Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. EnglandEuro 2020 QualifiersfootballJoe Gomez First Published: November 13, 2019, 11:20 PM IST London: Raheem Sterling’s altercation with England team-mate Joe Gomez could have been sparked by a delayed reaction to the hatred aimed at the striker by Liverpool fans in their Premier League clash last Sunday said Danny Rose.Sterling — who has been a target for Liverpool fans since his leaving for Manchester City in 2015 for £49 million ($63 million — has been dropped for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Montenegro by Gareth Southgate after physically confronting Liverpool full-back Gomez at the England training centre on Monday. Sterling apologised and said his emotions got the better of him in the wake of the 3-1 defeat at Anfield which left defending champions City nine points adrift of the victors and league leaders.Tottenham Hotspur star Rose, who is also in the England squad, said watching the match on Sunday had alerted him to the visceral antipathy to Sterling.”It’s probably the first time I have sat back and actually realised and took note of how much the Liverpool fans dislike him,” Rose told BBC Radio.”I think he just gets on with it and maybe it had a part to play in whatever happened.”Rose said he hoped the matter would be soon forgotten. “We have moved on,” Rose said.”But I hope it can be put to bed as soon as possible because obviously Joe is — and I’m not just saying this — one of the nicest people I have come across in football.”He won’t want this to fester and Raheem won’t want this to fester.”Southgate spoke on Tuesday of the squad being like a family and Rose reflected this by saying both players made heartfelt apologies in front of the other players. “You could sense that (Sterling’s apology was from the heart) and you could hear that,” said Rose.”Joe spoke afterwards and we were all proud of what they said. We are just happy that everyone has woken up in a better mood this morning.”Rose said unlike what some from previous eras have said it is possible to have friendships with players from other clubs. Rose said they were “friendships and relationships forged throughout the years”, citing his own relationship with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, players formerly at Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal.”Obviously I’d like to think that everybody knows if I ever played against them, then my will to win for my team will always override any friendships or relationships, but when I come here for England it is all put to one side,” he said.
The sun shone bright at Lord’s during the closing stages of day four of the first Test between England and Pakistan. When the hosts, chasing a 283-run target, came into bat in the fourth innings, the weather was gloomy- an indication of impending catastrophe. Rahat Ali wrecked England’s top-order before Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir finished things off. (Also read: 1st Test: Yasir Shah, Misbah-ul-Haq help Pakistan decimate England at Lord’s)The hosts were watching Pakistan celebrate. The crowd at Lord’s joined in when Younis Khan led an unique celebration which saw Pakistan players imitating their captain Misbah-ul-Haq with military-style push-ups. While the Pakistan camp was filled with joy and feeling of relief, Alastair Cook led-England sank in disappointment. Nevertheless, it was a familiar sight for the English fans at Lord’s. Three out of nine has been England’s scorecard at their Mecca of Cricket over the last four years.2012: SOUTH AFRICA WRECK ENGLAND It all started when South Africa edged past the hosts in 2012 at Lord’s by 51 runs to complete a 2-0 win in the three-match Test series. The Andrew Strauss-led team succumbed to Vernon Philander’s pace on the final day of the Test. 2014: SRI LANKA FIGHT, MANAGE A DRAWBarring the following wins against New Zealand and Australia in 2013, England have had a nightmarish run at the Lord’s. In 2014, the draw at Lord’s paved the way for a series defeat against Sri Lanka. Angelo Mathews led Sri Lanka from the front and was backed by veteran Kumar Sangakkara. Despite conceding 575 runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka managed to hold on and manage a draw. Matthews joined the Sri Lanka tail and made sure England were frustrated at the end of the fifth day.advertisement2014: ISHANT STARS AT LORD’SThen came the defeat against India in the second Test of the five-match series. India pacer Ishant Sharma wrecked England’s batting order on the final day with seven wickets and helped his team to a 95-run win over the hosts. The English batsmen, including Joe Root, threw their wickets after Ishant troubled them with short balls. England were done and dusted before they realised what has hit them. Cook and his boys received a lot of flak for not showing fight in the fourth innings, which they had dominated for most part of the Test match.2015: ASHES HUMILIATIONIn 2015, the hosts were hammered at Lord’s in the second Test of the Ashes. England once again failed in the fourth innings in chase of a mammoth 509 runs and succumbed to their second largest defeat at the iconic ground.2016: STRUGGLE AGAINST SUBCONTINENT TEAMS Earlier this year, England were deprived a chance to complete a whitewash against Sri Lanka. After crushing the weakened Sri Lankan unit in the first two Tests at Leeds and Chester Le Street, England failed to win the Lord’s Test, which was marred by rain.The final nail in the coffin came when Misbah and Shah paired up to decimate the hosts. England, who are used to playing on pacy tracks have been struggling at Lord’s wicket which has slowed down over the years. England, who have batted last in most of these Tests, have struggled to come into terms with the pace of the wicket. And the hosts have not managed to get a favourable result even once against the subcontinent teams in the last four years. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who are known for dominating on slow wickets, have made merry at Lord’s and have exposed a glaring weakness in the English squad, who are aiming for the top spot in Test rankings. (Also read: 1st Test: Misbah-ul-Haq proud of Pakistan after overcoming 2010 nightmare at Lord’s)England would want to get past the hurdle before ‘English collapse at Lord’s’ becomes a regular phenomenon.
