John Terry to leave Chelsea F.C. at end of the season

first_imgLong-serving Chelsea defender John Terry will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, the English Premier League club said on Monday.The 36-year-old former England international played more than 700 games for Chelsea and has been their most successful captain.”John has given us more than two decades of dedicated and exceptional service,” Chelsea said in a statement.”In that time he has displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt.”Terry made the third-highest number of appearances for Chelsea, captained them a record 578 times and scored 66 goals.”After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club,” Terry said.”From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough,” he added.”I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.”Terry has made only four Premier League starts this season as Chelsea have moved to the top of the table, four points clear with six games remaining.”I will, of course, always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware,” Terry said.”I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I.”Terry, who made his Chelsea debut in 1998, won the 2012 Champions League, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the Europa League.advertisementHe played 78 times for England.last_img read more


Liverpool team news & likely XI vs Newcastle

first_imgPremier League Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Newcastle United Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:19 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Premier League Liverpool Liverpool v Newcastle United Newcastle United Everything you need to know ahead of the Reds home tie against Rafa Benitez’s side on Saturday evening Liverpool are looking to extend their unbeaten home run on Saturday evening, with Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle the visitors.The Reds are still unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League this season (14 games), their longest unbeaten home stretch since 2008-09.Newcastle are just two points from safety after 28 fixtures and will be determined to separate themselves from the bottom three with a victory. Article continues below 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 Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the game.Liverpool injuriesNathaniel Clyne has continued his comeback from injury by playing for the Under-23s, though remains unavailable for first-team selection.Georginio Wijnaldum and Danny Ings were both ruled out for the Reds’ last outing against West Ham but are both recovering from illness and could play a part on Saturday.Emre Can is likely to continue in central midfield, though Jordan Henderson is back in contention. Liverpool suspensionsLiverpool do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie.Liverpool potential starting line-upJurgen Klopp could start with the XI which beat West Ham 4-1 last weekend, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all finding the net once again.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has started the last two Premier League games and impressed enough to warrant a starting spot once more, though Jordan Henderson’s return may see him drop to the bench.Liverpool XI vs NEWNewcastle team newsJonjo Shelvey will play no part against his former club due to a knee injury, while Islam Slimani is sidelined with a thigh strain.Striker Dwight Gayle faces a late fitness test before the game, and Jesus Gamez has failed to recover from an ankle injury.TV channel & kick-off timeThe fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on BT SPORT 1 or BT SPORT 4K UHD from 17:00 GMT.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports and kicks off at 12:00 ET.Best Opta match facts Liverpool are unbeaten in 21 home league games against Newcastle (W17 D4 L0), since a 0-2 loss in April 1994 thanks to goals from Rob Lee and Andy Cole. Liverpool have scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle than they have vs any other side in the competition (89). All three of Rafael Benitez’s Premier League games against his former side Liverpool have finished as draws, with both at Anfield finishing 2-2. Roberto Firmino has both scored and assisted in six different Premier League games this season – more than any other player. Mohamed Salah has scored in each of his last six games for Liverpool in all competitions – the last player to do so in more was Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (8). Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more


Chelsea enter talks with Fulham boss Jokanovic

first_imgChelsea Chelsea enter talks with Fulham’s Jokanovic as Sarri hopes fade Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 01:42 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Slavisa Jokanovic Fulham Getty Chelsea Transfers Fulham Premier League The Blues are in talks with their west London rival’s manager over a role at Stamford Bridge for next season Chelsea are in talks with Slavisa Jokanovic to make the Fulham boss their next manager after talks with Maurizio Sarri broke down due to contractual issues with Napoli. The Fulham manager won promotion through the play-offs with Chelsea’s west London rivals and he is now in talks to take over at the club he used to play for.Sarri left Napoli at the end of the 2017-18 season but is still tied contractually to the Serie A runners-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis has subsequently proved too difficult to negotiate with for Chelsea, despite Sarri being keen on coming to west London and the chief affirming he would be “reasonable” in any talks .Chelsea have yet to make the breakthrough with any manager but Jokanovic is one of the leading candidates, with Laurent Blanc having also entered preliminary talks. Luis Enrique isn’t yet interested in a return to management despite being contacted over the soon-to-be-vacant hotseat.The former Barcelona head coach’s staff are in the frame for the vacancy in Girona, as his former assistant Juan Carlos Unzue is a leading candidate. Antonio Conte is still set to depart Stamford Bridge after finishing fifth in the Premier League. His exit has yet to be formally announced, but he will be due compensation – worth around £9 million – to cancel the year left on his contract. However, if Conte accepts another management job in that time he will no longer be entitled to compensation.last_img read more


