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Kasganj: perpetrators of violence won’t be spared, says Adityanath

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday broke his silence on the communal clashes in Kasganj on Republic Day in which 22-year-old Chandan Gupta was killed, saying strict action would be taken against the perpetrators of violence and those indulging in anarchy would not be spared.“Our government is committed to providing security to each and every citizen. Those indulging in anarchy will not be spared,” he told journalists in Lucknow.At least three shops, two buses and a car were torched after Gupta was killed in clashes following pelting of stones by a mob on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate Republic Day.As many as 118 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.The incident drew flak from Governor Ram Naik. He described it as a “blot” on Uttar Pradesh and said it was a “matter of shame”.last_img read more

17 dead as bus overturns in U.P.

first_imgSeventeen people died and over two dozen were injured when a bus overturned after hitting a divider in Mainpuri on Wednesday. The double-decker bus was coming from Jaipur in Rajasthan via the Agra Expressway and Karhal-Mainpuri when the driver allegedly lost control at a bend.Mainpuri Superintendent of Police A.S. Rai said looking at the way the bus overturned, “it must have been travelling at a high speed”. The police are investigating the accident.Mainpuri District Magistrate Pradeep Kumar said the driver was in a serious condition and unfit for statement. Mr. Kumar said it would be proved if the driver had handed over the controls to his assistant at the time of the accident or had himself fallen asleep while driving.The accident took place near Gram Kallu ki Madaiya in Kiratpur area under Dhanahar police station of Mainpuri, which is more than 250 km from the State capital.Sixteen died on the spot while 26 were injured, a police spokesperson said. Four seriously injured persons were referred to Saifai. One of the dead is yet to be identified. The youngest victim was 15-year-old Nandan from Kannauj.Ex-gratia compensationChief Minister Yogi Adityanath, expressing grief over the incident, announced an ex-gratia compensation of ₹2 lakh to the kin of the dead and ₹50,000 to the injured.last_img read more

Konta sweeps Stephens off the court to reach French semis

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case PLAY LIST 01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Early in the second set, Stephens was stretched out wide and replied with a desperation forehand that landed on the line. Stephens’ must have thought her shot was going out, because she stood still and didn’t even attempt to run down Konta’s reply.“I don’t even remember what that point was,” Stephens said.On Konta’s first match point, Stephens hit a forehand that was called in by the line judge. But the chair umpire came down and overruled the call after inspecting the mark on the clay.Konta has now reached the semifinals in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments after the Australian Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017. She has never progressed to a final at a major but if she plays this way again, she’ll be tough to beat. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “There is not much you can do when someone is playing like that,” Stephens said. “I didn’t get a chance to really get into the match. … She executed a good game plan, and that was that.”Konta’s semifinal opponent will be either 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova or 31st-seeded Petra Martic, who were playing later on Court Suzanne Lenglen in the first Grand Slam quarterfinal for both players.Konta, who also beat Stephens recently during her run to the Italian Open final, improved to 3-0 in her career against the American.Fans attempted to motivate Stephens with shouts of, “Come on Sloane,” and “Just keep working,” but the 2017 U.S. Open champion struggled to deal with Konta’s pace and highly aggressive shots.Konta hit 25 winners — more than twice as many as Stephens — and they were evenly distributed between her forehand (9) and backhand (8), with a few volleys mixed in, too.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Choreography comes to clay: No replay review at French Open Britain’s Johanna Konta celebrates winning her quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in two sets, 6-1, 6-4, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)PARIS — Sloane Stephens never stood a chance.Johanna Konta produced a remarkably dominant performance against last year’s runner-up, winning 6-1, 6-4 Tuesday to become the first British woman to reach the French Open semifinals since Jo Durie in 1983.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The match was so one-sided that the 26th-seeded Konta won all but one point on her serve in the second set — and the one that she lost was a double fault.Konta served six aces, stepped into the court to crush winners off second serves and never gave the seventh-seeded Stephens time to find her rhythm or groove.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“To play one of the best players in the world and then play at the level I did, I feel really proud of myself,” Konta told the crowd.The match ended in a brisk 71 minutes with the late-arriving Parisian spectators still filing into their wooden seats inside Court Philippe Chatrier as it was finishing. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

