Xabi Alonso Alonso announces move into management Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 12:11 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts World Cup After retiring at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, Xabi Alonso said he knew his next step would be into management. Former Spain star Xabi Alonso has revealed he is moving into management after retiring at the end of last season.Alonso, 35, retired after the 2016-17 campaign, having starred for Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich during his playing career.Bayern 6/1 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The former midfielder now knows the next step in his life – saying on Monday he was becoming a manager.”After 17 years in the game, I have considered the next step in my career,” Alonso said on Instagram.”I have decided to go into management. Find out [where] soon.”Alonso won two Champions League trophies, a La Liga crown and three Bundesliga titles, as well as the 2010 World Cup with Spain, during his playing career.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City eyeing West Ham midfielder Declan Riceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are eyeing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.The Sun says City boss Pep Guardiola knows he needs to find a young successor for Fernandinho, who turns 34 before the end of the season.And West Ham’s highly-rated teenager Rice is the player who has caught his eye – despite only signing a new long-term contract with the club last month.Rice has emerged as one of the country’s most promising young players this season after becoming the main man in the Hammers midfield.The way he has dominated Premier League matches despite only being 19 years old has caught the attention of Guardiola and his coaching staff at the Etihad.
Mike Weber put quite a move on a Rutgers defender during Saturday’s contest.Earlier Saturday, it was revealed that Ohio State running back Mike Weber was paying homage to former tailback Ezekiel Elliott by wearing a crop-top ahead of his team’s contest against Rutgers. It looks like he’s emulating his level of play, too.Weber put a nasty sidestep move on a Rutgers defender in the first half. Check it out:?Mike Weber just made a Rutgers defender look SILLY. pic.twitter.com/H1PaN9PSjj— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) October 1, 2016Mike Weber with the Juke ? pic.twitter.com/zXS6IdItl4— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) October 1, 2016Ohio State, leading 16-0, is rolling against the Scarlet Knights.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during a play in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Former Ohio State head coach turned FOX analyst Urban Meyer had some major praise for Trevor Lawrence this weekend, but it turns out that his comments on the Clemson quarterback were misinterpreted.Meyer was believed to call Lawrence the best college football quarterback “ever” during FOX’s college football preview show on Saturday.That’s not actually what Meyer said, though.Meyer took to Twitter this morning to issue some clarity. “The quarterback at Clemson is the best quarterback in college football. However, what about the rest of the team?” Meyer said.Trevor Lawrence is an excellent QB. For clarity, this is what I said: “The QB at Clemson is the best QB in college football. However, what about the rest of the team?”pic.twitter.com/FMLYTH4stZ— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 27, 2019It’s possible that Lawrence could go down as the best college football quarterback ever, but it’s only been one season.The Heisman Trophy frontrunner will need a massive sophomore and junior season to approach “best ever” quality.Clemson is set to open its 2019 season on Thursday against Georgia Tech. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. E.T. on the ACC Network.
Press Trust of India ThiruvananthapuramSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 20:12 IST Shubman Gill slammed 90 runs in 1st innings of unofficial Test against South Africa A. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia ‘A’ dominated the proceedings on Day 2 of first unofficial TestShubman Gill missed out on a hundred while Jalaj Saxena struck 61South Africa ‘A’ trailed India ‘A’ by 14 runs at the end of day’s playCaptain Shubman Gill missed out on a century by 10 runs while Jalaj Saxena struck 61 not out as India ‘A’ dominated the proceedings on the second day of the first unofficial Test against South Africa ‘A’ here on Tuesday.After gaining a first innings lead of 139 by making 303 in 87.5 overs in reply to South Africa ‘A’ score of 164, the home side bowlers yet again produced an impressive performance at the Greenfield stadium to reduce the visitors at 125 for 5 at stumps.South Africa ‘A’ now trail India ‘A’ by 14 runs with five second innings wickets in hand.The talented opener Gill (90) missed out on a well-deserved century, getting bowled by off-spinner Dane Piedt. The home side captain hit 13 fours and a six from the 153 deliveries he faced.After Gill’s dismissal, India ‘A’ appeared to be in danger of missing out on a huge lead as the middle-order failed to live up to expectations and succumbed to the Proteas bowlers, who stuck to their task.However, all-rounder Saxena underlined his utility, scoring 61 not out (96 balls, 11 fours), with his 