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first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENTS Futsal Association of India has announced a strategic partnership with United States Futsal Federation (USFF). As part of this partnership, FAI will receive technical support from USFF to further development of the sport in the country.USFF, incorporated in 1981, is responsible for extensive growth of Futsal in the United States and will lend wealth of its experience to the FAI.Currently USFF has 40,000 members and 112,000 active registered players across all state association and leagues.In addition to the knowledge support, the tie-up will include talent exchange programs, wherein Indian players will receive the opportunity to participate in developmental camps in the United States.Vice-President, Asociación Mundial de Futsal and Founding President, FAI, Namdev Shirgaonkar said, “We are proud to be associated with United States Futsal Federation. This is a landmark development for Indian Futsal that strengthens our commitment to grow the sport in the country. We look forward to more and more youth the Futsal family in India” SHARE COMMENTcenter_img sport USA April 18, 2016 alliance and joint venturelast_img read more

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines: Blaise Matuidi has been ruled out of France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania after fracturing a rib cartilage, the midfielder’s club Juventus announced on Monday.”Blaise Matuidi will not participate in the National Team retreat with France, after he withdrew from yesterday’s match against Milan,” the Italian champions said in a statement on their English language website. “The midfielder today underwent an MRI scan today, which showed a fracture of the cartilage of the tenth rib.”Juventus did not state for how long the 32-year-old would be out of action.Matuidi picked up the injury in the 1-0 win over AC Milan that kept Juve top of Serie A, and failed to make the trip to Paris ahead of the two Group H clashes on Thursday and Sunday which could seal qualification for next summer’s finals.”Unfortunately I am out of the side, but I’m certain that the @equipefrance will qualify,” Matuidi said on Twitter.Je suis malheureusement forfait pour ce rassemblement, mais certain que l’ @equipedefrance ira chercher la qualif. Déjà hâte de revenir pour les prochaines échéances 🔵⚪🔴 ⚪⚫ #GiveItAll pic.twitter.com/bEiZDfLUCm— Blaise Matuidi (@MATUIDIBlaise) November 11, 2019 Coach Didier Deschamps has picked Arsenal’s uncapped Matteo Guendouzi in Matuidi’s place, and is sweating on the fitness of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, who suffered a groin injury in Tottenham’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Sheffield United.Les Bleus’ squad will meet at the historic Clairefontaine training camp with France second in their group, level on 19 points with leaders Turkey and four ahead of third-placed Iceland with two matches to play.With two teams qualifying from each group, a win against bottom side Moldova at the Stade de France this week would guarantee a spot in the finals.They will also qualify if Iceland fail to beat Turkey. blaise matuidiEuro 2020 QualifiersfootballFrance First Published: November 11, 2019, 11:18 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgMONACO (AP) — The IAAF says Russia remains banned from competing internationally in track and field because of its past doping practices.The decision was announced Tuesday after an IAAF Council meeting.The IAAF has two remaining conditions for Russia to be reinstated. It wants the country to pay its costs, including legal costs, incurred from dealing with the Russian doping crisis. It also wants access to a Russian computer database that could flag up other athletes suspected of doping.The IAAF also announced that Budapest will host the 2023 world championships. The decision was expected because the IAAF had already said the Hungarian capital was its preferred choice.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgIndia stayed alive in the Davis Cup qualifiers tie against Italy after registering their first point of the tie through the doubles match, where Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan paired up to beat Italian pair Matteo Berrettini and Simone Bolelli. It was a do-or-die match for India who had lost both their singles matches on Friday.India’s strength over the years has been their doubles and it proved to be the same on Saturday as Bopanna-Sharan salvaged India from a whitewash in the Davis Cup with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.In the first set of the doubles match, India and Italy both remained on serve at 4-4 with all the four players on the court showing good serving capabilities. While serving and ground-stroking is the strong suit of the Italians, Bopanna is essentially known to be a better and a bigger server than Sharan.Despite Bopanna’s exploits on the Grand Slam stage of the sport, it was the experienced 38-year-old who had his serve broken. At 4-4 in the first set, Bopanna failed to absorb the pressure and ended up getting broken. Thereafter, the Italians served out the set with much ease despite some good fight from the Indians.Even after the first set loss, the Indians grew into the match. In the third game of the second set, the Indians managed to break the