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RS poll: 2 TRS candidates set to win uncontested

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 1 (PTI) Nomination papers of the two TRS candidates for the biennial election to Rajya Sabha from Telangana have been found to be valid.Senior TRS leaders D Srinivas and V Lakshmikanta Rao yesterday filed their nominations.The nominations of both of them have been found to be valid after scrutiny, a release from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said.TRS has the numbers to win both the seats and as there are no other candidates, Srinivas and Lakshmikanta Rao are set to be declared elected uncontested. PTI SJR KRK SMN RDSlast_img

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Saina Nehwal drops to 9th spot, PV Sindhu remains 10th-ranked shuttler

first_imgIndia’s Saina Nehwal on Thursday dropped four points to be ninth, while compatriot P.V. Sindhu remained in the 10th spot in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings despite getting a silver in the women’s singles competition at the recently-concluded Olympics. (My life has completely changed: PV Sindhu to India Today)The women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa dropped four places to the 26th spot following their failure to reach the knock-out stage in the Rio Games.However, men’s singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who reached the Olympics quarter-finals, jumped a place to be 10th, while Ajay Jayaram improved his 22nd rank by a position.Saina, the 2012 London Games bronze medallist, failed to come out of the group stage competition at the Rio Games. (‘Rustom’, Hyderabadi biryani await Sindhu after Silver in Rio)And her poor performance led her to move down four places to be ninth as the Rio bronze medallist Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Shixian Wang of China moved up three places each to be third and sixth respectively.Rio semi-finalist Li Xuerui moved up a place to be second, while her compatriot Yihan Wang, who lost to Sindhu in the quarter-finals, dropped two places to be fourth. (Sindhu just won Olympic medal but India is searching for her caste)Former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand moved down a place to be fifth and Tai Tzy Ying of Chinese Taipei gained a place to be seventh. Sung ji Hyun of South Korea lost her seventh spot by a position.advertisementIn the men’s singles, Srikanth, who took legendary Lin Dan to the task in the quarter-finals, moved into the 10th spot following his impressive show at Rio.Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, who finished runner-up at Rio to Chen Long, kept his place at the top-ranked shuttler, while Dan was also stagnant at No.3.In the men’s doubles, the pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy were stagnant in the 21st spot.last_img read more

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IIT Roorkee job opportunity: Apply before December 5 for 85 various posts

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee has released an employment notification inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the positions of Junior Technical Superintendent, Junior Superintendent, Junior Lab Assistant, Junior Assistant, Assistant Coach and Driver.Vacancy detailsTotal posts: 85Name of the posts:Junior Technical Superintendent: 15Junior Superintendent: 19Junior Lab Assistant: 18Junior Assistant: 31Assistant Coach: 1Driver Grade II: 1Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:Junior Technical Superintendent: The candidates interested in applying for this post should have pursued MSc in electronics/computer science/chemistry/physics.Junior Superintendent: The candidates interested in applying for this post should be holding a Master’s/Bachelor’s degree in computer science (CS).Junior Lab Assistant: The candidates interested in applying for this post should be holding a Bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry and mathematics/computer science.Junior Assistant: The candidates interested in applying for this post should be holding a Bachelor’s degree with knowledge of computer applications.Assistant Coach: The candidates interested in applying for this post should be holding a Bachelor’s degree in physical education plus diploma in coaching from NIS Patiala.Driver Grade II: The candidates interested in applying for this post should be holding a Bachelor’s degree in physical education plus diploma in coaching from NIS Patiala.Age limit:Junior Technical Superintendent: The age of the candidates applying for these posts must not exceed 32 years and must be minimum 18 years.Junior Superintendent: The age of the candidates applying for these posts must not exceed 32 years and must be minimum 18 years.Junior Lab Assistant: The age of the candidates applying for these posts must not exceed 27 years and must be minimum 18 years.advertisementJunior Assistant: The age of the candidates applying for these posts must not exceed 27 years and must be minimum 18 years.Assistant Coach: The age of the candidates applying for these posts must not exceed 27 years and must be minimum 18 years.Driver Grade II: The age of the candidates applying for these posts must not exceed 27 years and must be minimum 18 years.Selection procedure:The candidates will be selected on the basis of a written examination, skill test/typing test on computer (Hindi/English)/job related test/interview.(Read: Work at UPSC: Hiring begins for Commissioner, Professor posts, apply before December 1) How to apply:The candidates interested in these posts are required to apply at the official website www.iitr.ac.in. They are then required to send the print out of the application form along with other relevant documents to ‘The Assistant Registrar (Recruitment), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247887 (Uttarakhand)’.Important dates:The last date for submission of online application form is November 28.The last date for submission of print out of the application is December 5.Read: Sports Authority of Goa (TSAG) is hiring for Assistant, Engineer and other posts: Apply before November 24 For information on more latest government jobs, click here.last_img read more

