Trainer Atlas blasts Horn’s UD win: You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Sports Illustrated tweeted a couple of videos showing Atlas’ tirade.Teddy Atlas is none too pleased with the decision pic.twitter.com/CQKtQPHImvFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 2, 2017 Jeff Horn, top center, of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao, bottom second left, of the Philippines, during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Legendary trainer and boxing commentator Teddy Atlas launched a verbal maelstrom Sunday after Jeff Horn took a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao for the WBO World welterweight championship in the “Battle of Brisbane” at Suncorp Stadium.Horn led in all three of the judges’ scorecards, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, but Atlas would have none of it.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena READ: Horn trainer promises ‘bloody Sunday’Digging deeper, Horn connected on just 19 jabs while Pacquiao landed 59.And in terms of power punches, Pacquiao had an overwhelming 123-73 advantage.Atlas even spoke his mind when interviewing Horn as the Australian had the WBO belt strapped on his left arm.Teddy Atlas keeping it 💯 pic.twitter.com/0ZRDs6tt9Q— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 2, 2017“Congratulations, good effort, but I thought you lost,” said Atlas. “This guy [Pacquiao] was landing the punches, you were throwing a lot but were missing a lot. But you showed great heart, the heart of a champion, no doubt about that.”READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao“Do you feel after that ninth round, a very difficult round, after that round was almost stopped, you heard the words of the referee ‘I’m going to stop this fight if you can’t do something’ and your own corner told you that.”center_img After Pacquiao subjected Horn to a furious beating in the ninth round, referee Mark Nelson approached the Australian in the corner and told him he’ll stop the fight if the punishment continues.RELATED VIDEOHorn answers questions about his victory over Pacquiao8.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They gave a trophy, a win, a huge win to Horn the local kid for trying hard,” said Atlas. “You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard. You’re supposed to get it for winning and I thought Pacquiao won the fight if you go by the rules, the real rules.”And for Atlas, whoever “lands the cleaner punches” should be crowned the victor.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winThe punch stats showed clear advantages for Pacquiao, both in terms of hits and the percentage.Pacquiao threw a total of 573 punches and landed 182 of them for a 32 percent rate while Horn, who did attempt more, went 92-of-625.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao ‘robbed’ View commentslast_img read more

Jamaican athlete among positive tests from 2008 Olympics: Sources

first_imgA Jamaican athlete is among those who have failed a doping test after samples were re-examined from the 2008 Beijing Olympic games in the wake of a drugs scandal, sources familiar with the case have told Reuters. (Latest Sports stories)The athlete has returned an adverse analytical finding for the A-sample and the result of the B-sample test is expected from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Lausanne within days, the sources said.Jamaica Olympic Association president Michael Fennell declined to comment, while Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president Dr Warren Blake told Reuters his organisation had not been notified of any rule violation.RETESTING 2008, 2012 SAMPLESFollowing the biggest doping scandal in years, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ordered retesting of 2008 and 2012 Olympic samples where traces of drugs that were undetectable at the time now show up under advanced techniques.The IOC said last month that 31 athletes from six different sports and 12 countries had tested positive in the retesting of 2008 samples and that it had launched disciplinary action against the as yet unidentified athletes who would not be allowed to compete in August’s Rio de Janeiro games.Russia has already said 14 of its athletes were among the positive tests from 2008.The IOC has said the process of deciding how to reallocate medals after the re-testing of the Beijing and London Games samples was still under consideration.Jamaica won six gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the 2008 Olympics, all in athletics.last_img read more

PCB to sue BCCI in ICC over not playing bilateral series

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to sue the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of playing bilateral series with it.Outgoing PCB chairman Shahryar Khan on Saturday disclosed that they have reserved Rs one billion to fight a legal battle against their Indian counterpart in the ICC dispute resolution committee for not honouring their promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan.Khan, who presided over a Board of Governors (BoG) meeting here on Friday, the last one under his chairmanship, said the BoGs had approved the amount to bear expenses of the legal fight for which qualified British lawyers had been hired.”We have hired a British law firm to represent us in the case and file the compensation claim with the disputes resolution committee,” Khan said.Khan said the PCB was left with no choice but to move the dispute resolving committee after failing to convince the BCCI to honour the MoU.”The BCCI claims they can’t play any bilateral series with us since their government is not giving clearance to them,” he said.In 2014, both the boards had signed an MoU under which the two arch-rivals were to play six bilateral series between 2015-2023.As per the MoU, India was scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of which were going to be Pakistan’s home series.The BCCI, however, has left it on the Indian government to decide on the series in the wake of the ongoing political tensions between the two countries.advertisementIn May this year, the PCB had sent a legal notice to the BCCI for failing to honour the MoU and said it would initiate legal action against the Indian board for not fulfilling its promise.Khan also said that the Pakistan team will not play in Bangladesh for the third consecutive time until they tour Pakistan for a brief series if not a full tour.”We will not send our team to Bangladesh for the third consecutive time until they visit Pakistan to play some matches,” he said.He also praised the men’s national team under Sarfraz Ahmed for their recent ICC Champions Trophy win despite international teams not touring the country since 2009.”Sarfraz Ahmed did a very good job as captain and we feel that since he has been made captain in all three formats and is still young the Pakistan cricket has a good future ahead of it,” he said.He however lamented the disappointing performance of the Pakistan women team in the recent ICC World Cup.He said the country was not producing women cricketers and most of the players who represented the country in the mega event had been part of the national team since last eight years.He also shed light on some of the other developments during his three-year tenure — the end of the Big Three formula — as one of them which he felt would also generate more revenue for the PCB.last_img read more

