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UK Patients May Skype Doctors In India In A Bid To Slash GP Waiting Times

first_imgOfficial figures show millions of patients wait more than three weeks for a GP appointment.A report by the General Medical Council says that new technology makes it much easier to Skype a doctor in another country.Read it at The Sun Related Itemslast_img

Mob Murders CEO

first_imgScores of irate dismissed workers bludgeoned the chief executive of an Italian auto parts factory to death outside NoidaLalit Kishore Choudhary, 47 CEO of Graziano Transmissioni’s India operations died of severe head wounds following the attack. Choudhary had invited 100 former employees who had been dismissed after an earlier outbreak of violence at the plant for discussions.  Related Itemslast_img

Perez leads Heroes side, Bolick heads Saints roster in NCAA All-Stars

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Perez will be joined by his Pirates teammates Mike Nzeusseu and MJ Ayaay, the Chiefs’ Salado, Lervin Flores, and Allen Enriquez, the Generals’ Sidney Onwubere, Francis Munsayac, and Jerome Garcia, the Heavy Bombers’ Tey Teodoro, Ervin Grospe, and Jed Mendoza, and the Cardinals’ Christian Buñag, JB Raflores, and Laurenz Victoria in the Heroes lineup.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBolick, meanwhile, will team up with fellow Red Lions Javee Mocon and Davon Potts, the Knights’ Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and JP Calvo, the Altas’ Gab Dagangon, Prince Eze, and GJ Ylagan, the Blazers’ Gerard Castor, JJ Domingo, and Edward Dixon, and the Golden Stags’ Alvin Baetiong, Kevin Baytan, and Ian Valdez in the Saints roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Topex Robinson of the league-leading Lyceum will call the shots for Heroes, while San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez will be the lead bench tactician for the Saints.Aside from the All-Star Game, exciting side events also spice up the mid-season activities. Read Next Also competing are EAC’s Francis Munsayac, St. Benilde’s Unique Naboa, Perpetual’s Keith Pido, Arellano’s Levi dela Cruz, JRU’s Aaron Bordon, Letran’s Jeremiah Taladua, Mapua’s JP Nieles, San Sebastian’s Michael Are, and San Beda’s Radge Tongco.NCAA alumni also return to don their school colors one more time as they forge partnership with marksmen from the seniors’ and juniors’ teams in Shooting Stars.San Beda will be made up of Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle, and Dan Sara, Arellano will be represented by Zach Nicholls, Kobe Camacho, and Keith Agovida, while JRU will bank on Jed Mendoza, Toby Agustin, and Paolo Pontejos.Mapua will be bannered by Leo Gabo, Clint Escamis, and Randy Alcantara, Perpetual will lean on GJ Ylagan, Jielo Razon, and Gerald Dizon, EAC will be flanked by Jervin Guzman, Maui Cruz, and Dhan Diolanto, St. Benilde to entrust its luck on Edward Dixon, Joshua David, and Karl Santos, and host San Sebastian to be composed of Michael Are, Rustin Rodriguez, and Paul Riguera.Lyceum will be composed of Wilson Baltazar and Mac Guadaña, while Letran will have Daryl Pascual and Neil Guarino for the contest. Both shools have yet to announce the alumni to join in the games. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCJ Perez and Kent Salado will spearhead the team which will clash against the alliance of Robert Bolick and Rey Nambatac in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.With a new grouping this year, stars from Lyceum, Arellano, JRU, EAC, and Mapua will join forces in the Heroes teamagainst the Saints squad, made up of stalwarts from San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, Perpetual, and St. Benilde.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flores banners an intriguing field who are all staking their claim as this season’s king in the Slam Dunk Contest.He will be joined by San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi, San Beda’s Arnaud Noah, EAC’s Rustan Bugarin, Perpetual’s Kervin Lucente, Letran’s Renato Ular, St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang, JRU’s Jefferson Sarmiento, and Lyceum’s Yancy Remulla.AC Soberano, meanwhile, will defend his throne in the Three-Point Shootout as he shoots for back-to-back titles in the competition.Out to take the crown from the Red Lion sniper are EAC’s Sidney Onwubere, San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan, Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Lyceum’s Wilson Baltazar, JRU’s MJ Dela Virgen, Mapua’s Almel Orquina, Arellano’s Brylle Meca, St. Benilde’s Matt Johnson, and Perpetual’s Jack Hao.Lyceum guard Jaycee Marcelino is also the favorite to win this year’s Skills Challenge, but his path to the crown is shaping up to be a tough one with nine other speedsters out to win the plum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH’s Dumaan treks rough road to gold in pencak silat SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

