first_imgBOXINGLight flyweight Amandeep Singh; bantam weight Akhil Kumar; flyweight Suranjoy Mayengbam; light welterweight Manoj KumarATHLETICSMen’s: High jump (Nikhil Chittarasu, Hari Sankar Roy); 100m (G. Nagaraj, Md Abdul Najeeb Qureshi, Krishnakumar Satish Rane); 400m (Vinay Chouldhry, Harpreet Singh)Women’s : 1500m (Jhuma Khatun, O.P. Jaisha, Sushma Devi); 100m (H.M. Jyothi, Satti Geetha); 400m (Mandeep Kaur, Manjeet Kaur)GYMNASTICSMen’s: Rings (Ashish Kumar); pommel horse (Ashish Kumar)Women’s: Vault (Dipa Karmakar)HOCKEYWomen’s Gr A: Trinidad vs IndiaMen’s: India vs AustraliaSHOOTINGWomen’s: 50m rifle 3 position singles (Lajjakumari Gauswami, Tejaswini Sawant)Men’s: 10m air pistol pairs (Gurpreet Singh, Omkar Singh); 25m rapid fire pistol pairs (Vijay Kumar, Gurpreet Singh); double trap singles (Asher Noria, Ronjan Sodhi)NETBALLIndia vs Trinidad and TobagoSWIMMINGMen’s: 50m breaststroke (Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Puneet Rana, Sandeep Sejwal); 100m butterfly (Virdhawal Khade, Arjun Muralidharan); 100m backstroke (Rohit Rajendra Havaldar, Balakrishnan Melkote Badrinath, Rehan Poncha); 400m individual medley (Merwyn Roark Chen, Rehan Poncha)Women’s: 50m backstroke (Fariha Zaman, Jyotsna Pansare); 50m freestyle (Talasha Satish Prabhu, Sneha Thirugnanasambandam); 100m breaststroke (Poorva Kiran Shetye)WEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s: 77kg (Sudhir Kumar)WRESTLINGWomen’s: Freestyle: Nirmala Devi (48 Kg), Babita Kumari (51), Geeta (55)last_img read more

first_imgBotham said the way things are going, Twenty20 is in the Botham said the way things are going, Twenty20 is in the danger of becoming a lottery. “Thats a real threat. T20 could become a lottery because cricket is much more than just 20 overs. Crowds like it but then crowds like Test cricket too. In England every big Test series is sold out, its the same in Australia, South Africa or New Zealand” he said. “I think players have to remind people of how important Test cricket is. Players have the obligation to look after Test cricket,” Botham added. Waugh said West Indies is a prime example of how T20 can affect the growth of other formats. “There is a danger and we all know that. Look at West Indies. The incentive to play T20 cricket is so much more than Test cricket,” he said. Talking of Australia, Waugh said Steven Smiths men deserved their early ouster from last months World T20. “I appreciate that we put Test cricket at a pedestal and because of that probably T20 has suffered but I respect Cricket Australia for giving primacy to Test cricket. As a result we didnt have a settled line-up in World T20 and we got what we deserved. I guess there will be a shakeup and we will pay T20s a bit more respect,” he said. Botham said he is concerned about the fate of ODI cricket in the wake of the T20 storm. “I am concerned about what might happen to ODIs. Its a format I like because it also ebbs and flows like Tests. There is a need to get that balance but I dont think its going to be easy,” he said. PTI PM CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has asked the Badminton Association of India (BAI) to verify whether over-aged players were allowed to participate in the under-17 and under-19 national level tournaments.Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, however, refused to restrain the two players, alleged to be over-aged, who have participated in All India Junior Boys and Girls Under-17 and Under-19 Ranking Badminton Tournament 2016 at Thiruvananthapuram, as the event already ended on June 25.”Such interim order cannot be granted as the tournament is over. However, the respondent (BAI) should verify whether any over-aged players were allowed to participate in the national level badminton tournaments and file their report by July 19,” the court said.It was hearing a plea by a 15-year-old badminton players father seeking directions to comply with guidelines issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports regarding age restriction.Uttar Pradesh resident Issac Paul, in his petition alleged that his son could not get a chance to go to Kerala for the under-19 games after the two over-aged players defeated him in selection trials.He alleged that the two were not below 19 years and had obtained fake age certificates, which should be verified by the authorities concerned and till that time they should be barred from playing the games.The petitioner also alleged that BAI, which is the governing body for the sport in India, has also failed to take note of his complaint.Taking note of which the court said on “mere allegation” levelled by the petitioner, the two cannot be restrained, but, if they are over-aged, then they will not be playing in the next tournament.advertisementPaul has also sought action against over-aged players as this was contrary to the Ministrys rule issued in 2009. PTI PPS HMP ZMN DVlast_img read more

