BAI selects office-bearers as CWG technical officials

first_imgThe Badminton Association of India (BAI) seems to have hit upon a novel way to keep some of its office-bearers in good humour, albeit at the cost of the Commonwealth Games (CWG).Why else would it pick 14 more technical officials (TOs) for the badminton events at the CWG when 132 TOs have already been chosen to officiate? What is startling is the fact that 12 out of the 14 TOs are either secretaries or presidents of various state units of the BAI and are simply masquerading as technical officials.While 13 of them are functionaries, Maqdoom Ahmed is an assistant at the Pullela Gopi Chand Academy in Hyderabad.At least three of them-SA Rawal, ST Desai and OD Sharma are above 70 years of age. It is really curious how a 70 year old is expected to officiate a match in which the shuttle travels at a speed of more than 200kmph.When asked, Punniah Choudhary, one of the three secretaries of the BAI, told Mail Today that these 14 technical officials were inducted as the number of teams participating in the CWG has increased.”The number of teams participating in the Games has gone up from 16 to 24. Therefore, we had to increase the sessions from three to four. As a result, we had to recruit 14 more TOs as it we could not have been managed with the existing lot,” he said.But when queried that out of the 14, not one has umpired a match either at the national or at the district level, Choudhary said that it did not matter much. “To the best of my knowledge, all these officials have a good knowledge of the game,” he said.advertisementBut a look at the BAI’s website tells a different story. Under the section of technical officials, the names of 12 technical officials are mentioned. And not one of the 14 chosen by the BAI figures in that list.Another interesting aspect is that two renowned technical officials – Devender Kaushal and Kishan Gopal, who were included in the initial list of technical officials – were dropped at the last minute.Speaking to Mail Today, Devender Kaushal said, “We even got our police verification done as we were asked to come to Delhi in July. We were all set to come when we (including Kishen) got a call that we were not required to come,” he said.Technical officials:List of BAI office- bearers selected as technical officials: SA Rawal, president, Gujarat Badminton Associaton; Sanjay Mishra, secretary, Chhattisgarh Association; ST Desai, secretary, Gujarat Associaton; OD Sharma, secretary, J& K Association, K Prabhakara Rao, secretary, Jharkhand Association; Anil K Choughule, secretary, Madhya Pradesh Association; Malsawmkima, secretary, Mizoram Association; KK Sharma, secretary, Rajasthan Association; BS Mankoti, secretary, Uttarakhand Association; Dilip Pinge, Air India; Manjit Singh, president, Haryana Association; Krishnanad Jaiswal, secretary, Bihar Association; K Lian Hming Thanga, secretary, Mizoram Association; Maqdoom Ahmed Andhra Pradesh.last_img read more

Panasonic’s Eluga A is a phone for budget shoppers

first_imgJust weeks after launching its flagship Android phone, Panasonic India on Wednesday launched the Eluga A. The device, which has a 5-inch screen with 854×480 pixels resolution, is priced at Rs 9,490. It will be available from August 15.The Eluga A uses Android 4.3 (JellyBean) and runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor. It is a quad-core processor with a speed of 1.2GHz. The device has 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, support for up to 32GB microSD cards, 2000mAh battery and support for two SIM cards.According to Panasonic, the smartphone sports “fit home” user interface with features such as “Kwik Lock”, where the user can double tap the home screen to lock it. The company says that the “fit home” interface makes using the Eluga A with single hand easy.”Through Eluga, Panasonic will bring advanced technology to the Indian smartphone users. The Eluga A has advanced technology for audio enhancements, voice clarity, faster charging, longer battery life and local language features, in tune with the needs of the Indian consumer,” said Manish Sharma, managing director of Panasonic India.In the market, the Eluga A will compete against the likes of Asus Zenfone 5 and Motorola Moto E. While the Zenfone 5 has a similar price, it offers consumers better hardware, including a 720P screen and 2GB RAM. The Moto E, meanwhile, has similar hardware except the screen size and camera functionality. But it costs almost Rs 2,000 less than the Eluga A and offers consumers unmodified and latest version of Android.advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket: Drug testing row goes global as BCCI refuses to back down

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Courtesy: Livemint)The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has reportedly warned the International Cricket Council (ICC) that it would intervene if the ongoing conflicts between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and country’s national doping agency (NADA) aren’t resolved.The two bodies are in a tussle over BCCI’s refusal to allow the doping agency to conduct a drug test on cricketers. According to reports, a WADA spokesperson has confirmed that the body sent a letter to ICC in July to solve the matter.If in case the ongoing row between both the bodies fails to reach to the expected agreements, it would be referred to WADA’s Compliance Review Committee, which would raise the possibility of the ICC being deemed as non-compliant by the global anti-doping body.“Pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code, the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has testing authority over athletes who are nationals, residents, license holders or members of sport organizations in India or who are present in India. However the Indian NADA has not been allowed by the BCCI to conduct testing on athletes from the sport of cricket,” WADA official was quoted as saying by the news agency.ICC has also recently warned that any suspensions that arise from this dispute may hamper their chances of including the sport in 2028 Olympics.ICC Chief Dave Richardson was quoted as saying by newspaper Times of India earlier this week: “We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA. We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it’s not going to happen unless we are a unified sport.”“At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects,” he further said.Also Read:Cricket: Shikhar Dhawan dropped, Mayank Agarwal called up for West Indies tour Advertisementlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho laments timing of international break for Manchester derby

