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first_imgStar all-rounder Yuvraj Singh made his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the game against Gujarat Lions at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium yesterday.The Hyderabad crowd had come in huge numbers to watch the comeback man in action. Yuvraj though, disappointed quite a few after failing to click with the bat in Hyderabad’s five-wicket win over Suresh Raina’s men. On a wicket that was difficult for the batsmen to get going, Yuvraj hung around for 14 balls scoring only five runs in chase of 127. (Full Coverage|Points Table)Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who played a match-winning, unbeaten 47, believes his India teammate will get back to form soon. Dhawan backed Yuvraj by saying the veteran all-rounder needed some time to hit form after his injury layout.”We have to understand that he is coming back after a break and it does get difficult to score right away. It is normal for any batsman to take time to get back into that groove. We all are confident that he will do well in the forthcoming matches,” Dhawan told iplt20.comDhawan was all praise for Yuvraj’s two-over spell. SRH skipper David Warner didn’t wait to use the services of the bowler in Yuvraj. The left-arm slow bowler bowled a couple of overs yesterday and put the brakes on Gujarat’s scoring rate conceding only 13 runs.”Tonight he bowled a couple of good overs,” Dhawan said on Friday.Yuvraj a calming influenceThe Delhi batsman also shed light on how Yuvraj is a calming influence in the SRH dressing room. “He has a very calming influence on everyone and his presence in the dressing room matters a lot. The youngsters get a boost just listening to him,” he said.advertisementDhawan said it was nice to get valuable inputs on the game from the experienced all-rounder. He also revealed that Yuvraj had good words for him after his sensible 40-ball 47 last night.”Yuvraj and I share a bit of technical stuff about our batting and it is nice to get his inputs. Even today he said that I played well. He said that I had played according to the situation and played sensibly.” Dhawan said.Dhawan, who had a horrid start to the tournament, got back to scoring ways in their first game against Gujarat Lions. He hasn’t looked back since scoring four 40-plus scores which includes two half-centuries.Dhawan credits skipper Warner for his success saying the aggressive Aussie opener, who has been on top of his game, made it easy for him.”I would like to credit David Warner. He is in such great form that I have been able to take my time in the middle to get set and get those scores for the team. That level of confidence brushes off on me and it creates a sense of ease for me. There is no case of playing rash shots or the need to push hard because the guy at the other end is playing his role to perfection,” Dhawan said.last_img read more