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Pochettino denies Malcom rumours

first_imgTransfers Pochettino plays down Malcom talk after seeing Arsenal exit transfer race Jamie Smith 15:41 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Malcom AFP Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Southampton Premier League Harry Kane Bordeaux Ligue 1 The Bordeaux winger is a reported transfer target for Tottenham, but the Spurs head coach has refused to confirm the club’s interest in the Brazilian Mauricio Pochettino has played down reports Tottenham are interested in signing Bordeaux’s in-demand Malcom after seeing north London rivals Arsenal distance themselves from a deal.The winger is a reported target for Spurs, having hit seven goals in Ligue 1 this season, with Pochettino yet to make a signing in the January transfer window.But despite Spurs struggling for creativity in Christian Eriksen’s absence during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton, the Argentine coach has denied a move for the Brazilian is imminent. 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 “That is a rumour and I don’t want to speak about it,” Pochettino told Sky Sports when asked about 20-year-old Malcom. “I am happy with our squad. We are open to quality players, but it is difficult in this transfer window.”Harry Kane’s 99th Premier League goal cancelled out a Davinson Sanchez own-goal as Spurs struggled for cohesion at a sodden St Mary’s, losing ground in the race for Champions League qualification.But after Kane missed a last-minute opportunity to snatch all three points, Pochettino said his side had done enough to win the game.”I think it was an even game and a difficult game to play,” Pochettino added. “The pitch was in a difficult condition. It was tough. A battle. It was fair, the result.”We struggled to play. It was in possession, we made mistakes which allowed them to play. To win the game we should do better and play better. It wasn’t great.”We tried to be more aggressive in our offensive phase and to link better Kane and [Dele] Alli behind. This allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use our full-backs going forward. We had a massive chance with Harry Kane at the end to win the game.”We still have the possibility to fight [for the top four]. Southampton are in a relegation battle so it is not easy, they fight to survive. Every ball, they were aggressive. But it was our mistake to not win the game.”Southampton are in the relegation zone, without a win in their last 10 Premier League matches, but Mauricio Pellegrino was buoyed by his team’s performance.”I think we are on the right path,” Pellegrino told Sky Sports. “In the last four games we responded really well. Obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game [at home to Brighton and Hove Albion] – it’s massive for us.”We knew this. In the second half they played with a diamond, one between the line and two strikers, they were dangerous. But we had space in wide areas and we had a couple of chances. They are an amazing team with great players. Most of the time we defended well.”We have to be confident but we are not in the best moment so players might not want to take risks, this is part of football.”For me every single game is an opportunity to improve. We have improved a lot and we have to continue in this way. In three or four weeks time everything can change. We have to be optimistic but we will continue to improve.”last_img read more

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Carriers’ Service Reliability at Six-Month High in May

first_imgzoom Ocean carriers achieved a six-month high for liner service reliability in May, according to data provided by Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight.The most reliable carrier in May was Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), which had an on-time average of 81.1%, very closely followed by Taiwan’s shipping company Wan Hai with 81.01% and Evergreen with 80.3%.The on-time average of 76.0% for the 10 trades covered was a 4.1 point improvement on April, representing the third straight month-on-month rise.Along with the better on-time performance, there was also an improvement for the average deviation from the expected arrival at port, which came down from 0.9 days in April to 0.8 days in May, the lowest it has been since December 2015.Eight of the ten routes covered recorded month-on-month increases in May, the exceptions being Asia-Africa, down by 11.9 points to 772.5%, and Asia-South America that dropped by 1.5 points to 75.7%, Drewry said.The biggest improvement was seen in the Transpacific, which rose by 9.8 points to 76.3%, the best since September of last year.A further sign of the universal attempt by carriers to improve reliability was the fact that the spread between the most and least reliable carrier was below 11 points as all lines scored above 70%.“Service reliability is on a steadily improving path and is close to the heights reached in the second-half of 2015. We expect the trend to continue through the next few months as carriers put reliability close to the top of their marketing,” said Simon Heaney, senior manager of supply chain research at Drewry.The ten trades include Asia-Europe, Transatlantic, Asia-Africa, Asia-South America, Transpacific, Asia-South Asia, Europe-Middle East, Asia-Oceania, Asia-Middle East, and Europe-South America.last_img read more

