Portuguese football coach Paulo Meneses, who was recently sacked by I-League defending champions Aizawl FC, has signaled his intent to return to India soon.In a letter written to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Aizawl, Meneses mentioned that he acknowledged the federations efforts to improvise football in the country, adding that he hopes that one day he could return as a head coach.I hope I will have (soon) more opportunities to work in India again, I loved to be here. I found an amazing country, friendly and warm people, good footballers and a great competition in I-League. I grew up a lot as person and I improved and also as coach during my time in India. Even the opponent supporters showed me their appreciation. This is very positive and shows how great your country is. I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to work here, Meneses said in the letter.A winless streak of seven matches in the I-League this season saw Meneses leave through the exit door. He was brought in last summer to replace title-winning coach Khalid Jamil as the club had high hopes of retaining the title. Meneses, 39, was replaced by an experienced Indian hand in Santosh Kashyap.The Portuguese is currently in Madrid and when contacted, he said he is looking for another challenge.I havent signed with any club yet. I am looking for another challenge, Meneses told Mail Today.Meneses further apologised to the AIFF for his unruly on-field behaviour, stating that his passion for the game got better off him at times.advertisementI want apologise for some behaviour during the games. I know sometimes I complain a lot, this is because I am living the game with high intensity, and because I am very competitive too. I just tried to defend my team interests, but also because I want a fair competition, a better I-League. I complained some referees decisions, but always with respect and fair play, he added.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to praise Virat Kohli after the current skipper overtook him on the list of highest run-scorers for India in one-day internationals. Kohli is now ranked second behind Sachin Tendulkar for India in the 50-overs format.Kohli surpassed Ganguly during his knock of 120 in the second ODI against West Indies in Port of Spain. India rode on Kohli’s 42nd ODI hundred to post 279 for 7 after electing to bat first and then bowled the Windies out for 210 to win the rain-truncated match by 59 runs (DLS method).Sourav Ganguly amassed 11363 runs in 311 ODIs during his 15-year career for India. Kohli went past him in his 238th match and is currently ranked 8th on the all-time list of run-getters with 11406 runs at an average of 59.71, which is the highest for any batsman in the format. Sachin Tendulkar sits on the top of the batting charts with 18426 runs from 463 ODIs at 44.83 with 49 hundreds.”Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI.. what a player,” Ganguly tweeted on Sunday.Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI .. what a playerSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 11, 2019Kohli’s latest century came after a gap of five months. It was his 8th ODI hundred against the Windies and he broke Javed Miandad’s 26-year-old record of scoring the most runs against the two-time world champions in the 50-over format.Before the start of Sunday’s 2nd ODI, Kohli needed just 19 runs to surpass Miandad’s tally of 1930 runs. Kohli has needed just 34 matches to get to past Miandad’s tally. The Pakistan great had needed 64 matches to score 1930 runs against West Indies.advertisement”Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up,” Kohli said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.Kohli received great support from the returning Shreyas Iyer during the match with the duo stitching a 120-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Iyer, who made a comeback in the Indian ODI team, hit 71 off 68 balls. Kohli was all praise for Iyer at the post-match presentation.”He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure of me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well,” Kohli said.Also Read | From Virat Kohli’s expression you know he badly wanted to score a hundred: Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli ends 5-month hundred drought, becomes India’s 2nd highest run-getter in ODIs
Primera División Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Barcelona Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:43 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Everything you need as Los Blancos take on the Blaugrana in a Clasico clash in the capital on Saturday Real Madrid will look to revive their fagging title hopes by beating Barcelona in the Clasico at the Santiago Bermabeu on Saturday.Zinedine Zidane’s men are in fourth place after 16 rounds of matches, provisionally 11 points adrift of their fierce rivals, albeit with a game in hand due to their participation in the Club World Cup.Los Blancos beat Gremio in Abu Dhabi to claim their fifth trophy of 2017, a club record, and will now look to get back on track in the Primera Division. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the Clasico clash in La Liga on Saturday…REAL MADRID INJURIES Raphael Varane is back from a muscle problem and Gareth Bale is also available after making his injury return at the Club World Cup, so there are no fresh injury concerns for Real Madrid ahead of the Clasico.Cristiano Ronaldo is fit despite missing training this week in the build-up to the game.REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS Sergio Ramos was shown the red card in Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Athletic Club at San Mames in early December and missed the 5-0 win against Sevilla prior to the Club World Cup, but he back for the Clasico.REAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPProbably for the very first time this season, Real Madrid go into a match without any major injuries as only Zidane’s son Luca is sidelined ahead of the Clasico clash against Barcelona.Gareth Bale is in line for a return to the starting line-up in attack, alongside Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in what would be a first start for the BBC all together this season.In defence, Sergio Ramos will feature after missing the 5-0 win over Sevilla through suspension and Raphael Varane should start alongside him (as he did in the Club World Cup final win over Gremio) after recovering from injury.BARCELONA TEAM NEWS Barcelona are still without summer signing Ousmane Dembele, who is not ready to feature despite targeting an injury return against Real Madrid.Defender Samuel Umtiti and striker Paco Alcacer are also sidelined, while Gerard Deulofeu has been left out of the squad after his injury.Rafinha also fails to make the squad following a long spell out, while there is also no place for Arda Turan, who is set to leave the club in January.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Real Madrid versus Barcelona kicks off at 13:00 local time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Football and also on Sky Sports Mix from 11:30 GMT. In the United States (US), Real Madrid v Barcelona can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) and kicks off at 07:00 ET.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS This will be the 237th El Clasico in all competitions between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Los Blancos have won 95 and the Blaugrana 92, while there have been 49 draws. Real Madrid, on 399, can become the first to reach 400 goals in the fixture. Barca currently have 384. Zinedine Zidane’s side won the last two Clasico clashes, both in the 2017 Spanish Supercopa (3-1 at Camp Nou and 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu). The last time Real Madrid won three consecutive matches against Barcelona in all competitions came back in 1978. Barcelona have the chance to win three consecutive La Liga matches against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time in the club’s history. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 17 goals against Barcelona in all competitions since he joined Real Madrid and could equal Alfredo Di Stefano as the all-time top Real Madrid scorer in El Clasico history (18). Lionel Messi is the all-time top scorer in El Clasico history in all competitions (24 goals), the all-time La Liga top scorer in El Clasico history (16) and the all-time top scorer in El Clasico history at the Bernabeu (14).
Brighton boss Graham Potter satisfied with Newcastle pointby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter couldn’t fault his players’ application in their goalless draw against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.The Seagulls produced a dominant display in front of the Sky Sports cameras, enjoying 71% of the possession, but neither side was able to break the deadlock and Potter shared his thoughts after the game.He said, “You just have to take the result in the end, but I thought our performance was really good.“We had some good opportunities, one cleared off the line, a disallowed goal, and got into their attacking third often.“It’s so hard to control everything because the crowd are so involved in the game. Andy Carroll came on and made it very frantic towards the end.“But overall, I’m delighted with the players’ performance levels and application. I’m just disappointed that we didn’t take three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
This woman has a unique dandruff home remedy: Wash your hair with urineFormer sports teacher Miriam Lancewood started washing her hair with urine after she got a bad bout of dandruff during her first winter away in the wilderness in New Zealand.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 20:15 IST Talking in a podcast, Miriam revealed that washing hair with morning urine works really well.What is your go-to solution for dandruff? We are guessing many of you would recommend home remedies like lime juice, cold curd massages, or other things. But have you ever thought of using urine to wash your hair to get rid of dandruff?Miriam Lancewood, a former teacher-turned-wilderness explorer apparently washes her hair with urine and that has worked well for her, by her own admission.Previously a sports teacher, Miriam ditched the comfort of her home and city life in 2010 and left to live in the wilderness of New Zealand with her husband Peter.While speaking to Mamamia’s No Filter podcast, Miriam revealed that almost 9 years ago, when she left with her husband to live in the wild, she did not miss much from the comfortable city life, apart from shampoos.Miriam said she struggled with a bad bout of dandruff during her first winter away from home.However, husband Peter, might have had a trick up his sleeve. She said, “Peter said he’d heard something about the eskimos up north who treat their dandruff with morning urine. I thought I’d give it a go. What does it matter?’The 34-year-old, hailing from Wehl in Holland, recalled peeing in a little tin and wetting her hair to allow it to become more absorbent.She said that she poured the tin of morning urine over her head and she waited until she could smell it. However, Lancewood later washed it off with soap. “It works really well,” she added on the podcast.advertisementThe urine trick is just one of the many unusual things the couple does to make life a little easier in the wild.She also uses charcoal and ash to brush her teeth!ALSO SEE: Author loses necklace with mom’s ashes at airport, post goes viral. Internet saves the dayALSO WATCH: Two cute lion cubs make adorable debut at Vladisovstok zooGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow urineFollow WildFollow New ZealandFollow shampooFollow Trending NewsFollow HairFollow Washing