100-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Shardul Thakur (34, 79 balls) sparking the revival and ensuring that India ‘A’ got a sizeable lead.Resuming at the overnight 129 for 2, India ‘A’ lost Ankit Bawne for the addition of just four runs, bowled by left-arm paceman Marco Jansen for 6.Gill, who was striking the ball beautifully and looked good to get to his century, was dismissed by the hard-working Piedt, 10 runs short of a ton.Wicketkeeper-batsman K S Bharat, who has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket and for India ‘A’ in recent years, made 33. Bharat played impressively and cracked five boundaries in his 53-ball knock, before the pacy Lutho Sipamla had him caught by Zubayr Hamza.advertisementMumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube, who shone in the five-match ODIs between the two teams, didn’t last long, nicking Lungi Ngidi to the keeper Heinrich Klaasen for 8.Karnataka all-rounder K Gowtham was bowled by Sipamla off the second ball he faced for a duck and India ‘A’ slipped from 177 for 3 to 199 for 7 and the Proteas had made a good comeback.However, Saxena and Thakur responded in a positive manner and attacked when presented with bad deliveries to take the game away from the visitors.Saxena, who started slowly, then opened up and hit some lovely shots while Thakur showed he could bat.After Thakur fell leg-before to Ngidi, the innings lasted eight more balls as Piedt dismissed Shahbaz Nadeem and Mohammed Siraj for ducks to stop India ‘A’ at 303 all out.For SA ‘A’, Ngidi (3 for 50) and Piedt (3 for 84) were the best bowlers while Jansen and Sipamla picked up two wickets apiece.In the second innings too, South Africa ‘A’ lost the openers early with Siraj castling Pieter Malan for 4. Skipper Aiden Markram, on whom a lot depended, went for 4, nicking one from Thakur to keeper Bharat.Zubayr Hamza, who has played a solitary Test so far, showed a lot of resilience as he handled the India ‘A’ pace bowlers and spinners with assurance.The steady Nadeem got into the act to induce an edge from Khayelihle Zondo (10) which was taken by Bharat.Senuran Muthusamy (5) didn’t stick around for long and became Nadeem’s second scalp.Klaasen, who joined Hamza in the middle, curbed his aggressive instincts and defied the India ‘A’ attack, helping Hamza add 42 runs.Hamza fell against the run of play, caught by Ricky Bhui off Gowtham.However, Klassen (35 batting) and Wiaan Mulder (12 batting) ensured that SA ‘A’ didn’t lose any further wickets till close of play.The Aiden Markram-led visiting side face a tough task of saving the game when play resumes on the third day on Wednesday.Brief Scores:South Africa ‘A’: 164 all out in 51.5 overs and 125 for 5 in 35 overs (Zubayr Hamza 44, Heinrich Klaasen 35 batting; S Nadeem 2/13).India ‘A’: 303 all out in 87.5 overs (Shubman Gill 90, Jalaj Saxena 61 not out, Shardul Thakur 34; Lungi Ngidi 3/50, Dane Piedt 3/84).Also Read | Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha to share India A captaincy against South Africa AAlso Read | India A vs South Africa A 1st Test: Shubman Gill hits unbeaten 66 after India A bowlers skittle out SA for 164Also SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Shubman Gill misses out on hundred, India A in driver’s seat against South Africa AAfter gaining a first innings lead of 139 by making 303 in 87.5 overs in reply to South Africa ‘A’ score of 164, the home side bowlers yet again produced an impressive performance at the Greenfield stadium to reduce the visitors at 125 for 5 at stumps.advertisement Next
Maharashtra: Ganesh idol made of currency notes worth Rs 21 lakhAs notes worth Rs 21 lakh have been used in making the idol, police are guarding it round-the-clock.advertisement Press Trust of India AkolaSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 11:32 IST The 10-day long Ganesh festival is set to conclude on Thursday, on the occasion of ‘Anant Chaturdashi’, with the ‘visarjan’ (immersion) of idols. (File photo: India Today)A 12-ft tall Ganesh idol made of Indian currency notes worth Rs 21 lakh has become a major centre of attraction for devotees in Maharashtra’s Akola city.Divyang (disabled) artist Tillu Tawri has used currency notes in denominations of Re 1 and Rs 10, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 for making the elephant-headed God’s idol displayed at the Veer Bhagat Singh Ganesh Utsav Mandal here for the Ganesh festival.Tawri told PTI that he made the idol in three days.”This idol is completely eco-friendly and has been installed on a paper canvas with the help of stapler pins. All care has been taken not to damage any currency note,” he said.As notes worth Rs 21 lakh have been used in making the idol, police are guarding it round-the-clock, he said.The 10-day long Ganesh festival is set to conclude on Thursday, on the occasion of ‘Anant Chaturdashi’, with the ‘visarjan’ (immersion) of idols.But, since the Ganesh idol here is made of real currency notes, it would not be immersed in water, Tawri said.”Instead, we will dismantle the structure on Thursday evening and the currency notes will be handed over to the mandal authorities. This idol does not create any pollution,” he said.A large number of devotees have been thronging the pandal to catch a glimpse of the unique art work.Tawri said last year, he sculpted a Ganpati idol with 1,100 coconuts while in 2017, he created an idol out of different sports items like balls, cricket bats and racquets.READ | Mumbai all set to bid adieu to Ganpati Bappa todayALSO READ | 6 children drown during Ganesh idol immersion in Karnataka’s KolarALSO WATCH | Chandrayaan-2 is a favorite theme for pandals across Maharashtra this Ganesh ChaturthiadvertisementFor 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 byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Ganesh Chaturthi
