Three LeT militants killed in Sopore encounter

first_imgThree Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were on Saturday killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of Baramulla district in Kashmir, police said.Security forces launched an operation following information about the presence of militants in Amargarh area of Sopore, a police official said. He said militants opened firing on the security forces, who retaliated.Three LeT militants were killed in the ensuing gunbattle. Three weapons have been recovered from them, he said.last_img

ScienceShot: Almost Certain Chance of Catching Next Supernova

first_imgThe last star to go supernova in the Milky Way—that astronomers know of—exploded in 1604, before Galileo first turned a telescope to the heavens. But with a neutrino detector now being built within a Japanese mountain that could come online as early as 2016, researchers might be able to do something as yet undone: Make detailed observations of a supernova in our galaxy before it visibly explodes. First, astronomers would be alerted to the unfolding event by the flood of neutrinos generated when a supernova collapses. Within minutes, they could determine the general area of the sky where the explosion would occur, point their infrared telescopes in that direction, and wait for the fireworks. (Outer portions of a supernova aren’t disrupted until anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after the core collapse and neutrino burst occur, the researchers note.) An exploding star known as Tycho’s supernova (image) brightened the Milky Way in 1572. With the new sensor in place, instruments—especially infrared telescopes—would have an almost 100% chance of observing the next supernova in our galaxy, the researchers report in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal. But because the Milky Way contains a lot of dust, which effectively blocks visible light, the chances of anyone seeing that explosion in the nighttime sky are 20% or less, the researchers note. Odds are somewhat higher for people in the Southern Hemisphere, though, because many more of the galaxy’s stars are visible from there. At current estimated rates of supernova formation in the Milky Way, the odds of one popping off in the next 50 years could be as high as 90%.See more ScienceShots.*Correction, 1 November, 11:19 a.m.: This article has been revised to more accurately reflect the probabilities of a supernova occurring in the next 50 years.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

PH cagers reinforce Southeast Asian clubs in regional tourney

first_imgCebu City notches overall crown Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nanhai has tapped unheralded Fil-Ams Caelan Tiongson and Jonathan Bermillo as their heritage imports. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos remain the heritage import of choice for majority of the teams in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) 2017-2018 season, which tips off on Friday when newcomer Nanhai Kung Fu hosts the Singapore Slingers in Nanhai, China.Headlined by Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger, who will suit up for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, nine other Filipino players will be in action for different clubs in the eighth season of the ABL.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will make his debut on Sunday against Alab Pilipinas at Mall of Asia Arena.Veterans Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar will reinforce Mono Vampire Basketball of Thailand, while forward Reil Cervantes will join forces with Patrick Cabahug at Westsports Malaysia Dragons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The ABL is all about opportunities for players and it’s no different this season,” said ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan.Former Ginebra first-round pick James Forrester suits up for Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, while ex-GlobalPort point guard AJ Mandani will join Singapore. View comments Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Slow start can’t stop Bolt in debut at last worlds

