Conte confirms he will not take Real Madrid job

first_imgFormer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has claimed he wants to wait until June before returning to management while addressing the possibility of taking over at Real Madrid.The 49-year-old has been out of work since leaving Stamford Bridge during the summer, after winning the Premier League and the FA Cup during his two-year stint in England.The ex-Blues boss had been lined up to replace Julen Lopetgeui at Santiago Bernabeu, but for the time being Santiago Solari has been installed as manager on an interim basis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Solari has overseen an immediate turnaround in fortunes on the pitch, as Madrid have won four games in succession, and is now expected to be offered the role on a permanent basis in the near future.Conte spoke to Sky Sports on Monday and addressed the Madrid speculation – which is still raging on heading into the winter period – confessing that despite interest from top clubs, he intends to wait until the end of the season before signing up for a ‘new project’.”Real Madrid? As I see it, it is better to wait until the end of the season than to take a train running now,” the Italian tactician said.”I want to wait for June and start again with a new project. In three months I could change my mind and deny everything, but I’ve always thought of it this way.”Conte has also been touted for a possible return to Juventus, whom he managed between 2011 and 2014, winning three consecutive Serie A titles before taking the top job with Italy.While he denies wanting to succeed Massimiliano Allegri in Turin, he does admit that he would be most comfortable returning to work in his native land.”If I think about the fact that I could train Ronaldo? No, I do not think about it,” Conte added. “I’m happy with the players I’ve trained and the things I’ve won. The club continues to grow and is doing a great job at the business level, with huge purchases and a great deal for Allegri.”Of course, I am Italian and I like to live and train in Italy, obviously, at the moment there is an incredible dominance of Juventus, but the pursuers are they are strengthening year after year “.last_img

Bayern Munich Blasts Olympiacos, 3-0

first_imgPIRAEUS, Greece — Thomas Mueller scored twice and substitute Mario Goetze added another as Bayern Munich beat Olympiakos 3-0 in the Champions League on Sept. 16, with the hosts falling apart late in the match that was marred by scuffles in the stands before kickoff.The 26-year-old Mueller spotted goalkeeper Roberto off his line and expertly lobbed the ball home in the 52nd minute, laughing at the success of his opportunistic strike.“I must say that we did have a bit of luck with that goal. It’s not something we’ve ever tried in training,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.The Bundesliga side easily held onto their advantage in the second half. Goetze added the second a minute from time with a diagonal shot past Roberto before Muller struck again from the penalty spot in injury time, after Kingsley Coman was brought down in the area.Spanish referee Velasco Carballo handed out yellow cards to Muller and four others plays in the match at Karaiskaki stadium that saw several spells of bad tempered play.In brief clashes before the Group F game, riot police used batons to confront a small group of Bayern fans. No arests were reported.Dinamo Zagreb beat 10-man Arsenal 2-1 in the group’s other game.The hosts took the early initiative but were lucky to reach halftime on level terms after Robert Lewandowski missed a string of chances, with his header in the 26th minute being cleared off the line by striker Ideye Brown.Leandro Salino missed a chance to level for the Greeks as he sprinted toward goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 83rd minute but he sent his shot just wide.Guardiola is making his third attempt to win Europe’s top trophy for the Bavarians, following his highly successful run at Barcelona.The Catalan coach is still missing Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery through injury, and only fielded Goetze after he overcame muscle strain that kept him out of domestic action on Sept. 12.“I’m very happy to be in charge of this team,” Guardiola said. “It’s very hard to win here so I’m very happy with every player and proud of them all.”Olympiakos coach Marco Silva said he was pleased with his men despite the result.“It was an unfair result because it was a balanced game,” he said. “We were strong until the first goal and that’s the kind of goal you cannot control,” he said.“Bayern were lucky at that moment and then everything changed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Shahid Kapoor challenges Saif Ali Khan, asks him to ‘watch out’

first_imgShahid Kapoor has thrown Saif Ali Khan an open challenge. Before your minds start racing, let us clarify that Shahid has said that he might just grow a longer beard than Saif.For the uninitiated, Saif has been sporting a full facial fuzz for Navdeep Singh’s Hunter, in which he is playing a Naga sadhu. Meanwhile, Shahid has been growing out his beard, as well.In an interview with a leading channel, Shahid was asked, “What’s with the long beard?” He laughed, “Saif’s beard looks bigger than my beard, though. I am still waiting for it to get to that length, his looks really good. This is for Arjun Reddy. I’m doing the remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy.”Shahid will start shooting for the film in October, which means that the beard is “going to get a lot bigger than this”. Who knows? He might just beat Saif at having the bigger beard! Shahid laughed, “I might. I might just get there. Watch out, Saif!”Earlier, Saif had joked that his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan and son Taimur are not too happy about his beard. “She says she likes it and he pulls it very hard but neither of them has kissed me very much. If I ask Taimur to kiss my hand, he kisses it. If I ask him to kiss my face, he just tilts his head on my cheek. Pretty much the same with the missus,” he had said.However, Shahid’s daughter Misha is “okay” with the beard. “She has been a part of the growing process. If I was away for a while and I came back, she would have been a bit thrown off. But she has seen it grow every day and she has asked me on many occasions after touching it, ‘Papa, yeh kya hai?’ And I have to explain to her that it’s a beard. Those conversations have happened, yeah,” he laughed.advertisementALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput welcome second child. A baby boy after MishaALSO READ: Saif Ali Khan reveals why Kareena Kapoor Khan and Taimur don’t kiss him anymoreALSO WATCH: Media troubles my wife Mira, but she can handle it, says Shahid Kapoorlast_img

