Punjab vs Delhi: Weather may delay start of CK Nayudu final

first_imgWeather holds the key to the under-22 CK Nayudu Trophy final between first-time finalists Delhi and Punjab, starting New Delhi on Tuesday. Thick fog engulfed Delhi for most part of Monday and the forecast for Tuesday is no better.The visiting Punjab team, which reached here on Sunday, was keeping its fingers crossed. Their coach-cum-manager Sunil Saggi said that host Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) hasn’t even decided the pitch on which four-day match would be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla.”It all depends on the weather, including our team composition and the strategy,” Saggi told Mail Today. “The composition of our team, led by Kunwarveer Singh Raina, will also depend on the kind of pitch that is provided. They haven’t decided the pitch as one of the pitches was wet today.” In the semi-finals, Delhi crushed Himachal Pradesh by an innings and 177 runs while Punjab beat Madhya Pradesh.Delhi are practising for five days, and are gung-ho about their prospects in their maiden final.”Our confidence is high and we have the talent to fight it out. But I believe every final is tough and the opponents usually match each other. We have been consistent and the approach will also count,” Delhi coach Amit Bhandari told Mail Today.”Whoever bats well and plays tough will win. Also, considering the heavy weather here, it will also depend the ball will also swing, and it will be a factor. It should be a close match.” The team will be led by Milind Kumar.advertisementOne fact that should provide motivation to Delhi is that almost all their leading batsmen contributed significantly in the last match. Milind, who scored a century in this season’s Ranji Trophy, made a half-century as did Mohit Sharma, Dhruv Shorey.With 403 runs, Vaibhav Rawal is the top scorer for Delhi.Varun Sood is the highest wicket-taker for Delhi this season, with 27 scalps.However, Punjab have a tremendous opening pair in skipper Raina and Jiwanjot Singh. Jiwanjot has so far hit three tons and is the second highest scorer of the team with 509 runs, after Kunwarveer (513).Punjab’s bowling will be led by medium pacer Shubek Gill and Sagar Kumar, who scalped three and four wickets respectively in semi-finals.last_img read more

Tennis association, Bouchard settle liability lawsuit

first_imgBouchard, 23, told a jury in federal court in Brooklyn that she had taken two steps into the training area en route to take an ice bath when she lost her footing “and hit the back of my head on the floor.” She recalled being in “shock” as she found herself “staring at the ceiling.”The player’s lawyers argued that the USTA was at fault for the unsafe conditions. The defense countered that she should have known not to go into the area unless she was accompanied by a trainer.Bouchard, once ranked No. 5 in the world and a Wimbledon finalist in 2014, was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Open and from subsequent tournaments in China and Japan, her lawsuit said.The accident sent Bouchard, now ranked No. 116, into “a downward spiral that she has not been able to recover from,” her lawyer Benedict Morelli told jurors.Kaminsky responded that though Bouchard fell in the rankings she didn’t lose any of her lucrative off-court endorsement deals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard leaves Brooklyn Federal court, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in New York. Bouchard testified during her negligence lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association that a wet floor caused her to slip and fall inside a locker room at the 2015 U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — The United States Tennis Association and popular Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard reached a settlement in her liability lawsuit on Friday, ending a trial at which she testified about slipping and falling on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open and suffering a head injury.Asked how she felt as she left the courthouse, Bouchard responded, “Just relief and happiness right now,” adding she was ready to get back to playing tennis.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyone who sponsored her before the U.S. Open continues to,” he said, adding she remained “very marketable” because of a large following on social media.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Woods 4 back with everyone around him at Honda Classic ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ She said she felt “vindicated” by a jury’s verdict in an initial phase of the trial finding the USTA mostly liable for the accident.A second phase, at which Bouchard was expected testify about how the accident had harmed her career and the jury was to decide what damages the USTA should pay, was interrupted on Friday by several hours of closed-door talks between the parties. They emerged with the deal but declined to disclose the terms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUSTA lawyer Alan Kaminsky said that he was satisfied with the outcome and that the sport’s national governing body “certainly wishes Ms. Bouchard the best in her career.”The accident occurred after Bouchard had just played in a mixed doubles match and returned to the locker room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens shortly after 10 p.m. Minutes later, she fell on the tile floor of a physiotherapy room inside the locker room. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA PLAY LIST 01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