There’s just something about a spiral staircase that piques the imagination. It’s a bit whimsical, a bit intriguing, drawing you in to explore where it leads. And that was the intention when the folks over at Pfeffer Torode Architecture created the winding staircase the leads up to this stunning guest retreat. Sitting atop a hill in the Tennessee countryside, this unique structure was built as a place for guests to unwind and for the homeowners to take in the stunning views of their property. Built in reverse, with the main entertaining space on the top floor, this tiny tower is big on style.It was important to the owners that the observation tower reflect the area they live in. Everything from the materials to the color palette to the design style speaks to what Tennessee has to offer. The exterior is beautifully decked out in rugged natural stone, while the third-floor observation room is a study in glass and steel. Tennessee has a culture of enjoying the outdoors, so a large stone patio was created to compliment the tower. The showpiece is a massive stone fireplace perfect for gathering with friends in the evening to watch the sunset and roast some s’mores. This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness When guests enter the tower, they are greeted with a room that is all about practicality. The Thunder Room, as it was dubbed, is part mudroom, part thunderstorm shelter, and part entryway. This space leads to the impressive winding staircase.Covered in bright white stucco with dark wooden treads, the custom stairs lead up to the next floor where there are a powder room and a kitchenette with balconies on either side. From there, the stairs take visitors up one more flight to a jaw-dropping space: the Observation Room. Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Editors’ Recommendations This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite From the exterior finishes to the interior design, the Observation Room was created in sharp contrast to the rest of the tower. While the majority of the tower is covered in natural stone, the observation tower is a glass and steel box that juts out beyond the walls of the tower below. This allows for unobstructed, 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape.While the rooms below are small and practical, the Observation Room feels open, spacious, and inviting with its glass walls, warm color palette, and comfy leather seating. The design is part rustic hunting lodge, part urban industrial and includes several of the family’s antiques to add a personal touch. The result is a masculine space that is perfect for unwinding after a day of enjoying the Tennessee countryside.Looking for an observation tower you actually stay in? Check out the best fire lookout rentals in the U.S.
Ramstein Air Base (Germany): The Islamic State group in Afghanistan is a “very worrisome” threat to the United States, and US counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, a senior American general has said. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said IS would be hard pressed, however, to carry out an attack on the U.S. homeland because it is under strong military pressure. “ISIS in Afghanistan certainly has aspirations to attack the United States,” McKenzie said. “It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it will be hard for them to do that.” Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’McKenzie, head of US Central Command with responsibility for managing American military operations across the greater Middle East, spoke in Germany with reporters returning home with him from an eight-day trip that took him to Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. He also spent two days aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea. He stopped at Germany’s Ramstein air base to refuel his airplane before flying to his headquarters in Florida. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaEarlier this week, the Associated Press cited US and Afghan security officials In reporting that the Islamic State group in Afghanistan is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries. McKenzie, a veteran of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he believes IS in Afghanistan has not expanded its capabilities but remains a big problem. “They are very worrisome to us” in their strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, he said, adding that combat operations have failed to reduce the group’s fighting ranks. Others have said they are thought to number in the thousands. The Islamic State affiliate appeared in Afghanistan shortly after the group’s core fighters swept across Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014, carving out a self-styled Islamic empire in both countries. The Afghanistan affiliate refers to itself as the Khorasan Province, a name applied to parts of Afghanistan, Iran and central Asia in the Middle Ages.