Next Honda CB300R to launch on February 8, bike to cost less than Rs 2.5 lakhCB300R is the lightest motorcycle in its category, as claimed by the company, and comes with a compact 286cc, DOHC, four-valve, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine producing 31 bhp of power and 27.5 Nm of torque.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 19:50 IST HIGHLIGHTSCB300R makes use of Honda’s Neo Sports Cafe design language.The motorcycle’s frame is constructed with tubular and pressed steel.CB300R will be available in two colors — Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red.Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India will tomorrow launch Neo Sports Cafe inspired CB300R in the country. The motorcycle will be available for sale through the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route for the domestic market. The company has already confirmed that the bike will be made in India and priced below Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom).CB300R is the lightest motorcycle in its category, as claimed by the company, and comes with a compact 286cc, DOHC, four-valve, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine producing 31 bhp of power and 27.5 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox.The motorcycle’s frame is constructed with tubular and pressed steel and the swing arm is manufactured from steel plate that is irregularly shaped in cross section, giving it a bespoke minimalistic look. The tapered handlebars with a 40 degree turning angle ensure a small turning radius for CB300R. The exhaust pipes have been refurbished based on Neo Sports Cafe design language. The 41 mm light-weight inverted front forks help in maintaining balance in all road conditions. Braking duties are performed by 296 mm, hubless floating disc with radial-mount, Nissin 4-piston caliper on the front and 220 mm disc with single piston caliper on the rear. The high specification system gets an innovative IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to give precise front to rear distribution of ABS operation depending on the vehicle posture.The console gives the rider all the required information. Full LED lighting — including on indicators — ensures better visibility. The bike gets a round LED headlight with a built-in signature horseshoe-shaped guide.advertisementCB300R will be available in two colors — Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red. The bookings for the motorcycle had commenced last month at select Honda dealerships across India for an amount of Rs 5,000. It is expected to challenge the likes of KTM 390 Duke, BMW G310 R and Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki stops production of Ignis, facelift in the worksALSO READ | Ford to launch Endeavour facelift within weeks, the upgraded SUV to challenge Toyota FortunerALSO READ | Lamborghini launches Huracan EVO in India, supercar priced at Rs 3.73 croreGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New Honda bikeFollow New Honda motorcycleFollow New bike launchFollow Honda MotorcycleFollow Honda bike launch
The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected A prototype of the 2017 Civic Type R that is “technically representative of the production specification” took to the Nurburgring for a timed lap and came out the other end with a record. The Type R blasted around the 12.9-mile circuit in just 7 minutes and 43 seconds, almost 7 seconds faster than the last generation Type R and 3.39 seconds quicker than the current front-wheel drive lap record holder, the VW Golf GTI Clubsport. Just over three seconds may not sound like much, but in the world of lap times, that’s an eternity.Honda is ready to celebrate its achievement, but some have taken issue with the lap. As we mentioned, the vehicle is a prototype, which is a gray area. Though Honda says it closely matches the production car, the Japanese automaker doesn’t say specifically what’s different. What we do know is that the lap record attempt was made on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, but the production car will get less aggressive Continental tires as standard (Sport Cup 2’s may be optional equipment, like the Ford Focus RS). The lapping car also used a roll cage, but Honda claims it didn’t add rigidity.Whether you feel these changes make enough of a difference in performance is entirely up to you. By our estimation, the 2017 Civic Type R is worthy of its crown – and we can’t wait to make some first-hand impressions. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Editors’ Recommendations The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Ever heard the phrase, “pictures or it didn’t happen?” In general, skeptics only seem satisfied by photographic evidence. However, in the automotive world, critics will only be silenced by a Nurburgring lap time.Automakers can flap their jaws all day about a car’s performance, but enthusiasts want to see a lap around the famed German racetrack before believing the hype.Honda is pretty excited about its all-new Civic Type R – and for good reason. The range-topping Civic is based on the hatchback body style, and uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to make 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This is funneled through a six-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. It’s a spicy recipe, but enthusiasts want a taste of that performance. Honda has just given it to them. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens
A group of six tugs managed to refloat the 40,600 dwt tanker Seatrout during high tide on September 20, according to Zeeland Veilig.The ship, which ran into trouble off Antwerp earlier the same day, came loose just before 4 pm. Dutch towage and salvage companies Multraship and Kotug Smit were called to conduct the operation.The 188-meter-long Seatrout was then escorted to Vlissingen, the Netherlands, where it is scheduled to undergo further inspections.Seatrout ran aground in the early morning hours of September 20 after colliding with the bulk carrier Usolie. At the time, both vessels were sailing in the same direction on the Scheldt river.The tanker, which was sailing from Antwerp to Russia’s Ust-Luga port, was not loaded with cargo at the time.Zeeland Veilig earlier informed that the bulk carrier does not have any visible damages. The extent of damage on the tanker is currently unknown.Relevant authorities launched an investigation into the matter.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Rijkswaterstaat
Amidst several ramifications of the ongoing trade war between the US and China, there is one that was not anticipated and yet has hit the ground. Tourism was bound to be free of trade standoff simply due to separate paradigms that these fall under. But, China, through its Ministry of Culture and Tourism, has issued an advisory to tourists, asking them to be wary of dangers in visiting the US. The advisory urged to “fully assess the risks” of stepping foot on US soil, “noting the frequent occurrence of shootings, robberies and theft,” as per China’s official Xinhua News Agency. As it is the records cite a fall in Chinese tourists visiting the US for the first time in fifteen years, China’s advisory only promotes the decline. Travel has dropped by 5.7 per cent since 2018. As the trade war continues unabated, it is a matter of concern that this proxy conflict between the superpowers is set to hurt people, not in the usual hike in prices of American goods but rather tourism. The advisory capitalises on the floating concern of safety issues persistent in the US with reports of high profile mass shootings and prevalence of gun aggravating the apprehensions. Not just tourism, the advisory and the revolving issues of safety have also contributed to the decline of foreign enrolments of students in American universities; Chinese students build a majority of the foreign enrolments. Chinese advisory aims to protect its citizens from unnecessary and uncomfortable questioning at airports following the US’s implicit harassment measures. Finding it in a position of expressing concern towards its citizenry and also exercising responsibility, the Chinese government has urged its people to be wary. The calm issuance of advisory also denotes the fact that China expected this sort of development to take place following a long trade battle that has only proliferated despite 11 meetings aimed to reach a unanimous decision to cease it. With Chinese tourists boycotting US trips, the Chinese public spending in the US market is also set to take a hit. The ramifications do not cease here with Chinese nationals or people of Chinese origin also at risk of unfair treatment at hands of US authorities following the tense trade war. Ripples of trade conflict reaching public sphere make up a dismal picture. No one expects factors like trade standoff to hit tourism. The governments are spoiling the equation of global peace and prosperity through their vested interests and difference of opinion. Also Read – Securing nutritionThe G20 Osaka summit to be held later this month will probably allow the two superpowers to hold dialogue and resolve this trade conflict, reversing their tariffs and removing any animosity thereby to allow the pre-trade war times to prevail. It should be noted that a similar possibility had surfaced last time the two countries met for resolving the conflict, however Trump, then, accused China of renegotiating their deal specifically when it was almost finalised. Amidst the list of industries impacted by the Sino-US trade war – soybeans, cars, steel, and semiconductors – one stands apart and is rather a non-negotiable one. Education or say students should not be facing any adversity in the wake of political cum economic impasse between the superpowers. Hence, it is important that the US and China resolve this increasing inconvenience for the greater good. This trade war is well past its half-life and time is now ripe to cease it. The war has only aggravated the trade scenario between them as both resort to other nations for their requirements avoiding high tariffs that they have imposed on each other. G20 summit is an apt occassion for both countries to reconsider the ramifications of their agitation that is now slowly influencing other areas such as education and toursim.
