Yanks Rally Past Rays, 8-5

first_imgNEW YORK — After starter Chris Capuano was booed off the mound in the first inning, the New York Yankees’ makeshift lineup turned the mood in the Bronx a bit more festive.Mark Teixeira made up for a botched foul pop in the Rays’ four-run first inning with a go-ahead triple in the fifth, Brian McCann homered and drove in three runs, and the Yankees used their biggest comeback of the season to beat Tampa Bay 8-5 the night of Sept. 10.“There was no panic,” Teixeira said. “We just slowly got the job done as the night went on.”The Yankees, who moved within 4 1/2 games of a playoff spot with 19 remaining, did not get off to a good start.Teixeira overran leadoff batter Ben Zobrist’s foul ball behind first base for no play. Zobrist then singled for his 1,000th career hit. Five of the next six Rays reached before Capuano was lifted in the shortest start of his career.By the end of the 30-minute top of the first, New York trailed 4-0.McCann got the rally started with a homer in the bottom half to end Jake Odorizzi’s scoreless streak at 14 1-3 innings.Filling in for injured Martin Prado, Chris Young hit his first homer with the Yankees — he was cut by the Mets on Aug. 9 — to tie it at 4 in the fourth. Young added an RBI double in the eighth and finished a triple shy of the cycle.Five relievers combined for 8 2-3 gritty innings, allowing seven hits, including Evan Longoria’s 20th homer in the ninth. Preston Claiborne (3-0) pitched two innings for the win.“We just know if we hold the game the way it is our guys could come back,” said Dellin Betances, who pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings. “It was a great win.”With a full moon peeking through the clouds in center field, the Yankees closed the gap to 4-3 in the third with the help of catcher Ryan Hanigan’s errant throw on ball four.Young, who singled, was running on a full-count pitch to Jacoby Ellsbury. Hanigan’s throw on ball four went into center field, allowing Young to advance to third on the error. Ellsbury stole second and, one out later, McCann lined a two-run single to left field.“I thought it was a close pitch so I thought there was a chance we’re going to get the call, so that’s why I just came up throwing,” Hanigan said.McCann was hit by a pitch from Odorizzi (10-12) to start the fifth and scored when Wil Myers had trouble with Teixeira’s liner into the right-field corner. Teixeira raced into third standing up with his first triple since July 6, 2012, at Boston.“It shows the character of the guys in that room, that they’re going to keep fighting,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.That was the end of the night for Odorizzi, charged with six runs and five hits in 4 1-3 innings.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Larissa beats Olympiakos 1-0 with injury-time goal

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion Olympiakos stumbled Sunday when defender Luca Milivojevic scored an own-goal in injury time to give Greek league newcomer Larissa a 1-0 victory.A sturdy Larissa defense restricted Olympiakos’ chances and the hosts looked more likely to score in the closing minutes. Larissa finally got its chance two minutes into injury time when Milivojevic, trying to block a shot, deflected the ball into the net.Panathinaikos and Platanias, which both played to away scoreless draws Saturday against Panetolikos and Giannena respectively, top the league standings.The leaders are a point ahead of Olympiakos, Panionios — which lost 2-1 at home to Veria on Saturday — and AEK Athens. But AEK can go top Monday when it hosts Iraklis.Also Sunday, Atromitos beat Asteras 1-0, Levadiakos defeated Kerkyra 2-1 and Xanthi drew 0-0 at PAOK.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Finisher MS Dhoni best suited in lower middle order, says Suresh Raina

