Three Indians were among 11 people killed by cyclone Mekunu that has battered southern Oman and the Yemeni island of Socotra, authorities and reports have said.Cyclone Mekunu hit Oman’s Dhofar and Al-Wusta provinces on Friday after intensifying from a category one to a category two cyclone, with winds of up to 170 kilometres per hour after it made landfall on Socotra on Thursday.Read it at NDTV Related Items
Young Indian wrestler Amit Kumar was done in by bad luck as he was at the receiving end in repachage from Bulgarian Radoslav Marinov Velikov in the 55kg category at the London Olympics on Friday.After losing his quarter-final to a strong Georgian Vladimer Khinchegashvili, Amit Kumar was kept waiting. However, as the Georgian won, Amit got a fresh lease of life.Earlier, 19-year-old Amit had defeated Iran’s in the pre-quarterfinals.The repachage bout was much awaited as it was being held in an action packed evening in between the semi-finals.Amit versus Radoslav had all the trappings of a thriller as both the grapplers were not in a mood to give up.However, as luck would have it, Amit did not enjoy a good time at the end of each round. As per the rules, at the end of each round if neither wrestler has scored a point, then the referee does a small lottery as to which person gets a chance to do a “clinch.”In clinch, the wrestler gets the chance to go on the offensive. And in two successive rounds, despite fans egging on Amit at the Excel centre, he lost the “clinch” to Radoslav. And as a result it left Amit out of the competition.”I am overall happy with my performance. Earlier wrestlers used to lose in the first round and now in repachage I have fought with seasoned wrestlers” said Amit later.Disastrous campaign for Narisngh Yadav Earlier in the day, in the 74kg weight category, Narisngh Pancham Yadav’s campaign turned out to be a disastrous one as he lost in the first round to Mattthew Judah Gentry of Canada.advertisementIf Narsingh was hoping his opponent would progress to the final so that he could get a chance for the repechage, which is like an elimination, he had no such luck.Earlier on, Amit was simply not good enough for the Georgian opponent Vladimer Khinchegashvili. Vladimer won the first match 4-0, despite some doubts over the referee’s decision.The Indian did get a “clinch” in the first round but could not make use of it.In the second round, Amit tried hard but was done in by a stronger opponent.All eyes will now be on Yogeshwar Dutt in the 60kg category and Sushil on Sunday.These are the last chances for India to win another medal at the London Olympics.
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Rome, Sep 3 (AP) It’s been a frustrating week for Cristiano Ronaldo.First, he was edged out by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric for UEFA’s player of the year award.Then he again failed to score in Juventus’ 2-1 win at Parma extending his goal-less start with his new club to three matches.”In Italian football there are different challenges,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said after Saturday’s match. “But he played a good game. It’s one of those periods but I’m happy with what he’s doing. The international break will help him to become sharper.”On Thursday, Ronaldo was the only nominee to skip the UEFA awards ceremony in Monaco.”It’s true, Ronaldo was disappointed not to receive the best player award,” Allegri said. “He scored 15 goals in the Champions League and won the cup.” Ronaldo left Madrid in the offseason in a Serie A-record 112 million euro (then $132 million) transfer, but he is still figuring out how to score in a league known for its defensive qualities.”I think he’ll score at most 25-26 goals this season, but certainly fewer than he’s accustomed to scoring in Spain,” said retired Juventus and Italy defender Ciro Ferrara.”He won’t get more than 30 goals, in my view,” Ferrara told Il Corriere di Torino.”It’s different in Italy and I’m not saying that just because of the defenders we have here, but also the style of football. It’s more tactical and even the smaller teams are more organized.” Ronaldo scored 26 goals in 27 Spanish league appearances last season. He also didn’t score in his first three Liga matches a year ago, though he did score in other competitions for Madrid during that spell.advertisementStill, the mere presence of Ronaldo and the constant danger he creates have helped Juventus win all three of its opening matches.Ronaldo’s 23 shots are the most of any Juventus player and he has played all 270 minutes.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be able to rest and improve his physical condition during the international break, since he was not called up by Portugal for the Nations League.”I spoke with him and we decided that in consideration of his adjustment process to Turin and his new squad he won’t be with us during this period,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.DOUBLE 9Can Gonzalo Higuain and Patrick Cutrone co-exist at AC Milan? If the final minutes of Milan’s 2-1 win over Roma were any indication, the answer is yes.Cutrone came off the bench and was set up by Higuain for the winner five minutes into stoppage time.However, Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has hinted he believes using two No. 9s together from the start would leave his squad unbalanced.”If you play with two lines of four (in a 4-4-2) it might not work,” Gattuso said.”But Patrick, who hasn’t had much space lately, is a player with poison in his veins.There will be time and space for him, too.The 20-year-old Cutrone scored 18 goals in all competitions for Milan last season but has become second choice to Higuain, who Milan signed from Juventus.LIKE OLD TIMESIt seemed like yesteryear at the San Siro with Paolo Maldini, Leonardo, Kaka and even Adriano Galliani in the tribune.Since U.S.-based hedge fund Elliott Management took control of Milan last month, the club has brought back several stars from the Rossoneri’s golden years.Leonardo is Milan’s new sports director, Maldini is the sporting strategy and development director and Kaka is also being linked with a Milan job.Galliani was Milan’s longtime vice president under the presidency of Silvio Berlusconi.GENOA’S GEMKrzysztof Piatek has already scored seven goals in all competitions for Genoa this season.Piatek scored a brace in a 5-3 loss at Sassuolo on Sunday, giving him three Serie A goals to go with his four in the Italian Cup.The 23-year-old striker was called up to Poland’s team that will face Italy in the Nations League on Friday. (AP) APAAPA
