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Pochettino salutes Tottenham’s fighting spirit after Wolves win

first_imgMauricio Pochettino hailed the character of his Tottenham team after they withstood a Wolves fightback to grind out a 3-2 win at Molineux. Pochettino was keen for his players to learn the lessons on Saturday’s thrilling clash after they threatened to throw away a 3-0 lead in a tense finale. But the Tottenham manager also praised his team’s fighting qualities after former England defender Gary Neville this week labelled previous Tottenham teams as ‘spineless’. “When some people make some comments you have to respect the comments,” Pochettino said. “But yes, I was so happy right from the beginning. Since I arrived here we created a very good culture about fight and altogether the belief. “It was difficult to create that but I am so happy. It is a team that is always going to give the faith in each game. “We can win or we can lose but we are so intense and today the effort was fantastic.” Pochettino’s men appeared to be cruising when Harry Kane made it 3-0 on 61 minutes, adding to first half goals from Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura. Yet two late penalties from Wolves set up a nervous finish and left Pochettino with mixed feelings. “When we got to 3-0 we thought and the whole stadium thought the game was over,” he said. “When we arrive in that situation we need to learn about how to play seriously, not make mistakes and not give opponents such poor actions that they can stay in the game. “That is why I am happy for three points but disappointed with some of the performance.”Related News Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool fans: Don’t repeat senseless attack on Manchester City EPL: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola picks on Liverpool’s Sadio Mane Red-hot battle on cards! Injury concernsPochettino celebrated victory amid a backdrop of injury concerns, especially in midfield, after Mousa Dembele limped off after just six minutes with his ankle heavily strapped. With Victor Wanyama (knee) and Eric Dier (thigh) already sidelined, Pochettino will conduct a nervous head count ahead of Tuesday’s must-win Champions League game at home to PSV Eindhoven. “We don’t know but we are a little bit worried. We need to see because we need to assess him on Monday,” Pochettino said of Dembele. “It will be a shame because we hope it’s not a big issue. It’s very painful now but I hope it’s not a big issue and he can be with the team again soon.” In his eagerness to rest players ahead of Tuesday, Pochettino handed a Premier League debut to 20-year-old centre-back Juan Foyth, who enjoyed an excellent first half before conceding both penalties after the break. Such was the nervous nature of his display that Spurs introduced the rested Davinson Sanchez from the bench, but Pochettino backed his youngster to bounce back strongly after Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez both scored from the spot for Wolves. “It as his debut but I think his performance was very good,” he said. “I’m happy. But as a centre-back you can be involved. That situation happened and he is clever and is going to learn. “I am very happy and his performance was very good.” Pochettino revealed Dele Alli will be in contention to face PSV after being left at home as a precaution for the trip to the Midlands. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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Good win in tough conditions for England: Chris Woakes

first_imgEngland pacer Chris Woakes expressed happiness to play a part in England’s first victory of the India tour, edging past the hosts by five runs in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) here on Sunday. (Good to be back at Eden Gardens and win a game: Ben Stokes)Woakes bowled the final over of the innings, with India needing 16 runs with two wickets in hand at the Eden Gardens. (3rd ODI: Jadhav’s 75-ball 90 in vain as England clinch Eden thriller)He was blasted for a six and a four in the first two balls of the over. But under tremendous pressure, he kept his composure to restrict India to 316/9, chasing 321/8, to win by a narrow margin.Woakes, who earlier in the day contributed a crucial 34 runs off 19 balls, with four boundaries and a six, dismissed the dangerous Keda Jadhav (90) in the penultimate over of the match to close in on a hard-fought victory. (Kohli picks Jadhav for special praise after ‘series of positives’)Woakes grabbed 2/75 in his 10 overs. He said the conditions were tough, which makes the victory special. (Kohli wants to give more time to out-of-form India openers)”Not ideal I suppose going for a four and a six in the first two balls, but it feels nice to close it off. The lads bowled really good overs before I came on.”Suppose you’re bowling to a guy who hasn’t bowled a ball, you hope he didn’t get a hold of it. It was damp, spikes are full of mud, bit slippery at the crease,” Woakes said after the match.advertisementIt was England’s first ODI win at the Eden Gardens and Woakes acknowledged beating a formidable India side as a difficult proposition.”Tough conditions, good to get the win against a tough Indian side in front of this crowd. It was nice to bowl on the pitch but at the same time you miss your length if you get hit for four,” Woakes said.”It’s something we struggled to do, picking wickets consistently through the middle. Good to close out with a win. My first time here, beautiful ground. We’d have liked to have won the series, but credit to the Indians who have played some really good cricket.”last_img read more

