ICC Champions Trophy: Yuvraj Singh eyes history as India aim to defend title

first_imgYuvraj Singh, one of India’s most decorated all-rounders, will return to the ICC Champions Trophy after a gap of 11 years. Yuvraj made his ODI debut at the prestigious tournament (then known as the ICC KnockOut) in 2000. Though the left-handed batsman did not get to bat on his debut but he proved his mettle with an 84 off 80 balls in the next match against Australia which India won by 20 runs.Yuvraj, the big tournament player and a proven match-winner, is now back in the team for the Champions Trophy in England and Wales starting June 1. He proved his form and fitness in January when he blasted his way to a career-best 150 against England during the ODI series.The Player of the Tournament at the 2011 ICC World Cup and 2007 World Twenty is looking forward to the multi-nation extravaganza as India aim to defend the title.”I am delighted to be returning to the India side for the 50-over ICC tournament and look forward to making a meaningful contribution as the side aims to defend its title,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying in an ICC statement.”Like any other ICC tournament, it will be a challenging event with each team arriving there believing it can lift the silverware on 18 June at The Oval.”TOUGH GROUPYuvraj, however, said it would be easier said than done against top cricketing nations of the world. India are clubbed with Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in one of the two groups.”We are in a tough group, but at the same time we are a form side following a highly successful domestic season. We will target to carry forward the winning momentum into the ICC Champions Trophy so that we can become the second side after Australia to win back to back titles,” said Yuvraj, who has played 296 matches for the country.advertisementYuvraj said with plenty of NRIs settled in the UK, India have always felt at home while playing there.”The United Kingdom is an excellent location to host the ICC Champions Trophy. We have always felt at home away from home due to the overwhelming support we always receive there,” he said.India has retained eight players from the successful team of 2013, namely Virat Kohli, who will captain India for the first time in a major ICC event, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav.Jadeja won the player of the final at Edgbaston four years ago following his 33 not out and two for 24 in a rain- reduced final, while Dhawan won the player of the tournament award for finishing as the lead run-scorer with 363 runs in five matches with two centuries and a half-century. For Dhoni, it will be his fourth appearance.While a number of players will be returning to this short and sharp tournament, Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik stands out as he has been selected for his sixth successive tournament.Only eight other players have played in six ICC Champions Trophy tournaments. They are Ricky Ponting (Australia), Rahul Dravid (India), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis (both South Africa) and Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara (all Sri Lanka).All the teams can make changes to their squads without needing an ICC approval until May 24. All player replacement requests from May 25 onwards will require the approval of the Event Technical Committee.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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MS Dhoni, Steve Waugh were the perfect captains: Adam Gilchrist to India Today

first_imgLegendary Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist rated MS Dhoni as a perfect captain and at the same pedestal as the iconic Steve Waugh.In conversation with India Today, Gilchrist said Steve Waugh is definitely a perfect captain for him and added that MS Dhoni also makes the cut according to him.”I will give two answers, one from having played underneath and I think Steve Waugh is right there and I perceive MS (Dhoni), one having not played underneath,” Gilchrist said to India Today.WATCH FULL VIDEOGilchrist also added that apart from all the cricketing qualities that Dhoni possess, his calmness is what stands out.”MS I feel, apart from being a wonderful batsman, wonderful wicket-keeper and a great leader, his greatest quality that I have observed is his calmness under pressure. Of course he is Captain Cool, his calmness under siege or even when things are going well. Such is the passion for cricket in this country that exuberance can spill out of control and you can lose track of things but his calmness in any moment, he is able to bring consistency in emotion and that is admirable,” Gilchrist praised Dhoni.Gilchrist accepted that India is the “focal point of world cricket” and said that it is a “powerful position and needs to be managed well.”The former Australian wicket-keeper chose India captain as the best one-day international player at the moment while picking Kieron Pollard as the best in the T20 format.”I think Virat Kohli (perfect ODI player) at the moment. He is unstoppable.advertisement”AB de Villiers comes to mind (for perfect T20 player) but I suppose you have to think more all-round so, a guy like Kieron Pollard is pretty really handy.”Gilchrist also shared his views on the Kohli-Kumble fiasco that rocked Indian cricket a few months ago.”I can only speak from my personal experiences in the teams I have played in. Clearly in that example, Virat is extremely comfortable with Ravi (Shastri) and vice versa and so, they are obviously a good match. Clearly that wasn’t the case with Anil (Kumble) and Virat. I have no idea and don’t have the desire to get into the details of that but that wasn’t an ideal situation,” Gilchrist said.last_img read more

