Goa BJP MLA suffers mild stroke, admitted to private hospital

December 3, 2019

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first_imgBJP MLA Carlos Almeida was on Thursday admitted to a private hospital near here after he suffered a “minor stroke.”Dr. Shekhar Salkar, senior doctor at the Manipal Hospital Goa told The Hindu that Mr. Almeida was stable and has been kept under observation for 48 hours. “BJP MLA from Vasco Carlos Almeida was admitted to a hospital on Thursday morning due to a minor stroke. He is now stable and under observation,” Goa BJP spokesperson Sidharth Kuncalienkar said in a press release later on Thursday.Mr. Almeida complained of chest pain before falling unconscious at his residence.last_img read more


Anupam Kher to star in American show ‘Bellevue’

December 2, 2019

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first_imgAnupam, who has starred in “The Big Sick” and “Silver Linings Playbook”, will be reuniting with his “Sense8” co-star Freema Agyeman for the show, said a statement.“I’m excited to be part of this project. ‘Bellevue’ is anticipated as the next big thing in international television,” Anupam said.“As an actor it helps me widen my horizons and also gives me a opportunity to be a part of world class talent. Looking forward to the shoot,” he added.Read it at India New England Related Itemslast_img read more


ICC reprimands Ponting fined for rage episode

November 28, 2019

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first_imgAustralia captain Ricky Ponting was on Wednesday fined 50 per cent of his match fee by the ICC for smashing an LCD TV during the Australia versus Zimbabwe match in Motera on Monday.The incident occurred shortly after Ponting was run out in the match when he caused some damage to a television set in the team dressing room. The damage occurred when he threw down a piece of equipment which bounced off his kit bag and hit the corner of the television.Ponting accepted the charge and the proposed sanction from ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama after an incident was brought to the ICC’s attention through the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Gujarat Cricket Association.  He was found to have breached clause 2.1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”.last_img read more


Could’ve beaten Colombia but for missed chances: De Matos

November 26, 2019

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first_imgfootball SHARE A historic first World Cup goal did little to blunt the disappointment of losing to Colombia as India under–17 football coach Luis Norton de Matos rued the chances missed by his sprightly team.India scored their first ever goal in a FIFA World Cup but lost 1–2 in their second Group A encounter of the ongoing under–17 showpiece here last night.“Yes, we could have won the match. We had two chances in the first half. In one of them, we hit the goalpost. It is a pity. Had we scored first in the first half, we could have had a big chance to win the game. At least it could have been a draw,” De Matos said at the post match press conference.Not many gave India a chance but a win did not look improbable for them despite the fact that the Colombians had better possession and ended up with more shots at the goal.The South Americans eventually emerged victors with Juan Penaloza (49th and 83rd) scoring twice to silence a sizeable turnout at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. This after defensive midfielder Jeakson Thounaojam had neutralised Colombia’s lead by scoring the country’s first-ever World Cup goal in the 82nd minute.De Matos said India could have been ahead in the first half—which ended goalless—and the match could have been either a draw or a win for the home side from thereon.Late in the first half, Rahul Kannoly’s left-footed volley hit the goalpost and de Matos said that was a crucial miss.“In the first match against USA also (which India lost 0–3), the ball hit the post and on the counter they (USA) scored. That match would been 2–1 (in favour of USA) and in today’s match the result would have been different,” he added.The Portuguese tactician, who looked a relieved man after India’s performance, said it was the inexperience of the players that led to the second goal within a minute of the home side restoring parity.“Because of the happiness of the players (after scoring the equaliser) the players lost a bit of concentration and Colombia scored within a minute. It was like a dream and the players lost concentration. The players have not experienced this kind of situation earlier.“Had the players settled down for three or four minutes, we would not have conceded the goal and it could have been a draw at least. It is a pity, the match could have ended 1—1.We lost in a matter of a minute due to loss of concentration,” the India coach rued.Despite the loss, de Matos was all praise of his players, saying the hosts have shown that they can compete against the best on the biggest stage of all.“The performance of the players was fantastic. I am very proud of these Indian players. They have showed that India can compete against the best in the world. They have a fantastic future,” said De Matos, who has been in charge of this side for just around seven months.“We had dreamed six months ago that we can compete against these strong teams from South America. All the teams found it difficult to play against us. USA said that and the Colombian coach said the same. We need to be consistent with the last pass and in the transition from defence to offence.”Asked what’s the strongest aspect of the Indian team, he said, “We are very strong in our organisation. We have a lot of concentration and it is difficult to score goals against us…we have worked a lot on corners and set pieces. But the most difficult thing in football is the offensive process and we need time to work on this. We had good action and good chances to score (against Colombia) and we need to keep working on this.”De Matos was effusive in his praise for goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem and gave the credit to both the player and goalkeeping coach Paulo Grilo.“He (Dheeraj) is a part of the team and he has learnt lessons from defeats. In our Mexico trip, we played Mexico, Chile and Colombia. We conceded nine goals of which seven were from set-pieces. We needed a top goalkeeping coach and I brought a top coach for the last month of preparation. The work he achieved with the three goalkeepers was incredible. Goalkeeping is a very technical matter and this is not my area of expertise even if I am the head coach. Of course, the quality of the player is also important but the position-specific training has helped. Paulo has done a fantastic job.”Paulo Grilo is a Portuguese, who has worked in top clubs of his native country, in Bulgaria and in Major League Soccer of the United States. × Published on COMMENTScenter_img sport October 10, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTlast_img read more


