One picnicker lost his life while 106 others were rescued from the Chinchoti waterfall in Vasai, where weekend revellers were stranded due to torrential rainfall on Saturday. Vasai police officials said two to three groups of people had come from Mumbai to spend the weekend at the popular picnic spot in the Tungareshwar forest, and were stranded when water levels started rising due to the incessant rain on Saturday. As the flooding continued, people began climbing on trees to save themselves, and some of them called the Palghar police control room. Information was relayed to all concerned agencies, including the Palghar Fire Brigade, and several teams were rushed to the spot. Rescue operations began within the hour with the help of local fishermen. Around an hour later, after realising that over 100 people were stranded and the water levels were still rising, the Palghar police reached out to the National Disaster Response Force, and a team was sent to assist with the rescue efforts. “After over four hours of sustained rescue operations, which were conducted in collaboration with all concerned agencies and locals, we rescued a total of 106 people from the area and brought them to safety. We also pulled out a body from the water, which was identified as that of Bhavesh Gupta, a resident of Kandivali in Mumbai, who had come to spend the weekend at the waterfall with his friends,” Superintendent of Police (Palghar) Manjunath Singe said. All accounted for Mr. Singe added that by late Saturday night, all the revellers were accounted for and the operation was called off. Officers said that 26 of the 106 people who were rescued were stuck in ‘danger zones’, high risk areas with a history of fatalities, and rescuing them took the longest period of time. The police have registered an Accidental Death Report in connection with Mr. Gupta’s death, and his body will be handed over to his family after post mortem examination at the municipal hospital in Vasai, officials said.
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has informed the Supreme Court that incidents of stubble burning in the three States neighbouring Delhi and the National Capital Region have come down by 41% since 2016.The Centre claimed that stubble burning has seen a reduction of 11%, 29.5% and 24.5% in 2018 in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, respectively, when compared to 2017.In an affidavit, the Union Ministry said after the 2018 Budget, special central schemes, having a total outlay of ₹1151.8 crore, have been rolled out to tackle air pollution and for in-situ management of crop residue and promotion of agriculture mechanisation. The machines to manage crop residue would be disbursed among individual farmers for 50% subsidy and 80% discount would be given for setting up of custom hiring centres for these machines.For the year 2018-19, the Centre has already disbursed 100% of its share of funds with ₹269.38 crore for Punjab, ₹137.84 crore for Haryana, ₹148.6 crore for Uttar Pradesh and ₹28.51 crore to Central agencies.The affidavit said 33,075 pieces of crop residue control machinery have been distributed to Punjab, 11,941 to Haryana and 18,706 to Uttar Pradesh.Machinery sanctioned for distribution in 2019 to these States are 24,214, 14,677 and 7,418 to Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, respectively.Incentive schemes to achieve zero stubble burning have been introduced at the pradhan, gram panchayat and village levels. A high-level task force is working to manage air pollution in the national capital, the Ministry said.
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West Indies A made a promising start against India A in the second unofficial Test with openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Montcin Hodge taking their team to 71 for no loss at lunch on day one here Wednesday.Brathwaite was batting on 29 off 95 balls and Hodge on 38 off 91 in the morning session which comprised 31 overs. West Indies, who trail 0-1 in the three-match series, opted to bat at the Queen’s Park Oval.With Shreyas Iyer and Navdeep Saini joining the national team in the United States for the T20 series, India A made some interesting choices for their playing eleven.The team, captained by Test specialist Hanuma Vihari, left out spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who was the architect of its win in the series opener with a 10-wicket haul, batsman Shubman Gill and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha who had made a successful comeback in the last game after a long injury lay-off.As expected, Test opener Mayank Agarwal was drafted into the team though initially he was only picked for the third game, which was to be used as a practice match ahead of the two-match Test series in the Caribbean.Batsman Anmolpreet Singh was also picked and so was medium pacer Sandeep Warrier. India pacer Umesh Yadav, who had also flown in here alongside Agarwal, was not included.India A won the first unofficial Test in North Sound, Antigua by six wickets.Brief scores: West Indies 71/0 in 31 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 29 batting, Montcin Hodge 38 batting).Read more | I walk out for my country, not just the team: Rohit SharmaAlso see:advertisement
John Kolar and Mike Yurcich at Kolar’s in-home visit. (via Twitter/john_kolar7)Ed. note: Kyle Boone is taking a look back at Oklahoma State’s 2015 recruiting class today. First up was defense. Now, the offense.High SchoolersJeff Carr, Running Back5-8, 175 poundsCarr committed just a week ago and Mike Gundy said he “could be the sleeper of this class.” Carr’s only Division I offer came from OSU a week ago. At 5-8, 173, Carr’s only knock is his size.However his 40-yard dash time of 4.45 and 2,147 rushing yards as a senior make him an intriguing athlete and one that could be fun to watch as a return man or in the backfield.Carr certainly needs to put on some weight to be able to compete in the Big 12 but Rob Glass and Co. should be able to put him in a great position at OSU.John Kolar, Quarterback6-4, 190 poundsKolar played wide receiver until his junior season and moved to the quarterback position following an injury to All-American David Cornwell. Kolar threw for 2,292 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns and 5 rushing touchdowns his senior season.Kolar committed early after OSU offered first last year and was loyal throughout the process. At 6-4, 190 pounds he should have a chance to put on some weight and strength during what is likely to be a redshirt freshman year.Vaimoe Sekona, Offensive Guard6-4, 290 poundsSekona is the lone Californian signee in the 2015 class who played as a two way lineman in high school. He was ranked as one of the top 50 defensive tackles in the nation, and OSU has recruited him to play as an offensive lineman where Scout ranks him as the No. 36 offensive guard nationally.Sekona will need to improve his technique and strength but he appears poised to see playing time early in