If ever a fixture was made for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic it is Saturday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford, according to his former Barcelona team mate Thierry Henry.The vastly-experienced Swedish striker has graced some of the world’s biggest club clashes during stints with Juventus, Barca, Inter Milan and Paris St Germain and this weekend will lead Manchester United’s attack against rivals City.A global television audience of 900 million is estimated for the Premier League match that pitches United new manager Jose Mourinho into renewed battle with City’s Pep Guardiola. (Also read: Matteo Darmian set to leave Manchester United: Report)Ibrahimovic, who arrived at Old Trafford on a free transfer has scored four goals in four appearances, and Henry earmarked the Swede as a key player in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff that will feature around 600 million pounds ($798 million) of talent.”Zlatan was born for these types of games, he demands these types of games, and he usually performs,” Henry, who played with him in the 2009-10 season at the Nou Camp, told Sky Sports.”Zlatan obviously has a bit of an edge on him now, he’s not the young player he used to be, but there is something, he usually backs it up when he talks.”He maybe hasn’t controlled games yet, but it doesn’t matter for Zlatan, he has scored, and that’s the impact you want. That is something I like about him, he brings a winning mentality,” the Frenchman added. (Also read: Manchester derby set to ignite Premier League season)advertisement”He doesn’t like second best, wherever he went he won the league.”Henry also offered his insight into how City’s manager Guardiola will be preparing for a match that will surpass even his many Barcelona v Real Madrid ‘clasicos’ in terms of sheer hyperbole.”He will be very relaxed and sure about what he wants from his players, he usually gives you the perfect plan,” Henry said.”Then it’s up to the players to execute it. He will have an answer for any problem the other team pose.”Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, a veteran of umpteen derbies and now a Sky colleague of Henry’s, said the excitement levels had returned to the fixture after United’s two-season slump took some of the sting out of it.”The introduction of the two managers and I think for United with Pogba coming and Ibrahimovic coming it’s a huge thing,” Neville said. “The expectancy is back.”Guardiola’s record is incredible and Mourinho’s is incredible and it does feel like Manchester is the most talked about city in the world at the moment for a football point of view, and I would say that’s how it should be.”Both teams now feel like they are competing for the league.”($1 = 0.7517 pounds)
The Health & Family Welfare Department of Delhi government issued an advisory for its citizens to combat air pollution in the national Capital.AAP govt appealed people to work towards a pollution-free Delhi.In its advisory, the government has asked people not to burn dry leaves, crop residue, wood, coal, cow dung etc.It also asked citizens to plant more trees like neem, sheesham, keekar, gulmohar that make the air clean and healthy.The health department also advised people to go for carpooling and use public transport as much as possible. Walk or use nonpolluting mode of transport for short distance, the advisory says further.The department has advised people to avoid venturing outside early morning and late evening for any sort of physical activity as the pollution levels are maximum at this time. Stay indoor as much as possible.The state government has asked all Schools in the Capital to avoid outdoor assemblies, sports, and other physical activities early morning.The polluted air in the national Capital is taking a heavy toll on the health of its citizens.The advisory further says, “It is a man-made tragedy. The sources of pollution could be a direct result of burning of agricultural residue in neighboring states, motor vehicle emissions, industrial pollution, construction work, bursting of firecrackers, household combustion devices, burning of wood, coal, and cow dung”.