1st Test: Mavuta, Raza spin Zimbabwe to stunning victory over Bangladesh

November 17, 2019

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first_imgSpinners Brandon Mavuta and Sikandar Raza powered Zimbabwe to a remarkable victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Sylhet on Tuesday.The pair took seven wickets among themselves to bowl Bangladesh out for 169 in their second innings and secure a 151-run win on day four of the Test match.Imrul Kayes top-scored for Bangladesh with 43 while debutant Ariful Haque played some entertaining cricket before becoming the last batsman to fall for on 38 and hand the visitors a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.This was Zimbabwe’s first Test win since 2013 and third away win in Test history.Liton Das and Imrul Kayes had done well to take Bangladesh to stumps at 26/0. But Zimbabwe started making quick inroads on the fourth morning.ZIMBABWE WINThe visitors register their first Test win since 2013 as they beat Bangladesh by 151 runs in Sylhet.#BANvZIM SCORECARD https://t.co/7DEQuatUUI pic.twitter.com/zr7IIM7aTdICC (@ICC) November 6, 2018Das was the first to fall for 23 — an addition of just nine to his overnight score, struck in front when he failed to get bat on an attempted pull shot off a half-tracker by Sikandar Raza. Zimbabwe used the review to good effect, and a crucial blow was struck.Pacer Kyle Jarvis got the ball to nip off the surface and intermittently also got some movement off the air, making him tricky to face. Mominul Haque tried to hit out and ended up chopping on to fall for nine.Raza then worsened Bangladesh’s woes, accounting for Imrul Kayes and skipper Mahudullah in quick succession. Kayes, who had been batting well, was bowled round his legs when he tried to play a cheeky paddle, falling for 43.advertisementMahmudullah looked uncertain throughout his knock of 16 and his indecisiveness cost him his wicket. He was caught in two minds about whether play an aggressive shot or to defend, ending up gloving a catch to short leg.The soup thickened for Bangladesh when Nazmul Shanto played a rash shot off a half-tracker by leg-spinner Brandan Mavuta to fall for 13 at the stroke of lunch. He tried to check a square cut at the last moment, and found himself spooning an easy catch to backward point.Mushfiqur Rahim looked quite comfortable during his stay at the crease, and was even dismissed playing a confident sweep shot off Mavuta. His mistake was that he tried to go the aerial route, offering a catch to deep square leg.Once Rahim fell, it was a procession of wickets, although debutant Ariful Haque played an entertaining hand at one end.Mavuta accounted for Mehedi Hasan and Nazmul Islam in quick succession, while Wellington Masakadza joined the party with the wicket of Taijul Islam as Bangladesh slipped from 150/6 to 155/9.Once all hope was gone, Haque went for some big hits. His 37-ball stay was laced with four fours and two sixes, before he was dismissed by Wellington Masakadza when he miscued another attempted big shot. That wicket sealed the deal for Zimbabwe.This victory will be memorable because it is Zimbabwe’s first overseas win since 2001. Bangladesh will look to make things even in the second Test at Dhaka, starting 11 November.last_img read more


