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Indian GP: A date with the speed demons

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Alberto Salazar Used Athletes as ‘Guinea Pigs’: USADA Chief

first_imgBerlin: Top track coach Alberto Salazar, banned for four years following a doping probe, used athletes as “guinea pigs”, the US Anti-Doping Agency’s chief Travis Tygart told German broadcaster ZDF on Wednesday.The World Athletics Championships, currently taking place in Doha, has been rocked by the scandal and Salazar has been stripped of his accreditation for the event. Salazar has denied ever doping his athletes and says he will appeal.Tygart told ZDF that athletes in Salazar’s Nike-backed Oregon Project (NOP) training group were kept in the dark about the substances they were given, including whether they were illegal.Tygart said the methods used by Salazar and doctors working with NOP were “simply unacceptable”.”The athletes really had no idea what they were being given, the dosages, whether the methods were prohibited or not. They were simply sent to a doctor and told, ‘you’ve got to listen to the doctor’.”Tygart said he hoped Nike, which has long sponsored Salazar, would review their cooperation with the coach.”I hope Nike sees this as a wake-up call,” Tygart said,Nike has backed Salazar in his decision to appeal the ban, adding: “Nike does not condone the use of banned substances in any manner.”Two members of the Oregon Project have won gold medals at the world championships in Doha, including American Donavan Brazier, who powered to victory in Tuesday’s 800 metres final in a championship record time.However, none of the athletes taking part at the world championships linked to Salazar’s group have been found guilty of doping offences, and none were implicated in USADA’s 134-page summary of the case.Alongside Salazar, Jeffrey Brown, a Texas endocrinologist who treated athletes at the Oregon training hub in Portland, was also suspended for four years. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Alberto SalazarDopingIAAF World Athletics Championships First Published: October 2, 2019, 11:56 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Serie A: Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala Score Late to Keep Juventus Top

first_img AtalantBraceGonzalo HiguainJuventus First Published: November 23, 2019, 10:40 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Milan: Gonzalo Higuain grabbed a second-half brace with Paulo Dybala adding a late third as Juventus rescued a 3-1 comeback win over Atalanta in the final quarter of an hour to stay top of Serie A on Saturday.Robin Gosens had nodded Atalanta ahead after 56 minutes as the Bergamo side chased their first Serie A win over Juventus since February 2001. Higuain hit back with two goals in an eight-minute spell while Dybala marked his 200th Serie A appearance with the final goal two minutes into injury time.Maurizio Sarri’s side open up a four-point lead on second-placed Inter Milan, who travel to Torino later on Saturday, as Atalanta drop to sixth place after their fourth league game without a win.Cristiano Ronaldo missed the trip to Bergamo despite his four-goal spree for Portugal because of a slight knee problem ahead of Juventus’s Champions League game against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.In the absence of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Argentine strike duo Dybala and Higuain ensured the eight-time reigning champions maintained their unbeaten run this season despite several controversial refereeing decisions.Higuain had pulled Juventus level after 74 minutes with a ball that took a deflection off Rafael Toloi to beat Pierluigi Gollini in the Atalanta goal.The Argentine completed his double when he picked up a cross from Juan Cuadrado on 82 where the Colombian put his hand on the ball during a sliding tackle at the start of the action.Then Dybala broke through the Atalanta defense to finish off for his fourth Serie A goal this season.Atalanta had their chances with Musa Barrow missing an early penalty.The 21-year-old Gambian rattled the crossbar after 17 minutes following a penalty awarded for a Sami Khedira handball.Inter will be looking to make it a perfect seven league games on the road this season as they travel to Torino.Serie A runners-up Napoli, in seventh, desperately need a result at 14th-placed AC Milan, who are themselves floundering. last_img read more

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Yeh Un Dino Ki Baat Hai: Sameer turns Majnu post breakup

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Belgium uses Bollywood, beer and more to attract Indian visitors

