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WTA Finals: Venus Williams stuns Garbine Muguruza to advance to semi-finals

first_imgVenus Williams gained revenge for her Wimbledon final defeat by Garbine Muguruza when the American advanced to the last four of the WTA Finals with a gutsy 7-5 6-4 victory over the Spanish world number two on Thursday.Both players knew a win would secure a passage to the semi-finals as they held identical 1-1 records in White Group play at the season-ending event but the 37-year-old was stronger on the key points and moved brilliantly around the court to progress.Big smile from @Venuseswilliams as she takes a selfie with fans after winning her match! pic.twitter.com/absYckXWhE- WTA Finals Singapore (@WTAFinalsSG) October 26, 2017Muguruza had brushed aside Williams to claim her second grand slam title in July but any hopes she had of repeating the feat were snuffed out by a resolute opponent, who simply refused to buckle in the tense Singapore Indoor Stadium encounter.Never a dull moment with @VenusesWilliams ??? #WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/9TSTlsX3PY- WTA (@WTA) October 26, 2017″I played an amazing opponent who has had an amazing year so I was so happy to win the last point,” Williams said in a courtside interview.The victory enabled Williams, who won this event in 2008, to advance along with pool winner Karolina Pliskova, who won her first two matches but ended round-robin play with a 6-3 6-1 defeat by Jelena Ostapenko earlier on Thursday.The winner-takes-all showdown started with Williams looking to dictate terms, pushing Muguruza around the court and attacking her second serve as the Spaniard countered by pushing the American back with her deep groundstrokes.advertisement.@VenusesWilliams gets her @Wimbledon revenge!Moves past Muguruza 7-5, 6-4! #WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/ruXpTu30ba- WTA (@WTA) October 26, 2017The 37-year-old continued to pick away at the Muguruza serve but an ace and a string of big forehand winners helped stave off the early threat as both combatants took the fight to each other in a high-class encounter.The pair traded service breaks before Muguruza failed to hold on and send the opener into a tiebreak when Williams converted her third set point after the back-peddling Spaniard dumped a forehand into the net.last_img read more

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NBA Says No Foul On Wade

first_imgMIAMI — Dwyane Wade does not read the NBA’s reviews of officiating in the last two minutes of close games, which might be a wise move in this particular case.He wouldn’t have liked what the league said April 28. And it seems referees could do without the NBA’s after-the-fact public critiques as well.Since March 2015, the NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” has provided a public report card of sorts on everything that happens in the final two minutes of games that were within five points or less.The NBA said it releases the reports in an effort to be transparent, and because it would get inquiries from teams and media about certain calls in close games anyway.But outcomes never change whether calls are right or wrong, so it begs the question — why release the reports anyway?“It’s important that we’re completely transparent and we get the information out there and people understand that we’re upfront about it and we admit mistakes,” Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Pperations, said. “But also, it’s important not only for the referees but for the teams and everybody else that we also talk about the ones we got right.”The league reviewed 26 events down the stretch of the Miami-Charlotte game April 27, one where the Hornets prevailed 90-88 for a 3-2 series lead.Of those, the three most debated by the teams afterward:— Charlotte’s Courtney Lee argued he had a shot goaltended by Wade with a minute left.— Wade thought Lee or Cody Zeller — or both — fouled him on his chance to tie the game in the final seconds.— The Heat said they fouled Zeller a couple seconds later on an inbounds pass in an effort to send him to the line and extend the game.In all three of those instances, the NBA said it got the calls, or non-calls, right. (The review found Miami’s Luol Deng fouled Zeller before the ball was inbounded, but Charlotte would have retained possession in that situation anyway.)The NBA did say Lee made “minor contact” with Wade’s arm on the Heat guard’s shot attempt, but not enough to merit a foul.“To be honest, I don’t even look at them,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the reports April 28, a few hours before the league’s review of the April 27 game was released.“That doesn’t help if they disagree and say it should have been a foul. What’s that do? You just become frustrated. Or if they disagree with you, you can go down that rabbit hole of ‘How do you not see it that way?’”A review of the reports by The Associated Press showed the league has probed 174 events in the final two regulation minutes over 11 close games so far in these playoffs. Of those, Of those, 150 plays (86 percent) were found to have been handled correct, 24 plays (14 percent) were not.“I appreciate the league trying to be transparent about calls,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said last week in Houston, according to NBA.com. “On the other hand, it puts the referees in a pretty tough spot. You can’t change the call afterwards. So it doesn’t really make a difference either way.”Kerr’s team was on the wrong end of an incorrect non-call.Houston’s James Harden pushed off a defender to create room for what became his game-winning shot in Game 3 against the Warriors. The NBA, in the report that came out a day later, said Harden’s shot shouldn’t have counted and an offensive foul should have been called.A tweet sent from the National Basketball Referee Association’s account the day after Harden’s shot said the group “disputes L2M decisions and calls for L2M process reform.”The NBRA did not reply to an email seeking elaboration on that comment, or what reforms it would want.“These guys are the best in the world,” VanDeWeghe said. “They’re not perfect, but we’re very proud of them. These guys want to get it right.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Zaheer Khan backs India to dominate England in Test series