Disappointed I won’t be in Australia to present Border-Gavaskar trophy: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar said he was disappointed because he would not be in Australia to present the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to India at the end of the four-Test series in Sydney.India had won back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in early 2017 when they beat Australia 2-1. This year, India have an invincible 2-1 lead and will retain the trophy even if they lose the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.However, when Virat Kohli walks out to take the trophy on the last day of the New Year’s Test, Sunil Gavaskar will not be present alongside Allan Border.Either due to administrative negligence or indifference from Cricket Australia, Gavaskar will not be able to attend the trophy presentation.”I was sent a letter by Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive, James Sutherland in May asking about my availability to present the Border-Gavaskar trophy and I would have been happy to go. But he stepped down and there has been no further contact,” Gavaskar had told India Today last week.’Disappointed’In another exclusive interview with India Today, Gavaskar said it would have been wonderful to go to Australia and meet his old friends Allan Border and Ian Chappell.”Disappointed. It would have been wonderful to be there. Not only I would have had the opportunity to meet up with Allan Border, who was a good friend of mine but also with Ian Chappell and some of my friends there in Sydney, Australia. But that’s how it is. I am quite happy therefore watching India win from Mumbai,” he said.advertisementFormer CA chief executive James Sutherland had invited the batting great as early as May to be present for the trophy presentation ceremony. However, following Sutherland’s resignation that came after the fallout due to the infamous ball-tampering scandal, Gavaskar had not received any communication from the apex body of Australian cricket.Gavaskar, though, is part of the ongoing four-match series in Australia, thanks to his association with Sony as a broadcaster. And he is certainly happy that Virat Kohli’s’ Team India have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which came into existence in 1996 in a bid to honour the two greats of the game.India are in control of the Sydney Test: GavaskarMeanwhile, Gavaskar praised Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored his third hundred in the ongoing Test series. He is the leading run-scorer with 458 runs from seven innings so far and there is every chance he will get many more tomorrow.Gavaskar said he was happy Pujara’s technical adjustments were paying off.”Very happy for Pujara because of the adjustments he has made. If you look at old videos of Pujara, he was playing a lot lower and now he is standing upright and playing a little higher.”But the pitches in this series have not been as hard and bouncy as normal Australian pitches. But there is nothing to take away from Pujara’s desire to score runs,” Gavaskar said.India went to stumps on the opening day of the fourth Test on 303 for 4 thanks to Pujara’s unbeaten 130 and Mayank Agarwal’s 77.Gavaskar said India are in control of the ongoing series finale in Sydney.”India are in control having scored over 300 runs – more than anything else, I am happy for Kapil Dev. In the past, whenever the New Year’s Tests would be played, Kapil (whose birthday is on January 6) did not have good birthdays because India would invariably lose those New Year’s Tests. Kapil would be able to celebrate his birthday in style this year,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Why Cheteshwar Pujara reminds Michael Clarke of Brian Lara and Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Heartbroken but happy: Mayank Agarwal’s coach reacts after India opener misses ton at SCGAlso Read | Are you not bored yet Pujara? Nathan Lyon asks India’s run-machinelast_img read more

