F1 circuit at Greater Noida taking shape

first_imgWith the World Motorsport Council adding India in next year’s Formula One calendar, motorsports enthusiasts in India can look forward to the Indian GP at Greater Noida in October next year.The Formula One track (in circle) in Greater Noida.The track of the Indian GP, promoted by Jaypee Sports International, has been designed by German designer Hermann Tilke and the promoters are confident that the $ 350 million project will be grand success.”We realised that we have to make the track right. We shared the design of track with few of the top teams and their drivers.They put the design in their simulators and advised us about the changes that would the circuit more challenging. And we made those changes. It will be a great driver’s track,” Mark Hughes, vice-president, operations, JPSI told Mail Today. The track is 5.14km long with 16 corners. It has been built on 350 hectares of land with the fastest corners on Turn 10 and 11. Apart from F1, there are plans to have MotoGp and World Superbike series here too.last_img read more

India set to play Saudi Arabia, China as preparation for AFC Asian Cup

first_imgIndia have qualified for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time since 2011 and now, they want to do everything they can to get the best preparation for the tournament.The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will held in UAE from January 5 to February 1 and across eight centres in the four UAE cities.India are placed in Group A, alongside the hosts, Thailand and Bahrain.India captain Sunil Chhetri has been making a constant call to play tougher teams ahead of the Asian Cup and it seems his calls have been heard.India recently won the Intercontinental Cup where they placed against second string teams from Kenya, Chinese Taipei and New Zealand.Even as Chhetri equalled Lionel Messi’s international record of 64 goals and became the second highest goalscorer among active footballers in the world, a lot more work is required for India’s Asian Cup campaign.Also read – Sunil Chhetri’s achievement must not be overshadowed by Messi’s greatnessThat is exactly what AIFF are working towards. India are expecting to play friendlies against higher-ranked Saudi Arabia and China and talks with both the federations are in advanced stages, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das told PTI.”We are in talks with them and it’s almost 90 percent. We are trying to arrange one home and one away game around October-November,” Das said.Saudi Arabia, who are participating in the ongoing FIFA world Cup in Russia, are currently ranked 67, while China are placed 75th.Also read – Aim to break into top 10 in Asia first, World Cup later: Sunil ChhetriadvertisementIndia are ranked 97th in the FIFA charts.The top 24 teams from all over Asia are drawn into six groups of four teams each.The top AIFF official said they are looking to arrange matches for the national team keeping in line with FIFA’s changed ranking system.India are currently ranked 14 in Asian region.Also Read – Sunil Chhetri ignores #ConstantineOut: ‘Internet trolls not important’In the Asian Cup, teams in a group will play each other once and the top two from each group will qualify for the Round of 16 along with the best four third-placed teams.The continental championship will be held across eight stadia in four cities in the UAE Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain.This is India’s fourth qualification in the Asian Cup.Also read – Thought of life without football scares me: Sunil Chhetri to India TodayIndia had finished runners-up to Israel in 1964. In the 1984 edition, India crashed out at the group stage with one draw and three losses.For India coach Stephen Constantine and Chhetri, the Intercontinental Cup showing is only a step in preparation for the Asian Cup.The 33-year-old Chhetri’s double strike capped a brilliant tournament which saw him score eight out of India’s 11 goals and put him on par with Argentine superstar Lionel Messi with 64 goals.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Video: Antonio Callaway’s Electrifying 85-Yard Punt Return TD Gave Florida A 7-2 Lead

first_imgAntonio Callaway runs away from Alabama defenders on his way to the endzone.All week long, the expert opinion contended that in order for Florida to hang with Alabama, the Gators would need to catch some breaks and create points with their defense or special teams. The Gators did just that moments ago when freshman wide receiver Antonio Callaway corralled an Alabama punt and sprinted 85 yards to give the Gators a 7-2 lead.HERE COMES FLORIDA. The Gators with the HUGE TD return in this @BestBuy highlight. https://t.co/r2cEGevtWp— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 5, 2015That’s some serious SEC speed.Callaway’s score energized the UF faithful in attendance in Georgia. Can the Gators keep it up and spring a huge upset?last_img

