Luka Modric is the man responsible for ending the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi duopoly over the Ballon d’Or. 11 years since Kaka won the Ballon d’Or in 2007, Ronaldo and Messi had shared five awards each at the events but on Monday night, their stranglehold finally broke loose.Modric who had won FIFA The Best award earlier this year, bagged the Ballon d’Or for his role in guiding Real Madrid to a record third straight Champions League title and then captaining Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final.While Modric scooped the top prize, Ronaldo continued to stay relevant as he came second in the list while France’s Antoine Griezmann finished third.For the first time in a decade, Messi did not even feature in the top three for the award.However, it was a night to cherish for Modric and he struggled to express it in words.”It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it’s hard to describe in words,” Modric said, wearing a tuxedo as he collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.”It’s a big pleasure to be here among all these players. I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d’Or throughout history.”The playmaker has been a delight to watch for the past few seasons but this year, he played a pivotal part in the success of both his club and country and that paved way for his breakthrough year.advertisementModric sits deep in the midfield, scans the field in like seconds and is able to make passes that cuts across defences but it was not always like this for the diminutive Croatian.Modric was earlier an attacking midfielder and it was Harry Redknapp back at Tottenham Hotspur who changed his position to a more deeper role, where he began flourishing.Modric moved to Real Madrid in 2012 but had a disastrous first season when he was made to play a more attacking role. It was only when Jose Mourinho deployed him back into the deep midfield that he began flourishing again.”The change of position helped me a lot in my career. I used to play more offensively. When I dropped back, I was able to read the game better and show my creativity,” Modric further said.Modric is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d’Or, an award which is voted for by journalists and organised by French magazine France Football.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany to face Netherlands, Portugal handed tricky drawAlso Read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrested
Skipper Shreyas Iyer would look to sort out his team’s lower-order woes and strive for consistency when Delhi Capitals face a rampaging Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match here on Thursday.A dramatic lower-order collapse against Kings XI Punjab exposed Delhi’s batting frailties and Iyer would look to plug those holes to stand a chance of taming Sunrisers, who have been on a roll with back-to-back wins. A new look Delhi made a rampaging start to the season with a superb win over three-time former champions Mumbai Indians but since then they have struggled with their lower-order.Delhi are currently fifth in the standings with two wins and as many losses after four games and consistency is something which they would be looking for.But the real contest on Thursday would be between Delhi pacers Rabada and Chris Morris against the marauding Sunrisers pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.The pair of Warner and Bairstow have been in scintillating form this year, sharing century-plus opening stands in all their three matches so far. After a 118-run opening stand against KKR in a losing cause, Warner and Bairstow continued their dominance up the order with 110-run and 185-run partnerships against Rajasthan and Royal Challengers Bangalore.Where will the IPL 2019 match between DC vs SRH be played?The IPL 2019 match between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between DC vs SRH live?advertisementThe match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between DC vs SRH?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between DC vs SRH?Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Colin Munro, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Ingram, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Tewatia, Rishabh Pant, Ankush Bains, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (capt), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake.Also Read | Jos Buttler reacts to R Ashwin Mankading incident: The wrong decision was madeAlso Read | There are some chinks in Virat Kohli’s batting against spinners: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli has to stay positive and he will be back: Kapil Dev
Next ISSF World Cup: Abhishek Verma shoots gold, seals Olympic quotaAbhishek Verma, shooting in his maiden ISSF World Cup final, clinched the gold medal and the Olympic quota place for the 10m Air Pistol event.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 12:45 IST Abhishek Verma was in fine form in the 10m Air Pistol final at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing on Saturday (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAbhishek Verma won the 10m Air Pistol gold at ISSF World Cup on SaturdayHe became the fifth Indian shooter to have clinched a quota place for Tokyo OlympicsIn his first ISSF World Cup final, the 29-year-old shooter dominated the rest of the packIndia’s Abhishek Verma reigned supreme in the 10m Air Pistol final at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing on Saturday.While winning the gold medal in only his second World Cup appearance, the hobby shooter-turned professional sealed a quota place for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Abhishek Verma, 29, was a cut above the rest of the field in the 10m Air Pistol final as he finished on the top step of the podium with 242.7 points. Russia’s Artem Chernousov took silver with a total of 240.4 points in the eight-man final. Korea’s Seungwoo Han finished with a bronze after shooting 220.0 in the final.Abhishek Verma showcased his class in what was only his first ISSF World Cup final. Indians have sealed five quota places for the Tokyo Olympics so far with young Saurabh Chaudhary clinching one in 10m Air Pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi earlier this year.A thrilled Abhishek Verma on top of the podium showing off his 10m Air Pistol gold medal @issf_shooting World Cup in Beijing. He also won India’s fifth @tokyo2020 quota in shooting in the process. pic.twitter.com/ec3pWaXVGzNRAI (@OfficialNRAI) April 27, 2019Incidentally, Abhishek Verma made his World Cup debut in New Delhi. The Indian pistol shooter failed to qualify for the final at home. However, on Saturday, Abhishek shot a total of 585 points to qualify for the final at the fourth spot.Olympic quota for India @OfficialNRAI @Media_SAI along with a brilliant gold medal by Abhishek