Lionel Messi in Israel despite rockets and boycott threats

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Chargers still struggling to build fan base in Los Angeles Israel’s sports minister Miri Regev was widely criticized for politicizing the event by insisting it be played in contested Jerusalem and by trying to orchestrate a photo-op with Messi.Argentina is among the most popular brands in Israel and Messi, a six-time FIFA player of the year, is an icon here as well. But the disappointment over the cancellation led many Israelis to root against him in the World Cup and rejoice in Argentina’s early exit.This week’s match was promoted with far less fanfare, and yet Middle East politics played a role once again with the deadliest round of violence in Gaza in years.Match organizers were in constant touch with the teams throughout the fighting. Even after an informal cease-fire was reached on Thursday, the game remained in question. But with Uruguay’s head coach already in Tel Aviv, and Israeli soccer players and officials lobbying their South American colleagues, it was salvaged.For Messi, this will be his second match after returning from a three-month ban imposed by South American soccer body CONMEBOL after he made accusations of corruption following the Copa America tournament in Brazil in July. But they eventually decided to play following intense, high-profile negotiations with Sylvan Adams, a Canadian-Israeli billionaire who’s responsible for staging the match in Israel.The Palestinian BDS group PACBI condemned Monday’s match, accusing Argentina and Uruguay of crossing the “Palestinian nonviolent picket line, allowing Israel to use the beautiful game to sports-wash its crimes against Palestinians.”Adams, who describes himself as a “self-appointed ambassador-at-large” for Israel, told The Associated Press that he’s looking to counter the country’s image, and has sponsored previous sporting and cultural events in the country. Last year, he brought the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia cycling race to Israel, and this year he paid more than $1 million for Madonna to perform at the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv, overcoming pro-Palestinian calls to boycott the events.The grassroots BDS movement, advocating for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, notched one of its greatest achievements to date by helping pressure Messi and Argentina out of last year’s match.A spooked Argentine squad bolted at the last moment, even after direct a plea from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri asked them to reconsider.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)TEL AVIV, Israel — Soccer superstar Lionel Messi finally arrived in sports-crazed Israel on Sunday, after a Palestinian protest campaign derailed his previous visit and the latest round of cross-border fighting in Gaza threatened to scare him off once again.Messi and his Argentine teammates are in the Holy Land to play an international friendly against his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez and the Uruguay national team. It’s a game that has been just as eagerly anticipated for its political ramifications as it has for its sporting star power.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Suarez and his teammates arrived on Saturday after a friendly match in Hungary while Messi touched down Sunday after a direct flight from Saudi Arabia, where Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in another friendly.A year ago, Argentina abruptly canceled a World Cup warmup match in Jerusalem, saying it was concerned for the safety of its players. The decision followed protests in the West Bank and other countries amid outrage that Messi would play in Israel. Those demonstrations included threats to burn Messi jerseys and brandished images of the Argentina national team’s jersey stained with red paint resembling blood. As a result, the FIFA soccer governing body banned Palestinian soccer federation president Jibril Rajoub for a year for “inciting hatred and violence” against Messi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceMonday’s match was nearly nixed as well after last week’s two-day eruption of violence following Israel’s targeted killing of a Palestinian militant commander in Gaza. The Islamic Jihad militant group responded by firing hundreds of rockets into Israel, setting off warning sirens as far north as Tel Aviv — the site of Monday’s match. The fighting killed 34 Palestinians, including 15 civilians.Both Argentina and Uruguay were reportedly on the verge of calling off their participation. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress View commentslast_img read more

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Perfect Olympiacos Aces Panionios, 3-1

first_imgATHENS — Olympiacos continued its perfect start in the Greek league by beating Panionios 3-1 away on Jan. 3, extending its record run of consecutive wins to 16.Alejandro Dominguez, Felipe Pardo and Brown Ideye all scored in the second half for Olympiacos. Spyros Risvanis scored a short-lived equalizer for Panionios.Olympiacos’ winning run includes a Nov. 21 game against archrival Panathinaikos, which failed to start due to fan trouble. Olympiakos was awarded a 3-0 victory.Second-place AEK, a 3-0 winner at Platanias, is 18 points behind. Panionios is sixth.Xanthi vs. PAOK and Levadiakos vs. Atrolmitos were postponed. Xanthi’s pitch was snowbound and Levadiakos’ stadium was waterlogged after a thunderstorm, with gusty winds also posing a danger to players and fans alike.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Oklahoma State Enters Top 25

