Sky is the limit for Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar had huge compliments to pay to two of youngest and brightest stars in the current team set up.Speaking to India Today after India’s resounding 10-wicket win over West Indies in the second Test match in Hyderabad, Gavaskar praised Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant for their aggressive batting and abilities on the field.While Shaw earned the man-of-the-series award for scoring 234 runs from three innings, Pant bagged the bankable player of the series for scoring 184 runs from two innings and being extremely effective behind the stumps.The 18-year-old Shaw one would say edged out the 21-year-old Pant because of the hundred on debut and an impressive 70 in the first innings of the second Test but Gavaskar felt that Pant is a game changer down the order coming in at No.6 in whites.Also read – Hyderabad Test: Prithvi Shaw is born to play cricket, says Ravi Shastri”Looking at the way Rishabh Pant has settled in the team, I wouldn’t disturb the combination at all. He can be someone like Adam Gilchrist or Quinton de Kock to come down the order and if four wickets have fallen early, to take the game away from the opposition. So, that has to be encouraged. He can be destructive. If there is an Ajinkya Rahane or Virat Kohli at the other end, that’ll be an absolutely deadly combination. Rishabh Pant also impressed Team India coach Ravi Shastri with his wicket-keeping skills (AP Photo)”His wicket-keeping is improving every day, the more he keeps wickets to Ashwin and Jadeja the better. He hasn’t kept wickets to them before. He will get better with time and the more he keeps wickets to them, he will get used to their spin, varieties and he’ll be that much better with every game he keeps to them. Unfortunate for Wriddhiman Saha but with current form and performance, he slots into the XI straight away,” Gavaskar said.Also read – Prithvi Shaw cherishes man-of-the-series award in debut Test seriesadvertisementHe also backed the southpaw to come good in the Indian middle-order in ODIs because of his ability to be destructive.”A left-hander coming in at No.4 would be absolutely terrific and with the destructive abilities he has, it would definitely be a great addition to the Indian limited-overs side as well. Getting to spend time with the one and only MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) in the change room…how educating will that be for a young man, who is wanting to learn?”Also read – Stat: India 2nd team after Australia to win 10 successive Test series at home Prithvi Shaw is the only Indian batsman to score a century on Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Test debut (AP Photo)The legendary batsman also lauded Shaw for his ‘dream start’ to international cricket.”This is a dream start of the young man. He couldn’t have asked for a better start and he deserves it. He has been making adjustments and sure he won’t find it easy in Australia. Nobody finds it easy and he made adjustments today when he was struck in the hand and he hung in there. He is hungry for runs and hungry for hundreds,” Gavaskar said.”By all accounts, Pant, Shaw, when they are in the change room…they are all the time asking the seniors about tips, they are very good observers and that’s the one way to improve.”So, the future is very bright for both these young stars and like Ravi Shastri said…if they keep up the work ethic, do not relax, do not take the game for granted…then the sky is the limit for both these guys,” Gavaskar added.last_img read more

Nate postpones Costa Rica-Honduras match

first_imgCosta Rica v Honduras Qualifier between Costa Rica and Honduras postponed because of storm Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 05:38 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bryan Ruiz Costa Rica CONCACAF World Cup qualification 11182015 Rodrigo Arangua Costa Rica v Honduras Costa Rica Honduras WC Qualification CONCACAF Friday’s game between the Ticos and Catrachos will be pushed back to Saturday because of heavy rains that have hit Costa Rica The World Cup qualification match set for Friday between Costa Rica and Honduras is postponed until Saturday because of heavy rains and flooding.The game was scheduled to begin Friday at 10 p.m. ET but the start time has been pushed back to Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.Costa Rica 4/5 to beat Honduras 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. Tropical Storm Nate has brought heavy rains to Costa Rica, causing the government to declare a state of emergency and close schools. Six storm-related deaths have been reported. With emergency officials busy working to rescue those affected, officials elected to allow policemen and others who would be required at the match to continue with their efforts.”I think a lot of times you have to leave football to the side. I don’t want to be interpreted wrong, but the country is going through a difficult situation,” Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas said at a news conference. “There are families where things are going poorly, Costa Rica is totally flooded. We hope God stops the rain and everyone will be good and when we have to play the game that we can qualify for the World Cup.”The match postponement had to be approved by FIFA, but Costa Rica FA President Rodolfo Villalobos confirmed Thursday that the governing body was willing to accommodate the switch.last_img read more

