Floods, landslips cause havoc in northeast

first_imgFlood and rain-induced landslips have claimed eight lives across the northeast in the past 36 hours. While five persons died in Meghalaya, two drowned in Mizoram’s Lunglei district and one in Assam’s Dhemaji district.At least 16 people, including two 10-year-old girls in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang, have died in floods across the northeast in less than a week. A person each is reported missing from East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya and West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh after being swept away by strong water currents.Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said the number of flood-affected people jumped overnight by 5.57 lakh to 14.07 lakh by Saturday afternoon. “These people are from 2,168 villages from across 25 of Assam’s 33 districts,” an official said.Western Assam’s Barpeta, with 5.22 lakh victims, continues to be the worst-affected district followed by Dhemaji with 1.38 lakh persons. Morigaon district is third on the list with 94,627 people forced to leave their homes.The district officials have opened 234 relief camps where 20,047 people have taken shelter.Kaziranga inundatedA bloating Brahmaputra has flowed into the Kaziranga National Park (KNP), inundating 95 of the 200 rhino anti-poaching camps. Such camps, all on stilts to escape average flooding, are used by forest guards to watch over the 430 sq. km UNESCO World Heritage Site.“We have imposed speed restrictions on the highway skirting the southern edge of KNP because animals of the park invariably move from the flooded park to the hills across the highway,” the park’s divisional forest officer Rohini Ballave Saikia said.A hog deer was, however, run over early on Saturday by a speeding vehicle.last_img read more

SPORT-ATP-MADRID 2LAST

first_imgNadal admitted Murray had been the better player on the Nadal admitted Murray had been the better player on the big points after missing out on 11 of 13 break points.”It was an open, competitive match which in the end was decided by a few points. The one that played the big points better won,” said Nadal.”He made the difference with his serve. I didnt play my best, but I also didnt play badly. I was at a middling level which wasnt enough to beat Murray.”Nadal had come from a set down to beat Murray in the semi-finals of Monte Carlo and was forced to try to do the same again as the Scot edged a tight first set.The world number two surrendered a 5-2 lead, but responded perfectly by breaking the Nadal serve to love with a searing forehand return winner to take the set 7-5.The second set was a tale of break points as Murray saved eight of the nine he faced and pounced on his two opportunities to leave the home crowd silenced.”When he had opportunities, I think I served pretty well in a lot of them, and also was trying to play sort of aggressive, offensive tennis at those moments.”I wasnt backing off at all. So I was very pleased with that. Obviously when you play the best players they are going to create chances.”You have to be able to respond when they do create the chances positively and I think I did that today.”advertisementNadal finally broke on his ninth break point of the set as Murray served for the match.However, the Spaniard couldnt back up the break as he dumped a smash into the net to bring up two more match points and then also found the net with a regulation forehand to hand Murray victory in just over two hours on court. AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

McCarthy Gets 1st, Yanks Beat Reds, 7-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Brandon McCarthy earned his first win for the Yankees with an impressive debut in pinstripes, and Brett Gardner drove in three runs from the leadoff spot to send New York past the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on July 19.Carlos Beltran homered, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run single and the Yankees ended Alfredo Simon’s six-game winning streak in the right-hander’s first outing since the All-Star game.New York won the first two in a three-game interleague series, leaving Cincinnati with five straight losses on the road.Acquired from Arizona in a July 6 trade, McCarthy (1-0) struck out nine and walked none over six innings in his second start for the Yankees and first at home. He threw 71 of 99 pitches for strikes, improving to 3-0 in his last four outings after winning only once in his initial 16 starts this season.The right-hander was 3-10 with a 4.80 ERA for the Diamondbacks before New York obtained him to upgrade a rotation depleted by injuries to four starters. His first outing for the Yankees was a no-decision July 9 at Cleveland.A converted reliever, the surprising Simon (12-4) is tied for the big league lead in wins — but he was betrayed Saturday by a Reds defense that entered with the highest fielding percentage and fewest errors in the majors.The right-hander allowed four runs — two earned — and five hits in five innings, the first time he failed to finish six innings since going 3 2-3 in a 6-3 loss at Dodger Stadium on May 27. He went 6-0 with a 2.47 ERA in his next eight starts.Chris Heisey homered for the Reds, struggling to mount much offense this weekend without injured boppers Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley and Matt Thornton finished for the Yankees, who struck out 13.Simon hung an 0-2 curve in the second to Beltran, who drove it to right for his 10th home run. Beltran has four hits and two RBIs in two games since being coming off the seven-day concussion disabled list Friday.Right fielder Jay Bruce dropped Brian Roberts’ leadoff fly for a two-base error in the third, and Gardner singled through a drawn-in infield to make it 2-0.Heisey homered in the fifth and Donald Lutz followed with a double, but McCarthy struck out Kristopher Negron before Roberts made a sliding stop and quick throw on Billy Hamilton’s inning-ending grounder to second.The bottom of the batting order got the Yankees started in their half of the fifth. Roberts and Johnson singled, and both advanced on Devin Mesoraco’s passed ball as Gardner missed a bunt attempt.Gardner hit a sacrifice fly, and Derek Jeter’s single made it 4-1. Jeter also singled in the All-Star game Tuesday night against Simon, who threw a scoreless third inning.New York loaded the bases in the sixth on singles by Brian McCann, Beltran and Roberts. Johnson grounded a two-run single just inside first base, and Gardner followed with another sacrifice fly.NOTES: Simon fell to 0-3 in seven games, including four starts, against the Yankees. … McCarthy entered 0-2 with a 14.73 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance against Cincinnati. … Before the game, Reds 3B Todd Frazier and President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty gave Jeter framed jerseys autographed by the club’s two captains, Dave Concepcion and Barry Larkin. Jeter also was presented with three photos taken June 3, 2003, the day he was named the 11th Yankees captain while the team was in Cincinnati. … Looking to avoid a three-game sweep, Cincinnati sends another All-Star to the mound Sunday when RHP Johnny Cueto (10-6, 2.13 ERA) faces Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.10). … New York improved to 19-12 in day games, while the Reds dropped to 22-14.MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Urban Fox and William Haggas throw Aidan O’Brien off Curragh scent

