first_imgIndia off-spinner R Ashwin has replaced Sri Lankan captain Rangana Herath as the number two bowler in the ICC’s Test rankings. India left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja retained his place a the top of the table after a resounding 304-run win over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle on Saturday.Ashwin, who played his 50th Test in Galle, picked four wickets in the match while Jadeja snared six  – three in each innings. Herath had a mediocre game, returning figures of 1/159 and 0/34.India opener Shikhar Dhawan’s scores of 190 and 14 have lifted the left-hander 21 slots to 39th position. Pacer Mohammad Shami has gained one slot to reach 23rd rank.Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews has gained two places to reach 17th position after scores of 83 and two at Galle, while batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (up three places to 36th) and pace bowler Nuwan Pradeep (up three places to a career-best 30th) are the others to move up the rankings.India are currently number one in the ICC’s Test rankings and are favourites to win the ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka.Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has moved up to take career-best positions in both batting and bowling, in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after a fine show in the third Test against South Africa at The Oval, which his side won by 239 runs on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Stokes moved up 12 places to joint-25th position in the rankings for batsmen with scores of 112 and 31, while also gaining two places to reach 19th position in the list for bowlers after grabbing one for 26 and two for 51. His effort also sees him overtake South Africa’s Vernon Philander to take fifth position in the list of all-rounders.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, FL – A big, fat chunk of Florida’s Greek community is gearing up to support the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo on December 22 when he faces the Miami Heat.The 23-year-old, 6-foot-11, 242-pounder has been nicknamed the “Greek Freak” due to his dominance on the hardwood. Off the court, he is a gentle giant known for his charity and humble nature.“There is no drama or flash with Giannis,” said Aleco Haralambides, a Miami attorney and Greek community leader.“He exhibits classic Greek ideals of humility, hard work, and excellence while at the same time coming across as wholesome kid from the neighborhood.”Haralambides adds: “Gia sou, Giannis!” which is the Greek phrase for “greetings.”Born in Athens, Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced YAHN-iss ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh) is of Nigerian descent. If his name is too hard too pronounce, just call him “John.”Ticket information is available by phone: 786-777-1000.From the Miami Herald, reprinted with the author’s permission.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPakistan’s chances of qualifying to the World Cup 2019 are all but over after New Zealand’s 119-run drubbing against England in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.For Pakistan to qualify to the semi-finals, they will have to beat Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 or thrash them by 316 runs after scoring 400. They could also make it to the last four if they manage to scrape past Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450.However, a flip of coin could end it early for Pakistan as if they decide to bowl first, they will be out of the semi-final race even before the first ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday.Bangladesh are already out of the semi-final contention after losing to India on Tuesday and will pray for pride against Pakistan.BatsmenThough none of the openers from the two sides has been exceptional against the new ball, still you could go with the duo of Imam-ul-Haq and Tamim Iqbal. Imam is averaging at 29.28 while Tamim is averaging around 32.There would be no better pick than Babar Azaam to bat at No.3 as he is the highest run scorer for Pakistan, while batting at that position. Babar has amassed 378 runs so far in the tournament and is averaging at 63. His unbeaten 101 against New Zealand has been the highlight of his innings thus far.Haris Sohail came late into the tournament as a replacement for veteran Shoaib Malik and went on to make a statement with his batting. He has played only 4 innings for Pakistan but is the third highest run getter for his side.advertisementAll-roundersThere should be no difficulty for you to pick an all-rounder as Shakib Al Hasan with his incredible consistency becomes an obvious choice. He as 542 runs in the tournament, which include, 2 hundreds and 4 fifties.The other all-rounder options comes in the form of Imad Wasim. Imad emereged as an unlikely hero for Pakistan with his unbeaten 49 against Afghanistan. He is also the second highest run scorer for his side and has a strike rate of 107.20.Wicket-keeperIf we look at the number of