Svetlana Podobedova won Olympic gold for Kazakhstan by the narrowest of margins on Friday, edging out Russia’s Natalya Zabolotnaya in the women’s 75kg weightlifting by virtue of lighter body weight. Podobedova and Zabolotnaya both broke the Olympic record with totals of 291 kg, with the Russian setting down a new Olympic best of 131 kg in the snatch and Podobedova setting a new Olympic record of 161 kg in the clean and jerk. Podobedova was born in Russia and represented that country until she was stripped of her 2006 world junior title for doping, after which she switched allegiance to Kazakhstan. “I am grateful I could compete. In 2008 Russia didn’t allow me to go to Beijing but Kazhakstan gave me a chance. I started training for this slowly, and this gold is for Kazhakstan,” she said. “I just wished for it so much. I have been working towards this all my life.” Official results show the total Olympic record awarded to Zabolotnaya, who only joined the Russian team last week after Oksana Slivenko withdrew with injury. Belarusian lifter Iryna Kulesha was a distant third with a total of 269 kg. Podobedova’s victory brings Kazakhstan its fourth gold of the games and third in women’s weightlifting, after Zulfiya Chinshanlo won the 53kg category and Maiya Maneza took victory in the 63kg event.
New Delhi, Jun 4 (PTI) Hockey India today congratulated Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, for being nominated as a candidate to be a new member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The election for the new IOC member position will be held at the 129th IOC Session that will take place in Rio de Janeiro between August 2 and 4. The independent selection process follows a new procedure for recruitment of IOC members based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations. Once elected, she will continue to be a member until the age of 70. Ambani is the first Indian woman to be nominated to the IOC and this comes as a recognition of her passionate work in the area of education and sports. Expressing his delight on this development, HI President Narinder Batra said, “Mrs Nita Ambanis dedication and passion for development of sport is laudable and thats exactly why she fully deserves the membership to represent India at the International Olympic Committee,” Ambani has been involved in promoting multiple sports in the country with focus on developing talent through a number of large-scale grassroots level initiatives. The IOC is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement. It acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family, from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Sports Federations (ISFs), the athletes, the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs), to partners and United Nations agencies. PTI SSC SSC
Members of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) are once again at loggerheads with Diana Edulji not agreeing with Vinod Rai on the decision to write a letter to the International Cricket Council, asking the world governing body to ban Pakistan from the upcoming 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.According to sources, CoA chairman Vinod Rai has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the ICC asking them to ban Pakistan from the showpiece event for continuing to harbour terrorists.But Edulji is not in favour of this decision. The two-member Supreme Court-appointed committee will meet on Friday to discuss the future course of action.The CoA is likely to seek advice from the Sports Ministry, Ministry of External Affair and the Home Ministry on this issue.The BCCI and CoA will then hopefully come to a conclusion and take a collective and responsible decision as to what steps can be taken in regards to playing cricket with Pakistan. No letter has been written or sent to the ICC just yet.Calls in India have been growing louder to boycott the World Cup match against Pakistan on June 16 in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack in which the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 jawans last week.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack on the CRPF bus which was blown up by a suicide bomber.Former Indian cricketer and current UP Cabinet Minister Chetan Chauhan, in an exclusive to Aaj Tak, had called for India to put pressure on the ICC to “throw Pakistan out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup” earlier on Wednesday.advertisement”World Cup, Olympics is decided years ahead. We don’t play bilateral series with Pakistan. The best thing to do is to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup. Every country is worried with the growth of terrorism in Pakistan. It’s a problem for everyone. We should exert pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup,” Chauhan told Aaj Tak.”If Pakistan do not play the World Cup, it won’t make any difference. If India do not play, the ICC will suffer losses. India bring in 65 to 70 per cent of the sponsorship,” Chauhan said.India cricketer Harbhajan Singh said India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup after Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in Pulwama.”India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh told Aaj Tak.Also Read | 400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament DirectorAlso Read | No chance of bilateral cricket with Pakistan after Pulwama: Sourav GangulyAlso Read | BCCI removes Pakistan cricket related memorabilia from its headquartersAlso Read | What will be the worth of a World Cup if India haven’t beaten Pakistan? Aakash Chopra