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’m not sure OSU is deserving of it given its performance against Central Arkansas on Saturday night, but Oklahoma State is officially in the new Coaches Poll and AP Top 25. The Pokes have now been ranked in at least one of the two polls every season since 2008.Here’s a look at the entire Coaches Poll. And here’s a link to the AP Poll.Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 12.16.51 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 12.16.42 PMTennessee, Arkansas and Boise St. all dropped out which I get, but does anyone think Tennessee wouldn’t beat the Cowboys on a neutral field right now? I doubt it. Still, OSU will likely be inside the top 25 (or better) heading to Austin in a few weeks.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Why Klopp and Liverpool passed on Pulisic

first_imgREVEALED: Why Klopp and Liverpool passed on Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp chose to pass on signing Christian Pulisic due to the form of Xherdan Shaqiri.Chelsea have signed the Borussia Dortmund winger for £58m in the last 24 hours.And the Liverpool Echo says the reality is that Liverpool haven’t seriously considered a move for Pulisic since they bought Shaqiri for £12.5million last summer.The Swiss attacker was the Pulisic alternative and he was snapped up at an absolute bargain price. Shaqiri has proved to be a massive hit at Anfield. The 27-year-old has only started 11 matches for the Reds but has already chipped in with six goals, including a match-winning double against Manchester United.Pulisic is still more potential than proven quality having scored 15 goals in 115 games for Dortmund. He has only netted three times in 18 club appearances so far this term.The size of the fee was also prohibitive. Liverpool wouldn’t buy a squad player for £58million and they certainly wouldn’t pay that for a squad player who had less than 18 months remaining on his contract. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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JUTC to Provide Free Internet Service on Public Passenger Buses

first_imgStory Highlights They will also feature backup batteries that will be activated in the event that technical issues arising interrupt the vehicles’ power supply. Beginning December 2018, commuters will have free access to the Internet when travelling on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses. The devices will create a Vehicle Area Network (VAN) that enables commuters to access LTE/4G service inside and immediately outside the buses. This facility will be able to accommodate up to 100 mobile devices per vehicle. Beginning December 2018, commuters will have free access to the Internet when travelling on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses.This will be facilitated through the installation of mobile gateway devices on approximately 450 buses to provide Wi-Fi connectivity.The devices will create a Vehicle Area Network (VAN) that enables commuters to access LTE/4G service inside and immediately outside the buses. This facility will be able to accommodate up to 100 mobile devices per vehicle.The mobile gateways will be remotely managed and are deemed sturdy enough to withstand the buses’ rigorous movements.They will also feature backup batteries that will be activated in the event that technical issues arising interrupt the vehicles’ power supply.In addition, there will be constant monitoring to prevent the streaming of explicit content.An agreement formalising this arrangement was signed at the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry in New Kingston on March 7.The signatories included Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley; Chief Executive Officer of Growth Tech Limited, which will spearhead the project’s implementation, Neil Lawrence; and Managing Director, JUTC, Paul Abrahams.In his remarks, Dr. Wheatley said the partnership supports the Government’s mandate of increasing Internet connectivity islandwide and building a truly knowledge-based society.He noted the initiative complements engagements such as the Tablets in Schools Programme, zero-rating of all government websites, and the provision of community access points (CAPs) across Jamaica.The Minister said 300 CAPs are now in operation and five public Wi-Fi spaces established in Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth have been commissioned into service.“We are still looking to go into other rural town centres, such as Annotto Bay, Port Antonio and Brown’s Town,” he indicated.For his part, Mr. Abrahams said the Wi-Fi service is expected to increase the JUTC’s ridership in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) and contribute to boosting the company’s revenue.“This service will allow all passengers with a smartphone to have access to basic Internet connection (so they can) browse, check, send emails and access WhatsApp (messaging). This is at no cost to the commuter, no cost to the JUTC,” he said.In his remarks, Mr. Lawrence said Growth Tech Limited’s vision is to eventually see data service manifested in Jamaica like oxygen, accessible to everyone, everywhere.He said a “sizeable number” of Jamaicans who travel on JUTC own smartphones, but are unable to leverage data service on the go as much as they desire.“Our platform provides an exclusive communication bridge between business entities of any size and thousands of commuters, prospective commuters, travelling on the JUTC on a daily basis, as products and services will be presented in the form of mobile advertisements when connecting to the Wi-Fi,” he said.Mr. Lawrence said a pilot will be implemented prior to the full roll-out by the end of the year.Growth Tech Limited is a technological company that was conceptualised in 2016. The entity was formalised in 2017 with the goal of installing Wi-Fi services in public transportation units as well as high-traffic locations.last_img read more

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Workers Begin Moving Water Main From Coke Ovens

first_imgWork has begun on the first of four preliminary jobs connected to the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup. Crews from Coastal Construction of North Sydney are relocating the water main serving Whitney Pier. The water main currently runs through a contaminated section of the Coke Ovens property just east of the Victoria Road overpass. It will be moved to an uncontaminated section of the former Sydney Steel Plant, now known as Harbourside Business Park, just west of the overpass. “Moving this important part of our water supply system to a safer location is but one of many benefits that will accrue to Cape Breton Regional Municipality as the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup gets underway,” said councillor Vince Hall, who chairs the municipality’s Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens committee. “This is the first of several construction projects Sydney residents will notice over the next year as we gear up for the big cleanup of the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens,” said Richard Morykot, project engineer with the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. Coastal Construction won the $614,000 contract in a competitive tender was issued by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, which operates the municipal water system. The Sydney office of the engineering company ADI Ltd., which designed the realignment of the water main, will supervise the construction. The federal-provincial cost share agreement for the Tar Ponds cleanup will pay for the water main relocation. The project will take nine weeks to complete, and employ up to 10 workers. A second preliminary project, the $6.3-million relocation of Coke Ovens Brook to an uncontaminated channel, will get underway later this month. Engineering work on the other two preliminary projects, building a coffer dam at Battery Point and cleaning up the cooling pond behind the former Sysco general office building, is nearing completion.last_img read more