first_imgUAE residents and international travellers are being urgedUAE residents and international travellers are being urged to buy their race tickets or risk missing out on the spectacular Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, as many popular ticket categories are already sold out. Other categories are selling fast.”Yasalam is the largest entertainment festival in the region and has built a legacy for Abu Dhabi and the community. Its diverse program of music, sports and community activities across the capital makes it a draw for residents and visitors alike,” said John Lickrish, CEO, FLASH Entertainment. “With the legendary music talent Lionel Richie completing the exceptional three day line up, we know the Yasalam weekend will be on the top of everyones calendar and we cant wait to announce the Beats on the Beach acts.”Tickets for the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX are available online at ttp://www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre on +971-2-659-9800. Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160920/409685 Source: Yas Marina Circuit Nick Cooper, Director, Seven Media, Mobile: +971-50-883-6715, Email: nickcooper@sevenmedia.ae.PRNewsWire DLlast_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND — Mike Miller made his coach look like a genius Friday night.Miller, showing little rust from missing seven games with a concussion, scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers in his first start of the season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 95-91.Cavaliers coach David Blatt’s decision to start Miller, who missed one 3-pointer in eight attempts and played 33 minutes, paid off in a major way. “When the fire is hot, you want to let it burn,” Blatt said. “It was burning tonight.”LeBron James scored a team-high 22 points and moved into 23rd place on the all-time scoring list, but the four-time MVP credited Miller for the victory.“He’s a professional guy,” James said. “You know you can always count on him, even when he’s doesn’t make shots. We needed him. He kept us afloat.”Miller, who was averaging 1.5 points and was 5 for 20 on 3-pointers going into the game, downplayed his role in the victory. “I came here for one thing, and that’s to win games,” he said. “For me to be able to be out there and help is all I care about.”Miller hit his first three 3-point attempts, and was 5 of 6 from behind arc for 15 points in the first half. He appeared to injure his left ankle late in the second quarter, but waved off the bench and remained in the game.“I wasn’t coming out of the game,” he said. “I finally got an opportunity to play again.”James and Miller were teammates in Miami for three seasons, including two championship runs. “His ability to shoot the ball gives us so much more of a dynamic out there,” James said.“We’ve played a lot of games together,” Miller said. “We’ve been through the biggest moments. We’ve got a trust factor. He’s pretty easy to play with, ask anybody.”Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins knows how well James and Miller play together. “I thought he was the little guy who was on LeBron’s shoulder who travels with him everywhere he goes,” Hollins said. “He shot the ball great.”Joe Johnson led the Nets with 26 points. Brooklyn guard Deron Williams limped off the court in the second quarter with a strained right calf and didn’t return. Williams will have an MRI on Dec. 20.“My calf felt tight in the first quarter and it hurt pretty bad when I landed after making an assist,” Williams said. “I don’t want to miss any games so hopefully the test comes back good.”Brooklyn cut an eight-point lead to 94-91 on Johnson’s 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. The Cavaliers committed a turnover, but Kevin Garnett missed a contested 3-pointer and James split two free throws with 1.3 seconds left.James passed Charles Barkley on the all-time scoring list with a 3-pointer from the corner in the first quarter. Kyrie Irving added 16 points.Mason Plumlee scored 14 points while Jarrett Jack added 13 for the Nets, who have lost three straight and six of eight.The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 110-88 in Brooklyn on Dec. 8, breaking open a close game with a dominating second half in front of Prince William and Kate Middleton.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPSG Paris Saint-Germain confirm Neymar set for surgery Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:05 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Neymar PSG Olympique Marseille Aurelien Meunier PSG Neymar Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League The attacker will fly to Brazil to have an operation on his foot at the end of the week, the Ligue 1 leaders confirmed Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed star attacker Neymar is set to undergo surgery this week after being diagnosed with a broken foot. Neymar went down at the end of PSG’s 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille on February 25, with tests later confirming he had sustained a cracked metatarsal bone in addition to a twisted ankle.The star’s father called for him to undergo surgery and the club has announced that they and the Brazil national team agree, scheduling a procedure to be done in Brazil at the end of the week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “After an initial treatment period of three days inline with a strict medical protocol, a joint decision has been taken between the medical staffs of both Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team,” PSG said in a statement.The statement also added the decision was made “in accordance with the player” and the surgery will be performed by Dr Rodrigo Lasmar, accompanied on site by Professor Saillant, representing PSG. The timeline almost certainly rules Neymar out of PSG’s last-16 Champions League clash with Real Madrid on March 6. Unai Emery’s side hope to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit in the return leg at the Parc des Princes, but face the prospect of having to do so without their €222 million man. The club initially feared a severe injury but after the first tests showed no break in the ankle, subsequent exams showed the fracture in his foot.Reports emerged Neymar wished to have surgery to maximize his chances of being fully fit for the 2018 World Cup, though Emery would denied those reports at the time, saying a decision had yet to have been reached. Surgery will sideline Neymar for multiple weeks, with reports suggesting he could be out until May. Neymar has been excellent this season for PSG, scoring 28 goals in 30 games across all competitions while adding 16 assists. That includes six goals and three assists in seven Champions League games.last_img read more

