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PVL goes to Tuguegarao, Bacolod, Iloilo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Malaysia bans travel to North Korea, football match postponed Read Next View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES “We just want to go straight to our fans in the provinces and show our appreciation to them for supporting the PVL through the years,” said Sports Vision president Ricky Palou.The PVL will also make stops in Bacolod City and Iloilo on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, respectively. No schedule of games for that leg has been released. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBatangas is also being eyed as a venue for future matches. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The Premier Volleyball League is scheduled to play exhibition games in three cities outside of the capital in October in an attempt to grow the brand outside of Metro Manila.Tuguegarao will be the first out-of-town host on Oct. 7 when San Sebastian takes on BanKo-Perlas at People’s Gym at 3:30 pm with the game between three-time champion Pocari Sweat and Creamline happening at 5:30 pm.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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London Olympics medal winner Mary Kom to resume training next year

first_imgAfter her bronze medal-winning feat at the London Olympics, boxer MC Mary Kom has had to attend a lot of felicitation ceremonies, and has also been invited to fashion shows and a soap opera.Critics would say that boxing has taken a backseat for the five-time world champion and her passion for the game is falling prey to glamour, but the 29-year-old boxer sees it differently.She believes that the felicitations are a temporary phase and her focus is on achieving more success in her sport.”Boxing is still the priority and it will never take a backseat. I did some ramp walks but those were for social causes.I am physically and mentally fit to fight,” Mary said.”I have no major competition this year, so I am on a sort of leave. When my next competition nears, I will go to my old schedule,” she said on the sidelines of a ceremony where Mahindra presented her with their latest SUV Bolero.Does her tight schedule and various functions and events allow her time to train? “Since I am not preparing for a competition, I don’t need to go through the rigours of training, but I have still kept myself in shape and my weight is always between 48-51kg. I go to the gym, whether at home or in a hotel,” said Mary Kom.”I have to play in a few tournaments next year and will restart my training full-on only then,” she added.It’s interesting to see that her five world titles did not win her the accolades that an Olympic bronze medal did. Prior to the Olympics, people in sporting circles knew her but the London feat has made her a household name. Everywhere she goes, fans follow her and the business houses shower cash prizes on her. How does she celebrate her star status? “I feel extremely happy when people acknowledge my achievements and honour me for what I have done in my career. Life has changed as now I travel a lot.Earlier, I used to go to competitions and training camps. I am gradually adjusting to my changed lifestyle,” Mary said.Commonwealth Games Federation has announced recently that women’s boxing would be a part of the 2014 Games in Glasgow with competition in three categories, including one in which Mary Kom features – 51kg.It means there could be a possible showdown between her and London Olympics gold medallist Briton Nicola Adams, who beat Mary Kom in the semi- finals.”She is a tough boxer and as of now we can’t say whether such a bout will take place but I will prepare myself better than before and iron out any possible flaws in my game,” said Mary.She is excited about movie director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s plan to make a film on her. While she says she will not act in it, Mary considers the movie as a great vehicle to encourage youngsters to take up boxing.”I am not good at acting, I am good only in the ring. So there is no point in working in the film. I am sure the director will finalise a good star cast.”But movies on sportspersons have played a great role in motivating youngsters to opt for sports as a career and I expect this movie to make the same impact,” she said.While a lot of felicitations have made her happy, government apathy still hurts her.After her 2010 World Championship gold and the 2012 Olympic bronze, the Manipur government had promised her three acres of land for an academy and promotion to the post of superintendent of police, but both haven’t been kept as yet.”I am still waiting for the papers of the land the state government had promised me two years ago and again after the Olympics. Neither have I been promoted to the post of SP. The government should keep its promises,” Mary signed off.advertisementlast_img read more

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Cyclone Ockhi’s surprise gift for Delhi: Air quality goes from ‘severe’ and ‘very poor’ to just ‘poor’

first_imgThanks to cyclone Ockhi, Delhi’s air quality, which has been in ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ categories for some time, improved to ‘poor’ on Wednesday.Dipankar Saha, air lab chief of the Central Pollution Control Board, said, “Our air quality is improving every hour and we hope it will continue to improve.””Now the wind is blowing very easily from north to south with a speed of 4.5 m/s, which has resulted in dispersion of pollutants, leading to improvement in air quality after long pause,” he added. Just days ago, NASA Earth, in an update posted on its website, said the smog and remnants of air pollution present over northern India might be cleared by the arrival of Ockhi.SMOG CHOKES CAPITAL Pollution and smog have been major problems in northern India, especially in Delhi. The air quality in the national capital troubled visiting Sril Lankan cricket team as well.The first week of November saw particularly dense smog envelope New Delhi and the rest of the National Capital Region (NCR), with residents taking to social media to highlight how the bad air quality had destroyed visibility in the national capital.Along with this, private air monitoring networks, including some NGOs, reported that the air quality in NCR had turned poisonous, leading to both the Delhi government and Centre facing tough questions over how and why the failed to battle a recurring problem.While the situation improved slightly in the weeks since then, the issue was thrust back into the limelight when members of the Sri Lankan national cricket team were seen sporting masks during their test match against India at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.advertisementSri Lanka’s complaints over poor air quality even led to play being briefly halted, in what was seen as a major embarrasment for the national capital.WATCH | How can Delhi fight pollution? Here’s what Mexican envoy to India Melba Pria has to saylast_img read more