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbeatable after a loss.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday night, keeping the distinction of being the league’s only team without two straight setbacks.“I love that about this team,” said Antetokounmpo, who added three steals and two blocks. “Every game we don’t play well, the next game we try from the first minute to set the tone.”Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said the feat speaks to the character and the competitiveness of the team.“Really good teams historically, they usually bounce back after a loss,” Budenholzer said. “And, so far this team has been able to do that.”The NBA-leading Bucks improved to 13-0 after losing a game.“We learn from our mistakes,” said Bucks reserve Pat Connaughton, who matched a season high with 16 points. “The unfortunate thing in sports is you tend to learn a lot more from losing than you do winning.”Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 14 points in the first quarter when Antetokounmpo was limited to three points because he was on the bench for about half the quarter with two fouls.Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists, Khris Middleton scored 15 points and Tony Snell added 11 points for the Bucks, who have won seven of eight games.Detroit’s Reggie Jackson matched a season high with 25 points and Andre Drummond had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four of five and dropped to 21-28 overall.Griffin said he has not given up hope the team can make the playoffs.“It’s still within our grasp,” said Griffin, who insisted he has not asked the Pistons to trade him.The Lopez-led Bucks had an eight-point advantage after the first quarter and built a 13-point lead at halftime. That cushion was big enough against the Pistons, who did not appear to be motivated to potentially rally for the win late in the game.Detroit’s Stanley Johnson turned the ball over on a pass toward Reggie Jackson with 2:28 left, and Jackson stood and watched after Bledsoe took the ball near midcourt and went in for a layup.“We’re never trying to give up,” Lopez said.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee swept the season series against Detroit for the first time in franchise history.Pistons: Owner Tom Gores said he’s still hoping Detroit makes the playoffs, adding the franchise will explore all possibilities before the NBA trade deadline next week.“I have not lost faith in this team,” Gores said. “There is something there. We just need some time. Dwane (Casey) just got here.”X-FACTORBucks reserve D.J. Wilson, a former Michigan star, scored all nine of his points on 4-of-6 shooting in the second quarter. Wilson’s scoring helped Milwaukee build a 62-49 lead at halftime after the Pistons pulled into a 35-all tie.“That was a critical stretch,” Budenholzer said. “We needed somebody to put the ball in the basket, and he did it.”Casey, meanwhile, lamented how poorly his team played late in the first half.“They turned up the physicality and we didn’t meet it in that stretch,” he said.BIG PLAYMAKERThe 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo scored twice and had two assists on 3-pointers instead taking shots of his own in the lane over the final 1:38 of the third after Detroit cut its deficit to four.“He’s a great decision-maker,” Budenholzer said. “Those are big momentum swings, going into a quarter.”INJURY REPORTBucks: Shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon (bruised sternum) and guard Donte DiVincenzo (heel) missed the game.Pistons: Guards Reggie Bullock (left ankle) and Ish Smith (groin) were out with injuries.UP NEXTBucks: Play at Toronto on Thursday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.Pistons: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.___By LARRY LAGE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)One of the most-veteran assistant coaches in college football has announced his retirement.LSU announced this evening that passing game coordinator Jerry Sullivan has decided to retire from football.Sullivan began his coaching career in 1971.LSU announced the news on Twitter.#LSU senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator Jerry Sullivan announced his retirement from football on Wednesday.— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) January 10, 2019LSU released the following statement:LSU senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator Jerry Sullivan announced his retirement from football on Wednesday.Sullivan, who spent seven years on the LSU coaching staff from 1984-90, joined Ed Orgeron’s staff as a consultant in 2017 and was then elevated to senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator for the 2018 season.One of the most respected wide receiver coaches in football, Sullivan spent 25 years in the NFL before coming back to LSU in 2017.“Jerry had a great career, one that saw him develop, groom, mentor and train some of the best to ever play the wide receiver position at any level of football,” Orgeron said. “I can’t thank Jerry enough for the contributions he made to our program over the past two years.”LSU is coming off a promising 2018 season that ended with a win over UCF in the Fiesta Bowl.The Tigers should start the 2019 season ranked inside the top 15.last_img read more

