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Raptors leading Warriors at halftime of Game 3

first_imgToronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, foreground, reaches for the ball in front of Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Kyle Lowry has 15 points, Pascal Siakam has 14 and the Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors 60-52 at halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.All five Raptors starters have at least eight points.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Leonard is playing at Oracle for the first time since the game in May 2017 when Zaza Pachulia closed out on him, got a foot in his landing space and caused Leonard to turn his ankle.That knocked him out of that season’s West finals with San Antonio, and the Warriors went on to win the NBA title.Wednesday night’s winner will take a 2-1 lead in the title series.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Only one Warriors starter has scored that many. That would be Stephen Curry, who leads everybody with 25 points. That ties his playoff career first-half high, and is the most he’s ever had in a single half of a finals game.The Raptors led by as many as 14. Lowry has three fouls, picking up his third with a half-minute remaining in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKlay Thompson is out, and Kevin Durant is missing yet again for Golden State. Stephen Curry has more than tried to pick up the scoring slack, and he has 17 points on 6 for 11 shooting so far. The 11 shots are the most he’s ever taken in a single quarter of a finals game.With Thompson sidelined with a strained hamstring, the Warriors used their 10th different starting lineup of the playoffs. That’s the most that any team has ever used in a single postseason, at least since such things started being tracked in 1971. Full strength Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

French Formula 2 Driver Anthoine Hubert Dies After Horrific High-Speed Crash in Belgian Grand Prix

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium: French racing driver Anthoine Hubert died following a high-speed crash during a Formula Two race at the Belgian Grand Prix, motorsport’s governing body said on Saturday.The 22-year-old was hit by Ecuadorian-American driver Juan Manuel Correa after he had already gone off into the barriers at the Spa-Francorchamps track’s fast Raidillon corner. The governing FIA said in a statement that Hubert died at 18:35 local time and it had begun an investigation into the incident.Correa, who was also injured in the crash, was in a stable condition and was receiving treatment at the CHU Liege hospital, the FIA added.The crash, which involved multiple cars, occurred on the second lap of the race, with medical crews rushing to the scene before taking the drivers to the circuit’s medical centre.The race was first suspended and was later abandoned.The series cancelled its second race of the weekend, which was scheduled to take place ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.Hubert graduated to Formula Two, a proving ground for Formula One hopefuls, this season after clinching the GP3 championship last year.Driving for Arden, he won two races this year in Monaco and at his home Grand Prix in France and was eighth in the overall standings.Hubert’s death is the first driver fatality at a Formula One race weekend since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed at Imola in 1994.Jules Bianchi, who suffered serious head injuries at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014, succumbed to his injuries in July the following year.Many of the drivers who race in Formula Two either have links to Formula One teams or are part of their young driver programmes.Hubert was a member of the Renault young driver academy and tributes to the Frenchman poured in.”Anthoine was a bright young man,” said Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul.”His performance and conduct on and off track was that of a true gentleman and it was a pleasure and honour to have had him within our academy.“He will be sorely missed by our teams at Enstone and Viry. His spirit will remain with the team and we will race in his memory.”Five-times Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton paid his respects in a social media post.”Anthoine is a hero as far as I’m concerned, for taking the risk he did to chase his dreams,” the Briton said on Instagram.”I’m so sad that this has happened. Let’s lift him up and remember him.”Rest in peace brother.” Anthoine Hubertbelgium Grand PrixFormula 2lewis hamilton First Published: September 2, 2019, 8:05 AM ISTlast_img read more