8 study tips to improve your marks in a constructive way

first_imgAt some point of studenthood, even the brightest of the students might get demotivated. They may feel that they are underperforming or that their grades are not as good as they used to be. Teenage years are crucial and tricky. Peer pressure, disturbing atmosphere at home or any other social situation could affect teenagers adversely. Support from teachers and parents could help them overcome these difficulties and concentrate on their studies.However, only when students themselves realise the scope and room to perform better can they truly succeed.Here are eight ways you can improve your grades in a constructive manner:1No substitute for hard work sharesThis popular saying is actually true when it comes to improving grades. Following lessons in the classroom, completing homework on time, and in short, being sincere with studies alone can make a huge difference towards improving learning outcomes.2Focus on weak areas sharesStudents ought to analyse where they are falling short – is it a particular subject or a particular module in a subject? Analysing such questions would give them clarity as to which are the areas where they have to put in more effort. Thus, studying smart is as important as studying hard.3Start early in the semester sharesThere is no point fretting over not-so-great grades towards the end of the semester. If a student is really ambitious about grades, they should start studying and planning for their project at the beginning of the semester itself. They should get the course schedule from their teachers right at the beginning and start planning their projects and presentations around it.advertisement4Participate in the class sharesFormative Assessments (FAs), especially, aim to provide students with ongoing feedback so that they can improve their learning. Thus, performing consistently well in FAs is important if students want good grades. Participating in class and being active in group activities could help fulfil the requirement of attaining good grades in FAs.5Talk to the teacher sharesThe students themselves might miss what is lacking in their performance, but their teachers will not. If the student is unable to figure out the gap, they should seek their teachers’ help. If students find seeking help in the presence of their peers embarrassing, they should take appointments with the teachers and discuss their performance in private.6Get your priorities right sharesAlthough hard work does not mean that students should give up on their social life and just sit tight at their study desk, but studies are definitely a priority, which students need to realise. They need to prioritise their projects and presentations over sleepovers and weekend parties. However, they can indulge in some sports to give themselves a break and study with renewed energy.7Make efficient study plans sharesOften students end up spending a lot of time on one task at hand, which leaves them with very little time for the rest. To avoid committing such blunders, students should resort to planning. They should keep a tab of the estimated time a task ought to take and then try to stick by the stipulated time. If they exceed the time stipulated, they should ponder over the reason and set it right the next time.8Take short vacation courses sharesVacations are a great time for students to figure out their interests and build on those. For instance, students could take short-term computer programming courses, creative writing courses, etc. Although these might not be directly related to their school curriculum, these can improve their creativity and critical-thinking skills. This would actually help them stay ahead of their peers and be prepared for the next grade.Lastly, remember to always be optimistic. Under no circumstances should a student lose their positive state of mind. Negativity and a defeatist mindset can never help people succeed in life. They also need perseverance and determination to complete the task at hand. Having a never-say-die attitude is all a student needs to attain success.– Authored by Beas Dev Ralhan, CEO & Co-founder, Next Education India Pvt. Ltd. Read: Top 10 education websites to teach you for free Read: Edutech trends that will change the way you learn in 2017last_img read more