dismissals, it would suggest you to pick Sarfaraz Ahmed over Mushfiqur Rahim. Sarfaraz has 12 dismissals compared with Mushfiqur’s nine but the former has not been impressive with the bat. Thus, to be on safer side, you could pick Mushfiqur who has 351 runs in the tournament, which also includes an unbeaten 102.BowlersWithout a second opinion Mohammed Amir should be your first pick among bowlers. The left-arm fast pacer, who was not included in Pakistan’s preliminary World Cup squad, has proven why he was worth his selection. Amir has picked 16 wickets thus far and is the fourth highest wicket-taker among all. The pacer has also picked a five-for and has an impressive ecomony of 4.95.Shaheen Shah Afridi won hearts with his 4 for 47 against Afghanistan. The left-arm pacer has picked 10 wickets thus far in 4 innings.Mustafizur Rahman should be your third pacer as the Bangladesh quick has picked 15 in 7 innings to become the highest wicket-taker in his side. For a spin bowler, you could go for Shadab Khan who has 7 wickets to his name.Pakistan vs Bangladesh Dream11 suggested Playing XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Tamim Iqbal, Babar Azam (vc), Haris Sohail, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Imad Wasim, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Mustafizur Rahman, Shadab KhanPakistan vs Bangladesh squads:SQUADS -Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk/C), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad HasnainBangladesh : Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.Also Seelast_img read more

first_imgVirgil van Dijk slammed Joris Gnagnon after the Sevilla man’s horror challenge on Yasser Larouci marred Liverpool’s pre-season friendly in Boston.Gnagnon was sent off in the second half of his side’s 2-1 win at Fenway Park after a crude, pre-meditated kick at 18-year-old Larouci.The Liverpool youngster was carried from the field, and later left the stadium on crutches with his right leg in a brace. Reds staff are optimistic the damage is not as bad as it might have been, with Jurgen Klopp suggesting Larouci had been lucky to avoid serious injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Gnagnon took to Twitter to issue an apology, while Sevilla also sent a message wishing Larouci a full and speedy recovery.Van Dijk had confronted Gnagnon at the final whistle, and speaking to Goal afterwards, the Dutchman was unimpressed by what he had seen.“I saw it from the side, it’s not nice,” he said. “Especially when it happens against such a young guy who is playing pretty well this season. I think it says something about him.“You have to just deal with it, but obviously you don’t want to have injuries in a game like this. You want to get fit, you want to get back to your best. Obviously everyone wants to win the game, but the most important thing is to get fit. Hopefully for Yasser it is not that bad.”The game had been a bad-tempered one throughout, with Klopp angered by a number of questionable challenges in the first half. The Reds boss made his feelings clear to Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui at half-time, after Harry Wilson had been left with a facial injury following a clash with Ever Banega.A late Alejandro Pozo goal settled the game, with Divock Origi having earlier cancelled out Nolito’s opener, as Liverpool suffered their second defeat in the space of 48 hours.“Obviously it’s very hard,” said Van Dijk, who played 45 minutes as he steps up his own pre-season campaign. “But each day it gets better, and that’s the positive thing. “Obviously the conditions are hard, the opponents are tough. But it’s all good, it will all make us stronger, so let’s just enjoy these last few days in America and then we go to Scotland [to play Napoli].”Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday, when they take on Sporting Lisbon in New York’s Yankee Stadium. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgWilton Speight of the Michigan Wolverines warms up prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 24: Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Wilton Speight was named UCLA’s Week 1 quarterback in a surprising move to some by head coach Chip Kelly. Speight, the former Michigan quarterback, isn’t the prototypical QB for a Chip Kelly offense. Still, he won the job in the preseason.The Speight era at UCLA didn’t get off to the best start, though. Speight suffered an injury early in the Bruins’ season-opening loss to Cincinnati.Speight does not appear to have recovered well enough to play against Oklahoma today.The UCLA quarterback was not dressed during warmups.“Based on what I’m seeing during pregame, UCLA QB Wilton Speight probably isn’t playing today. He’s not dressed, meanwhile the rest of the Bruins’ QBs are on the field warming up. Based on last week, I’d suspect Dorian Thompson-Robinson is getting the start,” Lee Benson tweeted.Based on what I’m seeing during pregame, UCLA QB Wilton Speight probably isn’t playing today. He’s not dressed, meanwhile the rest of the Bruins’ QBs are on the field warming up. Based on last week, I’d suspect Dorian Thompson-Robinson is getting the start.