As many as 12 Indian cricketers, including the likes of Munaf Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, are expected to feature in the first edition of the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) scheduled to commence from July 19.According to a report in islandcricket.com, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has secured the services of several prominent overseas cricketers, including Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, who are currently engaged in the Indian Premier League (IPL).Apart from Gayle, whose blistering strokeplay has put the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the top of the points table in the fourth edition of the IPL, SLPL is also expected to feature Daniel Vettori, whose IPL journey was cut short after a recurring knee injury.Among the Indian players on the SLPL radar, the inclusion of Patel and Ashwin besides Praveen Kumar, who was recently selected for the West Indies tour after missing the World Cup due to an elbow injury, comes as a surprise as the trio is likely to be on national duty during that period.India is scheduled to visit England during the month of July for a four-match Test series followed by a one-day tournament and a one-off Twenty20 match.The other Indian players who figure in the list posted by the website include Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwary, Paul Valthaty, Ravindra Jadeja, Saurabh Tiwary, Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar.The list, which in all features 33 overseas players so far, also includes the names of David Warner, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Akmal, Albie Morkel, Herschelle Gibbs, Kevin O’Brien and Tamim Iqbal among others.advertisementWith PTI inputs
Advertisement(Photo Credits: Squawka)Camp Nou chiefs are pissed off with Barcelona star Gerard Pique’s involvement in Antoine Griezmann’s video where he confirmed his Atletico Madrid stay.Barcelona board are reportedly unhappy with Gerard Pique following the defender’s role in the video where Los Rojiblancos star Antonie Griezmann confirmed his stay in Madrid citing different reasons. Griezmann’s “The Decision” documentary- which was criticized online was released on Thursday night which saw him ensuring his future with Atletico Madrid.According to Spanish publications AS, the video was made by Kosmos Productions- the production company which is owned by none other than the Barcelona star Gerard Pique. It is said that this caused has anger at the Camp Nou.According to the report published in AS, club president Joseph Maria Bartomeu and other chiefs believe that Pique has crossed a certain barrier, especially in the way he publicised Griezmann’s ‘The Decision’ on his personal twitter account which has over 18 Million followers. Pique tweeted about the documentary for about four times and retweeted Kosmos Productions’ tweet that declares ‘#LaDecision’ was the number one trending topic in Spain.Gran trabajo de toda la gente de @Kosmos_Studios. Felicidades equipo! https://t.co/vMfJILaTPB— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) June 14, 2018 #LaDecisión TT #1 in SpainTT #3 Worldwide👏👏👏👏👏👏👏— Kosmos Studios (@Kosmos_Studios) June 14, 2018It is said that the board is also disappointed with Gerard Pique’s defensive partner Samuel Umtiti, who is currently with Atletico Madrid hitman Antonie Griezmann in the France World Cup Squad and shares striker’s agent. Well Pique didn’t hold back from responding to the criticisms he received for tweeting that video.The Spaniard responded to the video saying, “Remember one thing. There’ll be people who criticise it, because everything that’s new generates repudiation.“But the most important reflection that ‘La Decisión’ offers is that sometimes not everything they sell you is true.”Y recordad una cosa. Habrá gente que lo criticará, porque todo lo nuevo puede generar rechazo. Pero la reflexión más importante que deja la #LaDecisión es que a veces, no todo lo que os venden es cierto. Buenas noches.— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) June 14, 2018Also Read: Romelu Lukaku Announces Long Term Deal With Puma Otra manera de ver la vida del futbolista y sus dudas para tomar la decisión más importante de su carrera. Gracias al equipo de @Kosmos_Studios y en especial a @AntoGriezmann por estas últimas semanas. Decidiste quedarte en el @Atleti y espero que te vaya genial esta temporada!— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) June 14, 2018 🍿para ver esta noche #LaDecisión de @AntoGriezmann en @cero https://t.co/pi0UI3NT6M— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) June 14, 2018 Advertisement
