NADA conducts dope tests at Kerala athletics meet

first_imgNational Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted tests at the recent 55th Kerala State School Athletics Championship at Ernakulam, the first time it has been done at this level.In all, 29 samples were taken and the National Dope Testing Laboratory has revealed that no banned substances were detected. During the Championships, the athletes were distributed education materials in English and Malayalam.The fact that not a single athlete at these School Games tested positive is very reassuring and NADA is confident that with all the efforts and counselling programmes, the incidences of doping will be minimal at the school level, a release said.NADA, however, will continue to monitor similar events in the future and also organise educational programmes for young sportspersons who assemble in one place from different states.last_img read more

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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo disguised as homeless man tricks Madrid fans

first_imgSpanish football club Real Madrid’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to trick local people here in the town centre by disguising himself as a tramp.In a Youtube video released on Tuesday Ronaldo can be seen in fake beard, hair and fat suit as he took to the streets with a football and a dog, reports the telegraph.co.uk. A leaked version of the same video was doing rounds on Internet earlier this year. In the busy Plaza de Callao in downtown Madrid, the current World Player of the Year started kick-ups with his dog, who was tied to a chair.No one recognised the Portuguese or stopped to have a second glance at the star courtesy of his disguise.After sometime, a little kid eventually decided to play with him and they took part in a bit of one-on-one fun play before Ronaldo gave him a hug and signed the ball still dressed as a tramp.The 30-year-old then slowly revealed his identity by removing the fake beard and the hair as the boy stood in awe of what just unfolded in front of him.The Real Madrid star is set to miss a the preseason friendlies owing to back injury he sustained during training on Monday. Ronaldo though is not considered doubtful for Madrid’s season opener against newly promoted Sporting Gijon on August 23.last_img read more

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India beat West Indies by innings and 272 runs

first_imgOctober 06, 2018 × India pulled off their biggest win over West Indies in one of the most ludicrous mismatches in recent times, inflicting on the hapless visitors an innings and 272-run humiliation inside three days in the first Test here Saturday.India dominated the game, amassing 649 for nine in their first innings before bowling out the West Indies twice on day three, to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.They were bundled out for 181 in 48 overs before lunch and were expectedly forced to follow-on. They did not fare any better in the second innings, crumbling to 196 all out in 50.5 overs in the final session.While Ravichandran Ashwin (4/37) was the pick of the bowlers in the morning, Kuldeep Yadav (5/57) was all over the opposition batsmen in the second innings on way to a maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.The second and final Test will be played in Hyderabad from October 12-16. The West Indies will have to lift themselves to put up a better performance after being thoroughly outplayed in Rajkot. The absence of captain Jason Holder and pacer Kemar Roach also added to their woes.For India, the game will be best remembered for the emergence of Prithvi Shaw, who announced his arrival in international cricket with a classy hundred on debut, becoming the youngest from the country to do so in Tests. Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja were the other centurions.By tea on Saturday, it became clear that the game will be done and dusted inside three days with the West Indies batsmen cutting a sorry picture at 185 for eight.Opener Kieran Powell was the only West Indian batsmen to make a significant contribution in the second essay, an entertaining 83 off 93 balls with eight boundaries and four sixes.Ashwin was their main tormentor in the morning and in the afternoon it was Kuldeep’s turn to dominate. The opposition batsmen, who needed to bat for time, seemed to be in a hurry to finish the game. Punishing a loose ball is fine but they went for far too many strokes and paid the price for their recklessness.Kuldeep thrived on that, mixing it up nicely to fox the batsmen. After he trapped Shai Hope in front for his first wicket, he removed the highly-rated Shimron Hetmyer who went for a wild slog across the line to be caught at short third man. He used his googly to send back Sunil Ambris, who stepped out without having any idea of the way the ball will turn.In the morning session, Ashwin produced a brilliant spell as India enforced the follow-on.At lunch, the West Indies were 33 for one in nine overs in their second innings with Ashwin removing skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (10) for his fourth wicket of the day.The West Indies, resuming their first innings at 94 for six, lasted only an hour and 10 minutes, mainly due to efforts of Roston Chase (53) and Keemo Paul (47) who ended up sharing a 73-run stand. Ashwin ran through the tail on a pitch offering plenty of turn, ending with four for 37 in 11 overs as the West Indies were all out in 48 overs.India started with the spin-pace combination of Kuldeep and Mohammad Shami. Surprisingly, Chase and Paul had little difficulty in picking the chinaman, who bowled the first over the day. Paul went on the offensive straightaway, sweeping Kuldeep for two crisp boundaries.Paul was the aggressor in the partnership but Chase also came up with a few attractive shots.Paul was comfortable against Kuldeep but had issues dealing with the short ball. Umesh Yadav set the West Indian up nicely before getting rid of him with a perfectly placed bouncer as he mistimed a pull to be caught at midwicket.Ashwin then removed Chase with a beauty, a flighted ball that turned in viciously to create a big gap between bat and pad before crashing into the stumps, leaving the West Indies at 159 for eight. Number 10 and 11 were easy meat for Aswhin who sent them back with the away turning ball.India expectedly enforced the follow-on with less than an hour to go for lunch. COMMENT cricket SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img 0 SHARE Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Trent Boult on Mankading incident: We should play in the right spirit

