10 months agoEmery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrascoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has approved a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.The Belgian winger, formally of Atletico Madrid, has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past few weeks.The 25-year-old has been playing in the Chinese Super League since 2015, but could now be set for a sensational return to Europe.Foot Mercato says Emery is a big fan of the winger and has given his permission for Arsenal to launch a bid for the Belgium ace.However, Arsenal will have their work cut out as Dalian Yifang are unwilling to part with the man who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe wants more Cup action

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe wants more Cup actionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe hopes to keep his place for the next round of the Carabao Cup.Tuazebe captained United to their shootout win over Rochdale this week.United travel to Chelsea for the fourth round next month in an all-Premier League blockbuster. “These are the kind of games you want to be playing,” said Tuanzebe. “People dismiss the Carabao Cup and say it is a nothing kind of trophy. But you respect the teams who are in it and you respect the competition. Chelsea will be a big game and we want to win it and march on.” last_img

BC premier denies crisis says one investment doesnt make an economy

first_imgKinder Morgan announced Sunday it was stopping all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, saying opposition from the B.C. government puts the project at risk. It has set a deadline of May 31 for talks with various stakeholders to reach an agreement that could allow the project to proceed.“All of a sudden when the shareholders in Texas issue a press release there’s a constitutional crisis,” Horgan said.The government announced in February that it will ask the court to decided if it has the right to protect its environment by restricting diluted bitumen in the Trans Mountain pipeline. The decisions to refer the matter to the courts prompted Alberta to suspend a ban on wine imports from B.C.“What we’re talking about here is the province of B.C. going to court to assert our jurisdiction and protect the interests of British Columbians,” Horgan told the legislature. “We said in an election campaign a year ago this is what we would do.”He said B.C. is in court to defend its coast and its interests from a project that will triple bitumen shipments from Alberta to Burnaby and increase tanker traffic seven-fold in B.C. waters.Horgan said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on Sunday and told both leaders to build more oil refineries instead of pipelines. VICTORIA, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan showed no signs Monday of backing down on the battle over the Kinder Morgan pipeline, rejecting widespread claims his government’s challenge of the $7.4 billion project is hurting the economy and tearing apart the country.His tone ran from calm to exasperated during a 30-minute question period in the legislature where the Opposition Liberals accused his government of hurting investor confidence, ignoring the rule of law and picking an unwinnable fight with Alberta and the federal government.“One investment project does not an economy make,” said Horgan, adding B.C. has the lowest jobless rate in Canada and a solid credit rating. “The premier stands alone in his opinions,” he told the legislature. “Is this burgeoning fiasco his definition of success?”Wilkinson urged Horgan to meet with the prime minister to resolve the dispute and ensure certainty for the federally-approved project.Greg D’Avignon, president of the B.C. Business Council, said the government’s decision to prolong the process threatens the credibility of the country’s regulatory and project approval systems.British Columbia’s Chamber of Commerce said the implications of the decision by Kinder Morgan are “seismic,” and if this project can’t be built it will show the world that government approvals count for nothing.Opposition to the pipeline has ramped up in recent weeks, with several dozen people arrested near the Burnaby marine terminal in the last month.Trudeau said last week in Victoria the pipeline will be built.By Dirk MeissnerTHE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img “That would be leadership,” he said.Notley said Monday she told Horgan in a telephone call that B.C.’s opposition to the pipeline threatens the rule of law in Canada and she made it clear her province will retaliate.Notley said she will introduce legislation this week to give Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C., which could send gas prices in the province soaring.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan’s reckless pipeline battle ignores the law, creates uncertainty and tears at the fabric of the nation.last_img read more

Search for Denny Poole this Thursday

first_imgWhistles, bear bells, bug spray, reflective vests, water and snacks will be supplied by Horne.Horne is hoping someone can help with Walkie-talkies and an elder that could help smudge the group and say a prayer before the search.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Jessica Horne shares she would rather have a search party than a Birthday party this Thursday, July 25, 2019.Horne shares further the search party will meet at the brake check on the Dawson side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge at noon and will proceed to search until 5 pm.last_img