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s finishing skills remain unmatched and the former captain will be an asset in India’s lower middle order at this year’s World Cup, former teammate Suresh Raina told Reuters.The sight of Dhoni depositing Sri Lanka seamer Nuwan Kulasekara into the Wankhede Stadium stands to seal victory in the 2011 World Cup final is etched in the memory of most Indians.No target was deemed out of reach with the hard-hitting right-hander at the crease but that clean striking and fluid swing of the heavy bat are rare these days and many believe Dhoni is no more the finisher that he was before.His sharp glovework makes Dhoni India’s first choice wicketkeeper in limited-overs cricket but his batting position for the World Cup continues to be debated.”For MS, the ideal position would be number five or six,” Raina, who is an integral part of the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings side in the Indian Premier League, said in an interview.”He is such a keen reader of the game and brings years of experience. When required he can build up an innings and his finishing skills are unmatched.”Dhoni has played 340 ODIs and scored more than 10,000 runs at an average of just under 51. His role as a finisher is crucial for India’s World Cup campaign with the team’s number four batting position still to be sealed.That has led to suggestions that captain Virat Kohli, also the team’s best batsman, should bat a place lower than his usual number three spot.advertisement”I think number three or four should be good (for Kohli),” Raina, a member of India’s 2011 World Cup team, said. “If the top order topples quickly, we need someone like Kohli to keep it together.”Raina believes top-ranked England will be a strong contender with their home advantage while India, Australia, West Indies and New Zealand are the other teams to watch out for.”For me the most balanced team will win the World Cup,” the 32-year-old said. “English conditions are helpful for the seamers but in the recent years we have seen spinners also do well.”Last year when I was playing against Ireland and England, our wrist spinners did really well. Team India is shaping up really well in this regard, a healthy mix of youth and experience.”And a pace attack that is bowling beautifully in all conditions. No grey areas as such.”Once considered an automatic selection in India’s limited-overs sides, Raina played the last of his 226 one-dayers in July, 2018.An aggressive left-handed batsman and a part-time off-spinner, Raina is also known for his electric fielding and the all-rounder still harbours hopes of making the World Cup squad.The IPL, which starts later this month, will be his last opportunity to impress the selectors before the World Cup kicks off on May 30.”I have a mix of activities that I do, I am currently doing a lot of high intensity workouts in the gym, followed by strength and conditioning sessions,” the IPL’s leading run-scorer said.”I’m at the nets three-four times a week. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy [India’s domestic Twenty20 competition] has given me some match practise before the IPL.”As an Indian player my job is to work hard and hope for the best.”Also Read | Virat Kohli full of praise for Vijay Shankar: Showed a lot of mental characterAlso Read | India second team after Australia to register 500 ODI winsAlso Read | Virat Kohli on 40th ODI hundred: It’s just a number, more proud of our 2nd inningsAlso Read | Usman Khawaja marvels MS Dhoni’s ability to stay calm in run chasesAlso Read | I don’t fear anything when MS Dhoni is around: Kedar Jadhavlast_img

Report: Gambler Loses $6K Moneyline Bet on Central Michigan Hail Mary Victory

first_imgWant to know why gambling is #hard and #unpredictable? Here is a perfect example. According to Jake Trotter, via David Purdum of ESPN, one individual had a money-line bet on the OSU game that would have paid $500 — and obviously did not.According to @DavidPurdum, someone had a $6K moneyline bet on Oklahoma State yesterday. That might be the worst #badbeat of all time.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 11, 2016 Biggest money-line bet on Oklahoma St @WilliamHillUS was $6,000 at -1,200. Would have paid $500.— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) September 10, 2016Of course if you had a money-line bet on the OSU/CMU game, you’d probably feel pretty good about it, all things considered. And the odds were certainly in their favor. But such is life, and now some person is $6500 less rich than what they probably thought they would be when the clock struck :00.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Lukaku credits Carrick for Man Utd form