first_img Ateet Sharma New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 20:40 IST Trent Boult found the Mankading incident “pretty interesting” (@DelhiCapitals Photo)On a day when Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the guardian of laws of the game, revisited its stance on R Ashwin Mankading Jos Butler in an IPL game, New Zealand speedster Trent Boult indicated that the controversy could perhaps have been avoided in the first place.Boult, currently in India playing IPL for Delhi Capitals, found the entire incident “pretty interesting” given that the entire cricketing world is still talking about it, three days after the match got over at Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium.”I think the IPL tournament in itself is so exciting. Amazing cricket being played, the ball sails everywhere. The best of the best are on show in the tournament. I think we should just play in the right spirit in a way. Yeah, I do not see too much need for anyone to be doing that. One of those things, I am sure we can put it behind us,” said the 29-year-old.Delhi started their campaign in the 12th edition of the tournament on a confident note after beating Mumbai in their own den at the Wankhede Stadium. However they failed to hold up their fort ‘Qila Kotla’ against Chennai in the next game, crashing to a six-wicket defeat on Tuesday. Up next are Kolkata Knight Knight Riders, the current table toppers.”Yeah, they are a quality side and have played quality cricket at the Eden Gardens. It will be a good challenge for us to play them in the conditions that we know well. But, I think the wicket here is on the slower side so it will be a lot different than what they are used to in Kolkata. We are looking forward to the challenge,” Boult said, throwing down the gauntlet at Dinesh Karthik’s team.advertisementThe team has had enough time to recover and ponder over its loss against Chennai in the last game though.”Yeah, we are in good spirits. We know we are playing some good cricket. Obviously, we weren’t our best against CSK the other night but we have taken a lot of confidence out of our performance at the Wankhede and looking forward to the next match,” said Boult.Also Read | IPL 2019: Andre Russell needs freedom to express himself, feels Robin UthappaFor 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 Tags :Follow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPL 2019Follow Trent BoultFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow R AshwinFollow MankadingFollow Jos Buttler Trent Boult on Mankading incident: We should play in the right spiritTrent Boult weighed in on R Ashwin Mankading Jos Buttler, saying that the Indian Premier League is in itself very exciting and the players should play the game in the right spirit.advertisementlast_img read more

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Stacey Taylor – 2018 National Mathematics Teacher

first_img “For me, I have my students discovering what I want them to learn. No longer am I just telling them, but they are discovering. I also take into consideration that every child learns differently. So at an early stage, I endeavour to find out how my children learn, so that I can cater for their differences,” she states. Educator, Stacey Taylor’s selection as the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s National Mathematics Teacher for 2018 is arguably testament of the impact of her unconventional but effective teaching methodology, as manifested in the positive outcomes recorded by her students.A Specialist Mathematics Teacher at Hatfield Primary and Junior High School in Manchester for the past 14 years and an 18-year veteran of the classroom, Miss Taylor attributes her success to her avant-garde approach in delivering the subject.This, she notes, is grounded in the principle that the undertaking is moreso about the process of delivery rather than regarding the subject merely as a body of knowledge.“For me, I have my students discovering what I want them to learn. No longer am I just telling them, but they are discovering. I also take into consideration that every child learns differently. So at an early stage, I endeavour to find out how my children learn, so that I can cater for their differences,” she states.Miss Taylor points out that one of the main strategies she continues to employ is the ‘differentiated instructions’ methodology.She explains that this entails catering to the learning styles of different students by using, among other things, ‘manipulatives’ – which are hands-on inputs that enable the youngsters to develop an understanding of a particular concept.Given Miss Taylor’s background, experience and qualifications, her success should come as no surprise.She is a graduate of The Mico University College, where she obtained a diploma in mathematics. She, thereafter, attained a degree in primary education from the Catholic College of Mandeville in Manchester, and is pursuing a master’s degree in teaching and learning at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, USA.Miss Taylor’s sojourn in the classroom includes a stint at St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS).Her efforts and the resulting outcomes caught the attention of her peers, who unreservedly chose her as this year’s National Mathematics Teacher.Miss Taylor’s prizes comprise an all-expense-paid trip to attend the six-day National Conference for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), now under way in Washington DC, USA; a one-year NCTM membership; and an Apple iPad. She believes the conference will provide the opportunity for her interaction with other mathematics teachers from across the world and to share best practices.“I expect this to be an extremely rewarding experience, which will definitely help me to grow as a teacher and also to become the resource person for my school. The knowledge gained will enable me to coach other teachers in my school and, hopefully, (across) Jamaica or the region… one day,” Miss Taylor says. The National Mathematics Teacher of the Year Competition is open to teachers at the primary and secondary level.The event, which is sponsored by Jamaica National Bank, is designed to: promote the meaningful learning of mathematics, and celebrate primary and secondary teachers who consistently apply best practices in the subject’s delivery.As part of the competition, nominees are observed teaching on three occasions; interviewed; and are required to make a presentation, focusing on current strategies implemented by the Ministry to promote the teaching and learning of mathematics, analysing these, and to make recommendations where deemed necessary and appropriate.During her presentation, Miss Taylor recommended to the adjudicators that the matriculation standards for prospective maths teachers pursuing tertiary training be raised. Further, that specialist teachers of the subject be deployed to all primary schools.An elated Acting Vice Principal of the Hatfield Primary and Junior High School, Dorna Stultz, describes Miss Taylor as the consummate educator who is astute, dependable, reliable and willing.“When she was announced the winner, we were just ‘screaming down the place’. We knew she was capable of doing it, because mathematics is her baby. She has put Hatfield in the limelight, and persons in the community are so happy that their community can be seen in a different light as of now,” Mrs. Stultz points out.Meanwhile, Miss Taylor says her ultimate goal is to continue to ensure that her students grasp the concepts she imparts in teaching mathematics.“As a teacher, in general, I think it is one of the most rewarding professions – not necessarily monetary reward – but the satisfaction you get when you help to mould the minds of children… . You get this extraordinary feeling of satisfaction that you are making a difference.One of the greatest things for me is the fact that I think that I am making a difference in every child that I touch,” she states The National Mathematics Teacher of the Year competition forms part of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s thrust to shift the approach to the subject’s teaching and learning. Since its inception, the competition has been won by Richard Burton, teacher at Windward Road Primary School, Kingston – 2013; Yanique Hall-Harriot, Christiana Leased Primary School, Manchester – 2015; O’Neal McLeod, Godfrey Stewart High School, Westmoreland – 2016; and Neisha Grant Lawrence, of Crescent Primary, St. Catherine – 2017. A Specialist Mathematics Teacher at Hatfield Primary and Junior High School in Manchester for the past 14 years and an 18-year veteran of the classroom, Miss Taylor attributes her success to her avant-garde approach in delivering the subject. Educator, Stacey Taylor’s selection as the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s National Mathematics Teacher for 2018 is arguably testament of the impact of her unconventional but effective teaching methodology, as manifested in the positive outcomes recorded by her students. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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UK Gov’t Announces Compensation Scheme for Windrush Generation