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Pullela Gopichand blames hectic calendar for shuttlers’ poor run in 2019

first_img2019 has not been a happy year for Indian badminton. The latest disappointment came at the Sudirman Cup, the world mixed team championship, where India crashed out in the first round after defeats to Malaysia and China.National coach Pullela Gopichand is of the opinion that the downturn comes due to the fact that the players had to go through a rather hectic 2019 with the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships. “Last year was a very tough calendar and we hardly had any time for preparation,” Gopichand told IANS.Gopichand said that first lot of preparation for the Olympics will start in June and July following which he expects a better performance from the players. “It is the first time where we get about five to six weeks with the players and that’s when we hope that we will be able to reverse this run,” he said.Gopichand also said that this period of training was planned well in advance and the players’ performances won’t cause any changes to it.Back to the Sudirman Cup, with Kidambi Srikanth not being able to take part in the men’s singles, India lost 3-2 to Malaysia in their first match and the second was a 5-0 whitewash against China. India had reached the quarterfinals in the previous edition of the biennial tournament, where they lost 3-0 to China.However, this exit is only part of a trend for Indian shuttlers this year. Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to have won a title in 2019. This came in the form of the Indonesia Masters in January after her opponent in the final, Carolina Marin, twisted her knee midway through the match and had to pull out. Marin was dominating the game before that.advertisementAt the All England Championships, Saina was ousted in the quarter-final by Taiwanese world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying while she crashed out of the Malaysia Open in the first round.P.V. Sindhu ended 2018 with a historic win at the BWF World tour finals, but has been unable to carry that momentum into 2019. She has faced defeats in all four matches she has played this year against top-10 opposition.Her year started with a quarter final defeat to Marin after which she ended runner-up to Saina Nehwal at the National Championships. She then gave the German Open a miss to prepare for the All England Championships. But, the world no. 5 ended up losing to South Korea’s Sung Ji-Hyun, against whom she had a favourable head to head record. The disappointment that defeat could have been somewhat erased had she lived up to expectations at the Indian Open, where she started off as a firm favourite but lost in the semi-finals to China’s He Bingjao. She played the Malaysian Open and the Indonesian Open next before the Sudirman Cup. In Malaysia she lost to Sunh Ji Hyun again, this time in the second round and exited at the quarter-final stage in Indonesia.In his six outings thus far in the year, Srikanth failed to make it past the quarter finals of all individual tournaments except at the Indian Open, where he lost to Danish star Viktor Axelsen in the final. He has now dropped to ninth in the world rankings.Sameer Verma, the highest ranked Indian behind Srikanth, was the latter’s replacement at the Sudirman Cup. He was the favourite in the match-up against Indonesia with 20th ranked Lee Zii Jia at the other end but ended being humbled 21-13, 21-15. However, he was impressive in the next match against Olympic gold medallist Chen Long. In what was a highly entertaining match, Long eventually won 21-17, 22-10. His performance was in stark contrast to his teammates’ in the tie.Before the Sudirman Cup, Verma, who had reached the final of the Hong Kong Open last year, reached the quarter finals in Singapore and at the Badminton Asia Championships.The slump in form for the major stars comes at a rather awkward time with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics around the corner. The team’s failure at the Sudirman Cup also casts a shade over their impressive win at the Commonwealth Games where they beat Malaysia 3-1 to secure gold.Doubles Form Also a ConcernIn the men’s double, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty started their season late due to the former recuperating from a shoulder injury he sustained before the Premier Badminton League. However, it has been a promising start for them as they won the Brazil International and followed it with a semi-final finish at the Li-Ning Denmark Challenge.advertisementIn Rankireddy’s absence, Shetty had teamed up with Pranaav Jerry Chopra at the senior national championships and the Swiss Open. While they won the former, the pair reached the quarter-finals in Switzerland.Rankireddy’s injury also meant that Ashwini Ponnappa’s mixed doubles season started only at the Sudirman Cup, before which she played seven tournaments with women’s doubles partner N. Sikki Reddy and reached the quarter finals in two of those.Also Read | Sudirman Cup: Japan beat Malaysia to advance to last 4Also Read | Sudirman Cup: Denmark beat Indonesia, both advance to last 8last_img read more

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CHANGES COMING TO NEBRASKA CHILD CAR SEAT LAW

first_imgSome changes are coming soon to Nebraska’s child restraint law regarding car seats for children traveling in motor vehicles.Lt. Chris Chernock of the South Sioux City Police says the mandatory age requirement to have a child ride in an approved car seat is increasing on January 1st:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CARSEAT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….AGE 8. :07Infants still have a special condition for their car seats:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CARSEAT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….CAR SEAT MANUFACTURER. ;10All children up to age eight must ride correctly secured in a federally approved child safety seat and ride in the back seat, as long as there is one equipped with a seat belt.Chernock adds that any child ages eight to eighteen must ride secured in a seat belt or child safety seat belt positioning system:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CARSEAT3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………AND OR TO USE IT. ;10A violation of the new law can result in a fine of $25 and additional court costs of $48 for a total of $73-dollars.last_img read more

