Football academy to be set up at Sairang: Vijay Goel

first_imgAizawl, Jun 26 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said that a football academy would be set up at the Mizoram Football Associations (MFA) football ground at Sairang village near Aizawl.Goel, who is on a maiden two-day visit to Mizoram after becoming the Union Minister, said that the Football Academy would be set up in view of the recent excellent performance of Mizoram teams in national level football tournaments. Mizorams Aizawl Football Club (AFC) bagged the prestigious I-League 2017 while Mizoram team also won the National Games football in 2015 and the the Santosh Trophy in 2014.Goel accompanied by Mizoram Sports minister Zodintluanga also visited the Suaka Cricket ground. PTI HCV RG SNPlast_img

Shenzhen Open: Simona Halep comes from behind to beat Duan Yingying to reach quarter-finals

first_imgSimona Halep warmed up for the upcoming Australian Open in the best possible way as she rallied past China’s Duan Yingying to reach the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China on Wednesday.Securing her top rank and top seeding going into the first Grand Slam of the year next week, Halep trumped Duan 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.Halep hit 21 winners in the match and won five out of the eight break points to prevail over the Chinese.ALSO WATCHHalep was caught off guard early on by Duan’s big hitting but the world No.1 turned the match on its head by breaking Duan twice in the second set to force the match into the decider.Troubled by a thigh problem late in the match, Duan took a medical timeout and returned for the decider with her left thigh heavily strapped.Halep, who battled past Duan in their previous meeting in Eastbourne last year, took advantage as Duan struggled to find her rhythm and raced to a 5-0 lead. She then subdued a late fightback to seal the win in 97 minutes.”I knew that she is playing really hard and hitting every ball. I knew I had to be strong on my legs,” Halep said.”After the first set I was thinking I have to find rhythm, to stay closer to the baseline and open the court better, which I did… It was a very tough match.”Halep’s compatriot and fourth seed Irina-Camelia Begu overcame Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. She was joined in the quarter-finals by Czech Katerina Siniakova who beat China’s Wang Yafan 7-5, 6-3.advertisement(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Pep Guardiola Rejects Claims Man City Was Disrespectful in China

first_imgHONG KONG — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has rejected claims that the Premier League champions were arrogant and disrespectful during their preseason visit to China last week.China’s state-run news agency Xinhua published an editorial in English that criticized the conduct of the team during the Premier League Asia Trophy in Nanjing and Shanghai.The editorial was headlined “Chinese fans’ love for Man City goes unreciprocated on home soil” and accused the club of visiting China only to “win wallets, not hearts and minds.”It also said City had “an attitude of arrogance” and that while the other clubs involved in the event won “a new-found respect and new fans,” City would “leave China with neither.”However, Guardiola said those claims were simply “false.”“To make a statement like this they have to know exactly what happened here in our club,” Guardiola said during a news conference in Hong Kong, where his team will play another friendly on Wednesday. “We had an incredible time in Shanghai. We were committed to the co-operation you have to do here in China. The people from the hotel, all the people, were asking us to do things and we were ready to do that. To come to Asia and experience the culture, the restaurants — it’s amazing to get to know other people. That’s why I can’t understand what people are saying. Maybe one journalist is a bit upset, I don’t know why — but it’s far away from the reality.”City arrived late in Shanghai after its flight was delayed by two days, then traveled by train by Nanjing for a game against West Ham, before playing Wolverhampton in Shanghai last Saturday.It will play Kitchee in Hong Kong on Wednesday before wrapping up its Asian tour with a game in Tokyo on Saturday.City winger Raheem Sterling also insisted the team had a positive experience in China.“Every time we got back from training to the hotel we embraced the fans, we signed signatures, we said our goodbyes. I thought there was a really good connection,” Sterling said. “We came a little bit later than we expected to China, the turnaround was a bit faster and a few of us struggled with sleep but I thought China was a great experience. You ask the boys, they all loved it.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Asian Games 2018 Day 6 wrap: 2 gold medals for India on 7-medal day

