UEFA bans PSG’s Neymar for 3 games for insulting officials

first_imgLATEST STORIES Rain or Shine forces Game 7 PSG’s Neymar runs with the ball during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Monaco at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Sunday April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has banned Neymar for three European matches for insulting the officials after Paris Saint-Germain lost to Manchester United in the Champions League.Following the round-of-16 game in March, Neymar used Instagram to aim an expletive and insults at video review officials who intervened before Man United was awarded a stoppage-time penalty for a handball that eliminated PSG.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments The forward wrote: “They put four guys that do not understand football to watch it in slow motion. This doesn’t exist!”Neymar, who was injured and did not play, then used profanity while writing about the video assistants.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, logisticsAs it stands, the UEFA ruling means Neymar is set to miss half of PSG’s six games in the Champions League group stage next season.last_img read more

Cricket: Sourav Ganguly recently in an interview states that runs won’t judge Virat Kohli

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe former Indian Cricket team captain and the Prince of Calcutta, Sourav Ganguly in a recent interview had a chat about the current Indian squad. Dada mentioned that the Indian team skipper, Virat Kohli shall be recognized and remembered for his leadership abilities rather than the runs he scores.Being asked about Virat Kohli’s captaincy in a chat with Harsha Bhogle on CricBuzz Unplugged, he replied that Kohli needs to have the eye of picking players which is very important and has no set of rules to it. A captain must see a player and understand what he is capable of and how can he be motivated to deliver for the team. Virat has always backed his players which is a trend that has come over in Indian Cricket over the years.Dada sees Virat as a very passionate captain who has brought good things in Indian Cricket and Kohli shall be judged by how he takes Indian cricket with him. He ended by saying that only time can tell whether Virat finishes as a successful captain or not after managing all the pressure a captain has to face on a daily basis while playing overseas and at home.Also Read :Cricket : 20 year old Pant included in the Indian Test Squad ahead of the England clashCricket: Essex bowlers reveal the plans they followed to get Kohli and Dhawan’s wicketlast_img read more

Summer vacation in Patna schools from May 5

first_imgPatna, Apr 26 (PTI) Due to the sweltering heat conditions, the Patna district administration today declared summer vacation in all schools from May 5, an official said.All public and private schools in the district will be closed for summer vacation from May 5 in view of the heat wave prevailing here, District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal said.The summer vacation were scheduled to start from third week of next month, but the heat wave conditions prompted the district administration to advance the closure of all schools, he said.Agrawal said he has directed his subordinate officials to ensure implementation of the order.Meanwhile, Education Minister Ashok Kumar Chaudhary said the district magistrates of districts concerned will take a call on advancing the summer vacation in schools in view of heat-wave condition.Its the district magistrates call to take decision on closing schools for heat wave condition, he said. PTI KDK SUS DIP LNSlast_img read more

MI vs KKR, Qualifier 2: Kolkata Knight Riders crash to fourth-lowest total in IPL playoffs

first_imgMumbai Indians bowled out Kolkata Knight Riders for 107 in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.Opting to bowl after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss, Mumbai Indians had KKR on the mat at 31 for five in the seventh over.However, a 56-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Suryakumar Yadav (31) and Ishank Jaggi (28) steadied KKR’s sinking ship, before leg spinner Karn Sharma struck for the fourth time on the night.Sharma returned excellent figures of 4/16 from four overs, while Jasprit Bumrah had equally great figures of 3/7 in three overs, as KKR were all out in 18.5 overs.Worst starts in #IPL knock-outs:29/5 RCB v GL 2016 (W)31/5* KKR v MI 2017 (?)36/5 CSK v MI 2013 (L)40/5 KXIP v CSK 2008 (L)#MIvKKR- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 19, 2017This is the fourth-lowest total in IPL playoffs after – 82 by Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers Bangalore (DY Patil stadium, 2010), 87 by Delhi Daderdevils vs Rajasthan Royals (Wankhede stadium, 2008), 104 by Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings (DY Patil stadium, 2010) and 107 by Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians (M Chinnaswamy, today).KKR lowest 67/10 (15.2 ov) also v MI at Wankhede 2008#DimagSay may just reach 100!check out what #BingPredictshttps://t.co/2AQVPErOvM- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 19, 2017The 29-year-old Sharma sent back Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, KKR captain Gautam Gambhir and Ishank Jaggi at the M Chinnaswami Stadium.Jaggi’s dismissal in the 15th came as a relief for MI as the batsman had whipped Lasith Malinga for two boundaries in the previous over and was starting to look threatening.advertisementSuryakumar Yadav struck two boundaries and a six while facing 25 balls.last_img read more