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Holy Crap, Camp Bacon is a Real Place and You Can Go

first_img Talking American Brandy with Washington’s Mastrogiannis Distillery A Cajun-style pork roast with independent films, music, and bacon…Yes, it’s the exact setting of how we imagine heaven but it’s also a real event held from May 31 through June 4 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.This year, Zingerman’s 8th Annual Camp Bacon provides the stomping (and noshing) grounds of a pork-lover’s paradise. The all-you-can-eat “bacon extravaganza” has become a nationally-recognized festival attracting the best pork chefs in the world, renowned food experts, producers, and, of course, us folk simply passionate about some good bacon.For instance… Clark Rachal is driving 1,300 miles from Louisiana to cook Cochon de Lait and award-winning journalist Simran Sethi is flying in from Rome. NBD.What’s so cool about Camp Bacon is that while attendees sample film and fair, Camp Bacon is also quietly donating its funds to two of Zingerman’s nonprofits— Southern Foodways Alliance and 4H Club of Washtenaw County.FYI: Zingerman’s Community of Businesses is a family of nine independently operated businesses all located in the Ann Arbor area, founded by Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig who founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982. Ari was first inspired to launch Camp Bacon while writing his book Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon.“Over the last eight years Camp Bacon has become one of my favorite events of the year here at Zingerman’s,” says Ari, “and with each year that we do it… the connection with the campers grows stronger, the presentations get more interesting, the food gets better, the bacon gets…well, everything’s already better with bacon.”Amen, brother.And as with any camp, there’s a schedule of activities. But it’s a far stretch from the crafting and nature hikes we experienced as camps as a kid. Grab something to hold on to because this will be intense…Camp Bacon Events ScheduleCamp Bacon Food Film FestivalWednesday, May 31, 6:00pm – 9:00pmThe stories behind beloved Southern women food makers are captured in this collection of short documentaries.$35/person. Location: Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St, Ann ArborRegister here.Bakin’ with Bacon at BAKE!Thursday, June 1, 5:30pm – 9:30pm & Friday, June 2, 1:00pm – 5:00pmUse the power of bacon to flavor three amazing baked goods: peppered bacon farm bread, bacon cheddar scones, and sweet and salty bacon pecan sandy cookies.$125/person. Location: BAKE! 3723 Plaza Dr., Ann ArborRegister here.The 8th Annual Bacon BallThursday, June 1, 7:00pm – 9:30pmCochon de Lait, A Dance with Flame: Clark Rachal from Avoyelles Parish in Louisiana Cajun country cooks up a traditional pig roast. Nom nom.$75/person. Location: Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann ArborRegister here.Bacon Beautiful MusicThursday, June 1, Doors 7:30pm, Music 8:00pm – MidnightMusicians, poets, and more will take to the stage to make music and entertain all of our campers!This event is free. Location: Ann Arbor Distilling Co., 220 Felch St, Ann ArborRegister here.Fresh Taste of DetroitFriday, June 2, 12:00pm – 9:30pmCamp Bacon hits the road with Zingerman’s Food Tours for a high-energy tasting jaunt through the markets, kitchens, and breweries of Detroit.$295/person. Location: Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann ArborRegister here.The Main EventSaturday, June 3, 8:00am – 4:00pmA day of meaty speakers, lots of learning, and of course, all the bacon you can eat. (Plus a whole hog bacon raffle is also included in the program.)$195/person. Location: Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., DexterRegister here.Camp Bacon Street FairSunday, June 4, 11:00am – 2:00pmCelebrate great pork with this a three-hour, family-friendly street fair.This event is free. Location: Sunday Artisan Market in Kerrytown, 315 Detroit St, Ann ArborNo registration necessary. Editors’ Recommendations A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020 The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now center_img The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells Holy Crap, Camp Bacon is a Real Place and You Can Go Closelast_img read more