Amaravati, Jul 7 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan today said he too would work from the states new capital region Amaravati “as frequently as possible”.”Probably I will also occupy a space in the new Secretariat complex shortly. I have already spoken to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. If one state had moved to this new complex, I would also try and see as frequently as possible to come and work out of this place,” Narasimhan said. He was talking to reporters after inspecting the ongoing works at the new Secretariat complex (Government Transitional Headquarters) at Velagapudi this afternoon. This was the Governors first visit to the capital region after the foundation-stone laying ceremony in October last year.It was his maiden visit to the GTH where the Secretariat departments started relocating in a phased manner.The entire complex will be ready by August end and full scale functioning of the Secretariat will start then.”A lot (of negative) is being said about the Secretariat complex. We have seen every room. Its a modern concept, nice concept and nice location. A lot of planning and thinking has gone into it. Working style (of government employees) will improve and efficiency will improve a lot more,” the Governor observed.Trying to allay apprehensions of employees over relocating to Amaravati from Hyderabad, Narasimhan assured that the government would look into all their issues.”We will certainly look into all their issues and make their life very very comfortable. I want to assure all my colleagues, brethren officers and employees that you will be comfortable. We will ensure your comfort and only then you will work well,” he said.advertisement”We have a responsibility and we will ensure that to the extent possible we will take care of your issues…,” the Governor added. The chief minister took the Governor around the five blocks that are being built at the GTH and explained the location of each department.Ministers P Narayana, P Pulla Rao and others were also present. PTI DBV ARS RCJ
England all-rounder Moeen Ali has called on the country’s cricket board to employ spin consultant Saqlain Mushtaq on permanent basis after the Joe Root-led side registered a 3-1 win in the four-match Test series against South Africa.Moeen became the first man in history to amass more than 250 runs and bag 25 wickets in a four-match Test series, which ended with England clinching a huge 177-run win over the Proteas at the Old Trafford.Paying tribute to the former Pakistan skipper, Moeen credited “amazing” Mushtaq for his role in helping the England all-rounder enjoy a record-breaking Test series.Mushtaq was hired by the England and the Wales Cricket Board on a consultancy basis and Moeen expressed his desire to see the former all the time, including this summer’s Ashes series that could prove challenging.”I’d love to have him for all games – T20s, one-dayers and Test matches. If you are going to have batting, fielding and fast-bowling coaches, it would be nice to have a spin-bowling coach for pretty much all the games,’ ESPNcricinfo quoted Moeen as saying.”If I do get on that plane for the Ashes, hopefully I’ll have Saqi sitting next to me. I’d like him to be there. He can help me out, he added.AP PhotoMoeen further revealed that he and Mushtaq were working on a few variations – including a top-spinner that has yet to be used in a match – before admitting that the former Pakistan spinner had contributed more directly to the key wicket of Hashim Amla on the final day of the series.advertisement”He gave me the option of putting a silly point in.Maybe it put something in the batter’s mind in terms of playing forward. I bowled a bit shorter, he went back. I think that made the difference,” Moeen said.”There is always something new with Saqi. The basics are the same, but he has found a few variations in my bowling which I am working on. He is brilliant with my mindset,” the England all-rounder emphasized.While Saqlain is slated to work with the England side during the upcoming West Indies series, Moeen hinted that a more permanent role for the former could be agreed soon.”That’s not too far from the future. I know we had him in India, but it’s taken a bit of time for me to understand him and him to understand me. He has been amazing for me in terms of helping with my fields, helping me understand my bowling a lot more than I had done previously and I think that has been the biggest difference,” he said.England will now head into the three-match Test series against West Indies, beginning August 17 in Birmingham.