Wimbledon: Sharapova crashes out, Halep and Muguruza advance

first_imgWimbledon day 2 saw a massive upset as former champion Maria Sharapova crashed out in first round with a 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 4-6 loss to Vitalia Diatchenko.Sloane Stephens was the first big casualty of the tournament, which happened on Monday. On Tuesday, two-time champion and eighth seed Petra Kvitova suffered defeat before sixth seed Caroline Garcia crashed out.However, the biggest upset was reserved for late night as Sharapova bowed out. Sharapova was in a winning position after taking the first set but Vitalia broke her with the Russia 5-4 up, took the set to tie-breaker and won the set.In the third set, Sharapova took a 2-0 lead only to blow it up and eventually lose the match.A day of shocks continues…Qualifier @VDiatchenko has a day to remember at #Wimbledon by beating Maria Sharapova 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-4 Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Earlier, the newly crowned Grand Slam winner Simona Halep made a winning start to Wimbledon and so did the defending champion Garbine Muguruza.Back-to-back Grand Slam titles incoming?@rolandgarros champion @Simona_Halep defeats Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-4 to reach the second round of #Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018As for eighth seed Petra Kvitova, she suffered a horrific final set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich to lose 4-6, 6-4, 0-6 and crash out of the tournament. Sixth seed Caroline Garcia also made an early exit with a loss to Belinda Bencic.Apart from these upsets, all of Johanna Konta, Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka advanced to the next round in London.advertisementHalep silenced a roaring Japanese army of supporters as she demolished Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-4.Playing with a lighter load on her shoulders after winning the French Open title last month, Halep rolled back her arms and let the winners fly off her racket strings.Also read – Wimbledon: Thiem, Goffin depart while Nadal, Djokovic advanceThe Romanian world number one was broken once in the opening set and also faced two break points at 2-1 up in the second.A forehand winner and a Nara error allowed Halep to sidestep that pothole and she wrapped up victory when Nara smacked a forehand long.She will next face China’s Zheng Saisai for a place in the third round.Also read – Wimbledon: Stan Wawrinka beats sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov on comebackMUGURUZA OPENS TITLE DEFENCE WITH WIN Garbine Muguruza had defeated Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final last year. (Reuters Photo)Muguruza opened up traditional ‘ladies day’ on Wimbledon’s Centre Court with a 6-2, 7-5 win over British wildcard Naomi Broady in the first round.Since the pair last contested a match seven years ago, Muguruza has gone on to become a two-time Grand Slam champion and the Spaniard produced an assured performance to dispatch the 138th-ranked Broady.Also read – Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki off to winning startsBroady, who saved eight of the 11 break points she faced, survived a match point on her serve in the 10th game to the delight of the cheering fans but the third seed made no mistake two games later as she wrapped up the win.FORMER CHAMPION KVITOVA MAKES EARLY EXITUpset of the Tournament so far?Aliaksandra Sasnovich stuns Petra Kvitova in the first round, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-0#Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Twice former champion Kvitova slumped out of Wimbledon in the first round, beaten by inspired world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.Eighth seed Kvitova, who withdrew from the Eastbourne tournament last week with a hamstring injury, appeared to be moving well but looked pale and drawn particularly in the first set.Also read – Wimbledon: Roger Federer, Marin Cilic storm to easy Round 1 winsSasnovich, 24, kept her cool throughout the two hour 14 minute match. She went for her shots, served with pace and variety and played big points apparently without nerves.Even though Kvitova took the second set, Sasnovich came out fighting in the third set, capturing game after game with steady defence and exquisite shot-making, including drop-shot winners and getting the better of a volley rally at the net.Sasnovich completed victory with two aces in a fitting end to a fine performance.Also read – Wimbledon: Fourth seed Sloane Stephens crashes out on Day 1OTHER RESULTS:Jelena Ostapenko beat Katy Dunne 6-3, 7-6(5)Johanna Konta beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5, 7-6(7)Angelique Kerber beat Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-3Eugenie Bouchard beat Gabriella Taylor 6-0, 4-6, 6-32014 #Wimbledon finalist @geniebouchard is through to the second round for the first time since 2016, beating Britain’s Gabriella Taylor 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Caroline Garcia lost to Belinda Bencic 6-7(2), 3-6Naomi Osaka beat Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-1Elise Mertens beat Danielle Rose Collins 6-3, 6-2last_img read more