Verma in men’s 10m Air Pistol #BeijingWorldCup. Can’t believe this is just his 2nd World Cup. He was so cool & composed. Proud to support you Abhishek @OGQ_India pic.twitter.com/8aOR1bM5qBadvertisementViren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) April 27, 2019Abhishek who had won a bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol event during his India debut at the Asian Games has little international exposure but is proving to be one of the finest shooters on the circuit.Saurabh Chaudhary was fielded in the MQS category earlier in the day to boost the chances of another Olympic quota place for India. World Cup gold medallist Shahzar Rizvi disappointed in the qualification round as he crashed out after finishnig 32nd with a total of 576 points.Arjun Singh Cheema had also finished outside qualification spots with a total fo 571 points on Saturday.Also Read | Divyansh Singh Panwar secures fourth Olympic quota with silver in ISSF World CupAlso Read | Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary win India’s 2nd gold at ISSF Beijing World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Abhishek VermaFollow ISSF World CupFollow Saurabh ChaudharyFollow 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Saina Nehwal eyes to regain title at Chinese TaipeiIf Saina Nehwal manages to overcome the early hurdles, the star Indian shuttler is likely to play former world No. 2 Sung Ji Hyun in the semi-finals.advertisement Press Trust of India TaipeiSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 12:47 IST Saina Nehwal will face An Se Young in the first round at the Chinese Taipei BWF World Tour Super 300. (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal will be in action at the Chinese Taipei BWF World Tour Super 300The star Indian shuttler will enter the event as a top seedNehwal has been seen struggling with her form since the Indonesia Masters early this yearFormer champions Saina Nehwal and Sourabh Verma will look to find their best form when they begin their quest to regain the women’s and men’s singles crowns at the Chinese Taipei BWF World Tour Super 300 beginning with qualifiers here on Tuesday.Top seed Saina returns to the tournament for the first time since winning the title way back in 2008, while reigning national champion Sourabh had achieved the glory here in 2016 and will look to repeat his feat.On a comeback trail since regaining fitness, former top 10 player H S Prannoy is another Indian shuttler to look out for during the week, especially after his victory over Chinese legend Lin Dan at the recent World Championship in Basel, Switzerland.Saina has had an underwhelming season this far. The Indian shuttler started out the season by winning the title at Indonesia Masters 500 event after Carolina Marin retired with an injury. However, since then Saina had not made it to the last 8 of any tournament.In the recently conculded World Championships, the London Olympic medallist crashed in the Round of 16 after losing to Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark.PV Sindhu will not be in action at the Chinese Taipei BWF World Tour Super 300.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Saina NehwalFollow Chinese Taipei BWF World Tour Super 300Follow Sourabh Verma Next
zoom Singapore-based owner and operator of gas carriers BW LPG Limited has taken delivery of BW Leo, the fourth Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) in its newbuild programme of eight VLGCs from South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries.The BW Leo is financed by a combination of free cash and the USD 400 million loan facility from KEXIM, DNB and SEB, as lending banks.The BW Leo joins the fleet held available to serve voyage charter opportunities and meet CoA commitments.Including the BW Leo, the company now owns and operates a fleet of 38 vessels, comprising 24 owned VLGCs, nine chartered-in VLGCs and five owned LGCs.In addition, BW LPG has recently ordered four VLGC newbuilds from another South Korean shipbuilder – Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).
élaborer une stratégie de recrutement et faire en sorte que la fonction publique représente bien le public qu’elle dessert; offrir une formation améliorée et obligatoire sur la diversité et l’inclusion à tous les fonctionnaires; élaborer un programme de mentorat réciproque qui regroupe les membres des groupes sous-représentés et les hauts fonctionnaires. « Nous visons à bâtir une fonction publique pour tous les Néo-Écossais, a dit Laura Lee Langley, commissaire de la fonction publique. Un milieu de travail diversifié et inclusif est la clé de notre succès, car il contribue à l’amélioration de l’engagement et de la productivité des employés, ainsi qu’au recrutement et au maintien en poste d’une main-d’œuvre qualifiée, diversifiée et dynamique. » La stratégie sera mise en œuvre à l’aide de partenaires gouvernementaux, y compris la table ronde sur la diversité, les comités sur la diversité et toute une gamme de réseaux d’employés. La nouvelle stratégie sur la diversité et l’inclusion peut être consultée au novascotia.ca/diversity. Le gouvernement renforce son engagement envers la diversité et l’inclusion au sein de la fonction publique grâce à sa première stratégie sur la diversité. La stratégie, publiée aujourd’hui 2 octobre, établit l’orientation pour les quatre prochaines années. « Nous voulons faire en sorte que la main-d’œuvre reflète la population diversifiée de notre province et que nous offrons des programmes et des services d’une façon qui répond aux besoins de tous les Néo-Écossais, a dit Labi Kousoulis, ministre responsable de la Commission de la fonction publique. Cette nouvelle stratégie relève la barre. » La fonction publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse inclut des immigrants, des Autochtones, des personnes handicapées, des Afro-Néo-Écossais, des membres de groupes raciaux visibles, des femmes dans des rôles non traditionnels, des membres de la communauté LGBTI et d’autres groupes sous-représentés. « Une fonction publique diversifiée et inclusive nous aide à atteindre les objectifs du rapport OneNS et à mettre la province sur la voie du succès dans l’économie mondiale, a dit le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. La diversité à tous les niveaux de la fonction publique offre toute une gamme de perspectives et alimente l’innovation et les progrès. La nouvelle stratégie présente quatre objectifs et plus de 30 mesures stratégiques qui contribueront à l’établissement de la Province comme un chef de file en matière de diversité et d’inclusion. Voici quelques-unes des mesures clés:
