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Novak Djokovic has not worked hard enough, says Boris Becker

first_imgNovak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world number one by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian’s former coach Boris Becker said on Wednesday.Speaking a day after the two terminated their cooperation by mutual consent, German Becker said Djokovic’s need to spend more time with his family had derailed him on the court.”He didn’t spend as much time on the practice court in the last six months as he should have and he knows that,” said Becker, who helped Djokovic to six grand slam titles after they teamed up in December 2013. (Also read: Novak Djokovic splits with coach Boris Becker)”Success like this doesn’t happen by pushing a button. Success like this doesn’t just happen by showing up at a tournament. You have to work your bottom off because the opposition does the same,” he told Sky News.”The profession of a tennis player is probably the most selfish one in sports because it has to be about you and he is the first to say he is a family man, so of course his wife and the rest of his family had to take back seats. (Also read: Novak Djokovic congratulates Andy Murray for becoming World No.1)”They don’t spend enough time together. I had it too, 20 years ago. It is just the nature of the beast, being a tennis player.”Having completed a career slam when he won his maiden French Open title in June, Djokovic suffered an astonishing loss of form.advertisementHe crashed out of Wimbledon in the third round to American Sam Querrey and made a first-round exit at the Rio Olympics at the hands of Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro.Djokovic then lost the U.S. Open final to Swiss Stan Wawrinka, a defeat six-times major champion Becker said was a massive psychological blow to the Serb.”I know the U.S. Open loss in the final against Stan hurt,” he said.”I think that is what he needed maybe in a funny way was to lose a little bit, to realise what it is like to lose, because he hasn’t been losing for two and a half years.”I am sure the fact that he lost the number one ranking to Andy Murray is going to hurt.”But he has got to go back to work. He has to go back to the office and practice these hours and refocus on what made him strong in the first place.”last_img read more

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Happy Independence Day India, tweets Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi

first_imgFormer Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has wished India on its 71st Independence Day and called for peace, tolerance and love between the two nations as there was “no way to change neighbours”.”Happy Independence Day India! No way to change neighbours, let’s work towards peace, tolerance and love. Let humanity prevail.# HopeNotOut,” tweeted Afridi.Happy Independence Day India! No way to change neighbours, let’s work towards peace, tolerance and love. Let humanity prevail.# HopeNotOut- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 14, 2017Afridi had recently expressed gratitude to India skipper Virat Kohli for donating his bat for the Shahid Afridi Foundation. The Indian team had also presented a Kohli shirt, signed by all the players, to Afridi when he retired from the international cricket last April.Thank you @imVkohli for your kind gesture in support of @SAFoundationN. Friends & supporters like you ensure #HopeNotOut for everyone pic.twitter.com/T6z7F2OYLb- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 1, 2017The shirt, which fetched Rs 3 lakhs at an auction in London, had a message from the Team India captain, saying, “To Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you.Every year, the Asian neighbours celebrate their Independence Days within a gap of 24 hours of each other.While Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day on Monday, India is celebrating its 71st Independence Day on Tuesday.Both the countries have witnessed several wars and conflicts in the past 70 years of their relationship.And in recent times, the relationship between the two nations has turned sour amid continuous ceasefire violations and terror attacks from the Pakistani side.advertisementHappy independence day India. Love from Pakistan- WAjihA~???? (@i_WAjihAA) August 14, 2017??? i hope Nfaratein km hongi,Insaniyat badhegi… hm politician ke Nafrton’s ke khel ko smjhegePeace ko trzeeh denge!!!???- Harry (@MalikMunawwar) August 14, 2017Lala Kya baat Hai humne Sirf cricket k liye follow Kiya tha aap ko (India se). Lekin aaj maan b Gaye #happyindependenceday ????????- Kishor pawar (@Cr1989Pawar) August 14, 2017Dats y u’re d most popular Pak crickter to us.. Thank u so much Mr.Boom Boom.. much love from India..- Kasturi Biswas (@Kasturi_KB) August 14, 2017The world need more ppl like u..u are a true hero Lala on & off the field..we can change friends but never neighbours..Love from this side.???- Harsh | Khilji (@Harsh1904MJ) August 14, 2017We need more people like you lala..So much of love from India- TÎkshÎk. (@TakshakSpeaks) August 14, 2017last_img read more