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329 from the Lodge Road, south to Boutlier Lane for about 7.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Friday, June 12. Pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.Work completed by 5 p.m. on Fridays. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer because of flooding damage. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Greenhill Drive to about 800 metres past Meadows Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Scotch Lake Road Scotch Lake Road from Route 223, east for 7.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving from Friday, May 29, until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Detour on Route 223 optional. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Hants County line to Princeport Road, about 7.90 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold milling, asphalt recycling and asphalt paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 10 and Exit 11 will have one lane closures for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Delays are expected with stop times of up to 30 minutes depending on traffic volumes. There is an alternate route on Trunk 1 at Exit 10 at Grand Pre, and Exit 11 at Greenwich. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road The intersection on Grand Lake Road, near Central Supplies will be reduced to two lanes from four for traffic light installation from Monday, June 1, until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people on site. Detour on Prince Street optional. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 242 Route 242, from the intersection with Route 302 at Maccan west to Lower Maccan Road, about 8.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Cobequid Pass The Cobequid Pass toll booths on Highway 104 are being renovated. Motorist are asked to follow posted signs. The eastbound middle lane is temporarily a cash-only lane. It will become a cash or E-Pass lane, likely by the first week or June. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6, Section 1, through downtown Tatamagouche, and Section 2 from Cumberland County line to Bayhead, will be reduced to one lane for cold milling and asphalt paving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 – Bog Road Overpass Highway 101 westbound, near Exit 8 at Hantsport, will be reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic to allow crews to complete the Bog Road Overpass until Friday, June 5. Signs are in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 west of Exit 22, about 11.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, asphalt concrete milling, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Hiltz Road to William Conley Road, between Pembroke and Walton, will have traffic interruptions for re-paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from 318 Overpass to Akerley Boulevard, including ramps, about 11 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. There will be no work from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-532-8244 Fax: 902-532-7092 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Shinimicas Road Burns Bridge on Shinimicas Road will be closed for repairs until Tuesday, June 16. Signs are in place. Motorist should find an alternative route. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, Section 1, from Route 395 south will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, gravelling, pulverization and asphalt concrete patching and repaving from Monday, June 1, until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Lake Brook Bridge, Shore Road The Lake Brook Bridge on Shore Road will be closed for replacement from Monday, June 1, until Friday, June 5. Detour from Trunk 1, to Mount Hanley Road, to Clarence Road, to Elliott Road, and back to Trunk 1. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Southampton Road Southampton Road, from the Amherst town line west to Route 302, about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for graveling and asphalt concrete paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road will have alternating one lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving, from 2.9 kilometres west of the North Ogden Road east for 6.4 kilometres until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Wilson Mountain Road Wilson Mountain Road near Greenfield will be closed, except to local traffic, for chip sealing until Thursday, June 4. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, June 30, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people are on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, for about 700 metres, will have alternating lane closures for sewer installation until Wednesday, July 15. Flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A detour is available on Route 331 and King Street in Bridgewater. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Causeway Lane Closure Traffic on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane for shoulder repairs until Tuesday, June 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Drivers using the causeway should allow for extra time during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-424-2206 Fax: 902-424-0570 HANTS COUNTY: Eastbound Ramp, Exit 8, Highway 101 Traffic on the eastbound on and off ramps of Highway 101, at Exit 8 near Hantsport, will be reduced to one lane to allow for bridge painting. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset each day. Traffic control people and signs are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed Wednesday, June 3. Drivers using the connector road to the eastbound lanes of Highway 101 at Exit 8 should allow for extra time during this period. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound, will have a one lane closure from Exit 4B to Exit 3, including ramps, about 4.6 kilometres, to replace the jersey barrier and widen, patch and repave the highway until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 18 to the Pictou County line, will have a lane closure for cold milling, widening and paving from Monday, June 1, until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Ferry The LaHave Ferry will be out of service for its annual refit from Monday, June 1, at 2 a.m. for about seven days, weather permitting. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Overpass Trunk 14 overpass at Garland’s Crossing will be closed for emergency repairs on Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2, weather permitting. Detour signs will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 336, Upper Musquodoboit Route 336, from the intersection with Route 224 to the Colchester County line, about 9.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and drainage improvement until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive from the railway tracks west for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving from Friday, May 29, until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Detour on Highway 125 optional. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Walton Woods Road Walton Woods Road will be closed for grading until Tuesday, June 2. Detour on Cogmagun Road to the Cheverie Road to Route 215. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Route 354 in Kennetcook to Bishop Road, about 6.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dark. KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Road Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs on Rainsforth Bridge until further notice. A detour is in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunet. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 near Ben Eoin will be reduced to one lane for graveling, grading and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, between Exit 29 at Barney’s River, Pictou Co. to the Antigonish County line, will be reduced to one lane for road improvements until Tuesday, June 30. Delays are expected. Signs, flashing light units and traffic control people are on site. Work will take place from Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747 Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 Fax: 902-861-1911 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 802-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, through Wentzell Lake, Phinehurst and New Germany, about 13.5 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, June 5. There will be a detour route on Lower Branch Road. Flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 (West Bound Lane) Highway 104, westbound lane, from CNR overpass to the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, about 2.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for asphalt cold planing and paving until Monday, June 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be used until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 Route 252 at Skye Glen will be reduced to one lane for clearing and draining until Tuesday, June 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Officer: 902-625-4200 902-625-1946 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge The Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville, is closed for structural repairs. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 -30-last_img read more

Prudence recommandée dans les comtés de Victoria et dInverness et sur la

first_imgLe Bureau de gestion des urgences et les responsables de la gestion des urgences dans la région avisent les résidents du Cap-Breton que certaines routes le long de la Cabot Trail sont fermées, aujourd’hui 15 décembre, et demandent aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence. La pluie abondante a entraîné l’augmentation du niveau de l’eau, et certaines routes sont inondées. « Les responsables de la gestion des urgences, les services de santé d’urgence et les équipes de travailleurs surveillent la situation de près, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Dans la mesure du possible, évitez les routes le long de la Cabot Trail aujourd’hui alors que nous nous efforçons de régler la situation le plus rapidement possible. » À Ingonish Harbour, six résidents sont isolés en raison d’une inondation sur Barren Road. Les responsables de la gestion des urgences et les services de santé d’urgence sont prêts à accéder à cette région par VTT, au besoin. Le pont Corson sur la route 30 à Ingonish Ferry est fermé à titre de précaution, en raison des inondations. Les équipes attendent que les eaux se retirent avant d’inspecter le pont. Les résidents ont accès à des soins médicaux d’urgence à l’hôpital Buchanan Memorial à Neil’s Harbour. Aliant signale une interruption du service téléphonique dans la région de Bay St. Lawrence et Dingwall. On demande aux résidents de la région qui ont accès aux routes de se rendre à la caserne de pompiers de Bay St. Lawrence en cas d’urgence. Les responsables de la gestion des urgences et les premiers intervenants, y compris la GRC et les services de santé d’urgence, travaillent le plus rapidement possible pour mettre en place des plans d’urgence. On vérifie actuellement si les téléphones cellulaires fonctionnent dans la région et on élabore des plans de communication avec les résidents. Plusieurs autres routes sont fermées dans la région, mais il existe d’autres routes d’accès. On demande aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence et de vérifier les conditions routières et les fermetures de routes avant de se déplacer. On demande également aux résidents de s’éloigner des cours d’eau à débit rapide et des eaux de crue. Les précipitations reçues au Cap-Breton varient de 100 millimètres dans certaines régions à 125 millimètres à Sydney. Des précipitations supplémentaires de 20 à 40 millimètres sont prévues d’ici 20 h aujourd’hui. En cas d’inondation : Écoutez la radio. Les autorités locales émettront des directives à l’intention des personnes qui habitent dans les régions touchées. Sachez comment fermer l’eau, le gaz et l’électricité au cas où les autorités locales vous demanderaient de le faire. Si le panneau électrique principal ne se trouve pas dans un endroit sec et sécuritaire, ne tentez pas de couper l’électricité. Communiquez avec Nova Scotia Power au 902-428-6004 ou au 1-877-428-6004 pour obtenir des directives. N’utilisez pas l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou le bain jusqu’à ce que l’eau soit vérifiée et jugée sécuritaire. Des analyses visant à détecter la présence de bactéries doivent être effectuées par tous les propriétaires de puits. Communiquez avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de votre région au 1-877-936-8476 si vous avez des questions au sujet de l’eau potable. On rappelle aux résidents qu’ils doivent composer le 911 en cas d’urgence et le 811 en cas de question de santé non urgente. Pour obtenir des renseignements sur les conditions routières, composez le 511.last_img read more

