India One Step Closer to UNSC Seat

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Cricket Australia appoints ethics experts to review cricket culture after cheating scandal

first_imgThe Cricket Australia (CA) has called upon ethic experts to review the cricket culture in the country in the wake in the wake of a cheating scandal that resulted in test captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner being banned for 12 months after being sent home from a tour to South Africa in March.The experts will function as a part of a Ethics Centre, which conducted a review into the Australian Olympic Committee last year, will investigate cultural, organizational or governance issues within Cricket Australia and the sport more broadly and if there are links to those and player behavior at the highest level.Former test player Rick McCosker will run a separate player review into the culture of the Test team and lead a panel to consider a behavioral charter for Australian teams which seeks to balance the public expectations of top representative cricketers with the performance demands of elite sport.Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed current Test players Tim Paine and Pat Cummins, women’s cricket representative Rachael Haynes, union representative Shane Watson and the new men’s head coach would join McCosker on the player review panel.The findings of the Ethics Centre review are expected before Australia’s next summer of international cricket starts in November.Smith, Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft will be missing from the domestic summer after they were sanctioned for their roles in a ball-tampering plot during the third cricket Test against South Africa at Cape Town in March.TV cameras detected Bancroft’s clumsy attempt at scratching the surface of the ball with a small piece of sandpaper with the aim of giving his bowlers an advantage over the batters. A Cricket Australia investigation found that Warner was the instigator of the plot, and Smith said he didn’t do enough to prevent the cheating attempt.advertisementThe sanctions were well above those imposed by the International Cricket Council for ball tampering, but reflected the backlash in Australia. All three players accepted the penalties.Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said administrators shared the disappointment of the fans and was “determined to do all we can to prevent such events from ever happening again.”last_img read more

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Ireland slammed for display vs Georgia

first_imgRepublic of Ireland O’Neill criticises Ireland after slip up against Georgia Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:05 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) martinoneill-cropped Getty Images Republic of Ireland Georgia v Republic of Ireland Georgia WC Qualification Europe World Cup The coach believes a “phenomenal effort” is required to beat Serbia on Tuesday after his dropped points in World Cup qualifying against Georgia Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill acknowledged his side’s performance in their 1-1 draw against Georgia on Saturday was as poor as any in their World Cup qualifying campaign.Shane Duffy scored a fourth-minute header to give Ireland the lead at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, but that was as good as it got for the team’s travelling supporters, who watched as Georgia were allowed to dominate proceedings.Scotland 18/1 to beat Malta 4-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The hosts produced the best piece of football of the evening when Valeri Qazaishvili rounded off a slick passing move with the equaliser after 34 minutes, and O’Neill did not hide from his side’s shortcomings.”The first half was as poor as we played this campaign,” he told reporters. “We gave possession away too cheaply and allowed them dominate.”We came here to try and win the game. It was always going to be tough but we had the chances to win it.”Ireland face group leaders Serbia, who moved two points clear with a 3-0 win over Moldova, in Dublin on Tuesday, and O’Neill recognised the disappointment in Tbilisi had enhanced the importance of that game.”It will have to be a phenomenal effort to beat Serbia on Tuesday,” he said. “We have to play better, be at our best. We can do it.”Martin O’Neill: It will have to be a phenomenal effort to beat Serbia on Tuesday. We have to play better, be at our best. We can do it. pic.twitter.com/UuuMhjqrUR— FAIreland (@FAIreland) September 2, 2017O’Neill went on the defensive in an interview with RTE Sport, and attempted to take the pressure off his players ahead of Tuesday’s game by describing Serbia as “technically better” than Ireland.When asked about Ireland’s failure to retain possession against Georgia, O’Neill said: “We’ll try and improve, absolutely. We’ve got a couple of days to work with the players.”I don’t think there’s a quick fix to it. We have to try and do better with the ball. We’ve got one or two very, very decent players who probably didn’t play well tonight.”We’re going to try and win a game against Serbia, which is the most important thing. We’re going to put heart and soul into the match and try and beat a side who probably – technically – are better than us.”He added: “Three points are hard to get.”last_img read more

