revenues, GDP and to economic livelihoods of millions of citizens, the balance can be easily disturbed by a wide range of risks and threats,” Mr. Holness pointed out.As such, the Prime Minister said he endorses the establishment of the centre, which will be housed at the UWI’s Mona Campus.The development, which is being spearheaded by Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, was one of several key recommendations emerging from last November’s United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Global Conference in Montego Bay.It is intended to assess, forecast, mitigate and manage risks related to tourism resilience and crisis management.This will be achieved through research and development; advocacy and communication; programme/project design and management; and training and capacity building.Thursday’s summit, spearheaded by the Tourism Ministry was attended by a number of local, regional and global stakeholders.It was aimed at assessing existing and emerging disruptions related to tourism management globally, and to identify a framework for mutual partnerships among major governmental, non-governmental and business entities. These, he said, include climate change, epidemics, pandemics, cybercrime, political instability and terrorism. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says development of the proposed Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management in Jamaica is imperative in light of the sector’s vulnerability to man-made and natural disasters and exogenous shocks. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Increase in Credit to Businesses and Households – BOJ

first_imgStory Highlights He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly briefing at the BOJ Training Institute in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (May 22). Mr. Wynter pointed out that the pace of accelerated credit expansion is consistent with current and previous BOJ policy decisions.While acknowledging that the growth in private-sector credit, particularly over the last three months, “is very encouraging”, Mr. Wynter contended that “it is still not fast enough”.“Based on our (BOJ) estimates of the capacity of the economy, faster growth is possible without causing inflation to rise above the [four to six per cent] target,” the Governor said.Meanwhile, Mr. Wynter advised that the BOJ’s announcement last week of a reduction in the deposit-taking institutions cash reserve requirement by two percentage points, to seven per cent effective June 3, will add another $12.3 billion to the financial system.The Governor noted that the reduction, the second for 2019 following a three per cent lowering of the reserve requirement in March, will support the provision of more credit to businesses and households “at lower rates and on better terms”.Mr. Wynter pointed out that the cash reserve reductions are possible because of macroeconomic stability in Jamaica. The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says credit extended to private-sector businesses and households by commercial banks, merchant banks and building societies has increased by 15.2 per cent over the 12-month period ending March 2019.center_img The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says credit extended to private-sector businesses and households by commercial banks, merchant banks and building societies has increased by 15.2 per cent over the 12-month period ending March 2019.Governor Brian Wynter says this is 1.4 per cent higher than the 13.8 per cent out-turn for the corresponding period last year.He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly briefing at the BOJ Training Institute in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (May 22).Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter (right), emphasises a point while addressing Tuesday’s (May 21) quarterly briefing at the BOJ’s Training Institute in downtown Kingston. Listening is BOJ Deputy Governor, Dr. Wayne Robinson. Governor Brian Wynter says this is 1.4 per cent higher than the 13.8 per cent out-turn for the corresponding period last year.last_img read more

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Antlerless Deer Draw Application Line Opens

first_imgThe telephone line to apply for an antlerless deer hunting stampofficially opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, NaturalResources Minister Richard Hurlburt announced today, July 9. Hunters can call 1-900-565-DEER (3337) any day of the week, 24hours a day to apply for a stamp. The line is open until midnighton Friday, Sept. 3. A non-refundable application fee of $6.90will be charged to the telephone bill of the phone that is beingused. This year, 5,250 permits are available for the hunt. That is thelowest number of permits issued since the deer management zonesystem was implemented in 1998. “The deer herd across the province is at its lowest populationlevel in a long time, which has resulted in a decrease in thetotal number of stamps available,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “Thedecline in deer numbers is a result of the severe winter weatherconditions and deep snow we have experienced over the last fewyears.” The use of deer zones is a management practice that allowsNatural Resources staff to set appropriate harvest numbers basedon the uneven distribution of deer throughout the province. Thescience-based approach helps to maintain a more stable deerpopulation regionally in Nova Scotia. “By using a zone system we are able to adjust the number ofpermits available to hunters to accurately reflect the populationof deer in different areas of the province,” said Mr. Hurlburt.”For example, the number of permits available in zone 2A havebeen increased this year to help reduce the high number of deerin the Bridgewater-Lunenburg area.” Permits are being offered for four of the eight deer managementzones. This is the first year that zone 5 (Eastern Shore areaincluding much of Halifax and Guysborough counties) has not hadany antlerless deer permits available because of low deernumbers. Zones 3 (Chignecto area, Cumberland County), 6 (all ofCape Breton, except for the Highlands area) and 7 (Cape BretonHighlands area) also will have no antlerless deer stamps for thesame reason. The regulation summary booklet provides moredetailed information on zone locations. A computerized random draw will take place after Sept. 3.Successful applicants will be notified by mail during the week ofSept. 6. Draw results will be available on the department websitebeginning Sept. 7 or between Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 by calling1-877-535-1234, or 493-1412 in the Halifax area. Detailed information on the antlerless deer draw can be foundwhere hunting and angling licences are sold or on the website:www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw .last_img read more

