Dunga: ‘Paqueta can’t save Milan’

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Former Brazil coach Dunga said Milan can’t expect 22-year-old Lucas Paqueta to “solve their problems on his own.” Paqueta came to the Rossoneri in January this year and has since played 22 games in Serie A, scoring once since his €35m transfer from Flamengo. Dunga is afraid the Italian giant have placed far too much importance on his performances since the 22-year-old arrived. “He immediately showed his value in Brazil with Flamengo and was brought to Italy,” Dunga told Sky Sport Italia. “Everyone is expecting him to solve Milan’s problems. “If he finds a team who is ready, he is a completely different player. He still needs to grow and understand how he can express himself in the best way. I think he could be a midfielder in the style of [Nicola] Berti.” Milan are 11th in the League and are already on the back foot in the fight for a place in Europe.last_img read more


PETA files petition in SC, demands notification on Jallikattu

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_imgbe struck downNew Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India along with other groups today filed petitions in the Supreme Court demanding that the Centres recent notification allowing Jallikattu and bullock cart races be “struck down”.PETA India claimed that a battery of urgent petitions led by the government advisory body Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and two sitting AWBI members as petitioners, and supported by animal protection groups PETA, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), Compassion Unlimited plus Action (CUPA), were mentioned before the Chief Justices bench of the Supreme Court.PETA India further claimed that along with these, individual petitioners Sowmya Reddy, Radha Rajan and Gauri Maulekhi have also filed their petitions.”All petitions call for the Environment Ministry notification of January 7, 2016 permitting the use of bulls in events such as jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races elsewhere in the country to be struck down. Urgent listing of these petitions was sought and has been allowed for tomorrow,” the statement said.PETA India said that the Environment Ministrys notification allowing jallikattu and bull races came despite a Supreme Court judgement which held that the Ministry cannot allow these races and cannot modify the notification dated July 11, 2011 (which banned forcing bulls to perform) without consulting the AWBI.”Terrifying and injuring bulls is abuse, not sport, and this combined with the injuries and deaths of people common at jallikattu events puts a bloody stain on Indias reputation in the eyes of the world.advertisement”Laws and SC verdicts need to mean something and we look to the Supreme Court to confirm once again jallikattu and bull races must not be allowed,” said PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura.In December 2015, the AWBI advised the Ministry not to go against the Supreme Court judgement.PETA said that the court had also ruled that cruelty is inherent in these events, as bulls are not anatomically suited for such activities and making them participate is subjecting them to unnecessary pain and suffering, so such events were outlawed.”The court also stated that when culture and tradition are at variance with the law enacted by Parliament, the law would take precedence. The January 7, 2016 notification flies in the face of this Supreme Court ruling,” PETA said.In just four years, from 2010 to 2014, approximately 1,100 injuries to humans were reported by the media as a result of cruel and dangerous jallikattu-type events and 17 people died, including a child.PETA India has documented in AWBI authorised inspections that during jallikattu, terrified bulls are often deliberately disoriented by being given substances like alcohol, having their tails twisted and bitten, being stabbed and jabbed by sickles, spears, knives or sticks and being punched, jumped on and dragged to the ground.Three bulls even died during jallikattu events in 2014. During races, bulls are often hit with nail-studded sticks and pushed beyond the point of exhaustion. In bullfights, which often occur in Goa, a round ends when one of the bulls manages to flee (or is killed), PETA India said. PTI TDS IKAlast_img read more


SPORT-IND-STATS 3LAST

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_img# India have posted three successive century stands for # India have posted three successive century stands for the second wicket vs Australia for the first time in ODIs – 207 between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma at Perth; 125 by the same pair at Brisbane and 119 between Kohli and Dhawan at Melbourne. India had four consecutive century stands for the second wicket in 2012 – 205 vs Sri Lanka on March 13, 148 vs Bangladesh on March 16 and 133 vs Pakistan on March 18 – all three at Dhaka and 173 vs Sri Lanka at Hambantota on July 21. # Ajinkya Rahane (50), for the first time, has posted successive fifties vs Australia in ODIs. The said innings is his 15th fifty in ODIs. # Rahane, has posted three consecutive fifties for the first time in ODIs – 87 vs South Africa at Mumbai on October 25, 2015, followed by 89 at Brisbane on January 15 and 50 a Melbourne on January 17 – both vs Australia. # John Hastings (4/58) has registered his best bowling figures in ODIs, bettering the 3 for 21 vs England at Manchester on September 13, 2015. PTI CORR FK FKlast_img read more


