first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has asked his countrymen not to live in a “fool’s paradise” as he highlighted that it will not be easy for Islamabad to get the support of the UN Security Council as well as from the Muslim world against India’s decision to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Addressing the media in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Monday, Qureshi asked Pakistanis to “wage a new struggle” to get the support of the UNSC members. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “You (people) should not in live fool’s paradise. Nobody will be standing there (in the UNSC) with garlands in hands…Nobody will be there waiting for you,” he said. After India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, Pakistan announced that it will approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to “accept the reality”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Without naming any Muslim country, Qureshi also said the “guardians of Ummah (Islamic community)” might also not back Pakistan on the Kashmir issue due to their economic interest. “Different people in the world have their own interests. India is a market of (over) billion people…A lot of people have invested there (India). We often talks about Ummah and Islam but the guardians of Ummah have also made investments there (India) and they have their own interests,” he said. Qureshi’s statement came two days after Russia becomes the first UNSC member to back India’s move on Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the changes in the status are within the framework of the Indian Constitution. “We proceed from fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said in a response to questions on Friday last. The US has also maintained a neutral stand on the issue, saying that there is no change in its policy on Kashmir as it called on India and Pakistan to maintain restraint and hold direct dialogue to resolve their differences. China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan, has objected to the formation of Ladakh as Union Territory by India. However, at the same time, Beijing has told Qureshi that it regarded both India and Pakistan as “friendly neighbours” and wants them to resolve the Kashmir issue through UN resolutions and the Simla agreement. Qureshi had air-dashed to Beijing on Friday last week to seek Islamabad’s support on Kashmir.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A group with roots in the oil and gas industry is encouraging women to talk about politics this fall, even if they hold widely different views.The non-profit organization, called Canada Powered by Women, registered as a third-party advertiser with Elections Canada last month,and has received $32,500 in contributions from several Calgary-based people and businesses so far. That includes $25,000 from Susan Riddell Rose, the CEO of Perpetual Energy Inc., a natural-gas company.Lucy Miller, a former head of the United Way of Calgary, said the idea for the group began when some women got together over the summer and started talking about the Oct. 21 election.“They came together because they were concerned about what’s been happening in the country over the last four years,” said Miller, the spokeswoman for the group, who noted the carbon tax brought in by the Liberal government Justin Trudeau was one of the shared concerns.“We had our own personal things that we were looking at, but then we started to say, ‘I wonder how the rest of Canada is feeling? What are other women thinking?’ ” she said. “Maybe this conversation should be bigger.”The organization is launching its campaign in Calgary next week, encouraging women to take part in an online conversation by following the hashtag #canadapoweredbywomen, promoted by a similarly named Instagram profile.That account, which had about 2,100 followers as of Tuesday evening, has already begun posting things like tips for how to consume political news, a question asking women to share what their ideal lives would look like in four years, and images of both Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer with their families on the first day of school.The group will also be releasing a report it commissioned from Leger Research, which suggests women are lagging behind men when it comes to how confident they feel talking about important issues in social settings, or trusting their own judgment when it comes to casting their votes.Miller, who sits on the board of directors at Tourmaline Oil Corp., made it clear that the environment — and the ways in which she disagrees with how the Liberal government has been handling the file — is an issue that is important to those who started the group.She said she does not think it was a good idea to ban oil-tanker traffic on the northern B.C. coast, wants to see Trudeau do more to push the construction of pipelines and would like to see Canadian oil and gas promoted as a comparatively clean source of energy around the world.Canadian voters are thinking about climate change and the environment more than ever before, according to most public opinion polls, with scientific findings and personal experiences with extreme weather-related events bringing the issue to the fore.Still, Elections Canada warned some environmental advocacy groups this summer that any paid communications about the truth of climate change could be considered a partisan issue once the election is called, because Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, is promoting a platform that denies climate change is caused by human activity.The Canada Elections Act restricts third-party advertising during campaigns, affecting any ads about issues that any political party brings up once the election is called.The rules do not prevent third parties from talking about the issues, but if they spend more than $500 on an ad then they have to register as a third-party advertiser trying to influence how people vote.Miller said the women behind the registered third-party group did not create it to push their own agenda.