VICTORIA – Victoria’s suspended police chief quit Thursday amid an investigation into his sexually charged Twitter messages to the wife of a subordinate officer.The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board said in a statement Frank Elsner resigned from his position as chief constable and will no longer receive his salary or other benefits after his suspension a year ago.“Through his counsel, Mr. Elsner has advised that he considers his employment relationship with the police board to be at an end,” said the statement. “The police board has concluded from this advice that Mr. Elsner has resigned from his position as chief constable of the Victoria Police Department.”Elsner was not available for comment, but his Vancouver lawyer Janet Winteringham issued a brief statement.“We confirm that Frank Elsner has elected to end his employment with the Victoria Police Board,” said Winteringham’s statement. “He believes it is in the best interests of the community of Victoria for him to step aside. Due to the ongoing proceedings he is unable to make any further comment at this time including any comment with respect to the timing of this decision.”Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said Del Manak will continue to serve as the acting chief until the police board decides its future moves.“It’s basically business as usual as it’s been for the last year-and-a-half, but chief Elsner is no longer the suspended chief, he is the former chief as of today,” she said, in an interview.Helps said taxpayers will receive an accounting of the costs associated to the investigations and legal fees involving the former suspended police chief.Elsner apologized shortly after the public learned of an internal investigation that was looking into inappropriate messages he sent to a female member of another police force, who is also the wife of a Victoria police officer.He has been under investigation by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner and had already been reprimanded following a police board probe into allegations of discreditable conduct and misuse of the department’s devices.B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson released a decision last month that narrowed the scope of the commissioner’s investigation by throwing out two of five allegations against Elsner.The ruling determined the Twitter issues that were investigated by the police board could not be revisited by the police complaints commissioner, but the office could examine whether Elsner contacted witnesses and if he gave misleading information to the subordinate officer and an independent investigator.British Columbia’s police watchdog said on April 19 that it would appeal the court ruling quashing parts of its investigation into the misconduct allegations.It’s unclear what happens to the commissioner’s investigation now that Elsner has resigned. No one from the commissioner’s office returned a request for comment on Thursday.Elsner had asked the court to set aside the commissioner’s probe completely, arguing that an internal investigation had already been done.He has been suspended with pay since April 2016.A separate investigation into allegations against Elsner of workplace sexual harassment has been set for a closed-door discipline hearing.
By Anna SchaefferRabat- What Trump has called a “watered-down” version of his original 2017 executive order affects nationals from Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia as well as Venezuela and North Korea. The Supreme Court’s majority decision defers to presidential power, stating that the law “entrusts to the President whether and when to suspend entry, whose entry to suspend, for how long, and on what conditions.”Evolution of the banThis is the third manifestation of the “Muslim ban” that Trump promised in his presidential campaign; after issuing the Department of Homeland Security to comprehensively evaluate the compliance of information and risk assessment baseline of every nation. Shortly after assuming office he signed Executive Order No. 13769: “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” For 90 days, nationals from seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—faced suspension from travel to the US.After a district court issued an order temporarily blocking the ban, Trump followed with a new executive order, restricting entry for each previously suspended country except Iraq. Courts in Maryland and Hawaii challenged this action. Trump responded with the third similar executive order.In September 2017, the president issued a proclamation entitled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” For Iran, North Korea, and Syria, nations that “do not cooperate with the United States in identifying security risks,” all nationals, except those seeking nonimmigrant student and exchange-visitor visas face suspension.The ban restricts all nationals from Libya and Yemen seeking immigrant visas and nonimmigrant business or tourist visas. Somalia “was found to present special risk factors,” although it meets standards otherwise. The ban suspends all nationals seeking immigrant visas and demands greater scrutiny for those seeking nonimmigrant visas.Venezuela’s ban, by far the least restrictive, limits only specific government officials and their families. Chad, originally on the list of undesirable nations, “sufficiently improved its practices” for the president to lift restrictions. The Supreme Court’s decision offers Chad as an example of a continuous process of observation and modification by the Department of Homeland Security, which will report suggestions for restrictions to the president every 180 days.Battleground in courtPlaintiffs challenging the proclamation in court were the State of Hawaii, three individual citizens whose foreign relatives are affected by the suspension, and the Muslim Association of Hawaii. They argued that the ban violates the US First Amendment’s prohibition on establishing a religion and the Immigration and Nationality Act, except as applied to North Korea and Venezuela.While the four justices in the minority offered dissenting opinions, majority Justice Thomas concurred. Dismissing the grounds of anti-Muslim discrimination as “unpersuasive,” he argued that because the “alleged religious discrimination” within the proclamation is directed at “aliens abroad,” the plaintiffs cannot dispute the order with the First Amendment.Justice Breyer, one of the dissenting justices, was joined by Justice Kagan in his written opinion that evidence exists to “support the view that the Government excludes [Muslims] for reasons based upon their religion.”Breyer cited one example of a child in Yemen with cerebral palsy, whose application to enter the US required a circuitous and ambiguous process. “Doctors said she would not survive in Yemen. Her visa application was denied… Though this is but one incident and the child was admitted after considerable international attention in this case, it provides yet more reason to believe that waivers are not being processed in an ordinary way.”Justice Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ginsburg, dissented