Report: West Ham 0 Man City 4

first_imgManchester City stormed to a 4-0 victory at London Stadium as West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini endured an unhappy reunion with his former employers.Pellegrini masterminded City’s 2013-14 Premier League title triumph and one of the heroes of that campaign, David Silva, opened the scoring in the 11th minute – the evergreen playmaker’s fourth in as many matches.Raheem Sterling, who Pellegrini made City’s record signing in 2015, scored the second and turned provider for Leroy Sane to put the game beyond the Hammers in the 34th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! West Ham enjoyed their share of chances and Michail Antonio struck the post after half-time, before Sane blasted past Aaron Cresswell’s best efforts on the line in the game’s final act.As in the 3-1 derby win over Manchester United last time out, Silva was on hand to find the breakthrough – deftly touching home Sterling’s deflected cross at the near post having fired an earlier chance into the side netting.West Ham had made an enterprising start but were left with a mountain to climb in the 19th minute, as Sane gained the yard of space he required around the outside of Pablo Zabaleta and crossed for Sterling to tap in.Keep us smiling like this, lads!  pic.twitter.com/dYLkvXuftC— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 24, 2018The hosts continued to pose questions of Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of the champions’ defence, with Marko Arnautovic and Antonio forcing goalkeeper Ederson into action.Issa Diop made a superb last-ditch challenge to frustrate Sane but the Germany winger then left his centre-back partner Fabian Balbuena sprawled on his back as he coolly converted Sterling’s pass.Antonio’s profligacy remained a theme after the break when he powered past Fabian Delph but drilled against the base of the near post.Arnautovic hobbled off before the end with an apparent knee problem – arguably a far greater concern for West Ham than Sane clattering into the bottom corner in stoppage time.What does it mean? City threatening to crush the competitionLiverpool’s 3-0 win at Watford which means City’s lead at the summit remains a mere two points. But they look ominous in this mood and, for now, the chasing pack need to hang in there and wait for the champions’ level to drop. West Ham have only won one of their last six but comparable efforts in their forthcoming games will surely improve on that return.Silva’s purple patch continuesGiven his persistent brilliance since joining City from Valencia in 2010, suggesting Silva is playing the best football of his career is not a statement to make lightly. But the way he weaves silken threads through all the best work Pep Guardiola’s team produce – few players have ever felt so purpose-built for the Catalan’s approach – is truly something to behold. A relative weakness in front of goal has been a minor blot throughout Silva’s decorated career. He now has five in City’s past six matches and eight for the season.Masuaku must do betterWest Ham causing frequent discomfort for City, only to find themselves 3-0 down before the break, demonstrated how fine the margins are against the league leaders. Unfortunately for his tireless team-mates, the lackadaisical display left-back Arthur Masuaku turned in was a recipe for trouble. A moment’s hesitation allowed Sterling to nip in for number two, while life was far too easy for the England winger when it came to setting up Sane’s goal.Cresswell’s introduction at the break felt like a mercy substitution.Key Opta facts- Manchester City became the second non-London club to win six consecutive top-flight games in the capital after Portsmouth did so between 1950 and 1951. – West Ham have lost all four of their meetings with Man City at the London Stadium in all competitions, scoring just once and conceding 17. – Man City are only the second team to score 4+ goals in three consecutive Premier League away games against the same opponent, after Chelsea at Bolton (2009-2011).- Man City are unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League games (W16 D3), conceding just eight goals in this run. – Manchester City’s David Silva has been involved in more goals against West Ham in all competitions than he has against any other opponent for the club (10 – 6 goals, 4 assists).What’s nextCity will look to avenge their only defeat of the season against Lyon in the Champions League on Tuesday. They entertain Bournemouth next weekend, when West Ham will target a return to winning ways at Newcastle United. read morelast_img read more

Jeep used in Rajinis movie to be displayed in auto museum

first_imgChennai, May 30(PTI): The jeep currently being used by Tamil superstar Rajinikanth for his upcoming flick Kaala Karikalan would find its way to an auto museum proposed to be set up by diversified business conglomerate Mahindra Group, in Mumbai.The 67-year-old actor is currently in Mumbai shooting for the film Kaala Karikalan(Kaala), produced by Wunderbar Films, promoted by the Rajinikanths son-in-law Dhanush.The films title and the first photographs were recently shared by Dhanush on social networking sites.In one of the pictures, Rajinikanth is seen casually dressed sporting a sunglass and sitting on top of a Mahindra Thar jeep.Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra and a prominent industrialist, in a tweet expressed his desire to use the car in the proposed auto museum to be set up by the Group.”When the legend @superstarrajini uses a car as a throne, it becomes a legend..#Thar,” Mahindra said in a series of tweets.”Whoever knows the whereabouts of the #Thar used for this shoot please let us know.. Id like to acquire it for our company auto museum,” he said.Responding to the tweet by Mahindra, Dhanush said he would ensure that the car reaches him upon completion of the film shoot.”Thank you so much sir!!! The vehicle is being used by the superstar for shoot currently. Once completed will ensure it reaches you:)” Dhanush tweeted.Reacting to the Dhanushs tweet, Mahindra said, “Fantastic.. Or maybe I should say-Wunderbar! Appreciate the response @dhanushkraja Good luck to you and the team.”advertisementTo a query made by a follower, Mahindra said the museum concept was being planned and cars were curated.”Its being planned. Cars being curated. Will most be in Kandivli, Mumbai”, Mahindra said.On the comments made by a follower that the photograph might be photoshopped, Mahindra said, “The car that was photoshopped is still a collectors item!.” PTI VIJ ROH RBSlast_img read more

