Rain forecast worries wheat farmers in Punjab and Haryana

first_imgWidespread rain during the past few days in parts of Punjab and Haryana could delay the harvesting of the standing wheat crop by at least a week, officials said on Wednesday.The rain started on Sunday and according to the India Meteorological Department, a fresh western disturbance could bring more rain in the region on April 15 and 16. This forecast has only increased the worry of the farmers.“We are expecting a fresh western disturbance to affect the region between April 15 and 16. This could bring more rain in many parts of Punjab and Haryana,” Surinder Pal, director, IMD, Chandigarh, told The Hindu.“The recent rain has not caused much damage to the wheat crop, but if it rains more in the coming days, coupled with strong winds, then definitely it could be a cause of worry. Otherwise the crop condition looks good and Punjab should produce a bumper wheat crop this season,” said P.S. Rangi, an agriculture expert and former Punjab State Farmers Commission adviser.Mr. Rangi said that if overcast conditions prevail and it rains, the wheat crop would absorb the moisture, which would naturally delay harvesting. “If the weather prediction stands true, then the harvesting of wheat could be delayed by at least a week,” he added. Wheat, the main rabi (winter) crop, is sown between late October and December, while the harvesting of the crop starts from April first week. The current wheat procurement season in Punjab and Haryana began on April 1.‘Keep produce dry’“The showers during the past few days have been fairly widespread in the State. There have been no reports of major damage to the standing crop. The arrival of crop may get delayed if it rains more in the coming days. We are making the farmers aware that they should keep their produce dry so that they don’t face any problem in selling their crop,” said Jasbir Singh Bains, director, Punjab Agriculture Department.last_img read more

Roger Federer on winning team after facing Serena Williams for 1st time

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Defending champion Switzerland will qualify for Saturday’s final if it beats Greece on Thursday in Group B. The United States, which lost to Greece on Monday, can’t now advance.The much-hyped contest quickly lived up to its billing with Federer almost running down Williams’ smash into the open court. Williams and Federer served strongly and were unable to return any of each other’s serves in the first set.Federer’s sublime touch at the net proved decisive as he moved closer to a record third Hopman Cup title.Williams grabbed at her right shoulder on several occasions late in the second set but played down any injury concern.“It was such a quick turnaround, I didn’t have enough time to reload the cannon. It’s totally normal,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Earlier, Federer beat Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1 in the men’s singles before Williams’ 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Bencic.Williams started fast in the women’s singles against Bencic — with an early break to storm to a 3-0 lead — before an error-strewn performance ensued as Bencic recovered to win the opener.The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion fought back in a tight second set and captured the pivotal break in the 10th game. A flustered Bencic slammed her racket on the court as the match leveled and she never seriously threatened in the decider.Federer was made to work during a tough first set before overwhelming the 20-year-old Tiafoe and taking control by winning seven straight games.The 20-time Grand Slam champion needed just 57 minutes to claim his fourth straight victory over the rising American player.Switzerland swept Britain in its opener when Federer had a masterclass win over British player Cameron Norrie in his opening match. Federer has lost just seven games in his first two matches of the round-robin tournament.Federer’s appearances at the past two Hopman Cups laid the groundwork for successful Australian Open campaigns.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, facing, wait at the net after winning their mixed doubles match against Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams of the United States at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams as they faced each other on court for the first time on Tuesday, with Federer spearheading Switzerland’s 4-2, 4-3 (3) victory over the United States in a mixed doubles decider at the Hopman Cup.“I was nervous returning (Williams’ serve). People talk about her serve so much and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can’t read it,” Federer said. “It was great fun. You see how determined and focused she is, and I love that about her.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Damian Lillard comes through in clutch as Trail Blazers survive Kings in OT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Federer and playing partner Belinda Bencic overcame Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the Fast4 format as Switzerland beat the U.S. 2-1 in front of a 14,000 capacity crowd.Federer and Williams shared a good-natured interview afterward and then engaged in a selfie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It was so fun. This is super cool that we get to do it at such a pinnacle point of our careers,” Williams said. “I was so excited, and literally it was the match of my career. Just playing someone so great, and someone you admire so much, and a match that actually means something.”Federer and Williams, both 37, have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja huge weapons for India in Champions Trophy: Michael Clarke to India Today