Beware! Excessive use of smartphones can destroy your child’s eyesight

first_imgBlue light from the smartphones and tablets is long known to have a damaging effect on eyes. Various studies in the past have highlighted the extent of damage that prolonged exposure to the smartphone screen causes to eyes. And now, a new study has highlighted just how much damage exposure to the smartphone screen causes to the kids’ eyes.Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recently conducted a survey to study the visual acuity among the country’s youth. The ministry, in its survey conducted between April and June among the school students this year, shed light on some startling trend among the Japanese youth. As per the ministry’s findings, a whopping 25.3 per cent of the 3.4 million students in the country were below the 1.0 mark, which is equivalent to 6/6 vision.To put it simply, over 25 per cent school students in the country don’t have the perfect vision, Sora News 24 reported.What’s worse, nearly 34.1 per cent of the elementary school students and nearly 67.09 per cent of the high school students in the country didn’t have the perfect vision, which as per the publication is the highest in the Japanese history. The only reassuring news came from the junior high school students who traced a near identical graph for visual acuity this year, with 56.04 per cent student falling short of the perfect vision, compared to last year (56.33 per cent).Experts have linked these worrisome trends with the increased time spent at staring at the screen while using smartphones and playing mobile games.advertisementJapan has the third largest gaming market in the world with 41 per cent men and 32 per cent women accessing games via their smartphones. These statistics stand in line with the findings by the Japanese ministry. Even so, it is worth noting that staring at the smartphone screen for long durations doesn’t necessarily destroy the eyesight.A 2017 study found that the longer screen time could cause fatigue, dry-eye disease and a condition called computer vision syndrome, which is a condition wherein there is a significant discomfort in the eyes owing to viewing computer or smartphone screen for a long duration.ALSO READ: | Using your phone in the dark can damage your eyes, cause diseases: ResearchALSO READ: | Vellore Institute Of Technology bans PUBG on campus, wants students to play Kho Kho and KabaddiALSO READ: | With Screen Time and Digital WellBeing, Google and Apple hope to save you from phone addictionlast_img read more

FIFA 20 slammed for ‘changes no one asked for’

first_imgEA Sports has revealed the first details of FIFA 20 including the brand-new mode called Volta which is very reminiscent of the old FIFA Street games with skill-focussed matches of 5v5, 4v4 and 3v3.On top of that, EA also revealed some updates to gameplay including new set piece systems, better defending and overhauled shooting.Considering this game will decide the next year of their careers, pro players were as vocal as ever about the announcements. One of the loudest voices in the community is Kurt Fenech who is always critical of EA and the games but surprisingly has already bought into the hype of FIFA 20. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ehmmm……I’m sold. Bring on Fifa 20— Kurt (@Kurt0411Fifa) June 8, 2019 It turns out VOLTA is a big selling point for the Maltese player who also has hopes that this will result in skills becoming less prevalent in the main game and in Ultimate Team.Fifa Street is a mode I’ve wanted for some time. Have all the unrealistic skill moves and animations and exploits over there and keep the 11 a side clean and realistic please— Kurt (@Kurt0411Fifa) June 8, 2019 New York City FC’s Chris “NYC Chris” Holly, who is the first ever eChampions League champion , was equally excited for the new mode but that excitement quickly died down when he found out that the game would not let you play online in a team made up of your friends.And the hype is already over ☹️ — NYC_Chris (@didychrislito) June 8, 2019 You can play the game online with a friend on the couch against others but currently at the time of writing, there will not be a Pro Clubs style option that allows you and your friends to play as your created players together in one team.It was a glaring omission that many shared major disappointment in including New York Red Bull eMLS player and FIFA esports presenter Mike LaBelle who wants to see more community feedback.It takes so much time, money, & general resources to develop a new game mode. Why not ask the people?EA: “If we introduce a short-sided football mode into FIFA… What’s a must??”The Community: “To be able to play with our friends online” — Mike LaBelle (@MikeLaBelle) June 9, 2019 Chukwuma “ChuBoi” Morah was hands-on with the game at EA Play in Los Angeles and said that everyone in attendance asked EA to add the option to play with friends online – perhaps we’ll see the option added to the game at a later date.Jadon Sancho FIFA 20Moving away from Volta, ChuBoi gave his impressions and in-depth information about some of the new gameplay updates.AI defending very nerfed. AI will watch attacker go by if you don’t manually control him.It’s important to manually jockey & track man w/ the ball. 2nd man press is soft.It’s more abt 1v1 defending instead of overcrowding opponent.Bad defenders can get exposed #FIFA20 — The Boi (@ChuBoi) June 9, 2019 Timed finishing is harder to hit. I asked and the window for TF was up to ~8 frames in 19. In #FIFA20 the window is 2 frames.— The Boi (@ChuBoi) June 9, 2019 Many have asked for head movement to be removed from pens. Easier to read now imo. #FIFA20 — The Boi (@ChuBoi) June 9, 2019 Though there was one change to gameplay that really had a few pro players heated, chain skill moves. EA decided that pulling off strings and combinations of skill moves was making defending too hard and the game unrealistic.To try and combat this, in FIFA 20 there will be a higher chance of error and losing the ball each time you perform a consecutive skill move. Not only is this devastating for skill move focused players, it also adds a random chance to gameplay which is rarely popular in competitive games.The change that no one asked for.What is the issue with chaining skillmoves?Learning to dribble properly is one of the big skill gaps in FIFA and it adds a lot of pleasure, so why add RNG to it?I’m really clueless about this one. It makes me worried. — BorasLegend (@ivanlapanje) June 8, 2019 By far the silliest announced change again. It’s an Arcade game and yes skill chains are unrealistic, but they should have a counter for the defender. But instead of doing that you just break Skill chains all together?— George Hughes (@GeorgeHughes) June 9, 2019 There is a lot of excitement for FIFA 20 but many in the community are also being cautious and there’s plenty of feedback for EA Sports to work through. The publishers have a lot to work on as some players are harder to please.This guy is telling us that a 50 yard volley is gonna be harder than a one on one and expecting us to clap #FIFA20 — Harry Hesketh (@HashtagHarry__) June 8, 2019last_img read more