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USCG GoM Oil Spill Surpasses Initial Estimates

first_imgzoom The amount of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico a week ago may be around 16,000 barrels, almost double from the initial estimates, according to the United States Coast Guard.The offshore oil and gas operator LLOG Exploration Offshore earlier informed that the oil released from a damaged pipeline at the Delta House floating production facility was estimated in the amount of some 7,950 to 9,350 barrels.The USCG and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have been coordinating with the responsible party and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to locate and respond to any oil that reaches the surface.Multiple daily over flights and remotely operated underwater vehicle inspections have been conducted with no recoverable oil detected.Skimming vessels from Clean Gulf Associates and the Marine Spill Response Corporation also remain on standby.USCG informed that surface and subsea trajectory models calculated by the responsible party and NOAA indicate that any discharged oil will drift in a southwesterly direction and is not expected to impact the shoreline.Calculations indicate that the discovery of any recoverable oil is unlikely due to the depth and pressure at which the oil was released.The oil was discharged from a small crack in a pipeline that was pressurized to more than 3,000 psi and located some 5,000 feet under water, 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. This high-pressure discharge through a small opening likely caused the oil to be broken down into small particles and disperse into deep-water currents prior to reaching the surface.Water samples taken along the trajectory path at various depths have not detected the presence of oil, USCG confirmed.“While the reported discharge amount is very significant, we are confident in the calculations completed by the LLOG and NOAA scientists,” said Cmdr. Heather Mattern from US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, Louisiana. “Additionally, the lack of any recoverable oil identified by over flights and subsea inspections conducted throughout the past week supports this explanation,” Mattern added.The flowline release began in the morning hours of October 11 from a fracture in a jumper pipe leading from Mississippi Canyon Block 209, Well No. 1 to a manifold located on the seafloor.Once identified, the pipeline leak was isolated and stopped on Thursday morning, however, the incident was said to be the largest oil spill in the US since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, Bloomberg earlier reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.last_img read more

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Americas First National Humane Organization Debuts New Weekly Radio Show

first_imgAmerica’s first national humanitarian organization is pleased to present its new weekly radio show, “Be Humane with Dr. Robin Ganzert,” part of the Pet Life Radio Network, the number one pet radio network on the planet.Each week, the President and CEO of American Humane Association, one of the nation’s most respected animal charities, will address the latest news and issues affecting our animal friends. Each show centers around a theme of spreading compassion, caring, and hope for the country’s billions of animals.Dr. Ganzert’s trademark warmth and Southern charm will shine as she interviews Hollywood’s biggest animal lovers, renowned pet health and behavior experts, and many more special guests. American Humane Association’s own highly knowledgeable staff members will also appear on the show, with tales of their work in the field helping to protect animals from cruelty, abuse, and neglect.The first four shows are jam-packed with terrific interviews with such luminaries as supermodel and “Real Housewives of Miami” star Joanna Krupa; “The Bachelor’s” Prince Lorenzo Borghese; world-renowned dog trainer and star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog,” Victoria Stilwell; John Paul DeJoria, the co-founder and CEO of Paul Mitchell Systems and John Paul Pet; The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes, and more.Each 30-minute weekly show is produced by American Humane Association’s Scott Sowers and will be distributed across Pet Life Radio’s diverse platform as well as by email to American Humane Association’s constituents and via its social media networks. Pet Life Radio is available free on-demand from the PetLifeRadio.com website and more than 30 podcast distributors. The Pet Life Radio live radio stream is broadcast 24/7 worldwide on the PetLifeRadio.com home page as well as to smart phones, mobile devices and cars through mobile apps including iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher Radio, Nokia Radio, and ooTunes Radio.Created by award-winning producer, Mark Winter, Pet Life Radio features more than 55 weekly pet-related talk shows hosted by the most well-known pet experts, authors, and radio and TV personalities in the world of animals and pets. With more than 6 million monthly listeners, Pet Life Radio has hosted celebrity guests like Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Betty White, Rachael Ray, Ryan O’Neal, and many more.“We’re so excited to bring this weekly radio show on the Pet Life Radio Network,” said Dr. Ganzert. “Our 137-year old mission has been to promote a sense of compassion and to promote the human-animal bond, that inextricable link between people, pets, and the world we share. Through this new platform we’re able to teach our listeners the importance of being humane.”“I’m so pleased to add ‘Be Humane with Dr. Robin Ganzert’ to our incredible stable of shows on Pet Life Radio,” added Winter. “Robin is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world when it comes to the welfare of animals, and she is so passionate about making the world a more humane place for them. I cannot wait to hear who she brings on each week because I know they’ll be big movers and shakers in the compassion movement and big advocates for the work American Humane Association does week in and week out.”The debut episode of “Be Humane with Dr. Robin Ganzert” with special guests Joanna Krupa and Prince Lorenzo Borghese is available now for download and streaming. For more information about the show’s guests and to find new episodes every Tuesday, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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EU wants 23 states on laundering terror financing blacklist

BRUSSELS — The European Union Commission on Tuesday proposed to put 23 non-EU countries and territories on a blacklist of those it believes to pose a high risk when it comes to money laundering or terrorist financing.Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said Wednesday that the list, including such nations like Saudi Arabia, North Korea and Nigeria, will be used to increase checks and investigations on financial operations to find any suspicious money flows.Jourova said that “we have to make sure that dirty money from other countries does not find its way to our financial system.” She said that “Europe cannot be a laundromat for dirty money.”The European Parliament and the member states must now approve the list over the next weeks.The Associated Press read more