first_imgThe sixth day of the ongoing Asian Games 2018 proved to be India’s most successful as seven more medals were added to their tally. India now have 25 medals including six gold, five silver and 14 bronze medals, which has put the country in 10th spot in the table.Two gold medals were added to India’s tally on Day 6, first by the tennis doubles pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan and the other by the Indian rowing team.There was no shooting gold to be celebrated today but Heena Sidhu’s 10m air pistol bronze was creditable enough even as 16-year-old sensation Manu Bhaker once again cracked in the final after a good qualification round.Among the disappointments, kabaddi once again formed the core of India’s woes.Asian Games 2018 Day 6: HighlightsLike its male counterpart, the defending champion Indian women’s team too lost to Iran, albeit in the final, to collect a better medal compared to men, who ended with a bronze yesterday.I told my teammates that we will go for the gold & we will give it all. It was about karo-ya-maro(do-or-die).And we did it.Sawarn Singh,member of #Indias quadruple sculls team.The thought that led to the brilliant win.#AsianGames2018 #Rowing #KheloIndia #SAI (@Media_SAI) August 24, 2018The humiliation of finishing without gold in a sport that is indigenous to India would have been hard to take had it not been for the stout-hearted effort of the country’s rowers and a thoroughly clinical performance from Bopanna and Sharan.advertisementAsian Games 2018: Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennisThe rowers, all of whom belong to the Indian army, showed a soldier’s spirit to come back from the disaster that was yesterday when none of them found the podium despite being in contention for four medals.The team comprising Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh clocked 6:17.13 to win the gold medal in men’s quadruple sculls.It was an especially special moment for Bhokanal after yesterday’s forgettable show, when he had failed to complete his event.Before landing the top prize, India bagged two bronze medals in the sport through Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in lightweight double sculls after Dushyant Chauhan started the day with a third-place finish in lightweight single sculls.A golden hit by our #Tennis stars @rohanbopanna & @divijsharan in the men’s doubles final event at the #AsianGames2018 .What a performance!Many congratulations to both.#IndiaAtAsianGames #KheloIndia #EnergyofAsia @Ra_THORe @Media_SAI @YASMinistry of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) August 24, 2018Dushyant had to be stretchered off the medal ceremony after just about standing through it and throwing up later. Rower Jagvir Singh too needed medical attention right after the race and he could not even breathe properly.Asian Games 2018: Rowing team wins fifth gold medal for India”Yesterday we had a bad day but soldiers never give up. I told my teammates that we will go for the gold and we will give it all. It was about karo ya maro (do or die). And we did it,” Sawarn, senior most member of the gold-winning quadruple sculls team, told PTI.If rowers were all grit, there was sublime coordination on display in the men’s doubles final featuring Bopanna and Sharan against Aleksander Bublik and Denis Yevseyev of Kazakhstan.The Indians came out trumps 6-3 6-4 in 52 minutes to claim the men’s doubles top prize, which has now gone to India for a fifth time.”This is really special for me. This medal especially goes to the people of Coorg. They are going through tough times (after the floods) and in Kerala also. Hope this can cheer them up,” said Bopanna.Asian Games 2018: India women settle for silver in KabaddiThe lone Indian in fray in the men’s singles event, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, settled for a bronze after losing 2-6 2-6 to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in a semifinal that was much more competitive than what the score-line might suggest.Marvellous shooting by @HeenaSidhu10 !Making a brilliant come back in the finals, she secures a medal in 10 m Air pistol event in #AsianGames2018! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames @asiangames2018 Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 24, 2018Medals were also assured in squash where Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal advanced to respective singles semifinals with facile wins.Aadil Bedi kept India in the medal hunt in golf, holding the third position individually and helping the team be second at the halfway mark.advertisementThe men’s hockey team remained unbeaten, mauling Japan 8-0 in its third preliminary match to stay on course for an expected gold and Olympic qualification.But then in Jakarta, it was another day of disbelief for Indian kabaddi as Iran became their nightmare for the second day running. This time, it was the women at the receiving end in an exciting final.Asian Games 2018: Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisThere were shocked faces in the Indian camp once again as the country came to terms with Iran’s rise as the new powerhouse of kabaddi, a medal in which was taken for granted at the Asiad every four years.Congrats to our women’s kabaddi team for bagging a Silver in #AsianGames2018. Good fight and good game. This is our 24th medal overall. #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames @asiangames2018 Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 24, 2018Not to mention the continuing poor show in archery, where the ones in recurve signed off without medals in the individual events. Those in compound are still in fray in individual competitions but aren’t exactly the favourites going by current form.There was bad news in badminton with top shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy getting knocked out of the Games after shock defeats in the second round ended India’s campaign in the men’s singles competition.After Srikanth lost 21-23 19-21 to Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong, Prannoy followed suit going down 12-21 21-15 15-21 to Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.Asian Games 2018: Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowingIn gymnastics, Dipa Karmakar finished fifth in balancing beam, her jittery comeback from a knee injury not quite going as planned at least at the ongoing Games here.The swimmers signed off without a medal, the only heartening aspect of the campaign being Srihari Natraj and Virdhawal Khade bettering a few national marks.The boxers began their campaign too and it was day of mixed results for them.Veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg) eased into the pre-quarters but Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Gaurav Solanki (52kg) went out with a stunning opening-round loss.Manoj prevailed 5-0 over Bhutan’s Sangay Wangdi to make the last-16 stage and set up a clash with Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov.However, Solanki was beaten in a unanimous verdict by Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka, the 21-year-old India’s defence all over the place against the southpaw.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Emilee Cherry

first_imgIn the eighth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open player, Emilee Cherry, speaks about what it means to be representing her country at the 2011 World Cup and the greatest influences on her Touch Football career so far. Name: Emilee CherryNickname: Cherry, ChezAge: 18Affiliate: Toowoomba / South West SwansOccupation: Uni Student Position: WingDebut for Australia: Women’s Open 2010Career highlights so far: 2009, 2011 Youth Trans Tasman, 2010 Open Trans Tasman, Darling Downs – state champions 2010.How you got involved in Touch Football: FamilyFavourite player: Peta Rogerson and Louise Winchester What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: Absolutely everything! To be rewarded with this honour makes all the hard training and travelling worthwhile.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Evan Willis along with all my other coaches I’ve had (Peter Bell and Kathy O’Brien).Favourite sporting moment: Any time I am honoured with putting on the Australian jersey.What do you know about Scotland: Not a lot.Any superstitions: That I must wear my playing shoes on the way to the fields before the game.Funniest Australian teammate: All of them really but the coach Kerry Norman tops it off.Favourite quote: I never said it would be easy, I said it would be worth it.Any travel plans for after World Cup: To go to London and then Paris for a few days. Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With only 46 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 read more