first_img It will provide payments to eligible individuals who did not have the right documentation to prove their status in the UK and suffered adverse effects on their life as a result. The British Government has established a scheme to compensate members of the Windrush Generation who were unable to prove their right to live in the United Kingdom (UK). “But this goes, someway, towards redressing those considerations. But I hope that what will accompany the compensation… will be a formal UK government apology to the victims concerned,” he added.High Commissioner Ahmad said that with the help of the Jamaican government, the UK has been able to track down “a huge number of people, and some 3,600 have actually had their British citizenship afforded to them”.“So, they haven’t had to wait for many months for that important step to be taken. Our offices here have been processing visas for people who have been deemed to be eligible to return to the United Kingdom. There is a steady flow of those going on over the last few months,” he noted.There are a number of categories of claim. These include loss of access to services (education, healthcare); denial of access to employment and/or benefits; refund of fees for certain immigration applications; compensation for detention, deportation or removal; and impact on normal daily lives.Close family members are also eligible to claim in certain categories if they suffered a direct loss, as are representatives of estates of eligible deceased individuals.The High Commissioner informed that the claim process will be open for two years.“What is unique about this compensation scheme is that it is not budget-limited. As the Home Secretary said, although he has a ballpark figure of how much the exercise is likely to cost, which is £200 million, that is not the ceiling… . If it is more than that, [then that] is what the government will provide,” he pointed out.The Windrush helpline will be open to receive calls from claimants, explain the compensation scheme and provide advice and guidance. The helpline number is +44 (0) 800-678-1925 and persons may call from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.“My request to people in Jamaica, the Caribbean and anywhere else outside the UK is to perhaps deal with this better through email,” the High Commissioner said.The email address is WindrushCompensationScheme@homeoffice.gov.uk. Persons in Jamaica can email and request a call-back.The Windrush Generation refers to the immigrants who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to address labour shortages.Many of them had arrived as children on their parents’ passports, and although they have lived in Britain for many decades, they never formally became British citizens.Amid the tightening of the immigration rules, thousands of persons were being denied services, losing their jobs, facing deportation, among other problems.Last April, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May apologised to 12 Caribbean nations for the treatment of the Windrush Generation in the UK.In addition, the Home Secretary established the Windrush Taskforce, which has helped over 3,600 people secure British citizenship. The British Government has established a scheme to compensate members of the Windrush Generation who were unable to prove their right to live in the United Kingdom (UK).The compensation scheme was announced in London by Home Secretary, Sajid Javid.It will provide payments to eligible individuals who did not have the right documentation to prove their status in the UK and suffered adverse effects on their life as a result.These could range from a loss of employment, access to housing, education, or National Health Service (NHS) healthcare; to emotional distress or deterioration in mental and physical health.The compensation scheme is open to anyone from any nationality who has the right to live or work in the UK without any restrictions or is now a British citizen, and arrived in the UK before December 31, 1988. It is also open to anyone from a Commonwealth country who arrived and settled in the UK before 1973.Certain children and grandchildren of those arriving before 1973 and some close family members may also be eligible to apply. People who were wrongfully detained or removed from the UK could also be able to make a claim.British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, in providing further details during a press conference at the High Commission in St. Andrew on Wednesday (April 3), said that “no amount of money can undo the injustice, or the pain or damage… to individuals and their families”.British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, adresses a press conference at the High Commision in St. Andrew on Wednesday (April 3), to provide details about the compensation scheme announced by the United Kingdom (UK) Govermemnt for the Windrush Generation.center_img The compensation scheme was announced in London by Home Secretary, Sajid Javid. 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Iran Ships First Post-Sanction Oil to Europe

