first_imgSpain coach Vicente del Bosque left strikers Diego Costa and Fernando Torres off his preliminary list for the European Championship on Tuesday.Del Bosque said he left Diego Costa off because of uncertainty with his fitness following a series of injuries, and that Torres didn’t make it even though he was among the players considered for the tournament.The forwards included by Del Bosque in the 25-player list were 35-year-old Aritz Aduriz, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, Alvaro Morata and Real Madrid youngster Lucas Vazquez.Young Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez and veteran Villarreal captain Bruno Soriano also made it, but Valencia striker Paco Alcacer was left off, as were defender Mario Gaspar and midfielders Sergi Roberto, Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata.The final squad for the tournament in France must be announced by May 31. Spain has won the last two European Championship titles.Costa hasn’t played much for Spain this season because of injuries and is coming off a muscle ailment sustained with Chelsea.”We didn’t want to have too many players with doubts regarding their physical condition,” Del Bosque said.’NEED TO THINK WHAT IS BEST’ Torres has been playing well with Atletico and many expected him to return to the national team for Euro 2016. The striker hasn’t been called up since Spain’s disappointing campaign in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He was in the team that won the European tournaments in 2008 and 2012, as well as the World Cup in 2010.”It’s never easy,” Del Bosque said. “We have to do what we think it’s best for the team.”advertisementSpain’s regular starters were added to the list, including Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta.There were no surprises in the goalkeepers picked by Del Bosque, although it remains unclear whether Iker Casillas or David de Gea will get to start in France.”We don’t have to make this decision now,” the coach said.Del Bosque won’t have many of his players available for the team’s initial preparations because not all teams are done for the season. Barcelona and Sevilla will play the Copa del Rey final on Sunday, and Atletico and Real Madrid will be in the Champions League final on May 28 in Milan.”It affects us a bit because we won’t be able to have everybody with us until six days before the competition begins,” Del Bosque said.The tournament begins June 10, but Spain’s first game is against the Czech Republic on June 13 in Toulouse. Its other Group D matches are against Turkey on June 17 in Nice and Croatia on June 21 in Bordeaux.Spain has three warm-up matches scheduled before traveling to its training camp in France. It will play Bosnia in Switzerland on May 29, South Korea in Austria on June 1 and Georgia on June 7 in Getafe.Squad:Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (FC Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Isco Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea)Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Manuel “Nolito” Agudo (Celta Vigo), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid)last_img read more

first_imgTwo stalwarts in Greek soccer’s Super League were surprised by second division teams, PAOK beaten 1-0 by Apollon Kalamarias and Panetolikos falling by the same score to Hania.A goal by Christos Efstathiou stunned PAOK in a round robin pool in which PAS Giannina beat Kerkyra 1-0. The top two of each pool of four teams advance to the next round.This group also involves cup holder Panathinaikos, which beat second division Olympiakos Volos, 1,0-, on a blast by Nigerian Abdul Ajagun.AEK Athens, now in the second tier, faced a Super League side for the first time since its relegation from the top flight almost a year-and-a-half ago, and drew 0-0 at Panthrakikos. In the group’s other match Atromitos, under new manager, Ricardo Sa Pinto. defeated Iraklis Psahnon 1-0 away.Olympiakos needed an own goal by Panahaiki to beat its second-division host 1-0 in Patra, while Panionios was held to a goalless draw by Football League side Fostiras at home.The round’s other results were: Xanthi 1 Niki Volou 0, Zakynthos 1 OFI Crete 1, Platanias 3 Ethnikos Serron 1, Iraklis Thessalonikis 1 Levadiakos 1, Veria 4 Ermionida 1, Apollon Smyrnis 2 Ergotelis 2, Kalloni 1 Tyrnavos 1 and Aiginiakos 1 Asteras Tripolis 4.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndia take on New Zealand in an important game at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Both New Zealand and India are unbeaten so far in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India will present New Zealand their stiffest challenge in the World Cup so far and it should be a cracker of a game.However, both teams will keep an eye on the weather in Nottingham where the threat of rain looms large. The practice session was washed on Tuesday but the teams could manage to train for an hour on Wednesday after which the rain returned.India are on a roll after their victories over South Africa and Australia. New Zealand have so far defeated Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Neither team, therefore, would be keen to share points. 3 matches have already been washed out due to rain and teams would want to get as many points as they can muster in the first half of the tournament.New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson said his team was determined to get the full 2 points against India.Latest Update from Nottingham:- It has started to rain at Trent Bridge and it’s getting dark now The forecast for IND v NZ doesn’t look good (Accuweather)”It’s the World Cup. We’re playing against India in the World Cup and it’s an opportunity to get two points and we don’t want to get rained-out games,” he said.”I don’t think any players do but if that happens then so be it. We can’t control that but we’re looking forward to playing India and getting some confidence against them.”advertisementSo what does the weather look like in Nottingham for Thursday? Weather forecast in Nottingham for June 13, 2019 (Accuweather)The forecast as seen from above is not looking quite good and it should be a surprise if we get a full game today in Nottingham.Also Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 18: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | Want KL Rahul to be versatile ODI player like Dravid: Sanjay Bangarlast_img read more

