Ireland captain Robbie Keane doubtful for Euro 2016

first_imgIreland captain Robbie Keane is in danger of missing next month’s European Championship after suffering a calf injury in training on Saturday.The 35-year-old striker did not play in the 1-1 draw against Netherlands in Dublin on Friday and has been ruled out of manager Martin O’Neill’s squad for Tuesday’s match against Belarus in Cork.”We all did a bit of training on Saturday and he felt his calf, so we will look at it on a daily basis. I genuinely don’t know at the moment,” O’Neill told British media, when asked if Keane would be ready for Euro 2016.”He had a little injection to see how it settles down and we will see how he is. Obviously he would have been coming with us, definitely, as captain of the side but we will see how he is again.”Keane has scored 67 goals in 143 games for Ireland since his debut in 1998.Ireland kick off their Euro 2016 Group E campaign against Sweden in Paris on June 13 before facing Belgium and Italy.last_img read more

India (IND) vs Sri Lanka (SL), 2nd T20I, Indore: Live Cricket Streaming available on Hotstar from 7 PM today

first_imgTeam India led by stand-in captain Rohit Sharma will look to seal the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka when the two sides meet in Indore for the second T20I on Friday. (India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I in Indore: Live Blog)You can watch Live Cricket Streaming of India vs Sri Lanka, 2ND T20I, Indore on Hotstar from 7:00 PM today.The hosts hammered the visitors by 93 runs in the first T20I in Cuttack after the Lankans were bowled out for 87 in chase of 181.The Indians rode on some brilliant bowling performances from young Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and the returning Jaydev Unadkat in a dew-hit Barabati on Tuesday. The leggie bagged 4/23 from his four overs while the Kuldeep picked up two wickets for just 18 runs. On the other hand, the Lankans are going through a terrible phase of transition during which they are badly in need of reliable performers.The result has been a lack of contest and one-sided results, prompting many to question the very logic of India playing such a weak side again and again.Absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan has not given any respite to the Sri Lankans, who overtly rely on seniors such as Angelo Mathews.However, even the senior Lankan players have struggled to counter the Indian bowlers and batsmen.A robust domestic structure coupled with Indian Premier League (IPL) has prepared a good bench strength for the hosts.Players such as Chahal and Kuldeep have managed to carve a niche for themselves immediately after making their international debuts.advertisementSri Lanka need captain Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga and Mathews to lead by example. They have been part of the side for long and only strong performances by them can infuse life and hope into this dejected side.Players such as Dusmantha Chameera and Dhananjaya De Silva have shown promise and need guidance to be consistent.India does not need its best team to prevail over the current Sri Lankan combination, yet it is imperative that they keep performing well.They may not get big credit for success but failure against weaker opponents would surely put them in negative light.Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose finishing prowess has been under the scanner for some time now, got some runs under his belt after being promoted to number four in Cuttack and is likely to continue in the same position so that he gets enough overs in match situation before the ODI and T20 challenge in South Africa.Shreyas Iyer, who scored 24 in Cuttack, would also look to get some substantial runs in the absence of Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.KL Rahul is in good touch and Indian bowlers are also in fine rhythm since the beginning of this tour. It won’t be a surprise if they continue to dominate the Lankan batsmen.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Brazil judge ends investigation in Neymar rape case

first_imgA Brazilian judge accepted a recommendation from prosecutors Thursday to close the investigation of soccer star Neymar on a rape allegation on the grounds of there being a lack of evidence against him.Sao Paulo state prosecutors Flávia Merlini and Estefânia Paulin announced during the day that they agreed with a July 30 decision by police not to bring charges in the case. Judge Ana Paula Vieira de Moraes issued an order closing the case Thursday night.Brazilian model Najila Trindade went to Sao Paulo police to accuse Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel in May. No complaint was filed with French police. The Associated Press doesn’t name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in several interviews.Neymar denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual. He is in France, where he plays for Paris Saint-Germain.”We decided in favor of the closing of the case because there is no sufficient evidence,” Merlini said at a news conference.Paulin said the model did not produce any of the evidence she claimed she had, including a video that allegedly proved the player attacked her.”The police investigator asked her to plug her phone to a computer so she could see the video, but she (Trindade) didn’t want to do that. She also refused to hand over her phone, and later she said it had been stolen,” Paulin said.The prosecutor said Trindade’s only injury was to a finger.”The medical report of a private doctor introduced by the victim did not show an injury that proved she was raped,” Paulin said. “The slaps and the redness (on Trindade’s skin) happened for the satisfaction of both parties.”advertisementRepresentatives for Neymar and Trindade did not respond to an AP request for comment on the conclusions of the Sao Paulo state prosecutors.Sao Paulo police are still investigating whether Trindade falsely reported a rape. Police interviewed Trindade three times about her claims. Twelve other people were also questioned. Neymar himself was heard for about five hours in mid-June.Neymar, meanwhile, is still under investigation in a cybercrime case connected to Trindade’s allegations. After the model offered the rape charges, he posted images and messages of the accuser without her authorization in his social media channels, in possible violation of her online privacy.The player, who also testified in that investigation in Rio de Janeiro, said the images were posted by his press team.Also Read | PSG look set to extend Ligue 1 dominance, with or without NeymarAlso Read | Wayne Rooney in talks over Derby player-coach role: ReportsAlso Seelast_img read more