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Wriddhiman Saha shines as India A take lead vs West Indies A in 1st unofficial Test

first_imgComeback man Wriddhiman Saha and Shivam Dube shared 124 crucial runs for the sixth wicket after a top order struggle as India A took a 71-run lead in their first innings on Day 2 of the first unofficial Test against West India A here.After resuming on 70 for 1, India A added 229 runs at the expense of seven wickets as the visitors were placed at 299 for 8 at stumps on Day 2 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. India A had bowled out the home side for 228 on the first day.Saha, who was named in the Test squad for the West Indies tour next month after spending in the sidelines for more than a year due to an injury, was batting on 61 not out off 146 deliveries. He has hit six fours do far.The Bengal wicketkeeper batsman and Dube revived the India A innings after they were reduced to 168 for 5. After Dube was out, India A lost two lower-order batsmen in quick succession for the addition of just seven runs.Krishnappa Gowtham (6) and Shahbaz Nadeem (0) were out at the score of 299. The stumps were drawn when Nadeem was out in the 99th over of the India A innings.Earlier, opener Priyank Panchal (49) and Shubman Gill (40) added 46 runs for the second wicket before they were separated. Captain Hanuma Vihari contributed 31 runs off 80 deliveries while Srikar Bharat was out for a first-ball duck as India lost wickets at regular intervals.For West Indies A, pacer Miguel Cummins was the most successful bowler on the day with three wickets while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall took two. Chemar Holder and Jomel Warrican got one wicket each.advertisementBrief ScoresWest Indies A: 228 all out in 66.5 overs.India A: 299 for 8 in 99 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 61 not out, Shivam Dube 71, Priyank Panchal 49; Miguel Cummins 3/36).Also Read | Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Lasith Malinga in 1st ODI vs BangladeshAlso Read | Meet the 100-year-old fan who came to Lord’s to cheer IrelandAlso See:last_img read more

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Swindon’s Michael Doughty: ‘I’ll never apologise for my background’

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Read more Nottingham Forest Share on LinkedIn On a late summer afternoon in London, in a coffee shop a few yards away from the canal boats moored in Paddington Basin, Michael Doughty is eloquently piecing together his life story, talking about everything from wearing straw hats to school to scoring hat‑tricks for Swindon as he explains his unlikely journey into the “lion’s den” of professional football.Erudite and gregarious, Doughty breaks the mould when it comes to the stereotypical footballer. The 25-year-old is a straight-A student for a start (literally – he has 14 A grades on his CV) and was educated at Harrow. He is also the eldest son of Nigel, the former Nottingham Forest owner, who was a hugely successful businessman, staunch supporter of the Labour party and among the wealthiest people in Britain when he died six years ago, at the age of 54. Share via Email Topics Share on Facebook Doughty goes on to explain how he learned to “embrace that difference” between him and his teammates by “playing on” the predictable gags. “I’d get called ‘posh boy’ and all that stuff, in a jokey way,” the midfielder says. “My youth-team coach at QPR always used to make jokes about me landing on the field in a helicopter. It was hilarious and at the time it really was a good leveller for me. It was almost like: ‘You’re not at Harrow now, Mike, this is the real world. You’re not putting on your straw hat to go to lessons.’”Harrow evokes happy memories for Doughty, who describes the school as “almost like a modern-day Hogwarts without the magic”. In an understated way, he reveals he left with 10 GCSEs, eight of them A*s and the other two As, as well as not too shabby A-level results. “I did French, Spanish, geography and Latin. I got four As,” says Doughty, who was combining his studies with training and playing for QPR’s youth team at the time.Doughty is “under no illusions that [Harrow] is an incredibly privileged environment”, and recognises he has much to thank his father for in that respect. “He was from a working-class background, he didn’t do his A-levels, he didn’t go to university, and in a weird way I was probably living vicariously through his childhood dreams – going to a great school and having this career in football.”Over the course of an enjoyable hour-long chat, Doughty tells some lovely stories about his father, who was a lifelong Forest supporter. He remembers how they would go into the Lady Bay pub, just around the corner from the City Ground, to meet up with Patrick Bamford, who now plays for Leeds, and his father, Russell, who was best friends with Doughty’s dad, before taking their seats in the Brian Clough stand to watch their heroes. “Then, within a month, we were sat on the other side in the directors’ box,” says Doughty, smiling. “It’s credit to my dad that he still allowed me to stand on my chair and wear my Forest shirt.”Doughty’s father, who made his money as a venture capitalist, took over as Forest’s owner in 1999 and invested more than £100m in the club, yet he never got the success he craved. In October 2011, with Forest struggling in the Championship and supporter unrest growing, he announced he was standing down as chairman following what he described as a “very poor decision” to appoint Steve McClaren as manager. Four months later, he was found dead in the gymnasium at his home in Lincolnshire after having a heart attack.Although Doughty says the family “definitely feel a shift now in terms of his legacy at Forest”, he wishes his father knew just how much he was appreciated. “I remember just before he passed away he was really troubled by the reaction and relationship with the fans. I think it was a small minority but it still had quite a strong impact on him. And then afterwards we had this outpouring of love. So it’s bittersweet for me because I would have loved for him to have seen that.”For Doughty, who has an elder sister, Helena, and two younger brothers, Sean and Lucas, it has taken time to adjust to life without his father. “I didn’t necessarily deal with it for a while, I just sort of lived and was in this haze, trying to do the best I could,” he says. “And without getting too emotional, I made a promise to him when I saw him for the last time, which was that it’s my responsibility now to do that. He always taught me to be a man of my word and that’s what I take forward. I just try to do my best.”As the interview draws to a close and Doughty prepares to head back to the flat he shares in London with his fiancee, Anoushka, he wants to add one more thing in relation to his father. “I’m not trying to play a little violin,” he says. “I went to the best public school in the UK, I had the best head start in life, I’ve got everything that I could ever need in terms of family support and I’m doing every kid’s dream, which is playing football at a weekend in front of people. So I genuinely always feel quite lucky and grateful. And that’s just how I live my life, to be honest.” news Michael Doughty in action for Swindon against Newport. Photograph: Nigel Keene/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock Swindon Share on Messenger Facebook Pinterest Doughty, in short, is different. “I’ll never apologise for my background because I’m very proud of what my dad was able to achieve and I’m very proud of my own achievements, and that’s who I am,” he says. “Whether you’re from a council estate in Liverpool or you went to probably the most quintessential British school, there’s common ground and that’s being a human being and a good person.“Some of my best mates in football, we are polar opposites, but that’s what I love so much about it; you create friendships for life with people who you would never normally mix with. And that’s a really amazing part of the job.”Carving out a career as a footballer has been far from easy. Released by Chelsea after five years in their academy, Doughty moved on to Queens Park Rangers, where he spent a decade, making 16 appearances for the club in between eight loan spells. By the age of 22 he had played in all four divisions in England as well as the Scottish Premiership.Although he is thoroughly enjoying his football with Swindon, one of his biggest frustrations is that people continue to question whether someone with his upbringing possesses the hunger and desire to succeed in the game. “It’s a misconception and it’s something that still faces me today,” says Doughty, who has scored five goals in seven league games this season, including three on the opening day.I wouldn’t use the word prejudice but it’s a preconception of who I am, probably based on a caricature of Boris Johnson“I wouldn’t use the word prejudice, but it’s a preconception of who I am and probably based on some caricature in the Times of Boris Johnson. Just because you’re from a background of X doesn’t mean you don’t have any hunger. I think anyone that has worked with me in football, or outside of that, wouldn’t label that against me. But it’s just an easy narrative that is used in wider society. It’s as if people from well-off backgrounds, or good educations, are a certain type of person and people from lower-income backgrounds are of a certain way. And that’s just not the case. Not everyone is motivated in the same way or by the same things. I’ve always been motivated to be the best footballer that I can be.”Doughty smiles when it is put to him that the football industry can be a brutal place, especially for someone who stands out from the crowd. “To walk into the lion’s den which is the football dressingroom, and which can be unforgiving … at first I found myself trying to fit in, which obviously I don’t. Or I didn’t at that time. And I didn’t really know how to deal with that dynamic.“But my dad was always very strong with me and said: ‘Give as good as you get. You’ve got to be a man for them to take you seriously. And you’re there for ability and nothing else.’ And that’s one thing about football: it’s a complete meritocracy. You get to the point where you’re meant to get to and that’s based on work ethic and talent. And that’s what I’ve always loved – my football ability will always speak ahead of my grades, my background and the school that I went to.” Reuse this content Twitter Share on Twitter Grimsby manager Michael Jolley: ‘I saw the second tower fall – that stays with you’last_img read more