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Diana Containerships to Sell PostPanamax Duo

first_imgzoom Athens-based shipping company Diana Containerships has reached an agreement to sell two of its 2004-built containerships for an aggregate price of USD 22 million.Under the deal, reached with an unaffiliated third party, Diana Containerships will sell the Post-Panamaxes m/v March and m/v Great. The ships are expected to be handed over to their new owner at the latest by March 30, 2018.Net proceeds from the sale would be used to repay indebtedness under Diana Containerships’ previously announced credit agreements.The agreement was reached after the previous deal between the parties fell through. Namely, in October 2017, the Greek shipowner and the undisclosed purchaser agreed for the purchase of up to seven containerships for an aggregate purchase price of up to USD 104 million.Diana Containerships has been advised that such financing has not been arranged and the parties agreed to terminate all rights and obligations under the prior deal.Following the completion of the transaction, Diana Containerships’ fleet will consist of 9 container vessels.last_img read more

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India beat Scotland 21 enter final

first_imgDublin: The Indian women’s hockey team continued its unbeaten run and defeated Scotland 2-1 to enter the final of the Cantor Fitzgerald U21 four-nation tournament here Monday. Mumtaz Khan (36th minute) and Gagandeep Kaur (51st) were the goal scorers for India, while Margery Justice (50th) found the net for Scotland. The match started at a good pace with India looking to seize the early initiative. The Indians won their first penalty corner in the process but Scotland goalkeeper Amber Murray came to her side’s rescue. Minutes later it was Scotland’s turn to secure a penalty corner but Khushboo, who played in place of regular goalkeeper Bichu Devi, denied the opposition team. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunIndia continued to maintain the upperhand in the second quarter and earned another penalty corner but Murray, in front of Scotland goal, stood tall as both the teams failed to break the deadlock at halftime. India’s performances after halftime has been noticeable in the tournament as out of the four goals they scored so far in the event, three came after the change of ends. But it was Scotland who had the first chance after the breather in the form of a penalty corner but Khushboo once again came to India’s rescue.last_img read more

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Town tortured by smell of fermenting seafood wafting from abandoned factory

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland town is being tormented by the unbearable smell of seafood sauce left to ferment in large vats when a factory was abandoned more than a decade ago.The owner abandoned the St. Mary’s plant, which opened in the early 1990s, after extended legal battles over food safety complaints.Much of the sauce was never bottled or sold and the mixture of capelin, herring, water and salt has been fermenting in the 147 vats since.Each container can hold about 12,500 litres of sauce, which has largely solidified in the tanks and leaked onto the floor over the years.Deputy Mayor Steve Ryan said the drains were filled with concrete during a cleanup attempt two years ago and since then the liquid has been pooling on the floor, making the stench unbearable.The town is asking for help to cover the cleanup costs.The provincial government is reviewing an application for a cost-sharing program, but Ryan said the town needs help to pay for its share of the cleanup, estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Britney Spears To Be Honored At The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