first_imgManchester United Lukaku credits Carrick with aiding Man Utd learning curve Chris Burton 03:36 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Premier League The Belgian striker made a £75m move to Old Trafford in 2017 and was helped to settle and thrive in new surroundings by a man about to become a coach Romelu Lukaku has credited Michael Carrick with helping him to thrive at Manchester United following a £75 million ($101m) transfer.With the Red Devils having invested considerable faith and funds in the Belgium international, much was expected of him upon his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer of 2017.Lukaku was able to hit the ground running and, despite enduring the odd wobble, ended his debut campaign with 27 goals across all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now His hard work on the training ground was rewarded with a regular role under Jose Mourinho, but the 25-year-old has been quick to recognise the role a long-serving team-mate played in his development.Lukaku told MUTV of Carrick’s crucial assistance: “Michael, I want to say a big thank you for what you’ve done for me since January.”I mean, not a lot of people will know that now we do video sessions after every single game to prepare for the next game and, like I’ve said, sometimes you think those video sessions don’t help me going forward. But they do because I became a better player and I became a better version of myself.”I think it also starts in training when we do the extra bits and the extra exercises to become a better player. Your eye for detail really helped me a lot more. I’ve had a lot of mentors in my young career and you’re certainly one of them.”Lukaku will get the chance to work with Carrick again in 2018-19, with a former England international having hung up his boots and slipped into a coaching role at Old Trafford.”It will be a joy to work with you in the staff next season,” added a man currently setting his sights on more goals with Belgium at the World Cup finals in Russia.”Hopefully, I can improve on the bits and pieces that you want me to improve on.”Good luck after your career and I hope to see you in preseason so we can start a new chapter in the work that we do.”last_img

Braemar Exits JV ACM ICON Shipping DMCC

first_imgzoom The UK-based Braemar Shipping Services has terminated its involvement in the joint venture ACM ICON Shipping DMCC as it is “no longer part of the group’s overall strategy”. Braemar’s 50 percent share will be acquired by the joint venture partner, Icon Chartering, the company said.The group merged with ACM Shipping Group (ACM) in July 2014, having formed Braemar ACM Shipbroking.Prior to that, ACM had a joint venture operating from Dubai called ACM ICON Shipping DMCC (ICON Shipping) which until now was 50 percent owned by ACM Shipbroking and 50 percent owned by Icon Chartering, according to Braemar.The joint venture vehicles will be renamed Icon Chartering Limited (BVI) and Icon Chartering (DMCC) with effect from June 13. They will continue to trade under the management and leadership of Rohan Shetty.In May this year, Braemar Shipping Services said it had secured new financing arrangements of up to GBP 30 million (USD 43.5 million) with British bank company HSBC for future merger and acquisition activities.last_img

New Drivers Licence and Photo Identification Cards

first_imgPreventing identity theft is the driving force behind the province’s plan to move to more secure driver’s licence and photo identification cards later this spring. As part of this initiative, Access Nova Scotia Centres will start collecting height and eye colour information from Nova Scotians renewing their driver’s licences, applying for new ones and people seeking a government identification card beginning Thursday, April 15. “This is part of government’s commitment to protect Nova Scotians by staying ahead of increasingly complex threats to personal identity,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This initiative is part of an Atlantic provinces’ joint venture to comply with changing national and international security standards.” The new cards will be made using enhanced technology to capture photos and signatures. Information on the card, including height and eye colour, will be stored in a secure location. The new cards will be phased in at Access Nova Scotia Centres later this spring. It is expected to take four to six weeks to complete the process. There will be no extra cost to consumers.last_img

