NSWCHS On Track For Hat-Trick Of Titles

November 7, 2019

first_imgNew South Wales Combined High Schools are on track to make it a hat-trick of X-Blades National Youth Championship girls titles after the tournament favourites completely dominated their rivals on day one of the competition.The Brooke Playford-coached side won all three of their Pool A games, and have an impressive for and against record of 46.NSWCHS started their day with a 14-0 thumping of Touch New Zealand under 15s.They followed it up with an even bigger win against Victoria, 19-0, and defeated Brisbane City Cobras 13-2.But the two-time defending champions aren’t alone on top of the girls Pool A ladder.South West Queensland Swans have also collected maximum points from their opening three matches, albeit in much harder circumstances than NSWCHS.The Swans had an easy 11-2 victory first up against Victoria but followed with two very gutsy and determined wins in their next two matches.They were pushed all the way by their Queensland rivals, the Cobras 4-3 and Sunshine Coast Pineapples 3-2.NSW Combined Independent Schools sit in outright third on 10 points following nail-biting wins over Sunshine Coast and Western Tigers.Despite being on the wrong end of the scoreline in their first match against NSWCHS, the New Zealand under 15s enjoyed two wins on the opening day – 7-6 over Western Tigers and 7-3 over Victoria.The New Zealand teams aren’t awarded points because they are an invitational team.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and NSW Combined Catholic Colleges lead the way in Pool B after the two won all their games.QSST were too good for NSW Touch Association Development (10-2), Central Queensland Bulls (              11-2) and South Australia Heat (10-0).NSWCCC won against Tasmania (14-1), NSWTA Development (5-3) and ACT Pirates (4-0).The Bulls are third and a host of teams are in equal fourth spot on six points.Tomorrow matches at 9.50am.For more information on the NYC, check out these websites:NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr follow us on Twitter or on our Facebook page.Related LinksNSWCHS on track for hat-tricklast_img read more

Bookies push new baits, WC betting booms

October 25, 2019

first_img Ajay Kumar Chetan Sharma New DelhiJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 01:56 IST India defeated Afghanistan by only 11 runs in a nail-biting World Cup clash in Southampton on Saturday.With the ICC Cricket World Cup in England picking up pace, bookies are dangling new, bizarre baits to attract more punters and widen the betting net. Earlier, bets were placed mostly on deliveries, overs, scores and wickets around power plays.Now, mouthwatering rates are being offered even on field settings, catches, whether or not captains will field within the 30-yard circle – and rain’s impact on matches. Stakes are high also for times when senior players step up and contribute to fieldsetting strategy during crunch situations.”It’s not just batting and bowling performances by senior players. We’re offering lucrative bets on whether or not they will unofficially take charge of captaincy in crunch situations. The betting market is offering Rs 35 for every Re 1 you bet in this segment,” said a bookie in Gurugram.”We had to reinvent ourselves. Our baits for punters to bet had to change. That’s the only way to widen the betting net and attract more and more punters,” said a Delhi-based bookie who claimed that the number of women punters has gone up this World Cup.On Saturday, the betting market was aflutter as India spluttered to post a good total against Afghanistan in Southampton before eventually winning the match.BETTING BIGThe satta bazaar is betting big on England and India to lift the trophy. England, the hosts this time, have never won the World Cup.India have won the title twice – in 1983 under Kapil Dev and again in 2011 under MS Dhoni. Following the form of these two teams, bookies are offering Rs 3.25 for every Rs 100 on England. They are offering Rs 3.70 for every Rs 100 on India.advertisement”England are a balanced side and have the home condition advantage,” said a bookie. “India are a favourite as their batters have shown sublime form against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan,” he said.A Noida-based bookie also said that a lot of bets are being placed on India because of their good batsmen, spinners and bowlers who can handle the pressure in death overs. Most bookies Mail Today spoke to said punters are also betting big on Australia, New Zealand and even the West Indies.THE GAMUTBetting is mostly done telephonically. Bookies are reached over apps, calls, text messages or WhatsApp to know the odds for a bet. Different estimates suggest that the size of the cricket World Cup betting market might be of several thousand crores of rupees.For big bets, running into lakhs or crores of rupees, money travels through offshore accounts to avoid detection by security agencies. “If you know a bookie, you do not need to give an advance. If you come through a reference, you pay 50% in advance. Cash transactions happen in small bets, but the big bets involve offshore accounts,” said a bookie.”We open the rates on the app every day and interested members can place bets,” he said. Bookies also use hawala routes to pay or receive money. Winners are given codes and OTPs to unlock the amount.THE LEGAL POSITION Betting in any sport is illegal in India. The Law Commission asked the Centre last year to legalise betting and gambling – pitching for stronger laws to curb match fixing and cheating. The commission said betting and gambling should be made taxable and could be used to attract foreign direct investment (FDI).POLICE ACTIONDelhi Police Spokesperson Madhur Verma said that in view of the ongoing World Cup, special instructions have been given to all SHO-level officers to gather information at ground level and act accordingly.”Our cyber cell is keeping close tabs on the online betting racket secretly operated by bookies. Officials are tracking unusual online activities during the progress of every match, especially when India is playing,” he said.Sumer Singh, DCP West, Gurugram, said cops that are taking action based on tip-offs. “As per directions from the Police Commissioner, all police stations and posts have been asked to launch a crackdown on cricket betting,” he said.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 byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow World CupFollow CricketFollow BookiesFollow betting Bookies push new baits, WC betting boomsThis World Cup, punters are being lured with exciting rates for quirky bets on field setting, role of seniors and rain’s impact.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Children Get Back-to-School Support from PJFJ