Tata Harrier may get dual-digital display on inside, other features revealed

November 17, 2019

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first_imgTata Harrier looks all set for its final run-up towards the much-awaited global unveil which is slated to happen this month. The Harrier will be Tata’s flagship model and will get a host of premium equipment on the interior.However, there is a downer. Based on sources and other online reports, the Harrier will not be getting an AWD system on any variant. As we mentioned before, the Harrier will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter diesel. The Harrier will sit on Land Rover’s L550 platform which means building an all-wheel-drive setup on the Fiat engine will drive up engineering costs for a low-demand variant.According to various price guides, for an SUV like Harrier, the ex-showroom price is slated to be around Rs 16-21 lakh.Tata Motors officially revealed the Harrier with the rollout of the 1st Harrier from its all-new manufacturing line. With this, Tata Motors is now gearing up for the launch of its much-awaited SUV in early 2019. Tata will be unveiling the Harrier globally in December. The Tata Harrier SUV first made its domestic debut in its concept form back in February at the 2018 Auto Expo.Because the Harrier is designed on the base of Tata’s latest Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, the Harrier needed a completely new approach to product development and manufacturing processes. The completely new assembly line has been built in a time of six months with a majority of the manufacturing practices adopted from Jaguar Land Rover. It boasts of 90 per cent automation levels with over 100+ KUKA and ABB robots.advertisementThe Tata Harrier will offer an all-new exterior design, ergonomically and premium designed interiors, future-ready connectivity, and Tata-claimed best-in-class infotainment. The 5 seater monocoque SUV is engineered on the new generation Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced’ Architecture, which is derived from the legendary Land Rover D8 architecture and developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover.The Harrier will be built on the Omega platform which is a derivative of the L550 platform from the stables of Jaguar Land Rover for the Discovery Sport which also gets the D8 architecture. This means the Harrier is slated to use the parts bin of the Discovery Sport which includes floor panels, all-independent suspension, and steering gear. However, steel will be used with aluminum to optimize cost.The Harrier is also slated to share the wheelbase from the Discovery Sport which is 2,741mm and will be 4×4 capable like the Discovery Sport and will come with a proper 4×4 drivetrain.The best part yet, the production-spec Harrier looks very similar to the H5X concept with the high-set headlamps with LED DRLs. Other styling similarities include wheel arches, front and rear armrests, slim headlamps which are in accordance with their Impact Design 2.0 language.The SUV will come with a host of safety equipment like a terrain response system, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability, different driving modes, all-wheel drive (top-spec), and independent suspension control.The Harrier is slated to be powered by a Fiat-sourced Kryotec, 140bhp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, a turbo-diesel engine with a 4-wheel drive system which will be developed by Tata. The powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed manual or a Hyundai sourced 6-speed automatic. The engine will get multiple drive modes which are already available on Tata’s Revotron and Revotorq line of engines.Interior wise, the Harrier will feature front and rear AC vents, sunroof, twin-display touchscreen infotainment systems, steering mounted controls, electric seats with memory function, parking sensors, and reverse camera.Tata has already started taking in bookings for the Harrier for a booking amount of Rs 30,000. Interested customers can make the booking online or at their nearest Tata dealership.With an expected launch date set in early January 2019 and deliveries slated for late January, the Tata Harrier will go against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, and the upcoming Nissan Kicks.last_img read more


Toronto businessman moved by video arranges new home for Sandy Bay First

October 14, 2019

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first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN National NewsIt’s a dream come true story.A Youtube video of a dilapidated home on the Sandy Bay First Nation goes viral.And a Toronto businessman reacts by getting on the phone and making things right.mridgen@aptn.calast_img


Ombudsman federal tax relief program needs funding to improve response time

October 13, 2019

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first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government’s Taxpayers’ Ombudsman says the Canada Revenue Agency needs more permanent base funding for a program that provides financial relief to taxpayers who fall behind on payments because of a disaster or hardship.The ombudsman says in a report that it’s partially satisfied with the CRA’s efforts to set a standard for processing relief requests within 180 days, at least 85 per cent of the time, effective April 1, 2017.But it says the CRA’s regional processing times should be more consistent and there needs to be more accuracy in communicating the times to the taxpayers making the requests.The ombudsman says the CRA has implemented or accepted two recommendations, which deal with how taxpayers are notified about the estimated time required to process their request.It also says the CRA has accepted in principle that it should identify the reasons for fluctuations in the number of requests received for tax relief following a flood, fire or other unusual hardship situation.But the ombudsman says its fourth recommendation — for “sufficient permanent funding” to allow for adequate planning and consistency — is still under review as the CRA determines its resource requirements.last_img read more


