Bonucci: Juventus is my home

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci believes he has come home after re-signing for Juventus a year on from his shock departure to AC Milan.The Italy centre-back sealed his return to Turin on Thursday in a straight swap deal that saw Mattia Caldara move to San Siro as his replacement.Gonzalo Higuain also joined Milan from Juve on an initial season-long loan deal with an option to buy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Argentina striker’s transfer means Bonucci’s U-turn has arguably not grabbed the headlines it might otherwise have done.Some supporters were seemingly not keen to forgive and forget the 31-year-old’s defection to the Rossoneri as they whistled and booed him upon his arrival at Juventus’ headquarters.Nevertheless, his affections for a club where he won six consecutive Scudetti in his first spell remains strong.”It was difficult to imagine this would happen, but it’s fantastic that it has.” @bonucci_leo19 reacts to his  return.#WelcomeToJU pic.twitter.com/YPXQ7yhk1v— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 2, 2018″It was difficult to imagine that this would happen, but it’s fantastic that it has,” he told Juventus’ official YouTube channel.”I’m excited. Turin is my home and Juventus is my home, so I’m really happy to be back.”Juve kick off their bid for an eighth straight Serie A crown against Chievo on August 18, while Higuain, Caldara and their new Milan team-mates host Genoa a day later.last_img read more

Magical Emre Can goal boosts Liverpool F.C. top-four push

first_imgLiverpool’s Emre Can produced a goal of stunning brilliance to earn a crucial 1-0 victory at Watford on Monday that boosts the Reds’ push for a top-four finish in the Premier League.A game that had been meandering along amid much mediocrity came to life on the stroke of halftime when Can’s extraordinary overhead scissors kick from Lucas’s chipped through ball rocketed into the top corner.The strike, hailed by the club’s former defender Jamie Carragher as “one of the great Liverpool goals”, illuminated a dull first-half which had just been enlivened by substitute Adam Lallana’s dipping volley for the visitors that struck the bar.An uninspired Watford side laboured for an equaliser after the break but still came agonisingly close when Sebastian Prodl smashed a left-foot shot against the bar for the Hornets in the 94th minute.The victory strengthened Liverpool’s hold on third place with 69 points, three points clear of fourth-placed Manchester City and four ahead of Manchester United, who are fifth.The two Manchester sides, though, have a game in hand over their Merseyside rivals in the tense race for Champions league qualifying places.”I have never scored a goal like that – maybe when I was younger. That is the best goal I’ve ever scored,” the exultant Can told Sky Sports.”I saw the space and I ran behind and my first thought was that I wanted to head it, then I didn’t think too much.”Everything is now in our hands. If we win the (last) three games we are in the Champions League. We are confident. If we perform how we can perform then we can do it.”advertisementThe goal from the German international was unquestionably one of the best seen in the Premier League in 2016-17 but what felt most remarkable about it was that it materialised after such an undistinguished performance from Juergen Klopp’s team.INSPIRED MOMENTWhen Liverpool lost playmaker Philippe Coutinho to a leg injury suffered after a fourth minute challenge, there was little cohesion or punch in their approach.Then, from seemingly nowhere, the Brazilian’s replacement Lallana uncorked a moment of inspiration five minutes before the break.From goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes’ punched clearance, England international Lallana blasted his first-time 20-metre volley against the underside of the bar.It was just the hors d’oeuvre, though. In stoppage time in the first half, Lucas, whose only contribution hitherto had been to get booked for a terrible dive, floated his through ball into the area where Can set himself for a moment of acrobatic wonder.With no element of fluke, he twisted his body in mid-air to hook the ball flush on his right foot past a bewildered Gomes and sparked huge celebrations on the Liverpool bench.”This bicycle (kick) was pretty special, really wonderful,” Klopp said.It looked like a settler for Liverpool, who have so often blown victory opportunities against the league’s lesser sides this season while excelling against their fellow top-six contenders.Yet though Lallana came close to scoring on the break, and substitute Daniel Sturridge forced a wonderful late save from Gomes in the dying seconds, Liverpool’s failure to close out the game almost cost them.In the last of four extra minutes, they failed to clear their lines and Prodl lashed his shot against the bar with Watford’s final attack.last_img read more