7 hours agoArsenal hero Merson sympathises with Ozil

first_imgArsenal hero Merson sympathises with Ozilby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Paul Merson has sympathy for the current circumstances of Mesut Ozil.The Gunners star is enduring a frustrating period under boss Unai Emery, who refuses to pick Ozil in most of his matchday squads.The German may be the club’s highest earner, but he is struggling to get into the 25-man squads for most games.”Ozil doesn’t play because he doesn’t run around,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He would play in my team, because he can make things happen. Then you get two midfield players around him who do run around. “He’s on £350,000 a week – and that’s the problem. If he was on £10,000 a week, he would play every week even if he didn’t run around. Because he’s on £350,000 a week that means he has to. “I would be wondering how am I not getting in this team? He might have gone past the point of frustration now and be wondering, ‘what am I doing?’ You would have to weigh it up. “He played in the Watford game away and I don’t think he did anything wrong, but he hasn’t played since. He gets in my team. “Until he’s out of the club, I don’t see how Arsenal can bring new players in. If they go for a top player next summer, they will point to Ozil being on £350,000 a week. “Ramsey left the club because he wasn’t offered anywhere near the same as Ozil and he left on a free transfer.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Services an Untapped Growth Sector – Betton-Nayo

first_imgStory Highlights Head of the Trade Agreements Implementation Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Symone Betton-Nayo, says the services sector remains an untapped area that offers tremendous opportunity for Jamaica’s economic growth and development.The service sector includes economic activities such as retail, banking, hospitality, entertainment, real estate, education, health, social work, recreation, media, communications, electricity, gas, water supply, among others.Mrs. Betton-Nayo said the sector continues to be a major contributor to employment and job creation, contributing to approximately 73 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016.“Despite this fact, the average annual growth of the sector over the past five years was a modest 0.4 per cent, which illustrates that there still remains tremendous untapped potential in the area of services,” she noted.She said that under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which established the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME), Jamaica has market access opportunities for services exporters that must be fully explored.Mrs. Betton-Nayo was delivering a speech on behalf of Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Marcia Thomas, at the opening of a two-day National Workshop on Trade in Services at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (September 26).The workshop, organised by the Ministry, is aimed at raising awareness of the multilateral rules governing trade in services as well as the existing regional arrangements. It is being attended by representatives from the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Ministry; Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry; Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ); the private sector, among others.The session will highlight industries that Jamaica has liberalised through various agreements, and identify those industries that have not been liberalised and the opportunities that exist in external markets.The objective is to enable the country to develop and regulate its services sector in order to tap into the potential growth areas.Mrs. Betton-Nayo, who spoke to JIS News after her presentation, said the workshop will allow participants to better understand some of the rules and barriers to trade in services in external markets and ways in which these can be addressed.She pointed out that invisible regulations or barriers, which include visa requirements, economic needs tests and residency requirements, are of “major concern”, as they can nullify market access.Mrs. Betton-Nayo said Jamaica has a keen interest in Mode 4 of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), of which the nation is a signatory.Mode 4 of the GATS refers to the presence of one WTO member in the territory of another for the purpose of providing a service.“It is one of the areas of services trade that is of strong importance to Jamaica, because it is in this area that we make our money, especially in the offering of entertainment services. Our artists, musicians, even our athletes, provide services, and so we have to understand the rules governing the trade,” she pointed out.The workshop will include sessions on scheduling exercises, a case study on Jamaica’s services commitments, European Union services commitments under the EPA as well as opportunities for Jamaica.Funding for the workshop was provided by the Commonwealth Secretariat Hub and Spokes Programme, with expertise from the WTO Secretariat, CARICOM Secretariat and the EU Delegation in Barbados. The service sector includes economic activities such as retail, banking, hospitality, entertainment, real estate, education, health, social work, recreation, media, communications, electricity, gas, water supply, among others.center_img Head of the Trade Agreements Implementation Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Symone Betton-Nayo, says the services sector remains an untapped area that offers tremendous opportunity for Jamaica’s economic growth and development. Mrs. Betton-Nayo was delivering a speech on behalf of Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Marcia Thomas, at the opening of a two-day National Workshop on Trade in Services at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (September 26).last_img read more

