first_imgSituated about 10 kilometres from the main market in Kairana, village Kaserwa Kalaan is Jat-dominated. Villagers put the population of Jats – a dominant caste in western Uttar Pradesh – in the village at about 50%.As one walks around the narrow lanes, with large houses on either side, one sees the title Chaudhari – typical of Jats in the region – prefixed to nameplates in many houses.It is this powerful, agrarian caste that may in some ways hold the key to the May 28 Lok Sabha bypoll in which the BJP locks horns with a combined opposition that has backed the candidature of Tabassum Begum, now with the Rashtriya Lok Dal, a party traditionally associated with Jats in western U.P.Kaserwa Kalaan seems to be veering around to the RLD this time, with Jat villagers strongly backing the RLD.If Jats vote for the RLD in large numbers, the combined strength of Muslims, a numerically powerful community here, Jats and Dalits can make the contest a tough one for the BJP.Playing cards with his friends just outside his house, Bhopal Masterji, an ageing teacher belonging to the Jat caste, says the village is heavily tilted towards the RLD this time.He faults the BJP for the recent Karnataka crisis, and points to rising fuel prices to claim that the party has been unable to fulfil its promises.Communal overtones to the election apart, caste alignments are key to the poll outcome here, with the opposition combine banking on Jats deserting the BJP to vote for the RLD candidate.This is what seems to be happening, if Kaserwa Kalaan is any indicator.However, community stereotypes regarding Muslims remain, despite the shift.Asked if Jats would vote for a Muslim candidate of the RLD – given that Muzaffarnagar had seen Jat-Muslim riots in 2013 – Sanjeev Singh, a resident of the village, says that Jats would vote for any RLD candidate this time.“But if the RLD were to field a Jat candidate, not one Muslim would vote for him,” he adds with a wry smile.‘Muslim votes crucial’“Muslims are large in number here, and their votes are going to be crucial. Add Jats, and the RLD is on a strong wicket,” he says. “The day Muslims cross the 50% population mark in western U.P., only candidates they prefer will be elected.”The BJP also has a caste card in Kairana. They are banking on the Gujjars, with their candidate Mriganka Singh being late Gujjar leader Hukum Singh’s daughter.Apart from Gujjars – an influential caste here – the BJP is counting on upper caste Hindus, particularly Baniyas, to see it through.last_img read more

first_imgNikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “Please help me, please, please,” screamed the 32-year-old in scenes so distressing that television cameras panned away from the stricken player.Cirstea said her friend’s knee was “out… and in a very weird position”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I freaked out. I have never seen such an injury before, the knee was really in a bad position. It was like something you see only in the movies,” said Cirstea.“I tried to comfort her but I panicked. I felt useless. All she kept saying was ‘Sorana, help me, help me.” Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena She questioned why it took the medical services so long to reach a court which is just a stone’s throw away from the famed Centre Court.‘Everyone froze’“I was screaming at the umpire. I told them to bring a stretcher because everyone froze, nobody reacted,” said Cirstea who said only she, her physio and Justin Mattek-Sands initially raced to the player’s assistance.“She went into shock and it took so long for the medical team to arrive. It felt like forever.“What if it was a heart attack? You should look at the video and time how long it took. I was there 10 to 15 minutes and the stretcher had still not arrived.”Safarova had to go and play her second round match just minutes after witnessing her close friend’s turmoil.She lost 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3 to Shelby Rogers but said that was irrelevant.“It’s been a tough day, just terrible what’s happened. I am so sad for Bethanie,” said Safarova who had been hoping to partner Mattek-Sands to the Wimbledon doubles title and complete the non-calendar Grand Slam.“I have talked to Justin. She’s having more tests but we don’t know how long she will be in hospital.“I will see when I can visit her. I will be there when she needs me.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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SCREENGRAB FROM ESPN TWITTER VIDEOAmerica’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horror knee injury at Wimbledon on Thursday which left her screaming and crying in pain in the middle of the court.The 32-year-old collapsed to the ground after damaging her right knee as she approached the net in the first game of the deciding set against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Court 17.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The All England club defended its medical teams.“The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician,” they said in a statement.“The player was kept on court while pain relief was given.“The player was then transferred directly to an ambulance and taken under emergency conditions to a hospital.”Messages of support poured in for Mattek-Sands, well known on the tour for her flamboyant fashion sense and friendly, easy-going nature.“I love you @BMATTEK  you are the biggest fighter I know and you will come back stronger than ever,” tweeted India’s Sania Mirza, her former doubles partner.Olympic champion Monica Puig tweeted: “Stay strong @BMATTEK … we love you so much.”Wimbledon courts are no stranger to injury controversies.In 2013, Victoria Azarenka fell heavily, hurting her ankle and blamed the state of the courts.Maria Sharapova said the surface on Court Two where she lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito was “dangerous” after she fell a number of times. “I wish I could have done more. You wouldn’t wish that on your worst enemy.”Mattek-Sands’s husband Justin tried to console his wife before medics arrived, while Cirstea was distraught and in tears.After lying prone on the ground for around 20 minutes, Mattek-Sands was eventually stretchered away and taken to a west London hospital where she was said to have suffered “an acute knee injury”.Mattek-Sands’s doubles partner, Lucie Safarova, with whom she shares the world number one ranking as well as four Grand Slam titles, also arrived at the scene in tears.Cirstea, who had dropped the first set 4-6 but took the second 7-6 (7/4), was declared the winner of the second round match.