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NBA: Antetokounmpo downplays spat with assistant coach

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, continues to post MVP-like stat line of 29.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ After figuring in what appeared to be a verbal altercation, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Sean Sweeney have put their differences behind them.The usually mild mannered 22-year-old Greek forward was recently heard unleashing an expletive-laden tirade against Sweeney while on the bench during the team’s 121-108 loss against the Utah Jazz over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “That’s what me and Sweeney do,” Antetokounmpo told reporters, as seen on a clip from the Bucks’ official Twitter page. “You always fight with your brothers. You know, it’s something common.”“That’s what we do. We fight. We argue. At the end of the day we both want to win.”@Giannis_An34 on his relationship with Coach Sweeney pic.twitter.com/uNlJ4XQaw8— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 26, 2017After a promising start to the 2017-2108 NBA season, tensions are certainly high in Milwaukee as the team has lost  three of its last four games, with a subpar 9-9 record.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img LATEST STORIES Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Giannis yelling “I’ll fuck you up” at Coach Sweeney pic.twitter.com/OQjS8K0BIh— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) November 26, 2017FEATURED 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But after cooler heads prevailed, last season’s NBA Most Improved Player downplayed the spat and said the altercation happened in the heat of the moment.last_img read more

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Santosh Hegde apprehensive over final outcome of Lokpal bill

first_imgKarnataka Lokayukta and a member of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee Santosh Hegde on Saturday said he was apprehensive about the final outcome of the proposed bill as it could be a watered down version of what was originally envisaged.”The discussion on the bill is nearly over and after the last meeting…of what you read between two parties, they do not seem to see eye to eye and hence I am apprehensive of the outcome of this effort,” a candid Hegde said.”They will a bring a bill for a certain, but how strong the bill is going to be is a question,” the former Supreme Court judge, who represents civil society on the Lokpal panel, said.Expressing his doubts, he said, “They do not want the PM to come under its scope, they do not want the judiciary, they do not want military purchases being investigated nor the central government employees nor the corrupt conduct of MPs outside the House but having implications inside House.”On the CBI being kept out of the RTI Act, he said, “Today they want to keep out CBI, tomorrow it will be the police”. Once an investigation was over, there could be sharing of data to ensure transparency, he opined.However, he was of the opinion that the current strong anti-corruption feeling would have some bearing on elections. “One day the government will realise they had got an opportunity to earn a good name, but that they had missed the bus,” said the Lokayukta.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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RS panel on enemy property to hold 1st meeting tomorrow

first_imgNew Delhi, March 27 (PTI) The Select Committee of Rajya Sabha on the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016 will hold its first meeting on Monday during which Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will give a presentation.The Select Committee, headed by BJP member Bhupender Yadav, has been asked to carry out a detailed scrutiny of the measure that seeks to guard against claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China after the wars and amend the Enemy Property Act, 1968.The panel has been tasked to scrutinise the bill and submit its report in the opening week of the second part of the Budget Session.Since it is the maiden meeting of the committee, which was set up on March 15, besides holding preliminary discussion on the bill it will discuss and finalize its sittings.The panel will hear the presentation by the Home Secretary during the meeting where members are expected to seek clarifications regarding some provisions, which have raised eyebrows.The Upper House had on March 15 adopted a motion for referring the Bill, which seeks to amend the Enemy Property Act, 1968, and the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971, as passed by Lok Sabha.The panel was asked to submit the report by the last day of the first week of the second part of the Budget session.The first part of the session, which began on February 23, concluded on March 16 while its second part will commence on April 25 and wrap up on May 13.advertisementAll parliamentary committees to which such Bills have been referred are expected to speedily scrutinise the bills during this recess period and submit them to Parliament when the second part of the session commences.The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on March 9 with the government overruling demands by some opposition parties that it be sent to the Standing Committee.In the wake of the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971, there was migration of people from India to Pakistan and, under the Defence of India Rules framed under the Defence of India Act, the government took over the properties and companies of such persons as had taken Pakistani nationality.These enemy properties were vested with the Custodian of Enemy Property for India. MORE PTI AMR SK MNGlast_img read more