Prime Minister Launches NHT’s Best Schemes Competition

first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) Best Schemes Competition is an important initiative that plays a vital role in encouraging the development of model communities all over Jamaica. Prime Minister Simpson Miller made the statement at the launch of the competition which was held at Angels Grove in Spanish Town on Thursday, January 31. The Prime Minister emphasised that through the NHT, the Government’s goal to make housing more affordable is being achieved. “We have reduced interest rates so that persons earning under $10,000 per month could move toward owning their own homes and the NHT has provided home grants of $1.2 million each to low-income contributors as well as to people with disabilities. We have done this because we are building a better Jamaica through the building of better communities,” she said. The Prime Minister also highlighted that in collaboration with Food for the Poor and JEEP, the NHT launched First Step Homes which is another initiative to help the most vulnerable own their homes and provide stability for their families. Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that one of the mandates given to the NHT is to lift people out of poverty and set them on a path toward economic empowerment and social advancement. “We are utilising the NHT to train inner-city youths in Kingston and St. Andrew in construction and related skills, under the YUTE BUILD Programme. The programme is helping to put idle hands to work, and put food on the table for at least 40 young person and their families living in NHT scheme communities,” she said. The NHT’s Best Schemes Competition now in its 20th year is being held under the theme “Celebrating Communities”. The competition is open to all 132 of NHT’s built schemes and encourages communities to showcase what they have achieved in the areas of culture, health, education, environmental awareness and governance and entrepreneurship.last_img

NABU: Scrubbers Must Be Rejected

first_imgzoom The ecological risks of scrubbers for the marine environment are ignored while at the same time the economic benefits are overestimated, German environmental organisation NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) said commenting on the results of a new study.The study was conducted by the Dutch research institute CE Delft for NABU on ecological and economic impacts of the use of scrubbers in the North and Baltic Sea.Ship owners who opt for scrubbers invest a lot of money in the wrong technology, Rieger“What came as a bad surprise is that obviously nobody ever systematically investigated the impact of scrubbers on the marine environment before entitling this technique as a proper ‘solution’ in the European Sulphur Directive. At the same time it is clear for everyone that simply discharging harmful substances into the ocean instead of to the air will not result in an improvement for the environment. Our report shows that currently scrubbers cannot be considered a solution, neither in ecological nor in economical terms,” NABU Chief Executive Officer Leif Miller said.The environmentalist said these findings corresponded to the fact that a majority of renowned ship owners deliberately chose not to install scrubbers onboard their container vessels.“Scrubbers must also be rejected as they allow ship owners to continue to sail on heavy fuel oil instead of investing in cleaner fuels and eco-friendly drives. Ship owners who opt for scrubbers invest a lot of money in the wrong technology. A switch to low sulphur fuels like LNG or marine gas oil in combination with particle filters and SCR catalysts is literally the cleaner solution,” said NABU transport policy officer Daniel Rieger.Further key findings of the study:Today round about 80 ships out of 55,000 worldwide have scrubbers installed; according to industry insiders up to 300 additional systems are on order Open and hybrid scrubbers dominate the market, closed loop systems barely exist In particular small RoRo ferries, offshore service ships but also cruise ships operate scrubbers.The overall majority of the 14,000 ships sailing in European SECAs every year switched to low sulphur fuels (MGO) instead of installing scrubbers.It has to be assumed that persistent substances like PAHs, heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic), nitrate but also sulphur accumulate in the marine environment which may lead to an infringement of critical loads over time and in particular in areas with dense ship traffic. Same is true for changes of the water’s pH level. Unfortunately, the impact of wash water disposal from scrubbers has never been systematically investigated. There are no valid or long term data available. Research has to be carried out as there are reasonable doubts concerning the environmental compatibility of scrubbers. Possibly, the use of open loop scrubbers is in conflict with requirements set by the European Maritime Framework Directive as well as the Water Framework Directive which demand a requirement of improvement, a prohibition of deterioration and aim at a good environmental state by 2020. The economic model shows: Depending on the type of scrubber the use of low sulphur MGO may be more beneficial for ship owners than the operation of HFO in combination with scrubbers. The range between an optimistic and pessimistic scenario varied about 1.9 million EUR per year, showing additional annual costs of 1.2 million EUR as well as a maximum benefit of 0.5 million EUR per year. Taking into account current fuel price levels it is very hard to develop a positive business case for scrubber operation.last_img