as well. She repudiated the “repackaging” of Trump’s original “Muslim ban” rhetoric and said the majority decision “leaves undisturbed a policy first advertised openly and unequivocally as a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’ because the policy now masquerades behind a facade of national-security concerns.”Citing various quotes by Trump and his advisers, Sotomayor addressed the discriminatory attitude towards Islam displayed by the president in past statements; one example is his declaration that “we’re having problems with the Muslims, and we’re having problems with the Muslims coming into the country.”According to a key adviser of Trump, “When [Donald Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.’”Sotomayor concluded her dissenting opinion with a focus on religious discrimination: “Our Constitution demands, and our country deserves, a Judiciary willing to hold the coordinate branches to account when they defy our most sacred legal commitments.”Reactions: victory or catastrophe?US Attorney General Jeff Session called the decision “a great victory for the safety and security of all Americans” and “critical to ensuring the continued authority of President Trump — and all future presidents — to protect the American people.”Protecting the American people is the rhetoric used by Trump to justify the controversial proclamation.“In this era of worldwide terrorism and extremist movements bent on harming innocent civilians, we must properly vet those coming into our country,” Trump said.“As long as I am President, I will defend the sovereignty, safety, and security of the American People, and fight for an immigration system that serves the national interests of the United States and its citizens. Our country will always be safe, secure and protected on my watch.”Supreme Court analyst Stephen Vladeck agreed the result was a victory for the White House. “The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the President’s sweeping statutory authority when it comes to deciding who may and who may not travel to the United States,” he said. “Authority that both President Trump and future presidents will surely rely upon to justify more aggressive immigration restrictions.”John Bellinger, who served under the Bush administration, said, “It’s still a pig, but the administration has put just enough lipstick on it for it to look pretty for five of the nine justices.”The first Muslim elected to the US Congress, Keith Ellison, stated that upholding the ban gives “legitimacy to discrimination and Islamophobia.”Civil Rights Director for the Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Jasmin Samy, expressed disappointment as well. “The Muslim ban in itself impacts negatively the community that lives here. So, people don’t see the rhetoric that’s happening because of the Muslim ban.”Protesters across the United States gathered in streets with posters reading, “Say No To Scapegoating Muslims” and “No Hate, No Fear, No Ban.” Some posters read, “We are all immigrants!” and “ALL Religions Welcome Here.”Democratic House of Representative Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted that the ban will backfire as a “recruiting tool” for terrorists. “The President’s disdain for our values and the safety of the American people has led him to undermine relationships with critical allies, embrace autocrats and dictators, launch damaging trade wars and sow fear in our communities with his hateful, ugly language,” Pelosi said. “Whether tearing children from their parents at the border or advancing a ban founded on open bigotry, President Trump is making our nation less safe at home and less respected abroad.”The ban is currently in effect and will remain essentially as law.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) _ Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $3.75 billion.On a per-share basis, the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company said it had profit of $1.39. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs and research and development costs, were $2.10 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.03 per share.The world’s biggest maker of health care products posted revenue of $20.02 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $19.63 billion.Johnson & Johnson expects full-year earnings in the range of $8.53 to $8.63 per share.Johnson & Johnson shares have risen nearly 6 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 16 per cent. The stock has increased 4.5 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on JNJ at https://www.zacks.com/ap/JNJThe Associated Press
BEIJING — American and Chinese trade negotiators have begun more talks aimed at ending a tariff war after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said U.S. officials might be moving toward a decision on whether to make a deal with Beijing.Wednesday’s meeting follows statements by both governments that they were making progress, which has helped to reassure jittery global financial markets.Washington is pressing Beijing to roll back industry development plans it says are based in part on stolen technology and that violate its market-opening commitments.Mnuchin said Monday talks this week and next week would help American officials decide whether to recommend to President Donald Trump whether to agree to a deal with Beijing.The Associated Press
19 April 2011The Security Council committee tasked with spearheading efforts to tackle terrorism began a three-day meeting today with regional organizations that is aimed at accelerating and unifying international strategies to defeat the scourge. Participants at the special meeting of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), hosted by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, are expected to focus on improving prevention policies, particularly those dealing with radicalization, incitement and terrorist recruitment.The meeting – whose attendees include representatives of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Council of Europe – will also discuss the role of law enforcement and the criminal justice system in preventing terrorism, including information-sharing between different law enforcement agencies and the prosecution of offences related to terrorism.Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India, chairman of the CTC, told today’s opening session that terrorism represents the greatest threat to international peace and security.“Just as terrorism is continuously evolving, so should our policies and strategies,” he said. “Prevention is one important piece of the puzzle.”The CTC, formed in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, is tasked with ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions dealing with terrorism and with pressing Member States to take the necessary steps to prevent and combat terrorism.