“Everybody has their own issues, and we want them to share their issues, so we don’t want it to be all about us,” she said.“Mostly, we want women to be involved,” she said. “We want them to feel they have a safe platform to discuss things that are important to them, without being judged.”—Follow @smithjoanna on TwitterJoanna Smith, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Sean McCann, an award-winning actor known for his role on the Canadian TV series Night Heat, died on Thursday. He was 83.A prolific character actor, McCann performed in hundreds of productions, ranging from a Canadian politician in The King Chronicle (1988) to an animated bear in TV series Little Bear (1995-2003). Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img Advertisement He was also known for his roles in films such as Tommy Boy (1995), Chicago (2002), Naked Lunch (1991) and Miracle (2004). McCann played supporting roles in films with big names such as Meryl Streep in … First Do No Harm (1997) and Nick Nolte in Affliction (1997). Login/Register With: Sean McCann, shown in 2002, was known to Canadian television audiences for his role in Night Heat. DAVID COOPER / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTOlast_img read more

18 November 2009The three-day United Nations summit on world food security wrapped up in Rome today with its host lamenting that it produced neither measurable targets nor specific deadlines for ending a scourge that afflicts more than 1 billion people around the planet. On its first day, the summit unanimously adopted a declaration renewing a commitment to eradicate hunger sustainably and at the earliest date. Yet during the three days of talks 51,000 more children are estimated to have died of hunger – one every five seconds, 6 million a year – even though, in the words of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world has more than enough food for all.UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General and summit host Jacques Diouf said the meeting, which agreed to work to reverse the decline in domestic and international funding for agriculture, promote new investment, and proactively face the challenges of climate change to food security, marked “an important step towards the achievement of our common objective – a world free from hunger.” But, he declared, “to my regret the official declaration adopted by the Summit this past Monday contains neither measurable targets nor specific deadlines which would have made it easier to monitor implementation.” FAO had proposed setting a target of 2025 for total eradication of hunger from the face of the earth and increasing official development assistance (ODA) to agriculture to $44 billion per year for investment in developing-country agriculture and rural infrastructure.At the same time, however, the summit produced four important commitments, Mr. Diouf said. These were: renewed efforts to achieve the first Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by 2015; improved international coordination through broadened participation by the public and private sector; international funding for agriculture in developing countries; and new investments in agricultural production there.“I am convinced that together we can eradicate hunger from our planet,” he added. “But we must move from words to actions. Let us do it for a more prosperous, more just, more equitable and more peaceful world. But above all, let us do it quickly because the poor and the hungry cannot wait.” Sixty heads of State and government and 191 ministers from 182 countries and the European Community attended the gathering, including Pope Benedict XVI who called for the rules governing international trade to be separated from “the logic of profit viewed as an end in itself.”Opening the summit, Mr. Ban laid out a series of necessary steps, ranging from immediate needs such as food aid, safety nets and social protection to longer-term goals achieved through increased investments in agricultural development, including provision of seeds, water supplies and land to ensure higher productivity, better market access, and fairer trade, above all for smallholder farmers, especially women. read more

“NCDs are the world’s leading avoidable killers, but the world is not doing enough to prevent and control them,” said Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay and co-chair of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs.“We have to ask ourselves if we want to condemn future generations from dying too young, and living lives of ill health and lost opportunity. The answer clearly is ‘no.’ But there is so much we can do to safeguard and care for people, from protecting everyone from tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, and unhealthy foods and sugary drinks, to giving people the health services they need to stop NCDs in their tracks,” he added.The NCD Commission is also co-chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka; President Sauli Niinistö of Finland; Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation; and Sania Nishtar, former Federal Minister of Pakistan.Each year, seven in 10 deaths globally are from NCDs, mostly from tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.More than 15 million people between 30 and 70 years old die annually from NCDs. Low- and lower-middle income countries are increasingly affected – with half of premature deaths from NCDs occurring in those countries.“For the first time in history, more people are dying of noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, than infectious diseases. This loss of human life spares no one –rich or poor, young or old – and it imposes heavy economic costs on nations,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Commission member.Many lives can be saved from NCDs through early diagnosis and improved access to quality and affordable treatment, as well as a whole-of-government approach to reduce the main risk factors.