BJPbacked goons rough up TMC workers at Nandagram

first_imgKolkata: Many Trinamool Congress activists received injuries after they were attacked allegedly by a group of BJP-backed miscreants. Some of the injured persons have been undergoing treatment in a nearby hospital.The incident, which took place at Nandagram village of East Burdwan district on Monday morning, has triggered tension among the local residents. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that elections were conducted at Burdwan East Lok Sabha constituency on the same day. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that some BJP-backed goons tried to influence the voters at Nandagram village on Monday morning, when the Trinamool Congress workers intervened. As they tried to dissuade the miscreants, it led to a heated altercation between the TMC workers and the BJP assisted goons. The miscreants soon overpowered the Trinamool Congress workers and beat them up. They fled immediately after the incident, before the local residents could reach the spot. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe injured victims were rescued and rushed to a nearby hospital by the local people. Senior TMC leaders later visited the hospital to see the injured workers, who are stated to be in a stable condition now. In another incident, a party office of Trinamool Congress at Joynagar in South 24-Parganas was set on fire by some miscreants. The district party leaders of TMC have accused BJP of setting the party office on fire, which was badly damaged in the incident. The BJP leaders from the district have, however, denied the allegations.last_img read more

Senior UN official nominated as next UN human rights commissioner

Following consultations with the chairmen of the five regional groups of Member States, the Secretary-General informed the UN General Assembly this morning of his intention to appoint Sergio Vieira de Mello of Brazil as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.The Assembly is expected to approve the appointment tomorrow.Until May, Mr. Vieira de Mello had been the head of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). Prior to that, he was briefly Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo after a stint at UN Headquarters in New York as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.Since 1969, the bulk of his career has been with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where he also had considerable field experience.Mr. Vieira de Mello, who succeeds High Commissioner Mary Robinson, will begin his four-year term on 12 September. Mrs. Robinson had agreed to stay on for one more year after completing her tenure in September 2001.The post was created by the General Assembly in the wake of the 1993 UN Conference on Human Rights, with José Ayala-Lasso – a key negotiator in that process – becoming the first UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 5 April 1994.The High Commissioner is the UN official with principal responsibility for the Organization’s human rights activities, under the direction and authority of the Secretary-General and within the framework of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Commission on Human Rights. read more

Addressing UN Assembly Annan urges nations to restore respect for rule of

Video of address “Today the rule of law is at risk around the world,” he said in an address to the General Assembly as it met for the first day of its annual top-level general debate. “Again and again, we see laws shamelessly disregarded – those that ordain respect for innocent life, for civilians, for the vulnerable – especially children.” Mr. Annan called on the international community to start from the principle that no one is above the law, and no one should be denied its protection. “Every nation that proclaims the rule of law at home must respect it abroad; and every nation that insists on it abroad must enforce it at home,” he said. And at the international level, all countries need a framework of fair rules and the confidence that others will obey them, he argued, noting that one of the UN’s proudest achievements has been the creation of a body of norms and laws covering trade to terrorism, from the law of the sea to weapons of mass destruction. “Yet this framework is riddled with gaps and weaknesses,” he said. “Too often it is applied selectively, and enforced arbitrarily. It lacks the teeth that turn a body of laws into an effective legal system,” he said. In concept alone, he added, the rule of law is not enough – “laws must be put into practice and permeate the fabric of our lives.” Citing recent examples of the disregard for the rule of law, Mr. Annan pointed in part to the situation in Darfur, a vast area where “things are happening which must shock the conscience of every human being.” He urged “every possible support” for the efforts of the African Union (AU) to bring the 18-monthlong conflict to an end and ease the humanitarian disaster or risk history’s harsh judgment. “Let no one imagine that this affair concerns Africans alone,” he said. “The victims are human beings, whose human rights must be sacred to all of us. We all have a duty to do whatever we can to rescue them, and do it now.” The Secretary-General noted that the UN was founded in the ashes of a war that brought untold sorrow to mankind. “Today we must look again into our collective conscience, and ask whether we are doing enough. Each generation has its part to play in the age-long struggle to strengthen the rule of law for all – which alone can guarantee freedom for all,” he said. “Let our generation not be found wanting,” he concluded. read more