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Thank you for your feedback. Hide The result, a fifth British win from the past seven runnings of the Pretty Polly, will have been especially well received somewhere on Ibiza, where Urban Fox’s regular work rider, Kayleigh Tynan, is spending her hen weekend. “She’s done a fantastic job on her and really got her settled,” Haggas said. “She was really happy with her.”This was a significant moment for the jockey Danny Tudhope, who has now bagged top-class races in Britain, France and Ireland, and seems more and more in favour at the Haggas yard. “I came up besides Ryan early on and she was tanking with me,” he said. “She’s won like a really nice filly.”O’Brien declined to offer excuses for Forever Together but suggested she might be happier stepping back up to a mile and a half. Remarkably, he has won only one of the five Group One races run at this track in 2018. He hopes to have more luck with the runners he puts on a plane next Saturday but the question is which horses those will be, a subject he planned to chew over on the phone with Moore on Sunday night. The trainer’s first reaction, when asked about his most likely runners in Sandown’s Eclipse Stakes, was to name Happily, beaten half a length in the French Oaks when last seen. He mentioned Hydrangea, Rhododendron and Cliffs Of Moher as others that were in his mind, but plans are far from set in stone.Hunting Horn, a Royal Ascot winner, would have to be supplemented for the Eclipse and it appears O’Brien might choose instead to send him to the US for the Belmont Derby. Gustav Klimt is to be saved for the Sussex Stakes, he said. The Irish Oaks and the King George were the possible targets mentioned for another Ascot winner, Magic Wand. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Joseph and Donnacha O’Brien halt an Irish Derby victory for O’Brien Sr Was this helpful? news Since you’re here… Reuse this content Quick guide Chris Cook: tips for Monday Horse racing Share on Messenger Last-minute collywobbles turned out to be the biggest danger for Urban Fox, who became the latest British-trained winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes here, beating an odds-on favourite who had won the Oaks last time. The winning trainer, William Haggas, was full of misgivings as he watched the buildup to the race from his Newmarket stable but he was well rewarded for what had seemed an ambitious entry, his filly scoring by daylight at 9-1.“I don’t think this is a good idea,” Haggas apparently told his wife, Maureen, when they spoke by phone about 15 minutes before the race.He was feeling the same foreboding that has struck many a trainer trying to beat Aidan O’Brien in his own backyard. But Maureen’s robust reply was: “It’s too late, the jockey’s standing in front of me, in the colours, we’re all here, we’re going!”As it turned out, there was not a great deal to worry about. O’Brien’s Forever Together, ridden by Ryan Moore, was stepping back in distance and on a much faster surface than when she won her Classic at Epsom, and she was under pressure a long way out. Urban Fox went readily clear, while the well‑supported Athena stayed on from the back to be third. Horse racing tips Share on WhatsApp Aidan O’Brien Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics Show Pontefract 2.00 Highly Sprung 2.30 Blown By Wind 3.00 Brockholes 3.30 Construct 4.00 Final Go 4.30 Intense Style 5.00 Mister MoosahWolverhampton 2.15 Energia Flavio 2.45 Water Diviner 3.15 Bbob Alula (nb) 3.45 Madame Ritz 4.15 Berkshire Blue 4.45 Comrade In Arms (nap) 5.15 Splash Of Verve 5.45 Stringbark CreekWindsor 6.00 Cross My Mind 6.30 Time For Bed 7.00 Episcia 7.30 Maakaasib 8.00 Team Decision 8.30 Humbolt Current 9.00 Al OzzdiHamilton 6.15 Berlios 6.45 I Believe In You 7.15 Big Lachie 7.45 Jabbaar 8.15 Emerald Rocket 8.45 Paramount Love 9.15 La Sioux Read more Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka miss out in mixed doubles final

