first_imgBEIJING — Luis Scola was asked what Sunday will mean to him, and he didn’t hesitate with the answer.“Everything,” he said.The veteran Argentinian forward didn’t need to give more of an explanation. The World Cup is one win away, and Scola made sure his team would have a chance to hoist the trophy.Scola scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, sealing the deal with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions down the stretch, and Argentina beat France 80-66 on Friday in a World Cup semifinal. Argentina will play Spain in the gold-medal game on Sunday.Gabriel Deck scored 13 points and Facundo Campazzo added 12 for Argentina, a team with no active NBA players on its roster and still made its first gold-medal game in Olympic or World Cup play since the 2004 Athens Games. And when he made his way to the locker room, Scola was greeted by chants of “M-V-P” from teammates.He corrected them with a smile: “MBP,” he said. “Most Beautiful Player.”Indeed, on the court the 39-year-old’s game is still very much a thing of beauty. Showing no signs of fatigue, he played 34 of the 40 minutes and saved his best for the very end.“Luis told us before every game, including today, that we can win — that we are a tough, tough team to beat,” Argentina center Tayavek Gallizzi said. “Just focus on our game. It’s incredible. At his age he is playing better than all the younger guys.”Frank Ntilikina and Evan Fournier each scored 16 for France, which will play Australia for the bronze on Sunday. Nando De Colo scored 11 for France, a team that looked nothing like the one that topped the U.S. in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.Rudy Gobert, who led France in that win over the Americans, scored only three points against Argentina.“From the first to the last minute, it was complete domination,” Gobert said, tipping his cap to Argentina.Rudy Gobert of France dunks the ball during their semifinal match against Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Both semifinal winners got two days off after their quarterfinal victories. Australia and France both played their quarterfinals on Wednesday, and France coach Vincent Collet said he thought that was a factor.“I didn’t want to find any excuse, but I think so,” said Collet, who cancelled practice Thursday because of his team’s travel demands. “For me, it’s not fair that one team has two days to recover and prepare even if they don’t know the first day who will be the opponent. They know it’ll be one or the other, so they can prepare for both.”Argentina put together an early 10-0 run to take the lead, and kept it the rest of the way. A 15-point lead got cut to single digits for much of the fourth, when Scola’s back-to-back 3s clinched the outcome.“It was a great game for us,” Campazzo said.TIP-INSFrance: The French still have a chance to match their best World Cup finish, third in 2014 … Vincent Poirier took a hard fall under the Argentina basket while fighting for a rebound late in the third quarter. He was able to get to the bench a few moments later. … France fell to 1-5 against Argentina in major tournaments.Argentina: Manu Ginobili, the longtime San Antonio standout and the leading Argentina-born scorer in NBA history, was courtside watching his national team. Fellow retired NBA stars Kobe Bryant and Chris Bosh were also courtside. … It took Scola only 16:45 of playing time to get a double-double; he grabbed his 10th rebound with 21 seconds left in the half and already had 13 points.REVENGEArgentina scored a bit of World Cup comeuppance. France and Argentina most recently met in a World Cup just last year — the soccer version. France ousted Argentina in the round of 16, prevailing 4-3 on its way to winning the title.LOOKING AHEADSpain has faced Argentina nine previous times in top-level international competition and has a decided advantage in the rivalry. Spain is 7-2 against Argentina in those meetings, the most recent one being a 19-point win at the Rio Olympics three years ago.UP NEXTFrance: Faces Australia for bronze medal in Beijing on Sunday.Argentina: Faces Spain for World Cup championship in Beijing on Sunday.By: Tim Reynolds, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgADLINK Technology announces a new generation of all-in-one software solutions: Measurement, Automation, and Platform Suite (MAPS). To improve process efficiency and shorten development time and effort, developers working with DAQ and PXI modules may immediately begin work with MAPS software packages such as ADLINK Connection Explorer (ACE), diagnostic tools, and easy-to-use testing utilities to analyze device functionality in one click. By continuously working with customers and engineers, ADLINK strives to make application development time faster, easier and more productive than ever.Faced with heavy deadlines to rapidly create solutions, measurement and automation developers are often hindered by a lack of crucial setup and development tools. After buying new systems and modules, engineers often spend hours visiting various websites to collect