India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier Live Streaming: When, where and how to watch

first_img Next India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier Live Streaming: When, where and how to watch2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, India vs Qatar Live Streaming: After succumbing to Oman in their opening match of the World Cup qualifier, India now face an uphill task when they take on Asian champion Qatar. Ranked 62nd in the world, Qatar have been the dominant side against 103-ranked India, having won three out of four official matches in their encounter thus far. One match ended in a draw.advertisement India Today Web Desk DohaSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 13:07 IST 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, India vs Qatar Live Streaming (Twitter/@IndianFootball)A heart-breaking loss in the campaign-opener has dented their chances of moving ahead and the Indian football team faces another uphill task when it takes on Asian champion Qatar in its most difficult match of the World Cup second round qualifiers here on Tuesday.India let in two goals in the last eight minutes after taking an early lead to lose their opening match against Oman on September 5 in Guwahati.Ranked 62nd in the world, Qatar will start Tuesday’s Group E match against 103-ranked India as overwhelming favourites. They will look to claim their second consecutive win after crushing Afghanistan 6-0 in their opening match on September 5 here.The World Cup hosts have improved by leaps and bounds in the last few years. They won the Asian Cup in the UAE earlier this year and they gave good competition to the top South American sides in the recent Copa America where they took part on invitation.India have also shown improvement in recent times as was seen during the Asian Cup in January where they gave scares to the likes of the UAE and Bahrain and missed qualifying for the knock-out round by a whisker.Historically, Qatar have been the dominant side, having won three out of four official matches played against India. One match ended in a draw.The last time the two sides played an official match was in September 2007 in the World Cup qualifiers where Qatar had thrashed India 6-0.India defeated Qatar 2-1 in Doha in 2011 in a friendly but that match was not considered an official game as India made more substitutions than the rules allowed.advertisementIn the match against Oman in Guwahati on September 5, India clearly dominated the first half with a 1-0 lead only to concede goals in the 82nd and 90th minute to suffer a heartbreaking loss.Captain Sunil Chhetri, who scored the lone Indian goal against Oman in the 24th minute, conceded that Tuesday’s match will be the most difficult of the campaign.Where and when is India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier match being played?India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier match will be played on September 10 at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha.What time does India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier begin?India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier will begin at 10:00 PM IST.Where to watch India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier live in India (TV channels)?India vs Qatar live telecast will be available on Star Sports Network.How and where to watch online India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier live streaming?The India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website.What are the squads of the two teams?SquadsQatar: Saad Sheeb, Meshal Barsham, Mohammed Al-Bakri, Pedro, Salem Al-Hajri, Tareq Salman, Abdulkarim Hassan, Boualem Khoukhi, Hassan Al-Haydos, Akram Afif, Abdulaziz Al-Ansari, Hashim Ali, Bassam Al-Rawl, Assim Madibo, Almoez Ali, Karim Boudiaf, Ali Afif, Musaab Keder, Ahmed Fathy, Yousef Abdelrazzaq, Al Mahdi Ali, Ahmed Alaaeldin, Abdulaziz Hatim, Abdullah Abdul Salam.India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Vishal Kaith, Rahul Bheke, Nishu Kumar, Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Narender Gahlot, Sarthak Golui, Adil Khan, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Dessai, Nikhil Poojari, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan, Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.Also Read | 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Amarjit hopeful of India’s chances against Asian champions QatarAlso Read | Difficult to swallow: Sunil Chhetri after FIFA World Cup Qualifier loss to OmanAlso SeeFor 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 India vs QatarFollow Indian football teamlast_img read more


Digital Report Card – What Worked in 2018 and How to Maximize 2019

first_imgPassport Online Inc., the industry’s leader in travel agency digital technology, is in the unique position to analyze travel agency digital usage and success through websites, email and social media marketing. Passport Online is in the unique position to monitor consumer interactionwith their travel agency as the company helps more than 7,500 travel agencies create, expand and diversify their digital footprint through websites, social media and email marketing and works with more than 30,000 agents in partnership with many of the industry consortia and host agencies as well as hundreds of independent agencies. Digital-Report-Card-for-Travel-Agents Consumer shopping sessions on Passport Online customer agency websites topped 44 million in 2018. Engagement on social media channels skyrocketed with more than a 100% increase in comments and shares over 2017. Overall the travel agency community embraced digital tools and their consumers responded. “Our travel agency customers are enticing their clients to start shopping on their digital channels, with increasing shopping sessions, email delivery and click through activities on social media,” said Jeanne Colombo, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Passport Online. “Every call to action through our digital channels directs the consumer back to their travel professional to complete the sale. Our role is to drive interest and shopping and then we know our travel agency customers close the sale with a personal touch.” The data also proves that consumers are, in fact, starting their shopping on their personal travel agency’s website. Of significant note in the 2018 data was the click through rate to supplier offers on agency websites powered by Passport. The average click through rate was 10.9 %, which is significantly higher than the industry norm. . The use of digital booking tools to complete b-to-b transactions also rose significantly among Passport Online booking engine customers in 2018. For the full year, bookings generated on the company’s Tandem cruise booking engine were up 25% year-over-year. For the email marketing channels Passport Online supports, the average agency customer database spiked in 2018 from an average of 1,000 names to just under 4,000 names on average per agency. Email communication between agents and their clients continues to be the number one marketing method, according to the recently released Phocuswright U.S. Travel Agency Distribution Landscape Study.  Passport’s analysis of social media engagement for its ESP Facebook Posting service customers shows a significant spike in activity. By the end of 2018 our ESP services were helping to power more than 1,500 travel agency Facebook business pages and our customers saw a 170% increase in consumer comments on their FB pages. They saw a 110% increase in shares and nearly 75% increase in clicks. According to year end statistics reported by Facebook, more than 2.2 billion people are on Facebook and 78% of American consumers have discovered something on Facebook and then purchased it from a retailer or small business.last_img read more