first_imgGLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that it will honor multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 12, 2018.The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community. The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo.Spears will receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Eric McCormack, Josh Hutcherson, and Patricia Arquette.Britney Spears is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon, and one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. Her cutting-edge pop concert Las Vegas residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been voted “Best Show in Las Vegas.” Spears recently announced that the show will tour around the globe. For tickets click here.Spears is a longtime ally and supporter of the LGBTQ community. She has consistently stood up for LGBTQ youth on GLAAD’s Spirit Day by going purple on social media to speak out against bullying. In 2015, she released a Spirit Day video and promoted participation in the anti-bullying campaign by organizing a meet-and-greet for LGBTQ fans, washing her stage at Planet Hollywood purple, and providing anti-bullying materials to concertgoers. In 2016, she was among over 20 music artists to appear on [“GLAAD’s song “Hands,””:https://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-and-music-superstars-release-single-hands-benefit-victims-and-families-orlando-massacre] released with Interscope Records to remember the 49 lives taken in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. The musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, written by Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels and Blood Pop, benefited Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD. In 2017, Spears was among 140 leading entertainers including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Laverne Cox, and Whoopi Goldberg to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTQ bills, which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated. Most recently, Spears sparked global attention when she wore a t-shirt stating ‘We Are All Dreamers’ and called on Congress to pass the Dream Act via Instagram.Spears also has a legacy of deeply embracing her LGBTQ fans. She wrote a highly publicized letter to a young gay man who considered suicide, but credited her music and lyrics with giving him the courage to come out and be true to himself. She wrote to him: “I was very happy to hear how courageous you’ve been about being openly gay. I’ve always been told as long as you know in your heart that’s what matters most.” After a gay couple who met at the opening of “Britney: Piece of Me” married, she surprised them with a touching video to send congratulations and show her support for marriage equality. Most recently, for LGBTQ Pride Month in 2017, Spears penned a heartwarming love letter to the LGBTQ community on Billboard Pride in which she shared that the community’s unwavering loyalty and acceptance uplift and inspire her. “I have a secret to share with you. You see it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. The lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”“An irrefutable icon, Britney Spears has entertained the world while also embodying the spirit of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award by speaking out on significant issues that face her fans – from the Dream Act to anti-transgender bills in Texas,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “She is a force in the music world who has used her global platform to share messages of love and acceptance, something that the world needs today more than ever.”In January, GLAAD announced 125 nominees in 21 English-language categories and 16 Spanish-language nominees in 4 categories. The nominees for the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced during the Sundance Film Festival by actors Wilson Cruz (“13 Reasons Why,” “Star Trek: Discovery”) and Trace Lysette (“Transparent”). Nominees across entertainment and news media included This Is Us, Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Battle of the Sexes, A Fantastic Woman, Billions, The Voice, Will & Grace, Andi Mack, Halsey, Kesha, Kehlani, Teen Vogue, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, NBC Nightly News, HuffPost, and CNN en Español. GLAAD announced a Special Recognition Award for Jay-Z’s song and music video “Smile” featuring his mother Gloria Carter who used the song to come out as a lesbian as well as a Special Recognition Award to the animated short film In A Heartbeat.Additional special guests and honorees from the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles will be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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THE BIG BANG THEORYS BARENAKED CANADIAN CONNECTION

