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BJP leaders should focus on issues concerning peasants: Pilot

first_imgJaipur, Jun 17 (PTI) Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot today took a dig at the ruling BJP leaders, saying they should take care of issues concerning peasants and common people rather than posing for fitness challenges.  It is unfortunate that two farmers have committed suicide recently in Hadoti region and the “insensitive state BJP government” is responsible, he said. “From the prime minister to state leaders, all are accepting fitness challenges, but they should accept other challenges as well,” he said in a statement.  He said that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should accept a challenge to take measures to stop farmers’ suicide.  Pilot said that hundreds of farmers have committed suicide in the state due to debt burden. Though the state government has announced loan waiver of up to Rs 50,000 for peasants in the election year, the amount is a drop in the ocean and the government has failed to arrange Rs 8,000 crore to waive loans. He claimed that nine farmers have committed suicide in the past month in Raje’s home turf Hadoti. Union Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had launched the #HumFitTohIndiaFit campaign in May, underlining the importance of staying fit. PTI AG SMNSMNlast_img read more

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Kreis shaping Orlando for post-Kaka era

first_imgMLS Kreis shaping revamped Orlando City for the post-Kaka era Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 00:14 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sacha Kljestan Kaka MLS All-Stars Jerry Lai MLS Orlando City The third-year coach has overseen an offseason overhaul in hopes of leading the franchise to its first MLS playoff appearance Orlando City made a substantial miscalculation. Jason Kreis knows as much now, hindsight being 20/20 and all.But when the club’s front office devised a strategy for the 2017 MLS campaign, an overhaul wasn’t in the cards. The Lions had finished just one point shy of a playoff spot in Kreis’ first full season in charge. Add a starter here, a depth piece there, and Orlando could ride its spark-plug of a new stadium to the club’s first playoff appearance since entering MLS in 2015.”We took a very conscious decision last offseason to not change things radically,” Kreis told Goal. “We took the decision at the time because we felt we were very close to being good enough to be a playoff team, to be a contender for MLS Cup. 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 “But what we found was we were wrong.”For what it’s worth, the approach looked foolproof for a while. By the time April turned to May, the Lions were preying upon the rest of the Eastern Conference. But that was before the forgiveness of a front-loaded home schedule gave way to an elongated reality check. Having won six of the club’s first seven games, Orlando only notched four victories in its 27 remaining contests while finishing second-to-last in the East.Injuries played their part, and some players underperformed. Off-the-field problems surfaced as well. The reality, though? Orlando just wasn’t good enough.”We felt like we needed to take a more radical direction,” Kreis said. “That was to essentially completely overhaul the team, and we’ve worked extremely hard in the offseason to find new players, to work deals, to trade for some very top-level players and ultimately find people that are like us — that are extremely competitive, that are extremely willing and able to do anything necessary to improve this team and to improve our fortunes.”Trades brought in MLS standouts Sacha Kljestan and Justin Meram to inject the attacking midfield with proven quality. Oriol Rosell — perhaps the smoothest metronome MLS had to offer during his stint with Sporting Kansas City — arrived from Sporting CP. The club hopes the signing of Paraguayan playmaker Josue Colman, 19, brings promise and production. And the back line was bolstered by the acquisition of Senegal international Lamine Sane from Werder Bremen.Jason Kreis Orlando CityFactor in midfielder Yoshimar Yotun and forward Dom Dwyer — high-profile additions from midway through last season — and Kreis seems poised to field a first XI virtually unrecognizable from the unit he relied on in the first half of 2017.”We’ve found players that fit the system that Jason and the coaching staff here really want to play,” Orlando defender Jonathan Spector said. “That was key for us. We’ve got good players in those roles, and we’ve got depth now. Now it’s integrating them into the team, getting them to understand the culture of this group and what we’re trying to build here.”Building anew, of course, means tearing down the old. In shaping an identity for Orlando City, Kreis has seen the club move on from original faces of the franchise — most notably, Brazilian icon Kaka.While his production proved sporadic, Kaka was every bit the ambassador the fledgling club needed when it made the jump from the USL to MLS. Although Kaka’s retirement has been well addressed from a tactical standpoint, with Kljestan, Meram and Colman filling the midfield’s “creative vision” quota, Orlando was never going to find a like-for-like replacement in terms of brand-building reputation.The exit of Cyle Larin, on the other hand, had clearer on-the-field implications. Orlando’s first-ever draft pick, the Canada international represented a homemade star of sorts — making it all the more painful when he forced through a messy move to Besiktas this offseason. Now it’s up to Dwyer to translate his prolific track record to a new club and fill the shoes of the only leading scorer Orlando has known in its three MLS seasons.”The message that is being delivered and needs to be delivered is that we’re going to build faces of our franchise based on success,” Kreis said. “Let’s win as a team first, and then by winning we’ll establish players’ names that fans and people outside of our club would like to talk about. We are all laser focused on improving and getting results, and letting the chips fall where they may, so to speak, about who the fans deem are the stars.”Spector added: “I know having Kaka here was a great opportunity for me, to be able to play with someone like that who at one point was the best player in the world. But soccer moves on, right? It keeps changing and evolving.”While Kaka and Larin earned their places in Orlando City lore, they originally weren’t Kreis’ players — they were remnants of the Adrian Heath regime. Since taking over for Heath in July 2016, Kreis already had overseen a slow but steady roster revamp before this offseason’s more dramatic shift. Now, goalkeeper Joe Bendik and midfielder Cristian Higuita are the only players on the roster who saw the field under Heath.If the sum of Orlando’s parts again doesn’t add up this season, Kreis and Co. won’t be shying from responsibility.”If you asked me last year, I would have said, ‘This is my team. This is a team that I believe in because they are the ones putting it out there for us, the coaching staff, every single day and every single match,'” Kreis said. “But truth be told, there may have been a collection of players that it didn’t seem like we could do anything with from a contractual standpoint. You’re making the best out of the tools you’ve been given.”This season, after the process we have gone through, now I could say 100 percent that all of the players that are here and will be a part of the club in 2018 are guys that are our guys. This is now our team, without a shadow of a doubt.”last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S10 series launch in India today: Price, specs and how to watch livestream