Kuldeep Yadav needs more discipline to succeed in Tests, feels Alec Stewart

first_imgWrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has intrigued the English batsmen on the ongoing tour of England. With his sensational performance in the Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and the first One-Day International (ODI), England resorted to practicing his spin at the nets through the Merlyn machine.However, Joe Root showed how its done in the second and third ODI against India to pave way for other English batsmen to follow suit and negate the Kuldeep threat. Also former skipper Alec Stewart feels Test matches will be a completely different ball game for the youngster.After his six-wicket hall in the first ODI in Nottingham, Kuldeep had expressed desire to play in the five-match Test series and he was later rewarded with the Test call-up.However, Stewart expressed that if Kuldeep manages to pip regular Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI, he will have his work cut out in the longest format of the game.Also read – India vs England: Harbhajan Singh backs Kuldeep ahead of Ashwin for Tests”I am a massive fan of Ashwin and he is an impressive performer. Jadeja has had some good success against England as well. But if someone has got mystery, you might want to play him,” Stewart told PTI in an interview.”Virat, as a captain, is very positive and will back an attacking bowler. He will possibly believe that Kuldeep has more to offer than Ashwin or Jadeja, and then that’s the route Virat will take. And then the wrist spinner has to perform, and replicate with the red ball what he has done with the white ball. We won’t know until he is given a go.”advertisementHowever, Stewart feels that Joe Root’s successful decoding of Kuldeep during ODIs will have a bearing on the Test series.Also read -India vs England: We can nullify Kuldeep by denying early wickets, says Wood”A mystery spinner creates doubts if you haven’t faced much of him, and it makes for great cricket when the batsmen are trying to figure out from 18-22 yards, which way it will go. But England, especially Joe Root, started to work out Kuldeep since Lord’s and the question is how Kuldeep is going to bowl in Test cricket,” Alec Stewart said.Stewart then explained what are the practical difficulties that Kuldeep might face in Test cricket.”All of a sudden, he won’t have four men at the boundary. He will have four men around the bat, and the batsmen don’t have to try and score with a positive intent. Can he bowl enough good balls and ask questions of the batsmen as he had done in white-ball cricket?Also read – Kuldeep Yadav’s spell best I have seen for a while in ODIs: Virat Kohli”In ODIs and T20Is, you can get away with bad balls with batsmen getting caught off full tosses (Eoin Morgan) or sweep slogging caught at deep midwicket (Jason Roy). Would Kuldeep have those fields in a Test? Would batsmen play those types of shots? No, instead, it will be a game of cat and mouse and it remains to be seen if Kuldeep can make those adjustments for Test cricket in England,” Stewart said.There has been a heatwave in UK but if it gets cooler and the ball swings, Alec Stewart is confident that James Anderson and Stuart Broad will kill the game.”The weather has been predictable, in that it is hot and expected to stay hot. It is why Test cricket is such a beautiful game because we are going into the unknown. Will the ball swing, at all? If it swings, then Anderson and Broad are still as good as they have ever been in the game.Also read -Kuldeep Yadav creates ODI history with figures of 6 for 25 vs England”They will be looking to take wickets, and for England, the new ball will be key. If they can take early wickets and expose the Indian middle order while the ball is still swinging, then England will quickly kill the game. Can England make those early inroads to get in at Virat or anybody else in the middle order while that new ball is still doing something?” questioned Stewart.”If India can see off those two world-class swing bowlers, then batting will get easier for the middle order as well. That’s the beauty of Test cricket because the game is allowed to evolve over a period of time while the challenge is always there.”Alec Stewart however feels that Indian pace attack comprising Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami can also pose threat.advertisement”At the same time, India’s pace attack is a massive threat as well. I think they are two evenly matched teams. In the past, India haven’t always travelled well and the last time (2014), I wasn’t even sure they wanted to be here.”But under Virat’s captaincy, you can see the team replicating his characteristics and personality. They are not only a team of fighters, but of quality as well. They have covered all bases nicely and I think it will be closely fought Test series,” Stewart concluded.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Some Toronto and BC dispensaries remain open on pot legalization day