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Former DIGs daughter molested accused held

first_imgNoida: A man has been arrested for allegedly molesting the daughter of a former Deputy Inspector General of police in Greater Noida, police said.The victim’s father is a retired DIG from West Bengal police.Police said the victim was molested outside her college in Greater Noida’s Beta-2 sector on Tuesday afternoon by the accused identified as Mantu, a native of West Bengal.”She soon called up the police and a police response vehicle (PRV) reached the spot. The accused was arrested,” said a senior police officer.A case under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) was registered against him, police said.last_img

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33 held for loan fraud

first_imgNoida: 33 persons, including 17 women, were arrested by Noida police for allegedly duping people on the pretext of providing them loans.Cops said that the accused persons have also registered a fake website through which they attract people for getting loans and ask them money on the name of processing fees and other charges but the loan were never delivered. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the gang had been operating their office from a rented accommodation in sector 3 under Noida Sector 20 police jurisdiction. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Police acted upon a complaint received from a victim who had alleged to have been duped by the gang by lakhs of rupees. A raid was conducted and police successfully managed to nab 33 persons including company’s director Sanjay Singh, from the building on Wednesday,” said Krishna. “Preliminary investigations showed that the gang had been running the call centre and have also registered a fake website in the name of www.comradefinocone.com. The accused have used internet and other social media platforms for their advertisements. One firm of the gang has also been based in Aligarh and the local police has been informed,” added Krishna. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDetailing over the Modus operandi, the officer said that the gang have hired tele callers who would call the targets and ask them to pay a hefty amount as processing fee and file charges respectively. “Upon interrogating them, they told police that they have duped hundreds of people on the pretext of providing loans. The gang would ask the target to pay a hefty amount as processing and file charge which depends on the amount of loan. Also they used to lure people on the name of verified finance companies and banks. Once the amount is transferred into their bank accounts, the gang would stop receiving calls from the target,” said Krishna. Police have recovered several mobile phones, one computer along with several laptops, diary of the victim’s and 18 mobile phones. Meanwhile police are looking for two mastermind of the gang who has been identified as Anuj Gaur and Shbuham Gaur, both are native of Aligarh.last_img read more

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Officials separate couple after 73 years I listened to my mother weep

first_imgPERTH-ANDOVER, N.B. – An elderly New Brunswick couple bid a tearful goodbye this week, separated just days before Christmas after 73 years together.Herbert and Audrey Goodine gave each other a peck on the lips and said goodbye Monday, moments before Herbert was driven to a new care residence about 45 minutes away.The couple have been married for 69 years, spending the last three years together at the Victoria Villa Special Care Home in Perth-Andover, N.B.But after a recent assessment of Herbert’s health, officials decided the home could no longer accommodate him because the 91-year-old’s dementia had progressed to a point where he needs a higher level of care.Dianne Phillips, the couple’s daughter, said she was told last Friday her father would have to move.By Monday, a van carried him away to another home in Plaster Rock as Audrey stood by the window and watched him go.“I feel people need to know what a flawed system we have in place. Two words describe it ‘unethical and cruel,’” she said in a Facebook post.“This should never take place to another human again.”Phillips is upset the couple was separated a week before Christmas, saying it’s mentally and emotionally difficult for her parents who had, up until now, shared a room and the same bed at the villa.Phillips said in the post that she understands her father requires a higher level of care, but felt the facility could have arranged for the couple to be separated after the holiday.“I listened to my mother weep and I could hear my father in the background,” she said. “My mother said, ‘Christmas is over for us now and this is the worst Christmas that we will ever have. Why could they not have waited till after the holidays.’”Jennifer Eagan of Victoria Villa told Global News she cannot comment on specific cases due to privacy, but stresses the home is a Level 2 facility for residents who need a little bit of supervision.Phillips said her father was assessed as being Level 3, while her 89-year-old mother is Level 2.The couple will be together for Christmas at their daughter’s home in Fredericton.(Global News)last_img read more