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ISIS expands reach in Afghanistan threatening West

first_imgJalalabad (Afghanistan): The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to US and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the US-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as an even greater threat than the Taliban because of its increasingly sophisticated military capabilities and its strategy of targeting Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’civilians, both in Afghanistan and abroad. Concerns run so deep that many have come to see the Taliban, which has also clashed with IS, as a potential partner in containing it. A US intelligence official based in Afghanistan told The Associated Press that a recent wave of attacks in the capital, Kabul, is “practice runs” for even bigger attacks in Europe and the United States. “This group is the most near-term threat to our homelands from Afghanistan,” the official said on condition of anonymity to preserve his operational security. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”The IS core mandate is: You will conduct external attacks” in the US and Europe. “That is their goal. It’s just a matter of time,” he said. “It is very scary.” Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, sees Afghanistan as a possible new base for IS now that it has been driven from Iraq and Syria. “ISIS has invested a disproportionate amount of attention and resources in Afghanistan,” he said, pointing to “huge arms stockpiling” in the east.last_img read more

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Fire Emergency department set to bring 4 firefighting robots 2 drones into

first_imgKolkata: The state Fire and Emergency Services department is all set to take a giant technological leap towards boosting its firefighting infrastructure by adding four firefighting robots to its fleet.The department is also introducing two drones to get exact location of fire sites in highrises, which firefighters often find difficult to identify under normal circumstances. “We have already floated the tender for procuring a robot and a drone. We have completed the necessary test run for introducing fire balls and are introducing 2,000 such balls before the Durga Puja,” said Sujit Bose, minister for Fire and Emergency Services. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to Director General of Fire Services Jagmohan, the robots are being procured for safety and security of the firefighters. “There is always a risk element involved during firefighting and sometimes there is excessive heat at a fire site and chances of explosion as well. The robots will come handy in these cases and will ensure safety of our fire fighters,” he added. A senior official in the department said that the fire balls will be effective in very narrow and congested places or in locked buildings where physical entry is extremely difficult. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThese are used for firefighting in a number of foreign countries as well as in some other states in the country, particularly to extinguish fire in locked buildings. “A fire ball, when thrown into a burning room or place from any small gap, helps in dousing the fire in ten to fifteen minutes,” the official added. The fire ball, which is smaller in size than a basketball but larger than a cricket ball, contains ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate. However, such a ball will not explode if it accidentally drops to the ground. It will burst only when it is thrown into a fire. Speaking at an event on ‘Electrical Fire Safety in Public Buildings in Kolkata’ organised by International Copper Association India (ICA India) in association with Power Cable Alliance (PCA) and Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI) on Friday, Jagmohan attributed the majority of fire incidents in the city to some short of glitch in air-conditioners and called a credible qualified body of consultants for advice on revamping of electrical wiring of both residential and industrial units.last_img read more

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Budget to focus on middle class as fewer Canadians identify as middle