Man involved in dacoity arrested after an exchange of fire in northeast

first_imgNew Delhi: A man involved allegedly in a dacoity case was arrested after an exchange of fire near the Khajuri flyover in northeast Delhi, police said Wednesday. The accused was identified as Rohtash – a resident of Mukund Vihar in Karawal Nagar. The accused was involved in a dacoity at Muthoot Finance and another case of robbery at Sunlight Colony besides other similar cases. “An exchange of fire took place on Tuesday at about 11 pm near Gali Mandu underpass near Khajuri flyover between the police team and Rohtash,” PS Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) said. The bullet fired by Rohtash hit the bullet proof jacket worn by a constable of the special cell team, he said.last_img read more

Olly Murs To Perform At Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball

first_imgOne of the UK’s best-loved pop-stars and TV personalities, Olly Murs, has been revealed as the latest star to perform at the Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball in London later this year.Fresh from his stint as a judge on ITV’s ‘The Voice’, Olly will entertain guests at the annual charity gala being held on June 14th at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair. The event is renowned for its star-studded guest-list and seven-figure fundraising.The annual event regularly raises in excess of £1.5million to provide life-changing practical and emotional support for disabled children through the charity, Caudwell Children.“I’m thrilled to be asked to perform at the Butterfly Ball and be a part of an event that does so much to help disabled children. The performance will be a celebration of all the good that will be done with the money raised on the night.” said Olly.Since his first appearance on 2009’s X-Factor, Olly has sung and danced his way into the hearts of the UK public and become one of the country’s best-selling solo artists as well as a regular presenter on prime time TV.With a string of chart-topping albums and singles, including the catchy ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ featuring Rizzle Kicks, and the global hit, ‘Troublemaker’ with Flo Rida; Olly has rarely been out of the charts since he exploded onto the scene nine years ago. He is also writing and recording his 6th studio album due for release later in the year.In performing at The Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball Olly follows a long list of legendary performers including Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith and Sir Rod Stewart.Hosting the glamorous event will be fellow entertainer and Caudwell Children Ambassador, Peter Andre. The event will also feature Heather Small.Caudwell Children Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “Having wonderful entertainers like Olly perform at The Butterfly Ball is a brilliant way to say thank you to the amazing people who donate to the charity on the night; because of them we can continue to help disabled children and families all over the UK who desperately need our support.“Over the past few years Olly has entertained all of us, whether through his songs and performances or his regular appearances on TV, and we think he will help make this year’s Butterfly Ball one of the best ever.”The Butterfly Ball takes place in The Great Room at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday 14th June 2018.For more information about the Butterfly Ball and Caudwell Children, visit the website here or call 01782 600444.last_img read more

Morocco: man arrested for raping 70 women

first_imgCasablanca – News stories on rape in Morocco are apparently not vanishing anytime soon. According to the Moroccan daily Akhbar Al Youm in its issue of Monday, a man in his fifties was arrested, this weekend in Fez, for having allegedly raped 70 women and young girls. According to the same source, the serial rapist was presented this weekend to the Attorney General. He is charged with “robbery, kidnapping and rape under the threat of a knife.”A judge has initially heard the suspect as well as the testimonies of 28 victims of the region of Fez and Sefrou. The court also expects additional complaints from other victims. The victims are allegedly from Nador, Missour, Meknes, Khoumissat and have already lodged their complaints via phone calls. The first 38 victims are aged between 6 and 45 years. The remaining victims have not yet been identified. Initial reports indicate that the rapist was accustomed to take his victims to deserted locations around Sidi Harazem, in the region of Fez. The suspect had smartly chosen these places, and allegedly had accomplices who facilitated his access to those same locations where he committed his crimes.  The accomplices have not yet been identified, according to the same source. The suspect is a 50-year-old father of three. He lived in France before returning to settle in a popular area of Saiss region, near Fez. He spent most of his days driving around, scanning bus stops and other places in search of his potential, unfortunate victims.  According to a police report, the suspect then suggested to drop his victims wherever they wanted by his car. He subsequently took them to his pre-selected locations, where he raped and robbed them of all their possessions.Following the same stream of argumentation in a previous article on this phenomenon, Morocco is increasingly becoming “rapist’s haven,” as police authority is absent in some major areas where such crimes are known to be concentrated. While the new legislations against sexual harassment are currently under governmental scrutiny, the Moroccan civil society demands that the government double efforts in combating major crimes in the kingdom, including rape and violence against children.  © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