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 6 (PTI) Using Bollywood, beer and the charms of its cities Brussels and Bruges, Belgium has upped the number of its tourists from India but wants the graph to rise higher by advancing cooperation in the field of tourism as well as education. What we want to do is to make Belgium better known among Indians. As Indians are travelling more and more, they are visiting many European countries,” said Francois Delhaye, Belgium’s ambassador to India. The country’s capital Brussels may not be as well as known as it deserves to be, Delhaye told PTI. The two countries should concentrate on student exchange besides tourism. In the education sector, we have a growing number of Indians now in Brussels but we want to have more Indian students especially in sciences because Indian students are so good, Delhaye said. According to an estimate, Indian students are enrolled in 18 major universities in Belgium. About 400-600 students register in the KU Leuven each academic year, making them the second largest student community from a non-European community after China in the university in the town of Leuven. Delhaye added that there is already a large Indian presence in Brussels with more than 80 companies there. Belgium is the home to international beer. We recently launched an Indian beer which was brought from Belgium but for the taste of Indians… after a few years it will be probably brewed here in India, he said. Brussels, home of the European Parliament, has long been a pit stop for many tourists from the Indian subcontinent travelling to Netherlands, Germany or France, added Anousjka Schmidt, foreign markets manager, Visit Brussels, the communication agency for tourism in the Brussels-Capital Region.advertisement However, the city’s many amusement parks, museums, including the one dedicated to the Herges’ boy detective Tintin, and delights like Belgian waffles are drawing more people from India for longer stays, she said. She noted that much has changed in the past few years with Belgium opening its doors to Bollywood, handing out easy licenses for film-shooting. A portion of Aamir Khan starrer “PK”, which released in 2014, was shot in the picturesque canal city of Bruges. According to statistics portal Statista, the number of outbound trips from India to Europe in 2017 was 27,14,000. In 2017, over 53,000 Indians travelled to Brussels for at least one night’s stay, a 25 per cent jump from 2016, said Schmidt. Brussels is growing to become an important go-to destination in all European itineraries. From January to July this year, Indian arrival to Brussels grew by over 14 per cent in comparison with the same period last year. While a significant rise of over 21 per cent in the number of nights spend in Brussels by Indians has been observed, Schmidt said. She said Brussels is promoting 20 different theme, including sports, heritage and gastronomy, in India. We noted that for India, beer is a very important segment, chocolates too, and Belgian waffles, everything that is related to family activities… and shopping is a very important element. We are trying to focus on these important factors and build itineraries accordingly, she said. Schmidt noted that Brussels had a rough period after the terrorist attacks in 2016. However, tourists from India didn’t stop from going to Brussels. “Our first mission is to convince people who click a couple of pictures to stay at least one night in Brussels. We want to increase the numbers for sure but it is difficult to say whether we want them to double in the years to come. “From 2016 to 2017, we have seen up to 25 per cent increase, which is an important number. And we want to keep going, she said. PTI SAR MINMINlast_img read more

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Honor View 20 with hole-punch display now on sale in India: Should you buy it?

first_imgHonor’s newest flagship smartphone, the Honor View 20 (Review), is now available for purchase in India. The company announced the View 20 in the country at an event on Tuesday, revealing that the flagship will be available starting Wednesday on Amazon India and Honor’s online store. The View 20 will also be available via Reliance Digital stores offline in February. The Honor View 20’s price in India starts at Rs 37,999 and goes up to Rs 45,999.The View 20 is an ambitious new flagship from the company and offers a major redesign over its predecessor, the Honor View 10. Notably, this is the company’s first phone with a punch hole display that sees a tiny cutout on the top left corner of the screen to house a selfie camera. The View 20 also happens to be the first smartphone in the world with a 48MP camera. Backed by an attractive chevron design, a flagship Kirin 980 chipset and a strong battery life, the View 20 offers plenty of features and is a worthy challenger to the OnePlus 6T.Honor View 20 specificationsThe View 20 offers a fresh new design for the company that involves a bezel-less display on the front with a hole in the display and thin bezels all around. The 3D curved glass panel on the back comes in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black and Phantom Blue colours and offers a V-shaped pattern. The View 20 also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.The Honor View 20 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2310 pixels) TFT LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The selfie camera hole measures 4.5mm in diameter which is pretty small and promises to be non-intrusive. The View 20 is powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM. It is also offered with up to 256GB of internal storage.advertisement Another highlight of the View 20 is that it is the world’s first smartphone to offer a 48MP Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor to offer superior clarity and detail. Honor’s camera also uses pixel binning to stitch four 0.8 micron pixels to offer a large 1.6 micron pixels when using the 12MP mode. There is also a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board to obtain depth information. On the front, the View 20 gets a 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture housed in the cutout.The View 20 packs a 4,000mAh battery with Huawei’s 40W Super Charge fast charging support. The View 20 ships with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top.Should you buy the Honor View 20?We reviewed the Honor View 20 recently and called it Honor’s best flagship phone to date. The phone ticks all the right boxes by offers a stunning FHD+ display with a display hole that is easy to ignore. The View 20 also offers a blazing fast performance with the Kirin 980 chipset, and 48MP camera offers detailed and clear shots. In addition to this, the View 20 also offers a great battery life.The chevron back design may not appeal to everyone as it can be a bit too loud, The new Magic UI 2.0 is still quite similar to EMUI, which means you can expect some bloatware and heavy customisation options. If these are non-issues for you, then the View 20 is probably the one to go for under Rs 40,000 is you are looking for a OnePlus 6T alternative.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 review: The flagship Honor is a hole lot of funALSO READ | Honor View 20 brings a punch-hole display, 48MP camera at Rs 37,999: Specs, India launch detailslast_img read more

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Chris Gayle named West Indies vice-captain for 2019 World Cup

first_imgChris Gayle has been named as the vice captain of West Indies for the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.Gayle, a former captain who last led West Indies in ODIs in June 2010, will be the deputy for Jason Holder in what is set to be his final ODI tournament.”It is always an honour to represent the West Indies in any format and this World Cup for me is special. As a senior player it is my responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team,” Gayle said.”This will probably be the biggest World Cup, so there will be great expectations and I know we will do very well for the people of the West Indies,” he added.A veteran of 289 ODIs, Gayle is not a part of the West Indies team currently playing tri-nation series in Ireland.Meanwhile, Shai Hope, who made a career-best 170 and added a record opening stand of 365 with John Campbell in the opening game against Ireland on Sunday, has been named as the vice captain for the ongoing series.”It’s a tremendous honour to be appointed vice captain for this series here in Ireland. Ahead of this tournament I was asked to take on this role and I was happy to accept. Anything I’m asked to do for West Indies cricket I’m always happy and willing to put my hand up, so this is great,” Hope said.West Indies will open their World Cup campaign against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on May 31.advertisementlast_img read more

