first_imgEven the return of its best striker, Costas Mitroglou, couldn’t give front-running Olympiakos a victory against Atromitos, as the Greek soccer league champions had to settle for a 0-0 tie at Peristeri.The draw cut the Reds lead over second-placed PAOK was cut to eight points. The upstart Atromitos team, which regularly gives fits to the stronger clubs in the league, battled fiercely and Olympiakos gave in return but neither could break the net.The return of Mitroglou, who had been sitting out hurt for seven weeks, was offset when Olympiakos the day before lost central defender Dimitris Siovas to surgery, sidelining him for three months. That’s a setback for Olympakos before its key Champions League matches with perennial stalwart Manchester United.he champions also received a blow ahead of their Champions League matches with Manchester United as central defender Dimitris Siovas was operated on Saturday and will miss the action of the next three months. However the match at Peristeri signaled the return to action for Costas Mitroglou after seven weeks on the sidelines.PAOK gained a point on the front-runners with a 1-0 win at home against Panetolikos through a Lucas goal, but its fans booed the Thessaloniki club’s players off the pitch at the end, disappointed with a half-hearted performance that barely earned a win.Panathinaikos stayed in fourth beating Panionios 1-0 at home on a goal fromDanijel Pranjic, but Panionios would have got at least a point, or even a victory, had it not missed a penalty kick or hit the goalposts twice.Asteras remained fifth with its 3-0 win over Platanias Hanion at Tripoli, while Panthrakikos rose to sixth beating rival Thrace club Xanthi 2-1.Meanwhile, Northern Ireland veteran Lawrie Sanchez is proving a star for the Athens club Apollon, which humbled PAS Giannina, 4-0, less than a week after beating Aris, 2-0. That lifts Apollon out of relegation so far.Veria took advantage of the two red cards shown to OFI Crete players to score its first away win (1-0) with a goal five minutes from the end, a couple of hours before Levadiakos’s return to victories with a 2-0 win over Ergotelis at Livadia.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgEmil Forsberg’s goal gave Sweden a valuable 1-0 win against Switzerland in the Round of 16 match on Tuesday, sending the Swedes through to the World Cup quarter-finals.Sweden have reached the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1994, when the team reached the semifinals.This is also the first time since 1958 that the European nation won back-to-back matches in a World Cup. In their previous match they had defeated Mexico 3-0 in the Group F match.Forsberg’s goal was scored on his 14th shot in this World Cup. No player in this edition has had more without scoring.HIGHLIGHTSThe match against Switzerland was Sweden’s 50th at the World Cup finals. Only Mexico (57) have have played more matches than them without ever winning the tournament.Forsberg goal came in the 66th minute through a deflection as Sweden booked a place in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years.After getting past Granit Xhaka, Forsberg didn’t get much power behind his shot from the edge of the area and it was likely heading straight for Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer. However, it took a deflection off the foot of center back Manuel Akanji and bounced up and into the net.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThis was another opportunity spurned by the Swiss, who have reached the last 16 in four of the last five World Cups only to be eliminated without scoring a goal. They haven’t scored in a knockout game in soccer’s biggest tournament in 64 years, when they last reached in the quarterfinals at home in 1954.advertisementThey finished the game with 10 men after right back Michael Lang was sent off in stoppage time for a professional foul on Sweden substitute Martin Olsson. The referee initially awarded a penalty kick but later gave a free kick on the edge of the area after a video review.Switzerland was fortunate to still be alive at that point.Striker Marcus Berg was the biggest culprit, spurning two openings in quick succession, while Albin Ekdal volleyed over with the goal at his mercy.The Swedes were limited but played to the strengths that got them past Italy in the two-leg World Cup playoff and to the top of a group containing defending champion Germany, Mexico and South Korea. Their long balls forward caused panic and they were more bullish in their tackling in midfield.The Swiss certainly weren’t playing like a team ranked No. 6 in the world and with only one loss in their previous 25 games. Their build-up play was sloppy, with the best effort falling to Remo Freuler with a late header that was saved by Robin Olsen.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

first_imgWomen and men may receive equal pay for work at Grand Slams but a double standard that surfaced at the U.S. Open when Alize Cornet was slapped with a code violation for changing her shirt on court continued to spark outrage over equality on Wednesday.The United States Tennis Association (USTA) was in full damage control mode defusing a controversy that erupted on Tuesday after the Frenchwoman noticed she had put her shirt on backwards off court during a heat break.When she realised her mistake, Cornet walked towards the back of the court pulling off her top, briefly exposing her sports bra, before slipping it back on the right way round and drawing a code violation from umpire Christian Rask.Here’s the chance to redo your article about #usopen tennis dress code for women. Chair umpire Christian Rask punished Alize Cornet with a rule violation for unsportsMANlike conduct after she noticed her top was on backwards & made a decision to reverse it, revealing a sports bra, Inc. (@RauhmelFoxCEO) August 29, 2018The decision to penalise Cornet triggered a social media storm with many people labelling the umpire’s decision as sexist.Male players frequently change or remove their shirts between games and sometimes sit shirtless for extended periods of time in their chairs during changeovers.Cornet said she was surprised to wake up on Wednesday to a full-blown controversy and attempted to downplay the incident.”For sure, the women are treated a little bit differently,” admitted Cornet, who ended up losing her first-round match to Sweden’s Johanna Larsson. “I think it gets much better, especially in the tennis.advertisement”I want to be clear about it and I didn’t take it that bad. I was just maybe disturbed for 10 seconds and that was it.”While Cornet accepted the incident with good humour and grace others were not so quick to forgive.”I believe that should never happen,” fumed Victoria Azarenka following her second-round match on Wednesday. “If I would say my true feelings, it would be bleeped out, because I think it was ridiculous.”It was nothing wrong. Nothing wrong. It wasn’t anything disrespectful. I’m glad they apologised, and I hope this never happens again.”Realising it had stepped on a public relations landmine, the USTA was quick to issue a statement saying the code violation was wrong while the WTA leapt to Cornet’s defence, labelling the penalty unfair.While Cornet was willing to extend the USTA an olive branch she was far less forgiving to her own tennis federation which recently introduced a dress code for the French Open that will ban Serena Williams’s black catsuit.”Everybody is working in the same direction,” Cornet said. “Then we still have some people, like the president of my federation that lives in another time.”What Bernard Giudicelli said about Serena’s catsuit was 10,000 times worse than what happened to me on the court yesterday, because he’s the president of French Federation and because he doesn’t have to do that.”This kind of person doesn’t have the work that we are all doing to make it more fair for women.”last_img read more