French Open 2019: Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem resume semifinal, women’s final follows

first_img Associated Press ParisJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 15:48 IST The men’s semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem was suspended due to rain. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe French Open semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem was suspendedThe rain suspended French Open semi-final is scheduled to resume on Saturday noonThe French Open semi-final will be followed by women’s singles finalNovak Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak is on the line when he and Dominic Thiem resume their rain-suspended French Open semifinal.They are slated to open Saturday’s schedule in Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros.Thiem was ahead 6-2, 3-6, 3-1 when play was halted Friday night. The winner will face 11-time champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final.After Djokovic-Thiem concludes, No. 8 seed Ash Barty of Australia will face unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic for the women’s championship.It is the first Grand Slam final for either player.In the other men’s semi-final on Friday, Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to bid for his record-extending 12th French Open title.Also Read | French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal tops Roger Federer in straight sets to reach finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach finalAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 French Open 2019Follow Novak Djokovic Next French Open 2019: Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem resume semifinal, women’s final followsNovak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem have split the first two sets, then Thiem went up by a break in the third, before play was halted Friday due to rain. They’re scheduled to resume in Court Philippe Chatrier on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

Wilmer Valderrama To Judge write4good Iam4 Campaign

first_imgProse, an innovative social platform where readers and writers create and consume literature, has partnered with unite4:good, a global movement for kindness and social good, to launch the first #write4good campaign.Kicking off on July 8 and running through August 28, the campaign asks participants to craft written responses over 500 words in length to a challenge prompt on the Prose platform. The top entry will receive $3,000, which will be applied to the student’s account at an educational institution. The campaign will also award second and third place winners with $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.A panel of selected judges from Prose and unite4:good will identify winning entries based upon the quality of the content, authenticity, and creative edge. The panel of judges include Anthony Melikhov, founder of unite4:good; Wilmer Valderrama, CEO of WVE; Geneva Wasserman, president of U4G Entertainment; William D. Garner, New York Times bestselling author; Susan Wright Boucher, writer and creator of Plugged In, a blog dedicated to social media, recruitment, technology and career management; and Kelly Knox M.A, artist and teacher of visual and performing arts. Throughout the competition, both Prose and unite4:good will share entries on their platforms and social media pages.“This campaign is one of countless opportunities provided to writers by Prose,” said H.B. Augustine, co-founder of Prose. “By establishing a more dynamic presence in the writing, education, and social good communities, we hope to reiterate the power of the written word and the global impact that writing can create.”The winning entries will be announced September 15, in tandem with the launch of the new unite4:good platform, which will connect the digital world with real world action by uniting individuals, brands, nonprofit organizations, thought leaders, and influencers for the common purpose of motivating people towards Acts of Kindness and creating a positive social impact around the globe.“The unite4:good movement is based on the knowledge that positivity and kindness are the keys to true happiness,” said Melikhov. “By creating positive, uplifting, and inspirational works through this writing initiative, we are asking individuals not only to dig deep and share what they stand for, but to also inspire others with their actions and words.”How the competition works: • Participants sign up for Prose via the Prose app or website, and join the unite4:good movement on • Participants respond to the #write4good #Iam4 challenge prompt on the Prose website. Qualifying entries will be over 500 words in length, with no word limit. • Entries will be accepted from July 8 to August 28, 2015. Only one entry will be accepted per participant. • The winners will be announced by Prose and unite4:good on September 15. • Three winners will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively, which will be applied to their student accounts at an educational institution.To learn more about the #write4good challenge, please visit read more