first_imgXiaomi Mi CC9 shown off in official promo videoThe first two phones under the Mi CC series are expected to the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e. Ahead of the launch the full specs sheet and the price of both the Mi CC phone have been revealed. Let’s take a quick look at everything we know about the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e. advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 10:31 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi announced a new series aka CC last week.The first CC phones from Xiaomi are expected to be Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e.The Mi CC9 is said to be powered by Snapdragon 730 processor.We have heard a lot about the CC series in the past. But last week Xiaomi officially announced the new series aka CC. In the announcement post the company explained that with the CC series Xiaomi will target the young audience who are also selfie-obsessed. Few days after confirming the series an official promo video of the first Mi CC phone in Chinese is now revealed. The video was also posted on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo.Before talking about the video and what it shows it should be noted that the first CC phones from Xiaomi are expected to be Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e — at least that is what the rumours and leaks suggest. Xiaomi is yet to confirm the name of the devices launching under the CC series. The company is also yet to announce the launch date of the first CC phones.Coming to the promo video, the phone is shown in it (mostly) from the front. In the video, people are seen running around to click “selfie with the kid who broke the internet”. The phone appears with an all-screen display and a selfie camera on the front. The phone is shown boasting a big screen. Considering people are seen clicking selfies in the video the upcoming CC phone will be targeted to the selfie-focused audience. The back of the Mi CC phone isn’t shown in the video.The first two phones under the Mi CC series are expected to the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e. Ahead of the launch the full specs sheet and the price of both the Mi CC phone have been revealed. Let’s take a quick look at everything we know about the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e.advertisementXiaomi Mi CC9e specs and priceRumours suggest that the Xiaomi Mi CC9e will come with a 5.97-inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Similar to the Redmi Note 7 series the Mi CC phones are expected to sport Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back panel. On the camera front, the phone is said to include three cameras on the back panel and a single sensor on the front.On the front, the phone is expected to include a 32MP selfie shooter inside a waterdrop notch. On the back panel, the phone is expected to include a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor + 8-megapixel secondary sensor + 5-megapixel sensor. The Mi CC9e is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 710 processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone is tipped to be backed by 3500mAh battery and there will be an in-display fingerprint sensor too.The Mi CC9e is expected to have a starting price of 1,599 Yuan for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model. The Mi CC9e is also expected to come with 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage that is said to cost around 1,899 Yuan ($276). There will be an 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model that is said to cost around 2,199 Yuan (~$320).Xiaomi Mi CC9 specs and priceRumours and leaks suggest that the Xiaomi Mi CC9 will come packed with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display, 32-megapixel selfie camera, triple rear cameras (48MP + 16MP + 12MP), Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset, up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256GB storage, 4000mAh battery with 27W fast charging support, USB-C, in-display fingerprint reader, among other things.Leaks suggest that the Xiaomi Mi CC9 will come with a starting price of 2,599 Yuan (~$378) for the base model with 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage. Leaks also suggest that the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage models will cost around 2,799 Yuan (~$407) and 3,099 Yuan (~$451), respectively.ALSO READ | OnePlus TV may launch soon in India: What we know so farALSO READ | Xiaomi officially discontinues Mi Max and Mi Note seriesALSO READ | BSNL Superstar 300 broadband plan offers free Hotstar subscription to please cricket fansGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow androidlast_img read more

first_imgNOTE: A social media version of this release is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2013-01-25-African-Heritage-Month/. Hi-res, downloadable photos audio and video will be added after the event. A list of regional launches follows this release. The 29th celebration of African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia will highlight and celebrate historic African Nova Scotian settlements and look to the future of the communities. The month was launched with a reading of the provincial proclamation at a celebration in the Red Chamber, Province House, today, Jan. 25. The poster for this year’s theme Then and Now: Our Journey Continues, was also unveiled. “For 29 years, we have been celebrating the contributions, experiences, and triumphs of people of African descent in this province,” said African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Percy Paris. “It is a chance to look back on our rich history, but also critically examine what needs to be done to continue down a path to prosperity. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to get involved in African Heritage Month, participate in events and learn about the African Nova Scotian experience.” Participation continues to grow with more than 75 events taking place across the province this year, most of which are organized in the communities. “The joy of African Heritage Month is that the African Nova Scotian communities, from Cape Breton to the South Shore, unite in the celebration of their African heritage and the numerous successes that they have had along the way,” said Sunday Miller, African Nova Scotia Information Network. “The theme of this year, Then and Now: Our Journey Continues, highlights our hope filled journey towards a better and brighter future.” The poster and calendar of events was produced by the African Heritage Month Information Network, a partnership between African Nova Scotian Affairs, African Nova Scotian Music Association, African Nova Scotian North-Central Network, African Heritage Month Southwest Network, Africville Heritage Trust, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association. More information on African Heritage Month and a list of events across the province can be found on the new African Nova Scotian Affairs website http://ansa.novascotia.ca. Nova Scotians can also keep up to date on African Heritage Month events on Facebook (African Nova Scotian Affairs), on Twitter (@OfficeofANSA), or by calling the African Heritage Month events line at 902-424-1186.last_img read more