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S10 series launch in India today: Price, specs and how to watch livestreamThe Galaxy S10 and S10+, in particular, introduce some brand new features like an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and reverse wireless charging.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 11:13 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung will officially announce the Galaxy S10 series in India at an event later today.All three phones tout new Infinity-O punch-holes displays along with the latest Exynos 9820 chipset and One UI.The Galaxy S10e is the most affordable of the three new phones with a price of Rs Rs 55,900.Samsung will officially announce the Galaxy S10 series in India at an event later today. The launch event will begin at 12:30pm and you can catch the livestream on Samsung’s official website (https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-s10/). Samsung’s DJ Koh will be attending the event to announce the new Galaxy S10 phones along with the company’s new wearables. The Galaxy S10 lineup includes an affordable Galaxy S10e, a regular Galaxy S10 and a high-end Galaxy S10+. All three phones tout new Infinity-O punch-holes displays along with the latest Exynos 9820 chipset and One UI.The Galaxy S10 and S10+, in particular, introduce some brand new features like an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and reverse wireless charging. The Galaxy S10e, on the other hand, loses out on a few features, but largely retains core specifications, so that you get a premium flagship at a lower price point.Samsung has already revealed the prices of the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e in India ahead of its official launch. In fact, the phones were up for pre-orders in the country till Tuesday, March 5 via Samsung.com/in, Flipkart, Amazon India, Paytm, Tata CLiQ and select retail outlets. The Galaxy S10 series will be available through these channels and we will know the exact date of release during the event today.The Galaxy S10e is the most affordable of the three new phones with a price of Rs Rs 55,900. There is only one version of the Galaxy S10e with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage and it will be available in Prism Black and Prism White colours. The Galaxy S10 comes in next with a starting price of Rs 66,900 for the 8GB/128GB variant going up to Rs 84,900 for the 8GB/512GB model. The Galaxy S10+ will start at Rs 73,900 for the 8GB/128GB version, while the 8GB/512GB and 12GB/1TB variants are priced at Rs 91,900 and Rs 1,17,900, respectively.advertisementThe Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+ come with Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED displays. While the S10e and S10 get a small hole-punch to house a selfie camera, the S10+ gets a wider cutout for dual selfie cameras. The Galaxy S10e comes with a flat display, while the other two come with Samsung’s trademark curved edge displays. The S10e also gets a FHD+ resolution, while the Galaxy S10 and S10+ come with QHD+ resolution.All three Samsung Galaxy S10 phones sport the latest Exynos 9820 chipset and will ship with One UI based on Android Pie out of the box. The Galaxy S10+, S10 and S10e house 4,100mAh, 3,400mAh and 3,100mAh batteries, respectively. The triple camera system on the S10 and S10+ include a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS and autofocus, a 12MP wide-angle lens with Dual Aperture (f/1.5-2.4), and a 16MP ultra wide-angle f/2.2 sensor. The S10e gets the same wide-angle and ultra wide-angle cameras, but misses the telephoto camera.At today’s event, Samsung will also announce its new Galaxy Buds truly wireless earphones that can charge wirelessly on the back of the Galaxy S10. The company is also expected to launch the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch, which offers a circular display without the trademark rotating bezels. You can expect Samsung to announce the prices and availability of the new wearables at today’s event.ALSO READ | Oppo F11 Pro with rising camera launched for Rs 24,990, here’s what you need to knowALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro to take on Redmi Note 7 Pro, company confirms April launchALSO READ | With metal and glass Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 designs, Xiaomi is resisting plastic trendGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow SamsungFollow androidlast_img read more

