12 days agoGandini supports AC Milan appointment of new coach Pioli

first_imgGandini supports AC Milan appointment of new coach Pioliby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan director Umberto Gandini supports the appointment of new coach Stefano Pioli.Pioli steps in for the sacked Marco Giampaolo.Gandini said, “I believe Pioli arrives at the right moment and it’s impossible not to agree with Zvonimir Boban when he says this was a carefully pondered decision.“This squad deserves better than its current position in the table and Pioli is the right man to prove that. Of course, if you try to compare these players to the past with figures like Paolo Maldini, Serginho, Cafu or even Ignazio Abate, you’re going to struggle.“Milan should challenge for fourth place, along with another four or five clubs who have similar level squads.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 Sikh youth charity workers arrested in counter-terrorism probe in UK

first_img Press Trust of India LondonJuly 5, 2019UPDATED: July 5, 2019 14:33 IST Two persons, including a woman — having links with a Sikh youth group, have been arrested by Britain’s counter-terrorism police in connection with an alleged fraud relating to the group’s charitable funds.West Midlands Police said a 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were arrested in Birmingham on Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation by dating back to September last year.The UK’s Charity Commission is investigating the receipt and use of charitable funds by the Sikh Youth UK which has raised “a number of regulatory concerns”.The Sikh Youth UK is not a registered charity but the independent regulator has jurisdiction over it because the funds being scrutinised in the investigation are charitable.”Two people have been arrested by detectives from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU), this resulted following the examination of evidence obtained during searches which took place in September 2018,” a West Midlands Police statement said.”A 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were detained from an address in Birmingham for questioning in connection with alleged fraud offences of donated charitable funds. The pair are being held at a police station in the West Midlands,” the statement said.It said that the WMCTU officers had been working closely with the UK’s Charity Commission, which has opened a “statutory inquiry” into funds held by and raised in connection with Sikh Youth UK.The British Sikh outfit is described on its website as a national organisation raising awareness on social evils and supporting the victims of sexual grooming, substance abuse and domestic violence within the community.advertisementSome of its activities include commemorating those who died during ‘Operation Blue Star’ at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.”The organisation uses spirituality, sport and education based treatment and rehabilitation programmes coupled with close mentoring and support groups,” according to the Sikh Youth UK website.”In October 2018, West Midlands Police notified the Commission of concerns relating to the organisation’s receipt and use of charitable funds,” a Charity Commission statement said.”The Commission exercised its powers under Section 52 of the Charities Act 2011 to obtain copies of bank statements. The Commission’s analysis of the information obtained to date has identified a number of regulatory concerns which warrant further investigation,” it said.The watchdog said its inquiry will examine all aspects of the group’s functioning as well as its status in order to determine whether it is a charity in law and present a report at the end of its probe.The action this week against Sikh Youth UK workers is connected with anti-terror raids related to extremist activity in India led by the WMCTU last year, when coordinated raids were conducted British Sikh addresses in Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham.”The searches are in connection with allegations of extremist activity in India and fraud offences,” West Midlands Police had said at the time in September 2018.Also read: 500-year-old gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab province opens doors for Indian Sikh pilgrimsALSO WATCH| Bombay High Court upholds reservation for MarathasFor 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim 2 Sikh youth charity workers arrested in counter-terrorism probe in UKThe Sikh Youth UK is not a registered charity but the independent regulator has jurisdiction over it because the funds being scrutinised in the investigation are charitable.advertisementlast_img read more

Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises Take the Spotlight at Global Conference Jan. 29

first_imgStory Highlights Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (January 15), Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the conference is a direct response to the global conference Jamaica hosted in November 2017, where one of the three outcomes was to establish SMTE projects around the world. The Government and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will be hosting the Global Conference on ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs)’ at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, on Tuesday, January 29.The conference seeks to develop the capacity of the SMTEs to deliver on the demand of the sector and generate more economic growth.Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (January 15), Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the conference is a direct response to the global conference Jamaica hosted in November 2017, where one of the three outcomes was to establish SMTE projects around the world.He said the conference is significant, because 80 per cent of tourism is driven by SMTEs, but only 20 per cent of the benefits from the industry is returned to them. Therefore, the event “will bring into focus the real champions of tourism, the SMTEs”.“There was the need for some rebalancing… so it was how do we create that balance, how do we get the real beneficiaries of tourism to be the true providers and owners of the experience, and out of this came the need for this conference,” the Minister explained.He noted that the conference will bring together the SMTEs; financiers; multinational funding agencies, such as World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Organization of American States (OAS); and local institutions that provide credit for the SMTEs, including the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), EXIM Bank and Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), to discuss best practices and strategies.“We will be bringing thought leaders from across the world to exchange ideas, so that our local small business enterprises that will be coming to the conference, as well as those from the rest of the Caribbean, will have exposure to a broader view, enabling them to expand their own horizon and extend a greater level of creative output, which is valuable and vital to them having more indigenous products, and keep Jamaica at the cutting edge of the new experiences that are driving the world today,” Mr. Bartlett said.The day’s proceedings will include a keynote address from former President of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, and contributions from Deputy Secretary General of the UNWTO, Jaime Alberto; Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.Elaborating on the focus areas for the conference, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Lloyd Waller, said panel discussions and plenary sessions will feature topics such as ‘The future of SMTEs’; ‘Support mechanisms for SMTEs’; “Digitally transforming SMTEs for success’; ‘Success stories, challenges and lessons learnt and next steps and synergies’.He informed that participants are expected from Haiti, Israel, United States of America, St. Lucia, Barbados, Africa, Pakistan, India, Spain, Indonesia and Latin America. The conference seeks to develop the capacity of the SMTEs to deliver on the demand of the sector and generate more economic growth. The Government and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will be hosting the Global Conference on ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs)’ at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, on Tuesday, January 29.last_img read more