Toddler rescued from trench in Saskatchewan after searchers hear his giggles

first_imgANEROID, Sask. — An Edmonton woman says her toddler is tired, a little scratched up and sunburned but otherwise fine after he spent overnight in a muddy trench in southwestern Saskatchewan.Keeley Moat and her family were visiting an aunt’s farm near Aneroid on Monday evening when her two-year-old son, Courtlund Barrington-Moss, wandered off.She says she and her relatives looked in places Courtlund had been playing earlier and got more frantic when he didn’t turn up.Moat says the night seemed to pass slowly and too quickly at the same time, as she became more and more anxious.  Shelby Layman, the deputy fire chief in nearby Ponteix, says some 60 volunteers were searching overnight with the help of sniffer dogs, helicopters, drones and powerful lights.He says searchers on horseback found the boy in a hole around 9 a.m. after they heard him giggle.Moat says she was in an off-road vehicle searching when someone ran up and told her they’d found her son.When she saw him, he was relaxed and happy — and caked in mud.“We kind of went for a little walk away from everybody so I could just hold him and give him hugs,” she said.“I don’t think he bats an eye at it or even knows what happened, really.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The corporate climb women locked out of old boys club in misguided

first_imgTORONTO – A lawyer is asked whether a male executive should leave the door open when meeting with a woman.A consultant’s longtime male client will only take a meeting with her if someone else is in the room.A public relations executive hears from senior business leaders who say they are shying away from mentoring young women.The revelations relayed to The Canadian Press about being a woman in corporate Canada in recent months offer a glimpse into a male-dominated workforce that is quietly grappling with the unintended consequences of the Me Too movement.The movement emerged late last year following a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against film industry heavyweight Harvey Weinstein and other high profile American businessmen. Allegations of inappropriate behaviour have spread to a range of sectors north of the border as well — from politics to theatre to sports — but leaders in corporate Canada has so far been left unscathed.Still, women in business say they are facing a resulting “chilling effect” on their relationships with male colleagues and supervisors.They reported a noticeable decline in invitations to meetings, business trips and dinners — gatherings considered invaluable for career advancement.More importantly, they added, senior executives are increasingly hesitant to mentor female employees.It is a development that poses a threat to women who aim to rise to the highest corporate roles at a time when two-thirds of the companies included on the TSX 60 index of Canada’s largest companies did not include a single woman among top earners last year, according to a Canadian Press analysis.Most of the dozen women who spoke with The Canadian Press were hesitant to discuss the unintended consequences of Me Too because they didn’t want to detract from the progress they hope the movement will make towards improving opportunities for women.They fear the misguided actions of some male leaders could instead reinforce the door to the old boys’ club, further hindering the hard-fought progress made by the few women able to climb to the top of the corporate ladder.Lori McIntosh flew to Miami in early spring to meet with a client of 12 years, only to be told the company no longer allows its executives to take meetings alone, including with her.The founder of business consulting and executive search company Vim and Vixin said she agreed to the new terms because “business is business” and she was determined not to let the policy stand in the way of her company or career.“It is the new reality, but why should having someone in the room with me and the CEO hold me back?”Toronto employment lawyer Sunira Chaudhri has fielded an increasing number of calls from her corporate clients worried about sexual harassment in their workplace — mostly from those wondering whether they need to change policies around co-ed one-on-one meetings, mentorship, office parties, business trips and dinners.“Some asked, ‘Should we be having the boardroom door open if it is just me and a female alone in a room?’” Chaudhri said.“Holiday parties were a huge issue too and of course, business travel is big as well because often you are sitting side-by-side 12 to 16 hours a day and you are not just working together, you are eating together, you are staying at the same hotel, consuming alcohol, entertaining clients, it can make for a very intimate scenario.”While Chaudhri has seen some workplaces show concern around how they should be handling business travel or dinners after Me Too, she said many small- and medium-sized workplaces don’t have the resources to formally train workers and managers around handling sexual harassment or office dynamics.Others, she said, simply don’t have the nerve.“Forget about serious misconduct. Employers are still afraid about confronting that person that shows up at 9:05 every day, when they are supposed to be in at nine.”Lisa Kimmel, the Toronto-based president and chief executive officer of public relations and consultancy company Edelman, said she has had conversations with “a number of senior male business leaders in Canada,” who told her they were shying away from providing mentorship to female subordinates “out of fear of what might potentially happen” and in an effort to “reduce their risk profile to zero.”“When I first started hearing this, I had a literal allergic reaction,” Kimmel said.“Once the anger subsided, I realized that I wanted to raise awareness around this issue because if that is the way that they feel, it means it might be a step backwards for (women) in terms of their advancements of their own careers.”To stamp out such repercussions, Kimmel started hosting discussions between men and women in Edelman’s offices, in which employees were encouraged to be honest about their feelings around Me Too and ask questions about what is acceptable.But many women questioned why conversations about drawing a line suddenly need to be had and why boundaries aren’t already clear to some.Sarah Kaplan, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy, worries that focusing on such unintended consequences will prompt people to wonder if the Me Too movement has gone too far.In her opinion, it hasn’t gone far enough.“It is just one more way that even an effort to lead to more liberation and equality has been co-opted,” she said.“It is as if people don’t understand what they shouldn’t be doing. As long as you don’t grab someone or proposition them, you can take someone to lunch…It is completely obvious how to be professional.”last_img read more