Give more attention to installation of CCTV cameras CP to districts

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in crime review meeting told senior officers to give more focus on the installation of CCTV cameras.The police chief, during the meeting, directed officers that the district level committee meetings should be held every month and compliance of the points raised therein should be done properly. Police sources told Millennium Post that in the crime review meeting headed by the top cop at police headquarters in July, a discussion was held on review and repair of dysfunctional CCTV cameras (new cameras covered under Nigehbaan Scheme). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further revealed CP desired that this is an area, where district DCsP should work seriously. They should motivate the MWAs to install CCTV cameras in their markets by public participation under “Nigehbaan scheme”. Sources further added that a discussion was also held to repair the dysfunctional CCTV cameras, which were installed under Nigehbaan scheme and also those which were installed by a firm. Recently, the Station House Officers (SHOs) were given direction to constitute with the government agency in identifying locations in the city for installation of CCTV cameras as planned by the Delhi Government. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe city-wide closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) surveillance has helped the police to solve 103 criminal cases in three months (March 2019). Sources said that 88 cases were solved with the help of the CCTV cameras, installed under Nigehban scheme of city police whereas in 15 cases, government cameras proved helpful for the investigators. Apart from the cameras, CP Delhi also reviewed the performance of anti-snatching teams. The top cop directed that district DCsP should personally review the working of anti-snatching teams in each police stations of their districts. They should hold meetings with anti-snatching teams periodically. Installation of cameras in stations Boosting the security at various railway stations in Delhi, high definition CCTV cameras are being installed to help Railway Protection Force (RPF) to maintain protection of the passengers boarding different trains or arriving in the city.last_img

Theresa May hopes to be third time lucky with Brexit vote

first_imgLondon: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday called on her rebellious MPs to do the patriotic thing to strike an honourable compromise over Brexit as she prepares to table her twice-defeated withdrawal agreement to another Parliament vote next week, hoping it would prove third time lucky for her. Her latest plea came at the end of a frenetic week in Westminster as MPs voted on a flurry of motions, not just ruling out leaving the European Union (EU) with May’s deal but also without any deal in place at all, calling for a delay to the March 29 Brexit Day deadline. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang May warned deeply divided Brexiteers within her own party and across the House of Commons that failure to once again support her deal, which was defeated by a resounding 230-vote margin in January and a smaller 149-vote margin last week, would mean the UK may not leave the EU for many months and may even rule out Brexit altogether. She urged MPs to get behind her improved deal before a European Council summit in Brussels next week, with legally binding changes to the controversial Irish backstop clause addressing concerns that the UK could be tied to EU rules indefinitely. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: Trump If Parliament can find a way to back the Brexit deal before European Council, the UK will leave the EU this spring, without having to take part in the European elections If it cannot, we will not leave the EU for many months, if ever, she writes in The Sunday Telegraph’. As things stand, May is hoping to return to Brussels with a Parliament-backed deal to seek a short delay until June 30 to complete procedures. It is for the EU to decide the terms and conditions of any extension because legally the UK is still due to leave the economic bloc on March 29. With European Parliament elections scheduled to take place towards the end of May, if the UK Parliament remains deadlocked over an exit strategy, the EU is expected to agree to only a lengthy delay to the Article 50 Brexit mechanism. Such a move would necessitate Britain’s participation in the European Parliament polls. The idea of the British people going to the polls to elect MEPs [Members of European Parliament] three years after voting to leave the EU hardly bears thinking about. There could be no more potent symbol of Parliament’s collective political failure, Theresa May warned. Against this backdrop, she is set for a last-ditch attempt at getting her deal through the Commons as she seeks to change the mind of 75 MPs to vote differently from last week and win the required majority. For those who backed remain, I am asking them to remove any chance of the UK staying in the EU. For those who backed leave, I am asking them to vote for a form of Brexit that may not be everything they hoped for, she urged. There are some signs that hard-Brexiteers might be ready to change their minds over fears of a lengthy delay or no Brexit at all, with a letter signed by Tory MPs from Leave-backing constituencies, including former Brexit Secretary David Davis, urging colleagues to back the deal. The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has voted against the agreement twice already, also held out some hope, saying that while there were “still issues to be discussed”, it remained in talks with the government. The 10 votes provided by the DUP, which provides Theresa May’s Conservative Party government with its crucial Commons majority, are key to the British Prime Minister proving third time lucky with her withdrawal agreement. Meanwhile, Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to MPs across the Commons inviting them for talks to find a cross-party compromise over Brexit. In his letter, he called for urgent meetings to find a “solution that ends the needless uncertainty and worry” caused by May’s “failed” Brexit negotiations. Meanwhile, a latest opinion poll conducted by Opinium for the Observer’ newspaper exposed the lingering divisions across the country over Brexit, with an equal set of people (43 per cent each) found backing a second referendum and leaving the EU without a deal by March 29. The poll found that if a second referendum were held with the options of accepting Theresa May’s deal or remaining in the EU on the ballot paper, 46 per cent said they would back remain, against 36 per cent who would vote to leave on the terms of the British Prime Minister’s proposal. The figures will encourage remain supporters ahead of a mass demonstration and march in favour of a second referendum scheduled to take place in London next Saturday.last_img