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTopics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp When I was playing for the All Blacks we would always talk about making sure that after the November series we did not have “a stone under the beach towel” during the off-season. Make no mistake, the New Zealand coaches and players have rocks under theirs now.Having said that, regardless of what Steve Hansen says, New Zealand are still the best team in the world and they are the favourites for next year’s World Cup. Yes, the gap has been closed a significant amount but the big question is whether the All Blacks should be panicking now, and I still think the answer is no. All credit to Ireland, they deserved their fantastic victory and they are being widely congratulated and rightly so, but I wonder if it does prove to be such a good thing for the world of rugby for the simple reason that the All Blacks are going to get better because of it. New Zealand rugby union team Read more Read more Steve Hansen decision could lead to Ireland’s Joe Schmidt joining All Blacks Ireland rugby union team Share on Messenger Autumn internationals Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share via Email They will dissect this defeat because it is a big shock but I think we could well be looking back after the World Cup and seeing this as the tipping point. It is certainly wide open and three, maybe four, teams can lay claim to winning it. Already the mind games have started because traditionally Ireland do not like to be favourites, they prefer to be underdogs – let’s see how they cope with the expectation now.Andy Farrell delivered a defensive masterplan against the All Blacks and, if I were Hansen, the thing I would be most concerned about is that they did not seem to have a response, or a plan B. They just looked a little bit bereft of ideas and the bench did not seem to make much of a difference.New Zealand rugby is all about the first three phases: get over the gainline, build momentum and then they have their strike runners in position to cause havoc. How many times did we see Damian McKenzie cutting back and looking for those spaces he found against England that just were not there against Ireland?Farrell will have been working all week on staying high on the inside because, whenever McKenzie, Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett were looking for that slight disconnect in the defensive line, they found nothing and that is another big feather in the cap for Farrell. Twitter Ireland’s 113-year wait over as O’Mahony and Marmion make magic Rugby union comment The All Blacks now face Italy but, without doing them a disservice, have to wait a long time for another match of that kind of intensity; but I do not expect drastic changes between now and then. They seem to have 85-90% of their World Cup squad settled and have decided on the group of players they want.I do not think tactically there will be many changes either because you want to be really sure of yourselves and comfortable in what you are doing going into the games just before the World Cup.They will do what they do but will find a way to do it better. You can just see by the cohesion that every single one of Ireland’s XV have a total understanding of what they are doing. If you watch the ball and come hard off the line, as Ireland do, you have to stay square because it helps so much with your vision and your ability to stay square. Once you start closing your hips on the inside, that is when you get those disconnects; but that just did not happen and as a result New Zealand’s skills were put under pressure and they made mistakes. That is what linespeed does but I was surprised the All Blacks did not try to mix things up, kick a little more, put the ball over the top or in behind to change the picture and pin Ireland’s wingers back a bit.Defensively the All Blacks were better than they were towards the end of the Rugby Championship and they managed to combat a few of Ireland’s innovative set-plays, but obviously one of them led to the try and they are the hallmark of Joe Schmidt. Ireland managed to bring their intensity from the first minute to the last and they have a fantastic set-piece now – I was watching the match with Adam Jones and he was waxing lyrical about how strong they are in that department. Facebook Pinterest Share on Pinterest Ireland have a fantastic set-piece now. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgESPN Analyst Names Sleeper Team In The SEC In 2018The team with the best chance of going undefeated this fall is not the team appearing No. 1 in most preseason polls. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (the “best predictor of a team’s performance”), Oklahoma – not Alabama – is the team most-likely to go undefeated heading into bowl season. While the Crimson Tide are the likely preseason No. 1, it’s the Sooners with the best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff. Here’s the full top 10:Oklahoma – 16.9 percent chance of going undefeated before bowl seasonFlorida State – 10.6 percentClemson – 8.6 percentBoise State – 8 percentMichigan – 5.8 percentLSU – 5.3 percentTennessee – 4.5 percentOklahoma State – 2.4 percentWashington – 1.4 percentNotre Dame – 1.2 percentSome other notable percentages: Alabama – 0.6 percentOhio State – 0.4 percentNebraska – 0.4 percentMichigan State – 0.1 percentOle Miss – 0.1 percentYou can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Scorpio Tankers said that it has received commitments from two leading European financial institutions for two separate loan facilities of up to USD 113.2 million.The loan is intended to partially finance the purchase of four LR2 product tankers that was announced in December 2014.A USD 52 million loan will be used to finance a portion of the purchase price of two LR2 product tankers currently under construction at Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. with expected deliveries in Q1 2016 and Q2 2016 respectively.The loan facility has a final maturity of seven years from the date of signing and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 1.95% per annum.The company said it intends to use the remaining USD 61.2 million to finance a portion of the purchase price of two LR2 product tankers  under construction at Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. The ships are slated for deliveries in Q2 2016 and Q3 2016 respectively.The loan facility has a final maturity of five years from the date of delivery of each vessel and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin ranging between 1.95% and 2.40% per annum.Both loan facility are subject to customary conditions precedent and the execution of definitive documentation.Scorpio Tankers  has contracted for 15 newbuilding product tankers (seven MR and eight LR2), two of which are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, nine of which are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015 and the remaining four vessels throughout 2016.last_img read more