Moroccan Women Forced to Practice Prostitution in Gulf Countries UN Report

Casablanca- According to a report recently issued by UN’s Special Rapporteur on human trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ezeilo, more than 2,500 Moroccan women have fallen preys of human trafficking networks in the Gulf countries between 2002 and 2013. The UN’s Special Rapporteur’s findings are based on a report elaborated by the Observatoire de la communauté marocaine à l’étranger (Observatory of the Moroccan Community living abroad).According to the report, these Moroccan victims are initially lured to the Gulf through job contracts. Once there, they are kidnapped and forced by dangerous human trafficking gangs to work as prostitutes. “Most of the time, the contracts issued did not correspond to the originally agreed upon job duties and that many Moroccan women found themselves trapped in situations of exploitation by prostitution networks,” says the report.The same source added that the overwhelming majority of victims of this human trafficking is found in the United Arab Emirates “where the share of Moroccan female employment is around 70 per cent of the total Moroccan expatriates.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

With adequate security UN will send electoral team to Iraq – Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced in Paris today that the United Nations will send a team to Iraq to explore the possibility of elections before the transfer of sovereignty as long as the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) provides adequate security arrangements.His decision comes in response to a request, on 19 January, from both the CPA and the Iraqi Governing Council for a UN technical mission to travel to the country to establish whether elections for a transitional national assembly can be held before 30 June, and if not, what alternative arrangement would be acceptable.”I have concluded that the United Nations can play a constructive role in helping to break the current impasse,” Mr. Annan said today, pledging to send the requested mission “once I am satisfied that the CPA will provide adequate security arrangements.””The mission will ascertain the views of a broad spectrum of Iraqi society in the search for alternatives that might be developed to move forward to the formation of a provisional government,” he added.The Secretary-General, who has long said that there is no single “right way” to proceed, stressed that “the most sustainable way forward would be one that came from the Iraqis themselves.”Consensus among all Iraqi constituencies, he emphasized, “would be the best guarantee of a legitimate and credible transitional governance arrangement for Iraq.” The mission will report to Mr. Annan on its return to New York.Speaking to reporters later in the day, Mr. Annan voiced hope that the mission’s presence and efforts would help the Iraqis come to a consensus. He also reiterated his firm belief that if the Iraqis could agree on the way forward, then the process would be viewed as legitimate. Otherwise, he warned, the conflict risked continuing.A UN spokesperson in New York today confirmed that, in addition to a previously announced UN security mission to Iraq, another security assessment team arrived there today ahead of the electoral team.The first group, a security liaison team, had arrived last Friday with the primary purpose of liaising with the CPA and the coalition forces, as well as providing a focal point for UN national staff remaining in Iraq, spokesperson Marie Okabe said. It is also mandated to start liaison work for the possible return of UN international staff in the future. The first security team’s activities in Iraq were planned before the 19 January talks.Listen to UN Radio report read more

Drugmaker Mercks 2Q profit drops on acquisition charges generic competition cutting revenue