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho said the international break has made his plans for the Manchester derby a bit more “complicated” than he would have liked, especially with his South American players returning a day before the clash.With a bulk of the United squad away on international duty and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic being given an extended break, Mourinho has been left with almost none of first team players to work with since Saturday’s last-gasp win over Hull City. (Also read: Marcus Rashford scores late, earns Man United 1-0 win at Hull)The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager will also have first-choice right back Antonio Valencia and squad players, goalkeeper Sergio Romero and defender Marcos Rojo, arrive at the club’s training ground, 24 hours before the Sept. 10 fixture. “We keep eight outfield players and Sam Johnstone as the goalkeeper. We are going to lose the others and we don’t know the way they train, the way they recover, the life they are going to have with their national teams,” Mourinho told MUTV.”Some are coming back on the Monday before the Manchester City match but some are coming back on Friday. The day before Man City, we will still have Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Valencia arriving.”It will be a complicated process but we know it is like this when we have these players. And I would love all of the players to go because it would mean that everybody is being selected for their national teams.”There was little love lost between Mourinho and Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola when the Portuguese was in charge at Madrid and the Spaniard led Barcelona. (Also read: Can Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho walk the talk in the Premier League?)advertisementThey will renew hostilities after the international break at Old Trafford with both sides protecting 100 percent records after three Premier League matches.last_img read more

MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationals

first_imgMS Dhoni returned to lead India as Rohit Sharma was rested for the Super Four match against Afghanistan at the Asia Cup in Dubai on Tuesday. Dhoni had stepped down as India’s limited overs captain in January 2017 and handed over the reins to Virat Kohli.Dhoni returned to lead India for the first time after 696 days.This is Dhoni’s 200th ODI as India captain. He had last captained India in the ODI series against New Zealand.India vs Afghanistan – Live UpdatesAt the toss, Dhoni urged his men to keep their intensity up in the dead rubber and added it was destiny that he was leading India for the 200th time in ODIs.”We were looking to bowl first. Quite a few changes. Both the openers are missing, Bhuvi, Bumrah and Chahal are also missing. Everybody who hadn’t played in this tournament get a chance. They are part of the 15 and are representing India.”We’ll have to keep the intensity up. It is important for them to adjust to the line and length they need to bowl. I was not really sure of where I am standing. I have captained 199 ODIs, so this gives me an opportunity to make it 200.”It’s all destiny and I have always believed in that. It’s not in my control, once I left captainship. Good to complete 200, but I don’t think it really matters.”Captain Cool is back!Some changes for India means Rohit Sharma rests and MS Dhoni once again takes the reins! His 200th ODI as captain.He’s lost the toss and Afghanistan are batting, while Deepak Chahar makes his debut.#INDvAFG LIVE https://t.co/QOBmNShq3d#AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/OUXFy0KsJ3advertisementICC (@ICC) September 25, 2018Despite stepping down as captain, Dhoni has continued to influence the Indian team as a strong leader. He can be heard giving instructions to talented buy young spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Besides, Dhoni’s use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the shorter formats has helped India on several occasions.Virat Kohli, who was rested for the Asia Cup, leans heavily on Dhoni for tactical decisions on the field.READ – I’ve learned the most from MS Dhoni: Virat KohliIn a recent interview to Wisden, Kohli said he has learnt the most from MS Dhoni. “I’ve learned the most from MS, standing so close to him at slip so many times and just observing him at close quarters.”MS Dhoni – 200th ODI as Captain of #TeamIndia #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/4PWQNzVgiABCCI (@BCCI) September 25, 2018India’s final Super Four match against Afghanistan gave the two-time world champions the opportunity to make several changes. Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were rested as India have already qualified for the final. They will face off against the winner of the Bangladesh vs Pakistan Super Four match.Dhoni is India’s most successful captain across formats. Before Tuesday, Dhoni had led India in 199 ODIs out of which he won 110 matches and lost 74.Here’s our Playing XI for the game. Deepak Chahar makes his ODI debut for #TeamIndia.#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/82vVKQB5PGBCCI (@BCCI) September 25, 2018MS Dhoni therefore became only the third cricketer captain in 200 ODIs. Ricky Ponting led Australia (ICC) in 230 ODIs from 2002-2012 while New Zeland’s Stephen Fleming led in 218 ODIs from 1997-2007.Dhoni also needs 95 runs to score 10,000 ODI runs for India.This is a nostalgic moment for Indian cricket fans. Under Dhoni, India won three major ICC tournaments: the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013).last_img read more