Philippe Coutinho Coutinho & Dembele took step forward in Barcelona win, says Valverde Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 09:36 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Lionel Messi Ernesto Valverde Luis Suárez Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División Videos Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi may have orchestrated the Blaugrana’s comeback against Girona, but the coach reserved praise for his side’s big signings Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was proud to see Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele contribute to his side’s 6-1 win over Girona on Saturday and feels the pair are progressing well.Valverde started Coutinho, Dembele, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez together for the first time and he was buoyed by the efforts of this season’s two blockbusting signings.Coutinho opened his La Liga account with an excellent long-range strike, while both he and Dembele set up Luis Suarez on his way to a hat-trick, with Lionel Messi netting twice. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And while Messi and Suarez took most plaudits for turning the result around after Girona’s early opening goal, Valverde feels things are coming together with Dembele and Coutinho.”When a player scores as Coutinho did he gains more and more confidence, which is what a player is always looking for,” he told reporters.”They are players who have to help us and who are already doing it, each with their own characteristics.”Dembele has a more extreme profile, he brings more depth [to Barcelona’s play] but he has had problems with injuries and skipped that period of adaptation. That’s why he’s still getting used to the team.”Coutinho plays very well in the inside game. I think both have taken a step forward today.”As well as his goal scoring heroics, Suarez’s actions towards the end of the game became the subject of debate.Some observers alleged Suarez was trying to get a yellow card that would have resulted in a suspension for Thursday’s trip to Las Palmas, clearing his disciplinary slate for Atletico Madrid’s crunch visit to Camp Nou next weekend.Referee Javier Alberola showed leniency with Suarez but Spain left-back Jordi Alba will miss the Las Palmas game after he was carded for bringing down Pablo Maffeo.Asked about the events during the final minutes, Valverde said: “They are moments of the game and the referee decides.”I have nothing to say about that. If we have a setback due to an accumulation of bookings, another player will play. We’ll decide what we do.”
India Today Web Desk BridgetownFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 21, 2019 00:10 IST Chris Gayle is now the man with most sixes in international cricket (@windiescricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle hit a six off Moeen Ali to become the man with most international sixesGayle surpased Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi during the 1st ODI between West Indies and EnglandGayle has announced that he will retire at the end of 2019 ICC Cricket World CupChris Gayle toppled Shahid Afridi to top the list of most international sixes during the 1st ODI between West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on Wednesday.Gayle hit a six of the first ball in the 15th over of the West Indies innings off Moeen Ali to surpass Pakistan’s Afridi. Gayle now has 488 international sixes, one more than Afridi.Gayle went on to score his 24th ODI hundred, finally being dismissed by Ben Stokes in the 47th over. Gayle scored 135 from 129 balls, including three fours and 12 maximums.Third on that list is former New Zealand wicket-keeper-batsman Brendon McCullum, who has hit 398 international sixes. former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya is fourth with international sixes 352.India’s Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni come in fifth and sixth on the list with 349 and 348 international sixes, followed by AB de Villiers, who has 328 international sixes.Gayle before the start of the three-match ODI series between West Indies and England had announced that he will retire at the end of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England & Wales.”I’m in good condition. The body is feeling good and I’m pleased with that. I’ve lost a bit of weight and I don’t want to get too big. I’m still working on my six pack. I’m trying to keep up with the youngsters in the field who are like cats the way they chase the ball. I still have it in me and I’m still enjoying it,” Gayle had said about his retirement.advertisement”I don’t know who is opening the bowling for England, but any bowler is going to beware of Chris Gayle. That doesn’t change because he is 39 now, they are going to be saying ‘yes, he’s got some grey hair in his beard, let’s get him now, this is the perfect time to get the ‘Universe Boss’ now he is 39′.”Gayle, aged 39-year-old, is the second most capped West Indies player with 284 matches and is also the second highest run-scorer with 9,727 runs, behind only West Indies legend Brian Lara – who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches.Gayle has the most centuries by a West Indian in ODI, with 23, as well as the highest score of 215 ( which he scored in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Zimbabwe. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.Also Read | West Indies need better batting: Ian BishopFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow Shahid AfridiFollow most international sixesFollow West Indies vs EnglandFollow 1st ODI Chris Gayle breaks Shahid Afridi’s record for most sixes in international cricketWest Indies star batsman Chris Gayle surpassed Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi to top the list of most international sixes. Gayle has announced that he will retire at the end of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England & Wales.advertisement
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zoom Norwegian owner and operator of LNG floating terminals Höegh LNG Holdings has agreed to sell the entity that owns the FSRU Höegh Gallant to its spin-off Höegh LNG Partners for a purchase price of USD 370 million.The existing debt related to the Höegh Gallant is approximately USD 183 million and will continue to be outstanding. The purchase price will be settled by the cancellation of a USD 140 million demand note from Höegh LNG Partners to Höegh LNG Holdings, and the issuance of a seller’s credit of USD 47 million, due in 18 months with an interest rate of 8% per annum. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of September 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions.Höegh Gallant is operating under a charter with the government-owned Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) that expires in April 2020.Additionally, Höegh LNG Partners has the right to cause Höegh LNG Holdings to charter the vessel from the expiry of the EGAS charter until July 2025 at a rate equal to 90% of the rate payable pursuant to the current charter.Höegh LNG and Höegh LNG Partners continue to await the consent of the charterer as to the proposed drop down of the FSRU Independence.