Woman sold gangraped in UP sets herself on fire

first_imgMeerut (UP): A woman, who was “sold” for Rs 10,000 and raped by people for whom she was forced to work as domestic help, set herself on fire after Uttar Pradesh police officials allegedly refused to register her complaint, according to the Delhi Commission for Women.The woman is now admitted to a Ghaziabad hospital with 80 per cent burn injuries. The UP police, however, disputed the allegation that senior officials turned her away and said the matter is under investigation. DCW chief Swati Maliwal wrote a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, urging him to investigate the police officials in Hapur district for refusing to register the complaint of the woman. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghShe wrote that the woman suffered intolerable abuse at the hands of UP police. Maliwal said because of the insensitive and shameful attitude of the police officials, the woman had to set herself on fire. According to the DCW chief’s letter, the woman was “sold” to a man, who had taken loans from several people, in Hapur for Rs 10,000. He forced her to work as domestic help for those people without paying her. The woman was repeatedly abused and gangraped at these places. The woman has alleged that she approached the Hapur SP and other senior officials but they did not register her complaint nor they took action against the people she had named. Following this, she attempted suicide by immolating herself on April 28. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadMaliwal has urged Adityanath to provide proper compensation to the woman. After the DCW intervention, UP police have registered an FIR against Babugarh sarpanch and 13 others for raping the woman, but they say prima facie the case is suspicious and hence they have not arrested anyone. Hapur SP Yashvir Singh told PTI-Bhasha over the phone that whether she immolated herself or she was set on fire is under investigation. Singh refused to accept that police officials refused to register her complaint because of which she had to attempt suicide. He also said the woman has a history of troubled marriages and she has ended her marriage twice before. She finally married a man in Moradabad and was living with him, he said. Meanwhile, the NHRC Monday sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state’s police chief over the reported gang rape of a widowed domestic help following which she set herself on fire. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said if the content of a news report is true, the incident amounts to gross violation of human rights of the woman.last_img read more