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Exactly a year after FIFA World Cup heartbreak, England make amends in cricket

first_imgExactly a year after FIFA World Cup heartbreak, England make amends in cricketICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Is it really coming home this time? A year after Gareth Southgate’s men agonoisingly lost the FIFA World Cup semi-final in Moscow, Eoin Morgan-led English cricket team raised hopes of their maiden Cricket World Cup win with a dominant performance in the semi-final against 5-time champions Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday.advertisement Next Akshay Ramesh BirminghamJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:24 IST Tale of 2 World Cups for England: July 11, 2018 – semi-final loss; July 11,2019 – semi-final win (Getty Images/AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland lost the FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-final on July 11 in MoscowEoin Morgan’s men crushed Australia to progress to World Cup 2019 finalEngland will face New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on SundayEngland believed that the World Cup was coming home. There was a genuine buzz about the country’s football team that punched above its weight and made it to the last-four of FIFA World Cup in 2018 in Russia.Millions had gathered at pubs and public screenings across the major cities in England. At the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, England fans waited for history to unveil. They hadn’t reached the final of a FIFA World Cup since 1966, which was also the last time they won the Jules Rimet Trophy.England had survived some tough situations in the knockout stages. Their Round of 16 win over Colombia that was decided on penalties showed the new English side, under Gareth Southgate, was capable of holding the nerves at crunch moments.When Kieran Trippier found the back of the net as early as the 5th minute of the semi-final, the English fans reassured themsleves that the World Cup was coming home. Howver, at the end of 120 minutes of a fiercely-fought battle, England’s World Cup dream was over. Croatia won the semi-final 2-1 after Mario Mandzukic’s winner in the 2nd half of extra-time.England football team had won millions of hearts but no trophy to show for. England were unable to put behind the disappointmenet of the semi-final heartbreak and the impact of the defeat was seen in their listless display against Belgium in their third-place playoff defeat.Cut to July 11, 2019, England did not mess it up this time in the semi-final. Eoin Morgan’s men were up against five-time champions Australia in the last-four match of World Cup 2019.advertisementOdds were stacked in favour of Australia as they hadn’t lost a single World Cup semi-final in 8 previous attempts before heading into the Edgbaston tie against England on Thursday.Eoin Morgan’s England a win away from bringing it homeHowever, England came up with a ruthless performance that saw Australia comfortably outclassed and ousted from the World Cup.After opting to bat first, Australia were jolted early by Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes. The holders never recovered from the early loss of wickets even as Steve Smith scored a valiant 85. Australia ended with 223 on the board.A Jason Roy-Jonny Bairstow special at the top of the order saw England make light work of the target as they got past the finish line in just 32.3 overs.The World Cup 2019 semi-final was one-sided so much so that Australia captain Aaron Finch conceded that the 8-wiciket defeat was their “worst performance” in a World Cup match.England have lived up to the billing of pre-tournament favourites. They suffered a dip in form after back-to-back loses ot Sri Lanka and Australia in the group-stages but have bounced back in style.Eoin Morgan speaks to the media after England’s #CWC19 semi-final triumph over Australia. #WeAreEngland | #AUSvENG pic.twitter.com/y2tVkEg6VICricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 11, 2019New Zealand are waiting in the final which will be played at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s. Since the start of the decade, host nations have gone on to win the Cricket World Cup 2019 — India in 2011, Australia in 2015. Is it England’s time this year?The founders of the game haven’t won a 50-over World Cup title yet. But if Eoin Morgan-led side’s performances in World Cup 2019 are anything to go by, the fans can certainly believe that it’s coming home this time.Also Read | India’s World Cup campaign ends in heartbreak: Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri’s tactical blundersAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow FIFA World CUP 2018Follow Gareth SouthgateFollow Eoin MorganFollow Lord’slast_img read more

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DSME Plunges into Red with USD 1 Bn Loss