Wilson Orders Bulker Trio

first_imgzoom Bergen-based short sea company Wilson has signed an agreement with a Chinese shipyard Wuxue Janda Shipbuilding Co. Ltd for the construction of a series of three bulk carriers featuring 2600 dwt.The contract stipulates an option for construction of two additional vessels of the same size 2600 dwt.The agreement is subject to board approval and sufficient refund gaurantees from the yard. The deal is expected to be sealed during the second quarter of this year, Wilson said.The bulker trio is slated for delivery during 2016 and will have a pricetag of EUR 3.25 million (USD 3.6 million) per ship.The Wilson fleet consists of 111 vessels, ranging from 1500-8500 dwt, whereof 83 are owned by the Wilson group.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Brokers Hyundai On a Roll

first_imgzoom Shipbuilding companies working under the umbrella of the Hyundai Heavy Industries Group have wrapped up a very busy week having secured orders for ten newbuildings, broker reports show.Hyundai Heavy Industries has won orders for four ships, two tankers and two ultra large boxships.Namely, South Korean H-Line Shipping is reported to have ordered two 300,000 dwt tankers for USD 85 million each.The Tier III ships, slated for delivery in 2019, are said to be intended for a time-charter with GS Caltex, according to Intermodal.Danish Maersk Line has lifted options for two 15, 226 TEU ULCVs at HHI which are also set for delivery in 2019.In addition, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries is said to have received orders for two Tier III 319, 000 tankers from compatriot shipping line Sinokor Merchant Marine. The order has been tied to an option under an existing contract.The ships are worth USD 83.5 million apiece and will be delivered in 2019, according to Intermodal.The company was not available for comment when approached by World Maritime News.Finally, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has been linked to orders for four 1,800 TEU containerships from an undisclosed Japanese shipping company, data from Asiasis shows. The feeders are scheduled for delivery in 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Public shareholding cap raised 1174 listed cos must offload promoter stake

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 1,174 listed firms, including giants like TCS, Wipro and DMart, will have to off-load promoter stakes worth about Rs 3.87 lakh crore, following budget announcement that minimum public shareholding has to be increased to 35 per cent. Presenting her maiden budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said steps need to be taken to bring capital markets closer to the people and proposed raising the threshold for minimum public shareholding from 25 per cent to 35 per cent. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepBased on the latest shareholding data, a research by Centrum Broking Ltd shows that 1,174 listed companies have promoter shareholding above 65 per cent. “To put in other words, 25 per cent of the entire universe of listed companies (4,700 companies) will have to go through off-loading promoter stakes to meet this requirement,” it said in a report post the budget announcement. At the current market prices, the total quantum of sale that needs to be done by these 1,174 companies works out to be about Rs 3,87,000 crore, it added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”While we need to await Sebi regulations regarding how much time will be given to these companies to meet with this minimum public shareholding norms, the overhang of this requirement of off-loading of promoter shareholding can have significant impact on the markets and the specific stocks. “The regulator needs to provide sufficient time to meet this requirement so as not to over-flood the markets with stake sales by promoters,” Jagannadham Thunuguntla, Senior VP & Head of Research (Wealth), Centrum Broking Ltd said. According to the report, the top three companies in terms of quantum of sale would be TCS (Rs 59,600 crore), Wipro (Rs 15,000 crore) and D-mart ( Rs 14,000 crore). Other big names in the list are Coal India, IDBI Bank, HUL, Bank of India and Punjab National Bank, among others. “The recommendation of increasing public participation from 25 per cent to 35 per cent, expect the float of several more companies to increase in the next 2 years, leading to several INs and OUTs of the Nifty which is currently based on free-float methodology. A lot of MNCs, insurance companies and consumer companies like DMart will stay in focus because of it,” said Vinay Pandit, Head – Institutional Equities, IndiaNivesh Securities. VK Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist, Geojit Financial Services said, the proposal to raise public stake in listed companies is desirable but will face practical constraints in implementation in the case of some large-cap companies. “The measures to increases public shareholding from 25 per cent to 35 per cent is the biggest wealth shifting announcement in the interest of ordinary men,” said Jimeet Modi, Founder & CEO, Samco Securities.last_img

Steven Tyler Wants Better Treatment Of Farm Animals

first_imgLegendary artist Steven Tyler, who performed on Wednesday with Aerosmith at the Xfinity Center Mansfield, is asking Massachusetts lawmakers to ban the locking of breeding pigs and veal calves in crates so small they can’t turn around.The rock icon states: “Massachusetts holds a very special place in my heart. Not only is it known for being ahead of the curve on important progressive issues, but it’s also the birthplace of my band Aerosmith. That’s why I was thrilled to learn from my friends at The Humane Society of the United States about S.2232, a critical bill that would ban the extreme confinement of animals used for food. Veal crates and gestation crates cause unspeakable suffering and with the success of crate-free environments, they are proven unnecessary. I hope to see the passage of S.2232 without delay.”Alexis Fox, Massachusetts state director for The HSUS, said: “Massachusetts has a significant historical, cultural and commercial role in American history and that includes being home of one of the greatest rock icons of all time. S. 2232 is supported by a broad coalition of farmers, veterinarians, public health experts, chefs, environmental protection organizations, animal lovers and Steven Tyler. All of us simply want to ensure that these cruel crates do not have a place in the Commonwealth.”The legislature has two weeks left to pass this critical legislation. Ten other states including Rhode Island and Maine have already passed similar farm animal protection laws. For more information, please visit humanesociety.org/mafarmanimals.Source:Humane Societylast_img