STATE Makes a Statement by Donating Backpacks to Kids in Need

first_img There is a plethora of do-gooder companies out there sending bags to those in need. However, STATE however is going the extra step by filling those bags with nutritional snacks, school supplies, and books —and all for kids right here in America. Praise!STATE was launched in 2013 by husband-and-wife duo Scot and Jacqueline Tatelman. As founders of the nonprofit Country Roads Foundation — which helps children in New York City — the couple noticed how many kids carried their possessions in trash bags. So, for every STATE bag purchased, the brand hand-delivers a backpack full of essential tools for success.But that’s not all! STATE also hosts bag drops where teams of “PackMen” and “PackWomen” lead motivational rallies to boost kids’ self esteem and outlook on life. Then there are their collaborations; STATE blew it out of the water with a partnership with Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD global charity campaign (kids received a limited-edition BeyGOOD and STATE Union bag with supplies) and another with Bombas socks for Coalition for the Homeless (disenfranchised adults were hooked up with a bag and socks). The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Franklin The Heights Editors’ Recommendations Lorimer Kensington Colby Greenpoint Clark Homecrest If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Preston Kingston Bedford Carroll Gardens center_img STATE’s most recent collaborations are just as exciting. In September, along with New York Yankeess pitcher CC Sabathia’s PitCCH Foundation, STATE held a bag drop rally at a Bronx-area elementary school. The kids were given a new STATE backpack filled with goodies. Chance the Rapper has even gotten involved; he and STATE gave over 30,000 backpacks to kids in Chicago through the #GiveBackPack Chicago initiative.But the Tatelmans aren’t just content with providing tangible change. They’ve also started up a digital space to foster discussion and help explain some of the more difficult and challenging issues facing us today. Fittingly, it’s called #WhatDoWeTellTheKids. The first month, October 2016, focused on Black Lives Matter; February 2017 highlighted LGBTQ stories; and April 2017 talked about how we can stamp out the use of “retard” with an incredible film by Emmy award-winner Kat Misko. And August was all about Chicago —  that beautiful, underfunded, resilient city.STATE is more than a bag. This is a movement. This is more than fashion. These bags are statements.First published by Cator Sparks on March 20, 2015. Updated by Elizabeth Dahl on October 27, 2017. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Previous 1 of 6 Bedford Carroll Gardens Next End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

VTT Develops Technology for Unmanned Ship Navigation Systems

first_imgzoom Research and technology company VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been developing safe steering for the remotely monitored and controlled ships of the future.As explained, the new technology has been created for navigation systems and ship autopilots, which steer ships automatically.Although the ships of the future will largely be controlled by artificial intelligence, they should be monitored and controlled on demand by land-based professionals. This trend sets new challenges also for autonomous ship navigation systems, which must be able to control ships in various situations, VTT said.Such navigation systems require an autopilot, which is used to control a moving vessel, also during evasive maneuvers in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (sea-lane rules).The Apilot autopilot under development by VTT has three modes – track, heading and slow joystick control.In the track mode, Apilot steers the ship along a previously agreed route. If the ship detects another vessel, which must be avoided, the autopilot switches to heading mode. This enables Apilot to avoid the other vessel with a small change in the ship’s heading. Autopilot returns to track mode after the other vessel has been avoided, according to VTT.In the joystick mode, control and propulsion equipment are adjusted to low speeds maneuverings. Apilot puts the ship into the desired operating mode, for example to maneuver sideways into a dock.In all situations, the autopilot ensures that the ship remains within a set distance from the planned route. If the limits in question are exceeded, the autopilot gives a warning and remote control must be taken from the ship.Human factors must be taken into account when designing the remote monitoring and control systems of vessels, VTT said. The company has studied the interaction between humans and technology in maritime transport and developed new concepts for the bridges and remote shore control centers of the autonomous ships of the future.last_img read more