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Trudeau apologizes to Tsilhqotin for hanging of chiefs in 1864 Chilcotin War

first_imgOTTAWA – For generations of Tsilhqot’in youth, the first story they learn is of the historic betrayal by the British colonial government that led to the hanging of six of the nation’s leaders, says Chief Joe Alphonse.Now, more than 150 years after the so-called Chilcotin War, that historic wrong has at last been made right, Alphonse said Monday after the federal government apologized in a “statement of exoneration” for the Tsilhqot’in war chiefs who were wrongfully convicted and killed for defending their homeland, their people and their way of life.“Reconciliation starts here. Ground zero. Tsilhqot’in. This is where it starts,” Alphonse said, describing the apology as “a giant step.”“Canada has a chance and opportunity to be a role model to all countries with Indigenous people. That’s what this is about, a new way of doing things, a better way of doings things, that includes all of us.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered the apology as he read his statement Monday in the House of Commons, where the current leaders of the Tsilhqot’in Nation — fresh from their traditional territory in British Columbia’s central interior region — were gathered on the floor of the parliamentary chamber.“We recognize that these six chiefs were leaders of a nation, that they acted in accordance with their laws and traditions and that they are well regarded as heroes of their people,” Trudeau said.“They acted as leaders of a proud and independent nation facing the threat of another nation.”The incident stems from a deadly confrontation with a white road-building crew that had entered Tsilhqot’in territory without permission in 1864.After the workers were killed, five chiefs attended what they were led to believe would be peace talks at the invitation of government representatives. Instead, they were arrested, tried and hanged, and a sixth chief was executed the following year in New Westminster.“As settlers came to the land in the rush for gold, no consideration was given to the rights of the Tsilhqot’in people who were there first,” Trudeau said. “No consent was sought.”At various points while the speech was read, MPs broke into applause, prompting the Tsilhqot’in chiefs to hold up eagle feathers in salute.The Tsilhqot’in have long disputed the government’s authority to execute the six chiefs as criminals, describing the confrontation as an altercation between warring nations.Trudeau said that while apologies cannot alone make right the wrongs of the past, they are an important part of reconciliation and renewing Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people.He said he looks forward to visiting Tsilhqot’in territory in the summer at the invitation of the nation’s leadership to deliver a statement of exoneration directly to the Tsilhqot’in people.Tsilhqot’in leadership entered the House of Commons on Monday wearing black vests, which, following Trudeau’s apology, they flipped inside out to reveal red fabric decorated with a stylized black horse.Chief Russell Myers Ross later said the gesture was meant to symbolize change and the “dawn of a new era,” and that Monday’s statement cleared the path forward for further reconciliation.“If we’re to move forward with the federal government, we need to tell this right and start with the truth,” he said. “It’s an emotional day for many of us.”In the Opposition’s response, MP Cathy McLeod, the Conservative critic for Indigenous affairs, said the six Tsilhqot’in war chiefs did what anyone would have done in the same situation — defended their land, their families and their way of life.“Moments such as this cannot change behaviour from another era,” McLeod told the Commons. “We can however recognize a clear lasting and profound impact that past actions have had and scars that have not been healed.”Guy Caron offered the New Democrats’ support, calling the apology long overdue and recommending the creation of a national Indigenous Peoples day as a statutory holiday.“Thank you for your patience with our young country as we strive to do better,” he said.The B.C. government apologized for the executions in 1993 and installed a commemorative plaque at the site of the hangings.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

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Greek Cypriot Turkish Cypriot leaders meet in presence of UN envoy

“The leaders reiterated their commitment to negotiate on the basis of the Secretary-General’s revised proposal of 10 December 2002, with a view to completing an agreement by the end of February so that informed decisions can be taken by the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots in separate referenda on 30 March 2003,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.The leaders have agreed to meet again, together with their advisers, on Friday, according to Mr. Eckhard. A programme for intensive negotiations in the coming weeks would be agreed at that time.The work of the so-called technical committees will continue in parallel, he added. read more

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Europes leaders at UN Assembly focus on Ukraine crisis ISIL militants