We will never have another referee like Mike Dean

first_img Members of the Vatican team. Photograph: Sport in Vaticano Share via Email Twitter features Twitter Facebook Twitter Share on Messenger It’s well worth your time. Composite: Guardian RECOMMENDED LISTENINGJoin Max and co for the latest Football Weekly podcast.FIVER LETTERS“As if it weren’t bad enough for the former oldest Football League club in the world, Notts County, what with the manager turnover, player turnover, various flirtations with promotions and relegations over the last 30 years, being the most stressful club to support in the UK (allegedly), only having a river to separate you from your noisy neighbours (and probably now the oldest League club in the world) and, of course, Big Alan and Little Alan, now Juventus have ditched the famous black and white stripes loaned to them by County (yesterday’s Quote of the Day). You wonder how things can possibly get any worse, but this is Notts County. I’m sure they’ll find a way” – Ferg Slade.“It’s interesting to see that in the Argentinian League, Tigre finished ninth out of 26 teams and qualified for the Copa Sudamerica (Big South American Vase), which they could also still qualify for via the Superleague Cup and are doing well in. However, simultaneously and rather weirdly, Tigre have also been relegated as it is on the basis of performances over the last three seasons, not just this one, so will be barred from the competition. I’m trying to find an equivalent analogy of a system that seemed good at the time but ends up flawed with an end result that no one seems happy with, but one doesn’t spring to mind” – Noble Francis.Send your letters to And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Ferg Slade.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSManchester City insist they have provided “comprehensive proof” of their innocence to the Uefa body looking into allegations of FFP irregularities, amid reports that investigators could end up pushing to ban them from Big Cup.The Vatican has launched its first women’s team, with a first test coming up against Roma on 26 May. “Even if they lose 30-0, this doesn’t matter,” tooted Vatican sporting suit Danilo Zennaro. “What matters is that these women get the opportunity to know professional players. Win or lose, it’s also about creating connections and friendships.” TIME TO END THE GOAT DEBATE ONCE AND FOR ALLPurveyor of no-look yellow cards, hider of souvenir hat-trick footballs up the back of his shirt, Premier League centurion of “off you pop” dismissals, pedantic pacer of 10-yard distances and … er, occasional carrier of golf bags on the Ladies European Tour, Mike Dean has been a fixture on the Premier League refereeing circuit for 19 years and in that time has developed something of a reputation for making big games all about … well, him. Much like David Brent, we will never have another referee like him, somebody who’s basically a chilled-out entertainer. An occasionally pompous showman who has endeavoured to keep his personal football allegiances carefully hidden through the cunning ruse of convincing fans the length and breadth of the country he is biased against every team, on Monday night there was a suggestion he let the mask slip.In the away end at Forest Green to see Tranmere Rovers reach the League Two play-off final, Dean was caught on camera, standing on a barrier, arms raised aloft, leading the celebrations at full-time. And while it has been widely presumed that Dean was openly cheering on his local team, The Fiver couldn’t help but think back to the last time he was caught giving it the big one on camera. Specifically, the famous occasion when he refereed a match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa and appeared to openly celebrate Mousa Dembélé scoring for the London side. As it happened, Dean simply had his arms outstretched to signal an advantage and subsequently celebrated his own good work with a self-congratulatory fist pump en route back to the halfway line, but try telling that to tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists in the Holte End. It certainly lends credence to the notion that, on Monday, he may only have been celebrating his colleague Eddie Ilderton’s excellent technique when it came to peep … peep … peeeeeeeeeeeeping on the final whistle.Dean is unlikely to be at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening, where his heartless colleague, Chris Kavanagh, will be leading the team of match officials. The ref who gave José Holebas a red card – since overturned – that would have ruled the Watford full-back out of the FA Cup final, is in charge of maintaining order when West Brom and Aston Villa duke it out again for a place in the Championship play-off final. Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Villa will fancy their chances of progressing, not least because Dwight Gayle is sitting this game out on the Naughty Step after being shown a red card of his own at Villa Park. Having been booked for time-wasting so early in Saturday’s game that his team had hardly arrived at the stadium, the West Brom striker received a second yellow after being rather harshly adjudged to have “left one in” on Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer while trying to get on the end of a cross. While Baggies fans were predictably apoplectic about the decision, Dean’s feelings on the matter remain known.QUOTE OF THE DAY“When people talk about football they often associate it with big salaries and luxurious living but the reality is that many of our staff – as we all do – live within their means. And that becomes very difficult when you have not been paid for a couple of weeks. It has hit home hard” – Bolton club chaplain Phil Mason on news that an emergency food bank has been set up to help Wanderers staff who have gone unpaid for two weeks.RECOMMENDED VIEWINGCome for the important film about abuse in grassroots refereeing, stay for Michael Butler’s get-ups. Facebook Daniele De Rossi will end his Roma career after 18 years, 615 appearances and 63 goals, having been told that he wouldn’t be offered a new deal. “I apologised to Daniele, on behalf of the club, for not speaking to him sooner – it has been a problematic season,” sighed chief suit Guido Fienga. “The club is aware of the mistakes we’ve made, and we are reflecting on that.”Bulgaria have appointed former international midfielder Krasimir Balakov as coach. “He is one of the greatest footballers of our time,” whooped Bulgarian FA president Borislav Mihaylov. “A man who believes in Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian national team.”Mansfield Town have taken their League Two play-off exit to Newport well, sacking manager David Flitcroft and replacing him with academy coach John Dempster.And Gigi Becali is back in the news, having given FCSB coach Mihai Teja the old Dracarys. “I told him that we are breaking up, I don’t have to reproach him,” sniffed Becali after FCSB failed to win the Romanian league.STILL WANT MORE?The very best Premier League pictures of the season. Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter RECOMMENDED LOOKINGDavid Squires on … the end of the Premier League, co-starring Janet, Jim Bowen and Tranmere’s top boy.center_img Pinterest The Fiver Blood, sweat and fears: special report on abuse towards grassroots football referees – video !!! Illustration: David Squires/The Guardian Football Topics Jonathan Wilson learned a shedload tactically from the 2018-19 Premier League, so he wrote about it.It was a great season for the WSL, but there’s still plenty to improve on, explains Suzy Wrack.Liverpool look well set to avoid the curse of the runner-up, reckons Sachin Nakrani.Richard Williams is the latest to point out that Pep Guardiola is great.Chris Hughton paid the price for not being sufficiently attacking, argues Nick Ames.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. 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A Star College Football Quarterback Has Been Benched