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Demolition of temple SC asks Punjab Haryana Delhi to ensure no law

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that its orders on the Guru Ravidas Temple in Tughlaqabad forest area here cannot be given a “political colour”. A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and M R Shah asked governments of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to ensure that no law and order situation is created politically or otherwise during the protests over the demolition of temple. “Everything cannot be political. Our orders can’t be given a political colour by anybody on earth” the bench said. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple pursuant to the orders of the apex court, which had on August 9 observed that “serious breach” had been committed by Guru Ravidas Jainti Samaroh Samiti by not vacating the forest area as earlier ordered by the top court.last_img read more

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CBC KICKS OFF NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR CANADAS SMARTEST KIDS CANADAS SMARTEST PERSON

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Like the grownup edition, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON JUNIOR is inspired by The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Over six weeks, 12 remarkable kids will showcase their smarts in fun and spectacular challenges across six categories: physical, musical, social, linguistic, logical, and visual smarts. In this entertaining and action-packed series, the young competitors will battle for the coveted title of Canada’s Smartest Person Junior with the whole country cheering them on. Applications are now open to kids who excel in diverse fields such as: dancing; gaming; snowboarding; doing puzzles; playing music; debating; creating science fair projects; raising horses; making movies; or telling jokes; because, after all, intelligence comes in all shapes and sizes.In a twist on the original format, audiences will see the same cast of incredible kids week-to-week. Those competitors with the strongest performances each week will advance to the next episode, while the others will be up for elimination. In the season finale, the top six finalists will go head-to-head one final time. The competition will culminate in a heart-stopping showdown between the top two combatants in the world’s most intense intelligence obstacle course, the Super Gauntlet, for the chance to be named Canada’s Smartest Person Junior.cbc.ca/smartestpersonjuniorfacebook.com/canadassmartestpersoninstagram.com/canadassmartest@CanadasSmartest.About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About Media Headquarters:Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company has been recognized by Realscreen’s ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers for six years in a row. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/ Facebook Twitter The search is on for CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON JUNIOR (6×60), a new CBC competition series that will be taped in front of a studio audience at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre and premiere this fall. Based on the hit format Canada’s Smartest Person and produced by award-winning Media Headquarters, this competition will crown one amazing young Canadian with the first ever title of Canada’s Smartest Person Junior. Canadian kids aged 8 to 12 can apply now at cbc.ca/smartestpersonjunior until June 30.“The junior format of this engaging and innovative competition will continue to showcase intelligence in all its many forms,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC. “We look forward to introducing audiences to some remarkable young people from across the country, and empowering Canadians of all ages to celebrate their own unique abilities and strengths.”“We’re thrilled to announce this new edition of Canada’s Smartest Person that will give the next generation of Canadians a chance to put their smarts to the test. You don’t need straight As in math or science to apply because this competition proves there’s lots of different ways to be smart,” said Robert Cohen, Executive Producer and Creator of Canada’s Smartest Person Junior. “This season will be filled with new and exciting twists we’ve never seen before on the Smartest Person stage.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Syed Farook and His Wife Responsible Perpetrators of San Bernardino Attack

New York – Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, the two suspects who were killed by police in the aftermath of the San Bernardino mass shootings, were the confirmed perpetrators of the attack.Less than 24 hours after the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 14 people and injured 17 others at a holiday party held at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, local police chief Jarrod Burguan has confirmed the identity of the two shooters.Syed Farook, 28, born in the U.S. and his wife of two years, Tashfeen Malik, 27, from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, stormed through the health clinic for people with special needs, killing 14 innocent victims and injuring 17 who remain at the hospital in critical condition. According to Hussam Ayloush of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Farook and Malik had a 6-month-old daughter, whom they dropped off at Farook’s mother on Wednesday morning.Syed Farook, an environmental specialist had worked for the San Bernardino County health department for 5 years and was at the holiday party the morning of the attack.He left the party allegedly angry and later returned with his wife Malik onboard the dark SUV, dressed in tactical gear and ski masks heavily armed with .223-caliber assault-style rifles, semiautomatic handguns and explosives.According to law enforcement officials, the weapons used by the killers were legally purchased.Although police has not yet identified a “motive” for the attack, they have not confirmed nor denied the possibility of terrorism.Police Chief Burguan believes the assault was done with premeditation, “I don’t think they just ran home, put on these type of tactical clothes, grabbed guns and came back on a spur-of-the-moment thing”, he said.Meanwhile, according to KPCC news, authorities contacted Farook’s family. His brother in law Farhan Khan expressed his shock over the attack.“I just cannot express how sad I am for what happened today,” he said in a press conference.Later on Wednesday evening, ISIS supporters took on to social media to praise the alleged “three lions” responsible for the San Bernardino attacks.However, California authorities have not linked the attack to ISIS nor have they mentioned the identity or whereabouts of the third shooter, although eyewitnesses said they saw three attackers in tactical gear at the hospital.Photo Credit: Jae C. Hong/AP read more