serve of Berrettini, who was the best server in the match till then, and went up 3-1.The most fascinating part of the second set was the strategy that the Indians had put in place for the Italians, especially with Sharan serving. Sharan was constantly serving into the backhand of the both the right-handing Italians and they were struggling to come on top of that spinning serve with their backhand. Indians earned a number of their points in that manner.advertisementThe crowd at the Calcutta South Club began to enjoy the action as the Indians started getting on top of Team Italy and screams, claps and slogans might have started to deafen the Italians.One break and 5-3 up, Sharan was serving for the set when the Italians earned three break points but every time that backhand serve of Sharan would salvage India to a duece. In the end, Sharan managed to hold his serve and Indians took the match to the deciding third set.Celebrations in India as they win their first set of the tieIt’s coming down to the wire in the doubles… #DavisCupQualifiers #INDITA pic.twitter.com/Dhc4s6NbQUDavis Cup (@DavisCup) February 2, 2019In the third game of the decider, Sharan had his serve broken as the Italians went 3-1 up but in the very next game, Indians broke them back to restore parity.With Bolelli serving, Bopanna and Sharan put up some excellent mix of groundstroking and net play to break back. Bopanna’s cross-court strokes with Sharan staying on top of the net reaped benefits for India.With Rohan Bopanna pumped up and screaming, the crowd got behind the Indians and the chants of ‘India, India’ would not stop reverberating till the service game began again.India were constantly attempting to play on the net knowing that Italians would have a major upper hand if it went to groundstroke battle.At 4-4, Bopanna-Sharan showed some excellent combination on Bolelli’s serve. Bopanna from the baseline and Sharan from over the net, the Indians broke to go up 5-4 and the crowd went into an absolute celebration.Bopanna, serving for the set, was put under immense pressure by the Italians but with the crowd behind India, cheering every point, he saved break points to take the third set 6-4 and the match 2-1.Never say die.India hold strong to win the doubles against Italy. The comeback begins…#DavisCupQualifiers #INDITA pic.twitter.com/kqMUZBevO1Davis Cup (@DavisCup) February 2, 2019Also Read | Prajnesh, Ramkumar lose as Italy take 2-0 lead over IndiaAlso Read | We failed to take our chances in singles, says Mahesh Bhupathilast_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool Liverpool rampage too much for Man City! – Oxlade-Chamberlain Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:19 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Manchester City Liverpool v Manchester City Premier League The England international opened the scoring at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s side became the first team to beat City in the league this season Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain credited a second-half “rampage” from Liverpool with ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run in the Premier League.The former Arsenal midfielder set in motion a thrilling 4-3 win for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who responded to Leroy Sane’s equaliser five minutes before half-time by putting City to the sword after the break.Roberto Firmino caught out John Stones to get on the end of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s throughball and dink a finish past Ederson, the first of three goals in a dizzying nine-minute spell, with Sadio Mane and the excellent Mohamed Salah also getting in on the act. 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 It meant a first loss in 23 Premier League outings for Pep Guardiola’s side this term, whose heads cleared in the closing stages as substitute Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan set up a grandstand finish.”It’s a nice statement for us. They’ve been brilliant all year, they’re a fantastic side,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain, who felt Liverpool targeted City’s approach of building play from the back to superb effect.”We knew we had what it took if we were 100 per cent at the races.”We know they like to play out from the back and they’re really good at it but we also thrive on a team doing that.”It can play into our hands and it showed when we went on a bit of a rampage after half-time.Liverpool celebrate“The plan was to defend as well as we could all over the pitch and then attack them when we could.”Oxlade-Chamberlain hailed Klopp for encouraging to him to shoot more often after his swiftly taken ninth-minute effort zipped beyond Ederson to bring Anfield to its feet.”I drove through and there was a little gap that opened up,” he explained on Sky Sports . “The manager keeps telling me to shoot and luckily it went in.”After Silva and Gundogan hauled City back into the contest, Sergio Aguero headed into the side-netting in stoppage time, with nerves fraying all around the ground even as the linesman raised his flag.”With the substitution, it was a like we had too much time to think about the set-piece,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain, having seen the backline reshuffled as Ragnar Klavan was introduced in place of Mane.”It was a little bit nerve-wracking but thankfully it didn’t go in.