Share on Messenger Is Tottenham’s run of 30 league games without a draw a record? Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Football Email your questions and answers to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU. Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook Lee Madden (@leemadden83)What’s most games a team has lost in any given season and still won the domestic title, ie. who are the “worst” league winners.February 19, 2019 The Knowledge Jack Tanner (@mrjacktanner)How many defenders have scored a hat trick from open play?February 19, 2019 Play VideoAdvertisementPlayCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%FullscreenMuteThis is a modal window. Room for one more. “Lee Trundle scored 45 league goals in 23 appearances for Llanelli Town in 2016-17, when he turned 40,” notes Dave Johnston. “He scored 53 in all competitions that season, in only 31 appearances. Llanelli Town were promoted to the Welsh Football League Division One.”Knowledge archive“Have any players ever used a corner flag, a goalpost or an advertising hoarding to attack an opponent?” asked Pedro Salinas in 2007.Step forward Canada’s Paul Peschisolido, duly picking up a red card for his troubles against El Salvador during a World Cup qualifier in 1997. “I was kicked a few times and the referee wasn’t giving anything, while every challenge we made seemed to result in a foul,” he explained. “I was getting very annoyed and frustrated so I decided to elbow one of their players. It was right in the corner and, in fact, I elbowed the corner flag into his face.”Martin Keown managed the next best thing in January 2002, chucking a corner flag into the stands during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Elland Road. Early in the game Keown conceded a corner; as he got up he grabbed the flag and casually lobbed it behind him into the front rows of fans. Despite uproar from the supporters, the FA eventually decided he had not intended to hit them, and did not enforce any punishment.Sadly there were no such exciting tales regarding advertising hoardings, though Rudy Hulsman was quick to remind us of the match between Orlando Pirates and Black Leopards in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League. With the game in mid-flow, heavy winds suddenly sent a number of hoardings flying across the pitch, taking out a linesman and several players in a matter of seconds.• For thousands more questions and answers look through our archive. features Pinterest “Maty Ryan claims that the penalty he gave away in Brighton’s match against Burnley was the first he’s ever given away. If true, that’s quite impressive. Which goalkeeper holds the record for most games played without giving away a penalty?” wonders Mike Raphael. Share on Facebook But that can be topped. “As the oldest club in England still playing, Notts County have seen some opponents very infrequently,” writes Alex Lyon. “A quick look shows the longest gap between two matches is 109 years, with Kettering Town the opponents – the clubs have twice been drawn together in the FA Cup. The first match on 28 January 1899 was won by Notts County, but when they met again on 30 November 2008, the match was a draw and Kettering won the replay.”But that can be topped. “Even if you doubled Newport v City it wouldn’t beat the gap between fixtures for Chorley and Stockport County,” declared Gary Fairclough. “Before Stockport’s 3-0 league defeat to Chorley in November 2014 the two sides had not played each other competitively for 114 years. Their last meeting was in 1900; Britain was in turmoil over the second Boer War and across Europe new football teams were taking their first steps in the game with strange names like Ajax, Lazio and Bayern Munich. They probably never amounted to much.”But that can be topped. Here’s Michael Knaggs: “My best guess is on 24 August 2016, Accrington beat Burnley 1-0 in the EFL Cup. It was their first competitive meeting since 1893, 123 years prior, when Victoria had eight years to go as Queen of the empire, Dvorák’s New World Symphony premièred and Arthur Conan Doyle revealed that Sherlock Homes had died. If anyone can beat that, I tip my hat to them.”Can anyone beat that? Email email@example.com.Seeing red after a hat-trick“Players who have scored a hat-trick and got sent off during the same match,” tweets Chris Bull, straight to the point.“Chris Iwelumo,” replies James Flynn, pithily, in reference to the 2008 game in which the big man was one of two Wolves players dismissed in a spicy 3-1 win over Preston. But before being sent off (for sticking his nut on Sean St Ledger), Iwelumo bagged a treble to take his tally that season to eight goals in seven games.“In the 2001-02 Primeira Liga,” offers Dirk Maas, “FC Porto’s Benni McCarthy completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute against Santa Clara, only to be red-carded six minutes later.”And an example we dug out from close to home. Tony Crawford (@UrbanGriller)Which former players are unwelcome back at their old clubs, and why?February 19, 2019 Hat-trick scoring defender Medi Dresevic sent off after playful celebration. Read more Share on WhatsApp Topics Pinterest “When Newport played Manchester City in the FA Cup, it was the first time that the fixture had been played for more than 56 years,” writes Mark Meadowcroft. “The last match, on 24 October 1962 (2-1 to City at Maine Road in the League Cup) was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the week after Love Me Do first charted. Is there a longer gap between two meetings of the same opponents?”Yes there is, Mark. Our first suggestion comes from Simon Cook: “Arsenal played Brentford on 26 September 2018 in the League Cup, 71 years after their last meeting on 26 May 1947.” Patrizia Panico in action for Italy at Euro 2009. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/AP The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Can you help?“New Celtic loan signing Timothy Weah (son of George) was recently called up to the USMNT, likewise Jonathan Klinsmann (son of Jürgen), Shaq Moore (son of Trinidad and Tobago international Wendell), and Fafa Picault (grandson of Haiti international Max Antoine),” writes Eddie Eyers. “Is this the greatest collection of national team players whose forebears played for other nations?” Share via Email Andrew Toothill (@ARToothill)Folkestone vs Wingate finished 2-2 at the weekend, it was 0-0 at 90 mins, has a higher scoring game ever happened with all goals in injury time?February 19, 2019 Share on Pinterest Outscoring your age“Scott Dobbie of Queen of the South, age 36, had scored 37 goals by the end of January this season,” explains David Forbes. “Who is the oldest player to have outscored their age in a season?”“At top level, the legendary Ferenc Puskás takes some beating,” reckons David Warriston. “By the end of 1961-62, the Magyar maestro was 35 and had scored 40 goals for Real Madrid, including a first-half hat-trick in that year’s European Cup final. He was clearly on the slide however; the following season he failed to beat his age, netting a meagre 31 goals.”Here’s more from Tim Dockery: “Even at 39, Patrizia Panico was inducing panic among her opponents. When the 2013-14 season ended in Women’s Serie A, she was the top scorer with 43 goals for Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Torres Calcio Femminile. During that time, she also scored four goals for Torres in cup competitions, bringing her total for the year to 47.” “While playing some magnificent Sporcle quizzes, I noticed that German defender Karl-Heinz Schnellinger received Ballon d’Or votes in three consecutive years for work at four separate clubs: FC Köln and AC Mantova in 1963, AC Mantova/AS Roma in 1964, and AS Roma/Milan in 1965, and Milan alone in 1966,” writes Damian Blättler. “Surely this is the longest such streak? And has anyone received Ballon d’Or votes at more clubs than this?” Reuse this content
zoom Royal Caribbean cruise line has cancelled port calls to South Korea amid outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) which has killed eleven people in the country already.The cancellation relates to calls by Mariner of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and SkySea Golden Era.The port calls have been replaced with an alternate port or a sea day, the cruise line told Cruise Hive.Royal Caribbean has still not replied to inquiries sent by World Maritime News seeking confirmation.In addition, the outbreak has seen cruise ships departing from Shanghai drop South Korea calls, heading straight to Japan or making other readjustments, the Shaghai Daily reports.Cruise ship Sapphire Princess, scheduled to depart from Shanghai on June 27, replaced its stops in Busan and Jeju with Okinawa, according to online travel agency Ctrip.Quarantine procedures have been imposed across South Korea’s ports for ships coming from the Middle East and elsewhere.Since May 2015, the Republic of Korea has been investigating the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Arabian Peninsula.According to Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, 126 people have been diagnosed with MERS since the country’s first patient was reported on 20 May.The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a notice saying that Americans should change their travel plans to the Republic of Korea or other countries because of MERS.Honk Kong issued a similar recommendation urging the public “to pay special attention to safety during travel” and avoid “unnecessary travel to Korea, in particular those with chronic illnesses.”World Maritime News Staff
UCLUELET, B.C. – Police on Vancouver Island say the disappearance of two men who were last seen on May 16 is now considered suspicious and the case has been handed over to the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit.RCMP have said 37-year-old Daniel Archibald and 43-year-old Ryan Daley were last seen leaving the Ucluelet harbour by land on May 16 after docking a sailboat there three days earlier and were reported missing after they failed to contact family and friends.Ucluelet RCMP said late Wednesday that they have pursued a number of methods to find the men, including an aerial search, and are now asking for the public’s help to locate them.Archibald and Daley were seen carrying large duffel bags at the time of their disappearance and Daley was also wearing a yellow and green backpack.Friends who launched a Facebook page said it’s believed the two men were heading to a residence in Jordan River, B.C., and likely planned to hitchhike the nearly 300 kilometre route.Ucluelet dockmaster Kevin Cortes, who was the last person to see them on May 16, said they had paid for one month of moorage for a new boat they had purchased in Panama.Cortes said Archibald and Daley were healthy but tired after a long trip, adding there was nothing unusual about them during the three days they spent in Ucluelet.Both men are described as 5-foot-9. Archibald is of average build with strawberry blonde, short hair, and Daley has short, dark hair and hazel eyes.“We ask anyone who has any information as to Daniel and Ryan’s whereabouts or anyone who may have seen them or talked to them between May 13 to 16 to call police immediately,” said Cpl. Madonna Saunderson in a release.“We are continuing our investigation into Daniel and Ryan’s disappearance and have no evidence to suggest that this case is linked to any other missing person investigation at this time.”