US agribusiness looks to boost sales to Cuba

first_imgHAVANA – Representatives from the United States’ agricultural sector arrived in Cuba on Thursday for a conference aimed at promoting sales, one of the few U.S. business areas allowed to deal with the island under a half-century-old trade embargo that Cuban leaders blame for most of its economic troubles.The U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Coalition will explore potential opportunities for American agriculture producers seeking a market on the island. Cuba imports most of its food products from abroad, a multibillion-dollar market that has flourished despite U.S. sanctions.Relations between both countries normalized somewhat after former U.S. President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo while in office. But President Donald Trump has intensified sanctions, making it harder for Americans to travel to Cuba and conduct business.In 2017, the United States sold $260 million of food to the Cuba, but the figure was one of the lowest in this decade and paled in comparison to the $450 million of U.S. food sold in 2012.The island still cannot sell its own products in the U.S. and is not given credit to help pay for imports as a result of the embargo.Cuba spends about $2 billion a year to import food for its 11 million citizens, who are given almost free rations each month of products such as chicken, rice and milk.Phil Peters, a trip organizer, said U.S. agribusiness is interested in exporting more products to Cuba and improving regulatory conditions, and in “building a broader and more normal relationship in which there is investment and shared business.”About 30 participants were meeting with officials at the conference and visiting farms and co-operatives in the Caribbean nation. The group is scheduled to stay until Saturday.“Our country finds itself fully updating its economic model,” Cuban deputy agriculture minister Jose Miguel Rodriguez de Armas said at the opening of the conference. “The concerns of the agriculture sector are very important for the development of our country.”last_img

Scheers middleclass roots make him perfect foil to Justin Trudeau for Tories

first_imgAnd although his Conservative party was soundly defeated four years ago under the leadership of Stephen Harper, who had become deeply unpopular in many regions of the country, Scheer and his team believe they have a real chance at victory.Caucus members and party insiders say Scheer’s thoughtful and measured approach, his ability to build consensus among his team and his more humble beginnings make him the perfect foil to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail. Trudeau was born when his father Pierre was prime minister, grew up in material comfort, and has been something of a celebrity his whole life.Scheer’s more down-to-earth beginnings have become a key talking point for his team and for Scheer himself, especially as he criss-crossed the country in the weeks leading up to the election campaign’s official start.During a speech in Cape Breton in August, Scheer told supporters about his vision for a “new Conservative government” that would create a country in which “a kid who grew up in a townhouse in a family who didn’t own a car, whose grandparents lived in a two-room house with nine children on a dirt road in rural, now suburban, Toronto — can stand in a room like this, running to be the next prime minister of Canada.” OTTAWA — It was a hot August day in 2003 when Conservative campaign manager Hamish Marshall first learned not to underestimate Andrew Scheer.It was Scheer’s wedding day and Marshall was a guest, sitting at a table with a few well-to-do Regina businessmen, when talk about Scheer’s future began.At the time, the 24-year-old Scheer had recently moved to Saskatchewan and was working at an insurance company, waiting tables on the side. During one of the wedding speeches, someone mentioned young Scheer had ambitions to run for public office — which caused the businessmen to emit a few quiet chortles.“Oh, well isn’t that cute,” Marshall recalls them saying to one another.  Nine months later, Scheer was elected a member of Parliament, first beating a player for the popular Saskatchewan Roughriders for the Conservative nomination, then winning the Regina-Qu’Appelle riding from NDP MP Lorne Nystrom, the longest-serving member in the House of Commons at the time.It’s a pattern of miscalculation that Marshall says has been a common theme for Scheer since entering politics.“There’s this long history of people underestimating Andrew and him overcoming the expectations,” Marshall said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Scheer, 40, is now the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and is in a race with a much higher office at the finish line.center_img Barely glancing at his prepared remarks, Scheer appeared jovial and at ease at the podium in Cape Breton — a polish that Marshall admits has taken time to achieve as the father of five evolved from being a young MP to a party leader.Born in Ottawa to a nurse and a newspaper librarian, Scheer finished his undergraduate degree in Saskatchewan and then ran for Parliament there in 2004.He spoke too quickly back then, recalls Conservative Sen. Denise Batters with a laugh. Her late husband Dave Batters, also from Saskatchewan, was also a rookie member of Parliament with Scheer in 2004.When she first heard Scheer was challenging the NDP’s Nystrom for the seat in Regina-Qu’Appelle, Batters says she was among those who didn’t believe he could beat the veteran MP.“I thought, ‘Well, good for you,’ but I thought ‘That’s going to be a bit of a tough one,’ ” she says.The same thing happened when Scheer sought — and won — the speakership of the House of Commons in 2011. At 32, he became the youngest person in the chamber’s history to hold the title.“A lot of people said, ‘Are you kidding? We’re never going to have a speaker that young,’” says Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre, who was also was elected to Parliament at the same time as Scheer.“I think they’d underestimated how many relationships he had built across party lines, how much respect he had earned as a hard worker and a thoughtful parliamentarian.”Batters says Scheer and his team used a similar approach in 2017 when he ran to become leader of the Conservative party as he did when he ran for Speaker: appealing to Tories as a “solid second choice” in the ranked-ballot vote.It worked. He trailed from the first ballot but eked out a win on the 13th against the frontrunner, Quebec MP Maxime Bernier. He became the second leader ever of the modern Conservative Party of Canada, following the 2003 merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservatives.Since then, he has used his steady, quiet approach to keep the party from churning into a mess of internal squabbles — an achievement party insiders are quick to highlight, in light of the party’s history of splintering after electoral defeats.They don’t count Bernier’s dramatic departure last year. He quit the read more