Literacy More than Reading and Writing – Senator Reid

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says literacy is more than reading and writing, noting that it is a tool for social and economic empowerment.“When citizens are literate, it places the country in a better position to address complex issues,” Senator Reid said, adding that it enables individuals to respond in creative ways to challenges, and the building of their communities.The Minister’s remarks were delivered by Acting Senior Education Officer, Andrew Francis, at an International Literacy Day celebration at the Pembroke Hall Primary School, St. Andrew on Friday (September 7).Senator Reid said the Government continues to recognise the value of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) observance, and places great emphasis on literacy, as “we are fully aware of its impact on the lives of our children.”He noted that empirical evidence shows a positive correlation between strong literacy skills and the overall health and standard of living of citizens.The Minister said that over the years the Jamaican society has evolved into one that depends “heavily on highly-skilled citizens, to fill critical positions, and to enable economic advancements.”Regional Director at the Ministry and guest speaker at the event, Dr. Kasan Troupe, said the day’s activities highlight the importance of a literate society in advancing the education agenda.“We want you to be creative, to learn, to be collaborative and to communicate,” she told the students.She said that the Ministry continues to implement measures to improve student outcome, and encouraged them to take advantage of the educational opportunities being provided.“You have the capacity to excel and be the best,” Dr. Troupe said.International Literacy Day, observed annually on September 8, provides an opportunity for governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s literacy challenges. She said that the Ministry continues to implement measures to improve student outcome, and encouraged them to take advantage of the educational opportunities being provided. Senator Reid said the Government continues to recognise the value of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) observance, and places great emphasis on literacy, as “we are fully aware of its impact on the lives of our children.”          “When citizens are literate, it places the country in a better position to address complex issues,” Senator Reid said, adding that it enables individuals to respond in creative ways to challenges, and the building of their communities. Story Highlightslast_img read more


Maersk Tied to Sale of Boxship Duo

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping giant Maersk has been linked to a sale of two containerships to Japan’s Nissen Kaiun.According to a report from Intermodal Research and Valuations, the vessels in question are the 2012-built Maersk Edirne and Maersk Eureka.The units were allegedly sold at a price of USD 46 million a piece and were time chartered back to Maersk. Built by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, the vessels feature around 13,100 TEUs.The containerships are said to be a part of a batch of six units which were taken over by Maersk from German Commerzbank earlier this year. Maersk reportedly paid USD 280 million for the secondhand boxships, which included two Sub-Panamaxes and four Panamaxes.The two ships were previously known as Hanjin Sooho and Hanjin Asia and were part of Hanjin Shipping’s fleet, a former South Korean shipping giant which went bankrupt in 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Excellence Award Recipients Announced

