BCCI drops Gavaskar from IPL governing council

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday dropped Sunil Gavaskar from the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council.The decision was made public at the BCCI annual general meeting (AGM) being held in Mumbai. Five members, including two former cricketers, have been appointed in the reconstituted IPL governing council by the AGM.These former cricketers — Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Ravi Shastri — were retained in the reconstituted governing council.All the principal office bearers of the BCCI will be the ex-officio members of IPL governing council.last_img

Skeletal spine

first_imgThe spine is divided into several sections. The cervical vertebrae make up the neck. The thoracic vertebrae comprise the chest section and have ribs attached. The lumbar vertebrae are the remaining vertebrae below the last thoracic bone and the top of the sacrum. The sacral vertebrae are caged within the bones of the pelvis, and the coccyx represents the terminal vertebrae or vestigial tail.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img

Ana Ivanovic not to represent Serbia

first_imgSerbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic has decided not to play for her national team, Serbian media reported on Tuesday.Ivanovic informed the Tennis Federation of Serbia about her decision, while the federation tried unsuccessfully to dissuade her, according to TV channel B92, reports Efe.Serbian team coach Tatjana Jecmenica expressed regret about the decision, acknowledging that the national team “is much stronger” with Ivanovic’s presence.The coach noted that she will respect the world No.19’s decision, without giving further details.Ivanovic, who is one of the best current players in the Serbian national team, has played 29 games for Serbia with 20 victories.The Serbian’s best result with her national team was in the Federation Cup in 2012, when Serbia lost the final against the Czech Republic.last_img read more

PM Narendra Modi explains the relevance of communication at National Youth Parliament Festival Awards 2019

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi conferred the National Youth Parliament Festival Awards 2019 and distributed certificates to the winners on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Based on the theme of ‘Be the Voice of New India and Find solutions and Contribute to Policy’, the festival was organised by National Service Scheme and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan under the aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. PM Modi also launched a Khelo India App to make sports easy for children. More than 50 thousand youth participated in the event.Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports and Information and Broadcasting Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd) said that the Prime Minister had inspired to hold the Youth Parliament, and has provided full support for the promotion of sports in the country.List of winners: The winners from the national level competition, include:Shweta Umre from Maharshtra is at first positionAnjanakshi M S from Karnataka is at second positionMamta Kumari from Bihar is at third position.PM @narendramodi gives away National Youth Parliament Festival, 2019 Awards to the winners in New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/v9RPTnON2uPIB India (@PIB_India) February 27, 2019A proud moment for us all at SSRVM, as our student Anjanakshi M.S. from Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science & Research (@SSCASRHOfficial) received 2nd prize at the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 Awards from Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi.#EducationMatters #KnowYourSSRVM pic.twitter.com/pj2d4WPJZuSri Sri Educational Institutions (SSRVM) (@ssrvm) February 27, 2019Khelo India AppLaunched by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, the app motivates young players to gather information about various games. The app is designed for schools and students.advertisementPM @narendramodi launches #KheloIndia Mobile App at the #NationalYouthParliamentFestival, 2019 in New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/zA7fwYV61mPIB India (@PIB_India) February 27, 2019It answers basic questions about sports, such as:How to playWhere to playHow to stay fitMotivating messages by PM ModiCongratulating the participants and winners of the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019, Prime Minister appreciated their energy and devotion.He said that the festival represents the image of a new IndiaHe asked the youth to connect with the vision of new IndiaHe added that the youth of the country should be prepared to play a bigger role in the development of the nation and society.Why PM Modi emphasised on communications:The Prime Minister urged the youth of the country to develop better communication skills for the betterment of society.He said that the words one speak may or may not be impressive but it should definitely be inspiring.He asked the youth of the nation to take up various issues and debate on it.Young people have the advantage of freshness and new ideas, enabling them to face new challenges more effectively, PM Modi said.Future ParliamentariansPrime Minister expressed hope that the National Youth Parliament Festival platform would provide direction and shape to the energy of the youth and a better dialogue process. He said that such events would aid those aspiring to become Parliamentarians.#KheloIndia Mobile App Lanched by hon’ble PM @narendramodiFind out #HowToPlay a sport,#WhereToPlay it & check your fitness levels.Feed the fitness scores of your child to find out a #champion in the making around you. https://t.co/j4uNxwSAI0 #ChampionsDhundhein @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/Wo6pRy5tpNKhelo India (@kheloindia) February 27, 2019National Youth Parliament selection:The organisation invites from 18 to 25 years of age.Youth parliaments are set up at the district and state level.The participants for District Youth Parliament, (DYP) were selected through two screening processes i.e. digital and walk-in screenings in nodal Institution in 471 designated districts across the country from January 24 to 28.The best three speakers selected by a Jury from each District Youth Parliament participated at the State Youth Parliament (SYP).Two best speakers selected from each SYP participated as speakers in the National Youth Parliament (NYP).As many as 28 State Youth Parliaments were held across the country from February 5 to 7 to select 56 final contestants for NYP.last_img read more