Moroccan Mother Angrily Beats Son in Video Yells Tell Your Father

Rabat- The mother recorded her son, who appeared to be just six years old, as she ruthlessly swatted his bare skin. “Tell you father to divorce me,” she menaced while the child screamed and wailed in pain.The 33-second-long footage shows glimpses of the child’s toys lying forgotten amid the violence, as he pleads for his absent father to “come now and divorce her; she’s hitting me.”The angry mother, continuing to strike the child, said to her son: “are you two ganging up on me?” The woman’s identity has not yet been identified. Moroccans on social media, appalled, condemned her behavior as child abuse.Moroccan child’s rights organization “Matkisch Weldi” (meaning “do not touch my child” in English) denounced the violence and called on authorities to open an immediate investigation into the incident, said Moroccan news outlet Alyaoum24.

Pacific island nations gather for UN meeting to review development goals

The countries will assess progress made in implementing the Mauritius Strategy, which was adopted by 125 nations in 2005 and is the only global blueprint addressing the unique development challenges of small island developing States.Small Pacific island nations are particularly vulnerable to climate change, sea-level rise, natural disasters and external economic shocks due to factors including factors including their small size, remoteness from major markets and poverty.They have been hit particularly hard by the current global financial and economic crisis, which came on the heels of the 2007-2008 food and fuel crises.The region was also hard hit by earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis, with these natural disasters having affected mostly the poor and causing significant damage.The 14 participants at the two-day gathering in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), are the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 8 February 2010Top officials from 14 small island developing nations in the Pacific Ocean are gathering in Vanuatu today for a United Nations-backed meeting to review strides made in sustainable development.

Days of ISIL are numbered says UN envoy as nation prepares for

“Three months after the Mosul military operation started, combat operations in the eastern part of Mosul have come to an end,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, told the UN Security Council during a briefing. He said that the Iraqi forces, with significant support from its international partners, especially the United States, will remain engaged in complex urban operations, in particular inside the old city in western Mosul.“Yet, in the rather short foreseeable future, the liberation operations in Iraq are coming to an end – the days of the so-called ISIL in Iraq are counted,” added Mr. Kubiš, who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).According to an advance summary of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan submitted by relief aid partners in December, at least $985 million is required this year to reach the 5.8 million most vulnerable Iraqis. Of this, $331 million is being sought specifically for the Mosul response. Already a lot is being done. Over 1.4 million displaced Iraqis have returned to their homes, including one million in the past 12 months. Ján Kubiš, Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation concerning Iraq. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe In the post-Da’esh period, Iraq will need continuous, substantial and sustainable support and assistance from the international community, including its regional partners, he stressed, warning that any abrupt scaling-down of engagement or support would mean repeating mistakes of the past – mistakes that have had grave consequences for stability and security, well beyond the borders of Iraq, even globally. The protection of civilians, the avoidance of steps that could incite sectarian tensions, and the prevention of looting and revenge attacks in Mosul and other liberated areas of the country “constitute first steps in the process of national and community-based reconciliation, in building a new and truly unified Iraq,” he said.Since 2003, Iraq has lost more than half of its ethnic and religious minority population. Special attention should therefore be paid to arrangements that address the specific security and other concerns of minorities to enable returns to their homes.The National Alliance Initiative, submitted to UNAMI by the largest parliamentarian bloc, on the way forward in post-Da’esh Iraq is a good starting point in the Iraqi-owned and led, but UN-facilitated, process of national settlement and reconciliation, he said.UNAMI is currently working with various groups, including the Sunni and Turkmen components, Kurdistan region of Iraq, civil society, minority communities, tribal leaders, and youth and women groups with the aim of soliciting their views and vision on how to build a post-ISIL united Iraq, based on the principles of equality and citizenship. He emphasized that “for national reconciliation to succeed, it must be supported by grassroots initiatives.”

Join todays launch party for the new Goodman School

This afternoon (Feb. 6), past and present faculty members and students will join University Chancellor Ned Goodman, President Jack Lightstone and other senior officials to throw a party officially launching the Goodman School of Business.The two-hour event in Guernsey Market begins at 5 pm, and is the festive follow-up to last autumn’s announcement that the University’s Business faculty was being renamed the Goodman School of Business.The Brock community has been invited to join the celebration.The official announcement last fall surprised and delighted the Business faculty and the broader Brock community.The news was shared with Business faculty members in a closed meeting on the afternoon of Oct. 12. Later that evening the President elicited loud applause at the General Brock’s Soiree gala event when he publicly revealed the name change to honour the Goodman family, after the Goodman Foundation made a transformational gift to the business school.This is the first time in the University’s history that a faculty has been renamed in such a manner.The decision has met with widespread enthusiasm from students and officials alike. Don Cyr, the Dean of Business, calls the renaming a historical milestone for Brock.“Today, with gratitude for the resources provided us, we launch a business school that will take its rightful place as leaders in business education and research,” he said.