Portugal Ronaldo benched for Portugal’s World Cup qualifier against Andorra Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 02:20 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Andorra v Portugal Andorra WC Qualification Europe Just one booking away from a ban, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner will not be risked from the off in a huge qualifier for his country Cristiano Ronaldo has been left on the bench for his team’s World Cup qualifier against Andorra on Saturday, with coach Fernando Santos opting not to risk the Real Madrid superstar.Ronaldo is one booking away from suspension and, with Portugal set to face Group B leaders Switzerland on Tuesday, he was named among the substitutes by Santos.11/5 for Scotland and Slovenia draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Assuming Portugal beat Andorra and Switzerland take three points from their home game against Hungary, Santos’ men will qualify as group winners if they beat the Swiss in Lisbon.Without Ronaldo – who has hit 14 goals in the qualifying campaign – AC Milan striker Andre Silva will be the main attacking threat for Portugal, while Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Ricardo Quaresma provide the supply lines.Este é o nosso 11 inicial para hoje! Vamos dar #TudoPorPortugal! pic.twitter.com/YglE6zdefe— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) October 7, 2017Portugal team to face Andorra: Patricio; Semedo, Pepe, Neto, Eliseu; Danilo, Joao Mario, Bernardo Silva, Martins, Quaresma; Andre Silva.
zoom December was a pretty busy month for Teekay Corporation as keels for six LNG newbuildings were laid at Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard.Five of these 173,400 cubic meter M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) engine LNG newbuildings are under time-charter contracts with Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell). The remaining, H2461, is committed to the Bahrain project.The six newbuildings are expected to deliver between 2017 and 2018. The six blocks total a significant weight of over 50 tons.At the beginning of December, Teekay LNG, Samsung C&T and Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) executed with the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain the project agreements for the development of an LNG receiving and regasification terminal in Bahrain. The project, to be developed on a BOOT (build, own, operate, transfer) basis, will be located in Hidd Industrial area of Bahrain and will help the Kingdom meet the increasing demand for gas supplies to satisfy its industrial and urban development.The project will comprise a Floating Storage Unit (FSU), an offshore LNG receiving jetty and breakwater, an adjacent regasification platform, subsea gas pipelines from the platform to shore, an onshore gas receiving facility, and an onshore nitrogen production facility. The project will have a capacity of 800 million standard cubic feet per day and will be owned and operated under a twenty-year agreement commencing on 15 July 2018.
Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family, announced today the honorees and host for The Moving Families Forward Gala which will take place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel at 301 Park Avenue on Monday, October 20th in New York City.This year’s Ackerman Award Honorees, all of whom will be attending the gala, are:Linda Dishy, Ackerman Board Member:· Ackerman Distinguished Service AwardAndrew Solomon, Award-winning Writer and Lecturer:· Ackerman Partner AwardTamsen Fadal, four-time Emmy-winning Pix 11 News Anchor, will host the evening to benefit the vital programs and ongoing services for children and families at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.“I support the Ackerman Institute for the Family because it helps conventional and unconventional families address and overcome deep and sometimes painful personal and societal issues,” says Tamsen Fadal. “Ackerman is a dynamic institution that is continuously evolving and keeping pace with today’s families in a society that is more complex every day. Family is important to me, and Ackerman believes that strong family bonds and communication are important to the strength of our communities. And I agree wholeheartedly.”“We are excited to have Tamsen Fadal emcee our biggest fundraiser of the year: the Ackerman Institute’s Moving Families Forward gala,” says Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family. “By giving of her time and talent to help lead our event to success, she is speaking volumes about the importance of family in our society and in our lives. I am grateful to Tamsen for lending her support and celebrity in this way.”Linda Dishy, Ackerman Board Member will be honored with the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award.“Understanding, compassion, commitment to family, and leadership, are the words that come to mind when I think about Linda Dishy,” observes Lois Braverman. “As a member of the Ackerman family for nearly four decades, there is hardly anyone more deserving of recognition than Linda. She is a professional colleague, a business partner, and a leader on our Board of Directors, with extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the Ackerman Institute and the families who seek our help. We are fortunate to have her guidance and support, and delighted to have this opportunity to honor her dedication and generosity.”Andrew Solomon, Award-winning Author and Lecturer, will be honored with the Ackerman Partner Award.“As an organization, we are delighted with Andrew Solomon accepting our Ackerman Partner Award,” says Braverman. “His writings, lectures, and personal story parallel our work at Ackerman so perfectly. Andrew’s work represents all the families and all the challenging issues that we treat at the Ackerman Institute. We are delighted that his presence and participation at our Moving Families Forward event will further educate our friends, colleagues, and supporters about our belief that the challenging issues of children and their families are best resolved and treated in the context of the family.”Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chairs are Martha Fling and Alice Netter. They are members of the Board of Directors of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and staunch supporters of its work on behalf of the well-being of children and families of our communities.The entertainment for the Gala will bethe Chris Gillespie Quartet, from the renowned Carlyle Hotel in NYC.The host of the auction will be C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s.Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges. One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.To purchase tickets to the Moving Families Forward Gala call 914-579-1000 or email: AckermanGala@BuckleyHallEvents.com.