Internet has no borders Supreme Court of Canada says in ruling against

OTTAWA — A potentially groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling recognizes that Canadian courts have jurisdiction to make sweeping orders to block access to Internet content beyond Canada’s borders.In a David and Goliath legal saga, the high court sided Wednesday with a small British Columbia company in upholding a ruling that ordered popular search engine Google to wipe out references to a former distributor accused of stealing trade secrets.In writing for the majority of the court in the 7-2 decision, Justice Rosalie Abella said the only way to ensure the injunction met its objective was to have the order apply where Google operates — all over the world.“The problem in this case is occurring online and globally,” she wrote. “The Internet has no borders — its natural habitat is global.”Google was challenging a 2015 ruling by a British Columbia court that ordered it to stop indexing or referencing websites associated with a company called Datalink Technologies Gateways.The B.C. Supreme Court granted the injunction at the request of Equustek Solutions Inc., which was locked in battle with Datalink — its former distributor — for allegedly stealing, copying and reselling industrial network interface hardware Equustek had created.Burnaby-based Equustek wanted to stop Datalink from selling the hardware through various websites and turned to Google for help.Initially, Google removed more than 300 web pages from search results on Google.ca, but more kept popping up, so Equustek sought — and won — the broader injunction that ordered Google to impose a worldwide ban.The B.C. court noted that Google controlled as much as 75 per cent of the global searches on the Internet and that Datalink’s ability to sell its counterfeit product was, in large part, tied to customers being able to find its websites through Google.Google fought back against the worldwide order, arguing that Canadian courts don’t have legal authority to impose such an injunction.Its written argument to the Supreme Court called the injunction “an improper and unprecedented extension of Canadian jurisprudence.”Google’s lawyers had argued that if the court upheld a broad international injunction, it might inspire less democratic governments to seek binding court orders in Canada that are more intrusive.Google said Wednesday it was “carefully reviewing the court’s findings” and evaluating its next steps.The Supreme Court’s hearing of the case pitted intellectual rights holders against voices concerned about free expression.New York-based Human Rights Watch, an intervener in the case, joined a coalition of civil liberties groups, as well as several news organizations, in arguing the Canadian courts were over extending themselves and threatening free speech across the globe.Intervener OpenMedia, which fights for an open and surveillance-free Internet, said it was disappointed with the ruling.There’s a great risk that governments and businesses will see the ruling as justifying censorship requests that could result in “perfectly legal and legitimate content” disappearing off the web because of a court order in the opposite corner of the globe, OpenMedia said.“That would be a major setback to citizens’ rights to access information and express ourselves freely.”Equustek had the support of a coalition of Canadian publishers, authors, composers and filmmakers, along with an international federation of film producers.Barry Sookman, lawyer for several large music companies and other creative organizations that intervened in the case, praised the decision, saying it would “very likely have enormous implications around the world.”The ruling will help holders of intellectual property rights but could also serve as a precedent in Internet-related cases involving privacy, defamation and cyberstalking, Sookman predicted Wednesday.He said the ruling could provide a “general framework for analysing when an order can be made against a search engine to help stop the facilitation of whatever that wrong happens to be.”