first_imgHarendra Singh was offered the role of the junior men’s hockey team coach once again as Hockey India said they would invite applications shortly for the position of the chief coach of the senior hockey men’s national team. Harendra, who led Team India to a bronze-medal finish at the Asian Games and a quarter-final finish at the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar was under scanner since the Asian Games.India lost the opportunity to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics directly as they lost on penalties to Malaysia in the Asian Games and had to settle for a bronze. In the World Cup at home, India put up some good performances but eventually, they were shown the door by Netherlands in the quarter-final.Hockey India has been looking for a quality foreign coach and Harendra’s controversial comments after the World Cup match against Netherlands did him no good.Harendra criticised the refereeing in the post-match press conference and was issued a notice by the FIH.Harendra had guided the India’s junior men’s team to World Cup triumph in 2016 in Lucknow and Committee Chairman Dr. R.P Singh offered him to take charge of the junior men’s team commencing from the camp slated to start in March 2019.”Hockey India will shortly be advertising and will invite applications for the position of the Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team which will be returning to training camp in February 2019 for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup scheduled to commence from 23 March 2019.”In the interim the team will be overseen by Hockey India High Performance Director, David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello,” Hockey India said in a statement.advertisementHere is Hockey India’s press release:With a vision and emphasis on building a strong player base ahead of the 2021 Junior World Cup and the 2020, 2024 Olympic Games, Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee met on Monday, 7 January 2019. The meeting was attended by Chairman Dr. RP Singh and members including Olympians Harbinder Singh, B.P. Govinda and Syed Ali. Basis their discussions the Committee has recommended to reassign Dronacharya Awardee Harendra Singh as the Coach for the Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team. The offer has been made by Committee Chairman Dr. R.P Singh for the said position to Harendra Singh for taking charge of the Junior Men team commencing from the camp slated to start in March 2019.The mercurial rise of some of India’s top junior hockey players under the tutelage of Harendra Singh between 2013 – 2016 when the India Colts lifted the historic Junior Men’s World Cup in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and Harendra Singh’s abilities of grooming youngsters has been the key reasons for the think-tank at Hockey India to arrive at this recommendation.Though the year 2018 was very disappointing for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team with results not going as expected, Hockey India believes investing in the junior program which will reap long-term benefits.In the meanwhile, Hockey India will shortly be advertising and will invite applications for the position of the Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team which will be returning to training camp in February 2019 for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup scheduled to commence from 23 March 2019. In the interim the team will be overseen by Hockey India High Performance Director, David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello.Also Read | India need to develop world class drag-flickers: Former hockey captain Dilip TirkeyAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: Harendra Singh under scanner againlast_img read more

first_imgShare on Twitter Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Simon Yates thanks ‘secret weapon’ brother after retaining Vuelta lead Cycling Spain Share on Facebook Read more Topics On the subject of how exactly he had made it, Yates was characteristically succinct. “I just tried to make my own rhythm,” he said. “I gave everything I had and thankfully it was enough.”It certainly was. Yates and his twin brother and teammate, Adam, have come a very long way since the day their father took them to the Manchester Velodrome to watch Bury Clarion race – and not just in kilometres.Confirmation of his victory elicited polite, rather than rapturous, applause from the crowds in the centre of Madrid. The race over, many drifted off in search of aperitivos rather than stay for the prize ceremony.But for the Britons who had come over to watch the race, it had been a thoroughly worthwhile journey.Cheering Yates on – and speculating from time to time on the fate of the friends gone awol in a nearby pub – was Tony Pimlott, an internet page designer and member of the small Team Plough cycling club in Sutton Coldfield. Sebastián Kleider Valencia, originally from Cali, had also come to the centre of Madrid to lend his support. “There are three Colombians in the top 10. In Colombia, it’s all about football and cycling.” And which did he prefer? He paused for a millisecond or two then came down firmly on one side: “Football.”Others would doubtless disagree.As he stood by the barrier, waiting to catch a glimpse of Yates passing by in the blurry, multi-coloured shoal, Paul Sherriff reflected on the significance of the event he was about to witness.“What we’re seeing today is unique and I think it’s being a bit missed in the UK,” said Sherriff, another member of Team Plough.“It’s three Grand Tours and three different British riders. It’s just remarkable.” Simon Yates’ Vuelta glory built on endless patience and iron discipline Share via Email Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. What had brought him to the streets of Madrid on a Sunday night? “I love football,” he deadpanned, giving the question the answer it deserved. “No. We’re a small local team and we like racing. We were in Düsseldorf last year for the beginning of the Tour de France. It’s just an added bonus that there’s a British winner this year.”That it had been a British triumph was not immediately obvious from the composition of the crowd, almost a third of whom appeared to be Colombian. Draped over barriers, hanging from numerous shoulders, painted on faces and emblazoned on shirts and baseball caps was the familiar red, blue and yellow tricolour.Those who had left their shopping too late wore the Colombian football strip to make plain their devotion to their compatriots in the Vuelta.At a bus stop on the plaza sat Iván Castiblanco and his friends.“I’m here to support Colombia,” explained Castiblanco, more than a little redundantly. “Colombians always support each other, as you can see here.”Castiblanco, who lives in Italy, may have been fulfilling his patriotic duty, but he was also keen to point out that the day and the year belonged to British cyclists. “It’s the only country to have won three Grand Tours with three different riders in the same year,” he said. “That’s impressive.”Also overflowing with patriotic pride was Rosemary García, a careworker originally from Cali, Colombia who has lived in Spain for 18 years and never misses a vuelta.“I just love it,” she said. “All the emotion, excitement and adrenaline.” Support The Guardian Under a hot September sky and to the incongruous strains of Bad Moon Rising – not to mention those of the even less podium-friendly Another One Bites the Dust – Simon Yates completed the final few laps of his first Grand Tour victory in Madrid on Sunday night.At 7.48pm local time, after 23 days, 21 stages and 3,254.7km, the 26-year-old rider from Bury finally crossed the line outside the Cibeles palace.In winning the Vuelta a España, Yates crowned a stunning year for British cycling that has now yielded an unprecedented British Grand Tour slam in the wake of Chris Froome’s Giro d’Italia win and Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France victory.Twenty-four hours earlier, Yates had appeared to be struggling to take in what he was on the verge of achieving.“Yes, I’ve made it! It’s still sinking in,” he said after Saturday’s penultimate stage in his adopted home of Andorra. “I’m incredibly proud. I’m also incredibly proud of the team. They’ve carried me for these entire three weeks.” Share on Messenger Read more Reuse this content Europe Vuelta a España Share on WhatsApp Simon Yates featureslast_img read more