Europe maintains World Cup dominance with France-Croatia final

first_imgFrance will take on Croatia in the final of the World Cup 2018 on Sunday.It’s impossible to say for sure who is going to win the World Cup but one thing is certain that the trophy would be won by a European nation. It would be for the fourth time in a row that a team from the European continent will win the World Cup.Apart from serving some exciting football, this World Cup has confirmed an unprecedented dominance for the Old World over their once mighty rivals in South America.Whether France or Croatia lift the trophy in Moscow, it will guarantee a minimum 20-year drought for South American sides.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEUntil this streak, European teams had never won more than two World Cups in a row and that was back in 1934 and 1938. Confirming the hegemony, only one of the last eight finalists (Argentina in 2014) have come from Latin America.There are many possible reasons behind the Europeans’ superiority and some even recommend caution.Although Argentina and Peru were disappointing, Brazil outplayed Belgium for much of their quarter-final defeat, both Uruguay and Colombia did well until being knocked out without their most influential player, and Colombia were even eliminated in a penalty shootout that could easily have gone their way.Croatia’s road to World Cup final: Poor qualifying campaign, player sent home”It’s seven matches in one month, a short event – you can make too much out of it,” Andy Roxburgh, a member of FIFA’s technical study group, told reporters in Moscow. “You have to look at the bigger picture over time to see if there is a trend.”advertisementThe trend, however, is clear, with the only question surrounding the reasons.The most obvious reason is financial. Super-rich European clubs and federations have more to spend on recruitment, development and training.FIFA president Gianni Infantino declares Russia World Cup as the best everAlthough South America’s top talents flock to Europe, where playing conditions, security and salaries are all far superior to those at home, better organisation means the European are churning out more and more good players, as well as snapping up others who are eligible to play for more than one nation.In addition, there are almost no Brazilian or Uruguayan coaches in Europe and very few Argentines, creating a gap when it comes to tactics and strategy.Off the field, even modest European clubs are run like any other business, hiring the best candidates at every level, from scouting to nutrition to marketing.Many South American clubs are still run by amateurs who fulfil the role in addition to their full-time jobs.CORRUPTIONThe corruption that has bled the game dry is also a factor.The last three presidents of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) were indicted in the U.S. as part of the FIFA scandal, as were the last three heads of the Brazilian Football Confederation and the former head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA).When 75 people voted to elect a new president of the AFA shortly after, 76 ballots were cast in the 38-38 tie.France will rectify Euro 2016 mistakes in World Cup 2018 final: Paul PogbaThat chaos has frightened off sponsors and broadcasters who were already reluctant to pay big money to televise competitions shorn of their top players.Unfortunately for South American football fans, neither Argentina, and especially not Brazil, appear ready to embrace change or humility.When reigning champions Germany were knocked out at the group stages, the shock was soon followed by schadenfreude.”Is this the team we were supposed to mirror,” Rivaldo said in a defiant Instagram post. “Everyone tries but only we’ve won the World Cup five times.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Multi Sectoral Effort Needed to Host Diamond League Meet

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, says the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, with the full support of the Government, has begun to explore with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) the possibility of Jamaica hosting a Diamond League meet. The Minster was speaking at the eighth regional Investment and Capital Markets Conference, held on January 24 at the Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston. “It is clear from these discussions that by hosting a meeting in Jamaica, the Diamond League will be able to build the worldwide appeal of athletics. It is also clear that a Jamaica meeting will be able to provide world class entertainment by providing outstanding television images,” Mrs. Neita-Headley said. Mrs. Neita-Headley argued that having the Diamond League in Jamaica would give a fair chance to top athletes of all disciplines to gain international media exposure, earn their living and have their success in major championships honoured. She noted that internationally, most track and field athletes want to compete in Jamaica.“They see this nation as the Mecca of track and field, where their efforts will be fully understood and appreciated. They want to experience firsthand, the adulation of the same fans that have cheered on the Jamaican champions and applauded our regional friends when they compete at the national stadium,” she added.The Sports Minister outlined how the government would be involved in facilitating the hosting of a Diamond League Meet in the country, citing the availability of hotels and a stadium facility.She also pointed out that promotion of the event would have to be done through the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, SportsMax and other regional and international media.“The Government of Jamaica would be responsible for leading the discussion with our regional brothers and sisters to secure buy-in to the event; not as a Jamaica’s Diamond League meet, but as the Regional Diamond League meet, with the outcome being measurable regionally,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.The Minister added that to host a successful Diamond League would require that bureaucratic obstacles are kept to the absolute minimum in making the participation of athletes from all global destinations as pain-free as possible. She said this would include arrangements at immigration and customs to expedite arrivals and departures at the airports as well as ground travel arrangements for the duration of the meet.Discussions will also be held with the security forces so as to assist with the security arrangements for the visiting athletes, and the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association would be involved to ensure that proper housing is available for all visiting athletes and their teams, as well as the media and persons who travel to Jamaica to watch the meet.“We have before us a real opportunity to leverage our success as a track and field super power. How we seek to capitalize on the dominance we currently enjoy will eventually reflect in our country’s balance sheet,” the Minister said.The Samsung Diamond League is an annual series of track and field meetings held from 2010 onwards. It was designed to replace the IAAF Golden League, which was held annually since 1998.last_img read more