October 24, 2019

first_img More than 5,000 backpacks have been distributed to students since 2010, and another 1,500 are to be given for the 2017 back-to-school period. ‘Uplifting our Nation’s Children, One Child at a Time’ is the mantra that characterises Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica, Inc. (PJFJ), an organisation led by Jamaicans living overseas and dedicated to providing financial support to underserved children in Jamaica who demonstrate academic excellence.Established in 2010, the organisation continues to empower children through education by spearheading several projects and fundraising initiatives locally.Founder and President of the organisation, Horace Daley, tells JIS News that the group targets needy children from inner-city and rural communities across the island to ensure that they receive the tools and resources necessary for academic success.Since its inception, PJFJ has been spearheading the Annual Scholarship Awards, The Backpack, Breakfast and Christmas Treat projects, from which thousands of children benefit.More than 200 high-school students have benefited from the scholarship programme, many of whom are now pursuing degree courses at local universities.On Sunday, August 20, eight scholarships will be awarded to selected high-school students at the eighth annual awards ceremony to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.“The organisation has a firm belief that there are academically gifted students in Jamaica who are lacking the financial support required to realise their full potential. The goal of the PJFJ is, therefore, to bridge this financial gap for these students, giving them the opportunity to excel through the scholarships and other initiatives,” Mr. Daley says.More than 5,000 backpacks have been distributed to students since 2010, and another 1,500 are to be given for the 2017 back-to-school period.“We invite members to donate basic school supplies, then we arrange for distribution in impoverished communities in Jamaica, bringing a smile to the faces of these children and parents,” the President tells JIS News.The breakfast project was first established at Trench Town Primary School in 2011, serving 76 students, and has expanded to other schools in the Corporate Area.“Through fundraisers and donation drives, we gather as many toys as possible to distribute in various locations in Jamaica over the Christmas period. Christmas is a time for sharing with others, and our organisation wants to ensure that the less fortunate children feel loved and appreciated, so we treat them with ice cream, cake and toys, and there is no limitation to the areas we serve, as our goal is to share the joy of Christmas with children in the 14 parishes of our beautiful island,” Mr. Daley says.As the organisation grows, it is committed to fostering the development of the Jamaican economy and safeguarding some of the basic rights of the country’s children.“We understand that if children are to become adults who are committed to a stable and safe environment, where all citizens can self-actualise and pursue happiness, then urgent intervention and continuous support are required,” he argues.In July, the PJFJ hosted its inaugural Pre-Independence Charity Boat Ride on the Skyline Princess in New York City as another fundraising event to obtain the well-needed resources to undertake its various projects.Mr. Daley affirms that the organisation will continue to support the local education system and the livelihood of the country’s children.“As citizens of Jamaica, we have a civic duty to our nation, and it is our responsibility to make meaningful contributions to the growth of our economy with a focus on nation building, which is critical to Jamaica achieving its Vision 2030 goal,” the President says.“While our membership continues to grow locally and in the diaspora, we seek to engage and form partnerships with like-minded citizens and friends of Jamaica who are committed to education,” he adds.Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica, Inc. is a tax-exempt organisation that was created to address the economic and educational needs of children who are challenged socio-economically and socially. The organisation is registered in the states of Connecticut and New York, and in Jamaica.For further details on the organization, or to participate in its fundraising activities, persons may visit the website at: www.pjfj.org or email: info@pjfj.org. Founder and President of the organisation, Horace Daley, tells JIS News that the group targets needy children from inner-city and rural communities across the island to ensure that they receive the tools and resources necessary for academic success. ‘Uplifting our Nation’s Children, One Child at a Time’ is the mantra that characterises Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica, Inc. (PJFJ), an organisation led by Jamaicans living overseas and dedicated to providing financial support to underserved children in Jamaica who demonstrate academic excellence. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Belgium Germany win big France rebound

October 20, 2019

first_imgMadrid: Belgium, Germany, Italy and Northern Ireland all won their respective matches to stay perfect in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, while World Cup champions France regained their form after an unexpected loss to Turkey. In Mainz, Marco Reus and Serge Gnabry each had a brace as Germany romped 8-0 against Estonia on Tuesday. Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane scored the other goals for Die Mannschaft, reports Efe news. Their third victory in as many matches lifted Germany to nine points, three behind Northern Ireland, who won 1-0 away to Belarus on Tuesday to retain the top spot in Group C thanks to a goal in the 86th minute by Patrick McNair. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenRomelu Lukaku scored twice and Kevin de Bruyne added a third goal to power Belgium over Scotland 3-0 in Brussels, leaving the Red Devils atop Group I with 12 points. Second place belongs to Russia, who defeated Cyprus 1-0 on a goal by Aleksey Ionov, while Kazakhstan routed San Marino 4-0 to climb into the third spot with 6 points and a better goal difference than Scotland. France, getting goals from Kylian Mbappe, Wissam Ben Yedder, Florian Thauvin and Kurt Zouma, cruised 4-0 against Andorra and reclaimed first place in Group H. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI seriesLes Bleus have nine points, the same as second-place Turkey and Iceland in third, but enjoy an edge on goals. The Turks, meanwhile, missed a chance to surge ahead of France, losing 2-1 to the Icelanders. Albania blanked Moldova 2-0 in the other Group H contest. Italy conceded a goal to Edin Dzeko in the 30th minute to fall behind 1-0 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Turin, but Lorenzo Insigne equalized for the hosts at the start of the second half and Marco Verratti got the winner with four minutes left in regulation. With 12 points, Italy lead Group J by three points over Finland, who bested Liechtenstein 2-0 on Tuesday. Armenia are third in the group after beating Greece 3-2 in Athens. In Group E, Hungary held Wales 1-0 to move into first place with 9 points, though Slovakia and Croatia — both with 6 points — each have a game in hand. The Welsh, who have only three points from three matches, face an uphill battle to qualify. Marek Hamsik had two goals for the Slovaks in a 5-1 away triumph over Azerbaijan. Stanislav Lobotka, Juraj Kucka and David Hancko also scored for the visitors.last_img read more