“The more public support we can build for government policies that are proven to save lives – as this Commission will work to do – the more progress we’ll be able to make around the world,” Mr. Bloomberg added.The Commission was established by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and runs until October 2019. It will contribute actionable recommendations to the Third UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCDs scheduled for later this year.“Everybody deserves the right to a healthy life,” Mr. Tedros stressed. “We can beat the drivers of the NCD epidemic, which are among the world’s main obstacles to health.”Dr. Nishtar argued that while there have been improvements in some countries and regions, the overall rate of progress has been unacceptably slow, “resulting in too many people suffering and dying needlessly from NCDs, and leaving families, communities and governments to bear the human and economic costs.”“This year, governments will be held to account on progress they have made in protecting their citizens from NCDs,” she underscored. read more

The Faculty of Graduate Studies recently recognized members of the Brock community for mentorship and leadership within the University’s 49 graduate programs.Julia Polyck-O’Neill, a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities, was selected from six nominees to receive the 2016 Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award while Professors Dirk De Clercq, the Goodman School of Business, and Wendy Ward, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, were chosen from 11 nominees to receive the 2016 Graduate Mentorship Awards.The presentation of the awards was held on April 7 as part of the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.Prior to announcing the winners, Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, congratulated each award nominee.“To each of you who have been nominated, I can’t emphasize enough that you possess exceptional qualities and contribute to graduate studies in ways that make the graduate experience fulfilling for everyone involved, and for this, I thank you,” said Plyley to more than 70 people gathered at the 4th Floor Mezzanine of Plaza Building.The awards were a special opportunity for the FGS to pay tribute to Marilyn Rose, the former FGS Dean who passed away last year. The presentation followed a Bench Dedication ceremony, on the pathway between MacKenzie Chown and Cairns Complex, to honour Rose for her contributions, her vision and her collegiality during more than 35 years at Brock. Members of the Rose family attended both events.“We remember Marilyn with so much fondness and respect. She was a selfless leader in so many ways. She brought forward a vision that continues to shape the development of Graduate Studies, and in so doing, made Brock a better place,” said Plyley.“This year’s list of nominees includes members of faculty, staff, and students — a group that reflects the graduate studies community at work. It is clear proof that a graduate studies culture — something Marilyn believed strongly about — is alive at Brock.”Testimonials about the award recipients are posted on the awards website.Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership AwardEstablished in 2014, the award recognizes individuals for their vision and leadership on behalf of graduate studies at Brock in areas such as academic programming, research and scholarship, student services and student experience initiatives.2016 recipient:Julia Polyck-O’Neill has been dedicated to student leadership throughout her three years as a doctoral student. She has been an advocate for graduate students through her service on a long list of University committees. As well, she has been a strong ambassador for the University through many external activities. Letters of support emphasized Julia’s role in shaping “the policy, culture and research of graduate students at Brock University. Having someone to advocate for and represent graduate students is absolutely essential for the graduate student body at Brock.”Other Leadership nominees were:Professor Leah Bradshaw, Political ScienceProfessor David Butz, GeographyProfessor Nota Klentrou, Applied Health SciencesBev Minor, Graduate Studies Co-ordinator, Applied Health SciencesKyle Sutter, Master’s Student, Master’s of Education Graduate Program2016 Graduate Mentorship AwardsEstablished in 2011, the awards honour and recognize the essential role of faculty supervisors in the mentorship of graduate students in two categories. Nominations are submitted by graduate students.2016 recipients:Category of supervision of Master’s students only: Professor Dirk De Clercq, Goodman School of Business. In letters of support, graduate students praise De Clercq as a keen and supportive educator. As a mentor who sets a very high performance standard, De Clercq “always makes sure that his students receive proper guidance and support in order to meet those performance standards.”Category of master’s and doctoral students: Professor Wendy Ward, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. In letters of support, graduate students praise Ward for striking the right balance as a mentor “between academic freedom and independence, while always being available for guidance, reflection and support. Seamlessly, she adjusts this balance as I, and other graduate students grow and mature as researchers …”Other Mentorship nominees were:Professor Athena Colman, PhilosophyProfessor David Ditor, Applied Health SciencesProfessor Allison Glazebrook, ClassicsProfessor Timothy Heinmiller, Political ScienceProfessor Renee Lafferty-Salhany, HistoryProfessor Coral Mitchell, Graduate and Undergraduate EducationProfessor Frances Owen, Child and Youth and Applied Disability StudiesProfessor Mary-Beth Raddon, Social Justice and Equity StudiesProfessor Kendra Thomson, Applied Disability Studies read more