Walk In The Sun tested positive for cocaine after Lingfield win in February

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Messenger Was this helpful? Share on Twitter news Share via Email Read more It is normal for racing’s ruling body to delay for some months before issuing charges after a positive test. This is particularly true where the source of the prohibited substance is in dispute, which is certain to be the case with Walk In The Sun.It took almost all of last year for the BHA to wrap up a case involving the trainer Hughie Morrison, who was fined £1,000 in December after a horse of his returned a positive test for a steroid in January. Morrison maintained his innocence throughout, and was believed by the disciplinary panel, in a case that exposed the limitations of the BHA’s “strict‑liability” regime on anti-doping.Noseda is expected to face charges in due course, because of the BHA’s long established principle that a trainer is strictly responsible for his horses and for anything found in their systems. He would avoid charges only if the BHA were satisfied, after investigation, that it had discovered an explanation for the positive test that exonerated him.This is not the first time Noseda has faced questions over an unexplained substance turning up in the sample of one of his horses. In 2016 he was fined £2,000 for two separate positive tests returned the previous year by Librisa Breeze. One of those occasions related to a finding of temazepam in the grey’s system after he ran at Windsor in June 2015 and that sample was also found to contain a metabolite of cocaine after further examination. The BHA’s panel eventually accepted that the source was unexplained.It has been a turbulent few months for Noseda, who had much reason for optimism at the start of the year, thanks to the investment in his yard by the big-spending Phoenix Thoroughbreds, owners of Walk In The Sun. But Phoenix withdraw their 14 horses from his Shalfleet Stables a month ago, to the trainer’s evident ire. American racing is the big winner after Justify’s Triple Crown triumph Reuse this content The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Support The Guardian Horse racing Greg Wood Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Salisbury 2.00 Critical Data 2.30 Heidi 3.00 Pilot Wings 3.30 Scimitar 4.00 Sweet Charity 4.30 Polish 5.00 Ablaze 5.30 Pursuing Steed Thirsk 2.15 Ahlan Bil Emarati 2.45 Ravenswood (nb) 3.15 Socialites Red 3.45 Rebel State 4.15 Mutafani 4.45 Dollar Value 5.15 Revenge 5.45 Calliope Southwell 6.10 Atlantic Storm 6.40 Too Many Diamonds (nap) 7.10 Cafe Au Lait 7.40 Equus Flight 8.10 Brave Eagle 8.40 Je Suis Charlie 9.10 Get Ready Freddy Lingfield 5.50 Varsovian 6.20 So Brave 6.50 Caribbean Spring 7.20 Howman 7.50 Ashazuri 8.20 Hidden Steps 8.50 Astute Boy Tips by Chris Cook. Hide Quick guide Horse racing tips for Tuesday 12 June Share on WhatsApp Topics He responded by tweeting: “I am shocked and surprised by their decision. I have no reason or explanation.” It was the most recent activity on his Twitter account and his stable has been left notably quiet in recent weeks. He had just three runners in May, none of them within the past fortnight, and has a single entry for the next seven days.His dismay at the loss of the Phoenix horses will have been compounded on Saturday night when one of them, Gronkowski, ran second in the enormously valuable Belmont Stakes. The horse ran in the name of the US trainer Chad Brown, who inherited him mere weeks ago and was quick to praise the condition in which the horse arrived at his yard.Walk In The Sun, meanwhile, has joined the Wiltshire-based trainer Martyn Meade and is expected to run at Royal Ascot next week, in the St James’s Palace Stakes. The BHA has no objection to the three‑year‑old colt resuming his racing career, on the basis that the substance found in his sample in February would long since have cleared his system and would have no residual performance‑enhancing effect.There was no further comment from the Phoenix ownership operation, whose Tom Ludt declined to discuss the positive sample when approached last week. Of the decision to end its alliance with Noseda, Ludt said: “We moved the horses for business reasons, which was in the best interest of Phoenix but not just one issue.”A BHA spokesperson said: “It is BHA policy not to comment on investigations or speculation surrounding potential investigations.”Meanwhile, the former champion jockey Jim Crowley ended his silence about an altercation with a fellow rider at Goodwood on Sunday which left him with a split lip. Raul Da Silva was held responsible by the stewards, who suspended him for 21 days. Crowley said yesterday that he had been struck by “what felt like a piece of lead”, as a result of which the BHA may reopen its investigation into the incident. Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Share on LinkedIn A metabolite of cocaine was the substance found in a test taken from the unbeaten $1.4m horse Walk In The Sun after he won at Lingfield in February. Jeremy Noseda, who trained the horse at the time, declined to comment about the positive test when contacted on Monday night.“I have no comment on anything at all,” was Noseda’s response. Both he and the British Horseracing Authority have remained tight-lipped since word got out at the end of March that the horse had failed a dope test. Noseda’s home town of Newmarket has, however, been rife with gossip about a subject that the Guardian has now been able to establish as fact. Drugs in sport Read more Show last_img read more