China mocks UK Dont bask in glory of faded colonialism

October 20, 2019

first_imgBeijing: China on Wednesday lodged a diplomatic protest with the UK over Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s remarks on the unprecedented pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, asserting that he was basking in the glory of “faded British colonialism” and “obsessed” with lecturing others. UK Foreign Secretary Hunt has been expressing strong support to the demonstrators in the former British colony protesting against a controversial extradition law, which the people of Hong Kong apprehend could be used to send political dissidents from the territory to mainland China for prosecution. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The protest intensified on Monday when demonstrators stormed the Legislative Council (LegCo) building in the city, left anti-Beijing graffiti on the walls such as “Hong Kong is not China”, and hung the colonial-era flag. While recognising that Hong Kong is part of China, Hunt on Tuesday asserted that the 1997 declaration under which London handed over Hong Kong to Beijing is still legally binding. He warned of “serious consequences” if Beijing neglected its commitments and supress pro-democracy protests. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingBritain handed over Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997 under a one country, two systems formula which allows freedoms such as freedom of speech, right to protest and an independent judiciary not enjoyed by the people in mainland China. Reacting to Hunt’s remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang told the media here that we deplore and firmly oppose Hunt’s wrong remarks. We have made stern representations (diplomatic protests) to the British side in Beijing and in London. We urge British side to stop making such wrong remarks and stop interfere in Hong Kong’s and China’s internal affairs.” Geng took exception to Hunt’s statement that the declaration is still legally binding and his warning of serious consequences if the commitments are not implemented. Geng said China has already expressed its strong dissatisfaction and opposition to Hunt’s remarks over Hong Kong on Tuesday. But he seems to be basking in the glory of faded colonialism and obsessed with lecturing others. Well here is something I want to tell. Regarding the Sino-British declaration I need to emphasise again that Hong Kong has returned to China and the rights and obligations under the declaration from the British side have been implemented,” Geng said. On July 1, 1997, China resumed its sovereignty over Hong Kong and Chinese government governs Hong Kong under the Constitution and the Basic Law, he said. The UK on the other hand has no sovereignty, administrative power or supervising power over Hong Kong. There is no so-called responsibility at all. The UK considers itself as the guardian which is nothing but a delusion. It is just shameless to say that Hong Kong residents’ freedoms are negotiated for them by the British side,” Geng said. I want to remind Hunt that during the British colonial period in Hong Kong there was no democracy at all. The residents at that time did not have the right to rally on the street. It was just after the return of Hong Kong to China, the Chinese government started implementing One Country Two systems polices,” he said. He said Hong Kong people are administering Hong Kong with high degree of autonomy and have unprecedented rights and freedoms. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman questioned British backing to protestors who broke through the legislative (LegCo) building. “The violent storming incident on July 1 is a serious violation of violation of law that damages social order. Hunt has neglected the fact and called it a repression. He is deliberately distorting the facts,” Geng said, asking will Britain allow its Parliament to be stormed and damaged by protestors. I want to emphasise that Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. Its affairs are purely domestic. It will not allow any foreign government or individual to directly interfere. We hope Hunt will not interfere in our affairs because such attempts will be in vain,” he said.last_img read more

FBI Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing incident Canadian resident

October 17, 2019

first_imgFLINT, Mich. – A Quebec man entered an airport in Michigan on Wednesday, yelled “Allahu akbar” and stabbed a security officer in the neck, according to U.S. federal prosecutors who said they are investigating the incident as an act of terrorism.Amor Ftouhi, 49, was arrested shortly after the incident and was charged with committing violence at an airport, FBI special agent in charge David Gelios told a news conference.Gelios said the incident happened at 9:45 a.m. at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, about 80 kilometres northwest of Detroit.Ftouhi entered the United States legally in Lake Champlain, N.Y., on June 16 and made his way to Flint on Wednesday morning, he said.“We do know Mr. Ftouhi entered the airport, he spent a little time on the first level, then he went upstairs, he spent some time in the restaurant up there,” Gelios said.“Then he came out, he was carrying baggage. He went into a restroom. He spent a little time in the restroom. Dropped both bags and came out, pulled out a knife, yelled ‘Allahu akbar,’ and stabbed Lt. Neville in the neck.”Lt. Jeff Neville with the Bishop International Airport police underwent surgery and his condition was upgraded from critical to stable, said Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw.Ftouhi’s longtime Montreal landlord said he was not a difficult tenant.“I never had any problems with him,” Luciano Piazza told The Canadian Press. “I’m really surprised. I would see him at least once a month, when he paid his rent.”Piazza said Ftouhi has lived in the building for six years, is married and has two or three children.“He was a quiet guy,” Piazza said. “For me he was a nice person. I never had a problem with him or his family.”A man who identified himself as a Facebook friend of Ftouhi’s said the accused wouldn’t even think of “hurting a fly.”Kamel Yahyaoui said in a Facebook exchange with The Canadian Press he has known Ftouhi for 20 years and that they first met in Tunisia when Ftouhi was a school teacher.“He’s a socially positive person,” he said. “He’s looking for a good life for him and his family. That’s all.”Ftouhi appeared in federal court later Wednesday and heard the charge against him. He will get a court-appointed attorney and court spokesman David Ashenfelter said he will remain in custody until a bond hearing next Wednesday.Authorities said there was no immediate indication Ftouhi was involved in a “wider plot,” but the investigation is in its early stages.The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed Neville with a large knife and declared “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” The FBI, which is leading the investigation, said Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.”“As we progress and take this matter to grand jury for indictment, other charges could be pending later on,” Gelios said. “It’s an ongoing investigation, there are joint operations going on in Canada as we speak. We want to thank our Canadian partners who are helping us further investigate this attack.”Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the incident a “heinous and cowardly attack.”“There is complete co-operation between the RCMP and other Canadian authorities and agencies with all of their counterparts in the United States and we will do everything we possibly can to assist in this matter,” Goodale told reporters in Ottawa.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement he was “proud of the swift response” by authorities from both nations.He said the attack was being investigated as an act of terrorism and added it will be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”Canadian TV footage showed police escorting at least one person away from a four-storey Montreal apartment building where the suspect is believed to have lived. There was a significant police presence outside the building.City police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers with the department were assisting the RCMP in a search of the apartment.He said the FBI requested the search after the attack.Meanwhile, witnesses in Flint described seeing the suspect led away in handcuffs by police, Neville bleeding and a knife on the ground.“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Ken Brown told local media.Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, told a local TV station she saw the attacker being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing “blank, just totally blank.”— With files from Stephane Blais in Montreal and Geordon Omand in Vancouver and from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hate speech is really what this is Violent message scrawled on Pride

