Ryan Gets Last Laugh On Jets

first_imgBUFFALO, NY — In a disappointing season in which the Buffalo Bills fell well short of Rex Ryan’s playoff aspirations, the coach managed to get in the last word.Take that.Ryan’s familiar blustery personality returned, if just for a moment, after the Bills (8-8) closed their season with a 22-17 win in to thwart the New York Jets playoff hopes in their season finale Sunday.The win came against Ryan’s former team and after the coach had faced the brunt of criticism for an under-performing high-priced defense that played a key role in Buffalo missing the playoffs for a 16th straight season — the NFL’s longest playoff drought.“You guys know me, I have a horrible resume as a defensive coach,” Ryan said, sarcastically referring to his critics in the media. “You guys try to point it out all the time. But the facts don’t back you up a whole lot.”On Sunday, they didn’t.The Bills defense secured the victory by intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick on each of the Jets’ final three possessions.Fitzpatrick started the fourth quarter having his 14-yard pass intended for Eric Decker in the end zone intercepted by Leodis McKelvin. Then, on the first snap following the 2-minute warning, Fitzpatrick was hit by Marcell Dareus just as he got the ball off. The pass was underthrown and easily intercepted by Manny Lawson.The game was decided when Fitzpatrick’s side-arm pass over the middle was intercepted by linebacker A.J. Tarpley with 11 seconds remaining.The Jets were eliminated from contention shortly after the final whistle blew in Buffalo, when the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) advanced with a 28-12 win at Cleveland.McKelvin took pride in helping spoil the playoff chances of an AFC East rival and that of a former teammate, Fitzpatrick.“I feel great knowing he feels just like I feel, going to be watching at home,” McKelvin said.New York finished with 300 yards offense and converted just three of 11 third-down attempts.It was a stingy performance by an injury-depleted defense that failed to play consistently even when healthy this season.Ryan has already said “drastic changes” will be in order this offseason.Though he hasn’t named names, one of the players on the way out will be defensive end Mario Williams, who has publicly criticized Ryan’s defense on several occasions this year.A person familiar with discussions told The Associated Press last week that Williams will be cut this offseason because of his high-priced salary and drop in performance. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills do not publicly discuss their plans involving player personnel.Williams, who has two years left on his six-year, $100 million contract, said he wants to be back, but hasn’t been informed by the team.He had Buffalo’s lone sack against the Jets. A year after leading the NFL with 54 sacks, the Bills managed just 21, the fewest in a 16-game season in team history.The Bills converted nine of 20 third-down opportunities and dominated the time of possession by nearly 19 minutes.Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor finished 18 of 28 for 182 yards and opened the scoring on an 18-yard run. Karlos Williams also scored on a 2-yard plunge, while Dan Carpenter hit all three field-goal attempts, including a 42-yarder with 3:49 left.Sammy Watkins had 11 catches for 136 yards, and finished with 1,047 yards, topping 1,000 for the first time in his two seasons.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nokia 6.1 Plus user guide with Indian SAR info spotted, suggests imminent India launch

first_imgLast week, the Nokia X6 finally went global as the Nokia 6.1 Plus Android One phone with its first market outside of China being Hong Kong. Now that the name of the global variant is confirmed, we expect the Nokia 6.1 Plus to make its way to several other markets as well with India expected to be one of them. While HMD Global is yet to confirm anything about its India launch, the Nokia 6.1 Plus user guide has now been spotted on the official Indian website along with Indian SAR details.The Nokia 6.1 Plus user guide was spotted by NokiaPowerUser over the weekend. Notably, earlier this month NPU also claimed (based on sources in retail) that the Nokia 6.1 Plus could launch in the country sometime in August or September. The latest report adds that the user guide for the Nokia 6.1 Plus complete with the Indian SAR information looks “correct and valid”. This suggests the company could be ready for the Nokia 6.1 Plus India launch sooner than later.Apart from Hong Kong, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is expected to reach Taiwan and Russia soon as the device was spotted on their respective certification sites. The Nokia X6 has garnered a lot of attention and praise from the community thanks to its premium design language that comes at an affordable mid-range price. Initially launched as a China-only device, the Nokia X6 was promised for the global market by HMD after seeing positive responses.The company has been rapidly expanding its product lineup this year and has already launched close to a dozen phones already. Last week, the company quietly announced the Nokia 3.1 in India at Rs 10,449. The latest Nokia phone is also one of the cheapest Android One phones in the country right now.advertisementThe Nokia 6.1 Plus is expected to slot somewhere between the Nokia 6.1 and the Nokia 7 Plus when it launches in India. The Nokia 6.1 Plus brings a display notch allowing for more screen real estate in a compact form factor. The device sports a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) 19:9 display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. This is offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.The dual camera system on the Nokia 6.1 Plus includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. Housed within the notch on the front is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The cameras get some AI support as well which helps improve image quality and bokeh effect. The dual-SIM Nokia 6.1 Plus houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C. The device also gets Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and a 3.5mm headphone jack, among other things.ALSO READ: Nokia 3.1 is the cheapest Android One phone in India right now and it matterslast_img read more