drivers, diagnostics, analysis tools, and documentation before even getting started on a project. ADLINK eliminates this bottleneck with its new Measurement, Automation, and Platform Suite (MAPS), an all-in-one software solution that may be used in conjunction with ADLINK’s DAQ and PXI modules.MAPS software improves process efficiency and shortens development time for:Test and Measurement and Automation Developers – ADLINK Connection Explorer (ACE) is a single quick-access screen for exploring and validating functionality for DAQ and PXI modules. No more back-and-forth searching to determine the root cause of an error installation. Third-party PXI Module Developers – Engineers developing solutions with third-party PXI platforms from Keysight, National Instruments and other providers may now enjoy full device transparency with ADLINK Connection Explore (ACE). Conversely, users may view ADLINK PXI platform and modules on third-party interfaces such as NI-MAX and Keysight Connection Expert. Users can also use ADLINK DAQ modules on NI LabVIEW.DAQ modules and PXI Chassis Developers – The MAPS toolset includes Soft Front Panel for DAQ modules users and ChassisWatch for developers using any ADLINK PXI chassis. Both offer easy-to-use testing utilities that analyze functionality in one click for seamless field and site deployment.MAPS software also offers language-based SDKs needed for C/C++ and LabVIEW developers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Apacer: PCIe NVMe Gen3 SSDs, the next logical step for industrial-grade storageNext IBASE: slim Mini-ITX system with onboard AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoClast_img read more


first_imgAlexis Sanchez asked the Manchester United board to make a splurge in the transfer market before Thursday’s transfer deadline in England.Alexis urged the club to sign experienced players if they want to win titles in the upcoming season. Sanchez gave Arturo Vidal’s example and said that United need to make such signings in order to challenge for silverware.”At United we have to sign big players, with experience,” Sanchez told Sky Sports.The Chilean international cited Spanish side Barcelona who signed Vidal from Bayern Munich in the close season.”He is a great player and my team mate from Chile. He is an example of the type of players we need to sign to win trophies and compete at the highest level,” Sanchez said.Also read – Manchester United and Arsenal to fight for Boateng, PSG also interestedUnited, who have not won the league in the last five years, have only signed three players so far in this transfer window. Brazilian midfielder Fred, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant are the only players to have arrived at Old Trafford as Ed Woodward continues to struggle to bring in another player in ahead of the 5PM deadline in United Kingdom.The likes of Toby Alderwiereld, Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire have been linked to United but the asking prices for the players have apparently knocked United’s interest out in cold water.Also read – Jose Mourinho confident of one more signing before transfer window shutsUnited fans do not look to hopeful about their chances in the transfer window and have come down on the club heavily on social media after Woodward and Co. announced another sponsorship deal instead of a player.However, Mourinho remains interested in a centre-back and Kuru Zouma is also a name that has been come up but Mourinho would hope that Woodward at least gets on deal over the line as they go into they kick off the Premier League season on Friday.advertisementUnited begin their Premier League campaign against Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10.last_img read more


first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! • Was this the first game OSU got out-adjusted at halftime? Or did it get out-adjusted at halftime?• Still not sure I understand the safety.• I absolutely loved the goal line going for it call from Gundy. Even if it doesn’t work, you can’t grab three against Dana on the road. Not with how their offense had opened it up in the second half. Plus, you want the pressure of having to score on Ogbah and Co.• Carson was killing me with the make OSU air raid again tweets.There’s the Donald Trump package. Make #okstate Air Raid again. #conservative— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 11, 2015• The OSU drive chart … are you ready for this?PuntPickPuntPuntTDSafetyFGPuntPickTDPickFumblePuntPuntFGPuntTDNot ideal!• Man, I love this.@pistolsguy If Rudolph is #truth can Walsh be #consequences ?— Maarek Elets (@Maarek) October 11, 2015• This is what Rudolph does best (he did not do much of this on Saturday).• Bad news: West Virginia’s pass defense, while lauded for its ability to create turnovers, came in to this game 83rd in the country in yards per attempt allowed at 7.3. Makes Rudolph’s performance seem worse.• Sometimes it feels like OSU is trying to run Wisconsin’s offense with Baylor’s 2002 offensive line. Doesn’t go great.