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4 ways to encourage supporters to use social media for social good

first_imgHaving your biggest champions spread the world about your organization is a powerful thing. It injects your cause into the context of human relationships and places it within an authentic conversation between individuals.So how do you encourage more of this?1. Make it easy. Make it easy for a person to spread the word or do personal fundraising, and make it easy for that person’s friends and family to support that champion. (For example, with a tool like Causes.)2. Make it fun. Ensure your tell-a-friend and personal fundraising initiatives are fun and enjoyable. Check out Crowdrise for examples of this done well.3. Use social proof. Social proof is the powerful idea that if we think everyone else is acting in a certain way, we’re likely to act that way, too. Count your community, highlight its members and show its collective impact.4. Celebrate and cultivate your growing circle. This is where so many nonprofits fail. They get people excited and involved, they have success and then they don’t continue to be in relationship with their new supporters. You are creating an ever-widening circle of supporters. Don’t forget to tend to it!last_img read more

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Previewing the Second Half of Oklahoma State’s Schedule

first_imgThe Cowboys head to Lawrence, Kansas to face a Jayhawk team that will be outmatched and hasn’t won a conference game in nearly two years.There should be little concern for Cowboys fans as far as final results go. Kansas has beaten Oklahoma State once in the last 20 years, that team being the eventual Orange Bowl winner.But those days are far gone and this Jayhawk team should do well just to keep up with the Cowboys’ 15th-ranked scoring offense through the first quarter. But we’ve seen things get hairy up there in Lawrence in recent years.The Cowboys need to go up early and take control of the game. Silence those 22,000 fans (might be generous there) and allow your starters to rest and build confidence for your team heading into the last five games of the season.As we look past KU — exactly what the Cowboys can’t do — we see a Big 12 “murderer’s row” down the home-stretch of the season. Here’s why OSU can’t afford to make it a close game.West Virginia – HomecomingThe 12th-ranked Mountaineers have been playing lights-out and remain one of two unbeaten’s in the league and one of just eleven nation-wide. Dana’s squad is showing their defensive prowess as just held Texas Tech to 17 at home for the first time 45 years (that’s a ball-park estimation).At Kansas StateThe Wildcats are always a tough out at home. Oklahoma State has come home empty-handed their last two trips to the “Little Apple”, not winning there since 2010. Even at home, the Cowboys have only won the last two games by a combined six points.Texas TechWe know the Red Raiders can score and historically these have been shootouts. Oklahoma State will need to keep up with Tech’s offensive and play at least average on defense to pull this out. The last time OSU lost to the Red Raiders, Mike Leach still had a Lubbock address, but this game is in no way a “gimme”.At TCUThe Horned Frogs may have disappointed on the defensive front early but probably still deserve to be ranked in the Top 25. Their only losses are to current No. 17 Arkansas by three points and 16th ranked Oklahoma by six.As the second-leading Big 12 passer, Kenny “Trill”, continues to settle into his role TCU figures to be a very tough road game for the Cowboys by late November, maybe their toughest all year.At OklahomaOh my. Remember what just I said about TCU? This is going to be another tough one too. OU’s secondary got a little exposed early against the likes of Houston and Ohio State but unfortunately so did Oklahoma State’s.Whether the Cowboys are still in Big 12 contention or not, this will be the biggest game on the schedule for most and Mason Rudolph will look to continue his undefeated streak against OU …… Okay, his undefeated streak as a starter.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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9 months agoWolves lodge offer for Stoke fullback Bauer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves lodge offer for Stoke fullback Bauerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are interested in Stoke City fullback Moritz Bauer.The Premier League want to sign Bauer on loan until the remainder of the season.The Austria international has fallen out of favour at bet36 Stadium, having not played since September.And the Express & Star claim Wolves have made contact with Stoke about signing the 26-year-old.Wolves manager Nuno is desperate for cover at right-back with Matt Doherty and Jonny Castro Otto as his only current options. last_img read more