Act II for Frances Macron getting the majority to govern

Act II for France’s Macron: getting the majority to govern by Sylvie Corbet And John Leicester, The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2017 12:31 am MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – Freshly elected to the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron now faces an equally difficult Act II: securing the parliamentary majority he needs to make good on his campaign promises to lift France out of economic gloom.With legislative elections just five weeks away, the start-up political movement the 39-year-old former investment banker launched one year ago on his meteoric ride to become France’s youngest president lost no time Monday in girding for the crucial mid-June election battle.Without a working majority, Macron could quickly become a lame-duck president, unable to push through labour reforms and other measures he promised to the broadly disgruntled electorate — shown by a record result for his defeated far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, and a record number of blank and spoiled ballots in Sunday’s runoff vote.The transfer of power to Macron will take place Sunday, outgoing President Francois Hollande announced. Macron is already looking the part. He shed his breezier campaign demeanour for a solemn, more statesman-like look in his first appearances after his victory and again Monday, at a sober ceremony with Hollande to commemorate Germany’s defeat in World War II.The pomp of the ceremony, at the imposing Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris, immediately helped lend a presidential air to the previously untested leader who fought and won his first election.It was the first time Hollande and Macron appeared together in public since August 2016. That was when Macron resigned as Hollande’s economy minister to embark on his risky presidential run as an independent — a decision received coldly by the French leader at the time.On Monday, though, Hollande gripped Macron’s arm before the two men walked side by side. The ceremony marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Le Pen’s brand of nationalist populism. Le Pen campaigned for France to leave the 28-nation European Union and drop the shared euro currency in favour of reinstating a new French franc.Yet to move into the presidential Elysee Palace, Macron is already preparing his first days in power. Sylvie Goulard, a French deputy to the European Parliament, said Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed abroad as well.Macron’s optimistically named “En Marche!” — “On the Move” — political movement plans to field candidates for all 577 National Assembly seats. But it will be contesting its first ever election. As part of his effort to convince voters that both he and his movement marked a break with the status quo, Macron previously promised that half of its candidates will be new to elected politics. That means many of them may be burdened by the handicap of being largely unknown to voters in constituencies they compete for.Split 50-50 between men and women, they’ll have Macron’s example for inspiration: Contesting his first election, he handily beat Le Pen with 66 per cent of Sunday’s vote and tore up France’s political map.But Le Pen’s 34 per cent — a high in any national election for her far-right National Front — confirms her party as a formidable force, its French-first nationalism increasingly accepted by a growing swath of electors despite its history of anti-Semitism and racism. The National Front has two lawmakers in the outgoing parliament but hopes for dozens in June.Mainstream parties on the left and right that were frozen out of Sunday’s runoff in a first for modern France, also are regrouping, aiming to clip Macron’s wings and impose their political agenda, via parliament, on his five-year term.Macron will name his prime minister next week, but could be forced to amend his choice if the legislative elections don’t go to plan. The worst-case scenario for him would be a strong parliamentary majority for his opponents, dictating his choice of prime minister and limiting his presidency. That fate befell conservative President Jacques Chirac when the left secured a majority in legislative elections in 1997, saddling him with Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin for the next five years.Macron’s movement is banking that voters, having elected him, won’t want to see his presidency hobbled so quickly. But that is far from guaranteed. Many voters backed him reluctantly, simply to keep out Le Pen’s extremism. Macron can’t count on their loyalty.A protest Monday in Paris against Macron’s planned reforms drew several thousand people. There were brief clashes with police and several arrests.“He needs to cool down,” said Raphael Garine, a protesting student. “If he wants to continue the reckless policies of the past five years we will take to the streets to demonstrate.”In the Paris metro, a defaced advertisement captured the mood. “Macron: Not even started, already hated,” it read. Overnight Sunday, police arrested 141 people in eastern Paris in clashes with masked protesters.Macron’s movement announced Monday that it was rebranding itself with a new name, “Republic on the Move.” Macron also resigned as its president, as he takes on his new role as president of the republic. Announcing the changes, the movement’s secretary general, Richard Ferrand, said the organization will be “a new political force” on the landscape redrawn by Macron’s victory. It will release its list of 577 candidates on Thursday.Le Pen says the 10.6 million votes she won on Sunday will make her party the leading opposition. The National Front is also gearing up for a rebranding — if not a makeover — of its ideas. In interviews Monday, party officials said a new name would aim to broaden its appeal.More congratulations rolled in from world leaders. U.S. President Donald Trump called to congratulate Macron, while on the Kremlin website, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Macron to “overcome mutual mistrust and unite to ensure international stability and security.”In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said Macron’s win makes it even more important for British voters to back her Conservatives in the early election she called for June 8, to strengthen Britain’s hand in its divorce proceedings with the EU.Market reaction Monday to Macron’s victory was subdued: investors were expecting it and seem wary of the difficulties he faces.The CAC 40 index of leading French shares fell 0.9 per cent to 5,383. Other indexes across Europe also dipped, while the euro, which briefly hit a six-month high above $1.10 overnight, was down 0.7 per cent at $1.0924.___Associated Press writers Elaine Ganley, Helena Alves, Lori Hinnant, Thomas Adamson, Philippe Sotto and Oleg Cetinic in Paris and Carlo Piovano in London contributed to this report. Supporters of French independent centrist presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron celebrate outside the Louvre museum in Paris, France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Polling agencies have projected that centrist Emmanuel Macron will be France’s next president, putting a 39-year-old political novice at the helm of one of the world’s biggest economies and slowing a global populist wave. The agencies projected that Macron defeated far-right leader Marine Le Pen 65 percent to 35 percent on Sunday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) read more

UN envoy welcomes last major transfer of Iranian exiles from Iraqi camp

“This is an important step as we near the end of the relocation process. I would like to thank the residents for their cooperation,” said Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). “I would also like to thank the Government of Iraq for ensuring this last major relocation and paving the way for the peaceful closure of Camp Ashraf under the terms of the memorandum of understanding,” he added in a news release.The issue of Camp Ashraf – located in eastern Iraq and made up of several thousand Iranian exiles, many of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran – has been one of the main issues dealt with by UNAMI for more than 18 months. The last major relocation convoy, carrying 680 residents, has arrived in Camp Hurriya, where a process to determine refugee status is being carried out by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Of the 3,280 residents originally in Camp Ashraf, only a small group now remains on a temporary basis to arrange the details pursuant to the closure of the camp, according to UNAMI. UN monitors will continue to oversee the process, including the relocation of remaining residents to Camp Hurriya.Now that the majority of the residents have been transferred, Mr. Kobler called for a renewed focus on resettlement. “I urge the international community to speed up its efforts to accept residents in third countries,” he said. read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 9