Elavenil wins gold in junior World Cup, bronze for Babuta

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_img(Eds: Updating with Elavenil and Gagan Narang quotes) Sydney, Mar 22 (PTI) Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan shattered the qualification world record before claiming the gold medal in 10m womens air rifle event of the seasons first junior ISSF World Cup here today. Besides her individual podium finish, Elavenil also combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal. Arjun Babuta bagged his second junior world cup medal, claiming a bronze in mens 10m air rifle event. The 18-year-old Elavenil, competing in her second World Cup and first final, shot 249.8 in the womens final to claim the top individual honours. Her 631.4 in the qualification was a new world record. After a 9.6, Elavenil sealed the win with a high 10.7 in the crucial 24th shot, getting the better of Chinese Taipeis Lin Ying-Shin. “I am really glad with my performance here in Sydney. I have been shooting really well and I knew the way I have been performing over the past few months, a victory of this magnitude was around the corner,” the youngster said after her triumph. Elavenil trains at Olympic medalist Gagan Narangs Gun For Glory academy. “I would like to dedicate this win to my parents and thank Gagan Sir and my coaches at GFG who have been working continuously behind me to make a shooter capable of winning titles at the world stage,? she added. Elavenil had also won a bronze medal at the FISU World Shooting Sport Championship last week. Chinas Wang Zeru managed to win the bronze medal with a score of 228.4 in her first World Cup appearance.advertisement Indias other finalists in the event — Shreya and Zeena — finished sixth and seventh, respectively, enough to clinch the team gold medal ahead of Chinese Taipeis Lin, Tsai Yi-Ting and Hung Chen-Ching. The bronze was claimed by Zhu, Wang and Gao Mingwei of China. Babuta, a silver medallist at last years Asian Championship in Wako City, Japan, finished below Yuqi Liu of China (247.1) and Zalan Pekler (246)of Hungary, with a score of 226.3. The other Indian shooters in the event — Surya Pratap Singh and Shahu Tushar Mane — finished sixth and eighth respectively. Expressing his delight at his ward Elevanils feat, Narang, the co-founder of Gagan Narang Sports Foundation said, “We always knew that she had the potential to become a world beater and her performance today just vindicated our trust on her.” “I would like to congratulate her for the win and wish her all the best for her future endeavours.” PTI AH PM sydney PM PMlast_img read more