Heart Foundation Concerned About Marketing Unhealthy Food to Children

first_img Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (January 24) to mark Heart Month, Executive Director of the HFJ, Deborah Chen, explained that children are being targeted in advertising campaigns that are geared towards the purchase of food with little or no nutritional value. The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is expressing concern about the marketing of unhealthy products to children in Jamaica as the country grapples with a high level of childhood obesity. Story Highlights Mrs. Chen pointed out that the obesity situation in Jamaica, which she said is largely due to unhealthy nutrition, is of particular concern as it is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). She added that the rate of childhood obesity in Jamaica has increased, and it is now at a high of 30 per cent. The Executive Director commended the steps being taken by the Government to address childhood obesity. The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is expressing concern about the marketing of unhealthy products to children in Jamaica as the country grapples with a high level of childhood obesity.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (January 24) to mark Heart Month, Executive Director of the HFJ, Deborah Chen, explained that children are being targeted in advertising campaigns that are geared towards the purchase of food with little or no nutritional value.“If you pay attention to prime time television and other media, you would see that there are many ads targeting our young children. The sugary, sweetened beverage is of particular concern, bearing in mind that added sugars have no nutritional benefit, so you may be getting the calories but not getting anything nutritious from them,” she explained.Mrs. Chen pointed out that the obesity situation in Jamaica, which she said is largely due to unhealthy nutrition, is of particular concern as it is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). She added that the rate of childhood obesity in Jamaica has increased, and it is now at a high of 30 per cent. The Executive Director commended the steps being taken by the Government to address childhood obesity.She said that HFJ welcomes the collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Education on the School Nutrition Policy. “It will address what is being sold in schools and on the school campuses, and that should involve talking to parents and involving the whole family. I’m sure some education will take place around that policy, as it is currently being worked on and to be implemented by the start of the next school year,” she pointed out.“We don’t wish to see our children of younger and younger ages having diabetes. We don’t want to see diseases that are normally middle- and old-age diseases starting to get to younger people,” she added. HFJ joins the rest of the world in observing Heart Month during February of each year, and the theme for 2018 is ‘Healthy Nutrition: Know Your Labels’.last_img read more

Man accused of killing parents sister couldnt fathom why they were targeted

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A trial has been told that a central Alberta man accused of killing his parents and his sister refused to take a lie detector test or provide police with a DNA sample after learning he was a suspect.Jason Klaus, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and arson in the deaths of his parents, Gordon and Sandra Klaus, and his sister Monica Klaus.Police believe all three were killed before their Castor-area farmhouse was set on fire in December 2013.On Wednesday, RCMP Sgt. Rob Kropp testified police began tapping the accused’s phones on Jan. 23, 2014.Kropp said when the two met in person a few week later, Klaus told him that his lawyer advised him not to take a lie detector test, and a couple of months later, he refused to offer a DNA sample.Kropp also confirmed that Sandra Klaus’s remains were never found.Joshua Frank, a friend of Klaus, faces the same charges along with one related to animal cruelty.Klaus and Frank were arrested and charged in August 2014 after police dive teams discovered a key piece of evidence.(RD News Now)last_img read more