• He really did.Tre Flowers had a huge game. It’s crazy how much he’s improved. #okstate— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) October 11, 2015• It’s mildly infuriating to me that it seems like OSU can get yards and points when it absolutely has to. I don’t know if that should be encouraging or I should want to throw a video game controller through a window but my gut reaction is the latter.• Do what?Yep. pic.twitter.com/KKHUhTb3fV— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2015• Glenn Spencer had a grad assistant run a piece of paper up to Mike Yurcich in the press box during the second half. All it said was, “do literally anything.”• I thought this was tremendous.Gundy coaches kids that don’t give up. That’s always been true and why he is a valuable coach.— Evan Epstein (@EvanEpstein60) October 11, 2015 This has to terrify any QB when facing #OkState this year. @Eman_OSU38 is a beast. pic.twitter.com/xJN9MDBMwk— Jason Elmquist (@jelmquistSW) October 11, 2015• WVU ran some curious plays as well. Why were they throwing it on third and two when Wendell Smallwood was doing pretty much whatever he wanted to do?• Uni All-Star game is what that matchup was. A uni All-Star game.• Tough to decide, but I think this was my favorite Dana GIF of the night.Literally every single person watching this game right now. pic.twitter.com/TKc19b0SI8— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2015• I wrote this in the first half (and retracted it in the second): Howard throws it with the velocity of Weeden and the accuracy of Cate. He improved.• How good was this play? Oh, and maybe this is why we don’t go to Ateman on every play?• Speaking of things being good, how good was Ashton Lampkin against West Virginia’s receivers. It’s incredible to me that OSU held WVU to 24 points on 19 possessions. Nineteen!• Rudolph is going to throw picks. That’s sort of part of the deal. I’m not sure what to do about it. The one above was (obviously) amazing. The one to Washington in the second half was a great play (but a bad throw). And then the one in the first half to Washington was basically just a punt.• Announcer: “Can OSU survive with no running game to speak of?” Rinse, repeat.• This is a crazy, crazy stat.This seems good. pic.twitter.com/p2z7otQ6wm— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 10, 2015center_img I posted my 10 thoughts here, but thought I should empty my notebook from Saturday night. Here’s a look at all the notes I took on that wild win in Morgantown.• Did ESPN’s production crew have money on the over of 545.5 shots of Dana? Oh, don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but I saw Gundy fewer times tonight than I saw Dana say “you’ve got to be sh****** me.”• This seems true (even if it’s not).Jorddan Sterns is unjukable. You won’t juke him. He will tackle you.— Yves Batoba (@YBatoba) October 11, 2015• Have I mentioned how much I hate us getting the ball first. Not our strength.• I write within the first three minutes, “this is such a tough game for us. No matter how they play.” Remains true. Other than Kansas (and with us, including Kansas) Big 12 road games are insanely difficult to win.• If Skyler Howard is 6’0 then I am a three handicap.• This flip to Jhajuan Seales. Les Miles and Kyle Porter approved. Heart.• Jalen McCleskey will stop scaring me on punts oh about whenever he graduates.• Mason Rudolph played badly (we already went over that) but it’s not like we didn’t have a lot of drops. James Washington and Jhajuan Seales both had some in the first half, and I bet David Glidden would like to have this one back.Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 2.55.15 AM• I am a simpleton, I realize, but what exactly is the problem with a jump ball to Marcell Ateman on every snap?• Does Paul Lewis get absolutely destroyed on every single play or is it just me?• Yes!Rudolph has get away from a couple security guards speed.— Josiah Meints (@jophime) October 11, 2015• How big are Ogbah’s arm bands? Do you think you could fit them around your waist or nah?• I like the revenge for 2013 aspect to this game. Heck, it’s revenge for 2014 too. Now I believe Bob Stoops is the only Big 12 coach Mike Gundy has a losing record against.• That was the longest game of all time, yes?• This photo though.last_img read more


first_imgNova Scotians interested in providing input on inclusive education now have several ways to share their ideas. The Commission on Inclusive Education’s public engagement phase starts on Tuesday, Nov. 21, with public workshops, an online survey and other ways for people to share their stories. “We know there are lots of families, teachers, students and others who have been looking forward to this phase of our work,” said Sarah Shea, chair of the commission. “We are pleased to launch the public engagement with numerous ways for people to participate.” Nova Scotians can participate in the following ways: A multi-site francophone session, via videoconference, is planned for Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in partnership with Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. Details