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De Bruyne prefers creating over scoring

first_imgManchester City Man City assist king De Bruyne prefers creating over scoring Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:20 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Premier League The Belgium international admits that he is looking to add more goals to his game, but claims to take greater satisfaction from teeing up others Kevin De Bruyne claims to take greater pleasure from providing assists than he does from netting for Manchester City himself.The Belgium international returned to English football for £55 million in the summer of 2015 having put a forgettable stint at Chelsea behind him to build a reputation as one of the finest creative influences in Europe.City have seen their sizeable investment richly rewarded, with nobody in the Premier League able to match De Bruyne’s figures when it comes to creating opportunities for others. 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 In total, he has delivered 25 goals and 45 assists in 104 appearances, with the 26-year-old proud to have teed up his team-mates on so many occasions.De Bruyne to score anytime v Arsenal 6/4He told Sky Sports: “I always like to assist more than scoring. It gives me another feeling.“When you score it’s a great feeling but to give a great pass means it’s something special for me. It’s very under-rated what we do.”De Bruyne added on his role: “Sometimes you just square the ball and somebody else shoots, but some assists are so nice and the passing is very important.“We creators have a thing with the attackers. If they don’t score you think: ‘Uh! I did such a great job and you’re messing it up’. If we give a bad pass they’re going to say: ‘What are you doing?’”Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City assists 041117While happy to be providing the ammunition for others, with a Premier League-leading six assists provided so far this season, De Bruyne admits that he is also hoping to top up his own goal tally.“I try to get more goals, but I’m not particularly looking at that,” he said.“In my first season at City I scored 16 and I had never done that before. Now it’s more difficult.“Last season I had a lot that I missed — all the posts and crossbars I hit were from long-range. Then it’s more like luck. It happens.“I try to chip in, but I also know the amount of goals we’re scoring, I don’t really care.”City have become one of the most fearsome sides in world football going forward, with Pep Guardiola at the helm of a team that boasts the goal-getting talents of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, among others.All of those, along with De Bruyne, will be hoping to hit top gear once again in their next outing, with Arsenal visiting the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.last_img read more

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Gray’s Analogy

first_imgBut this week instead of refereeing, Victoria’s Billy Gray is at the School Sport Australia Championships playing for his state’s 15’s Boys team, and he is loving every minute of it. Gray moved from Queensland to Victoria earlier this year, and it didn’t take him long to get involved in the Touch Football scene in his new state.  “I recently moved from Queensland about seven months ago to Victoria and I had a teacher up there who coaches the Australian Women’s Open team, Kerry Norman, so she got me into it. From here I got into refereeing and then it went on from there,” Gray said. This is the first year that Gray has played at this championships and he is enjoying representing Victoria for the first time. Having played in Queensland from the age of seven, Gray hopes that his experience playing in the past has helped his new side this week. “I thought I brought a bit of experience to the team as well, and I was pretty surprised that I got Vice Captain because some of the boys played last year as well.”The Victorian side didn’t win a game last year, but managed to win two of its round games at this year’s event, a great achievement for the side. Gray had his chance to play against Queensland earlier in the week, and while it was a tough game for the Victorians, it was a good chance for him to play against some of his old friends. “They beat us but it was good to have a play around with some of my mates and it sort of gave the guys in our team a wakeup call,” Gray said. When it comes to his favourite aspect of the game between refereeing and playing, Gray says that the latter is his favourite, but the chance to teach the people in his state how to play the game through refereeing is very rewarding. “I enjoy that I get to teach others, especially down in Victoria, I can teach others and help them get more experience.”“I referee every night of the competition – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and that’s for three games, sometimes four, depends on how school is going,” he said. Gray hopes to return to this event next year as well as one day playing at the National Youth Championships for his state as well as to continue refereeing. “I want to continue playing and stay involved. I’d be hoping to play 18’s as well and I’d love to play for the Australian team one day,” Gray said.last_img read more