Auction of mayors stuff will get a surprise sequel

October 13, 2019

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA — An estate sale at the home of polarizing former Mayor Frank Rizzo went like gangbusters over the weekend — and just after it wrapped up, an additional treasure trove of personal items was discovered in the attic, including phone numbers for Frank Sinatra and Richard Nixon, the agent in charge of the sale said Monday.About 40,000 people came through the estate sale, which started Friday and wrapped up Sunday afternoon, said John Romani, who runs Sales by Helen with his mother.Many were police officers and firefighters and ordinary citizens who came to pay their respects, to chat with Rizzo’s son Frank Rizzo Jr., and maybe leave with a trinket or two, he said. Photographs, sweat shirts, suit jackets and Christmas decorations all went.“To a lot of people it was a pilgrimage, an opportunity to say goodbye one more time,” he said. Lots of selfies were taken in the bedroom, he said.Top sellers were Rizzo’s single-digit license plate ($5,000) and Rolodex ($2,500), bought by the same man, who all told spent about $11,000, Romani said.“They really wanted anything with his name on it,” he said. “If it had his name on it, it sold.”A number of billy clubs were up for grabs and went for $1,250 to $1,500, but none was the one the tuxedo-clad Rizzo stuck into his cummerbund when he was police commissioner during a disturbance at a housing project in the 1960s, immortalized in a photo.Rizzo’s wife, Carmella, died in July at age 101, and the family wanted to sell the house and clear it out.Philadelphia has long tried to reconcile the complicated legacy of Rizzo, who served as mayor from 1972 to 1980 and who died in 1991.His friends, family and fans remember him as a devoted public servant unafraid to speak his mind. His detractors saw his police force as corrupt and brutal and said Rizzo alienated minorities both as police commissioner and mayor.After the estate sale wrapped up Sunday, Romani said people going through the house stumbled upon about 20 boxes in the eaves of the attic, containing what Romani called a treasure trove: Rizzo’s gold watch, more Rolodexes (including one with Frank Sinatra’s number), his signed oath of office from 1971, his passports, a gun permit and an unopened box of cigarettes from Air Force One.Also found was what Romani calls Rizzo’s “little black book.” The well-worn booklet has handwritten contact information that reads like a who’s who of the 1970s, including Richard Nixon’s phone number.Romani estimates about 50 to 100 historically significant items were found after the sale wrapped up.The priority now, he said, is selling the home in the city’s leafy Chestnut Hill section. It’s on the market for $1.695 million.The newly discovered items and some of the pieces that didn’t get snapped up in the estate sale will now head to auction Jan. 29 at Uniques & Antiques in Aston, Pennsylvania, he said.Kristen De Groot, The Associated Presslast_img read more


Tanzania Expresses Support for Moroccos Decision to Rejoin African Union

October 12, 2019

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Dar es Salaam – Tanzanian President, John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, expressed his country’s support for Morocco’s decision to rejoin the African Union (AU) and find its rightful place, said a joint statement issued after the official visit paid by HM King Mohammed VI to the United Republic of Tanzania on October 23-25.Magufuli also expressed his willingness to support Morocco’s admission to its institutional pan-African family as of the next Summit, the joint statement added.During the royal visit, the two leaders, who discussed the decision of Morocco to rejoin the AU, expressed their hope to see the return of Morocco to the African Union pave the way to tackling unresolved political and diplomatic issues that are a concern for Morocco, the same source said. The King and the Tanzanian President share the same ambitious vision for an African continent that must take charge of its own destiny and development, the statement said, adding that the two Heads of State stressed, in this regard, the need to strengthen South-South and triangular cooperation to promote a continuous and sustainable development. read more