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Bridgital aims to bridge urbanrural divide through Artificial Intelligence

first_imgNew Delhi: Acknowledging the huge chasm that exists between rural and urban communities – be it in levels of education and medical access or between aspirations and achievement – a new book offers real solutions to tackle these challenges using technologies of the future, including mobile-ready solutions driven by Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI). “Bridgital Nation: Solving Technology’s People Problem”, co-authored by Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Roopa Purushothaman, Chief Economist and Head of Policy Advocacy, Tata Sons has been acquired by Penguin Random House India to be published under the Allen Lane imprint, known for advancing original and transformative ideas, and some of the most distinguished titles in serious non-fiction. It will be released in September 2019. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Using new digital technology to address some of the biggest challenges in the country – such as access to quality jobs, better healthcare and skill-based education – the authors examine unique and novel programmes that would connect Indians, creating a network of services to be delivered when and where they are most required. From healthcare to education to business, the model can be applied in various sectors. By a conservative estimate, it could create and impact 30 million jobs by 2025, a statement said. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “The process of writing this book has further cemented my belief that the adoption of Bridgital-AI, Cloud and related technologies in a deliberate manner-is the 21st century answer to India’s, and to many of the developing world’s, most perpetual challenges. Bridgital thinking makes the most of what India has, and gives the country what it most needs. “As a practitioner, the book’s structure reflects an effort to be closely connected to realities on the ground. In doing so, I hope this work will contribute to an educated and fruitful debate on India’s (as well as other countries’) growth and development path,” Natarajan Chandrasekaran said. Written over the course of the past two years, the book “is filled with real-life narratives of people grappling with access and employment. It is also supported by numbers and analyses that ground the various stories in fact. The reality is, the future will be one of humans and technology working together. It’s this future India will have to anticipate and design for, keeping its young workforce, infrastructure, and linguistic and cultural diversity in mind”, Roopa Purushothaman said. “We are thrilled to be bringing Chandrasekaran’s grand vision to the world in the form of this book. It will be published under the prestigious Allen Lane imprint, befitting a subject as significant as this. “Chandrasekaran offers an ingenious solution to the coming disruption of AI, where India could emerge a world leader in transforming the path ahead,” Meru Gokhale, publisher of Penguin Press, Penguin Random House India, said. “It has been a tremendous experience to work with Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushothaman on this project. It is like being part of a huge transformation we all are about to witness that will overturn many presumptions. This ground-breaking vision is set to change the narrative of India’s future policies and influence a whole host of sectors,” Richa Burman, Associate Commissioning Editor for Penguin Press, Penguin Random House India, said.last_img read more

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Aglukkaq announces new cash for Iqaluit airport

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut MP and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq spends a lot of time flying back and forth between Ottawa and her home in Iqaluit.She must have been pleased to make Thursday’s announcement at Iqaluit’s international airport.Aglukkaq was joined by Nunavut Economic Development Minister Peter Taptuna and Premier Eva Aariak to announce new money for Iqaluit’s aging, cramped airport.Aglukkaq announced that over $77 million had been allocated under a federal infrastructure plan.Taptuna said the need for a bigger, better airport because the current on waes not designed for today’s Nunavut. It wasn’t even designed for Nunavut.last_img read more

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Gladue report program in Ottawa facing too many delays tying up courts