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke on Friday said spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be India’s key weapons in the Champions Trophy next month in England.WATCH: India have the firepower to defend Champions Trophy title, Michael Clarke tells India TodaySpeaking exclusively to India Today, Clarke said India definitely have the firepower to defend the Champions Trophy title which they won in 2013.”Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are going to be two huge weapons for India in England depending on the weather conditions there. If they are getting good summer, the wickets will be dry and I think spin will play a part. Even if it swings there, I think India have got quality fast bowlers whom they can utilise,” Clarke told India Today. (Shikhar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma ideal opening pair for India in Champions Trophy: VVS Laxman to India Today)Clarke also said that the Indian Premier League is a good opportunity for the players to prepare for the Champions Trophy, which begins on June 1.”I feel India have the firepower to defend the Champions Trophy title. I feel the Indian Premier League as the preparation leading to the Champions Trophy is fantastic for the all the players involved. There’s absolutely no doubt that India will be well prepared. They have got good enough players,” he said.Clarke said opener KL Rahul’s absence will be a big loss but added that India have the players to replace him.”I think if KL Rahul is not completely fit, India will not pick him. It is a big loss but India have got replacements. I think Rohit Sharma needs to play and open for India. And then I think the selectors will go for Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane’s technique if the ball is swinging is conducive to England, he is a good player of both fast and spin and offers a lot on the field.advertisement”No brainer at No.3… Virat Kohli as captain, Yuvraj Singh at No.4. I think Yuvraj has earned his place, he is experienced. I would go with MS Dhoni at No.5. He is experienced and he’s still the best keeper in the Indian team. At No.6, I would pick Manish Pandey and then Kedar Jadhav at No.7.”Ashwin and Jadeja will be my two spinners and my four quicks would be Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who continues to show that he can play in all three formats. Then it’s Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami,” he said.last_img read more

Count Meribel survives bad mistake to make his mark at Cheltenham

first_img Hide Talking Horses: Jerry McGrath aiming to right a wrong at BetVictor Gold Cup Was this helpful? “He’s certainly as good as any that I’ve ridden,” Grant said. “If the ground was right for him, he could be good enough for the Festival [in March]. Two out, he didn’t know what to do, but he did well to stand up and all credit to him, to battle back and win.”Nigel Twiston-Davies is listed in the racecard as Count Meribel’s trainer, but he passed much of the credit for the success to the former Champion Hurdle-winning trainer Jim Old, who has acted as his assistant since his retirement in 2015.“Jim’s a great help and I think he could be a very nice horse, and possibly better over three miles,” the trainer said. “He’s always been a very good jumper and I think we’ll probably move up to three miles next time. Mark definitely thought he would be better at three, and he was staying on well. The RSA [Novice Chase] at the Festival is the dream, but I’m sure a lot of very good horses are going to pop out before that.”Count Meribel is a 33-1 chance for the RSA Chase next March but is seen as a serious contender for the Festival meeting by both the trainer and his assistant, who originally bought the six-year-old for just 3,500gns [£3,675].Old confirmed that plans “will work back very carefully from Cheltenham, with possibly just one or two in between”, and paid tribute to a “phenomenal recovery” by Count Meribel’s rider. “I know it was the horse that did it,” Old said, “but to sit on was one thing, to pick him up and go again was the ride of the year. Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Lingfield 11.55 Lord Murphy 12.25 New King 1.00 Humanitarian 1.35 First Selection 2.10 Poetic Principle 2.45 Master The World 3.15 Gifted Master 3.45 ZarrarUttoxeter 12.15 Passing Dream 12.50 Beakstown 1.25 One Of Us 2.00 Tokay Dokey 2.35 Midnight Tune 3.05 Methag 3.40 North Star OscarWetherby 12.30 Skidoosh 1.05 Miles To Milan 1.40 Apterix 2.15 Cracking Find 2.50 Kajaki 3.20 Raven’s Tower 3.50 Ravenhill RoadCheltenham 12.40 Montestrel 1.15 The Worlds End 1.50 Looking Well (nb) 2.25 Rather Be (nap) 3.00 First Assignment 3.30 Christmas In April 4.00 Royal IllusionWolverhampton 5.15 Jem Scuttle 5.45 So Hi Storm 6.15 King Of Change 6.45 Blowing Dixie 7.15 Swift Rose 7.45 Star Of Bengal 8.15 Hollander 8.45 Whatwouldyouknow Read more Show “The first time he ever jumped, he looked special. He made a wonderful shape and loved it. We have not got any doubts about him getting the trip in the RSA and he probably wants it in that class of race.”Paddy Brennan, who won the Gold Cup on Twiston-Davies’s Imperial Commander during a four-year spell as the trainer’s principal jockey, took three of the five remaining races on the card, completing his 496-1 treble on Coolanly in the Grade Two Ballymore Novice Hurdle. The winner is a 40-1 chance to land the Grade One of the same name on the second day of the Festival meeting in March, and 25-1 to win after a step up to three miles in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle.Tiger Roll, last year’s Grand National winner, returned to action in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase but could not add to his win over the same course at last season’s Festival. Gordon Elliott’s runner, who was carrying top weight, eventually finished a creditable fourth as Josies Orders registered his fourth career success around the twists and turns. Topics Quick guide Saturday tips Share on Pinterestcenter_img Thank you for your feedback. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Several of the best chasers of the last 40 years have had their first experience of Cheltenham’s fences in the two-and-a-half mile novice on the first day of the November meeting, but few have won as memorably as Count Meribel did here on Friday. A bad mistake at the second-last seemed to have cost him his chance to win, but Mark Grant, Count Meribel’s jockey, somehow kept the partnership intact, regathered his momentum and then got him home by a neck in a three-way finish.It was a performance that will be called to mind if, like four of the last seven winners of this race, Count Meribel is a Grade One winner later on in the season. He had jumped impeccably until his solitary blunder, and done so at a strong pace that proved he has an engine to match his technique. Over the final two fences on Friday, he showed that he has courage and resilience too.Grant, who was winning at Cheltenham for the first time in a 16-year career, felt that Count Meribel “would have won by three or four lengths” but for the error that almost brought him to a standstill. Horse racing news Cheltenham Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Brisbane Touch Championships