first_imgzoom Iran has loaded its first oil cargo since the lifting of economic sanctions early January on board a tanker owned by Total SA and the cargo is now bound for Europe, according to the National Iranian Oil Company.Managing Director of Iranian Oil Terminals Company (IOTC), Pirouz Mousavi said that three oil tankers belonging to three European firms from France, Spain and Russia, berthed in Kharg oil Terminal on Sunday, February 14th, after 4 years of suspension due to the imposed sanctions on the country’s energy sector.According to Mousavi, it took 48 hours for tankers to be loaded, adding that all the jetties, crude oil reserves, piping, and Kharg oil facilities have been renovated and “that there is not a single technical and operational difficulty for berthing, loading and separation of European and Asian tankers.”NIOC’s Roknodin Javadi explained that the first three shipments will transport a cargo of 4 million barrels of crude oil, adding that 2 million barrels of the cargo is due to be delivered to France’s Total and the rest will be received by Spanish refiners and a Russian company.Bloomberg’s data shows that the companies that booked the cargoes are Total, Spanish refiner Compania Espanola de Petroleos and Russia’s Lukoil PJSC, chartering  the VLCC Atlantas, the Suezmax Monte Toledo and the Distya Akula vessel respectively.As informed, the Atlantas is scheduled to head for European ports, the Monte Toledo for Spain and the Distya Akula for Constantza, Romania.However,numerous uncertainties remain before Iran can return to the market in full scale. Namely, the country’s Energy Minister has announced that Tehran needs to attract USD 200 billion in international investment to modernize its existing oil infrastructure. What is more, discussions are underway over a new Iranian Petroleum Contract offering more flexible terms and conditions..“A degree of uncertainty on the timing, structure and implementation of the new oil contract model remains. Given the level of required investment, significant involvement will be required from international parties who will need clarity on the new Iranian operating environment before committing capital and resource. Given the remaining uncertainties and the enduring risk attached to operating in Iran, the sector will take time to attract required investment,” says UK-based energy consultancy Douglas-Westwood in a comment.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Vietnam and Russia aim to triple bilateral trade by 2020

first_imgHANOI, Vietnam — The prime ministers of Vietnam and Russia have agreed to nearly triple their bilateral trade volume to $10 billion by 2020 from $3.55 billion last year.Speaking to reporters after talks behind closed doors in Hanoi on Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the two countries will continue to expand their co-operation in the oil, gas and energy industries and transportation.Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said bilateral co-operation in defence and security among other things has seen positive results.Russia is Vietnam’s main weapons supplier.Phuc said the two countries will be able to co-operate more effectively through the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union trade deal, which took effect in 2016, and will boost bilateral trade volume to $10 billion by 2020.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Despite easing of Gaza blockade situation still desperate UN official warns

“We have a huge amount of progress still to make to have a meaningful impact for the population on the ground,” John Ging, Gaza Director for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told reporters in New York, stressing that 80 per cent of the population is dependent on aid and cannot afford to buy what is available in the shops.“The plight of the people is still desperate,” he said, citing the tiny proportion of construction projects that have so far been approved by Israel – only six of the 100 schools UNRWA has sought to keep up with the student population – and the need to revive the economy through full access for both imports and exports.“All of us on the ground are encouraged by positive developments because we have to turn a corner and we feel that we have turned a corner. We’re still at the bottom of the ladder and we have a hell of a long way to climb back up and that’s why we’re saying now let’s go. For four years we were going in the wrong direction. We have now turned that corner and we are going in the right direction. We need to speed it up.”Israel has blockaded Gaza for over three years but in June it started allowing in more civilian goods while still restricting access to concrete, iron and other materials that the UN says are needed to repair the devastating damage caused by the 2008-2009 offensive Israel said it launched to halt rocket and other attacks against it. Israel says these materials could be used for offensive purposes.Mr. Ging noted that there was 80 per cent aid dependency among Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants. “The water situation is in crisis, 90 per cent according to the World Health Organization calculations is unfit for human consumption, 80 million cubic litres of sewage continues to be pumped out into the Mediterranean every single day untreated,” he noted.Tens of thousands of houses that were destroyed in Israel’s offensive still stand in ruins and the construction projects that have been approved so far only account for about 7 per cent of the UN portfolio. “Moving forward, that is what we have to focus on,” Mr. Ging said, stressing the need to revive the commercial sector and resuscitate the import and export economy, with 95 per cent of the business sector now dormant, so as to get people back to work and off aid dependency.“The donor community is no longer able to meet the financial costs of this level of aid dependency,” he added, while still striking what he called “a note of hope and opportunity and urgency.”Detailing the dire needs of the educational sector, with its desperate overcrowding and children learning in shipping containers, he said UNRWA wanted to build 40 schools over the next six to eight months, with 60 more over the next two years, but only six have so far been approved. This would mean turning away 34,000 children. “We must move forward at a much more rapid pace,” he declared.Access is key for all development, he stressed, calling the blockade “illegal, inhumane and counter-productive,” and underscoring the need to move beyond the humanitarian and consumer areas to bringing in commercial supplies and opening up exports. He added that he had encountered good will on the Israeli side and was encouraged by his recent contacts, but this needs to be converted into positive action.It has been shown over the past six months that progress is possible – “it’s small, but possible” – and now the pace must be stepped up, he concluded. “Let’s seize on the opportunity.” 30 November 2010Despite encouraging developments in Gaza since Israel eased its blockade in June, with shops now full of consumer goods, the economic, humanitarian, and physical situation is still extremely bleak, the top United Nations official there said today, calling for speedy moves to revive the territory’s economy read more