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Brazils Bolsonaro causes global outrage over Amazon fires

first_imgPorto Velho (Brazil): Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has insulted adversaries and allies, disparaged women, blacks and homosexuals, and even praised his country’s 1964-1985 dictatorship. Yet nothing has rallied more anger at home and criticism from abroad than his response to fires raging in parts of the Amazon region. The far-right populist leader initially dismissed the hundreds of blazes and then questioned whether activist groups might have started the fires in an effort to damage the credibility of his government, which has called for looser environmental regulations in the world’s largest rainforest to spur development. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn response, European leaders threatened to end a trade deal with Brazil and other South American nations. Thousands of people have demonstrated in cities across Brazil and outside Brazilian embassies around the world. #PrayforAmazonia became a worldwide trending topic. Pope Francis added his voice to the chorus of concern, warning that the “lung of forest is vital for our planet.” Bolsonaro finally took a less confrontational approach Friday and announced he would send 44,000 soldiers to help battle the blazes, which mostly seem to be charring land deforested, perhaps illegally, for farming and ranching rather than burning through stands of trees. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSome say it’s not enough and comes too late. “No democratic government has suffered such international criticism as Bolsonaro is going through,” said Mauricio Santoro, an international relations professor at Rio de Janeiro State University. “By breaching international environmental agreements, Brazil has been discredited, blurred and unable to exercise any type of leadership on the international stage.” Brazilian military planes began dumping water on fires in the Amazon state of Rondonia over the weekend, and a few hundred of the promised troops deployed into the fire zone. But many Brazilians again took to the streets in Rio de Janeiro and other cities Sunday to demand the administration do more. Some held banners that read: “Bol onaro is burning our future.” Bolsonaro has previously described rainforest protections as an obstacle to Brazil’s economic development. Critics say the record number of fires this year has been stoked by his encouragement of farmers, loggers and ranchers to speed efforts to strip away forest. Although he has now vowed to protect the area, they say it is only out of fear of a diplomatic crisis and economic losses. “The international pressure today has a bigger impact than the demonstrations by Brazilians on the streets,” Santoro said.last_img read more