NATO Determined to Reinforce Security Cooperation with Morocco White House

Warsaw –  The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) voiced, on Saturday at the Alliance’s Summit in Warsaw chaired by US President, Barack Obama, its will to reinforce security cooperation with Morocco.NATO will decide “to expand the Alliance’s efforts to project stability beyond NATO’s borders,” said a statement by the White House, underlining that the Alliance “is also focusing and intensifying its defense capacity building and other areas of security cooperation with regional partners, such as Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Mauritania to address the root causes of instability.”“Allies will also modernize their approach to partnerships more broadly,” said the statement, noting that NATO will also highlight closer cooperation with the European Union as key to dealing with the evolving security environment and challenges faced by both organizations in concrete areas, such as fighting hybrid and cyber threats, supporting our partners in defense capacity building, and increasing maritime security. read more

States must take action to ensure elimination of cluster munitions says Migiro

18 March 2009The pace of the ratification of a global pact outlawing cluster bombs must be accelerated to relegate the deadly weapons “to the pages of history,” Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today. Addressing an event at UN Headquarters in New York to encourage countries to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions, she said the treaty will help to address the humanitarian, socio-economic and environmental damaged caused by the devices.“We must step up our efforts so women, men and children can walk free of the terrible injuries these munitions inflict,” Ms. Migiro said.The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) signed onto the Convention today, joining 95 other nations, while Laos ratified the pact, bringing the total number of ratifications to five.Thirty ratifications are required for the Convention – which opened for signature in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, last December – to enter into force.The pact is the “first instrument of international humanitarian law to address, in a clear and straightforward manner, the needs and rights of victims of a specific weapon,” the Deputy Secretary-General said, adding that it also emphasizes the key role of partnerships between the UN system and other organizations. The UN Mine Action Team will endeavour this year to help remove and destroy cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war, assisting victims in countries such as Cambodia, Chad, Laos and Zambia.“We need to remove the need for such action,” Ms. Migiro stated. “We need to consign cluster munitions to the pages of history.” read more

UN urges resumed talks between Kosovo and Serbia on conflicts toll of

“This is above all else a humanitarian issue,” Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen said in Geneva, where he met with the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger.“The families of missing persons have been suffering for a long time. I am grateful for the ICRC’s offer to take a lead role in facilitating dialogue because we now need to move on this issue. It has been dormant for too long.”Further delays, he added, would only aggravate the suffering of families in all the communities involved. They had a right to know what had happened to their loved ones.The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), which has run the province since 1999, “is ready to move on this issue straight away with the backing of the international community,” Mr. Jessen-Petersen said.A resumption of direct dialogue between the two sides would accelerate the process of returning mortal remains. Better exchange of information would also help overcome technical difficulties and make it easier to determine the whereabouts of missing persons, as well as improve coordination between the different agencies involved.Mr. Kellenberger reaffirmed his organization’s commitment to chairing a working group bringing together representatives of the two sides, which has only met once since it was set up in March 2004, to find out what has happened to the missing. read more