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Coincidentally during that show, the self-proclaimed “science nerd” says he performed a freestyle rap about the Earth’s origins, inspired by Simon Singh’s book ‘Big Bang: The most important scientific discovery of all time and why you need to know about it.’“I was just making up a silly song about the astronomer Hubble and standing on the shoulders of giants and cosmological theory and Billy Prady and Chuck Lorre were at the show and that’s what made them think that they had to get me to write their theme song for the show,” he told CTVNews.ca during a telephone interview on Wednesday.“It all came to me in a flash”Robertson admitted he was initially hesitant to accept their offer because he had written music for films and television shows in the past, but they were never picked up. And to top it off, he was feeling “burnt out” from touring. He credits his wife with persuading him to embrace the opportunity.“I told her ‘I’m supposed to do this conference call for a television theme song, but I haven’t written it so I think I’m just going to get on the call and let them know that they need to find somebody else’ and my wife said ‘Well, who’s it for?’ and I said ‘Some guy named Chuck Lorre’ and she said ‘Chuck Lorre? You should probably Google him,’” he said with a laugh.Minutes later, Robertson said the lyrics for the song just came to him while he was in the shower.“I had to call my wife in. It all came to me in a flash. I had to call her and say ‘Can you write this down before I forget it?’ [I had] shampoo in my face,” he recalled.Afterwards, he recorded the song on his computer and sent it to Lorre and Prady.“They loved it,” he said.Since then, the minute-and-45-second tune that covers everything from the Neanderthals to Einstein has become a staple in the Barenaked Ladies’ set list, even landing a spot in the band’s greatest hits album “Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before” in 2011.“I would say when the show aired, I never anticipated that we’d be playing this song live,” Robertson said. “If we play four songs it’s going to be “One Week,” “If I Had a Million Dollars,” “Pinch Me,” and “The Big Bang Theory,” the rest can rotate in and out.”Sitcom successAs for whether the band’s proceeds from the theme song have finally allowed him to buy a fur coat, a monkey, and Kraft Dinner — as per their hugely successful song “If I Had a Million Dollars” — Robertson said he would have bought those things if it wasn’t for his wife’s sensibilities.“It’s been very good to me,” he said.The television show has also been very good to the Barenaked Ladies in the years since its premiere, Robertson said.“They had us down for their 100th episode taping and we performed for their live audience. It’s just been a really good relationship,” he shared.As for how he feels about the show’s final episode airing Thursday night after 12 seasons, Robertson described the emotion as bittersweet.“In some ways it’s sad that it’s ending, but it’s also really great that it’s going out on top where nobody’s sick of it and it’s a perfect time to wrap it up,” he said.For fans who will miss the familiar fast-paced theme song at the start of every episode of The Big Bang Theory, Robertson said the Barenaked Ladies have several tours planned where the tune will inevitably make an appearance.“We’ve got a 50-show tour of America starting at the end of this month. U.K and Canadian tours in the works. A new record in the works. It never stops,” he said.The final episode of The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca and the CTV app.By Jackie Dunham ~ CTVNews Facebook Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch and Simon Helberg, in the episode ‘The Love Spell Potential,’ on ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ (CBS) Ahead of the series finale for the hit television show The Big Bang Theory, Canadian musician Ed Robertson shares how he came up with the catchy theme song while he was barenaked in the shower.The legendary frontman for the Canadian alternative rock band Barenaked Ladies said it was a twist of fate that brought the group and the long-running sitcom together.Ed Robertson / Barenaked LadiesTwelve years ago, Robertson said he and the band had no idea famed television writers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady were in the audience at one of their L.A. concerts.last_img read more

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Algonquins of Pikwakanagan reject AOO modern treaty

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Algonquins of Pikwakanagan voted against the Algonquins of Ontario modern day treaty, according to vote results released Thursday, while the other nine Algonquin entities that are part of the process voted to continue negotiating.The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan voted 327 votes to 256 against the deal, according to the results, which were the total tally of two separate votes on the modern day treaty, also known as a comprehensive claim.The other nine communities voted 3,182 in favour of the modern treaty, while 141 voted against it.The vote was on the agreement-in-principle of the proposed Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) treaty.The AOO claim covers about 3.6 million hectares stretching from Algonquin Park east to Hawkesbury, Ont., including Ottawa, and down into territory near Kingston, Ont.  If finalized, the deal would see $300 million in capital funding and 47,550 hectares of Ontario Crown land transferred to the AOO.There are a total of 10 communities that make up part of the AOO claim, but only Pikwakanagan is a recognized band under the Indian Act.Serious concerns have arisen over the criteria used to accept individuals to be part of the modern treaty because the AOO uses genealogy to assess whether an individual qualifies as an Algonquin. Recent reports have shown many who were eligible to vote only had one Algonquin ancestor in their family tree going back over 300 years.Pikwakanagan’s band council issued a statement saying the community would be stepping away from the negotiating table to address concerns from the community about the current AOO process.“There have been a number of serious concerns raised and brought forth by members,” said the statement. “We have definitely heard the concerns and matters raised by members. Some members have requested that we take a step back and focus on those concerns….We are currently doing this. We have indicated to the AOO that we have to take a step back from the process so that council can focus on getting the member-specific issues addressed.”Algonquin communiteis in Quebec along with Iroqouis communities have also expressed concern at AOO’s proposed modern treaty.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Judge Canadian firm can go after Venezuelas US refineries