Victoria Stilwell Joins Campaign To End UK Dog Experiments

first_imgIt’s Me or the Dog presenter Victoria Stilwell is the latest high-profile supporter backing the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign.Victoria Stilwell Joins BUAV CampaignCredit/Copyright: BUAV/Parker Smith PhotographyThe campaign, which launched in July, last year, is calling on the UK Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.Government statistics show that 3,214 dogs suffered in tests in Great Britain in 2012 – a 6% increase for dogs on the previous year.Most experiments carried out on dogs are for toxicity testing. The dogs may be injected with or force fed drugs and chemicals and then observed for signs of adverse (toxic) effects including vomiting, internal bleeding and organ damage, seizures – even death. They are killed at the end of the experiment.Victoria said: “I have met thousands of wonderful dogs throughout my career and it is heart-breaking to think that dogs are still suffering in experiments. Dogs are our best friends and deserve to experience companionship, the excitement of going for a walk and the comfort and safety of a loving home. It is truly saddening that, in the UK, thousands of dogs are born to suffer and die inside laboratories. I know just how varied and wonderful the canine character can be and how much dogs enrich our lives. That is why I am supporting the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign. Please join me and get involved to put an end to the use of dogs in research in the UK.”Chief Executive of the BUAV, Michelle Thew, said: “We are delighted that Victoria has chosen to join our campaign to end the terrible suffering. Millions of families throughout the UK share their homes and lives with cats and dogs and will be shocked to learn that thousands of them are used every year in experiments. We call on the Government to end the use of our best friends in research.Jilly Cooper, Kimberly Wyatt and Chris Packham all posed with their own dogs for portraits to raise awareness for the campaign. Other high-profile supporters calling for an end to these experiments include Ricky Gervais, Helen Skelton, Kirsty Gallacher, Greg Rutherford, Ann Widdecombe, Paul O’Grady, Dave Spikey, Mary McCartney and Wendy Turner Webster.Find out more here.last_img read more

Supreme Court wont hear Merchant Law Groups appeal to keep residential school

first_imgHolly MooreAPTN InvestigatesCanada’s highest court has denied a bid by Regina- based Merchant Law Group (MLG) Thursday declining to hear an appeal in a case where more than $20,000 of a residential school survivor’s compensation was retained by the firm to settle outstanding legal bills.Survivor J.S was awarded $93,000 Jan. 2014 under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement’s (IRSSA) Independent Assessment Process (IAP).MLG had, since 2000, acted for the woman and her son in both their IAP claims and in other unrelated legal matters.When the firm received the IAP compensation money for J.S. in trust, they raised the possibility of legal action if she failed to instruct the firm to withhold $21,310.83 to pay for the previously incurred legal bills.During the routine fee review conducted on each IAP file, the adjudication secretariat took note of the deduction for the previous legal bills and MLG was told to pay that money back.A 2006 Supreme Court of British Columbia decision, Article 18 of the IRSSA and the Financial Administration Act, all prohibit assignments. Because IAP claimants were considered especially vulnerable lawyers were expressly forbidden to assign any part of IAP compensation.MLG believed it could make an argument that this case was an exception to that prohibition.MLG filed a request for direction in October 2014 to retain part of the award to settle the debts. A B.C. court denied the request in 2016 and the law firm ordered to repay the money to J.S.Read the B.C. decision here: MLGThe court found the assignment was “impermissible” and ruled the firm was “not entitled to retain the funds.” MLG was ordered to return the cash to J.S with interest.With Thursday’s ruling that it won’t hear MLG’s appeal of that B.C. court decision. The case comes to an end.When contacted, Tony Merchant of MLG declined to comment.IAP Chief Adjudicator “pleased” with decision.“I am pleased that the SCC has allowed the decision of the BC Court of Appeal to stand,” wrote Dan Shapiro,  the Chief Adjudicator of the IAP in an emailed statement.“The lower Court decision affirms that compensation awarded to claimants under the IAP cannot be assigned, as this would deny claimants the benefits to which they are entitled under the Settlement Agreement.” He added that the Court’s decision is consistent with case law, IAP decisions and “special clauses in our adjudicators’ fee rulings.”Shapiro provided direction to lawyers representing IAP clients in this document.He added that the decision ensures all compensation paid under the IAP will reach claimants apart from approved legal fees and taxes.hmoore@aptn.ca@HollyMooreaptnlast_img read more