Inching towards restoration

first_imgAfter the sensational August 5 decision of the government of India to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its statehood and split it into two Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, ensuing clampdown and communication blackout have led most of India to ask, what now? Introducing a change of this scale was a challenge and accomplishing it marks the current Inidan leadership apart from rest this country has had. The next step is presumably restoration of normalcy with an improved state of being. A very glaring observation is the education of children and youth that has taken a massive hit in this political turn of events. Addressing the concerns and aspirations of the youth has for long been the pressing need as a means to develop a connect with the local people and in the process, help ease tense situations. Steps like addressing the local economic crisis and introducing market intervention schemes for apple business, slowly and steadily mean to bring normalcy in the region. But since the region was already heavily plagued with economic maladies and its impacts, extra efforts are certainly called for to normalise a hitherto compounded situation. Reaching out to youth as a first step is very favourable as productively engaged youth, empowered with education and skills, will ensure a better future for the Jammu and Kashmir region. J&K at present has a quota of about 2 lakh scholarships which include pre-matric, post-matric, and merit and means scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Minority Affairs and the Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarships for minority girls. In line with the disempowerment of Article 370 which conferred special status to the Jammu and Kashmir state, and which was also quite discriminatory in many ways, the Union government is reported to do away with the state quota of scholarships in J&K and instead, award them to all eligible applicants, bringing them at an equivalence with others. Although debatable, this can prove to be helpful in bringing the youth to the national mainstream more prominently. Broadening scholarships to include maximum students as possible from J&K is part of a larger plan of the Home Ministry for development of the state. Instilling skills in the youth in J&K is vital to understand the needs of the state and where resources must flow for the youth to become ready for the jobs market. Certainly, investing in the youth will eventually help the government make J&K a peaceful and prosperous place.last_img read more

Faith Goldys lawsuit against Bell Media over campaign ad dismissed

first_imgTORONTO – A lawsuit launched by a controversial Toronto mayoral candidate against Bell Media after the broadcaster refused to air her campaign advertisement on a local television station has been dismissed by an Ontario Superior Court justice.In his written decision, Justice Peter Cavanagh said Faith Goldy’s complaint should be addressed to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and not the court.Goldy, a former journalist who is now a fringe candidate in Toronto’s municipal election, wanted the court to order the broadcaster to run the ad until the Oct. 22 vote.She alleged that Bell Media broke national broadcasting rules and breached her right to free expression in refusing to air her campaign advertisement.Cavanagh said that while the court has jurisdiction when it comes to charter rights issues, he decided not to deal separately with those matters in this case.“I decline to exercise my discretion to carve out the charter issues and have them heard separately by the Superior Court of Justice,” Cavanagh said in his decision. “The entire application should be heard by the same tribunal, the CRTC.”Goldy, whose campaign includes anti-immigrant policies, once penned an article suggesting there was “white genocide” in Canada. “Vote Faith Goldy for mayor and Toronto ceases to be a Sharia safe space,” she said in a recent tweet.Bell Media told the court that it had received over 80 written complaints and requests from a number of groups not to run Goldy’s ads. It called the move a business decision.The company said it would not be commenting further on the case.Cavanagh said the fact Goldy did not attempt to have the CRTC hear her complaint and her overall standing in the mayoral race were factors in his decision.“I also consider that Ms. Goldy is polling at approximately six per cent according to the submissions of her own counsel and that the outcome of this application will not have any realistic impact on the outcome of the race,” he said.In documents filed last week, Goldy alleged Bell Media initially agreed to air her campaign ad on its television station CP24 and accepted a deposit of more than $13,000.She alleged the broadcaster later refunded her money and refused to run the clip, without providing an explanation for its decision.Her lawyer, Clayton Ruby, said last week there is nothing in the ad itself that the broadcaster could object to, calling it “utterly innocuous.”Ruby did not immediately respond to request for comment on Tuesday.Goldy also stirred controversy last month after posing for a photograph with Premier Doug Ford, prompting him to distance himself from her several days later following questions from the opposition.last_img read more