October 17, 2019

first_imgCALGARY – Days after Pride and Trans crosswalks were spray-painted with graffiti on Stephen Ave, another case of vandalism on a rainbow crosswalk has popped up.Sunday morning, Nolan Hill tweeted a photo that had been circulating on social media of “shoot a f*****” scrawled on the Nolan Hill pride crosswalk in what appears to be permanent marker.“It’s frustrating to see. Having seen the news stories about previous vandalism was hard, but this was so much more violent and aggressive and it’s really hard to see when it’s something that makes you feel unsafe,” shared Hill.Doctor Kristopher Wells shared the image.More vandalism of #yyc Pride crosswalks. This is most certainly a hate crime that should be fully investigated. It’s also a crime against intelligence when you can’t even spell your hate correctly. pic.twitter.com/AlcdKynY11— Dr. Kristopher Wells (@KristopherWells) August 18, 2019“This is particularly alarming due to the violent comment. Hate speech is really what this is,” Wells said. “It’s pretty unambiguous what this person feels.”Wells is calling on the Calgary Police Service to step in and open an investigation.“I have not yet seen this kind of blatant message that basically LGBTQ+ people should be killed, should be shot… We have to take all of these threats very seriously,” said the Canada research chair for the public understanding of sexual and gender minority youth at Edmonton’s MacEwan University.“We’ve seen this elsewhere in Canada where people have been charged for vandalism.”Last week the hate crimes coordinator was called in following vandalism on the downtown crosswalks.READ MORE: Calgary Trans and Pride sidewalk vandalism investigated as a hate crimeWells said this kind of targeted vandalism is very concerning and these kinds of attacks reverberate through an entire community.“It’s very disconcerting. Hate crimes strike fear and terror into an entire community and hopefully what we’ll see is Calgarians rally against these messages of hate with messages of pride, love, and support.”He also encourages more downtown businesses to decorate their storefronts with pride messages and rainbows and show “these kinds of values are not the values of Calgarians” and shouldn’t be tolerated.“It’s sad to see this kind of hate and ignorance in our communities, but we know it’s there. And we can replace these messages of hate with love and acceptance.”Hill hopes that he hopes Calgary is a place for people to live the lives they want to live.“People [should be] comfortable to be themselves and live their authentic lives without fear of violence or fear of discrimination. Unfortunately, we do see that not everyone shares those same values.”Hill calls on LGBTQ+ allies to step up and call out trans- or homophobic rhetoric to create a safer environment for everyone.As far as the pending cleanup goes, Wells and Hill both applaud the painting company and the city for their quick work in clearing the graffiti whenever situations like this arise.Pride in Calgary runs from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2.-with files from Kayla Bruchlast_img read more

Disney offers tuition for hourly workers in tight job market

October 13, 2019

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – The Walt Disney Co. is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree, finish a high school diploma or learn a new skill, the entertainment giant said Wednesday.As many as 80,000 hourly workers in the United States could be eligible for the program, which pays upfront tuition for employees taking online classes starting this fall.Disney initially will invest $50 million into the “Disney Aspire” program and up to $25 million a year after that, the company said.“We can’t wait to see what paths our cast members take with Disney Aspire,” the company said in a blog post.Disney joins other large corporations that have begun paying tuition for workers in a job market with historically low unemployment. In May, Walmart said it will offer workers the chance to get a college degree at three universities with online programs.Starbucks partnered with Arizona State University to offer tuition coverage for U.S. workers earning a bachelor’s degree.Disney is rolling out its program in phases, with the first limited to online classes. In-classroom courses could be added if there’s demand for them, a spokeswoman said.Disney’s program is being administered by Guild Education, the same Denver-based firm operating Walmart’s program.last_img read more

Sudan Ban welcomes agreement to resolve dispute over Abyei

October 12, 2019

9 June 2008Peace and SecuritySecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed an agreement to resolve a dispute over the town of Abyei, which lies in an oil-rich area close to the boundary between northern and southern Sudan, and has recently been the scene of violent clashes that have displaced as many as 50,000 people. On Sunday the National Congress Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement agreed on a road map to resolve the Abyei dispute, including through arbitration.“The Secretary-General congratulates the two parties and urges them to implement this agreement in full to ensure a final resolution of this most serious challenge to Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA),” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.The CPA, signed by the Government and former rebels in January 2005, ended the long-running north-south civil war, but an impasse since then over the boundaries and status of Abyei has been one of the stumbling blocks to fully implementing the peace accord, as the area is contested by both sides.The Secretary-General said today that he “particularly welcomes the commitment of the two parties to allow the UN Mission in Sudan unrestricted access and freedom of movement in the Abyei area,” and he gave his assurances that the UN would continue to provide assistance to the tens of thousands of people who have been displaced.The UN “also stands ready to assist their return to Abyei, once security arrangements are put in place to enable a safe and dignified return,” he said.The town of Abyei was largely destroyed after fighting broke out last month. read more