MI vs RCB, IPL 2019 broadcast channels list: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Live Streaming

first_imgFor the first time in this edition of the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore will go into a game as favourites. After a convincing win against Kings XI Punjab, RCB will now take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.While Mumbai Indians are seated third on the points table with four wins from seven games, they lost their last match against Rajasthan Royals at the same venue on Saturday. On the other hand, even though RCB is placed last on the table with just one win in seven outings, the fact that they beat KXIP at home on Saturday will surely motivate them further.Speaking after Saturday’s game, while Kohli had mentioned how his players still have the desire to go out and express themselves, Man of the Match AB de Villiers had rung the warning bell for the opposition saying he loves playing at the Wankhede. Not good signs for Rohit Sharma and his boys for sure.Also, the clinical way that RCB chased down KXIP’s total of 173 shows that the batting unit is definitely in form. With Dale Steyn joining the squad, the bowling too will wear a bolstered look. In fact, uncapped Navdeep Saini would like to take the opportunity of learning from the pro in the remaining games. Saini has by far been the most impressive bowler for RCB and Mumbai Indians too would look to play him cautiously.In the batting department, Mumbai have little worries as both Rohit and opening partner Quinton de Kock have been in fine form. With Kieron Pollard also showing that he still has match-winning abilities and Hardik Pandya finishing with a bang in almost all games, the batting part of things look sorted for the home team.advertisementWhere will the IPL 2019 match between MI and RCB be played?The IPL 2019 match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between MI and RCB live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between MI and RCB?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between MI and RCB?Mumbai Indians: Siddhesh Lad, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Evin Lewis, Yuvraj Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Anukul Roy, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Jayant YadavRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Dale SteynAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre Russellast_img read more

Moyes tackles Chicharito transfer talk

first_imgTransfers ‘We needed him today’ – Moyes tackles Chicharito transfer talk after goal against Bournemouth Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 03:14 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Hernandez Chicharito West Ham United Julian Finney Transfers Beşiktaş Javier Hernández West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth West Ham United Mexico Premier League With West Ham reportedly close to a deal to sell Chicharito to Besiktas, the Mexico forward made an impact with his goal against Bournemouth David Moyes says he wasn’t surprised to see Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez score West Ham’s equaliser Saturday and added the forward helped the club in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.The Mexico international entered in the 63rd minute and bagged the equalizer 10 minutes later with West Ham now sitting 11th in the Premier League table after the result. Sources told Goal on Friday that West Ham was close to a deal with Besiktas for Hernandez’s services with the Mexico international searching for more playing time ahead of the summer’s World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Well, there’s speculation about Chicharito. But there’s been speculation about Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho … about every man and their dog here really,” Moyes said after Saturday’s match.”If a move is coming up, Chicharito has provided a nice goodbye present to Hammers fans. Just moments after Bournemouth scored in the 71st minute, West Ham responded from the kickoff. After Hernandez took the first touch, the ball was sent long. The Mexican touched the ball in the box and ended up getting it back at his feet where he fired past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.”It’s the kind of reaction that he’s about. We know that’s what he does. He’s the sort of centre-forward who has made a living out of being a fox in the box and scoring at every opportunity they get.“Chicharito needs those sort of opportunities and we need to get more of the ball in the box. There was that one, and we put a great one in just after it across the face of the box, but we needed him today. All the boys here will play a part and Chicharito helped us today.”Chicharito entered the match in the 63rd minute after Manuel Lanzini suffered a hamstring injury. Moyes was pleased with how the team was playing prior to Chicharito’s entrance but noted his side lacked finishing.”I think we’ve probably played our best football here, since I’ve taken over,” Moyes said. “I thought the first half we passed it well, we missed a cutting edge, I think we showed some really good things.“For me it’s progress, things looking better and going in the right direction.”The Hammers now have a week to prepare for an FA Cup trip to face Wigan Athletic.last_img read more