Bill Clinton To Be Honored At Father Of The Year Awards

first_imgThe National Father’s Day Council has announced that Mark K. Shriver, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Save the Children, will host the 72nd Annual Father of the Year Awards.The luncheon will take place at the Grand Hyatt New York Hotel on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 12 p.m. For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact the Council office at 212-594-5977 or visit www.momanddadday.com.Recently, the Council announced that the 2013 “Father of the Year” Honorees will include President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc., and GQ and the Sani Family Foundation’s “All-Star” Dad, Major Jackson Drumgoole II.“We are thrilled to have Mark Shriver, past ‘Father of the Year’ honoree and host, return to serve as Master of Ceremonies at our 72nd Annual Father of the Year Awards,” said Dan Orwig, Chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee, and VP, Group Director Men’s Division Itochu Prominent. “Mark Shriver’s philanthropic efforts helped improve the lives of 240,000 children and families across the country last year alone. He is a true inspiration to fathers everywhere, from his dedication to Save the Children to his passion and love for his family.”Mr. Shriver developed Save the Children’s early childhood development, literacy and health programs in the United States, which benefit children living in some of the country’s most impoverished regions. Mr. Shriver also created Save the Children’s domestic emergency programs to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children before, during, and after disaster strikes. He led a national coalition that convinced Congress to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters and was appointed to the Commission by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). He was elected chairperson by his fellow commissioners and served in that role for the life of the Commission (2008-2011).He was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, Mr. Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling. Mr. Shriver subsequently created The Choice Jobs Program, Inc., a private non-profit that trains, places and supports former Choice clients in jobs, as well as The Choice Middle Schools Program, a model for keeping at-risk middle school children in school.Mr. Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He has also received honorary degrees from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland and from The College of the Holy Cross.Mr. Shriver has written a New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir titled, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” which was published in June 2012 and was the recipient of the 2013 Christopher Award. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Jeanne, and their three children, Molly, Tommy, and Emma.As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $35 million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.last_img read more

RCMP present rural crime stats to PRRD Board

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Members from the RCMP detachments in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge gave presentations to the Peace River Regional District Board outlining regional crime statistics from last year.Speaking first, Fort St. John detachment commander Insp. Mike Kurvers said that officers had seen an overall decrease in service calls in the rural area, from 3,246 in 2016 to 3,200 last year. He said that overall, most types of crime had decreased, while others increased slightly.Insp. Kurvers said that rural arsons dropped significantly last year compared to the year prior, from 21 to six. Property crime and violent crime saw substantial decreases year-over-year with the exception of sex offences. Those increased from seven to 22 in the past year. The number of vehicle thefts, drug-related offences, and impaired drivers also increased from 2016 to 2017. Dawson Creek’s acting detachment commander Sgt. Mike Richard said that rural calls in the South Peace have increased 33 percent compared to 2016, with police being called out 1,917 times last year.  Sgt. Richard said that vehicle thefts were a big problem in 2017, with an average of 15 to 17 vehicles being stolen every month. He did attribute at least part of that to a large chop-shop operation in Doe River, north of Rolla, which was shut down by police last year.Sgt. Scott Hromadnik said that the Chetwynd RCMP had a busy 2017, which he attributed to an uptick in oil and gas industry activity near his community. Sgt. Hromadnik also said that his detachment has been focusing recently on traffic enforcement, as roads in the Chetwynd area claimed seven lives last fiscal year.last_img read more