Advertisement The American TV comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is getting a French-Canadian adaptation that’ll reintroduce its characters with a Quebecois spin, according to reports from industry trades Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter.The popular network program, which stars former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Andy Samberg as a New York police detective in Brooklyn’s 99th precinct, will get a makeover under Canadian broadcaster Quebecor’s content division. The revamped version of the series will be produced by ComediHa.Quebec actor Patrick Huard, known for his roles in “Bon Cop, Bad Cop” and “Starbuck,” will direct the series, which heads into production this summer in Quebec City, the reports say. It’s the first time the single-camera comedy, originally created by writer-producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur, has been reworked for an international market.“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” recently wrapped its sixth season on NBC and Citytv in Canada, and has been renewed for next year. Advertisement Patrick Huard and guest arrive at the Gala Artis awards ceremony in Montreal, Sunday, May 12, 2019. American TV comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is getting a French-Canadian adaptation that’ll reintroduce its characters with a Quebecois spin, according to reports from industry trades Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes) Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter
Addressing the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva, Mr. Ban said the mid-point progress report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which was released today – contained encouraging messages.“Countries in Africa and elsewhere are demonstrating that rapid and large-scale progress on the MDGs is possible,” Mr. Ban said, referring to the set of eight development objectives which world leaders have agreed to work towards by the target date of 2015.This week’s ECOSOC meeting is focusing on two of the objectives: cutting extreme poverty and hunger in half, and building the global partnership for development.The Secretary-General urged a “strong and sustained effort” towards the targets. “Advancing on these two items is essential for human uplift, and it underpins our entire UN development agenda… Needless to say, millions of lives quite literally hang in the balance.”He called on the leaders of poor States to ensure they have national development strategies in place that focus on job creation, productivity, practical steps for increasing investments in key areas and improving access to markets.But “all of this will simply not occur without adequate financing, much of which has to flow from a strengthened global partnership for development,” the Secretary-General warned, noting that progress towards the Goals has so far been too slow in some countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.Mr. Ban said wealthy nations must keep their promises to eventually spend 0.7 per cent of their gross national product (GNP) on official development assistance (ODA) to poorer countries and “address the disparities in the global trade regime which handcuff so many developing nations.”He stressed the importance of a successful conclusion to the current so-called Doha round of trade negotiations.“Existing trade barriers, agricultural subsidies and restrictive rules on intellectual property rights reinforce global inequities – and they make a mockery of our tall claims to eliminate hunger and poverty from our world.” 2 July 2007The world’s shared goals for fighting poverty and other economic and social ills remain achievable in most countries, but only if political leaders in rich and poor nations take urgent and concerted action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
“It was not easy to be a child survivor after the War. I continued to hide. Why? My parents did not take me to the meetings with other survivors to not hurt the feelings of those that lost their children,” Ms. Lavi told the United Nations annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, held Wednesday at the world body’s Headquarters in New York.“Even now 73 years after the War, I feel guilty that I survived,” she lamented.Born in Poland, Ms. Lavi was two years old when the War broke out. One day when the Nazis appeared at the door of her home, her mother was desperate and gambled by putting her outside the window. It was winter and minus 20 Celsius, but Ms. Lavi held onto a pipe. It was freezing, but she survived.Now in her 80s, Ms. Lavi said she has often wondered why the God saved her.“Perhaps, he wanted me to do something big. I’m only an ordinary woman. No special achievements. But now I’m here, talking from the United Nations. This is the ‘big something’ that the God planned for me,” she said, noting that after her mother’s passing, she started publicly telling her stories for the sake of the future.Another featured speaker was Thomas Buergenthal, a Holocaust survivor and a retired Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Professor at George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C.He said he belongs to the ever-smaller group of still-living Holocaust survivors.The world lost enormous intellectual, cultural, and scientific riches that would have benefited humanity as a whole, making the Holocaust a human tragedy of catastrophic proportions – Thomas Buergenthal, keynote speaker“We have an ever-more urgent and sacred obligation to ensure that the memories of all victims of the Holocaust be permanently preserved, and to work for a world in which no human being will ever again has to suffer the horrors that this terrible genocide inflicted on them,” he emphasized.Of the six million Jews who were murdered, more than a million were children, he noted.“Think of the physicians, the scientists, the historians, the archeologists, the theologians, the poets, the philosophers, the writers, the engineers, the teachers and other professionals that these children might have become,” he continued, stressing that the world lost enormous intellectual, cultural, and scientific riches that would have benefited humanity as a whole, making the Holocaust “a human tragedy of catastrophic proportions” even without counting the other five million victims.“No nation has a monopoly on goodness or on evil. Under certain circumstances genocide can take place in many of our own countries. That is why we must always be on the alert against this crime,” he said.For his part, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, describing the Holocaust as a “culmination of hostility towards Jews across the millennia” and a “systematic campaign of extermination,” warned against signs that hatred, xenophobia and other types of discrimination exist in today’s world.“Since hatred and contempt of human lives are rampant in our time, we must stand guard against xenophobia every day and everywhere. Across the world, the state of hate is high,” Mr. Guterres told the event.Four days ago, 27 January marked the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.“The gargantuan horror of those 12 years, from 1933 to 1945, reverberates to this day,” Mr. Guterres said. “This annual Day of commemoration is about the past, but also the future; it is about Jews but also all others who find themselves scapegoated and vilified solely because of who they are.”We must not lose sight of what went wrong – UN chief GuterresThe UN chief said that “genocide does not happen in a vacuum” and “the Holocaust was the culmination of hostility toward Jews across the millennia.”“We must not lose sight of what went wrong,” he declared, warning against manifestation of resurgent hatred, such as the march of 60,000 people waving signs reading “White Europe” and “Clean Blood” in one capital two months ago.The ceremony, hosted by Alison Smale, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, began with a minute of silence in honour of the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust.General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák said: “We are not here today just to remember the Holocaust. We are also here to remind ourselves of our collective failure to prevent it.”He said that the Holocaust did not happen overnight. “We saw it coming, and we did not stop it.”And, when it was over, a promise was made not to repeat it, “never again.” But, unfortunately, this promise has not always been kept.“No, we have not had another world war. Nor have we seen anything on the scale of the Holocaust. But we have felt tremors in the ground. We have seen red warning flashes lighting,” he said, citing acts of genocide, systematic discrimination, anti-Semitism, racism, intolerance, Islamophobia and hate speech.“Too often we did not have the courage to call things exactly what they are – and to act accordingly,” he said.“So, we need to reflect on our inaction – and, indeed, our failures. But we must also use this occasion to inspire change.”The Permanent Representatives of Israel, Germany and the United States, delivered remarks, and the ceremony include music by the UN Staff Recreation Council Singers and the UN Staff Recreation Council Chamber Music Society. Cantor Joseph Malovany of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, also recited the memorial prayers.