first_imgCancer Care Nova Scotia announced today, June 23, the recipients of its inaugural Excellence Awards in leadership, innovation, patient care and pioneer excellence. The awards were presented at the 10th anniversary celebration of Cancer Care Nova Scotia held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. The awards, which will be presented annually, acknowledge the work and commitment of many people who have helped the organization further cancer prevention, treatment, and care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and their families. “With more than 40 compelling nominations to consider, our job to select the one worthy individual or team that most exemplified each award was not easy,” said Patrick Flinn, chair of the selection committee, Cancer Care Nova Scotia Excellence Awards. “Indeed all nominees are worthy of recognition. However, based on the strength of the nomination package and a customized evaluation tool, we were able to make thoughtful decisions.” The award recipients are Joan Hamilton, a clinical nurse specialist with the Capital Health Cancer Care program; the leadership team, Cape Breton District Health Authority; Dr. Gerry Farrell, medical director, palliative care, Pictou County Health Authority; and the interdisciplinary thyroid clinic team, Capital Health. The Pioneer Excellence Award was presented to Ms. Hamilton, a seasoned health professional with more than 25 years experience of working with cancer patients and their families. She has made significant contributions to the cancer field through clinical practice, teaching, research, and mentoring nurses and other health professionals. Her specialty lies in supporting parents and caregivers in discussing serious illness with children. In the early 1990s, in response to repeated requests from health providers and parents for counselling in this area, Ms. Hamilton wrote the book, When a Parent is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children. At that time, there were no practical guides for parents or health providers on this topic. Ms. Hamilton is considered a pioneer in this field and her book is used extensively throughout Canada and around the world. The Leadership Excellence Award was presented to the Cape Breton District Health Authority leadership team. In 2001, in recognition of the strong connection between cancer prevention and healthy public policy, the team, under the leadership of John Malcom, lobbied municipal government for policy changes involving smoke free public places. As a result, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality adopted a 100 per cent smoke-free public places bylaw in spring 2001. Similar municipal smoking bylaws followed in both Victoria and Inverness counties in 2002. The leadership team and the districts’ community health boards also encouraged the provincial government to adopt the Nova Scotia Smoke-Free Places Act in 2003. Since then, they have been supportive of strengthening the legislation, which has evolved to include banning retail power walls, advertising smoking products, and prohibiting smoking in a vehicle with children under the age of 18. The Innovation Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Gerry Farrell, a family doctor and medical director of palliative care for the Pictou County Health Authority. As a family doctor for many years, Dr. Farrell always had an interest in palliative care. He created an interdisciplinary palliative care team that has served as a model of care for the province. In 2006, after two years of planning, building awareness, and raising funds, Dr. Farrell and his team officially opened a specially designed, dedicated palliative care unit at the Aberdeen Hospital, the only unit of its kind in the province. In addition to his work in palliative care, Dr. Farrell works closely with cancer specialists to support them in the care they provide during satellite oncology visits. The Excellence in Patient Care Award was presented to the interdisciplinary thyroid cancer clinic team. The team, under the direction of Dr. Ali Imran, an endocrinologist, and Dr. Mal Rajaraman, a radiation oncologist, developed a ‘one-stop shopping’ thyroid cancer clinic. Operating one day a week from the VG Site of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, the clinic has streamlined patient care for both newly diagnosed patients and those requiring follow up. Following surgery, thyroid cancer patients are referred to the clinic through a single referral point and are assessed by endocrinology, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine specialists. They also receive necessary patient education and an appointment time for radioactive iodine therapy. A follow-up appointment is scheduled for three and six months following this procedure to make any necessary adjustments in treatment. One patient wrote that the creation of the clinic has made an incredible difference in their experience as a patient. They receive clear and timely communication about upcoming tests and appointments and if they are having any issues related to their thyroid, they know they can call a main number and receive assistance. They feel valued as a patient and as a person. “It is a privilege and an honour to work with the talented, dedicated and passionate team of people who are part of Nova Scotia’s cancer care system,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Congratulations and special thanks to the award recipients, nominees, and all who work with us to continually enhance and improve the cancer care system for Nova Scotia cancer patients and their families.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a provincial program of the Department of Health, was created to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. Through Cancer Patient Navigation, health professional education, and standards and guideline development, Cancer Care Nova Scotia supports health professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Its work with other organizations raises awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and its screening programs educate Nova Scotians about healthy lifestyles and available testing like Pap tests for cervical cancer and the FIT kit for colorectal cancer. The goal is to find cancer earlier and treat it better.last_img read more


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

first_img the inaugural Diversity Pancake Breakfast on March 21 is being hosted by several partners for human rights at Sobeys, 272 Prince St., Sydney, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Citizen Engagement Workshops to help more African Nova Scotians be better informed and active in municipal elections will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 21 at: the Digby Regional High School, 107 King St.; Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, 5754 Cornwallis St. in Halifax; and in Truro at the Zion Baptist Church, 454 Prince St. One is also being held Tuesday, March 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Whitney Pier at Menelik Hall, 88 Laurier St. a lunch and learn hosted by the Human Rights Commission on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, 1800 Argyle St., Thursday, March 29, noon to 2:30 p.m. Nova Scotians are being encouraged to recognize International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Wednesday, March 21, by the Human Rights Commission. Each year on March 21, people around the world unite in a common goal, the elimination of racism. Since the 1960 massacre on that date of anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, it has been a symbol of the need to protect human rights. In 1966, March 21 was formally recognized by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The United Nations called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. “We need to embrace and celebrate our differences, learn about each other and pass that knowledge on to our children and children’s children. Education is the key to inclusivity,” said David Shannon, director and CEO of the Human Rights Commission. “My hope is that one day we will speak of racism in the past tense rather than our experience of the present,” said Ann Divine, commission manager of Race Relations, Equity and Inclusion. Events in the province to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination include:last_img read more