on how to participate will be posted on the commission’s website. “The input gathered through all forms of public engagement will guide all aspects of this important work on behalf of the children and youth of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Shea. “Together we will create a new provincial vision and model for inclusive education.” For details on how to submit input, register for a workshop and other details, go to www.inclusiveedns.ca. fill in the online survey from Nov. 21 to Dec. 15 register for one of the public workshops. Space is limited, so pre-registration is requested. The workshops are being held in the following communities from 6:30 to 9 p.m.: Yarmouth, Nov. 21, Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, 146 Forest St.; Stellarton, Nov. 22, NSCC Pictou Campus, 39 Acadia Ave.; Sydney, Nov. 23, Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, 74 Esplanade and in Halifax, Nov. 27, Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd. share your story by preparing a short video, of two to three minutes or write your vision of a new model of inclusive education to help the commission understand what is working, what is not, and what is possible last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has arrested a man who sexually assaulted a divorcee after luring her with the false promise of marriage, said an officer on Friday. The incident was reported from Netaji Subhash Place in the national capital where a seven-month pregnant victim filed a complaint with the police on Wednesday. “The woman, 27, and a mother of two, in her complaint alleged that she was first time raped by the accused in June 2018. He raped her on the pretext of marrying her. But when he refused to fulfil his promise, the victim registered a complaint, following which he was arrested,” a senior police officer said. “During the court hearing, the accused had apologised to the victim, and with mutual consent they had agreed to tie the knot. Following this, the court had granted him bail,” he said. “After he came out on bail last year, the accused used to stay with woman and developed physical relation with her again promising to marry her. This time the victim got pregnant. When she would ask the accused to marry her, he would assault her and force for abortion,” he added. The accused is at large and a hunt is on to nab him, the officer said.last_img read more


Rabat – A recent ranking of global touristic hubs  has just confirmed Marrakech’s standing in the group of global titans, those ‘international cities’ setting ablaze the hearts of those who visit them.In its most recent ranking of the world’s top 25 destinations, TripAdvisor ranked Marrakech as the eight best destination for travellers, putting the Moroccan city ahead of cities like Istanbul, New York, and Dubai, which were ranked ninth, tenth, and seventeenth, respectively.“The red city of Marrakech is a magical place brimming with markets, gardens, places and mosques, “said TripAdvisor in its justification of Marrakech’s standing in the ranking.” The globally reputed ‘travel app’ recommended a number of “magical places” to visit while in Marrakech, including the city’s sinuous and romantic streets, and of course its world-class hotels and restaurants. From the city’s vibrant Medina to the “serenity of the Majorelle Garden,” and the presence of its numerous historical mosques, Marrakech is a splendor, according to TripAdvisor.It is worth noting that Marrakech is the only African city to have made it to the top 10, with the Egyptian town Hurghada, the other African town in the top 25, ranked as 21st .If Morocco’s reputation as a touristic hub is to be maintained, then international validation is vital.And perhaps unsurprisingly, with this ranking of Marrakech in the clubs of the world’s most magical and marvellous cities, Morocco’s tourism industry can take pride in yet another morale boost, an international and credible validation of those who have visited the North African country’s many touristic destinations. read more


Mr. Ban “extends his condolences to the families of those who perished,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. “He is also concerned by the economic devastation faced by the survivors.”The Secretary-General commended the “prompt and effective response” to the flooding by the affected countries – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.UN agencies have warned of a possible health emergency in South Asia, after severe flooding left tens of millions of people in urgent need of fresh water, food and shelter. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are concerned about the spread of water-borne diseases, viral fever and skin infections, and are providing emergency medical kits and other supplies in the affected areas. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UNICEF’s Veronique Taveau warned that the needs would be long-term and that many thousands could remain homeless for weeks.Many of the affected areas in India were home to impoverished communities who suffered from poor sanitation and hygiene year round. Now, entire villages were days away from a health crisis, she said. While water levels in Nepal have receded in many areas, Ms. Taveau said the delivery of vital aid was being hampered by security concerns and damage to access routes and infrastructure. She warned that the situation in Bangladesh, where nearly 8 million people are affected, could worsen rapidly over the coming days. Meanwhile, in Pakistan, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is concerned that monsoon rains could worsen flooding in areas already affected by the June cyclone and floods. OCHA notes that its flash appeal for $38 million for Pakistan, launched three weeks ago, remains less than one third funded. The UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan is appealing to the donor community to urgently meet the funding shortfall. 7 August 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep sadness at the hundreds of lives lost and the millions affected by the recent floods in South Asia, and reaffirmed the readiness of the United Nations to assist the victims. read more


Hailing the lifting of sanctions against Liberia, the country’s Vice President today said the measures had been viewed as corrective – not punitive – by the country’s people.“My Government welcomes and highly appreciates the recent decision of the Security Council to lift sanctions which it saw fit to impose on the timber and diamond sectors in Liberia,” said Joseph Nyumah Boakai.“Although the imposition of sanctions was considered by many as punitive, I am gratified to inform you that the Liberian people viewed the sanctions as prudent and corrective,” he told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate.He also welcomed the Council’s recent decision to extend the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), saying that in spite of the gains of peace following 14 years of civil war, the country remains fragile. Joao Bernardo Vieira, the President of Guinea-Bissau, also voiced appreciation for the UN’s help for his country. He cited in particular the Ad Hoc Consultative Group of the Economic and Social Council.For its part, Guinea-Bissau is determined to strengthen the role of the United Nations in promoting peace and development worldwide, he said.Mr. Vieira also spoke about the problem of drug trafficking in Guinea-Bissau, despite the political will of the Government to tackle the problem. “It can only be eradicated through international cooperation,” he said, appealing to States that had experience in combating drug trafficking and organized crime to assist. “We welcome the efforts of the UN system to establish an international network for the eradication of this scourge,” he said.Zarifou Ayeva, the Foreign Minister of Togo, looked to upcoming legislative elections in the country as a turning point in the country’s history. He thanked international and other partners who helped Togo reach this point, especially the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which he said played an important role in preparations for the polls.Currently, the country is engaged in a fight against impunity, and in this effort is enjoying the support of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, he said, voicing appreciation for its role in bolstering the Government’s efforts.The Prime Minister of Guinea, Lansana Kouyaté, described the political crisis that his country faced earlier this year, and also voiced appreciation for the assistance of the international community in restoring stability. At the same time, he urged all countries of good will with the means to help to assist Guinea in carrying out its plan to consolidate these gains throughout the country.Looking to the broader international context, he urged measures to combat poverty, saying it should be declared “illegal” throughout the world. Collective efforts to eradicate poverty would be the best way to guarantee peace, he said.Beyond the West African region, the Vice Prime Minister of Burundi said his country is endeavouring to restore stability. Despite the non-participation of the FNL, the Government remained open to all proposals aimed at fostering a return of the rebel group to the peace process.Looking back on the darker chapters of the country’s history, he said Burundi is now working with the UN Secretary-General to establish a truth and reconciliation commission.“We will soon engage in national consultations on the question and the conclusions should constitute a solid basis for the creation and functioning of this body,” he said.He also issued a strong call for action against small arms and light weapons which he said cause widespread destabilization. In Africa’s Great Lakes region, these arms have been responsible for death and the destruction of infrastructure, he said. 27 September 2007Leaders from West African countries working to consolidate peace and build democratic institutions today voiced appreciation for the support of the United Nations and its agencies in this endeavour. read more