first_imgThe man accused in the 2017 slaying of a Nebraska woman slashed his neck and fell from a wheelchair during his murder trial Monday.Fifty-two-year-old Aubrey Trail yelled “Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all” before swiping something across his neck in the courtroom in Wilber.Deputies rushed to help as Trail lay bleeding on the floor.It is unclear when the trial will resume, or how badly Trail is injured.Authorities say he’s had a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.Trail and 25-year-old Bailey Boswell are charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.Prosecutors say the pair planned Loofe’s abduction and killing .Trail’s attorney says her death was an accident during a consensual sex fantasy.Boswell is awaiting trial.last_img read more

first_imgBayern München Muller: Ancelotti shouldn’t be a scapegoat Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 07:28 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Carlo Ancelotti Bayern coach Getty Images Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti UEFA Champions League Bundesliga Bayern München v Freiburg Freiburg The manager paid the price for Bayern Munich’s unimpressive start to the season, but the German says the players are to blame Thomas Muller does not believe Carlo Ancelotti should be made a scapegoat after the Italian was sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of September.Bayern made the decision to relieve Ancelotti of his position last month following the team’s 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Bayern 13/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. There had been rumours in the weeks leading up to his sacking that several key players in the dressing room were unhappy with his methods and had expressed that behind the scenes.Bayern sit five points behind pacesetters Borussia Dortmund after seven matches, but Muller does not believe all the blame should be laid at the feet of Ancelotti.Speaking to reporters at an Audi event, Muller said: “A big part of this [their recent struggles] is caused by the team that stands on the pitch and does not perform like people expect it to.”We must be realistic about this and not be of the opinion that Carlo Ancelotti was a scapegoat.”Jupp Heynckes was installed as Ancelotti’s replacement until the end of the season, but Muller has urged fans not to expect an instant improvement.”We should be very careful about setting targets which we can throw into the bin afterwards again,” he said.”We won’t suddenly play football from another galaxy. There will of course be matches where people see us and be very critical.”last_img read more

first_imgCleared of doping charges, Davinder Kang named in 43-member India team for Asian ChampionshipsJavelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang made a return to the Indian team among 43 athletes for the Asian Championships starting in Doha on April 21.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 16:30 IST Davinder Singh Kang was a last-minute inclusion in the team despite not qualifying in the two events he took part in this season (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavinder Singh Kang was recently cleared of doping charges Kang was handed a provisional suspension in 2017 after his urine samples returned positive for anabolic steroidsKang was a last-minute inclusion in the team despite not qualifying for his chosen events this seasonJavelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang, who has recently been cleared of doping charges by the Athletics Integrity Unit of the world governing body, made a dramatic return to the Indian team as he was named among 43 athletes for the Asian Championships starting in Doha on April 21.The 30-year-old Kang was handed a provisional suspension in 2017 after his urine samples returned positive for anabolic steroids. But he was recently cleared of doping charges by both the AIU and WADA after the National Dope Testing Laboratory here withdrew the adverse analytical finding issued to his urine sample.Kang, who has a personal best of 82.16m, did not touch the qualifying standard of 80.75m set by the Athletics Federation of India in any of the two events he took part this season after being cleared of the doping charges but has been named in the team in the last minute.He finished fifth with a throw of 79.31m in the Federation Cup in March while he managed 74.28m to win gold in the National Javelin Thrown Open Championships on Tuesday in Sonipat.The 43-member Indian team will not have star javelin thrower and national record holder Neeraj Chopra, who won gold in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, due an elbow injury.The AFI had earlier announced a 51-member team for the continental flagship event to be held in Doha from April 21-24 but as many as 23 were named in the list subject to confirmatory trials which were held at Patiala on April 13. On Wednesday, the team was pruned down to 