first_imgTORONTO – As tens of thousand of Ontarians purchased cannabis through a government website on Wednesday, some users in Toronto preferred getting their pot from unlicensed dispensaries that remained open despite the threat of criminal prosecution.It was business as usual at 1Tonamara, an illegal pot shop located in the city’s downtown, hours after recreational cannabis became legal nationwide. The Spadina Avenue shop, along with the Cloud 6ix dispensary up the street, had customers entering every few minutes.“Today business has been good, you know, I guess with a lot of other places shut down it helps,” said 1Tonamara employee Mike Vander Marel.Many of the city’s dispensaries have, however, shut down in the leadup to legalization in response to a promise by the provincial government that illegal pot shop owners who obeyed the law, would be allowed to apply for retail licences.Closing the storefront shops and leaving only online options, with delivery delays and possible shortages, doesn’t make much sense, said Vander Marel.“I think it’s a dumb thing for them to legalize something and then have it so inaccessible…it would be like after prohibition, if they made booze legal but there was no legal booze.”The provincial legislature was expected to pass a bill Wednesday afternoon that will include regulations on where recreational pot can be used. It will also cities to order the interim closure of illegal pot dispensaries through a court order.Meanwhile, the city’s police chief said his officers would not be cracking down on illegal shops Wednesday because of resources issues.“There will not be 100,000 police officers landing in the city of Toronto shutting down every element of a dispensary, but we will be shutting them down,” Chief Mark Saunders told reporters on Tuesday.Vancouver and Victoria have licensed some dispensaries, but others operate without a licence. Some dispensaries remained open, while others shut their doors.Don Briere, owner and operator of Weeds Glass and Gifts in British Columbia, said the company has closed most of its retail outlets in accordance with the law.“We’ve shut down 10 locations and we’ve had to lay off about 85 people and probably more, but we’re doing this in order to become legal,” Briere said.At the same time, four of its Vancouver locations and one shop with a temporary licence in Sechelt remained open. The company is waiting for a court decision on the city of Vancouver’s application for an injunction to shut down dozens of retailers operating without a business licence, including the four Weeds locations, he said.In the meantime, Briere said the company is paying federal, provincial and corporate taxes on its sales, and paying its staff a living wage with extended medical and dental coverage. It’s in the process of applying to the province for a retail licence, he said.“We’re doing what our lawyers are calling, ‘good business practices.’ “Briere also said he has been paying attention to B.C. government’s price points, which begin at $7 per gram. Weeds’ cheapest gram is $4.Vancouver’s police chief said earlier this week that enforcement against the dispensaries would not be a priority on the first day of legalization.Marel said he wasn’t concerned about enforcement yet in Toronto, but isn’t sure what comes next.“At least today I’m not too worried. I don’t know how we will be moving forward at all.”The online-only legal option in Ontario didn’t sit well with some dispensary customers.“I prefer the reliable logistics of a brick-and-mortar outlet,” said Alex, 30, who declined to provide his last name.He said his fear of buying online could fade now that it’s legal, something he hopes to happen with perceptions of pot in general.“There’s still a lot of people around me who have a lot of stigma around cannabis, just in the same way there is a lot of stigma around mental health … my hope is this is going to slowly but surely chip away at the stigma that still surrounds it. So I think the visibility is very good.”A woman exiting one of the Toronto dispensaries who declined to provide her name said she was still buying at storefronts because the laws remain restrictive on some products.“Edibles won’t be available for another year at least, and rumour is they’re going to start cracking down on dispensaries because they still have the edibles, so I’m stocking up on edibles before I can’t get them anymore.”She said that overall the shift is positive.“It’s a great step. I’d much rather be buying this legally and not feeling sketchy about it.”last_img read more

World Haemophilia Day Drive on disorder treatment

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is all set to organise an awareness campaign on the treatment of haemophilia on Wednesday.April 17 is observed as World Haemophilia Day to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. The treatment of haemophilia is available at two state-run hospitals in the city — Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical College and Hospital. To extend the health services, two specialist doctors were recently sent to Bankura Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Though, there is no separate hematology unit in the hospital but the newly appointed hematologists will create awareness among the patients about the disorder. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder in which the patient’s body lacks factors that help clotting of the blood. Lack of awareness about the genetic disorder leads to complications in such patients. The major challenge to treat these patients is the cost treatment which is not affordable for persons from impoverished background. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Bengal government is striving continuously to provide safe and high factor treatment to the patients suffering from haemophilia. The government has plans to set up more haemophilia treatment centres with proper infrastructure in various districts as well. City doctors feel continuous availability of haemophilia factors to the patients can be one step to ensure the best care to the patients. The state government is making various efforts for the availability of replacement therapy of factors (VIII or IX) to patients. When the factor VIII in the blood goes down a certain level, the patient is affected with haemophilia A or when factor IX dips, it causes hemophilia B. According to Prof Dr Siddhartha Sankar Roy of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, in normal cases the factors remain between 50-150 percent in a patient. When the factor level goes below 1 per cent the condition is termed severe hemophilia. When a patient is diagnosed with a factor level 1-5 percent, it is called moderate condition and 5-50 percent can be termed as mild. When factor level goes down 1 per cent the patient starts bleeding from various parts of his body. There is also a possibility of brain and any other internal injuries. “There are currently 750-800 registered haemophilia patients in the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Hemophilia A is more common than hemophilia B. There are around 550 patients with hemophilia A in the hospital. Spreading awareness is the most important to fight the disease,” Prof Dr Roy said.last_img read more