ESPN Ranks College Football’s No. 1 Non-Conference Game For 2019

first_imgGeorgia's football team running onto the field.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 12: The Georgia Bulldogs enter the field to face the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)College football takes a hiatus for the next eight-and-a-half months, leaving us to fantasize about what excitement lies ahead next fall. Once again, we have a number of major non-conference matchups early in the season.ESPN’s Andrea Adelson ranked her top non-conference games in 2019. Some of these games will shape the College Football Playoff race, even though they are in the first few weeks of the campaign.Adelson chose Georgia-Notre Dame at No. 1. This will be the second time these two teams have met recently, with Georgia having beaten ND in South Bend in 2017.The Bulldogs host the Fighting Irish on Sept. 21, and there will be more than just a game at stake, as Adelson notes.Let’s be real. The trash-talk coming from Georgia players via Twitter as they watched Notre Dame get trucked by Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal makes this Week 4 matchup between the Irish and Bulldogs must-see TV. And considering both teams should be in the top 5 and playoff contenders again at that point, this one is already circled 50 times on the calendar, though it’s eight months out. This will be Notre Dame’s first trip to Athens, Georgia, and a return game after the two played in South Bend in 2017 (Georgia won 20-19). It will be hard to ignore the playoff implications in this one, especially considering the Irish must once again — in all likelihood — be perfect to have any shot at the top four.A 12-0 regular season in 2019 would be a major accomplishment for Notre Dame, considering the Irish have to play at Georgia, at Michigan and at Stanford. As for the Bulldogs, they can ill afford to lose a non-conference game before the SEC gauntlet kicks in.In addition to its usual SEC East slate, Georgia has to travel to Auburn and play a tough Texas A&M team in conference crossover action.If both of these teams are undefeated going into Week 4, the atmosphere for this one should be incredible.last_img read more

India vs South Africa 3rd T20 Live Streaming: When and where to watch live telecast