Tamra Keepness has been missing since 2004 (Regina Police Service).The Canadian PressRetired police corporal Jim Pratt remembers standing on a road on the outskirts of Regina as a team of searchers walked through a yellow canola field.They were looking for a missing Indigenous girl, five-year-old Tamra Keepness. Elders had told police they had visions of the child near rocks, water and trees.Pratt says a car with two older white women pulled up beside him, and one peeped out a window.“Did you find our baby yet?” she asked.No. And 15 years later, Tamra still hasn’t been found.Pratt gets emotional thinking about that day, that unsolved case and the girl so many worried about.“Race was thrown to the side,” Pratt says. “That little girl became everybody’s baby.”Toothy smileTamra and her toothy smile were well-known across Canada in 2004, and the search for the missing girl grew to one of the largest in Regina’s history.She was last seen about 10:30 p.m. on July 5 of that year as she was going to bed in her home in Regina’s core, where she lived with her mother, stepfather, twin sister and four other siblings.She was noticed missing the next day about noon.“No matter what we did, no matter how many people we talked to, no matter where we searched, we were no closer at the end of that than we were the day that she was reported missing,” says Marlo Pritchard, a staff sergeant in charge of the major crimes unit at the time.Now chief of police in Weyburn, Sask., Pritchard recalls the force was consumed with an urgency to find the little girl.About 2,000 tips came in and, like a grenade going off with fragments flying everywhere, each one needed to be looked at as a potential lead.It’s frustrating no one was able to find her, he says.“It pulls at your heart. It hurts.”Search and rescueRetired officer Ron Weir, who was called in to set up the search and rescue operation just as he was heading out on holidays, remembers working 20-hour days on the case.Police were “behind the eight-ball,” he says, because several hours had passed between the time Tamra was last seen and when she was reported missing.He brought in volunteers to help.“These people were out there daily with us for months and taking time off their work,” he says.Police and hundreds of volunteers scoured neighbourhoods, combed through yards and garages and, assuming the worst, looked in trash bins and a local landfill. The search also expanded to Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation and Pasqua First Nation based on tips from the public and visions from elders.Regina police did not respond to a request for an update on the case. But this week they released a short video saying investigators continue to search for answers.Ottawa StreetThe old brown-and-white house from where Tamra vanished still stands on Ottawa Street. Some residents say the neighbourhood has its issues: property crime, women working street corners at night and people in dark clothing walking around looking inside vehicles.Posters of a missing Indigenous woman, Jenaya Wapemoose, who hasn’t been seen since March, are taped to lampposts along the block.Tamra’s cousin, Honey Watetch, moved in across the street a few months ago. Having Tamra’s old house so close is hard, Watetch says, and she doesn’t like to talk about it.Troy Keepness also visited the neighbourhood this week.Tamra’s father says he feels like crying and harbours guilt over losing custody of his children in the years leading up to Tamra’s disappearance.Brave, gigglyThe last time he saw Tamra – the brave, giggly, energetic girl who looked most like him – Keepness says she told him she wanted to be home with him.He’s numbed the pain over the years with alcohol and drugs, he adds, and has also had interactions with police.“I feel awful about how I’ve been living to deal with issues around my life.”Keepness has 10 other children who are mostly now grown, he says. He’s proud of his kids. One son recently graduated high school. Tamra’s twin is now in university.He knows Tamra would be doing well now too, he says, and hopes to one day find her – or at least find out what happened to her.It’s something he has prayed about.“I prayed whoever has her would keep her safe and not hurt her,” he says. “And if she’s already an angel, then I said ‘hello.”’Pratt still advises police on the case, and says he also thinks about Tamra all the time.“Some day we’ll see her in the spirit world or some day she’ll walk down the street in real life and say, ‘I’m here,” Pratt says. “That’s how I have to look at it.“We’re not going to give up hope.”