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Vancouver appears to be out as World Cup city after BC raises

first_imgVICTORIA – It appears that Vancouver, which hosted the Women’s World Cup final in 2015, will not be part of the North American 2026 World Cup bid.The British Columbia government couldn’t come to an agreement with the so-called unified bid committee, representing Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, to host the men’s world soccer showcase.B.C. Tourism Minister Lisa Beare said Wednesday the provincial government’s submission was rejected.“We submitted our second bid last night and this morning we received notification that they’ve not accepted the bid,” Beare said.She said the government had concerns about the potential costs to taxpayers of hosting World Cup games at B.C. Place in Vancouver.“There’s very large concerns with the bid,” Beare said. “One of them being with FIFA to unilaterally change the stadium agreement at any point. That adds unknown costs and unknown risks to the B.C. taxpayers.”Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal had been identified as potential candidate cities for the 10 games that Canada would host under the unified bid plan.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said his city had been willing.“Major sporting events often have challenges around costs and managing financial risk. However, the city was all-in and hopeful that the federal and provincial governments would be able to arrive at a fair deal,” he said in a statement.“While I’m disappointed by this outcome, I look forward to pursuing further opportunities to bring world-class soccer and other sporting events to Vancouver in the future.”The Canadian Soccer Association declined a request for comment. The unified bid, which is up against Morocco to host the 2026 tournament, is due to deliver its bid book to FIFA by the end of the week.A decision on the winning bid will be made June 13 at the FIFA congress.It is up to FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, to make the final choice on candidate cities. Barring a change of heart, it looks like Vancouver will not be on the list should the unified bid prevail.The federal government threw its support behind the committee Tuesday with a promise of $5 million in immediate help if the bid wins.Earlier Wednesday, Beare said B.C. remains open to hosting some of the games if its requests to clarify financial obligations are met.“The prospect of hosting the FIFA World Cup is exciting for soccer fans and has the potential to bring significant economic and cultural benefits to British Columbia,” she said in a statement.“While we support the prospect of hosting the World Cup, we cannot agree to terms that would put British Columbians at risk of shouldering potentially huge and unpredictable costs.”Liberal legislator Jas Johal said he doesn’t understand why B.C. is out of the World Cup bid.“What is it that B.C. is unsure of,” he asked. “Why is Toronto moving forward? Montreal is moving forward. Edmonton is moving forward.”The new competition format will feature 16 groups of three with the top two from each pool advancing to a 32-team knockout. The tournament time period will remain at 32 days.last_img read more

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Heat warning continues in Calgary

first_imgA heat warning continues for Calgary and much of South-Central Alberta.The heat is expected to break Monday evening, but will return Wednesday.Environment Canada and Alberta Health Services are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to take frequent breaks from the heat, drink plenty of water and to not leave people or pets inside closed vehicles. Heat warnings are issued when very high temperatures pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.last_img

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Pot deliveries OKd into Calif communities that ban sales

first_imgLOS ANGELES — California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.The rule by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who say it will create an unruly grey market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting local control.The rule cleared by state lawyers Wednesday clarifies what had been apparently conflicting law and regulations about where marijuana can be delivered.Cannabis companies pushed for the change, since vast stretches of the state have banned pot activity or not set up rules to allow legal sales. They say consumers in those areas were effectively cut off from legal marijuana purchases, even though sales are legal in California.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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General Assembly hears calls to address root causes of terrorism