Business Highlights

October 12, 2019

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___Lyft’s IPO lifts off at $72 a share, valuing company at $24BSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lyft set the price for its stock at $72 per share Thursday, setting the stage for the ride-hailing pioneer’s hotly anticipated stock market debut. The price is at the high end of a revision Lyft made after high investor demand prompted the company to increase its initial goal of fetching $62 to $68 for each of the 32.5 million shares offered in the IPO. The price sets Lyft’s market value at $24 billion, which will quickly change Friday after the shares start trading on the Nasdaq exchange.___New York sues billionaire family behind maker of OxyContinNEW YORK (AP) — New York state is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin. By expanding an existing lawsuit, the state on Thursday joined a growing list of state and local governments seeking to hold not only the firm but its owners accountable for the nation’s opioid crisis. Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family members say the suit misleadingly blames them for the crisis.___Wells Fargo CEO Sloan steps down after rocky tenureNEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan is stepping down, effective immediately, after a rocky tenure during which the troubled bank dealt with a seemingly unending wave of scandals. With Sloan, a long-time company insider, giving up the helm, Wells Fargo said it will search among external candidates for its next CEO.___US official: UK report is ‘stark assessment’ of Huawei risksWASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official is praising a British government report detailing security risks posed by Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The report Thursday from a top British spy agency identified “significant technical issues” in Huawei’s engineering. The U.S. official described the findings as a “stark assessment” confirming previous U.S. warnings of security risks associated with using Huawei technologies.___Facebook charged with housing discrimination by HUDNEW YORK (AP) — The federal government has charged Facebook with high-tech housing discrimination for allegedly misusing its vaunted ability to deliver ads with surgical precision to certain groups and not others. The civil charges by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development could cost the social network millions of dollars in penalties.___In trade wars of 200 years ago, the pirates were AmericansWASHINGTON (AP) — Intellectual pirates were celebrated in the young United States, just as they are now in China. A man who smuggled a cotton-processing machine from London was hailed by one Pennsylvania trade group as “the ingenious artizan who counterfeited the Carding and Spinning Machine” and was promised awards and prizes.___Federal legalization of hemp creates quandary for US policePORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police officers who encounter shipments of state-certified hemp on America’s highways are facing a quandary: They can’t tell if the plants they’re seeing are hemp or marijuana. Truckers are free to haul hemp from state to state after the federal legalization of hemp late last year. But hemp and marijuana look and smell alike, and the only way to distinguish them is by measuring their THC. Officers currently lack the technology to do that testing on the spot.___Travellers stranded after Icelandic airline collapsesREYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic budget airline WOW Air has collapsed under its financial problems, leaving passengers stranded across two continents. The airline on Thursday told passengers there would be no further flights and advised them to check with other airlines for ways to reach their destinations. Its bankruptcy comes after six months of turbulent negotiations to sell the carrier and highlights the challenges of low-cost flying across the Atlantic.___Rising bond yields, company earnings boost US stocksStocks finished broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday as bond yields rose, easing concerns about a troubling drop in long-term yields over the past week. Gains in financial, technology and industrial stocks outweighed losses in utilities and communications companies. Smaller company stocks outgained the broader market. The benchmark S&P 500 index is on track for its biggest quarterly gain since the third quarter of 2009.___UK leader May rolling the dice again on Brexit dealLONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May is gambling again on a Brexit deal. She is sending a tweaked and trimmed version of her EU divorce deal back for a third vote in Parliament. Opposition to the agreement remains substantial, even after she sacrificed her job for her deal, promising to quit if lawmakers approved the agreement and let Britain leave the EU as scheduled in May.___Trade panel: Boeing got unfair US tax break, hurting AirbusGENEVA (AP) — Delivering final word in a nearly 14-year standoff, a World Trade Organization body has ruled that Boeing received an illegal U.S. tax break from Washington state that damaged sales by European archrival Airbus. The decision by the WTO’s appellate body considered whether the United States had complied with a 2012 ruling that found that plane-maker and defence company Boeing received at least $5 billion in subsidies prohibited under international trade rules.___California governor criticizes PG&E’s plan for new boardSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. plans to remake its board of directors with hedge fund financiers and people who have little experience in utility operations. Newsom publicly called on the utility to change course Thursday. The San Francisco-based utility is in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings after it said it could not afford billions in liability related to deadly wildfires. A PG&E spokeswoman said the company understands the governor’s concerns.___Michigan attorney general says pipeline law unconstitutionalTRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general has deemed unconstitutional a 2018 law that established a panel to oversee construction and operation of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. Democrat Dana Nessel says in an opinion released Thursday the title of the bill approved by lawmakers did not accurately describe its contents as required by the Michigan Constitution. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the measure during a lame-duck session in December.___The S&P 500 gained 10.07 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,815.44. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 91.87 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 25,717.46. The Nasdaq composite added 25.79 points, 0.3 per cent, to 7,669.17. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 12.87 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,535.10.The Associated Press read more


