East Bengal 2-1 Patha Chakra: Report and three things we learned Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 18:29 7/9/2017 East Bengal go top of the table in Calcutta Football League with their sixth consecutive win over Patha Chakra today… East Bengal picked up a hard fought 2-1 win over Patha Chakra in their sixth match in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) 2017 on Thursday afternoon. Brandon Vanlalremdika and Mahmoud Al Amna scored for the Red and Golds while Jagannath Oraon scored Patha Chakra’s solitary goal.The minnows took the lead against all odds in the first half. Taking advantage of a gap created in the East Bengal defence, Joel Sunday made a run into the box from the left side. He went past his marker Mehtab Singh and passed the ball to Jagannath who just had to tap the ball into the net.Khalid Jamil fielded Surabuddin Mullick as a striker from the very beginning alongside Joby Justin. The hat-trick hero from Peerless game missed a number of chances. At the stroke of half time, Brandon equalised after Patha Chakra goalkeeper Subham Roy failed to collect a back pass from his defender. The custodian fumbled inside the box as Brandon pounced on it and converted from almost a zero degree angle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 The second half proved to be even-steven as both the sides looked desperate for the second goal. Patha Chakra fought really hard and was almost on par with East Bengal performance wise. After waiting until the 88th minute, the Kolkata giants finally got their chance to take the lead.Mahmoud Al Amna was pushed from the back inside the penalty box and the referee did not hesitate to point at the spot. Amna coolly converted to gift his team all three points. The decidion to award a penalty was controversial and it could have swayed either way. Amna was definitely pushed but there wasn’t too much of an impact.Here are the three things we learnt from this match:Jagannath Oraon’s top notch performancePatha Chakra’s goal scorer Jagannath Oraon was undoubtedly the player of the match today. He was at his very best and also scored the opening goal of the match. The right winger created constant problems for East Bengal debutante Tonmoy Ghosh who struggled on the pitch today. It was Jagannath’s energy and enthusiasm on the pitch that kept the East Bengal defenders on their feet for the entire 90 minutes. Jagannath has surely grabbed the eyeballs of the recruiters from the big teams of the city after today’s performance.East Bengal attackers need to be more clinical up frontJust like their match against Railway FC last week, the East Bengal attackers missed a series of chances again. Surabuddin single-handedly missed 3 chances in the first half out of which at least one should have gone in. While in their previous game, the missed chances were not highlighted thanks to 3-0 scoreline, today the skeleton almost came out. Had Almna not converted his spot-kick, Khalid Jamil would have had to repent those chances. The I-League winning coach has to pay serious attention to this aspect of his side.’Workhorse’ Mahmoud Al Amna once again East Bengal’s saviourThe Syrian international midfielder is slowly establishing himself as an indispensable player for the Red and Golds with every passing match. 34-year-old Mahmoud Al Amna, who joined the club this season from Aizawl is the team’s main architect. The old workhorse runs box to box throughout the game. His defence splitting through passes, work rate at the centre of the pitch and his ability to score goals is what makes him a standout performer. It was more of the same today as the Syrian worked relentlessly and also scored the winning goal to maintain his team’s 6-match winning streak in CFL 2017. read more
Sporting Kansas City hangs on to win fourth U.S. Open Cup over New York Red Bulls Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 11:46 21/9/2017 Jay Biggerstaff Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi gave the side the advantage and survived a late surge from the Red Bulls to win the trophy Sporting Kansas City kept its U.S. Open Cup tradition alive Wednesday night, but it required holding off a stoppage-time surge from the New York Red Bulls in the final to do it.With the side up 2-0 heading into the 90th minute thanks to goals from Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi, it appeared Sporting KC’s fourth U.S. Open Cup triumph was done and dusted.However, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a minute into stoppage time to cut the deficit in half. From there Sporting KC would have to survive a corner kick and, at the death, a free kick from just outside the area from Felipe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Felipe’s effort curled just over the bar, and the whistle was blown soon afterward to the delight of Sporting KC and the fans at Children’s Mercy Park, who have seen triumphs in this tournament by the team in 2004, 2012 and 2015.Blessing got Sporting KC on the board in the 25th minute, heading home a Graham Zusi cross after the 5-foot-5 attacker got in between Red Bull defenders Aaron Long and Michael Murillo.The moment @SportingKC clinched its fourth @opencup 🏆! #USOC2017 pic.twitter.com/edrQ9DJlsR— U.S. Open Cup (@opencup) September 21, 2017Unfortunately for Blessing, his night would come to an end not long after due