his career.Johnny Wilson, Offensive Line6-4, 290 poundsWilson put on over 20 pounds throughout the course of his senior year and his coach, Greg McClendon, says Wilson has a “mean streak” on the field. McClendon also said this about his work ethic, “I’d say his No. 1 interest outside of football is weight room,” McClendon said, “and then I think after that he enjoys hunting and fishing.”Jalen McCleskey, Wide Receiver5-10, 160 poundsMcCleskey could potentially gray shirt next season and count towards the 2016 scholarship list for next year. At 160 pounds McCleskey will need to bulk up but shows promise and speed, as he is clocked at a 4.37 40-yard dash time.Comparisons between him and former receiver Josh Stewart have been plenty, and there is a good chance he becomes the same deep threat that Stewart once was.Marcus Keyes, Offensive Line6-5, 265 poundsKeyes was the definition of a late addition, as he picked up an offer Tuesday and signed his letter of intent on Wednesday. The de-commitment of Josh Jones left a vacant scholarship open, and Keyes fits the bill for an offensive lineman who will be able to develop and hone his skills in Stillwater.I expect Keyes to redshirt and gain experience and probably contribute as a sophomore or junior.TransfersChris Carson, Running Back6-1, 210Carson is a junior college transfer from Butler County C.C. who flipped his commitment from Georgia just this week and signed with OSU Wednesday. If anyone will play right away, it’s Chris Carson, a punishing back with an impressive resume.He is a beast on the field with a 40 time of 4.35 and fits the part of an every down Big 12 back. Carson will certainly push to be the day 1 starter next season and his focus and mindset appears to set him apart from others. His highlight video is insane. Here’s another one:Victor Salako, Offensive Tackle6-6, 320 poundsThe gravity of Salako’s transfer may not have set in just yet, but Salako is a 320-pound offensive tackle (!) who I believe will be a day 1 starter next season.The UAB transfer started all 12 games as a sophomore and was able to practice during bowl season with the team. Salako will make the biggest impact next season and be able to contribute immediately.Brandon Pertile, Offensive Line6-5, 300 poundsPertile was a highly regarded junior college lineman although he missed his entire sophomore campaign due to a knee injury. A late Florida visit tested Pertile’s loyalty, but he stuck with the Cowboys and told Tulsa World’s Mark Cooper that it that’s where my heart was!”With Pertile being a junior college guy coming back from injury, I would expect him to be able to contribute at the tackle position next season and could be an excellent run blocker, something the Cowboys desperately need.Todd Mays, Running Back / Quarterback / Athlete6-0, 200 poundsWhile the OSU fan base has gone borderline insane anxiously anticipating an elite running back, Todd Mays has been sitting back smiling just waiting for his opportunity.Mays played quarterback and running back at East Mississippi C.C. and he could play some in the slot receiver or out of the backfield. I expect Mays to have a big year next season as he is explosive and hard to bring down as you can see in his highlight reel.Matt Kellerman, Offensive Tackle6-6, 300 poundsKellerman and Chris Carson were teammates at Butler County C.C. and he will get a chance to plow some holes for Carson again as they team up in Stillwater next season. Kellerman will be able to mesh into the rotation next season probably at the tackle position and push for a starting spot as a junior college transfer.Including junior college and graduate transfers as well as high school signees, the Cowboys officially add 22 members to the football program.Is it football season yet?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. 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Brazil v Croatia Anfield will ensure Brazil vs Croatia is a festival of football – Suker Brasil Global Tour 21:45 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Brazil v Croatia Croatia Brazil Friendlies The international and now president of the Croatian Football Federation believes next month’s Brasil Global Tour venue will make for a classic Davor Suker, one of Europe’s greatest-ever marksmen, never enjoyed much success in front of the Kop – nonetheless, he’s expecting a ‘festival of football’ when Brazil and Croatia meet at Anfield next month on the Brasil Global Tour.The former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker visited the Reds’ fortress just once aa player in August 1999 and was unable to prevent the Gunners being beaten 2-0.Now president of the Croatian Football Federation, Suker, the top-scorer with six goals at the 1998 World Cup, will be on Merseyside to watch his nation lock horns with the Samba Kings as the countdown to Russia 2018 continues. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren will be one Croatian player in familiar surroundings on June 3 and Suker reckons Zlatko Dalic’s men are ready to go toe-to-toe with one of the most iconic teams in world football.“[Anfield] is one of the more charismatic stadiums and you also have the big club there,” said Suker, who hit 45 goals in 69 games for Croatia.“Everyone who has the chance to visit Liverpool’s stadium to enjoy [it] understands it.“Croatian players who will be there and Croatian fans; it will be absolutely exciting to watch the game and be part of the big festival of football.“[Lovren] will be a really nice host for the Croatian football family.“And of course, Liverpool will make a great game and a great atmosphere, and I would like all football fans in the United Kingdom to just come and enjoy this friendly game.“Brazil, of course, is one of the biggest teams in the world and, you know, Croatia; we are [a] small country, but we are so proud and we have quality players.“I expect [Luca] Modric, [Mario] Mandzukic, [Ivan] Perisic, [Ivan] Rakitic to have a big battle against the Brazilian players in the midfield and of course, we need to make [a] good game.”Suker joined Arsenal ahead of the 1999-2000 campaign and suffered defeat both times the Gunners met Liverpool that season, Gerard Houllier getting the better of Arsene Wenger home and away.With 20 goals in 22 games, he still holds the best goal-per-game ratio in UEFA European Championship finals and qualifiers.In finishing third at the 1998 World Cup, Croatia pulled off a major shock in their first appearance on football’s greatest stage.Suker is backing Lovren and Co. to upset the apple cart once again – after they’ve flustered the likes of Neymar and Phillippe Coutinho.We have FIVE pairs of tickets to give away for Brasil x CroatiaTo enter, simply follow us on one of our social media accountsTickets are still available to purchase here: https://t.co/2UxZMc1HwN pic.twitter.com/sEKm1XcK4E— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) May 22, 2018“Brazil is one of the top teams in [the] world and it’s so exciting and so nice to have this chance,” said Suker.“I hope we can make [a] great game because [Zlatko] Dalic and the players; it’s a big test for us.“I am president and I don’t like to make so many big comments.“I would like to have all players healthy and all players in the best competitive time to play well, and of course, [the] expectation of [the] Croatian family of football is to be [the] surprise of the World Cup – I have that secret wish.“This is the World Cup. Every dream of each kid. All kids around the world can dream of playing for the national team.“Of course, England is a great country for football, Brazil is a great country for football, and so is Croatia.“All ingredients to enjoy the game.”Tickets from £30 Adults/£10 Under-16s are on sale at www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets
There are broken devices doing important jobs in the bodies of Canadians right now. We don’t know how many. We don’t know how dangerous they are. But we do know that similarly broken medical implants may have played a role in at least 1,400 deaths and 14,000 injuries since 2008. And that number is likely under-reported. And a broken system prevents us from establishing guidelines around which devices are causing problems quickly enough to prevent more. A massive global investigation has revealed some frightening facts and raised some immediate questions.How often do medical implants fail? Which versions of which devices are prone to malfunction and cause more harm than the symptoms they are intended to treat? How thoroughly are they tested before they’re put on the market, and what happens when problems begin to be reported with a device that’s already wired into hundreds of thousands of beating hearts around the world? Jesse McLean of the Toronto Star worked with a team of reporters from 58 organizations to expose the hidden stories of faulty medical implants.GUEST: Jesse McLean, Toronto StarAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_11302018.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
VANCOUVER – Shares in Primero Mining Corp., which owns the San Dimas silver-gold mine in Mexico, more than doubled in trading Friday after First Majestic Silver announced a deal to buy the company.Primero shares (TSX:P) were up 15 cents at 27 cents in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, while shares of First Majestic (TSX:FR) fell 30 cents to $8.44.Under the deal, shareholders will receive 0.03325 of a First Majestic share for each Primero share.First Majestic also signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. to end a silver streaming interest at San Dimas and replace it with a new deal based on 25 per cent of the gold equivalent production with ongoing payments of US$600 per gold equivalent ounce.As part of the transaction, Wheaton Precious Metals will receive 20.9 million shares of First Majestic valued at roughly US$151 million.First Majestic put the total value of the transaction at US$320 million including the shares issued to Primero shareholders and Wheaton Precious Metals as well as other payments under the deal including the repayment of Primero debt.
Rabat – Moroccan low-cost airline, Air Arabia Maroc, inaugurated eight new routes on June 14, including a new flight between Fez and Marrakech, the first of its kind in Moroccan history. The flight between Marrakech and Fez flight will operate three times a week as a promotional offer. The flight currently costs MAD 250 one way. It has been developed in collaboration with Morocco’s National Tourist Office (ONMT).Both Air Arabia Maroc and ONMT aim to make the city of Fez accessible from various international destinations including Barcelona, London, Brussels, Lyon, Strasbourg, Rome and Amsterdam. Thanks to a new terminal, inaugurated by King Mohammed VI on May 29 of this year, the Fes airport is on target to surpass more than one million passengers for the year 2017.In 2016, nearly 900,000 passengers were processed through a woefully inadequate terminal designed to handle only 500,000. The new terminal will increase passenger capacity to approximately 2.5 million.An increase of 12 percent was necessary to hit the one million passenger target for 2017. So far in 2017, passengers traveling through the Fes airport have already risen by 13.6 percent, compared to an increase of just 1 percent for all of 2016.To celebrate its new domestic air route, Air Arabia Maroc invited the most deserving schoolchildren of Fez to take part in the inaugural flight to discover a journey by plane and experience a voyage aboard the Airbus A320.Based in Casablanca and founded in April 2009, Air Arabia Maroc is Morocco’s first low cost airline.
21 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced the hope today that Central African Republic’s (CAR) delayed presidential and legislative elections, slated for Sunday, will help lay the foundation for stability and development in a country riven by fighting. “It is important that these elections are credible, transparent and inclusive and that the results are respected by all candidates and parties in accordance with the code of conduct,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman said, commending all the candidates and parties for participating in a peaceful campaign process.Last month, the Security Council voiced serious concern over the security situation in CAR, which has seen significant ethnic conflict in its north, an overflow of violence from neighbouring Chad and Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, and attacks in the east from the brutal rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).It acknowledged progress made so far in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants, calling on “all politico-military groups to take the necessary measures for a transparent and accountable completion” of the process and on the Government to quickly implement a national reintegration strategy for former fighters with the transparent funding “critical to the programme’s long-term success.”It also stressed the need for the Government to revive efforts to reform the security sector and address widespread impunity, and commended regional States for their increased cooperation in dealing with the LRA threat.Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for CAR, Sahle Work-Zewde, warned the Council that despite relative stability in the capital, Bangui, and the south-western region, eastern areas remained prone to persistent acts of banditry, attacks by foreign armed groups, including the LRA, and local politico-military factions that are not part of the peace process.The UN peacebuilding office in CAR (BINUCA) has been assisting with reconciliation, the DDR process, electoral and other efforts to restore state authority throughout the country, security sector reform and the promotion of the rule of law and respect of human rights.
Handy and Harman fine silver quotations in Canadian dollars:Wednesday $22.307 oz., $717.17 kg.; Tuesday $21.605 oz., $694.60 kg.