How in 1943, Casablanca Played a Determining Point in Modern Human…

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat – As January 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the Anfa Conference in Casablanca, scholars from the United States, Morocco, and Britain were joined by the granddaughter of former US President Franklin Roosevelt for a discussion and reflection on the historic event that marked a turning point in WWII and on Morocco’s subsequent independence. Moderated by the British ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly, the forum was held in Rabat’s National Library.The event, hosted by the United Kingdom and United States embassies in Morocco, brought together dozens of history zealots interested in the pivotal events of January 1943. The panelists included Allen Packwood, director of archives of former British Prime Minister Churchill, historian Meredith Hindley, author of “Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in Thomas Reilly,” and Moroccan historian, Hassan Ourid.Further to its international impact on the course of WWII, the 1943 conference set the grounds for relations between the United States and Morocco for many years after. On January 22, Roosevelt, hosted a banquet for Sultan Muhammad V. The American president was reportedly eager to meet the sultan, Mohammad V. “This action implicitly recognized the Sultan’s sovereignty over Morocco. The head of the French protectorate had not been invited to the dinner, further stressing the US position in terms of Morocco’s independence,” said Ourid. During the dinner, the president spoke highly of  Morocco’s natural wealth and the possibility of development, and on efforts to raise health and education levels,” says a US Embassy document from the era. The same document states that Roosevelt, who was unhappy about the French occupation of Morocco, said “the Sultan should not allow other countries to exploit Morocco’s natural resources.”The two leaders also talked of increasing US-Moroccan trade and economic cooperation, said Ourid. For his part, the Sultan told US General George Patton, commander of the I Armored Corps, that “your President is a very great man and a great friend of myself and of my people.” during a car ride that they shared.The context behind the determining event that shaped modern human history took place at the end of November 1942, when President Roosevelt proposed to Churchill a meeting between the Allied leaders to discuss their next move in fighting the war.“Churchill suggested that they meet in Iceland in January. Roosevelt, in turn, said he preferred a secure place south of Algiers or in or near Khartoum, as he doesn’t like mosquitoes,” recalled Hindley.The ideal place for the conference proved to be Casablanca, as both the United States and Britain already had troops in North Africa thanks to the success of Operation Torch in late 1942. Location was important, and Morocco was one of the most important places in the world then, said Hindley.“Churchill had in fact been to Morocco, Marrakech  in the winter on 1936. He wrote that ‘Marrakesh is simply the nicest place on Earth to spend an afternoon’,” said Packwood.From January 14 to 24, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Anglo-American officials met in Casablanca, along with Henri Giraud and Charles de Gaulle, leaders of opposing French resistance groups. Stalin, preoccupied by battles in Eastern Europe, declined to join, said Hindley.On the last day of the conference, the press was invited to cover the historic Allied declaration to win the war and their unwavering determination to defeat Nazi Germany.Upon their arrival, the journalists were in shock to see Roosevelt and Churchill together. “Despite what the world had thought, my Grandfather and Churchill were good friends. They had so many traits in common. They both enjoyed drinking and were fond of Morocco,” said Roosevelt’s granddaughter.“Upon the end of the conference, Churchill sent a letter to my Grandfather, telling him that “he is happy to exist in the same decade as him,” she said.Nevertheless, the press received news that surprised them more than seeing Roosevelt and Churchill in the same place. During the press conference, Roosevelt intuitively said that the Allies would only accept the “unconditional surrender,” of Germany, Italy and Japan to end the war.“Against what’s commonly known that other later conferences were the driving forces to win WWII, the Anfa Conference is in fact the most important one,” said Packwood, explaining that “Britain, the US and France had wanted to implement different tactics to win the war, but if weren’t for Casablanca’s conference, they would have never came together to set a common goal.” read more


Sidewalk wants cut of property taxes and development fees for Quayside project

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

TORONTO — The Alphabet Inc.-backed entity behind plans to build a high tech community in Toronto is proposing it receive a cut of developer fees and incremental property taxes associated with the project.Sidewalk Labs has released documents showing that in return for developing the Quayside community, it intends to push for access to money the city would typically collect.In a bid to get transit built years ahead of schedule, the documents also show that Sidewalk would help finance light rail transit in the area, but allow a public agency to operate it.Sidewalk also hopes to move Google’s Canadian headquarters to the nearby Villiers Island and says it will build an Ontario factory to supply tall timber for the community’s construction, potentially creating 4,000 new manufacturing, saw mill, logging and transportation jobs.Sidewalk has previously said it is hoping to find partners to develop the project with, but if the risks and needs associated with the project are too high for partners, it says it will take on developing the community and technologies itself.The project has been marred in controversy for months with many criticizing Sidewalk and its Quayside partner Waterfront Toronto for a lack of information around the project, not committing to strict enough data collection policies and not addressing questions around the ownership of intellectual property.The Canadian Press read more