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has returned to the red as it reported a net loss in the second quarter of 2016 at KRW 1.2 trillion (USD 1 billion), compared to a net profit of KRW 31.4 billion seen in the first quarter of the year.The company’s net loss widened compared to the second quarter of 2015 when it was at KRW 430.7 billion, while its net loss for the first half of 2016 reached KRW 1.18 trillion, against a net loss of KRW 1.04 trillion seen in the first half of 2015.DSME’s operating loss was at KRW 423.6 billion in the second quarter, against an operating loss of KRW 582 billion reported in the same period a year earlier. For the first half of the year, the company’s operating loss stood at KRW 449.9 billion, against an operating loss of KRW 1.2 trillion seen in the first half of 2015.During the quarter, South Korean authorities launched an accounting probe into the shipbuilder’s financials and revealed an accounting fraud in the amount of some KRW 5.4 trillion (USD 4.6 billion).The authorities also found out that the company’s management undertook business projects without legitimate procedures, as well as that the shipbuilder’s main creditor Korea Development Bank failed to conduct proper inspections on DSME’s management.The country’s prosecutors questioned two of the company’s former Chief Executive Officer, Ko Jae-ho and Nam Sang-tae, as part of the accounting probe.Additionally, the company’s former Chief Financial Officer, identified only by his surname Kim, was reportedly charged with taking part in the accounting fraud in July.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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AmarinderSidhu tussle intensifies as former cricketer hits back at CM

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu Thursday hit back at Chief Minister Amarinder Singh saying he has been unfairly “singled out” for the poor performance of the Congress and that some people wanted him out of the party.Sidhu also defended the working of his local government department saying that no other minister in the Amarinder Singh dispensation has worked “so transparently.” His reaction came after the chief minister said that Sidhu’s performance as a minister needed to be reviewed as he had “not been able to handle his own department”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAmarinder Singh had said that the Congress in Punjab performed poorly in urban areas and Sidhu was the minister for urban development. Maintaining that Sidhu’s remarks on sacrilege issue “might have affected the party’s performance in Bathinda”, he had said that he would take up the issue with the party high command once things settled after the election results. Responding to the chief minister’s remarks, Sidhu said his department was a “rudderless ship” when he had joined it. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe cricketer-turned-politician said in the past two years, the department has managed to generate Rs 6,000 crore and all its projects are being completed on war-footing basis. “There are same eight or nine people who in the past also wanted me to be thrown out of the party, but I have never spoken a word against them,” Sidhu said. “The department didn’t even have five paisa. No money to give salaries to its employees, there was no vision, no accountability and no question was raised over its functioning,” he said. “I have announced unlimited funds for 16 cities of the state falling under the Centre’s AMRUT scheme. I allocated Rs 1,700 crore for sewerage plants and Rs 3,000 crore for fitting of pipes,” the Punjab minister said. Amarinder Singh and Sidhu have openly been at loggerheads over several issues. The chief minister had said that Sidhu’s yari and jhappi (friendship and hugs) with the Pakistani army chief would not be tolerated, especially by Army personnel, who were being killed by the ISI-backed terrorists.last_img read more

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Kothari storms into final of international billiards meet

first_imgMelbourne: Reigning world billiards champion Sourav Kothari stormed into the final of the Pacific International Billiards with a thrilling win over Dhvaj Haria here on Thursday. In Friday’s final, Kothari will take on multiple-time world champion Peter Gilchrist of Singapore, who produced another classy display to outwit an in-form Dhruv Sitwala of India, 1250-823. “It’s a great feeling to play finals of billiards after winning the snooker event a couple of days back,” said Kothari, who had become the first Indian to win a Triple Crown event by bagging the Pacific International Snooker Championship — The Reventon Classic earlier this week. After disposing off Robbie Chilcott of Australia rather comfortably 750-222 with big breaks of 243 and 193 in the long up format of 750 points, Kothari faced a tough challenge from seasoned Englishman Rob Hall in the quarter-finals. To counter a massive break of 290 by Hall, Kothari had to bring in the required consistency with breaks of 197, 77, 77, 125, 98 and finished the proceedings with a well-crafted unfinished break of 165 to win 1000-684.last_img read more