In all the joint effort aims to relocate some 7,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from SKD stadium, 15 kilometres east of Monrovia, to six official IDP camps in the Montserrado area on the outskirts of the capital. About 1,500 people were scheduled to be moved on the first day, as soldiers from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) provided security escort for the operation that also involved agencies like the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Liberian Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission and several non-governmental organizations. UNHCR provided 15 trucks for transport, and distributed mats, blankets, kitchen sets and other relief items. The new arrivals will live in temporary shelters for up to a week before they are given construction materials to build their own huts in the camps. The relocation exercise is expected to last for three days, ending on Monday. Another 4,000 people remaining in the stadium are believed to be local residents who will be assisted back to their homes. The current operation is part of a collaborative effort to decongest public buildings and schools around Monrovia after tens of thousands of people converged on the capital amid fighting in June between government and rebel forces before a ceasefire in August put an end to nearly a decade and a half of civil war in the West African country, one of the world’s poorest nations. In another attempt to return Liberia to normalcy, more than 8,500 former combatants have surrendered their weapons since the start of a disarmament and demobilization campaign on 7 December. The initiative was suspended on Wednesday for the holiday season, and will resume on 20 January. Another 3,000 ex-fighters have registered for the campaign, bringing the total number of disarmed soldiers to 11,585, more than one-quarter of the estimated 40,000 ex-combatants targeted.
by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2017 8:22 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NAFTA dilemma: will Trump administration seek broad deal or quick resolution? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. The Trump administration will soon be forced to choose between two contrasting goals it has articulated for upgrading NAFTA, a fast-approaching dilemma over which of those objectives it truly prizes: A vast deal or a fast deal.Detailed statements over the last week have been overshadowed by the intrigue swirling around U.S. President Donald Trump’s brief flirtation with the idea of blowing up the continental trade pact by way of executive order. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick WASHINGTON – The Trump administration will soon be forced to choose between two contrasting goals it has articulated for upgrading NAFTA, a fast-approaching dilemma over which of those objectives it truly prizes: A vast deal or a fast deal.Detailed statements over the last week have been overshadowed by the intrigue swirling around U.S. President Donald Trump’s brief flirtation with the idea of blowing up the continental trade pact by way of executive order.But the administration has dropped substantive clues about two priorities for the upcoming overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement, through its point man on the upcoming talks, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.Doing both won’t be easy.On the one hand, Ross suggests he wants big changes. He’s pointed to a vast horizon of possibilities, which together would amount to a once-in-a-generation overhaul of NAFTA: greater trade in dairy; a deal on softwood lumber; tougher Canadian pharmaceutical patents; new tariff rules for auto parts; changes in the dispute-settlement process; and the addition of new sections from the ill-fated Trans-Pacific Partnership, like digital services.On the other hand, he wants it done quickly.Ross points to the pressure of the clock. More than once, he’s said he wants a deal in the months before the Mexican election. That’s consistent with Mexican officials, who say they don’t want high-profile talks lingering into next spring, through the heat of the campaign.Ross told a CNBC interviewer this week: ”The key to the timeline is the Mexican elections are next year… The closer we get to the election, the more difficult it will be to get anything through.”So which will it be — vast or fast?A Canadian cabinet minister met with Ross this week and said it’s still not clear which is priority No. 1. Industry Minister Navdeep Bains chatted with his U.S. counterpart during a conference in California.Bains called it a positive, constructive meeting. But anyone wondering whether Trump’s team intends to prioritize depth or speed will need to wait a while.“I think it’s still early stages,” Bains said in an interview. “They still have to give their official notice to Congress to trigger that 90-day period.”That’s a reference to the first step in the renegotiation. Under U.S. law, the administration needs to consult with industry and lawmakers for 90 days before launching major trade talks, so they can establish U.S. objectives.That leaves barely six months to get a deal before the Mexican election enters full swing.If the administration agreed tomorrow with lawmakers on negotiating priorities and posted the formal 90-day notice, the earliest talks could start is August. By the new year, Mexican election candidates will be deep into their primary season.Don’t count on anything substantive happening before the July election, said one Mexico-watcher.“I think that’s incredibly unrealistic,” said Christopher Wilson, deputy director of the Mexico Institute at Washington’s Wilson Center.“Every day that ticks by, every month that ticks by, the political space for negotiation narrows with Mexico. The space (for Mexican politicians) to make anything that looks like a concession to the United States, anything that could be construed as a concession to the United States, is just narrowing and narrowing.”Things don’t get much easier in the second half of 2018.There’s a five-month lame-duck period after the Mexican election in July, where the old government still runs the country. Over that same period, the U.S. will be holding its midterm congressional elections.Then, suddenly, it’s 2019.It’s technically possible to negotiate during Mexico’s lame-duck period in late 2018, Wilson said — just as it was possible during the U.S. lame-duck period in late 2016 for Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and send it to Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.But that hinges on two political realities: Does the new deal have political support in Mexico? And does the election winner want it passed? In the case of the last U.S. election and the TPP, the answer to both those questions was ‘No.’Privately, some officials in Ottawa wonder whether that’ll be the ultimate fate of NAFTA renegotiations — lots of talking, speculating, haggling, only to see the project die from the paper cuts of passing calendar pages.Ross articulates a hopeful vision: a deal concluded and all three countries happy in the end.”My biggest priority is getting NAFTA on the right foot,” Ross told Yahoo News this week.”Because a lot of the anxiety that people in America have about… the new trade regimes will go away if we can bring NAFTA to a satisfactory conclusion, without a trade war, without recriminations, without reprisals.”He was non-committal on the timeline. The Canadian side says it’s awaiting specifics.
Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, said that over the past 48 hours, “at least seven people have reportedly been killed in south rural Idlib, while two were reportedly killed in Hama governorate yesterday.”Dozens of people were also reportedly injured in Idlib, Hama and Aleppo governorates due to fighting, which news agency reports said had intensified due to Government and Russian airstrikes and shelling on Wednesday night, quoting local sources. Villages were reportedly hit which lie within a demilitarized buffer zone, agreed by Russia and Turkey on the border between northern Hama and southern Idlib last September, which has been credited with averting a major offensive against what is the last main rebel-held area of the country. Mr. Dujarric said that more than 300 civilians had “apparently lost their lives due to hostilities in the northwest in the last three months, 60 of them in April alone.”The new wave of fighting has triggered large-scale displacement from the Idleb border area, and there are also reports of villages being deserted, after resident fled for their own safety, the UN Spokesperson added.Around 323,000 people are estimated to have been displaced in the northwest since September of last year. “The United Nations reminds all parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure and calls on all parties to the conflict to exercise restraint,” said Mr. Dujarric.On Friday, talks are due to held in Geneva among members of the so-called Small Group on Syria working towards a longterm peace deal, involving the UN Special Envoy to the country, Geir Pedersen, who briefed the Security Council earlier this week, warning about the escalation of fighting in the northwest.“External intervention poses real threats to international peace and security”, he told the Council. “Five international armies operate across Syria’s land and airspace, in tension or even in conflict, generating risks for dangerous escalation. These risks must be contained and ultimately removed.”
Ohio State (23-6, 11-1) is battling for a major conference win against the second-seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (21-7, 9-3). On April 1, the Scarlet and Gray defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-1, in Columbus to clinch the regular-season Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association title. At 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena, the Buckeyes face the Ramblers in the MIVA Tournament finals. The Buckeyes weapon, redshirt senior Steven Kehoe, was named first team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The top-seeded Buckeyes defeated the Lewis University Flyers in the semifinals Wednesday, and coach Pete Hanson said Lewis’ similarity to Loyola makes for a favorable matchup. “Loyola is pretty similar to these guys (Lewis),” he said. “They’re going rely on one or two guys, and if we can control those guys we’re going to be in good shape.” A win for OSU would mark its fourth consecutive MIVA Tournament Championship. OSU has faced Loyola twice this season, and both times, OSU won. In their first matchup March 5, the Buckeyes took first place in the MIVA, taking the victory in four sets. Redshirt senior Kevin Heine led the way with a team-high 18 points and a season-high 16 kills. Loyola-Chicago’s Joseph Smalzer led the match with 19 points. Kehoe’s 43 assists and three service aces led the match, and OSU posted an 11-2 margin in service aces. In their second meeting, Kehoe served for a career-high five aces, and Heine posted 10 assist blocks, which tied his career high for assists and total blocks that he set in 2008 against UC Irvine. Junior Mike Bunting led the Ramblers with 18 kills in Loyola’s 3-1 win against sixth-seeded Quincy in the MIVA Tournament semifinals. The Ramblers’ win marked their eighth win in their past 10 matches. “I think we came out with a lot of energy, and we have to do that again,” Kehoe said Wednesday. “We have to play together as a team and keep our confidence about us.” This tournament matchup is a chance for redemption for the Ramblers. Loyola faced OSU in last year’s MIVA Tournament Championship, and the Buckeyes came back from a 1-2 match score to beat the Ramblers, 3-2, in Columbus. “Game one we have to step it up — they’re going to be gunning for our throats,” junior opposite Shawn Sangrey said. “We have to play harder and we have to play like game two through four, starting in game one.” Saturday’s winner advances to the 2011 NCAA Final Four.
The two Danish teams at VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019, Bjerringro Silkeborg and Skjern Handbold celebrated wins at the start of the season.Here are the results and statisticsCelje PL – Skjern 26-27 (13-12)Celje : David Razgor 4, Rok Ovnicek 4, Branko Vujovic 3, Gal Marguc 3, Matic Groselj 3, Josip Sarac 3, Drasko Nenadic 2, Tilen Kodrin 2, Jaka Malus 1, Kristian Beciri 1Skjern : Anders Magnussen 8, Jesper Konradsson 5, Bjarte Myrhol 3, Sebastian Augustinussen 3, Eivind Tangen 3, Jan Grebenc 2, Bjarke Christensen 2, Benjamin Jakobsen 1Bjerringbro / Silkeborg – Chekhovskiye Medvedi 39-28 (21-16)Bjerringbro / Silkeborg: Johan a Plogv Hansen 14, Michael Knudsen 7, Nikolaj Markussen 5, Jesper Brian Nöddesbo 4, Sebastian Skube 3, Rasmus Thiemer-Jensen 2, Mads Nielsen 1, Stefan Hundstrup 1, Nikolaj Nielsen 1, Jacob Lassen 1Chekhovskiye Medvedi: Alexander Kotov 5, Kirill Kotov 4, Dmitriy Kornev 4, Maxim Kuretkov 4, Denis Vasilev 2, Sergei Kosorotov 2, Roman Ostashchenko 2, Victor Furtsev 2, Dmitrii Santalov 1, Igor Karlov 1, Pavel Andreev 1 Bjerringro Silkeborgskjern handbold ← Previous Story SG Flensburg Handewitt win first French-German battle in Nantes Next Story → LNH: PSG Handball in series… Zaporozhye, Istres
I, as well as many others, are fed up listening to the old mantra, to the press play on the machine you have in front of you to say it’s all your fault, we inherited what we did and what we did not. You had a lofty policy document on social housing when you entered government – well it’s time to put flesh on the bones, it’s not time to rehash the same arguments we had before the last election.No other choiceSinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien was also critical of the government’s policies, telling O’Sullivan that 80 per cent of the people who visit him at his clinic are there with housing issues. He said people are now living in houses with no hot running water and no heating and “people are paying money from top of social welfare payments on top of rent allowances to live there because they have no other choice”.Richard Boyd Barrett said the “catastrophic failures” of the previous government had been compounded by policy failures by this government since it took power.If a family does not have a roof over their heads they cannot function in any other way in society. How can you pursue education? How can you try and access employment? How can you even maintain your mental health? How can you not run the risk of drug and drink problems or mental breakdown if you don’t have a secure roof over your head?He urged the government to continue direct building of social housing and lift the rent cap which he said is forcing people onto the streets.“It is the most basic thing and if a government can’t deliver that for its citizens, it is not worth the name government,” he added.Read: EU to double Ireland’s funding for homeless services like soup kitchens>Ireland’s housing crisis: Four women’s stories of facing eviction and homelessness> TEMPERS WERE FRAYED in the Dáil chamber this morning as TDs debated the government’s handling of homelessness and social housing across the country.Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan told TDs that it is the government’s “firm ambition” to eliminate longterm homelessness and rough sleeping by 2016.“Homelessness is a destructive social condition that can wreak havoc on human dignity and wellbeing,” she said.In a real republic there’s an onus on us to ensure all citizens have a place that they call home – that is the government’s policy in this area.The junior minister pointed to recent investment in the development of social housing, like the launch yesterday of a two year €68 million local authority home building initiative. This will see 449 new homes built across the country over the next two years.She also told TDs that the government is, at present, delivering 5,000 new social homes each year.DeficienciesThis did not do much to satisfy Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen who launched an attack on her and the government for failing to “put flesh on the bones” of policies put forward on social housing during the election.He said it has to be acknowledged that there are over 100,000 households on the social housing waiting list across the country and claimed the “vicious combination” of social welfare cuts and escalating rents was pushing people into homelessness.Cowen told the junior minister that she has a responsibility to “address the deficiencies that exist today, not yesterday, not last month or not last year”.