In the speeches delivered today by the Heads of State or Government and other high-ranking officials attending the weeklong debate, terrorism was the prevailing theme as many speakers also noted that the global community had been unified in its response to the events of 11 September.Much of the debate throughout the day also centred on the efforts needed to combat the root causes of the kind of discontent that might lead to such extreme actions, such as poverty, hunger, underdevelopment and neglect of human rights. The first speaker in the Assembly’s afternoon session, the President of Guatemala,, Alfonso Portillo Cabrera, told the General Assembly that as a small country his State mirrored the grave problems of today’s world while it struggled to cope with inequality, injustice and poverty that put “our peace and our democracy at risk.”“We still do not enjoy the benefits of the great scientific and technological achievements, but we still suffer from great social inequalities,” he said. “A country that has opened itself to the world, although the world has perhaps not opened itself to it in the same way.”As for the struggle against terrorism, President Portillo said it was a struggle against inequality in international economic relations, against ignorance and injustice and against discrimination, intolerance, exclusion and poverty that prevented the attainment of peace. “A peace associated with inequality, with poverty and injustice is a bad peace,” he said. “And let us not forget that a bad peace is worse than war.” The challenge for the world community, therefore, was to eliminate the universal threat posed by terrorism while renewing the ethical, political, legal and social bases that would ensure coexistence in a globalized world.Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Samoa’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, said fighting terrorism could not be separated from preventing conflict and organized crime, the spread of small arms and other weapons, or from ensuring that the conditions of poverty and despair that breed ignorance, hatred, violence and extremism are properly and effectively addressed. Respect for the rule of law will help deny to terrorists whatever they seek to gain from violence, he said.Highlighting the difficulties facing small island States such as Samoa, the Prime Minister said his delegation welcomed the recognition in various international fora of the fragility of small island States in the globalizing economy, but said much more needed to be done in terms of concrete actions. “Overcoming the well-recognized vulnerability of small island States like my own, and the exposure of island communities to the effects of global climate change, natural disasters, environmental damage and global economic shocks will be an essential element of sustainable development in all small island regions,” the Samoan leader said.For his part, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, called for an international conference on terrorism in order to agree on a definition of the scourge, one that would distinguished it from the right of peoples to struggle against occupation. He stressed that an effective fight against terrorism required maximum international cooperation and coordination and also demanded a “soul-searching” review of the world’s current political, economic and social policies and practices in dealing with current global challenges. The goal was to minimize, if not eliminate, the ills that might be exploited by evildoers to carry out their terror schemes in a bid to advance their own agendas.Turning to the situation in Afghanistan, Sheikh Al-Ahmad said it required the international community’s maximum efforts to bring about the long-awaited peace and security. National reconciliation and a national coalition government elected by the people of Afghanistan, representing all factions and ethnic groups, were perhaps the most viable means to ensure the country’s sustainability and eventually its normal status within the region and the world.Prince Albert of Monaco told the General Assembly that the Millennium Declaration, as well as the international community’s statements against light weapons and racism, deserved particular attention in today’s world. “They can contribute to improving both international security and understanding among peoples,” he said, as could economic cooperation and regional political measures. Cultural and sporting events, which tended to bring people together, should also be encouraged, Prince Albert said. Turning to the issue of information technology, he said that alongside modern communications systems there should be an emphasis on more traditional ways of interaction and that education and information played a fundamental role in spreading the idea of peace among men and women living in our “troubled time.”Kiichi Miyazawa, a Member of Parliament of Japan, said his Government was ready to cooperate with developing countries in controlling the financing of terrorism, and on a wide range of issues, including immigration control, aviation and maritime security, and biological and chemical weapons. Japan was also providing urgent economic aid to Afghan refugees and will contribute some $120 million for Afghan refugee assistance efforts by UN agencies and others, he said. Mr. Miyazawa emphasized that peace in Afghanistan was vital not only as a way of eliminating the hotbed of global terrorism but also for laying the foundation for long-term stability and development of the country and the region. He reaffirmed that Japan was prepared to hold, as soon as possible, a Conference for Peace and Reconstruction in Afghanistan it had been calling for since 1996. Jan Petersen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, said the United Nations was the foremost tool for solving global problems and “we must not let the cruelty of terrorists divert attention from the ambitious goals set during the Millennium Summit.” Ending poverty, eliminating infectious diseases and upholding respect for human rights and the rule of law and other goals must remain priorities, he said, along with the fight against terrorism. For all those objectives, the world community must show steadfast determination and provide necessary resources and financial support otherwise the alternative was to face even more painful consequences, the Foreign Minister said. Meanwhile the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mauritania, Dah Ould Abdi, said it was now proven that phenomena such as violence and extremism were the consequence of poverty and despair. That was why the international community needed to make greater efforts in solidarity and social development across the globe. Developing countries needed more support from the wealthy countries through increased