first_imgOTTAWA – Computer programmer David Galvin should be the quintessential beneficiary of next week’s federal budget, which is expected to continue the Liberals’ persistent rhetoric and focus on bolstering the middle class.He is educated, has had a career in advanced technology and lives in the economic heartland of southern Ontario.But Galvin no longer includes himself in the middle class.Like a growing number of Canadians, the 65-year-old from Hamilton says he has fallen behind — and that’s a challenge, experts say, to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approach to fiscal policy.A recent poll conducted by Ekos Research for The Canadian Press suggests fewer than half of all Canadians now identify as members of the middle class — a steep drop from nearly 70 per cent in 2002.In Galvin’s hometown of Hamilton, 22 per cent said they’ve fallen behind in their social class in the last five years. That was the highest concentration in the country, tied with Halifax and Kitchener.Another 55 per cent of Hamilton respondents said their situations haven’t improved over the last five years.Ekos president Frank Graves said the numbers point to a large shift in what it means to be a member of the middle class in Canada.“The whole notion of a middle-class dream — ‘I work hard, build a better mousetrap, do better than my parents, my kids do better than me, I get a house, a car, retire in comfort’ — that has all been shattered,” said Graves.Graves pointed to higher income inequality and slower economic growth as reasons for the shrinking middle class.“A lot of people are stagnating or falling behind and they’re not happy,” he said.The telephone poll of 7,882 Canadians was conducted Nov. 7-Dec. 10, 2017 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.While the Liberals have covered their bases by expanding their appeals to the middle class to include “those working hard to join it,” Canadians like Galvin have no such aspirations.He has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Guelph and spent most of his career working in his field. However, after he lost his job more than a decade and a half ago, he has struggled to make ends meet.“I was unable to get meaningful middle-class work again and ended up doing a lot of contract and short-term work,” said Galvin.The loss of his wife, Norma, in 2002 and a worsening gambling addiction only made things worse.“I don’t really see myself as a middle-class person,” said Galvin. “I’ve had many years of precarious employment and it’s been a long time since I actually had a professional, middle-class type of job.”Despite now having full-time work as a security guard and receiving Canada Pension Plan benefits and Old Age Security, Galvin still worries about the future.Many in his community and across the country share that uncertainty, according to Sara Mayo, a social planner at Hamilton’s Social Planning and Research Council.“People feel like they are working harder and not getting ahead,” she said. “That is seen across Canada and certainly in Hamilton as well.”One possible solution to the growing problem, said Mayo, is for the federal government to speed up its funding for the National Housing Strategy, a 10-year, $40-billion initiative to provide more affordable housing to lower-income families.Most of that $40 billion, split between federal and provincial investments, won’t start rolling into communities until after 2020. Mayo said communities need more of that funding now to address a growing housing crisis and the mayors of Canada’s biggest cities agree.Last Thursday, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities big-city mayors caucus met Finance Minister Bill Morneau to ask him to speed up the flow of cash.Edmonton mayor Don Iveson said the money is needed faster so that cities can focus on repairing hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units as soon as possible.“There are units that are not … habitable right now because they’ve been waiting so long for that investment and we’d like to get those back in the hands of Canadians who need them and create the jobs now, not in a year or two,” Iveson told a news conference Thursday.Housing isn’t an issue for Galvin but, as far as he’s concerned, more help for low-income Canadians can’t come soon enough.“All you have to do is walk around downtown Hamilton to see what the effects of poverty and low-income work are.”— with files from Jordan Presslast_img read more

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TIFF founder Bill Marshall dead at 77

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The film trailblaizer, who immigrated to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland in 1955, founded the festival in 1976 along with co-founders Henk Van der Kolk and Dusty Cohl. He had 13 different feature film credits to his name and also produced hundreds of documentaries.TIFF began small but became one of North America’s biggest film festivals, important because it had a public audience, instead of screening to insiders. It became known as a good place to premiere movies to the public and many filmmakers launched careers through the festival..Marshall leaves his wife Sari Ruda, his children Lee, Stephen and Shelagh, and six grandchildren.CBC Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Toronto International Film Festival founder William (Bill) Marshall has died at age 77 after suffering a cardiac arrest, according to a family statement released through TIFF’s press office Sunday.Marshall, described as “a pioneer in the Canadian film industry,” died in hospital in Toronto on New Year’s Day, the statement said.“In a very real way Bill was in the business of making dreams become reality,” read the statement. “Now, as the house lights dim, friends and family will remember and honour Bill as a first rate raconteur, famous for his honesty, keen mind and wry humour.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nepal UN rights office urges Government and Maoists to refrain from violence