first_imgHad Jack Draper managed to recover from his four-hour, 24-minute semi-final to claim the Wimbledon boys’ title on Sunday, it would have gone down as one of the most amazing victories in the event’s history. And he came close, a valiant effort in searing heat not quite enough to deny the top seed, Tseng Chun-hsin of Taipei, who took the title thanks to a 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-4 victory.Outplayed in the first set and looking jaded after his week’s exertions, Draper summoned up one major effort and took the match to a decider on a mixture of talent and adrenalin. In the third set, he twice recovered from a break down to level but finally, his resilience was ended when Tseng broke for 5-4 and served out.It was a disappointing end to the week for the young Briton but the way he competed suggests the left-hander has a big future. Beaten in round one last year, he has improved enormously and has a real swagger about him, an attitude that should serve him well as he looks to progress.Simon Cambers at Wimbledon Show Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content “We earned our place in the final, bloody hell. We played so much tennis. It was a lot of fun to play with Vika and after losing in the men’s it was nice to have a good run in the mixed. I had a great time.“We lost today, which is disappointing when you have worked so hard to get to the final, but over the course of the two weeks we put a lot of good tennis out there, fought hard through difficult moments. Overall we’ve got to be pleased with how it went. It’s not easy to get to grand slam finals.” Pinterest Support The Guardian Tennis Novak Djokovic seals fourth Wimbledon title in final stroll over Kevin Anderson Share on Twitter Topics Angelique Kerber ready to be on top of the world again after Wimbledon win Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. After their respective Tour commitments this summer Murray and Azarenka will both be back in grand slam action at the US Open, which starts at the end of August. Murray won the title last year with Hingis and, depending on how things work out, he and Azarenka could be back in action together in New York.Peya, who reached the final here in 2015, and Melichar, who appeared in her first grand slam final with Kveta Peschke on Saturday, were that bit sharper throughout, not allowing a single break point in the opening set and picking off the Murray‑Azarenka returns at the net. After ripping through the tie-break 7-1, they saved three break points on the Peya serve in the opening game of the second before breaking Murray after Azarenka let a return pass her down the middle and was then pinned by a Melichar pass.From then on it was hard work and, though Murray and Azarenka saved a match point on the Azarenka serve at 2-5, Peya showed no nerves as he served out to love, clinching the title when Azarenka’s forehand return slid wide. Murray and Azarenka, the former singles world No 1, entertained the crowds here throughout their five matches, coming from a set down twice and once recovering from 5-1 down in the final set to stay alive. But after dropping the first set on the tie-break, Murray was then broken at the start of the second set and they could not get back on terms. The 38‑year‑old Peya served out to love to claim the title, a sweet moment for the 24‑year‑old Melichar, who had lost in the final of the women’s doubles the previous day.“It’s disappointing to lose but it’s been awesome,” said Murray, who was hoping to win the title for the third time, having triumphed with two other former world No 1s, in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic, of Serbia, and last year with Martina Hingis, the Swiss. Thank you for your feedback.center_img Alexander Peya and Nicole Melichar celebrate after completing their victory. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Twitter Quick guide Brave Draper denied by top seed in boys’ final Read more Victoria Azarenka Wimbledon It was not quite the ending Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka wanted but they enjoyed their run to the final of the mixed doubles so much they might just do it again.The unseeded pair, who decided only at the last minute to play together here, were beaten 7-6 (1), 6-3 by Alexander Peya of Austria and Nicole Melichar of the United States, the No 11 seeds, who each won their first grand slam titles of any kind. Read more Wimbledon 2018 Jamie Murray match reports “Alex did a lot of good things today at the net, cutting off the space well,” Murray said. “Obviously I lost my serve in the second set and didn’t return very well and help Vika enough. I didn’t really feel I served that well, either.”For Azarenka, a run in the mixed doubles was a bonus after an early departure in the singles. The Belarusian, whose return from having her first child at the end of December 2016 has been slower than it might because of a custody battle, is intent on returning to the top of the women’s game. She will go into the US summer hard-court events ranked just outside the top 100 but the extra match practice she had here should help her going forward.“I think it was important for me to play and be in those situations where the momentum changes a lot of times, try to figure out the way,” she said. “It was definitely a positive.“I’m happy that we went so far. Now I’m just trying to build up from these matches. I would love to play with [Murray] again. It was really fun the last two weeks.” Facebook Share on Facebook Hide Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Emaillast_img read more