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly.“Everyone in the Netherlands knew someone in that plane, directly or indirectly, and we will feel the pain for years to come,” he said, stressing that the events of the past few months reminded all of how closely interwoven events at home and abroad can be. “And how important a stable world order is to our national interests. We saw again that when it comes to addressing the major problems facing the global community, there is simply no alternative to working together and taking a multilateral approach.”Continuing, Mr. Rutte said the events of this summer have made the Netherlands even more resolute about promoting the international legal order and about working to this end with everyone in the General Assembly, in the knowledge that peace, justice and development are closely interconnected.He said that 2015 is an important year for the global development agenda. The international community will be reviewing the Millennium Development Goals and raising the bar once again. In July the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals laid a solid foundation for the future that reflects the Netherlands’ priorities. The most important goal is to eradicate extreme poverty within a generation in a way that doesn’t harm economic growth, social equality or the environment. We must link short-term goals with long-term goals.Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg condemned Russia’s “violations of international law and its continuing destabilization” of eastern Ukraine. Andris Berzinš, President of the Republic of Latvia, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak“We call upon Russia to return to respect its international commitments and uphold international law,” he added. “It has grabbed a part of a sovereign European country using previously unseen tactics of warfare and immense propaganda against its neighbor. It enabled the tragic shooting down of a civilian airplane. “It has shown that agreements and commitments do not matter, and it wantonly ignores and manipulates international opinion. These actions can only be qualified as a threat to global peace and security.” The limited ability of the UN Security Council to address the urgent situations in Ukraine and Syria in a timely manner underlines the need to move forward with reform of the 15-member body, he added, calling for its enlargement and voicing support for France’s bid to limit the use of veto by the five permanent members, seen as preventing UN action in both cases.Also taking the floor, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, said that on 17 July, in a summer already marked by alarming reports from Syria, Iraq and Gaza, his country was confronted with stark international reality: “The 298 passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 would be alive today if not for the Crimea conflict and the destabilization of eastern Ukraine. 196 of the victims were Dutch nationals. This tragedy has had an enormous impact on our country.” “We are gathered here not to deplore the unpardonable, but to nurture hope, to realize the indispensable – to act together,” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy told the UN General Assembly on the second day of its 69th annual General Debate. “We must overcome fear by fighting danger, by restoring justice, by striving for peace, so that next year, when our society of nations meets again in New York, we can say: ‘The spell of that dreadful summer of 2014 has been broken; step by step we are making progress, patiently but relentlessly we reconquer a place for hope’,” he said. Turning to the issue that is geographically of closest concern to Europe – Ukraine – Mr. Rompuy said the “abrupt and illegal annexation of Crimea” triggered the gravest threat to the European security order in decades, undermining Europe’s trust in Russia. . “It matters beyond the European continent,” he declared. “It is about rejecting the use of force, about defending the rule of law that upholds our society of nations,” he declared. “When you tamper with borders, you tamper with peace. The European Union stands firm in its solidarity with Ukraine; it is the Ukrainian people’s right to decide their own political destiny.” He stressed the need for all parties to respect the current ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists and for Ukraine to move ahead with economic, political and constitutional reforms. “With Russia, our biggest neighbour, we are ready to engage and re-establish a basis of trust, of promises kept,” he added. On the Middle East, Mr. Rompuy called for “urgent collective action” to stop foreign fighters from joining ISIL, as stipulated in a UN Security Council resolution adopted yesterday. “What we have seen this summer has nothing to do with Islam: it is the return of barbaric ghosts from a long forgotten past,” he declared. “Horrendous deeds rejecting that we are one humankind, denying the very basic values of civilization,” he declared.Also speaking today, Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, said the situation in Libya is now a matter of concern, and the risk of it spiralling into violence should not be underestimated, as that could threaten the entire North African region. Italy was committed to working with the UN Secretary-General to address the situation. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia PakIn the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the international community could not remain idle. The fanatics had killed many, with children shot against the wall and young women raped in warehouses. “Genocide is under way,” he warned, and only a united international effort could defeat it. That was why Italy supported the call by United States President Barack Obama for a broader coalition.Mr. Renzi said Italy contributed troops to UN activities in Lebanon and Afghanistan and supported a two-State solution in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and added the rights of Palestinians must be respected and Israel’s right to exist must not be questioned. The situation in Ukraine jeopardized the process of European integration, and Italy supported the rights of people there and the nation’s territorial integrity, which had been violated. He urged the parties to seize the opportunity provided by the Minsk ceasefire.On the Ebola outbreak, which has humanitarian and social impacts, he said his country is doing its part to support the response. On other maters, he said the Security Council should become more effective, but creation of more Council seats could compromise its effectiveness. Finally, he warned, there would be no peace, no freedom and no respect without a huge investment in education.Latvian President Andris Bÿrzinÿ said Russia’s aggression in Ukraine “has defied the basic principles of the United Nations, uprooting the very foundation of the international system,” and he called on Moscow to immediately withdraw its armed forces from Ukrainian territory and stop sending weapons and mercenaries to the terrorist groups. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly.“Any settlement of the conflict must uphold international law and respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” she said, deploring the failure of the Security Council, which is mandated to maintain peace, to effectively address the situation in both Ukraine and Syria. “We all know why. Some of the big powers still believe in outdated ideas of zero-sum games and spheres of influence.” read more

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Fridays Daily Brief solidarity with Japan call for DR Congo support familyfriendly