first_imgShea Patterson throws the ball against Army.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 7: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines passes the ball against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Another week of the college football season is in the books. All of the updated polls have been released for Week 3.The Coaches’ Poll is one of the two biggest sets of rankings, along with the Associated Press poll. Each week, coaches (okay, probably SIDs) around the nation vote on which teams deserve to be in the top 25.There were some changes to this week’s Coaches’ Poll, thanks to LSU beating Texas and Clemson handling Texas A&M. Auburn made a nice jump, while Michigan fell after surviving Army and Washington plummeted after losing to Cal.Every week, we’ll give our thoughts on which teams might be sitting a little higher in the poll than they should be. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p By our estimation, here are the three “most overrated” teams in the updated Coaches’ Poll.Note, we listed them according to the order they were ranked in the poll, not necessarily by which we think is most overrated:No. 10 MichiganMichigan did drop three spots after slipping past Army in overtime, so credit to the coaches here. However, the Wolverines showed off some of the same problems (particularly on offense) that have plagued them in the Harbaugh Era. Does Michigan have top-10 talent on its roster? Probably, but until we see some bounce back performances, we have the Wolverines just outside the top 10.No. 21 WashingtonRanked 12th heading into the weekend, the Huskies cratered to No. 21 after losing to Cal. It was a funky game highlighted by a lengthy weather delay, but after falling to a middle-of-the-pack Golden Bears team at home, Washington is probably lucky it remains in the polls right now.No. 24 USCWe’re not saying the Trojans shouldn’t be ranked. They deserve to be, especially after soundly thumping Stanford. What we’re saying though is that we don’t believe this is ultimately going to be a top 25 team. USC plays BYU, Utah, Washington and Notre Dame in its next four games and still has to go to Colorado and Arizona State and play Oregon. This still feels like a 7-5 season.You can view the full Coaches’ Poll here. The latest AP top 25 is here.last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Health is collaborating with several ministries and agencies to coordinate its response to the dengue fever virus.Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that all the resources of the Ministry have been activated to combat the public health threat.“I will meet with the Minister of Finance and other key ministers and heads of agencies to mobilise additional resources and meet with those agencies that are an important part of clean-up, whether it is gullies, garbage, anything that (contributes to increased) breeding of mosquitoes,” he said.Dr. Tufton was speaking at a recent press briefing at the Ministry’s corporate offices in New Kingston.He said that the Ministry is working with its regional teams to improve response at health facilities, particularly at Bustamante Hospital for Children, where at least one roving nurse is stationed, as well as customer service officers.Senior Managers have been rostered to give administrative coverage after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends.There is also employment of additional enrolled assistant nurses to complement registered nurses; sessional staff (nurses and doctors) in Accident and Emergency Departments; and customer service representatives.St. Joseph’s Hospital and the National Chest Hospital will provide space for overflow from Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). A 20-bed ward is being refurbished at St. Joseph’s.Framework agreements are also being explored with diagnostics and ambulance services, to expedite patient management in hospitals.Other activities being employed by the Ministry include an extended public education campaign regarding mosquito breeding sites, symptoms of dengue, and personal protection tips. This has commenced and will continue until the end of January.In addition, where necessary, the Ministry will outsource fogging activities to private contractors.“We are intending on hiring another 500 vector-control aides. We have 500 currently in the system, and we are going to double those numbers in collaboration with the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme to create greater presence on the ground,” Dr. Tufton said.“We are concerned, and every single case of dengue is something we regret and would like to avoid,” he added.The Ministry of Health, through its regional offices, will engage with the parish councils and the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development for the removal of domestic waste/garbage from communities.Dr. Tufton has indicated that all points of entry have been sensitised and educational materials are being distributed.The Health Alert Card is also being utilised to inform travellers to the island about dengue fever and the actions to take in the event that symptoms develop.