Small trees, including neem, acacia, moringa, leucaena and moringa, dot the landscape of the Minawao camp where some 56,000 Nigerians have sought shelter from violence in their homeland. They have escaped the terror and brutal treatment meted out by the outlawed Boko Haram extremist group which has been attacking villages along the border with Cameroon for over a decade.As in all refugee camps, life can be tough, but the residents of Minawao told UN News during a visit to the camp in February, that they have been working to plant trees in order to create a greener and more environmentally-friendly camp.“When there are no trees,” explained refugee representative Luka Isaac, “you can’t rest, you have to run around helter-skelter looking for shade in order to relax.”When the refugees started arriving in Minawao in May 2013, some 30 kilometers from the Nigerian border, the local environment bore the full force of their presence. “Most people thought they would be here for just two or three months,”“So, they ripped up trees for firewood and left nothing but sand and rocks,” Luka Isaac told UN News. Luka Isaac, a Nigerian refugee representative in the Minawao camp in Cameroon, stands beneath a tree he planted. UN News/Daniel DickinsonDeforestationThe uprooting of trees in Minawao is a part of a wider problem of deforestation in north-east Cameroon, where the fragile landscape has been degraded by unsustainable cultivation practices and rising temperatures caused by global warming.The arrival of close to 60,000 extra people has also put a huge pressure on a region where natural resources are scarce and desertification is already under way.‘Make Minawao green again’The “Make Minawao green again” project aims to reverse deforestation both in the camp and surrounding villages. The project led by Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has so far planted 50,000 trees over a 600 hectare area; it is hoped that an additional 5000 trees will be planted every year. Some are planned in groves, others are located in front of dwellings.The different species of trees have been chosen for a number of reasons, according to LWF’s Luc Pemha. “They are mostly very quick to grow,” he said “When they are mature some can provide firewood, others, like neem, have medicinal properties. We are hoping also in the future to plant fruit trees which will provide food.”Across Minawao camp, the inhabitants are able to find shade and a respite from the midday sun under small trees planted just two years ago. Smaller saplings are protected by netting or the thorny branches of the acacia tree. “The people who live here and in the surrounding villages have seen the difference the trees can make to everyday life,” said Mr. Pemha, “so they respect them and allow them to grow.”UNHCR, which runs the camp, has one eye on the present and one on the future. “It’s important that we create a sustainable environment which benefits both host and refugee communities,” said Fanta Nifaboum, the agency’s deputy chief in Maroua, Cameroon. “And when the refugees ultimately return home, they will leave behind a greener and more developed village.”
Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior outside hitter Mari Hole blocks the ball during a match against Northwestern Nov. 7, 2012, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team took home the NIU Invitational championship with a 3-0 victory against Liberty Friday and a pair of 3-2 wins against Green Bay and Northern Illinois Sunday.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin, who dished out a total of 158 assists during the tournament, led the Buckeyes to the wins over Liberty and Green Bay before capping the weekend off with a victory against host Northern Illinois, which marked win No. 300 for Coach Geoff Carlston.Carlston said he was happy to see his team keep their composure in high stress situations, especially in the tournament finale.“We played almost perfect volleyball in the fifth set, with three freshmen on the floor at the same time.” Carlston said.The Buckeye coach said all of the freshmen contributed during the tournament, but he was particularly impressed with the play of outside hitter Kylie Randall, who made her collegiate debut against Northern Illinois.“She’s (going to) be an incredible player,” Carlston said. “Her first eight swings in college were kills, eight swings, eight kills, no errors.”Randall said in an email she could feel the intensity of the situation but found her comfort level with help from Sherwin.“I settled in when Taylor Sherwin looked at me and said be ready (to) go,” Randall said. “Then I knew it was time to make an impact.”Randall finished the finale second on the team with 18 kills and senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the team with a career-high 26 kills.Sherwin said via email that she did not realize she had put out an MVP caliber performance until after the tournament wrapped up, but she wanted to give credit to Randall and the other attackers.“That’s what matters most to me,” she said. “For me to be able to put them in the best situations.”While Sherwin and company put on an impressive display, Carlston said he recognizes that there is room for improvement.“We put in a new offensive system about a week ago,” Carlston said. “We just (have to) keep building on that.”Leary experienced some problems in the new offense, picking up 16 errors against Green Bay.“I wasn’t making good shot selections and adjustments throughout that whole game,” Leary said in an email. “But it motivated me to redeem myself in the next game.”She certainly stepped up in the finale against Northern Illinois, adding 22 digs to her career-high kill total.“I was very happy to see 22 digs on the stat sheet,” Leary said. “It shows the improvement in an area I needed and have been working on.”Beyond Leary’s performance, senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore said the team’s defense was strong throughout the tournament.“Everyone did a really great job taking care of the tips, rolls and back row attacks,” DiSalvatore said in an email.While the team performed well in both facets of the game, they still found time to honor their coach’s milestone, even though Carlston said he was not aware that it had been his 300th win.He said the players had noisemakers waiting in the locker room after the match.OSU returns to Columbus for an exhibition match against the Polish National Team at St. John Arena at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.