SecretaryGeneral voices concern after major earthquake hits Haiti

12 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern for the people of Haiti as well as the United Nations staff there after a major earthquake struck off the coast of the impoverished Caribbean nation. “My heart goes out to the people of Haiti after this devastating earthquake,” he said in a statement issued on Tuesday night. “I am receiving initial reports and following developments closely.”The 7.0-magnitude quake reportedly hit south-west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, late this afternoon. The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping said that contacts with the UN on the ground have been severely hampered as communications networks in Haiti have been disabled by the quake.“For the moment, a large number of personnel remain unaccounted for,” Alain Le Roy said in a statement. He added that the headquarters of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in Port-au-Prince has sustained serious damage along with other UN installations.“The Department of Peacekeeping Operations is still in the process of gathering information on the extent of the damage and the status of UN personnel,” stated Mr. Le Roy.MINUSTAH was set up in 2004 and currently has more than 9,000 military and police personnel and nearly 2,000 civilian staff. read more


Illegal asylum seekers arrested

The police said that the group had been arrested this morning at Muneswaram as they were preparing to head to Australia.They are all residents of Gurunagar in Jaffna, the police media unit said. The Chilaw police arrested a group of people who were preparing to head to Australia by boat illegally, the police media unit said today.According to the police there were 28 men, four women and 9 children.


Security Council urges stronger measures to keep chemical nuclear weapons away from

Meeting to mark the 10th anniversary the adoption of resolution 1540, on 28 April 2004, the Council today adopted a Presidential Statement through which its members called on all States to “step up their efforts to implement [the resolution], focusing on areas where measures taken may be strengthened, with a view to achieving full implementation of the resolution by 2021.”By the terms of resolution 1540, the Council decided that all States shall refrain from providing any form of support to non-State actors that attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery.The resolution requires all States to adopt and enforce appropriate effective laws to that effect. It also requires them to develop and maintain effective border controls and law-enforcement efforts to detect, deter, prevent and combat, including through international cooperation when necessary, the illicit trafficking and brokering in such items in accordance with their national legal authorities and legislation, and consistent with international law.More than 60 speakers are set to address the meeting, “Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Resolution 1540 (2004) and Looking Ahead.” It was convened by the Republic of Korea, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for the month as well as the chair of the body that monitors implementation of the resolution, known by the diplomatic shorthand, “1540 Committee.”Briefing the Council was UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, and the meeting was chaired by Yun Byung, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.“Resolution 1540 has helped us make important inroads against the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons…it has set in motion a great number of steps by Member States,” said Mr. Eliasson, noting that more than 30,000 measures and actions by States implementing the text have been reported to the 1540 Committee.But, of course, this is only part of the story, he continued, noting that there have also been setbacks and disappointments, including the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria.“However, through vigorous diplomatic and administrative action, and by agreement, over 90 per cent of Syria’s chemical weapons have been removed from the country even as the conflict has continued and partly intensified,” said Mr. Eliasson.He also noted that some 20 countries had not submitted a report on their implementation efforts to the 1540 Committee. In most cases, these are countries facing serious economic or social difficulties. “I encourage all Member States that have not yet done so, to submit a first report in this anniversary year of resolution 1540,” he said.“For the resolution to work even more effectively, it must be a global commitment, a global enterprise. It is critical for every country to implement this resolution,” said Mr. Eliasson, explaining that terrorists and traffickers tend to target countries whose customs, borders, imports, exports, ports and airports are less well or poorly monitored or controlled.One promising trend is the preparation of voluntary national implementation action plans. At the recent Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, 32 countries released a joint statement reaffirming a commitment to submit such action plans to the 1540 Committee. It is an important step forward.“Looking ahead, we hope to see expanded regional cooperation in implementing the resolution, especially since States sharing borders often face similar challenges,” he said, also highlighting the role of civil society in moving the world closer to meeting the goals of resolution 1540.“And by those joint efforts we can come closer to an even more ambitious vision: a world free of all weapons of mass destruction,” declared Mr. Eliasson. read more