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Gone in a New York minute How the Amazon deal fell apart

NEW YORK — When Amazon chose the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens to build a $2.5 billion campus that could house 25,000 workers, New York’s top brass saw it as a major coup.But what they didn’t expect was the protests, the hostile public hearings and the disparaging tweets that would come in the next three months, eventually leading to Amazon’s dramatic Valentine’s Day breakup with the city.The list of grievances was long: the deal was done secretively; Amazon didn’t need nearly $3 billion in tax incentives; and rising rents could push people out of the neighbourhood.City officials and union leaders were talking to Amazon until the last minute. Then the company surprised even the city’s mayor by announcing they were ditching New York in a blog post.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

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US stocks edge higher ahead of July 4th holiday Ford rises after

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2013 11:50 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Good news about car sales, home prices and manufacturing is leading the stock market higher at midday.Trading was quiet ahead of the July 4th holiday. Traders weighed a number of positive reports, including Ford’s best June auto sales since 2006. Home prices climbed to a seven-year high and factory orders rose.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up seven points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,622 shortly before noon Tuesday.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 58 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 15,003. The Nasdaq composite was up 14 points, or 0.4 per cent, at 3,449.U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for Independence Day.Zynga jumped 9 per cent to $3.34 after the troubled online game maker replaced its CEO. US stocks edge higher ahead of July 4th holiday; Ford rises after vehicle sales rise in June read more

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UN relief agencies working around the clock to assist displaced in DR

On Friday, the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) were able to restart their activities, which were interrupted last week due to the recent upsurge in fighting between government troops and the M23 rebel group.“Over the weekend, UNHCR and our partners were able to resume assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs) in 12 sites around Goma, including Mugunga 3 – with handouts of WFP food, as well as soap and water containers,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.“The aid deliveries began on Saturday, and the aim is to reach 110,000 people. This is the first large-scale aid delivery since Goma was captured by the M23 rebel movement on 20 November,” he said.M23 fighters – a rebel group composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – occupied Goma, the capital of North Kivu, last Tuesday after launching a new wave of attacks. The advance of the M23 has uprooted more than 140,000 civilians, Mr. Edwards said. Many have settled in the city of Goma in spontaneous sites and the Mugunga 3 camp and are living in precarious conditions. “Many IDPs need shelter and clean water. Sanitary conditions remain a major challenge due to the lack of toilets and water supply points. Some cases of vomiting, diarrhoea and respiratory infections have already been recorded. These respiratory infections are due to the fact that these people have no shelter and are sleeping in the open under the rains.”Mr. Edwards also noted that many IDPs have started to return home, adding that UNHCR will conduct exploratory visits in the coming days to ensure safe conditions in the return areas. The agency will also assist with transportation, particularly for those who are in poor health, and pregnant women. “Many of the displaced are telling us they intend returning soon to their home areas, and for this reason the initial aid deliveries are three-day rations only. Further assistance is being planned for areas of return,” he said.According to the spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jens Laerke, other humanitarian organizations have also started a rapid assessment of Goma following a relative improvement of the security situation to ensure a safe return for IDPs. However, there are concerns about unexploded ordinance (UXO) that could harms civilians on their way to their villages. WFP also warned that most IDPs will still require food assistance once they return to their homes, as many left their fields unattended.“Food assistance is crucial as the displaced people have absolutely no means to access food. Their situation is even harder as food prices are increasing dramatically on the local market,” said WFP Country Director Martin OhlsenSince it recommenced its activities, the agency has provided emergency food assistance to more than 81,000 people in a dozen sites in and around Goma. While activities have resumed, the volatile security situation is still limiting efforts by humanitarian agencies to rapidly assess and respond to the crisis, WFP said.It added that it would maintain its programmes in North and South Kivu, as well as in Bunia in Orientale province, where angry protestors recently plundered WFP offices and looted stocks form the warehouse and the agency’s trucks. read more

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Autonomous weapons that kill must be banned insists UN chief