first_imgJamaica’s Usain Bolt greets his fans before a men’s 100m heat during the World Athletics Championships in London Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — It was classic Bolt. The World’s Fastest Man saved his best for last.Lumbering out of the starting blocks and closer to last than first for half the race, Usain Bolt sped away nonetheless to an easy victory in his opening 100-meter heat Friday at his final world championships.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In truth, it looked like almost all of his 100-meter runs have over the years. He is 6-foot-5, more than a head taller than anyone else on the track and, as usual, he looked like a baby giraffe trying to gain his footing as he clambered out of the start.“I just sat there small and tried to beat him at whatever point in the race I could beat him,” said Warren Fraser, the 5-foot-8 veteran from the Bahamas, who lined up to Bolt’s right and kept things even for the first 12 strides.At 50 meters, Bolt started pulling ahead. At 75, he was looking to his left, where he saw nobody. At 90, he was shutting things down to coast to the finish line.Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 10,000m final during the World Athletics Championships in London, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Bolt had some fun afterward, flashing the thumbs-up sign to the crowd and toying with the hedgehog mascot, who played with the Jamaican’s shoes — one gold, one purple — before the champion headed off for his lengthy round of interviews.Earlier in the week, he essentially guaranteed a win. Few could disagree, and when the man thought to be his best competition, Andre De Grasse of Canada, dropped out with an injury, the sentiment only grew. Among those who might challenge him include Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, American Christian Coleman — he of the much-discussed 4.12 second 40-yard dash that he posted to social media — and Bolt’s longtime challenger, Justin Gatlin.ADVERTISEMENT His time — 10.07 seconds — didn’t matter.Neither did the fact that the evening’s best drama — and biggest cheers — belonged not to him, but to British distance runner Mo Farah, who got tripped and nearly jostled off the track twice on the last lap but still came away with his third straight world title at 10,000 meters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhat does matter is that Bolt, as expected, made it through safely to Saturday night, where he’ll run the semifinals and, if nothing crazy happens there, will be favored to win his fourth world title at 100 meters.“The race overall was a poor start,” Bolt said. “I had to push myself a little to get back in the race. But overall, I’m glad I got to push myself, blow the cobwebs out. I’m feeling OK, but it wasn’t a great race.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Curry misses cut, still impresses golf’s best MOST READ LATEST STORIES Is he firing on all cylinders?“I didn’t get to run as smooth as I wanted, so I can’t really say,” he said. “But the fact I got back into the race real quick means I’m pretty much in decent form. Tomorrow, we’ll see how the semifinals go, and then I can really say what’s what.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Everybody wants to make that moment happen,” said Gatlin, who lost to Bolt by .01 seconds at worlds two years ago.The first medals awarded on this evening were actually for races run years ago. Before the meet began, the IAAF held ceremonies for the 2013 U.S. women’s 4×400-meter relay team and others who lost to runners — mostly from Russia — who were later found to have doped.“Awkward and bittersweet were definitely the way to describe it,” Natasha Hastings said while holding her new gold medal.But better than nothing, which is what Jenn Suhr will get.America’s top pole vaulter won the Olympic gold medal in the same stadium five years ago and was looking for an encore. She didn’t clear the bar in three attempts at 4.55 meters, and was gone before the medals round.“I don’t want to think about this,” she said. “I walked into the stadium and had tears in my eyes for good memories. I don’t want to leave disappointed.”Bolt also has great memories of London.In 2012, he completed his second of three Olympic sweeps. Before those races, he put his finger to his lips, as if to shush the doubters, many of whom saw Blake beat him twice earlier that year and thought there was a changing of the guard in store.Blake isn’t the threat he once was.And though the seven men who will line up against him Saturday night may disagree, the only person who may be able to knock off Bolt is Bolt himself.last_img read more

AC-cabins for truck drivers among measures to reduce accidents

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) Amid concerns in Rajya Sabha over rising death toll in road accidents, government today said it intends to reduce the casualties by the half in the next five years through a number of measures like providing AC cabins to truck drivers and creating access-controlled expressways. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told the House that a number of safety measures are being taken up to minimise accidents while increasing the length of National Highways from 96000 kms to 2 lakh kms. Responding to a query, he said in 2014, the number of people killed in road accidents was 1,39,671 and many of these were because of deficiencies in design. “We will bring down the number of deaths in road accidents by 50 percent,” the minister said. He said his ministry has identified 726 blackspots which would be set right at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore. Work for four-laning of two-lane highways will also be taken up, he said, adding ambulances have also been placed on highways. He also appreciated a members suggestion regarding setting up Trauma Centres. Figures show that after a slight reduction in the number of persons killed in road accident in 2013, it again went up by over 20000 in 2014. While a total of 1,42, 485 persons were killed in road accidents in 2011, it was 1,38,258 in 2012. There was a slight decline in 2013 with the death toll pegged at 1,37,572. 2014 saw a rise with 1,39,671 persons having lost their life in road accidents. With the objective of reducing the number of road accidents, Centre has decided to make air-conditioning mandatory in the drivers cabin of trucks, Gadkari said. “Making truck drivers cabins airconditioned will be made mandatory as they drive up to 12 hours at a stretch at times,” he said. This is necessary, he said, because due to sweltering heat in their cabins the drivers lose their mental equilibrium, which at times leads to mishaps. The Transport Minister also admitted that around 30 percent driving licences in the country were bogus. “This is a country where license can be procured most easily. This is discredit and not credit,” he said. Gadkari recalled that when a health check up of drivers in Maharashtra was carried out, 40 percent of them were found to be suffering with cataract. (MORE) PTI ADS AMR AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-IPL-RCB-BOARD

first_imgBengaluru, May 14 (PTI) The scoreboard of the Indian Bengaluru, May 14 (PTI) The scoreboard of the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League here today. Chris Gayleb Kulkarni6 Virat Kohlic Bravo b Kumar109 AB de Villiersnot out129 Shane Watsonc Karthik b Kumar0 Extras(B 1, LB 1, W 1, NB 1)4 Total(3 wickets; 20 overs)248 Fall of wickets 1-19, 2-248, 3-248 Bowling: P Kumar4-1-45-2, Dhawal Kulkarni 3-0-33-1, S Kaushik3-0-50-0, P Tambe2-0-25-0,D Bravo3-0-46-0, R Jadeja4-0-34-0, D Smith1-0-13-0. MORE PTI BS PDSlast_img