FINALS FEVER ON THE GOLD COAST

first_imgFINALS FEVER!!! The last day of Round games was the calm before the storm as teams jockeyed for finals berths at the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament on the Gold Coast today. After taking the Dream World one day holiday, it was back to work for our Junior Touch stars who plied their trade for a grateful crowd who appreciated the efforts of players, referees, and coaches who continue to produce quality performances under sweltering conditions. The semi-finals jigsaw had final pieces inserted and all is in place for an exciting finals series. The 15 Years Boys semi-final schedule seeds an inform QLD as number one qualifiers. The Maroons will open proceedings tomorrow on field one after rounding off their preliminary games with copycat 12 -1 victories over Western Australia (6th Overall) and their semi-final opponents, Northern Territory. NSW produced a 28 -0 demolition of Tasmania and a 13 – 1 victory over the Territory Boys to set up a semi-final showdown with the ACT who had a 6 -5 Houdini like escape against Victoria and a comfortable 11 – 0 win over the Apple Islanders. Victoria and Tasmania will face off and South Australia will battle with Western Australia, with the respective winners advancing to the plate final. In the 15 Years Girls QLD and NSW `Tom cruised’ into the semi-finals with emphatic wins today. QLD made short work of the ACT 13 -1 then cut loose and rattled up a 23-0 score line over the Northern Territory. The Maroons will confront the ACT in their semi-final after completing a flawless run in the round games, whilst NSW will take on Western Australia in their semi-final after disposing of the Sandgropers 9 – 1 today, and South Australia 15 – 0. Western Australia bounced back from their defeat at the hands of NSW to beat Tasmania 7 -0 and advance to the semis. SA will meet NT and Victoria will clash with Tasmania for spots in the Plate Final. The 12 Years Boys and Girls had only the one round game today, and then played some lightning mixed games. The ten-minute games pitted Mixed combinations from the respective Girls and Boys State teams against each other for some fun and social touch. The kids had a ball and some of the Touch looked pretty good from where I was standing, the girls mixing it up with the best the boys had to offer – with this sort of talent on display the future of all forms of the game, including Mixed, looks pretty bright. In the 12 Years Tournament proper, the top three teams on points at the end of the round games go into Pool `A’ and the bottom three into Pool `B’. There are no grand finals in the 12 Years divisions, whichever team is placed the highest after all games is declared the overall winner. NSW put on a clinic with a professional 28 -0 victory over Tasmania in the 12 Years Boys to cement the top spot in Pool `A’. QLD comfortably defeated fellow Pool `A’ combatant, the ACT 13 – 0. NT, SA, and Tasmania will play each other to determine final rankings for the 2004 tournament. The QLD 12 Years Girls team’s quest for glory remains right on track after completing the preliminary games undefeated with the incredible figure of 87 touchdowns for and 0 against… Harry Potter wrapped in his cloak of invisibility couldn’t sneak past these girls! NSW who swept aside Tasmania 15 -0, will be joined in Pool `A’ by the Northern Territory, 8 -0 victors over South Australia. SA, ACT, and TAS will battle out the ranking games in the Pool `B’ series. So there you have it sports fans, the Finals series is shaping up better than Anthony Mundine to a forty -year-old opponent. The preliminary bouts tomorrow see the super powers NSW and QLD determined to produce the goods to set up a final confrontation in each division that will determine National champions for 2004. “Don’t stop fighting until the fight is done” Kevin Costner’s character Elliot Ness in the movie `The Untouchables’ famously said – the other competing States will be doing just that tomorrow – fighting as hard as possible to produce their best and prove that no one is untouchable. Ranking games, Semi-finals, and Grand finals are on the menu. Games start at 8.30 am, yes I know it’s early, so set the Alarm clock – not the VCR – c’mon we all know there’s no such thing as `live’ broadcasts, anyway, the atmosphere’s always better at the ground. Get down to Owen Park and cheer on our Touch stars of the future, it will be a fantastic day. Written by Karley Banks 29th October 2004.last_img

a month ago​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matip

first_img​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matipby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.And he believes that playing next to a player of Matip’s quality certainly helps him show his best qualities.He said to his club’s official website: “We call him Matop because he was that good yesterday!”We need everyone, that’s the message everyone knows in the team. Yesterday he was outstanding, as were all the players. It was a massive win. We do it all together.”In this vote, the country plays a part as well and I’m very proud that things have been going well at Liverpool and in our country things have been going in the right direction too.”We have to all keep it going, that’s the only way forward.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Iowa State Fan Carson King Does The Wave At Iowa

