World T20: Kohli never looks out of control while batting, says Ian Chappell

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ian Chappell feels that Virat Kohli is a man in “control of his batting” which enables him to pull off some great run chases in pressure situations. (Virat Kohli’s hunger for runs sets him apart: MS Dhoni )”He is a man who is in control of his batting and he knows exactly what he is trying to do. He knows how to do it and for a guy who has got a fiery temperament in a lot of ways, you seem to be getting involved in shouting matches on the field, it is the fiery temperament, but he seems able to keep it under control in tense situations like that where he is chasing down the target,” said Chappell, who is an ESPNcricinfo analyst for ‘Match Day’.”He seems to have himself totally under control whereas other times I have seen him where he looks out of control, but never with the bat in his hand,” said Chappell. (Kohli dedicates match-winning knock to Tendulkar )Chappell said that Virat’s innings at the Eden reminded him of his second innings century at Adelaide in 2014.”I saw his doing it a couple of times in Australia in two-twos. That sort of innings reminded me very much of the second innings we got a Test match, he got 100 in each innings. But that second innings, the pitch was turning a lot.He looked like he was playing on a different pitch to the rest of the Indians side. That’s the best fourth innings that I have ever seen. He made it look hell easier than the rest of them,” said Chappell. (Hurt Virat Kohli wanted to keep calm and thrash Pakistan )advertisement”He’s got scoring shots all around the wicket.”Consequently he’s very very difficult to keep quiet and the other thing is that because he can play all around the wicket, on a pitch he can say to himself that’s going to be a dangerous shot, I won’t play those but I can play these.”That’s what he does and that’s what you’ve got to do on pitches that are little bit in favour of bowlers. You’ve got to work out what you can do against that bowler on this pitch.”And when you can play all round the wicket, you still have enough options and that’s why Kohli’s successful because he’s got so many options,” said Chappell.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton storms into pole for resurrected French Grand Prix

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Ferrari news Formula One Share on Facebook Sebastian Vettel Share on LinkedIn Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Formula One 2018 For Hamilton it is his third pole of the season and his first since Spain. “I am happy with it but I am always trying for perfection,” he said. “There was time left on the track but I am really happy with pole. It is great to be back there.”McLaren, however, have now not won since Brazil in 2012 and have spent the weekend defending themselves against reports of dissatisfaction within the team, with no reprieve on the track.That they are in desperate need of improvement was clear when Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne both went out in Q1, in 16th and 18th places. They were 1.4 seconds down on Verstappen’s Red Bull, powered by the same Renault engine, their worst qualifying performance of the year.The racing director, Eric Boullier, insisted on Friday that he would not be resigning but as things stand they appear to have no answers on their lacklustre performance. “This is Formula 1. You need the right package and the right place,” said Alonso. “These last races have not been good for us but amid all this disaster we are seventh in the championship, so we must be doing something right.”The scale of their task was illustrated by Charles Leclerc making a superb run to put his Sauber into eighth on the grid.For Mercedes this was the comeback they wanted. With a fifth place to Sebastian Vettel’s win in Canada, Hamilton suffered a 15-point swing against him in the championship fight and now trails the German by a point. Crucially, the team were able to employ their upgraded engine here and it delivered, and Hamilton is in the best possible position to once again wrest the title lead from Vettel.Hamilton had looked in fine form throughout the session and pulled it together during Q3 with some clinical finishing. He had gone quickest on his first hot run in Q3, a tenth up on Bottas and two-tenths clear of Vettel. However when they ran again, Bottas threw down the gauntlet with an exceptionally sharp lap on his final run. Hamilton responded, nailed the final sector and finished with a time of 1min 30.029sec, one-tenth up on the Finn and with Vettel scruffy on his final lap, unable to improve, he was left floundering four-tenths back. Losing F1 ‘a huge mistake’ says man behind French Grand Prix’s revival Since you’re here… Read more A tale of two teams defined qualifying for the French Grand Prix and while for Mercedes the storyline was one they might have written themselves, for the once mighty McLaren, Paul Ricard is proving to be a pot-boiler they would rather was pulped.Lewis Hamilton took pole, the first driver to claim the top spot at the race on its return after a 10-year absence. He was pushed to the limit by his Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, but the Briton nailed an exceptional final lap to deny the Finn, securing a one-two for the team. Better still, they were well clear of Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari who was in third, in front of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas Lewis Hamiltoncenter_img Share via Email The Observer … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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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. Topics Hamilton’s third pole of the season is his first at the French Grand Prix, having taken part in the race twice before when it was held at Magny-Cours in 2007 and 2008. This 75th career pole comes on the first time he has competed at Paul Ricard, which hosted the race 14 times between 1971 and 1990 and was last won by Alain Prost for Ferrari.If they can carry their pace into the race, and their long runs had looked good, Hamilton will once again be in a position to exploit it from the front of the grid and dictate strategy, likely to be a one-stop.Although open in his concern by the threat he expected from Ferrari, Hamilton proved to have the car he required when it mattered. Once again finding the correct temperature tyre operating window was a key ingredient and over the single lap Hamilton and Mercedes had their rubber and car working in harmony. Share on Twitter Read more Mercedes GP Share on Messenger The final runs were interrupted after Romain Grosjean, at his home grand prix, lost the back end of his Haas going through turn three, suspending the session and he will start in 10th place. Daniel Ricciardo was in fifth with Kimi Raikkonen in sixth. Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr was in seventh and the Haas’s of Kevin Magnussen in ninth. The Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Pérez were in 11th and 13th place; Renault’s Nico Hülkenberg in 12th in fornt of the Toro Roso of Pierre Gasly and the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.Williams, another once mighty British team, also continued to struggle, with Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll in 19th and 20th. Brendon Hartley in the Toro Rosso, qualified in 17th but will start from the back of the grid having taken a 35-place penalty for using a full new set of power unit components. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian The French GP is back: ‘We love F1 here, its return is good for everybody’ Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Indiana vs. Penn State Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