Rabat – The European Union on Friday expressed its readiness to provide all clarifications to address Morocco’s concerns over December’s EU court ruling on the Agriculture Agreement, following the kingdom’s decision to suspend its contact with the EU. “We are ready to provide all clarifications and additional assurances to address Morocco’s concerns, so that contact and cooperation can be restored as soon as possible”, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said in a statement issued Friday in Brussels.“It is our conviction that a true partnership implies listening, sharing, solidarity and mutual respect among partners,” said the Vice-president of the European Commission. Mogherini’s statement comes following the decision of the Moroccan government to suspend its contact with the European Union due to the lack of transparency surrounding the treatment of the Moroccan-EU Agriculture Agreement that was canceled by a decision of the European court on December 10.Mogherini underlined that “many contacts have been made at all levels between the EU and Morocco on this issue since December, and Morocco has been kept fully informed throughout the process”, noting that “the EU and Morocco have developed, over many years, lasting partnership sealed by an Association Agreement covering many areas of our bilateral cooperation”.She said that the EU quickly reacted to the European Court’s decision of 10 December 2015, “by unanimously deciding to appeal this decision”, adding that this appeal was submitted.With MAP
16 November 2007Responding to the arrival of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the distribution of enough high-energy biscuits, considered vital in the early days of an emergency when cooking is impossible, to feed 400,000 people in the affected areas over the next three days. Responding to the arrival of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the distribution of enough high-energy biscuits, considered vital in the early days of an emergency when cooking is impossible, to feed 400,000 people in the affected areas over the next three days.“We have to move as quickly as possible to get food to the most vulnerable,” said WFP Bangladesh Representative Douglas Broderick, pointing out that the biscuits are critical “when there is a scarcity of clean water for drinking and cooking.”Citing preliminary field reports, WFP said Cyclone Sidr caused hundreds of fatalities, damaged thousands of homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.Within hours of the disaster, the agency started supplying the biscuits to affected people in areas that suffered the worst damage in what WFP said was the first phase of its assistance.The agency said it is able to respond quickly to disasters and humanitarian crises in Bangladesh because it has ongoing operations there to support some 5 million people affected by chronic food insecurity and malnutrition.In New York, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said the UN would make available “several million dollars” for Bangladesh from the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), which was set up to expedite aid operations for emergencies. “We will do all that we can to help, subject to what the Government of Bangladesh would like us to do,” he told a press briefing. The UN would launch with the Government a joint assessment of the damage and needs, while the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for Asia-Pacific has established a task force to deal with the cyclone, and its team would arrive in Dhaka tomorrow, he said. Waves up to 5 meters high inundated “almost completely” three coastal towns with a combined population of some 700,000 people, he said, adding that more than 20,000 houses were estimated damaged in the worst-hit districts, where at least 30,000 families were severely affected. He said these figures could well be revised upwards as more information comes in. “Clearly it was an extremely taxing experience for the people affected, a very traumatic experience for many of them, even for people used to cyclones, as the people of that area are,” he said. “We don’t know what the death toll will be but clearly the damage – the damage to livelihoods, the damage to housing, the damage to crops, will be extremely severe.” The Emergency Relief Coordinator emphasized the progress that had been achieved on cutting the impact of cyclones on Bangladesh. The cyclone had been tracked as it approached the country and some 3.2 million people were evacuated to relatively safe places before it hit. “This preparedness did contribute to saving lives when the cyclone hit,” he said. “The death tolls have been reduced dramatically from these kinds of events,” he noted, pointing out that a cyclone in 1970 killed between 300,000 and 400,000 people, while another in 1991 took the lives of 130,000 to 140,000. “We don’t know what the death toll from this will be but it looks likely to be nothing like as big as those, even though it may have been a meteorological event of a similar size.”