43.advertisementAsian Games 800m gold winner Manjit Sungh, who did not turn up for trials due to injury, has been replaced by Kerala’s Mohammad Afsal who had clocked 1:49.01 in the first leg of the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala as against the qualifying standard of 1:48.00. Afsal was second behind Jinson Johnson in the Federation Cup with a time of 1:50.29.In the women’s 4x400m realy, Prachi was included in the team in place of Jisna Mathew. Men’s 400m hurdles national record holder Dharun Ayyasamy was also not named in the team due to injury.Veteran steeplechaser Sudha Singh, who also missed the confirmatory trials due to illness, was named by the AFI but it is learnt that the Sports Ministry has refused to clear her name.”The AFI has booked Sudha’s flight tickets for Doha and so has again requested the ministry to clear her,” a well-placed source told PTI.Women’s 10,000m runner Sanjivani Jadhav, who recently returned positive for a specified substance but was named in the team subject to clearance by the NADA, got the nod from the national anti-doping watchdog and she made it among the 43 athletes.She was not handed a provisional suspension as she tested positive for a specified substance.As expected the women’s 100m relay team of Dutee Chand, Hina, Archana Suseendran and K Ranga made it to the team after the quartet clocked 44.12 seconds in the trials as against the AFI qualifying standard of 44.50 seconds. Dutee was already named in the team in the individual 100m race.In the trials, besides the women’s 4x400m relay team, only K Gomathi (women’s 800m) crossed the qualifying standards set by the AFI. But all the others who took part in the trials but failed to touch the AFI qualifying standards, except for the men’s 100m relay team, made it to the final team announced on Wednesday.Also Read | Mary Kom wants athletes and coaches to be given anti-doping awareness trainingAlso Read | IOC sanctions three athletes from London 2012 Games for dopingAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Davinder Singh KangFollow JavelinFollow Asian championshipsFollow Doping Charges Nextlast_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Karanpal Singh Bhangu and Ricky Cenabre met the same fate minutes apart while working alone on a night shift at two different Mac’s convenience stores in south Edmonton.Each clerk was robbed, beaten and shot dead.A jury heard Tuesday that three people wearing bandanas over their faces and similar clothes walked into both stores on Dec. 18, 2015. In both robberies, one suspect was armed with a handgun and another had a machete.The Crown said evidence shows that, at some point, they changed who was holding the gun.“The person who shot Mr. Cenabre is not the person who shot Mr. Bhangu,” prosecutor John Watson told court in his opening statement. “But both of the people involved are part of the group of three.”Laylin Delorme, 27, is on trial after pleading not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a prohibited restricted firearm.Two co-accused have yet to stand trial.Watson didn’t explain what role Delorme is alleged to have played in the killings. He said the month-long trial will hear from about 35 witnesses, including DNA and firearms experts.One police photo entered as evidence shows a trail of blood leading through one of the stores. In another picture, two feet are sticking out from behind a counter next to an M&M’s candy display.Bhangu, 35, had recently emigrated from India. Cenabre, 41, had come to Canada five years earlier from the Philippines.Watson said the two stores were equipped with video surveillance cameras which captured one of the robbers wearing a distinctive jacket.A short time after the shootings, police spotted a man wearing the same jacket sitting in a car in the Collingwood neighbourhood. The vehicle sped off and officers pursued the vehicle until it crashed near Whitemud Drive.Officers arrested three people in the vehicle — two men and a 13-year-old boy. Watson said police searched the car and found a gun, machete, bandanas and duffel bags filled with cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets.last_img read more

Speaking on the final day of the high-level debate, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ambassador Philip Sealy called for the resumption of the Doha Round of trade talks, which collapsed earlier this year, while ensuring that development is given appropriate attention during any fresh negotiations.“It is crucial that global trade rules be enhanced in recognition of the need for treatment to be accorded to small economies that would take cognizance of their special circumstances, and allow them to participate in world trade in a manner commensurate with their national capacity to do so,” he said.Echoing that theme, Timothy Harris, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, Industry and Commerce for Saint Kitts and Nevis, said he was concerned that the needs of small island developing States were being overlooked or downplayed in favour of other issues.Citing the work of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in helping his country adjust to changes in the international sugar industry, he called for more partnerships for development within regional groups and between nations.Justin Simon, Attorney-General of Antigua and Barbuda, voiced concern about climate change and the impact of natural disasters, such has hurricanes and tsunamis, on small island countries.