first_imgMARKHAM (CITYNEWS) – York police say the vehicle believed to have been used in a violent Markham kidnapping has been found, but officers are still searching for the victim.The black wheelchair accessible Dodge Caravan was found empty and without licence plates on Sunday night in Toronto thanks to tips from the public. The license plate that was on the back of the van during the alleged kidnapping was stolen Ontario plate CEAR350.Wanzhen Lu, 22, has not been seen since he was taken from an the underground parking garage of his condominium building at 15 Water Walk Drive, in the area of Highway 7 and Birchmount Road.Lu, who also goes by the name “Peter” and is studying at a school in Toronto, entered the parking garage of his condo building in a Range Rover, Const. Andy Pattenden said.He and his girlfriend were walking towards the building’s elevators when the van came speeding up to them and three masked men, one armed with a Taser-like weapon, forced Lu into the van. The victim was shocked several times with the taser. A fourth suspect stayed in the van.The woman was not harmed and immediately alerted condo security after the incident, who then called police.Pattenden said as the woman wasn’t taken, officers believe Lu was targeted. He noted that police are not sharing some information — such as where in Toronto the van was found and which school Lu attends — to protect the investigation.Neighbours say the student from Hainan, China was regularly seen driving multiple expensive, exotic cars..@YRP tell @CityNews Wanzhen Lu arrived at his condo in a black Range Rover on Saturday evening just before his alleged abduction. A source who shared some pictures with us says Lu also drove this white Lamborghini and Rolls Royce. pic.twitter.com/pffM1Gtx1L— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) March 25, 2019Police have not been made aware of any ransom demands and say they have yet to determine a motive for the alleged kidnapping.Officers have been in contact with Lu’s family, who are on their way to Canada.The fact Lu has “vanished” is extremely troubling, said Pattenden adding these types of alleged, violent kidnappings do not happen very often, if ever in York region.“The attack was very brazen, violent and hands on. They took him, threw him into the vehicle and then left,” Pattenden said.WATCH: Constable Andy Pattenden provides an update on the case Police are looking for four suspects – a driver and three others who forces Lu into the vehicle.“Now is the time to seek legal counsel and turn yourself in,” Pattenden said urging the suspects to let Lu go. The first suspect is a male who was wearing a mask, blue pants and a black jacket at the time. Another is described as a dark-skinned male, around six-foot-one, wearing a black Canada goose jacket. The third suspect was wearing dark blue jeans with a jacket and is described as a dark-skinned male with a heavier build and around six-foot-two inches tall. The last suspect was wearing a green and yellow jacket with a hood.Police say Lu was wearing a Gucci hoodie, torn black jeans and white sneakers when he was taken, as seen in the photo below. York police believe Wanzhen Lu, 22, was kidnapped from a parking garage at 15 Water Walk Drive in Markham on March 23, 2019. YORK REGIONAL POLICE/Handout Three of four suspects captured on surveilance footage wanted in the armed kidnapping of 22-year-old Wanzhen Lu. HANDOUT/York Regional Police. —With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