Prime Minister Calls for More Support of MSMEs

first_imgStory Highlights “There is great liquidity in the system to invest. But sometimes it is also lack of information… about the quality (and) value of, for example, working capital. They do, however, have more information and well developed polices and regulations around motor vehicle ownership, which may explain why banks are more willing to take the risk on the consumer asset than on a commercial asset, such as working capital,” the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says private financial institutions should provide more support for business development, particularly micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs). Mr. Holness’ comments come against the background of what he says is the seeming reluctance by some banks to provide access to credit and other resources for businesses which “are good (entities) in and of themselves.” Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says private financial institutions should provide more support for business development, particularly micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs).Mr. Holness’ comments come against the background of what he says is the seeming reluctance by some banks to provide access to credit and other resources for businesses which “are good (entities) in and of themselves.”“There is great liquidity in the system to invest. But sometimes it is also lack of information… about the quality (and) value of, for example, working capital. They do, however, have more information and well developed polices and regulations around motor vehicle ownership, which may explain why banks are more willing to take the risk on the consumer asset than on a commercial asset, such as working capital,” the Prime Minister said.He was speaking at Friday’s (April 27) closing ceremony for the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Innovation Grant from New Ideas to Entrepreneurship (IGNITE) Programme pilot, at the Spanish Court Hotel, in New Kingston.Mr. Holness pointed out that as a result of Government polices now in place, there has been an increase in financial institutions’ support for business development.“We are seeing a greater trend of banks supporting businesses. Commercial and industrial lending is increasing at a noticeably significant rate, and I am very happy for that,” he said, citing this as pivotal to spurring economic growth.The Prime Minister contended, however, that for sustainable growth to occur, “lending has to (further) increase to the medium-size, small and micro enterprises, in particular.”“One of the things that we have to do is to support informal businesses in becoming formalized (by helping them) to develop business plans and getting regularized with, for example, the tax authorities,” he said.Mr. Holness said doing so will bridge the information gap on businesses encountered by financial institutions in several instances, “because for banks to take the risk on your business, they need to know about you.”“When you are formalized, when you are registered and compliant, then banks are able to better assess the risk that they are taking,” he said.Mr. Holness emphasised that the key to generating economic growth is channelling support for the private sector.“The engine of growth is the private sector. But when we say private sector, we tend to believe that the private sector is only (the) big businesses. The truth is that the private sector is really the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. They drive growth,” he added.The DBJ, through IGNITE, enables Jamaican entrepreneurs, particularly MSMEs with innovative business ideas, to access grant funds to develop and commercialize their products and services.The bank provided funding of between $1 million and $4 million to 27 entrepreneurs under IGNITE’s 18-month pilot phase, for which $75 million was budgeted.Phase two was also launched at the ceremony.last_img read more

COACH To Host StarStudded Party To Benefit NYCs High Line

first_imgCOACH is to host the third annual star-studded Summer Party on NYC’s unique High Line.Among the stars expected to attend are Zachary Quinto, Anna Kendrick, Zosia Mamet, Cecily Strong, Tim Robinson, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer, Mia Moretti. Music will be supplied by DJ KISS.Guest will be amazed with the transformation of the Chelsea Market Passage which will be turned into a vintage inspired Carnival featuring games, fortune tellers, jugglers, magicians, and much more.100% of proceeds from the ticketed event go to the maintenance andoperations of the High Line, thanks to generous underwriting of the event by COACH.WHERE: High Line Entrance on 14th Street and 10th Avenue Red Carpet to be held at bottom of stairsWHEN: Tuesday, June 11th 7:00 pm – 10:00 pmlast_img read more

Cameron Bailey Appointed CoHead of TIFF

first_imgImage courtesy of TIFF, Photo by Matt Barnes Advertisement Facebook “Piers has done a remarkable job during his tenure as Director & CEO and Artistic Director before that,” continued Tory.  “We are indebted to him for the vision and strategy – and the elegance he brought to the role.”“I have tremendous respect for Cameron and his longstanding contribution to TIFF’s success,” said Piers Handling. “His passion and vision for the future of the organization underlines his deep leadership skills. It gives me great comfort to know TIFF is in such good hands.”“I’ve been fortunate to work alongside Piers for so many years. We programmed Canadian films together, we made our first programming trip to Burkina Faso together and we’ve spent countless hours working out how best to engage audiences with the power of film,” said Cameron Bailey. “I am honoured to be entrusted with guiding the future of TIFF.”A search committee of the Board of Directors has been working with Caldwell Partners to identify candidates for the Managing Director & Co-Head role.  The search is international in scope and is expected to result in an announcement prior to this September’s Festival.Social Media:Twitter:  @TIFF_NETFacebook:  Facebook.com/TIFF Advertisement Twittercenter_img TORONTO — The Board of Directors of TIFF announced today the appointment of Cameron Bailey to the newly created position of Artistic Director & Co-Head of TIFF.  The role is a promotion and expansion of Bailey’s current position of Artistic Director, which he has held since 2012. Prior to that, Bailey held the role of Festival Co-Director from 2008-2012. Bailey will report directly to the Board of Directors effective October 1, 2018.Since CEO Piers Handling’s announcement last July that the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival would be his last, the TIFF Board engaged in a process for CEO transition, including a review of the organization’s current structure. After their assessment, the Board decided on a two-headed structure for TIFF, with one position (Bailey’s) focused on the artistic direction of the organization, and the other, Managing Director & Co-Head, focused on the business and revenue optimization. These two positions will work closely together to set the tone and lead the organization, bringing the new strategic plan to life.  They will both report directly to the Board of Directors.“With a five year strategic plan for TIFF launched this year, and more changes on the horizon for our industry, we believe a two-headed structure is right for the future success of TIFF,” explained Jennifer Tory.  “Cameron is a film industry veteran who has earned a reputation for discerning, expansive curation since joining TIFF as a programmer in 1990. Combined with his accomplishments as TIFF’s Artistic Director,  we have full confidence in his vision for the direction of the organization.” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Piano duo tickles ivories at Friday concert