first_imgIndia vs South Africa 3rd T20 Live Streaming: When and where to watch live telecastIndia vs South Africa (Ind vs SA) 3rd T20 Live Streaming, telecast on: After a commanding performance in Mohali, Team India will aim to seal the three-match series when they enter the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium for the third and final T20I against South Africa on Sunday.advertisement India Today Web Desk BengaluruSeptember 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 11:49 IST India vs South Africa 3rd T20 Live Streaming (AP Photo)South Africa were expected to have a tough time in India in the ongoing T20I series and deputy Rassie van der Dussen has said that they are looking to learn with every outing against one of the best teams in the world.Speaking to the media on the eve of the game, Rassie also spoke about how the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are champions and it is a challenge for the South Africans to take them on.”Those guys are world-class players and probably the best T20 batters. Virat and Rohit are leading runs scorers and it’s a great challenge for us,” he said.Rassie said that while the team knew that it would be tough taking on the Men in Blue, a washout in the first game didn’t help matters as they now must win the third T20I to level the series.”We came here we knew it’s gonna be tough. India obviously is one of the strongest teams in the world and we are embracing that challenge. Unfortunately, the first game was washed due to rain. But we have got one more chance to level the series,” he said.While the Indians have also looked to give young players a chance – with an eye on the World T20 – Rassie feels that the host bowlers have done a good job and even though they haven’t played international cricket, plying their trade in the IPL has helped them learn.”Credit must go to the way India bowlers bowled in the final overs. We didn’t capitalise and fell 10-15 runs short, 165 would have been a nice score,” Rassie said. “They are inexperienced in terms of international cricket but we do know they have played T20 cricket, especially in their own conditions.”advertisementWhen is the India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match?The India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match will be played on September 22, 2019 (Sunday).Where will the India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match be played?The India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.What time does the India vs South Africa 3rd T20I begin?The India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match will start at 07:00 PM IST.Which TV channels will broadcast the India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match live?The India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. The match will be aired live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi commentary.How do I watch live streaming of the India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match?The live streaming of the India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match will be available on Hotstar. You can also catch the live updates on https://www.indiatoday.in/sports.Also Read | India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: India eye series win in Virat Kohli’s happy hunting groundAlso Read | Team India and coaching staff’s daily allowance on away tours doubledAlso Read | Communication is very important when batting with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli: Shikhar DhawanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs South Africa live streamingFollow live streaming of ind vs sa Nextlast_img read more

Centralised Treasury Management System takes effect April 1

first_imgFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says effective April 1, 2013, overall management of public sector finances will be undertaken through the newly instituted Central Treasury Management System (CTMS). The CTMS is a critical component of the Government’s Economic Reform Programme (GERP), which will be used to effect the management of: cash; Government’s bank accounts; financial planning and forecasting of cash flows; public debt management; administration of foreign grants and counterpart funds from international lending and donor agencies; and financial assets management.   Speaking at a recent Kingston Rotary Club luncheon, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Dr. Phillips informed that work on the CTMS, “which has been underway for a long time” has been completed and “is now in operation, albeit for only a section of government operations”. “By the 1st of April 2013, the entire public sector, Central Government and the agencies, will operate on the basis of a Central Treasury Management System with a Central Treasury Account being operated out of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ)…rather than borrowing our own money from the private commercial banks, because of the amounts being held in deposit there,” he outlined. This, he explained, should result in savings to the Consolidated Fund of “hundreds of millions of dollars”, and is a “critical element of any move towards increased efficiency in financial management within the public sector”.  The CTMS has already been implemented in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, one of four Ministries and Agencies earmarked for pilot projects. The others are: the Ministries of: Education; and Transport, Works and Housing; and the Accountant General’s Department. Meanwhile, Dr. Phillips informed that a basic study being undertaken on tax waivers and concessions is in the “final stages” of completion by consultants contracted to undertake the exercise, with support provided by the Inter-American Development (IDB).  “We are now moving to the stage where a new…Omnibus Legislation…and a new policy on waivers on incentives, will be settled,” the Finance Minister said.last_img read more

COSCO Vessel Sets Sail to Make History in Panama

first_imgzoom The Neopanamax container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama has set sail from the Greek Port of Piraeus on its way to Panama where it will make the inaugural transit of the Expanded Panama Canal on June 26, after a 14-day journey.Constructed and launched in January 2016, Cosco Shipping Panama is 299.98 meters in length and 48.25 meters in beam, and has a maximum container carrying capacity of 9,472 TEUs.Originally named Andronikos, the vessel was renamed by China COSCO Shipping as it was selected during a draw for the inaugural transit through the expanded waterway.During the inauguration, COSCO Shipping Panama, which was built in Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd, will transit Agua Clara Locks on the Atlantic side during the early morning and Cocoli Locks in the afternoon.The regular schedule of transits through the Expanded Panama Canal is expected to follow the next day, June 27.The Panama Canal began accepting transit bookings for Neopanamax vessels for commercial transits through the Expanded Canal on April 18, 2016. The canal will offer four additional slots per day for Neopanamax vessels, in addition to the existing 25 slots for the existing canal.The first commercial transit reservation was granted to a 230-meter long liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker Linden Pride of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line).On June 9, the Panama Canal’s contracted vessel, the 2011-built Neopanamax dry bulk carrier MN Baroque, started testing the new Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks as a part of a series of training events scheduled to take place before the canal’s inauguration.The 114,248 dwt vessel was hired to perform multiple lockages through the expanded locks for testing and training purposes for 30 days.last_img read more

Jackie Chan to voice elderly cat in Canadian animated film Once Upon

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Producers say Chan will voice an elderly cat.The story follows a tiger, rat and dragon — representing strength, smarts and courage — as the trio sets out to solve mysteries.Toonbox Entertainment is Toronto-based while GAMA Entertainment is in Los Angeles.Chan’s previous voice work includes in “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” and the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise. Action film star Jackie Chan, shown in a handout photo, has signed on as an executive producer for the upcoming Canadian animated film “Once Upon a Zodiac.” Handout / THE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Action film star Jackie Chan has signed on as an executive producer for the upcoming Canadian animated film “Once Upon a Zodiac.”Toonbox Entertainment and GAMA Entertainment say the “Rush Hour” star will also lend his voice to the film, which is currently in production in Toronto.The film features a mystical, wondrous world populated with the animals of the zodiac. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Yukon First Nation celebrates 20 years of self government

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsA Yukon First Nation is celebrating 20 years of self-government at this year’s bi-annual Moosehide Gathering.It’s one of the territory’s largest cultural celebrations and is held just down river from Dawson City.smclean@aptn.ca@shirlmcleanlast_img

New Tory government in New Brunswick dramatically scales back capital spending

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative government has tabled a $600-million capital budget that dramatically turns away from the big spending of the previous Liberal government.Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says hard decisions are needed now about what government can afford if the province is to return to balanced budgets by 2020 or sooner.The previous Liberal government tabled an $815.3 million capital budget last year, and had projected to spend $865.6 million for the coming year.The Tories have released a five-year plan that would see capital spending at roughly $600 million each year.Steeves says the plan will focus on maintaining roads, bridges and buildings.The biggest spending in 2019-2020 is $321 million to maintain transportation infrastructure, while almost $124 million goes to health care infrastructure, and $60.2 million in school infrastructure — including new elementary schools in Hanwell and Moncton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chintels Group launches phase II of Chintels Serenity

first_imgAfter the successful completion of Chintels Serenity Phase I, Chintels Group, one of the fastest growing Real Estate developers in Delhi and NCR region, recently announced the launch of its second chapter –Chintels Serenity Phase II in Sector 109, Chintels Metropolis on Dwarka Expressway Gurugram. Redefining the concept of luxury and harmony, Chintels Serenity Phase II consists of 6 high-rise towers having a total of 324 apartments. The project consists of three and four bedroom apartments across five categories, in the range of 1590, 1955, 2100, 2375 and 2925 sq ft respectively. The construction of the project has begun in October 2018 and the expected time of delivery of the project is December 31 2023. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHaving total saleable area of 4,85,660 square feet, Chintels Serenity Phase II will consist of 6 High-rise towers. One of the unique attributes of this project is the low density of the project with just 324 apartments spread across six towers out of which three towers will have four apartments per floor and rest three towers will have only two apartments per floor. The design, which has been conceptualised by Design Forum India, is a mix of contemporary architecture, cutting-edge design, state of art security and innovative use of spaces and elements to create a landscape harmonious with nature. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardUnveiling on the project, Prashant Solomon, Managing Director, Chintels India Ltd and Treasurer, CREDAI NCR said, “Chintels Serenity (Phase I & II) is a luxurious 9,49,660 square foot high-rise complex which consists of 444 apartments in 9.75 acres in the heart of New Gurgaon. We are extremely excited and proud to launch Phase II which aims at providing the best quality in real estate at best locations in Delhi NCR. We have worked hard on product design and customised financial plans to make home-ownership a dream come true for a new segment of customers. Despite the delays in the construction of Dwarka Expressway, the area has becoming immensely popular and witnessing incremental demand over the years.” Chintels Serenity Phase II is part of Chintels Metropolis, a self-sustained area development by Chintels, which will provide quality housing and living environment spread across 3 premium sectors of Gurgaon.last_img read more

ISIS Member Arrested in Tangier Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Casablanca — A Chad national who was arrested in May for leading a ISIS terrorist cell in Tangier has now been sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Salé court on terrorist charges, reports Telquel. The charges more specifically condemned man’s “establishment of a criminal gang for the purpose of preparing and committing terrorist acts as part of a collective project aimed at seriously undermining public order through intimidation, terror and violence.”The king’s vice prosecutor had initially required 30 years in prison for the ISISleader due to the gravity of his actions but the defense managed to bring that number down to 20 by arguing that the defendant suffering extenuating circumstances, Telquel reports.  The 33-year-old Chad national had arrived to Morocco on May 4, 2016 visa the Casablanca and planned on forming a terrorist cell on behalf of ISIS in various Moroccan touristic locations but was arrested on May 13 by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ). Medi1 TV had broadcast a news story on the man’s arrest. read more

Mohammed Ziane Zafzafi Rejects Claims of Separatism and Reception of Foreign

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Mohammed Ziane, lawyer of leading Rif activist Nasser Zafzafi, has said that his client has refuted the government’s claims that the protests in Al Hoceima are motivated by “separatism” and foreign funding.Zafzafi was arrested on May 29 along with 20 others on charges of “obstructing freedom of worship” and “undermining the security of the state.” An arrest order had been issued against Zafzafi three days earlier following his interruption of a prayer sermon inside the Mohammed V mosque in Al Hoceima. The investigating judge of Casablanca’s Court of Appeal ordered Zafzafi and six of the 20 detainees to be placed in Casablanca’s Oukacha prison.Zafzafi, through his lawyer, stressed  on Monday that the Al Hoceima protests’s objective is to urge the government to respond to protesters’ economic and social demands.On Monday, Nabil Ahmjik, another prominent activist in the Al Hoceima protests, was also arrested and transferred to the headquarters of the National Judicial Police in Casablanca for investigation. He was later referred to the general prosecutor following the completion of his custody.Zafzafi and other detainees will be tried on several charges, including illegal gathering, threat to the internal safety of the Moroccan state, and attempt to smuggle a wanted person abroad.Seven months of protests have followed the death in October of Mouhcine Fikri, a fishmonger who was fatally crushed in a garbage truck trash compactor while attempting to retrieve his merchandise which had been confiscated and thrown away by authorities. read more

Action sought to end teenage pregnancy in Sri Lanka

Attending the joint letter presentation, Paula Bulancea, UNICEF Representative a.i. in Sri Lanka commented: According to UNICEF’s Child Marriage Baseline Estimate 2015, there are over 20,780 girls aged between 12 to 17 years in Sri Lanka who are married or in cohabiting relationships before they reach adulthood.  Also, according to the Family Health Bureau, 5.3 per cent of all registered pregnancies are teenage pregnancies. In Sri Lanka, current socio-cultural practices and legal, economic and social security-related factors, are the leading causes of child marriage and teenage pregnancies. To mark International Day of the Girl Child 2016, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) presented a unique joint letter, signed by over 50 UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, leading medical practitioners, academics and partners, highlighting the issues of child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Sri Lanka, and calling on the Government to continue its actions to address this vital issue. The letter also offers the full support of all named signatories.The joint letter was presented to the Minister of Women and Child Affairs Chandrani Bandara by Dayania, a 21 year old advocate from the Province of Uva, an area with a number of instances of child marriage. Dayani was accompanied by Paula Bulancea, UNICEF Representative a.i. in Sri Lanka and Alain Sibenaler, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The letter highlighted that while Sri Lanka has made substantial progress, some Sri Lankan girls are still being deprived of a carefree childhood and the opportunity to realize their full potential as a result of child marriage and teenage pregnancy. “Child marriage not only violates the human rights of girls, it has a real negative effect on their futures, impacting their education, their health and the economic and social prospects of themselves, their children and their communities.In the week of International Day of the Girl Child, we are acknowledging the real progress Sri Lanka has made, but also asking the government to continue this strong work, for the benefit of all Sri Lankan girls”Speaking at the joint letter presentation, Alain Sibenaler, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka added: “With continued action by the government, and with the support of the United Nations, our partners and civil society here in Sri Lanka, we can achieve a key objective of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is to ‘eliminate all harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage’,  and ultimately a Sri Lanka where all girls can have a childhood free from discrimination and violence, and a future of opportunity and choice.” Over 50 signatories to the letter offered support to the Government of Sri Lanka in prioritizing three actions, specifically that:The national legal framework be fully brought in line with the requirements of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) regarding the age of marriage, and that these laws are fully enforced to ensure the rights of girls across the nation;The root causes of child marriage and teenage pregnancy be addressed, and alternative social, economic and civic opportunities for girls and their families be created;The strengthening of support services, and the enhancement of advocacy to ensure increased awareness among girls, their families and communities on the effects of child marriage and teenage pregnancy on sexual and reproductive health.(Colombo Gazette) read more

Cyprus Annan and Papadopoulos meet on strategies toward reunification

“They agreed that the resumption of the negotiating process, within the framework of the Secretary-General’s Good Offices, must be timely and based on careful preparation,” a UN spokesperson said today.The spokesperson said that they also agreed to continue their dialogue in order to accelerate the search for a fair solution to the problem, and Mr. Annan noted that he had received assurances from the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mehmet Ali Talat, that he shared the same aspirations.In January, in Davos, Switzerland, Mr. Annan met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to review the latter’s proposal for ending the long stalemate.The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been operating since 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and one of its roles is to monitor ceasefire lines that extend some 180 kilometres across the island.In December, the Security Council extended UNFICYP’s mandate until the middle of June, following Mr. Annan’s report on the country that noted the situation in Cyprus was calm but “progress toward a political solution remains negligible at best.”Official contacts between the two parties have not resumed since the April 2004 referendum on a comprehensive settlement plan failed. About 65 per cent of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan, while 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against it. read more

Daughter of Stourbridge murder victims lays flowers at scene as she confirms

first_imgThe statement from Lydia read: “Our family are devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce. They were extremely loved by all of their family and friends.”Pierce was a fun-loving, friendly and happy boy, who loved computer games and made everyone smile.”Tracey was loving, caring and a wonderful mother and daughter. Always putting others before herself.”The family did not provide refuge for homeless people and Aaron Barley had never lived at the family home but had been assisted by the family in the past 12 months.”We would like to express our gratitude to the emergency services, and to thank hospital staff for their excellent care. “We would appreciate privacy and respect during this distressing time.”Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at her home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, after suffering stab injuries, while her son died after being taken to hospital. Flower tributes outside the Wilkinson's family home in Stourbridge, West Midlands Lydia Wilkinson was comforted by her boyfriend and his parents as she read dozens of message cards on floral tributes left by friends of her mother Tracey and brother Pierce. Flower tributes outside the Wilkinson’s family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA A student whose mother and 13-year-old brother died after being stabbed at their family home has visited the scene to lay flowers in their memory. Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at her home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, after suffering stab injuries, while her son Pierce was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Her husband Peter, 47, remains in a critical but stable condition after being found with stab wounds in his back garden.They were found injured when emergency services attended their home at about 8am on Thursday. Shocked locals described the family as “Good Samaritans with hearts of gold”.  The 18-year-old, a student at Bristol University, crouched down as she looked at flowers laid on the pavement and against walls on both sides of a police tent which remains outside her home in Stourbridge, West Midlands.After her visit on Sunday morning, Lydia issued a statement paying tribute to Tracey and Pierce. Colin Elcock, a local Tory councillor, told how they had taken in a young man since Christmas and had proudly claimed he was making great progress.The ward councillor said: “They took in a homeless person who was a local and Peter found him a job at his company.”Tracey certainly looked after him with food and that kind of thing and Peter was very pleased to say they were helping him become a member of society again.”We’re hoping that Peter will of course pull through.”Another local claimed they had made the gesture after spotting a young man begging.He said: “They were a very charitable couple, they were Good Samaritans and Tracey had a heart of gold.”It doesn’t surprise me at all that they would open up their home to somebody in need and provide them with a roof over their head. It was just in their nature. They were just so kind.” They were found injured when emergency services attended their home at about 8am on Thursday.Barley, of no fixed address, is accused of the murders of Pierce and Mrs Wilkinson, and the attempted murder of her husband Peter.The 23-year-old was not asked to enter pleas when he appeared before magistrates in Birmingham on Saturday. He is due to appear at the city’s Crown Court on Monday. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Our family are devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce. They were extremely loved by all of their family and friendsLydia Wilkinson Aaron Barley, 23, is due before Birmingham magistrates court tomorrow charged with the murders of Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and her 13-year-old son Piercecenter_img Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West Midlands It confirmed that the man accused of their murders, Aaron Barley, had been helped by the family in the past year.Barley, 23, had also been supported by a local church after falling on hard times.He was assisted into Birmingham Magistrates Court by three police officers in head gear and wore a sling around his right arm. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Piers Wilkinson (left) was found along with his mother Tracey in their house on Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, this morning. His father, 47-year-old Peter (right), is still in hospitalCredit:Caters News Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West Midlands Aaron Barley, 23, appeared before Birmingham magistrates court charged with the murders of Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and her 13-year-old son PierceCredit:BPM Media  Shocked locals described the family as good Samaritans  who had opened their home to a homeless person around Christmas.  Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West Midlands Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Piers Wilkinson was found along with his mother Tracey in their house on Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, this morning. His father, 47-year-old Peter, is still in hospital 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.last_img read more

Rainbow 6 Patriots footage teases a Modern Warfare twist

first_imgUbisoft Montreal has released six minutes of “target footage” for its upcoming shooter Rainbow Six: Patriots, showing that the vision for the 2013 release is much closer to Call of Duty than it is to the meticulously planned stealth of the franchise’s roots.In anticipation of the footage being leaked to the public following several leaks to the press, Ubisoft has chosen to “take the initiative” and release the footage to “start a conversation” with the community, according to creative director David Sears.The video is roughly 6 minutes of concept footage – it isn’t actual gameplay, but rather pre-rendered video designed to show what the final game aims to resemble. This is common practice in the games industry but it’s rarely seen in public, especially so early in production (Patriots is slated for a 2013 release).Viewers are treated to a first-person experience of being taken hostage by a terrorist organization called the True Patriots, and waking up with a bomb strapped to their chest. A gunfight sparks on Brooklyn Bridge, and from there the perspective changes to that of a Team Rainbow member. After sniping a few baddies from one of the bridge’s towers, our hero repels down and takes the fight to the street.Throughout combat, smart systems such as friend-or-foe detection and vision through walls or smoke are shown. When enemies appear on-screen through some opaque material, they show as Matrix-esque scrolls of ASCII characters.As fighters advance up the street, teammates provide cover for each other from opposite sides of the bridge and use different levels of the bridge to flank terrorists. In a hint of the game’s new narrative direction, as Sears teased to Game Informer magazine, the footage ends in the sort of blockbuster moment you’d expect from a Modern Warfare game.Rainbow 6: Patriots is due out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2013.Blake’s OpinionEven in concept form, the experience appears very much on rails, like the Call of Duty series. Given the franchise’s massive success, it’s hard to argue against that from a business standpoint.At this point, I think we’ve found the new cliche in FPS gaming: stopping terrorists in modern America. And since this seems to be the plan for R6 Patriots, I’m concerned about the franchise’s future.Previous Rainbow 6 games have left behind other features that made them unique. That series, and the Ghost Recon spinoff, lost their touches of stealth and most of their focus on cool James Bond-ish gadgets. When Rainbow Six Vegas came along, it at least helped make the cover system the action gaming must-have feature that it is today.What is Patriots bringing to the table that’s new?last_img read more

Nokia Atlas leaked as Lumia 810 heads to TMobile

first_imgThough the Lumia 920 is getting most of the attention (with the more humble 820 a close second), Nokia appears to have a bevy of Windows Phones ready for launch in the coming months. Twitter informant @evleaks has once again posted an image of an as-yet-unannounced device, and this time it’s reported to be the Nokia Atlas.No specs were given, so about all that’s known is that the Atlas might be a Verizon-specific version of another Nokia phone. Which one? Back in August, there was talk of the Nokia Arrow heading to both AT&T and T-Mobile. It was thought to be a mid-range device and may in fact turn out to be the Lumia 820. If that’s the case, the Atlas may ultimately be badged as the Lumia 822 — a name that was mentioned in a bit of leaked Verizon inventory information last month.If rumors aren’t your thing, here’s some Windows Phone news that’s more substantial: T-Mobile has announced that it will soon be offering the Lumia 810. It’s a middle-of-the-road phone, with a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display behind a slab of Gorilla Glass, has HSDPA support, and an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera. The 810 is a hair (almost literally at .1mm) thinner than the Lumia 820, but it’s more than 10% lighter.While the Lumia 810 doesn’t feature the bold, wrap-around tinting of the 820, you’ll still be able to pick up differently-colored backplates for it if you want to personalize the handset a bit. The 810 also offers a bit more endurance. Nokia has rated it for 10.2 hours of talk time, compared to just 7.5 hours on the 820.More at @evleaks and Windows Phone Bloglast_img read more

Jose Mourinho dedicates win to Ed Woodward

first_imgJose Mourinho dedicated Manchester United’s victory over Burnley to Ed Woodward after a protest was held against him prior to kick-off.The Red Devils earned a deserved but hard-fought win over Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Turf Moor through a first-half brace by Romelu Lukaku.A plane trailing the banner ‘Ed Woodward – A Specialist in Failure’ flew above Turf Moor before kick-off, after a summer of tension between Mourinho and the club’s executive vice-chairman.When asked for his response to the fans’ protest, Mourinho said: “You know, in the match, I am not looking to the sky – unless I am asking something for the guy to give me help. I didn’t see planes but Ed Woodward won this afternoon. He won 2-0.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think we start winning this match because of Old Trafford after Spurs,” he said. “We lose at home, if the fans react bad, the team loses confidence, the team feels pressure and the next match is more difficult.“We lost at home, the fans were amazing and understood the performance was good, the result was bad so it was not a sad week. I feel a bit sorry we didn’t score a couple of goals in front of them because it would be magic for them.”When it was put to Mourinho that United’s fans had explicitly chanted his name after a week of speculation about his job, he said: “The manager is not important, the team is important. The manager does not play.“I have miles and miles and miles on the touchline to cope with every different reaction from the crowd. I am really happy with the performance, the result and to give that good feeling to the fans. They are the biggest responsible for the week.”last_img read more