first_imgIndia were handed a 3-1 defeat in Test series the last time they travelled to England but a lot has changed since then. Since the disastrous 2014 tour, India have won 10 out of 13 Test series and are currently ranked the number one side in the format.Former India pacer Zaheer Khan is confident that Virat Kohli and his men will dominate England in the upcoming five-match Test series starting August 1.”Everyone is saying that this will be the ‘Indian Summer’ in UK. I am also expecting India to dominate. But we have to keep in mind that this is a five-Test series. Five-match Test series can be very challenging. You need to show a lot of consistency. But what gives me hope is the manner in which they played in South Africa.”Yes, they lost the Test series (1-2) but the way the fought back in the final Test was impressive. The energy and approach they showed gives me a lot of hope,” said India’s best ever left-arm fast bowler.England 2104 to England 2018: India make big strides in Test cricketThe prevailing heatwave in England provides a perfect opportunity to play two specialist spinners, said former India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who sees no harm in people having high expectations from the young left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the upcoming Test series.It has been a hot UK summer, prompting discussions about the Indian team combination.”Yes, if conditions are hot, it may be difficult for fast bowlers but then you always have the option to play two specialist spinners. If the conditions remain like that, they (Indian team management) might be tempted to play two spinners,” Zaheer told PTI.advertisementYoung Kuldeep has been the talk of the town with his impressive show in the limited-overs matches. When asked if too much pressure is being put on the young spinner, Zaheer begged to differ.India vs England: Will India’s top-order overcome old issues in Test series?”Why shouldn’t there be expectations? The expectations have grown since he has done well at the international level. When you do well, it is bound to happen and he (Kuldeep) will have to handle that.”India will be returning to the UK in less than a year to play the ICC World Cup and in Zaheer’s opinion, Jasprit Bumrah will be key to India’s chances.”I guess we will be playing another 25 ODIs before we get into the next year’s World Cup. So there are two aspects that they need to look into. They have to get their middle order combination right. I believe there are enough matches to set it right. Also make sure that Jasprit Bumrah remains fit for the World Cup as he will hold the key,” said the highest wicket-taker during India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.Bumrah’s absence was felt by India during the three-match ODI series against England which they lost 1-2.Time for Virat Kohli to show he can score runs in England: Glenn McGrathHowever, the veteran of 95 Tests and 200 ODIs feels that there is no point in debating over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s place in the team ahead of the World Cup.”If the team management has persisted with him till now, they might as well do it till the World Cup,” Zaheer opined.He added that Dhoni’s immense knowledge, having captained the side for a decade is certainly going to come in handy.”Dhoni has performed the difficult job of captaining India for years. His experience could prove to be extremely beneficial. He is as good as we have got,” said Zaheer.The Yo-Yo test has been a hot topic of discussion and Zaheer made it clear that he supports the Indian team management about having a parameter for fitness.”What I know is that the parameter set by the current Indian team (16.1) is pretty low compared to the world standard. If a player is not even able to achieve that mark, then I believe there is some problem somewhere,” he was categorical in his reply.”Look, for me any parameter is acceptable as long as it is uniformly applied. If the criteria is same for the top most and the junior most cricketer, I have no issues. Obviously, there is focus on skill but this Indian team wants to be a fit unit. Virat and the team management is trying to ensure that for the benefit of the team,” he concluded.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Virat Kohli 2nd fastest Indian behind Sunil Gavaskar to reach 6000 Test runs