BEIJING — Chinese nationalists are accusing a McDonald’s advertisement in Taiwan of supporting independence for the self-ruled island.The advertisement for a breakfast sandwich, broadcast only in Taiwan, shows a two-second glimpse of a woman’s identity card that lists her nationality as “Taiwan.”Comments on internet bulletin boards accused McDonald’s of violating Chinese law by supporting independence for Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory.Some called for a boycott. Others said McDonald’s, whose mainland franchises are owned by a group that includes the Chinese Cabinet’s investment arm, should be expelled from China.“McDonald’s this is what you want to do? Help Taiwan independence?” said a posting on the portal signed “Good Knife Still.”The Associated Press read more

Norfolk residents got a blast of winter weather on Tuesday — snow, rain, wind and ice pellets.The mix made for poor travelling conditions on area roads. Buses were cancelled and schools were closed. Several other programs and services such as Ride Norfolk were also impacted.And it’s not over yet.Environment Canada issued a wind warning for Norfolk County on Tuesday afternoon.Winds gusting up to 90 kilometres per hour may last into Wednesday afternoon. Areas near Lake Erie could experience gusts of up to 100 km/h on Wednesday morning.“Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds,” aid the national weather agency.  “Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.” read more

Two vehicles had their windows smashed and valuables were removed from inside at a Haldimand Road 9, Cayuga, address.Police responded to the report of broken windows around 8 p.m. on  April 16, later discovering that belongings were removed from the vehicles.The victims had parked their vehicles in the area while they walked on a nearby trail. While the vehicles were unattended, suspects smashed the windows to gain entry and removed cell phones, a wallet and a purse containing currency and personal identification.A witness reported hearing an alarm activate on one of the vehicles and a black Dodge Ram Hemi pickup truck with black rims leaving the area, east bound on Haldimand Road 9. A male wearing a grey hoodie was observed seated in the passenger seat of the pickup truck.Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles, or who may have any information regarding this incident are being asked to contact police at 1-888-310-1122. read more

The United Nations Security Council today wrapped up two days of open debate on Iraq, with over 40 countries – including all 15 Council members – participating in the discussions, which began yesterday and included widespread calls for Baghdad’s compliance as well as numerous pleas to avoid a violent confrontation.Addressing the Council today on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Mokhtar Lamani, the Permanent Observer for the group, hailed Iraq’s decision to re-admit UN weapons inspectors, calling this a “first step” towards a settlement of the issue leading to a lifting of the sanctions.He recalled that numerous speakers had stressed during the Council’s meeting that there should be no double standards in term of non-compliance with UN resolutions. “The history of the United Nations testifies to the fact that some of its Member States have shown defiance of its resolutions – Israel is a clear example,” he said. “However, the United Nations, including the Security Council did not resort to the use of force against these countries.” Citing academic research, he said that countries other than Iraq were currently violating more than 90 Security Council resolutions, including 31 dealing with Israel.Mr. Lamani also voiced strong support for calls for a peaceful solution to the Iraq issue – one that preserved the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the UN’s credibility. Iraq’s decision to cooperate with the inspectors unconditionally, coupled with recent talks in Vienna on practical arrangements for achieving that end, were positive developments that should allow the Security Council to “play its mandated role in the maintenance of international peace and security, spare the region the catastrophes of war and destruction, and alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi people – a suffering that has endured far too long and must be ended.”Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico, the first of the Council’s 15 members to take the floor, said his country had condemned the continued non-compliance by Iraq with the international obligations imposed upon it by the Council. That country’s failure to comply regarding disarmament under Chapter VII represented potential threats to peace and regional stability, he stressed, appealing to Iraq to accept the inspection activities to ensure the destruction of all chemical, biological and nuclear weapons it might have. Acceptance by Iraq of the return of inspectors without conditions and restrictions would constitute a first step towards restoring confidence of the United Nations.The Permanent Representative of Syria, Mikhail Wehbe, said he was pleased with the assertions made by the majority of speakers of the need to resolve the Iraqi situation by peaceful means through the Security Council, as well as the need to respect the political integrity of Iraq. Negotiations should continue through the United Nations toward the resolution of the situation and the lifting of sanctions. In spite of bitter feelings toward the double standards of the Council, however, he called for Iraq to fulfil its obligations under