‘United’ India can lift hockey World Cup after 43 years, says Ajitpal

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) A united India, “on and off the field”, has the capability to recreate history and lift the men’s hockey World Cup after 43 years, feels the country’s lone World Cup-winning captain Ajitpal Singh. India’s only World Cup triumph came in the third edition of the championships way back in 1975, after a 2-1 win over Pakistan at Kuala Lumpur. Since then the eight-time Olympic champions’ best performance at the World Cup was fifth-place finishes at the 1982 and 1994 editions. But this time around Ajitpal has high hopes from Harendra Singh’s brigade and feels the world ranked fifth Indian team can do wonders if they play to its potential and remain united throughout the event. “Our team is looking sharper, more combined, fitter. They have now learnt how top handle hockey on turf. But the team which plays together can achieve anything,” Ajitpal said on the sidelines of the release of a curated coffee table book titled ‘The Illustrated History of Indian Hockey: A Saga of Triumph, Pain and Dreams, authored by senior sports journalist V Krishnaswamy. “But for that we will have to remain united on and off the field. Our target should be nothing other than winning the Cup,” he added. The coffee table book was released by Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley in the presence of International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief Narinder Batra, Hockey India President Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General Rajinder Singh and CEO Elena Norman among others. The former hockey stalwart said anything less than semifinals would be a below-par performance for the Indians in front of their home fans.advertisement “We should know how to handle pressure. We should finish in top four and after that it can be anybody’s game,” Ajitpal said. Another hockey great Zafar Iqbal, a member of India’s last Olympic gold-winning side in 1980, opined with his senior teammate and said the hosts need to play like “champions” from the word go. “It won’t be easy as all the top hockey playing nations of the world will be vying for the Cup but India has a balanced team with a mixture of youth and experience,” he said. “We have the capability to play in the semis or the final but for that we should play like champions. “Definitely there will be pressure but the team is looking confident. We are now mentally much stronger and we should play tough hockey against any team,” he added. The men’s hockey World Cup will be played in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16. Hosts India will open their campaign against South Africa on the opening day of the event. PTI SSC AHlast_img read more

Eye Care Mission Could Exceed Surgery Target

first_img The 11-member Chinese technical team is performing free cataract surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on Jamaicans in need. The members, who began working at KPH from April 2 and will end on 26, comprise five ophthalmologists, three nurses, two engineers and one technician. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the visiting Bright Journey Eye Care Mission is set to exceed its target of 500 cataract surgeries. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the visiting Bright Journey Eye Care Mission is set to exceed its target of 500 cataract surgeries.The 11-member Chinese technical team is performing free cataract surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on Jamaicans in need.The members, who began working at KPH from April 2 and will end on 26, comprise five ophthalmologists, three nurses, two engineers and one technician.Speaking with JIS News during his visit to the hospital on North Street in Kingston on April 18, Dr. Tufton said 440 persons have benefited from the mission to date.“We would like to show our appreciation to the Chinese delegation that are here doing the surgeries. They came a few weeks ago with a commitment to do 500 surgeries and I understand they have done some 440. So, we are well on target to achieving the 500 mark and I am told we may exceed that, so it really demonstrates the importance of partnerships in public health. The mission has been successful and we would like to see more of it,” he noted.Dr. Tufton said he welcomes the collaboration with the Chinese Government to support this area of healthcare.“Eye care is a significant area in Jamaica. It is typically underserved. We are moving to sharpen the policy and improve the focus to ensure greater prevention and buildout capacity for curative measures,” he said.  Dr. Tufton said the collaboration has had several other positive results in shared knowledge and information between local and international medical teams.Retiree, Jo-Anne Bromfield, who had her surgery on April 10, said the experience was a positive one. “It was good. Thanks be to the Lord. I can see properly now,” she toldJIS News.Miguel Bradley, who also received the surgery on his right eye, said he can already see positive results from the procedure.“Things are brighter. I can see clearly. Before I had foggy vision, now I can see crystal clear,” he said.To date, 1,000 persons have been screened and 600 selected for surgery. In addition to the surgeries, the mission has also donated medical equipment to KPH, and offer training to the nurses and doctors.This is Bright Journey’s second visit to Jamaica. In May 2015, more than 200 Jamaicans benefited from free cataract surgeries at the KPH, while the hospital was gifted medical equipment and supplies valued at US$400,000.last_img read more