first_imgThe Brisbane Touch Championships, previously known as the South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL), has undergone a change of format in 2009 with the inclusion of Under 18 and senior divisions, as well as a later start in the year.Tap-Off times: 6:30pm, 7:20pm, 8:10pm & 9:00pm.The 2009 Championships will see a number of Australian Open and Youth representatives competing for various clubs after their recent Trans Tasman success in New Zealand in January and Wollongong in April.The BTC will consist of 45 teams – an increase from last year – contest the toughest competition in Brisbane. Together with an increase in teams, Eagles T.F.C. (five teams) and First Contact (three teams) join the competition for the first time, as well as single teams from Hoodz, Sheldon College, Redcliffe United, Lazers & Sharks.Due to the increase in teams in 2009, the format has been changed with Men’s & Women’s Open playing three double header rounds, Men’s Division Two being split into two pools for finals and Women’s Division Two, consisting of Division Two, Over 27’s and Under 18’s teams, being split into three pools.The Brisbane Touch Championships Final will be held on Saturday, 21 November 2009 at Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association.For more information, please contact Brisbane City Cobras on 0432 386 477 or admin@brisbanecitycobras.com.aulast_img read more

Why You Should Serve a Barbecue Thanksgiving This Year

first_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Editors’ Recommendations How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish With Thanksgiving a mere few days away, we’re preparing like mad to get everything in order for the big meal. We’ve brushed up on safety precautions for how to deep fry a turkey, made our shopping list for the side dishes and stocked our bar with plenty of wine, beer and spirits. And while we love the traditional menu and recipes, we wanted to switch things up this year by including one of our favorite American culinary traditions — good old Southern barbecue.To give us a few tips on how to make the top eating holiday even better this year, we got in touch with our friends at the newly opened Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, South Carolina. Owner and pitmaster John Lewis knows his smoked meats and succulent southern sides. He grew up in El Paso, Texas, and moved to Austin at 18 to embark on his culinary career. There, he helped his friend Aaron Franklin open the famous Franklin Barbecue. He partnered with LeAnn Mueller to open La Barbecue in 2012. Then, in 2015, he moved to Charleston and opened Lewis Barbecue.Lewis’ dedication to barbecue is unmistakable. He welds his own smokers and rises at 4 am to tend the fire. From prime beef brisket to Texas hot guts sausage, he knows his meats from nose to tail. So we asked him to give us a few barbecue turkey tips along with a recipe for hatch green chile corn pudding that’ll have your Thanksgiving guests asking for seconds and thirds.The Manual: With so many people complaining that turkey tastes dry and bland, why don’t more people want to experiment with other meats on Thanksgiving?John Lewis: I think it’s more about tradition than anything else. Plus, it’s always a little scary trying a new recipe or technique when you’re having a big dinner party.TM: Do you have any tips for keeping the turkey juicy and flavorful?JL: Don’t overcook it! I know that sounds obvious, but people are so scared of serving raw turkey that they go way over the right internal temperature. At Lewis Barbecue, we just cook the turkey breasts, so it’s easier to regulate. I cover the meat with a flavorful dry rub (sorry, secret ingredients!) and then smoke it low and slow in our custom-made pits for about two and a half hours. We let the breast rest, and then it’s sliced to order at the meat counter. As for a trick that any home cook can do — soak the slices in the turkey jus. It adds an intense flavor before it hits the plate.TM: What about BBQ? How can Americans incorporate different meats and sides from the BBQ tradition into their Thanksgiving meal?JL: At my Thanksgiving table, I always serve brisket, but I’m a tad biased. Anyone can incorporate a little smoke into their meal though, whether you smoke the meat on the grill or even add liquid smoke to the turkey brine. My advice is to try out the recipes before the big day so you can wow your guests without stressing out about timing.TM: What is your favorite classic Thanksgiving side? What about a new dish you can’t live without at your table?JL: I love super creamy mashed potatoes. A new dish that we always have on the table is our Hatch Green Chile Corn Pudding. It’s a traditional Southern side dish with a twist. We roast the green chiles on our pits, but you can sub them for store-bought. The dish is rich with a bit of heat.Hatch Green Chile Corn PuddingServings: 4-6Ingredients1/4 cup chopped roasted hatch green chiles (about 2 or 3 chilies)1/2 lbs frozen corn kernels, pureed1/4 cup all purpose flour1/4 cup yellow cornmeal2 tbsp granulated sugar1 tbsp kosher salt1/2 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp granulated garlic3 large eggs2/3 cup heavy cream1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese cut into .5 in. cubes2/3 cup corn kernels, freshly cut (1 ear of corn)2 tbsp butter1/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheeseMethodRoast the hatch green chiles over a hot open flame until the skins blacken and separate, about 4-5 minutes each side. Place the roasted chiles in a ziplock bag and allow them to steam in their own heat for 1 hour. Peal the skins and remove the seeds. In a food processor, roughly chop the chiles.Defrost the frozen corn kernels and chop in a food processor until pureed.Combine the flour, yellow cornmeal, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder and granulated garlic in a mixing bowl and blend together until homogeneous.In a separate mixing bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in the heavy cream. Add the frozen corn puree, chopped and roasted Hatch green chiles, cubed mild cheddar cheese and fresh corn kernels.Pour the dry ingredients in the the wet ingredients. Whisk together until homogeneous.Preheat a medium cast iron pan in an oven set to 375°F.Take the heated cast iron pan out of the oven and add the butter. Allow butter to heat until foaming and milk solids are lightly toasted. Be sure to allow the butter to fully coat the bottom.Pour corn pudding batter into the hot cast iron pan with foaming butter. Sprinkle the shredded mild cheddar cheese on the batter and return to the oven.Cook for 30 minutes at 375°F. The cheese should be nicely browned and the pudding should be set, but not firm in the center.Allow to rest for 5 minutes and serve. How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Knowlast_img read more