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Crown-owned power utility will spend up to $7 million to find a new fuel source for its Belledune coal-fired generating station — with the aim of eliminating coal by 2030.Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet said NB Power will look at alternatives such as hydrogen, biomass and natural gas.“We all owe it to our future generations, our children, and our grandchildren to prevent the worst impacts of climate change from occurring,” Doucet said Wednesday.The provincial government first announced its intention to eliminate coal last year, but Doucet said they now have the plan to move forward. He said the large Belledune plant, which employs 110 people, is worth keeping.“Given the infrastructure that’s there, it makes sense to identify a new source of fuel to keep the plant operating for decades to come,” Doucet said.Gaetan Thomas, president of NB Power, said the Belledune plant has been extremely reliable and versatile.“It operates at 80 per cent capacity on average annually with some in reserves, especially during peak winter conditions,” he said.Thomas said the projected lifespan for the Belledune plant is 2043, but that could be extended by a couple of decades with a different fuel source.Thomas said he’s excited about the possibility of using hydrogen which would be extracted from sea water, adding that New Brunswick has lots of sea water and it’s a cheap fuel source.He said New Brunswick could be on the leading edge of new technology.“It could become a commodity that will be needed for other similar plants in North America — and many other utilities facing the same challenges, will be looking at us to meet their greenhouse gas targets also moving forward,” Thomas said.He said the utility has ample time to find a solution that will have minimal impact on power rates.Lois Corbett, executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, says she takes a lot of heart from the announcement.“It will make a significant contribution to the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan and it will certainly help the federal government on its path to make Canada coal-free by 2030,” she said.Corbett said other utilities have already had some success in converting old coal-fired plants, noting one in Thunder Bay, Ont., has been converted to biomass.In 2015 there were 30 coal-fired power plants in Canada — 18 in Alberta, seven in Saskatchewan, four in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick.
REGINA — Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir says he will be not be running in October’s federal election.Weir has issued a statement saying he’s not running because federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh continues to block his candidacy.He says running for another party would not help maintain progressive representation in Ottawa.Weir was suspended from the NDP caucus in February 2018 after fellow New Democrat Christine Moore sent an email to her colleagues saying she had heard numerous complaints about Weir allegedly harassing staffers.A investigation upheld several complaints of harassment, which Singh described at the time as a failure to read non-verbal cues in social settings.Weir, who has been sitting as an Independent, has called the allegations politically motivated and he has called the investigation “deeply flawed.”The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsThe Yukon’s chief coroner has called an inquest into the deaths of five people who were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in their Whitehorse home this past winter.Bradley and Valerie Rusk, their two children Gabriel and Rebekah, along with tenant Donald McNamee were found dead by a family friend in January.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.