People dont verify fake news before sharing

first_imgMost people do not verify whether a new piece of information is accurate or fake before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a study has found. Researchers at Ohio University in the US found that several factors can be used to detect misinformation, otherwise known as “fake news,” on social media. The study, published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology, found that, by looking at certain factors, it is possible to predict if someone is likely to share misinformation based on the same factors. “This is a pioneering study that helps understand why individuals would share misinformation on social media using a theoretical lens and information literacy factors,” said a professor at Ohio University. “Fake news and misinformation could be rightly termed as the major issues of our time. Almost every other study in this realm falls short of highlighting the vital role of individuals in halting the spread of misinformation,” he said in a statement. To test the research hypotheses that predict the sharing of misinformation, he extended his work from a US framework to gather data in Indonesia. Indonesia is not only one of the largest social media markets in the world, the country has caught news headlines for fighting misinformation and hoaxes, especially during its election season, researchers said. The study asked participants to rate their perceived internet skills, self-esteem and internet experiences as well as their attitudes towards fact-checking online information, belief in reliability, and how often participants shared information without fact checking. There were 396 participants in the study, which found that age, social class and gender did not play a huge part, but rather media and information literacy was found to be the biggest factor in recognising misinformation. Those who have a strong belief in the reliability of the information are more likely to share information online without verification, researchers said. The study found that people from lower education levels, lower income and those newer to the internet would benefit most from learning additional information literacy.last_img read more

Debt burden and BRI

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping will have to hard sell BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) in the 2nd Forum, concluding today in Beijing. BRI envisages massive investment in infrastructure, encompassing marine, rail and road projects across 65 countries from Asian to Europe and Africa, that collectively account for 30 per cent of global GDP. BRI was expected to emerge as a fulcrum to the global economic and political landscape, under Chinese hegemony. However, fear of debt trap for smaller and weaker nations looms large. Further, in the light of the US-China trade war, BRI is losing the steam. Many of the debt-laden countries are scaling down their projects under BRI and some are feared for losing their political sovereignty. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe fallacy of the debt trap lies with China luring small and weaker nations with massive loans in the name of infrastructure development. And, when their debt is not paid, it captures their land and resources. It violates the global norms for a development loan, as it leaves little room for debt relief. Observers and analysts accused China of playing a game of bully with “debt diplomacy”. Certain projects become dormant despite the huge investment. According to the Washington Post, some projects with big investment make no economic sense. In Sri Lanka, Chinese loan was spent in the designated airport to handle a million passengers in a year. Now, it has been dubbed as one of the emptiest airports. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe harsh critic of BRI is Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahatir Mohammad, who demanded re-negotiation of East Coast Rail Link project with Chinese financial support. The project was approved by the previous government. The present government reduced the scope and cost of the project by a third. His Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry accused over-pricing, which created a financial burden on the government. Joining the stream was Pakistan, who recently cancelled Rahim Yar Khan power project, which was part of BRI. It has cut the size of Belt and Road project by US$ 2 billion. The Railway Minister Rashid said that “Pakistan is a poor country that cannot afford huge debt burden” Sri Lanka has already sunk in the debt trap. Its Hambantota Port was taken over by China for a 99-year lease on account of Sri Lanka’s failure to repay the loan. Myanmar announced that it was wishing to scale down the Kyaukpyu Port project. In the Maldives, the ratio of debt to GDP sparked to 70 per cent, believed to be due to BRI. In August 2018, President of Maldives Abdul Yameen inaugurated Chinese–built bridge connecting two islands in the archipelago. One month later, Yameen was voted out and the new government began decoding the mountain of the debt burden. Yameen, a close friend of China, borrowed heavily from Beijing to build a new runway for the airport, housing development and hospitals and a long “China-Maldives- Friendship Bridge”. A study by the Centre for Global Development portrays eight nations vulnerable to Chinese debt trap under BRI. They are mostly African and Eurasia countries, and Pakistan. India is not a party to BRI. It suspected the project is a smokescreen, which China is using to siege strategic control on the Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, it poses a big challenge to India to increase hobnobing with its neighbours and friends in Africa. The Chinese debt trap leads to loss of financial sovereignty of these countries. Debts are turning into equity and finally, ownership goes to China. This will weaken trade opportunities between India and its neighbours, some of ASEAN nations and African countries. The growing burden of debt will give more opportunities to China to dominate the terms for trade and investment with the debt-ridden countries. SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Area) and ASEAN are the cases in point. It will be a new turf for Chinese backdoor entry to India through Bangladesh and Nepal and some ASEAN members. The surge in debt burden will increase India’s vulnerability in the emerging trade block, say RCEP (Regional Cooperation for Economic Partnership). The countries which are currently suspected to fall prey to the debt trap are members of RCEP such as Malaysia, Laos, and Myanmar. China is the biggest stakeholder in RCEP, which includes ASEAN 10 + 6 (China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and India). At present, India has a trade deficit with RCEP, which is mainly due to China. Given China’s predominance in RCEP, the major concern for India is the trade expansion with debt-laden countries, who are likely to lose trade sovereignty. It will provide a leeway to China for its backdoor entry into India. Apart from trade vulnerability, the debt trap will escalate security concerns. The growing debt burden, which will rip the political sovereignty of India’s neighbours, is feared to escalate security concerns. The acquisition of Hambantota Port in Sri Lank by China is a case in point, where security vulnerability will rise with Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean. The port is likely to be used for China’s military base, as is suspected. Given the deceleration of BRI rhetoric in the wake of rising debt burden for smaller and weaker nations and the trade war between US and China, which hardly foresees cease-fire in the near term, it is imperative for China to reinvent the project. In light of this, India needs a constant watch and dialogue with debt-laden countries from the perspectives of trade expansion and deepening political relations with these countries. 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Environmental toxins impair fertility of future generations