Airtel tweaks postpaid sops to phase out offerings below Rs 499

first_imgNew Delhi: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has tweaked its post-paid plans, a move that involves gradual phasing out of offerings that are less than Rs 499 and retaining limited number of plans above it. The move is aimed at simplification of plans and would also help the company chase better realisation from mobile subscribers, improving the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), according to a source. The source said the company is in the process of phasing out post-paid plans of less than Rs 499, as other plans pack in more value and digital content for subscribers willing to shell out a tad bit more. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraEssentially, it has scrapped the Rs 299 plan and is in the process of gradually phasing out Rs 349 and Rs 399 post-paid plans. Even the number of plans above Rs 499 will be reduced to just three – Rs 749, Rs 999 and Rs 1,599. When contacted, a company spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. As of December 31, 2018, Airtel’s mobile services customer base in India was about 284 million. The company, which is in the midst of raising Rs 25,000 crore through a rights issue – while announcing its fourth quarter results recently steered clear of the customary investor call and management commentary nor it provided ARPU – a key metrics tracked by analysts. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysA recent report by SBICap Securities, however, said Airtel had “done well” on ARPU as it seems to have improved about 20 per cent sequentially, while Jio’s ARPU declined about 3 per cent. On Monday, rival Vodafone Idea reported that its ARPU for the March quarter grew 16.3 per cent to Rs 104, from Rs 89 in the October-December 2018 period. “Subscriber traction is something that Bharti needs to pick up, as ARPU gains incrementally may be much lesser but may still continue, driven by upselling for low-end subscribers and 2G-to-4G upgrade,” SBICap Securities said in a the report.last_img read more

Afghanistan UNassisted mine clearance enables 1000 families to return home

During a handover ceremony today, MAPA released 70,000 square meters of cleared residential area to 1,000 families on Kabul’s “TV Hill” – where a total of 103 anti-personnel mines and nearly 2,600 unexploded ordnance have been destroyed since December 2006. Following the ouster of the Taliban in 2001, some 500,000 square meters of land were found contaminated by landmines and unexploded ordnance on the TV Hill area. According to media reports, almost 1,000 people were killed or injured by such weapons in that area in 1998. Today more than 440,000 square meters have been cleared and nearly 2,000 anti-personnel mines and almost 7,400 unexploded ordnance destroyed. “Thanks to the work of manual clearance teams almost 7,000 families have already retuned to the Hill and rebuilt their houses. TV Hill is now one of the most populated areas in the centre of the city,” the UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA), which coordinates MAPA’s activities in areas such as minefield clearance, mine risk education and support for mine victims, said in a press release. Afghanistan became a State party to the Ottawa Mine Ban Convention in March 2003 and is working towards clearing all minefields by 2013. Also in Kabul today, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) inaugurated the AliceGhan project, which will provide housing and support for livelihoods to 1,400 Afghan returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Qarabagh District. Those selected to participate in the project, which enjoys $7.3 million in funding from the Australian Government, will receive housing construction materials to build their own earthquake-resistant houses, as well as vocational training. The name “AliceGhan” is derived from the combination of Alice Springs – a town in Australia which has strong links with Afghan migrants to Australia – and Afghanistan, symbolising the partnership and commitment between the two countries. The project is implemented by UNDP in close partnership with several Afghan ministries, and with the support of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT). 21 June 2007Some 1,000 Afghan families can now return to their homes on a hilltop in downtown Kabul and live in a more secure environment thanks to the efforts of the United Nations-supported Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan (MAPA). read more