High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced deep regret at the decision taken on Tuesday by the Kyrgyz Supreme Court in the case of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov. Mr. Askarov was sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of his private property in November 2010 for the murder of a police officer, participation and organization of mass riots and incitement to inter-ethnic hatred. His arrest is believed to be related to his peaceful activities as a human rights defender, particularly his documentation of inter-ethnic violence in the Jalal-Abad region in June 2010, according to a news release issued by the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR). Since their arrest, Mr. Askarov and some of his seven co- defendants have reportedly been subjected to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment by police on several occasions. Mr. Askarov reported having been repeatedly and severely ill-treated, including inside the court building. The torture allegations were raised at all stages of the criminal proceedings but no investigation was initiated. “It is particularly alarming that the judges failed to consider the defendants’ claims that confessions had been extracted under duress,” stated Ms. Pillay. “Judges in Kyrgyzstan must ensure that the civil rights of defendants are protected, particularly when there are allegations of torture,” she stressed. Under international human rights law, allegations of torture must be promptly and impartially investigated by competent authorities, including judges and prosecutors. Evidence, including confessions, extracted through coercion, must be excluded by the court. OHCHR noted that there are “strong indications” that a significant number of defendants in cases relating to the June 2010 inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan were subjected to torture and ill-treatment to force confessions later admitted as evidence in court. “The Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan must ensure that in those cases where inadmissible evidence might have been used, verdicts rendered by lower courts are reversed and criminal cases are dismissed or sent for retrial,” said Ms. Pillay. “Criminal investigations should be conducted to hold the perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment accountable, and victims should be provided with adequate compensation.” Mr. Askarov’s trial represents the serious problems with the administration of post-conflict justice in Kyrgyzstan following the June 2010 violence, OHCHR points out. More than 5,000 related criminal cases have been initiated, but most such trials monitored by the UN human rights office have failed to meet fair trial standards. Defendants have had inadequate access to lawyers and family members, while defence lawyers have been denied access to documents, undermining their ability to defend their clients. In addition, appeals court hearings have been marred by intimidating statements, including ethnicity-based obscenities targeted at defendants. In some cases, judges have allowed such statements to go unchallenged. “Judges are the guarantors of the rule of law and I urge them to conduct their important work strictly in line with the Kyrgyz Constitution and applicable international human rights standards,” the High Commissioner stated. 22 December 2011Judges in Kyrgyzstan must ensure that the civil rights of defendants are protected, a top United Nations official stressed today, after the Supreme Court upheld the conviction and life sentence of an activist who reported being tortured in detention and whose right to a fair trial was violated.
The lofty economic and social targets set two years ago at a landmark summit of world leaders can be achieved with sufficient help and political will, a senior aide to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a news conference today at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico. Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard, who is Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals, noted that besides political will, there were many keys to success, particularly financial backing, good blueprints and effective implementation.The power of global debate and analysis had also become apparent in formulating new approaches to international development assistance, and rich countries, including the United States, were stepping up in a way that many had not done for a long time, added Mr. Sachs. The Goals are eight key objectives set out in the Millennium Declaration endorsed in September 2000 by over 160 world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in New York. The Goals comprise time-bound targets to improve health, education and the environment across the world, with the overarching goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015.Mr. Sachs said consensus had been reached on the need to spend vastly more money ($27 billion) on health and predicted that the Secretary-General’s new Global Fund against HIV/AIDS would prove to be one of the most innovative mechanisms.Hopefully, global communities would form consensus on the other development goals, such as reducing hunger, providing access to clean water, resettling slum dwellers and protecting the environment, Mr. Sachs added.In other activities at the Conference, government ministers and other representatives from the business community and civil society continued a series of roundtable discussions on today’s theme of “Coherence in Development.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A group of managers is buying the Village Voice and all its affiliated free arts weeklies but is leaving behind the online classified site Backpage.com, whose listings have drawn fire for promoting the illegal sex trade.The buyout by managers is being led by Scott Tobias, the chief operating officer of Village Voice Media Holdings LLC. Tobias will become the new organization’s chief executive.He said he has lined up private financing to buy almost all of the Phoenix-based company’s assets, which include LA Weekly and SF Weekly, from the current owners, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.Larkin and Lacey will keep ownership of Backpage.com. Terms were not disclosed.Tobias said in an interview that controversy around Backpage.com “has been a distraction, there’s no doubt about it.”