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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first_img Here is the post from Georgia that unveiled its choice of uniform:Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing. Beat Notre Dame. pic.twitter.com/DAA06gq8Bg— UGA Football Equip (@UGAFBEquipment) September 20, 2019This upcoming matchup between Notre Dame and Georgia should be quite the spectacle. Both programs have a legitimate chance of making the College Football Playoff.Regardless of which uniform the Bulldogs wear tonight, the SEC powerhouse should be able to take care of business at home against the Fighting Irish.It remains unclear when Georgia breaks out the alternate uniforms – if they actually decide to do so.Georgia fans – did you want to see the black alternate jerseys? Jake Fromm reacting to a play during the Sugar Bowl.NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts during the first half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Texas Longhorns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Since the Georgia Bulldogs are preparing for arguably their biggest game of the regular season, the fan base in Athens was hoping to see the team wear their alternate uniform. That won’t be the case, though.Georgia doesn’t usually wear its alternate black jerseys, which is pretty unfortunate because they’re unique. Earlier in the year, Jake Fromm stated that he wants to wear those uniforms at least once in his career.Instead of going with black jerseys, the Bulldogs will wear their traditional red jerseys. The team announced its uniform decision on Twitter.The Bulldogs posted an image of their red jerseys with the following caption: “Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing. Beat Notre Dame.”last_img read more

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash With all the gins out there on the market, selecting the right one can be a daunting task. We recently stumbled upon Boodles Gin, which hails itself as a “proper British gin.” Every batch is crafted carefully with “labor and patience.” According to its website, “it begins as a clean spirit distilled from British wheat. The liquid is then redistilled in a Carter Head copper still, which allows the botanicals to infuse gradually into the spirit.” The distillers made the interesting choice of adding no citrus to the mixture, because they figured that a fresh wedge or slice of lemon or lime would be served with a gin cocktail. It also contains traditional herbs and spices, including nutmeg, sage, and rosemary. Whether you want to mix it up with tonic or use it in a cocktail, Boodles gin has a lovely, fresh taste that any gin enthusiast would like. Curious about what it’s like in a cocktail? Mixologist Brian Means of Dirty Habit in San Francisco crafted two cocktails that you can try at home. Boodles Of Arabia1.5 oz. Boodles Gin.5 oz. Oloroso Sherry1 Large Black Mission Fig (muddled).75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice.5 oz. Small Hands GrenadineMuddle the fig in your mixing tin or glass. Combine the remaining ingredients and add ice. Shake hard to incorporate all the ingredients. Double strain with a fine strainer into a Coupe glass. Garnish with some shaved black cardamom over the top. Boodles G&T of Arabia 1 oz. Boodles Gin2 oz. Tonic WaterShaved IceA Muddled DateGently muddle a plump date in a cocktail shaker with gin and tonic. Pour the liquid into a glass filled with shaved ice and serve. For more information, visit boodlesgin.com. The Best American Gin The Best American Liqueur How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

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first_imgLucknow:In an act that showed the complete lack of sensitivity, a woman was forced to get off a UP Roadways bus with the body of her husband who had died while travelling. According to reports, the couple was travelling in the bus from Bahraich to Lucknow on Wednesday night when the passenger Raju Misra, 37, suffered a heart attack near Barabanki and died before he could get any medical help. The bus was about 25 km from Lucknow when the incident took place. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Murli Misra, the elder brother of the deceased, told the media that the bus conductor Mohd Salman and driver Junaid Ahmad forced his sister-in-law to de-board with her husband’s body. They also snatched the bus tickets from her, he added. However, denying the allegations, the conductor said the passenger complained of chest pain after Jarwal road. He told the couple that a doctor was also travelling in the bus but as he (doctor) could not help much, he decided to take Raju to a nearby private doctor in Ram Nagar. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Mohd Salman said he stopped the bus at Ram Nagar and called doctor D.P. Singh, whose clinic was nearby, to examine the patient, adding that Raju was declared dead in the bus itself. The conductor said he also called the Dial 100 service of the UP Police but was unable to get any response and so he called the SO of Ram Nagar and asked him to take the body to a Barabanki hospital. The conductor further said that he called other relatives of the deceased and on the insistence of the woman’s relatives, he let her de-board the bus. Ram Nagar SO Shyam Narain Pandey said the bus conductor informed him that the woman wanted to get off the bus with her husband in Ram Nagar but he asked the conductor to take him to nearest hospital in Barabanki for further medico-legal procedure like death certificate etc. The SO said he also sent some policemen to the spot but the woman had de-boarded with her husband’s body. Pandey said he then arranged a vehicle to take the body to a Barabanki hospital. The post-mortem was conducted at Barabanki hospital on Thursday. Assistant Roadways Manager (ARM), Bahraich bus station, Mohd Irfan said he came to know about the incident through social media. He said that an inquiry will be held in the matter. The matter came to light when Kiran Deep, a twitterati, informed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath about the incident on his Twitter handle.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Toronto’s police service is set to expand an existing neighbourhood officer program in an effort to “build trust and reduce crime,” but critics say it’s unlikely to do either.Deputy Chief Peter Yuen, who is in charge of the police force’s communities and neighbourhoods command, said the expansion will roll out in phases over the course of a year and will more than double the number of community officers on city streets.“We want to deliver community-centred policing. We want to get back to connecting with the neighbourhoods,” said Yuen.Yuen said in total, about 120 officers will be deployed to 27 neighbourhoods. The first phase of deployments begins on Monday, when 40 officers will be placed in eight neighbourhoods across the city.He said more officers will continue to be stationed in other Toronto neighbourhoods through October 2019. Yuen said the expansion would bring the total number of neighbourhood officers to about 220 situated in a total of 60 neighbourhoods. He said it’s a four-year assignment for the officers, which he said will give them time to build relationships with the public.The expansion boosts an existing program that has been running since 2013 and currently has 96 officers in 33 neighbourhoods.A report that was presented at a Toronto police board meeting on Friday said the early focus of the program was “to increase police presence and address community problems … within particular neighbourhoods and improve relationships between community members and the police.The report said that through the program, officers conduct regular patrols of the community and engage in “intelligence-gathering.” The report also said the program’s expansion will cost about $16 million each year.Yuen said it will continue to have the same goals, but that officers will be more “accessible” to the community.“Neighbourhood officers will have the training and the tools to go and assist neighbourhoods,” he said. “Neighbourhood officers will be available to the public 24-7.”So far this year, Toronto has seen 40 fatal shootings, compared to 29 fatal shootings in all of 2017, according to Toronto police crime statistics. There were also 29 fatal shootings in 2016 and 17 in 2015, the data shows.Louis March, founder of the Toronto-based Zero Gun Violence Movement, said the increased police presence could be “intimidating.”He said some officers can come off as “aggressive” when they try to speak to community members about gun violence in order to get information on suspects.“A lot of officers are doing good work,” said March. “But some officers can be aggressive. There’s a lack of empathy, concern, a lack of understanding.”March said policing isn’t a solution to reducing violence, and that there should be more emphasis on developing neighbourhoods economically, by creating job opportunities and improving public programming.“It’s about investing and developing these communities,” he said.Yuen said the program expansion isn’t a response to the jump in gun violence in the city, but that it will address guns and gangs.“We’re not singularly looking through a crime lens,” said Yuen. “We are more than just crime fighters…. If we just look through that single lens then we lose the focus of the neighbourhood officers.”Yuen said the officers will also be “engaging” with the communities to identify members of the public who suffer from mental illnesses.“They will be able to identify these people and they will be able to get those people the required assistance they need,” he said.Yuen said members of the community in the 27 newly selected neighbourhoods were consulted over the summer about the program, and he believes they responded positively to the expansion. He said this included consultations with local politicians, business improvement agencies, churches and other organizations, although he declined to name which ones specifically.Neighbourhoods where officers will be stationed were chosen based on statistics that looked at a range of factors including crime index, level of unemployment, level of income, family status, level of education, and “fear of violence,” according to the police report.“This is not a police-driven program. This program is a collaborative approach,” said Yuen.Zya Brown, director of Think 2wice, which provides activities and programming for youth and those involved in the legal system, said she doesn’t believe the officer program will build trust. She said police can bring a level of fear as they are in a position of power and authority, and can make members of the public feel like they are criminals.