Fire is out after tanker truck and rail car collide in Port

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. — A spectacular explosion and fire, fuelled by ethanol, has been allowed to burn out in Port Coquitlam, B.C.Residents were forced from the neighbourhood, a local mall was evacuated and the nearby Lougheed Highway was closed for several hours Monday night when a tanker truck collided with a rail engine, Fire Chief Nick Delmonico said Tuesday.The crash between the double tanker and the rail engine happened inside the Canadian Pacific Rail yard at about 7 p.m. Monday, he said.The truck’s tank was split open and a spark from somewhere set off a blast and fire, Delmonico added.“These fires are extremely dangerous. Obviously because initially, most times, you don’t know what the product is until you get there,” he said.“Sometimes it takes some detective work to find out what it exactly is, so you’re always concerned about both the explosive level of something like that and also toxicity for first responders.”The chief said the railway presents one of their biggest potentials for hazard in the city and they train for it accordingly.Delmonico said they decided to allow the fire to consume the highly flammable liquid.“We kind of let it burn until the fuel level was quite low then we did what’s called a flare. We bumped the car to try to get it to spill out a little bit, which it did, and opened it up, and then we were able to put it out at that point,” he explained.No one was injured.Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said police are investigating the incident.Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)

Chinese man dies another hospitalised

A Chinese national died and another Chinese national was hospitalised last night in Dambulla from suspected food poisoning, the police said.The Chinese men had eaten some kind of  vegetable and fell sick and were admitted to hospital. One man identified as Lee then died while the other person remains in hospital.Both men are workers attached to a Chinese project in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

Modi wants to take relationship with Sri Lanka to higher levels

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to take the relationship with Sri Lanka to higher levels.Modi said this in a statement extending warm felicitations to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Modi noted that last year was marked by regular exchange of visits and extensive bilateral interactions which added momentum to the dynamic partnership between Sri Lanka and India. “I look forward to continue working with you to take our relationship to higher levels, particularly in the economic sphere, for the mutual benefit of the people of our countries. Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and best wishes for your good health, personal wellbeing and the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Sri Lanka,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) “Relations between our two countries, anchored in our shared history and culture, have grown over the years to become truly multifaceted. It is our shared responsibility and aspiration to further strengthen these bonds,” he said.

World needs greater investment in reproductive health education – UN agency

Launching the Fund’s report in London, Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said, “The State of World Population 2003 report stresses that education, information and health services are urgently needed in all regions of the world. And I would like to stress that studies repeatedly show that sexuality education does not lead to promiscuous behaviour.“We must also remember that many adolescents and young people are married. In some countries, most girls are married before the age of 18. Globally, there are 82 million girls, aged 10 to 17, who will marry before they turn 18,” she said. “Girls in their late teenage years are twice as likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than are young women in their 20s.”The trend towards later marriage in other countries was undermined whenever unequal power relations forced young women to accept unwanted sex or were unable to protect themselves against pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.Countries will not be able to reverse the spread of AIDS, reduce maternal mortality and reduce extreme poverty as called for in the Millennium Development Goals, unless greater investments are made in and for young people, Ms. Obaid said.“Together, we must expand efforts to reach youth who are in school, who are living in the streets and those who are caught up in conflict zones, where the risk of sexual violence and HIV infection are alarmingly high.”Present international funding for reproductive programmes had reached just 40 per cent of what governments pledged at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, she said.In 2001, that figure was $2.5 billion, the report said, yet estimates for seven Caribbean countries showed savings of $235 a year in direct and economic costs by delaying a single birth to an adolescent.The benefit of each averted case of HIV was even higher – $34,600 per person for a poor country with annual per person earnings of just $1,000. The countries most successful in reducing HIV/AIDS were those whose leaders took the epidemic most seriously more than a decade ago, including Brazil, Jamaica, Senegal, Thailand and Uganda, the report said. But a study of 107 countries showed that 44 did not include AIDS education in school curricula.Countries that have invested in education and health have benefited from reduced fertility and a temporary increase in the working age population, 15 to 60 years old, in proportion to younger and older dependents, the report said. Listen to UN Radio report