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As Parliament rises which bills made it through — and which ones

first_imgOTTAWA — The House of Commons and Senate have risen for the summer, following several weeks of frenzied legislating as MPs hurried key pieces of legislation out the door ahead of an election this fall.The House’s efforts translated into a late night for senators, who stayed in the upper chamber Thursday until 11 p.m. to pass numerous pieces of legislation.The end of the parliamentary session means other potential laws that are stuck in earlier stages of the process may end up dying with this fall’s election call — unless they are taken up in a possible special summer session centred on ratification of the new North American free trade deal.Here are some of the high-profile bills that reached final votes after the beginning of last week and will be some of the 20 pieces of legislation receiving royal assent Friday afternoon:Bill C-48, a much-debated bill that would ban oil tankers from a portion of the British Columbia coast. Its journey through parliament has been marked by a committee report that recommended it not pass, the defeat of that report and the House’s rejection of some Senate amendments. Following the adjournment of the House and much debate, the Senate chose not to pursue further changes and passed it Thursday evening by a margin of just three votes.Bill C-69, also fiercely criticized by the Conservatives, is the second of the government’s two major environmental bills, and would create a new environmental-impact assessment process for major projects in Canada. The House rejected a majority of the Senate’s amendments. It passed through the Senate Thursday with a margin significantly wider than C-48.Bill C-93, which will allow expedited pardons for Canadians who were convicted of simple possession of cannabis before legalization came into effect. The bill passed in the Senate Wednesday, without amendment.Bill C-83, which changes the rules on solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. The House rejected several key amendments proposed by the Senate, which some have said are needed to make the bill constitutional. The bill passed the Senate Thursday night with significant support from Conservative senators.Bill C-59, a bill to establish a national-security review agency, create an “intelligence commissioner” to oversee the conduct of Canada’s spy agencies, and clarify the mandate and powers of the Communications Security Establishment (the government cybersecurity agency). The bill was amended by the Senate but several of those changes were rejected by the House, and the Senate voted Tuesday not to insist on its recommendations.Bills C-91, a bill that will create a commissioner for Indigenous languages and take other steps to save and revitalize those languages. The Senate voted Thursday, after the House had adjourned, to decline to insist on its amendments, finalizing the bill. Bill C-92, clarifying the jurisdiction of Indigenous people over family and child services in their communities, also passed through the Senate Thursday.Bill C-75, which will “hybridize” a series of offences so that they can now be prosecuted as either indictable or less-serious summary charges, and establish peremptory challenges of jurors. The bill was passed through the Senate with amendments, the House chose not to accept several of those, and the Senate Thursday decided not to insist on the remaining changes.Bill C-84, a long-awaited bill that expands the definition of bestiality to any sexual contact with an animal. Those convicted of bestiality will now be registered as sex offenders and banned from owning animals. It also widens the definition of animal fighting so that it applies to the construction of any arena for that purpose. It passed without amendment Tuesday.Bill C-97, a sprawling budget-implementation bill which includes changes to Canada’s refugee system, support for news journalism, and introduces the Canada Training Credit. The bill was the last to be shuffled through the Senate Thursday night, passing without amendment.Some significant bills had not made it through by the time the two chambers rose for the summer. They include:Bill C-98, which gives a review commission powers to review the Canada Border Services Agency, was accelerated through the House Wednesday, when it was read a third time and passed in one swift motion. It remains at first reading in the Senate.Bill C-262, a private member’s bill from NDP MP Romeo Saganash that would ensure federal laws are brought in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, announced Wednesday he did not see a path forward for the bill in the Senate and that the Trudeau government would campaign on fulfilling the intent of the bill.Bill C-337, a private member’s bill from former Conservative MP Rona Ambrose — which continued through the legislative process after Ambrose resigned her seat — that would require judges to take extra training in sexual-assault law. It stalled before third reading in the Senate. All the major parties have promised to reintroduce it as government legislation if they win the fall election.Bill S-228, which originated with now-retired senator Nancy Greene Raine, would restrict the marketing of food and drinks to children in an effort to combat childhood obesity. It’s within inches of the finish line, just needing the Senate to agree to amendments made in the House of Commons.And then there’s the one bill that could affect all the others:Bill C-100, the government’s bill to ratify the new NAFTA agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico. It has been referred to committee in the House, but might move quickly through Parliament before the election should the United States complete its own ratification of the deal in Congress. If Parliament returns for that bill, the Commons and the Senate could also take up others at the same time.Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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20th Annual Steak Lobster Dinner and Dance

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Saturday, May 11th, 2019 the 20th Annual Steak & Lobster Dinner and Dance will take place at the Legion.Hosted by the PPCLI 2276 Army Cadets, the doors will open at 5:00 pm with dinner being served at 6:00 pm. The evening will be headlined by the band TrainWreck from 9:00 pm – 1:00 am. There will also be silent and live auctions as well as 50/50 draws.Tickets for the event are $50 per ticket and can be purchased from the Legion or by contacting Tina Edwards; 250-329-7379. To view the FB Event page; CLICK HERElast_img