Although this 2018 announcement was an “important line in the sand” by the Group of Governmental Experts – which meets under the auspices of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) – the UN chief noted in his statement that while some Member States believe new legislation is required, while others would prefer less stringent political measures and guidelines that could be agreed on.Nonetheless, it is time for the panel “to deliver” on LAWS, the UN chief said, adding that “it is your task now to narrow these differences and find the most effective way forward…The world is watching, the clock is ticking and others are less sanguine. I hope you prove them wrong.”The LAWS meeting is one of two planned for this year, which follow earlier Governmental Expert meetings in 2017 and 2018 at the UN in Geneva.The Group’s agenda covers technical issues related to the use of lethal autonomous weapons systems, including the challenges the technology poses to international humanitarian law, as well as human interaction in the development, deployment and use of emerging tech in LAWS.In addition to the Governmental Experts, participation is expected from a wide array of international organizations, civil society, academia, and industry.The CCW’s full name is the 1980 Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects,  entered into force on 2 December 1983.The Convention currently has 125 States Parties. Its purpose is to prohibit or restrict the use of specific types of weapons that are considered to cause unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering to combatants or to affect civilians indiscriminately.In previous comments on AI,  the Secretary-General likened the technology to “a new frontier” with “advances moving at warp speed”.“Artificial Intelligence has the potential to accelerate progress towards a dignified life, in peace and prosperity, for all people,” he said at the AI for Good Global Summit in 2017, adding that there are also serious challenges and ethical issues which must be taken into account – including cybersecurity, human rights and privacy. In a message to the Group of Governmental Experts, the UN chief said that “machines with the power and discretion to take lives without human involvement are politically unacceptable, morally repugnant and should be prohibited by international law”.No country or armed force is in favour of such “fully autonomous” weapon systems that can take human life, Mr Guterres insisted, before welcoming the panel’s statement last year that “human responsibility for decisions on the use of weapons systems must be retained, since accountability cannot be transferred to machines”.Autonomous machines with the power and discretion to select targets and take lives without human involvement are politically unacceptable, morally repugnant and should be prohibited by international law. https://t.co/DhG1DqY8Rx— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 25, 2019 read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo fined 32 mln euro in tax evasion case

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRonaldo appears in court over tax evasion claimsJuly 31, 2017In “latest news”Ronaldo accepts €18.8m deal over tax evasionJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports”Cristiano Ronaldo tops Forbes 2016 ‘World’s highest-paid athletes’ listJune 8, 2016In “latest news” Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his third goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018.MADRID,  (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo will be fined 3.2 million euros ($3.7 million) and sentenced to 24 months in prison, a sentence he is unlikely to serve, after settling a tax evasion case with Spanish tax authorities, the prosecutor said on Friday.The 33-year-old is accused of evading 5.7 million euros in taxes. He has denied the allegations.Ronaldo is unlikely to go to prison as Spanish law states a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.The football star will be required to pay the 3.2-million-euro fine plus the 5.7 million euros in back taxes, 1 million euros in accrued interest and 250 euros-per-day for the 48 months covering the prison sentence.This amount is likely to be only part of the striker’s fines over the case, which are expected to rise to around 19 million euros in total. read more

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Facebook donne un coup de pouce au don dorgane

first_imgFacebook donne un coup de pouce au don d’organeDésormais, les utilisateurs américains et britanniques du réseau Facebook peuvent ajouter sur leur profil le statut “donneur d’organe”. Une initiative lancée par la firme de Mark Zuckerberg pour encourager le don d’organe et mettre en contact les donneurs avec les patients en attente de transplantation.”Aux Etats-Unis aujourd’hui, 114.000 personnes, et des millions d’autres à travers le monde sont dans l’attente d’un coeur, d’un rein ou d’un foie qui leur sauvera la vie”. D’après des chiffres de l’ONG Donate Life America, ce sont ainsi quelque 18 personnes qui mourraient chaque jour pour ne pas avoir reçu de transplantation à temps. Une cause qu’a aujourd’hui décidée de défendre le réseau social Facebook en offrant la possibilité à ses utilisateurs d’indiquer s’ils sont donneurs d’organes. “Nous pensons que tout le monde peut participer à la prise de conscience de (l’importance) du don d’organes. Cela peut contribuer à résoudre la crise” que rencontre le don d’organes, a expliqué à la chaine ABC Mark Zuckerberg, fondateur de Facebook qui a été le premier à cocher le statut “donneur d’organes” sur son profil. Il a ainsi invité les utilisateurs vivant aux Etats-Unis et au Royaume-Uni, les deux seuls pays où le statut est aujourd’hui disponible, de l’imiter et de se déclarer donneur d’organes, tout en expliquant leur décision à leurs amis.Plus qu’un simple statut, cette initiative vise non seulement à encourager le don d’organes mais aussi à mettre en contact les donneurs avec les patients en attente de transplantation. Pour cela, des liens redirigent vers les registres de donneurs d’organes officiels et permettent ainsi aux utilisateurs qui le souhaitent de s’inscrire. “Nous voulons rendre les choses simples. Vous n’avez qu’à indiquer le pays ou l’Etat dans lequel vous habitez, et nous vous redirigeons vers les registres” de donneurs d’organes, a souligné le PDG de Facebook.”Des milliers de vies vont être sauvées grâce à cette initiative”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Celui-ci a également expliqué que l’idée lui était venue lors de conversations avec sa petite amie, actuellement étudiante en médecine et qui souhaite devenir pédiatre. L’état de certains des jeunes patients qu’elle soigne “empire parce qu’ils ne reçoivent pas la greffe dont ils ont besoin”, a raconté Mark Zuckerberg qui a également parlé de son ami Steve Jobs. Le co-fondateur d’Apple décédé l’an dernier d’un cancer du pancréas à 56 ans, avait reçu une greffe du foie en 2009. “Son histoire n’en est qu’une parmi tant d’autres, celle de quelqu’un qui a reçu une greffe qui a prolongé sa vie. Il en était très reconnaissant”, a confié le PDG de Facebook.De son côté, Donate Life America s’est félicitée de l’initiative de Facebook, notamment au vu des 901 millions d’utilisateurs que le réseau revendique à travers le monde. “Nous ne saurions être plus reconnaissants envers Facebook pour son engagement à aider à sauver des vies en incitant les Américains à s’inscrire comme donneurs d’organes (…). Des milliers de vies vont être sauvées grâce à cette initiative”, a estimé David Fleming, président de l’ONG.Le 2 mai 2012 à 12:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Lodge site of possible measles exposure