South Sudan UN officials call for international engagement to deescalate countrys conflict

As South Sudan’s civil conflict continues to escalate, five senior United Nations officials have urged all stakeholders in the country to reach a sustainable solution to the crisis through inclusive dialogue and foster a lasting peace based on accountability and reconciliation. “We are appalled at the large scale, widespread nature of the violations and abuses reported, including extra judicial killings, the abduction of women and children, rape and other forms of sexual violence, recruitment and use of children, looting and destruction of property,” UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh declared in a joint statement released yesterday evening. “The fighting has exacerbated an already dire economic and humanitarian situation by reducing the humanitarian space, thus depriving thousands of South Sudanese of essential humanitarian assistance.”South Sudan’s ongoing conflict began in December 2013 and has been marked by brutal violence against civilians and deepening suffering across the country. Some 119,000 people are sheltered in UN compounds there while the Organization estimates that the number of people in need for 2015 will include an anticipated 1.95 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a projected 293,000 refugees.In recent weeks, however, the fighting in the country has worsened considerably with reports of widespread killings, rapes, abductions and the burning and destruction of towns and villages, particularly throughout South Sudan’s Unity state.In addition, UN human rights monitors have been denied access to various sites in the State by members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/A) as they sought to verify the reports. The five UN officials reminded all parties on the ground of their responsibilities, in line with international law, to ensure the full protection of the civilian population, especially women and children, from violence and to spare them the effects of hostilities, while also urging the UN Security Council, African Union, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and neighbouring countries to facilitate the process of de-escalation. Women, as leaders and agents of change, must also be represented in peace talks, they added, and women’s groups must be fully consulted in the process. “It is the collective responsibility of the international community to take decisive steps to end the protracted suffering of the South Sudanese people, especially the women and children who are disproportionately affected by the recent clashes,” they continued. In other news, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Eugene Owusu of Ghana as his Deputy Special Representative in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), where he will also serve as UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator, and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He will succeed Toby Lanzer of the United Kingdom, who will be taking up the post of Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel region. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Lanzer’s dedicated service with the United Nations in the Republic of South Sudan.

R103 closed by protesters

first_imgThe R103 between Frere and Colenso is currently closed due to protest action.RTI and police are on scene.Also read: R103 closed due to protestMotorists are warned to stay clear.We will update this story when we have more information.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

agentsBrand USAIncentive

first_imgagentsBrand USAIncentive Brand USA Australia has launched a new trade incentive – Five Badge Fun – to celebrate the introduction of five new specialist badges on its official training site, the USA Discovery Program. The incentive will run until Sunday 1 October, 2017 and agents will be competing for a two night Mystery Flights package for two people, which is a short stay travel package to an unknown destination within Australia. The USA Discovery Program is an innovative and interactive online training site that provides travel agents the knowledge and skills needed to efficiently book trips to the USA. The training site includes 37 different badges such as regions or experiences showcasing the diversity of the USA traveller experience. The five new specialist badges are:1. Wyoming Specialist Badge2. Chicago Specialist Badge3. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Specialist Badge4. Illinois Specialist Badge5. Alamo Specialist BadgeTo qualify, agents will need to head to the USA Discovery Program and complete all of the five new badges to gain an entry. The incentive is only open to travel trade representatives in Australia who are registered users on the Discovery Program. New users must first complete the Regional Expert Badge in order to enter.The prize includes return economy airfares, two nights at a four star hotel and airport transfers. Mystery Flights depart from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney airports and on request from Adelaide, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Canberra.IMAGE: Massachusettslast_img