first_imgIowa fans do the "Iowa Wave" at Kinnick Stadium.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 08: Fans wave up to the children at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital during the 1st half of the match-up between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones on September 8, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Carson King was simply asking for beer money on live television. As the unexpected donations started to roll in, King decided to use the donations for a much better cause.The Iowa State fan pledged every penny would go to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. As more and more money has come in, Busch Light is matching each and every contribution. As of Sep. 27, King says the donations have raised over $2 million.During every home game, Iowa fans spend time waving to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and its patients. It’s become one of the best traditions in all of sports.On Saturday, King — despite being an Iowa State fan — attended the Iowa-Middle Tennessee contest. And in doing so, took part in waving to the hospital and its young patients — the same hospital which will receive the donations King has raised. Such a special moment and tribute. And what a great story during this college football season.Here’s another angle of King’s wave to the patients.Another angle of this wonderful moment. @CarsonKing2 dressed in his Cyclone gear, at game because of Hawkeye fans, waving to the kids and families at @UIchildrens for whom he raised $2 million in two weeks. ❤️ #FTKWe needed this.Video from @MarkFreundTV pic.twitter.com/lJikT7Ycew— Keith Murphy (@MurphyKeith) September 28, 2019Without a doubt, King is a hero. His unselfish act will help so many people.This will go down as one of the best stories in college football history. And hopefully, the donations will continue to roll in.last_img read more

Eletson, Blackstone Form LPG Shipping Company

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location Eletson Holdings Inc. today announced the formation of a joint venture with funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities to create Eletson Gas, a $700 million liquefied petroleum gas shipping company.As part of the agreement, Eletson will contribute its existing fleet of five medium-size gas carriers, and Blackstone will provide equity capital to finance the growth of the company through the construction of new-build vessels as well as through the acquisition of existing vessels. Operating and technical management of the Eletson Gas fleet will be provided by Eletson.Eletson Gas also announced the signing of newbuilding contracts for eight vessels – five 12,000 cbm ethylene-capable semi refrigerated (“semi ref”) vessels with Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and three 22,000 cbm ethylene-capable semi ref vessels with China’s Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering as well as the acquisition of a 22,000 cbm second hand semi ref vessel. Additionally, Eletson Gas holds options for two additional 22,000 cbm vessels at Sinopacific. All eight new-build vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2015 and early 2016.Lascarina J. Karastamati, President of Eletson Holdings, said, “We are delighted to partner with Blackstone as we look to expand Eletson’s existing LPG platform. Our partner’s expertise and global reach, including its exposure to the U.S. energy sector, will help to grow the business successfully into new and existing markets.”“Through this partnership, we are committed to building a best-in-class, global owner and operator of LPG vessels that is a leader in its market segment,” said Jasvinder Khaira of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Fund. “We are thrilled to join Eletson and its strong management team in this new venture.”DNB Markets, Inc. and Brock Capital acted as financial advisors to Eletson. Holland & Knight and Akin Gump acted as legal counsel for Eletson and Blackstone respectively. Eletson, October 23, 2013last_img read more

Hot dry day ahead in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in the national capital Monday, though a slight relief from the scorching heat is expected in the next 48 hours. The city recorded a low of 29.4 degrees Celsius at 8:30 am. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 43 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said. Hot and dry weather conditions will persist with the sky remaining mostly clear, he said. The weatherman said slight relief from the stifling heat is expected Tuesday onwards due to the “possibility of thundery development”. The city had been reeling under a heat wave over the last week, with the mercury soaring to 46-47 degrees Celsius in some parts. On Sunday, the national capital recorded a high of 42.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, and a low of 30.8 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