TORONTO – Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government expects to spend up to $5 million to compensate companies that bought into the province’s cap-and-trade system, the provincial environment minister said Wednesday before moving to repeal the carbon pricing program.Rod Phillips introduced a bill that, if passed, will lay out the legal framework to wind down cap and trade, as well as the criteria for companies seeking to be reimbursed for costs incurred through the program.While the program’s 272 participants bought close to $3 billion in allowances, Phillips said only those that purchased more than they used while the program was still active, and were not able to recover those costs from consumers, will be eligible for compensation.The proposed legislation would also protect the province from any potential litigation over the decision, the government said.Critics were quick to call the move disruptive for business, saying it will likely be challenged in court despite the immunity built into the bill. But Phillips said he believes it will be well received.“The feedback I’ve been getting from the business community is quite positive about this government and so I don’t have worries about that. This is a very fair framework around compensation,” he said.The cap-and-trade system aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. If they exceed those limits, they must buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.Scrapping the system was one of Premier Doug Ford’s key promises during the province’s spring election campaign, and one of the priorities he vowed to address in this month’s rare summer sitting of the legislature.The Tory government has already taken steps to unravel the program, including revoking the regulation that lays out its operation. That has led to the cancellation of a number of green initiatives that were funded through cap-and-trade revenues, such as rebates for energy-efficient renovations and a fund for school repairs.Opposition parties had expressed concerns that the government could be on the hook for billions of dollars to compensate permit holders, and that the Tories have yet to explain how they will make up for the lost revenue.Others, including the federal environment minister, had also raised the alarm about what they perceived as Ontario’s lack of a plan to tackle climate change.The New Democrats and the Green party said the bill introduced Wednesday did not assuage their fears, even though it requires the government to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to publish a climate change plan. Phillips said the specifics of both would be determined at a later date.“Ontario needs a real climate plan that puts a price on pollution, puts money in people’s pockets and supports jobs in the clean economy. Instead we are getting a war on the modern world and no indication from the PC government that climate change is on their radar,” Green Leader Mike Schreiner said in a statement.NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns said taxpayers are likely to end up paying more because of potential legal battles over the bill, as well as the price of a carbon tax the federal government has vowed to impose on provinces that do not have their own carbon pricing systems by next year.“I guess we’ll see whether or not the $5 million is realistic but I think the bigger question is, for a lot of Ontarians, they’re going to see higher carbon prices in the coming years because the federal government’s program is going to cut in,” he said.The provincial government said dismantling cap and trade would save each household an average of $260 next year, but acknowledged that would largely be cancelled out by the federal carbon tax, which is set to increase over time.Ford has said he would join Saskatchewan’s court challenge of the federal government’s ability to impose a carbon price upon the provinces — a legal fight for which his party has budgeted $30 million over four years.Ontario’s fiscal watchdog said Tuesday it will look into how much the cancellation of cap and trade will end up costing the province.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday criticised BJP for its “ill treatment” towards party veterans L K Adavani and Murli Manohar Moshi and said it is “really sad” to see the way the party is treating its founding members. “Today I spoke to Adavaniji in the morning. I enquired about his health. He said he felt good that I had called him. “It is really sad to see the way BJP is treating its founding members. I don’t want to say much more as it is the internal matter of their party,” Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool Congress supremo said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Advani and Joshi have been denied ticket by BJP to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in their states. In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign, Banerjee said she has immense respect for real chowkidars and not for political chowkidars who are trying to derive “political mileage” out of it. She also criticised Modi for trying to derive “political mileage” out of the achievements of scientists. “Has Modi gone to space or has he done any research? He is just trying to gain political mileage out of it,” she said on the prime minister’s announcement that the country had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite.