JMS to Design Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of …

first_img My location zoom MS Naval Architects of Mystic, CT was competitively awarded a contract from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to provide concept through contract-level design, shipyard bid support, and owner’s rep services for VIMS’ next research vessel.The VIMS research vessel will be used for scientific research in the main stem and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, and capable of conducting extended science missions in coastal and offshore areas within the Mid-Atlantic region.The JMS Coastal Research Vessel Series concept-model provides a multi-purpose, efficient and cost-effective platform from which scientists and educators can study coastal oceanic phenomena and explore physical, chemical, biological and geological processes. The design offers flexibility in science outfitting allowing for high utilization and affordable operating day rates. The vessel will be able to easily adapt to evolving scientific research areas such as environmental impact studies, offshore oil & gas exploration surveys, wind energy development surveys, and maintenance of ocean observing systems.The 80 foot VIMS vessel will be designed for multi-disciplinary coastal-science studies including fish and invertebrate sampling; bottom geological and benthic coring; deployment and retrieval of data buoys; heavy mooring, seismic and bathymetry surveys; mid-water and trawls; CTD and other vertical water-sampling deployments. The hull, propulsion and machinery systems will be designed for quiet operation for acoustic survey work and be equipped with state of-the-art technology with an emphasis on energy efficiency. JMS Naval Architects, October 2, 2013 Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Canada to apologize for turning away Naziera ship of Jews Trudeau says

first_imgTORONTO – Canada will formally apologize for turning away a boat full of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939, resulting in scores of them dying, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.In a well-received speech to a sold-out Jewish fundraising event, Trudeau said the decision by Canada to force the German ocean liner “MS St. Louis” to return to Europe was a blight on our collective past.“An apology in the House of Commons will not rewrite this shameful chapter of our history,” Trudeau said. “It will not bring back those who perished or repair the lives shattered by tragedy. But it is our hope that this long overdue apology will bring awareness to our failings, as we vow to never let history repeat itself.”In the run-up to the Second World War and the ensuing Holocaust, the Canadian government heeded anti-Semitic sentiment by severely restricting Jewish immigration. From 1933 to 1945, only about 5,000 Jewish refugees were accepted due to what Trudeau called “our discriminatory ‘none is too many’ immigration policy” in place at the time.He called the turning away of the ship a “most egregious” example of the misguided policy.The “St. Louis” was carrying 907 German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. Its captain, Gustav Schröder, tried in vain to find homes for his passengers. In addition to Cuba, the United States also turned away the refugees.Forced to return to Europe, 254 of those aboard eventually died in the slaughter that became the Holocaust.“We cannot turn away from this uncomfortable truth, and Canada’s part in it,” Trudeau said. “We must learn from this story, and let its lessons guide our actions going forward.”The March of the Living program has seen thousands of Holocaust survivors and others travel to Poland to honour the memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in concentration camps.Trudeau spoke eloquently of his own pilgrimage to Auschwitz, the infamous concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.“We stared at the barbed wire fences that once separated the enslaved from their captors. We marched along the railways that delivered so many Jews to their deaths,” Trudeau said.“My visit to Auschwitz will forever stay with me and guide my time — as prime minister, but also as a father, husband, son, brother and citizen.”In a statement, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre applauded Trudeau’s announcement as a “meaningful step” toward acknowledging the shameful chapter.“While an apology can never change the past, it can awaken the national conscience to ensure such grave mistakes are never repeated in the future,” centre president Avi Benlolo said.Trudeau also said recent figures indicate 17 per cent of all hate crimes in Canada target Jewish people. He said it pained him that Jews “more than any other religious group” are the victims of hate crimes.“We need to do more, as a society, to end xenophobic and anti-Semitic attitudes that still take root in our communities, in our schools, and in our places of work,” the prime minister said.The Toronto-based Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs also applauded Trudeau’s announcement.“A formal apology will be a powerful statement to Holocaust survivors and their families, including St. Louis passengers who live in Canada today, said CIJA CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel in a statement.“It will also affirm Canada’s continued vigilance in the ongoing fight against antisemitism.”Trudeau said he looked forward to offering the apology himself on the floor of the House of Commons, but he gave no date. The audience applauded loudly at the announcement.Tuesday was the first official recognition of May as Jewish Heritage Month, a designation passed by the Commons earlier this year.The fundraiser raised more than $1.1 million.last_img read more