All Roger Federer had to do was strike a few silky forehands in his first practice session at Roland Garros for four years to create something of a social media frenzy this week.Ever since the 37-year-old announced he was ending his self-imposed French Open exile, anticipation has been growing and video footage of his gentle warmup on Tuesday sent his legions of fans into a frenzy.It is 10 years since Federer claimed his one and only title on the Parisian dirt completing his career slam with victory over Swede Robin Soderling.First time back since 2015…Welcome back to Roland-Garros @rogerfederer!#RG19 pic.twitter.com/LuOuuXBqKXRoland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 21, 2019He opted to skip the French Open for the past three years a decision based on prolonging his career but a decade after lifting La Coupe des Mousquetaires he returns not just for old time’s sake, but because the Swiss must truly believe he has a chance of a 21st Grand Slam title.Federer showed enough in a quarter-final run in Madrid his first claycourt tournament for three years that he had not forgotten how to slide with the best of them.He also won a couple of rounds in Rome last week before withdrawing ahead of his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas citing a minor injury concern.Federer will step into a new look Roland Garros this year and admits it has been hard to be away.Asked why he returned in an interview with French TV channel Stade 2, he explained: What made me decide to come back to Roland-Garros? In the end, it’s envy, he said.advertisementI like slipping, cushioning, riding at odds, playing with angles and to see the fans I have not seen here.GLITTERING RECORDFederer’s last match at Roland Garros was a quarter-final loss to fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in 2015.Since then he has added two Australian Opens and one more Wimbledon title to his glittering record and he clearly still hungers after the game’s biggest prizes.But with his 38th birthday looming and a host of dangerous claycourters assembling in Paris, it would surely top any of his previous feats if he reclaimed the title.You can’t say never because it’s Roger, twice French Open runner-up Alex Corretja, told Reuters.In my opinion he’s not one of the favourites because there’s a lot of guys who can hurt his game on the clay.Federer will hope for warm conditions to speed up the courts and perhaps allow him to use the serve-and-volley tactics he employed liberally in Madrid this month when he reached the quarter-finals in his first clay event for three years.I always thought that serve and volleying on a hot day on clay almost has more reward than on a grass court sometimes because the ball jumps out of the strike zone, he said.The conditions, and the luck of the draw, will play a big factor in Federer’s prospects over the next two weeks but whatever happens this year’s French Open story will be all the more memorable for his return.I don’t think he has in his mind winning the French Open, he will just go there day by day and whatever he does it will be a bonus, Corretja said.Whether it’s two, three, four or five matches, it will help him arrive at Wimbledon with more rhythm.Also Read | Injury-hit Naomi Osaka heads to French Open after rocky clay seasonAlso Read | Andy Murray admits he might not play singles at WimbledonAlso See
India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 15:37 IST New Zealand woman cricketer Hayley Jensen married Australian player Nicola Hancock last weekend. (Twitter/StarsBBL)HIGHLIGHTSHayley Jensen and Nicola Hancock got married last weekendThey have both played for the Melbourne StarsLast year SA women’s cricket team captain Dane van Niekerk married teammate Marizanne KappNew Zealand woman cricketer Hayley Jensen married Australian player Nicola Hancock in a beautiful same-sex ceremony last weekend.Hayley Jensen and Nicola Hancock have both played for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League before Jensen made the cross-town move to the Melbourne Renegades for the third edition of the tournament.Melbourne Stars celebrated the news by sharing a wedding picture on their official Twitter handle.From #TeamGreen, congratulations to Stars bowler Nicola Hancock who married her partner Hayley Jensen last weekend! the club captioned the picture.From #TeamGreen, congratulations to Stars bowler Nicola Hancock who married her partner Hayley Jensen last weekend! pic.twitter.com/QvWb7Ue0QxMelbourne Stars (@StarsBBL) April 18, 2019Hayley Jensen and Nicola Hancock also took to their Instagaram profiles to share an alluring picture from the wedding day. Nicola Hancock had earlier announced the news of the two marrying each other 46 days ago on Instagram. Nicola Hancock shared her wedding picture on Instagram. (Instagram/nichancock44)Hayley Jensen, 26, made her international cricket debut for New Zealand in 2014. Jensen was named the best player in the Victoria Women’s Premier Cricket competition for the 2017-2018 season.Nicola Hancock, on the other hand, is still uncapped in international circuit but recently became the second highest wicket taker for the Melbourne Stars.The Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) marriage was made legal in New Zealand on August 19, 2013.Same-sex marriage was legalized in Australia as well on December 9, 2017.Last year in July, South African women’s cricket team captain Dane van Niekerk also married her teammate Marizanne Kapp.advertisementThe duo was only the second set of current international teammates to get married After New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu tied knot in 2017.Also Read | South Africa women’s cricket captain Van Niekerk marries teammate KappAlso Read | Nathan Lyon wants Australia to enjoy cricket on challenging India tourFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Nicola HancockFollow Hayley JensenFollow Melbourne Former women’s Big Bash League club teammates Jensen and Hancock get hitchedHayley Jensen and Nicola Hancock have both played in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Stars.advertisement