Delhis Najafgarh to soon get multi-game sports complex

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) A sports complex spread over 18.20 acres will be set up in Outer Delhis Najafgarh area with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia approving the project worth nearly Rs 122 crore.The complex is being developed at Kair village in Najafgarh and have modern facilities for cricket, football, basketball, athletics, tennis and swimming, according to an official statement.”The FIFA has already approved the completed football stadium in this upcoming complex as a certified venue for hosting international matches, during its inspection of the stadium last month. The complex will be spread over 18.20 acres and have world class facilities,” it said.In the first phase, international-level facilities for athletics, tennis, basketball and swimming are scheduled to be completed within six months.In the second phase, a sports academy and residential facilities will be set-up.”The target of completing the entire sports complex is within 18 months,” the statement added. PTI GJS KISlast_img read more

The Reload: CJ Moore Makes Return Visit, Etienne Set to Name Top 5, Missouri OL Narrows Schools

first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Former A&M Commit narrowing optionsFormer Texas A&M running back pledge Travis Etienne Jr., who opened his recruitment up just this week, is planning to narrow his list to 5 on Friday according to a recent tweet. Based on his recent activity I would expect OSU, Arkansas, Miss. State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Cal to all be vying for the final 5 spots with Alabama potentially in the running as well. I get the feeling Texas A&M could be a threat even with his decommitment, but at the moment I’d still lean towards a trend in the OSU direction. We’ll know more Monday but I would confidently assume OSU will be in the final 5 when he makes his list Monday.Tulsa Union Safety Offered by Oklahoma StateThe Pokes are now targeting at least two 2018 prospects from Tulsa Union in wide receiver CJ Moore and now safety Patrick Fields. Fields is a 6-0, 190-lb. prospect who has blown up over the past few weeks with offers No. 2, 3 and 4 coming from TCU, OU, then OSU. Of the predictions on where he will go to school, three analysts are siding with the Sooners. We’ll see if the OSU offer changes anything in respect to his recruitment.2018 WR target visits Stillwater againOn the topic of Tulsa Union, 2018 standout receiver CJ Moore made another return trip to Stillwater this week, joined by 2018 DB Daylon Figures and 2019 RB/DB Darius Boone.[Instagram][Instagram]Whether or not we should read into his visits too much is something I don’t know, but I get the feeling that OSU is putting in the early groundwork to position themselves as the team to beat for the 6-4 Tulsa Monster. He also snuck in a pic with Barry J. during the visit:I had too much fun yesterday!! @BarryJSanders26 pic.twitter.com/ymcAGmFgV7— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) August 4, 2016Larry Boyd names OSU in top 4Missouri offensive lineman Larry Boyd, who OSU has been recruiting heavily since the spring released his top 4 schools and included OSU in the final group:https://twitter.com/LBJ__76/status/760586181616603136The 6-5, 310-lb. mauler being from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis, is widely considered to be a Missouri lean. Boyd recently made trips to Illinois and Missouri, but I think the real contenders here are Mizzou, OSU, and Arkansas. And Arkansas is very close to their capacity for the 2017 class. Boyd has insisted he will take visits in the football season before making a decision. And if he does end up making visits, I think OSU will be in really good shape.New offer to 2017 C Brandon HuffmanBrad Underwood made a big offer to a rising senior center/power forward prospect this week in 6-9 prospect Brandon Huffman. Huffman has exploded on the scene in the spring and summer eval period, with 11 of his total 16 offers coming since May of this year. He can run the floor well, plays aggressively on defense and has a pretty solid game with his back to the basket — which is a rare find for post players anymore. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Bayern told to sell Lewandowski over media ‘attack’