first_imgVirat Kohli on Friday became the second fastest batsman from India to complete 6000 runs during the ongoing fourth Test between India and England at Southampton.Kohli needed 6 runs before the start of this Test match to reach the milestone and he got there with a boundary off James Anderson in the 22nd over of India’s first innings on Day 2.Kohli, who had endured a horror Test series in England four years back, has been in supreme form this year. He started off with a classy 149 and a gutsy 51 in the first Test at Edgbaston before managing only 23 and 17 in an innings defeat at Lord’s.Another day, another milestone for captain @imVkohli. 6K and counting in Tests ?????? #TeamIndia #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/fX3g22ZEXMBCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2018The India captain is the second fastest from his country to the milestone behind Sunil Gavaskar! #ENGvIND #howzstat pic.twitter.com/Fzc9ZoUBHiICC (@ICC) August 31, 2018At Trent Bridge, Kohli was at his best again, scoring 97 in the first innings in tough conditions. He looked set for a hundred but was caught by Ben Stokes at slip off the bowling of Adil Rashid.But there was plenty of time left in the Test to get another hundred. India had posted 329 in their first innings and Hardik Pandya picked up a maiden five-wicket haul to dismiss England for 161. Kohli walked out to bat again on Day 2 and remained unbeaten on 8.In the second innings, Kohli looked determined to bring up another three-figure mark and he got there all right to score his 23rd Test hundred but he fell short of the 6000-run mark by 6 runs. India however, won the match by 203 runs to cut down England’s lead in the series to 2-1.advertisementKohli is the second fastest batsman from India to reach the landmark after Sunil Gavaskar, who made his debut in 1971 and took 9 years and 323 days to reach 6000 Test runs. The legendary Indian opener brought up 6000 runs in his 65th Test and 117th innings. Kohli got there from 70 Tests and 119 innings. Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli’s idol and hero, got to 6000 Test runs in 76 Tests and 120 innings.Australian legend Don Bradman remains the fastest to 6000 Test runs (45 Tests and 68 innings) followed by Garfield Sobers (65 Tests and 111 innings). Steve Smith, who has been banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal, is the third fastest, reaching the landmark in 61 Tests and 111 innings.Overall, Virat Kohli is the ninth fastest to the milestone of 6000 Test runs.last_img read more

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Hull City appoint Nigel Adkins as head coach on 18-month deal

first_imgShare on Messenger Hull City and manager Leonid Slutsky part company ‘by mutual consent’ Hull City have appointed Nigel Adkins as their new head coach on an 18-month deal.The former Scunthorpe, Southampton, Reading and Sheffield United manager becomes the Tigers’ fifth manager in less than 17 months and replaces Leonid Slutsky, who departed by mutual consent on Sunday. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter news Nigel Adkins A statement on the club’s official website read: “The Tigers are pleased to announce Nigel Adkins as the club’s new head coach. Adkins, a Championship promotion-winner with Southampton in 2012, will be joined at the KCom Stadium by his trusted assistant Andy Crosby on an 18-month contract.“As well as his success with Southampton, where he took the south-coast club from League One to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions, Adkins also guided Scunthorpe United to promotion in 2007 and 2009, and has spells in charge of Reading and Sheffield United on his CV.“Adkins, 52, will oversee his first training session this morning and will take charge of the side for Saturday’s home game against Brentford.”Adkins has been out of work since being sacked by Sheffield United in May 2016 after only one season in charge. He had been tasked with steering the Blades to promotion from League One but they finished 11th – the club’s lowest league finish since 1983 – and he was replaced by Chris Wilder.Adkins has twice guided Scunthorpe to promotion from League One and steered Southampton to the Premier League in 2012 but was dismissed halfway through the following season, while his spell at Reading lasted less than two years.Slutsky, the first Russian to manage an English club, was appointed by Hull last summer after the club’s relegation from the top flight. However, the former CSKA Moscow and Russia national team coach won only four of his 20 Championship matches in charge and left the Tigers in 20th place, three points above the bottom three. Share on Facebook Hull City Read more Share via Email Championship Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Port Infrastructure Attractive Price to Drive LNG Demand