Quebec leaders divided on future of Indigenous affairs

first_img(Geoffrey Kelley, Quebec minister responsible for native affairs)Danielle Rochette APTN NewsGeoffrey Kelley, Quebec minister responsible for native affairs, thinks it’s time that the provincial government creates a new, bolstered ministry of Indigenous affairs.Currently, the Secretariat aux affaires autochtones (SAA) is the body responsible for overseeing the relationship between Indigenous people and the Quebec government.For 35 years, this entity has worked with Quebec First Nations and Inuit to facilitate access to programs and services.But, with the spotlight on the relationship between the Quebec government and Indigenous peoples, Kelley says the province needs to overhaul the SAA and pump more funding into a new Indigenous ministry.“The Quebec government is going to have to make sure that it has resources and the structures necessary to respond,” says Kelley, who’s not running for reelection Oct. 1.But Ghislain Picard, regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Quebec and Labrador, was surprised by the minister’s comments.“That suggestion that Quebec would be better served by a ministry of Indigenous affairs just does not hold water as long as I am concerned because it is very much paternalistic and it is like turning back the clock,” Picard says.He suggests a government-to-government model similar to Ontario’s ministry of Indigenous relations and reconciliation, which oversees the relationship between Ontario and Indigenous governments.“Our peoples have the capacity and are in the position to be speaking for themselves,” he says.last_img read more

Province to help fund homeless count in Fort St John

first_imgThe homeless count will occur over a span of 24 hours, beginning the night before April 18th and will include counts in shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight. During the day, the same procedure will occur; with mechanisms in place to avoid duplicating persons who have been counted already.Each person that is counted will be asked to complete a survey about their living situation to highlight needs for at-risk individuals, which can give feedback on potential future funding to help combat homelessness. The survey’s full results should be publicly available several months after the count is completed.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is currently searching for volunteers to help with this year’s homeless count. Each volunteer must be available the day of the count, and for a training session that is taking place the evening of Tuesday, April 10th. A survey has been created to identify the commitments of each volunteer best and can be found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSJ2018.The Province is investing $550,000 to fund the counts in the 12 communities and plans to report on the preliminary results by early summer. The Homelessness Action Plan is expected to be released later this year. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province will coordinate homeless counts in up to 12 communities around B.C. including here in Fort St. John.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society announced earlier this month; they would take on coordinate Fort St. John’s first-ever homeless count.Homeless counts provide vital information, including the demographics and service needs of people experiencing homelessness. They also help establish a benchmark to measure the progress made to reduce homelessness over time.  Staff from the Women’s Resource Society also appeared before Fort St. John City Council Monday to talk more about the plan and how the community can help.last_img read more