TORONTO – Shopify Inc. will report its third-quarter results Tuesday, following a tumultuous month after an activist short-seller alleged the company operates outside the law.CEO Tobias Lutke has said the Ottawa-based technology firm, which provides merchants with online checkout services, stands behind its mission.He has promised to address comments made by Andrew Left of Citron Research, who Lutke called a “short-selling troll,” during a conference call with analysts on Tuesday.Shares of Shopify (TSX:SHOP) were up $2.63, or 1.91 per cent, to $140.22 at the close of markets Monday.On Oct. 4, Left released a video attacking Shopify’s business model. He claimed the company does not comply with guidelines set by the Federal Trade Commission and suggested the stock’s value is closer to US$60 before any potential FTC involvement.Shopify’s stock fell $16.75 on the Toronto Stock Exchange the day of the report.Since the news broke, its shares on the TSX continued to shed another $13.96, hitting a monthly low of $115.76 on Oct. 10, before starting to recoup some of those losses.
Tehran; Iran will partially withdraw from the 2015 landmark nuclear deal signed with six other nations, President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday, a move that comes a year after the US unilaterally withdrew from the pact. In a televised speech, Rouhani said that Tehran would reduce its “commitments” to the deal, but would not fully withdraw and that signatories of the deal — France, the UK, Germany, Russia and China — had been informed in advance of the move. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report According to the President, Iran would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country and not sell them abroad. He also threatened to resume production of higher enriched uranium in 60 days. Rouhani accused “hardliners” in the US of working to undermine the agreement, saying it was “in the interests of the region and the world, but not the enemies of Iran, therefore they spared no effort since 2015 to undermine (the deal)”, CNN reported. The accord is aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions in return for sanctions relief, but Tehran-Washington tensions have risen since the US withdrew from the deal. US President Donald Trump later reimposed sanctions on Tehran, hitting its economy. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “The Islamic Republic of Iran declares that at the current stage, it does not any more see itself committed to respecting the limitations on keeping enriched uranium and heavy water reserves,” Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said in a statement. The SNSC said other partners would have 60 days to lift pressure from Iran caused by the US sanctions, otherwise the country “will cease implementation of restrictions on uranium enrichment levels”. The announcement comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unscheduled visit to Iraq, and a US aircraft carrier was deployed to the Gulf region.
25 August 2010The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today handed 39 vehicles to the Lebanese armed forces in an effort to boost their capacity to improve security in the south of the country. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today handed 39 vehicles to the Lebanese armed forces in an effort to boost their capacity to improve security in the south of the country.Today’s delivery of the vehicles to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) at a ceremony at UNIFIL’s headquarters in Naqoura follows the donation of 24 cars in April.UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas stressed that conditions on the ground have significantly improved and that cooperation between UNIFIL and LAF has become a “central cornerstone in the implementation of our mandated tasks.”“Our activities could not be implemented without the cooperation of the Lebanese Army, which has demonstrated – time and again – its professionalism and commitment to UN Security Council resolution 1701 working in close partnership with UNIFIL troops,” Maj-Gen Asarta said at the ceremony, which was also attended by Brigadier-General Louis Hanna and Brigadier-General Khalil Msan, LAF commanders in the south Litani area.“Ultimately, UNIFIL’s exit strategy is linked to the ability of the Lebanese Army to sustainably ensure stability in southern Lebanon,” Maj-Gen. Asarta added.Brig-Gen Hanna relayed LAF Commander General Jean Kahwaji’s “deepest feelings of gratitude and appreciation” to the UNIFIL command donation, which he said is “a clear expression of the ties of cooperation and coordination” between UNIFIL and LAF.