first_imgExposure to environmental pollutants can cause alterations in brain development that affect sexual development and fertility for several generations, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium monitored the sexual development of three generations of rats. Pregnant rats were exposed to a mixture of common endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), at doses equivalent to those commonly experienced by people. Their offspring showed impairments in sexual development and maternal behaviour that were passed on through several generations. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThe female rats born in the first and second generation showed impairments in their care for their own pups. However, the female rats in the second and third generation exhibited a delayed onset of puberty and altered reproductive cycle and ovarian follicle development, indicating that their fertility was affected, even though they were never themselves exposed to the EDCs. “Our results raise real concerns about the effects of these pollutants in our environment. We found effects of EDCs in generations of animals that had not been directly exposed to the chemicals,” said Anne-Simone Parent from the University of Liege. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe findings suggest that current levels of EDCs in our environment may already be causing long-lasting harm and that people and agencies should take measures to minimise exposure. We are exposed to hundreds of these pollutants in our daily lives, as they are used in the manufacture of plastics, pesticides and medicines. However, the extent of damage being done to our health and the consequences to future generations remains unclear.last_img read more

Jet staff knock on Aviation Ministrys doors

first_imgNew Delhi: Faced with the prospect of job loss, the employees of grounded Jet Airways knocked on the doors of government for helping to save the airline. The airline staff from across various departments took out a march on Tuesday in front of Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan that houses the Civil Aviation Ministry. The employees hope government will take note of their situation and act to protect jobs. Facing severe liquidity crisis, Jet Airways suspended all its operations on April 17 leaving its almost 22,000 employees in the lurch. With the financial health of the airline worsening since then and the SBI-led lenders yet to rope in a buyer, the carrier has seen mass exodus of employees especially engineers and pilots. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad A Jet insider now estimates that the staff strength of the airline could have come down by half in over one month. “Now that elections are over we hope that government would take necessary steps to revive Jet Airways. We will try to meet Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola and understand what government could do to protect our jobs,” said a protesting employee working with the airline’s engineering department. Another personnel said that the SBI-led lenders should expedite the stake sale process as there has already been significant delays. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi While lenders are vetting various investment proposals, most of the top airline executives including its CEO, CFO and Company Secretary have resigned from their respective positions citing personal reasons. Close on the heels of resignation by the airline’s whole-time director Gaurang Shetty, Etihad nominee on the board Robin Kamark also resigned on May 16. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which holds 24 per cent stake in the crisis-hit Jet Airways, is currently the only solicited bidder for a stake in the airline. But experts have found its bid unattractive for the lenders given multiple riders attached to it. Besides offering to invest just Rs 1,700 crore against the requirement of Rs 15,000 crore to revive the crisis-hit airline, Etihad has in its proposal put the onus of finding majority buyer on lenders. The Gulf carrier also wants exemption from giving open offer in case its stake goes beyond 26 per cent.last_img read more

Obama income inequality a threat to American social cohesion

first_imgWASHINGTON – US President Obama says that combined trends of increased income inequality and decreased mobility pose a fundamental threat to American dreamUS President Barack Obama speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) said on Wednesday that they would take measures against income inequalities in the US, one of which would be to raise the minimum wage which is currently below where it was when Harry Truman was in Office in the 1940s.Obama states that the US often accepts more income inequality than many other nations, “because we are convinced that America is a place where, even if you’re born with nothing, with a little hard work, you can improve your own situation over time and build something better to leave your kids.”“But starting in the late ‘70s, this social construct began to unravel. Technology made it easier for companies to do more with less, eliminating certain job occupations. A more competitive world led companies to ship jobs anywhere,  and as good manufacturing jobs automated or headed offshore, workers lost their leverage; jobs paid less and offered fewer benefits,” declared President Obama.Obama stated that since 1979 the US economy has more than doubled in size, but most of the growth has laned with the fortunate few, “The top 10 percent no longer take in one-third of our income; it now takes half,” he said.Obama referring to recent studies said that growth is more fragile and recessions are more frequent in countries with greater inequality.“The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race. And that gap is growing. So if we’re going to take on growing inequality and trying to improve upward mobility for all people, we’ve got to move beyond the false notion that this is an issue exclusively of a minority concern. And we have to reject  politics that suggests any effort to address it in a meaningful way somehow pits the interests of a deserving middle class against those of an undeserving poor in search of handouts,” added Obama.last_img read more