“This is also going to enforce stereotypes,” she said. “Because people in these neighbourhoods are black and brown.”She said she is worried the program will be another version of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, which was criticized for disproportionately targeting people of colour. That program saw more police deployed to neighbourhoods that saw crime increases the year before, during the city’s so-called “Summer of the Gun.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe first baby born in the Northern Health region was also a boy, delivered at Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers, at 1:01 a.m. More information can be found here.The first baby born in British Columbia in 2019 was delivered at Fraser Health’s Royal Columbian Hospital, at 12:01 a.m. today DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Northern Health is pleased to announce that Dawson Creek’s New Year’s Baby has arrived, and it’s a boy!Baby Maverick Wells was born at Dawson Creek & District Hospital on January 1st at 3:35 a.m. to mom Bianca and dad Kris of Dawson Creek – weighing in at seven pounds, 10 ounces.The newest member of the Wells family has three older brothers to welcome him to the world. last_img read more

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Eleven passengers – seven Kosovo Albanians, three Kosovo Bosniaks and one Kosovo Serb – were traveling from Dragash/Draga? to Prizren on Saturday evening when a projectile fired from the roadside struck the middle of their bus and entered the passenger compartment. It did not explode and on one was injured. Explosives experts serving with the international security forces in Kosovo (KFOR) safely removed the device. UN envoy Søren Jessen-Petersen directed that security measures across Kosovo be enhanced to ensure that a safe and secure environment is maintained. These include “vigorous police patrols and vehicle checkpoints” throughout Kosovo, he said. Police resources are being redeployed to ensure a visible police presence in potentially vulnerable areas such as schools and religious establishments, according to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).“The security environment in Kosovo is generally stable, however incidents such as the one last night demonstrate that, during the status process which has just begun, isolated individuals or groups who do not have Kosovo’s best interests in mind may attempt to disrupt Kosovo’s way forward for their own ulterior motives,” said the envoy.“They obviously will not care who they hurt by their misdeeds,” he added, declaring that “such provocations must not be tolerated.”Mr. Jessen-Petersen said he has directed the UNMIK Police Commissioner to take “stringent measures” to enhance the security of all people in the province.Currently, talks are being held on the future status of Kosovo, which the UN has administered since 1999 when NATO forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting.“Now that Kosovo is on the road toward resolving its status, fringe elements in this society will not be permitted to stand in the way of a better future for Kosovo and its people,” Mr. Jessen-Petersen said. “Such ill-intentioned individuals must be isolated, identified and brought to justice.“Working together alongside the people of Kosovo, whom they are sworn to serve and protect, UNMIK Police, the Kosovo Police Service and KFOR will take every measure necessary to ensure security and progress,” he pledged. read more

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The international shipping company DHL, together with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today launched a standing programme based in Singapore to ensure that the right relief supplies reach people quickly in the case of a major natural disaster.The DHL Disaster Response Team (DRT) is a pool of some 80 regular DHL employees who have volunteered and been trained to reduce bottlenecks at airports close to the scene of a major natural disaster by helping to organize the handling, warehousing and loading of relief supplies for onward transportation. “Logistics is often the linchpin in disaster response, the make or break. Getting help to people in need is critical and for this we need a smooth supply chain,” said United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland.It is planned that the team will be deployed for a period of up to three weeks following a major natural disaster. DHL employees provided humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, after Hurricane Katrina in the United States in the summer of 2005 and following last year’s South Asian earthquake in Pakistan. In December 2005, DHL entered into a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and OCHA in the area of disaster management. It is the aim of DHL and OCHA to establish a global network of Disaster Response Teams, OCHA said.“By setting up Disaster Response Teams, DHL is enhancing its commitment to support the United Nations and the international community’s humanitarian work on a long-term basis,” said Dr. Klaus Zumwinkel, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Post World Net, mother company of DHL, which is providing the DRT’s services as an in-kind donation.Singapore has been chosen as the site for the South Asia DRT due to its central location in the region and its excellent telecommunications and logistics infrastructure. The next Disaster Response Team will be established in Miami, Florida, covering the Latin America and Caribbean regions, according to OCHA. read more