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – A Canadian gold mining company on Thursday won the right to go after Venezuela’s prized U.S.-based oil refineries and collect $1.4 billion it lost in a decade-old take-over by the late socialist President Hugo Chavez.Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark of the U.S. Federal District Court in Delaware made the ruling in favour of Crystallex, striking a blow to crisis-wracked Venezuela, which stands to lose its most valuable asset outside of the country — Citgo.Chavez took over the gold mining firm and many other international companies as part of his Bolivarian revolution that’s left the country spiraling into deepening economic and political turmoil.Venezuelans struggle to afford scarce food and medicine as masses flee across the border. In a sign of rising political tensions, current President Nicolas Maduro threw an opposition lawmaker in jail this week, charged in a failed assassination plot using two drones loaded with explosives.The latest order by the U.S. judge could set off a scramble by a long list of creditors owed $65 billion from bonds that cash-strapped Venezuela has stopped paying within the last year, said Russ Dallen, a Miami-based partner at the brokerage firm Caracas Capital Markets.“This was the most vulnerable low hanging fruit for debtholders to go after,” Dallen said. “It looks like Crystallex is the lucky lottery winner because they got there first.”Chavez in early 2009 announced Venezuela’s take-over of the Canadian mining operations in Bolivar state, a mineral rich region with one of the continent’s largest gold deposits. He accused mining companies of damaging the environment and violating workers’ rights.Crystallex spent years trying to negotiate a deal with Venezuela before making its case in 2011 to a World Bank arbitration panel, which sided with the Canadian firm, despite Venezuela’s vigorous fight.U.S.-based Citgo, part of the state-run oil company PDVSA, has three refineries in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois in addition to a network of pipelines. If the order is carried out, Crystallex won’t get all of Citgo — valued at $8 billion — but Venezuela could be forced to liquidate it to make good on the court order.Today, the gold mining region once operated by Crystallex is largely lawless and dangerous, run by rogue miners who blast the earth with water and mercury to expose gold nuggets and sell them to government forces, often leading to deadly conflicts.The judge’s ruling is unique, because government assets, like PDVSA, are normally protected from lawsuits against a sovereign nation. But the judge found that Crystallex can attach Citgo’s parent because Venezuela has erased the lines between the government and its oil firm, now run by a military general.Upon issuing the order, the judge delayed enforcing it for a week, which Dallen said could be a move to give Crystallex and Venezuela time to reach an agreement, such as returning to payment terms of an earlier resolution, Dallen said.“This gives Venezuela the chance to honour its settlement agreement,” Dallen said. “Or they’ll lose Citgo.”last_img read more

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14th Year of RocKIN the Peace in new venue and bigger show

first_imgWith the support of sponsors and the City of Fort St. John this family-friendly event will be taking place at the North Peace Arena to be able to extend the dance areas and bar.This year’s talent includes;On ProbationRoad WornSalt N’ WaterSubconscious PilotLast Horse StandingWho will compete to win a $1500 prizeSpecial guest and headlining the event will be Chris Buck Band!Tickets for the event are $50 and are still available at; FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Kin Club shares, this weekend the annual RocKIN the Peace event will be a bigger show with the new venue.The music festival event created by the Kin Club of Fort St. John, showcases local talent in the Peace Region. Fort St. John Kin Club; CLICK HEREOn the Rocks liquor store locationsAt the door, North Peace Arena, Saturday, June 29th, 2019, 6 pmRocKIN the Peace FB Page; CLICK HERERocKIN the Peace FB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Bank of America raising hourly minimum wage to 20

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bank of America is raising its starting pay to $20 an hour over a two-year period, starting with a hike next month.The company said it is raising its minimum hourly wage to $17 on May 1 and will continue to increase pay until it hits $20 an hour in 2021. Bank of America raised its hourly minimum wage to $15 in 2017. It says wages have increased since then, though it didn’t release details of those increases.In a Tuesday interview on MSNBC, Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan said, “”If you get a job at Bank of America, you’ll make $41,000 per year.”Bank of America Corp., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has more than 205,000 workers.The Associated Press read more