The Garmin Forerunner 610 will bring GPS to the masses in a way like never before, because it will be with you all the time even if you don’t have your phone with you.That is, if you remember to put your watch back on after you take a shower. The Forerunner 610 is an increasingly prospective market for GPS giant Garmin. Designed mainly for runners, it will make its first mass market debut at the Boston Marathon on April 18.The watch will go up for general sale in the middle of May.AdChoices广告“This is indeed an exciting moment in GPS fitness watches because the first touch screen bike computer, the Garmin Edge 800, already has proven how superior this type of navigation can be. Adding new features like cumulative Training Effect, Virtual Racer, and then a touch screen display, which quickly navigates to more data faster than ever before, is going to be outstanding for runners and cyclists,” said Heart Rate Watch Company president Rusty Squire in a Garmin press release.
‘I was playing for a Grand Slam with Ireland and I still didn’t really know how to play rugby’ Former Ireland and Lions prop Tom Court has brought the curtain down on a rollercoaster rugby career. what a career. Congratulations mate. Hope you have an absolutely stinking hangover.— chris henry (@chrishenry678) May 25, 2017 Source: chris henry/Twitter Congrats on a great career Courty! Great character to have around the place @UlsterRugby !! Best wishes for what’s next. #upandback— Paul_Marshall (@PaulMarshall9) May 26, 2017 23 Comments Wishing @TomCourt1 and his family all the best for the future. Great player, team mate and friend. Welcome to the afterlife TC … pic.twitter.com/itwH7OB6HM— Stephen Ferris (@StephenFerris6) May 26, 2017 Source: Stephen Ferris/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Court knows that he’s fortunate to have so much success to reflect on from his professional career, but the journey wasn’t always smooth. Often consumed by his desire to be better on the field, sleepless nights were common as he struggled to switch his mind off when he needed to.Throughout Court’s time as an Ulster and Ireland player, the pursuit of improvement in his game sometimes had an adverse effect on his mindset. He has spoken of flirting with depression and admits he seldom handled the pressure well. Even the greatest triumphs he was involved in — like Ireland’s victory over the country of his birth at the 2011 World Cup — were subsequently often difficult to savour.“Mental health, not just for rugby players but for everyone, is extremely important,” says Court, who hopes to assist future generations of players in his role as an ambassador for mental health charity ‘State of Mind’, which is geared towards sportspeople.“I think I experienced first-hand quite a lot of the ups and downs, but luckily I’ve got an extremely supportive wife and family who are always there to keep me grounded. A lot of other people don’t have that luxury. The more people that talk about mental health, the better. It’s important that people realise that everyone encounters issues at one stage or another. Everyone goes through ups and downs and there’s nothing wrong with that.“With rugby and sport in general, all anyone sees of the players is that they run on, they play a game, and then they run off. Commentators, pundits, fans, they have a narrow outlook when they try to surmise and guess why a player might have played badly. They don’t take into account the players’ private lives and the effect that can have.“You don’t get a concession because things in your private life might be difficult at a particular time. When your private life permeates into your professional life, it can be really hard to separate one from the other.” Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHe adds: “I didn’t have very good coping mechanisms for the pressure that went along with rugby. I was consumed by the game 24 hours a day, trying to get better and the different things I needed to work on. Coming from Australia and then playing for Ireland, and feeling like you’re the first person they’re looking to get out of the team, I always felt a lot of pressure.“I was usually coming off the bench as well so a lot of the time you’re coming into a situation when you’re not sure how the game is being played. Take the game against Australia at the World Cup as an example.“I came on for the last 10 or 15 minutes at tighthead. I was playing in a position I hadn’t played much of for years and you’re suddenly in a series of five-metre scrums which the whole game is riding on. Obviously everything went well in that game and we won, but that wasn’t always the case.“I didn’t cope with the pressure well but I didn’t feel like there was always a huge amount of support for me to stay in the team anyway. I’m very grateful for the very many selections and chances I got — more than most people could ever dream of — but I never managed the whole thing very well.“The big thing is making sure you put rugby into perspective. For me, rugby was everything and I had everything riding on it for a good while. I did start to realise later in my career that even though it’s very important and there’s a lot riding on some of the games, the most important thing is family and friends. Sometimes you just need a bit more experience to have that perspective.”Just six months after that win over Australia, Court endured the toughest day of his career. He never expected to play for Ireland again after the 30-9 defeat to England at Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day in 2012. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIreland were second-best from early on in the game. When Court replaced injured tighthead Mike Ross just before half-time, Declan Kidney’s side trailed 9-3. With their dominance at the scrum providing an effective platform, England eventually ran away with the game in the second half. When the post-mortem began, Court became the scapegoat for an abject Irish performance.“Especially with the fall-out from the game, that was the lowest point for me,” he says, “even though I always say that you should look at the guys who started the game — Cian Healy, Rory Best and Mike Ross, all top players — and look at all the scrums up until half-time, just before I came on.“Then come and talk to me about how you felt the scrum was going that day before the change was even made. We were under a lot of pressure from the start. It was just one of those occasions where England had a head of steam, then obviously Mike Ross went off injured and I came on.“I suppose it was the recency effect, where people only remembered how things ended instead of the start. People will remember what they want to remember and some guys are easier targets than others.