WHO Lauds Princess Lalla Salma’s Personal Engagement in Fight Against Cancer

Geneva – Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Margaret Chan lauded the personal engagement of Princess Lalla Salma at the helm of the Lalla Salma Foundation for the prevention and treatment of cancer.This came during talks on Monday in Geneva with Permanent representative of Morocco in the UN office in Geneva.Chan also highlighted the significant efforts led by Lalla Salma Foundation notably in terms of anti-HPV vaccination, awareness raising and early diagnosis. She also lauded the efforts led by the Kingdom to bring assistance to countries affected by Ebola in west Africa.In this respect, Chan praised Morocco for the progress it has achieved in terms of fighting diseases as well as for its humanitarian engagement in support of countries such as Mali and Jordan.Chan said also expressed the willingness of the WHO to further boost cooperation ties with Morocco notably in the field of sharing expertise. read more

Markets Right Now: Stocks opening slightly lower

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street Monday amid speculation over the next step in the U.S. trade dispute with China.Consumer staples and financials are up while energy and utilities stocks are leading the decline.American and Chinese negotiators ended two days of talks in Washington last week without word of a deal.Clorox Company is up 4.3 per cent while LyondellBasell Industries is down 2.2 per cent.The S&P 500 is down less than 1 point at 2,705. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 21 points, or 0.1 per cent, at 25,041. The Nasdaq composite is up 13 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,277.Bond price fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.71 per cent.The Associated Press read more

US moves to put new tariffs on billions’ worth of EU imports

LONDON — The United States is considering putting tariffs on $11 billion in EU goods per year to offset what it says are unfair European subsidies for planemaker Airbus.While the size of the potential tariffs is relatively small compared with the hundreds of billions the U.S. and China are taxing in their trade war, it suggests a breakdown in talks with the European Union over trade. The U.S. and EU have been negotiating since last year about how to avoid tariffs.The U.S. Trade Representative’s office released late Monday a list of EU products, including Airbus planes, it would tax in anticipation of a ruling by the World Trade Organization this summer. The U.S. expects the WTO will say it can take countermeasures to offset EU subsidies for Airbus.The Associated Press read more

UNESCO to send experts to Iraq to compile data on looted antiquities

In a message read to a meeting of international experts in London, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said a database combining all archives, lists and inventories relating to Iraq’s heritage was essential to enable customs and police authorities as well as dealers to identify the status of particular objects.”That is why I am about to send, in the days ahead, a first mission of eight high-level experts in order to make a preliminary assessment of the situation and identify immediate actions to be taken so as for UNESCO to ensure the appropriate institutional framework and its coordination role in the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Iraq,” he added.In the message, read out by UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mounir Bouchenaki, who co-chaired the meeting with the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, Mr. Matsuura outlined the measures he had already taken. These included contacts with the international police organization Interpol, the World Customs Organization and the International Confederation of Art Dealers.He has also asked UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to submit the question of illicit traffic to the Security Council for a resolution to impose a temporary embargo on the acquisition of all Iraqi cultural objects and to call for the return of such goods to Iraq if acquisitions or exports of this kind have already taken place.The session followed an earlier meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 17 April in the wake of the looting of major museums, libraries and other Iraqi cultural centres, principally in Baghdad and Mosul, with the loss of antiquities stretching back 7,000 years. The list of participants included curators of the largest collections of Mesopotamian antiquities outside Iraq from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Middle East Museum in Berlin, the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the British Museum. read more