investment and the opening of international markets to their products. The Foreign Minister also noted that debt remained one of the principle obstacles that weighed on the economies of developing countries and handicapped their capacity to evolve economically.In his address, Jaime Gama, the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal, pointed to Angola as another example of conflicts that dragged on with seemingly no definitive solution in sight. He said his country profoundly regretted the continuation of the armed conflict in Angola and its severe humanitarian consequences. Mr. Gama stressed, however, that when the international community successfully intervened in a conflict, it should not deviate from the consolidation of the solutions reached. The UN had the responsibility to maintain an appropriate level of involvement until the definitive conclusion of the peace process, otherwise it put at risk the investments and expectations created. On the other hand, Mr. Gama welcomed the gains made in East Timor, whose impending transition to independence was, in fact, a clear success case for the UN, and a special reason for pride for the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.Heinz Moeller Freile, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador said the process of globalization and threats to international security had been two major factors faced by nations in the last part of the 20th Century. Many countries had to make adjustments to meet the needs of the new world order, but could not combat alone the challenges of globalization, which include dealing with “the ups and downs of short term capital flow and the absence of a truly open international trading system,” he said. On the issue of migrants, Mr. Freile said his country had faced a severe economic crisis and had become a net producer of migrants, which prompted the government to take steps to protect that population, including the signature of an agreement with Spain covering nationals of both countries. He urged the international community to act to protect that vulnerable segment of society. Turning to regional conflicts, the Minister said Ecuador supported the efforts of the Colombian Government to pursue peace talks with armed militant groups and hoped that effort would be met by a similar response by those groups. Such efforts were important in ensuring that the conflict did not spread to other countries in the region, he said, adding that the UN could play a role in helping to solve the problem.Abdelaziz Belkhadem, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, said anti-terrorism efforts should focus on the dismantling of terrorist bases and the freezing of finances linked to such acts, as well as on international cooperation in information-sharing and the provision of assistance to countries that fall victim to terrorism. The struggle also requires an effort by the international community to tackle the causes of terrorism, which create the conditions favorable to extremism and intolerance. In that context, the Algerian Minister said Islam should not be associated with terrorism, which, he said, was completely foreign to the faith’s values of peace and tolerance. On the question of Western Sahara, the Foreign Minister said Algeria supported the holding of a UN-organized referendum that would allow the people of Western Sahara to decide their political fate. For is part, Hor Namhong, Senior Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, said his Government fully supported international efforts to combat terrorism, but that everything possible must be done to avoid civilian casualties. He also pointed to the need to address the motivation behind terrorist acts, stressing in this context the importance of achieving a lasting peace in the Middle East, including the establishment of a Palestinian State. All nations must also join together to fight poverty and to reduce the widening gap between developed and developing countries, Mr. Namhong said. On the reform of the Security Council, he said it was unacceptable that two-thirds of the world population were not equitably represented in that body. Cambodia therefore supported an increase in permanent and non-permanent members, with Japan, Germany and India as candidates for permanent membership. Emphasizing that the UN was “the main guarantor of world peace and security,” Lila Ratsifandriamanana, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Madagascar, said that to carry out that function well, the Organization’s institutional structure must be streamlined. On the situation in Africa, she said the continent was resolved to take responsibility for its economic and political destiny, and that regional mechanisms to prevent conflicts and foster development were now in place, including the “New African Initiative.” Nevertheless, in the context of globalization, economic and trade processes did not always favor developing countries, she said, adding that her Government deplored the growing gap between the economies of the North and those of the South. On the Middle East, she urged the UN to convene a special session on the crisis, and to deploy international forces to protect innocent victims. Abou Drahamane Sangaré, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Cote D’Ivoire, said his government attached great importance to the global effort to eradicate poverty and that it had implemented a number of policies aimed at fighting the problem, including improving health and nutrition services around the country. A policy was in place to make sure people all over the country had access to health care and other basic services. In order to meet those objectives, a favourable macro-economic policy must be in place and Cote D’Ivoire hoped to achieve such policy through good governance, he said.Fuad Mubarak Al-Hinai, Permanent Representative of Oman, expressed solidarity with the United States in defending its territory, but said innocent civilians must be protected and humanitarian aid provided in Afghanistan. “All peaceful means to combat terrorism should also be searched for and Islam should not be targeted; neither should the fight against terrorism be an occasion to settle old accounts,” he said. On the Middle East conflict, Mr. Al-Hinai said his country supported all efforts aimed at achieving peace founded on justice, international legitimacy and the principle of land for peace. “Oman calls on the United States and the Russian Federation to revive the peace process, and calls for Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights and Shaba farms.” Regarding Iraq, he said the Security Council should focus on implementing a long-term weapons monitoring and inspection programme to be able to lift sanctions, while Iraq should fulfil its remaining obligations. read more