Its Official Caron Butler Heading Home to the Milwaukee

The Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks closed on a deal that would send veteran forward Caron Butler to the Bucks in exchange for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravtsov.A person close to the deal confirmed it on the condition of anonymity, because neither ball club made the information public.Butler, who grew up in nearby Racine, Milwaukee, has been outspoken about playing for his hometown Bucks, but was unable to until now. Butler will join Brandon Knight, Brandon Jennings, and Larry Sanders, giving the team a fighting chance in the Eastern Conference.Butler’s contract value will likely become public when the official announcement is made.

What The Hells Gotten Into Daniel Murphy

When theretofore ordinary second baseman Daniel Murphy turned into the reincarnation of Babe Ruth during last year’s playoffs, it was a fun story. Murphy was with the New York Mets through their lean, mediocre post-Madoff years, and he was suddenly the driving force behind their surprise World Series run. It seemed proof that in a handful of baseball games, damn near anything can happen.But for the sabermetrically minded (which presumably included the Mets’ front office), Murphy was still the decent-but-not-great player that his overall record said he was, and at age 30, he was likely on the downside of his career. So during the winter, the Mets moved on from Murphy to Neil Walker at second base — which, according to the stats, was basically the right call. Murphy signed with the Washington Nationals instead, and although projections suggested that he would have a solid season, there didn’t seem to be any way that he would build on his outlier postseason performance.Those projections have turned out to be flat-out wrong. Instead of reverting to his previous form, Murphy has looked an awful lot like the guy who went on that postseason tear: He currently ranks third in the National League in Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+)1A measure of a player’s runs generated per plate appearance, relative to the league, where average is 100 and higher numbers are better. and fourth in wins above replacement. (Murphy has also hit Mets pitching especially hard this year, delivering what already ranks as the most RBIs by a player against a team he played for the previous season since 1960.)For a guy who has never ranked higher than 37th in WAR, Murphy has taken a quantum leap forward. If Murphy maintains his current wRC+ for the entire season, it will be the 21st-biggest single-season improvement by a hitter over his previous career wRC+ at age 31 or older2With a minimum of 3,500 career plate appearances before the season in question and at least 350 plate appearances during the season itself. since 1901: Willie Stargell1971.398.628186.341.503134+52 PLAYERYEAROBPSLGWRC+OBPSLGWRC+WRC+ CHANGE Barry Bonds2002.582.799244.418.585164+80 Joe Morgan1976.444.576184.396.430138+46 Many of the people atop that list — including (but not limited to) Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Ken Caminiti and Mark McGwire — have admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, were named in the Mitchell Report or were otherwise implicated in baseball’s steroid scandal via leaked test results. But nothing so sinister has been mentioned to explain Murphy’s rise, and some players outside the steroid era experienced similar (presumably natural) leaps in performance.Murphy has always credited Mets hitting coach Kevin Long with making several key adjustments to his approach at the plate in an effort to help him hit for more power. Here’s Tyler Kepner of The New York Times last October, on Murphy’s swing changes:“Long believed Murphy should harness [his] power by driving more with his legs, moving closer to the plate, getting his front foot down sooner and bringing his hands lower and closer to his body.”The numbers bear this out: Murphy’s 2016 isolated power is 115 points higher than his previous career average, and he’s hitting the ball authoritatively in new areas of the strike zone. Murphy was always a solid hitter on pitches up and on the inner half of the plate, but his new approach has him driving the ball more on pitches in the middle of the plate and even ones low and away: Paul O’Neill1994.460.603171.341.443115+56 Ken Caminiti1996.408.621169.328.402102+67 Barry Bonds2004.609.812233.433.602171+62 Roy Cullenbine1946.477.537182.402.422132+50 Luis Gonzalez2001.429.688173.355.460114+59 Only includes players with a minimum of 3,500 career plate appearances before season and 350 in season.WRC+ = Weighted Runs Created PlusSource: Fangraphs Lonnie Smith1989.415.533166.362.401116+50 Of course, it’s still unlikely that Murphy has morphed into a hidden superstar after seven big-league seasons. Players in their 30s who improved on their previous career wRC+ by between 40 and 60 points in one season tended to lose 36 points of batting average, 38 points of on-base percentage and 80 points of slugging percentage the next year. But, on average, they were still better than they’d been before. Even a year after the initial breakout, they hit for a wRC+ 15 points higher than their career average had been beforehand.That means Murphy probably is a better hitter now than he was in New York. And considering the damage he’s already personally inflicted on the Mets in head-to-head competition, it also means he may well end up being the key to an NL East title for the Nationals. Not bad for a player most thought would turn back into a pumpkin after his Cinderella story last October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Dixie Walker1944.434.529168.369.434115+53 Mike Schmidt1981.435.644198.375.526145+53 Javy Lopez2003.378.687170.332.478107+63 Jermaine Dye2006.385.622151.334.469104+47 Sammy Sosa2001.437.737186.333.523119+67 Roberto Clemente1967.400.554170.348.455118+52 Biggest hitting improvements at age 31 or older, 1901-2016 Brady Anderson1996.396.637155.349.393103+52 Barry Bonds2001.515.863235.411.567159+76 Mark McGwire1998.470.752205.382.556152+53 SEASONPREVIOUS CAREER Jimmy Dykes1929.412.539143.356.40496+47 Daniel Murphy2016.387.598157.331.424109+48 J.T. Snow2004.429.529153.353.426104+49 Rickey Henderson1990.439.577190.400.429136+54 Victor Martinez2014.409.565167.369.464120+47 Bret Boone2001.372.578149.313.41388+61 Eddie Joost1949.429.453136.332.32187+49 read more