The long, sad story of Balotelli & racial abuse

first_imgLigue 1 The long, sad story of Balotelli and racial abuse Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor 17:00 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Mario Balotelli Dijon Nice Getty Ligue 1 Mario Balotelli Dijon v Nice Nice Dijon Milan Internazionale Serie A Opinion The Nice striker was booked for complaining about racist abuse last week, underlining the total failure of the game’s attempts to tackle the issue On August 13, 2008, the day after he had turned 18, Mario Balotelli was belatedly granted citizenship by the country in which he had been born.”I’m Italian,” the Inter striker proudly declared. “I feel Italian. I will always play for the Italian national team.”This is even more exciting than making my debut in Serie A. The best birthday present I could receive now would be a call to join the Italy squad, although I’d be happy to play for the Under-21 team.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Balotelli’s secondary wish was promptly granted and, the following summer, he was selected to represent his country at the European Under-21 Championship. Just before the team’s departure from Rome for the tournament in Denmark, coach Pierluigi Casiraghi allowed his Azzurrini some down time. During a stroll around ‘The Eternal City’, Balotelli and some of his team-mates were approached by a group of Roma supporters. They racially abused Balotelli and threw bananas at him before fleeing when the carabinieri were called. In the face of such contemptible provocation, Balotelli remained calm. “Mario behaved exceptionally,” Casiraghi said afterwards. The 18-year-old declined the offer to file a complaint, dismissing the incident as “nothing”. And it was nothing to him. He had already seen and heard it all before. Even at that age, Balotelli had grown accustomed to being targeted by the most ignorant members of society.His mere presence in the Azzurrini squad had already provoked fury among contributors to forums on right-wing sites such as Stormfront and White Front. The sight of a player born to Ghanaian parents but adopted by an Italian family was apparently too much for them to take. Sadly, they weren’t alone in that regard.In April 2009, Balotelli was racially abused by Juventus fans throughout Inter’s 1-1 draw with the Bianconeri in Turin. “There are no black Italians,” they sang. Inter president Massimo Moratti was among those outraged by the chants.“If I had been at the stadium, at a certain point I would have left my seat in the stand, I would have gone onto the pitch and I would have taken the team off,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “They seemed proud and happy to sing those things. This is terrible.”The authorities, unsurprisingly, didn’t deem such conduct quite so offensive, with Juve merely ordered to partially close a section of their stadium for one game.Then-president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli issued a public apology to Balotelli and called for an end to such behaviour, but his words carried no weight. In Juve’s very next game, away to Chievo, the supporters continued their campaign of hate against Balotelli.”If you jump up and down, Balotelli will die,” they defiantly roared.By Euro 2012, Balotelli was no longer willing to ignore the insults. “I will not accept racism at all,” he declared in Poland. “It’s unacceptable. If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to jail, because I will kill them.”But let’s see what happens at the Euros. I hope it will pass without a problem.”Mario Balotelli PSIt didn’t. Balotelli was racially abused by both Croatia and Spain fans. The US-based website Stormfront was also shut down in Italy after saying of Balotelli: “He’s black and Jewish. He should play for Israel not Italy.”The following year, AC Milan’s Serie A game against Roma was suspended for a minute and a half because of racist chants against Balotelli. Even then, he defended his compatriots, arguing that the small minority abusing him were more ignorant or jealous, rather than racist or prejudiced.”Racist people are few and you can do nothing against [to change] them,” he told Time Magazine. “You can talk, you can do what you want, but you can’t do anything because they are just stupid people.”When I wasn’t famous, I had a lot of friends, almost all of them Italian. The racism only started when I started to play football.”Unfortunately, it’s never stopped, no matter where he’s played. He was racially abused while playing for Manchester City in Portugal and he has been racially abused while playing for Nice in France.Last year, he was subjected to monkey chants during a game against Bastia, which resulted in the Corsicans being ordered to play three games behind closed doors. Last week he was booked after complaining to the referee about the abuse he was receiving from Djion supporters. It is the victim that is now being punished – not the culprit, meaning things have changed, just not for the better.Balotelli was once asked how the incessant racist abuse made him feel. He replied, “A little bit alone.” Depressingly, that remains as true today as it was a decade ago.last_img read more

Top Texas Commit Responds To Rumors About Flip To SEC School

first_imgAn exterior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)In the wake of recent rumors that Texas commit Marcus Washington had decommitted from the Longhorns and planned to join Missouri’s recruiting class, Washington has addressed the issue publicly.On Tuesday, Washington took on Twitter and categorized the rumors as not true.According to Burnt Orange Nation, a local news station had tweeted about Washington’s decommitment. The Tweet was later deleted.“None of these rumors about my recruitment are true !” he wrote, while retweeting the offending report.None of these rumors about my recruitment are true !— Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) December 11, 2018247Sports has Washington rated as a four-star prospect out of Trinity Catholic HS in Missouri.He committed to Texas back in October, but only 76-percent of 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions have Washington sticking with the Longhorns.Missouri and Ohio State are tied with a 12-percent of the voters choosing them for the No. 27 WR in the country and No. 3 prospect from the state of Missouri.Washington is the third-highest rated WR in Texas’ Class of 2019, behind Jordan Whittington and Jake Smith.last_img read more