Ban stresses urgency of funding Horn of Africa relief efforts

October 11, 2019

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27 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need for urgent funding to carry out critical humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa and assist the millions suffering from famine and drought in the region. In phone calls yesterday with top officials from Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Ban discussed the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Horn of Africa, where an estimated 11.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.Millions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia are facing severe food shortages with rates of malnutrition and related deaths having reached alarming levels in many parts of the region. Somalia is the worst affected country, with the UN last week declaring a state on famine in two areas of the south. The Secretary-General explained to the officials that only half of the $2 billion needed to respond to the drought emergency has been raised so far.“He called for urgent international efforts to meet the gap in the humanitarian requirements for the region,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters in New York. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) moving from pastoral to urban areas is increasing in Somalia.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has scaled up its operations to reach 175,000 people in the Gedo region, while the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is distributing supplies to 189,000 people in southern Somalia.WFP is also providing emergency relief rations to 60,000 pastoralists in Djibouti who have suffered massive livestock deaths. The office also expressed concern about the worsening situation in Ethiopia, where 4.5 million people are in need of food aid. The price of wheat in the capital, Addis Ababa, is more than 80 per cent higher than it was one year ago, it stated. read more


Canada updates travel advice on Sri Lanka as crisis ends

October 8, 2019

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Canada has updated its travel advice on Sri Lanka as the political crisis has come to and end.The Canadian Foreign Ministry said that the information on political instability in Sri Lanka has been removed from its updated travel advice. The update however notes that even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time and they can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.“Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place. Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations,” the updated travel advice said. (Colombo Gazette) read more


PhD student studies what motivates women to work out

October 7, 2019

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A Brock PhD student is studying the relationship between body image and attitudes toward physical activity in women. Lindsay Cline is a PhD student in Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, who is examining the effect that body image has on women’s motivation to engage in regular physical activity.“Despite the well-known benefits of physical activity, there is still extremely low participation rates among children, adolescents and adults,” says Cline. “These low levels of participation are even more pronounced in girls and young women.”Cline recently received a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her PhD research that investigates the impact that positive appearance comments – those well-intentioned compliments – have on body-related thoughts, feelings and behaviours among young adult women.Although the comments are expressed in a positive manner, Cline says some women may not interpret them that way and it could actually negatively influence their body image.“My research will determine if there are certain characteristics that pre-dispose women to feel poorly about their body even from intended positive comments,” she says. “So, for example, determining whether a woman’s body weight or her appearance satisfaction affect how she responds to a comment made about her physical appearance.“After we identify some of these initial relationships, we plan to investigate how those experiences affect a woman’s motivation to engage in physical activity.”Cline, who is supervised by Prof. Kimberley Gammage, will collect data through questionnaires and interviews with young women about their body image and exercise activity.Her research makes a strong connection between healthy body image and healthy motivation for being active.“We need to ensure that women are engaging in exercise for healthy reasons and are not solely motivated based on feelings of shame, guilt or dissatisfaction with their physical appearance,” she says. “Internal motivation, where women are motivated for health and enjoyment reasons may prove to be the best strategy for their exercise adherence in the long run.”Watch a video in which Lindsay Cline talks about this research. read more


Core political issue to GeorgianAbkhaz conflict still not addressed – Annan

October 6, 2019

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United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a report released today, laments that the core political issue to the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict – the future status of Abkhazia – has not yet been addressed despite the opportunities provide by interested parties.“While the parties moved ahead on economic cooperation and refugee return, little notable progress was made on political and security matters, including the future status of Abkhazia within the State of Georgia, and the question of security guarantees,” Mr. Annan states in his latest report to the Security Council on the situation in Abkhazia.In the report, which also discusses the activities of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) since last April, Mr. Annan appeals to both sides to muster the will to address the political aspects of the conflict.“The paper on competences and its transmittal letter provide sufficient scope for addressing the justified concerns of the Abkhaz people in a satisfactory manner on the basis of international legitimacy,” he notes, referring to the “Basic Principles for the Distribution of Competences between Tbilisi and Sukhumi” paper submitted a year ago by his Special Representative for Georgia, Heidi Tagliavini.Mr. Annan states that Ms. Tagliavini, with the support of the Group of Friends – comprising France, Germany, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States – has continued efforts to engage both the Georgian and Abkhaz sides in meaningful negotiations on a comprehensive political settlement on the basis of the paper.The Secretary-General also welcomes the recent initiative by Georgia and the Russian Federation to start a dialogue on the process of refugee return and recommends that a civilian police component of 20 officers be added to UNOMIG to assist with the relocations and the Mission’s work in general.“I continue to believe that UNOMIG plays an essential role in stabilizing the situation in the conflict zone and in providing a framework within which the sides can advance towards a comprehensive settlement,” Mr. Annan stresses, recommending a six-month extension of the Mission until 31 January 2004. read more