Frances World Cup winners given heros welcome

first_imgFrance’s World Cup winners returned home to an exuberant reception by the hundreds of thousands of supporters that turned up at Paris on Monday to greet the starsLes Bleus ended a wait of 20 years to win the second world title on Sunday, where they defeated first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 at Moscow to lift football’s most prestigious trophy once more.Since the victory, there have been non-stop celebrations back home with the fans clustering the Champs-Elysees, Paris’ most famous avenue, after the final.And upon their return on Monday morning to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, head coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris were the first to appear with the World Cup trophy in their grasp.The team then embarked on a parade through the streets of Paris in an open-top bus as they were driven down the Champs-Elysees amid clouds of flare smoke.Que c’est bon ! Le bonheur partout… Toutes les communes de France ont résonné de cris de joie et de chants pour cette 2ème étoile. Encore ! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/L76vY6he4z— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Once they arrived at the Elysee Palace, the players then met with president Emmanuel Macron.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Équipe fière de la reconnaissance de notre République. #FiersdEtreBleus #VivelaFrance #VivelaRépublique pic.twitter.com/uyiQSbaIzj— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Several metro stations had in fact been renamed after some of the squad temporarily with Champs-Elysees being renamed Deschamps-Elysees.Every member of France’s World Cup-winning team were awarded the Legion of Honour, which is the highest recognition the country can give for “exceptional service”.CHAMPIONS DU MONNNNNNNNNNNDE ⭐⭐#FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/ouMN5PkMJl— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018last_img read more

Javier Hernandez staying at West Ham says Pellegrini

first_imgJavier Hernandez has been assured that he remains a vital part of West Ham United for next season, says new manager Manuel PellegriniAfter a stellar spell in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, Hernandez made a return to the Premier League last summer with West Ham in a reported £16m deal.However, what promised to an exciting partnership instead turned sour with Hernandez being close to leaving the Hammers in the winter transfer window after the appointment of his former Manchester United coach David Moyes.After ending his first season at West Ham with a return of eight goals in 28 Premier League games (12 of those coming off the bench), Hernandez’s future at the London club appeared to be set in stone following the arrival of Pellegrini.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But, while the Chilean continues to add some big-name signings this summer, he has now assured Hernandez that he is a part of his plans for next season.“I spoke with Javier before he played the World Cup, when I signed here,” revealed Pellegrini, according to Kumb.“I told him that he would be a very important player here with me.”Hernandez impressed at the World Cup this summer for Mexico and managed to score the one goal and add an assist as El Tri impressively reached the knockout stages of the competition.last_img read more

Emery Ramsey remains focused at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery remains pleased with Aaron Ramsey’s commitment on the pitch and will respect whatever decision he makes over his futureReports emerged earlier today claiming that Ramsey has agreed to join Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer this summer.Apparently, a pre-contract agreement between Ramsey and Juventus will be sorted out after the Bianconeri’s Coppa Italia game against AC Milan next Wednesday.But Emery refused to shed any light on Ramsey’s future and instead praised the Welsh star’s commitment to Arsenal.“I cannot say more about his situation,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“The most important thing is that Aaron Ramsey is with us. His future I respect a lot because he has a very private decision but he is with us every day, and I repeat that I am very happy with him.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Ramsey played the full 90 minutes of last Saturday’s FA Cup third round 3-0 win at Blackpool.“In the last match I was very happy with him,” added Emery.“I asked in the last match at Blackpool if he is okay to help us play and he said, ‘Yeah, coach, I want to play’ and he played with a very big behaviour and commitment to us.“After, his future belongs to him, his family and agent. Every day he’s here with us, he’s working very well. I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday.”The Spaniard also announced that Arsenal will only be able to do loan signings this month.last_img read more