Mr. Ban “believes the developments are a positive step towards addressing the humanitarian issues that are an important component of Security Council resolution 1701,” a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson said, referring to the resolution that ended Israel’s war against Hizbollah in August 2006. The resolution also called for renewed respect for the Blue Line separating Israeli and Lebanese forces, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, and enhanced the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the peacekeeping mission that has been there since 1978. 2 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the return by Israel of a released prisoner to Lebanon and Hizbollah’s release of remains of Israeli soldiers killed during the 2006 war. read more


15 February 2012Delegates at a meeting convened by the United Nations to draw up strategies to respond the humanitarian crisis in West Africa’s drought-prone Sahel region today called for comprehensive and rapid assistance to the millions of people affected, especially children and women. Leaders of UN agencies, representatives from governments in the affected countries and major donors, meeting at the headquarters of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, stressed the need for a combination of relief, early recovery and longer-term development programmes.They resolved to work together to meet immediate food security and nutritional needs of affected people, while supporting programmes that address the root causes of problems and to strengthen the resilience of communities living in areas affected by chronic drought.Actions will include support for short-term food security and nutrition response plans developed by national governments and regional organizations to increase access to food and scale up existing safety net programmes.Targeted emergency food assistance, including cash-for-work programmes, cash transfers and food vouchers, will be undertaken while strengthening local markets and linking local production to consumption. Nutritionally-enhanced products for children and nursing or pregnant mothers will be delivered, as will therapeutic foods for those suffering from severe acute malnutrition.There will also be deployment of early warning information management systems that support the repositioning and consolidation of needs assessments to provide regular, timely, and accurate updates on the humanitarian situation.Participants at the Rome meeting noted that internal and external displacement of people in Mali as a result of fighting between the insurgents and government forces will exacerbate an already severe situation in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso.They called for the development and implementation of plans that simultaneously provide for immediate assistance to avert a more severe humanitarian crisis during the coming lean season, while addressing the underlying causes of the problem.Delegates stressed the need for continued support to governments of countries in the Sahel, as well as regional organizations to strengthen their capacity to address the structural causes of the recurring food crises in the region, including through targeted approaches to overcome obstacles in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly the aim to reduce by half the proportion of populations affected by hunger and poverty by 2015.They said approaches that take into account the prevailing insecurity and recognise the need to incorporate disaster risk reduction, community security and conflict prevention interventions are also an integral to the response plan.They underlined that enhanced coordination among UN agencies, governments, regional institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups, donors and other development partners will be crucial to support an integrated and efficient response to the immediate humanitarian needs and longer-term development of affected populations.Those attending the meeting also called for immediate action by international donor community to mobilise the resources necessary to support response programmes.They called for the “mainstreaming” of disaster risk reduction into national development frameworks with a special attention to food security, and support for social protection programmes to assist the most vulnerable populations.Today’s meeting included top officials from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), WFP, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark will tomorrow begin a two-day visit to Niger, one of the worst affected countries in the current crisis. read more


The suspects were arrested on the advise of the Attorney General.They were produced in court and remanded till April 5th. (Colombo Gazette) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank P. Samarasiri and three Directors of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) over the treasury bond scam.The PTL Directors arrested were named as Pushpamithra Gunawardena, Chitta Ranjan Hulugalle and Muthuraja Surendran.