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Minister Valcourt unaware of residential school document destruction denial policy

first_imgJorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt says he’s unaware of an internal analysis drafted by his department outlining Ottawa’s position to officially deny Indian residential school documents were ever intentionally destroyed.Valcourt faced questions from the NDP during question period Thursday following an APTN National News story based on an Aboriginal Affairs internal analysis describing the reason behind Ottawa’s policy to claim missing residential school documents were accidentally destroyed.The department’s analysis said an admission that residential school documents were ever intentionally destroyed would open the federal government to litigation.Compensation payments to residential school survivors under the multi-billion dollar settlement agreement are largely based on historical records proving students attended the institutions.Over 50,000 survivors have failed to obtain their claimed compensation because no historical record existed proving they attended the schools.Valcourt said he was not aware the department had drafted an analysis on the issue.“If my department issued such a document officially, show it to me,” said Valcourt, in an interview.APTN National News forwarded the document to the minister’s office, which claimed it did not reflect government policy and was written by a junior bureaucrat.“The document in question was a draft written by a junior staffer. It does not reflect the government’s views,” said Valcourt’s spokesperon Jason MacDonald.MacDonald, however, did not state what exactly the government’s views were in respect to the destruction of residential school documents.Download (PDF, Unknown)Indian residential school documents were pulped and incinerated as a result of three major rounds of government-wide document destruction directives issued between 1936 and 1973.Valcourt seemed perturbed by the NDP’s line of questioning during QP and appeared to believe B.C. MP Jean Crowder, the party’s Aboriginal affairs critic, was accusing the Harper government of destroying documents.“Well 1939, I was not here, this government was not here, we did not destroy documents,” he said. “Unless the genius of the NDP can resurrect 1939 documents, there is nothing I can do.”The federal government maintains that none of these documents were ever purposely destroyed, but fell victim to floods and fires, according to an Aboriginal Affairs analysis recently obtained by the National Residential School Survivor Society through the Access to Information Act.“The government of Canada has taken the position that there was no deliberate destruction of student records and residential school documents and that documents were destroyed as a result of institutions that burnt down or were flooded,” says a departmental analysis from 2009. “The admission of the deliberate destruction of student records and documents might spur further legal action against the government of Canada.”The analysis was triggered by a report issued by the National Residential School Survivor Society which took issue with the missing paper trails that left many residential school survivors receiving far less in compensation than they initially claimed because they couldn’t prove how many years they actually attended the school.Under the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement, $1.9 billion was set aside for “Common Experience Payments” which were based on the number of years former students attended the schools.A separate, Independent Assessment Process, was created to deal with compensation for abuse suffered at the schools.Crowder said it was troubling Aboriginal Affairs appeared to have such a limited grasp over the issue of historical residential school documents.“If the department doesn’t have a handle on whether documents were destroyed or not, then there are serious repercussions for survivors if documents were destroyed because we know those documents were relied on for compensation,” said Crowder.The federal government is already stinging from this week’s release of the spring Auditor General’s report which chided Aboriginal Affairs and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission over their handling of the transfer of existing residential school documents.With the TRC facing the end of its mandate in a little over a year, it’s still unclear how much it will cost to gather all the remaining documents, who will pay for it or even what documents are “relevant.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Manitoba chief says woman tried to blackmail him over images sent from

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson says he is the victim of attempted extortion over an image on his phone. (APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe chief of Manitoba’s biggest first nation says someone tried to blackmail him over images that were sent from his phone in a speech in March during the community’s band election.“They threatened me. They threatened my family,” Glenn Hudson said in video of the speech that was posted to Facebook and recently shared with APTN News.Hudson was re-elected to serve four more years as chief of Peguis First Nation in April.APTN left several messages asking Hudson to comment further but he did not respond.The band’s director of communications, Dwayne Bird, also didn’t reply to an email seeking more information.In the video, Hudson said “a young lady” demanded $1,000 or threatened to release a photo of a man’s penis to his election opponents.APTN has learned the photo was sent from Hudson’s phone to a second woman – allegedly by accident.But she told friends about it – one of whom saw it as an opportunity to allegedly extort the chief.Hudson said the woman upped her demand to $1,500 the next day.So he called police.“You can’t allow people to do that,” he said, noting his wife was in full agreement.“She’s said, ‘Charge her,’” Hudson said in the speech. “Otherwise they’re going to continue to do that.”Hudson said the blackmailer backed down and apologized after police arrived.A copy of part of a texting conversation on the phone of Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson. (APTN)Copies of the original messages between Hudson and the second woman in January were posted on Facebook and shared with APTN.APTN is not naming the woman, who was not involved in the blackmail scheme and expressed shock at seeing the photo of a man’s penis that popped up on her screen.“What is that a picture of?” the woman texted to Hudson.“You just sent me a obscene picture.”“Idk (I don’t know) where?” Hudson texted back. “I don’t see anything on my phone.“What crazy must be hacked,” he added.Claiming his phone was ‘hacked’ is the same defence used by Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, who is on leave of absence from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs after his own texting scandal broke earlier this month.Dumas said someone impersonated him on Facebook Messenger and in cellphone texts despite the texts appearing to come from a phone number that belonged to him.He said “spoof” texts can “make a message appear to come from one cell phone number when, in fact, they originate from another.”Hudson, who co-nominated Dumas for the position of grand chief two years ago, offers alternative theories for the penis photo sent from his phone, including that he hit a wrong button and asked the woman to delete it.He also refused to answer questions about the Dumas texting story from APTN at a recent event.“Promise that you erase that stupid video pic,” he told the woman by message.“Was sent by mistake in hitting a button I guess.”It is not illegal for adults to share nude photos unless the pictures are accompanied by threats or involve child pornography.“Guys shared stupid stuff even to me,” Hudson texted.“I’m sorry. Never do that kinda things.”The Peguis band council released a statement expressing confidence in Dumas following the texting revelation.The community, 170 kilometres north of Winnipeg, has a sexual harassment policy, but it applies to employees – not elected officials.last_img read more