New York Editor on Founders Passing American Journalism Wouldnt Be What It

first_imgSEE RELATED: Magazine Pioneer Dies Clay Felker, the founding editor of New York magazine, died today at his home in New York City. He was 82. New York’s editor-in-chief Adam Moss sent over this statement:American journalism would not be what it is today without Clay Felker, and neither would New York City. Those of us lucky enough to work in the house that he built are reminded everyday of the depth of his genius. He created a kind of magazine that had never been seen before, told a kind of story that had never been told. Nobody I have ever met in this business was as passionate a champion of talent, as relentlessly curious, or as successful in getting the world inside his head onto the magazine page. He changed the way we look at this city, and, in that sense, the way we live in it. All of us who practice journalism today carry Clay’s legacy into everything we do, and we will never do it even half as well.New York contributing editor Kurt Andersen’s appreciation of Felker and his legacy is online here.CNN, IHT, the New York Times and the AP have also posted obituaries.last_img read more

BritishBangladeshi jailed for plot to kill Theresa May

first_imgAn undated handout picture released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on 31 August 2018, shows Naa`imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, who planned to bomb the gates of no 10 Downing Street office, kill guards and then attack Britain`s prime minister Theresa May. Photo: AFPA Bangladesh origin UK man, who plotted to kill British prime minister Theresa May, received a prison sentence of at least 30 years Friday from a judge who called him “a very dangerous individual,” reports UNBNaa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, who gave his nationality as Bangladeshi-British, was convicted in London last month of planning to bomb the entry gates to the prime minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street.Prosecutors said he then intended to kill the guards and to attack May with a knife or gun.Rahman, 21, who has family in Birmingham and north London, was arrested in November after collecting a backpack he was led to think contained explosives supplied by fellow IS adherents with whom he communicated.He actually had been talking to undercover intelligence agents.Prior to his arrest, Rahman was referred to a government de-radicalisation programme, but nonetheless plotted his attack over the course of two years, according to prosecutors.They said two of Rahman’s uncles had been jailed in Britain for funding terrorism, while another was killed in a drone strike in Syria.Judge Charles Haddon-Cave sentenced Rahman to life in prison with no chance of parole for 30 years.Haddon-Cave said Rahman believed he had obtained a real bomb that was “capable of causing casualties on a scale comparable to those caused at the Manchester Arena,” where a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people in 2017.“Rahman is a very dangerous individual and it is difficult to predict when, if ever, he will become de-radicalised and no longer be a danger to society,” the judge said.last_img