Cristante keeping door open to Man Utd

first_imgTransfers Man Utd target Cristante keeping door open for summer transfer Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 18:22 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bryan Cristante - Atalanta Transfers Manchester United Atalanta Juventus Serie A Premier League The Atalanta loanee has reiterated that he would welcome the opportunity to test himself in the Premier League, with a summer switch being mooted On-loan Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante has refused to rule out a summer move to the Premier League amid talk of interest from Manchester United.The 22-year-old has emerged as one the most promising talents in Italian football, with a senior international debut made in October 2017.He was already generating interest by that point, with Juventus keeping a close eye on a highly-rated prospect who returned to Serie A last summer on a short-term deal from Benfica. 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 Cristante has, however, expressed a desire to test himself in England and admits that a dream move could be made when the next transfer window opens.He told Corriere della Sera when quizzed on his future: “I don’t know if Juventus want me.“What I will do next summer depends on the next five months.“I can’t rule out a move to the Premier League. I think it’s a good league for me and my qualities.“One must always believe in his qualities. I’ve never cared about criticisms, I’ve always listened to my manager. I always give my best, I always work hard.“Let’s see what the future has in store for me.”Cristante is a product of AC Milan’s academy system, but left the San Siro for Portugal in 2014.Much of his time at Benfica has been spent out on loan, at Palermo, Pescara and Atalanta.He has made 27 appearances across all competitions this season, netting 10 goals, and admitted to Gazzetta dello Sport in December: “So many people tell me: ‘The Premier League is the perfect place for you,’ and I agree with them. It’s physical, there’s a lot of tackling and open football. I can really see myself there.”last_img read more

Play and thrash Pakistan in World Cup, says Haryana sports minister

first_imgPlay and thrash Pakistan in World Cup, says Haryana sports ministerFollowing the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, which claimed the lives of at least 42 soldiers, there has been increasing clamour for India to sever all ties with Pakistan, including on the cricket field.advertisement Chetan Sharma New DelhiMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 12:24 IST India and Pakistan are scheduled to face-off in the World Cup on June 16 (AP Photo)Haryana sports minister Anil Vij on Saturday suggested Team India should not boycott World Cup match against Pakistan in England. Speaking to Mail Today, Vij said that refusing to play would only benefit Pakistan, who would receive a boost in their chances of reaching the knockout rounds.Following the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, which claimed the lives of at least 42 soldiers, there has been increasing clamour for India to sever all ties with Pakistan, including on the cricket field.Ex-players like Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin have called for India to boycott their World Cup fixture against Pakistan. However, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar want the country to play.The senior BJP leader and Haryana minister Vij, too, echoed Gavaskar and Tendulkar’s views.”See, India should not play the bilateral series with Pakistan or any series between the two. But ICC World Cup is a multinational event and India should play, no matter what country they face. Why should we back out? India should play and thrash Pakistan completely in the major event,” the minister said.”But yes, I would also want say that the matter will be decided later by the Indian government and the board (BCCI),” he added.The bilateral cricketing ties between the two countries have already been suspended since 2012 and the teams last played a full series in 2007.Last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) assured the BCCI that if need arises, it will uplift the security based on advice of relevant agencies to address India’s concerns during the World Cup.advertisementAt the start of the ICC’s Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting in Dubai, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri expressed India’s concerns about the security of its players in the mega event which is scheduled to start May 30.”On behalf of the BCCI, Rahul Johri raised concerns for the safety and security of the Indian team, match officials and the Indian Fans, at the CEC Meeting,” said a senior BCCI official.Also Watch:Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow 2019 ICC World CupFollow Anil Vijlast_img read more