Harper reaches out to alleged victims of Omar Khadr report

first_imgFormer prime minister Stephen Harper has reportedly contacted both the widow of an American soldier killed by a grenade allegedly thrown by Omar Khadr and another soldier injured in the blast to express his outrage at the government’s multi-million dollar settlement with Khadr.The Toronto Sun reports Harper called Delta Force soldier Layne Morris – who was blinded in one eye – at his Utah home on Wednesday and apologized for the settlement in a six-minute conversation.The Sun says it is believed Harper made a similar call to Tabitha Speer, the widow of Sgt. Chris Speer, but added that has not been confirmed.Harper issued a statement last week condemning the settlement as “simply wrong.”On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he understands why many Canadians object to the reports of the $10.5-million settlement with the former Guantanamo Bay inmate, who had sued the government for $20-million for breaching his Charter rights while he was in U.S. custody.But Trudeau says if Ottawa had continued the legal battle, it would have cost as much as $40 million to put an end to the case.Khadr was sent to the notorious U.S. prison after being captured during a firefight with U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002. He was 15 years old at the time.The former child soldier was interrogated in 2003 and 2004 by Canadian intelligence officials. Khadr says his jailers threatened him with rape and kept him in isolation, and once used him as a human mop to wipe up urine.Khadr, now 30, pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a widely condemned military commission at Guantanamo Bay in 2010. He said he agreed to the plea so he could get out of the American prison and return to Canada. He was released on bail in 2015 pending his appeal of the war crimes conviction.last_img read more

New infrastructure minister eyes ways to speed up Champlain bridge work

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s new infrastructure minister says he plans to meet with the people overseeing construction of a new $4.2-billion bridge in Montreal to figure out if — and how — the project can be done on time.The Champlain Bridge project is supposed to be completed this December.A May report from the federal auditor general raised doubts about whether the construction consortium could have work done by Dec. 21, and a strike by crane operators in June has further pressed construction timelines.Newly appointed Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said he is not sure work can be accelerated enough through the summer construction season to make up for lost time, and he won’t know for certain until after meeting with all involved.“When I see issues or strikes during that time, which is prime construction season where we get the most because of the climate, I would want to understand the impact very clearly before I come back with a date,” he said in an interview Friday.“I’m sure there are plans that have been drawn up, but I just don’t know if you can accelerate to catch up with that during the construction season in the summer.”The Quebec MP was shuffled Wednesday from the international trade portfolio and spent much of Friday speaking with provincial, territorial and municipal leaders involved in the infrastructure file.Federal coffers are set to dole out $186.7 billion in infrastructure money over the next 12 years, but the most recent federal budget indicated about one-quarter of planned spending between 2016 and 2019 was being moved to future years.Infrastructure spending is regularly subject to delays because dollars don’t flow to projects until cities and provinces submit expense receipts, which often creates a lag between when work takes place and when federal money is spent.Speeding up the slow trickle of spending is now up to Champagne, which could also yield a political benefit for the Liberals during next year’s election if shovels hit the ground and ribbons are cut just as Canadians go to the polls.Champagne will be able to do some of that in Quebec, a bastion of Liberal support in the 2015 election, after the province signed a 10-year federal funding deal at the end of June.Champagne said he wants to focus on projects that are urgently needed and ready to go, but added that he needs more briefing about his file before outlining other mechanisms to get the cash flowing faster.“Certainly you’ll find in me someone who is extremely committed to reduce the timeline … between what we commit to do and breaking ground and making sure these projects are delivered.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

Report suggests Germany may miss defence spending target

BERLIN — Germany’s tightening public finances are raising questions over whether the country will miss its military spending target at a time when the U.S. is increasing pressure on its European allies to increase defence budgets.The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that a Finance Ministry document circulated to other ministries for discussion suggests defence spending won’t increase sufficiently to meet targets amid a projected budget shortfall of 24.7 billion euros ($28.3 billion) through 2023.The Finance Ministry wouldn’t comment, saying only the numbers won’t be finalized until the end of March.Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on a Latvia trip that Germany would still meet its goal to increase military spending to 1.5 per cent of GDP by 2025, already less than the 2 per cent NATO members agreed in 2014.The Associated Press read more