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In the first high-level visit from any country following the Lok Sabha polls, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will be in India from June 25-27 and hold talks with the leadership here to strengthen the strategic partnership.His visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29. During his visit, Pompeo would hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and call upon other dignitaries, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”We look upon the visit as an important opportunity for both sides to further strengthen the India-US strategic partnership and continue high-level engagement on matters of mutual interest, including bilateral, regional and global issues,” Kumar said. “This is the first high-level engagement between India and the US following the elections. This is also the first incoming high-level visit from any country. We look upon this visit as an opportunity to discuss all the issues which will be on the table,” Kumar said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahHe said most of the issues under the bilateral framework will be discussed and there will be some talks on regional as well as global issues of mutual interest. Asked about media reports on the US considering caps on H-1B work visa, Kumar said, “We have not heard anything officially from the US government. We continue to reiterate and engage with the US government on this matter.” On whether the issue will be taken up with Pompeo during his visit here, Kumar said it would not be right to speculate on the agenda of his meetings here. “There is no (official) report as such. There is no US official who has come up with a statement. It is a source-based report. We have not yet heard anything from the US government on this. We remain engaged with the US administration, we remain engaged with the Congress on this issue,” Kumar said. India has emphasised time and again at interactions at all levels the contribution of Indian skilled professionals to the growth and development of the US economy, he said. Kumar said it is important to understand that in a relationship that is as deep as it is with the US, there will be certain issues that will be on the table at all times. “We should look at this relationship from the overall perspective. The overall direction of the relationship remains very positive,” he said. Citing the popular election slogan “Modi hai to mumkin hai”, US Secretary of State Pompeo last week sought to take the bilateral relationship with India to the next level and said the Trump and Modi Administrations have a “unique opportunity” to make it happen. “As Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi said in his latest campaign, ‘Modi hai to mumkin hai,’ or ‘Modi makes it possible’, I’m looking forward to exploring what’s possible between our people,” Pompeo said in his major India policy speech at the India Ideas Summit of US-India Business Council last Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have recorded a message congratulating the inaugural 60 Queen’s Young Leaders winners in advance of their visit to the UK when they will meet The Queen and undertake an extraordinary programme of visits and events.William And Harry Film Video MessageCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgIn July 2014 Their Royal Highnesses the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched the search for the first 60 Queen’s Young Leaders live from Buckingham Palace. Those exceptional young people have now been found and on Monday 22nd June, the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders will receive their Award from The Queen.Video: A message to The Queen’s Young LeadersIn the video, The Duke of Cambridge says: “Right across the Commonwealth, young people with vision and purpose have shown the determination it takes to make a real and lasting change in their communities.”The winners are each extraordinary in their own way, and their achievements range from mentoring children in the slums of India, to breaking down the stigma related to mental health and young people, to using football to help build personal and practical skills amongst their peers. As Prince Harry notes:“Each and every one of the 60 winners has demonstrated leadership, commitment and commitment by improving the lives of others and selflessly supporting those who need it most.”Their Royal Highnesses special video message celebrates and congratulates the 2015 Young Leaders, who will be in the UK for a full week undertaking unique activities that will enable them to further develop their leadership skills.In the video, The Duke of Cambridge signs off with a note of encouragement for the winners and their achievements: “So, to the 60 Queen’s Young leaders award winners this year, we want to say a big “congratulations” and wish them the very best for their own future, and for the future of their initiatives and their communities.”Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Irina TsukermanNew York – As the saying goes, “if you can’t beat them, join them.” And joining a group of young Moroccan professionals for a night on the town is definitely not something you will ever regret. In the second event of a series of social gatherings, which started with last month’s “Sushi Summit,” young Jewish professionals of assorted Ashkenazi and Sephardi backgrounds met their Moroccan counterparts for dinner at an inviting Moroccan restaurant Barbes. And in typical Middle Eastern fashion, they did not leave.Barbes is set in a cozy, amiable atmosphere, with the gentle light of the lanterns, the happy hubbub of big groups and couples alike, and tasteful Moroccan décor. The relaxing atmosphere was enjoyable; there was no rush to finish quickly and leave.  