first_imgPenn State's players celebrate a touchdown.Penn State football/InstagramPenn State looks to keep its 10-win dreams alive with a tricky trip to Indiana.Saturday, Nov. 12, the Indiana Hoosiers host on the No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions. The game, to be played at Memorial Stadium, is slated for a 12:00 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Indiana vs. Penn State preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Penn State has a 79.7-percent chance to win the matchup between the two teams. The spread also favors the Nittany Lions. Spread: Penn State -7Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ETChannel: ABC/ESPN2Indiana vs. Penn State preview:Highlighted by its dramatic home win over Ohio State a few weeks ago, Penn State is one of the nation’s hottest teams. Since its 49-10 loss to Michigan, PSU has rolled to five straight wins, with two absolute blowouts after the Ohio State game against Purdue and Iowa. It may be a bit late for running back Saquon Barkley to challenge Lamar Jackson for the Heisman Trophy, but he has certainly made a huge impact in recent weeks. Barkely has 1,055 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and is averaging 167 yards per game over the last four weeks.Indiana has been tough this season, however, and have a high-powered passing attack led by quarterback Richard Lagow, who has 2,574 yards this season and is averaging 8.28 yards per attempt. He’s spread the ball around well, with six players catching double-digit passes and at least 140 receiving yards this season. Nine different Hoosiers have caught touchdown passes.Indiana vs. Penn State prediction:With Michigan State falling off of a cliff this season, Indiana likely represents the toughest game left on Penn State’s schedule. Obviously, the Nittany Lions aren’t so good that you just automatically pencil them in against the Spartans, but if Penn State can get by Indiana, it looks like a very good bet that James Franklin will reach the 10-win plateau, and could potentially crash the New Year’s Six party. Indiana is a tough team, and we think the Hoosiers keep it close, but ultimately Penn State pulls it out.Penn State 37, Indiana 31,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Penn State has a 79.7-percent chance to win the matchup between the two teams. The spread also favors the Nittany Lions. Spread: Penn State -7Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ETChannel: ABC/ESPN2Indiana vs. Penn State preview:Highlighted by its dramatic home win over Ohio State a few weeks ago, Penn State is one of the nation’s hottest teams. Since its 49-10 loss to Michigan, PSU has rolled to five straight wins, with two absolute blowouts after the Ohio State game against Purdue and Iowa. It may be a bit late for running back Saquon Barkley to challenge Lamar Jackson for the Heisman Trophy, but he has certainly made a huge impact in recent weeks. Barkely has 1,055 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and is averaging 167 yards per game over the last four weeks.Indiana has been tough this season, however, and have a high-powered passing attack led by quarterback Richard Lagow, who has 2,574 yards this season and is averaging 8.28 yards per attempt. He’s spread the ball around well, with six players catching double-digit passes and at least 140 receiving yards this season. Nine different Hoosiers have caught touchdown passes.Indiana vs. Penn State prediction:With Michigan State falling off of a cliff this season, Indiana likely represents the toughest game left on Penn State’s schedule. Obviously, the Nittany Lions aren’t so good that you just automatically pencil them in against the Spartans, but if Penn State can get by Indiana, it looks like a very good bet that James Franklin will reach the 10-win plateau, and could potentially crash the New Year’s Six party. Indiana is a tough team, and we think the Hoosiers keep it close, but ultimately Penn State pulls it out.Penn State 37, Indiana 31last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Makes Bold Prediction For Ohio State After Urban Meyer Decision