— Lee Benson (@LeeBensonNews9) September 8, 2018UCLA has since named freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson the starter behind center for this afternoon’s game against Oklahoma.“Freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson will start today for UCLA vs. Oklahoma. Michigan grad transfer Wilton Speight started last week but suffered a back injury in the Bruins’ loss to Cincinnati,” he tweeted.Freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson will start today for UCLA vs. Oklahoma. Michigan grad transfer Wilton Speight started last week but suffered a back injury in the Bruins’ loss to Cincinnati— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 8, 2018Speight, a 6-foot-6 senior quarterback, threw for 45 yards and 1 interception in the season-opening loss to Cincinnati before getting injured.UCLA and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 1 p.m. E.T. on FOX.last_img read more

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first_img 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style Fortune favors the brave, as Brett Carron, owner of Charleston, South Carolina’s red hot menswear store Indigo & Cotton, would have it. Since opening the 600-sq.-foot store in April 2010, two blocks off Charleston’s famed King Street, Indigo & Cotton has become undeniably one of the country’s top menswear stores, carrying the best names in menswear, including Apolis, Doug Johnston, Engineered Garments, Gitman Bros. Vintage, Jungmaven, M. Nii, S.N.S Herning, The Hill-Side and Velva Sheen. It’s so good, in fact, that the two most popular destinations it ships to are the fashion meccas of New York City and California.And to think Carron wasn’t even a retail expert when he opened the store. According to Carron, a former Midwesterner-turned-New Yorker who worked in framing, it was a job offer his wife accepted that drew the two of them to Charleston. When Carron started missing the kind of shops he frequented in Manhattan and realized there weren’t that many options for menswear, he jumped at the opportunity, taking over and giving what used to be a former office a complete makeover with a few historical gems thrown in for added flavor, including an antique filing cabinet behind the cash register, now used to organize Warby Parker eyepieces from A-Z, and a former yet still operational safe on which hand-finished belts are currently displayed.Today Indigo & Cotton’s product offerings extend to swim, home and even magazines, but the main focus rests on apparel and updating the local vernacular of traditional blue blazers, Brooks Brothers’ button-downs, khakis and boat shoes. In place of traditional button-downs, guys might now consider one of the store’s more pattern-based, Japanese fabric shirts. On the denim side, there’s Raleigh, arguably now the hottest American-made label. And for the more adventurous, there’s Engineered Garments with its tie-dyed popover shirts.“Some people look at it sideways. Some people embrace it,” says Carron, who refreshes his assortment typically with just two to three brands each season. This fall, for instance, Indigo & Cotton will carry for the first time Private White V.C., Imogene & Willie and J.W. Brine. It’s a discerning buy, no doubt, but as Carron explains, “That’s sort of our mantra: understated, timeless, well-made pieces that get to work with everything else in your closet.”That said, Indigo & Cotton seemed destined to flourish right from the start. Long before the e-shop, there was the blog Carron himself updated. That blog led to one-off orders from Canada to the UK and Japan and eventually the launch of the existing e-shop. A hands-on type of guy, Carron continues to shoot and write himself for the website and is now even mulling over the idea of womenswear after numerous requests. “I don’t think it’s too crazy of an idea,” he explains, “but I feel like things are good now.”79 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC. (843) 718-2980. www.indigoandcotton.comlast_img read more

first_img1. Filson Seattle Flagship 2. Filson Seattle Flagship 3. Filson Seattle Flagship 4. Filson Seattle Flagship 5. Filson Seattle Flagship 7. Filson Seattle Flagship 8. Filson Seattle Flagship 9. Filson Seattle Flagship 10. Filson Seattle Flagship The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations center_img Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service The first ever and new Filson Seattle Flagship is a beautiful homage its first customers, over 100 years ago—American adventurers who passed through Seattle for the Gold Rush looking for awesome weather resistant gear.  Totem poles, reclaimed wood beams, a gargantuan moose head and a vintage satellite are great inspiration setting up your own cabin, but there are 5 more reasons you should skip the online store and stop in here if ever in Seattle.Seeing Made in America HappenFrom the floor of the store, there are large windows that look into Filson’s original and still functioning workhouse.Globally Scaled InventoryIt’s home to the largest selection of Filson products anywhere on Earth. From their slim-cut “Seattle” line to handcrafted leather camera bags.Exclusive StuffThe store carries anything from limited edition wallets to reimagined vintage that are exclusive to the store.Lifetime GuaranteeYup, every piece of Filson anything comes with a lifetime guarantee. They’ll even take your old beat up Filson bag and make anew one out of it.Fishing TipsWord has it the staff like to fish and know some good spots. Russell Wilson’s Good Man Brand is Now Available on Amazon last_img read more