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)One of the top quarterbacks in college football was benched for a series this afternoon. It didn’t work out very well.Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (and the rest of the Nittany Lions’ offense) is struggling in a major way against Michigan’s defense.It’s Michigan 28, Penn State 0 heading into the fourth quarter.The Nittany Lions just went to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens on the most-recent drive. It ended in a pick-six.The throw was not good.Can see why he took the chance here. White jerseys everywhere, just got unlucky.— Tim Ryan (@TheSportsHernia) November 3, 2018It’s now a major blowout.Don’t know what happened there. But Tommy Stevens, in at quarterback for Trace McSorley, threw it directly to Brandon Watson for a pick-six.The rout is on.— Orion Sang (@orion_sang) November 3, 2018McSorley had completed just 5 of 12 passes for 83 yards. He had 12 carries for -6 yards. McSorley is now back in the game.Michigan and Penn State are playing on FOX.last_img read more

Atlantic Energy Ministers Launch Efficiency Awareness Campaign

first_imgA family of four can save up to $250 a year on their energy bills by installing a low flow shower head. That is just one of the energy reducing tips Atlantic Canadians can learn in the coming weeks as part of SAVE, a Shared Atlantic Vision for Energy Efficiency. SAVE, an awareness campaign, was launched today, March 8, by all four provincial energy ministers. “We want to provide useful information so Atlantic Canadians understand how they can reduce energy and save money,” said Nova Scotia Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “By working co-operatively with other provinces in Atlantic Canada, we can reach more people and increase the amount of energy conserved.” SAVE is about sharing information to help reduce energy use, power bills and greenhouse gas emissions, said Jamie Ballem, chair of the Atlantic Energy Ministers Forum and Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry for Prince Edward Island. “We have seen in the last few years that energy prices are influenced by many complex factors beyond our borders and beyond our control — whether it’s the growing demand for fossil fuels in India and China, or Hurricane Katrina in the United States. Atlantic Canadians cannot do anything about those factors. But each of us does have the power to reduce our energy costs by using energy wisely,” said Mr. Ballem. The initial phase of the SAVE campaign, will feature a series of energy efficiency tips on radio, in newspapers and on cable television over the next few weeks. This phase of the campaign is sponsored by the Council of Atlantic Premiers with additional assistance from Efficiency NB/Efficacité NB and Maritime Electric Company Limited. “We are pleased that more people are interested in energy efficiency, and we feel many are hungry for more information on best practices,” said New Brunswick Energy Minister Brenda Fowlie. “Our first step is to generate some attention, to let people know that there are some simple things you can do that really have an impact.” As an example, Ms. Fowlie pointed out that turning down your thermostat when you are out of the house or sleeping can reduce your heating bill by up to 10 per cent. “Energy efficiency is a matter of everyday concern and it is in our hands to make a difference,” said Newfoundland and Labrador Natural Resources Minister Ed Byrne. “The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to this promotional effort and I am confident that it will help citizens explore useful ways in which to reduce their overall energy consumption and tackle rising costs.”last_img read more

New School Review Process Begins

first_imgSchool review process changes that ensure extensive public consultation are now in effect. “The new school review process ensures that all voices are heard about a school’s future,” Education Minister Karen Casey said. “It also establishes a very public and thorough process that school boards must follow.” For example, a board must prepare a comprehensive impact assessment report that explains why a school should be under review. The report must include historical and projected enrolment data, population trends for the school area and an assessment of the school’s physical condition. The new process also extends the time frame of the review process to a year, requires public and school staff participation and sets out a mandatory timetable. A school review will begin no later than April 1 and a decision must be made by March 31 of the following year. Under the new process, the earliest a school identified for review would close is September 2009. Key deadlines in the school review process: For this year only, the deadline to identify schools for review has been extended to April 30. Some school-review processes were put on hold pending the results of the provincewide review and proclamation of the legislation. The schools now must be reviewed as part of the new process. The process is based on the recommendations of a review committee that looked into the school closures process last year. April 1: Board identifies which school(s) it wants to review for possible closure. May 31: Board prepares a comprehensive impact assessment report for each school identified for review. The report provides a comprehensive rationale that explains why the school is under review. This rationale conforms to standards prescribed by the regulations. June 15: A study committee is struck. Its members are defined in law to ensure public representation. June 30: Study committee meets for first time. Nov. 30: Study committee submits its response to the impact assessment report and its recommendation for the future of the school. Jan. 31: School board releases to public study committee report and recommendations. March 15: Board holds a public meeting to discuss the study committee report and recommendation. March 31: School board announces results of review.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Encouraged to Get Flu Shot

first_imgNova Scotians have more ways to get the flu shot this year to help protect themselves and others from influenza. The flu shot is free for all Nova Scotians. Starting this year, it is available from most pharmacists. It continues to be available from family doctors, family practice nurses, nurse practitioners, and clinics offered by Public Health Services and some workplaces. “Immunization is a safe, simple, and effective way to protect yourself, your family, and others against the flu,” said Dr. Frank Atherton, Nova Scotia’s deputy chief medical officer of health. “We’re pleased to have pharmacists joining family doctors, nurses and others to make it even easier for Nova Scotians to get the flu shot.” While the vaccine is recommended for all Nova Scotians, it is especially important for people at high risk of complications including seniors, children age six months to five years, Aboriginal people, pregnant women and anyone with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes. This also includes those who live with, or care for, people in high risk groups. Flu symptoms often include sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat, but can lead to more severe illness such as pneumonia or even death. “Getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to prevent the flu,” said Health and Wellness deputy minister Kevin McNamara. “Not only does it keep Nova Scotians healthy, it also reduces the number of people going to doctors and emergency departments.” Proper hygiene, such as handwashing and covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, is also important to prevent the spread of influenza and many other infections. People with flu symptoms should stay home and minimize close contact with others. If they have questions, they can call 811 and speak to a registered nurse. For more information on the flu, visit read more