By Najoua BijjirRotterdam – “As a young boy I was even looking for Aziz Aflak in his hotel… And now I am his spokesperson. That was unthinkable.”Who doesn’t recognize them from the late 80’s? The music group Aflak. They were young, cool and immensely popular. Besides that, Aflak also created a new musical sound that involved the support of real ‘computers.’ Curious about what happened to Aflak since their big success in the 80’s, Morocco World News met with lead singer Aziz Aflak and his spokesperson Mohamed Moufid Sbaï.Who is Aflak and how did it all begin?“I was 6 years old when I first started playing the piano and the oud, an oriental lute,” says Aziz Aflak. “Later I went to the conservatorium in Meknes, where I learned more about creating music. In the early 80’s we moved back to France. My father was a Frenchman and my mother a native Moroccan. Both cultures have always been very important to me. After moving back to France I started composing music that represented the Moroccan culture as well as the European culture. My parents and my family encouraged me a lot to pursue my musical ambition. That motivated me to complete my first song, Marrakesh, in 1986 and to release my first album, Taala Ngoulik, in 1988.”What was the formula of Aflak’s success?“There wasn’t any specific formula, I was just lucky that the timing was right to introduce something new, namely: music assisted by computers. It sounded Western, but was traditional Moroccan music at the same time. And they loved it! For example, I received great support from Moroccan television. My concerts were even broadcasted during halftime of the soccer championship. Many watchers discovered my music in that way. Later, with the advent of satellite television, I reached a much larger audience.”Aziz, what did you change with your music?“At first I didn’t intend to change Moroccan music. I was young and ambitious, and all I wanted was to compose, produce and sing. When I started making music, I was a big fan of composers such as Jean Michel Jarre and the German music band Depeche Mode. They all created musical sounds supported by computers. And that was exactly what I wanted, only with traditional Moroccan rhythms and lyrics.Nowadays working with computers is unthinkable. It has become so easy to produce music that you can do it at home.”What can you tell us about the Moroccan music industry?“The Moroccan music industry is flourishing, and we owe this to the support of the Royal Family and the effort that music producer RedOne makes to promote and inspire young artists.We have also noticed that the numbers of festivals is increasing each year. For example, Mawazine Festival features the most international line up of artists. Therefore the Moroccan music industry and festivals are nowadays very attractive for popular artists abroad,” says Moufid.Young Aziz Aflak and his spokesperson Mohamed MoufidThe group Aflak has changed a lot since 1980, what can you tell us about the transformation of Aflak? “Yes, a lot has changed!” says Aziz. “In the beginning I started performing with my three brothers. Later in 1991, two other musicians joined us. We also started mixing different music instruments into our music, such as keyboards and electronic oud, guitars and drums with traditional Moroccan instruments.In 2008 my brothers left the band and I continued with producing and performing music together with the symphonic orchestra. In 2014, Aflak produced and toured with a rock formation. For more information, visit our website www.aflak.com.”What is the future plan for Aflak, any new upcoming music? “At this point I am finalizing my new music album, after the release of the song Leila. I’m also working on a compilation of all my songs over the past 27 years,” says Aziz.“We also want to bring back the music that had a great influence on Moroccan music as we know it today and did merge Western music with traditional Moroccan music. Artists like Aziz were role models and they deserve more recognition. Aflak was so popular at that time. I remember when I was young I searched for Aziz Aflak in his hotel when he stayed there during a concert in Rabat. And now I’m his spokesperson… That is unthinkable,” adds Mohamed Moufid Sbaï.“Mohamed is more then my spokesperson. We share the same passion for music, work loyalty and trust. And over the years we became very close friends. Mohamed is like my brother.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

3 March 2010More than a decade after world leaders agreed to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women, their empowerment remains a necessary element in attaining development targets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “Until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, all our goals – peace, security, sustainable development – stand in jeopardy,” Mr. Ban said to the Commission on the Status of Women today, as the United Nations marked International Women’s Day, which is observed annually on 8 March.This year is the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 – which remains the most comprehensive global policy framework to achieve the goals of gender equality, development and peace.World leaders attending the summit in the Chinese capital declared that the full participation by women in all spheres of society, including the decision-making and access to power, are fundamental for development and peace.Since the landmark gathering, there are signs of progress, the Secretary-General said today. Most girls now receive education, especially at the primary level, while a growing number of countries have policies and legislation supporting gender equality and reproductive health in place.Women, including Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, former Tanzanian foreign minister, are more likely to participate in government, and are also mobilizing across the globe for equality and improvement, he said.“So, as we look back on Beijing, we have much reason to be proud. Proud but not complacent,” said Mr. Ban, who said that, as a son, husband, father and grandfather to girls, he has made women’s empowerment a priority.He pointed out that injustice and discrimination against women persist around the world, manifesting in violence in some cases. Over two thirds of women experience violence in their lifetime, most commonly at the hands of an intimate partner.“We sometimes hear it said that such practices are a matter of culture,” the Secretary-General said, strongly emphasizing that “they are not.”Last September, it was announced that four UN agencies and offices – including the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) – will be amalgamated to create a new single entity within the world body to promote the rights and well-being of women worldwide and to work towards gender equality.Mr. Ban today urged the General Assembly to adopt a resolution “without delay” to set up this new entity.He also expressed his wish to lead by example, citing the numerous achievements made by the UN to give women a stronger voice.There are currently more women in senior posts at the Organization than at any other time in UN history, rising 40 per cent in the last three years.“But this is not enough,” the Secretary-General acknowledged, noting that women continue to be under-represented in areas such as peacekeeping.He paid tribute to the UN’s work on the ground, such as a new scheme using old technology to bring electricity to hundreds of villages in Burkina Faso to save hours of labour, thereby allowing women time to attend school and visit clinics.“With initiatives such as these, we can improve the lives of hundreds of millions of women and girls,” as well as achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight globally-agreed targets to halve poverty, hunger, illiteracy and other problems, all by 2015, Mr. Ban said.According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), women comprise only 18.8 per cent of parliament members worldwide, shy of the 20 per cent target set by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Beijing Declaration.In 44 chambers in nearly 40 nations, the 20 per cent goal has been met, but progress is lagging in regions such as the Middle East.“Women’s representation in parliaments is an accountability issue,” said Rachel Mayanja, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, at a press conference today in New York.Parliaments, she emphasized, must be accountable to the entire population, including women.The representation of women in governments reflects how democratic they are, Ms. Mayanja said, noting that countries where women are not greatly represented tend to be “less inclusive, less egalitarian and less democratic.”There also needs to be enhanced commitment at the highest levels – not just politics, but also other realms – to support women’s participation in the political process, she said.For its part, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), together with international and regional media organizations, launched its annual “Women Make the News” (WMN) initiative, which seeks to increase adherence to the Beijing Declaration and promote gender equality in the media.This year’s campaign seeks to initiate a global exchange on the importance and the need for gender-sensitive indicators for media organizations.Organizations which have endorsed the initiative include the International Federation of Journalists, the European Broadcasting Union and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. read more