Venezuelas crisis hits standstill over emergency aid

CUCUTA, Colombia — Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to overthrow Nicolas Maduro, there is little sign the Venezuelan president is losing his grip on power.Dozens of nations have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido’s claim to the presidency and the U.S. has tightened sanctions aimed at cutting off billions of dollars in oil revenue. But anti-Maduro street protests have come and gone, and large-scale military defections have failed to materialize.With the U.S. virtually certain not to launch military action, Guaido is trying to regain momentum with an effort this week to move U.S. emergency food and medicine into Venezuela despite Maduro’s pledge to block it.Such an operation could provoke a dangerous confrontation at the border — or fizzle out and leave Maduro even stronger.With so much at stake, Guaido is under increasing pressure to soon unseat Maduro, analysts say.“He is running against the clock,” said Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, a Venezuela expert at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. “Expectations are running very high — not just among Venezuelans but international allies — that this is a crisis that can be resolved quickly.”Despite having the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela is suffering soaring levels of malnutrition, disease and violence after 20 years of socialist rule launched by the late President Hugo Chavez. Critics accuse Maduro, a former bus driver and Chavez’s hand-picked successor, of unfairly winning an election last year for a second six-year term by banning his popular rivals from running and jailing others.The 35-year-old Guaido was a virtually unknown lawmaker until last month, when he took the helm of the opposition-controlled National Assembly. He has rallied masses of Venezuelans into street demonstrations that have left at least 40 dead since he declared himself interim president on Jan. 23.Guaido has so far avoided arrest, but the general comptroller announced Monday it was opening an investigation into Guaido’s assets in a new escalation of the confrontation between the government and the National Assembly.Guaido has won backing from nearly 50 countries worldwide, including the United States, which has pledged an initial $20 million in support and has already shipped emergency food and medicine to the Venezuela-Colombia border, where it sits in a warehouse.Maduro has refused all economic assistance, denying there is an economic crisis in Venezuela — and contending the aid is part of a coup being orchestrated by the White House to topple him.Maduro has made a show of overseeing military operations played on state TV almost daily. He’s jogged with troops in formation, mounted an amphibious tank and railed against what he says is an impending U.S. invasion that he has likened to a Latin American Vietnam.On Monday, Venezuela socialist party chief, Diosdado Cabello, spoke at a rally in Venezuela’s border city of Urena, crowding the streets with Maduro loyalists wearing the red shirts of the socialist party and waving flags.Addressing the crowd, Cabello asserted Venezuelans tell him not to give in to pressure from the United States, saying they are willing to endure whatever they must to maintain freedom from imperialist rule. He said the U.S. supplies were sent in a showy display aimed at justifying a coup.“It’s not help and it’s not humanitarian,” he said to cheers from roughly 1,000 Maduro supporters, including civilians and soldiers.The U.S. humanitarian aid is being stored in a warehouse across a river from the socialist rally, a situation that also puts Maduro in a tight situation, said Eric Farnsworth of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, a Washington-based think-tank .“If you let it in, you’re bowing to Guaido and the international community,” he said. “If you don’t you’re seen as a tyrant.”President Donald Trump has said all options are on the table regarding Maduro’s ouster, but Farnsworth called any U.S. military deployment highly unlikely as such a move would make the U.S. responsible for supplying food long term and rebuilding the gutted country.U.S. sanctions imposed on the state oil company PDVSA in late January and meant to pressure Maduro from office have yet to bite. In the capital, Caracas, residents pulling up to gas stations can still fill up their cars, despite fears that sanctions would create shortages.Opposition leaders have been vague about how they plan to get the aid in.Last week, Lester Toledo, Guaido’s representative in the aid mission, suggested it could be moved by masses of people converging on the border to carry the food and medical supplies across.On Monday, Guaido posted a video on Twitter showing himself and his wife making phone calls urging people to join a volunteer force by registering on a website and calling on them to return to the streets in protest Tuesday.“We’re working hard,” he said in one call. “Not only to bring in the aid, but also to end the tyranny” of Maduro.Gaby Arellano, an opposition leader who is among those leading the aid mission, said the strategy was to conduct “defiance” politics, which she said consists of setting an agenda that forces Maduro’s hand, though she provided no details.“We are politically defining the steps and they are responding to what we put forth,” Arellano said. “We want and are working for this to be as peaceful, least traumatizing and as quick as possible.”Amaliexiz Mendoza, who lives in Cucuta with her 3-year-old daughter among the city’s large Venezuelan exile community, said she would walk a thousand times to carry humanitarian aid to her countrymen. Her grandmother, an aunt and young cousins still live in Venezuela and often go hungry, and her grandmother can’t get the blood pressure medication she needs.“It’s not right for a child to go to bed hungry,” Mendoza said, tearing up as she spoke of Maduro’s denial that a crisis exists. “He doesn’t lack anything but our families do.”___Smith reported from Caracas, Venezuela. Associated Press writers Fabiola Sanchez and Jorge Rueda contributed from Caracas.Christine Armario And Scott Smith, The Associated Press read more

Activists block main entrance to Frankfurt auto show

FRANKFURT — Activists have blocked the main entrance to the Frankfurt Motor Show in a protest against what they call the “climate and environment destroyers” of the auto industry.Hundreds of people wearing white protective suits sat or stood in front of the grounds where the auto show is being held on Sunday morning. The demonstration was organized by an alliance of groups called “Sand im Getriebe” — roughly “spanner in the works.”The show already attracted a demonstration by thousands on Saturday, many of whom cycled into the city along highways temporarily closed for the occasion. Police put turnout at 15,000, while organizers said 25,000 participated.Environmental groups say the trend toward bigger and more powerful cars, particularly SUVs, is eating into the fuel efficiency gains of recent decades.The Associated Press read more