The conversation flowed naturally, and very shortly, we felt as if we had been hanging out forever. There were some newcomers and some familiar faces, and the group grew larger – about sixteen people this time. We started the sumptuous meal with what actually turned out to be a traditional Moroccan breakfast—warm pita, olive oil, and sweetened Moroccan tea, which was poured by the waiters and the skilled “professionals” at the table with jaw-dropping dexterity. They held the tea glasses in one hand and the teapots high above, creating a waterfall of steaming tea without spilling a drop. The tea, steamed in the pot, tasted rich, soothing, and perfect. It is a go-to drink during such meals.Anyone can end up drinking an infinite amount over good conversation without noticing it. Some ordered delightful appetizers, such as a flavorful seafood salad. While we waited for our main courses to arrive, we schemed future adventures and discussed food, Moroccan culture, various historical projects, our professions, current events and developments, and whatever else came to mind. We ended having a great time.Some of us switched places around the room in order to interact with everyone equally, despite the large size of the group. We discovered that we have more in common with each other than we imagined. Then, the food arrived, and we dove into both the goodness of traditional Moroccan cuisine and the real “meat” of the discussion. I ordered a lamb tagine with sesame seeds and plums, which arrived in a beautiful clay pot and matching pyramidal cover. It was perfectly cooked. The meat melted in my mouth, and the soulful flavors transported me back to Morocco. And because I am a shameless foodie, I also tried a couple of the other traditional dishes that others ordered: a sea bass tagine with lemons and a pastilla, a thin, flaky pastry filled with chicken, almonds, and assorted Middle Eastern spices.The sea bass tagine burst with flavors. Even those of us particularly sensitive to sour tastes imbibed the stew with fervor. And the pastilla was the closest that a main course can come to being a dessert. The dish itself is very complicated and time-consuming to make by hand, which is why so many of the Moroccans ordered it. The meal concluded with desserts on the house: creamy, milky, crunchy dessert pastillas with a touch of orange blossom (basically, heaven in your mouth); rich chocolate mousse with fresh strawberries; walnut-stuffed Mejdool dates that one of our Moroccan friends had brought. By the time it was all over, we were basically rolling out of there… but the night was still young, and our adventures were just beginning.After exchanging information deftly scribbled on the paper tablecloths, many of us continued onwards to the nearby hookah lounge called Arabesque (conveniently owned by the owners of Barbes). We were seated in the back, in a gorgeous area that brings you right into a traditional tent atmosphere. We leaned back on assorted pillows, sipping glass after glass of tea, enjoying all the delights that the Middle East has to offer, and listening to the moving, electrifying music of Egypt and Morocco. Forget overcrowded, sweaty American nightclubs. If you want to have the time of your life, come to Arabesque and party like Moroccans! These guys know how to live the good life.  We laughed, chatted, fell in and out of meditative trances, and danced like no one was watching. We also delighted in the “performances” of some of the other visitors, some guys who knew how to bust a move out on the floor.At one point, the DJ performed a traditional Moroccan Jewish song, “Sidi H’Bibi,” by Salim Halali. It kept us all on our feet. I think even those in the room who had little familiarity with Jewish Moroccan culture enjoyed it immensely. It was joyous, upbeat, fun, and catchy. The DJ outdid himself, playing the keyboard, the oud (a traditional Arabic lute), and singing with a beautiful voice. This was definitely an unforgettable experience that not only stays with you, but urges to relive and repeat.  Before we knew it, it was 2:30 in the morning. Though many of us reluctantly had to head home, the nightlife in Arabesque, as well as the connections we made that memorable evening, was still going strong. Of course, these adventures will continue; next month will surely bring in more great memories, connections, friendships, conversations, food, and of course, fun. Come join us and see what you have been missing read more

Marrakech – The Initiative for the adaptation of African agriculture to climate change (AAA), launched last April by Morocco, will be one of the key themes on the COP22 agenda, COP22 President Salaheddine Mezouar said Friday.This “very ambitious” initiative is a call to action with considerable economic development stakes in Africa, South-South cooperation and global food security, Mezouar said at the Ministerial Plenary session of the high-level meeting on the Adaptation of African Agriculture to Climate Change Initiative (AAA), which took place on September 29-30 in Marrakech.In this regard, he said that this initiative is meant to mobilize financial resources and public and private investment necessary for its implementation and the reinforcement of the technical capacity of farmers. Mezouar also noted that the continental initiative of Morocco comes within the framework of the African Initiative on Adaptation (AIA) announced by the Egyptian president at COP21 and supported by the African Group at COP22, pointing out that AAA and AIA actions are complementary and aim to strengthen adaptation efforts in Africa. read more