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UN officials call on Chinese business leaders to utilize technology for development

“Development is no longer the sole responsibility of governments and non-governmental organizations,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang told a group of more than 40 Chinese executives gathered in New York. “We also need to harness the collective strength of private sector entities in support of our development efforts. We therefore consider you as an indispensable stakeholder in the fight against poverty, illiteracy and disease.” Speaking at a panel on the role of information and communication technology (ICT) to address development problems, Mr. Sha said that “ICT connects the world and can give everyone a voice. It can aid education through distance learning, content creation and teacher training. It can empower women by helping them to acquire new skills, create business enterprises and create wealth.” Sarbuland Khan, the Executive Coordinator of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development, said the Alliance provides an opportunity for private sector executives from China to express their views on how to minimize poverty in China, India and across the developing world. “You can take advantage of our platform to become more profitable, but also to contribute to the reduction of poverty,” he noted. Participants agreed that bolstering information technology can serve to improve quality of life, and that the provision of training is in the best interest of corporations. Some attendees cited impediments to the spread of technology, such as the lack of appropriate software and computer illiteracy. The panel was part of an all-day meeting, organized by Friendship Across Frontier and the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development, which brought together Chinese and United States executives to discuss bilateral economic relations, trends in business and technology, and strategies in steering private Chinese companies into the global business arena. 24 August 2007United Nations officials yesterday called on top Chinese executives to utilize information technology to improve the plight of poor people in their home country and around the world. read more

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Army police used schools during war – Report

“The moment troops establish a base inside a school, they can turn it into a target for attack,” said Diya Nijhowne, director of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack. “When soldiers use schools and universities they are often putting their own convenience over the safety and education of students.”The countries with reported military use of education institutions between 2005 and October 2012 are: Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, India, Iraq, Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territory, Libya, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Uganda, and Yemen. The 77-page study, “Lessons In War: Military Use of Schools and Other Education Institutions during Conflict”, examines the use of schools and other education institutions for military purposes by government armed forces and opposition or pro-government armed groups during times of armed conflict or insecurity. Schools are used for barracks, logistics bases, operational headquarters, weapons and ammunition caches, detention and interrogation centers, firing and observation positions, and recruitment grounds. A new report released today says both the army and police used schools during the war against the LTTE.Between January 2005 and October 2012, the study found, armed forces and armed groups used education institutions in at least 24 countries, a substantial majority of the countries with armed conflicts during this period. The list included countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. The use of schools and other education institutions for military purposes by armed forces and non-state armed groups during wartime endangers students and their education around the world, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in the study released today. The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) is an alliance of United Nations agencies and organizations from the fields of education in emergencies, higher education, international human rights, and international humanitarian law, dedicated to addressing the problem of attacks on students, teachers, schools, and universities during armed conflict. GCPEA is governed by a steering committee made up of Education Above All, Human Rights Watch, Save the Children International, Scholar Rescue Fund, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Lessons In War: Military Use of Schools and Other Education Institutions during Conflict” is the result of an independent external study commissioned by GCPEA. It is independent of the individual member organizations of the Steering Committee of GCPEA and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Steering Committee member organizations. read more