first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)During the Clemson Tigers’ celebratory trip to the White House, Dabo Swinney went the extra mile in his speech by showing appreciation and respect to one of the most influential figures in sports.From the moment ESPN aired Tyler Trent’s inspiring story, the entire sports world rallied around the Purdue student. In fact, the Boilermakers’ upset victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes was easily one of the memorable games of the season.Trent touched the hearts of so many people in such a small amount of time. His incredible toughness and ability to show gratitude each day in his life was truly an inspiration to us all.Although he unfortunately passed away earlier this month, Swinney made sure to share this significant moment by quoting Trent’s words when he took the podium.Instead of using his time to solely talk about his team’s performance, the Clemson head coach turned his speech into a life lesson for those that listened.“Though I am in hospice care and have to wake up every morning knowing that the day might be my last, I still have a choice to make, to make that day the best it can be. Yet, isn’t that a choice we all have every day? After all, nobody knows the amount of days we have left. Some could say we are all in hospice to a certain degree. So why don’t we act like it.”Here is the full video:Dabo Swinney quoted the late @BoilerFootball super fan Tyler Trent while speaking at the White House today ?— ESPN (@espn) January 15, 2019This was an extremely classy move by Swinney, who seemingly always takes the right approach to every moment.It’s clear that Trent’s spirit will continue to live on for many in college football.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Amid the recent developments in South Korea, cruise giant Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel calls at the country’s ports on its China-based voyages, the company said in an alert on its Chinese site.The calls are related to the itineraries of the Quantum of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas up to June, 2017 with calls in Busan, Jeju and Seoul, Korea replaced by those in Japan.In addition, Carnival’s Costa Cruises is cited by Reuters as saying that it would “remove calls to South Korean ports for our upcoming cruises home ported out of China, replacing them with cruising at sea or calls to destinations in Japan.”  The move was triggered by South Korea’s deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system in cooperation with the United States, which Beijing believes is targeted against China, and not as a means of keeping nuclear threats from North Korea at bay.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Toronto – The body of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, was pulled from the Hudson river after police found her floating, fully clothed Wednesday afternoon.Abdus-Salaam was the first female African-American Muslim to be appointed to New York’s Court of Appeals. She was appointed to the post in 2013 by Governor Mario Cuomo, according to the Huffington Post.In a statement to the press, Cuomo referred to Abdus-Salaam as a “trailblazing jurist.” He added that, “As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s court of appeal, she was a pioneer. Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.” Police recovered her body at approximately 1:45 in the afternoon on Wednesday. She had been reported missing earlier in the day when family members were unable to locate her. She was found floating in the Hudson River, fully clothed and was pronounced dead on the scene. Police reported they found no visible signs of trauma and have so far refused to speculate on the cause of death. They are currently awaiting the results of an autopsy.A native of Washington DC, Abdus-Salaam began her career with East Brooklyn Legal Services before taking on the mantle of New York State’s assistant attorney general. According to the Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, Abdus-Salaam was the first Muslim woman to have served as a US judge. Following her election to judgeship in 1991, she held a variety of judicial posts and left a tangible impression on everyone she worked with.Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said of Abdus-Salaam, “Her personal warmth, uncompromising sense of fairness and bright legal mind were an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her.”Former Chief Judge, Jonathan Lippman, said “The court has suffered a terrible blow.” read more