first_imgValve has announced an upcoming public unveiling for Dota 2 in a big fashion: the game will be first shown to the public in a 16-team tournament with the winner taking home one million dollars.The tournament, “The International,” will go down during the Gamescom conference in Germany, August 17-21. 16 elite Dota teams have been invited to play through a tournament with a group stage followed by a double-elimination bracket.The participants list is dominated by Asian countries. Of the 16 teams invited, five are from China and one team comes from each of Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. The remaining six teams are European. The tournament will also be broadcast with commentary in Chinese, German, Russian and English for free.Dota 2 follows on the original DoTA, or “Defense of the Ancients,” a Warcraft III mod from an amateur developer known as IceFrog. IceFrog was hired by Valve, and the company trademarked the Dota name. The practice is practically a Valve tradition, as small indie or mod developers have gone on to create Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Portal, and Alien Swarm as commercial products for the studio.Shortly after Dota 2 was announced last fall, IceFrog wrote a lengthy FAQ that discussed many of the top concerns among existing DoTA players. Several technical features will be implemented to reduce problems caused by the Warcraft III multiplayer experience, such as player reconnection and lag reduction. Other features will make the game more accessible to new players and include AI bots, tutorials, matchmaking, and spectating. As the tournament will demonstrate, broadcasting support will also be in full effect.Dota 2 will be available for the PC and Mac later this year.via the Dota 2 bloglast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two Golden Dawn supporters were found guilty of bodily harm by a court in Serres, northeastern Greece, in an attack against a member of anti-capitalist ANTARSYA party carried out in October 2012. Both defendants were sentenced to 12-month prison sentences, suspended for three years.One of the defendants was former Serres Golden Dawn deputy Nikitas Siois.The victim had been attacked by a group of Golden Dawn supporters, sustaining head injuries. He had also been pepper sprayed.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more


first_imgMarée noire : la fuite ne sera pas arrêtée avant aoûtÉtats-Unis – Après l’échec de l’opération “Top Kill” et des autres manœuvres destinées à arrêter le déversement de pétrole qui sévit depuis plus d’un mois dans le golfe du Mexique, BP ainsi que la Maison Blanche ont annoncé que le pétrole pourrait continuer à couler jusqu’au mois d’août. La prochaine opération de colmatage, nécessitant des forages secondaires, est prévue pour cet été. Il s’agit selon BP de la “meilleure solution”. En attendant, le pétrole continuera à s’écouler et des opérations de contention seront menées pour retenir une partie des 2 à 3 millions de litres de brut s’échappant quotidiennement du puits. L’opération “top kill”, porteuse d’espoir et qui avait pourtant réussi au départ, a échoué le week-end dernier. Elle consistait en l’injection d’une solution faite d’eau, de matières solides et de baryte dans les deux conduits menant à la valve anti-explosion du puits, suivie du scellage du puits avec du ciment. Le 1 juin 2010 à 14:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgCholéra en Haïti : la source de l’épidémie serait un camp de Casques bleusSi l’on en croit le récent rapport de Renaud Piarroux, épidémiologiste français, le choléra aurait pour origine un camp de Casques bleus népalais, déjà au cœur d’une vive polémique.Voila plus d’un mois et demi que l’épidémie de choléra s’est déclarée en Haïti, tuant plus de 2.000 personnes et inquiétant les organisations de santé internationales comme l’OMS. Alors que la plupart des théories expliquaient la maladie par le fait que plusieurs catastrophes climatiques ont touché le pays dernièrement, dégradant les conditions sanitaires, Renaud Piarroux faisait savoir récemment que l’épidémie de choléra avait été importée dans le pays (voir notre article).À lire aussiVirus Ebola : la fuite de trois patients infectés attise les inquiétudes au CongoAujourd’hui, cette hypothèse revient sur le devant de la scène avec un rapport qui indique que le camp des Casques bleus népalais en Haïti serait le foyer infectieux de l’épidémie. Ainsi, Renaud Piarroux explique : “Il n’y a pas d’autre explication possible que ça sur le développement de l’épidémie dans un contexte où il n’y avait pas de choléra dans le pays, et compte tenu de l’intensité, de la vitesse de propagation et de la concentration de vibrion dans le delta de l’Artibonite”, l’Artibonite étant un fleuve près duquel le camp népalais est installé. Et d’ajouter : “L’explication la plus logique, c’est l’introduction massive de matière fécale dans le fleuve de l’Artibonite en une seule fois. Le