Duck Dynasty Star Claims Title Of Korbel HoleinOne Champion

first_imgLake Tahoe was taken by storm on July 17th when 13 of the greatest names in sports and entertainment battled for the title of Korbel Hole-in-One Champion.Todd Kennedy, Korbel; Sue Novasel, District Five Supervisor; Gary Heck, Korbel; Willie Robertson, Duck DynastyWith a powerful drive, Duck Dynasty Star Willie Robertson landed 12 feet 1 inch away from the pin, taking home the victory for this fourth-annual competition.In honor of Robertson’s win, The Korbel Toast Life Foundation donated $5,000 to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.The Hole-in-One Competition took place on Hole 17 and is a featured event at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, currently being played at the Edgewood Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.Close behind finishing in second place, Golf Channel Host Lisa Cornwell put her All-American golf champion skills to the test with a distance of 13 feet 9 inches from the pin. Coming in third with 14 feet 5 inches and not far off was Former MLB All-Star Pitcher David Wells.Other entertainment idols competing for the win included Nine-Time Grammy Award Winner Justin Timberlake, who won over the crowd with his smooth dance moves as he prepared to tee off. Comedians Larry the Cable Guy and Rob Riggle also had fans amused as their hilarious remarks provided a soundtrack to the afternoon. Season Nineteen Dancing with the Stars Champion Alfonso Ribeiro added to the excitement as he heckled with participants and stirred up the competition.In addition, Former NFL Pro Bowl Champions Joe Theismann, A.J. Hawk and Mark Rypien exhibited fierce drives down the fairway to beat out the majority of competitors. Although he wasn’t closest to the pin, Former NBA Forward Shane Battier was a fan favorite as he took his best shot at the Hole-in-One Champion title. Fans ultimately gave their support to Bush Center Wounded Warrior Champion Chad Pfeifer, last year’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship fifth place winner. Although Pfeifer was beat out by competitors, the crowd offered a standing ovation for his service to our country.“The fourth-annual celebrity Hole-in-One competition is an opportunity to close out the first round with a lively, crowd pleasing contest to support a worthwhile cause like the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and raise a glass to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship,” said Gary Heck, small owner and small president of Korbel Champagne Cellars.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


first_img Twitter Sunday night’s stacked line-up on HGTV Canada brought down the house with two new, original series premieres, Moving the McGillivrays and Bryan Inc. The Canadian original series were the #1 and #2 most watched series of the night across Canadian specialty (excluding sports).* Moving the McGillivrays, which premiered at 9 p.m. ET/PT drew in 418, 000 (2+) viewers making it the highest rated series premiere amongst McGillivray’s robust roster of hit series for the network.  Making HGTV Canada history, Bryan Inc.’s  10 p.m. ET/PT premiere drew 481,000 (2+) viewers, becoming the #1 highest rated series premiere on the channel in the last five years. ( 2+)**Additional data highlights: September 25th  is the top ranked Sunday night (8 p.m. – 11 p.m.) on HGTV Canada in the last five years (2+) **Across all Canadian TV, which includes conventional channels, Bryan Inc. and Moving the McGillivrays ranked in the Top 20 across multiple key demos (Ind. 2+, A18-49, A25-54, A18-34, W18-49, W25-54, W18-34) excluding sports.***Viewers who missed the premiere episodes of Moving the McGillivrays and Bryan Inc. can catch up on LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement In next week’s episode of Moving the McGillivrays airing October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Scott makes a painstaking decision about his newly-bought home and discovers a threatening and very wet problem. Meanwhile, Sabrina nervously goes back to work and Scott embarks on a charitable endeavor: building a home for a deserving family in need.In the next episode of Bryan Inc. airing October 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Sarah adjusts to her new role with the company, while Bryan goes out of town for work. Will she be able to manage the properties as well as their four kids on her own?– 30 –Sources:*Numeris PPM Data/Sep25/16-Overnights, Total Canada, excluding sports, based on Ind. 2+, Adults and Women 25-54/18-49/18-34.**Numeris PPM Data, Jan1/10-Sep25/16 – Live + same day playback, Total Canada***Source: Numeris PPM Data, Sep25/16 – overnights, Total Canada, includes CDN CONV COM ENG/CDN SPEC COM ENG/CDN DIG ENG (excluding sports) SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPRWatch full episodes and see exclusive content at hgtv.caSubscribe to HGTV Canada’s YouTube channel:  Follow HGTV Canada on Twitter and FacebookHGTV Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

US energy secretary urges Iraq to quit dependency on Iran

first_imgBAGHDAD — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has urged Iraq to reduce its energy dependence on Iran and open its energy sector to American investment instead.Perry met with top Iraqi officials in Baghdad and in the Kurdish region on Tuesday to discuss US investment in Iraq.Iraq is caught in a delicate position as it continues to draw on Iranian gas and electricity production despite renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran’s energy sector.Iraq’s own energy sector cannot produce enough electricity to power the country.Perry said the U.S. and its business community were prepared to help Iraq develop its own energy sector.“The time has come for Iraq to break its dependence on others and move forward toward true energy independence,” said Perry.The Associated Presslast_img