By Georgina WelchWashington D.C – Last night Ribab Fusion kicked off their month long tour in the United-States with a concert on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.Ribab Fusion’s music celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber) culture, moving from 70s-style funk to Afropop dance vibes, from slow jams to high-energy call-and-responses choruses. The one-stringed bowed ribab, an instrument similar to a violin that originates from the Souss region of Morocco, is the thread that brings all the diversity of their music together into a wonderful sound.The band were joined on stage by Mehdi Nassouli, a talented guembri player, from Taroudant (Morocco) who’s energy along with that of the rest of the band soon moved the audience from foot tapping to dancing away their cares.The band’s tour continues at the FirstWorks festival in Providence RI on September 20th with further performances in New York NY, Gainsville FL, Miami FL, Albuquerque NM and at the Joshua Tree Music Festival in California on October 11thThe tour is organized by CenterStage, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts.Center Stage is a public diplomacy initiative of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that brings interantional performing artists from all over the world to perform for American communities. The program is designed to build mutual understanding via cultural expressions and people-to-people exchanges.More information about the Center Stage tours and performers is available at www.CenterStageUS.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CenterStagePage.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
27 May 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he is “much encouraged” by his discussions with Myanmar’s authorities in recent days, citing increased access for international aid workers to the Ayeyarwady delta area and an agreement to open up land, sea and air routes for relief supplies. “I hope and I believe that this marks a new spirit of cooperation and partnership between Myanmar and the international community as a whole,” he told reporters in New York. “Prompt and full implementation will be the key. I will be fully, continuously and personally engaged.”The Secretary-General has just returned from a trip to both Myanmar, in the wake of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis, and to China, which is dealing with the aftermath of a massive earthquake. Mr. Ban said he had witnessed “with sadness two terrible tragedies.”Stressing that almost two million lives were “still at stake” following Cyclone Nargis, Mr. Ban said that Canada has agreed to transport helicopters to Myanmar to support the aid effort, but he added that “much, much more needs to be done.”Mr. Ban noted that “few countries possess the capacity and the resources to cope on their own with disasters of this magnitude,” and said that was why the UN had co-sponsored an international pledging conference in the country on Sunday with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Meanwhile, the top humanitarian official for the United Nations said today that the world body has raised 60 per cent of the funding it has appealed for, with a total of $233 million either having been contributed or pledged to the overall relief effort following Cyclone Nargis.Characterizing Sunday’s international pledging conference held in Yangon as a “success,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters in New York that “there was a strong sense of unity and purpose and a clear determination to scale up the relief effort – to reach all of those in need.”The UN estimates that aid has reached about one million people, not including the Government’s own emergency response. Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, cautioned that “a lot of people have received either nothing or not enough. That’s why we need to step up the aid effort.”The Under-Secretary-General also said that people who had fled their homes to either official or informal settlements should only return home voluntarily “so that basic services are in place for them. They should not be pushed back before that.”Speaking to reporters today in Geneva, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Elizabeth Byrs said that between 10 and 15 international flights are coming in every day to Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, and that air-bridge flights from the logistics hub at Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport to Yangon, are now fully operational. In total, the UN says that 169 international relief flights have arrived so far in Myanmar.Ms. Brys said that OCHA hoped that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) would be able to start operating 10 helicopters in Myanmar as soon as possible, after the Government gave the go-ahead to their deployment. So far, WFP and its partners have delivered over 3,000 tons of food aid reaching some 460,000 people. Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the highest priority now for affected populations is access to water, sanitation and basic healthcare. The agency has mobilized a specialized team to focus on malaria prevention and control. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is completing an assessment of the needs of children within the country and has been providing health, education and water and sanitation supplies as well as technical assistance.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Thursday amid data showing the economic recovery in the European Union proceeding at a slower than expected pace and a disappointing outlook from retail giant and economic bellwether Wal-Mart stores.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,588.89-84.84 -0.58%S&P 500 — 1,870.85-17.68 -0.94%Dow — 16,446.81-167.16 -1.01%Nasdaq — 4,069.29-31.33-0.76%The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 84.84 points to 14,588.89.The Canadian dollar was up 0.05 of a cent at 91.94 cents US.U.S. indexes finished the session deep in the red as the Dow Jones industrials tumbled 167.16 points to 16,446.81, leaving the index in negative territory for the year to date. The Nasdaq dropped 31.34 points to 4,069.29 and the S&P 500 index fell 17.68 points to 1,870.85.Wal-Mart’s quarterly earnings came in at $3.59 billion, or $1.11 per share, down from $3.78 billion, or $1.14 per share a year ago as bad winter weather kept shoppers away. Its performance missed Wall Street’s view and, on top of that, the world’s biggest retailer gave a second-quarter earnings forecast below analysts’ estimates. Wal-Mart’s stock fell $1.91 or 2.43% to US$76.83.