Security Council urges greater protection of civilians in armed conflict

In a press statement following an open debate, the 15-member Council expressed its “grave concern” at the suffering of civilians and underscored that parties to armed conflict are primarily responsible for making efforts to ensure that civilians are protected.The statement, which was read out by Council President Ambassador Johan C. Verbeke of Belgium, noted that international humanitarian law obliges sides to shield civilians from harm, and “urged all concerned parties to allow full, safe and unimpeded access by humanitarian personnel to civilians in need of assistance in situations of armed conflict.”Addressing the Council, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said that “if there is one thing we need to do above all, it is to end the culture of impunity which underlies so many abuses.”He cited rule of law and judicial redress as key, and noted that greater participation by women in all aspects of protection – including peacekeeping – would substantially improve attitudes regarding sexual violence.Since taking office four months ago, Mr. Holmes has visited such areas as Darfur, Chad, the Central African Republic, Northern Uganda and Somalia.“In each of these, and in too many other places as well, I have seen how hundreds of thousands of civilians have been uprooted from their ordinary lives by the effects of conflict and left stranded, their fate of no apparent consequence to those who fight around them,” he said, adding that many thousands have been “killed, injured, maimed, assaulted, humiliated, ignored and treated as less than human.”He mentioned three main areas of concern: the targeting of civilians, forced displacement and access and security for humanitarian workers.“Civilians bear the brunt of indiscriminate firing and violence in populated areas, including cities, where warring parties fail to distinguish, or even try to distinguish, between combatants and the civilian population,” Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told the Council.He cited Somalia, where hostilities between March and early May killed 400 civilians and wounded more than 700, as well as the fighting in the occupied Palestinian territory and violence in Afghanistan and Iraq.“Civilians are too often deliberately targeted in order to create a climate of fear and to destabilize populations,” he said, mentioning Janjaweed attacks on innocent villagers in Darfur and Chad as examples.Mr. Holmes voiced concern over continued forced displacement of civilians due to – “or sometimes as the very purpose of” – conflict.For the first time since 2002, the number of refugees worldwide has increased, surging to 9.9 million at the end of 2006 primarily because of refugee flows from Iraq.To remedy the situation, the Emergency Relief Coordinator appealed for attention to the right to voluntary and safe return in his address to the Council debate, which saw the participation of more than two dozen countries.“To do otherwise is to condemn millions to lasting misery and degradation,” he said.He also pointed out that targeting aid workers threatens the survival of those trapped in conflict.“Killing humanitarian staff and arbitrarily denying access violates international humanitarian law,” Mr. Holmes said. “It also threatens the lifeline to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people.” 22 June 2007The United Nations Security Council today called for greater protection for civilians, who continue to account for the majority of casualties in situations of armed conflict. read more

Activist Namal Kumara appears before the CID

Activist Namal Kumara, who had alleged there was a conspiracy to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today.Namal Kumara told reporters that he was asked to appear before the CID today to do a voice check by the Government Analyst. A court order had been issued earlier to the CID to check Namal Kumara’s voice on a recording linked to the revelations of an alleged plot to kill the President. (Colombo Gazette)

Head of UN aviation agency reelected for unprecedented 10th term

In accepting his appointment, which runs through 2004, Mr. Kotaite stressed the importance of cooperation in civil aviation, in view of the enormous security challenges posed by the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States. “We must work together to live up to this challenge,” he told the Council. “We must protect air transport, a driver off economic development, in order to restore public confidence and ensure an early return to normalcy.” Mr. Kotaite, who has led ICAO for 25 years, emphasized that air transport remained “the safest mode of transportation ever”. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO promotes the safe and orderly development of civil aviation in the world, setting international standards and regulations necessary for the safety, security, efficiency and regularity of air transport. It also serves as the medium for cooperation among its 187 Contracting States. read more