UNICEF hails entry of 1 million Afghan girls to school

“To think that a million girls have returned to school, and that the parents of a million girls have encouraged them to do so is stunning,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy said on the eve of a three-day visit to the country. “It’s an incredible feat in a country plagued by hunger, poverty, poor health, and continuing instability. “But on top of that, it’s now safer for a woman to give birth in Afghanistan than at any time over the previous 20 years,” Ms. Bellamy added. Under the Taliban, not only were girls forbidden to attend school but health workers were often obstructed from reaching newborn babies and young mothers by official policies that enforced female seclusion, UNICEF said in a new release in Kabul, the Afghan capital. “We have the first real investment in schools since 1975, when the last school was built. And millions of children are being regularly vaccinated against killer diseases such as measles and polio,” said Ms. Bellamy, who was in Almaty, Kazakhstan, prior to beginning her visit to Afghanistan, her third since 2001, on Sunday. She is due to tour the country’s largest maternity hospital, a girls’ school, an income-generation project for women, a community water point and Afghanistan’s first cold-storage facility for vaccines, and will also address a seminar of religious leaders in Kabul. The UNICEF chief will also remind the international community of its commitments to education and health. “The emergence of new crises in countries such as Iraq risks diverting resources from Afghanistan at a critical time,” she said. “I hope that my visit will remind the international community of the promises it made to the women and children of Afghanistan nearly two years ago. And that given time the commitment of aid produces palpable achievements – like a million literate future mothers.” read more

Destruction of Syrias chemical weapons programme begun joint UN team confirms

The team oversaw Syrian personnel who used cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy or disable a range of items, including “missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing and filling equipment,” the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a press release. International inspectors from the OPCW supported by a team from the UN are monitoring, verifying and reporting on Syria’s compliance with international demands to destroy chemical weapons stockpiles and production facilities.The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution in September calling for the speedy implementation of procedures drawn up by the OPCW “for the expeditious destruction of the Syrian Arab Republic’s chemical weapons programme and stringent verification thereof.”In the text, the 15-member Council underscored “that no party in Syria should use, develop, produce, acquire, stockpile, retain, or transfer chemical weapons.”OPCW and the UN have said that in discussion with authorities, the team stressed “that the onus was on the Syrian Government to meet the verification and distribution deadlines” with technical support from the joint mission to meet those obligations. The destruction process will continue in the coming days, OPCW said.Its director, Ahmet Üzümcü, is due to brief the organization’s member states on Tuesday, the same day he will address the OPCW Executive Council. read more

Time to overcome diplomatic failure in Syria says head of UNmandated rights

“The international community cannot pretend to be blind to the cycle it has allowed to prevail for so many years,” said Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mr. Pinheiro told delegates that it is time to give “full and effective support to the ‘de Mistura plan’,” a new political approach to solving the conflict presented in late July by the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura.The plan calls for consultations and discussions with the Syrian parties in four thematic working groups: safety and protection for all; political and legal issues; military, security and counterterrorism issues; and continuity of public services and reconstruction and development.“And it is time for the Security Council to act with the responsibility vested in it,” Mr. Pinheiro continued. “It is auspicious to note that Russia and the United States have agreed to discuss mechanisms for ‘deconfliction’ in Syria.”He added that States cannot continue affirming their support for a political settlement “while arming belligerents, failing to adequately fund humanitarian services, and be taken aback by the spreading refugee crisis.”Indeed, he noted that the current refugee crisis – which he highlighted has existed for years in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq – is largely driven by the Syrian conflict.“The Syrian tragedy has now reached European shores. The deaths of children, suffered daily by Syrian families for more than four and a half years, are being mourned afresh. The profound human suffering, long seen in the hospitals and camps of Syria’s neighbours, is etched on the haggard faces of refugees huddled in European train stations and camping behind razor wire at Schengen borders.”The Chair’s statement follows the release on 3 September of the Commission’s latest report on the situation in Syria, which found that atrocities are being carried out by both Government and terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat Al-Nusra.“In mid-August, a Government bombardment of a market in Douma resulted in scores of civilian casualties. […] Anti-Government armed groups continue to conduct indiscriminate shellings on civilian areas, particularly in Aleppo, Damascus and Dara’a cities,” Mr. Pinheiro reiterated in today’s statement.He concluded the statement by urging for “narrow national or regional self-interests” to be set aside, insisting that “Syrian victims deserve no less.” read more

During our difficult times we knew we had friends says Gambian President

“During those difficult times, we knew we had friends, ones who came to our aid and who havesince kept faith with us,” the President said, thanking Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their timely and firm intervention to bring peace to his country. “Thanks to your collective efforts, the Gambia is now on a solid path to peace and goodgovernance, and ready to take over our traditional role among the champions of human rightsand democracy,” he added. He also announced that the country was in the process of re-joining the Commonwealth as well as the International Criminal Court. “Although the Gambia did not go through armed conflict […] we were on the brink of political violence and armed conflict,” he expressed, thanking the United Nations in West Africa, the UN Peace Building Commission and the Peace Building Support Office for the important support they rendered to the country. Concluding his remarks, President Barrow noted that given the range of its functions, the UN would always require some level of reform of its management systems. “As you embark on your proposed reforms, we stand ready to give you our full support in the interest of an effective and more relevant world body,” he said, adding also the need for Security Council reform.Full statement available here read more