Talking March Madness with Villanova’s Jay Wright

first_img The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa March Madness is already underway all over the country, so we at The Manual figured we had to get involved somehow. Luckily, we were able to grab some time with the long-time head coach of the Villanova Wildcats, Jay Wright, who was in New York as part of the Dove Men + Care “Easy Decisions” campaign.Villanova heads into the NCAA Tournament as the #2 Seed in the East Region. (If you’re not familiar with this year’s tournament field, feel free to brush up in your spare time.) The Wildcats have had a largely successful season, but are coming off a tough loss to Seton Hall in the Big East conference tournament. We talked to Coach Wright about this year’s team, handling March Madness, his Philly food choices and his personal style.First of all, how did your partnership with Dove come about?Well, Dove was starting their yearly campaign as part of the Final Four and the NCAA Tournament where they focus on some of the biggest decision makers in the game of basketball and I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of those decision makers. And to be a part of a great partnership like that was certainly an easy decision to make.How do you get your players to make smart decisions in some hard, stressful situations during the NCAA Tournament?They’re all big games, so we just try to get players to focus on what is on the court. We want to keep them away from what’s being said on TV and in the news—all that madness that surrounds the tournament and comes with March Madness. We just stress the next game, the next possession.I read a comment you made where you said that you feel very good about this year’s team. Not just about the excellent record but about the way the guys play together and respect the game. Can you explain that a little bit? We have a really unique group of guys. We have one senior, James Bell, in particular who is an impactful leader because he’s a senior and he was willing to start the year coming off the bench—not a lot of guys would want to do that. Everyone on the team respects each other and they all play unselfishly. Most of the team is young so they want to learn and they want to get better, which we have, as the season has gone on.How is that different from years past?It’s just a different blend. In 2009, when we went to the Final Four we had four seniors, five juniors and three sophomores and no freshman. In 2005 we had a group of juniors (Allen Ray, Randy Foye, Curtis Sumpter) as our leaders and Kyle Lowry contributing as a freshman. This year it’s just a mix of guys with different levels of experience coming together.Do you still keep up with past players that are in the NBA? Do you talk to a guy like Kyle Lowry who is having an All-Star caliber year but often gets overlooked due to his “attitude” issues?I have a good story about Kyle. The driver I had today picked me up and said that he drives all the visiting players when they are playing in New York against the Knicks. He told me that Kyle Lowry was a very polite young man and he had the pleasure of driving him, his wife and his kids. And that’s really who Kyle is. People always talk about his attitude, but he’s a great teammate and a truly good person. He’s ultra competitive so that can cause people to think differently, but when it all comes down to it, he’s just a good person.Growing up on Long Island, I first really noticed you as coach when Amityville High School star Jason Fraser started playing on the team. Do you still keep up with Jason?Sure, I do! He’s one of our assistant coaches now! You know, in high school, Jason went head to head against LeBron James and his team came out on top. He was a talented kid. There was no one more highly touted than Jason when he was coming out of high school, but he always had the knee issues. Jason wanted to go to college and play so he had seven surgeries. He was never the same player, but he found a way to be a leader for us and to contribute on some really good teams.We like to ask the athletes we interview about the places they love to eat in their team’s city. I figure we can do the same thing for you and Philadelphia. Where are some of your go-to spots?Man, that’s tough. In Philly, I like to move around and keep things kind of fresh. Off the top of my head, there was Georges in Wayne that was a great restaurant and had great steaks, but that just recently closed. In South Philly, there’s a place called the Saloon and that’s a spot I love. It’s a real old school Philly seafood and Italian restaurant.You’re known as a very stylish coach. There’s even a weekly column devoted to what you’re wearing during each game. When did your interest in style begin? How did it develop?You know, I guess it started in high school when you have to dress up for game days. I figured, if I’ve gotta do this, let’s do something really good. Other guys didn’t really care, but I always just liked clothes. I’ve always wanted to have nice suits. My tailor in Philadelphia is Gabriele D’Annunzio. He’s an Italian guy and he’ll tell me what suits, styles and colors may seem too young or too old for me. He’s a great advisor to have when it comes to my fashion. Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? last_img read more