Liberia UN Council renews bans on sale of arms diamonds timber

October 6, 2019

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Unanimously adopting a resolution on the situation yesterday, the Council also re-established the Panel of Experts appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to conduct follow-up assessments of the sanctions and said it would review the measures at the request of the new Government of Liberia, once it reported that the conditions for terminating them had been met. The Council welcomed the determination of the President-elect of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to meet those conditions and encouraged her Government to implement reforms in the management of the country’s timber and diamond resources.The Council initially approved the Liberian sanctions in May 2001, after determining that former President Charles Taylor’s government had helped the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone fight the government there, during the country’s brutal decade-long civil war.In 2003, citing Liberia’s “active support” of rebel groups which were having a destabilizing effect on West Africa, the Council had renewed and expanded the sanctions, and decided the measures would remain in effect until peace was maintained, export transparency was established and the Government controlled the national forests.The Council stressed that it would routinely consider how best to minimize the impact of the ban on the country’s humanitarian situation and could allow the resumption of exports to fund relief programmes.In July, Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed the five-member panel of experts to go to Liberia to assess the implementation and impact of the sanctions regime. In its report, the Panel notes that requirements for lifting the embargo on Liberian rough diamonds and timber have not been met, while recent agreements on iron ore suggest that Liberians cannot rely on their Government or the international community to protect their interests. Instead, it said, transparent business negotiations are necessary. read more


Time running out for Ohio State mens basketball to turn things around

October 2, 2019

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OSU sophomore Keita Bates-Diop (33) goes up for a shot during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 61-66. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorThe clock is continuing to tick closer and closer to midnight for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.Just five games remain on the schedule for OSU (16-10, 8-5), and it has not become any easier to figure out where the group stands as a team.The 8-5 conference record puts the Buckeyes in decent shape for 10 conference wins, which is typically a magic number for an NCAA tournament bid for a conference like the Big Ten.But with OSU only having one win in eight tries against teams ranked in the top 50 of the RPI, it likely will need a lot more work than two wins to grab an at-large bid.Therefore, its brutal remaining schedule can be seen as both fortunate and not so much. It needs those signature wins to improve on its 1-7 record against top 50 teams, but, at the same time, it has been almost completely unable to grab those thus far.“We’ve shown glimpses of us playing good basketball, and, at the same time, sometimes we do the opposite of that,” said redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams. “I think if we capitalize on when we do play good basketball, it will give us the momentum we need to push through the final half of the season.”Four of the final five games on the team’s schedule are against teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the RPI, beginning with Tuesday night at home against No. 50 Michigan (19-7, 9-4).“I think that you’re getting into late February, and obviously all games are vitally important,” said sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate. “You look where they are, where we are, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out there are some implications to this game.”Still, OSU coach Thad Matta said he is not in a position to concern himself with the standings or his team’s postseason chances. He is simply concerned with seeing his young players grow from night to night.One of those players, the elder statesman of the rotation players, junior forward Marc Loving, has been limping through an extended period of poor play. The last time Loving shot over 50 percent in a game was Jan. 10 against Indiana, and he has been held in single-digit scoring five times in the last eight games, including a zero-point performance in Saturday’s win at Rutgers.“We need Marc to play really good basketball. Sometimes when shots aren’t going in, just go rebound,” Matta said. “Find another way, if the shots aren’t falling.”That team up northMichigan has not been spectacular all season long, but it has done what it has needed to do to get by.Its plus-2.1 point differential per game is just middle of the pack in the conference, as neither its offense nor defense has been anything worth writing home about.Still, with victories over No. 6 Maryland and, most recently, No. 17 Purdue to their name, the Wolverines have proven themselves as a team capable of being very dangerous.Matta chalked that up to their rampant 3-point shooting, which, when falling, he said can be almost impossible to deal with.“I think matchup-wise, the most alarming thing is how many 3-pointers they shoot,” Matta said. “We’re not going to stop them from shooting them, but we have to make them as difficult as possible.”A boost for the Wolverines came in their previous game on Saturday, when they got senior guard Caris LeVert back after an 11-game absence from a leg injury.Though he did not score on Saturday, the Pickerington, Ohio, native, who averages 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game, represents a go-to playmaker for coach John Beilein.Raising it upFans hoping to see a performance by “Red Panda” or “Quick Change” at halftime of Tuesday’s game might be disappointed, but the intermission event is already planned.Former OSU guard Evan Turner, who played 101 games in scarlet and gray from 2007-2010, will be honored at halftime of the game, complete with his No. 21 jersey being raised to the Schottenstein Center rafters.Turner, the 2009-10 national player of the year, averaged 15.0 points per game over his three years in Columbus. In his third and final season, he registered 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per contest.“Evan represents what hard work and commitment means to being a player,” Matta said. “Another thing is, he represents somebody that had a great appreciation for this university and his teammates.”Up nextThe Buckeyes’ next contest after the Wolverines is scheduled to come on the road in Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on the Cornhuskers. The game against Nebraska is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday. read more