Morocco to Host Pan African Humanitarian Summit for First Time

Rabat – The 2018 summit, under the theme “Africa, My Home: An Inclusive Participation for Africa’s Development,” will meet November 16-17 at Palais des Congres Rabat.The event will host civil, political, art, and media personalities as well as representatives of the public and private sectors and diplomatic missions.The summit’s activities “will focus on themes which form the main strategic vision of the 2030 UN Agenda and the African Union (AU) agenda 2063, including migration, gender, youth and women’s participation in development and peace as well as education, employment and climate change,” reads a press release by the Pan African summit. The summit will also focus on “African cultural identity and its contribution to socio-economic transformations in Africa, as well as the role of civil and civic diplomacy in promoting people-to-people relations and partnerships exchanges bilaterally and regionally.”Why choose Morocco?After Morocco re-joined the AU in January 2017, the country took part for the first time in the 2017 Pan African Humanitarian Summit and Awards in Tanzania on November 18 last year.Morocco’s ambassador and country director to the Pan African Humanitarian Summit, Karima Rhanem, told Morocco World News, “Morocco was chosen for its global and regional commitments to just causes, it is a country that has shown solidarity, vision and leadership in promoting socio-economic development and cooperation in Africa.”At the 2017 Pan African Humanitarian Summit, Morocco took the chance to share its experience in human and socio-economic development with over 300 delegates. Morocco’s leadership “has been clearly seen through several investments and efforts deployed by Morocco under the wise leadership of HM King Mohammed VI in the past few years to promote South South cooperation and to contribute to the development of the African continent,” she added.She noted that 85 percent of Morocco’s foreign direct investment goes to Africa. This makes Morocco the “number one investor in West Africa and the second largest investor in the African continent.”Morocco may have left the AU for three decades but it never left the African continent and “has ever since strengthened ties with several African countries on the bilateral level,” Rhanem affirmed.After the 2017 Pan African summit, the Moroccan International Center for Diplomacy signed a partnership agreement with the Nigerian-based Pan African Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development to organize the fourth summit in Morocco.Rhanem said that the King regards Africa as “his natural home and deployed considerable efforts in strengthening partnerships with African countries.”“It is a beautiful day when one returns home after too long of an absence,” King Mohammed VI said at the AU summit in January 2017.King Mohammed VI has made over 52 visits to several African countries in the last 19 years. Holding the summit in Morocco, according to Rhanem, shows “the Kingdom’s commitment towards regional and global issues and provides for an institutionalized platform for dialogue for civil society and other stakeholders.”Speaking about migration, Rhanem asserted that Morocco is “the only African country with a full integration policy for African migrants and refugees.”On November 7, Moroccan Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit said that 50,000 migrants residing in Morocco have been regularized since 2014. The number accounts for about 85 percent of the overall applications from foreign nationals in Morocco.Summit objectives The objective of the 2018 summit is to identify concrete African solutions on sustainable peace and social-economic development in Africa.Rhanem said that one of the main objectives of the summit is to “demonstrate HM the King’s leadership in Africa and his efforts in promoting South-South cooperation.”The event will also be an opportunity to exchange Morocco’s experience in human and economic development with other African countries.This year’s meeting seeks to “provide technical expertise to delegates on how to move Africa from consumption of international aid programs to a strong strategic economic and geopolitical partner,” according to the Pan African Summit’s press release.The Moroccan International Center for Diplomacy organized the two-day event in partnership with the Pan African Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development (PALEDEC), the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation, and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.At the end of the summit, an award ceremony will pay tribute to African personalities who have developed Africa in various fields.Rhanem, who is also a civil society activist, won a 2017 Pan African Humanitarian Award.The activist was the first Moroccan woman to be nominated for the award, in the category of “Young Achievers Award on Social Leadership and Nation Building.”The summit will come one month before the UN Global Compact on Migration conference in Marrakech. read more

Muthu Sivalingam appointed as Deputy Minister of Primary Industries

Nuwara Eliya District Parliamentarian and President of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) Muthu Sivalingam has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Primary Industries.He was sworn in as the Deputy Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today. The CWC had earlier said it was prepared to work with President Maithripala Sirisena.

IGP wants tourist cops to learn Chinese Hindi and French

Speaking on behalf of the SLTDA, its Chairman Kavan Ratnayaka said the state tourism institution would extend its maximum support to the Tourist Police Division, as protecting tourists is a key priority for the government and the SLTDA would go to any length to achieve it. (Colombo Gazette) At the meeting, the IGP also said a new uniform would be introduced  to the Tourist Police Division, allowing it to build more cordial relations with the tourists visiting Sri Lanka. He also added that measures would be made to give more training opportunities to officers attached to the Tourist Police Division.“Officers of the Tourist Police Division should pay special attention to language  training.  In addition to English, they should also learn widely used  international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French,” the IGP said, while promising to expand training opportunities to the Tourist Police.“Members of the Tourist Police Force,” the IGP said, ” must work closely with the SLTDA and other institutions involved in the Tourism sector. At the same time, the Tourist Police Division should be a brand by itself adding value to Sri Lanka’s reputation as a safe destination,” Jayasundara said. The new Police stations will be constructed with the instance of the SLTDA and they will be strategically positioned covering all main tourist destinations in the country.“We have to understand the important role played by the tourism sector in the country’s economy. In a few years, it is expected to become the largest foreign exchange earner for the country. Therefore, ensuring safety of the foreigners visiting Sri Lanka will be a top priority for the Police force,” IGP said. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara says officers of the Tourist Police Division should learn widely used international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French.He said that 25 new Tourist Police stations would be established across the country to ensure the safety of tourists. The IGP made this assurance during a meeting held with the Chairman and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and the officers of the Tourist Police Division, at the Police Headquarters in Colombo, SLTDA said in a statement today. read more