Liberia UN condemns walkout at disarmament meeting

October 6, 2019

The event was disrupted by people “claiming to represent” Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) and former members of the Liberian Government who collectively, the Mission said, “have put in jeopardy the future peace and stability of Liberia.”According to UNMIL, at the start of the meeting these representatives demanded “dozens of positions for themselves” in certain ministries as well as public corporations as a precondition for participating in the Commission’s work.The participants then walked out of the meeting, failing to adopt the disarmament scheme aimed at providing their combatants with monetary incentives, food, medical treatment, vocational training, educational opportunities and a “chance for a better future,” UNMIL said. “Their actions demonstrate their total disregard for the welfare and well-being not only of their combatants, but of the 3.3 million citizens of Liberia whose interests they claim to represent and who have suffered 14 long years in purgatory hoping for a better future.”The Mission charged these representatives with “mortgaging the future of Liberia” for the sake of personal gain and self-aggrandizement.At the same time, the UN said if those representatives wished to play a future role in Liberian politics, they should demonstrate their commitment to the peace process by unconditionally and immediately supporting the disarmament programme. read more

Heatwaves hurricanes floods 2017 costliest year ever for extreme weather and climate

October 2, 2019

Source: WMOState of the Global Climate in 2017 “In the past quarter of a century, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have risen from 360 parts per million to more than 400 ppm. They will remain above that level for generations to come, committing our planet to a warmer future, with more weather, climate and water extremes,” Mr. Taalas asserted.The report revealed that the overall risk of heat-related illness or death has climbed steadily since 1980, with around 30 per cent of the world’s population now living in climatic conditions that deliver potentially deadly temperatures at least 20 days a year.Additionally, from November 2016 to December 2017, 892,000 drought-related displacements were recorded.“Now more than ever, we need to be weather-ready, climate-smart and water-wise,” concluded Mr. Taalas. “The start of 2018 has continued where 2017 left off – with extreme weather claiming lives and destroying livelihoods,” said Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Thursday.Now in its 25th year, the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017 drew attention to the high impact that extreme weather had on economic development, food security, health and migration, pointing to estimates showing disaster losses from weather and climate-related events at $320 billion – the largest annual total on record.The statement confirmed that last year was one of the three warmest on record, and the warmest not influenced by an El Niño event. It also examined other long-term indicators of climate change, such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, sea level rise, shrinking sea ice and ocean heat.“The Arctic experienced unusually high temperatures, whilst densely populated areas in the northern hemisphere were gripped by bitter cold and damaging winter storms. Australia and Argentina suffered extreme heatwaves, whilst drought continued in Kenya and Somalia, and the South African city of Cape Town struggled with acute water shortages,” Mr. Taalas reflected on 2017.According to the report, the North Atlantic hurricane season was not only the costliest ever for the United States, but it also eradicated decades of small Caribbean islands’ development gains.“Since the inaugural Statement on the State of the Global Climate, in 1993, scientific understanding of our complex climate system has progressed rapidly,” Mr. Taalas stated.“This includes our ability to document the occurrence of extreme weather and climate events, the degree to which they can be attributed to human influences, and the correlation of climate change with epidemics and vector-borne diseases,” he continued.Compiled by WMO with input from national meteorological services and UN partners, the statement details that 2017 global mean temperatures were about 1.1 °C above pre-industrial temperatures.The report also provided detailed information to support the international agenda on disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change. read more

Serbian Polish and Hungarian fans YES for SEHA League

September 22, 2019

gasprom handballSEHA league Yes – EHF Cups and SEHA to have priority (68%, 192 Votes)Yes – but to play domestic League (not only Play Off) (18%, 51 Votes)No – domestic League is enough (14%, 39 Votes)Total Voters: 282Do you want to see Partizan, MKB Veszprem, Pick Szeged, Wisla Plock and Vive Targi Kielce in SEHA? Our Poll question in the last two weeks was “Do Serbian, Polish and Hungarian teams have to join SEHA” due information that Russian Oil company Gasprom will become the official sponsors of the competition which has to call “South Stream”. Among handball fans and HP visitors from this countries, there are no doubts about that. Almost 70% of HP visitors think that teams have to join SEHA, which has to be the competition of the “first priority” alongside EHF Cups. Just 18% think that the best teams have to join SEHA, but also to play national championships during season (not just Play-Off), while only 14% of visitors don’t want to their teams play in SEHA League.Some rumours from Croatia speaking about F.C Barcelona Intersport as possible new team of SEHA.Do SER, POL and HUN teams have to join SEHA? ← Previous Story WISLA TV: All the facts about “Scandal in Plock” Next Story → Dragan Gajic is out for 6 weeks! read more