7 December 2009In the wake of clashes following a recent eviction drive in eastern Nepal, the United Nations human rights office in the Asian nation today called on the Government and Maoists to take a step back from further violence. The Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) said in a press release that it is looking into excessive use of force by security personnel during the drive initiated by the District Forest Office in Dudhejhari forest area in Kailali district.According to reports, three people died and security forces were attacked by those resisting eviction with traditional weapons, including axes, with a police officer killed. Over 40 civilians and nine police officers sustained injuries in the incident.“Through our field presence, we have been monitoring the situation and interacting with actors on the ground to minimize the chances of further violence,” said Richard Bennett, Representative of OHCHR-Nepal.He called on the Government and the United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) to “exercise restraint and prevent any incidents, which could further aggravate the fragile situation in the region.”The Representative has also expressed concern over the reported promotions of people suspected of killing of Birendra Sah, a correspondent for the Nepalese private radio station Nepal FM, the Dristri Weekly and the television channel Avenues TV.Mr. Sah, 34, was abducted from his home in Bara district on 5 October 2007 and killed on the same day, according to the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), a move condemned last month by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).His death was only made public on 5 November when the Maoist Party of Nepal admitted having killed the journalist.Mr. Bennett voiced his concern over the promotions of two of the four suspects, in spite of repeated calls by OHCHR-Nepal, accused of killing the journalists during a meeting with a senior UCPN-M official last Friday.Lal Bahadur Chaudhary and Kundan Phaoujdar were named secretariat members of the UCPN-M’s Bara district committee.“When I have previously raised my concerns about the case of Birendra Sah with UCPN-M leadership, I have been assured that the accused are no longer with the Party,” Mr. Bennett said.“I am shocked to learn that two accused cadres, against whom there are outstanding arrest warrants, have been promoted within the Party,” he added. read more

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Security Council panel recommends measures for peacekeeping operations

The first report by the Security Council Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations also supports establishing regional peacekeeping training centres to increase international cooperation for peacekeeping.The Security Council in January established the Working Group, chaired by Ambassador Curtis A. Ward of Jamaica, to examine the relationship between the Council, troop-contributing countries and the Secretariat. The panel also recommends strengthening cooperation among troop-contributing countries in the areas of training, logistics and equipment. It requests the Secretary-General to convene assessments meetings with troop-contributing countries at various stages of an operation. It says countries providing troops should conduct reconnaissance visits to the mission area, and prepare contingency plans and exit strategies for volatile situations. read more

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Amid ongoing insecurity UN steps up political assistance to Iraqis

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, yesterday addressed the Council for the first time since its inauguration and highlighted the areas where the UN could assist without needing a specific Security Council mandate. These included strengthening support for the secretariat of the Governing Council, and providing guidance in the development of a new constitution or new human rights institutions based on extensive previous UN experiences in these areas. A team from the UN Department of Political Affairs is due to arrive shortly to discuss with Mr. Vieira de Mello, the United States-run Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and “most importantly the Governing Council,” how they might be of assistance if the Iraqis want guidance in such matters as preparing electoral rolls and registering political, spokesman Salim Lone told a briefing in Baghdad today. Although it was appointed by the CPA, Mr. Vieira de Mello has endorsed the Governing Council as a valid partner for the UN, saying that while not democratically elected it “can be viewed as broadly representative of the various constituencies in Iraq.” On Saturday, the UN envoy leaves on his second regional trip to visit Kuwait and Turkey as part of his efforts to consult with a full spectrum of Iraqi and neighbouring leaders on reconstructing the country. Earlier this month he visited Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNOHCI) said the security situation remains tense with an increase in anti-coalition attacks, the hijacking of humanitarian trucks and the closure of two highways south of Baghdad to humanitarian traffic since 22 July. “UN agencies have been voicing their concerns about the level of insecurity, particularly in a stretch of road south of Nassriyah, were WFP (UN World Food Programme) contractors reportedly had 18 trucks hijacked,” spokesperson Veronique Taveau told the briefing. “The trucks are later sold for $6,000. These incidents have not yet hampered our efforts but they are of deep concern and could discourage commercial transporters from sending more trucks into trouble spots in Iraq.” Truckloads of relief supplies destined for returning refugees arrived in southern Iraq today as aid workers from the UN refugee agency prepared to receive more repatriation convoys of Iraqis coming home after years spent in remote desert camps.In all, 48 trucks were dispatched this week from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regional warehouse in Jordan. In addition to the stocks going to Basra, tens of thousands of items are being sent to Baghdad.The first UN-assisted convoy of refugees to come back to Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein reached Basra yesterday after travelling from Rafha refugee camp in the remote northern reaches of Saudi Arabia. read more