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOttawa lawyers are calling on the Ontario government to increase funding to its Gladue report program in the city saying delays are tying up the courts and the sole writer is struggling to keep up with “high” demand.“It usually takes about two months for one writer to complete a report. This is far too long a time frame,” said defence lawyer Ewan Lyttle.Lyttle said the reality is many Indigenous offenders in Ottawa struggle with poverty, addiction and mental health issues.“A delay in the sentencing process can often result in breaches of release conditions while offenders wait for reports to be completed,” he said. “This can lead to complications in the report-making process and incarceration of the offender in a system where there is an over-incarceration of Aboriginal offenders.”Since late 2014, Legal Aid Ontario has funded a single writer in the city of Ottawa through Aboriginal Legal Services based in Toronto. The program didn’t get off to a strong start as it went through several writers leading to meeting cancellations and complaints from lawyers seeking Gladue reports.“I know they have had problems in the past, Aboriginal Legal Services, having a permanent Gladue writer who is actually good and writes good reports and can keep up with the caseload,” said defence lawyer Michelle O’Doherty.The latest writer has been in the position since the middle of August 2016 and O’Doherty said she had a report done through that writer in December and it was “good.”“I have had other reports done through Aboriginal Legal Services and they were really terrible,” she said. “They have gone through four or five (writers).”The current system only allows lawyers to go through the appointed writer and no other writers who operate out of Ottawa. Reports will also only be approved for people facing more than 90 days incarceration.Legal Aid said it is not able to provide the number of reports the new writer has completed but in the fiscal year of 2015/16 there were 20 reports completed. There were five reports completed between when the program began in November 2014 to March 2015.Lawyers say the number should be much higher considering how many Indigenous people are in court in Ottawa.Their opinion is backed by statistics obtained by APTN that show between 2014 to October 2016 there were at least 269 Indigenous offenders facing incarceration. This is according to statistics compiled by the Odawa Native Friendship Centre that has the only Indigenous court worker that assists self-identifying First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples at the local courthouse on Elgin Street.Of that 269, 196 were on probation, 170 suffered from addictions, 93 went, or had parents that went, to residential schools, 83 were homeless, 79 suffered from mental health and nearly half (120) were Inuit.“I have definitely had clients, in the last number of months, who have had to wait longer than ideal for a Gladue report,” said defence lawyer Michael Spratt. “These are clients that are both in custody and out of custody.”Defence lawyer Leo Russomanno said he has seen delays, as well, of several weeks longer than expected to get a report.“That’s obviously just unacceptable,” said Russomanno, adding it leaves Indigenous offenders in custody with a hard choice, do they go for a Gladue report or forego their rights to move forward?“It’s really a choice nobody should have to face. It’s really just fundamentally unfair.”All the lawyers APTN interviewed said the Ontario government needs to increase funding and allow for other writers in the city to meet the demand.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1999 that courts must take into account Gladue principles, which reach deep into the history if an Indigenous person facing incarceration. Some provinces, like Ontario, do so through Gladue reports.The objective of the Supreme Court ruling was to curb the number of Indigenous people incarcerated.The country’s highest court ruled again in 2011 reminding lower courts they had to take Gladue principles into account as the number of Indigenous people in prison continued to soar. It still does to this day.Courts are supposed to consider alternatives to incarceration when possible, such as addiction treatment programs.Jonathan Rudin, program director of Aboriginal Legal Services, defended the Ottawa program when contacted by APTN.“Our current writer in Ottawa … is doing a very good job,” said Rudin. “This is not just my opinion but also what I have heard directly from judges and lawyers.”When asked to provide names of lawyers, Rudin didn’t respond.Legal Aid Ontario also said it is happy with the program in Ottawa.“Aboriginal Legal Services is highly regarded by the courts for the work that they do in this area, which is one of the reasons they were chosen to administer this program,” said a Legal Aid Ontario spokesperson. “However, if ALS is unable to fulfill the request and a client qualifies for services, then Legal Aid Ontario would, under exceptional circumstances, fund another company to write the report.”APTN has requested an interview with the Attorney General of Ontario, Yasir Naqvi, on the burden the underfunding is putting on courts and the local jail.HIs office has not yet responded to our request.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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TSX finishes flat as energy and metals stocks fall oil prices unchanged

first_imgTORONTO – It was an especially flat day for Canada’s main stock index Friday, with the energy sector among major decliners despite oil prices continuing to hover around the US$50 mark.The S&P/TSX composite index squeaked out 0.31 of a point to advance to 15,173.03, as the October crude contract remained unchanged at US$49.89 per barrel.“We were hoping we’d see a bottom in energy stocks and they’d start acting better — that’s what the Canadian market needs because that’s the way the Canadian market is constructed,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.“But they’re not behaving as well as the commodity.”Levine attributed some of energy stocks’ woes to the rising loonie and a weakening greenback — “that’s because they sell energy for the most part in U.S. dollars,” he explained.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 82.09 US, up 0.11 of a U.S. cent.South of the border, it was another day of meagre gains and record highs for two of New York’s major indexes.The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 64.86 points to 22,268.34 on Friday, its fourth straight day of record highs, while the S&P 500 index was up 4.61 points to 2,500.23, its fourth day of reaching a new high since Monday.Meanwhile, the Nasdaq composite index gained 19.39 points to 6,448.47.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract declined $4.10 at US$1,325.20 an ounce.The October natural gas contract was down five cents to US$3.02 per mmBTU and the December copper contract gave back a penny at US$2.95 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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Model of Moroccan Origin to Represent Belgium in Miss World 2014

Fez – Anissa Blondin, a young model of Moroccan origin, will represent Belgium at the 64th edition of Miss World pageant, Miss World 2014, which will be held on December 14 in London, according to the Belgian website Lavenir.net. Born to a Moroccan mother and a Belgian father, Anissa will replace Miss Belgium 2014, Laurence Langen, who opted out of the competition for personal reasons, the same source added.Some 120 models from around the world will compete to win the world beauty crown. The 22-year-old young woman from Dworp, is a student in Commercial Engineering and she is fluent in French, Dutch and English. read more

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Qatar UNHCR Agree to Rehabilitate 26000 Yemeni Refugees