Rabat – Morocco will host the 29th session of the Bureau of the 16th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) on April 17 and 18 in Skhirat. The meeting falls  within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2026 in Africa, set by the United Nations.Morocco is the Vice-Chair of the Bureau of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, representing the North African Region for a two-year term (2017-2018). The meeting, which will take place in Skhirat, will reiterate Morocco’s contribution to the sustainable development in Africa.The meeting also aims to review developments on the decisions taken at the 16th AMCEN in Gabon in June 2017, in order to determine the contribution of AMCEN to future global environmental events, including the 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention and COP 24 on climate change.The conference executive includes representatives for the different regions from Africa, including Morocco, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, and Gabon.The 16th Session of the AMCEN was under the theme “Investing in Innovative Environmental Solutions”  to accelerate implementation of sustainable development in the continent.The conference offered participants the opportunity to discuss climate challenges, as well as the chance to update the ministers of the symposium on the implementation of the “Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, Africa Adaptation Initiative as well as the process of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” according to the UN.The ministers and environmental experts also discussed environment-related issues and initiatives related to sustainable development in the continent, including Ocean Governance, “implementation of the action on Illegal Wildlife Trade, migration and environmental security.” read more

Rabat – The Moroccan karate delegation emerged victorious from the 2019 Africa Championship, held in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, from July 12th to July 14th. The Moroccan team won a total of 15 medals. The team won 11 gold medals across the competition, as well as three bronze medals.Morocco excelled in multiple categories, with Adnane Hakimi and Sanae Agelmam winning gold in their kata categories. In the individual male Kumite category, Oussama Edari, Oussama Fahssi, Abdesslam Ameknassi, and Yassine Sekouri all won gold in their respective weight classes. Abdelilah Boujdi won a bronze medal in the Kumite category. Moroccan women also dominated female Kumite competitions. Aicha Sayah, Khawla Ouhammad, and Sara Slassi all brought home gold medals, while Btissam Sadini won bronze. The Moroccan delegation also performed well in the team based categories, winning gold in both male and female team Kata, and bronze in male team Kumite. Egypt’s team came second to Morocco with 22 medals; 10 gold, 6 silver, and 6 bronze. Egypt was followed by Senegal with two gold, four silver,  and four bronze medals, and then Tunisia with three medals, two gold, and one silver. read more