UK to extradite Algerian exmagnate Khalifa to Algeria

first_imgLONDON- Rafik Khalifa, a former magnate from Algeria who once owned an airline and a string of companies, will be extradited to his homeland from Britain by the end of the year, British officials said Monday.“Mr Khalifa was refused leave to appeal to the Supreme Court on December 3. He will be extradited within 28 days of that date,” said a spokeswoman for the Home Office.Once considered the “golden boy” of  Algeria, Khalifa came from obscurity to build an empire including a bank, an airline and television stations, and employed 20,000 people in Algeria and Europe. He took refuge in Britain in 2003 when his business collapsed, costing the Algerian state and individual savers between $1.5 billion and $5 billion (1.1 billion and 3.6 billion euros).Algeria tried him in absentia in 2007, finding him guilty for criminal involvement and fraud and sentenced to life in prison, and demanding his extradition.He is to go into an appeal hearing on his return to Algeria.French authorities are also seeking to extradite Khalifa on fraud and embezzlement charges, but the Algerian request takes precedence.last_img read more

UN rural development arm supplies nearly 250 million to curb poverty

In West and Central Africa, the agency will make nearly $30 million in loans and $9 million in grants available.In Cameroon, smallholder farms without access to financial services will receive a boost, while in the Republic of Congo, IFAD will support a project targeting 250 villages and 20,000 households to help planters there increase their harvests.Some 200,000 farmers in northern Mozambique will benefit from a 7-year scheme seeking to increase the profitability of their crops through basic business training and direct counselling.Meanwhile in Albania, the IFAD-backed “Mountain to Markets Programme” seeks to augment the incomes of those living in mountainous areas, the poorest in the European nation.Rwanda, Senegal, Madagascar, Moldova, Sudan, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua will also receive grants or loans from the agency.Since its creation three decades ago, IFAD has invested over $10 billion in low-interest loans and grants to help nearly half a billion poor rural people enhance their incomes. 15 September 2008The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today that it has approved almost $250 million in loans and grants to support one dozen initiatives aimed at fighting poverty in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. read more

Myanmar Ban welcomes release of political prisoners looks forward to further action

24 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has once again called for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar, following yesterday’s “welcome” move by the Government in freeing several detainees as part of an amnesty procedure. Those released included the country’s longest-serving political prisoner, U Win Tin, and six other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), whose leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. The other six are Dr. May Win Myint, U Aung Soe Myint, U Khin Maung Swe, Win Htain, Dr. Than Nyein and U Thein Naing. “The Secretary-General reiterates that all political prisoners should be released and that all citizens of Myanmar should be able to enjoy political freedoms, as necessary steps towards the process of national reconciliation and dialogue,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “He looks forward to any further action by the Myanmar Government in this regard.”The release of political prisoners was one focus of discussion between the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, and the Myanmar Government during his latest visit to the country in August.The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has expressed his “immense joy” at the release of the 79-year-old U Win Tin, a writer and former newspaper editor who was detained for nearly 20 years, and the laureate of a press freedom prize instituted by the agency.“In freeing U Win Tin and other prisoners, the authorities have taken a wise and positive step towards respecting the fundamental human right of freedom of expression, an indispensable component of democracy and rule of law,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. U Win Tin was arrested in July 1989 and was accused of belonging to the banned Communist Party of Myanmar. Sentenced to 14 years jail, he received an additional term of five years in 1996 for breaking prison regulations prohibiting the possession of writing materials.In 2001, he was honoured with the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, named after the Colombian newspaper publisher assassinated in 1987 for denouncing the activities of powerful drug barons in his country. News of the release of the seven prisoners was also welcomed yesterday by the independent UN expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, who said he hoped the move “would be the first in a series of releases of other prisoners of conscience, some 2,000 of whom are currently estimated to be still detained in Myanmar.” read more

UN chief in Sudan spotlights achievements and UN role since end of

Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Sudan, highlighted the achievements of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the long-running conflict between the Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), during an open forum at the University of Khartoum.At the meeting, Mr. Qazi reiterated the UN Mission in Sudan’s (UNMIS) readiness to assist in implementing upcoming CPA benchmarks on such issues as elections, border demarcation, the downsizing of the two armed forces and the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process. Some 80 participants, from academia, civil society, political and media organizations, engaged in discussions on a range of issues related to the CPA and the UN’s role in Sudan, including the UNMIS mandate, the relationship with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur – known as UNAMID – and the democratic transformation of the country. 15 October 2008The establishment of government institutions, the redeployment of former combatants and the successful implementation of the national census have been the major accomplishments in Sudan since the 2005 accord ending the north-south civil war, the top United Nations envoy to the country said today. read more