Contract Extension for BW Athena

first_imgzoom BW Offshore has received a contract extension for the FPSO BW Athena with Ithaca Energy.The FPSO is employed on the Athena oil field on the UK sector. BW Athena was built in 1994 and converted to an FPSO in 1999.The primary term of the contract expires in Q2 2015, and Ithaca Energy has exercised the option for a secondary term of up to five years.Ithaca Energy has the right to terminate the contract on a rolling 12-month notice.BW Offshore, a provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry, is the world’s second largest contractor with a fleet of 14 FPSOs and 1 FSO represented in all major oil regions world-wide.The company also operates additional 2 FPSOs. In more than 30 years of operation, BW Offshore has executed 38 FPSO and FSO projects.June 6, 2014last_img read more

Singapore and Malaysia Boost Ferry Links

first_imgzoom The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Malaysian Johor Port Authority have signed an agreement to improve the ferry service between Singapore’s Changi Ferry Terminal and Tanjung Belungkor in south-eastern Johor, The Straits Times reports.MPA chief executive Andrew Tan and Johor Port Authority general manager Muhammad Razif Ahmad signed the Memorandum of Understanding during the annual meeting of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak.The first MOU signed between the two port authorities back in 1993 established a regular ferry link between the two terminals, running twice on weekdays and four times on weekends and public holidays.The new MOU will allow the service to be expanded, and possibly re-located to Singapore’s HarboutFront.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Algeria Refuses to Give License to Truck Drivers with Humanitarian Aid

Rabat – Algerian authorities are refusing to grant permits to truck drivers delivering humanitarian aid from Spain to Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps.Pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara reported on Wednesday, August 14, that some families “complained about the delay in the arrival of gifts and humanitarian aid coming from Spain.”Humanitarian aid is traditionally sent by Spanish families and members of the Sahrawi community  to the Sahrawi residents of the Tindouf camps before Eid Al Adha. The news outlet reported that truck drivers arrived in the Ghazaouet Port in Algeria on August 1.The truck drivers, however, were not able to deliver the humanitarian aid on time. Algerian authorities are withholding the license, meaning that the drivers have been stuck at the port since August 1.Read Also: Sahrawis Continue Protests Against Polisario’s Oppression, Arbitrary Detention of Activists“The bus drivers spent [ Eid Al Adha] holiday at the Algerian port of Ghazaouet away from their families.”The drivers, according to Futuro Sahara, have all the official licenses granted by the “Sahrawi institutions.”“It became necessary to contact the Algerian Foreign Ministry to find a solution to this ongoing issue.”Throughout the year, Sahrawis have been protesting against lack of freedom of movement.The embezzlement of funds and humanitarian aid has been an ongoing issue in the camp. It remains to be seen whether this shipment of aid will reach the families in the Tindouf camps..Dozens of Sahrawis have been condemning malnutrition in the camps, expressing surprise at finding donated merchandise on display in Algerian shops.In February, The president of the Canary Sahrawi Forum, Miguel Angel Ortiz, condemned Polisario’s embezzlement of aid corruption in an opinion piece published by  La Provincia.The  author said that a new scandal broke within the Tindouf camps following the misappropriation of some €2.5 million of humanitarian aid from the international community for Sahrawis living in Tindouf camps. read more

UN political official meets with Chinese authorities on Myanmar

9 July 2007Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, is meeting today with senior Government officials in Beijing as part of wider consultations in the region on the situation in the South-East Asian nation, a spokesperson for the world body announced. “This is a trip to discuss Myanmar with some of the key countries in the region,” UN Spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York. “Any effort to promote positive changes in Myanmar is going to require not only direct dialogue with the Government and people of the country, but also dialogue with all interested countries and all who can potentially help support our efforts,” she stated. Mr. Gambari met in Beijing with Vice-Foreign Minister Dai Binguo, Assistant Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai, and Director-General Wu Hailong. Since being appointed Special Adviser in May, Mr. Gambari has consulted broadly on the situation in Myanmar, having visited Washington D.C two weeks ago and having travelled this week to the region. Following talks in Beijing, he will travel to New Delhi and then to Tokyo for further meetings with Government counterparts before returning to New York over the weekend, Ms. Okabe added. read more