Drugmaker Merck’s 2Q profit drops on acquisition charges, generic competition cutting revenue AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2013 7:26 am MDT Drugmaker Merck & Co.’s second-quarter profit fell by half as generic competition slashed revenue from several older medicines and sales of its top drug barely budged.Acquisition costs and other charges also hurt the bottom line, the world’s third-largest drugmaker said Tuesday.Merck also noted that unfavourable exchange rates reduced revenue by 3 per cent.It maintained its profit outlook for the year, but reduced its forecast for revenue, citing exchange rates and other factors. It now says it expects sales to be 5 per cent to 6 per cent below their level in 2012, when sales dipped nearly 2 per cent, to $47.27 billion.The lower revenue outlook is unusual for Merck. When it’s been weathering patent expirations in the past, as with osteoporosis pill Fosamax and cholesterol drug Zocor, it has always aimed to keep revenue fairly steady and generally has done so.But this year, it has been slammed by plunging sales for not just its former top seller, asthma and allergy pill Singulair, but migraine drug Maxalt, baldness treatment Propecia and allergy pill Clarinex.The maker of blockbuster diabetes pill Januvia and Gardasil, a vaccine against sexually transmitted cancers, said its second-quarter net income was $906 million, or 30 cents per share, down from $1.79 billion, or 58 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding one-time items totalling $1.62 billion, or 54 cents per share, Merck said adjusted net income was $2.53 billion, or 84 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected 82 cents.Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., said revenue fell 11 per cent to $11.01 billion. Analysts expected slightly higher sales of $11.24 billion.Merck shares fell 29 cents to close at $48.05.“It’s another round of disappointing news from Merck. Januvia sales have stalled, missing consensus estimates by a mile. Gardasil sales are up but also missed estimates,” Erik Gordon, an analyst and professor at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, wrote in an email.Gordon noted that Merck has run into trouble with patient tests of some experimental drugs not going well.“There is not much to smile about. The new R&D head’s first move was to cut jobs. That won’t be enough to get Merck on track,” he added.Revenue from Merck’s prescription medicines and vaccines fell 12 per cent to $9.31 billion.Sales of top seller Januvia edged up just 1 per cent to $1.07 billion, although Janumet, a pill that combines Januvia with widely used generic diabetes drug metformin, rose 16 per cent to $474 million. Gardasil sales rose 19 per cent to $383 million.But sales of Singulair — the world’s 11th-bestselling drug until it got generic competition last August — plunged 80 per cent to $281 million. It brought Merck $5.5 billion back in 2011.Sales of consumer health products such as allergy pill Claritin and the Coppertone sun care line dropped 11 per cent to $490 million. Merck blamed that mostly on the termination of some distribution agreements in China for those products.Sales of veterinary medicines and vaccines edged down 2 per cent to $851 million.“This quarter, our business momentum accelerated while we continued to manage our costs,” CEO Kenneth C. Frazier told analysts during a conference call.The company backed its previous 2013 profit forecast for earnings per share of $1.84 to $2.05, excluding one-time items. Including those items, Merck said it expects $3.45 to $3.55.“The longer-term financial outlook for (Merck) looks reasonable but not great,” Bernstein analyst Dr. Tim Anderson wrote in a note to investors. “Despite some important future patent expirations, (Merck’s) revenue and earnings base should hold relatively steady across the years on balance,” with “some reasonable degree of revenue and EPS growth.”___Follow Linda A. Johnson at . read more

Status quo not viable option in Jerusalem UN political chief tells Security

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Jerusalem, Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, acknowledged that recent heightened tensions over unilateral actions, provocations and access restrictions at holy sites in Jerusalem are contributing to a volatile situation, and stressed that further delay in negotiations and the pursuit of peace would only serve to deepen divisions and further exacerbate the conflict.“The status quo is not a viable option,” Mr. Feltman said. “Ignoring the calls from the international community for such negotiations for whatever excuse will only breed more violence in the region that has already seen too much of it.”In his briefing, Mr. Feltman also said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was “alarmed” by new reports about the advancement of planning for some 1,000 Israeli settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, including about 400 units in Har Homa and 600 in Ramat Shlomo.This development follows Israel’s decision at the end of September to accelerate the progress of constructing some 2,600 residential units in Givat Hamatos, also in East Jerusalem.“The reality is that continued settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territory is doing significant damage to any possibility of a lasting peace between the two sides and is moving the situation ever closer to a one-state reality,” the Under-Secretary-General said.Reiterating the Secretary-General’s call for respect for the religious freedom of all, Mr. Feltman said the Secretary-General would be “closely following” developments in sacred places that have significance to millions of people around the world.Noting that some members of the Council had again started discussing the possibility of adopting a new resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mr. Feltman said the Council “might wish to consider if the current paradigm, almost 50 years into the conflict, does not require revisiting our engagement thus far, so as to salvage the decisions of the Security Council and the relentless efforts of the international community, and to ensure that words are translated into actions.“Palestinian and Israeli leaders and people should make no mistake: there will never be a substitute to their own responsibility in bringing the necessary change and achieving peace,” he concluded. read more

Real breakthrough needed to protect children from abuse UN rights body told

“Persisting and new forms of sale and sexual exploitation of children continue to be a reality in all regions of the world,” the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Maud de Boer, said in her first address to the Geneva-based Council since being appointed to the post last year.“There is an urgent need for all stakeholders, especially Member States, to [take] action to put an end to these endemic crimes,” said the expert, who added that she wants children to “inspire, feed and guide” her work. “For this purpose, I intend to maximize the potential of child participation mechanisms, such as child-friendly forums and consultations with child-led organizations,” said Ms. de Boer, emphasizing that country visits are an essential part of the work in helping Member States combat the sale and sexual exploitation of children. She intends to visit Armenia in May and Japan in September. Children were the focus of the Council’s discussion today, with the Secretary-General’s Special Representatives on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais, and on children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, also addressing the 47-member body. Highlighting the role of new technologies, Ms. de Boer said that on the one hand, children use new technologies to access information and to facilitate their social lives and on the other hand, this new phenomenon is also “easing the commission of crimes of sexual exploitation, as well as new forms of exploitation behaviour, such as the online streaming of child abuse.” To that end, Member States must establish clear and comprehensive legal frameworks to avoid protection gaps, through explicit criminalization of specific exploitative activities to ensure accountability of perpetrators and the “desired deterrent effect.” She urged countries that have not done so to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – a minimum standard of protection of children – through national legislation. “Member States need to develop detection, reporting and identification mechanisms to qualify the phenomena, identify the victims and track down the perpetrators,” she said, highlighting how child helplines and hotlines can help facilitate the reporting of abuse. Countries must also invest in creating specialist law enforcement units which work closely with agencies that are trained to work with child victims. “Child victims must have access to child-sensitive justice and redress. Children must have easy access to child-friendly complaint and reporting mechanisms,” Ms. de Boer added. Involving the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in actively tackling online sexual abuse is critical as well, she said, emphasizing that the Internet industry is uniquely placed to act as a conduit for reporting suspicions and blocking inappropriate content. The current negotiations around the post-2015 development agenda offer an extraordinary opportunity to make a real breakthrough on the child protection agenda. “Member States must maintain the agreed goals and targets to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against children, and to eliminate harmful practices, including child marriage,” Ms. de Boer stressed. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. They also make annual presentations to the General Assembly committee dealing with human rights issues. They are independent from any government and serve in their individual capacity. read more