first_imgA wilderness navigation course will be held May 7-9 at MacGowanLake, Queens Co. The course is offered by the Nova Scotia OutdoorLeadership Development Program (NSOLD). The course introduces leaders to skills that help them organizeand lead safe outdoor activities. It combines theory and practicein the use of maps, compass, GPS and other navigationaltechniques. Participants take part in practical exercises thatenable them to accurately and confidently travel throughwilderness areas. The NSOLD program is designed for volunteers and professionals,17 years of age and over, who want to become outdoor leaders orwho wish to upgrade their current outdoor skills. Groups fromuniversities, private industry, government departments andvolunteer organizations use NSOLD program training. Individualswho want to participate in program courses for their own personaldevelopment are also welcome. The NSOLD program is operated bythe Office of Health Promotion’S Sport and Recreation division. The program provides participants with the knowledge and trainingto become better informed, increasingly skilled and moreexperienced outdoor leaders. This results in safer, moreenjoyable, and environmentally sensitive experiences in NovaScotia’s back country. NSOLD was developed on three founding principles: experientialeducation, safety, and environmental sensitivity. For moreinformation and a complete course schedule, visit the website .last_img read more

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge on Trunk 1 in Salmon River is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads.last_img read more

15 December 2009Arriving in Copenhagen, Denmark, today to inject fresh energy into climate change talks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted nations to ‘seal the deal’ on an ambitious new agreement, warning that the well-being of all of the world’s people is at stake. The two-week summit under way in the Danish capital is “as momentous as the negotiations that created our great United Nations… from the ashes of war more than 60 years ago,” Mr. Ban said at the opening of the conference’s high-level segment.“Once again, we are on the cusp of history.”With the two-week summit set to wrap up on Friday, Mr. Ban underscored that nations cannot be allowed to fail in the home stretch, urging countries to put aside their “maximalist” negotiating positions and “unreasonable” demands.“We do not have another year to negotiate,” he said. “Nature does not negotiate.”Over 130 heads of State and government have confirmed their participation at conference, “clear proof that climate change has risen to the top of the global agenda,” the Secretary-General noted.But he acknowledged that all leaders coming to Copenhagen face domestic pressures.“No one will get everything they want in this negotiation. But if we work together and get a deal, everyone will get what they need.”Talks were briefly suspended yesterday by African nations over the future of the Kyoto Protocol, currently the only legally binding pact on climate change.Many industrialized countries are hoping to merge the Protocol and the outcome of the two-week Copenhagen meeting, in its second week, into a single agreement.However, their developing counterparts, among the least responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, want to extend the Protocol past 2012, when its first commitment period ends, and hammer out a separate agreement this week in the Danish capital.“I also know that the legitimate concerns of the most vulnerable remain,” Mr. Ban said today. “Ambition levels are not sufficient.”An agreement that all nations can embrace must be forged in Copenhagen that brings all countries together with the common goal of reining global temperature rise to within two degrees centigrade and promotes ‘green’ growth, he said.Any deal, the Secretary-General emphasized, must incorporate five key elements: more ambitious mid-term emissions reductions targets from industrialized countries; stepped-up efforts by developing nations to curb emissions growth; an adaptation framework; financing and technology support; and transparent and equitable governance.He also underlined the need for countries to hammer out how to provide medium- and long-term financing to bolster climate resilience, limit deforestation and further low-emissions growth.