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Concordia Maritime Pens SaleLeaseback for Stena Supreme

first_imgzoom Swedish tanker shipping company Concordia Maritime has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement for the 158,000 dwt Suezmax tanker Stena Supreme.Under the deal with a Japanese ship owning company, the vessel will be chartered back on a bareboat basis for a period of 12 years, with annual purchase options from year three onwards. The company said that the senior debt funding will be provided by one of Japan’s ‘mega banks’.Concordia Maritime said that the transaction, which is scheduled for late November, gives rise to an accounting profit of around USD 1.8 million and a positive liquidity effect of USD 22 million.“The leaseback arrangement means that we can continue employing Stena Supreme in the successful Stena Sonangol Suezmax pool for many years to come,” Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime, said.Less than a month ago, the company entered a sale and leaseback agreement for the IMOIIMAX tanker Stena Image with a Japanese financial institution.Ullman added that both of these transactions are a way of preparing the company “for a subdued market situation and good business opportunities that may arise. We are not sitting still, but are actively working on the fleet’s structure and disposition.”With the transactions, the company said that it is taking a further step into the Japanese financing market, and added that it is “continuously evaluating the possibility of similar arrangements.”last_img read more

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Ministers Meet with the Atlantic Federal Caucuses

first_imgCOUNCIL OF ATLANTIC MINISTERS OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING–Ministers Meet with the Atlantic Federal Caucuses The Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training meton Wednesday, Feb. 16, and today, Feb. 17, in Ottawa with thethree Atlantic federal caucuses to exchange ideas on ways to meetthe education and training needs of Atlantic Canadians. The ministers laid out a proposed framework that would see thetwo levels of government work together to improve university andcommunity college infrastructure and build a stronger researchcapacity within the Atlantic region. The ministers stated thatAtlantic post-secondary education institutions play a criticalrole in the region’s economy and a well-developed researchcapacity will lead to major research and development projects. The ministers also raised the issue of adult literacy, statingthey would like to see the development of a federal-Atlanticlong-term literacy strategy. The strategy would support quality,innovative and results-based training to address the lower levelsof adult literacy in the region. The ministers also addressed the issue of skills development.Skills development presents a key challenge to adults who possesstalent and a strong work ethic, but lack formal education andskills credentials. The ministers of education and trainingsuggested the need for a joint-investment initiative to improveaccess to lifelong learning, address the learning needs of theworkforce, expand prior learning assessment and recognition, andprovide training in essential workplace skills. The ministers are unanimous in their belief that resolution ofthese issues is imperative if Atlantic Canada is to attain fullprosperity and be more competitive nationally andinternationally. They were pleased with the reception theyreceived from their federal colleagues and considered thisinitial dialogue an excellent opportunity to develop a co-operative approach and align provincial and federal prioritieswhich could lead to joint investments in education and training. The Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training plansto meet in the near future with federal Cabinet ministers whohave responsibilities in the areas raised during this week’smeetings. The ministers in attendance at the meeting included Jamie Muir,Nova Scotia Minister of Education, Madeleine Dubé, New BrunswickMinister of Education, Margaret-Ann Blaney, New BrunswickMinister of Training and Employment Development, Tom Hedderson,Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Education, and MildredDover, P.E.I. Minister of Education.last_img read more

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Scheer renews call to waive privilege on SNCLavalin affair ahead of committee

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – A day before the federal ethics committee meets to discuss the SNC-Lavalin affair, the Conservatives are trying to increase the pressure on the prime minister to allow for a full airing of the controversy.Speaking in the foyer of the House of Commons, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is again making a call on Justin Trudeau to waive all privilege on the affair for former Attorney General JodyWilsonn-Raybould.“Justin Trudeau is out of excuses. His only option is full transparency. He must finally end the coverup,” Scheer said. “Both former ministers should be able to speak freely.”Scheer was asked about parliamentary privilege allowing @Puglaas & @janephilpott to speak in the House any time they want without fear of consequences. Scheer calls it an impossible situation and a matter of conscience. Says the two swore an oath when they joined cabinet #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 25, 2019The ethics committee will consider a Conservative motion to begin its own investigation into this affair and to call Wilson-Raybould and former minister Jane Philpott to testify. Both have said there is more to the story than what Wilson-Raybould said in her initial testimony.The Liberals used their majority last week to shut down the justice committee probe.RELATED: Wilson-Raybould to submit written evidence on SNC-Lavalin to Justice CommitteeBut speaking in B.C., Trudeau said the question at the heart of this is: was there any pressure over the SNC case, noting his government already gave her the chance to speak about that.“We move forward as a government and granted an unprecedented waiver, which allowed a full testimony on the matter at hand,” Trudeau said.Trudeau also said he spoke with @Puglaas last week, and it was a cordial conversation #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 25, 2019When asked if he agreed with having his MPs call on Wilson-Raybould and Philpott to speak in the House of Commons on the SNC affair, Trudeau said that was a decision for them to make.Wilson-Raybould says she plans to file a written submission to the justice committee with new evidence about the case.last_img read more