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As winter approaches in Afghanistan UN urges end to attacks against aid

29 October 2007With the onset of winter in Afghanistan expected to cut remote regions off from aid deliveries, the United Nations Assistance Mission there (UNAMA) today called on warring factions to allow safe passage and access for humanitarian workers delivering relief aid. With the onset of winter in Afghanistan expected to cut remote regions off from aid deliveries, the United Nations Assistance Mission there (UNAMA) today called on warring factions to allow safe passage and access for humanitarian workers delivering relief aid.“The next six weeks will be crucial for our humanitarian efforts,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tom Koenigs. He said UN agencies are working to reach families most in need but efforts are being complicated by the security situation.Insurgents and criminal gangs have killed or abducted 110 aid workers, and 55 humanitarian convoys have been looted this year, according to UNAMA.“Those responsible for these attacks are pushing the most vulnerable people outside of our reach,” said Mr. Koenigs. “Such attacks are a clear violation of international humanitarian law and they must stop. We need all parties to recognize that the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people must come first, above fighting and above politics.”The UN World Food Programme estimates that over 4 million Afghans need food assistance each year, while 400,000 people are seriously affected by natural disasters.UN agencies and the Government of Afghanistan are currently moving essential food and medicine around the country before the winter weather conditions prevent access to remote regions. read more

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Food prices decline for third straight month – UN agency

Global food prices dip for a third consecutive month in June following a ten-month surge, the United Nations agriculture agency said today. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) price index- which measures monthly changes in the global price of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar- averaged 206.0 points in June 2014, down 3.8 points (1.8 percent) from May and nearly 6 points (2.8 percent) below the June 2013 level. The index had risen to a ten-month high of 213 points in March 2014, but fell in April, May and June.It also found that the price of cereal, vegetable oils and dairy decreased further from its last published data in May, while the price of meat edged up, reflecting a constrained world supply. The latest FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation report noted improvement in the global production of cereal, a staple food in many countries. Total production in 2014 now stands at 2,498 million tons, 18 million tons up from 2013. The increase reflected improved production for coarse grains and wheat crops, particularly in the United States, the European Union and India. Despite this good news, the agency warns that millions of people still face food insecurity due to conflict, crop failure and high domestic food prices. Some 33 countries, including 26 in Africa, are in need of access external assistance. Conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to jeopardize crop production, which in 2013 declined by 34 percent from the previous year. Escalating conflicts and adverse weather in parts of Eastern Africa were threatening local people’s access to food. In Somalia about 870,000 people are estimated to be in need of emergency assistance while in South Sudan, since the conflict began late last year, the number of people in need of food assistance jumped to 3.5 million. Most recently, the report stated, an escalation of conflicts in Syria and Iraq have negatively impacted crop production, food security and access to drinking water. Conditions are likely to deteriorate. read more

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New NCAA football targeting rule a point of emphasis for Ohio State