LeBron James had to dispute reports that he and Cleveland Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving got into an argument after a recent loss, as if them yelling at each other it meant something sinister. This is significant because when Tom Brady yells at a New England Patriot lineman or receiver, it’s lauded as being the act of a “true leader and competitor.”Why the different depictions?In a word, race.James is Black. Brady is white.And therein lies the issue. The white media considers Black athletes’ movements or actions as aggressive or over the top, but white athletes acting in a similar fashion are almost always classified as “fiery” or “wanting to win.”Newspapers and television booths have hardly been racially integrated, so we continually hear these racially imbalanced comments that speak to cultural biases.Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys’ sensational receiver, challenges his teammates on the sidelines, and it’s called a “tirade” and he’s labeled as “out of control” by white analysts. Why can’t he be “fiery” and “a leader?”Bryant wants to win just as much as Brady or Peyton Manning or any white player who gets in a teammate’s face during the emotion of a game or to vehemently express a point. But his passion is perceived as “selfish” and “wild” or any other connotation that does not represent something positive.When Tiger Woods (yeah, he’s Black) slams his golf club or curses in frustration at his play, he’s called “unsportsmanlike.” Name a white golfer who does the same thing—and there are many—and there hardly is a mention of the act itself, and never a reprimand.This double standard is rooted in race, intentional or not.There is also the commentary about the white athlete having “less talent” but making up for it because he’s “cerebral.” Really? And yet the Black athlete is successful because of “God-given talent?”Robert Griffin III fights his way back into the game after a knee injury and he’s “silly” for risking his career. Tony Romo comes back into the game moments after suffering an injury to his surgically repaired back, and he’s considered “tough” and “valiant.”These contrasts can go on for some time, but you get the point.James denies he and Irving had a confrontation, partly because he says it is not true and partly because he does not want to be looked at in the wrong way, which could be inevitable by someone whose lense is foggy.Watch and listen to the commentary at college and NFL games this weekend. Notice the difference in how athletes are depicted, classified, described. The differences on the comments will be distinguishable along racial lines. Soon, you’ll be able to close your eyes and tell the race of the athlete just by listening to the words they use.This, sadly, remains an issue in 2014, something addressed yearly by organizations like the National Association of Black Journalists. That’s one reason NABJ has merit; to provide perspective in newsrooms that shape Black people’s images by championing the cause for fair hiring practices.And yet, despite some serious gains in the 1990s, Black sportswriters/commentators able to provide balanced commentary—or, more importantly, refute the biased views—hardly exist relative to the purported societal gains of today.So often, when we watch sporting events hoping to escape the madness of our lives, this kind of racial insensitivity serves as a rude interruption, a harsh shove back into the real world. It’s sad that we’re used to it. read more

first_imgA PROPERTY FIRM specialising in Irish-owned overseas sales has announced the creation of 25 new jobs over the next two years.Extra Sales says it has seen year-on-year growth and doubled profits since 2010.Six vacancies are to be filled immediately and range from administration to sales management roles across a variety of countries, including China, Bulgaria, Turkey, Spain and Russia.The company is also expanding operations into the UK.Read: The 10 developed countries with the worst quality of lifeRead: Government launches €175m seed and venture capital schemeRead: Unemployment down to 13.7 per cent as 20,500 find worklast_img read more

first_img ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Raxacoricofallapatorians Stay on target You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. These Earth-obsessed brutes give cephalopods a bad name.The Doctor snogged a Zygon once (via BBC)ZYGONFirst appearance: “Terror of the Zygons” (1975)—season 12, episode 1Home planet: ZygorDoctors: Fourth, Tenth, Eleventh, TwelfthCompanions: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Clara OswaldThe Zygons are a peaceful race. Their shape-changing ability should not be considered a weapon. It’s a survival mechanism. They embed themselves in other cultures, and live out their lives in their new bodies in peace and harmony. Mainly.There are always a few rotten apples—those members of society that rebel, take on the form of their enemies, and try to rule the world.Big, red, and rubbery, the Zygons—led by warlord Broton—first tried to conquer Earth in 1975, following the destruction of their homeworld. Foiled by the Fourth Doctor and UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), the sucker-covered creatures were not seen again for nearly 40 years.We have been betrayed. We were sold. Our rights were violated. We demand the right to be ourselves. Normalize! Normalize! (via BBC)Perhaps as a gift to actor and Zygon enthusiast David Tennant, the villainous species returned in 2013 for the show’s 50th anniversary episode, in hopes of infiltrating the Tower of London’s secret UNIT vault.Their attempt, of course, was thwarted by