Transparency among nations essential in boosting collective security says Ban

19 November 2008Underscoring the key role of collective security in preventing conflicts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for greater transparency in the drive to curb armaments and boost confidence among nations. “As we know all too well, organizations tend to be better equipped for reacting to developments than for anticipating them,” Mr. Ban told an open meeting of the Security Council on boosting collective security and arms reduction. “But we cannot be passive in the face of threats to international peace and security.”In the address delivered by Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, the Secretary-General said that strengthening collective security can improve trust among countries and in turn blaze the trail for cooperation in other areas.“No serious discussion on the limitation or elimination of armaments can avoid the topic of improving transparency,” he said, calling on nations to behave in a “predictable” manner to generate confidence.Member States, through the UN, have developed two means to promote greater transparency. The Standardized Instrument for Reporting Military Expenditures will undergo its first review in 2010, while the UN Register of Conventional Arms, to which Member States can report their arms imports and expert, has seen its scope widened in recent years to include small arms transfers.More than half of all Member States have participated in both, Mr. Ban said at the meeting that heard from dozens of speakers, expressing hope that there will be even greater involvement and more consistent reporting.But he cautioned that transparency is only one of several conditions – including irreversibility, verification and how binding agreements are – which the world is seeking to enshrine in global pacts.“To the extent that such criteria are accepted by States and implemented in good faith, prospects for achieving the full potential of collective security will grow,” the Secretary-General said.In a presidential statement issued at the end of the day-long gathering, the Council expressed concern at rising military expenditure worldwide, urging appropriate levels of spending and continued commitment to achieve the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The 15-member body underscored the “vital importance of an effective multilateral system to better address… the multifaceted and interconnected challenges and threats confronting our world and to achieve progress in the areas of peace and security, development and human rights, which are the pillars of the United Nations system and the foundations for collective security and well-being.”The Council, in the statement read out by Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica, which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for November, also emphasized the importance of complying with existing global pacts on non-proliferation, disarmament and arms control. read more

Pro LTTE diaspora block reconciliation

The International Ministerial Conference was aimed at considering the various contributions that diaspora communities make both to their countries of origin and the countries where they reside, and to suggest some areas for maximizing the impact of diaspora engagement and to create an enabling environment towards achieving that goal.Ambassador Aryasinha noted that about 3 million Sri Lankans are estimated to be living as diaspora. While a small share of these are traditional migrants living in the West, over 1.8 million represent what is essentially regarded as a migrant work force in many parts of the world, mainly the Middle East, East Asia and South East Asia. The rest of the Sri Lankan Diaspora, belonging to all ethnicities of Sri Lanka – Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and Burghers, mainly reside in the Western hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand, India and the African continent. Of these, estimates suggest that Sri Lankan Tamils number over 1 million, of which a bulk are refugee claimants and constitute sizeable vote banks with considerable leverage within those political systems. The Ambassador said in order to increase engagement with the Sri Lankan Diaspora a process has also been initiated to hold ‘Diaspora Investor Forums’ to guide those working abroad on investment opportunities in securities instruments such as equities and bonds, and also to provide sufficient information about the investment opportunities in Sri Lanka and economic growth prospects, so that diaspora can themselves invest and also help in attracting investment into the country.Additionally, efforts have been made to engage young professionals in the Sri Lankan Diaspora, through initiatives such as the What’s Next!, an independent forum comprising post-graduates and young professionals of Sri Lankan origin residing in France, who seek to promote a sustainable peace in Sri Lanka through intellectual exchange and multicultural dialogue. (Colombo Gazette) Having acknowledged the significant contribution made to the Sri Lankan economy by the migrant work force which in 2012 was approximately $ 6.0 billion which amounted to 33% of the total foreign exchange earnings, Ambassador Aryasinha detailed the steps taken by Sri Lanka to reach out to the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora particularly since the ending of the terrorist conflict, with a view to harness their talents and resources towards the betterment of Sri Lanka.In addition to facilitating visits to the home towns of Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora members and in resolving some of their long standing citizenship and land issues, GOSL has engaged in a structured dialogue with the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora to enable them not only to see for themselves the significant socio-economic, political and cultural renewal taking place in the former conflict affected areas, but also to discuss with them proposals for further political empowerment of the people and economic development of these areas.On the recommendation of the LLRC, the National Plan of Action towards the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC has also sought the constituting of a ” Multi- Disciplinary Task Force” to propose a programme of action to harness the untapped potential of the expatriate community, to respond to the concerns of the so-called ‘hostile diaspora groups’ and to engage them constructively with the Government and other stakeholders involved in the reconciliation process”. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha has said that politically mobilized pro-LTTE diaspora sustain hatred and prevent reconciliation in Sri Lanka.Noting that the transnational political opportunity structures prevalent in host states help shape and sustain such diaspora activism, the Ambassador observed that countries which continue to condone with the hostility and disruptive tendencies shown by such pro-LTTE elements are giving a wrong signal. Ambassador Aryasinha made these observations when he addressed the International Dialogue on Migration 2013 – Diaspora Ministerial Conference, on the theme ‘Diasporas and Development: Bridging between Societies and States’ organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and held in Geneva. The Ambassador said that there are ample instances where even when home states might want to end a conflict or pursue reconciliation, diaspora resist such moves, for it is not their sons and daughters who die, and often keeping the pot boiling in the home states become opportune, so that they might retain greater leverage, particularly in their quest to seek to legally reside or gain citizenship in a chosen host country. The IOM defines diaspora as “Emigrants and their descendants, who live outside the country of their birth or ancestry, either on a temporary or permanent basis, yet still maintain affective (emotional) and material ties to their countries of origin”. Ambassador Aryasinha said Sri Lanka offered an instructive example, of both the scope as well as the complexities encountered in the nexus between diaspora, home state and host states.He cautioned that while in general diaspora can play significant roles in the development of their country of origin, particularly in assessing the role of diaspora from countries that remain conflict affected or have recently emerged from protracted conflict, the academic discourse clearly demonstrates that diaspora are rarely autonomous actors.“They are known to be compelled by organized networks to fund, arm, engage in propaganda and be electoral vote blocks in host countries, there-by having the potential to act as ‘spoilers’ in conflict resolution and post-conflict reconciliation in their home states,” he said. read more