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The resolution, which was backed by the other 13 members of the Council, would have given the Court the mandate to investigate the horrific crimes committed during the course of the conflict in Syria, which since March 2011 has witnessed the deaths of over 100,000 civilians, the displacement of millions and widespread violations of human rights.“The Syrian people have a fundamental right to justice. The United Nations and its Member States have a fundamental duty to defend that right,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in remarks delivered on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prior to the vote.“Since the outbreak of the war in Syria, I have persistently called for accountability for perpetrators of grave human rights violations, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The recent attacks against humanitarian convoys and personnel, which may constitute war crimes, add to the urgent need to see action now on accountability in Syria,” he stated.“The Security Council has an inescapable responsibility in this regard. States that are members of both the Security Council and the Human Rights Council have a particular duty to end the bloodshed and to ensure justice for the victims of unspeakable crimes.” In February 2013, the UN-appointed Commission of Inquiry concluded that the ICC is the appropriate venue to pursue the fight against impunity in Syria. “If members of the Council continue to be unable to agree on a measure that could provide some accountability for the ongoing crimes, the credibility of this body and of the entire Organization will continue to suffer,” Mr. Eliasson warned.Today’s action comes less than 10 days after the Joint UN-League of Arab States Special Representative on the Syria crisis, Lakhdar Brahimi, resigned from his post after nearly two years of diplomatic efforts to bring about a political solution to the brutal civil war.In accepting the envoy’s resignation, the UN chief had acknowledged that the 80-year old Algerian diplomat had faced almost impossible odds, “with a Syrian nation, Middle Easters region and wider international community that have been hopelessly divided in their approaches to ending the conflict.” read more

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In a statement released on Wednesday by the UN in Zimbabwe, Dr. Alex Gasaira, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in the country, explicitly stated that “there is no cure for HIV infection.”According to media reports, the Zimbabwean minister notified his congregation in the capital Harare on Sunday of the “cure” for HIV and AIDS. He claimed that a healing plant had been revealed to him by God, sparking a media outcry.The nation’s largest newspaper, the Harare Herald, reported that his claims were scientifically baseless, and that the Zimbabwean Government was actively discouraging the purchase of unapproved medicines.Zimbabwe saw some 30,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2016, with well over one million people living with HIV accounted for in the same year, according to statistics from UNAIDS; the agency working towards ending the global pandemic as a public health threat, by 2030.Those desperate for a cure should not abandon their ARV therapy, the UN advised. Any researchers working in the field, the statement said, are urged to subject their treatments to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health for proper clinical trials and procedures.Until a cure is verified, effective ARV drugs can control HIV infections and help prevent transmission, “so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy health, long and productive lives,” Dr. Gasasira added.As of the end of last year, 87 percent of Zimbabweans living with HIV were aware of their status, and 74 percent of them were receiving treatment, the report states.The United Nations is supporting Zimbabwe it’s in fight to stamp out HIV and AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, starting with informing citizens of their status and working to suppress infection through treatment. read more

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first_imgVISTA Training now offers version 2.0 of the Hydraulic Excavator Simulator. This PC-based simulator is an affordable way to train new equipment operators and to help experienced operators hone their skills. All that’s required is a high-end PC with a graphics card, a flat screen and some inexpensive controls. This instructionally-designed equipment simulator takes a building block approach to training, starting with simple tasks and progressing to more complex ones. For each training module, software captures data that summarises how quickly and how carefully each task is performed.This data enables trainers to clearly see areas where trainees need to improve, so they can coach them to correct these weak spots. Version 2.0 of the hydraulic excavator simulator contains40% new instructional content, including these new tasks:Trench crossing using “boom jacking”Climbing/descending benchesBench loading a truckTruck spotting from a benchBuilding a ramp.This expanded training content means trainees will be even more prepared to become proficient and safe excavator operators.last_img read more