Can William Buford fill Evan Turners shoes

As the final buzzer sounded, cementing a devastating loss to Tennessee in last year’s Sweet Sixteen, the No. 2-seeded Ohio State men’s basketball team somberly walked off the floor at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. The defeat left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Buckeyes. That low moment for the team might have been the motivation guard William Buford needed. The disappointment has driven Buford to fuel his desire to elevate himself to the next level as a basketball player.         Owning such titles as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 2008, 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 2010 Third Team All-Big Ten honoree, Buford’s ability on the court has rarely been questioned. He has always been able to shoot the ball with consistency, averaging double digits in scoring during his OSU career. “I have been scoring all my life, that’s just what I do, basically,” Buford said at media day on Oct. 14. The 2010-11 version of OSU will feature a new-and-improved Buford. Now in his third year, he is a veteran and has been thrust into uncharted waters as a young team looks to its top returning scorer for leadership. Though he was content to play second fiddle during his first two years, Buford has embraced his newfound role as a leader. “When I came back, I just had a different mindset,” Buford said. “Last year, we had a veteran team, so I really didn’t think too much. We had the best player in the country. I was just taking a backseat, basically. But this year, I am just trying to be more vocal and help the young guys.” Buford’s change has not gone unnoticed. It took little time for the 6-foot-5-inch guard’s development to catch his coach’s eye.  “I think with Will, I have seen a side of him in the month that we’ve been together that is very exciting,” coach Thad Matta said. “From a leadership standpoint, from a work ethic standpoint, he is about as focused as I have ever seen him over an extended period of time.” Aiding in Buford’s development was his selection to the USA Select Team this past summer. One of 20 college players picked for the team, Buford spent a week in Las Vegas in late July, honing his skills against some of America’s best. “I think the USA basketball deal that he did this summer was pretty beneficial for him,” Matta said. “He got to see what the best is really like. He’s been coaching the young guys, putting his arm around them, getting them where they need to go and I think that’s been exciting for him.” Along with furthering his own skills, Buford also hopes to share some of what he picked up from his U.S. teammates and NBA counterparts with his OSU teammates. Matta is not the only one to notice Buford’s transformation. The quiet, pull-up shooter from two years ago has evolved into a well-rounded basketball player and one of the Big Ten’s best. “He is more vocal, not just on the offensive end either,” Lighty said. “He is taking a leadership role on the defensive end.” Although he has his sights set on becoming a complete player, Buford has not forgotten what got him to this point. After long practices, the Toledo, Ohio, native stays in the gym perfecting his smooth jumper and continuing to sharpen his offensive prowess. Senior guard Diebler expects big things from his dedicated fellow guard.  “Will is a guy where he has always had the talent, and I think now, just focusing more on the mental aspect of the game is just going to make him unbelievable,” Diebler said. “The guy is so talented, and we have seen glimpses of it, especially last year and with him being Freshman of the Year his freshman year. Will is a guy who I think is going to have a great year.” Buford played down the individual aspect, saying the only number that matters is the number in the win column. “Personal goals: I just want to win,” he said. “Team goals: Do good during the regular season, be the Big Ten Tournament champions again and go farther in the NCAA” Tournament. And as questions of a possible jump to the NBA loom, Buford’s sights still go no further than winning. “I am still looking forward to two more years,” he said. “If I feel I am ready to go after this year, then I will go, but I’m more focused on this year and trying to win games.” read more

Twitter sintègre encore mieux aux sites Internet grâce à anywhere

first_imgTwitter s’intègre encore mieux aux sites Internet grâce à @anywhereLe PDG de Twitter a présenté son nouveau service, destiné aux éditeurs de sites Internet. Baptisé @anywhere, il vise à faciliter l’intégration du site de microblogging sur leurs pages. Ce service proposera la création de liens directs vers les comptes Twitter de personnes ou de marques mentionnées dans les contenus des sites Internet. Ces liens permettront aux internautes de s’abonner directement au site de microblogging, mais aussi de poster des tweets sans avoir à quitter la page consultée.Evan Williams a indiqué que plusieurs sites partenaires tels que Amazon, Bing, Citysearch, Digg, eBay, The Huffington Post, Meebo, The New York Times, Salesforce, Yahoo! et Youtube, intégreront @anywhere dès son lancement. Les internautes pourront alors s’abonner directement au compte Twitter d’un journaliste du New York Times ou tweeter une bonne affaire dénichée sur eBay.Alors que la croissance des audiences de Twitter commence à ralentir, le site de microblogging espère inverser cette tendance quand les éditeurs misent sur @anywhere pour attirer de nouveaux internautes sur leurs sites.Evan Williams n’a annoncé aucune date de lancement pour ce nouveau service, pas plus qu’il n’a évoqué la mise en place d’un plan de monétisation des audiences de Twitter.Le 16 mars 2010 à 16:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Royal Mail confirms pay and collective DC pensions scheme