first_imgTransfers ‘Lewandowski’s attacked Bayern’ – Club told to ditch star striker for questioning transfer policy Last updated 2 years ago 17:14 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Robert Lewandowski Bundesliga Stefan Effenberg believes that the Polish striker should be moved on if he is not happy, allowing those in Munich to build for the future Bayern Munich should sell Robert Lewandowski and build a German core for the future if the Polish striker is not happy with the club’s recruitment policy, says Stefan Effenberg.Despite continuing to dominate the domestic scene in the Bundesliga, Bayern crashed out of last season’s Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Real Madrid.Bayern 13/2 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing They have since seen the likes of Paris Saint-Germain spend big in the pursuit of major honours, while rivals in the Premier League and Serie A have also invested heavily in their respective ranks.Lewandowski has been outspoken in his views of Bayern’s project, telling Spiegel: “Bayern has to come up with something new and be creative, if the club wants to keep luring world-class players to Munich. And if you want to keep up at the very highest level, you need these players’ quality.”Club legend Effenberg is, however, of the opinion that those at the Allianz Arena are favouring the right approach, as they look for home-grown talent, and has called on the club to move out those who refuse to buy into that philosophy – even if that means parting with a striker who has netted 116 times in just 152 appearances.Effenberg wrote in a column for t-online.de: “On the one hand, he’s attacked the philosophy of the club. Uli Hoeness has already said several times that they will not spend totals by €100 million or €150m. He also attacked his colleagues, who in his opinion apparently did not have the quality to win what he wants: the Champions League.“I said a few weeks ago that Bayern are in danger of losing touch with PSG and Barcelona if they are not willing to pay these sums. However, Lewandowski is a player – in this role, he should not express such statements publicly. In addition, the decision of Uli Hoeness is now irrefutable and the quality of the team is high despite ‘low’ expenditure.”He added: “After the new development centre is finally finished, I see today a huge potential in a completely different strategy: FC Bayern Germany.“We have so many highly talented, potential world-class players in Germany – not 15 but 30 to 40! They have won the World Cup, the Confederations Cup and the European Under 21 Championship.“This is exactly the opposite of what Lewandowski demands. €100m, €150m or €200m for international superstars? For this sum you get five or six players in Germany.“Bayern already have [Manuel] Neuer, [Mats] Hummels, [Jerome] Boateng, [Joshua] Kimmich, [Sebastian] Rudy, [Niklas] Sule, and, of course, Thomas Muller. Why not expand this? For Timo Werner, it would be a logical next step to switch to Bayern. I cannot imagine that he would say ‘I’m going abroad’ or ‘I’m staying with Leipzig’ if they came calling.Leon Goretzka Germany“[Leon] Goretzka and [Emre] Can for the midfield, [Jonas] Hector for the left flank, [Julian] Brandt, [Benjamin] Henrichs, [Kai] Havertz, [Kerem] Demirbay, [Amin] Younes and [Max] Arnold… you could spend around €150m and have a team that know how to stand together. That is why they would be successful in Europe.“If Bayern wants to go for this strategy, then they must fully commit. They have to separate themselves consistently from the foreign top players in the coming years, including Lewandowski. He could go to Paris, where such enormous sums are paid, or Barcelona. Then he has a club that does what he wants.”Lewandowski joined Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.The 29-year-old has been prolific through his time in Germany, but he has generated speculation through many recent transfer windows and could take on a new challenge if all concerned decide that a change of scenery is required.last_img read more

13 days agoMan City chief Txiki: Claudio Bravo preparing for management

first_imgMan City chief Txiki: Claudio Bravo preparing for managementby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain says Claudio Bravo could yet stay next season.Bravo is approaching the final six months of his contract with the club and the Blues have brought in a number of goalkeepers since that will be looking to push Ederson for a place in the team; Zack Steffen and Aro Muric are both on season-long loans at Fortuna Dusseldorf and Nottingham Forest respectively. “We need a little time to confirm what we are seeing,” Txiki told El Mercurio. “We must remember that he’s been injured for a year and this is not seen in one or two months. After that time, we will make a joint decision, which depends on the two parties, because this is our decision and then his, but I want to make it clear that there is nothing settled. To this day, we are delighted with him.”He added: “He’s preparing for the future. He could have gone to another club to play every game. Here he is taking all experience, collecting everything he has lived, especially in Barcelona and Manchester, to become a great manager.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Florida State Lands Commitment From 4-Star Derick Hunter

first_imgA banner with Florida State's logo on the field before a game.TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of fans of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Florida State’s football program has received some huge news this afternoon. The Seminoles’ landed a commitment from one of the top defensive linemen in the country.Derick Hunter, a four-star defensive lineman out of Fort Myers, Fla., has announced his commitment to FSU. The top recruit announced his decision on Twitter.The four-star prospect says he’s “100 percent” committed.“100% committed to Florida State University,” he wrote.His full announcement can be seen below:100% committed to Florida State university #Tribe19 #DoSomething ???? @SWiltfong247 @HamiltonESPN @DemetricDWarren @ErikRichardsUSA @RivalsWoody @Rivals_Singer @foymeetsworld pic.twitter.com/fhCWpPQOMn— derick(RAMBO)hunter jr.? (@hunterderick31) June 20, 2018Hunter is one of the top defensive lineman in the 2019 class. He’s ranked the No. 15 defensive end in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The four-star prospect chose Florida State over Penn State, Florida, Georgia and Miami, among other programs. It’s a big set for Willie Taggart and the Seminoles.Hunter is ranked the No. 205 recruit in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. Florida State’s class is ranked the No. 13 class in the country, No. 3 overall in the ACC.last_img read more