In UN relief effort after Asian tsunami some details fall below public

From floating mines – the dislodged detritus of long running civil war – to the psychological after-shocks of Asia’s devastating tsunami, the massive United Nations relief operation is addressing the mini-crises that may slip below the radar of public attention amid the glare devoted to the immediate health and shelter emergencies.In Sri Lanka, where a ceasefire is holding between the Government and Tamil separatist forces in the north and east, mines seeded years ago may yet bear deadly fruit, posing a risk to hundreds of thousands of people driven from their homes by the giant waves as well as an impediment to relief efforts.”Mines were floated by the floods and washed out of known mine fields, so now we don’t know where they are and the warning signs on mined areas have been swept away or destroyed,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official Ted Chaiban said in the capital, Colombo. “The greatest danger to civilians will come when they begin to return to their homes, not knowing where the mines are.”To address the psycho-social needs of children throughout nearly a dozen countries devastated by the tsunami, selective in-service teacher training will be supported to equip teachers with specific methods and activities, UNICEF said.While limited in their capacity and depth of the response to shock, teachers can still be trained to carryout activities which allow children, many of them orphaned, to share their feelings and to better cope with the aftermath of the disaster. In addition, teams of child counsellors will be trained and sent to schools.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is joining this effort, mobilizing its partners, including professional teachers organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to provide psychological support to traumatized children. It will also seek ways to help displaced children and those left disabled by the disaster to continue their schooling.Turning its attention to historic sites on its World Heritage List which were hit by the tsunami, among them the Old Town of Galle in Sri Lanka, and Mahabalipuram and the Sun Temple of Koranak in India, UNESCO is sending damage assessment missions to decide on appropriate action.Beyond the headline-grabbing attention paid to deadly disaster-specific diseases stemming from contaminated water such as cholera, typhoid and respiratory illnesses, there also lurk the endemic regional scourges that may now receive a boost, such as malaria and dengue.”Standing water and soggy fields created by the tsunamis are perfect for mosquito breeding,” UNICEF warned. There is also the threat of measles – the one infectious disease likely to spread in epidemic proportions through densely populated camps of displaced persons.As to the full scope of the catastrophe, the habitual secrecy of a military junta and the narrower interests of tourist producing countries may serve to mask the true dimensions, the agency noted. Although outlying islands in Myanmar have been totally devastated, entire fishing fleets are feared lost and coastal communities seriously affected, UNICEF said it was very difficult to get a clear picture of the full extent of the crisis since “the military junta tends to keep quiet about natural disasters.”Meanwhile in neighbouring Thailand, “while the effects on foreign tourists at the resort centres of Phuket have grabbed world headlines, it is the Thai coastal communities which have borne the brunt of the devastation,” the agency added.As for the scale of the disaster the figures range from the small to the almost incomprehensibly vast. In Somalia the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cites figures of 114 dead and over 100 fishing boats missing while in Indonesia, where tens of thousands perished, UNICEF reports that 4.5 million people have been affected by the tsunami and 100,000 houses were lost.And the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned today that up to 5 million people in Southeast Asia were without basic services. read more

Small islands need partnerships to battle climate change address unique vulnerabilities says

“Combatting climate change, promoting sustainable development and addressing the vulnerabilities of SIDS will demand partnership, capacity and leadership,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who recalled that the SAMOA Pathway is here “to guide us.” Last year’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa increased global attention on their contributions to sustainable development – but also on their unique vulnerabilities, Mr. Ban reminded to the Council members, who were meeting for an unprecedented debate about the situation of these countries. From traditional armed conflict to transnational crime and piracy, illicit exploitation of natural resources, climate change and climate-related natural disasters and uneven development, small island developing States face a range of peace and security challenges, according to the concept note provided by New Zealand, which holds the rotating Presidency of the Security Council for the month of July. Caribbean SIDS, for example, are vulnerable to drug-trafficking and gang-related violence, noted the Secretary-General, while unreported and unregulated fishing undermine local economies. Through its Maritime Crime Programme, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime is actively engaged to help these countries in these areas. “Taken together with the broader vulnerabilities faced by many of these States communities, these challenges can disproportionately affect national stability, fuel conflict across regions and ultimately have an impact on the maintenance of international peace and security,” adds the Security Council concept note. For the Secretary-General, the first priority must be to support these States in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. “Second, we need a post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals that address the needs of SIDS,” he continued. At the recent Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, which took place from July 13 to 16, it was encouraging that the concerns of [that group of countries] were reflected, including in critical areas such as debt, trade, technology and Official Development Assistance, Mr. Ban noted. “Third, we need a meaningful and universal global climate agreement in Paris in December,” stressed the UN chief, as small island developing States are on the front lines of climate change. “Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu is only the latest in a long string of devastation that SIDS have endured and will continue to endure as long as climate change is not adequately addressed,” he warned, underscoring that Caribbean countries sometimes experience as many as five hurricanes in a season. Rising sea levels, dying coral reefs and the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters exacerbate the conditions leading to community displacement and migration, threatening to increase tensions over resources and affect domestic and regional stability, the Secretary-General went on to say. “Leading by example,” many of these countries have been accelerating their own transition to renewable energy to secure a sustainable energy future. But, to support SIDS in their actions to combat climate change and adapt to its impacts, “a politically credible trajectory for mobilizing the pledged $100 billion dollars per year by 2020” is needed, he explained. The Green Climate Fund will need to be up and running before the Climate Conference in Paris in December, but a “meaningful, universal climate agreement” must be adopted, concluded the Secretary-General. read more