relevant resolutions. UN weapons inspectors should resume their work without delay, and the question of Kuwaiti prisoners could also be resolved.Sir Jeremy Greenstock stressed that while the United Kingdom’s first objective is the complete disarmament of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction by peaceful means, it would be an “abdication of responsibility” to ignore Iraq’s repeated defiance of Security Council decisions. The Council must now express its will and unity in a clear, strong resolution, one that gives the regime in Baghdad an unequivocal choice – complete disarmament of its weapons of mass destruction and normal membership of the international community, or refusal and the inevitable consequences. “If we fail to send that tough signal, we shall be ignoring the realities,” he said. “The weaker we collectively appear, the more probable it is that military action will be the outcome.”Zhang Yishan, the Deputy Permanent Representative of China, told the Council that the question of disarmament was at the core of a solution. Iraq should destroy all weapons of mass destruction in its possession and refrain from using them. Only when inspectors returned to Iraq and conducted effective inspections, could the truth be found out. Mr. Zhang said he was pleased with the unconditional acceptance of inspectors by Iraq, and hoped that Baghdad would honour the agreed to practical arrangements of inspections. The inspectors should return to Iraq as soon as possible and then return to the Council with their results. Under such circumstances, he said, could he consider a new resolution of the question.Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States said there could be no more “business-as-usual” or toothless resolutions that Iraq will continue to ignore. The Council must meet this challenge, and stand firm, resolute and united in adopting a resolution that holds Iraq to its commitments, that lays out clearly what Iraq must do to comply and which states that there will be consequences if Iraq refuses to comply. “We expect the Council to act, and when the Council adopts a resolution that sends a clear and united message to Iraq that it must fulfil its obligations, Iraq will have a choice,” he said. “It will have to decide whether to take this last chance to comply. If it does not, we will seek compliance and disarmament by other means.” Ambassador Negroponte said the United States believes that the best way to ensure Iraqi compliance is through one resolution that is “firm and unambiguous in its message.” The US will be introducing a text that contains “clear and immediate requirements” – requirements that Iraq would voluntarily meet if it chooses to cooperate.For his part, Ambassador Jean-David Levitte said France proposed a two-stage approach in which the Council should first adopt a resolution clearly specifying the “rules of the game” by defining the inspectors’ regime and ensuring that they could fully accomplish their mission without hindrance. That resolution should also send a clear warning to Iraq that the Council would not tolerate new violations. During the second stage, if the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) observe that Iraq was refusing to cooperate fully with the inspectors, the Council should meet immediately to decide appropriate measures to take – ruling out no alternatives. That approach, which had also been proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was the only one that could offer unity, cohesion, fairness and legitimacy to the Council’s work, he said. Any automatic decision on the use of force would profoundly divide the Council, and only a united front would convince Iraq not to repeat its error.Taking note of the progress made in arranging the return of inspectors to Iraq, Mamady Traore of Guinea said that the Security Council must ensure that Iraq’s commitments were fully kept to avoid the bad precedents of 1998, and there must be a precise, updated mandate given to inspectors. The objective was the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction. All other related questions must be resolved as quickly as possible, allowing inspectors to begin their work. In addition, he called on Iraq to work toward a resolution of the question of missing persons and goods confiscated from Kuwait, in conformity with relevant Council resolutions.Norway’s Permanent Representative, Ole Peter Kolby, said the message that must emerge from the meeting was full Iraqi compliance with Security Council resolutions. The Council should in the immediate future adopt a clear and unambiguous resolution and timetable for the new inspections. UN inspectors must also have free and unconditional access to all of Iraq. This meant the need to repeal the 1998 agreement between Iraq and the United Nations on special procedures for inspecting the so-called presidential sites, which include several hundred buildings, unless Iraq declares its disregard of the agreement. No building or site should be given immunity from inspections, he said, stressing there could be no loopholes in the inspection regime.Meanwhile, Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani of Singapore said that although sanctions were imposed to punish the Government of Iraq, the highest burden had been borne by the ordinary Iraqi. The people of Iraq had suffered enough, he said, urging the Government “to make the right decision” and give UN inspectors unrestricted access to all sites, including presidential palaces. He said agreement on a new resolution might be wise before the return of the inspectors – the stakes were high and the difference between successful and unsuccessful inspections might be the difference between war and peace.Ireland’s Ambassador, Richard Ryan, said it was a matter of grave concern when any UN Member State ignored the will of the international community and continued over many years to disregard the resolutions of the Council. He urged Iraq to make it clear that the inspectors would be allowed immediate and complete access to all parts of the country, including presidential sites. Such access was necessary if the inspections were to have the necessary credibility among the international community. Meanwhile, a new Security Council resolution must insist on unfettered access for the arms inspectors and make it clear that the Council will take any necessary decision to enforce compliance, if Iraq does not cooperate as required.Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation said that the current impasse on Iraq had its roots not only in Iraqi intransigence, but also in the Council’s inability to objectively assess the situation. Now, the only way of making sure that weapons of mass destruction were eliminated in Iraq was by returning UN inspectors to the country, as Iraq had agreed to. Everything was now in place for a diplomatic resolution of the crisis. No new decisions were needed by the Security Council, as the inspectors did not need new decisions but clarity. If UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix thought that achieving such clarity required new resolutions, the Russian Federation would be prepared to work on that. However, the Security Council could not give its consent to a new resolution for the purpose of the use of force for regime change. The vast majority of the international community had been calling for the return of inspectors and a diplomatic resolution of the conflict.Colombia’s Ambassador, Alfonso Valdivieso, said it was urgent that UN weapons inspectors finish the work that UNSCOM was unable to complete, examining and verifying the information the Iraqi Government must provide in compliance with Council resolutions. “We are sure that there will be credible, serious, respectful, professional and firm inspections, for which purpose we need genuine cooperation on the part of the Iraqi authorities,” he said. UNMOVIC, however, must be deployed on the ground with a renewed mandate from the Security Council, which will validate its determinations and adapt them to the new realities. The greatest challenge is striking a balance between the willingness of the Baghdad Government to fulfil its obligations and the steadfastness and determination the international community must maintain to prevent a repetition of the challenge faced by the Council during the last four years.Stefan Tafrov, the Permanent Representative of Bulgaria, said that had Iraq conformed to relevant resolutions, there would be no sanctions against that country in effect now, and urged Baghdad to immediately comply, fully and unconditionally with the Council’s decisions. Yesterday, the representative of Iraq had said that his country had no weapons of mass destruction, he said. If that was the case, nothing should stop Iraq from immediately providing access to inspectors to all cites. Given the difficult relations between the Council and Iraq, it was clear that UNMOVIC would not be able to fulfil its mandate without a clear new resolution.Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius said there was a convergence of views on the need for Iraq to dispose of all its weapons of mass destruction in compliance with Security Council resolutions. He welcomed Iraq’s new position to allow the return of UN arms inspectors. Full cooperation should be given to them in order to have the issue resolved and sanctions reviewed. No new resolution was needed to deal with the matter; however, if Iraq proved uncooperative, Mauritius would be willing to support a new initiative to allow the inspectors immediate and unfettered access to all sites.The Permanent Representative of Cameroon, Martin Belinga-Eboutou, said he regretted that the Iraqi authorities had not respected the numerous resolutions of the Council either on the situation between Iraq and Kuwait or on the issue of disarmament. Iraq must show it did not have weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, the Council should reaffirm, in a new resolution, its total support for the UNMOVIC and IAEA teams before they left for Iraq. The new resolution should specify the practical modalities for the inspections to eliminate existing ambiguities. The resolution must also indicate clearly that the Council would take appropriate measures if Iraq did not comply. It must further include some provisions to suspend sanctions if Iraq complied. read more

“There will need to be a clear timetable, laid out as soon as possible, for the earliest possible restoration of sovereignty,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Sergio Vieira de Mello, told an open session of the 15-member body as he presented Mr. Annan’s latest report on Iraq. “I have made this point before but it bears repetition. Iraqis need to know that the current state of affairs will come to an end soon. They need to know that stability will return and that the occupation will end.” The head of a three-person delegation of the Governing Council, Adnan Pachachi, told the meeting the body’s primary goal was to shorten the duration of the interim administration, the US-run Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), in order to adopt a constitution and have free elections open to all. As Mr. Pachachi was about to speak, two people in the public gallery got up and started to protest against the US occupation and the Governing Council. They were immediately escorted out of the chamber by UN security and were later identified as members of “Occupation Watch,” a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization. Mr. Vieira de Mello endorsed the Governing Council as a valid partner for the UN. “We now have an institution that, while not democratically elected, can be viewed as broadly representative of the various constituencies in Iraq,” he said. “It means that we now have a formal body of senior and distinguished Iraqi counterparts, with credibility and authority, with whom we can chart the way forward.” That body needed the support of the international community and the faith of the Iraqi people to succeed, the UN envoy stressed. “It must be empowered to deliver tangible improvements to the welfare of the population yet not bear the brunt of criticism for what remains the legal obligation of the CPA under the current situation,” he added. “This will be a difficult balancing act to manage.” Mr. Vieira de Mello said that in his preliminary discussions with a wide array of Iraqis, they had unanimously called for an energetic, centre-stage role for the UN. A number of other consistent themes also emerged. They wanted to see themselves back at the helm of their country and wanted the arrival of security and of the rule of law. “I believe we have reason to be optimistic for the future of Iraq,” he declared. “But we have little margin for error. The situation remains fragile. Iraqis