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UN sees important step in suspension of officers implicated in mass rapes

The UN Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) said it had been notified formally of the actions being taken by the Government to bring to justice the perpetrators of serious human rights violations committed in Minova in the violence-wracked east of the vast country in late November 2012.Investigations conducted over the ensuing three months by MONUSCO in Minova and surrounding villages found that two units of the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) engaged in mass rapes and other human violations, and in February the Mission sent a letter to FARDC’s chief of staff requesting the formal suspension of support to these units. In its notification, announced today, the Government said it had launched investigations and recorded some 400 testimonies from victims, witnesses and suspects. It added that several arrests had been made as an interim internal disciplinary measure, and a number of officers allegedly involved in these acts had been suspended and put at the disposal of the Military Prosecutor for the purposes of the investigation. Among these officers are the commanding officers and deputy commanding officers of the two main battalions suspected of committing these acts, as well as officers of eight other units.“MONUSCO notes that the suspension of the commanding officers is an important signal of the commitment of the Congolese authorities to hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable,” the Mission said. “MONUSCO will continue to monitor the judicial process.” read more

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Football Threestar tight end Cormontae Hamilton commits to Ohio State

Three-star tight end Cormontae Hamilton joined Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class Friday, announcing his commitment to the Buckeyes via Twitter. I am 100% committed to The hio State University #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/WJFJ3kQiwn— Cormontae Hamilton (@Cbvndzzz) July 27, 2018Hamilton is the 15th member of Ohio State’s 2019 class and, as a Memphis, Tennessee native, is the 11th out of state student to join the Buckeyes in the class.  He is ranked as the No. 32 tight end in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Hamilton also is ranked as the No. 29 player from the state of Tennessee in the class. Hamilton will join fellow Tennessee native Kane Patterson, a four-star inside linebacker from Nashville and the No. 7 recruit in the state, in the 2019 class. read more

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Exconvict shoots five dead at Russia hunting shop

first_imgAN ARMED FORMER convict killed five people, including a 14-year-old girl, in a broad daylight shooting today at a hunting shop in the Russian city of Belgorod, police said.The man killed three salespeople at the shop and two passers-by outside the premises in the southern city close to the border with Ukraine, regional police spokesman Yevgeny Kamalov told AFP from Belgorod.One other person was wounded in the incident. The assailant fled in a BMW which he then abandoned, Kamalov said.The Moscow-based Investigative Committee said in a statement that the suspect had been identified, adding the assailant was a resident of Belgorod, had a criminal record and was released from prison in 2012.The area around the shooting scene has been cordoned off by police.“Currently, an active search is going on to detain the suspect,” regional police said in a statement.Another regional police spokesman, Alexei Pomorov, said a group of investigators had been dispatched to the city from Moscow to assist with the investigation.Police refused to speculate about the possible reasons for the shooting.“We do not know whether it was a conflict because there’s no-one we can ask: everyone’s dead,” Pomorov told AFP.Unlike in the United States, access to firearms is restricted in Russia and mass shootings are relatively rare.- © AFP 2013.Also today: ‘Dozens’ killed in Nigeria gun battles>At least five dead in shooting at apartment complex outside Seattle>last_img read more

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Sphero team hacks together an Android controlled blender