ENCORE! Professional Concert Series presents the Fung Chiu Duo at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on Friday.In this performance, Janelle Fung and Philip Chiu come together to present a concert that challenges the traditional boundaries of piano with four hands.Tickets are $28.50 for adults and $22.50 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for $5 for high schools students as part of the eyeGo program.Show starts at 7:30 p.m.For information or tickets, call the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550, ext. 3527 or email boxoffice@brocku.ca. read more

CannTrust says goods returned by Alberta government cannabis firm worth 13M

The Canadian Press This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 19, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRST) VAUGHAN, Ont. — CannTrust Holdings Inc. says its products being returned by Alberta government’s cannabis wholesaler and online retailer total about $1.3 million.The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis agency announced the move on Wednesday after Health Canada suspended CannTrust’s licences to produce and sell pot.The company says that under the terms of its agreement, the goods may be returned for any reason and it will be responsible for the cost of the goods and all expenses related to the return. CannTrust noted that Health Canada has not ordered a recall in respect of any of the company’s products.In July, the AGLC placed a hold on its inventory of CannTrust products as a precautionary measure as the federal regulator investigated allegations of unlicensed growing at the company’s Pelham, Ont., greenhouse.CannTrust disclosed this week it received a notice from Health Canada indicating its authority to produce cannabis, other than cultivating or harvesting existing lots or batches, and to sell pot, had been suspended.The Ontario government’s cannabis wholesaler and retailer said in August it was returning products valued at roughly $2.9 million to CannTrust. read more

Unity and action needed to counter expanding threat from ISIL Security Council

Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, also urged strengthening the operational and legal framework needed to choke off ISIL’s funding, in the first-ever briefing to the Council on UN counter-terrorism efforts against ISIL and its affiliates. The meeting follows a December 2015 Council session of world Finance Ministers that requested a “strategic level” report from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the issue.“Despite global efforts to counter through military, financial and law enforcement measures, and the substantial losses inflicted upon ISIL, the group continues to pose one of the major challenges of our time to international peace and security,” Mr. Feltman told the Council.Highlighting some of the report’s key findings, he explained that ISIL’s emergence has been facilitated by the protracted conflicts and instability in Iraq and Syria, as well as the weakening of State institutions and the inability of the States to exercise effective control over territory and borders. The group, also known as Da’esh, which has benefited from a flow of financial resources and its ties with transnational organized criminals, is expanding its operations to other regions.“In the face of this common threat, I would like to echo the Secretary-General’s call to unity and action, including in finding political solutions to the conflicts in Syria and Libya, and assure you that the United Nations is committed to supporting Member States’ efforts,” said Mr. Feltman.Describing ISIL’s global expansion strategy, he said its operations across West and North Africa, the Middle East and South and South-east Asia, as well as the increasing number of terrorist groups pledging allegiance to its cause and the substantial flow of foreign terrorist fighters from around the world, are a source of major concern.He went on to note that ISIL continued to perpetuate appalling human rights abuses against populations under its control, including mass executions, widespread torture, amputations, ethno-sectarian attacks, sexual violence, enslavement and systematic recruitment and abuse of children.“The situation has led to a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented proportions,” he said, pointing out that in Syria alone, some 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes and more than 13.5 million people need humanitarian assistance.The report further analyzes ISIL’s finances, highlighting the group’s capacity to mobilize vast resources rapidly and effectively, he said. Its main sources of financing include the exploitation of oil and other natural resources, “taxing,” confiscation and the looting of archaeological sites, as well as external donations and use of the Internet and social media to raise funds.Noting that ISIL’s attraction for potential recruits continues unabated, he said an estimated 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters are actively engaged with it and associated groups. ISIL sympathizers, acting alone or in small cells, had effectively expanded the geographical scope and complexity of their attacks in the second half of 2015, as had been seen in the attacks carried out in Paris, Beirut and Jakarta.While the report stresses that primary responsibility for countering the threat of ISIL lay with Member States, the UN and other international organizations have a critical role to play in supporting their efforts and had already undertaken a number of measures in that regard. In the context of countering the financing of terrorism, Member States should ensure the timely exchange of information and financial intelligence, implement relevant Security Council resolutions, and strengthen their collaboration with private sector actors to address the threat.“The United Nations should support these efforts in a more comprehensive way, particularly in its field operations, including by enhancing its research on the nexus between ISIL and transnational organized crime, and stepping up technical assistance to build Member States’ capacities,” he added.In the third part of the report, he said, the Secretary-General provided a number of strategic responses for Member States and the United Nations in addressing the ISIL threat. They included examining the underlying political and socio-economic causes of relevant conflicts, particularly in Syria, and strengthening the operational and legal framework needed to choke off ISIL’s funding.Among other recommendations listed in the report, he said, were those relating to countering the financing of terrorism and recruitment while addressing violent extremism and radicalization, including through preventive efforts focused on education and youth. Member States should criminalize travel by foreign terrorist fighters, in accordance with relevant resolutions, and take measures to strengthen border-management regimes. read more