Gaza crisis underscores gap between aspirations and reality – UN political chief

30 January 2008The recent troubles in the Middle East illustrate “the gap between the aspirations of the political process and the grim realities of the situation on the ground,” the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today, warning that the current crisis is overshadowing efforts to find a long-term peace settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his second Council briefing on the issue in just over a week, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said there had been an intensification of violence in the past month in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel, as well as periods of total closure of Gaza and increased humanitarian suffering and human rights violations.Only 32 truckloads of goods entered Gaza between 18 January and yesterday because of Israel’s comprehensive closure of the border crossings, Mr. Pascoe said, compared to a daily average of 93 trucks during the first two weeks of this month and an average of 250 trucks in the weeks before last June.A backlog of approximately 224 trucks belonging to various UN agencies has developed, although he said the world body understands that 35 trucks of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were scheduled to enter Gaza today.“The crisis adds new urgency to the proposal of the Palestinian Authority to operate the Gaza crossings,” he said, stressing the UN’s support for the initiative and calling on all parties to work together towards the controlled re-opening of the crossings for both humanitarian reasons and commercial flows.“Such flows should include materials and equipment to enable UN re-housing and rubble removal projects to resume.”Addressing an open debate in the Council, Mr. Pascoe added that the UN supports Egypt’s continuing efforts to find a peaceful and orderly situation along its border – entire parts of which have been destroyed in recent days – with Gaza.While noting that the level of violence in Gaza and southern Israel has diminished significantly in the past week, he expressed concern that 77 rockets and mortars were fired last week by Palestinian militants and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) carried out four incursions and air strikes on Gaza.Turning to today’s decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to declare legal the reductions to Gaza’s fuel and electricity supply, the Under-Secretary-General reminded Council members that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has previously stated his concern that the territory’s estimated 1.4 million residents “should not be punished for the unacceptable actions of militants and extremists.”In addition, Mr. Pascoe voiced ongoing UN concern over the presidential vacuum in Lebanon and the most recent grave security incidents in the country, including deadly demonstrations and the assassination of senior figures in the Internal Security Forces.“Lebanon’s leaders must act now to find a way to bridge their positions and return the country to normal political activity.” read more

Côte dIvoire Ban lauds parties for committing to peace pact

14 July 2008Côte d’Ivoire’s political leaders are to be commended for their commitment to a peace agreement reached last year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the sides to continue their efforts to cement the pact. In a new report on the West African nation made public today, Mr. Ban welcomed the 30 November date for the presidential election, along with the Government’s adoption of decrees relating to the polls. “These important developments mark the beginning of the electoral process in earnest,” he wrote, urging the internationally community to provide the support needed to carry out the polls. Côte d’Ivoire became divided in 2002 between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north, but last year’s Ouagadougou Agreement paved the way for an end to the conflict and included a provision calling for free and fair elections to be held. Presidential polls were to be organized as far back as 2005, but have been delayed several times since then. Despite progress in consolidating peace, the Secretary-General warned that the country still faces “significant challenges.” He called for the electoral process to be transparent and credible, with the parties doing their utmost to firm up the current “positive political and security climate.” “I am therefore deeply concerned about the funding challenges facing the cantonment process, as well as the very low number of serviceable weapons surrendered to date by cantoned combatants,” the report said. Mr. Ban also expressed concern over the ongoing lack of progress in disarming and dismantling militias. He urged the participation of demobilized combatants in the upcoming elections, and commended the efforts of the UN country team – in collaboration with the Government – in peacebuilding. The report also recommended that the mandate of the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire, known as UNOCI, be extended until January 2009. Last month, the Secretary-General announced that the country is eligible to receive funds from the UN Peacebuilding Fund, which was created two years ago to help countries emerging from conflict consolidate their gains and avoid slipping back into war. read more