New Delhi: A Delhi court Friday issued non-bailable warrants (NBW) against businessman Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in connection with a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam.Special Judge Arvind Kumar passed order, while noting ED’s submissions that Puri may try to tamper with evidence and influence the witnesses as he already did earlier. The court noted in its order that the accused’s counsel had filed an application before it for impleading him as a party in the ED’s application for NBW. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court, which dismissed Puri’s application for impleading him in the matter, said, “It shows that applicant is keeping a watch on court proceedings but does not want to appear before ED to join investigation.” “It is alleged that accused has tampered with evidence, influenced the witnesses and there is reasonable apprehension that he is still trying to tamper with evidence and influence the witnesses. “In view of the aforesaid facts and circumstances, I consider it fit to issue Non Bailable Warrant against accused Puri. Let NBW be issued against Puri,” the court said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAccording to ED, Puri has not been joining investigation since he was granted interim protection on July 27 on his application for anticipatory bail, which was later dismissed on August 6. The ED said he did not join the probe on July 29, 30, 31 and further on August 6 and 7, nor was he accessible on phone or at his residence and that his whereabouts were not known. While seeking NBW, the ED told the court that if not arrested, Puri may compromise investigation in the case. Puri’s advocate had opposed ED’s application, while urging the court to hear his submissions before passing any order on the agency’s plea. The ED had approached the court days after Puri failed to get relief from the Delhi High Court and the trial court on August 6, paving the way for ED to arrest him.
EDMONTON – Members of an indigenous community in central Alberta are angry that strangers are using social media to attack the mother of a toddler who was found dead near a church last month.The body of 19-month-old Anthony Raine was discovered April 21 outside the Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Edmonton. Police have said the boy had bruises all over his body and died from a severe blow to his head.His father, Joey Crier, 26, and Crier’s girlfriend, Tasha Mack, 25, face charges of second-degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, failing to provide the necessities of life and assault.Some people on Facebook discussion groups have blamed the boy’s biological mother, Dalyce Raine, and her family for his death.“His mother had no clue or concern as to how her baby was living,” reads one post. “A child who had no voice was murdered because not one person in his family reported what they knew.”Another post suggests the toddler probably had fetal alcohol syndrome and should have been put up for adoption.Yet another accuses the family of misusing money raised in a GoFundMe campaign for the child’s funeral.“They are sick people taking advantage of people’s generosity,” reads the post. “I see a trip to Vegas in their future.”Luci Johnson, a community worker with the Samson Cree First Nation, said the messages are full of hate and are putting pressure on a family that is still mourning Anthony’s death, she said.“They are blaming the mother, saying it is her fault,” Johnson said.“It is ugly. She just lost her little guy. All these people across the world judging her. They never even gave her time to grieve.”Johnson said she would like to file a hate crime complaint with RCMP, but there is little the Mounties can do because it’s difficult to confirm who posts messages on Facebook.A friend of the boy’s family said Raine has also been harassed by strangers in nearby towns who recognize her as Anthony’s mother from pictures posted on social media.The friend said Raine is afraid to take trips from her home in the Maskwacis area to buy groceries.“They are blaming her for the death of her son,” said the woman, who declined to be named for fear she, too, would be attacked on social media.“She didn’t have anything to do with it. She can’t go to town. She can’t even go without people saying things to her.”Friends of the boy’s mother were in court Monday when the accused couple made a brief appearance on closed-circuit TV.Crier is to appear in court again on June 5, while Mack’s case has been put over to May 29.