seul élément manquant, c’est l’établissement formel à partir d’analyses et de prélèvements de la présence du vibrion chez les Népalais”. De son côté, l’armée népalaise a fait savoir par le biais de son porte-parole : “C’est une conclusion hypothétique et nous condamnons fermement de telles allégations sans faits ni preuves solides. Je ne pense pas qu’il y  ait jusqu’à présent de preuve concrète”. De son côté, Le Figaro rappelle que la population avait d’ores et déjà pris à partie le camp de soldats, les accusant d’être à l’origine de l’épidémie.Le 8 décembre 2010 à 15:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_img A trailer has been released for the upcoming comedy “Sisters” starring comedians Tina Fey & Amy Poehler that features WWE United States Champion John Cena in a supporting role. The film will be released in theaters on December 18, 2015, the same day as Star Wars: Episode VII. You can view the trailer below. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Google+ Tina Fey Maya Rudolph Andy Samberg And Sandra Oh Are Best Friends Who Just Met In Golden Globes Promos Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThe Apple Butt JamVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:02/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 24.30%0:03Remaining Time -0:59 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 John Cena Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Smackdown Highlights: Asuka’s first title defense, The Miz teams with Rose, Sanity attacks The Apple Butt Jam Pronouncing Names WWE Smackdown Results – 12/18/18 (The Era of Asuka Begins, Fallout from TLC PPV) WWE Smackdown Live Ratings: Viewers up on December 18, WWE wins the night on cable Leslie Knope: Wisdom for when you care too much Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has declared that his government would not offer any amnesty to politicians like ex-president Asif Ali Zardari and premier Nawaz Sharif accused in corruption cases but if they returned the “looted money” under a plea bargain, they could leave the country. Khan also revealed that the incarcerated former prime minister Sharif’s sons tried to secure the release of their father with the help of “two friendly countries.” Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Khan did not reveal the names of the two countries but said they just conveyed him the message but did not press for Sharif’s release. “They told me that we will not interfere,” said Khan, who was accompanied by the adviser on Finance, Hafeez Sheikh, and Federal Board of Revenue Chairman, Shabbar Zaidi. Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 when an accountability court convicted him in one of the three corruption cases filed in the wake of the apex court’s July 28, 2017 order in the Panama Papers case. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Sharif and his family have denied any wrongdoing and allege that the corruption cases against them were politically motivated. In May, the apex court rejected Sharif’s review petition seeking bail on medical grounds and permission to go abroad for medical treatment. Khan said that those convicted for corruption would not be allowed to go away until they gave back the stolen money. Advertise With Us “They need to return the country’s money first then they can go anywhere they want,” he said. “If Nawaz (Sharif) wants to go abroad for his medical treatment then he should return the looted money first and if Asif Ali Zardari has such an issue he should return the money,” Khan told ARYNewsTV on Monday. “The NRO will not be offered,” he said, referring to a deal similar to the National Reconciliation Ordinance issued by former dictator Pervez Musharraf, under which cases against a large number of politicians and political workers were dropped. “Two NROs issued by Musharraf to [PML-N’s ‘supreme leader’] Nawaz Sharif and [PPP Co-Chairman] Asif Ali Zardari destroyed the country. Later, both of them also gave NROs to each other,” Khan said. The prime miniser added, “Money launderers are being kept as VIPs. I have asked the law ministry to shift them to a jail where regular prisoners are kept.” “A plea bargain can be allowed and no foreign country can do anything. They (Sharif and Zardari) will have to pay the money,” he said. Former president Zardari is in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for his role in three corruption cases. He has been named in a multi-million dollar money laundering case along with his sister Faryal Talpur. According to the NAB, the duo made transactions of Rs 150 million through alleged fake bank accounts. Khan also spoke about the economy and said that it would improve as the difficult time was over. Khan said his government had spent USD 10 billion on debt servicing on loans taken by the previous governments. “A comprehensive plan is being devised including new legislation to control smuggling and money laundering,” he said.last_img read more