Konstanze Scharring becomes Director of Policy at SMMT

SMMT is pleased to announce that Konstanze Scharring has been promoted to the new position of Director of Policy.Konstanze is responsible for all aspects of policy and technical support for the SMMT membership and for SMMT’s subsidiary companies – Motor Codes and SMMT Industry Forum.Konstanze, who first joined SMMT in 2000, has most recently been Head of Public Policy and Vehicle Legislation.  Between 2002 and 2005, Konstanze was seconded to help set up the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and as Deputy Director was instrumental in delivering the colour-coded CO2 label for new cars, which helps consumers make lower carbon choices.Since her return to SMMT in 2005, Konstanze has led SMMT’s strategic engagement with policy makers and stakeholders at UK and EU level on all political, economic, technical, environmental and e-mobility issues on behalf of the automotive sector in the UK.Her teams deliver on SMMT’s priorities to secure investment and export-led growth in vehicle manufacturing in the UK, to ensure that the UK takes a lead in the global shift to low and ultra-low carbon vehicles, and to attract young people into a career in automotive through initiatives like the current ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ campaign. In the last six months, she has been closely involved in the development of a UK automotive sector strategy working with industry and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.Commenting on her promotion, SMMT interim Chief Executive, Mike Baunton said, “Konstanze is a well-regarded professional who has developed strong relationships with a number of government departments and external stakeholders. She is highly valued by our members, and this new role is recognition of her contribution to the influential position the SMMT has on motor industry-related issues.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

3point play What to watch for in Ohio StatePurdue matchup

When the Purdue men’s basketball team learned in the preseason that senior forward Robbie Hummel would miss the entire season with a knee injury, there were doubts about the team’s ability to live up to its lofty expectations. Through 20 games, however, the Hummel-less Boilermakers have more than held their own. As it arrives in Columbus to play No. 1 Ohio State, No. 12 Purdue sits at 17-3 and 6-1 in Big Ten play. Led by senior forward JaJuan Johnson’s 20 points and eight rebounds per game, the Boilermakers are just one game behind the undefeated Buckeyes in the conference standings. Though it’s early, tonight’s game could have significant Big Ten regular-season title implications. Battle of the big men As good as Johnson has been for Purdue, freshman forward Jared Sullinger has been equally good for the Buckeyes. Though OSU coach Thad Matta said it will be a collective effort against Johnson on the defensive end, both Johnson and Sullinger figure to play a big role in their teams’ success tonight. “The alarming thing about JaJuan is he makes such difficult shots,” senior guard Jon Diebler said. “I mean, if you watch film and watch the games he’s played, there are times where he’s got a hand or two hands in his face and he’ll just turn around and shoot it in. He’s a great player.” If Sullinger’s performance in the Buckeyes’ first 20 games is any indication, however, this game’s importance won’t intimidate him. In OSU’s four games against ranked opponents, Sullinger has averaged nearly 20 points and 13 rebounds. Sullinger’s success results from meticulous preparation, Matta said. And though he wouldn’t give many details, Matta said Sullinger might have picked up something that will help tonight. “Jared is one of those guys who is very tuned in to scouting,” Matta said. “He asked a question (Monday) night that kind of blew my mind when he was listening to the film session.” But Matta didn’t divulge any secrets. “I can’t elaborate,” he said. “It’s double-secret information.” Familiar foes Much like the Buckeyes, Purdue plays several upperclassmen who have been with the program for at least three years. OSU senior forward David Lighty said playing against Johnson, as well as Purdue senior guard E’Twaun Moore and others for so many years has bred a sense of familiarity between the two teams. And with that familiarity, Lighty said, comes highly competitive basketball. “There have been close games since day one, since everyone’s been here and since I’ve been here playing against them,” Lighty said. “We expect the same thing (tonight).” Diebler said the teams should know what to expect. “We’re both very familiar with each other just from the past years with the guys who’ve returned and the guys that have been around,” Diebler said. “I think that’s all it comes down to is who’s going to be able to execute their system both offensively and defensively.” Another test for Craft Buckeye freshman point guard Aaron Craft has been developing a reputation for his defense all season. In two of OSU’s last three games, Craft has been matched up against two of the best point guards in the Big Ten and perhaps two of the best in the country. Though Illinois’ Demetri McCamey and Penn State’s Talor Battle are much more experienced than Craft, the two seniors struggled against the Buckeye freshman, going a combined 7 of 28 from the floor. Tonight, against the Boilermakers, Craft will have his hands full again. Moore, who averages 18 points per game, will be joined in the backcourt by junior guard Lewis Jackson, who is coming off a career-high 19 points in Saturday’s win against Michigan State. Though Matta referred to Jackson as one of Purdue’s several “X-factors,” he is confident in his own point guard. “He’s got great feet, and he’s really, really strong — probably stronger than most people think,” Matta said of Craft. “You couple that with his mind and he’s a guy that loves to watch film and really zero in on anybody that he could be guarding. … But probably third and the most important thing is he wants to play defense, and that’s something that I think is unique.” The Buckeyes’ and Boilermakers’ tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. tonight at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Steve Jobs Reaches Out to Employee Victims of Japan Earthquake