Redringed Xbox 360 destroyed with guns and explosives

September 21, 2019

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first_imgMicrosoft’s Xbox 360 will forever be remembered in the annals of history for being one of, if not the most unreliable console ever to be released. At least when talking about the first couple of generations of the machine.The Red Ring of Death (RRoD) became so common there are gamers who have had as many as 5 consoles due to the machines just continuing to die. It wasn’t until Microsoft did a major update and released the slim version of the Xbox 360 that the problem seemed to be fixed, but there’s still millions of those old consoles out there.Russian Dimtri has one of those consoles, and it’s actually his fifth. But just like the others he had it suffered the RRoD. Rather than send it back to Microsoft he decided enough was enough and pulled out a few guns and some explosives.Remember, this is a 360 that does not work and may never work again unless Microsoft did a refurb job on it. So Dimtri isn’t destroying a useful device, just venting a lot of frustration on a piece of hardware that a lot of gamers have got angry with.While the handguns and shotgun do some serious damage, it’s the explosives in the barrel that really finish the hardware off. All Dimitri can find afterwards is a mangled heatsink that looks to be the one covering the main CPU.If you’ve never owned an Xbox 360 that has died you may be wondering why someone would do this. But on the other hand, if you have been frustrated by one or mutliple 360 deaths you may be able to relate to wanting to hurt the machine that has taken your ability to game away.Read more at G4TVlast_img read more


Mysterious venomous King of Wasps discovered in Indonesia

September 21, 2019

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first_imgEarlier this month we talked about the rediscovery of tree lobsters that were thought to be extinct, but now we’ve found out about some insect related news that is much less amusing. On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi researchers have found a venomous breed of wasps that have tremendous hooked jaws. No, they aren’t tracker jackers, the insect is known as Megalara garuda, and if you’re the least bit afraid of creepy crawlies, it’s sure to replace the millipedes and cockroaches in your nightmares.The male Megalara garuda is 2 to 2.5 inches long, depending on the reports you read, and is clad with giant, scary mandibles. The jaws, the paper notes, are nearly as long as the insects’ forelegs The females aren’t quite as large, but they look large enough that I’d start running if I was in Sulawesi (maybe hunting down some great coffee?) and heard buzzing. It’ll come as no surprise that the wasp is a predator, like surviving entirely off of other insects.The so-called “King of Wasps” has yet to be caught alive — I’d imagine they would have trouble finding volunteers — and not much is known about the species. The specimens that have been discovered were in a threatened area, where the forests are being turned into crop land or used for open pit mining.The wasp was discovered by UC Davis professor of entomology Lynn Kimsey, in 2011. The hope is that much more can be learned about it and the other species in this highly diverse area before they are threatened (or further threatened) by development of the island.ZooKeys 177 paper, via Nat Geolast_img read more


Real policies needed for language learning

September 21, 2019

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first_imgAustralia needs real policies and financial support for the learning of a second language and not tokenistic gestures, says Greek Australian lecturer Dr Anthony Dracopoulos. Speaking at a function for the annual ‘Dionysios Solomos’ students awards, organised by the Greek Festival of Sydney, Dr Dracopoulos said “the noble efforts of the community to enable students to continue with the study of Modern Greek at the highest level – at the University – are not enough”. “We need the government to develop policies and to support financially the learning of a second language. “Statements such as the one expressed by the current Prime Minister – ‘Australians should be in a position to communicate with their neighbours’ – cannot function as the foundation stone for a language policy. “Communication with the other is only the beginning, it is not an end in itself,” said the Greek Australian lecturer at Sydney University’s Department of Modern Greek. In supporting the learning of another language, he said “it opens up a new world from which we can draw symbols, images, concepts, with which we can enrich our own world and create new ideas”. “Learning another language is not a luxury but a necessary condition for inclusion. By learning another language one learns to self-reflect and therefore one develops as an ethical human being, since every moral stance is connected with being able to place oneself in the position of the other.” Dr Dracopoulos applauded the incentives of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW and said that more such initiatives are needed to recognise the efforts of students who learn another languages, and in this instance Modern Greek. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more