Badou Zaki to Coach Algerian Club Mouloudia Club dOran

Rabat – The former Atlas Lions’ coach, Badou Zaki, has officially signed contract with a club in the Algerian Professional league, effectively confirming recent rumors.While recent reports revealed that the Moroccan legendary goalkeeper and former national head coach was to engage with the USM Alger starting next season, Zaki has committed to Oran-based Mouloudia Club d’Oran (MCO) for the upcoming season.MCO’s executive board announced the decision on the club’s Twitter yesterday, definitively putting to rest speculation surrounding the Moroccan legend’s coaching future. Badou Zaki nouveau Hamraoui!!!— MC Oran ?? (@MCO_Officiel) 6 mai 2018The 1986 African Player of the Year, was reportedly approached by a number of Algerian clubs as a priority coaching pick, according to Algerian footballing outlet,, recalling that Badou Zaki won the Algerian cup in 2017 as the head coach of CR Belouizdad, an Algiers-based club.Speaking of Zaki’s ended contract with USM, Algerian sports outlet Competition.DZ reported that the former Moroccan national coach demanded that his salary be paid to his Moroccan bank account, a proposal that the Algiers-based club’s board rejected.“I will not be coaching USM Algiers. The project has been called off, as we did find a common ground regarding some terms of the contract,” the Moroccan confirmed, in an interview with read more

Disney and TakeTwo rise while Ralph Lauren and GIII fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Walt Disney Co., up $1.86 to $133.20The entertainment company struck a deal with Comcast to get full ownership of the streaming video service Hulu.Take-Two Interactive Inc., up $3.54 to $103.55The publisher of “Grand Theft Auto” and other video games beat Wall Street’s fiscal fourth quarter profit forecasts.AbbVie Inc., up $1.57 to $78.44The drug developer settled a potentially costly patent dispute over its arthritis treatment Humira with Boehringer Ingelheim.Tencent Music Entertainment Group, down 99 cents to $15.01The Chinese streaming music service said that a co-president is resigning and it is making several other management changes.Ralph Lauren Corp., down $4.33 to $113.95The upscale clothing company reported a dip in revenue from its key North America market.G-III Apparel Ltd., down $1.43 to $32.59The company produces a large amount of its clothing in China and could suffer in the ongoing trade war.Western Digital Corp., up $1.64 to $44.63The data storage device maker and other technology companies bounced back on optimism that the U.S. and China will eventually settle their trade dispute.Marathon Oil Corp., up 48 cents to $15.46The energy company and its peers gained ground as oil prices rebounded from a decline on Monday.The Associated Press read more

Chad calls on world to stand by its UN development summit pledges

28 September 2010Chad voiced concern today that despite the pledges at last week’s United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the proposals for stepping up the fight against poverty, hunger disease and a host of other will remain mere words. Chad voiced concern today that despite the pledges at last week’s United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the proposals for stepping up the fight against poverty, hunger disease and a host of other will remain mere words.“Chad hails the UN focus on the challenges of development, currently on achieving the Millennium Development Goals and their funding,” Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat told the General Assembly at its annual session. “But we fear once again that the pertinent recommendations of this meeting will remain without effect.” He stressed that Chad’s own financial resources are way behind its needs and appealed for additional resources. In an outcome document at the end of the summit, world leaders expressed deep concern that progress had fallen far short of what is needed but voiced confidence that with renewed global commitment the MDGs could still be achieved by their 2015 deadline.In a wide-ranging speech touching on global flashpoints, Mr. Mahamat cited the “complete normalization” of relations between Chad and Sudan, called for peace in Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur region, and warned that a failure in the “high-risk” process leading to an independence referendum in southern Sudan could compromise peace and security in the whole sub-region.He noted that Chad was still sheltering 290,000 refugees from Darfur as well 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and reiterated his country’s readiness to cooperate with the UN in all efforts to promote peace and security in eastern Chad, Darfur and the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR). As have most African countries, he also called for Security Council reform with proper representation for Africa, “The international community must not accept this marginalization of the African continent which also has so much to offer the world,” he declared.Mali called for full reform of the world’s financial and economic institutions and reiterated its support for two permanent and five non-permanent African members on the Council.“Millions of people across the planet are still waiting for the Millennium declaration to be turned into concrete acts,” Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane said, turning to the MDGs and citing a long list of conference at which the industrialized countries pledged funds for development. “Mali believes it is of prime importance to speed up enactment of commitments made at the major international conferences.” Angola, too, referred to the aid deficit. “We are convinced that the international community is also aware of how much still has to be done, particularly in the areas of funding for development, and the materialization of the commitments made at major international conferences on financing for development,” Secretary of State of External Relations Georges Rebelo Chikoti said.He also called for the democratization of international relations. “The reform of the Security Council must remain a topic in the agenda of our organization,” he added.Mozambique said a more democratic Council would adequately cater to the necessities of the international community. “For a meaningful reform of the Security Council, it is imperative that the historic injustice with regard to the African continent be corrected,” Foreign Minister Oldemiro Marques Balói declared.“It is no longer acceptable that a continent that represents almost 30 per cent of the whole UN membership and whose concerns contribute more than 60 per cent of the Council’s agenda is not represented in the category of permanent member.”Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of Lesotho stressed how the recent financial crisis had hampered efforts to attain the MDGs. “We appeal to our development partners to fulfil their commitments on official development assistance (ODA) to help accelerate our progress to the achievement of the MDGs,” he said.Vice-President Mompati Merafhe of Botswana called for a redoubling of efforts to attain the MDGs. “In this era of growing and complex challenges, the need for a more dynamic and proactive financial, economic and political architecture is far more apparent now than ever before,” he said. São Tomé and Príncipe Foreign Minister Manuel Salvador dos Ramos said the defence of multilateralism was of vital importance in seeking solutions based on the UN Charter.The UN role in preventing conflicts, promoting peace and supporting development should also be bolstered, he said. Burkina Faso Permanent Representative Michel Kafando called for permanent African representation on the Council and said the MDG summit had given hope that “commitments to the poorest will be translated into facts.” All speakers touched on climate change, the devastating impact it could have and the need to take mitigating measures, and broached major international flashpoints such as the search for peace in the Middle East. read more