to a thigh injury.The game remained 1-0 into the second half when a ball over the top allowed Salloi to split the Red Bulls defense and beat onrushing goalkeeper Ryan Meara to double the lead.The Red Bulls found themselves unable to mount many clear threats on Tim Melia’s goal until stoppage time. There Wright-Philipps pounced on a rebound to bring New York within striking distance.Wright-Phillips earned another chance for his side to score late as he was brought down just outside the area attempting to get to a ball delivered over the top, earning defender Ike Opara a yellow card in the process.But that opportunity went begging as Felipe struck his free kick over the wall, but also over the goal, to leave the Red Bulls just short and give Sporting KC its fourth-ever triumph in the tournament. read more
He texted often with head coach Scott Frost and was even introduced to defensive coordinator and fellow Iowan Erik Chinander’s family.247Sports rates Gunnerson as the No. 678 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 34 strong-side defensive end in the nation, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Iowa.In 2017 he recorded 25.5 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks. He missed his junior season due to an injury.[The Daily Nonpareil] LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: General view of a football before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)For the longest time it looked like three-star defensive end Blaise Gunnerson had his choices narrowed down to in-state Iowa State and Nebraska. After picking the Huskers over the Cyclones on Tuesday, Gunnerson explained why he ultimately turned down the in-state Big 12 power.In an interview with The Daily Nonpareil, Gunnerson explained that while he “leaned” towards Iowa State for several days, he came to realize that Nebraska was a better fit. He said that the academics, strength and conditioning, and coaching staff were all better at Nebraska.“I leaned Iowa State for a day or two,” Gunnerson said. “Then I kind of got back to myself and knew Nebraska was the place for me. If I go to Nebraska, they’re going to develop me to be the best version of myself on and off the field. Their academics really impressed me, their strength and conditioning really impressed me, and the coaching staff was the most important thing. Scott Frost has been completely honest with me.”He admitted to being an Iowa State fan and that the people in his hometown of Carroll, Iowa are largely Cyclones fans as well. But he said that he couldn’t choose the Big 12 giants just because he was a fan.Gunnerson noted that Nebraska had been very active in recruiting him.
New Delhi: With the BJP gearing up for organisational polls, its president Amit Shah on Friday appointed veteran party leader Radha Mohan Singh as the in-charge of a panel to oversee the elections, the party said in a statement. He will be assisted by three other party leaders; Lok Sabha member Vinod Sonkar, former MP Hansraj Ahir and C T Ravi, a Karnataka MLA, it said. Singh is an MP from Bihar. He was a Union minister in the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government. The organisational polls are likely to begin next month after the party’s membership drive is over. Following his appointment, Singh said he will carry out the responsibility with full commitment. Speculation is rife that Shah may opt out of the party post following his induction in the Union Cabinet as the home minister. The party has not made any official comment on such a possibility.
New Delhi: Adani Power on Tuesday said electricity tribunal APTEL has allowed its subsidiary Adani Power Rajasthan to charge a higher cost of coal regarding a 1,200-MW power supply agreement with distribution companies of Rajasthan. The tribunal has allowed the compensation due to the shortage of domestic coal, the company said in a regulatory filing. “Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has issued a judgement, allowing the claim of compensation for non-availability/shortage in linkage coal supply from Coal India Ltd, and use of alternate coal by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, APRL in respect of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of 1200 MW signed with Distribution Companies of Rajasthan,” a BSE filing said. APTEL has allowed compensation for domestic coal shortfall arising from change in law pertaining to the New Coal Distribution Policy, 2007 (NCDP), and the Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala (Coal) Transparently in India policy of the Government of India (SHAKTI Policy).
MELFORT, Sask. – The case of a Calgary truck driver charged in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash has been adjourned until October.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, who is 29, is charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily injury.Sidhu did not appear in court in Melfort, Sask., and his lawyer was connected by phone.Sidhu was released on $1,000 bail in July under conditions he not drive and surrender his passport.Sixteen people, including 10 players, were killed and 13 players were injured when the junior hockey team’s bus and a transport truck driven by Sidhu crashed at a rural Saskatchewan intersection on April 6.The team was on its way to a playoff game.Sidhu was not hurt in the crash.