The “deliberate targeting of educational facilities” during armed conflict is “a war crime”, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Friday after a bomb detonated near the entrance to Kabul University, in the country’s capital.The University “was [the] intentional focus of attack”, UNAMA tweeted, saying that blast killed at least “eight civilians” and wounded 33 others.For our full coverage, click here. Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 19 July on SoundCloud: UN chief António Guterres said on Friday he was “deeply saddened” at the death of at least 33 people inside a popular Japanese animation studio, in the city of Kyoto, following an arson attack that constitutes one of the worst mass-killings in the nation’s history. Japanese police have now identified the man suspected of carrying out the attack on Thursday morning, who reportedly entered the Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) building, carrying cans of flammable liquid, which he poured across different areas of the film and graphic novel media business, before setting it alight. Our full report here. Don’t panic, support DRC in fight against deadly Ebola virus, UN health agency urges UN stands in solidarity with Japan following deadly arson attack at leading animation studio in Kyoto And finally, more than half of Venezuelan families who have left their country amid economic and political turmoil face what the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, calls “specific risks” while they are on the move.After speaking to nearly 8,000 people this year in Latin American countries and the Caribbean, the agency says that more than six in 10 were unemployed or working informally, while four in 10 faced problems finding accommodation.More than three in 10 also said they had no permit to stay in the country where they are sheltering, while UNCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell noted that the region’s asylum application system remains “overwhelmed”.According to UNHCR, well over 3.3 million Venezuelans now live outside the country.‘Indiscriminate blasts’ in civilian areas ‘must stop’, UN mission in Afghanistan stresses Ebola virus is just one challenge among many facing communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, reiterating an appeal for the international community to show support and solidarity for its people.Speaking in Geneva, spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris noted that measles has already killed more people this year than the Ebola outbreak, which began last AugustAccording to WHO, more than 2,000 people have died from measles in 2019, while the Ebola outbreak in Ituri and Nord Kivu provinces in the country’s north-east has claimed 1,705 lives.Read our full coverage here. Listen to or download the full interview with WHO’s Dr. Margaret Harris, on SoundCloud According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), both land and sea surface temperatures were the highest yet recorded last month – 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.95 degrees Celsius above the global average, making last June the hottest on record. These unprecedented temperatures  – which surpassed previous highs in June 2016 – happened across central and eastern Europe, northern Russia, Asia, Africa, South America, the north Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Using global data, WMO also says that nine of the 10 warmest Junes have occurred since 2010. The impacts of these high temperatures include wildfires in the Arctic Circle and unprecedented shrinking sea ice, the UN agency says, while also pointing out that the northern-most permanent settlement on Earth – which is called Alert, in  Canada—reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 21 degrees Celsius) for the first time in recorded history this week.One in two Venezuelan families on the move face ‘drastic’ choices to survive Because the “earliest years” of life are the most crucial, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a list of new family-friendly policy recommendations on Friday that will likely reap “huge” benefits.“There is no other time more critical to children’s lives than their earliest years”, said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, “which is why we need a transformative shift in how businesses and governments invest in policies and practices that not only support healthy brain development, but also strengthen the bond between parents and their children – and reap huge economic and social benefits in return.”Read the full story here. Hottest June on record – it’s official UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits read more

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Michael Hartfield jumps his way into Ohio State track and field lore

After 77 years, Jesse Owens, the former Ohio State track star and the man who thumbed his nose at Adolf Hitler and the idea of “Aryan Dominance” at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals, has been supplanted in OSU outdoor long jumping lore. Redshirt senior Michael Hartfield set the new OSU record on March 29 at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, with a personal-best jump of 8.15 meters (26-9.00), edging Owens’ mark of 8.13 meters (26-8.25) set in 1936. “That accomplishment was the biggest one I’ve done,” Hartfield said. “To break a legend’s record, he’s one of the greatest athletes of all time … and it’s been really awesome to put it all together my senior year and break that record which has been my goal since I got here.” Hartfield has been one of the most decorated athletes in OSU track history, garnering three second team All-American honors in the long jump, five All-Big Ten selections for the long and triple jumps and earning the titles of 2011 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and the 2011 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. On Wednesday, Hartfield was also named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, his second time earning the honor this season and the fourth time in his career. His performance at the Jim Click Shootout Saturday, where he earned first-place with a mark of 8.10 meters (26-7.00) in the long jump and first-place in the triple jump with a 15.84 meters (51-11.75) mark, garnered him the honor. But even with all of the accolades and breaking Owens’ record, Hartfield said he isn’t done just yet. “I’m going to keep pushing for another record, try and push a world record,” Hartfield said. “You never know, I just gotta keep working hard and keep pushing the limits and see where it takes you.” The current long jump world record is 8.95 meters, set by Mike Powell from the U.S. in 1991. His jumps coach, Brian Brillon, said when he first met Hartfield, he saw potential for him to break Owens’ record. “When I first met him and we first did some drills, Mike just had that ‘it’ factor,” Brillon said. “And you know when you see ‘it.’ Each year he’s been progressing, and he’s one of those guys determined to get better. He’s a blessing to coach.” Hartfield is already looking ahead to the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track Championships, which are set to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on May 10. He said he has a goal to win a conference title as a senior on the Buckeyes’ home track. “I want to help the team toward a Big Ten Championship, that’s still the goal,” Hartfield said. “Let’s try and get a championship … let’s just keep pushing to get better, that’s basically the team goal always.” Brillon said Hartfield’s work ethic doesn’t just inspire the team, but also his coaches. Brillon said Hartfield’s leadership might be his biggest asset. “I think (Mike’s) helped all of us get better,” Brillon said. “He’s helped me be a better coach, he’s helped the other athletes be better just having him on the team, and he brings an atmosphere of competitiveness and excellence.” Hartfield’s jumping career won’t end once he removes the Scarlet and Gray track suit. Hartfield said his personal goals stretch far beyond the confines of the aptly named Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “I plan to go on the pro circuit and to try and make the world team,” Hartfield said. “Everyone wants to be an Olympian, that’s the peak. I want to make the Olympic team and say I’m an Olympian.” Hartfield and OSU’s next home meet is the Jesse Owens Track Classic, which is scheduled to begin April 19 at 4 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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NI First Minister Peter Robinson hails GAA for its role in peacebuilding