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Ban voices concern at recent unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan

“The Secretary-General urges calm and restraint. He underlines the need to respect the rule of law and to resolve issues peacefully through dialogue,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.The attack on Governor Bektur Asanov of Jalalabad follows deadly clashes yesterday between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the region, as well as last week’s violence in the southern region which reportedly killed one person and wounded nearly 60 others.The latest incidents are part of a wave of unrest that has hit the country since the violent ouster last month of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who later left Kyrgyzstan for neighbouring Kazakhstan. Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Central Asia, Miroslav Jenča, has regularly visited Kyrgyzstan and is keeping the Secretary-General informed of developments, according to today’s statement.The Secretary-General also welcomed the decision by the Kazakh authorities to lift the restrictions on their border with Kyrgyzstan. 20 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his concern about recent unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan, where at least two people were reportedly killed in ethnic clashes yesterday and a regional governor was attacked today. read more

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Gaza UN agency invites runners worldwide to take part in marathon

8 December 2011International runners, from top athletes to weekend warriors, are being invited to enter next year’s marathon in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations-created race that made its debut this year. International runners, from top athletes to weekend warriors, are being invited to enter next year’s marathon in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations-created race that made its debut this year.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) sent out an open invitation today to runners to join the expected 2,000 children – including many with special needs – and other locals who will compete in various running events on the same day.Next year’s Gaza marathon will be held on 1 March and is again being staged to raise money for UNRWA’s Summer Games, which offer sports programmes, cultural events and remedial activities for up to 250,000 children across Gaza.This year’s marathon, the brainwave of UNRWA staff member Gemma Connell, who also competed in the race, raised more than $1 million and the agency said it hopes to generate a higher figure next year. It is also inviting people worldwide to hold sister events to the Gaza marathon and to donate directly to the Summer Games programmes.International runners will have the choice of competing in the marathon, a half-marathon or a 10-kilometre contest.About 1,500 people took part in the inaugural event in May, with most competing in shorter races or relay races. Nine people finished the full 42.195-kilometre course, which runs north to south, beginning in Beit Hanoun near the Israeli border and ending in Rafah, close to Egypt. The winner was a local Olympic hopeful, Nader al-Misri. read more

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Annan urges DR of Congo Rwanda to put peace agreement into action

Hailing the recent peace accord between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the parties to take the necessary steps to put the agreement into action.Speaking at the outset of an open Security Council meeting on the DRC, the Secretary-General called the agreement, signed in Pretoria on 30 July, “an important political milestone, which could help pave the way towards a lasting resolution of one of Africa’s most complex conflicts.”He stressed that the international community must provide all necessary support for the accord, adding that he has instructed the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to determine what actions it can take within its current mandate and resources to help the parties carry out the agreement.”However, the parties need to be perfectly clear in the tasks to be performed, and provide the necessary information, in order for MONUC to define its specific role,” he cautioned.The Secretary-General also welcomed the presence in the Council of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Foreign Minister of South Africa, which helped to broker the agreement, Foreign Minister Leonard She Okitundu of the DRC, and Rwanda’s Special Envoy for the DRC, Patrick Mazimhaka.”I look forward to a very serious dialogue, not only here in the Council, but also with various UN departments,” Mr. Annan said. “I think this reflects the value of the new partnership between the African Union and the United Nations.In her remarks to the Council, Ms. Zuma said the Pretoria agreement was at the centre of the peace process and signalled the strong political will of both sides to expedite reconciliation. She stressed the importance of supporting and encouraging the agreement’s implementation, adding that it would be wrong for peace-loving nations to be less than enthusiastic about recent events. The Foreign Minister also noted that the agreement should be seen as a complement to the 1999 Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement, stemming from the recognition that progress towards establishing peace in the region could not be achieved without resolving the conflict between the DRC and Rwanda.For his part, Mr. Okitundu said the Congolese Government had undertaken to implement faithfully its obligations regarding the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, reunification and repatriation process. He also highlighted the need for a new concept of operations for MONUC that would support both the verification mechanism and allow the execution structure to be put in place by the third party under the Pretoria agreement. The Council must redefine the Mission’s operations to reflect recent developments.Mr. Mazimhaka said the Pretoria agreement provided solutions to what had up to now been intractable problems in the Lusaka accord by addressing the two core issues that had plagued both sides: how to resolve the problem of the Interahamwe, and the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Congolese territory. He expressed the hope that the Council saw the resolution of conflict in the region as a shared challenge, and appealed for continued support of all the parties in the conflict.Following the parties’ statements, the Council went into a private meeting on the DRC to hear further details about the peace agreement. read more