“My country’s Government feels that a review of existing international disaster relief funds and an increase in the amount of financial resources made available are necessary for the elimination of this sad state of economic vulnerability of so many nations,” he said.Tuvalu’s Ambassador Enele Sosene Sopoaga said that in recent years there has been unusual flooding of his country’s main islands, perhaps because of rising sea levels caused by climate change.“We are frightened, and worried. And we cannot think of another Tuvalu to move to – all by the actions of others – if nothing is done urgently and we are forced out of our islands. There is still time to act,” he said.Ruben Zackhras, Vice Speaker of the Marshall Islands, raised the issue of the United States’ nuclear weapons testing programme, which took place in his country before it became independent in 1986.Calling on the UN and its Member States to examine this issue more closely, Mr. Zackhras said “our people have paid a disproportionate sacrifice for helping the world understand the power of the nuclear bomb. We have paid with our own lives, our health, and the well-being of our land and waters that are so sacred to us.”Turning to the subject of migration, Tonga’s Chargé d’Affaires Mahe ‘Uli’Uli Tupouniua quoted a World Bank study revealing the benefits that migrants provide to sender countries when they remit some income to their families.Mr. Tupouniua said the study showed that for countries such as Tonga, remittances help to improve income distribution and alleviate poverty in sender States, as well as induce higher savings, stimulate business activities and promote increased investment in education. read more

Jordan Gahan is shown in this undated family handout photo. The grieving father of a young man who died in a workplace accident in Fort McMurray interrupted an apology from one of the owners today who had pleaded guilty in his death. Jordan Gahan, who was 21, was operating heavy equipment in 2014 when his excavator fell through the ice into four metres of water. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Gaham Family *MANDATORY CREDIT* by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2017 3:26 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Our hearts were broken:’ Family mourns son killed in workplace accident CALGARY – The grieving father of a young man who died in a workplace accident in Alberta’s oilsands region interrupted a courtroom apology Friday from one of the owners of a company that pleaded guilty in the death.Jordan Gahan, who was 21 and from Fredericton, was operating heavy equipment at a Suncor pit that was being reclaimed near Fort McMurray when his excavator fell through ice into four metres of water. His co-workers were able to get him to the surface, but he died in hospital.Brayford Trucking Ltd. pleaded guilty to two of five charges under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to protect Gahan as an employee.“There’s no words or actions or anything that can possibly express to you how sorry we are and you no longer have your son. We can’t even begin to imagine the pain and suffering that’s associated with losing a child,” co-owner Susan Brayford said in a statement to the court Friday.“We’re so very, very sorry.”Brayford was interrupted by Paul Gahan.“I apologize to the court, but it’s just too much,” he yelled.Judge Harry Van Harten allowed Gahan to address the court, but with a warning.“I totally appreciate how difficult a day this is for you, but it is for everyone that’s here,” he said. “I’m happy to hear what you have to say. Just do it in a respectful way please.”Gahan said he appreciated that the Brayfords had “stepped up to the plate” and changed their safety policies.“It’s sad that it has to come at the cost of my dear son. On March 14, 2014, I was sentenced to … basically life in prison with no chance of parole until I die. I was sentenced by the incompetence and the capabilities that didn’t follow procedures properly,” Gahan said.Six pictures of his son were placed in the courtroom to give the family comfort. Leica Gahan, Jordan’s mother, said she didn’t want to believe the RCMP when they told her that he had died.“I begged and pleaded with the RCMP that they had made a mistake. They made no mistake. Our son was gone and our hearts were broken,” she said.“I know that grieving for Jordan will last a lifetime. I will grieve for him until the day we are reunited in heaven. Losing my son Jordan was the worst thing that could ever happen to me in my 50 years on this earth.”The court imposed a fine of $100,000 as well as two years of corporate probation under the Criminal Code.“It was a meaningless and preventable death,” said Van Harten.But there are mitigating factors, including changes to safety measures at the company and the plea of guilty, he added.Van Harten also noted there was also a personal apology and expression of sorrow from the Brayfords, whom he described as “conscientious contributing citizens of the community.”“The Brayfords are clearly not hiding behind the corporate shield as they might legally be allowed to do. Unlike some corporations … this company is not going to pay a penalty and move on and consider the penalty the simple cost of doing business.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter read more