23 days agoBarcelona learn buyout clause of Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez

first_imgBarcelona learn buyout clause of Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinezby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of prising Lautaro Martinez away from Inter Milan.Barca captain Leo Messi is a fan of his Argentina teammate and has recommended the striker to the board.Corriere dello Sport says Barca are weighing up a January move for Martinez, who they see as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.And making matters easy for the Spanish giants is the buyout clause that exists in his contract.Barca have learned they can land Martinez for €111m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ginter opens up on horror injury

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter has revealed he almost lost his sight following an on-pitch collision with Hannover’s Sarenren Bazee.Ginter had to be carried off the field on a stretcher with horrific injuries following clash of heads with striker Bazee during a Bundesliga match between the sides in November.It was then confirmed that the 24-year-old had suffered a fractured eye socket and broken jawbone that later required surgery. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After six weeks on the sidelines Ginter, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, made his comeback in a friendly at the club’s winter training camp in Spain on Monday.The Germany international has since revealed how close he was to suffering a life-changing injury that could have ended his career.”I was very fortunate, because the optic nerve and muscle of my eye were only just missed,” he told sport1.de.“The doctor explained to me that, if the injury had been only an inch closer to the eye, I would have had to undergo emergency surgery that same evening because my eyesight would have been in danger.”Of course, it makes you think about it [how he would have to retire from football had he lost his sight] and I realised that my career can be over from one day to the next, which is not a nice feeling, but is part of our business.”Ginter also expressed his gratitude to Bazee for contacting him after the incident to check on his condition.The Nigerian striker suffered concussion following the collision and has yet to make a return to full fitness.”That [Sarenren Bazee contacting him] was a great gesture from him and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him, that he too will get 100% fit again,” Ginter added.If he shows no ill-effects from his friendly comeback, Ginter could return to competitive action when the Bundesliga resumes later this month after the winter break.Gladbach begin 2019 with a trip to Bayer Leverkusen on January 19 before a home game against Augsburg the following week.Dieter Hecking’s side are currently third in the table, nine points behind leaders Dortmund.last_img read more

Doctors Urged to be Prudent When Prescribing Antibiotics

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett Templer, is calling on healthcare professionals to play their part in reducing antibiotic resistance by only prescribing and dispensing antibiotics when they are needed, and in accordance with current guidelines. Identified as one of the most significant threats to public health in recent history, antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance is the ability of a microorganism, such as bacterium, virus and some parasites, to prevent antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials from working against it. Story Highlights Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett Templer, is calling on healthcare professionals to play their part in reducing antibiotic resistance by only prescribing and dispensing antibiotics when they are needed, and in accordance with current guidelines.“The ripple effect of antibiotic resistance is enormous, as when medications do not work as they should, the treatment process takes longer, which results in longer hospital stay and increased hospital costs. This can also result in the increased economic burden on families and the society, and may even lead to disability and death,” she pointed out.Mrs. Bennett Templer was speaking at the launch of Antibiotic Awareness Week on Tuesday (November 14) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew.Identified as one of the most significant threats to public health in recent history, antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance is the ability of a microorganism, such as bacterium, virus and some parasites, to prevent antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials from working against it.As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others, thereby increasing the prevalence of resistant bacteria in humans, animals, plants and the environment.The Ministry of Health’s National Surveillance Unit received 196 reports of multidrug-resistant organism infections in 2016. The medical diagnoses related to these multidrug-resistant organisms include urinary tract infections, bronchopneumonia, burns to the body, surgical procedures and wound infections.The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 400,000 people develop multidrug-resistant tuberculosis each year, and dug resistance is starting to complicate the fight against HIV and malaria.Mrs. Bennett Templer is urging players in the agriculture sector to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to promote and apply good practices at all stages of production and processing of foods from animal and plant sources.Members of the public are advised to follow the prescribed dosage of the medication by public health officials; refrain from sharing antibiotics with friends or family members, and to follow the advice of the medical officer to use other types of medication where an antibiotic is not needed for treatment.Antibiotic Awareness Week is being observed from November 13 to 19 under the theme ‘Seek Advice from a qualified professional before taking antibiotics’.It seeks to promote responsible use of antibiotics among medical practitioners and members of the public in order to combat antimicrobial resistance.The week of activities includes an Agriculture Day on November 16 at the Juici Patties Veranda, Clarendon Park; and a breakfast event at the Marriot Hotel in New Kingston and a Medical Symposium at the UWI’s Faculty of Medical Science on November 17.The symposium will be addressed by Dr. Arjun Srinivasan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who will present on the multidrug-resistant gonorrhoea disease.Antibiotic Awareness Week is organised by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO); the University of the West Indies and the National Health Fund (NHF).The launch included a forum featuring presentations by representatives from the UWI Microbiology Department and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries on the causes, spread and measures to prevent antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic Awareness Week is being observed from November 13 to 19 under the theme ‘Seek Advice from a qualified professional before taking antibiotics’. last_img read more