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)In case you somehow missed it, Ohio State handed down its punishment to Urban Meyer last night. Meyer will be suspended for the first three games of the season.While Meyer can’t coach on game day until Week 4, he can rejoin the team after the season opener against Oregon State on Sept. 1. He will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.Many feel Meyer got off easy, while others are satisfied with what Ohio State did. Strictly from a football perspective, his absence shouldn’t hurt his team too much.In fact, at least one ESPN analyst Trevor Matich thinks it might benefit the Buckeyes. Appearing on The Paul Finebaum Show today, Matich said he thinks Meyer’s suspension could have a unifying effect.“Ohio State will be even better and more dangerous as a football team on the field because all of this is going on,” Matich said.”Ohio State will be even better and more dangerous as a football team on the field because all of this is going on” – @TMatich— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 23, 2018Matich might have a point. Ohio State could conceivably rally around its leader after all of this and develop an “us against the world” mentality.The Buckeyes are already loaded talent-wise. They enter the season as a bona fide national championship contender.Meyer will be back for his team’s game against Tulane. He will still be able to coach against Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State this season, and barring an unforeseen slip-up, Ohio State should be 3-0 when he returns.last_img read more

Jamaica and China Sign Four Agreements

first_img The Jamaican Government, August 21, signed four agreements with the People’s Republic of China worth millions of dollars, as Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller continues her official trip to that country.Chief among them is an agreement with the China Exim Bank for a preferential loan for the Major Infrastructure Development Project (MIDP).The others are Letters of Agreement on economic and technical co-operation between both governments; Letters of exchange on the construction of infant schools by the Government of China for Jamaica; and Letters of exchange on the feasibility study, ‘Teaching Building of the Confucius Institute’, by the Government of China for Jamaica.The agreements were signed on behalf of the Jamaican Government by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson at the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital, Beijing, minutes after a meeting between Mrs. Simpson Miller and her delegation and the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping.Under the MIDP, several hundred kilometres of roadway will be rehabilitated; bridges and retaining walls will be constructed or rehabilitated as well as the completion of sub-projects started under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP). The project is slated to provide employment for thousands of Jamaicans.In the meantime, both countries signed an agreement with a view to further developing friendly relations and economic and technical co-operation between the two countries.Under this agreement, the Chinese government will provide grant aid in the amount of RMBY 100,000,000 or approximately US$16 million. This will be used for projects to be mutually agreed on through consultations between the two countries.“Detailed accounting procedures for the disbursement of funds concerning the implementation of the agreement shall be settled between the Accountant General’s Department of the Ministry of Finance and Planning of Jamaica and the China Development Bank,” the agreement states, adding that it shall remainin force until both governments have fulfilled all their obligations stipulated in the agreement.For another agreement, the Chinese government has agreed to dispatch a technical group to Jamaica for a feasibility study on the project – ‘Teaching Building of the Confucius Institute’ –  on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. If this is feasible, a specific supplementary agreement will be signed between both governments.“The cost, in the amount of RMBY500,000 for implementation of the mentioned feasibility, shall be disbursed from the grant aid stipulated in the Agreement on Economic Co-operation between the Government of China and the Government of Jamaica signed on February 1, 2005,”  the agreement states.“The Government of China shall designate an institution to issue a bill, in quadruplets, to settle accounts through the China Development Bank Corporation and the Accountant General’s Department of the Ministry of Finance and Planning of Jamaica,” it adds.The Prime Minister arrived in the People’s Republic of China on August 20 for a five-day official visit.Mrs. Simpson Miller is accompanied on the trip by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson; Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill; Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, Onika Miller; Special Envoy and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Carlton Davis; and members of her security detail.The Prime Minister and her delegation are scheduled to meet with the leadership of important state institutions such as the China Export-Import Bank and the China Development Bank, as well as major firms currently doing business in Jamaica and those with strong investor interest.She is also slated to have discussions on development challenges associated with climate change and global warming and, in particular, those faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in implementing necessary climate adaptation mechanisms and recovering from the significant damage caused by natural disasters.The Prime Minister will participate in discussions regarding the role of the Group of 77 (G7) nations and China in the effective operation of the United Nations (UN) and multilateral systems to ensure that the voice and representation of emerging and developing countries are enhanced in the global political and economic frameworks.A small private sector delegation has also accompanied the Prime Minister to explore trade and investment opportunities with officials and business interests in China. They will attend a business forum on Friday, August 23. Both countries signed an agreement with a view to further economic and technical co-operation Story Highlights The Jamaican Government, August 21, signed four agreements with the People’s Republic of China worth millions of dollars Chief among them is an agreement with the China Exim Bank for a preferential loan for MIDPlast_img read more