Reading Between the Lines of King Mohammed VIs New Ambassador Appointments

New York – For several weeks, Moroccans have been awaiting the changes in ambassadors announced by the Foreign Ministry a couple of months ago. Few Moroccans could have anticipated the significance of the new appointments.For the first time in Morocco’s diplomatic history, King Mohammed VI appointed 78 ambassadors. While some have been appointed for the first time, others were simply transferred from one capital to another. Such is the case of Lalla Joumala Alaoui, who was appointed Morocco’s Ambassador to Washington after having spent seven years at the helm of the Moroccan embassy in London, and of Rachad Bouhlal, who has now been appointed Morocco’s Ambassador to Tokyo after spending four years as Ambassador to the United States.Besides the significant number of appointments, what’s more significant is the location where the Moroccan monarch chaired the Council of Ministers during which the appointments were approved. By holding the Council meeting in Laayoune, Morocco seeks to convey an unequivocal message to the international community that, while it has failed to deliver a long-lasting political solution to the Western Sahara conflict, Morocco is determined to implement the autonomy proposal it presented to the Security Council in 2007. The warm welcome given by the Saharawi population to King Mohammed VI both in Laayoune and Dakhla demonstrates the Saharawi people’s attachment to Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara and comes as a rebuttal to the unsubstantiated claim that the Polisario is the sole representative of the Saharawis.On the other hand, extremely significant is the caliber of the ambassadors who have been appointed in several key capitals, especially in Washington, London, Tokyo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Brussels. That Morocco appointed a number of renowned women to key diplomatic positions shows that the country is determined to implement its gender equality policies and to ensure that women play a central role in shaping Morocco’s new foreign policy orientations.Along with the appointment of career and seasoned diplomat Nasser Bourita as Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, these appointments manifest a new vision of Moroccan diplomacy, in line with the speech delivered by King Mohammed VI in Laayoune last November. During that speech, the King called for a “radical break” from the way in which the Moroccan government had been handling the Sahara issue both at the domestic and international levels.“Today, 40 years after the Green March, and regardless of the advantages and the downsides, we want to make a radical break with the manner in which Sahara issues have been dealt with so far: a break with the rentier economy and privileges, a break with poor private sector involvement and a break with the mentality of centralized administration.”Centrality of the Western Sahara in Morocco’s foreign policy agendaAn analysis of the background of those appointed in the key capitals cited above shows that Morocco seeks to usher in a new era in its handling of the Western Sahara conflict, marked by proactivity, away from the policy of reaction that marked the Moroccan diplomacy in the past.The profile of these people shows also that Morocco has come to the conclusion that it should reinforce its position on all fronts, especially in countries where Morocco has suffered a deficit of image and of public opinion, particularly in Scandinavian countries.One of the biggest shortcomings of Morocco’s diplomacy in the past was its quasi-absence from countries known for their support for the Polisario. This empty chair policy was detrimental to Morocco’s interests and allowed the Polisario and Algeria to garner support for their position on the conflict. This policy has been in display in recent months during the diplomatic raw between Morocco and Sweden over the alleged intention of the Swedish government to recognize the Self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). To their utter dismay, Moroccans discovered that since 2012, their country has not had an ambassador in Sweden, the most important of Scandinavian countries, and where the Polisario have a fertile ground for spreading its claims against Morocco in terms of human rights and the alleged exploitation of natural resources.The battle of human rights in Scandinavian countries and the United KingdomIt seems that Morocco has learned from past experiences, especially from the Swedish diplomatic crisis and is now determined to neutralize Polisario’s maneuvers in these countries.By appointing Amina Bouayach, former Secretary General of the Moroccan Organization of Human Rights (OMDH) and current General Secretary of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), as new Ambassador to Sweden, and Khadija Rouissi, a seasoned human rights activist, as Ambassador to Denmark, Rabat has finally gotten the message. In fact, the best way to deal with Scandinavian countries is by having interlocutors who speak their language in terms of human rights, and have the ability and credibility to counterbalance the rhetoric developed by the Polisario. With long careers in human rights advocacy at the domestic and international level under their belt, these two human rights advocates will reinforce the work done by Souad El Alaoui, Morocco’s Ambassador in Norway, who has striven, in recent years, to defend Morocco’s position on the Sahara in Scandinavian counties.The same applies to London where Morocco has appointed Abdeslam Aboudrar, someone who has a long-standing career in the defense of human rights and in the fight against corruption. Aboudrar, who has been hitherto President of Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption, will build on the work carried out by his predecessor, Lalla Joumala Alaoui. Through his appointment, Morocco seeks to place a personality whose track record in human rights advocacy will help him have credibility in dealing with British politicians, the medias and civil society stakeholders, and in counterbalancing the claims spread by the Polisario and its supporters in the United Kingdom.In addition, his status as co-founder of Transparency Maroc, makes him the best interlocutor likely to establish channels of dialogue between human rights watch-dogs, such as the London-based Amnesty International and the Moroccan government. In recent years, the Moroccan government described Amnesty International’s reports on Morocco as “biased and not reflecting the reality on the ground,” especially in the Western Sahara. The appointment of Aboudrar may help redress the situation between the two parties and reestablish trust between them.The European Union and the battle of the exploitation of natural resources in the SaharaOf no less importance is the appointment of Ahmed Reda Chami, as Morocco’s Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels. Known for his eloquence and negotiation skills, this former Minister of Industry will have the responsibility to repair the strained relations between Morocco and the EU. The relations between both parties are going through one of their worst periods over the past two decades after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a ruling last December to annul the European Union -Morocco agricultural agreement signed in 2012.The decision was based on the claim that the agreement includes products from the Western Sahara. Despite the EU’s decision to appeal the ruling, the relations between both parties have been at a standstill. It will incumbent on the new ambassador to mount an aggressive strategy to defend Morocco’s position on the Western Sahara and to refute the claim that Morocco is exploiting the natural resources of the region. The new mega-projects launched by King Mohammed last November and this week come as a testimony that Morocco is determined to turn the territory into an economic development hub and a link between Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa.The new ambassador will also strive to convince the EU that the time has come to review its policy with regards to the Polisario, especially in light of the EU’s report that revealed the Polisario and Algeria’s direct involvement in the embezzlement of humanitarian aid destined for the Saharawi population in the Tindouf camps, in southwestern Algeria.Giving a new face to Morocco’s presence in the United StatesPerhaps the most significant appointment of all is Lalla Joumala Alaoui, Morocco’s new Ambassador to the United States. The Moroccan diaspora in the United States cheered at the appointment of Lalla Joumala, not because her predecessor had done a poor job, but because of the significant legacy she has left in the United Kingdom. During her tenure as Morocco’s envoy in London, Lalla Joumala succeeded in neutralizing the influence of the Polisario and preventing the separatist movement from making major strides in garnering the support of the British government.Through this new appointment in the US, the Moroccan monarch seeks both to give new impetus to the relationship between Rabat and Washington and reinforce the channels of dialogue between both countries with regards to the question of Western Sahara. In preparation for the new American President who will be elected next November, he also seeks to breathe new life into the strategic relations between the two countries in light of the developments on the ground in recent years in the MENA region and the pivotal role Morocco has come to play in stabilizing the region and in the fight against terrorism.That the king has appointed someone of the caliber and experience of Lalla Joumala, shows that he is personally taking charge of the issue of Western Sahara and that he is determined to avoid a repeat of the 2013 scenario, when the American Ambassador to the United Nations, submitted to the Security Council a draft resolution calling for the establishment of a human rights monitoring mechanism in the Western Sahara and the Tindouf camps.King Mohammed VI is keenly aware that any solution to the conflict should be initiated by the United States, the pen-holder of the draft resolutions on the Sahara in the Security Council. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to adopt a new strategy that will convince the new American administration that takes power next year that is time to move beyond positive neutrality on the subject to clearly supporting the Moroccan Autonomy Plan as the only viable solution likely to put an end to the Western Sahara conflict.While the new wave of appointments is a move on the right path, it is still early to predict the impact it will have on the performance of Morocco’s diplomacy and to what extent it will help the Moroccan government ward off all the attempts that Algeria and its allies will make to deviate the UN political process from its track and keep the status quo. The coming months and the way in which Moroccan diplomats will deal with the new developments of the issue and the crises that might arise will help us gauge the efficiency of the work that will be done by Moroccan diplomats. However, one thing is certain: with Morocco’s new standing as a pivotal country in the fight against terrorism and a main player in Africa in terms of sustainable development and south-south cooperation, the country seems to be more confident and on the verge of breaking away from its past practices and adopting an aggressive and proactive diplomacy that will help eventually pave the way towards putting an end to the Western Sahara conflict.Samir Bennis is the co-founder of and editor-in-chief of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @Samir Bennis© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Simcoe man wins 100000 on scratch ticket