Eric Seger / Sports editorSenior safety C.J. Barnett answers questions following Ohio State’s fourth practice of fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.The NCAA implemented a new targeting rule in March for the 2013 season that will allow officials to eject any player who targets and hits a defenseless player above the shoulders, and the Ohio State football team is preparing for the change.In the Buckeyes’ fourth practice of the season on Wednesday, which Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany attended, freshman safety Chris Worley was flagged for hitting sophomore tight end Nick Vannett as he caught a pass at the goal line during a full team scrimmage. That led senior safety C.J. Barnett to say the officials “don’t even know what they are looking at.”Barnett said it is something the defensive coaches are teaching in the film room as well as on the practice field, but it does not change his mentality.“Play fast, play fast,” Barnett said. “And if you get a penalty you get a penalty, oh well. Next guy up.”Co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said, from a coaching standpoint, the rule change will affect everyone, not just OSU.“What it does is it makes coaches on defense sure you got two and three (players) deep,” Withers said. “It will affect you at some point in the season. You hope not, but there’s a good possibility.”As the rule is intended to make the game safer, Withers said it is his job to get that message across to the players.“We always talk about it in the secondary room, about how that’s a lot of time where it comes from,” Withers said. “The back end with those bang-bang plays. It’s a rule about safety and, as a coach, you have to teach it as a rule about safety.”Senior safety Christian Bryant said it is a rule he would rather not “speak on,” but as a leader on the team, it is just another thing the veterans are responsible for handing down to the young guys.“All of the older guys in the secondary are just trying to do a good job of leading a lot of young guys in the right direction and showing them the way,” Bryant said.One of those veterans is redshirt junior corner Bradley Roby, who practiced with the second-team defense Wednesday.Roby is waiting a pretrial hearing later this month for a misdemeanor battery charge from an incident at a Bloomington,Ind., bar.Bryant said he thinks the experience will be humbling for his teammate.“I feel like it’s a humbling experience for (Roby), just him stepping down with the twos right now,” Bryant said. “He’s doing a pretty good job of taking that role and understanding what he needs to do and showing the young guys that he doesn’t really have a problem with it.”Barnett agreed, saying Roby knows the price he has to deal with.“Coach Meyer doesn’t tolerate anything,” Barnett said. “He messed up and broke a rule and he’s gotta pay for it.”Replacing Roby at corner is not the only thing the defense is concentrating on during camp. Even though the unit lost seven starters from last year’s 12-0 squad, Barnett said the team will be fine.“I know we lost Johnny (former defensive lineman John Simon) and Hank (former defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins) and all, but it’s Ohio State. One down, next up,” Barnett said. “We’re not really worried about who we lost but more of who’s next.”From the offensive side of the ball, freshman Dontre Wilson was all the buzz again, catching passes both as a wide receiver and from the back field. He outraced members of the defensive secondary easily on numerous occasions, and Bryant called him a “special player right now.”“I feel like he has a lot of attributes that he can bring to the team,” Bryant said. “One of those things is just being elusive.”Wilson was not the only freshman who caught the eyes of the veteran defenders, as both Bryant and Barnett said wide receiver Jalin Marshall also jumped out after he returned a kick off for a touchdown.“He’s one of those guys who’s a strong, fast guy, so he can produce at any position,” Bryant said. read more

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Former Cambridge lecturer apologises over sexual comments to female students about their

first_img“Whenever complaints are made to the college, they will be fully investigated and action taken, if that is what the student or staff member chooses.”Trinity Hall remains committed to keeping student choice at the heart of its complaints procedure, and works closely with students to ensure complaints are handled sensitively and in the manner they direct, whether that is informally, or formally.”Where cases are dealt with informally, recommended actions will be taken with the agreement of all parties.”Trinity Hall remains dedicated to maintaining a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment that allows our students to flourish.” 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. As part of the launch, a Cambridge University Students’ Union survey was released showing 77 per cent of respondents had experienced sexual harassment.A further 30 per cent said they had experienced sexual assault, and that the majority of such assaults went unreported.Dr Hutchinson said he endorsed the new campaign, which was devised jointly by students and academics, and has received high-profile support from actress Emma Thompson.Dr Hutchinson added: “I have learned from this experience and am fully supportive of efforts to ensure this kind of incident never happens again.”He continues to hold an advisory role at Trinity Hall as a member of its investments committee, but has no involvement or contact with students, following an agreement made after the comments came to light.Following his statement, a Trinity Hall spokesperson said: “The college welcomes the statement Dr Hutchinson has provided and endorses the outline of events and actions taken.”The resulting action taken after the informal investigation was communicated directly to the students concerned, and was accepted and welcomed by them as a satisfactory resolution of their complaint against Dr Hutchinson.”There is no place for any form of harassment or sexual misconduct at Trinity Hall and we maintain a zero tolerance approach to any such incidents.center_img A former senior Cambridge University lecturer has apologised after making “sexual and sexist” comments to a number of female students.Dr Peter Hutchinson, who taught modern languages at Trinity Hall College, made unwanted comments to students about their appearance during supervision meetings.He ceased teaching and was banned from having any contact with any students after a string of allegations were made against him in 2015.The complaints sparked an internal university investigation and Hutchinson has now apologised for his “thoughtless, insensitive and offensive” behaviour.He said: “I continue to deeply regret the comments I made, and the impact they had on the students concerned.”I would like to take this opportunity to publicly apologise to those students, and again emphasise that I believe it is unacceptable for anyone to be made to feel uncomfortable in their place of study.”I also want to apologise to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted comment by me that they felt crossed the line in any way.”Dr Hutchinson officially retired in 2011, but continued to teach as a non-stipendiary fellow of Trinity Hall – the former college of Stephen Hawking and Oscar-winning actor Rachel Weiss.The apology comes less than two months after Cambridge University launched a ‘zero tolerance’ campaign against sexual harassment and ‘lad culture’ on campus.last_img read more