I am pleased to present the report of OHCHR on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, including the findings of the comprehensive investigation mandated by Human Rights Council resolution 25/1. As you know, following signals of engagement by the newly elected Government of Sri Lanka in January 2015, the Human Rights Council decided to defer consideration of the report until this thirtieth session. It also invited the Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence to make a technical visit in March/April 2015, and will host the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances in November 2015.  I hope this will mark the start of a closer engagement with the Special Procedures, whose mandates can offer valuable advice and technical assistance.Mr President, The Presidential election of 8 January 2015 marked a watershed in the political environment in Sri Lanka.  The manifesto of the new Government included a 100-day programme of important constitutional reforms and other important measures. The Chief Justice, who was controversially impeached in January 2013, was briefly reinstated and Parliamentary elections subsequently held on 17 August 2015. Since January 2015, space has significantly opened up for freedom of expression, at least in Colombo. The context in which this report is presented is very different to the one during which it was mandated. The election of a new President and Government on a platform centered on good governance, human rights and the rule of law presents a historic opportunity to address the grave human rights violations that have wracked Sri Lanka, including through accountability and institutional reform, and to lay the basis for long-term reconciliation and peace. We are also seeing renewed engagement by the new Government with OHCHR and the UN human rights mechanisms.  The previous Government categorically rejected the Human Rights Council-mandated investigation and refused access and cooperation. More worryingly, it resorted to an unrelenting campaign of intimidation and harassment against victims, witnesses and representatives of civil society who might seek to provide information to OHCHR. The new Government did not alter the stance on cooperation with the investigation, nor did it admit the investigation team into the country. However, it has engaged more constructively with me and my Office on possible options for an accountability and reconciliation process.   FULL STATEMENT: But surveillance and interference continue to be reported at the district level in the North and East, including harassment and intimidation by military and intelligence services. This demonstrates the pervasiveness of the structures and institutional cultures that created the repressive environment of the past, and highlights the importance of much more fundamental security-sector reforms. Six years after the end of the war, many displaced populations have yet to achieve durable solutions, particularly with regard to livelihoods. One major continuing problem is the occupation by the military of private land, although the Government has proceeded with some land releases in recent months. Women-headed households, numbering nearly 60,000 in the Northern Province, are especially vulnerable, including to sexual harassment, exploitation and violence.The Government has yet to clarify the number and identity of detainees still held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and emergency regulations. Reports have continued to suggest the existence of secret and unacknowledged places of detention. These require urgent investigation. According to local civil society sources, from January to August this year, 19 people were arrested under the PTA. Twelve of them remain in detention and 14 cases of torture have been reported to us by credible sources since January 2015.  I welcome the Government’s commitment to review and repeal the PTA, which has long provided a legal context facilitating arbitrary detention, unfair trials and torture.While the past six months have seen an abatement of religious tensions and violence, incidents against Muslim and Christian communities continue to be reported. There have been no prosecutions in relation to the June 2014 attacks by the Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena on the Muslim community in Aluthgama  This highlights the continuing need for the Government to promote inter-communal tolerance and to criminalize hate speech and incitement to violence. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called on the Government to criminalize hate speech, after he formally submitted his report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva through a video message.The High Commissioner also maintained his calls for a ad-hoc hybrid court to deal with some of the allegations related to the war and those reported soon after that. Since January 2015, President Sirisena and other government figures have emphasized reconciliation in public statements.  On Independence Day, on 4 February, the Government issued a special “declaration of peace” in three languages, expressing sympathy and regret for all the victims of the 30-year armed conflict, and pledging to advance “national reconciliation, justice and equality for all citizens”.  The Government also established a new Office of National Unity and Reconciliation, headed by former President Kumaratunga, to drive progress on key issues such as the release of detainees and restitution of civilian land occupied by the military. In our previous reports to the Human Rights Council, we have described the total failure of domestic mechanisms to conduct credible investigations, clarify the truth of past events, ensure accountability and provide redress to victims.The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints regarding Missing Persons that was appointed by the previous Government has continued its work, despite widespread concerns raised about its credibility and effectiveness. We believe this Commission should be disbanded and its pending cases transferred to a credible and independent institution established in consultation with families of the disappeared.Since January there have been a few promising developments in some emblematic cases previously highlighted by OHCHR:On 25 June a former army staff sergeant was convicted of the murder of eight Tamil civilians in Mirusuvil, Jaffna District, in 2000. This is a rare case of a conflict-related violation being successfully prosecuted, albeit after twelve years. In March 2015, three navy personnel and a former police officer were arrested in relation to the killing in November 2006 of parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj.  In August 2015, police also announced that they had arrested several military personnel in relation to the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda.  But many other criminal cases languish before the courts, including those concerning the killing of five students on the Trincomalee beachfront in January 2006, and of 17 humanitarian workers for Action Contre la Faim in Muttur in August 2006 also.Mr President, The comprehensive investigation presented in this report was undertaken by a special team constituted within OHCHR.  I am grateful to the three distinguished experts – Martti Ahtisaari, Silvia Cartwright, and Asma Jahangir – who have played a supportive and advisory role in this process.  Special procedure mandate holders also provided input to the investigation. The aim of the investigation was to identify the patterns of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, not only during the final stage of the armed conflict but during the whole nine-year period covered by its mandate. The timeframe covered by the investigation, the extent of the violations, the amount of information available, and the constraints to the investigation, including lack of access to Sri Lanka and witness protection concerns, posed enormous challenges.                 The investigation found that there are reasonable grounds to believe that gross violations of international human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law were committed by all parties during the period under review. Indeed, if established before a court of law, many of the allegations may amount to war crimes, and/or crimes against humanity.  These findings are detailed in the accompanying 250-page investigation report, and I will highlight only key elements today:  We found reasonable grounds to believe the Sri Lankan security forces and paramilitary groups associated with them were implicated in widespread and unlawful killings of civilians and other protected persons. Tamil politicians, humanitarian workers and journalists were particularly targeted. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) also unlawfully killed civilians perceived to hold sympathies contrary to the LTTE, or suspected as informers, as well as rival Tamil political figures, public officials and academics.  Civilians were also killed or injured in indiscriminate suicide bombings and claymore mine attacks carried out by LTTE. We also investigated allegations of extrajudicial executions of identified LTTE cadres and unidentified individuals in or around 18 May 2009, and established in several cases that they appear to have been killed after surrendering to the Sri Lankan military. We documented long-standing patterns of arbitrary arrest and detention by government security forces, and of abductions by paramilitary organizations linked to them, typically in unmarked “white vans”, which often reportedly led to enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.  We also documented the widespread torture by the Sri Lankan security forces, particularly in the immediate aftermath of the armed conflict, when former LTTE members and civilians were detained en masse. A particularly shocking finding is the widespread use of rape and other forms of sexual violence by security forces personnel against both male and female detainees. We gathered information that reflected a pattern of abductions and of forced recruitment of adults by LTTE that became more prevalent towards the end of the conflict. The forced recruits were obliged to perform both military and support functions and were often denied contact with their families. Victims and families who tried to resist were physically mistreated, harassed and threatened. We also documented extensive recruitment and use of children (including under the age of 15) by the LTTE over many years, which intensified during the last few months of the conflict. We gathered information on child recruitment by the Karuna Group after its split from the LTTE in 2004, with the apparent knowledge of the security forces. Mr President, We examined closely the impact of hostilities on civilians and civilian objects during the last months of the war.  On the basis of the information available, there are reasonable grounds to believe that both the Government and LTTE failed to comply with key principles of international humanitarian law, on the conduct of hostilities, designed to protect civilians.  In particular, the report documents repeated shelling by Government forces impacting on hospitals and humanitarian facilities in the densely populated ‘No Fire Zones’ which the Government itself had announced. The presence of LTTE cadres directly participating in hostilities and operating within the predominantly civilian population, launching attacks from close proximity to these locations, and the LTTE policy of forcing civilians to remain within areas of active hostilities, may also have violated international humanitarian law.Our investigation also found that the Government placed considerable restrictions on humanitarian access, and may have deliberately blocked the delivery of sufficient food aid and medical supplies, essential to the survival of the civilian population.  This may amount to the use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare. We also examined the manner in which screening processes were carried out at the end of the war to separate former LTTE combatants from civilians. Almost 300,000 IDPs were deprived of their liberty in camps for periods far beyond what is permissible under international law. There are also reasonable grounds to believe that IDPs were treated as suspects and detained because of their Tamil ethnicity, which may amount to discrimination and to the crime against humanity of “persecution.”Mr President, The sheer number of allegations, their gravity and recurrence and the similarities in their modus operandi, as well as the consistent pattern of conduct they indicate, all point to system crimes. Such acts cannot be treated as ordinary crimes: if established in a court of law, they may constitute international crimes, which are of interest to the international community. I welcome the Government’s commitments, made before this Council, to investigate these violations and ensure accountability, despite the opposition of some political parties and sections of the military and society.  The unfortunate reality is, however, that Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system is not currently equipped to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of this breadth and magnitude, or to hold accountable those responsible for such violations, as requested by the Council in resolution 25/1. First, Sri Lanka lacks a reliable system for victim and witness protection, particularly in a context where the risk of reprisals is very high. A long-pending law was recently passed, but it is not yet operational. I note the Government’s commitment to further review and strengthen the law to address various shortcomings that could compromise the independence and effectiveness of the new system. Secondly, the domestic legal framework is inadequate to deal with international crimes of this magnitude. When Sri Lanka has prosecuted conflict-related cases, it has relied on offences in regular criminal law, such as murder. This approach fails to recognize the gravity of the crimes committed, their international character, or to duly acknowledge the harm caused to the victims. To fully reflect their gravity and bring redress to their victims, international crimes must be charged as such.Thirdly, the State’s security sector and justice system have been distorted and corrupted by decades of impunity. The independence and integrity of key institutions such as the Attorney General’s Office and the Human Rights Commission remain compromised.  The security forces, police and intelligence services have enjoyed near total impunity and have not undergone any significant reform since the armed conflict. A full-fledged vetting process should be designed to remove from office security forces personnel and public officials suspected of involvement in human rights violations.This is why I have recommended the establishment of an ad hoc hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, mandated to try notably war crimes and crimes against humanity, with its own independent investigative and prosecuting organ, defence office and witness and victims protection programme.  In a highly polarized environment, such a mechanism is essential to give all Sri Lankans, especially victims, confidence in the independence and impartiality of this process. Judicial accountability should be accompanied by broader transitional justice measures, including truth-seeking and reparations, to ensure that the right of victims to redress is realized.  These must be designed through a process of genuine, informed and participatory consultation, especially with victims and their families, and OHCHR stands ready to lend its assistance in this regard.Mr President, This is a time of tremendous hope. Sri Lanka can finally break the cycle of impunity that for so long wracked its past.  This will require more than prosecuting a few emblematic cases, but rather a comprehensive approach, developed through a broad-based and victim-centred process of consultation, that draws on the full range of transitional justice measures of judicial accountability, truth-seeking, reparations, vetting and deep institutional reform.  I hope the recommendations made in our report will make an important contribution to this process, and emphasise OHCHR’s readiness to continue to assist and support the development of credible accountability and transitional justice mechanisms that meet international standards.  The Human Rights Council has played – and should continue to play – a critical role in encouraging progress on accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.I thank you Mr. President read more