Simcoe’s Steven Antal is twice as lucky as most people when it comes to winning big on lottery scratch tickets.The Simcoe retiree recently won $100,000 on an Instant Big Brother ticket.This win comes on the heals of another big win he had in December.“This is my second major win on an Instant ticket in less than a year,” Antal, 61, said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “I won $250,000 on Instant Xtreme Green a couple months ago.”Antal, who has two children and one grandchild, says he’ll use his most recent winnings to visit his son in British Columbia, buy some new furniture and help family members.His ticket was purchased at the Esso station on West Street in Simcoe.

Lots of work to do Annans adviser says ahead of talks on

Alvaro de Soto, Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, will chair the direct meetings – set to reconvene Thursday – between the two parties. The technical committees on laws and treaties will reconvene on the same day.”There is a lot of work to do,” Mr. de Soto said to reporters on arrival at Larnaca airport. “It is not possible to underestimate the amount of work that there is to do.”At the same time, he noted “a strong political determination that has been show by the parties as well as by Greece and by Turkey.”The envoy also voiced hope that in the coming weeks, “all will show the capacity to work and the continued political courage and vision and spirit of compromise that will be required in order to match the political determination already shown.” Last Friday in New York the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, committed to Mr. Annan’s plan to reunify Cyprus ahead of its entry into the European Union (EU) on 1 May along with nine other nations.The parties will seek to finalize negotiations in Cyprus under Mr. de Soto by 22 March. If they fail to agree, Mr. Annan will then convene a meeting of the two sides along with Greece and Turkey in an effort to agree on a final text by 29 March.As a last resort, the Secretary-General has been invited by the parties to use his discretion to finalize the text to be submitted to referenda on the basis of his plan, which would ultimately create a federation of two constituent states – a Greek Cypriot state and a Turkish Cypriot state – and contains some suggestions for security arrangements between Greece and Turkey. read more

Nonresidential building construction down in second quarter Statistics Canada

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Non-residential building construction down in second quarter: Statistics Canada OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says investment in non-residential building construction fell 3.4 per cent to $12.5 billion in the second quarter of the year.The agency says the drop came after five quarters in a row of growth.It says lower investment in Quebec — mostly because of a strike by construction workers — was the main cause of the decline.Statistics Canada says decreases in eight other provinces and territories also contributed.The agency says investment fell in 23 of 34 census metropolitan areas, with the largest declines in Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto.However, investment was up in Hamilton and Calgary. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 8:58 am MDT read more

Threequarters of South Sudanese children have known nothing but war says UNICEF

“As South Sudan turns seven, a seemingly endless war continues to devastate the lives of millions of children,” said Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director who visited Juba, Ganiyel and Bentiu in the war-ravaged country earlier this year. Conflict and underdevelopment have plagued the area for decades, leaving its children out of school, malnourished and vulnerable to disease, abuse and exploitation. “Warring parties can and must do more to bring back peace,” she continued, “The children of South Sudan deserve better.” After gaining independence in 2011, a civil war erupted in 2013 – rendering short-lived the prospect of a better future.Although 800 children have been released from armed groups since the beginning of the year, an estimated 19,000 others continue to serve as fighters, porters and messengers and to suffer sexual abuse, which is up from 500 since the war broke out.The proportion of people who do not know where their next meal is coming from jumped from 35 per cent in 2014 to nearly 60 per cent at present, with some areas of the country just one step away from famine, especially during the lean season.Malnutrition rates are at critical levels, as more than one million children are malnourished, including 300,000 on the brink of death.With one-in-three schools destroyed, occupied or closed since 2013, the conflict has also left some two million children without an education, earning South Sudan the distinction of having the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world. The children of South Sudan deserve better –  UNICEF chiefMoreover, efforts to aid those in greatest need are being hampered. Since 2013, more than 100 aid workers have been killed in the violence, including a driver for UNICEF just last week.While a massive number of refugees had returned when the country first gained independence,  sinde . However, since 2013, more than 2.5 million, including over one million children, have again fled for safety in neighboring countries.On a brighter note, the signing of a permanent ceasefire between the two main warring parties in Khartoum last month was a positive step – offering a flicker of hope in what has been a faltering peace process. “We now count on the leadership and commanders to respect it while ensuring that aid workers are given unrestricted access to those in need,” said Ms. Fore.Flagging that South Sudan was the first country she visited as UNICEF chief, she concluded by saying: “I saw for myself how harmed children have been by the war. They simply cannot endure anymore.” read more