first_imgHaving won the AT&T developer hackathon just before CES this year, the Sphero developer team decided that their booth was the perfect place to create an Android-controlled blender. To accomplish this, the team took one of their Sphero robots and rigged it up to the blender in less than 20 minutes.The Orbotix team has a history of having a good time. These robotics professionals view taking things apart and messing with them as downtime, which is one of the reasons their Sphero product is so developer friendly. As the team celebrates 20 apps that interact with the Sphero directly at CES this year, they felt it was necessary to demonstrate that the hardware used in their little robots can do just about anything. To accomplish this the team invited me to come to their booth and help hack a Sphero onto a blender. Well, I say help, but really I just held tools for Sphero founder Adam Wilson while he did all the work.Since Sphero robots are sealed within their plastic casing, the team used an early unit that had a clear and removable casing. The important parts for this hack lie within the board that controls the Sphero, which you can see in greater detail in our look inside the ball last year.There are several places on the robot that generate enough power to activate the switch that will be soldered on to the blender. The basic idea here is that when a command is given to the Sphere from the Android phone, the robot would trip the switch, which would in turn activate the blender. Once the best place was located, a pair of wires were soldered in place. These wires were, in turn, connected to a switch that would be used to turn the blender on once power was received. Once the Sphero had been augmented, it was time for the blender.For the most part, blenders are fairly simple creatures. In order to get what they wanted from the machine, the plastic casing had to be removed. Wires were soldered on to the switch that turns the blender on and off. Once these wires were connected to the hacked Sphero, all that was needed was instructions from the phone controlling the Sphero.Of the many apps available for Sphero, Macro Lab gives the user much more control over their robot. Using Macro Lab, we were able to set an infinite loop script that forced the robot to trigger the switch that was soldered to it any time the play button on the script was pressed. Once the phone was Bluetooth-paired to the Sphero, and the blender plugged in, the team had successfully created an Android-controlled blender.It’s unlikely that most people will attempt this hack using the same techniques, since most who order the $130 robot would rather play with it intact.Sphero has had a great year, going from a small company that had a cool product that most people weren’t quite sure what to do with, to a platform full of apps and games. Despite the growth, the company is clearly still all about having fun while working.Photography by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

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TD says second ring road should be built west of M50 to

first_img Short URL I believe it is about time we looked at alternatives and in my view that is the possibility of an outer ring road west of the M50.He said traffic levels and congestion are growing in Dublin city.“It is costing us hundreds of millions per annum on traffic congestion in Dublin alone,” said Curran.“It is a serious project that should be investigated and investigated in tandem with where our housing developments are. There are housing developments in my own area – one with 10,000 units and one with 8,500 housing units.“An outer orbital route would be a significant investment. It would take several years but we have to have a vision of where we see Dublin in ten or twenty years’ time. It does not replace public transport, but adds to the infrastructure that I believe is necessary,” he said. Traffic delays on the southbound lane of the M50 approaching the N3 junction. Share7 Tweet Email1 By Christina Finn 70 Comments Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 1:02 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Jun 26th 2018, 1:03 PM Traffic delays on the southbound lane of the M50 approaching the N3 junction. http://jrnl.ie/4092277 TD says second ring road should be built west of M50 to ease traffic jams The M50 is currently operating at traffic levels which were not predicted to occur until the mid-2020s. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD consider building a second ring road west of the M50, according to Fianna Fáil TD John Curran.The comments from the Dublin Mid-West TD come a day after Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) chief executive Michael Nolan ruled out such a move.Speaking at the Project Ireland 2040 transport plan launch yesterday Nolan said there has been a “huge increase” in traffic in the last three or four years, with the M50 currently operating at traffic levels which were not predicted to occur until the mid-2020s.However, Nolan said a ring road is not the answer.The M50 is a “finite piece of road space and we can’t keep building our way out of the problem. We need a public transport solution,” he said yesterday.Building an outer ring road to the M50 would help with access, but it would not reduce traffic on the motorway, said the TII boss.Curran argued today that such a project should be looked at, adding that it would help alleviate gridlock on the M50.“There is no further scope or capacity on the M5o,” he said, adding: 20,772 Views last_img read more

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Fujitsu lance le F07d smartphone le plus fin du monde

first_imgFujitsu lance le F07-d, smartphone le plus fin du mondeFujitsu va lancer le smartphone le plus fin du monde, le F-07D, d’une épaisseur de 6,7 mm seulement.La firme nippone Fujitsu est sur le point de proposer à la vente le smartphone le plus fin du monde. L’épaisseur du Arrows F-07D est de 6,7 mm seulement. Ce modèle est donc plus fin que le Motorola Razr et pèse 109 grammes.Fujitsu met plutôt en avant le fait que cet appareil est doté d’un écran OLED de 4 pouces affichant une résolution de Malgré 800 x 480 pixels, un objectif photo de 5 mégapixels et la compatibilité 3G+. Pour l’heure, seul l’opérateur japonais NTT DoCoMo propose l’Arrows F-07D et il reste peu probable que malgré toute sa finesse ce smartphone parvienne à voler jusqu’au marché français. Ce qui ne dérangera pas les détracteurs de mobiles trop fins qui glissent en main… Le 25 novembre 2011 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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