first_imgStevenson — Health officials are warning people who visited Skamania Lodge last week that they may have been exposed to the measles.Skamania County health officials learned Tuesday that someone who had visited the lodge recently was later diagnosed with the highly contagious disease.The person, who was traveling internationally, attended the Open Source Technology Summit at the lodge March 6-9. The person began exhibiting symptoms of measles after returning home and was diagnosed March 11.Measles is transmitted through small particles in the air, so anyone who was at the lodge or attended the summit may have been exposed, health officials said.Those who have been vaccinated against measles, have had measles in the past or were born before Jan. 1, 1957, are protected from measles.People who were exposed can receive protective antibody treatment that can decrease the risk of serious illness if given by March 15.last_img read more

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Alaska House spokesman charged with assault now unemployed

first_imgAn Alaska legislative official says the Alaska House majority spokesman facing assault charges is no longer employed by the state.Listen nowThe sign outside the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)Will Vandergriff’s last day was Friday. That’s according to Jeremiah Campbell, who has replaced Vandergriff as press secretary.Vandergriff is charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault in the June 12 incident at an apartment in Anchorage’s Government Hill neighborhood.Police say the charges are in connection with an altercation that police say involved striking a woman and holding her down by the throat. The charging document says the woman told police that since February, “‘something like this had happened 3-4 times previously but this time was the worst.”‘Vandergriff had been on administrative leave because of the incident.He did not immediately respond to a call for comment. No attorney is listed in court documents for Vandergriff, who is scheduled for an arraignment on July 22.last_img read more

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Is streaming zone the new multiplex

first_imgFrom adding star power by roping in veteran A-list stars, hosting digital concerts with big names attached, bringing movies onto the streaming services within a few months of theatrical release to reviving cancelled shows on fan demand – the world of over-the-top or OTT platforms is expanding, and what started on the small screens of the smartphones the world over, suddenly threatens to becoming bigger than the big screen. Netflix and Amazon Prime have been producing original shows and films for a while now, which often generate more buzz than much of what is made by traditional sources as movie studios or TV production houses. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn this context, these digital players have entered the space of live entertainment, too. Be it Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Eros Now, Hotstar, Voot, Zee5, Viu, ALTBalaji or Sony Liv – the growing number of platforms in India is a testimony to it. Manish Aggarwal, Business Head, ZEE5 India, mentioned that the “digital viewer is seeking fresh, edgy, relatable and engaging content every day” – which is changing the landscape of the content being produced. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe proliferation of over-the-top or OTT platforms has not come without objection from people associated with the filmmaking business. Netflix’s Roma Oscar glory this year made way for a debate over whether movies for streaming services should be allowed to compete at big award ceremonies, traditionally meant for feature films that get full theatrical release. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, a member of the Motion Picture Academy’s board of governors, started a campaign to pitch for a rule change to make things more difficult for streaming platforms. Netflix was absent from Cannes Film Festival for second time this year due to the ongoing row between the streaming giant and festival organisers over priorities of persevering the theatrical experience or embracing the new age digital viewing space. The streaming giants are hoping to find a common ground. “(The norm is) it has to be a full release or you won’t be up for an award consideration. That however is not in the ecosystem of this evolving business. I think they have to figure out something in between,” Salke said. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings feels movies must be judged on artistic merit, and not windowing strategy. “Today, the rules are the rules that they are, and we comply fully with those rules. And I think all of you here would say that ‘Roma’ is an Oscar quality movie. We really believe films should be judged upon their artistic merit, not upon their windowing strategy,” Hastings said at an event. The screen size should be no measure of the size of the entertainment, most OTT giants argue. They are roping in big names form Hollywood as well as Bollywood to create big wonders on the small screen. Hollywood stars including, Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot have Netflix projects added to their resume. From the world of Bollywood, stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Emraan Hashmi and Abhishek Bachchan have associated with streaming giants. ‘Stranger Things’ producer-director Shawn Levy is happy with the cinematic quality of the content being churned out for the streaming services. “For me, the thrilling part of season three is that it truly feels like a movie. The scope of the action and spectacle, while still keeping the emotional depth of each character, is highly cinematic,” Levy said.last_img read more