The United Nations launched today a video contest inviting people from around the world, particularly youth, to tell leaders what the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mean to them by uploading short films on the UN YouTube channel.“Use your voice as a global citizen to tell world leaders in a short video what you think needs to be done to make this world a better and safer place,” the contest website reads, featuring messages from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassadors Angelique Kidjo and Youssou N’Dour.Additional videos featuring UN Messengers of Peace Stevie Wonder and Princess Haya of Jordan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Lionel Messi and Jackie Chan, and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova, will be posted throughout the contest.Starting today and until 23 August, people will be able to upload short videos answering questions such as “What is your community, city or country doing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals?” or “How can the international community better work together to achieve the Millennium Development Goals?” The six winners will be announced during the high-level MDG summit in New York hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September, and will meet with him on UN Day 2010 on 24 October.The campaign – organized by the Department of Public Information (DPI) in partnership with YouTube, UNDP, the UN Foundation (UNF), French broadcaster TV5Monde and with support from Flip Video – is part of a UN initiative to utilize the Internet and social media “to engage a new generation of world citizens in the importance of international diplomacy.”In a related development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched today the annual MDG assessment report. It showed that while countries continue to make advances despite the global economic downturn, the rate of improvement remains too slow and countries must step up their efforts if the MDGs are to be achieved by their target date of 2015.The MDGs will be discussed at the G-20 meeting in Toronto, Canada, this weekend, and at a special high-level summit at the UN Headquarters in New York. 23 June 2010The United Nations launched today a video contest inviting people from around the world, particularly youth, to tell leaders what the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mean to them by uploading short films on the UN YouTube channel.
TORONTO — The president of Tim Hortons says a plan to conquer a crowded Chinese coffee market hinges on tailoring its menu to local habits and tastes — including offering congee and matcha alongside signature items like double doubles.President Alex Macedo believes the coffee chain’s plan to open 1,500 stores in Asia over the next decade will face lofty competition from a slew of companies who have dominated the market as the continent warms to drinking coffee.“We are late to the game for sure,” Macedo said in an interview with The Canadian Press.After 20 years, Tim Hortons is finally changing its leaky coffee cup lidsTim Hortons owner focuses on turnaround efforts after missing key sales estimatesTim Hortons launches all-day breakfast across CanadaHe’s made regular trips to Asia to observe the operations of rival coffee purveyors, including U.S. heavyweights Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts; Beijing-based start-up Luckin Coffee; and U.K. chain Costa Coffee.“They created an atmosphere that is almost get in and get out, and it is very fast paced,” he said, noting the tables and ambience differ from that in Canadian and U.S. cafes, where patrons tend to sit and linger with their cup of java.China’s coffeehouse atmosphere contrasts against the “home-y” feeling that Macedo wants to build to encourage customers to spend as much as time as they’d like at Tim Hortons Asian locations, a custom popular with many Canadian Tims regulars.Alex Macedo, president at Tim Hortons poses for a photograph at the Hockey Hall of Fame Tim Hortons location in Toronto on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS “We want our team members to be the most welcoming staff in China,” said Macedo. “We want people to be able to sit in our restaurants for 10 hours if they want to with only one cup of coffee if they want to or not ordering a cup of coffee at all.”Tims’ coffee has already proven popular in early overseas testing, he said, as have the brand’s iced cappuccino drinks.They will be featured on the menu alongside products featuring matcha — a tea-based powder that comes in a bright green hue and is a perennial favourite in Asia.The food selection will reflect local taste preferences, he said, adding the company has noticed Chinese consumers don’t eat baked goods or doughnuts as frequently as Canadians.A completely local breakfast and lunch menu will feature Asian-style rice porridge called congee.“A lot of (Asian) coffee shops will sell a piece of cake or whatever, but they don’t have a kitchen like we do, so that is where we are spending most of our time, trying to figure out what to serve for breakfast and lunch,” he said.Despite some of the adjustments the brand will have to make, food industry expert Robert Carter thinks the expansion makes sense because China’s growing middle class is willing to spend their increased wealth on eating out, and more people are starting to drink coffee over tea.However, Carter believes Tim Hortons needs to find a balance between serving local cuisine and signature Tim Hortons treats in order to succeed in China.He pointed to one menu item in particular: iced coffees.Research, he said, indicates it is the fastest-growing area for coffee, particularly with younger consumers.“They will try traditional brewed coffees, but it is really those coffee-based, sugary beverages that are driving them into coffee shops, not only in China, but in North America,” he said.“I would expect Tims to have a pretty aggressive portfolio with those types of beverages.”Tims announced an agreement last month with private equity firm Cartesian Capital to bring thousands of restaurants to China, with plans to open the first location in 2019.Tim Hortons has previously announced plans to expand to Spain, Mexico, Great Britain and the Philippines.Its U.S. expansion, however, appears to be faltering. Last month it closed four locations in Ohio, the latest in a string of closures south of the border in the past several years.In June, after reports parent company Restaurant Brands International was scaling back on its U.S. expansion plans, Macedo said in a statement that the company has seen softer comparable sales growth in the U.S. in more recent quarters amid a very competitive environment.