Philippines Ban urges end to fighting as humanitarian crisis unfolds

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

12 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed for restraint by the parties to the conflict in the southern Philippines, where ongoing clashes between Muslim rebels and Government troops have forced about 130,000 people to flee their homes. “The Secretary-General is concerned about the unfolding humanitarian crisis as a result of fighting in central Mindanao, an area which has already been affected by conflict for several decades,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban appealed for restraint, protection of all civilians as well as access for the provision of speedy humanitarian assistance to the affected population, and stated the UN’s readiness to support the efforts of the Government of the Philippines in this regard. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), for its part, announced today it will begin providing an initial 400 metric tons of rice to assist 96,000 people for at least one month in the conflict-affected communities in North Cotabato.This includes Mindanao, which has witnessed continued fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Government troops for several decades.“WFP fully understands that the situation remains fluid, and we will continue to work closely with all concerned to further assess the total number of affected persons and adjust our response accordingly,” said Stephen Anderson, WFP’s new Country Director in the Philippines. “WFP remains concerned over the growing number of persons displaced by the violence between the armed forces and the MILF. Many of the affected population are women and children, and we are concerned for their well-being and stand ready to support humanitarian needs,” he said.According to Government officials, almost 130,000 people have been displaced from 42 villages in North Cotabato province since the fighting began last week. They will be provided with food support in some 43 evacuation centres in the province. WFP’s response, which comes at the request of the provincial Government of North Cotabato, aims to support the Mindanao peace process by providing food aid to meet urgent needs, as an immediate “peace dividend” for conflict-affected communities.“We hope for peace, so that these families can return to their communities,” said Mr. Anderson. read more


TSX regains postBrexit losses loonie rises as US markets take the day

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange rose by nearly 1.4 per cent today, recouping its losses after Britain’s vote last month to leave the European Union.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 194.33 points at 14,258.87 after being closed Friday for Canada Day.In the United States, the stock markets were closed for Independence Day.The Canadian dollar was at 77.78 cents US, up 0.36 of a cent from Thursday.Around 4 p.m. ET, the August crude contract was at US$48.76 per barrel, down 23 cents from Friday’s close.August natural gas was down 7.9 cents US at US$2.908 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was at US$1,353.50 an ounce, up US$14.50, and September copper contracts were nearly unchanged at US$2.22 a pound. read more


UNP calls for early Presidential elections

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Wickremesinghe said that an early Presidential election must be held and he proposed that both a Parliamentary election and Presidential election be held together.Meanwhile, UNP spokesman Harin Fernando said that President Sirisena must get ready to step down and go for an early Presidential election. The United National Party (UNP) today called for early Presidential elections.Speaking at a major rally in Colombo this evening, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he is prepared to go for a fresh no-confidence vote in Parliament. Wickremesinghe said that he was confident Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will lose the confidence vote for a second time in Parliament. He said that the UNP is also prepared to face a Parliamentary election and a Presidential election. read more


Trio sought in 1200 theft from Oakville Longos

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

Halton police are searching for two women and a man after roughly $1,200 of merchandise was stolen from an Oakville grocery store.It happened around 6:45 p.m. on March 16 at the Longo’s on Cornwall Rd. Police allege the trio stole several razor refill packages and over the counter medicine from the store. Investigators are hoping the public can help identify the suspects who were captured on a surveillance camera. All three suspects are believed to be in their thirties. The man is described as five-foot-nine, 180 lbs, and having a trimmed beard. He was wearing grey track pants, a navy blue undershirt, a black, waist-length puffy jacket, and a navy blue baseball cap with the word “Calvin” on the front. The first woman is described as five-foot-six, 170 lbs, and was wearing a long black skirt, a long dark winter coat, a red scarf, and black shoes. She was also carrying a beige purse over her left shoulder. The second woman is five-foot-four, 150 lbs, and was wearing a long black skirt, long beige winter coat, and a red patterned scarf. She was also carrying a cross-body black purse.The suspects were seen leaving in a dark coloured Dodge Caravan. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Halton police. read more