first_imgzoom Supply infrastructure at major ports and attractive pricing are at the top of a list of factors that will drive demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.Up to 41 percent of the delegates at International Bunker Industry Association’s (IBIA) Annual Convention in Singapore in November believe that infrastructure readiness is key for rising the demand for LNG as marine fuel.Attractive pricing was at the second place with 29.5 percent of votes, followed by green advocacy for cleaner marine fuels with 13 percent, clear emission regulations and enforcement regimes with 11 percent and ready and abundant supply of LNG with 5.5 percent.The delegates heard from Goh Tiak Boon,  Head LNG New Business, Pavilion Gas, who, outlining the current market, noted that LNG supply infrastructure is concentrated in North West Europe, and so far almost entirely dominated by truck to ship supply.Price-wise, Boon claimed that the price of LNG versus marine gas oil when supplied ship-to-ship (STS), even taking delivery cost into account, makes LNG a viable alternative.The Convention also heard from Alan Lim, Deputy Director (Port Services) at Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, about how Singapore is part of a global network LNG bunker-ready ports across East-West and Transpacific trade. Several ports in Asia and North West Europe are already part of this network, along with two ports in North America. Lim said Singapore intends to have STS LNG bunkering capacity in place as early as 2020.“It seems, then, that two of the most important factors for driving the use of LNG as a marine fuel could be in place by 2020,” IBIA concluded.last_img read more

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Clean Closure of Island Vacuum Crowdis Mountain Facility

first_imgThe Department of Environment and Labour is wrapping up its work toward a clean closure of the Island Vacuum Crowdis Mountain Septage Facility. In September 2006, based on the recommendations of a community liaison committee, the Department of Environment and Labour committed to undertake a clean closure of the septage facility. A clean closure, as defined in the 2006 guidelines for the handling, treatment and disposal of septage, is the removal of all lagoon contents. “A comprehensive surface and groundwater monitoring program has been in place since the cleanup began and will continue for one year after the work is complete,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “All sampling results to date indicate there has been no impact on groundwater or MacDonald Brook.” A closure plan for the facility was developed and included removal of the solids and liquids, implementation of a groundwater and surface water monitoring program, and site reclamation. Since the cleanup began, about 4,250 tonnes of material on the site have been removed and properly disposed of at approved composting facilities. Recent soil testing results indicate that all sludge material have been removed. If any sludge material is found during the reclamation, it will be removed and properly disposed of. “Upon removal of the material from the site, samples of the lagoon walls and base were taken and tested to ensure no additional material remains,” said Roger Munroe, regional manager at Environment and Labour. “Our results show that no materials remain in the lagoon and final site reclamation is ready to proceed.” The clean-up process is expected to be complete by the end of this month.last_img read more

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Halifax Resident Earns National Literacy Award