An Afghan peace committee with United Nations participation has managed to broker a ceasefire between rival factions in northern Afghanistan, but fresh fighting broke out between the two militias in another area last night and a new mediation mission is being planned, a UN spokesman said today.A delegation of the Mazar Multi Party Security Commission accompanied by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) went to Dara-i-Suf in Samangan province on Sunday after fighting between the Jamiat and Jumbesh factions. While tensions remained high, the ceasefire was holding, spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told a briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital.But new fighting broke out between the same factions in Sholgara district, Balkh Province, and the Security Commission was today sending a delegation that included UNAMA, to assess the situation there, he said.On the humanitarian front, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it was boosting its support to Afghanistan’s education system through food aid. For the next two years, over two million school children would be targeted, in an effort to provide food assistance to encourage enrolment, attendance and school performance – especially for girls – at an estimated cost of $97 million, the agency said.
In the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Prime Minister Inoni Ephraim of Cameroon met last weekend and renewed their countries’ confidence in Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s continued support of the full implementation of the 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling giving the peninsula to Cameroon.Mr. Ould-Abdallah, who is also chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, also noted that Prince Bola Ajibola, head of Nigeria’s Bakassi committee, told the Nigerian public through the media about the progress achieved so far in the settlement process.These efforts are a further testimony to the two Governments’ commitment to settle their dispute peacefully and strengthen their cooperation, Mr. Ould-Abdallah of the Senegalese-based UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said.Since the Cameroonian and Nigerian Heads of State met in Paris in September 2002 in Mr. Annan’s presence and since October of that year when the ICJ handed down its ruling, far-reaching progress has been achieved, particularly on the Lake Chad Basin demarcation and along the land boundary, the Special Representative said.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to reporters during a media availability on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Ottawa. Notley says she will head to British Columbia as early as next week to make the case for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2016 10:43 am MDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will head to British Columbia as early as next week to make the case for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.“It’s really important for me to be able to go out there and say to those people who link the pipeline to the issue of climate change and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions that, in fact, our climate change leadership plan has very effectively delinked those issues,” Notley said Wednesday in a conference call from Ottawa.The new pipeline will be safer than moving oil by rail, she said.“It increases the return for Albertans — and frankly all Canadians — but it doesn’t increase the volume (of greenhouse gas emissions).”Notley’s government is making changes to environmental, electrical and tax rules to reduce Alberta’s greenhouse gas emissions and move toward renewable energy sources.A bill now before the legislature caps total oilsands emissions at 100 megatonnes a year. The current emissions are about two-thirds that.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced federal approval of Trans Mountain on Tuesday and said it would not have been possible without Alberta’s plan. Trudeau also approved the replacement of an aging Enbridge line from Alberta to Wisconsin, but rejected the proposed Northern Gateway line from Alberta through northwestern B.C.Trans Mountain still has to clear regulatory hurdles and faces stiff opposition in B.C. from environmentalists, First Nations and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.In B.C. Wednesday, Premier Christy Clark said Ottawa is close to meeting her government’s five conditions for its approval of the pipeline, but she wants more assurances on spill response, jobs and economic benefits for her province.The pipeline is expected to be a key issue in May’s B.C. election and potentially puts Notley at odds with her NDP colleagues as they challenge Clark’s Liberal government.Notley said she is ready for the debate.“They’re tough conversations, but … the values that drive me as a New Democrat are both the need to make real progress on protecting our environment, but to do so in a respectful way to the working people.”It was at times a rocky path for Notley and Trudeau, who were in Ottawa for Tuesday’s announcement.Last month, Notley announced she would not go along with Trudeau’s plan for an escalating floor price on carbon that would reach $50 a tonne by 2022.Alberta’s plan tops out at $30 a tonne, and Notley said then she didn’t know how her province would meet the federal goal without action on pipelines.She said she’s now on side with the $50 price, but added it is still linked to progress on projects such as Trans Mountain. The $6.8-billion project would triple the capacity of an existing line to take crude from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Alberta is in the midst of a prolonged slump in oil prices that has led to thousands of job losses and a budget deficit this year pegged at $10.8 billion.The issue dominated a noisy, raucous question period in Alberta’s legislature Wednesday.“I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a question period than I am for the one today,” said deputy premier Sarah Hoffman to cheers. “Because of the leadership of this government, Alberta did see two new pipeline approvals.”Opposition Wildrose Leader Brian Jean downplayed the possibility of Trans Mountain ever getting done.“We’ve seen pipelines approved in the past only to be tied up in legal battles by special interest groups,” he said.Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Ric McIver warned any financial benefit from Trans Mountain will be wiped out by interest payments on a rising provincial debtload expected to reach $58 billion by decade’s end. Alberta’s Notley to head to B.C. to sell merits of Trans Mountain pipeline