Make it womenfriendly

first_imgIn a significant decision, the Bombay High Court has clarified the law on abortion in India. It is legal. Every woman has a fundamental right to her sexual and reproductive autonomy and choose whether to retain her pregnancy or not. But this is not an absolute right, and is subject to certain exceptions in law, as prescribed in The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (MTP Act) which seeks to provide for the termination of certain pregnancies by registered medical practitioners. Section 3 of the Act provides that a registered medical practitioner can terminate a pregnancy up to 12 weeks, or two registered medical practitioners can terminate a pregnancy up to 20 weeks if they are of the opinion that continued pregnancy would involve a risk to the pregnant woman’s life or cause grave injury to her physical or mental health, or there exists a substantial risk to the child’s health. The MTP Act further allows termination of pregnancy beyond twenty weeks, if the doctor opines that such termination is immediately necessary to save the woman’s life. However, doctors are highly reluctant to conduct abortions beyond 20 weeks without court approval. In most cases, women seeking abortion after 20 weeks have to approach the High Courts or the Supreme Court, who then set up a medical board consisting of a panel of doctors to decide whether abortion could be allowed or not. In Ms. Z v. State of Bihar (2018), a woman was raped in a shelter home, and her request for abortion in 17 weeks was not allowed by the hospital. When she approached the High Court, she was again denied, which was overturned by the Supreme Court. However, she was already 26 weeks’ pregnant by the time her matter was heard in the Apex Court, and she was not allowed to abort. The Supreme Court held that “the duty cast on the authorities under the Medical Termination Pregnancy Act, 1971 is not dutifully performed, and the failure has ultimately given rise to a catastrophe, a prolonged torment”. In the present case, referring to various High Courts and Supreme Court decisions, the Bombay High Court gave certain interim directions for the implementation of the MTP Act. The High Court categorically held that a registered medical practitioner is entitled to terminate a pregnancy beyond 20 weeks if she is of the opinion that such termination is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. But if she opines that there is no immediate danger to the life of pregnant woman, then she is not entitled to terminate the pregnancy beyond 20 weeks without court’s approval, even if such pregnancy may cause grave physical or mental harm or there is a substantial risk to the child. In the latter case, the pregnant woman has to approach the High Court directly to seek permission for termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. The Court further directed the State to set up medical boards in each district in order to examine pregnant women and assess the feasibility of termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. It is argued that though the High Court attempted to clear the confusion regarding termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, by doing so, it has made the law on abortion more difficult for women in India. As noted before, the issue of termination of pregnancy exceeding 20 weeks is a vexed one plaguing the courts for the last many years. The High Court’s distinction between cases with an immediate risk to woman’s life, and those where the same risk is not there, but there’s a substantial risk to her physical/mental health or to the child is a flawed one. The High Court failed to take note that while there may not be an immediate risk to her life, to force her to approach the Courts which would then take their own time to set up a medical board to assess pregnancy would cause irreparable damage to her physical/mental health, especially if there is a delay in adjudicating the matter, like what happened in Ms. Z v. State of Bihar. In many cases, by the time the Supreme Court or the High Courts allowed the termination of pregnancy, several weeks had passed, thereby making it impossible to conduct the termination, and forcing women to bear unwanted pregnancy. It is an irony that a law like MTP that primarily pertains to women’s bodies has not been enacted from women’s rights perspective, but to exempt medical doctors from penalty vis-à-vis offences in the IPC regarding causing miscarriage and causing fetal death. Despite referring to women’s rights to privacy, dignity and autonomy enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution, the Bombay High Court failed to make the women’s reproductive autonomy central to the interpretation of the MTP Act. If a pregnant woman seeks to terminate her pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, then her physical/mental health should be of main concern, even if there is no immediate risk to her life. To compel her to get involved in complex bureaucratic procedures of court approval, which includes examination by a medical board, is an affront to her sexual and reproductive autonomy. It is hoped that this rigidity of interpretation is relaxed in the future, and a truly progressive regime on abortion is ushered in this country soon. (The author is an Attorney. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Vintage plane soon to become bar tours Times Square

NEW YORK — A vintage plane that went from flying passengers in the 1950s to running drugs in the 1970s has visited Times Square before its next transformation into a cocktail lounge at the former TWA terminal at New York’s Kennedy Airport.The fuselage of the 1958 Lockheed Constellation is spending the weekend in Times Square as part of a documentary about the redevelopment of Eero Saarinen’s landmark TWA Flight Center into a hotel.The plane arrived in New York in November from Maine, where it was being restored.“Connie” flew for TWA for three years and was later used as an Alaskan bush plane and a marijuana dropper.It will become a cocktail lounge at the new TWA Hotel, opening in May.Hotel developers MCR Development bought the plane last year.The Associated Press