Most fiftysomethings plan to work in retirement to offset low savings

TORONTO — More than half of Canadians now in their 50s plan to keep on working after retiring in their 60s, in many cases to supplement their income, according to a new survey.The national online survey, conducted last month for CIBC by Leger Marketing, found that Quebec residents were least likely to say they’ll work after retirement, at 47%.Manitoba and Saskatchewan residents were the most likely to say they planned to work after retirement, at 59%.[np-related /]Atlantic Canada (54%), Ontario (55%), Alberta (57%) and British Columbia (49%) were closer to the national average of 53%.Meanwhile, about 29% of those surveyed said they were not sure if they would work after retirement, while 14% said they would definitely not work post retirement.According to the survey, almost half of today’s 50-59 year olds surveyed have less than $100,000 saved for retirement and many planned to use employment income in retirement to make up for lack of savings.“The retirement landscape is shifting as baby boomers reach traditional retirement age with a smaller nest egg than they expected to have,” said Christina Kramer, executive vice-president, retail distribution and channel strategy at CIBC.“Many Canadians are now planning to draw on multiple sources of income including employment to fund their retirement, and that makes getting advice about how to manage your income, savings, and investments even more important.”Overall, the survey found that of those who plan to keep on working, 37% said they would do so part time.And only one third of those who plan to work post retirement said they would do so just for the money.Two-thirds — or 67% — saw working either as a way to either stay socially active or that they just found work enjoyable and wanted to stay involved in the workforce in some capacity.The average age at which the respondents plan to retire varied by region, with those in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Manitoba and Saskatchewan looking to retire earliest at age 62. Ontarians were next at 63 and followed by those in Alberta and British Columbia at age 64.The survey involving 805 people and conducted between July 5 and July 8 is said by pollsters to have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.45 percentage points 19 times out of 20 on a national basis. Breakdowns by region or other subgroups are less accurate. read more

Sampanthan and MR powwow

The leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R Sampanthan met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the President’s invitation.Minister for External Affairs, Prof G.L Peiris and the Secretary to the President Mr Lalith Weeratunga were also present. Sampanthan reiterated the TNA’s commitment to the evolution of an acceptable, workable and durable political solution within the framework of a united undivided country. At the meeting the President expressed his desire to solve all outstanding issues relating to the National question, the TNA said in a short statement. Amongst other matters discussed were issues pertaining to land, the need for people to resettle on all land earlier occupied by them, the need to minimize the military presence and confine the armed forces to the barracks, release of political prisoners and the conduct of a free and fair polls for the Northern Provincial Council. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Udayanga Weeratunga detained in Dubai while on transit

Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, was detained in Dubai while on transit to the United States.An INTERPOL warrant had been issued against Weeratunga over his alleged involvement in the controversial MiG aircraft deal. The Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) said that Weeratunga is to be brought to Sri Lanka by a special team. (Colombo Gazette)

New Email service from UN to help media world public stay on

The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) today launched an E-mail UN News Service, which will bring breaking stories and reports on key UN developments – at headquarters and in the field – straight to the computers and E-mail in-boxes of its subscribers around the globe.”This is a major innovation in the way the UN communicates with the media worldwide,” Shashi Tharoor, the Interim Head of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York “Even in the nations where Internet access is not widely available, timely delivery of UN news directly to the desktops of media outlets, public offices, educational institutions or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be a step towards improving public awareness of vital UN events and issues.”By offering direct access to UN news and links to key reports, speeches and quotes by UN officials, Mr. Tharoor said, the E-mail news service will assist the critical work carried out by DPI’s UN Information Centres in responding to the needs of media in their region and enable them to focus more on strategic outreach.The E-mail UN News Service, Mr. Tharoor said, builds on the success of a recently redesigned UN News Centre portal, featuring enhanced search and navigation tools and new database-driven functions. He noted that the technological innovations that have permitted this expanded database capacity and the E-mail delivery system were an example of in-house low-cost enterprise development. He also announced the launch of a redesigned French-language version of the UN News Centre as part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to upgrade the site. Responding to questions from the press, Mr. Tharoor said that the idea behind the new service was to make the job of the correspondents easier by making information about the Organization available to people who would not otherwise have ready access to it. The articles from the UN News Service were made available via E-mail and on the News Centre and the press could run them “as is,” rely on them for possible story ideas or refashion them as they found useful.The Director of DPI’s News and Media Division, Salim Lone, added that the E-mail Service would be particularly useful in those countries which did not have correspondents based at New York Headquarters, including through providing information on what representatives of various nations said in UN debates. He added that while the UN was to a large degree dependant on the Headquarters-based major media organizations to communicate UN news to the world, the Department was doing its best to get the information out. “What this service does is add value to what is already being done by others,” he said. As part of its “portal” function, the site offers easy access to Web pages of key UN newsmakers, including Secretary-General Kofi Annan, his envoys and spokesman, as well as UN peacekeeping operations and various UN agencies and programmes. There are also links to press releases, transcripts of press briefings at UN Headquarters and a wide range of multimedia products and services, including photos and programmes produced by UN Radio and Television. read more