Study finds rise in millennial perfectionism parents and social media blamed

first_imgHALIFAX — A new study has found a sharp rise in perfectionism, suggesting millennials are more inclined to have unrealistic standards and harsher self-criticism than previous generations.The study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review says perfectionism increased substantially from 1990 to 2015.It found that perfectionists tend to become more neurotic — characterized by negative emotions like guilt, envy, and anxiety — and less conscientious as time passes.Dr. Simon Sherry, one of the study’s authors and a clinical psychologist in Halifax, says perfectionism is a serious and even deadly epidemic in modern western societies.Sherry, a professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience at Dalhousie University, says parental and socio-cultural factors, including a rise in social media, appear to contribute to the rise in perfectionism.The study was a large-scale meta-analysis — a “study of studies” — involving 77 studies and nearly 25,000 participants ranging in age from 15 to 49.It found women and men report similar levels of perfectionism.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Accessibility consultant to speak at Brock

Rabia S. KedhrBrock will host an acclaimed accessibility advocate in a special talk in the Sankey Chamber on May 14.Rabia Kedhr, a consultant with DiversityworX, will headline Accessibility — Building Inclusive Communities, an event hosted by the Office of Human Rights and Equity Services and the University Accessibility co-ordinator.Kedhr will share her views on how to build a barrier-free community on campus, creating an atmosphere where everyone feels they belong. As a mother of four and a person living with a disability, Kedhr specializes in action research, inclusion and community development.Space is limited. To attend, RSVP to Kelly Veld at 905-688-5550 x3418 or kveld@brocku.caLink:• Building Inclusive Communities flyer (PDF) read more

UN special envoy for human rights in Myanmar arrives for 10day visit

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, is scheduled to meet with a number of government officials, judicial authorities, and religious dignitaries as well as representatives of different social organizations and members of civil society.The Rapporteur will also meet with heads of the diplomatic missions accredited to Myanmar, representatives of the UN and its agencies and members of international non-governmental organizations during his visit, which is scheduled to run through 20 October.Mr. Pinheiro will travel to a number of provinces in Myanmar in his quest to address the situation of human rights in the country. His trip comes at a time when Myanmar has been taking steps in the past few months towards an important dialogue both inside and outside of the country in the search for peace and national reconciliation.The Rapporteur has already submitted his interim report to the current session of the UN General Assembly following his first visit to the country last April. He will also present his preliminary observations on this mission to the Assembly. read more

Religion and culture cannot justify discrimination against gays and lesbians Ban warns

“Governments have a legal duty to protect everyone,” he said in a video message to the Oslo Conference on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, voicing outrage at the assault, imprisonment and murder of. LGBTs. “Some will oppose change. They may invoke culture, tradition or religion to defend the status quo. “Such arguments have been used to try to justify slavery, child marriage, rape in marriage and female genital mutilation. I respect culture, tradition and religion – but they can never justify the denial of basic rights.”Mr. Ban, who has frequently condemned violence and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, said the world should be outraged when people suffer discrimination because of who they love or how they look.“This is one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time. We must right these wrongs,” he said, warning that far too many governments still refuse to acknowledge the injustice of homophobic violence and discrimination. “My promise to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of the human family is this: I am with you. I promise that as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I will denounce attacks against you, and I will keep pressing leaders for progress.” The conference is jointly sponsored by Norway and South Africa and is one in a series of regional seminars scheduled to take place in France, Brazil and Nepal in March and April, and another is planned for Africa. The main purpose of these seminars is to gain better understanding of the specific human rights challenges for sexual minorities in each region, and to discuss how these challenges may best be overcome. The seminars stem from a report issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights addressing the responsibility of states to end violence and discriminatory laws and practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity. read more