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Business Highlights

___Ethiopia crash black boxes arrive in France for analysisHEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Flight recorders from a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight have arrived in France for analysis. Meanwhile, relatives of the 157 people killed say they’re not getting the answers they need about the crash. More than 40 countries have grounded the Boeing 737 Max planes or refused to allow them into their airspace.___Huawei pleads not guilty in US court in Iran sanctions caseNEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for the Chinese electronics giant Huawei have entered a not-guilty plea in a U.S. case charging the company with violating Iran trade sanctions. The No. 2 smartphone maker was arraigned Thursday on an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors say Huawei used a Hong Kong front company to trade with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. The company has denied the charges.___2 top Facebook executives depart the companySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two top Facebook executives are leaving the company, including product chief Chris Cox, who was long one of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s top deputies. Chris Daniels, who leads encrypted messaging app WhatsApp, will also depart Facebook, Zuckerberg wrote in a post announcing the news Thursday.___Court rules gun maker can be sued over Newtown shootingHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that gun maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the Bushmaster rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Justices issued a 4-3 ruling that reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit. The plaintiffs include a survivor and relatives of nine people killed in the massacre. Remington has declined to comment on the ruling.___Brextension: UK lawmakers vote to seek delay of EU departureLONDON (AP) — Britain’s Parliament has voted to seek a delay of the country’s departure from the European Union, a move that will likely avert a chaotic withdrawal on the scheduled exit date of March 29. With Brexit due in 15 days and no divorce deal yet approved, the House of Commons voted 412-to-202 to ask the bloc to postpone Britain’s exit until at least June 30. Power to approve or reject the extension lies with the EU.___Mnuchin says he’ll protect Trump privacy if taxes requestedWASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is suggesting he will protect President Donald Trump’s privacy if he receives a request from House Democrats for Trump’s tax returns. At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Thursday, Mnuchin was asked whether he would meet Democrats’ expected request for Trump’s tax returns. Mnuchin said he will “protect the president as we would any taxpayer” regarding their right to privacy. He did not specifically say he’d turn those returns over.___US new-home sales fell 6.9 per cent in JanuaryWASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 6.9 per cent in January, a possible sign that buyers paused during the government shutdown. The Commerce Department says that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 607,000 in January, down from 652,000 in December. The partial government shutdown during January as well as a battered stock market appears to have hurt sales, even as lower mortgage rates eased affordability pressures and boosted buyer interest.___Facebook says outages due to ‘server configuration change’NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook went down for almost a full day across parts of North American and Europe, but it’s still not saying exactly what happened. All the social network said Thursday was that the outages, which affected users and advertisers worldwide, resulted from a “server configuration change.” It offered no further details. Facebook and its apps started experiencing problems midday Wednesday on the U.S. East Coast. Facebook was still having sporadic issues Thursday morning.___US candidate clears big hurdle in effort to head World BankWASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury official nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next president of the World Bank has cleared a major hurdle, with nominations for the position closing with no other candidates emerging. The World Bank says David Malpass was the only candidate put forward by the bank’s 189 member countries. Malpass is currently the undersecretary for international affairs at Treasury.___US stock indexes end mostly lower, end 3-day winning streakNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks indexes barely budged Thursday as the market’s three-day winning streak stalled. The benchmark S&P 500 index finished essentially flat as losses in communications, industrial and health care stocks outweighed gains in financial and technology companies. Several retailers and homebuilders also declined. The market was coming off a solid three-day rally as it reclaimed some of the momentum it had in January and February.___The S&P 500 index slipped 2.44 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,808.48. The Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up 7.05 points, or 0.03 per cent, to 25,709.94. The Nasdaq composite dropped 12.50 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,630.91. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 6.25 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,549.63.The Associated Press read more

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Saudi government ready to discuss Rizanas issue