first_imgNORTHERN IRELAND FIRST Minister Peter Robinson said it would have been “unimaginable” a few years ago that he would have given a speech celebrating the role of the GAA in peace-building, but that’s what happened last night.Speaking at a Co-operation Ireland dinner in Queen’s University Belfast, Robinson said that “the GAA has taken significant decisions that have not only reflected the changing times we live in but more importantly have helped shape them.”He referenced the 2001 decision from the GAA to drop a ban on members of the security forces playing Gaelic games.  This, he said, took place at a time when “such initiatives from any quarter were rare” .He said that it is a testament to the progress that has been made that a First Minister from the unionist tradition would be paying tribute to the GAA. “Not so many years’ ago it would have been unimaginable that I would have been invited to speak at an event of this kind – or that I would have accepted,” he said.Robinson was joined in recognising the positive impact of the GAA by deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as well a host of GAA figures.(First Minister Peter Robinson (left) is welcomed by Tyrone manager Micky Harte. Pic: Paul Faith/PA Wire)“I am entirely convinced that a shared and united society in Northern Ireland is the only way forward for all of us. Our challenge must be to make what is often merely a sound-bite into a meaningful reality,” he said.A number of recent shootings in the north have highlighted lingering tensions among some sections of society and Robinson said as part of his speech that there must be no distinction in condemning such murders:An a la carte approach to the rule of law is not a basis for building the kind of peaceful democratic society that we all want to have. I make no distinction whatsoever between shootings by the UVF and shootings by dissident republicans and I have no reservation, mental or otherwise, in condemning all such activity.“Anyone who believes that there is a better alternative to the political process we are engaged in simply doesn’t understand reality, ” he said.Read: DUP MP says republican “fixed committee” existed to deal with sex abuse claims >Read: McLaughlin arrested on suspicion of murder of Barry McCrory >Read: Police return to Kevin Kearney crime scene with actor resembling the victim >last_img read more

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Gerry Adams There were some TDs intoxicated on night of promissory note

first_imgSINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has claimed he knows of at least two TDs who were intoxicated on the night the Dáil debated the liquidation of the former Anglo Irish Bank as part of the promissory note deal.Adams told TheJournal.ie this week that there were members of other parties in the Dáil chamber who were drunk and said that he wasn’t being flippant when he raised the issue on the night and asked that the Leinster House members’ bar be closed.“There were, in the chamber on the night, members of other parties who were intoxicated and other people know that as well,” he said while stressing that “the vast majority of TDs probably don’t take a sup at all”.“I imagine they are here to do their work. But I do think it’s an anomaly that you have a bar, you actually have two bars, in a work place,” he said.The late-night sitting of the Dáil last month to pass legislation that would liquidate Irish Bank Resolution Corporation went on into the early hours of the morning as the government sought a deal to abolish the promissory note repayments.Gerry Adams on alcohol and the IBRC liquidation debate:On the night – dubbed #promnight on Twitter – TDs argued over when to start debate on the bill, which led to Adams asking the Ceann Comhairle: “Could I honourably suggest that if you want some order from the government TDs then perhaps you should close the Dáil bar.“That may be a useful way to get some order here.”The issue of TDs being in the members’ bar during the course of Dáil business was raised again by Adams during the debate on the Finance Bill last week when he asked that “the bar be closed or that breathalyser tests be introduced for Teachtaí entering the chamber.” “I’m not against having a drink, don’t get me wrong. I am not a killjoy in terms of having a jar, I enjoy a jar,” Adams told TheJournal.ie adding that there was a “culture in here” referring to the Dáil.“This is a big bubble that we have in here,” he said.“The vast majority of people in here are good people who took up public office and who joined political parties to bring about change. But it’s quite an archaic system and quite dysfunctional system.”Adams added that he had been in the Leinster House members’ bar “maybe once or twice” but said he didn’t think he had a drink on those occasions.TheJournal.ie will have more from a wide-ranging interview with Gerry Adams over the course of the weekendVideo: TDs argue over when to start debating the IBRC liquidation billLeader Interviews: Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martinlast_img read more

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€71 million Lotto jackpot winner makes contact with National Lottery

first_img John and Paula Ormsby also sold a Daily Million winner. Share306 Tweet Email2 Short URL Feb 22nd 2018, 10:48 PM 53,374 Views Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 10:48 PM http://jrnl.ie/3867233 16 Comments center_img €7.1 million Lotto jackpot winner makes contact with National Lottery It’s the biggest Lotto prize ever won online. Image: Mac Innes photography By Rónán Duffy John and Paula Ormsby also sold a Daily Million winner. Image: Mac Innes photography THE WINNER OF last night’s bumper €7.1 million jackpot has contacted the National Lottery.The winner bought their ticket online and it’s been confirmed as the biggest ever win by an online player. The precise winnings were €7,179,959.The National Lottery says that an online player has only ever won the jackpot on five occasions, the previous record was €5.5 million back in 2010Given that the winning ticket was bought online there is no location for where the winner hails from.Separately, another millionaire was made last night when someone won the Lotto’s Daily Million draw.That winner came from Dublin with the winning ticket purchased in Ormsby’s newsagents on the North Circular Road.Shop owners, John and Paula Ormsby said there’s been excitement among customers after news of the win came out.“Our shop opened 30 years ago and we have been selling Lotto tickets from the start,” they said.“Our customers are very much locals. There is lots of speculation as to who the winner might be but we hope it is one of our regulars.”Read: Someone has won tonight’s €7.1 million Lotto jackpot >Read: Winner of €4.4 million Lotto jackpot finally collects cheque from National Lottery > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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From making bread to feeding birds these are your comments on the