know best how and where to tread in their own country. And at what pace. Our greatest contribution will be in following their lead and, when necessary, assisting them in achieving consensus among themselves.” For his part, Mr. Pachachi said Iraqis saw his participation in the Security Council session as recognition of Iraq’s sovereignty. A draft constitution to establish a federal system would be examined by a congress representing all political and religious groups, and the UN, given its experience, could help draw up laws and legislation for the election, he added. Among the pressing issues facing the Governing Council, Mr. Pachachi noted, were the appointment of representatives to international organizations, including the UN, as well as rebuilding the economy, reforming the educational system and providing the basic needs of all citizens – in all of which the UN would have an important role to play. It also intended to establish special tribunals to bring members of the former regime to trial for crimes against the Iraqi people and humanitarian crimes, he added. Mr. Vieira de Mello said that given the gravity of the crimes in question he believed there was much merit in considering the establishment of a mixed Iraqi and international panel of experts to consider in detail the options that would best suit Iraq. Video of the Council meeting read more

“The finance community is a key player. We need trillions of dollars of investment to move from the brown to the green economy,” the United Nations chief told a session on Climate, Growth and Development, citing four areas for action.“First, we need investors, banks and other financial service providers to increase finance flows into low-carbon energy and climate-resilient infrastructure, including through setting portfolio targets and increasing the deployment of climate bonds. Second, we need to decrease the flow of finance to carbon-intensive and obsolete technologies and business practices. “Third, investors and banks should work to increase transparency regarding greenhouse gas emissions from the assets and businesses that they finance. Finally, investors and banks and regulators should work together to ensure that rules that govern financial markets are conducive to sustainable development.”As he did yesterday at several events on the margins of the Forum, Mr. Ban stressed that the summit on climate change that he is convening at UN Headquarters in New York in September will be an opportunity for global leaders from Government, business, finance, and civil society to initiate ambitious joint actions on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience, mobilizing the political will for a meaningful global legal climate accord by 2015, when States parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Paris.He highlighted the interdependence between sustainable development based on a low-carbon economy and climate change generated by high-carbon global warming emission.“Addressing climate change is also a great opportunity to support all our sustainable development goals. At the same time, the actions we take on sustainable development can help tackle climate change,” he stressed.“Investment now will result in major savings in the future, and can propel economic growth today. It can support universal energy access, sustainable cities and well-being for people and the planet.” At a Forum session on Catalyzing Green Investment Mr. Ban told business leaders the September summit “is your opportunity to show what you can and will do, and to work with governments at the highest level to address climate change.” He underscored the essential role private investment has to play in meeting the growing demand for energy in the developing world. “We need in particular to win over institutional investors that collectively manage more than 70 trillion Euros of assets,” he said. “The bulk of these investments are high-carbon assets. These investors have the power – and I believe the responsibility — to help transform the global economy.” He also highlighted the importance of the Green Climate Fund, agreed on in 2010 by States Parties to the UNFCCC as a financial mechanism for promoting a shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries.“The Fund cannot be the exclusive conduit for climate finance, but it will be an important part of a public-private framework that supports low-carbon investment and fair access to climate financing in developing countries,” he said. “We need to bring it into operation as soon as possible. “We need more public finance, more private finance and better mechanisms for channelling investments to where they are most needed. I urge public and private actors to rise to the challenge in the coming months and rally around a key number of concrete action-oriented solutions for the climate summit.” read more

Detectives have been unable to check if ‘speedboat killer’ Jack Shepherd ever left the country, Scotland Yard has admitted. Police have told the Telegraph they have no way of knowing whether Shepherd absconded abroad because there is no simple method for checking if a British citizen has left the country. Details of when a person enters and leaves the country are, according to police, not stored on a single database that can be searched by officers in the hunt for a missing person. Shepherd, 31, remains on the run, having been convicted in his absence of killing Charlotte Brown, 24, after he took her out on his speedboat on the Thames on their first date. Shepherd had been drinking heavily when… read more