In the news today July 16

first_imgFour stories in the news for Monday, July 16———THE HAZARDS OF DIVERSIFYING AWAY FROM THE U.S.More Canadian companies are looking to diversify as increasingly tense trade relations with the United States have emphasized the need to compete globally. An Export Development Canada survey of 1,000 exporters suggests 64 per cent are planning to export to new countries, up from the below 50 per cent the proportion has generally hovered at for the past five years. But experts warn that the road to diversification can be slow and rocky.———HOW TO BUY CANADIAN AT THE GROCERY STORESome consumers are vowing to take their patriotism to the supermarket and buy only made-in-Canada products now that Ottawa has slapped tariffs on dozens of U.S. goods as part of the escalating trade war with our biggest trading partner. But avoiding American products on the tariff list is easier said than done, as many companies don’t clearly label where their products are made. The Canadian Press has some tips from retail experts about how to ensure products are home grown.———FIREARMS PANEL MEMBER CLEARED BY LOBBY CZARA federal watchdog has dismissed complaints that a mass-shooting survivor broke the rules by working with an advocacy group to lobby for gun policy changes while also serving on the Liberal government’s firearms advisory committee. Federal lobbying commissioner Nancy Belanger ruled that Nathalie Provost’s work on behalf of the group PolySeSouvient, which pushes for stricter gun control, did not breach lobbying laws because Provost is not paid by the group.———BANFF HOLDS BISON CEREMONY WITH INDIGENOUS ELDERSSeveral Indigenous elders are to be flown by helicopter into the backcountry of Banff National Park today for a blessing ceremony as officials prepare to let recently reintroduced bison roam free. The trip, organized by Parks Canada, is part of the overall plan to release the bison into a larger 1,200-square-kilometre reintroduction zone on the eastern slopes of the park later this summer. The animals had disappeared from the region before the park was created back in 1885.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball attends a Pride Week flag-raising ceremony in St. John’s.— Lt.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier takes command of the Canadian Army during a ceremony on Parliament Hill.— Canadian Real Estate Association expected to release June home sales results.— CUPE holds Toronto news conference on Premier Doug Ford government’s “back-to-work” legislation.— B.C. Premier John Horgan makes an announcement in Burnaby about workers.— Sentencing hearing in Surrey for former Vancouver detective James Fisher who pleaded guilty to breach of trust and sexual exploitation.———last_img read more

Calgary 2026 bid ball bounces to province feds ahead of plebiscite

first_imgCALGARY – The Canadian government supports a Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Games should the city go ahead. It has said so via the federal sports minister and social media.The government of Alberta’s tone is a more reserved wait-and-see.But Calgary’s potential bid hinges on how much money those two orders of government would be willing to contribute to hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.Canadian sports minister Kirsty Duncan told The Canadian Press she was pleased Calgary city council voted earlier this week to keep a bid alive.Sport Canada posted several tweets in recent days, and before the vote, reinforcing the federal government’s support for a bid if the city decides to do it.“Our government is pleased by the vote,” Duncan said Wednesday from Saskatoon in a phone interview.“Calgary is a world-class city. It’s got a proven track record of hosting major international games. Many of us, I’m certainly one of them, remember Calgary 1988 when it hosted the Winter Olympics.“It left a lasting legacy that I believe had benefited the city, the province and the country. We have supported the development of Calgary 2026 Winter Games bid from the very beginning.”The draft hosting plan presented to city council by the bid corporation Calgary 2026 asks that the city, province and federal government contribute a combined $3 billion in taxpayer dollars to the cost of running the games, which was estimated at $5.23 billion.How that $3 billion amount would be split has yet to be announced, but Calgarians will demand an answer prior to heading to the polls Nov. 13 for a plebiscite asking them if they want the games or not.It was the Alberta government that insisted on a plebiscite. The province is contributing $2 million to the cost of the vote.“Now that bidco has released those numbers we’re going to go through the due diligence of ensuring that the numbers are what they are,” Alberta tourism minister Ricardo Miranda said Wednesday in Edmonton.The minister said Calgarians will know what the province’s contribution to hosting would be at least 30 days prior to the plebiscite.“I never reveal numbers until I actually have a basic good understanding of what the position of others might be,” Miranda said.“I will say, however, that we are very much engaged and will continue to be (engaged) to ensure that we have the best deal and that it makes sense for Albertans.”In a letter to Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, Duncan said that as per the federal government’s policy for hosting international sporting events “we are committed to considering a contribution of up to 35 per cent of total event costs, and we will not exceed 50 per cent of the total public sector contributions to the event.”Calgary 2026 hopes that means a maximum contribution of $1.5 billion from the feds, but the minister would not commit to that figure Wednesday.“Canadians expect us to do our due diligence,” Duncan said. “There are many departments and agencies that will have to review the numbers and that’s what we’re focused on.“The citizens of Calgary will get to voice their opinions and we want to make sure Calgarians are behind the bid.”The deadline to submit a 2026 bid to the International Olympic Committee is Jan. 11. The successful host city will be announced Sept. 11, 2026.Meanwhile, a pair of economists question the bidco’s estimate of $7.4 billion in various economic benefits to the province should Calgary host the Winter Games.University of Calgary economist Trevor Tombe called that figure “dramatically overstated.”“We definitely shouldn’t be under the impression that the Games will generate economic benefits that exceed the costs,” he said.Concordia economics professor Moshe Lander says the projections of how much tourists will spend in the city during the games has to be offset by the number of Calgarians who leave town and take their dollars elsewhere “because the circus is coming.”“Clearly the people presenting the bid are not presenting a balanced picture,” Lander said. “They’re interested in presenting a picture that is supportive of hosting the Olympics.“The benefits are going to be overstated and to me, that is also a concern.”— Lauren Krugel and Dean Bennett contributed to this story.last_img read more