UN tribunal orders Ghana to release Argentine navy ship seized in debt

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

UN tribunal orders Ghana to release Argentine navy ship seized in debt dispute with hedge fund AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2012 1:00 am MDT BERLIN – A United Nations court ordered the immediate release Saturday of an Argentine navy training ship seized by Ghana two months ago at the request of an American hedge fund.The ARA Libertad was detained Oct. 2 in the port of Tema as collateral for unpaid bonds dating from Argentina’s economic crisis a decade ago. Argentina appealed to the U.N.’s International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for the ship’s release, arguing that as a warship the Libertad is immune from being seized.There was no comment from judicial authorities in Ghana about the ruling.In an expedited ruling, the court ordered that Ghana “forthwith and unconditionally release the frigate ARA Libertad” and ensure the ship and its crew can leave Ghanaian waters. It also ordered that the vessel be resupplied as needed.Detaining the ship was “a source of conflict that may endanger friendly relations among states,” the court said.The ruling left untouched the parties’ rights to seek further international arbitration on the matter.Argentine Economy Minister Hernan Lorenzino hailed the decision and vowed to continue fighting what President Cristina Fernandez has called “vulture funds,” with which the country is locked in a series of legal battles.“Argentina will continue to defend itself from the financial pirates,” Lorenzino said via Twitter on Saturday. “Vultures, you won’t succeed, with the ship nor with the debt.”Ghana courts ordered the ship held on a claim by Cayman Islands-based NML Capital Ltd. Its owner, American billionaire Paul Singer, leads a group demanding payment in full, plus interest — about $350 million — for dollar-based Argentine bonds bought at fire sale prices after Argentina’s 2001-2002 economic collapse forced a sharp devaluation of its currency.The vast majority of bondholders accepted about 30 cents on the dollar years ago, and that is roughly what the holdouts led by Singer initially paid for the bonds.In an emailed statement, NML criticized the tribunal for making a ruling.“The Ghanaian courts have sole jurisdiction over this dispute, and that is where this matter has been and will continue to be lawfully heard,” it said. “It is completely inappropriate for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to attempt to interfere with orderly proceedings of the independent judiciary of Ghana.”Susana Ruiz Cerutti, the head of Argentina’s delegation to the tribunal, was quoted by the Telam state news agency as praising the ruling for being unanimous and for siding with the vessel’s captain, who had been accused of contempt.It wasn’t immediately clear how soon, or if, the ship would be allowed to set sail. The director-general of the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority, Richard Anamoo, told The Associated Press that “it is not the port authorities that are holding the ship. We were only implementing a (Ghanaian) court order.”Argentina defence minister, Arturo Puricelli, said at a news conference in Buenos Aires that a charted plane would deliver 98 more sailors to Ghana on Wednesday to join the skeleton crew that stayed with the Libertad. He estimated the sailing ship could return to Buenos Aires by Jan. 9.___Associated Press writers Almudena Calatrava in Buenos Aires and Francis Kokutse in Accra, Ghana, contributed to this report. read more


BC home sales typical for February but far short of February 2016

Posted On Oct 3 2019 by

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2017 9:54 am MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. home sales ‘typical’ for February but far short of February 2016 VANCOUVER – Home sales across British Columbia in February were typical for the month, according to real estate experts, but when compared to sales just one year earlier, the numbers appear much more stark.The British Columbia Real Estate Association says a total of 6,580 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service in February and the average price of a home was $688,117.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says in a news release that consumer demand has returned to a more typical level and the latest numbers reflect February averages since 2000.They contrast with what Muir calls “the extraordinary performance of a year ago,” as the association reports home sales in February were down 31.7 per cent from February 2016 and the average price of a B.C. home decreased 11.7 per cent over the same period.Association figures also show total sales dollar volume in February was $4.53 billion, a plunge of 39.7 per cent from February 2016.The decline is blamed on slowing of home sales in Metro Vancouver.“Last month, 37 per cent of B.C. home sales occurred in the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s area, compared to 44 per cent in February 2016,” Muir says in the release.Year-to-date, the association says the amount of money from residential sales fell 38.5 per cent to $7.3 billion, when compared to the same period in 2016, and home sales declined 28.5 per cent to 11,067 units with the average price dropping 14.1 per cent to $660,943. read more