first_imgCONOR MCGREGOR AND The Lions lead the way in the interest levels in sport amongst Irish people in 2013.McGregor’s popularity exploded in Ireland this year with his MMA feats and that has lead to him being the number 1 most searched for sports personality on Google  in Ireland this year.He’s one of only two Irish people on the top ten list, along with former Galway hurler Niall Donoghue who sadly passed away in 2013.The hottest transfer stories of the summer lead to Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil, Wilian, Thiago Alcantara and Wayne Rooney featuring. While the biggest managerial change of the year in England sees David Moyes and Alex Ferguson included.Oscar Pistorious is also on the Irish list and is the most searched for personality globally.The Lions lead the way in the most searched for sports team in Ireland while Dublin and Clare GAA sides also feature.The rest are all soccer teams with Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Celtic mentioned along with Airtricity League outfits Cork City, Derry City and Drogheda United.Sports Personalities in Ireland1. Conor McGregor2. Gareth Bale3. Oscar Pistorious4. Alex Ferguson5. David Moyes6. Niall Donoghue7. Mesut Ozil8. Willian9. Thiago Alcantara10. Wayne RooneyPic: INPHO/Dan SheridanSports Teams in Ireland1. Lions2. Arsenal FC3. Dublin GAA4. Spurs5. Cork City FC6. Liverpool FC7. Celtic FC8. Derry City FC9. Clare Hurling GAA team10. Drogheda UnitedPic: Alik Keplicz/AP/Press Association ImagesGlobal Athletes1. Oscar Pistorious2. Aaron Hernandez3. Adrian Peterson4. Kevin Ware5. Lance Armstrong6. Gareth Bale7. Jason Collins8. Lamar Odom9. Ray Lewis10. Chris KellyReports link Munster to former All Black Andrew HoreIs this the best crossbar challenge you’ve ever seen?last_img read more

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man in Cork on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.Gardaí in Gurranabraher arrested the man over the offence of conspiracy to murder, a garda spokesperson told said gardaí arrested a male in his late 30s this morning in the Cork area. The man is being questioned by detectives in Gurranabraher and can be held for up to a week.RTÉ.ie is reporting that the man is a former politician.last_img

first_imgApple accusé de ralentir l’amélioration du webPour Haavard Moen, développeur chez Opéra Software, Apple dégaine systématiquement des brevets à la dernière minute pour ralentir la mise en place de nouveaux standards W3C.Haavard Moen ne parle pas au nom de sa société, mais en tant que développeur. Par trois fois, en 2009, 2010 et 2011, Apple a dégainé des brevets en prétendant que les nouveaux standards porteraient atteinte à leurs produits. En 2009 le brevet a été jugé sans rapport avec le standard, en 2010 il y en avait deux, l’un a été également été jugé sans rapport et l’autre inapplicable. C’est à se demander si Apple avait vraiment réfléchi avant d’exiger du W3C le gros travail de recherche et d’examen sur ces brevets. Cette année, ils présentent trois brevets et une demande d’application d’un quatrième, une fois de plus à la dernière minute. Le projet visé est la spécification des Touch Events.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Le W3C, ou Word Wide Web Consortium, est une communauté internationale où l’on travaille à plein temps pour développer les standards du web. C’est une mission essentielle pour aller vers plus de stabilité, moins de différences de gestion entre les navigateurs et, de façon générale, plus de possibilités et moins de bugs.Le résultat de l’action d’Apple incertain… Mais d’après Haavard Moen, le problème n’est pas que les standards attaqués soient modifiés ou non, ce qui a finalement peu d’importance. C’est plutôt que tout le processus de standardisation est ralenti. L’acte semble d’autant plus pernicieux qu’Apple n’a pas pris part au groupe de travail sur le sujet qu’ils attaquent (les Touch Events), sans quoi il aurait dû soumettre ses brevets bien plus tôt. Le 14 décembre 2011 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgX-Rite ColorMunki : effacez la différence entre l’écran et le papierLes amateurs de photos sont souvent déçus du rendu après impression de leurs œuvres. Pour que le rendu papier ressemble aux visuels sur l’écran, celui-ci doit être calibré avec un outil comme le ColorMunki de X-Rite.Calibrer les couleurs d’un écran est un art subtil. Il y a des réglages préenregistrés comme le mode cinéma, qui sature les couleurs, et par ailleurs les écrans d’ordinateur sont souvent bleutés pour paraître moins agressifs… Ces nuances nous influencent surtout au niveau de l’immersion dans les visuels ou de la fatigue oculaire. Souvent, c’est lors de l’impression sur papier d’une photo que l’on réalise la dégradation. Pour en savoir plus sur le sujet, on peut lire le « Complete guide to color management. »Ainsi Ilene M.Hoffman, sur le site, a-t-il décrit sa quête d’un outil accessible pour que son écran lui montre le véritable rendu que l’imprimeur aurait en tirant ses photos. Après test de plusieurs outils, elle a jeté son dévolu sur X-Rite ColorMunki.Deux obstacles s’opposent à la calibration d’un écran : la pauvreté des outils disponibles et l’absence de références. Pour le premier par exemple, sur Mac, le réglage en luminosité n’est pas réellement effectif.À lire aussiSaurez-vous reconnaitre à quel objet du quotidien appartiennent ces gros plans ?L’idée d’un outil comme ColorMunki est d’avoir un appareil pour mesurer la couleur à l’écran, mesurer la couleur sur le papier, et un logiciel pour ajuster l’écran au papier. Il est suffisamment simple pour que tout le monde parvienne à s’en servir. Trois versions sont en ventes : Munki Display (189$-145 euros), ColorMunki Photo (499$- un peu plus de 380 euros) and the ColorMunki Design (499$). Seules les versions Photo et Design permettent de faire la référence au papier, tandis que le Display suppose une imprimante moyenne.L’investissement est plus que conséquent, mais pour celui qui a déjà dépensé un millier d’euros dans un appareil photo sérieux, il est sans doute indispensable… Le 20 décembre 2011 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Chelsea captain John Terry is unsure if he will be continuing with his career at the end of the season with current club Aston Villa keen to retain his services for next seasonThe former England captain left his beloved Chelsea, last season, after falling down the pecking order under new manager Antonio Conte and, after refusing offers from other Premier League sides, Terry signed for Aston Villa in the Championsip.Terry has promptly named the new captain of Steve Bruce’s side and has become an integral part at Aston Villa with the club currently aiming to return to the Premier League this season.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But despite Villa’s intentions to keep him for another season, Terry (who turned 37 in December) is unsure whether he will continue playing for another season and has told Bruce that he will make a final decision in May.Daily Star has reported that Terry is concerned that he may no longer have enough stamina to endure a another season of top-flight football and finds the prospect of facing Chelsea to be unappealing.At the end of last season, Terry turned down Swansea City due to not wanting to line-up against his former club and it is believed that the defender may be looking at a prospective move to either America or China at the end of the season.