In the news today April 15

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, April 15———ONTARIO’S CARBON TAX COURT CHALLENGE GETS UNDERWAYOntario’s battle against Ottawa’s carbon tax gets underway in the province’s top court today. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has denounced the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act as an illegal tax grab that will drive up the price of gasoline and heating fuel. The federal Liberal government, on the other hand, insists it is responding appropriately to an issue of national concern — climate change. The climate change law applies in provinces that have no carbon-pricing regimes of their own that meet national standards.———ALBERTA’S ELECTION CLASH OF TITANS FIZZLESAlberta’s election campaign promised a titanic clash of ideas and ideologies between two nationally known leaders, but delivered a burlesque of biting attacks and bozo eruptions — and a surprise guest appearance by the RCMP. Rachel Notley will make history Tuesday as either the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first-ever leader of an Alberta party that failed to win a renewed mandate on its first try. A win for Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives, as predicted by the polls, means a return to the right-centre for Alberta, its traditional home since the middle of the last century. ———1 DEAD, 1 IN HOSPITAL, 1 IN CUSTODY AFTER SHOOTING AT B.C. CHURCHA 25-year-old man is in custody following a shooting at a church in Salmon Arm, B.C., that left one person dead and sent another to hospital  Sunday morning. Local RCMP say the shooting happened during an event at the Church of Christ in the community about 100 kilometres north of Kelowna, and that investigators do not believe it was religiously motivated. Police also say the suspect knew at least one of his alleged victims.———INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S INQUIRY SEEKS RCMP FILESThe national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is fighting in court for access to two RCMP files the national police force is refusing to hand over. The inquiry is set to issue its long-awaited report in June, but says it wants the contested Mountie files to complete its work on one of the saddest chapters in Canada’s recent history. Little is publicly known about the two disputed files other than their titles: “Missing Person: Missing Indigenous Woman” and “Homicide: Murdered Indigenous Woman.”———FINAL REPORT EXPECTED ON N.S. ELECTORAL BOUNDARIESA commission looking to redraw Nova Scotia’s electoral map is expected to issue its final report today. In an interim report released in November the commission called for the restoration of four electoral districts aimed at improving representation for black and Acadian voters. The districts were eliminated in 2012, but the changes led to a successful court challenge by the province’s Acadian community. Today’s report follows a set of public consultations in January and February that presented four alternatives for consideration.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Bank of Canada to release its spring Business Outlook Survey and Senior Loan officer survey.— Canadian Real Estate Association expected to release March home sales results.— Small Business Minister Mary Ng announces in Toronto an investment in women entrepreneurs.— Annual conference of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health opens in Edmonton.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN humanitarian envoy begins weeklong visit to southern Africa in Malawi

The fourth trip by James T. Morris, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), to countries affected by the “triple threat” of food insecurity, weakened capacity for governance and AIDS also comes at a time when the $615 million UN Consolidated Appeal for southern Africa remains seriously under-funded, with only $327 million in confirmed donations so far. Funds for non-food items, such as medicines, healthcare, education, water and sanitation supplies, are desperately needed, with only 16 per cent of resources needed for these items having been raised. In addition to his stop in Malawi, Mr. Morris will meet with government officials, donor representatives and aid agencies in Mozambique, Swaziland and Namibia. He is not scheduled to visit Zimbabwe because officials from that country’s Government were unavailable for meetings. read more

Main UN economic forum closes highlevel segment with calls to bolster sustainable