A spokesman for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) voiced particular concern about the upcoming high tide in the Bay of Bengal, which would considerably limit the outflow of flood water into the sea.With that expected in early August, a serious humanitarian crisis could break out in a matter of weeks in the area, Simon Pluess told a press briefing in Geneva. The agency was also concerned about the current food shortages in Bangladesh and their implications for the future.Unexpected flash floods in April destroyed substantial parts of the rice crop, while flooding in July wiped out the food stocks of many households. The next rice harvest in Bangladesh is expected in 10 months.WFP has just finished distributing a week’s supply of high-energy biscuits to 14,800 persons in three northern districts. The agency is also preparing to hand out some 3,000 tons of rice through several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in north and central Bangladesh. read more

Acting on the recommendations of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report, in which he called the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) vital to preventing a flare-up in a conflict that uprooted nearly 300,000 refugees, the Council stressed the need to define the status of Abkhazia within the state of Georgia.The Council said it deeply regretted the refusal of the Abkhaz side to discuss the distribution of “competences” between the two parties on grounds of its 1999 unilateral “declaration of independence,” and reaffirmed its commitment to “the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.”UNOMIG, which consists of 130 uniformed personnel, including 119 military observers and 11 civilian police supported by 103 international civilian personnel and 184 local civilian staff, was established in 1994 after an accord reached in Moscow ended the fighting in Georgia’s northwestern corner.In its resolution, the Council welcomed the commitment of the Georgian side to a peaceful solution and called on both parties to pay urgent attention to the return of refugees and internally displaced persons, recalling that “the Abkhaz side bears a particular responsibility to protect the returnees and to facilitate the return of the remaining displaced population.”It called on the Abkhaz side to improve law enforcement involving the local population and to address the lack of instruction in their mother tongue for the ethnic Georgian population.As in past resolutions, the Council underlined the primary responsibility of both sides to provide appropriate security for UNOMIG and ensure freedom of movement for the Mission as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping force and other international staff, and it strongly condemned the repeated abduction of personnel of those missions.It also again called on the parties to bring to justice those responsible for shooting down a UNOMIG helicopter in 2001, killing nine people. read more

CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) has reached a deal to buy a gas-burning power plant in Pennsylvania for US$654 million from Talen Energy Corp., which is divesting some of its holdings to comply with regulatory requirements.Calgary-based TransCanada says the 778-megawatt Ironwood power plant in Lebanon, Penn., is a natural extension of its power business in the U.S. Northeast region, where the company now has over 4,500 megawatts of generating capacity.The plant is near the Marcellus shale formation, a source of competitively priced natural gas.In a separate transaction, Talen Energy is selling two of its hydroelectric plants in Pennsylvania to Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, which will pay US$860 million.Brookfield Renewable (TSX:BEP.UN) will gain additional generating capacity totalling 292 megawatts. The 252-MW Holtwood station, on the Susquehanna River, is 13 kilometres downstream from Brookfield’s 417-MW Safe Harbor facility.All of Brookfield’s output from the Pennsylvania plants is sold to the PJM regional power grid that serves 61 million customers across 13 states and the District of Columbia.Talen is selling the power plants as part of a larger divestment required after the company was spun off in June from PPL Corp., an energy and utility company with holdings in the United Kingdom and several regions of the United States.TransCanada — better known for its pipeline business — says the Ironwood acquisition will immediately add to earnings and cash flow and generate about US$90 to $110 million in earnings a year before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.It will fund the acquisition with a combination of cash on hand and available credit. That deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.Brookfield Renewable, part of one of Canada’s largest asset management groups, said it would fund a portion of the transation from an investment-grade debt offering that will close with the transaction.The transactions are subject to various approvals and are expected to close in the first quarter of 2016. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2015 9:58 am MDT Last Updated Oct 8, 2015 at 10:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransCanada to buy Pennsylvania natural gas power plant from Talen Energy read more