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Why a Brazilian Sparkling Wine Should Be Your Next Bottle of Bubbly

first_img Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Editors’ Recommendations A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietals Get Naked with Independent Winemakers with NakedWines Delivery Kit Everything You Need to Know About White Pinot Noir Dandy Marchetti/Banco de Imagem IbravinQuick — when you hear the words “amazing sparkling wine,” where do you think of? France? Probably. The U.S., Spain, or Italy? Good guesses all around. There’s another place, though, that is making world-class bubbly that you probably haven’t heard about yet: Brazil.Yes, that Brazil. Home to the 2016 Olympic Games and oft-pictured beaches, soccer matches, and more, Brazil has been quietly making sparkling wine for over a century. Not just sparkling wine, though — damn fine sparkling wine.(If you have heard about Brazil’s wine country, hit us up. You’re the kind of person we want to hang out with.)Cave GeisseThe fifth-largest producer in the Southern Hemisphere (read: they’re not making much compared to many other countries), Brazil still turns out 40 million liters of wine per year, just under half of which (18.7 million liters) is sparkling. The 150 or so wineries producing these millions of gallons of wine know what they’re doing, too — upwards of 2,000 international awards have been taken back to Brazil for wines over the last few decades.The winemaking tradition stretches back centuries, but it really got its start in the late 1800s when the first Italian immigrants started arriving in places like Porto Alegre in the state of Rio Grande do Sul (about 1,000 miles from Rio de Janiero) and realized the fertile land around them was perfect for growing grapes.It’s important to note, before we go on, that Brazil grows many more grapes than is indicated by the amount of fine wine produced. Over half of the grapes grown go toward making grape juice (think Welch’s, but way better) and, until only 40 or 50 years ago, the Brazilian winemakers weren’t all that focused on making fine wines. Instead, they produced common table wines that were drunk by the Brazilian populace almost exclusively. These wines are still made, but there is an ever-increasing focus on the fine wine category.Adriana Franciosi/Banco de Imagem IbravinOkay, you’re probably saying. So what? They have a history of wine. Who cares? Plenty of places have wine history.The biggest thing to note about Brazilian sparkling wines is that they’re not French sparkling wines. They’re not American, either. The wines themselves reflect the spirit of the Brazilian people. It may sound trite, but think about it. Think about those stereotypes alluded to earlier. You probably thought of the beach, of Carnaval, of soccer. You thought of people having fun and enjoying themselves.These wines are the epitome of that. The wines are fresh and lively. They’ve got great fruit notes and they’re all primed to be the life of the party. The fresh flavors come from the mix of grapes typically used in their sparkling wines: Chardonnay, Reisling Italico (which is not sweet like its cousin, German Reisling), and Pinot Noir. These, combined with the effects of the tropical terroir, lead to invigorating bubbles and fresh flavors with every sip.MioloThe second biggest thing that you’ll notice is the price. A quality Brazilian sparkling wine will run you, typically, between $20-$40. While there are many that are priced above $40 and plenty below, that range tends to be the sweet spot. That’s nothing compared to the hundreds that a vintage from a Champagne house will cost you (not that there’s anything wrong with that — there’s a time and a place for everything).With those fun facts in mind, the next thing, then, is deciding which of the 150-plus wineries to indulge in. The short answer is all of them, as they each produce different products for a variety of palates. Like sweet? Like brut? Don’t like sparkling at all and prefer still? You’re going to find at least a couple dozen wineries that will cater to your preferred tastes.To narrow it down, we’ve picked a few of our favorites for you to start with. Seriously, though, you’re going to want to try more than these once you get started. Think of it like Pringles, but with wine.Cave GeisseOne of the premier sparkling wine producers in Brazil is Cave Geisse. Moving from Chile to Brazil, Mario Geisse has been making wine in Serra Gaúcha since 1979, winning numerous awards since then.Don GiovanniAlso started in 1979, Don Giovanni produces an array of wines on the site of a former brewery. Whether you’re looking for still or sparkling, Don Giovanni produces quality vintages. If you’re looking to stay at a winery, they also accommodations on the property you can stay in.MioloOne of the first Brazilian wineries to enter the international market, Miolo has facilities in just about every winemaking area of Brazil. With different terroirs at their fingertips, any wine drinker will be able to find something enjoyable in Miolo’s selection of wines.The one downside is that the majority of Brazilian sparkling wines haven’t made it to U.S. markets yet. There are, however, some that you’re able to purchase online. Cave Geisse Nature can be purchased from Wines for the World (the site also has Cave Geisse’s Blanc de Blanc available for purchase.) Total Wine also has Brazilian wines for purchase (including one from Miolo), but the selection varies widely depending on where you are in the country. If sparkling wines aren’t your thing, Brazil also produces a wide range of still wines. You can find some made by Lidio Carraro available for purchase here. And if you want more information on Brazilian wine overall, you can visit Wines of Brazil.Our thoughts on how to get your hands on all of the delicious bubbly? Head to Brazil. Not only is the wine top notch and the landscape beautiful, the food is amazing. All the proof you need for the final point boils down to three words: pão de queijo. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scenelast_img read more