“Wal-Mart is a market mover,” observed Stephen Lingard, managing director, Franklin Templeton Solutions. “The miss and their weak outlook is going to hit a market that is looking for excuses maybe to take profits after a nice rebound.”Meanwhile, Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said the eurozone saw output grow by only 0.2% in the first quarter from the previous three-month period. Economists had expected a 0.4% increase.A large chunk of the blame for the underperformance can be placed on a flat performance in France, Europe’s second-largest economy behind Germany.The figures are likely to strengthen arguments for the European Central Bank to cut interest rates and take further stimulus measure at its next meeting June 5.“It certainly seems like there is more support for more unorthodox sort of monetary policy out of Europe,” added Lingard. “If anything, they should have been talking about this a year ago.”The gold sector was down about 1.75% as June bullion fell $12.30 to US$1,293.60 an ounce.July copper was down two cents at US$3.14 a pound and the base metals sector eased 1.06%.The energy sector fell 0.7% as June crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 87 cents to US$101.50 a barrel. Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) also weighed on the TSX after Air Canada decided not to immediately replace its remaining fleet of narrow-body Embraer E190s with the transport giant’s CSeries airliners. The carrier said that the 90-seat aircraft are still relatively young and it prefers to avoid more capital expenditures and debt as it focuses on adding 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and retrofitting 18 Boeing 777s with more seats. Bombardier shares fell 30 cents or 7.14% to $3.90 on very heavy volume of 42.6 million shares.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) also posted an adjusted net loss of $132 million, or 46 cents per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $143 million, or 52 cents per share, year over year as it was impacted by a lower Canadian dollar. Its shares slipped 31 cents to $7.91.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) wants to sell some or all of its 37% stake in asset manager CI Financial Corp. (TSX:CIX). That position, acquired in 2008, is worth about $3.8 billion and the bank believes it can more profitably deploy the capital elsewhere. CI Financial shares fell $1.15 or 3.18% to C$34.98, while Scotiabank was up 56 cents to $67.53.TOP STORIESCanada’s three oil-rich provinces outperform 16 richest countries, economic report findsBehind Scotiabank’s plan to unload its $3.8-billion CI Financial stakeGM has now recalled 11.1-million vehicles this year — more than the past 6 years combinedAir Canada to keep 25 Embraer jets in blow to Bombardier CSeriesWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.International securities transactions (March): Economists expect $70-billion, up from last month UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Housing starts (April): Economists expect 3.6% rise Building permits (April): Economists expect 1.3% rise 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (May): Economists expect a reading of 84.5, up slightly
NEW YORK — The judge presiding over the federal sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein has invited his accusers and their lawyers to a hearing next week where he’ll consider prosecutors’ request to dismiss the indictment.U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said Wednesday he’ll conduct a brief hearing Tuesday to consider the dismissal since the financier killed himself in his prison cell Aug. 10.The judge said he believes the public may have an interest in the legal process surrounding dismissal of charges.Epstein was accused of sexually abused girls and young women.Berman had ordered him held without bail after two accusers urged at a hearing that Epstein remain behind bars.The judge said prosecutors and Epstein’s lawyers can be heard Tuesday, along with accusers and their lawyers.The Associated Press
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the threat of transmission of pests – unwanted stowaways – on ships and containers transporting agricultural cargo, especially seeds, is a growing concern around the world. “Unlike other agricultural products that are destined for consumption, such as wheat, barley or lentils, seeds are a cause for greater concern,” said the UN agency in a news release. “[As they are] destined for planting, there is a greater risk that any pests they carry could establish themselves and spread after planting,” it added.For instance, once ashore, pests such as the gypsy moths, giant African snails or Argentine ants can invade new environments, devastate crops and cause much hardship. Adopted last week by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures, the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), the new standard will help harmonize the ways countries deal with the complexities of the international seed trade. The efforts are also expected to facilitate trade in seeds – valued at about $12 billion annually – while ensuring that such shipments safeguard food supplies for a growing global population. In the news release, FAO further underscored that such steps are important to protect global food security as well as for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those related to combatting hunger. “Because the IPPC is the only organization to set government-recognized plant health standards that facilitate international trade, the decisions made here will be essential to further protecting the world’s plant resources, the very foundation of life,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. “FAO’s vision of a world without hunger can only be accomplished with healthy plants that are free from regulated pests,” she underscored. The twelfth session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures, which concluded last week in Incheon, Republic of Korea, also discussed guidelines for an import regulatory system, and a series of treatments that stop pests from burrowing into wooden packaging materials and methods to stop fruit flies from attacking citrus fruits.