Main UN economic forum closes high-level segment with calls to bolster sustainable development agenda“Your discussions this week have helped to outline how the forum can organize its work, keep track of progress and bolster implementation. Our success will depend on a firm political will to work together,” said Mr. Ban in hisclosing remarks to the Ministerial portion of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, under the auspices of ECOSOC.Earlier this week, Mr. Ban was in Oslo, Norway, where he took part in the release of the final scorecard on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are set to expire this year, before the adoption.“The world has made much progress over the past decade and a half. Extreme poverty and child mortality rates have been cut by more than half. More girls are in school. Fewer people are dying of killer diseases,” he highlighted.Reminding Member States that these critical advances “did not happen on their own,” the Secretary-General said that they required strong financial support, political leadership, and enormous efforts of people themselves – “from the leadership of governments to the actions and hard work of the poorest villager.”The MDGs have shown what is possible when the world comes together around common goals, he said. As the international community works to establish a new development agenda for the coming 15 years, “we know there is still a long way,” the Secretary-General acknowledged, saying that too many still suffer from chronic undernutrition and preventable diseases.“At the same time, the broader picture of progress largely excludes women, and those at the lowest rungs of the economic ladder – as well as those discriminated because of age, disability or ethnicity.” And meanwhile, inequality is growing – climate change threatens the planet – and conflicts are derailing hard-won progress, he added.Considering that ECOSOC is “the hub” for Member States and others to review progress, and to link the national, regional and global levels, Mr. Ban said the UN body demonstrated the value of bringing the system together to support implementation.“It has served as The Partnerships Forum and has helped focus efforts and enhance effectiveness, which is critical for delivering on the post-2015 development agenda,” he underlined.Travelling tomorrow to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the Third International Conference on Financing for Development will open Monday 13 July, he underscored the importance of achieving an ambitious agreement there.“By doing so, we can not only lay a framework for financing – but indeed, a framework for success as we look ahead to adopting the sustainable development goals in New York September – and governments making good on their commitment to approve a universal, meaningful climate agreement in Paris in December.”Speaking on behalf of the ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik, Council Vice-President Oh Joon also welcomed the fact that the High-level Segment has offered valuable policy guidance for the transition from the MDGs to a “transformative, unified and universal post-2015 development agenda.”“This transition will be a historic opportunity to advance prosperity for people and preservation of the planet. We must be ready to meet the full requirements of the new agenda,” he said.“Through ECOSOC, Member States and others have emphasized the need to coordinate action to address the mounting global challenges; strengthen multilateralism, UN leadership and multi-stakeholder engagement to find common solutions; and manage global policy integration and coherence requirements.”The High-level Segment as a whole, he said, made significant contributions to the collective efforts to pave way for implementing the new agenda.“We have an important task before us. In the post-2015 era, we must mobilize our common resources, energy and vision to confront challenges – the fate of humanity and the planet. We have a shared responsibility to do so.” read more

British watersports instructor dies while snorkelling in Greece

first_imgA statement from Eastbourne College said its community was “deeply saddened” by his death. “Our thoughts are with his family at this incredibly sad time.”The college and CCF (Combined Cadet Force) flags will fly at half-mast at the beginning of next term.”His parents and sister have asked us to let the college community know and to advise that further details about arrangements will follow in due course.”Tributes were paid to Mr Byatt on his memorial Facebook page, describing him as a “beloved son, brother and friend”.A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Zakynthos, Greece and are in contact with the local authorities.” A 19-year-old British snorkelling instructor has died while swimming underwater off the Greek island of ZakynthosHarry Byatt, a former pupil at Eastbourne College, failed to surface after diving into the sea, his employers said.He had been as an instructor at the Peligoni Club, the BBC reported. Staff at the club raised the alarm five minutes after he started swimming using a monofin and a mask.CPR was administered on the rescue boat after Mr Buatt had been found unconscious, but doctors and paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. Harry Byatt, 19, died while snorkelling off ZakynthosCredit:Facebook Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Harry Byatt, 19, died while snorkelling off Zakynthoslast_img read more

British mother faces jail in Dubai for calling exhusband an idiot in

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The offending Facebook posts, published in 2016Credit:Detained in Dubai The offending Facebook posts, published in 2016 The Foreign Office said it was supporting the mother-of-one, who is the first British woman known to have been arrested for posting offensive content on social media from outside the UAE.Ms Sharavesh was married to her Portuguese husband Pedro Manuel Coreia Dos Santos for 18 years. They had one daughter together, called Paris.The couple lived in Dubai for eight months, during which time she worked for HSBC. Ms Sharavesh and Paris returned to London several years ago, but her husband did not follow and the two eventually divorced.It is claimed the first she knew of his new marriage was when she opened Facebook and saw pictures of Mr Dos Santos and his bride. Flushed with anger, Ms Sharavesh allegedly wrote in Farsi: “I hope you go under the ground you idiot. Damn you. You left me for this horse.” A British mother is facing jail in Dubai after branding her ex-husband an “idiot” and his new wife a “horse” on Facebook, campaigners say.Laleh Sharavesh, 55, lives in London but was detained by authorities in the United Arab Emirates last month when she attempted to attend the funeral of her former partner.Her arrest stemmed from two Facebook comments she made on pictures of her husband re-marrying in 2016, which his new wife sent to police, according to Campaign group Detained in Dubai.She had been in Britain when she posted the comments, but her ex-husband and his wife were living in Dubai.Under the cybercrime laws of the desert kingdom, someone can be jailed for making defamatory comments online, even if they were not in the country at the time.It means Ms Sharavesh could now face a jail sentence of up to two years and a fine of £50,000, the campaign group said.She has been forced to remain in Dubai in a hotel as she awaits a court appearance, losing her job and plunging into debt in the process, it is claimed.Her passport has also been confiscated and her 14-year-old daughter had to fly home by herself. She said: “I am not allowed to leave Dubai. I have been to court once, where I was not allowed to defend myself. And a police station where we were kept waiting for 12 hours without any progress.“I am terrified. I can’t sleep or eat. I have gone down two dress sizes because of the stress.“My daughter cries herself to sleep every night. We are so close, especially since her father left us and we only have each other. It breaks my heart to be kept apart from her.” read more