Rabat –The government of Qatar has reached an agreement with UNHCR to rehabilitate thousands of displaced Yemeni refugees who have fled the civil war plaguing their country since 2014.Under the agreement, Qatar will provide shelter to 26,000 displaced refugees from “one of the poorest countries in the Middle East,” according to UNHCR.The UNHCR, which has called the war in Yemen “a humanitarian catastrophe,” reports that nearly 200,000 Yemenis have fled to neighboring countries. Over 22 million are in dire need of humanitarian assistance while 2 million others are “deprived of basic needs.” The UN body noted that the despair and squalor that have resulted from the war in Yemen have made millions “lose hope” as civilians continue to “bear the brunt of the crisis.”More surprisingly perhaps, the war-torn Middle Eastern country is home to 280,000 “desperate” refugee and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa.The Qatar-UNHCR deal amounts to $3 billion in financial terms and may mitigate the dire consequences of the humanitarian crisis that has paralyzed Yemen. The deal was struck yesterday at the Doha Economic Forum. UNHCR and two Qatari organizations, Qatar Development Fund and Qatar Charity, signed the agreement.Sixty thousand Yemenis have been killed since the war erupted in 2014, and a further eight million have been hit by famine and malnutrition. In recent months, both the UN and individual countries, including the US and the UK (whose popular opinion is divided over their arms sales to Saudi Arabia, one of the main parties to the conflict in Yemen) have called on conflicting parties to agree to a cease-fire and end the plight of innocent civilians.Read Also: US Senate Seeks to End US Support for Yemen WarWhile the newly signed deal will not end Yemen’s war, “it is crucial in helping [the UN] respond to humanitarian needs,” said Kelly T. Clements, the deputy high commissioner for refugees.Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s executive director, said, “This generous contribution from the QFFD will help us reach children who are in the greatest need and at the greatest risk.”The deal entails shelters being constructed under the supervision of UNHCR. In addition to the project’s humanitarian aspect, Qatar says it wants to use the opportunity to intensify its cooperation with the UN “to support countries in their national development priorities.”“Qatar strongly believes in the power of multilateralism to advance  agenda [sic] that serves all of humanity without discrimination against any sect. The UN through its incredible work embodies that multilateralism, and we are proud to be contributing to its success,” said Lolwah Al Khater, the spokesperson for the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Doha has made headlines over the past months as a donor for a number of issues mainly concerning Muslim countries.In August, Doha pledged a $15 billion bailout to a paralyzed Turkish economy. Most recently, in mid-November, the energy resources-rich Gulf country stepped in for Gaza when it helped Hamas pay the salaries of thousands of Palestinian civil servants.Despite raising eyebrows from some quarters in both instances, Qatar maintained that although it cares about its geostrategic interests, the moves were mainly a manifestation of its commitment to “Muslim solidarity.” read more

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Top officials converge in Poland for UN climate change talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address the high-level segment tomorrow and will appeal to the gathered leaders to not let the food, financial and other current crises dissuade them from taking urgent action on climate change.The ministerial meeting caps off the two-week Poznan conference, which marks the half-way point in efforts to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding regime for reducing greenhouse gas emissions whose first commitment period ends in 2012.The ministerial segment caps off the two-week Poznan conference, which marks the half-way point in efforts to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding regime for reducing greenhouse gas emissions whose first commitment period ends in 2012.Last December, countries at the landmark UN climate change conference in Bali, Indonesia, agreed to take action to adapt to the negative consequences of climate change, such as droughts and floods; devise ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; find ways to deploy climate-friendly technology; and finance adaptation and mitigation measures.The agreement to be reached by nations must include emissions reductions targets by wealthier countries and must also address funding for developing nations, said Yvo De Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“We must have a politically ratifiable outcome that can enter into force in 2013,” he added.So far in Poznan, discussions have focused on how to narrow differences between nations ahead of the December 2009 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, where negotiations are expected to conclude. A negotiating text for an agreement is expected to be placed under consideration at a UNFCCC gathering next June.In a related development, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said today that weather-related natural disasters causing even more damage than earthquakes, further endangering vulnerable communities and straining global insurance companies.Preliminary data shows that while 2008’s costliest event was the devastating earthquake that struck China in May.But the largest number of major disasters were weather-related, with the deadliest among them, Cyclone Nargis which hit Myanmar earlier this year, claiming 84,500 lives and leading to uninsured economic losses of $4 billion.The re-insurance and insurance industry has taken a big hit from weather-related disasters, but Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, said that it “also has an important role in the profitability and viability of many of the solutions,” ranging from innovative insurance policies to help home-owners and businesses in at-risk areas to solutions to cover wind farm operators against challenging weather conditions. 10 December 2008Ministers and other top officials from nearly 200 nations are gathering in Poznan, Poland, for United Nations-led negotiations aimed at reaching an ambitious global climate change deal next year. read more

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Almost 100 students at top universities requested to change gender on records