Rockets hit UNICEF offices in Afghanistan injuring one

The UNICEF office compound in Jalalabad was not occupied when two rockets hit this afternoon, but a local guard was injured and the building and vehicles suffered from some physical damage.The agency said at this stage the reasons for the violence were not clear, and there was no cause to believe that UNICEF would be a target for any terrorist attack. At the same time, UNICEF said such incidents underlined the continued volatile security situation facing all humanitarian agencies operating in the country.

Yemen ceasefire deal Potential now to restore humanitarian lifeline to millions

“This agreement has the potential to allow the ports of Hudaydah and Saleef to operate at near-normal capacity,” WFP spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel told journalists in Geneva. “The free flow of commercial food supplies into Yemen should prevent further increases in food prices, which have sky-rocketed in the last few months.”  WFP and other UN agencies have described Hudaydah as the principal lifeline for two-thirds of the population, who have endured suffering on a huge scale since fighting escalated between Government forces and Houthi opposition militia, in March 2015. Before the warring sides agreed a deal at UN-led talks in Sweden this week, clashes had prevented the sustained supply of commercially shipped food and fuel through Hudaydah.This led to a spike in prices which put basic goods beyond the reach of ordinary Yemenis.“With the conflict intensifying over the recent weeks, we have seen a decrease of 50 per cent in shipments into Hudaydah port as private companies, shipping companies, were reluctant to use the port for security reasons,” Mr Verhoosel said. “We also hope, then, that it will change.”The UN agency is also hopeful that it will soon regain access to a large milling and storage facility in Hudaydah – the Red Sea Mills –  which supplies one-quarter of its flour for millions of people in north and central Yemen.Significant role for UN in managing crucial portAccording to the ceasefire agreement, the UN is to play a significant role in managing the port.The UN has not had access to those facilities since September, Mr Verhoosel explained. “We hope that thanks to the agreement we will have access very soon to those facilities and we will be able to dispatch those 51,000 tonnes of wheat to assist 3.7 million people.”To illustrate the widespread need for assistance in Yemen, Mr Verhoosel noted that in January 2017, WFP delivered aid to 3.5 million people a month, but that this number has now more than tripled. “It’s one of our biggest operations ever,” he said, adding that the agency plans to reach up to 12 million people during next month. Of particular concern are children and breastfeeding mothers, 1.5 million of whom will receive additional nutritional support in coming weeks.Details of the ceasefire agreement were announced on Thursday by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who said that despite “pending” unresolved issues, it would improve the lives of millions of people.In addition to an end to fighting in Hudaydah governorate, the cessation of hostilities also encompasses neighbouring Taizz governorate, where years of conflict in the city have posed serious access challenges to humanitarians.The WFP Senior Spokesperson said he hoped that the “peace breakthrough” announced in Sweden would lead to similar agreements elsewhere in Yemen – and better humanitarian access to those in need.“The deal is not enough, it’s a good start,” he said. “That’s why we look forward to January or later when the second round of discussions will take place under the Special Envoy’s leadership and we hope that other similar agreements will be reached in other parts of the country.”  Without assistance, 73 per cent of the population in Taiz – some 2.2 million people – risk “crisis” levels of food insecurity, WFP says. Around 1.3 million would experience “emergency” levels of hunger and 45,000 would face “famine-like” conditions.Mr. Verhoosel said there was “still time to save millions of people” adding that “honestly, our staff is working 24 hours a day for the moment to avoid as much as we can a catastrophe.” read more