BOSTON — One of Boston’s most famous brewers is paying tribute to the city’s favourite quarterback.Sam Adams is releasing a beer in honour of Tom Brady ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl when the New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams.The Double IPA is called Too Old, Too Slow, Still Here . The 41-year-old Brady and teammates have been using similar sayings to motivate them during the playoffs this season.The label features a goat holding a football, a reference to Brady’s nickname as the GOAT — the Greatest of All Time.The limited edition brew will be available only at the Sam Adams tap room Thursday afternoon.Brady will play in his ninth super bowl Sunday. The Patriots have won five with him under centre.The Associated Press
Today he is one of the most sought after hair and beauty designers, and amongst the few Sri Lankans in the industry to be globally acclaimed. Presently he runs three salons, two in Colombo and one in London. His career as an artist began long before his venture into the fashion industry; initially as a professional singer with Mary Anne Singers spanning over 20 years, as an actor in the local English theatre, and as a professional dancer competing and performing at local and international competitions. Johann’s interest in exploring the great outdoors was impressed upon him at a very young age by his father, when the duo regularly explored the Knuckles Mountain range in Sri Lanka. The passion thus instilled in him, drives him to conquer mountains both in Sri Lanka and around the globe. His ﬁrst exploration out of Sri Lanka was the Thai- Burmese border, in 2005. As a more experienced mountaineer Johann successfully conquered Everest Base Camp in 2010, Island Peak in 2012, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2014. (Colombo Gazette) An artist inspired by nature, Johann is a hair-designer by profession and adventurer by choice. He is the only Sri Lankan male to reach an altitude of 8,400m / 27,559ft, which he achieved on 21 May 2016 on Mt Everest.His passion for the great outdoors and his creative soul has struck a perfect balance and is evident in his work, life and interests.Johann began his hair-designing career 25 years ago. Opting for originality over formulaic, he soon became popular as one of the best hair-designers in the country. Taking his innate ﬂair in the beauty and fashion culture a step further, he re-established the local industry to meet international standards by introducing new concepts in bridal-designs, attire conceptualizing and make-up. This year Johann has decided to make a public climb where any Sri Lankan can sponsor each step that Johann takes on the mountain. Each step of Johann is valued at Rs.100 with an estimated 80,000 steps in total to be taken to arrive at the summit. Donations can be made via http://www.johanneverest2018.comAn Everest expedition requires a large financial commitment and every sponsored step will be go towards financing the expedition and all associated costs. The total cost for the expedition is forecast to be approximately US$ 58600. As a result Johann Peries today announced the launch of ‘Climb with Johann’ a campaign to support his journey to conquer the mountain. During the 2016 attempt Peries fell short due to his oxygen tanks malfunctioning. Mountaineer Johann Peries is to make a second attempt to reach the top of Mount Everest in April, it was announced at a press briefing today attended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Peries earlier partnered with Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala when she become the first Sri Lankan to summit the mountain in May 2016.
Next, choose your devices, including user devices and room-based systems. Identify your locations — considering audio, lighting, and noise characteristics — and consider any reporting metrics that you might need, both to support your solution and to report on usage and benefits. Poly Says Hello at Enterprise Connect Zeus Kerravala March 19, 2019 The newly rebranded Plantronics-Polycom comes bearing new products and partnerships, including with AWS, Microsoft, and Google Voice. Desktop conferences tend to function as closed environments that require all participants to use the same desktop or mobile client. While this may not pose a problem for internal communications, it can prove very frustrating for external participants and makes it difficult to use these systems to host meetings with clients, suppliers, partners, and so on. Developing an Effective Smart Meeting StrategyIf you’re considering how smart meetings might be of benefit to your organization, with a little planning, it should be possible to provide a meetings environment that facilitates mobility and modern ways of working in such a way that users understand. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & Viewssmart meetingsaudio conferencingroom-based video conferencingvideo bridgesMeetingsAI & AutomationCloud CommunicationsConferencingFuture of WorkMobilitySCTCVideo Collaboration & A/V Articles You Might Like Immersive experiences, which boast high quality video and audio but come with a high cost and require a bespoke environmentOne-button joining, whereby a user can join a meeting by pressing a single button, either on a tablet in the room or on a smartphoneTouch-joining, whereby a user can join a meeting by presenting a mobile phone against a touchpad in a contactless mannerSmart video features, including auto-framing and auto-tracking in order to provide a better view of participantsAutomatic transcription and translation of meeting audioWireless content-sharing from smartphones and tabletsAutomatic recording of audio, video and content Usage ChallengesHistorically, audio conferencing has been the easiest meeting technology to use. Most audio conferencing systems use a meeting ID and PIN code, or similar, for access. This is generally easy to operate and allows these meetings to be joined from any fixed or mobile telephone, anywhere in the world. Meetings_people_774.png Why Now? The bottom-line savings associated with avoiding travel remain, but the environmental impacts of such travel — particularly flying — are much more visible. These environmental impacts are important to employers and employees alike; meanwhile, globalization is resulting in an ever-increasing need to meet more often, and with colleagues from all over the world. What Are “Smart Meetings”?The term “smart meeting” refers to any meeting that utilizes intelligent features in order to improve user experience. A comprehensive range of such features is now available, but a good list of some of the top features include: Advancements in communications and collaboration technology have been changing the ways in which modern meetings are carried out. Today, we’re witnessing live video feeds, screen sharing, remote dial-ins, and a whole host of other features challenging the meaning of the word “meeting,” with a group of people no longer having to be in the same room in order to meet. From here, you can choose your architecture. An on-premises solution will be preferable if most participants