Football Billy Price and Tyquan Lewis named to AP preseason AllAmerican list

Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorA day after the Associated Press’ preseason top 25 poll, the AP unveiled its list of preseason All-Americans, naming redshirt senior center Billy Price to the first team and redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis to the second team.This is the first time either player has been named to the preseason list.Price has already been gaining quite a bit of notoriety this preseason, having already been named to the watch lists for both the Rimington Trophy as well as the Outland Trophy. He will be starting at center on the offensive line for the Buckeyes after making the transition from right guard after the 2016 season.As the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Lewis has been racking up the preseason accolades this year. He was named a preseason player to watch out of the Big Ten and was named to a pair of award watch lists: the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award.The pair of teammates will be expected to live up to the preseason hype and help defend Ohio State’s No. 2 ranking in the AP Preseason Poll when they travel to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Feb 15 2018

See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyeKane sure looks like the best striker in the worldHarry Kane on the Tottenham Hotspur got his 100th goal in the English Premier League two weeks ago, with only Alan Shearer accomplishing it in fewer games. This season alone, Harry Kane is at the top of the five European leagues, with 23 goals from 61 shots on goals in 26 games. [FiveThirtyEight]The Dutch came here to skate with alacrity and not much elseAs of the end of competition on Wednesday, players from the Netherlands have won 121 medals of which 42 were gold in the Winter Olympics. Of those, 95.4 percent of the golds and 94.2 percent of the total medals were in the sport of speedskating, making them the top one-trick nation in the games. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Kim gets Gold and Gold gets BronzeAmericans Chloe Kim and Arielle Gold medaled in the halfpipe snowboarding competition, with the seventeen year old phenom Kim taking a gold medal and Gold, who suffered a freak injury in Sochi, dislocating her shoulder on the flukey halfpipe at that games, taking third place. [The Washington Post]Yeah, well, we’ll get ’em in the rematchTwo of the best teams in the world, Canada and the United States, had a tumultuous first game in women’s hockey at the Olympics, with Canada’s 2-1 victory meaning they clinch the top seed in pool play. The two teams could very well face off against one another in next week’s final. Meanwhile, Team USA stomped the Olympic Athletes from Russia, with Jocelyne Lamoureaux scoring two goals in six seconds, an Olympic record. [ESPN]Try out our brand new super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping!The men aren’t doing that wellMeanwhile, the U.S. men lost 3-2 to Slovenia in overtime after coughing up a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. The good news is that that game just helped to figure out the seeding for the knockout rounds, but that concludes our good news regarding the men’s U.S. hockey team for the time being. [Deadspin]She doesn’t even go here!About six percent of Olympic athletes do not actually live in the nations they represent, which adds up to an estimated total of 178. Of those 178, at least 37 of them are Americans playing for other teams. Typically these folks have either dual citizenship or have fast-tracked naturalization in their chosen nation. [ESPN]Big Number29.6 percentThat’s the percentage of alpine ski race runs that are unfinished. While skeleton certainly looks like it’s designed for people to wipe out all the time, only 0.6 percent of races end in DQs. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: natesilver:wow BIG curling comeback for the USAwe were down 6-1 and now its 6-6against Italywalt:DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLESlinda.tutovan:yay curlingwalt:[i do not]tchow:italy just hit a great shotneil:OMG you guys are watching too???We’re watching in the alcoveThis match has been crazy3+ points in almost every end, multiple stealsgalen:the USA outfits are cuteneil::us:Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetWhat are the men scared of? We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters read more

Joan Bakewell modern women should have children first and then focus on

first_imgShe added: “That’s a major, major change in a woman’s life. Just biologically, were designed to have babies at a young age and now we’re having babies when we’re older, which is a physical stress.”The 83-year-old has two children, Matthew and Harriet, with TV producer Michael Bakewell, who she was married to for 17 years.While she has admitted to struggling to balance work and motherhood, she said having her daughter at the age of just 25 meant they are “good friends” now.Speaking at the English National Opera gala in London, she said: “I was married at 22 and had a child at 25. Looking back now, there are advantages to having your children earlier.”My point is, you have them, you can spend a lot of time on them, and then by the time they’re ten you’ve still got your career. Dame Joan Bakewell has issued a stark warning to modern women who delay motherhood, advising them to have children before focusing on their career.The broadcaster, who is a veteran campaigner for gender equality at work, said modern women should not delay motherhood to “have more fun”.The Labour peer added that being a mother later in life also took a toll on women in terms of the “physical stress” it put on their bodies.”Women have shaped their lives differently,” she said. “Women now want to have more of the fun and delay marrying, if they marry at all, as well as having children,” the Daily Mail reported. Dame Joan Bakewell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img “My daughter’s a good friend of mine and she’s only 25 years younger than me. So we’re good friends – my son, too – and I think that has partly come about because I had them when I did.”I didn’t wait till I was in my 40s. You can get all the mothering stuff out of the way.” Dame Joan Bakewell on Late Night Line Up in 1967last_img read more