Top UN refugee official welcomes Greeces plans for asylum reform

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres also pledged the full support of his agency (UNHCR) for the reforms, saying they constitute part of a comprehensive approach to asylum, migration and integration “which will make the system fully compatible with international law and the Greek tradition of hospitality.”During their meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou had pledged his commitment to tackling the situation given that Greece is a key entry point into the European Union (EU) for refugees and irregular migrants. He added that he intends to bring the country’s asylum system into conformity with the 1951 Refugee Convention and EU law. Mr. Guterres called the tasks facing Greece in the area of migration and asylum “exciting in their nature” and “humbling in their scope and complexity,” according to a news release.Until the asylum reforms are carried out, UNCHR said it will continue to recommend that other European States not send asylum-seekers back to Greece – as the first point of entry into Europe – under EU or other regulations.Mr. Guterres voiced his support for proposals for a system for reception and screening of new arrivals, with the referral of asylum-seekers to a fair and efficient asylum procedure managed by an independent asylum authority.He stressed the need to quickly identify refugees and others in need of international protection, while noting that States have the right to send people who are not in need of protection back to their countries of origin. But such re-admission remains a “huge challenge,” he said. In addition, he called for special measures to protect unaccompanied children, both asylum-seekers and migrants. 20 January 2010The top United Nations refugee official today welcomed broad measures announced by the Greek Government to create a modern and effective migration and asylum system that fully respects human rights. read more

Sri Lankan Navy arrests three Indian fishermen off Delft Island

The Navy said the arrested fishermen were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Jaffna. Sri Lanka and India have been trying to resolve the long standing fishermen issue with fishermen from both sides having to face arrest and boats being detained when they stray into each other’s waters illegally. Last month, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was in Colombo to attend the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission, held discussions with her Sri Lankan counterpart over the issue and both countries accepted to find a long lasting solution.Indian media reports recently quoted Swaraj as saying that a meeting of ministers dealing with fisheries from India and Sri Lanka will be convened in May to evolve a mechanism to resolve the lingering issue. The Indian minister also said her Government will enforce installation of GPS systems on fishing boats to steer them clear of maritime boundaries. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy said the Sri Lanka Coast Guard arrested three Indian fishermen for illegal poaching in Sri Lankan waters.The fishermen along with one Indian fishing trawler were taken into custody in North-West of Delft Island, Xinhua reported. read more

UN removes some travel restrictions as ceasefire in northern Afghanistan holds

“The situation in Mazar-i-Sharif and the areas to the west where recent fighting took place are reported to be calm with the agreements of 9 and 11 October holding,” the spokesman for the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said at a press briefing in the capital Kabul.The troops from the Jamiat and Jumbesh factions have been withdrawn, “while armoured vehicles belonging to Jamiat and Jumbesh have been returned to Marmol and Shibergan, to their respective bases,” spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva, said.As a consequence, UNAMA had lifted its suspension of road travel from Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Balkh province to Maimana in Faryab province, on the border with Turkmenistan, and to other areas in the west, Mr. de Almeida e Silva said.But “you know that there are areas in the southeast and in the south (where) our road movements are severely restricted and in certain cases we are not authorized to have any movements at all due to security concerns,” he added.One police vehicle broke down on its way to Mazar, but 278 of the 300 assigned police officers arrived yesterday and the rest were due to set out again from Mazar today, the spokesman said.Two secondary schools, one in southern Zabul and one in central Uruzgan, would be rebuilt with good security by four local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and would provide for the education of girls, as well as boys, he said. “UN missions to these two provinces are currently suspended” because of security concerns, however.He named the school-building NGOs as the Afghan Literacy Organization, Humanitarian Assistance for Afghanistan, the National Engineering Reconstruction Unit and the South-West Afghanistan Development Agency. read more

Under new coach womens lacrosse faces tough season ahead

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said she is still learning about her players and her young team is still trying to get better. “We have a lot to work on but we’re happy how it’s early in the season, and we have some time,” Venechanos said. The Buckeyes lost to No. 9 Stanford, 17-5, on Saturday. “Stanford is a tremendous team and you can tell they are the more experienced team right now,” Venechanos said. Venechanos, who was named coach in July 2010 following former coach Sue Stimmel’s resignation, said that being here since the fall has made the transition a little bit easier. “The fall was a smooth transition in getting to know the team,” she said. Venechanos has been a part of four national championship teams, two as a player at Maryland and two as an assistant coach at Northwestern. Having been in those positions, she said she isn’t worried about the tough loss to Stanford. “These tough games will get us in better situations toward the end of the season,” she said. Junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt agreed that having the new coach since the summer has made the change a little easier. “It’s been a good transition,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.” The Buckeyes won their two previous games against American University and St. Bonaventure before the loss to Stanford. Markwordt said the team is looking to avoid these types of losses when it had played well the two games before. “We’re waiting for that moment where we put it all together,” Markwordt said. OSU (2-3) will look to bounce back as it hosts Canisius (1-1) at 1 p.m. Monday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Lawyers warn that plans to close four Dublin courts threaten the fabric