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first_imgHEALTH MINISTER JAMES Reilly has been urged to intervene and ensure a drug is made available to patients suffering from a terminal lung illness.The drug, Pirfenidone, is for sufferers of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a rare, chronic, progressive and debilitating disease which involves the development of scar tissue (fibrosis) in the lungs.The Irish Lung Fibrosis Association (ILFA) said it is disappointed, greatly saddened and dissatisfied that the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) has announced that Pirfenidone will not be made available for patients with IPF based on economic grounds.ILFA has called on the government to approve funding for Pirfenidone, which it says is the first and only drug to prolong life expectancy in patients with IPF.It said it is alarmed that the NPCE decision will impact hugely on IPF patients who are already struggling to come to terms with their diagnosis.There is no known cause for the terminal disease, and life expectancy from time of diagnosis can be between two and five years. In excess of 350 people die from IPF in Ireland each year. Professor Jim Egan, a consultant respiratory physician at the Mater Hospital said;It would regrettable if this therapy was not available to Irish patients, given the serious nature of the condition, and the fact that it is available in other countries including the UK. ReconsiderFianna Fáil local area representative Daithí de Róiste is urging the Minister for Health James Reilly to reconsider the decision of the NCPE.The HSE told TheJournal.ie that it is currently in negotiations with the manufacturers of Pirfenidone and it would not be appropriate to comment further while these are ongoing.However, the application to the HSE for the reimbursement of Pirfenidone under the Community Drugs Schemes is being considered in line with the agreed procedures and timelines for the assessment of new medicines, as per the 2012 agreement between IPHA and the Dept of Health.De Róiste said that the decision by the NCPE “has caused huge distress to patients and families of those suffering from IPF”.Pirfenidone gives patients a fighting chance in limiting IPF until they can avail of a transplant. The news that the only drug treatment option available to those facing a debilitating illness will be withheld on financial grounds is simply devastating and I would call on Minister Reilly to make himself aware of this decision (if he is not) and to reverse it as soon as possible.He has publicly called on the Minister to “see sense, intervene in this situation and reverse this decision. Over 70 patients are affected with this illness and now place their lives in his hands”.In March, the Cystic Fibrosis drug Kalydeco was made available to all CF patients in Ireland who have the gene mutation G551D.The decision came after the NCPE said that the drug was too expensive, but Minister Reilly was able to reach agreement with the HSE and the manufacturers of the drug.Kalydeco costs €200,000 per per patient for treatment whilst Pirfenidone is €32,700 per annum, pointed out De Roiste.Read: Kalydeco to be made available to Cystic Fibrosis patients in Ireland>last_img read more

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first_imgThere aren’t many people out there who can offer a straight face while saying the Google TV has been a success. The first offering really doomed the platform for a little while, and while Logitech’s name was plastered on the side of the Revue, most of the time the finger of blame is pointed at Intel for the lackluster performance the box offered. To accompany Intel’s push into Android land, the company looks to succeed where everyone else has failed by releasing a superior set top box.The biggest problem set top boxes have right now is the disconnect between service provider and television. Not since the TiVO has anyone really been successful in creating a gap between the provider and the TV, but that is where the sweet spot lies in the US. To circumvent this, cable cutters have adopted streaming boxes to try to cut the provider out of the equation altogether. As a result, services like Hulu Plus were deprecated to force users into a subscription and limit certain shows to web only. While Netflix and Hulu are attempting to drum up original content to provide an additional reason to switch to the platform, there’s still plenty of hoops to jump through if you want to attract the users who are still paying for television.Intel’s set top box plans include a city by city rollout in which users will be able to select individual channels or bundles of channels that they will pay for, instead of the current solution being offered by cable providers. Additional details on this are expected to be made clear during the Intel event at the Consumer Electronic Show in January. The service looks to offer a solution for everyone by coupling benefits for TV subscribers as well as streaming only users.  