Hattrick guy – Sander Sagosen Gold for Norway EHF CL crown in

September 22, 2019

← Previous Story SG Flensburg seek goalkeeper immediately! Next Story → Veselin Vujovic overtakes RD Koper 2013! Three years in a row, Norwegian superstar Sander Sagosen, conquered handball world by votes of handball journalists and fans all around the globe. The 22-years old playmaker, ex-star of Danish Aalborg and future one of PSG Handball, made a hat-trick in contest for the SportHero Young World Handball Player which is perfect conclusion of the first part of his career before trip to the City of Light. He speaks for Handball-Planet.com.First of all, I am very happy to be able to win it for the third time. My first part of career have gone too fast. These three years in Aalborg were amazing for me. I have learned so much and got a lot of responsiblity on the playing court. Of course, I met a lot of good people.The first big event in new Olympic cycle (WCh 2017 in France) put light on your generation. Beside you, Remili, Fabregas, Janc, Tollbring, Nillsson and Co, became world-wide famous. How do you see their progress, and maybe, from your point of view, could you praise and predict a big career for some other young gun, which name wasn’t under media (journalists) radar?Yeah, It was a great tournament for me and Norway, but also other young players. For example, you have a player like Nedim Remili, who is already one of the best lefthander back players in the world. I don’t have such a good overview apart those guys who are in media, but in Norway, we have a lot of good right backs like Tønnesen, Tangen, Reinkind and Magnus Rød. The last one, Magnus, I think he will be really good.Starting a few years ago, a lot of handball people compare you with Nikola Karabatic by calling you “baby Karabatic”. Most people expect from you to lead world’s handball like Nikola did it during almost whole career. Is it tough to has that on your back?It’s a big honour for me to be compared with big players like him. I am taking it as a compliment for the work. That is a huge motivation for me to work even harder. I want to have successful career, just he has.Probably you faced already with a question “Why Sander goes to Paris in a moment when Karabatic and Hansen are still in the power and will be in upcoming years based on their ages?”. How this look like from your point of view?Decision to go to Paris and play with the best world’s players on daily level will bring the last piece in my game. I will learn from the ones, who have gone the same way as I am going now. And, of course, I will fight in my way for more time on the playing court. I want to be a part of the team who will win EHF Champions League, and PSG is the team who always going for it. When PSG Handball come in the line, then it was easy for me to decide, where I will set my future.Norwegian national team “exploded” under Christian Berge, but also with some new generation of the players. You won first medal in France and it is not tough to predict that you will win some more in the future as part of TOP 4-5 of world’s handball. About what you are dreaming now?Silver medal winning in France was a great moment of my career. I hope that Norway is a little bit more famous after our success in Bercy (laugh). My dream is to win the EHF Final4 with PSG, but also to bring Norway to gold medals in upcoming competitions. That is why I work for every single day and hopefully, it will come true.You got tough group for Men’s EHF EURO 2018 with France, Belarus and Austria. Crossing with Group A where are Croatia, Sweden, Serbia and Iceland is even more serious. If you want to go to semi-final, world champions or TOP quality host have to be out. Where is the place of Norway in January?Norwegian team has showen that is able to beat anyone. Despite tough group, we are really good team in this moment and we are aiming for semi-final in Zagreb and to win more medals. We have fair chance for it – concludes Sander Sagosen.PHOTO: France 2017 Sander Sagosen read more

Enjoy it while it lasts weather to change at the weekend

September 22, 2019

first_imgIT MAY BE glorious outside right now, but “heavy widespread showers” will make their way back to Ireland at the weekend.Met Eireann says that today will see “warm spells of hazy sunshine” in Leinster and Munster with highest temperatures ranging 20 to 22 or 23 degrees Celsius.It will be cloudier over Connacht and Ulster with outbreaks of rain, mainly occurring during the second half of the day.The evening will see some patchy rain arrive into west Munster with the odd spot of drizzle further appearing east towards nightfall. Tomorrow will be similar, but with outbreaks of rain, before Friday sees a return of the rain.It will start off largely dry across the east, but will be cloudy and wet elsewhere and will stay wet throughout the evening. It will be around seven or eight degrees cooler as well.The weekend will be broadly similar, with light breezes, rain and temperatures in the mid to high teens. Today, the pollen and sunburn indexes are both high. Read: It may not have felt like it but last month was the warmest May since records beganlast_img read more

Hamas denies knowledge of captured soldier as US votes to fund Israels

September 22, 2019

first_imgWarning: Graphic image of a dead Palestinian man belowA FRESH WAVE of violence killed dozens in Gaza after the collapse of a UN and US backed ceasefire as Hamas denied it kidnapped an Israeli soldier.A Palestinian delegation was due to arrive in Cairo for talks on the terms of a durable truce, however, even after the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire fell apart within hours starting on Friday.But the chances of a new truce seemed remote after Israel said it believed militants captured Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, in an attack near the southern Gaza city of Rafah that killed two other soldiers.In the violence that ensued, at least 107 Palestinians were killed in Israel air strikes on the Gaza Strip, including 35 since midnight, officials said.Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, a member of Israel’s security cabinet which met till the early hours of Saturday, accused Hamas of being behind the soldier’s disappearance and said the group would pay a high price.US President Barack Obama called for the soldier to be “unconditionally” released, but also said more must be done to protect Gaza civilians.But Hamas’ armed wing denied any knowledge about the fate of the missing soldier.“The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades has no information on this soldier. We have lost contact with one of our combatant groups, which was fighting in the sector where the soldier went missing and it is possible that our fighters and this soldier were killed,” it said.Israelis are highly sensitive about the abduction of their soldiers.In 2006, Hamas militants from Gaza captured Israeli conscript Gilad Shalit and held him for five years before freeing him in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.This morning, Israeli aerial strikes targeted a mosque at Jebaliya, in northern Gaza, and flattened houses in a beachside neighbourhood. Palestinians gather around the body of Tamer Sammour, 22. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn Israel, the Iron Dome air defence system intercepted two rockets fired from Gaza over the Tel Aviv area and another over the southern city of Beersheba, the army said.The Qassam Brigades said they had fired three rockets at Tel Aviv.Congress approves Israel funds The US Congress had meanwhile on Friday approved an emergency $225 million to restock the Iron Dome systems with interceptor missiles, in a measure that awaits Obama’s signature.House of Representatives approved the funding by 395-8 in a late Friday vote. The Senate earlier approved the measure unanimously before the start of its five week summer recess.The measure now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature.The emergency spending funds, which adds to the US deficit, will restock Israel’s Iron Dome system with interceptor missiles.The funding is part of the administration’s request of $3.1 billion for military assistance to Israel, the world’s largest beneficiary of US foreign aid.Palestinian emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said at least 107 Palestinians had been killed in Gaza since the planned three-day ceasefire collapsed soon after it started at 0500 GMT on Friday. President Obama will now have to sign to pass the funding for Israel’s Iron Dome system. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesObama said the United States “unequivocally condemned Hamas and the Palestinian factions that were responsible for killing two Israeli soldiers, and abducting a third almost minutes after a ceasefire had been announced”.“If they are serious about trying to trying to resolve this situation, that soldier needs to be unconditionally released, as soon as possible.“We have also been clear that innocent civilians in Gaza caught in the crossfire have to weigh on our conscience and we have to do more to protect them,” the US president added.© – AFP 2014Read: Israel has lost more soldiers during this Palestinian conflict than in the last ten years >Read: Gaza truce in tatters as 27 are killed by intensive Israeli shelling >last_img read more