It’s early morning in Athens, less than 24 hours after one of Greece’s darkest days in recent times, and the mood on my northern suburb high street is sombre. The morning papers at the periptero remind passers by, as if they needed reminding, of yesterday’s shameful events in central Athens. What is clear is that the vast majority of the peaceful demonstrators who took to the streets of Athens yesterday, and will do again, feel themselves to be sacrificial pawns in the after-tremors of the Global Financial Crisis, victims of the speculators, and the mismanagement of others.“Arson aimed to kill” runs the headline of Eleftherotypia. “The abyss and the responsibility” declares the bold text on Ta Nea’s front page. A single word on the cover of the Expresso tabloid suffices – “Tragedy”. The kiosk’s owner shrugs his shoulders when I ask him how he feels about what happened downtown. “It’s difficult times for Greece”, is all he is prepared to share with me, as Athenians head for work. Public transport will run today, unlike the last two days of paralysing strikes. Others I’ve spoken to here are sad but also angry; asking how Greeks can kill their own, in a protest about a situation way beyond Greece’s own control. What is clear is that the vast majority of the peaceful demonstrators who took to the streets of Athens yesterday, and will do again, feel themselves to be sacrificial pawns in the after-tremors of the Global Financial Crisis, victims of the speculators, and the mismanagement of others. They feel the austerity measures are misconstrued, and do not target those guilty of having taken Greece to the economic precipice. Once again, extremists, bent on violent confrontation infiltrated the crowds, ‘cover’, for their intentions to attack any symbol of authority and the capitalist state; the parliament, the nearest policeman, and a bank in Stadiou avenue.Reaction to yesterday’s deadly violence came swiftly from Greece’s political opposition parties. New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras spoke of the country experiencing “critical moments”, while expressing his grief and condolences for the victims of “fanaticism and blind violence.” Samaras reminded the Greek people that “the country has passed through worst times, and we must remain calm.” In another show of national disunity and posturing, ND, the major opposition party vowed that they would abstain from the crucial parliamentary vote on new austerity measures which takes place today. Their position is irrelevant, as the government has the seats to get the vote through anyway.From the extreme Left and Right, condolences and expressions of grief were mixed with unsavoury political point-scoring. Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga was quick to blame “provocations” by ultra-rightist elements, who she claimed tried to storm the parliament. Alexis Tsipras leader of the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) when condemning the violence, added his party’s ideological polemic. “We will not fall into the trap of dissension that is being set up against us. Every progressive citizen must expect such attacks, and we are ready to confront them now, when it has become clear who is favoured by the political-economic system that is reaching a dead end.” From the extreme Right, Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) leader George Karatzaferis pleaded for self-restraint. “Now, not only is our economy threatened, but our republic and constitution as well. Some people are banking on chaos, and today they received a bloody down-payment.” Such invective is hardly helpful.Prime Minister Papandreou has promised that the perpetrators of yesterday’s atrocity will be identified and stand trial. He has called on all parliamentary parties “not to hide behind the decisions to save the country.” Some hope. Already making political capital out of the situation, opposition statements ludicrously declare the Pasok government “a dictatorial regime” and that the constitution itself has been “insubordinated”. Poisoning the political atmosphere with such irresponsible remarks is nothing new in Greece. It does of course, do no more than fan the flames. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
KUSI Newsroom, December 19, 2018 World famous sculpture unveiling at Balboa Park 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A new sculpture unveiled at the San Diego Art Museum in Balboa Park. The sculpture is called Rain Mountain ad is made by artist Isamu Noguchi and was originally donated to the art museum in 2012.Due to conservation issues the artwork’s unveil was delayed until today.KUSI’s Allie Wagner was at Balboa Park this morning to learn more. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 19, 2018
As part of its efforts to attract more foreign investments, the government is reportedly contemplating to allow 49 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the insurance sector via automatic route.Currently, insurance companies are permitted to accept FDI up to 26 percent without the consent of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). But to raise FDI to 49 percent, they need to get approval from the FIPB.The government may raise the FDI limit for the sector via automatic route in the upcoming budget in a bid to improve ease of doing business also, sources told Press Trust of India.”If IRDAI is looking at the proposal, the RBI too is looking at and the management is in the hands of Indian then the government may do away with the FIPB approval route,” the sources said.About 10 FDI proposals, including those related to that of ICICI Prudential Life, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and Aviva Life Insurance, are awaiting clearance at various stages currently.At present, there are 52 insurance companies in India, with 24 of them running life insurance business and the remaining operating in the general insurance segment.Last week, a PTI report said that the government was planning to hike the FDI limit in state-owned banks to 49 percent from the existing 20 percent. Last year, the government had allowed the foreign banks in the country to seek FDI up to 74 percent.India witnessed a massive growth in FDI inflows in December last year. The country saw FDI inflows surge by 114 percent to about $4.5 billion (roughly Rs 30,440 crore) in December 2015, compared to December 2014’s $2.16 billion.Overall, FDI flows to India went up by 48 percent in the June-December period in 2015 against the corresponding period in 2014, according to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).