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OOIL Selling Long Beach Terminal for USD 178 Bn

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Long Beach Container Terminal Hong Kong-listed Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL) has reached an agreement to sell the Long Beach Container Terminal to a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners.Under the sale and purchase agreement, the 100% of LBCT LLC, the operator of the terminal in California, United States, would be sold to MIP for USD 1.78 billion.The sale was launched following the National Security Agreement entered into by OOIL, Faulkner Global Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Holdings, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice on July 6, 2018, under which OOIL committed to divest its ownership of the Long Beach Container Terminal business.As part of the deal, OOIL’s Orient Overseas Container Line would sign a 20-year container stevedoring and terminal services contract.“Over the past thirty years, we have developed Long Beach Container Terminal into the safest, most efficient and lowest-emission terminal in the United States. We are confident of the future prospects of the terminal under the ownership of MIP and its co-investors, and we look forward to being a long term strategic customer of Long Beach Container Terminal and the Port of Long Beach,” Andy Tung, Co-Chief Executive Officer of OOCL, said.Karl Kuchel, Chief Executive Officer of MIP, added that the company is committed to completing the current expansion of LBCT by 2022, expected to significantly increase the capacity of the terminal.The completion of the sale will be subject to approvals from the relevant regulatory authorities and other customary conditions.last_img read more

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Trump Pelosi trade barbs as impeachment talk stirs anger

first_imgWashington: Democratic congressional leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said Donald Trump is angry that her party is not rushing to impeach him, as the relationship reached new lows with the rivals trading crude personal barbs. It was the second straight day of a very public war of words between Trump and the speaker of the House of Representatives, who earlier questioned the president’s mental fitness for office and expressed hope that those close to Trump would stage an intervention “for the good of the country.” Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Trump responded by branding Pelosi “crazy Nancy,” in what appeared to be the first time he ascribed a pejorative nickname to the woman who is his congressional nemesis. The back-and-forth attacks are highlighting the bitter feud that has swelled since the release last month of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election. According to Pelosi, Trump’s strategy is to get his opponents to commit themselves to impeachment — a process that would almost certainly pass in the House, and then fail in the Republican-controlled Senate, ultimately energising Trump’s core voters during his re-election bid. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”The White House is just crying out for impeachment,” she told journalists. Trump is “disappointed” that the Democrats are holding off for now, Pelosi said, even as they intensify congressional investigations into the president’s links to Russia and his alleged obstruction of justice — probes that Trump is trying to block. “It may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment or not, but we’re not at that place,” she said. Under pressure from the congressional probes, Trump on Thursday ordered the US intelligence community to “fully cooperate” with an investigation into what he has termed “spying” on his 2016 election campaign. According to Trump, court-approved surveillance of his campaign’s links to Russians amounted to “spying.” He has even called the probe treason and indicated he would like to see criminal charges brought against his investigators. Pelosi, who repeated her charge that Trump was engaged in a “cover-up,” goaded the president, declaring that she was praying for him and that she wished “his family or his staff or his administration would have an intervention for the good of the country.” Trump responded with demeaning accusations, branding her “crazy Nancy” and questioning her mental fitness. “She’s not the same person,” he told reporters at the White House during a prolonged rant. “She’s lost it.” Trump watched Pelosi during their meeting “and she was all crazy with the hands and everything,” he said, waving his arms around for emphasis. “She is a mess.” The remarks came in a week of legal setbacks for Trump, including a federal judge’s ruling that a House subpoena of Trump financial records was lawful. “I think what really got to him was these court cases and the fact that the House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment, and that’s where he wants us to be,” Pelosi said Thursday. A day earlier Pelosi and other Democrats came to the White House to discuss infrastructure, only to have the president abruptly cancel the talks and proclaim there could be no progress on policy issues until Democrats end their “phony” investigations.last_img read more