TORONTO – A student-led campaign at Ryerson University is pushing for the school to change its name out of respect for residential school survivors.But the proposal from the Ryerson Students Union and the Indigenous Students Association has prompted considerable backlash from the wider student community, who criticize it as being impractical and disrespectful in its own right.The downtown Toronto university is named for Egerton Ryerson, a pioneer of public education in Ontario who is widely believed to have helped shape residential school policy through his ideas on education for Indigenous children.The school has previously stated that Ryerson’s ideas did help contribute to the system that has since been described as a “cultural genocide” and acknowledged the need to commit to respectful relationships with Indigenous students.The request for a name change is one of 11 demands the students union posted on its Facebook page on Canada Day under the hashtag #resist150.Others include removing a statue of Ryerson that currently stands on campus, creating an Indigenous-only space for students, and implementing mandatory Indigenous content in all programs.But the demands have sparked controversy both in and out of the union.Union president Susanne Nyaga said at least one executive member has expressed a desire to rethink his position on the issue, and the union itself may have to revise its stance after further discussions.Students outside the union, meanwhile, have decried the idea of changing the school’s name. They’ve pointed out the financial costs of a major rebranding, expressed concerns that changing the name could pose problems for previous graduates who hold a Ryerson diploma, and argued that expunging Egerton Ryerson’s name and likeness from campus is not a sound way of acknowledging a dark episode in Canada’s history.“The statue must remain, and the name of the school,” wrote one Facebook poster identifying herself as Indigenous. “Why? It’s the history of the school. You do not have to agree with it, but it is the history of what people back then were thinking. It is a reminder…No ones hands are clean when it comes to the history of Canada.”The demand that drew perhaps the highest number of critical or derisive comments states that the school should “change the name of Ryerson University to a name that does not celebrate a man who supported and created the structures of colonial genocide.”Other demands include implementing three specific recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as more modest ideas such as hosting at least one annual powwow per year and encouraging the adoption of the orange shirt campaign to commemorate residential school survivors.Nyaga said it was Indigenous student groups on campus that initiated the campaign, not the union itself, which operates independently of Ryerson University despite being funded by student dollars. She said those groups have long considered Egerton Ryerson’s legacy as problematic.“These conversations have been happening amongst Indigenous students for years,” she said. “The difference is that the RSU is supporting Indigenous students and standing in solidarity with them this time.”But solidarity is not yet established internally, she acknowledged, saying the next union board meeting on July 19 will likely feature some discussion of the issue. It is possible that the union may wind up withdrawing its support for the demands, she said, adding that she personally supports them all.The university said in a statement that it was looking forward to hearing the union’s concerns so they could work together productively.“Ryerson University values the equitable, intentional and ongoing engagement of equity, diversity and inclusion within every facet of university life,” the statement said. “As always, we invite any students or student groups with concerns to contact university administration directly.”The school had previously acknowledged the problematic legacy of its namesake.In October 2010, the school issued a statement describing Egerton Ryerson as someone who believed in different systems of education for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.“These beliefs influenced, in part, the establishment of what became the Indian Residential School system that has had such a devastating impact on First Nations, Métis and Inuit people across Canada,” the statement said. “While Egerton Ryerson did not implement or oversee Indian Residential Schools, his ideas were used by others to create their blueprint. It is important to acknowledge this connection and in so doing emphasize the university’s ongoing and proactive commitment to respectful relationships with Aboriginal communities.”This is the second time in recent weeks that the names of residential school architects have come under scrutiny.Late last month, the name of founding father Hector-Louis Langevin was stripped from the building that houses the Prime Minister’s Office on Parliament Hill.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government was responding to feedback that there was “deep pain” associated with seeing the name on a government building.He said the building would now simply be called the Office of the Prime Minister and the Privy Council.