By the numbers Ohio State runs over Illinois 283

Redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) leaps into the end zone for a touchdown during OSU’s 28-3 win over Illinois on Nov. 14 in Champaign, Illinois.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOhio State’s redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett returned from his one-game suspension to help guide the Buckeye offense to a dominating victory at Illinois, 28-3, thanks to outstanding performances by junior running back Ezekiel Elliott and the entire OSU defense.The Scarlet and Gray started strong by keeping Illinois off the board on the first drive of the game. After taking over possession, the Buckeyes were able to drive all the way down inside the 1-yard line.  Although the Illini managed to keep the Buckeyes from scoring after a stout defensive stand, the Buckeyes slowly began to flex their muscles as the game wore on.Redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas continued his terrific season after catching a 24-yard touchdown throw by Barrett to help the Buckeyes score first.  After an Illinois field goal, Barrett added another rushing score to help the visitors take a 14-3 lead into the half.  In the second half, though, Elliott took control, as the Buckeyes wore down Illinois with their fierce running game.Elliott ended the game with 181 yards rushing on 27 carries, as well as two touchdowns. As a unit, the Buckeyes rushed for 281 yards en route to 440 total yards for the day. Barrett added 159 yards through the air and two total touchdowns, but he also had an interception and a fumble on the day. However, despite several offensive inconsistencies, the Buckeye defense performed spectacularly, holding Illinois to a measly 20 yards rushing and 261 yards in total. OSU also kept the pressure on Illinois junior quarterback Wes Lunt, who was unable to complete even 50 percent of his passes, and also recovered two fumbles from the Illini. Illinois, which has lost four of its last five games, now find itself on the cusp of bowl eligibility at 5-5 as it travels to Minnesota next Saturday. OSU, on the other side, begins the toughest part of its schedule as the Buckeyes are set to meet Michigan State in Columbus next weekend in a battle of elite programs before traveling to Michigan for the regular-season finale.By the numbers:3,565: Elliott moved his career rushing total to 3,565 yards, the third most in OSU history behind Eddie George and Archie Griffin.30:  With the win, OSU has now won 30 straight regular-season conference games, the most of any team in the nation.20: The current number of games where Elliott has rushed for at least 100 yards, tied for the second most in school history with George. This includes an active streak of 15 straight games.97: The number of total tackles sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan has amassed so far this season after his 14 against Illinois. McMillan currently ranks third in the Big Ten for total tackles.24: The number of years since Illinois last won a home game against OSU (1991).101: The number of all-time matchups between OSU and Illinois (the only team that Illinois has played more is Northwestern, with 108 matchups between the two schools).4: With the win, OSU has officially claimed its fourth straight season with double-digit wins. Illinois has not had a double-digit win season since 2001 and only has four in its 125 years of existence.2nd: Everytime Illinois and OSU meet, the teams fight for the second-oldest rivalry trophy in the Big Ten: the Illibuck (The oldest is the Little Brown Jug, which is between Michigan and Minnesota). The Illibuck originally started as a live turtle, but has since been replaced by 10 different wooden replicas.

Ohio State womens track focusing on fixing minor things against tough competition

The Ohio State women’s track team is set to head to New York where the women are scheduled to compete in the Armory Collegiate Invitational against some of the nation’s top programs, including No. 15 South Carolina, No. 17 Mississippi State and No. 11 Kansas.This weekend, the Buckeyes are looking to continue forward after a successful meet last weekend and see the upcoming meet as an opportunity to work on the little things that need to be fixed.Associate head coach Rosalind Joseph said this week in practice the team has been working more on technique.“Now that we have gotten in a few meets, we are working on what we need to execute,” Rosalind said on the team’s work outside of conditioning. “Each person is starting to figure out what they need to work on individually.”Junior sprinter and hurdler Alexandria Johnson said she is looking forward to showcasing her hard work in practice on her start and technique when she runs the 60-meter hurdles.“Whether it is their finish, their start, blocks, or form, each person has their small change they need to make and that is what we are getting this weekend. (Fixing) those minor things before Big Ten (Championships),” Johnson said.Senior thrower Emily Taylor agreed, saying this weekend is a good chance for each person to figure what she needs to improve on going forward so the team can ultimately be prepared for the Big Ten Indoor Championship, which is set to start Feb. 27. She said this weekend is a “mental and physical” preparation for the big meet.The Armory Collegiate Invitational was recognized as the Division I “Meet of the Week” with the historic background and high level of competition it provides.“This is definitely an honor, to be taken to this meet,” Taylor said. “Not everyone gets to go so if you get on this plane, you should be ready to compete. It’s not something I take lightly.”With more than 100 teams set to participate, the competition is expected to be the toughest the Buckeyes have faced thus far in the season.Joseph said it will be good to see the team compete against national competition this weekend, which helps prepare them for the conference meet. She added that it is always good to line up against some teams they aren’t always used to seeing in the conference to get an idea of where they stack up against the top ranked programs.“Being in a large environment like New York, how the ladies prepare, how they handle themselves outside of normal conditions will be nice adversity to see how they are able to handle that test,” Joseph said.Joseph said the team is always striving to be better than they were the week prior so as long as everyone is competing and improving, then they are “headed in the right direction.”The invitational is set to begin Friday at 9 a.m. and continue through Saturday evening.