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Key Muskrat Falls flooding promise to Labrador Inuit broken

first_img(Protestors march against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in June 2016.)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsIndigenous leaders in Labrador are speaking out about a broken promise over the controversial hydroelectric project at Muskrat Falls.Part of an agreement reached last October between Innu and Inuit leaders and the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador stipulated that if the Muskrat Falls reservoir was flooded, the waters would be released in the spring.Nalcor Energy, the provincially-owned corporation developing Muskrat Falls, announced on June 12 to the public that the water levels in the reservoir wouldn’t be lowered until mid-July.Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe called it “a direct contravention to one of the commitments made during the fall meeting.”On Monday morning, Labrador Land Protectors gathered outside the Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs building where the local office of the Premier Dwight Ball is located in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. I advised him that we fully expect him and his government to honor the commitments that were made last fall. – Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe Ball is also Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Land protectors are demanding he resigns. Ultimately, they want Muskrat Falls shut down. Right now, they want the reservoir water released. The main concern is methylmercury.A 2015 study by Harvard University indicated trees and topsoil left in the reservoir after flooding will create the naturally occurring neurotoxin and may contaminate traditional food sources downstream.Last fall, as the date to start flooding neared, protests ramped up. Land protectors wanted the reservoir fully cleared. Nalcor said it needed to raise the waters upstream of the spillway to protect its infrastructure from ice damage through the winter.After a meeting that went on into the early morning hours of October 26, 2016, the premier and Indigenous leaders announced a deal. A key promise was to release the flood waters in the spring before the water warmed and methylmercury became an issue. Last week, Lampe wrote a letter to Premier Dwight Ball.“I advised him that we fully expect him and his government to honor the commitments that were made last fall,” said Lampe. “Water levels in the reservoir should be lowered immediately, in a controlled and safe manner, and in consultation with the Nunatsiavut Government, the Innu Nation and the NunatuKavut Community Council, as well as surrounding communities.”Indigenous leaders became aware of Nalcor’s revised dates to lower the water in the reservoir in mid-May through a planning meeting for the Independent Expert Advisory Committee, a group set up to address concerns around Muskrat Falls.President of the NunatuKavut Community Council Todd Russell said his staff expressed concerns at the meeting. But those weren’t reflected in a letter at the end of May from Nalcor President and CEO Stan Marshall to the Indigenous leaders.“It is very disappointing that Nalcor did not acknowledge or address our concerns immediately so that our experts could appropriately review the data,” said Russell in a statement released on Monday. “This would help determine whether there would be elevated production of methylmercury as a result of prolonged impoundment during the spring months.”An email response from the Premier’s office said, “The Provincial Government is engaging the indigenous leaders directly on this matter. The Premier remains committed to the terms that were agreed upon on October 26, 2016.”“The Premier assured me that all commitments will be fulfilled,” said President Lampe in a media release Friday. The Nunatsiavut leader is expecting further word this week.The reason for the delay, according to a Facebook post by Nalcor Energy on June 12, was to allow for the installation of “necessary equipment that will ensure the safety of river users near the spillway and facility. Once this work is completed, the water level in the reservoir will be lowered.”troache@aptn.calast_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP still on the lookout for wanted person

first_imgAccording to RCMP, on the afternoon of August 14 at around 3:00 p.m., officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a dark coloured pickup, where the alleged driver, Davis who is well known to police, refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.As a result of this incident, RCMP have issued five arrest warrants for Davis varying from Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle to Driving without a valid driver’s licence.Davis is described as:Indigenous man5’8’’ tall, weighing 230 poundsblack hairbrown eyesThe RCMP say Davis is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.If you see Davis, you are being asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As of Monday afternoon, the Fort St. John RCMP say they are still on the lookout for 30-year-old Gavin Davis.On August 22, RCMP had put out an arrest warrant for Davis following an incident of flight from police.Police now believe that Davis could be in the Dawson Creek area.last_img read more

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El Othmani EUMorocco Agriculture Agreement Required Intense Efforts

Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said during Thursday’s weekly cabinet meeting that the agriculture agreement with the EU “is the fruit of a long struggle of nearly two years.”During the meeting, El Othmani said that the agreement confirms that Morocco cannot compromise when it comes to its sovereignty and national integrity.The head of government said that “one of the lessons learned from the European Parliament’s decision is Morocco’s insistence on preserving its rights and sovereignty over all its territory.” He also emphasized the importance of Morocco’s diplomacy and its key role in all agreements.Read Also: European Parliament Passes EU-Morocco Agriculture AgreementThe agreement, according to El Othmani, will positively affect a number of future agreements.Moroccan expert on Western Sahara Abdelfettah Elfattihi told Morocco World News today that “the adoption of the agriculture agreement reflects a strengthening of the partnership between the two parties.”استقبل رئيس الحكومة الدكتور #سعدالدين_العثماني صباح اليوم بمقر رئاسة الحكومة السيدة Federica Mogherini الممثلة العليا للاتحاد الأوروبي للشؤون الخارجية والسياسة الأمنية. وتباحثا مختلف أوجه التعاون المغربي الأوروبي، خاصة في إطار الإصلاحات الكبرى التي تباشرها الحكومة المغربية. pic.twitter.com/3pOcIi0qYx— رئيس الحكومة -المغرب (@ChefGov_ma) January 17, 2019 He added that the EU decision will create a “legal structure that would facilitate many economic and development activities and opens the way for arranging other cooperation aspects between the two parties.”El Othmani also criticized Polisario’s maneuvers against Morocco, saying that they are “confronted by the appropriate legal and political means” to preserve Morocco’s sovereignty without any leniency or compromise.Read Also: Polisario, Algeria Frustrated over EU-Morocco Partnership AgreementsYesterday, 444 EU parliamentarians voted in favor of the agriculture agreement. The vote followed the signing of the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU on Monday.El Othmani also met with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, who began her two-day visit to Morocco on Wednesday evening and already met Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.El Othmani met with the EU official this morning. According to El Othmani, the meeting was to praise the quality of the Moroccan-EU partnership and the level of continuous coordination between them.The two parties also commended the promising prospects for the partnership, especially after the adoption of the agriculture agreement.In a press conference co-chaired with Bourita, Mogherini said that the new partnership will also bring Morocco and the EU closer because it forms a measure to continue Morocco’s reform of the 2011 Constitution. read more

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Seeduwa Police Crimes unit OIC remanded till March 28

According to the Bribery Commission, the OIC had also accepted a bottle of wine as a bribe. (Colombo Gazette) The Crimes unit Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Seeduwa Police, who was arrested by the Bribery Commission yesterday over allegations he accepted a bribe, has been remanded till March 28.The OIC was arrested while in the process of accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000, the Bribery Commission said.

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On campaign trail Netanyahu again vows to annex West Bank settlements

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday doubled down on a campaign pledge to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, reaching out to fragmented right-wing voters as the country heads into the final phase of an unprecedented repeat general election in 17 days.Netanyahu, who according to pollsters is running neck and neck with his main political rival, is seeking to draw support from the nationalist settler community so that he can pull ahead in a lackluster election race that he cannot afford to lose.With an indictment looming in three criminal cases centering on fraud, bribery and breach of trust – pending a hearing – the Israeli leader is determined to hold on to his privileged seat for as long as possible.Speaking Sunday at the opening of the new school year in the settlement of Elkana, Netanyahu pledged that no more Jewish communities in the areas Palestinians want for their future nation state would be dismantled.He also promised to extend Israeli sovereignty to all Jewish settlements, which have remained under Israeli military rule since the country’s victory in the 1967 Israeli-Arab war. Today more than 450,000 Israeli citizens live in settlements deemed illegal by most of the international community.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.With the help of God we will apply Jewish sovereignty to all Jewish communities, as part of the Land of Israel, and as part of the State of Israel“There will be no more displacements, and with the help of God we will apply Jewish sovereignty to all Jewish communities, as part of the Land of Israel, and as part of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.Rachel Broyde, Netanyahu’s foreign press spokesperson, said that the prime minister did not mean the application of Jewish religious law, but rather “Israeli national law.”“Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and the prime minister hopes to apply Israeli sovereignty to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria,” she said, using the Hebrew terms for the West Bank.Netanyahu’s words immediately drew rebukes from Palestinian leaders, who have witnessed an increase in such statements from Israel as the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump has refrained from criticizing the Israeli government on the issue of settlement expansion as it had in the past.Diplomatic ties between the Palestinians and the United States have been strained since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the embassy there from Tel Aviv in May 2018.“Those who claim concern after every Israeli settlement announcement should face reality: Israel’s PM is announcing further annexation of occupied territory,” Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization and former peace negotiator, wrote on Twitter. “Enough impunity: There’s an international responsibility to impose sanctions on Israel after decades of systematic crimes.”For most of his time as Israel’s leader, Netanyahu has refrained from making outright statements about annexation of the West Bank, despite pressure from those who live in the settlements, a fairly small but politically powerful sector of society.Similar comments during the previous round of elections in April were seen by many as another empty campaign promise. The April election ended in a stalemate three months ago when Netanyahu, whose ruling Likud party won the largest share of the votes, failed to pull together a stable coalition. Netanyahu repeats pledge to annex Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank At Trump’s urging, Netanyahu denies entry to Democrats Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Israelis will now recast their votes on Sept. 17, although recent polls do not suggest any radical changes in the results and indicate Netanyahu may still struggle to achieve a 61-seat majority in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset.Eugene Kontorovich, director of International Law at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum, said “it was far from clear if such a promise will materialize.”“If the prime minister wanted to, he could take this action right now with a mere cabinet decision. It does not require Knesset legislation,” said Kontorovich. “So it is unclear what the value of a mere speech is.”Kontorovich said that Netanyahu’s comments focused on applying Israeli sovereignty over Israeli communities in the West Bank only. “Nothing in his comments rules out a Palestinian state or undermines Palestinian self-determination,” he said. read more