Friday’s France-Switzerland tilt represents a battle for first place in Group E, as both teams are tied with three points after winning their first matches. But though the winner will be in the driver’s seat for advancement, the stakes aren’t especially high for the loser either.Italy vs. Costa Rica: 12 p.m. EDTFrance vs. Switzerland: 3 p.m. EDTEcuador vs. Honduras: 6 p.m. EDTIn briefIN DEPTHAs things stand, France has a 91.8 percent chance of getting into the knockout stage of the tournament, and the Swiss check in at 80.9 percent. Ecuador and Honduras — who make up the rest of Group E and also face off Friday — lag far behind, at 20.3 and 7.1 percent, respectively.Honduras has a bleak outlook, mainly because they are the second-worst team in the World Cup field, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). But Ecuador, according to SPI, is essentially Switzerland’s equal; the only difference in its advancement probabilities stems from Switzerland’s thrilling added-time victory over Ecuador on Sunday. For Ecuador, it was the one that got away; without that win, the model projects Ecuador to amass only 2.8 points within the group — they’re likely to beat Honduras but will be clear underdogs against France.Meanwhile, if Switzerland loses to France on Friday, the Swiss would still project to finish second in the group, because the meek Honduran squad is their only remaining hurdle. In fact, if the Swiss lose to France, Ecuador beats Honduras, and Switzerland only earns a draw against Honduras (an unlikely outcome), the Swiss would still be expected to advance over Ecuador by a slim margin — unless Ecuador beats France (or draws and posts a better goal differential than Switzerland). In other words, there are a lot of ways the Swiss can get out of Group E that don’t depend on them picking up points against France.The situation playing out in Group D, where Italy will face Costa Rica at noon Friday, is superficially similar. Like France and Switzerland, Costa Rica and Italy won their first matches of the tournament. Neither team’s odds of advancement are quite as high as its counterparts in Group E, though, mainly because there are no weak sides like Honduras to pick up easy points against. Costa Rica is the worst SPI team in the group, and it ranks 25th in the world.Whoever loses will have a fighting chance against Uruguay to qualify for the knockout round in the group’s second position. But that’s nowhere near as favorable a spot as the France-Switzerland loser will be sitting in after the day’s action ends.YesterdayLuis Suarez and Wayne Rooney prompted many questions before Thursday’s Group D showdown between Uruguay and England. Would Suarez, who missed Uruguay’s loss to Costa Rica in its World Cup opener because of knee surgery, be match-fit for 90 minutes in a must-win game? Could Rooney, whose performance against Italy brought his place in England’s lineup into question, break his career World Cup scoring drought?Those questions were answered in Sao Paulo.Suarez hadn’t played since May 11, but there was no evidence of rust. Of his four shots, two were on target — both goals. The latter goal, breaking a tie in the 85th minute, virtually ensured England’s second-consecutive loss in the tournament’s group stage, something England hadn’t experienced since 1950.Uruguay beat a European team at the World Cup for the first time in 16 matches since 1970, but don’t blame Rooney. He got off four shots, including two on goal and another that hit the post. Rooney found his World Cup breakthrough with a 75th-minute equalizer. The goal took him 10 World Cup matches — 758 minutes of play.England’s 78.1 pass completion percentage ranked in the bottom 35 percent of all teams in this World Cup, but it was easily the best in this game. Uruguay posted the worst completion percentage by a winning team in a World Cup win since at least the 1966 tournament (the start of ESPN Stats & Info’s data set). Uruguay’s 59.2 pass completion percentage against England was the only team performance in a game below 65 percent at this tournament.Other attacking and possession statistics favored England, including second-half touches in the attacking third (89 to Uruguay’s 57). The biggest stats, however, belonged to Suarez: two shots on target, two goals, 2-1 to Uruguay. — ESPN Stats & Info GroupOFF THE PITCHAs neighbors, France and Switzerland have a lot more in common than a World Cup match. Given their proximity, it makes sense that there would be population overlap. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development data from 2009 shows that Switzerland has provided over twice the amount of nationals living in France than the other way around; there were 90,551 Swiss nationals living in France and 42,862 French nationals living in Switzerland. But given the population of each country, the French living in Switzerland make up five times the share of Swiss who made the opposite trek.There is one caveat to that data: Things have gotten icy between the two countries since it was compiled. In December 2012, France’s president, François Hollande, announced that wealthy French residents of Switzerland would have to pay French taxes and Swiss taxes, which one Swiss politician called a “declaration of war.” It’s unclear how this spat has affected migration between the countries, but it’s safe to say that the two nations are no longer as chummy as they once were. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWe’re Telling England There’s a Chance!Defending World Cup Champions Keep Flaming OutCORRECTION (June 20, 10:05 a.m.): A previous version of the chart in this article showed the incorrect proportion of France’s projected 53 percent win. read more