Syria UN warns of humanitarian crisis in Idleb as fighting in city

“I am gravely concerned by the ongoing fighting taking place in Idleb governorate and its possible impact on hundreds of thousands of civilians,” Yacoub El Hillo, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, declared in a press release. “I appeal to all parties to this conflict to adhere to their obligations to protect civilians and all humanitarian personnel under International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law.”Last weekend, Idleb, located in northwest Syria, reportedly fell under the control of a coalition of anti-government armed groups, according to the UN Office for the High Commissioner (OHCHR). The city was subsequently shelled by Government airplanes, resulting in the deaths of at least 15 civilians. The Syrian Air Force then expanded its raids throughout the governorate of Idleb, attacking the towns of Sarmin, Mantaf and Nayrab. At a press briefing in Geneva today, OHCHR confirmed it had received reports of civilian casualties resulting from these attacks but could not yet verify the number of dead and injured. In his press release yesterday, Mr. El Hillo cautioned that the situation in Idleb had become “increasingly dire” with electricity shortages and the closure of schools and hospitals. In addition, the city’s estimated 500,000 inhabitants remain in the city as fighting intensifies. “I appeal to all parties to de-escalate hostilities and to allow humanitarian actors to deliver urgently needed life-saving help, which can offer some reprieve from the daily suffering Syrians face,” Mr. El Hillo continued. “While humanitarian actors continue to scale-up assistance, their efforts cannot be a substitute for a political solution to the crisis in Syria.” Meanwhile, in its briefing today from Geneva, the OHCHR added its concern about threats by armed opposition leaders to attack the predominately Shi’ite villages of Al-Fu’ah and Kafraya.The reports come as the situation in Syria continues its downwards spiral. Some 12.2 million people, including 5.6 million children, now need humanitarian assistance. By conservative estimates, more than 220,000 Syrians have died in the conflict, but that number is likely much higher. Four out of five Syrians live in poverty and the country has lost nearly four decades of human development, with unemployment at over 50 per cent. Life expectancy has been cut by 20 years. read more

Donors make initial pledges of 857 million to fund UN refugee agencys

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that while the pledges made at an annual meeting in Geneva represent only 11 per cent of its total 2018 funding needs of over $7.5 billion, they indicate the anticipated funding levels next year. However, the gap between the funds received and the needs of refugees and other displaced people will likely continue growing, with new crises and worsening displacement running at record levels. “Refugee crises grow. Refugee needs grow as well,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. This means that UNHCR has to prioritize, sometimes mercilessly, he explained. “This can mean some (refugees) will be left to fend for themselves during the harsh winter months and others won’t get the assistance they need to reintegrate upon return,” he warned. UNHCR’s work globally is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, intergovernmental institutions and, increasingly, from individuals, corporations and foundations. The agency’s work includes operations in some of the biggest emergencies around the world such as those in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Mr. Grandi thanked the countries and communities hosting refugees because they are some of the largest donors in terms of space, resources, and the socio-economic and political cost of hosting refugees. For 2018, UNHCR appeals to donors to sustain and increase support, through flexible and early contributions, to avoid uncertainty and enable it to channel funds where the needs are greatest without interruption. read more

Man arrested in connection to the death of pensioner James Mulqueen in

first_imgA MAN IN his 50s has been arrested in connection with the death of a a 92-year-old man, James Mulqueen in 2009.Gardaí in Newcastle West, County Limerick have been investigating the death of Mulqueen who died at his home in Ballymakery, Kilcolman, County Limerick on 23 October 2009.A man was arrested this morning in the Limerick Area.He is currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Henry Street Garda Station.Read: Gardaí arrest two youths over St Patrick’s Day assault> Read: Driver arrested after passenger killed in Tipperary crash>last_img

Chez les singes hiboux la monogamie garantit plus de descendance

first_imgChez les singes hiboux, la monogamie garantit plus de descendance Publiant leurs travaux sur PLoS ONE, des chercheurs d’une université américaine ont établi, à partir de longues études de terrain, que chez les singes hiboux sud-américains, les couples monogames produisaient davantage de rejetons que les autres.  Durant 16 ans, Eduardo Fernandez-Duque et Maren Huck, du Département d’anthropologie de l’Université de Pennsylvanie, ont observé dans le Chaco, en Argentine, 18 groupes de singes hiboux (singes du genre Aotus, également appelés douroucoulis), soit un total de 154 animaux. Grâce à ce long suivi de chaque individu, ils ont constaté que chez ces primates habituellement monogames, les couples fidèles avaient, sur une décennie, 25% de petits de plus que les couples ‘reformés’.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pourtant, ces derniers sont assez nombreux puisque les chercheurs ont documenté, dans les groupes observés, le remplacement de 27 femelles et de 23 mâles par un (ou une) autre partenaire. La raison d’une telle différence entre les couples n’est pas clairement établie, mais les chercheurs supposent que, dans le cas d’un changement de partenaire, le temps pris par les deux individus pour ‘faire connaissance’, joint à la durée réduite de la période de fertilité de la femelle (mars à mai), ralentit le processus de reproduction. Le ‘choix’ évolutif du modèle dominant – la monogamie et la fidélité – s’expliquerait ainsi par le ‘besoin’ du père d’être certain d’être le géniteur des petits engendrés par sa femelle, ce qui garantit alors, de la part de ce mâle, un investissement important dans la prise en charge et l’éducation des rejetons, et favorise donc la survie de ceux-ci. “Ces résultats sont possibles parce que nous faisons un intense suivi démographique tout au long de l’année, qui nous permet de remarquer quand un mâle ou une femelle est absent, ou quand il y a un nouvel adulte dans le groupe”, explique le Pr Fernandez-Duque.”Nous ajoutons à cela une intense surveillance comportementale qui nous permet de documenter les détails de combats ou l’ensemble du processus de remplacement d’un partenaire”, indique t-elle encore avant de conclure à propos de la fidélité chez l’homme : “appelez cela de l’amour, de l’amitié, appelez cela le mariage, il y a quelque chose dans notre biologie qui mène à ce lien affectif durable entre deux individus, très répandu parmi les sociétés humaines”. Le 26 janvier 2013 à 18:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gracia is impressed by Watfords crazy match