5-Star RB John Emery Announces His Commitment

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)One of the top running backs in the country has made his college decision.John Emery, a five-star running back out of Louisiana, announced on Twitter this evening that he’s committed to Georgia.The 5-foot-11, 206-pound running back is ranked the No. 2 RB in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s rated the No. 31 player overall.Emery chose Georgia over LSU and Mississippi State, among other programs.“GLAD TO BE 110% COMMITTED,” he tweeted.GLAD TO BE 110% COMMITTED #GODAWGS? pic.twitter.com/CIX0p6zHia— John Emery (@Emery4____) July 29, 2018Georgia’s 2019 class is one of the best in the country.The Bulldogs’ 19 class is ranked the No. 3 class in the country per 247Sports. UGA has commitments from five 5-star prospects.You can view the full class here.last_img read more

Declaration of Black River Morass and Pedro Cays Protected Areas to be Advanced

first_img This is according to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who said that the move forms part of the Government’s strategy to safeguard the island’s biodiversity. Story Highlights Prev 1of3 Next The process to have the Black River Morass and the Pedro Cays and surrounding waters declared as protected areas will be advanced this financial year. The process to have the Black River Morass and the Pedro Cays and surrounding waters declared as protected areas will be advanced this financial year.This is according to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who said that the move forms part of the Government’s strategy to safeguard the island’s biodiversity.“With this declaration, approximately 18.1 per cent terrestrial and 16 per cent marine areas will be under legal protection,” he said.Mr. Vaz was speaking at the inaugural National Biodiversity Conference held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (October 17), where he outlined work being undertaken to protect the country’s natural resources.He noted that the Ministry and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) are working on the finalisation of a Protected Areas Policy for Jamaica; a Cays Management Policy; Beach Access and Management Policy; and Overarching Protected Areas legislation.“The Ministry and the Forestry Department have also finalised the Forest Policy for Jamaica, and work is ongoing on the amendment to the Forest Act,” he informed.He further cited the declaration of the boundary of the Cockpit Country and the Cockpit Country Protected Area, in addition to several forest reserves and forest management areas.Minister Vaz noted that the Goat Islands, home to the Jamaican iguana and other endemic species of flora and fauna, have been designated a nature reserve.“Through funding from the Global Environment Facility, (we have completed) the National Strategy and Action Plan for Biological Diversity in Jamaica 2016-2021, which will guide Jamaica’s mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation as a critical element of sustainable development,” he said.In the meantime, Minister Vaz commended community groups, churches, schools, environment and 4-H clubs, on the work being done to preserve the country’s natural resources.“As I traverse the island, I have seen many of these good works on display. In this regard, I implore you to continue to spread the message – each one teach one. Also, the contribution by our civil society organisations, particularly those which have been delegated authority to manage the island’s protected areas, is invaluable,” he said.Hosted by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the conference was held under the theme ‘The importance of Biodiversity to Sustainable Livelihoods and Well-being’. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), greets Global Manager, Global Environment Fund, Small Grants Programme, Yoko Watanabe (left), on arrival at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (October 17) for the inaugural National Biodiversity Conference hosted by the Ministry. Looking on (from second left) are Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Conservator of Forests, Forestry Department, Marilyn Headley; and Principal, University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Dale Webber.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), greets Global Manager, Global Environment Fund, Small Grants Programme, Yoko Watanabe (left), on arrival at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (October 17) for the inaugural National Biodiversity Conference hosted by the Ministry. Looking on (from second left) are Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Conservator of Forests, Forestry Department, Marilyn Headley; and Principal, University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Dale Webber. It provided a platform for the exchange and dissemination of information on priority issues related to the preservation and conservation of Jamaica’s rich biodiversity. The function also culminated the country’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).Jamaica became a party to the CBD in 1995 and since then, successive administrations have undertaken a number of projects and programmes in collaboration with development partners and civil society, to safeguard and sustainably use the island’s biological resources for present and future generations of Jamaicans.During the conference, an e-publication of Jamaican case studies related to the implementation of the Convention was launched, entitled ‘Preserving Jamaica’s Biodiversity – Success Stories’.It is expected to be available on the websites of the Ministry, NEPA, and the Forestry Department by October 18.The conference was funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Authority and NEPA through the Integrated Management of the Yallahs River and Hope River Watersheds Project.last_img read more