UNESCO deplores damage to Aleppo National Museum warns five Heritage Sites in

Archaeological Site of Sabratha (Libya). Photo: © UNESCO/Giovanni Boccardi “The Old City of Aleppo has suffered extensive damage over the last four years. The destruction of the museum is a new blow to the heritage and history of all Syrians. I once again call on all parties to stop the violence and keep cultural heritage out of the conflict,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). According to reports confirmed by the Syrian Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums, the National Museum was hit by mortar shells on 11 July, causing extensive damage to the roof and structure of the building. Aleppo – Syria’s largest city – has been devastated by the ongoing conflict in the country, now in its sixth year and claiming the lives of more than a quarter of a million people. UNESCO, which, as the UN body responsible for identifying significant cultural landmarks, had classified the Ancient City of Aleppo among six World Heritage sites in Syria, launched a three-year action planin August 2013 aimed at preventing further losses and repairing damage where and when possible, but all six of those sites are now either destroyed or severely damaged. Ms. Bokova noted that the National Museum is the most important museum in Aleppo, with thousands of objects reflecting all periods of Syrian history, including an important Islamic section. Most of the collections had been already evacuated by the Syrian Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums and taken to safe locations, but strong concerns remain for the items that could not be transported, she said. Reiterating its calls on all parties to refrain from targeting as well as from using cultural property for military purposes, Ms. Bokova emphasized that UNESCO condemns all destruction of heritage since the outbreak of the conflict, no matter who the instigator. UNESCO works with the Syrian Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums to safeguard Syria’s cultural heritage, through training of professionals, documentation and awareness-raising initiatives. The Director-General said UNESCO is intensifying cooperation with non-governmental organizations, experts and institutions around the world and all across Syria, to protect Syrian heritage, building on the best of scientific expertise from all sides, in the spirit of the expert meeting held in Berlin on 2-4 June, in cooperation with Germany. Located at the crossroads of several trade routes from the 2nd millennium B.C., Aleppo was ruled successively by the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes and Ottomans. The 13th-century citadel, 12th-century Great Mosque and various 17th-century madrasas, palaces, caravanserais and hammams all form part of the city’s fabric. The Ancient City of Aleppo – which was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1986 – has been on the List of World Heritage in Danger since 2013. This status was confirmed by the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, which is taking place in Istanbul from 10 to 20 July. In other news today, the World Heritage Committee today placed the five World Heritage sites of Libya on the List of World Heritage in Danger, citing damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses. The five sites are: the Archaeological Site of Cyrene, the Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna, the Archaeological Site of Sabratha, Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus and the Old Town of Ghadamès. All of the sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List in the 1980s. The Committee in particular noted the high level of instability affecting the country and the fact that armed groups are present on these sites or in their immediate surroundings. The Committee made the decision during its examination of the state of conservation of sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List. The List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of conditions which threaten the very characteristics for which properties were inscribed on the World Heritage List and rally the support of the international community for their protection. read more

Solar panels are the driving power for MINI plant

MINI has installed more than 11,500 panels on the roof of its new bodyshop, helping to harness renewable energy to power Oxford’s MINI Plant.At more than 20,000m2, the plant now boasts one of the largest, roof-mounted solar farms in the UK.The system has the capacity to generate over 3MW from more than 11,500 solar panels covering an area equivalent to five football pitches. They will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 850 households.Frank Bachmann, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford, said, “We are delighted that our new solar farm is now up and running and already producing green energy for Plant Oxford.“It is fitting that the first of these panels have gone onto our new bodyshop as the building has been designed with environmental performance at its heart.”The plant’s bodyshop opened at the end of last year, containing 1,000 robots to build the new MINI hatchback.On 1 July, SMMT will publish its 15th Sustainability Report which details energy used and emissions generated by the automotive industry.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Bryce Harper Is Not Mike Trout Good Thing The Phillies Dont Need