first_imgThis year’s recipient of the Nova Scotia Council of the Federation Literacy Award is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), receiving her high school diploma for adults in 2017. Samia Eldik received the award, today, Sept. 10, during a presentation ceremony at Province House, in Halifax. The award is presented annually to an adult learner who demonstrates outstanding achievements in literacy, and makes a significant contribution to their school, workplace or community. “I know that I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today, but I never expected to be recognized for my hard work,” said Ms. Eldik. “I’m thankful for all the opportunities to learn and for all the help I have received, it makes me want to continue to work hard to reach my goal.” Ms. Eldik came to Canada from Sudan in 2003. As a child, she didn’t have the opportunity to attend school and after coming to Canada she faced challenges like learning English and caring for her five children. Upon becoming a Canadian citizen in 2013, she promised herself that if she got the chance to learn, she would do her best. “The more I learn, the more I want to learn. Literacy classes have helped me realize that learning is a very important part of my life.” While obtaining her diploma from NSCC, Ms. Eldik received tutoring and support from the Halifax Community Learning Network. She is currently enrolled in the Continuing Care program at NSCC and looks forward to becoming a continuing care assistant. “Ms. Eldik’s story shows the success that can be achieved when we come together to support lifelong learning,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab, who presented the award on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil. “I congratulate her on receiving this award and continuing her education here in Nova Scotia.” Thirteen Council of the Federation Literacy Awards are presented annually, one for each province and territory. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education, on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil, co-ordinates the annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award for Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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Alcohol charges against 2 Canadian pilots dropped after blood samples destroyed

first_imgLONDON – Prosecutors in the United Kingdom have dropped charges against two Canadian pilots accused of preparing to fly a commercial aircraft while under the influence of alcohol after their blood samples were mistakenly destroyed at a Scottish prison.Prosecutors say there will be no further action against Imran Syed, 39, and Jean-Francois Perreault, 41, who were arrested July 18, 2016, before they were to pilot an Air Transat flight from Glasgow to Toronto.Authorities say Syed, from Toronto, allegedly had 49 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Perreault, who is also from Ontario, allegedly had 32 milligrams.Both men have denied the charges.The flight eventually took off with a different crew the next morning after about 250 passengers spent the night at hotels.Air Transat had suspended the pilots but says they will be reinstated because they have been “declared innocent.”“We will be meeting with them in the next few days to plan their reinstatement since there is no charge against them and we have no evidence that they have broken any law nor our internal rules,” the airline said. “They will need to undergo retraining and requalification as per applicable legislation, and we will put in place measures to ensure that their behaviour is exemplary.”Prosecutors said they were trying to prevent a similar loss of evidence in the future.“We are working with Police Scotland to ensure there are proper processes and guidance in place covering the retention and storage of samples when an accused person is remanded in custody,” they said.The two were charged under a section of the United Kingdom’s Railway and Transport Safety Act that precludes people from conducting aviation functions “when the proportion of alcohol in (their) breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit.”Canadian aviation regulations prohibit any aircraft crew members from working while intoxicated or within eight hours after having an alcoholic drink.Air Transat’s president said at the time that the carrier would compensate all passengers booked on the flight.European Union rules stipulate a passenger is entitled to 600 euros in the event a flight longer than 3,500 kilometres is cancelled.last_img read more

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The ground thaws and swallows Study says permafrost melting faster than thought

first_imgPermafrost in some areas of the Canadian Arctic is melting so fast that it’s gulping up the equipment left there to study it.“The ground thaws and swallows it,” said Merritt Turetsky, a University of Guelph biologist whose new research warns the rapid melt could dramatically increase the amount of greenhouse gases released from ancient plants and animals frozen within the tundra.“We’ve put cameras in the ground, we’ve put temperature equipment in the ground, and it gets flooded. It often happens so fast we can’t get out there and rescue it.“We’ve lost dozens of field sites. We were collecting data on a forest and all of a sudden it’s a lake.”Turetsky’s research, published this week in the journal Nature, looks at the rate of permafrost melt across the Arctic and what its impact could be on attempts to limit greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.It’s been known for years that the vast belts of frozen soil that underlie much of the North are thawing as the Arctic warms. That releases greenhouse gases as organic carbon from plants and animals, once locked away in the ice, melts and decomposes.Climate scientists have assumed a slow, steady erosion of permafrost and a similar pace of carbon release. Turetsky and her colleagues found something different.Instead of a few centimetres of melt a year, several metres of soil can destabilize within days. Landscapes collapse into sinkholes. Hillsides slide away to expose deep permafrost that would otherwise have remained insulated.   “Permafrost at (that) depth, even one hundred years from now, probably would still be protected in the soil,” she said. “Except here comes this really crazy liquefication where this abrupt thaw really churns up this stuff.”Wildfires, becoming larger and hotter every year over the Canadian boreal forest, are also causing rapid permafrost melt.Nearly one-fifth of Arctic permafrost is now vulnerable to rapid warming, Turetsky’s paper suggests. Plenty of it is in Canada, such as in the lowlands south of Hudson Bay.Soil analysis found those quickly melting areas also contain the most carbon. Nearly 80 per cent of them hold at least 70 kilograms of carbon per cubic metre.That suggests permafrost is likely to release up to 50 per cent more greenhouse gases than climate scientists have believed. As well, much of it will be released as methane, which is about 30 per cent more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.  “These are minimum estimates,” Turetsky said. “We’ve been very conservative.”Despite the rapid melt, it’ll be decades before the extra carbon release starts to influence global climate. “We’ve got a bit of time.”The abrupt collapsing of permafrost, however, will affect northerners long before that.  “The landscape is going to be affected more and more every year by permafrost degradation,” Turetsky said. “We’ve got a lot of people living on top of permafrost and building infrastructure on top of permafrost. It’s enough to sink northern budgets.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN seeks 17 million to assist Honduran flood victims

30 October 2008United Nations agencies and their non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners today appealed for more than $17 million to provide food, shelter, health care, water and sanitation over the next six months to some 270,000 people affected by severe floods in Honduras. The funds will also support emergency logistics and early recovery projects in the Central American nation, where heavy rains brought on by a tropical depression earlier this month caused rivers to swell and in some areas change their course.“The resulting flooding and landslides have caused loss of life and injuries,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement. They also destroyed over 72,000 hectares of crops and inflicted severe damage on infrastructure. The hardest-hit areas include Copán, Ocotepeque, Cortés, Atlantida and Yoro departments across the north of the country, but the central and western regions of Honduras were also affected.“Living conditions for some of the most vulnerable communities will remain precarious for several months, and failure to intervene with assistance could lead to extreme poverty and worsening malnutrition,” OCHA cautioned.The funds requested will support projects proposed by nine UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration, and Plan International, in coordination with the Government of Honduras. read more

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UN peacekeepers help provide security as Central African Republic holds elections

Military and police units from the 11,000-strong UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) joined soldiers from the French Sangaris force and local security teams in “a strategy of pre-emption, prevention and reaction to anticipate, prevent and react against all imponderables and all risks,” the Mission reported in its latest bulletin.The UN has played a major role in seeking to restore peace after fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups erupted in early 2013, in which thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more forced from their homes.Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took to CAR’s radio waves to appeal for a massive turn-out in the polls. “The upcoming elections are a historical moment for your country,” he said in French on today’s first round of the polls. “Never before have so many central Africans registered to vote,” he said. “I call on every one of you to use your right to vote without letting others preventing you from expressing yourselves peacefully. The Organisation of the United Nations will stand by you during this critical time.”In a later statement issued by his spokesman, he called on all national stakeholders to commit themselves to ensuring that the elections are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner, saying he was encouraged to see that almost two million people have registered to vote “in a clear demonstration of the population’s engagement to exercise their democratic franchise.” He pledged the UN’s commitment to do everything possible in cooperation with the national authorities to prevent any possible disruption of the electoral process, and urged all political stakeholders to work closely with MINUSCA in this regard, calling on them to resolve disputes that may arise from the elections through legal and peaceful means.He also commended the Transitional Authorities for organizing the referendum on a new Constitution earlier this month “under very challenging political, financial, logistical and security conditions,” and reiterated continued UN commitment to assist CAR towards a future of peace and stability.After nine months of improved stability earlier this year a new wave of inter-communal violence erupted in September, killing at least 130 people, injuring 430 others, and triggering an 18 per cent increase in the number of internally displaced persons to 447,500.On 11 December, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein voiced deep concern at mounting sectarian language, warning of possible “dramatic consequences” given the highly volatile pre-election atmosphere. In late November, Pope Francis visited CAR’s capital, Bangui, visiting churches and a mosque and appealing for inter-communal peace. read more