Young People Learning to Manage Relationships Conflict

first_imgYoung people across Nova Scotia are learning new ways to manage relationships and conflict by being encouraged to think about how they, and their actions, affect others. Education Minister Ramona Jennex and Ministerial Assistant for Youth Mat Whynott, on behalf of Justice Minister Ross Landry, announced the expansion of restorative approaches in schools, October 24, at Sycamore Lane Elementary School in Lower Sackville. Nova Scotia will be the first Canadian jurisdiction to initiate a provincewide restorative approach. “School is a big part of our young people’s lives and what happens there can guide them on how to create healthy relationships, and deal with conflict in all other parts of their lives,” said Ms. Jennex. “Restorative approaches will also have a direct impact on bullying and other harmful behaviours, and will have a ripple effect into the home and community.” The approach helps students understand relationships and conflicts and gives them knowledge and skills to manage them effectively. Benefits include less conflict in schools, more time for teachers to teach, better school morale and a stronger student connection to their school. “The schools that have used this approach have noticed a huge drop in office referrals and suspensions,” said Mr. Whynott. “Students have become more respectful of others and the schools have noticed a calming effect.” It uses a number of methods, including classroom circles where students discuss the impacts of behaviour or share information about themselves that helps develop relationship with classmates. Students can also largely avoid the stigma of being “sent to the office” or being suspended. Instead, they deal with the behaviour with their fellow students and teachers. “I was unsure about restorative approaches at first, but now I see many benefits,” said Eva Clement, a Grade 4 teacher at Sycamore Lane. “My students are now finding their voice. They are starting to acknowledge each other and the issues they may have to deal with in their daily lives at school, home and their community. It’s very much a learning experience for all of us.” A provincewide program will be developed based on the 27 schools that already use some form of restorative approach. A restorative approach in schools supports the province’s crime prevention efforts. The province invests in programs that support crime prevention and community safety, including the Lighthouses Program, Additional Officer Program, and mental health and domestic violence courts. A restorative approach in schools also supports Kids and Learning First, the province’s plan to help every student succeed. To learn more about restorative approaches in school, visit www.ednet.ns.ca or www.novascotia.ca/just.last_img read more

Loretta Saunders family says its time for healing

first_img(Miriam Saunders, mother of Loretta Saunders, during press conference Thursday. Trina Roache/APTN)Trina Roache APTN National NewsHALIFAX–It’s been a “roller coaster of emotions” for the family of a young Inuk woman killed last year.But Delilah Saunders is relieved it’s finally over.Before opening arguments even began, the Loretta Saunders murder trial ended suddenly after the two accused pleaded guilty.Blake Leggette will serve an automatic life sentence for first degree murder. Victoria Henneberry faces the same sentence, though she’ll be eligible for parole between 10 and 25 years. She pleaded guilty to second degree murder.“Personally, a lot of it hasn’t set in,” said Delilah Saunders, Loretta’s sister. “But I think we’re doing good, we are satisfied.”Loretta Saunders was killed on February 13, 2014.The family travelled from their home in Labrador to be here for the trial in Halifax. It’s been a high profile case over the last 14 months, garnering headlines across the country.“I’m pretty exhausted,” said Miriam Saunders, Loretta’s mother. “I have mixed feelings. I have joy, there’s sadness there.”Both Delilah and Miriam couldn’t sit in on the preliminary hearing because there was a chance they would be called as witnesses. So they never got to hear the details of how Loretta was killed. Miriam has said in the past that she wants to know, but are now spared the pain of hearing it in court.“It’s a relief that our family will not have to experience the facts in a very public forum and that we can learn them and react organically and without censor,” said Delilah Saunders.Loretta lived in Halifax while going to university. Her thesis was focused on missing and murdered Indigenous women. It’s a cause the family is picking up in her name.“Loretta may not be here today but her legacy lives on and will continue to grow through seeking justice for all missing and murdered indigenous girls,” said Delilah Saunders. “There are women who do not receive justice and families who do not receive answers. We are grateful that the perpetrators took responsibility but this often isn’t the case. It feels wrong to feel so happy. They not only took a very important loved one from us but a grandchild or a niece or a nephew.”Loretta was three months pregnant at the time she was killed.“We made plans,” said Miriam Saunders. “I was going to quit my job and she was going to go become a lawyer. So my hope is to start advocating for pregnant women who are murdered and their baby. My daughter and her baby are in heaven now.”When asked what he would say to Loretta if he could see his daughter now, an emotional Clayton Saunders replied, “I don’t think I would say very much, I would just grab her and hug her.”The family will stay in Halifax until next week. They’ll have a chance to read victim impact statements at the formal sentencing for Leggette and Henneberry on April 29.The family says then the healing can begin.troache@aptn.ca@TrinaRoachelast_img read more