first_imgTHE LAW SOCIETY has warned that a plan to close four Dublin courthouses poses a threat to the “very fabric of Ireland’s justice system”.The district court buildings in Swords, Balbriggan, Tallaght and Dún Laoghaire are all due to be shut under the proposed plan by the Courts Service.The four courts will join the 77 local courts around the country which have closed in the last six years.The move will leave just two criminal court venues in Dublin – the Courts of Criminal Justice on Parkgate Street and the Blanchardstown District Court in west Dublin.Ken Murphy, the head of the Law Society, which represents solicitors, said that the plan was flawed, and said that the cuts in the legal system had become “systematic and deep-rooted”.“We all might need to use the courts one day,” said Murphy. “Access to justice is being damaged by the current cuts to key elements of the justice system”.Murphy pointed out that Ireland had had too many court venues at one time and it had served a useful function to close some of them down.However he noted Swords and Balbriggan have two of the fastest-growing populations in the country, while Tallaght serves a population as big as that in Limerick.“The rationalisation of the courts service has gone beyond what is sensible and justified and poses a threat to the very fabric of our justice system,” he said.The Courts Service has emphasised that the plan is about the best use of current resources, rather than just saving money.The plan has been put out for consultation by the Courts Service.Read: Court says bombers not protected as a journalistic source > Read: Niall Collins sent letter to judge to inform him of the suicide of children’s mother >last_img read more

Mélanger tabac et alcool pourrait aggraver la gueule de bois

first_imgMélanger tabac et alcool pourrait aggraver la gueule de boisSelon une récente étude américaine, fumer serait tout sauf une bonne idée pendant ou après une soirée bien arrosée : ceci pourrait avoir pour effet d’aggraver la gueule de bois. Mais les chercheurs ignorent encore l’origine d’un tel lien.Si l’on ne compte déjà plus les effets néfastes liés à la cigarette, des chercheurs américains viennent d’en identifier un nouveau qui devrait déplaire à tout ceux qui aiment bien griller une cigarette en soirée. Associé à l’alcool, le tabac pourrait aggraver la gueule de bois. C’est du moins ce qui ressort de l’étude menée par les scientifiques sur 113 étudiants américains.Au cours des travaux, le docteur Damaris Rohsenow et ses collègues de la Brown University ont demandé à ces individus de tenir pendant huit semaines un journal où ils devaient faire état de leur consommation d’alcool ainsi que de leurs habitudes en matière de tabac, quantités et fréquences comprises. Ajouté à cela, ils devaient également noter tout symptôme de gueule de bois qu’ils pouvaient ressentir après avoir bu. Ceci comprenait un sentiment inhabituel de fatigue, des maux de tête, des nausées ou des difficultés de concentration. De leur côté, les chercheurs ont estimé l’alcoolémie de chacun en fonction des données fournies pour chaque épisode de beuverie et en prenant en compte le poids des individus et l’heure de consommation. Ceci afin de mieux comparer les résultats obtenus chez chaque sujet. En analysant ces derniers, les scientifiques ont alors constaté que ceux qui avaient fumé davantage montraient des symptômes plus fréquents et plus sévères de gueule de bois. Ceci n’a toutefois été observé qu’après des soirées bien arrosées, avec une alcoolémie de 110 milligrammes d’alcool par décilitre de sang, soit environ six cannettes de bière par heure.Une origine qui reste à déterminer À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Avec le même nombre de verre, les personnes qui fument plus le même jour sont plus susceptibles d’avoir une gueule de bois et ont des malaises plus intenses. Et fumer a été lié à un risque accru de gueule de bois comparé à ce qui ne fument pas du tout. Ceci soulève la probabilité que le tabac a une sorte d’effet direct sur la gueule de bois”, a commenté le Dr Damaris Rohsenow cité par la BBC. Toutefois, l’étude n’a pas permis de quantifier cet effet. De même, son origine reste floue et l’association entre tabac et alcool est jugée “complexe”. D’après les chercheurs, ceci pourrait être liée aux effets de la nicotine sur le système nerveux. “Dans la mesure où l’alcool et le tabac interagissent tous les deux avec les récepteurs du cerveau ce n’est pas une surprise que fumer apparaisse comme augmentant le risque de gueule de bois chez les personnes qui consomment les deux substances”, a expliqué Amanda Sandford, responsable de recherche à l’Action on Smoking and Health. Des travaux seraient cependant nécessaires pour en savoir plus et confirmer l’effet. Reste que face à une hausse de la consommation d’alcool, notamment chez les jeunes, cette découverte pourrait s’avérer utile, pour les campagnes de prévention par exemple. “Nous espérons que, connaitre la possibilité d’aggraver une gueule de bois en fumant, pourrait aider certains à diminuer leur consommation d’alcool, de cigarettes, voire des deux”, a indiqué un porte-parole de l’association Action on Addiction.Le 6 décembre 2012 à 16:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lanny Poffo on WWE making amends HOF status uncertain