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Womens EHF EURO 2012 Qual Croatia beat Denmark – Russia lost in

EHF EURO 2012Netherlands handball Interesting matches was played in the Round 3 of the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Qualifications.Group 1Azer – Belarus 21:31Group 2Greece – Portugal 18:30Group 3Montenegro – Russia 23:22Group 4Lithuania – Turkey 35:31Group 5Czech Republic – Slovenia 31:19Group 6Croatia – Denmark 21:19Italy – Slovakia 19:25Group 7Ukraine – Spain 22:23 ← Previous Story AG Copenhagen plans to break EHF CL’s visitors record! Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Qual: France lost in Skopje, Romania in Zajecar! read more

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Ciaran Moran 27 charged with murder of Gerard Donnelly 36 in Phoenix

first_imgUpdated 11.19pmA 27-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the murder of Gerard Donnelly (36) in the Phoenix Park last Friday.Ciarán Moran, who is originally from Rathsallagh in Shankill but gave an address in Dublin’s city centre, appeared before Judge Ann Ryan at the Dublin District Court today.The victim was found burned to death in the early hours of Friday morning. Two other people – a 20-year-old man and 17-year-old woman – have been arrested in relation to the killing.The female remains in custody at Blanchardstown Garda Station, under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.The man in his 20s has been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Moran was arrested in Tallaght on Sunday and questioned at Finglas Garda Station, where he was held pending his appearance at the Criminal Courts of Justice today.Media reports today suggest that Donnelly was a rough sleeper by choice and had access to large quantities of cash.First published 7.14amRead: Murder investigation launched after man’s body “engulfed by fire” in parklast_img read more

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No change to pension arrangement for Greek Australians

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian’s on the pension have be spared from the announcement last week that will see annual welfare payments reduced depending on how long you spend overseas. Last week, the Federal Government announced that welfare payments to families, pensioners, single parents and carers will be cut if the recipient chooses to spend more than six weeks away on their overseas travel but announced this week that Greek Australian’s will not be affected. Due to agreements between the Greek and Australian governments, the Federal Government’s new changes will not affect Age Pension or Disability Support Pension recipients who have no future work capacity and have been assessed as having a severe and permanent disability.  There are currently around 69,000 Greek-born pensioners living in Australia and around 11,300 Australian pensioners who are receiving their pension sums in Greece. These parties have all been spared from their welfare being slashed due to time spent outside of Australia, that will affect other welfare recipients of different backgrounds. People from New Zealand are also not affected by these cuts. Once the income changes come into action in 2012, pensioners not eligible for the Greek Social Security agreement will have to have spent at least 35 years of their work life in Australia to be eligible to receive their full pension if they choose to retire or travel overseas for extended periods. Pensioners who have not worked in Australia for at least 35 years will have their pension reduced according to their active working period. However, those pensioners already living overseas before the changes come into place will not be affected by the changes and will continue to receive the amount they are eligible for. The government predicts the changes, which will be effective from January 1 2014, is set to reap savings of $178 million over four years to be distributed on other budget priorities.last_img read more

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