Joint venture between Metso and LiuGong will develop the Chinese trackmounted crushing

first_imgMetso and Guangxi Liugong Group have obtained all necessary approvals from the Chinese authorities and the 50%-50% joint venture between the two companies has been officially established. Headquartered in Shanghai, Liugong Metso Construction Equipment, will combine Metso’s know-how in track-mounted crushing and screening business and technology with LiuGong’s extensive distribution resources (~900 customer service locations in China) and manufacturing capabilities in China.The initial scope of the joint venture will cover the design and manufacture of localised versions of Metso’s Lokotrack mobile crushers and screens, first of which is expected to be launched during the first half of 2014. The products, whose range may be further expanded in the future, will be sold under dual branding: LiuGong Metso. The joint venture will also promote Metso’s global track-mounted crushing and screening equipment in China. The value of the investment made in the new company will not be disclosed.“The joint venture enables the capture of a significant market share of the fast growing mobile crushing and screening market in China. Our target is to build a market driven technology offering and the joint venture with LiuGong is a major step towards this direction. Together with the acquisitions of the steel foundry in Quzhou City and Shaorui Heavy Industries, announced last year, the joint venture significantly strengthen our supply capabilities for mining and construction industries in China.” states João Ney Colagrossi, President, Mining and Construction, Metso.Today, Metso has a strong and well-established presence in China. Metso’s over 1,500 employees in China address local customer needs in all Metso’s key customer industries, and support the sustainable development of China’s industries and infrastructure.Founded in 1958 in Liuzhou, China, LiuGong is the largest wheel loader manufacturer in the world. LiuGong offers a full line of machines, including wheel loaders, bulldozers, backhoes, skid steers, forklifts, graders, excavators, rollers and truck-mounted cranes. The company owns facilities in, among other locations, Liuzhou, Tianjin, Shanghai, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Jiangyin and Bengbu.last_img read more

Kutcho Copper selects Ausenco for copperzinc project feasibility

first_imgKutcho Copper has chosen Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc to lead the preparation of a feasibility study for the high grade Kutcho copper-zinc project. Ausenco will be supported by a team of geotechnical, environmental, metallurgical, resource, mining and hydrology/hydrogeological consultants.Vince Sorace, President & CEO stated: “With the field season fast approaching, the company has worked closely with Ausenco to assemble a team of mining & geotechnical engineering firms, environmental baseline experts and hydrology/hydrogeological experts that will deliver an optimized feasibility study for the Kutcho project. We are happy to be working with Ausenco who recently completed the construction of Atlantic Gold’s Moose River Project on time and on budget.”Under the engineering lead of Ausenco, the feasibility study team consists of: Sim Geological Inc. for resource modelling, Holland & Holland for metallurgical engineering and process design, Terrane Geoscience Inc for geotechnical engineering, SRK Consulting for open pit and underground mine design, ERM Consultants Canada Inc/Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants for environmental baseline studies and permitting, Lorax Environmental for hydrology and hydrogeological modeling and OnSite Engineering Inc for road design and engineering.Simon Cmrlec, President, Americas Ausenco stated: “We are thrilled to be leading the feasibility study on this exciting high grade copper-zinc project with Kutcho Copper Corp. We look forward to optimising the value of the project and delivering the feasibility study by summer 2019, on time and on budget.”last_img read more

Up to 10 of Acers PC shipments to the US are Chromebooks

first_imgAcer CEO Jim Wong isn’t shy about voicing his displeasure with Microsoft and Windows 8, but now he’s taking the discussion in a different direction. Wong said recently that Chromebooks account for between 5 and 10 per cent of Acer’s PC shipments to the United States since November 2012.It’s difficult to say what exactly that means. Acer isn’t doing as well as it used to in the US, and the company lost a spot on the laptop sales leaderboard after being passed by Asus. In the final quarter of 2012, Dell snatched away the number three spot globally. It’s possible that Wong is trying to put a positive spin on things by flogging the “success” of a product that only two of its competitors are currently offering.But what kind of success is it, really? Somewhere around 1.5 million of Acer’s quarterly PC shipments are destined for the US. If Wong is speaking specifically about November and December, that means something like 75,000 to 150,000 Acer Chromebooks were shipped. And that’s in the super-busy Christmas quarter.And once again, this is shipments and not sales we’re talking about. How many of those thousands of Chromebooks were actually sold?If you take a look at Amazon’s sales charts, it’s true that some Chromebooks are selling well. One, anyway: Samsung’s ARM-based version. Acer’s Chromebooks don’t appear to be doing quite as well — on or anywhere else.Certainly the potential exists for Chromebooks to make a splash, but right now Acer’s bread-and-butter in the U.S. remains the same: inexpensive Windows-based laptops. However “strong” C7 sales have been since November, they’re a distant second.last_img read more