International Monetary Fund moves to boost Ukraine Hungary and Iceland

“An IMF staff mission and the Ukraine authorities have today reached agreement, subject to approval by IMF Management and the Executive Board,” said IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday.“Ukraine has developed a comprehensive policy package designed to help the country meet the balance of payments needs created by the collapse of steel prices, and the global financial turmoil and related difficulties in Ukraine’s financial system.”Issued under a 24-month standby arrangement, the loan will address financial sector liquidity and solvency problems. In the case of Hungary, IMF has been working with both the country’s authorities and the European Union (EU) to outline a framework of policies that will shore up the Hungarian financial sector and ensure economic growth potential. “A substantial financing package in support of these strong policies will be announced when the program is finalized in the next few days…the policies Hungary envisages justify an exceptional level of access to Fund resources,” said Mr. Strauss-Kahn.The announcement follows an agreement last Friday to loan Iceland more than $2 billion over two years in support of an economic programme to help restore confidence in the Nordic country’s banking system and stabilize its currency. Last Friday Mr. Strauss-Kahn also joined Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB) – which brings together the heads of various UN agencies and entities, the World Bank and the IMF – where leaders discussed issues of global financial crisis, particularly their impact on the world’s poorest. “The crisis we are seeing today will impact all countries, developed and developing, but its most serious repercussions will be felt most by those who are least responsible – the poor in developing countries,” the officials said in a joint statement after the meeting. During the meeting, the Secretary-General told participants that “drastic measures” will be needed to resolve the financial crisis, possibly including the IMF and the world’s major central banks setting up substantial standby lines of credit so that banks in poor countries have adequate funds to draw on in an emergency.Following the conference, Mr. Ban reiterated the UN’s position on the global financial crisis and the needs of the undeveloped world. “All agreed that the UN has a special responsibility, the protection of the poorest and most vulnerable…We express our full commitment to the cause of economic development and will do our utmost to deal with the repercussions of this worldwide crisis,” he said.On 15 November world leaders – including Mr. Ban – will gather in Washington for a summit to devise ways to respond to the crisis. 27 October 2008The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced forthcoming loans for Hungary and Ukraine – the latter potentially receiving up to $16.5 billion – to strengthen both countries’ financial systems and ensure fiscal sustainability. read more

UN supports polio vaccination campaigns in conflicttorn Sudan and Iraq

In Sudan, over 50,000 health care workers, volunteers and community health workers have been mobilized for the campaign launched by the Federal and southern Sudan regional health ministries together with the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partner organizations to reach some 8.1 million children under five.The four-day campaign beginning today, part of the global initiative to eradicate polio, particularly targets those living in the poorest communities or those intermittently cut off by conflict. These children are the key to stopping the spread of the disease and access to them is vital to build population immunity.During the first round of the 2006 campaign, some 8 million children were immunized but over 120,000 children in Darfur, the western region that is torn by fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels, were not reached due to the insecurity.In Iraq, 4.8 million children under the age of five will have been vaccinated by 23 April, reinforcing the country’s polio free status. The last reported case was in January, 2000. The current countrywide programme was launched last week during the first of the annual National Immunization Days (NIDs) by the Government with UNICEF and WHO support. NIDs are held as often as six times a year. Thousands of vaccinators are deployed to deliver the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) to children sometimes living in dangerous and remote locations.“There is no cure for polio and it can only be prevented through immunization – therefore all children everywhere in Iraq need to be immunized,” UNICEF Special Representative for Iraq Roger Wright said, noting for every 200 children who become infected, one is disabled for life.“Through NIDs, our goal is to assist the Government of Iraq in its efforts to immunize every child against polio, so that the country can continue to be polio-free,” WHO country representative Naeema Al Gasser added. read more