Sierra Leone children enjoy remarkable progress since end of war UN envoy

“The most striking impression of my visit to Sierra Leone is the remarkable transformation which has taken place in the country, in barely the space of a year-and-a-half since the ending of conflict,” the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu, told the press at UN Headquarters in New York.He said the change was evident in the peace and security enjoyed throughout the country, the displaced persons returning to their homes, free and fair elections and the resurgence of commerce in various parts of the country among other things.Mr. Otunnu had been in Sierra Leone from 22 to 28 February to assess the impact of the country’s decade-long conflict on children and progress made since the end of the war. During his visit, the Special Representative met with President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, government officials and senior staff of the UN peacekeeping mission.Compared to his previous visits to Sierra Leone, Mr. Otunnu said many children were in smart uniforms attending school, and were better fed and clothed. To ensure that the gains made were consolidated and sustained, he urged the international community not to shift their attention from Sierra Leone.”It would be very unfortunate if precisely at a time when one is beginning to see tangible results, and when Sierra Leone is well-poised to really now consolidate on the peace and make this project sustainable, if the international community at this moment abandons Sierra Leone and the children of Sierra Leone,” he said. read more

Shell Canadas oilsands carbon capture storage project conditionally approved

EDMONTON – Regulators have conditionally approval the first proposal to pump greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta’s oilsands deep into the ground.The $1.35-billion Shell Canada Quest carbon capture project calls for the permanent storage of up to 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from its Scotford upgrader.Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board says it is in the public interest for the project, northeast of Edmonton, to go ahead.“Shell is delighted with the ERCB’s decision to recommend approval,” John Abbott, Shell’s vice-president of heavy oil, said in a release Wednesday.“This is a really important milestone for the project and takes us one step closer to implementing the first carbon capture project for an oilsands operation.”But Abbott also said Shell must review the economics of the project with its partners, Chevron Canada and Marathon Oil, before deciding later this year if it will proceed.Quest includes $745 million from the Alberta government over 15 years and $120 million from Ottawa’s Clean Energy fund.The plan is to pipe liquefied carbon dioxide to injection wells north of the upgrader and store it more than two kilometres underground starting in 2015.Shell says the liquefied gas would be permanently and safely secured under multiple layers of rock and mineral formations.The idea is to hive off the CO2 so it doesn’t enter the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.The Alberta government announced in 2008 that it would establish a $2-billion fund to promote carbon capture and storage technology and show the world that the province is serious about reducing greenhouse gases from the oilsands and its coal-fired power plants.The province said its goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by five million tonnes per year by 2015.The energy board has imposed 23 conditions on Shell’s Quest plan before work can begin and the project must still be reviewed by Alberta’s Environment Department.The board says the underground reservoir Shell wants to use is a suitable location for the long-term storage of carbon dioxide “and the combination of geological conditions, engineering design, operational practices and extensive monitoring program mitigate any potential risks the project might pose.”The federal government, including Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency, said the Quest project “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”Shell’s caveat about reviewing the economics of Quest follow an announcement in April by TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA) that it was pulling out of the separate $1.4 billion Project Pioneer carbon capture project because of financial concerns.At the time, TransAlta CEO Dawn Farrell said initial studies showed the technology works and that the capital costs were acceptable, but there were not enough customers to buy the CO2 generated from coal fired power plants and the price was not good enough.The company wanted to sell some of the captured carbon dioxide to nearby energy producers, who would inject the gas into their fields as a means to get more oil out of the ground. The emissions would have been prevented from entering the atmosphere.Project Pioneer, which would have been connected to the Keephills 3 coal plant west of Edmonton, was to receive $779 million in backing from Ottawa and Edmonton.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) and Capital Power Corp. (TSX:CPX) were the other companies involved in the initiative. by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2012 6:39 pm MDT Shell Canada’s oilsands carbon capture storage project conditionally approved AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN deputy aid chief urges support for millions in southern Africa hit