Rural poor in Burundi receive 14 million boost from UN

Burundi has received a $14 million grant from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help the rural poor in the African Great Lakes nation, which is rebuilding after a brutal civil war.A burgeoning population and the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees have put a strain on Burundi, with population density exceeding 500 people per square kilometre in some areas.Additionally, the average farm size is shrinking, soil is being rapidly degraded and nearly all public land has been distributed or occupied, while food insecurity and malnutrition are on the rise.The IFAD-supported PAIVA-B project will directly reach 30,000 family farms – hillside farmers with less than 1 hectare of land – directly and a further 60,000 indirectly.The scheme seeks to increase the yields of rice and other crops; augment poor farmers’ incomes; and boost food security and nutrition, among other aims.PAIVA-B brings the total amount of IFAD funding for rural development projects in Burundi to over $100 million. 18 May 2009Burundi has received a $14 million grant from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help the rural poor in the African Great Lakes nation, which is rebuilding after a brutal civil war. read more

Statistics Canada says household debt ratio edged lower in second quarter

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says household income grew slightly faster than debt in the second quarter, resulting in a slightly lower debt-to-income ratio.The agency says credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income edged down to 177.1 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis, compared with about 177.5 per cent in the first quarter.In other words, Canadians owed roughly $1.77 in credit market debt, which includes consumer credit, mortgages and non-mortgage loans, for every dollar of household disposable income.On a seasonally adjusted basis, total credit market borrowing increased to $23.5 billion from $18.9 billion in the previous quarter.Credit market debt totalled $2.25 trillion in the second quarter including nearly $1.47 trillion in mortgage debt and $782.9 billion in consumer credit and non-mortgage loans.The household debt service ratio, measured as total obligated payments of principal and interest on credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income, edged up to 14.93 per cent in the second quarter. The Canadian Press read more

Lebanon UN officials fear unexploded ordnance problem could worsen with winter

“This will make the job more dangerous since it becomes difficult to detect and clear the suspected contaminated areas,” UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Spokesman Alexander Ivanko said of the unexploded ordnance (UXOs) and cluster bomb units (CBUs) still remaining from this summer’s conflict.“UNIFIL de-mining teams and UXO disposal units are trying to remove as many as they can before the winter season,” he added, when the soil becomes softer due to rain.In Geneva today, UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland said unexploded munitions have been a much bigger problem than originally foreseen, numbering in the hundreds of thousands in part due to Israel’s excessive use of cluster bombs at the end of the war. Yesterday the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that Lebanese schoolchildren faced “a terrible situation” from the munitions. “The number of unexploded cluster bombs ranges from 100,000 to 1 million and it remains a primary threat to children, especially as they go back to school,” spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said. Mr. Ivanko said that since the 14 August cessation of hostilities, the UNIFIL Chinese Battalion had surveyed over 140,000 square metres of areas suspected to be affected and destroyed over 3,800 UXOs and CBUs. Additional de-mining activities are being conducted by the French, Italian and Spanish battalions.Most of the CBUs disposed are from the Al Hinniyah area. The Chinese de-miners try to interact as much as possible with the civilian population. “I believe we are doing an important and dangerous job out there,” Mr. Ivanko said, adding that the CBUs present a threat not only to civilians, but also to UNIFIL and Lebanese Army troops deployed in the South.Mr. Egeland today commended the Lebanese Government, public institutions and civil society for “a remarkably effective effort” to rebuild their country. read more