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New centre focuses on literacy research

Brock has formed a new centre to focus on cutting-edge literacy education research.The Centre for Research in Multiliteracies will work across disciplines and fields to improve literacy in Ontario. The director will be Jennifer Rowsell, Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies and associate professor in the Faculty of Education.Jennifer RowsellResearchers at the centre aim to understand new ways in which children, youth and adults use new forms of media in their academic and every-day lives. They hope to develop handbooks, workshops and curriculum documents, as well as advise school boards and provincial education authorities, about how to integrate interactive technology in the classroom.The centre’s work will also include research by graduate students working for educational change and the integration of information technology in instruction.It is located in the Brock Research and Innovation Centre at 130 Lockhart Dr. Kevin Kee‘s Augmented Reality lab, John Bonnett‘s Virtual Reality lab and the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Education and Research are also located in the building.The centre will include a video game lab, a digital writing lab, a vernacular literacies library, a 21 century pedagogy laboratory and a videoconferencing suite.It also hosted a guest speaker on the weekend. Prof. Maureen Walsh from Australian Catholic University presented “Teaching Literacy in New Times: Multimodal Approaches to the Teaching of English.”For more information, call 905-688-5550 x6121. read more

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Brothers Babarskas on Balkan target

The new member of the team of rich tradition, Slovenian champions RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, will Lithuanian guy Povilas Babarskas. The 2- years-old Lithuanian left back signed three years contract with the EHF Champions League winner from 2004 in order to replace and feel the gap after Ivan Sliskovic’s departure to Hungarian Veszprem next summer.Celje signed another left back – Brazilian Arthur Patrianova.The older brother Babarskas is playing in Austrian Bregenz.The younger, one, Gerdas (21), who is playing on the same position as his brother is target of Macedonian champions RK Metalurg Skopje. Macedonians currently preparing the new – young squad who will be capable to play on TOP quality level in strong competitions as SEHA GAZPROM League, but also VELUX EHF Champions League as Skopje has two teams there in the next season. Babarskas handball ← Previous Story Sead Hasanefendic leads TUS Lubbecke Next Story → EHF CL F4 until 2020 in Cologne read more

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Election result sees DUP and Sinn Féin rule the roost in Northern

first_img Source: David McCann/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Final story from hereDUP score best ever resultSF score best result & best result for Nat party since 1921UUP/SDLP wiped out #GE2017— David McCann (@dmcbfs) June 9, 2017 Short URL Jun 9th 2017, 10:00 AM 74 Comments DUP leader Arlene Foster. Source: Niall Carson/PAUpdated 10.00THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY could turn to the Democratic Unionist Party to form a government.As results come in from the UK general election, forecasts suggest that a Conservative-DUP coalition could be one of the few combinations able to make over a 326-seat majority.Latest forecasts have Theresa May’s Conservative Party ending with 318 seats, leaving a hung parliament.The DUP has claimed two extra seats in the North, up to ten, while Sinn Féin climbed from four seats to seven.The election may have been something of a triumph for the North’s two largest parties – however it has been nothing short of a disaster for their nearest rivals on both sides of the political divide, the UUP and the SDLP.Both have seen their seat count wiped clean at Westminster, seeing them join Ukip in gaining the ignominious accolade of returning no seats whatsoever – the UUP losing  its two seats and the SDLP its three.For the moderate nationalist SDLP, the loss of former party leader Mark Durkan’s seat was an especial blow.All of which leaves both the DUP and Sinn Féin sitting pretty in utterly dominant positions in the North. For the DUP, the role of kingmaker may be one the party tries on for size – its 10 seats are likely to be the most obvious avenue for the Conservatives to stay in power. Election result sees DUP and Sinn Féin rule the roost in Northern Ireland The election result could see the DUP take on the role of kingmakers in propping up a Conservative government.center_img By Paul Hosford Friday 9 Jun 2017, 10:00 AM 45,013 Views Speaking to the BBC this morning, Simon Hamilton MLA said that the party would wait to see what the final maths was, but accepted his party could hold a lot of power.“Clearly our votes are going to be incredibly important in the new parliament.“First and foremost we will look to achieve our goals in respect to getting the best deal for Northern Ireland. We’re also very mindful of our responsibilities in the national political scene and this is a very difficult time for the United Kingdom.”He added that the party wanted a good deal for Northern Ireland in Brexit negotiations, adding that the border issue was one the party wanted to see reflected in talks. He said that the party wanted a “frictionless” border.Hamilton, however, would not be drawn on the question of whether the DUP would consider a formal coalition or would support a working Conservative minority.Additional reporting Cianan BrennanRead: Liveblog: Theresa May’s gamble fails as Tories lose seats but will remain as biggest party http://jrnl.ie/3434718 Share62 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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AMACs General Meeting branded a success