Partners approve new seawater desalination plant for Escondida

first_imgRio Tinto has approved $1.03 billion (Rio Tinto share) for the construction of a new 2,500 litre/s seawater desalination facility to ensure continued water supply and sustain operations at the Escondida mine in Chile. Similarly BHP Billiton has approved an investment of US$1,972 million (BHP Billiton share) to sustain operations at Escondida, by constructing the new sea-water desalination facility. The project will provide a sustainable supply of water for the new 152,000 t/d OGP1 copper concentrator approved in February 2012, while minimising Escondida’s reliance on the region’s aquifers.Construction will commence in July 2013 with commissioning scheduled in 2017. The project will include two pipelines, four high pressure pump stations, a reservoir at the mine site and high voltage infrastructure to support the system.Rio Tinto says its investment “will be funded through the company’s share of Escondida’s cash flows.”The project will ensure continued water supply to Escondida, as water use increases upon completion of the OGP1 copper concentrator.BHP Billiton Copper President, Peter Beaven, said: “Securing a sustainable water supply in the Atacama Desert is a major priority for all Chilean copper producers, so the approval of the Escondida Water Supply project is a significant milestone for our business. The new desalination facility will minimise our reliance on the region’s aquifers, which will help us to meet our environmental commitments and enable us to achieve our long-term business strategy.”Escondida is located 3,100 m above sea level, 170 km southeast of the City of Antofagasta. It is owned by BHP Billiton (57.5%), Rio Tinto (30.0%), JECO Corp (10.0%) and JECO 2 Ltd (2.5%). BHP Billiton operates the mine.last_img read more

THI launches crowdfunding appeal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a response to Greece’s economic crisis, The Hellenic Initiative (THI) in the United States has launched its first global crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.Just past the two-week mark, the campaign is gaining momentum, with Greek American actress Nia Vardalos also getting behind the initiative.People around the globe are being asked to make a contribution within their budget, regardless of the amount and to share the campaign with others. So far US$5,550 has been raised. The goal is to raise US$1 million within the next month.THI was established in the United States in 2012 to assist crisis relief and encourage business entrepreneurship in Greece. Since then it has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to NGOs in Greece which provide assistance to some of those most severely affected by the economic crisis.In June the Australian division of THI was launched in Melbourne.For donations head over to: read more

Le Canon 5D Mark III comparé au Nikon D800

first_imgLe Canon 5D Mark III comparé au Nikon D800 La firme DXO LABS vient de tester le 5D Mark III, nouvel appareil photo numérique de Canon. Des performances passées au crible, qui placent l’APN derrière l’un de ses principaux rivaux, le D800 de Nikon.DXO Labs a fait passer le Canon 5D Mark III à son Analayzer. La firme met en lumière les performances de l’appareil photo, mais fait aussi part de certaines déceptions, plaçant l’APN loin derrière le Nikon D800, note la firme sur son site Internet.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La principale déception réside en le capteur 22 mégapixels du Canon 5D Mark III. Si DxO Labs souligne une légère amélioration par rapport à son prédécesseur, elle n’a hélas rien de bien impressionnant, déplore la société spécialiste des tests. Le Nikon D800 offrirait 50% de pixels de plus que le nouvel APN de Canon sur une même surface.En outre, une fuite de lumière de l’EOS 5D Mark III due à son écran LCD a été observée en cas de faible luminosité. Un problème que la firme japonaise a elle-même reconnu, tout en affirmant qu’il ne concernait que les photos prises dans des conditions de luminosité “extrêmes”. A l’issue des test, l’appareil de Canon a récolté un score de 2.293 ISO, quand le Nikon D800 culmine avec 2.853 ISO.Une petite surprise quand on sait le soin qu’apporte Canon à ses appareils photos dans le domaine des conditions extrêmes.Le 23 avril 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mbappe is better than Ronaldo claims Stefan de Vrij