The Election Commission on Friday started the distribution of smart national identity (NID) cards in 27 districts of the country, reports UNB.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda opened the distribution process through video conferencing from the Nirbachan Bhaban at Agargaon in the capital.Deputy commissioners and district election officers from eight districts – Gopalganj, Bogra, Patuakhali, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Pabna, Gaibandha and Netrakona– joined the video conference.In the last month, the EC decided to complete the distribution of smart NID cards across the country by December 2018 with a view to providing all voters with the cards before the next general election.The EC earlier started the distribution of smart NID cards in the areas of the country’s 11 city corporations after launching the distribution process in October 2016. The areas where the distribution of the machine readable cards was opened on Friday are Kurigram Sadar upazila, Lalmonirhat Sadar, Panchagarh Sadar, Gaibandha Sadar, Nilphamari Sadar, Dinajpur Sadar, Thakurgaon Sadar, Bogra Sadar, Joypurhat Sadar, Pabna Sadar, Meherpur Sadar, Bagerhat Sadar, Narail Sadar, Pirojpur Sadar, Patuakhali Sadar, Jhalakathi Sadar, Barguna Sadar, Tungipara of Gopalganj, Shariatpur Sadar, Netrakona Sadar, Habiganj Sadar, Sunamganj Sadar, Noakhali Sadar, Bandarban Sadar, Khagrachhari Sadar, Cox’s Bazar Sadar, and Rangamati Sadar.
The end of January is always tough. Most people get paid early in December meaning up to 6 weeks before the next lot of cash gets deposited in their bank accounts. But the end is near and this week a lot of people get paid. Sony has decided to take advantage of that fact by having a pretty good sale on PSN.Starting today, 11 critically acclaimed games are being offered at 50% off their usual price. The games include:Costume Quest – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceDeathspank Thongs of Virtue – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceHoard – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceSoldner-X2: Final Prototype – $6.49 sale price; $12.99 regular priceMotorStorm 3D Rift – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular pricePeggle – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceSpace Invaders Infinity Gene – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceSwords and Soliders – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceTumble – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceComet Crash – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceShatter – $3.99 sale price; $7.99 regular priceThere should be something for everyone in that list except the avid PSN game purchaser who probably has them all already.There’s no need to rush deciding what games you want to buy at the temporary lower price, Sony is running the sale until January 31.Read more at PlayStation.Blog
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You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 20:24Reports of a cow loose on the M6“There’s a cow running free on the road between M6 junc 16 southbound and the Talke turn off on the a500! I saw it about 15 minutes ago, not an awful lot I could do, I’ve reported it to the police on 101.”19:24Slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident, two vehicles involved on A50 Westbound between A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout) and B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout).The accident is reported to have happened at around 18:45 and is on the roundabout near to the McDonalds. 17:23Reports of slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services.The matrix signs are showing that there is a stranded vehicle along this stretch, however there are no official reports of any lane closures as yet. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 16:20Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services.Traffic is slower than usual along this stretch, awaiting further details as to the possible cause. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 16:20A5007 Uttoxeter Road partially blocked due to building fire at Sandgate Street. Traffic is coping well.The road was fully blocked, however traffic can now pass the scene. 16:19A51 London Road in both directions closed due to spillage between Yew Tree Lane and Candle Lane.Road is closed outside Bridgemere Garden World to clean up spilled paint from a lorry. 16:19One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed.15:50Nantwich paint job…A main road near Nantwich will be shut for several hours this afternoon after a lorry spilt paint.Nantwich Police says it happened at about 15:20 on the A51 London Road at Bridgemere Garden World.It’s expected to take two hours to clean up.15:06Queueing traffic and one lane closed due to broken down vehicle on A50 Eastbound between A50 / Upper Normacot Road and A50 / A520 Sandon Road (Meir Tunnel Interchange), congestion to A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).One lane is closed heading away from Stoke towards Meir. 14:48One lane of the A50 closed One lane of the A50 is closed due to broken down coach Westbound between A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean) and A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot). 14:14Road closed after multi-vehicle accidentEmergency services are currently responding to a multi-vehicle road traffic collision on the A34, Queensville, near to Queen’s Retail Park in Stafford. A road closure is in place, so please avoid the area if possible. 13:50Biker from North Staffordshire killed in crashPolice are appealing for dashcam footage after a 58-year-old biker died in a two-vehicle smash.The motorcyclist, from Newcastle, was riding on the A530, Middlewich Road, in Alvaston, near Nantwich, when he collided with a blue Mazda 5.Read the full story here.12:46M6 CheshireOne lane is blocked and traffic is heavy on the M6 southbound at junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel. Lane one, of three, is blocked within the roadworks area.12:25Uttoxeter Road, LongtonA5007 Uttoxeter Road partially blocked due to building fire at Sandgate Street. Traffic is coping well. The road was fully blocked however traffic can now pass the scene.12:16Crewe Green RoadReports of traffic on Crewe Green Road eastbound before the roadworks at the Crewe Green Roundabout.12:04A34 Congleton Road, CongletonTemporary traffic lights on A34 Congleton Road in both directions between Moss Lane and Walfield Avenue.Creation of new road layout to facilitate new housing estates. Until June 26.11:25Live: Latest