Amos Namanga Ngongi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, travelled to Addis Ababa to attend the meeting of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, the spokesman said.The Dialogue brings together representatives of various groups from within the DRC, with the former President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire, acting as the facilitator of this process.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mobilicity executive chairman wants more Canadian apps developed for wireless New wireless player Mobilicity wants Canadian developers of mobile apps to be able to raise money the same way junior resource companies can — with flow shares that give investors tax incentives.Mobilicity executive chairman John Bitove is proposing what he calls “Canadian app flow through shares,” which would be used by developers to raise the cash need to support the development of new apps.Flow through shares in the resource sector provide tax incentives to investors by allowing deductions for expenses and investment tax credits.“We do it in natural resources, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t do it in app development,” Bitove said in an interview Tuesday after a speech to the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto.“I think the Canadian wireless industry needs more Canadian-oriented apps . . . We would, in effect, be incubating an industry in Canada that is one of the fastest growing global industries — which is app software,” Bitove said.Software applications allow consumers to do everything from play games to check the weather to learn a language to get their airplane boarding passes.Bitove said helping to fund app development would also increase the adoption of smartphones, which are sold by wireless carriers like Mobilicity and its competitors. He noted that according to a recent Google study, there are about 25 apps installed on the average Canadian smartphone.Wireless carriers also earn revenue from monthly data plans that allow consumers to listen to music, send email or stream live TV on their smartphones.There are a number of app developers in Toronto because that’s where the funding is, Bitove said.“I think if we create the infrastructure — i.e. flow through shares — they can stay in Labrador or Baie Comeau or in Prince George and do what they’re doing,” he said, adding the federal government has indicated it’s going to create ways for them to secure funding.Apple, Samsung and Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) all have app stores with thousands and thousands of applications for consumers and businesses.But Bitove noted that apps can be just as speculative as natural resources, noting that every one won’t be a winner. By promoting and investing in “app exploration,” Canadians have the chance to contribute to entrepreneurship, he said in his speech.Bitove also said he would like to see public-private partnerships to build out networks serving small communities and rural Canada because they would bring advanced technology to these areas much faster.Mobilicity, which launched in 2010, had more than 200,000 subscribers at the end of 2011 with both smartphone and talk and text users.Meanwhile, Anthony Lacavera, chairman and CEO of Wind Mobile, said he still believes there should be some kind of consolidation among new players Wind, Mobilicity and Public Mobile to compete against Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T).“The incumbents are way too strong for the fragmented new entrants to compete with,” said Lacavera, who will speak at the telecom summit on Wednesday.“I don’t think it has to happen long-term, but it isn’t on the near-term horizon.”He said Wind Mobile will focus on capturing smartphone users and put less emphasis on talk-and-text users. Wind is aiming for 60 per cent of its base to be smartphones users by the end of the year, he said, adding it’s now 40 per cent.Wind Mobile has about 446,000 customers, he said.Industry Minister Christian Paradis said there’s still an urban-rural divide in broadband services, such as the speeds at which the Internet is delivered. He said he expects industry players to close the gap and extend their rural footprints.“It’s quite simply unacceptable,” Paradis said in prepared remarks for a speech Tuesday at the telecom summit.“To succeed, Canadians living in a rural environment must have access to the same services that their urban counterparts have,” he said.Paradis also said the upcoming federal auction of radio waves of will help bring faster networks to rural Canada. The auction is expected next year.“And to support competition and investment, we’ll be applying caps in both auctions. This will enable at least four companies in each licence area to secure spectrum. It will also support competition in the market and greater choice for Canadians.” by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2012 5:57 pm MDT
In a press statement that follows a 13 August briefing from Mr. Ban on allegations of sexual exploitation committed by UN peacekeepers, including the latest allegations of abuses committed in the Central African Republic (CAR), Council members said they “shared his outrage and anger…and recalled that peacekeepers should protect civilians in the areas where they are deployed.”They stated that the UN, and particularly its peacekeepers, must comply with relevant provisions of international law, including with respect to the protection of human rights. The Council also noted that the Organization should “not let the actions of a few tarnish the heroic work of tens of thousands of United Nations peacekeepers and personnel.” The Council’s statement follows a flurry of action at the highest levels of the United Nations after allegations were revealed late last week by the human rights group Amnesty International concerning actions by UN peacekeepers serving with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).In