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UN officials voice shock and dismay at deadly Israeli shelling of Gaza

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan took note of the reported announcement by Israel of a full investigation and said he looked forward to its early results. He also called on the Palestinians to halt attacks against Israeli targets.Mr. Annan told reporters later that in telephone calls over the weekend he had urged Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to exercise maximum restraint and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to stop the rocket attacks. He added that he hoped measures would be taken to avoid a re-occurrence of today’s shelling.The Security Council President for November, Ambassador Jorge Voto-Bernales of Peru, summoned the 15-member body for urgent consultations on the situation, including today’s shelling of the residential area in Beit Hanoun. “Only last Friday, the Secretary-General expressed his deep concern about the rising death toll caused by the Israeli military operation in northern Gaza, given that such operations inevitably cause civilian casualties,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said. “The Secretary-General reminds both sides of their obligations under international humanitarian law regarding the protection of civilians in armed conflict.”UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Alvaro de Soto said he was “deeply shocked and appalled” by the shelling.“The UN Special Coordinator cannot but express his condemnation and call upon the Israeli Government to call off these and other military operations with delay,” he said in a statement, also calling on the Palestinian side to cease attacks against Israeli targets.“This morning’s tragedy is yet more evidence, if any were needed, of the necessity to end this futile and provocative cycle of violence,” the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) which cares for Palestinian refugees, Karen AbuZayd, said in a statement. Noting that only yesterday she visited Beit Hanoun shortly after Israeli forces left the area following a six-day occupation and saw “first hand the despair of people trying to come to terms with death and destruction on a scale not seen in Gaza for many years,” she too voiced “shock and dismay at the killing of yet more Palestine refugees.”In a related development an independent UN human rights expert today called on the Security Council to take “urgent action” on what he called Israel’s “brutal collective punishment of a people” in Gaza. “The Quartet, comprising the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and the Russian Federation, has done little to halt Israel’s attacks,” John Dugard, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said in a statement today.“Worse still, the Security Council has failed to adopt any resolution on the subject or attempt to restore peace to the region. The time has come for urgent action on the part of the Security Council. Failure to act at this time will seriously damage the reputation of the Security Council,” he added.Special Rapporteurs are unpaid independent advisory experts with a mandate from the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. The Quartet has promoted the so-called Road Map peace plan which calls for Israelis and Palestinians to live side-by-side in two States, originally by the end of last year. “On 25 June 2006 Israel embarked on a military operation in Gaza that has resulted in over 300 deaths, including many civilians; over 1,000 injuries; large-scale devastation of public facilities and private homes; the destruction of agricultural lands; the disruption of hospitals, clinics and schools; the denial of access to adequate electricity, water and food; and the occupation and imprisonment of the people of Gaza,” Mr. Dugard said.“This brutal collective punishment of a people, not a government, has passed largely unnoticed by the international community,” he added. read more

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Ban reiterates support to establish nuclear weaponfree zone in Middle East

The Conference, also backed by Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, would take place next year in Finland, and would be facilitated by the Finnish Under-Secretary of State, Jaakko Laajava.“I have worked closely with the co-conveners to support the facilitator, Mr. Jaakko Laajava,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“He has conducted intensive consultations with the States of the region to prepare the convening of the conference in 2012. I have also personally engaged with the States of the region at the highest level to underline the importance of the Conference in promoting long-term regional stability, peace and security on the basis of equality.” Mr. Ban stressed that organizing States have a collective responsibility to make every effort to convene the conference as mandated, and said he would continue to work with them on that basis. He also noted his full support for the proposal put forward by Mr. Laajava to conduct multilateral consultations in the shortest possible time to allow the conference to be held in early 2013.“I encourage all States of the region to continue their constructive engagement with the facilitator,” Mr. Ban said. “I also appeal to them to seize this rare opportunity to initiate a process that entails direct engagement on security issues – a critical shortcoming at the moment – and follow-on steps leading to achieving the complete elimination of all weapons of mass destruction in the region, nuclear, chemical and biological and their delivery systems.”The May 2010 review meeting of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – which takes place every five years – called for a UN-sponsored conference to establish a nuclear-free Middle East to be attended by all States in the region.Ahead of the 2010 meeting, Mr. Ban had called for the number of nuclear-weapon-free zones to multiply and ultimately span the globe. “My goal – our goal – is to make the whole world a nuclear-weapon-free zone,” he stated, calling such zones the “success stories of the disarmament movement.”Currently, there are five such zones: Latin America and the Caribbean; the South Pacific; South-East Asia; Central Asia; and Africa. read more