In a media note, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Vijay Nambiar, noted that he had just returned from a four-day visit to the country, during which he met with various senior Government officials, including Vice-President Sai Mauk Kham.During his meetings, Mr. Nambiar underlined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s concern over the continuing attacks in different parts of the country, including Rakhine state, where more than 115,000 people have been displaced due to violence related to ethnic tensions, and Kachin state, where some 75,000 people have fled their homes since fighting began in June 2011 between Government troops and rebels.Regarding the resumption of dialogue in the northern state of Kachin, the UN envoy stressed that while the matter was for the parties to negotiate among themselves, the United Nations has an interest in seeing that the continued stalemate and escalated tensions do not “undermine the overall direction of reform and transformation in the country or adversely affect the positive international atmosphere that had been generated so far.”Mr. Nambiar also reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to support Myanmar and appealed for greater humanitarian access in the region for UN agencies and other humanitarian partners so that they could “further scale up relief work and assist communities impacted by the recent escalation in the conflict.” read more

On the eve of the opening in Paris of the United Nations climate change conference, widely known as COP21, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all countries and all sectors of society to act now to reach a new universal climate agreement. “I’m reasonably optimistic and convinced that world leaders will adopt a very ambitious universal climate change agreement at this COP21,” Mr. Ban told the UN News Centre in an interview on Sunday at the Parisian headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “We’ve been working very hard, very long – the time for action is now. I have seen growing political momentum among Member States. They know that they have to take action.” Ahead of COP21, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the UN entity organizing the conference – has already received some 180 voluntary climate action plans from countries. Formally called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs, these will form the basis of the agreement expected to be reached. As more and more INDCs were submitted, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said this shows nations are prepared to take meaningful action to address climate change. Many countries have also indicated they would like to see a mechanism in the agreement that will allow them to ramp up their ambition to reach the goal of limiting a global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. According to experts, a temperature rise beyond this level will cause irreversible damage to the planet by exacerbating droughts, floods, food and water shortages, affecting the most vulnerable countries first. Despite the scientific community acknowledging that the national pledges submitted so far will not limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius, Mr. Ban has underscored that a successful outcome at COP21 would allow the world to ultimately achieve this target. Tomorrow, around 150 Heads of State and Government are expected at the opening event at the Paris-Le Bourget site, an 18 hectare conference centre north-east of the capital. This space will be the main venue for the two-week meeting, with 32 “negotiating rooms,” working areas for delegations, civil society and journalists, as well as many venues dedicated to side events. Simultaneously, within the city borders, special events will be held – such as “an afternoon with Robert Redford” at UNESCO on 6 December, and the awarding of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Equator prize – often referred to as the Academy Awards of sustainable development – taking place at the renowned Théatre Mogador. At the conference, the interconnectivity between sustainable development and climate issues will be one of the overarching themes. In September, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is composed of 17 goals – the SDGs – to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. Asked how a new climate deal and these SDGs are linked, the UN Secretary-General said a strong climate agreement backed by action on the ground will help the world achieve the global goals “to make the world better and safer.” “Goal number 13 [focuses on] climate change but if we do not implement the climate change agreement, then all the remaining 16 goals will be affected. Not a single goal can be implemented in isolation,” Mr. Ban explained. “Science has made it plainly clear – that this climate change phenomenon is caused by human behaviour,” he continued. “It’s only natural that we human beings should change our behaviour in a sustainable way. We have to do it. We don’t have any time to lose. That’s why I am urging world leaders to demonstrate their moral and political leadership for humanity.” The UN News Centre asked the Secretary-General what makes him optimistic that, in a world full of disease, war and famine, world leaders can work together instead of in their own self-interest. “[Climate change] doesn’t care about national boundaries,” he stated. “This is a global phenomenon and [leaders] understand that investing wisely in climate change will help their national economy boost. There are many countries who are investing in sustainable energy including solar energy. It’s skyrocketing.” The UN climate conference will officially open Monday when the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, is elected President of COP21. Negotiations towards a final agreement are expected to conclude on 11 December. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General today met with French President François Hollande to discuss the status of negotiations and identify key issues still under discussion. A readout issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said they agreed that “failure to reach an agreement was not an option and would have disastrous consequences.” The two leaders also exchanged views on the issue of counter-terrorism and shared their concern of a growing influence of Da’esh beyond Syria and Iraq. In addition, Mr. Ban stood in solidarity today with the people of Paris who were unable to join a climate march, after it was cancelled last week due to security concerns. Alongside scores of other people, he donated a pair of his “marching shoes” to be placed at the city’s Place de la République near the scene of 20 November’s terror attack, and where the climate march was due to start. “As the world gathers in Paris to stand up for climate action, let us also stand in the shoes of all victims of terrorism, war and persecution – and respond with compassion,” said a note he wrote and left at the scene. Following the event, the thousands of shoes contributed were donated to a non-governmental organization working with Syrian refugees. read more

first_imgTemperatures plummeted to as low as -7 degrees last night Temperatures are set to drop as low as -4 degrees today. Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie Minimum temperatures from last night to 7am (°C):Cork Airport -7.0 (Ireland’s lowest temp since 2016)Knock Airport -6.8Moore Park -5.9Claremorris -5.7Roche’s Point -5.4Oak Park -5.4Mount Dillon -5.3Dublin Airport -5.1Athenry -5.1Shannon Airport -5.0Valentia Obs -5.0 pic.twitter.com/w4WOQyR6rs— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 1, 2018 Source: Met Éireann/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21,793 Views Mar 1st 2018, 8:34 AM Scattered heavy showers are expected to continue throughout the day today, causing widespread icy conditions.During the afternoon and evening, the blizzard conditions will develop across Munster and Leinster as the heavy snow meets the strong winds from Storm Emma.As the blizzard-like conditions will continue throughout tonight, Met Éireann forecasts temperatures as low as -4 degrees.Again, there will be further snowfall throughout the country tomorrow, however, that will clear from the north for a time and will later turn to rain on the south coast.Met Éireann warned extensive disruption is expected to continue for much of the country.The strong easterly winds from today will ease off steadily tomorrow night, but temperatures will drop below zero again, hitting as low as -3 degrees.Looking onto Saturday, some brighter weather is forecast as some dry spells begin to develop.With that will slightly warmer conditions, as temperatures are forecast to rise to up to 4 to 5 degrees in the west and 1 degree in the east.Met Éireann said cold, wintry conditions are to persist into next week as east and northeast winds continue to hit the country.Read: LIVE: Status Red warning nationwide as Ireland braces for blizzard conditionsMore: Pictures: Here’s what the country woke up to today 21 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3878335 By Hayley Halpin TEMPERATURES PLUMMETED TO as low as -7 degrees in some areas of the country overnight.Storm Emma is due to clash with the Beast from the East later today, causing blizzard-like conditions, but temperatures have begun to drop significantly already.Cork Airport recorded temperatures of -7 degrees, Ireland’s lowest-recorded temperature since 2016.Knock Airport saw temperatures of -6.8 degrees and temperatures of -5.1 degrees were recorded in Dublin Airport.Shannon Airport saw slightly warmer temperatures of -5 degrees. Share65 Tweet Email3 Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 8:34 AM Phibsboro, Dublin Phibsboro, Dublin Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

first_imgA lecture by University of Melbourne history professor Joy Damousi, entitled The Greek civil war and child refugees in Australia: Cold War and Australian Internationalism will be given as part of the GOCMV History and Culture Seminars on Friday.Professor Damousi was recently awarded with the highest academic accolade available in Australia for all disciplines – that of an Australian Laureate Fellowship, for which she will be exploring the history of child refugees in Australia from 1920 to the present. The lecture at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society was from her forthcoming book, Greek War Stories, to be published by Cambridge University Press, in which she explores the memories of war by immigrants from Greece to Australia in post-war Australia.The Greek Civil War (1946-1949) created conditions whereby children were removed from their homes out of war zones and into neighbouring Eastern European countries. The result was that approximately 28,000 children crossed the borders in Eastern European countries during the course of the Civil War. Children travelled to a number of countries which included Romania, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungry. How did these families come to be so fragmented and dispersed across three countries with children as young as 8 and 14 years of age living away from their parents? Why had it become so difficult to reunite them with their families? While this incident of the separation of children from their families during the Civil War has attracted substantial scholarship by historians engaged in examining the wider politics and impact of the Civil War, there have been very few studies which examine the fate of the children who were sent to specific geographic locations. Australia was a key participant in the United Nations at this time and actively engaged with this issue in order to reunite children with their parents, many of whom had migrated to Australia after the war. Professor Damousi’s lecture explores the history of child removal to Australia during the Greek Civil War by developing two distinctive perspectives. It