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Indian police arrest Lankan Tamil seize one million USD

India’s Marine Police of Coastal Security Group (CSG) on Wednesday arrested A. Arul Jayarathinam alias Rajan (41), the suspected LTTE militant, who was detained by Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for illegal entry into the country, The Hindu newspaper reported.The Marine Police arrested him under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, read with Sections 3 (a) and 6 (a) of the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950. He was produced before Rameswaram Magistrate Court and taken to Chennai to be remanded in judicial custody in Puzhal Central Prison. The police said Rajan was in possession of one million US dollars, a mobile phone, baby oil and some children’s dresses. The US dollars and other properties seized from him were handed to the court, the police said. He was detained by Mandapam Station of the ICG after he clandestinely landed at the Third Islet in the Gulf of Mannar National Park on Monday night. Interrogation by the Marine and Q Branch police revealed that he had served in the mechanical division of the LTTE from 1996 to 1998 before leaving the militant group. He faced six to seven cases ain Sri Lanka and was acquitted in all the cases, he told the officials. He however, feared threat to his life by the Lankan armed forces and arrived here clandestinely to stay with his sister living in Muthupettai near Pudumadam in the district. His sister, who arrived here as a refugee, had been residing here for more than nine years, the police said. Rajan hailed from Mulliavalai town in the Mullaitivu district in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, the police said, adding he had come to India, leaving behind his mother, wife and four children, including three daughters. After he ‘settled down’ here, his wife and children planned to visit him. read more

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UN chief proposes sweeping management reform to budget committee

“Reform is not an end in itself. The purpose of reform is simple and clear: to best position the United Nations to do the work that Member States ask us to do,” said Mr. Guterres in his remarks to the Fifth Committee. He said that his reports to the General Assembly outlined reform of the peace and security architecture, development system reform and management reform aimed at simplifying procedures and decentralizing decisions, with greater transparency, efficiency, agility and accountability. Elaborating on the management reform, Mr. Guterres proposed moving from a biennial to an annual budget, and shortening the planning and budgetary cycle from five to three years. He also asked Member States’ support to grant him additional authority to redeploy resources up to 20 per cent of a section within the budget parts, not between parts. This would enable the UN Secretariat to better respond to changing demands while preserving the principle that resources allocated for particular pillars of the Organization should be used for those pillars. The UN chief also proposed that the scope of the commitment authority for “unforeseen and extraordinary expenses” be broadened to cover unforeseen events in the areas of development and human rights, beyond peace and security.As for the duplicative functions undertaken by different departments, he proposed establishing a Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance with a clear policy, strategy and compliance role, which will be complemented by a Department of Operational Support focusing on operations, services, transactions and surge support to entities in weak environments.Regarding the Umoja enterprise resource planning system and the global service delivery model, he proposed that these functions be carried out in two or three centres and to undertake a strategic assessment of locations. He also proposed streamlining and simplifying human resources rules, processes and procedures to ensure timely recruitment, deployment and staff development. Mr. Guterres stressed that achieving gender parity and increasing geographical diversity are important aspects of his reforms. He said within his Executive Office, gender parity has been achieved in professional position while geographical diversity has also been substantially increased.“This shows that the two goals are not mutually exclusive but reinforcing. It also shows what I am able to do with greater managerial authority,” he said. read more

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Buckeye Brief What we learned from the first Ohio State football depth