CJ.T. Realmuto4.0–5.8– LFAndrew McCutchen2.4–4.2– * A player’s established level of WAR is based on a weighted average of his WAR the previous three seasons.Stats as of May 6, 2019.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs.com PosPlayerEstablishedLevel*Actual RFBryce Harper3.1–3.0– Bryce Harper’s first couple of weeks in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform could scarcely have gone better. Harper introduced himself to his new team — and its infamously passionate fan base — with a .333 average, four home runs and a 1.299 on-base plus slugging in his first 10 games of 2019. Along with such pro-Philly acts as donning Phanatic cleats and ringing the bell at a Sixers game, it was a great first impression for Harper to make after inking what is now the second-richest contract in baseball history.But just like he did last season, Harper has followed up that red-hot start with an ice-cold slump. Since April 10, Harper is hitting .187 with a .632 OPS, including a .617 OPS in the past two weeks and a .477 mark in the past seven days. And despite all of his attempts to endear himself to teammates and fans, he’s already been criticized by Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta for getting himself ejected from a game, and he was booed at Citizens Bank Park last week.Harper is a streaky player, and he’ll break out of this stretch soon enough. More importantly, the Phillies haven’t suffered too much despite Harper’s issues. The team is still .500 since April 10, it still leads the NL East, and our projections call for it to finish with the NL’s fifth-best record. Harper hasn’t remotely been the Phillies’ best player; he hasn’t even been the team’s best offseason acquisition. According to wins above replacement,1Averaging together the versions from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Philly has gotten far more out of new catcher J.T. Realmuto, left fielder Andrew McCutchen and shortstop Jean Segura than it has out of Harper so far. Harper was merely one of the Phillies’ top pickupsAmong top four offseason pickups for the Philadelphia Phillies, preseason established* and actual wins above replacement in 2019 WAR per 162 games SSJean Segura3.9–3.8– That may not last, but it was always going to be much closer to the case than you might expect from the breathless coverage Harper’s free agency received this winter. Harper is not Mike Trout; a few of the fellow newcomers listed above actually had more WAR last season than Harper did. He is a piece of Philly’s potential postseason puzzle — perhaps even the most important one — but he’s just one of multiple talented pieces.Even so, the Phillies should be encouraged that Harper’s extremely poor defensive metrics — the single biggest drag on his WAR last year — have, predictably, reverted toward his pre-2018 form. According to an average of the fielding values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs, Harper has been an average outfielder in the early going this season, albeit with some disagreement between the two sources.2Just like last season, Baseball-Reference is lower this year on Harper’s defense than FanGraphs is. The reality is that Harper is probably a below-average defensive outfielder — but nowhere near as bad as some of his 2018 numbers made him out to be.So once Harper’s hitting numbers start ticking up again — his batted-ball metrics are better than his stats would indicate, and his exit velocity ranks among the top quarter of MLB hitters — he’ll quickly rise up in the Phillies’ WAR pecking order. It’s concerning that Harper’s strikeout-to-walk ratio is his worst since 2014, but FanGraphs still projects him to put up the majors’ sixth-best OPS over the rest of the season. The boos will turn into cheers before long.Of course, Philly fans expecting Trout-like production from Harper will still inevitably be disappointed (and maybe the free-agency hype did drive expectations in that direction). A more reasonable outlook would have expected Harper to be one of the driving forces behind the Phillies’ improvement — just not the sole one. Given that the rest of the team has played pretty well despite Harper’s up-and-down start, Philadelphia’s postseason aspirations should be stronger than ever when he heats up again.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

VIDEO Which is your favorite coaching style

Temperamental one or maybe nervous? Which is you favorite type of coaching? SEHA GAZPROM League recorded their coaches during the matches and asked which one you like the most?PHOTO: RK Gorenje Velenje ← Previous Story GWD Minden sign Luka Zvizej Next Story → EHF about schedule troubles of German teams seha gazprom league

Free Xbox 360 game with every Windows Phone 7 purchase

first_imgMicrosoft is in a unique position to offer some special deals across its range of products, and it’s taking advantage of that fact to help sell new Windows smartphones at the end of 2010.If you buy a Windows Phone 7 smartphone before December 31 this year, you can claim a free Xbox 360 game. The options you have include:Fable IIIHalo: ReachKinectimalsKinect Joy RideTo get the game you need to purchase the phone and then visit the redemption page. There you can enter your phone’s number and IMEI number as well as choose your game. The game will then be shipped to you.It’s a nice offer, we just wish there were a few more game options, especially as two are worthless if you haven’t bought a Kinect yet.Read more at Crenklast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_img 13,710 Views NEED TO CATCH UP? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A performance of the Duo Lugo Laser act, part of Tom Duffy’s circus, in Carlow town Source: Niall Carson/PA ImagesA status orange snow-ice warning has been issued for seven counties as the Beast from the East gets set to make landfall.Here are the plans in place to deal with the Beast’s alter ego, Storm Emma.Leo Varadkar defended his government’s marketing of the Ireland 2040 plan.A former Sinn Féin councillor was awarded €3,500 in his defamation case against RTÉ.Ryle Nugent is to leave RTE after 24 years.Aer Lingus passengers will have to pay up to €60 for the return of lost items.Jamie Heaslip announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect.It emerged that a Galway couple were overcharged €1.23 million on their tracker mortgage.Aging rockers the Rolling Stones will play Croke Park this summer.The victim of a shooting in Coolock remains in critical condition.There’s already disagreement about where to put Cork’s Luas system. By Cianan Brennan Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Beast from the East gets ready to make landfall, and Varadkar defends Ireland 2040 marketing – it’s the Fix. ‘It’s not a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle’: scenes from Australia’s first mullet festival https://t.co/giJenZeAni— The Guardian (@guardian) February 26, 2018 Source: The Guardian/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3873497 Short URL Share2 Tweet Email Get our daily news round up: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article WORLD Emergency personnel at the scene of an explosion at Hinckley Road in Leicester this morning Source: Joe Giddens/PA Images#BANKRUPT: The Weinstein Company is to file for bankruptcy.#JEZZA: Jeremy Corbyn has called for a new customs union with the EU in the aftermath of Brexit.#LEICESTER: Five people have been confirmed dead after last night’s shop explosion in the British city.#KEVIN SMITH: The film director announced that he has suffered a ‘massive’ heart attack.PARTING SHOTThe noble mullet – king of the hairstyles. Long at the back, short on the top and sides. A haircut you can set your watch to.For all those who appreciate the 80s finest artistic statement as much as we do, there’s the annual Mulletfest in the Australian outback. How can anything won by a man nicknamed ‘Shagger’ be anything less than epic. The Guardian has a loving rundown on the goings on in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, last week. Monday 26 Feb 2018, 8:59 PM Feb 26th 2018, 8:59 PM No Comments last_img read more