the wake of the revelations, the Secretary-General vowed decisive action and immediately announced that he had accepted the resignation of MINUSCA chief Babacar Gaye, scheduled an urgent meeting with the heads of all United Nations peace operations and Force Commanders, as well as a special closed-door session of the Security Council on the matter.Over the weekend, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that the agency’s staff in CAR had met with the young girl reportedly raped by a UN police officer, and stressed that UNICEF is providing her with “every possible help,” including medical assistance and support to deal with the psychological impact of the incident. “While respecting the integrity of the investigation into the incident, it is clear that this child has endured a most brutal ordeal,” said Mr. Lake.The Security Council, in its statement today, noted the recent appointment of an External Independent Panel to look into reports of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Central African Republic and the United Nations’ systemic response, and looked forward to its findings being made public. The members of the Security Council reiterated the primary responsibility of troop and police contributing countries to investigate allegations against their uniformed personnel, and, if appropriate, to prosecute, and to inform the United Nations, in a timely manner, of the progress and outcome of investigations. They asked the Secretariat to keep police and troop contributing countries fully informed as soon as allegations against peacekeepers are made, stressed the need for full and appropriate reporting within the UN system, and regretted that some allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse including the latest allegations by the United Nations peacekeepers in the CAR were brought to their attention by external actors such as the media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Stressing the importance of the United Nations quickly investigating in a credible, transparent manner the most recent allegations of misconduct and abuse, and if substantiated, working with the troop contributing countries involved to ensure those responsible are held accountable, the Council also underscored the importance to build the capacity of troop contributing countries to investigate allegations and hold accountable those involved in abuses within their own national legal frameworks.The members of the Security Council emphasized the need for victims and their families to be assisted when such abuses occur, including through better information sharing on the actions taken by troop and police contributing countries to hold those committing abuse accountable and underlined the importance of addressing the needs of the victims. They paid tribute to General Babacar Gaye’s tireless efforts in support of peace, security and reconciliation in the Central African Republic and during his United Nations career. They took note of the Secretary-General’s nomination of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga as Acting Special Representative and Head of MINUSCA and assured him of their full support to MINUSCA.
Road access into the north-eastern area from inside the country has been blocked by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) for more than two years, while the border crossings from the neighbouring countries have been closed since the beginning of 2016.“These airlifts are a big step forward in the humanitarian response in Syria this year and bring a glimmer of hope to the people of Al Hassakeh Governorate who have survived without a lifeline for far too long,” said Jakob Kern, Syria Country Director for the World Food Programme (WFP), noting that the agency’s food stocks in the area were exhausted a few weeks ago.The UN has said that airlifting is not the first choice of method to deliver aid because it is costly, but in the absence of ground access, more air operations have been planned in the recent weeks.The WFP-chartered plane carried 40 tons of food including rice, bulgur, pulses, salt, vegetable oil and sugar. The agency also sent Plumpy’doz, a specialized nutrition product used to treat and prevent malnutrition in children.It is estimated that 275,000 people living in many areas in Al Hasskeh Governorate are in need of humanitarian assistance but have been cut off from food and humanitarian supplies for more than six months. Priority is given to more than 75,000 people, mainly displaced families in shelters and unfinished buildings, female-headed households as well as some vulnerable Iraq refugee families in the Hwal camp.Over the course of a month, the plane will fly at least 25 rotations between Damascus and the area to deliver over 1,000 metric tons of humanitarian cargo including food, nutrition supplies, medicines, as well as items from other humanitarian organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA).Food distributions will be conducted by WFP’s partners on the ground in coordination with local relief committees in 35 distribution points around the governorate covering rural and urban areas.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick may start on Sunday against the New York Giants.Vick participated in practice three straight days this week, and on Friday he will undergo a tough physical test to determine if he can play for the first time since hurting his leg on Oct. 6.“Gotta get out here and run,” Vick said Thursday. “Tomorrow’s not a walk-through day for me.”The evaluation will be a simple test.“Run 100 yards as fast as I can,” he said.QB Nick Foles has played for the Eagles since Vick’s injury, but he suffered a concussion last Sunday in a game against the Cowboys.Coach Chip Kelly said he and Vick have yet to talk about whether he will start or not. The coach said the determination will be made by Vick’s progress.“We’ll see where Mike is,” Kelly said. “Again it’s how do you respond?”