“We need to set a firm date for completing a new legally binding agreement as soon as possible in 2010,” Mr. Ban said to journalists after meeting with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark in the evening. “As soon as we agree on a politically binding agreement in Copenhagen, this agreement should be translated into legally binding treat as soon as possible. We need to set a date, a deadline. This deadline cannot be left hanging.”Addressing reporters earlier today, Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that the process is “not about ramming the interests of a few down the throats of many. This process is about many trying to address all interests.”Complicating the negotiations in Copenhagen are the various interests, he said, including small island nations’ fears that they will be inundated by sea level rise, oil producers fearing the future of the economy and major developing nations which are concerned about economic growth and poverty eradication.Nobel Peace Prize laureate and green advocate Wangari Maathai was inducted as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on the environment and climate change in Copenhagen today.“Wangari Maathai is a living example of how much difference one person, with passion and dedication, can make in the world,” the Secretary-General said at the induction ceremony.Professor Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, founded the grassroots group known as the Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 40 million trees on community lands across Africa and worked to improve environmental conservation and reduce poverty.“She was also the first environmental activist to win [the Nobel Peace Prize] – sending an important message that environmental protection is every bit a matter of peace and security as the more traditional diplomatic efforts that usually claim the award,” Mr. Ban said.UN agencies and their partner organizations also took part in raising awareness of the humanitarian toll of climate change, holding a ‘Humanitarian Day’ in Copenhagen.The various events held to mark the Day sought to give a joint voice to humanitarian actors “to put across the message the climate change is not some abstract problem for the future,” John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters.“It’s a problem which is happening right here and now and happening to ordinary people, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable populations around the world.”Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, pointed to the humanitarian impacts of climate change, including the increasing number and intensity of disasters, as well as migration triggered by factors such as a rise in sea levels.“We can do something about this. We are not helpless in the face of this,” he stressed, underscoring the importance of disaster risk reduction, early warning systems and others. read more

The environmental risks of biotechnology should, however, be openly addressed and the new technology should not be allowed to widen the gap between rich and poor nations, Dr. Diouf said in an address to the two-day forum in Stockholm. Titled “Genetically Modified Crops, Why? Why not?,” the conference was organized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.”All our efforts must be directed to ensure that the potential benefits of biotechnology, with the necessary safeguard measures for health and the environment, are brought to within the reach of everybody, including the poor and the most disadvantaged,” he said. “Nor can we ignore food safety as an integral and most critical part of this research and development process.”The FAO chief said that each GMO application must be fully analyzed on a case-by-case basis. “Through complete and transparent assessment of GMO applications, and recognition of their short- and long-term implications, the debate can be less contentious and more constructive,” he said. “The scientist has a fundamental ethical responsibility in this regard.”Dr. Diouf called for new investments in research systems, for training and technical assistance across the developing world. “Developing countries need assistance, not only in laboratory facilities and know-how to undertake the field testing of GM crops and the other products of biotechnology research; they also need assistance in research policy and management issues pertaining to biotechnology and genetic engineering research,” he said. read more