first_imgHis club and Bournemouth scored six goals in 27 minutes, or four goals in just a six-minute spell in yesterday’s English Premier League gameWith a 2-0 lead, Watford though it could get the victory against Bournemouth yesterday.But the local team never gave up and the game ended up in a 3-3 draw after four goals were scored in a six-minute lapse.And Watford boss Javi Gracia is impressed at how crazy the game went.“We conceded in the moment two goals from two free-kicks,” said Gracia to the club’s official website.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“We had to defend better. I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do it.”“We conceded two goals from two free-kicks and it was difficult to accept,” he added.“After that, we competed well and we were looking for victory until the end.”“Maybe if it could have worked differently but we kept working. It was different moments in the game,” he added.“We started well and after they scored two goals as well it was a moment without control but we controlled it better in the second half and were more organized to contain them.”last_img read more

Several women have made allegations of inappropriate advances by former San Diego

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church publicly announced several adult women have come forward to make allegations of unwanted and inappropriate advances against them by a former associate, Fr. Ben Awongo.Because these allegations were made directly to diocesan officials, there are no particular details about these accusations.Since Fr. Ben is a member of a religious order and not diocesan priest of San Diego, his superior has been given the reports and will decide on the appropriate responses or investigations.Bishop Robert McElroy made a statement in the church’s bulletin, “One of the great sadness’s for a bishop and for the Catholic community as a whole occurs when a priest has grievously failed theflock entrusted to his care. Thus it is with great regret that I must inform you that since Father Ben Awongo left Saint John’s, it has become clear that during his tenure at Encinitas, Father Awongo made aggressive advances toward several adult women of the parish. I profoundly apologize to all who were subjected to this terrible mistreatment, and I urge any victim to contact the diocese at 858-490-8353. There is no room in the Church or the priesthood for this reprehensible type of misconduct.” KUSI Newsroom December 17, 2018 Several women have made allegations of inappropriate advances by former San Diego Catholic Church associate Posted: December 17, 2018center_img Updated: 9:01 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

5 hurt in multivehicle crash in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Five people were injured after, officials said, they were involved in a three-vehicle crash in Northwest Miami-Dade, Thursday afternoon.Miami-Dade Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the accident in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and 119th Street, just before 4 p.m.Fire rescue officials said two of the victims sustained minor injuries. Paramedics airlifted the most seriously injured victim as a trauma alert.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this breaking story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Apple unveils new AirPods 2 colourful Watch bands spring collection

first_img iPhone XS And XS Max: 7 Things You Need To Know About Apples Updated Premium Phone Close Apple’s launching spree continues for the third day in a row; after unveiling the new line of new iPad Air 3 (& iPad mini 5) and upgraded iMac series, the Cupertino-based technology major revealed the much-awaited AirPods (2nd Gen) along with colourful Spring collection of Watch bandsFirst up, Apple AirPods 2 comes with identical design language as the first generation model, but comes with improved functionalities and most importantly longer battery life including wireless charging capability.The new AirPods houses the company’s latest proprietary Apple H1 headphone chip, which is said to make the earphone offer faster and more stable wireless connection to the devices — up to 2x faster when switching between active devices, and a 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls. The H1 chip also drives voice-enabled Siri access and delivers up to 30 per cent lower gaming latency. So whether you’re playing games, listening to music, or enjoying podcasts, you’ll experience higher-quality sound. You can now trigger the Siri with just a voice command, meaning you can now control volume, change tracks or make a call without touching the AirPods or the iPhone for that matter. Apple AirPods 2 comes with 50-percent more listening time compared to the predecessor.Apple.com (screen-grab)Its new optical sensors and motion accelerometers work together to automatically control the audio experience, engaging the microphones for phone calls and Siri access, and enabling AirPods to play sound as soon as they’re in your ears. Consumers will have the freedom to wear one or both AirPods, and you can play or skip forward with a double-tap when listening to music.It also has dedicated speech-detecting accelerometer that recognizes when you’re speaking and works with a pair of beamforming microphones to filter out external noise and focus on the sound of your voice.Furthermore, the new AirPods 2 now offers 5 hours of listening time, 50-percent more talk time compared to the predecessor. Also, the charging case now supports multiple charges as it can store 24 hours of power. It can be noted that 15 minutes of charging of AirPods 2 can offer 3 hours of listening time. Apple AirPods 2 prices start at Rs 14,900 in India.Apple Press KitApple AirPods India price and availability details:Apple will be offering two variants– AirPods with a standard charging case for Rs 14,900 and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for 18,900.Customers can also order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for Rs 7,500. All the new products will be available through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring. Apple Watch bands spring collectionKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaBesides the new AirPods, Apple also announced new gorgeous cases for iPhones and also visually appealing Watch bands including special edition Nike+ straps, as well as an exclusive “gradient” watch face for Apple Watch Hermès that transitions with the passage of the minute hand. These watch faces will be available in watchOS 5.2, coming soon. 1/11 Apple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitApple Watch bands spring collection match with new Watch faces coming with new watchOS 5.2 updateApple Press KitPreviousNextApple Watch’s new Sport Band (Delft Blue, Papaya, Spearmint) and Sport Loop (Cerulean, Papaya, Spearmint, Lilac) cost Rs 3,900.On the other hand, Apple Watch Nike+ edition — Sport Band (Black/Hyper Grape, Teal Tint/Tropical Twist, Spruce Fog/Vintage Lichen) and Sport Loop (Hyper Grape, Teal Tint, Spruce Fog)—can be purchased for Rs 3,900. Apple Watch Nike watch bands Spring collectionApple Press KitWhereas the Apple Watch’s new Modern Buckle (Cornflower, Sunset, Lilac) and Leather Loop (Cornflower, Sunset) will set you back by Rs 12,900.All can be ordered from apple.com and will be available for purchase at select Apple Stores, Apple Authorised Resellers and carriers later this month.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:05Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Blacklisting Muslim Brotherhood could radicalise members