the Tenth, Eleventh, and interposing War Doctors, who successfully negotiate a truce between humans and Zygons: The latter are allowed to re-home on Earth, if they disguise themselves as people and remain incognito.Which is fine for the older generations, happy to live out their days in mortal skins. But a rebel faction of youngsters, resentful of their forced modus vivendi, radicalize, once again entering a stalemate at the Tower of London.Humans and Zygons poised to destroy each other, once and for all, the Twelfth Doctor’s impassioned plea convinces alien leader Bonnie to back down.The Twelfth Doctor, a Zygon, and Petronella Osgood (via Miguel Delicado)There’s no telling whether this amphibious humanoid race will return in the future. (After all, no one knows whether the twin Osgoods are human or Zygon—or which remains following Missy’s merciless murdering of the fan-favorite character.)Not as repressed as dream crabs or the Torajii Sun, yet not as ubiquitous as Vashta Nerada and Sontarans, Zygons occupy that space in your brain where you don’t normally look—maybe even don’t want to. Just out of reach.And maybe that’s exactly where they should stay.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Twitter Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Videos Articles Cesarocenter_img Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Ronda Rousey Spooked By Bat During Raw’s Opening Segment Now Playing Up Next WWE will be holding the “largest talent tryout” done yet in China this coming July. The event will take place from July 15 to July 18.WWE issued the following press release:SHANGHAI, China and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE today announced that it will return to China in search of the next generation of Superstars by holding a talent tryout in Shanghai, its largest tryout in China to date. The four-day tryout, from Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18, will give up to 50 male and female athletes from China the opportunity to showcase their abilities, with the goal of being selected to begin training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.“We are excited to return to Shanghai following the huge success of the first tryout in 2016,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “I have a personal message to every athlete and performer in China who has a dream of becoming a WWE Superstar: I am coming to Shanghai to help you make that happen. This is real, this is your chance. Step up and take this opportunity to change your life forever.”Beginning today, the official WWE recruitment website at is available in Mandarin. Tailored to athletes who are interested in pursuing a career in sports-entertainment, the website features information about the WWE recruitment process, and provides a detailed look at what day-to-day life is like for NXT Superstars and members of the WWE Performance Center roster.The online hub includes step-by-step instructions on how to apply for the tryout, as well as access to the official application form; an overview of the many resources available to WWE Performance Center recruits, from professional development and life-skills services, to in-ring training and on-site medical care; photos of the entire Performance Center roster, including current NXT Superstars and champions; biographies of the WWE PC’s industry-leading coaching staff; testimonials from Monday Night Raw and SmackDown LIVE Superstars; and videos from past tryouts, including those held at the Performance Center and internationally.Applications to participate in the tryout can also be submitted via the PP Sports website at first WWE talent tryout in Shanghai, held in June 2016, resulted in seven participants signing developmental contracts and moving to Orlando, Fla., to train fulltime at the WWE Performance Center. Today, Boa, Mars and Rocky train at the Performance Center with Xia Li, who appears regularly in NXT live events and NXT programming on WWE Network, available in China via PP Sports.The tryout in Shanghai is the latest example of WWE’s global talent recruiting efforts. In recent years, WWE has scouted rugby and soccer players from Europe, kabaddi and kushti athletes from India, and martial artists and boxers from China. WWE has held similar tryouts in London, Dubai, Tokyo, Jeddah, Cologne, Santiago and Mumbai.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionslast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho has spoken about the aura of Anfield on European nights and remains optimistic the fans can roar them into the next round of the Champions League against Napoli.Fabinho went on to reveal compatriot Phillipe Coutinho told him about the atmosphere. However, he is experiencing it first-hand since joining the club from AS Monaco in the summer.“I knew about Anfield on European nights, but it wasn’t a very detailed knowledge, just the kind of things you pick up from the TV about stories and games you’ve watched,” the Brazil international told“I remember once with the national team, Philippe Coutinho was talking about the exceptional Liverpool fans. But now that I’m living it week in and week out, the atmosphere in the stadium, the reaction of the fans to every victory – you can see how fanatical the supporters are and how much they love their team. They really make a difference.“At the start of the season when I wasn’t playing as much and I was on the bench, especially in the first game, I was looking around the stadium all the time at the way the fans were reacting and I was really impressed by it all.”The atmosphere in the stadium, the reaction of the fans to every victory – you can see how fanatical the supporters are and how much they love their team.” 🔴@_fabinhotavares thought he knew, but he didn’t really. Anfield’s reputation precedes it…— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 11, 2018Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“The first Champions League night against PSG was amazing. The fans put on a show at every home game and it gives us an extra push when we play at Anfield.”And, while making his respect for Carlo Ancelotti’s side clear, Fabinho believes his team will advance – thanks in no small part to those supporters who will be roaring them on.“It’ll be a very difficult game. Napoli showed their quality over in Italy when they beat us, but it’s in our hands,” said the midfielder.“We’ll be playing at Anfield, which will be an extra boost for us. As always, we’re going to try to impose ourselves, as we do against whoever we’re up against.“And driven on by our fans, we’re going to give our everything to win this game.”last_img read more