Recyclage à Paris la collecte des sapins de Noël a encore augmenté

first_imgRecyclage : à Paris, la collecte des sapins de Noël a encore augmentéOrganisée depuis quatre ans à Paris, la collecte des arbres de Noël a cette année encore rencontré un vif succès. Ce sont quelque 29.000 sapins qui ont été récupérés dans la capitale entre le 27 décembre et le 23 janvier, pour être valorisés.Organisée dans de nombreuses villes françaises, la collecte vise à accorder aux sapins de Noël une seconde vie après les fêtes de fin d’année. Les arbres rapportés dans les divers lieux de collecte, tels que les parcs et espaces verts, ont été broyés pour être transformés en paillage. Les copeaux seront ensuite dispersés au pied des arbustes et massifs des espaces verts, afin de maintenir l’humidité aux pieds des arbres, et offrir à la terre une meilleure régénération. Un parfait exemple de valorisation des déchets verts, qui chaque année séduit plus de personnes.L’année dernière, 27.150 sapins avaient ainsi été récupérés à Paris. Un chiffre en forte augmentation par rapport aux fêtes de 2008, et qui comme l’espérait la ville, a été dépassé cette année. 29.000 arbres de Noël ont en effet été déposés, dans les quelque quatre-vingt quinze parcs et jardins publics mettant à disposition des Parisiens des points de collecte.  Depuis le lancement de l’opération en 2007, le nombre de sapins recyclés a doublé.Le 8 février 2011 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Geek Daily Deals 50 off Lenovo AR Headset AirPods for 145 and

first_imgAmazon Fire TV Stick for $24.99 (Prime Members Only)The Fire TV Stick lets you stream all kinds of 1080p content to your TV, including movies from Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube or music from Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, and more. Prime members get an exclusive $15 off.Get it for $24.99 with Amazon Prime CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme Intel Core i5-8600K  6-Core GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming Desktop with 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, and 1TB HDDRarely do you find a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti equipped pre-built desktop priced under $1K. This rig also includes the latest generation Intel Core i5 hexacore processor, which is unlocked for better overclockability, and dual drives (an SSD for boot, and HDD for storage). Extend your warranty to 3 years for $58.Get it at Walmart for $999.9950% off Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Lenovo Mirage AR Headset with Lightsaber Controller & Tracking BeaconFew things come close to feeling like a Jedi than battling Sith Lords in augmented reality. Pair the Lenovo AR headset with your smartphone app to train as a Jedi and fight worthy opponents like Kylo Ren and Darth Maul, play a leisurely game of Holochess, or lead Rebel forces in a virtual RTS.Get it at Walmart for $99.99 with Free 2-Day ShippingLEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Express 75955 801-Piece Set for $69This Hogwarts Express train set was released only a few months ago and it has already seen its first real price drop (originally $79.99). At 801 pieces, you’re getting it for under $0.10 per brick. The train itself measures a very respectable 1.5ft long and includes a train platform as well as 5 minifigures (not including the Dementor).Get it at Walmart for $69Apple AirPods Wireless Bluetooth Eartphones (New) for $144.99The AirPods are smaller than your conventional bluetooth headset. There are no cables or neckband at all, not even to connect the two earpieces together. Combine that with signature Apple sound and style, and you’ve got one of the hottest earbuds on the market. Walmart takes an extra 10% off Apple’s price.Get it at Walmart for $144.99 with Free 2-Day Shippinglast_img read more