Firefox OS phone set to invade Spain with 90 price tag tomorrow

first_imgMozilla and Telefonica are ready to unleash the first Firefox OS phone fit for consumers in Spain, the ZTE Open. The humble little handset will sell for just $90 (€69) off-contract with a $40 (€30) prepaid credit.ZTE isn’t the first company to start selling a Firefox OS phone, though they were one of the Foundation’s first partners. Spain’s own Geeksphone delivered the Keon and Peek devices months ago, but both were aimed at giving developers an early glimpse at what entry-level and high-end (for Firefox OS, anyway) devices might look like. They weren’t intended as daily drivers, but as tools to help with the app development process.The ZTE Open, however, is ready for prime time. It’s a 3.5-inch phone with just 256MB of RAM and 512MB of internal storage. There’s a serviceable 3.2MP rear-facing camera, too. Storage is expandable thanks to a micro SD slot (a 4GB card is included), but you obviously can’t do anything to improve on the 480×320 resolution of the Open’s display.Clearly, the ZTE Open isn’t built to sell on the basis of its spec sheet. It will appeal to consumers because of its rock-bottom price and the freedom it offers consumers. Not just cell phone contract freedom, but also the freedom afforded by the Firefox Marketplace. Since Firefox OS apps are really web apps, you’re never going to throw away a pile of paid apps just because you decide to change mobile platforms.It’s curious, though, to note that ZTE already makes a handful of low-end phones like the Open that offer more bang for the buck. The V960, for example, has twice the RAM, a 5MP camera, and a 4.3-inch, 480×800 display — and sells for about €5 more.Freedom may be a major selling point in Spain, however, where Firefox remains the second most popular web browser. For those looking to join the ranks of the next billion mobile web users, the ZTE Open may be an attractive device.last_img read more

After threats it would be taken off air millions of Spaniards tune

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL AUDIENCE FIGURES FOR Sunday Mass on Spanish public television have soared after a far-left party tried to eliminate the weekly broadcast.Unidos Podemos, the third biggest party in parliament, last week tabled a proposed law that would end the broadcast of the Roman Catholic Mass on La2 television.La2, Spain’s secondary public TV channel, also broadcasts secular programmes as well as Jewish and Muslim shows.The ruling conservative Popular Party campaigned against the initiative and the broadcast of last week’s Mass on Sunday was seen by 1.2 million viewers, its biggest since 2004, according to Spanish public broadcaster RTVE.The audience share for the Mass surpassed 21%, three times greater than usual, a RTVE spokesman said.An online petition against the elimination of the broadcast, organised by the Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers, has so far collected nearly 82,000 signatures.Unidos Podemos says it does not oppose religious programming, but is against the broadcast of religious rituals on state-funded television in an increasingly multicultural and secular society.The party’s chief, former university professor Pablo Iglesias, has not backed down.He posted a video on his Twitter account of Juan Antonio Reig, the arch-conservative bishop of Alcala de Henares, a town near Madrid, declaring that gays who prostitute themselves or go to gay nightclubs “will go to hell”.“In a mass, sending someone to hell for being gay? On public television, which we all pay for. No thanks,” Iglesias wrote.While Catholicism remains deeply embedded in Spanish culture, regular church attendance in Spain, like elsewhere in Europe, has steadily fallen.The majority of Spaniards – 59.3% – say they “almost never” attend Mass, according to a survey published in December by the Sociological Research Centre (CIS).Just 15% said they went every week.- © AFP, 2017Read: Need to confess sins? New app in Spain finds nearest priest Image: Mary Altaffer/AP/Press Association Images Mar 19th 2017, 8:00 AM Share Tweet Email1 Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 8:00 AM By AFP Image: Mary Altaffer/AP/Press Association Images After threats it would be taken off air, millions of Spaniards tune in to Sunday Mass A far-left party had tried to end the weekly broadcast. 25 Comments 13,840 Views last_img read more

Greek children tipping the scales

first_imgGreek children aged 7 and 9 have the highest average body weight among 16 European countries surveyed by the World Health Organization, according to data made public Tuesday.Just under 49 per cent of 7-year-old Greek boys and nearly 45 per cent of girls the same age are overweight, according to the figures released this week by the Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity to mark the start of obesity awareness week.The picture is even worse for 9-year-old boys as 57.2 percent of them are overweight, while the same applies to half of the girls in this age group.The data show that the problem is more pronounced in low-income families.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img