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Top UN official meets Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to assess

“This will certainly help me in preparing my report to the Secretary-General upon return to New York with a set of recommendation on how best to move the process forward with the aim of possible re-launching of political discussions aimed at a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari told reporters after the meetings.The talks with H.E. Tassos Papadopoulos, the Greek Cypriot leader, and H.E. Mehmet Ali Talat, the Turkish Cypriot leader, form the third stage of Mr. Gambari’s mission, which has also taken him to Ankara and Athens for talks with the Turkish and Greek foreign ministers.Secretary-General Annan had led earlier talks seeking a comprehensive settlement but these failed in April 2004 when 65 per cent of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan but 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against it. Since Mr. Gambari’s mission is an assessment visit, he has not, contrary to some press reports, expressed any conclusions about the prospects for a resumption of talks and is listening to all sides in preparation for his report to Mr. Annan.He has follow-up meetings planned with each of the two leaders beginning tomorrow and will leave Cyprus on Sunday.The UN has been involved in the island since March 1964 when the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established with a mandate to prevent a recurrence of fighting, contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order, and contribute to a return to normal conditions. Currently the fourth-oldest UN peacekeeping operation in the world, it seeks to maintain stability in the 180-kilometre-long Buffer Zone and ensure that there is no alteration of the status quo along the two ceasefire lines drawn in 1974 after renewed fighting. read more

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UN must respond effectively to changes resulting from Arab uprisings – Deputy

“It is almost two years to the day that dramatic political change was unleashed in this region, starting in Tunisia and later encompassing Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria,” Mr. Eliasson said in his statement to the 17th meeting of the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism for the Arab States, held in the Lebanese capital.“Countries across the Arab world and beyond have been affected, inspired and altered by the events taking place,” he added. “There has been tremendous suffering as well – and in some cases profound uncertainty and fear about what lies ahead.”The Regional Coordination Mechanism meetings, held in various regions, focus on enhancing collaboration among UN system organizations so that they can be more effective and efficient in delivering results for UN Member States.In his speech, the Deputy Secretary-General said that the unfolding events across the Arab world have many lessons for the UN’s work. “The Arab uprisings have forced clarity and urgency on many key aspects of development. Our challenge now is to respond effectively to these imperatives,” he saidAlso, he noted, as the Arab world shapes a new political landscape for the region, now is the time to set a new course of development. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June, reaffirmed the need for inclusive and sustainable development, he said. Member States agreed to establish a set of so-called Sustainable Development Goals, with time-bound targets to end poverty and hunger while preserving the environment. In addition, September’s high-level General Assembly meeting on the rule of law adopted a declaration that provides a strong tool for building key foundations of development, which can be done through honest institutions, effective public services, independent judiciaries and trustworthy security sectors.“The Regional Coordination Mechanism has a role to play in taking these outcomes and understandings forward,” said Mr. Eliasson. “You can support global, regional and national strategies to establish or reinforce the building blocks of sustainable development, such as energy, water, transport, food and nutrition.“You can direct our focus on the Millennium Development Goals, which we must do as the 2015 deadline approaches,” he said, referring to the anti-poverty targets agreed on world leaders. He also stressed the need to start discussing an Arab and regional perspective on the post-2015 development agenda, and to ensure that Arab voices are clearly heard and that the region’s priorities are considered.Mr. Eliasson also stressed the need for the UN to strengthen its impact on the ground, in people’s lives. “The political changes in the Arab world have shown how closely inter-related this region is – politically, culturally, socially and economically. No Arab country stands unaffected by the winds of changes in the region. No approaches or strategies can be put forward today without taking into account regional players and regional realities.“It is therefore essential for United Nations entities and regional institutions to come together at meetings like this to think and act jointly and regionally,” he stated, adding that the Regional Coordination Mechanism is an important vehicle for cooperation and action.“It can ensure policy coherence and consolidate multiple efforts. It gives us space to think collectively, craft a regional vision and set joint strategic and substantive goals to guide our work on the ground.”On Sunday, Mr. Eliasson visited the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and met with its Force Commander, Major-General Paolo Serra, and the mission’s senior leadership. Headquartered in Naqoura, in the country’s south, UNIFIL is tasked with ensuring that the area between the so-called Blue Line – separating Israel and Lebanon – and the Litani River is free of unauthorized weapons, personnel and assets. It also cooperates with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) so they can fulfil their security responsibilities. The Deputy Secretary-General emphasized the need for continued coordinated operations with the LAF, and praised the contributions of UN peacekeepers to peace and security in southern Lebanon. “South Lebanon has witnessed a period of unprecedented calm thanks to the work of the mission, the strong liaison and coordination arrangements, the commitment of the parties as well as the excellent peacekeeping partnership between the LAF and UNIFIL,” he said. “All these elements are critical to maintaining stability in the area at a time of heightened tensions in the region.” As part of his visit, Mr. Eliasson will also meet with Lebanese officials in Beirut later this week. read more