Houston You Have A New Point Guard Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin, the point guard who slept on his brother’s couch as he crafted one of the most dynamic 35-game stretches in NBA history, was allowed to walk from the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets Tuesday night.The team that gave Lin the opportunity to emerge from a nobody on the bench into an international somebody – even gracing the cover of Time magazine — elected to not match a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet he signed with the Rockets. So in essence, the player that charged “Linsanity” and the millions of off-the-court marketing and sponsorship dollars walked from the Knicks without the team receiving any compensation.Knicks sources and coach Mike Woodson said for a week that the team would match any offer to retain Lin. And considering Knicks owner James Dolan had doled out enormous money to the likes of Eddy Curry, Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas, it seemed reasonable to assume he would do so to keep Lin, a worldwide phenomenon. But, in the end, Dolan considered Lin is too expensive.Lin took to Twitter when it became official. “Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year…easily the best year of my life#ForeverGrateful.”“Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!!#RedNation,” Lin added in another tweet.A team source told ESPNNewYork.com earlier this week that the third year of the Rockets’ offer — worth $14.8 million — caused the Knicks to consider letting Lin go. If the Knicks had matched the offer, they would have been subject to a luxury tax in the third year, potentially bringing their total out-of-pocket cost for the team’s salary to about $43 million in 2014-15.The Rockets’ offer to Lin would pay him $5 million in the first year, $5.225 million in the second and $14.8 million in the third, according to sources.The Knicks, realizing a $30-million penalty in Year 3 of the contract that would come with matching the offer,  made a sign-and-trade deal to acquire another point guard, Raymond Felton. Felton played one season with the Knicks, but it was nowhere near as exciting as Lin’s New York stay.Lin, 23, was a revelation, performing brilliantly for a stretch that included 38 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on national television and hitting the game-winning shot at Toronto. In between, he was mostly steady, although he did have a turnover problem. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 35 games with 25 starts before his season was cut short because of surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee.An undrafted guard out of Harvard, Lin was cut twice in the preseason, once by Houston, and played in the D-League, before leading the Knicks to seven consecutive wins that electrified the city and the Asian community. His rise earned him a significant raise, from $788,000 last season to $5 million this season.His departure has sparked much debate among media and fans in New York, a debate that will rage for quite some time. read more


Meals on wheels driver jailed for elderly womans murder 24 years on

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. A meals on wheels delivery driver has been jailed for life 24 years after he murdered an elderly woman, following a DNA breakthrough.Raymond Kay, 70, from Halifax, exploited 86-year-old Amy Shepherd’s trust to enter her sheltered accommodation in Wibsey, Bradford, on August 2, 1994.While in there, he throttled Ms Shepherd, who never married, using her own tea towel, before ‘in all likelihood raping her’ and then finally killed her by stabbing her in the throat.At the time of the attack he was working as a meals on wheels delivery driver as part of a community order for a road traffic offence. He stole money, a watch and her jewellery then evaded justice for more than two decades.While Kay avoided police detection, a second man – Richard Whelan – was accused of killing Ms Shepherd but was cleared in 2000. A jury took just 50 minutes to return a guilty verdict against Kay.He was caught after police were able to match his DNA with that found at the murder scene when they reviewed the case. His DNA was on the tea towel used to throttle her, and his DNA was also on her body. When arrested on suspicion of murder, Kay – a career burglar with 60 convictions – told officers: “You’re joking.” Bradford Crown Court was told that Kay, 46 at the time, was able to “identify Ms Shepherd as a vulnerable person who he could target to steal from” due to his community order.He had been spoken to by the police during the initial investigation in the 1990s.Sentencing Kay, the Honourable Justice Finola O’Farrell said it was only through the “meticulous preservation” of evidence and “development of DNA analysis” that justice had finally been served.She said: “The violent assault which you then inflicted on her was unnecessary, cruel and grotesque.”Justice has finally been served for Amy Shepherd.”The judge sentenced Kay to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 17 years.Samantha Davidson, from the CPS, said: “This was an horrific and brutal attack upon a defenceless, elderly lady in her own home. Kay targeted her because of her vulnerability, conning his way into her flat and attacking her with shocking force.”In the quarter of a century since her murder, Kay must have thought he had got away with his terrible crime. But he has not. Advances in forensic science provided the scientific evidence needed to convince the jury of his guilt.”One cannot begin to imagine the terror Miss Shepherd must have experienced in her final moments. Our thoughts remain with her relatives, and we hope that the verdict today brings them some closure.” read more


SKOPJE HAS THREE TEAMS IN EHF CL ZRK Vardar beat French Fleury

Macedonian capital city of Skopje became the unique handball city in the history of our sport. In one season, three teams from the city with 800.000 inhabitans will play at the EHF Champions League! After male teams of RK Vardar and RK Metalurg qualified for the VELUX EHF Champions League, new super-team ZRK Vardar SCBT beat French Fleury Loriet 33:25 at the Qualification tournament Final in Italian city of Salerno. Maja Zebic with 9 and Jovanka Radicevic, who scored  8 goals were most effective in the winning team, while Fernandez Ibanez scored 7 for the French team.“Boris Trajkovski” hall in Skopje with capacity of 6000 seats will be a real handball house in the upcoming European season… Skopje handballzrk vardar ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL Qual: FTC or Erd, Vardar VS Fleury, Baia Mare against Holstebro Next Story → Women’s EHF CL 2013/2014 completed: FTC and Baia Mare in elite! read more