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Pryors flashy legacy on the line with Bucks

For Terrelle Pryor, the Sugar Bowl is bigger than busting Ohio State’s 0-9 slump against the SEC in bowl games or redeeming the Big Ten after its horrid, winless New Year’s Day bowl performance. The junior quarterback’s mental toughness and his ability to fight through adversity will be on display. If he fails to rise to the occasion, it will harm his legacy, something that Pryor speaks so fondly about. In his attempts to rally the spirit of the Buckeye faithful, Pryor has boasted that he’ll get his “jersey hung up” at Ohio Stadium and that he “wants to leave a legacy here.” Apparently whatever legacy of success Pryor has at OSU is neatly displayed on some guy’s mantel, rather than at the Horseshoe. After the public learned of the Buckeye players’ five-game suspensions for improper benefits, including selling awards and receiving discounted tattoos, the legacy of selfish behavior seems to be the only one they’re leaving behind. That’s certainly not what Pryor implied originally. Of course, Pryor is not the only Buckeye guilty of selling out tradition for personal gain, but he obviously is the most prominent of the bunch and the most oft criticized. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is seemingly Pryor’s most public and outspoken critic. The former Buckeye quarterback ripped Pryor for his sideline demeanor during games, to which Pryor responded by calling Herbstreit a “fake Buckeye” on Twitter. That’s coming from the “true” Buckeye in Pryor — if “true” Buckeyes hock their hard-earned, team-oriented rewards for cash and tattoos. At the end of the day, showcasing your “school pride” with a giant Block “O” tattoo that looks like a 4-year-old scribbled it in crayon doesn’t sound like it’s worth the price to me. That may sound harsh, but it’s tame in comparison to Herbstreit’s blanket statements about Pryor’s award-selling controversy, such as, “You wonder how much involvement he had in this, if he was the ringleader in this.” I, meanwhile, can’t help but wonder why Herbstreit’s obnoxious Byers Auto Group commercials on local TV label him an “MVP quarterback.” Is it his memorable 8-3-1 1992 campaign as OSU’s starter? Is it referring to his legendary days in Centerville’s peewee league? Whatever the case may be, he’s certainly the “MVP” of hyperbole when it comes to trying to prove to college football fans that he’s not a biased Buckeye. If Pryor’s saltiness toward his critics in harsh times is any indication of how he’ll play on the field, it doesn’t look too good. The tweet parade doesn’t stop with Herbstreit, as Pryor even addressed the rumors of getting improper benefits before the suspensions were passed down. “I paid for my tattoos. Go Bucks,” Pryor posted on his personal Twitter feed. That tweet mysteriously and conveniently disappeared a day later. Evidently, he’s taking public relations lessons from his “mentor” LeBron James. In the face of all the criticism, the Sugar Bowl presents an opportunity for OSU and, most importantly, for Pryor. It’s a challenge more demanding than a last-second drive to beat Wisconsin in Madison. Essentially, it’s steeper than any challenge he’s faced in his career. A singular, heroic, final-minute drive defines just a season. How Pryor and his fellow Buckeyes respond to the public backlash will define their entire careers. If Pryor replicates his winning performance from last year’s Rose Bowl and makes good on his promise to return next season, his decaying legacy can be salvaged. OSU currently has a 30-3 record with him as a starter, and that sparkling record on his résumé will stand out even more with a strong end to his career. However, if he’s not able to steer the Buckeyes through its most trying time in the Jim Tressel era, he’s an outcast, much like Herbstreit appears to be within the Buckeye community. Starting with this Sugar Bowl, we will find out if Pryor’s closer to Archie Griffin or Maurice Clarett in OSU lore. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the nimble-footed quarterback, however, it’s not to count him out when the weight of the world is seemingly on his shoulders. Look no further than the fourth-and-10 against Iowa earlier this season. read more