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How Many Times Did The Mets Blow It

Hot Takedown The vine of LeBron James and Dion Waiters that Chadwick Matlin mentions on the show.Rob Arthur on the best Royals team ever.Neil Paine breaks down the cost of leaving Matt Harvey in the game.FiveThirtyEight’s NBA preview.ESPN breaks down the stats in New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup victory.Brett McKay on the difference between rugby in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.Significant Digit: 38. That is the longest New York City Marathon streak held by a woman. Connie Brown, at 71, finished her 38th marathon; her time was 5:50:44. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Nov. 3, 2015), we ask whether the Kansas City Royals won the World Series or the New York Mets lost it. We also preview the NBA’s Western Conference and where FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO NBA player projections rank Kobe Bryant this season. Plus, a look at New Zealand’s victory in the Rugby World Cup with Brett McKay, ESPN Scrum writer and host of The Cheap Seats podcast. And a Significant Digit on a New York City Marathon streak.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Video, bonus audio and links to what we discussed are below. How many times did the Mets blow it? If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS read more

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Mens Hockey Tanner Laczynski eyes path to NHL following impressive collegiate career

Junior forward Tanner Laczynski looks for a pass during the second period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternTanner Laczynski has always eyed a path to the NHL.A native of Shorewood, Illinois, he laced up his skates and began playing hockey at 3 years old, setting the groundwork for his potential professional career.“My mom took me out to an open skate, one of the local rinks, and kind of just got the hang of it quicker than walking,” Laczynski said.His skating eventually became less of a hobby and more of a serious venture as he grew older. He eventually found success playing for the Joliet Jaguars before moving on to play with Chicago Fury and Chicago Mission. After finishing his career in AAA hockey, he became a member of Chicago Steel and the Lincoln Stars before finally joining Ohio State.Now a junior forward at Ohio State, Laczynski will have the opportunity to live out that professional dream, having been drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2016 NHL Draft in the sixth round, No. 169 overall.Laczynski has been a key asset for the Ohio State men’s hockey team. He was voted most valuable freshman 2016-17, was in the running for this year’s Hobey Baker award and has netted more than 100 points in his collegiate career.This season, Laczynski believes the bond between him and his teammates is stronger at Ohio State than any of the previous teams he’s been with.“I think just having the same guys around for almost four years is what really brings us close and be able to do things on the ice,” Laczynski said. “We’re all in it for the same reason, we all love each other and truly are just a family in the locker room.”Senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said Laczynski is a highly competitive player for the Buckeyes, so competitive in fact that “it’s frightening at times.”“To get a puck off him you’ve got to pretty well try and kill him, and if you do get it off him he’s going to come right back at you,” Larocque said.According to senior forward John Wiitala, Laczynski’s competitive nature helps the entire team become better.“He’s hard to play against every day in practice,” Wiitala said. “He makes everybody better every day in practice. He’s that big strong kid that, you go one-on-one against every day, is going to make you better. That’s where he really excels.”While hard work and talent might have gotten him to this level, Laczynski ascribes a lot of his collegiate success to the coaching staff at Ohio State, for he said he’s hit bumps “here-and-there.”“Getting sick freshman year and being injured this year, but at the same time [the coaches] have been really good at getting me back in the lineup and getting me going,” Laczynski said.Laczynski has missed 10 games due to a pair of injuries this season. Despite this, he has found his way into the lineup whenever possible this season, racking up 10 goals and 20 assists this year. All in all, he has played over 100 games in his time with the Buckeyes, regardless of needing time to spend recovering.“You just have to know that in time it’s going to heal,” Laczynski said. “You’ve just got to work that much harder to get back into the lineup and get back on the ice.”In spite of having already been drafted by the Flyers, Laczynski is looking to focus on what he has now rather than looking toward his future at the pro level.“Obviously it’s a dream one day to play in the NHL,” he said. “But right now, I can’t worry too much about ‘What’s next year look like? What’s two years look like? What is my future?’; I try to just live in the moment.” read more