Australia company, Forefront launched an innovative charging product to the world’s mining community at the fourth International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving, held in Vancouver, Canada, last month.The event allowed the company to launch HEX-RITE®, a lifting tool used for charging high explosives into drawpoints associated with block-cave, sublevel-cave and open-stope mining.Forefront said the growing popularity of block caving and sublevel caving around the world is largely due to the very low production cost and the intrinsic safety associated with these mining methods. They are often the only viable mining methods for some of the lower-grade massive orebodies that are becoming too deep for open-pit mining.“Australian mines such as Ridgeway, Cadia East, Argyle and Northparkes have adopted these mining methods to great success,” Forefront Director Anthony Redfern said. “There’s now an increase in interest from international companies, so we were excited to present HEX-RITE in person to some of the mining industry’s top experts.”HEX-RITE was initially designed to be used in block-cave mines. In the block-caving mining method, the orebody is undercut so the base of the orebody starts collapsing, or caving, due to the mass of overlying material.“The orebody subsides under gravity, gathering at draw points for collection and, later, processing. At the same time, the caving process gradually propagates upward and further into the orebody. Often, overly large fragments can block an extraction draw point. The culprit can be a single boulder or a stringed arch of smaller boulders. These blockages are referred to, by block-caving miners, as ‘hang-ups’,” Forefront said.“Stresses created by the blockage transmit to important mine structures, such as draw point brows, structural pillars and extraction-level drives. Damage can go as far as causing footwall heave and failure of sidewalls and the extraction of these hang-ups can create a fatal work environment for miners as they manoeuvre equipment and explosives to eradicate any obstacles.”The HEX-RITE removes personnel from the line of fire while safely, and efficiently, clearing oversize material hangups, according to Forefront. This was a solution symposium delegates from almost 100 different companies and 14 countries were introduced to at the show.“This was an incredible opportunity to showcase Forefront’s secondary break application tools to a global market,” Redfern said, who was joined by Forefront Product and Design Manager Ron Bell and Business Development Manager Nick Clift at the show.“The symposium was deemed a success with potential partnerships formed with block and sublevel cave mines in the Americas, Asia and Europe,” Forefront said.Additionally, the Australian Centre for Geomechanics has invited Forefront to be involved in an experiment with leading industry engineers to test the seismic load failure point of ground support mechanisms.Forefront concluded: “There are many countries who already share Australia’s high standards of work safety but don’t have the resources to implement them. We hope the introduction of our products will encourage the mining industry worldwide to adopt our safety measures and to support Australian innovations like ours.”
Macedonian right wing, Vladimir Temelkov (31) in next season will play for Bascharage from Luxembourg. Regular member of the “first seven” in Macedonian national squad who will play at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, decided to leave Germany, where he played for HBW Balingen and had an offer from 2. Bundesliga team, TV Neuhausen. Vladimir Temelkov ← Previous Story Serbia has a new Women’s NT coach Next Story → Duvnjak lost the ball – THW Kiel wins German Super Cup
16,303 Views ‘There’s no show like it’: Here’s what happens behind the scenes at Winning Streak We were given a glimpse at rehearsals with Sinead and Marty. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Feb 24th 2018, 6:01 PM Share2 Tweet Email Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3863736 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20 Comments Subscribe for more videos EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT across Ireland, hundreds of thousands of television screens turn to Winning Streak.The iconic game show is now one of the longest running in Europe, having first aired in September 1990, and tonight it reaches a significant milestone – its 1,000th episode.Mike Murphy was Winning Streak’s first host, and its current presenters – Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, since 2009 and 2013 respectively – are both hugely fond of being at the helm.“You’d be found out if you weren’t,” Whelan told TheJournal.ie.We were given a glimpse behind the scenes at a day in the life of Winning Streak – watch our full video above.Read: Winner of €4.4 million Lotto jackpot finally collects cheque from National Lottery > Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 6:00 PM By Nicky Ryan
Samsung attaque aussi Apple en justiceAttaqué par la marque à la pomme devant la justice américaine, le constructeur sud-coréen a lui aussi assigné Apple devant les tribunaux.C’est une véritable bataille judiciaire que se livrent Apple et Samsung en ce moment. Après avoir vu la firme de Steve Jobs avoir recours à la justice américaine pour une histoire de plagiat de ses iPhone et iPad, Samsung a contre-attaqué en déposant également plainte pour plagiat devant un tribunal de Séoul, rapporte Europe 1. Des actions ont également été engagées à Tokyo et à Mannheim, en Allemagne.”Samsung va répondre activement à l’action judiciaire engagée contre (lui) afin de protéger sa propriété intellectuelle et de garantir la poursuite de son innovation et de sa croissance dans le secteur des communications mobiles”, a indiqué le constructeur sud-coréen dans un communiqué. Apple aurait ainsi violé des brevets Samsung en matière de technologie sans fil. On sent que toute cette histoire n’est pas prête de s’arrêter…Le 22 avril 2011 à 14:18 • Emmanuel Perrin