TORONTO — A man who killed two people and injured several others when he opened fire at Toronto’s Eaton Centre may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, but prosecutors said Monday that doesn’t mean he had no control over his actions.Crown lawyers said the psychiatric experts who assessed Christopher Husbands agreed he had PTSD but were split on whether he could have been in a dissociative state when he fired 14 bullets in the downtown mall’s crowded food court on June 2, 2012.In his closing submissions, Crown lawyer John Cisorio said one of the doctors noted that the act of aiming and firing a gun is more complex than what you would expect from someone experiencing dissociation.Cisorio showed jurors stills from security video that shows Husbands holding a gun with his arms shoulder height, then at a 45-degree angle, then again higher up.“This was not someone blindly shooting. This was someone who was purposely aiming … He knew exactly what he was doing,” the lawyer told jurors.After the shooting, Husbands ran from the food court and left the mall, Cisorio said.“He was aware and conscious of the fact that he did what he did and he had to get away,” he said.Defence lawyers told the court Friday that Husbands was in a dissociative state as a result of his PTSD, which was triggered by an encounter with some of the men who had brutally beaten and stabbed him months earlier. They have argued that he should be found not criminally responsible.Husbands has testified he felt his arms come up and twitch, heard a loud bang and everything went dark.He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated assault, one count each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and reckless discharge of a firearm.Two men were killed in the shooting and six others — including a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head and survived, and a pregnant woman who was trampled by fleeing shoppers — were injured.Prosecutors have said Ahmed Hassan, 24, died on the floor of the food court while Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, died in hospital nine days later due to complications from a bullet wound.Court heard Nirmalendran was one of the men who ambushed Husbands and stabbed him more than 20 times in February 2012.The Crown has argued Husbands sought revenge against his attackers and carried out the shooting as a form of “street justice.”“He wanted Nixon to feel the same pain…and he was going to make sure Nixon was dead,” Cisorio said Monday.Far from threatening Husbands, the group was moving away from him in the food court, Cisorio argued.“There was no threat to Mr. Husbands on June 2 — it was Mr. Husbands who was the threat,” he said.The fact that Hassan was not involved in the stabbing and was “killed by mistake” does not absolve Husbands, whose actions were “consistent with someone who wanted to kill,” the prosecutor said.He also noted Husbands did not tell anyone he had experienced dissociation in the aftermath of the shooting.“These murders had nothing to do with PTSD but had everything to do with payback,” Cisorio said. “He was in total control from beginning to end.”Jurors have heard Husbands faced a previous trial, but were not told the outcome or the reason for a second trial. They are expected to begin their deliberations on Thursday.Paola Loriggio , The Canadian Press
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he will be holding a hunger summit in 2013 – a big win for the thousands of Save the Children supporters who have joined the Race Against Hunger campaign.The meeting will follow on from the hunger summit Mr Cameron held on the last day of the Olympics which delivered progress in the tackling the global malnutrition crisis.Every year more than 2 million children die because they don’t get enough of the right food.Since the Olympic Hunger Summit Save the Children and its supporters have been urging the Prime Minister to keep tackling hunger at the top of the global agenda in 2013.Historic opportunityToday’s announcement is a big step to meeting that goal and Save the Children chief executive, Justin Forsyth, warmly welcomed the move: “David Cameron’s leadership will help transform the lives of millions of children. 2013 is an historic opportunity to launch the biggest push against hunger in history.’He added: “Malnutrition is the silent killer of 2.3 million children each year, yet it is entirely preventable. With high food prices more children’s lives are at risk and urgent action is required.’No child goes hungry“Putting hunger and malnutrition at the top of the global agenda while Britain holds the Presidency of the G8, will be a crucial step in ensuring that no child goes hungry and every child gets a fair chance in life.’“We hope this summit galvanises support for helping those children who desperately need help, while taking action on the drivers of high food prices.”Source:Save the Children UK
TORONTO – Australia has filed a complaint about Canada’s rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization.The complaint filed Friday argues that Canada’s distribution, licensing and sales measures discriminate against imported wine.It targets product mark-ups, market access and listing policies used in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.The complaint acts as a request for a consultation between the two countries in an effort to avoid litigation.If the matter is not resolved in 60 days, a panel can be brought in to adjudicate the case.The complaint comes two years after Australia pressed Canada to lower trade barriers on the wine industry like it had done for the European Union.