In their concluding observations on Colombia, Germany, Lithuania, Suriname and Uganda, the committee of 18 independently elected experts, at its 80th session, noted a high incidence of violence against women and children, despite efforts to pass anti-violence laws. Each country sent a delegation to explain to the Committee why violations of the Covenant had taken place and to point out any improvements.The Covenant was adopted by the General Assembly and opened for signature in 1966. Together with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, it entered into force in 1976 and it now has 152 states parties.The Civil and Political Rights Covenant states that everyone has the right to self-determination and to life, liberty and security of person. It prohibits torture, cruel or degrading treatment or punishment and the arbitrary deprivation of life. At a news conference held by four officers of the committee, Sir Nigel Rodely of the United Kingdom said that in addition to forced disappearances, abduction and extrajudicial killings in Colombia, human rights workers felt gravely threatened.”One of the concerns that the Committee has is that some pretty intemperate language has been used by political and military officials at the highest level, calling into question some human rights defenders in a way that makes all human rights defenders feel they are open to a possible lack of support,” he said.The experts had also been concerned by the Colombian Government’s draft proposals to Congress that would limit challenges to judicial decisions on constitutional grounds, prevent constitutional challenges to certain acts the presidency could take during declared states of emergency, and giving the military in such emergencies the status of judicial police.In northern Uganda, where the Lord’s Resistance Army was conducting what Sir Nigel called “terrorist activities,” the government was failing to protect sufficiently the people under its protection and hundreds of people had been killed.Suriname had recently submitted its 1985 report, but under committee rules, members could examine a country’s record even without a report, Rafael Rivas Posada said, and the Surinamese delegation had been very frank about the problems of lack of resources that the country faced.Massacres that took place in 1982 and 1986, before the present Surinamese government had taken office, had not been investigated and the perpetrators had not been punished, leading to problems of impunity, he said. In addition, criminal laws applied to defendants as young as 10 years old. Suriname had been asked to bring its laws into line with international standards, he said.Both Germany and Lithuania, though they had some positive aspects in their reports, had problems with trafficking in women, Roman Wieruszewski said.Besides that, Germany had “not taken a position regarding the applicability of the Covenant to persons subject to jurisdiction in situations where troops or police forces operate abroad, particularly in the context of peace missions,” he said.Under Lithuania’s counter-terrorism laws, suspects risked being extradited to countries where they could be tortured, violating Article 7 of the Covenant, he said.The Lithuanian state did not furnish enough protection to witnesses to and victims of domestic violence, or to people seeking asylum, he added. read more

Private school pupils who take IGCSEs have a better chance of getting top marks, the exam watchdog has admitted. Roger Taylor, the chair of Ofqual, said it is a “problem” that a far higher proportion of children get As and A*s in IGCSEs – the majority of which are taken by those at fee-paying schools – compared to their state educated peers who have sat the reformed GCSEs.He told the education select committee that this is a “disturbing” issue within the exam system, and agreed that it reinforces the privileges of children whose families can afford to pay for private school fees.  Originally, private schools opted for IGCSEs as they saw GCSEs as too easy and not sufficient preparation for A level.However, in a bid to make GCSEs more rigorous, the ministers overhauled the qualifications by removing most coursework and introducing a numerical grading system.Earlier this year, research published by Education Datalab showed that two thirds of pupils achieved grade A* and A in IGCSEs in maths and English language, while just 18 to 20 per cent achieved the equivalent grades in reformed GCSEs.Lucy Powell, the Labour MP for Manchester Central, said it is a “scandal” and an “outrage” that children at private schools who win top grades in their IGCSEs are looked on more favourably by universities and employers who cannot tell the difference between these exams and GCSEs. Robert Halfon is chair of the education select committee 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. Mr Taylor said that the difference can – at least in part – be explained by privately educated children generally having higher levels of attainment than children at state schools. Robert Halfon is chair of the education select committee He said that IGCSES are not “systematically easier” than the reformed GCSEs. But since they are not regulated in the same way it means there is a “risk” that a “particular subject in a particular year will be easier and we don’t have the mechanisms to do anything about that”.GCSEs are regulated by Ofqual, which uses a statistical method called “comparable outcomes” to ensure that roughly the same proportion of pupils will be awarded each grade as in previous years. Meanwhile, IGCSEs are not regulated by Ofqual, meaning that the number of top grades handed out are not in any way restricted. Mr Taylor agreed with Robert Halfon, the Conservative chair of the education select committee, that currently there is not a “level playing field” between private and state school pupils.  