North American markets were subdued Wednesday ahead of a much-anticipated announcement this afternoon from the U.S. Federal Reserve at the end of its two-day policy meeting.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 24.20 points to 12,809.91. The Canadian dollar fell 0.12 of a cent to 97.01 cents US.The Fed is expected to announce that it will begin to reduce its massive $85-billion-a month bond-buying program, which was launched after the 2008 financial crisis to boost the flailing U.S. economy.The plan was put in place to keep borrowing rates low, resulting in more investors in the markets and fuelling market rallies across the globe.Since May, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke has hinted that the central bank will begin to scale back its stimulus once it has enough data to show that the economy is recovering. The markets are expecting the Fed to announce a $10 billion reduction in monthly bond purchases.What will be most important is the wording that accompanies the announcement, as investors listen to hear whether more hints will be dropped on the pace of future stimulus reductions.Bernanke is set to make an announcement at 2:30 p.m. ET.Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will give a morning speech in Vancouver, followed by an afternoon news briefing, before the Fed’s announcement.Wall Street was slightly higher as the Dow Jones index jumped dropped 15.06 points to 15,514.67, the Nasdaq was up 4.43 points to 3,750.13 and the S&P 500 climbed 0.57 of a point to 1,705.33.Prior to the Fed speech, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that builders started work in August on the highest number of single-family homes in the last six months and requested permits to build more. The figures suggest housing is a driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates.Meanwhile, in corporate news, smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) announced that a new phone will hit the markets in the coming weeks. The BlackBerry Z30 comes with a five-inch display, which means it’s about the same size as its competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S4. The company says the phone has a larger battery that will last for up to 25 hours.The Waterloo, Ont., company says the new phone will be available at a number of Canadian carriers, though specific dates haven’t been announced.BlackBerry has been in the midst of major changes with its organization and has a committee considering strategic alternatives, which could include the sale of the company. Its shares rose 1.10 per cent, or 12 cents, to $11 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The TSX was mixed, as the energy sector came out as the leading advancer with an uptick of 0.18 per cent as the October crude contract gained 47 cents to US$105.89 a barrel.The gold sector was the leading decliner, down by 0.99 per cent, as December bullion fell $12.70 to US$1,296.70 an ounce.The metals and mining sector was up slightly at 0.08 per cent, while December copper was ahead four cents to US$3.27 a pound.Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.2 per cent to 6,580.02. Germany’s DAX advanced 0.3 per cent to 8,618.78. France’s CAC-40 gained 0.2 per cent to 4,154.99.In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.4 per cent to close at 14,505.36. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.3 per cent to 5,238.10. South Korean markets were closed for a public holiday. Benchmarks in mainland China, India, New Zealand and Singapore rose while the Philippines and Indonesia fell.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, which gained more than 1,000 points so far this September by Tuesday’s close, fell 0.3 per cent to 23,117.45 as investors booked profits.
TORONTO — With a graduate degree from Columbia University in hand, Nathan Epstein was an attractive candidate for a job in the banking industry.Shortly after kicking off his search, Epstein — who had studied applied math, programming and economics — landed an offer writing code for the derivatives trading division of one of the big U.S. banks. He was planning to take the gig, until he chatted with Toronto-based online investment adviser WealthSimple.“They had a culture and a work opportunity that was totally unlike what was being offered by other places,” says Epstein, who found himself moving to Toronto last spring to become a software engineer for the upstart.How one of Canada’s oldest banks is acting like a young tech company: ‘We’re becoming cooler’Five ways Canada’s startup ecosystem can catch up with the world’s top innovatorsBanks face stiff competition when it comes to attracting and retaining the kind of talent they need to meet the evolving needs of customers in an increasingly digital world. In addition to a general shortage of candidates with technical skills, many of the recruits who would have traditionally gone to work for large financial institutions are opting instead for jobs in small financial technology, or fintech, companies.Darryl Dyck /THE CANADIAN PRESS “I don’t think it’s any surprise that we are experiencing challenges finding talent, specifically in digital,” says Aayaz Pira, vice-president of digital channels at CIBC.