will be internal and/or a number of enhanced smart features are required, whereas a cloud-based deployment would be preferable if your organization holds regular meetings with external parties. In this instance, you’d likely want to choose a solution that enables external users to select their own client, rather than forcing them to use yours. The process will be on-going, even after deployment and implementation are complete. Collect user feedback, measure usage, and use your findings to refine and improve the solution. When implementing your chosen solution, it will be necessary to prepare and provide the relevant user documentation and training. This isn’t just to train users to operate the technology; meeting etiquette and culture are important considerations, too. Can GoToMeeting Get its Mojo Back? Zeus Kerravala October 03, 2019 With a new GoToMeeting look and feel and updated functionalities across the meeting lifecycle, LogMeIn is finally getting meetings. Is it enough? Supporting Data-Driven Meetings in Business Chris Jaynes May 22, 2019 Huddle rooms, BYOD, and content sharing are part of the changing landscape of meetings. This increasing globalization can cause conflicts with environmental concerns, as well as concerns surrounding the social challenges associated with juggling the work/life balance. However, the pervasiveness of social media has led to increased acceptability of real-time, online collaboration, and smart meeting technologies are now bringing this capability to workplace meetings as well. There has never been a better time to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the advancement in smart meeting technology. We have also witnessed competing architectures rise up in recent years, with a conflict between on-premises and cloud-based solutions. Audio conferencing is supported by most enterprise telephony systems, but many organizations also deploy cloud-based services in order to provide dial-in functionality to users around the globe. Conversely, room-based video conferencing has historically been based around on-premises video bridges. Desktop conferencing has become more prevalent in recent years, following the emergence of cloud-based solutions such as those from Zoom, Vidyo, BlueJeans Network, and many more. With a little planning, it should be possible to source and implement a smart meetings solution to facilitate mobility and modern ways of working that’s in line with your wider IT or unified communications strategy. Conversely, room-based video and desktop conferencing systems can be much harder to use, and this has been cited as an inhibitor to widespread adoption. Video conferencing systems are notoriously difficult to set up and to use. Reports claim that an average of 10 minutes is lost at the start of a typical conference while participants struggle to connect. It’s particularly difficult to join a video conference as a third party, external to the hosting system, as you can often run into guest access issues. The quality of audio and video can also vary. See All in Meetings » Log in or register to post comments 6 Trends to Watch Out for in Online Meetings Dave Michels September 23, 2019 As online meetings become ubiquitous, conferencing providers will need to focus on innovation, price point, and other factors to succeed in the future. GoToMeeting Prepares ‘UCC Next Step,’ Revamps Experience Ryan Daily October 01, 2019 As video conferencing becomes ever more commonplace, platforms like GoToMeeting are releasing revamped experiences for diverse workforces and enterprises. sctcperspective_Small.png Firstly, identify key requirements and opportunities, as well as any current pain points and examples of poor performance by the incumbent system. Consider the type of meeting experience that is required: audio, video, desktop, or a combination of these. Generally speaking, meeting technology has developed down three unique paths: audio (telephone conferencing), room-based video conferencing, and desk-based audio and telephone conferencing. So far, integration of these three siloes has been limited. It may be possible, for example, to join multi-room video conferences by telephone, but doing so isn’t always easy or intuitive for users.
US employers posted fewer open jobs, though hiring rose; latest sign of sluggish job market by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2013 10:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in July but hired more workers, a mixed sign that suggests only modest improvement in the job market.Job openings fell 180,000 in July to 3.7 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s down from 3.9 million the previous month, which was revised lower.Overall hiring increased to 4.4 million, up from 4.3 million in June and 4.17 million a year ago. Still, hiring has fluctuated in recent months is below the 5 million pace before the recession.Layoffs dropped to 1.5 million, the lowest level on records dating back to 2001.The latest data on job openings and turnover in the workforce reaffirmed the painfully slow but steady progress taking place over the past three years. The economy is adding jobs. But much of the improvement has come from a drop in layoffs — not rapid hiring.Employers added 169,000 net jobs in August, and many fewer than previously thought in July and June, the government said Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 7.3 per cent, but only because more people gave up looking for work. The government doesn’t count someone as unemployed unless they are actively looking for work.Last week’s figures reflect net job gains, which is total hiring minus the number of people who were laid off, quit or retired.The Job Openings and Labor Turnover report, released Tuesday, shows overall hiring levels as well as job openings, layoffs and quits. It provides greater detail than the monthly employment report.Fewer jobs have made it harder for the unemployed to find work. For example, in July there were 3.1 unemployed people competing for each open job. In a healthy economy the ratio is 2 to 1.Job openings fell in nearly all industries, including construction, retail, health care and government. They rose in manufacturing and hotels and restaurants.Slightly more people quit their jobs, a positive sign that they are more confident in the job market. Most people quit when they have a new job or believe they will be able to find one. The number of people quitting rose to 63,000 to 2.27 million in July. Still, in a strong economy 2.5 million to 3 million workers quit their jobs every month.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Vice Chair Janet Yellen have both said that they are monitoring the job openings report for signs that hiring is improving in a sustainable way.Fed policymakers will meet next week to decide whether to reduce their $85 billion in monthly bond purchases. The bond purchases have kept longer-term interest rates low, encouraging consumers and businesses to borrow and spend more. Fed officials are deeply divided about the timing of the move, but many economists expect them to begin tapering their purchases in September.