Ohio State redshirt sophomore tackle Branden Bowen hits a pad at the first practice of fall camp on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Just three days prior to Thursday’s season opener against Indiana in Bloomington, Ohio State’s football team released its first depth chart of the 2017 season. Offensive tackle Branden Bowen will start … at right guardWhen coach Urban Meyer spoke at Big Ten Media Days prior to fall camp, he named seven players as potential candidates to win the starting right guard spot: Malcolm Pridgeon and Demetrius Knox, Matt Burrell and Branden Bowen and Wyatt Davis, Josh Myers and Thayer Munford.Burrell started in the spring game, which seemingly gave him an edge in the wide-open position battle. Though Meyer said Burrell put forth his best effort to win the job, he noted that one player — Bowen — rose above the competition and deserved to be named the starter. “He’s the most improved guy, one of the most improved players on our team,” Meyer said of Bowen. “Something clicked with him in early summer. I heard it from [strength and conditioning] coach Mick [Marotti]. I saw it. It really wasn’t that close, to be honest with you.”Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa coaches his unit at a fall practice on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.As the position battle has raged over the past few months, Meyer and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa preached that the eventual starter at right guard would be the most consistent lineman. “When you look at Bowen, you just think, like, ‘That’s a huge guy.’ You see the potential there. You see what you can be,” defensive end Tyquan Lewis said of the 6-foot-7, 312-pound offensive lineman. “He just looks like he’s motivated more. He’s like ready to go play now.”Of the four upperclassmen in the mix at right guard, Bowen is the only one who didn’t play guard last season. The former offensive tackle provided insurance to right tackle Isaiah Prince and left tackle Jamarco Jones as their backups.. He was expected to play the same role this year. Just three weeks ago, Meyer said the battle to win the job was between Pridgeon, Burrell and Knox. He noted that Bowen was playing well enough to earn playing time, but he felt unsure about moving the offensive tackle inside to guard because it would diminish the depth outside. During Monday’s press conference, Meyer made it clear he simply couldn’t keep Bowen off the field.“[Top backup offensive tackle] Munford has done a nice job, but those concerns are there,” Meyer said. “But you’ve also got to get your first five in there.”On the opening-week depth chart, Munford is listed as backup right tackle and Joshua Alabi is slotted to back up Jones at left tackle. Meyer does not and should not have much confidence though, as Munford has spent less than a year in the program and Alabi switched from the defensive line to the offensive side of the ball in the spring.But given Bowen’s ascendance, Meyer assumed he could sacrifice the depth the former tackle would bring on the outside to improve the interior of the line. Even the linemen on the other side of the ball who compete against him in practice have noticed Bowen’s growth.“During the summer, you could start to see that he would train with a purpose,” defensive end Jalyn Holmes said. “Even when he messes up, he’s with coach Stud asking what he could do better. He’s carrying himself as a professional, and that’s why he’s a starter.”Mike Weber’s health remains a questionFive weeks after running back Mike Weber injured his hamstring in a practice, Meyer acknowledged the tweak was still hampering him. “He’s very close [to being 100 percent]. I’ll know more today, but he’s close,” Meyer said.OSU redshirt sophmore running back Mike Weber (25) throws the ball out of the endzone during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThis lack of clarity comes after many players and coaches had confidently said the second-year starter will play in Thursday’s season-opener against Indiana. Two weeks ago, running backs coach Tony Alford said Weber would “absolutely” be the starter in Week 1. At the end of July, Meyer said Weber was dealing with a “little tight hamstring.”But on the opening depth chart, Weber was not listed as the sole starter. Instead, he and freshman running back J.K. Dobbins are dual starters. At Monday’s press conference, Meyer didn’t specify whether the reasoning for having both as starters was due to Weber’s health.The coach said he doesn’t feel like the first-year running back will start, but left open the possibility of starting Dobbins in his first career game.Weber didn’t have much competition last year. The first-year starter rushed 182 times for 1,096 yards, finding the end zone on nine occasions. Behind him, Demario McCall took just 42 carries 273 yards and did much of his damage during garbage time in the Buckeyes’ blowout wins.This year, Dobbins figures to take a decent portion of Weber’s carries. He has been heralded as one of the most impressive Ohio State freshmen in recent years. Alford said Dobbins picked up the offense faster than any first-year player he has ever coached.Starting safety battle ongoingSince the spring, Erick Smith and Jordan Fuller have been locked in a battle to be named the starter at strong safety alongside Damon Webb. According to Monday’s depth chart, the battle continues despite the first game of the season being only three days away.Though defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano and Meyer have effusively praised Webb’s development as the only returning starter in the secondary, they have been largely silent and coy about the Smith-Fuller battle.Smith is entering his fifth season at Ohio State, but he has dealt with numerous injuries, including an ACL tear in 2015. Though Fuller has only played for the Buckeyes for one season, the former four-star prospect is a lanky 6-foot-2, 202-pound athlete whose potential might be enticing enough to win him a starting position. read more

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Schoolboy arrested on suspicion of driving forklift truck on twohour rampage round