The Saudi government has told the Sri Lankan delegation that met them, to send Sri Lanka’s Attorney General to Saudi Arabia for further talks regarding the legal issues connected with the release of the maid, Asian Tribune reported. Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, is presently the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque, Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia, as well as the most senior member of the House of Saud, next to the King of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian Government has indicated that the Attorney General of Sri Lanka should come to Saudi Arabia to discuss the legal issues connected with the release of condemned Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek, the Asian Tribune website reported.President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the Asia Corporate Dialogue Summit in Kuwait City this week. Prince Salman, the Crown Prince who is expected to succeed the King of Saudi Arabia was earlier the Governor of Riyadh and he handled the files connected with Rizana Nafeek . read more

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Wind storm forecast for Sunday

Authorities will be watching the Lake Erie shoreline carefully this weekend now that high winds are in the forecast for Sunday.There is a significant disagreement between Canadian and American officials as to how severe Sunday’s lake surge could be now that wind gusts in the range of 120 kilometres an hour are predicted.In a news release Friday, the Long Point Region Conservation Authority says the Ministry of Natural Resources isn’t anticipating much of a storm surge along the north shore because a significant amount of ice remains on the lake.Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States says the storm surge at Port Colborne could be nearly eight feet at the height of the wind event.“Lake levels are expected to rise Sunday morning and peak in the afternoon,” Ben Hodi, a water resource analyst with the LPRCA, said Friday in a news release.“If the surge level is reached, flooding can be expected in low-lying areas along the Lake Erie shoreline. Community flood co-ordinators are advised to monitor the conditions and stand by for further information.”The LPRCA advises adults and children to keep away from lakeshore areas that are prone to violent wave action. The flood watch remains in effect until noon Monday.Strong winds are in the forecast because a warm front over southern Ontario will be displaced Sunday by a cold front from the north.Environment Canada says the high temperature in Norfolk Saturday will be in the range of 6 degrees C. This will hold overnight as rain begins, with the high temperature Sunday morning in the range of 5 degrees C.When the cold front passes through Sunday afternoon, the mercury will drop to minus 7 degrees C by Sunday evening. With snow in the mix, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning that driving conditions Sunday could be treacherous.With regard to the wind event, the federal agency says “damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Power outages are also possible.“Any fresh snow that falls will be whipped up by the very strong winds creating white-out conditions and blowing snow at times. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero resulting in dangerous winter driving conditions.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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TransCanada to proceed with 655million northern Alberta natural gas pipeline

TransCanada to proceed with $655-million northern Alberta natural gas pipeline by Sandra Prusina Posted Dec 7, 2016 11:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (http://www.transcanada.com/asset-map.html) TransCanada Corp. says it’s moving ahead with a $655-million expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. system in northwestern Alberta.The company says the Saddle West Expansion Project will add 29 kilometres of pipeline capacity to existing routes, as well as five compressor units, that together will increase the capacity of the system by about 355 million cubic feet per day.TransCanada said it expects to apply to the National Energy Board for approval in the third quarter next year, with construction expected to start in 2018 and the project in service the year after.The project will add transportation capacity to the growing shale gas developments in the Montney, Duvernay and Deep Basin formations, with TransCanada saying the pipeline expansion is already supported by incremental firm service contracts.The federal government conditionally approved a separate $1.3-billion expansion of the Nova Gas Transmission system in October, which will add 230 kilometres of pipeline and two compressor stations. pipeline|Saddle West Expansion Project|TransCanada read more

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Aid workers race to contain Yemen cholera outbreak UN agencies report

A “race” is under way to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen where 20 out of 22 governorates are affected, United Nations agencies said today. The disease is endemic in Yemen and is characterized by severe watery diarrhoea and fever.Nearly 1,200 people have died in the latest outbreak and there are more than 172,000 suspected cases in the crisis-torn country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).Together with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO says it is attempting to stop cholera being “exported” from the worst-affected areas.In Raymah in western Yemen, mortality rates are almost twice the national average. “We see that the numbers are going up, it’s really trying to race against the spread and try to get treatment and water and sanitation measures to every corner, especially to those corners that are basically exporting the bacteria to other places” Tarik Jasarevic a spokesperson for WHO told reporters at the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva.The more than two-year conflict in the country has devastated the country’s health facilities; less than half are fully functional and many public health professionals have not been paid in months.And although cholera can be treated quickly if caught early, WHO said in a statement that getting help in a middle of a conflict “is not so easy.” The agency added that its health, water, sanitation and hygiene partners need $66.7 million to scale up the cholera response.To date, WHO has helped to set up 144 diarrhoea treatment centres and 206 oral rehydration points, along with more than 1,900 beds for cholera patients in 20 governorates. read more