“It may be more difficult, it may be more challenging, [but] we have moved from transition to transformation which entails peacebuilding [and] around it is state-building,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, told a news conference in Nairobi, in neighbouring Kenya, of the UN’s future role in a country that had been torn apart by more than 20 years of internecine warfare.“There is definitely unimaginable change in Somalia from a war situation to an increasing peaceful situation,” he added.The UN envoy paid tribute to the UN-backed African Union force in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali forces, which last month drove the Al Shabaab out of the port city of Kismayo, in the country’s south, and praised Somalia’s transition process which has seen the adoption of a new constitution, the convening of a new parliament, and the selection of a new president in recent months. “Ending the transition was momentous because this was a success story which Somalia has not witnessed in the past 21 years,” Mr. Mahiga said, using phrases such as “turning the corner” and “quantum leap” to describe the progress made.But he warned that the capture of Kismayo does not mean the end of the Al Shabaab, noting that the challenge from a degraded Al Shabaab may continue. “We have seen it in Mogadishu. They do what they are best at: terrorist bombs, devices, suicide bombs, roadside bombs. That is likely to continue,” he said, noting that there could still be guerrilla warfare and even more conventional warfare in some parts of Somalia.Turning to the role of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), which he heads, Mr. Mahiga said Somalia’s new President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, had already had two telephone calls with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the two had agreed to begin with peacebuilding activities, with every UN agency, fund and programme working there.“The UN will begin an internal strategic review of its strategies, objectives, priorities,” he stated, stressing that the world body was now moving “from a light foot print to a heavy footprint” in a country where it has so far had only a limited physical presence.He also stressed the need for reconciliation among Somalia’s many actors, suggesting that the chances of reaching some elements of the Al Shabaab may be better now as their security and military situation has been degraded.Stabilization, he noted, needs include establishing law and order and the creation of military and police services, setting up local and regional administrations, and the delivery of basic services such a water and health.Mr. Mahiga’s most vivid description of the improvement in the country came when he described his own experience since he took up his post. “When I first went to Mogadishu two years ago I was in a military truck. The distance from the airport to Villa Somalia (Government centre) is may be six or seven kilometres,” he said. “The only person I could see crossing the street was either a woman carrying some food, crossing the street but running or a child trying to cross the street. Otherwise everything was shut. The only thing on wheels I could see were military trucks and occasionally a donkey cart pulling some supplies on that whole stretch. “There wasn’t a single building that did no have let alone bullet holes but had been destroyed. When I was sitting with the president talking to him for two hours, sometimes three hours, from minute one to minute finish it was just sounds of guns and guns of different calibre, small guns, big guns, big booms, whatever…“Today, the streets are full of human beings. There are traffic jams similar to what is seen travelling from here to the town centre (of Nairobi). Construction and repair work is going on, the sound of hammers and all this has replaced the sound of guns. I see young men and women walking in the streets of Mogadishu well beyond 8 o’clock… to 10 o’clock. “There are shopping areas in Mogadishu that you can buy things that you can buy here (in Nairobi) coming from Dubai and this place, so there is really normalization at least in Mogadishu and I hope this continues in the other areas.” More international airlines now fly into Mogadishu, and, internally, one can go from the capital to Baidoa, Garowe and other towns, where previously fighting and factional tensions had made such journeys prohibitively perilous, he added.“This is a quantum change in 18 months and improving,” Mr. Mahiga said, while warning that there was still much to be done in the fields of both stabilization and humanitarian endeavour in a country where 1.5 million people still need humanitarian assistance to survive.