first_imgPostal organisation Royal Mail has confirmed a new pay and pensions deal for 110,000 postal employees, including a backdated 5% pay increase and the introduction of the UK’s first collective defined contribution pension scheme.The deal, which was agreed with the Communication Workers Union (CWU), includes a 5% pay increase for full-time employees, covering base pay, overtime and allowances. The pay increase will be backdated to October 2017 and maintained throughout 2018-2019. From April 2019, employees will receive a further 2% pay rise. Part-time staff will receive a 2.6% increase in their hourly rate of pay, awarded in October 2018 and October 2019.In conjunction with the pay increases, a reduction in working hours has also been agreed. From October 2018, there will be a one hour reduction to employees’ current 39-hour working week, and from October 2019 an additional hour will be removed from the working week. These reductions are subject to the completion of trials and the successful implementation of set initiatives. Royal Mail has committed to move towards a 35-hour working week by 2022.Pension changes as part of the new deal include closing the Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP) to future accrual in its current form on 31 March 2018. This will then be replaced by a new collective defined contribution (DC) scheme, subject to the required legislative changes, which will run alongside a defined benefit (DB) cash balance scheme. Under these arrangements, Royal Mail will contribute 13.6% of a member’s pensionable pay.Transitional pension arrangements will be implemented from 1 April 2018. This will include the introduction of a defined benefit cash balance scheme for RMPP members, with Royal Mail contributing 13.6% of pensionable pay towards members’ retirement lump sums, and a further 2% for all other member benefits, including death in service and ill health. RMPP members will continue to contribute 6% of their pensionable pay towards their retirement lump sums.Members of Royal Mail’s defined contribution plan, who have a minimum of five years’ service, will also have the option to join the DB cash balance scheme. In addition, Royal Mail will increase its contributions to its DC scheme at each standard contribution tier by one percentage point, and all future and current DC pension scheme members in the standard section of the plan will be moved to the top tier of contributions to receive a 10% contribution from the organisation, and contribute 6% themselves.The ongoing annual cash cost of pensions will continue to be approximately £400 million. The pension changes have been designed to provide a similar level of member benefit as the previous DB provision, while significantly reducing risk for the organisation.The deal also includes operational changes.Moya Greene, chief executive officer at Royal Mail, said: “This agreement marks a new chapter for Royal Mail and the CWU. Following the conclusion of a helpful mediation process and further talks, we have delivered the right result for Royal Mail and our stakeholders. This is an affordable and sustainable solution that enables us to continue to innovate and grow and to meet the intense competition with confidence.“Royal Mail and the CWU will continue to work together as we build on our position as the leading delivery [organisation] in the UK. I’m pleased that, under this agreement, we will continue to offer the best terms and conditions in the delivery industry by some distance.“Both Royal Mail and the CWU have shown that disputes can be resolved without recourse to damaging industrial action. Our people’s commitment to serve customers throughout this period has allowed our good trading performance to continue. This means we now expect to deliver adjusted group operating [profits] before transformation costs of at least £680 million for 2017-2018.”Terry Pullinger, deputy general secretary, postal at CWU, added: “This agreement represents the successful outcome of months of talks and is testament to the strength of membership support reflected in the union’s huge vote for strike action in October last year. The success of our campaign has delivered a substantial pay rise, a shorter working week and a pioneering new pension scheme that will secure our members’ future employment, standard of living and retirement security.“In the face of the tough challenges Royal Mail faces from gig-economy competitors, unfair regulation and automation, we have reached a settlement that builds a bridge from our current agreements to the future, is progressive and reflects leading-edge solutions in a challenging modern setting. It will also ensure that any future change is managed through a process of evolution not revolution that will protect the interests of members. The CWU therefore welcomes the [organisation’s] commitments to re-establish the principles of security, maintain industrial stability and restore our mutual interest culture while protecting the future of a great public service.”Kevin Wesbroom, senior partner at Aon, said: “Royal Mail and the CWU have identified a ground-breaking approach to pension provisions. Aon has long been an advocate of the collective defined contribution (CDC) scheme [it has] committed to, and we have lobbied hard for their introduction, building on our global experience of these plans.“CDC fills a gap in the market of current pension provision. Individual members do not bear all of the longevity, inflation and investment return risk as they would with a conventional DC scheme. Instead, demographic and financial risks are pooled across the membership. At the same time there is a fixed cost to the employer, none of the open ended commitment associated with DB schemes.“Members receive a lifetime income in retirement, paid directly from the scheme’s asset pool. This means members do not need to take on the risk of buying an individual income product, such as an annuity, where low rates at the point of retirement lead to a permanent impact in members’ retirement funds. They also do not need to make complex financial decisions if they do not wish to, unlike conventional DC pensions.”last_img read more