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Speed not enough for Buckeye running back Dontre Wilson

Freshman running back Dontre Wilson (1) fights off a defender during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State freshman running back Dontre Wilson is fast. No one involved with the OSU football program has denied that, but when it comes to playing time, the coaching staff hasn’t been as quick to give Wilson the ball lately.Wilson recorded eight offensive touches in each of the back-to-back games against San Diego State and California. But in the three games since, he only had six offensive touches total and did not see the field on offense at all against then-No. 16 Northwestern.Although still seeing the field as the primary kick returner for the Buckeyes, Wilson’s offensive presence has diminished just as it seemed he was starting to make a significant impact.The return of senior Carlos Hyde from a three-game suspension, stemming from an incident at a Columbus bar in July, has influenced the usage of other running backs, with a lion’s share of the carries going to Hyde, but Wilson’s role as an H-back in coach Urban Meyer’s offense has mysteriously decreased as well.Meyer said in the Big Ten teleconference last week, though, that pairing Hyde and Wilson could be dangerous for the Buckeyes.“I do like a big back, and boy, (Hyde) ran really hard and physical. I think if you have a Dontre Wilson and a Carlos Hyde as a tag team back there, I think that’s exactly kind of what you’re looking for,” Meyer said.Following Wilson’s biggest game of the season against Cal, where he notched career-highs of 59 and 48 yards rushing and receiving, respectively, Meyer said Wilson was a “breakaway talent.”“Last year our breakaway talent was only (Braxton Miller). And now there’s some other guys that have a bit of a breakaway,” Meyer said. “(Dontre Wilson’s) a guy I have off the top of my head … To have a horizontal threat in this offense, other than your quarterback, that’s a must.”Wilson scored his only touchdown of the season against San Diego State but said after that, despite his success against the Aztecs, adapting to the college game has proven difficult.“It’s a very big difference. Everybody’s fast, even the D-lineman are fast, (everybody is) flowing to the ball. Speed option, anything like that, everybody is getting to the ball,” Wilson said.He added that the touchdown was a “feeling I’ll never get again.”“I love scoring and just for it to be my first college football touchdown, it was a blessing,” Wilson said.Although many involved in the football program feel the potential to be great is there, some OSU players and coaches have said they think Wilson needs to grow into a more complete player before he can contribute to the offense.On Sept. 30, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said Wilson is headed for a great career but needs to grow up as a player first.“Dontre is going to be a ridiculous player here at Ohio State. Obviously he has a lot of stuff to clean up and that’s why he doesn’t play as much as he should,” Brown said. “But I feel like as he matures, he can potentially be one of the best players to ever play here.”Meyer has said on multiple occasions he thinks Wilson is talented, but there are aspects of his game that are lacking.“There are some weapons that are going to develop. Dontre Wilson, that’s a guy that … once we get him stronger, he’s going to be a good player for us,” Meyer said after the game against Cal.Meyer even went as far as to call Wilson a “novelty” for the offense Wednesday.“He’s got to become a football player. Right now, he’s a novelty,” Meyer said. “That’s why he didn’t play much Saturday. So we’re working really hard over the bye week to make him a football player, not just a hood ornament.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Wednesday when Wilson is on the field, it is too obvious to opposing defenses he is going to be a part of the play.“The biggest thing is he’s got to be able to go in the game and play different positions and it not be a red flag that this guy is either getting the ball or getting faked the ball,” Herman said. “He’s got to just be a regular guy, whether it be as a slot receiver or in the backfield. He’s got to be trustworthy enough to put on the field and say he’s just a guy running a route.”Wilson looks to make an impression on the coaching staff and earn back some playing time as the Buckeyes prepare for their next matchup at Ohio Stadium, scheduled for Saturday against Iowa at 3:30 p.m. read more

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A rubber band metal links and gravity a new way to apply

first_imgAPPLYING EYEDROPS CAN be very fiddly, so three Limerick students have invented a new style of eyedropper to make things easier.The ‘directed eyedropper’ was created by Shannon Naughton, Sarah O’Grady and Aoife Larkin of Desmond College in Limerick, a school that has consistently sent students to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition over the past 50 years.The trio aimed to create a device that would allow people to align their drop bottle – using one hand – and dispense their medication directly into their eye.The prototype was created using metal links, a rubber band, and circles of piping.Here’s Naughton explaining more:(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Read: Meet Ireland’s bright sparks at the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition>Read: Are redheads more flexible than other people?last_img read more