first_imgFrom making bread to feeding birds – these are your comments on the weather “I have bread to make breadballs for the kids to throw in the morning.” By Cliodhna Russell Share22 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Cliodhna Russell 24,745 Views Others were critical about how the situation was being handled. Honeybee said:Frustrating that information is not flowing from a live desk set up by the emergency weather group who have been meeting all week, the luas website is still saying services operating normally yet there is no service on parts of the green and red lines, buses are infrequent and only on national routes,we should not be trying to seek out information, it should be readily available,thought that was the whole idea of preplanning, seemingly not. Short URLcenter_img Source: Rolling NewsThere were A LOT of comments about bread – like this one from WJH.I have bread to make breadballs for the kids to throw in the morning. I will be using bread as shaving foam. Bread to light the fire. Bread to use as fabric conditioner. Bread to use as shower gel. Bread to wash my hair. Bread to connect to my WiFi. And I may eat some bread too. Bloody bread…Meanwhile, PearsantachtMór decided to get very practical with this informative comment:@Conor O’Neill: 250g whole meal flour, 200g plain flour, 1tsp salt, 1tsp baking soda, 1 egg and 350ml buttermilk. Honey/sugar optional.Chuck it in a bowl and mix and lob it on a tray, cut a cross on the top. About 45 mins and knock on the base when for a hollow sound when you think it’s done.We’ll end with this comment from Chris Kirk, who reminded us to take care of the birds.“It might seem trivial but don’t forget to feed the birds and keep their feeders full during this cold snap.” THE VOICES SECTION of TheJournal.ie usually gives a platform for personal stories to be told and expert opinions to be heard.Today we’ve decided to hand it over to our commenters who are sharing their experiences of Storm Emma.From treacherous driving conditions to a near national bread shortage – you have a lot to say about the Beast from the East and all the disruptions that came with it.Brian O’Loughlin saw the funny side to the coverage, coming in with this comment in yesterday’s liveblog:They could have at least warned us about this. Not a peep about this all week in the media.Others discussed their experiences of trying to get to work. Daniel O’Connell said: Source: cliodhnaGot up at 5am here in Navan, place covered and tried to drive to work, turned back, car sliding all over the place, I work in Wexford and ye can forget about driving over 2 hours in that. Called in. I done it before when Storm Ophelia hit as I work at the coastline and was sent back home. I ain’t chancing it again.Sarah Casey also described turning around when she realised she might not get home:Tried to make it to work this morning but ended up having to turn around as I might not get home again later. City centre roads in Dublin terrible and if the sludge freezes they will be treacherous. Worst thing though is that pedestrians continue just to cross in traffic. Cars just can’t stop like they normally can in these conditions. Saw some very near misses. EVERYONE needs to take it slow.There was a lengthy discussion about Red weather warning and when they should be used.Niall Ó Cofaigh made the point that the Red warning is important to inform vulnerable people:@Padraig: are you a farmer, or a long distance lorry driver, have you breathing issues or some other disability that could affect your mobility, are you trying to operate an airline, or get to school before 9am to open up. Are you waiting for a home carer to call to help you out of bed or are you young, healthy and well able to take care of yourself?A Red warning may not affect you but can affect others – the Red is a warning level that says take action now if you are affected. For some I know directly, their home care help may be unable to make it and family or neighbours may need to step in. For some I know directly they do not have to worry about missing that hospital appointment and being bumped back 6 months on a waiting list.We need to think of others and not just how this snow will affect us before assessing the necessity to have a Red warning level. 27 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3877288 Mar 1st 2018, 7:01 AM Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 7:00 AMlast_img read more

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Corfu wedding number 62

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling are just one of many couples in love, troubled with searching out the perfect place to get married. But the British couple took it to the extreme – by having a wedding ceremony in each country they visit. After three years of driving around the globe, exchanging vows in the most unusual and unique wedding locations they could find, they married in Corfu, for the 62nd time. Looking to embrace the culture and local traditions of each place they visit (and get married in), for their big fat Greek wedding Alex and Lisa chose 28 October – OXI Day. In order to make their dream come true, the couple sold their business and put their house up for sale. Three years down the line, they have exchanged their wedding vows 62 times, and with each of their weddings attracting media attention, they are fundraising for UNICEF through their UNICEF-Zankyou Wedding Registry. Just a few of their wedding destinations include Brazil, Bosnia, Hawaii, Tahiti, Portugal and … 57 other countries. Lisa and Alex, better known through their blog 2people1life.com, say they want to experience the difference in each ceremony and find out what makes the bringing of two people together such a worldwide tradition.last_img read more

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Sherwood baffled by Alderweirelds omission in Spurs derby defeat