Judge sides with troll storm victim in case against neoNazi site Daily

September 10, 2019

first_img Tags Tanya Gersh has been the target of online harassment since December 2016. Dan Chung A federal magistrate judge has recommended that Andrew Anglin, publisher of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, pay more than $14 million in damages for organizing an anti-Semitic “troll storm” against Montana real estate agent Tanya Gersh. Judge Jeremiah Lynch called Anglin’s conduct “egregious and reprehensible” and said Anglin should be ordered to remove any posts from the Daily Stormer that encourage readers to contact Gersh and her family.Lynch’s recommendation was issued Monday and still has to be approved by US District Judge Dana Christensen, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which represented Gersh in the case. A decision is expected after 14 days.”A clear message has been sent to Anglin and other extremists: No one should be terrorized for simply being who they are, and no one should ever be afraid for being who they are,” Gersh said in a release from the SPLC on Monday. “This lawsuit has always been about stopping others from enduring the terror I continue to live through at the hands of a neo-Nazi and his followers, and I wanted to make sure that this never happens to anyone else.”Gersh, who is Jewish, filed a lawsuit against Anglin in April 2017 accusing him of invading her privacy, intentionally inflicting emotional distress and violating Montana’s Anti-Intimidation Act by organizing more than 700 instances of harassment since December 2016. What Facebook and Google say they’re doing to combat… Anglin initiated his attack against Gersh in December 2016 after she was accused of bullying Sherry Spencer, the mother of alt-right leader Richard Spencer, into selling her property. Anglin encouraged his readers to participate in “an old fashioned Troll Storm” and tell Gersh what they thought of her “Jew agenda.” He published her address, telephone number and Twitter handle, as well as contact information for her husband and the Twitter handle of her son.Anglin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the judge’s recommendation.Earlier this year, Anglin also lost a case brought by Sirius XM radio host Dean Obeidallah. In August 2017, Obeidallah, who is Muslim, sued after a Daily Stormer post said Obeidallah had masterminded a bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Obeidallah was awarded $4.1 million. 0 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Post a comment 13:29 Share your voice Onlinelast_img read more

Trump says Apple wont get tariff relief for Mac Pro parts made

September 10, 2019

first_img Tags Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019 The iPhone maker sought relief from 25% duties on parts including the computer’s stainless steel and aluminum frame, internal cables and circuit boards, according to filings with the Office of the US Trade Representative. Though the documents don’t explicitly name the Mac Pro, the features mentioned are similar to those of the computer.  In a June letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Apple said tariffs would “result in a reduction of Apple’s US economic contribution,” as the fees would impact all of its major products as well as accessories like monitors, batteries and parts used to repair devices. Apple also said the tariffs could hurt its competitiveness and “tilt the playing field in favor of our global competitors.” Apple and the White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.  Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See All Comments Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Sprint $999 Boost Mobile CNET’s Abrar Al-Heeti and Shara Tibken contributed to this report. First published July 26.Update July 27: Adds Trump’s comment about a potential Texas factory. 5:40 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • $999 Apple See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Mac Pro: Everything you need to know Best Buy See it Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 10 $999 Computers Apple iPhone XS Apple is making its new Mac Pro in China instead of the US. James Martin/CNET President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that Apple won’t get tariff relief for Mac Pro parts built in China, and urged the company instead to make its computers in America.”Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China,” the president tweeted. “Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!” Later Friday, Trump told reporters that Apple CEO Tim Cook may end up manufacturing in Texas.”A man I have a lot of liking for and respect is Tim Cook, and we’ll work it out. I think they’re going to announce they’re going to build a plant in Texas. And if they do that, I’m starting to get very happy,” Trump said at the White House, according to Reuters.Apple had requested that the Trump administration exclude parts for its new Mac Pro from import tariffs. The company will reportedly build the $5,999 computer, which was unveiled at this year’s WWDC, in China instead of in the US. The computer’s previous model from 2013 was one of the company’s few products made in the US. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR reading • Trump says Apple won’t get tariff relief for Mac Pro parts made in China See Itlast_img read more

September 3, 2019

Couple electrocuted in Kushtia

first_imgnonameA couple was electrocuted at Amdaha village in Daulatpur upazila on Thursday evening, reports UNB.The deceased were Arif Hasan, 40, and his wife Nupur Khatun, 32, of the village.Abu Yusuf Lalu, chairman of local union parishad, said a live electric wire got severed and fell on Arif while he was switching on a fan just before iftar.As his wife came in his rescue, she was also electrocuted, he said.Arif’s cousin Abdul Goni, 25, also suffered injuries from electric shock while he was trying to rescue the duo.The injured was undergoing treatment at Kushtia General Hospital.last_img read more