Internet is becoming unreadable because of a trend towards lighter thinner fonts

first_imgThe internet is becoming unreadable because of a trend towards lighter and thinner fonts, making it difficult for the elderly or visually-impaired to see words clearly, a web expert has found.Where text used to be bold and dark, which contrasted well with predominantly white backgrounds, now many websites are switching to light greys or blues for their type.Award winning blogger Kevin Marks, founder of Microformats and former vice president of web services at BT, decided to look into the trend after becoming concerned that his eyesight was failing because he was increasingly struggling to read on screen text. “Choosing colours with poor contrast makes navigating, reading and interacting a real pain,” said a spokesman.“Good design means sufficient contrast between foreground and background colours. If it’s important enough to be clear. This is essential for people with low contrast sensitivity which becomes more common as we age.”But Mr Marks said that reducing the contrast risked alienating some users.“To arbitrarily throw away contrast based on a fashion that looks good on my perfect screen in my perfectly lit office is abdicating designer’s responsibilities to the very people for whom they are designing,” he said.“My plea to designers and software engineers: Ignore the fads and go back to the typographic principles of print.“You’ll be making things better for people who read on smaller, dimmer screens, even if their eyes aren’t aging like mine. It may not be trendy, but it’s time to consider who is being left out by the web’s aesthetic.”Dr Simon Harper, an experimental Computer Scientist in Human Computer Interaction and Information Systems at the University of Manchester, said: “Black text on a white background may convey a certain harshness, grey text, on the other hand, may convey a softer more friendly feeling. “But for some, these design choices come at the cost of legibility, fatigue and comprehension. We call this a situational impairment, whereby the user is disabled by the device, design, environment, or context of use. “Straining to see text will give many a disabling experience. In the new world of cutting edge digital design all of us will at some point become impaired. “Making sure that controls are present to conform the design to the user, so that the user doesn’t always have to conform themselves to the design – sometimes and impossible requirement, is the only viable option.” My plea to designers and software engineers: Ignore the fads and go back to the typographic principles of print.Kevin Marks Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Google’s guidelines also suggest a 7:1 contrast ratio, but 54 per cent opacity of display, which brings the ratio down to 4.6:1.Mr Marks, who has been named one of the Telegraph’s 50 must influential Britons in technology,  said the changes risk undermining the universal reach of the internet. “The typography choices of companies like Apple and Google set the default design of the web, and these two drivers of design are already dancing on the boundaries of legibility,” he warned on the technology site Backchannel.“If the web is relayed through text that’s difficult to read, it curtails the open access by excluding large swaths of people such as the elderly, the visually impaired, or those retrieving websites through low quality screens.“As we rely on computers not only to retrieve information but also to access and build services that are crucial to our lives, making sure that everyone can see what’s happening becomes increasingly important.” More elderly people are using the internet to stay in touch with relatives  Lighter fonts may work well on a high-definition desktop but not on smartphones or in brighter lighting conditions  Lighter fonts may work well on a high-definition desktop but not on smartphones or in brighter lighting conditions  The changes in typography have come about because, as web design evolved, the numbers of fonts, colours and background began to diverge from the original set of ‘web safe’ fonts which were deemed legible online.The rise in LCD technology and high definition screens has also allowed designers to use increasingly thinner fonts, which, while working on desktops, can be virtually impossible to read on smartphones or tablets.In recent years, reference guides such as the Typography Handbook have also steered designers away from too much contrast, claiming that traditional black on white typography strains the eyes, and made it difficult for people with dyslexia.  And many computers are now set to grow dimmer during the evening to avoid too much blue light after dark, which can keep people awake.But the US based Web Accessibility Initiative, which came up with the original ratio formula in 2008 to help web designers said too little contrast made web pages ‘confusing and frustrating’ More elderly people are using the internet to stay in touch with relatives  He found read more