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Google Wallet PIN cracked in seconds video

first_imgIn some countries, systems that allow consumers to pay for goods with their mobile phones have been in place for years. In the U.S., however, mobile payments are only just starting to take off. Right now you’ve got two choices: PayPal and Google Wallet. And if you’re using a Sprint Galaxy Nexus, and have already set up Google Wallet on your phone, you might want to watch the video clip below. As it turns out, your PIN isn’t all that safe at the moment.Using a brute force cracking app (unsurprisingly dubbed Wallet Cracker), it takes just five seconds from the time the icon is tapped to when demonstrator Joshua Rubin’s PIN is revealed. After discovering that Google Wallet was storing the 4-digit PINs as SHA256 hashes on the Galaxy Nexus, security researchers surmised that a straightforward brute force attack would be fairly simple to pull off. Since a PIN is just four numbers, there are only 10,000 possible SHA256 hashes to calculate. With a 1.2GHz dual-core processor under the hood, the team figured the Galaxy Nexus could perform such a task without breaking a sweat. As you can see in the video, they were absolutely right.Google is currently working on delivering a fix for the issue, but the repair requires moving PIN verification into Google Wallet’s secure environment — where it may then become the participating banks’ responsibility (rather than Google’s as it stands now).In the meantime, the crew from zvelo offers some ways to protect yourself. For starters, don’t root your phone. You should also ensure that you’re using a PIN, pattern lock, or ICS’ facial unlock feature to prevent unauthorized access. Additional steps you may want to take include disabling USB debugging and enabling full disk encryption — and keeping your device and apps up to date.More at zvelolast_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img No Comments Feb 19th 2019, 8:02 AM Get the 9 at 9 News audio Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share2 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4500825 center_img Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 8:48 AM The 9 at 9: Tuesday The uneven distribution of wealth, the Simon Harris confidence motion, and the politics of Eurovision 2019. 9,547 Views Source: Shutterstock/Olga MiltsovaEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #WEALTH: The top ten percent of Ireland’s population receives almost 25% of the national income, according to a report published today.2. #ABORTION SERVICES: Thirty five pro-choice groups have written to Minister for Health Simon Harris criticising limited rural abortion services; the Irish Times reports that 274 GPs have signed up to provide abortions.3. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee and Independent TD Michael Harty will vote no-confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris, reports the Irish Times and RTÉ.4. #BAYSIDE SKYRIDE: A rescue operation is underway after more than a dozen people became trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego, California.5. #BREXIT: Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said that Ireland is “spending hundreds of millions of euro preparing for a no-deal Brexit”, as British Attorney General Geoffrey Cox prepares to brief the House of Commons and the EU on “alternative arrangements”.6. #STORMONT, ASSEMBLE: Civil servants in Northern Ireland are being offered bonus payments of £1,500 to take on duties if there’s a no-deal Brexit, reports the Irish News.7. #ISRAEL WINNER: From “this will be tricky” to advising staff to “resist” replying, Eurovision 2019 is a politically tense topic for RTÉ, FOI documents show.8. #FAKE NEWS AT ONE: Bryan Dobson is the latest Irish broadcaster to feature in fake advertisements being promoted on Facebook, the Times Ireland edition reports. 9. #MIND THE GAP: More of Dublin’s rail stations are set to become staffless this year despite local opposition to automation and concerns around security.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Players Honor Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Video Games