first_imgA spokesman for Thames Valley Police said officers had arrested a 15-year-old boy from Henley-on-Thames.”We are appealing for witnesses following an incident in which damage was caused to a car by a forklift truck,” the spokesman added. “We received reports that a forklift truck being driven erratically through the area.”During the incident a car was overturned and damaged. The forklift truck was driven down Woodlands Road, Wood Lane, Green Lane and Baskerville Road in Sonning Common.”Officers attended the scene and arrested a 15-year-old boy from Henley-on-Thames on suspicion of causing criminal damage and possession of a firearm.He is currently in police custody.Detective Constable Francesca Griffin, of Force CID based at Abingdon, said: “We are aware this incident has caused disruption in the Sonning Common area last night.”We would like anyone who we have not spoken to about this incident to call us with any information that they may have.” Frightened locals dialled 999 and police arrived in the village and the force helicopter circled overhead as officers tried to bring the spree to an end.On Wednesday the Fiat Punto was still laying on its side with holes punched in the doors of the car from where the fork lift truck had been rammed into it to flip it over.The forklift truck was believed to have been taken from a shop in Sonning Common, near Reading, Berks, on Tuesday evening.Motorists said they had driven behind the forklift as it was being driving erratically as they took their children home form after school evening clubs.However, as darkness fell the jape took a more serious turn with the driver pointing a rifle at people who were forced to dived for cover. This is actually mad. There’s a kid flipping cars in a forklift and waving a gun about like its every day businessWitness A schoolboy has been arrested on suspicion of taking a forklift truck on a two-hour rampage around his village, scooping up a family car and turning it on its side before pointing a gun at people as they dived for cover.A blue Fiat Punto was left overturned during the apparent joyriding spree on Tuesday evening. A 15-year-old suspect has been questioned and released on police bail.Residents dived behind cars and hid inside their homes behind locked doors as the driver of the forklift allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at people who dared to challenge him about the escapade. 13/9 2100hrs Sonning Common @tvpsouthandvale for a male damaging vehicles. Possible suspect located by us and followed, Now arrested #p6572— NPAS Benson (@NPAS_Benson) September 13, 2016 Liam Carter, who is working in the Berkshire area but comes from Essex, said: “So we are having a quiet pint after work and someone started to drive round in a stolen forklift so naturally we all whip our phones out to take a picture.”As he gets right in front of us he starts mouthing of to us then drives off and pulls a gun out then ducked behind the car.”Another resident said: “Someone has nicked a forklift and is tipping cars over and also has an air rifle …. It’s almost unbelievable. What an idiot.”I followed him home earlier he’s been driving around for hours!”Another said the driver had jumped onto the forklift and was carrying the gun by his side.He said: “We then pooped ourselves and ran to the house!”Other saw mopeds following the tractor as it circled the village near closed primary schools.Another resident, who saw the forklift truck being driven around, said: “I saw a guy tearing down Baskerville Road on a forklift with a motorcyclist behind him (neither had lights on, only a lantern at the front of the forklift which was as effective as a chocolate teapot).”God, it was an accident waiting to happen.”The crew of the police helicopter unit NPAS Benson tweeted that they had been sent to assist in the search for the driver and said: 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.last_img read more

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Bundesliga HSV with victory against the Foxes

HSV Hamburg got their “revenge” for the defeat in Berlin in the first game between these two teams. In the O2 Arena, which was full to the last place, the HSV managed to make a nice comeback and beat the Foxes. Despite trailing the whole game almost, and going at half with 12:14, in the final minutes of the game, the Hamburg team made a 21:19 in the 50th min, which was equalized to 22:22 in the 53rd. Until the end, a small amount of goals were scored, with Igor Vori scoring the winner in the 59th minute for 24:23.HSV Handball: Bitter (3 Paraden, 1.-30.); Beutler (6/2 P., 31.-60.);Lijewski 6, Duvnjak 4, Lindberg 4/3, Lackovic 2, Flohr 2, Vori 2, B. Gille 2, Hens 2, Kraus, Schröder, G. Gille, Vugrinec n.e.Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter (12 P., 1.-60.); Stochl n.e.;Christophersen 6, Nincevic 6/1, Bult 3, Jaszka 3, Pevnov 2, Richwien 1, Romero 1, Sellin 1, Laen, Spoljaric, Stenbäcken, Löffler n.e.7-meters: 3/3 – 1/3 (X – Beutler saved the shots of Nincevic and Romero)In the other games, RNL beat HBW with 30:24, Gummersbach got an important away win against Grosswallstadt with 33:32, Magdeburg beat Lubbecke at home with 28:25 and Wetzlar got a slight win against Goppingen with 26:25. ← Previous Story Three years from the “Veszprem’s Tragedy” Next Story → Goalkeepers Elite again in Makarska from 16th to 28th June! read more

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Total Lunar Eclipse happens tonight

first_imgA lunar eclipse is much better than a solar eclipse simply because you can actually view it with your naked eye. Tonight we all get a chance to see a total lunar eclipse, with the only difference being the time you’ll see it based on your location.Thankfully, the MrEclipse.com website has produced this very useful table so you’ll know exactly when to start looking up at the sky:That table is extra useful as the eclipse will happen gradually, with over an hour between the partial eclipse beginning to the full blackout starting to happen. If you’re only interested in viewing the total eclipse, then you just need to look at the “Mid-Eclipse” time for your timezone.Eastern and Atlantic time zones will have the most difficult time viewing the eclipse due to the time it occurs being the very early hours of the morning when most of us are asleep. You also can’t count on the sky being clear of clouds to see the moon in the first place.Here’s hoping for clear skies tonight.Read more at Examiner.comlast_img read more

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Large sum of money found in mans shirt donated to Oxfam is

first_img‘Large sum of money’ found in man’s shirt donated to Oxfam – is it yours? The organisers of Oxfam’s Fashion Relief event are looking for the owner to come forward. OXFAM HAS SAID that a “large sum of money” was found in a man’s shirt that was donated to them, and are looking for the owner to come forward.While sorting through items today in preparation for its Fashion Relief event, a volunteer found a “very substantial sum of money” in the pocket of a shirt donated by the public.“The Fashion Relief team are keen to reunite the money with its rightful owner as soon as possible,” a spokesperson said.If you are that person, please get in touch via IRL-fashionrelief@oxfam.org.Fashion Relief with Lorraine Keane and Oxfam kicks off in Dublin’s RDS tomorrow, Sunday 10 March, at 11am.  45,579 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 4:29 PM 32 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4532367 Image: Shutterstock/Artem Podporin Share77 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/Artem Podporin Short URL Mar 9th 2019, 4:03 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodhalast_img read more