NYC transit chief slams Bombardier, halts rail car deliveries over problems

NEW YORK — The head of the New York City Transit Authority and former chief executive at the Toronto Transit Commission says he is having “deja vu times two” with problems around trains from Bombardier Inc.Andy Byford told the state transit authority this week that New York City Transit will halt new train car deliveries until more of the existing cars are fixed.At a Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee meeting Tuesday, he cited issues with the HVAC system software, springs between the cars and doors that were “weeping oil.”Byford called the ongoing difficulties “gruelling” and depressing,” recalling the production delays and defects that plagued streetcar orders during his five years at the helm of Canada’s largest municipal transit authority.Earlier this month, Swiss Federal Railways opted to stop taking new trains from the Montreal-based company until it fixes the ones already in service.Bombardier is also facing an upcoming deadline that was delayed to Feb. 1 for delivery of the first six of 76 vehicles for Toronto’s Crosstown Eglinton light rail line. Bombardier did not respond immediately for comment. Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press read more

Ban looks to UN budget committee to support plan to boost security

The United Nations faces unprecedented security challenges in many regions of the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly’s budget committee today, as he sought support for almost $300 million in new funding to make the Organization and its staff safer. “We have been adapting to new security threats for many years now, but the latest threats compel us to go further still,” he said, highlighting a recent attack on a guest house in Afghanistan that killed five UN staff members.Mr. Ban told an informal meeting of the Fifth Committee that his proposal for almost $300 million over the next two years aimed to strengthen and unify the UN security management system. “I would also like to underscore the importance of meeting emergency needs, particularly in the light of recent attacks,” said Mr. Ban, adding that he remains deeply concerned about the security situation in Afghanistan.The Committee is currently examining the Secretary-General’s proposed budget of $5.06 billion to cover the work of the UN Secretariat for 2010 and 2011, which represents real growth of $22.4 million, or half a percentage point, over the previous biennium.Given the global economic downturn, Mr. Ban stressed that his proposed budget only includes the highest priority projects and call for only “modest” increases. “We all recognize the need to constantly modernize our infrastructure, stay abreast of technological developments, and strengthen performance,” he said. “It can be the difference between progress and poverty, and even a matter of life and death.”Among the other issues Mr. Ban addressed were the appointment of a special adviser on Africa, the funding of a development account, and the recruitment of the next chief of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). “As Chief Administrative Officer, I am committed to management reform and to greater transparency, accountability and efficiency,” said Mr. Ban. 7 December 2009The United Nations faces unprecedented security challenges in many regions of the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly’s budget committee today, as he sought support for almost $300 million in new funding to make the Organization and its staff safer. read more

Armed violence a major obstacle to development – UN agency

12 May 2010Armed violence remains one of the main obstacles to the achievement the social development and poverty alleviation targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations development chief said today at a conference to address the problem. Armed violence remains one of the main obstacles to the achievement the social development and poverty alleviation targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations development chief said today at a conference to address the problem.“Armed violence has a devastating effect on development progress,” said Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). “Life as normal is severely disrupted – affecting citizens’ safety and security and access to basic services and livelihoods,” she told the gathering in Geneva, co-hosted by UNDP and the Norwegian foreign ministry.“The international community can mobilise to deter the proliferation and use of the weapons which fuel this violence,” Miss Clark added.Delegates from international organizations, civil society, and 60 States attended the conference to discuss strategies to tackle armed violence.Their conclusion will contribute to the 2010 MDGs review process, leading up to the High Level MDGs summit in New York in September, when world leaders will gather to assess progress, identify gaps, and commit to a concrete action agenda to achieve the MDGs by 2015.“Every day armed violence kills more than 2,000 people,” said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre. “The majority of these fatalities are civilians. This is a fundamental challenge to our common humanitarian and developmental goals. States must come together and work in partnership with the UN and civil society to take action against armed violence now,” he said.Each year, armed violence in non-conflict States costs the world’s economies approximately $163 billion, more than the sum total of all official development assistance (ODA), according to UNDP.At the conference, represented countries endorsed commitments to strive to reduce and curb armed violence. By signing on to the Oslo Commitments on Armed Violence sponsored by Norway and UNDP, States committed themselves to a wide range of actions, including better monitoring and recording of armed violence and supporting victims through the provision of adequate care and rehabilitation. The commitments also call for the integration of armed violence into development plans at all levels of Government and urge strengthened international cooperation and assistance to prevent and reduce armed violence. read more