focuses the discussion beyond the debates and disputes between nations at forums such as the United Nations, and concentrated on efforts at the national level to arrange for children to be reunited with their parents. It also analysed the migration of children to Australia for the first time, which is an important but under-researched aspect of the history of the paidomazoma. Australia was the first country to arrange for children to be reunited with their parents. Professor Damousi argues that there is a need to recognise the efforts and tactics of the Australian Council of International Social Service and its director, Aileen Fitzpatrick, who played a pivotal role in moving debates about the fate of these children beyond Cold War politics. Her crusade to unite children with their families is positioned within an alternative history of the 1950s, which privileges transnational organisations that upheld international co-operation rather than those that promoted Cold War tensions. “Through the history Australian government was sometimes very supportive and very open to refugees – in other periods it was very restrictive and very ungenerous in its approach. The reason I looked at children is because no one has really looked at them as a separate category of refugees. People have different views about children – when you start talking about children their views change. That’s when it gets to the heart of people – even if you don’t have political position about refugees, people often move ground because there is innocence involved,” professor Damousi told Neos Kosmos recently.If there was one, the most important lesson to learn from the Australian approach to child migration in the past, she is adamant that Australia needs to be more flexible in how it deals with child migrants and refuges today. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft : Windows 7 bientôt intégré aux téléviseursÉtats-Unis – Microsoft annonce le lancement de Windows Embedded Standard 7, une nouvelle version embarquée de Windows 7 incorporée aux petits écrans.La firme de Redmond lance la dernière version de son système d’exploitation Windows 7. Embedded signifiant “intégré” en anglais, on comprend aisément que le bien nommé Windows Embedded Standard 7 sera disponible sur les téléviseurs, les terminaux Set-top box ainsi que les systèmes multimédia connectés, comme le précise le site GNT.Windows Embedded Standard 7 sera uniquement proposé aux Original equipment manufacturer (OEM), les fabricants de matériel qui fournissent les constructeurs sur le marché des assembleurs. Il ne sera pas commercialisé directement à destination du grand public.Cette version permettra de simplifier la gestion de l’alimentation des interfaces, afin de concevoir des applications qui sollicitent moins le processeur, et optimisent sa connectivité.Le 29 avril 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Post a comment The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R electric car 0 Enlarge ImageThe generators charging the ID R’s battery ran on pure glycerin, further boosting the car’s green street cred. Volkswagen The Volkswagen ID R electric race car is a freakin’ force to be reckoned with. In July, the ID R smashed the 20-year-old overall record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and before that, it beat the previous EV record holder at the Nurburgring Nordschleife by about 40 seconds. Now, Volkswagen has seen fit to divulge some details about that record-setting run.Volkswagen said on Friday that the ID R consumed just 24.7-kWh of battery power during its trip around the ‘Ring, about 55% of its 45-kWh maximum battery capacity. The automaker pointed out that this is equivalent to 25% of the energy a GT3-class race car requires to get around the 12.92-mile Nordschleife. Of the energy the ID R used in its record-breaking lap, 9.2% came through brake regeneration.The ID R reached its top speed at the Fuchsrohre section of track, approximately 3.7 miles into the lap, when it peaked at 169.6 miles per hour. The lowest speed came in the famed “carousel,” where the car dropped down to just 51.5 mph. Its average for the entire lap was a blistering 127.3 mph. Remember: This track has dozens upon dozens of curves over its length. To help maintain that pace, driver Romain Dumas activated the ID R’s drag reduction system (DRS for the race geeks out there) 23 times, leaving it open for nearly a quarter of its time on the track.Speaking of Dumas, he was subject to plenty of stress, and not just because it was on him to break the record set by the electric Nio EP9. The strongest deceleration on track produced a negative acceleration of 2.7 g. During a left-right turn combination in the Kallenhard section, Dumas experienced a peak of 3.49 g. No wonder the world’s best racing drivers have such terrifyingly thick necks — all that muscle is needed to manage the additional weight of a driver’s head during such maneuvers. The result was a lap time of 6:05.336, which is wildly impressive. But then again, the ID R needs to be impressive; it’s Volkswagen’s way of letting us all know that our electrified future will be far from the equivalent of a damp sponge. Having seen the ID R launch itself up the Goodwood hill in person, I can confirm that there are plenty of dramatics involved with this electric race car. Volkswagen Volkswagen More From Roadshow 18 Photoscenter_img Share your voice Tags 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star 2019 BMW M4 CS review: Greater performance with fewer compromises Electric Cars Car Culture 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