first_imgEarlier in the week word got out about Apple’s massive show of support for its Tokyo employees affected by the 9.0 earthquake off the coast of northern Japan. The company worked swiftly to provide food, shelter, support, and transport to corporate and retail employees and their immediate families. Apple head Steve Jobs followed up with a note to employees, reinforcing the company’s support in the wake of this continued crisis. “To Our Team in Japan,” opens the letter signed ‘Steve and the entire executive team. “We have all been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy.If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you. If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery. Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis. Please stay safe.”Mac Rumors points out that the company has also given users the ability to donate to Red Cross via iTunes. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Galway football manager Kevin Walsh steps down after five years in charge

first_img It was both an honour and a privilege to manage our county to 2 Connacht titles, promotion to Division 1 and maintaining that status. “When we took over in 2015, we sought to introduce structures to achieve the 2 core objectives of making Galway football more competitive and leaving Galway football in a better position. “Over 25 players have made their senior championship debuts for Galway since then and the commitment of the players over the years has been one of the key factors in achieving those objectives. We would like to thank them for their dedication and friendship. We wish to acknowledge the substantial contribution of the backroom team in putting in place the systems and processes that have been the foundation of what was built over the past few years. In many ways, the forgotten heroes of the modern game are our families. Without their understanding, support and commitment none of this would be possible. “We would like to thank our sponsors and, in particular, Pat and Una McDonagh of Supermac’s, whose contribution to Galway GAA in general is the envy of counties throughout the country. Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Share7 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21 Comments Galway football manager Kevin Walsh steps down after five years in charge The two-time All-Ireland winner helped the county to two Connacht SFC titles during his stint. Kevin Walsh has stepped down as Galway manager. 16,903 Views GALWAY FOOTBALL MANAGER Kevin Walsh stepped down from his position after five years in charge.Galway GAA have confirmed the news to Galway Bay FM, saying that Walsh announced his decision to Football Committee Chairman Kevin Clancy earlier on Tuesday.A statement has also been provided to the radio station.“It was both an honour and a privilege to manage our county to two Connacht titles, promotion to Division 1 and maintaining that status,” the statement reads.The two-time All-Ireland winner Walsh took over the Tribesmen from Alan Mulholland in September 2014 and guided the county to promotion and an appearance in the Division 1 final.Along with the two provincial crowns, Walsh also guided Galway to an All-Ireland semi-final last year where they were defeated by Dublin.Galway struggled during the 2019 season however as they were defeated by Roscommon in the Connacht final.They subsequently bowed out to Mayo in round four of the All-Ireland qualifiers.The full statement from Walsh reads:“On behalf of the Galway Senior Management Team, I have informed the Galway County Board that after 5 years in charge of the Galway Senior Football Team we will not be seeking ratification for a 6th year. “The media is playing an increasing role in the game and we would like to thank the local media in Galway who were supportive of our efforts with a special word of thanks to Galway Bay FM’s, Kevin O Dwyer. “We would like to thank the Galway County Board for giving us the opportunity to manage our county. “Finally, we would like to thank the genuine Galway football supporters. Your passion for the maroon and white never went unnoticed. I emphatically believe that there are great things to come for Galway football.“Having had the opportunity to work with professionals at the top of their field over the last number of years, I would like to see the recommendations in our reports to the County Board which included facilities and equipment, operations, alignment and development of underage teams through to senior level, finance, competition structures, player development and welfare, medical screening and deep level coaching continue to be implemented in the interests of Galway football going forward. I am honoured to have been given my chance to leave Galway football in a better place and I wish the players and new management team every success in the future. The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Sinead Farrell Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 12:23 PM Sep 3rd 2019, 12:23 PM Kevin Walsh has stepped down as Galway manager. Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Short URL Follow us: the42.ielast_img read more