first_imgFrance’s teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe is an even greater forward than Cristiano Ronaldo, claims Inter Milan defender Stefan de VrijThe Dutchman was pleasantly surprised when Ronaldo completed a €112m move from Real Madrid to Juventus this summer.De Vrij expects Ronaldo have a great impact in the Serie A and remembers him well from the time he faced off against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at a warm-up game for the Netherlands against Portugal before the 2014 World Cup.“I confess, at first I did not believe he was coming to Italy,” He told Corriere dello Sport.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“But when they [the media] kept saying it, then I started to take note. For Italian football, his arrival in Serie A was positive because it gives a great boost to the whole competition.“I played against him with the national team in a friendly against Portugal before the 2014 World Cup. It finished 1-1 and he scored on a corner.”But, when asked who he rates as the greatest forward he has ever played against, De Vrij said: “That’s Mbappe.”De Vrij recently met Mbappe at the UEFA Nations League, where the 19-year-old scored the opening goal for France in their 2-1 win over the Netherlands.last_img read more

Bahamas HannaMartin dismisses PLPs unready for woman leader calls for party reform

first_img Related Items:#bravenewleader, #GlenysHannaMartin, #plpneedsreform Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – October 31, 2017 –  Glenys Hanna-Martin is speaking to media following her loss in her leadership bid for the Progressive Liberal Party and she is saying that the fact that she is a woman may have played a role in her defeat, but the MP for Englerston is convinced that it was not a major reason for the loss.Hanna-Martin, in the unofficial results published on the day after the vote at the PLPs 53rd National Convention managed to secure only 20% of the vote from some 1,600 delegates reported to be a part of the convention.The MP for Englerston said her big take away is the desperate need for reform and she pointed specifically to the democratic process within the party which suffered a botched voting process; riddled with scandalous accusations, delay in starting, delaying in ending, delay in hearing the ultimate selections by the party voters and even had Royal Bahamas Police guard.Glenys Hanna-Martin said:  “One is we need reform on money, how money plays out in these electoral processes and secondly we have to find a way to facilitate, especially for important votes like the next leader of your party, first time in 20 years that we’ve done this, to facilitate stalwarts who are able to participate even if they are not physically present at the convention hall, if only for pivotal votes of this nature.”In the interim, Hanna-Martin explained that she is prepared to work shoulder to shoulder with the newly elected leader, Philip Davis who also spoke of reform during his victory speech in the final hours of the PLP Convention.Hanna-Martin has also resigned as Government Leader of Business in the House of Assembly.  Hon Hanna-Martin shared with media it is in accordance with tradition; that as she opposed the party leader and lost it is conventional for one to withdraw from certain posts, hence her decision to vacate the Leader role in the House.  Picewell Forbes, the MP for Mangrove Cay and South Andros now holds the post. Recommended for you Woman bids for PLP Leadership, Hanna-Martin steps up for the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Man severely wounded in shooting at East Village apartment

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A shooting Monday in an East Village apartment left a 29-year-old man gravely wounded.Officers responding to reports of gunfire at a residential complex in the 900 block of Market Street found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body shortly before 6 a.m., according to San Diego police.Medics took the man to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were considered life threatening, Lt. Anthony Dupree said. The victim’s name was not released.Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the circumstances of the shooting. No description of the perpetrator was immediately available. January 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Man severely wounded in shooting at East Village apartment Updated: 7:00 PM Live on #BREAKINGNEWS Police focused on this apartment after a shooting at the Strata high-rise in Downtown SD.Market Street closed off between 8th–10th. Heavy @SanDiegoPoliceD presence. @KUSI_GMSD @KUSINews @EAlvarezKUSI— ELIZABETH ALVAREZ (@EAlvarezKUSI) January 14, 2019 Posted: January 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Cooking fire spreads to attic of Sifton home

first_imgA cooking fire spread into the ceiling and attic of a Sifton-area home Thursday morning, causing significant damage to the home.The fire was reported at 11:21 a.m. at 7210 N.E. 125th Ave., a three-bedroom ranch-style home owned by Georgiy and Tavifa Koroy.According to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian, a woman was cooking in the kitchen when a small fire started. She tried to extinguish it with water, but after snuffing the flames, she noticed smoke coming from the ceiling area. She immediately left the home and called 911.Firefighters arrived to find light smoke coming from a gable at the end of the attic. However, their investigation turned up significant damage to the ceiling, the roof joists and the roof decking.The Vancouver Fire Department responded.last_img read more