“There were many times when I didn’t play as well as I could have with Ireland, but on that occasion in particular the team hadn’t been going well from the start, particularly in the scrum. But I know as well that if you’re willing to put on the jersey and you say ‘I can do the job’, you have to be willing to deal with the consequences as well.”Court understandably struggled in the aftermath. However, a return to action with Ulster three weeks later accelerated his recovery from a setback that severely tested his resolve. Ulster would come up short in that season’s Heineken Cup decider, but Court played his part in a landmark quarter-final victory over Munster at Thomond Park along the way. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“For the week after the [England] game I don’t think I said more than 20 words to my wife. That was probably the darkest part of my career. I can look back and joke about it now, but when you’re experiencing those feelings it’s hard to see much light at the end of the tunnel,” Court admits.“Supporters can be fickle and have short memories. One month they’ll be baying for your blood and the next month they’re roaring you on. I didn’t really follow a whole lot of media coverage of it but obviously a lot of the papers — certainly in southern Ireland anyway — went to town and picked out the guys who they wanted to make sure copped the flak. It was a tough few weeks.“Your family does as much as they can but obviously it can be hard for them to understand about the actually rugby context. In that respect you’re relying on the support of your mates in the team at Ulster. They accept you back in as if nothing’s happened and they’re the ones who tell you to get on with it and help you through it. They know whether you need a kick up the bum or an arm around the shoulder.“I didn’t think I’d ever play for Ireland again, that’s for sure. I wasn’t even sure how long more I’d be playing for Ulster, with the way it all played out. But you’re a stronger person when you emerge and it gives you perspective.“You can’t get from A to D without going through B and C. There’s a broader picture to difficult experiences like that too. If I was to look back and say ‘I wish it hadn’t happened’, then maybe I wouldn’t have played for the Lions.”After living in the UK for the past three years, Court and his family will spend a month in Ireland this summer before making the move back to Australia, where he plans to pursue a career in psychology with the masters degree he’s been studying for. Source: David DaviesHe’s a born and bred Aussie, but the Irish connection provided by his grandfather only grew stronger after he moved here in 2006 to play for Ulster. Two years earlier, at the age of 24, Court played rugby for the first time.He previously excelled in the shot put and narrowly missed out on a place at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Instead, he went on to become part of an Ireland squad that won the country’s first Six Nations Grand Slam in 61 years — an achievement he cherished, irrespective of his birthplace.During the 2009 championship, Court won his first Ireland cap as a second-half replacement for Marcus Horan in the defeat of Italy. He then made a brief cameo as a blood sub in the decider against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.Court: “The guys who won that Grand Slam were a really special group. They were such warm, welcoming characters to start with. My grandfather was raised in Limerick so he’d tell us bits and pieces about Ireland when I was growing up, but it wasn’t until I got over here that I got an understanding of what the people are like and I realised how special a country it is.“Looking back, the feeling for me throughout that championship was a little bit like what I experienced with the Lions. I don’t know whether this shows an underestimation of my ability or some kind of humility, but because it was so far out of your imagination of what you think you could achieve, I was still just in shock that I was part of it.“I was just doing my best to contribute when I could. If I’m honest, I was playing for a Grand Slam with Ireland and I still didn’t really know how to play rugby. I was still getting a feel for the game because I only started playing four or five years before. I was still developing an understanding for what I was doing and what my role was. Source: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHO“Being around guys like John Hayes, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara — legends of the sport — you’re sort of overwhelmed at the start and you’re just trying to fit in and do as much as you can to play a part. Obviously I didn’t play a lot of minutes through that series, but it was more afterwards when you get an appreciation for it.“Even now when I look at some of the photos, where you’re standing next to Ronan O’Gara and meeting the Queen, you’re bringing the trophies to President McAleese, then you realise how rare it is for anyone, let alone an Irishman, to actually achieve a Grand Slam.“I’ll probably appreciate it more and more the older I get. It’s the same with the Lions. I only saw the other day the number of people who have played for the Lions. I think it’s 833 now. To be able to say that you’re one of that small number in the whole of history in this amazing tradition is something that’s hitting me more and more since it actually happened.”By the way, the main image at the head of this article: of Tom Court in conversation with Prince William in the dressing room after Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam triumph, as Brian O’Driscoll seemingly erupts into uproarious laughter — you may be curious as to the story behind it. Unfortunately, so is Tom Court.“I’ll be honest, I didn’t even remember meeting Prince William until you showed me that,” he laughs. “It’s probably another example of how much shock and awe I was in during those times. I’m assuming it’s to do with my accent. Brian was probably introducing him to the players and I’m hoping I said ‘Hello’ instead of ‘G’day mate’ or something stupid like that. Great pic though.” Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOWhen tales of Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam winners are passed down through the generations by those who witnessed the achievement, kids will learn about O’Driscoll and O’Gara, O’Connell and O’Callaghan.Tom Court’s name may not stand the test of time as well as many of the players he shared that Ireland dressing room with, but that won’t diminish the strength of the memories he has taken into retirement and the experiences he’ll share with his own children.In life, you make the most of the cards your dealt. On that basis, Court — the man who became a Grand Slam winner, a European Cup finalist and a British & Irish Lion within a decade of taking up rugby — won’t carry many regrets back to Brisbane.