NORGE girls want to defend gold in Serbia

Norway handball ← Previous Story FRENCH HANDBALL HOSPITAL: Xavier Barachet to miss EHF EURO 2014? Next Story → EHF Cup: Fuchse Berlin with small lead travel to Brest Two times in a row golden Norwegian team, the world champion from Brazil gathering for the preparation for the defense of the world crown in Serbia. Head coach of the most successful selection in this century Icelander, Thorir Hergeirson, determine the composition of the national team for 2013 World Championship in which there are only two new names – Sana Solsberg and Veronika Kristiansen will debut at the matches of group C in Zrenjanin “Crystal Hall”.It is well known that a standard member of the first set, the left guard Christine Lunde Borgensen will not be on this Championship due to pregnancy.Goalkeepers: Katrine Lunde (Győri Audi ETO KC), Silje Solberg (Stabaek Handball)Playmakers: Stine Bredal Oftedal (Issy Paris), Karoline Dyhre Breivang ( Larvik HK), Anja Hammerseng- Edin ( Larvik HK)Left wings: Camilla Herrem (Byasen), Sanna Solberg (Stabaek Handball)Leftbacks: Ida Alstad (TTH), Veronica Kristiansen (Glasseverket), Mari Molid (Levanger HK)Right backs: Linn Jörum Sulland (Larvik HK), Nora Mörk (Larvik HK)Right wing: Linn Kristin Riegelhuth Koren( Larvik HK)Lineplayers: Isabel Blanco( Larvik HK), Heidi Löke (Győri Audi ETO KC)Norwegians will get their form for WWChat the traditional “Mobelringen Cup” in Drammen, where they will cross swords with the national teams of Russia, South Korea and the Netherlands from 29 November until the first of December. read more

FLIR iPhone case adds pocketsized thermal imaging

first_imgYour iPhone might be cool, but does it give you Predator-like heat vision? Not yet, but FLIR has developed a new sensor that’s small enough to cram into a clip-on caseIn terms of added bulk, FLIR’s creation is similar to the Thuraya SatSleeve, which converts an iPhone to a satellite phone. You probably wouldn’t want to leave it on your phone all the time, but it’s still a lot more convenient than lugging around a separate thermal imaging camera.The pocketable prototype was made possible by FLIR’s Quark module, which can capture images up to .3 megapixels. It’s a very efficient little unit, but FLIR supplies its own battery in the case so that it doesn’t drain your iPhone.When fitted with a 9mm lens, FLIR says the Quark is sharp enough to let you spot a person from a good distance away. Just how far? About the length of three football fields.Wondering when you’ll be able to get your hands on this bad boy? Don’t get too excited just yet. A device like what FLIR is showing off is probably going to be fairly expensive. At this point, it’s building these for military and commercial use.Still, as the Quark imaging core gets a little more mature and cheaper to manufacture it’s possible that the company will create something for the independent contractor or geeky DIY types. FLIR could shave a few bucks off the bottom line by offering a lower-resolution model, too, so maybe this will happen sooner than we think.last_img read more

Trump warns of constitutional crisis if Clinton elected

first_img By Garreth MacNamee Image: Evan Vucci Monday 31 Oct 2016, 7:04 PM Oct 31st 2016, 7:04 PM 122 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3056092 DONALD TRUMP HAS  warned that the United States would be plunged into a “constitutional crisis” should Hillary Clinton win next week’s election.“Hillary is likely to be under investigation for a very long time,” the Republican told supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan as he seized on revelations that the FBI was studying newly-discovered emails that may shed light on Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state.“She’s unfit and unqualified to be the president of the United States,” Trump said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Share191 Tweet Email Image: Evan Vucci Trump warns of ‘constitutional crisis’ if Clinton elected The businessman said the American people would be subjected to the scenario of a commander-in-chief facing criminal charges. 26,008 Views Short URL Her election would mire our government and our country in a constitutional crisis that we cannot afford.Trump, 70, said he believed that if Clinton were elected, the American people would be subjected to the unprecedented scenario of a commander-in-chief facing criminal charges.“We would have a criminal trial for a sitting president,” Trump said. FBI Director James Comey. Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/PAThe Republican’s attacks have grown more strident since FBI director James Comey dropped a bombshell by announcing that the bureau will study thousands of newly discovered emails, reportedly after agents seized a laptop used by Clinton’s close aide, Huma Abedin, and her now estranged husband Anthony Weiner.With Comey under withering fire from Democrats for making the announcement so close to election day, Trump embraced him for having “guts” to move as he did.“I really disagreed with him, I was not his fan,” said Trump, who had fiercely criticized Comey for deciding back in July not to recommend prosecution against Clinton for her private email use.“What he did (with his latest announcement), he brought back his reputation,” Trump said. Anthony Weiner alongside his wife Huma Abedin in New York, 2013. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe FBI’s renewed focus reportedly stems from a probe of Weiner, a disgraced former congressman who is under investigation over allegations he sent sexual overtures to a 15-year-old girl.“Thank you Huma. Good job Huma. Thank you Anthony Weiner,” Trump proclaimed, to a roar and applause by the crowd.Meanwhile the White House opted for caution in reacting to Comey, with spokesman Josh Earnest saying he would “neither defend nor criticize” the FBI director.Earnest described him as a “man of integrity” but also pointed to norms that “limit public discussion of facts that are collected in the context” of ongoing investigations.Read: Mother attacked by burglars in her home this morning >Read: Man tells gardaí “I’m so, so sorry” after being charged with sexual assault >last_img read more