Rabat – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received today in Riyadh Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.According to Maghreb Arab Press, the Moroccan official conveyed a message from King Mohammed VI.King Mohammed VI’s message “touches on bilateral cooperation and the latest developments on the regional scene,” added MAP. The meeting of the Moroccan foreign minister and MBS comes after a recent statement from Bourita, who recently said that Morocco’s relations with Saudi Arabia should be based on mutual respect.Read Also: Saudi Arabia, Morocco Emphasize ‘Historic’ Ties amid Alleged FrictionThe statement was made on the heels of alleged frictions between the two countries over the past two years.Morocco’s decision to remain neutral on the Gulf crisis was not well received in Riyadh, which was expecting Rabat to support the blockade against Qatar. Though on the surface the relations between the two countries did not suffer any major change, tension between Rabat and Riyadh had been simmering ever since. The first sign of that silent tension was Saudi Arabia’s decision to turn its back on Morocco and support the US-led 2026 World Cup bid. The last hostile move was from a pro-government television channel, which aired a pro-Polisario documentary against Morocco’s territorial integrity.Following the broadcast, media reports said that Morocco had summoned its ambassadors from Saudi Arabia. Bourita denied the news, and emphasized the strength of the Moroccan-Saudi diplomatic ties.In March, however, Bourita’s appeared to be retracting his previous statement when when asked about the alleged friction between Rabat and Riyadh.In a press conference held in Rabat during the visit of King Abdullah II of Jordan, Bourita said that cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be based on reciprocity and mutual respect.“It may happen that we do not agree on certain issues. Foreign policy is a matter of sovereignty, and in Morocco, it is also based on principles and constants,” said Bourita.He added that diplomatic ties should be a “concern on  both sides, and if not, it would be normal for all alternatives to be examined.”It remains to be seen whether this meeting will pave the way towards easing tension between the two long-standing allies and bring them back to normal. Read Also: Morocco’s Relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE Must Be Based on Mutual Respect, Reciprocity: FM read more

Calling this outpouring “nothing short of amazing,” Eric Falt, the Director of the UN Information Centre in Islamabad, told reporters that “the United Nations here – but also elsewhere around the world – has been flooded with individual expressions of support for the humanitarian situation in the region,” apart from the backing it had received from many countries. Mr. Falt said that in addition to offers of financial contributions, “we are getting a lot of offers of help from people who feel moved by the situation and who are quite literally ready to jump in an airplane to come and help us.” He cited the example of a citizen of New Zealand who had reported that she felt “personally concerned with the plight of the people of Afghanistan.” Offering another such example, UN spokesperson Stephanie Bunker quoted from a letter received from a US citizen. “I am a survivor of the World Trade Center tragedy,” the letter said. “I worked after the event with the New York police to connect with families of my company’s missing people – we lost 225.” The writer went on to ask for information on how to get involved in the relief effort, saying, “This is a moment in my life where I have energy, spirit and will to help in any way I can.” Mr. Falt noted that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were a good vehicle for individuals seeking to offer their time. He added that anyone wishing to pledge funds could do so by supporting the work of UN agencies working in the area or by contributing to the UN Afghan Emergency Trust Fund, which is administered by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Contributions can also be made through NETAID at its website, read more

Opening the event, Alison Smale, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, said that every year, the seminar was an annual reminder that the ‘Question of Palestine was unresolved. “It reminds us that media can be as much a part of the problem, as it can be part of the solution,” she said. One of its main objectives is to sensitize public opinion to that fact, as well as to promote dialogue and understanding. Organized by the UN Department of Public Information and the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue under the theme “Media Narratives and Public Perceptions,” the seminar featured four panel discussions in which participants explored themes of bias, objectivity, truth and the role of both social and traditional media in framing the political issues that mattered most to Palestinians and Israelis. They also reviewed the impacts of 50 years of occupation, looking at whether past methods employed to bring parties to the negotiation table were viable today amid shifting politics, perceptions and access to authentic stories that shed light on daily realities. A panel on empathy as an alternative way to seek