cases from North Staffordshire Justice Centre as they happenDozens of defendants are due to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today – and StokeonTrentLive has a reporter in court to capture all of the action.There are five courts operating at the Newcastle courtroom – and the cases start from 10am.Today’s cases include parents accused of not sending their children to school, an OAP charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a cow, a suspected rogue landlord, and a Hanley shopkeeper accused of selling counterfeit fags.Follow our live blog, below, with all of the latest updates.11:24A52 Werrington Road, BucknallA52 Werrington Road Westbound clear before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 11:13A34 AstburyTraffic returned to normal on A34 Newcastle Road Northbound between Fol Hollow and Lower Heath Avenue.10:53Three hit by trainThree people have been killed after they were hit by a train south of London this morning. British Transport Police were called to Loughborough Junction in Brixton shortly after 7.30am. 10:46Live: Major Stoke-on-Trent roundabout expected to remain closed all dayA major roundabout is set to remain closed for the rest of the day and one person has been taken to hospital following a collision.The Heron Cross roundabout, just off the A50 near Fenton , is expected to remain closed for most of the day following an incident at around 9am this morning.Police officers revealed the road is likely to need resurfacing due to the amount of fuel that has been spilt onto the highway.Read more.10:37A34 Congleton Delays and queueing traffic on A34 Lower Heath in both directions at A536 Macclesfield Road, congestion on A34 Newcastle Road to The Village and on A534 to Sandy Lane. In the roadworks area. 10:23Trains diverted due to damaged overhead wiresRail users are facing delays in Cheshire because of damage to the overhead electric wires.Passengers travelling between Crewe and Wilmslow using the Arriva Trains Wales, Northern, Virgin, and CrossCountry services could have to divert through Stoke-on-Trent.While some passengers will be diverted other services may just be cancelled entirely or replacement buses could be offered.Read more.10:15Virgin West CoastService suspended on Virgin Trains West Coast between Wilmslow and Crewe due to overhead line problems at Holmes Chapel. Trains may divert via Stoke-on-Trent.09:58Biddulph to Brindley FordWe’re getting reports of slow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 09:45Crosscountry TrainsServices at a stand due to overhead line problems on CrossCountry between Wilmslow and Crewe. 09:42Baths Road, LongtonSlow traffic due to A50 problems on Baths Road Eastbound between A5005 / A50 / Foley Road (Longton / Blurton) and A5005 The Strand / A50 Times Square. 09:29Overturned lorry in FentonA major roundabout is ‘partially closed’ because a collision caused a lorry to overturn leaving one person trapped in the cab.Read the full story here.09:09City road cordoned off due to fire in abandoned flatsParts of a major road have been cordoned off this morning as firefighters tackle a blaze is a disused block of flats.A ection of Uttoxeter Road, in Longton, is closed because of a building fire at Sandgate Street.Originally two crews were called to the scene shortly after 7.30am but the fire has now been extinguished and an investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.Traffic monitoring company INRIX reports that Uttoxeter Road is closed but traffic is coping well.Read more.09:05Fire in LongtonWe are getting reports that Uttoxeter Road, in Longton, is closed this morning because of a building fire at Sandgate Street.We will bring you more as we get it. 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TEGUCIGALPA – The Honduran Supreme Court ruled against a plan to build a series of “model cities,” each with their own independent tax and justice systems, similar to those in Hong Kong.The 15-judge panel voted 13-2 to reject the proposals, claiming that legislation permitting the creation of specialized development zones was outside the jurisdiction of Honduran law, and the project would unconstitutionally involve the creation of a state within the state.Supporters of the project said that the court’s decision was a massive blow to Honduras’ ongoing effort to attract more international investment.Originally, the model cites initiative was authorized by the Honduran Congress in January 2011 during a controversy over control of regional territory. A U.S.-based investment group was expected to put up some $15 million to start the project.The cities were to be located at Puerto Castilla on the Caribbean coast. The idea was that the cities would have their own government, judicial system and police forces. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober According to CNN, the images were captured Sunday but were not released until Wednesday.China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery, including images of what it said were “three suspected floating objects and their sizes.”The flight has been missing since Saturday, when it disappeared from radar after departing Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. PHOENIX — A satellite may have found a missing Malaysian Air flight.The photo first emerged on Twitter about 1:40 p.m. Arizona time on Wednesday. It purportedly shows the plane in the South China Sea.#MH370 Chinese satellite images released pic.twitter.com/zlvMui5n5u— Badladsplace (@badladsplace) March 12, 2014 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Authorities had earlier said the plane, which took off at 12:20 a.m. and was headed to Beijing, may have attempted to turn back to Kuala Lumpur, but they expressed surprise that it would do so without informing ground control.The search for the plane was initially focused on waters between the eastern coast of Malaysia and Vietnam, the position where aviation authorities last tracked it. No trace of the plane, which was carrying 239 people, has been found by than 40 planes and ships from at least 10 nations searching the area.Earlier Tuesday, Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that search and rescue teams had expanded their scope to the Malacca Strait. An earlier statement said the western coast of Malaysia was “now the focus,” but the airline subsequently said that phrase was an oversight. It didn’t elaborate. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the search remained “on both sides” of the country. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Comments Share 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean