first_imgHe spoke of the emotion involved with pulling on the green and gold, the work ethic involved to get there, and the passion that Australians- both competitors and spectators have for sports such as Touch.Dean Russell inspired all with his speech during the Opening Ceremony of the National 18 Years and under Championships yesterday.Russell is the current General Manager of NSW Touch Association, but over the years he has played a much different role to this.With a total of 52 caps for Australia, he was a member of the Australian Mixed Open team between 1986 and 1993.And although he was taking the field in the green and gold when most participants at this tournament were youngsters, his words could not have been more relevant.He described the pride involved when watching a fellow Australian excel in the sporting arena.“No doubt we all gazed in adoration of Cathy Freeman as she sat motionless on the track after winning at the Sydney Olympics, or like me, were swearing at the TV as those Italians dived to rob the Socceroos of a World Cup dream or been screaming with the masses as Thorpie mowed down Gary Hall Jnr to snatch a thrilling victory in the 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay at Sydney,” he said. “All famous sporting moments that makes us proud.”But Russell believes that this feeling is nothing compared to actually taking to the field as a representative of your country, personally.“The first time you pull on the green and gold to represent your country in your chosen sport is a feeling that is unsurpassable and one that doesn’t change from the first time or your 52nd time,” he said.“That first moment is hard to describe but one you will never forget…it’s honour, it’s pride, it’s passion and it’s fear. “But most importantly it’s humility, realising that you are one of a very very few who have been given the privilege to represent Australia with only the one ask, that being to give it your all and to continue the legacy built up by those who have traveled this road before.”Russell is an experienced coach, having coached the Australian Senior Mixed Open team and being the Assistant Coach of both the Australian Mixed Open and Australian Women’s Open teams. He is the current coach of the Australian Women’s 20’s and it was this coaching knowledge that he drew upon when urging the players to strive for the top.He referred to English writer DH Lawrence who said ‘Australians play sport as though their lived depended on it.’“It is these ‘characteristics’ that we as coaches will be looking for in our future athletes,” he said.“So therein lies your challenge for this week, to show this character, not based on the fact to make the National squad but rather to help your own team.”He challenged the players to try that extra bit harder, and to lift when they’re down.“Over this week there are going to be times when things look bleak or times when someone is down, this will be your signal to try that little bit harder. “Don’t yield to the pressure or give up. Stick together on and off the field and keep you and your team going at the opposition at all times.  Dig deep and you’ll find strength, believe in yourself and find inspiration in each others efforts. Above all never ever give up.“Be there and get there to make the touch that has to be made, take that ruck that no one wants to take, go to half when you’re so tired your legs are screaming at you to stop and get off the field- make the effort, whatever it is. Slap your sub on the back ‘great work, keep going, we’ve got them’,” he said.These are the inspirational words that will be running through the heads of the players as they take the field this week. It might just help them score that touchdown, or make that touch.last_img read more

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 15:29 IST Sunil Chhetri is eager to start working with new coach Igor Stimac (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIgor Stimac was appointed as the head coach of the Indian national football teamSunil Chhetri said Stimac should be demanding from his players and they will deliverChhetri added that he is looking forward to winning more games than losing in the futureA new season ahead and a new coach in charge, Sunil Chhetri is an excited man these days. The undisputed leader of Indian football, who will be joining the national camp in Delhi under newly-appointed coach Igor Stimac on Monday, is looking forward to win more games for India outside the country than on home turf.”I think the next long-term goal should be to qualify for the Asian Cup again,” Chhetri told IANS when asked about what the target of the team should be going into the new season. “That is not going to be easy because lots of things depend on the group you get, the qualifiers, the conditions… you can be unlucky also on several fronts. But that should be our target.”And if you ask the short-term target, then because the boys are ready, we should try to win as many games as possible. We should win more games than we lose. Another target I have is to see we do well when we travel. Generally, we do well at home. Now having given a chance to play the King’s Cup and play friendly games outside the country, we should try to rectify that and win more away games,” he said.Having achieved the target of qualifying for the Asian Cup last time, Chhetri is now confident about India dishing out a better performance in the coming season.”Lots of young players in the team are now matured individuals that gives us hopes. Like Jeje (Lalpekhlua), Sandesh (Jhingan), Udanta (Singh), Gurpreet (Singh Sandhu), Pritam (Kotal), Thapa were youngsters four years back. Now they are all improved and experienced individuals as footballers.advertisement”Some of them are still young in age but they know how to play international football. (Anirudh) Thapa, Subhasis (Bose) are not too old but have enough experience. Most of them have cemented their places in the national team. We are a much better team than we were before. With right guidance from the coach, we can surely do than what we did previously in the last five years,” Chhetri said.Jeje, however, is not part of the national camp as he is currently nursing an injury.Asked what should be his expectations from the new coach, Igor Stimac, Chhetri said: “The major thing I want from the coach is to push ourselves. Of course you will want your coach to be tactically sound and knowledgeable and a good man manager.”But the most important thing I want as a player and a captain is that the coach should be demanding. Once you know the coach had a vision and he is good, all the players rally behind him. This coach has a great pedigree. As a player he was amazing. As a coach also he has done decently well. So we all are looking forward to working with him,” he said.”You feel younger when you have a new coach in the camp. It is always challenging to see you have to go and prove again. He will not know who Sunil Chhetri is. For him, everyone is same. That’s a nice thing,” said the scorer of 67 international goals with a laugh.Also Read | Will give our 100 per cent: Sunil Chhetri on Igor Stimac’s appointmentFor 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 Tags :Follow Sunil ChhetriFollow Indian football teamFollow new coachFollow Igor Stimac Igor Stimac should be demanding: Sunil ChhetriSunil Chhetri said the newly appointed head coach of the Indian national football team Igor Stimac, should be demanding from his players.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_img The workers, who will be employed in greenhouse crop production, food processing, tobacco planting, vegetable farming and fruit tree cultivation, will depart the island beginning today (January 4), while another group will leave on Friday (January 5). The majority of them will be deployed to the Ontario region of Canada. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in her address to the workers, encouraged them to be good ambassadors by carrying out their duties diligently and conducting themselves appropriately at all times. Story Highlights Forty-three new persons are among the first batch of 300 farmworkers who will take up employment opportunities this year under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). Forty-three new persons are among the first batch of 300 farmworkers who will take up employment opportunities this year under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP).The SAWP, which is part of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Overseas Employment Programme, involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand of manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons.The workers, who will be employed in greenhouse crop production, food processing, tobacco planting, vegetable farming and fruit tree cultivation, will depart the island beginning today (January 4), while another group will leave on Friday (January 5). The majority of them will be deployed to the Ontario region of Canada.A send-off ceremony was held at the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Services Centre in downtown Kingston on January 3.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in her address to the workers, encouraged them to be good ambassadors by carrying out their duties diligently and conducting themselves appropriately at all times.“For those of you who are making the journey yet another season, I hope that you will continue to perform well, so that your employer will see it fit to request your services again. First-timers, you have a legacy to carry on. You must learn from this first experience, so that you too will be requested over and over. You have to continue to fly the name of the Jamaican worker high,” she said.Mrs. Robinson noted that Jamaican workers are known to be hard-working, disciplined, dedicated, committed to their tasks and self-motivated, which are qualities that are “not lost on Canadian employers”.The Minister said the Government is committed to the creation of jobs for all Jamaicans, noting that for 52 years, the SAWP has steadily provided employment opportunities for Jamaican workers.“As a government, we are seeking to expand the overseas employment programme, both in the low skill and unskilled categories, whilst at the same time, we are seeking to increase the number of females on the overseas programme,” she said.She noted that for the 2017 calendar year, a total of 9,367 workers travelled to Canada, both under the SAWP and the Low Skill Programme.last_img read more

first_imgSites have been selected for new family medicine residency spaces in Nova Scotia, an important component of the plan to provide more Nova Scotians access to a family doctor. Six spaces will be at a new training site in northern Nova Scotia. Two will be added to an existing site in Cape Breton, and one added to the site in South West Nova. A tenth position will be used for family medicine residents to gain additional clinical experience in an area that would enhance services in the community, such as mental health and addictions or oncology. “Nova Scotia needs more family doctors, which means we need more family medicine training spaces,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Residency spaces are among our best recruiting tools and are one of several things underway to boost access to family doctors across the province.” The 10 new spaces will be part of Dalhousie University’s Family Medicine Residency Training Program. “This is a very important development for Dalhousie Medical School and the province,” said medical school dean Dr. David Anderson. “Training physicians in these communities will help meet the immediate health-care needs of Nova Scotians, while paving the way to better primary health-care access in the future.” Research shows that the family medicine residency program is successful in keeping doctors here in Nova Scotia. For example, 21 of the 24 residents who completed their training at the Annapolis Valley site since 2012 have chosen to stay and practise in the same or similar communities. In South West Nova, four of the five residents who completed their training this year will stay in that region. Dr. Karla Armsworthy completed her residency training with Dalhousie in 2016 and now practises in Bible Hill. “Working in a community as a family medicine resident makes it much easier to transition to full medical practice in that community after graduation,” says Dr. Armsworthy. “I did residency rotations in Truro, so I know the specialists in the area and what kinds of services and supports are available for patients. Setting up my practice has been seamless.” Residents spend two years in a family practice where they will follow a group of patients, gaining skills and experience in areas such as maternal care, psychiatry and geriatrics. Residency training is a collaborative effort between the department of Health and Wellness, Dalhousie Medical School, and Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dalhousie’s Department of Family Medicine met with several key groups as part of the consultation phase of this project that led to the implementation of the North Nova Family Medicine site. Dr. Deanna Field, a family medicine and emergency room doctor based at the Colchester-East Hants Health Centre in Truro, is the director of the new North Nova Family Medicine Teaching site. She says learning family medicine in smaller centres gives residents a wide range of clinical opportunities. “Our learners will get to do everything, because we do everything,” says Dr. Field. “They’ll work with us to see patients in regular office visits, and follow them into hospital to oversee inpatient care, perform minor procedures and attend births, for example. We also cover emergency room shifts and follow our patients in nursing homes, among other services.” The new site and additional spaces brings the total number of Dalhousie Family Medicine teaching sites in Nova Scotia to five, training about 65 family medicine residents in the province throughout the year. The new site and additional spaces will open next July. Government’s investment will be $3.3 million annually when the program is fully subscribed.last_img read more

first_imgRabat – According to the Party of Authenticity and Modernity, a Moroccan opposition party, the government of the Republic of Paraguay announced the withdrawal its recognition of the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (founded by the Polisario Front).According to a statement issued by the party following a visit by its leader to Paraguay, the parliament of this Latin American country made an “important declaration.”Paraguay  decided to “to suspend its relations Polisario, which it considers as an armed separatist movement, and to support international legitimacy,” in finding a political solution to the conflict, the PAM said according to Anadolo agency. This is the third country in less than three months to withdraw its recognition of the Polisario’s RASD after Haiti and Panama which signals the dwindling legitimacy of this separatist movement as a representative of the Saharawis.During his meeting with Mohammed VI at the White House last November, President Obama pledged to continue supporting the efforts made by the United Nations to find a mutually-agreed solution to the conflict, adding that the Moroccan autonomy plan presented to the security Council in 2007 is “serious, realistic, and credible.”“The United States has made clear that Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic, and credible, and that it represents a potential approach that could satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Western Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity,” said the White House.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Rabat – The line between theological and nationalist sentiments has often become blurred throughout the ongoing Israel-Palestine crisis. However, recent comments calling into question the nationality of Jesus of Nazareth have stood out, sparking widespread controversy and debate.Over the weekend, on July 6, American political activist Linda Sarsour — a Muslim and outspoken supporter of Palestine— reignited debate over the nationality of Jesus by claiming that the religious figure was Palestinian.“Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with wooly hair,” she tweeted on Saturday. The comment received subsequent backlash from hundreds of critics, many of whom accused Sarsour of making historically inaccurate and politically-driven claims.Despite the heavily targeted criticism against Sarsour, the activist’s argument is by no means new. Her comments echo those previously made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.“We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace, which has guided millions from the moment that his message came out from a small grotto in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago,” Abbas said during a Christmas speech in 2014.The comments match a statement from earlier this year made by the Somali-American Representative Ilhan Omar. In April, Omar retweeted a New York Times op-ed claiming that “Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin.”Though Sarsour’s comments attracted hundreds of critics, one of her more prominent detractors was Yair Netanyahu, a right-wing activist and the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.“Are you that stupid? On the cross above Jesus’ head was the sign ‘INRI’ – ‘Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm,’” the young Netanyahu replied, “Which means in Latin – Jesus of Nazareth king of the Jews! The Bible say that Jesus was born and raised in Judea!”The prime minister’s son was joined by many disparagers who pointed out that Jesus is widely considered to have been Jewish; however, Sarsour argued that to be Jewish or Palestinian is not mutually exclusive.“Palestinian is a nationality not a religion,” Sarsour wrote. “Your point is not negated. Jews lived with Palestinians in peaceful co-existence before there was a state of Israel.”During the brief twitter war sparked by Sarsour’s comments, the activist turned to political discussion. She condemned the “military occupation” of Bethlehem, the scriptural birthplace of Jesus.“Why so upset by the truth. Jesus was born in Bethlehem aka بيت لحم in Arabic,” Sarsour tweeted. “Bethlehem is in Palestine. It’s currently militarily occupied by Israel and home to a predominately beautiful Palestinian Christian community. Yes, the birthplace of Jesus is under military occupation.”Although this instance was not the first time debate has erupted over this issue, many within the pro-Israel camp have seen the comments as an attempt to politicize history and erase Jewish ties to the Israeli territory.Despite this criticism, the Israeli side has certainly never hesitated to weaponize history as a tool for furthering its own political goals, especially through its efforts to conceal war crimes committed during the Nakba.Meanwhile, as both Israel and Palestine’s fervent commitment towards proving ties with Jesus of Nazareth fuels further conflict, the same prophet’s message of peace and universal brotherhood seemingly eludes them. read more

A 62-year-old man has died after being hit by a car in Mississauga. It happened around 12:30 a.m. this morning in the area of Topflight Dr. and Hurontario St. on Highway 10. The driver, a 54-year-old man from Brampton, stayed on scene to speak with Police following the incident.The collision is currently under investigation.

In his report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan writes that over the past six months, the situation along the border has generally remained quiet. However, during that period, the Mission reported 267 violations of the demilitarized zone. That figure included 143 air violations — up from six during the previous reporting period.Most of the air violations involved aircraft that were heard or observed but too high to be identified. The report states that a Gazelle helicopter was observed on three separate occasions, a Lynx-type helicopter with British colours once, an F-18 jet twice, and a pair of F-14 jets once.Noting continuing cooperation from both sides, the Secretary-General points out that the Iraqi authorities “feel that UNIKOM should be reporting a higher number of violations and should identify aircraft by type and nationality.” He stresses that UNIKOM has explained to the Iraqi authorities that it cannot rely on inference or supposition in reporting air violations, and that the Mission does not have the technical and intelligence capacity required for a positive identification.”In any case, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America have made it clear that they continue to patrol a ‘no-fly-zone’ in southern Iraq,” Mr. Annan adds.According to the report, UNIKOM continued to facilitate the humanitarian activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross during the past six months. The Mission also evacuated a number of Iraqi civilians injured by mine explosions. In addition, UNIKOM maintained close and regular liaison with the authorities of both Iraq and Kuwait at various levels, including visits by the Force Commander to Baghdad and Kuwait City. read more

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Annan also emphasized that there is an urgent need for more humanitarian assistance to Darfur and said that once an agreement is concluded in the region the international community would also have to move very quickly to have the right impact on the ground. “The implementation of the agreement, once concluded, would require that we immediately begin to strengthen the African Union force on the ground so that they can begin implementation of the critical aspects of the agreement,” he said. “We would also need to intensify our own humanitarian efforts, and we need the resources required to do this, and as you know we have so far received only twenty per cent of the resources required.” He also called on the Government of Sudan to allow a UN assessment team to visit the region to make preparations for the transition from the African Union (AU) force to one from the world body. “Now is the time for them to allow the assessment mission to go in, for us to move expeditiously, and I do intend to be in touch with the Sudanese authorities precisely on this point.” Mr. Annan also emphasized the need for humanitarian assistance for Darfur, where some 180,000 people have been killed and some 2 million uprooted from their homes in three years of fighting between the Government, pro-Government militias and rebels in a region that is about the size of France. “The U.S. has been very generous, but we are looking at the other traditional donors in Europe, and we are also trying to expand the donor base and we are reaching out to the Gulf States and governments with capacity to step in and help,” he said. “All hands on deck; and whoever can make a contribution, we would urge them to do it – not leave it to governments alone.” Earlier in the day in Washington, the Secretary-General made a similar call for international assistance to the people of Darfur, saying their human rights have been violated in the most “appalling” way, and describing the situation in that part of Sudan as an “inexcusable tragedy.” Speaking at George Washington University, in the first of a series of annual lectures on the United States-UN relationship, Mr. Annan also stressed the need for nations to work together to protect human rights and called on the US to be “fully engaged” in this effort despite the fact that Washington has decided not to stand for election to the new Human Rights Council. “In theory at least, the UN’s Member States took an important step last September, when they agreed that each state has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity,” he said, referring to language on the issue adopted by the 2005 World Summit in its Outcome Document. “But these fine words will ring hollow so long as people in Darfur are still being driven from their homes subjected to intolerable suffering.” Mr. Annan also highlighted the fact that because the African Union (AU) force has neither the resources, equipment, nor mandate to “protect most of those whose lives are being threatened,” the Union had decided in principle to support the transition to a UN peacekeeping operation, although he noted this would take time. “Even in the best-case scenario, the AU will be expected to shoulder this immense challenge for several more months. It deserves the international community’s help. The lives of the people of Darfur depend on it.” On the subject of human rights in general, Mr. Annan expressed his “regret” at the US decision not to stand in next Tuesday’s elections for the newly established Human Rights Council, which replaced the much criticized Human Rights Commission, but said the US can still have “a great influence, both on the composition of the Council and on the decisions of its members once they are elected.” Mr. Annan expressed conviction that a wide spectrum of US society would make its views known. “I trust that Americans will be fully engaged in the debate. And by ‘Americans’ I mean not only the Administration but members of Congress, pressure groups like Human Rights Watch, and – not least – experts from great universities like this one. Now is the time for all who really care about human rights to be fully engaged.” Mr. Annan, who accepted an honorary degree from the University, also spoke of the global leadership role to be played by the US and said this was consistent with working with the UN, because the world body was “all about friends and allies working together, and about building coalitions. It is also about democracy.” “I see no hope of a peaceful and stable future for humanity in this century unless the United States provides strong and enlightened global leadership. But I do not believe the US can do this on its own.” “Never in history can humanity have faced so many challenges that affect not just one nation or region, but the whole human race; and which call for a global response. At such a time, international cooperation is not a choice. Nor is a global organization a luxury. They are necessities.” read more

Toronto stock market flat, traders await Federal Reserve moves on stimulus The Toronto stock market was little changed Monday as traders look to the U.S. Federal Reserve to come up with another jolt of stimulus to revive a flagging economy. The S&P/TSX composite index inched up 0.27 of a point to 12,268.28 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 1.92 points to 1,278.64. The Canadian dollar was slightly off the highs of the morning when it hit a fresh one-year high, but still up 0.02 of a cent to 102.25 cents US as copper prices added to Friday’s sharp runup. The dollar was also supported by the hawkish stance by the Bank of Canada. The central bank left its key rate unchanged at one per cent last week and maintained language indicating that rates will likely rise at some point in the future. U.S. markets were in the red after U.S. August jobs data released Friday missed modest expectations, raising expectations the Fed will announce on Thursday another round of bond-buying, known as quantitative easing, to help lower interest rates and thus boost loan growth. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 30.37 points to 13,276.27, the Nasdaq composite index was down 9.94 points to 3,126.48 and the S&P 500 index slipped 2.66 points to 1,435.26. Traders were also cautious as data released Monday showed that China’s economic slump is worsening. Imports declined 2.6 per cent from a year earlier, below analysts’ expectations of growth in low single digits. That came on top of August’s decline in factory output to a three-year low and other signs growth is still decelerating despite repeated stimulus efforts. A slowing Chinese economy is particularly bad news for commodity prices and stocks on the resource-intensive Toronto stock market. Analysts expect Chinese growth fell to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the latest quarter. In a speech to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, Chinese President Hu Jintao gave no growth forecast or details of possible new stimulus but promised to continue a “proactive fiscal policy,” or government spending to pump up the economy. The energy sector edged up 0.3 per cent with oil prices lower following three days of gains with the October crude contract on the New York mercantile Exchange off 78 cents to US$95.64 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 14 cents to C$31.68. The base metals segment rose 0.4 per cent as hopes for further stimulus measures from central banks pushed copper prices to a 17-week high. The December contract in New York ahead four cents to US$3.70 a pound, adding to a 13-cent jump on Friday. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) was ahead 17 cents to $22.09. Financials were also positive as CIBC (TSX:CM) improved by 30 cents to $77.78. Gold stocks led TSX decliners as bullion pulled back $8.20 to US$1,732.30 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 36 cents to C$41.70. A major early loser was Ottawa-based nuclear medicine company Nordion Inc. (TSX:NDN). Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. is claiming victory in a long-standing battle with the company, saying a three-year arbitration process has ended with a majority decision in its favour. The dispute focused on the Maple nuclear reactors that AECL decided to mothball, citing a design flaw that Nordion argued was manageable. Nordion shares plunged $4.34 or 41.49 per cent to $6.12. Asian stocks were mixed as Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell marginally after the government said the economy grew at a slower pace than earlier estimated for the April-June quarter. Growth stood at an annual 0.7 per cent, slower than the 1.4 per cent given in August. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.3 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.1 per cent, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2 per cent. On mainland China, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 per cent and the smaller Shenzhen Composite Index added 0.9 per cent. European bourses were little changed as London’s FTSE 100 index was off 0.03 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was down 0.05 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was off 0.28 per cent. Elsewhere on the corporate front, Talisman Energy Inc., (TSX:TLM) says that John Manzoni has agreed to step down as president and chief executive, effective immediately. He’s being replaced by Hal Kvisle, a former CEO of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) who is already a Talisman director. Calgary-based Talisman didn’t give a reason for Manzoni’s departure. Talisman shares ran up 48 cents to $14.35. BP PLC is selling some deep-water Gulf of Mexico oil and gas properties to Texas-based Plains Exploration & Production Co. for US$5.55 billion. The U.K.’s BP is selling off assets as it is still in the midst of trying to pay for damages from the 2010 Gulf coast oil spill. Glencore has made a revised offer in its all-share bid for Xstrata, saying that the Anglo-Swiss miner’s chief executive, Mick Davis, can lead the merged company for six months before handing over to the Swiss commodities trader’s Ivan Glasenberg. In a bid to revive the deal, Glencore announced on Friday that it would pay 3.05 shares for each Xstrata share, up from its original 2.8 shares offer, which had been strongly resisted by Xstrata shareholders, including Qatar Holding. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 10, 2012 11:03 am MDT read more

← Previous Story EHF CL 2013/2014 REVIEW: Not so many teams on “F4 LEVEL” Next Story → Blazenko Lackovic talks with RK Vardar! handballVelux EHF Champions League Day before the Draw for the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16, Handball-Planet.com made the simulation of the „most interesting“ draw from the media point of view. Let’s start…MVM MKB Veszprem – RK VardarTwo fantastic home support and two ambitious teams. These teams have played a friendly match 20 days ago in Skopje, when Vardar won, but there is no doubt that Hungarians would be a favorite in two clashes. Veszprem dream about F4 after all these years, but from the other side, ambitious Vardar don’t want to stop at TOP 16.HSV Hamburg – Motor ZaporozhyeMotor is „tough“ team who isn’t a perfect choice for German teams. Rhein Neckar Lowen have lost the first place in the Group after draw against Ukrainians at home court. HSV will have a title of „favorite“ but still Motor will fight for the glory…THW Kiel – Aalborg„Zebras“ are the favorites against Danish squad, but Danes would come to the matches without pressure and that couid be their biggest strength. Nikolaj Jakobsen will play against his team from proffesional career and prepare himself for the new job in Rhein Neckar Lowen. He could maybe to offer some new tactical solution to surprise Germans…FC Barcelona– Orlen Wisla PlockBarcelona in Plock would be a real handball celebration for the Polish vice-champion, who won’t have too much chances for TOP 8, no matter who is the rival from the Pot 1. Manolo Cadenas knows most of the Barca’s players very well and that could make quality advantage between two teams a little bit smaller.PSG Handball – Vive Targi KielceHuh, a real clash! PSG will have to improve level of performance rapidly if France wants to have the first team ever at F4! Philippe Gardent has to raise his team, as Talant Dujshebaev did with Kielce. On the paper and wallet, PSG are the favorite, but at the court, Kielce showed more this season…SG Flensburg – Celje Pivovarna LaškoCelje Pivovarna Lasko won EHF CL exactly 10 years ago by beating Flensburg in the Final! That symbolic could force Slovenian young squad to give more than 100% to make a strong resistance to Ljubomir Vranjes team, who is in difficult situation after series of injuries. We would like to see this clash – 10 years since Final 2004…Rhein Neckar Lowen – RK MetalurgLino Cervar showed once again that he knows to play the game of „David and Golliath“. Metalurg beat Barca and PSG in „Boris Trajkovski“ this season. Rhein Neckar Lowen could be the next one, Macedonians are capable to do that in front of home fans. At the other side, Rhein Neckar Lowen know how to play at away matches, but it’s not to strong in Mannheim. This could be a really interesting clash…KIF Kolding – RK GorenjeGorenje beat Aalborg in Denmark with five goals and qualified for TOP 16. Slovenian team is now full of self-confidence. Another Danish challenge would be interesting task for team coached by Ivan Vajdl. KIF Kolding would get favorite role in this case, but still Hvidt and Co. have to be carefull…What do you think?READ EHF CL REVIEWDay before the Draw for the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16, Handball-Planet.com made the simulation of the „most interesting“ draw from the media point of view. Let’s startMVM MKB Veszprem – RK VardarTwo fantastic home support and two ambitious teams. These teams have played a friendly match 20 days ago in Skopje, when Vardar won, but there is no doubt that Hungarians would be a favorite in two clashes. Veszprem dream about F4 after all these years, but from the other side, ambitious Vardar don’t want to stop at TOP 16.HSV Hamburg – Motor ZaporozhyeMotor is „tough“ team who isn’t a perfect choice for German teams. Rhein Neckar Lowen have lost the first place in the Group after draw against Ukrainians at home court. HSV will have a title of „favorite“ but still Motor will fight for the glory…THW Kiel – Aalborg„Zebras“ are the favorites against Danish squad, but Danes would come to the matches without pressure and that couid be their biggest strength. Nikolaj Jakobsen will play against his team from proffesional career and prepare himself for the new job in Rhein Neckar Lowen. He could maybe to offer some new tactical solution to surprise Germans…FC Barcelona– Orlen Wisla PlockBarcelona in Plock would be a real handball celebration for the Polish vice-champion, who won’t have too much chances for TOP 8, no matter who is the rival from the Pot 1. Manolo Cadenas knows most of the Barca’s players very well and that could make quality advantage between two teams a little bit smaller. PSG Handball – Vive Targi KielceHuh, a real clash! PSG will have to improve level of performance rapidly if France wants to have the first team ever at F4! Philippe Gardent has to raise his team, as Talant Dujshebaev did with Kielce. On the paper and wallet, PSG are the favorite, but at the court, Kielce showed more this season…SG Flensburg – Celje Pivovarna LaškoCelje Pivovarna Lasko won EHF CL exactly 10 years ago by beating Flensburg in the Final! That symbolic could force Slovenian young squad to give more than 100% to make a strong resistance to Ljubomir Vranjes team, who is in difficult situation after series of injuries. We would like to see this clash – 10 years since Final 2004…Rhein Neckar Lowen – RK MetalurgLino Cervar showed once again that he knows to play the game of „David and Golliath“. Metalurg beat Barca and PSG in „Boris Trajkovski“ this season. Rhein Neckar Lowen could be the next one, Macedonians are capable to do that in front of home fans. At the other side, Rhein Neckar Lowen know how to play at away matches, but it’s not to strong in Mannheim. This could be a really interesting clash…KIF Kolding – RK GorenjeGorenje beat Aalborg in Denmark with five goals and qualified for TOP 16. Slovenian team is now full of self-confidence. Another Danish challenge would be interesting task for team coached by Ivan Vajdl. KIF Kolding would get favorite role in this case, but still Hvidt and Co. have to be carefull…What do you think? read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the oldest folk theatre and dance traditions will revive in Melbourne, during the 31st Lonsdale Street Greek Festival. The Momogeri troupe of the Pontian club of Agios Dimitrios and Ryaki is flying from Kozani to Melbourne, invited by the Pontiaki Estia. The small local club accepted the invitation and turned to the regional goverment of Western Macedonia, for funding. Although the district does not fund such activities, the regional Governor, Thodoris Karipidis intervened so that the group would get funding from the Foreign Ministry’s Greek Diaspora Secretariat, which offered funding of 8,500 euros. The other costs of the trip are covered by the generous donations of prominent Greek-Australians and community organisations, not least among them the Agioi Anargiri Greek Language Centre, the Pontiaki Estia, the Bank of Sydney and the National Australia Bank. “We are able to send a team of 25-30 people to Melbourne, to present the Momogeri tradition, which is now part of UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ list”, said Theodoros Kousalidis, head of the Pontian Club of Agios Dimitrios and Ryaki. The Momogeri tradition hails back to the ancient cult of Momus, the god of irony (the word “geros” refers to the old connoisseurs of mystical ceremonies, the “priests” of the time). When adopted by the Pontians, the primarily satirical custom gradually lost its pagan references and became a christian tradition, usually performed during the pre Christmas period up until the middle of January and sometimes even till the month of February. Due to the geographical isolation of Pontian Greeks, the custom was a form of acknowledgment of their Greek origins, and also a way to forget the hardships they often endured whilst under Turkish rule. After the Asia Minor catastrophe of 1922 and the exchange of populations, the Greeks of Pontos, who had preserved the custom for centuries brought it to Greece, along with their language, dancing, folk music, and other customs. In its current form, the tradition is believed to be the most ancient custom revived in the Country. A blend of folk theatre and ritual dance, the Momogeri tradition includes a representation of the story of the stolen bride. Apart from the twelve dancers clad in traditional uniforms, the Momogeri troupe include other figures, such as the bear (which symbolises strength), the old woman (a symbol of the past), the bride for the future, the horse for the development, the doctor for health, the soldier for defense, the goat for food a Policeman and the Devil. The Momogeri will give six performances at various times during the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival weekend. The main performance will be on Saturday 10 February at 8 p.m. and on Sunday 11 February at 2 p.m. (for the other scheduled performances and any information, those interested should head to the Pontiaki Estia stall). On Monday 12 February (8pm), a dance lesson is scheduled to take place at Pontiaki Estia where they will return on Saturday 17 February for a dance performance and on Sunday 18 February for a theatre performance. In between they will also make appearances at events organised by the Greek Community of Moreland and the Pancretan Association. last_img read more

first_imgFox is releasing a new sci-fi thriller called Morgan today (September 2nd), and the filmmakers reached out to IBM with an interesting proposition. They wondered if it would be possible for IBM’s Watson AI to create a trailer for the film. There’s only one way to find out, so IBM turned Watson loose on the movie. Yes, Watson made a trailer, but I don’t actually think it’s a particularly good one.Morgan tells the story of a secret experiment fusing biological and synthetic components to create new kind of humanoid being. The child in question (Morgan) shows some tremendous abilities, but also troubling violent outbursts. Here’s the trailer created by Watson.The explanation of the process after the trailer talks about how Watson detected important scenes in the film. It watched for changes in setting and emotional tone, then arranged them in a trailer. A human editor was needed for the finer details, though.The way scenes were selected is reflected in the Watson trailer — it’s heavy on action, fast cuts, and scenes where the actors are displaying a lot of emotion. However, do you feel like you have a high-level understanding of the movie after that trailer?Here’s the official trailer assembled entirely by humans.It’s hard to deny that the regular trailer gets the premise of the film across better. Watson seems to miss out on exposition that’s necessary when you only have a minute to explain the gist of a two-hour movie. It’s impressive that an AI was able to come up with something coherent, but Watson might need some adjustment before it slaps together more trailers.last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND — A federal appeals court has given the green light to a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the U.S. government is failing to protect them from climate change.The lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults asserts the government has known for decades that carbon pollution causes climate change but has failed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. They are seeking various environmental remedies.A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the government’s request for an order directing a lower court to dismiss the case.Julia Olson, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement that the group will put the federal government’s “dangerous energy system and climate policies on trial.”last_img read more

first_imgA jubilant Jurgen Klopp has warned Real Madrid that his Liverpool side will be “on fire” when they meet in the Champions League final later this monthThe Reds scrapped through a tricky return leg against AS Roma on Wednesday night with a 7-6 aggregate win to book their place in the final, despite losing 4-2 to the Italian side at the Stadio Olimpico on the night.However, next up for Liverpool will be the 12-time Champions League winners Real on May 26 at Kiev.But Klopp, who led his Borussia Dortmund side to victory against Los Galacticos in the 2013 semi-finals of the competition, is certain that his players will up for the challenge of defying the odds and prevent Real from winning a third consecutive title.“Going to a final is really nice. I did it a few times but winning it is even nicer. We will be ready,” said the Liverpool manager, according to SportsKeeda.“You cannot be more experienced in the competition than Real Madrid. I think pretty much 80 percent of the team played all these finals four times in the last five years and they are still together.“So if we talk about experience, they are experienced and we are not. But we will be really on fire, you can imagine.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We are looking forward to it but before that, we have to play two more Champions League semi-finals in the Premier League. That is first of all the job to do.“Then we’ll have two weeks to prepare for the final and we will use that time.”A concerning fact for Klopp is that he has lost five of his six finals in his managerial career and the German is aware that his Liverpool side still way some way to go yet.“Look, we were in the League Cup final and we didn’t win it. People don’t tell me in the street since then, ‘Thank you for bringing us to the final’,” said the 50-year-old.“We were in the Europa League final. I didn’t see any trophies after these games.“They don’t hang silver medals at Melwood. That’s the pity, that’s the game. So there’s still a job to do but that’s how it is.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery admits their prospects of Champions League football for next season are not looking good.Three wins and three defeats in the space of seven games has seen Arsenal drop down to sixth-place in the Premier League table behind Chelsea and Manchester United.And Emery concedes that with only one Champions League qualification spot realistically up for grabs, Arsenal have a fight on their hands to return to Europe’s biggest club competition after a two-year absence.“There are teams better than us,” said Emery, according to AOL.“Are we outsiders now for a top-four finish? Yes, we are sixth. That’s the reality.“We still have to believe we can finish in the top four even while knowing it will be ­difficult for us.“There’s a big difference between the top three [Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham] and us but we are a lot closer to Chelsea and Manchester United.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The gap to the top three is too big but the other two? The possibility to catch them is there because we are only three points ­behind Chelsea and one point behind Manchester United. We still have to believe that we can do it.”The Gunners will take a trip to the Kirklees Stadium today for their next Premier League match against bottom-placed side Huddersfield Town with kick-off set for 4:00 PM (CET).Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Sokratis Papastathopoulos all remain sidelined for Arsenal this weekend as they continue their recoveries from long-term injuries.Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Granit Xhaka are doubts for the game. But Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez could make his first start after coming off the bench against Manchester City last weekend.Last time we played Huddersfield…@LTorreira34 to the rescue 🚲#HUDARS pic.twitter.com/JiGvb9gNrd— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 9, 2019last_img read more

first_imgDonors of more than $1,000:Ed Lynch $10,000David Nierenberg $10,000Elizabeth Austin $5,000Ken Fisher $5,000Sherri Fisher $5,000Jean Kuni $5,000Robert Lewis $5,000Jo Marie Hansen $2,500Steve Hansen $2,500Jan Oliva $2,500Steve Oliva $2,500John Rudi $2,500Michele Rudi $2,500Gregory Goodwin $2,000For the past few months, backers of a measure that would significantly change the county’s form of government have been quietly amassing a war chest.All told, the Vote Charter Yes campaign has collected $65,170 in contributions, the majority of the money coming from a handful of deep-pocketed philanthropists and business leaders. But with the campaign expected to heat up in the coming weeks, its organizers have barely tapped their coffers. With 12 weeks until voters will tackle the topic in the general election, members of the pro-home rule charter committee are sitting on the money, weighing their options on how to spend it.The money has been flowing into Clark Forward, a political action committee. The entity, created by former County Commissioner Steve Stuart and Auditor Greg Kimsey, predates the Vote Charter Yes campaign and was created to champion the charter review process. While there will undoubtedly be opposition to the pro-charter campaign, no PAC has been formed for the express purpose of countering it, according to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.last_img read more

first_imgThe Lemon Creek Correctional Center. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections)Two male inmates at Juneau’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center overdosed on drugs last week. Both men survived and are still in custody.Now, the Department of Corrections and the Alaska State Troopers are investigating what happened.Download AudioA prison officer discovered the inmates, who authorities aren’t naming, on July 24 at 3 p.m.“The inmates were initially discovered by a corrections officer that was monitoring security cameras. The officers do routine checks on inmates every 30 to 40 minutes, but this officer was monitoring the security cameras, noticed that there was something that wasn’t quite right and went to go check on the situation,” says Sherri Daigle, deputy director of the Department of Corrections.Daigle says she couldn’t specify exactly what the officer saw, nor could she say if the security cameras had caught events leading up to the overdose. She says that’s part of the investigation.The two inmates were transported by ambulance to Bartlett Regional Hospital 30 minutes after they were found. One inmate was treated and returned to Lemon Creek Correctional Center that same day.The other was medevaced to Anchorage Regional Hospital for further treatment two days later. On July 29, he was brought to the Anchorage Correctional Complex.The two inmates had been found in separate cells of the 24-bed segregation unit. Daigle does not know how long they had been there before they overdosed.DOC reported the incident to the Alaska State Troopers four days after it happened. Daigle says DOC doesn’t ordinarily involve the troopers when an inmate is transported to the hospital.“The institution would have done their own investigation and then if it was deemed necessary to call the Troopers, they would do so after the fact,” Daigle says.For this situation, troopers were called in because contraband was found. Daigle says contraband is an issue that prisons across the nation deal with on a daily basis, and Juneau’s prison is no different.On the other hand, inmates overdosing is not common. Daigle says the last time it happened at Lemon Creek Correctional Center was in 2007.The troopers responded to the overdose report on July 29. At the same time, they also responded to a different report of a male inmate that introduced drugs into the prison.“As far as what kind of drugs, that needs to be tested to determine. And same with the controlled substance that the two overdosed on the 24th,” says trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.Ipsen says the two incidents are not related and no charges have been made in either case.last_img read more

first_imgDrivers navigate the potholed road in front of the Ravn Air terminal in Bethel on March 28, 2018. (Photo by Amara Freeman/ KYUK)Download audioThe state is about to go to work responding to Bethel’s pothole predicament. Starting Thursday, the Department of Transportation will begin repairing Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. The warm winter has wreaked similar havoc on highways across Alaska.They’ll start by ripping down into the Bethel highway’s most heavily damaged areas between City Hall and Brown’s Slough.“What we’re going to do is mill it up; we’re gonna shape it and get it in good shape. It’ll be more of a gravel/recycled asphalt product,” Shannon McCarthy, Department of Transportation spokesperson, explained.The road will stay in that condition with the city grading the product until the entire highway is repaved next summer in 2019. DOT will fill the rest of the highway potholes with recycled asphalt. The DOT has a small stockpile of the material in Bethel and has brought it indoors to thaw.The road’s destruction happened quickly.“We’ve been trying to keep up with the potholes, and obviously they’re forming faster than we can keep up,” McCarthy said.Over the past month, Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway has crumbled into a cratered moonscape. It’s the same story all over the state. The problem is how warm this winter has been. Instead of temperatures dropping below freezing and staying there, they’ve been fluctuating above and below that point for months.“We didn’t used to get that freeze/thaw [in] November, December, January, February. And we’re getting more of that,” McCarthy said. “And unfortunately, that contributes to that potholing that we get in the spring.”This issue has been escalating for years as winters have grown warmer, forcing the state to spend more money on road maintenance. The DOT is paying for the Bethel repairs with a $70,000 emergency procurement. Even so, the DOT expects more potholes to form once they’re done. The roads are still wet; there’s plenty more snow to melt; and the freeze/thaw cycle is continuing.Last week KYUK reported that the DOT’s webpage for reporting potholes did not list contacts for any Western Alaska communities. This week the DOT is adding an email address for anyone in the state to use to report a pothole: dot.potholes@alaska.govlast_img read more

first_imgLogo of BNPThe BNP on Thursday termed the election commission’s plan to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in next general elections as a collaborative scheme with Awami League to rig polls.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the ruling party is up to mischief, as it has lost all its confidence in the people.“Losing confidence in the people, the Awami League is now banking on machines (EVMs). The plan to use EVMs is an unholy partnership of the Awami League and the election commission,” the BNP leader said.He gave his reaction to the EC’s most recent initiative to use EVMs without consultating the people and the political parties, addressing a press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.Mirza Fakhrul alleged that the AL and the EC have undertaken the scheme in order to manipulate the election process.“Why and at whose directive has the chief election commissioner all of a sudden undertaken the scheme to introduce the EVMs in the national elections?” the BNP leader asked.He, however, expressed determination to foil such a conspiratorial move.Mirza Fakhrul also warned that ‘unnecessary’ spending in the name of procuring EVMs would be considered as the “personal liability’ of the election commission officials.“The liability of such misdeeds must be borne by the election commission authorities,” he said.Mentioning that chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda assured people of not using the EVMs after he had taken the charge of the commission, he questioned what now prompted the commission to hurriedly procure 1.5 lakh EVMs spending Tk 40 billion.The BNP leader said the election results can be manipulated through the EVMs while five votes can be given with one click.He urged the election commission to engage in talks with all the stakeholders and take steps for ensuring a fair voting through the customary ballot paper system.Fakhrul also presented 11 proposals for taking necessary steps for a credible election by spending Tk 40 billion instead of procuring EVMs.The proposals include, installing closed-circuit cameras at 44,000 polling stations, developing the infrastructure of the educational institutions to be used as voting centres, providing upazila election officers with necessary transport facilities, setting up a modern printing press for printing ballot papers, enhancing the capacity of officers involved with the election process, providing all the upazila election offices with video cameras, taking a ‘voter education and awareness programme’ and ensuring sufficient honorarium for election officials and Ansar-VDP and village police members.last_img read more