He said the best solution would be for IGCSEs to be renamed, and said the Ofqual has examined “legal routes” to address this. Mr Taylor added: “This is a situation that is not really conducive to public trust in the examination system. It is a problem. We obviously are monitoring this and have researched this because it is an area of concern.”Labour committee member Ian Mearns said that there is a feeling that the current set up is “inherently unfair” on state school students. Mr Taylor replied: “I think this is precisely why this is such a disturbing issue in terms of the fairness of the system. Because it is used in one sector of the education system and not in another.”Mr Halfon said: “Basically, what we are saying is that if you are wealthy enough to afford to go to private school, not only that, you’re going to get an easier exam, which is called the same name and recognised by employers.”But if you’re not wealthy, you go to state school and do a higher quality, higher standard exam that is called GCSE, and you get potentially lower grades even though that person from private school is getting all those advantages.”Mr Taylor said he agrees with this analysis, but added that private schools are allowed to teach whichever qualifications they want so they are not breaking any rules. read more

first_imgPAULA NEWMAN WAS one of three smokers who spoke out against their past habit at a news conference today.Newman, 50, was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) five years ago and since then has seen a dramatic decline in her quality of life. Speaking about her diagnosis this afternoon, she explained that she can no longer work as a chef, go swimming or dancing or enjoy getting her hair done in a salon…all because of her decision to smoke.The three smokers were brought together today by a number of health organisations who joined forces to call on the government to introduce plain packaging on tobacco problems as soon as possible.The charities – including the ISPCC, the Irish Cancer Society, the Irish Asthma Society and the Irish Heart Foundation – believe replacing attractive branding with graphic warnings will discourage children from picking up the habit, thus improving health outcomes in years to come.To emphasise their arguments, Newman, Charlotte Heaphey and Frank Cox told their stories of COPD, heart problems and lung cancer.Paula Newman, 50I can’t dance anymore….The Dublin woman cannot go for a swim, get her hair done in a salon or work as a chef (her profession) because of her COPD.Charlotte Heaphey, 47I was 11 years old when I started smoking…For 36 years I inhaled life-threatening chemicals…Heaphey is a mother of two. She suffered a heart attack four years ago.Here’s her story, in her own words:Frank Cox, late 60sI’m one of the lucky ones…if I had still been smoking, I would have had no chance.A lung cancer survivor, Cox can’t believe that a “product that kills” has been left on the market.Poll: Do you think plain cigarette packaging will deter smokers?Plain cigarette packaging should be introduced ‘as soon as possible’last_img read more

first_imgEric Besson pose ses conditions aux licences 4GLe ministre de l’Industrie a conditionné hier l’attribution en 2011 des fréquences de téléphonie mobile de quatrième génération à un engagement des quatre opérateurs français historiques en faveur des opérateurs virtuels. La France compte une dizaine d’opérateurs virtuels (MVNO). Parmi eux, NRJ Mobile, Virgin, ou encore Carrefour Interactive. Des MVNO qui représentent 6% du marché et dépendent des infrastructures des grands opérateurs.Eric Besson lancera début 2011 l’appel à candidatures pour l’utilisation des fréquences 4G afin de répondre “à trois objectifs essentiels : la couverture des territoires, l’accroissement de la concurrence, et la valorisation du patrimoine immatériel de l’Etat”, rapporte l’AFP. Le ministre de l’Industrie a insisté sur le fait que “la procédure d’attribution comprenne un critère valorisant l’accueil d’opérateurs mobiles virtuels” qui achètent aux opérateurs Orange, Bouygues, SFR et Free, des lots de minutes de communication pour les revendre à leurs propres clients.Les MVNO, réunis au sein de l’association Alternative Mobile, avaient récemment indiqué craindre d’être tenus à l’écart lors de l’attribution des licences 4G et plaidé pour des engagements en leur faveur (voir notre article) . Le 26 novembre 2010 à 10:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgNicolas Sarkozy veut organiser un “G8 de l’Internet”Le président de la République a déclaré hier, à l’issue d’un déjeuner avec plusieurs acteurs français de l’Internet, qu’il comptait réunir les acteurs mondiaux du web en 2011, en marge d’une réunion du G8 à Deauville.C’est le blogueur Maître Eolas, à la table de Nicolas Sarkozy hier midi, qui a donné l’information à la presse. Un journaliste de l’AFP rapporte ses propos, tenus à l’issue du “Dej” suivi en direct par la twittosphère : “Au moment du café, le président