Cyber attack Monday morning meltdown expected as Europol chief warns of escalating

first_imgPatients are being urged to stay away from GPs amid fears of a “Monday morning meltdown” as a result of the global cyber attacks.It comes amid warnings that the crisis could spread to other sectors, with a wider “escalating threat” as millions of workers switch on their computers.The director of Europol raised fears that the cyber attack that has hit NHS services and global businesses “will continue to grow” as people return to work after the weekend. The head of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre echoed the warning, raising concerns that many existing infections may yet to have been detected, and others could spread within networks.He said the crisis could develop “at a significant scale” in coming days.The leader of Britain’s family doctors urged patients without appointments to stay away from GP practices at the start of the week unless their need is urgent.Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said the attacks, combined with precautionary measures, have had an “extensive impact” on GP practices, some of which are likely to struggle on Monday.Last night, she said: “The concern is that on Monday morning the appointment system may not be working, some places may not be able to access routine results, even the phone lines in some cases may not be working.”“If it is routine we are saying please leave it a day or two – if you are urgent we will prioritise but if not please give us a couple of days,” she said. On Sunday he said: “It’s very likely tomorrow that there will be some new cases emerging, possibly at a significant scale, but we don’t know.”So far, the scale of the damage has been limited by a UK security researcher, hailed as an “accidental hero” after registering a domain name to track the spread of the virus, which ended up halting it.The man is today revealed as Marcus Hutchins, from Ilfracombe in Devon.The 22-year old warned that a further attack is likely, saying hackers could upgrade their virus to remove his “kill switch” rendering any systems which are not patched to be  vulnerable. My real life friends don’t know about my blog/twitter/job, etc… So today is going to be interesting.— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) May 14, 2017 Darien Huss, 28, who worked with the British 22-year-old to stop the cyber attack  Urging patients to stay away unless their need was urgent, she said: “We are saying to the public, please bear with us.  “The system may be compromised, but if you are urgent we will prioritise; if it is routine we are saying please leave it a day or two.”If phone lines were not working, patients in need of urgent appointments should make their way to surgeries to seek them out she said.However, the leading GP said the situation across the country was unknown, with no central data  held on which operating systems were run by surgeries, or the extent of the impact.Many practices would have tried to carry out security updates over the weekend, she said.But there remain fears that the true damage could become clear as thousands of doctors try to log on.“In some cases computer systems will have been patched over the weekend but what we are frightened about is everyone logging on and there being a massive drain on the system as every computer is updated,” she said.Health officials have urged the public to use the NHS wisely, and said anyone with an appointment at a hospital or GP surgery should attend unless given specifically told not to.At least 47 NHS organisations have been affected by the crisis, with thousands of operations, tests and appointments disrupted as screens went blank across the country. The impact on GP services has been less clear, with the cyber attack occuring on Friday afternoon as many surgeries prepared to close for the weekend.Health officials are concerned about how the systems will cope when 8,000 GP surgeries open this morning, with no central record of how many surgeries have been affected.Since Friday’s breach more than 200,000 victims – including the NHS – across 150 countries have been infected by the Wanna Decryptor ransomware, also known as WannaCry.Europol director Rob Wainwright said he had been concerned for some time that the health service was not properly protected, unlike banks who had put “a proper strategy in place”.And he said he was fearful that the virus could spread across other sectors, with particular risks today as most workers return to their desks.”At the moment we are in the face of an escalating threat, the numbers are going up, I am worried about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn their machines on Monday morning,” he said.Mr Wainwright said: “What is happening here is the exploitation of a flaw in the Microsoft operating systems. It is only affecting those computers that are not patched. We have been concerned for some time that the healthcare sector in many countries is particularly vulnerable.” Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)  said the situation could worsen as the week goes on.“The way these attacks work is that there are compromises of machines and networks that probably haven’t been detected, and also ones that have been detected can spread.center_img Darien Huss, 28, who worked with the British 22-year-old to stop the cyber attack  “It’s very important that people patch their systems now,” he said.”We have stopped this one, but there will be another one coming and it will not be stoppable by us,” he said.”There’s a lot of money in this. There’s no reason for them to stop. It’s not really much effort for them to change the code and then start over.” On Sunday afternoon  even hospitals – including Barts NHS trust, the largest in the country –  were continuing to divert patients from Accident & Emergency departments, as they battled the crisis. The rest have been able to restore their functions, leaving them to attempt to sort out a major backlog of patients and attempt to identify what information has been lost since systems were last backed up. 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