Cuthberts Cork overcome Sligo challenge to secure Mayo quarterfinal

first_imgCork1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)2. James Loughrey (Mallow)3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)4. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)7. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)6. Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty)5. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s – Captain)8. Ian Maguire (St. Finbarr’s)9. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)10. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)12. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)13. Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)14. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)15. Donal Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa)Subs:Fintan Goold (Macroom) for Maguire (45)Damien Cahalane (Castlehaven) for Clancy (51)Daniel Goulding (Eire Og) for Hodnett (57)John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers) for Colm O’Driscoll (61)Tom Clancy (Fermoy) for Brian O’Driscoll (66)SLIGO1. Aidan Devaney (Calry/St Josephs)7. Keelan Cawley (Coolera-Strandhill)2. Ross Donovan (Eastern Harps)4. Neil Ewing (Drumcliffe Rosses Point)5. Charlie Harrison (St John’s)6. Brendan Egan (St Vincent’s – Dublin)10. Brian Curran (Tubbercurry)8. Adrian McIntyre (Tourlestrane)9. Kevin McDonnell (Castleconnor)12. Pat Hughes (Geevagh)13. Mark Breheny (St Mary’s)19. James Kilcullen (Ballaghaderreen – Mayo)23. Stephen Coen (St Mary’s)14. Adrian Marren (Curry)15. David Kelly (Tubbercurry)Subs:James Hynes (St Farnan’s) for Kelly (43)Shane McManus (Geevagh) for Kilcullen (64)Eoin McHugh (St. James) for Coen (69)Conor Griffin (Calry/St Josephs) for Curran (69)Referee: David Gough (Meath)James McCartan steps down as coach of Down footballersO’Brien strikes 0-13 as Cork comeback sees off Galway in All-Ireland IHC semi-final Cork 0-21Sligo 1-11CORK SECURED A place in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-finals for the 10th successive season with victory over Sligo in their Round 4A qualifier in Tullamore.Brian Cuthbert’s side will face Mayo in the next round on Sunday at Croke Park after bouncing back from the major disappointment of their performance in the Munster final against Kerry earlier this month.The chance to gain revenge over Mayo, who beat Cork in the 2011 quarter-finals, now awaits for the Rebels.Cork were impressive and imposing in the opening half in Tullamore, showing a substantially more defensive approach to that employed in the Munster final.Cuthbert deployed both Colm O’Driscoll and Mark Collins in defensive roles, with the former sweeping effectively in front of the full-back line and with Collins also dropping into similar spaces.The result was frustration for Sligo’s forwards, who managed only two points through Mark Breheny and Adrian Marren (from a free) in the first half. Long-range efforts from Pat Flanagan’s men were generally well wide of the mark. Paul Kerrigan (left) was in sharp form for Cuthbert’s side. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe Rebels’ new-found solidity at the back was matched by sharp point-scoring before the break, with Colm O’Neill firing over four and Paul Kerrigan’s three contributing handsomely to a 0-10 to 0-02 advantage on the half-time whistle.Three Cork points followed swiftly after the break through O’Neill (2) and Aidan Walsh, before Sligo scored four consecutive points for the first time in the encounter, Charlie Harrison and Marren (3f) getting on the score sheet.Kerrigan stemmed the tide with a classy point for Cork on the 48-minute mark, his influence on the game continuing to stand out in the half-forward line. A fine free from the boot of Breheny was Sligo’s response, before O’Neill hammered over for the Rebels.From nowhere, Stephen Coen took advantage of some indecision in Cork’s defence to punch the ball into the net for the game’s first goal after 51 minutes. Suddenly, the momentum had shifted and Sligo found themselves only five points adrift.Coen followed up with a point soon after to increase the pressure on Cuthbert, who responded by sending on Daniel Goulding. The Éire Óg man had an instant impact, cleverly teeing up Kerrigan to point, and the brief swing in Sligo’s favour was quelled. Stephen Coen scored a second-half goal for Sligo, but Cork proved too strong overall. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOFurther scores from the likes of the in-form O’Neill, Walsh and substitute Damien Cahalane saw Cork stride to victory in the closing stages, although the hard-working Marren finally pointed from open play to reward his display for Sligo.Cuthbert will be content to have seen his side show composure in riding Sligo’s ultimately short-lived second-half purple patch and will now look forward to the challenge of Mayo.Scorers:Cork: Colm O’Neill 0-10 (0-3f, 0-1 ’45), Paul Kerrigan 0-5, Aidan Walsh 0-02 (0-1f) Brian Hurley, Donal Og Hodnett, Ian Maguire, Damien Cahalane 0-1 each.Sligo: Adrian Marren 0-6 (0-5f), Stephen Coen 1-1, Mark Breheny 0-3 (0-2f), Charlie Harrison 0-1.last_img read more

iPhone Nano Will Have No Builtin Memory Rumor

first_imgMore rumors about the rumored iPhone nano rumor. According to another rumor from more anonymous sources, the device, said to be due out this summer, will be completely devoid of built-in storage. In attempting to bring the cost of the device down, Apple has apparently stripped it of all manner of features, including one of the most pricey–flash memory.Yep, if the rumor is to be believed, the new iPhone nano will be a cloud-only device, which perhaps goes a ways toward explaining those MobileMe updates that are said to also be coming this summer. We may also finally see the cloud-based fruits of Apple’s purchase (and subsequent shut down) of Lala.One thing’s for sure, the carriers would no doubt love such a move–keeping users entirely dependent on streaming for, well, pretty much everything.last_img read more

This stained glass Master Chief desk lamp is perfect for your study

first_imgAfter finishing up Halo 4‘s single player campaign in your very classily articulated study, you might feel the need to make that study even classier. For the price of $840, you can add this intricately detailed stained glass Master Chief helmet desk lamp to your fancy wooden desk.Of course, if you don’t have a fancy wooden desk in your study — or a study in the first place — the lamp will fancy up any ol’ surface, Microsoft’s notwithstanding. The helmet-shade is full-sized, matching the size Master Chief’s head would be if he were real. The shade measures in at 9 inches tall by 9 inches wide, and runs 14 inches deep. The admittedly gorgeous glass was created with the Tiffany Glass Technique — copper foil and solder.Along with that hefty $840 price tag, you’re also to pay a $35 shipping fee — bumping the total price up to $875 — and the item only ships to the United States. The design comes from Etsy user 3rdEdgeStainedGlass, who unfortunately doesn’t seem to have any other items currently available, but we live in hope.At the time of writing, there is only one lamp available, so if you want the awe of Master Chief (or at least, his head) to grace the presence of whatever room you decide to fancy up, you should act fast. Make sure to check out the associated deviantART page, as it also contains some other very pretty stained glass works.last_img read more