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2018 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.Serbia has announced their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, including several Serie A star such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Football Italia.Coach Mladen Krstajic has named the group that will follow him to Russia for the tournament which kicks off in 13 days.Those on the list are Roma full-back Aleksandar Kolarov, Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic and Torino talent Adem Ljajic.serbiaReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group B George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group B sees Portugal and Serbia play catch up with Ukraine.While Cristiano Ronaldo broke records and his Portugal side ran out…Marija Nastasic was ruled out because of injury, with Mijat Gacinovic, Nemanja Maksimovic and Aleksandar Jovanovic cut from the long-list while Vladimir Stojkovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Marko Dmitrovic are goalkeepers.For defenders, Aleksandar Kolarov, Antonio Rukavina, Milan Rodic, Branislav Ivanovic, Uros Spajic, Milos Veljkovic, Dusko Tosic, Nikola Milenkovic will lead the team, while midfielders are Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Marko Grujic, Dusan Tadic, Andrija Zivkovic, Filip Kostic, Nemanja Radonjic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Adem LjajicForwards are Aleksandar Mitrovic, Aleksandar Prijovic, Luka JovicThe 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA.last_img read more

first_img Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions RelatedPosts Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts The Chamber of Commerce had formally expressed its willingness to work toward an IR bid for Yokohama in the past and has also announced that its policy is to launch a promotion council in September. In July, it submitted a request to Mayor Hayashi that she exercise “urgent political judgment.”In response to naysayers, the Chamber of Commerce has vehemently denied that an IR is defined as a casino or that casinos are defined as problem gaming. Vice President Morihiko Kawamoto has said, “It is necessary to know more about casinos in the context of an IR.”On the other hand, Yokohama Port Association, a new organization created by Yokohama businesses around the ptoposed Yamashita Wharf location, have expressed their opposition, so it seems that the road ahead will not be a smooth one. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team The President of the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Takashi Ueno, has expressed his support for the city’s impending IR bid, stating, “We are very pleased about this news and we will be evaluating it.”His comment follows revelations this week that Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi will imminently announce an IR bid.last_img read more

first_imgThe broadcast rights for the Indian subcontinent is valid for 10 seasons — from 2018 to 2027.The IPL digital rights are valid for five seasons — from 2018 to 2022.The international media rights are valid for five seasons — from 2018 to 2022. Future gems of India cricket team Features of the IPL media rights The BCCI, reportedly, is willing to accept a “consolidated bid” from the TV broadcasters, where they need to put forward a one-bid figure for all three rights packages.Companies currently in frayStar India Pvt Ltd, Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd, Amazon Seller Services Pvt Ltd, Reliance Jio Digital, Yahoo, Followon Interactive Media, Times Internet Ltd, Gulf DTH, SuperSport International, GroupM Media India, beIN IP, Econet Media Group, Sky UK, ESPN Digital Media, BTG Legal Service, BT Sport, Twitter, Facebook, Discovery, Airtel, Yahoo, DAZN Perform Group. In India, Sony Pictures Network has held the broadcast rights since the inception of the IPL in 2008.Come 2018, the cash-rich BCCI-organised cricket competition in India will see a new set of digital and broadcast partners. That pits Star India and Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) in a level playing field. Even reports claim that these two are frontrunners to bag the IPL broadcast rights.Question is who wins in the end.The submissions of the Invitation To Tender (ITT), made available for purchase by the BCCI, is scheduled for September 1.Dish doesn’t want StarDish TV, one of India’s biggest Direct-to-home (DTH) operators, meanwhile has shot a letter to the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators, the Competition Commission of India, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India as well as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, reasoning why Star India should not get the rights, when the bid documents are opened.Auditors Deloitte and legal firm Amarchand Mangaldas will look into the tenders.Jawahar Goel, the chairman and managing director of Dish TV, argued that the consumers stand to lose a hefty pocket money if Star TV are given the IPL broadcast rights, starting 2018.”The cost for the consumers is likely to increase manifold because of the creation of ‘sole supplier’ monopoly in the market,” wrote Goel.Possible monopoly in sports broadcasting businessGoel mentions that a possible monopoly situation would not only lead to cricket fans paying more for subscriptions but also pressurise the DTH service operators to shell out exorbitant rates to acquire the channels.”STAR is aiming to acquire the IPL cricket telecast rights also and thereby attain the status of ‘sole holder’ of the telecast rights of all the major cricketing events,” continued Goel in the letter, accessed by Indian Express.Read the full contents of the letter”The history of the media industry is witness to the fact that all the actions initiated by STAR till date have always been to economically concentrate the power through acquisition of cricket broadcast rights and thereby create a monopoly in the market to gain huge commercial advantage at the expense of the consumers and the distribution industry.”Such a situation would not only be anti-competitive but also anti-consumers.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closelast_img read more