“Given the serious nature of continuing violations in an environment of complete impunity, CAR is on the brink of descending into atrocity crimes,” UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng said over the weekend at the end of a visit to the country, where a year-long conflict has increasingly turned into violence between Christians and Muslims.“The worst case scenario can only be stopped if urgent measures are taken to stop the violence and those responsible are held accountable,” added Mr. Dieng, who was accompanied on the visit by UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui, and Nancee Oku Bright from the office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.CAR has been thrown into turmoil since mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago and forced President François Bozizé to flee in March. A transitional government has since been entrusted with restoring peace and paving the way for democratic elections, but armed clashes have erupted again and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement has taken up arms.All three officials warned of the especially disastrous effects of the conflict on children who have been killed, mutilated, subjected to sexual violence and recruited by armed groups since the beginning, and they stressed the crucial need to strengthen the capacity and resources of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA) and the UN system as a whole to ensure an adequate and efficient crisis response.The conflict has forced children to abandon their homes, in some cases separating from their families. Their schools have been looted, teachers targeted, and classrooms occupied by armed groups. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 2.3 million children are affected by the crisis, including thousands who have been recruited or re-recruited by armed groups.“There is no excuse for failing the children of the Central African Republic,” Ms. Zerrougui said. “I welcome the engagement of the international community to deploy forces, support the (UN-endorsed) African Union Mission (peacekeeping force), and provide humanitarian assistance, but the needs are enormous. “We need to urgently protect children from harm, reunite former child soldiers with their families, strengthen monitoring and reporting on grave child rights violations and provide them with safe access to humanitarian assistance and education.” During a meeting with the three UN representatives, the head of the transitional government, Michel Djotodia, agreed to allow unimpeded and regular access to all cantonment sites in the country so that children found in the ranks of the ex-Séléka can be handed over to UNICEF and reunited with their families.“Releasing children is an essential step,” Ms. Zerrougui said. “I call on the international community to assist CAR authorities to implement a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process tailored to the specific needs of children.”The representatives, who also met the Transitional National Council, diplomats, religious leaders, civil society, women’s forum, internally displaced persons, victims of human rights violations and humanitarian and UN officials, voiced alarm at numerous reports of deliberate attacks and retaliatory acts against the civilian population, mainly on the basis of religion.Over the past two weeks Christians and Muslims have launched reprisal attacks against each other in and around Bangui, the capital, where some 210,000 people have been driven from their homes. Nearly 750,000 people have been displaced overall out of a total population of 4.6 million, 40,000 of them fleeing to neighbouring countries, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).Ms. Bright stressed that conflict and displacement have heightened the vulnerability of women and children to sexual violence. “I am deeply concerned that in this highly volatile environment, rape, forced marriage, mutilations, and other egregious acts of sexual violence against women and children continue to be reported”, she said.“All parties to the conflict must cease these violations, while humanitarian partners must also ensure accessibility to crucial medical support and services for survivors of sexual violence.”
In my article Friday about what’s slowing down Major League Baseball games, I use a relatively new stat called “pace.” It’s a measure of how much time elapses between pitches in the same plate appearance, making use of the PITCHf/x tracking system installed in every major league park. It can be applied to pitchers for all batters they face; and to batters for their plate appearances.One thing we already knew about pace is that it’s remarkably consistent from year to year. FanGraphs makes it possible to test that with a tool for calculating correlation between the same statistic across seasons. Pace’s year-to-year correlation is 0.859 among the 1,554 pairs of consecutive pitcher seasons for which FanGraphs has pace stats — from 2007 to 2013 for pitchers with at least 40 innings each season. That’s far higher than strikeout-to-walk ratio, which has a year-to-year correlation of 0.528; Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), an ERA-like stat (0.443); winning percentage (0.081); and other fielding stats. The correlation persists over a gap of more than one season: It’s 0.757 from one season to another three years later.That suggests that the biggest factor affecting pace is the pitcher. Pitchers can change catchers, teams or leagues; face a mix of batters; and pitch in front of a different defensive alignment or in different contexts. Yet their pace of play stays largely the same from season to season.This is evident in the leaderboard: Five of the 10 slowest pitchers with at least 100 innings last year were among the 10 slowest in 2012.Like other new stats, pace is a work in progress. For example, there are two versions — one on FanGraphs, the other on Baseball Prospectus — akin to the competing versions of wins above replacement. FanGraphs registers more average time, typically, which BP’s Ben Lindbergh attributes to his site’s exclusion of pickoff attempts.One mystery is whether pace is associated with other pitching attributes. In a quick check using the FanGraphs correlation tool, it looked like pace was modestly correlated with FIP and Win Probability Added. But that was probably because relievers tend to have better stats than starters, and also a slower pace. There’s no reason to think one causes the other. When I restricted the sample to only pitchers with at least 150 innings pitched — thereby excluding most relievers — I found there was essentially no correlation between pace and FIP or WPA. Pitchers don’t seem to get any particular value out of a slow pace, though it’s possible they would have worse results if they had to hurry between pitches. In the spirit of their deliberate play, we won’t rush to judgment.
The ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys has been refused legal aid in the High Court battle to keep him in jail. Two of Worboys’ victims are challenging the Parole Board decision to free the serial sex attacker after serving a minimum eight-year jail sentence. They raised the money to pay for their lawyers through an internet appeal for funds. Worboys’ application for taxpayer funding to pay for his lawyers was turned down by officials, the Telegraph can disclose. The judge in the case Sir Brian Leveson had urged authorities to give Worboys’ legal aid to ensure he was properly represented at the judicial review due to be held in March. But sources have confirmed that Worboys’ application was turned…
Dr Glyn Young, head of birds at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, said: “The idea that we could be releasing pochards into the wild only 12 years after rediscovery pays remarkable testament to the dreams and hard work of many people from Madagascar, Jersey and the UK, who have worked tirelessly to see this remarkable bird get a chance of survival in a changing world.”The state of the wetlands in Madagascar is so poor they would probably not survive if they left the lake. Consequently, the pioneering approach of using the cages helped ensure they settled on the lake and did not stray to less habitable environments. Pochard eggs being cultivated in captivityCredit:Peter Cranswick After successful trials in 2017, the aviaries were shipped from the UK to Madagascar and assembled on Lake Sofia this summer.Then those ducklings which hatched in October were transported 124 miles to the lake along a dirt road to be reared in land-based aviaries.In December, just before the ducks were able to fly, they were moved into the floating aviaries. The ducklings inside the converted Scottish fish farm cage where they lived for a weekCredit: Ben Sadd/WWT They had spent a week in the converted fish farm cages to protect them, get them accustomed to the environment and increase the chances of them returning when they can fly.Staff from the Gloucestershire-based Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust say they have adapted well to the lake and the cages.They have been seen diving and flying, as well as mixing with other wild ducks, and have repeatedly returned to the aviaries where they are thought to feel safe.With a wild population of now nearly 50, the duck may be even the rarest bird on the planet. Madagascar pochard ducklings at the floating aviaries at Lake Sofia, Madagascar, which serve as a temporary aquatic home for the world’s rarest duckCredit:Ben Sadd/WTT Nigel Jarrett, head of conservation breeding at the WWT, said: “It takes a village to raise a child, so the old African proverb goes, but in this case it has taken a village to raise a duck. We have been preparing for this moment for over a decade. The Madagascar pochard is a species endemic to the African island. While it was once common, widespread deforestation and water pollution caused by the arrival of humans on the island led to the decline in the species and the belief it had been entirely wiped out. The British organisations have about 80 pochards still in captivity, 21 have been released into the wild using the unique system of converted Scottish fish farm cages. A further 25 are believed to be living wild on the island. “The logistics of working in a remote part of Madagascar – where access to the lakes by vehicle is only possible for three months a year – have been an enormous challenge, requiring us to come up with novel approaches.”Working with local communities to solve the issues which were driving this bird to extinction has been essential to giving the pochard a chance of survival.”If we can make this work, it will provide a powerful example not just for of how save the planet’s most threatened species but how communities can manage an ecosystem to benefit people and wildlife, especially in areas of significant poverty.” For this reason, a plan was conceived to convert Scottish salmon-farming cages into the world’s first floating aviaries. Ducklings alongside a ‘lake’ in captivityCredit: Peter Cranswick Members of the WWT conservation team releasing the Madagascar pochard ducklings at Lake Sofia, MadagascarCredit:Ben Sadd/WWT The world’s rarest duck has been saved from extinction after being reared in Madagascar in the first ever floating aviaries made from converted Scottish salmon farming cages.Over the last seven years, around 100 Madagascar pochards were bred by British aviculturists on the island just off Mozambique.This month 21 of them have been successfully transferred to the wild to live on Lake Sofia in the north of the island. The floating aviaries visible on Lake SofiaCredit:Ben Sadd/WTT Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Other floating equipment – feeding stations and loafing rafts, designed to promote breeding – have also been specially designed and installed on the lake to give the birds the best possible chance of survival.With much of the wetlands across northern Madagascar severely degraded due to human encroachment, conservationists have also been working to improve the condition of Lake Sofia. The pochard was thought to have become extinct until it was rediscovered by American wildlife experts from The Peregrine Fund in 2006.Three years later teams from the UK organisations went over to Madagascar and helped rear some of the birds in captivity using a box and a Tupperware container as a ‘lake’. However, those birds that were hatched without siblings were given a rolled up sock to keep them company and serve as a “best friend”.Madagascar pochards spend almost all their time on water and, importantly, feed underwater. The Madagascar ducklings being raised in captivityCredit:WWT