peace garnered particular attention, with some advocating it as a low-cost powerful option for diplomacy, and others viewing it as ineffective in creating equal footing between the parties. “As journalists and communications professionals, you have a deep knowledge of the importance of fair, balanced and pluralistic news, said John Brandolino, Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Journalism enriched the world, and agreement on its principles – including news values – could unite media across borders, cultures and experiences. By examining media narratives, and the role of empathy, the seminar would support that aspect of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said. “We must not let today’s stagnation in the peace process lead to tomorrow’s escalation”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message read out by Ms. Smale. The two-State solution was the only way forward and must be urgently pursued. “We at the United Nations will do everything we can to work in that direction.” David Dadge, Spokesperson for the Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna, said reporting on the Israel-Palestine conflict was among the most heavily scrutinized coverage in the world. Irrespective of experience or political persuasion, journalists faced routine criticism. The 1,254 who had been killed since 1992 was a painful reminder that “whatever the colour of your reporting […] journalism can be a very dangerous deadly business.” For full coverage of the International Media Seminar, please see Press Releases here and here read more

% of total27.4%25.9%39.2%41.1%28.9%27.9%Car production ‘The recent announcement that the new generationVauxhall/Opel Astra will be made at Ellesmere Port on Merseyside from 2010 is further recognition of the skills and efficiency of the British car worker,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘So, although total car production for March was down, we should remind ourselves that a number of manufacturers have seen positive growth during the first quarter of 2007 and that the long term prosperity for car manufacturing remains positive.’ Commercial vehicle production ‘Light commercial vehicle production was on a similar level to this time last year, but is still expected to rise over the next few months,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Only this week at the CV Show in Birmingham, LDV announced that production volumes at its plant have almost doubled since last August and productivity is up by 36 per cent. 75 extra staff have also recently been recruited. This is more good news for UK plc.’The full report can be downloaded and this month it includes a manufacturing profile on Bentley Motors Limited in Crewe.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Export100,163280,01612,34633,802112,509313,818 Source:CarsCommercial VehiclesTotal vehicles SMMT LtdMar-07YTD 2007Mar-07YTD 2007Mar-07YTD 2007 -13.2%-7.7%-4.8%-0.6%-12.2%-6.8% -3.5%-9.3%5.4%18.0%-2.1%-5.0% -16.3%-7.1%-10.4%-10.4%-15.7%-7.5% % of total72.6%74.1%60.8%58.9%71.1%72.1% Total138,036377,87520,29057,375158,326435,250 Home37,87397,8597,94423,57345,817121,432 read more

← Previous Story 68 IN A ROW: FC Barcelona Lassa set new ASOBAL record! Next Story → Bosnian Board offers 3-months contract to head-coach Dragan Marković Ambitious French team Saint Raphael have a big plans for the future. One of the future signing, according to French media, is experienced FC Barcelona Lasso playmaker  Daniel Sarmiento. The 32 years-old organizer of the Barca’s attack should come to the city on cote d’Azur in summer 2016.Sarmiento has been a part of the EHF CL winning rosters in 2011 and 2015 with the most successful team in the handball history. Moreover, he won world’s gold medal with the Spanish national team at the World Championship 2013 in Barcelona.Before Barca, where he came in 2009, he was a member of BM Ademar Leon and Almeria. Daniel Sarmientosaint raphael read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The popular lecture series hosted by the Greek community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) is back again, and this time a historical lecutre will start proceedings. Program director for social sciences at Swinburne Online Learning in Melbourne, Dr Angelo Rodafinos will be giving the first lecture of the year, touching on ancient Greek philosophy and psychology.He hopes to relate the lessons from Greek wisdom to current psychological treatment models (e.g., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and provide ideas and specific examples to help participants make small changes in order to reduce stress and anger and improve their everyday lives.A prolific academic writer, his first book “Princes to frogs… and vice versa! Applied psychological techniques for the accomplishment of changes in our lives” (in Greek) has become a popular reading guide for people from all ages and backgrounds for more than a decade. His second book “The Idiots are invincible” (in Greek, recently translated in English and Bulgarian) deals with stress and problem solving.The lecture will be held on Thursday 26 February at the mezzanine level of the Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale Street.For more information, visit…last_img read more