Dowry victim made to run from pillar to post

first_imgParigi: Despite stringent acts, the dowry-related and harassment cases have been continuing unabated. Sometimes victims are sandwiched between their husbands and the law enforcing agencies. In such an incident, a victim of dowry harassment could not file a case against her husband, who threatened her to kill unless additional dowry was paid. The victim, Ambibai of Peerlagutta Thanda was married to Mudavat Ravi of Neelya Naik Thanda six years ago. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The problems started when Ravi returned from Dubai. He along with family members started harassing Ambibai for additional dowry. Ambibai alleged that they took away the gold she had and threw her out of the house with threats of killing her. She came to her father in helpless condition. Her father said Ravi did not change though the heads of panchayat involved in several times. “We also approached police station four times, but they did not take our complaint. The sub-Inspector is behaving rudely,” he lamented. He said they would end their lives if justice was not done for them.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Kapil Sharmas new avatar Ustaad Medium Begam Ali Khan

first_imgTwitterThere is no dearth of humour and laughter on the Kapil Sharma Show. Right when we thought the show couldn’t get any better, Kapil Sharma is back to tickle our funny bones with his new avatar of Ustaad Medium Begam Ali Khan. Kapil shared a teaser of the same on his Instagram account and had us in splits. In a black pathani suit, Nehru jacket and red scarf wrapped around his arms and neck, Kapil totally justifies this new character of Ustaad Medium Begam Ali Khan.While sharing the video, Kapil wrote, “Hope u will like this new character “Ustaad medium begam ali khan” #thekapilsharmashow #tkss stay tuned.” While netizens hailed Kapil’s new look, rapper Badshah too could not stop himself from commenting on the post. He wrote, “Paaaji khatam character.” Kappu Sharma, Chappu Sharma and Rajesh Arora are some of the other roles and characters Kapil Sharma dons for his show.In last week’s episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, viewers were given a double treat in the form of Chinky Minky, the twin sisters, who have entered into the show as Kapil Sharma’s new neighbours. Chinky and Minky made a fantastic entrance and stole the show even with their short presence. Even Archana Puran Singh had given them a standing ovation for their brilliant performance on stage while talking in unison. And now, Kapil Sharma seems all set to surprise his audience with this new avatar.Kapil Sharma is going to become a father to his first child with his wife Ginni Chatrath who has entered into her second trimester. And now Kapil has decided to take a break from The Kapil Sharma Show to spend some quality time with Ginni before the baby comes into the world.last_img read more

Flavours of punjab

first_imgTraditional wares from Punjab such as phulkari embroidery work, the Punjabi jutti, nate-parande, bangles, wooden furniture and inlay items are being sold here in various exhibitions held to mark the upcoming harvest festival of Baisakhi.At the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts whose lawns have been temporarily transformed into a mini Punjabi village for a Baisakhi Mela. Among the many stalls at the IGNCA lawns is one which features a hawker from Manipur which is stocked with items ranging from phulkari to khanda to funky t-shirts with Punjab style prints on it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We are selling stoles with Ura Era Iri print. This is the Punjabi alphabet,” says Awon Marei with a smile. “We generally don’t keep phulkari work in our shops in Chandigarh and Janpath but we have especially got it from the villages in Punjab to sell here. The phulkari work key-ring we have is from Sangrur where a part of the proceeds goes for the education of children there,” says Marei. The shop girl who sports a Punjabi ‘kada’ in her hand says she knows a lot about the Punjabi culture since she has been working with the shop for eight years now. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJawahar Dhawan, secretary, Punjabi Academy which has organised the event, says that the aim of the event was to to showcase a mini-Punjab. “Even children belonging to Punjabi families in Delhi hardly know anything about their culture. So this event will help people know more about Punjab. We have traditional performances like giddha, bazi, gatka dhadi and bhangra here. Besides that we have called stars like Vatsala Mehra, Harshdeep Kaur, Hardy Sandhu and Ammy Virk,” says Dhawan. Food stall features cooks from Amritsar dishing out specialties like Amritsari kulche and Amritsari macchi fry. Another Baisakhi Mela is being organised by Delhi Tourism at the Garden of Five Senses which will include cultural performances by artists of Sahitya Kala Parishad and Punjabi Academy. Meanwhile, entertainment destination the Kingdom of Dreams has roped in a band of singers led by Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor of Baby Doll fame for an evening of merriment and music.“I’ll sing my latest numbers as most of them are in Punjabi and if there is a dhol then we’ll try doing few songs with dhol as well. However, we haven’t still decided on the exact numbers and we prefer going with the flow,” Kapoor said. The ‘Punjab Pavilion’ in the Culture Gully of the Kingdom of Dreams is also hosting special offers.last_img read more