Unstable future for The Belvedere

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The future of historic house The Belvedere is hanging by a thread. Brisbane City Council have refused an application by the Greek Orthodox Society to demolish the house on 27 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane. The matter is currently at the Planning and Environment Court after talks between the council and society came to a standstill. Although The Belvedere has been badly neglected and is dilapidated, the council still says the property should be protected. The house is said to have inspired Booker Prize nominated author David Malouf. The author was raised on Edmonstone Street and most of his inspiration for his writing came from the surrounding area.last_img read more

Bientôt un test de phase III pour un nouvel anticancéreux

first_imgBientôt un test de phase III pour un nouvel anti-cancéreuxJeudi soir, la société de biotechnologies BioAlliance Pharma a annoncé qu’elle avait obtenu le feu vert de l’agence française du médicament pour débuter un essai clinique de phase III de Livatag, son traitement contre le cancer du foie.C’est la dernière étape avant une éventuelle commercialisation du médicament. La société de biotechnologies BioAlliance Pharma s’apprête à commencer un test de phase III sur son traitement indiqué contre le cancer du foie, le Livatag. À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Jeudi soir, la firme a en effet reçu le feu vert des autorités sanitaires pour cet essai clinique qui portera sur 400 patients. L’accord de l’Afssaps “permet à BioAlliance Pharma de confirmer le calendrier annoncé pour le développement de Livatag avec un démarrage de la phase III courant 2012”, a ainsi indiqué la société dans un communiqué.Selon Judith Greciet, directrice générale de BioAlliance Pharma, le Livatag pourrait représenter un chiffre d’affaires de plus de 800 millions d’euros, au vu des résultats obtenus jusqu’ici. Satisfaite du démarrage de cette nouvelle étape, elle explique : “C’est une étape clé franchie dans la mise en place de notre stratégie de développement dans le domaine des médicaments orphelins en cancérologie”.Le 8 septembre 2011 à 15:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Creepiest Video Game Cults