At UN debate Madagascar seeks support on eve of final phase of

“In accord with UN experts, Madagascar’s electoral timetable has been officially promulgated with presidential elections set for 8 May, 2013,” President Rajoelina told the 67th General Assembly on the second day of its annual General Debate.“Therefore I launch a solemn appeal to all our international partners, all Member States and friends of Madagascar to support us and sustain us in this process which is the most democratic path in the world,” he added.Last year, Madagascar’s political parties signed a road-map in an agreement brokered by mediators from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which allowed for the unconditional return from exile of a former president, Marc Ravalomanana, deposed in a 2009 coup led by President Rajoelina after weeks of unrest.“Here, today, I launch an appeal for international solidarity to lead this transition to the construction of a more promising future without smothering us,” President Rajoelina said. “So let me give you the solution: the best way to help us would consist in trusting us, in respecting your promises and letting us assume our responsibilities.”In his statement to the Assembly, the Madagascan leader also referred to a host of problems confronting the international community from unrest in the Arab and Islamic world to food insecurity to maritime piracy.President Rajoelina is one of scores of national leaders and other high-level officials who are presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Arrested crystal meth dealers hid drugs in phone cards

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two Filipino nationals alleged to have been selling methamphetamine by packaging it in phone cards have been detained on drug-dealing charges, police in Athens said.The 45-year-old woman and 35-year-old man are alleged to have sold hundreds of cards containing small quantities of the drug from the woman’s home in Ambelokipi.According to police, the pair would open up the cards and insert the drugs before putting them back into their plastic packaging.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

Trois tonnes de déchets collectés sur la Mer de Glace à Chamonix

first_imgTrois tonnes de déchets collectés sur la Mer de Glace à ChamonixVendredi, des bénévoles ont ramassé près de trois tonnes de déchets sur la Mer de Glace à Chamonix en Haute-Savoie, le plus grand glacier de France visité chaque année par plus de 500.000 touristes.  Ce n’est plus un secret, si le tourisme permet de découvrir des sites au paysage mémorable, il peut également cruellement menacé l’environnement. C’est du moins ce que l’on retient de l’opération organisée vendredi sur la Mer de Glace à Chamonix en Haute-Savoie. Ce site, situé sur la face nord du Mont Blanc constitue le plus grand glacier de France et est visitée chaque année par plus de 500.000 touristes. Des visites qui laissent des traces. À lire aussiPour lutter contre la pollution plastique, ces Français vont se lancer dans une incroyable expéditionEn effet, en fin de semaine dernière, quelques 110 bénévoles du Club alpin français et du groupe Lafuma ont été mobilisé pour arpenter, crampons aux pieds, le glacier à la recherche des déchets abandonnés au cours des nombreuses excursions. Au total, ce ne sont ainsi pas moins de trois tonnes de déchets en tout genre qui ont été collectées. Un chiffre qui dépasse celui de la collecte de l’an dernier qui avait totalisé 2,3 tonnes de déchets ramassés par près de soixante bénévoles.A plus de 2.000 mètres d’altitude, ce sont même des câbles en fer généralement utilisés pour la construction des remontées mécaniques que les bénévoles ont découverts, a constaté un photographe de l’AFP qui indiquent que ces objets devaient être héliportés samedi dans la vallée de Chamonix.Le 26 septembre 2011 à 12:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bobb Jallow secure promotion in Italy

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambian pair Lamin Jallow, Yusupha Bobb and club side Cittadella have secured promotion to the Italian second division after topping their group in the third tier.The duo midfielders have been influential in the club’s vigorous campaign to move levels with Jallow playing twenty-four times –nineteen of those from the starting line up – which adds up to one thousand, six hundred and three minutes.Dubbed Beck, the winger whose transfer to Chievo Verona gingered up rancour between Bakau United and Real de Banjul, scored four times receiving five bookings and a single sending off.Bobb on the other hand, was thirteen games short of Jallow’s mark on a single goal – limited appearances triggered by an injury sustained in January ruling him out for rest of the season.Cittadella grabbed a promotion ticket following a breath-taking run in which they topped the 18-team division on sixty-nine points with seven matches to spare.The duo Gambians, both 21, left an impression on Cittadella’s coach in their first stint and it’s unclear whether Serie A Chievo Verona will be willing to sell Jallow and Bobb after elapse of their loan deals.Meanwhile, striker Ali Sowe who’s also playing in Italy is also eyeing promotion to the Serie B with Lecce who’re third in their group and within the promotion-playoffs places with seven games to go.last_img read more