“I don’t think that’s only for banks. I think that’s generally in Canada. Fintechs are finding smart people, we’re finding smart people, but generally speaking, digital was nascent in Canada for many years.”While upstarts allow employees to work flexible hours, wear jeans to the office and play beer pong during lunch breaks, those who work for such companies say the differences in corporate culture go beyond such superficialities.Greater learning opportunities, less red tape and the chance to work on problems they feel genuinely passionate about are some of the reasons cited by those who have chosen to work at tech-savvy startups over traditional financial institutions.“When we want to make a change we talk about it in the morning and we’re building in the afternoon,” says Darryl Knopp, who took a job with Vancouver-based online lender Grow after more than 20 years in the financial services industry.“That’s an inspiring environment. It’s very difficult to do that at large institutions,” he adds.Kevin Sandhu, the founder of Grow had himself ditched a career on Bay Street, including a stint at the Royal Bank of Canada, to start the company in late 2013 after eight years in investment banking and private equity.“Big, stodgy corporate environments that were so averse to change really, really frustrated me,” Sandhu says. He was also frustrated with how little the financial services world was taking advantage of new technologies and advancements in data analytics.In an effort to attract tech-savvy new talent, some of the big Canadian banks are modifying their workplaces to bring them more in line with what one might see in Silicon Valley.Last year, Scotiabank announced plans to launch a “digital factory” in Toronto that will bring 350 tech jobs, including user experience designers and data scientists, under one roof.Fintechs are finding smart people, we’re finding smart people, but generally speaking, digital was nascent in Canada for many yearsThe workplace environment will feel “very much similar” to that of a fintech company, says Mike Henry, Scotiabank’s executive vice-president of retail payments, deposits and unsecured lending. Henry made his comments during a panel hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto last month.Meanwhile, CIBC has sponsored hackathons, launched an innovation lab in Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District and transformed one of its workspaces in downtown Toronto into a digital office, complete with pizza parties and a foosball table.“The world of banking is changing,” Pira says. “You’re seeing a lot of the banks talking about how they’re trying to adjust their culture — we’ve done the same. We are fully casual. We’re all in jeans.”
MONTREAL — Quebec-based Pacini Restaurants Inc. is aiming to pierce the U.S. market and expand across Canada as it prepares to open more than 200 locations across North America within the next decade.The privately owned Italian-style chain is looking to partner with hotel chains that it hopes will become franchisees.President Nathalie Lehoux says the company is looking to take advantage of hotels seeking to open restaurants that will attract a large clientele beyond just hotel guests.By fall, Pacini will have 30 restaurants open in Canada, with 25 in Quebec.It’s in the process of opening its first Ontario location in Mississauga at a Marriott Hotel and will soon have three in Alberta.Lehoux says it hopes to have at least two locations in every province but wouldn’t say how many it expects to have in the U.S.
Phoning into the regular news briefing at UN Headquarters from the war-ravaged city, Sajjad Malik, Acting Resident Coordinator for Syria, told reporters said that while “nothing prepared us for what we saw inside there,” children were coming out of damaged buildings and playing on rubble and that there was “some sense of optimism and hope, because the guns have fallen.” While UN agencies are still unable to provide an exact number of the people currently in Aleppo, Mr. Malik estimated that some 1.5 million are in the city, including 400,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). Some four million people lived in the city before the crisis. “The immediate needs,” he said, “are enormous.”Mr. Malik said that 106 UN staff members are going in and out of the eastern part of the city on a daily basis and are seeking reinforcements from the capital, Damascus, as soon as possible. Spotlighting the extent of some of the humanitarian activities on the ground, he said that to date, some 1.1 million people have access to safe drinking water, seven mobile clinics are providing medical support, 10,000 children have been vaccinated against polio, more than 1,000 wounded children have been sent to hospitals, and 20,000 people are receiving hot meals each day.Rubble, he added, needs to be removed, and the conversation has quickly shifted to discuss how residents can begin to rebuild their lives. So far, some 2,200 families have returned. Yet, many children in Aleppo have gone four to five years without education and are in serious need of psychosocial support – services that the UN International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun to provide in at least one area.