The Creepiest Video Game Cults

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form This week sees the release of an indie title we’ve been excited about for some time, The Church In The Darkness, which lets you infiltrate a Jonestown-esque cult compound and try to save your brainwashed nephew while not getting found out and forced to drink some special Kool-Aid. Cults have been a popular choice for video game antagonists for decades, from role-playing to all-out action, but not all cults are created equal. In this feature we spotlight ten made-up religions that really push the evil.The Healing ChurchFrom Software’s Bloodborne takes place in a terrifying, decaying Victorian city called Yharnam that is infested with corrupted humans and eldritch beasts that will kill you faster than you can scream. Why is that? Thank the Healing Church, who discovered the hidden Pthumerian blood in tombs beneath the city and experimented with it, resulting in the entire population becoming addicted. They claimed the blood had healing properties, luring the sick and infirm to Yharnam. Things got so terrible there that the whole city was quarantined in a dream realm to keep the Old Ones awakened by the blood from destroying the world.Get Bloodborne at AmazonUnitologyMany religions start as an attempt to find meaning in the unknown, and Dead Space‘s Unitology is no different. In the world of the gory limb-severing video game, the crash at the Chicxulub crater brought the first sign of the Markers to Earth, and although most of the scientists at the site were driven to madness, one man, Michael Altman, was able to resist. He was murdered for his troubles and dubbed the “Reluctant Prophet” by the group that would soon be called Unitologists. The cult believes that all life is prologue for the “convergence” that happens after death, when human corpses transform into ravaging Necromorphs, and their end goal is to convince all of humanity to commit suicide and be reborn.Get Dead Space at AmazonChildren Of AtomCults thrive after tragedy, so it’s not surprising that the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 3 has some religious wingnuts. The Children of Atom, who you first meet in the ramshackle hamlet of Megaton, have built a whole belief system around the nuclear destruction that ravaged the Earth. In their doctrine, every time a nuke is detonated it creates an entire new universe, and the lingering fallout isn’t cancer – it’s “The Glow.” Members seek out heavily irradiated areas to build shrines to their deity, and stockpile and protect unexploded bombs to usher in even more glorious creation.Get Fallout 3 at AmazonThe OrderThere are few things in the gaming world that make us sadder than Konami keeping the Silent Hill series in limbo. It’s one of the survival horror genre’s keystones and the mythos behind the isolation and fear is top notch. Case in point: the Order, the malevolent cult behind so much of the series’ bad times. Founded in the early days of the American colonies, in the 1800s a quartet of pioneers entered a contract with a dark god from the Otherworld to overturn human civilization and create a new world “free of sin.” Over the years, the Order has splintered into numerous sects, each of with is creepy and abusive in its own way.Get Silent Hill at AmazonLos IlluminadosResident Evil 4 was a major turning point from the series, as Capcom moved away both from the slow-paced mounting terror of previous games as well as the long-running adversary in the Umbrella Corporation. When Leon Kennedy gets dropped into the mountains of Spain, he mets the Illuminados, the descendents of an ancient pagan group that believed forcible implantation with the Plagas parasites was the one true path to enlightenment. Led by Osmund Saddler, the group planned to kidnap the President’s daughter and infect her as a vector to seize control of the United States government and, eventually, the world. Having literal mind control parasites definitely gives them a leg up in the brainwashing game.Get Resident Evil 4 at AmazonCult Of KefkaAfter the malevolent jester ushers in the World of Ruin in Final Fantasy VI, the few survivors realize that Kefka has enough power to mess them up whenever they want so they decide to form a quasi-religious organization to worship him and hopefully keep his ego satisfied. The Cult operate out of a tower in the Serpent Trench that their leader has enchanted to forbid the usage of physical attacks within (unless you’re smart and bring Umaro), and at the top is the priceless Soul of Thamasa that lets a magic-user cast spells twice in a round. The Cult are so single-mindedly devoted to their evil master that they ignore all communication from outsiders, but rumor has it they can be raised from their trance if somebody closely related calls out to them.Get Final Fantasy Anthology at AmazonThe Mythic DawnA popular use for cults in gaming is to provide underlings for the player to smash through on their way to the Big Boss, and Oblivion‘s Mythic Dawn are a classic example. Formed to worship the demonic Mehrunes Dragon, their end goal is to bring down the sorcerous barriers that insulate Tamriel from Oblivion and let the Daedra run rampant over the land. What the point of enslaving the whole planet isn’t made clear, but this is one of the few cults on this list that you have the option of joining, but if you don’t eventually betray them you can’t, you know, finish the game. If that’s important to you.Get Oblivion at AmazonThe Order Of The Harvest Moon1996 cult classic Harvester is one of the goriest and most disturbing point-and-click adventures ever made. In it, you play an amnesiac man who wakes up in a small town and is told that all of his questions will be answered if he joins the Order of the Harvest Moon. The path to do so takes him through a series of increasingly illegal and amoral initiations. Once you’re in, you learn that the Order is actually an evil murder cult with a very terrifying mission: to transform you, the player of the game, into a serial killer by desensitizing you to brutality, pain and violence. The complicity you play in the cult’s actions is the big reason why they land in such a sweet spot on this list.Get Harvester at AmazonThe OroThe Condemned games start out pretty down to earth, with the player controlling Ethan Thomas, a FBI crime scene investigator on the hunt for a mysterious serial killer. As you progress, though, it becomes apparent that this is more than a lone nut — in fact, Metro City is under siege by a group called the Oro, an ancient cult of mutated humans who are born with an alteration of their vocal chords. Aided by metal implants, they can use their voices to plant suggestions in people’s minds and even cause physical harm. Ethan tracks the group to their lair and manages to destroy it, but in a final cutscene it’s heavily hinted that the tendrils of the Oro reach all the way up to the President of the United States.Get Condemned at AmazonTemple GateThe Outlast series is one of the shining lights in horror games right now, as they perfectly capture the feeling of helplessness and dread necessary to inspire true terror. The second game in the series puts you in the shoes of a cameraman investigating the murder of a young woman in Arizona, only to discover that the whole town of Temple Gate has been taken over by a violent, apocalyptic cult led by a man named “Papa” Sullivan Knoth. Knoth believes that your wife is pregnant with the Antichrist and pursues you in a nerve-wracking adventure that features tons of atrocity. The madness is eventually traced to a chemical leak that has driven the populace mad, but by that point it’s already too late.Get Outlast Trinity at AmazonWatch: Nintendo Reveals Portable Switch Device Called Switch LiteMore on Geek.com:PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 MillionHands-On: ‘Oninaki’ Is an Emotional Action RPG ExperienceReview: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands What Matterslast_img read more