nous a livré les conclusions qu’il tirait de ce déjeuner (…). Il nous a dit que dans le cadre de la présidence du G20 et du G8 qui sont simultanées, il essayerait de réunir en même temps que les chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement les principaux acteurs de l’Internet des huit principales puissances économiques mondiales à l’occasion du sommet du G8 à Deauville en novembre prochain”. Maître Eolas a ajouté : “Ce serait un “G8 de l’Internet” même si le président ne l’a pas nommé comme cela”.Par ailleurs, lors de ce déjeuner qui réunissait plusieurs blogueurs dits “influents” et chefs de web entreprises (Meetic, Vente-Privé…), deux mesures à venir ont été évoquées par Nicolas Sarkozy, selon Maître Eolas : une loi “Hadopi 3” et la création d’un Conseil du numérique français (voir notre article), “qui serait obligatoirement consulté sur les textes en rapport au numérique ou à l’Internet”.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 09:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgA man and a boy were rescued from the Columbia River on Wednesday afternoon near Marine Park in Vancouver. Emergency crews were dispatched around 4:35 p.m. to a boat launch at the park, 4501 S.E. Columbia Way. The man and boy had drifted roughly 200 yards south of the boat launch and 400 yards downstream, Vancouver Fire spokesman Joe Spatz said.Earlier, the boy was riding a scooter when he rode to the end of a dock and fell in, Spatz said. A man then jumped in to save the boy, but the current caused them to drift away from the dock.After a Vancouver Fire boat and engine arrived, they directed a Multnomah County Sheriff’s boat to the their location. “Once our captain gave them directions, they were right on top of those guys,” Spatz said. Emergency crews cleared the scene around 5:06 p.m. After being brought to shore, both were cold but uninjured, Spatz said. While air temperatures were well over 60 degrees Wednesday, the Columbia River at Vancouver hovered around 52 degrees, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The air is warm, but the water is cold,” Spatz said. “This is the time of year where we see a lot of drownings, unfortunately.”last_img read more

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police were seen investigating a liquor store in South Miami-Dade on Monday morning.Economic Crimes Unit officials with Miami-Dade County were at the Red Rooster Liquor store, located near Southwest 208th Drive and Dixie Highway.Multiple boxes of liquor were taken by officials from the store.The reason for the investigation is currently unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is Wilmington Youth Soccer travel game summary from Saturday, April 21, 2018.Wilmington Boys 12-3Chelmsford 5, Wilmington 4 Wilmington got off to a slow start and trailed at half time 3-0.  Things quickly got worse when Chelmsford started off the second half with two quick goals to make it 5-0.The Wildcats woke up with 20 minutes to go and had their comeback moment rivalling Rocky’s lunging out of the corner and landing the punch that cuts Drago.  Jackson McDonald took a free kick from his how 14-yard box and chipped the ball up to almost the other 14 to the feet of Casey Lanagan.  Casey beat the lone defender and got the Wildcats on the board.Moments later, Jack ‘Marcelo’ Murphy stole the ball from a Chelmsford defender and was able to push the ball up the middle to Kaleb Molina who put the ball in the back of the net.  A couple minutes after that, Lincoln Levesque passed the ball up the right side to start the Wildcat attack.  The ball was crossed to the middle and the Wildcats earned an indirect kick from the six-yard line.  With both teams packed inside the six-yard box, Tommy Lewis rolled the ball to Marcelo who found a way through all the bodies on the goal line for Wilmington’s third goal.The comeback was on and the great defensive play of Jack Bourque and Danny O’Mahoney backed up by goalies Layne Coutu and Ryan Quamme prevented Chelmsford from scoring the rest of the way.  With 8 minutes left, Kaleb secured a brace when he slotted home a cross from Tommy Lewis on the left-hand side.  Wilmington was now within one goal at 5-4.Wilmington pressed hard for the tying goal in the final minutes.  Oliver Ferrer blasted an ‘Ollie Volley’ off the crossbar from 25 yards out that was only an inch away from tying the game.  Despite their best efforts, the Wildcats were unable to get the equalizer before the final whistle blew.  The parents and fans cheered loudly to recognize the tremendous effort the boys displayed as they fought to get back in the game.(NOTE: The above game summary was submitted by Wilmington Youth Soccer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Soccer Travel Game Summary: Wilmington Boys 12-3 Team Defeats ChelmsfordIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest Travel Game Summaries: Boys 12-1 Team Performs Well In N. Reading TournamentIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest Travel Game Summaries (June 12)In “Sports”last_img read more