“This is about two businesses moving forward,” he said.The purchase is being made by Voice Media Group, a new holding company based in Denver. The deal includes all 13 weeklies and their websites, the national sales arm and events such as LA Weekly’s Detour and New York’s Siren music festivals.Backpage.com has become the nation’s top forum for ads for “escorts,” ”body rubs,” and other thinly veiled references to prostitution since Craigslist.org shut down its adult services section in September 2010.In July, three Washington state teenagers who said they were sold online for sex sued Backpage’s owners for allegedly enabling their exploitation. At the time, Village Voice Media said the suit wouldn’t pass legal muster and is barred by federal law.Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal called on Backpage.com in an open letter in March to “stop promoting and profiting from human trafficking” by shutting down its adult services section as Craigslist had done.In a statement on the deal, Larkin and Lacey, the founders of Village Voice Media Holdings, said they were “ready to move on and hand the reins to a new generation of writers, editors and publishers.”Backpage.com will “become the centerpiece of a new online classified advertising company with business worldwide,” the statement said.The deal also includes Westword in Denver; New Times in Phoenix, Miami and Broward, Fla.; Houston Press; Observer in Dallas; Riverfront Times in St. Louis; City Pages in Minneapolis and OC Weekly in southern California. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Managers buy Village Voice from owners, separate publishing from sex ad-linked Backpage site by News Staff Posted Sep 24, 2012 9:01 am MDT
What’s up for Canada Day? For a change, it’s not average gasoline prices by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 2:10 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Canadian motorists hitting the road for the country’s 150th Canada Day weekend are expected to find the lowest average gasoline prices in seven years, according to GasBuddy.com.The retail fuel price tracking company says that drivers will be paying an average of 104.4 cents per litre, 13 cents less than the 10-year average of $1.17 and the lowest Canada Day long weekend price since 2010.GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague says the prices are a welcome relief after years of summer price increases.He says this weekend will “put to rest the myth” that gas prices always go up for the holidays.Michael Ervin, a fuel market analyst with the Kent Group, says lower gasoline prices mainly result from North American refineries being able to buy oil at lower prices.He said refinery production has been strong, allowing gasoline inventories to build and preventing an imbalance in supply and demand that might force prices higher.
“The humanitarian and health situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, but the health situation is especially critical in Aden, with many people no longer having direct access to food, fuel, medical care and safe drinking-water,” said Dr. Ahmed Shadoul, WHO representative in Yemen.The life-saving health supplies, which were part of a larger UN convoy, contained 46.4 metric tonnes of medicines, medical supplies, and water and sanitation supplies for more than 84, 000 beneficiaries in eight districts of Aden governorate, WHO explains in a press release.Following a surge in the number of suspected cases of malaria and dengue fever since the start of the crisis, most significantly in Aden, WHO said it has also conducted rapid testing for dengue fever and malaria and provided support to a hospital in Aden to resume functionality of its fever/dengue ward and trauma management centre.In addition, stressed WHO, Yemeni health professionals were trained by the Organization’s experts on epidemiological field investigations and early warning system surveillance. As part of malaria preparedness activities, bed nets were distributed to more than 9,000 households in four districts and residual spray materials and equipment in the 8 districts. Staffs were also trained to begin house-to-house spraying.To date, WHO has distributed a total of more than 175 metric tonnes of medicines and medical supplies and more than 500,000 litres of fuel to maintain the functionality of main hospitals, vaccine stores, ambulances, national laboratories, kidney and oncology centres, and health centres in 13 governorates, reaching a total of almost five million people, including 700,000 internally displaced persons and 140,000 children under the age of five. The total civilian death toll since 26 March in Yemen is 1,670 and another 3,829 people were injured during this period. In the mere 10 days between 3 and 13 July, at least 142 civilians, including 36 children and 27 women, were killed, and 224 others injured, according to Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).On one particularly deadly day, 6 July, two markets in different provinces were hit by airstrikes. Forty civilians, including 12 children and seven women, were killed in the first airstrike, while 17 other civilians were injured. The second one killed 36 civilians, including eight women and nine children, while injuring another 21.During the bi-weekly press briefing today in Geneva, Johannes van der Klaauw, the representative in Yemen of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), today recalled that this country is impacted by one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, four out of five Yemenis being in need of some kind of assistance, which amounts to 21 out of 25 million people.A party to international instruments for the protection of refugees, Yemen has currently a population of 250,000 refugees, mostly Somalis, who are among the most vulnerable to the current war situation, emphasized Mr. van der Klaauw.Meanwhile, UNHCR also reports that some 10,500 people have arrived in Yemen by sea since March 26 – bringing to over 37,000 the total so far this year, among them Ethiopians, Somalis and others. Many have been tricked into making the crossing by smugglers who told them the conflict in Yemen is over, said the agency, adding that those making the sea crossings faced the usual risks of such journeys – abduction, attacks, drowning, exploitation and sexual assault. However, due to the ongoing conflict and reduced access in general, UNHCR and its partners were unable to take arrivals to urban centres to receive assistance.To discourage crossings, he said mass information campaigns were now planned for Puntland and Somaliland and other points of departure, said Mr. van der Klaauw.