Earlier this year two university researchers from the University of Strathclyde offered advice for educational staff to be respectful of trans students. This included adding pronouns to email signatures, for example (she/her; he/him; they/their) and being respectful of how people wish to be addressed. In contrast, some academic experts said that the process of recording results by gender will be rendered “meaningless” as increasing numbers opt to change their gender on record.The data shows that students at Oxford made the most requests to change their gender on the record, followed by 15 at Queen’s University Belfast, 14 at the University of Warwick and 10 at the University of Leeds. Meanwhile after Warwick, students in Bristol were most likely to seek help for trans issues – with 37 accessing student services within three years, followed by ten in York and three in Liverpool. However all the figures are likely to be higher as some universities offered values such as ‘less than 10’ so as not to identify individuals. Furthermore, far more students identify as trans than just those who requested to change their gender on the student record.There were also eight complaints of discrimination over the same three-year-period. These included two studying at the University of Glasgow, a further two at the University of Newcastle, and one student at Southampton, Bristol, York and the London School of Economics, respectively.This came amid fears of that such provision is becoming less of a priority for universities as the National Union of Students recently announced that it is scrapping its Trans officer role due to funding cuts. Paul Twocock, executive director of campaigns and strategy at Stonewall, said: “It’s great that more universities are stepping up to support for their trans students” but added that The Telegraph findings “show there’s more to do to help trans students”.“University should be an exciting time where all students can learn, grow and enjoy their independence, but this isn’t the case for some LGBT people. To change this, we need to see more visible support and leadership from universities across Britain.”However Chris McGovern, chairman for real education and a former government advisor, said that historically females outperform males and that statistics measuring performance by gender will be rendered “meaningless if, in fact, young people can choose their gender”.“It becomes impossible to monitor differences between male and female if one does not accept male and female is a permanent state of being, or that there’s a range of genders in between,” he said adding: “The stats officer will have a problem”. A further 14 per cent have considered dropping out or have dropped out of a higher education course because of experiencing harassment or discrimination from students and staff in the last year. “Most wish that they were not trans because life would be so much easier for them if they were cisgender, but it is who we are, it was how we were born. Most people try to keep it hidden and hope that it will go away, but eventually a point is reached where it becomes obvious that it won’t go away.”In September a “startling” academic study was published on the US revealing that transgender adolescents are far more likely to attempt suicide than teenagers whose identity matches that of their gender at birth.Stonewall, the LGBT rights charity, published research last year which found that 36 per cent of trans students have faced negative comments because of their gender identity, while 39 per cent would not feel confident reporting any homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying to staff.After analysing data of 120,000 youths nationwide from age 11 to 19, the University of Arizone study found that roughly half of transgender teens who identify as male but were assigned a female gender at birth have attempted suicide at least once. A further 42 percent of adolescents who don’t identify exclusively as male or female have at least one prior suicide attempt. However an NUS spokeswoman said: “Delegates attending NUS conference earlier this month challenged the budget estimates for NUS UK for the year 2019/20. They voted to reallocate monies from other budgets within the agreed total amount to fund a Trans Officer in 2019/20.”Last summer, Britain’s first officer for transgender students, Jess Bradley, an environemental sciences graduate from the universities of Manchester and Bradford,  was suspended over allegations that she posted explicit photographs on an online blog.Dr Jane Hamlin, president of the Beaumont Society, the national transgender support group, said: “It is disturbing that there have been a number of complaints about gender or transgender discrimination, because such discrimination is illegal.“There is clearly a need for support for trans students and the counsellors who try to help them. It would seem extremely unfortunate of the NUS to decide not to keep its trans officer role. Perhaps university staff and students are not aware that this role exists and have not been using this valuable resource as effectively as they might.“Occasionally individual universities do contact the Beaumont Society for information or advice about how they can help an individual student and we help if we can.” Dr Hamlin added that transgender people are often “lonely, frightened and vulnerable” and that being trans is “not a lifestyle choice”. Almost 100 students at the UK’s top universities have requested to change their gender on official records, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal, as universities are accused of “disturbing” failures to protect trans students from abuse.Between 2016 and 2018, 86 students at Russell Group Universities asked to formally change their gender on the student record. Those studying at the University of Oxford submitted the highest number of all applications with 24 requests.The figures provide the first indication of the numbers within the trans student population and mark a growing awareness of trans people and issues in the UK.However Freedom of Information data from all 24 Russell Group institutions also revealed that even more students – 89 – sought help with university services regarding gender transitioning and gender questioning. Almost half of them – 39 – were studying at the University of Warwick.Charities and campaigners have applauded the increasing recognition of trans minorities on campuses, but  described the cases where eight students had complain of discrimination as “disturbing”. They said that The Sunday Telegraph data emphasises how “there’s more to do to help trans students” and called on  UK universities to show “more visible support and leadership”. Last month the education secretary Damian Hinds  said that all primary school pupils will be taught about trans and gay relationships before graduating to secondary school.A spokeswoman for the Russell Group did not respond to a request for comment. 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. read more

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Bizarre Ronaldo statue overshadows airport naming event

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRonaldo appears in court over tax evasion claimsJuly 31, 2017In “latest news”Embattled Ronaldo given federation president’s backingOctober 4, 2018In “Sports”Gayle equates himself to Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan IbrahimovicJune 8, 2016In “Sports” The Real Madrid star and Armani model put on a brave face at the event (AFP Image) (BBC) Football fans have been questioning the resemblance of a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled on the Portuguese island of Madeira.Many on social media say the work looks more like former Republic of Ireland captain Niall Quinn than Ronaldo.The statue was revealed at a ceremony to name the island’s airport after him.Portugal’s president and the prime minister flew to the island to unveil the tribute to the player outside the terminal entrance.Some said the statue looked more like former Republic of Ireland captain Niall QuinnPresident Rebelo de Sousa said Ronaldo “projects Madeira and Portugal across the world far more than anybody else”.The 32-year-old is a local hero in Madeira, where he is seen as a rags-to-riches success. He already has a museum about him in his hometown of Funchal.The player later said on Twitter: “Happy and honored to have my name given to the Madeira airport!”Ronaldo is not the first footballer to have an airport named after him. Belfast airport was named after former Manchester United player George Best in 2006, a year after he died.The bust was unveiled at the renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (AP Image) read more