first_img 2016 saw the death of many popular celebrities, but for us nerds and geeks, none hurt nearly as much as the passing of Carrie Fisher. Losing the woman who brought the iconic Princess Leiah to life was rough, and folks are expressing their grief in different ways across the internet and traditional media.Players in two of the most popular online Star Wars games are honoring and celebrating the life of Carrie Fisher in their own unique ways.In Star Wars: The Old Republic, players, are gathering in an area called The House of Organa which is located on Alderaan. As you know, Princess Leiah was adopted by the Organa family and lived on planet Alderaan. Some players are requesting that Bioware adds some sort of tribute, while others have taken to making videos commemorating Fisher.Star Wars Battlefront players are asking DICE to release a new version of the Princess Leiah playable character. Leiah appears in the game’s Hoth level wearing the cold weather outfit from The Empire Strikes Back. DICE had previously indicated that it was working on an alternate Leiah skin that would be based on her white dress from A New Hope. For whatever reason, development of this skin and a few others hasn’t moved forward.Electronic Arts have several Star Wars games currently in development. Given how much of an impact Carrie Fisher and Princess Leiah have had on all Star Wars fans, it wouldn’t be surprising to see some form of tribute in these upcoming games. The Fool Who Follows Him: 9 Solo Spin-Offs Disney Should Make NextEpisode IX Gets a New Screenwriter and John Boyega Discusses Leia’s Sendoff Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Senate votes to take up tax bill bringing rigs closer to ANWR

first_imgSens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan take questions from reporters in the tunnel under the Capitol. Photo: Liz RuskinEvery Republican in the U.S. Senate, including both Alaskans, voted Wednesday to officially begin debate on a tax-cut bill that would also open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.Listen now“On this vote, the yeas are 52, the nays are 48 the motion is agreed to,” the Senate’s presiding officer announced.The procedural vote allows the Senate to vote on the tax bill itself later this week.Opening the Arctic Refuge to oil development has been the dream of Alaska’s congressional delegation since the 1970s. That portion of the bill, though, has hit a technical snag: The Senate parliamentarian has reportedly ruled that part of ANWR language exceeds the limits on what can be included in a budget bill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the problem is easy to fix.“We are looking forward to the opportunity to wrap things up in a curative amendment,” Murkowski said. “I’m not worried at all.”Murkowski issued a statement to announce her support for the tax bill. Among the features she likes: Murkowski says it will lower taxes for many Alaska families by doubling the child tax credit and the standard deduction. She also likes that the bill would end the mandate that everyone have health insurance. She says people shouldn’t have to buy policies they don’t want or can’t afford.Critics say ending the mandate will drive up premiums because healthy people will leave the market.Sen. Dan Sullivan supports the tax bill, too. He says the tax cuts will spur economic growth.“The way to address the deficit is to grow the economy,” Sullivan said after the vote. “You can grow the economy and you bring in more revenues, without having to raise taxes.”Democrats say the tax cut is a give-away to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.“It’s fairy dust economics to suggest that all this wonderful growth is going to occur and it will trickle down and help everyone else,” Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez said in an interview with Alaska Public Media.Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., did not sound optimistic after today’s vote that she and fellow Democrats will be able to block drilling in the Arctic Refuge.“Well, it’s in this bill and it looks right now that people are continuing to move it forward,” Cantwell said, adding there’s still a long process ahead.Cantwell says Democrats will try to raise awareness about the refuge and its value as a place for nature, not drilling rigs.last_img read more

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JSW Cement other investors to buy out stake in Shiva Cement

first_imgJSW Cement Ltd is set to buy the entire promoter holding in Odisha-based Shiva Cement Ltd and later launch an open offer to acquire another 32% from the company’s public equity shareholders. JSW Cement is a part of JSW Group.JSW Steel plans to raise Rs. 5,032 crore from foreign investorsIn a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, Shiva Cement — in which ACC Ltd currently holds 13% — said it agreed to sell its 35.6% promoter holding to JSW Cement at Rs 14 a share.In a separate BSE filing, JM Financial Institutional Securities, which would manage the open offer, disclosed that JSW Cement together with Sun Investments and Reynold Traders made an open offer to the public equity shareholders of Shiva Cement to acquire up to 62.4 million fully paid-up equity shares, which constitutes approximately 32% of the total fully diluted voting equity share capital at a price of Rs 14 per share aggregating to Rs 87.36 crore in cash.According to the information provided on Shiva Cement’s website, the company has an integrated plant located near Rourkela in Odisha’s Sundergarh district with an annual production of close to 200,000 tonne per annum, which is being expanded to 1 million tonne per annum. The cement maker plans to increase its annual production capacity to 2.6 million tonne. It also has captive limestone reserves in the vicinity and produces both Portland Slag Cement and Portland Pozzolana Cement, marketed under the Sumangal brand.On Friday, shares of Shiva Cement closed at Rs 13.72, up 0.66% from their previous close on the BSE.last_img read more

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