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UN intercultural initiative helping world get through troubled times – SecretaryGeneral

The Alliance of Civilizations “is helping us to get through these troubled times,” he told a ministerial meeting held at UN Headquarters. He said the Alliance, launched in 2005, is building trust among diverse cultures, supporting reconciliation and reducing tensions between communities. “We in this room have long understood that this effort is central to foreign policy… that it is essential to diplomacy… and that it helps to lay the foundation for lasting peace,” Mr. Ban stated.“We know that where there is conflict, we need more than signed peace accords, we need trust… the kind of trust the Alliance is fostering.”But the Alliance is much more than a tool for helping countries and regions torn apart by conflicts, the Secretary-General noted, adding that it has a growing role to play in soothing tensions caused by economic inequality.“This is all the more important as the world copes with a global economic crisis,” he said. “The international response is rightly focused on economic measures. It is important to help markets. But we also have to help struggling people. And that includes promoting tolerance.“The painful truth is that when there are fewer jobs to go around, people often blame minorities. Although no one group caused the current crisis, we are seeing a backlash against many cultural and religious minorities,” Mr. Ban stated, noting that this is particularly true for migrant workers.Responding to this issue, the Alliance will hold a roundtable in a couple of days on how to better integrate migrants into society. It will also hold a video festival on migration and diversity, which will feature short videos by youth from around the world.Mr. Ban noted other projects initiated by the Alliance, including a fellowship programme for emerging leaders from the Muslim world and the West and a clearinghouse on education about religions and beliefs.“Let us continue developing the very concrete initiatives that are giving meaning to the Alliance’s lofty aims,” he said. “By doing that, we can help improve relations – neighbour to neighbour, community to community and country to country.” 26 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the vital role the United Nations initiative to promote inter-cultural understanding plays in building trust and reducing tensions in a world facing multiple crises. read more

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Two STF officers killed after train hits car in Balapitiya

Two Police Special Task Force (STF) officers were killed after a train crashed into a car at a railway crossing in Balapitiya today.The Police said that a woman was also critically injured in the accident.

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Open warrant issued for the arrest of Jaliya Wickramasuriya

An open warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya,The warrant was issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate over Wickramasuriya’s alleged involvement in the misuse of state funds. The Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) had sough the warrant for Wickramasuriya.Wickramasuriya is out on bail and was granted permission to travel overseas last July but he failed to appear before court since then. (Colombo Gazette)

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Annan deplores West Bank violence that killed seven Palestinians and wounded 12

The violence, which killed seven Palestinians and wounded a dozen more yesterday and today, came during an Israeli military raid in which a suspected militant was killed. Three of the dead were teenage children. A statement issued by a spokesman for the Secretary-General said Mr. Annan called on the parties to refrain from action of violence, provocation and retaliation. “He remains convinced that the use of force, irrespective of its target, will not yield victory for either side of this terrible conflict,” the statement said. “Violence only deepens anger, bitterness and distrust, while making more distant the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.” Emphasizing that a political settlement remains the only viable solution to the conflict, the statement called on both sides to honour their obligations under international law and adopt every possible measure to protect civilian life. read more

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ECOSOC meets with world financial institutions on development projects

Attended by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the ministers who took part in the spring meeting in Washington, the session aimed to maintain the political momentum for implementing the Monterrey Consensus, adopted by the International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico. It was part of the key follow-up role assigned to ECOSOC by the Consensus, which established a working agreement on development principles between developing and developed countries and recognized that development advances are a precondition for world stability and security. ECOSOC President Gert Rosenthal, of Guatemala, said he hoped the meeting would clarify the ways in which everyone could mutually reinforce each other in implementing the Monterrey Consensus and attaining the UN-endorsed Millennium Development Goals, which among other things set specific targets for reducing poverty. UN General Assembly President Jan Kavan, of the Czech Republic, said the meeting “constitutes a vital step in our efforts to stay engaged in the Monterrey follow-up process.” For her part Mary Whelan, Chair of the WTO Trade Policy Review Committee, noted that trade-capacity building was another issue that should drive forward coherence between multilateral organizations, bilateral donors and developing-country partners. Eduardo Aninat, IMF Deputy Managing Director, called for urgent progress in a number of areas, including agriculture, where better market access and lower trade distorting subsidies were particularly important for developing countries. Zhengman Zhang, Managing Director of the World Bank, said the Bank and IMF agreed that only by allowing countries to shape their own strategies would coherence be achieved in development policy. Referring to ongoing trade negotiations, Francisco Thompson-Flores, WTO Deputy Director General, said countries had been presented with tremendous opportunity, including the welfare gains from the elimination of trade barriers, which could amount to $250 billion annually, with as much as half accruing for developing countries. read more