Borough Assembly To Have Another Hearing On FY19 Budget

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will have another hearing on the proposed FY2019 budget at their meeting tomorrow, June 5. Pierce continues to push for a balanced budget with no new taxes for the current fiscal year, but in order to accomplish that the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will need to approve his proposal to draw $4.5 million from the borough’s Land Trust Fund. Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper: “We’re facing a $4 million dollar deficit. The administration is working really hard to cut where they can, but at the end of the day we still do not have enough revenue to meet our budgetary needs.”  The assembly, at their meeting on May 15, ultimately rejected KPB Mayor Charlie Pierce’s initial plan to balance the budget. Some of the assembly members have introduced a number of tax related proposals including; an increase in sales tax, a proposed ‘bed tax’, and a rewrite of the sales tax on non-prepared food items. According to a post on social media, Mayor Pierce feels like his “plan was initially shot down, and  feels it is critical to listen to the people that he was elected to serve.” A teleconference site will be established at the Borough Office in Homer in order to take public testimony. The assembly will meet tomorrow night, at 6 p.m., at the Borough building in Soldotna.last_img read more

Kadiyam Srihari denies joining BJP

first_imgWarangal: Former Deputy Chief Minister and TRS MLC Kadiam Srihari denied reports in a section of media that he was contemplating to join BJP. Talking to The Hans India over phone, Srihari said that he was a dalit leader and had come from grass root level. He said he had been in Telugu Desam for several years as a loyal worker and had served the united Andhra Pradesh as Irrigation Minister and handled other portfolios. After bifurcation, when he joined TRS, he was not only made the deputy chief minister but was also given the Education portfolio. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us He said he was an ardent follower of Ambedkar and was always against religion based politics and parties like BJP and hence there was no question of his looking towards the saffron party. He said in fact there was no reason for him even to think on those lines. “I have enjoyed best of portfolios and got due respect where ever I was. Unfortunately some kind of negative propaganda was going on in social media and I condemn it,” he said.last_img read more

District Cooperative Central Bank to auction borrowers lands in

first_imgSrikakulam: For the first time in cooperative banks’ history in Srikakulam, District Cooperative Central Bank (DCCB) initiated steps to auction its lands. The lands are vested with the bank as the borrowers failed to repay loan amounts.The bank will auction 15.98 acres of land located in 39 survey number at Peddanamalapeta village in Jalumuru mandal. According to DCCB Chief Executive Officer Datti Satyannarayana, the bank had sanctioned loans to farmers before 1960 by mortgaging their lands but the farmers failed to repay loan amount and subsequently DCCB took over these lands from the farmers. Later DCCB’s name mutated in all relevant land records like Adangal, Pahani, 1B RoR (record of rights), pattadar pass books and title deeds. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The DCCB has been paying land tax to the revenue department since 1960. As per guidelines of the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD), cooperative banks should dispose the property or asset within seven years after occupation of it as part of recovery of loan. Previously DCCB tried to dispose the property through auction but due to some pressure from political and officials’ quarters it was stopped. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Now, the process initiated and DCCB general manager (GM) P Jyothirmayi along with her staff verified the lands and fixed boundaries for all survey numbers in presence of the revenue staff. “We have received permission from District Collector and invited open and sealed tenders for auction of land at Peddanamalapeta on July 30,” the CEO stated and added both dry and wet lands will be auctioned and interested persons need to pay Rs 10,000 as deposit. Persons who obtained lands in auction need to pay 25 per cent of amount on the same day and remaining 75 per cent within seven days for registration of the lands,” the CEO explained.last_img read more

The Show Is a Showcase For Home Grown Talent

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comMegan Rochon, an actress and producer is all too familiar with one of Baltimore’s essential rules; if you didn’t graduate from high school here there are certain customary “restrictions” placed on claims of Baltimore citizenship. Although she didn’t graduate from a Baltimore high school, she is fully invested in the city.“I’m born in Baltimore, my family is from West Baltimore, I live in Baltimore,” said Rochon who is also a graduate of Morgan State University. Baltimore is also the backdrop for Rochon’s new play “The Show,” which opens at the Motorhouse next month (Feb. 10).Actress, producer and director Megan Rochon’s new play “The Show” opens in February. (Courtesy Photo)“It’s a feel good musical…centered around a festival, The Show (modeled along the lines of AFRAM) that occurs once a year…Where Black artists have been coming since the 1960’s,” said Rochon. “It’s about a girl who is having relationship issues and decides to go to The Show to cheer herself up and release stress.” Rochon plays the lead role of Lekeisha Jones, whose character is comforted by her mother and grandmother in her time of distress in the wake of a broken relationship, before she makes her way to The Show. “She goes and while she’s there she runs into her boyfriend,” added Rochon who wrote, directed and is executive producer of The Show. In addition to being entertaining, the multi-talented performer hopes her new play and her professional example will inspire others in Baltimore who are pursuing a career in the dramatic arts.“I wanted to showcase the talent here,” Rochon said. “People have such a negative and distasteful look on the city. But, there’s so much talent in the city…fashion, hip hop and theatre.”Ultimately, Rochon is determined to be an integral part of Baltimore’s burgeoning cultural scene and to make it more viable for herself and others. “I’m a star; I’m an actress. I don’t want to just do community theatre and small TV stuff, I want to eat as an actress…I want to be able to eat and take care of my family with the acting,” Rochon said.“I’m at a place where I don’t feel like I have to leave Baltimore. All you need is the right people to see the potential that is here,” she added. “I want to be a part of the renaissance period of Baltimore.”last_img read more