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OZ Minerals reports positive results from Hydromet process

first_imgOn 11 February 2015, OZ Minerals announced it was undertaking a number of initiatives to improve the medium to long-term value of its Carrapateena copper assets. A key initiative included the progression of a Hydromet demonstration plant following successful testing of the process in 2014, to verify scalability to full production.OZ Minerals has now announced the first trial results from the Hydromet demonstration plant indicate that the process is scalable and is already returning copper-in-concentrate levels of more than 55%. Impurity elements are well below penalisable levels.This compares favourably to globally produced concentrates with copper-in-concentrate grades that typically average less than 30%. “This is a great set of first results for OZ Minerals and the copper industry in South Australia,” said Andrew Cole, CEO and Managing Director. “The successful completion of this demonstration trial will allow us to produce some of the best and cleanest copper concentrate in the world with virtually no impurities.”This builds on encouraging results from the laboratory scale test work and pilot plant last year, where a final product exceeding 55% copper-in-concentrate was produced from a starting concentrate grade of 30-35%. The company has now increased the trial capacity of the Hydromet demonstration plant by a factor of fifty.The very low copper and precious metals recovery loss during the process was comparable to traditional existing processing techniques. The aim of this trial work is to prove that the process can be economically scaled up to a fully operational plant. “On the back of these promising results, we will continue to feed samples of concentrate through the plant over the next few months to build on our technical understanding and confidence in the process,” Cole said.The results of the Hydromet demonstration plant trial will contribute to the ongoing studies in optimising the value proposition for Carrapateena.Hydromet combines new chemistry with existing technology in order to significantly increase copper-in-concentrate grades and reduce impurities to very low levels. “When the process is applied commercially, it has the potential to significantly reduce concentrate transport costs and produce a copper concentrate quality that is highly sought after in all concentrate smelting markets.” The Hydromet process involves processing copper concentrate containing chalcopyrite and bornite. It converts these two minerals into chalcocite, by leaching out the iron and other impurities.The South Australian Government recognises the economic potential for the innovative use of processing techniques, such as Hydromet, to realise and enhance the copper resources in the Gawler Craton. In support of their South Australian Copper Strategy, the State Government has pledged A$10 million to fund a joint study of the Hyrdromet process between OZ Minerals and Orway Mineral Consultants, with research conducted by Adelaide University. OZ Minerals will contribute A$8 million to this work. South Australian copper concentrates are already successfully produced and sold to the global concentrate market. They are typically sought due to their quality and accessibility to the markets themselves. The Prominent Hill mine produces one of the highest copper concentrates on the global market at around 50%. “This is crucial research that could help maximise the value of South Australia’s copper resources for generations to come. When considered in the context of the South Australian Copper Strategy, it is a very exciting time for the industry,” Cole said.last_img read more

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Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of April 29 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of April 29, 2018.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, April 30Steak & Cheese on a Wholewheat Roll; Spicy Wedges; PearsTuesday, May 1Wholegrain Pasta with Meatballs & Sauce; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; Orange WedgesWednesday, May 2Olympic Size Turkey, Bacon Cheese OR Ham & Cheese on a Wholegrain Panini; Sunchips; Baton Baby Bakers; Medal Mixed Fruit {Special Olympics Day}Thursday, May 3High School: Wholegrain Gil’s Sliced Pizza; Middle School: Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Caesar Salad; Fresh FruitFriday, May 4Chipotle Seasoned Meat, Lettuce & Tomato, Lime Cilantro, Brown Rice, Black Bean Salsa, Salsa, Pico De Gallo, Sour Cream, Guacamole; Pineapple; Churro {Cinco De Mayo}Lunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, April 30Wholegrain Mini Pancakes with Syrup; Sausage; Hashbrown; Mixed FruitTuesday, May 1Wholegrain Pasta with Meatballs & Sauce; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; Orange WedgesWednesday, May 2Olympic Turkey & Cheese OR Ham & Cheese on a Wholegrain Panini; Sunchips; Baton Baby Bakers; Medal Mixed Fruit {Special Olympics Day}Thursday, May 3Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Caesar Salad; Fresh FruitFriday, May 4Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce & Tomato, Salsa, Brown Rice, Refried Beans; Pineapple {Cinco De Mayo}Lunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, April 30Wholegrain Mini Pancakes with Syrup; Sausage; Hashbrown; Mixed FruitTuesday, May 1Wholegrain Pasta with Meatballs & Sauce; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; Orange WedgesWednesday, May 2Olympic Turkey & Cheese OR Ham & Cheese on a Wholegrain Panini; Sunchips; Baton Baby Bakers; Medal Mixed Fruit {Special Olympics Day}Thursday, May 3Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Caesar Salad; Fresh FruitFriday, May 4Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce & Tomato, Salsa, Brown Rice, Refried Beans; Pineapple {Cinco De Mayo}Lunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