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first_img.The government has decided to implement the four-lane project on the Jessore-Benapole highway without chopping down the century-old trees along the road.”We’ve taken the decision honouring the environmentalists’ advice and public opinion. We’ll go to India to see the Benapole Road in a week, pending the approval of the prime minister,” said secretary to the Road Transport and Highways Division (RTHD) Nazrul Islam.The RTHD is to modify the current project accordingly after it surveys the Indian model of Benapole Road in two weeks, according to the environment and forests ministry.For the time being, a Tk 270 million project will be implemented to repair the road. The RTHD said tenders for the project had already been invited.Following the tour, the Development Project Proposal will be modified and forwarded to the planning commission and it would be assessed if the four-lane upgradation is possible saving the trees.At the beginning of this month, the Jessore district administration took a decision to chop down 2,312 trees along the Jessore-Benapole highway to make it a four-lane road, which drew criticims from the environmentalists and the common people alike.On 18 January, the High Court issued an order to halt the decision to chop down the trees for six months.The trees lining the highway include babla, khoyer, korai, akashmani, mango, jackfruit and shimul trees, as well as 745 ancient rain-trees.Way back in 1931, district collector Johnson took the initiative to design a 24 feet wide Jessore-Benapole highway. The highway has been upgraded since then several times, but not expanded.The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has allocated Tk 3.29 billion for the project.According to RTHD, this 24-feet wide road will be widened to 40.35 feet starting from the Daratana of Jessore while the whole project is scheduled to be completed by 31 December 2019. *The report is rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersBangladesh needs to provide “strong and unassailable evidence” backed up by documents to make its case as a high-profile delegation of the UN Security Council is set to visit Rohingya camp on Sunday, says an international analyst.”Of course, the refugees are incontrovertible proof of persecution and ethnic cleansing, but thus far it hasn’t been enough,” Ali Riaz, a distinguished professor of Political Science, Illinois State University, USA told UNB.He said the UN should understand it has a stake, too.”Thus far, it has failed [to deal with] Rohingya refugees. It’ is unconscionable and it cannot be continued any longer.”Professor Riaz said, “Hopefully the cycle of inaction will be broken.”Bangladesh is stressing the need for keeping up pressure on Myanmar from different levels for resolving the Rohingya crisis, an official said, adding that the government remained engaged globally.Asked about the importance of UNSC team’s visit, he said the importance of the UNSC visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar cannot be overstated.He said the visit should have taken place a long time ago but Myanmar’s refusal had precluded it.”It has stakes for Bangladesh and the UNSC. The stakes are higher for Bangladesh as it will be on Bangladesh to sway the members of the UNSC to act,” professor Riaz explained.Myanmar, on the other hand, according to professor Riaz, will be happy with the status quo.The analyst said since the crisis began Bangladesh’s diplomatic efforts have been largely reactive, and it did not do very well in shaping the course of the actions of the international community either.”Bangladesh has to provide strong and unassailable evidence backed up by documents to make its case,” he said.Whether it will succeed or conversely more pressure will be exerted on Myanmar depends on Bangladesh’s strong diplomatic efforts as a follow-up to the UNSC trip, professor Riaz said.”I’m afraid that Myanmar may use this as a public relation ploy and try to push the issue off the agenda of international community,” he said.Professor Riaz observed that reactive posture of Bangladesh and the bilateral agreement with Myanmar have not produced any tangible results.He said the appointment of a Special Envoy on Myanmar by the UN Secretary General is a positive development and indicates the willingness of the UN to continue its efforts.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday announced the appointment of Christine Schraner Burgener of Switzerland as his new special envoy on Myanmar.Burgener brings over 25 years of experience in diplomacy having served in various high-level government positions in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.Bangladesh currently has a Rohingya population, which is far more than Bhutan’s entire population. Bhutan has around 800,000 people whereas Bangladesh had to give shelter to some 1.2 million Rohingyas.Meanwhile, according to expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam, at least 200,000 Rohingyas went aboard with Bangladeshi passports and they are earning there and sending money to Myanmar.