“In Anjampaly, Southern Madagascar, people are carting water from muddy puddles on the dirt road, a water source shared with animals,” said Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang. “This is an alarming health issue: clean water is essential to combat the high rates of malnutrition,” she stressed. After attending and co-chairing a 14 July international conference in London on responses to the impacts of El Niño in southern Africa, she visited Malawi and Madagascar from 16 to 22 July to see the situation first-hand. Ms. Kang met with representatives of the affected communities in both countries and discussed with Government authorities ways of boosting support to national efforts. She also met with donors as well as humanitarian partners. El Niño is the term used to describe the warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific that occurs, on average, every three to seven years. It raises sea surface temperatures and impacts weather systems around the globe so that some places receive more rain while others receive none at all, often in a reversal of their usual weather pattern. El Niño, and its counterpart La Niña, which is characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, occur cyclically, in recent years, mainly due to the effects of global climate change. Extreme weather events associated with these phenomena – such as droughts and floods – have increased in frequency and severity. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), El Niño-related conditions have compounded existing vulnerabilities, resulting in severe food shortages across southern Africa. Agricultural production has been crippled, and almost half a million drought-related livestock deaths have been reported while water sources and reservoirs are severely depleted. Besides Malawi and Madagascar, the most severely affected countries include Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Nearly 40 million people are food insecure in the region, including some 23 million who require urgent humanitarian assistance. About 2.7 million children face severe acute malnutrition, with the figure expected to spike significantly, if immediate assistance is not received. Food insecurity is expected to peak during the October 2016 to March 2017 lean season. In the Grand Sud region of Madagascar, a region wholly bypassed by development investment and caught up in chronic extreme poverty, 1.14 million people are food insecure, among whom 665,000 are in need of urgent assistance. Stunting rates for under-fives are 47 per cent in the country overall: the highest in southern Africa. In Malawi, a state of national disaster was declared in April, with 6.5 million people – nearly 40 per cent of Malawi’s population – unable to get enough food by the end of this year. The scale of the drought is stretching national coping capacities. Hard-won development gains and even minimum coping mechanisms hang in the balance. In Malawi, Ms. Kang spoke to a mother of four who told her about the nutrition challenges she and her family are facing, and in Madagascar, she also talked to a grandmother who had lost her son and three grandchildren to starvation earlier this year and is now caring for the remaining family. In both countries, she witnessed well-coordinated and much appreciated relief efforts by UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, but they need urgently more resources to step up their efforts. “I appeal to governments and donors to give generously right now, so that we can provide life-saving assistance, alleviate suffering and prepare for the effects of La Niña,” Ms. Kang said. read more

Body of British student missing for 11 years found at bottom of

first_imgThe well where the remains of a body have been discovered in Malia, Crete Police forensics officers by the outhouse where the well is locatedCredit: Kostas Metaxakis/Athena Pictures Police forensics officers by the outhouse where the well is located Human remains found in a well in Crete belong to a British student who went missing more than 11 years ago, police have confirmed.Steve Cook, 20, disappeared while holidaying in Malia with school friends in the Greek resort in September 2005.The Liverpool FC fan, originally from Sandbach, Cheshire, was last seen in a bar asking for directions to his hotel but he walked off in the wrong direction. “The remains were removed from the site and taken to a nearby hospital for further forensic examination. Tests have been carried out and we have now received confirmation from the Greek authorities that the remains belong to Steven Cook, who went missing on 1st September 2005 during a holiday to the island.”Steven’s family have been kept fully updated on the developments and are currently being supported by Cheshire officers. They have been provided with support since Steven first went missing and this will continue over the coming weeks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The well where the remains of a body have been discovered in Malia, CreteCredit:Kostas Metaxakis/Athena Picturescenter_img Steven Cook: Human remains found in a well in Crete are those of the British holidaymaker who went missing more than a decade ago, police have confirmedCredit:PA Steven Cook in his Liverpool FC kit “This is understandably an extremely upsetting and distressing time for the Cook family. Steven’s relatives are very appreciative of all the support the media and the public have given them over the years in their quest to find him but they have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time as they are trying to come to terms with the news.”DI McIntyre added that his priority was to ensure Steven’s remains were flown home to the UK as soon as possible and officers involved in the case will continue to liaise with the Greek authorities, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Steven’s family moving forward. His family had hoped he might still be alive but on Friday Cheshire Constabulary said they it received confirmation from Greek authorities that his remains had been found.Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre said: “On Thursday 16th February Cheshire Constabulary was made aware of the discovery of human remains in a well in Malia, Crete.”Since then, officers have been in close liaison with the Greek authorities and have been awaiting further information. Speaking in March 2015, Steve’s sister-in-law Liz spoke about the family’s hopes that he might still be alive after they’d offered 7,000 euros reward for anyone who finds him.”We don’t think he’s outside Greece because he left his passport in the room,” she said.”It’s unlikely he’s not in Greece but he might be on one of the islands.”It’s a complete mystery, people don’t just disappear.”last_img read more