He worked on a more consistent step-back, which he now uses when he drives the lane or is in isolation, rising high in the air with a ramrod-straight form that gives him a clean look at the rim. Providence coach Ed Cooley is also using Dunn off the ball, letting teammate Kyron Cartwright run point while Dunn comes off several screens. That allows Dunn to either feed Ben Bentil, a hulking sophomore forward — or catch-and-shoot a pass from a teammate. Dunn spent the offseason working with former Providence guard God Shammgod, who has become a quasi mentor-trainer to Dunn. They had several goals in mind: First, Dunn needed to upgrade his jump shot, which was wildly inconsistent from just about everywhere on the court. Second, he needed to tighten his handle to limit turnovers. And third, he had to develop several countermoves, should savvy defenders who had studied game film fail to bite on Dunn’s initial move.Dunn’s jump shot as a sophomore was streaky — a reel full of bad, caroming rocks that either just hit the backboard or fell wildly off the back iron. Since his long arms make it nearly impossible for a defender to block his shot, it was a priority that he improve this component of his game to maximize his advantages. He also gets great separation thanks to a quick first step and a backpack full of crosses, between-the-legs moves and feints. Providence’s Kris Dunn won’t win player of the year honors (that’ll almost certainly go to Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield), nor will he be the top choice in the upcoming NBA draft (LSU’s Ben Simmons should be No. 1), but he’s worth watching for the way his unique set of skills turns into thrilling plays — for better and worse. The 6-foot-4 junior is the most exciting player in the game, precisely because he isn’t as cookie cutter as other top prospects.Dunn did two things particularly well last season, as I covered in-depth last year in an article for Deadspin1At the time, I wish he had used the momentum of his standout sophomore season to declare for the NBA draft, where he would have likely been a first-round pick.: He had a preternatural sense of where his fellow Friars were at all times on the court, and he used his length and athleticism to finish plays that, at first glance, appeared ill-advised. There were countless possessions where Dunn would dribble off a screen 25 feet from the basket and whip a one-handed underhand pass to a cutter for the dunk; or, with enough time to run a set play in overtime, he would instead push the ball frenetically up the court to hit a teammate for an and-one before the defense set.College point guards don’t typically make those decisions. More often they make the careful pass — the assist the coach has hard-coded into the play call — or the pass they’ve practiced for years and feel comfortable throwing. Dunn, though, has such innate skill and creativity that he attempts passes that should have a high rate of failure, but often succeed because the defense isn’t expecting them. That style allowed Dunn to lead the nation in assist percentage (at a staggering 50.0 percent last season, and 44.2 during this campaign2To put this in context, just 23 other high-major point guards had assist rates above 30 percent, and just two — Denzel Valentine of Michigan State and Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans — topped 40 percent.). Thrilling as all that was, it often led to some alarmingly bad turnovers — about 20 percent of his possessions — even when you take into account his high usage rate.But this season, the consensus is that Dunn is the nation’s top point guard. To become it, Dunn had to make a few tweaks to his game. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Dunn’s spot-up numbers are still below average, but he now scores one point per catch-and-shoot possession — that’s pretty good, and a vast improvement over the .76 points he scored a year ago. And his jumper should only get better given the fundamental improvements he made in the offseason. Dunn is connecting on 37 percent of his threes while taking them at a far higher rate than last season — 25.9 percent of his field goal attempts, up from 19.7 last season. He now shoots with the perfect follow through — his arms extend and his hands rest like they’re in a cookie jar. The shots that were ugly bricks are beginning to show just a little more touch, like the game winner he hit against Creighton, which hit the flat section of the bucket that connects to the backboard, died on the rim, and finally rolled softly in.Some have criticized Dunn, and his NBA potential, because of his turnovers. Though the guard assists on 45 percent of Providence’s shots, which is second in Division I, he also gives the ball away on 85 of his 425 possessions (through Providence’s loss to Marquette this week). Since Dunn’s dimes typically account for about 2.4 points in the halfcourt and transition, the Friars have missed out on more than 200 points this season when Dunn loses control.On other teams, those miscues might find a guard strapped to the bench. But for Dunn the giveaways don’t matter. A 25-foot pass through Xavier’s 1-3-1 zone defense during a game in late February is the kind of play Cooley wants, regardless of the risk. Midway through the first half, Dunn saw a brief opening between Larry Austin and Kaiser Gates, and threaded a pass (from Providence’s half-court logo) to Bentil, who certainly wasn’t calling for the ball but was able to convert an and-one. Similarly, Cooley needs his junior guard to consistently draw the defense’s attention so his Friar ‘mates can benefit from that extra second of breathing room. This happened in a Villanova victory when Dunn slipped a backdoor pass to Junior Lomomba: He wasn’t doubled, but Dunn reacted to all five Villanova players tracking his moves as he came off a Bentil pick. Again, Lomomba wasn’t exactly expecting the ball, but he made the lay-up. Sure, Dunn will take some shots — like a one-on-three fast break that has become a bit of a staple of his game this season — that might cause some to cringe. But Cooley is willing to incur the cost of a few bad shots if it means his squad can operate with offensive impunity.Dunn’s impact on the game, negative and positive, is what makes him so fascinating to watch. Buddy Hield, Ben Simmons, and Maryland’s Melo Trimble are equally as talented, impressive, and fun to watch, but none inspire quite the same combination of mouth-agape incredulity and absolute production as Dunn. So when he puts the ball behind his back, then crosses over Michigan State’s Tum Tum Nairn, only to follow with a spin move to the rack and then misses the layup, don’t think of it as a wasted possession. Instead, imagine it as a thrilling experiment in risk and reward, the type of audacious and improvisational brilliance that the college game doesn’t produce anymore.