Rabat- The number of internet subscriber has reached over 10 million, according to a new report.A new report released by Morocco’s telecommunications regulator has revealed that the number of internet subscribers grew by 61.4 per cent in the course of one year.The number of internet subscribers has reached 10.3 million during the first quarter of 2015, according to a report released by the National Agency for the Regulation of Telecommunications, known by its French acronym ANRT. That is a penetration rate of 30.5 per cent. The report has also revealed that customers of internet services have seen a 31 per cent decrease in prices, moving from an average monthly bill of 32 Dirhams in 2014 to 22 Dirhams by the end of March 2015.The number of mobile phone subscribers stood at 43.3 million subscribers by the end of March 2015, a penetration rate of 128 percent compared to 130.5 percent in June 2014.Moroccans spoke 11.68 billion minutes on their mobile phones and sent 4.55 billion text messages by the end of March 2015, a 4.2 and 27.1 per cent increase respectively, the governing body of Moroccan telecommunications sector reported.
(Updated)A bizarre series of events during question period in Ottawa which culminated in an MP crying today. But as people have been digging into the story of Paul Calandra’s non-answer during Tuesday’s question period — which today he took complete responsibility for. Tonight, the CBC is reporting that Calandra’s response to the opposition leader were supplied to him by the director of issues management in the Prime Minister’s Office.Conservative MP Paul Calandra: “I apologize to you and to the entire house and my constituents.”What could possibly make a 44-year old member of parliament break down like Conservative MP Paul Calandra did earlier today?Paul Calandra: “I allowed the passion and the anger with something I read get in the way of answering a question.”That question was posed by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on Tuesday concerning Canada’s mission in Iraq. It was met with this from Paul Calandra: “There’s a great deal of confusion with the NDP position on Israel. I wonder if the leader of the opposition could confirm for me.”For McMaster political scientist Peter Graefe the parliamentary secretary’s lack of an answer was shocking: “We’re used to them evading answers, giving half answers, slipping away — not actually talking about something different.”And he wasn’t alone. Calandra’s comments were challenged throughout the week leading to this moment which has since gone viral.CBC question: “The question was about foreign affairs…..”The CBC is also reporting that a member of the Prime Minister’s Office supplied Calandra with materials that were meant to be used no matter what question he faced. In direct contradiction to what he said in his emotional statement today.Paul Calandra: “Despite what people think about kids in short pants, this was my response and I take full responsibility.”Peter Graefe: “I think it’s consistent with the Conservative government that throughout it’s time has really pushed against the rules of the House and maybe has pushed beyond them.”So what does that say about how the PMO is run?Peter Graefe: “It doesn’t have to answer to Canadians that it should use parliament as a parliamentary platform to attack the opposition.”And according to Paul Calandra, it won’t be the last time that happens: “I don’t think this’ll be the last time that I’ll get up and answer a question that doesn’t effectively respond.”It just hasn’t been Calandra’s week. In another interview, he says that the statement you just heard wasn’t supposed to come out that way. He said that he’ll clarify his remarks on Monday.
The United Nations has been authorized by Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, to seek submissions on a flag and anthem for Cyprus through open public competition as foreseen in the proposal for a comprehensive settlement put to them by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The parties agreed at their meeting yesterday that this procedure needed to be set in motion if a flag and anthem were to be ready to be included in a completed agreement by 28 February, so as to enable the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots to decide on the settlement in separate referenda on 30 March. “It is understood that the flag and anthem would only be adopted as part of a comprehensive settlement if the entire plan is approved in the separate referenda and a new state of affairs comes into being,” the UN said a statement issued in Cyprus. “This decision reflects a shared commitment to ensure that all preparations are made for a completed agreement in accordance with the timeframe proposed by the Secretary-General. It should not be taken as an indication of the state of play in the ongoing negotiations.”