September 1, 2019

Edgewood Md Man Newly Released from Jail before Dallas Airport Shooting

first_imgThis photo released by the Carrollton Police Department shows Shawn Nicholas Diamond. Police say Diamond was shot by an officer after making a threatening move toward him with a rock in each hand at Dallas Love Field told the officer, “You’re going to have to shoot.” At a news conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Diamond was in stable condition at a Dallas hospital. (Carrollton Police Department via AP) DALLAS (AP) — A Maryland man newly released from being jailed on a criminal mischief charge was shot by police outside a Dallas airport after hitting his ex-girlfriend and battering her car with a traffic cone and large landscaping rocks, police say.Shawn Nicholas Diamond, 29, of Edgewood, Maryland, was in stable condition in a hospital after the Friday incident outside the Dallas Love Field terminal, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.Brown said Diamond had rocks in his hands as he advanced menacingly toward an officer who had his gun drawn. He said Diamond was heard telling the officer, “You’re going to have to shoot.”Diamond was released on bond earlier Friday after spending the night in a county jail, police in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton said. He was arrested Thursday after causing $3,700 in damage to city-owned trees by reckless driving, Carrollton police spokeswoman Jolene DeVito said.He traveled to the Dallas area earlier in the week and the ex-girlfriend, who is believed to be the mother of his children, was driving him to the airport so he could return to Maryland.During the drive, Brown said, Diamond hit the woman. After arriving at the airport terminal, he said, Diamond was pulling his luggage from the woman’s car when he grabbed a traffic cone, smashed the car’s windshield with it, then began picking up large landscaping rocks nearby and hurling them through the car’s windows.Surveillance video shows an officer intervening and aiming his gun at Diamond as he starts to advance with the rocks. The video has no sound.Diamond darts around the officer, who shoots him.Brown said the officer ordered Diamond to stay down. He said the officer fired several more shots when Diamond got up and began running.Another officer is seen on the video brandishing a stun gun he apparently never fired.The officer who shot Diamond has been removed from patrol duty pending an internal review of the shooting, Brown said.A video posted by Instagram user @flashyfilms— and credited to Bryan Armstrong also shows the commotion on the curb outside baggage claim at Dallas Love Field. The shooting can be heard in that video.Amid the sound of nine gunshots and an officer’s shouts to “get down,” some people scramble while others stand watching before officers order them back inside. Toward the end of the video, one officer is seen pointing his gun at someone near the glass exterior of the airport.Officials said one bullet hit an exterior glass wall and the rest hit the suspect. Dallas police Sgt. Mike Beattie, who is stationed at Love Field, said the bullet that hit the glass wall outside the airport’s baggage claim area didn’t penetrate it because of the protective film. One officer at the scene, who would not be named, said he was told that the victim “absorbed” all the other bullets.Beattie said airport police receive specific training to be attentive to suspicious-looking travelers and that the Dallas Police Department provides “crowded-environment training” to all its officers every two years. Beattie said the officer who fired the shots is a Dallas police veteran, but he would not identify him.Some airport operations were temporarily disrupted, but the airport remained open. Spokesman Jose Torres said some people, after hearing shots, ran through security so everyone had to be rescreened.Security checkpoint operations were back to normal Friday afternoon, airport officials said. Flights were departing but with many delays.Traveler Lucinda Fonseca told WFAA-TV that she and her husband were coming out of the baggage claim area when they saw police approaching the man throwing rocks and one of the officers drew a gun.“The man was yelling at the cops, basically saying ‘shoot me shoot me, I dare you,’ something to that effect,” Fonseca said, adding she then heard gunfire.“I crouched down on the ground,” she said. “I didn’t know where the bullets were going.”Southwest Airlines, the dominant airline at Love Field, said in a statement that they were working with air traffic controllers nationwide to manage inbound flights. According to the flight-tracking website FlightAware, at least eight flights operated by Southwest and one by Virgin America were diverted to other airports.Beattie said this is the first shooting in the 89-year history of Love Field, located a few miles from downtown.___Associated Press writers Diana Heidgerd, Jamie Stengle and Terry Wallace contributed to this report.last_img read more

August 26, 2019

Android Studio 32 Beta 5 out with updated Protobuf Gradle plugin

first_imgA good news for Android developers; Android Studio 3.2 Beta 5 is now available and ready for download. This is the latest beta channel preview version. Android Studio is Android’s official IDE, which is purpose-built for Android. It helps in accelerating application development and helps in building the highest-quality apps for every Android device. Read Also: What is Android Studio and how does it differ from other IDEs? The last major release was Android 3.1.0 released in March 2018. The current stable version available is Android Studio 3.1.3. The latest Canary channel preview version is Android Studio 3.3 Canary 3. The Canary build allows one to experience latest features which are lightly tested as compared to the apps in the Beta build. What’s new in the Android Studio 3.2 Beta 5 update? Change in behaviour This version update now includes a minimum Protobuf Gradle plugin version of 0.8.6. This Gradle plugin compiles Protocol Buffer (aka. Protobuf) definition files (*.proto) in any project. Apart from this change, some bug fixes in this Beta 5 version include: Translations Editor rows are now aligned properly after scrolling Running another project using GradleBuild was causing java.lang.IllegalMonitorStateException: attempt to unlock read lock, not locked by current thread. This bug has now been fixed. Layout styles which were improperly requiring API level 17 instead of 15 are now fixed. Android Studio that was not properly navigating to certain styles with error message: “Cannot find declaration to go to” has been fixed. Linter is now properly resolving some API level values. Read more this update on Android Studio Developer page Read Next 9 Most Important features in Android Studio 3.2 The Art of Android Development Using Android Studio Build your first Android app with Kotlinlast_img read more