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DDay veteran recalls recovery from attacker who left him for dead as

Jim Booth dances with the Duchess of Cornwall during the 70th Anniversary of VJ DayCredit: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images He underwent commando training in Scotland was equipped with a Fairbairn Sykes dagger which he still has today.After navigating through minefields they arrived at the easternmost point of Sword Beach on June 4 – the day before the original invasion was planned – and anchored on the seabed just 300m from the shore, so close they could see German soldiers playing football on the sand. “They had no idea what was coming to them,” he says.But an incoming storm delayed the invasion for 24 hours leaving Booth and his colleagues trapped underwater with oxygen running out.  Credit: Paul Grover/ THE TELEGRAPH “He left me for dead but I suppose I was lucky,” he says, speaking exclusively to the Telegraph. “Surviving the war was pure luck and this was the same again.”Recalling the attack he remembers being “bashed about the head” before waking up “covered in blood” and crawling to a neighbour’s house to raise the alarm. “They told me from the fractures on my hands that I must have hit him back,” he adds.  Their mission complete the men returned to Portsmouth as heroes. But after just 10 days of leave he was sent to Burma to operate behind enemy lines. A father of four with four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, he stresses the importance of educating the next generation and has been a regular presence at landmark anniversaries of the Second World War. In 2015 he danced a waltz with the Duchess of Cornwall at an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of VJ day.His daughter, Vicky, who is accompanying her father back to Normandy, believes it is his iron will which has enabled his recovery. “He just pushes his way through things and always thinks of others before himself,” she says. “I’m so proud of him. He is our family hero.”   “They went right past us and we waved to each other,” he says.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jim Booth dances with the Duchess of Cornwall during the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day Jim Booth Jim Booth A special forces commando whose top secret operation launched the D-Day assault on Sword Beach, Lieutenant Jim Booth made it through the war and his entire military career remarkably unscathed. Indeed he reached the age of 96 without ever breaking a bone, until a brutal attack at his home in Taunton, Somerset, left him with two depressed skull fractures and doctors preparing his family for the worse.The 40-year-old assailant hit Booth six times on the head with a claw hammer after forcing his way into his home posing as a builder. He was jailed in 2018 for 20 years for attempted murder.But Lt Booth is made of tougher stuff than his cowardly attacker could ever have imagined. Despite the severity of his injuries he has recovered to travel back to Normandy later this week for the first time since the attack to honour the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings. On Wednesday he will be in Portsmouth for the national commemorations attended by the Queen. In the early hours of June 6 the green light came through. Booth rigged the submarine with lights, signals and radar to direct the Allies in. “We surfaced as planned at 4.30am and it was a dream to breathe in the lovely fresh air,” he recalls. Following what seemed like an interminable wait he recalls heavy bombers pounding the beach and ten minutes later the battleships opening up miles out at sea. “Then suddenly the mist cleared and the sight of all the ships coming towards us was just incredible,” he says. The first vessels to pass bore the specially-developed amphibious DD tanks. The 97-year-old, who still suffers excruciating headaches as a result of his injuries, speaks with the modesty characteristic of so many of the 250 Normandy veterans aboard the Royal British Legion-chartered ship MS Boudicca which on Wednesday night sets sail for Normandy.But his actions at D-Day, for which he was awarded the Croix de Guerre for outstanding gallantry, played a vital role in ensuring the success of the landings. It was from Portsmouth harbour 75 years ago that Lt Booth slipped out on one of two miniature submarines known as an X-craft on a top secret mission of the utmost importance – to be the first British vessels to reach Sword Beach directing the massed armada in.If they were captured or gave away their position it would have put the whole invasion at peril. Should the landings be delayed for more than three days their orders were to scupper their submarine, swim to shore, and join the French Resistance.  Such peril was exactly what Booth had in mind when he abandoned his degree in medicine at Cambridge University in the first term aged 18 to join the Royal Navy. After writing to a senior officer requesting a more active role he was recruited to a special unit termed the Combined Operations Pilotage and Reconnaissance Party. “I was young and idiotic enough to ask for something more exciting,” he says.  Jim BoothCredit:Paul Grover read more