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Political accord remains key to resolving crisis in Libya Presidency Council Chair

Ramtane Lamamra, Deputy Prime Minister of Algeria, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak He said the situation in Libya is of interest to the entire world and the country is grateful for all the assistance it has received to get through this difficult period. To unify the State, he recalled the importance of the separation of powers. Efforts had been made to bring together the voices of the country. “The Government will continue peaceful dialogue and cooperation and thanked all international partners for their support,” Mr. Serraj said, adding that adequate financial resources are needed to achieve peace and unity. Libya remains committed to strengthen cooperation and dialogue and would welcome the re-establishment of diplomatic missions in the country, he added. “We are aware of the security concerns, but we are serious about the restoration of security in the country,” he said, and all appealed to all Libyans: “Come join us, those of you who believe in a strong State with a strong army that will defend you of any aggressors.” Regarding the fight against terrorism, the President condemned the scourge, including Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL], which aims to exploit the country’s natural resources. He added that it is necessary to mobilize efforts and cooperate to fight effectively against terrorism. In this regard, he requested the lifting of the arms embargo on Libya. Regarding the issue of human rights, he said the Libyan Parliament passed various laws to ensure respect for human rights. He warned that the current situation makes it difficult to enforce these rights but this did not prevent the government to lead a fight against impunity campaign. In his address to the Assembly’s annual general debate, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra called for urgent UN reform to tackle the multiple challenges now facing it, a cause championed by the Non-Aligned Movement of which Algeria is a long-time member that seeks to expand the 15-member Security Council and overhaul other UN bodies. “We have to answer a simple question,” he said. “Are the mechanisms conceived in the aftermath of the Second World War at a time when the vast majority humankind still lived under foreign domination, when the political underpinnings and world balance were quite different, still valid today?” He also called for redoubled efforts to bring peace to Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and other hotspots and for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the territory seized by Israel in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital. read more

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Cam Newton Never Had A Chance

Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; Chart by Allison McCann Packers72127137.620528.4 Seahawks65814021.320731.5 Cardinals71231344.022431.5 Broncos79431439.5%27334.4% Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Texans64320832.318929.4 Falcons60013722.813823.0 Browns55814225.414125.3 Panthers84823627.824829.2 Now here’s a slope chart, with the left column being Newton’s QBR on unmolested attempts, and the right his QBR when pressured: Bengals74714219.021829.2 Chiefs76618524.221728.3 This may be compelling evidence that Carolina simply stumbled in the big one, having just clubbed the second- and third-best pressure defenses in back-to-back playoff games. But Seattle and Arizona are both hugely different defenses from Denver. The Seahawks are a low-blitz team that relies on a killer secondary. The Cardinals also relied more on coverage before free safety Tyrann Mathieu went down for the year, but they also leaned heavily on blitz packages; their one-on-one pass-rushing was so anemic that 35-year-old Dwight Freeney led the team with eight sacks — and no other Cardinal had more than five.As you saw Sunday, that is not at all how the Broncos play defense. Raiders70023934.118125.9 This is a pie chart: Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Vikings65517226.320431.1 Redskins65914421.915523.5 Giants67817626.017826.3 Buccaneers58516428.015426.3 Photo by John Leyba / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann TEAMDROPBACKSBLITZESBLITZ RATEPRESSURESPRESSURE RATE Titans56624443.115226.9 Ravens60717629.015625.7 Bears58212221.015326.3 To illustrate this, I’ve created a series of charts and graphs. Here’s a simple line chart showing various opponents’ pressure against Newton over the course of the game: Colts64024137.718328.6 Eagles68917124.817926.0 Chargers56117831.714425.7 Lions59319933.615526.1 For regular season and playoffsSource: TruMedia On the first fumble of the game, the one that set things spinning, Von Miller wheeled around the edge, sized up right tackle Mike Remmers like he was riding down on a quintain, and crashed past him and into Newton, knocking the ball out and into the end zone, all within something like two-and-a-half-Mississippi.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dk0KqS2Pb4Miller circled back around on Remmers often enough to run up 2.5 sacks, 2 more hits and a half-dozen more near-thumpings. We have stats that can reflect what a player does in a game, but not as much what he does to it. The old Bill James line is that baseball stats can acquire the powers of language, telling a story or calling a game all on their own. Those Broncos numbers are burly enough to carry luggage, but they don’t quite have the powers to tell you how different the game looks when the pocket collapses before the snap finds the center’s ass.This works the other way around as well. Cam’s numbers aren’t getting any prettier no matter how you slice them. But at least twice Sunday he carried a defender on his back as he wound up and got a throw off toward the sticks — incomplete pass, but not a sack. They were hand-to-God some of the most impressive feats of strength I’ve witnessed. There aren’t stats for that, at least not in the ESPN database, as there aren’t any for something like whispering a third-quarter pass 30 yards in the air, over the shoulder of the defender and into Jerricho Cotchery’s breadbasket at the 5-yard line, only for the defender — a linebacker sprinting 25 yards downfield — to close at the last second and knock it out. It was just Cotchery’s third drop of the season; it also happened to be his third drop of the game. The streaking ‘backer was Miller, naturally, who was named the game’s MVP.After the game, receiver Devin Funchess was one of the few Panthers to serve up more than platitudes — if just barely — about preparing for Miller and the rest of Denver’s defense. “You can’t do that in practice,” he said, asked about preparing for the rush versus actually having to play against it. “Our guys can’t mimic that.”It’s true of the stats just as much as it is of the players. Other teams may have pressure numbers that resemble what this Denver defense put together this season, but only because our tools of observation remain imperfect. Near as we can tell, the Broncos are the best defense the Panthers faced in a postseason flush with top units. But for really unusual teams, our best guesses can often be far enough out that we can’t fully appreciate what it is that we’re watching without accepting that greatness affects the game in ways we can’t yet fully capture.Or, as Madden might tell you just as easily, When you have great players playing great, well, that’s great football.4An actual Maddenism. Denver’s defense was a force of nature Steelers77526133.719825.5 Dolphins58612721.715326.1 SAN FRANCISCO — If there’s one thing years of quarterback data have taught us, it’s that QBs do poorly under pressure.1ESPN Stats & Info defines a “pressure” as any instance in which a QB is sacked, hit, forced from the pocket, forced to alter his throwing motion, forced to move within the pocket or otherwise hassled by a defender in his line of sight. In about a quarter of all dropbacks, the QB is under pressure, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and in those cases, their QBR is 7.9.2Since 2010, one of the first years for which “pressure” data is reliable. QBR is ESPN’s measurement of quarterback performance. Some of you will never warm to QBR, which is fine. I’m falling back to it here for two reasons. First, it’s the best we have for big-bucket quarterback stats. Second, the ancillary stuff QBR picks up — rushing, fumbles, bad throws, lousy decisions — are precisely the sort of things we want to see when we’re talking about QBs escaping the rush. This is very bad. It is, to shine a little point of reference, JaMarcus Russell on an off day, and helps reverse engineer a John Madden quote: When a quarterback is being harassed, he doesn’t have much of a chance.3Not a real Maddenism, but it sounds like one. Great.As it happens, Cam Newton did not have much of a chance in Super Bowl 50. Stats & Info has him down for 48 dropbacks, of which 21 were pressured. His QBR on those 21 plays was 2.6; for the game, it was 16.9 — just a hair over his 15.6 mark on pressured plays for the season. He was sacked six times, hit 15 times (five on plays that didn’t generate a “pressure”) and blitzed 25 times. He threw an interception, and a few other balls sailed high, and he gave up two fumbles in his own red zone that would result in 15 points for the Broncos. It was, as our MaddenBot might say, a very bad day for Cam Newton.(Peyton Manning was pressured on 11 of 28 dropbacks, and had a similarly miserable 2.5 QBR on those plays.)Days like Sunday didn’t happen to Newton very often this season. Through the league championship, he was pressured 179 times in 654 dropbacks, or 27.4 percent. (His QBR on those plays was 15.6.) Going by pressures per dropback, the Panthers played only four top-10 pressure defenses this season. During the regular season, the Texans, Seahawks and Colts each played the Panthers tight and held Cam under 50 QBR (and under 80 in the traditional passer rating), but the Panthers defense and general mediocrity of those teams carried Carolina on through. In the divisional round rematch against the Seahawks, defensive end Cliff Avril — one of Seattle’s best pass rushers — left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return. The Seahawks pressured Cam just twice all game. The Cardinals brought pressure six times in the conference championship, a season-low for them. A histogram showing the distribution of pressure plays by scoring margin: Jaguars65418227.815123.1 Saints59816026.814023.4 49ers60016327.216928.2 Rams66825538.219128.6 As the data shows, Newton was well and truly, uh, accounted for. Cowboys55911720.915026.8 Patriots75914318.820026.4 Jets66729243.819929.8 Bills63819831.015223.8 This one is a stacked bar chart, in two segments: read more