Atlas Copco to acquire Renegade Drilling Supplies in South Africa

first_imgAtlas Copco has agreed to acquire the assets of Renegade Drilling Supplies Proprietary Ltd, a South African manufacturer and distributor of drilling consumables for mining exploration. Renegade Drilling is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and sells its products throughout the Southern African region. The company manufactures and distributes mining exploration drilling consumables, such as drill rods, in-the-hole tools and diamond drill bits. It has 22 employees.“We are happy to bring the strong team at Renegade Drilling into our Group,”  said Helena Hedblom, President of Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. “This acquisition will expand our product portfolio and establish a regional footprint for manufacturing of mining exploration consumables.”The acquisition is expected to be completed shortly. The purchase price is not materially significant to Atlas Copco’s market capitalisation and is not disclosed. The business will be part of the Rock Drilling Tools division in Epiroc, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas Copco that will be listed on the stock exchange in 2018 provided shareholders’ approval.last_img read more

Internet célèbre les 20 ans de sa naissance

first_imgInternet célèbre les 20 ans de sa naissanceLe Web est né il y a 20 ans. Le 6 août 1991, le chercheur britannique de l’Organisation européenne de recherche nucléaire (CERN) Tim Berners-Lee, finissait tout juste de mettre au point un projet utilisant un protocole de communication entre deux ordinateurs connectés en réseau, Internet.Le World Wide Web, la Toile mondiale également appelé Internet ou Web a fêté ses 20 ans samedi dernier. C’est en effet le 6 août 1991 qu’un chercheur britannique à l’Organisation européenne de recherche nucléaire (CERN), Tim Berners-Lee a eu l’idée de s’appuyer sur Internet afin d’établir un système d’accès aux informations, explique Itespresso.fr. A l’époque, le projet Internet, créé initialement en 1974, n’était en fait qu’un protocole de communication entre deux ordinateurs connectés en réseau. Ainsi, le chercheur britannique a proposé d’utiliser ce système pour permettre d’échanger des données entre les ordinateurs du CERN. Un concept baptisé ENQUIRE et dont les bases ont été posées dès 1989, révèle Itespresso.fr.Par la suite, en 1990, Tim Berners-Lee a reçu l’aide de son collègue Robert Cailliau pour préciser le projet. Ils ont alors conçu le système de lien hypertexte tel qu’on le connait aujourd’hui et qui permet d’accéder aux informations en ligne depuis un navigateur Internet. Le projet s’est ensuite enrichi du langage HTML permettant la présentation des pages web, et du HTTP, le protocole du Web régissant la communication entre un client (le navigateur Internet) et un serveur (l’ordinateur).Une invention révolutionnaire Le 6 août 1991, Tim Berners-Lee écrivait ainsi : “Le projet WWW a démarré pour permettre aux physiciens de partager des données, des nouvelles, et la documentation. Nous sommes très intéressés par la diffusion sur le Web à d’autres domaines, et d’avoir des serveurs passerelle pour d’autres types de données. Les collaborations sont les bienvenues”. Le chercheur était alors loin d’imaginer qu’il venait tout juste de donner naissance à l’outil qui allait révolutionner l’utilisation des ordinateurs, la diffusion et l’accès à l’information, tout comme la communication à travers les quatre coins de la planète. À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesDécouvrez à l’occasion de cet anniversaire, ce à quoi ressemblaient il y a peu certains de vos sites Internet préférés sélectionnés par Maxisciences  Le 9 août 2011 à 15:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dwayne The Rock Johnson reveals new trailer for upcoming film Fighting With

first_imgFacebook Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Google+ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed on his Twitter Sunday, a brand new trailer for the upcoming film “Fighting With My Family” which focuses on the life and wrestling career of current WWE star Paige.The new trailer contains never before seen footage which shows Paige during her WWE tryout and her time in the NXT brand. Johnson stated in his post that in 2012 while filming Fast and the Furious in London he watched a local documentary about Paige and her wrestling family, and knew he had to “tell their story.”The film, which will be released under Metro Goldwyn Mayer, was produced by WWE Studios and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, is set to release in Theaters on February 14, 2019 according to the Internet Movie Database website.You can watch the new trailer on Johnson’s Twitter post below.One night in 2012 while filming Fast & Furious in London, I watched a local documentary about @RealPaigeWWE & her real life crazy, hilarious & inspiring wrestling family from Norwich, England. I knew I had to tell their story. Enjoy our new UK trailer #FightingWithMyFamily pic.twitter.com/hKXKciRKZs— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 23, 2018 Twittercenter_img Pinterest Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more