first_imgAlibaba founder Jack Ma paid the US in its own coin and asked not to blame other countries for stealing US jobs when the country has spent almost $13 trillion on warfare over the past 30 years instead of working on social welfare programs. Alibaba blacklisted in US for selling counterfeits; takes jab at Donald TrumpIn an interview with CNBC at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos, Ma said the US has no one but itself to blame for its economic woes and much of the problem is rooted in wasteful spending on warfare. “It’s not that other countries steal jobs from you guys. It’s your strategy. Distribute the money and things in a proper way,” Ma said, adding, “You’re supposed to spend money on your own people.”Donald Trump, who is set be sworn in as the new US president on Friday, has consistently accused China, India and other developing countries of siphoning US jobs and has vowed to bring back jobs to the country. Ma stressed that globalization is a “wonderful” and “perfect” strategy, but said it “should be inclusive.” “The American multinational companies made millions and millions of dollars from globalization. The past 30 years, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, they’ve made tens of millions — the profits they’ve made are much more than the four Chinese banks put together…But where did the money go?”He said US citizens feel wracked with economic anxiety because the country is not distributing or investing its money properly. “The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together. As a business person, I want the world to share the prosperity together,” Ma said.Meanwhile, Alibaba, which surpassed Wal-Mart as the world’s largest retailer in 2016 as measured by gross merchandise volume (GMV), said on Thursday that it signed a 12-year agreement with the organizers of the Olympics to provide cloud and e-commerce services to the games.The two organizations will also create an e-commerce platform to sell Olympic-branded goods.last_img read more

Myanmar crackdown marks death of Nobel

first_imgA handout picture provided by the office of Iran`s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on 12 September, 2017, shows him delivering a speech in the capital Tehran. Photo: AFPMyanmar’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims marks the “death of the Nobel Peace Prize”, Iran’s supreme leader said on Tuesday in a sharp attack on Burmese laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.“A cruel government, at the top of which sits a cruel woman who was awarded a Nobel prize, kills innocent people, sets fire to them, destroys their houses and displaces them and no tangible reaction is seen,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech in Tehran.Once lauded by the international community for standing up to the Myanmar military, Suu Kyi has been sharply criticised around the world for her failure to condemn brutal attacks on her country’s Muslim minority now she is the effective leader.“Yes, they condemn it, issue statements, but what good does it do? They should take action. This marks the death of the Nobel Peace Prize,” Khamenei said.The United Nations says 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the army launched a huge security operation in response to attacks by militants late last month.UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein described the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.Khamenei said the problem was not about Buddhists and Muslims.“Maybe a few religious fanatics play a role, but a government is doing this. This is a political issue,” he said.“The solution is for Muslim governments to act. We are not saying they should send troops there, but impose political and economic pressure,” Khamenei said.He called on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to convene “for this specific purpose and to discuss what measures can be taken for these Muslims.”The Iranian Red Crescent has prepared an aid package for the Rohingya but is awaiting permission from Myanmar for its delivery, the Mizan Online news agency reported.last_img
Hasina harbours to stay in power forever Rizvi

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday alleged that prime minister Sheikh Hasina is dreaming of hanging onto power for life by restoring one-party Baksal rule, reports UNB.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina at a discussion recently said no question would have arisen about the election had there been Baksal introduced by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujiubur Rahman. With this, she just indicated in advance about what she’s going to do,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he further said, “Sheikh Hasina’s comment has also exposed she’s dreaming of staying in power forever without any election and competition like her late father by restoring the one-party despotic rule of Baksal.”The BNP leader questioned as to how fair election can be held under ‘Baksal’ where there is no system of voting and multiparty politics. “The head of the Awami-League government thinks people are so foolish that they will believe whatever she says.”Rizvi said people have sent out a message that they are not fool by refraining from casting their votes in the recently held upazila elections.He said the prime minister is now praising Baksal by destroying democracy in the country.Rizvi said Sheikh Hasina is doing everything with her whim as she has established ‘dictatorship’ in Bangladesh.He alleged that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail only to satisfy the prime minister’s political ‘vengeance’ towards her.Rizvi warned that the consequences will be dire if Khaleda is not freed from jail immediately.last_img read more