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First Sudanese refugees from Ethiopia return home under UN programme

The convoy will travel more than 800 kilometres and is expected to arrive in the Blue Nile region of south Sudan on Sunday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokespman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. Three more convoys are scheduled for April.Some 79,000 south Sudanese live in five camps in western Ethiopia – Bonga, Dimma, Fugnido, Sherkole and Yarenja. Most of them arrived in Ethiopia in 1983 and in the 1990s.UNHCR, Ethiopia and Sudan signed a tripartite agreement last month paving the way for the repatriation. There are some 358,000 south Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries, and 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs).Earlier this month, UNHCR suspended repatriation operations in southern Sudan after a recent spate of armed attacks.On Monday UNHCR signed a similar agreement with Sudan and Uganda, covering 170,000 southern Sudanese in northern Uganda.Since a peace accord ended the war between the Government and southern rebels in January, 2005, UNHCR, along with other UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), has been working in Sudan to prepare for the returning refugees and IDPs. It has built or rebuilt schools, hospitals, vocational training centres and water points to help entire communities, not just the returnees themselves.A separate, still unresolved conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region has sent 200,000 Sudanese fleeing into eastern Chad, and internally displaced some 2 million more. read more

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The Winners And Losers Of The Womens World Cup Group Stage

GermanyB+0.1 NigeriaD+0.1 Ivory CoastB-3.7 CameroonC+2.2 EnglandF-0.4 AustraliaD+0.5 ColombiaF+2.3 FranceF-0.2 South KoreaE-0.5 TEAMGROUPCHANGE IN WSPI JapanC-0.4 CanadaA-0.6 ThailandB+0.3 SwedenD-0.2 SwitzerlandC+0.1 Costa RicaE+2.0 BrazilE-0.2 U.S.D-0.2 SpainE-1.2 Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Down 1-0 at halftime against Switzerland in its final group-stage game, Cameroon looked like it was coming to the end of its World Cup run. But just after the half, an errant cross made its way through the entire Swiss box, and Cameroon striker Gaelle Enganamouit stood waiting. She swung with her left but missed the ball entirely — a wasted opportunity. Until … Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene collected it behind her and with one touch sent a beautiful shot to the lower-left side-netting.The score was tied 1-1, but Onguene didn’t celebrate. Instead, she looked blankly toward the sideline and her coach, her face suggesting that she might be thinking, “Do we advance with a tie? Or do we need to win?”It was a moment that typified the chaos and confusion we’ve come to expect (and love) during the group stage at a World Cup (especially with FIFA’s weird 24-team tournament structure). Cameroon went on to defeat Switzerland 2-1 and become just the second African team to reach the knockout stage at a Women’s World Cup.But the group stage is over, and the knockout rounds, which begin Saturday, are simple: Win or wait four years. So which team helped itself the most during the group games? Who has the easiest path to the World Cup final? And what did we learn about these teams, many of which were first time World Cup entrants?There weren’t any surprises atop the groups — all of the most-likely first-place finishers according to our model won their respective groups. But among the second- and third-place teams that advanced, several saw their Women’s Soccer Power Index rating increase significantly after the start of the tournament (there were others whose WSPI ratings fell). Before we look at the biggest WSPI winners and losers from the group stage, let’s see how the bracket has changed since the tournament began.The U.S. Is Sitting Pretty (Thanks, FIFA!)The U.S. might still be furious at FIFA over the turf fields, but the USWNT should thank soccer’s governing body for one of the easiest routes to the World Cup final. Instead of randomly assigning every country except for the host like it does for the group stage in the men’s World Cup, FIFA chose to strategically place teams into different groups for “sporting reasons.” The setup means we’re likely to see a Germany vs. France quarterfinal, pitting the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked FIFA teams against each other. The U.S., meanwhile, won’t have to face any of the 10 best teams (according to WSPI) that are still in the tournament until the semifinal.That fortuitous path means — despite three rather uninspiring performances in the group stage — the U.S. remains the most likely team to win the tournament; its chances are up to 33 percent (from 28 percent at the start). U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe was brilliant against Australia, scoring twice, but we didn’t see much of an attacking threat from the USWNT in the rest of its group-stage games. It churned through almost every forward on the team against Sweden but was still unable to score, and the team found the net only once against Nigeria (which played with only 10 players in the game’s final minutes).Because of these rather unconvincing wins, the U.S.’s WSPI has fallen since the beginning of the tournament. If the team advances past its Round of 16 matchup with Colombia, it will face the winner of China vs. Cameroon in the quarterfinal. The average WSPI of the USA’s bracket quadrant is only 85.6 — the lowest of any quadrant — compared with 87.9, 90.0 and 90.8 for the other three quadrants.Germany looked like the powerhouse we were expecting in their opening match, thrashing the Ivory Coast 10-0. But the Germans looked flat against Norway in their second group-stage game, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Despite an increase in WSPI since the beginning of the tournament, Germany has seen its chances of winning the World Cup decrease 2 points, to 25 percent. The Germans face Sweden (the sixth-best remaining team, according to WSPI) in the Round of 16 and would be likely to play France (the third-best remaining team) should they advance to the quarterfinals.Seven of the eight highest-rated teams going into the tournament performed a bit below expectation and saw their WSPI decrease; Germany was the only exception. Most of the other top teams haven’t seen their chances to win the tournament change significantly. Sweden is down 2 points mostly because of its difficult Round of 16 draw with Germany. Australia is up 1 point after its strong performances in the “Group of Death” and its corresponding increase in WSPI.But WSPI wasn’t impressed with Japan’s three wins (it won each game by only a single goal), and Japan’s chances of winning the tournament are down 1 point. Brazil’s chances of winning went up only marginally, despite being the one team in the tournament that has yet to concede a goal.The Group-Stage WinnersColombia, Cameroon and Costa Rica — the latter of whom was eliminated from Group E by Brazil on Wednesday — emerged from the group stage as the biggest “winners” in our ratings: Their WSPI ratings have increased about 2 points since the start of the tournament, compared with an average WSPI decrease of 0.2 points for all teams. It’s worth noting that the teams whose WSPI changed the most — for better or worse — tend to have fewer competitive matchups in our database, thus the three group-stage matches have a larger impact on their overall WSPI. (See more detail about how we calculate WSPI ratings to understand this effect.) MexicoF-0.7 ChinaA– New ZealandA+0.3 NetherlandsA– EcuadorC-5.3 NorwayB+0.3 Colombia was the biggest winner from the group stage, having pulled off the second-least-likely victory in Women’s World Cup history with their 2-0 defeat of France.1The five biggest upsets in Women’s World Cup history according to WSPI are:1995: Brazil beat Sweden 1-0 (Brazil had a 3.6 percent chance of winning)2015: Colombia beat France 2-0 (6.0 percent)1999: North Korea beat Denmark 3-1 (9.2 percent)2011: Japan beat Germany 1-0 (9.5 percent)2003: Brazil beat Norway 4-1 (12.2 percent) Going into that game, our forecast gave Colombia only a 6 percent chance of winning. But the team packed in on defense, and Lady Andrade capitalized early on a beautiful through-ball from Yoreli Rincon to stun the French. Although Colombia was the biggest group-stage winner in the eyes of WSPI — the team’s overall rating increased 2.3 points — it ended up finishing third in Group F, perhaps a bit ironically, and now must face the U.S. on Monday (Colombia has just a 5 percent chance of beating the Americans, according to our forecast).Going into the tournament, we didn’t know much about the current Cameroon squad beyond its second-place finish to Nigeria in the African Women’s Championship last year. But it came out and demolished Ecuador 6-0 in its opening game, displaying extreme pace on the wings and calm, collected finishing in the box. Cameroon finished second in Group C and will face China in the Round of 16, where it has a 38 percent chance of reaching the quarterfinals.And although it didn’t advance from Group E, Costa Rica outperformed expectations at its first World Cup, drawing against South Korea and Spain but losing to Brazil.The Group-Stage LosersUnfortunately, the other three teams making their World Cup debut didn’t fare quite as well. Ecuador, Ivory Coast and Spain were the biggest group-stage “losers,” according to WSPI. Not only were all three teams eliminated from the tournament, but their WSPI ratings all dropped. Ecuador was the lowest-rated team going in, having just barely qualified, and it finished with three losses and a -16 goal differential thanks mostly to Switzerland’s 10-goal run against them. Ivory Coast suffered a similar fate against Germany, losing 10-0, but rallied in its next two games and even scored one of the tournament’s most beautiful goals.There were high hopes for Spain at its long-awaited first World Cup, but the team was unable to win a single game. Unlike Ecuador and Ivory Coast, Spain wasn’t crushed in any game. But it was unable to finish several easy chances in its opening game against Costa Rica, and poor positioning from its goalkeeper led to a World Cup-ending goal in its last game, against South Korea. read more