In addition, Intel plans to offer an On-Demand style DVR for primetime television that was broadcasted within the last 30 days, making it possible for users to recall a show without needing to set up a DVR recording. This functionality has been seen with services like the Dish Network Hopper boxes, only this service doesn’t plan to record all of these shows and store them locally.Given Intel’s relationship with Google and Android right now, it seems likely that Google TV will play a big part in this service, unless Intel has decided that they would be better off with their own software. Considering the work Intel has put into their line of mobile friendly processors and their current support for Android, it would be much easier for Intel to rely on Google TV to offer much of the background functionality that is needed for a successful set top box of this nature. Whether or not Intel has what it takes to make an attractive Google TV and be able to successfully market it to users is another matter altogether.via SlashGearlast_img read more

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first_img Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 12:52 PM 38 Comments By Ceimin Burke ‘Dinosaur bones’ discovered in River Boyne are not dinosaur bones The Coast Guard say the ‘skeleton’ was covered in silt and looked like it had been there a long time. McConnoran said that the crew didn’t disturb the ‘remains’ so anyone can see it for themselves when the river is low.The speculation in the town is that the dinosaur is the work of a local artist but how exactly the ‘bones’ ended up in the Boyne remains a mystery, for now. Feb 27th 2019, 12:52 PM https://jrnl.ie/4515202 DERMOT MCCONNORAN has been with Drogheda Coast Guard for more than 20 years and says yesterday’s call to investigate the apparent discovery of dinosaur bones in the River Boyne ranks among the strangest the unit has ever received.McConnoran, who is the officer in charge of the unit, told TheJournal.ie that they were “very sceptical” when the call came through at around 12:30 yesterday afternoon.The crew suspected it may have been a prank call but when they arrived at the scene, a short trip west of their boat house on Horse Lane, they saw three people standing on the river bank looking down at the apparent remains.When they reached the “bones” themselves their scepticism quickly flipped to bewilderment and curiosity.“We had a good look at it. Then we looked at each other. And we had another look at it. And then we looked at each other,” Dermot said. Image: Drogheda Coast Guard It certainly looked like a dinosaur.center_img Source: Drogheda Coast GuardUpon closer examination it became apparent that it wasn’t the bones of an actual Tyrannosaurus rex but, rather, an impressive imitation.McConnoran said the “bones”, which are made of plaster, were covered in silt and looked like they had been there a long time.As news of the peculiar find spread some locals revealed they had spotted the ‘dinosaur’ as far back as late 2017.One of witnesses, Bernie Mc Groarty, spotted it while on a blackberry picking expedition with her children in August of last year.It was the kids that spotted it! It sure looked like dinosaur bones! To be honest we just took pictures and the kids had a great story for their friends about the dinosaur. But we thought nothing more of it.Mc Groarty added that she thought it was an old cow that had met its end.A quick Twitter search reveals photos uploaded in November 2017 that shows the skeleton in a less river-worn state. Short URL Share127 Tweet Email4 Source: karen smith/Twitter 58,450 Views #Dinosaur in the Boyne River pic.twitter.com/laIJdQG94y— karen smith (@forestdisa1980) November 14, 2017 Image: Drogheda Coast Guard Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Johnny 5 really is alive…thanks to the Move Hub and your coding skills!<><> Hands-On: Lego Hidden Side Packs Plenty of Spooky AR FunThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long A few of the possibilities Lego pitches are a functional 3D printer, a brick-built homage to Johnny 5, a playable electronic guitar, a playful little kitty robot, and even a tiny factory that actually builds little Lego models.The Boost box, complete with choking warning… because science is always more fun when there’s danger involved!So what’s inside the box? The most important part is the Move Hub, which packs motors, sensors, a light, and Bluetooth LE connectivity to make your creations come alive. Lego also throws in a color and depth sensor, an encoded motor, and more than 800 other pieces so you can build to your heart’s content.You can’t build an amazing robot without amazing software. Lego’s not new to this sort of thing, so they’ve had the foresight to provide a slick, Scratch-like interface that lets you create complex code with drag-and-drop ease. Stay on target You can build some pretty amazing things with Lego Mindstorms EV3… provided you’re comfortable shelling out more than $300. Lego’s new robotics kit lets you get building for a lot less money.Just a month late for your geeky Holiday gift-giving needs they’ve unveiled Lego Boost. It offers a good deal of the Mindstorms experience at a fraction of the cost. Lego Boost will hit store shelves with an MSRP of just $160.That’s a pretty sweet deal given what you (and your kids, provided you have any and you’re willing to let them play with your new high-tech bricks) can create with them. Pay no mind to the 7-12 age recommendation on the box… all good geeks know that’s just a guideline.last_img read more

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