Emiliano Sala tragedy sparks unsavoury legal wrangle

first_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images THE TRAGEDY OF the plane crash that killed Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala has now entered an ugly aftermath as Premier League club Cardiff City and French side Nantes threaten to go to court over his £15 million (€17 million) transfer fee.Sala, who was buried at the age of 28 in the Argentine village of Progreso on Saturday, never played a game for Cardiff. The plane carrying the striker and pilot David Ibbotson came down in the English Channel en route to the Welsh capital on 21 January, two days after he completed his transfer from Nantes.Cardiff have so far refused to pay the first instalment of the club record fee, believed to be £5 million, as they await the results of an Air Accidents Investigations Bureau (AAIB) investigation into the causes of the crash.The Telegraph reported on Sunday that Cardiff believe that if the AAIB find Ibbotson did not hold the necessary licence to carry passengers on a commercial basis, then a negligence claim could be launched against whoever arranged the flight.That would point the finger at agents Willie and Mark McKay, who were hired by Nantes to secure the transfer.Willie McKay has accused Cardiff of “trying to throw me under the bus” in an attempt to avoid paying the transfer fee.Speaking to The Times, Willie McKay said his son Mark arranged the fateful flight carrying Sala and Ibbotson, just as he had organised several flights for brokers of the deal in the weeks previously, including Cardiff manager Neil Warnock.Willie McKay also rejected a statement from Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman that the club were unaware of who made Sala’s flight arrangements.In his published timeline of events, Willie McKay said: “Emiliano was due to be met by the Cardiff City player liaison officer who was waiting for him to arrive at the Signature Flight Support building at Cardiff Airport on Monday evening (21 January). Cardiff City knew of the flight and who organised the flight.”Cardiff have also reportedly questioned Willie McKay’s practice of trying to inflate transfer fees by fabricating interest in players from clubs.“It was us who put in the media about other clubs wanting you — West Ham, Everton etc — to create an interest on you that’s what we do,” Willie McKay wrote in a letter to Sala that has now been made public.However, that is a common, if dubious, practice among football agents and Cardiff’s case to use that as a reason for avoiding any part of the transfer fee is unlikely to be met with favour should the case proceed to court.Nantes believe the McKays’ work for them ended when Sala’s move was transfer was completed, therefore absolving them of any responsibility over the arrangements of the flight.What happens next?The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Nantes will take their case to Fifa this week if the £5 million instalment is not paid.“Fifa has not been contacted on this matter,” world football’s governing body said when contacted by AFP. Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois, second right, and family and friends carry Sala’s coffin during his funeral in Progreso, Argentina. Source: Natacha PisarenkoA resolution via Fifa’s players’ status committee or even the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is likely unless Cardiff relent on their current stance.“There are, in my opinion, two possible solutions,” sports lawyer Gianpaolo Monteneri, who was head of Fifa’s Players’ Status Department from 1997-2005, told the Press Association. Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 3:06 PM Emiliano Sala tragedy sparks unsavoury legal wrangle The late footballer was buried at the age of 28 in the Argentine village of Progreso on Saturday. By AFP 28,746 Views https://the42.ie/4503673 Feb 20th 2019, 2:07 PM Deposit of wreaths and flowers in memory of Emiliano Sala.center_img The first one is that the parties have established to go to Fifa and, in such a case, the matter is submitted to the players’ status committee in the first instance, with the possibility of an appeal to CAS.“But it is also possible that the parties have decided to skip Fifa and go direct to CAS.”Should Cardiff be found to have failed to comply with their contractual obligations without due cause, a range of sanctions are on offer to Fifa, according to Monteneri.“If certain deadlines, which are mentioned in the transfer contract, are not met then these may trigger consequences for the club in question.“This can be from an admonishment right up to a withdrawal of league points.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe Short URL Share3 Tweet Email 18 Comments Deposit of wreaths and flowers in memory of Emiliano Sala. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mourinhos arrival was the beginning of the end for Wenger –

first_imgMartin Keown voiced his opinion that ever since Mourinho arrived in the Premier League back in 2004, when he was the manager of Chelsea, Wenger’s career has turned upside down and he was not able to bounce back.Mourinho’s arrival at Stamford Bridge proved to be a turning point for Chelsea as well – he quickly went in on investing Roman Abramovich’s millions and turned Chelsea into a feared side in the Premier League as they battled United and Arsenal for the cup. The worst thing about it is that they succeeded.Former Gunners defender Keown shared that the rivalry between Wenger’s Arsenal and Mourinho’s Manchester United was the cherry on top of the cake.“Jose Mourinho became Arsene Wenger’s next big adversary and Wenger came off worse in that head-to-head,” Keown shared, according to Goal.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Mourinho coming in and winning those two Premier Leagues in 2005 and 2006 ultimately brought about the beginning of the end of Wenger’s supremacy in English football.”“His timing was perfect. He arrived at Chelsea with plenty of resources at his disposal and built a brilliant team. Arsenal finished second in 2005 and without the rise of Chelsea, Wenger probably would have won another Premier League title.”“I am sure both men will be eager to get one last victory over the other this weekend,” Keown went on to add.last_img read more

Survival skills and New Policy in focus for Earthquake Week

first_img Recommended for you Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force #MagneticNewsMedia#EarthquakeWeek TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 9, 2017 – It is Earthquake Awareness Week and today, the Director of the Disaster management and Emergencies, Dr. Virginia Clerveax gave media interviews to share what will happen and what we should know when it comes to earthquakes… for example what do we do when or if an earthquake strikes: D C H… Drop, Cover and Hold on.   “The easiest thing if you’re indoor, we’re asking persons to drop under a table or a hard surface, cover their head and their torso if possible to prevent further injury, and hold on to whatever they can hold onto cause’ the building will be shaking.”Coincidentally, on Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago recorded a 4.3 magnitude earthquake and last Wednesday, the Dominican Republic had a quake which measured 3.8 on the Richter scale.    Dr. Clerveaux admitted that earthquakes are peculiar for the TCI, but a study reveals a moderate chance for earthquake activity.  The aftershocks from Haiti, she says, in 2010 proved it.   “After the Haiti earthquake, they had over forty five aftershocks, and aftershocks were reported in Grand Turk and South Caicos which resulted in the Turks and Caicos being under a Tsunami watch.  So that is where the who inspiration came from for us to begin to take earthquakes as a hazard seriously in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”Among the activities this week is a table top session where the draft Earthquake Response strategy will be finetuned.  Haiti commemorates that horrific earthquake on January 12, it is said 1 million people were displaced and as many as 300,000 people died.‘Don’t wait, be prepared’ is the theme for Earthquake Awareness Week in the TCI.center_img Related Items:#EarthquakeWeek, #MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Islamic State group crosses Turkish line to raid Syrian town