first_imgUS president Donald Trump meets with Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the White House in Washington, US on 9 April. Reuters File PhotoWashington is considering blacklisting the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, but experts warn the move would risk radicalising its members and further destabilising the Arab world.A grassroots Islamist movement with affiliates in several countries including Turkey’s ruling AKP party and Tunisia’s Ennahda, the Brotherhood has militant offshoots but officially renounced violence in the 1970s.Placing the movement on Washington’s list of foreign terrorist organisations (FTOs) would ban its members from entering the United States and make it a crime for any American to assist the group.Abdelrahman Ayyash, a researcher on Islamist movements, warned that the decision could escalate repression of the Brotherhood in Egypt and push its adherents towards more hardline groups.”It would end up adding… more extremists to ISIS-like groups,” he said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.Founded by Egyptian scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928 as an Islamic charity and political movement, the Society of the Muslim Brothers grew rapidly, spawning offshoots from Morocco to Turkey, many of which are active today.Despite repeated crackdowns over the decades, it remained a major political actor in Egypt (despite long being banned), before taking power in a 2012 election after president Hosni Mubarak was deposed the previous year.But after the army’s 2013 toppling of Mubarak’s successor Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first elected civilian president and a Brotherhood official, Cairo once more banned the movement and declared it a terror group.The month after the Islamist president’s ouster, security forces broke up two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, killing at least 700 people.President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government has since executed dozens of Brotherhood members and imprisoned thousands.Sisi, who met president Donald Trump in April, reportedly urged him to blacklist the group.The White House announced on Tuesday that the designation was “working its way through the internal process”.The move would allow US officials to impose sanctions on any person or organisation with links to it.But Fawaz Gerges, a political science professor at the London School of Economics, said that while the move would isolate the Brotherhood, it would ultimately adapt.”The movement’s dominant narrative celebrates the pain and sacrifice of their members as part of their political DNA,” he said.That echoes the experience of one of the Brotherhood’s key figures, Sayyid Qutb.The American-educated Egyptian religious scholar was jailed under president Gamal Abdul Nasser in the 1960s.He became increasingly hardline in prison, and his calls for a more violent strain of Islamism inspired future militant groups including Al-Qaeda.Violent offshootsSome Brotherhood members have reacted violently to Egypt’s latest crackdown.Armed Brotherhood affiliates Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra emerged in 2016 and have since claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks, notably targeting judges and police officers.The Brotherhood remains a diverse movement with a presence in many countries, according to Yehia Hamed, a Brotherhood member who was investment minister in Morsi’s government.He warned that blacklisting the movement could drive Muslim Brotherhood members to join the ranks of groups such as Al-Qaeda and IS.”They will go to the young members and say: ‘you are peaceful — and still you are labelled a terrorist’,” he said.Hamed said he was planning to sue Trump as he would be personally affected by the blacklisting.”This is a smear on my character and will prohibit me from moving freely to the United States or any other country,” he said.He accused the White House of trying to please Trump’s strongman allies in the region, including Sisi, Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohamed bin Zayed.Ayyash, who wrote a report last month on the Brotherhood’s ideology and hierarchy, echoed that concern.”Trump would be very shortsighted to disturb America’s relations with many countries just to appease Egypt and the United Arab Emirates,” he said.But Khaled Okasha, an Egyptian ex-brigadier general and member of the country’s National Council for Counter-Terrorism, said the Brotherhood poses a widespread threat.”It’s not only a problem for us, this is a global movement,” he told AFP.”Political Islam has failed and its dangers have been exposed.”Gerges warned that splintering the movement could exacerbate the “long civil war” across the region between Islamists and nationalists led by the military.”Internally (in Egypt) and externally, the MB (Muslim Brotherhood) feels besieged and under attack,” he said.It “now faces a reckoning from within, with a new wave of defections and a serious revolt by radicalised members in Egypt.”Okasha called the move to blacklist the group “a positive one, albeit late, in getting rid of the Brotherhood’s ideology once and for all”.But Gerges sounded a further note of caution.”It would be premature to pen the obituary of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said.last_img read more