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Royal Ballet musical director steps in to save the day only for

When the harpist of the Royal Opera House failed to turn up to a performance of Swan Lake, the perfect stand-in appeared to be waiting in the wings.As panic reigned backstage, Koen Kessels, the musical director of the Royal Ballet, bravely stepped forward and decided to accompany the orchestra on the piano himself.However his impromptu performance did not go entirely to plan.Some audience members walked out, while others complained about wrong notes played on an out of tune piano.Mr Kessels grew up playing the piano, but by his own admission lacked the “genius” required to be a world-leading concert pianist. “I can be disciplined when I’m obsessive about something, but I wasn’t truly obsessive about the piano,” he has said. Dancers on stage in the Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake Conductor and harp stand-in KesselsCredit:JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP “Koen Kessels is a conductor, he’s not a pianist, he’s not a concert pianist. He’s an orchestra conductor.“Getting a harpist in time wasn’t feasible.  A harpist did come in but didn’t make it in time for the start.“The harp is a very distinctive instrument and there was just one in the orchestra. It’s not like a violin where having one missing we could recover.“In Swan Lake the harp has a moment in Act II.“Things like this happen rarely and normally you can get somebody in to cover, there are systems in place to get people in.“But in this instance there was difficulty getting someone in at the right moment.“It’s difficult getting someone across London in time. If somebody is unwell we usually have more notice.“It was a rare and extraordinary circumstance.” The piano he played is usually reserved for warming up performers rather than a concert grand.Some audience members reportedly walked out on hearing that there was no harp available and the part would be played on the piano.One member of the audience said that “those of us who stayed witnessed piano playing with lots of wrong notes, on an instrument in desperate need of tuning.” However, others praised Mr Kessels’s last-minute rendition. “That was the performance I loved best out of four Swan Lakes I saw during this run”, said another audience member.“Obviously I noticed, because the famous harp bit was played on the piano, but I still enjoyed the performance”, they said.A harpist was eventually found and arrived in time to play Acts III and IV.  The confusion led to show finishing around 25 minutes later than planned.Mr Kessels studied at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp and made his conducting debut at the Royal Ballet with a 2008 production of The Nutcracker.He is the music director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and was appointed to the same post at the Royal Ballet in the 2015/16 season. Dancers on stage in the Royal Ballet production of Swan LakeCredit:Alastair Muir/amx A spokesman for the Royal Opera House said: “It was a particularly unusual circumstance caused by a scheduling mix up”. He instead chose to be a conductor, after a friend told him that conductors are “the only one who doesn’t play an instrument”.This was not the case in this performance on June 8, as Mr Kessels doggedly got through the celebrated harp cadenza and the violin solo with harp accompaniment.After Act I went ahead without a harp, the Belgian conductor was literally waiting in the wings to step in for Act II and played a piano on the side of the stage, as there was not time to get one into the pit. Conductor and harp stand-in Kessels Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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David Schwimmer spoofs beer thief lookalike in video response to Blackpool police

Ross from friends lookalike video  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Friends star David Schwimmer (right) spoofed the beer thief lookalike (left) in a video response to Blackpool PoliceCredit:Blackpool Police/@DavidSchwimmer  He signed off the tweet with the hashtag “It wasn’t me”, and wished officers in Blackpool the best of luck with their investigation. Following numerous responses, Lancashire Constabulary replied: “Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses.”We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date.”We’re so sorry it has to be this way.”The story eventually reached Schwimmer in the US, who posted a video of him in an American supermarket carrying a crate of cans down an aisle.  Officers, I swear it wasn’t me.As you can see, I was in New York.To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.#itwasntme pic.twitter.com/EDFF9dZoYR— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018 David Schwimmer has responded after social media users drew attention to an alleged thief who bears a resemblance to his character in the sitcom Friends.Police in Blackpool had posted on Facebook asking for witnesses to identify a suspect pictured leaving a restaurant carrying what appeared to be a carton of cans.Facebook users quickly piled into the comments section, pointing out the suspect’s likeness to Schwimmer’s character Ross Geller in the well-loved US show.The alleged theft happened on September 20, the post said. read more

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