Nigerian refugees returning to dangerously unprepared situation UN agency chief warns

“It is my firm view that returns are not sustainable at this time,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, in a press statement today. Three weeks ago the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned about the situation in the Nigerian border town of Banki, where thousands were returning. “Shelter was lacking, there was severe overcrowding, water supplies and sanitation facilities were wholly inadequate, humanitarian aid was in short supply, and with the rainy season approaching, there was a risk of disease. Even before the returns, Banki was hosting some 45,000 internally displaced people,” Mr. Grandi stressed. “Now,” he continued “a further 889 Nigerian refugees, most of them children, have arrived. Having travelled from Minawao camp in Cameroon they reached Banki on 17th June.” The High Commission explained that UNHCR has already stepped up information efforts in Minawao camp to ensure that refugees are given accurate information on the conditions in Banki before they make the choice to return. “In Banki a strengthened inter-agency effort to address the existing situation must be a priority,” he continued.” We are working with the authorities and humanitarian actors to ensure that returnees are quickly screened, and receive food, shelter and other basic household support.” Mr. Grandi pointed out, “The new arrivals – and we hear reports of more refugees seeking to return – put a strain on the few existing services. A new emergency, just as the rainy season is starting, has to be avoided at all costs.” He concluded by stressing that the Tripartite Commission, established with UNHCR and the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon, needs to hold its first meeting as soon as possible to outline the minimum conditions needed for returns and discuss how to address these spontaneous movements. read more

Blasthole drilling in openpit mining – new reference book

first_imgAtlas Copco Drilling Solutions has released the 2011 edition of Blasthole Drilling in Open Pit Mining. This second edition blasthole reference book focuses primarily on the rigs, tools, bits and techniques of rotary blasthole drilling, as well as 17 case studies from copper, gold, iron and coal mining in various conditions around the world. The first edition was released in 2009. The second edition has been updated with a number of new application stories, case studies and product specifications that are designed to address current challenges faced by Atlas Copco customers. The new reference book Blasthole Drilling in Open Pit Mining will be available through local Atlas Copco customer centres and distributors: The new book is also available as a pdf file at www.atlascopco.com/blastholedrills.last_img read more

Two dead after bridge collapses on bus in World Cup host city

first_imgUpdated 23.18pmAN OVERPASS UNDER construction has collapsed in a World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car, Brazilian authorities said. Nineteen people were reported injured.The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which is one of the infrastructure improvement projects planned for the World Cup but like most urban transportation projects related to the tournament was not finished on time for the event.There was no word of any tourists being among the casualties.A woman who was driving a commuter bus trapped by the overpass died, said Capt. Federico Pascual of the Belo Horizonte fire department. An official in the mayor’s office said a second person died, raising the death toll to two.The official said 19 people were known to be injured so far. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media about the incident.The overpass collapsed about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the Mineirao stadium, which has hosted several World Cup matches in recent weeks and is the site of a semifinal match Tuesday.The overpass “arched over a really busy thoroughfare,” Pascual said.Security camera footage showed heavy traffic on the street below the structure the moment that the overpass collapsed, striking vehicles below and trapping them underneath.Originally published 8.53pmlast_img read more