Sir Edward Heaths supporters criticise police chief for Uturn on inquiry

A police chief has been accused of performing a spectacular u-turn by failing to initiate a public inquiry into the controversial investigation of Sir Edward Heath.Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC), has repeatedly acknowledged the need for an inquiry amid claims that the force’s findings on historical child sex abuse allegations were uncorroborated and failed to justify the time and expense officers were afforded.But he refused to fund it, according to Sir Edward’s supporters, despite confirmation from the Home Office that he has the power to do so.Lincoln Seligman, the former Prime Minister’s godson, said his reputation must be restored by a judge-led inquiry.He has written to Mr Macpherson demanding that he fund the probe and stating that he had taken his “frequent declarations” of support in good faith.“As time went on and you avoided every opportunity to initiate such a review, deploying a number of increasingly ingenious and contorted excuses, I realised that your protestations were wholly insincere,” he wrote. Angus Macperson had expressed support for an inquiry Angus Macperson had expressed support for an inquiryCredit:Geoff Pugh He asked if ministers would welcome a decision by the commissioner to set up an independent review without further delay.Labour’s Lord Campbell-Savours said it was time the Government acted to “get this whole mess sorted out,” adding: “The international reputation of a former Prime Minister is at stake and the Government is standing aside and doing nothing. It’s appalling.” “If you think that you can walk away from your responsibilities, I fear that you are mistaken. Surely it is time for you to reconsider your position.”Home Office minister Baroness Williams of Trafford told peers last week that the Government had no plans to hold an inquiry into Operation Conifer.She said it was for locally elected PCCs to decide how best to “hold their forces to account” and that they had the power to commission a review if thought appropriate.Various members of the House of Lords called on Mr Macpherson to fund an inquiry into the £1.5million police investigation into claims made against Sir Edward,  who died in 2005 aged 89, that that found no corroborating evidence.Independent crossbencher Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, Sir Edward’s principal private secretary, said Mr Macpherson had consistently said he would like to see an independent review of Operation Conifer. “Your current U-turn – the most recent in a well-documented series, ie a refusal now to take any action – suggests that you fear the spotlight of an independent inquiry.  I, and many others, can only ask why this should be the case. Lady Williams said the PCC could “engineer” such an inquiry and he would be aware of the views of peers.She said she had written to Mr Macpherson to outline his powers.Wiltshire Police launched Operation Conifer in 2015 and concluded last October that Sir Edward would be questioned under caution if he were still alive over seven alleged offences but stressed that no inference of guilt could be drawn. read more

Holiday Working visas with Greece underway

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Government will begin negotiations with Greece about establishing a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced today.“A work and holiday arrangement recognises the strength of these connections and will further enhance our cultural links between the two countries,” Mr Bowen said.The arrangement would allow young Greeks and Australians aged 18 to 30 years old to enjoy an extended holiday in the guest country. Participants would be able to stay for up to 12 months and engage in short term work and study during that time. The program would have an annual cap on visa numbers.“Negotiating a work and holiday arrangement, which must be reciprocal and agreeable to both governments, can take time to finalise and implement,” Mr Bowen said. “While we recognise the level of enthusiasm by both Greeks and Australians around a successful outcome, we must ensure all key stakeholders are consulted and the necessary administrative arrangements are in place.“This is a significant step, and I would like to thank the Members of Parliament, community leaders and Greek Orthodox community organisations across the country, who have spoken to me about such an arrangement.”*Neos Kosmos will be speaking with community leaders and politicians to seek responses to this and will publish a full comprehensive story in this Saturday’s edition. last_img read more

La Boudeuse les scientifiques réclament à Nicolas Sarkozy la reprise de sa

first_imgLa Boudeuse : les scientifiques réclament à Nicolas Sarkozy la reprise de sa missionFrance – Les scientifiques participant à la mission du trois-mâts La Boudeuse, interrompue au début du mois faute de budget (voir article), ont adressé une lettre ouverte à Nicolas Sarkozy, identique à celle précédemment envoyée au ministre de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo. Ils réclament la reprise de l’expédition lancée dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’Environnement.Criblé de dettes, le capitaine de La Boudeuse Patrice Franceschi et son équipe ont été contraints d’abandonner la mission Terre-Océan qui leur avait été confiée par le ministère de l’Environnement. L’équipage devait, jusqu’en 2012, se consacrer à des études scientifiques concernant la biosphère, le réchauffement climatique, la protection de l’environnement et le développement durable.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Après avoir envoyé une lettre à Jean-Louis Borloo, demeurée sans réponse, trente-trois scientifiques du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN), du Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), de l’Institut de recherche et de développement (IRD) et de plusieurs universités participant à la mission, ont décidé de s’adresser cette fois au président. Alors que Patrice Franceschi évoque un endettement massif l’empêchant de poursuivre l’expédition, il assure que le gouvernement n’a pas tenu sa promesse de financement à hauteur de 500.000 euros.”La Boudeuse doit continuer ses expéditions et son programme d’exploration scientifique, qui apportent non seulement des résultats inédits, mais également l’esprit d’aventure qui manque aujourd’hui à la science moderne, renouant ainsi avec la tradition des grandes expéditions naturalistes” soulignent les chercheurs qui demandent la reprise des missions du trois-mâts le plus rapidement possible.Le 17 juin 2010 à 17:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Outox nadmet pas la décision de lAgence nationale de sécurité sanitaire