For me, an external hard drive needs to be reliable and not too big or heavy to slide into a bag or pocket and forget about. For others, looks are everything, and Asus is catering to that crowd with a new Lamborghini-branded unit.The Lamborghini External HDD is a 2.5″ drive with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connection options depending on the drive model you buy. Each offers either 500GB or 750GB of storage space. It’s the exterior that catches the eye, though, with a glossy black or white finish and raised areas we believe are meant to make it look like the back of a Lamborghini.The drive is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/Me and ships with a USB cable and protection bag. There’s also a one-click auto backup function that uses the FlexSave file management system.As for pricing, Asus has only given out the USB 2.0 models list prices which are $119 for the 500GB drive, and $139 for the 750GB drive.Read more at Asus, via Autoblog and Gizmag
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As the Raptis Group prepares to resume trading on the stock exchange, developer Jim Raptis has been given a surge of confidence with numerous messages of support. “I’ve had contractors ringing me saying ‘congratulations, it’s been too long’,” Mr Raptis told the Gold Coast Bulletin.“People are consistently ringing me saying ‘it’s good to see you back’.”After millions of dollars in losses and a six-year exodus, the Raptis Group held its first general meeting in Sydney on Thursday. But this time, the developer says he will be taking a different approach.“I will be telling shareholders that we have been working towards this point (relisting) for the last few years so I can fulfil my obligations to shareholders and creditors.“I will say we have tried hard to deliver what we said we would and we are almost there.”Known for high-rise projects including the Gold Coast’s Hilton Hotel, Southport Central and Chevron Renaissance, the group will now turn its attention to smaller projects. “I will be focusing on low- rise and medium-rise projects, not super skyscrapers,” said Mr Raptis.“The new model is to start and finish a project within 12 months and not carry too much debt; the aim is slow, steady growth.”The group’s first project to relaunch it into the market is set to be the construction of 60 townhouses on a 12,000m2 site in Springwood, expected to commence in early 2016 with a value of $25 million.If all goes to plan and the company garners shareholder approval, Mr Raptis hopes the group will be trading on the ASX within the fortnight. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin
Google dans l’oeil de la Commission européenneL’UE a invité le géant américain de l’Internet à prendre des mesures pour éviter qu’une procédure pour abus de position dominante ne soit lancée.Google continue de s’attirer les foudres de la Commission européenne. L’UE a en effet enregistré les plaintes de plusieurs acteurs du Web pour abus de position dominante, notamment de la part de comparateurs de prix, déclassés de la Search au profit de Google Shopping, explique PCWorld.fr. Et si la Commission, menée par Joaquin Almunia, n’a pas encore engagé de procédure, elle a officiellement demandé à Google de prendre les mesures nécessaires pour éviter ce cas de figure. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Le commissaire de la concurrence a notamment expliqué que l’enquête a mené la Commission à “identifier plusieurs domaines dans lesquels les pratiques de Google peuvent être considérés comme des abus de position dominante”. Il parle aussi de “traitement préférentiel” pour des liens mis en évidence par Google et fustige la manière dont Google “copie du contenu de moteurs de recherche verticale concurrents et l’utilise pour ses offres”. Le géant américain a donc tout intérêt à se plier aux demandes de l’UE puisqu’un procès pourrait aboutir à une amende pouvant aller jusqu’à 10% du chiffre d’affaires annuel de l’entreprise. Soit un joli pactole… Le 23 mai 2012 à 19:08 • Maxime Lambert
The sheer numbers of the force with riot gears petrified many villagers, especially theshopkeepers who closed their shops. The UDP convoy was cordoned undera security net. The more the online media spoke about supporters ofother parties moving towards Fass, the tighter the security cordon.Even though no curfew was declared, the security forces restrictedfreedom of movement to and from the area as if there was a curfew.Taxis were monitored and all suspicions persons closely followed.Hence, every passer-by could not fail to realise the state of siege inFass Njaga Choi. Historians would record the siege of Fass Njaga Choito show how the state over played its hand and occupied a wholevillage for two days and wasted resources, time and energy just toprove that it could stop a political Party from carrying out its roleas a political party.Foroyaa is glad that the storm in the tea cup is over and that mighthas been restrained by law, reason and common sense. As the UDPconvoy took off from Fass Njaga Choi and the siege ended, the jubilantactivists of the UDP truly understand the price of personal freedomand security and why constitutions establish safeguards to protectthem.It is also important to know why such constitutions are to be put inthe hands of those who respect its provisions to administer theaffairs of a state.To avoid this pathetic scenario in the future those who haveresponsibility in issuing permits should carry out their functionswithout fear or favour, affection or ill will.Secondly, those who interact with them should be able to assesswhether delays are due to forgetfulness, professional incompetence,sycophancy, or foul play as a result of instruction from the top.Each cause of a problem must be identified so that an appropriateremedy could be sought.What is essential is for heads of departments, permanent secretariesand ministers to be ready to meet complainants who are leaders ofparties and allay their fears of foul play. This will minimise suchincidents which lead to waste of time and resources.]]>