Google célèbre la danseuse Martha Graham avec un Doodle animé

first_imgGoogle célèbre la danseuse Martha Graham avec un Doodle animéCe mercredi 11 mai 2011, le moteur de recherche a voulu rendre hommage, à travers un Doodle animé, à la célèbre danseuse et chorégraphe américaine Martha Graham, née il y a tout juste 117 ans.Une femme en noir et blanc, qui virevolte avec élégance et majesté pour former les lettres du mot “Google”. Il n’y a pas de doute, le moteur de recherche a souhaité mettre à l’honneur ce mercredi une danseuse. Et pas n’importe laquelle : la chorégraphe américaine Martha Graham, née il y a 117 ans en Pennsylvanie, considérée comme l’une des plus grandes innovatrices de la danse moderne. En 1998, le magazine Time l’a même désignée comme la “danseuse du siècle” et l’une des personnalités les plus importantes du XXe siècle.Pourtant, ce n’est qu’à l’âge de 22 ans (en 1916) que Martha Graham envisage une carrière professionnelle et entre à la Denishawn School. Neuf ans plus tard, elle commence à enseigner la danse à Rochester et fonde sa propre école, avant de fonder sa propre compagnie l’année suivante : The Martha Graham Dance Company, qui existe toujours dans le même esprit.Ses créations, innovantes, la rendent rapidement célèbre. Martha Graham a su créer une technique et une méthode d’enseignement qui sont encore diffusées dans le monde entier.L’Américaine ne s’est jamais éloignée de la scèneÀ lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Son oeuvre a été très influencée par la psychanalyse et elle parle beaucoup de désir féminin. D’ailleurs, il n’y avait que des femmes dans sa compagnie jusqu’en 1938, année où elle danse avec Merce Cunningham et Erick Hawkins.Parmi ses spectacles les plus importants, on note ‘Lamentation’ en 1930, ‘Cave of the Heart’ en 1946 et ‘The Rite of Spring’ en 1984. L’Américaine était par ailleurs une artiste engagée dans son travail et s’occupait à la fois de la conception chorégraphique, des costumes et de la musique de ses spectacles.C’est donc naturellement que Martha Graham reçoit en 1981 le tout premier “American Dance Festival Award” pour l’ensemble de sa carrière. Et même jusqu’à un âge très avancé, l’Américaine ne s’est jamais vraiment éloignée de la scène : elle a toujours souhaité accompagner les membres de sa troupe dans leurs tournées aux quatre coins du monde. C’est à l’âge de 96 ans que la prodige de la danse moderne rend l’âme, à New York. Malgré tout, avec 181 spectacles créés, Martha Graham est parvenue à apposer une empreinte indélébile sur le monde de la danse et inspire encore aujourd’hui les plus grands.Le 11 mai 2011 à 09:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

South Florida car dealership promotes reading for children

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida car dealership is promoting literacy with a day of family fun, Monday.Hollywood Kia has partnered up with Literacy Connection for a day of free books and prizes. The event aims to promote reading for disadvantaged children.The dealership is also donating a bus to the organization. “We decided to bring this initiative to the forefront and create an initiative called Operation Read Mobile,” said founder of Literacy Connection Inc., Tia Major. “We did the research and found that Hollywood Kia was the best family-friendly, community-oriented dealership.”Literacy Connection promotes education for kids through training events, programs and other resources.They hope to reach 5,000 children by the end of the year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Splashify desktop wallpaper browser for Windows

first_imgSplashify desktop wallpaper browser for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on December 13, 2017 in Software – 6 commentsSplashify is a free software program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system to browse desktop wallpapers, download them and set them as the background image.There are so many wallpaper programs out there that it is hard to keep an overview. All support browsing images locally, and to download and set selected ones as the desktop background image.This pretty much sums up what Splashify is all about. You can run it without installation, and browse lists of images from Unsplash that are divided into the sections curated, popular, latest, and search.The program is super easy to use. Use the mouse to browse the available images; once you have found one, click on it to display it in the program window. You can then click on the “set wallpaper” button right away to set it as the desktop wallpaper.Tip: Check out these alternatives to SplashifyAutomatically download and set Reddit wallpapers on WindowsArtpip: daily new fine art wallpaper app for Windows (and Mac)Wallpaper Studio 10 brings Windows, Android and Xbox One wallpapers togetherSplashifyThe program downloads the wallpaper image, resizes it so that it matches the desktop resolution, and sets it as the wallpaper image.This is pretty much all of the functionality that Splashify offers at this point in time.  The only other options you have are to resize the entire interface (zoom in or out), and to click on a link to open creator’s profile page on the Unsplash website.The program has two main issues: first, that it will resize the image automatically without you having any control over the process. This means often that the image is cut and not displayed in full on the desktop. The program lacks a full download button sorely, and the only way around this is to locate the image on the Unsplash website by following the creator link and browsing all photos published by the profile. There is no direct link to the image on Unsplash, so that this is your only option.Considering that the program is quite large for what it does, it has a download size of more than 30 Megabytes, you may prefer to visit Unsplash directly to browse and download photos on the site directly.The site has more to offer on top of that, as you may browse collections that cover topics such as “moon and stars”, “Christmas, snow and winter”, or “Yosemite”.Closing WordsSplashify is not a bad program, but it lacks features that would make it a viable alternative to using the Unsplash website directly. These include downloading the wallpaper image without resizing, adding more repositories to the application, and adding automation features to it that rotate wallpapers regularly.Now You: do you use programs to download wallpapers?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 8 votes Software Name SplashifyOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://splashify.net Advertisementlast_img read more