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Information gap between rich poor farmers focus of UN meeting in Rome

Delegates participating in the two-day Consultation on Agricultural Information Management (COAIM) will focus on how the FAO can better help its Member Countries to access, analyse and use information for food security and sustainable agricultural production, said Francisco Perez-Trejo, manager of the World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT), the FAO body that deals with the strategic management of agricultural information.”Information has become a political issue. It is essential for markets, prices and food security,” he said. “Thanks to the Internet, information is available worldwide, but it doesn’t mean that the people are well informed. That’s what makes information management so important.”Another key issue for discussion is how to close the “digital divide” between poor farmers who lack the network of information technology that wealthy farmers in developed countries take for granted, FAO said. According to the agency’s Anti-Hunger Programme, it will cost an estimated $100 million each year to bring radio, television and information technology to rural areas to plug this gap.The meeting’s agenda also includes issues dealing with producing operational mechanisms for implanting FAO’s mandate related to food and agricultural information management, improving the coordination of capacity building efforts and addressing issues related to creating guidelines and standards. read more

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UN urges unhindered humanitarian access to Haitis north

Haiti’s three main northern cities – Cap-Haïtien, Port-de-Paix and Fort Liberté – are largely out of reach of humanitarian assistance since armed insurgents last week seized control of the central and strategically significant city of Gonaïves.At a press conference in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, the UN’s Resident Coordinator Adama Guindo also called for the sanctity of hospitals to be respected.The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that several hospitals have been targeted by protesters and Port-au-Prince’s university hospital has not operated “for several weeks.”In a statement OCHA added that the functioning hospitals are over-stretched and that many lack such essentials as a water supply, blood banks, refrigeration and drugs.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has also reported that schools are only opening intermittently during the current political crisis and many teachers have deserted their posts.An inter-agency mission from the UN has been in Haiti since Sunday to assess how best to respond to the humanitarian dimension of the violence gripping the country in recent weeks. Dozens of people have been killed during clashes between opponents and supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. read more

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UN chief Guterres pledges commitment to achieving world free of nuclear weapons

“I am committed to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons,” the Secretary-General declared in a video message to the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament, which opened the first segment of its three-part 2017 session yesterday.Recalling that upon taking office he had described a world of new and old conflicts woven in a complex, interconnected web, Mr. Guterres said today that those conflicts have precipitated gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.As such, while disarmament can play an important role in ending existing conflicts and preventing the outbreak of new strife, disarmament and arms control processes provide the breathing space for confidence to be built, stability to be strengthened and trust to be established.“This was true during the Cold War and it is true now,” continued the UN chief, stressing that the need for breathing space is more urgent than ever as global tensions are rising, “sabres have been rattled and dangerous words spoken about the use of nuclear weapons.”As the sole multilateral disarmament negotiating body, “the world looks to the Conference to provide rationality and diplomatic solutions, to promote security through peaceful action, and to create the instruments we need to develop confidence, trust and international stability,” Mr. Guterres told the 65-member panel, adding: “You have a responsibility to all States and all peoples. Now is the time to live up to it.”“I encourage you to work hard to find compromise and to make the most of your partners in civil society and academia. The United Nations will be your ally and assist however we can,” he concluded. The Conference on Disarmament, established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, is not formally a UN body but reports annually, or more frequently as appropriate, to the UN General Assembly. Michael Møller, the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, serves as Secretary-General of the Conference, as well as Mr. Guterres’ personal representative to the body. Currently, the consensus-based body focuses primarily on the following issues: cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament; prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters; prevention of an arms race in outer space; effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons; new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons including radiological weapons; comprehensive programme of disarmament and transparency in armaments. read more