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Macedonian Advisory Council (AMAC) held its first annual General Meeting last Monday which was heralded a success by its members. The main issues that were discussed included: the composition and structure of the present Council; the possibility of changing the name of the organisation; AMAC’s budget position and strategies of recruiting new members. The Council will remain intact for the time being while it’s structure and processes will be drafted at the next Board meeting. A recommendation for closer cooperation with other Greek organisations in other states was also adopted. It was decided to maintain the present name and to continue AMAC’s partnership with the Australian Hellenic Council. It was also recommended that AMAC should utilise a common space between the organisation and the Australian Hellenic Council that would be funded by the Greek community.last_img read more

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Mike Misick speaks on Priton Development Agreement

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 30, 2016 – It was under the Mike Misick led PNP that Priton Development got the green light and mountains of concessions including tax breaks on crown land, to build hundreds of homes at what was labeled affordable prices.Since phase one there had been complaints, but those complaints of shoddy construction, dangerous shortcuts like building homes on sink holes and vertical caves and ignoring the cries of home owners have intensified; we asked the newest at large candidate about that agreement, what should be done with it and how he plans to represent the people tricked by Priton.Michael Misick admitted some lack of information on the problems, but said this anyway.“If the developers know there are sink holes, people should be compensated for the moneys that they spent in terms of  their homes. To my general recollection of the development agreement, cause it’s been a long time now, was that government gave certain incentives to be able to build affordable housing for belongers, and I think we had an arrangement with the bank to help finance belongers, and I’m not sure, I think in some cases some was private land and some was crown land that was given at a concessionary rate, but again if they’re in breach of their agreement then the agreement should be terminated.  If they have sold people land or houses on a sink hole, those people should be compensated or relocated.”Since our initial report, more tales of woe are revealed including one home which has been condemned and another where water comes out of the walls.  Priton Development has yet to reply to questions; the Governor says he has handed the work over to the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ministry of Infrastructure is expected to give some update to Magnetic Media in another couple of days according to the Permanent Secretary there.last_img read more

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Hayden Island development moves ahead

first_imgDespite pleas from conservationists and East Hayden Island residents, Portland’s City Council authorized staff Thursday night to plan for building 300 acres of marine terminals on 800-acre West Hayden Island.The council voted 4-0, with Commissioner Randy Leonard absent, to authorize further planning.Planners are to develop a proposal by December 2011 for annexing the island and identifying 300 acres for deep-water terminal development.The council could still vote against the proposal then.The council ordered further study of how to best use existing Port lands and options for restoring the undeveloped portions of the island.It also ordered more study of a possible new bridge from the island south to North Marine Drive and of “opportunities for increased coordination” with the Port of Vancouver.The Vancouver port has about 350 acres available for new terminals in its Columbia Gateway project.The Port of Portland says West Hayden Island, which it owns, is the only place it can develop large new terminals, and the 300-acre footprint is the smallest it can go.Tentative Port plans call for two or three terminals on the island in the next 10 or 15 years, with much of the building on the grasslands that have emerged on spoil dumping grounds.Economic projections indicate the terminals would most likely be for imports of cars and trucks or exports of bulk goods such as potash or coal to help supply Asia’s growing demand.last_img read more

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