first_imgLes agriculteurs s’insurgent contre les déchets jetés dans leurs champsArras, France – Lundi, des agriculteurs du Pas-de-Calais ont déposé une dizaine de mètres cubes de déchets devant la préfecture d’Arras. Ces détritus sont ceux ramassés pendant le week-end dans leurs champs. Ils ont ainsi voulu dénoncer le “manque de civisme” des automobilistes qui jettent leurs ordures au bord des routes.Une quinzaine d’agriculteurs se sont réunis lundi devant la préfecture du Pas-de-Calais pour y déposer bouteilles, papiers gras, plastiques et autres déchets (dont un vieux canapé) qu’ils ont retrouvés dans leurs champs. Les agriculteurs avaient pris soin de trier et emballer ces ordures dans des sacs plastiques avant de les déposer. La Fédération départementale des syndicats d’exploitants agricoles (FDSEA) du Pas-de-Calais avait organisé samedi des opérations de ramassage dans les champs afin de dénoncer une pollution qui peut coûter extrêmement cher aux agriculteurs. D’après eux, le moindre bout de plastique dans un camion de légumes suffit à entraîner le rejet de toute la cargaison par l’industrie agroalimentaire.Ce sont ainsi trente-sept camions, soit plus de 600 tonnes de légumes, qui ont été perdus au cours des quatre dernières années dans la région. Un préjudice qui, selon la FDSEA, s’élèverait à 130.000 euros environ.Les agriculteurs réclament une campagne de sensibilisation de la population, mais aussi le retour des consignes pour les bouteilles en verre, le développement de plastiques biodégradables, ou encore une plus grande répression pour lutter contre l’amoncellement de plus en plus important des déchets dans leurs champs.Le 31 mars 2010 à 17:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Popular on Variety Among the changes: Facebook said it will ban users from live-streaming for 30 days after one violation of its policies prohibiting extremist speech or promoting terrorism. During the March 15 attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, one of the assailants used Facebook Live to broadcast a 17-minute video on the social network.In its statement about declining to join the Christchurch Call to Action, the White House said, “We encourage technology companies to enforce their terms of service and community standards that forbid the use of their platforms for terrorist purposes. We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press.”However, the White House continued, “we maintain that the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech, and thus we emphasize the importance of promoting credible, alternative narratives as the primary means by which we can defeat terrorist messaging.”According to Facebook, the video live-streamed by the Christchurch attacker was viewed about 4,000 times in total before it was removed. In addition, in the first 24 hours, the company said it removed about 1.5 million videos of the attack globally (with 1.2 million of those videos blocked at upload).Under their participation in the Christchurch Call to Action, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Twitter, Microsoft and Amazon pledged to take five individual actions and four collaborative ones.The companies said they individually will update their terms of use “to expressly prohibit the distribution of terrorist and violent extremist content”; enhanced user-reported incidences of terrorist or violent extremist content; invest in technology to identify and remove such content; putting in place “appropriate checks” on live-streaming video aimed at cutting the risk of disseminating terrorist and violent extremist content; and release regular reports on the detection and removal of terrorist or violent extremist content. Together, the companies said they will continue to work to improve technology to detect and remove terrorist and violent extremist content more effectively and efficiently; develop a protocol for responding to emerging or active events across all stakeholders; will educate the public about the issues; and support research into the impact of online hate on offline discrimination and violence.center_img Facebook Reportedly Working on New Snapchat-Like Messaging App for Instagram Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook The U.S. is sitting out an international initiative — sparked by the March terrorist attack on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand — aimed at halting the spread of terrorist and extremist content on social media, citing the need for freedom of speech.“While the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement, we continue to support the overall goals reflected in the call,” the Trump administration said in a statement Wednesday. “We will continue to engage governments, industry and civil society to counter terrorist content on the internet.”Separately Wednesday, the White House launched an online tool for users to report if they suspect they’ve been the subject of “political bias” by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or other online platform.At a meeting Wednesday in Paris, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, five tech companies — Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google and Amazon — signed on to the Christchurch Call to Action, which outlines a nine-point plan for steps the industry has committed to take to address the abuse of their platforms to spread terrorist content.last_img read more