Pakistan UN assessment team reports largescale crop destruction from floods

20 September 2011Almost three quarters of crops in Pakistan’s flood-devastated province of Sindh have been destroyed or damaged, and nearly 37 per cent of the livestock lost or sold to avoid loss, a joint assessment mission of the United Nations humanitarian office and Pakistani Government officials has reported. An estimated 67 per cent of food stocks have also been destroyed and only 24 per cent of the affected population have access to markets, Elisabeth Byrs, the spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva today.“At least five million surviving animals are at risk, lacking feed and shelter and facing increased exposure to debilitating diseases and worm infestations,” said Ms. Byrs.More than 5.4 million people have been affected by the flood in Sindh, with 1.8 million of them displaced from their homes in inundated villages, according to the mission, which also reported that there are 6,000 temporary settlements in the province.More than 6,000 schools had been damaged by the floods and 1,363 education facilities are currently being used as relief distribution sites, according to the assessment team that visited 16 districts in Sindh.The UN and its humanitarian partners have asked donors to fund a $357 million rapid response plan to support efforts by the Pakistani Government to respond to the needs of those affected by the floods.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is distributing tents and other emergency items to families who have been forced out of the homes by the floods, the agency’s spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said.UNHCR also led a rapid protection assessment mission in Sindh. It reported that vulnerable groups in the flood-affected areas faced difficulties accessing assistance. Those groups included female-headed households, people with disabilities and minorities.“There are also problems of child/family separation, missing family members and loss of civil documentation such as national identity cards, which may hinder access to some types of assistance,” said Mr. Edwards. The assessment team also reported worsening of protection problems, including domestic violence, child labour and exploitation. read more

CID arrests two suspects with nearly 10 kgs of heroin

The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested two suspects with nearly 10 kgs of heroin in Seruwawila.The heroin was valued at approximately Rs. 118 million. (Colombo Gazette)

UN refugee agency chief thanks Chad for hospitality urges peace deal for

António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also called on the wider international community to increase its support for the Darfur peace negotiations aimed at bringing peace to the western Sudanese region where the two-year conflict has killed at least 180,000 people and sparked a wave of displacement, with nearly 2 million people crowded into Sudanese camps, and 200,000 others living in 12 refugee camps in Chad. The African Union-led talks, set to resume shortly in Abuja, Nigeria, were suspended in July following the signing of a preliminary agreement between the parties aimed at ending the fighting. “We believe there is a window of opportunity that is open, and the international community must work fast that this window does not close, and that peace can be gained quickly – by the end of this year,” Mr. Guterres said from eastern Chad’s Iridimi camp, home to 15,000 refugees, on the third day of his 10-day visit to the region.He said it is time to refocus world attention on Sudan, a country that is “a bit forgotten” as other world crises attract attention. “We send an appeal to the international community to help create peace in Sudan, and to invest in creating conditions that are necessary to help Sudanese return to their homes once peace is established,” he added in a meeting with refugees and local people.After visiting camps for displaced persons in Darfur and southern Sudan in Darfur and Khartoum over the past two days, he said he was impressed with Iridimi because of its spaciousness and its health centre and schools. He added that the fact that people are living in tents spaced far apart and not in cramped conditions is due to the generosity of the local people and authorities in giving over large tracts of land for UNHCR’s camps in eastern Chad.On Friday, he goes to the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, where he is expected to repeat his appreciation of Chadian hospitality and to call for more international financial support for Chad, itself one of the poorest countries in the world. read more