Democrat MJ Hegar Challenges John Cornyn New Information On Deadly Plane Crash

first_img Share Tuesday, April 23, 2019Top afternoon stories:Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneMJ Hegar speaksat an early vote rally at her field office in Austin, Texas on October 25, 2018.Democrat MJ Hegar Challenges Senator John CornynFormer Democratic congressional candidate MJ Hegar is running for U.S. Senate in 2020.Hegar, a former Air Force helicopter pilot, mounted a high-profile bid to unseat U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, in November, fueled by attention-grabbing ads and massive fundraising. She ended up losing by less than 3 percentage points in the traditionally Republican district.“Texans deserve a senator who represents our values, strength, courage, independence — putting Texas first,” Hegar said in an announcement video made in the style of her 2018 ads.To take on Cornyn, Hegar could face a competitive primary with U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, who has said he is considering a run and will make an announcement soon. Another Democratic elected official, Houston City Councilmember Amanda Edwards, has also said she is mulling a campaign.Brian Kirkpatrick/Texas Public RadioThe Texas Department of Public Safety was one of the first responders at the site where the airplane crashed.New Information On Deadly Plane Crash In Central TexasThree witnesses have told investigators they saw a small plane “spiraling” before it crashed into the ground belly down near Kerrville, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio.National Transportation Safety Board investigator Michael Folkerts said at a news conference on Tuesday the twin-engine Beechcraft BE58 plane was last spotted on air traffic control equipment on Monday morning about 200 feet above the rocky terrain of the Texas Hill Country. He added the airplane hit the ground “upright” about six miles from the Kerrville Municipal Airport.Folkerts said the plane crashed while moving at a high vertical, but low horizontal speed that is inconsistent with an attempted landing. He said the group was flying to Kerrville on business. The six victims of the deadly crash were all Houston residents.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters host Craig Cohen (left) also interviewed Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (right) in February.Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Discusses Mueller Report And MoreHouston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher was one of just two Democrats to flip a GOP-held Texas congressional seat in 2018.Now, she’s completed her first 100 days in office, she’s held some town halls across the district, and she’s even picked up a challenger for 2020, along with another potential challenger from the Bush family.Fletcher was on Houston Matters Tuesday and discussed the Mueller report and other topics. Regarding whether Congress should consider if any of President Donald Trump’s actions as outlined in the report rose to the level of obstruction of justice, Fletcher said the American people deserve to know the truth. “I think that we deserve to know the facts, and we want to know what happened,” she said. “And I think that we’re entitled to that. So, Congress needs to look at that.”Fletcher also said she’ll introduce her first bill “very soon.” It will be a bipartisan measure related to flood prevention.last_img read more

Ready to Ride Hyperloop One Completes Testing Tube

first_imgApril 7, 2017 Listen Now This story originally appeared on PCMag Since its first demonstration last year of the hyperloop technology that could one day propel travelers in underground pods at jet-like speeds, the startup Hyperloop One has upgraded its test track in the Nevada desert to make its case for what it hopes will be the future of intercity transportation worldwide.Hyperloop One put the finishing touches on its 1,640-foot testing tube in North Las Vegas this week. Inside the tube, pods filled with passengers and cargo will magnetically levitate and accelerate via electric propulsion to speeds approaching those of a commercial airliner. Such high speeds are attainable because of the tube’s low atmospheric pressure, which contributes to reduced aerodynamic drag. The company plans to have a team of 500 engineers, fabricators, scientists and other employees working on its technology by the end of the year. That’s a big increase from last year, when the company had fewer than 100 engineers, many of them ex-NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees based at the company’s headquarters in California.Last May, those engineers demonstrated their propulsion technology in front of hundreds of journalists. A small white sled accelerated to more than 100 miles an hour over a straight track of a few hundred meters, and the entire test lasted less than five seconds. One of the ex-JPL engineers, Cassandra Mercury, said at the time that the company was looking forward to testing the completed design.”We’re going to have it levitating, in a tube, with a pod, at vacuum,” she told PCMag. “That’s why they’re calling it the Kitty Hawk moment.” With the tube now completed, those tests can begin, although the company did not offer a timeframe.In addition to overcoming technological hurdles, the company has also faced legal ones: co-founder and CTO Brogan BamBrogan, along with other former employees, sued the company last summer for wrongful termination, alleging, among other things, that they were forced out for speaking to investors about cultural issues within the futuristic firm.Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said in a statement on Wednesday that the technology will “transform transportation as we know it.” He is currently promoting the hyperloop as a feasible alternative to driving or flying between cities in the same region, such as Los Angeles to San Diego, Miami to Orlando and Seattle to Portland. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min readlast_img read more