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitterverse Responds To Hulk Hogan Hosting WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan In New Biopic Impact Wrestling leaving Pop TV, New television deal with Pursuit Channel announced Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipHulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi ArabiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:28/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Hulk Hogan Lanny Poffo to appear at Ring of Honor Glory By Honor event as special guest Now Playing Up Next Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi Arabia Hulk Hogan Is Back With WWE Facebook Hulk Hogan To Return To WWE At Crown Jewel Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest The Tampa Tribune has a new article up where they interview Lanny Poffo, the brother of the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage, talking about the recent announcement of Savage going into the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame and more. In the interview, Poffo says that he hopes to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but it is still uncertain if he will or not.Here are some other excerpts from the interview:On WWE making amends to the Poffo family recently:“When they came to my house to interview me for the documentary they arrived with flowers and good will. They made amends.”On the fans being the motivation for him to give WWE his blessing:“I’m the older brother now, I get to make all the decisions. I just thought the fans had suffered enough.”TBO.com: Hulk Hogan to induct the late Randy Savage into Hall of Fame Twitterlast_img read more

Allegri heaps praises on Szczesny

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has heaped praises on Wojciech Szczesny after the goalkeeper’s performance in the 2-1 victory over Lazio.Allegri said, according to Goal:“Szczesny is doing very well, but we knew he was a great goalkeeper. I think the biggest leap forward he has made is in his focus over 90 minutes and confidence.”Speaking about the win over Lazio and Bonucci’s injury, Allegri also said:“Leonardo Bonucci’s ankle is swollen, so we will see, but we have got Martin Caceres coming in. Miralem Pjanic will be back midweek.”“We knew it was important to win after Napoli drew with Milan. I told the lads a win would be a step forward, even if we didn’t play that well.”Emre Can’s own goal was part of a disappointing performance from the Germany international, but Allegri took the blame for that.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.He said: “It’s my responsibility, as I tried to play with Emre Can in front of the defence and that was a mistake. He doesn’t have the right timing yet, so I put him in a very difficult position. I put [Rodrigo] Bentancur there instead and it went better.”“We didn’t do well for the first hour, but the last half hour we did better. At half-time, I told the lads to pass it more cleanly, not make so many hasty mistakes.”“The introduction of [Federico] Bernardeschi and Cancelo made us more organised. Those who come off the bench are essential.”“The Lazio pressing game caused us problems, especially because our own passing was so misplaced. It felt like we were all wearing different jerseys in the first half.”“It was a difficult match, but I’ve been at Juventus for five years and have never had an easy ride at the Olimpico against Lazio, so it wasn’t a surprise.”last_img read more

Polish climber dies on Mount Hood

first_imgPORTLAND — A Polish military officer visiting the United States for training with a drone manufacturer fell about 1,000 feet to his death while recreationally climbing Oregon’s Mount Hood, authorities said.The body of 32-year-old Sebastian Kinasiewicz was spotted from the air Tuesday by a National Guard helicopter, ending a search that started a day earlier. Sgt. Pete Hughes of the Hood River County sheriff’s office said it was too dangerous to immediately recover the body because boulders were falling nearby. He could not provide an estimate for when it would be safe. Kinasiewicz decided to climb Mount Hood because several members of a military unit from Poland did so last year and planted the country’s flag. “He wanted to go up there and see that. That was his reasoning behind wanting to climb,” Hughes said. “And if it wasn’t there, then he was going to plant another one.”last_img read more

Prabhas Saaho effect Shraddha Kapoors Chhichhore release postponed

first_imgChhichhoreTwitterThe makers of Chhichhore starring Shraddha Kapoor have postponed its release date by a week after the release of Prabhas’ Saaho delayed by weeks. This change has been made to avoid a clash between two.Shraddha Kapoor is one of the busiest actresses of the Hindi film industry and she is three big ticket projects like Saaho, Chhichhore and Street Dancer in her kitty. Among the three, Saaho happens to be the most hyped film and there are several reasons for it. Firstly, the actress is making debut in the southern industry with this film. Secondly, it marks Prabhas’ comeback to big screens two years after the release of Baahubali 2.Among the three films, Saaho was scheduled for release first. It was slated to hit the screens on August 15. but the movie was postponed by 15 days, due to the delay in its post-production works. The makers claimed that they did not want to compromise on its content and qualitity, as the stakes are very high on the film. Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas in SaahoPR HandoutShraddha Kapoor has also completed the shooting Chhichhore, which was set to be her next release after Saaho. This Bollywood movie was slated to hit the screens on August 30, two weeks after the release of Saaho. Since the latter was moved to the same date, the former faced a big threat as it clashed with it at the box office.The distributors of Chhichhore, who were scared of suffering losses due to its clash with Saaho, reportedly requested its producers to delay its release by a week. Shraddha Kapoor would also have had tough time in promoting both the movies. Realising the issues, the makers have now reportedly postponed its release to September 7.Chhichhore is a romantic comedy-drama film, which has been written and directed by Nitesh Tiwari of Dangal fame. The movie is about a group of friends from university, who go their own separate ways after progressing into middle-age life. Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor are playing the lead roles, while Varun Sharma, Prateik Babbar, Siddharth Narayan and Tahir Raj Bhasin appear in supporting roles.last_img read more