Grippe A le coût de la campagne de vaccination revu à la

first_imgGrippe A : le coût de la campagne de vaccination revu à la baisseFrance – Le coût de la campagne de vaccination contre la grippe A a été réévalué : Roselyne Bachelot a annoncé qu’il était estimé “entre 490 et 510 millions d’euros”, au lieu des 670 millions d’euros dont les dernières estimations du gouvernement faisaient état. La ministre de la Santé a annoncé dimanche que la campagne de vaccination contre la grippe A avait coûté “entre 490 et 510 millions d’euros” à l’État, dont 420 millions au ministère de la Santé.Ce coût inclut également les 48 millions d’euros de crédit payés aux laboratoires pharmaceutiques. Il s’abaisse à 420 millions d’euros si l’on exclut les vaccins donnés à des associations humanitaires. Roselyne Bachelot a expliqué que les laboratoires pharmaceutiques n’avaient reçu que 16% du prix réel des vaccins dont la commande a été annulée. Cette déclaration infirme les données de certains politiques, comme le président de la commission d’enquête du Sénat, qui avaient évalué le coût de la campagne de vaccination à 2,2 milliards d’euros. Le 7 juin 2010 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Blind Man Charged With Murdering Infant Son

first_imgA man has been charged in the death of his 5-month-old son according to Baltimore Police.Perry Nelson-JohnsonPerry Nelson-Johnson, 31, of the 1600 block of North Smallwood Street has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder, 1st and 2nd degree assault, 1st degree child abuse resulting in death, and various other charges.According to police, on June 9th at 4:00 a.m. medics responded to a call in the 1600 block of North Smallwood Street for an unconscious baby.Johnson, the child’s father, initially told the police the baby rolled off of the bed and hit its head. Johnson and the mother of the infant also told police that the baby appeared to be fine until they called for a medic.The baby boy, identified as 5-month-old Emmanuel Johnson, was transported to shock trauma where he was pronounced dead.According to Baltimore Police Chief Spokesman T.J. Smith, the infant appeared to have old and new wounds over the surface of its body. An autopsy revealed the baby suffered severe head trauma.According to police, the child’s injuries and evidence at the scene weren’t consistent with his parents story of a fall. The case was ruled a homicide due to multiple blunt force traumas to the head.Johnson, who is partially blind, uses a guide stick, which police suspect may have been used as a weapon.Johnson turned himself into Baltimore Police June 13.It has not been determined if the boy’s mother will face charges and she has not currently been taken into custody.In addition to the death of 5-month-old Emmanuel, Baltimore City endured a rash of violence this past weekend.The weekend ended with 12 shootings and continued through Tuesday with five separate shootings and six fatalities bringing Baltimore’s homicide rate for the year to 159 as of June 14.Tuesday afternoon, Commissioner Kevin Davis held a press conference to announce Baltimore Police officers will be on 12-hour shifts to combat the violence effective immediately.The initiative is a week long effort that will require patrol officers to work 12 hours instead of their usual 10 hour shifts.“Every sworn officer in the department, who is capable, will be on the street,” said Davis.“There will be a visible, overt presence”Davis called the latest violence “unconscionable” and said he’s just as “pissed off” as those in the community.Less than an hour after his announcement to augment police patrols, city officers were called to the 3300 block of Ayrdale Avenue, a neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore, where four males, were wounded in a shooting.The males were 19, 20, 23, and 55.According to police there was so many shell casings, officers ran out of evidence markers and had to use trash to mark them all.“Were just as angry and frustrated and ticked off about it as anyone else watching and I expect people to be upset,” stated Davis.“I expect people to want a better Baltimore, to want a sense of peace and tranquility that when they leave their home, or go to their car, or go to the store, or go to work, or walk in the neighborhood, that they don’t have to put up with this crap.”According to Davis, the ongoing violence stems from “petty” street disputes and retaliation from gangs such as the Black Guerrilla Family and the Bloods.“These younger gang members are vicious killers who don’t give a damn about adhering to any pre-existing code of conduct that existed in their criminal enterprises,” according to Davis.Davis said gun offenders in Baltimore, “do not fear an arrest, they do not fear a successful prosecution, and, quite frankly, they don’t even fear a damn guilty verdict.”last_img read more