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation agreement on 23 November 2017. On 16 January, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’ which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.The ‘Physical Arrangement’ stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start of repatriation.The high-profile delegation of the UN Security Council arrived in Cox’s Bazar district on Saturday afternoon to see the brutalities that the Rohingyas faced in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and steps taken by the government of Bangladesh.UNSC president for April Gustavo Meza-Cuadra is leading the delegation, says an official.They will stay at Royal Tulip Hotel on Inani beach, Cox’s Bazar and will visit Kutupalong Rohingya camp in the district on Sunday to see first-hand the impacts of the Rohingya crisis.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam and acting foreign secretary retired rear admiral Khurshed Alam are now in Cox’s Bazar to accompany the UNSC team.The delegation members will leave hotel for Kutupalong Rohingya camp at 8:20am Sunday and at first they will go to no man’s land along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.They will talk to Rohingyas in various blocks in Kutupalong camp and brief media at 12:45pm at the camp on Sunday.The UNSC team is scheduled to leave Cox’s Bazar for Dhaka at 3:30pm on Sunday.They are scheduled to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Gonobhaban at 9:30am on Monday and will leave Dhaka at 10:30am for Naypyidaw and go to Rakhine the next day.The UN Security Council is composed of 15 members with five permanent members — China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States — and 10 non-permanent members.The UNSC visit was originally scheduled for 27-28 April.Earlier, Bangladesh urged the UN Security Council to visit Myanmar and Bangladesh to witness the humanitarian situation of the Rohingyas amid continuous influx of the refugees.Over 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh, and the influx, though reduced in recent weeks, continues despite Myanmar’s assurances of stopping violence in Rakhine.On 6 April, Hasina invited UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to visit Bangladesh to see for himself the plight of Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh amid persecution in Myanmar.During the telephone conversation, she also sought UN cooperation in implementing the agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the Rohingya repatriation.last_img

first_imgIt’s time for Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast, and his weekly sit down with RJ Bell from to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his NFL Week 9 Blazin’ 5 picks.Colin went 4-1 last week to get him to a scorching 25-15 on the season, and this week he’s taking the Rams and Falcons as road favorites; the Chiefs as road dogs in Dallas; and the Saints and Titans laying points at home.Here are Colin’s Week 9 Blazin’ 5 plays. So, what do the wiseguys say?Rams (-3.5) at GiantsRavens at Titans (-3.5) Bucs at Saints (-7)Falcons (-1 ½) at PanthersChiefs (+2) at CowboysThe Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season. Download and subscribe to it exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!last_img read more

first_imgOn the 5th of October, the Amazon team announced the general availability of ‘The AWS Service Operator’. This is an open source project in an alpha state which allows users to manage their AWS resources directly from Kubernetes using the standard Kubernetes CLI, kubectl. What is an Operator? Kubernetes is built on top of a ‘controller pattern’. This allows applications and tools to listen to a central state manager (etcd), and take action when something happens. The controller pattern allows users to create decoupled experiences without having to worry about how other components are integrated. An operator is a purpose-built application that manages a specific type of component using this same pattern. You can check the entire list of operators at Awesome Operators. All about the AWS Service Operator Generally, users that need to integrate Amazon DynamoDB with an application running in Kubernetes or deploy an S3 Bucket for their application to use, would need to use tools such as AWS CloudFormation or Hashicorp Terraform. They then have to create a way to deploy those resources. This requires the user to behave as an operator to manage and maintain the entire service lifecycle. Users can now skip all of the above steps and deploy Kubernetes’ built-in control loop. This stores a desired state within the API server for both the Kubernetes components and the AWS services needed. The AWS Service Operator models the AWS Services as Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs) in Kubernetes and applies those definitions to a user’s cluster. A developer can model their entire application architecture from the container to ingress to AWS services, backing it from a single YAML manifest. This will reduce the time it takes to create new applications, and assist in keeping applications in the desired state. The AWS Service Operator exposes a way to manage DynamoDB Tables, S3 Buckets, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) Repositories, SNS Topics, SQS Queues, and SNS Subscriptions, with many more integrations coming soon. Looks like users are pretty excited about this update! Source: Hacker News You can learn more about this announcement on the AWS Service Operator project on GitHub. Head over to the official blog to explore how to use AWS Service Operator to create a DynamoDB table and deploy an application that uses the table after it has been created. Read Next Limited Availability of DigitalOcean Kubernetes announced! Google Cloud hands over Kubernetes project operations to CNCF, grants $9M in GCP credits Kubernetes 1.12 released with general availability of Kubelet TLS Bootstrap, support for Azure VMSSlast_img read more