“Give peace a chance, for once. Do not let them have their hopes dashed again,” urged Mr. Malik. “If there are unresolved issues, let them be addressed differently so that peace can continue here.” He underlined that the last four or five days without violence had already made a huge difference, as evidenced by the optimism of aid workers who have been in the city for months and children who have begun to play in the streets.Following questions about the security situation in the city, Mr. Malik confirmed that there are Syrian soldiers present and that despite continued checkpoints, UN agencies have access to all but one district of Aleppo, which is not yet open to civilians. Aid workers were initially accompanied by staff from the governor’s office, but are now operating freely.Mr. Malik reported that agencies continue to be concerned about feeble infrastructure and families who have not yet been reunited, but that they have neither seen nor received reports about crackdowns on returnees.He also verified that the January plan for the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has been confirmed, but that the details would need to be worked out. Meanwhile, he emphasized that agencies would require many more reinforcements and resources in order to meet not only long-term reconstruction, but short to medium-term needs as well.“There is optimism, there is hope. Peace needs to be given a chance,” he reiterated. Destroyed health centre in Sakhour, east Aleppo, Syria, which, four years ago, provided 20,000 Iraqi refugees with health care. Today, the UN is looking into its rehabilitation. Photo: OCHA/MB
They were sheltering in a house belonging to the family in the village of Mullah Hafez, Jaghato district, Maidan Wardak, when it was destroyed by an aerial missile. “Ten of those killed were children whose ages ranged from six, to 15. Eight were girls”, said a statement from the Mission.“UNAMA is currently reviewing reports of civilian casualties from a number of alleged airstrikes in other parts of the country,” the statement continued. “UNAMA continues to work to verify whether Afghan or international military forces were responsible for the civilian casualties from recent strikes.”UNAMA notes its strong concern with the rising numbers of civilian deaths and injuries caused by aerial operationsUNAMA is mandated by the UN Security Council to establish the facts surrounding civilian casualties independently, in an effort to try and prevent civilian deaths in the future.The mission registered its “strong concern with the rising numbers of civilian deaths and injuries caused by aerial operations and urges all parties to take additional measures to prevent harm to the civilian population.”In figures also released on Tuesday, UNAMA said it had documented 353 civilian casualties from air attacks during the first six months of the year, with 149 registered deaths and 204 injured – a 52 per cent increase on the same period last year.Approximately seven per cent of all civilian casualties in the Afghan conflict in the first half of 2018 were attributed to air operations.The Mission attributed just over half of all civilian casualties from aerial attacks to the Afghan Air Force, 45 per cent to international military forces, and the remaining three per cent to unidentified pro-Government Forces.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan arraigned with father-in-law’s murderAugust 2, 2018In “Court”Man stabs brother to death during drinking spreeMay 6, 2018In “Crime”North West man to be arraigned soon over alleged murder of wifeJuly 20, 2018In “Crime” A farmer was on Saturday killed by his son-in-law after the elderly man intervened in a fight between him and his wife at Port Kaituma, North West District (NWD).The dead man has been identified as 67-year-old Dennis Williams of Canal Bank, Port Kaituma, NWD.Based on reports received, at about 03:00h on Saturday morning, the 36-year-old suspect and two of friends were consuming alcohol outside of his home and as the time swiftly went by, he he allowed the two friends to stay over.However, his wife and daughter later ventured out into the yard to to use the washroom and it was then the suspect accused the woman of leaving the house to see his friends. As such, he began to beat the woman and she started to scream.Upon hearing the commotion, her father who resides in close proximity reportedly crossed the river with his boat and stopped the man from beating his daughter. Nevertheless, to avoid a re occurrence, Williams reportedly stayed at the house with his daughter until the break of day.About 06:30h, Williams was returning home in his boat and shortly after the suspect jumped into a boat powered by an outboard engine and in a fir of rage, he drove over the elderly man. Williams fell into the water and disappeared.A search was launched and the now dead man’s lifeless body was pulled from the river. He sustained severe injuries to his head. He was taken to the Port Kaituma Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect was arrested and is expected to be charged with murder.
TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Related Items:ad control technology, digicel, jaimca Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWednesday, 30th September 2015 — Kingston, Jamaica. Digicel, a leading provider of communications and entertainment services to customers in the Caribbean and South Pacific, announced today that it is deploying ad control technology at the network level on its networks across the globe to ensure a better experience for customers and to encourage the likes of Google, Facebook and Yahoo to help connect the 4.2 billion unconnected people across the globe. Ad control technology benefits both consumers and network operators alike. With ads using up as much as 10% of a customers’ data plan allowance, this move will allow customers to browse the mobile web and apps without interruption from unwanted advertising messages.Starting in Jamaica and rolling out to its other markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific in the coming months, Digicel will work with Israeli start-up, Shine Technologies, to be the first operator worldwide to deploy Shine’s mobile ad control technology at the network level. Shine’s technology blocks display and video ads inserted by ad networks in both mobile browsers and apps.For network operators meanwhile, for whom bandwidth is one of the most costly considerations, Digicel is looking to companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook to enter into revenue sharing agreements with it so that this money in turn can be reinvested in network deployment and ultimately the bridging of the digital divide. Currently, these companies do not pay to make use of the network and the services they provide on it suck up bandwidth to make money for themselves through advertising while putting no money in.Broadband has proven to be transformative in both developed and developing countries alike promising to improve people’s lives and livelihoods and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. In line with this, network operators across the world are investing billions in deploying state-of-the-art networks. Latest figures from the ITU state that 43% of the global population now has some form of regular access to the internet, but there are still some 4.2 billion people who do not. And in the least developed countries, this number drops to a very low one in ten people who have access.Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Digicel Group, explains; “This is about giving customers the best experience and about getting access to broadband to the unconnected and allowing them to benefit from the opportunities it affords. Companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook talk a great game and take a lot of credit when it comes to pushing the idea of broadband for all – but they put no money in. Instead they unashamedly trade off the efforts and investments of network operators like Digicel to make money for themselves. That’s unacceptable, and we as a network operator, are taking a stand against them to force them to put their hands in their pockets and play a real role in improving the opportunities for economic empowerment for the global population.”Ron Porat, CEO at Shine, explains; “Shine is dedicated to putting a stop to the abusive behavior of mobile advertising toward the network operator and the consumer. As the first operator worldwide to deploy our technology at the network level, Digicel is making a clear call for an improved customer experience. We believe it is now time for everyone in the digital advertising ecosystem to look to the future and start having a conversation about how better and sustainable digital advertising can be created to foster stronger, mutually beneficial relationships that are based on transparency and trust.” Recommended for you Thousands without power in TCI
The Vancouver Housing Authority wants to build a 30-unit studio apartment building for chronically homeless people who haven’t cleaned up their acts, and maybe never will.If the plan is approved, the 16,000-square-foot building would rise directly across the street from Share House, the men’s shelter and soup kitchen on West 13th Street in downtown Vancouver. The new facility, named Lincoln Place, would be on Lincoln Avenue between 13th and 14th streets.Living in the building would be people who are still struggling with the problems that contributed to their homelessness — chiefly, mental illness, substance abuse and addiction. It would be considered permanent housing for them, according to Vancouver Housing Authority Executive Director Roy Johnson, whether or not they ever beat those problems.Still more of the chronically homeless would be placed at scattered sites owned by willing local landlords, said Amy Reynolds, the program director at Share. Overall there are “at least 70” chronically homeless people in the area who have been identified by outreach teams as being at the greatest risk of dying on the streets unless they are helped into housing, she said.“Housing First” is the theory behind the plan. That’s a model for fighting hard-core homelessness that’s had “great results” across the nation, said Andy Silver, executive director of the Council for the Homeless. It means getting people into housing quickly, no matter their troubles, and then assessing their needs and providing the services that will help keep them off the streets in the future. Click to enlarge.
To that end, Newsweek/Daily Beast has officially announced that Jane Harman, the late chairman’s wife and the president/CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will act in the director role on The Newsweek Daily Beast Company board of directors. Barry Diller, the owner of Daily Beast, will take on the role of executive chairman.Sydney Harman, an audio entrepreneur, bought Newsweek from the Washington Post Co. in August 2010. Jane Harman is a former U.S. representative for California’s 36th Congressional district. Newsweek and Daily Beast officially merged on February 1st, and debuted a redesign days later with the March 7th installment of the Tina Brown-led publication. In the days after Sidney Harman’s death (due to leukemia complications) on April 13th, the media speculated who would replace him in the role of Newsweek chairman. General responses to the question maintained that the position would remain in the family. On her new role of director, Harman says, “I have agreed to represent the Harman family’s fifty percent interest in Newsweek and The Daily Beast and to join Barry Diller on the Board. The Harman family fully endorsed Sidney’s vision to save and restore Newsweek, and to merge it with The Daily Beast.”