SecretaryGeneral discusses refugee migrant crisis with UK Prime Minister

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

“This has been part of a series of calls he has made to European leaders in recent days, in which the Secretary-General has stressed the individual and collective responsibility of European States to respond responsibly and humanely to the arrival of refugees and migrants in Europe,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters.Mr. Ban has spoken recently with the leaders of Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, appealing to them to be “the voice of those in need of protection” and to quickly find a joint approach to address their basic needs. “The Secretary-General,” Mr. Haq added, “has assured European leaders of the United Nations readiness, through its agencies, in particular UNHCR [the UN refugee agency], to continue supporting their efforts to develop a response that is effective, feasible and in line with universal human rights and humanitarian standards, including the right to claim asylum.” In a separate development, the UN chief welcomed the initiative by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make $2 million available to National Olympic Committees for programmes focused on refugees. The IOC already works with a number of UN agencies, notably UNHCR. Mr. Ban has repeatedly underscored the great work done by civil society organizations in bringing help and support to refugees worldwide, including through the support provided to the activities of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport, Jacques Rogge. read more


Rising insecurity in Central African Republic threatens wider region Security Council told

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

In particular, a comprehensive and cautions approach is needed against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as the African Union works to replace its ongoing initiative against the rebel group, said Francois Lounceny Fall, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and the head of the UN Regional Office for the region (UNOCA).Replacing the AU’s initiative to neutralize the LRA, should not leave a security vacuum that the group could exploit to relaunch and intensify its campaign of violence, he said, briefing the Security Council.Mr. Fall said that the Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremist group was also a malicious threat to the region that the international community needed to watch carefully, said Mr. Fall, as it continues to launch “indiscriminate attacks” against security forces as well as civilians.Efforts to stamp out Boko Haram should also focus on addressing the root causes of the insurgency, said the UN envoy. UN Photo/Manuel EliasSecurity Council adopts resolution 2447 underling the importance of helping rule-of-law institutions achieve sustainable peace in countries hosting peacekeeping and special political missions.Council adopts resolution urging UN mission support for national rule of law institutionsIn an earlier meeting the same day, the Security Council adopted a resolution urging the alingment of support programmes for rule of law institutions in countries with a UN peacekeeping mission, with the mandates of those missions.Unanimously adopting resolution 2447 (2018), the Council requested that the Secretary-General enhance the coherence, performance and effectiveness of such support and ensure coherence between UN country teams and other actors of the Organization in order to help Governments improve prisons and other criminal justice facilities.Members called on the Secretary-General to ensure that the planning of peacekeeping and special political missions entails a thorough analysis of the context, capacities and needs of criminal justice sectors in host States, highlighting the importance of treating each case based on local needs. UN Photo/Manuel EliasFrançois Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), briefs the Security Council on Central African region (File photo)Regional developmentsTurning to the developments in the Central African sub-region, Mr. Fall, informed the 15-member Council of a number of recent election campaigns, including the October parliamentary ballots in São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as legislative and local elections in Gabon. Elections in Chad, scheduled for November, had been postponed however, he reported.“I encourage the Chadian authorities to organize these elections as soon as possible and call on the international community to provide the necessary financial support to the Government, as required,” said Mr. Fall.On Cameroon, the senior UN official raised concern over continuing reports of alleged human rights violations and called on the Government to speed up its efforts towards decentralization as well as promotion of bilingualism and multiculturalism, as tensions between French and English-speaking communities continue.Cameroon’s Anglophone regions – the country’s northwest and southwest regions – have seen multiple strikes and demonstrations over the past year as tensions have mounted over what the country’s English-speakers see as discrimination against them in favour of the majority French-speaking population.Subregional cooperationAlso in his briefing, Mr. Fall urged nations in Central Africa to “remain committed” to institutional reform at the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), particularly with regard to funding mechanisms to ensure the effective implementation of key projects in the areas of peace, security and governance.Founded in 1983, ECCAS includes Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo and São Tomé and Príncipe as its members. read more