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Dallas Cowboys Fire Coach Forget to Renew Domain Name

first_imgThis has been a week full of changes for the Dallas Cowboys–turnovers, if you will. First there was the fact that the team  fired its head coach, Wade Philips, on Monday. And then the company’s domain name expired.The timing was impeccable, really–when fans flocked to the site to read about the news of his replacement (interim coach Jason Garrett, for those keeping track), they got a placeholder from domain registrar Network Solutions prompting them to renew the site. It’s an unfortunate oversight for most heavily trafficked officially sponsored NFL page after NFL.com.It’s also the latest bit of bad news in what has already been a rough year for the Texas football team, which is currently 1-7last_img read more

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Noctua creates worlds first CPU cooler with active noise cancellation

first_imgUnless you opt for one of the very low-power CPUs on the market today, chances are the processor inside your desktop PC has a fan attached to keep it cool. The higher performance the chip and the more you overclock, the more cooling required. And more cooling inevitably means more noise unless you go with a water cooling solution.Specialist cooling company Noctua has teamed up with RotoSub to come up with a low noise solution that allows you to stick with air cooling, but removes the noise. They’ve done this by adding active noise cancellation to one of their CPU coolers for the very first time. A project that’s been ongoing for over a year.The cooler is still in prototype form, but was on display at Computex 2013. It could actually be referred to as a cooling cube looking at the design, but is based on Noctua’s NH-D14 cooler using a twin-tower heatsink, which consists of two heatsink blocks and a fan mounted between them.The noise cancellation is achieved through a combination of mic and speakers. The mic listens to the sound created by the cooler, then the speakers output the same sound with a phase difference. In so doing, destructive interference is created and the level of noise is cut significantly.According to those able to listen to the prototype CPU cooler, there was actually no noise heard when the system was active. If you watch the demonstration video above you can clearly hear the difference the noise cancellation makes.Such a system is sure to be popular and no doubt expensive. Based on the design, it should be possible to develop versions that work with all motherboards and CPUs, meaning Noctua could certainly have a hit on its hands here.last_img read more

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Gattuso urges his team to qualify to the Europa League

first_imgThe Coppa Italia final game was a huge disappointment for the whole AC Milan squad and their fans but Gennaro Gattuso urged his team to remain focused and fight for the Europa League place.There are just two matches to go in Serie A and the Rossoneri have been fighting for the last Europa League spots – and their coach believes that they can at least a bit save the ongoing season by qualifying there.The Italian coach spoke about his side’s last games of the season as he said, according to acmilan.com:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“The TIM Cup Final was a huge disappointment, especially for the many fans who supported us. On my side, I tried to stay calm because we still have two more Finals to play in Serie A. I told my players to put the defeat behind and focus on this. We are AC Milan and we have the duty to classify to Europa League.”“We are the team that has played the most in Italy: 57 games in 52 weeks. If we finish in 7th place we will have to be back here around 11th June, with six preliminaries matches to play. This way, the Serie A just starts and you are already tired. Qualifying directly is very important but I definitely prefer to play the Europa League rather than staying at home.”last_img read more

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Firefighters douse blaze at abandoned house in Battle Ground

first_imgFirefighters quickly doused a fire that consumed an abandoned house in Battle Ground Friday morning. Crews from Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to the house, located on the corner of North Parkway Avenue and Northeast Sixth Street, at 5:15 a.m. Arriving firefighters found 30-foot-high flames coming out of the windows and roof. “It was pretty impressive,” said Tim Dawdy, the agency’s spokesman. Firefighters first used water to doused the flames from outside the structure before entering. “We had to check to see if any transients or children were inside,” Dawdy said. No one was inside the structure and the fire was suppressed within 30 minutes.Dawdy said that fires at abandoned houses can be especially dangerous from a firefighter’s perspective. Because they often have open windows and doors, allowing oxygen in to feed the fire. Unmaintained houses can also present dangerous situations for firefighters entering the structure, such as unsafe floor boards, Dawdy said. Though the official cause of the fire will be determined by the Clark County Fire Marshal, Dawdy said that the circumstances point to a fire being set as a likely scenario. “It’s always suspicious when there’s no electrical power going to house,” Dawdy said. “The chance of it being human-caused is much greater in an abandoned building.”last_img read more