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has questioned his successor Mauricio Pochettino’s decisions in light of their 4-2 derby defeat to ArsenalThe Argentine made the shock decision to start Juan Foyth instead of Toby Alderweireld on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.The 20-year-old Foyth notably lost possession of the ball within his own half in the build-up to Alexandre Lacazette’s goal – which handed Arsenal a 3-2 lead.Pochettino later defended Foyth and insisted that his fellow Argentine was one of the best players out there.But, for Sherwood, Alderweireld’s absence from the derby was a mistake and he also expects the Belgian to leave by next year.“Hindsight makes it easy to be a football manager when you look at decisions made,” Sherwood told Sky Sports’ The Debate.“I was surprised when I saw Alderweireld wasn’t in the starting line-up with Vertonghen.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I know that they’re looking to the future because Alderweireld almost certainly will not be at the football club next year.“The young Argentinian boy Foyth has come into the side, struggled a bit and made a few mistakes at Wolves.“He made a mistake in the derby at the beginning of last week against Chelsea when he should have given a penalty but he got away with that. Then he made a mistake at the weekend.“Now I understand Mauricio wants to see if he can play in the big games, give him the confidence and try to stick with him and there comes a time when you’re playing in that position, which is a very responsible position on the field, when you make a mistake you invariably get punished at the top level. He’s made too many and maybe the boy needs to come out.“It was a massive game, it’s a north London derby and arguably the best centre-half partnership in the country is Alderweireld and (Jan) Vertonghen.“But it’s easy sitting here after the event. Mauricio makes a lot of decisions for that football club and you have to say 99 per cent of them have been correct up to now.”last_img read more

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Neglected home a nuisance

first_imgAproperty north of Orchards was once a family’s happy home. But the garbage that now blankets and infests it — inside and out, piled 5 feet high in places — is jaw-dropping.Fifty or more plastic garbage bags filled with old clothes and other refuse are strewn around. Old tires, chunks of concrete, a shopping cart, pieces of wood, appliances, pop cans, rags, bottles, batteries, old toys, a broken glass door, shoes, a quilt and a sofa also are on display, leaving the place with the inventory — and appearance — of a typical garbage dump.A visit to the foreclosed property at 7600 N.E. 128th Ave. in the Sifton area adds another layer of disgust. Visible mold and a smell of damp decay would likely make any visitor hope that the air doesn’t carry a pathogen that would cause one to become sick.A walk up the driveway reveals a decrepit travel-trailer, complete with some boarded windows, parked in the front yard.“Stay out,” someone sprayed in blue paint on the trailer. “Watched by VPD (Vancouver Police Department).”After crossing the field of whatnot, a sagging, rotting, wooden front porch greets the rare visitor as an American flag flies over the trash-littered front lawn. A glance through a window reveals more garbage, a automotive transmission, boxes, a plastic gas can and a funeral program on the floor.There’s damage where firefighters tore through walls and the ceiling to expose electrical fixtures and wiring. In November, an accidental fireplace blaze spread to the roof and caused the roof around the stovepipe to sag. Someone later covered it with a green, plastic tarp to keep out the rain.last_img read more

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Congress will strengthen organisation to win municipal polls

first_imgHyderabad: The Congress party has decided to strengthen the organisation at all levels across the Telangana State to win forthcoming municipal elections. The decision was taken in the meeting of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Office Bearers, DCC Presidents and heads of Frontal Organisations held at Nagarjuna Sagar on Saturday. AICC Telangana Incharge R.C. Khuntia, TPCC President and Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, MPs Komatireddy Venkatreddy and A. Revanth Reddy, AICC Secretaries Bose Raju, Saleem Ahmed and Srinivasan Krisnana, ex-LoPs K. Jana Reddy and Mohammed Ali Shabbir, Working Presidents Ponnam Prabhakar and Kusum Kumar, MLAs Jagga Reddy, Sridhar Babu and Seethakka, MLC Jeevan Reddy and other senior leaders participated in the meeting. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Addressing the meeting, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the preparations for municipal polls should be taken up on war footing basis. He said formation of committees for newly created districts and Nagar Panchayats should be completed immediately. Committees should be formed for all municipalities. He said meetings would be held at at all DCCs on 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th of July to discuss and finalise the agenda for municipal polls. Further, the DCCs would organise meetings in every municipality every day from 5th to 10th July. He directed the DCC Presidents to conduct workers’ convention at various levels and focus on organisational building. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party would follow ‘Select and Elect’ policy to pick candidates for the municipal elections with local MPs and MLAs or contested candidates and DCC Presidents playing a crucial role. The TPCC chief also asked the DCC Presidents to apply with District Collectors for land for DCC offices. Commenting on the State Government’s decision to construct new Secretariat and Assembly buildings, Uttam Kumar Reddy described the move as waste of public money. He said that the Congress party would soon finalise the mode of agitation against it. He also condemned the harassment of Congress workers by police and warned of agitation if it continues. Advertise With Us The Congress party has also decided to come up with a status paper on Kaleshwaram project. He said that the Kaleshwaram project was not yet completed, but inaugurated only to mislead the people. Khuntia, in his speech, said that the Congress party would soon launch membership drive before the municipal polls. He said although the Congress membership drive was not being taken up in other States, it would be done in Telangana as TRS and BJP are doing it. Stating that the Congress party has emerged strong in the Lok Sabha elections, he expressed confidence that it would perform well in the forthcoming municipal elections. He said a State-level meeting of Congress leaders would be held at least once in a month from now on. The Congress leaders also passed a unanimous resolution requesting Rahul Gandhi to withdraw his resignation from the post of Congress president.last_img read more

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