Drummond Griffin lead Pistons to 10788 rout of Bulls

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 19 points and 19 rebounds and Blake Griffin added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Chicago Bulls 107-88 Friday night.Reggie Jackson added 20 points for the Pistons, who have won four straight. Just as important for Detroit, coach Dwane Casey was able to use his reserves for most of the fourth quarter in the first game of a back-to-back. Detroit hosts Golden State on Saturday, with Stephen Curry expected to return to the Warriors’ lineup.Wendall Carter scored a career-high 28 points for the Bulls, who lost their fifth straight. Chicago also plays Saturday, travelling to Texas to face the Houston Rockets.Jackson set the tone early, scoring eight points in the first four minutes to help Detroit to an early lead. He finished the half with 17 points and the Pistons led 55-40 at intermission.Detroit had 27 rebounds in the half, including eight by Drummond. Chicago had 16 rebounds. The Pistons also hit eight 3-pointers, while the Bulls made just two shots from beyond the arc.The Bulls adjusted at the start of the second half, running their offence through pick-and-rolls for Zach LeVine and Carter.Carter had 15 points in the first 4:40 of the third quarter, with LeVine adding seven assists. That got Chicago within 62-57, but Carter committed his second and third fouls in the process.Carter stayed in the game, but the Pistons began collapsing on him and were able to push the lead back to 79-61 before he scored again.Detroit led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter.TIP INSBulls: Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said forward Lauri Markkanen practiced with the team on Thursday and took part in Friday’s shootaround. Markkanen has missed the entire season with a sprained right elbow. … The Bulls missed 17 of their first 19 3-point attempts.Pistons: Blake Griffin scored 20-plus points for the 15th time in 19 games this season, while Drummond had his 10th game with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds.UP NEXTBulls: At Houston on Saturday.Pistons: Host Golden State on Saturday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDave Hogg, The Associated Press read more


Please act on it Louise OKeeffes appeal to Taoiseach after apology

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgShe said that she would never have gone to the courts if she had received an apology 15 years ago and said she did not understand why the State fought the case in the way it did.“A wrong was done, I think hands should have been held up,” she said, later adding: “I am simply one of hundreds – those who have come forward, those who haven’t – and an apology is for everyone because, you know, I wasn’t alone.”Her solicitor, Ernest Cantillon also issued a statement in response to the apology:He said he had only “limited opportunity” to speak to his client but noted that she was “grateful” for the Taoiseach’s “courtesy and decency with the speed with which he has issued this apology at this point in time”.However, he added: “Louise has already expressed disappointment that an apology was not issued at a far earlier stage, and at the time that all this has taken place, but better late than never. The apology is graciously accepted.”Gilmore reaction Speaking at Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that O’Keeffe should “never have been subjected to abuse”.“I admire Louise O’Keeffe and I join with the Taoiseach in apologising to her for what happened in that school and for the horrendous experience that she had to go through,” he said.Gilmore said that the matter would be discussed at Cabinet next week and said there are “very significant implications” in the ECHR judgement for the State’s responsibility in respect of victims of abuse in Irish schools.He also told Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald that the judgement has “very serious implications for the relationship between the State and the patronage of our schools”.McDonald said that the Taoiseach owed it to victims to issue a full State apology and described O’Keeffe as “an extremely courageous woman”.She said: “It would be appropriate for the Taoiseach to come before the Dáil and apologise on behalf of the State to Louise O’Keeffe and all victims of abuse in schools.”- First published 1.25pmRead: Sexual abuse ruling will have “significant implications” for the StateRead: Landmark European judgement finds Irish State liable for sexual abuse Updated 11pm THE TAOISEACH AND the Tánaiste have apologised to Louise O’Keeffe following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the Irish State was liable for the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her primary school principal.The court found that the State failed to meet its obligations to protect the Cork woman who was nine years old when she was abused by Leo Hickey in 1973.The Irish courts dismissed O’Keeffe’s claim that the State was liable on the basis that the Department of Education failed to put in place appropriate protection measures. But the ECHR found in her favour this week in a judgement likely to have significant implications for the State.Speaking at the launch of the Child and Family Agency in Dublin today, Enda Kenny said that while the judgement from the ECHR is “exceptionally complex”, the abuse O’Keeffe suffered was “horrendous”.“I just think that while this judgement is exceptionally complex and will be studied by government, I would like to say to Louise O’Keeffe that I apologise for what happened to her in the location where she was, for the horrendous experience that she had to go through,” he said.O’Keeffe: ‘Act on it’ Reacting to the apology on RTÉ’s News at One this afternoon, O’Keeffe said that she was not looking for a personal apology, but for one that would apply to all victims of abuse in schools.Decades after he abused O’Keeffe Hickey was charged with hundreds of criminal offences involving other pupils at Dunderrow National School and was later imprisoned.“I would take it that he is apologising on all accounts”, O’Keffee said of Kenny’s words today, adding that he must ensure they are acted on in the coming weeks.“My call really would be please work on the legislation quickly. Please don’t leave it go on for months and years. It’s crucial, please act on it.”last_img read more