Brock University’s Board of Trustees is seeking one new ongoing staff representative to serve a three-year term on the Board. All ongoing staff of the University are eligible to serve in the elected position, except ongoing staff who report directly to the President or to a Vice-President. The three-year term commences July 1, following an election held in May by the University Secretariat.Brock’s Board of Trustees is one of two governing bodies of the University (along with Senate) and is responsible for the government, conduct, management and control of the University and of its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs. As a member of the Board, the staff representative will actively engage and participate in discussions and decision-making that affect the University, and will be appointed to a Board Committee.Time and commitment are required in preparing for and actively attending the Board and Committee meetings, normally held five times throughout the academic year from September to June.General bylaws require the Board to include two ongoing staff members, elected by ongoing staff of the University, to serve staggered three-year terms. As of July 1, there will be one ongoing staff vacancy.Nomination forms are available on the University Secretariat election website.The nomination form must be signed by at least three members of the ongoing staff and the nominee. Nomination forms can be submitted in person to the Office of the University Secretariat (ST1107) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26.Voting will take place by electronic ballot beginning Wednesday, May 8 at 8:30 a.m. and closing Wednesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m.All eligible voters will receive an email to their Brock email account with a link to a secure electronic ballot.Please contact Chabriol Colebatch, Secretary to the University, at x3335 with any questions.
HSG WetzlarJane Cvetkovski The German DKB Bundesliga team HSG Wetzlar will be without Serbian goalkeeper Tibor Ivanisevic in the next two-three months.Former goalie of Danish Skjern, who came last summer as the first option for the team from “Rittal Arena”, had collisition with player of TBV Stuttgart during last DKB Bundesliga match. His knee ligaments are injured, but treatment will be conservative, which means that Ivanisevic could be ready in shorter period of time than with surgery.HSG Wetzlar have young German goalie Klimpke and Macedonian Jane Cvetkovski on the goal line in the moment. ← Previous Story FRENCH LEAGUE CUP: Nice beat Aix! Next Story → SEHA: Milosavljev saves Vardar’s win in Presov
But then they were there and you felt the warmth of the animal and you’re on the straw, in the sun, with the trees and the blue skies around you, and it just felt so calming and peaceful.Some 20 people and 15 goats – 11 kids and four moms – took part in the class that was organised outdoors in a pen covered with straw. Source: CBS 13 News/YouTubeAs yoga instructor Meridith Lana encouraged participants to “exhale,” “pull your navel to your spine” or “watch your posture,” the sound of bleating reverberated in the background, the nimble animals skipping about, jumping on people’s backs, munching on their hair or a beard and licking their faces.A few also answered the call of nature.Priceless therapy “They’re adorable and they’re friendly,” said Lana after the class.“They do eat your hair, they do leave you presents on your mat but it’s all in fun.The therapy you get here is priceless.Danette McReynolds, whose family owns the goats, said she decided to host the classes to raise money for her 16-year-old daughter and a friend who are planning to showcase the animals at a farm show in Wisconsin this summer.“We didn’t know how it was going to go but it’s taken off, we’re booked solid,” she said.People love it. They decompress, they cuddle the goats and relax.Lana said interacting with the goats is an experience similar to playing with a pet, which has clinically been proven to relieve stress and improve well-being.“The happiness the goats bring is great,” she said. “All animals are therapeutic but there is something about these goats that is just incredible.“You can be in a child’s pose position and the next thing you know, you don’t want to get up because there is a goat on your back.If there’s anything these goats allow you to be it’s conscious. By AFP You’ve GOAT to be kidding me…#GoatYoga is finally in #Dallas! Who wants to go with me? https://t.co/i9csKgI0Ay pic.twitter.com/r4qxAmGZxJ— Alisha Ebrahimji (@AlishaEbrahimji) June 14, 2017 Short URL ‘Goat yoga’ in New Hampshire. Jun 17th 2017, 9:15 AM https://jrnl.ie/3446861 Share1510 Tweet Email28 ‘Goat yoga’ in New Hampshire. Image: CBS 13 News Several of her students said while the goats did admittedly get in the way of the yoga stretches and poses, they were a welcome distraction that had everyone giggling and vowing to come back for more.“It was a pure release of tension, a pure release of frustration,” said Judy Waters, who attended a class with her husband and several other friends, one of whom was celebrating her birthday.You can’t really be upset when you’re around a bunch of baby goats climbing around and being silly.There was also one added bonus, she said.