Slightly fewer births as death rate increases in third quarter of 2018

first_img Image: Shutterstock/FreeBirdPhotos Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: CSOAge of mothersThe average age of first-time mothers was 31.1, up 0.2 years from the same period in the previous year. The average age of all mothers at maternity for births registered in Q3 2018 was 32.9 years, also up 0.2 years from Q3 2017.The average age of first time mothers outside marriage/civil partnership was 28.8, while the average age of all mothers outside marriage/civil partnership was 30.3 years.In the same quarter in 2017, the average age of mothers having their first baby outside marriage/civil partnership was 28.5 years while it was 30.1 years for all mothers for births registered outside of marriage/civil partnership.In quarter 3 2018 there were 9,617 (62.3%) births registered as within marriage. None of these were within civil partnership. Slightly fewer births as death rate increases in third quarter of 2018 The average age of first-time mothers was 31, up 0.2 years from the same period in the previous year. 8,154 Views 22 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4544346 Share1 Tweet Email center_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL THERE WERE 207 fewer babies born, or a 1.3% decrease in the birth rate, in the third quarter of 2018, compared with the same quarter the previous year.According to the latest CSO figures, the 15,428 births during this period corresponds to a birth rate of 12.7 per 1,000 population, a decrease of 0.3% from the third quarter of 2017 (July – September, also known as Q3).There were 7,956 male births and 7,472 female births in quarter 3 2018.During the same quarter in 2018, there were 7,143 deaths: an increase of 2.2% (or 156 deaths) from Q3 2017. This equates to a death rate of 5.9 per 1,000 population, an increase of 0.1 points from Q3 2017.There were 45 infant deaths registered in Q3 2018 giving an infant mortality rate of 2.9 per 1,000 live births. Image: Shutterstock/FreeBirdPhotos Friday 15 Mar 2019, 2:05 PM Mar 15th 2019, 2:05 PM last_img read more


ASA Lauds AgrEvo Decision to Protect US Export Markets by Delaying Commercialization

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the announcement this week that AgrEvo USA Company has decided to delay commercialization of their LibertyLink® Soybean seed to safeguard acceptance of U.S. soybeans and soybean products in major export markets. Although approved by the U.S. government for domestic planting and consumption, LibertyLink Soybeans have not received import clearances in any overseas markets. The presence of any LibertyLink Soybeans in U.S. export shipments could have resulted in the rejection of such shipments and lost markets for U.S. soybean farmers.”ASA leaders greatly appreciate AgrEvo’s decision to again postpone the commercial introduction of LibertyLink Soybeans, which they had planned for this spring,” said ASA President Mike Yost. “ASA and AgrEvo have been engaged in discussions for months on how best to keep LibertyLink Soybeans out of export channels until approvals for importation and processing were obtained in major export markets. AgrEvo’s decision demonstrates a strong commitment to protecting our $9 billion soybean export market for U.S. farmers.”ASA has urged all biotechnology and seed companies involved in the commercialization of biotechnology-derived soybean varieties to obtain international clearances for the importation of biotechnology-derived soybean products into major export markets before the varieties are commercialized in the United States. Until such international approvals are obtained, ASA expects biotech and seed companies to implement effective identity preservation programs to keep unapproved varieties out of export channels.AgrEvo’s LibertyLink soybeans are the next new biotech soybean variety approaching commercialization. However, since LibertyLink Soybeans were not expected to be approved in any export markets before the U.S. harvest, ASA’s discussions with AgrEvo focused on delaying commercialization or builing an effective indentity preservation program that would keep LibertyLink Soybeans out of U.S. soy exports.”Any new genetic event that creates a new variant of soybeans requires a new series of domestic and international regulatory clearances,” Yost said. “Since 50 percent of the U.S. soybean crop is exported, the United States cannot afford to lose any export sales due to the lack of regulatory clearances in foreign markets. It has the potential to destroy prices paid to U.S. farmers for their soybeans if U.S. shipments were barred from major export markets.”ASA strongly supports efforts to make improvements to soybeans through the use of modern biotechnology. ASA believes that applied biotechnology will benefit consumers, the world’s environment, agricultural producers, and the entire ag-industry. Regretably, however, the complex international regulatory process for biotechnology-derived crops made it clear that LibertyLink Soybeans would not receive import clearances in the European Union and Japan before the 1999 harvest. The United States exports soybeans and soybean products worth $2.5 billion to the European Union and more than $1 billion to Japan annually. ASA will continue to take an active role in working with AgrEvo on its regulatory and commercialization plans.”ASA is working to protect U.S. soybean exports and for international acceptance of biotech trade standards that are science-based ,” Yost said. “The European Union in particular needs to adopt a much more transparent and expeditious process for approving new biotech varieties. ASA, AgrEvo, the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are urging officials in the EU and other nations to make timely determinations on new varieties.”In the three years since the first commercial introduction of genetically modified crops in 1996, ASA believes agricultural biotechnology has become the defining issue in how the world will feed itself in the next century. Biotechnology will drive the reinvention of the U.S. agricultural production and marketing system in a relatively short period of years.”I think this was an important decision for AgrEvo and for all U.S. soybean farmers,” Yost said. “In making this decision, AgrEvo has once again demonstrated its long-term commitment to the U.S. soybean industry.”last_img read more