The report reveals that 163,000 people from the Central Africa nation will need international resettlement in 2019; a 10 per cent increase on this year.Millions of civilians have been forced to flee fighting – with the UN refugee agency estimating that the country has at least 2.7 million internally displaced persons and roughly 450,000 refugees in other nations. As armed groups continue to terrorize communities, they finance some of their activities by exploiting the country’s rich natural resources. As of April, the UN Mission in DRC, referred to as MONUSCO, employees 20,600 personnel with an additional 18,316 in uniform.The Mission engages on the ground in a broad range of activities, from promoting community violence reduction to raising awareness of child recruitment into armed groups, and reinforcing women’s involvement in politics.A staffer from our own Department of Public Information, Joon Park, was in DRC recently.  Click on here to see what he chronicled behind the scenes: read more

Craig HyattCraig Hyatt is used to speaking with passionate hockey fans. As an associate professor of Sport Management at Brock University, he researches sport fan behaviour.“In my career I have usually interviewed people who are still very passionate fans,” says Hyatt. “You put an ad in the paper or a flyer on a bulletin board, and they come running, because part of being a passionate fan is wanting the recognition of that.”But his latest study looks at former hockey team fans — people who stopped cheering for a favorite team, and never switched their loyalty to a different team.The research, which Hyatt started with colleagues from the University of Alberta and University of New Brunswick, is beginning to explain why former hockey fans are no longer supporters of their favourite team.“I assumed I would hear a lot of team-based reasons and we have,” says Hyatt. “However, the number one reason we found was league-based, so they are upset with the National Hockey League and much of that has to do with the 2004-05 lockout.”“Many, many people said it was just appalling that the two sides couldn’t agree on how big a billionaire or how big a millionaire they wanted to be,” he says. “So that was a philosophical reason for losing interest in their team.”But what is even more interesting, explains Hyatt, is the common response to “what am I going to do with those 10 to 15 hours a week I used to spend watching NHL hockey?”“There are these sports that overlap with the hockey season that never got their attention because they didn’t have time,” he says. “So all of a sudden the sports fans turn on the TV and find the Raptors or they find the National Football League and slowly they get into it.”According to his research, when you ask sports fans how they became hockey fans they will talk about exposure and the compelling storylines that keep you following along.“Once they have the exposure, they start learning the storylines,” says Hyatt. “Then they realize, ok, this team has won three in a row. They have this young star player Chris Bosh. I’m going to tune in next week to watch the Toronto Raptors.”All of a sudden, fans find themselves caring between games that Bosh is nursing a nagging injury. And by the end of the season they are now Raptors fans. After the season, the lockout continues and continues, and by the time the lockout ends, NBA training camp has already started and the fans find that they care more about Bosh and the Raptors than they do about whatever hockey team they used to cheer for.“That is what happened so often with the fans I’m talking to,” says Hyatt. “That has been about the biggest reason why former team fans stop cheering for their team.”“It’s a combination of those two things,” he says. “But for every one hockey fan who is turned off by the philosophical frustration of rich people fighting, there are three fans who tell us they have just found something else.”“There are tens of thousands of people out there right now who are saying they will never come back to hockey because of the current strike, but history has shown many of them, if not most of them, do,” says Hyatt. “But of the people who don’t return we’re getting a much better understanding of why they don’t come back.”Other motives behind hockey fans losing interest in their favourite team highlighted by the research include: player-based reasons; society’s emphasis on big-time spectator sport; concerns for the levels of violence at every level of hockey; the media’s manufactured narratives and storylines; and general changes in life that have nothing to do with the sport.Hyatt’s research focuses on sport fans whose experiences fall outside the standard frameworks put forward by other sport management researchers who have attempted to classify fans. He has studied fans who have switched allegiances from one team to another, fans who have been left behind after their favourite team relocated to a new city, and fans who have rejected their hometown team to instead cheer for a team based in a far-away city.Hyatt and his colleagues’ research project is ongoing and they are still looking for former hockey fans to interview. For more info on taking part in this study:—Media links: CHCH-TV: “Hockey fans finding they don’t miss the NHL so much”(Dec. 4, 2012)AM 610 CKTB – The Tom McConnell Show(Dec. 4, 2012) read more

LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history with 20,000 points Wednesday night, and, barring injury, it will be just one of many milestones to come for the Miami Heat superstar widely regarded as the best player in the world.James authored a gem in leading the Heat’s 92-75 blowout victory over the Golden State Warriors: 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in just 30 minutes in securing his latest piece of history.James’ short jumper with 2:45 left in the second quarter was the history-making play. The previous youngest to score 20,000 points was Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant,  who was 29 years, 122 days old. James was 28 years, 17 days on Wednesday.“It means everything,” James said. “It means a lot. First of all, like I continue to say, it means I’ve been able to be healthy. To be out on the floor and do what I love to do, I love the game of basketball and I try to give everything to the game. And hopefully it continues to give back to me.”In the first quarter, James also found Wade for his 5,000th career assist. He is the 13th player with 20,000 points and 5,000 assists.James eclipsed both marks before halftime and helped Miami go ahead by 34 points in the third quarter. Dwyane Wade added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Mario Chalmers scored 15 for the Heat, who had lost three of their last four road games.The Warriors, who beat the Heat 97-95 in Miami on Dec. 12, lost consecutive games for only the third time this season. Clearly, James and Co. went into the game focused on making amends for that defeat.“Disappointing, but we faced a team that remembered what took place in South Beach and came with a mindset to make a point, individually and collectively,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “That’s what great players do.” read more

Virender Sehwag, the former India batsman, has applied for the job of India coach, which will become vacant after Anil Kumble’s contract expires at the end of the ongoing Champions Trophy.Virender SehwagKumble is an automatic entry in the application process, but his chances of another term appear slim after the India captain Virat Kohli expressed reservations about his coaching methods to the BCCI.The other applicants are former Australia allrounder Tom Moody, former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus, former India medium pacer Dodda Ganesh, and former India A coach Lalchand Rajput, according to a PTI report.The next India coach will be chosen by Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who comprise the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee.Sehwag, who had a 14-year international career, has no formal coaching experience apart from his team management roles with the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the IPL. In contrast, Moody has coached Sri Lanka, Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, and has had team management roles with English county Worcestershire and Melbourne Renegades in the BBL.Pybus has coached Pakistan twice, while Rajput is the present coach of Afghanistan. Ganesh has coached Goa for four years and is at present a selector for Karnataka in Indian domestic cricket. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indian Phil Simmons shortlisted for India coaching jobAugust 13, 2019In “latest news”‘Gayle getting old’ – Former Indian batting star claims RCB decision understandableJanuary 16, 2018In “Sports”Sehwag powers Kings Punjab to 24 run win over Chennai Super KingsMay 30, 2014In “Sports” read more

West Indies/Guyana Amazon Warriors spinner and Digicel/CPL Ambassador, Devendra Bishoo shares some bowling tips with a student from the West Demerara Secondary SchoolGuyana and Windies spinner Devendra Bishoo told youngsters at the 2018 Digicel/Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Youth Cricket Series Coaching Clinic, to never stop pursuing their dreams to become cricketers.Bishoo, a Digicel and CPL Brand Ambassador, was the star of the clinic held at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Ground last Saturday when students of the West Demerara Secondary School benefited from tips by the Test player.The 33-year-old took time off his training schedule with the Windies team, who were preparing for the first of two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) at Providence the following day. He spent the day of coaching and inspiring the students to chase their dreams, as it was his desire as a young lad to be a professional cricketer, a dream he realised with his current position as one of the top leg-spinners in the Caribbean and the Windies’ main spin weapon over recent years.The Guyana Amazon Warriors player said that “it’s always an honour to share my knowledge and turn up to these events, because I was once like them”, as he told stories about his struggles coming up in his early years as a junior cricketer with little resources. He spoke about times when he carried bags for other cricketers and ran water for the team, before receiving the same treatment years later after he made strides.A humble Bishoo reminded the students that the dedication they apply in school was similar to what was needed when pursuing a career as a professional cricketer.In the end, it was an illustrious session, as the youngsters learnt bowling techniques and other handy tips from Bishoo, who had his hands filled with the excited students.Digicel Guyana Communications Manager Vidya Sanichara, following the session, said the company was happy to have helped facilitate another stepping-stone for the budding players, since it was their goal to continue producing cricketers from the grassroots levels.She said having students meet these international players whom they regard as idols was important for their careers as the knowledge and tips they get from these players were invaluable and as such, it was important to have these events.Apart from Bishoo, his Guyana Jaguars Head Coach Esuan Crandon and his team of Coach Michael Hyles and Clive Grimmond conducted sessions with the students in bowling, batting and fielding. Teams were divided and coaches went to work as the students from West Demerara got a huge boost in their budding careers.Students from six schools, one per participating Hero CPL country, were coached by their local CPL Coaches and got to meet and interact with a CPL player from their local team.The programme started in Barbados and then travelled to Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago before wrapping up in Guyana. Roughly 360 students across the Region had one-on-one time with their cricket idols as part of the Coaching Clinics. (Clifton Ross) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL idols departing cricket knowledge before tournament gets underwayJuly 26, 2018In “latest news”West Demerara Secondary students benefit from Digicel, CPL youth series at GCCJuly 21, 2018In “latest news”Amazon Warriors mentored students with disabilitiesAugust 21, 2017In “Local News” read more