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Greek Australian accused of five murders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Australian citizen of Greek heritage was arrested in Athens on Thursday accused of being connected with the murder of five men in Ayia Napa, Cyprus last June. His name has not as yet been released. Neos Kosmos understands the 27-year-old man originates from Melbourne. He stands accused of conspiring with others, to murder five men on June 23 – four of whom worked as security guards for Famagusta businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis. Three other men suspected of being contract killers remain in police custody in Cyprus, after being arrested earlier this month on suspicion of planning to murder Kalopsidiotis.The Greek-Australian in custody is suspected of gunning down five men on June 23 in the heart of Ayia Napa’s nightclub district. Four of the victims were security guards for Kalopsidiotis, who police believe was the target for the attack.Three Cypriots aged 28, 33 and 35, and two Romanians aged 25 and 33, were killed in their black BMW after being shot near the popular Red Square bar.last_img read more

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Incendies enfin une accalmie au Portugal

first_imgIncendies : enfin une accalmie au PortugalPortugal – Les pompiers se battent depuis le début de la semaine contre les incendies qui balaient le nord et le centre du Portugal. Ce jeudi matin, ils constataient enfin une légère accalmie.Ce matin en effet, l’Autorité nationale de la protection civile ne dénombrait plus que six incendies “significatifs” dans les districts de Viana do Castelo, Porto, Vila Real et Aveiro. Plus de 200 pompiers, aidés de quatre avions et d’un hélicoptère, sont mobilisés pour lutter contre les flammes. L’accalmie observée est encouragée par une diminution des températures.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasMardi, en une seule journée, le pays a enregistré quelque 459 départs de feux. Il en dénombrait 419 mercredi, et ce sont quelque 5.500 professionnels qui ont dû être mobilisés. L’incendie le plus important, qui s’est déclaré hier après-midi à Nogueirinha, dans le district de Porto, continuait ce jeudi de progresser sur deux fronts, comme l’a précisé la protection civile.Si le ministre de l’Intérieur Rui Pereira a assuré que le pays était “préparé” pour faire face à la situation, le Portugal a tout de même dû faire appel à ses voisins, et notamment l’Italie qui a envoyé hier deux avions Canadair en renfort. La France et la Grèce ont elles-aussi promis de l’aide, l’Italie ayant répondu en premier car elle n’est pas confrontée à des incendies.Le 29 juillet 2010 à 16:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Une sélection artificielle des souches de riz des milliers dannées avant notre

first_imgUne sélection artificielle des souches de riz, des milliers d’années avant notre èrePubliée dans Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, une étude génétique de différentes variétés de riz, effectuée par des chercheurs japonais, suggère une sélection très précoce des caractères les plus ‘rentables’ de cette plante, par les cultivateurs du Néolithique.Le Dr Masanori Yamasaki, de l’Université de Kobe, au Japon, a comparé le génome du riz sauvage avec celui de deux sous-espèces de riz domestique. Il a constaté, chez l’une de ces deux dernières seulement, une mutation très particulière et ‘stable’ d’un gène appelé SD1, gène présent dans les trois types mais qui présente, dans la nature, un taux de variabilité assez important. Or, cette modification génétique donne des tiges plus courtes, plus robustes et plus riches en grains.À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsLe scientifique estime que ces résultats suggèrent fortement une sélection et un maintien artificiels de ce caractère, qui remonteraient à plusieurs milliers d’années. Nos ancêtres, les premiers cultivateurs du Néolithique, sans connaître, bien sûr, le génie génétique, avaient donc déjà ‘la main verte’, cherchant à favoriser la pousse du riz le plus intéressant pour eux.”Au cours de cette domestication, les anciens humains ont soumis ces caractères agronomiques à la sélection artificielle, ce qui augmente la taille des graines ou des fruits, améliore la synchronisation de la croissance et de la floraison, limite la perte ou la dispersion des graines, entraîne des changements dans l’architecture des plantes et d’autres caractéristiques. Ces traits ont contribué à une culture plus efficace, des rendements plus élevés et des produits plus précieux pour l’usage humain”, explique le chercheur.Le 13 juin 2011 à 19:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more