Underarm granny toss more accurate in cricketor trying to hit waste paper

first_imgRaymond van Barneveld at the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London in December  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Raymond van Barneveld at the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London in December However researchers said that cultural reasons often meant that sports players did not choose the most accurate way of throwing.In American basketball, Rick Barry was famed for his underarm throws, which were dubbed ‘the granny throw.’ But the move has largely died out.“One suspects there are social and cultural reasons you don’t see that practiced too often,” added Dr Venkadesan.The research was published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.center_img Forget manly overarm throws. A slow underarm ‘granny toss’ is likely to be more accurate, whether playing cricket or aiming for the waste paper bin a study has shown.Yale and Harvard universities calculated the chances of hitting a target using different ‘bowling’ techniques.They found that fast throws are the least accurate because any slight deviation in target is magnified by the speed of release.“Once you launch the ball, there’s nothing you can do,” said Dr Madhusudhan Venkadesannkadesan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science“The ball’s just going to carry out the consequences of what you did.”However the opposite is true for slow and curved flight paths, with small errors in the angle of release having little effect. It’s a trade-off that favors slower throws, said Dr Venkadesan.“What we find is that almost the slowest arc is often the most accurate,” he added.“We’ve compared these calculations to published data of people throwing into wastebaskets; we’ve compared it to a study on dart throwing.“You don’t just want to be fast or just accurate, you want to be fast and accurate, and this work tells us that this is particularly challenging. The faster you are, the less accurate you are, so how can we be both? That’s a question we’re pursuing.” The team found that in cricket fielding players fare better with a fast underhand toss.And if your wastebasket is fewer than three arm lengths away and below shoulder height, an underhand toss is also the best strategy.last_img read more

Venezuela crisis European states recognise Guaidó as president

The price of a cup of coffee in the capital Caracas doubled to 400 bolivars ($0.62; £0.50) in the space of just a week last December, according to Bloomberg.Many people have been voting with their feet and leaving Venezuela. According to United Nations figures, three million Venezuelans have left the country since 2014 when the economic crisis started to bite. What there has been is action from individual member states, a co-ordinated effort by the UK, France, Germany and Spain to persuade all EU countries to take the same position.So far more than half of the 28 member states have declared recognition of Mr Guaidó as interim leader.Other members are cautious, concerned about setting a precedent of recognising a self-proclaimed leader.Italy’s populist coalition government is split, and not likely to back any co-ordinated plan because the leaders of one half of the ruling coalition, the 5 Star Movement, have declared that it’s not “for the EU to tell another nation what to do”.Has Mr Maduro responded?The Venezuelan government said it would “fully review” its relations with the European governments who had recognised Mr Guaidó.Venezuelan President Nicolás MaduroA foreign ministry statement said those governments were “officially submitting to the United States administration’s strategy to overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro”.In an interview with Spanish television programme Salvados broadcast on Sunday, Mr Maduro was asked if the crisis in Venezuela could result in civil war.“Everything depends on the level of madness and aggressiveness of the northern empire [the US] and its Western allies,” he said.President Trump has told US broadcaster CBS that the use of military force remains “an option”.Mr Maduro says he will start collecting signatures from Venezuelans for an open letter to Mr Trump rejecting foreign military intervention.In another development, Mr Maduro has written to the Pope asking for help in renewing dialogue, Vatican officials said.What is the situation in Venezuela?Mr Maduro, who took office in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez, has been condemned for alleged human rights abuses and for his handling of the economy.There are severe shortages of basic items such as medicine and food.The annual inflation rate reached 1,300,000% in the 12 months to November 2018, according to a study by the National Assembly.By the end of 2018, prices were doubling every 19 days on average. Mr Guaidó’s mother was among the crowds at protests on Saturday (BBC/EPA)(BBC) The UK, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have officially recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela.It comes after President Nicolás Maduro defiantly rejected a deadline they set for Sunday to call fresh elections.Mr Guaidó declared himself interim leader last month and won US backing.Russia – a backer of Mr Maduro – accused EU countries of meddling in Venezuela’s affairs.On Sunday Mr Maduro dismissed calls for a new presidential vote, saying he would not accept “ultimatums”. He has denounced Mr Guaidó’s move as a coup.As head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Mr Guaidó says the constitution allows him to assume power temporarily when the president is deemed illegitimate.What have the European countries said?After Sunday’s deadline passed, a flurry of statements was issued by France, the UK, Germany and Spain and the other countries that now recognise Mr Guaidó as interim president.Many of them pressed Mr Maduro to call new elections.French President Emmanuel Macron said Venezuelans had the right to “express themselves freely and democratically”, announcing his support for an EU contact group.Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Venezuela “should be the author of its own destiny”.UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said that “further steps” were being considered, including the use of sanctions, without outlining what form any possible sanctions might take.While a majority of EU members back Mr Guaidó, others such as Greece and Ireland called for fresh elections but stopped short of recognising him.Russia has attacked Monday’s statements, accusing EU countries of interfering in Venezuela’s affairs and attempting to “legitimise usurped power”.Why no unity from the EU?By Gavin Lee, BBC Europe reporterThe EU doesn’t typically make any decisions on whether or not to recognise a government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelans ‘live in dictatorship’ under Maduro, says Juan GuaidóJanuary 29, 2019In “Regional”Venezuela crisis: Maduro given ultimatum by European leadersJanuary 26, 2019In “World”Juan Guaidó flies back to Venezuela despite arrest riskMarch 4, 2019In “latest news” read more