first_imgBEIRUT — The Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday from Turkey on the Syrian border town of Kobani, a Kurdish official and activists said, although Turkey denied that the fighters had used its territory.The assault began when a suicide bomber driving an armored vehicle detonated his explosives on the border crossing, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria’s powerful Kurdish Democratic Union Party. The Islamic State group “used to attack the town from three sides,” Khalil said. “Today, they are attacking from four sides.” Turkey, while previously backing the Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad in that country’s civil war, has been hesitant to aid them in Kobani because it fears to stoke Kurdish ambitions for an independent state. Turkey confirmed Saturday that one suicide attack involved a bomb-loaded vehicle that detonated on the Syrian side of the border. But it denied the vehicle came from Turkey, which would be a first for the extremist fighters.“Claims that the vehicle reached the border gate by crossing through Turkish soil are a lie,” read the statement released from the government press office at the border town of Suruc. “Contrary to certain claims, no Turkish official has made any statement claiming that the bomb-loaded vehicle had crossed in from Turkey.”last_img read more

Interior Energy Project reaches key milestone

first_imgIEP logo (Credit Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority)The Interior Gas Utility and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority have approved a memorandum of understanding to forward the Interior Energy Project. The state funded IEP is aimed at increasing the availability of gas in the city, as a less expensive and cleaner burning alternative to other fossil fuels and wood. The project has a lot of moving parts and is behind schedule, but the MOU is a key step.Listen nowThe memorandum of understanding was approved in separate meetings this week by the Interior Gas Utility and Alaska Industrial Development and Export boards. The MOU lines out terms for the North Star Borough-created IGU’s purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas from AIDEA. AIDEA bought the formerly private utility as part of the state funded IEP to increase availability of gas in Fairbanks. IGU general manager Jomo Stewart said the $58 million purchase, will be financed over 50 years.”The interest rate on the loan itself will be .25 percent,” Stewart said. “There will be a deferral built into this loan of 15 years where no interest will accrue, and there will be no principal or interest payments.”Stewart said the 15 year deferment will allow time for the IGU to build a customer base beyond the one established by Fairbanks Natural Gas in the city’s downtown area. The MOU also paves the way for access to state financing for gas processing, transportation, storage and distribution infrastructure. Stewart said the next step involves specifically lining out how that development will happen.“Really nail down the process, get the dollars flowing and get the things constructed that eventually bring these benefits of all this work to the front walls of the homes and businesses in Fairbanks.”The Interior Energy Project has long targeted delivering gas to Fairbanks customers at a price equivalent to $2 a gallon heating oil. Stewart said the latest price estimate slightly exceeds that target due to added costs.”There’s a little bit built on for customer charges and probably a little bit for operations,” Stewart said.According to AIDEA, finalization of the MOU documents is due by March 3st, but contingent on securing a gas supply to feed increased demand in Fairbanks. AIDEA is negotiating a supply contract with a Cook Inlet producer for the gas, which would be moved by truck or rail to Fairbanks.last_img read more

Yellow Metal Loses Sheen Indias Gold Obsession may Finally be Over

first_imgReutersIndia’s traditional bullion investment is on a decline due to slipping prices of the yellow metal amid a weak global trend. The constant fall in the price of gold over the past year has shaken the faith of the Indian buyer– one of the biggest consumers of gold and other precious metals.Currently, gold is being sold for around ₹27,000 per ten gram.Gold reached its highest at ₹35,074 per ten gram in August 2013, but then onwards the bullion prices have slipped steadily aided by weak prices overseas and a strengthening rupee.Indian bullion expert Harish Galipelli from Inditrade Derivative and Commodities Ltd. told Reuters that India’s demand for gold will largely remain unaffected mainly due to traditional reasons such as offering gifts and decorating Hindu temples.”But as the banking network expands and literacy rises, people in rural areas will explore other investment products like mutual funds and bank deposits. The mindset is slowly changing.”Gold is the second-biggest item on the import bill after oil. According to Reuters, if the nation’s love for gold fades away, it would help India’s external deficit.Equities:The investment demand for gold declined by 67% in the June quarter from a year ago to 49.6 tonnes, according to World Gold Council (WGC). Industries and WGC have estimated that demand for this precious metal would halve to 190 tonnes in the current year. Investment demand in India was 37% of total 2013 gold sales.Indian gold exchange-traded funds have suffered 15 straight months of outflows. On the other hand, Indian stock indices have been recording high, while $50 billion has flowed into mutual funds in the financial year starting from 1 April which is six times more compared to previous year.Shifting Sentiment:A decade of steady surge in gold prices till August 2013 led investors to buy this expensive metal, but the scenario is changed now.”The 11-year rally in gold prices created a perception that they will only go up. This price fall has broken that conviction,” Reuters quoted Prithviraj Kothari, vice president of the India Bullion & Jewellers’ Association.”During uncertainly, people chase gold. Now, since we have stability, economic growth will revive. It will ultimately push up the stock market and real-estate prices,” Kothari added.Moreover, a major push by the BJP government for every household to get a bank account under the Pradhan Manti Jan Dhan Yogana scheme could take the focus off gold investments.Five Reasons: Why Investors are selling gold? ReutersA major reason for the gold nosedive is RBI easing import restriction on gold, reported NDTV.Easing of Import Restrictions by RBI led to a decline of ₹800 in gold prices on 22 May this year. The apex bank expanded the number of private agencies that can import the precious metal while allowing banks to provide gold loans to the sector.Anticipation of Price Dip by bullion traders: Nation’s current account deficit slipped more than half to $32.4 billion in FY14 from $88 billion in FY13. The rupee also strengthened which helped the cost of imported gold decline and gave more space to ease import restrictions.Seasonal demand: Generally gold demand in India surges during festival or wedding season. Falling investment demand: Total demand during January to March in 2014 slipped by 54% at 44.7 tonnes from 98 tonnes in the same quarter last year, according to World Gold Council. Analysts opined that, with Indian stock markets surging, interests in gold as an investment asset is likely to remain gloomy.Decline in Global gold priceslast_img read more