The Boards of Directors of SSAB AB and Rautaruukki Oyj have announced a plan to combine the two companies through the acquisition of Ruukki by SSAB. The combined company would be a Nordic and US-based steel company “with a global reach and cost-efficient and flexible production.” The proposed combination is expected to create substantial value for the shareholders in the combined company through the realisation of annual cost synergies of up to €150 million). The combined company will continue to serve mining customers with a broad offering within high strength steels, standard strip and plate products as well as tubular products. In mining specifically, SSAB’s Hardox range is particularly well known, used for LHD buckets, dump truck bodies, hopper and feeder lining plates and many other uses. Likewise Ruukki’s Raex range is widely used in similar mining applications.The Board of Directors of Rautaruukki has recommended the shareholders to accept the offer. The initial acceptance period will commence in late March or early April 2014 and is expected to close in late April or early May 2014. The cost synergies are expected to be realised through a more flexible and efficient production system, more efficient supply chain, purchasing optimisation and streamlined administration. The combined company will have steel production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the US with a combined annual steel production capacity of 8.8 Mt.The combination “will enhance the ability to invest in product development, R&D and close collaboration with customers” as well as having “a global geographic presence and be close to its customers in all regions.” SSAB’s construction related operations (Plannja) will be combined with Ruukki’s Building Products and Ruukki´s Building Systems operations to form a separate construction business division. This is expected to generate additional synergies. Sverker Martin-Löf, Chairman of SSAB’s Board of Directors, commented: “In the steel industry, a combination of SSAB and Rautaruukki has for long been considered logical and the time is now right to pursue this transaction. For SSAB, the proposed acquisition, which is accretive to SSAB´s shareholders, creates a much more flexible European manufacturing platform that positions the company to profitably meet customer demand in the long term.” Sakari Tamminen, President and CEO of Rautaruukki, commented: “I believe that the combination of Ruukki and SSAB gives an excellent opportunity to continue the rationalisation of the cost base of the companies and build a new Nordic steel producer, that is able to transit the steel business towards a global special steel company.”The global steel industry has over the past few years been characterised by overcapacity. Coupled with the challenging economic conditions, particularly in Europe, this has resulted in falling steel prices and lower, but also more volatile, demand. Adding to that the impact of continued high raw materials prices, profitability for steel companies has fallen.
Firefox 3.6.4 enfin en version finale ?États-Unis – Mozilla a présenté aujourd’hui la version 3.6.4 de Firefox. Cette release candidate mise à jour pourrait constituer la version finale du navigateur.A moins que de nouveaux bogues ne soient détectés, Mozilla fera de cette dernière mouture sa version finale de Firefox 3.6.4. Cette version embarque la nouvelle technologie Electrolysis, permettant d’exécuter des plugins dans un processus séparé. Ce nouvel outil permet d’offrir davantage de stabilité au navigateur, lequel pourra continuer de fonctionner même si des plantages de plugins ont lieu avec d’autres logiciels. Cette mouture de Firefox est disponible pour les ordinateurs équipés de Windows ou Linux, mais pas encore sur Mac. Le 31 mai 2010 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
With a well-practiced flip of his fingers, Shane Wahl plucked baby plants from an array of small black padded circles and tenderly placed them, one by one, into individual planters.This sort of transplanting is work that Wahl has long excelled at as a hydroponic vegetable farmer, but his new gig — as head gardener for CannaMan Farms — has taken his career in an odd new direction, he said.CannaMan, so far Clark County’s only licensed marijuana production facility, is about midway to harvesting its first batch of pot plants. The process, from cutting to budding, takes 10 weeks per plant for the fast-growing varieties.But even the fastest growing plants probably won’t meet the demands of consumers once the first stores start opening this summer.“I won’t be able to meet demand,” Wahl said. “I’m going to do the best I can. I’m the smallest tier gardener. It’s sort of like a brewer brewing in his closet.”Each week, Wahl takes hundreds of clippings from his “mother” plants and places them in hydroponic containers (with those small black padded circles) to help them grow new roots.