The animals were put on one of two lists at the close of the 8th conference of the parties to the UN Environment Programme’s Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) held in Nairobi, Kenya.Those put on Appendix I are endangered species, and governments should take measures such as improving habitats and breeding sites and removing obstacles to their migration. Appendix II listing calls on nations to establish regional agreements, including memorandums of understanding, to conserve the species.CMS, an intergovernmental treaty concluded under UNEP’s aegis, seeks to mobilize the necessary political and other resources to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of wildlife and habitat loss at the global, regional and national level. Its membership has grown steadily to include 92 Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.”Governments, scientists and our partner bodies, such as the World Conservation Union, have demonstrated their commitment to CMS this week,” CMS Executive Secretary Robert Hepworth said. “Hundreds of threatened species throughout the world all gain from the scientific and practical support we can now offer, especially in developing countries over the next three years.”Those put on Appendix I include the eastern lowland, western lowland and mountain gorillas, who are threatened by habitat degradation and killing for bushmeat along with civil wars and unrest and Henderson’s Petrel, a sea bird known to breed only on Henderson Island in the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Pitcairn, which is threatened by rats and possibly predation by crabs.Among those put on Appendix II are the strange-tailed tyrant, a bird occurring in Paraguay and northern Argentina that is believed to have suffered catastrophic losses in Brazil and the giant mastiff bat, widely distributed between eastern Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa.Others have been put on both lists, such as the short-beaked common dolphin, which moves across the Gibraltar Straits and possibly through the Turkish Straits system and whose number are believed to be declining due to entanglement in fishing nets, and the Bukhara Deer, central Asia’s only true deer inhabiting arid zones and migrating across the borders of countries including Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Numbering less than 1,000 they are threatened by poachers and habitat loss.
The Ghanamma Cultural Troupe performed three numbers at the Band Aide concert for East African famine relief. The dancers are, from left, Sandra Boahene, a third-year Accounting student, and Lydia Taiba Appoh, a first-year biochemistry student.Fundraising for East African famine relief continued today with a noon-hour concert in the Sean O’ Sullivan Theatre.Students and faculty took the stage for Band Aide, a show that raised money for the joint Brock/Niagara College campaign called “East African Famine — Feed a Mouth, Save a Life — Niagara Responds.”The Ghanamma Cultural Troupe, comprised of Brock students, performed a trio of dance numbers. Other performances included:Karin Di Bella, associate professor of Music, on pianoMusic associate professor Harris Loewen and Business professor Don Cyr playing songs from the Beatlesgraduate student Antje Thamm on violinEcho Yu on the HulusiKurt Singer on the pianoThe campaign benefits East Africa, which is in the throes of a famine that has affected 13 million people and killed thousands. In Somalia, nearly 750,000 are at risk of starving to death. (NPR story)There are donation jars around campus, including a jar at the Tim Horton’s in the Schmon Tower. You can also donate online at the Niagara page of the Humanitarian Coalition site. So far, Niagara’s online campaign has raised $5,089.There will be a fundraising hot dog sale at the Avondale across the street from the St. Catharines campus on Friday, Sept. 30.Other recent fundraising events include a Loonie Mile fundraiser held by Brock International.Karin Di Bella performs songs by Franz Liszt and Lady Gaga.Sandra Boahene and Lydia Taiba Appoh
The Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) has released two project prefeasibility reports by the Closure Working Group (CWG) and the Water Working Group (WWG) of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI). The completion of the pre-feasibility studies represents a major milestone for the ESI’s work following the completion of an environmental management scoping study (prepared by Hatch), several multi-stakeholder surveys, and ongoing ESI workshops. The objectives of the studies are to assess the initial feasibility of the following project concepts:Closure Working GroupStandardised closure criteria for mine site relinquishment to the CrownPassive systems for managing acid rock drainage (ARD)Water Working GroupNational database / repository of water resources informationRemote, real-time sensors for water quality monitoringThe closure and water working groups held workshops in May 2014 to finalise the results of the studies and to select projects for further project development. Based on the results of the workshops, the CWG decided to conduct feasibility studies on projects 1 and 3, above, from June – December 2014. A similar study will also take place for project 4, beginning in September 2014. Lastly, for project 2, the ESI plans to work in conjunction with a graduate student to answer some outstanding issues that were raised during the course of the prefeasibility study.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPhIkl6GOdkTHE WHITE HOUSE undergoes a transformation at Christmas time thanks to the help of US army veterans and military families.The above video released by the White House today gives an insight into the huge task of decorating 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.This year a total of 83 volunteers gathered just after Thanksgiving with the tinsel and ornaments for the various trees around the White House.Some 70,000 people visit the historic building over the holiday season so it’s important to make a bit of a fuss.They’ll also get a glimpse of a magnificent 300-pound gingerbread version of the White House, including mini versions of the Obama dogs Bo and Sunny.Check out how it was made: Read: Obama pardons Popcorn, the National Thanksgiving turkey
The Oscar-winning film, directed by Michael Cacoyannis, will screen at the Hellenic Museum this Sunday as part of its Summer Cinema Festival 2015. The film is a classic not only for the mesmerising music composed by Mikis Theodorakis or the script based on the book by Nikos Kazantzakis. The characters, played by Alan Bates (Basil), Anthony Quinn (Alexis Zorbas), Irini Pappas (widow) and comedian Sotiris Moustakas (village idiot), practically come alive on screen and dance us into the legends of Crete. Basil, a half Greek, half British writer with a very tight upbringing finds he has a small inheritance on the island of Crete, and travels to the island determined to re-open an old lignite mine and cure his writer’s block. At the port of Piraeus in Athens he becomes acquainted with robust peasant Alexi Zorbas. They become inseparable and after many adventures and realisations, Zorbas ends up changing the Englishman’s life forever.For more information phone: +61 3 8615 9016 and for bookings visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/zorba-the-greek-tickets-14954549460When: Sunday 8 March. Gates open with cafe and bar at 6.00 pm and screenings start just after dusk, around 9.00 pm Where: Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Hépatite C : de nouveaux espoirs de guérisonDe nouvelles découvertes et de nouveaux médicaments visant à traiter l’hépatite C laissent espérer les chercheurs spécialisés que le nombre de guérisons pourrait augmenter de 50%.Actuellement 230.000 individus sont touchés par la forme chronique de l’hépatite C en France. Une partie de ces individus ne survivront pas à la maladie, ce qu’essayent de changer aujourd’hui les chercheurs. Plusieurs nouveaux traitements sont ainsi mis au point et étudiés tandis que deux nouveaux médicaments doivent faire leur apparition sur le marché sous le nom de Boceprevir et Telaprevir, deux antiviraux, explique Le Figaro. Ces deux nouveaux médicaments ont pour but de traiter les individus touchés par le virus “de génotype 1” soit un malade sur deux.Les chercheurs pensent ainsi que si ces nouveaux médicaments sont associés au traitement par interféron pégylé et ribavirine utilisé actuellement, le taux de guérison des malades touchés par l’hépatite C pourrait augmenter de 45 à 70%. Et Le Figaro d’expliquer que si une infection au virus de “génotype 1” de l’hépatite C passe souvent inaperçue, il arrive que le corps ne parvienne pas à l’éliminer, ce qui entraine la multiplication du virus dans le foie, la fibrose ou la cirrhose. Il n’existe aucun vaccin contre l’hépatite C aujourd’hui et le virus se transmet par voie sanguine. La meilleure défense reste le dépistage et le traitement précoce qui divise par 7 le risque de cancer.Le 30 novembre 2010 à 17:21 • Emmanuel Perrin