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Match set for WWE RAW in Manchester, Ric Flair ESPN 30 for 30

first_img Videos Articles Ric Flair Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Now Playing Up Next Ric Flair Opens Up About 2017 Health Scare Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair HospitalizedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 24.26%0:00Remaining Time -0:45 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Google+ Match set for WWE RAW in ManchesterWWE.com is reporting a Guitar on a Pole match is set for WWE RAW this Monday night from Manchester, England between Elias and Jason Jordan.MizTV featuring RAW GM Kurt Angle will also kick off the show on Monday.What will happen THIS MONDAY on #RAW when @IAmEliasWWE battles @JasonJordanJJ in a #GuitarOnAPole Match?! https://t.co/AugdSxRKGs— WWE (@WWE) November 3, 2017Ric Flair ESPN 30 for 30WWE has posted a video from a recent premiere of the new ESPN “30 for 30” series focusing on WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair that debuts this Tuesday (November 7).Wrestleview.com will have more on the new ESPN show featuring Flair on Monday. WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Videos Articles The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Now Playing Up Next Whats On Deck For March: Celtics, Bruins Stretch Runs Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WhatsApp Jared Letolast_img read more

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Son Heungmin excited ahead of Spurs clash with Dortmund

first_imgTottenham forward Son Heung-min will not dwell on his past feats against Borussia Dortmund ahead of tonight’s first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.After going winless in their opening three Group B games, Spurs produced a remarkable recovery to snatch second-place from Inter Milan on goal difference on the back of winning two of their final three matches.Now Mauricio Pochettino’s side will test their mettle against Bundesliga leaders Dortmund at Wembley tonight, where they hope to go one better than last season’s last-16 exit to Juventus.And Son, who previously played for Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, has scored eight goals in nine appearances against Dortmund and won six of those encounters.“I don’t know!” Son told the club website, when asked about his strong record against BVB.“Borussia Dortmund are one of the best teams in Germany, they are top of the table right now and it’s a special thing for me to play against them.“It’s always been an honour to play against them, especially as I’ve won most times! It’s always great to win against such a big team. That doesn’t matter though, it is history and I just want to focus on this game.“Football changes so quickly. Last season in the group stage they were still a great side but they’ve improved, they are even better than last season. It will be a very good game and I’m so excited to play against them again.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.German football expert Raphael Honigstein also warns that Spurs will be in for a tricky time against Dortmund, despite their recent injury problems.“Injuries at the back have come back to bite them a little in recent weeks,” said Honigstein.“Julian Weigl, who is normally a midfielder, has been filling in at centre-back because they’ve had many injuries – Manuel Akanji hasn’t played this year, Dan-Axel Zagadou isn’t quite right so they’ve been forced to make changes and they’ve suffered a little for it.“There was also an element of sloppiness involved against Hoffenheim (led 3-0 after 75 minutes, drew 3-3 on Saturday), they thought the game was won and they were much closer to scoring a fourth goal than Hoffenheim were to scoring but they were then caught cold. It was a similar story against Werder Bremen in the DFB Cup, where they conceded too many silly goals (drew 3-3, lost on penalties) and got knocked out.“However, in both of those games, the results actually mask the superiority of Dortmund for much of the games. They were in control, could have scored more goals and it’s only because their finishing wasn’t clinical that they allowed those teams back in and paid the price.“They have only lost once in the Bundesliga, they beat Bayern Munich, beat Atletico Madrid 4-0 in the Champions League – the heaviest defeat of the Diego Simeone era – and apart from losing against Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano (in the return game in the UCL) their only defeat is at Fortuna Dusseldorf.“Okay, you could count the DFB Cup defeat on penalties, but in terms of 90 minutes they’ve only lost two games all season – that shows just how consistent they have been.”The match at Wembley between Spurs and Dortmund will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his teams third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his teams third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Reed Business CEO No Plans for LargeScale Layoffs

first_imgTotal revenue for RBI was $1.7 million in 2007, with adjusted operating profits of $253 million, cash conversion was 109% providing a stable and attractive cash flow.Smith noted the division’s “history of diligent cost and headcount management.” The company, he said, “has no plans for a large scale layoff or other special headcount reduction program beyond the extreme care we continue to exercise on headcount additions.”NOTE: Read both memos here. With rumors flying yesterday following Reed Elsevier’s announcement that it would sell its Reed Business Information division—a dramatic decision to divest its advertising-supported businesses—CEO Tad Smith tried to reassure RBI staffers that their jobs would be intact—including his.“I am committed to leading our business as your CEO during the sale process and thereafter,” Smith wrote in an internal memo. “In the meantime, business will continue as usual and everyone’s jobs, benefits and pay will be unaffected.”“The announcement this morning neither surprises nor worries me,” Smith added. “We have a vibrant and exciting business that is successfully making the transition from print to online across dozens of market sectors in countries all around the world. There will be a healthy appetite for our business and your many contributions as staff members.”Reed Business global chief Gerard van de Aast also moved quickly to reassure its 8,164 employees. “It is important to note that this says nothing about the quality and attractiveness of our business and the markets we serve,” he wrote in a spate memo.last_img read more

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