first_img Travelweek Group MIAMI — Cruise lines have pulled off the impossible, adjusting the itineraries of dozens of cruises with one day’s notice in the wake of restrictive new U.S. policies for travel to Cuba.Major cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, NCL and MSC were all impacted by the Trump administration’s June 4 announcement placing further restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba, including calls by U.S. cruise lines, effective June 5.The cruise lines have dropped calls in Cuba from their itineraries and are rerouting ships to other destinations.The changes affect nearly 800,000 passenger bookings currently scheduled or already underway, says CLIA.Here’s a look at the latest updates from the cruise lines…CARNIVALAffected itineraries for Carnival include 14 sailings on Carnival Paradise between now and Dec. 7, 13 sailings on Carnival Sensation now through Dec. 16 and one sailing each on Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Victory.Carnival says it is notifying passengers about their new itineraries and their options, in the order of sailing date proximity. Mailings for sailings through the end of December 2019 are now in progress and include the following options:• Remain on the sailing and receive a US$100, per person, onboard credit• Move to another itinerary and receive a US$50, per person, onboard credit• Cancel and receive a full refundCarnival passengers booked to travel on a 2020 sailing that included Havana can remain on the sailing, move to another itinerary (no onboard credit will be offered in either case), or cancel and receive a full refund. Mailings with itinerary details are being sent in the next 2-3 days.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureTwo more Carnival Corp. cruise lines, Holland America and Seabourn, are also affected by the new rules. Both lines have posted notices advising passengers that they’re working to confirm new special pricing and replacement ports of call, with finalized details coming on or before June 15.ROYAL CARIBBEANRoyal Caribbean has secured alternative ports for all 2019 sailings on both Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas. The cruise line is now in the process of communicating the new itineraries to passengers and agents. Guests have the option of remaining on their sailing with the new itinerary and receiving a 50% refund or they may cancel their cruise and receive a full refund.For 2020 sailings on both Majesty and Empress of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is working to secure alternative itineraries and says it expects to be able to communicate to passengers and agents within the next week.RCCL has adjusted its earnings outlook for the year. “While the affected sailings impact only 3% of our 2019 capacity, the extremely short notice period for this high yielding destination amplifies the earnings impact,” said Jason T. Liberty, RCCL’s Executive VP and CFO.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterNCLNCL’s most recent update, posted June 5, says the cruise line has “ceased all calls to the country and are modifying previously scheduled sailings as appropriate.” NCL adds: “We thank our guests and travel partners for their patience as we navigate this unexpected, last-minute change, and we will of course continue to share information with them as soon as additional details become available.”MSCMSC Armonia was scheduled to call at Havana as part of its current Caribbean sailings. MSC says the alternative ports of either Key West, FL; Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; or Cozumel will replace Havana. The remainder of MSC Armonia’s itinerary will remain as originally planned.MSC Armonia passengers and their travel agents have been informed of the change, with passengers offered the following options:. US$400 per stateroom as onboard credit. If this credit is not fully used during the cruise, MSC Cruises will refund the difference upon check out from the ship. Any shore excursions in Havana that were pre-purchased before the cruise, or which are included in the ticket, will be automatically refunded to the guest’s onboard account.. If passengers with to change their ship and itinerary, MSC Cruises will waive cancellation fees and transfer already paid funds to the new booking. Posted by Thursday, June 6, 2019 Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Cuba, MSC Cruises, NCL, Royal Caribbean Internationalcenter_img Share Itinerary changes for RCI, Carnival, NCL in wake of new Cuba policy << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgTHREE beaches in Ayia Napa and Protaras have been included in the 25 best beaches of Europe by Trip Advisor.Fig Tree beach in Protaras, was also ranked number 13 among the best 25 beaches in the world. It is also the fourth best beach in Europe, according to 2018 travellers’ choice.The other two beaches are Konnos Bay and Makronissos both in Ayia Napa which rank 12th and 18th respectively among Europe’s best 25.The head of the Famagusta Tourism Board, Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos, said that these distinctions were the result of good management of beaches in recent years “and the changes we have implemented such as management itself and upgrading of services and infrastructures”.Karousos said that the beach rankings were improving year after year.  He added that the rankings of Trip Advisor website were very important as the site has more than 200million visits per month.“We ought to invest in these awards, promote them, so that it is projected to the entire world that there is a destination with the three best beaches in Europe and one among the best in the world,” he said.For more information: May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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