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Terex to sell MHPS to Konecranes but continues talks with Zoomlion about

first_imgTerex Corporation has agreed with Konecranes to mutually terminate a Business Combination Agreement (BCA) the companies entered into on August 10, 2015, without payment of a fee by either party. In connection with the termination of the BCA, Terex has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Material Handling and Port Solutions business (MHPS) to Konecranes for approximately $1.3 billion. The consideration being paid is comprised of $820 million in cash and 19.6 million newly issued shares of Konecranes. MHPS includes Demag Universal Cranes, a range of high-quality cranes and components such as rope and chain hoists, controls and drive solutions for industrial infrastructure applications, used widely mining equpiment manufacturing operations.Upon completion of the transaction, Terex will own approximately 25% of the outstanding shares of Konecranes and have the right to nominate two directors. The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals and the approval of the shareholders of Konecranes, is expected to close in January 2017. The agreement also provides Terex with the ability to continue to pursue discussions with Zoomlion Heavy Industries about a sale of Terex to the Chinese group. Terex has the right to terminate the Konecranes agreement on MHPS on or before May 31, 2016 for a fee of $37 million if Terex and Zoomlion agree on a sale of Terex as a whole.“The sale of the MHPS business to Konecranes is good for our customers, team members and shareholders,” said John Garrison, Terex President and Chief Executive Officer. “This transaction is expected to be accretive to Terex earnings per share and preserves the strategic logic for the original merger of equals. In addition, it will significantly reduce Terex’s debt levels, improves our balance sheet and gives us longer term financial flexibility to invest in our business and buy back shares. As a 25% shareholder of Konecranes, Terex will also be able to share in the dividends, synergies and economic upside of the combined business.”Garrison emphasised, “This new transaction structure offers other substantial benefits to Terex shareholders as well. Importantly, the transaction locks in the benefits of the MHPS sale while preserving the ability for Terex to continue discussions with Zoomlion on a potential sale of the company at $31 per share with the MHPS business or, alternatively, for the sale of Terex without the MHPS business.”last_img read more

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Your opinion Buducnost VS Gyori for the EHF CLs crown

← Previous Story Copenhagen win in France, Boldsen: “Our biggest win until now!” Next Story → EHF CL Round 9 “All Star” Team announced – Karabatic, Hansen, etc… More than 300 fans gave their opinion about the chances of the TOP 8 teams in the Women’s EHF Champions League to win the competition. The biggest favorite for the fans is Buducnost from Podgorica (44,7%), followed by Hungarian Gyori (26,6%). On the third place is Romanian Oltchim Valcea with 14,81% of all votes.On the place 4 is Danish Ikast with 6,39%. Position 5 and 6 are sharing Itxako and Larvik with 3,36%, while Slovenian Krim and French Metz Handball have only 0,4%. Budućnost PodgoricaGyori handballhandballOltchim ValceaWomen’s handballWomens EHF Champions League read more

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Bertie was back in Leinster House today and he managed to take

first_imgBertie was back in Leinster House today and he managed to take a dig at Sinn Féin Look who’s back on Kildare Street. 103 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By Christina Finn Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 3:49 PM Apr 6th 2017, 3:49 PM 28,457 Views center_img FORMER TAOISEACH BERTIE Ahern was back in his old haunt of Leinster House today.He wasn’t there to sort out the water charges debacle or to try out Enda Kenny’s seat while he is away in Germany – he was actually in the Upper House, the Seanad, to talk about Brexit.While giving his two cents on the impact Britain’s exit from the EU will have on Ireland, he also managed to get into a bit of a disagreement with Sinn Féin.The party has been campaigning for a united Ireland and a border poll on the basis that the majority of people living in Northern Ireland voted against Britain leaving the EU.The possibility of a border poll is contained in a clause in the Good Friday Agreement which allows for a referendum on whether Northern Ireland should remain part of the United Kingdom or join with the Republic of Ireland to form a united Ireland.Addressing senators, Ahern said a debate on a border poll in Northern Ireland had no place in the discussions on Brexit.Border poll“The last thing I want out of Brexit, the last thing, the very last thing, is anyone on about border polls. The only time we should have a border poll, in my view, and I’ll argue this for the rest of my life, is when the nationalists and republicans and a respectable, sizeable amount of unionists and loyalists are in favour, and on the basis of consent,” said the former Taoiseach.“Having a sectarian headcount or political headcount is the last thing we should do,” he added.Since Britain voted to leave the EU, he said people had been using the issue to say that now is the time for a border poll. While he said there are provisions in the Good Friday Agreement for such a poll, he said the timing must be right.“This is not the time for that. There is a time for it, there will be a time for it. I think we should all do our best to get to that time by convincing people and winning people over – but don’t put it into this debate,” he told the Seanad this morning.Offence Sinn Féin’s Niall Ó Donnghaile said he took offence to Ahern’s use of the word “sectarian head count”.“I don’t think that would be a sectarian head count, it would be a referendum like any other,” said  Ó Donnghaile.He agreed that talks on Brexit should not be hijacked by discussions of a border poll, but said there has been a “societal shift” in Northern Ireland.“I’m not saying utilise it in cynical way, but I don’t think we should long or wish for unity – we should work for it,” he concluded.Read: ‘We’re not going to have a general election over water’ – Could this be the row to take down the government?>Read: Fine Gael says water committee report is illegal and it won’t support it> Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Share854 Tweet Email1 Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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