Uwe Gensheimer put hands on EHF CL Golden ball

Among TOP 10 scorers of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017 before the quarter-final matches are only five active. Paris Saint Germain left wing Uwe Gensheimer is clear favorite to win the “golden ball” with 12 goals advantage ahead of Momir Ilic from Telekom Veszprem (84) and Zsolt Balogh, Jure Dolenec and Mikkel Hansen (75 each).Gensheimer was TOP scorer of EHF CL in season 2010/2011 with 118 goals as captain of Rhein Neckar Lowen.TOP 10 – goalscorers of EHF Champions League:1. Gensheimer Uwe (GER) 96 Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA)2. Csaszar Gabor (HUN) 84 Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Ilic Momir (SRB) 84 Telekom Veszprém (HUN)4. Stojkovic Rastko (SRB) 81 HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)5. Aguinagalde Akizu Julen (ESP) 78 KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)6. Janc Blaz (SLO) 77 RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)7. Kristopans Dainis (LAT) 76 HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)8. Balogh Zsolt (HUN) 75 MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN)Dolenec Jure (SLO) 75 Montpellier HB (FRA)Hansen Mikkel (DEN) 75 Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA) paris saint germainUwe Gensheimer ← Previous Story Gábor Császár extends in Schaffhausen until 2021 Next Story → Tatabanya Grundfos to chase Fuchse Berlin for EHF Cup Final4 read more

SYMBOL OF PERSISTANCE Patrice Canayer wins it again – 40th trophy in

Patrice Canayer is at the TOP of European handball again. The longest successful story in European handball again reached the best possible moment after 15 years from the first major success – winning the EHF Champions League in 2003.The 57 years-old French coach is symbol of persistance in his work because he began work with Montpellier in 1994.In that time, Montpellier Handball were the club without any title. In 24 years with Canayer on the helm, team from the French south became the most successful team ever in domestic handball and the only French team which won VELUX EHF Champions League. This was their 40th trophy in all competitions (14 French League titles).Canayer did it in 2003 and did it again in Cologne, in season which Montpellier began as third team of French League, from the lower part of EHF CL – Group C and D.Moreover, that is the team without almost any superstar in the moment, but great players who are led perfectly by well-known coach.PHOTO: Jozo Cabraja ← Previous Story Jonas Truchanovicius: Dreams come true! We are the champions! Next Story → First non-European EHF CL Final4 MVP is Diego Simonet – Gensheimer’s hat-trick Montpellier handballPatrice Canayer read more

Why have GPs uturned on support for under5s scheme

first_imgGPS HAVE TAKEN a u-turn on their welcome for free GP care for under-5s, saying that the scheme was announced without any proper consultations.Dr Andy Jordan of the National Association for General Practitioners (NAGP) said that GPs have been “placed in an impossible position” where on the one hand they have been presented with a proposal which is very positive.However, as the proposal currently stands our members simply have not been provided with the infrastructure required to provide the level of service demanded by the new scheme. Doctors must always act in the best interests of their most vulnerable patients. It is unfortunate that this scheme for Under 5s was announced without any proper consultation or analysis of its practical implications.The NAGP is of the opinion that the recently-announced cut backs to GMS are intrinsically linked to the cost of providing free GP visits for children aged five and under.He said that NAGP’s members are reporting a large volume of calls to their practices from concerned medical card holders requesting reassurances, “which at this point we are simply not in a position to provide”.Care and resourcesAccording to Dr Jordan, there would be an increase of 1.5 million extra consultations per year in GP surgeries across the country due to the scheme, putting extra pressure on doctors.He suggested that as this would involve a separate contract for the under-fives, some doctors might not sign if they felt they would not have enough resources.They are now calling on the Minister for Health to explain to GPs how this scheme can be introduced without their most vulnerable patients being affected.Dr Jordan told is not in our remit to come along and oppose government policy when it is clearly stated in their Programme for Government.But he said the NAGP “initially we thought [the government] would have set up some high-end service… with all sorts of targeted initiatives built into it”. This could have included liaising with organisations like Barnardos and community groups, he said.Dr Jordan said that such a scheme requires tremendous funding but that it wasn’t clear if the €37 million to take care of the under-fives was for all under-fives or some of them. He questioned if it referred just to those who do not have a medical card and if this could lead to two tiers of care for under-fives.Medical cardsDr Jordan said the money was allocated to the scheme “against a backdrop of taking discretionary medical cards from people” and that “we are now getting into discretionary medical cards taken away from the vulnerable, poor, sick; patients dying with cancer”.He said the scheme is “at the expense of the most vulnerable in society”.He stated that due to cuts, the primary care strategy programme is “literally falling asunder”. Plus, GPs have seen a reduction in funding of 33 per cent, which is affecting their ability “to supply any sort of decent service to people”.He described the scheme as a “great idea but it’s the right idea but the wrong time” and suggested it could be put on ice for two to three years for the ‘right time’.In relation to Minister Reilly, he said that he “has a tough job and I would never get into a personal attack to anyone who carries the responsibility that he has to shoulder”.But he said that he hopes that the Minister can sit down and talk with stakeholders on the issue.Read: GPs claiming dead people’s medical card fees? A ‘smokescreen’ – IMO>last_img read more