Momofuku Seiōbo Sydney  have debuted a new tasti

first_imgMomofuku Seiōbo, Sydney,  have debuted a new tasting menu from the culinary team led by Executive Chef Paul Carmichael.Paul Carmichael, formerly the Executive Chef of Momofuku Má Pêche in New York City, relocated to Sydney this winter to take over the kitchen at Momofuku Seiōbo. During this transition, Paul focused on acclimating to Sydney and Australian ingredients while simultaneously developing the current tasting menu.Veronica Trevizo, formerly a Development Chef for the Momofuku Lab and Sous Chef at Momofuku Noodle Bar, has also relocated to Sydney to assume the position of Sous Chef at Seiōbo. The new multi-course tasting menu draws inspiration from the bounty of Australian ingredients and the diverse backgrounds of the culinary team.“When I first arrived, I took the time to get to know the city, the culture, and the cuisine,” says Paul Carmichael.“Having access to new ingredients and the invitation to be creative in a new space has been a unique opportunity. I’m just excited for our guests to experience the menu that our team has been working so hard to create. It is truly a collaborative menu inspired by Australian ingredients. I am still learning about all that Sydney has to offer and really look forward to being a part of the culinary community.”last_img

Paediatricians say children must not be treated by GPs under Gesy

first_imgIf not enough paediatricians join the National Health Scheme (Gesy), the government must find a way to make sure children will not be treated by general physicians (GPs), MPs heard on Thursday.During the discussion at the House health committee on the contracts to be given to private doctors who will register with Gesy as GPs and specialists, paediatricians raised concerns over reports that authorities would designate doctors who are not trained specially to treat children under 15.  Under Gesy, paediatricians will act as GPs for minors.The head of the paediatric society, Michalis Iasonides, said after the committee meeting that, according to the law, paediatricians must examine children up to 15 years of age, while the 15 to 18 group may register either with paediatricians or GPs.He said they have asked the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) to take a clear stand as regards the ages of patients each category of doctors must treat, following reports that there were  thoughts of designating doctors who will join Gesy and who are not paediatricians to treat children under 15.Should such a thing happen, he said, “it would be the beginning of downgrading healthcare services to children.”  It is not possible, he added, for doctors who are not specially trained to assume such responsibility.Iasonides said that the medical society of general practitioners is expected to react.“They do not want to and cannot assume this responsibility,” he said. If such a thing were to be applied, he said, the consequences would be enormous.In Cyprus, he said, there are remarkable health standards, especially for children.“Infant mortality is at 0.4 per thousand, while in countries that do not have paediatricians at the forefront for children, such as the UK, infant mortality is at 1.4 per thousand, three times higher than in Cyprus,” he said. “If they want our children to have this kind of treatment, they can go ahead and do it.”He said that paediatricians were against that. “If not enough paediatricians join Gesy, that is not our responsibility, it is of the HIO’s.”The HIO, he said, must find ways for children to receive the proper medical care.The Cyprus society of paediatricians, he said, has secured a written position from the European Academy of Paediatrics, “which is clear and which explains why children should receive paediatric care from trained physicians.”Iasonides said that they have yet to receive a clear response from the HIO on the matter.He said that HIO is in a state of panic, because, out of fear that not enough paediatricians will join Gesy, is trying to solve the problem with solutions that are “not scientifically acceptable.”Paediatricians were among the first medical societies to state they would not back Gesy, while the majority of the paediatricians based in Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos have also announced they would not join the scheme.Gesy can function with 300 GPs and 70 paediatricians but only if they have the maximum number of patients registered on their lists.The HIO, however, has reportedly raised those numbers to 350 GPs and 130 paediatricians to ensure a smooth start to Gesy.There are currently 77 state paediatricians but not all of them can work as GPs under Gesy as a number of them have other duties.The registration procedure for those interested to work under Gesy as GPs and paediatricians is ongoing. Doctors are able to express interest as of last month. During the first week more than 120 doctors registered with the system, but no information was given as to how many were paediatricians.HIO announced that from February 18 the registration procedure will be open for those who would like to work under Gesy as specialist doctors.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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