POSCO lithium extraction demonstration plant working well in Argentina

first_imgLithium Americas Corp (LAC) has announced that POSCO’s innovative high efficiency lithium extraction demonstration plant operating at LAC’s Cauchari salar in Jujuy Province, Argentina, has produced in excess of 6 t of lithium compound since the formal inauguration of the Demo Plant on December 22, 2014. These initial 6 t of lithium compound will now be sent by POSCO to Korea for final processing and packaging, and then delivered for testing to end users and potential customers. POSCO has advised that initial test results indicate that the Demo Plant is achieving or exceeding all initial performance targets as it has operated on a continuous 24 hour production cycle.The POSCO extraction process is also capable of producing potash.  The potash demonstration plant, located in Jujuy city, is in the final stage of construction and is expected to be in operation in the next few weeks. Both the lithium and potash plants will operate for several weeks, following which LAC expects to commence commercial stage negotiations with POSCO in the spring of 2015.POSCO, Korea’s largest steel company and a leader in the development of advanced material processes, has developed a proprietary and innovative lithium extraction technology which it believes has numerous advantages compared to traditional lithium brine evaporation technology.  Specifically, POSCO claims that its technology produces lithium considerably more quickly than traditional brine evaporation technology, minimises the environmental footprint associated with large scale evaporation ponds used in traditional brine evaporation technology, and has a recovery rate which is significantly higher than traditional brine evaporation technology.  The higher recovery rates associated with POSCO’s processing technology should result in a project requiring fewer production wells for a given level of production, thereby reducing the capital cost requirements for the wells as compared to traditional evaporation technology. In addition, higher recovery rates would serve to increase the effective size of a lithium resource, thereby extending the life of a project. POSCO’s several hundred tonne per year Demo Plant is the final stage test in the commercialisation plan for its high efficiency lithium extraction process, having previously successfully operated pilot plants in 2011 and 2013, respectively.LAC’s previously published NI 43-101 compliant feasibility study was based on the use of traditional evaporation technology.  According to the study results, the resource estimate contained in its Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project is the third largest known lithium brine resource in the world.LAC’s Executive Chairman, Tom Hodgson: “We are very encouraged by the positive initial test results of the Demo Plant, and congratulate Dr Chon and his team for their exceptional efforts in constructing a very impressive facility.  We are excited by the many benefits that POSCO’s technology is expected to bring to our already world-class lithium resource, and we look forward to beginning commercial stage negotiations in the near future.”last_img

At least 22 girls dead as fire ravages youth shelter in Guatemala

first_img Short URL Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 8:19 AM At least 22 girls dead as fire ravages youth shelter in Guatemala Distraught relatives are waiting outside a fence into the facility asking workers to tell them what happened to them. 5,749 Views Image: Moises Castillo/PA Images A FIRE HAS killed at least 22 girls at a state-run youth shelter in Guatemala, after being locked in their rooms after trying to escape.On Tuesday, dozens of teenagers held in an overcrowded shelter on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital flooded through the gates Tuesday evening, most only to be caught and locked down in their dorms.On Wednesday morning someone set fire to mattresses in the girls’ section of the rural campus, authorities said.The blaze quickly spread through two dorms, killing at least 22 girls and injuring dozens more, most with second- and third-degree burns.Distraught parents scribbled their children’s names on pieces of paper to pass to shelter staff begging for information. They went to the two local hospitals and the morgue.Authorities worked to identify victims, but said DNA tests might be necessary for some remains.At Roosevelt Hospital, Dr Marco Antonio Barrientos asked parents waiting outside for information to come back with photographs, dental records and details about tattoos or other distinctive features.Piedad Estrada, a street vendor, arrived at the hospital with a photograph of her 16-year-old daughter. She said the teen was pregnant and had been at the shelter for nine days because she ran away from home.Estrada searched at the hospitals and the morgue, but got no information. She showed the photo to workers at one hospital, but they said they had five girls who were completely bandaged so they could not be sure.“They only took her from me to burn her,” Estrada said. “I blame the state for what has happened.” Source: Moises Castillo/PA ImagesLate Wednesday at the morgue, Patricia Ramirez said her 15-year-old granddaughter Achly Gabriela Mendez Ramirez was one of the dead.She said her daughter, the girl’s mother, had identified Achly’s burned body at the shelter earlier in the day, but authorities said they would not release her body until there was a DNA test.Ramirez said the family was from a region east of the capital in Jutiapa department and Achly had been at the home for one year.Ambulances had hurried to the hospitals throughout the morning carrying the injured, some partially naked, burned bright pink.A 15-year-old girl being treated for minor injuries at Roosevelt Hospital said she and other girls had sought refuge on the roof of their dorm after the disturbances began, fearful of being attacked by other youths.By morning she said she could see the fire in a nearby building.“I saw the smoke in the place. It smelled like flesh,” the girl said.The government’s response National Police guard the entrance to the children’s shelter Virgin of the Assumption Safe Home where people gather in San Jose Pinula, Guatemala. Source: Luis Soto/PA ImagesHours after the fire, the government in a statement expressed its condolences to the victims’ families and promised a thorough investigation.It said that before the incident it had asked that the shelter transfer youths with criminal histories who were there on judges’ orders to other facilities, but that had not happened. It said the director had been fired.Surrounded by trees and a 30-foot wall, the Virgin of the Assumption Safe Home was built to hold 500 young residents, but at the time of the fire housed at least 800.The residents were a mix of children in protective custody who had been victims of abuse as well as older youths with criminal records who had served their sentences but had nowhere else to go.Complaints about abuse and living conditions at the overcrowded shelter have been frequent.Jorge de Leon, Guatemala’s human rights prosecutor, said in a statement that at least 102 children had been located after escaping from the shelter but more had managed to flee. He said younger children fled the shelter because they were being abused by older residents.“According to what they say, the bigger kids have control and they attack them constantly,” de Leon wrote. “They also complain that food is scarce and of poor quality.”In 2013, a 14-year-old girl was murdered at the facility. Investigators said the girl was strangled by one of the other residents.Read: CIA says Wikileaks’ hacking leak ‘could damage terrorist protections’Read: Body parts found at farm of man who confessed to killing family of four 1 Comment Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 9th 2017, 8:19 AM https://jrnl.ie/3278279 read more