The initiative, called the Stabilization Facility for Libya, is an undertaking of the Libyan Government of National Accord, supported by UNDP and the international community, UNSMIL said in a statement. “The Stabilization Facility for Libya aims to support the Libyan Government of National Accord providing very visible and tangible quick-wins to the population at the local level,” UNSMIL said. The rehabilitation of critical infrastructure destroyed by conflict will directly improve basic service delivery, the Mission noted. The Stabilization Facility will be Libyan-led, with the Prime Minister or his representative chairing the board jointly with the UN. Specifically, UNSMIL said the initiative will help to finance rehabilitation and repairs of key public infrastructure, including clinics, hospitals, police stations, water facilities, waste water treatment facilities, power grids and stations, among other improvements. “The Stabilization Facility can also support businesses that were destroyed by the conflict or degraded and are vital to whole communities, such as bakeries in places where they were destroyed and people are forced to bring bread from elsewhere,” UNSMIL said. The interventions of the Stabilization Facility will be implemented by UNDP and will be selected based on needs assessment on the ground. The priorities will be jointly agreed among the Libyan Government of National Accord, local authorities, civil society and affected populations. The initiative will be initially limited to specific selected localities covering the east, west and south of Libya. If funding allows, it can expand its scope to all areas of the country, UNSMIL said. Officials at the meeting in Tunis included Taher Al-Jehaimi, Minister of Planning in the Libyan Government of National Accord; Rüdiger König, Director General of Crisis Prevention, Stabilization and Peace Building in the Federal Foreign Office of the Government of Germany; Ali Al-Za’tari, UNSMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General; and Noura Hamladji, UNDP Libya Country Director. read more

“While significant progress has been made to respect the stages of the calendar process, the electoral process continues to suffer from suspicion and mistrust between the majority and the opposition, and, between the opposition and the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI),” Leila Zerrougui, the UN Special Representative for the country and head of the Stabilization Mission, MONUSCO, told the Security Council on Thursday.She noted that preparations have reached an important turning point with the opening, on Wednesday, of candidate reception offices for presidential and legislative elections, due to take place on December 23.However, the opposition has expressed multiple grievances, she added, including over voting machinery and electoral records.“I am however encouraged to note that, in the face of disagreements highlighted above, and against the backdrop of immense logistical and financial challenges, all major political parties were able to successfully enrol candidates for provincial legislative elections,” she said.After a slow start, more than 18,000 candidates for office registered, in order to contest 715 seats. Conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place, and without progress on these fronts, the credibility and inclusivity of upcoming elections may be at risk – Leila Zerrougui, head of MONUSCO Although the final tally is yet to be published, initial indications suggest that women make up less than 12 per cent of all registered candidates, she said, urging political parties to ensure greater female representation and participation in forthcoming elections.Ms. Zerrougui said she remains concerned by violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms that continue to impact negatively on democratic space as some peaceful demonstrations are suppressed.She also said that civil society actors and political opponents continue to be arbitrarily arrested and media workers threatened.“Thus, conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place, and without progress on these fronts, the credibility and inclusivity of upcoming elections may be at risk,” she warned.“The Democratic Republic of Congo is at the crossroads. That’s the reason for which I appeal to all stakeholders to seize this opportunity to allow for inclusive, transparent and credible elections on 23 December to provide a more stable future for the DRC, Congolese women and Congolese,” she concluded. read more