Ukraine warns threat of fullscale war with Russia

first_imgA Russia`s FSB security service officer escorts a detained Ukrainian sailor to a courthouse in Simferopol, Crimea, on 27 November. Photo: AFPUkrainian president Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday warned of the threat of “full-scale war” and said Russia had sharply increased its military presence on their shared border as tensions escalate between the ex-Soviet neighbours.The crisis also threatened growing diplomatic fallout with US president Donald Trump warning that he may cancel a long-awaited summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.Trump is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week, but he told The Washington Post that it would depend on the results of a report about the incident being prepared by his national security advisers.”Maybe I won’t have the meeting. Maybe I won’t even have the meeting,” he said.In Ukraine, Poroshenko warned that the clash at sea could herald more drastic developments in the simmering Ukraine-Russia military standoff.”I don’t want anyone to think this is fun and games. Ukraine is under threat of full-scale war with Russia,” the president said in an interview with national television.The number of Russian units deployed along the Ukraine-Russian border has “grown dramatically” while the number of Russian tanks has tripled, Poroshenko said, citing intelligence reports but giving no precise timescale for the buildup.He spoke after Russian forces seized three of Kiev’s ships off the coast of Crimea on Sunday and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors.On Tuesday, a court in Simferopol, the main city in Russian-annexed Crimea, ordered 12 of the sailors to be held in pre-trial detention for two months. Three hospitalised sailors were also formally detained for two months. The rest are to appear in court on Wednesday.The move stoked already high tensions between Moscow and Kiev, as Russia continues to accuse the sailors of crossing illegally into Russian waters and of ignoring warnings from its border guards.Kiev has demanded the release of the sailors and urged Western allies to impose further sanctions on Moscow.The US State Department on Tuesday termed Russia’s actions “a dangerous escalation” and said Washington wants to see “our European allies doing more to assist Ukraine.”Putin warns of ‘reckless actsThe incident was the first major confrontation at sea in the long-running conflict pitting Ukraine against Moscow and Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east.It has raised fears of a wider escalation — in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014 — and prompted international calls for restraint.Putin on Tuesday warned Ukraine against any “reckless acts” after Kiev declared martial law in response to Moscow’s seizure of the navy vessels.The Ukrainian parliament late on Monday voted in favour of Poroshenko’s request for the introduction of martial law in border areas for 30 days.This gives Ukrainian authorities the power to mobilise citizens with military experience, regulate the media and restrict public rallies in affected areas.In a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday, Putin expressed “serious concern” over its introduction.He said he hoped Berlin could intervene with Ukrainian authorities “to dissuade them from further reckless acts”.Moscow has accused Kiev of planning Sunday’s confrontation as a provocation aimed at drumming up support for Poroshenko ahead of elections next year and convincing Western governments to impose further sanctions on Russia.Putin said Kiev’s actions were “clearly taken in view of the election campaign in Ukraine”.Sunday’s incident has been playing out on Russian and Ukrainian television screens, with dramatic footage of Russian ships chasing down a Ukrainian tugboat that was trying to pass through the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov.Sailors on Russian TVRussian state television late on Monday aired footage of some of the captured sailors being questioned by Moscow’s security services.One of them is heard saying “the actions of the Ukrainian armed vessels in the Kerch Strait had a provocatory character” — parroting the version of events put forward by Russian authorities.Ukraine’s naval commander, Igor Voronchenko, said the sailors were pressured into giving false evidence.”I know these sailors, they were always professional. What they are saying now is not true,” he told Ukrainian media.Western governments have rallied behind Kiev in the dispute, accusing Russia of illegally blocking access to the Sea of Azov and of taking military action without justification.The European Union, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and others expressed support for Kiev on Monday, in statements pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia denounced as “predictably anti-Russian”.The foreign minister of Austria, which holds the rotating EU presidency, said Tuesday that the bloc will next month consider further sanctions against Moscow over the flare-up.”Everything depends on the accounts of events and the actions of both sides. But it will need to be reviewed,” Karin Kneissl told reporters.UN chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for “maximum restraint,” urging both sides “to take steps without delay to contain this incident and reduce tensions”.last_img

24 arrested as Sri Lanka attack toll hits 290

first_imgA relative of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church, reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019. Photo: ReutersThe death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically Monday to 290 — including dozens of foreigners — as police announced new arrests over the country’s worst attacks for more than a decade.More than 500 people were injured in the Easter Sunday assault that saw suicide bombers hit three high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists and three churches, unleashing carnage in Colombo and beyond.Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police said Monday 24 people had been arrested. The government is wary of stirring ethnic tensions, and the country remained on edge as a home-made bomb was defused at Colombo airport late Sunday and massive security deployed.A nationwide curfew imposed shortly after the blasts was lifted early Monday, but the government has ordered a two-day holiday and schools and the Colombo stock exchange were closed. Still, a steady stream of people and vehicles were seen on the streets of the capital and Negombo.The attacks were the worst ever carried out against Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven per cent of the 21 million population.At least 37 foreigners were among the dead, the foreign ministry said.The government said three Indians, three Britons, two from Turkey and one Portuguese had died, as well as two people holding both British and US passports.”Additionally, while nine foreign nationals are reported missing, there are 25 unidentified bodies believed to be of foreigners,” the foreign ministry said.Japan’s foreign ministry said one of its nationals was among the dead.- ‘Bodies everywhere’ -The churches targeted included St Sebastian’s in Negombo, north of the capital, which was surrounded by security forces on Monday.Dozens of people were killed at the church, including friends of 16-year-old Primasha Fernando, who was at her home nearby when the suicide bomber struck.”When I got to the church there were people crying and screaming,” she told AFP.”I saw bodies everywhere,” she added in tears. “I saw parents carrying their dead babies. I saw dead people who had hair but didn’t have faces anymore.””Hands and legs were separate from bodies. There was blood everywhere too. The smell was so strong it made me feel sick.”The church’s roof was largely blown out and pews splintered. The floor was strewn with roof tiles and shards of glass.Outside, 24-year-old Denver Malewama and his mother Sunita handed out tea to security personnel.”We want to say thank you because they protect us,” he said.- Government warned -Some Sri Lankans asked how the attacks could have happened after it emerged that the government had been warned about possible blasts.Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers on 11 April, warning that suicide bombers from a group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) planned to hit “prominent churches”.The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said an investigation would look into “why adequate precautions were not taken”.The government said investigators would look into whether the attackers had “overseas links”.Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.Dilip Fernando, who could not get into St Sebastian’s because the church was already packed when he arrived, said the Christian community would not be intimidated.”We are not afraid. We won’t let the terrorists win, no way,” the 66-year-old told AFP outside the devastated building.- Memories of civil war -For many, the blasts brought back painful memories of Sri Lanka’s civil war, when bomb attacks were a frequent occurrence.”The string of blasts brings back memories of the time when we were afraid to go in buses or trains because of parcel bombs,” said Malathi Wickrama, a street sweeper in Colombo.In total, three churches in Colombo, Negombo and the east-coast town of Batticaloa were attacked, along with three luxury hotels in the capital.A manager at the Cinnamon Grand, near the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo, said a suicide bomber blew himself up at a breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.”He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” the manager said.Two further blasts happened as police staged raids looking for suspects. At least three police officers were killed in one raid.The attacks drew global condemnation, including from US President Donald Trump and the pope.Wickremesinghe urged people to “hold our unity as Sri Lankans” and pledged to “wipe out this menace once and for all”.The archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, described the attackers as “animals” and called on authorities to “punish them mercilessly”.Embassies in Colombo warned foreign nationals to stay inside, while there were chaotic scenes at Colombo airport as travellers formed huge lines at the only taxi counter that was open.last_img