President Trump Explains Support For Oil Drilling In Arctic Refuge

first_imgAddressing fellow Republicans at the House and Senate Republican Member Conference in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, mentioned the wildlife refuge known as ANWR in Alaska’s northeast corner as he recounted accomplishments in the last year, including the tax bill passed by Congress in December. Trump said he “never appreciated ANWR so much” but was told of its importance by others. The comment had a major impact, Trump said. But drilling is strongly opposed by environmental groups and Gwich’in Natives in Alaska and Canada who depend on the Porcupine Caribou Herd for their subsistence lifestyle. The director of the Alaska Wilderness League in a statement condemned Trump’s comments. Oil in the refuge, Trump said, is one of the great potential fields anywhere in the world. He called it a retreat from the GOP great conservation legacy stretching back to Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Millions of Americans do not want to see the country squeeze every drop of oil out of national parks and refuges just to increase exports, he said The 200,000-animal herd migrates 200 miles (320 kilometers) annually from Canada’s Yukon Territory to the refuge, where females give birth to calves on the coastal plain, a strip of flat tundra between the mountains and Arctic Ocean.center_img “It’s clear from President Trump’s remarks that jamming Arctic Refuge drilling in the tax bill was always about politics and not a thoughtful energy policy,” said Adam Kolton. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he “really didn’t care” about opening a portion of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling but insisted it be included in tax legislation at the urging of others. “That by itself is a big bill,” he said. Most Alaska elected officials supported drilling in the refuge, home to polar bears, muskoxen, wolves and grizzlies. “I really didn’t care about it, and then when I heard that everybody wanted it — for 40 years, they’ve been trying to get it approved, and I said, ‘Make sure you don’t lose ANWR,’” Trump said. “A friend of mine called up, who’s in that world and in that business, and said, ‘Is it true that you’re thinking about ANWR?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I think we’re going to get it, but you know.’ He said, ‘Are you kidding? That’s the biggest thing, by itself.’ He said, ‘Ronald Reagan and every president has wanted to get ANWR approved.”last_img read more


Navy Georgia Power Reach Deal for Solar Project at Sub Base Kings

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy this week signed a real estate outgrant with Georgia Power to develop a 30-megawatt solar farm at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on the southern coast of Georgia.The outgrant provides Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Co., access to 258 acres of land to install ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels. Energy generated by the project will be routed to Georgia Power’s transmission lines and distributed to its customers. By developing the solar farm on-base, the Navy can physically secure it behind the installation’s fence lines and will benefit from having a new power source close to the base. The project is estimated to represent a $75 million investment.Georgia Power expects to break ground on the project later this summer with the facility coming online by the end of 2016.“This project will contribute to the Navy’s energy portfolio and will also reduce demand for fossil fuel,” said Capt. James Jenks, Kings Bay’s commanding officer. The Navy is actively pursuing opportunities to collaborate with energy service providers such as Georgia Power to develop cost-effective, renewable energy to enhance its energy security and operational capability, and provide valuable benefits to the local community, according to a Navy press release.“Our innovative solar partnerships with the state’s military bases, including SUBASE Kings Bay, are growing Georgia solar, strengthening Georgia military bases and stimulating investment in Georgia communities,” said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power.Since April, the utility has participated in groundbreakings for 30-megawatt solar photovoltaic arrays at three Army posts in the state — Forts Gordon, Stewart and Benning.last_img read more


Calcutta University adopts online entrance test for PG courses

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta University on Monday opted for the online entrance examination for all Post Graduation (PG) courses. “The way the admission process has been made online, Calcutta University will conduct the PG entrance examinations online likewise. The decision has been made for the sake of modernisation, transparency and saving time,” Vice Chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee said. She said that CU is the first university to introduce this modern way of conducting the entrance test. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Starting this year, the entrance for all the 66 department teaching PG courses in the 162-year-old University and other CU affiliated colleges will now be conducted online. The students will appear for the examinations in specific examination centres allotted by the university. Talking about the final examinations of PG examinations, the VC said for the next academic year, the university will also think about conducting the examinations away from the home centre. For instance, PG students studying in a particular college will have to write their exam in a different centre in order to maintain transparency. “Calcutta University is trying to strengthen the examination system by making it fair and following a path of discipline,” Chakravarti added.last_img read more