first_imgTo fill the hours, he has signed up for a photography course with fellow retiree Judge Michael Roach, and plans to ski, fish and travel in his free time.He described his successor, Judge Peter Blair QC, as suave, talented and athletic, and handed him the “Bursell Box” which each new Recorder inherits.Judge Ford said: “He is to Bristol what Donald Trump is to Washington. He can’t wait to don the bright red gown.” Finally, at the end of the speech, he used a swearing fist to signify his last “out of office” reply. The ceremony on Friday also celebrated the judge’s skill as a “formidable advocate”.Barrister Richard Smith QC told the assembly: “We will miss you, Neil Ford. You have been an influential part of Bristol and the Western circuit for more than 40 years.” In his speech, Judge Ford spoke about a number of occasions when he had tried to prank colleagues, including a time when he filled an associate’s bag with small bottles of gin on the train back from a trial in Reading. Judge Ford also reflected on his career, recalling an occasion when he had a 32-year sentence upgraded to 40 years as it was “too lenient” and one time where he gave a “ghastly man” a 13-year sentence, only to have his sentence downgraded to 12 years.He also revealed that he had a countdown clock on his phone tracking the days left until his retirement, and he has seen a psychologist to help deal with the “sense of loss”. We will miss you, Neil Ford. You have been an influential part of Bristol and the Western circuit for more than 40 yearsBarrister Richard Smith QC A judge used his retirement speech to confess that he drew rude graffiti on an official court computer, leading to all staff having their pens confiscated.Neil Ford QC, who has worked at Bristol Crown Court for eight years, revealed he once doodled a “very large phallus” on an old computer messaging system, which used pens instead of a mouse to draw on the screen. The 63-year-old admitted that the doodle was sent to all staff members, who later had their pens confiscated.  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.last_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice arrested 2 for possession of illegal gun, ammoJuly 30, 2019In “Crime”Men found with 14 shotgun cartridges & hundreds of ammoSeptember 18, 2015In “Crime”1 in custody over discovery of firearm, ammo at ItaballiMarch 21, 2016In “Crime” Police in “F” Division are presently interrogating two men who were found in possession of an unlicenced shotgun and two live ammunition.Based on reports received, police were patrolling the Kupakuri, Region 8 when they received information that two men were seen acting suspicious in a boat on the river.Upon conducting a search, the weapon and ammunition were found and the men were apprehended.Investigations are ongoing. read more

hombradosromanspanish federationSpanish handball As marca.com reports, Jose Jaiver Hombrados (40), the currently injured goalkeeper of Atletico Madrid, will be running for President of the Spanish Handball Federation in the elections that are to be held sometime after spring. He will be promoted as candidate during the next month. The current president Juan de Dios Roman will not be seeking re-election. The injury that he has suffered will keep him away from the field for some more time, and he believes it might be time to try himself as President of the SHF.Hombrados won bronze twice in Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008.source: marca.es ← Previous Story Aleksandar Stojanovic extends Kadetten Schaffhausen deal until 2016 Next Story → Boris Denic decides the 16 for Spain, no Kavticnik, Prost, Mackovsek… read more

first_imgHave you been lamenting the demise of Delicious? Dedicated fans of the social bookmarking service are scrambling for alternatives before the service sunsets or, at the very least, gets translated into some sort of social-networky mashup of failed Yahoo properties.Before the site closes you’ll want to grab your bookmark data and figure out some place to put them. If you opt to go with something local then LifeHacker has a post that explains how to export your data and then import it to your browser. It’ll be quick and painless, unless if you have thousands of bookmarks and are afraid of things getting too crowded. You could even install another browser just to hold the bookmarks, but that doesn’t seem very efficient, does it? Also you’ll lose your precious tags if you go with this method.AdChoices广告If you want to go the open source route then you can check out Scuttle or Semantic Scuttle. These are a bit of a pain to get to work and you’ll need a web server, but once they are going you’ll have your own service up and running. Check this guide out if you are looking for an installation walkthrough.Other bookmark destinations include Spabba, Pinboard, and Evernote. TheNextWeb has a full list if you want more alternatives. Keep in mind that Delicious exports an HTML file so it’s really easy to work with.Scuttle links via our corporate sibling: @sourceforgelast_img read more

MDFR wrapping up relief efforts in Panhandle

first_img(WSVN) – South Florida is continually stepping up to help the victims of Hurricane Michael.The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue task force sent 7News a video of their relief efforts in the Panhandle, Thursday.It’s members have spent the last week helping with search and rescue efforts and providing assistance to the residents who are returning home.“Some of these folks in the community have lost everything – their homes, their belongings and even their way of transportation,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Spokesperson, Erika Benitez, “so they can’t even go out and get these basic supplies.”The task force is wrapping up efforts after bringing storm victims vital essentials like food, water and ice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more