UN calls for probe into Sudanese bombing of refugee camp

“Yesterday the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirmed that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) dropped at least two bombs near the Yida refugee camp,” Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Security Council.According to Hilde Johnson, the head of UNMISS and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to South Sudan, two bombs fell inside the camp and three outside of it. The camp, located in the country’s Unity state, shelters over 20,000 people who have fled increasing violence in the Sudanese states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. Mr. Ladsous said no casualties had been reported so far, adding that this could change as the mission is still verifying the situation in surrounding communities.“It is absolutely imperative that both governments take the necessary steps to de-escalate the situation, ensure that civilian lives are protected, and resume peaceful dialogue,” Mr. Ladsous said.Speaking later, Sudan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, told journalists that the Sudanese Government had not ordered any bombings. He also said his Government fully respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its southern neighbour, while adding that Sudan has the right to fight all rebels that try to cause instability in its territory.Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) condemned the bombings and urged an investigation, stressing that the attack could amount to an international crime.“There needs to be an independent, thorough and credible investigation to establish the precise circumstances of this aerial bombing,” said High Commissioner Navi Pillay. “If indeed it is established that an international crime or serious human rights violation has been committed, then those responsible should be brought to justice,” she said.Ms. Pillay said the incident risks aggravating what is already an extremely tense and dangerous situation, and she urged the parties involved in the fighting to immediately cease all attacks on civilians.UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards said the agency had been preparing new refugee sites away from the border when the incident occurred.“We had hoped to begin the relocation of refugees but our efforts have so far been hampered by heavy rains which have made the road to the camp impassable,” he said during a press briefing in Geneva.A spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also voiced concern, calling on both parties to “take all steps to protect civilian lives.”Increasing tensions in the border areas between Sudan and South Sudan have driven thousands of civilians to flee their homes since June, and various refugee sites have been established in South Sudan and Ethiopia to provide shelter, food and basic services to those affected by the violence.In her remarks to the Security Council, Ms. Johnson also expressed concern over other areas in the country which she said have been bombed recently by the Sudan’s People Liberation Army (SPLA), including New Guffa and Yafta in Maban County, which caused the deaths of one child and seven SPLA soldiers.Ms. Johnson said the bombings have prompted many people to move from Guffa to Bunji, the county capital, and said an increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is expected. She also said fighting has been reported over the past couple of days in Upper Nile State, with UNMISS helping to evacuate the resulting casualties.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Lise Grande, also condemned the aerial bombardment and voiced concern over the attacks’ impact on civilians.“The 10 November attack in Yida has put innocent civilians at extreme risk” said Ms. Grande. “These people have walked for miles. They are fleeing violence in Southern Kordofan in search of safety and lifesaving assistance. The bombing in Yida has severely disrupted the humanitarian operation just as we need to scale up our aid,” she said in a press release.She confirmed that some humanitarian personnel have been evacuated from the area in the wake of the attack. 11 November 2011Sudanese military forces have bombed a refugee camp in neighbouring South Sudan, the United Nations confirmed today, calling for an urgent investigation into what its top human rights official warned could amount to “a serious international crime.” read more

UN refugee agency launches first seaborne repatriation to Liberia

The inaugural sea voyage brings to nearly 1,400 the number of Liberians who have returned home from Ghana since the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) started facilitating repatriation in October. The majority returned by air. In all, some 2,000 of the 42,000 Liberians in Ghana have so far expressed a desire to go home. The latest group of 385 Liberians left Ghana’s main port of Tema on board the MV Cerano on Wednesday for the three and a half day journey, carrying with them livestock, personal effects, commercial bread ovens and food such as yams and peanuts. Over the next three years, UNHCR plans to repatriate some of the estimated 340,000 Liberians who fled 14 years of vicious civil war to neighbouring countries, with 150,000 expected to return in 2005 alone. Once home, UNHCR pursues a range of efforts to facilitate the refugees’ reintegration of Liberian refugees, including education programmes, infrastructural development and vocational skills training. On arrival, the returnees are provided with an assistance package comprising food, household items and basic tools to support their reintegration. Some receive onward transportation or a transport allowance to cover the trip to their home areas. read more