Radical leader killed in Easter hotel attack Sri Lankan president says

first_img Share Tweet Email Image: PA Images By AFP Apr 26th 2019, 7:51 AM Short URL 15 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 26 Apr 2019, 10:15 PMcenter_img https://jrnl.ie/4607567 Radical leader killed in Easter hotel attack, Sri Lankan president says More than 250 people were killed in the suicide bombings on Easter Sunday. Updated Apr 26th 2019, 10:15 PM AN EXTREMIST LEADER at the centre of Sri Lanka’s Easter suicide bombings died in the attacks, the country’s president has said.The announcement came as security forces today guarded mosques around the country during weekly prayers amid fears of reprisal strikes.Forces stepped up their searches for Islamists and raided a studio used by them to record a video pledge to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before carrying out the deadly Easter attacks.At least 253 people were killed and hundreds more injured when suicide bombers struck three churches and three luxury hotels earlier this week.President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters that Zahran Hashim, head of a local extremist group, was killed at one of the Colombo hotels targeted.“What intelligence agencies have told me is that Zahran was killed during the Shangri-La attack,” he said.Hashim was accompanied by a second bomber identified as Ilham Ibrahim, Sirisena said.Authorities had been desperately searching for Hashim after naming his group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), as the perpetrators of the attack.DNA tests are being done on a severed head to conclusively establish that it is of Hashim’s, officials said, adding they believe the tests will prove positive.Hashim, who founded the NTJ, appeared in a video released by the Islamic State group when it claimed the strikes. He is seen leading seven others in a pledge of allegiance to Baghdadi.Police said they found the IS flag, the backdrop and the clothes the men wore for their video in the studio in the town of Sammanthurai, 370km east of the capital.The discovery came as police and security forces pursued their hunt for Islamic extremists.There were reports of explosions at another location in the same area where troops and a small group of militants exchanged fire for over an hour, military spokesman brigadier Sumith Atapattu said.He said there were no fatalities among troops, but the area was still not cleared.Top police official resigns Earlier, the country’s top police official, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara, resigned over failures that led to the series of bomb attacks..The death toll was revised down from the previous figure of 359 yesterday, when officials revealed that some bodies were so badly mutilated that they had been double-counted. “The IGP has resigned. He has sent his resignation to the acting defence secretary. I’ll nominate a new IGP soon,” Sirisena told reporters today. His resignation follows that of the country’s top defence ministry official, who stepped down yesterday. The government has been on the defensive over revelations that specific warnings about an attack that were issued weeks in advance were ignored.Sri Lanka’s police chief warned on 11 April that suicide bombings against “prominent churches” by the local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) were possible, citing information from a foreign intelligence agency.CNN reported that Indian intelligence services had passed on “unusually specific” information in the weeks before the attacks, some of it from an IS suspect in their custody.But that information was not shared with the prime minister or other top ministers, the government has claimed.“It was a major lapse in the sharing of information,” deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene conceded at a press conference earlier this week.The minister, who is also the defence and law and order minister, pledged to make “major changes in the leadership of the security forces” yesterday.Investigators are still piecing information together about the attack and those involved.Earlier this week, it emerged that one attacker had studied in Britain and did post-graduate studies in Australia before returning to Sri Lanka.“Most of them are well-educated and come from middle, upper-middle class families, so they are financially quite independent and their families are quite stable financially, that is a worrying factor in this,” the minister added.- © AFP 2019, with reporting by Stephen McDermott and Órla Ryan  A guard near St Anthony’s Shrine in Sri Lanka, where one of eight bombs exploded last Sunday. Image: PA Images 19,965 Views A guard near St Anthony’s Shrine in Sri Lanka, where one of eight bombs exploded last Sunday.last_img read more

Une nouvelle forme de contraception masculine découverte

first_imgUne nouvelle forme de contraception masculine découverte ?États-Unis – La molécule qui serait à l’origine de l’infertilité masculine permettrait également de créer un contraceptif destiné aux hommes.Selon une étude publiée dans le journal Cell, la molécule Hv1, responsable de la vitesse de déplacement des spermatozoïdes, permettrait de contrôler l’infertilité masculine mais aussi de prévenir les grossesses non désirées. L’étude visait à comprendre le fonctionnement du système reproducteur mâle. Elle montre que cette molécule contrôle le pH du sperme qui, lorsqu’il est plus acide, facilite le mouvement de la queue des spermatozoïdes et leur permet d’aller plus vite. L’action de cette molécule explique également pourquoi la consommation de marijuana provoque l’infertilité masculine, d’après le docteur Yuriy Kirichok, chercheur au département de physiologie de l’université de Californie à San Francisco et auteur principal de l’étude. Le cannabis augmente en effet le pH du sperme, ce qui affaiblit les spermatozoïdes. Ils deviennent moins endurants et peinent à arriver jusqu’à l’ovule. Contrairement au cannabis, le café augmenterait la fertilité masculine. Selon une étude de l’université de Sao Paolo, les hommes consommateurs de café auraient des spermatozoïdes plus performants que les autres. Les chercheurs espèrent, grâce à cette découverte, créer un contraceptif masculin et permettre à certains hommes d’accroître leur fertilité.Le 16 février 2010 à 18:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bruce wants to be given more time

first_imgAston Villa manager Steve Bruce has asked the club’s hierarchy for more time after the team suffered another disappointing result on Friday night.Fans chanted for the head of the former Hull City boss as the claret and blues drew 1-1 with Bristol to leave Villa with just one win from their last nine outings.Bruce addressed the boos from his own fans, insisting that his side will turn the corner in time.But the situation is becoming uncomfortable for the experienced boss who has called for his dismissal in four of the last five games.“There’s a certain element with whom I can’t do the right thing about anything,” Bruce said, according to Birmingham Mail.“I have been in it a long, long time and in some people’s eyes, I will never be the answer. I know, with a club the size of ours, there is an expectation. But it is not a given we come to Bristol City and win the game three or four-nil.”Steve BruceAllardyce praises Newcastle’s Steve Bruce Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Sam Allardyce believes Steve Bruce is a better fit at English Premier League side Newcastle United than he would ever have been.“I will get on with it and then do the best I can. I know, with the squad of players we have that we are close.”“It’s patience and we will get where we want to be. Hopefully, I am given the time.”“Do you think I want to take my striker off that late on when we’re trying to get a goal?” he said.“Tammy was struggling with a calf injury, and might have come off 15 minutes earlier.”last_img read more