EHF Cup Round 3 draw is held in Vienna. There are many interesting clashes for the Group Phase of the competition, but also some clear favorites as Fuchse Berlin, Skjern, Pick Szeged and Montpellier.HERE ARE THE COMPLETE DRAW: VS Rukometni Klub Porec  VS VS Aarhus Haandbold   HC Meshkov Brest  TSV Hannover-Burgdorf  RK Vojvodina Mors-Thy Handbold  RK Nexe  HC Kaustik   Montpellier Agglomeration HB Skjern Handbold  VS VS  Lugi HF VS  Pick Szeged  RK Maribor Branik Kadetten Schaffhausen   HCM Constanta  Csurgói KK  Sporting CP  Elverum Handball Herrer VS EHFEHF CupEuropean handballhandball S.L. Benfica  Besiktas JK  VS OIF Arendal   Reale Ademar Leon Füchse Berlin   Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau VS  HC Sporta Hlohovec VS VS VS A.E.K. Athens   Alpla HC Hard VS VS ← Previous Story (VIDEO) NO MORE UNBEATABLE AT DKB BUNDESLIGA: Lubbecke win over RNL Next Story → MESSAGE FOR IHF CONGRESS: Fans support Hungary and Slovakia! VS IFK Kristianstad  VS  HC Zomimak-M HBC Nantes  TATRAN Presov  Chambery Savoie Handball  read more

first_imgIt’s Friday, making it much easier to get distracted by something more interesting than work on the Internet. If you’re looking for something great to watch today, then Google has put up a video of Garry Kasparov talking at Google this week.Kasparov was the highest-rated chess champion for more than 22 years. In the chat that lasts just over an hour he discusses how he still feels IBM cheated in his match with Deep Blue. He also says the dismantling of Big Blue right after the match was equivalent to IBM removing the only partial witness to his claims. He hasn’t even got logs of the game from IBM to look at.AdChoices广告It’s a great watch with Kasparov giving some amusing responses to some of the questions asked. For example, when asked how to get better at chess without dedicating your life to it (18 minutes in), he responds by simply saying:If you don’t have time to devote your life for chess, why do you want to improve at the game? via YouTubelast_img read more

first_imgThe space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on July 8 for the last time, marking NASA’s final shuttle launch ever. It’s no question that Americans were sad to see the shuttle program come to an end, but what about the astronauts? How do you think they feel now that many of them are out of jobs? Photographer Neil DaCosta and art director Sara Phillips chose to take a look at the rather depressing idea of a former astronaut who turns suicidal.Though the series of photos, named “Astronaut Suicides,” are definitely darkly comedic, they send a message about not only NASA astronauts who are now out of a job, but also the rest of the country that’s looking for work in a time of economic depression. DaCosta and Phillips staged a series of about 10 different ways of killing oneself.The anonymous astronaut has no NASA logos on his or her suit which was sourced from a Hollywood prop house. So although NASA may not necessarily look kindly on the art piece, we don’t think there’s much the organization can do about it.A visit to the duo’s project website,, shows the entire series. There are only two links to click on the page: “Contact” and “About.” The About section is short, listing only one quote from President Barack Obama from April 15, 2010. The quote, which most of us have seen by now, features Obama saying that we’ve been to the surface of the Moon, but that we’ve been there before. Meaning, there’s no need to go back.Phillips said that they hope the project will encourage a younger audience to pay attention to what’s going with the economic downturn that began three years ago. Not only is the project about job loss, but also the loss of a childhood icon which many children growing up today and in the future wont have a chance to experience.via Wiredlast_img read more

first_imgApple : Condamné pour violation des droits d’auteur par huit écrivains chinoisHuit écrivains chinois avaient porté plainte contre Apple suite à la commercialisation non autorisée de leurs œuvres sur l’App Store. La firme américaine a donc été contrainte de verser 1,03 million de yuans aux hauteurs après que la cours du peuple n°2 de Beijing a jugé Apple pour infraction aux droits d’auteur.Les auteurs lésés avaient réclamé la somme de 12 millions de yuans au géant américain mais ils devront seulement se contenter d’1,03 million de yuans. Pour le moment, nous ne savons pas encore si Apple compte faire appel de cette décision mais selon Carolyn Wu, la porte-parole de la firme américaine, sa société “prend les plaintes pour violation de copyright très au sérieux”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Alors qu’Apple exige généralement que les développeurs d’applications possèdent les droits pour distribuer les produits qu’ils souhaitent mettre en vente sur l’App Store, ça n’a manifestement pas été le cas dans l’affaire qui oppose le géant américain aux huit écrivains chinois. “Nous mettons continuellement à jours notre service pour aider les ayants droit à mieux protéger leurs droits”, a pourtant affirmé la porte-parole.Véritable fléau en Chine, la copie illégale de livres, musiques ou autres produits est très répandue, c’est sans doute ce qui a causé la confusion dans le camp Apple. En novembre dernier, le tribunal a déjà condamné Apple à payer 520 000 yuans à Encyclopedia of China Publishing House pour une autre violation de copyright.Dans le cas des huit écrivains chinois, Apple a également été condamné à leur indemniser les frais de procédure s’élevant à 18 000 yuans. Rappelons que c’est en juillet 2011 que les auteurs avaient découvert leurs ouvrages en vente sur l’App Store alors qu’ils n’avaient jamais donné leur consentement. A l’époque, Apple avait refusé de supprimer les œuvres de l’App Store estimant que les auteurs n’avaient pas suffisamment démontré leurs droits sur ces textes.  Le 29 décembre 2012 à 19:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more