Post a comment Tags 0 Zombieland: Double Tap trailer shows the group has made its way to DC. Sony Pictures Zombieland: Double Tap is the sequel many zombie fans have been wanting since the original came out in 2009. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are returning in a new adventure in a post-apocalyptic US. A new trailer Thursday for Zombieland: Double Tap shows the survivors made their way to Washington, DC, to take over the White House. It seems like the four have a new place to call home, but Little Rock runs away and meets Berkeley (Avan Jogia). The rest of the group sets out into the zombie world to go find her. Share your voice When out searching for Little Rock, Columbus meets another survivor, Madison (Zoey Deutch). It appears there might be some romantic tension as he and Wichita were an item. Also in the trailer is Rosario Dawson (Clerks II, Sin City) as Nevada, though there’s nothing in the clip explaining her back story. At the end of the trailer, Luke Wilson (Old School, Idiocracy) and Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) show up and appear to be bizarro versions of Tallahassee and Columbus. There’s no explanation given in the trailer and the Zombieland: Double Tap IMdB page has no name for their characters. Zombieland: Double Tap hits theaters on Oct. 18. TV and Movies
Mt. Hunter (Wikimedia commons photo)An Alaska Range glacier melted faster last century than it did in the previous 300 years. That’s the finding of a study that analyzed ice cores drilled on Mt. Hunter. Listen nowLead author, Dartmouth College research assistant Dominic Winski says the glacial ice cores provide a unique high altitude temperature record for the North Pacific region.“So, this sort of provides the first window in what’s going on in the upper atmosphere, over Alaska,” Winski said. “And it’s even more rapidly changing than what’s going down in the lowlands.”Winski says Hunter provides an ideal location to gauge the affect of climate change at high altitude.”Any sort of winds or precipitation that come off the Pacific wind up being deposited in the front of the Alaska Range, right near where we set up on Mt. Hunter,” Winski said. “And, more specifically, we needed a site that had the right topography and the right glaciology to be able to recover a nice ice core.”Each glacier exerts unique forces that compress ice, but Winski says even before computing those effects, evidence of faster seasonal melting was apparent in the ice cores, telling a story of climate change.“Before the 20th century, these melted ones were extremely rare, and sometimes you’d go for decades or more and it would never melt,” Winski said. “And that was obvious initially when we were counting all of these layers, and then we spent the next few years making all these corrections and really convincing ourselves that the trend that seemed so obvious was, in fact, a real trend.”Winski says the increased melting corresponds with more frequent El Nino conditions in the equatorial Pacific. The ocean warming forces warm air into the upper atmosphere, where it flows toward the poles, running into high peaks like Mt. Hunter. In an effort to gain a longer term perspective, Winksi says the research team hopes to analyze even further down the Mt. Hunter ice cores.”This ice core that we drilled on Mt. Hunter actually goes back at least 1,200 years, but potentially thousands more,” Winski said.Winski says if the team can interpret the ultra-compressed ice, it will provide better context to the last centuries warming relative to a much longer time span. Dartmouth College, and the Universities of Maine and New Hampshire collaborated on the National Science Foundation funded research. It’s published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
Fathima Babu and Kamal Haasan.PR HandoutFathima Babu is rumoured to be the first contestant to be out of Bigg Boss Tamil 3. She has got lesser votes than the other contestants, who were in the danger zone in Kamal Haasan-hosted show this week.Rumours are doing rounds that Fathima Babu has ended her journey in the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 show. Apart from her, Saravanan, Meera Mitun, Sakshi Agarwal, Cheran, Jangiri Madhumitha and Kavin were facing the elimination this week. Earlier Story:Looking at the comments on social media sites, all seven contestants have failed to secure viewers’ love and respect. Saravanan and Fathima had remained mute spectators over the fights and other issues inside the house, which had not impressed the fans. Whereas Cheran seems to be playing a safe game.Despite being a victim of bullying, Meera had not garnered viewers’ sympathy, while Madhumitha’s Tamil card which she used this week to win over an argument, was apparently not reaping much benefits.Going by the comments online, netizens desperately wanted Sakshi Aggarwal to be out of Kamal Haasan-hosted show and she was followed by Kavin. However, they might found themselves safe as their stay promises a lot of entertainment in the days to come, feel a section of the audience.Fathima Babu, Losliya Mariyanesan, Sakshi Agarwal, Jangiri Madhumitha, Kavin, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Saravanan, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Cheran, Sherin Shringar, Mohan Vaidya, Tharshan Thiyagarajah, Sandy, Mugen Rao and Reshma Pasupuleti are the 15 contestants who entered the show on an opening day. Meera Mitun joined them a day later in Bigg Boss Tamil house.