Passenger killed driver arrested after Battle Ground crash

first_imgAn Oregon resident was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide early Wednesday after the car he was driving hit a tree near Battle Ground and his passenger died.Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 3 and Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the crash around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday at the 20700 block of Northeast Risto Road. They found a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria had hit a tree on the south side of the road.The driver of the car, Sarengaw Ham, 28, was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, sheriff’s Sgt. Alex Schoening said in a release. A passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger did not have any identification on him, and has not been identified yet, said Sgt. Fred Neiman, spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The crash happened on a straight stretch of road, where the speed limit is 50 mph. The sheriff’s office said the car was traveling east when it went off the road, down an embankment and hit a tree.last_img read more

Incumbents Smith and Hogan keep seats on Camas council

first_imgMelissa Smith In Camas, the incumbents were winners during Tuesday’s general election.Council members Melissa Smith and Steven Hogan won their contested races, while Shannon Turk, running unopposed, received 97.6 percent of the vote.Smith defeated Vanessa Amundson for Camas’ Ward 1, Position 1. She received 66.6 percent to Amundson’s 32.3 percent after Tuesday’s first ballot totals.For a while, there were questions as to whether Smith would even face a challenger in the general election. In September, Amundson said she’d bow out of the race. Then, on Oct. 6, she abruptly announced via email that she’d restarted the campaign to “safeguard Camas citizens’ sovereign rights.” Spurring her reentry was an Oct. 1 vote Smith cast as Camas’ representative on the Regional Transportation Council.That vote approved a list of “regionally significant” transportation projects, including Bus Rapid Transit along Fourth Plain Boulevard.Amundson congratulated Smith on her victory Tuesday, but also offered some advice.“This election has given me the opportunity to have my eyes open to the issues in Clark County,” Amundson said. “I hope (Smith) pays attention to the advisory votes in the county.”Transit issues were never a major part of Smith’s campaign.A council veteran appointed in 2004, Smith ran on a platform of maintaining the city’s small-town feel, while at the same time pushing for more business development. Last month, she said she wanted to preserve parks and green spaces. That statement came after the Camas City Council approved a development agreement for 460 acres near Lacamas Lake.Third term for HoganMeanwhile, Hogan soundly defeated Ken Kakuk, a former city employee with a contentious history with city officials, for Ward 2, Position 2. Hogan received 72.1 percent of the vote.Hogan, a 61-year-old plant manager, will enter his third term on city council. During his campaign, he emphasized bringing more large-scale businesses to the city. But like Smith, he voiced a need to keep Camas quaint.last_img read more

2 killed including Miami firefighter in NW MiamiDade shooting

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a Miami firefighter and one other person were killed in a shooting in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police responded to the scene of a shooting at 4331 N.W. 31st Court, around 1:30 a.m., Saturday. According to police, 23-year-old Chadrick Davis and his family gathered at the home after attending a wake when shots were fired.Davis, a two-year veteran of the City of Miami Fire Rescue Department, and 22-year-old Sir-Ernest Williams were killed.23-year-old Chadrick DavisThe department held a procession for Davis on Saturday. Chief Maurice Kemp fought back tears as he spoke about Davis, who was his godson.“Not only was Chad a very good, young firefighter, but he was also an incredible young man,” Kemp said. “A man that I’ve known since the day that he was born.”Now, the department must continue on without one of their beloved comrades. “Very knowledgeable, humble and very quiet,” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Toriano Irizarry. “When I walked in this morning, I told them I was at a loss for words. There wasn’t much I could say.”“I was hurt,” said Davis’ friend Gabriel Moss. “I was really really hurt. We love each other here. One third of our lifespan is here with our family, so this is our second home.” Fellow firefighters said they will still work to make sure their job is done, despite their loss. “We have to live with it,” Moss said. “We have to own it. We still have a job to do. We still have to serve our community. That’s what we signed up for. That’s what Chad signed up for. If that was to happen to us, he’d be doing the same thing too — still working.”The City of Miami released a statement which read in part, “The City of Miami is extremely saddened by the death of one of our first responders. Firefighter Chadrick Davis, 23 years old and a two-year veteran, is the godson of Fire Chief Maurice Kemp and the son of retired Fire Lieutenant Malcolm Davis. He was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting early this morning after attending a wake. This occurred in the area of NW 44th Court and 31st Court, in the jurisdiction of Miami-Dade County Police.”Detectives are still investigating, but so far, they said, there is little information to work from.“They were approached by an unknown number of males, who began shooting,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Jennifer Capote. “We have no description of these males. We do not have possible vehicles. If they did leave in vehicles, we have no information at all.”Kemp asked for anyone with information to come forward.‘It’s tragic. It’s a shame, and it keeps happening all over the country but particularly in our community. We need help, we need help, I’m appealing to the community to help us,” Kemp said.Police are still searching for the shooter. If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more