“I didn’t think about the administration in Washington once during this entire hour,” Waters chuckled.I would love to do this every week if I could.© – AFP, 2017Read: Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? >Read: History shows Conor McGregor isn’t the first to lose himself in murky, shallow world of celebrity > ADONNA EBRAHIMI IS stretched out on her yoga mat, struggling to maintain a cobra pose – and her composure – as a couple of baby goats do a balancing act on her back.Welcome to ‘Goat Yoga,’ the latest fitness craze sweeping the United States, where young and old are lining up for the popular classes that leave participants not only saying “namaste” but also in stitches.The new workouts taking place on farms across the country involve Nigerian Dwarf goats – miniature goats of West African origin – roaming about as yogis practice their exercise routines.“At first, it was a bit scary because I didn’t know the goats were going to jump on my back,” Ebrahimi, 53, said on a recent afternoon after completing her first ‘Goat Yoga’ class outside Los Angeles. Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 9:15 AM ‘Goat yoga’ is a real thing – the craze is sweeping the US “People love it. They decompress, they cuddle the goats and relax.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Alisha Ebrahimji/Twitter 31 Comments Image: CBS 13 News 22,615 Views
Every now and then I get a little bit nervous that the best of all the total solar eclipses have gone by.On Aug. 21, a celestial event will occur across the continental United States, moving from the coast of Oregon (at 10:15 a.m. PDT) to South Carolina’s shore (around 2:50 p.m. EDT).Fourteen states should experience complete darkness for approximately two minutes; other folks across the country will encounter at least a partial eclipse.Don’t worry if you miss next month’s shadowing of the sun: You have another 600 million years to spot a total solar eclipse.As the moon’s dark silhouette completely obscures the bright light of the sun, a faint solar corona is all that remains visible of the burning star. But the moon’s slow progression away from Earth means these phases will eventually pass.“A total eclipse is a dance with three partners: the moon, the sun, and Earth,” Richard Vondrak, lunar scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement. “It can only happen when there is an exquisite alignment of the moon and the sun in our sky.”While the sun is about 400 times wider than the moon, the moon is about 400 times closer to Earth. So when the two line up in the sky, voila! Total eclipse of the heart sun.Our planet’s satellite, born some 4.5 billion years ago, is on average 239,000 miles away. That number continues to grow as the fast-spinning Earth drags ahead of its sluggish moon, pushing the planetoid away at a rate of 1.6 inches per year. (Eventually, it could take 47 days for the moon to orbit Earth, as for Earth to rotate around the sun.)“Over time, the number and frequency of total solar eclipses will decrease,” Vondrak said. “About 600 million years from now, Earth will experience the beauty and drama of a total solar eclipse for the last time.”So, grab those safety glasses and soak it up while you can, folks. Because, like so many other naturally occurring phenomena, they won’t last forever.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend
Cold air trapped at low elevation is putting some extra chill in the air and challenging public works crews as they attempt to clear roads of snow that has compressed and turned to ice.“Crews have continued to plow what they could from major streets and some side streets,” said a statement from Vancouver Public Works on Saturday. “But at this point, what’s on the surface is so compacted and frozen that progress is limited.”With continued cold temperatures likely through Monday, that situation isn’t expected to change soon.“Given the compaction and temperatures, it’s very slow going, as is the thaw,” the statement said.Temperatures in Vancouver fell to 8 degrees Saturday for the second day in a row, despite forecasts that called for lows in the upper teens. National Weather Service meteorologist Evan Bentley explained that’s because east winds out of the Columbia River Gorge eased overnight, allowing cold air to settle close to the surface.“Winds coming out of the Gorge keeps the atmosphere mixed up,” Bentley said. “Winds went calm for one hour, and the temperature dropped 10 degrees.”Vancouver wasn’t the coldest spot in the metro area. That honor went to Hillsboro, Ore., which recorded a temperature of 4 degrees, breaking a record established in 1930.
A new study says Washington’s Running Start program is a national leader when it comes to helping pave the way for high-school students to eventually finish college.In this state, the study found, high-school students in Running Start ended up finishing a college degree or certificate, well above the U.S. average. A majority of those students received a bachelor’s degree.“Washington overall does extremely well, relative to the national average,” said Davis Jenkins, a senior research scholar with Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, which conducted the study of Running Start and similar dual-enrollment programs in other states.But both Jenkins and Jan Yoshiwara, the head of Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, say Running Start should expand its reach even further.Running Start is the predominant dual-credit program in this state. It essentially gives high-school students a head start on college by allowing them to enroll in community-college classes for free during their junior and senior years. Some students are able to finish out their high-school years in college classrooms, leaving with a diploma and an associate degree.
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