‘This isn’t where I wanted to be at this stage of my life… but it’s out of my control’Moving on to a new challenge a decade since Grand Slam glory Jun 18th 2017, 8:00 AM Top man TC, aboslute legend and always looked after the younger fella’s.— Niall Annett (@NiallAnnett2) May 25, 2017 “A lot of the time — and I don’t mean any disrespect to people here — guys put the news out there nice and early as a bit of an ego boost,” he says. “Whether it’s a PR ploy to get them a bit of publicity for their next role, that will help I’m sure. But I purposely wanted to keep it low-key. I didn’t want to make a big fuss about it.”However, given the esteem in which he is held by his peers, Court wasn’t going to be allowed to slip away quietly. Former Ulster and Ireland team-mates like Stephen Ferris and Chris Henry were among the many who sent messages of support and congratulations in the 36-year-old’s direction.Court: “For me, the biggest accolade I’ve had in rugby is the encouragement and support from team-mates. It’s been a bit of a rocky ride in rugby with me over the years, and the supporters who have stood by me through thick and thin have always been brilliant. But rugby can be a fickle sport. Getting that support from guys I played with was quite flattering.” Short URL Source: Paul_Marshall/Twitter Share581 Tweet Email The elusive silverware & my two good luck charms 😍🍀🏆 Rugby, thanks for the memories – it’s been some ride #Afterlife #OverAndOut pic.twitter.com/urNdo3CWp6— Tom Court (@TomCourt1) May 25, 2017 Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOTHE SUNSHINE ON Australia’s Gold Coast was just the tonic for Tom Court after a long season with club and country.Seven days earlier he was in Toronto, winning what would prove to be his final cap for Ireland in a victory over Canada. He had been looking forward to this break back home, near where he was raised in Brisbane. So too had his wife Cath, daughter Maddy and son Theo.Only one thing would have passed as an acceptable holiday interruption, but it was never likely to happen — at least that’s what Court thought until his phone rang while Cath went out to pick up a takeaway for dinner.“I was just in the apartment with the kids,” he recalls. “They were running around and enjoying the kind of weather they weren’t used to back in Ireland. I think I was just watching TV. The call was from a number I didn’t recognise and the person on the other end of the line was claiming to be Mick Kearney, the Ireland team manager.”The following morning, Court was picked up by a car and taken to Brisbane Airport. Three days later he entered the pitch at AAMI Park as a British & Irish Lion, replacing Ryan Grant for the final 25 minutes of a 35-0 win against Melbourne Rebels.“I was sure the call was a wind-up from one of my team-mates at Ulster. They were always good craic and that’s the kind of thing you’d expect from them. I was questioning the legitimacy of it all, which goes to show my frame of mind with regards to being in the reckoning,” says Court, who had won 24 of his 32 Ireland caps from the bench. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHaving been summoned as a replacement for the injured Alex Corbisiero, there was certainly an element of being in the right place at the right time about his call-up. But for an Aussie who first picked up a rugby ball just nine years earlier, facing the Wallabies as one of the British & Irish Lions was a significant milestone.“For all the other guys, they would probably have dreamt of playing for the Lions when they were kids, hearing stories about guys like Willie John McBride and Syd Millar. For them it was the realisation of a lifelong goal. For me it was just a genuine shock; an appreciation of a very special experience but in quite a different way.”As evidenced by his Lions number — 807 — taking pride of place in the bio on his Twitter profile, Court’s involvement in the 2013 tour of Australia represents one of the highlights of a professional career that concluded last month, when London Irish sealed their return to the Aviva Premiership by overcoming Yorkshire Carnegie.An eight-year spell at Ulster ended in 2014 when he accepted the offer of a three-year deal from the Exiles. Results in England’s second tier don’t tend to reverberate throughout the rugby world, but helping the club to atone for the disappointment of the previous season’s relegation was a satisfying manner in which to sign off. Nevertheless, making noise had never been one of Court’s objectives anyway.He played in a Lions series, a Grand Slam campaign and a European Cup final. A lengthy statement advising of his impending retirement, followed by a lap of honour and an emotional farewell, wouldn’t have been unjustified. Instead, Court saw out his contract and sent a tweet the following afternoon to announce that he had reached the finish line. Source: Niall Annett/Twitter Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 8:00 AM https://the42.ie/3440672 52,599 Views Source: Tom Court/Twitter By Paul Dollery
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece on Saturday arrested the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party and hunted for dozens of members as part of a crackdown launched after the murder of a leftist musician, a police source said.Nikos Michaloliakos, 56, was arrested along with Golden Dawn lawmaker and spokesman Ilias Kassidiairis and two other party members on charges of belonging to a “criminal organisation,” the source said on condition of anonymity.Arrest warrants have been issued for at least five other MPs and dozens of members of the party, which has 18 lawmakers in parliament.The arrests came a day after Golden Dawn threatened to quit parliament, a move that would prompt by-elections in the recession-hit country where the government is struggling to implement painful public sector reforms in return for international bailout funds.Greece launched a crackdown on the party after the fatal stabbing of 34-year-old anti-fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas on September 18 by a self-confessed neo-Nazi.On Friday, Michaloliakos threatened to pull the party’s 18 lawmakers out of parliament, a move that would prompt by-elections in 15 regions around the country.The by-elections could hurt the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, which has a slim majority of 155 MPs in the 300-seat parliament.Golden Dawn was voted into parliament for the first time in 2012 elections, amid widespread anger over structural reforms international creditors have imposed on the debt-wracked country, which is currently in its sixth continuous year of recession and that has a staggering 27 percent unemployment rate.