Nintendo Plans Summer 09 Launch of Wii MotionPlus Wii Sports Resort wVideo

first_img Wii video game carries doctor’s warning Nintendo will launch the Wii MotionPlus accessory on June 8 in the United States and set the stage for the July 26 introduction of Nintendo’s summer sizzler, Wii Sports Resort game The Wii MotionPlus will retail for less than $20 and transform Wii Sports games to a whole new level according to a Nintendo spokesperson. A packaged price for the Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort will sell for less than $50. The Wii MotionPlus accessory is designed to enhance game play for specially designed games and builds on the unique wireless function of the motion-sensing Wii Remote. The ultra-sensitive sensors of the Wii MotionPlus will track the player’s movements with greater precision and accuracy creating a life-like immersion in game play. The newly created Wii Sports Resort game when combined with the Wii MotionPlus displays deep vibrant color images on the TV screen which tracks even the slightest twist of the wrist or body movement. Wii Sports Resort offers a beach theme background for a wide range of game activities which includes a water scooter exercise, Frisbee throw and a swashbuckling sword dueling activity. The game activity is geared toward maximum participation by players and the Wii MotionPlus accessory promises to add pin-point accuracy to the game. Wii Sports Resort TrailerAccording to Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s Executive V.P. Sales & Marketing, “Developers around the world are busy working on new ways to incorporate Wii MotionPlus controls into inventive experiences for consumers. According to some veteran Nintendo Sports players, the new graphics and ultra-sensitive sensors of the Wii MotionPlus and Sports Resort game may clear up some disappointing vague graphics display. Veteran players are looking forward to more precision in body motion and wrist movement tracking and more realistic color display as advertised by Nintendo. Preliminary reviews look promising, but the true tests and results will come in late Summer 09 when the veteran consumers have their say.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore furthercenter_img Wii MotionPlus Citation: Nintendo Plans Summer 09 Launch of Wii MotionPlus, Wii Sports Resort (w/Video) (2009, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-nintendo-summer-wii-motionplus-sports.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

South Dinajpur to conduct twoday drive on voting rights

first_imgBalurghat: South Dinajpur district administration will conduct a special awareness drive for two days to encourage people to cast votes during the upcoming Parliamentary elections slated for the region on April 23.Addressing mediapersons the district magistrate Deepap Priya P said on Monday: “The district administration will organise an awareness drive for two days starting Tuesday to encourage the voters, especially the new ones, to cast votes,” she said. Priya P said the district administration was on alert to ensure free and fair polls in the region. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The Election Commission of India has directed us to ensure voters’ participants in large numbers in the upcoming poll. We have introduced a special mask mascot to attract young generations to enlist their names in the electoral roll. We are happy to announce that our initiative has received good response from people,” she said. Answering a question about the deputation of Central forces in South Dinajpur, she said the district administration is yet to receive any information on the issue. In a significant announcement, the district magistrate said mediapersons on the basis of their applications may be able to cast Election Duty votes. “We know that the district correspondents remain busy covering the reports on poll. If they want, they can cast ED votes. This is happening for the first time in the district,” she said. She also sought cooperation from the media to ensure hassle-free polls. She said the district has 1305 polling booths and 144 sectors. Later, during the press conference she unveiled a huge election mascot.last_img read more