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PreFilled Syringe market global industry analysis from 2019 to 2024 explored

first_imgThe Pre-Filled Syringe Market Research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Pre-Filled Syringe industry.SummaryICRWorld’s Pre-Filled Syringe (Prefilled Syringe) market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.The report includes the forecasts, Analysis and discussion of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates and profiles of the leading industry Players.Get Free Sample Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3227177?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=RajashrikGlobal Pre-Filled Syringe (Prefilled Syringe) Market: Product Segment AnalysisGlass Pre-Filled SyringesPlastic Pre-Filled SyringesGlobal Pre-Filled Syringe (Prefilled Syringe) Market: Application Segment AnalysisVaccinesMonoclonal AntibodiesGlobal Pre-Filled Syringe (Prefilled Syringe) Market: Regional Segment AnalysisUSAEuropeJapanChinaIndiaSouth East AsiaGet Discount Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3227177?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=RajashrikThe Players mentioned in our reportBDGerresheimerBaxterNiproOmpi(Stevanato Group)WeigaoUnilifeRoselabsVetter PharmaSchottNational Medical ProductsRobert Bosch GmbHOwen MumfordYpsomedSHL GroupBespakROVI CMTerumoTaisei Kako Co.ARTE CORPORATION Related Report:MEDICAL IMPLANTS MARKET By Type (Orthopedic Implants, Cardiac Implants, Stents, Spinal Implants, Neurostimulators, Dental Implants, Breast Implants, Facial Implants) And By Materials (Metallic, Ceramic, Polymers, Natural) – Global Opportunity Analysis And Industry Forecast, 2014 – 2022Medical implants are permanent devices such as pacemakers or temporary devices such as fracture plates which are removed once their function is completed. These implants are made up of bone, tissue, skin, ceramics, metals, plastics, and other natural materials. The world medical implants market is estimated to reach $116,300 million by 2022…….Read More https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/medical-implants-marketAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research25933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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BritainBritish AirwayseventtradeVisitBritain

first_imgBritainBritish AirwayseventtradeVisitBritain As the UK approaches its peak tourism summer season (and there’s a Royal Wedding this week to boot!), it was timely that British Airways and VisitBritain held a breakfast trade event at Hyatt Regency Sydney last Wednesday to spruik the very best of British to the Aussie industry. L-R: Alexander Kyling, Hyatt Regency Sydney; Cindy Lam, British Airways; Spencer Bladon, British Airways; Melissa Lau, British Airways; Baron Wills, Hyatt Regency Sydney; Mark Haynes, VisitBritain; Nicole Backo, British Airways; Eva Austin, British Airways; Soo Hong, Hyatt Regency Sydney; Natalie Brean, British Airways; and Neil Salmon, British Airways.last_img read more

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UN refuse to comment on hydrocarbons remarks

first_imgSpeaking in America late on Wednesday, the UN Secretary General’s spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric refused to be drawn into a war or words over hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEEZ).He was asked to comment on President Nicos Anastasiades’ statements that the UNSG’s Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide was out of line in speaking about hydrocarbons’ exploration as a risk.Dujarric noted that “Eide continues in his role, I’m not going to comment on whatever comments were made on the hydrocarbons.”Drilling in the EEZ is scheduled to start in early July and Turkey has already sent vessels to the area.Asked if Eide is a full time envoy, Dujarric said: “Yeah, he is, as far as I know. If he’s not, I’ll correct… the record will be corrected, but I believe he is.”According to the official transcript of Dujarric’s statements, he later added that Eide is on a “when actually employed” contract.On Tuesday Anastasiades described as “unacceptable” remarks by Eide, who had said that the best way to avoid “a hot incident” in relation to energy issues this summer is to resume negotiations.The President also said he has already told Eide in person that he considers this kind of comments “unacceptable, in particular when expressed in a way which is tantamount to threats.”You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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