Nucléaire lusine Areva de la Hague sousdéclare ses incidents

first_imgNucléaire : l’usine Areva de la Hague sous-déclare ses incidentsSelon l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN), l’usine de retraitement des déchets nucléaires d’Areva, à Beaumont-Hague, a sous-estimé la gravité de plusieurs incidents survenus sur le site l’an dernier.Jeudi 19 mai, le gendarme du nucléaire a fait son bilan 2010 des installations de ce type en Normandie. Ce qui en ressort principalement n’est pas très élogieux pour Areva. En effet, l’autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) considère que le processus de déclaration des événements significatifs de son usine de Beaumont-Hague reste insatisfaisant, rapporte Challenges.L’ASN est ainsi intervenue “à plusieurs reprises auprès de l’établissement pour exiger la déclaration en tant qu’événement significatif d’écarts internes ou pour modifier le niveau de classement proposé par Areva”, rapporte Le Monde. “Il n’est pas normal que pour environ un quart d’entre eux, l’ASN soit quasiment obligée de se fâcher pour obtenir une déclaration”, a déclaré Eric Zelnio, qui suit l’usine à l’ASN au cours d’une conférence de presse à Caen. L’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire regrette d’avoir “découvert” certains événements au cours d’inspections.Trois incidents reclassés par Areva en 2010 En 2010, l’ASN a reclassé trois incidents au niveau 1, alors qu’Areva les avait classé comme étant de niveau 0 sur l’échelle internationale INES qui en compte 8 (de 0 à 7, du moins dangereux au plus dangereux). Pour donner un ordre d’idées, le niveau 2 correspond à une contamination humaine à l’intérieur du site et/ou à des défaillances importantes des dispositions de sécurité, et le 3 à la contamination grave d’un travailleur, précise l’AFP.Au total, l’an dernier, 58 événements significatifs ont été déclarés par Areva, contre 25 en 2009, sur ce site uniquement, l’une des usines qui concentrent le plus de matières radioactives au monde.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéPar ailleurs, un problème persiste sur les déchets “assez radioactifs”. Il s’agit de déchets produits par l’usine avant 2000 et qu’Areva devait restocker, sur ordre de l’ASN, de façon satisfaisante. Aujourd’hui, ce n’est toujours pas fait. L’autorité explique alors qu’elle “va imposer à Areva en 2011 un calendrier prescriptif afin que les opérations ne prennent plus de retard”, rapporte Challenges.Toutefois, bonne nouvelle pour Areva : l’AFP indique que le gendarme du nucléaire considère “le bilan des usines” du site “satisfaisant”, particulièrement en ce qui concerne “l’exposition des personnels et le respect des limites de rejets”.Le 20 mai 2011 à 09:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Numericable au coeur dune plainte

first_imgNumericable au coeur d’une plainte? Numericable serait visé par un plainte, lui reprochant d’avoir acquis gratuitement les réseaux câblés de plusieurs communes. Le plaignant, qui pourrait être France Telecom selon la Tribune, accuse Numericable d’avoir bénéficié d’une aide d’État illégale. Aucune confirmation du nombre de communes affectées, mais la Tribune évoque une centaine de petites et moyennes municipalités. Pour l’instant, seuls les réseaux de 33 communes pourraient être concernés par ces cessions gratuites, qui elles-mêmes pourraient s’avérer illégales.Le site Clubic précise que ce nombre pourrait rapidement augmenter puisque des courriers sont envoyés aux communes. Ainsi, le préfet peut les interroger pour savoir si Numericable a passé de tels contrats avec elles.L’affaire a été portée devant les grandes instances européennes. Si la culpabilité de Numericable était prouvée, ce dernier devra rembourser le montant équivalent à la valeur des réseaux acquis gratuitement.À lire aussi41 milliards de SMS échangés en France en seulement 3 moisNumericable aurait, entre 2003 et 2007, convaincu de nombreuses collectivités de conclure à des “conventions d’occupation du domaine public”, où, en réalité, le réseau devient la propriété de l’opérateur.C’est en 2007, que l’Arcep a déconseillé aux communes d’accepter ce genre d’accords, lesquels pourraient bien être illégaux.Le site Clubic ajoute que l’Arcep précise que ces contrats peuvent être passés entre les collectivités et un opérateur qu’en vue d’une “occupation privative compatible avec la destination du domaine”. Cependant, cela doit donner lieu à un paiement de la part de l’opérateur. Une seule exception peut être faite, si l’utilisation du réseau privé comporte des contreparties suffisantes pour la commune, faisant office de rémunération. Le 31 janvier 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Build a Raspberry Pi Laptop With Official Screen 3DPrinted Case

first_img A new portable Pi project uses the official 7-inch touch-screen to create a mini laptop for on-the-go users (and people with small hands).Thingiverse user “surferboy” published blueprints for building the compact computer, which includes the Raspberry Pi Foundation display and an RII mini wireless keyboard and touchpad.The task, however, is not for the faint of heart, according to the designer, who warned folks that “this is not an easy project”; it requires a basic understanding of electronics and soldering, and the removal of some Pi parts.“I accept no responsibility for any damages you may cause during this process,” surferboy said.With all components—including the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B computer board—in hand, get to work pulling apart ports and connecting wires. Step-by-step instructions are not included, but surferboy gives “a basic idea of who it goes together.”ThingiverseAs Hackaday pointed out, the original architect opted to abandon the laptop’s ethernet connection in return for a thinner bundle; a large external battery pack is also likely required.The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched its official touch-screen in the fall of 2015, boasting an 800-by-480 resolution and 10-finger touch support.Available from Amazon for $68.99, the full-color display features an adapter board, DSI ribbon cable, four stand-offs, four jumper wires, and an optional Perspex layer frame. Its wiring setup means the display can be powered through a single cable, leaving HDMI ports free for additional connections.Together, the parts suferboy used total about $140 (including computer, display, and keyboard), though Lifehacker tipped an additional $100 cost to have the case 3D printed via Print a Thing. If you’ve got $240 to spare, though, and are desperate for a new DIY undertaking, the Raspberry Pi laptop could prove a good time.Early this year, a nostalgic PinShaped user released details of how to create your own Pi-powered arcade joystick with a 3D-printed enclosure; an inventor, meanwhile, recently showed off his Rubik’s Cube-solving Lego robot using Raspberry Pi.The mini motherboard also controls the MeArm Pi kit—a programmable robot arm available to order on Kickstarter. Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more