Papa Murphys offering stores as franchises

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgFollowing a difficult 2016 and the resignation of its top executive, Papa Murphy’s announced plans Tuesday to sell company-owned stores as franchises with the help of a consulting firm.The Vancouver-based seller of take-and-bake pizza will rely on Franchise Performance Group to help sell stores. In the announcement, executives said refranchising was always part of the plan.“Our long-term strategy has always been to deliver attractive returns through an asset-light, franchised business model,” said board chair Jean Birch, who replaced Ken Calwell as CEO at the start of the year, in a statement.By selling company-owned stores, Papa Murphy’s trades one revenue stream for another: Instead of from pizza sales, its revenues will come from royalties, licensing fees and property rentals paid by franchisees. It takes labor and commodity costs out of the equation for Papa Murphy’s, as well.The company invested heavily in new locations in recent years. Earnings reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission show the company added nearly 25 percent to its store count, both franchised and company-owned, since 2014.last_img read more


Man found shot on Mission Avenue in Oceanside

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

UA Coop Extension Services in Sitka and Anchorage set for closure

Posted On Sep 9 2019 by

first_imgState budget cuts are hitting home. The Anchorage and Sitka offices of the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service are slated for closure by the end of October. UAF spokesperson Marmion Grimes said the closures reflect severe reductions in state funding.“The cooperative extension service statewide, needs to cut about a million dollars from its budget next year,” Grimes said. You know, like other units throughout the university, they are looking a a pretty steep reduction in state funding.”Grimes said about twelve people in the Anchorage office and one person in Sitka will either be laid off or may be able to be transferred to other vacant positions in the state.“We’re still working out the details of how, where they are going to be located and how that is going to work,” Grimes said.She said the popular 4H program in Anchorage will most likely continue, since the 4H agents in the Anchorage area can be supported by the Palmer and Soldotna offices.Grimes said that of the twelve Cooperative Extension offices in the state, only two will be shuttered. She said the Extension offers most of its information on line now, and many of its courses are offered via web conference.last_img read more


Zuckerbergs net worth slumps 51 bn in Facebookled tech selloff

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgMark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.ReutersFacebook’s Mark Zuckerberg just became $5 billion poorer in a matter of hours after shares of the world’s largest social network plunged amidst reports of alleged data breaches.Investors in tech stocks were in a selling frenzy on Monday after news emerged over the weekend that U.S. President Donald Trump-affiliated data firm, Cambridge Analytica, had harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles.The data was reportedly used for political purposes during the 2016 U.S. presidential election season, which culminated in Trump’s arrival in the White House.Mirroring the concerns, the California-based company’s stock fell as much as 8 percent before closing down 6.8 percent on Monday, erasing nearly $40 billion of market value.Other tech companies also joined the rout. Microsoft dropped more than 1.7 percent while Apple, the largest American company by market capitalization, sank 1.5 percent.The news of data breach opened possibility of greater government scrutiny and potential regulation of the technology sector, which could shrink advertising businesses of the tech firms, analysts said.Zuckerberg, who owns about 16 percent of Facebook’s shares, is now worth an estimated $69.5 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time rankings of the world’s billionaires.Zuckerberg is currently the seventh-richest person on the planet, down from fifth, after falling behind Zara cofounder Amancio Ortega and Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico’s richest person, according to Forbes,The world’s richest man, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, saw his wealth decrease by $2 billion on Monday as Amazon shares fell by nearly 3 percent.last_img read more