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Trump official says Interior aims to move pretty quickly on Arctic Refuge

first_imgInterior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt speaks at an industry breakfast in Anchorage on March 8. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)A top Interior Department official today said the Trump Administration is working to speed along the process leading to oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Listen nowInterior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt and Assistant Secretary Joe Balash spoke at an industry gathering in Anchorage this morning after spending several days in North Slope communities.Bernhardt said in the next few weeks the Interior Department will kick off the regulatory process required before it can hold an oil lease sale in the refuge.“We expect to move pretty quickly on that project,” Bernhardt said.Congress is requiring that two lease sales be held in the refuge’s 1002 area within the next seven years. But when he was asked exactly when the first lease sale will happen, Bernhardt didn’t directly answer. The Deputy Secretary instead noted he issued a memo saying that environmental impact statements must be completed in a year.“If you were looking for a time frame, Joe [Balash] might tell me that that’s a little ambitious. But…we’re starting this process very, very soon, and I take my memos very, very seriously,” Bernhardt said.Environmental groups, which have long opposed oil development in the refuge, reacted with alarm.“The Trump administration is in a headlong rush to sell off America’s public lands for development, and cannot possibly  complete important processes or fully consider the concerns of local communities in their attempt to drill at the earliest possible date,” Nicole Whittington-Evans of the Wilderness Society said in a statement.Earlier this week, Senator Dan Sullivan reportedly said he wants the first oil lease sale in the refuge to take place next year — one year before President Donald Trump must seek re-election.last_img read more

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Protest staged over death of newborn in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: The death of a newborn baby at Government Maternity Hospital here has led to protest by the relatives of baby’s parents and various peoples’ organisations on Monday.The relatives alleged that a girlchild was born at 6 am to D Rajesh and Rekha of Ramachandrapuram mandal. But the hospital staff has informed the grandmother of that baby that she was dead and handed over the body. They were alleging that the baby has some suspected injuries on her forehand, forehead and neck. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), AIDWA and CPM took part in the protest and demanded to clear the doubts in the suspected death of a newborn. After four hours of dharna, the hospital authorities have assured them of a thorough enquiry and stringent action against the staff responsible for negligence. AIDWA district secretary P Sai Lakshmi, DYFI district secretary Jayachandra, Sandeep, Jaffer and others along with relatives of Rajesh took part in the dharna.last_img read more

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Why isnt Samantha Akkineni getting enough film offers after marriage with Naga

first_imgSamantha Akkineni in Oh! BabyTwitterActress Samantha Akkineni has revealed that she is not getting enough film offers as she used to get before her marriage with longtime boyfriend Naga Chaitanya.Samantha Akkineni is awaiting the release of her upcoming film Oh! Baby, which is set to hit the screens July 5. It is a female-centric movie and she is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to make it a big hit solo film of her career. She started its publicity more than a month before its release. As part of its promotion, she interacted with her fans live on Twitter on Sunday.Bollywood film critic Rajeev Masand moderated the Twitter chat session of Samantha Akkineni. While talking to him, the actress made a shocking revelation about her career. “I am not getting as many films as I did before marriage. But I don’t think it’s because I am married, but I think filmmakers are confused about what to do with me now,” Samantha told the critic jokingly.It is true that any actress would face this situation after her marriage, as she will have inhibition in doing a glamorous role and romantic scenes. But Samantha has two more reasons for getting fewer offers. Firstly, she is the daughter-in-law of one of the few esteemed families of Tollywood. The filmmakers and heroes will have a second thought about getting her to do romantic roles.Secondly, Samantha Akkineni is also carefully choosing the films, keeping the prestige of the Akkineni family. After wrapping the projects that she committed before her wedding, the actress is said to be preferring women-oriented movies and U-Turn and Oh! Baby are her attempts in that direction. Thirdly, she also needs to start her family, which may not allow her to take more projects that she did before wedding.What is appreciable about the Akkineni family is that it is not forcing her to quit her acting career. Instead, it is supporting her to get good scripts, directors and producers to keep her career. Suresh Babu, who is a family member, is jointly producing Oh! Baby with Sunitha Tati under the banners Suresh Productions and Guru Films.The owner of Suresh Productions tweeted on Sunday, “#OhBaby is a very special film and i really wish every women out there comes to the theatres to watch it. Its so much more than a comedy film. Its a film you can watch it with your entire family – @Samanthaprabhu2.”Watch me LIVE w/ @samanthaprabhu2 abt her new film Oh Baby & her terrific performances in Super Deluxe, Majili and more https://t.co/iRmJhbBBrk— Rajeev Masand (@RajeevMasand) June 16, 2019last_img read more