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Un Browser gate pour Google

first_imgUn “Browser gate” pour Google ?Le géant de Mountain View est l’objet de deux plaintes pour le contournement des paramètres de confidentialité sur le navigateur Safari.Google se serait-il mis dans de sales draps. La firme américaine est en effet accusée d’espionnage sur les utilisateurs du navigateur Internet Safari. Et si ni Microsoft, qui a pourtant émis ces mêmes critiques, ni Apple n’ont porté plainte, ce n’est pas le cas d’internautes américains au travers de “class action” ou action collective, une pratique courante outre-Atlantique, révèle Challenges.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une affaire d’ores et déjà baptisée “Browser gate” qui trouve son origine dans la plainte d’un habitant du Missouri le 17 février. Il accuse en effet Google d’avoir violé la loi sur les écoutes et demande que le groupe verse 62 millions de dollars aux internautes concernés. Une plainte similaire a d’ailleurs été déposée dans le Delaware. Ce n’est pas une première pour Google puisque l’entreprise avait été contrainte de signer un accord avec la FTC sur les questions de confidentialité et de verser 8,5 millions de dollars à propos du lancement de son service Buzz. Le 23 février 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Dems label Herrera Beutler a health care hypocrite

first_imgThe Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee branded freshman U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler a “health care hypocrite” Tuesday for accepting government-subsidized health coverage after voting to repeal a national health reform bill aimed at extending health coverage to more than 30 million Americans.Health policies took effect Tuesday for new members of Congress.Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, “apparently believes that repealing health insurance reform and putting private insurance companies back in charge of our health care may be good for her constituents, but it’s not good for her very own family,” said DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson. He noted that at least 15 Republican members of Congress who voted for repeal have elected to keep with the spirit of their congressional campaigns by not taking their government health care while they fight to repeal the health care law. “This is a real cheap shot from the Democrats’ campaign committee, and it has very little to do with the underlying issue,” retorted Casey Bowman, Herrera Beutler’s spokesman, via e-mail. The congresswoman was traveling in Pacific County and had no time to respond personally to the attack, he said. “Jaime wants everyone in Southwest Washington to have the same choice among health care plans that federal employees do,” he said. “That’s why she supports health care reforms that lower the cost of care, increase competition in the marketplace and make it easier for small businesses to offer coverage to their employees.”Ferguson noted that Herrera Beutler opposed a House rule that would have required members of Congress to disclose whether they have accepted health coverage. The rule, introduced by Democrats on Jan. 5, failed on a party-line vote of 238 to 191.last_img read more

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See a satellite spear space junk with a freakin harpoon

first_img Sci-Tech 27 Photos Tags 0 Enlarge ImageThe RemoveDebris satellite shortly after its June 2018 deployment from the ISS. Ricky Arnold/NASA Earth has an orbital-junk problem. Dead satellites, rocket pieces and miscellaneous debris have collected around the planet and we need to figure out ways to clean it up. So how about about we go all Moby Dick on that space trash and spear it?The RemoveDebris satellite, which launched in mid-2018 from the ISS, is a test bed for technologies that may be able to help us clean up space trash. It already showed it could catch junk with a Spider-Man-style net. Now it has successfully demonstrated it can spear a target with a harpoon.The University of Surrey in the UK posted details of the Feb. 8 test on Friday and shared a slow-motion video of the harpoon in action.  Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Space junk issues Share your voice null The more space junk gathers in orbit, the greater the chance sensitive satellite equipment or spacecraft could be damaged by impacts. It’s a problem that will need to be reckoned with. This experiment could point to a way forward that involves janitor satellites heading out to sweep up the mess.RemoveDebris has a final experiment set for March, and it involves the satellite’s own demise. The satellite will attempt to inflate a sail that will drag it down into the Earth’s atmosphere where it will burn up and not become a piece of space junk itself. See a satellite play Spider-Man and net space junk in orbit China’s Tiangong-1 satellite isn’t the only space junk above us RemoveDebris comes from Surrey Satellite Technology in the UK in partnership with a group that includes aerospace corporation Airbus. Airbus designed the harpoon system, which deployed a boom with a satellite panel on the end. The tethered harpoon shot out and speared the target.  Spacelast_img read more