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Who is Murtaja Qureiris Saudi teen faces execution for participating in Arab

first_imgMurtaja Qureiris was subjected to beatings and his confession extracted on the promise that he would be set free.CNNIn another instance of crushing political dissent, Saudi Arabia has sentenced a boy to death for participating in anti-government Arab Spring protests. He was 13-years old when he was arrested. The boy identified as Murtaja Qureiris was arrested by Saudi officials in September 2014 on charges of terrorism. He was sent to the detention centre for participating in bike protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province as a young boy in 2011.According to human rights group Amnesty International, the Public Prosecution of Saudi Arabia had sought the death penalty for Qureiris, now 18 years old, last August for a series of offences, some of which date back to when the boy was just ten years old.In November 2016, the UN Working Group for Arbitrary Detention had addressed a case of a minor that matched Qureiris in which it was found that he had been held in solitary confinement, subjected to beatings and intimidation and his confessions extracted on the pretence of freedom in the aftermath of his confession.In May 2017, he was moved to al-Mabaheth prison, an adult facility, even though he was still only 16 years old. Murtaja Qureiris was 13-years-old when he was arrested for participating in anti-government protests.CNNThroughout his detention, Qureiris was denied access to a lawyer until after his first court session at the Specialised Criminal Court on August 2018. The court, set up in 2008, is used for cases involving human rights activists and protesters.The charges against him include participating in anti-government protests, attending the funeral of his brother Ali Qureiris (killed in a protest in 2011), joining a “terrorist organisation,” throwing Molotov cocktails at a police station and firing at security forces. He is currently awaiting his next trial session.The report published by the CNN showed video footage where a group of protesters on bicycles, led by the then 10-year-old Qureiris, is seen chanting “the people demand human rights!”.When Murtaja Qureiris was a child, he led protests demanding rights for Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority. Now he faces the death penalty. https://t.co/DaNrsqL4hQ pic.twitter.com/m18H6ckJRx— CNN (@CNN) June 7, 2019According to CNN, the prosecution is seeking to impose the harshest form of the death penalty on Qureires, which may include crucifixion or dismemberment after execution despite not holding him responsible for any loss of life.The prosecutors have reportedly argued that his “sowing of sedition” warranted the worst possible punishment, according to the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.It is also reported that one of his brothers has been jailed and his father was detained last year.Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director, said “There should be no doubt that the Saudi Arabian authorities are ready to go to any length to crack down on dissent against their own citizens, including by resorting to the death penalty for men who were merely boys at the time of their arrest.”Apart from Quereris, three other boys, Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher and Dawood al-Marhoon, who had been arrested in 2012 for alleged crimes committed before the age of 18 also face execution. According to the Interior Ministry, Saudi Arabia executed 139 persons in 2018.APIt is argued that Qureiris’ case is part of the government’s crackdown of Shi’a minorities and political dissenters since the Crown prince Muhammad bin Salman took over the throne in 2015.In April, officials had carried out the execution of two minors including Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, a Shi’a boy who was arrested when he was 16-years old based on offences related to involvement in anti-government protests. He was among 37 men put to death in one day as part of an execution spree. Most of the executed men belonged to the Shi’a community.The UN Human rights Watch have stated that the Saudi government have used counterterrorism regulations to suppress political demonstration of dissent.While the criminal age of responsibility is unclear due to the absence of written penal code, the government informed the Committee on the Rights of Child in 2006 that it had raised the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years.According to the Interior Ministry, Saudi Arabia executed 139 persons in 2018. Around 54 of those executed were convicted for non-violent drug crimes.Most executions are carried out by beheading, sometimes in public.last_img read more

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Here is why Mohanlals directorial debut Barroz is going to be the

first_imgFacebook: MohanlalIt was around a few weeks back that Mohanlal, the complete actor of Indian cinema, announced his plans to direct a movie named Barroz. The actor revealed that this movie will be set in the backdrop of Portugal and will showcase the story of a man who is determined to safeguard the treasures of Vasco D’Gama.Mohanlal has now unveiled further interesting details about the movie’s star cast. He posted a video on his official Facebook page where he talked about the movie’s theme and its spectacular star cast.Mohanlal revealed that popular Spanish actors Paz Vega and Rafael Amargo will be playing crucial roles in this movie. It should be noted that Paz Vega is a very popular name in the international film circuit, and she has acted in movies like 10 Items or Less, The Spirit, and Angel of Evil. Vega is now awaiting the release of her upcoming Hollywood movie ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ that features universal action icon Sylvester Stallone in the lead role.Rafael Amargo has also played some noted roles in various Spanish films. As per reports, Amargo is playing the role of Vasco D’Gama in Barroz, while Paz Vega will play the role of his love interest. In the video, Mohanlal also said that his directorial venture will fall in the genre of children’s fantasy. The story of Barroz is written by Jijo Punnoose, the Mollywood filmmaker who directed ‘My Dear Kuttichathan’, the first Indian film to be made in 3D.Sources close to the movie revealed that Barroz will be made with a huge budget and will surely emerge as the most expensive Mollywood movie ever made. The film is being bankrolled by Antony Perumbavoor in the banner of Aashirvad Cinemas.last_img read more

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