first_imgOutox n’admet pas la décision de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaireFrance – Le PDG de l’entreprise à l’origine de la boisson anti-alcool Outox dit contester la décision de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (Anses). Celle-ci remet totalement en cause les propriétés avancées du breuvage et lui a donné un avis défavorable.Souvenez-vous, Outox, c’est cette boisson vendue comme ayant les pouvoirs de baisser le niveau d’alcool dans le sang de consommateurs, ainsi que de soulager la “gueule de bois” des lendemains de fête. Il y a quelques jours, l’Anses faisait savoir que selon elle, Outox n’avait aucune des propriétés annoncées par son producteur, discréditant donc la démarche marketing de la marque.Pourtant, le PDG de la société Outox, Maurice Penaruiz, conteste les conclusions de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire en expliquant : “Outox est devenu le bouc émissaire des organismes d’Etat”. Pour cet homme, l’Anses n’a aucune compétence en matière de jugement de la boisson dégrisante. A présent il souhaite s’en remettre à l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments pour juger Outox.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Muslim community finds allies support following hate crime

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Muslim community finds allies, support following hate crime March 29, 2019 Posted: March 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s been nearly a week since an Escondido mosque was set fire by an arsonist. The Muslim community and its friends and allies are trying to heal together.KUSI’s Sasha Foo is in Escondido with an update. last_img read more

We are creating tomorrows genius programme concludes

first_imgLB Nagar: A two-day programme “We are creating tomorrow’s genius” was concluded on a grand scale at Saroornagar Indoor stadium here on Sunday. District Sports Development Officer (DSDO) Venkatesh Rao was the chief guest on the occasion.A total of 120 students participated under the three categories, including sub-juniors, juniors and seniors. Today, the semi-finals and finals were conducted. Momentos were given away to the winners and runners from TG campus manager Rajashekar. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Rajashekar said sports fosters personal development encourages self-confidence and conveys values like team spirit, fair-play and responsibility. Academic learning and sports education complement each other. The overall personality of the student increases when sports and education accompanied.Venkatesh Rao said that the power of reasoning, mental development and vocational specialization comes from the academic education of the students. Therefore, sports along with academics results in the all-round development of the students, he added. TG campus has sponsored the two-day tournament in Basketball in three different age groups, held at Saroornagar stadium on (date here). Totally, 100 players (boys and girls) participated in this event.last_img read more

Pakistan Russia voice concern over increasing IS threat

first_imgA fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul on 23 June 2014. File photo: ReutersPakistani and Russian counter-terrorism officials expressed grave concern over the rising threat posed by the Islamic State in the region, officials said on Thursday.The Pakistan-Russia Joint Working Group (JWG) on Counter-Terrorism on Wednesday discussed a wide-ranging agenda covering the counter-terrorism situation at the regional and global level, action taken by both countries to tackle the menace of terrorism as well as bilateral cooperation on the issue.The two sides reaffirmed the commitment for promoting bilateral cooperation for countering terrorism and agreed to cooperate at the United Nations and other international fora for combating terrorism, a foreign ministry statement said.”There was broad agreement on the fact that terrorism was a common global threat which required cooperative efforts of the international community for effectively eradicating it,” the statement said.”While major successes had been achieved in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the returning IS fighters from the conflict zones to countries of origin or third countries constituted a major security threat to various parts of the world, including this region. It was important for countries of the region to cooperate to counter this threat,” the statement said.The Pakistani side was led by Foreign Ministry Counter-Terrorism Director General Ahmad Farooq, while the Russian side was led by Director of the Department for New Challenges of the Russian Foreign Ministry Ilya Rogachev. Both delegations included officials from departments dealing with counter-terrorism.last_img read more