Draft Executive Compensation Program

The Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014 (BPSECA) authorized the Ontario government to establish compensation frameworks for executive compensation in the broader public sector.Subsequently, the government outlined principles and regulations for broader public sector employers to follow when drafting compensation programs for designated executive positions.In accordance with this legislation, the University has completed a draft designated executive compensation program which has been approved for posting for public comment by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and the Treasury Board Secretariat, and approved by the Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee.  Click here to read details of the draft program. read more

Military Wives go head to head with Gareth Malone in battle for

first_imgThe Military Wives Choir has gone up against their former mentor in the Christmas charts, as early figures show they have a lead over Gareth Malone.The famous choir master helped the charity group beat pop group Little Mix in the race to number one five years ago.But now their two singles – the Military Wives’ Home For Christmas and Gareth’s Only You – are competing for the top spot. #HomeForChristmas is number 2 in the classical charts, just behind @realaled! Let’s try and get that number 1 in time for Christmas— MilitaryWives Choirs (@MWChoirs) December 5, 2016 With more than 1,000 wives taking part, the group features 65 choirs who have joined up to release the collection of 12 carols and songs personalised with lyrics reflecting what Christmas means to the military community. Gareth Malone is aiming for the top spot Only You The Military Wives’ album of the same name is currently number two in the Classical Album charts, while Mr Malone’s A Great British Christmas album – which was only released on the 2 December – has not yet featured.“It’s going well so far,” said Rosie Dow, the director of Military Wives.“It’s been a steady start and I think it’s well ahead now.“Gareth is our friend and patron so it’s been great fun taking him on. He hasn’t been involved in this campaign or album. But the women think it’s funny we are going up against him. They love him. We hope we beat him – in a fun and friendly way of course.” One member of the group is Beth Calvert, 34, whose husband Chris is tactical submariner and will be away until the spring.“It’s hard having him away,” said Beth. “I have four kids – ranging from 17 to 9 – and they will miss their dad over Christmas. We have no contact whatsoever and have no idea where he is.center_img “I didn’t see the lyrics of the single until the day of recording. And when I heard them I just burst into tears because it related so much to me, with Chris being away.“We are reminding people that these members of the military can go for months on end with no family contact. For me the choir is a lifesaver because its all wives of submariners – we all understand what each other is going through.”On going up against Gareth Malone, Beth said there had been “a lot of banter” among the ladies but said: “There’s definitely no hard feelings. We didn’t expect to go up against him so it’s all fun and games.” Gareth Malone is aiming for the top spot Only You Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I didn’t see the lyrics of the single until the day of recording. And when I heard them I just burst into tears because it related so much to me, with Chris being awayBeth Calvertlast_img read more

Toshiba Libretto W100 un netbook aux allures de Nintendo DS

first_imgToshiba Libretto W100 : un netbook aux allures de Nintendo DSJapon – 25 ans après la sortie de son premier portable, Toshiba commercialise un nouveau Libretto. Le W100, c’est son nom, est une machine qui se situe entre le Netbook et la tablette internet.Avec de fausses allures de Nintendo DS, le Libretto W100 permet à Toshiba de se positionner sur le marché des ordinateurs portables petit format. Possédant deux écrans 7 pouces, le dernier-né de la firme japonaise possède un affichage modulable, l’écran inférieur pouvant afficher la partie inférieure d’une page web ou se transformer en outil comme un clavier, par exemple. Ce libretto est animé par Windows 7 Home premium et est équipé d’un microprocesseur de 1,2 GHz ainsi que de 2 Go de Ram. Le W100 bénéficie également de connexions Bluetooth et WI-Fi. Il devrait être disponible dans les prochaines semaines au prix de 900 euros environ.Le 22 juin 2010 à 12:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more